GH" is currently casting for a Caucasian male in his mid-to-late 40s. This is said to be a contract role.

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GH" is currently casting for a Caucasian male in his mid-to-late 40s. This is said to be a contract role.


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Where do they get the money

Where do they get the money from?

Main Cast (Under Contract)

1. Kristen Alderson
2. Maurice Benard
3. Sean Blakemore
4. Teresa Castillo
5. Tyler Christopher
6. Bryan Craig
7. Jimmy Deshler
8. Chad Duell
9. Michael Easton
10. Jane Elliot
11. Genie Francis
12. Anthony Geary
13. Nancy Lee Grahn
14. Rebecca Herbst
15. Roger Howarth
17. Finola Hughes
18. Sean Kanan
19. Lisa LoCicero
20. Kelly Monaco
21. Tequan Richmond
22. Emme Rylan
23. Marc Anthony Samuel
24. Kirsten Storms
25. Kelly Sullivan
26. Kelly Thiebaud
27. Jason Thompson
28. Maura West
29. Laura Wright
30. John J. York
31. Dominic Zamprogna

Recurring (Paid only when used)

1. Denise Alexander
2. Bradford Anderson
3. Nicholas Bechtel
4. Brandon Brash
5. Ian Buchanan
6. Leslie Charleson
7. Derk Cheetwood
8. Drew Cheetwood
9. Jason David
10. Sonya Eddy
11. Saidah Arrika Ekulona
12. Blake Gibbons
13. Carolyn Hennesy
14. Lynn Herring
15. Sarah Johnson
16. Jon Lindstrom
17. Michael Leone
18. Samantha Logan
19. Robin Mattson
20. Haley Pullos
21. Parry Shen
22. Kin Shriner
23. Brooklyn Rae Silzer
24. Kristina Wagner
25. Bergen Williams
26. Emily Wilson

So GH has 31 contract players and 26 recurring. Many of them being vets.

#1 Why cast a new character when they have so many they are not using to their fullest extent?

#2 Where is all this money coming from? I know Frank Valitini is good with the books. But even this is something to question. He ain't saving that much money. So something is up.

#3 I don't think they should cast another character on GH. What they need to focus on is getting the writing in order. Because you can cast Meryl Streep and Denzel Washington, but with this writing it ain't gonna do you no good.

#4 I would institute a contract player casting max. You don't need more than 20 1to 26 characters on contract and 5 to 10 on recurring.

This shit has just gotten out of hand.

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RPG drop B&B like a hot rock

RPG drop B&B like a hot rock & come to GH!

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FV is using Monopoly money!

FV is using Monopoly money! Smile

I wonder if some of the contract players only have say a limited contract for 3 to 6 months in order to tell a story?

Yes, GH is bloated. FV needs to tell RC to hold off for a year or so before wanting any more characters brought on screen. KSu is leaving next month, but that one person leaving the show barely makes a dent on the number of contract actors.

I thought Brandon Barash was now a recurring actor?

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@liason4real: He is. I made

@liason4real: He is. I made the change. But yeah that cast is out of this world.

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Just disgusting that Leslie

Just disgusting that Leslie Charleson is still recurring!

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I agree about Leslie

I agree about Leslie Charleson. The Quartermaine's need someone to be head of the family ... and for good or bad, that falls to Monica since Alan is dead ... and it is her house!

How can they put the Q's front and center again but completely ignore the Q that has been around the longest??? Mind-boggling.

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And Les Charleson really

And Les Charleson really loves to work, too!

For once I can agree with david (omg!). The cast is getting quite big. While I traditionally have loved a bigger cast (Y&R vs. B&B in the 90's) there is a point where it stops making sense. Like take Mac & Felicia's upcoming wedding. By all soap standards, it should be a big thing, but how does it add up when we never see them? Last time was weeks ago with some cracks about the ring - and next we're gonna on the aisle with them? How are new viewers supposed to care about a couple who they never see? I know the wedding will probably be used as a backdrop for other schemes/ couples, but that is another thing. Oh well.

