Ripa, Consuelos to return to 'Children'

Couple to appear in two episodes for show's 40th anniversary

"All My Children" alums husband and wife Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos will return to the ABC daytime drama, in two episodes Jan. 4 and Jan. 5, which will mark "Children's" 40th anniversary.

"It is always great to come home," Ripa said.

Several other "Children" veterans, including La Rue, Julia Barr, Laurence Lau, Taylor Miller, James Mitchell, Leven Rambin and Eden Riegel will be part of the anniversary episodes.

Its story line will have Pine Valley elected "The Most Congenial Town in America," and Hayley (Ripa) and Mateo (Consuelos) will return to their hometown for Hayley to produce and host a documentary for her television show "The Wave," as she interviews her family members, friends and citizens who all call Pine Valley home.

Jan. 4 also marks the long-running soap's first day of production in Los Angeles after four decades in New York.