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



  • Current Cast

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




    February 8
    Steve and Ava get unexpected news about their son; Andre closes in on a new way to reach Hope; Theo tells Ciara he has feelings for her; Abigail asks Chad his true motivation for wanting to elope.
    February 9
    Deimos guides Philip into a trap; Brady surprises Theresa; Claire rejects Belle's overtures; Flynn and Lani flirt.

    February 10
    Victor finds out about Philip's betrayal; Andre befriends Chase; Eduardo tries to make progress with Rafe and Gabi; Shawn questions Belle about her spending.
    February 11
    A fire starts at Hope's house; Steve and Kayla reunite; Ava makes plans; John decides to bring down the agency that made him an assassin.
    February 12
    Doug and Julie share a romantic Valentine's Day; Theresa, Nicole, Abigail, Rafe, Ciara and Ava have dreams about their romantic situations.
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    News, Cast Updates and Scoop

    (News section last updated February 4, 2016)

    DANIEL COSGROVE BACK TO DAYS!

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

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

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

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

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

    REAL ANDREWS POSTS ABOUT NEW DAYS ROLE

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

    Ingo Rademacher & Christopher Sean Guest On Hawaii Five-0

    “Ke Koa Lokomaika'i” – While Danny’s mother is questioned by the FBI, McGarrett partners with a young man with autism who may have information to help solve the murder of his only friend, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Feb. 19 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Academy Award-nominee Melanie Griffith returns as Danny’s mother, Clara. (“Ke Koa Lokomaika'i” is Hawaiian for “The Good Soldier”)

    Guest Cast Includes: Melanie Griffith (Clara Williams), Christopher Sean (Gabriel Waincroft), Willie Garson (Gerard Hirsch), Ingo Rademacher (Robert Coughlin).

    Marie Wilson Returns to DAYS OF OUR LIVES in a Mysterious New Role — and a Brand New Look!

    (Photo) Marie Wilson is coming back to DAYS OF OUR LIVES this Friday, Feb. 5 — but in a completely new role!

    The actress previously played Bree on the NBC soap, but when Wilson returns, she’ll be playing Summmer, the woman from Daniel’s past who Brady has been seeing in his dreams.

    Wilson tells Soaps In Depth she was flattered to be asked back to the show. “I was very touched,” she says. “And I asked them, how are people not going to recognize me? And they said, ‘Oh, by the way, you’re gonna be blonde.’”

    The alum of AS THE WORLD TURNS, where she played Meg, admits that she’s enjoying the anonymity her new appearance grants her. “What’s so funny is that a lot of my friends don’t recognize me if I have glasses on,” Wilson laughs. “They walk right by me! They’re just not used to it!”

    For more from Wilson on her new role, make sure to pick up the new CBS issue of Soaps In Depth magazine, going on sale next week!

    DEPAIVA BIDS FAREWELL TO DAYS

    Minutes after DAYS’s Kassie DePaiva (Eve) aired on the West Coast in her final Salem scene with A Martinez at the square, the actress posted a screen cap and shared, “Well…. That’s all folks! I had fun! Thanks fans… you made it all worth while#days.” DePaiva talks more about her Salem exit in the issue of Digest on sale Friday.

    Darin Brooks Previews His New Movie

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Jeff Branson & Blake Berris on Supergirl

    “Truth, Justice and the American Way” – Supergirl does battle with the deadly Master Jailer (Jeff Branson), who is hunting and executing escaped Fort Rozz prisoners. Also, Cat hires a second assistant, Siobhan Smythe (Italia Ricci), who immediately tries to one-up Kara, and Kara and James disagree over the DEO’s methods, on SUPERGIRL, Monday, Feb. 22 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. http://supergirl.byethost16.com/

    GUEST CAST Includes: Italia Ricci (Siobhan Smythe), Jeff Branson (Master Jailer/Draper), Blake Berris (Gabriel Phillips).

    TAMARA BRAUN ON CHARITABLE CAUSE

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

    XIMENA DUQUE CROSSES OVER TO ENGLISH-LANGUAGE DAYTIME

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    ONE LIFE TO LIVE Stars Reunite on an Episode of CASTLE

    (Pic) Kassie DePaiva is guest-starring in an episode of CASTLE alongside some of her old ONE LIFE TO LIVE castmates!

    Former OLTL star Nathan Fillion (Joey) currently stars on CASTLE, and not only does DePaiva appear in the upcoming episode, but so does Tuc Watkins (David) and Darlene Vogel (Melanie)!

    “It was so fun,” DePavia shares with Soaps In Depth. “Nathan Fillion is just a delight to work with. Tuc and Nathan are two people from OLTL I’ve kept in touch with. They’re really my friends.”

    The plot revolves around DePaiva and Watkins’ husband and wife, Roger and Joanna Mathis, who are pulled into a murder mystery. “It takes place in our home,” she previews. “I can’t tell you if we’re victims or suspects, but it’s really fun!”

    Having three OLTL actors appearing as guests on a show that stars another is quite a coincidence, but that’s exactly what DePaiva insists it was! “My agent said, ‘I just submitted you for a role on CASTLE,’” she recalls. “I said, ‘That’s funny. I just had dinner with Tuc [and Nathan] last night.’ Coincidentally, I got a text from Nathan saying ‘Congratulations on your role, and I think you’ll like who’s going to play your husband!’”

    Don’t miss the episode, “Witness For The Prosecution,” when it airs on Sunday, Feb. 14, on ABC!

    DAYTIME EMMY PRENOMINATIONS

    NATAS has revealed the performers who are now in the running for Daytime Emmy nominations, having made it through the first round of judging to become prenominated. The next round of voting (which results in the actual list of nominations, as well as determines the eventual winners) is set to begin on February 22. Congratulations to all the prenominees, listed below!

    (The 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be held on Sunday, May 1, 2016)

    OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS
    Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren, Y&R)
    Eileen Davidson (Ashley, Y&R)
    Kassie DePaiva (Eve, DAYS)
    Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea, Y&R)
    Mary Beth Evans (Kayla, DAYS)
    Finola Hughes (Anna, GH)
    Kate Mansi (Abigail, DAYS)
    Gina Tognoni (Phyllis, Y&R)
    Maura West (Ava, GH)
    Laura Wright (Carly, GH)

    OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR
    Maurice Benard (Sonny, GH)
    Eric Braeden (Victor, Y&R)
    Tyler Christopher (Nikolas, GH)
    Doug Davidson (Paul, Y&R)
    Billy Flynn (Chad, DAYS)
    Anthony Geary (Luke, GH)
    Justin Hartley (Adam, Y&R
    Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, B&B)
    Christian J. LeBlanc (Michael, Y&R)
    Kristoff St. John (Neil, Y&R)

    OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS
    Lauralee Bell (Christine, Y&R)
    Molly Burnett (Melanie, DAYS)
    Jessica Collins (Avery, Y&R)
    Judi Evans (Adrienne, DAYS)
    Linsey Godfrey (Caroline, B&B)
    Christel Khalil (Lily, Y&R)
    Peggy McKay (Caroline, DAYS)
    Sofia Pernas (Marisa, Y&R)
    Melissa Reeves (Jennifer, DAYS)
    Kelly Sullivan (Sage, Y&R)

    OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR
    Sean Blakemore (Shawn, GH)
    Darin Brooks (Wyatt, B&B)
    Steve Burton (Dylan, Y&R)
    Sean Carrigan (Stitch, Y&R)
    Bryton E. James (Devon, Y&R)
    Wally Kurth (Justin, DAYS)
    Greg Rikaart (Kevin, Y&R)
    Christopher Sean (Paul, DAYS)
    Jacob Young (Rick, B&B)
    Dominic Zamprogna (Dante, GH)

