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Stefan makes an emotional appeal to Abigail to keep her baby; Gabi vents to J.J. about the losses she suffered while in prison; Sonny argues with Chad over the way he's running Titan; Jennifer uses her investigative skills to clear J.J.'s name.
Abigail confesses to Chad she's pregnant with Stefan's child; Hope and Rafe are stunned by Ciara's move to help Ben; Claire plants the seed in Tripp's mind that Ciara might have feelings for Ben; Kayla and Steve hope for the best.
Chad and Stefan come to blows; Abigail questions Gabi's motives; Will shows Sonny the anonymous letter that implies its author knows that they killed Leo; Kate lashes out at Ted for representing Ben.
Ted confronts Sonny to ask if he had anything to do with Leo's disappearance; Steve and Kayla celebrate a huge milestone; Marlena and John have a special request for Eric and Brady; Will receives another cryptic note.
Eve comes face-to-face with Ben; Victor warns Eve that Jennifer is getting closer to the truth; Jennifer talks to Brady about what she's uncovered; Tripp asks Ciara if she's interested in Ben.
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Stephen Nichols Says Goodbye to DAYS OF OUR LIVES(7/20/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Over the years, Stephen Nichols has had other roles in daytime television, but he is arguably most famous for playing Steve “Patch” Johnson on DAYS OF OUR LIVES since 1985. He has come and gone from the soap over the years, but after returning in 2015, he’s on his way out again and his fans are crushed. During a Twitter Q&A with DAYS viewers, the actor revealed that he should continue to air “through September-something.”
Nichols has been given some wonderful material of late as Steve lost his vision and became blind. “What a gift to have something like that to work on,” he said of his reaction to the storyline. However, he added that he did wish more time was spent showing his alter ego adjusting to the loss of his sight. “I was disappointed when that struggle was not given more attention,” Nichols confided. “Why open that can of worms if you aren’t going to fish?”
Although he’s sad to see this run come to an end, Nichols insists he is grateful to DAYS for creating this character, and how popular the supercouple of Patch and Kayla became. “Never expected any of it,” he admitted. “I feel fortunate to have found DAYS and Patch.” In fact, he even confessed to dreaming in character! “Yes, I have dreamed as Patch,” Nichols confirmed. “And when I awaken, I am so grateful to have two eyes!”
He also remarked on how daytime television has changed since the glory days of the ‘80s when he first appeared on DAYS. “I do believe budget restrictions affect every aspect of how the shows are produced now,” Nichols mused. “I am not sure what the numbers are, but some shows look like they take a lot of care in what they create and others are struggling with too little money or too little care.”
With just a couple months left in his latest DAYS run, Steve is undergoing surgery to restore his sight with a bionic eye, so you’ll have to stay tuned to see how his story comes to a close and ushers him off the canvas.
Jordi Vilasuso Joins Y&R(7/20/18) Daytime Emmy winner Jordi Vilasuso (ex-Dario, DAYS; ex-Griffin, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Tony, GUIDING LIGHT) has been cast on Y&R in a new role. The actor will play a mysterious stranger named Rey who quickly finds himself immersed in the drama of Genoa City. Vilasuso will make his Y&R debut on Friday, August 17.
Daytime Actress Farah Fath Galfond Opens up About Her Difficult Pregnancy(7/19/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Pregnant actress Farah Fath Galfond (Gigi, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Mimi, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) shared a beautiful photo of her growing baby bump, but a couple days later confessed that her pregnancy has not been an easy one so far. After announcing that she and husband Phil Galfond are expecting a new addition to their family this Christmastime, the actress showed off her beautiful bump in an Instagram selfie.
However, Fath’s subsequent post thanked fans for their compliments on her photo and revealed the truth that the first few months of her pregnancy has been pretty rough. “Got a lot of compliments on my bump picture (thank you) that I felt the need to share some realness,” she wrote. “Even though I’m feeling better now at 16 weeks, pregnancy actually makes me feel quite horrible and I am not a fan of it. I am not glowing. My skin is a wreck. I’m suffering from migraines for the first time in my life and with this 110-degree heat, I often get lightheaded and feel faint. The nausea has subsided, so that I am grateful for. Here is a little taste of my first trimester.
“First pic is from April 27th in a DAYS dressing room,” she said of the series of photos she shared. “ I know I’m pregnant but morning sickness has not fully struck yet and I am still skinny. Next is another dressing room shot taking on May 10th. Feeling gray in the face this day and requested a looser fitting sweater because the bloat had set in. Pic #3 was my dinner for many nights. Protein was not welcome. By the time I wrapped and came home my nails had grown out a lot and I couldn’t leave my couch so I ordered my own drill and acetone off Amazon and attempted to just remove the full set myself. I did the best I could with only a few cuts along the way. And yes, I lived in motion sickness wrist bands for a month. Lastly — and it’s something I’m still battling with — hormonal acne. My face is a hot mess. Makeup takes a little longer these days as I’m essentially spackling as opposed to applying.”
Hopefully the remainder of Fath’s pregnancy is a lot smoother, and we’re sure once she and her hubby are happily holding their little boy or girl in their arms at the end of the year, all of this will be well worth the effort! We look forward to seeing pics of the baby as soon as he or she joins us!
Dishing with Digest - Episode 16(7/14/18) (Listen / Download) DAYS OF OUR LIVES's Robert Scott Wilson (Ben) and Victoria Konefal (Ciara) dish their characters' controversial pairing with Soap Opera Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. Plus, we discuss whether soaps should turn evil characters into romantic leads.
Kirsten Storms Said the Sweetest Things About Her Boyfriend(7/11/18) Daytime star Kirsten Storms (Maxie, GENERAL HOSPITAL) has found love again with boyfriend Elias Paul Reidy, and she couldn’t be happier. In fact, she even gushed about her beau on Instagram! “I’m a big girl and can take care of myself,” she declared, “but this guy has my back like no other. He has since we met 12 years ago. Our first relationship lasted four years. Eight years later, the universe decided it was time to put us back together. I don’t think I’ll ever lose this feeling of gratefulness for him. I dig it.”
Of course, every couple has its problems, and Storms jokingly referred to one of them by adding the hashtag “#nowijustneedhimtoputthetoiletseatdown” to her post! Hey, if that’s your biggest complaint, you’re doing just fine!
After splitting up with musician Reidy eight years ago, GH fans know that Storms later married her co-star, Brandon Barash (ex-Johnny), and they had a daughter, Harper, who they continue to co-parent beautifully. And Barash himself has also introduced his new girlfriend, Morgan Mitchell, so everyone is perfectly happy now.
Marci Miller Talks DAYS Exit(7/10/18) In the new issue of Digest, Marci Miller opens up about her reasons for leaving the role of DAYS’s Abigail. The actress, who joined the cast in 2016, says, “You know, I started thinking about it about nine months ago, when I was in the midst of the [Abigail/Laura/Gabby] storyline, honestly. It is a lot of work and it’s a big challenge. I was excited about the idea of getting to try some other things. I mean, this is a beautiful job and it’s opened up a lot of opportunities for growth and learning. I got excited to be able to kind of try out all of these things that I learned in other parts of the industry.” For the scoop about her last day, her discussion with Kate Mansi (Abigail) and more, pick up the new issue, on sale now.
Kate Mansi On DAYS Return(7/10/18) In the new issue of Digest, on sale now, Kate Mansi discusses her return to the show as Abigail. The actress, who played the role from 2011-2016, and won an Emmy in 2017 for the role, says, “I’m thrilled to be back at DAYS OF OUR LIVES…. I can’t wait for everyone to see what we’ve been doing. I can’t read the scripts fast enough.” For the full story — including her meeting with Marci Miller (Abigail) — pick up the new issue, on sale now.
DAYS's Greg Vaughan Reveals Romance With Angie Harmon(7/8/18) Greg Vaughan (Eric, DAYS) and Angie Harmon quietly revealed in separate posts on Instagram that they’re a duo. In what Harmon hashtagged a #moderndaybradybunch, the couple posed with his sons Jathan, Landan and Cavan, and her daughters Emery, Avery and Finley. “Love ONE Love for ALL,” is how Vaughan captioned his, adding #vaughanharmonbunch. Harmon, best known for her leading role in RIZZOLI & ISLES, as well as her run on LAW & ORDER, accompanied Vaughan to the Daytime Emmys in April, where he picked up his first-ever trophy for Outstanding Supporting Actor, and recently visited him at the DAYS set. Check out the adorable pic here.
Women of the WSOP: Farah Galfond, Soap Opera Star to High-Stakes Poker(7/5/18) (pokernews.com) They’re so much more than just a poker power couple, him a self-proclaimed “professional poker player/recreational businessman” with his own coaching site, her an “actor turned poker player turned back into actor apparently but still a poker player," according to their Twitter profiles.
While anyone remotely involved in the poker world knows the PLO King Phil Galfond, who started the Run It Once poker training site and just shipped his third WSOP bracelet in $10K PLO, the poker world is only just becoming more familiar with the other half of the hitched duo — Farah Galfond.
Formerly Farah Fath, the daytime soap opera star discovered poker while playing in cast & crew home games in New York City while she was shooting One Life to Live in 2007. She was instantly hooked on the game, and would get much more involved in it several years later after also getting hooked on one of the game’s most-respected players.
Fath owes much of her acting success to her mother, who took a chance and flew her out to L.A. from their Kentucky home when she was 14 years old to see if her daughter could fulfill her dream of being on screen.
Farah found a break with an agent that saw something in her and decided to take a chance, and her first audition was perfect. It was for Days of Our Lives, which happened to be her favorite show, and she knew the characters by heart. She nailed it and got the part as Mimi, staying on the show for 7.5 years until she left.
She also played Gigi on One Life to Live, and couldn’t say which she loved more.
“You can get very attached to a character when you play them for so long,” said Galfond. “I truly had alter egos and lived two lives. I cared deeply for them!”
From Acting to Poker
Many of the same challenges that drew Galfond to acting also make poker a nice fit for her, and she would eventually live somewhat of an alter ego in real life as an actor turned high-stakes poker player.
“I believe acting, like any art, is therapeutic,” Galfond says. “I loved the challenge of constantly trying to get better and go deeper, and break through walls, and those are reasons I love playing poker too.”
After meeting Phil as a fan of his through Twitter, the two fell quickly and as they say, the rest is history. Farah Fath became Farah Galfond in May, 2015 and she eventually transitioned into playing poker full-time.
She started out grinding $2/5 and was winning in the games by 2015. She continued at those stakes for around two years before she felt comfortable enough to climb up to $5/10, which was probably the most difficult jump for her. Before the former soap star knew it, she was playing the biggest stakes around, taking an interesting trajectory to get there.
“I played $5/10 for under a year and was doing well before [Phil] asked if I would be okay with trying out 300/600 last summer,” Galfond recounted. “Honestly, it was equally scary moving up to $5/10 as it was $300/600. [laughs] The $5/10 regs look so intimidating!”
Her rapid climb up the poker ranks has landed her in games as big as $500/$1,000 and being featured in Poker Central’s Super High Roller Club episodes and Poker After Dark. She even headlined a week of televised Poker After Dark games on PokerGO aptly titled “Games of Our Lives,” where Galfond tangled with the likes of Bill Perkins, Jean-Robert Bellande, Bill Klein and Matt Berkey – and held her own.
When asked what she loves most about the game, Galfond responded: “I suppose overall, it's the infinite amount of interesting situations that you find yourself in, session after session, and the challenge of learning from these situations to improve your game over time.”
How has being married to Phil Galfond helped her game? Farah explained, “I would be nowhere without him.
“We don't ever have sit down coaching sessions but over time, he has imbedded important fundamentals into my game and given me a number of 'hot tips' as I would like to call them. I'm a trial-and-error based learner so I really just need to dive in and play and then chat with him later about what I could have done better.”
To Play or Not to Play the WSOP Main Event?
Farah Galfond loves poker so much, that she even came to try her hand on Day 1b of the WSOP Main Event, though she struggled with the idea now that the couple is expecting.
@Farah_Galfond : My love wants so badly to play the Main Event but my pregnant body is making me very nervous about the prospect. I get so tired & need tons of rest. I think playing could actually be a terrible idea. Agh. So torn! ??
Galfond decided to brave the grind, hoping for that #babyrungood Phil tweeted about. And she seems to be enjoying it so far.
@PhilGalfond : Look who decided to play the #WSOP Main Event with me! #babyrungood https://instagram.com/p/BkyDTVxlbol/
@Farah_Galfond : Loving the guy that always 3-bets me when I have it. Loving the guy who has no actual idea what is going on. Loving the guy who is praying I give birth on Dec 1st bc “that is Peter Pan’s birthday. Not many people know that.” Loving tbl 51 at the #WSOP main event!
And while the actress turned high-stakes poker grinder may have gone back to acting recently, it looks as if poker will always be in the bones of the Galfonds, and most likely also in the blood of their offspring.
Hallmark movie shoot comes to downtown Chilliwack(7/4/18) Parts of Five Corners downtown Chilliwack was transformed the fictional small town of Harrington as film crews shot a movie last week and this week.
The production is part of the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries series of films, this one called The Chronicle Mysteries.
The lead is Alison Sweeney who is most known for her role on soap opera Days of Our Lives.
“‘The Chronicle Mysteries’ stars Alison Sweeney as Roberta ‘Robbie’ McPherson a novelist and podcaster who’s researching the cold case of Gina DeSavio,” according to a March 21 press release from the production company, Crown Media Family Networks. “Robbie loves the chase, loves solving any puzzle or mystery. She is particularly interested in Gina’s disappearance because Robbie and Gina knew each other as children growing up in a small town. Robbie is also Miles Lawrence’s niece, the owner of the local paper the Harrington Chronicle, and she’s about to inherit the paper.”
“Each of our new franchises have great hooks and engaging amateur sleuths to draw in viewers who love to solve a great mystery as the story unfolds,” said Michelle Vicary, Crown Media’s executive vice-president for programming and network publicity.
This is the second time Hallmark has filmed in downtown Chilliwack in recent months.
In November, a crew was downtown for a Christmas production.
Downtown Chilliwack BIA executive director Kyle Williams said the crews were mostly filming indoors with some outside scenery shots.
Some parking (mostly private) lots are being used, but the impact on traffic was expected to be minimal.
On Tuesday, parts of the sidewalks on Young Road and Yale Road beside the building on the south corner of Five Corners were blocked off.
The unoccupied building had a sign put up that said “Harrington Sheriff’s Office.”
