Lynn Herring: “Daytime is a Lot Classier Than People Think”

Soap vixen Lynn Herring dished with On Air On Soaps’ Michael Fairman about her thoughts of the status of daytime and former alma mater, General Hospital.

MICHAEL: So while you were finishing your run on As the World Turns, sadly, Guiding Light concluded. I was wondering what your feelings were, stepping back in to this genre at this very tumultuous time? What was that like for you?

LYNN: I had lunch with Jane Eliot (Tracy, GH) and we discussed how the audience was so articulate about Guiding Light and how much they loved the show and were so sad when it ended, and that on GH, Mafia and bad violence has turned people away. The networks don’t get that our viewers are so intuitive and smart. Even GH people, who had never watched GL and are faithful to their show, understood what it meant to lose a show like that. Daytime is a lot classier than people think, and it hurt to be back on daytime and see what has happened in the genre. I love this genre!

Herring also sounds off on pal Stuart Damon getting the shaft on GH and The Young and the Restless’ treatment of its veteran actors.

MICHAEL:I could not stand it on GH when they made Alan Quartermaine a ghost! Why even kill him off?


There is no reason to do it. You leave them on and they don’t have to work all the time, but you give the character dignity and respect, and that is all. Stuart was devastated being off GH. Truthfully, Y&R does it best with utilizing their veteran actors with Jeanne Cooper (Katherine) and that group, which kept their whole situation viable.

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    Well Lynne has it right with Y&R and how they handled the vets well, but times are changing and they seem to be adopting the policy of adding more and more young characters and neglecting or eliminating their vets.

    Good for her for mentioning the problems with GH.

    It is sad what this genre has done to itself.

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    Does your husband, Wayne Northrop, (Ex-Roman, DAYS) want to do more acting?


    He would love to play Roman, of course, and it was a shame of what it became. He and Ken Corday (exec prod, DAYS) had lots of conversations about that. Ken would say, “If things would have gone differently we would have loved Roman to come back as a core character.” It was a mess. That was nobody’s fault; it was different writers and timing. I think Wayne loves daytime, too, but I don’t think he has any desire to do something unless it’s this kind of a part, like an Audrey, a three-month stint that was a blast, or something true to Roman.”

    Gary Tomlin, can you read that please? Wayne is the one and ONLY Roman at Days! That Alex North story was LAME! Kick Josh Taylor to the curb! Bo Brady needs his REAL brother back to kick some sense into him! And with Scott Reeves recurring on GH, Melissa should return to Days because Carly and Hope need some support in Salem! And Vivian needs a partner-in-crime and if Ivan isn’t in town, well Jack would do! Think of the comedy and chaos these two can unleash, knowingly and unknowingly! Days needs drama AND humor and Louise, Matt, and Missy can bring it!

    I miss Deidre Hall, but bring Wayne Northrop, Melissa Reeves, Matthew Ashford, and Judi Evans back and I will be a VERY happy fan! Justin needs to play out the beats of his split with Adrienne ON screen and Jack is Adrienne’s brother so there’s a connection and Jenn is friends with Carly and is Hope’s cousin. There is a natural connection and the fans will be happy to see all of those people back! And Abby can be added to the Stephanie/Phillip/Melanie/Nathan mix and JJ can play with Ciara and Theo! Come on! Think of the possibilities!

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