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Eric comes to a realization about his feelings for Nicole; Serena chooses to get revenge; Paige opens up to J.J.; Sonny is happy to see Will making an effort with Paul.
Serena delivers shocking news to Daniel; Chad requests a favor of Will; Anne helps Theresa find an ally; Clyde learns Aiden is asking about Ben's past.
Daniel gives Nicole a chance to confess; Will encourages Abigail to listen to Chad; Clyde moves to make sure Abigail's paternity test has the results he wants; Theresa's plan hits a speed bump.
Chad opens up to Abigail; Daniel's reaction to Nicole's news stuns her; J.J. sees Paige and Kyle getting closer; Will helps Derrick make inroads with Paul.
Chad tries to convince Abigail they belong together; Clyde pushes Ben to make a move; Will, Sonny, Paul and Derrick have a violent night; Hope and Aiden increase the romance.
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WINTERTHORNE TRAILER RELEASEDIt’s the one month countdown until the premiere of the web series, WINTERTHORNE, and you can catch a sneak peek at the show on the official website. The first look at the candy-centric drama, which stars Martha Madison (Belle, DAYS), John-Paul Lavoisier (Philip, DAYS; ex-Rex, OLTL), Kirsten Storms (Maxie, GH), Kathleen Gati (Obrecht, GH), Creator Michael Caruso and more, can be seen here: https://player.vimeo.com/video/134270981.
'DAYS OF OUR LIVES' HITS A 23-WEEK HIGH IN WOMEN 18-49 RATING“Days of our Lives” has delivered a 23-week high in women 18-49 rating during the week of July 13-17, along with its top-rated week in the women 18-34 demographic in seven weeks, according to “live plus same day” viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research.
For the week of July 13-17, "Days of our Lives" (0.80 rating, 6 share among women 18-49, 0.43 rating among women 18-34) ranked #6 among network daytime series in the women 18-49 demographic and #5 in the women 18-34 race.
“Days of our Lives” generated its top women 18-49 rating since the week of Feb. 2-6 (0.80) and matched its high in six months, since Jan. 12-16 (0.86). In the women 18-34 demo, “Days” hit its highest weeklong rating since May 25-29 (0.46).
Week to week, “Days of our Lives” grew by +18% in women 18-49 (0.80 vs. 0.68) and +23% in women 18-34 (0.43 vs. 0.35)
Note that “Days of Our Lives” and other daytime programs were interrupted on Wednesday of last week due to a press conference covering the Iran nuclear deal.
For the season to date, "Days of our Lives" is #7 in the women 18-49 category and tied for #12 in the women 18-34 demo.
Ratings reflect “live plus same day” data from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise noted. Season-to-date figures are averages of “live plus seven day” data except for the two most recent weeks, which are “live plus same day.”
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Days Vet's Pretty Little Gig(Photo) Like sands through the hourglass, a Days of Our Lives reunion is about to play out on ABC Family.
Blake Berris, who played Nick Fallon on the soap opera for eight years, will appear on an upcoming episode of Pretty Little Liars.
Though the details of Berris’ character are not yet available, his former Days co-star Ashley Benson posted an Instagram photo from the PLL set.
'NYPD Blue' Star Charlotte Ross -- My Ex-Boyfriend Threatened to Drown My Dog!Charlotte Ross claims her ex-boyfriend was so abusive he once threatened to drown her dog.
Ross claims in a new restraining order, obtained by TMZ, she confronted then-boyfriend Patrick Eugene Aurignae over his alleged infidelity. The "NYPD Blue" star says when she grabbed his phone to read his emails, he threatened to drown one of her dogs. He also broke 3 of her nails.
Ross claims several weeks later while vacationing in Maui he also assaulted her in front of a restaurant full of people on July 4, putting her in a headlock and choking her after yet another cheating confrontation.
Ross got a temporary restraining order against Aurignae, protecting her, her son, and her two dogs.
ATWT FAVES WELCOME DAUGHTERCongratulations to Terri Conn and Austin Peck (ex-Katie and Brad, ATWT), who welcomed their second daughter together, Morgan Theresa Peck, on July 18. The couple's first girl, Keira, was born in 2012, and they both have children (her daughter Julia, and his sons Roman and Aidan) from previous marriages.
Baby On Board!Matthew Ashford (ex-Tom, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Stephen, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Jack, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) and actress/teacher Lana Buss are expecting their second child in November. "It's gonna be a girl," he reveals to Soaps In Depth. The new addition will join big brother Henry (2) and Ashford's daughters, Grace and Emma, with his former wife, Christina Saffran.
A "Million" Reasons Bring Chappell Back To DAYS!In the upcoming film, A Million Happy Nows, Crystal Chappell (Olivia, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Carly, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) stars as Lainey Allen, a popular soap opera actress, who exits her daytime drama after finding out she has early-onset Alzheimer's disease. She and her publicist/partner Eva, played by Jessica Leccia (Natalia, GL) move to a beach house overlooking the Pacific Ocean as the couple deals with the devastating diagnosis. Chappell, who also serves as a producer on the project, says the film's soap opera scenes were shot late last year at her old stomping grounds — the DAYS studios in Burbank!
"First, we were going to build a soap opera studio in another studio, but I told [DAYS' co-executive producer] Greg Meng about this film and that I needed a studio," the Emmy-winning actress/producer tells Soaps In Depth. Another co-executive producer of DAYS, Albert Alarr, directed the film, and was helpful in securing the studio space, too. "It was totally fun shooting there," Chappell declares. "Everyone was so accommodating. We could have shot it elsewhere, but filming at DAYS gave us an authentic vibe."
A Million Happy Nows both sheds a light on Alzheimer's and tells the love story of how Lainey and Eva deal with this tragic twist of fate, which, it turns out Lainey knew there was a 50/50 chance of happening. The film's cast is jam-packed with familiar faces from the soap opera world including Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie, DAYS; ex-Joanna, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS), Robert Gant (David, Y&R), Hillary B. Smith (ex-Stacy, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL; Margo, AS THE WORLD TURNS), and Michael Corbett (ex-David, Y&R).
"We needed someone to play Lainey's rival and someone suggested Susan," says Chappell. "I reached out to her and she said yes. We did some good old soapy catfight scenes that you'll see. It was so much fun. She is so talented."
As a fan of GL's "Otalia" storyline, the film's writer, Marisa Calin, specifically wrote the movie with Chappell and Leccia in mind. "That's really flattering," notes Chappell. "It's important to not only bring more awareness to this disease, but to also show that it can [afflict] same sex couples."
Stay tuned for an upcoming feature on Chappell in the magazine for more on the project, but In the meantime, you can check out a preview of the film here.
JOHN-PAUL LAVOISIER JOINS DAYSOLTL vet John-Paul Lavoisier (ex-Rex) is the latest big name to be tapped by DAYS and will portray Philip Kiriakis, son of Victor and Kate. The role was previously played by Jay Kenneth Johnson and Kyle Brandt. Lavoisier has already started filming and will first air in early December. For more DAYS casting news, pick up the new issue of Digest, on sale tomorrow.
DAYS STAR ENGAGED!(Pic) Billy Flynn (Chad, DAYS) reveals that he popped the question to actress Gina Comparetto on his birthday on May 29 — and she said yes! “I haven’t talked about it on social media,” the actor tells Digest. "Our families and friends have known.” Flynn began dating Comparetto in early 2014; a wedding date has not yet been set. Congratulations to the happy couple!
