Now That Alan’s Gone, Who’s Next?
As show execs tighten the budget and write storylines based on their pet characters, it's likely that some of the vets won't have enough screen time to justify their large salaries. Viewers don't often realize that when production costs rise and cast rosters grow, something's got to give. In the most recent case, it was our dear Alan Quartermaine's heart. Other names on the chopping block that have been bantered about are Wally Kurth (Ned Ashton), Leslie Charlson (Monica Q.), Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis Davis), and Ted King (Lorenzo Alcazar). If these people don't get a major storyline, the ax could continue to fall, Soaps.com fears. In fact, Leslie Charleson told soaps insiders the following anecdote, "I was standing on the stage yesterday and Jill [Farren Phelps, Executive Producer] came by and I said, 'The way things are going around here, should I start looking for my coat?' Tony [Geary, Luke] was right behind me and he leaned over and said, 'All of us over 40 better know where our coats are.'"
Soaps.com readers let's make sure that the powers that be know who we want to see more of! There's a whole generation of
GH fans who grew up with some of the veteran characters. What message does eliminating them send to us � that we are no longer relevant either?
With rumors flying about more firings in the cast of General Hospital it’s got to be tense back stage at our favorite hospital! Leslie Charleson (Monica Quartermaine) expresses her concerns over the demise of her onscreen husband of almost thirty years, “The timing leaves me very discouraged about the way soaps are going, the total disregard for history and the blatant disregard for the veterans.” She continues, “This is not good for morale. What is the point of this? It’s certainly not for sweeps. And it can’t be for money, because he (Stuart Damon) is contractually guaranteed to be paid through August, so they’re not saving any money until then…” John Ingle, who plays Edward Quartermaine has also been pretty verbal about his feelings, “Jane (Tracy Q.), Leslie (Monica)�we’re all angry and confused as to the motives.”