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John-Paul Lavoisier and Kevin Spirtas Join The Cast Of WINTERTHORNE!

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Final casting announcements were made today for the upcoming digital series Winterthorne!  One Life to Live alum John-Paul Lavoisier  (Ex-Rex) and Days of our Lives alum Kevin Spirtas (Ex-Craig) have joined the star-studded line-up.

Lavoisier has been cast as Hugh Cambridge, a handsome and mysterious man from Miranda’s (lead actress Martha Madison) past. Hugh is hell bent on becoming a member of the Winterthorne family and Miranda has severely underestimated his intent to seduce her.

“John-Paul has a great edgy quality that I wanted for the character of Hugh,” explains  series creator and Emmy-nominee, Michael Caruso, “John-Paul is fantastic at creating subtle, smoldering layers with his acting that will build into something dangerous within the character.”

“I’m so happy to be working with my old friend, the very talented John-Paul,” adds Emmy-nominated director Sonia Blangiardo, Winterthorne will exceed expectations with him involved as a part of this amazing cast.”

Kevin Spirtas has been tapped to play Dominic Delacort in the new online series, Winterthorne. The character is described as a major player within the family. He has been charged by the Winterthorne women to train their husbands and future husbands in the art of making candy. There is a sense of wonder within him alongside a sense of
true bitterness for being controlled by them.

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“Kevin is a wonderful actor,” says series creator and Emmy-nominee, Michael Caruso, “And I think what struck me about him as perfect for the part of Dominic is the sense of mischievousness he possesses.

Dominic is a character that has been put in a very specific position of power by the Winterthorne women, and yet he’s powerless at the same time and we really see him struggle with that.”

“Kevin is not only a delightful person, but an incredibly talented actor,” adds series star  Martha Madison, “I loved watching him play the devious character of Craig Wesley on Days! He made it fun to root for the bad guy!”

Interested to see John-Paul and Kevin back on your screens in Winterthorne? Let us know!

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  1. su0000

    March 5, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    wow
    the internet soap (on the internet the word soap opera is never said/used– so, the web series Winterthorne is going to be good!!
    There are some really great ex soap actors as characters in Winterthorne .. I’m looking forward to seeing them all, again..
    I, as millions of others, have a smart TV , internet tv, so for me it will be like watching a tv show, no difference..
    I’m excited for Winterthorne to begin..

  2. Elhu

    March 5, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    Happy to see JP again! I thought he was great on OLTL, and I look forward to seeing him on Winterthorne! Good luck to both he and Kevin, and everyone else involved with this endeavor.

  3. Llanviewer717

    March 6, 2015 at 12:27 am

    Congratulations to John-Paul. I thought he did a great job as Rex.

  4. Jeremy

    March 6, 2015 at 1:09 am

    Very cool. I really would love to see Kevin Spirtas and Patrika Darbo (Nancy and Craig), return to DAYS with Chloe. I loved when they were on the show.

  5. Jeremy

    March 6, 2015 at 1:14 am

    I would love to see John-Paul Lavoisier, resume the role of Lucky Spencer on General Hospital, or join DAYS OF OUR LIVES as a new love interest for Theresa, Abby, Nicole, or Paul!!! 🙂

    • Jeremy

      March 6, 2015 at 1:15 am

      or, he could be the new Philip on DAYS.

    • jimh(leave it to beaver)

      March 6, 2015 at 11:20 am

      I think he’d make a better Eric Brady…or as Hope’s son Shawn D???

  6. Robert

    March 6, 2015 at 4:57 am

    The cast keeps getting better and better! This show is shaping up to rival any network or cable channel shows. I love John and Kevin, their work have always been top notch. This series can’t come soon enough.

  7. Flo DiBona

    March 6, 2015 at 6:03 am

    Winterthorne is the web series to watch as it evolves. It has all the right elements to take the web series genre to the next level.

  8. mike

    March 6, 2015 at 6:18 am

    When will one of the TV soaps pick up JP. His unique energy is missed.

    • Lou Piikes

      March 6, 2015 at 10:52 am

      Honestly, there aren’t enough soaps on air to hire every former soap star.

  9. CeeCee

    March 6, 2015 at 8:16 am

    I have always had a weakness for John-Paul. He makes any character he plays come to life….he is that good. He is a multi-dimensional actor and always, always adds his own spin to any role given him.
    I am so ecstatic to see him again ….on any screen. He has been invisible for too long. The best to you, John-Paul.

    • jimh(leave it to beaver)

      March 6, 2015 at 11:23 am

      He would make a better Eric Brady…or Hope’s son Shawn D. or as Jens nephew Jeremy Horton or GHs Dillion Quartermaine, Tracy’s other son???

      • CeeCee

        March 6, 2015 at 4:04 pm

        Oh, yes, Jimh. I would love for John-Paul to replace the role of Brady. I know, at least, J-P would not go around moping, looking for love wherever he can get it.

      • Jeremy

        March 6, 2015 at 5:56 pm

        Yeah, I thought JP would make a great Dillion Quartermaine, too.
        Or even better, Lucky Spencer. I could see JP also as Shawn D, but not Eric Brady, I wouldn’t want JP to play Eric, the writers have really ruined Eric in my opinion.

      • CeeCee

        March 6, 2015 at 7:56 pm

        Oops,, jimh. I guess I goofed. After re-reading, I realized it was Eric, the holier than thou ex priest, whom you meant. Well, as I said, J-P can play any role….either Eric or Brady. Wouldn’t it be grand if he actually did?

