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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
    • Blake Berris as Nick Fallon
    • Lauren Boles as Ciara Brady
    • Shawn Christian as Daniel Jonas
    • Mark Collier as Liam Frasier
    • Daniel Cosgrove as Aiden Jennings
    • Brendan Coughlin as Tad
    • Bryan Dattilo as Lucas Horton
    • Kassie DePaiva as Eve Donovan
    • Judi Evans as Adrienne Kiriakis
    • Mary Beth Evans as Kayla Brady
    • Justin Gaston as Ben
    • Galen Gering as Rafe Hernandez
    • Jade Harlow as Sheryl Connors
    • Bill Hayes as Doug Williams
    • Deidre Hall as Marlena Evans Black
    • Nadia & Talia Hartounian as Sydney DiMera
    • Susan Seaforth Hayes as Julie Williams
    • Lauren Koslow as Kate Roberts
    • Griffin and Aaron Kunitz as Johnny DiMera
    • Wally Kurth as Justin Kiriakis

    • Jen Lilley as Theresa Donovan
    • Meredith Scott Lynn as Anne Milbauer
    • Kate Mansi as Abigail Deveraux
    • Eric Martsolf as Brady Black
    • Joseph Mascolo as Stefano DiMera
    • Peggy McCay as Caroline Brady
    • Casey Moss as JJ Deveraux
    • True O'Brien as Paige
    • Patsy Pease as Kimberly Brady
    • Terrell Ransom Jr. as Theo Carver
    • Melissa Reeves as Jennifer Horton
    • James Reynolds as Abe Carver
    • Suzanne Rogers as Maggie Horton Kiriakis
    • James Scott as EJ DiMera
    • Charles Shaughnessy as Shane Donovan
    • Freddie Smith as Sonny Kiriakis
    • Chrishell Stause as Jordan Ridgeway
    • Alison Sweeney as Sami Brady
    • Josh Taylor as Roman Brady
    • Greg Vaughan as Eric Brady
    • Guy Wilson as Will Horton
    • Aloma Wright as Maxine Landis
    • Arianne Zuker as Nicole Walker
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    Special Thanks to Leo Logan (Willimantic, CT) for helping us keep this up to date

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    This Week On Days of Our Lives




    April 21
    The discovery photo of E.J. and Abigail causes chaos at the DiMera mansion; Marlena and Jennifer discuss the DiMeras.
    April 22
    Nicole discovers startling information about Liam; Daniel faces a disciplinary hearing; Jennifer finds incriminating evidence in Daniel's apartment; Nick makes Gabi believe Sami is plotting to take the baby away.

    April 23
    Jennifer looks into the evidence she found; Nicole meets Liam's ex-wife; E.J. confronts Kate; J.J. receives troubling news about Paige.
    April 24
    Nicole starts to realize Liam is dangerous; Theresa worries the Liam situation is getting out of hand; Gabi, Nick and Aiden meet to draw up a custody agreement; J.J. and Paige fight about the future.
    April 25
    Nicole turns to Rafe for help; Liam tracks down Jennifer; Daniel pushes Theresa to confess; Nick threatens Sami.
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    News, Cast Updates and Scoop

    (News section last updated April 18, 2014)

    DAYS'S CAN'T-MISS MONDAY

    "Ejami" fans, this one's for you. On Monday, April 21, DAYS will feature a special episode, focused on EJ (James Scott) and Sami (Alison Sweeney), and her reaction to learning the truth about his affair with Abigail. "It was such a unique opportunity, and it is an episode that I will treasure having been a part of for the rest of my life," raves Sweeney. Adds Scott, "I was quite flattered that they would want to write an entire episode that was focused on just the two characters." For a preview of the landmark episode, pick up a copy of Soap Opera Digest, on sale now.

    DAYS STAR TO BE A FATHER AGAIN

    DAYS's Bryan R. Dattilo (Lucas) and his wife Elizabeth are expecting their first child together, due this summer. "I'm having another little rugrat!" confirms the actor. A baby shower for the duo, who wed on July 12, 2011, is being held this weekend. Dattilo, already a father to Gabe, 14, is looking forward to having a new baby in the house. "I miss my son as a baby so much," he shares. "I love him as a young man now, but when he was a baby it was insane." This time around, Dattilo notes, "I'm more prepared in the sense that I know what's coming: the hard work, responsibility and lack of sleep. It's a long road. But I'm very content and happy."

    DAYS NEWCOMER REPLACED

    Justin Gaston, who first aired as Jordan's brother Ben on DAYS on February 27, has been replaced by Robert Scott Wilson, who played Pete Cordlandt in the online reboot of AMC. Though the show is keeping mum about the switch, Wilson was already on set in late January to celebrate DAYS's renewal. Because the soap is so far ahead in story, Wilson won't start airing until next month. Before nabbing his Pine Valley gig, Wilson was best known for becoming THE PRICE IS RIGHT's first male model in September, 2012.

    Greg Vaughan and Touriya Haoud Separate

    Greg Vaughan and his wife are splitting after nine years together, the soap opera actor announced on his Instagram.

    Vaughan, 40, and Dutch model Touriya Haoud, 36, wed in 2006. They have three sons together, Jathan James, 6½, Cavan Thomas, 4, and Landan Reid, 2.

    "As we open our hearts full of love & sadness, 9 years together and 3 beautiful children, we have decided to amicably separate," Vaughan wrote Monday, adding a photo of the couple cuddling.

    "With dear love for each other and our family, as parents first and foremost, we kindly ask our space and privacy be respected at this difficult time."

    Vaughan gained fame as Lucky Spencer on General Hospital. He also appeared in The Young and the Restless and has played Eric Brady on Days of Our Lives since 2012.

    25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards Winners Announced

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    Daytime Soaps Enjoy a New Surge in Popularity

    (variety.com) The soap bubble that was supposed to burst is still very much intact.

    A couple of years after “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” brought to five the number of daytime dramas axed by the networks over a five-year stretch, the genre is flourishing.

    Ratings are up at the four remaining soaps — “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” on CBS, “General Hospital” on ABC and “Days of Our Lives” on NBC — and, in this DVR era, any kind of gain is cause for celebration.

    One reason for the increases could be the simple fact that there are fewer shows to compete for the pool of fans. Today’s soaps live alongside game and talkshows such as CBS’ “Let’s Make a Deal” and ABC’s “The Chew,” and a bigger variety of programming for viewers to choose from seems to be helping all the networks.

    But if it were simply the same viewers moving from one show to another, the gains would be only among the core, older soap opera fan base — and that’s not the case. It’s clear that some new blood is being pumped into the genre.

    “General Hospital,” for example, has grown from last year by 9% in total viewership (to 3.32 million) but it’s also up by 19% in women 25-54 and by 11% among those 12-34, according to Nielsen. As a result, its median age of 55.5 for the current season is down from 56.1 a year ago.

    “Days of Our Lives” is up 10% (to about 3 million viewers), but its biggest gains are among females 12-34; its median age of 57.8 is nearly one full year lower than last year.

    It’s this expansion of the audience that most encourages Michael Maloney, a contributing editor for Soaps in Depth magazine and the author of “The Young and Restless Life of William J. Bell.”

    “The grandmother used to pass it down to the mother and so on, so one of the reasons (that soaps) took a hit is because mom is out there working,” Maloney says. “But that seems to be coming back, and audiences are responding to a multiple-generation canvas of characters. Any soap that has just young people isn’t going to make it.”

    Maloney thinks the recent shuttering of some soaps created a surplus of good actors out of work. And this has resulted in some all-star rosters.

    Indeed, turn on a soap you remember watching years ago, and there’s a good chance you will see a lot of familiar faces.

    “Soap is the only genre with that kind of throughline, and the shows are taking good advantage of that,” Maloney says.

    The CBS soaps skew older, but they’re also the most popular overall. “Young and the Restless” averages 5.3 million viewers daily and “The Bold and the Beautiful” bags nearly 4 million.

    Maloney credits Angelica McDaniel, head of Daytime at CBS, who is active in social media and “a great cheerleader for the genre.”

    He also notes that Vicki Dummer, an exec VP of series and specials at ABC Media Group, has been supportive of the strong vision of “GH” exec producer Frank Valentini and head writer Ron Carlivati. And Sony Pictures Television, NBC and Corday Productions have kept “Days” vital even though it is on a daytime island at the Peacock.

    “What the soaps seem to have is terrific support from the network,” Maloney says. “The right people are running them, and each of the remaining shows are doing a great version of their show for their core audience.”

    Maloney thinks it’s unlikely we’ll see a new daytime soap anytime soon, but he doesn’t rule it out entirely.

    “There are Web soaps out there like ‘The Bay,’ and with ‘Beacon Hill,’ Crystal Chappell has a handle on a Web series that can make a profit,” he says. “People in broadcast are definitely keeping an eye on the Web.”

    MORE SOAP FAVES JOIN THE BAY

    B&B's Ronn Moss (ex-Ridge) and Sean Kanan (Deacon), and DAYS's Judi Evans (Adrienne) and Patrika Darbo (ex-Nancy) have joined the cast of the online soap THE BAY. Chapter 12 of the series premieres May 1, and will also feature the return of MORE SOAP FAVES JOIN THE BAY: (ex-Shane, DAYS) as Capt. Elliot Sanders. For more, check out thebaytheseries.com.

    PETER RECKELL ON BO'S DAYS LIMBO

    During a Twitter chat last night, Peter Reckell, who last aired as DAYS's Bo in October, 2012, revealed that he and wife Kelly Moneymaker had relocated to Nashville with daughter, Loden, 6. "The reason I haven't tweeted much recently is because we have moved," he reported. "We didn't want to raise our daughter in wacky LA. So we have moved east." He also addressed Bo's long absence from the Salem canvas. "Going back to Days, I don't think that will ever happen as a long term commitment," Reckell wrote. "Going back to close out Bo's story in a respectful way??? I would do that for you. You deserve better then what they have done to Bo. You have been very faithful and dedicated for years, decades! Not sure what kind of story line could happen, I haven't watched the show. You would have better ideas. Time to contact the show." In the end, he thanked his loyal followers. "Thanks for your support and love through all the years. I'll be acting again at some point so this isn't goodbye its see you later! My Best." Follow the actor @peterreckell.

    DAYS STARS HELP TEENS

    DAYS’s Arianne Zucker (Nicole) and Shawn Christian (Daniel) have launched a nationwide tour called “Aim For The Heart - Share The Adventure Tour” to benefit their non-profit organization Arrow-Heart Adventure Camp. The duo’s first tour stops are San Francisco and Napa, CA. Arrow-Heart Adventure camp empowers teens to reach their full potential; 100% of the proceeds from the tour will go directly to the organization. For more information on the events, click here.