    OUTSTANDING YOUNGER ACTRESS
    Camila Banus (Gabi, DAYS)
    Lauren Boles (Ciara, DAYS)
    Ashleigh Brewer (Ivy, B&B)
    Reign Edwards (Nicole, B&B)
    Hayley Erin (Kiki, GH)
    Kelli Goss (Courtney, Y&R)
    Camryn Grimes (Mariah, Y&R)
    Vivian Jovanni (Ciara, DAYS)
    Olivia Rose Keegan (Claire, DAYS)
    Hunter King (Summer, Y&R)
    Alyvia Alyn Lind (Faith, Y&R)
    True O'Brien (Paige, DAYS)
    Ashlyn Pearce (Aly, B&B)
    Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma, GH)

    OUTSTANDING YOUNGER ACTOR
    Nicolas Bechtel (Spencer, GH)
    Bryan Craig (Morgan, GH)
    Max Ehrich (Fenmore, Y&R)
    Rome Flynn (Zende, B&B)
    Pierson Fodé (Thomas, B&B)
    Connor Kalopsis (Chase, DAYS)
    James Lastovic (Joey, DAYS)
    Jonathan McClendon (Chase, DAYS)
    Casey Moss (JJ, DAYS)
    Terrell Ransom, Jr. (Theo, DAYS)
    Tequan Richmond (TJ, GH).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Eileen Davidson Confesses She's Been In Abusive Relationships

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Arianne Zucker Interview

    Days of Our Lives Star Arianne Zucker Looks Back on Her Time in Salem, Crushing on Jensen Ackles, and More: Read the interview here.

    JOSEPH MASCOLO TALKS ABOUT DAYS EXIT

    In the new issue of Soap Opera Digest, on sale now, Joseph Mascolo talks about taking a bow as DAYS’s Stefano, who was killed on-screen on January 8. "I have gradually been cutting back on workdays and hours for some time now,” he tells Digest. "But last spring, I had a small stroke and during my rehab, I thought this would be a good time for Stefano to leave. The producers came and visited with me and we worked out a tentative plan and the writers beefed up the storyline to what you see on TV.” As for his final scenes, the actor notes, "When Stefano was shot by Hope, it was pretty dramatic. Everyone from the crew, to my family, to the actors and producers treated it very special.” For the full story — and whether or not the Phoenix will rise again — pick up the new issue!

    Lisa Rinna Reveals Her Father Frank Has Died: 'Heaven Got a Great Angel'

    (Pic) Lisa Rinna revealed on Thursday that her father Frank has died.

    "The World lost a Great Man today……Heaven got a great Angel. I love you Dad," the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star captioned a photo of her dad, posing with her mother in a throwback pic.

    Rinna, 52, also shared a photo of herself and her dad on her wedding day as well as an image of one of his paintings.

    "One of my Dads beautiful Paintings," she captioned the pic of a house on a scenic waterfront.

    In a 2014 episode of Housewives, Rinna visited the Medford, Oregon home she grew up in, and while she admitted to being happy that she'd left, she also expressed guilt about being so far from her ailing parents.

    "I have a lot of guilt being so far away. It's really, really hard," she said, adding about her father's health (when he was 92) "He fought through it because I don’t think he can leave [my mom].

    She also added that although she was sad about selling her house, the hardest part was "letting go of your childhood."

    "What I'm realizing now is that I'm the adult," she said. "I'm taking care of my parents. You never prepare for that."

    Days of Our Lives Renewal Ahead? NBC 'Optimistic' About Soaping Back Up

    It’s looking good that the sands in Days of Our Lives‘ iconic hourglass will continue to flow.

    NBC is hopeful that it will successfully renew its contract with surviving soap, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last November.

    “We’re happy with where Days was this year,” NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt tells TVLine. “We have a negotiating period that starts in February. Stay tuned.”

    Although the show’s current deal doesn’t expire until September, Days famously tapes many months in advance — as such, it will actually fulfill production of episodes under the current deal as early as March. The good news is that NBC entertainment president Jennifer Salke is “optimistic” a successful re-negotiation will take place.

    “We’ve been really happy with the show,” Salke says. “I’ve been over there seeing Ken [Corday, executive producer] and the team and the new writers. They’re an incredible group and we love the show. They got a [ratings] bump in the fall for their 50th anniversary. There’s a creative resurgence and exciting storytelling going on right now.”

    Days also experienced a jump in ratings the week of January 4, when the big storylines were Maggie deciding whether Brady or Eric would receive the heart of her brain-dead son Daniel, and Hope angrily shooting Stefano over the death of her beloved Bo. The show enjoyed its highest rating in the 18-49 demo (0.6) since July 14-18, 2014. Season-to-date, Days has grown 3 percent versus last season in total viewers.

    “I’m optimistic,” Salke adds. “We need to negotiate with Sony [Pictures Televi- sion], but I’m optimistic. We would like the show back.”

    DAYS STAR RELEASES ALBUM

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

    BRANDON BEEMER RETURNS TO DAYS

    Brandon Beemer, who last aired as DAYS’s Shawn Brady in 2008, returns to Salem today (Jan 19). It’s a move that came as a surprise after Jason Cook (ex-Shawn) was tapped to come home for the 50th anniversary celebration. “Basically, I was done,” Beemer tells Digest. “I thought, ‘If Jason [is] back, it probably meant that he would be there for a while and that was that.’ I put it to rest.” So when DAYS came calling, "they asked if I had any interest in coming back and I said, ‘Sure!’ ” he recalls. “It was one of those things that caught me completely off-guard.” For more from the actor, check out the new issue of Digest, on stands now. And be sure to tune into DAYS today to catch Beemer's comeback.

    ‘Chicago Fire’ Casts Miranda Rae Mayo As New Firefighter

    Firehouse 51 is adding some female bonding. Miranda Rae Mayo (ex-Zoe Browning, Days Of Our Lives/ex-Blood & Oil) has joined the cast of Dick Wolf ‘s hit NBC drama series in a major recurring role that could potentially become a regular. Mayo will play Stella Kidd, a fun, bawdy, tough, physical and brazen firefighter joining Firehouse 51 who is funny, sharp as a tack and fearless. With her on board, Dawson (Monica Raymund) will no longer be the only female firefighter on the truck. While this is rare, I hear the producers drew inspiration from real-life firehouses that have featured two female firefighters.

    Chicago Fire, from Wolf Films and Universal Television, is in its fourth season and already has been renewed for Season 5. Wolf, Matt Olmstead, Danielle Gelber, Michael Brandt, Derek Haas, Joe Chappelle, Arthur Forney and Peter Jankowski are executive producers.

    Mayo was a regular on ABC’s Blood & Oil and previously recurred on Pretty Little Liars and The Game. She is repped by Sharon Paz at Abrams and Sheila Crawford Management.

    KASSIE DEPAIVA ANNOUNCES FINAL AIRDATE

    Kassie DePaiva will be leaving Salem as DAYS’s Eve on February 2, according to a recent tweet. “Enjoy these last few grains of sand in my [hourglass]. My last air date on @nbcdays is 2/2. Time is running out. #DAYS,” she posted.

    VINCENT IRIZARRY MAKES DAYS DEBUT

    Today (Jan 18) marks Vincent Irizarry’s first appearance as Deimos Kiriakis on DAYS, Victor’s black sheep brother. “It’s been an absolute joy, I’m telling you,” he tells Digest. “I love this character so much; I love everyone that I’m having the opportunity to work with. Josh [Griffith, co-head writer] has done a great job writing. I’ve worked with Josh before — he was head writer over at THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS when I was there [as David], and I has worked with him on SANTA BARBARA [where Irizarry played Scott]. I’ve worked with pretty much every director that’s on this show; several of them have come from ALL MY CHILDREN. Everybody’s been so gracious and they’re so hard-working. Without question, this is the most efficient show I’ve ever been on. This is not in any way undervaluing the other shows I’ve been on — they’re all wonderful, everybody works so hard — but I’ve never worked on a show where they just have it down. We really go through it, and the quality’s not sacrificed at all. It’s wonderful here.” For more from the actor, check out the issue of Digest, on sale now.

    The Originals Casts Days' Matt Cedeño as Shadow From the Mikaelsons' Past

    As if the Mikaelsons weren’t already up to their perfect jawlines in unwelcome guests, here comes another one.

