Out actor Chad Allen is heading to primetime as the gay love interest of Dr. Kyle Julian on the SOAPnet series General Hospital: Night Shift, a spin-off of ABC's Emmy-winning General Hospital. Chad, known for portraying Matthew Cooper on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Womanand the Donald Strachey mystery movies on here!, has been cast in the role of Eric Whitlow for three episodes of General Hospital: Night Shift, it was announced by Brian Frons, president, Daytime, Disney-ABC Television Group. The SOAPnet series, which is the network’s most-watched of all time, follows the lives of doctors, nurses and patients as they embark on journeys of self discovery, love and heartache. His first appearance on air is TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 at 11:00 p.m., ET/PT on SOAPnet. In the storyline, Eric is introduced as a patient in need of a liver transplant. First-year resident Kyle Julian (Adam Grimes) will help Eric's family find a suitable donor, while developing a relationship with him in the process. “We're delighted to have Chad join our show because not only is he a remarkable actor, but he's also an amazing activist. For years, I have been inspired by Chad and welcome the honesty and authenticity that he will bring to our show,” said headwriter Sri Rao. Over the course of his career, Chad has been seen in a variety of television series including Criminal Minds, Charmed, Cold Case, NYPD Blue and St. Elsewhere.