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

    • Jen Lilley as Theresa Donovan
    • Meredith Scott Lynn as Anne Milbauer
    • Kate Mansi as Abigail Deveraux
    • Eric Martsolf as Brady Black
    • Joseph Mascolo as Stefano DiMera
    • Peggy McCay as Caroline Brady
    • Casey Moss as JJ Deveraux
    • True O'Brien as Paige Larson
    • Terrell Ransom Jr. as Theo Carver
    • Melissa Reeves as Jennifer Horton
    • James Reynolds as Abe Carver
    • Suzanne Rogers as Maggie Horton Kiriakis
    • James Scott as EJ DiMera
    • Freddie Smith as Sonny Kiriakis
    • Chrishell Stause as Jordan Ridgeway
    • Alison Sweeney as Sami Brady
    • Josh Taylor as Roman Brady
    • Greg Vaughan as Eric Brady
    • Guy Wilson as Will Horton
    • Rob Wilson as Ben Rogers
    • 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




    July 28
    Kristen returns; Brady's fate is decided; Marlena gets a bad feeling about John; Nicole tells Eric about her decision.
    July 29
    Kristen wants answers from Daniel; Eve blackmails Theresa into helping her; Sami enlists Kayla in her mission to destroy Abigail; Will strikes back at his mother.

    July 30
    Sami's latest stunt infuriates Abigail; Kate makes a proposal to Victor; Daniel realizes what Kristen is planning for Brady; Eric struggles with his feelings.
    July 31
    Abigail and Sami face off; Victor's revelation stuns E.J.; Kristen uses force to get what she wants; Rafe catches Jordan with Clyde.
    August 1
    Sami drops a bomb on Jordan; Clyde warns Ben; Eve turns to Maggie for help; Daniel turns the tables on Kristen.
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    (The winner will compete vs. the other soaps starting August 1 on the Main page)

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    (News section last updated July 29, 2014)

    CSI Recruits Mark Valley to Team With (and Romance?) Finlay

    Here’s a case for the CSIs: Can a new private investigator — played by Mark Valley (ex-Jack, Days) — get the drop on Finlay’s heart?

    Valley (Fringe, Body of Proof) will join the CBS prodcedural as a former detective/current P.I. who teams with Elizabeth Shue’s character when his partner goes missing, EW.com reports.

    Though the two don’t get along swimmingly from the start, they do feel a strong attraction.

    Valley’s other credits include Human Target, Crisis and Harry’s Law.

    CSI returns Sunday, Sept. 28, at 10/9c.

    DAYS CASTING ANOTHER NEW ROLE

    DAYS is seeking a gorgeous male of any ethnicity in his mid-to-late 30s, with a strong voice and presence, for a new recurring role. The new character, called "Ted" in the breakdown, is described as a "mysterious man who has been betrayed by a loved one and has his sights set on revenge."

    Alison Sweeney Quit Soap Stardom To Put Family First

    (people.com) No one can question Alison Sweeney's work ethic.

    For the past two decades, the actress, who plays fan favorite Sami Brady on NBC's Days of Our Lives, was up at 5 a.m., often clocking 12-hour days five days a week on the show's Burbank set.

    And that was just her day job.

    Sweeney is also the host of NBC's The Biggest Loser and the author of two novels about show business.

    "I've always been willing to work hard," says Sweeney, 37, who is enjoying some rare peace at the home she shares in the Hollywood Hills with her husband, Dave Sanov, and their two kids.

    "I love what I do, and I'm passionate about it," the actress reflects as she curls up on the couch to enjoy a glass of red wine.

    "I'd want my epitaph to be 'Ali Sweeney: She worked hard.'"

    But there comes a time when the grind gets to be too much.

    In January Sweeney announced her retirement from Days in order to spend more time with her two children, Ben, 9, and Megan, 5.

    On May 23 she shot her final scenes. Since then she's been enjoying a new life as an almost-stay-at-home mom.

    Video: Eileen Davidson Returns to Days of Our Lives

    Hide your husbands and your sons! Emmy winner Eileen Davidson is heading back to NBC's Days of Our Lives as maniacal mantrap Kristen DiMera and, as you can see in this exclusive preview clip, she's already roped in Dr. Daniel Jonas (Shawn Christian) — literally. When last seen, Kristen had caused a major scandal in Salem when she was caught (on video!) drugging and raping Catholic priest Eric Brady (Greg Vaughan).

    Davidson hits the air Monday, July 28, but will soon be doing double duty because she's also returning to CBS's The Young and the Restless as heroine Ashley Abbott. Or is she doing triple duty? A new, unconfirmed report from People.com hints that the actress is joining the cast of Bravo's The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills!

    Check out the clip here.