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RICHARD BURGI IS GH'S NEW PAULRichard Burgi (ex-Chad, AW; ex-Glenn, ATWT; ex-Randy, OLTL; ex-Phillip, DAYS) debuted on July 8 as Paul Hornsby, father of Dillon (Robert Palmer Watkins) and ex-husband of Tracy (Jane Elliot), a role played by Paul Satterfield from 1991-94.
After decades of steady primetime work (DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, THE SENTINEL), he was drawn back to daytime to stay close to his L.A.-based family (he has two sons and a stepson) and especially by a positive first meeting with GH Executive Producer Frank Valentini. "We had a great conversation," Burgi enthuses. "He liked the idea of me bringing what I can to the part and working with him and the writers to bring out who this fellow might be."
Plus, he says, "I've had great experiences in daytime in the past. It’s where I cut my teeth and got my start and I love the sort of boot-camp essence that is the world of daytime. You get to really prepare as much as you can and then execute as cleanly and clearly as possible, because there’s not a lot of fat on the bone in terms of doing it over and over that you're allotted in nighttime or film." His adjustment to GH has been smooth. "It's a lovely group of people and I've been having a great time there."
Look for more with Burgi in an upcoming issue of Digest.
Days' Ava Returns(tvline.com) One of Salem’s most unpredictable residents is popping back in for a visit.
Tamara Braun, who portrayed Mafia princess Ava Vitali on Days of Our Lives in 2008, will return for the soap’s upcoming 50th anniversary.
According to TVInsider, Braun will make her entrance in the Dec. 9 episode.
The actress, who won a Daytime Emmy Award in 2009 for her portrayal of Ava, has also appeared on the series as Taylor Walker, estranged sister of Nicole Walker.
Diana Douglas Webster, Mother of Michael Douglas, Ex-Wife of Kirk Douglas, Dies at 92Actress Diana Douglas Webster (ex-Mrs. Brady, Capitol), mother of Michael Douglas and former wife of Kirk Douglas, died of cancer on Saturday in Woodland Hills, Calif. She was 92.
Born Diana Love Dill on January 22, 1923 in Devonshire, Bermuda, Webster appeared on film, television and stage. She appeared in more than 20 films, including “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” and “It Runs in the Family,” in addition to TV roles on “The West Wing” and “Love is a Many Splendored Thing.”
Webster met Kirk Douglas when they were both acting students at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. They married in 1943 and had Kirk, in 1944, followed by the birth of Joel (now a producer) in 1947.
After a divorce from Kirk in 1951, Webster married actor Bill Darrid in 1956 and then Donald A. Webster upon her second husband’s death.
A memorial service will be held in Los Angeles.
DAYS EXEC TALKS CHANGES(Cover) In the new issue of Soap Opera Digest, Executive Producer Ken Corday discusses the changes ahead in Salem, and why he made them. "The show I was looking at was no longer recognizable as DAYS OF OUR LIVES to me," he explains. "We had to jettison stories that were not going over well with the audience and we had to give characters on the show who were recognizable and powerful more story. But most importantly, we had to, for the 50th anniversary, months after and before, give the viewers what they wanted to see." For the full story, pick up the new issue, on sale now.
SAL STOWERS TO DAYSAMC alum Sal Stowers (ex-Cassandra, AMC) has joined DAYS in a new contract role and will make her Salem debut in September. Michael Fairman (michaelfairmansoaps.com) first reported the news.
Suits Scoop: Scrubs Nurse Is Harvey Specter's New SecretaryIt might feel like Donna is irreplaceable on Suits. And yet, Harvey has found someone to fill her swivel chair.
Scrubs alumna Aloma Wright will recur on Season 5 of the USA Network series as the lawyer’s new legal secretary, Gretchen Bodinski, TVLine has learned.
Gretchen — who makes her debut in this Wednesday’s episode — has more than two decades of experience and isn’t afraid to tell it like it is, which allows her to bring a fresh perspective to the firm.
In addition to playing Nurse Laverne Roberts on Scrubs, Wright has appeared on Days of Our Lives, Scandal, Private Practice and Parenthood.
Eileen Davidson And Lisa Rinna Spotted Filming Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills?(realitytea.com) (Pic1, Pic2) Despite Lisa Rinna‘s ‘Will she or won’t she?’ charade on twitter about whether or not she’s returning for Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills season 6, we all know our favorite high-class hustler will do anything for a buck – even Bravo!
Lipsa was spotted in some twitter photos posing with Eileen Davidson, who has also been signed to return. Eileen’s father-in-law just passed away and a celebration of his life included Lipsa and Harry Hamlin as guests, which presumably was filmed for RHOBH, although Lisa and Eileen are long-time friends.
Eileen’s close friend (the director of the infamous Stranger At The Pentagon!!) shared a photo on twitter, writing, “Celebrating Dick Van Patten’s incredible life today!” Eileen replied, “@CraigCampobasso @lisarinna wonderful and unforgettable day with great family and friends. xoxo,” she tweeted.
Eileen also shared another photo of herself and Lispsa from that day, above.
It’s rumored that Lipsa will be playing the crazy card for this season and we’ve seen snippets that it’s there, just simmering under the surface. Reacting to last season – including the glass throw heard round the reality TV world – Lisa is still “surprised” by all the drama. But hey, she’s a gung-ho type of girl and is ready to go for another round!
“I’d say breaking the glass was probably the biggest moment of my life,” Lipsa revealed to People. “I would have never thought that would happen in a million years. I didn’t even know I had that in me.”
“I tried to go in saying, you know, ‘I’m not going to react. I’m just not going to react,’ and then you end up reacting,” Lisa acknowledges. “It’s been really interesting.”
In fact, for Lipsa the entire process of RHOBH was unlike any other. “It’s not like I don’t know what I’m doing, but you get in there and you have no idea,” she elaborated. “I don’t think anything can prepare you for what ends up happening.”
As for why she’d consider another season, Lisa chalks it up to a “tremendous” learning process. “about other people and about myself.”
Bravo is reportedly casting 2 new women to replace Brandi Glanville and Kim Richards.
DANIEL COSGROVE OUT AT DAYS?According to multiple tweets from fans, Daniel Cosgrove (Aiden) revealed at a fan event in Canada that he has been let go from DAYS. The actor, who joined the soap in 2013 and began airing in January, 2014, quickly became one half of the popular “Haiden” pairing with Kristian Alfonso’s Hope.
SightingLisa Rinna hosting a crowd including shirtless men and drag queens at the Barefoot Wine Pride Kickoff celebration at the Park in Chelsea
Girlfriends' Guide Adds Mark ValleyGirlfriends’ Guide to Divorce has found the cure for what ails Abby: a strong dose of Mark Valley, to be administered semi-regularly throughout Season 2.
The Bravo dramedy has cast the Boston Legal alum in the recurring role of “confident and charming TV personality” Dr. Harris, who’ll pursue Lisa Edelstein’s character in the upcoming season, TVLine has learned exclusively.
Valley’s TV credits include Body of Proof, Fringe, CSI, Human Target and Days of Our Lives.
In other casting news, Baby Daddy‘s Jean-Luc Bilodeau will guest-star in a Season 2 episode as Adam, a handsome, young dude Alanna Ubach’s Jo meets on Tinder.
Also: Joanna Vannicola (Being Erica) will recur as Jonathan, an androgynous power wedding planner (but for whom?); Henderson Wade (Criminal Minds) will recur as Walt, Max and Ford’s manny who helps Abby in a pinch; and Susan Hogan (Night Heat, Battlestar Galactica) will guest-star as Carol, mother of Delia’s wealthy hook-up, Gordon.
