Guiding Light: Paging Nick and Mindy
With Ricky Paull Goldin (ex-Gus) already out and Beth Ehlers (Harley) and Marcy Rylan (Lizzie) rumored to be following suit, it's gonna take some pretty big star power to plug the hole in the bottom of Guiding Light's sinking ship.
We applaud the heck out of actress-turned-exec producer Ellen Wheeler (ex-Vicky and Marley, AW/ex-Cindy, AMC) for managing to get the show renewed by going to a new production format, because let's be honest, GL was facing cancellation rumors LONG before the daring and innovative Wheeler took the helm. That being said, it's time GL totally restructured itself storywise, and bringing back fan favorites Vincent Irizarry (ex-Nick/Lujack) and Krista Tesreau (ex-Mindy) to rebuild the show around could be just the ticket.
Irizarry has been wasted over at Y&R. And even though that show is experiencing a renaissance, in all honesty Josh Griffith, Maria Arena Bell and crew need to focus on Y&R's legacy characters, of which Irizarry's David isn't one.
Why not have him return to the soap where he first became a daytime superstar, just in time to help save it? As for Krista Tesreau, no she wasn't playing Mindy when Nick fell madly in love with her-despite his mother Alexandra's machinations-but she is the original Mindy and a fan favorite. And unlike Tesreau she wasn't romantically linked to Irizarry in real life, so it might be easier to faciliate her return in the role.
What if Billy's little princess was secretly pregnant with Nick's child when she left town and decided to keep it from Nick to prevent the kid from growing up a dysfunctional Spaulding? Can you imagine the shock on Alex's face? Also Billy's ex Vanessa was always closer to her stepdaughter Mindy than she was her own biological daughter Dinah. Think of the possibilities of a Dinah vs. Mindy rivalry, complete with Bill-thehalf brother both women share-playing referee? This could be just what GL needs to get viewers to finally turn back on the 'Light.