    Matt Cedeño (Devious Maids, Days of Our Lives) will arrive in Episode 15 of The Originals‘ current season, TVLine has learned, playing a “callous, smart and manipulative vampire from the Mikaelsons’ past who comes to New Orleans seeking vengeance.”

    “Cortez is someone who was sired by a unique circumstance,” executive producer Michael Narducci tells TVLine. “He has a very interesting perspective, particularly on Klaus. He’s of Klaus’ sire line, but he was not sired by Klaus. He’s a very intriguing character, one of the most dangerous folks we’ve met.”

    The Originals returns with new episodes on Friday, Jan. 29 at 9/8c on The CW.

    DAYS STAR LAUNCHES CLOTHING LINE

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

    'DAYS OF OUR LIVES' GENERATES ITS MOST-WATCHED WEEK IN TWO YEARS

    UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – Jan. 14, 2016 – “Days of our Lives” has generated its highest weeklong average rating in the women 18-49 demographic in 18 months, with a 0.91 rating, and its most-watched week in two years, with an average 2.914 million persons.

    For the week of Jan. 4-8, "Days of our Lives" (0.91 rating, 6 share among women 18-49, 0.49 rating among women 18-34) tied for #5 among network daytime series in the women 18-49 demographic and tied for #8 in the women 18-34 race.

    The 0.91 rating is the highest for a week of “Days of our Lives” since July 14-18, 2014 (0.93). In total viewers, “Days’” 2.914 million persons is the show’s biggest overall audience since the week of Jan. 6-10, 2014 (2.991 million).

    Versus the same week last year, “Days” was up +11% in the women 18-49 category (0.91 vs. 0.82), up +11% in the women 18-34 demo (0.49 vs. 0.44) and up +19% in total viewers (2.914 million vs. 2.452 million).

    In “most current” results for the 2015-16 season thus far, "Days of our Lives" ranks #6 among network daytime series in the women 18-49 category and #7 in the women 18-34 demo. Season to date, “Days of our Lives” has grown +3% versus last season in total viewers (2.869 million vs. 2.777 million, “most current”).

    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” figures except for the two most recent weeks, which are “live plus same day.”

    Terrell Tilford on Madam Secretary

    “Invasive Species” – After his father’s death, Henry’s family uncovers shocking secrets that open old wounds for them, including his grieving sister Maureen (Kate Burton), who blames Henry for not spending enough time at home. Also, Russell keeps important information from Elizabeth’s team at the State department, on MADAM SECRETARY, Sunday, Jan. 31 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Emelyn Daly, Tim Daly’s daughter guest stars as his niece, Sarah McCord.

    Guest Cast Inludes: Kate Burton (Maureen Ryan), Gary Basaraba (Tom Ryan), Terrell Tilford (Detective Michael Swanstrom).

    DAYS CASTING ALERT

    Is DAYS recasting Abigail? The show sent out another casting notice for the role of “Val”, a 24 to 28-year-old who is described as "a gorgeous young professional. Val has already experienced great love and great loss in her young life which has left her strong spirit with a fragility she passionately protects. She has a determination to live and love as fearlessly as she can in the wake of all she has been through.” The show is seeking "VERY VERY STRONG ACTORS,” for the role, which is currently recurring with the possibility of going contract. The call also reads, "PLEASE DO NOT RESUBMIT ACTORS ALREADY SEEN FOR VAL ROLE IN DECEMBER.” Abigail’s current portrayer, Kate Mansi, has wrapped her run and will last air in May.

    The Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Award Nominations

    Winners will be revealed February 20 at Paramount Studios.

    DAYTIME TELEVISION – BEST MAKE-UP

    THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL
    Make-Up Artists: Christine Lai-Johnson, Allyson Carey

    THE DR. PHIL SHOW
    Make-Up Artist: Cool Benson

    THE REAL
    Make-Up Artist: Cool Benson

    THE TALK: BEYONCE CHANNELED! ROCKTOBER HALLOWEEN SPECTACULAR
    Make-Up Artist: Stephanie Cozart Burton

    THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS
    Make-Up Artists: Patricia Denney, Marlene Mason, Kathy Jones

    DAYTIME TELEVISION – BEST HAIR STYLING

    THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL
    Hair Stylists: Michele Arvizo, Brittany Madrigal-Field, Cora Diggins

    DAYS OF OUR LIVES (12596)
    Hair Stylists: Aubrey Marie Lescault, Bia Iftikhar, Armando Licon

    DAYS OF OUR LIVES (12749)
    Hair Stylists: Bia Iftikhar, Meghan Heaney, Armando Licon

    THE REAL
    Hair Stylist: Roberta Gardener Rogers

    THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS
    Hair Stylists: Shannon Bradberry, Regina Rodriguea

    DAYS ALUM GUESTS ON SUPERGIRL

    Blake Berris (ex-Nick, DAYS) will guest star on an upcoming episode of the CBS series, SUPERGIRL. The actor tweeted, "v excited to be cast on @supergirlcbs will air next month”. Berris also has a recurring role on PRETTY LITTLE LIARS.

    Maree Cheatham Joins THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS

    As a veteran of numerous soap operas, including GENERAL HOSPITAL (where she played Lucy’s doting aunt, Charlene Simpson), DAYS OF OUR LIVES (where she was ingénue Marie Horton), and SEARCH FOR TOMORROW (as sarcastic nurse Stephanie Wyatt), Maree Cheatham knows a thing or two about what makes for good drama.

    Now, she’s joined the cast of one of primetime’s best, Tyler Perry’s THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS on OWN. “I play an eccentric woman named Pearl,” she says of the delicious role in which she and her native Texas drawl will debut on Tuesday, January 12. “She lives across the street from Candace (Tika Sumpter; Layla, ONE LIFE TO LIVE), the meanest woman on the show, and she’s up to no good!”

    Having portrayed a string of eccentric seniors in recent years on everything from HART OF DIXIE to SAM & CAT, Cheatham was ready to roll with her comedic chops. “You know how they say, ‘And the curtains twitched?’” she asks. “Pearl is that lady behind the curtain, keeping tabs on the whole neighborhood.”

    While Perry keeps a tight lid on the show’s scandalous storylines, Soaps In Depth did learn that Cheatham’s character will be the mother of Justin, a hunky new police officer on the canvas. “The young man [Nicholas James] has been invited to be a regular on the show,” Cheatham previews. “I’m thrilled to hear it.”

    Might that also mean a prolonged future with the soap for herself? “From your mouth to God’s ears!” she laughs. “I’m counting on it.” For more from the popular actress, look for her Catching Up feature in CBS Soaps In Depth, on sale Monday, February 8.

    Soap Opera Writer Melissa Salmons Honored by Writers Guild

    (variety.com) The Writers Guild of America East has selected soap opera specialist Melissa Salmons as the recipient of its Richard B. Jablow Award for service to the guild.

    The award will be presented at the 68th annual Writers Guild Awards at the Edison Ballroom in New York City on Feb. 13. The award honors Richard B. Jablow, who helped found the WGAE, authored its constitution and served as its first counsel.

    Salmons has won Daytime Emmy Awards for “Guiding Light” and “As the World Turns.” She also has won Writers Guild Awards for those two series along with “Days of Our Lives” and “The Young and the Restless” and received another 11 WGA nominations.

    She has served two terms on the WGA East’s council and has served on multiple committees, including the MBA negotiating committee, the elections committee and was co-chair of the future members committee. She is currently a trustee of the Writers’ Guild-Industry Health Fund and the Producer-Writers Guild of America Pension Plan.

    “Melissa Salmons has been a staunch and highly active member of the Writers Guild, East, serving on our council, the 2007 MBA negotiating committee, and as a trustee of the Writers’ Guild-Industry Health Fund and the Producer-Writers Guild of America Pension Plan,” said WGA East President Michael Winship. “These roles – not to mention her skills as good friend, tireless organizer and thoughtful inciter of ideas and enthusiasm — exemplify everything the Jablow Award was created to honor.”

