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DAYS Continues Its Search For A New Abigail! Who Would You Suggest For The Part?

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Replacing Kate Mansi as Abigail Deveraux has proved challening for Days of our Lives.  The popular actress finished up her run in December, but is currently airing through the spring on the long-running NBC daytime drama series.   After several casting breakdowns and casting calls, the sudser is still looking for their new Abigail.

According to Soap Opera Digest on Wednesday, a new casting call has gone out for the role, which gives these details on the character: “She comes from a loving home, despite her father lack of consistency in her life. Abigail looks innocent and young but can often seems more mature in essence than her 26 years because of the difficulties she’s experienced. She’s made plenty of mistakes in her life, but she tries to learn from them and has compassion for others. She’s fiercely loyal and protective of her family, and she has a spark and youthful joy that endears her to everyone she meets.”

The casting call also says they are looking for the new Abigail to start taping at the end of April, and that the search is continuing, even though the current cast is on hiatus till April 4th.

So, put your casting director hats on one more time.  Which actress familiar to daytime or primetime audiences, would you suggest would make a great Abigail?  Let us know in the comment section below!

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Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

The actress who played Langston-Starr’s friend-on One Life To Live…if available!

CeeCee
CeeCee

That’s also an excellent choice, Jimmy.

vinman
vinman

As always….w(R)ite on Jimh!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

They won’t need a new Abby if Days continues with those CRAZY storylines!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

So i guess i am right…Ben kidnaps Abby and she disappears until a recast is found…meanwhile i hate the name Chabby…everytime i read that name it makes me think of Spongebob and his Crabby Patties…lol

Colleen
Colleen

I can’t stand cabby either makes me nuts!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yeah, who started that craziness–Chabby, indeed. Let me just say the better word for DAYS right now is SHABBY–lol!

Ricardo
Ricardo

They need to cast Brittany Underwood , ex Langston OLTL. She is a wonderful actress.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Thats who i said too…

Ricardo
Ricardo

Minds think alike Jim lol. We both know Jim, Brittany Underwood should be the new Abigail. Let’s hope that we are right.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I just rewatched her in some old OLTL eps.-she would be the perfect choice-reminds me of Abby in those scenes!

Mel
Mel

Please! No Brittany Underwood. I want someone who can actually act not just recite lines.

Nancy
Nancy

What have you been smoking? lol. Brittany can act.

Mel
Mel

@Nancy,

Brittany can act? Please who are you trying to kid here. There is difference between acting and simply reciting lines.

Rafababe
Rafababe

Is Kelly Missel too young to play her?

Mister Media
Mister Media

Great suggestion!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hi, Rafababe.
Lol…this is like deja-vu. We have been posed this question months ago. I had suggested both Kelley Missel and Lyndsy Fonseca ( Colleen, Y&R). Both smashing talents.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I do think Kelley is too young, but does it really matter? Age is never a problem, it seems. EJ was born after Will….soooo…..
Jason’s suggestion, (below) of Kristen Alderson is also a great suggestion.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I want Brittany Underwood ex-Langston, OLTL!!!!

Dennis Valverde
Dennis Valverde

Kelly Missel would be a better choice to be the new Abby!

Lisa
Lisa

who is Kelley Missel

Rafababe
Rafababe

I misspelled her name it’s Kelley Missal she played Danielle “Dani” Manning (Todd & Tea’ daughter on OLTL)

Brittany Underwood is not a bad choice either.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Kelley Missal played the part of Daniela (Dani) on OLTL . She was the daughter of Todd Manning (Trevor St. John) who, in reality, turned out to be Victor Manning, who was the real Todd’s ( Roger Howarth) identical twin with an altered face ( complicated story…LOL).
Anyway, Dani’s mother was Tea Delgado (Florencia Lozano).
Please forgive the winded reply, Lisa. But, I was crazy about this soap. LOL.

Lisa
Lisa

I remember her but wouldn’t she still look a little too young yet for that part. I remember Langston also

Lisa
Lisa

I checked up the year that Kelly was born on imdb and it said 93 and Kate Mansi was born in 87

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hi, Lisa.
I know there is a few years separating them, but as I said, Sam (GH) is only 7 or 8 years younger than Julian, her ‘father’. So, TPTB can do anything they want. LOL.

Elite Advisors
Elite Advisors

I don’t think she has done too much since OLTL though

CeeCee
CeeCee

I believe Kelley is still in College, Elite…but, has done a couple of movies here and there.

