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Viewing Single Post From: SOD Confirming the DH'S are gone

Nov 17 2008, 02:09 PM

I believe that Days is going to be making a significant shift in concentrating on the younger characters with the vets, if anything, being very much only supporting players. While a rational part of me understands this and realizes this was done in the '80s, there is another part of me that questions the viability of such a move when, IMO, the younger set is very very weak both character-wise and acting-wise.

The characters have all been so thinly written in the last few years or their characterization has been bounced around. The women are essentially focused only on the men in their lives. Sure the "vets" were sidelined in the '80s, but you had younger characters like Hope who had tons of characterization and storyline outside of just Bo. Steve came onscreen with no history or family ties in Salem but SN was such a strong and charismatic actor that a whole new family was able to be built around him so that he ended up with one of the most intricate family backgrounds. Kim's issues with her family incest were not simply a catalyst for her and Shane but to explore broader family relationships.

So it is the firing of JKJ and Blake Berris that has me concerned for the future of the show. IMO, these were the two strongest actors from the younger set (and I would even go so far to say the 30ish crowd, outside of James Scott). They come from integrated families and both had some background that would make for interesting material. If they have to make some hard choices with the vets, I can understand that from a financial perspective. But from a future story building perspective, I don't understand how getting rid of your two strongest younger actors is a good first move.

You make some very good points. The show can't focus on the vets forever, and a shift to the younger characters has to happen eventually; however, like you, I am concerned about the state of the younger cast right. We're getting overloaded with Sami, EJ, Nicole and Melanie, but I'd still rather watch them than Max, Stephanie, Chelsea and Dr. Dan (not that I consider Daniel a part of the younger character set). Chloe and Lucas are two I wanted gone for a long time, but right now--especially with JKJ's rumored departure--they are looking pretty good. But can Chloe, Lucas, Sami, Nicole, EJ, Chelsea, Max, Stephanie and Melanie carry the show? I don't know, but we may be finding out. The characters were better in the 80s, when I lost a lot of my favorites, but the transition was still difficult so now, with the mess that the younger set is in, it's going to be very challenging to get viewers to care about and invest in them. They have to try, though, if there's any chance for the show to survive.
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