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Dec 15 2008, 01:28 PM
Dec 15 2008, 01:12 PM
^ I am not disagreeing that new blood is needed, and I'm sorry if I'm not explaining myself correctly. What I'm saying is that Higley's approach seems to be to flood the canvas with new characters and ignore the current ones. New characters should be introduced slowly and only one or two at a time. If the characters catch on with viewers (as Marlena did right away!), then that's a plus for the show. Tim, I disagree that Higley's new characters have caught on. I understand you might like them, but it seems that most don't. The only new (returnee) character of Higleys who I feel has made a positive impact on the show is Nicole. Other than that, I think Higley's approach to new characters is part of what's killing the show. Sandra Robinson and John Callahan are symptoms of this problem, and that's what many of us are trying to explain in these threads.
I disagree. Alot of people liked Ava. Alot of people like Melanie. As I said, Dr, Taylor is actually liked, maybe because of the actress. Daniel actually has his fans. Just look around on the net. Hell, I've even asked people in my life who I know watched the show. I think many are prohecting their anger about the cuts on to the new characters. This happened in 2007 too. Days was doing this same thing with characters like Duck and Gabby after cutting Lexie, Austin, Carrie, etc and people did the same thing. I feel bad for these actors because they have to put up with it and they probably won't even be sticking around so they are getting blasted for nothing.

It's just that I like them either. I don't like them all. Could care less about Daniel or Dr. Baker but, you know what, I also couldn't have cared less about Bo, Hope, etc when they first came on too. The show eventually made me care about them. Then again, that was in an era where people gave things a chance.

I also want to say, too, that it is not Dena's choice to focus away from the current characters. She's just as livid about J&M leaving as the fans. Hell, just look on the surface, when did we stop getting vets onscreen consistently? October. Whose work began around that time? Gary Tomlin.

Higley is not absolved but the shift in direction all came when he joined. I wish some would realize that. Even if you hate Higley, it can't be denied she used the vets in her first run and for most of this run, even through all the backstage shit, until Tomlin started.
Tim, I'm with you on this one, too. I honestly think people are just pissed off about the cuts and these actors had the audacity of taking a job.
And, again, although I might not agree with THEM, there are people who like Melanie and Dr. Dan. This actress from AW probably still has her fans, possibly those former DAys viewers who also watched AW. (I did, but i just can't recall her name. I quit watching AW in the early 80's). Same with the John Callahan thing. Same with Tamera Braun. Same with the Passions guys.
And, after all, Bo, the new psychic, is a vet. :D And, what is a vet, anyway? Wouldn't the actors of these new characters (sans the Passion brothers) be considered vets?
When you look at it, here are the characters introduced in 1994, or before, which would be almost 15 years ago: (gotta love Jason47!)
Rank. Actor (Character) Tenure
1. Frances Reid (Alice Horton) 43 Years
3. Suzanne Rogers (Maggie Horton) 34 Years, 1 Month (contract)
5. Deidre Hall (Marlena Evans) 28 Years, 1 Month (contract)
6. Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie Williams) 26 Years, 9 Months
7. James Reynolds (Abe Carver) 25 Years, 10 Months (contract)
8. Bill Hayes (Doug Williams) 23 Years, 5 Months
9. Drake Hogestyn (John Black) 22 Years, 10 Months (contract)
10. Peggy McCay (Caroline Brady) 22 Years, 9 Months (contract)
13. John Aniston (Victor Kiriakis) 21 Years, 10 Months
14. Peter Reckell (Bo Brady) 19 Years (contract)
15. Kristian Alfonso (Hope Brady) 18 Years, 9 Months (contract)
16. Ron Leath (Henderson) 18 Years, 1 Month
20. Alison Sweeney (Sami Brady) 15 Years, 10 Months (contract)
21. Renee Jones (Lexie Carver) 15 Years, 4 Months (contract)
22. Bryan Dattilo (Lucas Roberts) 14 Years, 9 Months (contract)

Look at all these names who STILL show up on the show. Of these, look at the ones who have a contract currently. (Yes, I included the DH's in this)

The ones who have been on between 10-14 years:

25. Lauren Koslow (Kate Roberts) 12 Years, 10 Months

29. Josh Taylor (Roman Brady) 11 Years, 1 Month

31. Thaao Penghlis (Tony/Andre DiMera) 10 Years, 4 Months

33. Joseph Mascolo (Stefano DiMera) 9 Years, 7 Months
34. Josh Taylor (Chris Kositchek) 9 Years, 1 Month

Of all these, the latest rankings for November show that Kristian Alfonso and Peter Reckell were in the Top 10. For 2008:
1. Peter Reckell (Bo Brady) 150

4. Kristian Alfonso (Hope Brady) 140
*. Drake Hogestyn (John Black) 140
6. Deidre Hall (Marlena Evans Black-127/Samantha Evans-2) 127

*. Alison Sweeney (Sami Brady-119/Young Colleen Brady-1) 119

It might not be everyone's dream, but it's not like NO vets have been to the forefront this year.
Edited by ladyofthelake, Dec 15 2008, 04:48 PM.
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