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  • Debuted on: November 8, 1965
  • Network: NBC
  • Created by: Ted & Betty Corday and Irna Phillips
  • Takes place in: Salem, USA



  • Current Cast

    • Kristian Alfonso as Hope Brady
    • John Aniston as Victor Kiriakis
    • Camila Banus as Gabi Hernandez
    • Brandon Beemer as Shawn Brady
    • Nadia Bjorlin as Chloe Lane
    • Alexander Bruszt as Fynn Thompson
    • Daniel Cosgrove as Aiden Jennings
    • Bryan Dattilo as Lucas Horton
    • Alma Delfina as Adriana Hernandez
    • Ximena Duque as Blanca
    • Judi Evans as Adrienne Kiriakis
    • Mary Beth Evans as Kayla Brady
    • Billy Flynn as Chad DiMera
    • Galen Gering as Rafe Hernandez
    • Bill Hayes as Doug Williams
    • Deidre Hall as Marlena Evans Black
    • Susan Seaforth Hayes as Julie Williams
    • Zak Henri as Henry
    • Drake Hogestyn as John Black
    • Vincent Irizarry as Deimos Kiriakis
    • Vivian Jovanni as Ciara Brady
    • Olivia Keegan as Claire Brady
    • Alla Korot as Janet Bernard
    • Lauren Koslow as Kate Roberts
    • Wally Kurth as Justin Kiriakis
    • James Lastovic as Joey Johnson
    • John-Paul Lavoisier as Philip Kiriakis
    • Jen Lilley as Theresa Donovan
    • Meredith Scott Lynn as Anne Milbauer
    • Martha Madison as Belle Black
    • Marci Miller as Abigail Deveraux
    • Kate Mansi as Abigail Deveraux (Done June 24)
    • A. Martinez as Eduardo Hernandez
    • Eric Martsolf as Brady Black
    • Joseph Mascolo as Stefano DiMera
    • Peggy McCay as Caroline Brady
    • Jonathon McClendon as Chase Jennings
    • Casey Moss as JJ Deveraux
    • Stephen Nichols as Steve 'Patch' Johnson
    • Thaao Penghlis as Andre DiMera
    • Kyler Pettis as Theo Carver
    • Melissa Reeves as Jennifer Horton
    • James Reynolds as Abe Carver
    • Suzanne Rogers as Maggie Horton Kiriakis
    • Christopher Sean as Paul Narita
    • Sal Stowers as Lani Price
    • Josh Taylor as Roman Brady
    • Jordi Vilasuso as Dario Hernandez
    • Marie Wilson as Summer Townsend
    • Aloma Wright as Maxine Landis
    • Arianne Zuker as Nicole Walker
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    (News section last updated June 24, 2016)

    SOAP VET ALLA KOROT JOINS DAYS

    In the latest issue of Digest, Alla Korot (ex-Jenna, ANOTHER WORLD et al) previews her new DAYS role as Janet Bernard. “Janet is on a mission to find out what happened to her brother,” says Korot of Clarke, Summer’s cohort who she accidentally killed in May. “She’s strong and she knows what she wants. She can see through a lie quickly and and is somebody who doesn’t mess around.” For more, pick up the new issue of Digest!

    ROWELL LAWSUIT TO MOVE AHEAD

    Victoria Rowell’s (ex-Drucilla, Y&R) lawsuit against CBS and Sony, which she claims has prevented her from resuming her soap role, has taken another step forward in the legal system. The actress’s original complaint was stalled in November, 2015, but after an amended version was filed, a judge has ruled that the lawsuit can proceed. In the latest version, Rowell charges that when she expressed interest in a role on DAYS, also owned by Sony, her name was omitted from the audition list. Rowell played Drucilla from 1990 to 2000, then returned in 2002. She left on her own accord in 2007 but claims her desire to come back has been intentionally blocked, which she alleges is in response for advocating for more diversity in soaps.

    Shawn Christian Previews His New Movie, 'Savannah Sunrise'

    (Trailer) Fans of DAYS OF OUR LIVES who have been missing Shawn Christian ever since Daniel was killed off earlier this year can get their fix of the actor in the new INSP movie Savannah Sunrise, premiering Sunday, June 26, at 8 p.m ET!

    In the film, Christian plays Phil, whose wife tries to arrange his mom’s trip to a retirement community in Savannah. “She doesn’t really get along with my character’s wife,” he tells Soaps In Depth, “and they end up going on this road trip. And I’m the fixer. I always try to mediate between the two of them just to kind of keep the family flowing. Fixer Phil, we like to call him!”

    Shooting Savannah Sunrise was a bit of a reunion for Christian and Shawnee Smith, who plays his wife in the film. “I had worked with Shawnee on BECKER in a recurring role. We were in a long-distance relationship on that show. So it was almost like picking up years later as if we had built this family along the way!”

    He was also blown away by on-screen mom, Pamela Reed. “She is just a rock star,” Christian declares. “It was such a pleasure to meet and work with her. She has such amazing, creative insight.”

    Check out the trailer for Savannah Sunrise, and be sure to tune in to INSP to watch what Christian calls “a great road trip comedy!”

    ‘Murder, She Baked’s’ Alison Sweeney on whether Hannah belongs with Norman or Mike

    “Murder, She Baked” is returning to Hallmark Sunday (June 19) with “A Deadly Recipe,” an adaptation of Joanne Fluke’s “Fudge Cupcake Murder,” the fifth in the Hannah Swensen series of books.

    It’s Alison Sweeney’s fourth turn as Swensen, the small-town MInnesota baker who has a penchant for finding bodies and solving murders. She tells Zap2it that Hannah has been come into her own as the series has gone on.

    “Hannah has definitely become more self-confident in each movie and has a clearer sense of her role within her family, her community and what she’s looking for in a boyfriend,” says Sweeney. “Plus, her baking skills have become pretty incredible.”

    Sweeney is a producer on the movies, so she works closely with the writers, collaborating with them on the stories rather than reading the entire book series.

    “I’ve read some [of the books] but am more keen on working with the movie writers to ensure we’re telling the best story for television viewers, which is a bit different from writing, as I’ve learned by writing my novels and executive producing these and other rom-com movies,” says Sweeney, adding that she doesn’t think she’ll be stepping behind the camera as a director any time soon.

    “I’d love to direct but between being in almost every scene and being very hands on as a producer, it would be tough to do all three.”

    As for “Fudge Cupcake Murder,” in addition to Hannah finding the sheriff’s body and working to clear her brother-in-law Bill’s (Toby Levins) name, the love triangle between Hannah, Norman (Gabriel Norman) and Mike (Cameron Mathison) is still in full swing. So, who does Sweeney think Hannah belongs with?

    “Over 20 years in soap operas has led me to never answer that question! They’re both awesome in their own ways for Hannah,” says Sweeney, adding that viewers will have to “tune in Sunday to find out” if Hannah finally makes her choice.

    “Murder, She Baked: A Deadly Recipe” premieres Sunday, June 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

    Deidre Hall on KTLA

    Deidre Hall on KTLA - June 16, 2016: Video.

    Sweeney And Mathison Team Up Again

    MURDER, SHE BAKED: A DEADLY RECIPE, starring Alison Sweeney (ex-Sami, DAYS) and Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan, AMC) will premiere on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries on Sunday, June 19 at 9 p.m. “This MURDER SHE BAKED was such a blast!” enthuses Sweeney. “It’s always fun but I’m especially proud of the behind-the-scenes efforts that went into A DEADLY RECIPE. Everyone really pulled together to make it happen and it’s our best one!”

    Days of Our Lives' Kristian Alfonso: Has Hope Made a Date With Disaster?

    When Days of Our Lives’ Hope agreed to have a romantic dinner with Aiden Wednesday (NBC, 1/12c), she didn’t realize that she wouldn’t just be breaking bread with the last man she made her husband but also a guy who, as recently as their wedding day, was planning to make himself her widower. Even after he had a change of heart, was replaced by a look-alike assassin and escaped from captivity to return from “the dead,” marvels Kristian Alfonso, who plays the heroine, “Aiden’s still continuing to lie to her.

    “Lies never bode well in anyone’s life,” she adds, “whether it’s in a marriage, a friendship, a parent and child. Eventually, lies always find their way back.”

    Unluckily for Hope, Aiden is not only a pretty terrific liar, but there are also elements of truth to the tall tale that he’s told since his “resurrection.” “To hear his story and the pain that he endured when he was kidnapped,” suggests the actress, “it’s hard not to feel like maybe he was a victim, too.

    “There are things that he says to her that really strike a chord,” she continues. “She did love him. Does she still love him?”

    That is the $64,000 question. And its answer will decide whether she resumes her relationship with her would-be killer or pursues a new one with her police partner. “How she feels about Rafe, I believe, is a journey,” says Alfonso. “How she feels about Aiden — and life in general — is a journey, too. There are detours, but she’s more than willing to go the distance and to get the answers so that she can open doors, close doors or continue to walk through those doors.”

    Arianne Zucker Stars in New Lifetime Movie, 'Killer Assistant'

    () Arianne Zucker (Nicole, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) is starring in a new thriller for Lifetime!

    Zucker stars opposite Brando Eaton in Killer Assistant, which premieres Sunday, June 19, at 9 p.m. ET on Lifetime. She plays Suzanne Austin, a high-profile editor who discovers her husband is cheating on her just as her hot new assistant starts showing an interest in her. Unfortunately, his carefully-planned seduction leads to an affair, and Suzanne’s world becomes a nightmare of deceit, obsession… and murder!

    "She's uptight and stressed because she's at the top of her game and is trying to stay there," Zucker tells Soaps In Depth of her character. "I think she's feeling a lot of pressure in her life and is maybe going through a mid-life crisis of some sort. And the assistant just starts to make it worse!"

    Zucker shared a photo of herself and co-star Eaton backstage on set, and declares, "He's so cute. He's young, but he's a great kid!"

    Camila Banus and John Littlefield on Mistresses

    “Blurred Lines” – Karen realizes she’s very happy to be back working with her clients again, despite putting her love life on hold. April’s new client gets a little too close for comfort, while someone from Marc’s past becomes very present. Kate struggles after learning her ex-fiancé is dating someone else, while Joss plays dirty to get a new client.

    Based on the hit UK television series of the same name, “Mistresses” airs MONDAY, JUNE 27 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. The provocative and thrilling drama continues to focus on the scandalous lives of a sexy and sassy group of girlfriends, each on their own path to self-discovery.

    “Blurred Lines” was written by Kiersten Van Horne and directed by Sharat Raju.

    “Mistresses” stars Yunjin Kim as Karen Kim, Rochelle Aytes as April Malloy, Jes Macallan as Josslyn “Joss” Carver, Brett Tucker as Harry Davis, Rob Mayes as Marc Nickleby and Tabrett Bethell as Kate Davis.

    Guest starring are Jerry O’Connell as Robert, Ian Harvie as Michael Hester, Christopher Goodman as Conner Harvey, West Liang as Sam, Hilty Bowen as Sophia, Tamiko Brownlee as Marisol, Haley Ramm as Stacey Martin, Dempsey Pappion as Troy Baker, John Littlefield as Sgt. Matthews, Pilar Holland as Reporter, Ella Thomas as Jackie, Ary Katz as Jonah, Camila Banus as Kylie, Stephanie Black as Ann Harvey and Stacy Barnhisel as Lila.

    PEASE AND SHAUGHNESSY DISH DAYS RETURN

    In the new issue of Digest, Patsy Pease (Kimberly) and Charles Shaughnessy (Shane) dish about their DAYS comebacks this fall. Shaughnessy, last seen on the soap in 2013, explains that he waited until the time was right to come home to Salem. “The returns that I made were very quick,” he says, “and I found that it wasn’t working for me. So I told them, ‘I’m very happy to come back and do something substantial, but I’m not so sure I’ll be doing one or two shows here and there.’ When I got the call this time, I was told it would be a little more substantial, and it seemed like something that would be much more in line with what I wanted to do.” As for Pease, who popped in last year, she trills, “When the show called and told me, I was jumping up and down. I couldn’t wait to work with Charlie again.” For more, pick up the new issue of Digest, on sale now. Read the full interview here.

    KATE MANSI ON DAYS EXIT

    In the new issue of Digest, on sale now, Kate Mansi (Abigail) opens up about why she chose to leave DAYS after five years in Salem. She also talks about her emotional final storyline, her last day, and how she tried to keep her exit under wraps. “I didn’t tell anyone. I was too scared,” she says. “I didn’t want to make it real. I don’t know why I thought this, but I thought, ‘Maybe I’ll just leave and slip out the back door and nobody will notice.’ Billy [Flynn, Chad] always seems to have his finger on the pulse of what’s going on at that place, and I was in the hair and makeup chair one day and he said something very nonchalant like, ‘When you leave…’ and I looked up at him and we nonverbally addressed that we both knew and then everybody else caught on. I’m grateful that he let the cat out of the bag because I don’t know how I would have done it.” For more, pick up a copy now

    Scott Reeves Reunites Blue County — See the Band Rehearsing!

    (Video) Scott Reeves is getting the band back together!

    The actor, best known to soap fans from his stints as Ryan on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS and Steve on GENERAL HOSPITAL, is reuniting with good friend Aaron Benward to reform Blue County!

    Reeves shared a video of the duo rehearsing in the backyard where he self-consciously takes off his glasses when the camera hits him and laments getting older!

    Blue County Lives 2016 from Kenda Benward on Vimeo.

    Blue County is playing a show tonight at The Listening Room Cafe in Nashville, TN, to kick off CMA Fest 2016, so if you’re in the area, you can click here for tickets!

    Hopefully he’ll share more videos for those who can’t make the reunion show!

    DAYS CASTING NEW DOCTOR

    DAYS has released a casting call for Dr. Caleb Cooper, a new contract role. The show is seeking a strong, established actor between the ages of 45-55 for the character, who is described as a “Good-looking loner. He lives on a self-sustaining farm in middle America, completely off the grid.… He finds peace and joy in nature. He keeps his past as a doctor secret, hiding the truth about a traumatic tragedy from his past.” The role will begin taping in August.

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    Days of Our Lives' Kristian Alfonso Previews Hope and Bo's Reunion

    In Kristian Alfonso’s 30-plus years on Days of Our Lives, she’s seen Hope through everything from amnesia to resurrection. So you’d think that no twist of plot would be challenging enough to rattle her. Yet the soap legend tells TVLine that she was “scared to death” by the prospect of taping this Wednesday’s show (NBC, 1/12c), in which her character reunites with people from her past as she attempts to decide the course of her future.

    “I called it the Scrooge episode, because Hope goes to the Horton cabin to think without any distractions and just breathe,” the actress previews, “and, of course, as soon as she exhales, she’s visited by many peopl

    Foremost among them is the Salem P.D. detective’s late husband, Bo, played by Alfonso’s longtime leading man, Peter Reckell. “Just imagine that you were given the opportunity to feel like you could hold someone that you loved so deeply and so purely one more time — there are no words to express” that enormity of emotion, says Alfonso, adding, “There are certain moments in this episode that I felt were so Bo and Hope.”

    Also reconnecting with the heroine during her reverie will be her former tormentors, Stefano and Larry, as well as Zack, the son she and Bo lost to a hit-and-run accident in 2009.

    As for whether these reunions help Hope resolve her dilemma — should she start over with back-from-the-dead husband Aiden or take a chance on a relationship with her enamored partner, Rafe? — Alfonso says, “I don’t know if [she leaves with] a clearer picture of what her game plan is, but something within her steadies her being. She comes away with some strength to stand up, travel the distance and not be afraid.”

    IT’S OFFICIAL - JEN LILLEY LEAVING DAYS

    Read Jen Lilley's statement on Days departure below: (instagram.com)

    jen_lilley: It is with bittersweet sentiment that I find myself making this statement 6 months too soon. First, I would like to say your comments, support, and well wishes regarding my recent departure from the iconic daytime drama, Days of Our Lives, have melted my heart. Second, I have never enjoyed playing a character so much. I absolutely love Theresa, and the idea of not playing her pains me. I once found a quote that perfectly describes her, “She’s a mess of gorgeous chaos, you can see it in her eyes.” Exploring Theresa, from her insecurities to her strengths, from her tendency to deflect emotional anguish with comedy to her firecracker spirit has been pure joy.

