Michael Dempsey
Michael Dempsey out as GL's Alan-Michael
Posted Saturday, March 17, 2007 12:04:33 PM
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Michael Dempsey will exit Guiding Light after one-and-a-half years. His character was unpopular with fans -- but don't think his departure means Alan-Michael shot Alan.

Michael Dempsey (Alan-Michael Spaulding) will be exiting his Guiding Light role later this year. Despite the timing of his departure, a show insider insists that Alan-Michael will not revealed as the person who shot Alan.

The role of Alan-Michael Spaulding was Dempsey's first regular role on television. As an actor, however, Dempsey made numerous appearances on primetime television. These nighttime roles included guest appearances on Boston Legal, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and The Practice.

Is GL's decision to write out Alan-Michael is the best move for the show?
 No. I thought Dempsey was doing a great job on the show.   61% 
 I don't care much for Alan-Michael, so ditching the role was a good choice.   16% 
 I think that it would have been wiser to recast the role.   11% 
 It doesn't matter to me what the show decides to do with this character.   6% 
 I am not sure. It really depends on how Alan-Michael is written out.   5% 
 Other   1% 

The addition of Dempsey to the Guiding Light cast in November 2005 ended rumors that the show was bringing back an actor who had previously portrayed Alan-Michael on the show.

Unfortunately, it may have been easier for fans to accept Alan-Michael back into Springfield had they seen a familiar face in the role. An unpopular romantic pairing between Alan-Michael and Marina Cooper never caught on with fans.

A spokesperson for Guiding Light was not immediately available to comment on Dempsey's exit.

Dempsey last airs May 10, 2007. The role of Alan-Michael will not be recast.

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