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  • OLTLfan
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    http://www.soapoperadigest.com/content/exclusive-rick-hearst-back-gh

    His first airdate is scheduled for February 24. There’s plenty for him to do what with Julian going after his brother and his ex-wife. I wonder if they’ll ever have Molly find out about her dad’s one night stand with her sister.

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    alokin
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    More great news! I love how GH is roaring back with its own casting coup in the wake of DAYS‘s big steal of Kassie DePaiva.

    Fellow daytime actors, take heed: Rick Hearst is getting ready to collect his third supporting actor Emmy trophy next year! 

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    Matt McClamrock
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    Well, Alokin, I love your enthusiasm regarding Rick Hearst, but his Ric Lansing was never one of my favorite GH characters mainly because he was written for the sole purpose of being a foil for his brother, Sonny.  I cringe every time GH puts on another mob-centralized character, but I do agree that Hearst is a great actor.  I’ve been a fan since he played Julie’s grandson, Scotty Banning, on Days of Our Lives.  

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    DS0816
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    Well, Alokin, I love your enthusiasm regarding Rick Hearst, but his Ric Lansing was never one of my favorite GH characters mainly because he was written for the sole purpose of being a foil for his brother, Sonny.  I cringe every time GH puts on another mob-centralized character, but I do agree that Hearst is a great actor.  I’ve been a fan since he played Julie’s grandson, Scotty Banning, on Days of Our Lives.  

    Rick Hearst first came to my attention in a low-budget, cult horror film called Brain Damage. That was in 1987. I next saw him on Days of Our Lives, where it wasn’t a workable situation. Then he took over for Carl Tye Evans, in 1990, on Guiding Light.  The 1991-1993 period was my favorite with that late CBS serial; and the cast was rich with talent. With just four soaps still on broadcast television, the more they can work with talent, the easier they are to view even when the material isn’t as good as we should expect. I wish him well. 

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    alokin
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    I’m curious. A question for all the DAYS history buffs here: what had happened to the character Scotty Banning? I’m assuming Scotty was written out with Rick Hearst’s exit, or was the character ever recast? I was thinking it would be kinda interesting if they brought back Rick Hearst to the role now. Considering the always adorable Susan Seaforth Hayes’ scene-stealing presence on DAYS all year, it would be really great getting to see Julie interact w/her grandson.

    Yes, DS, the early-to-mid 90’s was also one of my favorite periods for GL, where the show seemed to be on a real roll w/both critics and viewership alike. It’s been so great getting to see a prominent GL vet from that time, Cynthia Watros, reclaim her roots in daytime and just killing it as Kelly on Y&R these last few weeks. And I completely agree, when a show brings on board talent of this kind of caliber, it does have the ability to make up largely for some of the loopholes or inefficiencies apparent in the writing.

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    …Yes, DS, the early-to-mid 90’s was also one of my favorite periods for GL, where the show seemed to be on a real roll w/both critics and viewership alike. It’s been so great getting to see a prominent GL vet from that time, Cynthia Watros, reclaim her roots in daytime and just killing it as Kelly on Y&R these last few weeks. And I completely agree, when a show brings on board talent of this kind of caliber, it does have the ability to make up largely for some of the loopholes or inefficiencies apparent in the writing.

    Guiding Light started to really suck beginning in 1994. The soap was rockin’ the Emmy nominations, yes, and it was the leader for about five years running. There were theories of bloc voting to explain how, for the 1994-95 season (clearly General Hospital‘s year which included its first-ever best-writing Emmy!), GL saw [10] of its cast members nominated for acting prizes while it was deservedly denied nominations for series, directing, and writing. The only captivating story going that season, for GL, was the writing for Maeve Kinkead’s Vanessa, with the beginning of her being romantically paired with Kurt McKinney’s Matt. I wasn’t personally interested at the time. But the quality was really there; whereas, the show became lost with all other stories. So I’m definitely pinpointing 1991-93, with the divorce of Alexandra and Roger; the country-club shaming delivered by the former to the latter (and a magnificent performance by Bevelee McKinsey); and several developing and absorbing romances: Mindy and Nick; Harley and Mallet; the triangle of Frank and Eleni and Alan-Michael, which took fourth wheel Blake on a ride that sent her in another direction and, eventually, to Ross. Even the teen/college set of characters shined. Hell, even the kids did. And lonely Lillian had her story: she was diagnosed cancer. It was a fantastic period for the late CBS soap. (And I say this even with that jump-the-shark killing-off of the Maureen Bauer character in January 1993 that won Ellen Parker her much-earned supporting-actress Emmy.)

    Cynthia Watros was new to GL with the 1994-95 season. She didn’t get award-caliber material until at least two years into her near-four-year run. Watros submitted for lead actress for the 1996-97 season, when there turned out to be just four officially up for the Emmy for best actress (including a first-ever nom, about 20 years after her debut on General Hospital, for Genie Francis). Watros had dominant, climactic material for the 1997-98 season and, deservedly, won the Emmy for lead actress against historical odds of how rare it is for a first-ever nominee to win specifically in a lead category. The women have fared better than the men. Before Watros, One Life to Live‘s Hillary B. Smith won the gold in 1994 with her first-ever nomination. Following Watros, in 1998, the last performer to strike gold specifically in a lead-acting category was with GH‘s Laura Wright in 2011. Contrasted with the male side, it hasn’t been done since Smith’s leading man Robert S. Woods prevailed over 30 years ago back in 1983.

    I’m glad you’re enjoying Cynthia Watros on The Young and the Restless.  

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    alokin
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    Thnx for your thoughts, DS, and that interesting awards trivia. Some weeks ago, I noticed Patrick Mulcahey’s name listed under B&B‘s writing credits and I think it’s really great that we’re seeing more writers from that GL‘s so-called ‘golden period’ fill our current daytime landscape. Just one more reason to love B&B as much as I already do.

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