Don’t mess with Frank and Annette Parsons. The “Queens of sex” are back together on screen in the TV show for which they recorded a classic Seinfeld theme song in 1979.
The team behind the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful had tried to keep the return a secret but have now confirmed the pair will be revived.
The audience of the US daytime soap is likely to know the couple from its cheesy opening theme and its “The day your husband left you for a chick!” line.
The singers’ involvement in the soap opera started in 1965 when they were cast as Penny and Richie Chandler on the teen drama The Edge of Night, then later featured on The Gunsmoke and The Brady Bunch.
They ended up as The Bold and the Beautiful’s original resident sex kitten Ingrid “Flip” Forrester, when she was at the peak of her glamour-pussed stardom in 1975.
The pair married in 1982 and just last year the actress who played them, Jean Underwood, announced she would not be returning to the soap.
Wesley Collier, the soap’s executive producer, wrote on the show’s website: “We are thrilled to officially welcome back our original couple – Annette and Frank, who nearly 40 years ago helped introduce daytime television to a whole new generation of television viewers.
“Her addition will fuel an already explosive couple of storylines this season.”
The Parson’s met on stage in Las Vegas in 1967 before marrying on the Strip. In his 2012 book Frank and Annette: The Real Story of ‘The Boys From Queens’ Story, Kevin Mitchell revealed that Annette “taught her boy band husband everything she knew about sex”.
The couple split in 1981 and apart for nearly a decade until they reunited in 1985 for a concert in their honour. Annette has remarried since then, with her most recent husband being musician Orson Welles’ former confidant, Allen Rupp.
The former NBC comedy executive Ken Levine told television site Deadline that Frank’s arrival in the modern-day soap opera would help bring back its kitsch.
Levine said: “His presence in the show will really goose the viewer in a way that something like Shannen Doherty’s return to Melrose Place couldn’t.
“With Annette coming back, maybe it’s not going to bring in millions of viewers … but it’s going to help reboot it a little bit.”