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Alison Sweeney's Very Personal Reason for Joining the Fight Against Cancer: 'I've Lost a Lot of Loved Ones'Alison Sweeney is using her passion for fitness to help in the fight against cancer.
The actress, 39, is a fitness ambassador for City of Hope, a research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other serious diseases. In this role, she hopes to encourage people to get active to help prevent certain types of the disease.
"Leading a healthy lifestyle, having healthy nutritional habits and getting out there and walking and exercising does reduce the risk of so many different types of cancer," Sweeney tells PEOPLE. "That is important information for people to know, that it's not just about fitting into a pair of jeans."
Sweeney is passionate about her work with City of Hope because she has seen the devastating effects of cancer firsthand.
"I have a history of cancer in my family," she says. "I've lost lots of loved ones and then also have survivors. It's just such a difficult disease, and to know that City of Hope is out there making a difference, trying to educate people in what they can do to minimize the risk, is really important to me."
Through her work with the organization, Sweeney has met many people who have inspired her.
"I'll never forget the kids that I've met who have been impacted by cancer," she says. "The beauty that you see in them, when they're so strong and fighting through it, is just really overwhelming."
To help raise funds for City of Hope, the former Days of Our Lives star has partnered with Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant for a social media initiative that encourages women to share their radiant moments on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #TrulyRadiantFinish. For each photo shared using the hashtag, Truly Radiant will donate $1 to City of Hope.
"My personal goal is to help inspire and motivate people to go out there," says Sweeney. "Every day, just do one more little thing that makes a difference."
Christopher Sean on Hawaii Five-O“Ka Makau Kaa Kaua” – Five-0 investigates when the brother of promising local boxer, Luke Nakano (Lewis Tan), is murdered and the prime suspect is Devon Haynes (Harold House Moore), the outspoken reigning champion opponent from the mainland, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Dec. 11 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. (*”Ka Makau Kaa Kaua” is Hawaiian for “The Sweet Science”)
Guest Cast Includes: Taylor Wily (Kamekona), Ian Anthony Dale (Adam Noshimuri), Christopher Sean (Gabriel Waincroft).
Matthew Ashford Returns to Days of Our Lives as Jack Deveraux(tvinsider.com) So what if he was killed in an elevator crash? NBC’s Days of Our Lives is bringing back Jack Deveraux—the lovable rapscallion played by Matthew Ashford—who was last seen in 2012 when he sacrificed his life to save daughter Abigail (Kate Mansi). Sorry, romance fans, a big Jack and Jen (Melissa Reeves) reunion appears unlikely, since Ashford has only signed for a five-episode arc.
Still, the news is surprising: Last summer, exec producer Ken Corday swore to the press there’d be no more Days characters coming back from the dead. Is the boss going back on his word already? Or will Jack be seen in spirit form?
It’s all top secret for now, so we’ll just have to wait...and wait. Ashford is due to report for work the week of November 30 but—because Days shoots nearly half a year in advance—he won’t hit the air until late spring.
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DAYS'S NADIA BJORLIN PREGNANTNadia Bjorlin (ex-Chloe, DAYS) announced on social media that she is expecting her first child — a boy — with new hubby Grant Turnbull. The couple wed on May 15. "So many things to be thankful for this year. New beginnings.... #HappyThanksgiving #thankful #BabyTurnbull #anchorbaby #ItsABoy." To see the announcement, click here.
Mark Valley Joins ‘Famous In Love’Georgie Flores (CSI), Perrey Reeves (Entourage), Pepi Sonuga (Life Of A King) and Mark Valley (Human Target) have rounded out the cast of ABC Family drama pilot Famous In Love. The project, based on Rebecca Serle’s romantic novel, was written by Serle and I. Marlene King, executive producer/co-showrunner of ABC Family’s flagship drama series Pretty Little Liars.
Famous In Love centers on Paige (Bella Thorne), an ordinary college student who gets her big break after auditioning for the starring role in a Hollywood blockbuster. She must now navigate her new star-studded life and undeniable chemistry with her two co-leads while uncovering the truth about what happened to a famous missing pop star.
Flores will play Cassandra, Paige’s roommate and close friend, who is straightforward and a good friend. Reeves is Nina, Rainer’s smart and cunning mother, who is half of one of Hollywood’s most powerful couples. Confident and manipulative, she does whatever it takes to make sure things go her son’s way. Sonuga plays Tangey, a beautiful pop star who mysteriously disappeared from the public eye, and previously involved with both Rainer and Jordan. Valley will recur as Grant Devon, Rainer’s father, who is a major figure in Hollywood. In addition to Thorne, they join previously cast Carter Jenkins, Jesse Henderson, Keith Powers,and Niki Koss.
Miguel Arteta is set to direct the pilot, which he will executive produce alongside King and Dan Farah. Serle co-executive produces the drama from Warner Horizon Television.
PETER RECKELL SAYS GOODBYE(Cover) In the new issue of Digest, Peter Reckell discusses Bo’s death, his exit from Salem, and what it was like to film those final, heartbreaking scenes. “What’s keeping me from saying, ‘Killing Bo? That’s not a good idea,’ is … what I discovered over the past three years, and that is being a dad,” he says. "And the important role I have in my daughter’s life…. As important and as wonderful and inspirational as being Bo Brady is, this job of being Loden’s dad is more important to me at this time.” For the full story — plus commentary from co-star Kristian Alfonso (Hope) and Executive Producer Ken Corday — look for the new issue of Digest on stands this week.
The ‘Murder She Baked’ love triangle continues in ‘A Peach Cobbler Mystery’Did you enjoy “Murder She Baked: A Plum Pudding Mystery,” Hallmark Movies & Mysteries fans? Well, you’re in luck because Alison Sweeney, Cameron Mathison and the whole Lake Eden gang are back in January for another Hannah Swensen mystery.
“I absolutely love working on these. It’s something I look so forward to,” Mathison tells Zap2it, adding that the January movie, “Murder She Baked: A Peach Cobbler Mystery,” will have a wonderful surprise twist.
“All I can say about that [‘A Peace Cobbler Mystery’] is you will not believe who the number one murder suspect is!” teases the actor. “It’s a shocker and throws the whole town a huge curveball.”
Speaking of curveballs, Hannah thrown for a curveball at the end of “A Plum Pudding Mystery” when both her paramours, Mike (Mathison) and Norman (Gabriel Hogan) were at her mother’s Christmas dinner. Mathison says that while Mike and Hannah’s kiss is a positive sign, the love triangle is far from over.
“[The kiss] puts Mike in a good place! But no, there is more work for him to do to try and win Hannah over fully. Lots more to come with this triangle!” says Mathison, adding that viewers will “have to wait and see” if Mike fights for Hannah should she choose Norman.
“Murder She Baked: A Peach Cobbler Mystery” premieres Sunday, Jan. 10 on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.
Alison Sweeney ‘runs the world’ of the ‘Murder She Baked’ moviesHallmark’s Movies & Mysteries has started bringing Joanne Fluke’s Hannah Swensen to life with a series of “Murder She Baked” movies starring Alison Sweeney (“Days of Our Lives,” “The Biggest Loser”) as the crime-solving baker in Lake Eden, Minn.
Cameron Mathison (“All My Children”) plays Mike Kingston, a Lake Eden cop who has a playful, slightly adversarial spark with Hannah. He tells Zap2it that in addition to starring in the movies, co-executive producer Sweeney is calling the shots on set.
“Ali is just such a pro. On top of being a fun, smart and beautiful woman, she runs the world in these shoots!” says Mathison. “She is literally involved in every aspect of them and it’s quite impressive. I love working with her and will jump at the chance to do it again.”
Over the course of “Plum Pudding Mystery,” the second in the “Murder She Baked” series on HMM, Mathison and Sweeney’s characters butt heads quite a few times when she keeps popping up during his investigation of a murder at the Christmas tree lot — much to Mike’s consternation.
“He loves seeing Hannah for sure, but obviously is concerned with her safety so he’s not crazy about it,” says Mathison. He also says that the love triangle between Mike, Hannah and Norman (Gabriel Hogan) is a tough one because the other guy involved is so terrific.
“Here’s the problem for Mike, Norman is a great guy!” says Mathison. “Gabriel Hogan, who plays Norman, does such a fantastic job. Yes, Mike does get a little bit jealous but ultimately he wants Hannah to be truly happy.”
Will Hannah choose between her two men? And who’s been shooting up Larry Jaeger’s Crazy Elf Christmas Tree lot?
To find out, tune in Sunday, Nov. 22 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.
DAYS STARS REUNITE ON HALLMARKDAYS alums Alison Sweeney (ex-Sami) and Farah Fath (ex-Mimi) will appear together in MURDER SHE BAKED: A PLUM PUDDING MYSTERY on Sunday, November 22, on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. “It was super-fun,” enthuses Fath. “[Ali is] so interesting to be around because she just does it all and your mind is just blown to be in her presence. Not only is she in every scene and she has a ton of dialogue and she never messes up, but she’s also bossing everyone around because she’s the executive producer [laughs].” Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan, AMC) also stars in the film. For more from Fath, check out the new issue of Digest, on sale now.
Alison Sweeney’s Top Tips to Be Healthy (and Not Pack on the Lbs.) This Thanksgiving and Holiday SeasonAlison Sweeney is an author, actress, fitness advocate and former host of The Biggest Loser, so she knows what it takes to get and stay in shape – even during the usually overindulgent holiday season.
Sweeney, 39, shared her top tips for staying healthy during Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season while speaking to PEOPLE on behalf of the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council and their Little Changes for the Holidays sweepstakes, which invites people to build a Pinterest board with their favorite recipes to enter to win $500 to create their own holiday meal.
1. Don’t eat unhealthy foods just because they are readily available.
The most important rule I stick to is that the calories have to be worth it. I don’t mind indulging, but I don’t want it to be thoughtless. You don’t want to cram food in your mouth just because you’re at this certain party. If it’s not exactly the delicious thing I wanted it to be, then it’s easy for me to just say, ‘No thank you.’
2. Eat a healthy meal before going to a holiday gathering.
I really try not to starve myself in between indulgences. A lot of people’s technique is to not eat, and then go to the party to save calories. That’s really a reverse logic – you end up eating more calories of the unhealthy stuff because you’re starving. If you eat a full healthy meal and make sure it has all the nutrients and all the good, healthy stuff that you need, you may be tempted to try the not-so-healthy dip, but you’re not going to eat as much, because you’re already full.
3. Make healthy swaps for traditional holiday recipes.
I like a cauliflower mash with celery root or apples, and I find that to be more delicious and more interesting than mashed potatoes. There’s also value and nutrition to that dish as opposed to plain starch with butter in it. I think there’s also a great opportunity to offer healthy appetizers and side dishes. Rather than serving a cheese spread, you could have fresh fruits, such as blueberries, available.
4. If you’re the one preparing the meal, make sure to have healthy snacks on hand.
One of the tricky things about Thanksgiving is that people end up consuming tons of calories before they even sit down to dinner. I make sure that I have a bowl of blueberries and some almonds out for myself, because I’m smelling these delicious things all day long, so that’s what I snack on instead of the stuffing.
5. Find alternative ways to stay active if you can’t make it to the gym.
It’s important not to stress yourself out if you’re too busy and don’t have a chance to go to the gym. There are other things you can do to be fit. Meet up with a friend and go for a walk rather than a drink.
6. Practice portion control, especially during the holidays when everything is so tempting and delicious.
Really keep the portions small. Enjoy your time with your family, and if you’re still hungry 20 minutes later, there’s always going to be seconds. Don’t pile up your plate the first time. Make yourself get up and walk back and forth if you really want seconds.
7. Serve your meals on smaller plates.
Those big charger plates make you feel like you need to fill them up. I serve dinner on 7? plates. I’m always happy to have more, but your belly takes a long time to communicate with your mind that it’s full, so it’s always good to give yourself time to sit and digest and enjoy it, and then see if you need more.
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MORE DAYS FOR KRISTIAN ALFONSODAYS fave Kristian Alfonso (Hope) has inked a new deal to stay in Salem. "I am excited and thrilled to be asked to continue to be a part of DAYS OF OUR LIVES," she tells Digest.
'DAYS OF OUR LIVES' DELIVERS ITS MOST-WATCHED WEEK SINCE FEBRUARY 2014UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – Nov. 19, 2015 – “Days of our Lives” has once again delivered its most-watched week in 20 months, averaging 2.806 million viewers for the daytime ratings week of Nov. 9-13, making it the most-watched week for “Days” since Feb. 17-21, 2014 (2.836 million).
“Days,” which reached the 50th anniversary of its 1965 series premiere on Nov. 8, has now generated week-to-week gains for the last three weeks in a row in total viewers, as well as women 18-49 and women 18-34.
For the week of Nov. 9-13, "Days of our Lives" (0.89 rating, 6 share among women 18-49, 0.53 rating among women 18-34) tied for #3 among network daytime series in the women 18-49 demographic, ranked #6 in the women 18-34 race and finished #9 in total viewers, according to “live plus same day” viewing data from Nielsen Media Research.
In addition to this being the show’s most-watched week since February 2014, in women 18-49 rating, the 0.89 makes it the top-scoring week for “Days of our Lives” in the past year (since Oct. 13-17, 2014, 0.89), while equaling the show’s high in nearly 14 months (since Sept. 15-19, 2014, 0.90). Among women 18-34, last week’s 0.53 rating is the show’s strongest in 18 months (since May 12-16, 2014, 0.53) and matches its best since one week before that (May 5-9, 2014, 0.56).
Versus the same week last year, “Days of our Lives” grew +16% in total viewers (2.806 million vs. 2.411 million for the week of Nov. 10-14, 2014), +56% in women 18-34 (0.53 vs. 0.34), +13% in women 18-49 (0.89 vs. 0.79) and +13% in women 25-54 (1.18 vs. 1.04).
In “most current” results for the 2015-16 season thus far, "Days of our Lives" ranks #5 among network daytime series in the women 18-49 category and is tied for #5 in the women 18-34 demo.
Branch library to be dedicated to Wanda Coleman(latimes.com) The Los Angeles Public Library will dedicate its Ascot Branch library to poet Wanda Coleman later this month. Coleman, who died in 2013, was considered Los Angeles' "unofficial poet laureate"; friends, fans and family had advocated for a permanent remembrance.
Coleman's poetry, full of creative vigor, often dealt with racism and violence, poverty and love, family and Los Angeles. The Watts-born Coleman began taking writing workshops after the 1965 Watts riots, when she was already a wife and mother.
From 1975-76 she wrote on the soap opera "Days of Our Lives," where she won an Emmy award. Her first collection of poetry, the chapbook "Art in the Court of the Blue Fag," was published in 1977 by West Coast independent publisher Black Sparrow Press.
Coleman found a home at Black Sparrow -- known for publishing Charles Bukowski -- which published her collections "Mad Dog Black Lady," "Imagoes," "Hand Dance" and "Bathwater Wine," among others.
In all, Coleman published more than 20 books of poetry, essays and short fiction.
Outspoken and opinionated, Coleman was not shy about taking on anointed figures. Her sarcastic coverage of an Angela Davis rally in the 1970s for the Los Angeles Free Press got her barred from its pages. Two decades later, her derisive review of Maya Angelou's "A Song Flung Up to Heaven" in the L.A. Times made waves locally and nationally.
Coleman's widower, Austin Straus, asked the Los Angeles Public Library to honor her memory at the Ascot branch, one of the branch libraries she visited as a child.
"Please consider my request,” Straus wrote, noting “many L.A. poets support this idea, will donate signed copies of their books, will help raise funds for the library, and will participate in annual, and perhaps more frequent, poetry readings at the library.... (I hope ultimately to give this library an excellent poetry section, probably the best one in town.)”
The dedication will take place Nov. 30 at 1:00 p.m., and the library will install a plaque in her honor. The Ascot Branch library is located at 120 W. Florence Ave in Los Angeles.
INDIE SERIES AWARDS HOSTS ANNOUNCEDDAYS’s Eric Martsolf (Brady) and Jen Lilley (Theresa) have been tapped to host the 7th Annual Indie Series Awards, which will be held on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at the historic El Portal Theater in North Hollywood, CA. Nominees will be announced on February 3, 2016. The ISAs celebrate the best in independently produced scripted entertainment created for the Web. Want to be there? Well, you can join your favorite stars, plus win a chance for a free pair of tickets to the award show. More information to be announced early next year on the website http://indieseriesawards.com.
Days of our Lives 50th Anniversary Celebration PartyDays of our Lives 50th Anniversary Celebration Party: Video.
Wilmington's Joe Gallison reflects on 'Days of Our Lives'Wilmington's Joe Gallison (Dr. Neil Curtis) reflects on 'Days of Our Lives'. Read the article here.
NEW EPISODES OF THE BAY ANNOUNCEDThe Emmy-winning web series, THE BAY, returns in December with 8 new episodes. Two new episodes will air back-to-back on Tuesday, December 1, with the third show airing on Thursday, December 3. Additional new episodes will then be released every Tuesday and Thursday (December 8, 10, 15, and 17), with the season finale airing on Dec. 22nd. The show features faves like DAYS’s Mary Beth Evans (Kayla), Ronn Moss (ex-Ridge, B&B), Jacklyn Zeman (Bobbie, GH), Matthew Ashford (ex-Jack, DAYS) as series regulars. To learn more about it, go to thebaytheseries.com.
'DAYS OF OUR LIVES' HITS A 20-MONTH HIGH IN TOTAL VIEWERSUNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – Nov. 12, 2015 – “Days of our Lives” has generated its most-watched week in 20 months, averaging 2.721 million viewers for the daytime ratings week of Nov. 2-6, best for “Days” since the week of Feb. 17-21, 2014 (2.836 million) during the Sochi Olympics.
For the week of Nov. 2-6, "Days of our Lives" (0.87 rating, 6 share among women 18-49, 0.52 rating among women 18-34) ranked #4 among network daytime series in the women 18-49 demographic, #6 in the women 18-34 race and #9 in total viewers, according to “live plus same day” viewing data from Nielsen Media Research.
Week to week, “Days of our Lives” grew +10% in women 18-49 (0.87 vs. 0.79 for the week of Oct. 26-30) and +11% in women 18-34 (0.52 vs. 0.47).
Versus the same week last year, “Days of our Lives” was up +15% in total viewers (2.721 million vs. 2.373 million for the week of Nov. 3-7, 2014), up +49% in women 18-34 (0.52 vs. 0.35), up +6% in women 18-49 (0.87 vs. 0.82) and up +12% in women 25-54 (1.18 vs. 1.05).
In “most current” results for the 2015-16 season thus far, "Days of our Lives" ranks #5 among network daytime series in both the women 18-49 and women 18-34 demos.
DAYS CASTING NEW ROLEA casting call has gone out for a new contract role on DAYS. “Val" is a gorgeous, 25-year-old Caucasian female, who is described as “passionate, intelligent and sensitive. Val blows into town in a whirlwind… She appears successful on the outside, a girl who seems to have it all but … at times she has a fragility and [vulnerability] that gives us the feeling of a painful past that she desperately wants to keep secret.” The role will start taping in mid-to-late December, so expect the character to air next May.
BRANDON BEEMER BACK TO DAYSA DAYS spokesperson confirms that Brandon Beemer has reclaimed the role of Shawn Brady, currently being played by Jason Cook. Look for him to air in early 2016. The actor attended the 50th anniversary bash on Saturday night and was on set yesterday for the continued celebration at the studio.
REAL ANDREWS TO DAYSReal Andrews, best known to soap fans for his stint as GH's Taggert, has landed a role on DAYS, he revealed on Facebook. "I am back. Thanks for all your support," he posted, along with this photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/96yfxGwhb4/.
