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It was mentioned in an interview that they thought a lot about Megan, but felt that the role was un-recastable, and Tuck madeit pretty clear she would never return full time...

Yea she could have just left town then and came back for visits like David Vickers, but I guess soaps really wasn't doing that then. But if they could recast Dorian and Tina successfully, they could have done the same with Megan. But now that I think about OLTL didn't do too much re-casting of important characters.

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Drew Buchanan - One Life to Live

Tony Lord - One Life to Live

Meredith Lord - One Life to Live

Megan Gordon - One LIfe to Live (The worst in my opinion, she hasn't done anything noteworthy since and could have been OLTL's next leading lady)

Zach Brady - Days of Our Lives

Also from OLTL....

Victor Lord (I'm not counting that 2003 debacle)

Asa Buchanan

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Even though this character was a bit before my time, I'd say Sally Frame (AW). Why the adoptive daughter of Steve and Alice was killed boggles my mind. IMO, she should've been a character on the show for the long haul, driving story alongside Vicky in the later years.

Coop on GL. A great re-introduction for Phillip; however, I thought it was stupid. Coop should've left town instead of trying to stop sleazy Beth from marrying Alan.

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I will sound heartless, but Laura Cudahy's death seemed worth it for the story it told (and some great acting)... She wasn't an established character anyway even if she was technically legacy.

Oh, I definitely agree. Laura's death was crushing, but the resulting story and long term impact on Brooke and Tom was worth it.

I was quite upset with killing Cassie (Y&R), but that act fueled story for years and continues to be a touchpoint for the show. In that respect, this was a death done for all the right reasons. Too many soap deaths are done for a quick 'shock and awe.' I hate the deaths of Bryant and Rose on ATWT. Y&R killing Colleen and Brad was beyond awful (though it did free DD to create an even better character on B&cool.png.

I will never forget sobbing when Cassie died, but like you said it was done for the right reason and to this day it is the most important Newman death. Sharon and Nick have never been the same.

Bryant's death, to this day, makes me furious. I loved Hogan's tenure at ATWT, but Bryant's death is indefensible. To so casually kill off Craig and Sierra's son, Lucinda's grandson...

I have long decided to ignore Colleen and Brad's deaths because they were so stupid for words. As far as I am concerned, Colleen is married to J.T. have a bunch of kids and are living in NY near Traci, while Brad is running a corporation in Europe.

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I will sound heartless, but Laura Cudahy's death seemed worth it for the story it told (and some great acting)... She wasn't an established character anyway even if she was technically legacy.

This touches upon something I was going to bring up. I think there's a difference between a. "shocking!" stunts that feel cheap and ultimately have little to no dramatic payoff, and b. the sad reality that sometimes death takes the unexpected. Would I have loved for Laura to see adulthood? Well of course, as I would for any child, real or fictional. But children are tragically taken from us at times and AMC dramatized this beautifully.

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I was okay with Brad dying, partly because of how ruined and irrelevant the character had become and partly because it resulted in Diamont getting a much better role on B&B.

Colleen's death OTOH was completely unnecessary, unbelievable and an obvious act of spite on MAB's part.

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I think legacy character is a meaningless term these days, but I do hate the deaths of characters who could have been far more, and deaths for no apparent reason. For instance, Chucky Shea on ATWT. This seemed to have zero story purpose and robbed Lisa of more story potential beyond fretting over Tom.

ITA and everyone seems to have different opinions for who should be claimed as legacy characters. One minute it's everyone born on the show, the enxt it's the children of vets unless the children are characters born to vets they don't care about,etc.

There have been alot of pointless deaths in recent years and most didn't even garner any shock value ratings.

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I am the one who brought it up on the Y&R thread. I am glad that you created a thread on it. It really irks me is when they kill off the younger legacy children who have so much story potential. The deaths that made me angry over the years were:

Bryant Montgomery, ATWT

Georgie Jones, GH

Ben Reade, GL

Colleen Carlton, Y&R

Phoebe Forrester, B&B

Emily Quartermaine, GH

Laura Cudahy, AMC

Ricky Williams, Y&R.

Cassie Newman, Y&R

Laura and Cassie are the only legacy children whose deaths that I have felt actually served their shows well in the long run. All the rest were a waste and the shows were the poorer for losing them. Everyone of these younger characters could have just been shipped off to college or sent to visit relatives instead of being senselessly killed off. Even now, I would accept a wacky reboot where an impersonator or clone was killed so these characters can be brought back.

I cried and cried over Cassie's death but in the long run it was very good storytelling. SOD named it the best story of 2005. It her death kind of changed the landscape of Y&R. Michael Graziadei mentioned her death in his goodbye Y&R interview with MSN and how it was his first big story.

There was also Daniel's online porn addiction, which Graziadei joked was his favorite storyline, but his biggest story was the death of Cassie Newman (Camryn Grimes). Daniel almost took the wrap for the car accident that killed Nick and Sharon's daughter and for a time, believed he was guilty. The painful tale fueled the Daniel/Lily loves story and sent the teens on the run, while also serving as a public service storyline about drinking and driving and under-aged driving.

"It's probably the most serious one that I've had," Graziadei said of that story. "It dealt with something that everyone can relate to and take away from - As opposed to being raped by some woman and being drugged or stolen money - or whatever the flavor of the week was! That was my first real storyline, too. The first one that kind of belonged to me."

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Cassie's death was short sighted & unnecessary (despite Case & Morrow doing some of the best work of their careers),

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Cassie's death was short sighted & unnecessary (despite Case & Morrow doing some of the best work of their careers),

Maybe, but it was also one of Y&R's best executed deaths ever and its effects are still being felt to this day. Edited by y&r_fan

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For some odd reason, I was not spoilt and was completely shocked when Cassie actually died. I have never even liked her, but I cried like crazy. I completely agree that the impact of her death was profound and remains so even after all these years later. I always thought that Sharon and Nick would eventually overcome her death and reunite, instead they have both gone to hell.

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I completely agree that the impact of her death was profound

Until the show used her death to repeatedly excuse Nick & constantly throw Sharon under the bus

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Until the show used her death to repeatedly excuse Nick & constantly throw Sharon under the bus

Not to mention saying that it was OK that they cheated (and that Nick used Sharon for sex when she was mentally ill) because their baby was a replacement Cassie. I've rarely been so disgusted by any soap.

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This touches upon something I was going to bring up. I think there's a difference between a. "shocking!" stunts that feel cheap and ultimately have little to no dramatic payoff, and b. the sad reality that sometimes death takes the unexpected. Would I have loved for Laura to see adulthood? Well of course, as I would for any child, real or fictional. But children are tragically taken from us at times and AMC dramatized this beautifully.

Exactly agreed. And in this case I don't think it was done for shock effect.

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Not to mention saying that it was OK that they cheated (and that Nick used Sharon for sex when she was mentally ill) because their baby was a replacement Cassie. I've rarely been so disgusted by any soap.

Indeed.

It was doubly gross because it was during the same time ANOTHER mentally ill woman was running around Genoa City strangling animals & trying to kill children.

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