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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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davlestev1
davlestev1

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

Patrick
Patrick

laughing out loud

then roaring

more laugh out loud

“thanks”

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

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.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

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.

Debbie Sanders
Debbie Sanders

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?

Rodd
Rodd

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)

jacque
jacque

Impressed, best of luck to him…

Patrick
Patrick

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

Patrick
Patrick

Ron Carlivati : remember, right ?

Kristen and Eve : fast friends and take over

Patrick
Patrick

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

Ray
Ray

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.

Patrick
Patrick

“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

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

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.

Patrick
Patrick

@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.

Kevin C
Kevin C

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

Boop
Boop

I wish him the best.

Jovin
Jovin

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.

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

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

Kat Hilderbrand
Kat Hilderbrand

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!

Joe E Nelson
Joe E Nelson

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

elm1951
elm1951

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

Maureen R Hoeler
Maureen R Hoeler

SAD TO SEE HIM GO

Lia
Lia

GH needs a new Morgan. Just sayin.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

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.

Iris cohen
Iris cohen

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.

Mo
Mo

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.

blake
blake

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!

buttercup
buttercup

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.

penny
penny

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.

ChanderFan
ChanderFan

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.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

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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Days of our Lives to Air in the UK Beginning In January

Salem is coming across the pond to the UK!  Look for the British to enjoy the long-running daytime soap airing  exclusively on the Sony Channel beginning on January 20th of 2020.

According to Metro: when DAYS does debut in the UK  viewers will see the story pick-up from the series 53rd season where in story; Vivian Alamain returns to Salem after Stefan O. DiMera arrives on the scene claiming to be her son, which all happens on New Years Eve along with three major kisses.

The season which will bow on Sony Channel marked the first full season run of episodes from current head writer, Ron Carlivati

This isn’t the first time DAYS has aired in England, previously it has runs on  CBS Drama, Zone Romantica, and Channel 5

Episodes picking up from season 53 will broadcast at 9;10am.

So, glad to hear DAYS is coming to the UK? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Stephen Nichols On His DAYS Return As Stefano: “I Knew I Didn’t Want To Be A Cheap Imitation.”

By now, Days of our Lives fans have witnessed that the heralded return of longtime favorite, Stephen Nichols came with a twist.  When Nichols re-emerged on the canvas, he was now playing Stefano DiMera, but in the face and body of what seems to be Steve “Patch” Johnson.

Nichols, who along with Mary Beth Evans, have been known as enduring supercouple Patch and Kayla, and now they find themselves in the Salem time jump in a different set of circumstances,  First of all, Kayla is romantically involved with Justin Kiriakis (Wally Kurth), and Nichols returned as Stefano and is in ca-hoots with Princess Gina (Kristian Alfonso).

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In an interview in the current issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Stephen opens up about taking on the classic soap villain role made famous by the late, great Joe Mascolo.

Nichols admitted there was some trepidation taking on and in approaching how to portray the role: “It was daunting and a major challenge to take on. I knew I didn’t want to be a cheap imitation. I wanted to get Stefano’s essence.”

In preparing for his new journey on DAYS, Nichols noted: “I watched the master, Joe Mascolo.  I got lots of videos of Stefano. Stefano in every mode: Manipulating, laughing, Stefano with the ladies, with his children, and, of course, Stefano raging.”

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DAYS Head Writer Ron Carlivati Talks On: Ben Weston, Soap Amnesia, Doppelgängers, and the Time Jump

Days of our Lives viewers have been going through some changes over the past month since the launch of the innovative time jump from the creative mind of the series and Daytime Emmy-winning head writer, Ron Carlivati.  As episode after episode unfolds, the audience has been finding out just where their favorite Salem residents have landed and with whom, in the one year flash-forward.  There have been shocking deaths revealed, longtime couples facing different kinds of obstacles that could change their relationships forever, and some characters brought back on the canvas, in one form or the other, to shake things up.

On the series finale of the Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast,  Ron Carlivati was the very special guest and addressed many of the decisions that went into making the flash- forward happen starting with when Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) wakes up from her coma after her fall, thanks to Princess Gina (Kristian Alfonso), and how it impacts the canvas.  You can listen to the can’t-miss interview here via iTunes or at NBC.com/Inside Salem.

