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DAYS Casting Two Younger Set New Contract Roles: "Ben" and "Sabrina"! Who Should Play Them?

More casting news out of Days of our Lives! The long-running NBC soap has been on an upswing of late and according to Soap Opera Digest,  the series has put out a casting call for two new contract roles for characters in a younger age range.

One role is for the character of “Ben”, who is in his early to mid 20s, is described as a gorgeous, Caucasian country boy, either midwestern or Southern. He is “utterly charming in his honest sincere approach to life and love.” The show would ideally like to find someone who plays a guitar and asks potential candidates to indicate if they can sing or play an instrument.

The second character is “Sabrina”, a 17 to 18-year-old gorgeous Caucasian female who is a shy, quiet innocent with a heart of gold.

So, who would you see in these two roles as casting suggestion for DAYS? And, what characters do you think they will be involved with in storyline, or romantically? Share your thoughts!

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Ces
Ces

I really hate teen storylines. If the casting is as bad as that JJ kid with his
smug face, then I don’t care who gets cast because I’ll be forwarding right through it.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Well mid 20’s hardly qualifies Ben as a teen character, but I get what you mean. But some of the best characters they have now- began as part of a teen line, so I just got my fingers cross whatever SL they come up with for these new characters it will be better than the lame one they have for JJ. Otherwise, I will be fast forwarding through it too.

Ces
Ces

Well, the younger stories of the past had great casting thanks to Fran Bascom, their casting agent, who coincidentally just passed away. RIP Fran.

I can’t really give too much credit to whoever is casting these days because I loathe that little punk face JJ and I’m not a big fan of Abigail or Cameron for that matter. I get through the show super quick when I fast forward through them.

BTripp
BTripp

No clue who they could be but they really need to age Ciara, Joey, and Theo to around 15 or 16. This will give their parents more to do on the show. I do love the younger actors who play the roles now but they can’t stay on the show forever.

Mo
Mo

Who’s Joey? You mean Johnny?

BTripp
BTripp

Joey is Kayla and Steve’s son who we only see at the Brady Pub about once a year.

Mo
Mo

See, I’d totally forgotten about him!

Patrick
Patrick

anything. to get Kayla on more often.

I wonder if they quashed the potential Abe – Kayla romance?

Janet Kiley
Janet Kiley

yes more kayla and family & patch

Mo
Mo

Yeck. I guess to play with JJ? How about giving Chad and Sonny storyline other than pouring coffee?

Sarah
Sarah

Instead of hiring new characters nobody cares about, write storylines that aren’t crao for the characters they do have, especially legacy characters. I would rather see them bring back Tony, Jack, or Bo, and pay them their proper salary and get rid of Jen Lilly, chrisell, and don’t hire these two characters, especially Bo.

Ces
Ces

totally agree with this!

Chaz
Chaz

Well, IF Blake Berris is leaving (just speculation due to his storyline) they will need to bring on a new love interest for Gabi. I believe Casey Diedrick might be leaving so “Ben” could be a recast Chad. Hopefully,,,,really do not care for CD.

I hope they do not SORAS Ciara or any or Sami’s other kids. They need to bring back Bo with or without Peter Reckel. Hope is basically just twisting in the wind and they have not given an adequate reason for him to be to be gone.

Giving Marlena some story would be nice. All she has done for months is say I am sorry to John. Bringing back ED ate up all DH’s screen time.

charlene
charlene

I would like to see Melanie come back, Molly Burnett(?) I miss her!

heidi
heidi

Lexi Ainsworth as Sabrina! Drew Garrett for Ben!

Janet Kiley
Janet Kiley

hope to see one day the Donovan family with patricia pease and charles shaughnessy

jimh
jimh

Maybe Sabrina is really Shawn Ds and Belles daughter?

jessi
jessi

I really do miss the Beautiful & Sexy Renee Jones, I stopped watching once I realized they had no desire to cast any other beautiful black actresses to fill the void after Renee’s departure.

bc
bc

Days cast was recently on jeff probst show. They were asked by probst abt storylines of course. Cast seemed very comfortable except for galen while probst was a good enough host especially when compared to horrid anderson cooper. What is up w/ galen’s awkwardness? He did not appear to be very comfortable promoting days. It was like he wasn’t engaged at all. He seemed very embarrassed when a woman from the audience asked what they wear when their characters are hooking up. You’d think galen should be used to those questions given that majority of male actors on soaps are objectified. Cast was asked abt gay storyline and even a clip of will coming out was shown. Of course days’ gay storyline was represented on jeff probst show. But there were no clips of storylines w/ abe. Is he still part of days? Majority of night soaps and all the day soaps severely lack racial minority representation. But of course there’s a clip abt will being gay bec day soaps have storylines abt gay issues. But day soaps do not have storylines abt racial minority experiences. And now days is casting for even more white chars who are of course described as gorgeous bec hollywood’s standards of beauty have to be preserved as whiteness. Couldn’t casting calls for these new chars ask for racial minority actors? African american actors? How abt Asian american actors? Of course not. But of course gay chars are represented on days. Not every group can ever be represented on a tv show. But of course majority of tv shows have too much representation for white chars. These new chars don’t have to be white based on descriptions from casting calls. days needs more racial minority actors. It could help their ratings get stronger especially w/ carlivati’s writing w/c is hurting gh’s already flopping ratings.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Lucas Says Goodbye To Salem, While Julie Recalls Coming Back To Town

In a very touching episode of Days of our Lives, Tuesday brought with it an emotional goodbye from exiting fan favorite Bryan Dattilo (Lucas), and the soap paying homage to Susan Seaforth Hayes’ 50th anniversary to the day as Julie.

