In the June 13, 2016 issue of Soap Opera Digest, the magazine reports that Hughes is taking a summer break and will be off-screen for much of the season.
Hughes took time off from General Hospital last summer to direct the movie The Byrd and the Bees, a movie that ultimately didn't get made for financial reasons.
Enjoy your time off Finola. You deserve it!
Update: Hughes tells Digest, "It’s not long. We have a lot of downtime this summer [with breaks in the production hiatus], so I will only be away for a few weeks.”