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OTRC: Sarah Michelle Gellar to return to 'All My Children' before ABC soap opera ends TV run

Sarah Michelle Gellar in a scene from 'All My Children.' / Nestor Carbonell, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ioan Gruffudd appears at an event for the Television Critics Association's 2011 Summer TV Press Tour to promote the 2011 CW show 'Ringer.' The event took place at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles. (ABC / Joe Magnani / The CW)

Sarah Michelle Gellar is returning to the ABC soap opera "All My Children" more than 15 years after she left the series and just before it ends its network run in September.

The show and another daytime drama, "One Life To Live," are set to go off the air after more than 40 years on the air, although ABC has made a deal with a production company to broadcast new episodes online. Gellar, 34, played Kendall Hart Lang on "All My Children" for two years in the early 1990s before she was cast in her breakout title role on the primetime series "Buffy The Vampire Slayer."

"I can today officially confirm that I will be doing a guest spot on 'All My Children,'" Entertainment Weekly quoted Gellar as telling reporters at a recent event for the Television Critics Association's 2011 Summer TV Press Tour, while promoting her new CW Network show, "Ringer."

"I was very specific - I don't want to be Kendall," the actress said. "That's Alicia's role. But I just wanted to be a part of it. I have no idea what I'm going to be doing. So we can take suggestions, but I will be doing one day. Yeah, I'm excited."

"All My Children" is set to end its television run on September 23, while "One Life To Live" is scheduled to go off the air in January 2012.

"When I heard that the show was canceled, I didn't understand," Gellar said about "All My Children." "Like, 'Forget it, it just doesn't make sense to me.' And I called Judy Blye Wilson, who is the casting director and has been since I was there, and I said, 'I want to do something.'"

ABC has said that several former cast members will return to "All My Children" before its television finale, including David Canary, Julia Barr, Ray MacDonnell, Lee Meriwether and real life couple Alexa Havins and Justin Bruening. "One Life To Live" will also see the return of stars Andrea Evans and John Loprieno.

"Buffy The Vampire Slayer" ran between 1996 and 2003 and garnered a cult following. Gellar's new show, "The Ringer," sees her playing a woman who assumes the identity of her estranged, troubled twin sister after she disappears during a boat trip. It premieres on the CW on September 13.

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