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DAYS James Lastovic On Recasting Jade: "Gabrielle Haugh Stood Out And We Easily Knew Who The Choice Was"

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It’s official. Days of our Lives fans have learned that Paige Searcy has indeed vacated the role of Joey’s preggars and unappreciative girlfriend, Jade, and that Gabrielle Haugh steps into the role starting on-air on the January 17th episode of the NBC sudser.

According to the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, a rep for the series related on Searcy’s exit that she has left to attend the prestigious performing school CalArts, but eventually decided to defer it to pursue other career opportunities in the acting world.  Enter Gabrielle Haugh the model turned actress, who is soap newbie.

As for the actor that had worked with Searcy and now Haugh, James Lastovic (Joey), he told On-Air On-Soaps Michael Fairman at this year’s Day of DAYS 2016, his thoughts on the casting change:  “I was very sad to see Paige gone.  I think she did a phenomenal job with Jade.  She brought something very uniuqe to Jade.   It was really fun to watch her and really fun to work with her.”

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And as for his new on-screen partner, Gabrielle Haugh, Lastovic said he read with those young actresss in the running for the new Jade, and it was very apparent it was Gabrielle who should inherit the role:  “I did a chemistry read with her. There were actually four girls I did the read with.  Gabrielle stood out and we easily knew who the choice was.”

You can watch the complete Day of DAYS interview with James Lastovic and Vivian Jovanni (Ciara) after the jump where the subject of the Jade recast comes up and so much more.

Then, let us know what you think should happen in the Joey and Jade relationship moving forward as portrayed by James and Gabrielle.

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Patrick
Patrick

OH, shucks… I had no idea… since she became preggers and was ingratiating her way IN … she has been FUNNY. her quick wit one liners… and just upending the “norm” those normal Bradys beget… right ?

LOL loved Jade “control” of Joey as he deadpans her … best he could do

she was coming along right nicely… SINCE fans post about no sense of humor, timing, comedic moments… this was happening with Paige Searcy. SHOOT

best of luck

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

I liked Paige Searcy as Jade and wished she had been cast as Ciara once the characters were SORASed. Paige decided to leave and I hope Gabrielle Haugh brings her A-Game. She certainly is pretty. As for Ciara, she’ll soon be played by someone else because Vivian Jovani was let go.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

You took the words out of my mouth 4ever DAYS. Paige Searcy can act!!!!! I believe she would have done a great job as Ciara. I am very sorry to see Paige go and wish her the very best in the future.

Is it really true? Are they finally recasting Ciara? Oh, please let it be true!!!!!!!!!!!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

I’m not 100% sure of a recast, but I know the actress has been let go.

Mo
Mo

Are you serious? Do you know for sure that Vivian has been let go or is that just hopeful wishing?

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Yes I’m serious, Mo. Vivian Jovanni (Ciara Brady) was let go. I’m a little fuzzy on when she was let go, but I think is was right after “Day of DAYS,” the yearly meet and greet fan event, but it’s a done deal, she’s out!

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

Hallelujah!!!!!!!!!!!

Mo
Mo

I was just going to say that!

Karen Clark
Karen Clark

I really hate the character of Jade. I hate watching her. We shall see if this new actress can win me over.

Chaz
Chaz

Why bother? BORING.

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

there still a few youngens this show needs to recast…

Celia
Celia

This girl looks gorgeous.
I do hope that Jade is capable of loving both Joey and their baby. Until the sonogram ( that substance is sooo cccooold on the belly….LOL) , Jade was not depicted in a good light. Has the sight of the baby in-utero softened her?

Patrick
Patrick

it’s a wonder, correct?

since we’ve yet to see the duo LOVE EACH OTHER

Celia
Celia

Correct, Patick, my friend. Where’s the love. Bam, she got pregnant and that’s that?
If their last scene is any indication, we will, hopefully, see a change in venue….down lovers’ lane?

Celia
Celia

I think the baby is Joey’s, Patrick. Didn’t Kayla do a dna test? I am not sure.
But, since they were all singing ‘kumbaya’ together, I assumed that problem was solved.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Jade will probably be depicted in a worse light, Celia, if it turns out that Joey isn’t the father of her baby and it’s revealed that Joey’s half brother, Tripp, is. Tripp, Steve and Ava’s son, is on his way…

Celia
Celia

Ok, 4ever…I’ll buy that. So, do you think Jade and Tripp are up to something?
Is it possible that Tripp came to Salem to ask his father more details about his mother’s death?
Sooo many people coming and going, my friend. These soaps seem to want to outdo each other; who can bring the most newbies through the revolving doors?

