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DAYS Head Writer Josh Griffith On How OLTL, Winterthorne & A Magazine Cover Led To Casting John-Paul Lavoisier As Phillip Kiriakis!

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The latest issue of Soap Opera Digest (on newsstands now) features an in-depth interview with DAYS co-head writer Josh Griffith, who recounts how he along with co-head writing partner Dena Higley helped create, shape, and mold the vision that fans of the NBC soap opera will be seeing for the 50th anniversary storylines and beyond.

One of the questions posed to Griffith was on how the casting of former One Life to Live star John-Paul Lavoisier (Ex-Rex Balsom) came to pass as the new Phillip Kiriakis.

It just so happens that JP’s role in Winterthorne, which bowed this week, was part of the impetus for the inspired casting, plus his time on Llanview and an SOD cover! Josh revealed the events that led to the casting.

JOSH GRIFFITH:  “Well, the casting was because he’s fantastic and we knew that he was fantastic, because we both worked with him, but not at the same time.  We had been saying, “We’ve got to bring Phillip back,” and I was looking at your magazine and it had a little picture of him on the cover of it that said he was doing Winterthorne.  I saw the picture of him and went, “There it is.  Right there.”  I took the magazine into the meeting and said, “Guys, here’s Phillip!”

What do you think about the interesting events that led JP to DAYS?  How do you think Phillip will return to the canvas?  Who will be his love interest?  You can also watch our latest video interview with Lavoisier here. Comment below!

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Lia
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Lia

I love it! It sounds so old Hollywood -ish. I think he is going to be an amazing Phillip, but one thing…he needs to leave Rex Balsom behind. If he brings any part of Rex into the new character, he’ll ruin it. Phillip was nothing like Rex, and hopeful JPL has done his research on the guy. As for Phillip’s new love interest? They’ve got to bring Stephanie back. I only wish Shelly were available.

Brian
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Brian

Yes, I hope they recast Stephanie. With Steve and Kayla and Joey all in town, it’s time for Stephanie to come back too.

Jeremy
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Jeremy

I’m just very pleased that John Paul is on DAYS and as a Phillip recast.
I think he will do a fabulous job in the role. I can’t wait!

Jeremy
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Jeremy

Looking forward to some great scenes with Lauren (Kate) and John (Victor). Perhaps, the return of Philip will give Kate some sort of solid story. It feels like to me that Kate is in no man’s land. I want a big storyline for Kate….enter Philip? I hope so.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

…hope so…I adore Kate!

Patrick
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Patrick

did they drop the ball… on Kate and Justin?

I haven’t seen “scenes” between these two in a long while

there was definite sparks?

meh? as much as I like Clyde… perhaps they are waiting to wrap his character up in all the murder mystery mayhem?

Brinard
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Brinard

Still think its a bad casting choice. Don’t know why they couldn’t just bring back JKJ.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

They would have had to force JKJ to come back. He wants to be left alone. He lives like a caveman now. He gained a bunch of weight and has a beard like ZZ TOP!

Jane
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Jane

I think that is wonderful for him. I hope that it all works out for everyone involved.
I just wish that another Daytime drama would find something for Matthew Atkinson to play. He has a lot to offer. All he needs is a meaty role. Something that he can sink his acting chops into, spread his acting wings. Something that Chuck Pratt Jr. And Jill Farren Phelps cheated him out of!!!

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

Being a new Days viewer, I have don’t know anything about Phillip Kiriakis. I am very excited to see John-Paul Lavoisier again. He did a great job with the twists and turns and growth of Rex on One Life to Live. It will be great to see him in this new role.

Patrick
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Patrick

of ALL the changes plus

this is the one… I have issue

pelt me… when he was on OLTL… I just didn’t see him as a strong masculine character

will his comedic light attitude swift?