Bilodeau and Hogan join previously announced Season 2 guest star Retta (Parks and Recreation), who’ll show up as a rival editor at Abby’s new job.
The series is currently in production on Season 2.
MARTHA MADISON BACK TO DAYSOn her radio show SOAPBOX WITH LILLY AND MARTHA, Martha Madison confirmed that she is returning to DAYS as Belle, which she played from 2004-08. As previously reported by Digest, Jason Cook (Shawn) is back and the show has recasted Shawn and Belle’s daughter, Claire. Madison will first air on Wednesday, November 25.
ATWT ALUMS EXPECTINGCongratulations to Austin Peck (ex-Brad, ATWT et al) and wife, Terri Conn (ex-Katie, ATWT), who are expecting their second child together. The couple welcomed daughter, Keira, in 2012. Their blended family also includes Conn's daughter, Julia, and Peck's sons, Aidan and Roman. Peck posted the following photo on Twitter https://twitter.com/AustinRed5 with the caption: She's cookin all right...and almost ready.
Days of Our Lives Stars Announce Appearances in Michigan(Video) Actors Shawn Christian and Ari Zucker of Days of Our Lives fame, talk about why they are coming to the 2015 Buy Michigan Now Festival in Northville, Michigan, July 31-August 2.
Tony Longo Dies: Veteran Character Actor Was 53Veteran character actor Tony Longo (ex-Carmine, Days/Fred Caffey, Y&R/ex-Ray - Private Investigator, Y&R), whose imposing physique helped him land dozens of roles as the big tough guy in TV and film, died in his sleep at his home in Marina del Rey, CA. He was 53. His manager, Bohemia Group’s Susan Ferris, told Deadline she received word of his death on Sunday.
Born in New Jersey, Longo moved to Los Angeles in the early 1980s and began working in TV and film. One of his earliest roles was Artie opposite Linda Lavin on the TV series Alice. Over a 30-plus-year career he has appeared in films including The Last Boy Scout, How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days, Mulholland Drive, Feds (see photo above), The Takeover, Living In Peril, 16 Candles, Splash, and Fletch among others.
His most recent credits included features Pizza With Bullets and Base. According to IMDB, he also had several projects currently in development.
“When the team at Bohemia met with Tony they instantly feel in love with his natural charm and charisma, but also each of the managers had their own special memories of Tony’s performances from his vast career,” said Ferris. “He had the excitement and willingness to do anything. There is some comfort in knowing that he died peacefully in his sleep. Hollywood has lost a great actor.”
Longo is survived by his daughters Chloe, Danielle and Alexis.
HOLLY GAGNIER ON GH GIGYes, that is soap vet Holly Gagnier (ex-Ivy, DAYS; ex-Cassie, OLTL) in the role of GH's Jennifer Smith, picking up where Lisa Marie, Roseanne Barr and Sally Struthers left off. "I really had probably the most fun I've ever had on a soap," she says. "Tony [Geary, Luke] and Genie [Francis, Laura] could not have been more loving, more supportive, more encouraging for me to just go the distance with it." For more with the actress, see the next issue of Soap Opera Digest, on sale this Friday.
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GENERAL HOSPITAL Fan Club Weekend LineupThe 2015 GENERAL HOSPITAL Fan Club Weekend starts this Thursday, August 6, and runs through Monday, August 10, at the Embassy Suites in Glendale, California. Things kick off with a cocktail party and wind down with an intimate brunch, but with a whole ton of fun in between! And we've got your entire rundown of every event right here!
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Lifetime's 'Full House' Movie Cast Announced(yahoo.com) (Photo) Let Netflix fixate on the reboot. Lifetime still thinks there’s plenty to tell about the original “Full House,” announcing Thursday its cast for “The Unauthorized Full House Story.”
Like last year’s “Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story” project, this production plans to portray the “real story” behind the scenes of the classic ABC sitcom. It will explore the rise to fame of cast members like Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen, John Stamos and Bob Saget and also how they grappled with portraying the picture-perfect world of the show while their own lives weren’t always so rosy. (Stamos is a producer of Netflix’s “Full House” sequel, which concentrates on Cameron Bure’s character D.J. Tanner and also stars Jodie Sweetin, Andrea Barber, Lori Loughlin, Dave Coulier and Saget).
Ron McGee of “The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story” will pen this movie, which hails from Front Street Pictures and Ringaling Productions Ltd. Harvey Kahn and Stephen Bulka, also of Lifetime’s “Saved by the Bell,” will exec produce.
“The Unauthorized Full House Story” will air at 8 p.m. August 22 on Lifetime.
The cast members are:
Playing Bob Saget: Garrett Brawith
Playing Dave Coulier: Justin Mader
Playing John Stamos: Justin Gaston (ex-Ben, Days of Our Lives)
Playing Lori Loughlin: Stephanie Bennett
Playing a younger and older Candace Cameron: Shelby Armstrong and Brittney Wilson, respectively
Playing a younger and older Jodie Sweetin: Dakota Guppy and Jordyn Olson, respectively
Playing Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen: Blaise and Kinslea Todd as the actresses as toddlers; Calla and Tyla Jones as the actresses at age six; and Kylie and Jordan Armstrong as the actresses at age nine
Playing a younger and older Andrea Barber: Aislyn Watson and Jaime Schneider
JASON COOK BACK TO DAYSJason Cook, who played Shawn-Douglas Brady from 1999-2006, will be back for the events surrounding DAYS’s 50th anniversary in November. The popular actor has already begun taping. For more, see the next issue of Soap Opera Digest.
DAYS’S EXECUTIVE PRODUCER PENS NOVELDAYS’s Executive Producer, Ken Corday, will be signing copies of his new novel, Ladies of the Lake, at BookCon in New York City. Pick up a copy and head to the Javits Center (655 W. 34th Street) on Saturday, May 30 from 12:00-1:00pm at the ?Midpoint Trade Books Booth (#3174). The book follows the adventures of “beautiful, entitled … and lethal” families in the fictional, gated community of Avalon, CA.
PATSY PEASE JOINS THE BAY!Patsy Pease (Kim, DAYS) will be joining her on-screen Salem sis, Mary Beth Evans (Kayla; Sara, THE BAY) on season four of THE BAY. “Patsy is a very strong actress and will fit in perfectly with our stellar cast,” said Creator/Writer/Director Gregori J. Martin in a statement. Slated to begin shooting this week, Season 4 of THE BAY will premiere in the fall and air Thursdays at 3:15 p.m. ET / 12:15 p.m. PT. Episodes will be available on THE BAY’s official website at http://www.thebaytheseries.com.
NEW GIG FOR DAYS ALUMOn Instagram, newlywed Farah Fath (ex-Mimi, DAYS; ex-Gigi, OLTL) who just married Phil Galfond on May 15, revealed that she is heading north to work with Alison Sweeney (ex-Sami, DAYS). "Last night at our beautiful new house in vegas, then i gotta head to vancouver for a lil job with @alisweeney woo woo,” she posted, along with this photo. Sweeney is toiling on the second installment of MURDER SHE BAKED for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, which will air in December. “So excited to work with Farah again!” Sweeney enthuses. “I was thrilled this opportunity worked out. Can’t wait."