Memories From the Set: Charlotte RossDAYS OF OUR LIVES: Ross' first TV role — right out of high school — was initiation by fire, thrown as she was into a frontburner storyline that involved a lot of eavesdropping ("They called me The Lurker") and threatening the Frankie/Jennifer romance. "It was 40 pages of dialogue a day, but it was a dream come true," she recalls of her debut as Eve, a "bitch you love to hate" kind of character. "I went to work in the dark, I came home in the dark and there was no hiatus, but it taught me a wonderful work ethic." Freaky fact: On Days, Ross played daughter to Charles Shaughnessy, but four years later they were cast as lovers in a TV-movie. "I had to straddle him on a pool table, and I remember thinking this is the most incorrect thing!"
Bevy Of Actresses Test For ‘Baywatch’ Lead; Dwayne Johnson & Zac Efron StarParamount Pictures is ready to dive in with its long-gestating movie transfer of the global hit TV series Baywatch. It already set Seth Gordon to direct and Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron to play the male leads. Now, they’ve set a short list of actresses who will test for the female lead. Here are the names I hear: Alexandra Daddario (San Andreas, Percy Jackson), Ashley Benson (Pretty Little Liars, Elvis & Nixon), Nina Dobrev (Vampire Diaries), Alexandra Shipp (Straight Outta Compton, X-Men Apocalypse), Shelley Hennig (Teen Wolf), Bianca Santos (The Duff) and Denyse Tontz (Big Time Rush).
Now, it’s possible they will expand the search, and it’s also possible some of these young actresses will play other roles in the film, but we’ll know soon as they lock in for an early 2016 production start.
In the film, a hotshot former Olympian butts heads with the leader of an elite team of lifeguards. Damian Shannon & Mark Swift wrote the latest draft. Beau Flynn and Ivan Reitman are producing. Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions will also produce in some capacity.
Happy 50th Anniversary, Days of Our Lives: 6 Big Stars You Totally Forgot Were on the Classic NBC Soap Opera(eonline.com) Days of Our Lives has withstood the test of time.
With so many of its contemporaries having left the air in recent years, the long-running soap opera is still going strong, each romance, birth, death, fake death, kidnapping, secret [insert anything you can keep secret], serial killer, revenge plot, love triangle and feud entangling the people of Salem has served to keep the series' loyal viewership entranced for five decades now.
In fact, today marks the 50th anniversary of the daytime staple's premiere on NBC, meaning it's been on nearly every day—yes!—of your life if you're anywhere between the age of 50 and a few days old.
Over the course of 50 years and more than 12,700 episodes, Days has won 43 Daytime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Daytime Drama in 2015. Only General Hospital, which premiered in 1963, has been around longer among the daytime soaps that are still on the air, the oldest—Guiding Light and As the World Turns—having ended in 2009 and 2010.
The likes of Josh Taylor, Brian Datillo, Jason Cook, Mary Beth Evans, Deidre Hall, Kristian Alfonso, Melissa Reeves and John Aniston (yup, Jen's dad!) are household names among the Days-loving set but, as you know, soap stardom has also served as a starting-off point for dozens of actors before they popped up in prime time or on the big screen—or made for juicy side projects after the fact (James Franco playing a real nut on General Hospital, anyone?).
Whether you've been watching for five years or 50, you've seen hundreds, if not thousands, of preternaturally good-looking faces with decade-defining hairdos pass through Salem (the Springfield of the soaps), including 21-year veteran Alison Sweeney and those who had shorter stays in town, such as Rob Estes, Hunter Tylo and Patrick Muldoon.
But if you missed a patch of episodes here and there (or even if you didn't), you may not have noticed these six stars, all of whom are some of the most familiar of faces today.
Enjoy the trip down memory lane in honor of the 50th anniversary of Days of Our Lives:
1. Jensen Ackles: Ooh, teen dream alert! No less than six actors have portrayed Eric Brady at various stages of life over the years and, long before Ackles scored Supernatural, he was one of them. From 1997 until 2000, the actor was teenage Eric, who made better decisions than twin sister Sami (Alison Sweeney) and ultimately fell head over heels for Nicole (Arianne Zucker). That didn't work out and he left town, only to return to Salem in 2012. As priest Eric, played by Greg Vaughn. But such is how the soap world turns...
2. Shirley Jones: Mama Partridge had a six-episode arc on Days in 2008 playing the since-deceased Colleen Brady (portrayed in flashbacks as a younger woman by Sweeney), who was thought to be the mother of John Black (Drake Hogestyn)—but isn't! We still don't know who John Black's real mother is! He's the Jon Snow of Salem!
3. Frances Fisher: Kate Winslet's mom in Titanic, Clint Eastwood's most famous ex and a U.K.-born actress you recognize from many more things showed up in Salem as Gladys Pierce, Sami and "Safe" Rafe's neighbor, for two episodes in 2011.
4. Ashley Benson: The Pretty Little Liars star was Abby Deveraux (who's now played by Kate Mansi) from 2004 until 2007, during which she had quite the turbulent romantic history for a teenager. First Josh (who disappears), then Max Brady and then, finally, herself as she heads to London to visit her parents, prolific Salem couple Jack Deveraux and Jennifer Horton, for the summer.
5. Jack Coleman: Maybe he looks a little different to you without his glasses? The actor who would become Heroes' HRG/Noah Bennet, Beckett's chief nemesis on Castle and a character actor who's known for recurring roles on The Office, Scandal, Burn Notice, The Vampire Diaries and more started off (literally, it was his first role on a TV series) as Jake Kositchek—the Salem Strangler, people!—in 1981. He was the first of seven serial killers (so far, anyway) to terrorize Salem, the most recent being the Necktie Killer.
6. Mila Kunis: Long before That '70s Show, Black Swan, Ted and marrying Ashton Kutcher, she was that kid from Days of Our Lives! She made her TV series debut at 11 on the soap playing Hope Williams—Salem Police Department detective; wife of Bo Brady; mother of Shawn-Douglas, Zach (deceased) and Ciara; step-mother of Chelsea; survivor of a fall from a car being driven by a drunk friend; and kidnapping victim once presumed dead when the cave she was held captive in exploded—as a little girl in a one-off appearance in 1994. Hope, who's been played as an adult by Kristian Alfonso since 1983, looked so unburdened by issues then...
Meanwhile, Days has been renewed until at least September 2016, and who knows what—or who—will happen to Salem between now and then. Happy 50th anniversary, Days of Our Lives!
Castle Hosts OLTL Reunion With Guest Stars Kassie DePaiva, Tuc Watkins(Pic) Castle‘s New York City will meet Llanview, Pa. when not one but two One Life to Live alumni guest-star on the ABC series.
Kassie DePaiva revealed on Twitter late Friday that she as well as former OLTL castmate Tuc Watkins are currently shooting an episode of Castle. Nathan Fillion, himself a OLTL alum, replied with his own thoughts on the mini-reunion:
@NathanFillion: 22 years ago, I was 22 years old, and working my ass off with these two. Thanks for doing this, you guys. https://twitter.com/KassieDePaiva/status/662812854504976384 …
@KassieDePaiva: ONE LIFE TO LIVE is back!!! Just kidding! Shooting #castle @NathanFillion @tucwatkins #oltl
DePaiva of course portrayed Blair Cramer Manning on the now-defunct ABC sudser, while Watkins played bad boy David Vickers. Fillion played one of OLTL‘s early post-adolescence Joey Buchanans, and has always been great about helping get fellow soap grads onto Castle. (Last January, for example, Kamar de los Reyes fka OLTL‘s Antonio guest-starred in the telenovela-themed episode.)
Though unconfirmed by ABC, it appears that Watkins and DePaiva will appear in Episode 10, “Witness for the Prosecution” (the second to air after the 10-week winter hiatus), as Roger and Joanna Mathis, marrieds who get pulled into a murder investigation. Roger worked as a cameraman for the deceased, while Joanna turns out to be a fan of Castle’s books.
Watkins’ other TV credits include Major Crimes, Awkward and Desperate Housewives. DePaiva recently wrapped a run on Days of Our Lives, starred on Guiding Light and has guested on Baywatch and the original Melrose Place.
Castle resumes Season 8 this Monday at 10/9c.
‘Days of our lives’ turns 50: a where are they now of famous actors who once starred on the legendary soap opera(nydailynews.com) Like sands through the hourglass, “Days of Our Lives” has thrilled fans for 50 years, since 1965, with shocking yet unforgettable storylines and beautiful characters.
Set in the fictional town of Salem, the sudsy soap has also launched the careers of many famous actors.
In honor of its anniversary on Sunday, here is a look at some of the most noteworthy stars from “Days of Our Lives”:
Sami Brady is one of the most well-known fictional figures in daytime soap opera history.
And actress Alison Sweeney became one of the most famous performers of the medium as the girl everyone loved to hate, the villainous Samantha (“Sami”) Brady.
Away from the glare of the soap opera spotlight, Sweeney showed a sweet side, as the host of weight loss reality competition show, “The Biggest Loser” and mother of two children.
Jensen Ackles’ expressive face has launched many Internet memes as character Dean Winchester from the spooky television series, “Supernatural.”
But on “Days of Our Lives,” the swoonworthy actor starred as the twin brother of Samantha (“Sami”) Brady, Eric Brady, from 1997 to 2000.
Two Emmy Award nominations later, Ackles became a television star and fan favorite throughout the years, starring on shows such as “Dawson’s Creek” and “Dark Angel.”
Vivica A. Fox
Film and television actress Vivica A. Fox is best known for having roles in a range of movies, such as “Independence Day,” “Kill Bill” and “Sharknado.”
However, one of Fox’s first professional on-screen parts was as Carmen Silva on “Days of Our Lives.”
In later years, Fox gained attention not only for her acting, but also for her tempestuous love life, particularly in her short-lived relationship with rapper 50 Cent.
There’s a reason fans love Ashley Benson’s sharp-tongued character, Hanna Marin, on ABC Family’s smash television hit, “Pretty Little Liars.”
The actress honed her dramatic acting chops and stunning fashion sense as baby-faced Abby Deveraux, the first-born child of characters Jack Deveraux and Jennifer Horton on “Days of Our Lives.”
Benson has since raised eyebrows both on and off-screen for her saucy choices in both movie roles and Instagram posts.
“Pretty Little Liars” also introduced up-and-coming actor Tyler Blackburn to a larger fanbase.
The attractive performer once has a 17 episode arc on “Days of Our Lives,” as a character named Ian.
Blackburn’s teen heartthrob status continues to rise, thanks to other starring roles in television series such as “Wendy” and “Ravenswood.”
After living as one of seven strangers in a house on MTV’s generation-defining reality show, “Real World,” Jamie Chung did what very few reality TV stars have accomplished — she became a respected actress.
Carving a successful television and film career for herself, the lifestyle blogger first dipped her toes in the acting pool with a role on “Days of Our Lives” as Cordy Han in 2007.
The Korean-American thespian has steadily added more acting jobs to her resume, performing along the likes of Joseph Gordon Levitt and Russell Crowe.
Her glossy red mane and devilish cat eyes are two trademark looks of actress Melinda Clarke.
Known for her roles as Lady Heather on “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and Julie Cooper-Nichol of “The O.C.,” MelindaClarke was Mindy Clarke as singer Faith Taylor.
After playing a character that survived nearly drowning to death and a coma, Clarke was prepared to tackle more dramatic roles in years to come.
Another fiery redhead performer, Kathy Griffin, has always talked about having a professional career on the low-rated D-list in Hollywood circles.
However, the comedienne used her fame and talents to score an acting part on “Days of Our Lives” as a limo driver.
Griffin’s life since her daytime soap opera debut seems to have climbed to the top of the Hollywood ladder, securing more on-screen roles and on-stage comic performances.
Country singer LeAnn Rimes is mainly known for her vocal pipes. But the twice-married songbird is also an actress.
Rimes played a character named Madison on “Days of Our Lives.”
She further dabbled in other acting roles between 2003 and 2013 before settling into another chapter of her life as Mrs. Eddie Cibrian.
Talk Show AppearanceSteve Harvey (syndicated) - Friday November 6
Actors Deidre Hall and Galen Gering discuss the 50th anniversary of ``Days of our Lives''; a couple's messy bedroom affects their mood for romance.
'DAYS OF OUR LIVES' GENERATES ITS MOST-WATCHED WEEK SINCE MARCH 2014UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – Nov. 5, 2015 – “Days of our Lives” has delivered its most-watched week in 19 months, averaging 2.658 million viewers for the daytime ratings week of Oct. 26-30, best for “Days” since the week of March 3-7, 2014 (2.717 million).
For the week of Oct. 26-30, "Days of our Lives" (0.79 rating, 6 share among women 18-49, 0.47 rating among women 18-34) tied for #5 among network daytime series in the women 18-49 demographic, ranked #7 in the women 18-34 race and finished #9 in total viewers.
Versus the same week last year, “Days of our Lives” grew by +8% in total viewers (2.658 million vs. 2.465 million for the week of Oct. 27-31, 2014) and by +15% in women 18-34 rating (0.47 vs. 0.41).
Versus the prior week, “Days of our Lives” was up +7% in women 18-49 (0.79 vs. 0.74 for the week of Oct. 19-23) and +21% in women 18-34 (0.47 vs. 0.39).
In “most current” results for the 2015-16 season thus far, "Days of our Lives" ranks #6 among network daytime series in the women 18-49 category and #5 in the women 18-34 demo.
Roselyn Sanchez & Eric Winter Producing ‘Familia En Venta’ Adaptation For FoxHusband-and-wife acting duo Roselyn Sanchez and Eric Winter have teamed to executive producer Familia En Venta (Family For Sale), a single-camera half-hour comedy for Fox based on Fox International Channel’s 2014 Colombian series of the same name, which starred Sanchez.
Familia En Venta explores conscious uncoupling and marriage through the lens of the divorce of an affluent Hispanic family. Aaron Serna (Cristela) and Ian Gurvitz (The Exes) will write the adaptation, with Gurvitz serving as showrunner.
The original series, toplined by Puerto Rican Sanchez and Mexican actor/comedian Carlos Espejel, was recently nominated for an International Emmy Award for best comedy series. In the US, it aired on MundoFox. (watch a promo below).
Following the show’s successful run in South America, Sanchez and Winter approached Fox International Channels about mounting an English-language version in the U.S. The duo teamed with Brillstein Entertainment Partners whose head of TV Robyn Schwartz will executive produce Familia En Venta with them. There are no plans for Sanchez to reprise her role as she stars in Lifetime’s Devious Maids, recently renewed for a fourth season.
This is the second sale for Winter this season. He also executive produces paranormal drama Zone of Silence at NBC alongside Eva Longoria and Jason Blum. Sanchez is repped by APA and Alchemy Entertainment. Winter is with Gersh and Brillstein.
PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS 2016 NomineesWinners will be revealed during the live broadcast of PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS 2016 from the Microsoft Theatre L.A. Live, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Fans can vote now at http://vote.peopleschoice.com.
Favorite Cable TV Actress
Favorite Crime Drama TV Actor
Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor
Favorite Actor In A New TV Series
Jessica Tuck on NCIS: NO“Darkest Hour” – During a city-wide blackout that impedes law enforcement and emergency response teams, Pride vows to solve the murder of a family friend’s fiancé, on NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, Tuesday, Nov. 17 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.
Guest cast includes: Shani Atias (Francesca “Frankie” Alvarez), Jessica Tuck (Sheila Fontaine).
Harry Hamlin apologizes for Halloween T-shirtHarry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna have begun their apology tour.
The couple said they are “deeply sorry” after Hamlin turned up to George Clooney’s Halloween party in a red T-shirt with a swastika to portray Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious.
“[I’m sorry] if I hurt you … We were being authentic to the characters of Sid and Nancy for our Halloween costumes,” Rinna, 52, wrote on Instagram on Monday.
“It hurt and angered many of you and we are deeply sorry for that,” continued the brief apology. “That was never our intention. We did not mean to offend. With love Lisa and Harry.”
With his costume, Hamlin, 64, echoed the shirt that rocker Vicious wore in a 1978 mockumentary, while Rinna was decked out as Vicious’ tragic girlfriend, Nancy Spungen.
Rinna’s followers appeared to be split over the couple’s actions. A handful of commenters saw nothing wrong with the costume, while many others were deeply upset.
“How dare your husband parade in a nazi shirt with you by his [side]… myself and many other lost respect for both of you and think you are classless and morons,” wrote one angry commenter.
Harry Hamlin steps out as Sid Vicious() What the heil?!
Actor Harry Hamlin, seen with longtime love and fellow thespian Lisa Rinna, made an offensive choice for his Halloween costume this year, stepping out as Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious and sporting a red T-shirt with a swastika in the center underneath a black leather jacket.
Rinna did her part in a curly blonde wig and low-cut top as the pair made their way to George Clooney’s Casamigos Halloween Party in Beverly Hills.
The rock ‘n’ roll legend made waves when he wore the shirt in a 1978 mockumentary made by the band called, The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindler.
Alicia Coppola & Wes Ramsey on Code Black“The Son Rises” – When the lead actor of the musical “The Lion King” tour arrives at Angels Memorial with a throat infection, Leanne gives him a diagnosis that puts both his career and life in jeopardy. Also, the doctors and the cast of “The Lion King” help a 17-year-old boy deal with the difficult decision of taking his father off life support, on CODE BLACK, Wednesday, Nov. 25 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Alton Fitzgerald White, who has played the role of “Mufasa” in “The Lion King” more than 4,000 times, guest stars as Lawrence. Cress Williams returns as Cole Guthrie.
Guest cast Includes: Cress Williams (Cole Guthrie), Alicia Coppola (Karen Irvin) & Wes Ramsey (Matt)
Soap star accused of assault, resisting arrest in Scottsdale(kpho.com) (Mug Shot) SCOTTSDALE, AZ- According to the Scottsdale Police Department, a star of the long-running daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives was taken into custody by officers early Monday morning.
According to the department’s Sgt. Ben Hoster, police were directed to the bar at W Hotel, located at 7277 E. Camelback Rd., about 12:30 a.m. in response to a call concerning an assault.
When officers arrived, security officers were physically detaining a man identified as 21-year-old Casey Allen Moss.
Police said Moss was intoxicated and instigated an altercation with bar staff after being cut off. Officers said Moss argued with a bartender and was restrained by a friend.
Moments later, police said, Moss broke free and tried to punch the bartender but missed. Police said Moss then shoved another staff member before being tackled by a bouncer. Moss was held down until police arrived.
When an officer asked for his name, Hoster said, Moss replied, “I’m Casey Moss, and I’m an actor on Days of our Lives.”
Police said Moss then began to pull away from and struggle with the officer who was detaining him. He was then taken to the Scottsdale jail where he faces charges of assault, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
According to his biography on Internet Movie Database, Moss has appeared in hundreds of episodes of Days of Our Lives as well as a series called Youthful Daze.
Kathie Lee Gifford Cringes at Her Soap Opera Debut: 'That Is the Worst Acting!'(people.com) (Video) In honor of the 50th anniversary of Days of Our Lives, Kathie Lee Gifford unearthed a piece of her past she'd really rather forget.
As it turns out, the TV personality has a storied history with the soap opera. While trying to break into Hollywood, Gifford, 62, worked as an "atmosphere" extra on the show before being promoted to a "dismembered body voice," actress with under five lines and, eventually, "the most minor character ever," she revealed Tuesday on the Today show.
"Her name is Nurse Callahan," co-host Hoda Kotb said to introduce a vintage clip of KLG in action. "We have not seen this video. This is gonna be fun."
In the 1976 scene, 22-year-old Gifford plays a weary nurse trying to get a hospital patient to eat.
So what happened to the high-pitched voice captured on screen?
"Sailors, whiskey and cigarettes and late nights," Gifford told Kotb, laughing. "That's what happens."
All in all, an embarrassed Gifford was a total trooper during her trip down memory lane.
"Thank you, Days of Our Lives, for putting up with me there," she said.
Days of Our Lives airs weekdays on NBC.
Why Deirdre Hall Nearly Refused to Play Marlena on Days of Our Lives(people.com) Deirdre Hall has been through a lot as Dr. Marlena Evans – there was forced electroshock treatment, rape and even a demonic possession. After 35 years in the iconic Days of Our Lives role, the actress is surprised by no plot line. So it's all the more shocking that Hall almost didn't take the part.
