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I think the problem with MBE as Sierra was that she was working on a limited schedule (her choice) that prevented the writers from giving her any good material. 

 

I can't believe I forgot the worst re-casting debacle ever...Susan Batten replacing Allyson Rice Taylor as Conner. If that didn't ruin the character.....

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4 hours ago, DramatistDreamer said:

Craig and Sierra were my favorite couple as a kid in the 80s, so I'm sensitive about them. I treated Block and Evans almost as two separate unrelated, almost brand new and unfamiliar characters, that just happened to go by the same name as characters I used to know.

 

I agree about McCouch as Dusty. Between saddling Jennifer with Craig (yuck!) and Lucy with grizzled nuDusty, you could tell ATWT was being headwritten by middle-aged men with young women fantasies.:ph34r:

 

oh, me too....suddenly, life has new meaning to mmmeeee.... sorry, I digress. Block sucked. Sucked big. Sucked hard. And while I agree it was hard imagining MBE in the jungle fighting revolutionaries, at least I could appreciate her talent and the class she brought to the role.

 

I might have been able to appreciate McCouch---in another role. He just wasn't Dusty.

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Roman Brady, as played by Josh Taylor, hasn't been mentioned yet. I liked Wayne Northrop's Roman in the '80s, and even Drake Hogestyn's take (when he was Roman) didn't make me dislike the character, but Taylor has none of the characteristics or charisma of Roman. Another long ago one was MJ McKinnon on AW. Once Sally Spencer took over from Kathleen Layman, MJ became a much put-upon victim from what I saw. Again, an entirely different characterization. I like recasts when they maintain the character,  but so many are simply rewritten to fit the supposed "strengths" of the recast. Howarth as Paul on ATWT is the best example of that. 

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6 hours ago, P.J. said:

 

The one that hasn't is Beth Chamberlain as Beth on GL. She turned Beth from a sympathetic heroine into a needy, self-absorbed and brittle irritant taking on Beth's name.

Of characters that weren't recast...I have to agree with whoever said Beth Ehlers as Harley. I grew to love Harley as she grew from the bad girl to the take no bullshit woman. Then something just happened after they paired her with Gus/RPG that just turned her into a whiney hypocrite.

 

 

I was the one who mentioned Harley, and I actually had thought about mentioning Beth too especially when Beth became shrewish a for a few years in the early 00s before getting back-burned but it wasn't as bad as Harley becoming.

 

 

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15 hours ago, Scrapple said:

I think the problem with MBE as Sierra was that she was working on a limited schedule (her choice) that prevented the writers from giving her any good material. 

 

I can't believe I forgot the worst re-casting debacle ever...Susan Batten replacing Allyson Rice Taylor as Conner. If that didn't ruin the character.....

 

Thank you! I saw the topic and that going to be not only my first post, but IMO the very definitive example. ART was perfect in that role. The recast was disastrous.

 

ATWT: Lindstrom as Craig - no way, no how.

Y&R: PB as Jack - hands down ruined the character and have hated Aunt Jack. TL made Jack a charming playboy, who also could be tough and ruthless - think about the stuff he pulled with Ashley. AH as Victoria (duh!); DS as Lily - she was completely one-note to me and her annoying "Baby" when she talked to Daniel; Clementine Ford as Mac - so wrong! 

GL: Blake - Sherry Stringfield made that role sexy, sensual and a force; EK - Stepford version pining for old man Ross. (Not unlike what GT has been given on Y&R with Aunt Jack).

 

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11 hours ago, DRW50 said:

I could never understand a word McCouch said. 

 

Well, I said might.

3 hours ago, tune_in_tomorrow said:

. I like recasts when they maintain the character,  but so many are simply rewritten to fit the supposed "strengths" of the recast. Howarth as Paul on ATWT is the best example of that. 

 

Or how Brad became a goofball to fit Austin Peck's wheelhouse. *eyeroll*

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I do agree thar Beth Chamberlain played so many different Beth's... i liked her best in her first stint.  She had an edge and was calm/sweet plus held her own opposite Sherry S's Blake.   The late 90s/early 2000s version was uncomfortable to watch...but I liked how she played Beth in the last year or so of the show where she was more like Beth of yesteryear.

 

Mindy Lewis played by KT and KS was awesome...fiesty, a little spoiled and willful.  When the 2 other actresses played her....it wasnt Mindy but someone posing as MMindy(and i was a fan of Barabra C from Y & R).

 

Oddly...I loved jennifer on days when Melissa Reeves played her till her abrupy departure.  Her replacement was ok..but didnt have the spark and fiestiness of Melissa.   Jennifer hasnt been the same since daniel Jonas...sadly...but I still see sparks of the old Jennifer.

 

Eve Donovan when Charlottw ross played her qas awesome...but Kassie D just wasnt Eve to me.

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1 hour ago, edgeofnik said:

Clementine Ford as Mac - so wrong!

How in the hell could I forget Mac?! I could not for the life of me take to any of the actresses in the role after AB left.

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46 minutes ago, Y&R21395 said:

How in the hell could I forget Mac?! I could not for the life of me take to any of the actresses in the role after AB left.

 

Oof, I forgot about those too!  Sometimes I'm thankful when certain recasts 'slip' my mind.

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I agree with so many of the examples already listed, but for me, when AW replaced Jacquie Courtney with Susan Harney, it literally made me stop watching the show. Even more galling, as TPTB kept recasting the part of Alice Frame, the choices got worse. Linda Borgenson and (particularly) Wesley Pfenning...eeeek!

 

Replacing Denise Alexander with Bennye Gatteys, as Susan Martin on DAYS, was also hard to watch, as was replacing William Gray Espy with David Hasselhoff as Snapper on Y&R.

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2 hours ago, Y&R21395 said:

How in the hell could I forget Mac?! I could not for the life of me take to any of the actresses in the role after AB left.

Remember we were pretty close to getting Heinle as Mac

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