One of ongoing gags in the soap biz is the mythical return of Vanessa Marcil to General Hospital. I say it's mythical because for six years now, a certain magazine regular writes about Vanessa's return and it never actually happens. But now, there may be some truth to the rumor. ABC has contacted Vanessa Marcil about returning to General Hospital to reprise the character of Brenda Barrett. Maybe as soon as this spring.
For a change of pace, the news is coming directly from the show. GH headwriter Bob Guza has said that talks are underway with Vanessa. He has also always maintained that Brenda's one of his favorite characters and he'd love to have her back on the show.
A year ago, he was saying much the same thing, but a deal couldn't be struck and Vanessa did a small arc on Without A Trace instead.
If GH and ABC could manage to make this return happen now, it would find Brenda back at a time when Sonny is actually free and available. It would also bring her back in contact with Jax, much to Carly's displeasure. But it's really the Sonny-Brenda romance that would get fans psyched.
Maurice Benard and Vanessa always had hot chemistry, and both have aged very nicely in the past six years. I would love to see Sonny discover that Brenda's back in Port Charles.