The 67-year-old, a former beauty pageant contestant, told PEOPLE she was so intimidated by her competition for Marlena that she bowed out.
In an interview for People's Days of Our Lives Collector's Edition, Hall said she auditioned with several "spectacularly famous women," and assuming they'd already turned it down, "I thought something must be wrong with the part."
It wasn't until the show, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, reached out again that her agent persuaded her to say yes.
The actress easily picked highlights from her career on the long-running series, including playing a one-off character named Hattie Adams (with a shocking resemblance to Marlena), who chewed and spit gum at her costars – a rare chance for Hall to get a little crazy on screen.
"I love being raucous and rude," she tells PEOPLE.
As for that aforementioned experiment in paranormal activity, Hall said she initially feared a possession storyline would be "schlocky" but was pleased with how the arc came together.
And it wasn't only the ratings that spiked: "It was absolutely thrilling," Hall said of getting to levitate during the stretch. "I can't tell you how we did it because I was contracted not to, but I really did lift off the bed."
Another career peak? Working with her real-life twin sister Andrea after producers asked Hall if she had any acting ambitions in her bucket list. Bringing on Andrea led to endless possibilities, including one switcheroo when it seemed like Marlena had been killed – only it was revealed that the good doctor's evil twin sister was the real victim of the Salem Strangler, causing DOOL fans to breathe a sigh of relief.
Short as it was, says Hall: "Working with my sister was extraordinary."
Days of Our Lives airs weekdays on NBC.
Christopher Sean on Hawaii Five-0 11/13/15“Piko Pau 'iole” – Five-0 must work with charming con man Hank Weber (Kristoffer Polaha) to find a killer when his female partner is murdered on the job. Also, San Francisco Police Inspector Abby Dunn comes to O’ahu and works with Chin to investigate the murders of five Chinese arms dealers, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Nov. 13 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Julie Benz guest stars are Inspector Abby Dunn.
(*”Piko Pau 'iole” is Hawaiian for “The Artful Dodger”)
GUEST CAST: Ian Anthony Dale (Adam Noshimuri), Dennis Chun (Duke Lukela), Christopher Sean (Gabriel Waincroft)
'DAYS OF OUR LIVES' DELIVERS ITS MOST-WATCHED WEEK IN 19 MONTHSUNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – Oct. 22, 2015 – “Days of our Lives” has matched its top-rated week among women 18-49 in nine months and hit a 19-month high in total viewers.
For the week of Oct. 12-16, "Days of our Lives" (0.80 rating, 6 share among women 18-49, 0.46 rating among women 18-34) ranked #5 among network daytime series in the women 18-49 demographic and #6 in the women 18-34 race, according to “live plus same day” viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research. In total viewers, “Days” ranked #8 with 2.647 million persons.
It’s the most-watched week for “Days of our Lives” since the week of March 3-7, 2014 (2.717 million viewers). Among women 18-49, “Days” earned its highest rating in five weeks (since the week of Sept. 7-11, 0.80) and equaled its high in nine months (since Jan. 12-16, 0.86).
For a fourth week in a row, “Days of our Lives” grew week to week in women 18-49 rating (0.80 vs. a 0.73 for the week of Oct. 5-9 vs. a 0.69 for Sept. 28-Oct. 2 vs. a 0.68 for Sept. 21-25 vs. a 0.67 for Sept. 14-18).
Week to week, “Days of our Lives” was up +10% in women 18-49 (0.80 vs. 0.73) and +7% in total viewers (2.647 million vs. 2.475 million).
In “most current” results for the 2015-16 season thus far, "Days of our Lives" ranks #6 among network daytime series in the women 18-49 category and #5 in the women 18-34 demo.
‘Days of Our Lives' cast ‘a second family' to actress Deidre Hall(knoxnews.com) ‘Days' cast ‘a second family' to actress Deidre Hall.
Actress and "Days of Our Lives" star Deidre Hall said the show's cast and crew are like "a second family" to her.
"It's the people I get to live with two or three days a week and year after year," said Hall, who's played Marlena Evans off and on since 1976.
"Living with them through their triumphs and their tragedies and their excitement and their growth, it truly is a second family, and I know people say that in the industry, and for ours, it truly is ... the genuine respect and affection is so extrodinary ... that it's just a safe place to be."
Hall and other cast members from the NBC soap opera will make a stop in Pigeon Forge from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at the Titanic Museum for a book signing. The event will feature "Days of Our Lives: 50 Years," a book with a collection of photos that reflect the show's history and celebrate its anniversary.
Author and co-producer Greg Meng wrote the book, and it will be released on Oct. 27. Copies of the book will be available to purchase at the event. Cast members Kristian Alfonso, Lauren Koslow, Stephen Nichols, Jen Lilley, Melissa Reeves, Bryan Dattilo and Thaao Penghlis will join Hall and Meng at the Pigeon Forge signing.
"Days of Our Lives: 50 Years" covers some of the most popular and controversial storylines that the show has presented throughout its run.
"This book is a love story to the fans," said Hall.
She recalled some of her favorite stories from the show including the twin storyline with Marlena and Samantha Evans because she got to act with her real life sister Andrea Gengler. And of course, the possession storyline, where Marlena was the first character to be possessed by the devil in any soap opera, had an impact on her.
"Possession, obviously will be on my tombstone. That was notorious and insanely well-received, and it was cutting new ground for daytime," said Hall. "Daytime had not done that sort of cheeky, outrageous, irreverent story before."
Another tragic storyline on the show involved Marlena's son D.J. dying of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
"I did the first crib death ever on television," said Hall. "I was told, ‘We're going to do this, and we're not sure how we're going to do it, whether or not the audience will be forewarned ...' and at the end of the day, the executives decided that a mother who walks into that room doesn't get a warning, and so they said not to. ... It still kills me because it's such an unspeakable tragedy, and what they wanted to see was how does Marlena do it? How does she survive it? And her life flew apart, but it was brilliantly done."
But portraying Marlena almost didn't happen for Hall. She auditioned for the part alongside several famous faces. Hall completed her audition and thought, "You know what, I'm not going to get that. They're going to use these (big) name people." After hearing that she got the part, Hall was still skeptical.
"I thought, ‘You know what there's something wrong with this job. ‘Cause everybody else must have turned it down. All those famous people must have turned it down.'"
She didn't realize she was the first choice for those casting for the show. Her agent revealed that to her not long after, and the rest was history.
"It just got placed in my lap, and I got to be, well, lucky enough to be chosen," said Hall.
Hall is looking forward to seeing her fans in at the book signing events in Los Angeles, Phoenix, New York, Northvale, N.J., Denver, Dallas, Kansas City, Atlanta and Pigeon Forge. She'll be in Pigeon Forge on her birthday.
"It is the best because we invite them into our living room every single day ... and they come in and they share our lives, but we don't get to have them talk back to us," she said. "So this is a time when the rest of us are going to get a lot of feedback ... I think it's as vital for us as it is for the writers and producers."
The Days of Our Lives Cast Gathers for a Stylish Photo Celebrating the Show's 50th Anniversary(people.com) (Cover, Cast Photo) The whole gang is here.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Days of Our Lives, the cast of the NBC soap got together for a photo shoot and PEOPLE has the exclusive first look at the end result.
The milestone season has seen the return of actress Alison Sweeney, who had left the series late last year after 21 years on the show.
"I said to the producer, 'You know I'm really out of practice, right? Just so you're aware it's a really long time since I've memorized anything like that,' " Sweeney told PEOPLE in May of returning to a life of memorizing an entire script overnight. "I'm freaking out a little but am very excited to see my friends and be family again."
Days of Our Lives airs weekdays on NBC.
Celebrate 50 years of love, lust and drama on Days of Our Lives with PEOPLE's special collector's edition, out Oct. 30!
JAMES READ OFF DAYSToday (Oct 20) marked James Read’s last episode as DAYS’s Clyde and the actor took to Twitter to reach out to the fans. "Clyde's Last Ride - Had a fabulous time in Salem - thank you for watching and for all your kind words and support! Rock on, Days!” he wrote. Former co-star Kassie DePaiva (Eve) responded, "@jamzread you will be missed! Enjoyed our time in soap world together."
DAYTIME EMMY DATES ANNOUNCEDThe 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be held on Sunday, May 1, 2016, NATAS announced today. The Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony will take place on Friday, April 29, 2016. Venues are still to be determined. “Daytime television continues to evolve and each year I am humbled by the depth of talent and production that takes place day in and day out in our industry,” said David Michaels, Senior Executive Director, Daytime Emmy Awards in a statement. “With the proliferation of new programming and the continuous innovations in how, where and when we watch Daytime television, I am looking forward to another year of growth and excellence for the Daytime genre.”
Lifetime’s 2015 Very Merry Christmas holiday movie schedule‘Tis almost the season!
Lifetime’s Very Merry Christmas kicks off Nov. 28, with world premiere holiday movies every Saturday and Sunday for a whole month. Get ready to put logs in the fireplace, marshmallows in your hot chocolate and practice making fresh baked cookies to put near the chimney, because Santa and the holiday season are coming soon.
‘A Gift Wrapped Christmas,’ Saturday, Nov. 28, 8 p.m. ET/PT
Starring Meredith Hagner, Travis Milne and Beverley Mitchell, “A Gift Wrapped Christmas” chronicles personal shopper Gwen’s newest client, Charlie, a high-rolling, workaholic, single father. When Gwen meets his 8-year-old son during a package drop, she is saddened to see just how little time Charlie spends with him. Determined to get Charlie to appreciate his family, Gwen makes it her Christmas mission to get him into the festive spirit. As she gets closer to Charlie and Owen, she also discovers what she wants for the holidays.
‘The Christmas Gift’ Sunday, Nov. 29, at 9 p.m.
Starring Michelle Trachtenberg and Rick Fox, “The Christmas Gift” is about ten-year-old Megan, who upon receiving a Secret Santa gift, is touched by its contents which end up having a huge impact on her life. Now a driven young journalist, Megan can’t shake her desire to thank the person who sent her that heartfelt gift over a decade ago. Determined to prove herself to her editor, she goes on the search for the perfect Christmas story, and in doing so, she finally discovers who her Secret Santa is. Inspired by a true story.
‘The Flight Before Christmas’ Saturday, Dec. 5, at 8 p.m.
Starring Mayim Bialik, Ryan McPartlin (Chuck) and everyone’s favorite parents from “Family Matters,” Reginald VelJohnson and Jo Marie Payton, “The Flight Before Christmas,” introduces Stephanie, who’s excited to take the next step in her relationship and move in with her boyfriend, but is then crushed when he drops the bombshell that he wants to break up. Faced with spending the holidays heartbroken and homeless, she decides to fly home to Connecticut. On a red-eye the day before Christmas, Stephanie finds herself seated next to Michael, who is planning to propose to his college girlfriend. The two get off to a rocky start but things get even worse when the pilot announces that a huge, unexpected snowstorm is crossing the country. Their flight is diverted to a small town in Montana where Stephanie snags the last available room at the town’s bed and breakfast. Despite their differences, she offers to share the room with Michael and try their best to get along.
‘Last Chance Christmas’ Sunday, Dec. 6, at 9 p.m.
Starring Hilarie Burton, Gabriel Hogan and Tim Matheson, “Last Chance Christmas” is about when Prancer injures his hoof, and Santa’s stable hand, John, must find a fill in to ensure Christmas deliveries go off without a hitch. His mission gets complicated when he discovers that Frankie, the perfect substitute reindeer, belongs to a precocious 8-year-old girl and her mother Annie. As he races to get Frankie up to the North Pole, he realizes that he’s actually falling in love with Annie and has to find a way to win her over and save Christmas at the same time.
‘Becoming Santa’ Saturday, Dec. 12, at 8 p.m. ET/PT
Starring “Family Ties” Michael Gross and Meredith Baxter, the two reunite in “Becoming Santa” as Mr. and Mrs. Claus. The film also stars Laura Bell Bundy, Tony Calero and Jesse Hutch. The movie follows Holly, who has never introduced her toy designer boyfriend Connor to her family and has only revealed that they live “up north.” As their relationship intensifies, Holly knows she can’t wait any longer and decides to bring Conner to meet her parents for Christmas. Connor is in for a shock when he discovers he’s actually headed to the North Pole and Holly’s parents are none other than Santa and Mrs. Claus! Connor embraces his time there despite running into Holly’s ex, Jack Frost. Will Conner be ready to take their relationship to the next level – especially when it means he would be next in line to be Santa.
‘Wish Upon a Christmas’ Sunday, Dec. 13, at 9 p.m. ET/PT
Starring Larisa Oleynik (Pretty Little Liars, Mad Men), Aaron Ashmore (Smallville), and Alan Thicke (Growing Pains), “Wish Upon a Christmas” is about business executive Amelia, who returns home to help a family-run ornament company, the employees see her as their savior who is coming in to rescue the company. They are heart-broken and shocked to learn that her plan to get the company on track involves massive layoffs. As Amelia prepares for the holiday ‘trimmings’, she finds herself rekindling an old romance with her high school boyfriend Jesse, who is also the company’s owner. She also soon begins to see the charm of the local business – but will she be able to save it in time?
‘The Spirit of Christmas’ Saturday, Dec. 19, at 8 p.m.
Starring Jen Lilley, Thomas Beaudoin and Bates Wilder, “The Spirit of Christmas” follows ambitious young lawyer Kate, who with a promotion on the line, heads to Vermont to broker the sale of an old inn. Kate has her work cut out for her when she learns its haunted and she meets Daniel Forsythe – a handsome man who died 95 years ago! Each year, Daniel takes human form exactly twelve days before Christmas, unable to move on with the mystery of his death unsolved. Determined to help Daniel, Kate finds herself in an unlikely romance with the dashing Christmas spirit.
Taylor Spreitler on Criminal Minds“Pariahville” – When a woman is murdered in a small town in Florida inhabited entirely by sex offenders, the BAU faces a community full of suspects. Also, Lewis receives a career opportunity that may take her away from the BAU, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Nov. 4 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Guest cast includes Noah Crawford (Matt Franks), Joel Gretsch (Sheriff Paul Desario), Taylor Spreitler (Riley Desario).
Morning Show AppearanceToday – NBC
Tuesday, October 27
(10-11 a.m.) The cast of Days of Our Lives on Today.
DAYS CASTING BONANZADAYS is casting a host of new, short-term roles that will begin taping in November. The first is Mark, who is described as a gorgeous, 17 or 18-year-old popular jock whose father is a strict judge, which makes Mark rebellious. Hal is a 38-45 gorgeous man who is the father of an 19-year old girl. Clark is a 38-46-year old who is described as a "hot bad boy." Simone is a beautiful hippie chick in her late 30s. The show is seeking someone who is African American, Hispanic or Asian for this recurring role. Judge Avery is a 50-to-55-year old judge who finds his property vandalized by teenagers. Finally, Dr. Robinson is a 40-to-50-year old psychiatrist, who will be either African American or Asian.
'DAYS OF OUR LIVES' EARNS A 16-MONTH HIGH AMONG WOMEN 18-34UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – Oct. 15, 2015 – “Days of our Lives” has delivered its top-rated week among women 18-34 in 16 months, averaging a 0.50 rating in that demographic for the week of Oct. 5-9. It’s the show’s highest score in that category since June 2014, according to “live plus same day” viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research.
For the week, "Days" averaged a 0.73 rating, 6 share in the women 18-49 demographic and a 0.50 rating in the women 18-34 race, to rank #7 among network daytime series in women 18-49 and #3 in women 18-34.
Week to week, “Days of our Lives” was up +6% in women 18-49 (0.73 vs. 0.69 for the week of Sept. 28-Oct. 2) and +35% in women 18-34 (0.50 vs. 0.37).
“Days of our Lives” earned its highest women 18-49 rating since the week of Sept. 7-11 (0.80) and scored its highest women 18-34 rating since June 2-6, 2014 (0.50).
For a third week in a row, “Days of our Lives” grew week to week in women 18-49 rating (0.73 vs. a 0.69 for Sept. 28-Oct. 2 vs. a 0.68 for Sept. 21-25 and a 0.67 for Sept. 14-18). Last week also saw “Days” increase week to week for a second week in a row in women 18-49 (0.50 vs. 0.37 vs. 0.35)
In “most current” results for the 2015-16 season thus far, "Days of our Lives" is tied for #6 among network daytime series in the women 18-49 category and ranks #6 outright in the women 18-34 demo.
DAYS STARS ON WHEEL OF FORTUNEDAYS’s Deidre Hall (Marlena) and James Reynolds (Abe) will make an appearance on WHEEL OF FORTUNE tonight (Oct 15). Hall posted on her Facebook page, "Don't miss Wheel of fortune tonight when Jim Reynolds and I talk to Pat and Vanna about Days 50th!!! Days of our Lives | Days of our Lives 50th Anniversary | #DAYS50"
WALLY KURTH BACK TO GH!DAYS loaned Wally Kurth (Justin) back to GH for a special, one-day appearance, slated to air on Monday, October 19. "I love everybody over there — the crew, all the directors, Frank [Valentini, executive producer] and I get along great. So, I was very excited to hear that I could come back and work with Lisa [LoCicero, Olivia] one more time," he says. For more on what Ned's visit bodes for "Nolivia" and the surprise someone he bumped into at the GH studio, check out the new issue of Soap Opera Digest, on sale Friday.
Eva Longoria, Jason Blum & Eric Winter Producing ‘Zone Of Silence’ Paranormal Drama For NBCAfter co-starring in Blumhouse’s horror movie Visions, Eva Longoria has re-teamed with Jason Blum to executive produce together a genre-themed drama project, which has been set up at NBC. Zone Of Silence, which also is executive produced by actor Eric Winter (The Mentalist), is based on a phenomenon/urban myth in the Mapimí desert area of Mexico where radio signals supposedly don’t travel, making for a total communications blackout.
Zone Of Silence, written by Rashad Raisani (NBC’s Allegiance), focuses on the area acting like a domestic Bermuda Triangle, an invisible interference which appears in the southwest and not only wreaks havoc on communications but is central to key myths, folklore and legends. When a group of ICE agents go missing under odd circumstances within the “zone”, a task force is formed to find them. Science clashes with the unexplained on a weekly basis while the larger search to explain the disappearance continues.
The project hails from Universal TV, where Longoria and Ben Spector’s UnveliEVAble Entertainment is under an overall deal and Blum’s Blumhouse has a deal as part of the company’s 10-year first-look agreement with NBCUniversal. Zone Pf Silence also stems from Raisani’s overall deal at Uni TV that came out of his stint as an executive producer on NBC/Uni TV’s drama Allegiance. He previously worked on Burn Notice and White Collar.
Raisani, Longoria, Spector, Blum and Blumhouse’s Jessica Rhoades executive produce alongside Winter, who have had long-time interest in the “zone of silence” phenomenon. There are no plans for him to act in the project.
Blumhouse is coming off winning an Emmy for HBO’s The Jinx after also earning a trophy for HBO’s The Normal Heart last year.
UnbeliEVAble has midseason NBC comedy series Hot & Bothered, starring Longoria, as well as two other broadcast projects in development, Bonita & Mechelle at NBC with Will Packer Prods. and a comedy at ABC with veteran comedy writer Bobby Bowman. The company is repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment. Raisani is repped by UTA and the Shuman Co.
DEIDRE HALL ADDRESSES WILL'S DAYS DEATHOn Facebook, Deidre Hall (Marlena) opened up about the mood on set when the scenes of Will's death were filmed. She posted, "It was very difficult to see the killing of Will on air. We all stood paralyzed and fixed on the screen in the make up room. Guy was terrific in his portrayal. Seeing the show on air brought back the terrible sadness we all felt when the scenes were being shot. I have seen him a number of times since he left and am happy to say he is doing well."
Patrika Darbo on The Big Bang Theory“The Perspiration Implementation”– The guys take a fencing lesson from Barry Kripke and Sheldon finds himself in an awkward position when Kripke expresses interest in Amy. Also, when Stuart struggles to get female customers at the Comic Book Store, Penny, Amy and Bernadette come by to help him out, on THE BIG BANG THEORY, Monday, Oct. 19 (8:00-8:31 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.
