ABC to Recast Bianca, As Riegel Joins Daytime's Top Soap, The Young and the Restless



That was fast. One day after my Blind Item about Eden Riegel heading to The Young and the Restless, which Soaps In Depth confirmed, sources say ABC is gearing up to recast the role of Bianca Montgomery.

"ABC is definitely going to recast," says one mole.

Reportedly ABC made the star an offer to reassume the role of Bianca recently and are smarting that she decided to go with the number one-rated soap opera, The Young and the Restless.  A source in the know says it has never been about money for Riegel, it's always been about story, and that ABC only became truly interested in bringing Riegel back to the canvas once they learned she was in talks to go to Y&R.

"Eden would have happily returned to All My Children if only anyone there had ever sat down with her and discussed a strong story idea for Bianca, but that never happened," says the source. "Eden was afraid that even with new writers she would have gone back and it would have been the same old thing."

The last time Riegel returned to AMC then-head writer Chuck Pratt penned a disastrous storyline for the actress which saw her beloved lesbian character marrying a woman who had made out with her brother-in-law before their wedding. When the storyline tanked, Pratt blamed Riegel in the press.

"Eden adores All My Children and everyone who works there," says the source. " She grew up there. She played Bianca for 10 years. Susan [Lucci] is like a second mother to her, and she and Alicia [Minshew] really are like sisters. She didn't make this decision lightly, but in the end, it came down to story and she just didn't know if she could trust them to put story first."

 

 

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BETTY WHITE AS BIANCA, KENDALL AND MIRANDA!

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BadRecastVictim wrote:
What about Lacey Chabert reprising the role of Bianca?

Um...NO.  She is an absolute sweetheart IRL, but that voice is unbelievably grating.

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Luke Kerr wrote:
BETTY WHITE AS BIANCA, KENDALL AND MIRANDA!

If that's a petition, where do I sign, LOL?

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 What honestly is the point of this? They don't near enough fully utilize the actors they already have. Seems like greed.

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Oh, no nobody new to daytime, AMC has already tried this thats how we got the current marrisa, randi and colby. For the role of Bianca, they need someone that's used to daytime and been a hit. I don't mind casting calls for the next big thing if the casting director is decent but I think the last time they got it right was with Alisha Minshew since then...well they've recast Colby what 3 times?

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When did Vail Bloom become such a beloved actress that people are getting up in arms about her being replaced? Remember when she was being called a hair model and many wanted her replaced? I remember because it was 2 weeks ago!

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Okay, okay, Luke!  You win.  Anything to keep Betty White off SNL.  She's WAY too good for that show lately!  Smile

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GossipGirl wrote:
When did Vail Bloom become such a beloved actress that people are getting up in arms about her being replaced? Remember when she was being called a hair model and many wanted her replaced? I remember because it was 2 weeks ago!

I know! I can clearly remember people crying for Heather to die already or be recasted because she was just a hair model or the character was useless, but now that they do she's suddenly the bestest actress on the world. And is also pretty funny how they complain ER can't be Heather because she's a brunette, when just recently... Heather dyed her hair dark.  Dun, dun, DUN!!

Soaps fans don't like change, do they?

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I read in soap opera weekly that Alicia Minshew and Thorstan Kaye are both returning to the show in April It is only a short stint but at least it is something i think it said for a few shows.

As for Eden im sure she will do great on Y&R I don't watch it . I think there is a good chance she will return to AMC eventually after we have to sit through A  horrible recast.

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"Remember when she was being called a hair model and many wanted her replaced?"

I remember when she won over a lot of fans on various boards, even as the writers degraded her character and gave her nothing to do. She's become more and more popular ever since the initial pairing with Adam. 

Learning that she has been recast with someone who looks nothing like her onscreen parents, has only played one character who had a limited range, and who seems to only be getting attention from fans because she played Bianca on AMC -- that's a good way to get people to be annoyed. A lot of Y&R fans do not care about doing cartwheels just because Y&R is shoehorning yet another ABC vet onto their show. Just look at how out of place Liz Hendrickson is after endless hype over her. Chloe has gone from having her backstory rewritten several times (and she and Esther never even have scenes now, so what was the point) to being written as some sort of headcase to being a snarky fashion writer to barely having a voice, and has been thrown at man after man, all seeming to end up with little result. Or Billy Miller, who has been thrown into story after story and pairing after pairing to try to make his character more popular. Or Stacy Haiduk, given some of the worst writing I have ever seen on Y&R.

