Soap opera fans have been awaiting the day when Rebecca Budig (ex-Hayden Barnes, General Hospital; ex-Greenlee Smythe, All My Children; ex-Michelle Bauer, Guiding Light) returns to television screens, and while her new series L.A.'s Finest isn't debuting just yet, the actress has posted a couple of teasers from the police drama.
Scheduled for an early spring 2019 premiere on Spectrum, L.A.'s Finest is based on the Bad Boys film franchise and follows Burnett (Gabrielle Union), a new LAPD detective famous for taking down a drug cartel in Miami. Paired with a new partner, Nancy McKenna (Jessica Alba) -- who's a working mom with an equally complex past -- Burnett is pushed to examine whether her unapologetic lifestyle might be masking a greater personal secret. These two women don't agree on much, but they find common ground when it comes to taking on the most dangerous criminals in Los Angeles.
Budig confirmed her role as Carlene Hart on Instagram back in November, writing: "I'm trying hard to stay off social media as an example to my daughter but checking in from time to time. Loving L.A.'s Finest. I'll be in a few episodes. Can't wait for you to see it next year!"
Since then, she has made several posts that feature another of her L.A.'s Finest costars: Ryan McPartlin, who played Hank Bennett on Passions from 2001 to 2004.
The first is a video clip that shows the pair on set during filming, which began late last year.
The second is a photo in which Budig jokes McPartlin is laughing at their height difference "even in heels."
Budig has yet to reveal how Carlene plays into the story on L.A.'s Finest, but she did post a video clip of herself in the role, joking that she "does it all" on set -- including answering phones.
Lucky for daytime fans, Budig and McPartlin aren't the only soap opera stars to sign on to L.A.'s Finest. Hudson West (Jake Webber, GH) is listed in the show's credits, as is David Fumero (ex-Christian Vega, One Life to Live), who plays the recurring role of Lt. Jason Calloway, an LAPD lieutenant with the Narcotics Division who is not above arresting any cop who crosses the line.
Considering Budig says she's only appearing on a few episodes of L.A's Finest, many fans are keeping their fingers crossed that she'll return to the role of GH's Hayden, which she played from 2015 to 2017. And it's not an entirely hopeless wish.
After viewers expressed major disappointment at the show's decision to let the popular actress go, GH executive producer Frank Valentini teased that "Hayden could return... you never know what the future holds." Meanwhile, ABC executive Nathan Varni says Hayden's return to the canvas is "definitely a possibility."
How much are you looking forward to seeing Budig in her new show? What do you think of the premise of L.A.'s Finest? How do you feel about Hayden possibly returning to GH? We want to hear from you -- and there are many ways you can share your thoughts.