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222 April 4th, 2016 GH Casting Well-Known Actress For Recurring Role! Who Would You Suggest For The Part?

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Following the performances of Dee Wallace (Daytime Emmy nominated this year) and Donna Mills (Daytime Emmy winner last year), General Hospital is again seeking a veteran and well-known actress to step into a new recurring role on the ABC daytime drama series.

According to Soap Opera Digest, the character is described as: “Caucasian, 60-65. Strong presence, dynamic.”   The part will begin tapig in mid-May.

Just who the recurring character is being brought in to play and to work opposite is under wraps … but it could be a new GH patient?  A recast?  A mother of character on the canvas … maybe the “presumed” dead, Rachel Berlin’s AKA Hayden Cassadine’s (Rebecca Budig) momma?

Of known Hollywood actresses who have worked in daytime and primetime, who would you suggest for the role? Let us know in the comment section below!

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  1. Ces says:

    Enough with the gimmick casting!! Enough with more recurring characters! GH can’t even finish half the stories they currently have because there isn’t any time to tell them all!! Brad & Lucas anyone?

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    AJ replied

    If they’re going to do a story, why is casting a quality actress a gimmick?

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    Dylan replied

    Because they don’t do a story! They name cast, write some crap, the person is gone, end of story, game over.

    Ces replied

    And no one is going to care about another character either. That IS my point. Too many actors on this show as it is — some BIG named actress like Donna Mill sure won’t bring me in. Gimmick as I stated. Again, this is only my opinion as you have yours AJ. There is zero continuity with these other storylines unless you are in the forefront. Hard to care about a story when you see it every 2 months (my point with Lucas & Brad).

    Timmm replied

    Rosalie?

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    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Rosalie who?…lol

    Miss Erica Kane replied

    I’d like to tell you a few things but they are not printable.

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    Mark replied

    I got your back, Erica- classy lady-xox

    Maureen replied

    Here again with gay bashing and time to pull the plug on AMC and Susan Lucci is bitter- the only bitterness comes from someone that can not accept gays and their scenes are gross and Kristina can not be gay- because that offends and characters that are not white seem to not be favorites either. No thanks to your vision of GH or the world.

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    Mark replied

    Yep. second that.

    Helen replied

    What do you contribute to this site but an anti-gay agenda? Over and over you have a problem with gay or possibly gay characters and your ok characters are only white straight ones- what up with that? Nurses ball strippers some sick thing gay thing and on and on about a gay writer- gay is not ok, I get your message and it is not good.

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    Alan replied

    Brad and Lucas — like pretty much everyone else not related to Sonny/mob storylines — don’t get the chance to contribute anything because they are seldom given any material. What do Maxie and Nathan contribute? How about Lulu? Or Dante? Or Jordan? Or Andre? Or Valerie? Or Molly? Or Obrecht? Or Tracy? Or Dillon? Or Nina? Or Franco? Or Scotty? Or Laura? Each character is only as good as what is written for them and if you’re not in the mob or related to Raymond Berlin you aren’t getting a whole lot to do these days.

    Brad and Lucas have untapped potential through their jobs at GH (and Brad’s history of sketchy ethics opens up lots of story potential). As for their “occasional gross naked love scenes” why are those scenes any more disgusting than Maxie and Nathan’s bed scenes? That is pretty much the sum total of the Maxie/Nathan pairing: they are either in bed or at work propping up Nina and Dante who really don’t have much in the way of stories either.

    As for what Brad and Lucas COULD contribute — diversity. It’s the 21st century and despite what some may think mixed race race couples and same sex couples are a part of our society. They aren’t going anywhere and to assume that Port Charles — or any other city real or fictional — is devoid of such couples is ridiculous.

    What I would like to know is how a loving couple contribute nothing to the show yet continued mob violence is considered crucial (and perfectly acceptable) to a series based around a hospital…

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    Dylan replied

    You know what my friend? I read your post fully…and i would absolutely watch pointless gay sex scenes between Brad and Lucas…rather than watch ANY scene whatsoever with sonny Corinthos and ANY of his brood. So, yeah. When Brad and Lucas are more relevant and entertaining than Sonny and ANY of his family, I am on board bro!

    Rose replied

    Dylan..it goes back to you comment about Valerie. If you are going to have these characters at least write a decent, make-sense story for them instead of filler material. Instead of building on a new, needed generation for the Spencer family, writers made her a pariah for breaking Lulu and Dante’s “perfect” marriage. It’s been hard for her to break out of that first impression.

    They’ve hinted at other story extension for Brad…the Rosalie thing went nowhere. Did like his friendship with Brit. Peas of a pod that worked. And why not make Lucas more of a go- to doctor instead of bringing in new ones. Or maybe help Michael start the new clinic that used to be where Spencer family “home”…another story that has fallen by the wayside after all the fuss over the Fluke and “that house.”

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    nfnfngrebecca1 replied

    It really us a shame rhey dropped Brad and Lucas. They center around people for a bit then fade to black… Lucas did however just announce the wedding will take place soon. Is that to wrap up their story or will they be intgrated back into the canvas

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    Ces replied

    I agree. GH didnt tell this story but are jumping to the wedding? Why bother. Miss Felix on the show regularly; guess they’ll just dust him off for the Nurses Ball.

    rebecca1 replied

    Lol Ces…at first I thought you were calling Felix Miss Felix! I like him too…hoping with their seeming attempt to focus more on the hospital he’ll be one of the ongoing staff.

  2. Robert j Lord says:

    Lynda Carter, Jacqueline Smith, linda Gray, so many great actresses

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    Patrick replied

    GREAT idea…. I vote Ms. Linda Gray !

    I wonder what Constance McCashin ex-Laura Avery Sumner, Knots Landing, is doing these days

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    Cindy replied

    Oh, that is a fantastic idea. Great actress.

    Jen replied

    Susan Lucci

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    carol replied

    Hope not.

    Vet from the Get (abc soaps) replied

    ditto much as i loved all my ABC soaps, Susan Lucci and her Erica was not on my favorites list.

    Timmm replied

    Ah, Linda Carter. She still looks good. She can sing at the NB to!

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    carol replied

    Don’t know about Wonder Woman…..lol

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  3. curacaoman says:

    Erika Slezak

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    Maureen Hoeler replied

    i agree, she would be perfect

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Yes!

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    brian replied

    Erika all the way…then make her a permanent cast member !!

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    Jp replied

    Perfect for the great erika slezak to return to daytime.

    Harry replied

    Okay, I was bored with the query until someone said, “Erika Slezak.”
    Now, I am excited.
    Just please don’t let it be someone from some 80′s sitcom or series.
    Please, just no Morgan Fairchild, Donna Mills, Meredith Baxter or Linda Cater–now, that would be stunt casting.

