If Hogan S has it his way, the next generation Tom and Alice will be John and Marlena. When I read in a mag about HS's plans for Marlena, I was surprised and a bit upset by it. HS thinks that Marlena should be THE Matriarch of the show. So what is Alice, Chopped Liver? I can tell you that if HS should decide to replace Alice with Marlena while Alice is still alive and kicking, I for one will be REALLY upset.
Nothing against Marlena. She's fine and dandy but I really DON'T see her as being the next ALICE HORTON. She is important to the show but she would have some HUGE shoes to fill replacing Alice as the Matriarch of the show.
Who I would LOVE to see replace Tom and Alice:
I say, let's keep that honor in the family. T&A has been together for EVER. In that aspect, Marlena can NOT compete with Hope. Hope has been with Bo for most of her life. Same as her Gran. There is something to be said for that long lasting SINGLE relationship.
Again, nothing against Marlena. In her own way, she is awesome. To compete for the role of the next T&A, eh......