    ‘Housewife’ Lisa Rinna lands new talk show gig

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Jason Brooks on NCIS: LA

    “Come Back” – When Kensi and Deeks announce to the team they are moving in together, coincidentally, Hetty assigns them to protection detail for Jack (Matthew Del Negro), Kensi’s ex-fiancé, who is in possession of a list containing important contacts in Afghanistan that people are willing to kill to get their hands on, on NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Monday, Jan. 25 (9:59-11:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.

    Guest Cast Includes: Jason Brooks as Sy Riggs.

    KATE MANSI CONFIRMS DAYS EXIT

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

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

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

    SHAWN CHRISTIAN ADDRESSES DAYS EXIT

    Shawn Christian, whose alter ego, Daniel, died this week on DAYS, took to Twitter to thank the fans for their support. "Your outpouring of love is deeply appreciated,” he wrote. "Ur messages have me speechless, humbled & grateful to have shared Dr. Jonas' life with u all."

    Sweeney & Mathison Star In A New Murder Movie

    ALL MY CHILDREN’s Cameron Mathison (Ryan) and DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ Alison Sweeney (ex-Sami) are back again for another Murder She Baked movie on Hallmark!

    Following the success of A Plum Pudding Murder Mystery and A Chocolate Chip Cookie Mystery, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries is premiering Murder She Baked: A Peach Cobbler Mystery on Sunday, January 10.

    In this new installment, Sweeney’s Hannah Swensen is in financial trouble as the new Magnolia Blossom Bakery is taking away her business. And when Hannah finds one of the owners of the rival bakery shot dead, she becomes the prime suspect! Can Mathison’s Mike Kingston help clear her name and find the real killer?

    “I really, truthfully, do really look forward to every one of these,” Mathison tells Soaps In Depth. “I love working with Ali and everybody on these.”

    And look for the relationship between Mike and amateur sleuth Hannah to develop further in this new chapter. “Mike has to come to terms with the fact that no matter how many times he asks her to stay out of the deal,” he previews, “it’s just in her personality that she’s curious and she’s got great instincts for figuring things out.”

    Check out a preview of the movie here — and for more from Mathison about this and all his other projects, don’t miss his interview in the new ABC issue of Soaps In Depth, on sale now!

    DAYS STAR OPENS VEGAS HOT SPOT

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

    Ashley Benson Confesses She Cried for 30 Minutes After Being Told She Was "Too Fat" for a Role: "I'm a Size 2!"

    (Cover) Ashley Benson is all too familiar with the pressure to be thin in Hollywood.

    In fact, as the Pretty Little Liars star reveals in Ocean Drive's January issue, she was recently deemed "too fat" for a role. "I'm a size 2! I cried for 30 minutes, but then you have to let it roll off your shoulders or it could cause a serious eating disorder. A lot of people in this industry hear they need to lose weight more times than they should. It does make you stronger, though," she says. "Because if you let that affect you, you can't be in this industry—you'd go crazy."

    Many viewers aspire to look like Benson and her Pretty Little Liars character, Hanna Marin, but she wants fans to know that the photos they see in magazines and in advertisements are often airbrushed. "I saw photos from a shoot of myself just the other day and thought, 'What the hell? That doesn't even look like me!' I was so disappointed," the 26-year-old actress confesses. "I hate to think that girls are like, 'She's so skinny! Her skin is so perfect!' I have pimples just like they do." To prove her realness, she once posted a selfie with zit cream on her face. Why do such a thing? "Because I wanted to show people I'm not perfect," she says. "No one is."

    In some ways, it's a miracle that Benson has remained so levelheaded in Hollywood. The former child star acknowledges that being young, rich and famous has derailed some people's careers. "I definitely see why some people can go a little nuts. Being successful at such a young age—and I feel I never got to that level, but I've seen friends who have—is very difficult because you're being told 'yes' a thousand times more than you're being told 'no,'" she says. "You're making a lot of money, there are a lot of temptations, and there are no consequences no matter what you're doing."

    While some of her peers may be into the party scene, Benson would rather keep a low profile and focus on work. "It's fun to have drinks with friends, but I would never want to do anything that would sabotage my career," the single Spring Breakers actress tells Ocean Drive. "I'd rather have dinner and drinks at someone's house than go bats--t crazy in public. It's not my scene."

    Hollywood thinks Ashley Benson is too fat

    (Pic) “Pretty Little Liars” star Ashley Benson says she’s been called “too fat” by Hollywood.

    “I was just told I was too fat for a part,” thin Benson tells Ocean Drive magazine.

    “I’m a size 2! I cried for 30 minutes, but then you have to let it roll off your shoulders or it could cause a serious eating disorder. A lot of people in this industry hear they need to lose weight more times than they should.”

    Adding, “It does make you stronger, though. Because if you let that affect you. You can’t be in this industry—you’d go crazy.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Days has been renewed through September 2016.

    ALLA KOROT JOINS DAYS

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

    Greg Meng Interview

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

    BIG WEEKEND FOR DAYS’S JEN LILLEY

    Jen Lilley (Theresa, DAYS/ex-Maxie, GH) has a lot to smile about this weekend. Not only is she starring in the Lifetime movie, THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS on Saturday December 19, her version of "Jingle Bells" from her debut Christmas album, Tinsel Time is going to be in Mariah Carey's directorial debut, A CHRISTMAS MELODY, on the same night. “It's Christmas all around for me,” states the actress. "I'm hoping fans DVR her movie and watch mine live." Tinsel Time also made it into Amazon's top 5 best selling Jazz albums this week. For a sample or to purchase click here.

    Once Upon a Time Casts 'Warrior' Dorothy, to Battle Wicked Witch in Oz

    Chicago Fire alum Teri Reeves is set to heat things up in Once Upon a Time‘s Oz.

    TVLine has learned exclusively that Reeves has landed the recurring role of Kansas native Dorothy Gale, who since the last time we saw her has grown up to be a “brave warrior for good.”

    Having returned home to the Heartland at the end of Season 3’s Zelena-centric “Kansas” episode (and then played by Matreya Scarrwener), Dorothy returns to Oz to save the magical city from the most wicked of witches. But to do so, she will have to forge new friendships, unlocking a strength she has never had before.

    In addition to her Season 1 Chicago Fire run (as Casey’s ill-fated fiancée), Reeves’ TV credits include episodes of Castle, Scandal, NCIS and Three Rivers.

    ABC’s Once Upon a Time resumes Season 5 on March 6 with Episode 12; Reeves debuts in Episode 16.

    John Aniston Interview

    Would Jennifer Aniston Ever Guest-Star on Days of Our Lives? Here's What Her Dad John Aniston Says About That. Read the interview here.

    GREG VAUGHAN DISCUSSES DAYS EXIT

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

    Matthew Ashford Returns to Days of Our Lives as Jack Deveraux

    (tvinsider.com) So what if he was killed in an elevator crash? NBC’s Days of Our Lives is bringing back Jack Deveraux—the lovable rapscallion played by Matthew Ashford—who was last seen in 2012 when he sacrificed his life to save daughter Abigail (Kate Mansi). Sorry, romance fans, a big Jack and Jen (Melissa Reeves) reunion appears unlikely, since Ashford has only signed for a five-episode arc.

    Still, the news is surprising: Last summer, exec producer Ken Corday swore to the press there’d be no more Days characters coming back from the dead. Is the boss going back on his word already? Or will Jack be seen in spirit form?

    It’s all top secret for now, so we’ll just have to wait...and wait. Ashford is due to report for work the week of November 30 but—because Days shoots nearly half a year in advance—he won’t hit the air until late spring.

    DAYS'S NADIA BJORLIN PREGNANT

    Nadia Bjorlin (ex-Chloe, DAYS) announced on social media that she is expecting her first child — a boy — with new hubby Grant Turnbull. The couple wed on May 15. "So many things to be thankful for this year. New beginnings.... #HappyThanksgiving #thankful #BabyTurnbull #anchorbaby #ItsABoy." To see the announcement, click here.