Tune-In Alert! Jen Lilley Stars In New Hallmark Film(6/30/18) Jen Lilley (Theresa, DAYS) will star in the Hallmark film, YES, I DO, airing Saturday, June 30. Lilley plays 31-year-old Charlotte Bennett, who is the owner of a local chocolate factory and engaged to helicopter mechanic James, but has a phobia about weddings. Lilley will be live-tweeting the broadcast, she shared on Instagram. “What happens when you pair an amiable run-away-bride/chocolate sommelier with the world’s handsomest and kindest helicopter repair man? Find out by watching #YesIDo this Saturday, June 30th at 9PM/8c on @hallmarkchannel,” she posted. “Live tweet with me while you watch using the hashtag #YesIDo. Part of #juneweddings on #hallmarkchannel .”
Stephen Nichols Talks Days Exit, His 'Hope' to Continue Steve/Kayla's Story(6/29/18) (tvline.com) Stephen Nichols has opened up about his “disappointment” with Days of Our Lives, as news spreads about his latest exit from the role of Steve “Patch” Johnson.
Back in April, Nichols responded to a Soap Opera Digest “Performer of the Week” award for him and leading lady Mary Beth Evans by writing on Instagram, “I do believe continuing to weave Steve and Kayla’s past into present day story is intelligent writing. However, one day per week (or less) doesn’t give the fans enough time to live with these characters. Respectfully, hoping for a remedy to this.”
A remedy seemingly never surfaced. Rather, rumors swirled earlier this month that Nichols hadn’t taped at the NBC sudser since March. And just this week, it was reported that he and the soap in fact reached an impasse over his contract, so he did not re-sign.
Now, in a new Instagram post, Nichols says, “Days of Our Lives is home and I want to be there,” but he indicates that the current writing regime let him (as well as Patch/Kayla fans) down.
stephen_e_nichols For me, Days of Our Lives is home and I want to be there … I love the people, I love Steven Earl Johnson and I love what Mary Beth and I have been able to create together. I was excited to see what this new team would bring for us and for all of Salem. I’ve been in this business long enough to understand the rotation of stories, and I get that we can’t always be at the forefront. And despite my disappointment in the lack of story this past year, I’ve always worked hard and we’ve always tried to find the moments in whatever we’ve been given. I think we did that. Whenever I see a scene or montage you guys post, I am so touched and I remember just how much story we told for so many years and how rich it was. I’m so grateful for that. And I know that there are still years of Steve and Kayla’s story left to be told. I hope we get to tell that story. Your unwavering support tells me you hope that too. Thank you and much love, Stephen #Days @marybeth.evans #patchandkaylaforever
“I’ve been in this business long enough to understand the rotation of stories, and I get that we can’t always be at the forefront,” writes the daytime-TV vet, “and despite my disappointment in the lack of story this past year, I’ve always worked hard and we’ve always tried to find the moments in whatever we’ve been given. I think we did that.”
Nichols goes on to hint that although he has parted ways with Days and is reportedly set to last appear on-screen in September, he is open to again sporting an eye patch, under the right circumstances.
“I know that there are still years of Steve and Kayla’s story left to be told,” he writes. “I hope we get to tell that story.”
Do you have faith that Days and Nichols can work things out and do right by Patch and Kayla? Or, are you also a General Hospital fan who might rather see him reprise the role of Stefan Cassadine?
Patrika Darbo on Me, Myslef & I 7/21/18 - 8pm(6/29/18) “Phil Ricozzi” – Mid-life Alex sells one of his inventions to his childhood arch-nemesis, Phil (Stephen Rannazzisi). Also, Young Alex is challenged to a fight by his classmate, Phil (Justin Stella), and Older Alex accompanies Eleanor to Phil’s funeral and gives an eulogy when no one steps up to speak, on ME, MYSELF & I, Saturday, July 21 (8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Stephen Rannazzisi (Adult Phil), Kale Culley (Shart), Patrika Darbo (Joan).
Canadian actor Daniel Pilon dies at 77 after lengthy illness, talent agency says(6/28/18) Canadian actor Daniel Pilon, whose film and television career spanned nearly 50 years, has died following a lengthy illness. He was 77.
The actor known internationally for his role as Renaldo Marchetta in the American TV soap “Dallas,” died Tuesday in hospital surrounded by family, his talent agency said in a statement.
“Happiness is every moment; it’s living every moment,” Pilon said in a 2009 interview for Elephant, a project to restore and digitize Quebec’s cinematic history.
The Montreal-born actor had many opportunities to put those words into practice during a prolific film and television career in which he found success both in Canada and internationally.
Pilon began his film career in 1968 when he was cast as Capt. Allwood in the British war film, “Play Dirty.”
He would go on to appear in dozens of films and television shows, including the highly popular TV series, “Dallas,” in which he played a wealthy villain.
Pilon’s soap career included appearances in “Ryan’s Hope,” “Guiding Light,” and “Days of Our Lives.”
In Canada, he often worked with renowned Quebec filmmaker Gilles Carle, most notably in the films, “Red,” “The Death of a Lumberjack,” and “Le viol d’une jeune fille douce,” where he appeared alongside his brother, Donald.
Pilon also worked with a number of Canadian film directors including Jean Beaudin, Yves Simoneau, Jean-Claude Labrecque, Christian Duguay and Claude Fournier.
His more recent appearances were for the TV series, “La Galere,” and “March a l’ombre,” as well as the 2011 short film, “L’invite.”
Pilon’s funeral will be private, his agency said.
DAYS's Farah Fath Pregnant!(6/20/18) Farah Fath, who recently filmed again as DAYS’s Mimi, took to Instagram to announce that she and husband Phil Galfond are expecting their first child this December. In a lengthy post, the actress, who tied the knot with Galfond on May 15, 2015, revealed that she had previously suffered a miscarriage. “2.5 years ago, Phil & I lost our first baby at almost 13 weeks, we were thisclose to announcing just like we are today,” she wrote. “We took a little time to recover, live our lives, have some fun, & accomplish some goals. Once we got back in the saddle, getting pregnant again seemed to keep not happening. But at last we have found ourselves blessed with what the internet calls, our “rainbow baby”. I think it’s fitting because to me, rainbows are one of nature’s most beautiful occurrences. So even though our road to becoming parents was slightly bumpy (some women have it SO much worse!), we never once felt sorry for ourselves. Instead, we continued to feel extremely blessed no matter our destiny. Personally speaking, I was always at peace with whatever our future held because it’s Phil that is the most important thing in the world to me. Our relationship is all I truly need. But now that I know we are in fact meant to be Mom & Dad, I’m mostly just excited because I’m on this adventure with my BFF.” See the picture here that includes her beloved dog, Little Egg. Congratulations!
Dishing with Digest - Episode 12(6/16/18) DAYS star James Reynolds (Abe) about his Daytime Emmy win plus the recent Daytime Emmy controversy: Listen / Download.
Bryan R. Dattilo Done At DAYS?(6/14/18) DAYS’s Bryan R. Dattilo (Lucas) posted a cryptic tweet, indicating that he might be leaving Salem. “25 years. 2 months. 12 days. And 4 hours. Good run. Thanks to my Days family and fans. Enjoy Lucas while you can,” he posted. The fan favorite actor marked a quarter century on the show in April.
Christopher Sean Comments On DAYS Exit(6/14/18) Christopher Sean, who has wrapped filming as DAYS’s Paul, has posted about his exit on Instagram. In addition to a video, he wrote, “I want to let you all know from me. It was my decision to depart from Days of Our Lives. I loved every day I was a part of it and am so appreciative to the entire Cast and Crew and to [NBC exec] Bruce Evans, [Executive Producer] Ken Corday, [Co-Executive Producer] Greg Meng, [Co-Executive Producer] Albert Alarr, Janet [Spellman-Drucker, producer] and Marnie [Saitta, casting director] and everyone that’s helped me develop into the actor and man I am today. I will miss each and every one of you. This is not good bye though, it’s until next time. I can’t thank all of the Fans enough and I hope that I can find another project to keep you entertained with me in the near future ?? Thank you for always supporting me and loving me. You all rock! Stay amazing my friends. I will never forget my Days at Days. They were some of the Greatest Days of My Life.” Click here to see the video.
New Project For DAYS’s Judi Evans(6/13/18) Judi Evans (Adrienne, DAYS) has begun work on a new film, I’m not for Sale: The fight to end Human Trafficking. Evans tweeted, “Started work yesterday on a new film called ‘I’m not for sale’. It’s a gritty film about the horrors of human trafficking. Directed by Romane Simon….Thank you Simon for daring to tell this story and allowing me the opportunity to go WAY outside my comfort zone to play A virtually unredeemable character…..huge bonus! My son Austin Michael Luciano was cast as Brent in the film…..can’t wait to see him work his magic!!!! Thank you you Simon for making all of this happen….” The film currently has no release date.
Trailer: The Tenth Year(6/13/18) (Video) "THE TENTH YEAR" #WorldPremiere #SOHO9 #SIFFNYC
With Austin Peck & Terri Conn
Official Selection at the 2018 SOHO International Film Festival Screening:
June 17, 2018 at 11:00am
Village Cinema East in New York City
Patrika Darbo Calls For Outside Audit After Daytime Emmy Gaffes(6/12/18) Patrika Darbo, whose Daytime Emmy for her guest-starring role on Amazon’s soap opera The Bay was rescinded after organizer the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences found submission errors in her and other categories, has called out the group for its actions and wants an outside audit “to restore integrity and confidence in” the awards.
NATAS said after the Daytime Emmys were handed out in April that it discovered “some entrants’ submissions in two categories may have been in violation of the published guidelines for the competition,” which state that prior-season appearances are disqualifying.
But Darbo says in an open letter today that NATAS knew about the submission errors “two days prior to the ceremony and made a conscious decision not to deal with it until after the ceremony was over.” She says the organization’s “arbitrary and after-the-fact ruling feels inequitable and wrong.” (Read the letter in full below.)
NATAS said earlier June 1 that it made its decision when it was discovered both Darbo and fellow The Bay castmate and nominee Thomas Calabro were found ineligible in the category of Guest Performer in a Digital Daytime Drama Series. After it rescinded Darbo’s win, it said it would not re-give the award in the category.
Darbo said today said “the onus for a correct submission is not on the producers of The Bay, or any other producers; the ultimate responsibility lies squarely on the shoulders of NATAS. … These errors were then not brought to light until after the Daytime Emmys were presented and awarded, meaning that other actors who did properly submit have now lost their chance at winning a Daytime Emmy.”
The Days of Our Lives and Bold and the Beautiful veteran, a co-governor of the Performers Peer Group at the TV Academy, which oversees the Primetime Emmys, is calling for an outside audit of this year’s Daytime Emmys’ submission and voting process.
“The inequity in this year’s Daytime Emmys based on ageism, gender inequality, and perceived favoritism is, in my opinion, a big blow to the Emmy brand,” she wrote. “The TV Academy, who administers the Prime Time Emmy Awards, is very clear that Emmys are awarded to those who achieve excellence in television. I’m beginning to wonder what NATAS feels the Emmys stand for.”
Here’s her letter:
As disappointed as I am about having my Daytime Emmy taken back by NATAS, as a Co-Governor of the Performers Peer Group at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in Los Angeles, overseeing the Primetime Emmys, I am more concerned about how this incident tarnishes the Emmy brand. I did not submit myself for Daytime Emmy consideration, my producers at The Bay made the submission. However, at the end of the day, the onus for a correct submission is not on the producers of The Bay, or any other producers; the ultimate responsibility lies squarely on the shoulders of NATAS. They should have vetted each and every submission and then notified those submitting of any submission errors in advance of the voting and the ceremony.
I understand that in my category there were at least four submission errors. NATAS was made aware of these potential errors two days prior to the ceremony and made a conscious decision not to deal with it until after the ceremony was over. These errors were then not brought to light until after the Daytime Emmys were presented and awarded, meaning that other actors who did properly submit have now lost their chance at winning a Daytime Emmy.
In addition to the rule violations in my category, there was a similar rule violation in the category for Supporting Actor in a Digital Drama. I was made aware of this violation when NATAS called to inform me of the situation. After taking back my Daytime Emmy, NATAS called another female performer in my category to re-issue the Emmy, as she was the next runner up according to the accountancy firm. The very next day, NATAS called her back and said she could not have it as she had submitted one episode too many (the rule is that one episode may be submitted for consideration and the new recipient submitted two). However, the winner of the Daytime Emmy in a Supporting Actor in a Digital Drama was allowed to keep his statue, (the rule is that four episodes may be submitted for consideration, the recipient submitted five episodes). NATAS determined after the fact that the rules for Supporting Actor and his show were “ambiguous.”
As a performer in film and television for over three decades, who fights diligently for fairness and equity for my fellow actors by volunteering my time and leadership at both SAG/AFTRA and the TV Academy (ATAS), the arbitrary and after-the-fact ruling feels inequitable and wrong. A rule is a rule. If the rule is going to be changed or declared “ambiguous” it should be done prior to voting, not after the votes are in and the Emmys have been handed out.
The inequity in this year’s Daytime Emmys based on ageism, gender inequality, and perceived favoritism is, in my opinion, a big blow to the Emmy brand. The TV Academy, who administers the Prime Time Emmy Awards, is very clear that Emmys are awarded to those who achieve excellence in television. I’m beginning to wonder what NATAS feels the Emmys stand for.
For the sake of the overall Emmy brand, I feel an outside audit of the submission and voting process of this past Daytime Emmy Awards would be a show of good will by NATAS and would help to restore integrity and confidence in the Daytime Emmy Awards.
Guy Wilson on Code Black 7/4/18(6/12/18) “One of Our Own” – While rescuing an injured firefighter, Rox is hit by a drunk driver and rushed to Angels Memorial. Willis begins to realize his feelings for Rox and goes to great lengths to help her. Also, Leanne is excited to tell Ariel good news about her adoption, on CODE BLACK, Wednesday, July 4 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Rosalind Chao (Jae Eun), Josh Braaten (JT/Frank), Guy Wilson (Ranger).
SAG-AFTRA Reaches Tentative New Contract With Four Broadcast Networks(6/11/18) SAG-AFTRA has a tentative agreement with the four major television broadcast networks and other producers on a new contract, it was announced today.
ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox have agreed on a successor to the National Code of Fair Practice for Network Television Broadcasting. If approved, the new contract starts July 1 and runs through June 30, 2021.
The tentative agreement will be submitted for approval to the SAG-AFTRA National Board at its meeting July 21. Subject to the board’s approval, the agreement will then be sent to the union’s membership for ratification.