    Tay replied

    Exactly who I was thinking!

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  4. Lisa says:

    Bring on Susan Lucci!!!

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    Timmm replied

    She would be great as Rachel Berlin’s mother!

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    Fanny replied

    Perfect!

  5. downtownla says:

    If it’s Hayden’s mom, I suggest Meredith Baxter Birney

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    davlestev1 replied

    You know it is.. That is exactly the role

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  6. Barbara Nibot says:

    Erica Slezak, or Robin Strasser would be great!

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    Darren replied

    Yes yes I agree, both ladies can act.

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    Anthony replied

    Absolutely! Erika, Robin or the incomparable Judith Light

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  7. Brian says:

    If this role is for Rachel Berlin’s mother, I would give anything if they cast Anna Stuart who played Greenlee’s mother on AMC!

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    CeeCee replied

    I’d like that too, Bryan. She first starred on Another World. I remember her since I was a little girl. I loved her. Good one.

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    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Nope…she first starred on The Doctors as Tony Fera in 1971 and played the role for about 6 years-then in 1977 was Gina Dante on GH…she also subbed for Maeve Kinkaid on Guilding Light…then she was Donna on AW.

    Jeremy replied

    @ CeeCee, yes Donna Love Hudson! I think there were a few more names, husbands….but I LOVED Michael & Donna!!!

    CeeCee replied

    Thanks, Jimmy.

    CeeCee replied

    @Jeremy.
    Same here, Jeremy. I was so young (late 80′s-early 90′s), but some images just stay with you.
    Yes, Michael Hudson, father of Donna’s twins’. Mary Sturt always delivers. ….loved her on AMC, as well.

    Helen replied

    Fading fast, galpal. Have tried to stand up to hate and it is a full-time job and not just one crazy I count 5 and love how others -”move on”

    CeeCee replied

    Anna Stuart. I apologize to Ms Stuart for calling her Mary. Mary Stuart was from SEARCH FOR TOMORROW…..all these names are circling in my head….some from my grandmother, some from what I remember.
    Of course, there’s Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots(lol), and my Gran Fiona Stuart ( maiden name).

    Dylan replied

    Donna Love was classic AW! She was so haughty and outta hand! LOL. She played that part to perfectin.

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  8. Still a fan says:

    Anna Stuart, Ellen Parker, Sharon Gabet, Maeve Kinkead, Kim Zimmerman. All would be great.

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    Still a fan replied

    Sorry about the Zimmerman (auto correct). Kim Zimmer

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  9. Sprite says:

    Joan Collins.

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    Alexis Davis Jerome replied

    Wasn’t Joan on Y&R for awhile? I did not watch but know she was on a daytime soap- many of these big name divas make a beeline for the door when they get a whiff of the work involved in daytime- pages and pages of scripts to memorize and they did maybe one episode per week and now one per day- we shall see.

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    davlestev1 replied

    Guiding Light as Alexandra Spaulding.. The cast was so star struck and her portrayal Ora Alex was a bit of putting but I loved the show and character so I still watched.. It was just a bit jarring

    CeeCee replied

    She was, Alexis D J. Joan first appeared on Y&R as Gloria…Michael’s and Kevin’s mother. She looked like a completely different person. Her stint did not last long….never found out why she left, at least, I didn’t.
    We can name all these great talents, but, it’s hard to pull one name out of thin air without knowing what role she is to play. More often than not, the actress needs to fit the character’s personality. Of course, a thespian who masters her craft can take on any role….so, it could be anyone. MARY STUART. I would love Susan Lucci, but, she already has a gig.

    Dylan replied

    Um, JOAN VAN ARK was on Y and R for a time. Not Joan Collins. How can you mix those two up? Serious;hy. One is blonde, plays a nice heroine…the other is British, brunette, plays a bitch…

    CeeCee replied

    @Dylan.
    I WAS referring to Van Ark. Sorry, I should have been more precise. Firstly there is an ocean of years between the two. Secondly, have you seen Van Ark? She looks nothing like herself. I saw that domeone else mentioned Joan V A on this thread, so, I guess I had her on my mind, not Collins. I know the difference between the two.
    Just as I know the difference between Mary Stuart and Anna Stuart. I did correct myself on that one. I did not check if the correction made it to print. But, trust me, Dylan, I could never confuse the others. I am not a Joan Collins fan. I am not into snobs. Ciao.

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  10. kmayne says:

    Linda Gray Linda Dano Anna Stuart Julia Barr

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    Norma replied

    Oh Julia Barr love her.

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  11. Timmm says:

    They should cast the Berlin’s!

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  12. samm says:

    I think Vicki or Dorian from OLTL would be a good fit or even Erica Kane from AMC :) all great actresses that deserve to be back on the air

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  13. Jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    ERIKA SLEZAK OR ROBIN STRASSER PLEASE!!!

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    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Or Victoria Wyndam!!!!

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    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    or Karen Gorney

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    Rose replied

    Jimh…you are great with your “soap history 101″ for a lot of us. What a memory!

  14. sarah says:

    I think susan Lucci would be perfect for that role. She did good with Erica cane on AMC. :)

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  15. Lynda Johnson says:

    Susan Lucci

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    kmayne replied

    I was going to suggest her but I do not think she will work for ABC for axing AMC

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    Harry replied

    Besides, Susan Lucci is still thirty-nine and has been for almost thirty years now.

    Dylan replied

    Instead of being bitter about her show being cancelled after 41 years…Susan Lucci should be grateful and feeling blessed that she was able to keep ONE job from the time she was a youth until the time she was a Senior citizen. A job that garnered her fame, recognition, accolades, widespread opportunities, countless Emmy nominations, and an Emmy. A job that allowed her luxury, and fame, and the ability to raise her family. A job that has led to many other jobs. For a television show to last 41 years is pretty much unheard of outside of the soap genre. By the time it ended, AMC and Erica Kane had pretty much become self parodies, and it was time for the plug to be pulled.

    Miss Erica Kane replied

    Susan Lucci and ABC have no issues-not too long ago she was named one of Disney/ABC/s Legends. She never came across as bitter for AMC being cancelled-she was upset at being blindsided- and for all the actors that sold their homes in a down market and uprooted to the West Coast for jobs that were already in the works of being taken away. Susan has always expressed sincere gratitude for those 41 years and to her many fans.