WINTERTHORNE TRAILER RELEASED(Trailer: Video) A trailer for the web series WINTERTHORNE, which stars Martha Madison (ex-Belle, DAYS) and a host of other soap stars, including Kirsten Storms (Maxie, GH), John-Paul Lavoisier (ex-Rex, OLTL), Kevin Spirtas (ex-Craig, DAYS), Gordon Thomson (ex-Mason, SB; ex-Adam, DYNASTY) and Kathleen Gati (Obrecht, GH) is available for viewing at www.winterthorne.com. The series is set to premiere on August 27. Check it out!
DAYS CASTING CLAIREWith DAYS beefing up its teen scene, the show is now looking to cast the role of Claire (presumably Shawn and Belle's daughter born in 2005), as a 15-year-old. They are seeking a gorgeous blonde-haired girl, preferably with blue eyes, who can sing. Claire is described an as offbeat and slightly quirky girl who is trying to find her way through music and art. The recurring role is set to begin in early June.
'Days of Our Lives' 50th Anniversary Gift: Bo and Patch Are Back!Patch and Bo are back on @DaysofourLives, and we have your first look!: yahoo.com.
TWO DAYS BEAUTIES SET TO WED TODAYDAYS alums and real-life pals Nadia Bjorlin, who will be back in Salem as Chloe this summer, and Farah Fath (ex-Mimi; ex-Gigi, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) are both heading down the aisle today on 5/15/15. Bjorlin will wed entrepreneur Grant Turnbull in California, while Fath will say, "I do" to Phil Galfond, a World Series of Poker bracelet winner and CEO of the highly-regarded online poker school, runitonce.com, in Las Vegas. Fath tweeted this photo last night before her rehearsal dinner at The Wynn. Melissa Archer (Serena, DAYS; ex-Natalie, OLTL) will serve as one of her bridesmaids. Congratulations to the happy couples!
Days Favorite Returns, A Martinez JoinsPack your bags, Thaao Penghlis: You’re headed back to Salem.
The Days of Our Lives fan favorite, who has appeared on the soap since 1981, is set to reprise his role as Andre DiMera, TVLine has confirmed.
Further details about Penghlis’ return — including when his episodes will air — are not yet available.
Meanwhile, soap vet A Martinez (Santa Barbara, General Hospital) is joining Days in the new role of Eduardo, who, according to Soap Opera Digest, “will have many connections in Salem.”
Days of Our Lives Stars Reveal What They Know About Their Castmate(Video) The cast of Days of Our Lives has enough chemistry to fill a lab, as evidenced by the teasing banter of Deidre Hall (who plays Marlena Evans) and Galen Gering (a.k.a. Rafe Hernandez). We asked them to reveal what each knew about the other, leading to some surprising revelations, and got Gering to confess his one-time TV crush (though Hall stayed mum on that one.) Find out more about Hall's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Gering's secret skills, and what's on their DVRs by watching the video above.
Ashley Benson Can't Date a Fellow Star "the Way Angelina Jolie" Has, Says "It's Too Much Attention"(Cover) Ashley Benson might score some major hotties on Pretty Little Liars, but in real life, she's a tad pickier.
The 25-year-old actress opens up to Fashion magazine about her love life and her career and admits that she doesn't necessarily want to date a fellow celebrity because it might add up to too much spotlight for the young star. She does, however, credit a very A-list couple for managing their relationship and the fame that comes with it.
"I don't think I would be able to date a high-profile actor the way Angelina Jolie has," she tells the mag. "Her and Brad [Pitt] have done a good job at keeping private, but I'm sure that takes work. It's too much attention when two powerful people are together."
Although Benson wants to take on more "challenging" roles, it seems the Spring Breakers star would prefer to have her career without any of the cameras rolling outside of her career. She confesses to Fashion that her least favorite part of any new project is the inevitable debut.
"I hate the red carpet. It's nerve-racking," she says. "People are yelling at you and pictures are being taken at all angles. It is not a comfortable thing for a human to experience!"
But what might not be comfortable for her might be even more uncomfortable for her family! She dishes to the mag that her family was a little awkward about her risqué role in Spring Breakers.
"My family hated the movie, but I told them, 'There are going to be films that you are not going to want to support, but you don't have to see those films.' I wanted that challenge," she explained.
Challenges and nerve-wracking moments aside, there's one star she believes has it down to a science: Jennifer Lawrence. "I think she's the coolest person in the business. She's breaking the mould of what Hollywood stars are supposed to act like," Benson says.
"I look up to her so much. Actors should stop acting when the cameras are off."
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Mary Beth Evans InterviewDays' Mary Beth Evans Talks Stephen Nichols' Return and New TV Son. Read the interview here.
FIRST LOOK! DAYS CASTS JOEY(Photo) The Johnson family will be back in Salem in full force, with Stephen Nichols (Steve) already taping, along with newcomer James Lastovic who has been cast as Steve and Kayla’s now-teenage son, Joey. Look for him to make his DAYS debut in late summer.
ALISON SWEENEY BACK ON DAYS SETAfter a year away from the Burbank studio where DAYS shoots, Alison Sweeney reported back to work today. On-screen mom, Deidre Hall (Marlena), posted a photo with Sweeney on Facebook, and captioned it, "Some days are better than others. And some days are utterly joyous! Today is such a day. Days of our Lives 50th Anniversary Days of our Lives.” To see the photo, go here.
What It's Really Like to Work on 'Days of Our Lives'(etonline.com) "Like sands through the hourglass, so are the Days of Our Lives."
But how does that sand continue to fall through the same hourglass for five decades? After Days of Our Lives tied for Best Drama Series at the 2015 Daytime Emmys, ETonline went behind-the-scenes to find out some secrets about what it's really like to work for the iconic soap opera.
Robert Scott Wilson (Ben Rogers) joined the cast last January, and he spoke about how he believes everyone there is hard-working.
"From the outside world looking in, it's like, 'Oh it's just a soap opera.' I think what a lot of people don't know is how much work we actually do in a day," the 27-year-old actor and former Price Is Right model told ETonline. "We shoot almost 150 pages of work a day. Most shows that you watch in prime time that are one-hour episodes, it takes them seven to 10 days to shoot one episode. We shoot seven and a half episodes in one week."
But even then, there's no typical day.
"I can be here from 7:30 in the morning to 7:00 at night. It depends," said Wilson. "Sometimes we get really lucky and we can film multiple episodes in one day. Other times, we drag out an episode for two weeks." And the pressure is always on.
As Jen Lilley (Theresa Donovan) explained, there are no teleprompters or cue cards, and "You get one take to nail it. You have one night or maybe a few hours tops to prepare 20 scenes. You can't drop the ball." You can drop props though, whether you throw a drink across the room or pull a Theresa and whack John Black (played by Drake Hogestyn) with a fireplace poker.
"When I had to hit John over the head, I was terrified," Lilley admitted. "It was a rubber fireplace poker, and there was a stunt double I had to hit. I had to full-on hit him on the head, and I felt the reverberation in my hand. It was scary."
The dramatic scenes and outrageous storylines have hooked audiences for years, but as Bryan Dattilo shared, the show has evolved since he first started playing Lucas Horton 22 years ago.
"I think it has an old stigma of being over the top and not being a real drama, and the storylines overshadowed the acting in the past, but if you look at it in the last eight to 10 years, I don't see that," he said. "I see the best place for acting that I've seen on daytime."
Some of the best acting has undoubtedly come from Deidre Hall (Dr. Marlena Evans Black), a familiar face since 1976.
While her character has been through it all on the soap, it never gets old for her.