    DAYS’S MOSS IN CONCERT

    DAYS’s Casey Moss (JJ) will perform with his band, Eyes of One, tonight, Thursday, July 24, at Whiskey A Go Go on the famed Sunset Strip. Moss’s band is the opening act at Fozzy’s CD release party. The event begins at 7:45 pm. Tickets are $20. For more information visit whiskyagogo.com.

    DAYS CASTING TWO ROLES

    Two casting calls have gone out for new roles on DAYS. The first is for the contract role of Bob, who is described as a 50-60 year old computer geek who is somewhat attractive. The second is for a gorgeous Japanese woman between the ages of 40 and 50 to play Tori Norita. She is the proud mother of a 25-year old son and lives in Japan, but longs to be in the States with her son to support his career. The role is recurring.

    Alison Sweeney: Life After Days 'Feels Crazy'

    (people.com) Ever since she was 16, Alison Sweeney often logged 12 hour days, five days a week on the set of Days of Our Lives.

    But the former soap star, 37, who sat down at her Hollywood Hills home to discuss her decision to leave the NBC show for this week's PEOPLE, says she's happy to be free, if not a little antsy.

    "It feels crazy," says the almost-stay-at-home mom of her new lighter schedule. After filming her last scenes on May 23, "I'm like, 'I think I'll go work out.' It's whatever I want to do right now."

    She still keeps busy with hosting The Biggest Loser a few months out of the year, and penning novels (her latest, Scared Scriptless, hit shelves in June).

    But Sweeney's relishing the time she now has to spend with husband Dave Sanov and their two kids, son Ben, 9, and daughter Megan, 5.

    Before, "Ben would wake up really early just so he could have breakfast with me before I went to work, and that sat with me. I'd like to be there for them and not feel like I have nine other things going on."

    And the little ones couldn't be happier. "They were jumping up and down," Sanov says of when his kids heard the news. "They don't watch Days but knowing the character of 'Mom' will actually be taking them to school in the mornings is super cool."

    For more on Alison Sweeney's career move, including highlights from her decades playing the conniving Sami Brady, pick up this week's issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

    Lisa Rinna Joining Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

    The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is welcoming a new member into its ranks.

    Lisa Rinna has signed on for the Bravo show's fifth season, Us Weekly reports. Rinna, 51, is a longtime friend of cast members Kyle Richards and Lisa Vanderpump, a source tells Us. Richards, her sister Kim, and Vanderpump are all scheduled to return for Season 5. (Season 4 cast members Joyce Giraud andCarlton Gebbia have been let go, and it's unclear whether Brandi Glanville and Yolanda Foster will be back.)

    Rinna got her start playing Billie Reed on Days of Our Lives. She's gone on to host several entertainment shows, and has also appeared on Dancing with the Starsand Celebrity Apprentice.

    Do you think Rinna will be a good addition to the Real Housewives?

    Eileen Davidson Is Joining RHOBH, Says Source

    (people.com) One way to add more drama to The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills? Throw in a couple of former soap opera stars.

    Just a week after PEOPLE learned that Days of Our Lives alum Lisa Rinna will appear in the Bravo series, a source says that Eileen Davidson is now set to join her soap opera star pal next season on the reality show.

    The new additions will take the place of former housewives Carlton Gebbia and Joyce Giraud.

    While Davidson, 55, and Rinna, 51, might be newbies when it comes to the Housewives franchise, this won't be the first time they've appeared together on television.

    Davidson first got her start on the daytime soap Days of Our Lives in 1993 when she starred as the villainous Kristen DiMera alongside Lisa Rinna, who played Billie Reed from 1992 to 1995. Both actresses later returned to reprise their roles on the NBC series.

    Bravo has yet to officially confirm whether Davidson is joining the cast.

    Kevin Spirtas Interview

    Days of Our Lives Star Kevin Spirtas on Tabloid Magazines and the Rise of Mr. Confidential. Read the Theater Mania interview here.

    DAYS ALUM'S NEW MAN

    (Photo) Nadia Bjorlin (ex-Chloe) made her red carpet debut with new beau, Grant Turnbull, last night at Evander Holyfield's ESPYs Party. The actress previously dated soap alum Brandon Beemer (ex-Owen, B&B; ex-Shawn, DAYS).

    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.

    Deidre Hall visits THRS

    (Video) Daytime TV legend Deidre Hall, who is best known for her starring role on “Days of Our Lives” as Dr. Marlena Evans, joined The Hampton Roads Show in studio Monday.

    She talked about her role on the popular daytime soap opera over the past 35 years. Hall also shared some details about her book “Days of our Lives: Better Living,” and a local Hampton Roads book signing event. Her books are also available at deidrehall.com.

    Deidre Hall Book Signing
    July 15 – 10 a.m. to Noon
    Barnes & Noble – Pembroke, Virginia Beach

    Watch Days of our Lives Weekdays at 1 p.m. on WAVY TV 10

    Lisa Rinna Is Joining The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

    Beverly Hills, meet your new Housewife!

