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1 hour ago, DeeeDee said:

The REAL Greenlee :lol:

 

That was a nasty bit of business from marketing people that were desperate to appeal to the internet crowd without anyone understanding that it was incredibly disrespectful to the actress who had to continue to play that role for weeks while those commercials were playing. Frons era ABC daytime was just ugly.

 

26 minutes ago, SteelCity said:

That one word makes a huge difference! I don't even think Sabine was bad! She brought back the original Greenlee bite and didn't exude that overconfident, lazy performance Rebecca had.

 

 I liked her too, there was an energy to her performance that RB lost sometime after leaving AMC. She stopped caring about the material (who can blame her?) and it showed.

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Strike stuff:

 

In 1988, Days writers outlined months of story on the eve of the strike. The writers during the strike blew through the material much, much faster than the outline, leaving a big mess to try to clean up.

 

And I don't know if this was nixed before the strike or during it, but the storyline that year for Roman with the trances was originally supposed to be Shane, but NBC execs said no. Shane then got saddled with another domestic storyline and despite being a spy was less active in international affairs than the Salem PD.

 

During the Paris storyline with John and Marlena, Drake Hogestyn either injured himself off the set or had a nagging injury (can't recall which) that was written in to give him a reason to limp.

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Didn't Mitchell Ryan get fired from Dark Shadows because of a drinking problem? 

 

I believe Joe Breen got canned from ATWT because of illness.

 

Didn't ATWT do a story on Martha Byrne's slight weight gain?

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Speaking of maternity leaves... Lauralee Bell took a year plus maternity leave.. which either led to the creation of Isaballa (Eva Longoria).. or prolonged the duration of the Isabella character... I can't recall which.

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Oh..summer 2001 when Damian (or some villuanous half brother) "blew up" /kidnapped Holden and Luke leading to the bullcrappiest, convoluted kidnap story ever. 

 

All because Jon Hensley had to have knee surgery.

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IIRC Mitch Ryan just failed to show up one day on DS due to his drinking. I may be off on the details.

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5 hours ago, Scrapple said:

I believe Joe Breen got canned from ATWT because of illness.

 

Yeah, I think he was let go when he contracted the AIDS virus.  The show replaced him with Christopher Cass, then had Scott out of town for awhile, then brought him back with Doug Wert before writing him out again (this time for good).  Unfortunately, Breen's dismissal, along with Douglas Marland's death, derailed whatever plans they had had for Scott.  They obviously had no idea what to do with him.

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What about that crapfest that General Hospital became during the beginning of 2008?!! Then there's that story about hospital fire the next year that became a huge mess and so confusing! I know in 2008, it was WGA strike, but I don't know what the hell happened during February 2009!

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10 hours ago, SteelCity said:

What about that crapfest that General Hospital became during the beginning of 2008?!! Then there's that story about hospital fire the next year that became a huge mess and so confusing! I know in 2008, it was WGA strike, but I don't know what the hell happened during February 2009!

Wasn’t 2009 when they got hit with significant budget cuts?  I also think all the character deaths and short sighted writing caught up with them then, because they had decimated the younger set and all the stories seemed to be in limbo for a long time around then.

 

And then you had Brenda’s return, in a story she didn’t like and the audience didn’t respond to like they did her previous return.

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On 8/7/2018 at 2:23 PM, carolineg said:

 

I think it changed the proposed storyline for B&B, but not in a drastic or a ridiculous way.  They just stuck Taylor back in with Ridge.

Melrose Place intrigues me more as I can't reconcile Lisa Rinna's version of Taylor as anything Hunter Tylo would play.  Like her or not, Rinna's Taylor was a bright spot of ridiculousness in Melrose worst years. 

 

I imagine Hunter Tylo's version of Taylor McBride would've been as exciting as Brooke Langton as Sam. 

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2 hours ago, titan1978 said:

Wasn’t 2009 when they got hit with significant budget cuts?  I also think all the character deaths and short sighted writing caught up with them then, because they had decimated the younger set and all the stories seemed to be in limbo for a long time around then.

 

And then you had Brenda’s return, in a story she didn’t like and the audience didn’t respond to like they did her previous return.

February 2009 had the Toxic Balls and the hotel burned down

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1 hour ago, Khan said:

"Toxic balls": two words that will live in soap opera infamy.

I’ve blocked them out so much I can’t remember them.  Claudia was on the show then, so I know I was still watching, but I’m drawing a blank on which hotel burned down and what toxic balls means.  An outbreak of VD?

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Were there any problems with Josh Duhon (ex-Logan) on General Hospital? Because as I remember (when I was still watching the show), the EP propped him as the next leading man and suddenly, it's like they had a change of heart and changed the character's storyline.

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