It begins in Horton Town Square where Julie next to the plaque dedicated to her grandparents, Tom and Alice Horton, has a flash back to phone call with Tom five decades ago.

Meanwhile, now broken up with Chloe, and ready to leave Salem to be with his daughter, Allie, Lucas tells Will he is leaving and that he is happy Will and Sonny found their way back to each other.  The two hug it out, and tell each other how proud they are of one another.  Next, Lucas goes to visit his mother, Kate.  In a touching exchange played by Dattilo and Lauren Koslow, viewers were treated to Kate’s pain of the mistakes she made as a mother, and Lucas being forgiving of her.

At Doug’s Place, Julie and Abigail try to figure out how to bring down Stefan and Gabi.  Julie promises to not tell anyone that Abigail is not mentally ill saying. “Your secret is safe with me.”  Next, Chloe happens upon the scene and Julie quickly sees Chloe break down in tears.  She then reveals to Julie, that she and Lucas broke up.  Julie gives Chloe a tissue and some words of advice – the gospel according to Julie – that they were not meant to be, and that Chloe will find true love. After all, after Julie’s other failed relationships, once she was with Doug she found her soulmate, so she knows it can happen.

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Julie flashes back to speaking with Alice when she worries that Tom would not want her to return to Salem.  For Julie had been in San Francisco, and where she brings up putting her son up for adoption, but how she later raised him and how happy that Eli is her grandson.  She even recalls when JJ got her and other ladies in Salem accidentally high on pot-filled donuts!

When Lucas turns up at the Horton’s everyone is saddened and shocked that he has decided to depart Salem   Julie says Salem will always be his home.  JJ hands Lucas his ornament now, breaking the Christmas tradition early.  Lucas hangs his ornament in another emotional moment.

Next, we see Lucas waiting for a taxi, with his suitcases at Horton Town Square,  He gazes at the Tom and Alice dedication plaque and says, “I’ll be back. someday.” Hankies!

Alone now with Julie, Doug brings out a cake celebrating how it is 50 years since Julie returned to Salem permanently.  Cue the montage … as Doug’s voice is heard singing “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World”, one of the duo’s signature songs, as clips of their love affair played throughout.  We fade to black.

DAYS honored Susan Hayes and gave Brytan Dattilo some heart-tugging moments as he left the canvas as the beloved Lucas.  So what did you think of the episode?  Sad to see Bryan exit?  Happy to see the show wrote in a way to honor Susan’s 50th as Julie? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Gilles Marini Talks The Return Of Ted Laurent, His Co-Stars: Kristian Alfonso, Lauren Koslow & Greg Rikaart On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives’ Podcast’

If you caught this week’s episodes of Days of our Lives, you know that Ted Laurent (Gilles Marini) has resurfaced in Salem and had asked Hope (Kristian Alfonso) for protection from Stefan DiMera, who was responsible for his disappearance in exchange for information on Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson).

Now in the latest episode of Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast, actor Gilles Marini chats it up with host, Michael Fairman on what to expect as Ted’s story brings with it many twists and turns; including a potential love triangle.

Marini reveals what he thinks Ted’s weakness ia when the guy has not previously been on the up and up, plus his thoughts on working with three of his co-stars and their characters: Lauren Koslow’s Kate, Kristian Alfonso’s Hope, and Greg Rikaart’s Leo, whom he has shared up to now most of his screen-time.

The talented actor who hails from France, also talks on some other highlights in his career, including one of his big breaks on the beloved ABC drama,  Brothers & Sisters working opposite Rachel Griffiths, and a host of award-winning actors, including Sally Field, and of course, his time on Dancing with the Stars where he became one of the most popular celebrity contestants on the series of all-time.

Later, in the podcast’s dressing room segment, Eric Martsolf (Brady) welcomes Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe) into his digs at DAYS, and then two tease some upcoming #Broe moments.

Check out this excerpt from NBC of Gilles interview below.  Then, make sure to head over to NBC.com to listen to the episode currently streaming there, and on Monday, looks for this episode to be available on all pod platforms, including iTunes for download.

Now, let us know what you think about Ted’s return to DAYS … and if you want him to romance Hope … become a good guy … or get his comeuppance … or all of the above …via the comment section below!

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Days of our Lives and General Hospital Receive Daytime Drama WGA Award Nominations

The nominations have been announced for the 2019 Writer’s Guild Awards for outstanding achievement in television, new media, news, radio/audio, and promotional writing during 2018.

Winners will be honored at the 2019 Writers Guild Awards on Sunday, February 17, 2019, at concurrent ceremonies in New York City and Los Angeles.

In the Daytime Drama category for writing, two soaps will face-off for the prize; NBC’s Days of our Livers and ABC’s General Hospital.  Here are the official nominated head writers and their teams.

Days of Our Lives, Head Writer: Ron Carlivati; Writers: Sheri Anderson, Lorraine Broderick, David Cherrill, Joanna Cohen, Lisa Connor, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon,  Cydney Kelley, David Kreizman, David A. Levinson, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Katherine Schock, Elizabeth Snyder, Tyler Topits.

General Hospital, Head Writers: Shelly Altman, Christopher Van Etten; Writers:Barbara Bloom, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Donny Sheldon, Scott Sickles.

To check out all the nominations click here.

So, who are you rooting for to take the WGA Award; Days or GH? Comment below.

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