I am trying to keep track of the characters leaving:
Ashley, Abby, Traci?, Genevieve, Harmony, Ronan, Nina, Heather. Haven't seen Eden lately. What about Daniel and Lucy? Vacay for Mike Graziadei?
Seems like there are going to be a number of new characters to appeal to a younger audience, like the cyber bullied former juvenile delinquent and more emphasis on teen plots with The SORASED Summer and Fen. I really do not like how they have decimated the Abbott family. It feels very wrong for all of them but Jack, Kyle and Billy to just up and disappear. The whole feel of these changes seems very fake. I would have preferred smoother plot changes to better explain the departures. It is so obvious there are new people writing plots and dialog. I hope more people like it then don't, 'cause although zi'm not digging the changes, I would hate to see the show go the way of so many other departed soaps like GL, ATWT, etc.