The end for Abigail
Marci Miller portrayed Abigail Devereaux on Days of Our Lives from 2016 to 2018 and returned in 2020 only to have her character recently murdered. During an interview with Soap Opera Digest Miller says she is just as stunned at this turn of events as fans because Abby was a legacy character and she thought the role would be recast. Like many younger soap stars, Miller does not desire to confine her career to one series or role and says she did not want to be on the show 20 years from now. This is why she walked away from the popular character. and was stunned by how the Days execs handled the situation. She said the following to SOD. “I don’t love that they made the choice that they did. She’s a legacy character. She’s been there forever.” Miller went on to say that she likes to "dabble in other things like films and play other characters.". In past decades many soap stars like Francis Reid ( Alice Horton) and McDonald Carey (Tom Horton) made their living on Days of Our Lives and remained until they could no longer work. Bill Hayes (Doug Williams) just turned 97 and is still a part of the NBC datime drama.
Fans disagree with head writer Carvilati.
Today's world of entertainment is more vast than in times past and there are more options available. The shorter attention spans of younger generations and the desire to go on to bigger and better often lead them to walk away from what could be a lifetime career. Even so in most cases, the soaps will recast beloved legacy characters so Miller and her followers were in disbelief that Abby was killed. Actors do come and go and soap fans understand this but DOOL viewers are furious that the character was murdered. Miller made it clear that she is not going to return but that did not mean Abby could not be portrayed by a different actress. Days head writer Ron Carvilati did not even mention a recast when he spoke with Soaps in Depth about the decision to kill off Abigail. He mentioned the difficulty of having Chad DiMerra (Billy Flynn) and Abby break up or sending the couple out of town and concluded the following: "That was a hard decision among the writers, with the network, with Corday Productions, with everyone, and we ultimately decided to do it.” Carvilati mentioned how difficult it would be for Chad without Abby but that is exactly what has just taken place. He says his options were limited but fans disagree and say a recast was in order so the story could move forward.
Changing views for younger actors.
Soap Opera Network quoted Miller as saying the following:“The show wasn’t doing anything wrong. You sign a contract, they buy your time, and that’s the gig. They’ve got things they need to do, too. Since I can’t make both [work] I have to pick and choose as I go through various chapters in my life. That was it. I was like, ‘Okay, I’ve got to go. It’s time to go do some other things for a while.” Again, this alludes to the fact that younger actors are always keeping their options open and do not really become connected to their characters as older generations did. Both Peter Reckell and Kristian Alfonso were beloved as Bo and Hope Brady and each left and returned to the series. They seemed resigned that fans would always consider them to be Bo and Hope no matter what else they did. Drake Hogestein and Deidra Hall continue on as John and Marlena Black and both Suzanne Rogers (Maggie Horton) and Susan Seathford Hayes (Julie Williams) have withstood the test of time.
Miller's decision changes everything
It certainly is the right of Marci Miller to choose her career path and if it does not include Days of Our Lives be it and best of luck to her in the future. There have been other cast members who said they would not return like Reckell and Alfonso but both will now be a part of the Days of Our Lives Beyond Salem 2 cast in July. Miller, 33, is of a different generation with a completely different mindset regarding her character and when she says she will not return she probably means it. None of this, however, explains someone else was not considered for the role of Abby unless Carvilati understands the handwriting is on the wall. He may simply be tired of dealing with the younger actors and done with recasting legacy characters every few years and decided to just end it all. None of this however is a comfort to loyal disgruntled DOOL viewers.
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