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3 minutes ago, John said:

But  Lau stayed on til 86 and was even recast with Jack Armstrong?

 

Yes.  Exactly.  LL stayed on for two more years (or so) with absolutely zilch to do; and when he did leave AMC (for AW, I think), the show foolishly recast (with a DREADFUL actor) rather than just let his character leave town (which they had to do, anyway, when Jack Armstrong turned out to be a bust).

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2 hours ago, Jonathan said:

Wow, I actually remember watching this when it originally aired.  Brings back a lot of memories.  Thanks for sharing.

You're welcome! That was AMC's studio where they filmed the exteriors, right?

 

2 hours ago, John said:

Was that Marcy's last day as Liza before Lisa took the role

Marcy's actually in the next episode. In approximately two weeks, the recast occurs.

 

7 minutes ago, Khan said:

I suspect the writers wanted a Greg/Sheila romance, but the timing was bad (to say the least).  Jenny had just died; and for fans of what was arguably AMC's most popular couple, it was too soon to entertain the thought of Greg finding love again with another woman.  Unfortunately, scuttling the storyline resulted in Laurence Lau having little to do for the rest of his time on the show.

A pity, really. I wonder what would have happened if Lau and/or Greg hung around a little longer.

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Just now, Franko said:

I wonder what would have happened if Lau and/or Greg hung around a little longer.

 

Unfortunately, the failure of the Greg/Sheila relationship made TPTB skittish about trying again with a different love interest for Greg.  They (most likely) reasoned that fans were too devoted to Jenny (and to Kim Delaney) to allow Greg to find happiness again -- when, really, they probably felt it was just too soon after her death.  Ergo, IDK whether the show ever would have "gone there" again with Greg.  As it was, they waited until Lau had left, and they had recast Greg with Armstrong, to try pairing Greg w/ Robin McCall (IIRC).  And even that didn't go very far, thanks to Armstrong's miscasting.

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Armstrong was also a Miscast Kevin Buchanan on OLTL in 1994-95 playing the same age that Greg was in 1986

 

Wonder why they didnt recast Jenny with Cynthia Sullivan instead of making her a new character?

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16 minutes ago, John said:

Wonder why they didnt recast Jenny with Cynthia Sullivan instead of making her a new character?

 

Are you kidding?  Recast Jenny Gardner Nelson?  Kim Delaney was too damn popular even to THINK about recasting her role.  AMC would have been committing suicide had they done so.

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3 hours ago, John said:

Wonder why they didnt recast Jenny with Cynthia Sullivan instead of making her a new character?

 

Why didn't they give Garren Stitt a dual role? Because some things are a stupid idea, John.

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13 hours ago, Khan said:

 

Are you kidding?  Recast Jenny Gardner Nelson?  Kim Delaney was too damn popular even to THINK about recasting her role.  AMC would have been committing suicide had they done so.

Agnes said once they did consider bjut they where already recasting Nina & Liza and thought a third recast would be too much

 

Would have been better to give Greg?Jenny HEA and move away

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On 6/19/2019 at 11:32 AM, Khan said:

How was AMC's overall record with recasts?  Because, the more I think about it, the more I think they often had a tough time recasting characters.

Even the successful (or at least long-lasting) recasts are kind of a results may vary situation, like with Jill Larson as Opal, Robin Mattson as Janet, etc. If there's one "rule" with AMC, it seems to be that if you're a young woman in the '80s, don't get recast. And even that's not 100 percent correct: Nina, Liza, Angie ... but then Skye and Dixie.

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