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7 minutes ago, bboy875 said:

SOD did report that the show was recasting Rick, and his next story would be about his undying love for Beth, coming off them pretending to be together while trying to prove Philip innocent of killing Neil. But then Grant Aleksander quit, so they sent Philip and Beth on their "happy ending," and scrapped plans to recast Rick. Had Aleksander stayed i don't know what would've happened because Pam Long left around the same time and I don't know what Curlee/Demorest/Reilly would've done with them.

 

Thanks. That sounds right. I'm so glad I didn't have to see any of that - the later Beth/Rick material was bad enough.

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12 minutes ago, bboy875 said:

SOD did report that the show was recasting Rick, and his next story would be about his undying love for Beth, coming off them pretending to be together while trying to prove Philip innocent of killing Neil. But then Grant Aleksander quit, so they sent Philip and Beth on their "happy ending," and scrapped plans to recast Rick. Had Aleksander stayed i don't know what would've happened because Pam Long left around the same time and I don't know what Curlee/Demorest/Reilly would've done with them.

 

I heard that the show was planning to kill Beth off again with an illness...but when Aleksander quit...the show married them off 

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2 hours ago, DRW50 said:

 

I think someone here posted synopses from 1976 - wasn't Rick missing and a big story point was about Leslie believing he was dead, or something?

 

Sorry, I know this was already answered - I was just responding to the second part.  I could swear I read something about them considering a recast of Rick not long after MOL left in 1991, but I'm not sure. 

 

The Simons weren't certain which child character was slated to be killed off. At first, Courtney said Frederick but then she seemed to second guess that.

 

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19 hours ago, Soapsuds said:

Yup, even Charita wasn't fond of him. 

This was before Simon joined GL. It was a story told to him and his wife Courtney. The whole cast I believe was involved in the discussion and Peter wasn't there yet.

 

 

Yeah, this was one of those legendary stories that they were recounting. PS wasn't there when it happened. They were just talking about Charita Bauer and he brought up an old story about her. They were talking about a child actor. PS was talking about how everyone hated the child actor but you could tell Courtney was trying to be more diplomatic and said she didn't remember that part even though that was the point of the story. Although I'm surprised they would consider killing off Freddy Bauer. It might have been Billy Fletcher that they were talking about. That's the only other kid around that time, I think. You can see Gary Hannoch as Freddy Bauer in the Papa Bauer funeral episode even though he doesn't do anything but color in a coloring book. 

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19 hours ago, bboy875 said:

SOD did report that the show was recasting Rick, and his next story would be about his undying love for Beth, coming off them pretending to be together while trying to prove Philip innocent of killing Neil. But then Grant Aleksander quit, so they sent Philip and Beth on their "happy ending," and scrapped plans to recast Rick. Had Aleksander stayed i don't know what would've happened because Pam Long left around the same time and I don't know what Curlee/Demorest/Reilly would've done with them.

I think they were thinking of recasting him during JFP days...but Oleary got a bunch of his fans to write in and say they needed Rick to be play by MOL. JFP was under fire about Maureen and then the Eve actress quit and they killed her off so she played it up to the press "Yes we killed an almost Bauer but we brought back a real Bauer." Too bad they didn't recast at that time.

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Is anyone here familiar with GL, when it was still located in Selby Flats?  It seems so unusual for a such a traditional soap opera to be located in Southern California.  Does anyone remember if the locale was used or discussed much?  For example, the weather, or other unique aspects of living in Southern California??   I'm thinking of NBC's Santa Barbara, which never let the viewers forget its location -- through dialogue, set architecture, etc. -- meaning the locale was really featured as an important part of the show.  Was it the same on Guiding Light?  Was the California location important and noticeable?   

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22 minutes ago, Neil Johnson said:

Is anyone here familiar with GL, when it was still located in Selby Flats?  It seems so unusual for a such a traditional soap opera to be located in Southern California.  Does anyone remember if the locale was used or discussed much?  For example, the weather, or other unique aspects of living in Southern California??   I'm thinking of NBC's Santa Barbara, which never let the viewers forget its location -- through dialogue, set architecture, etc. -- meaning the locale was really featured as an important part of the show.  Was it the same on Guiding Light?  Was the California location important and noticeable?   

