HomeTVDays of Our LivesJohnson Inks New Deal at Days; Duhon, Prescott and Bruce Tested for Philip! Jamey Giddens November 24, 2008 Days of Our Lives 23 Comments It appears Soap Opera Mafia Don/Days of Our Lives executive producer Ken Corday had three name actors lined up to replace Jay Kenneth Johnson as Philip Kiriakis had Corday’s strong arm tactics to scare the actor not worked. Reliable sources reveal Dylan Bruce (ex-Chris, ATWT), Jon Prescott (ex-Mike, ATWT) and Josh Duhon (ex-Logan, GH) all tested for the role of Philip Kiriakis. However, Johnson did indeed sign a new contract. "They had to have already had these actors lined up," says the source. "No work is done in Hollywood on the weekend, so the Days execs must have already had them ready just in case." I have to admit it was perfect strategy for "someone" to leak the news of Johnson allegedly clearing out his dressing room to Soap Opera Digest.com just before the magazine was set to break the soap story of the decade, the firing of Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn. I’m sure the logic was, what kind of sympathy will Johnson get from fans who are reeling from the loss of the show’s two biggest stars? Silly Corday, tricks are for kids. 23 Responses AlistairCrane November 24, 2008 Who cares anymore? With Dee and Drake gone, this show’s DONE. Log in to Reply snowi November 24, 2008 This is a dirty, dirty buisness I tell ya. Log in to Reply daisyclover1938 November 24, 2008 What?! No ex-Passions actor was lined up for the role? Madness! But oh I wish Josh Duhon would come back to me! I don’t care what soap, or what role, just come back! Log in to Reply AlistairCrane November 24, 2008 Daisyclover1938, Clearly you never watched Passions; otherwise, you’d know that Passions didn’t have a Philip Kiriakis-type character on the show. Frankly, Days is lucky to get Passions actors, but not at the expense of DD. Log in to Reply Jamey Giddens November 24, 2008 I hated Passions, but Passions was better than Dena’s version of Days. Log in to Reply daisyclover1938 November 24, 2008 You got me there AlistairCrane, I never watched Passions. I’m actually enjoying Galen/Rafe right now Log in to Reply DimeraKiriakisLuver November 24, 2008 So happy Jay is staying! The one and only Philip, but I gotta admit the potential recasts are all talented and good looking. I think Dylan could have fit the role best. Duhon would make a great Jeremy Horton recast. Surprising not to see any passions actors or reality stars on that list. Log in to Reply Scout November 24, 2008 Duhon would make a great Jeremy. Too bad Corday could never think of such a great idea. Log in to Reply AlistairCrane November 24, 2008 All the Passions stars who aren’t Eric or Galen were smart enough to steer clear of a sinking ship. That being said, Heidi Mueller would be a fabulous Stephanie recast. Log in to Reply Jamey Giddens November 24, 2008 YES SHE WOULD! Heidi was cool. Log in to Reply THEBEST November 24, 2008 I would happily take any one of those hunks as nuPhillip! Heidi would be fantastic as Stephanie, but I kinda like the child that’s playing her (as long as she’s not with Max)… ***///My life as a soap fan is on life support, waiting for a miracle…\\\*** Log in to Reply Scout November 24, 2008 Heidi would absolutely trump Shelly Hennig as Stephanie — and could we write the character with a little more backbone please? Oh, wait…this is Higley we’re talking about. Never mind. Log in to Reply gush900 November 24, 2008 Jmaey you remember that salem stalker rhym. Log in to Reply SusieQ November 24, 2008 OMG! Can you imagine Mr. Boring and Mr. Even More Boring from ATWT playing Philip?!! All I have to say is thank God Jay stayed!!!!! Log in to Reply joshua2854 November 24, 2008 Im glad that the JKJ is staying, but I really wish DAYS had snatched up Duhon . . . perhaps to play Sammy’s twin, “Eric” or to play Lawerence and Carly’s son . . . what was his name? I think he plays bad boy pretty well, and could have been a nice addition to the Days canvas . . . Log in to Reply Jamey Giddens November 24, 2008 Lawrence and Carly’s son was Nicholas “Nicky” Alamain. Log in to Reply joshua2854 November 24, 2008 Thanks Jamey . . . I couldn’t remember his name. I know Days’ canvas is really full right now, but that might be a younger character worth having. . . . as a corporate rival for Phillip. They could bring him in to run “Basic Black” once John and Marlena (sniff) are gone…. and, that would actually draw on history since John is Nicholas’ uncle . . . I think. Log in to Reply Jamey Giddens November 24, 2008 Well Joshua, John used to be Nicky’s uncle. That was I think his fourth or fifth retconned back history since the character appeared. First he was the mysterious Pawn, then Marlena thought he was Stefano, then she thought he was Roman, then it was revealed that the real Roman was alive and had been kept in a Mexican prison and that the Pawn was trained by Stefano to assume Roman’s identity. Then for a time he was jewel thief Romulus, who had some sort of past with Carly, then he was found out to be Forrest Alamain, which made him Lawrence’s brother, Vivian’s nephew and yes Nicky’s uncle. Since then, history was re-written to say John was the illegitimate child of Stefano’s former common law wife Daphne, which for a time made him Tony’s brother. Then the brilliant people at Days decided to make him the child of Colleen Brady and Stefano’s father! Then they wonder why viewers have tuned out. Log in to Reply joshua2854 November 24, 2008 Whew . . . that was a mouthful . . . I had conveniently forgotten the most recent re-write of John as Stefano’s son . . . Not that it matters anymore. Thanks for the review . . . strangely, I watched all of that stuff, but some of it just fails to register in my mind. I’ve been a loyal viewer since I was a kid, and I’ll continue to watch . . . with the slowly dying hope that something will change for the better. The only hope I have right now is that they might actually call on history and play Nick with DID or some sort of mental illness like his mother Jessica. Log in to Reply Beth November 24, 2008 If nothing else, this clearly shows where the actors fall in the grand scheme of things on daytime TV (and primetime, for that matter) – somewhere between the cracks in the linoleum in the studio and a fly. Log in to Reply gush900 November 24, 2008 Im so done with this show after deidre and drake leave.Corday has been destroying this show for years Log in to Reply AlistairCrane November 25, 2008 Technically it was spelled Nikki Alamain. They used the girl spelling for him, and the boy spelling when Paul called Nicole “Nicky”. Log in to Reply TylerandBelle November 28, 2008 So what? Once Drake Hogestyn is gone, I’m gone and I don’t care at all what happens to DAYS. Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply You must be logged in to post a comment.