BREAKING NEWS: Ehlers Officially OUT at Guiding Light, IN at All My Children, but as WHO???


Soap Opera Weekly is officially confirming-via-this week’s cover story- that Beth Ehlers has indeed jumped ship from Guiding Light and will be joining her former GL onscreen boo Ricky Paull Goldin (ex- Gus, now Jake) in a love triangle with Jake’s brother Tad (Michael E. Knight) at All My Children

As the soap magazine went to press, sources indicated Ehlers would re-create the role of Liza Colby Chandler, Adam’s ex-wife and the mother of the recently SORAS’ed Colby, just in time for Liza to face off with high school rivals Jesse and Angie (Darnell Williams and Debbie Morgan) and the soon-to-be returning object of Liza’s girlhood affections Greg Nelson (Laurence Lau). 

Since the magazine went to bed however, rumors have since rebounded that it will be Hayley Vaughan Santos that Ehlers will be playing. Daytime Confidential sources shared  the soap allegedly tried to get Marcy Walker back as Liza, but Walker declined the offer to continue work with her church. Then there are rumors afoot that original Hayley, Kelly Ripa wasn’t too pleased about the prospect of her signature soap role being recast. 

 Personally I think Ehlers would be mismatched as Liza, but would make a near perfect Nu-Hay-Lo. I love, love, LOVE K. Rip to DEATH, but she’ll be back in Pine Valley about the same time Meg Ryan or Julianne Moore pays a visit to Oakdale. Ehlers’ GL co-star Crystal Chappell-with a blonde dye job-would be a much better fit as snarky-yet-heartfelt Liza. This is worse than trying to figure out who is ahead between Hillary and Barack! Will Ehlers resurrect Uncle Porkchop’s favorite niece or Jesse and Jenny’s worst nightmare?  Thanks Gush 900 for the SOW head’s up!

 

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  1. Profile photo of daisyclover1938
    daisyclover1938

    So should we start making funeral arrangements for Guiding Light now? :(

    No more Harley?? How in the world could GL let Ehlers go?? I know, this kind of stuff happens all the time. But the show is on its last legs, and now they’re losing one of its most popular heroines ever! :(

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    AlistairCrane

    It’s blasphemous to even suggest Ehlers for the role of Hayley. That’s Kelly Ripa’s role!!!

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    Luke Kerr

    Well they killed of Gus and gave his heart to Olivia….Maybe they’ll kill Harley off and give her eye’s to Natalia adn her lungs to Alan. lol….GL seems intent on making sure that big stars that leave or are fired can’t come back.

    Would they recast Harley? If so with whom?

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    daisyclover1938

    Well they killed of Gus and gave his heart to Olivia….Maybe they’ll kill Harley off and give her eye’s to Natalia adn her lungs to Alan. lol…

    Luke you’re terrible! LMAO!!!

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    AlistairCrane

    And look at how well the Kendall recast turned out—the current Kendall is nowhere near as good as SMG. Star roles cannot be recast. EVER.

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    Luke Kerr

    I would argue that there are maybe 10 roles in all of daytime that couldn’t be recast if the current stars were to leave their shows. (not talking about stars not currently on TV). Some of these are recasts themselves  but it was YEARS ago when it was still possible recast name actors/characters…Today you try it and huge fan bases leave. This also doesn’t include all the heritage characters that are rarely seen. I’m talking about characters that are front burner stars like KR was when she left AMC.

    Susan Lucci as Erica Kane
    Erika Slezak as Vikki
    Eric Braden as Victor Newman
    Deidre Hall as Marlena
    Alison Sweeny as Sami
    Tony Geary as Luke
    Kim Zimmer as Reva
    Susan Flannery as Stephanie Forrester
    Maybe KKL as Brooke

    I may be missing some but there aren’t that many who couldn’t be recast in today’s environement. To me Hayley is a fairly minor character in comparison to the above mentioned. She hasn’t been on the show in almost ten years. To me Hayley is fair game. Though I do feel you’re pain. I had to bear a Greenlee recast…lol

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    At50

    (quote)And look at how well the Kendall recast turned out—the current Kendall is nowhere near as good as SMG. Star roles cannot be recast. EVER.(quote)

    I think Alicia Minshew does a great job as Kendall. However, it’s true that it is difficult to successfully recast a role when the original actor was as well liked as Kelly Ripa and Marcy Walker.

