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James Lastovic Shares Emotional Message To His DAYS Family!

Wednesday’s Days of our Lives marked an important episode for James Lastovic as Kayla and Steve’s son, Joey.  In it, James shared touching scenes with his on-screen parents; Mary Beth Evans (Kayla) and Stephen Nichols (Patch) as Joey makes the decision to turn himself in for killing Ava Vitali (Tamara Braun).

The long-running NBC daytime drama series had made a storyline-dictated move for the character of Joey, who will soon be leaving the canvas.

After the show aired Wednesday, James took to his Instagram to share this heartfelt message on his journey in Salem and his departure, which was taped six months ago: “Words can’t describe what it’s been like to get to work with this beautiful family almost every day for 2 years. Thank you @nbcdays for the extraordinary and life changing experience. And a special thanks to @marybeth.evansand @stephen_e_nichols for your love and support every step of the way. Click the link in my bio to see how it all ends. Also, prepare yourself for another Marybeth Emmy. #daysofourlives #thejohnsons

Sad to know that James will soon exit the DAYS canvas? What did you think of his scenes that aired Wednesday with Mary Beth and Stephen? In case you missed the poignant moments watch it after the jump, and then comment below.

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I’d be emotional too losing that kind of paycheck. There wouldn’t be enough kleenex to dry up the tears and snot or enough cuss words to tell off the exec who decided my character was no longer needed. Lol

laughing out loud

then roaring

more laugh out loud

“thanks”

I am sorry to see Joey go. When the kids in Salem had gotten aged a couple years ago, Joey was my favorite one who got the aging process. James seemed to have some depth to his acting that made Joey come out to me more clearly. Hopefully we can see James move on to other things.

It’s disappointing that James’ Joey is no longer going to be apart of Days of Our Lives, especially for what it seems at the expense of Tripp, whose character has been an annoyance since his arrival. I wish James the best, as he was one of the only one in the teen scene left that I felt had a strong acting ability, and am hoping that he can come back within the next year, as Joey can have an off-canvas reboot.

He will be very missed & he is an excellent actor & very good looking. He will go far with his acting. Don’t think he could be replaced! Are you sure he won’t come back?

Another waste of talent; gone too soon. When, oh, when will TPTB understand that viewers want to invest in long-term characters, not “celebrity stunt actors”? Two years is not enough time to get to know a character if they don’t click right away. Sometimes it takes the right story to click and then the actor clicks. This fast-food-menu mentality on some soaps is a really big part of the problem, if you ask me. (Which, of course, no one did.) :0)

Impressed, best of luck to him…

I remember when he first started… he had that short haircut going on.. and I thought… this was a cute as all get out brooding kinda guy

ALL the SORAS kids came on… too fast !

Ciera, Theo, Claire, Chase… Joey

he had two years to appreciate the genre and what acting means

1. i’m more going to miss Steve and kayla having that child around… to see them experience being a parent and watch both of them sharing their acting chops individually with their offspring.

especially Kayla. she just has that radiant motherly instinct that SHINES with Mary Beth Evans.

ugh! I don’t know what’s going to happen to Tripp… I’ve posted before.. and am proud of that post.. that watching someone that can act with her… is all that it takes to make a serial work magic. Kayla and Tripp , if they ever see beyond past hurt… have all the potential to just cruise and acting instinctively off of one another. that mother son union… watch out Patch… you are welcome too… but it’s Kayla show and TPTB give her a son or a daughter … I posted that the actor, Lucas Adams, has that natural presence and plays his character on par…

I hate this 6 month ahead… I don’t know if Tripp is still on the show… because Steve and Kayla sure need him.

with all due respect to James Lastovic, hey I did not like the last actor who portrayed Stephanie.

I don’t have a startling report card on DAYS… but… I’m certainly keeping up.. and am not bored… do not find the show trying… is not exacting my patience. and I’m feeling the vibe again , for my own reasons of why I feel this show has it’s own resonate.

I will PROP … Eric Martsolf… dang it… he’s bringing it. what can I say… I find him so intriguing.. and even that doesn’t interfere with watching him nail his performance(s).

