Wishful Casting: Which Soap Will Snap Up Drake? AKA Why Doesn’t Corday Just Take a Nine Iron To the Hourglass Already?

Sources close to the set of Days of Our Lives are coming forward to say Drake Hogestyn is definitely out, which of course begs the question of whether or not another soap will be interested in capitalizing on the wildly popular star’s loyal fanbase. Let’s look at the options, soap-by-soap:

The Young and the Restless:

Daytime’s ratings champ could prove the perfect fit for Hogestyn. Unlike the youth-obsessed ABC soaps, Y&R values veterans. Hogestyn would be perfect as Matt Miller, the younger brother of Victor Newman (Eric Braeden). With both Phyllis and Nikki’s romantic lives in the toilet a new Neman could be just the ticket. Either that or he could always be Chloe’s father, Tiny the Plumber, who could find himself is a wacky triangle with Jill (Jess Walton) and Esther (Kate Linder).

General Hospital:

As I mentioned, not exactly known as a soap that particularly values its veterans, GH is still good about seizing an opportunity to cash in on a star’s already proven popularity. What if Hogestyn came on as Liz’s father Jeff Webber? I can’t take credit for this one, because after Days fired Hogestyn the first time, it was heavily speculated across the web that he just might take on the role made famous by Richard Dean Anderson.

Hogestyn would be great as the dashing doctor and give GH a reason to focus more on the hospital. Plus Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) needs a new guy stat! Another possibility, given the raves Hogestyn has received for his darker portrayal of John,  is for GH to have the actor re-create the role of Stavros Cassadine, last played by fellow Days cast off Robert Kelker-Kelly.

Now that Laura (Genie Francis) is no longer on perma-drool, maybe her psycho Baby Daddy Numero Uno could make a return from the beyond? Hogestyn and Francis already made magic together once as John and Diana on Days.

Or was it Roman and Ceara on All My Children? Roman and that chick from North and South? I forget.

The Bold and the Beautiful:

No offense to Patrick Duffy, but Steven Logan sucks. I know he’s written to be a self-loathing loser who constantly fails his family, but I predict with a more intense actor in the role, Steven could be written as a real contender. And who knows, if Days is foolish enough to get rid of Drake, they may can Deidre Hall as well? Then she could join B&B as Logan matriarch Beth. It wouldn’t be the first time Brad Bell has rescued a discarded soap superstar (Joe Mascolo, Eileen Davidson, Brandon Beemer).

All My Children:

While I serious doubt the LA-based actor would want to pick up and move his family to the East Coast, he could, however, always earn a few frequent flyer miles by assuming the role of Dimitri Marrick on All My Children. Sorry Jack and Erica fans, but I have never, ever seen the appeal of that pairing. Whereas Erica’s gothic, splashy romance with the original Count Andrassi was breathtakingly romantic…until Kendall (then-Sarah Michelle Gellar) lied that Dimitri tried to rape her and Erica stabbed him with a letter opener. Hey, shit happens.

One Life to Live:

Too bad Andrea Evans is leaving, because Hogestyn might have made a great love interest for her vapid Tina. Oh well, Lindsay, Roxy  and/or Carlotta could definitely use a little hunk action in their lives. What if Hogestyn came on as Rex’s much discussed bio dad?

Guiding Light:

Hmmm, now this one might be tricky. Help me out here Springweird followers. What’s the back story on Ashlee Wolfe’s father? Is he still alive? Does Beth have him trapped somewhere in a woodshed? Did Grady mow him down like a stray blade of grass at Snyder pond? If he’s still alive, Hogestyn just might work as someone who could finally tame that shrew Doris, or perhaps as Reva’s one-time love Kyle Sampson?

As The World Turns:

Another tricky option, because to be perfectly honest the P&G soaps inspire more apathy than creativity in me these days, but I I will give it the old Palmolive try. What if Hogestyn joined the soap as Steve, the pop of Dani Andropolous? Then once Days is cancelled-because it will be once the Jarlena fans tune out in record numbers-Hall can assume the role of Betsy, made famous by Meg Ryan. They can even give a nod to Ryan, no not by redoing Steve and Betsy’s iconic wedding, by having Hall simulate an orgasim while having Thanksgiving dinner at the Hughes residence.