    Lisa Rinna is set to join the cast of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, multiple sources confirm to E! News. Set to premiere in the fall, Lisa Vanderpump, Brandi Glanville, Kyle Richards, Kim Richards and Yolanda Foster have all signed on to return for a fifth season.

    The former Melrose Place star will fill one of the voids left by the exits of Joyce Giraud and Carlton Gebbia, who were fired after just one season on the Bravo reality hit.

    Funny enough, Rinna, who is married to former L.A. Law star Harry Hamlin, ardently shot down rumors that she would ever join the franchise in May 2013.

    "Basically that was never gonna happen," the former Celebrity Apprentice star told E! News. She later tweeted, "For the record, no. I am not going to be a housewife. Keep calm and carry on."

    Looks like she had a change of heart!

    The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills recently reunited the old cast, with original Housewives Camille Grammer, Adrienne Maloof and Taylor Armstrong all spotted filming with the series' current stars. And former frenemies Adrienne and Brandi were even spotted hugging!

    "At the end of the day, neither one of them wanted to keep fighting," a source told E! News.

    Ashley Benson -- Pervy Security Guard Must Stay Clear of 'Pretty Little Liars' Star

    "Pretty Little Liars" star Ashley Benson just got a measure of security from a judge ... who ordered a creepy security guard on what he called a sexual mission from God to stay clear of her.

    49-year-old James Gorton Jr. -- who worked as a guard on the lot where PLL is filmed -- must stay 100 yards clear of her for 3 years.

    We broke the story ... Gorton claimed he had sexual feelings for Benson and believed she was silently communicating with him ... saying God ordained him to be with her.

    Gorton won't get closer to PLL than a TV set ... he's been fired from his security post.

    PRIME-TIME GIGS FOR DAYS EMMY WINNER

    Eric Martsolf, who just took home the Outstanding Supporting Actor Emmy as DAYS's Brady, has been cast in two prime-time series. The actor is currently playing Ben, the voice of the computer program in Halle Berry's CBS series EXTANT, which premiered last night, and will appear on TNT's RIZZOLI & ISLES on Tuesday, July 15.

    Talk Show Appearance

    THE TALK - July 16 - CBS
    Actress, author and television host Alison Sweeney

    DAYS' Sweeney To Direct GH

    DAYS OF OUR LIVES star Alison Sweeney (Sami) is heading to GENERAL HOSPITAL... to direct! Stepping behind the camera is nothing new for the fan favorite, who has directed many episodes of the NBC soap since 2011. "I'm really excited," Sweeney tells Soaps In Depth exclusively. "I've been 'shadowing' some of the directors there."

    And while the episode she's slated to direct won't feature former DAYS co-star Kirsten Storms (ex-Belle; now GH's Maxie), the actress is excited to work with some new faces. "I get to direct Michelle Stafford (Nina), which I'm really looking forward to," she enthuses. "I'm really excited to work with like Roger Howarth (Franco). I've just admired him from afar so I'm looking forward to working with him."

    Sweeney is also exploring producing, acting as executive producer as well as star of the upcoming Hallmark Channel movie Radio Hype. "It's about a woman who is getting into being a female talk radio DJ," she previews.

    Although ABC hasn't announced an airdate for Sweeney's GH episode yet, we'll be sure to keep you in the loop. Same with her Hallmark Channel movie as co-stars and an airdate are revealed!

    Soap Stars Talk About Fun Fan Moments

    Soap Stars Talk About Fun Fan Moments: Video.

    NEW PROJECT FOR DAYS STAR

    Shawn Christian (Daniel, DAYS) has cast Eric Roberts (ex-Vance, Y&R) in his latest project, SPANNERS. Christian, who stars as Dr. Adam Parr, an 8000-year-old immortal, shares, “Eric plays Adam’s brother, who leaves clues on a videotape right before he’s murdered. He’s also an immortal. So Peter has to solve the mystery of his immortal brother’s death.” Christian is also executive producer of SPANNERS. To view a trailer, visit http://www.spannersthemovie.com/.

    Video: The Moment Days of Our Lives Fans Are Dying to See

    (Video) Sami Brady is no fool. The Days of Our Lives supervixen (played by Alison Sweeney) knows that her man, EJ DiMera (James Scott), had an affair with young Abigail Deveraux (Kate Mansi). In fact, Sami has known about their torrid trysts for quite a while and has been playing the secret lovers like a Stradivarius violin. Now, with EJ behind bars, it's time for him to really get busted — and nobody can do that quite like our Samantha Jean. This much-awaited moment will air on the NBC soap July 9 and 10. But TV Guide Magazine has an exclusive preview now!

