Two More Departures Announced
There are two more Days stars on their way out — though, interestingly, neither appears directly related to the upcoming change in writers. Jump behind the cut for details…
Jason47 reports that Molly Burnett (Melanie) has finished filming and will last air toward the end of May. Apparently, she only signed on for a six-month stint, and since she finished filming in December (!!), her taped material is coming to its end next month. I’m both blindsided and yet totally unsurprised by this. It’s obvious that TPTB love both Burnett and Melanie, and I was sure the Higley/Tomlin regime would have lots to do with her, but I guess the idea was to get her back for whatever time they could to soften the blow of Sami’s departure. The fact that they knew this was short-term makes it even weirder that they’ve focused so hard on her romance with Brady — although knowing that it’ll be over soon helps me be less annoyed at how little rooting value they actually imbued it with.
Meanwhile, Freddie Smith (Sonny) has apparently opted not to renew his contract, according to Soap Opera Digest. Smith first aired as Sonny in June 2011, so his four-year contract would be up right around now. He was still on-set and filming until very recently, so he’ll likely be airing through late summer or early fall. I can’t say I’m shocked, since so many of the younger actors seem to fulfill their initial four-year contracts and then bolt, but it’s a big problem for the show to spend all that time investing in these up-and-comers and then be left with a void in the show. One upside of this is that it keeps Sonny and Will from being kept captive in Supercouple Hell. I don’t imagine they’ll write Will out with him (…though I wish they’d recast), so the characters will both move on to other things. I’ve already read speculation that they’ll kill Sonny, since Dena Higley promised “big story” for Justin and Adrienne, but it seems like such a short-sighted waste to kill off a promising young character just because the actor has decided to exit. (Also, they just put Wally Kurth on contract, so it would make sense for him to have a kid on canvas, no?) I’m definitely not opposed to a recast here, though I have enjoyed Smith a lot.
I’m actually starting to get worried that there isn’t going to be anyone left by the 50th anniversary.