Btw, RPG doesn't have to "drop" anything. His highly hailed and anticipated B&B role was THAT what he did - two days and boom.

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@Yoryla: We're teaming up to

@Yoryla: We're teaming up to take down a common enemy..lol

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Yoryla, you are so right, and

Yoryla, you are so right, and I was so looking forward to seeing him w/ a s/l.

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david, It's like Sami, Nicole

david, It's like Sami, Nicole & Kate on Days. The three hate each other but on rare occasions they have teamed up against the third party to take them down when said third party is especially volatile Laughing out loud

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@Yoryla: Hey Ron C.

@Yoryla: Hey Ron C. defininately volitle at this moment!

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Yorla ... how do you know

Yorla ... how do you know Leslie Charleson loves to work, or would like to work more? I've kind of wondered about that. I want her to be on all the time, but I've considered maybe she doesn't want to work that much anymore. So I'm intrigued by your comment.

I co-sign your comments about Mac and Felicia's upcoming nuptials. It's one of the few things I'm looking forward to on the show (one of the others is Monica eventually throwing Frodd and Ava to the curb). But when they are NEVER on, how do any new viewers get invested in them? Loved Felicia and Mac today.

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iowa, When Les was put into

iowa, When Les was put into the frontburner and given more and more scenes with the "death" of Jason and the resurrection of AJ last fall, she tweeted how much she is now working, and loves it. Also, she was initially "put" on to recurring in 2009, she didn't ask for it herself. Also has given out interviews every once in awhile where I think it's clear she would love to do more.

You can always tell when some actors show up on Twitter to talk they're happy. When they're quieter it usually means nothing is happening.

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RC always had OLTL's vets

RC always had OLTL's vets (Viki and Dorian) on screen all of the time, so I don't know what's up with Monica/LC? However, I am so enjoying seeing Tracy all of the time versus only when Luke/AG is not off on one of his many vacations.

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@liason4real: I was not

@liason4real: I was not though, a fan of that Golden Girls storyline with Kim Zimmer as Echo. That was a waste of talent. He had reduced these 3 veteran women to badly written comic relief. And that might be offensive to the actresses who played on Goldren Girls. Because the writing was top notch.

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A contract only means that

A contract only means that the actor has to be available. so if for example they wanted to do a scene with spinelli and bradford had a commercial booked, they would have to write the scene with another character or scrap it altogether. a contract is more money than recurring but it means the actor HAS to be available for the duration of the contract. alternatively the show can drop that person at any 13 week interval.

So lets say for example, they wanted to write out olivia and give her a happy ending and they wanted to redeem steve in her eyes and to use him for a period to usher on sarah webber, they might hire someone and put him on contract knowing that they cant have him tied up somewhere else as that story plays out. he might get a contract knowing we wont see him after 26 weeks.

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@EricasEvilTwin: Yet the

@EricasEvilTwin: Yet the actor will get gaurentees-per-week in his contract. Meaning he will be gaurenteed a certain number of episodes per week or total per 13 week or 26 week cycle depending on which way they go. He will be paid for the episodes within his contract whether they film or not. If he is a bigger named soap actor or one with ample soap experience he'll be given a 26 week cycle to make or break in his contract.

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Sam's Father?

Sam's Father?

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Heads up. TV Source Magazine

Heads up. TV Source Magazine has an article just posted that William deVry (ex Michael Cambias/AMC), is in a contract role and starts taping tomorrow. His character is listed as "Derek Wells" and is Connie's boss. His first scenes are with Maura West so there is speculation he may coming in from the Jerome end of things. I have to echo what others on this thread have said. Where is FV getting the money to sign another contract player? Stare This cast is TOO BIG!!! (Sorry for shouting.)..... Innocent

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OMG Another contract one?

OMG Another contract one? I don't get it either SQueen....I really don't. Maybe some contracts are ending soon and won't be renewed....IDK at this point.