    Ashley Benson Is the New Face of H&M

    (Photo1, Photo2) If David Beckham for H&M didn’t do it for you yesterday, maybe the latest news from the massive retailer will do the trick. They’ve signed on Pretty Little Liars star Ashley Benson to front their ad campaign for H&M Divided, a collection aimed at younger, trendy consumers that launches in stores and online today. Shot in L.A. by photographer Mariano Vivanco, the ads show Benson with tousled locks and smoky eyes, posing in a variety of cute looks from statement tees to striped crop top outfits — and of course, lots of cute accessories (like a PLL star would have anything else).

    “I love to dress down and be comfortable, but I also love a good chance to get dressed up!” Benson said in the statement, which also noted that the collection is “in line with Ashley’s own personal style … laid back with a feminine twist.” Want to shop her closet? We’re told she was partial to the cross-body lips bag, above, and the high waisted skirts.

    MELINDA CLARKE JOINS DALLAS

    Melinda Clarke (ex-Faith, DAYS; ex-Julie, THE O.C.), is set to join DALLAS when its third season resumes on August 18. She'll play Tracey McKay, who was Bobby's girlfriend from the original series (then played by Beth Toussaint, ex-Hope, Y&R). Tracey is the daughter of Ewing enemy Carter McKay, whose grandson, Hunter, became a player on the TNT drama this season.

    Revenge of the Soap Opera: Ratings Up 15 Percent

    After a depressing run that saw many dramas get axed, soaps are seeing a resurgence in this year's Daytime Emmys race.

    This story first appeared in the June 27 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

    When Peter Bergman began his career as a soap opera star more than 30 years ago, it seemed the public's -- and The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' -- appetites for daytime dramas were insatiable. He earned the first of his 19 Emmy nominations for playing Dr. Cliff Warner on All My Children and in 1989 moved on to play Jack Abbott on CBS' stalwart contender The Young & the Restless, which then was (as it is now) the top-rated U.S. soap opera. Then, around the mid-'90s, daytime dramas slowly were pushed into the Daytime Emmy shadows as talk shows, game shows, reality and other programming grabbed the spotlight.

    Three years ago -- in the wake of the cancellation of two long-running soaps -- something unexpected happened. Interest in soaps, and their ratings, began to rise again -- up nearly 15 percent in the past year.

    The rebound has been reflected in this year's race of the 41st Daytime Emmy Awards, where soaps once again have the most nominations: Y&R has 26, followed by The Bold and the Beautiful (both on CBS) with 18 and ABC's General Hospital with 16.

    After ABC canceled All My Children and One Life to Live in 2011, there were only four soaps left on broadcast TV, compared with 19 at the height of their popularity in 1970. Then things turned around. "Yes, we've reduced the number of soaps, but there are still enough people who think, 'That's my kind of entertainment; let's see what's left,' " says Bergman of the shift.

    Soap viewership started to take a dive around 20 years ago largely because millions of women joined the work force and no longer were at home watching TV. The rising popularity of the DVR has countered that trend, making it possible for all those fans to watch. Also, it has been easier for them to engage with one another through social media, where they can discuss the genre's ever-edgier storylines, such as gay-bullying on NBC's Days of Our Lives and a character deciding whether to get an abortion on CBS' The Bold and the Beautiful.

    Jill Phelps, executive producer of Y&R who has the distinction of having held that title on six soaps over the past three decades, says the shows have been made over for a cooler audience. "The stories have more edge, there are quicker editing cuts and newer music," says Phelps. "The pace, tone and sophistication have changed. We have smarter viewers, and I think that's true of all the soaps. It's an overall hipper viewing audience."

    Melissa Egan, who plays Chelsea Lawson on Y&R and is nominated for a Daytime Emmy for the fifth time in six years, says she hears from fans who have remained loyal but also finds that a new generation is tuning in. And the writing has gotten so much better, says Egan, who joined Y&R in 2011 after spending five years on All My Children. "It's a shame that soaps get a bad rap [critically]. Many of the actors are amazing. It's like doing a new play every day."

    No one knows better than Bergman. On the day he spoke with THR, he had 30 pages of dialogue to memorize and another 30 the next day. There are no teleprompters or cue cards, and most scenes on Y&R shoot in one take.

    "He has an unbelievable energy and theatricality that makes him delicious to watch," says Phelps. Bergman is humbled but also quick to defend his peers and fellow soap contenders: "To me, good acting is simply good acting."

    The Best Soap Opera Moments of 2013

    (variety.com) There may be only four broadcast soaps left but the folks at “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Days of Our Lives,” “General Hospital” and “The Young and the Restless” served up plenty of sudsy, sensational moments in 2013 — many of which will earn gold statues June 22 at the 41st annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

    “Bold’s” most combustible moment last year was Katie ripping into her husband, Bill, and her sister, Brooke, over the affair they had while she battled post-partum depression.

    “We submitted that for Outstanding Drama Series,” says Bradley Bell, nominated as “Bold’s” executive producer and head writer. “The storyline’s a timeless classic, and there were so many great performances.”

