It's been more than four years since Bell last appeared as a contract player on The Young and the Restless. Since then, she has appeared sporadically in Genoa City. Her most recent appearance began in mid-July 2010 and ran through late-September 2010.
Bell has repeatedly been courted by Y&R execs, including one made at a 2008 "power lunch" with her mother, Y&R co-creator Lee Phillip Bell, and sister-in-law, co-head writer Maria Arena Bell.
Instead, Bell has focused her attention on being a mom, operating a Los Angeles-based clothing boutique, and creating the online series Family Dinner.
Bell originated the role of Christine in 1983. In 1996, she earned a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress.
Bell will first appear on January 13, 2011. The return is short-term and will last "several weeks."