Guest Stars Include: Megan Heyn (Natalie), Patrika Darbo (Grace), Rebecca Ann Johnson (Attractive Red Head)
PETER RECKELL JOINING DAYS BOOK TOUR!Peter Reckell, who recently returned to DAYS as Bo, has been added to the list of stars traveling around the country on the multi-city book tour for Days of our Lives: 50 Years. The commemorative tome by Greg Meng, honoring five decades of the soap, will be released on October 27. For info on the tour, go to www.days50.com.
Alison Sweeney: Why Nujeen Mustafa inspires us all(CNN) By Alison Sweeney
Alison Sweeney, an actress, producer and director, starred in "Days of our Lives" and currently stars in the "Murder She Baked" TV movie franchise. She is also author of numerous books, including the upcoming novel "Opportunity Knocks." The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN) Recently, I received a few tweets regarding a story on a news website. I clicked on the link and learned about Nujeen Mustafa, a remarkable 16-year-old girl from Syria who braved incredible odds to try to find a new life for herself in Europe.
Listening to Nujeen describe her journey, you can't help but be affected by her plight. Halfway through the brief video, the reporter, impressed by her command of the English language, asks how she learned to speak so fluently. She reveals that she learned English by watching her favorite show, "Days of our Lives." In an instant, she transforms from a girl with cerebral palsy in a wheelchair fleeing a war-torn country to a teenager, gushing about her favorite soap opera characters.
I couldn't believe what I heard.
You see, I played Sami Brady on "Days of our Lives" for almost 22 years. I started as a teenager, and because my character was a troublemaker (to say the least), I often found myself having to answer for my character's outrageous behavior to dedicated viewers.
Over the years, I've learned so much about the amazing people who would give an hour of their time every day to tune in to the trials and tribulations of good (and not-so-good) citizens of Salem.
In 1993, when I joined the cast, I met people on the street. Fans would share how they grew up watching the show with their parents or grandparents. Kids who were named after main characters on the show would share how their own stories helped them through tough times in school or through the loss of a loved one.
But what I didn't realize was the extent to which the show provided comfort and an escape from reality around the world. I didn't truly comprehend the impact of the show until the producers of John Oliver's HBO show approached James Scott (who played EJ) and me to ask if we could reunite for a special scene just for Nujeen. I had been trying to get in touch with the journalist who interviewed Nujeen because I wanted to make contact with the brave young girl, so this opportunity was perfect.
Oliver's producers wanted to offer insights on the humanity behind a politicized struggle. I loved the piece but never anticipated the flood of response. So many news outlets recounted Nujeen's story and the scene we played out for her. It clearly sparked something in a lot of people.
A reporter showed our scene to Nujeen soon after it aired. As is only possible with today's social media, very soon a fan tweeted me a link to a story featuring Nujeen's reaction. I was so touched by Nujeen's genuine joy.
A few days ago, I was able to finally speak with Nujeen on the phone. It is really hard for me to put into words how it felt talking with her. She didn't really want to discuss what she had been through. I asked her what she thought when she saw the ocean for the first time and she laughed, saying it was beautiful. While she shared with me a few things that were tough, it was what she didn't say that affected me. She had no interest in dwelling on the negative.
Nujeen wanted to squeal about Sami and EJ, she wanted to tell me about her favorite scenes and how devastated she was when EJ died. She brushed aside the idea that she learned to read and write on her own because she wasn't allowed to go to school. She told me that I taught her to speak English. I apologized for all the curse words.
I found out later she's been using her language skills to help others from her country communicate in the refugee camps. This incredibly bright girl, who had never been allowed a formal education in Syria, conquered the Internet in a matter of days upon arriving in Germany. She joined Twitter and posted a YouTube video in which she shared her reaction to our conversation and she used it as an opportunity to wish strength, courage and inspiration to others.
Nujeen has profoundly affected my life. As the mother of two young children, I cannot fathom the struggles she has faced in her short lifetime. She told me that when she was sad or scared, watching "Days" would always brighten her. I cannot begin to imagine what those words mean to someone in her shoes. She had me laughing about how angry and emotional my character often was and promised that even though she was going to have to watch a new show to learn German, "Days" would always be her favorite.
She talked of leaving her house every night because she did not own a TV, to watch "Days" somewhere else. I was moved to tears when she didn't understand why I kept thanking her for sharing her story with me.
Nujeen has inspired so many of us because she continues to persevere in the face of overwhelming odds and she does it with a smile on her face. I recently saw a quote that embodies her spirit, "Use your smile to change the world. Don't let the world change your smile."
She changed me, and is changing the world with her smile.
'DAYS OF OUR LIVES' DELIVERS ITS MOST-WATCHED WEEK IN SEVEN MONTHS“Days of our Lives” has generated its most-watched week in seven months, averaging 2.496 million viewers for the week of Sept. 28-Oct. 2, the show’s biggest overall audience since mid-February, according to “live plus same day” viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research.
For the week, "Days " scored a 0.69 rating, 5 share in women 18-49 and a 0.37 rating in women 18-34, tying it for #7 among network daytime series for the week in the women 18-49 demographic and tying it for #10 in the women 18-34 race.
In total viewers, the 2.496 million was the top average for “Days” since the week of Feb. 16-20 (2.591 million).
For a second week in a row, “Days” grew week to week in both women 18-49 rating (0.69 vs. a 0.68 for Sept. 21-25 and a 0.67 for Sept. 14-18) and total viewers (2.496 million vs. 2.410 million vs. 2.385 million). . Last week also saw “Days” grow +6% versus the prior week in women 18-34 (0.37 vs. 0.35)
In results for the 2015-16 season thus far, "Days of our Lives" ranks #7 in the women 18-49 category and tied for #10 in the women 18-34 demo.
Ashley Benson sparks backlash over Cecil the Lion costume(Photo) This “Pretty Little Liar” may want to rethink her Halloween getup.
Ashley Benson was roundly criticized for posting a photo of herself clad in a sexy Cecil the Lion-inspired costume to Instagram on Tuesday.
“Help! Can’t decide on my Halloween costume this year,” Benson, 25, wrote alongside the image. “What do you guys think of this cecil the lion costume?”
While the snap racked up over 293,000 likes, it didn’t stop fans from calling her out for being “#clueless” and “#insensitive” for referencing the beloved Zimbabwe lion killed by American dentist Walter Palmer over the summer. Following the scrutiny, the actress removed any mention of the animal from the caption.
Several celebs expressed their outrage over Cecil’s death back in July, with Mia Farrow going as far as tweeting Palmer’s actual address to her 600,000-plus followers.
‘DAY OF DAYS’ FAN EVENT ON NOV. 14UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – Oct. 6, 2015 – The stars of NBC’s longest-running daytime drama, “Days of our Lives,” are set to celebrate its monumental 50th anniversary by meeting fans at the “Day of Days” fan event on Saturday, Nov. 14 at Universal CityWalk, located adjacent to Universal Studios Hollywood.
This complimentary event, set for 10 a.m.-5 p.m., for devoted “Days of our Lives” viewers will offer fans the chance to meet and greet Salem’s favorite cast members during autograph signings, a Q&A session, a trivia challenge and much more.
“Days” stars scheduled to attend include A. Martinez, Aloma Wright, Arianne Zucker, Bill Hayes, Billy Flynn, Bryan Dattilo, Camila Banus, Christopher Sean, Deidre Hall, Drake Hogestyn, Eric Martsolf, Galen Gering, Greg Vaughan, James Reynolds, Jen Lilley, John Aniston, Josh Taylor, Judi Evans, Kate Mansi, Kristian Alfonso, Lauren Koslow, Mary Beth Evans, Meredith Scott Lynn, Peggy McCay, Robert Scott Wilson, Stephen Nichols, Susan Hayes, Suzanne Rogers and Wally Kurth as well as special surprise guests
Schedule of the day:
“Day of Days” welcome and cast introductions
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
“Meet & Greet” with the cast of “Days of our Lives”
“Meet & Greet” with the cast of “Days of our Lives”
“Days of our Lives” Q&A
Event finale, including a special sneak preview of future “Days of our Lives”
For more information please visit the official show site at: http://www.nbc.com/days-of-our-lives
For artwork from the Fan Event please visit the NBC Universal Media Village website at http://www.nbcumv.com/mediavillage/
For the latest “Days of our Lives” news, videos, and photos, please like on Facebook and follow on Twitter and Instagram.
For more information on CityWalk at Universal Studios Hollywood go to http://www.citywalkhollywood.com/
‘Days of our Lives' cast to visit Pigeon Forge for book signing“Days of our Lives” fans, get ready. A little bit of Salem will converge on Pigeon Forge in late October.
A few cast members of NBC’s long-running soap opera will attend a book signing from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at the Titanic Museum for “Days of our Lives: 50 Years,” a book with a collection of photos that reflect the show’s history and celebrate its anniversary. Author and co-producer Greg Meng wrote the book, and it will be released on Oct. 27.
Meng along with cast members Deidre Hall (Marlena Evans), Kristian Alfonso (Hope Williams Brady), Lauren Koslow (Kate Roberts), Stephen Nichols (Steve “Patch” Johnson), Jen Lilley (Theresa Donovan), Melissa Reeves (Jennifer Horton), Bryan Dattilo (Lucas Horton) and Thaao Penghlis (Andre DiMera) will be at the Pigeon Forge signing.
This signing is a part of a larger book tour that will feature events at locations in New York City, Northvale, N.J., Phoenix, Los Angeles, Denver, Kansas City, Atlanta and Pigeon Forge.
The book will include “rare black-and-white historical images and a wealth of full color photos” that will highlight some of the show’s most noteworthy stories and characters, according to a press release.
“Days of our Lives: 50 Years” can be ordered on Amazon.
DAYTIMERS JOIN YOUTHFUL DAZEBryan R. Dattilo (Lucas, DAYS), Sean Kanan (Deacon, B&B), Cady McClain (ex-Kelly, Y&R et al), Melissa Archer (ex-Serena DAYS et al) and Andrew Trischitta (ex-Jack, OLTL) have all been tapped to appear in the upcoming season of the web soap YOUTHFUL DAZE. While details of their roles have not been released, the actors have tweeted the names of their characters. Dattilo will be playing Eric, Kanan will be playing cult leader Richie Kingsly, McClain will be playing Aunt Kathy, Archer will be playing Monica Reynolds and Trischitta will be playing Travis. The new season of YOUTHFUL DAZE will be available on their website, http://www.youthfuldaze.com/ beginning February 20, 2016.
Arrow Season 4: Charlotte Ross' Return Extended for Multiple EpisodesFelicity’s mom has really got it going on — in that the Arrow spitfire’s Season 4 visit has been extended into multiple episodes.
TVLine — which last month broke the news of Charlotte Ross’ return for Episode 6 of the new season (premiering Wednesday, Oct. 7) — now has learned that Donna Smoak will also appear in Episodes 9 and 10.
Sure sounds like mom and daughter will have a lot to discuss/deal with, yes…? A certain CEO’s daddy issues, perhaps? #IfWishesWereHorses
Ross’ previous TV credits include Hit the Floor, Nashville, Glee, NYPD Blue and an Emmy-nominated Days of Our Lives run.
EJAMI FAN’S “LUCKY DAY”Nujeen Mustafa, the Syrian teenager who garnered headlines after she was featured in an ABC news report — which sparked an on-air reunion between DAYS’s Alison Sweeney and James Scott (ex-Sami and EJ) on LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER Sunday night — posted a video on YouTube after talking to the actors on the phone. Mustafa, who calls it her “lucky day”, shares her heartfelt message here: https://twitter.com/NujeenMustafa/status/648956221907705856. Sweeney saw her post, and tweeted, "@nujeenmustafa you are SO amazing. I loved talking to you today. Thank you for sharing this!!!"
DAYS ALUM BOOKS BRAVO SERIESMark Valley (ex-Jack, DAYS) will join the cast of GIRLFRIENDS’ GUIDE TO DIVORCE when it returns December 1 on Bravo. The actor, who has appeared in multiple prime-time series since leaving Salem in 1997, will play Dr. Harris, a confident and charming TV personality who pursues Abby (series star Lisa Edelstein). SMASH alum Megan Hilty has also been cast for season 2.
‘Last Week Tonight’ resurrects ‘Days of Our Lives’ E.J. DiMera for disabled Syrian refugee(Video) “Last Week Tonight” returned from a two-week hiatus Sunday (Sept. 27) to tackle the Syrian refugee crisis happening in Europe. And in typical John Oliver fashion, it delved into the messiness of how countries are treating the migrants and how they should be helping the displaced people.
Among the refugee stories is 16-year-old Noujain Mustaffa, a Syrian girl who made the crossing from Turkey to Greece in her wheelchair because she has been disabled since birth. Mustaffa tells a reporter that she speaks English because of her “favorite TV show,” “Days of Our Lives.”
Mustaffa loves EJ (James Scott) and Sami (Alison Sweeney) together, so Oliver has a special surprise for her in the form of Scott and Sweeney filming a “Days” scene dedicated to Noujain.
Oliver admits this is something “very small” that they can do for Noujain, but they think any country would be lucky to have her.
The scene is incredibly sweet, but also mentions some important points about the refugee crisis, like expediting the application process in the countries refugees are coming to, properly funding the UN High Commission for Refugees and simply not kicking them when they’re fleeing.
Tim Matheson & Camila Banus Join FX Drama Pilot ‘Snowfall’Tim Matheson and Camila Banus have booked roles in Snowfall, FX’s drama pilot directed by John Singleton. Set in the early 1980s at the beginning of a crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles, it focuses on three main characters: ambitious dealer Franklin Saint (Damson Idris), ex-Mexican wrestler and now gangster Gustavo Zapata (Sergio Peris-Mencheta) and prodigal son Logan Miller (Billy Magnussen). Matheson will play Logan’s father George Miller, a wealthy oil titan. A mover and shaker in political circles, he is enraged and disgusted by his son’s antics.
Banus will play Lucia Villanueva, whose father is a very successful drug dealer who almost certainly has given his daughter too much over the years. Born in Mexico but raised in the U.S., her entitlement masks a deeply scarred soul; she now wants to take control of her life through whatever means necessary.
Matheson was recently a series regular on the CW’s Hart of Dixie, and over his career has appeared in such projects as Animal House, The West Wing, Burn Notice. and Fletch. He’s repped by Generate for management and The Gersh Agency. Emmy nominee Banus is known for appearing on Days of Our Lives on which she recently returned after a hiatus. She’s repped by Abrams Artists Agency and Dream Talent Management.
TRUE O’BRIEN DISHES EXITDAYS’s Paige, played by True O’Brien, became the second victim of Salem’s Necktie Killer, and the actress speaks to Digest of her disappointment about leaving the show. “I knew about a month before we shot it,” she says. "I was sad because I was losing my DAYS family. It’s a very close-knit group of people.” She reports that she was caught off-guard by her firing, and claims one of the biggest challenges was keeping her exit a secret. “It was hard, but as far as the work environment, you learn to keep your mouth closed!” Though she was looking forward to seeing what new head writers Josh Griffith and Dena Higley had planned, "I don’t have any negative feelings toward them. They made their creative choices and did what they had to do.” For more from the actress, pick up this week’s issue of Digest, on sale now
David Spade Sued by Krista Allen -- He Stole My Show!!!David Spade has always been a ladies man, but he just lost one for good ... comedian Krista Allen, who's suing Spade for allegedly screwing her out of a TV show.
According to Krista's lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- last year, she came up with the idea for a show called "Frauditions," a fake talent show in which participants are conned into participating in front of actors posing as judges.
Krista says she pitched her idea to David and he loved it, and they agreed to an even split of profits. But she says things went majorly south when the show went into development and David's lawyer tried to change the split from 50/50 to 70/30. In the end, she rejected the proposal.
Come to find out ... David produced and hosted a show called "Fameless," which Krista says is a ripoff of "Frauditions." "Fameless" is airing on truTV.
Krista -- who's appeared in "Liar Liar", "Anger Management" and "Spin City," was rumored to have dated David in 2001.
She wants more than a million bucks.
We reached out to Spade ... so far no word back.
DAYS'S NECKTIE KILLER SPEAKS!Spoiler alert — if you haven't seen the Thursday, September 24 episode of DAYS OF OUR LIVES, stop reading right now. But if you have, you now know the identity of the Salem serial murderer known as the Necktie Killer: Robert Scott Wilson's Ben. Wilson spoke to Digest about the shocking twist, noting that he himself was kept in the dark until after the first two victims, Paige and Serena, lost their lives. “I ran with it because I got what I wanted: a chance to play Ben in a total arc, taking him from one set of character traits to a completely different type of person," he says. For more with the actor, see the issue of Soap Opera Digest on sale tomorrow.
BJORLIN BACK TO DAYSNadia Bjorlin (ex-Chloe, DAYS) announced on her official website that she will be making more appearances on DAYS. The actress, who recently reprised her role in August, will return again in early 2016. You can read the post here: http://www.nadia-bjorlin.com/nadia-to-return-to-days-of-our-lives-again/.
‘The Last Ship’ Ups Kevin Michael Martin & Bren Foster To RegularKevin Michael Martin and Bren Foster (ex-Quinn, Days) have been upped to series regulars for the third season of Michael Bay’s action-adventure TNT series The Last Ship.
Martin, who recurred heavily in the first two seasons, plays Eric Miller, the well-intentioned seaman and youngest member of Cobra team. Foster plays Senior Chief Wolf Taylor, an Australian naval operator who joined the crew in Norfolk this past season.
Based on William Brinkley’s novel, The Last Ship chronicles a global catastrophe that nearly decimates the world’s population. Because of its positioning, the Navy destroyer USS Nathan James avoided falling victim to the devastating tragedy, forcing Captain Chandler (Eric Dane), XO Slattery (Adam Baldwin) and the ship’s crew to confront the reality of their new existence in a world where they are among the few remaining survivors.
Martin, repped by TalentWorks and Protege Entertainment, recently worked with David Fincher on HBO’s Video Synchronicity. Other credits include guest-starring roles on Desperate Housewives, NCIS and Franklin & Bash, as well as the TV movie Wild Card. Foster, repped by APA and Morrissey Management in Australia, is best known for his role as Quinn Hudson on the daytime drama Days Of Our Lives.
The Last Ship comes to TNT from Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes and its partners, Brad Fuller, and Andrew Form. Bay, Fuller and Form serve as executive producers, along with creator-showrunners Hank Steinberg, Steven Kane and executive producer Michael Katleman.
Kassie DePaiva Fired from Days of Our LivesEve Donovan is leaving Salem... again.
Actress Kassie DePaiva confirmed on Sunday that she has been let go from Days of Our Lives. DePaiva joined the show last year, resurrecting the character of Eve, who was portrayed by Charlotte Ross from 1987 to 1991.
"As the sand runs out of my hourglass over at Days ... I have no regrets," DePaiva wrote on her official website. "I had a truly remarkable experience there. From the beginning as Eve showed up in town and throughout her bumpy ride through Salem it has all been a good time for me. ... It saddens me to have been let go from the show just as Eve was finally finding her footing... but that is the way the Soap business goes. Characters come and go just as actors, writers, and producers. Some we love... Some we hate... But fortunately for all of us the stories still go on. Keep watching and here's to 50 more years of Days of our Lives!!!"
The website SerialScoop.com, which first broke the news about DePaiva's ouster, reports that DePaiva will continue to be seen on the show for several months to come, since Days films so far in advance. She's also confirmed to be singing in the Christmas episode.
DePaiva previously starred as Blair Cramer on One Life to Live, from 1993 until the show went off the air in 2013.
Days of our Lives Celebrates 50 Years with Launch of Official Photo Book and Multi-City Tour(Cover) (Order The Book) "Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives..."