I do have to wonder about Sonny… as I posted as well… bring this small fry back to earth. the show tried to give him some drive and panache… at heading up the Kiriakis Empire. leave well enough alone… you are portraying a gay character now. Freddie Smith… your focus is Paul and Will. I don’t mean any thing by this… just saying.. Freddie Smith since his return… was given a lot more material to flesh out Sonny. per his words in SOD.

gosh darned it.

the returns say so much more than any one ever

Eileen Davidson
Kassie DePaiva
Chandler Massey
Alison Sweeney
Tyler Christopher
Louise Sorel

just HUGE … JUST BEST THIS

can’t

F – E – A – S – T

Ron Carlivati : remember, right ?

Kristen and Eve : fast friends and take over

to this day

miss, immensely

Chase and Aiden Jennings. this was a monumental LOSS to any show.. featuring a father and son relationship that had oodles of talent. draw and hit all over

Wow, those scenes were powerful. It is great to see how Mary Beth has continued to get better each year. I love she has grown into a tough, confident character. It is sad to see Joey go, but I am hoping the Johnson family gets bigger with a return by Stephanie.

This show is REALLY starting to click on all cylinders. I am not a fan of the Bonnie/Hattie storyline, but the rest has been great. Marci Miller and Billy Flynn are acting their tales off.

“thank you” for mentioning… how great Chad and Abs have been of late…

Marci Miller has gone and done it.. solidified her belong with Chad

that makes me happy

i’m not reading too much in to the Bonnie/Hattie storyline… it’s a chance to see the actors… Judi Evans and Deidre Hall… acting choices. just as long as it doesn’t take too long.

DAYS has risen in my ranks… #1 with GH #2

I am very impressed with Judi Evans. I’ve enjoyed her as Adrienne and now I’m really enjoying Bonnie too. She’s a breath of fresh air. Can’t wait to see more of Bonnie trying to maneuver her way around. For my money, Judi Evans is holding this imposter storyline together and doing a great job.

@Llanviewer717

” GREAT read, on Judi Evans, here”

I read your post and paid attention… I watched 5 eps on Sunday… and enjoyed Judi Evans as Bonnie.

if you really look at her… she’s created two stand alone characters. it’s like they even have their own set of mannerisms.. and you add in that Bonnie has to be Adrienne, and so forth. so… if it’s that possible…. Judi Evans JUST RAISED, THE BAR.

I haven’t seen her yet with Justin. what will be the fallout , for Lucas ? dang it time and time again… it seems Lucas gets shafted… hence his balance beam act on sobriety. Bryan Datillo has all the acting skill to finesse his Lucas . this trio will not be undone.

lets call it: standing O

to Judi Evans, Wally Kurth, Bryan Datillo.

Wow, Mary Beth Evans is such a great actress and love her and Stephen Nichols…

I wish him the best.

I loved this kids portrayal of an awkward teenager!! He nailed it! So sad he was saddled with the ill conceived Ava story. It never made sense from the start. As a legacy character, he should have gotten more. The Jade story was also pointless.

I wish him well. I’ll miss giggling every time he speaks because he sounds like Derek Zoolander.

It is sad to see him go. He has loads of talent and is surely going to be seen in lots of future roles. Hope he makes his way back to Days!

Sorry to see him go but once they had him kill Ava, the character has limited options.

hope killed stefano & her options don’t seem limited – they could have kept the character of joey because there are endless s/l’s for him with tripp…………….ijs

SAD TO SEE HIM GO

GH needs a new Morgan. Just sayin.

Those were some great scenes. DAYS has been bringing it lately! If Joey shaves his head before going to prison, he’ll be less likely to become someone’s bitch.

I really hope James Lastovic will be asked back. He did a good job with the storyline he was given. Sometimes I don’t understand the decisions Days makes. His chemistry with Mary Beth and Stephen is strong. The character of Joey is needed for Steve and Kayla on the canvas. They have all acted their hearts out especially in the last few weeks. It is so sad. I wish Dena had not written that it was Joey who ultimately killed Ava. It is just ashame James was not given more of a chance. He will be missed and I wish him tremendous luck in all of his future endeavors.

I know I posted, but don’t see it here.

Was Wednesday his last day? I’m surprised Joey is going to confess. I don’t think it’s a good idea. I think it would have been better to show the brother-brother relationship with Tripp and Joey. I’m not a huge Joey or James fan, but I don’t think this is the best choice.