  10. lou piikes

    March 6, 2015 at 8:46 am

    I love John Paul’s acting style. He has great comedic timing.

    • CeeCee

      March 6, 2015 at 4:06 pm

      I had forgotten about that comedic trait abou J-P, Lou. You are right, of course. He’s just a great actor all around.

  11. MBmomof3

    March 6, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    Congrats to JP. This show has a great cast. I will definitely check it out.

  12. Rebecca1

    March 7, 2015 at 9:39 am

    Love John-Paul. If I remember correctly, he was very bummed about leaving NY after the demise of OLTL. Would have loved for GH yo have picked him up. Best to him…good actor.

  13. madluv4u

    March 11, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Still think he would’ve been awesome as Billy Abbott.

  14. Bambi Seponski

    April 30, 2015 at 8:20 am

    Looking forward to Seeing John-Paul as he is my son! Always proud of all his work!!

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Kristian Alfonso Departs Days of our Lives After 37 Years

In a bombshell announcement, Days of our Lives enduring and ever-popular star, Kristian Alfonso (Hope Williams) has decided to make her exit from the NBC daytime drama series after more than 37 years in her role.

Kristian made her debut as a teenaged Hope Williams in 1983 and quickly rose to popularity and became soap-famous; along with her on-screen romance to Bo Brady then played by Peter Reckell. Together as one of soaps most all-time popular duos and separately, Alfonso has remained one of soap opera’s most notable performers.   There were only two times throughout her time in Salem, that Kristian took breaks from the show; during one of them she starred on CBS’s Falcon Crest.

According to Deadline who broke the news; in a statement to the outlet, Alfonso shared, “I feel blessed and honored to have been invited into people’s homes for over three decades. However, it is now time for me to write my next chapter.”

And it appears its already a wrap for Alfonso, who will not be returning to the series when the show is planned to return to production in the fall and come early September.

Kristian added:  “I will not be returning to Days when it resumes production in September.  I’ve already filmed my last episode several months ago.”

In a heartfelt post on her Instagram account, the actress gave special thanks to the late Betty Corday (mother of DAYS EP Ken Corday), and of course, her millions of fans who loved her as Hope throughout her time on the soap.  You can read it in full below.

 

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Looks like Salem and Days of our Lives will be back in full-swing come September, if the target date holds true as revealed today by Deadline.

According to their sources, Corday Productions, who produces the long-running NBC daytime drama, sent out an email to cast members on Thursday notifying them of their intent to resume production come September 1st.

However for this article; reps for NBC, Corday and Sony Pictures TV declined to comment.

Days of our Lives has had enough shows banked through early October of this year, so was not pressed to get back into production amidst the coronavirus pandemic as much as CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful (which went back into production a week and half ago), and The Young and the Restless and General Hospital who are targeting a mid-July restart.

All three of the shows, except for DAYS ran out of original episodes to air, back at the end of April of this year.

So, excited to hear that their may be plans ahead come fall for DAYS to come to back and tape new episodes? Comment below.

 

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DAYS Elani Wedding (Photos): What Did You Think Of The Nuptials?

This week on Days of our Lives saw the first African-American couple to be married on-screen in the 54-year history of Days of our Lives.  Now while Lani (Sal Stowers) and Eli (Lamon Archey) tried before in a previous ceremony, this one did the job … they are now officially husband and wife!

The ceremony was attended by Lani’s dad, Abe Reynolds (James Reynolds), her mother Tamara Price (Marily McCoo), Billy Davis Jr.  as a former FBI mentor to Eli, Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) – it was her restaurant after all and she is Eli’s grandmother.  Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) presided over the ceremony.

There were some unwelcome guests at the ceremony as well; leading the bride to question, are we doomed?  Why does this keep happening to us everytime we tried to get hitch!

However, fate was on Lani and Eli’s side this day, as even Gabi (Camila Banus) with her antics, and a shocking arrival from Vivian Alamain (Louise Sorel), couldn’t rain on this day.  Vivian even tried to shoot the bride, but thanks to Rafe (Galen Gering) saving the day and armed with news that her son Stefan (Brandon Barash) could be alive; he informs Viv firmly that she would be killing someone for the wrong reason, even though Vivian is in disbelief that her son is alive.  Next, she is whisked out of the ceremony.

Lani still feeling rattled by all the wedding interruptus gets a sign she should marry the man she loves; when her mother, who needed to go lie down earlier, as she was feeling faint, was able to show back up just in time to restart the wedding.

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During the ceremony, Eli mentions the loss of little David Abraham and the struggles they went through, but how in the end it brought then closer together.  After the rings are exchanged and they are pronounced man and wife, the newlyweds “jump the broom” a wonderful tradition and a symbol of African-American heritage, where the sweeping of the broom signifies sweeping away all the bad energy.  After they sweep the broom, Elani jumps over it.

In a behind-the-scenes of the wedding segment released this week on the DOOL app, Sal Stowers and Lamon Archey talk about the inclusion of the ‘jump the broom’ moment in the episode, and how they suggested the idea to DAYS Co-EP Albert Alaar, and how  it was written into the episode.

So, what did you think of Lani and Eli’s wedding? Did you enjoy it? Let us know via the comment section below, but first check out this wedding photo gallery of the big day!

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