    Mark Valley Joins ‘Famous In Love’

    Georgie Flores (CSI), Perrey Reeves (Entourage), Pepi Sonuga (Life Of A King) and Mark Valley (Human Target) have rounded out the cast of ABC Family drama pilot Famous In Love. The project, based on Rebecca Serle’s romantic novel, was written by Serle and I. Marlene King, executive producer/co-showrunner of ABC Family’s flagship drama series Pretty Little Liars.

    Famous In Love centers on Paige (Bella Thorne), an ordinary college student who gets her big break after auditioning for the starring role in a Hollywood blockbuster. She must now navigate her new star-studded life and undeniable chemistry with her two co-leads while uncovering the truth about what happened to a famous missing pop star.

    Flores will play Cassandra, Paige’s roommate and close friend, who is straightforward and a good friend. Reeves is Nina, Rainer’s smart and cunning mother, who is half of one of Hollywood’s most powerful couples. Confident and manipulative, she does whatever it takes to make sure things go her son’s way. Sonuga plays Tangey, a beautiful pop star who mysteriously disappeared from the public eye, and previously involved with both Rainer and Jordan. Valley will recur as Grant Devon, Rainer’s father, who is a major figure in Hollywood. In addition to Thorne, they join previously cast Carter Jenkins, Jesse Henderson, Keith Powers,and Niki Koss.

    Miguel Arteta is set to direct the pilot, which he will executive produce alongside King and Dan Farah. Serle co-executive produces the drama from Warner Horizon Television.

    PETER RECKELL SAYS GOODBYE

    (Cover) In the new issue of Digest, Peter Reckell discusses Bo’s death, his exit from Salem, and what it was like to film those final, heartbreaking scenes. “What’s keeping me from saying, ‘Killing Bo? That’s not a good idea,’ is … what I discovered over the past three years, and that is being a dad,” he says. "And the important role I have in my daughter’s life…. As important and as wonderful and inspirational as being Bo Brady is, this job of being Loden’s dad is more important to me at this time.” For the full story — plus commentary from co-star Kristian Alfonso (Hope) and Executive Producer Ken Corday — look for the new issue of Digest on stands this week.

    MORE DAYS FOR KRISTIAN ALFONSO

    DAYS fave Kristian Alfonso (Hope) has inked a new deal to stay in Salem. "I am excited and thrilled to be asked to continue to be a part of DAYS OF OUR LIVES," she tells Digest.

    INDIE SERIES AWARDS HOSTS ANNOUNCED

    DAYS’s Eric Martsolf (Brady) and Jen Lilley (Theresa) have been tapped to host the 7th Annual Indie Series Awards, which will be held on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at the historic El Portal Theater in North Hollywood, CA. Nominees will be announced on February 3, 2016. The ISAs celebrate the best in independently produced scripted entertainment created for the Web. Want to be there? Well, you can join your favorite stars, plus win a chance for a free pair of tickets to the award show. More information to be announced early next year on the website http://indieseriesawards.com.

    Days of our Lives 50th Anniversary Celebration Party

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

    DAYS CASTING NEW ROLE

    A casting call has gone out for a new contract role on DAYS. “Val" is a gorgeous, 25-year-old Caucasian female, who is described as “passionate, intelligent and sensitive. Val blows into town in a whirlwind… She appears successful on the outside, a girl who seems to have it all but … at times she has a fragility and [vulnerability] that gives us the feeling of a painful past that she desperately wants to keep secret.” The role will start taping in mid-to-late December, so expect the character to air next May.

    REAL ANDREWS TO DAYS

    Real Andrews, best known to soap fans for his stint as GH's Taggert, has landed a role on DAYS, he revealed on Facebook. "I am back. Thanks for all your support," he posted, along with this photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/96yfxGwhb4/.

    Memories From the Set: Charlotte Ross

    DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Ross' first TV role — right out of high school — was initiation by fire, thrown as she was into a frontburner storyline that involved a lot of eavesdropping ("They called me The Lurker") and threatening the Frankie/Jennifer romance. "It was 40 pages of dialogue a day, but it was a dream come true," she recalls of her debut as Eve, a "bitch you love to hate" kind of character. "I went to work in the dark, I came home in the dark and there was no hiatus, but it taught me a wonderful work ethic." Freaky fact: On Days, Ross played daughter to Charles Shaughnessy, but four years later they were cast as lovers in a TV-movie. "I had to straddle him on a pool table, and I remember thinking this is the most incorrect thing!"

    Castle Hosts OLTL Reunion With Guest Stars Kassie DePaiva, Tuc Watkins

    (Pic) Castle‘s New York City will meet Llanview, Pa. when not one but two One Life to Live alumni guest-star on the ABC series.

    Kassie DePaiva revealed on Twitter late Friday that she as well as former OLTL castmate Tuc Watkins are currently shooting an episode of Castle. Nathan Fillion, himself a OLTL alum, replied with his own thoughts on the mini-reunion:

    @NathanFillion: 22 years ago, I was 22 years old, and working my ass off with these two. Thanks for doing this, you guys. https://twitter.com/KassieDePaiva/status/662812854504976384 …

    @KassieDePaiva: ONE LIFE TO LIVE is back!!! Just kidding! Shooting #castle @NathanFillion @tucwatkins #oltl

    DePaiva of course portrayed Blair Cramer Manning on the now-defunct ABC sudser, while Watkins played bad boy David Vickers. Fillion played one of OLTL‘s early post-adolescence Joey Buchanans, and has always been great about helping get fellow soap grads onto Castle. (Last January, for example, Kamar de los Reyes fka OLTL‘s Antonio guest-starred in the telenovela-themed episode.)

    Though unconfirmed by ABC, it appears that Watkins and DePaiva will appear in Episode 10, “Witness for the Prosecution” (the second to air after the 10-week winter hiatus), as Roger and Joanna Mathis, marrieds who get pulled into a murder investigation. Roger worked as a cameraman for the deceased, while Joanna turns out to be a fan of Castle’s books.

    Watkins’ other TV credits include Major Crimes, Awkward and Desperate Housewives. DePaiva recently wrapped a run on Days of Our Lives, starred on Guiding Light and has guested on Baywatch and the original Melrose Place.

    Castle resumes Season 8 this Monday at 10/9c.

    Soap star accused of assault, resisting arrest in Scottsdale

    (kpho.com) (Mug Shot) SCOTTSDALE, AZ- According to the Scottsdale Police Department, a star of the long-running daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives was taken into custody by officers early Monday morning.

    According to the department’s Sgt. Ben Hoster, police were directed to the bar at W Hotel, located at 7277 E. Camelback Rd., about 12:30 a.m. in response to a call concerning an assault.

    When officers arrived, security officers were physically detaining a man identified as 21-year-old Casey Allen Moss.

    Police said Moss was intoxicated and instigated an altercation with bar staff after being cut off. Officers said Moss argued with a bartender and was restrained by a friend.

    Moments later, police said, Moss broke free and tried to punch the bartender but missed. Police said Moss then shoved another staff member before being tackled by a bouncer. Moss was held down until police arrived.

    When an officer asked for his name, Hoster said, Moss replied, “I’m Casey Moss, and I’m an actor on Days of our Lives.”

    Police said Moss then began to pull away from and struggle with the officer who was detaining him. He was then taken to the Scottsdale jail where he faces charges of assault, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

    According to his biography on Internet Movie Database, Moss has appeared in hundreds of episodes of Days of Our Lives as well as a series called Youthful Daze.

    DAYTIMERS JOIN YOUTHFUL DAZE

    Bryan R. Dattilo (Lucas, DAYS), Sean Kanan (Deacon, B&B), Cady McClain (ex-Kelly, Y&R et al), Melissa Archer (ex-Serena DAYS et al) and Andrew Trischitta (ex-Jack, OLTL) have all been tapped to appear in the upcoming season of the web soap YOUTHFUL DAZE. While details of their roles have not been released, the actors have tweeted the names of their characters. Dattilo will be playing Eric, Kanan will be playing cult leader Richie Kingsly, McClain will be playing Aunt Kathy, Archer will be playing Monica Reynolds and Trischitta will be playing Travis. The new season of YOUTHFUL DAZE will be available on their website, http://www.youthfuldaze.com/ beginning February 20, 2016.

