The daytime world and indeed the entertainment industry has been in a tizzy over the news that venerable soaps "All My Children" and "One Life To Live" weren't blood in the water just yet. It was recently announced that ABC, which currently broadcasts (and also cancelled) the two shows, had found a new home for them online. No one is saying yet exactly what the production model will look like, including frequency of the shows and whether they will be available through a paid subscription or free. Most importantly, it's unclear what cast members will continue on with the new versions of the shows.
One "All My Children" star who won't be living life online in Pine Valley is Emmy-winning actress, Debbie Morgan (Angie). The actress has signed on to play an as-yet-unknown character on the No. 1 sudser ("The Young and The Restless" might consider snapping up some other "All My Children" actors). Morgan made it clear on her official Web site she would not be playing the part of dearly departed Drucilla Winters (Victoria Rowell), as many had speculated.
So what are the options for Morgan in Genoa City? Here are five storyline possibilities:
1. A Sofia Recast: Julia Pace Mitchell (Sofia) has always struck me as less corporate shark and more guppy. Her character just hasn't worked and she has no chemistry with either of her two leading men (Darius McCrary as Malcolm and Kristoff St. John as Neil), which is kind of a requirement for a love triangle. Let's kill two birds with one stone, shall we? Recast Sofia with Morgan and toss out McCrary in favor of another actor while we're at it and let's start over. Morgan's arrival could give this "triangle" some much- needed heat.
2. A Love Interest For Neil: Even if "The Young and The Restless" decides not to put Morgan in a triangle with Malcolm and Neil, they may decide to go another route. Why not put her in a triangle with Neil and Leslie (Angell Conwell)? That no-mance has been on a slow burn and if it moves any slower, it will flicker out. Better yet, make Morgan Leslie's sister, which would really kick things up a notch.
3. Install Her At Jabot: Jack (Peter Bergman) can't do it all on his own at Jabot. He needs someone watching his back, not sticking knives in it. Bring in Morgan's character to be Jack's right-hand man at Jabot and really take the company to new heights. She may even be able to keep Jack from being his own worst enemy. Tall order to be sure, but if Billy Abbott (Billy Miller) could be domesticated for five minutes, it's worth a shot. Interesting tidbit: Morgan and Bergman's characters were engaged on "All My Children" when he played Cliff. Romance now might not be the way to go, especially since Jack and Genevieve (Genie Francis) seem to be on a collision course with passion, but we can keep the thought in our mental rolodex.
4. Make Her A Relative of Devon: Devon (Bryton McClure) needs more to do than chase after sister Lily (Christel Khalil) and her problems (in fact her entire family needs to stop doing that). There's a loose thread out there about Devon's true parentage and Morgan could be the needle to sew it all up. Could Morgan be the wife of Devon's biological father? Or maybe even his biological mother? Paternity is quite fluid in daytime so anything is possible.
5. Make Her Tucker's Long-Lost Baby Mama: While Tucker (Stephen Nichols) was in a coma, it was revealed he had a heretofore unknown son. Well, why not make Morgan's character the mother of said offspring? Maybe she was one of the singers in the rock band he managed. Tucker's past has been unexplained and the less we know about him, the harder it has been to become invested in him. Having him grapple with losing his mental faculties after his accident opens up some fun storyline opportunities. Throwing Morgan into the mix could make it downright awesome.
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- Christel Khalil
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- Debbie Morgan
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