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    EmmyLoser
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    I shouldn’t be surprised I guess, but I didn’t see this one coming. I love Greg Vaughan. At least it feels like he made this choice himself and is opening to being back on at some point.

    Victoria Konefal is still technically a rumor, I guess, because it’s unconfirmed by the actress or any official source as far as I’m aware, but enough insiders are saying it that I don’t think we’re doubting it.

    From what I’ve seen on Twitter, in addition to Kristian Alfonso, Greg Vaughan, Chandler Massey, Freddie Smith, and Galen Gering, all of whom are confirmed to be exiting between now and October, we should also expect exits for Victoria, Camila Banus (this rumor has been circulating since some posts Camila made after Chandler and Freddie announced their firings), and Olivia Rose Keegan (apparently Claire is being recast?), as well as two other exits that haven’t yet been revealed. I’m assuming that doesn’t take into account the visiting cast like Alison Sweeney and Louise Sorel, and I don’t know what the status is for newcomers like Lindsay Arnold and Emily O’Brien. It’s crazy to imagine what the landscape of this show will look like when they start new episodes again.

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    I shouldn’t be surprised I guess, but I didn’t see this one coming. I love Greg Vaughan. At least it feels like he made this choice himself and is opening to being back on at some point.

    Victoria Konefal is still technically a rumor, I guess, because it’s unconfirmed by the actress or any official source as far as I’m aware, but enough insiders are saying it that I don’t think we’re doubting it.

    From what I’ve seen on Twitter, in addition to Kristian Alfonso, Greg Vaughan, Chandler Massey, Freddie Smith, and Galen Gering, all of whom are confirmed to be exiting between now and October, we should also expect exits for Victoria, Camila Banus (this rumor has been circulating since some posts Camila made after Chandler and Freddie announced their firings), and Olivia Rose Keegan (apparently Claire is being recast?), as well as two other exits that haven’t yet been revealed. I’m assuming that doesn’t take into account the visiting cast like Alison Sweeney and Louise Sorel, and I don’t know what the status is for newcomers like Lindsay Arnold and Emily O’Brien. It’s crazy to imagine what the landscape of this show will look like when they start new episodes again.

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Days needs to save money by keeping the younger cast and letting go of the older cast. They need to keep actors like Chandler, Freddie, Victoria, Olivia, Camila, etc… and I’m sorry to say, but get rid of Deidra, Drake, Susan, Melissa, etc… The future of the show is the younger cast and their storylines have been much more interesting lately. Make Eileen Davidson the center of what’s left of the older cast and that’s it.

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    Djoko, I couldn’t disagree more. Days’s strength is its multigenerational storylines. A good soap balances between generations. Every time a soap puts a lopsided focus on younger generations, I get bored. I’m remembering especially the decimation of so many of the General Hospital veterans under Bob Guza.

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    She did say she’s gotten some calls/offers. There seems to be a lot of talk of B&B bringing her in as a Taylor recast, which feels like a risky move, since, as far as I know, there’s no real reason Hunter Tylo can’t do whatever the show would want done with Taylor. Of course, not long ago, they did this exact thing by bringing in Ingo Rademacher as Thorne, virtually slapping Windsor Harmon in the face. But it also sounded like Kristian wanted to focus on things outside of acting.

    Somehow I got that impression too, that the “next chapter” in her life that Kristian mentioned she’s eager to start is a project outside the realm of daytime. And let’s hope the speculation of her being brought on as a Taylor recast on B&B will stay just that… a rumor.

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    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Days needs to save money by keeping the younger cast and letting go of the older cast. They need to keep actors like Chandler, Freddie, Victoria, Olivia, Camila, etc… and I’m sorry to say, but get rid of Deidra, Drake, Susan, Melissa, etc… The future of the show is the younger cast and their storylines have been much more interesting lately. Make Eileen Davidson the center of what’s left of the older cast and that’s it.

    I have to disagree too. This sounds like you’re discriminating against the vets…..

    As far as Victoria Konefal, it’s OFFICIAL: https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/days-lives-victoria-konefal-exits-174914409.html

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    Yes, now it’s official with Victoria Konefal. I hadn’t seen an indication of whether or not Ciara would be recast, but as Victoria has indicated that she’s open to returning guest spots, it seems less likely now than it did before. Though honestly, I think they should just recast. I love Victoria — she was a thousand times better as a fit for this part than her predecessor — but it seems worth at least trying to get someone else to keep the character around.