Due to the length of our conversation with the talented head scribe, some of the questions and answers did not make it into the podcast finale due to time constraints.  So, we have brought you the rest the interview here as Ron discusses: the popularity of  #Cin, back-from-the-dead storylines, writing for the original series on the DOOL app and further creative decisions that went into crafting the one-year time jump.  Check out what Ron had to say below.

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You have been able to make #Cin, the hottest duo on daytime by taking a now reformed serial killer, Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson) and pairing him with the daughter of one of DAYS all-time supercouples, Bo and Hope in Ciara Brady (Victoria Konefal).  Were you ever  concerned as to how this story/romance would play to the audience at home, because in reality no parent would ever just stand by and let their child get involved with a man who strangled and killed women, previously? 

Ron:  To sort of try to glorify a guy who strangled women and make him into a romantic lead, we don’t do that lightly.  Not unlike, Todd Manning (Roger Howarth) on One Life to Live who was a rapist, and who became sort of an anti-hero, but also a romantic lea.  And in this day and age, it’s even a bigger decision to do something like that, I think.  So, that said, it is a soap opera and there are certain things where we know we are pushing the envelope.  We know in the real world that no mother would ever get past her daughter being with a guy who murdered, killed, and strangled three women or strangled and shot one, but the pairing worked so well.

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In the time jump, you gave Ben an intriguing prison cell mate in Will Horton, given that Ben had “killed” him previously.  Add to that you brought back Ben’s criminal father, Clyde back into the mix.  There’s lots of prison orange these days on the screen.

Ron:  When we knew we were sending Ben to prison, then obviously father and son have to cross path. It just added another element, so it wasn’t just going to be Ben and Will (Chandler Massey) talking to each other, and making a shawl together like Martha Stewart. (Laughs). Ben’s relationship with Clyde was interesting to me.  As horrible as Clyde was and is – there does seem to be some sort of love that he has for Ben.

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On the soaps, and as has been part of DAYS enduring legacy, characters are killed off, only to be brought back to life somewhere down the road. Many return with classic soap amnesia as a vehicle to drive story.  Is there ever a time when as a writer, or as a soap fan, you think “enough is enough”, and characters should just stay dead?  Many fans who watch daytime dramas get very invested in tragic death stories, where characters have these shocking or sudden, or long goodbyes, and the viewers goes through the grieving process; along with the other characters, for what then seems like a waste of an emotional investment when said character turns back up alive.

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Ron:  We were talking about bringing Jack (Matthew Ashford) back right around that same time we had the Will story.  We couldn’t bring two people back from the dead at the same time, and that’s why Jack’s return kind of got put on the back-burner, so we could do the ‘Will is alive’ story arc.  Look, the audience will go with you, especially if they want somebody back desperately.  They will overlook how did it happen, and how could they be alive.  They will accept almost any explanation, but I think you’re right, if you do it too much, you tend to water down the permanence of death … especially deaths that you saw on-camera.

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Viewers know you love doppelgänger storylines.  And, in the time jump you brought back none other than Hattie Adams (Deidre Hall).  Why the decision to bring Hattie back at this time?  I know Deidre loves playing her.

Ron:  I think Deidre likes playing something different than Marlena, because she played Marlena for many, many years, and she knows her like the back of her hand.  Hattie is an escape and something fun, and the chance to do and say outrageous things that Marlena would never do.  So, we bring her back whenever we can to have fun with, and again, it seemed to work because  she was in prison, and we set Eve in prison when we started the time jump off, and we’re like, “Who’s Eve (Kassie DePaiva) going to be talking to?” and we’re like, “Oh, well of course.  It has to be Hattie.” (Laughs)

When do you first see the fruits of your labor?  Do you see a feed from the set as the show is taping? Do you receive episodes where you see how what was written has come to life? 

Ron:  In prior shows, One Life to Live and on GH, I saw it when it aired. At One Life, I was in the studio, so I often saw production shooting scenes.  Here, they send me the completed shows once it has been completely edited, the music has been put into it, and it’s all ready to roll, and they email me the link to 5 or 6 shows.  So, I could in theory watch a couple of weeks ahead of the audience, but I tend to (unless I’m so, so curious about how a certain thing turned out) watch it when it’s on TV.

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The “Lani (Sal Stowers) and Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) joining a convent” storyline is at a critical point in story.  How did you come up with the decision to put Lani, and of all people, Kristen together and about to take their vows as nuns, and kind of becoming bff’s?

