It's been a really long time since I did a Wishful Casting a.) because there are only four soaps left in daytime and b.) some daytime dramas are casting entirely too many people when they can't seem to afford the veteran performers fans actually tune in for (*cough* The Young and the Restless!).
That being said, every so often a soaper comes along that gets the old creative juices flowing. Recently ousted Y&R baddie Peter Porte (ex-Ricky) is one such soaper. I think he'd be a great addition to The Bold and the Beautiful in the role of Prince Kamir, the long-lost son of Dr. Taylor Hayes (Hunter Tylo) and her two-time captor Prince Omar (Kabir Bedi)!
What if during one of her two stints living as Princess Laila Rashid, Taylor bore her Moroccan husband a son? Prince Kamir could show up in Los Angeles hellbent on confronting the mother who abandoned him to return to the children he's been led to believe she loved more than him.
I know what you're thinking; this sounds awfully familiar. Of course it does, because I am totally ripping it from other sudsers! Both General Hospital's Laura Spencer (Genie Francis) and Guiding Light's Reva Shayne (Kim Zimmer) gave birth to secret sons while living out Princess Bride fantasies. Why can't Doc Hayes have given birth to an angry, royal offspring too?
Porte as Taylor's vengeful son could serve multiple purposes on the B&B canvas. First off, he'd provide Tylo a meaty, maternal storyline, allowing her popular character to concern herself with more than Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) and Thomas' (Adam Gregory) love lives. How would the trained psychiatrist contend with a son who possesses near volatile abandonment issues? Talk about physician heal thyself and they SORAS'ed son!
Porte as Prince Kamir Rashid would inject a much needed dose of lethal seduction into the Steffy/Liam/Hope triangle, by becoming obsessed with the formerly virginal Logan ingenue.
Maybe Prince Kamir has been keeping tabs on Hope's chastity pledge and the scandals that erupted when she compromised her virtues for Liam. Perhaps all of the sordid details have aroused the egotistical young man, who has grown up—sans a mother—in a culture where women are treated as second class citizens and prized for their purity?
What if Prince Kamir wants to conquer the still inexperienced woman for himself? How far would Hope's mother—and Taylor's arch rival—Brooke Logan (Katherine Kelly Lang) go to prevent Kamir from having his way with Hope? If eternal sex goddess Brooke Logan offered herself as a living, lusting sexual sacrifice, in order to divert Kamir's attention from Hope, it would be enough to send Taylor running for the nearest bottle of Jack Daniels, before you could say: "I need to go to a meeting"!
Kamir could also form an uneasy alliance with half sister Steffy, with both working towards the common goal of busting up Liam and Hope for good. Not that we would want Prince Kamir concerned solely with Hope (and Brooke's) bedrooms. The billionaire royal—he inherited a King Solomon-size fortune when his father died—would also set his sights on both Forrester Creations and Spencer Publications, making enemies out of Dollar Bill (Don Diamont) and Ridge (Ron Moss) in the process.
Rick (Jacob Young), who has his own issues with Ridge and Thomas, could become a willing co-conspirator with Prince Kamir, pledging to help him get his hands on Forrester, with the stipulation that once the company is in Kamir's hands, he install Rick as CEO.
A new character like this, played by someone as dangerously sexy and talented as Porte, could drive story on The Bold and the Beautiful for years to come.