    Arrow Season 4: Charlotte Ross' Return Extended for Multiple Episodes

    Felicity’s mom has really got it going on — in that the Arrow spitfire’s Season 4 visit has been extended into multiple episodes.

    TVLine — which last month broke the news of Charlotte Ross’ return for Episode 6 of the new season (premiering Wednesday, Oct. 7) — now has learned that Donna Smoak will also appear in Episodes 9 and 10.

    Sure sounds like mom and daughter will have a lot to discuss/deal with, yes…? A certain CEO’s daddy issues, perhaps? #IfWishesWereHorses

    Ross’ previous TV credits include Hit the Floor, Nashville, Glee, NYPD Blue and an Emmy-nominated Days of Our Lives run.

    Tim Matheson & Camila Banus Join FX Drama Pilot ‘Snowfall’

    Tim Matheson and Camila Banus have booked roles in Snowfall, FX’s drama pilot directed by John Singleton. Set in the early 1980s at the beginning of a crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles, it focuses on three main characters: ambitious dealer Franklin Saint (Damson Idris), ex-Mexican wrestler and now gangster Gustavo Zapata (Sergio Peris-Mencheta) and prodigal son Logan Miller (Billy Magnussen). Matheson will play Logan’s father George Miller, a wealthy oil titan. A mover and shaker in political circles, he is enraged and disgusted by his son’s antics.

    Banus will play Lucia Villanueva, whose father is a very successful drug dealer who almost certainly has given his daughter too much over the years. Born in Mexico but raised in the U.S., her entitlement masks a deeply scarred soul; she now wants to take control of her life through whatever means necessary.

    Matheson was recently a series regular on the CW’s Hart of Dixie, and over his career has appeared in such projects as Animal House, The West Wing, Burn Notice. and Fletch. He’s repped by Generate for management and The Gersh Agency. Emmy nominee Banus is known for appearing on Days of Our Lives on which she recently returned after a hiatus. She’s repped by Abrams Artists Agency and Dream Talent Management.

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

    Kevin Michael Martin and Bren Foster (ex-Quinn, Days) have been upped to series regulars for the third season of Michael Bay’s action-adventure TNT series The Last Ship.

    Martin, who recurred heavily in the first two seasons, plays Eric Miller, the well-intentioned seaman and youngest member of Cobra team. Foster plays Senior Chief Wolf Taylor, an Australian naval operator who joined the crew in Norfolk this past season.

    Based on William Brinkley’s novel, The Last Ship chronicles a global catastrophe that nearly decimates the world’s population. Because of its positioning, the Navy destroyer USS Nathan James avoided falling victim to the devastating tragedy, forcing Captain Chandler (Eric Dane), XO Slattery (Adam Baldwin) and the ship’s crew to confront the reality of their new existence in a world where they are among the few remaining survivors.

    Martin, repped by TalentWorks and Protege Entertainment, recently worked with David Fincher on HBO’s Video Synchronicity. Other credits include guest-starring roles on Desperate Housewives, NCIS and Franklin & Bash, as well as the TV movie Wild Card. Foster, repped by APA and Morrissey Management in Australia, is best known for his role as Quinn Hudson on the daytime drama Days Of Our Lives.

    The Last Ship comes to TNT from Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes and its partners, Brad Fuller, and Andrew Form. Bay, Fuller and Form serve as executive producers, along with creator-showrunners Hank Steinberg, Steven Kane and executive producer Michael Katleman.

    DAYS STAR RELEASES FILM

    Jason Cook (Shawn, DAYS) released his mockumentary, State Of Bacon, on Google Play and iTunes, on September 5 in honor of International Bacon Day. A description of the film reads, "The definitive mockumentary celebrating bacon fellowship at the annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival in Iowa. WWE legend Hacksaw Jim Duggan faces off against PETA, while a diplomatic envoy from Iceland steals Governor Terry Branstad's pardoned pig, all while Senator Chuck Grassley and a Bacon Queen reign over all things bacon." To view the trailer, go to: https://youtu.be/gM38MbuWVYU. Look for the actor to make his Salem comeback this fall.

    Same day episodes of Days of our Lives on @PopTV

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

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

    Eric Winter (Witches of East End) is about to find himself in a whole mess of trouble on Secrets and Lies.

    The former warlock will appear in the second season of ABC’s mystery drama — slated to return sometime midseason — as Neal Oliver, the best friend of Eric Warner (The Following‘s Michael Ealy), TVLine has confirmed.

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

    ebwinter : Very excited to be joining the cast of @secretsandliesabc for season 2! What will be in store for Neal?! #SecretsAndLies #ABC

    Secrets and Lies‘ second season will find Cornell investigating the murder of Kate Warner, with her husband Eric as a potential suspect. Additional Season 2 additions include Terry O’Quinn (Lost), Jordana Brewster (Dallas), Charlie Barnett (Chicago Fire), AnnaLynne McCord (90210) and Kenny Johnson (The Shield).

    Video: BIG SKY COUNTRY Kurth & Taylor

    Video: BIG SKY COUNTRY by Kurth & Taylor.

    DAYS’S EXECUTIVE PRODUCER PENS NOVEL

    DAYS’s Executive Producer, Ken Corday, will be signing copies of his new novel, Ladies of the Lake, at BookCon in New York City. Pick up a copy and head to the Javits Center (655 W. 34th Street) on Saturday, May 30 from 12:00-1:00pm at the ?Midpoint Trade Books Booth (#3174). The book follows the adventures of “beautiful, entitled … and lethal” families in the fictional, gated community of Avalon, CA.

    Days Sony Emails Archived by Wikileaks

    'Days of our Lives' Renewal, Inappropriate Behavior and "Dumb Book" Among 173,000 Leaked Sony Emails Archived by Wikileaks: Read the emails here.

    150 ICONS: Sioux City's Macdonald Carey enjoyed long acting career in Hollywood

    (siouxcityjournal.com) SIOUX CITY | “Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives.”

    Millions know Sioux City native Macdonald Carey for just those words, the introduction to the long-running soap, “Days of Our Lives.”

    But Carey was more than just patriarch Tom Horton on the NBC drama.

    Long before he became one of the first big names to try daytime television, he had an illustrious career in films.

    Born in Sioux City in 1913, Carey first caught the performing bug at Central High School where he sang in the school choir and appeared in Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. He parlayed that interest into a degree in drama at University of Iowa.

    Like so many stars during World War II, Carey juggled acting and military service. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1943 but also managed to make some of his biggest films – Alfred Hitchcock’s “Shadow of a Doubt” among them – during the same time.

    Carey then launched a career in television. Juggling both films and television, he played “Dr. Christian” on a syndicated television series and Herb Maris in “Lock-Up.” During television’s golden age in the 1950s, he was a regular on such anthologies as “Zane Grey Theater.”

    And then? Daytime television came calling. Carey signed on in 1965 as Dr. Tom Horton in “Days of Our Lives” and played the role until his death in 1994. He won the first two Daytime Emmys ever given for an actor in a soap opera. As a tribute to his contributions to the show, producers continue to use his voice to introduce each episode of the series.

    Carey’s autobiography, “The Days of My Life,” was released in 1991.

    Carey died March 21, 1994, less than a week after his 81st birthday. He is buried in Culver City, Calif., and remembered with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

    NEW PROJECT FOR DAYS’S CORDAY

    Corday Productions is partnering with the digital TruLOVE Network (which is owned by BroadLit, Inc.), to develop original television properties based on TruLOVE's extensive library of romance stories.

    “Our new projects with TruLOVE are sure to capture the hearts and fantasies of our viewers and we are thrilled to be in business with such trailblazing women as TruLove Network/BroadLit partners Cynthia Cleveland, Nancy Cushing-Jones, and Barbara Weller, and we look forward to unveiling more details soon, in true dramatic fashion,” said Ken Corday, CEO of Corday Productions/DAYS’s executive producer, in a statement. The first co-produced project is slated to be announced at the end of 2014.

