I also thought that Stark had something to do with Frankie/Anne and then was dropped. That story was all over the place.
At that point, AW didn't have much to lose. I would have gone all out and had Stark turn random people into characters that had been killed off. Bring back Frankie, Ryan, Michael, hell even Steve if George Reinhold was interested. If Days could do their serial killer story with Marlena and then haha...just kidding, AW should have gone crazy!!
I suppose NBC would have had to care and be invested in saving the show to add cast money.
Oh so true. And definitely left a mark cuz no matter who played Carly, anytime she would go in on Robin...it always took me back to my old school Carly reactions.
Shocking to hear in here that they planned to kill Carly off.
I remember absolute fury from both fans online (Usenet) and critics. It was a shock bc so much time had been built up with Jason and Carly.
I had no loyalty to Sonny/Brenda bc I had never liked Brenda much back then, lol. It took me a long time to appreciate her beyond the overexposure. I did find Carly fascinating though, even when I hated her for what she did to Robin, and I thought she was one of the most compelling characters on daytime. SJB's longing for Jason was so visceral, for so long, that I think it shook people hard, even me and I was angry she'd helped drive Robin out of town and away from Jason. But I recovered very quickly with her and Sonny lol. And yes, I believe they were named Best Couple for 2000, which they were. But that was later.
I was very angry that they intended to kill Carly, no matter who it was in the role when Tamara took over. I do think she came into her own with the Guza material; her presumed death, etc. AFAIC anything Sonny/Carly after 2002 is dogshit though - romantically, at least. Drama can still be played with them, like when Carly cheated on Franco with him.
Goutman also mentioned going on those "inconsistent remotes" because they couldn't afford to "rent a tree".
"Dark Shadows" was never BIG-BUDGET, but they had a zillion "trees" in their studio, most of them being branches glued to music stands or something. Those little kids on Dark Shadows could get lost in the "woods" and wander around all night, without ever leaving the studio. It didn't look spectacular (obviously) but it set the atmosphere in a somewhat believable manner. I was hoping Goutman would expand a bit more on the cost of "renting a tree" versus going on a remote, and if they simply didn't have the backstage personnel to figure out how to improvise with the props they already had.