I would have preferred they just have Mary leave town instead of killing her off. They sent Pat, Frank, and Siobhan away.
Claire from December 1979
"When you have a happily married couple like Jack and Mary you lose plot flexibility. We couldn't separate them romantically. The audience wouldn't have accepted it. Frankly, Paul and I were unequal to the task of keeping them married and still providing a front-burner story for Jack, who maintained incredible audience appeal."
So the viewers weren't accepting the recasts of Mary- yet I find it interesting that she says the audience wouldn't accept Mary and Jack breaking up.
There was another quote, which I cannot find right now, where Claire, again said, she has trouble writing for married couples.
Thanks for remembering Paulette Breen. She was a fine young vixen! Lots of good suggestions from everyone.
Lisa Cameron (Susan Shearer on AW, Peggy Reagan on ATWT) would have made a fine replacement for Susan Flannery as Laura on DOOL.
Gregory Abels (Michael Hathaway on WTHI) would have been an excellent Tom Hughes on ATWT. We had to put up with C. David Colson instead? (Sorry, CDC fans!)
Had AW brought back Missy Matthews, Andrea Marcovicci (Dr. Betsy Chernak, LIAMST) would have been a good choice.
When AW recast Rachel, they chose an established star, Victoria Wyndham. Instead of going with the unknown Susan Harney as the recast Alice, what if they had chosen a non-blonde proven star? Jada Rowland (Amy, SS; Carolee, TD) immediately comes to mind, as do Sally Stark (Kate, LOL), Andrea Marcovicci, and perhaps even Delphi Harrington (Christine, WTHI).
Ron Tomme (Bruce, LOL) and Mart Hulswit (Ed Bauer, GL) would have been good recasts for Robert Delaney on AW, and for Lenore Delaney I would be happy to have Caroline McWilliams (Janet Mason Norris, GL), Delphi Harrington, or Sally Stark.
Julia Duffy (Gerry Braylee, LOL) would have been a better Marianne Matthews on AW than any of the several who played the role.
Yeah, him leaving his kids did not ring true at all. Re-watching all these scenes reminds me how much I hated Sami back then (but she was fun to watch). Especially in scenes with Roman. Just too clingy and daddy this and daddy that all the time.