    “Bill and Katie had been married for four years, which in daytime is an eternity,” notes Heather Tom, a five-time Emmy winner and a nominee this year for lead actress. “People are really invested in them so when it unraveled it was heartbreaking.”

    Among “Days’” highlights was Kristen and Brady’s wedding, which came to an abrupt halt after the groom’s mother played footage of the bride’s sexy romp with Eric — the priest officiating at the ceremony!

    “That was the culmination of a long story arc,” says nominee Greg Meng, “Days’” co-executive producer. “Eileen Davidson (a lead actress nominee for her perf as Kristen) gave a brilliant performance. We also had Will and Sonny’s romance, and some dark comedy moments with Kate, Sami and Gabi disposing of Nick’s ‘body.’”

    Fans of “Restless” ran through several boxes of tissues during the storyline in which young Delia was unintentionally struck dead by Adam’s car after her father left her unsupervised for just a few fatal moments. “It was a very difficult story to tell,” says nominee Jill Farren Phelps, “Restless’” executive producer. “The primary source of the story was to tell the journey of two fathers — and all that happens with them and the people who were affected by this.”

    Another standout for “Restless” was the tribute to the late Jeanne Cooper, who played matriarch Katherine Chancellor on the show for 40 years.

    “That episode was a love letter to Jeanne,” says Angelica McDaniel, senior vice president, CBS Daytime. “We had 25 cast members on set to share their emotions. Jeanne’s last moment had her going up the stairs as (her rival) Jill asked if she could help. It was written for Katherine to say no. Jeanne added a ‘good night.’ And that was the last time we saw Katherine.”

    The tribute program earned a Special Class nomination.

    However, not all the memorable moments of soaps from last year are up for accolades. While eight “GH” actors were nominated, the show itself was surprisingly shut out in series, writing and directing categories.

    The most polite word that could be used about the glaring snubs is “ironic” since “GH’s” dream team, executive producer Frank Valentini and head writer Ron Carlivati, delivered one memorable moment after another last year. The pair resurrected the Nurses Ball (which featured Rick Springfield performing “Jessie’s Girl”), staged a deadly confrontation between Luke and Laura and evil Helena Cassadine, revisited the classic Lesley/Monica feud, and brought back veteran Rachel Ames as Audrey to celebrate the show’s 50th anniversary episode.

    Finola Hughes, strangely absent from the lead actress category, briefly played a dual role in which she brought to life both Anna and evil Dr. Obrecht, masquerading as Anna. “Finola gave just enough so that you knew something was off,” Carlivati says. “She was brilliant.”

    “One of the real highlights (from 2013) is that our ratings are so strong,” says Valentini. “ ‘GH’ is vital and alive. That’s our most important accomplishment.”

    DAYS STAR HOSPITALIZED

    Deidre Hall (Marlena, DAYS) announced on her Facebook page that Peggy McCay (Caroline) has been hospitalized after an accident on set. "Darling Peggy McCay took a fall on set Monday and was hospitalized," she reported. "I'm happy to say, she is recovering and in good spirits. Please send thoughts her way."

    Ashley Benson Restraining Order -- Security Guard Claims God ORDERED Him To Pursue PLL Star

    An ex-security guard wanted a sexual relationship with Ashley Benson because that's just the way God wanted it ... according to court docs Benson filed to keep the guy away from her.

    The "Pretty Little Liars" star got a temporary restraining order Wednesday against James Gorton Jr. -- a married, 49-year-old who was recently fired from his job as a guard on the Warner Bros. lot where PLL is filmed.

    Gorton has told people he has a relationship with Benson ... that he has sexual feelings for her ... and that God instructed him to pursue her romantically ... according to court docs obtained by TMZ.

    According to studio security officials ... Gorton told them he felt a special connection with Benson after she happened to glance at him one day, and believed she and others were silently communicating messages to him.

    Gorton has since been fired, but Benson says she fears he may still try to track her down at her home.

    Gorton is now required to stay at least 100 yards away.

    EILEEN DAVIDSON SIGNS CONTRACT WITH Y&R

    Although Eileen Davidson has been jumping between Y&R and DAYS to play two very popular characters (Ashley and Kristen, respectively), the actress has decided to stay put on the soap where she got her start by signing a contract with Y&R. “They has been reaching out for quite a while and wondering what I wanted, so the deal we made suits my life very well,” she reports. "I’m really happy. I’ve put in a lot of years in this medium, which I don’t take for granted, so I’m very grateful." Davidson will start airing in early September, while her 12-week story arc on DAYS is playing out.

    DAYS STAR'S BABY JOY

    Bryan R. Dattilo (Lucas, DAYS) and wife, Elizabeth, have welcomed a baby girl, the actor shared on Twitter. "So its official. We have a new member of the fam...Delila Dattilo. Little baby girl. Thanks for all the good wishes," he wrote. Dattilo has a son, Gabriel, 14, from a previous marriage. Congratulations!

