Let the returns begin.
Emmy winner Cady McClain (Dixie Martin) has confirmed that she will head back to Pine Valley before All My Children's scheduled finale in September. The fan-favorite's rumored return was first reported last month, and was the first high-profile casting news to be announced since the show's cancellation on April 14.
"Finally -- I can confirm the rumors. I am returning to AMC," McClain told fans via Facebook. "Very happy to be a part of this historical serial drama during its final curtain call. Think you will be happy with this story. Can't say anything but that it's a classic!"
Though McClain is returning to help AMC in its sendoff, Soap Opera Digest reports that McClain and show execs were in talks before AMC's cancellation was announced. After McClain's return was first reported, Soaps In Depth announced that McClain had yet to sign her name to any deals -- but ceded that the actress would more than likely make an AMC appearance before the show ends its run.
McClain made her AMC debut in 1988. She remained with the show through 1996. After a two-year break, McClain returned for another four years. In 2007, Dixie was killed off in a serial killer storyline, prompting outrage from viewers. McClain has returned to the show on several occasions since her character's untimely demise, the most recent in April 2010 when Dixie welcomed her Uncle Palmer to heaven.
There's no word yet on when McClain will make her on-screen return.