The idea that being on AMC = big hit on Y&R, brilliant casting news, break out the champagne, it seems strange to me. And I'm surprised that anyone expects Y&R fans to automatically love Eden and wave goodbye to Vail Bloom.

I like Eden and I hope she does well but Y&R fans have no reason to expect anything great thanks to this show's recent history of recasts and increasingly poor writing. They don't know how to bring any new character in, ABC actor, unknown actor, anyone. Just ask Stephen Nichols.

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"And is also pretty funny how they complain ER can't be Heather because she's a brunette, when just recently... Heather dyed her hair dark.  Dun, dun, DUN!!"

There's a big difference between fans seeing a blonde actress who dyed her hair while in the role and seeing an actress who is obviously brunette, and who also really doesn't look like her onscreen parents in any other way, not just hair color.

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[quote=Carol2]
There's a big difference between fans seeing a blonde actress who dyed her hair while in the role and seeing an actress who is obviously brunette, and who also really doesn't look like her onscreen parents in any other way, not just hair color.[quote=Carol2]

Oh I know, I meant the comments that complained that she couldn't be Paul's daughter because he was blonde and she wasn't. Not even how she doesn't look like him, which I completely understand just... the hair color, that being one of the main issues for some poster. Honestly, I found kinda funny. Of all the things to complain about, hair and eye color is the one of the last you would expect to read about.

[quote=Carol2]
I remember when she won over a lot of fans on various boards, even as the writers degraded her character and gave her nothing to do. She's become more and more popular ever since the initial pairing with Adam. [quote=Carol2]

Actually I remember people endlessly ripping into her and only warming up to her a few months ago when she ripped Adam and was mean to Rafe and Sharon, but even then Heather wasn't liked, just what she did. She has her fans, naturally, but in general people really, really hated Heather. With the way people hoped Heather would just die already one would expect her to have stomped on a puppy or something.

But... Chloe, Billy and Emily/Patty are very, VERY popular, specially Billy. I'm sick of tired of him, but the fans and critics LOVE him, maybe not every freakin'' day... They also love SH, not the writing FOR Patty/Emily, but the actress herself. And Chloe has a lot of fans too, just start a Chilly vs C&C debate. It goes crazy. None of those are a flop by any stretch of the imagination. Now Mac, now that's a recast/casting fail.

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I'm glad Heather is being recast, BUT I also think Eden would have made a better Mac. That having been said I have visions of Eden's Heather being a young Alexis Davis. Imagine how good that would be.

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I could go for Lacey Chabert as Binks Again and Wendy Moniz as Kendall

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I LOOOVEEE Wendy Moniz, and I think she would make a WONDERFUL Kendall!!! However, I doubt that she would even be INTERESTED in returning to daytime. She left Guiding Light back in 1999, and hasn't done any other soaps since then.......

Lacey Chabert??? I dunno. I only remember her from the few times I tuned into "Party of Five," but I am not sure if she has the acting chops to come close to Eden Riegel's portrayal. Doing a primetime show and "Lifetime" movies is one thing, but I am not convinced.........

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I don't watch ABC shows much anymore but I do watch Y/R and I liked Vail in the role still I look forward to Eden as well.  It will be interesting to see her as another character but I give her kudos for life for not being lured back with false promises and a lousy story.  I'm glad she  is in the position to be able put  her craft in front of a dollar and give Frons the finger that makes my day.

She had a choice and she made hers.  See Ya ABC. Goodbye misery. Not that Y/R is a bed of roses but at least the writing is fairer for me in many ways.

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Wow-- I have some mixed feelings about this!  I am happy for Eden- as I hope this is giving her the opportunity to grow as an actress & experience life on another soap with another cast- and see how things work there.  I dont tune into Y&R- so I'm not sure if this is a good character or not--- but it doesnt sound like Heather has the roots to Y&R that Bianca has on AMC.  Binks is the daughter of the shows leading lady & for that reason alone Bianca will always be given screen time when the character is in town.  And because Bianca is the daughter most unlike Erica-- her screen time is usually vast (again when the character is on canvas).  So for that reason alone-- if AMC recasts I dont want a newbie that I have to watch grow as an actress on my TV!  They need to hire someone who can hold her own against Susan Lucci and the other cast members.  I do however think if they recast the role should come back in a supporting way- not carry her own storyline at first this way fans could get use to the actress cause good or bad this woman will be under a lot of pressure- and in the line of fire by fans.

