Sources close to the set of Days of Our Lives are coming forward to say Drake Hogestyn is definitely out, which of course begs the question of whether or not another soap will be interested in capitalizing on the wildly popular star's loyal fanbase. Let's look at the options, soap-by-soap:
The Young and the Restless:
Daytime's ratings champ could prove the perfect fit for Hogestyn. Unlike the youth-obsessed ABC soaps, Y&R values veterans. Hogestyn would be perfect as Matt Miller, the younger brother of Victor Newman (Eric Braeden). With both Phyllis and Nikki's romantic lives in the toilet a new Neman could be just the ticket. Either that or he could always be Chloe's father, Tiny the Plumber, who could find himself is a wacky triangle with Jill (Jess Walton) and Esther (Kate Linder).
As I mentioned, not exactly known as a soap that particularly values its veterans, GH is still good about seizing an opportunity to cash in on a star's already proven popularity. What if Hogestyn came on as Liz's father Jeff Webber? I can't take credit for this one, because after Days fired Hogestyn the first time, it was heavily speculated across the web that he just might take on the role made famous by Richard Dean Anderson.
Hogestyn would be great as the dashing doctor and give GH a reason to focus more on the hospital. Plus Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) needs a new guy stat! Another possibility, given the raves Hogestyn has received for his darker portrayal of John, is for GH to have the actor re-create the role of Stavros Cassadine, last played by fellow Days cast off Robert Kelker-Kelly.
Now that Laura (Genie Francis) is no longer on perma-drool, maybe her psycho Baby Daddy Numero Uno could make a return from the beyond? Hogestyn and Francis already made magic together once as John and Diana on Days.
Or was it Roman and Ceara on All My Children? Roman and that chick from North and South? I forget.
The Bold and the Beautiful:
No offense to Patrick Duffy, but Steven Logan sucks. I know he's written to be a self-loathing loser who constantly fails his family, but I predict with a more intense actor in the role, Steven could be written as a real contender. And who knows, if Days is foolish enough to get rid of Drake, they may can Deidre Hallas well? Then she could join B&B as Logan matriarch Beth. It wouldn't be the first time Brad Bell has rescued a discarded soap superstar (Joe Mascolo, Eileen Davidson, Brandon Beemer).
All My Children:
While I serious doubt the LA-based actor would want to pick up and move his family to the East Coast, he could, however, always earn a few frequent flyer miles by assuming the role of Dimitri Marrick on All My Children. Sorry Jack and Erica fans, but I have never, ever seen the appeal of that pairing. Whereas Erica's gothic, splashy romance with the original Count Andrassi was breathtakingly romantic...until Kendall (then-Sarah Michelle Gellar) lied that Dimitri tried to rape her and Erica stabbed him with a letter opener. Hey, shit happens.
One Life to Live:
Too bad Andrea Evans is leaving, because Hogestyn might have made a great love interest for her vapid Tina. Oh well, Lindsay, Roxy and/or Carlotta could definitely use a little hunk action in their lives. What if Hogestyn came on as Rex's much discussed bio dad?
Hmmm, now this one might be tricky. Help me out here Springweird followers. What's the back story on Ashlee Wolfe's father? Is he still alive? Does Beth have him trapped somewhere in a woodshed? Did Grady mow him down like a stray blade of grass at Snyder pond? If he's still alive, Hogestyn just might work as someone who could finally tame that shrew Doris, or perhaps as Reva's one-time love Kyle Sampson?
As The World Turns:
Another tricky option, because to be perfectly honest the P&G soaps inspire more apathy than creativity in me these days, but I I will give it the old Palmolive try. What if Hogestyn joined the soap as Steve, the pop of Dani Andropolous? Then once Days is cancelled-because it will be once the Jarlena fans tune out in record numbers-Hall can assume the role of Betsy, made famous by Meg Ryan. They can even give a nod to Ryan, no not by redoing Steve and Betsy's iconic wedding, by having Hall simulate an orgasim while having Thanksgiving dinner at the Hughes residence.
Landing Hogestyn and Hall would be a nice shot in the arm for ATWT, although they would no doubt have to fire 5 contract actors, eight writers, seven production assistants, a partridge in a pear tree and the guy who mows the Snyder field (Chris Goutman doesn't play about those stray blades of grass!), in order to afford Hogestyn or Hall. There's also the crucial fact that neither actor was on Port Charles, so that could hurt their chances.
Days of Our Lives:
No your eyes aren't betraying you. What if Hogestyn's new role was on Days of Our Lives? He could play, wait for it– Roman Brady! They could bring him back as Roman and use all of the old footage of John and Marlena like they did when Wayne Northrop did his inspired return to Days as Alex North. Wouldn't that just be the most, to say the least? Then we could discover that Josh Taylor's Roman is really Chris Kositchek. Chris's brains were fried when the plastic surgery Kristen Blake had him endure to look like Roman caused a toxic botox leak. Again, shit happens.
If not Roman, Hogestyn would make an excellent recast of Tom Horton–Sr, not Jr. What if Tom didn't really die when his beloved portrayer MacDonald Carey passed away? What if Stefano froze the Salem patriarch and has been giving him youthening serum (You've never heard of youthenazia?).
Then we could learn that Tom was really Stefano's father's, son's, grandson or...something like that. I haven't worked out the details. (What do you think I am, a daytime headwriter? Oh wait, most of them don't wory about the details either.)
Mary Beth can play Tom's ancestor and Steve can play Stefano's ancestor and they could do an awesome crossover with The Biggest Loser. I bet it would be a story for the soap opera history books! Then it could finally be revealed that all the Bradys and all the Hortons and well, basically all of Salemkind can trace their origins to the DiMeras, proving that the town really is full of a bunch of creepy inbreeders. Then as the last credits role, a shot of Ken Corday taking a nine iron to the show's historic hour glass can end 45-years in Salem. Cut to commercial: "Coming Soon To NBC Daytime, a new reality show from the producers of The Hills and Ellen Wheeler, How To Romance Your Kidnapper In 10 Days or Less!" I hear both Vanessa Marciland Mario Lopez are in talks to host.