    I hate to dissatisfy our love for black and white explanations, but there’s no one to point your finger at here. Days of Our Lives and I are parting company on the best of terms. It came down to time and the sacrifices required to keep Theresa on the front burner. Given the demanding production schedule a soap requires, that just wasn’t possible with the other commitments and opportunities I wanted to pursue. As we all know in the world of soaps, good bye for now isn’t always good bye forever, who knows what the future has in store for Theresa.

    I am taking time right now to be with my family, advance the charitable causes I believe in, and pursue additional career opportunities. While I've missed so many moments in my family's lives back east, I have built a west coast family at Days of Our Lives, and they haven't seen the last of me! I'll be stopping by the set from time to time with baked goods and bear hugs.

    Lastly, cheer up! There are 6 more wonderful months of Theresa to enjoy. And I can honestly say that each month, the storyline gets better! My exit will have you on the edge of your seat, laughing, crying, cheering, screaming, clapping, and bewildered.

    And to the Theresa’s out there: I love you, I love you, I love you. You are not alone. You are beautiful and worthy of love and happiness and joy and success! May my storyline over the next six months inspire you.

    Alison Sweeney and Her Look-Alike Daughter Are the Cutest Duo While Enjoying "Awesome" Family Day

    (Pic1, Pic2, Pic3) What have you done today to make you feel adventurous?

    With the official start of summer just a few weeks away, former Biggest Loser host Alison Sweeney decided to visit Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, Calif., for an afternoon of thrilling rides and attractions.

    Joined by her husband David Sanov and their two kids, the Days of Our Lives veteran was able to document much of her day on Snapchat and social media. And while Alison enjoyed plenty of rides including the new and improved Ghostrider roller coaster, we couldn't help but notice how much the actress and her growing daughter look alike.

    While posing for pictures on the red carpet, Alison and her daughter Megan Sanov made one special mother-daughter duo. While mom opted for denim shorts and a black scoop-neck T-shirt, Megan chose floral shorts and a T-shirt with the words "Super Cute" written in front.

    "(heart) being @knottsberryfarm with the family!! #ghostrider," Alison wrote on Instagram before posing with the famous puppy JiffPom. "Awesome day."

    Many fans may recognize Alison as the fan favorite Sami Brady on the long-running NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives. After 21 years on the show, the actress decided to part ways with the daytime show to focus on family.

    And yes, that also includes more time with her husband of more than 15 years.

    "Every year on our anniversary, we have a dinner date and talk about how our relationship is going," she shared with Health magazine. "We kind of give each other a job evaluation, which sounds a little embarrassing! We talk about our three favorite things about the other person and then three things that we could work on."

    Clearly, the Sweeney-Sanov tradition has been working!

    Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett, Tony Hale, Katherine McNamara, Sarah Hyland and Dominic Sherwood also enjoyed a visit to Knotts to celebrate the reopening of their wooden roller coaster.

    Big Returns To DAYS

    Peter Reckell (ex-Bo), Joseph Mascolo (ex-Stefano) and Andrew Masset (ex-Larry) are all returning to Salem next week and Digest has the exclusive scoop on their comebacks. The three actors “visit” Hope from beyond while she’s seeking clarity about her life at the Horton cabin. “It’s amazing,” raves Kristian Alfonso (Hope). “It’s kind of like a Scrooge episode because Bo takes Hope through and shows her things in her life, things that she has to overcome, and tells her that she has to continue to be strong. Peter Reckell is back, which is really good because viewers will see Bo and Hope together again.” Masset enthuses, “It was a blast. Working with Peter and Kristian again, it was like old home week.” As for Mascolo, he says, “It’s like coming home to family.” The episode, which will air on June 8, also features a grown up Zack, played by Scott Shilstone. For more, pick up the new issue of Digest, on sale now.

    DAYS CASTING NEW ROLES

    DAYS has released a casting call for two new roles to tape this month. One is Annabelle, a 24-30 year old, who is described as a somewhat fragile girl in look and essence. She is in prison after committing tax fraud. Annabelle is slated for two shows, with the possibility of more. The other is Dr. Lee, a 45-55 year old professional who is opinionated and strong-minded. It’s a one day principal role.

    Meet ‘Days of Our Lives’ Newbie Ximena Duque: The Telenovela Star Who’s Going to Shake Up Salem

    (yahoo.com) So you thought the returned-from-dead Aiden Jennings was going to be the big summer 2016 drama for Days of Our Lives supercouple-in-the-making Hope and Rafe? Well, you’re right. But thanks to Rafe’s mama, Adriana, there’s some female drama ahead for the couple, too, and she’s about to arrive in Salem in the form of Colombian telenovela star Ximena Duque.

    In the clip above, Duque makes her June 7 DOOL debut with an arrival at Rafe’s (Galen Gering) front door, introducing herself as Blanca, a friend of Adriana.

    “He was like, ‘Who is this? Hmmm,’” Duque tells Yahoo TV, describing Blanca as a character who’s going to be happy and fresh, and who will “bring the Latin flavor to the show.”

    Related: ‘Days of Our Lives’: 50 Memorable Moments For the Soap’s Golden Anniversary

    Whether or not that means a full-blown romance with Mr. Hernandez, Duque isn’t saying. But she suggests her stay in town — after being summoned from Mexico by Adriana, who isn’t thrilled about Rafe’s complicated pairing with Hope — might have a few twists. “You never know where the character is going to go,” says Duque, who’s making her English-speaking television debut with the role of Blanca. “I can’t give you that much information, because I want you to see the show, but yes, at the beginning, [Blanca] was flirting with Rafe, and then [she] ended up going another route, which was great.”

    Duque, a telenovela favorite who’s earned numerous accolades in Telemundo’s Premios Tu Mundo entertainment awards — including The Perfect Couple and The Best Kiss for Corazón Valiente, and The Best Bad Girl for Santa Diabla — says she was surprised to land the role of Blanca after auditioning with a video she shot herself on her cellphone. “It was really fast,” she says of the process, which allowed her just 10 days between landing the job and flying from her home in Miami to Los Angeles to start on Days. “The good thing is, I’ve done many soap operas. You need to have a certain rhythm to do these kind of shows, and I have it. Here in Miami when we shoot a soap opera, we do 20 scenes daily. [At] Days, they don’t do that many scenes, so even though I had to speak in English, and even though I had to memorize everything in English and that was hard, for me it was also kind of easy because we do a lot more scenes [for telenovelas].”

    Related: ‘Days’ Stars Mary-Beth Evans and Stephen Nichols Do An Adorable Instagram Takeover

    For her next English-speaking role, Duque says a dream gig would be a spot in a big-screen blockbuster — memo to Megan Fox: call Duque if you ever tire of playing April O’Neil in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies — and she would definitely be into returning to DOOL after her initial short run on the NBC soap.

    “You know what? I’m very excited about that, because I had such a great time. I think as my first [English-speaking] job, it was great. It was more like a school. You learn so much from your co-workers, from everybody,” Duque says. “If they ask me to go back, I’ll be more than happy to go.”

    Days of Our Lives: Kate Mansi Replaced by Soap Rookie Marci Miller as Abigail

    (Pic) On the heels of the news that Jen Lilley is leaving her Days of Our Lives role of scheme queen Theresa Donovan comes word that the also-exiting Kate Mansi has been recast as troubled ingénue Abigail DiMera: Marci Miller will make her debut as Chad’s bride this fall, Soap Opera Digest reports.

    Though a soap rookie, the actress has appeared in a bunch of short films and stars in the upcoming Children of the Corn: Runaway and Death Race 2050, Roger Corman’s upgrade of his 1975 cult classic, Death Race 2000, with Malcolm McDowell and Manu Bennett (Arrow).

    In announcing her departure on Instagram back in January, Mansi — a TV newbie when she was cast as Jack and Jennifer’s daughter on Days in 2011 — wrote that “the timing was right for [her] to set sail from Salem.” Already, she has landed a lead in the thriller Boyfriend Killer, opposite her onetime Days castmate Patrick Muldoon, who played Austin.

    Miller inherits a juicy storyline in which newlywed Abigail has lost her marbles after being tormented by her ex, Ben, aka the Necktie Killer. NBC could not be reached for comment.

    ATWT ALUMS IN NEW SHORT FILM

    Austin Peck (ex-Brad, ATWT et al) and wife, Terri Conn (ex-Katie, ATWT et al) have teamed up with former ONE LIFE TO LIVE Executive Producer Jennifer Pepperman for an award-winning short film, Jack & Diane, which briefly reunites a duo who had been involved years earlier. “In the age of social media, where you're reconnecting with people from their past, I had an idea of, ‘What if you met that one that got away 20 years later in a bar? Would you still have all these same feelings? Would it be the same?’ " explains Pepperman. "I just started writing and I sent it to Austin and Terri and they both loved it and said, ‘We gotta do this.’ “ Pepperman assembled a team to film on location in Brooklyn, NY. “We shot it at a great bar on 3rd Avenue called Canal Bar and we only had the bar for a handful of hours and it was actually sort of a mad dash. It’s a good thing we’re soap opera people and know how to work really quickly! We actually shot the whole thing in only about four hours.” Of reconnecting with Peck and Conn, Pepperman raves, "I’m a fan of both of them, they’re both amazing, very talented, really giving actors and great to work with as a director. I needed the guy to be stunningly handsome and I needed the woman character to also be very beautiful but have an inner weight to her. I think one of the things that’s amazing about Terri is that she’s so pretty, but she has such a high degree of sensitivity and depth. She can do comedy, she can be funny, but she also has an inner soul that just gives a gravity to what she does. I also needed the two characters to have a lot of history together, which Austin and Terri clearly have.” The response to the film has been "really great,” enthuses Pepperman. "I’ve been surprised by how much people have really liked it, so that’s fun, as well." Jack & Diane recently won an Award of Excellence in the IndieFEST. “It’s a really fantastic festival and we’re very excited about that,” says Pepperman. "We’re also playing in the Hoboken International Film Festival on June 4 at 4p.m. Austin and Terri will be there, so it would be a good opportunity for any fans of theirs who want to meet them and talk to them.” For ticket information, click here.

    Report: Days of Our Lives' Jen Lilley Leaving the Role of Theresa

    (tvline.com) Days of Our Lives‘ reigning scheme queen is abdicating her throne: Jen Lilley is reportedly leaving her role of troublemaking Theresa Donovan.

    The actress joined NBC’s long-running daytime drama three years ago after temporarily stepping in for Days alumna Kirsten Storms as General Hospital‘s Maxie Jones. (As you know, Storms is again on a break from GH, this time with Days vet Molly Burnett filling in for her.) Once among Salem’s lot, Lilley was thrust into one frontburner storyline after another, with only Eileen Davidson’s batty Kristen DiMera managing to out-connive Theresa — by stealing Brady Black’s baby while the mom-to-be was still pregnant!

    The manipulative minx’s parents — Salem supercouple Shane and Kimberly Donovan, played by Charles Shaughnessy and Patsy Pease — will be returning to the show for Theresa’s sendoff, according to Daytime Confidential, who broke the story. The show does not comment on casting.

    In addition to her stints on Days and GH, Lilley has appeared on The Crazy Ones, Two and a Half Men, iCarly and Hannah Montana.

    General Hospital: Kirsten Storms' Maxie Recast Temporarily With Days Vet

    What the heck is going on in Port Charles? Only days after it was announced that recent Daytime Emmy winner Tyler Christopher was being replaced as General Hospital‘s Nikolas Cassadine, ABC has confirmed that Kirsten Storms‘ Maxie Jones is also going to be temporarily recast.

    The last time that Storms took time off from the soap (for medical reasons, in fall 2011), Jen Lilley stepped in for about 10 months. But, of course, Lilley — now under contract at Days of Our Lives, as Theresa Donovan — is no longer available to sub. So, as Daytime Confidential, who broke the story, hinted, another Days ingénue — Molly Burnett (ex-Melanie) — has been tapped to step in for Storms this go-’round, first airing in July. (Ironically, Storms, too, is a Days vet, having gotten her soap start playing Belle Black, you’ll recall.)

    The timing for the sudden switch couldn’t be worse: With the recent hiring of One Life to Live alumna Bree Williamson (Jessica) as Claudette, the ex-wife of Maxie’s fiance, Nathan West, the fashionista’s storyline is about to kick into high gear.

    Teen Choice Awards 2016 Nominations

    Choice Movie Actor: Drama
    Jacob Tremblay – Room
    Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant
    Matt Damon – The Martian
    Michael B. Jordan – Creed
    O'Shea Jackson Jr. – Straight Outta Compton
    Taron Egerton – Eddie The Eagle

    Choice TV Actress: Drama
    Ashley Benson – Pretty Little Liars
    Jennifer Lopez – Shades of Blue
    Kerry Washington – Scandal
    Maia Mitchell – The Fosters
    Taraji P. Henson – Empire
    Troian Bellisario – Pretty Little Liars

    Choice TV Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
    Andrew Lincoln – The Walking Dead
    Grant Gustin – The Flash
    Ian Somerhalder – The Vampire Diaries
    Jared Padalecki – Supernatural
    Joseph Morgan – The Originals
    Paul Wesley – The Vampire Diaries

    Choice TV Actress: Comedy
    Candace Cameron Bure – Fuller House
    Dove Cameron – Liv and Maddie
    Emma Roberts – Scream Queens
    Gina Rodriguez – Jane the Virgin
    Laura Marano – Austin & Ally
    Lea Michele – Scream Queens

    Deidre Hall Walk of Fame Ceremony

    Watch Deidre Hall's (Marlena, Days) Walk of Fame Ceremony here.

    DAYS CASTING NEW ROLE

    Looks like someone in Salem is going to prison. DAYS seeking an actress of any ethnicity between the ages of 30-55 to play a tough inmate named Sheila. The role will tape in early June.

    JOIN DAYS STARS IN LOS ANGELES

    Arrow-Heart Adventure Camps has expanded to Los Angeles. The organization, founded by Arianne Zucker (Nicole, DAYS), where Shawn Christian (ex-Daniel, DAYS) serves as camp director, is bringing Emmy-winning Stunt Coordinator Terry James to share the adventure of television stunts on Saturday, May 21 in Valley Village Park in North Hollywood, CA from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. PT. New challenging adventures will continue through the summer from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. “We are proud to have established a neighborhood camp that gives parents a fun and exciting alternative to further empower their kids with the necessary life skills to make smart choices,” enthuse Christian and Zucker. To learn more, go to Arrow-Heart.org.

    Taylor Spreitler on Kevin Can Wait

    (Trailer) Taylor Spreitler (ex-Mia, Days) will play Kevin James’ daughter on Kevin Can Wait on CBS.

    New Comedy This Fall on CBS

    KEVIN CAN WAIT stars Kevin James as a newly retired police officer looking forward to spending carefree, quality time with his wife and three kids, only to discover he faces tougher challenges at home than he ever did on the streets. Kevin’s retirement plans consist of chilling with his family and having epic adventures with fellow retirees Goody (Leonard Earl Howze), his former partner and close friend, and Duffy (Lenny Venito), his oldest pal, as well as his brother, Kyle (Gary Valentine), a fireman whose closest encounter with a blaze would be a grease fire in the firehouse kitchen. However, Kevin’s dream is jeopardized when he discovers that Donna (Erinn Hayes), his wonderful wife of 20 years, has shielded him from key family info while he worked overtime protecting the community. Their usually reliable eldest, Kendra (Taylor Spreitler), is dropping out of college so she can support her unemployed fiancé, Chale (Ryan Cartwright), while he designs the next “big app”; his teenage daughter, Sara (Mary-Charles Jones), is having issues at school; and their youngest, Jack (James DiGiacomo), is a bit of a hypochondriac. For now, his plans for a cushy life will have to wait, because Kevin has work to do, and this time, his family is his beat. Bruce Helford, Rock Reuben, Kevin James, Jeff Sussman and Andy Fickman are executive producers for CBS Television Studios in association with Sony Pictures Television. Fickman directed the pilot.

