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October 9, 2012

Soap secret: Return of New Castle native Sean Kanan to ‘General Hospital’ is shrouded in mystery

NEW CASTLE — Sean Kanan has a secret.

The New Castle native set the daytime soap opera world abuzz in recent weeks with the announcement that he is returning to the popular ABC show, “General Hospital.”

And that is where the mystery begins.

ABC and GH are not releasing which role Kanan will play. Could he be reprising his role as beleaguered A.J. Quartermaine, which he left 15 years ago? Could ABC be taking advantage of his striking resemblance to the departing Steve Burton and putting Kanan in the role of soft-hearted mob enforcer and hitman Jason Morgan? Or could the network have another role in mind for him all together?  Whatever the case, Kanan is remaining mum.

“I have been sworn to secrecy,” the 45-year-old son of Dale and Michele Perelman of Neshannock Township said with a chuckle. “I’ll just say that I am really looking forward to my role.”

 BAD BOY ROLES

Although Kanan is keeping the specifics of his new job under wraps, chances are good that he will play a bad boy. From the tortured, trouble-making A.J. to his most recent role as the conniving, scowling Deacon Sharpe on CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful,” (a role which he also played on B&B’s sister show, “The Young and the Restless,”), Kanan always has seemed to find himself in the middle of drama.

A.J. was murdered by a psychotic psychiatrist in 2005 when the part was played by Billy Warlock, eight years after Kanan and GH had a less-than-pleasant parting of the ways. He admits he was caught off guard when he was contacted by new GH executive producer Frank Valentini about returning.

“To say I was stunned would be an understatement,” he said. “Stunned, but very intrigued.”

Kanan began filming last week, and his first appearances will be the last week of October. Burton, who has been with GH for 21 years, already has wrapped filming, with his on-air exit scheduled for Oct. 22.

Coincidence that Kanan is coming in on the heels of Burton’s departure, especially since the two played brothers on the show and could pass as brothers in real life?

“Steve and I do resemble each other,” Kanan acknowledged with a laugh. “That’s all I can say.”

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