GH's Tyler Christopher Out

Tyler Christopher (Nikolas) was let go by GENERAL HOSPITAL on Friday, freeing him up to star in a prime-time series on ABC Family which will debut August 15, according to published reports. No final airdate has been announced, but he is expected to leave within the next few weeks.

The actor created the role in 1996, left in 1999 and returned 2003. He was nominated for a Daytime Emmy as Outstanding Younger Actor in 1998, and Outstanding Supporting Actor in 2005 and 2006.

ABC Family has ordered 10 episodes of THE LYING GAME, which will feature Christopher in the recurring role of Detective Matthews, and stars Alexandra Chando (ex-Maddie, AS THE WORLD TURNS) as a foster child who discovers she has an identical twin.