    Arrow's Charlotte Ross Teases Smoak Family Secret, 'Intense' Finale to Come

    Family ties will be put to the test tonight on Arrow (The CW, 8/7), as Charlotte Ross‘ Donna Smoak shares her first scenes with ex-husband Noah Kuttler aka The Calculator (played by Tom Amandes).

    “Donna has a lot of feelings that she’s been wanting to share with Noah for many years, that have been bottled up,” Ross tells TVLine. And she will get the chance to do so, as Season 4’s penultimate hour unfolds. “Felicity has asked for her father’s help in dealing with a crisis in Star City — she kept it a secret from Donna because she knew how I would feel — and obviously, when Donna finds out that he’s anywhere near my daughter, a lot of suppressed emotions come spewing out.”

    Indeed, while Ross was delighted to finally work with opposite her TV ex (“From the moment Tom was cast, I’ve been looking forward to having scenes with him! He is lovely and we relished working together”), the dynamic between Donna and Noah is probably icy at best. “Donna has said that he left when Felicity was very young, and Donna hard a hard time financially, working three jobs to put food on the table,” Ross reminds. “So while we’ve alluded to the fact that Noah was very bad, to what degree and what he did specifically will be revealed a bit this week.”

    And that is not all that will be revealed as mother, father and daughter interact.

    “There is something that Donna has kept hidden for many, many years and she decides to, finally, come clean to Felicity about it — even though she knows she may risk losing her by doing so,” Ross previews. “Being a single mother myself, many things Donna feels and the choices she has had to make really resonate with me. And because Em [Emily Bett Rickards] and I have grown so close, it just felt so deep, honest and intimate when we were shooting the scenes in this episode. [Our on- and off-screen bonds] really have become intertwined in a way that has made our work together much richer than I could’ve hoped.”

    Turning to the main man in Donna’s orbit. Ross says that as hinted last week, Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne) is being kept from crumbling in the wake of Laurel’s death in part due to his girlfriend’s support.

    “Donna is thrilled that Lance decided to be up front and honest and amend his affidavit [about Laurel’s Black Canary persona]” even at risk of losing his badge, she says. “Paul and I have had many discussions about how Donna has potentially become his moral compass, as Laurel was, along with helping him deal with losing her. The question they both have now is: ‘Where do we go from here?'”

    As for where Arrow itself is going with next week’s Season 4 finale, Ross uses the words “intense, painful, shocking and scary” to sum up the season ender, adding: “It’s very open-ended for many characters — to such a degree that you will have no idea how Season 5 will resume, and which characters may be returning or which characters will be gone for good.”

    Kassie DePavia Reunites With ONE LIFE TO LIVE Castmate Renée Elise Goldsberry Backstage on Broadway

    (Pic) There was a very special ONE LIFE TO LIVE reunion when Kassie DePaiva (Blair) took in one of the hottest shows on Broadway!

    “Saw the stellar Renée Elise Goldsberry (Evangeline) in the brilliant Hamilton tonight,” she tweeted. “There are no words. I wept with pride.”

    While we’ll never be able to see Blair and Evangeline together in Llanview again, DePaiva has a fantastic singing voice, so perhaps one day their portrayers will share a Broadway stage together!

    MORE SOAP FAVES JOIN THE BAY

    The cast of THE BAY is expanding, to include a slew of familiar soap names. James DePaiva (ex-Max, OLTL) joins the cast as Young Jack Madison, Brandon Beemer (Shawn, DAYS) will play Young Jack Blackwell, Jessica Morris (ex-Jennifer, OLTL) will play Young Kate Blackwell, DAYS’s Christopher Sean will play a correctional officer and Kevin Spirtas (ex-Craig, DAYS) will portray Pastor Nolan. “These talented actors are a wonderful addition to our upcoming episodes,” stated THE BAY’s Creator/Writer/Director Gregori J. Martin. “They’re the perfect fit and we’re excited for them to join our amazing cast.” New episodes will be available on Amazon Prime later this year.

    Banus & Borlenghi on Mistresses - May 30

    Based on the hit UK television series of the same name, “Mistresses” returns for a fourth season with a one-hour premiere , MONDAY, MAY 30 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. The provocative and thrilling drama continues to focus on the scandalous lives of a sexy and sassy group of girlfriends, each on their own path to self-discovery.

    In “The New Girls,” it’s a year from the night Joss encountered a dangerous Wilson and has to relive the painful memory while testifying in court in his murder trial. Despite moving in together, Marc hasn’t found a steady job, and April worries Lucy is growing up too fast. Karen is adjusting to motherhood while her attractive male nanny (guest star Jerry O’Connell) makes a seemingly unwarranted advance. Meanwhile, Harry and Joss take the next step in their relationship, but trouble may be ahead as Joss isn’t quite healed from her past.

    “The New Girls” was written by Josh Reims and directed by Christopher Misiano.

    “Mistresses” stars Yunjin Kim as Karen Kim, Rochelle Aytes as April Malloy, Jes Macallan as Josslyn “Joss” Carver, Brett Tucker as Harry Davis, Rob Mayes as Marc Nickleby and Tabrett Bethell as Kate Davis.

    Guest starring is Jerry O’Connell as Robert, Tia Mowry-Hardrict as Barbara Rutledge, Corinne Massiah as Lucy, Brian Gattas as Randy, Niles Fitch as Noel, Camila Banus as Kylie, Lisa Canning as Prosecutor, Matthew Borlenghi as Defense Attorney, Adam Tucker as Court Clerk, Nick Toth as Judge, Ary Katz as Jonah, Jarod Joseph as Wilson and Robert Fukuzaki as Reporter.

    Former 'Days of Our Lives' Star: Chronic Pain in the Neck

    "Days of Our Lives" actor Eric Winter is recovering in a hospital with debilitating and mysterious numbness.

    Eric has been dogged by neck and back issues for years, and he's already gone under the knife twice, but without success.

    The pain was too much and last Tuesday he went back in ... it was especially alarming because he experienced numbness running down his right arm.

    Lucky for Eric ... doctors did not perform a third neck surgery. They tried a minor procedure they hope will do the trick.

    It's been a rough couple of weeks for soap stars. A "General Hospital" actor was in a horrendous car accident but got off pretty easy.

    Deidre Hall to Receive Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!

    Soap legend Deidre Hall (Marlena, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) is getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!

    The actress debuted as Dr. Marlena Evans on the NBC soap in 1976, and the character became so popular that rumors that Marlena would be killed off resulted in angry fan protests. She has also earned three Daytime Emmy Award nominations over the years for her work on the show.

    Hall will receive her star on Thursday, May 19, at 11:30 a.m. PT, and Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie) will be the guest speaker. If you can’t make it to Hollywood Boulevard for the dedication, you can live stream the event on www.walkoffame.com!

    PENGHLIS STAYING AT DAYS

    Thaao Penghlis (Andre, DAYS) announced on Twitter that will be staying put in Salem. The actor tweeted, "My friends I have signed on DOOL for another 2 years. Thank u 4 being part of this wonderful & continuing experience I call home."

    MARY BETH EVANS RECAPS EMMY EXPERIENCE

    MARY BETH EVANS RECAPS EMMY EXPERIENCE - Read the full account here.

    DEIDRE HALL TO GET STAR ON WALK OF FAME

    Deidre Hall, who marks 40 years as DAYS’s Marlena this year, will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on May 19, reports Variety. Congratulations!

    You can watch the ceremony here: http://www.walkoffame.com/

    Matt Borlenghi Previews His Appearance on CASTLE!

    Daytime fans remember Matt Borlenghi as Brian on ALL MY CHILDREN, Ziggy on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL, or Anthony on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, and now the actor is in primetime again with a new guest spot on CASTLE!

    In the episode, “Hell to Pay,” airing on Monday, May 9, at 10 p.m. ET, Castle and Beckett suspect that the death of an axe-wielding escaped psychiatric inmate could be the work of the Antichrist!

    “I play Rollins, the head of security for a wealthy man Castle suspects of being the Antichrist and a murderer,” Borlenghi tells Soaps In Depth. “It was an amazing experience. They’re all very talented and generous actors.”

    Naturally, he bonded with CASTLE’s star, fellow daytime alum Nathan Fillion (Joey, ONE LIFE TO LIVE). “Great guy,” Borlenghi declares. “We spoke quite a bit about fond memories of working on soaps. I could not have imagined a better experience.”

    Nadia Bjorlin Welcomes Son Torin Mathias

    (Pic) This day of her life is one of her best yet.

    Days of Our Lives star Nadia Bjorlin and husband Grant Turnbull welcomed their first child, a baby boy, on Wednesday, May 4, in Los Angeles, her rep confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.

    Born at 7:03 a.m., son Torin Mathias Turnbull weighed 7 lbs., 13 oz., and measured 21 inches long.

    “I never knew I could feel this level of love. My heart could almost burst!” the new mom tells PEOPLE.

    “You quickly forget 26 hours of labor when looking into his beautiful little face. We’re beyond ecstatic, happy — life has really just begun.”

    Torin’s arrival couldn’t have been more perfect: The baby boy made his big debut the day before Cinco de Mayo — the same theme of Bjorlin’s April baby shower.

    “We were overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and gifts from our friends and family,” the couple told PEOPLE after the baby bash. “This is going to be a very loved little boy.”

    Daniel Cosgrove Returns to DAYS OF OUR LIVES!

    Aiden makes a shocking return from the dead on DAYS OF OUR LIVES when Daniel Cosgrove reprises his role on Monday, May 9!

    Last seen back in November, Aiden attempted to strangle Hope on their wedding night, and was shot to death when Bo rescued her. How is he alive, and where has he been? Trust us — the mystery is only just beginning!

    DAYS'S BJORLIN WELCOMES SON

    Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe, DAYS) and hubby Grant Turnbull became first-time parents on May 4 to a son, Torin Mathias. "Welcome... Torin Mathias Turnbull, #maythe4thbewithyou#7.03am #7lbs13ozs Thank you my darling, my soulmate @nadiabjorlin#thenextgeneration," exulted the proud father. The duo will celebrate their first anniversary on May 15. Congratulations to the whole family! To see their first photos, click here.

    Charles Shaughnessy on Rush Hour

    “Wind Beneath My Wingman” – A smitten Carter asks Lee to be his wingman with a beautiful witness, Nina (Janel Parrish), who they are protecting before she testifies against her former menacing boss, on RUSH HOUR Thursday, May 19 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    Guest Cast Includes: Janel Parrish (Nina Sloane), Charles Shaughnessy (David Novak).

    Lisa Rinna Changes Her Hairdo for the First Time in 20 Years Using Drugstore Dye

    (Pic) As Brandi Glanville once told Lisa Rinna in season 5 of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: ‘You’ve had the same hairdo for 20 years!” Well, not anymore.

    The Melrose Place alum debuted her new darker hairstyle on Watch What Happens Live! on Tuesday, after the third and final part of the RHOBH reunion special aired on Bravo.

    “I mean, I wanted to try something new, and you know, I’ve had the same hairdo,” Rinna, 52, explained to host Andy Cohen about her coiffed strands. “For 20 years I’ve had the same hairdo and I thought, ‘Why not?’ You know?”

    The mother of two also added that the hair transformation was a bit of a spontaneous decision that was influenced by the recent Met Gala.

    “I darkened it a little bit. I went to the drugstore last night, and I got this fanciful – I don’t know what it is. It’ll wash out,” she said. “Because my highlights were all crazy all over the place and I thought, ‘I’ll just darken it a little bit.’ I had a vision. It was sort of, like, for the Met Ball, the ‘Manus Machina’ look for the Met Ball.”

    So will this darker color be permanent change? “I like my hairdo though,” she clarified. “I really do.”

    Rinna’s signature, short hairstyle previously featured streaks of honey blonde highlights. She most memorably sported brunette locks in April 2015 when she ditched her shaggy pixie cut for dark Kardashian-esque extensions in response to Glanville’s insults about her hair.

    One of the reasons Rinna likes to rock a bob is because husband of close to 20 years Harry Hamlin prefers a shorter ‘do.

    “Harry likes it. He always says, ‘Keep it short.’ So I like to keep my husband happy; that is not news,” she said during a Access Hollywood co-hosting gig in April 2015.

    DAYS CASTING TWO SHORT-TERM ROLES

    DAYS issued a casting call for two new short-term characters, Brad and Vicky Bush. Brad is described as in his late ‘40s to late ’50s. He is a highly-polished and extremely successful businessman who can come across a bit of a snob. Brad’s wife Vicky is of a similar age and is described as reeking "of wealth and high society…. She loves her cocktails and younger men and isn’t afraid to overindulge in either."

    DAYS'S MADISON BOOKS NEW ROLE

    Martha Madison, who will last air as DAYS's Belle later this year, has her next gig lined up. The actress has booked a recurring role on Amazon’s ONE MISSISSIPPI. She tweeted, "HOLY SCHMOLY! Just booked a recurring gig on One Mississippi! So excited for the table read tomorrow! #Comedy #PrimeTime #Amazon"

    Matthew Borlenghi on Castle

    “Hell to Pay” – When an axe-wielding, escaped psychiatric inmate drops dead in Castle’s P.I. office, Castle and Beckett’s investigation leads Castle to suspect the victim’s death could be the work of the Antichrist, on “Castle,” MONDAY, MAY 9 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network.

    “Castle” stars Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle, Stana Katic as NYPD Captain Kate Beckett, Tamala Jones as Medical Examiner Lanie Parish, Jon Huertas as NYPD Detective Javier Esposito, Seamus Dever as NYPD Detective Kevin Ryan, Molly Quinn as Alexis Castle with Susan Sullivan as Martha Rodgers. For season eight, Toks Olagundoye (“The Neighbors”) joined the series as Hayley.

    Guest cast: Ronnie Steadman as Gabriel Shaw, Emanuel Loarca as Guard, Michael Chieffo as Dr. Brock Martin, Anne-Marie Johnson as Sondra Kramer, Matthew Borlenghi as Rollins.

    “Hell to Pay” was written by Jim Adler (story) and Adam Frost & Nancy Kiu (teleplay) and directed by John Terlesky.

    LADIES OF THE LAKE POSTER REVEALED

    (Poster) A poster from the new web series, LADIES OF THE LAKE, has been released, and it sets the tone for the series about a group of wealthy women in the exclusive gated community of Avalon who whose abusive husbands mysteriously turn up dead. Pictured (l.-r.) are Jessica Morris (ex-Jennifer, ONE LIFE TO LIVE), Lilly Melgar (ex-Lily, GH), Martha Madison (Belle, DAYS) and Marie Wilson (Summer, DAYS). To keep up with the series, go to www.ladiesofthelakeseries.com and follow on Twitter at @LOTLSERIES1.

    DAYS OF OUR LIVES Casts Anne-Marie Johnson as Abigail's Doctor

    (Photo) Abigail will be getting some high-profile help on DAYS OF OUR LIVES when Anne-Marie Johnson debuts Tuesday, April 26, as Dr. Robinson, the therapist tasked with bringing the young woman back from the brink of insanity.

    “Abigail needs intensive care for an extended period of time,” Johnson tells Soaps In Depth. “But Dr. Robinson is on that ride with Abigail throughout the duration.”

    Fans will remember the actress from her numerous primetime roles on series including IN LIVING COLOR, MELROSE PLACE and JAG. But some DAYS fans might recall Johnson from her brief stint as Marlena’s therapist, Dr. Patel, back in 2012. “I’d never done a soap opera prior to Dr. Patel,” she reveals. “I had a great time that time, and to be asked back was great! I really was quite honored to be asked back."

    Because of everything Abigail has been through recently, she’ll require a lot of treatment, so Johnson is currently scheduled appear as Dr. Robinson periodically over the next four months. Can she restore Abigail’s sanity? Stay tuned!