    CeeCee replied

    @Harry and Dylan.
    Awwwww, you guys. Susan Lucci is a wonderful, sweet and altruistic person. She has a very sick grandchild with a debilitating disease. Very, very charitable, believe me. Many of us have do much in common with her as we champion any scientific discoveries to helping these unfortunate kids and families.
    She has her reasons ( good, reasonable and healthy ones) for feeling the way she does; if at all…..only speculation. You know what the media and dome people do with one WORD. Frame it and put it on display in the museum of natural liars.
    So, do not believe everything you hear. And, Harry. Susan knows exactly how old she is….proud of it and wears it well. IT IS CALLED CLASS. TaTa. LOL.

    Dylan replied

    Hi gang. The point of my post was not to slam Susan Lucci. The point is that everyone knew that moving the show to California was a LAST DITCH effort to save the show money and stave off cancellation. Two soaps had recently been cancelled. The cancellation may have seemed sudden to fans, but I doubt it was a huge shock to some of the higher tier actors like Susan. Yes, she was a tireless ambassador for the show and for soaps. She always came across as gracious and appreciative, as well she should have…as well she should have…that was my point. I love watching her on Devious Maids, and I am sure she is enjoying a less stress filled life at her age without the daily grind of a soap opera, which is some of the most intensive work around!

    Dylan replied

    ABC employed her for 41 years, and made her a Superstar! WHY would she hesitate to work for that corporation again? IN a frickin’ heartbeat?!!

    davlestev1 replied

    Susan Lucci is just fine on Devious Maids and I’m sure done with daytime

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    CeeCee replied

    Thank you, dav.

  16. Stacey says:

    I know the criteria was someone between 60-65 but I think Robin Strasser (Dorian from One Life to Live) would be incredible!!

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  17. sadie soaper says:

    Erika Slezak. She’d be great in any part!

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    Terri replied

    Yes she is awesome!

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  18. Donna Sprague says:

    Pretty sure Meryl Streep is out of the running, but Michelle Pfeiffer or Renee Russo would be fabulous, but totally out of GH’s price range. Perhaps carol Burnett is free?

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    Norma replied

    Love Meryl, Carol and Michelle

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    CeeCee replied

    Hi, Norma.Carol Burnett is in her 80′s. But, I do love both Erica and Robin would kill any role. Love anyone from OLTL.
    they would have to come in as different characters and different names, independent of characters in OLTL. Prospect Park does not won them, just their character’s name. I hope!! Lol.
    I was also thinking of Susan Lucci…..my neighbor, by far and wide, LOL.
    OK, she’s 70, but looks 68. Lol. No, seriously, she’ beautiful; very classy and youthful-looking.
    I would love for Susan to play the part of Anna’s sister; either Alex or Lindsey. But, there is that Prospect Park thing.
    How about if the new casting is Hayden’s mother? You know, Raymond Betlin’s wife?

    This is my second ‘submit’. Something is wrong with this thing…or cable or whatever. Ugly day outside….sometimes affects air waves…. Wearing winter coats. I wish it were as warm here as it is in upstate PC…..so balmy up there. So, I apologize if this turns out to be a double-sent.

    Timmm replied

    Carol Burnett should host the Nurse Ball.

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    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    As Eunice…lol

    CeeCee replied

    Entertainment

  19. Rob says:

    KIM ZIMMER.

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  20. Norma says:

    Robin Strasser, Erika Slezak, Holland Taylor- whom I believe has a daytime drama background? Leslie Charleson- she used to be on GH or the gal that played Bobbie Spencer. Judith Light. Meredith Baxter. Tina Louise. Eve Plumb. Go non-white with Debbi Morgan. Liza Colby, Marion Colby. I truly would love to see Monica play another character and yes disguise her well- and I know it won’t happen and I did love Donna Mills- oh how about the original Mary Ryan? Reva Shayne? The actress who played Mike’s mom on Mike and Molly-or Swoozie Kurtz. Susan Lucci. Nora Buchanan.Wendy Mallick, Valerie Bertinelli.

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    Norma replied

    Tyne Daly or Sharon Gless

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    Lin replied

    Leslie Charleson plays Monica on GH. Jaclyn Zeman plays Bobbie Spencer. They are both on sometimes. Valerie Bertinelli is not old enough. I don’t think Debbi Morgan is either.

    Norma replied

    Since we bring back actors, Donna Mills with her service Ostrich!

    Shay replied

    If this is for Rachel’s mother? Definitely Linda Dano! She has that quintessential NYC fashion flair, although I also love Susan Lucci, of course! And Linda Gray, too! If we’re looking outside the soapbox, then Anne Archer? (But please, no boiled bunnies…I love bunnies!) And one can never go wrong with the still-gorgeous and ever-classy Miss Jaclyn Smith…always my favorite Angel! As for Anna Stuart??? She was already on GH once befoe….as Dr. Gina Dante!

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    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    That last line made me laugh…she was on the show before-but that was nearly 40 years ago…ME has played four characters in just a few short years. Did you know Miss Smith was once offered a soap role way back in 1968-she was offered to replace Alexandra Moltke as Victoria Winters on Dark Shadows-she was dating Roger Davis who was playing Jeff Clark on that show.

    CeeCee replied

    She was, my Shay? Well, if Michael Easton can come back as several different characters, so can Mary Stuart. And, as someone already said, she did play Greenlee’s ( Hayden) mother on AMC.

    Shay replied

    @jimh….Miss Smith later married Roger Davis ..he was “Hubby#1.” As for Alexandra Moltke, also later known as “Isles?” She had her own famously romantic entanglements as Claus Von Bulow’s former girlfriend…..seems to me her last public appearances were at his trial? And Miss Stuart, who I best recall as Donna Love back in her AW days, was often referred to in the soap press as ex-Dr. Gina Dante on GH….that’s why I remember her as such!

    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    I first watched her as Toni on The Doctors back in the 1970s…go on youtube and look up Home Memorial March 1971 and see her as a 23 year old with long hair…after this show she played Gina on GH-on AW there were few characters i liked in the 1980s-Donna, Jake, Viki/Marley, Cass, Frankie, Sharlene, Wallingford Mac, and Rachel., Ada and Liz..AW was one of my favorites back in the 70s when it was about the Mathews, Perinis, Frames, Cory and Carringtons but like GH they killed off vets and wrote out the others…in the 1980s it became a different show with too many cast changes ect.that i would gradually uloose interest-AW ratings fell due to too many changes…some good moments and characters in the 80s but not like the shows early years-AW was most popular and at its best from the late 60s to 1979 until they killed off John Randolph-i was so mad-same feeling like when Alan was killed off GH-AW slowly went downhill after that!!!

    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Hope-not home-lol

    Shay replied

    @jimh….I rarely watched AW, just occasionally peeked in to see what Felicia Gallant was wearing! However, I do remember Cecile’s ’20′s themed wedding, and many of the characters you mentioned. Quite honestly, what got me to take a longer look at the show was when Charles Flohe/Grant took on the post-Preacher role of Evan Frame, so we’re speaking of the late ’80′s into the ’90′s. Still, even that didn’t turn me into an avid watcher….

