What about Jesse and Angie?
David: "We feel like we've got a great story for them that will test the strength of their marriage, but will ultimately bring them closer together. Angie is going to have a real challenge coming up that's going to test her abilities as a doctor and a wife. She's going to have to decide if she's going to bring Jesse along on this journey."
Donna: "We will have a surprise twist in there, but it really will put them front and center."
David: "We think it's a story that can really break your heart."
What about the Chandler camp?
Donna: "With Adam leaving, that gives a terrific opportunity for JR to really step up and become the new Adam Chandler. We're looking to revitalize all the characters there."
David: "JR has gone through his whole life with this battle of 'Do I want to be my father or do I want to be the opposite of my father?' While Adam has been there, he's been unable to make the final decision. With Adam gone, we'll see him step up to the plate and become the head of the household."
Donna: "And with Annie being a catalyst, it's going to be like Cat on the Hot Tin Roof. We have four characters who are going to have some hot interactions. Everyone is going to be tested there. We've got Scott, who is the good cousin. What does he do to win Annie? What does JR do? And the surprise may be Marissa, who steps up the plate as well. She is David's daughter, so maybe she has much more of a backbone."
David: "Marissa has never had to fight against somebody like Annie before, and she doesn't exactly know how to do it. She finds herself gravitating more toward her father, who is the master of these sort of things."
Donna: "Once again we want to get that whole family to be volatile again, to use all the canvas. We're trying to strengthen the different families and make allegiances between them and draw the enemy lines again -- the way it was in the early days with Agnes's configuration."
David: "As we were saying before, Palmer's death will play into this too. We're looking to invigorate the Cortlandt family again and get back to some of the Cortlandt/Chandler historic battles."
What about Tad?
Donna: "Well, he has a son now. What we want to see is the young Tad 'The Cad' all over again. That's going to be a challenge for him, dealing with a kid who he has to charm because Damon is not totally thrilled about having a new dad like that."
David: "And Liza is very unhappy about the relationship that's building between Damon and Colby. Liza and Tad find themselves on opposite sides of this."