Wishful Casting: Go East Billy Warlock, Go East
With his wife Julie Pinson (ex-Billie, Days of Our Lives/ex-Eve, Port Charles/ex-Shiloh, Young and the Restless) heading East to assume the role of Janet Ciccone on As the World Turns, industry observers can't help but wonder if and when Billy Warlock (ex-Frankie, Days/ex-AJ, General Hospital/ex-Ben, Y&R) will pop up on one of the New York-based sudsers. Any of the four Gotham-based soaps (All My Children, One Life To Live, ATWT or Guiding Light) would definitely benefit from an actor of Warlock's caliber, so this Wishful Casting session is dedicated to helping daytime's answer to Michael J. Fox land a new gig.
A Chandler Homecoming on All My Children?
Ricky Paull Goldin is soon to make his first appearance as the youngest Martin son Jake, so that All My Children clan seems to be in good shape, meanwhile the Chandlers could definitely use some fleshing out. Why not bring Warlock on as Stuart Chandler's long missing adopted son Scott?
Scott Chandler was last portrayed by Forbes March who, granted looks nothing like Warlock, but as Warlock proved by replacing Sean Kanan as AJ on GH, he is more than capable of making a role his own, even when he couldn't be more phyiscally dissimilar to the role's originator. Besides March wasn't exactly memorable in the role (although he is amazing as Nash on OLTL) and the fact that it's been years since Scott was in town would make it easy for Warlock to recreate the role.
Dorian's Buchanan Toy Boy Gets A New Face On One Life to Live?
Rumors have been bandied about for weeks that One Life to Live is bringing back Joey Buchanan with talks of ex-Days stud Brandon Beemer as the front runner. As big of a Beemer fan as I am, I think he's a bit young to be Natalie and Jessica's older brother. I'd much rather see him on Bold and the Beautiful as Thomas (come on Mr. Bell, sign the guy already!). Whereas Warlock would be a perfect Joey. He could lure disgruntled fans who feel his GH character AJ got the shaft into watching GH's timeslot lead in.
Warlock hasn't been given a role worth his considerable talents since his original stint on GH. Can you imagine what he could do with a juicy, well-crafted storyline penned by Ron Carlivati? I for one could definitely go for a Joey/Gigi/Rex triangle.
A Thorn In Bizzie's Side On Guiding Light?
I know a lot of Daytime Confidential regulars don't want to see any of their favorite actors end up on Guiding Light in its current state (which if that isn't a sad tell tale sign I don't know what is), but they have to do something to fill their leading man void. I would love to see Warlock turn up in Springfield as an old friend/rival of Bill Lewis who takes an interest in Lizzie.
GL could team Warlock's character up with Ava to come between Bizzie, which would of course increase the budding supercouple's desire for one another and give the fans even more reason to root for the couple and a pair of wicked schemers to yell obscenities at from their couches, as opposed to the handheld camermen. If that suggestion doesn't work, they could pair Warlock with Ava's Mommy Dearest Olivia. It's high time Crystal Chappell was given a leading man and a storyline of her very own and Warlock could be just the man to make that happen.
Could Warlock and Pinson Carpool To The Studio At As The World Turns?
Last but not least is As The World Turns where Warlock's real life lady love is heading. In recent times ATWT has gone a bit recast crazy. Little rhyme or reason has been given to the essence of the characters during recasts of late on the show.
Horny slacker Chris Hughes came back as an uptight pretty boy who I swear graduated from the Antonio Vega school of mad face acting. Once bubbly airhead Alison Stewart returned a nosy, meddling Velma from Scooby Doo.
Casey Hughes came home resembling He-Man from the old Masters of the Universe cartoon, but then I guess that was better than when his big brother Adam, the once sensitive budding film student, came home a weirdo perve who poor Maddie and Gwen had to bury alive in a swamp.
That being said, last week's worth of ATWT's episodes were so good that it restored my faith in the show. Warlock would be a great addition, especially if paired with Emily Stewart. Bless Kelley Menighan Hensley's heart she hasn't had a romantic pairing worth a damn since Hal Munson. I hate seeing one of my favorite characters on the soap obsessing over the likes of Chris Hughes. Warlock could play a corporate raider specializing in faltering tabloids and loopy blondes who buys up controlling interest in Emily's rag. Just so long as it doesn't involve a wooden puppet it just might work!
As I mentioned earlier in the post, any NYC-based soap that lands Warlock would be lucky to have him. So in the interest of keeping one less reel life soap couple from racking up frequent flyer miles I encourage the East Coast Soap Powers That Be to hook the talented Warlock up!