  21. Leslee says:

    Helen Mirren She seems to be totally on board with trying something new…and this might be a fun time for her!

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  22. Jonboy says:

    Erika Slezak!

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  23. Jeanne Anisko says:

    I think that either Erika Slezak even though she is older could play the role very well or Ilene Kristen who is the right age for the part. They are both excellent actresses. My personal favorite is definitely Erika Slezak because she always showed a very strong presence on One Life To Live as Vikki and yes I would say she is very dynamic. To look at her you would think that she is in her early to mid 60′s and she could easily handle the part.

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    Norma replied

    yes

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  24. Julie Roberts says:

    I say Meh Ryan. Not sure of she is quiet 60 yrs old or not, but I would love to see her. Or Susan Lucci

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    Timmm replied

    Meg looks to be about 75!

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  25. Miriam Fitzgerald says:

    Erika Slezak

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  26. TL says:

    I’d still love to see Erika Slezak on GH even if it’s temporary.

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  27. Patricia Nolan-Hall (Caftan Woman) says:

    I’ve been missing Colleen Zenk. It would be nice to get to see her in “General Hospital”.

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    Rodd replied

    OH, if it were for Rebecca Bugid’s mom, Colleen would be a great choice! They resemble each other a bit and Colleen can act like crazy good!

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    Patrick replied

    OMG… she’d be perfect…. she’s 63

    how could we not have Babs on AIR

    is this recurring role ; a mother; for… Rachel or Griffin….

    Colleen Zenk for the WIN !

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    Dylan replied

    LOLOL. Oh Patrick!! Your posts amuse me!!!!

  28. mgb357 says:

    Erika SlezaK comes to mind.

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    Tim replied

    Erika Slezak would be a great choice,unfortunately GH seems to be avoiding hiring any actors who were part of the Prospect Park versions of AMC and OLTL at least until the lawsuit is settled.

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  29. Nancy says:

    Susan Lucci

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  30. Christine Henderson says:

    I would give anything to see Robin Strasser back in a soap. She is the right age fits the profile they are looking for.

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  31. Eileen says:

    How about Elizabeth’s mother?

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    KansasGuest replied

    I vote for Susan Pratt coming back to GH as Anne Logan – & finally establishing that character as Liz’s mother. They even resemble one another. Give “Gran” a rest once & for all, & let her do some travelling. The boys’ real grandmother should babysit once in a while.

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    Shay replied

    @Kansas Guest….I agree with you about the uncanny resemblance between the young Susan Pratt and RH’s Liz. When I first tuned in to see the character of Liz and heard she was Jeff’s daughter, my initial thought she also had to be Anne’s. It took a long while to ascertain she supposedly was not, since few specifics were ever mentioned as to the woman who actually birthed Liz. This has long been a real oversight in the backstory of Nurse Webber, and yes, I have also mentioned that at least Jeff should return to Port Charles. He not only has Liz and her boys as family, but two ex-wives in Monica and Heather, and what excellent comedic possibilities that fact would create! (As far as Anne, last we heard she was dallying with Noah Drake in Portland. Now, he is in Berkley with Patrick and Robin, so what has happened to Anne?)

    Dylan replied

    Oh, Shay, and Kansas Guest!!!!! Your posts made my day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. Lin says:

    If she’s a good person: Julia Barr, Erika Slezak, maybe Penelope Wilton from Downton Abbey. (Don’t know if she wants to come to the US). If she’s mean , though I’ve never seen her do mean, Linda Dano might be great. Linda Gray would be great. she could play toe to toe with Donna Mills. ggg

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  33. Maureen Hoeler says:

    Erika Slezak

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  34. Ray says:

    Jula Barr, Anna Stuart or Colleen Zenk.

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    Dylan replied

    Anna Stuart cracks me up!! LOL.

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  35. shana kay says:

    For sure, Erika Slezak, sorry if I spelled it wrong, how great to be able to see “Vickie” back on a screen again. Or Robin Strasser, she’s fabulous. Both of them would be wonderful, I miss those two ladies the most.

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  36. Bonnie says:

    Michelle Lee, I think they are thinking of a primetime person not Daytime. Perhaps Halley Mills, would love to see both of these ladies again.

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  37. Rose says:

    This is when I really wish the writers didn’t close the doors on characters, because I would pick Dee Wallace/Patricia Spencer. She could have helped bolster the Spencer family, and maybe a doctor at GH could have given her hope on her health condition. There’s still a lot of unanswered questions. Who is Valerie’s father? They could a least do a prequel story at least, without Luke.

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    Timmm replied

    Pat is gone but it drives me crazy that Valerie walks around as a Spencer and not ONE person has asked her about her mixed race? Who is her father and what happened to him? Just like Rosalie, they brought her in and buried her. I dont mind new characters, Griff is dreamy, BUT write a story about these people so we know who the hell they are! They want us to like Valerie BUT we only know that her and DOGnte did the nasty wasty! Thats why I cringe when they cast recurring roles. Are they just taking up screen time or do they have a purpose?

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    Rose replied

    And where were what was left of the other Spencer’s beside Lulu to help her adjust to her new life in Port Charles? They were MIA.

    Dylan replied

    The character of Valerie is possibly, and arguably, the most pointless character in soap history, second to Jan Speers from DAYS. She was a product of a storyline that was completely rewritten and botched, thereby invalidating a legacy character’s history. She is played by an actress with less than, um, acting capabilities. She was written as a murderous psychopath two days after her onscreen arrival. She has NO chemistry with any co-stars. Her storyline is absurd….a rookie cop having an affair with a senior officer being assigned to cases with him?? Yeah, okay!! CUT THE LOSS!!!

    CeeCee replied

    Hey, Rose.
    I think there’s still hope for Valerie.
    You did suggest she could be Ward’s daughter? (I think that’s his name?)…..making Valerie a Quartermaine scion. I love that idea. If Valerie is to roam the halls of GH, why not?
    As it often happens, I do not think TPTB know what to do with her yet.

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  38. Susan F Hewitt says:

    I think Erika Slezak,Susan Lucci or Robin Strasser,Geeena Davis ,Christine Lahtior Sally Field.

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    Dylan replied

    Um…how about Leslie Charleson, Jaclyn Zeman, Kristina Malandro, Lynn Herring, Finola Hughes….who are all in that age range, and who all mean something to GH viewers???