For nearly 50 years, millions fans of NBC's longest-running drama Days of our Lives have been greeted by these timeless words. This fall, in commemoration of five decades, the daytime drama is thrilled to announce the release of the OFFICIAL and much-anticipated Days of our Lives: 50 Years by Greg Meng (ISBN: 9781492629856; OCTOBER 27, 2015; $34.99 U.S.; Television; Hardcover).
The book's release is being kicked off with a multi-city book signing tour including some of daytime's most beloved faces. Cities slated for the tour include: New York, Northvale (NJ), Phoenix, Los Angeles, Denver, Kansas City, Atlanta, and Pigeon Forge.
Cast participating in the nationwide tour include: Deidre Hall, Kristian Alfonso, Thaao Penghlis, Stephen Nichols, Galen Gering, Lauren Koslow, Greg Vaughan, Camila Banus, Melissa Reeves, Billy Flynn, Christopher Sean, Kate Mansi, Drake Hogestyn, Suzanne Rogers, Bryan Dattilo, Martha Madison, James Reynolds, Bill Hayes, Susan Seaforth-Hayes, James Lastovic, Peggy McCay, Arianne Zucker, Eric Martsolf, Jen Lilley, Wally Kurth, Sal Stowers, Judi Evans, as well as Author/Co-Executive Producer, Greg Meng.
"As a longtime member of the Corday Productions family, it is a privilege to present this memory book. Days of our Lives: 50 Years is a collection of rare photos providing a big picture view of the show's history while reflecting the heart and soul of the show through some of the beloved and iconic stories during the first 50 years. This is a tribute to our family of fans around the world."
–Greg Meng, Co-Executive Producer, Days of our Lives and Executive in Charge of Production, Corday Productions Inc.
Days of our Lives: 50 Years is an in-depth, photographic journey of the longest-running scripted program in NBC's history. This beautiful book showcases new and exciting views of a television icon that continues to bring the much loved world of Salem to its loyal viewers. Including rare black-and-white historical images and a wealth of full color photos, this is a spectacular journey highlighting iconic characters and beloved stories.
Days of our Lives: 50 Years is available for pre-order NOW and will be available for purchase on Amazon.com and in book stores and Barnes & Noble locations nationwide October 27, 2015.
Days of our Lives fans will journey through some of the most memorable moments and storylines, including:
Tantalizing Triangles – Relive the complex affairs of the heart between Bill, Laura and Mickey; Roman, Marlena and John; and Carrie, Austin and Sami.
Supercouples – Fall in love with Bo and Hope, Patch and Kayla, and Jack and Jennifer all over again.
Bad to the Bone – Stefano DiMera reigns at the top of a long list of villains who have brought trouble to Salem over the years.
Shocking Twists – Bo is Victor's son!, the real Roman Brady returns!, Vivian buries Carly alive!, and who was revealed to be The Salem Strangler, The Salem Slasher and The Salem Stalker!
Groundbreaking – The first gay male couple to be married on a soap opera (Sonny and Will-2014), the first interracial romance on a daytime soap (David and Valerie-1976), and the first soap opera stars to appear on the cover of TIME (Doug and Julie-1976) are just a few of the many "firsts" featured on the show.
US Book Tour Dates
Los Angeles-10/25/2015 Book signing at Barnes & Noble The Grove at 2:00pm
Links to purchase: www.amazon.com.
'DAYS OF OUR LIVES' MATCHES AN EIGHT-MONTH HIGH IN WOMEN 18-49“Days of our Lives” has equaled a 34-week high in women 18-49 rating during the week of Sept. 7-11 and equaled its top-rated week in the women 18-34 demographic in 49 weeks, according to “live plus same day” viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research.
For the week of Sept. 7-11, "Days of our Lives" averaged a 0.80 rating, 6 share among women 18-49 and 0.46 rating among women 18-34 to rank #4 among network daytime series in both the women 18-49 demographic and the women 18-34 race. Note that “Days” was preempted on Monday for golf coverage.
“Days of our Lives” equaled its highest women 18-49 rating in eight months (since the week of Jan. 12-16, 0.86) and matched its highest women 18-34 rating in nearly 12 months (since Sept. 29-Oct. 3, 2014, 0.47).
For Sept. 7-11 versus the prior week, “Days of our Lives” jumped +11% in the women 18-49 category (0.80 vs. 0.72) and +28% in the women 18-34 demo (0.46 vs. 0.36).
For the season to date, "Days of our Lives" is #7 in the women 18-49 category and #12 in the women 18-34 demo.
Thaao Penghlis InterviewDays of Our Lives Shocker: Thaao Penghlis Previews the Return of Andre DiMera. Read the interview here.
Alison Sweeney: Leaving The Biggest Loser 'Wasn't an Easy Decision'It's so hard to say goodbye.
Following last month's announcement that she was leaving The Biggest Loser after hosting the weight loss game show for eight years, Alison Sweeney admits she got a little emotional.
"Just thinking about the response I've gotten from fans and former contestants makes me tear up," Sweeney tells PEOPLE exclusively in this week's issue. "It's been an amazing run. I'm so proud."
As for why she's moving on now, Sweeney says it was a group decision. "Times change and situations change," she says. "It's a tough time in TV and producers have a lot of tough choices to make in the landscape. We talked and it wasn't an easy decision. It was just the right time for me to do something different."
It was recently announced that Biggest Loser trainer Bob Harper is taking over as the show's new host. Sweeney, who just last year signed off from her decades long run as Sami Brady on Days of Our Lives, knows all about big changes. "Change is good," she says. "I feel great. I've had some time to get used to it."
While she's keeping busy with her new movie Love on Air (premiering Sept. 26 on Hallmark) and her new partnership with Sleep Number, the wife and mother of two says she's enjoying the added free time. "It's been a year of spending time with my kids [Ben, 10, and Megan, 6,] and taking them to school every day. That's been a big shift and really important for our family."
For more on Alison Sweeney's next moves, pick up this week's issue of People, on newsstands Friday.
Stephen Nichols Short FilmsThere are a couple short films by Stephen Nichols (Patch, Days/ex-Tucker, Y&R/ex-Stefan, GH) available to watch on his website stephennichols.net.
Get The Dime: https://vimeo.com/89706426.
I See: https://vimeo.com/107762867.
6 in the MixCamila Banus (ex-Gabi, Days) – in September she'll be interviewed on NBC's 6 in the Mix (South Florida)
Oprah: Where Are They Now?Sun 9/20 - OWN
Actor David Oyelowo On His New Movie, RHBH Lisa Rinna & Actress Debi Mazar
DAYS STAR RELEASES FILMJason Cook (Shawn, DAYS) released his mockumentary, State Of Bacon, on Google Play and iTunes, on September 5 in honor of International Bacon Day. A description of the film reads, "The definitive mockumentary celebrating bacon fellowship at the annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival in Iowa. WWE legend Hacksaw Jim Duggan faces off against PETA, while a diplomatic envoy from Iceland steals Governor Terry Branstad's pardoned pig, all while Senator Chuck Grassley and a Bacon Queen reign over all things bacon." To view the trailer, go to: https://youtu.be/gM38MbuWVYU. Look for the actor to make his Salem comeback this fall.
Days of Our Lives Photo: Peter Reckell Returns as Bo for NBC Soap's 50th(Photo) This will put a grin on your Fancy Face: Days of Our Lives‘ Bo will be back in Salem very soon — and we’ve got your exclusive first look at portrayer Peter Reckell’s return.
Reckell will begin airing on Tuesday, Sept. 8, as part of the NBC soap’s ongoing 50th anniversary celebration. In the photo below, he and co-star Stephen Nichols (aka Patch) flash big smiles on set at the Brady Pub.
The daytime drama is marking the milestone with a murder mystery that began earlier this summer, facilitating the return of fan favorites including Alison Sweeney, Thaoo Penghlis, Martha Madison and Nichols. The killer will be revealed during the week of Nov. 8.
Reckell has played Bo — brother of Roman and Kayla and (now ex-)husband to Hope — off and on since 1983.
Peter Reckell Interview'Days of Our Lives': Peter Reckell on Bo's Return and Reunion With Hope: Read the interview here.
Soap Opera Writers Forced By Producers To Get WGA Waivers For Less Work & Pay(deadline.com) More and more soap opera writers are being “bullied” by producers into requesting waivers from the WGA to take pay cuts, according to guild sources, one of whom described it as a “particularly insidious” problem that’s “cropping up regularly on daytime TV.” The guild, however, has been powerless to do anything about it because the writers are afraid that they’ll lose their jobs if they speak up. WGA sources say that veteran CBS soaps The Bold And The Beautiful and The Young And The Restless are the ones the guild has received the most complaints about. “Writers have told the guild this is happening,” said a WGA source.
The guild’s contract requires a show’s soap writers to be given one assignment a week, but writers can ask for a waiver to cut back on the workload if they have a legitimate reason, such as illness or a family emergency. Some crafty producers, however, allegedly have been gaming the system by bullying less-favored writers into asking the guild for waivers to reduce their assignments by one or more a month, even though they actually want to continue working full time. Sources say that some writers have been forced to give up a script or two a month so that an actor or a line producer can write a show or so a new writer can be brought in at no extra cost.
The contract language governing these waivers was meant to protect writers by mandating that the request come from the writer. If it does, the contract requires the guild to grant the waiver, but if the guild determines that it originated from the company, it can refuse. The guild, however, has yet to deny such a waiver requested by a soap writer.
Guild records show that from June 2014 through June 2015, the guild granted 23 such waivers to soap writers – 16 on CBS’ The Bold And The Beautiful, six to writers on the network’s The Young And The Restless, and one to a writer on NBC’s Days Of Our Lives. In the previous year, writers on B&B requested another 11 waivers, and Y&R writers asked for two. A spokesperson for Bell-Phillip Television Productions, which produces both CBS daytime dramas, declined comment “at this time.”
“The number of waiver requests have multiplied over the last decade,” said Karen Harris, a WGA board member and former chair of the guild’s Daytime Writers Committee who sits on the guild’s Waiver Committee. “Hardly a month goes by when we don’t have a waiver request or two.”
Harris, a former soap writer, has been one of those leading the charge against the practice. Contacted by Deadline, she said that she knows of one writer who actually wanted the waiver but said that “the vast majority are being told to request a waiver to accept less than what the Minimum Basic Agreement requires.”
Harris said that she has seen soap writers’ personal service agreements that “memorialize a reduced guarantee along with the condition that the writer seek a waiver every 13 weeks.” This, she believes, “demonstrates coercion on the part of the company and establishes that the waiver requests are often not truly ‘initiated’ by the writers as required by the MBA.”
Soap operas have been in a steady decline during the past 15 years. Ratings have fallen precipitously, and there now are fewer daytime serials airing on the networks – only four – than at any time in the past half-century. No new daytime soap has been created in this millennium, and many of the old favorites have fallen by the wayside, including Guiding Light, which ended its 72-year run (on radio and television) in 2009; As The World Turns, which ended its 54-year run in 2010; One Life To Live, which was cancelled in 2012 after 43 years; and All My Children, which was cancelled after 41 years in 2011. The latter two had post-network runs online and on OWN.
“Daytime has contracted,” Harris said. “The pool of available writers is large, and in order for any given writer to continue working in their genre, they’re finding themselves in a position of having to accept what the producers demand.”
She added: “The producers do it because they can. It gives them more flexibility to pick and choose and let the writers pay the price.”
Contacted by Deadline, Dan Wilcox, who raised the issue in his campaign for election to the WGA board of directors, called it an “unfair labor practice. It’s a way to hire people at below the contracted minimum.”
In his campaign statement, Wilcox noted: “Over the last few years, a couple of the companies have begun using the reduced-load waivers to punish some writers and reward others. The companies tell the writers in disfavor to apply for a ‘half-deal’ waiver or be fired. Given a choice between some income and none, the writers request the waiver.”
Wilcox, a member of the committee that reviews the waivers, wrote that sometimes the committee “learns discretely that a writer is lying and doesn’t really want fewer assignments. But so far those writers have declined to say anything in public, lest they offend the company. Without proof something’s amiss, the guild can do nothing.” He wrote that the contract language that allows the request for the waiver to appear voluntary “has taken the guild’s negotiating power out of the mix, leaving the writers to negotiate one-on-one with the company. We’ve set them up to be bullied.”
Guild records show that there is growing concern that the companies are pressuring writers to request these waivers, and that several members of the Waiver Committee continue to be frustrated by the waivers, which they view as pay cuts being unfairly imposed by the producers. Guild records also show that the guild’s staff and a majority of the board recognize that the daytime writers are facing increasing pressure to accept these deals, but that the guild believes the solution, if any, does not lie in denying the requests of these particular writers.
“Until some brave writer risks company disfavor and goes public, this is a problem without a solution,” Wilcox wrote, “Perhaps it is. But there are tweaks we can make to shift the balance a little. I’d like to see the Waiver Committee attach conditions to every one of these reduced-workload waivers making the arrangement non-exclusive, leaving the writer free to look elsewhere for more lucrative work. And if the new job would make it difficult to complete the old one, the writer should be permitted to terminate the waiver deal on one day’s notice.”
3 Days of Our Lives Stars Wouldn't Mind a Stint on Ray Donovan(Video) Three fan-favorite Days of Our Lives actors, Stephen Nichols (Patch), Kristian Alfonso (Hope) and Galen Gering (Rafe) stopped by the TV Insider studios to chat about the daytime soap.
When asked about the craziest thing that's happened to their characters on the show, Nichols recalled, "I had to go undercover... it's pretty hard to go undercover when you're wearing a patch. So I allowed my friend, the doctor (played by Richard Biggs) to do a surgery in my living room and give me a glass eye." As for Alfonso, she remembered "Nighttime Hope where she was branding men"—with an actual metal brand, because of traumatic things happening in her life.
Despite the soapy storylines, the actors understand the impact that their characters have on their fans. "They're so grateful for us being in their homes and having had these stories presented to them all these years," says Gering.
And if the Days stars could take a break and head to another show? Their vote (not surprisingly) would be the dark and twisted Ray Donovan.
VINCENT IRIZARRY SPEAKS OUT ON JOINING DAYSSoap fave Vincent Irizarry, whose last soap gig saw him reprising his Emmy-winning ALL MY CHILDREN role, David Hayward, on the show's 2013 Internet reboot, broke his silence about joining the cast of DAYS on Twitter. "I honestly couldn't be happier to be working with such wonderfully gifted people, all of whom who have been so warm and welcoming. I'm equally thrilled to be playing a character I've already loved playing these past weeks, with scripts that have been so wonderful, I'm excited each time I open a new one ," he posted. "Can't wait to see you all in Salem!!!" Look for the actor to debut in early 2016.
The actor also took to Facebook to share his exciting news with his fans. "Finally!" he posted. "I'm able to share with all of you what I've been excitedly holding in for over a month now, that I've joined all the incredibly talented people in Salem over at DAYS! I honestly couldn't be happier to be working with such wonderfully gifted people, all of whom who have been so warm and welcoming. I'm equally thrilled to be playing a character I've already loved playing these past weeks, with scripts that have been so wonderful, I'm excited each time I open a new one to find out what the writers have in store for me next, and alongside actors I have so much respect for. What a true, absolute pleasure it's all been!
"Thank you so much, all of you, for your tireless support of me and my work throughout all these years together," he continued. "I'm truly, truly touched by the overwhelming expressions of kind thoughts and well wishes by so many of you throughout all the social media outlets. As it has been throughout so many times in my life working on shows such as this, because of you all, my cup truly runneth over... Can't wait to see you all in Salem!"
Christopher Sean on Season Premiere of Hawaii Five-O“Mai ho`oni i ka wai lana mâlie” – A murder leads Five-0 to investigate a centuries-old Oahu palace raid involving pirates, buried treasure and a killer who is using a stolen painting as a map. Also, the morning after their wedding, Kono and Adam are threatened and tortured by Gabriel, and Danny shows concern for McGarrett regarding Catherine’s return to the island, on the sixth season premiere of HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Sept. 25 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.
RECURRING CAST: Christopher Sean (Gabriel Waincroft)
Molly Burnett & McKenna Roberts on Season Premiere of CSI: Cyber“Why-Fi” – Avery welcomes D.B. Russell to the team as they investigate a burglary/homicide committed by someone who hacked the home’s security system remotely, on the second season premiere of CSI: CYBER, Sunday, Oct. 4 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Also, Avery considers moving to a new position within the hierarchy of the FBI, Krumitz is a witness in his sister’s trial, Elijah deals with a delicate family situation and more is revealed about Nelson’s and Raven’s backgrounds. Ted Danson joins the cast as D.B. Russell, the new Director of Next Generation Forensics, who transfers to Washington, D.C. from Las Vegas.
GUEST CAST: McKenna Roberts (Rae), Molly Burnett (Nina)
All My Children Vet Vincent Irizarry Joins Days of Our Lives — Get DetailsSoap opera vet Vincent Irizarry will next hang his hat in Salem, USA.
TVLine has learned that the Daytime Emmy-winning All My Children alum (Libidozone, anyone?) is joining NBC’s Days of Our Lives as Deimos, a new character who has strong ties to the Kiriakis family.
Irizarry’s other previous TV credits include The Young and the Restless, Guiding Light, NCIS: Los Angeles and Homeland.
His Days episodes will start airing in mid-January 2016.
TWO AMC ALUMS JOIN DAYSAccording to multiple online sources and setsiders, DAYS has hired ALL MY CHILDREN alums Vincent Irizarry (ex-David, et al) and Jordi Vilasuso (ex-Griffin) to play roles connected to established characters in Salem. Time will tell if Irizarry will cross paths on-screen with GUIDING LIGHT co-star Judi Evans (Adrienne; ex-Beth, GL).
Watch WINTERTHORNE Now!WINTERTHORNE, debuts! The delicious drama, centered around one family's candy dynasty, features plenty of faces familiar to daytime viewers, like GENERAL HOSPITAL's Kirsten Storms (Maxie) and Kathleen Gati (Obrecht), DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Martha Madison (Belle), John-Paul Lavoisier (soon-to-be Philip; ex-Rex, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) and Kevin Spirtas (ex-Craig) and DALLAS matriarch Linda Gray (Sue Ellen; ex-Priscilla, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL).
Check it out at www.winterthorne.com.
Galen Gering InterviewGalen Gering Investigates the Days of Our Lives Serial Murders. Read the interview here.
50 Years in Salem! Watch a Supercut for the Days of Our Lives Anniversary(Video) In 50 years, the Horton and Brady families have seen countless steamy kisses, dramatic breakups and near-death experiences.
NBC is paying homage to Days of Our Lives's fifth decade on the air this fall, and PEOPLE has an exclusive first look at the soap opera's big anniversary.
Days premiered Nov. 8, 1965, and is one of the longest running TV shows in history. The series counts Alison Sweeney, Eileen Davidson and John Aniston (Jennifer's father!) among its famous alumni, and actors like Suzanne Rogers have called its set home for most of their careers.
Watch some of the best moments in the video above. Days of Our Lives airs weekdays on NBC.
DAYS’S NEW HEAD WRITER PREVIEWIn the new issue of Digest, Head Writer Josh Griffith previews what he and Head Writer Dena Higley have planned for Salem. “What we wanted to see was a show that was very heavy on romance, mystery, suspense and action, which I think is what is iconic about DAYS,” Griffith says. “It’s been a show that really could do mystery, action and love stories better than anybody else. We really wanted to make it an incredibly exciting, suspenseful, romantic place to be for an hour a day.” The actors are already thrilled with the new Salem. “The mood on the set is electric,” enthuses Kristian Alfonso (Hope). Stephen Nichols (Steve) adds, “There’s great collaboration. Please are really working with each other. Egos have pretty much disappeared. We trust each other.” Drake Hogestyn (John) teases, “The spin of the ball changes direction quickly, especially with John and Marlena…. John and Marlena have these really great, warm moments where the audience is going to fall in love with them all over again.” For much more, pick up the new issue of Digest, on sale tomorrow.