“This deal delivers overall gains in important areas, including meaningful increases in wages and residuals rates that will put real money in members’ pockets,” said AFTRA president Gabriell Carteris. “Additionally, the agreement now reflects important new language limiting auditions or meetings in private hotel rooms and residences, which represents a partial realization of our work toward industry culture change.”
The agreement includes increases in contract minimums spread over a three-year period. That includes an 8.7 percent overall wage increase to most program fees, implemented through increases of 2.5 percent the first year, 3 percent the second year and 3 percent the third year. The AFTRA Retirement Fund also gets a bump in funding
The new agreement will also include automatic increases for daytime serial performers, background actors, certain group dancers, stand-ins, and dance-ins, among other notables.
In a continuing nod to #MeToo, the agreement includes improved harassment-prevention language, underling clauses prohibiting harassment, and also adjusts the working hours language for minors, SAG-AFTRA said.
The TV networks contract generates more than $200 million a year in covered member earnings and covers programming in nearly all television day parts, as well as programming produced for digital media.
Days of Our Lives: Christopher Sean Leaving NBC Soap After 4 Years(6/10/18) Another fan favorite actor is bidding Salem adieu.
Christopher Sean, who plays athlete/investigator/relationship destroyer Paul Narita, has taped his final episodes of Days of Our Lives, according to Daytime Confidential and Soap Opera Digest. Per the reports, Sean wrapped his last scenes on May 25, but because episodes are taped far in advance, Paul will remain on screen through the fall.
Marci Miller — whose character, Abigail Deveraux, is also on her way out of town — tweeted about Sean’s departure on Friday:
@MarciMiller : If you've met him...you know. There is no one like him. He will go and he will prosper and he will humbly LOVE everyone along the way. What an honor to to have shared the experience of my last day with him. @ChristopherSean https://twitter.com/soapdigest/sta
First introduced in 2014, Paul — the long-lost son of John Black — made a name for himself by coming between then-popular couple Will Horton and Sonny Kiriakis. Following Will’s supposed death, Paul and Sonny became engaged, only to call things off when Will turned out to be very much alive. (What is this, some kind of soap opera?)
It’s not yet known whether the role of Paul will be recast with a different actor, or if the character will simply disappear. TVLine has reached out to NBC for comment.
Sean can next be seen — or at least heard — on Star Wars Resistance, an animated series coming to Disney Channel and Disney XD this fall.
Nicole Returns to DAYS OF OUR LIVES — "Plenty of Trouble to Get Herself Into" Says Arianne Zucker(6/7/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Fans of DAYS OF OUR LIVES were upset when Arianne Zucker announced that she was leaving the soap after 18 years as Nicole Walker. But recent mentions of the character have many wondering is Nicole coming back to DAYS? In a recent interview with Soaps In Depth, the actress admitted that she was grateful to the show for not killing her off so she could still return to Salem one day! “I love the fact that my line was ‘As God is my witness, I will be back!’” Zucker confided. “I mean, that’s kind of great.” And now it's being reported that the actress has returned to work at the soap and Nicole should be returning sometime in the fall!
Because the actress has been keeping very busy with projects like the Lifetime movie Web Cam Girls, she allows that any return to daytime would require some very careful schedule maintenance. “I keep booking these movies and I’m really enjoying them,” Zucker explained, “so I know it’s tough on the schedule for DAYS and it’s not fair to your fellow actors to just take off on such short notice."
But she also notes that that there is still a lot of story to tell with Nicole and Brady and Eric. “Yeah, plenty! Plenty of trouble to get herself into, making bad choices as usual!”
What Happened to Nicole on DAYS
Nicole made her debut back in 1998, arriving in Salem with dreams of being a model. She fell in love with Eric Brady, who convinced his sister, Sami, to give the newcomer a modeling contract and put her on the cover of Bella Magazine. Smitten with the blonde, Lucas tried to steal Nicole away from Eric. She agreed to marry Lucas in exchange for five million dollars, but when Victor took the money away from her, she realized her horrible mistake. She then cozied up to Victor and married him next, faking his death to enjoy his fortune as the grieving widow and pursue his grandson, Brady. In order to keep Brady for herself, Nicole tried to disfigure his first love, Chloe, but Sami exposed her scheme forcing Nicole to run away to Los Angeles.
Returning a couple years later, Nicole tried to insist she was still married to Victor but then learned that marriage and her one to Lucas were invalid because she was still married to her abusive first husband, Trent! After sleeping with EJ, Nicole became pregnant, but when she miscarried, she continued to fake the pregnancy so he wouldn’t leave her. She tried adopting Mia’s baby to claim it as her own, but her lies were exposed and she was sent to prison.
Anna helped get Nicole out of jail, and helping EJ run for mayor of Salem brought them back together again. But she dumped him after learning he’d cheated on her with Sami! Nicole learned she was pregnant again, and Rafe stepped in to claim he was the daddy to protect them from EJ. But sadly, Nicole lost this baby as well and forced a fight with Jennifer so she could fall down a flight of stairs and blame her for losing the baby. After the truth was exposed, a distraught Nicole tried to take her own life but was stopped by Daniel and Rafe.
When Eric returned to Salem as a priest, the fact that he was now a priest made Nicole wary of the feelings she still had for them. Although they briefly became engaged, Nicole dumped him for Daniel, but he died in a tragic car accident that Eric was responsible for. Chloe had agreed to act as a surrogate for Daniel and Nicole and while the first attempt failed, the second worked. But Chloe claimed the baby as her own because Nicole had gotten involved in a relationship with Deimos Kiriakis, and she didn’t want the child anywhere near that villain. After the truth came out, Nicole absconded with little Holly, and nearly went to jail for kidnapping. But Chloe agreed the girl should be with her mother, and Nicole was reunited with her daughter.
But as Nicole continued trying to put her life back together, she still found herself torn between her feelings for Brady and Eric. So to avoid all the drama, she simply left town! But she promised to return one day, and fans can look forward to seeing what's next for Nicole later this year!
Soap's Robert Mandan Dead at 86(6/4/18) Robert Mandan, best known to TV audiences for his role as Chester Tate on the classic ABC sitcom Soap, has died at the age of 86.
Mandan passed away in Los Angeles on April 29 after suffering a long, undisclosed illness, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He is survived by his wife, Sherry Dixon.
The veteran TV actor got his start in soap operas, with stints on From These Roots (1959-1961), The Edge of Night (1963), The Doctors (1963) and Search for Tomorrow (1966-1970). He continued to work regularly throughout the 1970s, appearing on episodes of All in the Family, Maude, Sanford and Son, Mission: Impossible and The Streets of San Francisco, among other high-profile series.
Mandan’s star-making role came soon after, when he was cast on the aforementioned Soap as the philandering husband to Katherine Helmond’s Jessica from 1977 to 1981. The series ran for a total of four seasons and spawned the successful spinoff Benson, starring the late Robert Guillaume.
After Soap, Mandan starred as Col. Lawrence Fielding in the TV adaptation of Private Benjamin, which ran on CBS from 1981-1983. In 1984, he starred opposite John Ritter on the short-lived Three’s a Crowd, in a role he originated in the final episodes of Three’s Company. In 1986, he appeared on The Facts of Life as Dr. Bruce Gaines, a member of the Peace Corps who married Mrs. Garrett in Charlotte Rae’s farewell episodes. Then in 1991, he reunited with Soap spouse Helmond in two episodes of Who’s the Boss.
Mandan’s film credits include Hickey & Boggs, MacArthur and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Other notable TV gigs included episodes of The Love Boat, CHiPS, Highway to Heaven, Santa Barbara, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Married… with Children.
Daytime Emmy For ‘The Bay’ Guest Star Patrika Darbo Revoked For Improper Submission(6/2/18) The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has rescinded the Daytime Emmy Award it gave last month to Patrika Darbo for her guest-starring role on the Amazon soap opera The Bay. The organization said today a submission error regarding her and her The Bay castmate Thomas Calabro in the category of Guest Performer in a Digital Daytime Drama Series had been discovered, and that both were determined to be ineligible because they had appeared in a prior season of the series.
NATAS said today it “received a credible report” after the Daytime Emmys were awarded April 27 and April 29 “that some entrants’ submissions in two categories may have been in violation of the published guidelines for the competition.” After an investigation, it rescinded Darbo’s honor and the nominations of both her and Colabro’s, saying it will not re-award the trophy.
Other nominees in the Guest Performer category included Jennifer Bassey of Anacostia, Mike E. Winfield from Conversations in L.A. and The Bay‘s Chad Duell.
“While the Daytime judges found each performance worthy of distinction, and the investigation determined that neither performer was involved in the selection of categories in which their performances were submitted, prior-season appearances are nonetheless a disqualifying violation of the guidelines for the category,” NATAS said in its statement. “Ms. Darbo’s Daytime Emmy Award and nomination and Mr. Calabro’s nomination have been withdrawn. Other nominations in the category will remain, but no Emmy Award will be presented in the category this year.”
NATAS added that the second investigation into “whether entrants in this or other categories violated guidelines limiting the number of program episodes from which submitted excerpts could be drawn” found “their inclusion was deemed not to have impacted the outcome of the competition.” No penalties were given, but the org said it would update its submission guidelines for future competitions to clear up any ambiguities.
Darbo is known for her longtime roles on Days of Our Lives and Bold and the Beautiful. She was previously nominated for a Daytime Emmy in 2000 for Days and won a Primetime Emmy in 2016 for Acting Dead, in the Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series category.
She told Deadline’s sister publication Variety, which broke the news today, that The Bay executive producer Gregori Martin first told her about NATAS’ investigation into the submission. Variety reported that Martin took the blame for submitting her nomination improperly.
Here’s the full statement from NATAS:
“The core mission of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) is to honor excellence in television. Serving that mission has involved making every effort to preserve the integrity and distinction of the Emmy® Award through more than 60 years of technological and industry change.
“Following the 45th Daytime Emmy® Awards in Pasadena, California, on April 27th and 29th, NATAS received a credible report that some entrants’ submissions in two categories may have been in violation of the published guidelines for the competition. NATAS immediately commissioned a thorough internal investigation, and determined that Patrika Darbo and Thomas Calabro, both of Amazon’s The Bay, should have been deemed ineligible for consideration in Category 40 (“Outstanding Guest Performer in a Digital Daytime Drama Series”) as they had each appeared in a prior season of the program.
“While the Daytime judges found each performance worthy of distinction, and the investigation determined that neither performer was involved in the selection of categories in which their performances were submitted, prior-season appearances are nonetheless a disqualifying violation of the guidelines for the category. Ms. Darbo’s Daytime Emmy® Award and nomination and Mr. Calabro’s nomination have been withdrawn. Other nominations in the category will remain, but no Emmy® Award will be presented in the category this year. Ms. Darbo has been nominated previously for a Daytime Emmy® Award and was recognized with a Primetime Emmy® Award in 2016.
“NATAS also investigated whether entrants in this or other categories violated guidelines limiting the number of program episodes from which submitted excerpts could be drawn. The questioned materials were often fleeting, representing only a single line of dialogue, and their inclusion was deemed not to have impacted the outcome of the competition. Further, in retrospect, the guidelines were not sufficiently reflective of current digital distribution trends, causing ambiguity regarding the submissions’ qualification. The questioned entries will not be penalized for this ambiguity, and the guidelines will be updated for future competitions.”
Martha Madison And Brandon Beemer Back To DAYS!(6/1/18) As first reported in the new issue of Soap Opera Digest, Martha Madison (Belle) and Brandon Beemer (Shawn) are heading back to Salem to reprise their roles. After seeing the fan response on Twitter, Madison responded, “Thanks for all the love y’all! @carlivatiron has some great stuff in store for you #Days fans. Stay tuned and look for us this fall.”
James Read Joins General Hospital(6/1/18) Days of Our Lives alum James Read will make his General Hospital debut as Gregory Chase, the father of Michael Easton’s Finn and Josh Swickard’s Chase, on June 6, Soap Opera Digest reports.
Eileen Davidson Opens up About Her Blended Family: "You Have to Put the Kids First"(6/1/18) (closerweekly.com) TV star Eileen Davidson likes to keep things interesting. In the 36 years since she made her debut as Ashley Abbott on The Young and the Restless, she's jumped to other top soaps (Santa Barbara, The Bold and the Beautiful, and a long Days of Our Lives run), written three novels, and been a 2014 through 2017 regular on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. In an exclusive new interview with Closer Weekly, she opens up about her most important role: mom.
Eileen is married to actor-writer Vincent Van Patten, 60. They have a son, Jesse, and she's stepmom to Vincent's sons, Duke, 25, and Vince Jr., 22. "I really worked at having his kids get to know me," Eileen tells Closer. "We made the house fun, and I'm not against bribery!" she jokes, but adds, "a main lesson for everybody is: Just be who you are and take chances. With kids that is the thing I am always saying."
"We met on Y&R," Eileen tells Closer of meeting Vince. "I wanted to get pregnant right away because I was 41, which was a main factor. And honestly, if you ever hear about people who are supposed to be together, that's just us."
"Vince said, 'I have two kids and it's a package deal.' Blended families aren't easy — you have to put the kids first, and we're all people with feelings and desires and needs. His ex-wife and I have acknowledged that we are each other's teachers, and we've put the kids first 99.99 percent of the time," she adds. "Getting pregnant so late was a blessing, in that I had a lot of nieces and nephews and knew how fleeting it is."
Eileen tells Closer, "When Jesse would be mad at his brother, I'd say, 'One day they're not going to be here.' Now that the boys have left, he's so sad: 'Mom, it's like crickets here.'"
For more on Eileen Davidson, pick up the latest issue of Closer Weekly, on newsstands now.
Greg Rikaart Reveals Why He Joined the Cast of DAYS OF OUR LIVES(5/31/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Viewers of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS were sad when Greg Rikaart left the CBS soap after 14 years of playing Kevin Fisher, but many fans of the actor have followed him to NBC’s DAYS OF OUR LIVES where he’s now playing Leo. And the openly gay actor jumped at the chance to portray the shady character who has become enmeshed in the Sonny/Will/Paul storyline. “I knew a bit about the triangle between the three guys and just how groundbreaking it is,” Rikaart told Soaps In Depth. “There wasn’t just one gay character on the show, there were three, and they’re involved in frontburner storyline.
“I think there are under-represented people in this country that watch TV and want to see their stories told,” he continued. “That’s why I’d always advocated for that for Kevin, and why I’m grateful that I got that opportunity here.”