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  39. linda scarchilli says:

    Robin Strasser from One Life To Live she was always great as Dorian n I think she’d be great n bring a lot to the character they are looking for thank linda scarchilli

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  40. Ali W says:

    I would love to watch again: Dee Wallace- she was on way to brief. In her role before maybe this time they could give her a longer contract. Even if its temporarily. Of the others actors I would love to watch in a role for GH. Would be the high priced actress. Like Kim Zimmerman/Erka Slezack/Robin Strasser/Judith light… And they are all soap actors.. Who have the longest history..

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  41. Liz says:

    Susan Lucci would never do it so don’t bother mentioning her. I would LOVE it to be Erika Slezak or Robin Strasser but they’re both in their seventies so too old to play 60-65.

    Hillary B Smith comes to mind but she’s 2 years shy of 60. Julia Barr would be perfect!!!! I hope they cast a soap vet.

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  42. Moviegal says:

    Kim Zimmer!

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  43. Coonnie says:

    Erika Slezak or Julia Barr

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  44. Joe says:

    I’ve come to the conclusion that the current writers of this show are not fans of the show, therefore they know nothing about the history or what the fans want. Ron Carlivati knew what he was doing. He’s been a fan for years. I have no idea why the “new” writers who bounce around between soaps keep introducing new characters when we have plenty of great ones who aren’t used. Stop already with the new characters and storylines that have no history. No wonder some of the best actors jumped ship and left for the Y&R.

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    Dylan replied

    Joe…please tell me ONE single way that Ron C appreciated the history of this show?! He decimated legacy characters…CHECK! He destroyed Long Term Couples…CHECK!! He Re-Wrote History…CHECK!!!! He shoe horned his faves and pets absurdly into long term story…CHECK!!!! He brought in at least 15 pointless, absurd, newbies…CHECK!

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    Joe replied

    Not that I owe YOU any explanation, he wrote the great Luke storyline prior to Tony Geary’s exit, which was all based on GH history. That’s one storyline for you. CHECK! He’s watched the show for years before becoming a writer.

    I was simply making a statement, not asking for some debate fueled by your anger. Jeez!

  45. JMB says:

    Please cast Susan Lucci. She would be perfect as Rachel’s mother. Thank you.

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    Dylan replied

    Shouldn’t us fans at LEAST know who Rachel is…before her stunt casted mother makes an appearance???

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    Shay replied

    What do you mean, Dylan? Rachel is THE Rachel Berlin, daughter of Raymond Berlin, and apparently, Naomi Dreyfus Berlin. What more do you want or need to know???? (LOL….) And oh, you’re welcome for the Anne Logan post!!!

    Dylan replied

    LMAO!!!! So….they hire a popular daytime vet……drag out her identity for a year, and then make her a nobody. Kind of seems to be the standard with this regime. I had a hard time believing in the past that soap writers got royalties for new characters they create, as soaps dont go into reruns and syndication like primetime soaps, so they dont earn royalties as such. But there must be some form of financial compensation for them when they do create pointless newbies, or else why would they do it?? These four remaining soaps are on life support, so why are the writers so hellbent on ignoring the wishes of fans, and flooding these shows with people who have no connection to the core of the show? Any one of these new characters could have had the last name Hardy, Webber, Ward, Quartermaine, Scorpio, Baldwin, etc. Same with DAYS. They keep casting big name female actresses in these absurd throwaway roles that go nowhere. Madison, Serena, Summer, etc. Etc. I will use Sarah Brown as a prime example. In 1996, she burst on the scene as Carly. Thanks to layered, intelligent, sophisticated writing that utilized beloved veterans to facilitate her character, she soared!!! She won Emmys, critical acclaim, and accolades! When she left GH, soaps were chomping at the bit to grab her, but had no plan in place. ATWT cast her as some nobody named Julia, and she was gone within a year. Bold and Beautiful snagged her to play a nobody named Aggie….terrible name too…and she faded away in a year. GH brought her back as a mob moll…well, we all know how that ends on GH…a violent end. Then DAYS brought her on as another nobody named Madison. Again, within a year, she met her maker. Soaps have proven time and.time and.time and.time again that a big name from another show does not make one bit of difference if the writing is not there. The old saying If it aint on the page, it aint.on the stage is SO true!! Fans have been clamoring for the character of Sarah Horton for SO long.on DAYS, it doesnt even matter that at this point the character should be about 50. Fans would accept any actress over 30 playing this.part. She is almost the modern day equivalent of Bobby Martin from AMC, who went upstairs to wax his skis and was never seen or heard from again. Kassie DePaiva should have been cast as Sandy Horton, and she could have had some.longevity on the show as a member of the core family. She could have been bestie cousins with Hope and Jen, she could have had any number of children, and any kind of history. I knew Kassie would bring her A game to Eve, but I said from the get go it was woeful miscasting, and that she wouldnt last. First of all, she is two years older than the actress who played Eve’s mother back in the 80′s. Second, any,scene involving her and Charles Shaughnessy as her father Shane, with her calling him Daddy would have looked downright absurd. Third, Eve was an ill conceived character right from her.inception, and was best left forgotten. With all that said, I truly (pardon the truly pun…Tru played her daughter) hope she wins for Lead Actress. She was cheated and.robbed many times for her work as Blair on OLTL, and.only.managed to snag one nomination in 19 years of being Blair. Her work as a mother’s grief was raw and.painful. Then, just as quickly as she delivered Emmy caliber work, she was out the door. I love Gina Tognoni, and like her as Phyllis, but I hope someone will agree with me here…Kassie would have made a great Phyllis…she was more age appropriate, and has that tall lean slinky quality that Michelle Stafford had. And if DAYS was determined to bring Eve back, Gina had that youthful look that Charlotte Ross had as Eve. I could ramble all night about missteps and mistakes the soaps make, and I dont mean to play armchair quarterback, because it is very easy for us fans to sit back and think we know it.all, when.we actually know nothing about the complexities of.casting, budgets, contracts, vacations, recasting, etc. But there is a reason soaps are.continually dying. Execs and.writers dont listen to fans! In this day and age, there is no excuse for that. Message boards dont lie. If they would read them, and validate them, and.stop letting their pride, and.ego, and vanity get in the way, soaps would be better!! I am.a server for.a living. When.someone orders Pepsi, I dont bring them diet pepsi because I think its better for.them. If they order gravy on their fries, I give it to them regardless of whether I feel they need.it.or.not. thats my job…to give my customers what THEY want. I cant go off half.cocked and insiat on giving them something they dont want because I think I know better. These shows are made for the fans, supported by fans, and these people.earn very nice livings because of us fans. Its time they started realizing and.respecting that!

    Shay replied

    So well put, my eloquent Dylan! I’ve little to add, except since you mentioned Kassie de Paiva, I’ve long thought that she would have made a much more palatable Nina on GH….less OTT, more subtle and generally easier to take overall…..just a thought. Oh, and you sound like a wonderful server….hope you get the big tips!

