The ABC soap's head writer, Shelly Altman, teases that the steamy storyline they've penned for the actor's return will keep viewers' summers sizzling.
"He returns anxious to have romantic moments [with Rebecca Herbst's Liz] and he will not be disappointed -- nor will the 'Friz' fans," she revealed to Soap Opera Digest.
Though Howarth has been offscreen for the past several months, he says viewer love has been stronger than ever.
"I truly appreciate the overwhelming fan support," he shares. "They are truly amazing and I'm grateful."
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