    FULL CAST FOR TWIN PEAKS REBOOT REVEALED

    Showtime released the full cast list for its hotly anticipated TWIN PEAKS reboot, which features returning stars like Kyle McLachlan (Special Agent Dale Cooper), Sherilyn Fenn (Audrey), Ray Wise (Leland; Y&R's Ian), Sheryl Lee (Laura/Maddy), Madchen Amick (Shelly) and David Duchovny (Agent Dennis) and a host of new hires, including several with soap ties: Bailey Chase (ex-Chris, ATWT), Amanda Seyfried (ex-Joni, AMC); Matt Battaglia (ex-J.L., DAYS) and Nafessa Williams (ex-Deanna, OLTL). Other notable names include Eddie Vedder, Naomi Watts, Michael Cera and Ashley Judd. Click here to see full chart.

    ‘Days of Our Lives’ stars talk longevity, social media during Raleigh visit

    (newsobserver.com) Mom or grandma watching “her stories” has been a time-honored tradition in American households. It’s difficult to find someone whose family member didn’t, at one time or another, indulge in the genre characterized by amnesia, comas, resurrections and evil twins.

    But amid the drama and myriad plot lines, it’s easy to forget that soap operas also capture life, love and relationships in a way that viewers connect with over years – even decades.

    Three of the stars of “Days of Our Lives” were in Raleigh on Friday and spoke to The News & Observer about the unique longevity of soaps, what it’s like to face an audience that knows your characters better than you do and how social media can influence story lines.

    “Days of Our Lives,” an NBC daytime drama, is one of the longest-running scripted television programs in the world. The show has aired nearly every weekday since 1965 and has been syndicated around the world.

    It joins just four other continuously running soaps now: “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “General Hospital” and “The Young and the Restless.”

    “There’s nothing else like this. It’s such an extraordinary thing,” said Lauren Koslow, who plays Kate Roberts, an accomplished business woman and devoted mother who has had to claw her way to the top, on “Days.”

    Koslow has been on the show more than 20 years. “You grow up with this show. You don’t get that with primetime or movies. This is something unique,” she said.

    Suzanne Rogers has been a part of the cast for 43 years as Maggie Horton. “What’s amazing is it’s still vibrant,” she said of the show, which passed the 12,000 episode mark in 2013. “We’re looking forward to the future.”

    The stars often are just as surprised as viewers by plot twists and the fate of their characters, they said, because they don’t see scripts until shortly before filming begins.

    “They don’t exactly run it by us usually,” Rogers said, laughing. “But it’s wonderful. I thank God every day that I’m still there.”

    New generations are added to the show all the time, including relative newcomer Billy Flynn, who plays Chad DiMera.

    “I’m glad that these beautiful women have done so well over the years to allow me to be part of this,” he said of Rogers and Koslow. “I’m in awe of them.”

    With the show filming as many as two episodes per day, actors grow quickly with their characters.

    “You grow up and then they (your character) have kids and then their kids have kids,” Flynn said. “As you grow older, you evolve as a person and your character evolves and matures, so it’s this never-ending cycle.

    “You might get abducted or brainwashed every few years,” he added.

    “Days of Our Lives” is reaching audiences in whole new ways and viewers are having a bigger impact than ever, the stars said.

    “I don’t think people realize how much fans can impact story lines. If fans really love something or really hate something, that absolutely influences the writing,” Koslow said.

    “We like for people to connect with us on social media, so now we hear from fans there, too. That’s important to us. There’s great social media surrounding the show. It’s a great way to interact with the show.”

    The stars were in town Friday for Raleigh’s Southern Women’s Show at the N.C. State Fairgrounds. The three-day expo features TV personalities, home and fashion bloggers, authors, a Fido Fashion Show and more.

    The stars were only in Raleigh for one night, but Flynn said he visited with a friend who lives in the city and who took him to Cornerstone Tavern on Glenwood Avenue on Thursday night.

    “We had a great time; it’s a beautiful city,” he said. “I enjoyed Raleigh quite a bit last night.”

    The “Days” stars said they’re thankful to fans for continued support of the show and have no plans of slowing down.

    “I think we’re in it for the long haul now,” Koslow said. “As long as people love the show, we’re here.”

    “Days” is the last daytime drama remaining on NBC, but continues to earn positive ratings. It airs each weekday at 1 p.m.

    Second runs of episodes also are offered on SOAPnet, and episodes are available to purchase on iTunes.

    Rogers, Koslow and Flynn said the show is about five months ahead of itself in filming, and they’re excited for viewers to see what they’ve been working on.

    “Just sit tight,” Rogers said. “It’s going to be great.”

    Ingo Rademacher & Christopher Sean Return To Hawaii Five-0

    “Pa'a ka 'ipuka i ka 'upena nananana” – Trapped inside a dilapidated building in Oahu’s Chinatown, Five-0 must protect a wounded Gabriel (Christopher Sean) and plan their escape when enemy gunmen storm the building looking to kill him and anyone who gets in their way, on the first hour of the sixth season finale of HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, May 13 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    Guest Cast Includes: Christopher Sean (Gabriel Waincroft), Ingo Rademacher (Robert Coughlin).

    DAYTIME EMMYS ADD LIVE-STREAM COVERAGE

    The Wrap reports that The Daytime Emmys, which will not be telecast this year, will have a strong live-streaming presence on Periscope, courtesy of a partnership between NATAS and Parachute TV. Parachute TV will cover the red carpets of both the main ceremony on May 1 and the Creative Arts Emmys on April 29, and winners will interact with fans via Periscope after their acceptance speeches.

    BANUS HEADED TO PRIME-TIME

    DAYS’s Camila Banus (Gabi) has snagged a recurring role on the ABC-TV prime-time series, MISTRESSES, reports tvourcemagazine.com. “Season four starts [May 30] and I’m going to be on there quite a few times so you can catch me on there,” said Banus. The actress recently signed a new one-year contract with DAYS.

    Disney Channel Is Airing a DCOM Memorial Day Marathon

    (Zenon Video) Been craving a re-watch of Zenon, The Thirteenth Year, Rip Girls, Smart House, Brink! or any of your other favorite Disney Channel Original Movies? Then good news: Disney Channel is airing nearly all of them over the Memorial Day weekend.

    Entertainment Weekly reports Disney will kick-off the mega-marathon with Kim Possible: So the Drama at 10 a.m. ET on Friday, May 27 and wrap up with Johnny Tsunami at 3:35 a.m. on Tuesday, May 31.

    That means you better make room on your DVR, or have your smart house do it for you.

    Check out the full marathon schedule below. And if you don't see your favorite DCOM on the list, breathe easy. The movies Disney couldn't fit into the weekend will air throughout the first week of June.

    Friday, May 27

    10:00 a.m.: Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama
    11:20 a.m.: Read It and Weep
    12:55 p.m.: Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior
    2:40 p.m.: Jump In!
    4:15 p.m.: Lemonade Mouth
    6:15 p.m.: Zapped
    8:00 p.m.: High School Musical 2
    9:55 p.m.: The Cheetah Girls 2
    11:45 p.m.: Zenon the Zeque
    l1:25 a.m.: Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge
    2:55 a.m.: Twitches Too
    4:25 a.m.: Alley Cats Strike!

    Saturday, May 28

    6:25 a.m.: You Wish!
    8:05 a.m.: The Proud Family Movie
    9:50 a.m.: Quints
    11:25 a.m.: Horse Sense
    1:10 p.m.: Cow Belles
    2:50 p.m.: Twitches
    4:30 p.m.: The Even Stevens Movie
    6:15 p.m.: Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie
    8:00 p.m.: Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam
    9:50 p.m.: Princess Protection Program
    11:30 p.m.: The Cheetah Girls: One World
    1:05 a.m.: Zenon: Z3
    2:40 a.m.: Halloweentown High
    4:20 a.m.: The Thirteenth Year

    Sunday, May 29

    6:00 a.m.: Right On Track
    7:45 a.m.: Full-Court Miracle
    9:35 a.m.: Eddie's Million Dollar Cook-Off
    11:20 a.m.: Brink!
    1:10 p.m.: Double Teamed
    2:55 p.m.: Rip Girls
    4:35 p.m.: Motocrossed
    6:20 p.m.: Cloud 9
    8:00 p.m.: Teen Beach 2
    9:55 p.m.: Bad Hair Day
    11:40 p.m.: How to Build a Better Boy
    1:20 a.m.: Pixel Perfect
    2:55 a.m.: The Other Me
    4:30 a.m.: Genius

    Monday, May 30

    10:00 a.m.: Stuck in the Suburbs
    11:30 a.m.: Halloweentown
    1:05 p.m.: Zenon, Girl of the 21st Century
    2:55 p.m.: Smart House
    4:25 p.m.: High School Musical
    6:15 p.m.: Camp Rock
    8:00 p.m.: Descendants
    10:05 p.m.: Teen Beach Movie
    11:55 p.m.: Cadet Kelly
    1:50 a.m.: The Cheetah Girls
    3:35 a.m.: Johnny Tsunami

    The Young and the Restless Casts Chrishell Stause as Wild Child

    Here comes trouble, Genoa City.

    TVLine has learned exclusively that All My Children and Days of Our Lives alum Chrishell Stause will next heat things up on CBS’ The Young and the Restless.

    Stause will recur as Bethany Bryant, a young woman who relishes the chance to push things to the limit and live dangerously as long as she’s not the one who gets burned. The wild child will find herself immersed in a prominent family’s juicy drama when she first appears on Wednesday, May 25.

    In addition to her runs as AMC‘s Amanda Dillon and Days‘ Jordan Ridgeway, Stause’s credits include guest spots on ABC’s Mistresses and Body of Proof and the web series Youthful Daze and Luke 11:17.

    Lindsay Hartley Previews Her New Movie, 'Dying To Be Loved'

    Lindsay Hartley (Cara, ALL MY CHILDREN) stars as mother who will stop at nothing to protect her daughter in the new movie Dying to be Loved, premiering Saturday, April 16, at 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime!

    Hartley admits to Soaps In Depth that her character, Jill, is an overprotective mom by necessity. “[Her daughter] Emily is clinically depressed and has to stick to her medication,” she explains. “Jill can’t risk anything bad happening to Emily, but at the same time she has to be a mother that Emily can confide in and trust.”

    But that proves difficult when Emily brings home an older boyfriend, Gary, her parents do not approve of. And their worst fears come true when the older man involves Emily in a road rage incident that leaves a man dead! After the lovers go on the run, Jill is horrified to learn that the pair have apparently jumped to their deaths in a double suicide!

    Refusing to believe Emily is really dead, Jill is determined to find her daughter and bring her safely home — no matter what the cost!

    “This movie deals with the quintessential emotions of family,” Hartley previews, “and what a mother would do for a daughter’s love.”

    THE BAY MOVES TO AMAZON PRIME

    Acclaimed web soap THE BAY is moving to Amazon Prime this summer! 28 episode will be re-released on Amazon Prime as two 14-episode seasons, featuring a new beginning in this "Director's Cut." States Gregori J. Martin, THE BAY's creator, writer, and executive producer, "We’re excited to bring to the viewers these remastered episodes with never before seen footage. The show will have a new starting point, and we hope the viewers will binge watch the series to learn the whole story."

    In May, THE BAY will resume production on six new episodes comprising the second half of the latter season. Martin teases that Nicolas Coster's Jack will take an A Christmas Carol-esque journey featuring Carolyn Hennesy (Diane, GH) as Jack's late ex-wife, Brandon Beemer (Shawn, DAYS) as a younger John, Jensen Buchanan (Elise, Y&R) as a younger Melody and Marisa Tait (ex-Becky, B&B) as a younger Katherine. Elsewhere, Sara's (Mary Beth Evans) prison misery will continue, and Pete (Kristos Andrews) will face new dilemmas as he conspires to free his imprisoned mother while dealing with the news of Janice's (Lilly Melgar) brutal rape.

    For more information, check out www.thebaytheseries.com.

    Lounge Lovers! Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin Turn Spring Break with Their Girls into a Romantic Getaway

    (Pic1, Pic2, Pic3, Pic4) The couple that vacays together stays together!

    During their kids' recent Spring Break, Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin managed to find some quality time together.

    Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna at the Villa Del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto

    The couple, who celebrate their 20th anniversary next year, were in Mexico for a family trip with daughters Delilah, 17, and Amelia, 14.

    Looking hotter than ever (and we're not talking about the temperature!), the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star and and the Mad Men vet lounged managed to balance their trip to Mexico's Villa Del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto with a mix of outdoor activities and R&R.

    Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin at the Villa Del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto

    Among the items on their daily itinerary, Hamlin and Rinna went paddleboarding every morning, giving Rinna plenty of opportunities to show off her famously fit physique.

    Lisa Rinna at the Villa Del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto

    They also went hiking, enjoyed the spa, dined at the hotel's gourmet restaurant, Danzante, and had dinner on a yachtwith the resort's owners.

    During their relaxation time a deux, Rinna, 52, caught up on current events, and Hamlin, 64, read the book Talk Like TED in between sips of tropical cocktails.

    Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna at the Villa Del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto

    Given some of the stress-inducing group trips Rinna has recently taken with her RHOBH costars, including jaunts to Amsterdam and Dubai, we're guessing this trip was literally like a walk in the park.

    The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills airs Tuesdays (9 p.m. ET) on Bravo.

    Jordi Vilasuso Gets Photobombed by DAYS OF OUR LIVES Castmate!

    (Pic) Jordi Vilasuso (Dario) was trying to take a nice photo when his DAYS OF OUR LIVES co-star Vincent Irizarry (Deimos) jumped in! “So hard to look cool when this guy photobombs you!” he wrote.

    We think Irizarry just makes the photo better — you'd have to work really hard to make Vilasuso look bad in any photo!

    This is the second soap these two jokers have worked on together, having previously been castmates on ALL MY CHILDREN. Irizarry and Vilasuso were also both on GUIDING LIGHT, but not at the same time!

    LINDSAY HARTLEY STARS IN LIFETIME MOVIE

    Lindsay Hartley (ex-Cara, AMC) headlines the Lifetime movie DYING TO BE LOVED on Saturday, April 16 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Hartley plays Jill Yates, a successful lawyer whose teen daughter gets involved with a much older — and dangerous — guy. Also starring are Dan Payne, Paloma Kwiatkowski and Jedidah Goodacre.

    Galen Gering Talks About That Major Kiss

    Days of Our Lives' Galen Gering Talks About That Major Kiss Between Rafe and Hope: Read the Glamour interview here.

    DAYS CASTING NEWS

    DAYS has released a casting call for a recurring character named Deanna, who is described as a "25-30-year-old gorgeous, African-American female. Deanna is a confident, edgy, strong, intelligent female. She has overcome obstacles in her past that make her the strong independent woman she is today. In her her chosen field, vulnerability is a liability so her tough exterior can sometimes make her hard to read. She is sexy and knows how to have fun and craves a little danger to keep things interesting.”

    JOIN DAYS STARS AT CARDIO BARRE LAS VEGAS

    On April 23, DAYS stars will be on hand to celebrate the grand opening of Cardio Barre Las Vegas, co-owned by Eric Martsolf (Brady, DAYS) and his wife Lisa. Shawn Christian (ex-Daniel), Mary Beth Evans (Kayla) and Marie Wilson (Summer) will join Martsolf for a meet and greet from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., that will include food, drink, music and a silent auction. From 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., the four stars will be taking a class along with 35 lucky fans. “My wife has been supportive of my daytime career for so long, the least I can do is try to gain support and momentum for this business that she firmly believes in,” says Martsolf. For more information about the event, check out the hashtag #TakeBarreWithASoapStar on Twitter.

    GREG VAUGHAN ON DAYS EXIT

    In an interview in this week’s Digest, DAYS’s Greg Vaughan (Eric) talks about his exit from Salem. "Of course, there’s disappointment because this is your livelihood, and you have children to think about,” he admits. "In hard times, you’ve got to make difficult choices and it really affected us in a lot of ways. I was also disappointed because you never think you’re going to be the person to get the call. It was kind of like going back to when I was at GH and got that call that I was let go and Jonathan [Jackson] was coming on [to reclaim the role of Lucky]. That’s why I never emotionally get comfortable anywhere anymore, so it was easier to kind of accept.” He will last air on April 15. Happily, the actor already has a plum new gig on the OWN series, QUEEN SUGAR. “It’s ’s just going from one high to another high extremely quickly. I’ve been living this dream for 22 years, through the highs and the lows, and I’m still going strong; I keep moving forward,” he says. For the full story, pick up the new Digest, on sale now.

