Finding Primetime Jobs for Daytime Stars: The Women of One Life to Live
Gina Tognoni (“Kelly”) on Castle
What could possibly be better than a reunion between OLTL fan faves Tognoni and Nathan Fillion? It’s true that Castle‘s star-crossed crime-solvers, Rick and Kate (played by Stana Katic), already have a few too many obstacles standing in the way of their eventual romance — so why not throw Tognoni in the mix for good measure? She doesn’t have to disrupt their fun forever, but the chemistry with Fillion is there, so let’s have at it!
Bree Williamson (“Jessica”) on Gossip Girl
The Upper East Side is in dire need of a comeback from Blair Waldorf’s sometime nemesis, Brandeis. And wouldn’t you know it, the sassy call girl’s portrayer could soon have a wide-open schedule. So we’re calling for the gal behind Llanview’s First Daughter to become a regular fixture on Gossip Girl‘s radar. Maybe she can help plan that upcoming royal wedding while Serena is off taking the West Coast by storm?
Farah Fath (“Gigi”) on Chuck
Every intersect needs a lady love — two, even! — so we propose that Miss Fath come aboard NBC’s spy dramedy as a romantic interest for Morgan/rival for Alex. Fath brings the perfect mix of spunky style and quick wit to every role she encounters, plus she’s just plain funny — a quality Chuck players must possess.
Melissa Archer (“Natalie”) on Mad Men
What exactly do we know about Joan Holloway, anyway? For example, maybe she has a spitfire of a sibling! And without pointing out the obvious — OK, we will: the fiery locks, the shapely looks — is there anyone more perfect pick to play Christina Hendricks’ sis?
Kristen Alderson (“Starr”) on The Secret Life of the American Teenager
While we’re only half-serious about this one, it’s almost too perfect to not cast this stand-out starlet as a teen mom on ABC Family’s Secret Life. Solid acting skills aside, Alderson — after playing sometimes-wild child with a child Starr — is an old pro on the topic and could really bring a fresh perspective to the drama. I guess you could say her casting is “pregnant” with possibilities.
Robin Strasser (“Dorian”) on Desperate Housewives
Isn’t it obvious? Since Tuc Watkins is already a regular over on Wisteria Lane, it just makes good (business) sense to have his One Life love move into the neighborhood, too. Sure, Watkins’ Bob is gay, but it’s the back-and-forth between the two actors that fans really enjoy. Their quick wit and easy conversation would add a much-needed punch to ABC’s long-running dramedy. Seriously, can’t you just see the wonder that is Strasser stirring up all kinds of delicious drama for Susan and the gang?
Kassie DePaiva (“Blair”) on Smash
After years of loving her way through Llanview, the lady behind Blair Cramer is overdue for a venue that showcases her mad vocal skills. Hence our desire to see this Southern belle on NBC’s midseason musical drama, Smash. DePaiva needs to take the stage as, say, a Broadway vet who mentors Katharine McPhee and the other newbies on their way to making it big. She could definitely give series star Debra Messing a run for her money.
Erika Slezak (“Viki”) on House
After 40 years as Llanview’s officious matriarch, we’d love to see the six-time Daytime Emmy winner land an award-worthy guest spot on one of TV’s big dramas — and what better place for her to start than with a juicy, harrowing, multi-episode arc opposite Hugh Laurie? We can already picture her (successful!) 2012 Primetime Emmy campaign for Outstanding Guest Performance in a Drama Series.