Wow, SOD reports JKJ is out on Days of our Lives:
DAYS Casting Shocker!
Hot on the heels of the news that DAYS got a pickup (at an extremely reduced fee from NBC), Digest has learned that negotiations between the show and Jay Kenneth Johnson (Philip) have broken down and the actor cleared out his dressing room yesterday. Money is said to be the main issue. “Everyone is being asked to take a paycut,” reports an insider. Sources say the show is looking for a potential recast and actors are being brought into the studio today to read. A DAYS spokesperson says, “No comment.”
So what to say. Right now the Internet is going wild with speculation and comments where we know how nothing is going to shape up. My personal thoughts are I don’t want them to recast, just write Philip out, even if it’s lamely and put Stephanie and Melanie in new storylines. The show has abruptly stopped stories before and this one hasn’t been going long at all.
But I didn’t really want to get into speculation. I just wanted to talk about a character I’ve grown to love.
First, let me remind everyone I began watching Days in the summer of 2006. For most of the season, I basically FF’d everything but Steve and Kayla. By fall, I began watching stuff, forcing myself to make this a real commitment. My first Philip was Kyle Brandt. Hated him with a passion. Now I admit, he did become marginally interesting when they decided to have him go a little haywire after finding out Claire was not his child but they had him quickly pack up and leave town, giving them time to recast.
So they chose to go with the original actor who played Philip. What’s rather humorous is because in typical Days style, they wrote in the recast, having Philip’s face blown off on his second tour of duty. Meanwhile, Philip’s closest friend on the show, Shawn, was also recast but with a totally new actor and the recast went unnoticed. So now we have actors standing around pretending that Philip has a new face even though they’ve seen it before while Shawn’s brand new face went totally unnoticed.
When Philip returned they made him a darker character. I admit, I wasn’t sure what to think of JKJ. He seemed so baby-faced, it was tough to imagine him now becoming his father’s son and letting the Kiriakis out. As time went on, I became fixated on JKJ, he was a good actor and was taking Philip to BSC land (I still remember him holding pregnant Willow upside down over the side of a cruise ship). At the time though, I wasn’t really all that attracted to him. Maybe because we’d not seen him in any kind of sexual situation. The show was obviously supposed to make us bet against Philip though, while Shelle were the ones to root for. I find that far too difficult and wanted Philip to win.
Eventually, Shelle and Philip made peace and our little tycoon found out he had a son out there somewhere. This is when I first saw Philip as a sex object. Not because Belle was warming back up to him, but because he had such inappropriate chemistry with his onscreen sister Billie. Does anyone remember at TWoP we would come up scenarios trying to find ways for JKJ and Julie Pinson to get it on w/o their being incest? Bring KB as Philip and recast JKJ as a new character? Of course, that didn’t happen and we moved into Phelle.
Now, I wasn’t happy with Phelle mainly because I hated the character of Belle. However, I did like the idea of the underlying story: Girl holds such a large torch for first boyfriend, she ruins her marriage to only discover it was her husband that lit her fire, not the “first love”. I think that actually happens a good deal out there in RL, and would have been a fine story to tell, except of course it meant we’d have to watch Belle over and over in sexual scenes with Philip. Of course, JKJ was making them sexy and I can deal.
After they wrote out Shelle, it looked like we were having a return to Phloe. Now, I don’t care for Nadia at all, and I think her acting horrid. But she is arguably the most beautiful actress on the show and it was nice to watch pretty make out with pretty. I figured the way they lamely ended Broe, that Phloe was just a means for them to let each other work off their pain with rebounds. They flirted a bit with Nicole and Philip, but that ended rather quickly and we entered Morgan.
Well as I’ve said I liked Morgan and Philip. I certainly liked the pacing in the beginning. Of course it was put along side Chan which probably blinded my eyesight to Phorgan’s problems and I wasn’t thinking clearly. However, whatever potential the couple had was pretty much ruined with making Morgan Miss Needy and her suddenly putting all her faith in Philip like he was to be her white knight. I never wanted that role for Philip and that pretty much created me indifferent to their pairing.
Now we were at a new crossroads. I had always wanted Philip and Stephanie and it was looking like that was to come to pass, but of course, they have to go and make me vomit by adding in Melanie who is way too young for Philip and that’s who we see him making out primarily now. I am concerned the show thinks this new triangle is going to be the new triangle to bank on, and will be recasting Philip. Just like they were wrong with banking on Stax as the new young couple to invest in, I find without JKJ, this story will be unwatchable.