"Days of Our Lives" made Lisa Rinna a daytime star back in the mid-1990s, and now she's going back to where she started. Yes, Lisa is returning to the role she said goodbye to a long time ago: Billie Reed.
"'Days Of Our Lives' has a great new team behind it, and they are determined to make sure the show not only survives but thrives," an insider tells me. "Part of the strategy is bringing out the big guns, which includes bringing back Lisa Rinna and Billie Reed."
Soaps have gone through a tough time recently, with ratings declining and the cancellation of 'All My Children' and 'One Life To Live.' And although the future of daytime soaps is still anything but certain, the team behind 'Days of Our Lives' has made it clear it's going to fight.
"Lisa is doing a James Franco," the source says, referencing Franco's recent guest role on "General Hospital." "There is something full circle about bringing her back to the role that made her famous and now harnessing her celebrity to secure the future of the show."
The actress reprised her role as Billie briefly in 2002, and fans will likely love to see her back once again on the NBC soap.
Rinna's scripts are closely guarded and her storyline will only be revealed to the actors who have scenes with her. But sources tell me a deal has been confirmed and Lisa will be back in Salem in December to start shooting.