    GH ALUM TO DAYS

    Alicia Leigh Willis, who played GH's Courtney from 2001-06, will begin a stint on DAYS on April 22. Look for her to tie into Liam's (Mark Collier) storyline. The actress has been on the show's radar for awhile: She was asked to fill in for Nadia Bjorlin's Chloe in 2010 when Bjorlin fell ill, but the scenes never aired.

    Rinna, Bach In ABC Singing Competition 'Sing Your Face Off': Premiere Date Announced

    Former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach is one of the contestants in ABC's new competition series, "Sing Your Face Off". Actor John Barrowman ("Torchwood", "Arrow") will host the show, which will feature five celebrity contestants taking on the identity of an iconic music performer each week.

    ABC will launch "Sing Your Face Off" on Saturday, May 31 from 9 to 11 p.m. Two all-new episodes will air back to back in that two-hour time period each week. The show is described as a talent variety competition where celebrities are transformed and trained to perform as a legendary musical icon. Over the course of the series, five personalities — Bach, basketball star Landry Fields, comedian Jon Lovitz, singer China Anne McClain ("A.N.T. Farm") and actress Lisa Rinna ("Days of Our Lives") — will take on the identity of an iconic music performer. Debbie Gibson and Darrell Hammond are the primary judges, and scheduled guest judges including David Allen Grier, RuPaul, Carnie Wilson, Richard Simmons, Tom Arnold and Carmen Electra.

    "From the hours in the makeup chair to the days spent with choreographers and vocal coaches, each show will feature the complete transformation — not just physical — the celebrities will embody everything about the assigned icon — their walk, their talk, and their distinguishing mannerisms leading up to the live performance in front of the studio audience," according to production notes. "Viewers will get the chance to see each of the celebrities portray multiple musical performers during the series — such as Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Pavarotti, Pitbull, Britney Spears, and Tina Turner, to name a few."

    "Sing Your Face Off" is produced by Endemol USA with Georgie Hurford-Jones ("America's Got Talent") as executive producer.

    HALL IN TV MOVIE

    Deidre Hall (Marlena, DAYS) stars in Hallmark Channel's original movie LUCKY IN LOVE, premiering Saturday, April 5. "They invited me to do the part and they sent me the script and I thought, 'This is great fun,' " Hall recalls. "I play a powerful woman, an executive who runs a social media company, and she's a mentor and knows her employees." The actress shot the film in Canada during a break from Salem. "I hadn't done one-camera in so long and we were able to fit it into my work schedule here," she explains. "I was attracted to going back to Vancouver, to working in film again. It was just an exciting adventure. The Hallmarks are the best. They're lovely people, they're a lovely family unit and it was a great experience."

    '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.”

    JADE HARLOW OUT?

    Daytime Royalty is reporting that Jade Harlow has completed filming her role as Lucas's (Bryan R. Dattilo) new galpal Sheryl. The actress has retweeted posts from fans disappointed by the news. Harlow also posted to one supporter, "#Days has always been my priority and will continue to be but I'm not contract and a girl has to work to pay the bills". Meanwhile, the actress hinted at promising news in two other separate posts, "One mans trash, IS another mans treasure and this can be applied to nearly Every circumstance. Yay for unexpected lights in the dark…. The Best days, are days that start with deal memos in ur inbox new adventures on the horizon." Harlow made her first DAYS appearance January 7.

    Deidre Hall On Days Of Our Lives' Historic Gay Wedding

    (ontopmag.com) Actress Deidre Hall says she's not sure whether daytime's first gay wedding is going to “change the way of the world” but increased acceptance of gay rights is needed.

    Days of Our Lives, NBC's longest running soap opera, will make daytime drama history this week by broadcasting the genre's first gay male wedding.

    The marriage of Will Horton (played by Guy Wilson) and Sonny Kiriakis (Freddie Smith) began unfolding on Tuesday.

    Hall's character of Dr. Marlena Evans, Horton's grandmother, will preside over the wedding.

    “I don't know how much we're going to change the way of the world with this wedding,” Hall told gay glossy The Advocate. “But I think what changes the world is role models standing up and saying, 'Hey, relax. We're all going to be fine. Everything is fine.'”

    “There's so much we deny gay and lesbian couples that we freely give to straight couples and I think that's shameful,” she added. “If you have someone in your life to whom you're devoted and committed and that you've promised to be there in every moment, then you need to [be allowed] to be there in every moment. And for those who stand up and say, 'Not so fast,' they need to step back. That needs to be the biggest change. Because I don't know that we'll ever get acceptance across the board, but humanity – we have to insist upon it.”

    DAYS: WILL AND SONNY'S WEDDING PREVIEW

    (Photo) DAYS has released a two-minute preview of Sonny and Will's historic wedding (the first time in daytime soaps that two men have legally wed.). The festivities begin on Monday, culminating with the couple exchanging vows on Wednesday, April 3. For more on the wedding, check out the exclusive three-page article in this week's issue of Digest. Meanwhile, to download an advance look at Will and Sonny's walk down the aisle, visit: www.hightail.com.

    DAYS CASTING NEW ROLE

    DAYS is seeking a gorgeous, experienced African-American actress in her early 30s to play the contract role of Shauna, who is described as "upscale, professional confident and sexy. Her beauty is only matched by her intelligence and heart. She is forthcoming and authentic and captivates wherever she goes."

    REAL-LIFE COUPLE SPLITS

    Arianne Zucker (Nicole, DAYS) and husband Kyle Lowder (ex-Brady, DAYS; ex-Rick, B&B) have divorced, the couple confirms exclusively to Digest. In a joint statement, the actors say, "In response to ongoing inquiries, we would like to announce that with respect to our privacy, we quietly separated awhile ago and are officially divorced. We continue to remain great friends and loving parents to our daughter." The couple, who met while working together on DAYS, wed on August 3, 2002, separated in 2007 and reconciled in 2008. They welcomed daughter, Isabella, in December 2009.

    DIGEST WEDDING SPECIAL ON SALE NOW!

    (Cover) Be sure to grab a copy of Best Soap Weddings, a new, full-size issue from the editors of Soap Opera Digest focusing on daytime's most memorable nups. This collector's edition is a must-have for any soap fan and includes interviews with fan-favorite soap brides, weddings through the decades, couples who married on screen and off, stars' real-life wedding photos, expert tips on how to look like a soap bride, unforgettable ceremonies, celebrity wedding guests, most disastrous weddings, memorable photos and so much more. Head to the newsstand today (March 21)!

    'Days of Our Lives' Spoilers: Kristian Alfonso Discusses 30 Years on TV and Aging

    (christianpost.com) (Video) Kristian Alfonso is a veteran staple on "Days of Our Lives," but the actress revealed that she is unlike many other famous soap opera stars in a new interview.

    With her official 30-year anniversary of landing the role of Hope Williams Brady on "Days" arriving in April, Alfonso reflected on her storied career on the legendary television series. The 5-year-old actress recalled her early acting days as well as the initial lessons learned on the set of "Days" back in the '80s, including those from co-stars Frances Reid (Alice) and Bill Hayes (Doug).

    "Frances would always tell me, 'Don't worry. It's going to be fine.' I guess she could see how nervous I was, when I first started," Alfonso told About.com. "She'd say, 'Dear, it's going to be fine. Take a deep breath, it's going to be fine.'"

    The actress admitted that she was less "seasoned" than her "Days" co-stars, recalling the moment she learned the importance of lighting on the film set.

    "I can remember [former producer] Al Rabin coming over the loudspeaker saying, 'Face toward the light, Kristian, feel the light,'" the actress recounted. "I was like, 'What light?' There are like five million lights above my head."

    Even more recently, Alfonso opened up about aging onscreen. The actress acknowledged the pressure to undergo plastic surgery similar to many daytime television actors before her. However, Alfonso remains committed to aging gracefully.

    "I want my grandchildren to recognize me, and my children," the starlet told the Daily Telegraph. "I just say to my hubby, you know what honey, I'm just going to age gracefully, I'm too afraid to do anything."

    Meanwhile, this week on "Days of Our Lives," fans have been anxious to hear the results of Abby's (Kate Mansy) pregnancy test. Spoilers about the situation arose online this week, indicating that Abby is worried about what E.J. will do if she is pregnant, wondering if he will be there if a child comes, according to Hollywood Daily News. It remains unknown if Abby is carrying a DiMera baby, or if Sami will learn her fiance's secret.

    This week's episodes will also reveal a surprise from Liam to Theresa, while Daniel confronts Nicole over the evidence he found. "Days of Our Lives" airs weekdays on NBC.

    EILEEN DAVIDSON TEASES DAYS RETURN

    Eileen Davidson teased her upcoming comeback as DAYS's Kristen on her Facebook page, saying, "Kristen does not reenter Salem quietly! That's all I'm sayin....and I've got the bruises to prove it!" Look for her to first air in July.

    Codner goes from Troy High’s stage to a role on ‘Days’

    (troyrecord.com) A 2004 Troy High graduate will be on soap opera “Days of Our Lives” on Tuesday and Wednesday in the role of an OB/GYN.

    Latoya Codner, 27, said she first became interested in acting in Knickerbacker Middle School in Lansingburgh. She had been cast as “Pepper” in a production of “Annie” but moved to the Troy City School District before she had the chance of playing the part.

    Then, at Troy High School, she was in plays including “Guys and Dolls” and “The Crucible.” Her interest in the performing arts was cultivated by the school’s staff including Erin Mack, who coordinated the chorus program, and the late Gwen Fraser, the former head of the school’s performing arts department.

    “They helped to develop me as an artist,” said Codner. The oldest of four siblings, she now lives in Los Angeles but still has family in Troy, including a sister at Troy High.

    Codner received a scholarship at the RPI Playhouse where she did multiple productions and skits. She did her graduate work at SUNY Buffalo for theater and went to graduate school at the University of South Carolina for acting.

    She said she got her foot in the door for the “Days of Our Lives” part when she won the 2013 Star Project, a national competition with NBC at the American Black Film Festival in Miami.

    “From that, I got the audition for ‘Days of Our Lives,’” said Codner, who will be playing gynecologist “Dr. Garcia.”

    “It feels incredible. I feel incredibly blessed,” she continued. “Many people have the same dream as me and I know this is only the beginning. I’m on the right path. God is really guiding me. As cheesy as that sounds, it’s true.”

    Along with this, she was cast recently in a web series and is taking an acting class in L.A. She plans to keep auditioning.

