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‘Days Of Our Lives’ Renewed For Season 56 By NBC, EP Says(11/21/19) Days Of Our Lives is not going anywhere. The network has renewed its longest-running series for a 56th season, I have learned. I hear Days executive producer Ken Corday just delivered the news to the cast. NBC and Sony TV had no comment through I had been hearing for the last week or so that renewal was “looking good.” According to sources, the deal with the network is not completely done but is close.
The pickup comes 10 days after word got out that the entire cast of NBC’s daytime drama had been released from their contracts.
The cost-cutting move came during the annual renewal window between NBC and Days distributor Sony Pictures TV; a renewal for Days typically comes at the start of the year. Negotiations for another season of the show on NBC, which had been underway, likely got accelerated by fan outcry over the news of contract releases.
After a big wave of cancellations of daytime soaps, the genre had been stable for the past few years with the four remaining series, Days Of Our Lives on NBC, General Hospital on ABC and Young and the Restless and Bold and the Beautiful on CBS. Like any network programming, soaps have come under economic pressure amid declining linear ratings.
Days of our Lives, which aired its 13,500th episode in 2018, first premiered as a half-hour drama in 1965 and expanded to an hour 10 years later. The show has garnered 57 Emmy Awards, as well as multiple People’s Choice Awards, GLAAD Media Awards and Prism Awards.
Set in the fictitious Midwestern town of Salem, Days of our Lives airs nationally on NBC in the United States and in more than 25 countries internationally. 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.
‘Days of Our Lives’ to Launch New Digital Series ‘Last Blast Reunion’(11/20/19) (variety.com) “Days of Our Lives” is launching a new digital series, entitled “Last Blast Reunion,” on the DOOL App Nov. 29.
This streaming series will bring nine beloved characters from the 2000 season of the NBC daytime drama back together for a special Salem High class reunion. Brandon Beemer, Martha Madison, Nadia Bjorlin, Heather Lindell, Aaron Van Wagner and Lindsay Hollister are all reprising roles, while Teressa Liane and Chadwick Hopson have been added in recasting.
Beemer will portray Shawn Douglas Brady, who he has played in the linear series since 2006; Madison is Belle Black, who she has played since 2005; and Bjorlin is Chloe Lane, a role she originated in 1999. Lindell reprises her 2004-05 role of Jan Spears, while Van Wagner returns as Jason Welles, a part he played from 2000-07; and Hollister revisits her 2001 role of Susan Adamson. Liane has taken over the role of Mimi Lockhart, previously portrayed by Farah Fath, and Hopson steps in as Kevin Lambert.
Additionally, the team behind the show is promising a “major fan favorite” will also join the reunion.
“We are excited to bring together some of the most beloved characters from Days of Our Lives in the next DOOL App series,” said Greg Meng, co-executive producer of “Days of Our Lives.” “As this new digital platform continues to grow, we can provide exciting additional content to complement the air show on NBC.”
In “Last Blast Reunion” Belle and Chloe discover their old friend Kevin has reopened the “.Com Café” in New York, and the trio decides to plan a reunion of the “Last Blast Crew.” The friends reminisce and quickly ease back into their old bonds and rivalries, but the story “takes an unexpected turn with some shocking twists that will keep viewers at the edge of their seats all the way to the surprise ending.”
Each of the eight episodes will run between seven and 10 minutes and length, released weekly on the DOOL App. They will also be available on the NBC app and NBC.com a week after release on the DOOL App.
The “Last Blast Reunion” digital series was written by “Days of Our Lives” head writer Ron Carlivati and produced by Corday Productions. “Days of Our Lives” is produced by Corday Productions, Inc. in association with Sony Pictures Television. It is executive produced by Ken Corday, Greg Meng and Albert Alarr, with Ron Carlivati as head writer.
This new digital series announcement comes a week after the linear show released its actors from their contracts.
A MERMAID FOR CHRISTMAS Available Now!(11/19/19) A MERMAID FOR CHRISTMAS, starring Kyle Lowder (ex-Rex, DAYS), Arianne Zucker (Nicole, DAYS), Jessica Morris (ex-Jennifer, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) and more is available now to stream on Amazon Prime Video. “EARLY RELEASE ALERT,” posted Lowder. “Christmas came early this year!” See more at https://www.instagram.com/p/B5DJX_JDHLV/.
Tamara Clatterbuck & Michael Graziadei on All Rise 11/25/19(11/19/19) “How to Succeed in Law Without Really Re-Trying” – When one of Lola’s former murder cases is overturned on appeal, Mark helms the retrial and struggles to keep the bomber in jail, while Lola fears she may have prosecuted an innocent man, on ALL RISE, Monday, Nov. 25 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Ever Carradine (Felice Bell), Tamara Clatterbuck (Katie Kopple), Michael Graziadei (Choke).
Soaps In Depth Podcast - 11/18/19 - What’s Going On At DAYS?(11/18/19) (Listen / download) Ever since news broke that the Days Of Our Lives cast had been released from their contracts, fans have been wanting to know exactly what that means for the future of the show. This week, Charlie and Richard look at what’s being said, what it probably means… and the best thing fans can do to make sure sand keeps flowing through the hourglass for many years to come. Then, they take a look at how the first full week of November Sweeps played out. From The Bold & The Beautiful’s Thomas falling into a vat of acid to The Young & The Restless’ hostage crisis, what worked and what didn’t. Plus, what’s behind General Hospital’s creative resurgence of late? All this and more on the latest episode of the Soaps In Depth podcast!
Dishing with Digest - 11/15/19 - Days Head Writer Ron Carlivati(11/15/19) (Listen / download) DAYS's Emmy-winning head writer, Ron Carlivati, talks about writing the recent time jump twist, what's ahead in Salem, who's in and who's out and more with Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also talk about the latest news and casting changes.
'General Hospital' Star Judge Rejects Alcohol Treatment Program ... Despite Plea from Police(11/15/19) Tyler Christopher -- best known for his appearances on "General Hospital" for 20 years -- got a break from the judge in his public intoxication case because the judge rejected the plea of a cop who begged hizzoner to put Tyler into a treatment program for alcoholism.
The Morgan County Prosecutor's Office tells TMZ ... Tyler pled guilty to 2 counts of misdemeanor public intoxication following his Monday night arrest in Martinsville, Indiana.
Tyler was booked Monday on his 47th birthday and stayed locked up until his release two days later.
Tyler was ordered to pay a $440 fine. He's got until next week to fork over the dough. And, that's it ... he didn't get probation and the judge did NOT order him to enter into an alcohol treatment program.
That's significant because according to the arrest report ... cops requested "the judge consider the possible sentence of a treatment facility for Tyler Christopher's alcohol issues, as well as consider restitution to [the Uber driver] for the damage to his vehicle from Tyler Christopher urinating in his back seat."
Tyler squared things up with the Uber driver. TMZ broke the story ... Tyler passed out in the back seat of an Uber driver's car and urinated himself on the night he was busted.
Police had received 9 calls about Tyler being intoxicated since September 14. Medical personnel had told law enforcement there was nothing more they could do for him cause they'd already tried to help him ... like when Tyler was taken to a medical center for treatment but, against medical advice, checked himself out on the day he got arrested.
Is This the End of ‘Days of Our Lives’?(11/15/19) (nytimes.com) Cast members of the long-running soap opera jumped in to counter rumors of the show’s demise. Its producers are currently in renewal talks with NBC.
Sometimes the most dramatic scenes of a soap opera happen off-camera.
That was the case this week when rumors surfaced that the long-running NBC daytime drama “Days of Our Lives” might be canceled after the end of the current season.
The cast and crew jumped in to control the damage. “We are still here and we are not going anywhere,” the actress Kristian Alfonso, who plays Hope Williams Brady, said on Tuesday in an Instagram video. “We’re not being canceled,” Chandler Massey, who plays Will Horton, said on Twitter. Despite those assurances, many fans wondered whether the future of the show was in doubt.
Representatives for NBC and Corday Productions, the production company which has produced “Days of Our Lives” since its debut in 1965, declined to comment. Sony Pictures Television, which produces the show in association with Corday, did not return phone calls.
A person close to the show, though, said that “Days of Our Lives” had not been canceled, and that Sony and NBC were in negotiations to renew it for its 56th season. “Everyone is hopeful that it will be picked up,” the person said. “People are assuming a worst-case scenario, while we are hoping for the best.”
The news about renewal talks was reported by TVLine, an industry news site, which said the entire cast had been released from their contracts and the show would go on an indefinite hiatus. Calling the move “decidedly ominous,” it questioned whether the end was near. Daytime serial dramas have suffered in recent years as ratings have plummeted and networks have shifted daytime programming to talk shows, which are cheaper to produce.
In 2011, for example, ABC announced it would end two of its long-running daily dramas, “All My Children” and “One Life to Live.” CBS announced the cancellations of both “Guiding Light” and “As the World Turns” in 2009.
Corday, which negotiates contracts with actors for “Days of Our Lives,” will wrap up production for the current season at the end of the month, eight months ahead of schedule, said the person close to the show. And that’s where things get confusing: Some, but not all, of the cast will be released from their contracts, the person said. Additionally, all this is happening as the cast is preparing to leave for a scheduled holiday hiatus.
“In the past, we had a return date for production,” the person said. “But since we are ahead of schedule, we don’t.” If Sony and NBC reach a deal to renew the show, then Corday Productions and the actors can sign new contracts.
“Days of Our Lives” debuted on Nov. 8, 1965, as a half-hour drama and was expanded to an hour format a decade later. Television soap operas were an offshoot of 1930s radio dramas, which were sponsored by soap companies. The show is set in the fictional Midwestern town of Salem and has garnered 43 Daytime Emmy Awards. It airs in more than 25 countries worldwide.
Like other serial dramas, “Days of Our Lives” has dropped in popularity. According to Nielsen, which tracks television viewership, the show has had an average of 2.07 million daily viewers so far this year. The show drew 2.6 million daily viewers over the same period in 2010.
In March, Corday sued Sony, saying the company “has intentionally sought to destroy the series,” according to a news release. According to the complaint, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Sony sought to subvert the show in foreign markets.
“It is absolutely necessary to bring the current untenable situation out into the light in order to ensure the future of ‘Days of Our Lives,’” Ken Corday, president and owner of Corday Productions, said in the news release.
The production company said Sony did not negotiate adequate licensing fees with NBC for “Days of Our Lives” and had not taken advantage of the growth of cable television and video streaming. In addition to seeking the termination of its distribution agreement, Corday wanted at least $20 million in damages for lost profits, as well as damages for fraud and breach of contract.
Lawyers for both Sony and Corday declined to comment on Wednesday. But a recent court filing shows that the two sides have entered into settlement negotiations to resolve the conflict.
Days of Our Lives Star to Anxious Fans: 'We Are Not Going Anywhere'(11/13/19) Days of Our Lives leading lady Kristian Alfonso is attempting to calm the soap’s jittery fan base in the wake of TVLine’s exclusive report that detailed producers’ unprecedented decision to release the show’s entire cast from their contracts.
“Today is Tuesday, November 12th, and we are still here and we are not going anywhere,” Alfonso assured viewers via Instagram. “You heard it here first, folks. Don’t listen to the news, always — especially that report.”
Per our initial story, Corday Productions is releasing all contracted cast members from from their commitment to the show amid renewal talks between Sony Pictures Television and NBC. The news comes as Days is set to go on an indefinite (and pre-planned) production hiatus. But because the sudser shoots eight months in advance, the show will have enough episodes in the can to last through Summer 2020.
“All indications are that NBC would like to keep the show going,” an insider previously stressed to TVLine. If NBC does renew Days, production is expected to resume in March. But by releasing the cast from their contracts, producers have no guarantee who — if anyone — will return.
