Break out your hair gel and wristbands: a familiar face is now appearing on General Hospital.
Joe Flanigan, know to Stargate Atlantis fans as the roguish and charming Colonel John Sheppard, has been cast in a recurring role on the iconic ABC soap opera.
His first episode on the daytime drama aired last Friday. (Watch a bit of it below.)
Flanigan is playing Neil, the new therapist of series regular Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn). The two are said to start off at odds, but later warm up to each other — and potentially spark a romance down the line.
The length of Flanigan’s tenure on the show has yet to be disclosed, and it’s worth noting that soap operas are notorious for their revolving door of supporting characters. But at the very least, Flanigan will appear in two episodes this season — the second of which is airing today (Monday, February 11).
And he isn’t the first Stargate leading man to appear on the long-running soap. Before he became a household name as MacGyver, Richard Dean Anderson played Dr. Jeff Webber in 11 episodes of the series, from 1977 to 1980.
The General Hospital role is a welcome return to acting for Flanigan, who hasn’t appeared in a film or television production since 2016’s The Bandit Hound (and previously, 2013’s Major Crimes).
The actor’s semi-retirement, however, has been anything but balmy. Flanigan recently experienced a tragic personal loss when his Malibu home burned to the ground during the November 2018 Woolsey Fire — a natural disaster that scorched 96,949 acres of land and destroyed 1,643 California structures.
But even after his house was destroyed, Flanigan defied a mandatory evacuation order and returned to his neighborhood to provide water, gas masks, and emergency supplies to victims left behind (as reported by ABC 7).
Who says this guy isn’t actually John Sheppard?
After General Hospital Flanigan is set to star in Room 19 — a mystery thriller from director Jason D. Morris. That project is currently in pre-production.
Catch General Hospital weekdays at 2 p.m. (E/P) on ABC. U.S. cable subscribers can watch Flanigan’s first episode now through ABC On Demand.