  46. Patrick says:

    I VOTE : Anna Kathryn Holbrook : ex-Sharlene Frame Hudson ; Another World (58)

    I VOTE: Elizabeth Kiefer: ex-Blake Marler; Guiding Light (54)

    is this for Rachel ? Griffin ?

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  47. Mary SF says:

    Big Name– Sally Fields
    Primetime Soap– Judith Light from Dallas reboot
    Cancelled Soap- Anna Stuart
    On Another Soap but worth stealing– Judith Chapman

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    Alexis Davis Jerome replied

    Judith Light from OLTL- emmy-award winning ex-prostitute Karen. She was electrifying and I don’t mean like Ivy on B&B- she also gave Michael Fairman his first job as an actor- not gave but assisted. I would love a daytime actress to receive the role- who played Mary Ryan- the original- or the woman who left CSI Marg Helgenberger was on Ryan’s Hope as well. I guess big name actress means prime-time or movies? And hopes of drawing in more viewers but damn I want our daytime gals to have work. I did enjoy Donna Mills- what about one of the other cast from Knotts Landing?

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    Rose replied

    I first saw Judith on the Dallas reboot. OMG…what a performance. She would even bring Carly and Sonny to their knees. Agree…give the role to the great day-time ladies who have been bringing it to their roles for years.

    CeeCee replied

    All great, Mary….every single one!!!

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  48. David says:

    Erika Slezak or Robin Strasser would be THE BEST!!!

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    Terri replied

    Yes to either of these talented women!

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  49. kaffen says:

    Megan Mullahy..As Sams aunt or Lizzy mother

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    CeeCee replied

    Aha! Megan is hilarious, Kaffen. Love her. She would bring some spice to the equation.

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  50. PJ says:

    Hmm, I’d say Susan Lucci , Erika Slezak or Robin Strasser. I’d REALLY like to see the interaction between Robin and Kathleen Gati (Dr. O) . If they were casting for a woman of color, I’d say Nechell Nichols, Leslie Uggums, Diahann Carroll, or Angela Bassett

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    Dylan replied

    Diahann Carroll is what now, 93??? Can we get off the 1986 Dynasty Train, and focus on TODAY????

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    Patty McEntire replied

    Some of us still ride the old trains and don’t need a conductor.

  51. Deb says:

    Vickie from oltl loved her !! She would do great.

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  52. GemmaG says:

    I’ve only ever watched ABC soaps, so Erika Slezak, Robin Strasser or Kim Zimmer are all great choice. Kassie DePaiva or Eva Maria Larue might be good choices too.

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  53. Ricardo says:

    Erika Slezak, Louise Sorel, Robin Strasser or Marj Dusay.

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  54. Timmm says:

    “That Girl!” Marlo Thomas as Hayden’s mom!

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    Alexis Davis Jerome replied

    Love Marlo!

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  55. Mary Stauffer says:

    What about Susan Lucci???

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  56. Jenn says:

    Linda Dano

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  57. Anne says:

    So many choices and great suggestions. I just hope they cast someone who will be an important part of the show and not a gimmick. Dee Wallace had just a few scenes, literally, and Donna Mills was never there long enough to establish her villainy.

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  58. Mark says:

    ERIKA SLEZAK!! If the character is supposed to be a b*tch – Robin Strasser!!

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  59. Sandy says:

    Kim Zimmer or Susan Lucci

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  60. jackie meixner says:

    Crystal Chappell!

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  61. jackie meixner says:

    Crystalline chappell,may not be old enough but they would have similar faces!She was great on Guiding Light

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  62. Linda says:

    Linda Dano, Robin Strausser, Erica Slezak, Kassie Depaiva (with aging makeup) or Susan Lucci.

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  63. davlestev1 says:

    Joan van Ark

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  64. Lou Piikes says:

    Tina Sloan, Jensen Buchanon, Maeve Kincaid, Lisa Brown, Robin Mattson.

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    Dylan replied

    Lou…Jensen is like 20 years younger than the rest of them!

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  65. Phil says:

    For the love of God please no Susan Lucci! Sorry not a fan… Erika Slezak, Kim Zimmer, Ellen Dolan, Robin Strasser, Michelle Lee, Joan Van Ark, Joan Collins would all be great choices. Please let this tie to Hayden somehow and reveal she is a Quartermaine as a result of an Affair with Alan!

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  66. Carrie says:

    Julia Barr, Erika Slezak, Susan Lucci, Jaclyn Smith would be my picks.
    If they are thinking outside of the box, I would go for Elizabeth Hurley, Helen Hunt or even singer/actress Reba McEntire! I think all of these ladies would play that role fabulously!

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  67. Angie says:

    Erika Slezak, although I would prefer her in a more long term role. Or Liz Hubbard. Not quite the age range but I just adore her.

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  68. Patti lauro says:

    Id love to see a mom for Elizabeth!

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    Tim replied

    And a dad,if Richard Dean Anderson isn’t interested,then recast the role of Jeff Webber.

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    Mark replied

    Parole Steven Lars, Cure Heather and re-unite this legacy family, so full of love and quirky-doodle issues so dearly missed. The new and improved Cassadines and Heather is the matriarch. Love in the afternoon.

    Mark replied

    Where did Jeff Webber go, anyway? Go ask Alice, if you can find her.

    Rose replied

    Richard would be interesting. I keep seeing re-runs of his StarGate Series. Maybe time for him to get into a new project?

    Shay replied

    @Tim, Mark and Rose….I just saw a recent photo of Mr. Anderson stocking up on groceries at I think it was “Whole Foods?” Let’s just say it looks as if he is enjoying his time out of the public eye….not quite camera-ready at the moment. (But,, oh, what a great show “McGyver” was! This was one GH alum who had a marvelous post-soap career.) I say recast the role of Jeff, as long as it’s with someone who is appropriately dreamy enough and a good actor, to boot!

  69. Daisy says:

    As much as I love GH I wish they’d write for the recrring women in that age bracket they already have. This cast is already so bloated there’s no time to concentrate on any story for more than a minute before its put away for weeks. ENOUGH WITH NEW
    CHARACTERS.

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  70. mike says:

    Slezak,Strasser, or Zimmer would be perfect no matter what the role. They are great actors and they can do anything asked of them. GH needs a name from the soap world.

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  71. Kyle Hohimer says:

    ERIKA SLEZAK or ROBIN STRASSER!

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  72. Gerald Mashburn says:

    Judith Light

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  73. Patrick says:

    I – BET – Kathleen Noone… can pull off 60-65 ( she’s 71)

    ie: Ellen Dalton… All My Children
    she also was on Passions…. Knots Landing

    I had no idea she was on Sunset Beach

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    CeeCee replied

    Oh, yes, Patrick…Kathleen/Edna will show up with Nurse Precious. How fun would that be. The Simian could be Finn’s assistant. Can you picture it? LOL.