As one source pointed out, “It’s actually a shrewd — if cynical — business move. If Days gets picked up, [Corday] can offer the actors new contacts at a reduced rate and with a ‘take-it-or-leave’ it attitude. Worst case scenario, they lose half their cast. Best case scenario [for Corday], everyone agrees to return at a lower salary.”
'General Hospital' Star Busted for Public Intoxication ... Mug Shot After Alarming Bender(11/13/19) Tyler Christopher -- best known for his appearances on "General Hospital" over the course of 20 years -- may have had too much fun celebrating turning 47 ... because he ended up in jail.
The soap star was arrested in Martinsville, Indiana Monday night -- on his 47th birthday -- and booked for public intoxication. According to Morgan County Jail records ... he's being held on $225 cash and $1,000 bond.
As far as we can tell ... Tyler hasn't been released yet.
Based on his mug shot, Christopher's changed his look quite a bit since he left his role on another popular soap opera, "Days of Our Lives," earlier this year ... and not for the better.
Tyler played Stefan DiMera on 'Days' from December 2017 until leaving the series this past March. Before that, he played Nikolas Cassadine on 'GH' off and on from 1996 to 2016.
All that pales in comparison to the best fun fact about Tyler though -- he was married to Eva Longoria from 2002 to 2004.
Update 7:52 AM PT -- According to new legal docs -- obtained by TMZ -- Tyler's arrest capped off an alarming bender that possibly went on for weeks. Cops say they were contacted on Nov. 11 by an Uber driver who drove him home ... because Christopher had passed out in the back seat and urinated himself. He also allegedly had 2 fifths of bourbon on him ... one of which was halfway drank.
The docs say police have received 9 calls regarding Christopher being intoxicated since September 14, and medical personnel advised law enforcement there was nothing more they could do for him ... they'd already tried to help him.
For example -- Christopher was detained just days earlier on Nov. 8 for public intoxication at a Walgreens when someone reported he was trying to get inside their vehicle. Cops say Tyler was bleeding from the bridge of his nose and had urinated in his sweatpants ... and possibly hit his head.
Instead of being arrested, he was taken to the ER to be examined, but also took a breath test ... and registered a BAC of .267% -- more than 3 times the legal driving limit.
The docs say he got transported to a medical center for more treatment, and a warrant was filed for his arrest upon being released. Apparently, he checked himself out on Nov. 11 against medical advice ... before he was arrested for the Uber incident.
Days of Our Lives Put on Hiatus — But Source Says Soap Will ‘Almost Definitely Get Renewed’(11/12/19) (people.com) The end may be near for Days of Our Lives — or is it?
TVLine reported Tuesday that the longtime NBC soap opera’s production company had let all the actors out of their contracts. The show will reportedly go on an “indefinite hiatus” this month, and the network will decide in 2020 if it should return for season 56.
However, a source tells PEOPLE that the show will likely continue past the brief hiatus, calling the report “a clickbait story.”
“The show shoots months and months in advance and they’ve gotten so far ahead that the cast was prepared ages ago for the fact that they would all be put on hiatus until closer to pick-up (aka renewal) time, for scheduling reasons,” the source says. “The show will almost definitely get renewed and this was not news to literally anyone on the show, nor is anyone truly concerned.”
According to Deadline, negotiations for season 56 are already underway.
NBC and reps for several cast members did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s requests for comment.
The soap opera, which is currently in its 55th season, is one of the longest-running scripted television programs in the world, airing nearly every weekday since Nov. 8, 1965.
Some of the show’s most memorable cast members include John Aniston, Susan Seaforth Hayes, Suzanne Rogers, Deidre Hall, Eileen Davidson, Alison Sweeney, Bill Hayes and Chrishell Hartley.
Days of our Lives airs weekdays on NBC (check local listings).
Days of Our Lives: Entire Cast Released From Contract — Is the End Nigh?(11/12/19) The sand appears to be leaking out of the hourglass.
TVLine has learned exclusively that the producers of Days of Our Lives have released the entire cast from their contracts, with the venerable soap set to go on an indefinite hiatus at month’s end. While the NBC sudser has not been cancelled, the unprecedented — and decidedly ominous — move comes at a precarious time for ratings-challenged Days and the vanishing soap genre as a whole. It also comes as Sony Pictures Television and NBC are in negotiations to renew series.
Reps for NBC and Sony declined to comment for this story. A Sony source, meanwhile, tells TVLine that the studio is not involved in the contract negotiations with the cast. “The actor deals are through Corday Productions,” explains the insider, referring to Days‘ production company. A spokesperson for Corday Productions, meanwhile, did not reply to TVLine’s request for a comment.
An insider cautions that because Days shoots eight months in advance, the show will have enough episodes in the can when it stops production at the end of November to last through Summer 2020. If NBC does renew Days, production is expected to resume in March. But by releasing the contracted cast members from from their commitment to the show, producers have no guarantee who — if anyone — will return.
“It’s actually a shrewd — if cynical — business move,” sniffs one insider. “If Days gets picked up, [Corday] can offer the actors new contacts at a reduced rate and with a ‘take-it-or-leave’ it attitude. Worst case scenario, they lose half their cast. Best case scenario [for Corday], everyone agrees to return at a lower salary.”
Despite the gloomy turn of events, a source tells TVLine, “All indications are that NBC would like to keep the show going.”
The news comes as Days is shaking things up on-screen. This week, the soap is fast-forwarding the narrative by one year. “This is a great way to reset things in Salem,” executive producer Ken Corday told TVInsider.com of the time jump. “It will be a catalyst for many more [changes] to follow.”
Inside Salem - 11/11/19- Melissa Reeves, Paul Telfer and Eric Martsolf(11/11/19) (Listen / download) Melissa Reeves returns to the podcast to be at the center of the Days time-jump twist. Then, in two can't-miss clips, Princess Gina learns of Rolf's missing flash drive and Jennifer wakes up to a whole new day in Salem. Then, hang out with Paul Telfer and Eric Martsolf between scenes.
Soaps In Depth Podcast - 11/11/19 - November Sweeps(11/11/19) (Listen / download) Interrupted weddings. Nightmarish technology. Fake royalty. Paternity lies. If all these things are happening on your favorite soaps, it must mean November sweeps has begun. (And if all of those things are happening on one soap, it must mean you’re watching Days Of Our Lives!) This week, Richard and Charlie look at how the first week of sweeps played out. Which soap had the hottest plots? Which left viewers wanting more? And which one is about to kick things into overdrive? All this and more on the latest episode of the Soaps In Depth podcast.
ABC, NBC Announce Lineups for Impeachment Hearing Coverage(11/11/19) All of the major broadcast networks will pre-empt regular programming on Wednesday and Friday for coverage of the first public hearings of the impeachment inquiry.
ABC and NBC announced their lineups for the hearings on Monday, joining CBS and PBS, which announced their plans last week.
The hearings will start on Wednesday with Bill Taylor, pictured, and George Kent testifying, followed by Marie Yovanovitch on Friday. They all have previously testified in closed-door hearings.
ABC News’ coverage will feature chief anchor George Stephanopoulos, World News Tonight anchor David Muir, chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl, senior White House correspondent Cecilia Vega, senior congressional correspondent Mary Bruce, chief Justice correspondent Pierre Thomas, senior national correspondent Terry Moran, chief legal analyst Dan Abrams and contributor Kate Shaw. Muir will anchor World News Tonight from Washington starting on Wednesday.
ABC News Live will are pre- and post- shows on both days, anchored by chief national affairs correspondent Tom Llamas, and he will be joined by correspondent Kyra Phillips, senior Washington reporter Devin Dwyer, legal analyst Melissa Murray, Shaw and the network’s political team. FiveThirtyEight will liveblog the hearings.
NBC News’ coverage will be led by NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt, chief legal correspondent and Today anchor Savannah Guthrie and Meet the Press moderator and NBC news political director Chuck Todd.
Among those who will be contribute to the coverage are chief White House correspondent Hallie Jackson, White House correspondents Peter Alexander and Kelly O’Donnell, Justice correspondent Pete Williams, White House correspondent Geoff Bennett and MSNBC correspondent Garrett Haake, legal analysts Neal Katyal and Chuck Rosenberg, political analyst Claire McCaskill, legal analyst Paul Butler, NBC News and MSNBC contributor Jon Meacham, presidential historian Michael Beschloss and justice and security analyst Matthew Miller. NBC News national political reporter Jonathan Allen and NBC News White House reporter Shannon Pettypiece will live blog along with additional contributors.
The network also launched a podcast on NBC News Digital called “Article II: Inside Impeachment,” hosted by MSNBC and NBC News national political correspondent Steve Kornacki.
It was a given that the cable news networks would cover the impeachment hearings. On Fox News, anchors Bill Hemmer and Sandra Smith will kick off coverage at 9 AM ET. Martha MacCallum, Dana Perino and Juan Williams will join them from New York, while Bret Baier and Chris Wallace will lead coverage from in Washington along with chief White House correspondent John Roberts, congressional reporter and producer Chad Pergram and chief congressional reporter Mike Emanuel. Ken Starr and Andrew McCarthy will provide legal commentary.
Brian Williams and Nicolle Wallace will anchor coverage on MSNBC, starting at 9 AM, and they will be joined by Ari Melber.
DAYS Alum Books New Role(11/10/19) Matt Cedeno (ex-Brandon, DAYS) has landed a role in the new Tyler Perry show RUTHLESS. The show, which is a spin-off of THE OVAL, will bow in 2020, with Perry serving as a writer, executive producer and director. No word on character details have been released as of yet. The actor is currently starring on AMBITIONS as Ignacio.
Tamara Braun Shares the Secret to Healing Her Back Pain(11/10/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Since discovering acupuncture ten years ago, GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Tamara Braun (Kim) has had great success with the ancient Chinese medical treatment that involves putting needles, heat, and pressure on the skin. “I’ve done it on my knees, which can hurt sometimes, but it’s really been a lifesaver for my back,” she confessed to Soaps In Depth. “I threw my back out really bad last November, and I’m glad that’s feeling better. Now, I can just do acupuncture for wellness.”
After all these years, one of those wellness sessions recently left Braun’s head spinning. “I wasn’t dizzy, but I was really light and kind of whoo-whoo,” she shares. “It was bizarre, because I’d never had that experience getting up from the table. When people talk about what it feels like to get high? This must be what it feels like. But I wasn’t used to it. I wasn’t freaking out, but I couldn’t drive.” After a few mango slices, however, Braun was energized, ready to roll and, she reports, “I had the best sleep of my life that night!”
Dishing with Digest - 11/8/19 - Kristian Alfonso(11/8/19) (Listen / download) Kristian Alfonso talks about her life in the spotlight, from ice skating to modeling to joining DAYS as Hope and becoming one of soaps’ most popular stars with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. Plus, we talk about DAYS’s anniversary and its groundbreaking time jump.
Chapter Two Finale Of “Chad and Abby in Paris” Available Now(11/8/19) The final chapter of DAYS’s app series, “Chad and Abby in Paris” is available now for viewing on the DOOL App. Juliette’s lies come to a head as the latest installment comes to a close. Check out all the drama — and other exciting content — now on the DOOL App.
Ron Perlman, Vanessa Marano & More Star In ‘This Game’s Called Murder’ Thriller(11/8/19) Golden Globe winner Ron Perlman, Switched at Birth alum Vanessa Marano, Natasha Henstridge (Diggstown, Species 1 & 2), James Lastovic (Insatiable, Days of Our Lives), and Annabel Barrett (Detachment, Ocean’s Rising) are set to star in This Game’s Called Murder, an indie thriller written and directed by Adam Sherman.
