Jumping from one soap to another is a huge risk for an actor. Some, like Stephen Nichols and Kin Shriner, do well on every show.
Others flame out.
Nichols moved pretty effortlessly from Days’ Patch to GH’s Stefan Cassadine, and was catching on as Y&R’s Tucker when the new regime wrote him off. It helped that the three shows are on different networks, there were years in between his portrayals, and the characters all had a brooding similarity. (“Hey, I know that guy!”)
Ditto for Kin Shriner. Of course he will always be GH’s (and PC’s) Scotty, but I also bought him as Texas’ Jeb and ATWT’s Keith. Again, three networks. It’s also handy that Shriner’s characters are always flawed and kind of smirky, so its not a big adjustment.
Genie Francis had a rougher time when she jumped ship, because she was so well established as the sweetheart of GH. Her next role as Diana Colville didn’t catch on, probably because Days fans didn’t like seeing John Black (known as Roman in 1987) with anyone but Marlena. She bounced back to ABC as AMC’s Ceara Connor, but most AMC fans also watched GH back then; it was confusing. Why is Laura suddenly a con artist? And why is she cheating on Luke with Jeremy Hunter?
Don’t even get me started on Francis’s turn on Y&R. Genevieve was married to GH’s Robert Scorpio, sleeping with GH’s Stefan Cassadine, and her betrayal got AMC’s Cliff Warner shot. The poor girl never had a chance.
Ah, Cliff. Peter Bergman may have made the last supremely successful soap hop when he jumped from AMC to Y&R as Jack Abbott in 1989. Is it a coincidence that this was before the Internet?
Steve Burton is the latest star to quit and turn up across town, and he’s got his work cut out for him. Burton played GH’s Jason for 21 years, an eternity for an actor. He was also one-half of three of GH’s most popular romances – Jason fell equally hard for Robin, Liz and Sam. (Okay, four romances if you count Sonny.)
So far, Burton’s Dylan on Y&R is eerily similar to Jason. They both ache for their woman, know how to use a gun, and have half their scenes set to music. Dylan does talk and smile more, though, so Y&R seems to be working on some daylight between him and Jason. It would help if Dylan would laugh or raise his voice, but perhaps that’s coming.
The jury is out on whether Burton will be accepted by fans like Nichols and Shriner, or fare like Francis. Is Jason really, most sincerely dead? Or will he wash up miraculously alive at some future bash on The Haunted Star?
Some fans say Burton’s quick jump from GH to Y&R was all wet.
What do YOU say?