Wishful Casting: The Complete Guiding Light Edition


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Long before it was announced that broadcasting’s longest running program was being booted from the airwaves, I started brainstorming about where Guiding Light’s amazingly-talented cast could end up. Sure, I’ve done a Wishful Casting here or there concerning GL actors, but now it’s time to compile a definitive list of where I, in my oh-so-humble opinion, feel the Peapack refugees should end up.

Grant Aleksander: The most obvious choice would be for Aleksander to return to All My Children as bad boy Alec McIntyre, ex-husband of Hayley and biological papa of Tom and Livia Frye’s adopted son Jamal. However, without any of the characters he has strong ties to currently getting their mail sent to Pine Valley, 90210, it could be a hard sell. That could of course be solved fairly quickly by recasting Hayley and Jamal. See below. I could also get on board with the idea of seeing Aleksander recreate the role of Dr. Tom Hardy on General Hospital. GL and GH were timeslot competitors in much of the country. Bringing on Springfield’s favorite son to play Audrey and Steve’s son would be quite the snag for Fronsie. Maybe they could even thrown in Victoria Rowell as Tom’s ex-wife Simone?

Photo provided by TeleNext. Credit: JPI


Long before it was announced that broadcasting’s longest running program was being booted from the airwaves, I started brainstorming about where Guiding Light’s amazingly-talented cast could end up. Sure, I’ve done a Wishful Casting here or there concerning GL actors, but now it’s time to compile a definitive list of where I, in my oh-so-humble opinion, feel the Peapack refugees should end up.

Grant Aleksander: The most obvious choice would be for Aleksander to return to All My Children as bad boy Alec McIntyre, ex-husband of Hayley and biological papa of Tom and Livia Frye’s adopted son Jamal. However, without any of the characters he has strong ties to currently getting their mail sent to Pine Valley, 90210, it could be a hard sell. That could of course be solved fairly quickly by recasting Hayley and Jamal. See below. I could also get on board with the idea of seeing Aleksander recreate the role of Dr. Tom Hardy on General Hospital. GL and GH were timeslot competitors in much of the country. Bringing on Springfield’s favorite son to play Audrey and Steve’s son would be quite the snag for Fronsie. Maybe they could even thrown in Victoria Rowell as Tom’s ex-wife Simone?


Murray Bartlett: Soaps love Australian bad boys, so it shouldn’t be too hard for Bartlett to find work again on one of the seven remaining sudsers. Maybe one of daytime’s current Aussie hunks has a long-lost troublemaking brother or best mate out there? DC’s Melodie said she wouldn’t mind Bartlett showing up in Genoa City as a long lost brother of Cane Ashby (Daniel Goddard). I could dig that. Maybe Cane’s little bro could shed some light into why he’s so reluctant to discuss his past? Y&R could borrow from one of their most successful triangles ever, Neil/Dru/Malcolm, by having Lily (Christel Khalil) have a wet, er soft spot for Cane’s baby bro, while her hubby wants to see him head out of Genoa City on the first thing smoking. Don’t take the pain meds girl! If not Y&R, then why not have Bartlett show up in Port Charles as a long lost Jacks brother? Maybe Papa Jacks was a rolling stone, and had an affair with the family’s housekeeper? Bartlett’s character could show up wanting his cut of the Jacks empire, and perhaps a stab at Jasper’s (Ingo Radamacher) fiery wife Carly (Laura Wright)!

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32 Responses

  1. Profile photo of appleridge
    appleridge

    What about Tina Sloan as Kelly’s mom on OLTL, Melinda. Something tells me that Sloan could do crazy well

    Keep Caitlin VanZandt away From my Brett Claywell

    Id Love to See Zach Conroy as CJ on OLTL. He could be gay or Bi and Date Nick, freeing up my Kyle & Oliver. Plus four hot actors in a quad, YES!!!