    “I don’t know what is in the future for me,” she said. “I encourage people to go after what they are truly passionate about. It is one of the most fulfilling things, doing what you love.”

    The “Days of Our Lives” episodes with Codner will air at 1 p.m. (EST) on NBC on March 18 and March 19.

    Ariel Winter -- Buys New Mercedes ... PAYS IN FULL

    (Photo) Unlike most 16-year-olds -- who scrape together money from their part time job to go halfsies with their parents on a used Ford Taurus -- "Modern Family" star Ariel Winter just picked up a brand new Mercedes ... and paid for it in full.

    Winter hit up her local Mercedes dealer recently and scored a fully loaded C350, blacked out with the AMG package. We're told Ariel and her sister went in with the idea of getting something nice, but also responsible and safe.

    Our sources tells us Winter's dad -- who only recently began siding with Ariel and her sister in their battle against Ariel's mom -- was there to help her sign the papers. Once the deal was closed, Ariel wired the full payment ... just north of $50,000. APR financing is for suckers!

    And get this ... the guy in the photo, who sold Ariel the car, is former soap star/current car salesman Matt Borlenghi. The funny part is ... Ariel's mom sued him for defamation in 2012.

    Probably not a coincidence.

    Days of our Lives Cast in Canada

    Meet members of the cast along with the Executive Producer of the daytime soap opera Days of our Lives as they join us for a book signing of Days of our Lives Better Living, a book featuring healthy living secrets on diets, health, sleep and fashion from cast members. Catch Days of our Lives Weekdays on Global.

    Toronto
    Tuesday, March 18th at 7:00 PM
    Chapters Queensway
    Cast Members & Author:
    Deidre Hall (Dr. Marlena Evans), Galen Gering (Rafe Hernandez), Kate Mansi (Abigail Deveraux), Bryan Dattilo (Lucas Horton), Lauren Koslow (Kate Roberts), Drake Hogestyn (John Black) and Greg Meng (author and Co-Executive Producer of the show)

    Vancouver
    Thursday, March 20th from 7-9 PM
    Chapters Metrotown
    Cast & Author:
    Deidre Hall (Dr. Marlena Evans), Galen Gering (Rafe Hernandez) and Kate Mansi (Abigail Deveraux) and Greg Meng (author and Co-Executive Producer of the show)

    Edmonton
    Thursday, March 20th from 7-9 PM
    Chapters West Edmonton Mall, HMV Stage
    Cast Members:
    Bryan Dattilo (Lucas Horton), Lauren Koslow (Kate Roberts) and Drake Hogestyn (John Black)

    Event Guidelines:
    • Space will be available on a first-come, first-served basis while quantities last.
    • Individuals must have a copy of Days of our Lives Better Living to be in line.
    • Will sign 1 copy of Days of our Lives Better Living per person (no other books). No personalization, autograph only.
    • NO memorabilia or additional items will be permitted for the signing including posters, clothing, other books, DVDs, CDs or any other item. Signing books only.
    • Candid photos only – there will be no posed photography.
    • Proof of purchase required from any Indigo, Chapters, or Coles.

    WALLY KURTH RETURNS TO GH

    Looks like GH fans are about to be treated by another appearance from Ned Ashton! Wally Kurth, who more regularly appears on DAYS as Justin, tweeted, "well, I had nice day in Port Charles yesterday. Yes, Ned will be arriving in town soon. Stay tuned. Thanks for waiting!"

    Watch Soap Life

    Soap Life, the documentary chronicling the rise and fall of the American soap opera is being released worldwide today on a host of platforms like iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and Vudu. The feature features interviews from fans, directors, producers and actors like Rick Hearst (Ric, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Whip, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL), Bobbie Eakes (Krystal, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Macy, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) and more! (See the full cast list here.)

    For a preview, you can watch the trailer here.

    Full Documentry: iTunes, Amazon Instant Video.

    EILEEN DAVIDSON RETURNS TO Y&R

    Even though she's back to work on DAYS as Kristen, Eileen Davidson is squeezing Y&R into her hectic schedule to make an appearance as Ashley. The actress and Beth Maitland (Traci) will both be back in the studio on March 20 to tape scenes that will air on April 18, when the sisters come to Genoa City for a family event. Ashley will also air on April 21."I'm looking forward to being a bad girl and then a good girl and then a bad girl again," Davidson exclusively tells Digest.

    41st ANNUAL DAYTIME EMMY PRENOMS REVEALED

    The 41st Annual Daytime Emmy nominations will officially be revealed on May 1, but NATAS and ATAS has released the talent who have received prenominations in the acting categories:

    Sharon Case (Sharon, Y&R), Jessica Collins (Avery, Y&R), Eileen Davidson (Kristen, DAYS), Finola Hughes (Anna, GH), Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke, B&B), Kelly Monaco (Sam, GH), Alison Sweeney (Sami, DAYS), Heather Tom (Katie, B&B), Jess Walton (Jill, Y&R), Maura West (Ava, GH), Laura Wright (Carly GH) and Arianne Zucker (Nicole, DAYS) landed prenoms in the Lead Actress division.

    Up for Lead Actor are Maurice Benard (Sonny, GH), Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), Doug Davidson (Paul, Y&R), Roger Howarth (Franco, GH), Christian LeBlanc (Michael, Y&R), John McCook (Eric, B&B), Jason Thompson (Patrick, GH), Billy Miller (Billy, Y&R), James Scott (EJ, DAYS) and Shawn Christian (Daniel, DAYS).

    The Supporting Actress prenoms went to Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren, Y&R), Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea, Y&R), Jane Elliot (Tracy, GH), Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis, GH), Amelia Heinle (Victoria, Y&R), Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe, Y&R), Lisa LoCicero (Olivia, GH), Kimberly McCullough (Robin, GH), Kelly Sullivan (Connie, GH) and Cynthia Watros (Kelly, Y&R).

    Robert Adamson (Noah, Y&R), Bradford Anderson (Spinelli, GH), Blake Berris (Nick, DAYS), Sean Blakemore (Shawn, GH), Darin Brooks (Wyatt, B&B), Steve Burton (Dylan, Y&R), Scott Clifton (Liam, B&B), William deVry (Julian, GH), Wally Kurth (Justin, DAYS), Eric Martsolf (Brady, DAYS), Greg Rikaart (Kevin, Y&R), Greg Vaughan (Eric, DAYS) and Dominic Zamprogna (Dante, GH) made the Supporting Actor cut.

    In the Younger Actress category, prenoms went to Kirsten Alderson (Kiki, GH), Camila Banus (Gabi, DAYS), Linsey Godfrey (Caroline, B&B), Christel Khalil (Lily, Y&R), Hunter King (Summer, Y&R), Kate Mansi (Abigail, DAYS), Kim Matula (Hope, B&B), Kelley Missal (Dani, OLTL), Ashlyn Pearce (Aly, B&B) and Denyse Tontz (Miranda, AMC).

    Younger Actor prenoms went to Corbin Bleu (Jeffrey, OLTL), Bryan Craig (Morgan, GH), Chad Duell (Michael, GH), Max Ehrich (Fenmore, Y&R), Adam Gregory (Thomas, B&B), Chandler Massey (Will, DAYS), Casey Moss (JJ, DAYS), Eric Nelsen (AJ, AMC), Daniel Polo (Jamie, Y&R) and Freddie Smith (Sonny, DAYS).

    EILEEN DAVIDSON BACK TO DAYS SET

    After eight months away from Salem, Eileen Davidson (Kristen) reports back to the DAYS set today. The actress was last seen on the soap in November, but actually taped her final scenes last summer. "I'm speculating just like every other fan on what the basis of her return is," shares Eric Martsolf (Brady). "I'll see her in the make up room on Monday morning. But the show is keeping a tight lid on her story." The actress recently tweeted, "I'm grateful! It's so much fun getting my 'Kristen' on!" Look for her to first air in July.

    'Hogan's Heroes' star Clary marks 88th birthday

    Robert Clary of "Hogan's Heroes" fame said he will be celebrating his 88th birthday this weekend simply, at a dinner out with friends, and with gratitude for his long life.

    "Every day I wake up is a birthday," said Clary, who as a Jewish French teenager survived the Nazi Holocaust that claimed 12 family members, including his parents.

    He's resisted bitterness, he said: "You learn from the bad things and you learn from the good things."

    Clary has been off the screen for more than a decade, staying busy with his family, his hobby of painting and regular gym workouts.

    "The only thing I really miss tremendously, I lost my wife. But that is part of life, unfortunately," Clary said. He was married to Natalie Cantor, the daughter of singer-actor Eddie Cantor, for more than 30 years.

    TV viewers still recognize Clary as Cpl. Louis LeBeau from the 1965-71 sitcom improbably set in a World War II prisoner-of-war camp. He also sang in clubs, recorded pop songs and standards and performed in musical theater.

    A voting member of the motion picture academy, Clary said his top picks for Sunday's Oscars are Meryl Streep ("August: Osage County") and Leonardo DiCaprio ("The Wolf of Wall Street").

    "I don't care how many Oscars she (Streep) has won. If she's brilliant, she's brilliant. She deserves to win one more," said Clary, sounding very much like the feisty POW LeBeau.

    After "Hogan's Heroes," his TV work included the soap operas "The Young and the Restless," ''Days of Our Lives" and "The Bold and the Beautiful."

    Clary remained publicly silent about his wartime experience until the early 1980s when, he said, he was provoked to speak by those who denied or diminished the orchestrated effort by German leader Adolph Hitler's government to exterminate Jews.

    Since then, he's appeared in a documentary and written an autobiography, "From the Holocaust to Hogan's Heroes," to document his experience.

    JOHN ANISTON – NOT LEAVING DAYS

    Online rumors are swirling that John Aniston is retiring and leaving the role of DAYS's Victor Kiriakis. Not so, reports the actor, who first joined the NBC soap in 1985. "Well, I am lost in the building, so I might as well stay," he quips to Digest.

    DAYS STAR WELCOMES A SON

    Congratulations are in order for DAYS's Brendan Coughlin (T) and his girlfriend, Teri Andrez (Robyn, DAYS), who welcomed their first son, Sawyer Creek Coughlin, on February 24. Coughlin broke the news to Digest in the 1/20/14 issue that they were expecting. "I was worried that I might not be ready for fatherhood," he confided, "but people have told me, 'You're never really ready.' When I embraced the idea, it became very exciting. I'll be in charge of a new life. It's not just about me anymore." See a shot of the adorable newborn here: https://twitter.com/Bren_Coughlin.

