Characters leaving, that nearly destroyed a series

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  1. tommie

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    Killed the show dead. When they left.
     
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  2. Michael Torrance

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    Many critics think that is the show's strength: sticking to the core families. Whether you were watching in 1987 or now in 2018, you know it's about the Forresters, the Logans, and the Spencers.
     
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    It needs to be about them, but the storylines don't need to be recycled 50 times.
     
  4. Michael Torrance

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    One of the best lines I remember in Soap Opera Digest about B&B (but really it is true of all serial drama) is "the very things fans claim they want and will walk out if they don't get,it is what will put them to sleep if the show makes the mistake of giving it to them." The show got decades out of the Brooke/Ridge/Taylor triangle and I imagine that they are aiming for the same with Hope/Liam/Steffy.
     
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    Kate Collins as Natalie from "All My Children!" The show was NEVER THE same afterwards!!!!





     
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    Criminal Minds Hotch and Morgan.
     
  7. Michael Torrance

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    When Mary Duvall (Harley Jane Kozak) was ridiculously killed off on Santa Barbara, ratings took a quick nosedive and the show took 18 months to return to the same numbers.
     
  8. Sarah

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    Sue Ellen leaving Dallas was it for me. Not only did I have to watch the disintegration of my beloved show, but her departure changed JR indefinitely. 'Without Sue Ellen, JR was much less' is a famous quote from one of the writers at the time.

    JR turned into an absolute shadow of his former self. The introduction of much less interesting characters and actors who didn't have the strength of the original cast soon followed.

    It was a terrible time in my life. I'm still not over it. :fp:
     
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    Sue Ellen leaving was the end of the strong Ewing daughter in laws on the show. Her, Pam, Donna and even Jenna (I'd controversially argue) were "vintage Dallas". After that, it was a slew of unmemorable blow ins. I was watching some scene recently where Michelle was stomping around Southfork in a rage following the arrival of James' other wife and I just thought " what the f*ck is this sh*t?". They all felt like imposters hanging around the living room. Nonentities in the Dallas universe.
     
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    The Brooke/Ridge/Taylor triangle bored me half to death the last few years. At first I was rooting for Ridge with Taylor, but after 1999, I stopped caring. Ridge was best with Caroline (1987-1990) anyway.

    Poor Steffy now must be stuck pining after Liam. What a cruel cruel fate!!!!! 2 men should be fighting for her. She shouldn't be a loser's reject.

    B&B are doing (and have always done) too many triangles where 2 women fight over one man.
     
  11. Sarah

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    I had to put someone in place on Twitter the other night who said that TNT should have continued with James Beaumont and his family carrying on the show.

    I'd actually rather pickle my own head and serve it at the Southfork BBQ.

    Sue Ellen and JR are the most important characters in any television series for me. I would never ever tire of watching them. Their chemistry and dynamic was off the chart. Anything that happened once they were parted just didn't wash. Their relationship was so important and even though I was only 15 at the time, I saw the whole show start to crumble once they split for that final time. It was literally painful (from a personal point of view too), to watch.
     
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