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Lynette Rice
May 05, 2011 AT 09:14 PM EDT

Not all of the news coming out of the soap world these days is depressing. To wit: Genie Francis is finally on the set of The Young and the Restless! 

EW obtained this exclusive first look of Francis, now playing Genevieve Atkinson — the mother of Ethan Cane Ashby — on the CBS sudser. For the uninitiated, that’s the yummy Daniel Goddard in the photo, who used to play Cane until he was shot dead outside of his dad’s wedding to Jill. Lately, he’s been levitating in and out of Genoa City as a freaking ghost, seen only by his widow Lily. Is his mother Genevieve now seeing ghosts, too? Or is that even “Cane” in the photo?

With any luck, we’ll get some answers May 27 — the date of Laura Spencer’s Francis’ debut.

I hope Sharon stays lost. @EWLynette

For more:

The Young and the Restless scoop: Is Cane dead or what?

Genie Francis on General Hospital: ‘They cannot conceive a Laura who is a grown woman’

Genie Francis joins The Young and the Restless

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