February 3, 2009

Aleksander heading back to ‘Guiding Light’

Grant Aleksander, whose character Phillip Spaulding was supposedly killed off of Guiding Light in 2004, is returning to the U.S. soap opera, CBS said.

Aleksander is to return to the daytime drama series in the episode slated to air next Monday.

In the land of daytime dramas when you are shot 'dead,' there's a good possibility that you might turn up again years later. Such is the case of Phillip Spaulding, who was shot by his father Alan (played by Ron Raines) in 2004, CBS said in a news release.

Phillip was presumed dead after the shooting, though most of Springfield discovered sometime later he had survived, only to be hidden away by his father. Now they are in for another shock when he makes a sudden, surprise return to town.

Aleksander played Spaulding on GL from 1983 to 1993, and then again from 1996 to 2004. He recently made a guest appearance in Life on Mars and has appeared on All My Children. He has also directed episodes of As the World Turns.