"Days has done a very fine job of staying current. If there are topics to be discussed, we discuss them," she said.
"We did the first crib death on television. It had never been seen on TV. There was no warning. Marlena walked in the room and saw D.J. in the crib," Hall recalled. "We did the first twin storyline. We had the first possession storyline. We had the first gay wedding. We have been heralded for our bravery, and I think we deserve it."
And it's the staying power that should really be commended.
As Eric Martsolf (Brady Black) told ETonline, "Days of Our Lives is almost like an heirloom people hand down to their kids."
Martsolf described a typical fan event, saying, "One of my favorite things to do is to watch great grandma come up, grandma, mom, mom's daughter and sometimes mom's daughter's daughter. You literally have four or five generations standing in line for your autograph, and you understand the generational power of this show."
Days of Our Lives will officially turn 50 on Nov. 8, 2015.
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MARY BETH EVANS BACK ON CONTRACTMary Beth Evans (Kayla, DAYS) announced in her blog at www.plankblog.com that she has a new contract at DAYS.
"I am back on contract, working like crazy and loving the stories I am playing,” she posted on April 30. The soap’s Daytime Emmy win for Outstanding Daytime Drama (not to mention the Emmy win for her web series, THE BAY) prompted the actress to reflect on her acting career. “As I stood in the role of 'belle of the ball 2015,’ in the mix of winners, I couldn’t help thinking about how life ebbs and flows. How we’re up, and then we’re down (sometimes down too long). And how we always have to reinvent and recommit, recommit, recommit! My mother-in-law called to congratulate me the following day and we reminisced about the time, not that many years ago, when I talked about what I would do next. I was hardly working in my soap job – in fact, for only the second time in 29 years, I hadn’t even made the quota of income to provide health insurance for my family. I remember feeling so anxious all the time. I am a worker bee by nature, it’s just who I am and I just can’t take the lulls. So, I got moving. I had blasts of ambition where I’d audition for a play, contact a new agent or sign up for an acting class. I started reading periodicals that inspired me. Anything that would get me me fired up and feeling productive (and better about myself). It’s during times like those that I take leaps of faith into the unknown.”
She also discusses her last go-round in Salem. “I faced a similar situation when I first went back to Days of Our Lives in 2010. I was working in the family pub, and I would have days when all I would say was, 'here is your to go order. At first I felt a bit humiliated and asked myself, 'how did it get to this?' Then I realized that I was lucky to have the job at all, and instead decided that I’d be the VERY best background player there ever was! I rocked that pretend bar – marrying condiments, folding napkins, wiping down the counters! I hung in there with a smile on my face and an improved attitude, and eventually things improved. Now, here we are four – five years later it has all changed again. I am back on contract, working like crazy and loving the stories I am playing. It is crazy how it turned around.”
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Matt Cedeño Joins Syfy's 'Z Nation'Matt Cedeño (Devious Maids) has been cast as a series regular for the second season of Syfy zombie drama Z Nation, set to premiere this fall. He will play Vasquez, a mysterious, rugged bounty hunter with questionable motives who joins the team of zombie-fighting heroes. From Sharknado franchise producers The Asylum, the action-horror series depicts the epic struggle to save humanity after a zombie apocalypse.
In addition to his role as hearthrob Alejandro on Devious Maids, Cedeño played Brandon Walker on NBC soap Days of Our Lives from 1999-2005. He most recently had turns on Baby Daddy and Power. Feature work includes The Suburbans and Price Of Glory. Cedeño is repped by Tiffany Kuzon at Primary Wave and Don Buchwald & Associates.
DAYS NAMES WINNER OF AUSSIE TALENT SEARCHDAYS has announced Alexander Bruszt is the winner of the ‘Search For A Star” competition. Bruszt will play Flynn, a handsome, rugged Australian doctor who arrives in Salem to do his residency as a surgeon, working under the supervision of Daniel (Shawn Christian). Bruszt will return to Los Angeles next month to begin work on DAYS. He previously appeared on Australia’s most popular drama, HOME AND AWAY. DAYS viewers will first see Bruszt in November, just in time for the show’s 50th anniversary. "DAYS has a massive following in Australian,” shares Bruszt. “This is an awesome opportunity. DAYS has been on TV in the background of my life forever in my family’s home. It’s surreal that I’m going to be on the show."
Kirsten Storms: My Daughter 'Has Her Terrible Two Scream Down'(celebritybabies.people.com) The terrible twos have officially begun in Kirsten Storms‘ household. Well, sort of!
The actress admits that her 15-month-old daughter Harper Rose has prematurely entered the infamous stage.
“She has her ‘terrible two scream’ down with no tears. It’s just a very high-pitched scream,” Storms told PEOPLE at the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday. “I wouldn’t expect anything less from my daughter!”
Despite the shrieks, the General Hospital star, 31, and her husband, Brandon Barash, find it difficult to be away from their firstborn.
“I was so sad to leave her today. It’s great for us to get out and have a night out with each other, but it kills me every time we walk out of the house,” the proud mom shares.
Fittingly, Harper, who is growing up quickly, has found a new interest in playing dress up. “The other day she had her PJs on and she brought over this vest that Tony Geary bought for her,” Storms says.
“She carried it over to me, it’s a white furry vest [that looks] like [it’s] from the 70s, and she said, ‘On, on.’ [She] wanted to put it on with her PJs and then walked around looking at herself and petting it.”
The actress admits that this was the first time that her baby girl had asked her to wear a specific item of clothing. “My inner fashionista was like, ‘Yay!’ ” Storms jokes.
As for whether the family of three will welcome a new addition anytime soon, Storms says, “Maybe in a year or two. It’ll happen, just not right now!”
IT'S OFFICIAL: ALISON SWEENEY BACK TO DAYSRight before leaving for the Daytime Emmys, where she is nominated for Lead Actress, Alison Sweeney (ex-Sami) announced on Instagram that she is heading back to Salem for the 50th. "I was so excited to get home from filming to see a Days script with my name on it," she tells Digest exclusively. "Wow - it's finally real. Days is turning 50 and I can't wait to play a part in honoring such an important milestone."
Ex-Home and Away star wins role on US soap(skynews.com.au) (Photo) Former Home and Away actor and Sydney local Alexander Bruszt has been announced as the winner of the Days of Our Lives 'Search for a Star' competition.
Mr Bruszt secured the place in the long running soap opera after flying to Los Angeles last week for a screen test, where he went head to head with two other finalists.
The thirty-two year old was one of more than 300 actors who entered Foxtel Arena's online competition.
Mr Bruszt will join the cast as a 'Flynn', a handsome and rugged Australian doctor who arrives in Salem - the fictitious Midwestern town the show is set- to complete his residency under the supervision of Doctor Jonas, played by Shawn Christian.
Mr Bruszt will return to LA next month to start shooting his episodes, which will air in Australian for the first time in November during the show's 50th anniversary celebrations.
Mr Bruszt said the experience has been amazing and that this role is only something he could have dreamed of.
'I am looking forward to this opportunity to work with such an incredibly talented cast and crew on such an internationally respected daytime drama,' he said.
The US series' Co-Executive Producer Greg Meng said he's thrilled to welcome Alexander Bruszt to the Days family.
'We can't wait for fans to see what kind of trouble he'll be stirring up in Salem.'
Mr Bruszt started his career with Home and Away shortly after joining an agency at the age of 16.
He's since appeared in films such as Overdrawn, The Brother, Room With View and supporting role in Little Black Dress.