The pic is being described as an absurdist story full of violence, betrayal, and sex set in a world ruled by technology and social media. It’s a modern, dark-humored tale of greed, romance, and lost innocence in consumer-crazed, alienated society that functions as a harsh critique of society today without taking itself too seriously.
Sherman and Hagai Shaham are producing the project, which is shooting in and around Los Angeles.
Perlman, known for FX’s Sons of Anarchy, Amazon’s Hand of God, and the Hellboy features, will next be seen in the Hulu series Reprisal opposite Abigail Spencer. He’s repped by Gersh and LINK Entertainment. Marano recently wrapped filming the CBS pilot, Super Simple Love Story with sister Laura Marano, who she starred alongside in Saving Zoe, which was released theatrically earlier this year. She is with Paradigm and Marano Entertainment.
Henstridge is repped by Buchwald and Atlas Artists; Lastovic by Global Artists Agency and Blain & Associates; Barrett by Citizen Skull.
First Trailer For A MERMAID FOR CHRISTMAS(11/8/19) (Video) A MERMAID FOR CHRISTMAS, starring Kyle Lowder (ex-Rex, DAYS), Kathleen Gati (Obrecht, GH), Arianne Zucker (Nicole, DAYS), and Jessica Morris (ex-Jennifer, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) will be available for rental and purchase on Amazon Prime Video beginning, November 26. “We are excited to team with California Pictures to bring A MERMAID FOR CHRISTMAS to all major domestic and international film markets to share the magic of the film worldwide,” said writer, director, and executive producer Michael Caruso. “So that our U.S. audience may enjoy A MERMAID FOR CHRISTMAS, WFL Productions are releasing it for a limited time this year during the holiday season exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. We hope that people everywhere enjoy watching the film as much as we enjoyed making it.” Adds Lowder, who also serves as executive producer, “From the moment Michael Caruso shared his vision of combining a mermaid and Christmas along with the heart-warming message that this film delivers, I have been excited to share it with the world. The work on display from everyone involved, both in front of and behind the cameras, is inspiring.” Filmed on location entirely in Los Angeles, CA, the additional cast includes Sheree J. Wilson, Cole Smith, Chadwick Armstrong, Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe, DAYS) and Emma Demirjian, with narration by Emmy award-winning actor Ian Buchanan (ex-Duke, GH et al).
Jen Lilley Opens up About the Difficult Birth of Her Daughter(11/7/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) While Jen Lilley’s journey to motherhood wasn’t nearly as outrageous as that of DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ Theresa, it was every bit as interesting! She and husband Jason Wayne had become foster parents to two baby boys (who happened to be brothers), the older of which, Kayden (now 3), they adopted last June. However, Lilley shared, they also “wanted to have one biological kid, just so I could experience pregnancy, breastfeeding, all of it.” After suffering two miscarriages, she learned 10 weeks into her subsequent pregnancy that she and her better half could start decorating the nursery pink. “I ran into our room and was like, ‘Jason!’” she laughed. “He woke up thinking the house was on fire, but I said, ‘We’re having a girl!’”
The pregnancy had been fairly easy, with Lilley even shooting Hallmark movies through the sixth month. However, the delivery was anything but simple. Not only did the star endure 22 hours of labor, but she also went through transition twice! At one point, “they realized the baby’s heart had stopped, and the team ran in saying, ‘We have to give you Albuterol, an asthma medication, to stop your contractions.’ They were so intense that they were squeezing her to death,” Lilley revealed. “Jason and my best friend were praying over me with each one.”
Many tears and an ineffective epidural later, Lilley says she finally gave birth to their daughter, Julie Evangeline Wayne, on July 30. Of her resolve to endure the process, she confided, “I had a lot of peace about it, but at the same time, all I could think was, ‘The baby’s been in distress pretty much from the getgo, and now she has no air.’”
The Waynes had been prepared to expand their family — they’d even bought a bigger SUV — but hadn’t anticipated the warm welcome the boys gave their new sister. “The 17-month-old calls her ‘my baby,’ and Kayden can’t say his Ls, so he calls her Juie,” Lilley offered. “He kisses her constantly!”
Lilley has since been nursing her healthy baby and, amazingly, getting some rest. “I’ve now got two kids that sleep through the night,” she said proudly, "and I've trained Julie to sleep for four-to five-hour stretches." That was a huge relief, given that the actress soon needed to fly to Vancouver with the newborn to film Hallmark’s Angel Falls: A Novel Holiday (airing Friday, December 13). Might she also be up for bringing DAYS’ Tate for a visit to Salem? Daunted by the prospect of the soap’s rigorous production schedule, Lilley muses, “I think you’re going to have to wait for Theresa.”
Matthew Ashford Previews What's Next for Jack on DAYS OF OUR LIVES(11/5/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Actor Matthew Ashford had enjoyed playing DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ memory-impaired Jack as a man with a clean slate. However, fans had been champing at the bit for the former investigative journalist to become himself again — especially if that self was the one who loved Jennifer! And thanks to a bump on the head incurred while trying to save her from a vengeful Dr. Shah, the long wait is over. Looking with new eyes at the woman he’d shared both a family and countless adventures with was like, “Oh, you really are an extraordinary person,” Ashford recalled to Soaps In Depth. “It was love but not gushing love. It was more like, ‘Oh, I know this person. Oh yes!’”
While that was good news for Jennifer, Ashford said that for Jack, “as Will had predicted before, getting your memory back is no picnic.” Doors started opening, and Jack “didn’t just have to realize how he has been behaving over the past several months but also how he’s been all of his life in Salem.”
Reconciling all of that is a process that requires some painful soul searching. “Jack realizes that he really hasn’t been that great of a person,” Ashford offered. “The way he’s been treating everybody around him… it’s coming back in dribs and drabs but not in a good way. It doesn’t feel good at all.”
Is there really that much difference between the old Jack and the one he became? The man himself isn’t sure and will discover who he is through the perspective of others. As an actor, Ashford says that the challenge in creating this new, integrated version of the character is “to not just rely on history to propel me into and through the scenes,” he shared, “because that history is there and it’s wonderful, but we need to be in this moment.”
Having spent months fighting to get “her” Jack back, Jennifer’s willing to wait for him to sort out his feelings. “We’re finding each other again,” Ashford observes. “She says, ‘I know you’re going through something’ and allows him to just kind of sit with it because there are really no words… it’s just all sad and unhappy.”
In the meantime, there are plenty of other Salemites eager to see Jack come around and wondering just who he’ll be now (and whether they’ll like him!). “Everybody is reserving judgment,” Ashford said. “But then again, life in this town takes such twists that people suddenly have to pull it together and figure it out.”
The actor is referencing a major catastrophe just ahead that will move the focus elsewhere. “The effect it has on these families!” he previewed. “It’s like, they’ve all gotta wake up, get up, fall down, fall over, pull it together, don’t pull it together… Everyone has different choices about what to do.” Will Jack choose to become the hero that his daughter, Abigail, had once worshipped? Only time will tell.
Soaps In Depth Podcast - 11/4/19 - Big Turning Points!(11/4/19) (Listen / download) As we head into November Sweeps, all four soaps are dealing with big changes. Some are storyline twists (like The Young & The Restless revealing that Theo's an Abbott), while others are behind the scenes (like Dan O'Connor, General Hospital's new co-headwriter, having his material begin airing). And of course, Days Of Our Lives is about to stage a major event that will shake up the entire show. Join Richard and Charlie as they look at what's coming up, and how these turning points will impact the soaps in the days and weeks to come!
Daytime Emmys: Gender-Neutral Young Performer Category, More Inclusive Eligibility Among 15+ Changes for 2020(11/1/19) The confirmed merging of the Younger Actor and Young Actress categories into one, gender-neutral award is but one of many changes on tap for the 2020 Daytime Emmy Awards.
NATAS has announced a slew of changes and updates for the 47th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, which as recently reported will now be held across three nights, Friday, June 12 through Sunday, June 14.
The changes include but are not limited to:
* Outstanding Younger Performer in a Drama Series replaces the Outstanding Younger Actor and Younger Actress in a Drama Series categories, as well as eliminates the gender of the category.
* All performers eligible for gendered acting categories are encouraged to enter the one they feel best fits their gender identity — as Asia Kate Dillon, a non-binary cast member of Showtime’s Billions, does by choosing to compete in the Supporting Actor category at the Primetime Emmys.
* These categories are now open to both Broadcast Dramas and Digital Drama entrants:
* Outstanding Makeup, Outstanding Costumes and Outstanding Hairstyling reels must now include only “everyday” makeup and hairstyling. Special event, Halloween, special effects, prosthetic or period makeup and hairstyling reels belong in a newly created Outstanding Special Effects Costumes, Makeup and Hairstyling category.
* Other new categories include Outstanding Young Adult Program (created for tween and teen viewers 12- 17 years old, and accepting Series and Specials) and Outstanding Picture Editing for an Animated Program.
* Outstanding Performer in a Children’s or Family Viewing Program has been replaced with two categories: Outstanding Principal Performance in a Children’s, Family Viewing, Young Adult, or Special Class Program, and Outstanding Limited Performance in a Children’s, Family Viewing, Young Adult Program, or Special Class Program (whereby Limited is defined as appearing in 25% or less of the total episodes for the season, appearing on screen in 25% or less of the entire Special, and/or onscreen Guest credit).
* Outstanding Musical Performance in a Daytime Program has been eliminated.
Daytime Emmy Awards Eliminates Gender Distinction From Outstanding Younger Performer Category(10/31/19) The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) is all set to open the doors for entries for the 47th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards as well as “What’s New In Daytime” on October 31 — but they are making some changes.
As gender identity becomes an ever-larger part of the conversation about inclusion, representation and diversity, the category of Outstanding Younger Performer in a Drama Series will replace the Younger Actor and Younger Actress categories, eliminating gender distinction from the nominations, Deadline has learned.
In addition, performers eligible in all Daytime Emmy acting categories will be encouraged to enter the category they feel best fits their gender identity. The Daytime Emmys will honor those category selections.
The changes come at a time when gender identity is being examined in the award show space. In 2017, the MTV Video Music Awards went gender-neutral with all their categories (and changed its “Moon Man” trophy to “Moon Person”). The MTV Movie and TV Awards also did away with gender designations.
In 2018, Billions actor Asia Kate Dillon, who identifies as non-binary and plays a non-binary character on the Showtime series, questioned the Television Academy’s gender-specific categories. They felt that there was not a space for them as a non-binary individual.
In other rule changes, Deadline has learned that the six craft categories previously exclusive to Broadcast Dramas will now include entrants from Digital Dramas.
Tamara Price on DAYS OF OUR LIVES — Everything You Need to Know(10/31/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Lani's mother, Tamara Price, has been mentioned on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, but when she attends her daughter's wedding, some newer viewers might be wondering who this woman is. The character originally appeared in 1986, played by Marilyn McCoo, and she was around for just a little less than a year.
Tamara was introduced as Marlena Evans' college roommate who surprised her friend as she was about to marry Roman Brady. Tamara initially clashed with Roman's friend, Abe Carver, as she cut him off in traffic hurrying to the ceremony. But of course, there is a thin line between love and hate, and those two definitely crossed it!
Tamara got a job singing at Blondie's, which upset Liz Chandler, because that was her gig. Abe and Tamara began dating, but it was clear that she was keeping something from him. It turned out she was running away from Coleman, a man from her past. When he resurfaced, Coleman confronted Tamara and promised to go legit if she came back to him (though he wouldn't leave his wife). Abe looked into Coleman's shady past and was stunned when Tamara announced they had reunited and left town with the guy.
It wasn't until 2015 when Lani Price admitted that Abe was her father that he learned that Tamara had been pregnant with his child when she left him. So there may be some drama when the pair come face to face at their daughter's wedding, but hopefully, they can work it out for her sake!