I don’t know

I’m holding reservation… belonging with the Kiriakis’ Manse is huge

k/kay
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k/kay

He should have been Dillon Q and brought on in 2012 he had the perfect look and style for that role.

k/kay
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k/kay

On Gh!

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

I would like to know whether or not Jay Kenneth Johnson was even considered for reprising the role of Philip. I so enjoyed Jay as Philip. If he was not available, I understand. It just seems strange that no mention was made of the possibility of Jay reprising then role of Philip.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I would, firstly, like to get to now John-Paul’s version of Phillip before giving an opinion as to whom is a good fit for him. Why entangle him? I can’t even think of anyone that would do this actor Justice, right now on DOOL. Perhaps, if brand new, older Belle, returned? Oh, wait…are they related? No incest, PLEASE!!! LOL. He, himself, should get acquainted with his peers,, also, before TPTB make him jump into the fire, LOL. He needs to feel his peers and get comfortable and, I would think, so does the viewer. I did not like Jay, as… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Know…correction, not ‘now’.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

PS. I was mulling over this and I thought of Theresa. I still think JP should just ‘hang out’, getting to know his cast members before Phillip ventures into a relationship. But, I am as sure as the sun rising again, that TPTB will indulge the character with some kind of love affair or whatever we may label it. If that is to be the case, I would love to see him get involved with Theresa. What a maelstrom of events that would create. It would set so many ‘wars’ in motion…… drive Victor absolutely crazy…and Brady? Perhaps the idea… Read more »

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

I think this was a great choice to cast JPL as Philip—I think what I see coming is the Philip who was played by Kyle Brandt some years ago and that was exciting for me when he played the character so knowing JPL’s work from OLTL, I know he will bring a new dynamic to the role while keeping the character’s streak alive. As for his love interest, I can’t help wondering if Eve will get involved with him but that is only a wild guess on my part.

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

Theresa will obviously make a play for him…i see Brady showing his jealous side and he and Philip coming to blows over her…isnt it time Brady took anger management classes…lol

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

Now if Melissa Archer had only been cast as Sarah Horton…never mind…lol

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Ah, Jimmy. I wish they had done that. I remember with clarity you saying that as soon as we learned Melissa was joining the DOOL family. Too bad ‘they’ did not listen to you. LOL

Carolina
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Carolina

Good luck, “Days” viewers. Lavoisier was fantastic during his first couple of years on “One Life” but a complete mess during the last four years of the show, sucking all of the oxygen out of the air and turning even the most dramatic stories into his opportunity to display his Jim Carey impersonations.

Patrick
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Patrick

this is what “bothers” me….

the Kiriakis’ Manse : doesn’t need schtick, jokes, impersonations… etc….

they blend so well together… and it’s their inside joke that we are witness to

Victor, Maggie, Justin, Adrienne, Brady… add in Theresa and the butler

see? how well they cut each other? with nary a jokester

I’m not sure… about JPL

John Anniston’ Victor quick wit; Justin manner; and how well Maggie and Adrienne play off of their men

now if Brady and Theresa could just relax and get sexy!

LOL

I LOVE the Kiriakis’

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I love John Aniston, Patrick. You are so right….he cracks me up as no other. Even when he’s mean, he’s funny….I love the way he brings down anyone he doesn’t like, with his sarcastic and smearing words. He certainly is an anomaly.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Hearing that both Dena and Josh knew they had to get Phillip back, as a way to re-build the history of the soap, it excites me in knowing that they’re serious about the soap. And casting JPL was incredible; I look forward to seeing his take on the character, and the direction they’ll be taking him!

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Days of our Lives Receives WGA Nomination for Daytime Drama Series

UPDATED: On Wednesday, the nominations were unveiled for the 75th annual Writers Guild Awards to be held on Sunday, March 5 at the Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

Writers Guild of America West and Writers Guild of America East announced nominations for outstanding achievement in television, new media, news, radio/audio, and promotional writing during 2022.