 

 

Very much so. They made a lot of use of the location being on the coast. People falling off cliffs, fog, foghorn sound effects, etc. The night Meta shot Ted, they played it up being very foggy. They had Meta wandering around in a literal fog while she was in a mental fog with the foghorn sounding in the background. In fact, when she shoots him, the last thing you hear in the episode is the foghorn sounding. It's pretty haunting. One family lived at a place right on the coast called "Land's End". They also played up the Hollywood aspect with several of the characters being in show business. Selby Flats was a modest part of town but the more ambitious characters strived to live in Beverly Hills. 

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2 hours ago, Mitch said:

I think they were thinking of recasting him during JFP days...but Oleary got a bunch of his fans to write in and say they needed Rick to be play by MOL. JFP was under fire about Maureen and then the Eve actress quit and they killed her off so she played it up to the press "Yes we killed an almost Bauer but we brought back a real Bauer." Too bad they didn't recast at that time.

 

For some reason (I may be wrong) I think Michael may have only been intended as a shorter return, then when Laibson came in they made him permanent. 

 

I have to admit I don't think I would have wanted to see JFP's recast, although I will acknowledge A Martinez would have brought a very unique presence to the role of Rick Bauer.

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1 hour ago, DRW50 said:

I have to admit I don't think I would have wanted to see JFP's recast, although I will acknowledge A Martinez would have brought a very unique presence to the role of Rick Bauer.

Hahahaha....

 

Why did JFP never lure her great love Deas to another soap. I know he didn't want to leave NY but OLTL???

 

 

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22 hours ago, Bill Bauer said:

 

 

Yeah, this was one of those legendary stories that they were recounting. PS wasn't there when it happened. They were just talking about Charita Bauer and he brought up an old story about her. They were talking about a child actor. PS was talking about how everyone hated the child actor but you could tell Courtney was trying to be more diplomatic and said she didn't remember that part even though that was the point of the story. Although I'm surprised they would consider killing off Freddy Bauer. It might have been Billy Fletcher that they were talking about. That's the only other kid around that time, I think. You can see Gary Hannoch as Freddy Bauer in the Papa Bauer funeral episode even though he doesn't do anything but color in a coloring book. 

 

Are we sure that the story about Charita's comment  was supposed to be about a child performer from the 1970s? I wondered if they were referring to actor Damion Scheffer, who played the unbearable Jonathan Brooks in the early 1980s. By Scheller's own admission years later, he was miserable as a kid.

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1 hour ago, vetsoapfan said:

 

Are we sure that the story about Charita's comment  was supposed to be about a child performer from the 1970s? I wondered if they were referring to actor Damion Scheffer, who played the unbearable Jonathan Brooks in the early 1980s. By Scheller's own admission years later, he was miserable as a kid.

 

It sounded like it was before PS came on the show and so it wouldn't be Damion Scheffer. They also seemed to indicate it was Freddy Bauer although, as I said before, it could have been Billy Fletcher. I don't know any other little boys that were on the show until Phillip Spaulding came on board. Courtney remembered it first as Freddy but then wasn't sure. Who knows? 

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1 minute ago, Bill Bauer said:

 

 

It sounded like it was before PS came on the show and so it wouldn't be Damion Scheffer. They also seemed to indicate it was Freddy Bauer although, as I said before, it could have been Billy Fletcher. I don't know any other little boys that were on the show until Phillip Spaulding came on board. Courtney remembered it first as Freddy but then wasn't sure. Who knows? 

 

I hate unsolved mysteries, LOL.

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27 minutes ago, vetsoapfan said:

 

I hate unsolved mysteries, LOL.

 

If I had to place a bet, I would say it was probably Gary Hannoch. Courtney seemed to regret saying the name. I think she didn't want to call out a certain actor so she might have acted like she wasn't sure. She and PS both kind of seemed like they regretted bringing the story up. 

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