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On-again, off-again Ali­son Sweeney is re­turn­ing to soapie Days Of Our Lives (1965-cur­rent) af­ter a twoand-a-half year ab­sence in the US. She posted to so­cial net­work plat­form In­sta­gram: “Go­ing, go­ing, back, back to… Salem! So ex­cited! Thanks for the love!” South Africa’s three years be­hind the US and we’ll be see­ing Sami leave in the next few months, swap­ping Salem for the hills of Hol­ly­wood for three years.

Gen­eral Zod has been added to sci-fi show Su­per­girl’s (2015cur­rent) list of vil­lains for the up­com­ing third sea­son. The se­ries has cast Mark Gib­bon in the role – he played Mr Raines in the Su­per­man pre­quel se­ries Smal­lville (2001-2010).

Cait­lyn Jen­ner’s been left high and dry when it comes to love from her Kar­dashian step­kids. Cait­lyn, who was Bruce Jen­ner on Keep­ing Up With The Kar­dashi­ans (2007-cur­rent) un­til tran­si­tion­ing into a woman in 2016, said in an in­ter­view that her daugh­ters Ken­dall and Kylie still call and visit, “But the oth­ers have be­come more dis­tant” since he un­der­went gen­der re­as­sign­ment surgery.

Erin Moran, Joanie Cun­ning­ham in the iconic Happy Days (1974-1984) and mul­ti­ple char­ac­ters in com­edy se­ries The Love Boat (1980-1985), passed away late in April aged 56 from un­known causes. She was last seen on­screen in 2009 as Kelly DeMartin on soapie Bold & Beau­ti­ful (1987- cur­rent).

Matthew Perry has swapped act­ing for writ­ing af­ter his com­edy The Odd Cou­ple (2015-2017) was axed. He wrote stage play The End Of Long­ing in 10 days and the for­mer drug and al­co­hol ad­dict says that it’s semi-bi­o­graph­i­cal: “I’m drawn to char­ac­ters who try im­prove them­selves, so I’m in there.” A decade af­ter his pass­ing in 2008, Heath Ledger’s true “last work” is be­ing turned into a doc­u­men­tary called I Am Heath Ledger. While film­ing his role as The Joker in 2008 movie The Dark Knight, Heath used a cam­corder to cre­ate and doc­u­ment art around him and that will form part of a doc­cie that while chron­i­cle his act­ing roots in Aus­tralia through to be­com­ing a big name in Hol­ly­wood. Singer-ac­tress Se­lena Gomez snapped a group selfie with her for­mer Dis­ney’s Wiz­ards Of Waverly Place (2007-2012) co-stars at David Hen­rie’s wed­ding. He played Justin on the Dis­ney show that made Se­lena fa­mous and fel­low cast­mem­ber Jake T Austin (Max) tweeted “a spe­cial day with some amaz­ing peo­ple”.

FOX Broad­cast­ing Com­pany are splash­ing huge cash to make sure that David Du­chovny and Gil­lian An­der­son re­turn as Fox Mul­der and Dana Scul­ley for the newly re­newed sea­son 11 of sci-fi se­ries The X- Files (1996- cur­rent). “It’s noth­ing with­out them and cre­ator Chris Carter,” says FOX pres­i­dent David Mad­den. “We’re just wait­ing to fi­nalise sched­ules.”

SPOILER ALERT!

Por­tia de Rossi has left po­lit­i­cal drama se­ries The Fixer (2012-cur­rent) in the most dra­matic way: her char­ac­ter El­iz­a­beth North is beaten to death in sea­son 6. The ac­tress, who’s mar­ried to talk­show host Ellen DeGeneres, says that show boss Shonda Rhimes sup­ported her de­ci­sion and it’s giv­ing her more time for her new ven­ture: art.

Days Of Our Lives’ Ali­son Sweeney.

Se­lena Gomez (front) with her for­mer co-stars from Wiz­ards Of Waverly Place.

The late Heath Ledger.

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