Ron:  I mean, you can’t imagine sort of two more unlikely friends as Kristen and Lani.  We grew to really love the relationship that developed between the two of them.  I think we sat down and said about the time jump, “There have to be enough big changes that you do the double-take.”  Like, Will is Ben’s cell mate, Adrienne is dead, and Justin and Kayla are together now.  You had to have enough of those WTF moments to justify passing a year of time.

You have also been writing series for the DOOL app.  What did you think of Chad and Abby in Paris with that being the initial one and how it all came to pass?

Ron:   It was fun.  I had no time.  I was writing six episodes a week of DAYS, and I was asked “By the way, can you write two seasons of a web/app show for us?” (Laughs) Greg Meng (Co-executive producer, Days of our Lives) has really been the mastermind behind this app and developing this app into something.  I love all of the stuff you guys came up with for all the behind the scenes content, but I know that Greg really wanted original series content on it, too.  Chad (Billy Flynn) and Abigail (Kate Mansi) just seemed like the logical couple to do that with.  You wanted somebody tied to Salem that wasn’t currently on the campus, but you know the audience cares about what their up to, and Chad and Abby just seemed perfect.  The process was totally different because I’m used to writing six outlines a week that are 15 pages long, and all of the sudden, I’m like, “She comes in, this happens, and this happens.” .  That’s like a whole episode of an app series right there.  Corday Productions produced it while they were producing the regular show, and they made a special set into Chad and Abigail’s apartment, which I thought looked incredible.

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Chad & Abby in Paris had a bit of a different look and feel then the regular airshows, which I think made it enticing.

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Ron:  I loved the look of it.  I felt it was just a little bit different than Salem.  We had the establishing shots of the Eiffel Tower and all of that stuff, and look, we had to keep it simple, but we added in Austin (Austin Peck).  We had Tony (Thaao Penghlis) come in season 2.  We had the new characters of Juliette (Rachele Schank) and Sylvie (Shawna Della-Ricca).  So, it was fun, and it weirdly just timed out so perfectly because we did 8, took like a week off, did another 8, and that last episode was posted right when Jennifer fell.

Right, so it timed perfect to get Chad & Abby back on the airshows.

Ron:  It timed out perfectly so that we could have Abigail get a call: “Something has happened to my mother.  We have to go back to Salem.”  So, you last saw Chad and Abby in Paris, and then the following week they were back in Salem.

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Now, with the kind of massive move for DAYS with the time jump, you have to figure out: “Who are the casualties?  Who am I going to lose?” Viewers learned in short order that: Adrienne (Judi Evans) isn’t alive, Haley (Thia Megia) isn’t alive, and Jordan (Chrishell Stause) isn’t alive.  What went into the decision-making process to kill those characters?  I’m assuming it was to further the story of others on the canvas.

Ron:  Yes.  Anytime we kill somebody, it breaks my heart every time, because these are like my babies.  You fall in love with these characters, and you care about them a lot, and you care about the people who play them.  So, it’s a big decision to say, “Let’s kill them.”  It may be a great story, like, “I’m going to get this amazing story if I kill X,” but that’s a person and a job, and it’s not something we ever do lightly.  That said, in a year of passage of time, you know that life and death is going to happen, and to us, it felt like to really signify the passage of time, there had to be at least one or two people who are no longer alive, and then show how that affects our story.

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Did you ever think that instead of 1 year that you’d do a bigger jump?  Like, “What if I did 5 years?”  Because it’s interesting, I was reading some comments on social media from fans who are like, “What year is it?  Is it just 1 year?  Why didn’t they do 5?” (Laughs)

Ron:  5 seemed like a lot.  I think people change physically a lot in 5 years. I wasn’t prepared to cast little children as teenagers… that would be a lot. (Laughs)  I think you run the risk of it being almost too disorienting for the audience.  Also, then it would be me having to figure out what happened over 5 years instead of just 1. (Laughs)  So, 1 year just kind of seemed perfect, and it had to be an even year so that even though it’s a crazy coincidence that Jennifer woke up 1 year to the day she fell into the coma, you needed Thanksgiving to still be Thanksgiving, and Christmas to still fall on Christmas, and that kind of thing.  So, it had to be an even year.  I think it worked out great and I hope the audience continues to go on the journey with us, because there is a lot more to come!

So, have you been enjoying the DAYS time jump thus far? Which storyline has piqued your interest most? Let us know via the comment section below.

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