'DAYS' Casting African American Characters

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — NBC's "Days of our Lives" issues casting calls for 1.5 African American characters, one contract and the other potentially recurring. But why 1.5?

On February 16, Soap Opera Digest announced that a casting call had gone out for the contract role of Ryan, a "17 to 18-year-old Caucasian or African American male," which is where the 0.5 comes from. According to the breakdown released, "Ryan is the all-American high school idol. Gorgeous, well-built quarterback of the football team. Popular, confident and charismatic…the world is at his feet for the taking." The character is scheduled to debut in May.

In addition to Ryan, Soap Opera Network has learned that the show recently released a casting call for the potentially recurring role of Scott. The character is described as a "35 to 44-year-old gorgeous African American male. Scott is a recent divorcee that is trying to get past the pain of his failed marriage and get back into the dating game. He was a superstar athlete in high school. Scott has an effortless charm and a great sense of humor that makes him irresistible to women." The role is currently set as a two show principal with the understanding it could lead to recurring status. No airdate has been set.

By the sounds of both breakdowns, it looks like the show might be casting for father and son, at least that's how we see it.

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