Inside Salem - 10/28/19 - SPECIAL: 55th Season Celebration Roundtable(10/28/19) (Listen / download) An exclusive episode of the podcast celebrating the 55th season of DAYS. In a special roundtable, Arianne Zucker, Stacy Haiduk, Chandler Massey, Robert Scott Wilson and William Utay are featured. Included are can't-miss clips from the last two weeks, as well as a game that tests their Salem IQ.
Soaps In Depth - 10/28/19 - Daniel Goddard's Shocking Exit(10/28/19) (Listen / download) In a move nobody saw coming, Daniel Goddard revealed that after 13 years as The Young & The Restless’ Cane, he’d be exiting the soap. This week, Richard and Charlie look at Goddard’s exit, what it means for the soap, where Cane went wrong, possible exit storylines for the character and more. Plus, why Days Of Our Lives’ Gina is such a blast, a possible General Hospital non-twist that could be a game changer and what, exactly, The Bold & The Beautiful’s Liam did that proves he’s not always the sharpest tool in the shed.
DAYS Stars Remember John Clarke(10/25/19) Salem alums took to Twitter to acknowledge the passing of John Clarke (ex-Mickey). “Rest in peace #JohnClark!” tweeted Wesley Eure, who played Mickey’s son, Michael, from 1974-81. “John was a great television dad when I played #MikeHorton on #DaysOfOurLives. In one scene I kept flinching when he was supposed to hit me so for the final take he hauled off and hit me really hard. I was reeling. He could not stop apologizing! Ooxx.” Alison Sweeney (ex-Sami) tweeted, “I was so sorry to hear of the passing of John Clarke. He was such a talented actor, and as an original cast member of @nbcdays, he’s forever a part of the show’s rich history.” Maree Cheatham (ex-Marie) posted, “I was very sorry to hear of John Clarke’s passing. He played my Horton big brother on DAYS OF OUR LIVES. I lift his family up into the healing light of love!” Christie Clark (ex-Carrie) tweeted, “RIP Mr.John Clarke. You were always kind to me. We shared our love for our family, @nbcdays, OC living and cool last names. Thanks for always having time to check in and connect. Big kisses to Mindy Clarke and family.” Wally Kurth added, “As a fellow UCLA theater grad, we had a good start to our friendship. I didn’t work w him as much as I would have liked. Sadly. He was a pro and he will be missed. RIP John.”
Episode 6 Of Chad & Abby In Paris Available Now On The DOOL App(10/25/19) In the newest episode of Chad & Abby In Paris, available on the DOOL App, Juliette and Abigail come to blows as Abigail discovers Chad in Juliette’s bed. Watch it now, and catch up on any episodes you may have missed!
Win An Autographed Script From DAYS!(10/25/19) Want a chance to win an autographed script from your favorite DAYS stars? Well, here’s your chance! Pick up an entry form in the issue of Digest on sale now or mail your own entry (no purchase necessary!) to Win An Autographed Script, c/o Soap Opera Digest, 4 New York Plaza, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10004. Good luck!
Major Daytime Emmy News Announced!(10/25/19) (Video) NATAS has announced that the 47th Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards 2020 will be divided into three awards shows on Friday, June 12, 2020, Saturday, June 13th, 2020 and Sunday, June 14th, 2020. “We are thrilled to add a third night of celebrating the diversity and talents of our Daytime community,” says NATAS President/CEO, Adam Sharp. Adding, “We have seen how the Television Academy’s expansion of the Primetime Creative Arts ceremonies has made room for more honorees to have their well-earned moment in the sun, and we hope to replicate their success.² All events/shows will take place in Pasadena, California. Categories to be presented at each program to be determined and announced at a future date.
John Clarke Dies: ‘Days Of Our Lives’ Actor & Lifetime Achievement Emmy Recipient Was 88(10/22/19) John “Jack” Shelton Clarke, who won over fans with his portrayal of “Mickey Horton” on Days of Our Lives, has died. He was 88.
Clarke passed away from complications of pneumonia on October 16, in Laguna Beach, a representative for the actor told Deadline Monday. Clarke previously suffered a stroke in 2007 and had been in declining health in the last few years.
The veteran actor worked in film, television and theater, but was most recognized by soap opera fans after 39 years on NBC’s long-running daytime series Days of Our Lives.
In addition to his stint in daytime TV, and two years co-starring with Leslie Nielsen on The New Breed for ABC, Clarke co-starred or had guest roles on the TV series: Gun Smoke; Have Gun Will Travel; The FBI; Sugarfoot; Death Valley Days; Twilight Zone; Maverick; Wanted Dead or Alive; The Law and Mrs. Jones; and many other shows.
His motion picture credits included Judgement at Nuremburg; It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad World; The Satan Bug; Man Missing; and Burma Patrol
In the theater, Clarke performed as resident leading man in more than 75 plays at the Tenthouse Theater in Chicago. He was resident leading man at the Palm Springs Playhouse for one season, then switched to musical theater, and played various leading roles at the Sacramento Music Circus.
Born in South Bend, Indiana, Clarke attended school wherever his father, an Army officer, was stationed. Rarely, remaining at one school for more than a year, a young Clarke finally settled a bit when he attended Staunton Military Academy in Staunton, Virginia. Then came some years at Claremont High School in Claremont, California, his mother’s hometown.
After graduation from the American High School in Tokyo, Japan, he returned to Claremont and attended UCLA where he received his BA in Theater and completed work for his MA in television.
During the Korean War, John served in the Air Force where he kept up his interest in show business as a member of the Air Force Varsitones — a touring troop entertaining military personnel throughout the U.S.
Among the accolades for his TV work, Clarke received an Emmy nomination for Best Daytime Actor, he picked up Afternoon TV’s Best Single Performance Award, and in May of 2004 — just after retiring from acting and Days of Our Lives — he was awarded an Emmy for Lifetime Achievement.
Above all, family life was most important to Clarke and his wife Patty, those close to him said. They raised three children, Joshua, Heidi and Melinda. Josh works in the Bioscience industry and Melinda followed in her father’s footsteps to pursue a career in Hollywood, including a starring role on The O.C. Heidi passed in 1994 from a heart tumor.
Clarke is survived by his wife Patty, his children Joshua and Melinda and his grandchildren, Catherine Grace, Natasha and Jacob.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Heidi Clarke Scholarship Fund at California Institute of the Arts, 24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355-2340.
Soaps in Depth Podcast - 10/21/19 - What SHOULD Happen Next(10/22/19) (Listen / download) What soap fan doesn’t enjoy playing backseat headwriter? On this week's episode of the Soaps in Depth podcast, Richard and Charlie pick stories and characters from all four shows and spin them in new directions. What if General Hospital’s Franco winds up having his mind completely wiped of not only Drew’s memories, but his own, too? Could it be time for The Bold & The Beautiful’s Steffy to start her own fashion house? Might Days of our Lives’ Kristen make a huge sacrifice for Brady, only to have it drive a wedge between them? And how might The Young & The Restless’ Dina completely change the life of a family member during the final months of her life? Plus, once the predictions are out of the way, the hosts move on to actual preview. Find out what will be happening on all the soaps this week, and what they think should happen down the line!
Soap Stars On THE REAL(10/22/19) THE REAL hosts “The Hunks of Daytime” — Galen Gering (Rafe, DAYS), Michael Mealor (Kyle, Y&R), Lawrence Saint-Victor (Carter, B&B) and Donnell Turner (Curtis, GH) — who dish about their soap roles, loyal fans and their favorite dishes. Check out clips here: Video1, Video2.
Talk Show Appearance(10/20/19) THE REAL, syndicated
Monday 10/21: Galen Gering, Michael Mealor, Lawrence Saint-Victor, Donnell Turner, guest co-host Amanda Seales
Maree Cheatham on Young Sheldon 11/7/19(10/18/19) “A Parasol and a Hell of an Arm” – A church carnival leads Missy to try out for the baseball team. Also, Meemaw struggles after her breakup with Dr. Sturgis, on YOUNG SHELDON, Thursday, Nov. 7 (8:00-8:31 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Craig T. Nelson guest stars as Coach Dale.
GUEST CAST: Maree Cheatham (Dorothy), David Futernick (Man In Crowd), Davey Johnson (Nigel).
Ron Carlivati’s Father To Appear On DAYS(10/18/19) Ron Carlivati, Sr., father of DAYS’s Head Writer Ron Carlivati, will appear as an extra on the October 18 episode of the NBC soap. “My dad is a superfan,” reports the scribe. “It’s funny because I’ve been in soaps for over 20 years and my dad would watch to see my name on the credits but rarely get into the show. Somehow, I don’t know what clicked in for him, he’s obsessed with DAYS OF OUR LIVES. He does not miss it.” On a trip to Los Angeles in March, Carlivati adds, “We were at the studio and Albert Alarr, our co-executive producer, comes up and meets my parents and turns to my dad and says, ‘We’re gonna be shooting some scenes in the hospital next. How would you like to be in them?’ I honestly had no idea this was coming. I also fainted. I think this was something [Executive Producer] Ken Corday cooked up with Albert. I had no idea it was coming. My dad didn’t hesitate. He was like, ‘Where do I sign?’ And the next thing I knew, they’re whisking my father off, he’s filling out paperwork, they’re photocopying his driver’s license, putting him in a doctor’s coat, and my mother and I are just standing there watching it happen. He’s an extra, he doesn’t have lines, but you’ll prominently see him.” Carlivati, Sr. reports, “It was so quick. I didn’t have any time to be nervous. If they had told me the day before, I probably would be thinking for 24 hours, ‘Where I’m gonna stand? What am I gonna do?’ I didn’t even have time to react. To this day, I still think I’m dreaming all of this and this isn’t really happening.” Though Carlivati, Sr. watches the show live every day, “The totally amazing part besides all of this, is this week I had my high school reunion luncheon and tomorrow is my college reunion, and it’s at the same time that the show is on,” he shares. “Technology and I don’t get along, but my daughter’s got it all taped, so when we come home, we’ll be seeing it.” For the full report of the Carlivatis’ trip to Salem, see an upcoming issue of Soap Opera Digest.
Robin Strasser On DAYS: “They won’t be using me again”(10/17/19) On Twitter, Robin Strasser (ex-Vivian) revealed that she was informed last week that she wouldn’t be returning to DAYS. She posted, “so it’s clear to all who may overhear us: #Days Opens in New Window told me eve of #YomKippur Opens in New Window that they won’t be using me again as #VivianAllamain Opens in New Window To be clear: I’m AVAILABLE for other projects & maybe 100K peeps might come watch;-)” When a fan responded “Shame on #DOOL,” Strasser replied, “NO SHAME on anyone Kathy:) #DOOL Opens in New Window got a great pinch hitter when they got me-lol. Their ratings went up which is always a win for any TV show! I showed up when they said they needed me-win! Now they’ve got different point of view-OK-the way I see it-it’s still win/win all around:).”
Inside Salem - 10/14/19 - Camila Banus, Melissa Reeves, Matt Ashford(10/16/19) (Listen / download) Camila Banus reacts to the end of Stabby and what this means for Gabi. Then, in two can't-miss clips, Stefan is shot and Lani begs at Gabi's feet. Later, Melissa Reeves and Matt Ashford join for a very special round table to finally celebrate Jack and Jennifer's reunion.