He has also had various hosting roles, including Super Simpsons Live on Foxtel's FOX8 with Amy Erbacher and Foxtel's RA surf show.
DAYS CASTING TWO NEW ROLESThe teen casting at DAYS continues. The show is seeking a beautiful brunette to play the contract role of Danielle, a 16 to 17-year-old who is described as loving and warm, but has experienced pain in her past. "She, at times, can seem selfish and cruel and controlling when she is in certain social situations in which she feels backed into a corner. At her core though, she is a very good person," reads the description. The soap is also seeking to find a 16 to 17-year-old actor to play the contract role of Mason, a quiet yet stunning teenager who has also suffered tremendous loss.
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AMC/DAYS Fave to MistressesAll My Children alum Chrishell Stause is now heading to a primetime soap — ABC’s Mistresses.
After Stause tweeted about her gig on Thursday, TVLine confirmed that she will guest-star in the fifth episode of Season 3 as a woman April encounters when she gives “hot yoga” a try.
As previously reported, Justin Hartley, who dates Stause in real life, will reprise his Mistresses role of Scott for a pair of episodes this season.
In addition to her runs on AMC and more recently Days of Our Lives, Stause’s credits include a guest spot on ABC’s Body of Proof and the web series Youthful Daze and Luke 11:17.
FREDDIE SMITH EXITS DAYSFreddie Smith (Sonny, DAYS) has wrapped his run in Salem, according to a report on serialscoop.com. Multiple sources confirm to Digest that the Emmy-nominated actor — who first aired in June, 2011 — opted to leave the soap. With the show’s production schedule, expect him to be on the air for the next five months.
The Devil Made Her Do It: Deidre Hall Picks Her Most Memorable Days of Our Lives SceneThe Devil Made Her Do It: Deidre Hall Picks Her Most Memorable Days of Our Lives Scene. Read the article here.
Days' Bo & Steve Return(Cover) Two Days of Our Lives favorites are booking return trips to Salem, just in time to celebrate the NBC soap’s 50th anniversary.
Stephen Nichols (as Steve “Patch” Johnson) and Peter Reckell (as Bo Brady) will appear later this year, some time before Days turns the big 5-0 on Nov. 8, Soap Opera Digest reports.
Nichols was last spotted in Salem in 2009, while Reckell bid the town adieu in 2012.
DIGEST CELEBRATES DAYS’S 50TH!(Cover) In honor of DAYS’s upcoming 50th anniversary on November 8, Soap Opera Digest takes a comprehensive look at all things Salem. With over 40 new interviews, rarely seen vintage photos, backstage dish and so much more, this collector’s edition is a must-have for all fans. Look for it on sale this weekend!
NADIA BJORLIN BACK TO DAYS!In an interview with Westlake magazine, Nadia Bjorlin reveals that she is headed back to DAYS to film a couple of episodes as Chloe, last seen in 2013. “It’s been so great. That show has been so good to me," she tells the magazine. "I’m not always certain what I’m heading back to do, but hopefully something funny, stir up some trouble." In the cover story, Bjorlin also dishes about her upcoming May 15 wedding to Grant Turnbull. To see the full story, go here.
DAYS ALUM HEADLINES NEW WEB SOAP(Photo) Martha Madison (ex-Belle, DAYS) will star in the new web soap, WINTERTHORNE, set to begin production in spring of 2015. The series, the latest from DEVANITY Creator Michael Caruso, tells the story of Miranda Winterthorne, who is described as seductive, loving and ruthless, and her determination to control her family’s multi-million dollar candy business.
"Women are complicated!” noted Madison in a press release. "We have complex thoughts and emotions. We can be smart, loving, angry and powerful all at the same time for a hundred different valid reasons! Michael understands this and knows how to write for that kind of woman. I can't wait to play her.”
The series will also feature Gordon Thomson (ex-Mason, SANTA BARBARA et al) and will be directed by TAINTED DREAMS creator Sonia Blangiardo.
150 ICONS: Sioux City's Macdonald Carey enjoyed long acting career in Hollywood(siouxcityjournal.com) SIOUX CITY | “Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives.”
Millions know Sioux City native Macdonald Carey for just those words, the introduction to the long-running soap, “Days of Our Lives.”
But Carey was more than just patriarch Tom Horton on the NBC drama.
Long before he became one of the first big names to try daytime television, he had an illustrious career in films.
Born in Sioux City in 1913, Carey first caught the performing bug at Central High School where he sang in the school choir and appeared in Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. He parlayed that interest into a degree in drama at University of Iowa.
Like so many stars during World War II, Carey juggled acting and military service. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1943 but also managed to make some of his biggest films – Alfred Hitchcock’s “Shadow of a Doubt” among them – during the same time.
Carey then launched a career in television. Juggling both films and television, he played “Dr. Christian” on a syndicated television series and Herb Maris in “Lock-Up.” During television’s golden age in the 1950s, he was a regular on such anthologies as “Zane Grey Theater.”
And then? Daytime television came calling. Carey signed on in 1965 as Dr. Tom Horton in “Days of Our Lives” and played the role until his death in 1994. He won the first two Daytime Emmys ever given for an actor in a soap opera. As a tribute to his contributions to the show, producers continue to use his voice to introduce each episode of the series.
Carey’s autobiography, “The Days of My Life,” was released in 1991.
Carey died March 21, 1994, less than a week after his 81st birthday. He is buried in Culver City, Calif., and remembered with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
NEW PROJECT FOR DAYS’S CORDAYCorday Productions is partnering with the digital TruLOVE Network (which is owned by BroadLit, Inc.), to develop original television properties based on TruLOVE's extensive library of romance stories.
“Our new projects with TruLOVE are sure to capture the hearts and fantasies of our viewers and we are thrilled to be in business with such trailblazing women as TruLove Network/BroadLit partners Cynthia Cleveland, Nancy Cushing-Jones, and Barbara Weller, and we look forward to unveiling more details soon, in true dramatic fashion,” said Ken Corday, CEO of Corday Productions/DAYS’s executive producer, in a statement. The first co-produced project is slated to be announced at the end of 2014.
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THAAO PENGHLIS RELEASES BOOKToday marks the release of Thaao Penghlis's (Victor, GH; ex-Tony/Andre, DAYS) book, Places: The Journey of My Days, My Lives. "It’s really about how I got here, who crossed my path, what were the signposts, who were my mentors, and the diversity and knowledge that I gained in my 20s that I still apply now at this stage of my life," he tells Digest. "It’s also about the travel journeys I have taken, the environment, the history, the people, the language, the food — all those things." DAYS also gets its own chapter."The good thing is, I never left with a bitter taste. There is no blame game because there was more great than there wasn’t in that experience," he says. To get your copy — paper or ebook — go to amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com.
'Days of Our Lives' Producer Launches Digital Soaps Venture(variety.com) (Logo) Corday Productions, which produces NBC’s ”Days of Our Lives,” is teaming up with digital-media firm All Screens Media to launch Net Soaps/Net Novelas — a venture aiming to create and distribute original “interactive” soap operas online that let fans, thesps and advertisers participate in the shows’ development.
The venture will focus on multilingual soaps for the U.S., Latin America and Brazil. Net Soaps/Net Novelas also is making a branded-content pitch to advertisers to integrate their products or services directly in the new digital series.
“This new venture is about taking the passion consumers have for soaps and novelas into a new era,” said Ken Corday, CEO of Corday Productions, who has been exec producer of “Days of Our Lives” since 1985. “This will be original content that the fans will play a role in green lighting and casting, delivered in a form that can build devoted communities of fans in the digital space.”