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UGH I'm officially disgusted

UGH I'm officially disgusted with the direction RonC and FrankV have taken this show. Why do all new soap writers come in and flood the cast with new characters?! Former GH butcher Jill Farren Phelps is doing the same thing over at Y&R and I don't understand why not flooding the cast with new faces is not number one on the list of Soap-writing Donts.

I was so happy with GH for a little while around the anniversary with Luke & Laura battling Helena and Stavros over Lulu, Nikolas caught in the middle and Elizabeth and Alexis by his side at the hospital and Bobbie playing referee between Scott and Luke etc.

Now every time I watch the show one of the reincarnated 3 is on and the fact that Franco/Todd is LIVING in the Quartermaine mansion with Ava and Kiki completely turns my stomach. Meanwhile Monica isn't even on contract! If they'd like to fill up the Q mansion again I say get rid of these awful Franco and Kiki characters and send their actors back to OLTL and bring back Skye, Ned, Brooklynn, Dillon, Maya, and Keesha. I'd even take ANY story that brought Alan, Emily, Justus and Jason Quartermaine (not Morgan) back to life.

I feel like the PTB take one step forward (bringing back Laura, Stavros signing Nikolas to a contract) and 10 steps back (flooding the canvas with new, random characters, forcing the 3 OLTL actors down our throats, leaving Laura, Scotty, Lucy, Mac and Felicia and the other returned vets on the backburner). Now every time I hear of a new character being cast I get more and more disillusioned.

Who do you guys think you would let go if it were up to you to trim down the cast?

Mine without a doubt would be Kiki, Shawn, Sabrina, Rafe, Silas, Franco, Ava, Olivia, Felix, TJ, Connie, Spinelli, Ellie, Britt and Johnny

I would put Laura on contract (as I don't think she is right now) as well as Bobbie, Monica and Scotty and the show would focus on the families: The Spencers, Quartermaines/Wards, Hardys/Webbers and Cassadines. I do like younger characters too, I would just rather watch the ones that are actually connected to the families I care about. Lucas Jones, Lucky Spencer, Tommy Hardy, Dillon and Emily Quartermaine, Brooklynn Ashton, Maya Ward and any other Wards are all characters I'd rather watch vs. a lot of the random ones on the show now. I have no problem with new characters either, I would just prefer that they be brought in sparingly and slowly instead of a bunch of strangers standing in the Quartermaine living room

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All new writers put their own

All new writers put their own stamp on a show including bringing on a bunch of new characters. I'm hoping we'll see some characters gone by the end of the Summer or early Fall.

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WardQ, Laura is on contract.

WardQ, Laura is on contract. It was initially on a three months guarantee and then they extended it.

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Agreed. I can accept that. I

Agreed. I can accept that. I guess my point is as a long time soap fan I feel that their is a right way and wrong way to do it. IMO the right way would be to do it sparingly and gradually, while still keeping the majority of the focus on the characters we've come to know and love over the years. I guess for me its just jarring to tune in and feel like I'm watching a completely different show because I barely recognize anyone. I know that all soap writers bring on a ton of newbies when they come in but I just think it should be done in a much more subtle way. IMO a lot of people like soaps because of the characters and families they have watched for years on end. I know all new soap writers in the recent past have brought a ton of new faces in with them but soap viewership has also taken a nosedive in the last 10 years and I think too much focus on newer, more unfamiliar characters is a major reason why.

HOWEVER, GH currently has Laura and Nikolas back and on-contract which is major!! That is reason enough to count my blessings haha

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Also thank you Yoryla! Great

Also thank you Yoryla! Great to know that Laura is on contract. Do you happen to know how long they extended it for? Just curious because I am a HUGE GF/Laura fan. I really hope they wise up and sign her to a long-term contract. I thought they had when she returned and then was miffed when I saw Nulu in the opening sequence and not Laura.