Landing Hogestyn and Hall  would be a nice shot in the arm for ATWT, although they would no doubt have to fire 5 contract actors, eight writers, seven production assistants, a partridge in a pear tree and the guy who mows the Snyder field (Chris Goutman doesn’t play about those stray blades of grass!), in order to afford Hogestyn or Hall. There’s also the crucial fact that neither actor was on Port Charles, so that could hurt their chances.

Days of Our Lives:

No your eyes aren’t betraying you. What if Hogestyn’s new role was on Days of Our Lives? He could play, wait for it– Roman Brady! They could bring him back as Roman and use all of the old footage of John and Marlena like they did when Wayne Northrop did his inspired return to Days as Alex North. Wouldn’t that just be the most, to say the least? Then we could discover that Josh Taylor‘s Roman is really Chris Kositchek. Chris’s brains were fried when the plastic surgery Kristen Blake had him endure to look like Roman caused a toxic botox leak. Again, shit happens.

If not Roman, Hogestyn would make an excellent recast of Tom Horton–Sr, not Jr. What if Tom didn’t really die when his beloved portrayer MacDonald Carey passed away? What if Stefano froze the Salem patriarch and has been giving him youthening serum (You’ve never heard of youthenazia?).

Then we could learn that Tom was really Stefano’s father’s, son’s, grandson or…something like that. I haven’t worked out the details. (What do you think I am, a daytime headwriter? Oh wait, most of them don’t wory about the details either.)

Mary Beth can play Tom’s ancestor and Steve can play Stefano’s ancestor and they could do an awesome crossover with The Biggest Loser. I bet it would be a story for the soap opera history books! Then it could finally be revealed that all the Bradys and all the Hortons and well, basically all of Salemkind can trace their origins to the DiMeras, proving that the town really is full of a bunch of creepy inbreeders. Then as the last credits role, a shot of Ken Corday taking a nine iron to the show’s historic hour glass can end 45-years in Salem. Cut to commercial: "Coming Soon To NBC Daytime, a new reality show from the producers of The Hills and Ellen Wheeler, How To Romance Your Kidnapper In 10 Days or Less!"  I hear both Vanessa Marcil and Mario Lopez are in talks to host.

39 Responses

  1. Profile photo of siomonstuart2003

    I take him as Liz’s dad, Jeff Webber and him come and kick Jason’s butt for him. I would love to see him and Alexis in a relationship or be hook up with Monica. Days loses is Gh gain.


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    I would love to see him on as Jeff Webber, especially if they made him Sam’s bio dad – give him some history with Alexis!!

    If he goes to OLTL, I would like to see him with Blair. I think once again she is going to lose a guy to Marty and IMHO that sucks. John is much better with Blair and Marty could be with bo.

    Dimitri and Erica died for me when Dim slept with Maria. ICK. Jerica all the way.

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    I pick Frisco or Jeff because I want Frisco to get rid of the mob underworld and make PC safe again with Anna and Robert and Sean Donely. Or Liz does need family and her father would be great drama for Liz because he wouldn’t want her with a criminal.


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    Jamey Giddens

    LOL Erica’s Evil Twin, you just might win me over to Jack and Erica with that squish name! It is close to my FAVE cartoon soap heroine Jerrica Benton, AKA Jem from Jem and the Holograms!!!!!!!

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    I don’t know much about the other soaps, but I’ll follow Drake anywhere, that’s for sure.

    Y&R, GH, and B&B sound really good. I can only imagine Drake and Eric Braeden together.

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    Hmm, I don’t know how I feel about all of this.

    I’m not a Days viewer. Believe me, I’ve tried to be one.Alas, even though Nadia Bjorlin is the most gorgeous creature on the planet(my original reason to give it a try), all the horrible acting and my arch-nemesis Alison Sweeney, wouldn’t let me stick around.

    However, I have seen quite a few John Black scenes, and he isn’t really that great of an actor. I don’t know if I’d want him on one of my soaps. Sorry :(.

    However, if he did end up on GH, I think he’d make a great Cassadine. He definitely has the look. I don’t know exactly who he’d play though.

    OOOhh and then, if they fired Patch too, he could go back to playing Stefan! We’d finally have some legacy/core family characters on canvas.

    Tequila and dominoes-we will never forget.

