HomeTagsComings & GoingsOLTL: The Gannons Return to Llanview Regan Cellura February 11, 2009 24 Comments Rachel and Hank Gannon are returning to Llanview! Soap Opera Digest has the exclusive news. Nathan Purdee (Hank) will reprise his role and former Passions star Daphne Duplaix will take on the role of Rachel, Nora (Hillary B. Smith) and Hank’s daughter. Father and daughter return one day apart with Hank arriving ahead of Rachel on April 1st. 24 Responses Luke Kerr February 11, 2009 This is great news…The biggest glaring issue with OLTL’s resurgence in quality has been the lack of integration with its minority characters. To have both of these characters back, and considering their integration into the show….this could be really good for the show. Log in to Reply Regan Cellura February 11, 2009 I think it’s great news as well, my only worry is that OLTL is getting too cast heavy. My suggestion? Cut Lola, Vanessa, Mo and whats her name. Log in to Reply gush900 February 11, 2009 Im thrilled Hank is coming back im a big fan of Nathans work since he was on y/r as Nathan Barber.Daphne Duplaix was on passions as valerie and i wasnt impressed by her work at all.But at the time she was playing transie.It wouldve been nice to see kent masters or brrok kerr as rachel.What ellen bethea wasnt avliable Log in to Reply LIASONADDICT February 11, 2009 This is great news OLTL is cast heavy but at least they use them one way or another unlike the other ABC soaps Log in to Reply SusieQ February 11, 2009 Yay!!!! Hank’s back!!! I hated that he left in the first place. Can’t say I’m excited about a Passions star playing Rachel – but I guess we’ll have to wait and see how she does. Log in to Reply rskuggs February 11, 2009 This is great news. The Best Soap on just got even better! Log in to Reply tonyjets02 February 11, 2009 This is excellent news. Last I heard, Hank was teaching law in Chicago? Will he be teaching law in Llanview? I am very excited to see how he will be reintegrated into the show. Does this mean RJ will return? Is Layla getting a storyline? Can Lindsay PLEASE return too? I am not familiar with Daphne Duplaix, but I know the character of Rachel. I would like to see what she brings before I judge. I do agree with Regan. OLTL is pretty cast heavy. Hopefully by April, Vanessa, Lola, Mo, Noelle, and Antonio will exit stage left. Log in to Reply david46208 February 11, 2009 Well I might just tune in to see them return to the show. I always say that diversity on a show will draw me in and when that diversity reascends then I VOTE WITH MY REMOTE. So I will give OLTL a chance again…and by the way the best show is Y&R…lol Log in to Reply east.west February 12, 2009 I like Mo & Noelle, but anywho I am glad they are briging the Gannons back. Hopefully Rachel will be the one (as she should be if I got my history right) to help her little brother out and hopefully w/Hank coming back we see RJ come out of the backburner. Log in to Reply liason4real February 12, 2009 Great news! I always loved the Bo/Hank friendship, including how Nora was frieds with her ex. Yes, RJ should return. This means Antonio’s daugher Jamie Vega, gets an Uncle, first cousin (Rachel),so, when Antonio leaves, OLTL should try and get Layla in the mix. OLTL should cut Lola, Vanessa and Antonio is leaving soon. By the way, where is Miles? Log in to Reply miajere February 12, 2009 I have OLTL off my block, but I might reevaluate with the Gannon returns. I’m a bit skeptical as this Layla business is all too concerning. Is this a trial, or are these two long term? Log in to Reply bonobochick February 12, 2009 I am glad to see some more color on the show but I hope they’re not brought on then reduced to appearing about once or twice a month. I haven’t watched in a while but have TPTB started writing for Layla yet? Last time I watched, she went from B storyline to D storyline. *sigh* Log in to Reply podcastjunkie February 12, 2009 2 more cast members??!! They must have way more money than we think! Log in to Reply AlistairCrane February 12, 2009 Ooh I loved Daphnee as Vincent/Valerie! Awesome news!! Log in to Reply Equarter February 12, 2009 OK. So I was a Passions fan and I have to say this is great news for Daphne. I think despite all the craziness she’s had to play in the past I’m really interested in seeing her take on Rachel. Not all of the Passions actors on ABC are doing that well in my opinion. So you know exactly what I’m saying. LOL Log in to Reply season1217 February 12, 2009 Is Sheridan supposed to have been involved w/ Ritchie? Is that why she’s pushing Annie? Log in to Reply mickey4376 February 12, 2009 I am BEYOND THRILLED! This is fantastic news! My biggest complaint about OLTL is its lack of diversity where people of color are reduced to day players or caricatures/stereotypes. This is an opportunity for Ron and Co. to do it right! And wouldn’t it be great if Hank could get in between Clint and Nora? He might actually shake up that very boring relationship. YAY!!! Log in to Reply THEBEST February 12, 2009 Perfect choice for Rachel! She’s no Brook Kerr, but I’ll take her. Valerie was always a wasted character on “Passions”. Hank was always the man. Log in to Reply soapster February 12, 2009 I stopped watching the show because of their lack of diversity so I will give it a go because of this latest stunt. Hopefully they give these two justice and we don’t see a repeat of Tina Log in to Reply Mrs Adam Carrington February 12, 2009 I can’t get excited about this because I fear dissapointment. RJ was already on canvas and so was Leyla but RC did nothing with them. If RC had actually written for RJ and Leyla I might be looking formward to this but now I’ll just wait and see and perhaps OLTL may actually use their minority cast. Log in to Reply ABCJunky73 February 12, 2009 Yes!! I’ve missed Hank so much. And I’m a “let’s test er out before judging gal” on the New Rachel. Hopefully RJ will return and RC can give the Gannons a great story. Maybe RC can pursue the “Is RJ really Racheal’s dad” storyline that got backedburned soo long ago! Log in to Reply Dariclone February 12, 2009 I’m so happy the Gannons are coming back and as a former Passions fan I’m ecited to see Daphne playing something other than a psycho. Log in to Reply dutchess February 13, 2009 Like most black characters in daytime, they will just sit on the backburner and be brought out a few times a month to add some color to the screen. With daytime’s track record when it comes to racial diversity, how could you expect anything else? Log in to Reply babydoll23 March 18, 2009 I loved the Gannons but I don’t think they will get the storylines they deserve.Unfortunately I agree with dutchess on this point. Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply You must be logged in to post a comment.