Launch of Net Soaps/Net Novelas comes after another online-soaps project has gone belly-up: Prospect Park Networks, which last year launched new versions of ABC soaps “One Life to Live” and “All My Children” online before becoming embroiled in a legal dispute with the Alphabet net, last month filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
The principals behind Net Soaps/Net Novelas say their approach is very different. “Prospect Park was taking existing shows and platform-shifting them,” said All Screens Media founder Peter Heumiller, a former VP of content acquisition for Comcast Cable. “We are creating content in a forward-thinking way that gives us a unique platform to connect with people in multiple ways.”
The sponsorship model is key for Net Soaps/Net Novelas, which has launched its website at netsoapstv.com. Advertisers can get involved to the point of making casting decisions for the shows, according to Heumiller. “It’s really coming full circle – soap operas were originally sponsored by the detergent companies,” he said.
Net Soaps/Net Novelas plans to launch the digital soaps in the third quarter of 2014 quarter, via its own websites and distribution partners. Net Soaps is the English-language version targeted at American auds, while Net Novelas will encompass in-language programming for LatAm and Brazil.
Corday Productions’ executive in charge of production Greg Meng will lead development of online portals that will engage consumers and actors in the creation of the content, via online casting and acting auditions, voting on show concepts and ongoing narrative turns. Actors will be able to upload video reels to Net Soaps/Net Novelas as part of the development process.
“We do have a lot of access to amazing talent, not only daytime but primetime,” Meng said. “We are looking at creating these shows as hyperlocal location-based shows, appealing to local sponsors that have national appeal as well.” For example, a show set in Las Vegas might attract a casino sponsor, he said.
The JV has seed funding from the partners, which are in discussions with potential sponsors and distribution partners, Heumiller said. In addition to original shoes, the venture will look to acquire programming.
The Net Soap/Net Novelas team includes independent producer Rose Ganguzza, who has worked with Brazil’s TV Globo on international distribution and also served as president of Revlon/Latin America. Ganguzza will work with her sister, Patricia Ganguzza, whose AIM Productions provides product placement and sponsorship for corporate clients, on international promotional, talent, sponsorship and distribution deals for Net Soaps/Net Novelas.
Also on board is soap-opera actress Crystal Chappell, who’s had prominent roles on “Days of our Lives,” “The Guiding Light,” “All My Children” and “Santa Barbara.” Chappell created and stars in subscription-based online soap, “Venice,” a short-form series now in its fourth season. She will work with Net Soaps / Net Novelas to vet concepts, produce and direct original shows and mentor new talent.
Corday Productions’ “Days of Our Lives” has been a staple of daytime TV since 1965. The company has produced more than 12,000 episodes of the series with distribution in markets worldwide. In January, NBC announced the renewal of the sudser through September 2016.
“The audience for soaps on TV has dropped, but it’s holding,” Meng said. The new venture, reaching digitally savvy soaps fans, “is an organic fit for us as daytime producers for more than 40 years… This takes us several steps ahead as far as watching when you want, where you want and how you interact with the show.”
History of Advertising No 89: Irna Phillips' soap operas(mediaweek.co.uk) If Irna Phillips can’t be called the mother of the soap opera, she was without doubt its midwife who could see daytime drama’s potential for advertisers – and delivered massively on her vision.
She was in the right place at the right time. It was 1930 and US radio networks and advertisers – particularly household-product manufacturers – were beginning to see the opportunities in marketing to housewives at a time when their husbands were working and their children at school.
Phillips, then 29, was an unemployed schoolteacher and part-time radio actress when she was asked by WGN in Chicago to write and act in radio’s first serial drama, Painted Dreams.
It was the story of a mother and her unmarried daughter and, although it began without sponsorship, Phillips included an engagement and a wedding in the plot to maximise product tie-ins.
Painted Dreams marked the start of what proved to be a prodigious output. Over the next 43 years, she created or co-created 18 radio and TV serials, four of which were still on air when she died in 1973.
One was The Guiding Light, centred on a minister and his church community in a Chicago suburb. Another was As The World Turns, featuring the residents of the fictional town of Oakdale, Illinois.
Phillips, who introduced soap-opera conventions such as linking scenes with music and cliffhanger endings, was excited about transferring daytime drama to TV.
In a 1948 letter to a Procter & Gamble senior executive, she envisioned sponsors’ products not only endorsed by her characters but used by them. However, she feared that women who had enjoyed radio drama while doing the housework would not be able to do so while watching TV.
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Phillips dictated her stories to secretaries for up to eight hours a day, producing an estimated two million words a year and earning more than $250,000 a year during the 40s.As The World Turns, the last daytime serial to be associated with P&G, was axed in 2010 after 54 years.
Ma Perkins, one of the most successful US soap operas ever, ran from 1933 to 1960 promoting P&G’s Oxydol. It was created by Anne Hummert and her ad executive husband, Frank.
NBC RENEWS ACCLAIMED DAYTIME DRAMA 'DAYS OF OUR LIVES' THROUGH 2015-16 SEASONNBC has extended its long-running daytime drama "Days of our Lives" for an additional two years, taking the show through September 2016. ‘Days’ will celebrate its 50th year on television in November 2015, continuing its tradition of passion, intrigue and adventure and cementing its place in television history.
The extension was announced today by Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment.
“‘Days of our Lives’ continues to be a fan favorite for the daytime audience and we are thrilled to keep it going through its 50th season,” said Salke. “‘Days’ has shown year-to-year increases in key female demographics and remains both relevant and fresh creatively due to the hard work of the producers, writers, cast and crew who have worked tirelessly to make ‘Days’ the ratings success it is today.
“Having won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Daytime Drama, “Days of our Lives” continues to deliver on its legacy of quality storytelling,” said Steve Kent, Senior EVP, Programming, Sony Pictures Television. “We appreciate NBC’s continued support and are excited to celebrate the show’s 50thanniversary with our generations of dedicated fans.”
“We are thrilled to continue being a part of the NBC family and to have the support of our incredible network and studio executives who work tirelessly to allow us to continue telling our stories and share the ‘Days’ legacy with our devoted family of fans," said Ken Corday, executive producer "Days of our Lives."
“Days of our Lives” currently is delivering its best season in women 18-49 viewers in three years and biggest season in total viewers in four years. Executive producer Ken Corday follows in the tradition of his parents, Betty and Ted Corday, who co-created "Days of our Lives" and helmed the series for many years. “Days” (Monday-Friday, 1-2 p.m. ET) first premiered as a half-hour drama in 1965 and expanded to an hour 10 years later.
In its 48-plus years, “Days of our Lives” has garnered 232 Daytime Emmy nominations and 36 wins, including a recent Emmy win for Outstanding Daytime Drama. The show's success derives from its consistent commitment to excellence in writing and storytelling -- supported by a diverse ensemble of performers -- and an uncanny knack for anticipating viewer interests. "Days” is set in the fictitious Midwestern town of Salem. The core families are the Bradys, the Hortons and the DiMeras. The multi-layered storylines involve elements of romance, adventure, mystery, comedy and drama.
“Days of our Lives” is produced by Corday Productions Inc. in association with Sony Pictures Television. Corday is executive producer with co-executive producers Greg Meng and Lisa De Cazotte. Gary Tomlin and Christopher Whitesell are the head writers.