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  74. Toscanti says:

    Deborah Adair (ex Tracy Dynasty, ex Jill Y&R, ex Kate DOOL, ex Lucy Melrose Place)would be amazing, miss seeing her on screen!

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  75. Mister K says:

    I would love to see Erica Slezak make a GH debut. She would be marvelous in any role. By the way, any update on the Prospect Park/ ABC lawsuit?

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    davlestev1 replied

    Oh mister k do yourself a favor and forget all about prospect park.. they both have and the media as well.. Move on..

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    Helen replied

    How rude and dismissive. Really? Others on this site have asked the same question within the past week.

    CeeCee replied

    Awwww, dav. That was a legitimate question. “Move on?”

    CeeCee replied

    I’d like to know that, myself, Mister K. I wish I could tell you. Later.

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    davlestev1 replied

    Ceecee that was a legitimate answer and in no means rude and dismissive.. Those soaps are over.. That dogfight is over.. Time to move on..

    davlestev1 replied

    And by the way moderators at Michael Fairman on air on soaps..if someone says a person is rude and dismissive because they misinterpret a response then..a person should have every fair and balanced right to react..not have their response canceled and the other glaringly apparent. I staunchly defend my positions and in not ride or dismissive..if you can’t debate don’t engage

    CeeCee replied

    @davlestev 1.
    You are right. Mr. Fairman is Fair…LOL.
    However, i was not the one to call you rude, nor dismissive. All I said that it was a legitimate question. I still do. No worries, my friend…peace.
    I really would like to know when or if the Prospect Park nonsense will live forever. I do not follow social media….just MF on air. That’s enough for me.

    CeeCee replied

    @davlestev 1.
    I absolutely agree. We are invited here for that purpose. And, I, for one, know exactly what you are saying. There has been many a time where I, and others, have been ‘castigated’ by other posters, yet our response to defend ourselves is not in print. Is that democratic?
    You should defend your position. I champion that. We all should. That is the point, as you well ‘point’ out. No pun intended. Later.

  76. Mark says:

    I will take all these choices but Judith Light comes first and she is no longer an ex-hooker but a powerful, ruthless Mayflower Madam and when she gets tried this time, they pry open the crypt and haul in Katrina Karr and Jenny and Donna Tyler and Estelle and Lettie Jean and Nicki Smith and Goldie Kane and Delia Ryan and Marco Dane and RIP Billy Clyde Tuggle.

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    CeeCee replied

    Whaaat? I have no idea, here. Judith Light played a hooker? Big jump to playing a judge on LAW AND ORDER :SVU.
    But, do not fret. I can think of a couple of ladies living in PC who would do very well helping the Mayflower Madam by managing a place , and call it: LADY MARMALADE. LOL.

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    Shay replied

    Oh yeah, CeeCee….Karen Wolek was a huge ho! After she married Dr.Larry, she was such a bored housewife, she’d go to the local department store and hook for merchandise….I’ll never forget the first time she sold herself in the china department for the price of a lovely silver teapot! (Of course, it was a different actress then….a sweet petite blonde chick…very pretty!) Once Light hit the scene, Karen was already revealed to have had quite the past in the procurement profession, courtesy of her pimp, Marco Dane. who eventually landed in Llanview!

    CeeCee replied

    @Shay.
    Ok, ….so I looked up Karen Wolek. I had no idea who she was. I started watching OLTL in the mid 90′s, when I was about 10-12 years old. I thought I knew all the past stories, and characters.
    I’m glad you brought that up.
    ….Not such a subdued soap, huh?….even back in the day.
    Well, I love Judith. She’s great. It’s hard picturing her hooking, though…LOL. Was she, at least, good? Ha!
    Thanks, Shaybelle.

    Dylan replied

    Lmao @ Shay….Karen was a huge ho!!! lol. Thats before my.time, but I get it was a bracing, provocative, shocking story for its time. Lol. But soaps back then.were written by writers who explored character nuance, and hired very talented performers and gave them challenging material. I have seen Judith’s courtroom scenes and she was mesmerizing. If only today’s soaps could make that kind of emotional impact!! The last time I I saw complete brilliance on a soap, was Claire Labine’s GH. TO a lesser degree, but I do want to give a shout out to a regime I have lambasted continuously, was the Guza Phelps reign at GH. I recently rewatched, on Youtube, the Black and White Ball from on 2007 on GH that culminated in Emily’s death. I was blown away on several levels…the continuity alone….that was a sprawling umbrella event that needed serious attention to detail. There were sub plots and unfolding character drama and stories that could have fallen by the wayside, but didnt! The production values were elaborate and phenomenal!! In the end, it played like a Greek tragedy, much like Santa Barbara did at its best!! I was not a fan of much of the content…Saint Jason, the murdering hero…the brutal death of another Quartermaine, etc….but it was an ambitious, original sweeps story that deserves accolades for the epic scope in which it was presented!

    CeeCee replied

    @Dylan.
    Loved your post, Dylan.
    Informative, humorous and very entertaining….love your turn of eords.

    Shay replied

    @CeeCee….Actually that “Karen” memory is an isolated one from my tender, impressionable years when my soap viewing was few and far between….just the occasional glimpse, here and there. I happened upon that humdinger of a scene on a summer(?) afternoon in the presence of my appalled mother, who was not a soap follower, and needless to say, quite adamant in pointing out that Mrs. Wolek’s not-so–quaint method for funding her shopping sprees was wholly unacceptable! LOL….Perhaps that is why it remains ingrained in my mind….later, I did watch OLTL more frequently, and by this time, Judith Light had assumed the role of the quintessential ex-prostitute Karen, and believe it or not, she was quite appropriately jaded, hard and um, seemingly most well-experienced, in the role….very much a contrast to her sister, Jenny, who was an ex-nun! It was not until after Light’s Emmy accolades and departure from the daytime arena that she really slimmed-down and glammed-up into the recognizable prime-time actress she is today.

