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Lynette Rice
July 08, 2011 AT 10:46 PM EDT

Some old lovers are returning to Salem. EW has confirmed that Patrick Muldoon (Austin Reed) and Christie Clark (Carrie Brady) will make their way back to the NBC sudser in September. Clark last appeared on Days in 2010, having worked on and off on the soap since the mid-80s. Muldoon left the show in 1995 to launch a TV (Melrose Place) and film (Starship Troopers) career.

They’ll go in front of the Days camera next week.

The return of Muldoon and Clark is just one many changes that Executive Producer Ken Corday is planning for the venerable soap. After hiring two new head writers to replace Dena Higley, Corday’s team has promised to return to more character-based storylines this fall. In addition, the show recently hired Freddie Smith (90210) to enter a same-sex relationship on the traditionally conservative show.

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