A Pair of Casting Adjustments
You’ll see what I mean behind the cut…
Wally Kurth (Justin Kiriakis) and Judi Evans (Adrienne Johnson Kiriakis) have been taken off-contract, according to this (slightly melodramatic) write-up from About.com.
The pair received the news on Monday, November 30, and were understandably surprised. After all, both actors had only been put back on contract with the soap earlier this year.
I hate to think of not seeing them anymore, because they’ve both been such solid supporting players and wonderful presences since their returns in 2009-10, but I also can’t say I’m surprised. They don’t have a child on the canvas, Adrienne’s breast cancer scare seems to have gone nowhere, and their semi-quadrangle with Eve and Lucas is D-level fodder — though I’m enjoying elements of it a lot. I’m hopeful that they will still be used the same amount (seriously, was their contract guarantee one episode every other week, or what?), or that they’ll have flashes of heavy story and then fade away for periods, as they have over the past few years.
Honestly, this quick reversal makes it seem as though the show never had any plan beyond “Let’s put some vets on contract!” as they were upping Kayla, re-signing Steve and Bo, planning to use Julie, Doug, and Caroline more, etc. I don’t know if the “new” writers were overly ambitious or what, but their show seems very narrowly focused, and I’m starting to miss the sense of community that came with a small main cast and a whole bunch of recurring or supporting characters floating in and out of story.