    THAAO PENGHLIS RELEASES BOOK

    Today marks the release of Thaao Penghlis's (Victor, GH; ex-Tony/Andre, DAYS) book, Places: The Journey of My Days, My Lives. "It’s really about how I got here, who crossed my path, what were the signposts, who were my mentors, and the diversity and knowledge that I gained in my 20s that I still apply now at this stage of my life," he tells Digest. "It’s also about the travel journeys I have taken, the environment, the history, the people, the language, the food — all those things." DAYS also gets its own chapter."The good thing is, I never left with a bitter taste. There is no blame game because there was more great than there wasn’t in that experience," he says. To get your copy — paper or ebook — go to amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com.

    'Days of Our Lives' Producer Launches Digital Soaps Venture

    (variety.com) (Logo) Corday Productions, which produces NBC’s ”Days of Our Lives,” is teaming up with digital-media firm All Screens Media to launch Net Soaps/Net Novelas — a venture aiming to create and distribute original “interactive” soap operas online that let fans, thesps and advertisers participate in the shows’ development.

    The venture will focus on multilingual soaps for the U.S., Latin America and Brazil. Net Soaps/Net Novelas also is making a branded-content pitch to advertisers to integrate their products or services directly in the new digital series.

    “This new venture is about taking the passion consumers have for soaps and novelas into a new era,” said Ken Corday, CEO of Corday Productions, who has been exec producer of “Days of Our Lives” since 1985. “This will be original content that the fans will play a role in green lighting and casting, delivered in a form that can build devoted communities of fans in the digital space.”

    Launch of Net Soaps/Net Novelas comes after another online-soaps project has gone belly-up: Prospect Park Networks, which last year launched new versions of ABC soaps “One Life to Live” and “All My Children” online before becoming embroiled in a legal dispute with the Alphabet net, last month filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

    The principals behind Net Soaps/Net Novelas say their approach is very different. “Prospect Park was taking existing shows and platform-shifting them,” said All Screens Media founder Peter Heumiller, a former VP of content acquisition for Comcast Cable. “We are creating content in a forward-thinking way that gives us a unique platform to connect with people in multiple ways.”

    The sponsorship model is key for Net Soaps/Net Novelas, which has launched its website at netsoapstv.com. Advertisers can get involved to the point of making casting decisions for the shows, according to Heumiller. “It’s really coming full circle – soap operas were originally sponsored by the detergent companies,” he said.

    Net Soaps/Net Novelas plans to launch the digital soaps in the third quarter of 2014 quarter, via its own websites and distribution partners. Net Soaps is the English-language version targeted at American auds, while Net Novelas will encompass in-language programming for LatAm and Brazil.

    Corday Productions’ executive in charge of production Greg Meng will lead development of online portals that will engage consumers and actors in the creation of the content, via online casting and acting auditions, voting on show concepts and ongoing narrative turns. Actors will be able to upload video reels to Net Soaps/Net Novelas as part of the development process.

    “We do have a lot of access to amazing talent, not only daytime but primetime,” Meng said. “We are looking at creating these shows as hyperlocal location-based shows, appealing to local sponsors that have national appeal as well.” For example, a show set in Las Vegas might attract a casino sponsor, he said.

    The JV has seed funding from the partners, which are in discussions with potential sponsors and distribution partners, Heumiller said. In addition to original shoes, the venture will look to acquire programming.

    The Net Soap/Net Novelas team includes independent producer Rose Ganguzza, who has worked with Brazil’s TV Globo on international distribution and also served as president of Revlon/Latin America. Ganguzza will work with her sister, Patricia Ganguzza, whose AIM Productions provides product placement and sponsorship for corporate clients, on international promotional, talent, sponsorship and distribution deals for Net Soaps/Net Novelas.

    Also on board is soap-opera actress Crystal Chappell, who’s had prominent roles on “Days of our Lives,” “The Guiding Light,” “All My Children” and “Santa Barbara.” Chappell created and stars in subscription-based online soap, “Venice,” a short-form series now in its fourth season. She will work with Net Soaps / Net Novelas to vet concepts, produce and direct original shows and mentor new talent.

    Corday Productions’ “Days of Our Lives” has been a staple of daytime TV since 1965. The company has produced more than 12,000 episodes of the series with distribution in markets worldwide. In January, NBC announced the renewal of the sudser through September 2016.

    “The audience for soaps on TV has dropped, but it’s holding,” Meng said. The new venture, reaching digitally savvy soaps fans, “is an organic fit for us as daytime producers for more than 40 years… This takes us several steps ahead as far as watching when you want, where you want and how you interact with the show.”

    History of Advertising No 89: Irna Phillips' soap operas

    (mediaweek.co.uk) If Irna Phillips can’t be called the mother of the soap opera, she was without doubt its midwife who could see daytime drama’s potential for advertisers – and delivered massively on her vision.

    She was in the right place at the right time. It was 1930 and US radio networks and advertisers – particularly household-product manufacturers – were beginning to see the opportunities in marketing to housewives at a time when their husbands were working and their children at school.

    Phillips, then 29, was an unemployed schoolteacher and part-time radio actress when she was asked by WGN in Chicago to write and act in radio’s first serial drama, Painted Dreams.

    It was the story of a mother and her unmarried daughter and, although it began without sponsorship, Phillips included an engagement and a wedding in the plot to maximise product tie-ins.

    Painted Dreams marked the start of what proved to be a prodigious output. Over the next 43 years, she created or co-created 18 radio and TV serials, four of which were still on air when she died in 1973.

    One was The Guiding Light, centred on a minister and his church community in a Chicago suburb. Another was As The World Turns, featuring the residents of the fictional town of Oakdale, Illinois.

    Phillips, who introduced soap-opera conventions such as linking scenes with music and cliffhanger endings, was excited about transferring daytime drama to TV.

    In a 1948 letter to a Procter & Gamble senior executive, she envisioned sponsors’ products not only endorsed by her characters but used by them. However, she feared that women who had enjoyed radio drama while doing the housework would not be able to do so while watching TV.

    Things you need to know

    Phillips dictated her stories to secretaries for up to eight hours a day, producing an estimated two million words a year and earning more than $250,000 a year during the 40s.As The World Turns, the last daytime serial to be associated with P&G, was axed in 2010 after 54 years.

    Ma Perkins, one of the most successful US soap operas ever, ran from 1933 to 1960 promoting P&G’s Oxydol. It was created by Anne Hummert and her ad executive husband, Frank.

    NBC RENEWS ACCLAIMED DAYTIME DRAMA 'DAYS OF OUR LIVES' THROUGH 2015-16 SEASON

    NBC has extended its long-running daytime drama "Days of our Lives" for an additional two years, taking the show through September 2016. ‘Days’ will celebrate its 50th year on television in November 2015, continuing its tradition of passion, intrigue and adventure and cementing its place in television history.

    The extension was announced today by Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment.

    “‘Days of our Lives’ continues to be a fan favorite for the daytime audience and we are thrilled to keep it going through its 50th season,” said Salke. “‘Days’ has shown year-to-year increases in key female demographics and remains both relevant and fresh creatively due to the hard work of the producers, writers, cast and crew who have worked tirelessly to make ‘Days’ the ratings success it is today.

    “Having won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Daytime Drama, “Days of our Lives” continues to deliver on its legacy of quality storytelling,” said Steve Kent, Senior EVP, Programming, Sony Pictures Television. “We appreciate NBC’s continued support and are excited to celebrate the show’s 50thanniversary with our generations of dedicated fans.”

    “We are thrilled to continue being a part of the NBC family and to have the support of our incredible network and studio executives who work tirelessly to allow us to continue telling our stories and share the ‘Days’ legacy with our devoted family of fans," said Ken Corday, executive producer "Days of our Lives."

    “Days of our Lives” currently is delivering its best season in women 18-49 viewers in three years and biggest season in total viewers in four years. Executive producer Ken Corday follows in the tradition of his parents, Betty and Ted Corday, who co-created "Days of our Lives" and helmed the series for many years. “Days” (Monday-Friday, 1-2 p.m. ET) first premiered as a half-hour drama in 1965 and expanded to an hour 10 years later.