    DAYS CASTING NEW ROLE

    DAYS is looking for a gorgeous 24 to 35-year-old African American male to play the contract role of Micah, who is described in the casting call as "charismatic confident and charming without even trying. Ladies want to date him and men want to be him. He gives off a very well rounded confident vibe but there is pain in his past that keeps him guarded."

    Lindsay Price Cast In 'Lifesaver'

    Lindsay Price (ex-An Li, All My Children/ex-Michael, Bold & The Beautiful/ex-Mary, Days Of Our Lives) is set to co-star opposite Christian Borle and Jonathan Ryland in NBC’s multi-camera comedy pilot Lifesaver, from writer Wil Calhoun, Uni TV and TBD Entertainment. The odd couple comedy centers on the uptight, controlling and a bit neurotic Dr. Graham Permenter (Borle) and loose cannon Leon (Ryland), who become inextricably linked after Leon saves Graham’s life by giving him a kidney. Price plays Jennifer, Graham’s girlfriend and a doctor at the hospital with him and doesn’t mind Leon in the way that Graham does.

    Emmy-award winning TCU prof looks forward to world premiere

    (dallasnews.com) Back in his days as an Emmy Award-winning soap opera writer, Richard J. Allen brainstormed inventive plot turns that led to climactic cliffhanging endings in As the World Turns, Days of Our Lives, General Hospital and One Life to Live.

    He let that go for Starbright & Vine, his comedy about an aging writer who teams up with a disillusioned actress to write a sketch for an awards show on national television. It makes its world premiere at Stage West, with previews starting Thursday. It opens Saturday.

    “For years and years I was very story-oriented,” Allen, 54, says from his office at Texas Christian University, where he’s a professor of film, television and digital media. “What surprised me most was that I could focus on the characters being together instead of having a contrived crisis, conflict and ending. It was a pleasure. The play wrote itself.”

    Another thing that surprised him was how his meditations on aging and mortality would find poignant parallels in real life. He modeled the part of the older comic on Sid Caesar. Caesar died Feb. 12 at 91.

    He envisioned Jerry Russell, founder of Stage West, and father of Texas state senator and governor hopeful Wendy Davis, in the role. Russell read the part in a staged reading Allen directed in March 2013, but he passed away in September at 77.

    “I knew it worked because of his performance,” Allen says. “He had so much to offer.”

    Allen is appreciative that the show will go on, with stage and screen veteran Cliff Stephens in the role of the older writer and Lee Jamison as the actress, whose part was inspired by Star Wars’ star Carrie Fisher.

    Allen wrote the play during his sabbatical in 2012. His experience with letting the characters drive the plot led him to create a new class in character development to share what he learned with his students.

    He’s looking forward to discussing the play with his students, no matter what they think, he says.

    “If it’s flawed, they can feel much better about their writing. It’s good for them to know their teacher is human and needs to work as they do.”

    Humility is part of the writing process, he says. Even though he won daytime Emmys for As the World Turns in 2001 and 2002, he has many memories he finds funny only in retrospect.

    Once he cast his 1-year-old, Jeremy, as a baby coming home to a surprise birthday party. Unfortunately Jeremy wouldn’t stop screaming, and the actors grew increasingly restless and annoyed. Allen ran from the writers’ room to the set to calm his son down. Nothing helped. One actor who didn’t know he’d written the scene said, ‘What idiot would write a surprise party for a baby?’ he recalls.

    “I said, ‘I have no idea.’ We ended up having to use a puppet in the scene. That was the end of Jeremy’s acting career.”

    Plan your life

    Thursday through March 23 at Stage West, 821 W. Vickery Blvd., Fort Worth. $26 to $32, discounts available. 817-784-9378 www.stagewest.org.

    Days of our Lives returns to Australian TV

    (smh.com.au) For fans of the long-running American daytime soap opera Days of our Lives, the cliffhanger that began when the Nine Network axed the series last year after 45 years of continuous broadcast in Australia has finally been resolved.

    A deal between pay TV platform Foxtel and US studio Sony means the sands of the show’s iconic hourglass will flow on Australia’s fair shores once more.

    Foxtel will re-launch Days of our Lives on its Arena channel in April, screening episodes the same day as their US broadcast. This fits Foxtel’s broader ‘‘express from the US’’ strategy of offering first-run international content with no delays.

    Prior to its launch, Foxtel will screen 10 catch-up episodes, introduced by cast members, to provide a bridge for fans between events in Salem when last seen in Australia, and the current episodes.

    Foxtel’s general manager of entertainment channels, Brendan Moo, described the show as a ‘‘truly iconic television series".

    ‘‘[Days of our Lives] has amassed many generations of fans and we are delighted to be able to bring the series back to Australian television.

    ‘‘We’ve also made the decision to express episodes ... which means Foxtel customers will be able to watch the show just hours after it airs in the US and take part in the global fan conversation online and via social networks to enhance their viewing experience.’’

    Days of our Lives first aired in Australia in 1968, three years after its debut in the US. It aired continuously on Nine until the decision last year to axe it, part of broader cost-cutting at Nine.

    Originally just a half-hour, it starred dashing Dr Tom Horton (Macdonald Carey), his son Mickey (John Clarke), troubled daughter Marie (Maree Cheatham) and Tom’s wife, the omnipresent, always understanding Alice Horton (Frances Reid).

    In the 1970s it rose from a simmer to a boil, delivering now iconic storylines connected to the show’s resident super-villain, the much-murdered, seemingly indestructible Stefano DiMera (Joseph Mascolo).

    It also introduced a handful of iconic characters including Bo and Hope (Peter Reckell and Kristian Alfonso), Roman Brady (Wayne Northrop, later Josh Taylor) and the saintly Dr Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall), who still appear in the series.

    Arena will launch the series on Tuesday, April 15, pairing it with another US soap, The Young and The Restless. Foxtel acquired that series in 2007 after it was axed from free-to-air TV in a similar fashion.

    Foxtel will also screen a weekly ‘‘omnibus’’ of episodes on Sunday mornings, and make the series available to Foxtel subscribers online via its On Demand service, on set-top boxes or the Foxtel Go iPad app.

    Stars Team Up For Good Cause

    It's been a full decade since Kelly Kruger played Mac's teen angst on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS. Now, there will be real grown-up drama ahead when she appears in the Monday, February 24, episode of ABC's CASTLE titled "Room 147." In it, a mystery unfolds when more than one person confesses to the murder of a struggling young actor. "I'm playing the girlfriend of the victim," Kruger reveals. "I'm interviewed by both Castle and Beckett, and it was very emotional."

    Kruger says that the show's stars — who happen to be fellow Canadians — were key to making the long shooting day easier. "They were the most humble and most welcoming people I think I've ever worked with," she enthuses. "I was also really sick that day, which would have been challenging somewhere else, but they looked after me and made sure that I was okay. They were really sweet."

    The actress — together with boyfriend Darin Brooks (Wyatt, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) — is also partnered with an organization called Aid Still Required (www.aidstillrequired.org) on another exciting project. "When a natural disaster hits, it's a big deal and people are quick to donate and help," she explains. "But years later, when the disaster has left the headlines, people are still living in the worst conditions and not getting much help."

    In an effort to assist those still affected by the tragic 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Kruger and Brooks are trying to raise $15,000 to purchase a seed oil press. With it, the Haitian farms could produce a bio-diesel fuel from their newly-planted jatropha trees and thereby contribute to a self-sustaining economy.

    "We wondered: If we don't do something, who will?" she says. As an incentive to donate, Kruger and Brooks are offering everything from wristbands and tote bags to B&B set visits and even autographed scripts. "Visit www.healhaitinow.org to donate and learn more," she says of the campaign that's running through Sunday, March 16. "If everyone would donate just $10, we would reach our goal."

    Soap Star Dance-Off!

    Can't wait till the next season of DANCING WITH THE STARS? Then check out this episode of SOAPBOX where hosts Lilly Melgar (ex-Lily, GENERAL HOSPITAL) and Martha Madison (ex-Belle, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) share the results of a dance-off they had to see which actress is the better hoofer!

    "Lilly and I started to talk about dancing on our show, and, after I said, 'Oh, I've danced all my life...' Lilly challenged me," explains Madison. "But the second part of my sentence was going to be 'but I haven't danced in over a decade!' Before I could say that the challenge came up!"

    "I've never danced before," says Melgar. "The closest thing I've ever gotten to this is cheerleading. I've dreamt of [dancing] my whole life, but have never had the opportunity or made the time — until now."

    The two actresses shared a video of their dance-off on a recent episode of SOAPBOX, which featured guests Matthew Ashford (ex-Jack, DAYS; ex-Tom, GH) and Soaps In Depth's own Michael Maloney. To check out the episode — and see who won the dance competition — click here!

    Charlotte Ross on ABC's NASHVILLE: "GUILTY STREET" (3/5)

    “Guilty Street” – After performing her manifesto song at her Opry induction, major pop labels are vying to sign Juliette, overwhelming Avery, who can barely afford to take her to dinner. Rayna has major money troubles of her own, since Tandy’s been bouncing checks around town for Highway 65, affecting Rayna’s ability to sign new artists. Deacon finds that life on the road is filled with temptation when he runs into an old friend, Ruth Bennett (Charlotte Ross) at an AA meeting, and Scarlett becomes more enmeshed with Liam, on “Nashville,” WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

    “Nashville” stars Connie Britton as Rayna Jaymes, Hayden Panettiere as Juliette Barnes, Eric Close as Teddy Conrad, Charles Esten as Deacon Claybourne, Clare Bowen as Scarlett O’Connor, Jonathan Jackson as Avery Barkley, Sam Palladio as Gunnar Scott, Chris Carmack as Will Lexington, Maisy Stella as Daphne Conrad and Lennon Stella as Maddie Conrad.

    Guest starring Charlotte Ross as Ruth Bennett, Judith Hoag as Tandy Hampton, Oliver Hudson as Jeff Fordham, Aubrey Peeples as Layla, David Alford as Bucky Dawes, Will Chase as Luke Wheeler, Michiel Huisman as Liam McGuinnis, Ed Amatrudo as Glenn Goodman, Chaley Rose as Zoey, Aubrey Peeples as Layla and Christina Chang as Megan.

    “Guilty Street” was written by Sibyl Gardner and directed by David Grossman.

    DAYS STAR TAKES THE STAGE

    DAYS's Eric Martsolf (Brady) performs in Rockin' the Gatsby at The Hardrock Hotel in Palm Springs, beginning tonight. Martsolf performs with nine other cast members and a live band. The show includes a price fixed, three-course dinner. Martsolf's future dates include February 21, 22, 28 and March 1. For further information, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/theedgepalmsprings.