Soaps In Depth Podcast - 10/14/19 - The Week‘s Best… And Worst(10/14/19) (Listen / download) Richard and Charlie look at the high and low points of the past week in daytime drama. It may have been a rough week for General Hospital’s Nina, but portrayer Cynthia Watros gave a killer performance. Meanwhile, Charlie came to a stunning (to him) realization about Days Of Our Lives’ Gabi. The Bold & The Beautiful’s hunt for a kidney left Richard with a few burning questions, and everyone wants to know why The Young & The Restless has Theo and Lola buddying up. All this, plus preview of this week’s hottest stories, on the latest episode of the Soaps in Depth podcast.
Dishing with Digest - 10/11/19 - Darin Brooks(10/11/19) (Listen / download) Darin Brooks (Wyatt, B&B) weighs in on his on-screen romances and the newest addition to his life, daughter Everleigh, with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. Plus, we examine about how new characters are worked into story.
Episode 4 Of “Chad & Abby in Paris” Streaming Now On The DOOL App(10/11/19) The fourth episode in chapter two of the digital series, “Chad & Abby in Paris” is available now on the DOOL App. In this installment, Sylvie (Shawna Della-Ricca) and Juliette (Rachele Schank) attempt to find dirt on Abigail and come up with a plan to rock Chad’s marriage.
Tamara Braun Previews Her New Play With GH Alum Ronnie Marmo(10/11/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Kim isn't exactly the picture of mental stability right now on GENERAL HOSPITAL, but portrayer Tamara Braun will be playing a psychiatrist in the new play Death With Dignity… Comes in a Milkshake! Written by Sam Henry Kass and directed by GH alum Ronnie Marmo (ex-Ronnie), the play opens at Theater 68 in North Hollywood on Friday, Oct. 18 and runs through Saturday, Nov. 16 with a preview held on Thursday, Oct. 17. "It's exciting!" Braun gushed to Soaps In Depth of the production.
Death With Dignity… Comes in a Milkshake centers around a therapy session that erupts into full-blown mental anarchy as a therapist must contend with an office commandeered by her patients and she questions her own training and qualifications as she attempts to reign in the chaos. Tackling politics, social issues, and show business, the play reveals the thin line that separates doctor and patient.
"Honestly, I had been thinking about doing a weekend of one-acts with soap actors," Braun confided. "I had been talking about that with a few people to gauge interest. Then, out of the blue, I got a text from Ronnie saying he was directing this new play by Sam Henry Kass and kept thinking of me for a role. I saw it as a gift."
Braun was thrilled to get back on stage and flex some different acting muscles than the ones she uses on GH, and has reveled in the challenges it has presented. "It's been an interesting process becuase we didn't have Ronnie for almost two weeks because he is putting his one-man show [I'm Not a Comedian… I'm Lenny Bruce] up in Chicago and had a retreat with his New York Theater group," she revealed. "So it's been a bit unusual. He Skyped into rehearsals a couple of times and always checked in with us. He is back now and extremely enthusiastic, energetic, and inspired by the piece and what the actors are finding in it."
Death With Dignity… Comes in a Milkshake will have performances on Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. with two Sunday matinees. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.theater68.com.
Lucas Adams Opens up About Leaving DAYS OF OUR LIVES... and a Potential Return!(10/9/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) When DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ Tripp first showed up in Salem two and a half years ago, the odds seemed stacked against him. Steve’s long-lost son came out of nowhere, lashed out at his father, then set about destroying stepmother Kayla’s life. But it was pure soap drama, and newcomer Lucas Adams gave it his all — which is probably why viewers welcomed him with open arms! “Fans were sending me things like, ‘Don’t mess with Kayla!’” he recalled to Soaps In Depth, “but also ‘We love this type of storyline.’ There was never anything negative. I loved that. They were so open to seeing where Tripp was headed.”
Now, Tripp has left far happier than when he arrived, and Adams couldn’t be more grateful for his new family. “I never had a bad day on set,” he said, “and I’d love to thank everyone at DAYS and all the fans for watching. Everyone at the show made my time there so enjoyable and made me feel like I was part of the family so quickly.”
"I really appreciate the fans," said Adams, "especially the loyal fans who've been watching for decades. Having a new character come on out of nowhere and be accepted quickly was awesome."
Leaving, Adams admitted, was a bummer. “I love everybody there,” he shared. “I love the stories we get to portray. I was excited to get to try other things, but it was kind of a bittersweet moment, like, ‘Oh man, I’m not gonna get to come back here for a little bit.’” Still, Tripp’s leaving town is something the actor “understood, as a character. Medical school is something that he’s talked about for a long time. He came full circle. He grows into himself and into an adult.”
Adams can’t keep the pride out of his voice when talking about Tripp. “I loved his growth,” he explained. “That was my favorite thing about him. He grew by knowing that he did something wrong and constantly trying to make up for it.” Moving past his vendetta against Kayla was “when he started thinking about his life more instead of just everything being wrong around him,” he continued. “It shows that while he’s just like Steve, he wants to be like Kayla, too.”
That said, if Tripp’s exit was the perfect coda for his relationship with Kayla, it wasn’t the same for Patch. Missing Stephen Nichols’ comeback “was the one sad thing,” Adams admitted. “I wish Tripp could’ve been there to say goodbye. That was the whole reason he came to Salem in the first place.”
"I love any scene with Mary Beth Evans (Kayla)," Adams shared. "She's just like a second mom. We would just be chit-chatting and talking."
Since leaving DAYS, Adams has already landed a Lifetime movie, Killer Ransom, (and wrapped work on it months ago!). “I play a really bad guy,” he shared excitedly. “That was just a lot of fun. I kidnap this daughter and try to extort money from the parents.”
And now that Ransom’s under the actor’s belt, he’s ready to sink his teeth into something even murkier. “I want something where I’m down in the dumps and very dark and gritty,” he admitted. “I would love that.” In a way, it would bring Adams himself full circle. After all, he reflects, when he first came to DAYS, “Tripp started off in this really dark place. Then he started helping other people get out of their dark places. It’s like he got to Salem and something was covering his eyes. Now that he’s leaving, it’s finally lifted. If he comes back, he’d come back older and more mature.”
Tripp’s leaving, then, like Adams’, is just a part of the journey, rather than the end. So, of course, we have to ask whether the actor would be up for returning to the role if Tripp ever journeyed back to Salem. “Yeah!” he answered without hesitation. “I mean, the hospital’s a big part of DAYS. He’s going to medical school, he can come back as a smart doctor!”
GENERAL HOSPITAL's Wes Ramsey Announces His New Book, 'Into the Black'(10/9/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Fans will be able to get a deeper look into the mind of GENERAL HOSPITAL actor Wes Ramsey (Peter) when he releases his second book of poetry, Into the Black. "All my life I've written," he shared on Instagram. "I never knew where it came from or why I started, I just knew I had to do it. All these years later, so much about it is still a mystery to me but I've long since embraced it as a calling in y life, but only more recently as a deeply personal gift to share with the world.
"With that said," he continued, "I'm proud to announce that four weeks from today, on Halloween, I will release Into the Black as the second volume of my work. It will be available at wesramsey.com. I hope it finds its way to those it belongs with."
Back in 2014, Ramsey released his first volume, Salt & Sand, which is unfortunately no longer available. According to his website, Into the Black is a larger, full volume of poetry that was written between 2002 and 2017. "This volume is a raw look inside the journey between life's struggles and the beauty of the gift within those struggles that make us who we are," reads the description. "It is an intimate glimpse into the heart and mind of an artist who has endured."
So beginning on Thursday, Oct. 31, Into the Black will be available for purchase directly from Ramsey's website.
OWN Sets Its First Holiday Movies Starring Jackée Harry, Aloma Wright, Kimberly Elise, Rick & Sasha Fox And Alo(10/8/19) OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is making its first foray into original holiday movies with One Fine Christmas, Carole’s Christmas and Baking Christmas, set to air over three consecutive Fridays in November.
One Fine Christmas, starring Rick Fox and his daughter Sasha Fox in their first time acting together, as well as Marla Gibbs and Vanessa Williams (the Soul Food alumna, not Sasha’s mom), will premiere November 15. It will be followed by Carole’s Christmas, starring Jackée Harry and Kimberly Elise Star, on Nov. 22, and Baking Christmas, starring Aloma Wright and Tim Reid Star, on Nov. 29.
Holiday movies are a major audience draw, especially among women who are OWN’s core demographic. And, while TV movies are generally difficult to make work financially for a cable network because they are one-offs, holiday films are generally evergreen and can be rerun every holiday season.
Original holiday movies have been a long-time staple on female-focused Hallmark Channel and Lifetime. Freeform, which has carried on its predecessor ABC Family’s 25 Days Of Christmas franchise, started adding original holiday movies to the mix in 2017. Netflix too has been betting big on original holiday movies, with several new titles released every year.
“We are excited to bring holiday movies to OWN,” said Tina Perry, president, OWN. “This special time of year is about spending time with the ones you love, and we think our viewers are going to enjoy watching these movies together throughout the season.”
Here are details about OWN’s holiday movies:
One Fine Christmas premieres Friday, November 15 at 9pm ET/PT
Marking the first time they have acted together, Rick Fox and his daughter Sasha Fox star in One Fine Christmas. The father/daughter duo join beloved actress Marla Gibbs and fan favorite Vanessa Williams in the ensemble cast. The families on Christmas Street have been busy with their day-to-day lives that they lose sight of the importance of family during the holiday season. Haley (Sasha Fox) comes home for the Christmas holiday, but home has not been the same since her family split up. Haley’s mother Susan (Williams) is working on a new work deal with her client (Rick Fox) which causes her to hardly have time for Haley or her mother Alice (Gibbs). Al (Mark Christopher Lawrence) is too preoccupied with work that he overlooks his wife Matty (June Carryl). Meanwhile, Bob (Rodney Van Johnson) and Diana’s (Eva La Dare) son Jesse (Alfonso Torres Caballero) comes home for Christmas with a very special surprise. This “slice of life” holiday tale shares the individual stories of these neighbors as they celebrate Christmas Eve and find themselves unexpectedly united for the holiday season.
Carole’s Christmas premieres Friday, November 22 at 9pm ET/PT
Starring acclaimed actresses Jackée Harry and Kimberly Elise, Carole’s Christmas tells the story of Carole Jordan (Elise), an overworked businesswoman who learns the meaning of “be careful what you wish for” after she off-handedly wishes she had taken another path in life. When Carole’s wish is granted, her world is turned upside down and the only person she can confide in is Iris (Harry), a woman she recognizes from her “past life.” Carole no longer has time for the things that mattered most to her – family, friends and her annual Christmas party. She quickly learns how grateful she was for the previous life she was living. Carole’s Christmas also stars Cayden K. Williams (star of OWN’s David Makes Man), Bianca Buck and Anthony Montgomery.
Baking Christmas premieres Friday, November 29 at 9pm ET/PT
When Patty (Aloma Wright), the founder of the town’s most popular and successful bakery, announces her plan to retire at the end of the year, her children step up to take over the family business. Patty and Phillip’s (Tim Reid) children, Jennifer (Khalilah Joi), Angela (Leigh-Ann Rose) and Anthony (Arnell Powell), are qualified – and eager – to run the enterprise, and each has their own ideas for writing the bakery’s next chapter. There is only one way to ensure the shop ends up in the right hands and that is a Christmas cake bakeoff. The gloves come off and the frosting flies as the siblings vie for control of the bakery in an unforgettable competition to create the best-ever Christmas confection. Baking Christmas also stars Yohance Myles from OWN’s Ambitions.
The movies are produced for OWN by Hybrid, LLC in association with Harpo Films.
Soaps In Depth podcast - 10/7/19 - Hot (And Not) Plots(10/7/19) (Listen / download) This week on the Soaps In Depth podcast, Richard and Charlie have the latest details (and more than a little speculation) about the hush-hush plot twist soon to rock Days Of Our Lives. Taking a spin around the daytime dial, they also look at what’s working (Brooke vs. Thomas on The Bold & The Beautiful), what's not (Enough with the fake deaths on The Young & The Restless) and everything in between.