DAYS Stars Create Rap VideoMeredith Scott Lynn (Anne) and Jen Lilley (Theresa) have created a rap video riffing on the show, stars and behind the scenes crew. The video includes appearances from Alison Sweeney (Sami) and several other Salemites, along with clips from the show. “Jen Lilley [Theresa] is hilarious, on and off camera,” enthuses Lynn. “She’s a very funny, funny person. We connected with our humor in the hair and makeup room. So we created something together. It’s a surprise for the fans, the crew, the show, and all of the people who love DAYS. When you watch it you’ll get a whole other layer of the Anne and Theresa experience!” Watch the clip here: Video.
DAYS Star Launches WebsiteDAYS’s Shawn Christian's (Daniel) new website launches today. “My web site is shawnchristianofficial.com,” he states. “People stole my name and I can’t get it back, so shawnchristianofficial.com is now my official website. You can find clips and pictures. There is also news on everything I’m doing, from Arrowhead Adventure Camps [Arianne Zucker’s new organization] to the web series, ADDICTS ANONYMOUS. Anything I’ve done from AS THE WORLD TURNS [where he played Mike] to DAYS is also on the site. It’s a whirlwind of information.
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Tell-All Tome About Y&R And B&B!Soaps In Depth editor Michael Maloney, along with Lee Phillip Bell, has written an authorized biography of Bell's late husband, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS and THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL creator William J. Bell. The Young and Restless Life Of William J. Bell is set to hit bookstores on June 1 and is available for pre-order now on Amazon.com.
The book details the Chicago native's pre-soap opera life as an advertising executive in the era just before MAD MEN to his unparalleled career as television's most prolific writer. Bell not only is the mastermind behind the two surviving CBS soaps, but he also wrote for suders GUIDING LIGHT, AS THE WORLD TURNS (for nine years), and ANOTHER WORLD, which he co-created along with his mentor, soap opera legend Irna Phillips. In 1966, Bell left Phillips and took over as headwriter of DAYS OF OUR LIVES, saving the show from cancelation.
The Young And Restless Life Of William J. Bell offers insights into Bill's creative process -- how he felt about recasting, publicity, spoilers, sweeps, stunt casting and, of course, storytelling! The tome contains backstage dish and never-before-seen photos from the Bell family's personal albums. Lee's successful career as a broadcast journalist in the days of live television in Chicago is also covered, and the book contains information from the "bibles" for AW, Y&R and B&B that any soap fan will want to read!
Over 65 people -- including family members, actors, writers, producers, network executives and other notables from the soap opera world -- were interviewed for this book that every soap fan will want to have! So pre-order your copy today!
Daytime Soap Opera Stars Release Epic Historical NovelDecadent Publishing is excited to announce the release of TRUMPET, by Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes, stars of daytime television’s Days of Our Lives. Their debut novel, full of fascinating facts researched on site, is a historical romp through the theatrical world of the Regency Era. The adventures of heroine Elizabeth Trumpet, from innocence to experience, include famous characters of the time. Trumpet’s conflicts with love and fame in history’s most elegant yet brutal age mirror women’s struggles in our own turbulent times.
Hayes and Hayes enthusiastically spent their lives acting; this wealth of wit and experience colors every page. Their enticing fiction moves from 1803 London to Egypt, the blossoming America and beyond with heartfelt emotion and adventurous fun - just like the romantic scenes Bill and Susan love to play.
Decadent Publishing co-owner Heather Bennett states, “Bill and Susan’s television fans will be ecstatic with Trumpet’s colorful cast of characters and the actors’ famous sense of humor that shines through in the story. Historical fiction aficionados will find the depth of research and rich characterization impressive.”
Trumpet is now available in ebook format at Decadent Publishing, Bono Books and Amazon. The print version will be released in May.
Arianne Zucker and LifeCHANGEArianne Zucker (Nicole Days Of Our Lives) has worked with a number of different charities over the years, including as an ambassador for Habitat for Humanity of the San Fernando Valley and on a number of trips with the USO. She has also worked with the St. Bernard Project in New Orleans. Now, she has started LifeCHANGE, a project dedicated to making a difference by creating opportunity.
LifeCHANGE the show will take six young adults, ranging in age from 18-25, on a journey that will seek to change their lives, as well as the lives of those around them, through volunteering. "Why we picked that age is because I know for me, personally, I was a little lost," Arianne shared. "I didn't have a lot of direction myself at that age. I didn't go straight to college. I went off and modeled because luckily I was born 5'9" but not because that's what I wanted to be when I grew up. I know that to me that was a very important time."
Arianne continued, telling us that she believes those years are "a very vital time in your life. We picked that time so that young adults could see what is out there, whether it be difficult situations or whether it be opportunities for them to maybe become a philanthropist. Maybe all of a sudden they meet someone and they decide they want to be a mathematician! Who knows? Somebody that will affect them to become something more. That's how my brother and I envisioned this."
Arianne began working on this project with her older brother in 2007; they brought in former Days castmate Jason Cook because he has done a couple of documentaries. And she sees this most definitely being in the style of a documentary, not the reality television that most of us have become so accustomed to. LifeCHANGE will be "done in such a way where it's heartfelt without having to manipulate a situation. We have enough issues of our own and to capture that on television, that's enough. We don't need to manipulate anything. We want to educate and just be able to relate. I know even for my character, people will relate to her when she goes through certain things, through the miscarriage especially, or being torn in relationships or being with men who you don't really want to be with, just because."
People relate to the character of Nicole and she can affect them through her many trials and tribulations, but through LifeCHANGE, Arianne hopes to affect people in a much more positive manner. "You do affect people, more than you know," she avers. "You affect people when you're standing in line at the grocery store... But no matter what, I'm taking six kids a year. And I'm going to make a difference in their lives. And I'm not only making a difference in their lives; it really almost changes you more as a person. And everybody benefits, from the trip and from the journey. You reach the destination but the journey just begins. It's so beautiful."
What if you're not one of the lucky six chosen for this first round? How can your life be changed? "What we've done, too, what we've made available on our LifeCHANGE website and our blog area are organizations that we have worked with, will be working with, will be continuing to work with, because not one thing is near and dear to everyone's heart," Arianne told us. "I feel like if you're not one of the six people who we've chosen to go on this trip, that doesn't mean that you can't change your life on your own. Or be motivated to do it yourself. Or find a group of friends that say, hey, you know what? Our friend so-and-so is going through a tough time right now. Let's make a difference. Those are the things that we want to inspire."
"Let's start this whole butterfly effect," Arianne continued. "Because the more positive we are – and I'm kind of corny spiritual in that way – but the more positive we are, the more positive energy we'll put into the air. Think about it. When your boss comes in angry or your teacher comes in angry, who's the next one to get it? It goes down, down, down. Then your mom comes home mad because she was yelled at at work. Now the kids are affected. If you don't believe in that, or if that's not proof enough in the pudding right there, I don't know what is. What if that boss gave you a bonus today? And it rippled down to your employees. Now your mom comes home in the best mood and you got a cake for dinner!"
And who doesn't want cake for dinner?!
To learn more about how you can get your own cake and make a positive difference in people's lives, please visit www.lifechangetheshow.com.
Set to begin in Summer 2012, LifeCHANGE will offer its six participants the opportunity to travel, build new relationships and experience the warmth that results from helping others in need, while overcoming challenges, tests and obstacles on their path to self-discovery. Participants will be carefully selected upon review of their two-minute online video submission and questionnaire explaining why they would like to take this chance. Episodes will be made available to the general public on the LifeCHANGE website.
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