I’m really glad that Tripp is staying around. I really like him and he is very sexy! I will definitely miss Joey. I like his hair long, but I REALLY liked it when it was short when he first came on the show. I thought he was the best actor of the young set and hot to boot! Hope the actor can come back to play Joey (or anyone) soon!

Sad to see him go… The writers thinking they can just switch out Steve and Kayla’s son for Steve and Ava’s is a mistake. I don’t understand why anyone wants to see Kayla “mother” the adult man who just tried to kill her.

Ok this must be a different crowd that was complaining about this kids acting. He’s a good looking kid, I can see him booking something on the CW. Best of luck.

It’s a shame to see him go. It would have been interesting to see how his character would teach his new-found scrappy loner brother how to be a functional member of a huge extended family. Also interesting would have been seeing him interact with someone who always wanted a brother, but is understandably repulsed by the brother he also very much needs in his life.

But, if this is what it takes to make room for Chandler Massey…

It should be captivating to see the interplay between Chandler Massey and Lucas Adams, even though their characters not being blood relatives makes it less likely to be in the same scenes.

Love Mary Beth and Stephen and James together!
But am so sorry that the show with the 2 dopplegangers, etc., has become unwatchable.

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Patrick Muldoon and Jennifer Taylor Cast as Mike Manning’s Conservative Parents on ‘The Bay’

The ever-expanding cast of the streaming soap opera, The Bay, has announced two new additions for its upcoming 9th season, including Days of our Lives favorite Patrick Muldoon (ex-Austin Reed). TV fans also know Patrick Muldoon from his role as Richard Hart on Melrose Place.

In story, The Bay will bring Caleb McKinnon’s parents into the mix. Caleb is played by Daytime Emmy-winner and Outstanding Supporting Actor nominee this year, Mike Manning.

According to Deadline, Muldoon, along with Jennifer Taylor (Two and a Half Men), will play Caleb’s ultra-conservative parents. When Caleb married Daniel Garrett (Eric Nelsen), they all but abandoned him.  The season looks to bring a major story for Manning and hopefully and eventually love and acceptance from Caleb’s parents.

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The casting news doesn’t stop there. Rhonda Ross has been tapped to play Colleen Givens, the biological mother of Pete Garrett’s (Kristos Andrews) wife Vivian (Karrueche Tran) in the new season.

Coleen is brought into the mix when Pete searches for Colleen after Vivian becomes ill. In the backstory, Colleen is a jazz singer who gave Vivian up for adoption at birth. Now she may be Vivian’s only hope to stay alive.

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The series is up for 5 Daytime Emmy nomination at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards on June 7th including: Outstanding Drama Series, Writing,  Directing, A Martinez (Nard0) for Supporting Actor and the aforementioned Manning.

What do you think of the casting of Patrick Muldoon and Jennifer Taylor as the on-screen parents to Mike Manning on The Bay? Comment below.

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Kennedy Garcia on Joining the Cast of Days of our Lives: “For a Role to Come up for a Teenager with Down Syndrome was Just Amazing!”

Days of our Lives has made a groundbreaking move for the soaps, by casting Kennedy Garcia in the new role of Felicity. Viewers of the Peacock streaming soap opera will first see the character beginning the week of May 20th,

Garcia has previously appeared on primetime including on 9-1-1, This Is Us and more. Speaking to TV Insider, Kennedy shared: “I have wanted to be on a soap opera for a long time, so for a role to come up for a teenager with Down syndrome was just amazing!”

In real life, Kennedy who has Down syndrome is also a cancer survivor, and becomes he first teen with Down syndrome to land an ongoing role on the soaps. “It’s really such a special thing. I am so proud of Days of our Lives for taking this step and taking a chance on me. Inclusion in this industry is so important and I am proud to help move it forward.”

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As to a little insight on her new role of Felicity in Salem, Garcia shared. “She is sweet, funny and kind. She is also very smart and she never misses anything. Most of all, she loves her family more than anything else. I think that viewers will love her and see the beauty she brings to everyone in her life.”