    What about Elizabeth Keifer as Tina on OLTL

    Id Love Marcy Rylan as Sarah on OLTL

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    season1217

    Personally, I’d rather have Jordan Clarke as a Clint Buchanan recast. And are you joking or did AMC really kill Jonathan off. I think you might be getting him mixed up with Billy Miller’s Ritchie. My wishful casting for Robert Newman is him in the role of Lisa Grimaldi’s other son Scott. He could be in a love triangle with Tom and Margo.

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    keanna

    Great suggestions, Jamey. As much as I would love to see Grant back on as Alec, Beth as Hayley (if not Liza), Lawrence as Jamal, Marj back as Vanessa, Jessica as a Santos, E.J. as grown-up Enzo, Marcy as a recast Colby, and Karla as a recast Cassie and a love interest for JR and Scott (Sorry Marissa is not doing it for me) on AMC. As long as those knuckleheads ( and I am being kind) are still in charge I would encourage to stay as far away from that soap until drastic and neccessary changes are made. I do also like your suggestions on GH, Grant or Bradley would be great as Tom, Lawrence as Tommy, Jeff as Stephen, and Marcy as Sarah W. because lord knows Liz needs family, and I have said for months that the Hardys and Webbers need to be back on the canvas. I think that Bradley would be great as Sam’s birth father, and I can see him and Nancy (Alexis) butt heads. Kurt should come back as Ned, because we need more Qs. I am also intrigued by your suggestion of Robert as Jimmy Lee, Victoria R. as Simone,and Murray playing a character that could give Jax a run for his money on both the business side and with Carly. These characters could make GH the soap to watch again. I think Daniel or Jeff would make a great Joey on OLTL. I also think that Marcy would good as Sarah R. You should be a casting director, Jamey.

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    troymcclure

    Great ideas Jamey. I really think that CVZ should try a different genre, maybe in some quirky comedy on cable that no one watches.
    I don’t think Frank Dicopolous has the chops to play a bad guy. He seems like a great guy but I just don’t think he has it in him to play a mean SOB.

    I’ve been saying for months that they need to recast Mac with Mandy Bruno. She can act and does the whole innocent act well but if she wants she can be bitchy.

    Great ideas for Jeff Branson. I don’t want him to go back to AMC so I liked the choices of GH and DOOL.

    Daniel Cosgrove HAS to be recast as Joey on OLTL. It is perfect casting if I ever saw one.

    I love Marcy but I have trouble seeing her as Brittany on Y&R

    LSV as Nate is antoher great one, they need to breing him back.

    I LOVED the idea of Robert Newman and Megan Ward together. HOT HOT HOT

    GL had the best cast in daytime and it would be a shame if these actors don’t get other jobs.

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    jetty

    Tina Sloan is a terrific actress. She’s played nice Lillian Raines so long, people forget can do conniving and bitchy, which is what she did on “Somerset” a long time ago. She could do Mary Williams on Y&R very well.

    I can’t endorse Caitlin Van Zandt, Bonnie Dennison, Lawrence St. Victor, and Karla Mosley going to another soap, because they are terrible actors and should look into other lines of work.

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    EricasEvilTwin

    I hope a few get picked up by ABC but not at the expense of existing talent. For example, why release Aiden Turner and bring back Jeff Branson. I would want any new hires to expand the opportunities for existing stars not displace them. For example, I would love to see someone like MR come on to GH as Sarah as a love interest for Matt or Lucky – we dont have enough women in that age bracket for the guys we have on cast. NLG also needs a love interest, so bringing on someone for her makes sense, esp. if its someone in the capacity of Sam’s father (although that begs the question, if they have money for someone, why not bring back sean donnnely or Robert scorpio and make that character for NLG as Sam’s dad.)