But besides that angle, Rikaart admitted that he couldn’t resist when DAYS told him Leo’s storyline would include him working for Vivian to seduce Sonny and file a sexual harassment suit to take down Titan Industries. “The way the character was pitched made me want to dive in head first!” he enthused. “It’s really fun to try and find the humanity in someone who’s doing bad things and, even if it’s not portrayed by way of dialogue, to — at least in my preparation — justify the behavior so that I’m not judging the character and what he’s doing.”
There is one other big difference the Daytime Emmy winner has found between his Y&R and DAYS gigs, and that is the much faster production schedule on the NBC soap that leaves him reeling when he comes home from work to husband Robert Sudduth and their almost-two-year-old son, Monty. “There were days when I’d come home and Rob would say ‘How was work? Was it good?’” Rikaart joked. “And I’d be like, ‘I don’t know! I think so. I blinked and it was over!”
‘Days Of Our Lives’ Actress Marci Miller Bids Farewell Via Instagram(5/26/18) (Video) Daytime Emmy Awards nominee Marci Miller bid farewell via an Instagram post today, her last day of filming on Days of Our Lives. She announced a month or so ago that she would be leaving.
Miller played Abigail Deveraux on Days, joining the cast in November 2016. In addition to that, she has appeared in the feature films American Fable, Dog Bowl, Children of the Corn: Runaway and Death Race 2050.
Soap Opera Digest reported Miller opted not to renew her deal.
Dishing With Digest Episode 9(5/25/18) Memorable summer stories and the importance of using veteran characters in today's storytelling plus we chat with DAYS stars Eric Martsolf (Brady) and Kassie DePaiva (Eve): Download / listen.
Billy Flynn Staying At DAYS(5/23/18) DAYS’s Billy Flynn (Chad) took to Twitter to announce that he’s staying on the show. “Pssstttt….I’m staying. #days #lovehard,” he posted. The news comes on the heels of several casting changes at DAYS, including the exit of his on-screen love, Marci Miller (Abigail).
Dishing With Digest - Episode 8 - Lynn Herring(5/18/18) (Download / Listen) Kyle Lowder’s return to DAYS and look at other actors who have returned to a show in a different role plus GH’s Lynn Herring (Lucy).
Kyle Lowder Back At DAYS(5/18/18) Soap vet Kyle Lowder, who previously played Brady Black on DAYS from 2000-05, is back filming at the soap but the details of his return are being kept under wraps for now. “DAYS has always been very close to my heart,” Lowder tells Digest exclusively. “To be part of this family and this energy again is truly special to me.” Eric Martsolf, who assumed the role of Brady in 2008, and won a Daytime Emmy in 2014, is not going anywhere, report setsiders. For more, see the next issue of Digest, on sale tomorrow.
Soap Faves In New Film(5/18/18) LANY Entertainment has acquired the star-studded psychological thriller JACK RIO from the independent motion picture company, Gruntworks Entertainment. The thriller is now available for the first time ever on Amazon Prime Video. Written and directed by THE BAY’s creator, Gregori J. Martin, JACK RIO tells the story of a famous actor named Tommy Jamison, played by Matt Borlenghi (ex-Brian, ALL MY CHILDREN et al), who tries to escape his on-screen persona, the TV character that made him famous. A string of murders seem to follow in his wake begging the question, is this the work of an obsessed fan — or something worse? The film also features Sean Kanan (Deacon, B&B), James Patrick Stuart (Valentin, GH), Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe, DAYS), Brian Krause (ex-Matt, ANOTHER WORLD) and Tristan Rogers (Scorpio, GH; Lex, THE BAY).
Veteran Character Actor Joseph Campanella Dies at 93(5/17/18) (Video) Joseph Campanella, a character actor who appeared in more than 200 TV and film roles over his 50-year career, died at his Sherman Oaks, Calif., home on Wednesday, his daughter-in-law told Variety. He was 93.
Campanella appeared across five seasons of late ’60s and early ’70s crime drama “Mannix,” for which he earned a supporting actor Emmy nomination in 1968, and six seasons of ’70s sitcom “One Day at a Time.” He had a number of other co-starring roles on the small screen, including ’60s hospital drama “The Doctors and the Nurses,” the ’70s medical series “Marcus Welby, M.D.,” and ’80s primetime soap story “The Colbys.” In more recent years, the actor held a recurring role on daytime soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful” from 1996 to 2005 and worked on “The Practice” and “That’s Life.”
Along with his on-screen roles, Campanella also built a career as a voice actor, voicing characters in ’90s animated shows “Spider-Man” and “Road Rovers,” along with narrating the “Discover” science series on Disney Channel. He appeared in three Broadway plays, with “The Captains and the Kings” in 1962, “A Gift of Time” in 1962, and “Hot Spot” in 1963. He was nominated for a Tony for his performance in “A Gift of Time.”
Campanella is the younger brother of fellow actor Frank Campanella, who died in 2007. He was born in New York City and attended Columbia University before moving to Hollywood. He is survived by Jill Campanella, his wife of 53 years, as well as his seven sons and eight grandchildren.
CelebMix chats with Liv Keegan(5/17/18) CelebMix chats with Liv Keegan (Claire, Days Of Our Lives): Video.
Patrika Darbo Takes To The Stage(5/17/18) BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL’s Patrika Darbo (Shirley) tweeted that she’ll be hitting the boards in Los Angeles this Friday: “Exciting news! I’ll be performing live in a charity production of Eve Ensler’s critically-acclaimed play, 5/18/18, of The Vagina Monologues at the Loft Ensemble in Sherman Oaks, CA: 13442 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA. 91423. Join us!” All proceeds will benefit V-Day (vday.org), A Global Movement to End Violence Against Women and Girls, and various local anti-violence charities. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased online at www.vdayla.com or by phone at (818) 437-0886.
DAYS Star Releases New Single(5/13/18) DAYS’s Olivia Rose Keegan (Claire) has just released her new single, “Just My Type.” The song can be streamed from Spotify, Apple Music and Google Play. Keegan previously released the song “Queen Is A King” in March. Click here to listen to the song!
LADIES OF THE LAKE Season 2 Trailer Released(5/13/18) Check out the trailer for LADIES OF THE LAKE’s upcoming second season, subtitled RETURN TO AVALON. The four-episode season stars Marie Wilson (ex-Summer, DAYS), Jessica Morris (ex-Jennifer, ONE LIFE TO LIVE), Lilly Melgar (ex-Lily, GH), Jillian Clare (ex-Abigail, DAYS), Kyle Lowder (ex-Brady, DAYS) and Arianne Zucker (ex-Nicole, DAYS), who has been promoted to series regular after guest-starring in the first season. The digital drama returns on June 19 on Amazon Prime Video. View the video here.
Soap Stars In New Film(5/11/18) Haley Pullos (Molly, GH), Christel Khalil (Lily, Y&R) and Lauren Koslow (Kate, DAYS) will appear in the upcoming film No Good Deed. The film follows a spa owner who opens her home to a young woman who’s had a rough go of it, unaware that she’s just invited a sociopath into her life.
DAYS Alum Welcomes Baby Girl(5/11/18) Matt Cedeno (ex-Brandon, DAYS) and wife, Erica, have added to their family. The actor shared a snap of daughter Aviana Jaselle, and a sweet message to his baby girl. Check it out here https://www.instagram.com/mattcedeno/. Congratulations!
DAYS Casting News: Marci Miller Quits; Kate Mansi Back(5/10/18) In a shocking move, Marci Miller, who joined the cast as Abigail in 2016, has opted not to renew her contract and will wrap filming this month. “Marci has been planning this for awhile,” an insider tells Digest. “But it still came as a surprise to a lot of people at the studio.” Kate Mansi, who played the role before Miller from 2011-16 — and snagged an Outstanding Supporting Actress Emmy in 2017 for her portrayal of the character — will reportedly be back this summer for what sources are saying is a short-term return. The news was first posted by Daytime Confidential.
Farah Fath Back To DAYS!(5/10/18) Farah Fath, who got her soap start on DAYS from 1999-2007 as fan fave Mimi Lockhart, is heading back to Salem. The actress, who is currently filming at the Burbank studios, will air again later this year. The character still has strong connections to the canvas: Mimi’s mother, Bonnie (Judi Evans), made a comeback last summer, and DAYS’s Head Writer Ron Carlivati previously wrote for Fath when she played ONE LIFE TO LIVE’s Gigi Morasco from 2007-12. Fath also appeared in the E! reality series DIRTY SOAP. After leaving daytime, she wed professional poker player Phil Galfond on May 15, 2015.
Castle Vet Nathan Fillion Returns to ABC in The Rookie — Watch First Teaser(5/9/18) (Video) Nathan Fillion is back on the ABC beat — and we’ve got a first look at his first full-time TV gig since Castle ended two years ago. Ahead of its “Upfront” presentation next Wednesday, ABC unveiled the first image and teaser promo for The Rookie, the police procedural starring Fillion that scored a straight-to-series order last October.
The network also released the following, slightly-tweaked logline for the show:
Starting over isn’t easy, especially for small town guy John Nolan who, after a life-altering incident, is pursuing his dream of being an LAPD officer. As the force’s oldest rookie, he’s met with skepticism from some higher-ups who see him as just a walking midlife crisis. If he can’t keep up with the young cops and the criminals, he’ll be risking lives including his own. But if he can use his life experience, determination and sense of humor to give him an edge, he may just become a success in this new chapter of his life.
Fillion’s former Castle boss Alexi Hawley serves as Rookie‘s showrunner. The cast also includes Alyssa Diaz, Richard T. Jones, Titus Makin, Mercedes Mason, Melissa O’Neil, Afton Williamson and Eric Winter.
Arianne Zucker & Shawn Christian Put Studio City Home Up for Rent(5/9/18) (sfgate.com) Former "Days of Our Lives" star Arianne Zucker and her partner, Shawn Christian (an actor who also appeared on "Days"), have put their Studio City, CA, home up for rent for $10,000 a month.
According to public records, the home was purchased for $1,395,000 in 2014. That was the same year Zucker divorced her husband—"Days" actor Kyle Lowder—and officially began dating Christian.
In 2017, Zucker announced she was leaving "Days" when her contract ended. Now that they're no longer on the show, the couple apparently have an interest in moving out of the area, which is near the Burbank studio where the soap opera is filmed. NBC recently confirmed the show was was picked up for its 54th season.
Real-life drama intruded on Zucker's life two years ago, when a decade-old “Access Hollywood” clip was leaked during the presidential campaign. Featuring show host Billy Bush and Donald Trump, the behind-the-scenes tape was recorded in 2005, when Trump was set to make a cameo on the popular soap opera. The two men were captured on tape discussing Zucker’s looks in crude language amid a series of lewd remarks.
Zucker's Mediterranean-style residence offers five beds (all en suite) and six baths. The first floor includes a formal dining room, a kitchen with stainless-steel appliances and stone counters, and a family room that opens to the backyard.
The master suite features a walk-in closet, fireplace, private balcony, and bathroom with spa tub.
Other details include a mix of hardwood and travertine flooring, a gym, and convenient location to shopping and dining.
Frankly, the fun outdoor space might be the high point of the home. Perfect for parties, it features a pool, spa, "Tiki-style treehouse” and bar, fire pit, and lounge area.
Peter Reckell On DAYS Run: “What a gift, what a ride”(5/5/18) May 3 marked 35 years since Peter Reckell’s debut as DAYS’s Bo, and Creative Consultant Sheri Anderson, who was head writer at the time, marked the occasion on Twitter. “Happy anniversary to half of one the most iconic super couples in daytime!” she posted. “Yes, I wrote their wedding and cried all way through the taping. Both as a couple, and individually, @peterreckell was one of my favorite characters and actors I’ve ever worked with.” Reckell responded, tweeting, “Thanks for taking a chance on this pairing @sheriawriter !!! Bo and Hope would not have worked without the outstanding words on the page. Those where the DAYS!” He also added his own reflections on his run: “On this day, what seems like a lifetime ago, I realised I was the luckiest man on Earth! What a gift, what a ride ,it was amazing!” The actor was last seen in Salem in 2016, appearing to Hope in a dream.
Dishing With Digest - Episode 5(4/29/18) This week, Soap Opera Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky discuss the hottest May Sweeps stories, whether soaps move too fast, big casting news at DAYS and other hot daytime topics. We also chat with DAYS stars Chandler Massey (Will), Christopher Sean (Paul) and Freddie Smith (Paul) about their characters' love triangle and their real-life dynamic. (Listen / download here.)
45th Annual Daytime Creative Emmy Red Carpet Show(4/27/18) 45th Annual Daytime Creative Emmy Red Carpet Show: Video.
Robert Scott Wilson Back To DAYS(4/27/18) In the new issue of Soap Opera Digest, on sale tomorrow, Robert Scott Wilson confirms that he is back on contract as DAYS’s Ben. “I’m really grateful,” the actor tells Digest exclusively. “There is still so much with Ben; he’s so layered and such a fun character to play. I just like jumping back into him. I love what Ron [Carlivati, head writer] and the whole team has been doing with him thus far, so I’m really excited to see where they take him after this.” For the full story, pick up a copy of the new issue, on sale tomorrow.
DAYS Star Books New Gig(4/27/18) (Video) Christopher Sean (Paul, DAYS) has taken to Instagram to announce that he’s joining the cast of the new Star Wars animated series, STAR WARS: RESISTANCE. Sean wrote, “The Announcement Day has Come! I’m a part of the Star Wars Family! ?? #StarWarsResistance is the new show, I’m on!!” and posted a video to accompany his announcement. Check it out below.
Talk Show Appearance(4/27/18) The Talk – CBS
Monday, April 30
THE TALK’s Annual Daytime Emmy “After-Party” with exclusive appearances from many of the night’s biggest winners
KNEKT at the 45 Daytime Emmy Nominee Reception(4/26/18) KNEKT at the 45 Daytime Emmy Nominee Reception: Red Carpet Video.
Presenters for 45th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Announced(4/25/18) Some of the biggest and brightest stars of daytime television are scheduled to present at the 45th Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy® Awards on Friday, April 27, 2018 and the 45th Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at the historic Pasadena Civic Auditorium located in Pasadena, Southern California. The Sunday Daytime Emmy Awards will be streamed-live on Facebook Live, Twitter, the NATAS website (www.emmyonline.tv), and the KNEKTtv platform.