Jason W
Jason W

Kristen Alderson

Elite Advisors
Elite Advisors

Oh please no

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Second that emotion!

PGP
PGP

Brittney Underwood is a GREAT choice. Just not Rebecca Herbst. I want Herbst to work things out and stay at GH, but if she doesn’t I would rather she come on as someone else… she seems too old to play Abby…maybe another Horton?

Mateo
Mateo

Give it to Susan Seaforth Hayes. Her character of Julie has seen better days and they rehash all the old characters around. It will hearken back to the time when Joan Crawford replaced her daughter Christina Crawford on the Secret Storm back in the 60’s. Put her in elastic pants and a pony tail and no one will be able to tell the difference.

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

Co sign!!!!!!

Linda Dano, Call Ken Corday!!!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I want her to wear that braid headband like she done in the 70s….lol

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

How about Susan Lucci…lol

Sandy
Sandy

They should make a call out to the actress Kirsten Alderson who played Starr Manning on OLT /GH later turn to playing Kikki to be cast as new Abby D. I know she left her role on GH which is base in Ca and move back home to New York, but she and Brittney Underwood are the only two at the moment that I can see being the best choice to play Abby D recast.

CeeCee
CeeCee

It’s great to dream. I would take any of the above mentioned actresses. However, a few, such as Kristen etc. are back in school on the East Coast.

Mo
Mo

I like Mara, I think her name is, the gal who plays Natalie on Y&R. If she’s not under contract, grab her. She’s a great actress.

Shari barnes
Shari barnes

How about nobody Kate mansi will be impossible to be replaced.she’s that awesome

Jim Preston
Jim Preston

All kidding aside, I agree with Shari –
Kate Mansi is great in the role, she is one of the few actresses on the show that is totally believable on many levels. I will really miss her as Abigail – some of the young teen actresses on the show, or should I say very young actresses and actors are just atrocious and I don’t mean that in a critical or unkind manner it’s just a statement of fact. So, it shall be a daunting task to find a new Abigail who will bring to the role with Kate Mansi did.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Anyone know why she is leaving? What her plans are?

Patrick
Patrick

They should bring back JADE HARLOW… who played a way too short stint as Sheryl Connor… who was “friends’ with Jordan.. and became involved with Lucas

She was so natural… and a SEXY cutie patootie to boot

YOWSAH

I truly want Kelly Missel…. last I read… Ceecee pointed out she was going to school on the east coast

take a break Ms. Missel…. get your cache filled with green… you are… Ms. Abs

Patrick
Patrick

Jade Harlow… is 32… but, oh my god…. can she “reel”

she can play 25 PLUS

Tom84
Tom84

Brilliant idea!!

Beverly
Beverly

Kristen Alderson if she is available and interested. Such a terrific talent.

Mo
Mo

No.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I miss Kristen….I basically grew up with her through my TV screen. I am only four years older….so I have a deep affection for her. I do believe she is attending University.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

DOUBLE “NO”!

mike
mike

Brittany Underwood would be a great choice.

Sward
Sward

Abby is 26?

CeeCee
CeeCee

Kate Mansi is 29. Abby Devereaux is only 24-25….not long out of College.
I did not like the character for a very long time. I despised her holier-than-thou, little-good-girl image everyone had of her. We all knew how she chased EJ.
However, after the PTB finally decided to give Abby some brains, she just killed the role. Now, I love and respect her.

mike
mike

Kate Mansi can be replaced. Smh

Alderson is living on the East Coast now. Doubt she is interested.

Would love Kelley Missal

Ghlover
Ghlover

I would say Adrienne Leon (ex Colleen Y&r and ex Brooklynn GH

CeeCee
CeeCee

Adrienne is just drop-dead-gorgeous. I should have thought of her, Ghlover. I think both she and the original SORAS Colleen, Lyndsy Fonseca would kill the role.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

KLS is Karissa Lee Staples, CeeCee.

damien
damien

yes! i definitly second that!
she can play sweet, sexy and shrewd
her and jj would look great together as brother and sister as both share darker features
besides sony owes her after firing her as colleen and replacing her with that horrible recast than killing her legacy character all together

damien
damien

as well , both adrienne leon and casey moss do music on the side, i believe both are singers which would be a cute bonus to have them both perform on the show together maybe at the club
can we get behind adrienne leon?!

Jim Preston
Jim Preston

* I MEANT to type it shall be a daunting task to find a new Abigail who will bring to the role WHAT Kate Mansi did.
My fingers move too quickly.