    I get that GL has a talent pool, but so do the shows on ABC and I already have my feathers in a dither about GT coming back to OLTL. Fine, if we also get DG’s Kevin and we get OUR Cassie back (not some GL star in the role), but not fine is we dont get Kevin and Cassie and her return eats up time for Cris and Layla, Kish, Blair, Jess/Brody, or Natalie. Marty coming back was great, but they had no plan for who to pair her with, so they broke up Blair and John, which had fire and put him with Marty to generate story for this emmy caliber actress, forcing blair back to the same old, I hate Todd-I love Todd crap that makes the character look like she has learned NOTHING. I read a survey once where they asked what character on the canvas could you watch every day and not be bored. The overwhelming answer was Natalie, but she has been backburnered for what seems like eons. And why not bring back REG as Evangeline. I am not liking the guy playing Ross for Blair so bringing on someone new for her would make me thrilled, if it was someone in that sort of “casting coup” mold where it leads to a front burner story. I could def. see Blair and someone like Grant Aleksander or Murray Bartlett burning up the screen. Maybe Dorian could hire a top notch political consultant!! And if we can afford characters, bring back A Martinez for Dorian. I am still miffed at that one.

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    KeiraNY

    At this point, a handful of GL peeps can write their own ticket wherever they want: Grant Aleksander, Kim Zimmer & Robert Newman. Here are other ideas:

    Liz Keifer as Nora’s sister Susannah Hanen. Could that work?? She would interact w/ Viki & hopefully one day vie for Clint’s attention. ANYONE who will take Clint away from Nora is a-ok in my book. I’m still stuck on Bo/Nora! :)

    I’m all for Tina Sloan as Kelly’s mom, Melinda but how about Roxy’s sister? Tina would be HILARIOUS!!!

    Also I’m all for Jessica Leccia on ANY TV show but must she be a Santos?? THey’ve NEVER known how to write for anyone NOT named Maria or Julia! I wouldn’t mind seeing her as Adriana Cramer (I couldn’t STAND the previous one) or even as Tea’s sister or even a Vega — Carlotta’s niece or something.

    I would be VERY open to see Marcy Rylan as Sarah Webber. Even though the character was a total snooze-fest, I think Marcy could give it some spunk!! Not to mention a spark in the currently coma-inducing Nikolas/Liz/Lucky “triangle”.

    Ron Raines & Robin Strasser = a stroke of GENIUS!!! I’m all for keeping the following drab 4 out of my soaps: Caitlin Van Zandt, Karla Mosely, Bonnie Dennison & Lawrence St. Victor. Sure they’re cute but not good enough actors. Also as much as I love Beth Chamberlin, I couldn’t see her as Hailey in a million years. Liza? You bet…but not Hailey. If Kate Collins can’t come back as Janet, could Beth be cast as Janet?? She can’t be crazy forever, can she?

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    season1217

    … I was confusing him with Richie!

    I wasn’t sure because in a way AMC did kill JB’s character.

    I hope a few get picked up by ABC but not at the expense of existing talent. For example, why release Aiden Turner and bring back Jeff Branson.

    EET, I love ya but I wouldn’t go so far as to use Aiden Turner as an example of existing talent.

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    EricasEvilTwin

    Season LOL I know not everyone shared my love for AT LOL

    But okay so we talk wishful thinking, but its we have to take into consideration that whenever you bring on someone you have to release and/or reduce an equivalent number of people in terms of either airtime and/or salary to bring on someone new. So when Jamey says bring back GA as Alex MacIntyre, but you have to recast Haley and Jamal – fine, but who do you cut to pay GA and maybe BC to play hayley and whomever for Jamal. And before anyone answers that question, remember the move to LA is supposedly going to give us opportunities to bring back some old stars. So if you say, hey I would happily lose Randi to bring on someone like GA, sure, but I doubt they pay her what they would have to shell out to get GA. And then that leaves Frankie without a potential pairing since theres not a lot of options in that age group. Would you be willing to get rid of Frankie, Randi, Natalie and Brot to bring on GA? And then how do you free up the money for the actors needed for the Haley and Jamal parts – there goes Petey, Opal, Colby and Marissa. Okay, I am still with you, that wouldnt be soooo bad, but then where would you cut in order to free up money for a potential Bianca return (and heaven forbid TB wants to come back with her because you know she doesnt come cheap) What if Rebecca Budig wants to do a short return as well. Theres also Alexa Havins and Justin Bruenig as possibilities.

