Both are just awful. No wonder he refused. The show or someone at ITV seemed to take it out on the character, including making him a deadbeat for years. I read that David said earlier this year he went to stay with Martin. The actor is now a cheesemaker, but maybe they could bring him back every blue moon for visits...
Someone asked me to upload a July 2004 episode and I'm watching it as it goes up and there's this story where Sarah is enraged over Martin continuing to be with Katy Harris after she knew about Todd sleeping with Karl and kept quiet. And yeah, that's a bad thing, but her reaction is so OTT, and the scene she has alone with Martin before she finds out is so odd, I really do wonder if the rumors are true that they were going to have Martin and Sarah hook up and Sean Wilson refused to do it.
(I think the other rumor is that after Katy, Martin was going to fall for an underage girl, like Rosie)
I don't mind soapy - it's just all the silly contrivance and meaningless emo misery I have little time for. But maybe it will be better than the comic. At least the Marvel heroes of the screen are limited enough to where they can't kill off some bit player last seen in 1975 to try to make us have a sad.
His AW efforts were probably his most successful, in that the characters stayed the longest of any he created (until Mel and Remy on GL, even if they were never all that well used). I know Petronia Paley praised him in an interview. Beyond Quinn, I think Henrietta was a good character too, played by an interesting actress.
Of course casting is one thing, writing is another. Valerie Pettiford was brilliant casting and really added to OLTL, but I don't think anyone ever knew how to properly showcase her, not even the way AMC did with Tonya Pinkins in a similar period.
The quoting system is an abombination...
Anyway, there was some spec at the time that JFP didn't even really want a headwriter and that she also basically served as HW when McTavish was there. I wouldn't be shocked.
Like Khan said, I'd guess McTavish and JFP didn't even know about the last version of this, although it may have been mentioned vaguely. JFP also used that story to stretch material during the many months that OLTL had no headwriter and she was basically doing the show herself.
I can't remember if the '90/'91 version tried to convince viewers that Max was Asa's son, or if we knew it was a con all along. I have an episode somewhere (it's probably on Youtube as well most likely) with Gabrielle in Sweetwater learning the "truth" from DuAnn.
I think whether with JDP or Walker, Max was just too flashy to really fit into the Buchanan group.
Agreed about the rap story (I think their big story was rapping at a Gulf War gathering or something - I can't remember but I think there was an SOD article about it).
Here's a bit more of Sheila, in a Gottlieb "very special episode" type mini-story, with some singing and racism.
I think he also had a German alter ego. It's interesting to hear your memories, as I can imagine how jarring the tonal changes in the show must have been to viewers. Of course Rauch's OLTL was also OTT, but seemed more hollowed out by the end (see: those gruesome scenes of drugged-Viki-as-Niki, or anything with Marjorie Main's evil twin DuAnn, mostly treasured for Erika Slezak's "DuAnn, HONEY..."), whereas Gottlieb's felt more like a cocaine frenzy, mixed with social "awareness" that reminded me of a Facts of Life episode.
Of all the times Erika hammed it up in questionable material, this really is one of my favorites.