Lather, Rinse, Replace: Soaps' 5 Best (and Worst!) Recasts of All Time

Knowing that nothing freaks out a soap fan faster than hearing the words, “Today, the role of [insert character’s name here] will be played by [anyone but the actor who played the role yesterday],” we wouldn’t want to be Jason Thompson right about now.

Though he’s been immensely popular as General Hospital’s Patrick Drake, he’ll soon be joining The Young and the Restless as Billy Abbott, the rich playboy whose previous portrayers include Daytime Emmy winners David Tom and Billy Miller (who, ironically, replaced Y&R’s Steve Burton as GH’s Jason Morgan) and Burgess Jenkins.

How will Thompson fare? We won’t know until his debut in January (he hasn’t even finished airing on GH yet). So, in the meantime, Team TVLine has compiled a list of the five most successful recasts in soap history — and the five least successful.

Check out the gallery below — or click here for direct access — then hit the comments with your picks for best and worst ever.