    DAYS STARS REACT TO RALPH WAITE'S DEATH

    DAYS stars took to social media to express their thoughts about the passing of Ralph Waite (ex-Father Matt) at age 86. Frequent scene partner Greg Vaughan (Eric) tweeted, "To my good friend Mr. Waite! You will be terrible missed & I feel honored to have share the screen opposite of you this past year & our good talks followed by your great sense of humor! #RIP" On Facebook, Eileen Davidson (Kristen) posted: "So very sad to hear about the passing of Ralph Waite. I had the great pleasure of working with him. He was always charming, prepared and ready to work. I was always thrilled to share scenes with him." Eric Martsolf (Brady) tweeted, "Ralph Waite. Rest in peace and thank you sir." Kristian Alfonso (Hope) also tweeted: "Ralph Waite RIP ,you'll will be very much missed. It was an honor and always a pleasure to work with you."

    DAYS CASTS NEW ROLE

    (Photo) True O'Brien has been cast as a young woman named Paige. She first appears on Monday, March 3. O'Brien has appeared as Diamond Bloodworth on The Disney Channel's JESSIE in 2012.

    Days of Our Lives: Will and Sonny Finally Say 'Yes'

    (advocate.com) Passion, romance, and drama, seasoned with a dash of danger, are the key ingredients of any successful soap opera. For nearly 50 years Days of Our Lives has been serving that beloved recipe with a signature spicy twist. Shortly after making its debut in 1965, the series gained a reputation and loyal fan base for daring to tackle topics other soap operas avoided, such as interracial relationships and artificial insemination. It’s a tradition that continues today with one of the show’s current storylines featuring the same-sex romance between Will Horton and Sonny Kiriakis, and on Friday, the show’s gay power couple will sail the series into uncharted territory once again with a Valentine’s Day marriage proposal — and the answer fans have been waiting to hear.

    Will and Sonny are played by Guy Wilson and Freddie Smith, and the couple’s official engagement is the first of its kind for Days. The next step in the romance of Will and Sonny — affectionately referred to as WilSon by fans — is a development the two actors say they are excited to bring to the small screen. “I’ve been waiting for this since the day I signed on,” says Smith, whose character Sonny immediately became a fan favorite after making his first appearance on the popular soap opera in 2011. “Of course, Will said no when Sonny popped the question last month because it’s a soap and it has to be dramatic. But when I found out they were finally getting engaged, I was thrilled. Will and Sonny have been a power couple for two years now, and in the town of Salem, people don’t usually stay together that long, so they’re doing something right. It’s definitely time.”

    Wilson, who stepped into the role of Will Horton in January after actor Chandler Massey departed the series, describes the opportunity to participate in the story at a crucial point in its development as “a dream come true.”

    “I truly feel blessed to be able to come onto this show and immediately have the opportunity to take part in something that is so important, not just in the context of the show, but on a wider scale,” he says, “I’m thankful we’re creating something that resonates with people and makes a positive impact.”

    While some may overlook the show’s attempt to further LGBT visibility on TV, Smith has seen the difference Will and Sonny’s story has made in the lives of many viewers. “I’ve gotten so many letters over the years from people in their teens to their 60s who were struggling with their sexuality and said seeing gay characters on our show helped them be more comfortable with who they are,” he says. “In fact, one of those letters that touched me the most was from a young man who told me he was able to come out to his grandmother by saying, ‘Grandma, I want you to know that I’m just like Sonny.’ That really tugged at my heart because without this storyline he may have continued to keep his feelings to himself, but he was able to be comfortable enough to be honest instead. That’s why I’m so happy Days is showing this, because it’s part of life and people need to see themselves reflected on TV.”

    While both actors say the response to their characters’ inclusion on Days has mostly been positive, they also admit they’ve each had a taste of the homophobic hatred LGBT people experience since stepping into the roles. “No one has approached me on the street or anything, but I’ve gotten hateful antigay messages though social media and it makes me sad,” says Wilson. “Not because someone is being mean to me, but because there are some people out there who still have such vitriol for this kind of story. That’s part of why I try on a daily basis to be an example through my acting that love is love. I’ve been a longtime supporter of the LGBT community and when I hear things like that it only makes me appreciate the work that’s being done in the battle for equality that much more.”

    “Like Macklemore says, behind the keys of the message board people are doing it,” adds Smith. “But I could never compare what I’ve experienced as a straight actor playing a gay part to what the LGBT community deals with. From the small sliver I’ve seen, my hat goes off to the LGBT community for showing such strength and courage all these years.”

    Though Days is not the first soap opera to showcase same-sex romance, the show has broken new ground by depicting intimate moments between Will and Sonny in the same way as their straight counterparts. “It blows my mind that there’s still resistance to seeing gay characters be affectionate with each other on television,” says Smith. “I don’t get it. I’m happy that we’re able to show intimacy. That was one of the things we set out to do when we began this story, to show passion and intimacy and make it as authentic as possible — and I think we are. We’re rolling around in the sheets a lot lately. For me, being able to show the full spectrum of Will and Sonny’s relationship has been so rewarding.”

    “Jumping into the story where I did really hit home that we aren’t just playing a couple of gay characters on a TV show, we’re blazing a trail,” Wilson adds. “We’re showcasing positive role models in a happy, healthy relationship.”

    With Salem’s same-sex power couple making the ultimate “be mine” declaration on Valentine’s Day, wedding bells may be ringing in the near future for Will and Sonny. But while the two actors wouldn’t reveal any hints about a potential walk down the aisle, they were both in agreement about which character would be the bridezilla in the relationship. “It would definitely be Will,” says Wilson. “He’s very passionate about everything he does. So when it comes to planning a wedding I feel like he’d be a little more likely to make a fuss.”

    Nevertheless, Wilson hopes the engagement is only the beginning of big changes for the two characters and says he can imagine the two men becoming even bigger players in the soap opera’s dramatic storyline. “I know this may be just pure fantasy, but I think it would be fun if Will and Sonny really rose to a powerful position in Salem and started taking things over like The Godfather.”

    “See, from a wedding to the Mafia,” Smith jokes. “That’s the bridezilla stepping up right there.”

    Days of Our Lives airs weekdays on NBC. Watch an exclusive clip from the Valentine's Day episode in the video here.

    'The Waltons' Actor Ralph Waite Dead at 85

    (hollywoodreporter.com) Ralph Waite, who was beloved to TV viewers as the ultimate father figure, John Walton, on The Waltons, has died. He passed away at midday on Thursday at his home in South Palm Desert, Steve Gordon, the accountant for the Waite family, told The Hollywood Reporter.

    He was nominated for an Emmy in 1978 for his portrayal of the middle-American paterfamilias. He starred on The Waltons for nine years and directed 15 episodes. Waite also performed in the vaunted mini-series Roots, for which he received a 1977 Emmy nomination.

    Prior to his role on The Waltons, Waite had been in only one other TV show, a Nichols episode.

    Waite also performed in the vaunted mini-series Roots, for which he received a 1977 Emmy nomination.

    More recently, he had a recurring role as Reverend Norman Balthus on HBO's Carnivale, a part befitting a man who once served as an ordained minister on Long Island. He also appeared as Jackson Gibbs in NCIS over the course of several seasons. Waite also played Father Matt in nearly 100 episodes of Days Of Our Lives.

    Waite was the founder and director of the Los Angeles Actors Theatre, which he established in 1975. To get the company off the ground, Waite allocated $50,000 of his own money to produce and direct revivals of The Hairy Ape and The Kitchen, in which he also performed.

    LAAT won many critical awards, including the Margaret Harford Award given by the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle for “its consistently high standards, its commitment to adventurous theater and to community involvement.”

    Multi-faceted, Waite was also an ordained minister, a former social worker and a recovering alcoholic. He channeled that background into a film on the lives of people on L.A.'s skid row, On the Nickel, which he produced/directed/wrote/starred.

    Under his own production banner, Ralph Waite Prods, he starred as a criminal lawyer in the 1983 TV series The Mississippi.

    TV movies credits include the titular role in The Secret Life of John Chapman, OHMS, Angel City and The Gentleman Bandit.

    Politically active, he twice ran unsuccessfully for a Congressional seat, including a run for the seat left vacant by the late Sonny Bono in 1998.

    Ralph Waite was born June 22, 1928 in White Plains, New York and graduated from Bucknell University. He later studied for three years at Yale and earned a Bachelor of Divinity degree. At that juncture, he went on to have stints as a social worker for the Westchester County Department of Welfare, as well as publicity director and associate editor at Harper & Row. He was a minister at the United Church of Christ in Garden City, Long Island.

    “He was a top notch minister and a dynamic actor in the pulpit even then,” former parishioner and actor Bill Hayes told TV Guide in 1975. “But I don't think Ralph ever enjoyed being asked to conform to the mold or the stereotype expected of most clergymen. He was disturbed by people telling him to straighten his tie or shine his shoes or fix the hole in his sock. He was a very individualistic guy who wanted to be himself.”

    It was during his ministerial tenure that Waite traveled to his own Damascus, a night he spent with his parishioner Bill Hayes at his acting class. At age 32, Waite left the ministry to pursue acting.

    His conversion from the church to the stage was immediately successful. In 1960, Waite got his first stage role in a Broadway production of Blues for Mister Charlie. In his first eight years of acting, he landed appearances in eight Broadway plays, including Hogan's Goat, Watering Place and The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald. He also performed Blues for Mister Charlie in London.

    As his stage career gathered steam, Waite also garnered small roles in top films: Cool Hand Luke and Five Easy Pieces. In 1969, he played in a coming-of-age saga, Last Summer, which starred an up-and-coming Richard Thomas.

    His other films include Lawman, The Grissom Gang, Dime Box and Sporting Club.

    He had two daughters: Kathleen and Suzanne.

    Since 1984, he was married to his third wife, Linda East.

    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.

    SOAP STARS ON THE RADIO

    GH's Michael Easton (Silas), Y&R's David Tom (Billy) and DAYS's Guy Wilson (Will) are on tap for the season premiere of the new monthly Internet radio series, Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman. This 90 minute Blog Talk Radio special event begins tonight, February 13, live at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. Dial 323-325-LIVE to participate, and to log on and hear the broadcast live click here. It will also stream at www.michaelfairmansoaps.com.

    'DAYS OF OUR LIVES' DELIVERS ITS BIGGEST WOMEN 18-49 AUDIENCE IN NEARLY THREE YEARS

    “Days of our Lives” has generated its biggest week in women 18-49 viewers since early 2011, according to “live plus same day” viewing figures for the week of Dec. 2-6 from Nielsen Media Research.

