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SPECULATION ONLY...BUT SUPPORTED BY THE RECENT NUMBERS:

Some posters have been noticing Joe's dwindling screen time. It looks like Joe's current contract cycle may have cut him from a guarantee of 2.5 episodes/week (130 episodes per year) down to just a guarantee of 1 episode/week (52 episodes a year).

2010-2011 CONTRACT CYCLE:
Joseph Mascolo (Stefano)
Yearly Contract Cycle: approx. 7/15/10-7/15/11
Air Dates: approx. 9/20/10-9/20/11
Appeared In: 136 episodes
Guarantee: 2.5 episodes/week

2011-2012 CONTRACT CYCLE:
Joseph Mascolo (Stefano)
Yearly Contract Cycle: 7/15/11-7/15/12
Air Dates: 9/20/11-9/20/12
Appeared In: 9 episodes over a 10 week period (9/20/11-11/30/11)
Guarantee: 1 episode/week??

Joe's newest yearly contract cycle happened to take effect right around the same time the reboot happened. Perhaps to save money, they cut his guarantee from 2.5/week to 1/week.

Based on these findings, it looks like there's one of two choices for Joe:

A. They are saving up some of his remaining guaranteed 125 episodes to air between Dec. 2011-Sept. 2012

or

B. His contract guarantee was cut from 2.5 episodes/week to 1 episode/week and they can only use Joe, on average, once a week (only 41 more episodes) from Dec. 2011 through Sept. 2012.

Only time will tell... Again all of this is speculation based purely on the stats. Guarantees can't ever become official until the #s are confirmed at the end of each actor's yearly contract cycle.
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