Days made the mistake of hanging on to these gents way beyond their use by dates as serious threats. At any rate the 1980's approach of not punishing villians also contributed to them losing effectiveness - why would viewers really care if they knew those guys would be back mixing it up with people they tried to ruin (or worse)? They should have nurtured the next generation of both those families more carefully...
Rod Arrants (Travis) and Patricia Estrin (Jamie) on SFT.I always suspected that Estrin got the gig as a condition of Arrants renewing his contract. Kim Zimmer and AC Weary on The Doctors as Nola and Tor.Not sure if they were married at the time? Erika Slezak and Brian Davies on OLTL.
Pat Falken Smith made immediate changes at Days that revitalized the show. She introduced the Salem Strangler story,brought in the Di Mera's (as a mysterious powerful family,not the campy clan of later years),introduced Roman,Kayla and Abe etc. Such a pity that circumstances led to her departure.
Agnes Nixon needs to be recognized for her work on Another World.She replaced James Lipton and jettisoned his family, the Gregorys,in favor of strengthening the Matthews with the Sorasing of Russ and bringing Alice to the forefront,creating Rachel.Sam and Ada,Steve Frame etc.It set up the show for years of story and the ratings reflected that. Henry Slesar headwrote Search for Tomorrow for about 6 months in 78. He quickly wrote out Jo's latest boyfriend Greg and his daughter Meredith,introduced Chance and Kylie Halliday,Ted Adamson and his land grab and had Steve Kaslo dying.There wasn't anything earthshaking.I got the feeling SFT was having trouble with the revolving door of writers around this time and Slesar was there to keep things afloat until new writers could be found.The Corringtons replaced Slesar and did much more with the show than Slesar in terms or revamping.
Other performers who were on Somerset before EON Richard Shoberg Mitch Farmer/Kevin Jamison Jay Gregory Carter Matson/Morlock Sevigny Holland Taylor Rith Winter/Denise Cavanaugh Bruce Gray Warren Parker/Owen Madison
Loving had as one of it's first stories the abuse of Lily Slater by her father Garth.However, the story goes that ABC ordered it wrapped up before their TV movieon the subject'Something About Amelia' aired in January 84.
Back to the Dan character.Someone suggested that rather than Sorasing Dan,Ellen could have had a younger brother who could have played out most of Dan's stories,leaving Dan to come of age in the mid 70's. So Ellen could have been concerned sister rather than mother,thus not pushing her into an older age bracket.