Wishful Casting: The Rick Hearst Edition

We all knew it wouldn’t be long before General Hospital felt the heat in regards to the pay cuts affecting the entire daytime landscape, and it should really come to no surprise to anyone that the stellar Rick Hearst is viewed as seemingly expendable. I mean why would a soap actually want to keep one of it’s best actors around? A guy who actually still gives it all in every scene and doesn’t ask for perks, bells, whistles and half year surfing vacations in his contract? In the interest of turning lemons into Vodka tonics, I’ve decided to make the best out of the situation and try my hand at Wishful Casting Mr. Hearst.

Guiding Light

I’ll go ahead and get this one out of the way, since so many of us would love to see it happen. I would sell my last episode of Santa Barbara VHS tape if Hearst were to leave GH and return to the role of Alan-Michael Spaulding, and take a good 200,000 viewers with him. AM is one of my all-time favorite soap characters. His romance with Lucy Cooper (Sonia Satra) was straight out of a romantic comedy—save for the part where a psychotic cross dresser raped her and made her think he gave her AIDS, before killing her stepmother.

With the Spauldings front and center and actually being written for correctly—thank you Grant Aleksander—GL is prime for such a heavy hitter to return. Imagine AM returning to town to pick up where he left off with one-time partner-in-crime Blake (Liz Kiefer). I think I literally started puberty watching one of Blake and AM’s sex scenes in the early 90’s. There’s also AM’s pasts with Dinah and Marina (Which I would like to forget, but it is there).  Oh, and did I mention AM is not only a Spaulding, he’s a Bauer. Type amongst yourselves! The question is, would the long-time LA-based actor uproot his life for a move to Peapack?

All My Children

We know how ABC likes to keep it in the family. GH’s Tamara Braun is currently lesboing it up in Pine Valley, so why not Hearst? The soap already has two other former Spauldings running around town—Vincent Irizarry and Ricky Paull Goldin—why not make it a family reunion? What if GH spun Ric Lansing off to AMC where he could represent Amanda in the custody battle she will no doubt have to fight with David Hayward? If that doesn’t work, he could always recreate the role of Tad’s nephew Charlie Brent, last played by Kennedy cousin Christopher Lawford.

One Life to Live

I predict Hearst would be an easy fit as either of Viki Davidson’s sons, Kevin or Joey. Since I am partial to Dan Gauthier‘s version of Kevin, and he would no doubt return to the show if they asked, I would rather see Hearst as Joey, and have him reconnect with Dorian, much to Clint and Viki’s chagrin, or steam up the sheets with Marty, Blair or Tea. 

As The World Turns 

Sigh, I only include this show because it wouldn’t be a full-on Wishful Casting if I didn’t, but to be honest, I wouldn’t want my student loan collector to go this show right now. That being said, it might be nice to see Hearst tackle a less Yuppie-ish role for a change.  What if Chris Goutman brought him on as Holden Synder’s brother Caleb? From what I gather, Caleb was the Cain to Holden’s Abel, so it might be fun to see Hearst in a plaid shirt and some blue jeans, mixing up on the Snyder Farm. Especially if it keeps the newly-returning Rosanna (Cady McCain) out of Paul and Meg’s Vortex of Suck (TM Luke Kerr), we’ve already lost poor Barbara, Dusty and Carly to the Vortex, enough is enough! Caleb could also embark on a torrid affair with sister-in-law Lily.  Noelle Beck and Jon Hensley, while both amazing actors,  are snoretastic together. Let’s mix things up a bit!

The Young and the Restless

Not too many opportunities for Hearst in Genoa City as Matt Clark, the character he inherited from Eddie Cibrian is deader than the career of Bristol Palin‘s wedding planner. Although it could be fun to see Hearst come back to torment Sharon’s psyche like he did when bat-shit-crazy Trisha saw visions of Matt. Oh wait, they’re about to do that with Roscoe Born. Moving on.

