Three interesting pieces of casting news regarding GH over the last couple of days:
1. The role of Nikolas is being temporarily recast with Nick Stabile as Tyler Christopher takes time off during contract negotiations.
2. DC is reporting that former OLTL star Bree Williamson will play the role of Claudette, Nathan’s ex-wife.
3. It appears that the role of Maxie is also being temporarily emergency recast, though I don’t know why Kirsten Storms is unavailable, possibly with Molly Burnett (ex-Melanie, DAYS).
Firstly, I hope Kirsten Storms is okay and in good health. It was great she was able to come back to life as usual after her previous hiatus to take care of her health, and hopefully this is either something relatively minor or totally unrelated.
I find the news about the Nikolas recast kind of interesting and kind of crazy. Is the show this bad at negotiations that for the second time this year one of their actors will be off screen for a time because talks aren’t going well? Or maybe it’s an ABC thing, since Tyler Christopher would be the second on-air talent in like a month to opt for some time off because of behind-the-scenes dealings, following Kelly Ripa’s infamous last-minute personal days off from Live! following the Michael Strahan GMA announcement. Either way, this really doesn’t speak well of anyone involved. It’s also interesting that Elizabeth and Nikolas have been in very similar boats lately: popular characters played by talented actors that the fans love who were recently trashed by the writing. I’m not sure which is worse, how expendable they felt Elizabeth was or how replaceable they feel Christopher is, just weeks after he beat their prize show horse Tony Geary for the lead actor Emmy. I wonder if the Kirsten Storms issue is also contract related, which would make the whole thing even crazier.
As for the Bree Williamson news, she’s great and I would love to see her back on daytime. I haven’t watching the show at all lately, so all I know about Claudette is that she’s Nathan’s ex-wife who he lied to Maxie about. I’ll probably watch some of this week’s shows because of the Nurses Ball, Robin and Emma being on, and the annual Magic Milo show.
You know, it’s funny because there are a lot of characters I think should be written off GH. However, Nikolas and Maxie are not among them. Sigh. I hope Kirsten Storms is well and back on the set soon. I hope Tyler Christopher returns as well, but if he does not, I would prefer they just write off the character of Nikolas.
Kirsten Storms revealed on Twitter that she’s dealing with a stress-related skin issue that the show had been having a hard time covering up. Her doctor recommended that a little time off would help her get it under control, so hopefully her hiatus will be brief, and thankfully she seems to be doing well otherwise.