Dishing with Digest - 10/4/19 - Eric Martsolf(10/4/19) Eric Martsolf Traces His Journey From PASSIONS To DAYS (Listen / download).
Eric Martsolf (Brady, DAYS) talks about how he went from law school student to musical theater performer to soap star with Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. Plus, we look at the importance of characters who were born on screen.
GH-ers Team Up For New Play(10/4/19) Ronnie Marmo (ex-Ronnie, GH) is directing Tamara Braun (Kim, GH) in the world premiere of Sam Henry Kass’s Death With Dignity…. Comes In A Milkshake. The show will run from October 18 to November 16 (with a preview show on October 17) at Theatre 68 in North Hollywood, CA. Tickets are $25 and are available at www.theatre68.com.
Alison Sweeney to Star in Blake Shelton-Produced Hallmark Christmas Movie(10/3/19) (etonline.com) Alison Sweeney is getting into the holiday spirit.
The Hallmark favorite has been cast as the leading lady in Hallmark Movies & Mysteries' upcoming Blake Shelton-produced holiday film, Time for You to Come Home for Christmas, ET has exclusively learned. Marvel's Agents of SHIELD star Lucas Bryant will play Sweeney's love interest.
The new movie is a sequel to last year's Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas, which starred Josh Henderson and Megan Park, and was based on Shelton's 2012 song, "Time for Me to Come Home," which he wrote and recorded with his mother, Dorothy Shackleford. She also published a novella of the same name in 2013.
In Time for You to Come Home for Christmas, recent widow Katherine (Sweeney) and her son, Will, return to her hometown to spend Christmas with family. On the train to Virginia, Katherine meets Jack (Bryant), a veteran on his own holiday journey. Katherine and Jack part ways, only to discover they had the same destination. While volunteering for the local Christmas dance, a fundraiser for military families, the two grow closer. But Katherine struggles to move on from her late husband and Jack is focused on a mysterious mission that brought him to town. As Christmas nears, the two learn of a hidden connection that may be the Christmas miracle they were looking for.
This is the Days of Our Lives star's second Hallmark Christmas movie, following 2017's Christmas at Holly Lodge. Production is currently underway in Vancouver.
Headlining this year's crop of 40 original Hallmark holiday movies are Candace Cameron Bure, Lacey Chabert, Rachael Leigh Cook, Jodie Sweetin, Erin Krakow, Tamera Mowry-Housley and Danica McKellar, as well as Kristin Chenoweth in Hallmark Channel's marquee movie, Hallmark Hall of Fame's A Christmas Love Story, opposite Scott Wolf.
As the countdown to the holidays begins, spend your evenings with Hallmark's official podcast, Bubbly Sesh, hosted by Jacks and Shawl. The podcast, featuring recaps and interviews with Hallmark stars, covers every Saturday movie premiere on Hallmark Channel, as well as every Sunday debut on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, and will be breaking down every holiday film this Christmas.
And, if you're looking for another option as Hallmark Christmas nears, Deck the Hallmark podcast, hosted by three guys -- Bran, Panda and Dan --will return for another season of "liked it, loved it, despised it" for every original Hallmark movie debut.
Time for You to Come Home for Christmas, part of Hallmark Movies & Mysteries' "Miracles of Christmas," premieres Friday, Dec. 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Wally Kurth Clarifies His Status at GENERAL HOSPITAL and DAYS OF OUR LIVES(10/3/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) It's not very common in the daytime industry, but occasionally an actor will appear on two separate soaps, such as Wally Kurth and his roles as GENERAL HOSPITAL's Ned Ashton Quartermaine and DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Justin Kiriakis. Although you're going to be seeing a bit more of him in Salem than in Port Charles in the near future.
"I think this is common knowledge, but I'm working on DAYS mostly because I'm under contract over there," Kurth explained during an interview with Daytime After Dark. "Now we're almost eight months ahead, so you won't really see me full force… I start a major story in like, the middle of November. There's a big twist on the show and it's very interesting. So that'll be good. For people who like Justin, you'll be seeing a lot of me in a couple of months."
Kurth joined the cast of DAYS back in 1987 and when he left in 1991, he moved to GH to play a recast Ned Ashton in 1993. However, after dropping to recurring status with the ABC sudser, the actor went back to DAYS in 2009. And since 2012, he has juggled both soaps at the same time.
"The wonderful thing is that DAYS and GH coordinated and worked together and said that I can still go do GH," Kurth confided. "DAYS gets first choice if I have to work. But I can still do GH and Frank is allowing me to go do DAYS and also knows he can use me if he needs me to come on GH. So I'm the luckiest actor in town that I get to do both shows. So I have a feeling that I'll be back on GH in a couple of months. Which will be great."
It may be an unusual arrangement, but it's one that is working out not only for Kurth but for his fans who can enjoy watching the talented actor playing two separate roles at the same time!
Inside Salem - 9/30/19 - Bill Hayes, Bryan Dattilo, Lauren Koslow(10/2/19) (Listen / download) Beloved Days Actor Bill Hayes Discusses His Relationship with His On and Off-Screen Wife Susan Seaforth Hayes Who Plays Julie; Bryan Dattilo and Lauren Koslow Go Behind the Scenes
‘DAY OF DAYS’ FAN EVENT ON SATURDAY, NOV. 9(10/2/19) To celebrate one of the most iconic and enduring series on daytime television, the stars of NBC’s long-running drama “Days of our Lives” will be meeting fans at the “Day of Days” fan event on Saturday, Nov. 9 at Universal CityWalk, located adjacent to Universal Studios Hollywood.
This complimentary event, set for 10 a.m.-5 p.m., for devoted “Days of our Lives” viewers will offer fans the chance to meet and greet Salem’s favorite cast members during autograph signings, a Q&A session and much more.
Some of the “Days” stars scheduled to attend include Kristian Alfonso, John Aniston, Lamon Archey, Matthew Ashford, Camila Banus, Mary Beth Evans, Billy Flynn, Galen Gering, Linsey Godfrey, Deidre Hall, Bill Hayes, Drake Hogestyn, Victoria Konefal, Lauren Koslow, Wally Kurth, Eric Martsolf, Chandler Massey, Melissa Reeves, James Reynolds, Suzanne Rogers, Susan Seaforth Hayes, Freddie Smith, Sal Stowers, Paul Telfer, Greg Vaughan, Robert Scott Wilson, Arianne Zucker and a special surprise guest.
SCHEDULE OF THE DAY
10-10:30 a.m.: “Day of Days” welcome and cast introductions
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Meet and greet with the cast of “Days of our Lives”
12:30 p.m.: Lunch break
2-4 p.m.: Meet and greet with the cast of “Days of our Lives”
4:15-4:45 p.m.: “Days of our Lives” Q&A
4:45-5 p.m.: Event finale, including a special sneak preview what’s to come this season
“Days of our Lives,” which is about to begin its 55th season, 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 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.
For more information, please visit the official show site at: http://www.nbc.com/days-of-our-lives
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For more information on CityWalk at Universal Studios Hollywood, go to http://www.citywalkhollywood.com/.
Hogan Sheffer Dies: Emmy-Winning ‘As The World Turns’ And ‘Y&R’ Writer Was 61(10/2/19) Hogan Sheffer, an Emmy Award-winning daytime television writer known for his comical one-liners, died in his hometown of York, Pennsylvania on September 28. He was 61.
Sheffer went into cardiac arrest in 2014, and suffered a series of health problems up until his death last week from heart failure.
The veteran writer’s longtime manager, Brad Kramer, told Deadline Sheffer had a “huge heart” and always helped others.
“I met Hogan in 1993. I know I am speaking for countless others when I say Hogan Sheffer will be dearly missed,” Kramer said. “Besides a brilliant creative mind, and the most generous huge heart, Hogan could always and did make you laugh until you were in tears. He would and did do anything to help others.”
Sheffer started out in the industry in the 1980s and worked at DreamWorks as director of screenplay development from 1997 to 2000, under producers Mark Johnson and Elizabeth Cantillon. He was in charge of developing screenplays for films such as My Dog Skip, Galaxy Quest, Home Fries, and What Lies Beneath.
He would later make the transition to daytime TV on As the World Turns, The Young and the Restless, and Days of Our Lives.
While Sheffer loved writing and developing feature films, he thrived on the intensity and year-round schedule of daytime TV, Kramer said.
Sheffer served as head writer on the CBS daytime drama As the World Turns. He led his team to four Emmys for Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team on the program in 2001, 2002, 2004, and 2005.
He was also head writer on NBC’s Days of Our Lives from 2006 to 2007, and co-head writer on CBS’ Y&R for several years.
Soaps In Depth Podcast - 9/30/19 - The Characters We Miss(9/30/19) (Listen / download) There are some characters who are downright irreplaceable… although on this week’s episode, Charlie and Richard give it a try. From The Young & The Restless’ Katherine Chancellor to The Bold & The Beautiful’s Stephanie Forrester and Days Of Our Lives’ Stefano DiMera, the Soaps In Depth editors agree that “they don’t make characters like that anymore.” Or do they?
Pa. soap opera scribe Hogan Sheffer, of ‘As The World Turns’ and ‘Young and the Restless’ fame, dies at 61(9/30/19) Hogan Sheffer, who was known in the soap opera world for his award-winning work on “As The World Turns,” “Days of Our Lives” and “The Young and the Restless," has died at age 61.
His death was confirmed on Facebook by friend and fellow soap opera writer Tom Casiello.
Sheffer, who was born in York as Mark Wayne Sheffer in 1958, is credited as leading the team of writers who turned the floundering “As the World Turns” around in the early 2000s, winning four Daytime Emmy awards for his work.
Sheffer was also head writer for “Days of Our Lives” and would pick up a fifth Daytime Emmy as part of “The Young and the Restless” writing team.
Prior to working for soap operas, Sheffer was Director for Screenplay Development with Dreamworks.
Réal Andrews Opens up About His Bipolar Diagnosis(9/26/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Over the years, Réal Andrews has appeared on numerous daytime dramas, including DAYS OF OUR LIVES, ALL MY CHILDREN, AS THE WORLD TURNS, SANTA BARBARA, and of course, GENERAL HOSPITAL, where he played Detective Marcus Taggert. In the years since his stint on ATWT, the actor pressed pause on his career. “My dad got ill with Parkinson’s, and after he passed away, my mom got sick,” he explained to Soaps In Depth, “so my mind just wasn’t in it.” In addition to supporting them, Andrews also developed entrepreneurial enterprises and became a fitness/nutrition coach as well as a motivational speaker. But in his own life, “I had three hip surgeries, one of which wasn’t good,” he said. Consequently, “I was in chronic pain for four years and became addicted to opioids and alcohol.”
Today, the soap vet is sober and reprioritizing both his health and his passion for performing. However, he’s also had a revelation that was two decades in the making. “I was having crazy, dark thoughts. Then it hit me one day that for the first time in my life, I’m not masking it with drugs, alcohol or anything like that. It was right there in my face!” he admitted. That’s when he decided to see a physician and “got officially diagnosed with bipolar disorder.”
Now receiving treatment, Andrews feels like a new man and wants to encourage others in the same boat to seek help. “I want to be able to tell you that you’re not alone,” he said. “There’s a big difference between being depressed, sad or having a bad day and suffering from this sickness. When you don’t know where [those feelings] come from, you don’t know how to stop them.”
My ultimate [goal], and kind of what I’ve already started working towards,” he said, “is being on the big stage, talking to hundreds of thousands of people about depression.”