I am unhappy that ABC couldn’t get things right to get ER back.  But in a way - maybe they couldn’t give long term story ideas since the HWs haven’t started yet???  But I kinda have a feeling they were dickin ER along- thinking she would come back when they needed her to-- and she got a better offer-- and then they panicked- and it was too late! I am sad b/c I really do think ER had a wonderful relationship with Susan L and that was seen on and off screen for these two women.  I think who ever takes over the role of Bianca has two major hurdles to over come -- win over the fans & win over on screen momma!

I agree with many who lack the faith in AMC's casting dept to find the right actress for the role--- as most of their recent recasts are train wrecks!  I think the last recast they did right was FRANKIE!  Other then that-- it has taken fans months to warm up to poor recasts--- as they either don't look the part -- are not mature actors-- or have taken the roles in such a different direction then the role was originally played.  

I feel there must be a HUGE amount of pressure on Alicia M at this point-- cause to recast BOTH Erica's daughters around the same time just doesn’t feel right to me.  If they recast Kendall OR Bianca----to make the transition smooth --one of the other actresses who the audience knows should be there on screen to assit the new actress in winning over the audience!!! To recast Bianca and have Alicia there to interact with the role would be easier on fans then to have one recasted daughter and a few months later another recast take over the role of the other Kane woman.  Ya know what I mean?? I feel there must be a HUGE amount of pressure on Alicia M at this point to come back-- cause to recast BOTH Erica's daughters around the same time wont fly with many I’m sure.  And really for the perpose of Susan’s storyline potential—Erica is at her best when one or both of her daughters on canvas.  I hope this puts a little pressure on FRONS- to make whatever deal he has to to keep AM at this point

 

I have some ideas on who could work in this role—some are blonde so they would need to dye their hair—as part of what is great about AM & ER- is how they both shared physical similarities to SL.

I must also say I hope the recasting is done cause they have storylines in mind for her to be part of and eventually carry............. NOT out of spite- or a way to tell ER they have moved on.

 My Casting ideas:

The girl playing Marissa would have made a better Bianca then Babe twin-- but thats neither here nor there- any way here's my list:

 ~ Melissa Gallo- ADRIANA OLTL—she has held her own against Robin S- so she could manage SL

 ~ Erin Torpey- ex JESSICA OLTL- the girl grew up on screen opposite powerhouse ERIKA S.  Plus old school Jessica and Bianca share many similarities ****

 ~ Lacy Chabert- CLAUDIA – Party of 5—like Eden she stared in Les Mes as a child- both share the same kinda look-- and I think she was Bianca back in the day??

 ~ Mandy Bruno- MARINA – GL

~ Kimberly McCullough- ROBIN- GH- not that this one will ever happpen- but still thought I would throw it out there

 ~ Adrianne Leon- BROOK LYNN- GH

 ~ Natalia Livingston- EMILY – GH

 ~ Erin Hershey- ALLISON PC—was a leading lady on PC  ***

 ~ Jen Landon- GWEN – ATWT- Jen, like Eden, has won numerous Emmy’s for her work- so we know this girl can act!  ***

 *** needs to dye their hair  to a dark shade of Brown    :) 

--- I feel if they dont hire a NAMED star in the role - we may have another REAL GREENLEE kinda thing on our hands.  If they hire a newbie-- the moment ER wants back- they may ditch the newbie for the original--- and look how that worked out for AMC.  fans who werent even happy with Sabine as Greenlee were pissed at the show & Rebecca for that stunt.  The negative fan reaction - I'm suure played into RB's quick departure.  Then on the other hand you have Laura W taking over the role of Carly-- Sarah Brown wants back-- they didnt ditch Laura W-- cause the backlash from fans and I'm sure those industry would have been toooo much to handle.  Sometimes newbies can become colatterial damage-- a seasoned vet is treated with more respect

And there are some who are saying Liza Huber for Bianca-- I think she is wrong for two reasons- her look and her age!  I think Liza would work better as Kendall then Bianca.  Casting SL's own daughter could create a buzz- not sure if it would be positive or negative-- but still get them some press.  The only good thing is she has done another soap -- even if it was Passions!! :) hahahahah

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"Actually I remember people endlessly ripping into her and only warming up to her a few months ago when she ripped Adam and was mean to Rafe and Sharon, but even then Heather wasn't liked, just what she did. She has her fans, naturally, but in general people really, really hated Heather. With the way people hoped Heather would just die already one would expect her to have stomped on a puppy or something."