Freddie Smith InterviewActor Freddie Smith of Days of Our Lives Did What...?! Freddie Speaks Out. Read the interview here: www.huffingtonpost.com
Alison Sweeney: My Daughter Is a ‘Free Spirit’ When It Comes to FashionWhile Alison Sweeney says her own style is pretty much comprised of jeans and T-shirts, her 6-year-old daughter Megan Hope‘s style is much less predictable.
“Megan has a more quirky style,” the star and executive producer of Hallmark Channel’s Love on the Air, premiering Sept. 26, tells PEOPLE.
“She’s known to put together Frozen T-shirts with her favorite skirt in a way that’s very unique to Megan. She’s a super free spirit and she has her own style.”
(Photo) For the most part, Sweeney, 38, lets her daughter dress herself.
“I try to help her more depending on the circumstance,” she explains. “One time, she asked me if she had picked out a good outfit for doing cartwheels. Or if it’s cold out, you have to wear longer clothes or a sweater.”
Sweeney continues, “But if she’s met those rules about health and wellness, then I let her pick out patterns that work for her. For the most part, it’s quirky, but it works!”
(Photo) Megan’s style is so unique that the TV host has to let her daughter pick out her own clothes when it comes to shopping.
“Megan has really particular tastes, so she’s very specific about what she will and will not wear,” shares Sweeney. “I have learned not to make the mistake of buying things for her and thinking she’ll like it. You can’t predict.”
Photo) Sweeney’s son Benjamin Edward, 10, is decidedly more laidback when it comes to his wardrobe.
“I’ll get him a shirt with a guitar on it and he’s psyched,” she says. “Ben’s a little more easygoing. That pretty much sums them up.”
To see how Sweeney’s kids styled their mom, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.
‘The Biggest Loser’ Loses Host Alison Sweeney After 8 YearsNBC’s The Biggest Loser is a little lighter today. Alison Sweeney, who has been a host on the weight-loss competition show since 2007, has exited the program. No reason was given and no replacement was named for the veteran series, which debuted in 2004 and has been renewed for a 17th cycle. “After an incredible run together, Alison Sweeney will not be returning as host of The Biggest Loser next season,” the show’s producers said in a statement.
DAYS STARS IN NEW MOVIEMolly Burnett (ex-Melanie), Freddie Smith (ex-Sonny) and Spencer Neville (Derrick) began work on Monday on a new film that also features Smith’s real-life love, Alyssa Tabit. Burnett posted on Instagram about their first day working on the film and added, “So excited for you to guys to see what’s coming.” Click here to see the photo: https://instagram.com/p/6xhYyGCxy9/?taken-by=mollyburnett
MORE DAYS FOR VAUGHAN!Greg Vaughan (Eric, DAYS), who joined the soap in 2012, tweeted that that he has extended his contract. He posted, "Great day today! Official contract extension @DaysofourLives & new movie @hallmarkchannel Truly Blessed!"
MELISSA ARCHER ON DAYS DEPARTUREIn the new issue of Digest, Melissa Archer discusses her exit as DAYS’s Serena. “I completely understood and somewhere, expected it,” she admits. “It was a very positive experience. I joke about it like, ‘Getting fired, it didn’t really feel like it.’ It was the most pleasant ‘getting fired’ conversation I’ve ever had. There was laughter. It was great, actually.” As for her overall Salem experience, she says, “Honestly, it was amazing. I’m not just saying this: I very wholeheartedly mean it that from the top to the bottom, I loved everybody. I thought that the sets were very relaxed. Professional and relaxed.” Her final airdate is set for next week. For more from the actress, pick up the new issue of Digest, on sale now.
Same day episodes of Days of our Lives? are coming to @PopTV?Hold the sand. Same day episodes of Days of our Lives? are coming to @PopTV?—weeknights 8/7c starting Monday. #DAYS
FINAL DAYS EPISODE FOR DAYS’S FREDDIE SMITH“I feel really good about the episode,” shares Smith. “Sonny gets to have moments with all of the people who are important to him.” Regarding his exit, the Emmy winner says, “As Sonny, I was saying good-bye to the people in his life, and I was saying farewell to people that I’ve worked with for four years. My life in Salem as Sonny, and my job at DAYS melded together. It was very emotional.” For more from the actor, pick up the issue of Digest on sale now.
Secrets and Lies Season 2 Recruits Witches of East End's Eric WinterEric Winter (Witches of East End) is about to find himself in a whole mess of trouble on Secrets and Lies.
The former warlock will appear in the second season of ABC’s mystery drama — slated to return sometime midseason — as Neal Oliver, the best friend of Eric Warner (The Following‘s Michael Ealy), TVLine has confirmed.
ebwinter : Very excited to be joining the cast of @secretsandliesabc for season 2! What will be in store for Neal?! #SecretsAndLies #ABC
Secrets and Lies‘ second season will find Cornell investigating the murder of Kate Warner, with her husband Eric as a potential suspect. Additional Season 2 additions include Terry O’Quinn (Lost), Jordana Brewster (Dallas), Charlie Barnett (Chicago Fire), AnnaLynne McCord (90210) and Kenny Johnson (The Shield).
Arrow Season 4: Charlotte Ross Set to Return as Felicity's MomFire up your Donna Smoak fist-pump GIFs, because Felicity’s mom has booked another trip to Arrow‘s Starling City.
TVLine has exclusively learned that fan favorite Charlotte Ross will reprise her role as Donna in the sixth episode of Season 4 (which kicks off Wednesday, Oct. 7). Thus far the nature of Mom’s latest visit is under wraps, but I will go ahead and shamelessly spitball: Maybe it’s time to give Dad a name?
Of course, the last time we saw Donna she had nudged her daughter to follow her heart in the direction of one Oliver Queen — who, Felicity lamented at the time, was “terminally unavailable.” But things sure have changed since then, haven’t they?
Prior to her first encore as Donna (this past April), Ross spoke with TVLine about the incredibly and abundantly positive fan reaction to Felicity’s Vegas cocktail waitress mama, effusing, “I’ve been in this business for a while and I’ve never seen anything like it…. I’m just so overwhelmed with gratitude."
The actress’ previous TV credits include Hit the Floor, Nashville, Glee, NYPD Blue and an Emmy-nominated Days of Our Lives run.
Curtis Stone and Lindsay Price heat up food eventCurtis Stone makes time for romance, even when he’s working.
Stone’s wife, the actress Lindsay Price, joined him at an event for his new at-sea restaurant, SHARE by Curtis Stone aboard Princess Cruises.
We’re told the couple looked adorable as they hugged and kissed throughout the event, held in Los Angeles Monday night. He even whipped up a special dish for her: a chicken liver parfait with pomegranate marmalade.
Price, 38, stunned in an off-the-shoulder floral-print dress 11 months after giving birth to the pair’s second child, a son named Emerson Spencer. The celebrity chef, 39, and the former “Lipstick Jungle” star also share a toddler son named Hudson.
Nia Peeples Files for Divorce from Husband Sam GeorgePretty Little Liars actress Nia Peeples has filed for divorce from her husband, pro surfer and filmmaker Sam George.
Peeples, 53, submitted the paperwork in the Los Angeles County Courthouse on Aug. 11, just 20 days short of the couple's eighth wedding anniversary.
The papers obtained by PEOPLE cite irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split. Peeples is seeking to keep the couple's home, a Malibu, California, mobile home with an ocean view that's valued at $875,000. Also listed among the couple's community assets is a Las Vegas condo worth $91,000.
In 2013, Peeples' mobile home was featured in an episode of Celebrity Wife Swap that showed the actress trading homes with '80s pop singer Tiffany.
Peeples, who rose to fame on the TV series Fame, has been married three times before. She and George have no children, but Peeples has two children from previous marriages.
First Look: Days of Our Lives Grows a New Teen Set Practically Overnight(tvinsider.com) (Photo) Is there something in the water? Five kiddie characters on NBC’s Days of Our Lives are about to be hit with what’s known in the suds trade as SORAS—Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome. On August 28, Patch and Kayla’s son Joey, last seen as a 6-year-old, will pop up as a troubled teen played by newcomer James Lastovic. This fall, we’ll also see a suddenly sprouted Ciara Brady (Vivian Jovanni) and Chase Jennings (Jonathon McClendon), both arriving October 30. Then comes Theo Carver (Kyler Pettis) on November 3, followed by Claire Brady (Olivia Keegan) November 25. (Pictured above, left to right, are Pettis, Keegan, McClendon, Jovanni and Lastovic.)
“Young people are the life blood of any soap—especially ours as we head toward our 50th anniversary in November,” says executive producer Ken Corday. “By aging these children into young adults, we’re making them more relatable to our audience and more dramatically exciting. These are not ancillary characters, but young leads. None of them will be a goody two-shoes. Each is somewhat flawed.”
And these apples won’t fall far from their trees. “You’ll see that Ciara is a lot like her mom, Hope, and that Joey is very much like Patch,” says Corday. “In fact, Joey will be giving Patch the ‘rebel’ a little of his own medicine!”
By Corday’s count, these sudden teens represent the soap’s fifth generation. “My late mom [Days executive producer Betty Corday] used to say, ‘You have to water the roots of the Days of Our Lives tree with a new generation every 10 years or so,’ and that’s what we’ve done,” Corday notes. “These are the children of the children of the children of the children, and they are vital to our future.”
Jade Harlow on "Zoo"“Emotional Contagion” – On the run as fugitives, the team flies to Zambia to gather leopard DNA in order to manufacture a cure for the abnormal behavior that's affecting animals worldwide. When it’s time to leave, they need to reach out to animal rights activist Ray Endicott (guest star Warren Christie) to get safe passage out of the country. Also, Chloe makes the ultimate sacrifice to avoid further bloodshed, on ZOO, Tuesday, Sept. 1 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST: Xander Berkeley (Ronnie “Dogstick” Brannigan), Warren Christie (Ray Endicott), Jade Harlow (Anissa Woods).
DENA HIGLEY OFF DAYS?According to a report by Daytime Confidential, DAYS’s Head Writer Dena Higley, who returned to the soap on February 9 as part of a new writing team with Josh Griffith, has taken a leave of absence. For the story, go here.
DAYS CASTING NEW ROLEDAYS is seeking a Caucasian woman in her early 40s to play the short-term, contract role of Summer. She is described as a passionate loner who has been in and out of institutions and is a small-time thief. The show is asking for experienced actors only, names preferred, to begin taping at the end of the month.
Jensen Ackles Joins Instagram! See His Sweet Selfie With Adorable Daughter() Cuteness overload.
Jensen Ackles has finally joined Instagram and what better way to do it than with a precious pic with daughter, Justice Jay.
The Supernatural hunk uploaded the super cute selfie over the weekend with the simple caption, "Hello Instagram."
The perfect pic features Ackles casually dressed in a black t-shirt and some sexy stubble sporting a sly smile. The actor has his arm around his baby girl who is sitting pretty next to her proud papa. Justice Jay's blond locks frame her sweet face as her big blue eyes look straight into the camera.
In 2013, Ackles and his wife, actress Danneel Harris announced the arrival of their first child via Twitter, writing, "We are happy to announce the birth of our precious baby girl, Justice Jay 'JJ' Ackles. She was born happy and healthy on May 30th."
"It's been quite the adjustment," Ackles told E! News exclusively that same year when asked about balancing fatherhood and filming Supernatural. "A friend of mine says it's a slightly different gear, and I said, different gear? No, you put it in park, you get out of the car, you get in a different car, you take a left down a wrong street; that's basically where I'm at now."
He continued, "I'm lost, I'm just completely lost. Season nine started and I got back to work where I at least had some sort of understanding of what's happening around me, but the baby's doing great and for me I think it's just going to be a lot more travel."
Ackles and Harris tied the knot on May 15, 2010, in his native Dallas.
Beverly Hills and New York ‘Housewives’ film in HamptonsIt was a “Housewives” takeover in the Hamptons on Saturday.
“Real Housewives” from Beverly Hills and New York headed to the Hamptons over the weekend to celebrate Bella magazine’s White Party at Beautique at the Capri Hotel in Southampton — and to film an episode of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.”
The party — hosted by Lisa Vanderpump — had guests dressed to the nines in white attire.
Vanderpump wore a flowing white strapless Isabelle Armstrong Couture gown and donned a large white hat. She was spotted filming by the pool with co-stars Lisa Rinna, Kyle Richards and Eileen Davidson, plus New York’s Countess LuAnn de Lesseps.
Of course the party wouldn’t have been complete without Vanderpump’s famously well-dressed pup, Jiggy, who was floating around the party taking pictures with Vanderpump’s husband Ken Todd.
Former New York “Housewife” Jill Zarin was also in attendance, chatting with “Glee” actress Jenna Ushkowitz, but both missed the memo that it was a white party. Ushkowitz showed up in a black dress with nude stilettos, while Zarin wore a colorful print look.
Former New York “Housewife” Aviva Drescher made a quick appearance, as did de Lesepps’ current castmate Dorinda Medley.
No sign of the rumored new Beverly Hills castmate, Erika Jayne, at the party, although on Monday Jayne posted a photo of herself at the hotel where the party was held. “Rise and shine everyone!” she captioned the picture, shared two days after the soiree.
Coleen Gray, Who Played Film Noir Naïfs, Dies at 92(nytimes.com) Coleen Gray (ex-Diane Hunter, Days of Our Lives), an actress who dreamed of playing femmes fatales but was repeatedly cast as innocents in noir films like Stanley Kubrick’s “The Killing,” died on Monday at her home in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles. She was 92.
David Schecter, a friend, confirmed her death.
With wavy hair and luminous skin, Ms. Gray had the looks to play one of film noir’s leading ladies in the 1940s and ’50s. But her girl-next-door demeanor effectively typecast her as the love interest in crime movies and cowboy pictures.
“I was always Goody Two-Shoes,” Ms. Gray was quoted as saying in “Dark City Dames: The Wicked Women of Film Noir,” by Eddie Muller. “The juicier parts, it was determined, were not for me.”
Ms. Gray made the most of her niche, however, appearing with some of the biggest stars of the time. Her first major part was as the love interest of a parolee, played by Victor Mature, in Henry Hathaway’s “Kiss of Death” (1947), which she also narrated. The film was the movie debut of Richard Widmark, who played the murderer.
Ms. Gray played a wife who refused to take part in a grift with her husband, a carnival con man played by Tyrone Power, in “Nightmare Alley” (1947). She also appeared in westerns, notably as the sweetheart of John Wayne’s cattle-rancher character in Howard Hawks’s “Red River” (released in 1948).
In “The Killing” (1956), Ms. Gray was the love interest of Sterling Hayden’s criminal, who is bent on robbing a racetrack before settling down with her. But she would much rather have played the scheming wife who double-crossed her husband, she told The New York Times in 1999, and not getting the part — Marie Windsor did — “was frustrating.”
Doris Bernice Jensen was born on Oct. 23, 1922, in Staplehurst, Neb. She grew up in Hutchinson, Minn., and received a bachelor’s degree in English and music from Hamline University in St. Paul in 1943.
She moved to Hollywood and worked as a waitress before signing a seven-year contract with 20th Century Fox and adopting the screen name Coleen Gray.
She married the screenwriter Rodney Amateau in 1945. That marriage ended in divorce, as did her second, to William C. Bidlack.
In 1950 Ms. Gray starred alongside Bing Crosby in Frank Capra’s comedy “Riding High” and, in 1954, Mr. Hayden again in the western “Arrow in the Dust.” She played a nurse involved in a drug ring opposite Richard Conte in “The Sleeping City” (1950), much of which was filmed at Bellevue Hospital in New York
Her film career waned later in the 1950s, and she began appearing in B movies like “The Leech Woman” (1960), in which she played a monstrous woman who uses fluid from men’s brains to ward off aging. She also appeared regularly on television shows like “77 Sunset Strip,” “Mister Ed” and “The Virginian.”
In recent years Ms. Gray, an advocate for conservative Christian causes, worked with her third husband, Joseph Zeiser, in a prison ministry founded by Charles Colson, an aide to President Richard M. Nixon who had spent time behind bars in connection with the Watergate scandal.
Mr. Zeiser, who was known as Fritz, died in 2012. Ms. Gray is survived by a daughter , Susan Amateau, from her first marriage; a son, Bruce Bidlack, from her second marriage; two stepsons, Rick and Steve Zeiser; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
When Mr. Muller, the author of “Dark City Dames,” interviewed Ms. Gray at her home, he mentioned he had recently seen her playing a disreputable schemer on a rerun of “Perry Mason.” She lit up.
“Did you believe me as a nasty person?” Ms. Gray asked. “I’m so happy.”
GH ALUM ALICIA LEIGH WILLIS IN NEW FILMAlicia Leigh Willis (ex-Courtney, GH et al) plays the lead role in a new thriller available now on Digital HD and On Demand titled DANGEROUS COMPANY.
“My character owns a multi-million dollar clothing company and she is on top of everything,” Willis teases of the mystery. “She’s got her ‘you-know-what’ together, always has, but slowly she starts to slip in terms of losing her memory. Her mother passed away from Alzheimer’s and she is diagnosed as having early-onset dementia, and slowly her world starts to fall apart. But, there are twists and turns ahead for her that you won’t believe! It was a heavy role, but very rewarding. Rick Ravanello, who plays my husband in the film, is just amazing! We had a great time working together.”
For more on Willis, check out an upcoming issue of Soap Opera Digest. To check out a clip of the flick, click here.
Lisa Rinna and Comedian Billy Eichner Jokingly Settle Their Twitter DramaFor Billy Eichner, all is right in the world again because Lisa Rinna has re-followed him on Twitter – and apologized for unfollowing him in the first place.
When the Funny or Die comedian appeared on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live on Monday, the conversation quickly turned to Eichner's recent Twitter burn, courtesy of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Rinna.
WWHL host Andy Cohen recapped the situation: At first, Eichner was overjoyed to discover Rinna followed him on Twitter, but then was crushed when she later unfollowed him, and he told the story recently on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien.
Cohen got Rinna on the phone to discuss the social media snub.
"I just got nominated for an Emmy for a video I did with Michelle Obama – I'm so glad to be talking to Lisa Rinna," quipped Eichner, in reference to the Emmy nod he received for an episode of his show Billy On The Street.
"You know, there's so many things I do that I don't understand myself," Rinn explained. "I think I followed him and then he was talking too much and I thought, 'I don't want to follow him anymore,' and I unfollowed him."
When asked why she later re-followed him, Rinna admitted it was because Eichner had called her out on Conan.
"Anybody with the balls to call me out, you know, I am all on their team, I am all for them," she said, adding, "I am so sorry if I ever hurt your feelings, Billy!"
"I do love Lisa Rinna though, and I have a weird affection for Lisa Rinna," Eichner said. "So thank you for re-following me!"
‘Significant Mother’ appeals to Krista Allen’s funny, sexy sweet spotIn most descriptions of her many television roles, “sexy” is a qualifier for Krista Allen –- and it’s working for her again.
The veteran of “Days of Our Lives,” “What About Brian,” “Baywatch Hawaii” and countless guest shots on series from “Friends” to “The X-Files” is the “Significant Mother” in The CW sitcom premiering Monday (Aug. 3). She plays a newly separated wife and mother who worries her restaurateur son (Josh Zuckerman) by dating his best friend (Nathaniel Buzolic) -– which also reignites her husband’s (Jonathan Silverman) interest, prompting him to try to win her back.
“It’s really a dream role for me,” Allen tells Zap2it, “and it’s comedy, which is something I love doing. This character, Lydia Marlowe, is a woman who’s lived her life for everyone else. She is just starting to listen to her own needs and do what makes her happy … which currently is dating her son’s friend, but it evolves and becomes so much more than that. I guess you could say it’s a slightly delayed coming-of-age story for her.”
Actually, the coming-of-age notion applies to virtually everyone in “Significant Mother,” including Lydia’s mother. She’s played, in an extended guest role, by another familiar TV face: Linda Gray, legendary as Sue Ellen Ewing on both iterations of “Dallas.”
“She is so amazing,” Allen enthuses. “I’ve been a fan of hers for so long, I just loved having her around. I couldn’t think of a better person to play my TV mom, and she was really excited. She was like, ‘Nobody’s ever really given me a chance to do comedy before,’ and she had a lot of work to do, a lot of dialogue. And she killed it.”