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Jade could blackmail Joey because Joey already told her about killing Ava. Maybe Jade endangers her unborn child by trying to break up a fight between the two brothers…maybe that’s when she blurts out that Joey is a killer.

Let’s keep the revolving door until Vivian Jovani is gone, LOL!

Celia
Celia

It’s sad, really, 4ever. Jovani is painful to watch. If only she would show some personality.
Now that Ciara is showing a little interest….jealosy, would be the perfect opportunity to spark her into action.
And, Claire has really struck my last nerve, as well.
To think that Ciara is actually Claire’s aunt is kind of creepy.

janet
janet

These two come across as very likeable kids. The actors are adorable. I hope they have a long and successful career.
The characters they play ,are not as intelligent, but I guess the writers will allow them to grow up some day. break a leg .

Celia
Celia

Great post, Janet. Love the positivity….we need it!!

Chloe
Chloe

I wish they would just write Jade out. I can’t stand her.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Maybe you’ll like her better with Joey’s half brother.

Chloe
Chloe

I didn’t realize until just now that he was on his way. Well, that should make things interesting. LOL

Mo
Mo

Wouldn’t the half-brother be a young child?

Mo
Mo

I too was thinking they could have just written the character out.

Who is Joey’s half-brother?

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Joey’s half brother is the son of Steve and Ava. He’ll soon turn up in Salem.

Chloe
Chloe

Further up on this thread, 4ever DAYS mentions Tripp, who is apparently Steve & Ava’s son.

I, too, hope the info about Vivian being let go is true. That girl has no acting ability. She puts no emotion into anything she says.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Tripp should actually be older than Joey, Mo.

Viewers first saw Ava in 2008, but a backstory was created for Steve and Ava all the way back in the 1990’s.

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

I am sorry to hear that Paige is leaving the role of Jade because I did like her portrayal of the character but I know she got into the school she’s always wanted so I would not want her not pursuing a dream she has and I am happy for her. As for Gabrielle, I am looking forward to seeing how she is going to bring Jade some color—I think she is going todo very well judging by what James had to say!!!

Jimmy
Jimmy

Not sure the character of Jade is important enough to recast, but I didn’t like Paige Searcy in the role, so this is a welcomed change. Now, DAYS just needs to get rid of that intolerable actress who plays Ciara. I couldn’t stand her right from the beginning, and it’s only gotten worse.

Celia
Celia

That’s the thing, Jimmy. It’s not that I liked or disliked her…..I was indifferent to her.
When I sense nothing for a character ( good or bad), I can usually dismiss him/her.
So, I hope this new girl will have that ‘je ne sais quoi’ factor which will allow me to ‘feel’ her.

Patrick
Patrick

then the baby , really IS Joey ?

I thought perhaps Jade was lying to him… she got preggers by that other guy from the “teen cult” scene… Mr. Scorpion

Boop
Boop

Paige was great in the role; however, the wrong girl was axed.

penny
penny

Can someone fill me on Jade’s background, wasn’t her father played by Real Andrews?What happened to him and who played her mother?

Johnny Grant
Johnny Grant

I think the storyline is terribly uninteresting but if they feel they want to recast the character of Jade so be it. I started watching the show only about 3 and a half years ago or so to see where the characters of Will and Sonny would go – well – now that Will is gone and Sami is gone (character moved away) – meh – I don’t know, the show is kind of draggy now –

:LisaZee
:LisaZee

I read that Vivian chose to leave not that she was let go. She was to stiff reciting her lines and not bringing life to them.

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THIS WEEK: Billy Flynn and Kate Mansi Exit DAYS As Chabby Says Their “I Do’s” In Heart-tugging Moments

By now, Days of our Lives fans have learned that this week marks the end of the run, for now, of Billy Flynn and Kate Mansi as Chad and Abby.  But before they exit look for wedding bells to ring as Chabby remarries.