    In its 48-plus years, “Days of our Lives” has garnered 232 Daytime Emmy nominations and 36 wins, including a recent Emmy win for Outstanding Daytime Drama. The show's success derives from its consistent commitment to excellence in writing and storytelling -- supported by a diverse ensemble of performers -- and an uncanny knack for anticipating viewer interests. "Days” is set in the fictitious Midwestern town of Salem. The core families are the Bradys, the Hortons and the DiMeras. The multi-layered storylines involve elements of romance, adventure, mystery, comedy and drama.

    “Days of our Lives” is produced by Corday Productions Inc. in association with Sony Pictures Television. Corday is executive producer with co-executive producers Greg Meng and Lisa De Cazotte. Gary Tomlin and Christopher Whitesell are the head writers.

    DAYS Stars Create Rap Video

    Meredith Scott Lynn (Anne) and Jen Lilley (Theresa) have created a rap video riffing on the show, stars and behind the scenes crew. The video includes appearances from Alison Sweeney (Sami) and several other Salemites, along with clips from the show. “Jen Lilley [Theresa] is hilarious, on and off camera,” enthuses Lynn. “She’s a very funny, funny person. We connected with our humor in the hair and makeup room. So we created something together. It’s a surprise for the fans, the crew, the show, and all of the people who love DAYS. When you watch it you’ll get a whole other layer of the Anne and Theresa experience!” Watch the clip here: Video.

    Book: Days of our Lives Better Living

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    The Star Attraction by Alison Sweeney

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

    Days is on Pinterest

    The Official DOOL Pinterest account is up and running at pinterest.com/nbcdool

    Tell-All Tome About Y&R And B&B!

    Soaps In Depth editor Michael Maloney, along with Lee Phillip Bell, has written an authorized biography of Bell's late husband, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS and THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL creator William J. Bell. The Young and Restless Life Of William J. Bell is set to hit bookstores on June 1 and is available for pre-order now on Amazon.com.

    The book details the Chicago native's pre-soap opera life as an advertising executive in the era just before MAD MEN to his unparalleled career as television's most prolific writer. Bell not only is the mastermind behind the two surviving CBS soaps, but he also wrote for suders GUIDING LIGHT, AS THE WORLD TURNS (for nine years), and ANOTHER WORLD, which he co-created along with his mentor, soap opera legend Irna Phillips. In 1966, Bell left Phillips and took over as headwriter of DAYS OF OUR LIVES, saving the show from cancelation.

    The Young And Restless Life Of William J. Bell offers insights into Bill's creative process -- how he felt about recasting, publicity, spoilers, sweeps, stunt casting and, of course, storytelling! The tome contains backstage dish and never-before-seen photos from the Bell family's personal albums. Lee's successful career as a broadcast journalist in the days of live television in Chicago is also covered, and the book contains information from the "bibles" for AW, Y&R and B&B that any soap fan will want to read!

    Over 65 people -- including family members, actors, writers, producers, network executives and other notables from the soap opera world -- were interviewed for this book that every soap fan will want to have! So pre-order your copy today!

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

    Daytime Soap Opera Stars Release Epic Historical Novel

    Decadent Publishing is excited to announce the release of TRUMPET, by Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes, stars of daytime television’s Days of Our Lives. Their debut novel, full of fascinating facts researched on site, is a historical romp through the theatrical world of the Regency Era. The adventures of heroine Elizabeth Trumpet, from innocence to experience, include famous characters of the time. Trumpet’s conflicts with love and fame in history’s most elegant yet brutal age mirror women’s struggles in our own turbulent times.

    Hayes and Hayes enthusiastically spent their lives acting; this wealth of wit and experience colors every page. Their enticing fiction moves from 1803 London to Egypt, the blossoming America and beyond with heartfelt emotion and adventurous fun - just like the romantic scenes Bill and Susan love to play.

    Decadent Publishing co-owner Heather Bennett states, “Bill and Susan’s television fans will be ecstatic with Trumpet’s colorful cast of characters and the actors’ famous sense of humor that shines through in the story. Historical fiction aficionados will find the depth of research and rich characterization impressive.”

    Trumpet is now available in ebook format at Decadent Publishing, Bono Books and Amazon. The print version will be released in May.

    Arianne Zucker and LifeCHANGE

    Arianne Zucker (Nicole Days Of Our Lives) has worked with a number of different charities over the years, including as an ambassador for Habitat for Humanity of the San Fernando Valley and on a number of trips with the USO. She has also worked with the St. Bernard Project in New Orleans. Now, she has started LifeCHANGE, a project dedicated to making a difference by creating opportunity.

    LifeCHANGE the show will take six young adults, ranging in age from 18-25, on a journey that will seek to change their lives, as well as the lives of those around them, through volunteering. "Why we picked that age is because I know for me, personally, I was a little lost," Arianne shared. "I didn't have a lot of direction myself at that age. I didn't go straight to college. I went off and modeled because luckily I was born 5'9" but not because that's what I wanted to be when I grew up. I know that to me that was a very important time."

    Arianne continued, telling us that she believes those years are "a very vital time in your life. We picked that time so that young adults could see what is out there, whether it be difficult situations or whether it be opportunities for them to maybe become a philanthropist. Maybe all of a sudden they meet someone and they decide they want to be a mathematician! Who knows? Somebody that will affect them to become something more. That's how my brother and I envisioned this."

    Arianne began working on this project with her older brother in 2007; they brought in former Days castmate Jason Cook because he has done a couple of documentaries. And she sees this most definitely being in the style of a documentary, not the reality television that most of us have become so accustomed to. LifeCHANGE will be "done in such a way where it's heartfelt without having to manipulate a situation. We have enough issues of our own and to capture that on television, that's enough. We don't need to manipulate anything. We want to educate and just be able to relate. I know even for my character, people will relate to her when she goes through certain things, through the miscarriage especially, or being torn in relationships or being with men who you don't really want to be with, just because."

    People relate to the character of Nicole and she can affect them through her many trials and tribulations, but through LifeCHANGE, Arianne hopes to affect people in a much more positive manner. "You do affect people, more than you know," she avers. "You affect people when you're standing in line at the grocery store... But no matter what, I'm taking six kids a year. And I'm going to make a difference in their lives. And I'm not only making a difference in their lives; it really almost changes you more as a person. And everybody benefits, from the trip and from the journey. You reach the destination but the journey just begins. It's so beautiful."

    What if you're not one of the lucky six chosen for this first round? How can your life be changed? "What we've done, too, what we've made available on our LifeCHANGE website and our blog area are organizations that we have worked with, will be working with, will be continuing to work with, because not one thing is near and dear to everyone's heart," Arianne told us. "I feel like if you're not one of the six people who we've chosen to go on this trip, that doesn't mean that you can't change your life on your own. Or be motivated to do it yourself. Or find a group of friends that say, hey, you know what? Our friend so-and-so is going through a tough time right now. Let's make a difference. Those are the things that we want to inspire."

    "Let's start this whole butterfly effect," Arianne continued. "Because the more positive we are – and I'm kind of corny spiritual in that way – but the more positive we are, the more positive energy we'll put into the air. Think about it. When your boss comes in angry or your teacher comes in angry, who's the next one to get it? It goes down, down, down. Then your mom comes home mad because she was yelled at at work. Now the kids are affected. If you don't believe in that, or if that's not proof enough in the pudding right there, I don't know what is. What if that boss gave you a bonus today? And it rippled down to your employees. Now your mom comes home in the best mood and you got a cake for dinner!"

    And who doesn't want cake for dinner?!

    To learn more about how you can get your own cake and make a positive difference in people's lives, please visit www.lifechangetheshow.com.

    Set to begin in Summer 2012, LifeCHANGE will offer its six participants the opportunity to travel, build new relationships and experience the warmth that results from helping others in need, while overcoming challenges, tests and obstacles on their path to self-discovery. Participants will be carefully selected upon review of their two-minute online video submission and questionnaire explaining why they would like to take this chance. Episodes will be made available to the general public on the LifeCHANGE website.

    A Stirring from Salem

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    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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