    Alison Sweeney Talks 'Days Of Our Lives' Exit; Will Sami Return?

    (accesshollywood.com) (Video) Alison Sweeney is saying goodbye to “Days of our Lives” this week.

    The actress has played Sami Brady on the soap opera for almost 22 years. Why did she choose to leave the show now?

    “It just felt right,” Ali – who also hosts NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” – told Billy Bush and Kit Hoover on Monday’s Access Hollywood Live. “I talked to my husband about it. I did ‘Biggest Loser’ and ‘Days’ [simultaneously] for seven years. It’s been a long time and a lot of no sleep!

    “I think I just finally decided that I was ready to take a leap of faith with wanting to do other things, try new sides to my career, spend more time with my kids,” she added.

    The actress, whose new novel “Scared Scriptless” is available now, said she’s not nervous about leaving “Days,” but knows it will be emotionally tough.

    “I’m not scared… but I know that I will miss Sami,” she said. “And I will miss my friends and the family that I have at the ‘Days’ set… They’re my family and I’ve been doing it for almost 22 years.”

    Alison said Sami’s exit is written in a way that leaves it open for her to come back in the future. Would she ever return to “Days” to play Sami?

    “Yes, the door is open. There’s potential,” she said. “And I hope I come back — I would love to.”

    Inside Alison Sweeney's Surprise Days of Our Lives Retirement Party

    (people.com) Crying on cue isn't hard for a soap opera star. But for Alison Sweeney, who celebrated her last day on set of Days of Our Lives last week, not crying was the issue.

    After nearly 22 years playing fan favorite Sami Brady, Sweeney officially retired from the show last week, but not before one last scene.

    "All of a sudden I'm walking out on stage and there's this huge crowd of people," Sweeney, 37, tells PEOPLE of the surprise send-off members of the cast and crew put together for her. "I realized they were gathering for me. It was so amazing and so touching and special."

    And it was emotional. After seeing some cast members she'd worked with back when she started the show as a teenager, "It was hard to keep it together," says Sweeney. "My kids [Benjamin, 9, and Megan, 5] were there, so I feel like that helped me avoid the ugly cry. But I totally had tears streaming down my face."

    Among the things she had to lug home from her dressing room: "Fans sent me goodbye gifts. I got a beautiful bracelet with an infinity symbol saying they'll be my fans forever," she says. "They went out of their way." Still keeping busy with hosting The Biggest Loser, Sweeney admits she has a lot more time on her hands.

    "I still woke up at 6 o'clock in the morning the next day, like, 'Oh my God I'm late!' "

    Meanwhile, her new novel Scared Scriptless, out Tuesday, has a title that hits close to home.

    "It's funny because I am now scriptless. It is scary not having a huge stack of scripts to read," Sweeney says. "It's a brand new world for me."

    Alison Sweeney Interview

    Days of Our Lives' Alison Sweeney is Scared Scriptless. Read the TV Guide interview here.

    (Book Cover) Buy the new book 'Scared Scriptless: A Novel Paperback' by Alison Sweeney here.

    'Mad Men's' Harry Hamlin, wife Lisa Rinna threesome: Christina Hendricks is a no, Heather Locklear is a yes

    Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna, who have been together for 21 years and married for 17, stopped by the "Watch What Happens Live" clubhouse Wednesday (May 28) and got quite saucy with host Andy Cohen.

    First they were joking about having a three-way with Cohen because they've never done that in their marriage. Then later, Cohen asks Hamlin and Rinna about hypothetical threesomes with various co-stars.

    "Mad Men" co-stars Jon Hamm and Christina Hendricks get veto'd -- Hamlin says Rinna turns to jelly around Jon Hamm, so he's out because that would be too much. Hendricks gets a no because Hamlin says he doesn't think about her that way.

    Heather Locklear gets a big thumbs-up for a threesome, though. Lisa says she's into her former "Melrose Place" co-star and Hamlin says he would like to watch that. Woo woo.

    Hilariously, Maggie Smith, who co-starred with Hamlin in "Clash of the Titans," also gets a thumbs up, but moreso because Harry and Lisa both love Maggie Smith -- but not so much in the want-to-have-sex kind of way.

    Lisa also says the secret to their long-lasting marriage is that she "gives [Harry] good blow-jobs." Lisa!

    DAY OF DAYS EVENT RETURNS

    Save the date: DAYS OF OUR LIVES will hold its annual Day of DAYS event on Saturday, November 8, the show's 49th anniversary. The star-studded day will take place at Universal CityWalk in Los Angeles, CA. Most of the cast will attend and it is a great opportunity to meet and greet your favorite DAYS stars!