The Bold and the Beautiful

 Hearst was in fine form when he played wisecracking Forrester executive Whipple "Whip" Jones III on The Bold and the Beautiful. As Whip, Hearst battled real-life pal Sean Kanan (ex-Deacon) for the, um, hand of Brooke Logan (Katherine Kelly Lang). Whip was one of the most original, refreshing, funny characters B&B created in years, which of course is why they scrapped the role. I would love to see Whip return to town and save Brooke from Rick and Ridge’s "Show Me You Pickle" contest, or, here’s a thought, why not pair him with the ravishing Lesli Kaye (Felicia)? Of course with my luck, they’d put him with one of those wicked Logan sisters, Katie or Donna.

Days of Our Lives

The first time this soap fan was introduced to Hearst, it was as Julie Williams’ mischievous grandson Scotty. Scotty came to town to take control of his grandparents old club, Doug’s Place, which Nick Corelli had turned into Wings. He also clashed with his cousin Mike (then Michael T. Weiss), before ultimately falling in love with Faith (Melinda Clarke), the daughter of a crazed, religious cult leader who had been bested by Patch and Kayla. It would be nice to see a Horton return to a show that, you know, used to be about the Hortons. Hope (Kristian Alfonso) could use a brother-figure (technically Scotty is her nephew) to talk to when Bo’s pesky visions make her cross, and I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather see Rick Hearst’s Scotty be there to pick up the pieces for Nicole when things go South with EJ, than Brady. Sorry, Passions Guy No. 2. but Hearst and Zucker would set Salem on fire!

23 Responses

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    If you can believe it, I’ve watched him on every soap he’s been on, lol. Alan-Michael is my favorite of his roles. He was a great character and RH had amazing chemistry w/ everyone in the cast (and I loved his sweet romance with Lucy)! There’s a lot of story potential for A-M, so if he leaves GH, I’d love to see him on GL again :)

    **Btw, the Brent s/l on GL was really polarizing but I loved it – it was genuinely scary, it was shocking (I couldn’t believe he killed Nadine and Cutter!), the performances were great (esp by Frank Beaty), the moments of dark humor worked, and it was a clever homage to Psycho :)

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    I had no idea that Hearst has been on so many soaps. I’ve only seen him on GL and GH. Of course if he is not playing Ric Lansing, then I want him as Alan Michael. There could be so many great stories if AM came back to Springfield now that Phillip is back.

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    God, Jill Farren Phelps is the soap opera serial killer.Maureen Bauer, Nadine Cooper, Frankie Frame, Alan & AJ Quartermaine…


    Rick needs to be back at GL, ASAP!!!

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    Loathe as I am to defend JFP, she only did the part where Brent raped Lucy Cooper. The cross-dressing and Nadine-killing was Michael Laibson/Megan McTavish.

    I’d love to see Rick back on GL, as long as they actually know how to write for A-M this time. They had no idea how to do so for most of his first tenure, or any of the recasts. I still get annoyed when I think about what might have been with Gilly.

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    I really want RH to head to Peapack – I think A-M (and RH) would make the biggest impact there. There would be so many people he could easily interact with right away, starting with Phillip. Let’s get that brotherly rivalry going again (with A-M still proclaiming, “…but Phillip isn’t even a real Spaulding, dad!”)

    …and Jamey, A-M could bring his mom along with him :) Nothing would affect Alan Spaulding more at this point in his life than to see his first *true* love, Hope, back in Springfield. Maybe she even reappears after having fallen off the wagon again…?

    Ellen, I know you come here to DC to steal Jamey’s ideas about how to make your show better, so feel free to get this thing started…

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    Rick’s Alan Michael is one of my favorite soap characters of all time. This is a no brainer. Bring him back to GL now!

    It really is a shame that one of the best daytime talents EVER is not the center piece of a show but if he heads back to GL I think they will write him great story.

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    I would love him back on GL and in a triangle with Blake AND Dinah. Blake and Dinah were long time rivals for Ross’s affections and Blake and Dinah have never gone after the same man at the same time in a romantic way. It would put a new dimension on Blake and Dinah’s relationship. I think that could be really well played out with Alan-Michael (with good writing of course) given that he has history with both characters dating back 20+ years (remember AM went to high school with Dinah).