Stayla
Stayla

I think they should get Ashley Benson back to play Abigail (but she is is busy doing PLL). How about Karissa Lee Staples? What does everyone else think?

Stayla
Stayla

What does everyone else think?

Mo
Mo

Never heard of KLS.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

KLS would be a good fit, Stayla! She’s the right age and she’s very pretty! She has a nice resume too!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Who is KLS? Initials throw me off. LOL.

Brian
Brian

I didn’t even know who Karissa was until you posted her name and I looked her up and she is gorgeous and seems like the correct age. I think you should call the Days studio and suggest her.

blake
blake

Tough call, they need someone talented and beautiful to replace Kate Mansi. Too bad she left.

sheryl
sheryl

kristen alderson

Elite Advisors
Elite Advisors

She would not have chemistry with Chad…..

CeeCee
CeeCee

I was going to say that, as well, Elite. I love Kristen, but I just can’t see her in the role of Abby. I hope we will all like whomever is chosen.

Anna
Anna

What about Bruce Jenner slash Caitlyn Jenner lol.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Caitlyn is taller than Chad. Wouldn’t work.

Laura
Laura

Lol too funny Anna, you made my day. Cool comment.

gw
gw

What about Taylor Spreitler who was on days before as Mia. She’s 22 so pretty close in age and a pretty good actress.

Bonnie
Bonnie

Bree Willianson, she had that tough edge. I do like the Brittany Underwood idea. Also Natalie Hall would be good

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hi, Bonnie,
I think Bree is too old to play the part. Abby is supposedly in her mid-twenties. Bree actually looks her age. But, yeah, I agree….she would have added that edge to Abby; now that she will be a DiMera.
There are a few great choices that fans have suggested. Availability is another factor, though.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

I agree that Brittany Underwood, ex Langston Wilde of One Life to Live, would be perfect for this role. She’s a very strong, multi talented actress and very smart woman.

Belle
Belle

Kristen Alderson

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

NO, already!

scott
scott

I posted this on another thread about Tobin Bell, John’s father, but was not sure anyone would see it….please read….thanks…

C’mon peeps..isn’t it obvious who John Black’s father is…..it’s…..Abe……years ago, Abe was in Ireland getting over his true love Fay Walker, Nicole’s mom, and he met Kathleen McKinnon, (oops my bad, she was on Another World), Kathleen somebody and they had a torrid affair and thus John Black was born….he’s actually only in his early 30s, but Stefano had him brainwashed and his body enhanced so much that he aged to be around Abe’s age, so therefore, no one would suspect them being related….So now John and Theo and the young female cop (forgot her name) and Brandon Walker are all the offspring of Abraham Washington Carver, I googled his name…..so not sure who this Fluke character, Tobin Bell, is supposed to be playing, but he can’t be John’s father, because if the writer’s followed the Douglas Marland 10 steps of writing a soap opera, they would know to make John be related to someone already established in Salem….thus Abe is the only man that could be John’s father…..again, I beg the writers to google the DOUGLAS MARLAND HOW TO NOT WRECK A SHOW…I have provided it below in case the writer’s are not sure how to use google:

How Not To Wreck A Show By Douglas Marland
* Watch the show.

* Learn the history of the show. You would be surprised at the ideas that you can get from the back story of your characters.

* Read the fan mail. The very characters that are not thrilling to you may be the audience’s favorites.

* Be objective. When I came in to ATWT, the first thing I said was, what is pleasing the audience? You have to put your own personal likes and dislikes aside and develop the characters that the audience wants to see.

* Talk to everyone; writers and actors especially. There may be something in a character’s history that will work beautifully for you, and who would know better than the actor who has been playing the role?

* Don’t change a core character. You can certainly give them edges they didn’t have before, or give them a logical reason to change their behavior. But when the audience says, “He would never do that,” then you have failed.

* Build new characters slowly. Everyone knows that it takes six months to a year for an audience to care about a new character. Tie them in to existing characters. Don’t shove them down the viewers’ throats.

* If you feel staff changes are in order, look within the organization first. P&G [Procter & Gamble] does a lot of promoting from within. Almost all of our producers worked their way up from staff positions, and that means they know the show.

* Don’t fire anyone for six months. I feel very deeply that you should look at the show’s canvas before you do anything.

* Good soap opera is good storytelling. It’s very simple.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Scott, you certainly started my day in the right direction. I must say, I enjoyed my coffee much more while reading your post.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Good treatise! Bravo!

