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Video Interview: John-Paul Lavoisier Previews His Role In WINTERTHORNE & His Upcoming Debut As DAYS New Phillip Kiriakis!

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As the highly-anticipated online series Winterthorne is set to have its online debut this Thursday, August 27th, over the next few days leading up to it,  On-Air On-Soaps will be bringing you some red carpet video interviews with the cast taped at the Winterthorne premiere and screening held just over a week ago.

John-Paul Lavoisier is having quite the resurgence in his soap opera career! Beloved for his portrayal of Rex Balsom for almost a decade on One Life to Live, his fans have been clamoring to see him on their daytime screens again, and now they will have the opportunity to do so – in two different shows and formats!  Up first, John-Paul makes his debut in Winterthorne in the role of Hugh Cambridge, and that is followed by his contract role on Days of our Lives as the new Phillip Kiriakis!

When discussing with Lavoisier the exciting casting news that he is the new Phillip Kiriakis of Salem, and what it feels like to be part of that iconic clan, JP Responded:  “You know, it’s funny.  On One Life I started out as sort of a kid and grew up.  Now being a Kiriakis and being at DAYS, I feel like an official grown-up.  I wear suits every single day and I am corporate.  Working with John Aniston (Victor), I’m like this business man.  I’m doing man stuff, posing in my suit! (Laughs)  I’ve got like computers and paperwork and talking about Taiwan negotiations and all kinds of stuff.   So, it’s different.  One of my favorite movies of all-time is Glengarry Glen Ross, and it’s finally come to use.  I get to use that knowledge and demeanor and bring that to this project, and so it’s good.”

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As to what to look forward to in those outdoorsy scenes that feature Lavoisier’s character of Hugh and Martha Madison’s Miranda Winterthorne in the Winterthorne promos,  JP teased: “I probably shouldn’t say why because it will ruin it, but these are my Winterthorne scars! (shows hand).  I just legitimately got this on set and you will see why.  I absolutely had fun being in Winterthorne, because for me I got the chance to be in the woods in real life.  It feels really real.  It felt like I was on vacation, instead of being in a studio.”

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Watch the video interview with John-Paul after the jump.  Then let us know if are you excited to see him as Hugh in Winterthorne and as the new Phillip on DAYS?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Margie
Margie

I can’t wait! JPL is just the shot Days needs. I wish Melissa Archer wasn’t leaving.

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

Had she been Sarah Horton, Melissa and John couldve been working together again as StepSiblings in the K mansion after playing bro and stepsis on OLTL!!!(or was he Clints son which would made them halfsibs…iz 4get…lol) but whatever…it wouldve been nice seeing them working together again!!!

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

(Rex was Clint’s son via that no good Echo DiSavoy.) You are so right. JP and Melissa worked so well together on OLTL. It would have been great to reunite them. Too bad TPTB didn’t think of that.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

JPL & MA had great chemistry on OLTL. Loved them with Roxy.

Reagan
Reagan

I like JP & glad he’s on Days… but personally will miss JKJ as Phillip. I’m now waiting to see if they recast Stephanie w/ Patch back.

Dylan
Dylan

I hope they write the character in such a way that does not detract from JPL ‘s natural charisma and comic abilities. We have already seen Chad go from being a laid back fun loving kid, to a buttoned up, intense, suit wearing mogul. The thing about JKJ’s first stint as teenage Phillip, and why it worked so well, was that he was NOTHING like his parents, and had a very easy going vibe. His return several years ago fell majorly flat because the writers had no idea who Phillip was, or who they wanted him to be, and the confusion was evident in his performance. I hate when soaps bring back the good guys as semi-shady, changed, corrupted, conflicted shadows of their former selves. I think it would be a riot, and refreshing, and unexpected…if Phillip came back to town a TOTAL slacker, surfer dude….strolling into the Kiriakis mansion (or the room that passes for it) in flip flops, having NO interest in business or corporate maneuvers whatsoever. The disgusted looks on Victor’s face would be priceless!! Lol. I cant recall when a Soap has ever done a fun, true to life story like that…about a privileged child who has just no use for high finance and corporate intrigue. If you go by the timeline of the show, he graduated high school in 2002 so he would be early 30’s. He worked with the family for years, he is long past old enough to have received some sort of trust fund by now..he wouldnt need money or Victor’s approval….he could just be a fun loving character who hates big business. Never mind clones and transgenders…this would be aomething daytime has truly never done.

Gmbenet
Gmbenet

I would prefer to see Jay Kenneth Johnson in the role of Phillip. Not excited about this casting of Phillip. But wish JPL well.