    DAYS STAR IN NEW FILM

    Jordi Vilasuso (Dario, DAYS) has a new film being released in theaters Friday April 7. In The Invitation, Vilasuso plays Miguel, an EMT. "It is a very eerie film, but I had a great time working on it,” enthuses the actor. "It is a psychological thriller and we are all supposed to be intimate friends reuniting after a tragic affair that happened in this house [where the film takes place].” Tammy Blanchard (ex-Drew, GL) also stars in the film. To see the trailer for the film, click here.

    GUEST SPOT FOR DAYS ALUM

    Emmy-nominated True O’Brien (ex-Paige, DAYS) tweeted that she just wrapped an episode of OWN’s new series, QUEEN SUGAR. She posted, "So stoked to be a part of this project!!! #neworleans…” Her former DAYS co-star, Greg Vaughan (Eric) is a series regular, and talks about the project in the issue of Digest on sale tomorrow.

    FIRST PHOTOS OF BROOKS/KRUGER WEDDING!

    The knot.com has the exclusive photos of the Hawaii wedding of B&B’s Darin Brooks (Wyatt) and Kelly Kruger (ex-Eva). "SO excited to finally be able to share this with you guys!” posted Kruger on Instagram. "Head over to @theknot to get an exclusive look inside the most special day of our lives!!

    Mary Beth Evans is a Triple Threat at This Year's Daytime Emmy Awards!

    This year, Mary Beth Evans (Kayla, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) finds herself up for three different Daytime Emmy Awards!

    The daytime vet is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress for her work on DAYS and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Digital Daytime Drama Series for playing Sara on the web series THE BAY. And if that wasn’t enough, she’s also in the running for Outstanding Digital Daytime Drama Series as one of the producers of THE BAY!

    “Isn’t that wild?” she enthuses to Soaps In Depth. “It’s kind of exciting.”

    Despite being in daytime for decades, Evans admits that she’s rarely considered submitting herself for the Emmys over the years. “It was always such a lock with the Erika Slezaks (Viki, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) and people like that, you know what I mean?” she says of the stiff acting competition. “I never felt like I was in their league. But this year I finally felt like I had something to submit.

    “I think there’s just been more freedom in my acting, more freedom in my life,” Evans continues. “More freedom to just throw it out there. So I think it’s a good time. Who knows if it will really ever happen again?”

    Brandon Barash and Kirsten Storms to Divorce After Nearly 3 Years of Marriage

    After almost three years of marriage, General Hospital's Brandon Barash, 36, and Kirsten Storms, 31, are getting divorced.

    "We are splitting due to the cliché irreconcilable differences, but we're splitting amicably," Barash told Soap Opera Digest in a statement. "We have every intention of remaining a family through this and successfully co-parenting our kid and retaining a friendship in the efforts of raising her in a healthy environment."

    Before deciding to split, the couple reportedly sought out professional help as they tried to work through their issues. However, they ultimately came to the conclusion that divorce was the best option for their family.

    "This was not a hasty decision; a lot of thought and therapy went into this," Storms added. "We went to therapy for a long time, trying to figure out how to communicate better with each other. It's not anything that we dislike about each other."

    Barash also added that the couple feels raising their daughter in two separate homes would be "a healthier choice for all of us."

    Despite the news, they will both still attend the General Hospital Family Weekend in New Jersey this weekend.

    The soap opera stars tied the knot in 2013 with an impromptu ceremony at Caesar's Palace.

    Just five months after getting married Barash and Storms welcomed their first child together, a daughter named Harper Rose, now 2.

    ALISON SWEENEY’S NEW NOVEL OUT NOW

    (Kindle, Paperback) Opportunity Knocks, the third novel from DAYS alum Alison Sweeney (ex-Sami), is available today in stores and online. Continuing her theme of giving a behind the scenes peek into Hollywood, this book focuses on a makeup artist. "Makeup artists deal with the craziest people sometimes, so this book is really fun and gossipy and has some great you-can’t-believe-people-really-behave-this-way type stories,” Sweeney tells Digest. "The other thing that I really love about this novel is that New York is a big character. I just loved taking my perception of New York as, like, the ultimate L.A. girl, and how I see this beautiful city and how the character discovers it through her eyes. So for me, it was really fun.” Check out the cover here. For more from Sweeney, check out the issue of Digest on sale Friday.

    Inside Days of Our Lives Star Nadia Bjorlin Cinco de Mayo-Themed Baby Shower

    (Pic1, Pic2,Pic3) Nadia Bjorlin‘s baby shower was quite the fiesta!

    The Days of Our Lives star, who is expecting a son with husband Grant Turnbull in May, celebrated the upcoming addition with a Cinco de Mayo-themed shower on Saturday.

    “We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful and fun day,” Bjorlin, 35, tells PEOPLE exclusively. “We were overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and gifts from our friends and family.”

    The party was hosted by Bjorlin’s best friend Dilson Schild, sister Kamilla Bjorlin and friend Camryn Kruger at Schild’s home in West Hollywood. Guests dined on fajitas, tacos and quesadillas, with churros, cookies and macaroons for dessert.

    Bjorlin and Turnbull were showered with gifts from their family and friends, including a Nuna Mixx stroller and a lavish diaper cake elaborately decorated with toys and clothes.

    Guests included Lance Bass and husband Michael Turchin, The Young and the Restless‘ Michelle Stafford and Christian LeBlanc, Days of Our Lives‘ Molly Burnett and Crystal Chappell, and General Hospital‘s Bradford Anderson.

    “They say it takes a village, and the village certainly showed up! This is going to be a very loved little boy,” the mom-to-be tells PEOPLE.

    Bjorlin announced her pregnancy on Instagram on Thanksgiving Day.

    “So many things to be thankful for this year. New beginnings….” she captioned a photo of three pairs of shoes. “Our family is growing by two feet … May, 2016,” the photo read.

    LADIES OF THE LAKE CAST UNVEILED

    LADIES OF THE LAKE, the new digital series based on the novel by DAYS’s Executive Producer Ken Corday of the same name, has announced its cast. In addition to Kyle Lowder (ex-Brady, DAYS et al), Arianne Zucker (Nicole, DAYS), John-Paul Lavoisier (Philip, DAYS), Martha Madison (Belle, DAYS), Wally Kurth (Justin, DAYS/Ned, GH), Marie Wilson (Summer, DAYS), Gordon Thomson (ex-Adam, DYNASTY et al), John Callahan (ex-Edmund, AMC et al), Patrika Darbo (ex-Nancy, DAYS), Lilly Melgar (ex-Lily, GH), Jessica Morris (ex-Jennifer, OLTL) and Jillian Clare (ex-Abby, DAYS) will appear in the new sudser from WINTERTHORNE creator Michael Caruso. Follow the show on Twitter @LOTLSERIES1.

    GH ALUM ENGAGED

    Natalia Livingston (ex-Emily, GH/ex-Rebecca, GH/ex-Taylor, Days) announced her engagement to Matt Aldag on March 23. "We actually went to college together - Emory University - many years ago," the actress shares. "We had a mutual crush on each other that we never realized. Once I got up the nerve to ask him to a Sadie Hawkins Dance and he turned me down! Haha! He was interested in someone else at the time. Many years later, he says he got his second chance. He's not an actor, so we balance each other. He's a neuroscientist and science writer. He got his Ph.D at UCLA. I like to say 'he is the most amazing man I know (besides my dad).' I just feel very grateful to have found him." Congratulations to the happy couple!

    CAMILA BANUS EXTENDS DAYS DEAL

    Camila Banus revealed on Snapchat that she will be sticking around as DAYS’s Gabi for the foreseeable future. “Guess what? I SIGNED ON FOR ANOTHER YEAR! #Days,” she posted. The actress joined the show in 2010, left in 2014, then returned to Salem last year. In September, she booked SNOWFALL, a pilot for FX.

    DAYS CASTING VALERIE GRANT

    Looks like the new co-head writing team of Dena Higley and Ryan Quan are digging into Salem history: The show released a casting call for Dr. Valerie Grant, described as a gorgeous African-American woman in her mid-50s. The casting notice reads: "Courage and perseverance are two character traits that people admire her for the most. And while her experiences might have hardened other people and made them cynical, Valerie has grown into a wise and compassionate person – who still occasionally gets tripped up by her own mistakes." In 1976, Valerie was paired with Julie's son, David Banning, marking soaps' first interracial romance. (Check out this article from 1977 about their breakup: www.washingtonpost.com. Valerie was last seen in Salem in 1982. The show is seeking experienced actors for the recurring role, which will begin taping in mid-to-late May.

    Responding to a fan site's question about Digest’s report that DAYS is casting Dr. Valerie Grant, Tina Andrews, who originated the role in 1975, tweeted, "No I have not been approached. I would not mind it, though." Andrew played the role until 1977.

    BEEMER AND MADISON WRAP DAYS RUN

    With DAYS back in production today after their five-week hiatus, Brandon Beemer (Shawn) tweeted that he and Martha Madison (Belle) will be wrapping their Salem runs this week. "2 days of filming this week and then we go on our way,” he posted.

    Kassie DePaiva Celebrates Her Daytime Emmys Nomination

    Kassie DePaiva (ex-Eve, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) is thrilled to be nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in this year’s Daytime Emmy Awards race, even if the hosts of THE TALK mispronounced her name when they made the announcement!

    “My mom called,” DePaiva tells Soaps In Depth. “She was the one that got to tell me. My dad called back about 15 minutes later and said he was not expecting to react the way he did. He said he jumped up and clapped his hands as if Kentucky had beat Louisville in the NCAA tournament.” Then she laughs and adds, “That’s a big deal!”

    Having been in the industry for decades, also playing GUIDING LIGHT’s Chelsea and ONE LIFE TO LIVE’s Blair, DePaiva knows that some years you have the scenes to earn a nomination and some you don’t. “This year in particular, I knew I had really strong material to submit,” she says.

    The actress counts herself in good company with her fellow nominees, but says she doesn’t feel like she’s in competition with them. “We don’t do what we do to win awards,” DePaiva muses. “It’s a personal achievement, definitely, but getting through a day on a soap opera is a personal achievement for me. I still get nervous.

    “But it is nice to have that acknowledgement that you have made a mark,” she adds. “On this year, anyway!”

    Talk Show Appearance

    Rachael Ray – Syndicated

    Fri 4/8

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    NADIA BJORLIN SHOWS OFF BABY BUMP

    In a new photo on her Instagram, Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe, DAYS) shows off her baby bump. The actress is expecting her first child with hubby Grant Turnbull in May. To see the snap, click here.

    Fox and MLB Team Up For New Female Pitcher Pilot, Pitch

    Fox and Major League Baseball are teaming up in a big way for the network's upcoming pilot Pitch, about the league's first female player, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

    In the pilot from producer Dan Fogelman (Galavant) Ginny, played by Kylie Bunbury (ex-Kathleen, Days Of Our Lives), will pitch for the San Diego Padres, thus (fictionally) breaking the league's real-life gender barrier.

    But Pitch won't be novel just for its premise: the show has also been granted use of MLB marks, logos, licensed product, uniforms, teams, stadiums, locations and game footage. It'll film at Petco Park in San Diego, the real-life home of the Padres.

    The hope is for the show to expand, including more teams and cameos from real-life all stars should it move to series. However, it won't feature the Padres' real life line-up but instead create its own--a lineup that will include the likes of Mark-Paul Gosselaar.

    NEW PROJECT FOR SOAP ALUM KYLE LOWDER

    Kyle Lowder (ex-Brady, DAYS; ex-Rick, B&B) has been tapped to star in LADIES OF THE LAKE, a new digital series based on the novel of the same name by DAYS’s Executive Producer Ken Corday. Lowder was instrumental in spearheading the initial concept to bring the page-tuner to the small screen. The series will be adapted and executive produced by Michael Caruso (creator of DEVANITY and WINTERTHORNE) and two-time Emmy winner Sonia Blangiardo will direct. Filming begins next month. Ladies of the Lake tells the story of four wealthy wives living in the exclusive gated community of Avalon. When their abusive husbands begin to turn up dead, Detective Shawn Daniels (Lowder) launches an investigation. “Bringing Ken Corday's novel to life is something that I wanted to do from the first time I read it,” said Lowder in a statement. "To have the opportunity to work with Michael Caruso and all the talent involved, both in front of and behind the camera, is truly inspiring.” Corday added, “When Kyle and Michael unveiled their vision for transforming Ladies of the Lakeinto digital episodes, I was delighted. Our creative collaboration is a burst of fresh energy which stays true to the original story and also introduces these beautiful, intelligent, complex women to a broader audience."

    JAIME LYN BAUER BACK TO DAYS

    Jaime Lyn Bauer posted on Facebook today that she is making a return as Laura Horton for at least three episodes. “It looks like there will be more,” she posted. "They won't air until the first week in September so we shall see! As usual we trust God in everything.” Bauer was last seen on DAYS in 2013.

    Where Are The Nanny Stars Now? Reuniting at a Birthday Party!

    (Photo) The Nanny cast recently reunited at Fran Drescher's house to celebrate Renée Taylor's 83rd birthday March 19, and the photos will have fans of the hit '90s show feeling all the feels.

    "An evening with the mother in law! Happy Birthday, Renee!!" Charles Shaughnessy, 61, captioned a picture of him on Facebook posing alongside Taylor and his onscreen Nanny wife Drescher, 58.

    Shaughnessy also uploaded another picture of the three former costars, all smiles as they posed together to celebrate Taylor's special day.

    In another picture, Shaughnessy and Drescher wrapped their arms around each other in a sweet pose.

    Since CBS's The Nanny concluded in 1999, the cast has enjoyed a few partial reunions here and there – notably on the set of Drescher's TV Land Series, Happily Divorced, on which Oscar-nominated Taylor had a recurring role and Shaughnessy guest-starred.

    WHY THE DAYTIME EMMYS WON'T BE ON TV THIS YEAR

    In a statement, NATAS confirms that the 43rd Annual Daytime Emmys, which will take place on May 1, will not be televised. "After last year’s critically successful Daytime telecast, it is with great disappointment that The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announces that there will not be a broadcast of the 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy ® Awards,” said Bob Mauro, President. “After months of negotiations to find show sponsorship, the NATAS Executive Board has decided that the current climate for awards shows prohibits the possibility of a telecast this year. With that said, we will be putting on a world-class awards celebration honoring the best and brightest of Daytime television and look forward to an exciting show. All efforts regarding returning the annual gala to television in 2017 are underway.” Said David Michaels, SVP, Daytime Emmy Awards, "We are especially grateful for our passionate Daytime fans and are looking forward to producing a grand gala that honors the talents and artistries of all the professionals that represent Daytime television."

    ‘Lawman’ star Peter Brown dies at 80

    Peter Brown (Charles Sanders, OLTL/Greg Peters, Days/Roger Forbes, Loving/Doctor, Generations, Robert, Y&R/Blake, B&B), who played Deputy Johnny McKay on 1960s TV Western “Lawman,” died March 21 in Phoenix, Arizona. He was 80.

    Brown played McKay on ABC’s “Lawman” during the entire 1958-62 run of the series, which starred John Russell as Marshal Dan Troop. Brown was also a regular on NBC Western “Laredo,” playing Chad Cooper during the series’ 1965-67 run. This story of the Texas Ranger starred Neville Brand as Reese Bennett.

    Brown also guested on a number of other TV Westerns, including “Maverick,” “Cheyenne” and “The Virginian.” On the big screen during the period he appeared in Disney’s Hayley Mills musical “Summer Magic” (1963), surfing movie “Ride the Wild Surf” (1964) and Ann-Margret vehicle “Kitten With a Whip” (1964).

    During the 1970s while continuing his TV career, Brown played the villain in the 1974 blaxploitation classic “Foxy Brown,” starred with William Smith in “Piranha” (1972) and starred in the horror-thriller “Act of Vengeance” (1974). He appeared in 1982 prison picture “The Concrete Jungle,” starring Jill St. John, and Fred Williamson’s “The Messenger” (1986).

