Monday, August 28, 2006

Cast Changes Rock Soap World
By SoapOperaWhore

Dan Gauthier, who plays Kevin Buchanan on One Life to Live, has been let go from the role he has been playing since 2003, and there are no plans to recast the role. Gauthier will stay on through November Sweeps when his character will move out of the country. The reason for his firing? Focus groups found his character unlikable.

That was hardly Dan Gauthier's fault. The writers wrote Kevin into a rapidly descending downward spiral that included sterility and alcoholism, during which he was vile to his ex-wife turned fiancée Kelly. It's a shame because there is so much potential story left between Kevin and Kelly as she comes to grip with the fact that she is carrying the child of Kevin's dead son and her best friend, Duke. Add into the mix Kelly's developing friendship with Hugh Hughes and you have the makings of a sizzling triangle. One Life to Live needs to cultivate a story like this with characters that viewers care about as they continue to populate the canvas with new characters who aren't interesting while core characters with likable actors are written into corners and right off the show.

In happier, if not a little bit late news, Michael Easton("John McBain") signed a contract that will keep him in Llanview and his character alive. Rumor had it that if Michael Easton had opted to not re-sign with One Life to Live his character was going to be killed, giving Natalie even more heartache. Luckily for Natalie and viewers, John will be in Llanview for some time to come.


Did Eden Riegel (Bianca Montgomery Kane) every really leave All My Children? Since her exit in February of 2005, Riegel has made three limited returns to the soap when the need for Bianca's presence was too overwhelming to ignore.

On October 11, Riegel and Bianca are slated to return to the AMC canvas for an extended run. The exact length is a closely guarded secret, as is the storyline awaiting Riegel, but the show insists that it will be longer than her previous three returns.

What does this mean for her lady love Maggie in Paris? I guess we'll have to wait until October to find out. I, for one, cannot wait. All My Children is a mess. Bianca has the magic touch when it comes to fixing the problems of Pine Valley residents. Maybe Eden Riegel is the magic touch AMC needs to get its act together!

Hot on the tails Matthew Ashford and Melissa Reeves’ departure from Days of our Lives as Jack and Jennifer and the addition of Hogan Sheffer as the soap’s new head writer, comes word that Austin Peck (Austin) and Christie Clark (Carrie) have been let go from the fan favorite roles they have recently reprised.

New head writers are known for coming in and pruning a cast to fit their vision for the show. Add in the budget cuts that are plaguing Days and you're left with a mass exodus of characters who are needed on the canvas. Austin and Carrie are the last characters whom Hogan Sheffer should be ditching.

At least it means that Carrie and Austin might finally get their happy ending. If you’re giving them their walking papers, at least have them sail off into the sunset together.

The exits don't stop there. Farah Fath and Kyle Brandt will be exiting the roles of Mimi and Phillip. There isn't any word on whether their roles will be recast, but the show is actively looking to recast the role of Shawn Brady when Jason Cook also departs in the fall.

Do I see a Belle and Shawn reunion in the future? They have one child together of whom they are unaware, they are expecting another, and both of their respective spouses seem to be exiting the show without a recast in sight. Welcome back Shelle.

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