In addition to our previous announced hosts, Mario LOPEZ (EXTRA) and Sheryl Underwood (The Talk), the line-up of presenters for the Sunday, April 29 show include, Marie & David Osmond, Jane Pauley (CBS Sunday Morning), Loretta Swit and Jamie Farr, Tom Bergeron (Dancing with the Stars), Peter Marshall, Larry King (Larry King Now), Chris Harrison (Who Wants to be a Millionaire/The Bachelor), Nancy O'Dell and Kevin Frazier (ET), Valerie Bertinelli (Valerie's Home Cooking), Julie Chen, Eve, Sara Gilbert (The Talk), Adrienne Houghton, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Loni Love, and Jeannie Mae (The Real), Gaby Natale (Super Latina), Mark Steines, Debbie Matanopoulis (Home and Family), A.J. Gibson, Viveca A. Fox, Martha Byrne and Elizabeth Hubbard, and Gloria Allred, plus Brandon McMillan (Lucky Dog), Kellie Pickler and Ben Aaron (Pickler & Ben). Also presenting are cast members from the four daytime soaps, including Deidre Hall, Suzanne Rogers, Sal Stowers and Greg Vaughan (Days of Our Lives), Carolyn Hennesy, Finola Hughes, Michelle Stafford, Chris Van Etten and Laura Wright (General Hospital), Katherine Kelly Lang, Heather Tom and Rena Sofer (The Bold & the Beautiful), and Sharon Case and Kristoff St. John (The Young & the Restless) and from the digital soaps, James Bland (Giants), Molly Burnett (Relationship Status), Anne Marie Cummings (Conversations in LA) and Kristos Andrews (The Bay). A special musical performance by Joely Fisher. Music provided by Caleb Nelson and The Remotes.
The line-up of presenters for the Friday, April 27, show include David Arquette (Actor, Director, Producer, Screenwriter), David Osmond (Wonderama), Rodrigo Blaas, Marc Guggenheim and Chad Hammes (Trollhunters), Emily Calandrelli (Xploration Outer Space), Steve Spangler (Xploration, DIY), Michael Stevens (Mind Field), Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants), Vanessa Lachey, Curtis Stone, and Tiffany Derry (Top Chef Jr.), Michela Luci (Dino Dana), Raven-Symone (Raven's Home), Danny Seo (Naturally Danny Seo), Josh Garcia (The Voyager with Josh Garcia), Alie Ward (The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation), Maureen Fan and EricDarnell (Baobab). In addition, also presenting from the world of daytime soaps, Annika Noelle, Jeremy Ray Valdez (The Bold and the Beautiful), Victoria Konefal, Lamon Archey (Days of Our Lives), Laura Wright and Wes Ramsey (General Hospital), Kate Linder and Christian LeBlanc (The Young & the Restless), Kit Williamson (Eastsiders), Anne Marie Cummings, Gustavo Velasquez (Conversations in LA), Vanessa Baden Kelly (Giants), and Richard Brooks (The Rich and the Ruthless).
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DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Kevin Spirtas Previews His New Series, AFTER FOREVER(4/24/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) (Video) Although best known to soap fans for playing Dr. Craig Wesley on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Kevin Spirtas promises that viewers will see a whole new side of him in his new series, AFTER FOREVER, which premieres on Amazon on Tuesday, April 14. “The roles that I’ve always been given, they’re leading men, don’t get me wrong,” he admitted to Soaps In Depth with a hearty chuckle, “but some of my leading men have been a little… Snidely Whiplash. I want to be a good guy. I want to be the one who’s on the hero’s journey.”
And as Brian, the lead character in AFTER FOREVER, Spirtas gets to do just that. “The story’s about two people coming together who have everything,” he previewed, “They have love, they have the greatest apartment, they have great friends, they have wonderful jobs. Nothing could be wrong. It was supposed to last forever, until one day… it didn’t. And then you watch these people and the people around them all have to deal with loss, love, and new beginnings.”
Spirtas not only stars in the series, but also co-created it along with former daytime writer Michael Slade, who has penned scripts for ANOTHER WORLD, ONE LIFE TO LIVE, DAYS, and PASSIONS. They also enlisted Emmy-winning director Jennifer Pepperman, who helmed episodes of OLTL and AS THE WORLD TURNS, to direct.
As a Broadway veteran of shows like A Chorus Line, Meet Me in St. Louis, Hairspray, and The Boy From Oz, Spirtas got a lot of stars from the stage to appear in AFTER FOREVER, including Michael Urie, Anita Gillette and Cady Huffman. Soap fans might remember Huffman as Dr. Paige Miller on OLTL. Also, ATWT fans will be able to see Colleen Zenk (Barbara) in there, too! “I won’t say where, I won’t say when,” Spirtas teases. “But Colleen appears and she brings it on!”
Spirtas was also thrilled to have lured Mitchell Anderson out of “retirement” to play Jason opposite his Brian. “He moved away from California with his husband and they went to Atlanta and he opened a restaurant,” the actor revealed. “I said to him, ‘Hey, I want you to read this, and I want you to read it with you in mind doing it.’ He read it and he called me back in like, two days and said, ‘When do we start? I’m on board.’ This is a person who I think is extremely talented, he’s easy on the eyes, he’s my age, and we have a connection already because we’re friends. So that fell into place beautifully because it shows so much on the screen.”
AFTER FOREVER is a series of eight episodes that run about 11 minutes each and is available on Amazon.com (free for Prime members!). “It’s hard to sit through 11 minutes and not go, ‘Oh, well, let me just see what the next one is,’” Spirtas jokes of binging the show like one long movie. He also urges fans to review it after they watch it. “Because that’s what Amazon is paying attention to,” he confided, adding that he and Slade have ideas for more episodes going forward. “There are stories that are already arced out for season two, three, and a little bit into four,” he revealed. “There’s a lot to tell you about this, I just can’t tell you about it!”
Wes Ramsey Previews His Thrilling New Movie(4/21/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Viewers of GENERAL HOSPITAL aren’t yet sure if they can trust Wes Ramsey’s character of Peter August, and they’re going to feel the same way about his character in his thrilling new movie, Last Seen in Idaho. And coincidentally, he’s playing a shady guy named Franco! “I’m excited for my character,” Ramesy told Soaps In Depth, “because before this movie I’ve never had a chance to play a character like Franco.”
The story surrounds a young woman named Summer (played by the film’s writer and producer, Hallie Shepherd) who awakens from a coma after a car accident and begins having visions of her own future murder. But without knowing exactly who she can trust, can Summer prevent her visions from coming true? “It has an incredible story about someone who witnesses something they shouldn’t have seen and how their life is forever changed because of it,” Ramsey previewed. “From that one moment, a chain of events unfolds and it’s interesting, because it deals with time and memory in a very unique way. I don’t want to give away too much, because it’s really well done the way she created the story.”
Ramsey’s character of Franco is Summer’s love interest, but also a seasoned criminal who will leave you wondering which side he’s really on. Last Seen in Idaho also stars a couple of other faces that will be familiar to soap fans. “We shot all over the state of Washington,” the actor reported. “And some other awesome guys who spent time in daytime were me — Shawn Christian (ex-Daniel) from DAYS OF OUR LIVES and Casper Van Dien (Ty) was once on ONE LIFE TO LIVE.”
Last Seen in Idaho is being released on DVD and on demand on Tuesday, April 24, and Ramsey is thrilled his GH fans will finally be able to see his work. “It’s been a long time coming,” he admitted. “When you make a movie, you never know if it’s going to see the light of day in six months or a year or two years. This is certainly the longest I’ve ever waited for one of my movies to come out, so I’m excited for it!”
For more from Ramsey, don’t miss his feature interview in the new ABC issue of Soaps In Depth magazine, on sale now!
Who Is Wyatt on DAYS OF OUR LIVES? — Here's Everything You Need to Know!(4/20/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Wyatt has returned to DAYS OF OUR LIVES and left some fans wondering just who this guy is and why he looks so familiar. Well, the short story is that Wyatt was involved with Ciara and Claire in 2017, but the actor played a very different role a year earler!
Wyatt might be recognizable to DAYS fans because the actor, Scott Shilstone, actually appeared on the soap back in June of 2016 when he portrayed Bo and Hope’s son, Zack, in a dream sequence. Although the young boy was tragically killed by Chelsea when she was driving recklessly in Bo’s car on New Year’s Eve, 2006, Shilstone was cast as a grown-up Zack for an episode where he appeared to his parents. You might also recognize the young actor from the films Pitch Perfect, Helicopter Mom, and Drumline: A New Beat.
The casting department at DAYS must have seen something they liked, since they brought the actor back to the show for more. But this time around, Shilstone is not playing Zack Brady back from the dead (which would be difficult, seeing as how the child’s liver was donated to an ailing Claire). He’s playing Wyatt, a good-looking young man who romanced Bo and Hope’s daughter, Ciara, after they met on a dating app. As they got to know each other, Ciara couldn't believe how much they had in common and they appeared to be a perfect match.
But after walking her home following their date, Wyatt secretly texted someone to thank them for the information about Ciara, saying it worked like a charm. It was later revealed that Theo had been feeding Wyatt details about the raven-haired beauty so he could win her heart. Naturally, when Ciara found out the truth, she was furious and even left town!
However, Ciara recently returned to town and after being upset at losing the Face of Bella contest to Claire, was surprised to run into Wyatt again. He apologized for what had happened between them last year, and insisted that he did genuinely care about her. Is he on the up-and-up? Might romance bloom between the pair? You'll have to stay tuned to find out!
Vanessa A. Williams Files to Divorce Husband Again(4/17/18) Vanessa A. Williams is giving divorce a second try -- filing to split from her husband, 10 years after she first filed divorce docs ... TMZ has learned.
The "Melrose Place" and "New Jack City" star filed docs Monday in L.A. to divorce Andre Wiseman ... who she married back in 1992. The couple had separated in 2008, and Vanessa even filed for the big D.
The divorce was dismissed, for some reason, in 2017 -- possibly because she'd let it lapse. Court records show nothing was filed after her initial divorce petition. But as they say, game on.
According to the refiled docs, Vanessa is asking for joint physical and legal custody of their 14-year-old son.
Vanessa, who also starred in the TV version of "Soul Food," was famously the only black actor to have a lead role on 'Melrose.'
As for the divorce? Second time's a charm -- or as her 'New Jack' character, Keisha, might put it ... (Video)
Kirsten Storms Was "an Emotional Wreck" Sending Harper to Preschool(4/17/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Since their divorce, GENERAL HOSPITAL stars Kirsten Storms (Maxie) and Brandon Barash (ex-Johnny) have been doing a fantastic job of co-parenting their four-year-old daughter, Harper Rose. However, the duo have reacted to some things differently — like the first day that Harper attended preschool! where mommy was just a little bit more emotional than daddy!
“First day, I’m an emotional wreck,” Storms confessed to Soaps In Depth. “I’m holding her hand as she’s crossing the street with her backpack on, starting to flip. I look at Brandon and I’m like, ‘I can’t believe this!’ He just rolled his eyes.”
Although it sounds as though Harper is having an absolute blast at her new preschool, which came highly recommended by mom's GH castmate and fellow mom Emme Rylan (Lulu), who is raising three kids of her own. “First three minutes, she’s in her underwear, in the baby pool, covered in mud,” Storms laughed.
In fact, Harper’s school seems like it would be a whole lot of fun! “They have bearded dragons, live chickens, and Maria, a large tortoise — who we actually found out was a boy,” Storms reported. “The turtle just walks around freely. So do the chickens.”
DAYS Alum Makes Special Performances In L.A.(4/14/18) Emmy-winner Kate Mansi (ex-Abigail, DAYS) will be starring in two productions for Homeward LA, an organization working with The Midnight Mission to spread awareness about the homeless crisis happening around the Los Angeles area. Homeward LA is a 10-day citywide event taking place Friday, April 13-Sunday, April 22 featuring biographical monologues about individuals in Los Angeles county who have experienced homelessness. Multiple productions across the city will feature a unique cast performing the same 12 monologues. To purchase tickets ($20), click here.
Here’s the info on where to find Mansi:
Saturday, April 14 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 21 at 2 p.m.
Daytime Emmys 2018: Watch the Best Guest Performer Nominee Reels(4/13/18) Ryan Ashton (Zack, Y&R): Video
Robb Derringer (Scooter, Days): Video
John Enos (Elvis, Days): Video
Morgan Fairchild (Anjelica, Days): Video
Vernee Watson (Stella, GH): Video
NATAS and KNEKT TV Partner on 45th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Digital Telecast(4/13/18) (variety.com) The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) and KNEKT TV are partnering on an inaugural digital telecast of the 45th annual Daytime Emmy Awards taking place April 29, Variety has learned exclusively.
“NATAS is thrilled to have this partnership which gives us the potential of the largest world-wide audience we have ever had,” NATAS senior vice president and Daytime Emmy Awards executive producer David Michaels said in a statement. “In addition we are very excited about the live red carpet show and the backstage winner interviews KNEKT is doing with Carolyn Hennesy which allows the fans to ‘see it all.'”
The event will begin with the red carpet pre-show which will live-stream on all of the Daytime Emmys’ social media platforms (including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and its website), as well as on KNEKT’s digital television network on platforms including Apple TV, Roku, iOS and Android.
“Focusing on socially conscious content 90% of the programming on KNEKT TV is around non-profits, animal rights, environment, health & wellness, and living a more balanced and positive life. Celebrating the success of the nominees and winners of the daytime Emmys is reflective of how hard work and persistence pays off. It is an inspiration to fans, members of the entertainment industry and audiences who now have access to watch the show on a global scale,” said Kent Speakman of KNEKT TV.
Speakman will supervise this digital telecast, which will be streamed to multiple social destinations such as Facebook, Youtube, Periscope & Twitter — powered by Switchboard — as well as for viewers who wish to have a traditional television experience on KNEKT Television, a new digital OTT network built by UnReel.
Daytime Emmys 2018: DAYS OF OUR LIVES Stars Share Their Emmy Experiences(4/13/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) When the nominations for the 2018 Daytime Emmy Awards were announced, DAYS OF OUR LIVES racked up an impressive total of 25 nods for their work both behind and in front of the camera. And some of the soap’s nominated actors — Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie), Casey Moss (JJ), Greg Vaughan (Eric), and James Reynolds (Abe) — chatted with Soaps In Depth about their reactions to the news and their plans for the big night!
Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie)
No matter what happens, Hayes and her husband, Bill Hayes (Doug) will be going home with Lifetime Achievement Awards, but she was surprised to receive a nomination in the Supporting Actress category after almost not even submitting herself for consideration. “I didn’t have a lot of story focus for a long time, to say the least,” she admitted. “And I just didn’t think I had enough material that would be competitive. But I found three scenes that I guess worked. My whole reel was four minutes.” Then she laughed and joked: “Maybe they’ll give it to me because it was a short reel!”
Emmy night will be a family affair, and not just because Hayes and her husband are being honored for their decades on DAYS. “Bill’s children are coming from all over the United States to be with us,” she reported. “We were given some good tickets, and we’ll be able to fill the seats with loved ones!”