Mo
Mo

I was thinking Ashley Jones, but she’s probably too old.

Maybe during this recast, they can find someone who can act who can replace Ciara. Even Claire is getting on my nerves.

vinman
vinman

As much as I like Brittany Underwood. ….I think Chloe Lanier (Luke spencer’s sister in 1963 flashback)would be an awesome recast!!
thoughts?

xmascarol
xmascarol

How about Lindsay Hartley or is she to old?Or perhaps the woman who played Lilly on As the World Turns.Don’t remember her name. No I don’t act lol . What was that young actresses name on Passions,she was friends with Samoan not to sure how to spell it. Just a thought or two in any case I would love to see Lindsay come back.I know her character was killed off .but as we have seen these people can play other characters as well.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Lindsey Hartley is too old. She was also Ariana Hernandez.

xmascarol
xmascarol

hi that’s what i thought to old.How did Ariana die? I missed it.

CeeCee
CeeCee

@xmascarol.
Catchy name there, Carol, I presume? LOL.
Ariana was hit by a car. I can’t remember if it was really an accident or if Stefano was involved somehow.
Gabi named her baby after her (sister).

Joe
Joe

I’d love to see ageist Mueller Murray do Abigail

Kim
Kim

Bring Kate back why are so many characters leaving I just don’t understan

Cherylynn
Cherylynn

New actress Ashley Gibson

Susan Bizukiewicz
Susan Bizukiewicz

I can’t remember her name. It was a few years ago. She was giving her baby up for adoption to Nicole.

Susan Bizukiewicz
Susan Bizukiewicz

Her name was Mia

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DAYS Chandler Massey Chats On His Bittersweet Daytime Emmy Nomination

He’s won three Daytime Emmys in the Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series three years in row in 2012, 2013 and 2014, and now Chandler Massey is going for gold for the second time in his career in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series which in a field where he is competing with two co-stars from Days of our Lives among others.

Massey has long been a stand out performer, giving nuanced and emotional portrayals in the angst-ridden life of Will Horton and the love of his life, Sonny Kiriakis (Freddie Smith).

Back in February of this year, DAYS fans learned that Chandler and Freddie had taped their last episodes, and since the NBC soap tapes more than 6 months ahead of air, that the two will still be on the air into the fall.  That has made this moment of recognition for Massey all the more poignant.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Chandler to get his reaction to the news that he is once again a Daytime Emmy nominee, and here’s what he had to say about it all.

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I thought it was great that you received another Emmy nomination.  What do you think?

CHANDLER:  Yeah.  I thought it was pretty great too, actually.   I was surprised.  I wasn’t keeping up on when they were announcing the nominations.   I was thrilled that Wally (Kurth) and Paul (Telfer) also got nominated too in the same category.  So, hopefully, DAYS, has a decent shot to take it home.

What did you end up submitting that ultimately landed you the nomination?

CHANDLER:  I went with some scenes that aired on December 16th of last year (I just looked that up), where Will basically breaks up with Sonny when Sonny comes to visit him in prison.  I liked those because they were sort of subtle.  I just found myself drawn in when I watched it, and it wasn’t big or dramatic, but it felt like two real people sharing their pain.  So, that’s why I chose it.

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I remember those.  Those were heartbreaking because he had to get Sonny to let him go.

CHANDLER:  Yes.  He said he has a new prison boyfriend, and that he’s doing really well in prison, so he doesn’t want to be tied down. (Laughs)

You’ve had Freddie Smith as your scene partner for so much of your run on DAYS.  What did he give you in those scenes that helped you, or even further enabled the performance that you gave?

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CHANDLER:  Freddie always gives everything.  He is a consummate professional, so he really commits every time.  I think it is more that we are just so comfortable with each other that we are not afraid, and that there is no hesitation between the two of us, so we just are able to do the work.  We usually know we are there to listen to, and support each other. in the scenes.

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Was your entire submission from the prison scenes or did you include something else?

CHANDLER:  It was just that.  I know I could have included something else, but I like to keep it sort of short because I feel like as a judge, I know within a few minutes.  It’s not that I get bored, but it really only takes a scene or two, and then, you’re like, “this is something special.”  You can recognize it pretty quickly.

So, you have won three Daytime Emmys. This is your first nomination in a few years, right?

CHANDLER:  Yeah, I didn’t get nominated the year before.  I had a gap year… to my family’s great shame. (Laughs)  They were not pleased with me.

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This is your second nomination in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Daytime Drama Series category.

