Very interesting discussion.
It's fun to speculate on what Bill Bell's plans were for the show.
It seems the Ridge/Caroline/Thorne/Brooke story was always going to be the main thrust and pretty much played out as planned.
By his own admission,Bill didn't plan too far ahead in the sense that he waited to see what the actors brought to the role and how his ideas played out onscreen.
I have a feeling that Eric/Beth/Stephanie was going to be more prominent but once he got into it he saw that was not the case. Hence the replacement of Judith Baldwin with Nancy Burnett. If she was replaced only because she was weak in the role then some of the younger cast should have been dropped also.
As stated, having the Logans operate in a different sphere brought its own issues as there is just so much story you can tell in 30 mins. Bill was savvy enough to know that and was probably happy enough to let some characters slide into support roles with the possibility of more story down the line.
Wish he had have spoken about this at some point.
I recall with Y&R he talked about Chris and Snapper and how popular they were as actors and characters and yet he didn't know what to do with them after the first year.
That is an interesting observation. I do think the Logans worked in the early years, but I also think it was the right decision to shift focus away from them when the Spectras came to the show because it made the show take place in "one world" (the fashion world) rather than two. But the early Logan years were necessary to create a backstory for Brooke and a strong foundation for the Stephanie/Brooke rivalry (I still think this was the main goal of teasing Eric/Beth because romantically that relationship never really went anywhere, being based mainly on nostalgia, but it did serve the purpose of making Stephanie and Brooke enemies).
Personally, I found Donna more dynamic than Storm. Storm rarely carried a storyline while Donna had several storylines of her own during those first few years. Katie I'd put in the same category as Grandma Logan - mainly there to create the "family" feeling.
I could totally see that it is the way they have stored these episodes because the log files from the Bill Bell Script Archive which were posted on this board years ago also went by scheduled air dates and not actual air dates…
Yes, Hunter was gorgeuos!!!!
I do not know why and when Pierre left town and they stopped going to his Caffe.
And yes i think the "who stole BeLief formula" was never shown.
I am now really, really enjoying Bill and Darla! Darla is so sweet and Bill so nerveous
And of course Stephanie and Jack!
And Sally kissing Jack and telling he kissed her, are my eyes seeing diferent lol