8 Worst Soap Opera Re-casting Decisions
Re-casting is a reality in the soap opera world, with actors and actresses constantly moving onto roles within other areas of the entertainment business, as well as other soaps. It can often feel like a revolving door, and while at times an actor or actress can nail it when they are re-cast into a popular soap role, there are times when they simply miss their mark. Below is a top eight list of the worst soap opera re-casting decisions.
8. Billy Warlock as A.J. Quartermaine – General Hospital
The resemblance between Sean Kanan and Steve Burton still baffles General Hospital (GH) fans to this day, which is probably the initial reason why Kanan was cast into the role of A.J. Quartermaine, Jason’s older brother, in 1993. While looks might have gotten him the part, his acting skills won over GH audiences everywhere. This is why it was so sad to see Kanan leave this character in 1997. As such, Billy Warlock was re-cast as A.J. that year, and unfortunately was not able to do the character the same justice. While he did play Alan Junior for a solid six years, and returned for a short A.J. stint in 2005 …he never truly felt like A.J. Quartermaine. Getting back to Kanan and Burton’s brotherly resemblances — when A.J. passed away in 2005 and news broke in 2012 that Kanan was returning to GH, many fans of the show wondered if he would return as Jason. In the end, he came back as A.J., another soap character to return from the dead and reprise a role that fans thought was long gone.
7. Melissa Ordway as Abby Newman – The Young and the Restless
Like many soap characters, there have been a handful of actresses to take on the role of Abby Newman in The Young and the Restless (Y&R). The one that probably stands out the most is when Marcy Rylan burst onto the Genoa City scene and really took the Abby character from a dizzy, blonde, rich girl, who only cared about materialistic things, into someone that oh-so-much more. Sadly, Rylan left the show in 2013 and was replaced by Melissa Ordway. While Orway has been in the role for about three years now, for many Y&R fans, Abby Newman simply does not feel the same without Rylan.