The actor currently plays Dr. Keith Campbell on Amazon’s THE BAY THE SERIES, but as he looks to the future, there’s another kind of character he’s eyeing. “I like to play heavies: bad guys and psychos. I’ve always been drawn to that,” he admitted. “I became an actor because I saw Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.” While he says that he would “absolutely do daytime again,” Andrews remains open to whatever the next leg of his journey brings. “I put a lot of faith in my representation, but my No. 1 representation is God,” he insisted. “So whatever He puts on my plate… my job is to show up with excellence.”
Episode 2 Of “Chad & Abby in Paris” Streaming Now On The DOOL App(9/26/19) The second episode in chapter two of the digital series, “Chad & Abby in Paris” is available now on the DOOL App. In this installment, Tony continues has campaign for Chad to return to Salem and save the DiMera dynasty while Abigail confronts a new foe.
Darin Brooks and Kelly Kruger Welcome Daughter Everleigh Jolie: 'We Can't Believe She's Finally Here'(9/26/19) (people.com) It’s a happy day in the lives of Darin Brooks and Kelly Kruger!
The couple welcomed daughter Everleigh Jolie Brooks at 4:13 a.m. on Sunday, September 22 in Los Angeles. Little Everleigh was born weighing 9 lbs. and 1 oz., and 21.5 inches long.
“It still feels so surreal, like one big blurry dream,” Kelly who is starring in No Place Like Home this fall, tells PEOPLE. “We’ve waited so long to meet our little girl and we can’t believe she’s finally here! She’s everything!”
“We keep looking at her in disbelief that we made her,” the new mom, 36, adds. “We look at her and try to figure out who she looks more like. She has my hair because I also was born with a ton, and she definitely has Darin’s height.”
Everleigh also has someone else’s looks — Kelly’s grandmother, Jolan!
“Jolie in French means beautiful, so we always knew that would be the name if we had a daughter one day. Then when we met her, she looked like and Everleigh and since it felt like forever from when we started trying to get pregnant to finally meeting her, the name just fit her perfectly,” Kelly says.
As for new dad Darin, the Bold and the Beautiful star is already over the moon.
“Long lean and with great hair — she’s already a supermodel!” Darin tells PEOPLE. “Everyone always says, ‘your whole life changes and she’s gonna be the apple of your eye and a daddy’s girl,’ but it’s true!”
“When she came out, I looked at her and that was it! She’s just amazing, and to think that we made her is just surreal! She’s half Kelly (hopefully with more of Kelly’s qualities) and half me,” Darin marvels.
But the actor wanted to point out that even though Everleigh is already a daddy’s girl, he’s not going to be spoiling her as she grows up.
“But let’s be clear, I’m not going to let her get away with anything as she gets older,” the Days of Our Lives alum says. “I’m not a pushover… she’s going to have to get a job soon.”
Kelly, however, wasn’t so sure about that. “Yeah, right. We shall see! She’s already got him wrapped around her little finger,” The Young and the Restless star says.
Both Kelly and Darin say that they are grateful for one another throughout the pregnancy — the pair told PEOPLE in April that they had been trying to get pregnant for about a year.
Kelly said that she leaned on her husband throughout labor — which lasted from Wednesday to Sunday! — and in the days that they’ve been home from the hospital.
“Throughout this entire pregnancy, through the labor (Wednesday—Sunday) and since we have gotten home with Everleigh, Darin has been unbelievable,” Kelly says, adding a shoutout to their “amazing doula Lori Bregman,” who she says “was also such a gift — so knowledgable and supportive. We got very lucky!”
Darin echoed Kelly’s words with some loving words of his own for his “rockstar” wife.
“Kelly has been truly a rockstar through all of this. She’s been thrown a lot of unexpected curveballs and I’m just so impressed with her and her strength and determination,” he says. “Trust me, I will make sure our little girl knows how special her mommy is.”
Darin also wanted to give a PSA about encouraging moms-to-be: “Also, a quick note, for anyone out there who sees a pregnant woman, try not to say, ‘wow you look huge!’ or ‘it looks like you’re having twins in there! When are you due?'”
Instead, the actor suggests to offer a simple compliment: “You don’t know what they’re actually going through! Just say, ‘you look beautiful! You look amazing!’ Because it truly is amazing what Kelly has gone through and did for us. I have a daughter now and with any luck, she’ll get everything, including her strength, from her mother!”
The couple celebrated their baby shower in July, and Darin commemorated the happy event with a joyful Instagram post, writing in the caption, “We had such a blast at our baby shower!!! Thank you to @camrich11 @sarahjeannetteruffino@cherisebangs @avenueluxe @grodanjand @susanbrooks6460 for all putting this on!! Seriously we love you all! We had good food, good drinks and great people!! We can’t wait for our little girl to join this world, especially this wonderful family!! ??”
On Monday, Kelly shared one last photo of her baby bump, on which she balanced a mug that read “Mom est 2019.”
“Gonna miss this table. Can’t wait to finally meet you baby Brooks ??,” she wrote in the caption.
DAYS’s Austin Peck To Appear On CHICAGO FIRE Tonight(9/25/19) Austin Peck (ex-Austin, DAYS) will appear tonight on the season premiere of CHICAGO FIRE on NBC, and next week’s episode, as well. “He’s a very interesting character,” Peck previews. “His name is Chad. He’s a character that brings some levity to a very intensely driven show.” Peck had a great time shooting in Chicago over the summer. “The crew and the cast couldn’t be better,” he raves. “It was a really wonderful experience.” As was being directed by Sanford Bookstaver, fiancé of Rena Sofer (Quinn, B&B). “He’s gotta be one of the coolest guys,” Peck reports. “I mean, he’s literally one of the coolest guys I’ve ever met. He’s really fun to work with. Funny, cool, he’s very, very laid back and a very easygoing guy. He knows how to play and communicate.”
Nadia Bjorlin Opens up About Leaving DAYS OF OUR LIVES(9/25/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) When DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ Chloe became a partner in the resurrected Doug’s Place, fans had high hopes that the opera singer would be turning in some local performances. However, getting kidnapped and subsequently threatened by cartel members, getting dumped by Lucas, then having surrogate daughter Holly “perish” proved to be all that the single mother could swing. So when an opportunity to perform elsewhere for a season promised to take her away from Salem, no one could blame the harried heroine for accepting.
However, for the beauty’s talented portrayer, Nadia Bjorlin, parting ways (again) with the character that she first originated back in 1999 was sweet sorrow. “It’s been an absolute honor and a privilege to be part of DAYS’ legacy,” she reflected quietly to Soaps In Depth. “It’s like family over there, and I thank them for all of the years of support. And I thank the fans who’ve rooted for Chloe every step of the way, no matter what she’s done — good or bad!”
But why did the songbird have to leave now? While Bjorlin admitted that she still “doesn’t know all the behind-the-scenes workings of how these decisions get made,” she did leave with the basic understanding that having thrown an awful lot at Chloe over the past three years, the writers needed to rest the character. Plus, “I didn’t feel like it was a permanent thing, and they didn’t really present it that way,” Bjorlin shared. “They just said, ‘We’re just not going to pick up your contract until we figure out what to do with you.’”
Given her druthers, the actress would’ve liked to further develop the renewed connection between Chloe and her ex-husband, Brady. “I regret that the idea of Chloe and Brady’s romance wasn’t explored because I feel like they have such great history,” she said, adding, “I actually only started to work with [Brady’s portrayer] Eric Martsolf the last few months, and I really enjoyed it. But then they decided to write me out.”
Since wrapping her latest DAYS stint in February, Bjorlin said that she’s been “back to the grind of going to auditions and seeing what else is out there.” You can catch her this winter in the second season of online political drama BEACON HILL as the opportunist wife of a senator’s grandson (played by DAYS’ former Nathan, Mark Hapka).
However, most of the performer’s time has been spent with her two boys — Torin, 3, and Viggo, 2. “There has been something nice about being able to be home more with my kids, even though they are usually either glued to me or running away from me!” she said with a laugh. “I’ve been getting to see their fun personalities.”
While there’s always a chance that Bjorlin could wind up being cast by another daytime drama, the actress wants to assure her DAYS fans that “this is not a good-bye.” Rather, she insists, “This is ‘See you next time!’”
2 Soap Alums Join THE BAY(9/23/19) Two soap alums are joining the cast of THE BAY for season 5. Sean Blakemore (ex-Shawn, GH), who is currently appearing in the movie, Ad Astra with Brad Pitt, will make his debut in the role of Tony Foster. Also new for season 5 is Gilles Marini (ex-Ted, DAYS), who will play Judge Nazar Zekarain and will cross over to THE BAY’s spinoff “yA,” a drama focusing on Bay City’s elite and often troubled teens. “Sean and Gilles are absolute pros!” stated Creator Gregori Martin in a statement. “Such a true honor to work with both gentlemen and have them a part of The Bay family!” The first half of season 4 is currently available on Amazon’s Prime Video, with the second half of season 4 to be released later this fall.
Soap Alum Books New Role(9/20/19) Scott Reeves (ex-Steven, GH; ex-Ryan, Y&R) has landed a role on THE RESIDENT. The actor posted a shot of himself in front of his trailer, with the caption “Hmmmmmmmmm??,” then posted later in the day, “Love trips to Atlanta,” sitting in a director’s chair emblazoned with the logo. According to the photo he’ll be playing a character named Vince during the show’s upcoming third season.
TAINTED DREAMS Finds Another Streaming Platform(9/19/19) TAINTED DREAMS, the Emmy-nominated digital series based on the behind-the-scenes antics of a fictional hit TV soap opera, has announced that Seasons 1 and 2 of this hit series will stream on the new (and free) platform Popstar! TV beginning September 23. TAINTED DREAMS is a steamy dramedy following the cast and crew behind the scenes of a hit TV soap opera called PAINTED DREAMS, and features soap faves like Alicia Minshew (ex-Kendall, ALL MY CHILDREN), Austin Peck (ex-Austin, DAYS), Grant Aleksander (ex-Phillip, GUIDING LIGHT) and more. There will be a bonus episode on Popstar! TV that gives some background as to how all the characters came to be a part of the PAINTED DREAMS team. “I am beyond thrilled to introduce a younger generation to our iconic cast and a story that is so dear to my heart,” says Executive Producer/Creator Sonia Blangiardo. “We are thrilled that there is more life for the show and that the new exposure will attract new viewers for the series.” You can download the Popstar! TV’s mobile app or visit www.popstaronline.com to watch Tainted Dreams or for more info visit www.tainteddreams.com. The series is also available on Amazon.
Chapter 2 Of "Chad & Abby In Paris" Debuts On The DOOL App(9/18/19) After a successful Chapter 1 launch, Chapter 2 of “Chad & Abby in Paris” is launching on the DOOL App this Thursday (Sept 19). Billy Flynn and Kate Mansi are back to star, and look for their alter egos to receive a surprise visitor from Salem that shakes things up, as well as the debut of Shawna Della-Ricca as Sylvie and Remington Hoffman as Li Shin, son of DiMera Enterprises’ Mr. Shin. There will be an eight-episode run, with a new episode posting every Thursday on the DOOL App. “Everyone enjoyed the experience so much that we decided that we would do a second series of eight,” reports Head Writer Ron Carlivati.
Inside Salem - 9/16/19 - Robin Strasser, Greg Vaughan, Linsey Godfrey(9/16/19) (Listen / download) Daytime icon, Robin Strasser discusses coming to Days and taking on the role of Vivian Alamain. Robin discusses how her character is causing all kinds of trouble for the good people of Salem. And later, Greg Vaughan is joined by Linsey Godfrey in his dressing room.
