Wishful Casting: GL's Liz Keifer as ATWT's Frannie and Sabrina Hughes!
With so much going on with the Hughes family on As The World Turns, wouldn't it be great for Dr. Bob's lookalike daughters Frannie and Sabrina Hughes to pop up in Oakdale? I have the perfect actress in mind to recreate the roles Julianne Moore made popular before going on to movie stardom, and P&G is already quite familiar with her work. I'm talking about Guiding Light's Liz Keifer!
I started watching GL in 1993 after my beloved Santa Barbara went to the Great Soap Opera Museum in the Sky. Immediately, I took to the sassy, saucy C. Blake Thorpe, as played by the ravishing Keifer. Blake was my kind of soap character, a sexy schemer, cut from the same cloth as her infamous father Roger Thorpe (the late Michael Zaslow), yet possessing the heart of her mother, dedicated-yet-neurotic journalist Holly Norris (Maureen Garrett).
I thought Alan-Michael (Rick Hearst) and Frank (Frank Dicopolous) were fools to have been fighting over who got to have a big fat greek wedding with boring, goody-goody Eleni (Melina Kanakaredes), when they could have had fiery Blake! Okay, so they did have her, but they didn't keep her. Ross Marler (Jerry ver Dorn) sure did though!
Ross and Blake quickly became one of my favorite couples on soaps, thanks to their sultry, comedic, explosive on-again/off-again love affair. GL started dying for me long before the new production model. It was when Ver Dorn was shown the door (along with countless other beloved actors) and Keifer was moved to the backburner so GL could tell tales of screwing cousins, Marvel Comics characters and heroines locking up people in woodsheds. Oh well, no use in crying over spilled visions.
Perhaps As The World Turns could rise out of the ashes of Guiding Light by bringing on key, popular GL stars, not as their Guiding Light personas, but as characters ATWT fans want to see back in Oakdale. I say start with flame-haired Keifer as Frannie and Sabrina! Keifer could pull off a dual role easily, and I'm sure she could master Sabrina's British accent. Jon Hensley (Holden) proved he worked good in the middle of two warring sisters played by the same actress when Lily and Rose (then Martha Byrne) were duking it out over him. Maybe now it's Frannie and Sabrina's turn? Then NuLily could be with Damian, since Noelle Beck smolders opposite Paolo Seganti, yet comes off as lukewarm and forced opposite Hensley. Whaddya say, Goutman? Hook up my girl Liz and her legions of disgruntled fans!