Taken from the New York Post website:
Saving the day Emma Samms returns with a cure for what ails ‘Hospital’ By DIANE CLEHANE BEFORE there was Eva Longoria, there was Emma Samms. Her star-soaps of the ’80s — “General Hospital” and “Dynasty” —made her an ‘It Girl’ of television’s shoulder-pad era. This week, Samms returns to her daytime roots by reprising her role as one of “GH”’s most popular characters — con artist-turned-detective Holly Scorpio — for a two-week stint timed to coincide with February sweeps. Samms will make a predictably ultradramatic reentry into “GH”’s already overwrought landscape. As a deadly virus sweeps through the show’s town of Port Charles, Holly shows up bearing the lifesaving antidote. “The writers came up with this story line inspired by all the scary bird flu stories,” says Brian Frons, president of ABC daytime. The soap had already exhumed Tristan Rogers, whose character Robert Scorpio was once Holly’s husband, to figure prominently in the plot line. “So they thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool if the person with the cure to this horrible disease was the woman who had come between Luke and Robert in the past?’” The summons to return to “GH” took Samms by surprise. “I had enough time to hit the gym but not enough time to have any major surgery,” jokes the actress, who admits to being worried about whether fans will be disappointed. “It’s very intimidating when you realize some people will remember me from over 20 years ago,” says Samms. “They’re going to see all the sleepless nights I’ve had with my kids.” Samms, now 45, lives in the English countryside (“Prince Charles is one of my neighbors,” she boasts) with her two young children from her third marriage, to John Holloway. While she’s managed to stay quite busy acting in BBC dramas, doing professional photography (including a campaign for Revlon and writing — and selling — screenplays), Samms says her most important job these days is being a mom. “I only want to be away from my kids for three weeks max,” says the actress. Her last television appearance was last year in the Hallmark mini-series “Supernova” with Peter Fonda. Returning to GH has been something of a homecoming for Samms who says she’s stayed in touch with Tony Geary (Luke) and several members of the crew. “I was always hanging out with the crew,” she says. “It’s been a delightful surprise that there are so many of the same people still working on the show.” Samms has come back to GH twice before. After originating the role of Holly in 1982, Samms left in 1985 for prime-time stardom as the recast Fallon Colby on “Dynasty” and the short-lived “The Colbys.” The actress came back to daytime for one year in 1992 before leaving again for the “Melrose Place” spinoff “Models Inc.” Having waded through television’s sudsiest shows hasn’t diminished Samms’ respect for the genre. “I take it even more seriously now being older and wiser because I’m more aware of the responsibility you have,” she says. Samms is referring, of course, to her allegiance to daytime’s decidedly smaller but still fervent stable of fans. “When I was in Chicago recently, my kids were stunned by how many people stopped me to talk about ‘General Hospital,’” she says. “The one thing about soap characters is their longevity. We have a history of bringing back very popular characters because we think it works,” says Frons of ABC’s decision to add Samms to the roster of returning GH alums, which also includes Rick Springfield, who’s back as Dr. Noah Drake. “Emma lends an elegant presence.” Though it’s a long way from the Cotswolds to Port Charles, Samms is happy to have made the trip. “I don’t think I would have had half the career I’ve had if it hadn’t been for “General Hospital,”” she says. “I wouldn’t have been offered the job on ‘Dynasty’ and so many other things. I’m grateful.” GENERAL HOSPITAL Weekdays, 3 p.m., ABC