    I do agree that the balance of generations is important to a soap, and the strength in the number of veterans has been great for DAYS, but I also think the balance is off. Of course the show wants to keep it’s veteran performers and characters, but you also have to keep some people around who are willing to become the next veterans. Focusing too much on the over 50 crowd (and there are A LOT of them) feels very defeatist. It feels like they don’t think the show will be around long enough for a younger generation to matter. I don’t want to have a slaughter of veterans or anything, and I’d never suggest getting rid of Marlena and John, or Hope for that matter, but beyond that, we don’t really need ALL OF Jennifer, Jack, Steve, Kayla, Maggie, Victor, Justin, Abe, Roman, and whoever else all as contract players with big stories or people with regular presences. I think the way the show has handled Julie and Doug has been pretty good. They’re around to support other stories and sometimes are focal in a story, but it also never feels like the show is sacrificing building future generations to showcase them. People like Carrie, Belle and Shawn, who come back occasionally but who the show also was happy to shuffle off time and again, should be established presences waiting to become the next generation of veterans. There should be a group of teens and twentysomethings who are connected to the older generations growing into their own and waiting to become the next generation of young leads.

    DAYS, like pretty much all the shows, has been lucky the last few years in having a really big cast. In terms of numbers, even all of the people who are going in the upcoming months don’t really leave a need to more bodies. There will still be plenty. But they could stand to re-prioritize. The story with Jack having amnesia was awful. The Stevano story was awful. The story with Kayla getting Steve a bionic eye was very silly. These aren’t the kinds of stories these characters need, when Steve and Kayla could be supporting Stephanie while she does something interesting. Jennifer and Jack could be working with Will make their paper more viable in the digital age. Whatever. Justin was a bad husband and is obviously a terrible lawyer, and if none of his kids other than Sonny is going to be in town, and now Sonny won’t be either, doesn’t that make him lower priority than a younger character who’s part of a core family with a ton of story potential?

    Sorry, I did NOT mean to write things long, rambling post! Just to say, as much as I love having veteran characters around, I think Djoko’s point has a lot of merit.

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    I hear that in addition to Greg Vaughn, Kristian Alfonso, Victoria Konefal, Chandler Massey, Freddie Smith and Galen Gering that we can expect at least two more cast members to exit by years end.

    I don’t watch DOOL but my money is on Deidre Hall or Bryan Ditallo, even if they are only recurring or visiting.

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    my 2 guesses would be ben and abigail or jake and gwen.

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    Yeah, from the rumors I saw, in addition to Greg, Kristian, Victoria, Chandler, Freddie, Galen, Olivia Rose Keegan and Camila Banus, two other cast members will be out. Someone who apparently knows who it is has said that it’s not Drake Hogestyn and Deidre Hall, and also that it’s not Robert Scott Wilson. I was wondering who even counts for this, since there are a number of visiting/recurring characters right now or people who have just come in and whose status is unclear, not to mention people who are technically back but haven’t even been on screen yet (Chloe and Phillip). I could see it being Steve and Kayla.

    But also now Daytime Confidential is suggesting that Camila Banus and Victoria Konefal may be reconsidering their decisions to leave, since COVID has wrecked pilot season and thus their best chances of hopping into a show in primetime. I’m still hoping that the voluntary exits resulting from the two hiatuses free up money and airtime for Will and Sonny to be brought back.

    On another note, it concerns me how long it’s been since Maggie’s been on screen. Is Suzanne Rogers okay? Maggie missed three consecutive weddings with a cold, which seems very odd. She’s someone I could see taking this opportunity to retire, which would be sad because she’s consistently amazing.

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    With Kristian Alfonso’s last air show being tomorrow, Glamour published this article yesterday with Kristian discussing her decision to leave and her time on the show. I’m not sure why the title refers to nearly 30 years rather than nearly 40, but I enjoyed reading this. It’s still shocking to me that whoever thought taking Hope off canvas for five months was a good idea, especially now with the possibility for lapsed viewers to tune in as many people continue to either work at home or be underemployed if not unemployed, but DAYS can sometimes be a bad idea machine. I worry that without Greg Meng, the show may go off the rails. Anyway, here’s the article:
    https://www.glamour.com/story/kristian-alfonso-what-ive-learned-from-nearly-30-years-on-days-of-our-lives

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