I think a lot of people grew to appreciate Heather beyond just what she said to Rafe and Adam. The writing for those scenes was not the type which seriously benefited Heather, she was written as a patsy, and then we barely saw her, aside from occasional mentions of how she was punishing Rafe in court. It was Vail's work which helped win people over. Some people endlessly ripped into her, but then, some people endlessly rip into every single character on this show -- there are few who are universally loved. If casting decisions are based on who is most hated online then Lily, Mackenzie, and Daisy and Victoria, or even people they tell us Y&R can't live without, like Victor, would all be gone. Instead, Heather, who seemed to be more popular than she was, is replaced, while the show has tons of dead weight which seems to be going nowhere. I'm not sure why some are surprised at fan reaction to this.

" But... Chloe, Billy and Emily/Patty are very, VERY popular, specially Billy. I'm sick of tired of him, but the fans and critics LOVE him, maybe not every freakin'' ....And Chloe has a lot of fans too, just start a Chilly vs C&C debate. It goes crazy. None of those are a flop by any stretch of the imagination."

I wouldn't say they are flops, but if they are very popular, then the show's writing for them makes even less sense than it does now.  They don't seem interested in writing for Chloe outside of Billy. They have given John Driscoll non-storylines (Riggs, Riggs, Riggs) in spite of saying his audition moved them to tears. Billy has had so many women, almost like they're trying to see which one will take off. They've repeatedly tried to create stories that might make Billy less abrasive (having a baby, the NYE episode) and then they are abandoned. When Chloe and Billy were together they abandoned any relationship to have him with Sharon and then with Mac. If they go back to Chilly, is it because they're bringing in someone Liz Hendrickson was very popular with on AMC, or because they like the couple? 

"They also love SH, not the writing FOR Patty/Emily, but the actress herself. "

I think that's part of the problem. What has the show actually given her to make her stand out? Her highlight on the show was talking to a stuffed cat. She is a fine actress but the stuffed cat is what got mileage. I realize that Eden was right to leave AMC, because the stories for Bianca have sucked for years and she's a good actress, but nothing on Y&R in recent time has suggested there's great material waiting for her.

I know I'm being critical but I do like Eden Reigel, I loved Frankie/Bianca, Lena/Bianca. BAM were fine too. I just think that if fans are upset about this casting change, they have reason. I've seen too many good actors sandbagged by the people at Y&R now to believe they will know what to do with Eden. But I hope I'm wrong.

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I will miss Eden on AMC.  She did a great job.  Met her at a fan event not long after she started the role, sweet gal.  I definitely won't be following her to Y&R, never watched and have no desire.
As long as AMC takes their time in finding a good re-cast and have a good story for Bianca, it's a no-branier.  It would be a mistake to shelve Bianca while waiting for Eden.

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Actually the perfect recast for Bianca was just on AMC...BethAnn Bonner. 

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alstonboy4315 wrote:
Lacey Chabert??? I dunno. I only remember her from the few times I tuned into "Party of Five," but I am not sure if she has the acting chops to come close to Eden Riegel's portrayal. Doing a primetime show and "Lifetime" movies is one thing, but I am not convinced.........

Not that I think she would go back to daytime but Lacey definitely got the chops, not to mention the look.

I've been saying for years that they should recast Bianca with someone who actually has sex appeal.  I don't know about Chabert but the role is not impossible to recast by a long shot.

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 Jamey Giddens for nuBinks!

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 To all of you saying that Bianca shouldn't be recast need to stop drinking the Kool-Aid. I loved Eden as Binks, but the show must go on. If GH can recast Carly four times & ATWT can recast Martha Byrne, then AMC can sure as hell recast Bianca. She's Erica Kane's daughter, it's not like they can have Bianca gone for years until Eden is available again. The role HAS to be recast.

The same thing goes for Kendall. Alicia has to shit or get off the pot. If she's not going to return to AMC full time, then the role needs to be recast. To hell with Zach, but Kendall must be in Pine Valley. the same goes for Bianca. If Frons wants to play ball, he'd better get in the game by snagging one hell of a recast...

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I don't see any well known younger actresses fitting the role of Bianca. They are better off going with a daytime newbie who has some experience and training outside of soaps.

As for Kendall. I loved Kendall but I think the show needs a break from her for a while. Many people were really started to get tired of her and Zach and I think its best for her character to spend some time away before coming back.

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THEBEST wrote:
 To all of you saying that Bianca shouldn't be recast need to stop drinking the Kool-Aid.
Frons wants to play ball, he'd better get in the game by snagging one hell of a recast...

I agree 100%!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AM needs to make up her mind!  I get why she is torn-- but lets hope ABC can make it happen for her-- if it means more $ or figure something out with her taping schedule... whatever it takes.  To be honest-- I doubt Susan Lucci will be doing this cross country commute for a long time-- so they'll be workin out something for her-- and most likely VI as david. 