    Shay replied

    @CeeCee….P.S. Just wanted to add on the subject of “Karen Wolek,” that shortly before the arrival of Judith Light in that role, Julia Duffy—better known as Newhart’s delightful “Stephanie Van Der Kellen”—briefly assumed the part after the original actress left. I only discovered this when I checked on Karen’s history, since I was not entirely apprised of it myself. Like I’ve previuosly said, my viewing of any soap at that time was extremely sporadic, so I was truly surprised to learn of Duffy’s history on OLTL….I knew she had a background in daytime, but not with that particular show. Anyway, I always loved the “Miss Stephanie” character, so it was a hoot to realize that the portrayer of her always image-conscious blonde socialite formerly portrayed a hooker! (Ewwwwwww……)

    CeeCee replied

    @Shay.
    Hello, there, Shay,
    I know Julia Duffy ( a very pretty, petite blonde) from watching DRAKE AND JOSH years ago when my sister was still in Grammar school. Also, not long ago, I have seen a few episodes of DESIGNING WOMEN . ….loved Dixie Carter and Delta Burke, as well….all those ladies, actually.
    Too bad, NEWHART doesn’t broadcast reruns as often as I would like. I simply adored Mary Frann ( DOOL), who, sadly, died before her time.
    Soon, Shay…con amore.

    Shay replied

    @CeeCee….Yes, that’s Julia! I know she’s done other work since “Newhart,” but Stephanie really was her finest role! I’m pretty sure that “Antenna TV” runs a few “Newhart” shows each weeknight, after Johnny Carson? I don’t watch them so much now, but when they first joined the lineup, I caught almost all of them…what fun! The late Mary Frann (formerly of DOOL…) was great as Joanna, but I also adored Suzanne Pleshette as Robert’s wife on his previous sitcom, and the surprise ending of the Newhart series with her guest appearance was sheer perfection! (Speaking of Carson, I recently happened upon Miss Pleshette on an episode….she was such a classy actress….always loved her, and it made me so sad to see her again, because she is also deceased, along with her final husband, Tom Poston, otherwise known as George Utley!) So many of the stars of my childhood are leaving us, and it really is rather depressing. Same for Dixie Carter….and oh, I thought Delta Burke was totally superb, particularly with the late Meshach Taylor as Anthony Bouvier! I remember being so mad when she was dismissed from DW, that I quit watching, so I never saw Julia’s work on there, but I’m sure she was good! Later, CeeCeeGirl!

    Dylan replied

    WHOA!! LOLOL!!! That’s opening a historic vault, my friend!!! You win!!

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    Shay replied

    @Dylan….Oh yes, my friend, there are so many fine examples of soap opera excellence through the years….some now fleeting impressions derived from childhood, and those which are more immediate in time, not so far away or long ago from today. To say you had to be there is quite the understatement, but as you’ve discovered via YouTube, there is a true rhyme and reason why so many of us are discontent with the present-day soap opera experience….it lacks the depth of detail, character development and production values that were the gold standard of daytime dramas throughout the many decades, and often including up until just these past few years!

  77. K says:

    Please GH cast Jessica Collins as MRS. Parker Forsythe- the professor’s wife.

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  78. Richard Nihan says:

    Billy clyde tuggle
    Passed away a couple years ago after the prospect park fiasco

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    Helen replied

    Bless him- I loved to hate him and adore Christine Baranski.

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  79. scott says:

    good grief…stop with the stunt casting….why would you introduce new recurring characters when you’ve got “history” gold characters like Laura, Monica, Tracy, Scotty, Felicia, Mac, Anna, hell even Emma….bring her back full time, just cause Patrick and Robin left doesn’t mean that Grandma Anna cant watch her…..and she has great chemistry with Griffin….i’m liking the show as far as the tender heart tugging moments that they’ve had..don’t need all that boring action….where’s Jake? Spencer? Joss? the next generation kids….are they all at boarding school….where’s Bobbie???? Shouldn’t she be visiting her grandson, Morgan, in the psych ward??? did anyone tell Deliah that Kiki was shot???? instead of focusing on family and all, they want to keep introducing new recurring characters that have no connection…doesn’t make sense….guess i’ll have to send these writers the Doug Marland How not to Wreck a Soap that I sent to Days….hehehe…Days still didnt listen and Salem’s flame is slowly dying out…..so again, this goes out to Frank V…..please read

    How Not To Wreck A Show by Douglas Marland

    * Watch the show.

    * Learn the history of the show. You would be surprised at the ideas that you can get from the back story of your characters.

    * Read the fan mail. The very characters that are not thrilling to you may be the audience’s favorites.

    * Be objective. When I wrote As the World Turns the first thing I said was, what is pleasing the audience? You have to put your own personal likes and dislikes aside and develop the characters that the audience wants to see.

    * Talk to everyone; writers and actors especially. There may be something in a character’s history that will work beautifully for you, and who would know better than the actor who has been playing the role?

    * Don’t change a core character. You can certainly give them edges they didn’t have before, or give them a logical reason to change their behavior. But when the audience says, “He would never do that,” then you have failed.

    * Build new characters slowly. Everyone knows that it takes six months to a year for an audience to care about a new character. Tie them in to existing characters. Don’t shove them down the viewers’ throats.

    * If you feel staff changes are in order, look within the organization first. P&G [Procter & Gamble] does a lot of promoting from within. Almost all of our producers worked their way up from staff positions, and that means they know the show.

    * Don’t fire anyone for six months. I feel very deeply that you should look at the show’s canvas before you do anything.

    * Good soap opera is good storytelling. It’s very simple.

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    Dylan replied

    Oh, my friend!!!!!! If ONLY today’s soap writers followed Doug Marland’s module!!!

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    Rose replied

    Scott…lots of good ideas in your comment!

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    Daisy replied

    When creators, writers, producers followed Doug Marlands teachings soaps were on top. As much as we hear excuses like budget restraints keeping the genre down, if the dedication to the creativity, and writing was what it used to be we’d still have the soaps we once did. We have some of the most talented actors in the business in the soap genre.

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    dee replied

    Kate Mulgew. Love to See her in scenes with Ilene Kristen.

    Bring back Ron hale while you are at it

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  80. Dylan says:

    So yeah,,,…Frank…Jean…Shelly…General Concensus says NO MORE USELESS DAY PLAYERS!!!!!!!!!! READ A FRICKIN MESSAGE BOARD!!!!!! SAVE YOUR BUDGET!!!

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  81. Dylan says:

    Cast Fran Drescher. She needs work, and it would be fun and entertaining.

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    Rose replied

    Dylan…You’re really on a roll on this thread! :)

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    Patty McEntire replied

    Not a roll I would serve on my dinner table. I used to find this site kind of cozy and warm and now it is riddled with land mines and attacks and prejudice and demands and when a new fan or somebody tries to get a question across they are told to move on or ignored. Sorry to see this.

    Dylan replied

    Thanks Rose!!! :-D

    Rose replied

    Patty…I’ve seen this as well. There has been a tone infiltrating that wasn’t there when I first started posting that isn’t becoming. Some have come from new commenters…others from just frustrated posters who keep trying to make the same point…over and over. But please don’t give MF up to those who would make this a less than “friendly” place to compare notes.

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