Our top story: Fiona Hutchinson is out at OLTL! Alas, the pastures weren't so green in L.A. I think it was also eventually revealed that ABC was deliberately low-balling her in contract negotiations. It puts the network's comment that she couldn't "come to terms" in a different light. Anyway, we're nearing the end of the Rauch era. Waiting in the wings: Luna (literally), Cassie and Blair, to name three.
Over on AMC, Jeremy and Dixie are staying, Skye continues her show's exodus and Mimi is coming soon. Going back to Jean LeClerc's situation, it's interesting that his contact apparently wouldn't become invalid with the move to Loving. Actors sometimes really are cattle! On a happier note, Cady McClain's around for three more years.
Lauren-Marie Taylor's new hairstyle was an improvement, I must say. Speaking of hair, Lisa Peluso's dating a member of ZZ Top!
What Could Have Been: Julio Iglesias on SB! In honor of the Valentine's Day holiday, let's enjoy the cheese that is "All Of You."
Casting or characters that went the distance:
Heather Tom and Kristoff St. John, Y&R. I'm smirking at the comment that Neil's going to be involved with Olivia and Dru "in the months ahead."
Charles Keating's return as Carl on AW (although it wouldn't be solidified until more than two years later)
Casey Hughes, recently born on ATWT
Casting or characters that didn't:
(A moment of silence for GH's Dawn Winthrop, who epitomizes this idea.)
Peter Brown on B&B
Margaret Reed in what would become Diagnosis Murder (On the other hand, it worked out for Dick Van Dyke and Victoria Rowell for a while.)
Billy Warlock's second run as Frankie on DOOL (They might already have been planning to buy out his contract at this point.)
Jeff Phillips as Hart on GL
The New and Improved General Hospital (TM, @j swift) continues to get plenty of coverage. Interesting that Monty herself directed the location shoot that brought on Jenny and Mac. "She has unbelievable energy and knows what she wants," indeed!
Michael Cole's casting as Harlan earns a blurb. I agree that it's a shame he was neither played by Michael Ontkean nor around to be part of Brenda's storylines. I wonder why they waited to introduce her character when she was already on the drawing board? Was it so Jenny, Julia and Dominique could gain more traction as young leading ladies? Was it better to have Brenda in the Karen-Jagger-Jason-Robin orbit?
Also, who's Joyce, the new love interest for Bill Eckert? Would this character end up becoming Nancy, his ex-wife? Anyway, Lord Larry Ashton was written out, but Simone Hardy was saved (to an extent). Meanwhile, Tristan Rogers' voiceover work in The Rescuers Down Under is finally mentioned months after the film's release. I guess SOD had that story as an evergreen. Speaking of better sooner than later, GH is criticized for the unsatisfactory ending of the Robert, Cheryl and Lucas story.
Is it wrong that my gut instinct was to assume it was NBC? Of course, in 2019, it's "Acting classes? Why bother?"
The irony is, Burton from his Pee-Wee's Big Adventure to Ed Wood era could have made an authentic Dark Shadows film that was still true to his style.
I wonder if Henry dying with a smile was something Marland envisioned or James Rebhorn brought to the table.
All this and Nicolas Coster's altruism and belated career monogamy earning applause. Once again, Happy Valentine's Day!