CHANDLER:  Yes. I was nominated in ‘Supporting’ for the first time when I came back to DAYS, and then submitted for “Lead” the next year, didn’t get nominated, and then went back to ‘Supporting’.  I learned my place.  I went back to ‘Supporting’ for this year.  (Laughs)

It’s such a game though, right?  .

CHANDLER:  Yeah, you’ve got to be smart.  I just thought, “What the heck?”  Freddie and I were like, “Maybe there’s a shot that if we pick different categories, we can both get nominated,” but then, after that didn’t work, I said, “Screw that… going back to ‘Supporting”

Now, you’ve been through Emmy night before, and this is obviously going to be a virtual Emmy’s.  Now, if they did a six-shot of all of the nominees, what would you wear?  Would you be dressed up?  Would you be casual?  What would you see yourself doing?

CHANDLER:  That’s a good question. I think maybe… I’ll do a little of both.  I’ll go the middle ground.  I’ll be in my finest bathrobe, a silk bathrobe so it’s casual but also still sort of fancy.

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There you go.  (Laughs)  Is this nomination all the more special for you in that you are no longer working at DAYS? 

CHANDLER:  Oh, totally.  Every year is special, but you know, I’m not on the show anymore, so it’s a nice reminder that the work that I did had an effect on people, and it won’t be forgotten for at least a few more hours.

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I saw the fan outcry and show of support for you and Freddie, when viewers got wind that you were exiting the series.  It was sad and heartwarming at the same time.  The WilSon fans are so behind you guys.

CHANDLER:  Yeah, if only they knew what horrible people that we were in real life, then they wouldn’t be this way, but thankfully… (Laughs)  Yeah, it’s really nice, but it is sad.  I started in 2009, and that was over 10 years ago, and nothing lasts forever.  I had a really, really great run, and so did Freddie.  I am very satisfied and don’t feel jipped, or like, I was entitled to anything more than I got.

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Obviously, your co-nominees, Wally and Paul you worked with many times.  What can you say about them?

CHANDLER:  I think that both men deserve definitely to get second and third place.  (Laughs)  I have known Wally for a while now.  I love him.  I think his work is phenomenal.  I think he is really, really underrated.  Paul, I don’t know as well, but I think obviously his work speaks for himself.  If only he were physically attractive, I think that would really, really help his career.

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I know, it’s a shame.

CHANDLER:  Unfortunately, he is kind of schleppy, you know?  (Laughs)

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Did Freddie reach out to you after you received the nomination?  

CHANDLER:  Oh yes, he sent a text congratulating me, and we talked about it.  It was nice.  I feel like our stories are so intertwined, the scenes we submit are mostly with each other.  So, it’s really kind of a shared accolade.

So, will you be rooting for Chandler to cap off his career on DAYS with an Emmy win on June 26th during the virtual ceremony on CBS? What did you think of the nominated scenes he submitted? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Exciting new storylines, weddings and some bombshell returns will liven up Salem during the summer months according to the new promo for Days of our Lives released over the weekend.

Look for the return of Claire (Olivia Rose Keegan), the debut of Gwen (Emily O’Brien), and the SORAS’d Allie Horton, plus some more familiar faces that people have missed in town.

Back in action will be Jay Kenneth Johnson as Phillip Kiriakis, Louise Sorel resuming her signature role of Vivian Alamain, Bryan Dattilo as Lucas Horton and the one and only Alison Sweeney as Sami.

Then look out for four weddings from Ben and Ciara,  Eric and Nicole, Kayla and Justin, Eli and Lani, but who will actually say their “I-do’s”?

It’s a jam-packed summer of original episodes from DAYS; the only soap still delivering new installments to its fans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Check out the preview below.  Then let us  know, who are you most excited about seeing back on the canvas via the comment section!

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You loved her as Jana Hawkes on The Young and the Restless, and now daytime soap fans will get to see actress Emily O’Brien again, when she premieres in her new role as Gwen on the NBC daytime drama, Days of our Lives.

According to Soap Opera Digest, O’Brien is set to hit our screens on the upcoming June 5th episode.

As fans of Y&R know, Emily played crazy Jana, who was involved with Kevin Fisher (Greg Rikaart) from 2006-2011, and there were many twists and turns in their dark romantic storyline.

In the current issue of SOD on newsstands now, DAYS head writer, Ron Carlivati had previewed that Gwen is introduced as Jake’s (Brandon Barash) ex-girlfriend.

So, excited to see Emily on DAYS? Comment below.

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