Casey Moss (JJ)
With the storyline surrounding JJ’s guilt over shooting Theo leading him to attempt suicide, Moss had plenty of amazing material to submit to the Emmys this year. “We got a lot of talk about the story and the surrounding episodes,” he admitted of his Younger Actor nomination. “So yeah, I was really excited and really, really happy to hear about it. I was hoping that I’d get an opportunity to submit something that I was proud of and it happened.”
Greg Vaughan (Eric)
After all his years in daytime, Vaughan was thrilled to finally receive his very first Daytime Emmy nomination. “I spent hours going through tapes and scripts watching 20-plus shows of just what I could find that I could really make a story,” he says of his powerful submission reel. “I had a different appreciation as an editor, as a filmmaker. And I had control. So that really kind of stamped the deal for me. That gratification of telling your mom. Your kids and their joy. But being recognized by your peers for the first time after 15 years in and out of this realm.”
James Reynolds (Abe)
When submitting scenes for your Emmy reel, actors are limited to 20 minutes worth of clips from up to four episodes. And Reynolds managed to show an entire emotional arc for Abe in just half that time. “I probably could have done it in one episode less,” he mused, “but I wanted to be sure I told the story.”
And the story of Abe’s grief and anger after JJ shot his son, Theo, was an obvious choice for submission. “Ron [Carlivati, DAYS’ headwriter] created a really lovely story that involved not only the Carver clan but it also involved a lot of other people in Salem. The whole spread of people who live in Salem that were grabbed up and pulled into this story was great. I knew that Ron had given me some really wonderful things to say and I wanted to do it justice.”
Daytime Emmys 2018: Watch the Outstanding Lead Actor Nominee Reels(4/12/18) Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R): Video.
Michael Easton (Finn, GH): Video.
John McCook (Eric, B&B): Video.
Billy Miller (Drew, GH): Video.
James Reynolds (Abe, Days): Video.
Daytime Emmys 2018: Watch the Outstanding Lead Actress Nominee Reels(4/10/18) Eileen Davidson (Ashley, Y&R): Video
Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis, GH): Video
Marci Miller (Abigail, Days): Video
Maura West (Ava, GH): Video
Laura Wright (Carly, GH): Video
Daytime Emmys 2018: Watch the Outstanding Supporting Actor Nominee Reels(4/10/18) Wally Kurth (Ned, GH): Video
Chandler Massey (Will, Days): Video
Anthony Montgomery (Andre, GH): Video
Greg Rikaart (Kevin, Y&R): Video
Greg Vaughan (Eric, Days): Video
Dishing With Digest Episode 2(4/10/18) DAYS stars Marci Miller (Abigail) and Tyler Christopher (Stefan) interviews plus Y&R’s anniversary celebration and Tristan Rogers’s return to GH: Listen.
The Truth About Lani's Placenta Previa Diagnosis on DAYS OF OUR LIVES(4/7/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) In case Lani didn’t have enough to worry about on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, the expectant mother has just received the bad news that she is suffering from placenta previa. But thankfully, while this condition can be seriously dangerous for both mother and child, Lani could still deliver a healthy baby. She's just going to have to be very careful for the rest of her pregnancy.
Lani was already under a lot of stress because the baby she is carrying isn’t J.J.’s, but Eli’s, and when the truth about her babydaddy finally came out, her life was turned upside down. J.J. wanted nothing more to do with her, but Eli stood by her, even as Lani suffered abdominal cramps and rushed to the hospital. After running some tests, Kayla revealed that Lani’s pregnancy is high-risk because she is suffering from placenta previa and requires bed rest for the remainder of her pregnancy.
Placenta previa is a rare but serious condition where the placenta covers the opening in a mother’s cervix. It can cause severe bleeding during the pregnancy and delivery, which can put both the mother and child in danger. While it is not associated with miscarriages, placenta previa does increase the risk of preterm birth and infant death. Bed rest is recommended in this condition, and a C-section is often needed to ensure a healthy birth.
Lani has asked Val to be the person who tells her the truth during this difficult time, but hopefully as her pregnancy progresses the doctor won’t have any more bad news to deliver and Lani and Eli can welcome a healthy baby into the world.
DAYS’s Alison Sweeney Guests On True Crime Podcast(4/6/18) Alison Sweeney (Sami, DAYS) guested on the true crime podcast, @Undisclosedpod, which examined the case of State v. Ronnie Long. There was a soapy twist to the drama: Scenes from GUIDING LIGHT featuring Liz Keifer (ex-Blake) and Beth Ehlers (ex-Harley) were recorded over a security video that played a part in a wrongful conviction. “Thanks for including me in this discussion!” tweeted Sweeney.
Daytime Emmys 2018: Watch the Outstanding Supporting Actress Nominee Reels(4/5/18) Marla Adams (Dina, Y&R): Video.
Camryn Grimes, (Mariah, Y&R): Video.
Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie, Days): Video.
Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe, Y&R): Video.
Mishal Morgan (Hilary, Y&R): Video.
Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy, B&B): Video.
Justin & Chrishell Hartley Mourn the Death of Their Dog, Memphis(4/5/18) Please join us in sending love to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS alum Justin Hartley (ex-Adam), who is mourning the loss of his dog, Memphis. The actor, who now stars as Kevin Pearson on NBC's hit primetime drama THIS IS US, shared a montage of pics of the cute little pup on Instagram with a heartfelt farewell message. “For Memphis,” he wrote. “One of the funniest, toughest and sweetest animals I ever had the pleasure of loving. Thanks for making our lives better. I really wish we had more time. Rest in peace, little dude.”
Hartley and then-fiancée Chrishell Stause (ex-Bethany, Y&R; Amanda, ALL MY CHILDREN) adopted Memphis along with Gracie at a rescue event on Dec. 28, 2016. Chrishell added some more details on her own Instagram. “Heartbroken to say Memphis went to heaven today,” she revealed. “His poor kidneys gave out and we are left with the love and memories he gave us in such a short time. He was 11 years old when we adopted him from Burbank Animal Shelter, so we didn’t know how long we would get to be his family but we know we would help make what time he had left the best we could. His personality was of a loving, sweet old man. He is dearly missed.”
Our hearts go out to the Hartleys and their family during this difficult time.
Daytime Emmys 2018: Watch the Outstanding Younger Actor Nominee Reels(4/3/18) Lucas Adams (Tripp, Days): Video.
Rome Flynn (Zende, B&B): Video.
Tristan Lake Leabu (Reed, Y&R): Video.
Casey Moss (J.J., Days): Video.
Hudson West (Jake, GH): Video.
Daytime Emmys 2018: Watch the Outstanding Younger Actress Nominee Reels(3/30/18) Reign Edwards (Nicole, B&B): Video
Hayley Erin (Kiki, GH): Video
Cait Fairbanks (Tessa, Y&R): Video
Olivia Rose Keegan (Claire, DAYS): Video
Chloe Lanier (Nelle, GH): Video
Leo on DAYS OF OUR LIVES — Everything You Need to Know About Him and Portrayer Greg Rikaart(3/29/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Sonny thinks he knows who Leo is on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, but he has no idea! This brand new character is a shady guy who is up to no good. And for viewers who think Leo looks familiar, it’s probably because Greg Rikaart starred on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS for years!
After giving up on his relationship with Paul, Sonny decided to check out a dating app on his phone and began exchanging messages with a guy named Leo. And while things were going great, it turns out that it was really Vivian Alamain on the other end of the phone! But in the March 27 episode, Leo shows up in the flesh to meet Sonny face to face. The only problem is that he’s been hired by Vivian to catfish Sonny as part of her grand scheme! Who knows if Leo is even his real name? No doubt more and more about his background will be revealed as time goes on.
Because DAYS shoots so far ahead, news of Rikaart joining the cast of the NBC soap was announced back in October of 2017, but he’s only just now airing as Leo. Back on Y&R, Rikaart played Kevin, who was a pretty awful character when first introduced, but was quickly redeemed by the writers so he could stick around for over a decade. (Earning Rikaart five Daytime Emmy Award nominations and one win in the process!) Whether or not DAYS headwriter Ron Carlivati will do the same with Leo remains to be seen. At the time of his casting, Rikaart was scheduled for a “multi-episode arc” but as daytime fans know, things can change on a dime!
Fans might also recognize Rikaart from his guest-starring roles in primetime series like CSI: MIAMI, BONES, and THE CLOSER. In 2015, he had a recurring role for some episodes of MAJOR CRIMES. In real life, Rikaart has been happily married to writer Robert Sudduth since May 9, 2015. The couple welcomed a beautiful baby boy named Montgomery Argo on June 12, 2016, via a surrogate.
Rikaart has continued to make appearances on Y&R even as he’s been taping episodes of DAYS, so for fans of the actor, the idea of having him on two shows at once would be ideal. Stay tuned to DAYS to see how Leo’s story evolves!
Alison Sweeney To Topline New Hallmark Movie Franchise ‘The Chronicle Mysteries’(3/28/18) Alison Sweeney, who toplined the Murder She Baked franchise for Hallmark, is returning with a new movie franchise. Hallmark Movies & Mysteries has ordered The Chronicle Mysteries from Sweeney, with the Days Of Our Lives alum attached to star and executive produce.
Written by Melissa Salmons, The Chronicle Mysteries stars Sweeney as Roberta “Robbie” McPherson a novelist and podcaster who’s researching the cold case of Gina DeSavio. Robbie loves the chase, loves solving any puzzle or mystery. She is particularly interested in Gina’s disappearance because she and Gina knew each other growing up together in a small town. Salmons, who first worked with Sweeney at Days of our Lives and wrote several of her projects from Crown Media Family Networks, will write the movies. Salmons will executive produce with Sweeney and Craig Baumgarten (Shattered Glass) of Zero Gravity Management.
Sweeney is known for her role as Sami Brady on NBC’s long-running daytime drama Days of Our Lives. She previously starred in and executive produced the Murder She Baked franchise of movies Love on the Air, The Irresistible Blueberry Farm and Christmas at Holly Lodge for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.
“Viewers are going to love this new mystery from the incomparable Alison Sweeney,” said Michelle Vicary, Executive Vice President, Programming and Publicity, Crown Media Family Networks. “Sweeney’s return to Hallmark Movies & Mysteries is something we’ve been waiting for and we are so excited that she has worked to bring The Chronicle Mysteries to life for us.”
Yes, That's James Eckhouse as the Judge on DAYS OF OUR LIVES!(3/24/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Amid all the drama of Gabi’s trial, eagle-eyed viewers will have noticed a familiar face presiding over the whole thing — actor James Eckhouse is back on DAYS OF OUR LIVES playing Judge Sims again!
The character actor is best known for his role as Brenda and Brandon’s father, Jim Walsh, on the classic FOX teen drama BEVERLY HILLS, 90210, which he played from 1990 until 1998. He has also made appearances in other primetime shows like ONCE AND AGAIN, JUDGING AMY, LAS VEGAS, and CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION as well as movies like Junior, Big, and The Avengers. And DAYS isn’t Eckhouse’s first appearance in daytime, because the very first credit on his IMDb page is a 1982 episode of NBC soap ANOTHER WORLD where he played “Costume Clerk!”
Eckhouse first appeared as a judge on DAYS back in July of 2013 and continued to recur throughout the summer as Sami went on trial for shooting a man who had attempted to stab Rafe. It looked bad because the guy was a police officer, but it later turned out that he had been working for Stefano DiMera!
Now, with Gabi on trial for the murder of Andre DiMera, there is plenty of shocking twists and turns to come as more people take the stand and more secrets are revealed. But can anything really top Lani’s tearful confession that she slept with Eli? Let’s just say you’re definitely going to want to stay tuned as this trial continues and Eckhouse’s Judge Sims is tasked with keeping order in the court. Good luck with that one!
‘Pretty Little Liars’ Ashley Benson Signs With ICM Partners(3/24/18) Ashley Benson, who for the last seven seasons has portrayed queen-bee Hanna Marin on Freeform/ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars, has inked with ICM Partners.
Benson will next star opposite Elisabeth Moss in Alex Ross Perry’s independent film Her Smell which will begin production in New York this April.
Benson has a large resume outside her 160 episodes on Pretty Little Liars, including turns in such features as the Adam Sandler comedy Pixels, Harmony Korine’s cult classic Spring Breakers and Liza Johnson’s Elvis & Nixon, as well as long-running stints on such TV series as Eastwick, and Days of Our Lives. Benson also counts a huge 18M followers on Instagram.
She is also repped by attorney Steve Warren of Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller.
Benson was previously with CAA.
New Hallmark Series For Alison Sweeney(3/23/18) Alison Sweeney (Sami, DAYS) has a new original movie franchise that will air on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. The actress will star in THE CHRONICLE MYSTERIES as Roberta “Robbie” McPherson, a novelist and podcaster. The official description of the show says that Robbie “is researching the cold case of Gina DeSavio. Robbie loves the chase, loves solving any puzzle or mystery. She is particularly interested in Gina’s disappearance because Robbie and Gina knew each other as children growing up in a small town. Robbie is also Miles Lawrence’s niece, the owner of the local paper the Harrington Chronicle, and she’s about to inherit the paper.”
Soap Stars Tweet Emmy Nomination Reactions(3/22/18) The soap world is bursting with excitement at the announcement of the 2018 Daytime Emmy nominations. Check out these tweets from nominees and actors who are showing their support! Click here (will link) for the full list of nominees.
@1CaseyMoss (JJ, DAYS): Congrats to all of our @nbcdays @DaytimeEmmys nominees! @JreynoldsJames @wallykurth @ChandlerMassey @MarciMiller @DaysHayes @greg_vaughan @oliviakeegann @lucasbrentley Very humbled to be included with all of these talented people.
@BethMaitlandDQB (Traci, Y&R): FANTASTIC EMMY SHOWING FOR #YR45 WITH 25 NOMINATIONS. Especially excited for #MarlaAdams first time nom in 50 year daytime career and @eileen_davidson and #PeterBergman #goteamabbotts #family #longlivedaytime
@josh_swickard (Chase, GH): HUGE congrats to all the @GeneralHospital actors that have been nominated for an Emmy this year. Y’all deserve it! I’m rooting for you big bro! #MichaelEaston #GH
@lldubs (Carly, GH): Yes Yes Yes !!!!! #GHBaby !!!!!! So excited for my #GHfamily #GHkicksAss
@camryngrimes (Mariah, Y&R): I’m lucky enough already to work alongside these women but to be nominated with them is a surreal blessing. Congratulations ladies!!
