By Lynette Rice
Updated July 19, 2011 at 10:06 PM EDT
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A Port Charles troublemaker is coming to Salem. EW has learned exclusively that Sarah Brown, best known for originating the role of Carly on General Hospital, has joined the cast of NBC’s Days of Our Lives. She’ll play Madison James, a powerful CEO who takes on Sami (Alison Sweeney) as a protege. She also sets her sights on Brady (Eric Martsolf) and goes head-to-head with Kate (Lauren Koslow).

She’ll show up in September.

“Days of our Lives is one of television’s historic gems,” Brown said in a statement. “I’m excited to join such a talented cast to portray such a strong yet feminine character that will inspire our female viewers.”

Brown is daytime TV veteran, having won three Emmy Awards for her work on GH. She also appeared on As the World Turns and The Bold & the Beautiful. Her addition is one of many changes that Days is making in an attempt to reboot the NBC sudser. Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn are also returning as Marlena Evans and John Black.