April 3, 2015 at 3:04 pm #428797
Serialscoop.com broke the news earlier today, and Soap Opera Digest and Daytime Confidential are now reporting as well, that Freddie Smith’s time at DAYS is over. According to reports, he opted to leave. From SOD:
Freddie Smith (Sonny, DAYS) has wrapped his run in Salem, according to a report on serialscoop.com. Multiple sources confirm to Digest that the Emmy-nominated actor — who first aired in June, 2011 — opted to leave the soap. With the show’s production schedule, expect him to be on the air for the next five months.
I find this pretty upsetting. It seems like DAYS is hemorraging talented young actors. I wonder why that is? Just the desire to see where their talent can take them or something more DAYS-specific? The list of actors who’ve had Emmy-worthy turns and then left the show is pretty long: Eileen Davidson is a special situation, I guess, but there’s also Blake Berris, Camila Banus, Chandler Massey, Alison Sweeney, James Scott and now Freddie Smith. Smith has been having a stellar year so far, and at least we have a few more months of that.
I also wonder if DAYS plans to attempt a recast.April 3, 2015 at 3:23 pm #428799
I wasn’t expecting him to re-sign but I was hoping. I’m guessing in the case of Freddie that it’s just a case of wanting to explore other opportunities.April 3, 2015 at 4:44 pm #428800
This is disappointing, to say the least. But he is young and talented; it is understandable that he would want to experience other venues. I wish him the best.
Although I am usually opposed to recasting, in this case I would support the decision to recast the role.April 3, 2015 at 9:33 pm #428801
I felt this was going to happen. I think it has more to do with his sentence in Ohio and personal problems he might be attempting to resolve (I could be wrong about this but it’s a theory with merit). He also may feel he wants to explore other opportunities. Young actors often get wanderlust after 3-4 years on a soap. Hopefully, the door would be open for a return. He has done extraordinary work this year and I will miss him as much as I miss Chandler. I’m glad he has five more months to play out the Sonny/Paul/Will triangle.
Van Hansis might be a good recast – I’m trying to think of other actors in the right age range who would be good for this role.April 6, 2015 at 8:28 pm #428802
Do you guys think they will recast this role?April 6, 2015 at 8:43 pm #428803
With a regime change happening is hard to know. My guess is if they recast the role that it won’t be until the 50th anniversary celebration is over.April 7, 2015 at 7:35 am #428804
I don’t know what they’ll do. The Sonny/Will/Paul storyline is probably the one that’s working best on the show right now. It’s a quality story that people seem to be finding fairly exciting. (In my opinion, the show’s great right now, but it seems like popular opinion may not agree with that. I occasionally get this feeling that no other soap’s fans sabotage the show as much as DAYS fans do, with the stubborn, petulent insistence on these few characters and these kinds of stories, but I’m getting off topic.) Anyway, I don’t know where the Sonny/Will/Paul story will be in five months, but it would be my guess that they’d make/are making/have made an effort at recasting. But with DAYS, there are definitely times when they consider recasting and then don’t find what they’re looking for, so that may happen/have happened as well. Any other suggestions on recast? Van Hansis does come to mind, but I don’t think he’s a great fit for the role.
They could also just write Sonny out and use that to set up Will and Paul as rivals.April 7, 2015 at 7:45 am #428805
Middle america can still be quite homophobic; perhaps the emphasis on a gay triangle has alienated some women viewers? it’s just a thought and I hope that is not the case…
the actor who played Reid on ATWT might be about the right age? He was awesome! I would actually prefer for Van Hansis to take over the role of Will from Guy Wilson – that would be a Luke & Reid reunion! (I can dream, can’t I?)
I don’t think they would have the only two gay men on the show be rivals? I would not want them to kill Sonny off, but it would provide awesome acting opportunities for Judi Evans and John Aniston, two of my frontrunners for Emmy nominations next year.
I wonder what Freddie will do next? I so hope he submits for next year’s Emmys – his work has been PHENOMENAL so far in 2015! (:April 7, 2015 at 7:53 am #428806
Also, there was this article on Daytime Confidential discussing the problem DAYS is having with so many of the younger actors exiting the show.
As is often the case with DC articles like this, I was with them for a while, but then they lost me. I do think it would be great to have Belle and Shawn back, and there isn’t a good reason why Phillip isn’t around either, especially now (either as Jay Kenneth Johnson or a strong recast). With EJ gone, the show is in need of a new male lead, and they haven’t found it yet. Phillip versus Chad would make a lot of sense. I would not care to see Mimi back at all. I think the character completely ran her course, and there’s no value to bringing her back rather than just using someone else for whatever she might do. (I would not mind seeing Heather Lindell as Jan Spears again, though.)
I’m also all for sibling rivalry, but I don’t think Brady, Belle and Paul competing for Basic Black makes sense as a storyline option, at least not in the conventional sense of them all wanting control of the company. That seems like a very Y&R story to run. I also don’t have a problem with John going back to being a detective. That’s always felt much more like who he is than a captain of industry.
One other disagreement: the article mentions how Chriselle Stause and Melissa Archer were so popular on their soaps but DAYS saddled them with boring storylines, making them unpopular. I don’t know that Stause was all that popular at AMC (certainly nowhere near a Rebecca Budig or Alicia Minshew), but yeah, in the end her storyline wasn’t that great. Archer, who I love, took years to catch on at OLTL, and has only been on DAYS for four months.April 7, 2015 at 7:55 am #428807
I agree that Van Hansis would be a good fit for Will, but I think Eric Sheffer Stevens is too old to be Sonny.April 7, 2015 at 8:30 am #428808
Keeping younger actors is a problem that Days has been having for several years now. They all want to leave when their 4 year contract is up. Kate Mansi’s the only one that’s sticking around.April 7, 2015 at 4:33 pm #428809
Yes, that’s true, but I would say it may be that they are picking the younger cast members too well. Most of the actors who have left around the four-year mark were very talented and wanted to spread their wings, which is natural for a young soap opera star in an age where being on a soap opera has lost all its glamour. DAYS doesn’t tend to rake in Emmy nominations in general, but almost all of the younger actors who have left were at least nominated, some more than once (Rachel Melvin, Molly Burnett, Shelley Hennig, Darrin Brooks, Blake Berris, Chandler Massey of course, Freddie Smith, Camila Banus). Some of these have gone on to have regular roles in primetime and make movies: Ashley Benson, Shelley Hennig, Darrin Brooks, Casey Deidrick, Taylor Spreitler. Between the possibility of other opportunities and the fact that soaps can’t really afford to pay younger actor all the much, I would imagine keeping most of these actors would have been almost impossible.April 9, 2015 at 7:28 am #428810
Freddie has a nice little (short) interview on Michael Fairman’s site – he says he’s rooting for WilSon, and that he plans on submitting in the Lead Actor category for 2015 – he sure has the material to submit as lead. Interestingly, he was torn about whether to try again for Younger Actor or go for Lead Actor this year (he had better material after his 26th birthday imo)… anyway, a nice read! He’s already finished filming Days and will air until August…
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