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Bernsen to play priest on ‘Restless’

Thesp's mother has been on soap since 1974

NEW YORK — Corbin Bernsen is headed for the suds, signing to appear on “The Young and the Restless,” the long-running CBS soap his mother has headlined for more than three decades.

Bernsen will show up on five or six episodes in the role of Todd Williams, a priest and brother of Paul Williams, “Young” exec producer David Shaughnessy announced Tuesday.

Bernsen, who has devoted most of his acting career to primetime, is expected to return in the role of Williams on a regular basis, although no final deal has been reached, according to Eye execs.

Best known for his role as Arnie Becker on the hit primetime series “LA Law,” Bernsen will begin taping “Young” shows Sept. 2 for broadcast starting Sept. 25

“We consider Corbin to be an extended member of the ‘Y&R’ family,” Shaughnessy said. “His mother, Jeanne Cooper, has starred on the show as grande dame Katherine Chancellor since 1974. This, however, is Corbin’s first appearance on the series.”

Cooper has appeared as Bernsen’s mother on several primetime shows, including NBC’s “Law & Order.”

Financial terms of Bernsen’s suds deal were not disclosed.

“Young,” the most-watched daytime drama, recently celebrated its 30th anniversary and is a Sony Pictures TV production.