    Brown did quite a bit of work on daytime soaps, recurring during the 1970s on “Days of Our Lives” as Dr. Greg Peters, on “The Young and the Restless” from 1989-1991 as Robert Laurence and on “The Bold and the Beautiful” in 1991-1992 as Blake Hayes.

    He was a steady presence on television as a guest actor on series including “The Bob Newhart Show,” “Wonder Woman,” “Magnum, P.I.,” “Dallas,” “Knight Rider,” “Baywatch” and “Wings.”

    Brown made his last screen appearance in 2005 in the feature Western “Hell to Pay.”

    Born Pierre Lind de Lappe in New York City, the actor and his family moved West when he was young. While in the Army, he got into acting when he organized a theater group on base in Alaska to occupy his spare time. After his discharge he studied acting at UCLA.

    Brown is survived by fifth wife Kerstin, whom he met in 2008. Other survivors include his children Joshua, Matt and Christi and three grandchildren.

    Carrie Genzel Previews Her Two New Movies!

    It’s a great time for Carrie Genzel (ex-Ali, Days, Nursa, B&B/Skye, AMC), the actress who originated the role of Skye on ALL MY CHILDREN!

    On Friday, March 25, her film They’re Watching will be released to select theaters nationwide, and to Video On Demand. In the comedic horror thriller, Genzel plays the producer/host of an international home renovation show that takes her American crew on location to an Eastern European village, only to become unexpectedly stranded.

    “Let’s just say that the locals are NOT happy that we’re there,” Genzel laughs of the film that also stars Brigid Brannagh (ARMY WIVES). “It’s really, really fun… My character’s a ball-buster, and she’s very frustrated [and pretty foul-mouthed!] through the film.”

    Then on Saturday, April 9, at 9 p.m. EST, Genzel can be seen in the new Hallmark Original, Hearts Of Spring. “It’s about a single woman [Lisa Whelchel, THE FACTS OF LIFE] who owns a flower shop and blogs about parenting,” Genzel reveals. “She attracts some people who aren’t necessarily down with her opinions, including pediatrician Andy Summers (played by Michael Shanks, SAVING HOPE; STARGATE SG-1), who posts using a different handle.” As luck would have it, the gal falls for the good doctor in real life, not realizing that he’s her online nemesis. Her “rival” for his attentions? None other than Genzel!

    “I play another woman whose six-year-old son is the biggest brat on the planet, and I think he walks on water,” she laughs. “I’m after Andy in a big way… I’m just throwing myself at him throughout.” For Genzel, the movie was a chance to reunite with Shanks, the fellow Canadian with whom she starred in Lifetime’s The Pastor’s Wife.

    “We laughed so hard making this movie,” she says. “The soap fans are gonna love it. It’s a great romance that has some fun, quirky characters in it.”

    For more on what the stars of AMC are up to now, keep reading the ABC edition of Soaps In Depth magazine!

    SOAP ALUM DEAD AT 80

    Peter Brown (ex-Greg, DAYS/ex-Blake, B&B/Roger, Loving/Doctor, Generations/Robert/Y&R), 80, passed away on March 21 from undisclosed causes. "My dear friend, actor Peter Brown died today with his loving wife Kerstin by his side," family friend Alison Reynolds announced on Twitter. In addition to his wife, the New York-born actor is survived by two sons, Matthew and Joshua.

    BLOODBATH AT DAYS!

    The ax is falling at DAYS, reports Daytime Confidential, with Brandon Beemer (Shawn), Martha Madison (Belle) and Marie Wilson (Summer) all rumored to be out under the new regime of Co-Head Writers Dena Higley and Ryan Quan. The site reports that Sal Stowers (Lani) has also been let go, but insiders tell Digest her exit took place at the end of 2015. The show is currently on a five-week hiatus and will resume filming on April 4. Meanwhile, Madison has confirmed her exit on Twitter, posting, "Au revoir Salem!” #Leo #NineLives."

    Adam Mayfield on NCIS

    “Charade” – After Tony’s identity is stolen by multiple perpetrators, the fake Special Agent DiNozzos begin blackmailing Senators, on NCIS, Tuesday, April 5 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.

    GUEST CAST: Virginia Williams (Leah Ramsey), Matt McCoy (Senator Thomas Bransfield), Adam Mayfield (Tall Tony).

    EMMY AWARDS NOMINATIONS TO BE ANNOUNCED LIVE ON THE TALK

    The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) and THE TALK today announced that, for the second year in a row, the Daytime Emmy Award-winning talk show will exclusively reveal the “43rd Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards” nominations live on Thursday, March 24 (2:00-3:00 PM, ET; 1:00-2:00 PM, PT/CT) on the CBS Television Network.

    After the Daytime Emmy Awards are announced on Sunday, May 1, THE TALK will continue the celebration with its fifth annual “After Party,” honoring some of the night’s biggest winners on Monday, May 2. Guest names will be announced following the Daytime Emmy Awards early Monday morning, May 2.

    SOAP VET LANDS PRIME-TIME ROLES

    Despite working as a successful sales specialist at Mercedes-Benz of Beverly Hills, Matt Borlenghi (ex-Brian, AMC/ex-Anthony, DAYS/ex-Ziggy, B&B) hasn't retired from acting altogether. In fact, Borlenghi recently booked guest-starring roles on three different prime-time shows. He has just completed work on MURDER IN THE FIRST, plus is set to start filming appearances on CASTLE and MISTRESSES.

    Michelle Hurd & Mark Valley on “HAWAII FIVE-0,” FRIDAY, APRIL 8

    “Malama ka Po'e” – A case from 15 years ago forces Grover to take his family on the run when a dangerous mob boss tracks him down to seek revenge, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, April 8 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    Guest cast Includes: Michelle Hurd (Renee Grover), Paige Hurd (Samantha Grover), Mark Valley (Special Agent Frank Zagar).

    B&B’s BROOKS AND KRUGER READY TO SAY “I DO”

    (Photo) Darin Brooks (Wyatt, B&B) and fiancée/Digest columnist Kelly Kruger (ex-Eva, B&B; ex-Mac, Y&R) are in his home state of Hawaii and prepping for their big day. The duo took off on March 15, and Brooks posted a photo from the airport with the caption, " w/@KrugerKelly #BrooksingItToTheAltar.” His on-screen mom, Rena Sofer (Quinn) sent regrets on not being able to attend. "I'm so excited for you both!!!!! Mazel Tov!!!” she tweeted. "I'm so sorry not to be there but I'm sending you all my love!!!” Two co-stars who will be there for the “I do’s” are Linsey Godfrey (Caroline) and Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy). "Late night packing for Hawaii for @KrugerKelly and @THEEdarinbrooks wedding! But I just know I'm forgetting something! SOOO many Hawaiian shenanigans to get into with my wedding date @JacquelineMWood!” tweeted Godfrey. For the inside scoop on Kruger’s bridal shower, check out the issue of Digest on sale now. Congratulations to the happy couple!

    Kassie DePaiva and James DePaiva Reunite With ONE LIFE TO LIVE Castmate Casper Van Dien

    (Pic) It was a mini-ONE LIFE TO LIVE reunion last night when Kassie DePaiva (Blair) and her husband, James DePaiva (Max), ran into Casper Van Dien (Ty) at at a show at The Groundlings Theater last night!

    Van Dien, who was at the theater with his daughter, Grace, posted a photo with his old castmates, calling them “Good friends.”

    Fans might remember Van Dien from his brief stint as Luna Moody’s brother, Ty, back in 1993. He came to help his sister with her Serenity Springs spa and got mixed up with Alex before leaving Llanview.

    Justin Kirk To Topline Fox Drama Pilot ‘APB’, Eric Winter Co-Stars

    Weeds alum Justin Kirk has been cast as the lead in Fox’s drama pilot APB. Also cast in the pilot, directed by Len Wiseman, is Eric Winter (The Mentalist).

    Written by David Slack, APB was inspired by the New York Times Magazine article “Who Runs The Streets Of New Orleans.” It explores what happens when enigmatic tech billionaire Gideon Reed (Kirk) purchases a troubled police precinct in the wake of a dear friend’s murder. Gideon, a creative genius with a childlike curiosity whose alien awkwardness is balanced by an undeniable charm, sets out to rethink everything about the way cops do business.

    Winter will play Sgt. Tom Murphy, a vice cop, a tough guy with a big heart and a family man. He is married to homicide detective Amelia Murphy (Natalie Martinez), with whom he has two children.

    Slack and Wiseman executive produce alongside David Bernardi, Dennis Kim, Todd Hoffman and Robert Friedman for 20th Century Fox TV.

    Kirk recently did arcs on Wayward Pines and Manhattan. He will be seen in the upcoming Ghostbusters and currently is filming Tribes Of Palos Verdes opposite Jennifer Gardner. He is repped by UTA, Management 360 and Ziffren.

    Winter is repped by Gersh, BEP and attorney Bob Wallerstein.

    CHAD AND ABIGAIL WEDDING PREVIEW

    (Cover) In the new Soap Opera Digest, on sale tomorrow, DAYS’s Billy Flynn (Chad) and Kate Mansi (Abigail) preview Chad and Abigail’s wedding — which starts on Friday — and the role Ben will play in their big day. “Abigail is trying to keep her mind focused on all of the good things in her life,” says Mansi. “It’s scary for Abigail to start thinking about Ben again. I think the trauma of what happened to Abigail is still so raw that she’s not really able to fully comprehend it yet. So at this point, Abigail is like an athlete who just wants to reach the finish line. She’s excited and nervous. Once Chad and Abigail officially marry, Abigail will give herself a minute to take it all in.” Flynn adds, “Chad is trying to keep everything together for himself and Abigail. He’s holding on to the hope that if he can just get past this moment, then everything will be fine. Chad wants the wedding to be perfect.” For more about the “Chabby’s” nups and the exclusive behind-the-scenes scoop about the dress, the vows, and the wedding guests, check out Digest, on sale tomorrow.

    SEARCH FOR DAYS’S ABIGAIL BEGINS ANEW

    DAYS has released a new breakdown for DAYS’s Abigail, the role currently being played by Kate Mansi, who opted to leave the soap after five years. " She comes from a loving home, despite her father lack of consistency in her life,” reads the description. "Abigail looks innocent and young but can often seems more mature in essence than her 26 years because of the difficulties she’s experienced. She’s made plenty of mistakes in her life, but she tries to learn from them and has compassion for others. She’s fiercely loyal and protective of her family, and she has a spark and youthful joy that endears her to everyone she meets.” The casting sheet indicated the actors are on hiatus until April 4, but the show is still actively casting for the part, which would start taping at the end of April.

    Soaps Hunks relive the '80s! Stephen Nichols! Don Diamont! A Martinez! Michael E. Knight!

    Soaps Hunks relive the '80s! Stephen Nichols! Don Diamont! A Martinez! Michael E. Knight!: Video.

    Alison Sweeney battles fake pill scam

    (Video) Former “Biggest Loser” star Alison Sweeney is fighting back against a dietary supplement company that falsely claimed she was taking their pills in a fake article, calling it a “bogus Internet scam.”

    The “Days of Our Lives” actress said in a video on Facebook, “They are lying to sell their product .?.?. What you are seeing here is a form of identity theft. These are trolls on the Internet and it is not OK, and I, for one, am fighting back.”

    The fake article, linked to a site made to resemble a legitimate celebrity news site, quoted Sweeney about the weight-loss show, “For ratings sake, the producers conjured up the plan to use something to accelerate contestant weight loss. They then sought the help of several weight-loss physicians and found an all-natural weight management combo called Garcinia Cambogia, which helped cut weight loss time threefold.”

    The story went on to claim all stars on the show used the pill.

    A source tells us Sweeney has hired Hollywood powerhouse lawyer Martin Singer, who has represented Bill Cosby, Charlie Sheen and Quentin Tarantino.

    Germaphobe Lisa Rinna went on plane-cleaning frenzy

    “Real Housewife” Lisa Rinna is so paranoid about germs, she freaked out on a plane and wiped down the first-class cabin — including the seat in front of her — before apparently wallpapering the bathroom with toilet paper.

    Rinna whipped out her sanitary wipes the moment after boarding an American Airlines flight from Philadelphia to LAX on Friday.

    Much to the amusement of other passengers, the plump-lipped “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” and “Days of Our Lives” star and wife of Harry Hamlin also offered to clean other seats around her before she appeared to start on the bathroom.

    According to one fellow flyer, “She is a well-known germaphobe, and once she got on the plane, whipped out a canister of sanitary wipes and cleaned down her seat, tray, everything.”

    The source continued, “Then she announced if anyone else wanted their seat wiped .?.?. and went ahead and started cleaning the seat in front of her, screaming it was ‘disgusting!’

    “When she went to the bathroom, she covered every surface with toilet paper and basically left it that way, so the next passenger had to figure out what to do with all the paper.”

    Rinna, who was coming from a QVC shoot in Philadelphia, has admitted she’s a germophobe.

    She wrote on her blog in January, “Hotel rooms are gross. I’m sorry, but if you think of the who, what and where that TV changer has been, you would wipe that whole f?-?-?king place down just like I do with my alcohol wipes .?.?.|

    She added, “By the way, I also wipe my plane seat down and everything around me. You betcha OCD, baby, but if that keeps the bodily fluids/germs off of me, then it’s so well worth it folks!”

    And in a 2015 post, she wrote, “Just recently, I have decided that upon entering my [hotel room] I must use my .?.?. Clorox wipes with bleach .?.?. Phones, remotes, handles, shower, everything!”

    Her rep said, “Lisa travels a lot and wants to stay healthy. She always wipes down her airline seat, but as for the bathroom toilet, that was already covered with paper when she went in, so she just left it.”

    John J. York and Réal Andrews Join Katherine Kelly Lang in a New Movie

    (Pic1, Pic2) Some very familiar faces are teaming up for a new indie film!

    GENERAL HOSPITAL’s John J. York (Mac) shared a photo on Twitter with “old friend," Réal Andrews (ex-Taggert, GH), and “new friend,” Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL), on the set of Dear Diary, I Died.

    While plot details aren’t yet available, Lang revealed her character name by tweeting that she is “enjoying this adventure as Michelle Wilson.”

    Andrews shared his own selfie with York from the set, excited to be acting with his former GH co-star again. He also tweeted, “It’s great to be working with such a great cast.”

    As more information about Dear Diary, I Died emerges, we’ll be sure to let you know.

    Scott Reeves Returns to NASHVILLE

    (Pic) Scott Reeves (ex-Ryan, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS; ex-Steve, GENERAL HOSPITAL) teased a return to primetime, posting a photo of himself holding up a script for the ABC series NASHVILLE, writing, “Hmmmm…”

    Reeves previously appeared on NASHVILLE as music agent Noel Laughlin in a handful of episodes starting last season. What brings him back onto the canvas? You’ll have to stay tuned to find out! NASHVILLE airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET, and returns with new episodes beginning on March 16.

    DAYS STAR IN CELEBRITY HOCKEY GAME

    Billy Flynn (Chad) is participating in the Luc Robitaille Celebrity Shootout 2016 on March 20 to benefit Echoes Of Hope, a cause that provides guidance to disadvantaged youth. Flynn’s celebrity teammates include Chris Klein, Steve R. McQueen and Jason Priestley, and they’ll square off against NFL alumni such as Luc Robitaille, Nelson Emerson and Craig Johnson. The event begins at 4 p.m. at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, CA. Flynn tweeted, “Please donate to this great cause if you can!!! I’ll be sweating and falling on the ice in return. Xoxox #days.” For more information, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/luc-robitaille-celebrity-shootout-2016-tickets-20004409728

    WALLY KURTH ON GH RETURN: "I AM ECSTATIC"

    One upside of Wally Kurth being taken off contract as DAYS's Justin? The fan fave is now available to reprise the role of GH's Ned -- and that's just what he's doing, beginning March 28. "I am ecstatic to return to Port Charles," he tells Digest. "I still watch the show and look forward to joining in the fun. I've really missed being there and look forward to seeing all my friends."

