There's an old rumor, probably not true, that if Barbara Windsor hadn't abruptly left EE for two years because of health problems, Peggy was going to have a fling with Dennis.
There was also a rumor, I think, that Mark was supposed to have an affair with Nick.
(with the ass John Altman had in those days I'm not all that surprised Nick was surrounding so many gay rumors...)
I think Mark was also supposed to become a racist and be involved in hate attacks, and I think maybe become a drug addict, but David Scarboro quit the show due to mental stress.
Oh, and Julie Martin on Neighbours was supposed to kill herself. The actress played Julie as desperate and fraught in her final weeks, until suddenly, near the end, they told her she wasn't going to kill herself after all, she was going to be murdered.
They missed out quite a few mostly from earlier soap years.
Eastenders has always had a ton - the alcoholic woman Phil had an affair with in 1997 or 1998 was supposed to be gang-raped (the actress quit the show rather than play the story). In 1990 a new producer was going to kill Pauline via a terminal illness and have an IRA bombing in the Square, killing Pete and leaving Wicksy paralyzed. The whole thing was scrapped and the producer sued the BBC.
In 1969, Corrie's ratings were sliding and a new producer was going to have a slew of ideas, including a new black family, I think a gay character, and Emily was going to have a baby out of wedlock. None of this happened - I think the closest they got was a hippie character living in Weatherfield.
I was being hyperbolic, but hiring one actress to overcome all the shortcomings in a script (which she didn't even do) was basically what I was replying to. Anyway, sorry for the hyperbole. I was mostly just reacting because while she was decent enough, I didn't really get the hype as I watched the episode before I read the comments.
(Sorry for the screwed up quote)
I also thought it was a really bad idea. I don't understand why a black man needed to be cast in that role.
It's hilarious when I see people saying things like you can tell Ron is now gone and JP has taken over because there are no vets and all new characters instead, and because Sonny is being written as a hero. Where the hell have they been the last year and change, especially when they had Michael give AJ back? I knew that would happen - the fans who would sacrifice kittens to sniff his shoes can't wait to talk about how much worse the show is without him, even when his material is still airing.
Bob's cellmate is beating him and now threatening his wife in order to get Bob to get him stuff and now to get Harriet (who is supposed to testify against the man in court) to perjure herself on his behalf. Harriet told Bob she'd worked something out and will lie to the man, but Bob's sentencing is first, so she's hoping to find a way to get Bob out safely.
It's just a depressing story, albeit well-acted. And I'm tired of all of them talking SO LOUDLY in the visiting area where anyone can hear, yet no one does.
So Ross wants revenge. It's a little contrived, but I'll accept it as long as he doesn't go after Finn.
I really like the friendship between Megan and Sam. I've grown to like Megan a lot more lately. It's been a pleasant surprise.
I made the mistake of watching a Youtube video (of Alison Parker reporting for CNN) and sure enough, there were tons of comments insisting the whole thing was faked. I hate that [!@#$%^&*] so much. Some people still say that about Sandy Hook and now we're getting it again. It's disgusting and pathetic.