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  1. Greg should have served the go to lawyer role. Michael Crawford played by Colby Chester was also another lawyer that was dumped without explanation for John Silva.
  2. I wonder if Tom Tammi who played Tom Hughes on ATWT 1979-1980 would have worked as recast Greg ? Wings was totally all wrong in the role.
  3. I remember Bill Bell said in an interview with SOD back in the 90's, that it pained him to write out his original Foster/Brooks families. He said when David and Jaime decided to leave and knowing the audience was sick of recast (an nobody would accept a recast for JLB), he sat down over lunch and made the decision to phase the families out and move the Abbott's and Williams front burner. He had big plans for the Patty character and was upset when Lilibet Stern left the show in 83.
  4. Y&R....back in the 90's during the Nina/Cole/Victoria/Ryan quad, they all received a mysterious phone call that summoned them all to the Colonade room to work it out. Who was it that called them ? Did Stuart Brooks die or not ? What happened to Peggy when she stopped appearing ? What became of Jack's stepdaughter Mai ?
  5. I have watched soaps all my life. The CBS lineup was on in the house growing up. My Mom started watching ATWT & GL as a child and started Y&R with it's 1973 debut and it became her favorite. I was around when Capitol and B&B premiered and the primetime soap boom of the late 70's and 80's. Soaps have always had male viewers, but back in those days soaps were mainly considered for women. I think shows like Dallas helped make it more accepted that men watch soaps too. It's a shame that the remaining soaps are a joke and a shadow of their former selves. When I was a kid there were 14 daytime soaps and now only 4 remain. Networks want to quickly do them in and fill the air time with reality and talk shows. TV is no longer escapism. We live reality and now have to watch it on TV too.
  6. I agree. Lucy was a second thought character. Her stories were usually stupid or boring. The writers never knew what to do with her. David Jacobs said that the early episodes of Dallas was done as self contained episodes as a way to slowly draw viewers in, then when they got hooked it became more of an ongoing saga. The dream season really hurt the series and Victoria Principal leaving the show in 1987 pretty much killed it. The last 4 seasons coasted on fumes with original cast members leaving and new characters brought in no one cared about.
  7. With the recent passing of Doris Day, I read an article that mentioned in 1984/85, Doris had been offered the lead on Murder She Wrote, but turned it down and went in negotiations to join the cast of Dallas. I wonder what role she was being considered for ? Was it when Barbara Bel Geddes left and before Donna Reed was brought in ? Doris then opted to do her own cable show on CBN "Doris Day's Best Friends". The first episode was surrounded with controversy and media frenzy when her old friend and co-star Rock Hudson appeared as her first guest. He was clearly sick and lost a huge amount of weight and barely able to converse. The media started speculating he was dying and what his illness was. It would eventually be revealed he had AIDS.
  8. Robert Mandan ( ex Sam) in an episode of the 1980's ABC daytime version of The New Love American Style with Florence Henderson.
  9. Rex Smith (ex Darryl) and Melinda Culea (A-Team and Knots Landing) in the 1980's version of The New Love America Style
  10. Coleen Zenk was also a diva at ATWT. Lots of stories there. Any stories of Deidre Hall at Days ? Bill Bell said when she finished at Y&R in 1976 he sent her over to Days for the role of Marlena Evans. He said Dee never thanked him for it and ignored him over the years. Dorothy Green who played Jennifer Brooks on Y&R in the 70's had a chip on her shoulder about how her character and all the other older women were written. When Bill Bell killed her character off in 1977, she was very vocal in the press about it. Terry Lester was pissed about Lauralee Bell taking over the show and was very vocal about it. Jeanne Cooper said he burned a lot of bridges over the years with his attitude. Peter Bergman comes across as a diva. He hated the Vietnam wife/child story and the family was quickly written out. Victoria Rowell.
  11. George Peppard who was cast as the original Blake on Dynasty was a major Diva. John James said when he walked up to introduce himself to Peppard, Peppard blew cigar smoke in his face and walked off. Just about everyone who has ever worked with him has nothing good to say about him. He made his sets his play ground and expected cast and crew to cater to his demands. The A-Team set was a nightmare and he got rid of Melinda Culea by season 2 and by the series end he and Mr. T. used a go between to communicate. There has been rumors of behind the scenes behavior on the Dallas set. They said you scored big if you were on team Larry Hagman. Hagman supposedly gave Donna Reed a hard time because he wanted Barbara Bel Geddes back. Dack Rambo also said Hagman was less than friendly to him for being bi-sexual. Victoria Principal also seems to be kind of an outcast with the main cast. She admitted that they all had a good work relationship, but she was never that close with them off set. She was closest with Jim Davis and Ken Kercheval.
  12. I thought I read some stuff about her time on Days.
  13. Susan Seaforth Hayes Susan Flannery Tony Geary George Reinholt Jackie Courtney
  14. Eric Braeden Melody Thomas Scott Michelle Stafford Larry Hagman Joan Collins Jane Wyman I want to say maybe Erik Estrada( when he did that Telemundo soap).He has been a Diva since his Chips days. Larry Wilcox was pretty much forced off the show by the last season. Estrada also got rid of several other cast member he felt were a threat to his popularity.
  15. I was just watching Send Me No Flowers last night on DVD and now to find out she has passed is a shock. She was one of those rare celebrities that everyone seemed to love along with Annette Funicello. R.I.P. sweet Doris.
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