The new writing team at Days of Our Lives will be busy penning even more exits this summer, as both Soap Opera Digest and Soaps In Depth are hearing the beleaguered sudser will be making even more cast cuts soon! As previously reported, DAYS has fired fan favorites Matthew Ashford (Jack), Christie Clark (Carrie), Patrick Muldoon (Austin) and Sarah Brown (Madison).
Might I make a suggestion to DAYS' executive producers Ken Corday and Greg Meng and head writers Gary Tomlin and Chris Whitesell? Why not fire people who the fans actually want off their screens?
I don't believe the loyal viewers of this soap opera were taken into any sort of real consideration when the decision was made to cut Ashford. He's half of one of the soap's most popular supercouples of all time. The fact that fans knew Ashford's DAYS were numbered the moment Tomlin was announced as head writer speaks volumes. It's time for writers and execs to put personal preferences aside, and actualiy write for the fans!
Clark and Muldoon also have an enormous fan base. It isn't the actors fault reunion stories for Jack and Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) and Carrie and Austin—tales that could have written themselves— were botched.
As for Brown, while she was new to DAYS, she is a wildly popular, multi-soap vet and her character Madison had nice chemistry and potential with Eric Martsolf's Brady. That being said, I would have rather seen Brown play someone from one of Salem's already established core families (Like Maggie's daughter Sarah Horton!), so to some degree I can see cutting her.
What I can't for the life of me understand, is why are 1.)Camilla Banus (Gabi) and 2.) Shawn Christian (Daniel)still employed by this soap opera, when Ashford, Clark and Muldoon are out of work?
I get that Banus likely comes cheap, but you also get what you pay for; no offense to the actress. Banus isn't terrible, but she also isn't needed; nor is Christian. Every pairing they've put Dr. Daniel Jonas in has failed. I don't blame this on the actor. He's very good looking and has decent chops, but again, he would have likely worked if his name had been Dr. Mike Horton or Scotty Banning.
3.) Kate Mansi should also head for the hills, even though she does play a core character. I've enjoyed some of the young starlet's work, but Abigal was written into a corner with that six-minute obsessed student storyline. Now they have her being all judgemental to Gabi, who herself has turned into a six-minute stalker! Makes no sense. Have Jack and Jenn arrange for the fast little mess to join all those missing Hortons in Africa.
Sami (Alison Sweeney) currently has three leading men—two of whom she shares with Nicole (Arianne Zucker)—I'd say that's one too many. While I enjoyed Sami and Rafe (4. Galen Gering) early on, there's no need for him to be standing there, staring blankly as Carrie screams at him for betraying her with Nicole. Killing of Rafe, as an accidental result of one of Sami and/or EJ's stunts, could provide the show with a much needed jolt of drama.
With Lexie (Renee Jones) leaving Salem, I see no real need for Abe (5.James Reynolds) to stick around. Why not have Abe take Theo and move to London to take a job with Shane Donovan (Charles Shaughnessy) at the ISA?
Abe's best pal Roman (6. Josh Taylor) can go too. If Wayne Northrop was interested in reprising the iconic hero, who introduced the Bradys to Salem, I'd be over the moon. With Taylor in the role, I'm still asking myself, "Why does everyone think Chris Kositchek is Roman?" and it's been a good decade and a half since he got the part.
Additionally, while I have enjoyed 7.) Ian Buchanan as Salem's latest dastardly villain, with Madison heading out of town, her hubby shouldn't be far behind. Bring back Thaao Penghlis to fill the void both Jones (as a DiMera offspring) and Buchanan would leave.
Wishful Storytelling: Tony faked his death to go work for the ISA to help bring his father down!
Lastly, I know she gets a lot of celeb blog headlines, but 8.) Lisa Rinna continues to prove she only had a handle on Billie Reed during her first stint on this show. Her line delivery and storylines, such as they are, have been dreadful. Let's put this character out to pasture for good.
Who would you cut from DAYS? Sound off in the comments!