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    daisyclover1938

    A long time ago there was a discussion about this on the forums and I wrote this (sorry, feeling too lazy to come up with any original thoughts on this topic):

    I honestly believe any character can be recast successful, under the RIGHT circumstances (a great story, chemistry w/ other actors, and casting it w/ an actor that emodies the spirit of the character, while at the same time putting their own spin on it as well…) There are plenty of roles that I felt were impossible to recast successfully, AMC Kendall, Y&R Jack, GH Carly, AW Vicky (Ellen Wheeler, Anne Heche, Jensen Buchanan-who after some growing pains is considered by many to be the definitive Vicky), and most strikingly DAYS Bo (while Peter Reckell was always the favorite, and most fans were happy to have him back, Robert Kelker-Kelly was very popular and was Bo during the popular Billie/Bo coupling). And OLTL Todd…

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    AlistairCrane

    Maybe they are just threatening to recast Hayley so they can lure Kelly back for a short summer stint.

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    tanyia2

    GL is on its last legs due to bad writing, slashing of the budget, bad production and serious character destruction.

    I cannot see BE as Hayley or Liza so I hope she comes on as a new character. As far as AM is concerned I wasn’t thrilled about her taking over the role of Kendall but she has won me over.

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    Beth

    That’s what’s wrong with daytime now, they let actors dictate how things should be done. No role should be sacred. Those characters are owned by the shows, not even the writers who create them have permanent say over how they are used-ask Agnes Nixon-so why in high hell should actors???
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    Hear, hear, Jay! It’s the same for actors who only want to come back for limited runs. No story on daytime can be successfully done when the actor is only looking for a paycheck inbetween what they feel are better jobs. I say if you have to choose between hiring the original actor for three months just in the hopes of a ratings boost, and getting a new actor to play to the role who will gladly take the long term contract because they want to act, go with the newbie every time. Good writing SHOULD will out, even if the actor is unknown.

    And I am all of a sudden very interested in watching AMC again. I’ve never watched RPG or BE, but I kow they have stellar reps from Gl, so I’m looking forward to seeing them together along with MEK.

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    daisyclover1938

    Part of this might be the question, What defines a successful recast? For me, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the recast is more popular or even as popular as the original. IMO a successful recast is someone who over time builds a strong following in their own right. But they won’t necessarily be everyone’s favorite version of the character.

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    THEBEST

    I knew that Beth was gone! As much as I love Harley, BE deserves better than the crap she was getting in Springfield. God, I want her to be Hayley. I also believe she will be mismatched as Liza. Maybe she’s coming on as Jake’s wife, Carolyn. God, i don’t wanna see Tad in another triangle. He needs his Dixie!

    ***///Living In The World Of Soaps Since 1985\\\***

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    dirksunboy

    I desperately want the character of Liza Colby back on AMC. It makes so much sense with Jesse, Greg, Angie, Tad, Colby, Jake all being there. I would love, love, love to have Marcy Walker back, but since she’s not interested, I’d be okay with a good recast.

    …But I don’t think Beth Ehlers is it. I think she’d be fine as Hayley, but I just don’t see her fitting as Liza. I DO hope that AMC will cast someone great for Liza though!

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    traceymichelle

    I knew she was a goner….GL seriously needs some help! Anyways…Beth would be much better suited as Hayley than Liza. It’s just hard to imagine Beth playing Adam’s ex-wife. I could definitely see her as Hayley though.

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    Jammylove

    I am a die hard cyrina fan so that ship has never sailed for me. What else are they going to do with Cyrus put him in a Josh/Cassie/Cyrus SL? YUCK.

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    daisyclover1938

    You know what would make Cassie more interesting to me? If she turned out to be bi-sexual.

    I know it would seem out of nowhere, but really, how much do we know about her? Before she came to Springield she could have had a torrid romance with an exotic beauty. And suddenly this beauty shows up in Springrfield causing a lot of problems between her and Josh.

    Wow, I have no idea where that just came from…lol

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    blackjack21

    if she’s hayley, which i prefer way more than a nuliza, how are they gonna explain mateo’s absence. let’s not forget this was a very popular couple

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    daisyclover1938

    oh please no bisexual cassie…then she could have boring chemistry with women and men, not just men.

