Viewing Single Post From: DAYS:Linden Ashby talks about his exit
Sep 25 2008, 07:07 PM
- June 14, 2007
- Favorite Current Daytime Soap Opera
- Days of our Lives
- Favorite Soap Opera of All Time
- Days of our Lives
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- Favorite Primetime Soap Opera of All Time
- Melrose Place
Exactly and I don't even think it can be pinned on Dena. I don't even think Dena thought him up. Morgan and Paul were clearly Scott characters. Notice how during the strike when Ed really couldn't influence writing with the strike going on, Morgan was not on at all. She reappeared more and more once the strike ended and that is when Philip/Morgan began to get going. The minute Ed is fired, Morgan and Paul are both gone. Can't be a coincidence. My feeling is that Ed sold Dena on the idea of Paul coming in and he wanted Linden Ashby. The character was supposed to be short-term but Ed wanted it to be longer and that is why he came "back from the dead" only Scott was axed at the same time so Paul was sent off.
- Sep 25 2008, 07:28 AM
- Sep 24 2008, 11:59 PM
^I think most actors get it and, surprisingly enough, I do think some execs and writers get it. Not all but some.
I think the issue is higher ups, interference, and SOME fanbases. It's not so clear cut anymore. There are many factors involved and those factors hurt the soaps immensely.
We've seen in recent years how some soaps have taken the character-driven route and taken flak from fans for other reasons. The ratings don't seem to respond either and, while it seems TPTB have stopped looking at ratings as the end all to be all, they still look at them and this is still a business. Events tend to generate what little positive ratings any show gets nowadays so it's easy to fall back into event-driven story and those in charge can cite all this as justification for it.
The good news is that many soaps seem to not be worrying about it and are hoping that character-driven will do well for them in the end. Y&R, Days (I know some will disagree but this is just my opinion), AMC (slowly but surely improving), and OLTL (although not as much as a few months ago) all fall into that category for me. Hopefully, they will continue to improve and go in this direction and hopefully others will follow suit.
I consider you on the mark again. The ironic thing is, when there are fans calling for CHARACTER driven stories, often, it depends on WHICH characters (i.e., THEIR characters). If an opposing character is being built up and featured, all hell breaks loose.
Once again, Paul had potential. Truly, in the hands of a good writer, any character introduced can be necessary, if done correctly. The problem is, in the hands of an inconsistent writer (read: Dena) or in a situation where there's a power struggle, potential sinks to the depths of the netherworld.
What a waste of a decent actor and a waste of potential to bring in someone who, yet again, isn't a Horton, Dimera, or Brady.