    ALISON SWEENEY WRAPS AT DAYS

    (Photo) May 23 marked Alison Sweeney's (Sami, DAYS) last day taping in Salem. Cast and crew members past and present — including Wayne Northrop (ex-Roman), Christie Clark (ex-Carrie) and Patrick Muldoon (ex-Austin) — surprised her during an on-set gathering to bid her farewell. "My last day was such an emotional day," Sweeney tells Digest. "It was so difficult and sad, but also really wonderful and special. That gathering and Ken [Corday, executive producer] talking and seeing everyone there meant so much to me, in particular that people who came so far, like Wayne, and Christie flying all the way down form Northern California, and Patrick picking her up at the airport. I was trying to wrap my head around my feelings to say something off the cuff, and I realized that there were so many personal moments in my life that they were all there to share with me, and I think that’s what I’ll treasure the most, the personal relationship that I have with the people at DAYS." With the show's taping schedule so far in advance, look for the actress to last air in the fall.

    Ashley Benson wants to do a Woody Allen film

    (Photo) Ashley Benson aspires to be one of Woody Allen‘s leading ladies.

    The “Pretty Little Liars” actress, 24, and her co-stars — Troian Bellisario, Lucy Hale and Shay Mitchell — tell the June issue of GQ what they’d like to do aside from the ABC Family series.

    “I’d want to do a Woody Allen film, in all honesty,” said Benson, who earned strong reviews as Brit in last year’s future cult classic, “Spring Breakers.”

    But not all of the cast’s ambitions are limited to acting; Hale would like to see how successful she can be in another brand of entertainment.

    “I want to go on tour!” the ascendant country music star says.

    The fifth season of “Pretty Little Liars” premieres on June 10 on ABC Family.

    DAYS ALUM SCREENS NEW FILM

    (Photo) Jason Cook (ex-Shawn, DAYS; ex-Matt, GH, here with girlfriend Terry Song) debuted his new, feature-length mockumentary film, State of Bacon last night at the Fleur Cinema & Café in Des Moines, IA. "We are releasing the film in a theater in Des Moines as a test market for the theaters that have expressed interest in the film," explains Cook, who wrote and directed the film, which chronicles the actions of an oddball cast of characters leading up to the annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival. "Mostly dine-in theaters are our target, and luckily they are most interested for the mutually agreeable idea that this film goes best with bacon and a beverage. Yes, we feel it is only right to serve bacon with the film. So we are going to see if the public is with us, and then make the plan to roll it out into other markets at the end of summer." To secure tickets for May 16-22 showtimes, go to www.fleurcinema.com. For updates or to view the trailer, please “like” State of Bacon via Facebook, subscribe to the email list on the web at www.stateofbacon.com, or follow @Stateofbacon on Twitter.

    DAYS Alum in Benefit Concert

    “I’ve been involved with S.T.A.G.E. before,” relays Kevin Spirtas. “Director David Galligan, who has been a great pal, told me whenever I was in L.A. he would find a place for me in the show.” Spirtas, who also has a home in New York, smiles, “It worked out that the timing, the subject matter and me coming out to L.A. this year was a good fit.” Other stars performing in the gala benefit, on behalf of AIDS Project Los Angeles, include Dale Kristien (ex-Janet, DAYS), Betty Buckley, Helen Reddy and Richard Chamberlain. For ticket information, visit www.stagela.com.

    'The Young And The Restless', 'Days Of Our Lives' Renewed In Canada

    Sony Pictures Television and Shaw Media have inked a deal to extend the Canadian run of veteran daytime dramas The Young And The Restless and Days Of Our Lives on Shaw-owned Global Television through the 2015-16 TV season. Now in its 41st year on air, The Young And The Restless has amassed 123 Daytime Emmy Awards and leads this year nominees with 26. It is produced by Bell Dramatic Serial Company in association with Sony Pictures Television. Days of our Lives, in its 49th year, has garnered 36 Daytime Emmy Awards and has 14 nominations this year. it is produced by Corday Productions Inc. in association with Sony Pictures Television.

    Lindsay Price Pregnant, Expecting Second Child With Husband Curtis Stone

    (Photo) Curtis Stone has put another bun in the oven.

    Lindsay Price (ex-Michael, The Bold & The Beautiful/ex-An Li, All My Children/ex-Mary, Days Of Our Lives) is pregnant with the couple's second child together, E! News confirmed Wednesday.

    The 37-year-old actress is already sporting a visible baby bump, which we couldn't help but notice and squeal over earlier today when she was spotted fueling up her car in Studio City, Calif.

    She and Stone tied the knot last June in a romantic ceremony in Spain. Their new addition will be joining 2-year-old big brother Hudson in the family fold.

    James Scott quits Days Of Our Lives... month after hallucinogenic life changing experience in Peru

    (dailymail.co.uk) James Scott has quit U.S. daytime soap opera Days Of Our Lives, a month after experiencing a hallucinogenic awakening in Peru.

    The 37-year-old British heartthrob has played the occasionally dastardly EJ DiMera on the NBC show since 2006.

