The Morton family hasn't exactly been the hit that Corrie's producers had hoped for in the first instance. And it came as no surprise when the inevitable eventually happened.
First, Samantha Seager quit her role as Jodie Morton in July last year, while the axe fell on the rest of the doomed family in April - Mel (Emma Edmonson), Darryl (Johnny Dixon, pictured), Kayleigh (Jessica Bardon) and little Finlay (Ramone Quinn).
And to cap it all for ex-Brookside actor and head of the family Mickey Starke (Jerry Morton), he learned of his fate with the soap in a tabloid newspaper.
However, the powers that be have decided to keep Johnny Dixon on for a while longer. Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Starke said: "[T]hey are now keeping Johnny and I applaud that decision. His character links in with David Platt [Jack P. Shepherd]."
Now this is true to an extent. A Corrie source confirmed to me this afternoon: "Darryl will be treading the Cobbles for a couple more months beyond the rest of his family's departure."
So it's not an indefinite extension to his contract, but it's a little longer than we - and I'm sure he - had bargained for.
I don't think I'm on my own in saying this, but ever since Corrie actually gave the Mortons a storyline, they've actually grown on me as a family unit. Granted, they're not the best in the world, but by the same token, they're not the worst.
Will you be glad to see the back of the Mortons? Or do you wish they were sticking around? Let me know your views using the usual form below.
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