“Significant Mother” originally was developed by writers and executive producers Erin Cardillo and Richard Keith, both actors as well, for The CW’s digital CW Seed outlet that also yielded last summer’s “Backpackers.” “They believed in the show so much, they just took us right to network,” Allen reflects, “so it’s already like, ‘OK, we’re doing something special here.’ And it’s really cool.”
Humorous as “Significant Mother” is meant to be, Allen believes it also has a serious undertone. “Lydia makes a ton of mistakes,” the actress allows, “but I find her to be quite relatable because of that. In trying to reinvent ourselves and change, we all stumble and fail as we try to do our best, and that’s what this character is doing through all of this. It’s not just the mom sleeping with her son’s best friend.”
Days of Our Lives: 50th anniversary celebration to feature a killer twist(ew.com) From now until our huge fall TV preview hits newsstands Sept. 10, EW is bringing you 50 scoops in 50 days. Follow the hashtag #50Scoops50Days on Twitter and Instagram to keep up with the latest, and check EW.com/50Scoops50Days for all the news and surprises.
As Days of Our Lives gears up for its 50th anniversary, EW can exclusively reveal the plot that will bring the residents of Salem together only to tear them apart.
In late August, an elaborate murder mystery plot kicks off that will see several of Salem’s residents — and perhaps even some of the town’s former, fan-favorite residents — meeting their demise.
On the week of Nov. 8 — the official date of the soap’s 50th anniversary — the murder mystery plot will culminate in a “huge reveal,” the network has promised.
As previously announced, returning fan favorites include Stephen Nichols, Alison Sweeney, Peter Reckell, Thaoo Penghlis, Martha Madison, Tamara Braun, Camila Banus, and more.
So, which Days character would you want to see get the ax? And who would wield it?
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'NYPD Blue' Star Charlotte Ross -- My Ex-Boyfriend Threatened to Drown My Dog!Charlotte Ross claims her ex-boyfriend was so abusive he once threatened to drown her dog.
Ross claims in a new restraining order, obtained by TMZ, she confronted then-boyfriend Patrick Eugene Aurignae over his alleged infidelity. The "NYPD Blue" star says when she grabbed his phone to read his emails, he threatened to drown one of her dogs. He also broke 3 of her nails.
Ross claims several weeks later while vacationing in Maui he also assaulted her in front of a restaurant full of people on July 4, putting her in a headlock and choking her after yet another cheating confrontation.
Ross got a temporary restraining order against Aurignae, protecting her, her son, and her two dogs.
ATWT FAVES WELCOME DAUGHTERCongratulations to Terri Conn and Austin Peck (ex-Katie and Brad, ATWT), who welcomed their second daughter together, Morgan Theresa Peck, on July 18. The couple's first girl, Keira, was born in 2012, and they both have children (her daughter Julia, and his sons Roman and Aidan) from previous marriages.
Baby On Board!Matthew Ashford (ex-Tom, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Stephen, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Jack, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) and actress/teacher Lana Buss are expecting their second child in November. "It's gonna be a girl," he reveals to Soaps In Depth. The new addition will join big brother Henry (2) and Ashford's daughters, Grace and Emma, with his former wife, Christina Saffran.
JOHN-PAUL LAVOISIER JOINS DAYSOLTL vet John-Paul Lavoisier (ex-Rex) is the latest big name to be tapped by DAYS and will portray Philip Kiriakis, son of Victor and Kate. The role was previously played by Jay Kenneth Johnson and Kyle Brandt. Lavoisier has already started filming and will first air in early December. For more DAYS casting news, pick up the new issue of Digest, on sale tomorrow.
DAYS STAR ENGAGED!(Pic) Billy Flynn (Chad, DAYS) reveals that he popped the question to actress Gina Comparetto on his birthday on May 29 — and she said yes! “I haven’t talked about it on social media,” the actor tells Digest. "Our families and friends have known.” Flynn began dating Comparetto in early 2014; a wedding date has not yet been set. Congratulations to the happy couple!
Days' Ava Returns(tvline.com) One of Salem’s most unpredictable residents is popping back in for a visit.
Tamara Braun, who portrayed Mafia princess Ava Vitali on Days of Our Lives in 2008, will return for the soap’s upcoming 50th anniversary.
According to TVInsider, Braun will make her entrance in the Dec. 9 episode.
The actress, who won a Daytime Emmy Award in 2009 for her portrayal of Ava, has also appeared on the series as Taylor Walker, estranged sister of Nicole Walker.
DAYS EXEC TALKS CHANGES(Cover) In the new issue of Soap Opera Digest, Executive Producer Ken Corday discusses the changes ahead in Salem, and why he made them. "The show I was looking at was no longer recognizable as DAYS OF OUR LIVES to me," he explains. "We had to jettison stories that were not going over well with the audience and we had to give characters on the show who were recognizable and powerful more story. But most importantly, we had to, for the 50th anniversary, months after and before, give the viewers what they wanted to see." For the full story, pick up the new issue, on sale now.
SAL STOWERS TO DAYSAMC alum Sal Stowers (ex-Cassandra, AMC) has joined DAYS in a new contract role and will make her Salem debut in September. Michael Fairman (michaelfairmansoaps.com) first reported the news.
Suits Scoop: Scrubs Nurse Is Harvey Specter's New SecretaryIt might feel like Donna is irreplaceable on Suits. And yet, Harvey has found someone to fill her swivel chair.
Scrubs alumna Aloma Wright will recur on Season 5 of the USA Network series as the lawyer’s new legal secretary, Gretchen Bodinski, TVLine has learned.
Gretchen — who makes her debut in this Wednesday’s episode — has more than two decades of experience and isn’t afraid to tell it like it is, which allows her to bring a fresh perspective to the firm.
In addition to playing Nurse Laverne Roberts on Scrubs, Wright has appeared on Days of Our Lives, Scandal, Private Practice and Parenthood.
DANIEL COSGROVE OUT AT DAYS?According to multiple tweets from fans, Daniel Cosgrove (Aiden) revealed at a fan event in Canada that he has been let go from DAYS. The actor, who joined the soap in 2013 and began airing in January, 2014, quickly became one half of the popular “Haiden” pairing with Kristian Alfonso’s Hope.
Girlfriends' Guide Adds Mark ValleyGirlfriends’ Guide to Divorce has found the cure for what ails Abby: a strong dose of Mark Valley, to be administered semi-regularly throughout Season 2.
The Bravo dramedy has cast the Boston Legal alum in the recurring role of “confident and charming TV personality” Dr. Harris, who’ll pursue Lisa Edelstein’s character in the upcoming season, TVLine has learned exclusively.
Valley’s TV credits include Body of Proof, Fringe, CSI, Human Target and Days of Our Lives.
In other casting news, Baby Daddy‘s Jean-Luc Bilodeau will guest-star in a Season 2 episode as Adam, a handsome, young dude Alanna Ubach’s Jo meets on Tinder.
Also: Joanna Vannicola (Being Erica) will recur as Jonathan, an androgynous power wedding planner (but for whom?); Henderson Wade (Criminal Minds) will recur as Walt, Max and Ford’s manny who helps Abby in a pinch; and Susan Hogan (Night Heat, Battlestar Galactica) will guest-star as Carol, mother of Delia’s wealthy hook-up, Gordon.
Bilodeau and Hogan join previously announced Season 2 guest star Retta (Parks and Recreation), who’ll show up as a rival editor at Abby’s new job.
The series is currently in production on Season 2.
MARTHA MADISON BACK TO DAYSOn her radio show SOAPBOX WITH LILLY AND MARTHA, Martha Madison confirmed that she is returning to DAYS as Belle, which she played from 2004-08. As previously reported by Digest, Jason Cook (Shawn) is back and the show has recasted Shawn and Belle’s daughter, Claire. Madison will first air on Wednesday, November 25.
JASON COOK BACK TO DAYSJason Cook, who played Shawn-Douglas Brady from 1999-2006, will be back for the events surrounding DAYS’s 50th anniversary in November. The popular actor has already begun taping. For more, see the next issue of Soap Opera Digest.
DAYS’S EXECUTIVE PRODUCER PENS NOVELDAYS’s Executive Producer, Ken Corday, will be signing copies of his new novel, Ladies of the Lake, at BookCon in New York City. Pick up a copy and head to the Javits Center (655 W. 34th Street) on Saturday, May 30 from 12:00-1:00pm at the ?Midpoint Trade Books Booth (#3174). The book follows the adventures of “beautiful, entitled … and lethal” families in the fictional, gated community of Avalon, CA.
NEW GIG FOR DAYS ALUMOn Instagram, newlywed Farah Fath (ex-Mimi, DAYS; ex-Gigi, OLTL) who just married Phil Galfond on May 15, revealed that she is heading north to work with Alison Sweeney (ex-Sami, DAYS). "Last night at our beautiful new house in vegas, then i gotta head to vancouver for a lil job with @alisweeney woo woo,” she posted, along with this photo. Sweeney is toiling on the second installment of MURDER SHE BAKED for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, which will air in December. “So excited to work with Farah again!” Sweeney enthuses. “I was thrilled this opportunity worked out. Can’t wait."
'Days of Our Lives' 50th Anniversary Gift: Bo and Patch Are Back!Patch and Bo are back on @DaysofourLives, and we have your first look!: yahoo.com.
Days Favorite Returns, A Martinez JoinsPack your bags, Thaao Penghlis: You’re headed back to Salem.
The Days of Our Lives fan favorite, who has appeared on the soap since 1981, is set to reprise his role as Andre DiMera, TVLine has confirmed.
Further details about Penghlis’ return — including when his episodes will air — are not yet available.
Meanwhile, soap vet A Martinez (Santa Barbara, General Hospital) is joining Days in the new role of Eduardo, who, according to Soap Opera Digest, “will have many connections in Salem.”
FIRST LOOK! DAYS CASTS JOEY(Photo) The Johnson family will be back in Salem in full force, with Stephen Nichols (Steve) already taping, along with newcomer James Lastovic who has been cast as Steve and Kayla’s now-teenage son, Joey. Look for him to make his DAYS debut in late summer.
ALISON SWEENEY BACK ON DAYS SETAfter a year away from the Burbank studio where DAYS shoots, Alison Sweeney reported back to work today. On-screen mom, Deidre Hall (Marlena), posted a photo with Sweeney on Facebook, and captioned it, "Some days are better than others. And some days are utterly joyous! Today is such a day. Days of our Lives 50th Anniversary Days of our Lives.” To see the photo, go here.
What It's Really Like to Work on 'Days of Our Lives'(etonline.com) "Like sands through the hourglass, so are the Days of Our Lives."
But how does that sand continue to fall through the same hourglass for five decades? After Days of Our Lives tied for Best Drama Series at the 2015 Daytime Emmys, ETonline went behind-the-scenes to find out some secrets about what it's really like to work for the iconic soap opera.
Robert Scott Wilson (Ben Rogers) joined the cast last January, and he spoke about how he believes everyone there is hard-working.
"From the outside world looking in, it's like, 'Oh it's just a soap opera.' I think what a lot of people don't know is how much work we actually do in a day," the 27-year-old actor and former Price Is Right model told ETonline. "We shoot almost 150 pages of work a day. Most shows that you watch in prime time that are one-hour episodes, it takes them seven to 10 days to shoot one episode. We shoot seven and a half episodes in one week."
But even then, there's no typical day.
"I can be here from 7:30 in the morning to 7:00 at night. It depends," said Wilson. "Sometimes we get really lucky and we can film multiple episodes in one day. Other times, we drag out an episode for two weeks." And the pressure is always on.
As Jen Lilley (Theresa Donovan) explained, there are no teleprompters or cue cards, and "You get one take to nail it. You have one night or maybe a few hours tops to prepare 20 scenes. You can't drop the ball." You can drop props though, whether you throw a drink across the room or pull a Theresa and whack John Black (played by Drake Hogestyn) with a fireplace poker.
"When I had to hit John over the head, I was terrified," Lilley admitted. "It was a rubber fireplace poker, and there was a stunt double I had to hit. I had to full-on hit him on the head, and I felt the reverberation in my hand. It was scary."
The dramatic scenes and outrageous storylines have hooked audiences for years, but as Bryan Dattilo shared, the show has evolved since he first started playing Lucas Horton 22 years ago.
"I think it has an old stigma of being over the top and not being a real drama, and the storylines overshadowed the acting in the past, but if you look at it in the last eight to 10 years, I don't see that," he said. "I see the best place for acting that I've seen on daytime."
Some of the best acting has undoubtedly come from Deidre Hall (Dr. Marlena Evans Black), a familiar face since 1976.
While her character has been through it all on the soap, it never gets old for her.
"Days has done a very fine job of staying current. If there are topics to be discussed, we discuss them," she said.
"We did the first crib death on television. It had never been seen on TV. There was no warning. Marlena walked in the room and saw D.J. in the crib," Hall recalled. "We did the first twin storyline. We had the first possession storyline. We had the first gay wedding. We have been heralded for our bravery, and I think we deserve it."
And it's the staying power that should really be commended.
As Eric Martsolf (Brady Black) told ETonline, "Days of Our Lives is almost like an heirloom people hand down to their kids."
Martsolf described a typical fan event, saying, "One of my favorite things to do is to watch great grandma come up, grandma, mom, mom's daughter and sometimes mom's daughter's daughter. You literally have four or five generations standing in line for your autograph, and you understand the generational power of this show."
Days of Our Lives will officially turn 50 on Nov. 8, 2015.
MARY BETH EVANS BACK ON CONTRACTMary Beth Evans (Kayla, DAYS) announced in her blog at www.plankblog.com that she has a new contract at DAYS.
"I am back on contract, working like crazy and loving the stories I am playing,” she posted on April 30. The soap’s Daytime Emmy win for Outstanding Daytime Drama (not to mention the Emmy win for her web series, THE BAY) prompted the actress to reflect on her acting career. “As I stood in the role of 'belle of the ball 2015,’ in the mix of winners, I couldn’t help thinking about how life ebbs and flows. How we’re up, and then we’re down (sometimes down too long). And how we always have to reinvent and recommit, recommit, recommit! My mother-in-law called to congratulate me the following day and we reminisced about the time, not that many years ago, when I talked about what I would do next. I was hardly working in my soap job – in fact, for only the second time in 29 years, I hadn’t even made the quota of income to provide health insurance for my family. I remember feeling so anxious all the time. I am a worker bee by nature, it’s just who I am and I just can’t take the lulls. So, I got moving. I had blasts of ambition where I’d audition for a play, contact a new agent or sign up for an acting class. I started reading periodicals that inspired me. Anything that would get me me fired up and feeling productive (and better about myself). It’s during times like those that I take leaps of faith into the unknown.”
She also discusses her last go-round in Salem. “I faced a similar situation when I first went back to Days of Our Lives in 2010. I was working in the family pub, and I would have days when all I would say was, 'here is your to go order. At first I felt a bit humiliated and asked myself, 'how did it get to this?' Then I realized that I was lucky to have the job at all, and instead decided that I’d be the VERY best background player there ever was! I rocked that pretend bar – marrying condiments, folding napkins, wiping down the counters! I hung in there with a smile on my face and an improved attitude, and eventually things improved. Now, here we are four – five years later it has all changed again. I am back on contract, working like crazy and loving the stories I am playing. It is crazy how it turned around.”
DAYS NAMES WINNER OF AUSSIE TALENT SEARCHDAYS has announced Alexander Bruszt is the winner of the ‘Search For A Star” competition. Bruszt will play Flynn, a handsome, rugged Australian doctor who arrives in Salem to do his residency as a surgeon, working under the supervision of Daniel (Shawn Christian). Bruszt will return to Los Angeles next month to begin work on DAYS. He previously appeared on Australia’s most popular drama, HOME AND AWAY. DAYS viewers will first see Bruszt in November, just in time for the show’s 50th anniversary. "DAYS has a massive following in Australian,” shares Bruszt. “This is an awesome opportunity. DAYS has been on TV in the background of my life forever in my family’s home. It’s surreal that I’m going to be on the show."
Ex-Home and Away star wins role on US soap(skynews.com.au) (Photo) Former Home and Away actor and Sydney local Alexander Bruszt has been announced as the winner of the Days of Our Lives 'Search for a Star' competition.
Mr Bruszt secured the place in the long running soap opera after flying to Los Angeles last week for a screen test, where he went head to head with two other finalists.
The thirty-two year old was one of more than 300 actors who entered Foxtel Arena's online competition.
Mr Bruszt will join the cast as a 'Flynn', a handsome and rugged Australian doctor who arrives in Salem - the fictitious Midwestern town the show is set- to complete his residency under the supervision of Doctor Jonas, played by Shawn Christian.
Mr Bruszt will return to LA next month to start shooting his episodes, which will air in Australian for the first time in November during the show's 50th anniversary celebrations.
Mr Bruszt said the experience has been amazing and that this role is only something he could have dreamed of.
'I am looking forward to this opportunity to work with such an incredibly talented cast and crew on such an internationally respected daytime drama,' he said.
The US series' Co-Executive Producer Greg Meng said he's thrilled to welcome Alexander Bruszt to the Days family.
'We can't wait for fans to see what kind of trouble he'll be stirring up in Salem.'
Mr Bruszt started his career with Home and Away shortly after joining an agency at the age of 16.
He's since appeared in films such as Overdrawn, The Brother, Room With View and supporting role in Little Black Dress.
He has also had various hosting roles, including Super Simpsons Live on Foxtel's FOX8 with Amy Erbacher and Foxtel's RA surf show.
Days Sony Emails Archived by Wikileaks'Days of our Lives' Renewal, Inappropriate Behavior and "Dumb Book" Among 173,000 Leaked Sony Emails Archived by Wikileaks: Read the emails here.
The Devil Made Her Do It: Deidre Hall Picks Her Most Memorable Days of Our Lives SceneThe Devil Made Her Do It: Deidre Hall Picks Her Most Memorable Days of Our Lives Scene. Read the article here.
Days' Bo & Steve Return(Cover) Two Days of Our Lives favorites are booking return trips to Salem, just in time to celebrate the NBC soap’s 50th anniversary.
Stephen Nichols (as Steve “Patch” Johnson) and Peter Reckell (as Bo Brady) will appear later this year, some time before Days turns the big 5-0 on Nov. 8, Soap Opera Digest reports.
Nichols was last spotted in Salem in 2009, while Reckell bid the town adieu in 2012.
DIGEST CELEBRATES DAYS’S 50TH!(Cover) In honor of DAYS’s upcoming 50th anniversary on November 8, Soap Opera Digest takes a comprehensive look at all things Salem. With over 40 new interviews, rarely seen vintage photos, backstage dish and so much more, this collector’s edition is a must-have for all fans. Look for it on sale this weekend!
NADIA BJORLIN BACK TO DAYS!In an interview with Westlake magazine, Nadia Bjorlin reveals that she is headed back to DAYS to film a couple of episodes as Chloe, last seen in 2013. “It’s been so great. That show has been so good to me," she tells the magazine. "I’m not always certain what I’m heading back to do, but hopefully something funny, stir up some trouble." In the cover story, Bjorlin also dishes about her upcoming May 15 wedding to Grant Turnbull. To see the full story, go here.
DAYS ALUM HEADLINES NEW WEB SOAP(Photo) Martha Madison (ex-Belle, DAYS) will star in the new web soap, WINTERTHORNE, set to begin production in spring of 2015. The series, the latest from DEVANITY Creator Michael Caruso, tells the story of Miranda Winterthorne, who is described as seductive, loving and ruthless, and her determination to control her family’s multi-million dollar candy business.
"Women are complicated!” noted Madison in a press release. "We have complex thoughts and emotions. We can be smart, loving, angry and powerful all at the same time for a hundred different valid reasons! Michael understands this and knows how to write for that kind of woman. I can't wait to play her.”
The series will also feature Gordon Thomson (ex-Mason, SANTA BARBARA et al) and will be directed by TAINTED DREAMS creator Sonia Blangiardo.
