Temporary Recast

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Every Friday night I post another term of soap opera jargon. Find more on the Soap Opera Jargon page off the homepage.

Temporary Recast – Although you will sometimes see a recast on a primetime show, a temporary recast is almost exclusively a soap opera phenomenon. A soap opera is a continuing production. With enough warning an actor can pre- and post- tape and cover a short absence, but an unexpected sudden absence or a months long absence like a maternity leave, often leaves a hole too big to easily fill or write around. Such absences can also come up if contract negotiations hit a sticking point.  In cases where the absence can’t be written or shot around, TPTB bring in an actor or actress to fill in during the gap.

Usually a temporary recast lasts only a few days or in some cases weeks. The main difference between a…

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