When Marci Miller decided to depart the role of Abigail, Kate Mansi returned to the role she played before Miller to finish the arc, which would have potentially left Abby to leave town and Chad to be without her, since Mansi signed on to just complete the storyline,

DAYS head writer Ron Carlivati told Soap Opera Digest  (in latest issue on newsstands now) the thought process of having the duo leave together: “While it was kind of agonizing to make the decision that Chad will exit the canvas with Abigail, I decided that was the best thing for the couple, it was the best thing for the fans and it was the best thing for the show. The way that they exit is very, very open-ended. It’s not like someone is going to die. They leave happy and the door is completely open for them to come back. As much as I’m sure some people will be sad to see them go, I think they’ll be happy to see them go together. It just seemed so unfair to not give them a happy ending. And I just didn’t see how that happy ending would work if Chad stayed in Salem and Abigail left.”   He added: “Obviously, if the time is right, the story is right, and the people are available, they’ll be back.”

Looks like we all need to get out the hankies after checking out the latest NBC promo for Chad and Abby’s wedding and farewell.  You can watch it below.  Then let us know if you are sad to see Billy and Kate exit DAYS, and if you hope they will be back sooner than later via the comment section below.

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The complex life of John Black (Drake Hogestyn) just got even more complicated on NBC’s Days of our Lives; thanks to the arrival of his ex-flame Diana Colville (Judith Chapman) and the bombshell that bad boy Leo Stark (Greg Rikaart), who has been causing so much trouble for Will (Chandler Massey) and Sonny (Freddie Smith), is actually his biological son!  Boy, John certainly has had some kids he never knew about pop up (remember, Paul Narita is John’s son, too).  But, is this all a tale spun by Diana, or the truth regarding Leo?

Longtime DAYS vet, Drake Hogestyn sits down with host, Michael Fairman on an all-new installment of NBC’s Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast.  During the conversation, Drake talks about his surprise learning from the script that Diana Cooper was indeed his ex, Diana Colville.

The beloved actor reveals that at one point he thought Genie Francis (Laura, GH) might be coming back to reprise the role, but now that it’s Judith Chapman he is having a great time acting opposite her.  In addition, being a true historian of DAYS, Drake takes the listeners on some fun facts that they may not have remembered. Later, Hogestyn reveals why he and Deidre Hall (Marlena) have found such success as DAYS’ enduring John and Marlena.

Michael commends Drake on his Daytime Emmy Pre-Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his emotional turn following Marlena being shot at the Jarlena nuptials, and the family saying their goodbyes believing she was going to die, especially she the good doc had a DNR request on her legal forms filed with the hospital.

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In the backstage segment of the podcast, Eric Martsolf (Brady) takes Fairman on what a typical production day is like for him and others in Salem: visiting the wardrobe department, stopping to talk to the stage manager, and chatting it up with co-stars along the way including: Lauren Koslow (Kate) and Linsey Godfrey (Sarah).

The new episode of Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast is currently streaming on NBC.com here, and will be available for download via iTunes on Monday.

So, do you think John will do next now that Diana is working her way back into his life, and Leo is his son?  Will he tell Marlena what is going on?  What did you think of the sentiments shared by Drake in the interview? Comment below.

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In a breach of contract and fraud complaint filed this morning, Corday Productions, the Producers of Days of our Lives, is seeking 20 million dollars in damages from its producing partner, Sony Pictures Television, as well as its Columbia Pictures and Screen Gems divisions, and to significantly take back control of the show.

In the 33-page court filed document this morning, Deadline.com noted some of the key points contained within.  Corday Productions is alleging that Sony has treated the show unfairly skewed in favor of its Sony-owned daytime drama series, The Young and the Restless.  The complaint indicates that, “While the domestic ratings for Days of Our Lives have remained largely constant, Sony’s distribution receipts have decreased by over 50%. This dramatic decline is directly attributable to a decision at the highest levels of Sony management to eliminate any competition to its own wholly-owned series The Young and The Restless also distributed by Sony.”

Sony Pictures Television distributes Days of our Lives in overseas territories, and in ancillary markets such as digital streaming.  The DAYS suit alleges that Sony has failed to sell the show in key territories including: Great Britain, France, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Canada, France, Zambia, and South Africa.”

In the lawsuit, the producers also claim that Sony has stiffed them by forcing the production company, Corday Productions, to absorb budgetary deficits . The filing also claims that Sony is “imposing solely on Corday the burden of absorbing the multi-million dollar annual operating deficits due to an inadequate NBC license fee and mandating an inefficient, costly production schedule.”

The complaint filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, also alleges that Sony has provided Corday with inaccurate accounting and has failed to pay millions of dollars in profits.

Make sure to read more on the lawsuit click here.

So, what do you think about some of the key points that the Days of our Lives producers bring up in their lawsuit against Sony? Comment below.

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