    LOL! Well maybe that’s what the problem is…maybe she’d have more chemistry with women :)

    GL is dying, we need to think outside the box to save it, lol!

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    daisyclover1938

    I was just talking to a friend of mine who watches AMC, and told her that Ehlers is joining the cast. She never watched GL so I was telling her about how RPG and BE were really popular, etc… And my friend asked why they would leave Gl to come to AMC and I told her it was because GL is really terrible right now and she said “Well it can’t be any worse than AMC.” And I said, “Oh believe me…it’s MUCH worse!”

    And it occured to me how sad it is that such fantastic actors are reduced to leaving a crappy show for a slightly less crappy show

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    Boidiva02

    Well, i love Beth Elhers, she’s a great actress but i do not think that she is the right actress for either Haylee or Liza… i’d much rather she her take on the role of Jake’s girlfriend Carolyn who he’s mentioned a few times.

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    Jamey Giddens

    It’s blasphemous to even suggest Ehlers for the role of Hayley. That’s Kelly Ripa’s role!!!
    ***
    Puh lease. They replaced Sarah Michelle Gellar. There are only a handful of roles in daytime that can’t be recast, Luke, Laura, Erica, Victor Newman, Marlena, the rest is pretty much fair game.

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    Jamey Giddens

    And look at how well the Kendall recast turned out—the current Kendall is nowhere near as good as SMG. Star roles cannot be recast. EVER.
     *** 
    BS. Alicia Minshew is not the problem at AMC. She is very popular and a great leading lady. What are soaps supposed to do???? Retire core characters at the whim of actors? That’s sheer lunacy. There were four Ashley Abbotts on Y&R, three or four Jills, at least two Nikki’s, three or four Mindys on GL and those shows went ON! That’s what’s wrong with daytime now, they let actors dictate how things should be done. No role should be sacred. Those characters are owned by the shows, not even the writers who create them have permanent say over how they are used-ask Agnes Nixon-so why in high hell should actors???

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    Jamey Giddens

    I used to play "What if you had to recast the unthinkable?"
     Lucci-Jacklyn Smith
     Slezak-I couldn’t do it.
     Braeden-Michael Nader 
    Dee Hall-I couldn’t do it. 
    Ally Sweeney (ADORE HER, but she could SO be recast!)-Erin Hershey, Sarah Brown, Heather Tom, Maura West, Rebecca Budig, etc. etc.
    Geary-I couldn’t do it.
    Zimmer-Robin Mattson (although she already did GL).
    Susan Flannery-Erika Slezak
    KKL-Any number of blonde 40 somethings, LOL and I LOVE KKL, but Jensen Buchanan, Krista Tesreau, Kimberley Simms, etc. etc.  

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    Jamey Giddens

    Maybe they are just threatening to recast Hayley so they can lure Kelly back for a short summer stint.
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     I doubt they are threatening K. Rip at all. She’s a HUGE star!! Why would she want to return to a fledgling soap? When she left 10 years ago she promised to pop up as Hayley from time to time and unless I am mistaken she has never looked back! This character is core to this show, she’s a Chandler for crying out loud, they can’t put a permanent moratorium on Hayley because of an actress who has gone on to bigger and better things! If all the soaps did that, they’d have to write out core families every two to three years and keep bringing on new families, which would only piss the fans off more.

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    Jamey Giddens

    Did you guys also say it’s possible she could be coming on as a newbie? Could she be someone from Jake’s recent past? 
    *** 
    Anything is possible at this point. If Kelly did get hacked when she learned of a possible recast (which is JUST a rumor) then ABC might have buckled in fear of Ripa not talking about her AMC days anymore on Live, which would cost them free publicity. So they may very well decide to go with an original character, but my money is she will be a recast.

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    gush900

    Jamey i didnt see vanessa marcils brenda on your list and its evident from the nigh shift tease that guza aslong as hes running the show will never i repeat never recast brenda

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    JosieK

    Submitted by Jammylove on May 15, 2008 – 4:05pm.
    YES I am probably the only ONE HAPPY ABOUT THIS

    PUT BACK CYRUS AND MARINA
    YAYAYAYYAYA

    You really think that’s going to happen? Last time Cyrus and the twit shared a scene, he didn’t even looked like he liked her. ;)

    And GL seems to be going full-force with the uncle-niece/godfather-goddaughther lovin’. :sick: I think the Cyrina ship has sailed.

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