    For the week of Feb. 3-7, "Days of our Lives" (1.1 rating, 7 share among women 18-49, 0.6 rating among women 18-34) tied for #4 among network daytime series in the women 18-49 demographic and tied for #5 in the women 18-34 race.

    “Days” averaged 712,000 women 18-49 during the week, its biggest audience in that key demo since the week of Feb. 21-25, 2011 (739,000). The 1.1 rating also matches “Days’” highest in the key demo in three years, since a 1.3 for the week of Jan. 31-Feb. 4, 2011. The 0.6 in the women 18-34 category equals “Days’” highest in that measure in nine weeks (since a 0.7 for the week of Dec. 2-6, 2013). Last week’s 2.887 million viewers overall is a five-week high for “Days” (best since 3.021 million for the week of Dec. 30, 2013-Jan. 3, 2014).

    For the week versus the same week last year, "Days of our Lives" was up 5% in the women 18-34 category (200,000 vs. 191,000), up 27% in the women 18-49 demographic (712,000 vs. 560,000), up 26% in the women 25-54 race (824,000 vs. 655,000) and up 12% in total viewers (2.9 million vs. 2.6 million).

    Season to date, "Days of our Lives" is tied for #5 in the women 18-49 category and tied for #5 in the women 18-34 demo. Season to date, "Days of our Lives" is up 4% in the women 18-34 category (212,000 vs. 204,000), up 12% in the women 18-49 race (715,000 vs. 637,000), up 13% in the women 25-54 demo (873,000 vs. 776,000) and up 10% in total viewers (2.9 million vs. 2.7 million).

    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.”

    Mistresses Scoop: Krista Allen to Crack the Whip

    (tvline.com) One of TV’s go-to pot-stirrers will be cooking up some drama on ABC’s Mistresses.

    Or, more accurately, she’ll be asking Harry to get things… cooking.

    TVLine has confirmed that Krista Allen will guest-star during Season 2 of the summertime sudser as Janine Winterbaum, a “real housewife” of Beverly Hills who enlists Harry and Joss to cater an elaborate soiree.

    And though Janine is quick to peel of the Benjamins (and lots of ‘em), the demands she makes of Harry may test his limits.

    An alum of such series as Days of Our Lives, Baywatch and What About Brian, Allen’s more recent TV credits include episodes of Melissa & Joey, Rules of Engagement and an arc on The L.A. Complex. The actress first shared her casting Wednesday via Twitter.

    Adapted from a BBC One series, Mistresses stars Yunjin Kim, Rochelle Aytes, Jes Macallan and Milano as a quartet of pals grappling with infidelity, stalkers, reappearing presumed-dead spouses and other juicy soap-opera tropes. Season 2 will premiere this summer.

    Y&R Star's Spouse Joins DAYS!

    (Photo) Melissa Ordway's (Abby, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) husband, Justin Gaston, has been cast on DAYS OF OUR LIVES in the newly-created contract role of Ben. A singer and model, Gaston appeared as a contestant on the sixth season of the reality series NASHVILLE STAR, so it's appropriate that his DAYS alter ego is described as a musician from the South. Ben is also rumored to be Jordan's brother.

    Gaston reportedly began taping later last year, and should first air on DAYS later in February.

    Dance With The Soap Stars Tonight!

    LA Ballroom Studio, founded by PORT CHARLES' Rib Hillis (Jake) and wife Elena Grinenko (from DANCING WITH THE STARS), is holding a special "Be My Valentine" Social Party on Thursday, February 6. There will be plenty of dancing and fun as well as their first Celebrity Dance Challenge, featuring a "Battle Of The Soaps" where Martha Madison (ex-Belle, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) will be facing off against Lilly Melgar (ex-Lily, GENERAL HOSPITAL). And one of the celebrity judges will be THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Christian Jules LeBlanc (Michael)!

    The "Be My Valentine" Social Party will be held at LA Ballroom Studio in Sherman Oaks, CA, from 8:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. For more information about LA Ballroom Studio and the event, you can visit their Web site!

    WGA Award Winner

    The 66th annual WGA Awards were handed out tonight (Feb 1) in “simultaneous” ceremonies on both coasts — the WGA West is at the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE and the WGA East at the Edison Ballroom.

    DAYTIME DRAMA: Days of Our Lives, Written by Lorraine Broderick, David Cherrill, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon, Christopher Dunn, Janet Iacobuzio, David A. Levinson, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Melissa Salmons, Christopher J. Whitesell; NBC

    How the Daytime Soap Came Back From the Dead

    How the Daytime Soap Came Back From the Dead. Read the article here.

    DAYS CASTING NEW ROLE

    DAYS is seeking an actor to play someone who sounds like a cross between EJ and Chad. "Fletcher" is described as a 25 to 32 year old "GORGEOUS CAUCASIAN MALE. Must be at least 6'. Confident, Charismatic, powerful, dynamic. His dry wit and breathtaking looks make him irresistible to the ladies. He is a master in the boardroom and bedroom. Men want to be him. Underneath it all though, is a good man with a heart of gold." The role is contract.

    GLAAD Media Awards Nominees

    Orange Is the New Black, Grey's Anatomy, Orphan Black, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Modern Family are among the TV shows that scored nominations for the 25th annual GLAAD Media Awards, which honor outlets that depict "outstanding images of the LGBT community." ABC leads broadcast networks with three nominations.

    On the movie side, Blue Is the Warmest Color, Dallas Buyers Club, Kill Your Darlings, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and Philomena were all nominated for Outstanding Film (Wide-Release).

    Grey's Anatomy and Orphan Black are nominated for Outstanding Drama Series, along with The Fosters, Pretty Little Liars and Shameless. Nominees for Outstanding Comedy Series are Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Glee, Modern Family, Orange Is the New Black, and Pivot's Please Like Me.

    Days of Our Lives is the only nominee in the Outstanding Daily Drama category.

    Supernatural, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Elementary and Necessary Roughness also received nominations for individual episodes.

    The awards will be handed out in two ceremonies — the first in Los Angeles on April 12 and the second in New York City on May 3. Check out the full list of nominees here.

    'DAYS OF OUR LIVES' MATCHES ITS TOP WEEKLONG WOMEN 18-49 RATING IN NEARLY THREE YEARS

    UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – Jan. 30, 2014 – “Days of our Lives” has equaled its highest weeklong women 18-49 rating in nearly three years, according to “live plus same day” viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research.

    For the week of Jan. 20-24, "Days of our Lives" (1.1 rating, 6 share among women 18-49, 0.7 rating among women 18-34) tied for #4 among network daytime series in the women 18-49 demographic and tied for #8 in the women 18-34 race. The 1.1 rating for the week in the women 18-49 category ties “Days’” highest in that key demo since a 1.3 for the week of Jan. 31-Feb. 4, 2011.

    For the week versus the same week last year, "Days of our Lives" was up 2% in the women 18-34 category (187,000 vs. 184,000), up 15% in the women 18-49 demographic (681,000 vs. 591,000), up 20% in the women 25-54 race (854,000 vs. 709,000) and up 5% in total viewers (2.9 million vs. 2.7 million).

    Season to date, "Days of our Lives" is tied for #4 in the women 18-49 category and tied for #5 in the women 18-34 demo. Season to date, "Days of our Lives" is up 5% in the women 18-34 category (214,000 vs. 203,000), up 12% in the women 18-49 race (710,000 vs. 634,000), up 12% in the women 25-54 demo (867,000 vs. 776,000) and up 9% in total viewers (2.9 million vs. 2.7 million).

    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.”

    Eileen Davidson Returns to Days of Our Lives

    (tvguide.com) Yes, there is a soap god! Über-fan fave Eileen Davidson is returning to NBC's Days of Our Lives for a "powerful Kristen DiMera story arc" a show rep tells TV Guide Magazine. The actress, who also plays Ashley Abbott on CBS's The Young and the Restless, quit Days last July, telling us in an exclusive interview that she needed more personal time.

    Now it's back to work! Davidson will begin shooting at Days in March and will hit the air this summer. Says co-executive producer Greg Meng: "The writers have some great things cooking for Kristen and we can't wait for the fans to see what this will mean for Salem. Must-watch TV at its best!"

    When last seen, Kristen had been busted at her wedding for having sex with a priest (all of it caught on tape!) and she has since been on the lam. So even though there are no deets yet on Davidson's new storyline, one thing is absolutely certain — our girl Kristen has some 'splainin' to do!

    DePaiva Speaks Out On DAYS Move

    As previously reported, Kassie DePaiva (Blair, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) is joining DAYS OF OUR LIVES to take over the role of Eve Donovan, last played by Charlotte Ross back in 1991. And over on her blog, DePaiva has shared her feelings about the big move.

    "As sad as it is to say good-bye or put Blair on hold," she writes, "I'm equally as happy to say hello to Eve Donovan. She seems to have a very rich history in Salem with many family members to surround her. I look forward to discovering the character as well as the town.

    "I wish the gloriously beautiful and talented Charlotte Ross great success as she starts her new adventure on ABC's NASHVILLE," DePaiva adds. "I know she is greatly loved by the DAYS audience and I have very big shoes to fill. I promise to do my best to live up to everyone's expectations. So all you OLTL watchers... it's time to start watching DAYS now!"

    DePavia is scheduled to report to the set soon, and should begin airing as Eve sometime this summer. We'll be sure to report on an official airdate as soon as one is announced. Will you be tuning in?

    CHARLOTTE ROSS ON DAYS: "I HAD TO PASS"

    After the news broke that OLTL alum Kassie DePaiva has been cast as Eve Donovan on DAYS, her original portrayer Charlotte Ross — who had been in talks to return to the soap after 23 years — explained why she was not coming back. "I had to pass on reprising my FAVE role,Eve Donovan,as I'm currently filming 3 projects(NASHVILLE-abc now)& I know Kassie will be wonderful!"

    Ashley Benson talks nudity, drugs in Cosmo interview

    Last year was good for Ashley Benson (ex-Abby, Days Of Our Lives), and if scoring the cover of the March issue of Cosmopolitan is a sign, 2014 won’t be any different.

    The 24-year-old, who got her big break when “Pretty Little Liars” premiered on ABC Family in 2010, showed she had what it takes to transition to the big screen with her wicked turn in last year’s “Spring Breakers.”

    But despite her steamy three-way with James Franco and Vanessa Hudgens, the actress says she’s only willing to go so far on camera.

    “I never want to do nudity that’s gratuitous,” Benson told the magazine. “Girls look so much better in lingerie or a t-shirt and leave the rest up to the imagination. I make it clear that I have a line. Everyone tries to push you, and it’s easy to get talked into doing those things. I’ll just walk off-set. But not everyone realizes they can do that.”

