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  1. I assumed the Kirklands were completely Munisteri's doing (Leigh excepted), but in spending some time during the early days of the COVID lockdown digging through old newspaper columns my impression is now that Claire Labine's stint as solo HW lasted longer than it's usually presented and would have overlapped with the introduction of both Hollis (week of April 26-30) and Amanda (week of August 2-6). Paul Avila Mayer was gone by the St. Patrick's Day episode that SOAPnet aired, as he's not listed in the writing credits for the episode. Lynda Hirsch reported his departure in her colu
  2. Seeing more material from Mary Ryan Munisteri's period as headwriter remains my holy grail as an RH fan. As has already been noted, of the Labine/Mayer replacements, her writing seems easily the most aligned with the show's original identity. I'd love to see the Kirkland story play out, and how it may have shifted over time given that Hollis and Amanda were both Labine creations (I believe). At least during those early months, they appear to have been relatively well-integrated with the show's core characters, so the moniker Kirkland's Hope seems misdirected - I believe that originates with Ro
  3. There's a quote from Ilene Kristen where she describes Delia as a walking open wound, which I think perfectly describes the way the other characters handled Delia from 1975-78. By the time Randall Edwards assumed the role she was usually more restrained in her destructiveness (not always, but usually). I think 1980 was probably RE's best year in the role, story-wise (notably all the stuff with Barry). In re-watching the 1979 episodes, I've been struck by how much the show wastes RE by having her constantly interfere with Pat and Nancy's relationship, which is a shame since her Deli
  4. ABC's issues with Ilene Kristen's weight made it into the press at the time, which seems absolutely horrifying. ABC was on her case about her weight even before she returned in 1982, including during her recurring stint on One Life to Live that immediately preceded her return to RH. This is from a February 1982 Jon-Michael Reed column: When the character of lady mechanic Georgina Whitman surfaced on "One Life to Live" three months ago, she was intended as an "interim buffer'' to re-introduce the character of Tony Lord. Now, the show's writers have "extended" the character to become
  5. I was hoping the Charlotte Greer story would come up as well, given that it's the story I associate most closely with Geoff Pierson's Frank. I love the not-insubstantial amount of material that's available from that period on YouTube, but it would be fascinating to find out what was intended to be the outcome aside from the wedding of Frank and Jill. In general, I wanted to hear a little more about how the actors felt about the various writing regime changes over the years (particularly IK and MG since they experienced most/all of them), though I realize that's not an area Alan usu
  6. Sign me up as another person to like Mary Carney the best of all the Mary recasts. I know some grew to like Nicolette Goulet in the part, but her version of Mary just seemed so divorced from KM's iteration - the balance of self-righteousness and charm wasn't right. I'm currently watching episodes from August 1979 in which Jack and Siobhan are still in the process of grappling with their feelings for each other, and while I loved KM's Mary (as much she she could also frustrate me), I find it hard to care about how this situation impacts her. My one qualm with MC is that it's hard to
  7. This would have been in August 1978 - it was the cliffhanger for episode #810 (OAD: 08/18/78). On YouTube:
  8. Alan shared a recorded video of Catherine Larson (Lizzie Ransome Ryan, 1986-89) on Instagram; during the reunion they'd mentioned reaching out to her, but that she was unable to join. She left acting to raise her children and is now a hospital chaplain. I found the SOD article I mentioned earlier that described the affiliate situation (from June 1986): When RYAN’S HOPE was moved to an earlier time slot two years ago it saw a five percent drop in its ratings. Commenting on the move, [executive producer Joseph] Hardy says, “We were affected very badly. We now have poorer
  9. I'm biased since RH is my favorite soap, but I thought that was really well-done. It was evident just how much they all enjoyed working on the show from how they spoke about it (even in cases where they didn't overlap, like Geoff and Ash/James). It was great seeing Cali Timmins join at the half-way mark as well, and hearing them discuss some of the actors who have died (Nancy Addison, Gloria DeHaven, Bernie Barrow) or weren't in the reunion (Helen Gallagher). I'll have to dig it up, but SOD ran an article in 1986 about the decline of the half-hour soap which
  10. He also had a recurring role on Ryan's Hope from 1982-1983 during Mary Ryan Munisteri's time as headwriter. He played Ace Landis, a serial killer targeting sex workers who also murdered Mitch Bronsky.
  11. Of the Ryan children, the show definitely had the most luck recasting Frank - Michael Hawkins was the only real dud. I thought Andrew Robinson also came across a bit stilted when he first joined the show, but I came to really like him by the time he left for the reasons already mentioned, namely his feeling truly authentic as a brother to Kate Mulgrew and Malcolm Groome. I'm most partial to Daniel Hugh-Kelly, since he was playing the role when I first started watching on SoapNet. He's such a charismatic performer, and I especially liked his chemistry with Nancy Addison. I'
  12. The show definitely seemed to enjoy showing off his attributes.
  13. Looks like you made it happen, @amybrickwallace! Ah, very much looking forward to this! The SoapNet reunions tended to emphasize the early years of the show (understandably), so it will be interesting hearing from some of the actors from the later years. I don’t think I’ve heard much from Geoff Pierson about his time on RH (aside from a brief SOD interview back in 2003) so I’m looking forward to that especially. I believe he’s still married to Cali Timmins so I wonder if there’s any chance she’ll make an appearance. Ash Adams seems to have a lot of positive memories fro
  14. I think Louise Shaffer wrote for AMC a while later, around 2000-2002. She started her first soap writing gig pretty much right after her stint as Goldie ended, joining the staff of Ryan's Hope around November 1987 and staying with RH until its cancellation.
  15. Apologies if this has been mentioned already, but in looking through newspaper archives online, I was surprised to come across a reference to several soaps that ABC announced as being in development in the summer of 1985. I'd seen a reference to the Labine project elsewhere, but this was my first time reading about the others. ABC plans innovations for daytime schedule Several programming innovations, designed to strengthen ABC's daytime schedule and "change the face of daytime television," were unveiled to the ABC Television Network affiliates by Jacqueline Smith, vice presi
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