As sad as I am to hear about the reported contract woes of Jay Kenneth Johnson—of course Days would go after its popular stars who play core character first, instead of getting rid of wastes of airtime like Molly Burnett, or actors with no ties to the canvas like Shawn Christian—you know me, the soap must go on!
If the brass at Days doesn't come to their senses and manage to make a deal to keep Johnson, I think former General Hospital baddie Josh Duhon(ex-Logan) would make a kick ass Philip Kiriakis. Duhon was instantly popular on General Hospital before being sacrificed at the altar of Johnny and Lulu's budding romance. I bet Duhon would crackle with electricity opposite Nadia Bjorlin's Chloe and provide a strong foe for Nu-Brady.
As for Johnson, he could pretty much write his ticket on any of the other seven soaps. I'm going to go out on a limb here and recommend him as a recast of Carly Corinthos-Jax's little brother Lucas on General Hospital. If anyone needs a gay brother to manage her life, it's that walking mess Carly!
Lucas's coming out story on GH was a bit before it's time. ABC treated it as a cookie cutter, gay-bashing storyline and balked at ever exploring Lucas as a real human being or a romantically viable character.
Now that ABC has basically become Gaytime TV, complete with a refreshingly-realistic gay love story on it's cable cousin SOAPnet's General Hospital: Night Shift and Bianca and Reese getting their Sapphic love on over at All My Children maybe now Lucas could get a proper storlyine? This would provide the mother ship the perfect opportunity to bring the popular Dr. Kyle Julian (Adam Grimes) from Night Shift on board as Lucas's love interest and provide a plausible reason for poor Jackie Zeman(Bobbie) to come out of hiding besides weddings and funerals.