    The actress also makes sure that she’s the one calling the shots off-screen as well. While so much of young Hollywood is drawn towards the hard partying lifestyle, Benson has kept her distance, especially when it comes to drugs.

    “There are drugs and alcohol in my family on both sides, so I’ve seen lives ruined, going to jail and all that,” she says. “Once you start with any drug, it can be an addiction – that’s why I never want to start and am not even tempted, because that chain is relentless. And if it runs in your family, you see how unglamorous it is. I would never want to be out of control with my body.”

    Benson touched on some lighter issues as well, liked the main difference between her and her fashion obsessed, popular girl character on “Pretty Little Liars,” Hanna Marin.

    “The thing I always make fun of is the wardrobe. Really, do you think anyone would actually wear full hair and makeup and 6-inch heels to school? I was 13 when I was last in school, and I never wore makeup. I wasn’t allowed … If I had gone to high school, I would have rolled out of bed and showed up in sweats.”

    The actress, who recently exchanged her trademark blonde tresses for a caramel locks, is prepping for an upcoming role in “Webcam.” The March issue of Cosmopolitan hits newsstands on February 4.

    Nashville Signs Charlotte Ross

    Charlotte Ross (VH1's Hit the Floor) will guest star in a March episode of Nashville, TVLine has confirmed. The NYPD Blue alum will play a sober alcoholic who formerly worked as a back up singer on Rayna’s tours. She shares a unique spark with Deacon as they are both survivors of a troubled past.

    KASSIE DEPAIVA JOINS DAYS

    OLTL fave Kassie DePaiva (ex-Blair) has been cast as DAYS's Eve Donovan and will first air this summer. The role was last played by Charlotte Ross in 1991. “We are excited to welcome Kassie to the Days family. Stay tuned to find out how the return of Eve Donovan shakes things up in Salem!” enthused Co-Executive Producer Greg Meng in a statement. In December, Ross was in talks about coming back and tweeted, "Awesome [meeting] w/ [executive producer] Greg Meng & [head writer] Christopher Whitesell at #NBC today talking about #DaysofourLives."

    ALISON SWEENEY OPENS UP TO DIGEST ABOUT EXIT

    For the full, detailed story about Alison Sweeney's (Sami) impending departure from DAYS, you won't want to miss the new issue of Soap Opera Digest, on sale today (Jan 24). "My head and my heart have been telling me different things," she tells the magazine. "Having finally made the decision, I felt at peace. It felt right." The actress reveals how long she's been thinking about leaving, when she's done filming, whether or not she'll do another soap and how her big announcement went down with Executive Producer Ken Corday. Head to the store or newsstand to get your copy now!

    RICK HEARST BACK TO GH!

    Fan favorite Rick Hearst (ex-Whip, B&B; ex-Matt, Y&R; ex-Alan-Michael, GL; ex-Scotty, Days) is back filming at GH as Ric Lansing. Sonny's brother was last seen in Port Charles in June, 2009, when his alter ego left for Los Angeles and uttered the prophetic words, "Don't worry about me. I'll be back." Look for him to first air on February 24.

    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 CAST REACTS TO RENEWAL NEWS

    Soap Opera Digest broke the news about DAYS’s renewal through September 2016 to Greg Vaughan (Eric) while he was being interviewed for an upcoming story. “That’s great news! I did not not know. It’s awesome!” responded Vaughan, who was in the middle of a very busy day that included caring for his three children while his wife is in Europe. He added, “The blessings go to the Corday family. I know that it’s something that has always been on the mind of Ken [Corday, executive producer] and his goal for his [late] mother’s wishes.” Meanwhile, Bryan R. Dattilo (Lucas) tells Digest, “I’m so thrilled, because being an actor is so challenging in the security of it. To know that the show isn’t going anywhere is a huge relief. I’m very happy for Ken and everyone at DAYS.”

    Daytime Emmys Update: It's Going to Be a Real Race!

    For a while there it looked like the Daytime Emmy soap categories would be split among just four shows — The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of Our Lives and General Hospital. But a ruling from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has allowed the Prospect Park internet reboots of All My Children and One Life to Live to compete in all the soap categories — and those web kids are serious about taking home some gold!

    "Our entry deadline was last Friday, Jan. 17, and we've had a lot of great submissions from AMC and OLTL — in fact, we've set an extreme record for the number of entries this year," NATAS senior executive director David Michaels tells TV Guide Magazine. "From the look of Prospect Park's submissions, I think they'll give the four network soaps a real run for their money when it comes to production values and the quality of the writing, directing and acting."

    Michaels also notes that "several stars who chose not to submit themselves in recent years have decided to get back into the game — so the more the merrier! Between that, and the enthusiasm from AMC and OLTL, this has the makings of a real horserace. There's a lot of buzz and a real seriousness about the awards this year, especially coming from the younger actors. They've been calling, asking questions, they really want to be involved. And that's sure to make for a much more exciting ceremony."

    No word yet on when or where the 41st annual Daytime Emmys will air — talks are ongoing — but look for the acting prenom lists, with ten names per category, to be released March 3. Nominations are announced May 1.

    'Bold & Beautiful' Star Gets Brush Off From Judge

    (tmz.com) "Bold and the Beautiful" star Victor Alfieri (ex-Franco, Days/ex-Gianni, PS/ex-Giovanni, B&B/ex-Ciro, AMC) is safe from future attack ... because the man he accused of assaulting him with a hair brush has been ordered to stay out of his hair ... TMZ has learned.

    We broke the story ... Alfieri had a close shave last month ... claiming his neighbor, Christopher Veech, hit him in the face with a hairbrush. The soap star claims Veech has been hair-rassing him for more than a year.

    Alfieri says he can't escape the guy ... because they live in the same building.

    The judge just ordered Veech to stay 100 yards clear of Alfieri... except when they're in their building at the same time.

    Alison Sweeney Announces She's Leaving Days of Our Lives

    (tvguide.com) (Video) Days of Our Lives star Alison Sweeney made a major announcement on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Monday: She's leaving the soap opera after 21 years.

    "I decided that it's going to be my last year with the show," Sweeney, who also hosts The Biggest Loser, told Ellen. "I've been on Days of Our Lives since I was 16 years old, and I have never had more than a two-week vacation in that whole time."

    Sweeney said the decision was not an easy one. "I love my job, I love daytime, I love the fans. I love everything about it," she told Ellen. "I just work so much and my daughter just turned 5 and my son is 9 and I just want to be with them."

    Though the actress is not sure when her last episode will air, she insisted she'll be on the show throughout this year. But, she added, she's torn between whether her character Sami should get a happy ending or "deserves some sort of very twisted, like, Breaking Bad ending. She's caused a lot of people a lot of problems."

    Watch Sweeney's interview with Ellen below. Are you disappointed that Sami will be leaving Days of Our Lives?

    Mark Hapka, Five Others Join Fox Digital's 'Parallels'

    Mark Hapka (ex-Nathan, Days Of Our Lives) has landed the lead role in Parallels, a sci-fi series from Fox Digital Studio. He plays Ronan Carver, a street-smart underground MMA fighter who has been estranged from his family since he was 16 and suddenly finds himself forced to confront his sister and his past in an adventure through parallel universes. Jessica Rothe, Eric Jungmann, Constance Wu, Yorgo Constantine and Michael Monks also have joined the cast of the series from writer-director Christopher Leone. Laura Harkcom is producing. Steven Hein, Sarah Croce, and David Worthen are overseeing for Fox Digital

    BANUS WRAPS UP AT DAYS

    DAYS's Camila Banus (Gabi) taped her final episode on Friday, January 17. After taping, cast and crew said their farewells to the actress. Digest spoke to the actress for a moment earlier in the day and she shared, "It's a pretty busy day." Lauren Koslow (Kate) posted a tweet about Banus and shared a picture of her and close pal Kate Mansi (Abigail). "Our beautiful girls @camilabanus &@KateMansi share a hug & some very emotional scenes today! #days" Galen Gering (Rafe) tweeted, "Sad day sis. Sad day. Wuv u!" You can see the photo here: https://twitter.com/laurenkoslow/status/424374790028148736/photo/1

    CATCH SOAP ALUMS ON LIFETIME MOVIE NETWORK

    Valerie Wildman (ex-Fay, DAYS) and Michael Nouri (ex-Caleb, AMC) can be seen this weekend in a repeat of Lifetime Movie Network's HUNT FOR THE LABYRINTH KILLER. "I play Beth Harrington, a 'real housewife' with a secret," reports the actress. The movie will air on Sunday, January 19, as well as on Monday, January 20. You can also catch it next month, on February 2 and 21. Check listings for times.

    Who Will Air The Daytime Emmys?

    Cable outlet HLN has broadcast the Daytime Emmy Awards for the past two years, but there won't be a third. "It's fairly definite," Albie Hecht, the network's vice president and general manager, tells Soaps In Depth. "I just want to put a pause on everything and figure out what we're doing before we make any commitments. Shows like [the Daytime Emmys] need commitments in advance to plan and I don't think we can make that commitment."

    Hecht, who joined HLN a little over three months ago, says that the decision has been made early so that the National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) can make other plans. "It's only fair to let them look around and let them do what they need to do," the HNL chief adds.

    This doesn't mean that the Daytime Emmys won't be on television, however. "Having the show on HLN was a wonderful experience for us," says David Michaels, senior executive director of the Daytime Emmy Awards. "We are currently exploring other avenues so that the Daytime Emmys will have a broadcast home."

    For her part, THE TALK's Aisha Tyler would love to see the ceremony return to one of the big three networks. "I think it would be great," she says. "CBS is the number one daytime network. It'd be great to have the Daytime Emmys on the number one daytime network. I think that would make perfect sense!"

    Victor Alfieri -- I Was Attacked With a Hairbrush!

    (tmz.com) It's pretty ironic ... "Bold and the Beautiful" star Victor Alfieri (ex-Franco, Days/ex-Gianni, PS/ex-Giovanni, B&B/ex-Ciro, AMC) -- famous for his flowing locks -- claims he was attacked with a hairbrush ... and now he wants protection from the perp.

    Alfieri has just got a restraining order against 47-year-old Christopher Veech, who lives with Alfieri's neighbor. According to docs, Veech beat him in the face last month with a hairbrush ... and has relentlessly harassed him for more than a year and threatened to put him in the hospital.

    According to Alfieri, Veech was arrested for battery but released a day later ... and the harassment never stopped.

    Alfieri doesn't explain why there's such animosity, but he does say the right side of his face still hurts like a bitch and his right eye now twitches.

