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Which Soaps Need to Cut Their Cast Sizes and Why?

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On this week’s Daytime Confidential podcast, Jamey Giddens points out General Hospitalneeds to cut 10 characters from its sprawling castand streamline its storylines. Cast size is always a hot topic among soap fans, especially when favorites are being sidelined for new characters.

Sometimes stars, like General Hospital'sKristen Alderson (Kiki) choose to leave a soap, allowing for casts to be trimmed organically. Other times exits are storyline dictated, like Chrishell Stause’s (Jordan) pending departure from Days of Our Lives.

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Soaps need to be prepared to admit when characters they have pimped relentlessly aren’t working. Days of Our Lives'  Backwoods Bubba, Clyde Weston (James Read) comes to mind. So do more than a couple The Young and the Restless characters.

The Bold and the Beautiful has the smallest cast on any daytime soap, yet it's telling the genre's most engaging storylines so far in 2015. Granted, B&B is a half-hour soap, but the three hour-long dramas would benefit from paying attention to how Brad Bell has streamlined his history-rich arcs.

It wouldn’t take more than a second or two for fans of each show to rattle off five to 10 characters that could easily be cut without hurting the show. Especially if a character isn’t resonating with viewers. There’s the added bonus of freeing up funds needed to hopefully bring back fan favorites and work them into existing storylines.

A fresh new year is great opportunity for each show to take a moment to re-evaluate. The topic inspired a good discussion on the podcast and I think it could do the same here on the blog.

Which soap do you think needs to cut the fat most? Which characters would you get rid of immediately to free up the budget and streamline storylines?

Share your thoughts in the comments!