If it were up to me Laura, Bobbie, Monica and Alan would be on lifetime contracts and front and center in the opening sequence tomorrow. To me those four and Luke ARE General Hospital and have been since I started watching in the 90s at 17 yrs old. I wish that TPTB realized how important these 5 are to the core of the show...

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David thats true but i

David thats true but i remember not all that long ago when people were screaming about newbies, most of that hatred spilling out to characters like lisa niles, ewan and niles' doctor friend that treated joss for cancer, i said hey lets see how long they are with us and now all three are gone.

Yes we have a bunch of newbies, but its summer so isnt that to be expected to a certain extent - they beef up the teen scene and then poof gone. not all the people that hung out with brenda and jason back in the day made it. Ditto friends that came and went around robin and around emily and liz.

I would not be surprised at all if rafe and/or tj are gone by late fall. The actress playing taylor reminds me of a combination of a young brenda and a young gia and i think haley p is awesome when she has better material, but the boys arent in her league. LM in the role of kristina didnt last, so the boy playing morgan is going to have to improve to last too. With BA on recurring, i dont see how the canvas has room for both ellie and sabrina esp. once patrick finds out robin is alive. I prefer ellie but my guess is that sabrina will start mixing it up with more of her contemporaries and ellie will be out. I also dont see brad being long for this show. he will be a trouble maker here and there, but i dont see him being long term. Britt i could also see not being on for the long term unless somehow the actress and the brik pairing catches on.

As for adults, im not loving the screen time thats being given to ava. I called that when MW was signed and people practically tarred and feathered me insisting that MW is the greatest thing that ever happened to gh. IMHO shes compelling, but yeah the air time is an issue.

Im having some issues with franco and silas but again waiting to see where it goes before I give a thumbs up or thumbs down. ME is going to have to work this time to create magic with kelly - and hes not accustomed to that (they have just worked every time without any effort. With WD floating around on the canvas, might he and sam have some spark? Or is he meant for someone like maxie (if ba leaves and she loses the baby i wouldnt be surprised to see her go a little darker in her outlook on like, esp. without robin to pull her back.) With ethan matt and potentially spinelli gone i think they need someone to mix it up in this age bracket.

So yeah there are some issues. that said - we wanted more qs and though leslie/monica could use more air time we are seeing twice as much of both her and tracy than we have in eons. We said we wanted more doctors and silas is a doc and danny is sick bringing all the big characters in to a hospital based story. We said we wanted more diversity - under guza we had epiphany mostly in a closet and laney in siberia. now we have sean tj brad taylor and felix (we still need more pif) In all i think the cast is in fact too large, but im waiting to see how it all gels.

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IMO, Felix and Taylor should

IMO, Felix and Taylor should have come to town as Hardy's. Maybe Tommy's nickname could have been Felix, so that we could at least get a few scenes with Audrey if the actress was available long before the 50th anniversary show. Tommy is a Baldwin and would have ties to Scott.

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WardQ, I'm sorry to say, I

WardQ,

I'm sorry to say, I don't know how long it has been made. But it doesn't really matter these days though, because actors can write up many years worth of contract and still get laid off in every 13 or 26 weeks. So I think they will use Genie as long as there is storyline. But from the whispers and rumours I keep hearing it does seem like they want to have her there and are planning for more L&L storyline once Tony Geary returns from his vacation. So I doubt she'll be leaving anytime soon. At least I hope not.

And as far as the opening goes, I've noticed that they take a long time for them to re-do them, and obviously it is quite expensive. I believe the only reason they re-did the opening now is because they had to - the previous pictures they had of KA, RH and ME were promo shots from their time on OLTL and as such, were probably now owned by PP. So they had to replace them with new shots. And at the same time they took out the departed actors and put it Sean Kanan.

Also, not all contract members are even in the opening. For instance, Mac, Olivia, etc. So I wouldn't take that opening with so much weight anyway.

But if something should be done, is to put Laura in front and center storylines again. I believe this will happen though, once she gets more involved with Luke and those things again.

