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Big Day of Soap News

On Wednesday evening soap viewers received two rather unexpected announcements. The first came in the form of a tweet from OLTL's Robin Strasser (Dorian) who told her fans that she would have to end her run on the show sooner than expected, meaning she will not be there when the show ends early next year. Strasser said "I'll have to leave OLTL sooner than the cancellation date, for compelling health reasons. Unable 2 meet high standards I owe our great show." She then went on to say "BUMMER! Darn right. WISDOM indicates a GRACE-full exit, before I fall on my bum. "Always leave 'em laughin". With Tuc and luck, hope I will!" So far no announcement has been made about when her last day of taping will be and certainly no final airdate has been determined, but I will keep you posted.

In other, perhaps bigger news, Robert Guza, Jr. has been replaced as headwriter by Garin Wolf. Wolf, as you might recall, was responsible for the storylines we saw during the writers' strike. As many have reported this change is effective immediately. Reaction to this news has been mixed. Many General Hospital fans have been lobbying for someone to replace Guza for years so to some this comes as a welcome change. However given everything that has happened at ABC recently it is difficult for me personally to see this as something positive. I certainly don't want to contribute anything to the rumor mill because believe me I am no more informed than any other GH viewer; but given that AMC brought on a new headwriter a mere two weeks before announcing its cancellation I can't help but be concerned for GH's future.

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  1. Paula,

    I see your point but maybe it's a good thing to replace the head writer at this point with all the dangling story lines that need to be fixed.

    Peggy

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  2. Hi Peggy!

    I agree, I definitely think that GH needs different writing. It's a mess right now. I don't even have the desire to complain about it anymore because I barely have the desire to watch it at this point. I just hope that I'm wrong and this isn't a repeat of the AMC thing. With Katie Couric leaving CBS today and all the rumors of ABC wanting to give her a talk show it just seems a bit too neat and tidy to me, but who knows there have been a lot of strange occurrences in the soap world lately.

    Paula

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  3. I was so bummed when I heard this news. I loved Robin on Passions as Hecuba and I love her on OLTL.

    I did hear that it was possible that GH could be next on the chopping block in about a year. Hopefully that won't happen. I've watched it here and there but I do know what it's like to lose a show you love. It has happened too many times. Passions was really painful since I watched that from the beginning but I'm sure Days would really be a big blow too since I've watched that for so many years since the babysitter just happened to have it on which led to my soap opera addiction.

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  4. It will be sad to see Robin Strasser (Dorian)leave, I love her acting style so much!

    I too am also concerned for the fate of #GH!

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  5. Hi Bard Girl!

    You are right this has happened too many times. I never thought when I saw Another World get canceled it would only be the beginning.

    Paula

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  6. Hi TLContessa!

    Although I don't keep up with OLTL that much, it's a shame Robin won't be able to stay with the show til the end. I'm sure this is as disappointing to her as it is the fans. I can't imagine being on a show that long and not being able to be there when it wraps. You're right it will be sad.

    Paula

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  7. Oh, no, I had been hoping for a final showdown between Dorian and Viki! So disappointing :(

    In other news, Paula's Soapbox, you took the thought right out of my head: could a new head write spell doom for the last ABC soap standing?

    God, what is going ON?

    C. Ann Walton
    Author of "Leighton Heights" - the online literary soap opera
    http://www.leightonheights.com

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  8. Hi C. Ann!

    Thanks for visiting my site and for commenting. I hope you come back often.

    I hope I'm wrong about the changes at GH, but with everything ABC has done recently one has to wonder.

    Paula

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