    Molly Burnett & Sean Blakemore on CSI: Cyber 3/13/16

    “Legacy” – The fate of the U.S. government is at stake as Avery and the Cyber team search for the hacker responsible for the largest breach of highly classified data in history after millions of federal employee files are stolen. Also, Avery and her ex-husband have a heart-to-heart and D. B. considers a future with Greer, on the second season finale of CSI: CYBER, Sunday, March 13 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    GUEST CAST Includes: Kelly Preston (Greer Latimore), Sean Blakemore (FBI Director Silver), Molly Burnett (Nina Moore).

    Ashley Benson: Fleeing the Hills ... Awesome House For Sale

    (Photos) Ashley Benson's pretty little Hollywood Hills house -- which ain't really all that little -- is now on the market for nearly $3 million!

    TMZ has learned the "Pretty Little Liars" star listed her 3,085 sq. ft. French Normandy style pad with Hilton & Hyland, the same real estate group listing the Playboy mansion.

    Ashley's 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath crib is just above the Sunset strip and contains an updated kitchen, pool & spa, wood paneled library and fireplace with a tiled hearth.

    All yours for the asking price of $2,995,000 ... no lie.

    Days of Our Lives just hired an actor from Saw

    A veteran actor who’s made a career out of playing some pretty creepy dudes is about to join Days of Our Lives.

    EW can exclusively reveal that Tobin Bell is joining the NBC sudser for a five-episode arc. Beginning March 11, he will play Yo Ling, the long lost father of John Black (Drake Hogestyn).

    The storyline marks the culmination of John Black’s search for his father – a war hero who supposedly died in Korea three weeks before his son was born. He took the name Yo Ling.

    Bell is best known for his role as Jigsaw, a.k.a. John Kramer, in the Saw franchise – though his credits in TV are endless. Besides roles on 24, ER, and Seinfeld, he more recently appeared on Criminal Minds and Wilfred.

    Days of Our Lives airs weekdays on NBC.

    ‘Queen Sugar’: OWN Drama Series Adds Bianca Lawson, Greg Vaughan & Henry G. Sanders

    Bianca Lawson (Pretty Little Liars), Greg Vaughan (Days of Our Lives) and Henry G. Sanders (Selma) have joined the cast of OWN’s new original drama series Queen Sugar, from Ava Duvernay and Warner Horizon Television.

    Meanwhile, OWN said today that Oprah Winfrey — who earlier was announced as a recurring — will not have an onscreen role but will remain actively involved as an executive producer.

    by Duvernay, the contemporary series is adapted from the first novel by Natalie Baszile. It chronicles the lives and loves of the estranged Bordelon siblings – Nova (Rutina Wesley), Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner) and Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe) – who come together after a family tragedy to run an ailing sugar cane farm in the Deep South. The series will begin production this month in Louisiana and Los Angeles.

    Lawson plays Darla, the ex-girlfriend of Ralph Angel and mother of their 6-year-old son Blue, whom she has been prevented from seeing as she battles drug addiction. Vaughan is Calvin, a cop and longtime lover of Nova, who shares a deep connection with her despite being married. Sanders, in a recurring role, plays Prosper Denton, a farmer and old friend of Ernest (guest star Glynn Turman).

    The series is executive produced by Winfrey, DuVernay and Melissa Carter. DuVernay developed Queen Sugar for television, wrote its pilot episode and will direct multiple episodes of the show’s first season.

    NEW GIG FOR DAYS'S GREG VAUGHAN

    DAYS fave Greg Vaughan, who has wrapped his stint as Eric Brady and will last air this spring, has a role in a new series created by Oprah Winfrey and Selma director Ava DuVernay titled QUEEN SUGAR. Last week, the actor flew to New Orleans, where the series is being filmed. He posted a shot from the location in New Orleans on Instagram, enthusing, “Let the magic begin".

    BEHIND THE SCENES CHANGE AT DAYS

    Soap Opera Digest has learned that DAYS Co-Head Writer Josh Griffith has left the soap he joined in 2015 as part of a Salem overhaul and staff writer Ryan Quan has been bumped up to co-head writer, along with Dena Higley, who remains in her post. The show released the following statement: "Days of our Lives is pleased to announce that staff writer Ryan Quan has joined co-head writer Dena Higley to form a new head writing team. Josh Griffith has left the show to pursue other projects and interests, and we wish him the best."

    THE STORY BEHIND CIARA’S SHOCKING DAYS RAPE

    Chase’s assault of Ciara in today’s episode of DAYS gave daytime newcomer Vivian Jovanni (Ciara) some intensely emotional material to play. The actress says she was first clued in to the story well in advance of getting the scripts. “When Albert [Alarr, co-executive producer] and Josh [Griffith, co-head writer] told me that Ciara was going to be raped, I was nervous at first, but also very grateful to be getting the opportunity to explore this complex and layered storyline,” she says. Because of DAYS’s accelerated tape schedule, the actress kept the twist to herself. “I didn’t talk to anyone about it,” she recalls. “I didn’t even tell my parents because they are fans of the show. I don’t share storyline with them.” As for how she and co-star Jonathon McClendon (Chase), approached the scene, Jovannni explains, “We wanted the scene to be as realistic and spontaneous as possible. After they told us, we definitely got a lot closer. There wasn’t much dialogue to go over, so we didn’t really go over the script that much; we just talked about the emotional tone of the scene a lot more than anything.” Jovanni feels the powerful tale has helped her develop as a performer. “Playing emotional material like this has opened my eyes as an actor, because I never expected that scene to get as real as it did for me. Material like this is what helps you grow as an actor and I’m grateful for the opportunity.” For more information on rape and sexual assault, visit www.rainn.org. Look for the full story with Jovanni in an upcoming issue of Digest.

    CHANDLER MASSEY BACK TO DAYS?

    After months of backstage buzz that DAYS was in discussions with fan fave Chandler Massey (ex-Will), his former rep, Jeffrey Ballard, took to social media to make a statement. "I've been getting quite a few calls about this — so for the record — I can neither confirm nor deny that my former client and good friend, three-time Daytime Emmy winning actor Chandler Massey will be returning to his role of Will Horton on Days of our Lives later this year," he posted. "I guess you will all have to keep watching!!" Massey played the role of Sami and Lucas's son from 2010-14, after which he was replaced by Guy Wilson. Will was killed off last October by Necktie Killer Ben. A recent photo posted on social media indicated that Freddie Smith is back filming as Will's widower, Sonny.

    DAYS STAR EXPECTING BABY NO. 2

    Jordi Vilasuso, who will make his DAYS debut next week as Dario Hernandez, has some other good news to celebrate: He and wife, Kaitlin, are expecting their second child. "We are so so overjoyed to share that our little family will be growing in July," she posted. "We cannot wait to see our little Riley's heart grow as she becomes a big sister. This little ladybug has so much love to give. Happy Valentines Day weekend from ours to yours, friends. Wishing you full and happy hearts, today and always!" Congratulations!

    ICONIC NBC DAYTIME DRAMA ‘DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ RENEWED FOR 51ST SEASON

    UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Feb. 11, 2016 — “Days of our Lives,” which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary and is one of the most iconic programs in the history of daytime television, has been renewed for a new season by NBC.

    The announcement was made by Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment.

    “NBC is incredibly proud of the legacy of ‘Days of our Lives’ and we couldn’t be more excited to brings its fans new stories for the 51st season,” Salke said. “In a business where having a show remain on the air for two seasons is considered a success, what ‘Days’ has achieved is extraordinary.”

    So far this season, “Days of our Lives” is averaging a 0.90 rating, 6 share in women 18-49 and 2.901 million viewers overall in “most current” ratings from Nielsen Media Research. Through the first five weeks of the current quarter, “Days” has grown to a 0.93 rating, 6 share in women 18-49, up +6% versus its 0.88 for the same period last year, and 2.993 million viewers overall, up +15% versus its 2.601 million for the same weeks last year.

    “Days of our Lives” has garnered 43 Daytime Emmy Awards, including 2015’s Outstanding Daytime Drama, and numerous nominations, as well as multiple People’s Choice Awards, GLAAD Media Awards, and Prism Awards. The show airs nationally on NBC in the United States and in more than 25 countries internationally.

    “Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives.” For over a half-century, those words have introduced and underscored one of daytime drama’s rare mainstays. NBC’s “Days of our Lives” first premiered as a half-hour drama in 1965 and expanded to an hour 10 years later.

    The success of the series derives from its consistent commitment to excellence in writing and storytelling — supported by a diverse ensemble of performers — and its uncanny knack for anticipating viewer interests. With its mix of classic genre traditions and groundbreaking narratives reflecting modern life, “Days of our Lives” remains a perennial favorite among viewers of all ages.

    “Days of our Lives” is set in the fictitious Midwestern town of Salem. The core families are the Bradys, Hortons and DiMeras, and 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. Ken Corday is executive producer, with co-executive producers Greg Meng and Albert Alarr. Dena Higley and Josh Griffith are the head writing team.

    ‘Days Of Our Lives’ Renewed By NBC

    (deadline.com) I have learned that Days Of Our Lives, which marked its 50th anniversary this season, has been renewed for next season, which will be the long-running daytime drama’s 51st. The pickup, which I hear may include an option for an additional year, keeps NBC in the daytime soap game as Days is the last remaining afternoon drama on its schedule. The network brass had showed public support for the show, from Sony Pictures Television, with both chairman Bob Greenblatt and president Jennifer Salke recently saying they were “happy” with its performance.

    Days of Our Lives celebrated its 50th anniversary anniversary in November with a 20-month ratings high, averaging 2.721 million viewers for the week of Nov. 2-6, its largest audience since the week of Feb. 17-21, 2014 (2.836 million) during the network’s coverage of the Sochi Olympics. Days recently topped that during the week of Jan. 4-8 with a big storyline involving Maggie’s decision whether Brady or Eric would receive the heart of her brain-dead son Daniel. It drew 2.914 million viewers, the show’s largest viewership in two years, since January 2014.

    In addition to Days of Our Lives, Sony TV also produces CBS’ daytime drama The Young and the Restless.

    Eileen Davidson’s brother dies

    (pagesix.com) Our condolences go out to “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Eileen Davidson.

    Davidson, who for many years has starred as Ashley Abbott on “The Young and the Restless,” announced the passing of her brother at the age of 69.

    “I’m here with a very heavy heart to share the news of another beloved family member passing away. Sadly, my eldest brother, John ‘Jack’ Davidson, left us suddenly last week at the age of 69,” she wrote this week on her blog for Bravo, which airs “Housewives.”

    In the last year and a half, the CBS soap star, who is married to actor Vincent Van Patten, has dealt with the deaths of her sister and niece, as well as the passing of her father-in-law, the actor Dick Van Patten, and her husband’s cousin.

    Davidson, 56, described her brother as “a brilliant man” with a “wicked sense of humor and a great love for his family.” A Vietnam veteran who studied at St. Mary’s College, he was involved in martial arts and “loved old cars and considered himself a ‘muscle car aficionado.'”

    DANIEL COSGROVE BACK TO DAYS!

    Daniel Cosgrove, whose alter ego, Aiden, appeared to die on-screen in November, is back taping at the set of DAYS. For more, pick up the new issue of Digest, on sale now.

    Vincent Irizarry Reunites With GUIDING LIGHT Co-Star — See the Pic!

    (Photo) Vincent Irizarry’s past collided with his future on the set of DAYS OF OUR LIVES!

    The Emmy-winning actor joined the cast of DAYS as Deimos last month, and found himself working with Judi Evans (Adrienne) three decades after the two shared the screen as Beth and Lujack on GUIDING LIGHT! So naturally, he had to share his joy with fans via social media!

    In a follow-up tweet, Irizarry added that he recalls the first scene he ever did on a soap was with Evans on GL in November of 1983! How time flies!

    REAL ANDREWS POSTS ABOUT NEW DAYS ROLE

    Daytime vet Real Andrews (ex-Taggert, GH et al) has tweeted about his new DAYS role. In a photo with his dog, Diamond, Andrews shared, “Diamond just read my new Days of our lives script. You won’t believe it Best writing ever #dool #days #days50.” Andrews first announced in November that he was joining the soap. The show has not released details about the character he plays or a first air date.

    Darin Brooks Previews His New Movie

    THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL’s Darin Brooks (Wyatt) is starring in the new movie, Blue Mountain State: The Rise Of Thadland, out today — and it's definitely a nice change of pace for him!

    “On B&B, I play the most romantic, perfect guy,” he says, “and on BMS, I'm a slacker, player — the complete opposite. So it’s very fun," he tells Soaps In Depth.

    The movie is a follow-up to the Spike TV series, BLUE MOUNTAIN STATE, that ran from 2010-2012. It was funded via a Kickstarter campaign, with fans of the show donating to bring their favorite characters back for another hysterical adventure.

    “We just have this cult following,” Brooks continues. “I think it’s really nice that it didn’t just fizzle out [after the show was cancelled]. It’s still going strong, even now.”

    Another bonus for Brooks — he gets to work with his real-life love! The actor met his fiancée, Kelly Kruger (ex-Mac, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS), while they were filming the television series together, and she appears with him again in the film as sports reporter Julia. “We work so well together,” Kruger says. “We just love it.”

    Blue Mountain State: The Rise Of Thadland is out on Digital HD today, so click here for more information and to get your copy!

    TAMARA BRAUN ON CHARITABLE CAUSE

    DAYS’s Tamara Braun (Ava) has collaborated with artist Ben Levy to create a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork, which was unveiled during Art Basel in Miami, and whose sale proceeds will go to the Tanzanian Children’s Fund. “I am in love with TCF and The Rift Valley Children’s Village,” explains the actress, who recently spent time volunteering in Africa. "I feel so blessed to be a part of experiencing first-hand what an incredible organization and family it is. ‘Family is Forever’ is their motto and they have created a beautiful, loving environment where the children here are thriving.” Adds the artist, “I was introduced to The Tanzanian Children’s Fund by Tamara, who was heading out to volunteer at the organization. Once she was there and experiencing first-hand the amazing work they were doing, we decided to collaborate on a piece of art. She took an image of one of the children, a cheeky lad called Ema, and sent it over to me. I knew I wanted to create something personal to them so I created 'Tender, Caring, Fun' based on the TCF initials of the organization and using the national flag colours of Tanzania. TCF is a home for orphaned children giving them a stable home for life while providing food, clothing, shelter, education and much more. It’s an amazing organization and I felt compelled to help in the way I know best, by creating a work of art and using my voice to spread the word.” For more, go to http://www.tamarabraun.com/tcf/. Also, stay social with the actress on Twitter (@TamaraBraun) and on Instagram (tamarabraun).

    XIMENA DUQUE CROSSES OVER TO ENGLISH-LANGUAGE DAYTIME

    (NBC.com) (Photo) MIAMI - January 27, 2016 – TELEMUNDO exclusive talent, Ximena Duque joins the cast of NBC’s long-running and popular daytime drama Days of our Lives which airs weekdays on NBC. The show recently celebrated its 50th anniversary and generated its highest ratings in two years. Duque will be making her English-language television debut in the new role of ‘Blanca’ for a story arc beginning in May 2016, alongside popular Days of our Lives actors, Galen Gering, Camila Banus, and Alma Delfina. The Colombian actress recently registered to vote as part of TELEMUNDO’S #YODECIDO, a one-of-a-kind multiplatform and comprehensive effort to help, inform, empower and engage Hispanic voters and includes community-based local voter registration hosted by Telemundo-owned stations all across the country.

    Duque began her acting career in 2006 with a starring role on TELEMUNDO’s hit “Decisiones”, which aired in the U.S. and Latin America. She then joined the cast of “Pecados Ajenos” and went on to star in five more telenovelas and television dramas for the network. In 2012, she gained international recognition for her dramatic role as a bodyguard in “Corazón Valiente.” In 2013, she played the villain in “Santa Diabla,” followed immediately by the web series telenovela “Villa Paraiso.” Ximena was most recently seen in the TELEMUNDO Super Series “Dueños del Paraiso (Owners of Paradise) in 2015. In the midst of her booming career, the talented actress made her big-screen debut in the film “Primero Enero,” followed by a starring role in “Morir Soñando,” coming to theaters soon.

    Jordi Vilasuso Stars in New Movie With Former Co-Star — See the Preview!