The actress added, “I hope that everyone will love Felicity and see that even though she has Down syndrome, she is cherished by her family and friends, she is capable of great things, and she’s a hard worker. I’m pretty sure she bakes better than I do. She is also a typical teenager who has real feelings and fears that people will see as her story goes on. I hope no one underestimates Felicity as a character, or actors with disabilities like me. Representation is so important and I’m so thankful for this opportunity to become Felicity and let you all get to know her, and me!”

What do you think of Days of our Lives casting of Kennedy Garcia and the importance of inclusion and representation on streaming and daytime dramas? Comment below.

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TONIGHT: ‘Daytime Stands Up – A Benefit for Stand Up To Cancer’

On Thursday night May 16th, the daytime community comes together for Daytime Stands Up – A Benefit for Stand Up To Cancer, streaming live at 8 pm ET/5pm PT.

Stand Up To Cancer, in collaboration with leading daytime community voices Michael Fairman and Alan Locher, are coming together for a first-of-its-kind livestream event, Daytime Stands Up: A Benefit for Stand Up To Cancer … We All Have a Story.

The three-hour benefit will feature stars from the world of daytime drama television past and present, musical performances, and stories of emotional on- and off-screen experiences with cancer. Special celebrity guests will also join the effort to encourage viewers to support urgently needed research and new cancer treatments.  You can watch live on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, The Locher Room or the Stand Up To Cancer website.

In support of the event, SU2C will simultaneously launch a 10-day eBay silent auction, from May 16 through 26, for soap opera fans to bid on a wide range of items, including a meet-and-greet experience with the cast of NBC’s Days of Our Lives; an autographed script from the cast of CBS’s The Young and the Restless and signed merchandsise from CBS’s The Bold and the Beautiful cast; a 1:1 video call with General Hospital’s Cynthia Watros, Maura West and Laura Wright, and with daytime legends Robert Newman, Vincent Irizarry, Colleen Zenk, and more. Full details will be shared the evening of May 16, at StandUpToCancer.org/DaytimeStandsUp.

As part of the event, you will hear, cancer survivorship stories from General Hospital’s Cameron Mathison and The Young and the Restless’ Colleen Zenk, who will reflect on the impact of publicly sharing their diagnoses; and 2024 Daytime Emmy nominee Eric Braeden, who shares his battle with bladder cancer

Daytime icon Jackie Zeman, who played nurse Bobbie Spencer on General Hospital for 45 years, shared by daughters Cassidy MacLeod and Lacey Gorden.

Elizabeth Hubbard who played the iconic Lucinda Walsh on As the World Turns and Dr. Althea Davis on The Doctors, shared by her on-screen daughter Martha Byrne and real-life son Jeremy Bennett.

Two-time Emmy Award-winner Jerry verDorn (Guiding Light / One Life to Live), shared by widow Beth verDorn and his on-screen wife on Guiding Light, friend and co-star Liz Keifer.

Andrea Evans, who played Tina Lord Roberts on One Life to Live, shared by her husband Stephen G. Rodriguez and daughter Kylie Rodriguez.

Kamar de los Reyes shared by his One Life to Live co-stars Michael Easton (General Hospital) Trevor St. John (The Young and the Restless).

Poignant reflections from actors who have portrayed breast cancer survivors, including Sharon Case and Eileen Davidson from The Young and the RestlessErika Slezak from One Life to LiveTina Sloan and Kim Zimmer from Guiding Light and more.

Additional talent slated to participate in the virtual benefit include (subject to change): Eddie and Kristen Alderson (One Life to Live)Elia Cantu (Days of Our Lives)The Day Players,  featuring Days of Our Lives castmates Carson BoatmanBrandon BarashWally Kurth (2024 Daytime Emmy nominee), Eric Martsolf (2024 Daytime Emmy nominee)Kassie DePaiva (One Life to Live)Don Diamont (The Bold and the Beautiful)Linsey Godfrey (2024 Daytime Emmy nominee, Days of Our Lives)Leo Howard (Days of Our Lives)Lesli Kay (The Bold and the Beautiful)Eden McCoy (General Hospital)Kin Shriner (General Hospital)and Michelle Stafford (2024 Daytime Emmy nominee, The Young and the Restless).

You can watch the Daytime Stands Up livestream below. Now let us know if you have a cancer story that has affected your life via the comment section below, or how a daytime TV character who went through a cancer battle, gave you strength and courage in your own journey.

 

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