BUT Kendall & Bianca are the daughters of the shows leading women-- her storylines should involve them & theirs should involve her.  These are two roles that can not go unheard of for long periods of time.  I mean even when ER wasnt on contract with the show-- she attended her mother's weddings and larg events for the Kane family.  Those 2 roles need to be cast.

But to be honest I am nervous of who the casting dept would cast!!!!!!!  Did the casting director change with the move???  Is it someone based in LA now??

I think Tamara B was wasted as Reese-- she should have been saved to replace AM. 

FRONS needs to MAKE IT HIS TOP PRIORITY to have the casting of Bianca be an awesome one.  I think it should be an actress who will fit the roll in her looks- be a power house of an actress-- and be someone whose casting news will make front page of all the soap mags.  And if he was smart-- he'd have his people working on a kendall recast in case AM can not make it work after her contract expires this summer.

WIth that said - I think Binks should be recast ASAP-- so the actress can fill teh role before AM's contract expires in the summer.  If a new Bianca came to town in May-- and a new Kendall in Nov that may work----------- but to have both new actress hit the screen around the same time is a recipe for failure.  The new Binks should come on while AM is still tied to her contract!!!

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 I'm not a fan of the fact that she'll be replacing Vail Bloom as Heather, because I actually liked her in the role.  However, I am a fan of Eden and I'm happy that she'll be joining Y and R.  Of course, this gives me less of a reason to watch AMC because they're going to recast.  It's seriously bothersome that AMC, which I used to put up there with Y and R in terms of always being able to tune in and see a familiar face or two from the really good old days of the 80's-90's [Angie / Jesse, Adam - who's leaving - Erica, Tad and Opal] is now nothing more than a whole bunch of n00bs crowding up the screen and Greenlee [while I love Rebecca Budig as an actress, I cannot for the LIFE of me stand Greenlee.]

Worse still is that thanks to Y and R's writers writing as if we in the audience haven't been watching 10, 15, 20 years and thinking we're as dumb as a box of rocks, I fear that Eden's going to walk into a minefield where she'll act her butt off for some of the most continuity-lacking writing there is on daytime right now.

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i am really going to miss ER as Bianca, she had a presence on screen that NO 1 but her can capture, as a fan i'm going to support her and watch her on Y&R but this a blow under the belt for AMC if Fronzie would've done better at his job and fired Pratt for doing ER the way he did we might actually have her on the show *sigh* when will that man wake up i think as a way to make up he should get rid of Marissa, and recast Randi (as beautifal as DV is she just cannot act Cornelius Smith Jr needs an actress that can keep up with his acting chops) and Colby #2 [give the role back to BM plz!] ( i swear i wanna throw the remote at the screen everytime i see the actress that plays Colby now ugh!) and make sure that the writers DO NOT!!!! i repeat DO NOT!!! put Greenlee and Ryan back together... yeah i think those are some pretty good ways ole' fronzie can make things up to us AMC fans for losing ER lol

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After Pratt ruining Bianca, and then throwing Eden under the bus in the press, getting her back on the show would have been a longshot.  But then after watching Frons practically move heaven and earth to get Rebecca Budig back, why would Eden, an Emmy award winning actress, lest you forget, feel compelled to work with a group of people who didn't show that much interest in her lately?   Just sayin'....

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No, no, dear God, no!  I'd sooner not have Bianca at all than have her recast! I'm not saying ER's not recastable but I'm afraid to see what actress they would put in her place. Jessica Lecci and Lacey Cabert both sound like great ideas, but I don't see ABC asking them. I think they'll go with some no-name bit part actress like they have a lot lately. As long as Julie Blyte Wilson still works for AMC, we *know* it won't be someone who can act.

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 To all of you saying that Bianca shouldn't be recast need to stop drinking the Kool-Aid. I loved Eden as Binks, but the show must go on. If GH can recast Carly four times & ATWT can recast Martha Byrne, then AMC can sure as hell recast Bianca. She's Erica Kane's daughter, it's not like they can have Bianca gone for years until Eden is available again. The role HAS to be recast.

Way to be rude. Yeah the show must go on, but to recast Bianca, really? Are they trying to drive viewers away, cause it sure seems like it.

Carly was RECAST 4 times, with FOUR being the keyword. Yeah and the recast for Lily on ATWT has been majorly unpopular.

The role HAS to be recast? WHY? It's not like Bianca is needed on the canvas, the show has and will go on without her.