Fumero joined the cast of One Life to Live in June 1998 and, despite frequent mention of wanting to exit the show, remained with the ABC soap through October 2003. A little over a year later, in November 2004, Fumero agreed to return to the show for a short-term run. Dena Higley, the show's then-new head writer scripted a Manchurian Candidate-esque four-month story arc to accommodate Fumero's return. When last seen on-screen in February 2005, Cristian was carted off to jail for killing Tico Santi.
This time around Fumero's run is expected to last much longer than a couple of months. Fumero is on contract with the show and will figure into the show's existing triangle of Natalie, John and Evangeline.
Fumero will first air on September 1st.