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  1. If BM is out, then it doesn't surprise me. Once SBu came back as Jason, I thought the writing was on the wall. Especially, once they ended Drew/Sam so quickly without providing Drew another viable love interest. And to be honest, I felt like BM was miscast as Jason, and Drew didn't seem to have much personality. So I don't think it will be any great loss to the canvas. I just wish he could take Kim with him. I will be curious to see what BM will do next. It sounds like he doesn't want to sign a long-term contract with any soap, and I think that is probably a major obstacle for any of the other shows. I could see him going back to Y&R as Billy. In terms of EPs, I have a lot of issues with FV, but I prefer him over JFP. At least on FV's GH, I see characters like Scott, Bobbie, Kevin, Felicia, Mac, etc., semi-regularly, and that FV doesn't have an issue with KMc and others coming back for visits.
  2. They really didn't. And I never understood why. They just didn't seem to care about the Bauers at all. Alan Michael was only allowed to be a Spaulding, except for the 4th of July. Michelle eventually turned into a mob appendage, and RIck was only really permitted to be Phillip's BFF.
  3. I like Cain, but it's a little bit ridiculous the amount of stuff he's gotten away with. However, I find his spawn Debi to be far far worse. Debi's list of victim's is longer. Everyone she screws dies or in poor old Andy's case has to leave town indefinitely. She may not pull the trigger, so to speak, but she causes them all to go mad. I still blame her, in part, for Gennie dying.
  4. My biggest gripe was that Hope never returned to the canvas. Her absence, especially in the late 80's and 90's, was a little ridiculous.
  5. I don't think that so many UK soaps were as focused on star-crossed lovers like US or Aussie soaps. But, I do think they used to do a better job of balancing out the dark gritty stuff with the more light hearted/comedic stuff. And I always felt like the UK soaps were much better about keeping couples together for several years before breaking them up. I like many of the darker and gritter storylines. But, I need them to be balanced out, and I get tired of seeing certain characters rotate through partners the way that they do (David and Debi are prime examples).
  6. I've never minded the Dingles. Well I like Chas and Cain, and Marlon doesn't annoy me too much. The rest of them I could do without. I agree though that there is a general over emphasis on their stories at the expense of other character's stories. To me the two most compelling stories on the show right now are the aftermath of Vic's rape and then the grooming stuff with Jacob and Maya. However, they are both dark stories, and I feel like the show really needs something happier to balance those out. And killing off Lisa and having episode after episode of Dingles crying about her death (when let's be fair outside of Belle, I didn't think majority of them gave a toss about Lisa when she was alive). And outside of Chas & Paddy and their pregnancy, everything else seems pretty depressing. And if I wanted to watch something endlessly depressing I'll watch Eastenders instead.
  7. Most soaps today are so terrified of losing viewers that they won't dare do anything contemporary. Plus a good story needs to be well paced, and that is something that all four of the remaining shows struggle with. I mean Emmerdale in the UK has a storyline about a teacher who groomed and abused one of her students and then a date rape story that has resulted in a pregnancy (and a rape that at least at this point isn't being used as a catalyst for a romantic pairing). I don't believe there is one US soap that has the guts or ability to tell those type of stories anymore.
  8. I think that role was pretty close to impossible to recast. But, I do agree finding a decent actress who had great chemistry with Frank Dicopoulos or even Rick Hearst would have helped. The problem with the recast wasn't necessarily that she was a bad actress, she seemed fine, she just lack chemistry with her co-stars and was kind of bland. And at least for me, I'll take an average or even mediocre actor that can generate good chemistry and has some spark on screen over better actors who can't do that. I get over a crappy performance from time-to-time, I can't get over being boring. I think that is why Marcy Walker's Tangie always fell so flat to me. She was so bland and lacked chemistry with pretty much everyone, even though I though MW was a good actress.
  9. I didn't realize that. But, not shocking as Guza refused to really write for any African American character. Mind you he also had zero interest in writing for any character not named Luke, Sonny, Jason, or Carly.
  10. David and Gilly Grant were fantastic characters, and Monti Sharp had so much chemistry with everyone. I'm a little surprised that he didn't end up on another soap because he was such a great soap actor. He was a good actor in general, but not all good actors are good soap actors. The casting in the early 90's especially for the under 30 crowd was pretty terrific. Monti Sharp, Melissa Hayden, Nia Long, Rick Hearst, Melina Kanakarede, etc. Even Jocelyn Seagraves and Morgan Englund, who I thought were weaker actors, generally had good chemistry with their fellow actors, and worked well on the canvas. I think the fact that GL had such a long string of great casting made the rotating Hart's stick out more. I never understood why they recast Eleni. They should have killed off that character when Melina Kanakarede left. Because the writers clearly had no real interest in the character once MK left.
  11. I really liked Vivian as well. I think she, like many characters in 1996, were a victim of the rotating writers and change in executive producers. It stunk because I thought she was complicated, and while i think she was judgmental and at times pretty horrible, I understood why she was the way that she was. But, then 1996 was a mess in general. And the execution of stories was subpar at best.
  12. I tend to forget about Marland's contribution to the Lewis's. Although I also don't think Marland was just like most HW. He had his own pets and created a bunch of new characters. It's just that generally I tended to like his new characters. Mostly, because I felt like under Long's first tenure that it GL was becoming like Texas in Springfield.
  13. I haven't seen much of the mid-80's and so I can't comment on that, but 87 & 88 were terrible. And I wasn't a huge fan of Long. because she introduced not only Reva, but also Harley. And l hated Harley. However, she also introduced the Lewis family, and I thought they were a massive airtime suck. The best part of the Reva free years was that the airtime wealth was spread more evenly. But, mostly she was responsible for Harley. To be fair, I tolerated Harley during her first run (and I even liked Mallet with her), but her second run made me want to punch her daily.
  14. There returns were fantastic. They gave the show a much needed shot in the arm. Because the late 80's? Was not GL at it's best.
  15. But, honestly, I think that is true of every EP and writer that every soaps has had in the last 50 years. Even the great Doug Marland had his pets. It's the way that it goes. They all do it. And I bet most of them who joined established shows also talk about bringing the show back to it's core, or other such nonsense. I think GT has handled this situation with a lot of professionalism. And MS had to look out for herself. With far fewer soaps it's becoming increasingly rare to have a situation where if you were successful on one soap that you could hop to another soap for a few years and then hop back when you wanted to go home.
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