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    GL: Edmand Winslow, Ed Bauer, Rusty, A bauer brother we never saw, Ross, Roger, Quinton, Justin, Ken, Andy, Readon kid, Miguel Santos (dany’s dad)…

    ATWT: John, Andy, Nick, Steve, Colman man, Hughes, a snyder(emma’s dead husband, or Jacks dead dad), david, Jordan, James dad, Carly or Rosanna’s dad.

    GL/AMC/ATWT/GH/B&B/Y&R/Days Fans!!!!!!!!!

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    This is 2008, not 1985. I wouldn’t want him back as Frisco, especialy without Felicia. Since Felicia said to Maxie she was out there with Frisco doing spy work.

    With that said, I guess I wouldn’t mind if he came on as Jeff, especially with the history the character had with Monica. They could spark somehting up again. Or better yet, Bobbie, who is my all time favorite character. Liz needs to have her father around to tell her to stop being a door mat. But of course Liz will say you weren’t there for me, which he wasn’t. Liz can just say she’s a door mat and proud of it.

    I just don’t know whats wrong with DAYS, don’t they recall what happened the last time they fired him.

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    Luke Kerr

    Yep, Frisco was the first possibility that came to mind for me. We’ve talked about how Anna could come back and fight crime, can you imagine if DH arrived as Frisco and they set up a major good guys vs. mob story. Having a big name like this could definately do it and a lot of people would tune in to see John Black er Frisco take down the mob.

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    Jillian Bowe

    Oh hells no.. I’m sorry but there’s only one Frisco and that’s Jack Wagner. GH was at least right about not touching that character…. Maybe Drake could be Liz’s dad Jeff? Or hell maybe even Tom Hardy? Why not something even newer than that, go over to Y&R as someone completely new… I betcha they’d whip Drake up to shape and he’d kickass and take names at the damn door!

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    Luke Kerr

    Well…look what happened with Austin Peck….if ATWT can make that kind of change for him why couldn’t GH create that kind of change in DH? Look at Cady McClain as Rosanne on ATWT…transformationally better character than Dixie. After all the times you’ve told me to “think outside the box” it seems you’ve boxed yourself right in on what you think DH can and can’t do. LOL

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    Jillian Bowe

    HEY HEY HEY! And NO I am not going to bust out the theme song to Fat Albert! *LOL* Lets be honest here, Drake would suck as Frisco! I’m trying to be nice but he just wouldn’t do it for me and we all know how GH always screws the pooch whenever they try to steal a fan fav and mega star from another network. That would be the EXACT same thing they would be doing with Drake and Kristen re-teaming up again. It would be forced and shitty to be nice… Now I can see him on GH as another character or see him down that Y&R brick road as some badass who tangos with Victor and Jack or something….

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    Jamey Giddens

    Cady McClain could always act. Austin Peck…okay, I need time to think on a defense for him, LOL. Okay, here it is, Both of those ATWT’s roles were not highly popular. Frisco Jones is one half of GH’s second most popular couple of all time, it won’t be as easy to make that role your own as it was for Cady to step into Rosanna’s shoes (who played her before again?) or Austin to play Brad, I think there were eighteen Brads before Austin, there was only one Frisco Jones and the role made Jack Wagner a superstar, is all I am saying.

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    Jillian Bowe

    TESTIFY JAMEY, TES-TIF-Y! If Frisco’s going back to GH its only one man fans will accept as he and that’s Jack Wagner. We already know he’s not going to commit career suicide by going back there. He’s pretty much burned that bridge by bashing them (rightly so) in the mags.

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    Jamey Giddens

    Career suicide my Aunt Fanny’s dimpled bottom! Have you SEEN the tomfoolery Jack has to play out on The Bold and Badly Written? GH is like the Royal Shakespeare Academy by comparison. No one is drizzling hoes with honey for bears to eat them in Port Chuck. Now they do have a nasty crotch crickets problem…

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    Yvonne Perry was Rosanna before Cady and I thought she was pretty good. But of course, I enjoyed the show before Goutman/Sheffer. Then I ditched it for OLTL when JFP brought all the good AW vets on there. Drake would be good on any soap. He better be on screen somewhere soon.

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    Jamey Giddens

    JaSamLover GH is my SHIZ NIT!!! It is the one soap where I can still instantly recognize and connect with my faves every single day. Jason is Jason, Sonny is Sonny, Liz is Liz and Sam is a slut. There’s something comforting about that! :p

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    I tell you one thing, if GH started dousing characters w/ honey and putting them in rooms w/ bears I’d watch! Rather that than the repetitive OK Corral mess!


