'Days Of Our Lives' And 'The Young & The Restless' To Recruit Alums From Canceled ABC Soaps 'AMC' And 'OLTL'
By NELLIE ANDREEVA | Wednesday April 27, 2011 @ 10:40am PDT
EXCLUSIVE: Some of the cast members of ABC's recently canceled daytime dramas All My Children and One Life To Live may get new soap gigs courtesy of Sony TV. I hear the studio is planning to bring in a number of actors from AMC and OLTL to join its two daytime dramas, NBC's Days of Our Lives and CBS' The Young & the Restless. Names I've heard mentioned are Debbi Morgan and Jacob Young from All My Children and Gina Tognoni and Josh Kelly from One Life to Live.
I hear Sony Pictures TV president Steve Mosko is behind the plan. When the AMC and OLTL's cancellations were made official earlier this month, he sprung into action, starting consultations with his top daytime executive Steve Kent and Days co-creator/exec producer Ken Corday and Y&R co-creator/exec producer Bill Bell about which actors from the departing ABC shows would strengthen the talent roster on the two soaps. (Y&R recently recruited another former star of an ABC soap, General Hospital's Genie Francis, who starts as a new regular at the end of May.)
While daytime dramas' fortunes have been falling over the past several years as five soaps have bit the dust, Sony TV's Days and Y&R have been going strong, with Y&R ranking as the top-rated daytime drama for the past two decades. Last November, Days and Y&R landed multi-year renewals by NBC and CBS, respectively. Meanwhile, All My Children will end its 41-year run in September, and One Life to Live will bow out in January after 43 years. There had been speculation that another network might step in to rescue the shows, including rumors about interest by NBC in OLTL as a companion to Days. But, given the financial challenges the two shows faced on ABC amidst declining ratings, finding a buyer would be a daunting task. So fans of AMC and OLTL shows may have to settle for a consolation price -- getting to keep some of their favorite stars in daytime.
Don't know how I feel about this. They can't keep the cast that they have happy, and they keep bringing in no name characters. I don't know how adding people from other soaps is supposed to boost Days. I don't want to see new characters added into the mix, I want some of the core ones to return. I don't want those to be recasts either. I do not want to see Lucas, Phillip, John, Marlena, Steve, or Kayla recast.
I'm actually excited by this. I agree that I'd rather see the "seasoned" cast members like Lucas, Steve/Kayla, etc., I'd be happy to see what these new characters could bring into the mix. And, hopefully, it'd be something more interesting than bad acting characters like Dario...
Post by DancingDays on Apr 27, 2011 17:52:50 GMT -5
Perhaps instead of just worrying about how pretty the actors are (Dario, Taylor) they could actually get some skilled actors from these other shows. Whether they are recasts or new characters, I just want some good acting. Most of the new people stink. Our vets are pros and do a great job. Any additions should compliment them, not drag them down.
Post by fluffysmom on Apr 27, 2011 21:51:45 GMT -5
If it means that characters like Dario and Gabi would get the boot then I am for it. Maybe if they cast people as members of core familys like Justin and Adrienne's sons or Hortons that have been gone for years like Bill or Maggie's daughter Sarah it would work. At least it shows that Sony is interested in Days and Y&R.