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    I love Rick Hearst. Scott Clifton’s my favorite GH actor (I’m a youngin, only been watching since summer of 06), but if I had to pick the person who I thought was the best actor on the show? Rick Hearst. Period. When I first started watching I started watching because Courtney was pretty (hey, when you’re up in the middle of the night a pretty face is more entertaining than watching another batch of Roseanne reruns… though I do love Roseanne), but within like a week I had fallen for Ric’s duality, and Hearst’s amazing acting abilities. When he and Skye got together for those blessed few moments it was like the soap gods rewarded me for not plotting many deaths for the creation of Diego. I don’t want Rick Hearst to leave GH. They never use him, but the fact that he’s THERE and I *might* see him is reason enough for me to tune in. Or at least not tune out fully. However, an actor needs to act, and they’re not giving Rick Hearst that. Since I only watch the ABC shows, I’d like him to stay in the family. One Life would be desired… but really, with everyone collectively wondering how the hell they’re paying for what they’ve got… throwing an actor of Hearst’s talent (and cost) probably would make us wonder more.

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    I’m not sure RH would (or could) get a fair shake from the other ABC soaps, considering how little GH seems to value him. And I wouldn’t wish ATWT or DooL on anyone!

    The obvious choice? GL, of course! If more of the actors and characters came back, the ratings would most likely rise about a “life support” level, things would loosen up and ad revs would rise, ensuring a budget that could support a rejuvenated GL cast…

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    If Rick Herbst returned to GL and Rebecca Herbst went there as well as Michelle, I will tune into GL.

    I truly believe though that Y&R needs more male leads. They got Billy juggling three women.

    Ric Herbst and Sharon Case would be gold together. We already seen it once. He can come back as a new character. Matt had plastic surgery on his face so that wasn’t his natural face.

    I would love for him to come on Y&R. Boring Victoria needs something to do. Sharon and him could be a force to reckon with.

    Then after they fire the new Mac and bring on Becky Herbst, the show would be near perfect. He could come and blackmail the Abbotts claiming to be one of John’s sons or something.

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    “Only Rick can save the show” — sing it, people — “only Rick can save the show.”

    It could be cool to see Alan off the canvas for a while (a long while) while A-M and Philip battle for control of the family. They’d be a good contrast to one another and we can give moustache-twirling a well-deserved rest.

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    Jamey Giddens

    Brent/Marion wasn’t JFP, that was during Megan McTavish and Michael Laibon’s regime.
    I thought she started that story? Oh well, I trust you guy and will take out the JFF jab! LOL

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    Jamey you are right…he needs to leave that mob-retread story show and go back to the show that won him his first and most deserved emmy…. Guiding light he won his emmy on June,27,1991 the very night my momma passed away. It was a horrible day for me,but the only highlight of that horrible life changing day was that Rick Hearst won what would be the begining of many years of emmy wins for Guiding Light… it is also the night his first child was born. Damn I have a great memory !!! Please come home Rick they will welcome you home with open arms as will the fans that have never forgotten your wonderful accomplishments to Guiding light…the BEST damned soap on the air today!!!!

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    It must be hell to be written as Pitbull Ric! All he does is bark and pee on himself. RicK Hearst should leave GH in any case, that show is going DOWN! Abandon the sinking ship

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    I first noticed Rick on B&B as Whip. He was fantastic. I would love to see him back on that show! Goodness knows they need new blood to get them out of that incestuous hole they keep digging for themselves.

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    I would love to see him on any show that actually USED his talents! Of course, A-M will always hold a special place in my heart since I think that character was the best daytime has to offer! So, I would really enjoy him back there. However, I am sure they could find a way to either bring him back as Matt, or perhaps as the ‘real’ Carter on Y&R (maybe as the real man that Matt modeled his plastic surgery after)! Or, Whipple – the best character that was never given a chance.

    Yes, I have followed him to every show and will again. This is actually the only time I have wished for him to leave a show though. Usually, I’m upset because I grow to love the charactershow so much. This time…I can’t wait to stop watching Sopranos Lite!

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