Gmbenet
Gmbenet

Word to the wise: If you really don’t want to know the truth about how viewers feel about actors being cast in a particular role, then don’t ask the question. The truth may not be what the actor wants to hear. Not every viewer is excited about every actor.

I saw JPL in the soap reality show that was on a few years ago. (It also featured Galen Gering, Nadia Bjorlin, et. al.) JPL shared his love of New York City and disdain for LA. So wondering how long this participation on Days will last. He may leave the role if he can get substantial work on the East coast. Also did not like what I saw on that reality show. So I am not excited about JPL as an actor. But I wish him NO evil.

davlestev1
davlestev1

Thank goodness we don’t have to rely on you for casting the show..Lord knows who’d end up playing who. But at least you’d be excited about it…LOL

Gmbenet
Gmbenet

The question I answered was, “Are you excited about JPL being cast as Philip on Days?” My answer was and is, NO!

I was not asked to cast the role. If I had been asked, my first choice would have been Jay Kenneth Johnson, the actor who originated the character of Philip. With Days bringing back actors who originated characters on the show, I find it odd that the “original Philip” was not asked to reprise the role. I could understand if Jay was not available that the show would look for another actor. Usually in that case they make it known that the original actor was contacted but was not available. That is what happened when the character of Eve was brought back to Days. The original actress was contacted, but she was not available. So they cast Kassie DePavia, who I thoroughly enjoy as Eve. That didn’t happen in this case. I find that odd.

Nevertheless, what I do know about the actor, JPL, makes me not excited at all about seeing him as Philip.

Like I said before, if you don’t want to know the truth, why ask the question?

sheryl
sheryl

Can’t wait to se both shows ,he is so talented and we wish him good luck .

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Thanks for the interview. Welcome to DOOL JPL! I know you’ll fit right in.

Noell Reed Jr.
Noell Reed Jr.

Great interview Michael. Haven’t seen the character in a while. Will be interesting to see how he figures into the upcoming 50th celebration!!

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Will Jackée Harry Find Herself In Salem and Days of our Lives?

From out-of-a-tweet from Grammy night come a part for TV and film star, Jackée Harry on Days of our Lives?

As CBS aired the Recording Academy’s annual kudofest, Harry sent out a tweet with a side-by-side image of Grammy icon, Bonnie Raitt, next to DAYS’ Suzanne Rogers (Maggie).

Harry, who is known for her humor and wit in her tweets, expressed: “Has Bonnie Raitt been moonlighting as Maggie from Days of 0ur Lives for the past 20 years?

Jackée, who started her TV career on Another World as Lily Mason, and eventually played Sandra Clark on the sitcom 227, and various other signature roles, next received a tweet in response to hers from DAYS head writer, Ron Carlivati.

The head scribe expressed: “No, Bonnie is obviously Maggie’s evil twin. The real question is, when is Sandra Clark going to come visit Salem?

Next, an excited Harry sent back: “Ha!!!! I would LOVE to play with the DOOL cast, Ron.”

On Monday, Carlivati tweeted a GIF of a game show moment with Jackee Family Feud style, that says “Name something you must have in order to live” The answer he tweeted: “A part on Days of our Lives?, Jackée Harry”

See the exchange below:

So, would you like to see Jackée in Salem? If so, what do you think would be a fun part for her to play? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Impeachment Hearings On Broadcast Networks Show Ratings Much Lower Than The Daytime Soap Operas They Are Preempting

In an infuriating article written by FOX news, off of a study from NewsBusters, the news outlet and others have come to the realization that all of us who want our soaps back on the air already know.  That is … that the network daytime dramas ratings are far better on a day-to-day basis than people tuning into network TV during the day to watch the impeachment hearings of Donald Trump.

Soap fans have been furious that in the afternoon network TV is pulling their soaps off their normal airtime across all coasts.  Daytime soap viewers feel that all of the 24-hour news cable outlets should be the the place to go to see the hearings during the day; as to not to preempt the drama on General Hospital, Days of our Lives, The Young and the Restless, and The Bold and the Beautiful.   

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Just for the record, the study via NewsBusters showed that on day one of the impeachment hearing the networks scored as such: CBS averaged 1.52 million, ABC  1.29 million viewers, and NBC averaged 1.26 million viewers.   Thursday’s were even worse with CBS averaging 1.4 million, ABC 1.2 million viewers and NBC had 1.1 million viewers.