@linseygodfrey (Caroline, B&B): Congratulations to everyone at my @BandB_CBS family on their @DaytimeEmmys nominations! @JohnMcCook44 @JacquelineMWood @RomeTrumain @reignedwards! And of course congratulations to my best friend& Aleda’s amazing auntie @camryngrimes! Love you all! @CBSDaytime
@caitfairbanks (Tessa, Y&R): Is this real life or
@lisalocicerogh (Olivia, GH): Woohooo!! Congratulations to all my lovely castmates! So well deserved!!
@RomeTrumain (ex-Zende, B&B): Me & @reignedwards we’re both nominated I’m not crying YOU ARE.
@ChloeLanier (Nelle, GH): So happy and humbled!
@MarciMiller (Abigail, DAYS): I can’t even…WHAT??? Truly humbled. Wow. SO many talented women. What company. Xx
Olivia Rose Keegan Releases Single(3/21/18) Olivia Rose Keegan (Claire, DAYS), has released a single, “Queen Is A King,” that is being used in the promos for THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK, which returns on April 4. To check it out, go to https://youtu.be/-jqpChq2jOg and https://fanlink.to/queenisakingspotify.
Terrell Tilford on Criminal Minds 4/4/18(3/20/18) “Ex Parte” – The BAU takes charge of a hostage situation at a law firm in D.C., where Matt Simmons’ wife, Kristy (Kelly Frye), works, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, April 4 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST: Kelly Frye (Kristy Simmons), Justin Eaton (Stunt Double Simmons), Terrell Tilford (Commander David Nash).
Daytime Emmy Awards nominations announced on The Talk 3/21/18(3/16/18) The Talk – CBS
Wednesday, March 21
THE TALK announces the “45th Daytime Emmy® Awards” nominations live
DAYS’s Alison Sweeney Shares Return Photo(3/16/18) (Photo) As her Throwback Thursday pic online, Alison Sweeney (Sami) shared a shot with Deidre Hall (Marlena) from her first day back filming her latest visit to Salem. “Now that the ‘cat’s out of the bag’ so to speak, I’m excited to #tbt to my first day back filming @nbcdays (#thistime)! It’s always such a joy to catch up with everyone!! @deidrehall_official & I had a wonderful girls lunch at the commissary! #days #samisback #noplacelikehome,” she posted. Check out the photo above.
Alison Sweeney Back To DAYS!(3/15/18) Alison Sweeney is back filming on the DAYS set, so look for Sami to pop up again in Salem later this year. The actress admits she feels a little pressure to live up to the hype of her 2017 comeback, where Will was revealed to be alive. “That return was successful, and the storyline was so well-received,” she tells Digest. “I loved every minute of it, and those are big shoes to fill. Great stories like that don’t just grow on trees, and it was so great and freeing to admit to Ron [Carlivati, head writer] that I was nervous because it’s such a compliment to him in his writing. But it was great because he said the same thing, ‘Yeah, no kidding!’ I think he felt that same pressure, which was comforting to me to know that it matters to him as much as it does to me.” She teases that her new tale is “super-exciting, definitely a roller-coaster ride and really fun.” For the full story, pick up the new issue of Digest, on sale Friday.
Patrika Darbo To Host Indie Series Awards(3/9/18) Patrika Darbo (Shirley, B&B) has been tapped to host the 9th Annual Indie Series Awards ceremony on April 4 at The Colony Theatre in Burbank, CA. “Patrika has always been a big part of the ISAs ceremony, and we are so excited to showcase her talent even more this year as our host,” said Producer Roger Newcomb. “We have asked Patrika to do so many random things over the years. She’s game for anything, and always elevates every idea to another level with her professionalism and enthusiasm. She will certainly do that again on April 4.” The ISAs celebrate the best in independently produced entertainment created for the Web.
The Dramatic History of Eve Donovan on DAYS OF OUR LIVES(3/9/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) The character of Eve Donovan has come and gone from DAYS OF OUR LIVES many times over the years, but now that she’s back in Salem to stay, some newer viewers might be wondering about her history. Well, let us tell you — it’s plenty scandalous! Eve was first introduced to the soap in 1987 and was played by Charlotte Ross until she left in 1991. The role was then taken over in 2014 by ONE LIFE TO LIVE alum Kassie DePaiva (she played Blair on the ABC sudser). Unfortunately, Eve had to be written off of DAYS when the actress was diagnosed with cancer, but now she’s back and ready to fight!
Eve is the daughter of Shane Donovan and Gabrielle Pascal, and when the young woman first arrived in Salem, she tried to ruin her father’s marriage to Kimberly Brady. After she accidentally hit Sarah Horton with her car, she confessed to Shane that she was his daughter, and he took her in. Eve also had a crush on Frankie Brady, but when she tried to break up him and Jennifer Horton, Frankie ended up leaving town!
Things got worse for Eve when her former pimp, Nick Corelli, forced her back into a life of prostitution. The teen was scarred on her face when she was attacked by the Riverfront Killer, and Nick got her on a magazine cover to restore her confidence. Eve enjoyed the attention from her male classmates until she found out they knew she was a hooker and tried to commit suicide. When she survived, she decided to take revenge on the boys, but the plan backfired and Nick was killed when his car went over a cliff!
Unfortunately, because Nick had left everything to her, Eve became a prime suspect in his murder. A man named Eddie kidnapped Eve hoping to get his hands on Nick’s money, but it turns out the guy hadn’t died and worked with Shane to rescue her. Nick gave Eve a job at a nightclub he’d bought, and her attempt to steal Scotty Banning away from Faith failed when the couple left Salem together!
Nick was murdered, and Eve couldn’t claim the money he’d left her unless she was married. Eager to find enough cash to save his newspaper, Jack Deveraux agreed to tie the knot with her, but the union didn’t last long. Ultimately, Eve left Salem with Frankie when he was called to do charity work in Africa.
Eve returned to Salem in 2014 and fell for Dr. Daniel Jonas, who was to perform surgery on her throat. She also informed Jennifer that her annulment papers entitled her to half of Jack’s money. Eve had hoped to use the movie based on Jack’s book as a cash cow, but Jennifer fought her every step of the way.
Eve did not approve of her daughter Paige, being involved with Jack and Jen's son, J.J. After paying a woman to split the couple up failed, Eve took it upon herself to do it, repeatedly sleeping with her daughter’s beau! Tragically, Paige was murdered by the Necktie Killer, and Eve was wracked with guilt about how she'd her daughter.
Eve became friends with Justin and wanted to help Claire Brady find success in the music industry, but it was clear she was using Claire as a surrogate daughter. After a trip to New York City for an audition, Claire returned alone, and Eve showed up later for her sister Theresa’s wedding to Brady. When the nuptials never occurred, Eve went back to Manhattan and only came back briefly to help Brady with Tate after Theresa left Salem.
But just before Halloween, Eve made a grand return to Salem revealing that she was actually Deimos Kiriakis’ widow, having married the villain months before he was murdered! Using her position in the family as leverage with Victor, Eve is currently in charge of Basic Black and ingratiating herself into the family by romancing Brady. But even as she seems to be falling in love with Brady and headed towards marriage, the truth is that Brady and Victor are actually working together to scam her! What will happen next? You’ll have to stay tuned as the story continues to find out!
NBC RENEWS ICONIC DRAMA ‘DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ FOR 54th SEASON(3/9/18) “Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives.”
Those words, which have drawn millions of eager viewers to their television sets for six decades, will remain a high point of the broadcast day for a record 54th season with the announcement today of NBC’s latest renewal of the acclaimed drama “Days of our Lives.”
“We’re very excited about having more great ‘Days’ in Salem,” said Bruce Evans, Executive Vice President, Current Programming, NBC Entertainment. “Ken Corday and his team continue to tell stories with which the ‘Days’ loyal audience feels a deep connection. We congratulate them on their remarkable daytime legacy and look forward to what they have planned for the new season.”
“We’re thrilled that the sands will continue flowing through the hourglass for yet another year,” said executive producer Ken Corday. “We are most grateful to NBC and Sony for their continued support of ‘Days of our Lives.’ Buckle up because we have some exciting and compelling new stories coming to Salem this season.”
Steve Kent, Senior Executive Vice President, Programming, Sony Pictures Television, added: “Ken Corday and his cast and crew continue to reach generations of viewers through intriguing storylines and strong characters. We are proud that generations of fans, both in the U.S. and around the world, will continue to enjoy ‘Days of our Lives’ into its 54th season.”
“Days of our Lives,” which aired its 13,000th episode in 2017, remains a television institution. The show first premiered as a half-hour drama in 1965 and expanded to an hour 10 years later.
The show has garnered 52 Emmy Awards, including most recently 2013 and 2015’s Outstanding Daytime Drama, and 298 nominations, as well as multiple People's Choice Awards, GLAAD Media Awards, and Prism Awards.
The show is currently in its 53rd season and remains a favorite among critics and fans alike. “Days of our Lives” airs nationally on NBC in the United States and in more than 25 countries internationally.
“Days of our Lives” is set in the fictitious Midwestern town of Salem. The core families are the Bradys, Hortons and DiMeras, and the multi-layered storylines involve elements of romance, adventure, mystery, comedy and drama.
“Days of our Lives” is produced by Corday Productions, Inc. in association with Sony Pictures Television. Ken Corday is the executive producer with co-executive producers Greg Meng and Albert Alarr. Ron Carlivati is the head writer.
‘False Profits’: Shelley Hennig To Star In ABC Comedic Soap Pilot(3/1/18) Teen Wolf alumna Shelley Hennig is set as one of the leads in ABC pilot False Profits, a comedic soap set in the world of cosmetics marketing from former Code Black writer-producer Kayla Alpert, Jason Reed, and ABC Studios.
Written by Alpert, False Profits is described as Desperate Housewives meets Glengarry Glen Ross. It follows a team of down-and-out women in suburban Arizona as they fight their way to the top of the cutthroat world of a multi-level marketing cosmetics business.
Hennig will play Hilary Jenkel, a sharp-tongued, hot-tempered former beauty queen whose glory days were cut short by a nasty drug habit. Now in recovery and single mother of 6 year-old Lila, Hilary hopes to reignite the flame between her and Clark, Lila’s father. But when he sues for full custody of their daughter, Hilary needs to whip her life and bank account into shape. She joins her co-workers in a direct-sales cosmetics business, using her pageant know-how as the underdog’s team secret sales weapon.
Alpert executive produces with Reed and former Desperate Housewives exec producer Sabrina Wind via Jason T. Reed Productions. ABC Studios is the studio.
Hennig, who played Malia for three seasons on MTV’s hit series Teen Wolf, most recently co-starred in the Netflix comedy, When We First Met opposite Adam Devine, and the Complex Network/Go90 comedy series, Liberty Crossing directed by Todd Berger. She will also be seen starring in the upcoming comedy The After Party set to premiere later this year on Netflix. Hennig is repped by Alchemy Entertainment, CAA and Stone Genow.
Video: COREY TAYLOR Sings BON JOVI's 'Wanted Dead Or Alive' With 'Supernatural' Star JENSEN ACKLES(2/28/18) SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor joined "Supernatural" star Jensen Ackles on stage this past weekend in Las Vegas at the official convention for the science-fiction television show to sing the BON JOVI classic "Wanted Dead Or Alive". Video footage of their rendition can be seen here.
‘Days Of Our Lives’ Classic Episodes Returning To TV: Bo & Hope, EJ & Sami Together Again(2/27/18) (inquisitr.com) Days of our Lives fans are in for a treat. Old episodes of the NBC soap opera are coming back to television, and viewers can relive all of the former drama in Salem during a two-hour block each and every weekday morning.
According to a Feb. 25 by Soap Hub, Days of our Lives is officially returning with some classic episodes on the Bravo network starting in March. The network is set to air two episodes of the soap opera daily from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m., so get those DVRs ready. The episodes will begin airing on Monday, March 5, and will begin with the episode that aired on Sept. 16, 2011.
The report reveals that during this time on Days of our Lives Carly (Crystal Chappell) was in rehab where she was visited by her son, Nicholas. Carly had apologized for how she had hurt Daniel and was given some support by her friend, Jennifer Horton (Melissa Reeves).
Meanwhile, Nicole (Arianne Zucker) found Brady (Eric Martsolf) keeping vigil at Chloe’s bedside. Chloe (Nadia Bjorlin) was in a coma, and Days of our Lives fans know that Brady has romantic history with both Nicole and Chloe. It seems that a love triangle between the three may have been a storyline back in 2011.
However, many Days of our Lives viewers will likely be the most excited to see Bo and Hope together again. Bo Brady (Peter Reckell) has left the soap since 2011, but briefly returned for a storyline that ended Bo’s life. Fans watched as Bo died in Hope’s arms from a brain tumor, and she later moved on with Rafe Hernandez. During the 2011 episode that will air on Bravo in March, Bo and Hope will be hosting a party at Chez Rogue, which draws suspicion from Kate Roberts.
Fans will also get to see EJ DiMera and Sami Brady back in action in the Days of our Lives re-runs. During the debut episode on Bravo, EJ will dance a sexy Tango with Nicole in order to make Brady jealous.
It seems that Days of our Lives fans will get to see a lot of old favorite couples and characters by watching the classic episodes, and newer fans can get more background information on the current characters by watching the past episodes.
Drake Hogestyn & Kim Rhodes on Criminal Minds 3/14/18(2/27/18) “Last Gasp” – Away from the watchful eye of the FBI’s assistant director of national security, Linda Barnes (Kim Rhodes), the BAU meets in secret to investigate an UnSub who appears to be kidnapping and photographing young women, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, March 14 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Kim Rhodes (Assistant Director Linda Barnes), Gary Basaraba (James Odenkirk), Drake Hogestyn (Senator Alfred Mayhew).
Krista Allen Catches Burglar Mid-Break-In ... Family Dog Injured(2/23/18) Krista Allen walked in on a would-be burglar, who she says badly injured her dog during the break-in ... TMZ has learned.
Law enforcement sources tell us Krista arrived back at her San Fernando Valley home Thursday and found a transient woman inside. We're told Krista called 911 and held the woman down until cops arrived.
The story gets crazier ... Krista claimed the woman pointed out that their family dog was having difficulty getting up, which led Krista to believe the woman had kicked her pup. The dog -- an 11-year-old beagle named Jack -- was, in fact, injured. Krista had to take him to the vet for treatment. She posted an update on him, and also revealed ... another dog, a puggle named Jake, was also injured during the incident.
Cops say the woman drank Krista's alcohol and ingested pills that were in the house. We're told she also had Krista's vibrator.