    //**I’m so hood!**\\

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    You know what, I’m gonna pretend there is no sarcasm, snarkiness, backhanded-ness…in that comment and say GH is MY shiznit. The one soap I watch no matter what is going on with it.


    Tequila and dominoes-we will never forget.

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    Jamey Giddens

    Nah, if he can bed his way aimlessly through the Forrester and Logan whores on the bad telenovela spoof that has become B&B, GH would be like a High School Reunion when you really did invent Post Its (Shout out to Romy and Michell!). Those of you who don’t like the mob tend to write GH off as some terrible soap, IMO it is consistently one of the top three soaps on daytime. No it doesn’t have the amazing highs of OLTL or Y&R, but it doesn’t have the crashing, dismal lows either.

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    Jillian Bowe

    That’s true Jamey but you can’t deny they always drop the ball when they snag fan favs and mega stars of the 80’s and beyond… Stephen Nichols and Mary Beth Evans would want to disagree with you.. Lane Davies and Nancy Lee Grahn would skin your hide and lets not forget….. Kristen Storms and Jason Cook may want to have a chit chat with you also. LOL.

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    Kirsten Storms. KIRsten Storms. And she has a great thing going on GH. Spixie is one of daytimes rising supercouples. The Academy may keep overlooking her, but she is doing a phenomenal job.

    Jason Cook on the other hand..Well, at least his character is picking up now.

    I agree with Jamey. GH has always been my favorite soap. To me, it has always been the most realistic (at least in soap opera terms), it has the most qualified actors and tells the best stories. Even if we can all agree Guza has done a grade A job hacking it up (poor dialogue, too much mob, firing of legacy characters, etc), it is still by far one of the top three soaps. IMO, second best on a consistency basis,only after Y&R.

    Tequila and dominoes-we will never forget.

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    John Black is one of the reasons I stopped watching Days of our Lives. First, it was the revolving roles he has played. The pawn, Roman, John Black, Somebody Alamain. Second, there were too many Romans on the show. It was very confusing. Last, he is constantly posing. He doesn’t really act. He just does that thing with his eye where it seems like he is having a constipation problem. I find him annoying. I don’t want to watch him on GH.

    *****Never fear spellcheck. It is your friend.******

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    Jack Wagner IS Frisco. I would be crushed and pissed if he were recast. Leave him fighting the bad guys in WSB land.

    I don’t have a problem with him being Jeff Webber or Stavros either. I just don’t want Liz and Sam to be sisters. I like their dynamic the way it is.

    Sueboo, I do agree with you about Drake’s eyebrow lift thing he does. He needs to leave that on Days.

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    I would prefer him on GH has a Cassadine or Spencer to be honest. In a perfect world on One To Live for Dorian. I can’t believe Days is doing this so soon after they “fired” him last year. John is finally interesting again and they jump started him and Marlena not to mention the Dimera connection. Days is stupid right now do get rid him. It’s not like they have alot going on over there right now. One show that proves over and over again that vets are what is keeping people watching is Days. Do they read the magazines or check the message boards? Kayla and Steve have been voted best couple in Soap Opera Digest forever even when they haven’t had a storyline. People want to see Hope/Bo, John/Marlena and Steve/Kayla over this bunch of newbies that no one cares about.

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    I think he would be good on GH!
    I would love to see him in scenes with Kirsten and Jason! :) I think Kirsten and Drake had amazing father/daughter chemistry on dool. :/

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    Jamey Giddens

    Simon our Luke agrees with you, he suggested Frisco. I tend to think they will hold out hope for Jack one day leaving Wife Swap, I mean The Bold and the Beautiful, but who knows, I am to threw trying to predict what this industry will do! LOL

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    Oh, Jamey. You crack me up, even if you do like to hate on my girl Sam.

    You know, GH has definitely gone down hill-on a speeding truck with no brakes-the last couple of years, but it is nowhere near as bad as B&B.

    GH still has credibility, ferocious fans, huge stars, and no campiness. Well,generally no campiness :).

    Tequila and dominoes-we will never forget.

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    Jillian Bowe

    I say its career suicide because if he were to go back to GH, they’d fix his business as my people say. Meaning they’d get him back for the crack he made against them. AKA Career suicide.

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