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Now compare that to the weekly daytime soap ratings and total viewers which while it ebbs and slows is still way about this.  According to the study: “The Young & The Restless” has been averaging 3.7 million viewers during the 2019-2020 season and The Bold & The Beautiful averages 3.15 million viewers. ABC’s General Hospital averages 2.15 million viewers while NBC’s Days of Our Lives averages 1.95 million viewers.”

Share your thoughts on the pre=emptions of your favorite soaps, and how the impeachment hearings are, of course, not bringing in higher number in the day-part via the comment section below.

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DAYS Wally Kurth, Chandler Massey & Freddie Smith Deliver Gut-Wrenching ‘Power Performance of the Week”

This past week on Days of our Lives brought the tears and the drama tenfold, in one of the most riveting, don’t-miss-a-moment, weeks in recent history on any daytime drama series.

While unfortunately the show did not air on NBC during its regularly scheduled timeslots on all coasts (due to the President Donald Trump impeachment hearings) the episodes were available on NBC.com, the NBC app and on the Cozi TV network.

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And this week we cannot sound-the-trumpets enough for three men; who gave us moments of heartache that will be remembered for some time to come, pulling out all the stops, and showing us why they remain three of the most popular and talented actors in our genre. So many people have been commenting on social media on the authenticity and realness of the performances (yes, it’s within soapy circumstances), but throughout made us feel their pain right along with them.

On DAYS, this was the week they went back in time to finally show the viewers how things ended up the way they currently are in the time jump that happened last November on-air.  And in five “OMG” episodes, head writer Ron Carlivati and his team laid out for us how one fateful night, “Mother’s Day” changed the course of lives for so many in Salem.

Chief among them, Will (Chandler Massey) landing in prison for Adrienne’s (Judi Evans) death, when in fact, he was not the responsible party at all.  But in these flashback episodes, Will’s relationship with his husband, Sonny (Freddie Smith), his father-in-law, Justin (Wally Kurth) is forever changed because he believed he was the one behind the wheel that caused the crash that ultimately took Adrienne’s life, and took Sonny’s mother from him … and Justin’s wife from him.

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In the flashback to the horrible night: at the hospital, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) has told Justin that Adrienne didn’t make it following the injury sustained to her head in the accident, and now Justin has to tell Sonny.  He tearfully tells his son, “We lost her. Your mother’s dead!”  As the men console each other and break down in each other’s arms, Will, who is there, and who was trying to tell Sonny his part in the accident, is horrified to learn Adrienne died.  Kayla asks Justin and Sonny if they want to say goodbye to Adrienne.  Sonny breaks down again at just the thought of it.  And at this point, we are sure DAYS fans are reaching for the hankies.

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While Will’s guilt is too much for him to bear, Justin and Sonny go say goodbye to Adrienne, It is here that it was almost too hard to watch, but we soap viewers can’t turn away.  That’s because it was just an unbelievable raw performance from Freddie Smith; as a young man who has to say goodbye to the mother he loves and on Mother’s Day to boot. Then, Justin kisses Adrienne’s forehead, remembers the first time he saw her crying in a flashback, and in tears asks his beloved wife, how is he supposed to go on without her.  In addition, Justin recalls proposing to Adrienne with Kayla there beside him trying to comfort him.

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In the hospital waiting area, Will tries to talk to Sonny to tell him that he caused the accident.  Will blurts out, “I killed your mother.”  Sonny, who is so grief-stricken, cannot believe what Will is saying, but then Sonny learns Will was distracted when he was texting his mother Sami on Mother’s Day while in the car because he was so busy. (Yup, Will forgot to do it earlier in the day)  Sonny lets Will have it with: “My mom is dead because you were texting?!” As Sonny’s grief and anger escalates, Justin walks in and learns Will caused Adrienne death and then lowers the boom on Will: “The love of my life is dead…because of you!”

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And if all of this wasn’t enough to have you bawling your eyes out by now, it is punctuated by the ultra-sad moment where a defeated Will has to leave his husband and his father-in-law alone because they don’t want him there.  Before he exits, Will turns to them and says, that he wishes it had been him who died in the crash, as tears stream down his face.

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What powerful and effective performances by Wally Kurth, Chandler Massey, and Freddie Smith.  And so, with all of that said, Michael Fairman TV names this trio the “Power Performance of the Week”.

What did you think of the key scenes in Adrienne’s death and the aftermath featuring Wally, Chandler and Freddie? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

And, for more with Chandler and some behind the scenes content of the car crash, and his thoughts on the storyline, check out his new interview feature posted on the DOOL app Friday night.

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