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LYNDA HIRSCH ON SOAPS -- GOSSIP

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Steve Burton (formerly Jason on "General Hospital") debuts of "Young and Restless" on Jan. 29. As Dylan, he will be thinner, have a different hairdo than Jason and will not be wearing black.

"I owe so much to 'General Hospital,' he says. "I grew up on that show. I met my wife when she worked there. I have so many wonderful friends. It was just time to play a different character. An actor wants to play different characters. I felt it was time to move on from Jason. Both the show and I were honorable in our dealings. It was just time for a change. A time to play a different character."

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Peter Reckell (formerly Bo on "Days of Our Lives") told Soap Opera Digest his decision to leave the show had nothing to do with money. It was mostly about lack of storyline.

Reckell played the almost always front-and-center character on and off from 1983 to 2012. There was a time in 2011 when Reckell's character was taken off the canvas entirely. Just when he exited "Days," he put his almost 4,000 square foot eco-friendly home built in 2004 on the market for over $3 million.

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Things are moving along for the "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" Internet reboot.

There is a new casting director for the shows. Allison Goodman, who has done casting for "Suits," "Law and Order" and "Guiding Light," has taken on the role.

Her first job will be to recast Matthew and Destiny. Eddie Alderson (real-life brother of Kristen Alderson Starr on "One Life to Live") will not be returning to the role.

He took on the role in 2001 and stayed until the show was canceled.

Speaking of Starr, it looks as if she, Todd and McBain will be checking out of "General Hospital" and going back to "OLTL." Prospect Park owns those characters and wants them back.

It seems that Robin Strasser (Dorian), Bob Woods (Bo) and Erika Slezak (Viki) are joining the "OLTL" reboot. It does not look as if Rex and Gigi will be back.

The shows, which will run 30 minutes a day, four days a week, have to be careful on how packed the cast list will be. They will have to be lean, mean fighting machines. If they are too character heavy, it could ruin the effort.

When "AMC" and "OLTL" debuted, they were half hours skeins. They then became 45 minutes, with "AMC" dove tailing into "OLTL." That was when ABC ruled daytime with its "love in the afternoon" advertising. It was a genius ad campaign.

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"General Hospital" is this close to bringing back Jack Wagner as Frisco for the 50th anniversary celebrations. Wagner and Nancy Grahn had a tweet-off when Grahn suggested that Jon Bon Jovi at the Golden Globes show looked like a less drunk Jack Wagner.

Wagner, who is in recovery, took offense and tweeted Grahn. Grahn apologized. The two had a powwow, and Wagner says everything between them is good.

He is very serious about his sobriety and suggested that Grahn's original tweet was rude and perhaps unfeeling for those who fight the good fight, and not always the easy fight, every day.

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