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Dec 23 2009, 01:14 PM
Dec 23 2009, 06:39 AM
Dec 23 2009, 12:08 AM
It's funny how what people think of as a creative business is more, well, business. It was a huge surprise to me to learn that the writers have relatively little power when, logically, at least to me, they seemed like they should have the most.

I know we're just speculating here, but I can buy a scenario where Corday said one thing and Tomlin and/or Whitesell had other plans. If that's the case, and if Corday really has taken a hands-off approach to the day to day dirty business of running the show, including firings, then he needs to stay out of it totally.

Anyway, I certainly do feel bad for BD if he was promised something that didn't pan out. I won't miss the character of Lucas particularly, but I don't like the way the character was treated for the last 18 months or so. I hated (HATED) Lucas with Chloe but there were things they could have done with him that wouldn't have irritated me.
I donīt think it has to be necesseraly a conflict between Tomlin and Corday. It could be Corday just trying to appease Datillo before he is send on that temporary leave and next calling to writers they really have to write something for him after he returns. He is known for doing that. It could be just some vague story idea that existed at that time but when they put it on paper and started to develop into a storyline it didnīt work as well as they hoped and finally decided itīs not worthy. And of course, it could be budget, because the show uses some recurring characters like Justin and Victor much more than they originally planned and needed to save some money elsewhere.

Something weird definitely happened though. A few weeks before Lucas returned, Judie Henninger was on Twitter asking fans for ideas for stories for Lucas. Fast forward to a few weeks later and Bryan is gone. I have a feeling Drew may be on to something. They may have looked at what they have coming and decided someone had to go to offset the budget or maybe they felt whatever they had planned just wouldn't fit. Either way, I think they had ideas and were also fishing for ideas because I doubt they would've even bothered with the rehab junk or to even bring him back from rehab just to have him appear a few times and fade off the canvas. It makes no sense.

Those AS quotes are sad. I figured she would take this hard but it does seem like she knew it was coming only she didn't know when he was taping his last scenes. That is cruel. I hate the way they handled this.
That was just sad -soliciting fans for storylines. The NBC surveys kept asking what to do with Lucas, too. It makes me wonder if they were really interested in ideas, or trying to gauge just how many people were invested enough to suggest a story, or both?

I can understand them bringing him back from rehab, even if they knew beforehand that it wouldn't be long term. It tied up loose ends. He got to confront Chloe for telling Sami's secret, and to make amends. Who knows what his last scenes will bring, but after that chat with Maggie on the pier, his character was in a better state than it was in, at the end of the rehab story. He showed more growth.
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