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In the category of Daytime Drama, only Days of our Lives was nominated, thus DAYS becomes the automatic winner as the sole nominee.

The nominated and winning DAYS writing team consists of: Head Writer Ron Carlivati; Writers Lorraine Broderick, Jazmen Darnell Brown, Joanna Cohen, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Cheryl Davis, Kirk Doering, Christopher Dunn, Jamey Giddens, David Kreizman, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Katherine D. Schock.

DAYS head writer, Ron Carlivati shared in a statement: “My team and I are thrilled to be nominated for the 2023 Writers Guild Award for Daytime.  We submitted three scripts from the storyline about Craig’s late-in-life coming out, the impact it had on his wife, Nancy, and of course, his ill-fated romance with the ever-scheming Leo. We felt that these episodes were a good representation of what Days of our Lives does best: high-stakes family drama with a comedic twist.”

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The episodes DAYS submitted for competition were #14320 which aired 4/19/2022, #14321 which aired 4/20/2022 and show #14331 that aired 5/4/2022.  They also featured the disastrous double wedding of Leo and Craig and Xander and Gwen, and its fallout.

To view all the WGA nominees click here.

So, what do you think about DAYS being the only entry and thus becoming the winning writing team at this year’s WGA Awards? What do you think of the storyline chosen to represent the show for competition? Comment below.

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DAYS and Y&R Alum, Quinn Redeker, Dead at 86

There was yet another death in the soap opera family at the end of 2022, that is just coming to light today.  Quinn Redeker, who played Alex Marshall on Days of our Lives (1979-1987) and Rex Sterling and Nick Reed on The Young and the Restless died on December 20th from natural causes, according to his family.  Quinn was 86-years-old.

Redeker was twice nominated for a Daytime Emmy in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category for his work on Y&R in 1989 and 1990.

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Y&R viewers will remember Rex was a great-love of Katherine Chancellor’s (Jeanne Cooper) and the dad of both, Danny Romalotti and Gina Roma.  He first appeared in that role on the CBS soap opera back in 1987.  However, years earlier, Redeker appeared in 1979 as Nick Reed, the abusive father of Nikki.

Among Redeker’s other most notable work was that as a screenwriter for the 1978 Oscar-nominated film classic, The Deer Hunter starring Robert DeNiro, Christopher Walken and Meryl Streep. Quinn was credited for the original screenplay along with Deric Washburn, Louis A. Garfinkle and Michael Cimino.

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In addition to his roles on television including on: Starsky and Hutch, Six Million Dollar Man, Kojak, and Barnaby Jones to name a few, Redeker appeared in the films: The Electric Horseman, The Candidate and Ordinary People.

He is survived by his children Brennen, Arianne, Glaen, and Quinn Jr., and two grandchildren.

Share your condolences and remembrances for Quinn Redeker in the comment section below.

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Lisa Rinna Exits ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ After 8 Seasons

Days of our Lives alum, Lisa Rinna (ex-Billie) is departing her reality series gig with the announcement she is exiting Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills after 8 seasons.

In a statement to PEOPLE, Rinna shared on her decision: “This is the longest job I have held in my 35 year career and I am grateful to everyone at Bravo and all those involved in the series. It has been a fun eight-year run and I am excited for what is to come!”

Actually, the decision to leave RHOBH came when Lisa’s contract was up at the end of last season, and after discussing her options along with her other business obligations, Rinna and Bravo mutually decided she would not return for another season. Rinna joined the franchise in its fifth season, back in 2014.

Throughout her time on RHOBH, Lisa was involved in numerous dramatic moments, twists, fights, feuds, along with a ton of social media vitriol antics.

Lisa was last seen as DAYS Billie Reed when she reprised her signature soap role for the Peacock limited-series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem which premiered in the summer of 2021.

So, glad that Lisa is finally finished at ‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’, or will you miss all the drama she finds herself in at the epicenter of each season? Comment below.

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