    Here's the problem. The judge granted the restraining order, but can't order Veech to stay far away because he lives in Alfieri's building. So the order is that Veech must stay 3 YARDS away.

    As they say ... every inch counts.

    Revenge's Justin Hartley Is Dating Days of Our Lives's Chrishell Stause

    (eonline.com) (Photo) Talk about a new beautiful couple.

    Revenge star Justin Hartley and All My Children's Chrishell Stause are dating, her rep confirmed to E! News on Friday, Jan. 10.

    The duo most recently walked the red carpet together and wrapped their arms around each other at the 2014 Unbridled Eve Derby Prelude Party on Thursday, Jan. 9, in West Hollywood, Calif.

    The 36-year-old actor sported a purple dress shirt, a gray jacket and black slacks, while the 32-year-old starlet wore a black sleeveless top, a patterned miniskirt and black pumps.

    In several interesting twists of fate, Stause costarred alongside Hartley's ex-wife, Lindsay Hartley, on the long-running soap opera. Stause also appeared as an extra on Passions, in a scene featuring the former couple.

    Lindsay filed for divorce from Justin in 2012 and cited "irreconcilable differences," per TMZ. The pair met on the set of Passions in 2003 and married a year later. They have one daughter.

    Hartley currently stars on the ABC hit series as Madeleine Stowe's illegitimate son Patrick Osbourne. He is also known for his roles on Passions as well as Smallville. Stause can be seen on Days of Our Lives.

    Storms and Barash Reveal Daughter's Name, Photo

    (Photo, Photo 2) Brandon Barash (ex-Johnny, GH) and wife Kirsten Storms (Maxie, GH/ex-Belle, Days)) have named their daughter Harper Rose, dad revealed on Twitter. Mom shared the first pic of the newborn on Instagram with the caption, "Daddy's lil Princess."

    Soap Stars Move To BEACON HILL

    A slew of familiar faces are starring in the new Web series BEACON HILL, including Sarah Brown (ex-Claudia, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Agnes, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) Alicia Minshew (Kendall, ALL MY CHILDREN), and Crystal Chappell (Dani, B&B; Olivia, GUIDING LIGHT) The serial, filmed on location in Boston, was co-created by Jessica Hill and her wife Linda, who is the chief executive officer of Bella Books, a publisher of lesbian fiction.

    "BEACON HILL is a political drama set in Boston," Jessica tells Soaps In Depth. "Alicia and Sarah are our two leads, and they play the daughters of two political families in Boston. One's Republican and the other is Democrat. Alicia's character, Sara, and Sarah's character, Katherine, were together [romantically] and they broke up. Our story starts six years later when Sara's grandfather, played by Ron Raines [Carl, OLTL; Alan, GL], has a stroke. Sara, who's living in New York, comes back to Boston and you see dynamics between her family and Katherine start to develop."

    The rest of the cast — which reads like a Who's Who of daytime — includes Scott Bryce (Craig, ATWT), Ricky Paull Goldin (Jesse, B&B; Gus, GL), Louise Sorel (ex-Vivian, DAYS), Tina Sloan (Lillian, GL), John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex, OLTL), Jessica Morris (Jen, OLTL), and Melissa Archer (Natalie, OLTL). Also in the cast is newcomer Rebecca Mozo.

    BEACON HILL is produced by Bella Productions, the sister company of Bella Books, in association with Chappell's production company, Open Book Productions. Goldin and Emmy-winning actress Hillary B. Smith (Nora, OLTL; Margo, ATWT) serve as producers on the show.

    Chappell, who has helmed Web series VENICE and THE GROVE, plays Claire, Sara's mother. How did that work, since there's less than a decade between the two actresses? "I age myself," Chappell confides. "I went without makeup and I wear my hair severely — it's in a twist and high up on top. It's a fun character to play. Claire's husband is gone. My feeling is he couldn't tolerate her family.

    "BEACON HILL is a very different show," Chappell adds. "It's a political drama with intrigue and romance revolving around two political families. Jessica and Linda are terrific people and writers. I love working with them!"

    BEACON HILL begins streaming on Wednesday, March 5. For more info, check out www.beaconhilltheseries.com

    GH Duo Welcomes Baby Girl

    Kirsten Storms (Maxie, GH/ex-Belle, Days) and Brandon Barash (ex-Johnny) welcomed their baby girl on January 7. Barash announced the news on Twitter: "Our passenger has touched down and arrived. Welcome to our world. There has not been a more fulfilling day. @teenystweeting #babygirlbarash." Congratulations!

    DAYS Star Injured

    DAYS’s Shawn Christian (Daniel) spent part of his weekend in the hospital, after sustaining an injury to the mouth. Christian reports to Digest exclusively that he got “five stitches. I took an elbow to the mouth.” The actor good-naturedly adds, “It will be a nice addition to my already existing facial scars. I doubt it will keep me from kissing.”

    Buy Eileen Davidson's Clothes

    Eileen Davidson (Ashley, Y&R) is going from fashion forward to paying it forward by partnering with Evolution Vintage for charity. The actress is selling several of her own dresses that she previously wore on the red carpet, with most of the proceeds going to No Kid Hungry. "I’m really excited about the fans being able to purchase these dresses," enthuses Davidson. "I'm really excited about this." To find out what's available for purchase, go to www.evolution-vintage.com/CuratedCloset.html. Also visit them on Facebook — www.facebook.com/EvolutionVintage) and Twitter @EvolutionVtg.

    Crystal Chappell Interview

    Crystal Chappell Dishes Her Newest Web Series, Beacon Hill. Read the TV Guide interview here.

    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.

    DAYS Stars Head To Toronto

    DOOL Canada Events invites you to spend the day with your favorite DAYS stars, including Shawn Christian (Daniel), Galen Gering (Rafe), Eric Martsolf (Brady), James Scott (EJ), Greg Vaughan (Eric) and Arianne Zucker (Nicole) in Toronto, Canada on Saturday, May 31, 2014. Limited tickets are available. Visit doolcanadaevents.com for more information and to purchase tickets. And check out a quick message from Shawn Christian and Galen Gering here: Video.

    Go Back To THE BAY

    The Emmy-nominated Web series THE BAY is back in action, and promises to be "edgy, sexier and more scandalous than ever before"! Chapter 11 has just debuted with two installments so far featuring the show's new multi-camera look. Familiar faces from the daytime world are back for more drama and intrigue, including Mary Beth Evans (Kayla, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Katherine, GENERAL HOSPITAL), Tristan Rogers (Robert, GH), Jacklyn Zeman (Bobbie, GH), Lilly Melgar (ex-Lily, GH) and more!

    Click here to visit THE BAY's Web site, and be sure to check back every Thursday for new installments. Plus, on Thursday, December 26, they'll be streaming an uninterrupted one-hour TV pilot!

    Writers Guild Nominees

    The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in television, new media, news, radio, promotional writing, and graphic animation during the 2013 season. The winners will be honored at the 2014 Writers Guild Awards on Saturday, February 1, 2014, at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York.

    DAYTIME DRAMA

    Days Of Our Lives, Written by Lorraine Broderick, David Cherrill, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon, Christopher Dunn, Janet Iacobuzio, David A. Levinson, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Melissa Salmons, Christopher J. Whitesell; NBC

    General Hospital, Written by Michelle Altman, Ron Carlivati, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Jean Passanante, Elizabeth Page, Katherine Schock, Scott Sickles, Chris Van Etten; ABC

    The Young And The Restless, Associate Head Writers: Shelly Altman, Tracey Thomson Written by Amanda Beall, Jeff Beldner, Brent Boyd, Susan Dansby, Janice Ferri Esser, Jay Gibson, Beth Milstein, Lisa Seidman, Natalie Minardi Slater, Anne Schoettle, Linda Schreiber, Teresa Zimmerman; CBS

    DAYS Stars Web Series Debuts

    ADDICTS ANONYMOUS, a comedy web series that features DAYS’s Freddie Smith (Sonny) and Shawn Christian (Daniel), will premiere on Tuesday, November 26 at 7 p.m. ET, via the web site www.addictsanonymous.tv. “We’re releasing one episode every Tuesday for the next six weeks,” reveals Smith. ADDICTS ANONYMOUS is a mockumentary web series about a lovable oaf who tries to help a group of misfits on the cusp of different addictions. The cast also features Lori Loughlin (ex-Jody, EDGE), Matt Walsh (The Hangover) and Jerry Lambert (FAMILY GUY). The ADDICTS creators are currently pitching the web series for a full television pick-up and shopping for studio distribution. “We’ve had two private screenings and it went very well,” Smith enthuses. “Now we want to put it out into the universe and enjoy the work that we did. We’re hoping that people will enjoy it.”

    Drake Hogestyn Tweets More About Return

    As Soap Opera Digest exclusively reported, Drake Hogestyn (John) is back taping in Salem, and today, the actor tweeted a little bit about his return: "Happy All Hallow's Eve! The Treat?...I'm back in Salem! The Trick?...I sold my house and have no place to live! Now that's scary! Yikes!"

    Drake Hogestyn Back At DAYS!

    Drake Hogestyn, who last aired as John in June, returns to the DAYS studio today to begin taping new episodes. Expect the actor to air again in early 2014. In the 8/12 issue of Soap Opera Digest, Executive Producer Ken Corday indicated there was a good chance Hogestyn would be back, adding, "I consider him one of the iconic characters in Salem and someone who can come and go because John Black is a superspy, know all-do all. It is very possible that by the end of the year or the turn of the year, you will see him again."

    DAYS Star Launches Website

    DAYS’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.

    New Book

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

    The Star Attraction by Alison Sweeney (Author)

    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!

    Catch The Shaughnessy Buzz

    The future is here, and we can't wait to tell you about it! From the creative minds of brothers Charles Shaughnessy (ex-Shane, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) and David Shaughnessy (a director on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) comes COFFEY BUZZ, a weekly lifestyle video-zine that purports to change the way people shop online using Hyperspot technology. "We're making a show with Lissa Coffey -- she's a lifestyle coach and relationship/fashion/beauty/health guru that's going to be interactive and clickable!" Shane's portrayer relates.

    Clicking on anything of interest in the video will add information about it to a cart -- it's so much fun! "I think that the soap universe will absolutely 'get' this," he says. "We will be doing a segment behind the scenes at a soap, [which] will be a great opportunity for that."

    The premiere episode, launched just in time for Mother's Day, can be found at www.coffeybuzz.com. For more about the new technology, as well as details about Charles' June reprisal of his role as Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, check out his "Catching Up With..." feature in the June 6 issue of Soaps In Depth.

    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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