    Then OLTL, people are suggesting the return of Melinda or Nora’s sister. As it is the show is kind of heavy in that age range and Dorian and Viki are seriously hurting for air time. If they have money for Ron Raines, why didnt they just continue with A Martinez in the role – I thought that was about saving money, would Raines be that much cheaper. And if they want to add a 50 something character, for heaven sakes, no offense to Liz keifer but bring back CATHERINE HICKLAND. I would love to see her and the actor that played Will back on the canvas. Will and Jess have such history, that is the guy to challenge Brody and I would love to see Dorian, Lindsey and Roxy team up to challenge Mitch Lawrence.

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    angelkitty

    I think GL had one of the best casts of any of the soaps. I would honestly follow many of them anywhere. Days already has a new viewer based 100% on the addition of Crystal Chappell. I would love to see Jessica show up on Days but I think she would be wonderful on OLTL as Adriana Cramer.

    Other thoughts….Danny Cosgrove as Joey YES!….Marcy Rylan as Sarah Webber would be great….Zack Conroy as Lucas on GH could be interesting.

    As for the GL vets like Robert Newman, Kim Zimmer, Liz Keifer and Grant Alexander…I would just like to see them anywhere as any character (well maybe not on AMC).

    Orlagh Cassidy would be great as a rival lawyer for Diane on GH (with all those criminals in PC there is alway a need for a good lawyer.) And Maury Bartlett as a long lost Jacks brother is a genius idea.

    As long as any of these starts show up on OLTL, GH or Days I am happy.

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    Simple C

    St. Victor should go to Y&R. Maybe Devon has a brother somewhere and he starts dating Roxie and Devon is suspicious of him.

    DAM should go to OLTL as the not-do-dead Spencer Truman.

    What if Pratt and Frons are getting iffy over there at AMC and feel the urge to recast Brooke with none other than Kim Zimmer! Could you imagine Kim Zimmer and Susan Lucci on screen together…at the same time?!

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    EricasEvilTwin

    but again why Kim Zimmer for Brooke and not bring back Julia Barr? With Liza, Marcy Walker did NOT want to return. Kelly Ripa isnt available for Hailey. Yes, Kim is a talent but so is JB. I was watching AMC just a bit ago. RPG was brought on with BE in the hopes of recreating “magic” but viewers hated it because there was Amanda waiting for love for years and right there. Low and behold the Jake character which is part of a core family, paired with an existing underused character was gold, Beth e’s taylor with jake not so much. The pairing didnt mean anything to anyone that didnt watch GL. I just am sad that we lost walt wiley and the idea that they could bring on anyone to “fill the void” when he was there for 20 years and still wants to be with the show, well it just makes me ill.

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    kgbmc

    I used to love Dr. Casey Reed. I would go back to Y&R if Zimmer went. I think I would tune in anywhere to see many of these characters. It is not the young ones I worry about finding work but rather those over 40.

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    ldylkng

    I also would love to see Mandy Bruno as Allison, I have never liked the current one. Also I think since Paul needs a new love on Y&R, why not Liz K, or Jessica L. Although I like the idea of Liz for Frannie on ATWT. And please, please recast Mac with Rebecca Budig! Would love that if AMC doesn’t take her back.

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    Westcoaster

    The Young and the Restless recently put out a casting call for a ” older, billionaire type in his 50’s to 60’s” how about Ron Raines? Actually he would be some good competition for Victor. I could actually see him with either Nikki or Ashley. Also how about Kim Zimmer as Nina’s mother and maybe Katherine’s daughter?

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    neversleeps09

    definitly need to get ron raines, kim zimmer, robert newman, marcy rylan, murray bartlett, and zack conroy on other soaps. so many of them could make daytime better without ellen wheeler interferring with their awesomeness.

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