150 ICONS: Sioux City's Macdonald Carey enjoyed long acting career in Hollywood(siouxcityjournal.com) SIOUX CITY | “Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives.”
Millions know Sioux City native Macdonald Carey for just those words, the introduction to the long-running soap, “Days of Our Lives.”
But Carey was more than just patriarch Tom Horton on the NBC drama.
Long before he became one of the first big names to try daytime television, he had an illustrious career in films.
Born in Sioux City in 1913, Carey first caught the performing bug at Central High School where he sang in the school choir and appeared in Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. He parlayed that interest into a degree in drama at University of Iowa.
Like so many stars during World War II, Carey juggled acting and military service. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1943 but also managed to make some of his biggest films – Alfred Hitchcock’s “Shadow of a Doubt” among them – during the same time.
Carey then launched a career in television. Juggling both films and television, he played “Dr. Christian” on a syndicated television series and Herb Maris in “Lock-Up.” During television’s golden age in the 1950s, he was a regular on such anthologies as “Zane Grey Theater.”
And then? Daytime television came calling. Carey signed on in 1965 as Dr. Tom Horton in “Days of Our Lives” and played the role until his death in 1994. He won the first two Daytime Emmys ever given for an actor in a soap opera. As a tribute to his contributions to the show, producers continue to use his voice to introduce each episode of the series.
Carey’s autobiography, “The Days of My Life,” was released in 1991.
Carey died March 21, 1994, less than a week after his 81st birthday. He is buried in Culver City, Calif., and remembered with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
NEW PROJECT FOR DAYS’S CORDAYCorday Productions is partnering with the digital TruLOVE Network (which is owned by BroadLit, Inc.), to develop original television properties based on TruLOVE's extensive library of romance stories.
“Our new projects with TruLOVE are sure to capture the hearts and fantasies of our viewers and we are thrilled to be in business with such trailblazing women as TruLove Network/BroadLit partners Cynthia Cleveland, Nancy Cushing-Jones, and Barbara Weller, and we look forward to unveiling more details soon, in true dramatic fashion,” said Ken Corday, CEO of Corday Productions/DAYS’s executive producer, in a statement. The first co-produced project is slated to be announced at the end of 2014.
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THAAO PENGHLIS RELEASES BOOKToday marks the release of Thaao Penghlis's (Victor, GH; ex-Tony/Andre, DAYS) book, Places: The Journey of My Days, My Lives. "It’s really about how I got here, who crossed my path, what were the signposts, who were my mentors, and the diversity and knowledge that I gained in my 20s that I still apply now at this stage of my life," he tells Digest. "It’s also about the travel journeys I have taken, the environment, the history, the people, the language, the food — all those things." DAYS also gets its own chapter."The good thing is, I never left with a bitter taste. There is no blame game because there was more great than there wasn’t in that experience," he says. To get your copy — paper or ebook — go to amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com.
'Days of Our Lives' Producer Launches Digital Soaps Venture(variety.com) (Logo) Corday Productions, which produces NBC’s ”Days of Our Lives,” is teaming up with digital-media firm All Screens Media to launch Net Soaps/Net Novelas — a venture aiming to create and distribute original “interactive” soap operas online that let fans, thesps and advertisers participate in the shows’ development.
The venture will focus on multilingual soaps for the U.S., Latin America and Brazil. Net Soaps/Net Novelas also is making a branded-content pitch to advertisers to integrate their products or services directly in the new digital series.
“This new venture is about taking the passion consumers have for soaps and novelas into a new era,” said Ken Corday, CEO of Corday Productions, who has been exec producer of “Days of Our Lives” since 1985. “This will be original content that the fans will play a role in green lighting and casting, delivered in a form that can build devoted communities of fans in the digital space.”
Launch of Net Soaps/Net Novelas comes after another online-soaps project has gone belly-up: Prospect Park Networks, which last year launched new versions of ABC soaps “One Life to Live” and “All My Children” online before becoming embroiled in a legal dispute with the Alphabet net, last month filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
The principals behind Net Soaps/Net Novelas say their approach is very different. “Prospect Park was taking existing shows and platform-shifting them,” said All Screens Media founder Peter Heumiller, a former VP of content acquisition for Comcast Cable. “We are creating content in a forward-thinking way that gives us a unique platform to connect with people in multiple ways.”
The sponsorship model is key for Net Soaps/Net Novelas, which has launched its website at netsoapstv.com. Advertisers can get involved to the point of making casting decisions for the shows, according to Heumiller. “It’s really coming full circle – soap operas were originally sponsored by the detergent companies,” he said.
Net Soaps/Net Novelas plans to launch the digital soaps in the third quarter of 2014 quarter, via its own websites and distribution partners. Net Soaps is the English-language version targeted at American auds, while Net Novelas will encompass in-language programming for LatAm and Brazil.
Corday Productions’ executive in charge of production Greg Meng will lead development of online portals that will engage consumers and actors in the creation of the content, via online casting and acting auditions, voting on show concepts and ongoing narrative turns. Actors will be able to upload video reels to Net Soaps/Net Novelas as part of the development process.
“We do have a lot of access to amazing talent, not only daytime but primetime,” Meng said. “We are looking at creating these shows as hyperlocal location-based shows, appealing to local sponsors that have national appeal as well.” For example, a show set in Las Vegas might attract a casino sponsor, he said.
The JV has seed funding from the partners, which are in discussions with potential sponsors and distribution partners, Heumiller said. In addition to original shoes, the venture will look to acquire programming.
The Net Soap/Net Novelas team includes independent producer Rose Ganguzza, who has worked with Brazil’s TV Globo on international distribution and also served as president of Revlon/Latin America. Ganguzza will work with her sister, Patricia Ganguzza, whose AIM Productions provides product placement and sponsorship for corporate clients, on international promotional, talent, sponsorship and distribution deals for Net Soaps/Net Novelas.
Also on board is soap-opera actress Crystal Chappell, who’s had prominent roles on “Days of our Lives,” “The Guiding Light,” “All My Children” and “Santa Barbara.” Chappell created and stars in subscription-based online soap, “Venice,” a short-form series now in its fourth season. She will work with Net Soaps / Net Novelas to vet concepts, produce and direct original shows and mentor new talent.
Corday Productions’ “Days of Our Lives” has been a staple of daytime TV since 1965. The company has produced more than 12,000 episodes of the series with distribution in markets worldwide. In January, NBC announced the renewal of the sudser through September 2016.
“The audience for soaps on TV has dropped, but it’s holding,” Meng said. The new venture, reaching digitally savvy soaps fans, “is an organic fit for us as daytime producers for more than 40 years… This takes us several steps ahead as far as watching when you want, where you want and how you interact with the show.”
History of Advertising No 89: Irna Phillips' soap operas(mediaweek.co.uk) If Irna Phillips can’t be called the mother of the soap opera, she was without doubt its midwife who could see daytime drama’s potential for advertisers – and delivered massively on her vision.
She was in the right place at the right time. It was 1930 and US radio networks and advertisers – particularly household-product manufacturers – were beginning to see the opportunities in marketing to housewives at a time when their husbands were working and their children at school.
Phillips, then 29, was an unemployed schoolteacher and part-time radio actress when she was asked by WGN in Chicago to write and act in radio’s first serial drama, Painted Dreams.
It was the story of a mother and her unmarried daughter and, although it began without sponsorship, Phillips included an engagement and a wedding in the plot to maximise product tie-ins.
Painted Dreams marked the start of what proved to be a prodigious output. Over the next 43 years, she created or co-created 18 radio and TV serials, four of which were still on air when she died in 1973.
One was The Guiding Light, centred on a minister and his church community in a Chicago suburb. Another was As The World Turns, featuring the residents of the fictional town of Oakdale, Illinois.
Phillips, who introduced soap-opera conventions such as linking scenes with music and cliffhanger endings, was excited about transferring daytime drama to TV.
In a 1948 letter to a Procter & Gamble senior executive, she envisioned sponsors’ products not only endorsed by her characters but used by them. However, she feared that women who had enjoyed radio drama while doing the housework would not be able to do so while watching TV.
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Phillips dictated her stories to secretaries for up to eight hours a day, producing an estimated two million words a year and earning more than $250,000 a year during the 40s.As The World Turns, the last daytime serial to be associated with P&G, was axed in 2010 after 54 years.
Ma Perkins, one of the most successful US soap operas ever, ran from 1933 to 1960 promoting P&G’s Oxydol. It was created by Anne Hummert and her ad executive husband, Frank.
NBC RENEWS ACCLAIMED DAYTIME DRAMA 'DAYS OF OUR LIVES' THROUGH 2015-16 SEASONNBC has extended its long-running daytime drama "Days of our Lives" for an additional two years, taking the show through September 2016. ‘Days’ will celebrate its 50th year on television in November 2015, continuing its tradition of passion, intrigue and adventure and cementing its place in television history.
The extension was announced today by Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment.
“‘Days of our Lives’ continues to be a fan favorite for the daytime audience and we are thrilled to keep it going through its 50th season,” said Salke. “‘Days’ has shown year-to-year increases in key female demographics and remains both relevant and fresh creatively due to the hard work of the producers, writers, cast and crew who have worked tirelessly to make ‘Days’ the ratings success it is today.
“Having won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Daytime Drama, “Days of our Lives” continues to deliver on its legacy of quality storytelling,” said Steve Kent, Senior EVP, Programming, Sony Pictures Television. “We appreciate NBC’s continued support and are excited to celebrate the show’s 50thanniversary with our generations of dedicated fans.”
“We are thrilled to continue being a part of the NBC family and to have the support of our incredible network and studio executives who work tirelessly to allow us to continue telling our stories and share the ‘Days’ legacy with our devoted family of fans," said Ken Corday, executive producer "Days of our Lives."
“Days of our Lives” currently is delivering its best season in women 18-49 viewers in three years and biggest season in total viewers in four years. Executive producer Ken Corday follows in the tradition of his parents, Betty and Ted Corday, who co-created "Days of our Lives" and helmed the series for many years. “Days” (Monday-Friday, 1-2 p.m. ET) first premiered as a half-hour drama in 1965 and expanded to an hour 10 years later.
In its 48-plus years, “Days of our Lives” has garnered 232 Daytime Emmy nominations and 36 wins, including a recent Emmy win for Outstanding Daytime Drama. The show's success derives from its consistent commitment to excellence in writing and storytelling -- supported by a diverse ensemble of performers -- and an uncanny knack for anticipating viewer interests. "Days” is set in the fictitious Midwestern town of Salem. The core families are the Bradys, the Hortons and the DiMeras. The multi-layered storylines involve elements of romance, adventure, mystery, comedy and drama.
“Days of our Lives” is produced by Corday Productions Inc. in association with Sony Pictures Television. Corday is executive producer with co-executive producers Greg Meng and Lisa De Cazotte. Gary Tomlin and Christopher Whitesell are the head writers.
DAYS Stars Create Rap VideoMeredith Scott Lynn (Anne) and Jen Lilley (Theresa) have created a rap video riffing on the show, stars and behind the scenes crew. The video includes appearances from Alison Sweeney (Sami) and several other Salemites, along with clips from the show. “Jen Lilley [Theresa] is hilarious, on and off camera,” enthuses Lynn. “She’s a very funny, funny person. We connected with our humor in the hair and makeup room. So we created something together. It’s a surprise for the fans, the crew, the show, and all of the people who love DAYS. When you watch it you’ll get a whole other layer of the Anne and Theresa experience!” Watch the clip here: Video.
DAYS Star Launches WebsiteDAYS’s Shawn Christian's (Daniel) new website launches today. “My web site is shawnchristianofficial.com,” he states. “People stole my name and I can’t get it back, so shawnchristianofficial.com is now my official website. You can find clips and pictures. There is also news on everything I’m doing, from Arrowhead Adventure Camps [Arianne Zucker’s new organization] to the web series, ADDICTS ANONYMOUS. Anything I’ve done from AS THE WORLD TURNS [where he played Mike] to DAYS is also on the site. It’s a whirlwind of information.
Book: Days of our Lives Better LivingDays of our Lives Better Living: Cast Secrets for a Healthier, Balanced Life. Order your copy right here.
The Star Attraction by Alison SweeneyThe Star Attraction by Alison Sweeney (Author): Paperback, Kindle Edition.
Days is on PinterestThe Official DOOL Pinterest account is up and running at pinterest.com/nbcdool
Tell-All Tome About Y&R And B&B!Soaps In Depth editor Michael Maloney, along with Lee Phillip Bell, has written an authorized biography of Bell's late husband, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS and THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL creator William J. Bell. The Young and Restless Life Of William J. Bell is set to hit bookstores on June 1 and is available for pre-order now on Amazon.com.
The book details the Chicago native's pre-soap opera life as an advertising executive in the era just before MAD MEN to his unparalleled career as television's most prolific writer. Bell not only is the mastermind behind the two surviving CBS soaps, but he also wrote for suders GUIDING LIGHT, AS THE WORLD TURNS (for nine years), and ANOTHER WORLD, which he co-created along with his mentor, soap opera legend Irna Phillips. In 1966, Bell left Phillips and took over as headwriter of DAYS OF OUR LIVES, saving the show from cancelation.
The Young And Restless Life Of William J. Bell offers insights into Bill's creative process -- how he felt about recasting, publicity, spoilers, sweeps, stunt casting and, of course, storytelling! The tome contains backstage dish and never-before-seen photos from the Bell family's personal albums. Lee's successful career as a broadcast journalist in the days of live television in Chicago is also covered, and the book contains information from the "bibles" for AW, Y&R and B&B that any soap fan will want to read!
Over 65 people -- including family members, actors, writers, producers, network executives and other notables from the soap opera world -- were interviewed for this book that every soap fan will want to have! So pre-order your copy today!
Daytime Soap Opera Stars Release Epic Historical NovelDecadent Publishing is excited to announce the release of TRUMPET, by Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes, stars of daytime television’s Days of Our Lives. Their debut novel, full of fascinating facts researched on site, is a historical romp through the theatrical world of the Regency Era. The adventures of heroine Elizabeth Trumpet, from innocence to experience, include famous characters of the time. Trumpet’s conflicts with love and fame in history’s most elegant yet brutal age mirror women’s struggles in our own turbulent times.
Hayes and Hayes enthusiastically spent their lives acting; this wealth of wit and experience colors every page. Their enticing fiction moves from 1803 London to Egypt, the blossoming America and beyond with heartfelt emotion and adventurous fun - just like the romantic scenes Bill and Susan love to play.
Decadent Publishing co-owner Heather Bennett states, “Bill and Susan’s television fans will be ecstatic with Trumpet’s colorful cast of characters and the actors’ famous sense of humor that shines through in the story. Historical fiction aficionados will find the depth of research and rich characterization impressive.”
Trumpet is now available in ebook format at Decadent Publishing, Bono Books and Amazon. The print version will be released in May.
Arianne Zucker and LifeCHANGEArianne Zucker (Nicole Days Of Our Lives) has worked with a number of different charities over the years, including as an ambassador for Habitat for Humanity of the San Fernando Valley and on a number of trips with the USO. She has also worked with the St. Bernard Project in New Orleans. Now, she has started LifeCHANGE, a project dedicated to making a difference by creating opportunity.
LifeCHANGE the show will take six young adults, ranging in age from 18-25, on a journey that will seek to change their lives, as well as the lives of those around them, through volunteering. "Why we picked that age is because I know for me, personally, I was a little lost," Arianne shared. "I didn't have a lot of direction myself at that age. I didn't go straight to college. I went off and modeled because luckily I was born 5'9" but not because that's what I wanted to be when I grew up. I know that to me that was a very important time."
Arianne continued, telling us that she believes those years are "a very vital time in your life. We picked that time so that young adults could see what is out there, whether it be difficult situations or whether it be opportunities for them to maybe become a philanthropist. Maybe all of a sudden they meet someone and they decide they want to be a mathematician! Who knows? Somebody that will affect them to become something more. That's how my brother and I envisioned this."
Arianne began working on this project with her older brother in 2007; they brought in former Days castmate Jason Cook because he has done a couple of documentaries. And she sees this most definitely being in the style of a documentary, not the reality television that most of us have become so accustomed to. LifeCHANGE will be "done in such a way where it's heartfelt without having to manipulate a situation. We have enough issues of our own and to capture that on television, that's enough. We don't need to manipulate anything. We want to educate and just be able to relate. I know even for my character, people will relate to her when she goes through certain things, through the miscarriage especially, or being torn in relationships or being with men who you don't really want to be with, just because."
People relate to the character of Nicole and she can affect them through her many trials and tribulations, but through LifeCHANGE, Arianne hopes to affect people in a much more positive manner. "You do affect people, more than you know," she avers. "You affect people when you're standing in line at the grocery store... But no matter what, I'm taking six kids a year. And I'm going to make a difference in their lives. And I'm not only making a difference in their lives; it really almost changes you more as a person. And everybody benefits, from the trip and from the journey. You reach the destination but the journey just begins. It's so beautiful."
What if you're not one of the lucky six chosen for this first round? How can your life be changed? "What we've done, too, what we've made available on our LifeCHANGE website and our blog area are organizations that we have worked with, will be working with, will be continuing to work with, because not one thing is near and dear to everyone's heart," Arianne told us. "I feel like if you're not one of the six people who we've chosen to go on this trip, that doesn't mean that you can't change your life on your own. Or be motivated to do it yourself. Or find a group of friends that say, hey, you know what? Our friend so-and-so is going through a tough time right now. Let's make a difference. Those are the things that we want to inspire."
"Let's start this whole butterfly effect," Arianne continued. "Because the more positive we are – and I'm kind of corny spiritual in that way – but the more positive we are, the more positive energy we'll put into the air. Think about it. When your boss comes in angry or your teacher comes in angry, who's the next one to get it? It goes down, down, down. Then your mom comes home mad because she was yelled at at work. Now the kids are affected. If you don't believe in that, or if that's not proof enough in the pudding right there, I don't know what is. What if that boss gave you a bonus today? And it rippled down to your employees. Now your mom comes home in the best mood and you got a cake for dinner!"
And who doesn't want cake for dinner?!
To learn more about how you can get your own cake and make a positive difference in people's lives, please visit www.lifechangetheshow.com.
Set to begin in Summer 2012, LifeCHANGE will offer its six participants the opportunity to travel, build new relationships and experience the warmth that results from helping others in need, while overcoming challenges, tests and obstacles on their path to self-discovery. Participants will be carefully selected upon review of their two-minute online video submission and questionnaire explaining why they would like to take this chance. Episodes will be made available to the general public on the LifeCHANGE website.
A Stirring from SalemOrder the Book: A Stirring from Salem Here!
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Days BookSourcebooks released Ken Corday’s The Days of our Lives: The True Story of One Family’s Dream and the Untold History of Days of our Lives
Band TogetherHave you been missing your Kurth and Taylor fix? Well, Wally Kurth (Justin, DAYS) reports that the band is back together again. "We have a new album out called 'Greatest Hits? 1993-2010' and we put on like 17 of Kurth and Taylor's greatest songs," he explains. "We actually polled our 50 ardent fans [laughs]. They voted on their favorites from the last four or five albums, and we threw them on there and we wrote two new ones that are really fun. We made the video of a song called, 'Let's Get The Band Back Together,' and the long form has a little scene where we actually talk about the singing actors on daytime. If you can believe it, after all these years and all our appearances, we've never done a music video of our own. If there was one band that was meant to be a video band, it probably would have been us." You can check out the videos, purchase the album or get a free download at these links:
Long Form Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=WG6EE-1xjsQ
Short Form Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=xS4SvebN-KY
To buy the album on Amazon: www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B002VSRZKW/almosthuman
Free download of "Let's Get The Band Back Together Again": www.uaradio.net/Kurth_and_Taylor (just click on our "Songs" tab and hit "Free Download")
Or, finally, their MySpace page: www.myspace.com/kurthandtaylorband
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Alison Sweeney BioClick here for the book: All the Days of My Life So Far by Alison Sweeney (Sami)
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