    It is not known if his decision to quit the show is related to his six day trip to the jungles of Peru back in April where he revealed he smoked the hallucinogenic drug Ayahuasca - a legal drug in the South American country - with a shaman.

    'It was the single most positive experience of my life,' Scott told MichaelFairmansoaps.com in an candid interview last month.

    'I sat in a tent, in a hut, in the jungle, on the amazons with three shaman blowing tobacco smoke into my crown, realigning my chakras and my energy, while I hallucinated for four to six hours.

    'It’s very spiritual and very interesting,' he added. 'This is a medicine that the people of South America have been using for years to have a relationship with a higher consciousness.

    'It sounds wacky when you say it, but it was truly the most important thing I have ever done. I came back a very different person.'

    Scott cited the need to take 'personal time' as a reason to leave the show.

    In a statement, he said: 'I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to NBC, Sony and Corday, particularly Ken Corday, for the amazing 8 year run on Days of our Lives and for graciously supporting me in my decision in leaving the show to take personal time.

    'To the unbelievably loving fans, I can’t begin to express my gratitude for your love and support over the years. I will miss you immensely.'

    He also tweeted his thanks to fans on Saturday: 'Thank you for your kind words and support! It's been an amazing journey and I am so grateful for all the love from you all!'

    Before relocating to Los Angeles, where he landed a role in soap All My Children, Scott worked as a model in London and studied acting at LAMDA.

    JAMES SCOTT DONE AT DAYS

    After eight years in Salem, James Scott wraps up his run as EJ DiMera today, May 2, though with the show's production schedule, he will air well into the fall. "We are saddened but supportive of James Scott's decision to leave the show after eight years to take some personal time and pursue new projects," said NBC/Corday Productions in a statement to Digest. "His contribution to the show has been tremendous and we wish him the best always." In his own statement, Scott said, "I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to NBC, Sony and Corday, particularly Ken Corday, for the amazing 8 year run on Days of our Lives and for graciously supporting me in my decision in leaving the show to take personal time. To the unbelievably loving fans, I can’t begin to express my gratitude for your love and support over the years. I will miss you immensely."

    Greg Vaughan and Touriya Haoud Separate

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

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

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

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

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

    Daytime Soaps Enjoy a New Surge in Popularity

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    '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.

    DAYS Star Launches Website

    DAYS’s Shawn Christian's (Daniel) new website launches today. “My web site is shawnchristianofficial.com,” he states. “People stole my name and I can’t get it back, so shawnchristianofficial.com is now my official website. You can find clips and pictures. There is also news on everything I’m doing, from Arrowhead Adventure Camps [Arianne Zucker’s new organization] to the web series, ADDICTS ANONYMOUS. Anything I’ve done from AS THE WORLD TURNS [where he played Mike] to DAYS is also on the site. It’s a whirlwind of information.

    New Book

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

    The Star Attraction by Alison Sweeney (Author)

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

    Days is on Pinterest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Daytime Soap Opera Stars Release Epic Historical Novel

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

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

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

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

    Arianne Zucker and LifeCHANGE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    And who doesn't want cake for dinner?!

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

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

    A Stirring from Salem

    Order the Book: A Stirring from Salem Here!

    Catch The Shaughnessy Buzz

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

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

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

    Days of our Lives 45 Years: A Celebration In Photos

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

    Deidre Hall’s Kitchen Closeup

    Deidre Hall’s Kitchen Closeup: Order here!

    Days Book

    Sourcebooks released Ken Corday’s The Days of our Lives: The True Story of One Family’s Dream and the Untold History of Days of our Lives

    Band Together

    Have you been missing your Kurth and Taylor fix? Well, Wally Kurth (Justin, DAYS) reports that the band is back together again. "We have a new album out called 'Greatest Hits? 1993-2010' and we put on like 17 of Kurth and Taylor's greatest songs," he explains. "We actually polled our 50 ardent fans [laughs]. They voted on their favorites from the last four or five albums, and we threw them on there and we wrote two new ones that are really fun. We made the video of a song called, 'Let's Get The Band Back Together,' and the long form has a little scene where we actually talk about the singing actors on daytime. If you can believe it, after all these years and all our appearances, we've never done a music video of our own. If there was one band that was meant to be a video band, it probably would have been us." You can check out the videos, purchase the album or get a free download at these links:

    Long Form Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=WG6EE-1xjsQ

    Short Form Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=xS4SvebN-KY

    To buy the album on Amazon: www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B002VSRZKW/almosthuman

    Free download of "Let's Get The Band Back Together Again": www.uaradio.net/Kurth_and_Taylor (just click on our "Songs" tab and hit "Free Download")

    Or, finally, their MySpace page: www.myspace.com/kurthandtaylorband

    Kristian Alfonso Jewelry

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

    Alison Sweeney Bio

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

    Frances Reid (Alice Horton) Tribute Page

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


    Facts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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