    (Video) Jordi Vilasuso (Tony) is appearing with another GUIDING LIGHT alum in a new movie!

    The Invitation stars Tammy Blanchard (Drew) as Eden, who throws a very unusual dinner party that takes a disturbing turn. Vilasuso plays Miguel, one of her guests.

    “I’ve worked with Tammy twice in the past year,” he tells Soaps In Depth. “She did HOKE, [a pilot for FX with Paul Giamatti that wasn’t picked up], and The Invitation.”

    Naturally, while on set, the pair reminisced about their experiences in Springfield. “We discussed GL, living in New York…” Vilasuso recalls. “She’s awesome. Big fan. Really enjoyed working with her.”

    The Invitation has already debuted at the South By Southwest Film Festival to great critical acclaim, and is set to release in theaters and VOD on Friday, Mar. 25. But you can watch a trailer for the eerie film right now!

    Vilasuso, who has also appeared on ALL MY CHILDREN as Griffin, is set to join the cast of DAYS OF OUR LIVES as Dario Hernandez in the coming months.

    DAYTIME EMMY PRENOMINATIONS

    See the list of 2016 Emmy Prenominations: here.

    Taylor Spreitler To Co-Star In Kevin James’ CBS Comedy Series

    Melissa & Joey alumna Taylor Spreitler is set as a regular opposite Kevin James in his multi-camera comedy series at CBS.

    The untitled show, from Sony Pictures TV, James’ studio-based Hey Eddie Productions and CBS TV Studios, centers on a newly retired police officer (James) who looks forward to spending more quality time with his wife and three kids — only to discover he faces much tougher challenges at home than he ever did on the streets. Spreitler will play Kendra, James’ once over-achieving, people-pleasing, daddy’s girl whose been radicalized by college and now has her own independence and point of view.

    James, Reuben and Helford, who co-wrote the comedy together, executive produce alongside James’ producing partner Jeff Sussman. Helford is the showrunner.

    Spreitler is recurring on on Jason Reitman’s Hulu comedy series Casual. She is also featured in the upcoming Dimension/Blumhouse feature, Amityville: The Awakening.

    Spreitler is repped by APA, Curtis Talent Management, and Coast to Coast Talent Group.

    Lisa Rinna Remembers Late Father Frank: 'Now He Is at Peace'

    (Pic) Lisa Rinna is honoring her beloved father by remembering their final, bittersweet moments together.

    Frank Rinna died Jan. 21 at the age of 93. The actress announced the sad news on Instagram last week, and now, she's reflecting on the loss in a Bravo blog post.

    "He was surrounded by love as he drifted away, and I will be forever grateful that I was able to be with him as we said goodbye," Lisa, 52, wrote Tuesday. "I got to say all the things one doesn't always get the chance to say before a loved one passes. I am very grateful for that."

    The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star also discussed her dad's "incredible talent" as an artist and said she played one of his favorite songs, "My Way" by Frank Sinatra, as he died.

    "My dad was suffering, and now he is at peace," she said. "He lived a long, beautiful life. He was almost 94, and we are so lucky to have had him in our lives for as long as we did."

    Frank and his widow Lois appeared in 2014 episode of RHOBH in which Lisa visited her ailing parents in her hometown of Medford, Oregon.

    "She's my rock," Frank said of Lois, who had recently suffered a stroke.

    RHOBH airs Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.

    Eileen Davidson Confesses She's Been In Abusive Relationships

    THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Eileen Davidson (Ashley) has opened up about her experiences as a survivor of physical abuse.

    In a recent episode of THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS, the actress confessed to her past troubles and expanded on her experiences in her Bravo TV blog in the hopes of helping other people in the same position.

    “I consider myself a strong woman,” she writes. “I’ve played strong female characters throughout my acting career. I think most people who know me would describe me that way. Because ‘strong’ doesn’t mean you can’t find yourself in an abusive relationship. It can happen to anyone.

    “I know, because I’ve been in two of them,” Davidson adds. “Once when I was a teenager and again in my 20s. Maybe people might say I don’t ‘look like’ or ‘seem like’ the kind of person that this could happen to. The truth is, there is no stereotypical victim.”

    The Emmy winner hopes that sharing her own struggle will inspire men and women in similar situations to seek the help they need to save themselves.

    “If I can say anything to the many women and men out there who think there’s no way out,” Davidson says, “it would be: You are not alone. You can be strong. You can get help. You can leave. If anyone reading this needs help seeking help, please call the National Domestic Abuse Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).”

    The Flash Casts Trajectory, Its First Female Speedster — Get Details

    Days of Our Lives alum Allison Paige’s trajectory has led her to a plum role on The Flash.

    TVLine has learned exclusively that Paige is set to guest-star on the CW hit as Eliza Harmon aka Trajectory, Central City’s first female speedster.

    Having arrived in town intent on creating maximum chaos, Trajectory’s antics are misinterpreted as having been perpetrated by the Flash himself. Barry thus must quickly! uncover the mystery of who is the girl under the mask — as well as what is driving her mad desire for speed and destruction.

    Paige — whose credits also include Younger, Baby Daddy and the acclaimed web series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries — will make her debut in Episode 16.

    DAYS STAR RELEASES ALBUM

    Casey Moss (JJ, DAYS) and his band Eyes For One have released their first full length album, #BeneathTheTruth. The album contains 10 songs and can be purchased on iTunes. Check it out here: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/beneath-the-truth/id1072679464?at=11l8Aj&mt=1&app=music

    DAYS STAR LAUNCHES CLOTHING LINE

    DAYS’s Jen Lilley (Theresa) has designed a clothing line to raise money for her favorite charity, Childhelp. She tweeted, "BIG NEWS: I've teamed up with BeYourOwnYou and designed an exclusive clothing line to raise money for my favorite charity, childhelp! #childhelp#byou #clothingforacause Check it out and please SHARE this post! http://celebrity.beyourownyou.com.

    ‘Housewife’ Lisa Rinna lands new talk show gig

    “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Lisa Rinna has landed a job as the host of an upcoming NBC talk show, which sources tell Page Six could ultimately be a replacement for just-canceled “The Meredith Vieira Show.”

    Rinna will star in the new program with former “Party of Five” actor Scott Wolf, R&B singer ­Kelis and comedian Al Jackson.

    Page Six reported last year that “Today” correspondent Jenna Bush Hager was meeting with NBCUniversal brass in LA about the same daytime panel talk show along with Tatyana Ali.

    But Rinna leaked the news that she got the role — along with the rest of the cast — during a ­December interview with another Bravo star, Heather Dubrow, on her podcast, “Heather Dubrow’s World.” Her revelation went ­unnoticed, however.

    “I got a talk show,” Rinna exclaimed to Dubrow. “I auditioned my little tush off six times.” She added of the panel, “We are a motley crew .?.?. You would not pick us for a jury, us four.”

    Rinna also said of the show — which has yet to be picked up and is only filming a pilot so far — “It’s just going to be fun, because you know I love to talk. What do I love more than fashion? Pop culture. Are you kidding me? I, like, died and went to heaven. I tested for this thing with so many different people, and it was the most fun.”

    Page Six exclusively reported on Dec. 26 that Vieira was about to get the ax, and the NBC-produced syndicated show confirmed Tuesday it would not return for a third season.

    It’s been replaced for the time being in markets including New York by a 4 p.m. newscast, but a source told us the Rinna project “could be a Meredith replacement. They were considering a panel format for Meredith’s show, but it didn’t work. They could always move the news.”

    But a source close to NBC said of the new show, “Nothing has been green-lit or sold to a launch station group .?.?. Saying any rumored development project will launch as a replacement for Meredith is simply untrue.” An NBC rep said, “We cannot comment on development projects.”

    KATE MANSI CONFIRMS DAYS EXIT

    Kate Mansi, who joined DAYS in 2011 as Abigail Deveraux, has announced on Instagram that she is leaving the soap.

    katemansi: I’ve kept quiet as long as I could, but since it seems news has leaked, I feel I owe it to you all to set the record straight. Alright… here it is: After much thought, I’ve decided the timing was right for me to set sail from Salem. I must say that I have thoroughly enjoyed every single beautiful and messy moment of being Abigail, and will always treasure our time together. I want to be very clear in saying that this was not a decision I took lightly. It was important for me to see Abigail through the most recent storyline, as well as through the show's historic 50th anniversary celebration. I can confidently say that I poured everything I had into Abigail, especially this last year, and cannot wait for you to see what's coming! I also want to express how very proud I am to have had the privilege of being a part of this incredibly hard-working daytime community for the past five years. I am grateful beyond measure to the DOOL family, which I feel extends beyond our set, to you, the amazing, and unwavering fans. I thank you for all the support and love you've shown Abigail and me.

    Oh, and one more thing... STAY TUNED! I PROMISE you, you won't want to miss what's coming!
    XO KM

    DAYS STAR OPENS VEGAS HOT SPOT

    DAYS’s Eric Martsolf (Brady) tweeted that his wife Lisa’s new exercise studio, Cardio Barre, is having a soft opening today in Las Vegas, NV. He posted, “My wife’s Labor of Love has come to fruition. Please support! $49 for 10 Cardio Barre Fitness classes ($200 value).” https://www.groupon.com/deals/cardio-barre-las-vegas

    'Days of Our Lives' Commemorates 50 Years by Becoming Part of the Smithsonian

    (etonline.com) NBC's iconic soap opera, Days of Our Lives, is celebrating its golden anniversary!

    The popular and often edgy soap holds the record for being NBC's longest-running scripted daytime drama, and now it'll have a few choice items at the Smithsonian, including that iconic hourglass.

    "I applaud the Smithsonian for realizing that daytime television is a great part of American culture," said David Michaels, Senior Vice President, Daytime Emmy Awards & Events at the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

    Today, Days is just one of four remaining soaps on the air, but it continues to claim millions of viewers in more than 25 countries every weekday. Fans seem drawn to the escape from reality and a sense of kinship they feel with the characters and their exotic stories.

    Susan Seaforth Hayes, 72, is the only actress to have appeared on all six decades of the show's production and she noted that the public has consumed thousands of hours following her character's every move.

    "No show lasts forever," she told ET. "No job lasts forever, and yet we have been given a half century with the American public."

    Days has been renewed through September 2016.

    ALLA KOROT JOINS DAYS

    Soap vet Alla Korot (ex-Jenna, AW) revealed on Twitter that she's been tapped for a new role at DAYS. "Heading over to @DaysofourLives shooting 1st episode on Jan4:)) look out for Janet Bernard," she posted.

    Greg Meng Interview

    Co-Executive Producer Greg Meng Talks Creating Days of Our Lives 50th Anniversary Book. Read the interview here.

    GREG VAUGHAN DISCUSSES DAYS EXIT

    Greg Vaughan (Eric, DAYS) gave an extensive interview to Serial Scoop about his impending exit from DAYS. The actor, who last filmed at the show in mid-November, says, "I’ve actually wrapped up my storyline and am no longer contractually on the show anymore. But the story is creatively going somewhere spectacular in my opinion. All the pieces start [slowly] coming together, making a great storyline and show.” As for his exit scenes, which are expected to air in earl spring, he teases, " It's going to really rip your heart out, in so many ways. The irony of this is, that during the last two weeks, I was told my performances had been really good, as you never know until you see the air show. But I felt it had been my best work to date since coming on board, and soon after crossed paths with Mr. [Ken] Corday [executive producer], who reiterated, I’d been doing some fantastic work. So, if there was ever a time to wonder if your boss even noticed, I guess it answered my question.” For the full story, click here.

    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.

    DAYS'S NADIA BJORLIN PREGNANT

    Nadia 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.

    MORE DAYS FOR KRISTIAN ALFONSO

    DAYS 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.

    INDIE SERIES AWARDS HOSTS ANNOUNCED

    DAYS’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 Party

    Days of our Lives 50th Anniversary Celebration Party: Video.

    REAL ANDREWS TO DAYS

    Real 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 Ross

    DAYS 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!"

    DAYTIMERS JOIN YOUTHFUL DAZE

    Bryan 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.

    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.

    ‘The Last Ship’ Ups Kevin Michael Martin & Bren Foster To Regular

    Kevin 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.

    DAYS STAR RELEASES FILM

    Jason 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.

    Same day episodes of Days of our Lives on @PopTV

    Same day episodes of Days of our Lives can be seen on @PopTV—weeknights 8/7c. #DAYS

    Secrets and Lies Season 2 Recruits Witches of East End's Eric Winter

    Eric 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.

    Winter broke the news of his casting Tuesday in the following Instagram post: (.

    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).

    Video: BIG SKY COUNTRY Kurth & Taylor

    Video: BIG SKY COUNTRY by Kurth & Taylor.

    DAYS’S EXECUTIVE PRODUCER PENS NOVEL

    DAYS’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.

    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.

    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 CORDAY

    Corday 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.

    THAAO PENGHLIS RELEASES BOOK

    Today 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.

    Things you need to know

    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 SEASON

    NBC 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 Video

    Meredith 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.

    Book: Days of our Lives Better Living

    Days of our Lives Better Living: Cast Secrets for a Healthier, Balanced Life. Order your copy right here.

    The Star Attraction by Alison Sweeney

    The Star Attraction by Alison Sweeney (Author): Paperback, Kindle Edition.

    Days is on Pinterest

    The 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!

    (The Young and Restless Life of William J. Bell: Creator of The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful)

    Daytime Soap Opera Stars Release Epic Historical Novel

    Decadent 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 LifeCHANGE

    Arianne 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 Salem

    Order the Book: A Stirring from Salem Here!

    Days of our Lives 45 Years: A Celebration In Photos

    In Book Stores Now: Days of our Lives 45 Years: A Celebration In Photos

    Deidre Hall’s Kitchen Closeup

    Deidre Hall’s Kitchen Closeup: Order here!

    Days Book

    Sourcebooks 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 Together

    Have 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

    Kristian Alfonso Jewelry

    You can buy Kristian Alfonso's jewelry at www.hopefaithmiracles.com

    Alison Sweeney Bio

    Click here for the book: All the Days of My Life So Far by Alison Sweeney (Sami)

    Frances Reid (Alice Horton) Tribute Page

    Frances Reid (Alice Horton) Tribute Page: Click Here To See It!


    Facts

    1. October 12, 2011 marked James Reynolds 30th anniversary as Abe Carver

    2. Jan 6, 2012 marked Alison Sweeney's 19th anniversary as Sami Brady

    3. The song that played for Morgan & Phillip on July 30, 2008 was 'Magic' by Colbie Caillat. You can find the song on her CD 'Coco'

    4. Q. What is the name of the song Max and Stephanie danced to in the Cheating Heart on the "Days of Our Lives" episode that aired Dec. 3, 2007?
      A. That was "Save a Dance," written by Peter Reckell's (Bo) wife, Kelly Moneymaker.

    5. February 21, 2005 NBC's "Days of our Lives" airs its 10,000 episode

    6. In 1968, the show toyed with an incest storyline: Marie Horton fell in love with a doctor at the hospital named Mark Brooks. Mark reminded Tom & Alice Horton of their son, Tommy, who had died in the Korean Was 15 years earlier. Sure enough, after Mickey had Mark’s fingerprints checked, it turned out that they matched Tommy’s. Marie was devastated to learn that she was in love with her own brother.

    7. Q. What song was playing during Lucas and Sami's wedding on "Days of Our Lives"?
      A. "I Can't Stop Loving You" by Whiskey Falls.

    8. The romance of Doug and Julie was so popular that they landed on the cover of Time magazine on January 12, 1976, a first for daytime actors.

    9. In 1995, Satan came to Salem in what is considered one of the riskiest out-of-this world plots ever seen on daytime. Town favorite Marlena Evans was possessed and carried out the devil’s work. Eventually, Father John performed an exorcism, which saved Marlena.

    10. On November 10, 1995, Melissa Reeves (Jennifer) suddenly left her Days role for what she described as personal reasons. Shortly after, Corday Productions filed a breach of contract suit, which was settled out of court in 1997. The next year, Stephanie Cameron, who replaced Reeves, was let go. Last fall, Days expressed interest in Reeves returning, but at press time, their calls hadn't been returned.



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