And one person who should definitely be on more, and on the frontburner, is Monica. Her home and the hospital she is running has been taken over by all kinds of lunatics and other non-worthy characters running amok. Monica should come into both places and blow a whistle so that everyone freezes into their places and then she should just hand-pick the people to be escorted out of the canvas never to be seen or heard from again.

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@liason4real: That is true.

@liason4real: That is true. And I would have cast Victoria Rowell as The recast of Simone Hardy their mother and then given her ties Shawn.

What Cartini has a habit of doing is bringing characters with no relation to the show and who are not tied to others on canvas and then playing them front and center.

For instance, my problem with Kish on OLTL was that these were two un-related characters who ate up screentime from more established characters young and old. If one the two characters had been brought back as Billy Douglas, who had a history with the show and say the other was one of Vicki's son's coming out of the closet it would have been much better.

So from where I sit, the only time Ron looks at the history of a soap is to pass off his Campy cartoon mess as possible.

But this cites back to the problem they also had with bringing on a whole new black family instead of going back to the Gray's or focusing on rebuilding the Gannon's on OLTL.

I see the same things happening here.

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Its interesting that in one

Its interesting that in one post you all are saying theres too many people on contract and then you want to cast victoria rowell as simone. HMMM. There is some whispers that we are getting more jeromes - olivia will be coming for a short time and then one to be sams dad and one to be the brother. Isnt that what you seem to want - bringing on characters that arent islanded by the lack of family connections?

As for felix may i remind all that we know nothing about his parents. for all we know his mom IS simone and she went out and while she went out and met someone post tom hardy what felix and her new husband dont know is that tom flew out to see their son (I think they had a son together) and as old feelings stirred they fell in to bed. Felix THINKS he is a dubois but actually he is a hardy.

I guess what im saying is that i keep seeing people hating on things that we really know nothing about yet. We waited years now for sams backstory, lets not expect felix's back story to play out in a new york minute. I also think some of the cartini love/hate stems from whether you think a new hire will give you story for the characters you love or brings on an actress that you favor or whether it doesnt. For some you see WD being hired and omg how can they add people when its really how can you add him when you havent added (fill in the blank). I think the new jeromes if thats what they are will fill some of the void left by the lack of cassidines or another mob family to rival sonny. Im hoping that it means that sometimes sonny will seem to be losing (which i loved with lorenzo - that sonny didnt always necessarily win every single time) and i am hopeful that jeromes brings story for my favorite characters - anna, duke, the qs, the davis clan and the corinthos. Im also interested to see if the arrival of the jeromes brings lucas to town and we get a love story with lucas and felix. The custody battle over lucas was one of my favorite stories and my heart went out to everyone involved but none more than tiffany. there is so much story there to be told and if lucas does come, he is related to michael morgan, carly and potentially sam. Im going to wait to see how it plays out before i jump on board or bash.

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@EricasEvilTwin: I did not

@EricasEvilTwin: I did not ask for them to cast Victoria Rowell as Simone. What I was talking about is that if they were going to bring on Felix and later is younger sister that they should have been Hardy's and then someone like Victoria Rowell could have been cast as their mother. I did not ask for her to come. I was just showing a way they could rope in a well known and popular actress in the show the same way they did with Maura West. As well as play into the history of the show, which is the most important rule.

So my position on the show having a bloated cast has not changed. I'm just assessing the point made about how all these unrelated new characters enter the canvas and Ron's history by doing this on OLTL. And the end result was OLTL moving to the bottom of the ratings among the remaining soaps in 2009. Where is it right now?

Now I'm not saying that it was all the new castings of people not tied to the history of OLTL alone that brought it down, but that was one the big gripes.

If you look at AMC today. Most of the younger and new characters are tied to someone on the canvas. They are either the kids of, related to, friends of; someone the fans love and care about. And they are not alone driving the story.

Agnes and co. have shown how you do it.

It is multi-generational storytelling, which ties the younger and new characters to the vets.