One In, One Out
Some big Monday morning casting news. Because when you don’t have stories to tell, just fill the show with people arriving and leaving (probably by dying)…
Matthew Ashford (Jack Deveraux) is returning for a limited stint! According to Soap Opera Digest:
He will this start filming his 5 episode-run this week. Look for him to air in the spring.
I had a feeling this was coming at some point, given the current regime’s nostalgia fetish — which isn’t to say it’s a bad thing. Considering that it’s only five episodes, I expect Jack will appear as some sort of vision to Jennifer, JJ, Abigail, and/or Steve. That works for me. I’d love if they could find a way to write for Jack as a full character and not just The Screw-Up Jennifer Loves, but if they can’t (or won’t), don’t resurrect him. His death has actually had an impact upon his family, and I’m tired of death meaning nothing on this show. But if they wanted to finally do that Peter-Blake-returns-with-Jack’s-face storyline…
Meanwhile, there’s news of a not-very-surprising exit, as well.
Greg Vaughan is out as Eric Brady, per Serial Scoop:
Vaughan revealed in August that he had renewed his contract with Days. It turns out it was just a short-term extension to wrap up the character’s story.
I’m just gonna say it: this is dumb. D-U-M-B. Good, handsome actor playing a connected, interesting character. Who would want to write for that?! Ugh. It’s been pretty apparent onscreen that the new regime hasn’t had much interest in writing for Eric, but they only appear interested in centering story on about six people, so I thought maybe things would pick up. But his tendency to be openly critical of TPTB, like in the recent Daytime Royalty interview from Day of Days, made me extra-nervous.
The buildup to a true Eric/Nicole pairing and then absolute lack of payoff will go down as one of the biggest mistakes in Days history, if you ask me. I have a horrible feeling that this is going to end with Eric’s drinking leads to Daniel’s death, thus sending Eric to prison. These writers seem to be doing lots of writing people in and out of the show, but they don’t seem to know what to do with anyone currently in Salem who isn’t on his or her way out. If Eric’s story serves the greater good, fine, but if this is to pave the way for a Nicole/Fynn pairing that’ll be on once every two weeks… bleh.
Update: Serial Scoop has just published Vaughan’s rather illuminating exit interview. He last filmed in mid-November, so he’ll be on-air into the spring.