Earlier this week it was reported that soap veteran Ian Buchanan was being written out of Days of our Lives and the actor has now confirmed the news. Buchanan told Soaps in Depth “Yes, I am departing Salem but will air through the summer…I have enjoyed each and every moment of being there, so much so, I am going to keep the name Ian”
Buchanan joined the cast of Days in February as Ian McAllister the husband of Madison (Sarah Brown). The NBC soap has under-gone some changes this year as it attempts to revitalise its fortunes to stay on-air. Lorraine Broderick, Gary Tomlin and Christopher Whitsell have been drafted in as head-writers following the exits of Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas Jr. after less than a year. After it was announced that new head-writers had been appointed news broke that four actors would also leave the NBC series; Matthew Ashford (Jack Deveraux), Patrick Muldoon (Austin Reed), Christine Clark (Carrie Brady) and Sarah Brown (Madison James).
Ian Buchanan is a soap veteran having appeared in many a daytime soap opera. Prior to joining Days he played Dr James Warwick in The Bold and the Beautiful on/off between 1993 to 2011. Between 2005 and 2006 he played Dr. Greg Madden in ABC soap All My Children and starred in General Hospital spin-off Port Charles as Joshua Temple between 2002 and 2003. In the 1980s he appeared in General Hospital itself as Duke Lavery. He also appeared in David Lynch’s prime-time quirky soap opera Twin Peaks.
[Written by Edward De Ritter]