Tom Pelphrey Coming Back to Guiding Light

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Though a Guiding Light spokesperson remains tight-lipped about the news, soapcentral.com has learned that Emmy winner Tom Pelphrey (Jonathan Randall) has returned to work on the show.

Tom Pelphrey StillThe first airdate is not yet known for Pelphrey's on-air return. But the actor has already taped his first scenes; they're expected scenes to air later this month. For now, Pelphrey's return is slated to be only short-term, with the actor once again exiting the show this fall.

Nevertheless, Pelphrey's return is apparently a big deal for the CBS soap. In September, Simon and Schuster will publish a book that chronicle's Jonathan's life after he staged his death. The book, "Guiding Light: Jonathan's Story" will be available from all major book retailers.

The release of a book surrounding a soap opera storyline is nothing new. As The World Turns, which, like Guiding Light, is also produced by Procter & Gamble, released a tell-all book, "Oakdale Confidential," last year.

Other soaps have also published books. All My Children's fictional Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) released a real-world autobiography, "Having It All" and One Life to Live featured a whodunnit story that was based on a book called "The Killing Club" that was penned by one of its characters.

General Hospital and Passions have also featured book tie-ins.

It's unclear at this time which came first: the idea for "Jonathan's Story" or Pelphrey's decision to return. It's also unknown right now whether or not the show would have recast Jonathan if Pelphrey had not agreed to return or if the book and storyline would have been scrapped.

Pelphrey joined the cast of Guiding Light in September 2004. He received a third consecutive Daytime Emmy nomination this year. In 2006, Pelphrey was named Outstanding Younger Actor.

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I hope it gets picked up by someone...anyone...these no good mother-fuckers at CBS need to get real and the whole Nielsen rating system has to get with the '90s and realize that people record this shit while they are at work. The system is flawed my friends...I just hope they wise up and we don't lose this show. In a world of uncertainty it's nice to know that some things we can count on..GL is one of those things to millions..

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jennita coles says: It been amazing watching tom on guiding light it like i know him thats every girl fantasy to have someone love you the way he love tammy. I find myself on youtube every day looking at the secne betweent the two of them its just amazing the passion he has for eachother i only wish that one day i'll find someone to love me like that......

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i love the charactor jonathon and the storyline it really was a great story line and will love to watch tom come and reclaim his role once again i know it will be wonderful.

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I got the book Jonathan's Story for Christmas and I loved it I think they need to either do another book to tell us what happened after where the book ended at or hurry up and get Tom back on GL as Jonathan and tell the rest of the story on there. What is on now really is boring with out seeing him on there.

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Guiding Light is not the same without Jon and Tammy. I think they should bring them back and make the death look staged for Tammy as well. They have to come back pay them more!

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I love Jonathan's character, the show is not the same with out him. I would like to see him come back for a long time to come. I do not know how his story line will play out, but I hope it is a good one. If he does leave, I hope there will be closure unlike the last time we saw him, It kinda left all of us heart broken....I love this show and hope to see more of MR. Tom Pelphrey wether it is on guiding light or in movies ext.. I love you tom...

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I have been watching Guiding Light since I was little. I went and bought the book and I was so into the book. I would love to see Jonathan come back with a new girl and the baby I think that is what the show needs some new excitement. I hope it is not to long Lizzie has herself together now so we need something to happen soon.

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I think you should bing back Jonathan and Tammy as his new girlfriend.... GL isn't the same even though you have rave and daisy they just don't do it.... WE WANT JONATHAN AND TAMMY!!!!

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I have watched GL since I was a teenager but now I have not watched since Tom Pelphrey is gone. They have got to bring him back permanent to GL so I can see him on TV rather than just in my dreams!