) has signed on for an extended stay in Oakdale.
McClain joined the cast of As The World Turns in April 2002. Her stay was immediately said to be a short-term gig. McClain had previously been a member of the cast of All My Children
, playing Dixie Martin
. McClain played AMC's Dixie off-and-on since October 1988. McClain left ABC's All My Children citing a need for a cool down period away from the hectic taping schedules of a soap opera. Shortly after joined the cast of CBS's As The World Turns, AMC killed of McClain's character -- off-screen.
Now, as the actress' tenure with the show approaches the year mark, show executives have gotten McClain to agree to a new contract. According to a show source, McClain's contract will keep her in Oakdale for another year.
A network spokesperson would not comment on McClain's status, stating that it is not network policy to comment on contracts.