We've reached out to Krista's rep ... no comment.
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Is Nicole Coming Back to DAYS OF OUR LIVES? — Arianne Zucker Speaks Out(2/23/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Fans of DAYS OF OUR LIVES were upset when Arianne Zucker announced that she was leaving the soap after 18 years as Nicole Walker. But recent mentions of the character have many wondering is Nicole coming back to DAYS? In a recent interview with Soaps In Depth, the actress admitted that she was grateful to the show for not killing her off so she could still return to Salem one day! “I love the fact that my line was ‘As God is my witness, I will be back!’” Zucker confided. “I mean, that’s kind of great.”
Because the actress has been keeping very busy with projects like the Lifetime movie Web Cam Girls, she allows that any return to daytime would require some very careful schedule maintenance. “I keep booking these movies and I’m really enjoying them,” Zucker explained, “so I know it’s tough on the schedule for DAYS and it’s not fair to your fellow actors to just take off on such short notice.
“But never say never,” she adds of a return to Salem, noting that there is still a lot of story to tell with Nicole and Brady and Eric. “Yeah, plenty! Plenty of trouble to get herself into, making bad choices as usual!”
What Happened to Abigail on DAYS OF OUR LIVES?(2/20/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Abigail has had quite a life on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, even escaping death. But now it appears that her earlier mental problems are rearing their ugly head again as the young woman has developed a split personality and things she's Gabi! What will happen next?
The daughter of Jack Deveraux and Jennifer Horton, Abigail was born in 1992 and played by a series of child actors including Jillian Claire, who portrayed the girl from 2003-04. In October of 2004, the character was aged into a teenager and Ashley Benson stepped into the role. She stayed for three years, departing in 2007. In March of 2011, Kate Mansi joined DAYS as the newest Abigail, and she made her last appearance in June of 2016. Marci Miller is the latest actress to play the part, and made her debut in November of 2016.
As a little girl, Abigail grew up all over the world, and thought her father was dead more than a few times before he actually passed away for real. As a teenager, Abigail had a crush on Max Brady, but when he told her he just wanted to be friends, she went to live with her family in London.
When Abigail finally returned in 2011 as an adult, she found herself attracted to Chad DiMera, but he had feelings for her best friend, Melanie Jonas. After an ill-advised attempt to seduce a married Austin, Abby began a relationship with Cameron Davis. But after her father’s tragic death, Abigail pushed the doctor away.
Abigail rekindled things with Chad, but broke up with him after he ruined Gabi and NIck’s wedding and began a fling with his brother, EJ. When Chad returned to Salem, she slept with him despite being in a relationship with Ben. And when she found herself pregnant, she was dismayed to learn it was Ben’s baby because it turned out he was a serial killer! When Ben abducted Abigail, she went into early labor and delivered their son. Chad tried to rescue her, but Ben tied them both to the bed and set it on fire before running off with the infant.
Thankfully, Chad and Abigail were rescued and Ben was arrested. She named her son Thomas Jack Deveraux and later learned that Chad is really the boy’s father. She and Chad married at the DiMera mansion to finally become a family.
Unfortunately, Abigail began having hallucinations of Ben and went to desperate extremes to prove that he was really tormenting her again. Chad had her committed to Shady Hills, but continuing to see visions of Ben, she broke out and was later presumed dead in a plane crash.
Abigail returned to Salem very much alive months later and spied on her loved ones, including Chad, who had developed a relationship with Gabi Hernandez. After revealing herself, Abby reconciled with Chad, but he admitted that while he wanted to continue to be a family with her and Thomas, he also loved Gabi. But while Chad and Gabi grew closer, Abigail found herself falling for Dario’s con and agreed to marry him so he wouldn’t be deported. Dario blackmailed Abby into staying in their loveless marriage by threatening Chad, and when that didn’t work, he attempted to have Chad killed but Abigail got in the way!
Thankfully, Abigail recovered from her injuries, and she and Chad were finally remarried. But just as things were looking up for them, Andre was murdered and the DiMera family was thrown into chaos. Although Gabi emerged as a prime suspect, the shocking truth was that it was Abigail wearing a black wig and Gabi's clothing! Why is Abigail calling herself Gabi, and can anyone help her get back to normal? Stay tuned as this unexpected story continues to develop!
Soap star Chrishell Hartley doesn’t waste anything after growing up homeless(2/18/18) Soap star Chrishell Hartley knows the value of a dollar.
“I was homeless a few times in my life and it was really hard growing up, but now I’m super grateful about everything,” she told Page Six via phone on Friday. “I’m still really cheap!”
The actress-turned-realtor laughed while telling us that she still “finds [herself] doing the most ridiculous things” like reusing eye remover pads — much to the surprise of her new husband, “This Is Us” star Justin Hartley.
“I put it back in the thing,” she explained. “I only used half of it! Justin came home from work and went to use one…he asked why there was a dirty one in there! It sounds embarrassing to say out loud, but I didn’t even think twice about it — it does sound gross! I have to reevaluate.”
The 36-year-old also confessed via Twitter that she scrapes lipstick out of tubes when she can — but she’s still trying to solve another luxurious blunder. “I just realized you can’t take a bath bomb out halfway through ‘bombing?’ to use the other half later. It is MESSY. Need to cut it in pieces next time,” she wrote.
The former “All My Children” regular told us that she was homeless “a few times at different ages” with the longest stint being while she was in the seventh grade. She was also homeless for “quite a bit” in the tenth grade.
“As you can imagine, as a high schooler it wasn’t the coolest thing,” she said. “It was just really hard to live the lie at school and make sure no one knows and being really embarrassed about it. Even talking about it now I start to sweat.”
“I definitely relate to any kid who has lived without running water or electricity or having to be the smelly kid going to school because you don’t have the resources,” she said. “It’s hard. I really relate to them and I want to help them as much as possible. It’s a unique situation that you’ll never forget where you came from.”
Now, she works with Blessings in a Backpack and Upward Bound House to help others in similar situations to her upbringing.
Marci Miller On Big DAYS Twist(2/17/18) If you haven’t watched today’s episode of DAYS, stop reading if you don’t want to be spoiled. Not only was Abigail revealed to be Andre’s killer, but she also has a split personality, Gabby. “I was told maybe a month before it happened that I was going to maybe, kind of, take on some kind of Gabby role,” says portrayer Marci Miller. “I didn’t know what exactly that would entail, to what degree that was going to be a thing.” The daytime newcomer admits she never expected to play more than one role in Salem. “Oh, no, no. It never even occurred to me. That came completely out of nowhere. I didn’t even know what [kind of] thing it was even going to be at the time. I have maybe four, five, six scripts at a time and that’s really as far as we know in advance. It wound up being more involved than I expected. I guess I thought for a few episodes I’d kind of take on this role, but it wound up being a whole storyline, so it was cool.” For the full scoop, pick up the new issue of Digest, on sale now.
Soap Vets Star In New Film(2/16/18) Kassie DePaiva (Eve, DAYS; ex-Blair, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) and Nathan Purdee (ex-Hank, OLTL et al) are starring in a new film, Killian and the Comeback Kids. DePaiva and Purdee play husband and wife and parents of the title character, a struggling musician and college grad who returns to his hometown to find a job while putting his band together. Killian is played by Purdee’s son, Taylor. Killian and the Comeback Kids recently finished principal photography and the Karmic Release Ltd. is running an Indiegogo campaign to help finish and support the film. Donor perks include autographed CDs by DePaiva, a call from DePaiva, a walk-on role in the movie, instruments and other items. For more information and to donate, click here.
Billie Reed on DAYS OF OUR LIVES — Everything You Need to Know!(2/13/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Billie hasn’t been seen in nearly five years, so newer viewers might find themselves wondering: Who is Billie Reed on DAYS OF OUR LIVES? Well, the character has quite a colorful history, so let us run down some of the highlights for you. Billie made her debut in 1992, played by Lisa Rinna. In 1996, the role was recast with Krista Allen, and Rinna returned for a brief stint in 2002. In 2004, Julie Pinson stepped into the role, and Rinna came back again for a bit in 2012.
Billie Reed first arrived in Salem dreaming of becoming a professional singer, but her cocaine addiction got in the way and almost returned her to a life of prostitution. She believed that her brother, Austin, was her only family in town, but she would later be proven wrong. Billie got her life together and started her own cosmetics company, Countess Wilhelmina. Kate Roberts bought out the company to spite Billie, who ended up running the company again when Tony DiMera bought control and hired her.
Curtis Reed was responsible for getting Billie addicted to drugs and raped her, so she was stunned when her presumed-dead father showed up very much alive. When he was murdered in 1993, Billie was the prime suspect, and Bo Brady fell in love with her while proving her innocence. After it was revealed that Stefano DiMera had killed Curtis in self-defense and framed Billie, she and Austin learned that Kate was their mother, who had been led to believe her children had died in a car crash with Curtis.
Despite the appearance of a woman named Gina who strongly resembled Bo’s first wife, he and Billie became engaged and it wasn’t until after they tied the knot that Gina got her memories back and realized she was Hope! Realizing Bo would always be in love with his ex, Billie left Salem for Europe. She returned a year later as Bo was preparing to remarry Hope, and things got complicated after Hope found Billie naked with her fiancé! (She was just trying to stave off hypothermia with body heat after rescuing Bo from drowning, honest!)
Billie found herself wrapped up in Bo’s undercover sting to expose a drug lord, and was forced to pose as his girlfriend even as he continued to remind her that Hope was his true love. But as part of the charade, Bo and Billie had to get married! Later, believing that Hope had moved on, Bo made love with Billie and she became pregnant. Unfortunately, while following Bo and Hope to New Orleans, Billie was attacked and went into premature labor, giving birth to a stillborn daughter she named Georgia. She later picked a fight with Hope so she could fall and blame her for the miscarriage, but still Bo remained loyal to Hope. After the truth came out, no one would have anything to do with Billie, who attempted to date Roman Brady and Nicholas Alamain before skipping town.
When Billie returned to Salem in 2002, she’d joined the police force and promised she had changed, but was still looking to split up Bo and Hope. She helped Larry Welch kidnap Hope and Zack, but when she had second thoughts, Larry shot her! After Billie recovered, she went to London to join the ISA.
The next time Bo ran into Billie was when he found her on the mysterious island where all the victims of the Salem Stalker had been imprisoned. Once everyone was home in Salem, Billie was shocked to learn that her daughter, Georgia, hadn’t died, and was Abby’s friend, Chelsea Benson! When Chelsea’s parents were killed in a car accident, Billie told the girl the truth and invited her to move in with her. Tragically, Bo and Hope’s young son, Zack, was killed in a car accident, and Chelsea was revealed to have been behind the wheel.
Insisting she didn’t want Bo anymore, Billie then pursued another unavailable guy, Steve “Patch” Johnson. He dated Billie during the time when he had amnesia and felt pressured by Kayla to remember their past together. Billie began working as head of security at Salem University, but after she was fired, accepted a job from Victor to work for Titan in England. There, she was in a car accident, and Chelsea left town to help her mother recuperate.
In 2012, Billie came home to help Kate run Countess Wilhelmina, but it was later revealed that she was secretly working for the ISA to dig up information on Stefano. However, since the villain was working as an informant for the CIA, her investigation came to an abrupt halt. Billie tried to stay in Salem and work with her mom, but she soon became frustrated with Kate’s scheming and left for Europe.
Now that Billie has returned to Salem, she’s certain to have brought plenty of drama with her! How long will she be in town, and how many lives will she ruin while she’s here?
‘The Rookie’: Eric Winter & Afton Williamson To Co-Star In ABC Series(2/8/18) Eric Winter (Rosewood, Secrets & Lies) and Afton Williamson (The Night Of, The Breaks) are set to co-star opposite Nathan Fillion in the straight-to-series light crime drama The Rookie, from Mark Gordon/Entertainment One and ABC Studios.
Written by former Castle executive producer/co-showrunner Alexi Hawley and inspired by a true story, The Rookie stars Fillion as John Nolan, the oldest rookie in the LAPD. At an age where most are at the peak of their career, Nolan cast aside his comfortable small-town life and moved to L.A. to pursue his dream of being a cop. Now, surrounded by rookies 20 years his junior, Nolan must navigate the dangerous, humorous and unpredictable world of a “young” cop, determined to make his second shot at life count.
Winter will play Tim Bradford, an overbearing training officer. Williamson will play Talia Bishop, a newly promoted training officer whose first assignment is Fillion’s 40-year-old rookie.
Executive producing the series are Mark Gordon and Nicholas Pepper, Alexi Hawley, Fillion, Michelle Chapman and Jon Steinberg. Liz Friedlander is directing and executive producing the first episode.
Winter and Williamson are repped by Gersh. Winter is also with Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Hirsch Wallerstein. Williamson is also repped by Suskin Management.
eOne is handling international rights to the project.
Kirsten Storms: “I’m Not Pregnant”(2/8/18) GH’s Kirsten Storms (Maxie) took to social media to respond to some less-than-polite inquiries from fans about whether or not she is expecting in real life. “This is the only time I will address this on social media,” she posted. “1. No – I’m not pregnant in real life. Just in GH life (where they pad me up to look prego in maternity clothes). 2. I like to wear loose clothes because THEY ARE COMFY.” The actress ended her message with a plea for online civility: “If you wouldn’t say something to a person on the street, don’t say it to someone online. It’s still rude. And I don’t do rude.” See her full post here: https://www.instagram.com/p/Be52DTDBROo/?taken-by=kirstenstorms.
Bill Hayes & Susan Seaforth Hayes on Extra(2/3/18) Bill Hayes & Susan Seaforth Hayes on Extra: Video.
Nominees Announced For The 9th Annual Indie Series Awards(2/1/18) The nominees for the 9th Annual Indie Series Awards were announced today, and LADIES OF THE LAKE, the series based on the book by DAYS’s Executive Producer Ken Corday, and helmed by DAYS alum Kyle Lowder (ex-Brady, who is also nominated for Lead Actor) and Writer Michael Caruso, led the pack with 18 nominations, followed by THE BAY with 16. Since 2009, the Indie Series Award has honored the most creative and progressive talent in independent web series. The nominated actors are:
Best Drama Series
Best Lead Actor – Drama
Best Lead Actress – Drama
Best Supporting Actor – Drama
Best Supporting Actress – Drama
Best Guest Actor – Drama
Best Guest Actress – Drama
Best Lead Actor – Comedy
Best Lead Actress – Comedy
Best Supporting Actor – Comedy
Best Supporting Actress – Comedy
Best Guest Actor – Comedy
Best Guest Actress – Comedy
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