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Recent Soap Recasts ...The Good, the Bad and the Inspired

by Allison Waldman, posted May 15th 2010 11:15AM
Sonny_Michael_General_Hospital_ABC'General Hospital' – Sonny's sons Michael and Morgan – that could not have been more bungled. It isn't that the new actors aren't good in the roles.

No, it's that the show chose to make the switches at the height of a major storyline involving Sonny being on trial and his children playing a major role in the trial.

Specifically, it was understandable why 'GH' recast the original Michael, Dylan Cash, when the character sent into a year-long coma and had to be aged. Actor Drew Garrett not only succeeded making Michael his own creation, he was nominated for a Daytime Emmy.

That's why his sudden replacement with Chad Duell has been such a stunner. Duell's not bad in the role, but they threw him in as Michael just when he was about to confess that he'd killed Claudia. It couldn't have been a worse time for a recast!

On the heels of that bungled switch, comes another one just as startling. Due to a scheduling conflict, the actor playing Morgan – Aaron Refvem – was replaced with Aaron Sanders. One Aaron for another, but a completely different vibe and once again, during a crucial plot turn when Dante betrayed Morgan's trust and broke the kid's heart. bill_and_katie_the_bold_and_the_beautiful_cbsIn soaps, fortunately, there are occasions when recasting is a success.

Take a look at how 'The Bold and the Beautiful' have recast the Bill Spencer and Katie Logan characters with two experienced, well-known stars from 'The Young and the Restless,' Don Diamont and Heather Tom. And on 'One Life to Live,' the powers-that-be smartly claimed Gina Tognoni after 'Guiding Light' ended, returning her to the role of Kelly. She's far better than any recast would be.'Days of Our Lives' has been doing some interesting recasting lately.

They picked up big name soap stars like Jessica Tuck for small, potentially integral roles. And they're also asking back former stars Jamie Lyn Bauer (Laura Horton), Maree Cheatham (Marie Horton), Christie Clark (Carrie Brady), Roark Critchlow (Mike Horton), Bryan Dattilo (Lucas Roberts), Patsy Pease (Kimberly Brady), Melissa Reeves (Jennifer Deveraux), and Lisa Trusel (Melissa Anderson) for a June tribute episode, not to mention Charles Shaughnessy as Shane.

Also included in that 'Days' return is Mary Beth Evans as Kayla.

That's just one show return for Evans. She's also returning to 'As the World Turns' as Sierra. Evans was one of that show's best recasts ever as Sierra, Lucinda's daughter. Sometimes recasts are a necessity, as in the case of Christina Bennett Lind who's taking over the role of Bianca Montgomery on 'All My Children' in June.

'AMC' would have preferred bring back Eden Riegel in the role (or even Lacey Chabert who played the role as a kid), but Riegel chose a different recast opportunity. She joined 'The Young and the Restless' to play Heather, Paul's daughter, and she's been great in the part.

Just like two other 'AMC' transplants who've been wonderful recasts on 'Y&R' – Billy Miller as Billy and Elizabeth Hendrickson as Chloe. In the latter case, it's even inspired because when Hendrickson was on 'AMC,' she was a romantic love interest for Bianca. Yes, with Eden in the role.

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I think the new Michael on GH is a good actor, but I really enjoyed Drew Garrett and wish he could be back. His frame was a little small, but not to where you can't believe he's 18. Would love to see him in the prison scenes. He's got better emotion than the new Michael. Also, I HATE this new Morgan. The other one was such an amazing actor,I don't think anyone would match up. Also, he looks just like the actor who plays Dante, so it's so believable they are brothers. If he was replaced because of scheduling conflicts, I hope it means in the future he can reprise his role as Morgan. However, I've seen this kid on lots of stuff and he's way talented, I can see him going far beyond soaps.

June 07 2010 at 2:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Carly's (Crystal Chappell) return to DAYS has been a bust. Nothing against the actress, but she needs to leave Salem....now.

May 16 2010 at 3:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What happened to the actress who was Heather on the Young and the Restless. I liked her very much and am not as fond of the replacement as you seem to be.

May 16 2010 at 3:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i thought the new michael was the worst recast in the history of ever...until i saw the new morgan. good lord that kid is awful. or maybe it;s just that the old morgan was so so good.

May 16 2010 at 7:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I agree.. the old michael.. drew garrett was incredible.. please urge gh to bring him back.
the new morgan lacks also.. recast there too

May 15 2010 at 8:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Peter Ker

Trevor St. John is a Terrible Recast in the Role of Todd Manning.

Hopefully ABC/OLTL will bring back Roger Howarth in the Role of Todd Manning.

May 15 2010 at 4:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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