Arianne Zucker Opens up About Playing Kristen on DAYS OF OUR LIVES(9/13/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) After 20 years of playing DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ Nicole, Arianne Zucker was pretty used to being thrown curveballs by the soap. But even she was shocked to learn that, when she recently returned, she’d be playing a whole new version of her character: Kristen pretending to be Nicole! “Kristen’s always been such an exciting character to watch, originally with Eileen [Davidson] and then with Stacy [Haiduk] slipping into those shoes,” Zucker noted to Soaps In Depth. “So then I was going, ‘Okay, how do I put my own similar twist on it?’ I decided that I was gonna absorb what Stacy does and then just go with it.”
Zucker had previously left DAYS out of a desire to pursue other projects. But it was the ability to regroup at home during her time away from Salem that she treasures most. “My daughter [Izzy, age 9] appreciates that I took that [break from the soap],” the actress offered. “I got to drop her off and pick her up from school and be with her when she needed me.”
However, what was happening in Salem became a pretty big lure. “I’d been reading what fans were saying about Eric and Nicole and the [longtime] wall that’s been between them — you know, he came back as a priest, and there have been all these roadblocks,” Zucker reflected. “But with him falling in love with someone else [Sarah], it was a good time to bring this character back.”
And boy, did Kristen — together with her wily partner, Xander — blow up the good guy’s life! Worse yet, she schemed to send the whole town into mourning by faking Holly’s demise! But given that, much like Nicole, Kristen has always wanted to be a mother, how could she do something like that to the little girl’s loved ones? Zucker says the schemer’s lack of remorse comes from her “being so set on her goals that she didn’t give it a second thought. Plus, Kristen knows that she didn’t really do anything [to Holly], so her hands are clean.”
While a reckless Kristen is sure to make for an unpredictable time in Salem, Zucker’s own plans are much more concrete. She spent the summer on the set with Izzy’s dad, Kyle Lowder (Rex), shooting A Mermaid For Christmas. “I’m happily playing the villainous mayor,” she said, “so it’s juicy and fun! It’s written really smart, and the character reminds me of [Meryl Streep’s Miranda Priestly] in The Devil Wears Prada.”
Additionally, Zucker is busy launching a business, Chandelier Succulent , in which she pairs easy-to-care-for plants with recycled jars and beads to make beautiful gifts. As she explained during a recent do-it-yourself segment on Hallmark’s HOME & FAMILY show, “As much as I love it myself, it’s a really fun project to do with your kids, and your friends appreciate that you made it. The whole idea is to share.”
Talk Show Appearance(9/13/19) WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN - Bravo
Tuesday, September 17 – EILEEN DAVIDSON
Rocci Chatfield Dies: ‘Knots Landing’, ‘Days Of Our Lives’ Writer Was 93(9/10/19) Roccina “Rocci” Chatfield, a television writer with a three-decade career that included credits for My Three Sons, Little House on the Prairie and Knots Landing and who scored two Daytime Emmy nominations for her work on Days of Our Lives, died Aug. 24 of natural causes in Los Angeles. She was 93.
Her death was confirmed in a tweet by the Writers Guild of America West.
A member of the TV Academy for more than 40 years, Chatfield served six terms as a Governor of the Writers Peer Group and two terms on the Academy’s Executive Committee, according to a bio on the TV Academy website.
Born in Boulder, Colorado, Chatfield attended Massachusetts’ Endicott College, beginning her Hollywood TV career in the early 1960s. Early credits include the ’60s sitcoms My Three Sons and Family Affair, and, later, ’80s nighttime soaps Falcon Crest and Knots Landing. Also in the ’80s she wrote for the syndicated Romance Theatre series.
Her 1978-82 stint on Days of Our Lives included two Daytime Emmy nominations (’78 and ’79).
In addition to her TV Academy leadership roles, Chatfield produced dozens of Academy events, including panel series and “Family Day” celebrations. She wrote and produced the Academy’s 60th anniversary gala and served on numerous committees, including Hall of Fame, Daytime Awards, Governors Award, Governors Ball, Primetime Awards, Primetime Awards Show, By-Laws, Membership, Hyphenate and more.
As a dedicated WGA member, Chatfield served on the negotiating committee during the 1988 writers’ strike, and earned two nominations for the Guild’s Writing Award. She was honored with the Writers Guild of America Service Award for her contributions to the organization.
In acknowledgment of her professional achievements, her hometown of Boulder, Colorado, declared April 30, 2016, Rocci Chatfield Appreciation Day.
Soaps In Depth Podcast - 9/9/19 - Breaking Up Is Hard To Do(9/9/19) (Listen / download) When you love a soap couple, the last thing you want is to see their relationship hit the skids. But given that that’s the nature of the beast, it will almost inevitably happen. This week, hosts Richard Simms and Charlie Mason look at the best — and worst — ways to cause trouble in a soap relationship. Plus, they introduce a new recurring segment in which they critically ask, "Whatcha doin’, [Insert Soap Name Here]." All this and more on the latest episode of the Soaps In Depth podcast!
Dishing With Digest - 9/6/19 - Vincent Irizarry(9/6/19) (Listen / download) B&B’s Vincent Irizarry Chronicles Soap Journey.
Vincent Irizarry takes a deep dive into his daytime journey, from GUIDING LIGHT’s Lujack to B&B’s Jordan, recalls a memorable encounter with Marisa Tomei, his prime-time successes and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky.
Thia Megia Admits She Was Star-Struck Joining the Cast of DAYS OF OUR LIVES(9/5/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Chinese immigrant Haley Chen isn’t alone in being willing to take big risks on DAYS OF OUR LIVES. Her portrayer, Thia Megia, admits that she’d been hesitant to even audition for the role but made the leap, anyway. “I was feeling really unsure whether or not I’d be able to do it, or if they’d even let me in the building because I had nothing on my resumé as far as acting goes,” she confided to Soaps In Depth. “It was my first time ever being in a television studio, so it was surreal that I was there.”
Having attended acting school and spent time producing music videos for YouTube, the former AMERICA’S GOT TALENT and AMERICAN IDOL contestant was at least comfortable enough around a camera to impress the soap’s producers. What she hadn’t been prepared for was being star-struck by the show’s veterans. “As a little girl, I would visit my grandma, and she would have DAYS on. I remember seeing scenes with Hope and Marlena,” Megia reflected. “Coming in on my first day, all the legends were in the makeup room. It was definitely nerve-wracking!”
However, just as Haley made trustworthy friends in Salem and was able to relax, so, too, did Megia. She credits a “laidback and down-to-Earth” Lucas Adams (ex-Tripp) for showing her how. “Doing scenes with him was just effortless,” she suggested. “I just felt the connection… The chemistry kind of did all the work.”
Despite its brevity, the Tripp/Haley/JJ love triangle had one particular benefit for the young woman. “What I think has changed the most about Haley is that because of JJ, Tripp and pretty much everyone else that has done a lot to help her,” Megia said, “she was able to finally let down her walls. That’s freed her in many ways.”
Her love life aside, Haley’s now in a position to relax and focus on her future. That means re-establishing her career, deciding where to live and, of course, getting that elusive green card. With a year now on the job and an intense storyline under her belt, Megia is able to exhale, too. “I’m a perfectionist,” she admitted, “but I’ve kinda stopped criticizing myself and started going with the flow.”
'Days of Our Lives' Profits Lawsuit Against Sony Mostly Shot Down by Court(9/3/19) (hollywoodreporter.com) Sony Pictures Television has canceled several claims from the producers of Days of Our Lives, and will face a significantly trimmed lineup of allegations moving forward.
Corday Productions in February sued Sony claiming it isn't trying hard enough to distribute the long-running series, is miscalculating profits and is deflating the licensing fee to NBC — all in the interest of promoting its “wholly-owned daytime drama, The Young and the Restless.”
Retired federal judge Gary Feess, who is handling the matter as a judicial referee, largely sided with Sony and granted the studio's demurrer on several claims.
Feess found Corday's breach of fiduciary duty claim fails because the relationship between the producer and distributor is a commercial relationship not a fiduciary relationship, and isn't a joint venture.
Feess also sustained without leave to amend Sony's demurrer to certain alleged breaches of contract. Corday claimed Sony refused to negotiate more favorable terms after the series expanded to one-hour episodes, which the distributor notes happened four decades ago, and claimed it was forced to pay for production overages, which Sony says a 2009 contract amendment made clear was Corday's responsibility. Feess axed both alleged breaches from the complaint.
Sony also beat Corday's claim for unfair competition because the relevant statute "is not designed to remedy private disputes between private businesses" but rather to quell "business practices that threaten to deceive the public."
Sony's demurrer to the fraud and concealment claims were sustained with leave to amend, with a skeptical Feess giving Corday one more shot. He found Corday doesn't allege it was deceived by false statements or engaged in detrimental conduct based on them and doesn't adequately describe what information was concealed, who was responsible for concealing it and how the concealment caused damage.
"At the hearing, Corday’s counsel indicated that it could plead fraud with greater particularity," writes Feess. "While that seems unlikely, given the nature of the relationship between the parties, the timing of the alleged misrepresentations, and the unlikelihood that Corday can ever plead reliance, Corday will be given another chance to plead this claim."
It wasn't a total victory for Sony, though, as a few of Corday's claims did survive this round. Feess found Corday has alleged a reasonable interpretation of their agreement with respect to its claims that Sony breached its obligation to adequately market the series and to share marketing costs.The claim for breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing will also move forward, with Feess finding that Corday's allegations are more than a mere regurgitation of the breach of contract claim.
Feess found it is premature to decide at this stage whether an accounting should be ordered and whether declaratory relief may be appropriate.
Inside Salem - 9/2/19 - Leann Hunley, Arianne Zucker and Stacy Haiduk(9/2/19) (Listen / download) Leann Hunley looks back at Anna's antics and talks about Kristen's unmasking scenes. Then, in two can't-miss clips, Salem reels from Kristen's big reveal and Tony pays the price for his role in Ted's murder. And later, Arianne Zucker and Stacy Haiduk dish on the sisterhood of the traveling face in a special roundtable.
Soaps in Depth Podcast - 9/2/19 - Fall Preview(9/2/19) (Listen / download) The temperatures may be dropping and leaves are falling from the trees, but summer’s end does have one benefit: It’s time for the Soaps In Depth Podcast’s Fall Preview episode! Join Charlie and Richard as they share an exclusive peek at what will happen, as well as their own thoughts on what should, on all the daytime soaps!
Days of His Life(8/31/19) (southpasadenareview.com) Raised in the small farming town of Oskaloosa, Kansas, James Reynolds enjoyed reading as a youngster — so much, in fact, that he won several reading contests and read more than 100 books every summer.
“I loved to read, and that enhanced a real big desire to dream,” Reynolds — the Emmy-winning actor from the NBC soap opera “Days of Our Lives’’ — told the Review at the Fremont Centre Theatre, which he and his wife Lissa, both South Pasadena residents, own.
“I battled asthma and almost died from it as a baby, so that kept me in a lot, which is why I turned to books. Books brought the outside world to me. Whenever I have a spare minute, I read.”
After high school, Reynolds joined the Marines and was assigned to the Information Service Office, where he had the chance to hone his writing skills for The Windward Marine newspaper at his first duty station in Hawaii. He was later sent to Vietnam, where he added battlefield reporting to his duties.
“I had to develop a good memory of events that happened and literally write a story in minutes, often under really horrific conditions,” Reynolds, 73, recalled. “It gave me a perspective on life and the world that I probably would not have had otherwise, particularly at such a young age. Naivety has worked for me a lot throughout my life, so being in that situation had its value to me later in life.”
After returning home from Vietnam and using his GI Bill to attend Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, Reynolds auditioned for his first play, “The Mad Woman of Chaillot,” at the suggestion of a friend. He landed the role of the police sergeant and described the experience as “love at first sight.”
Encouraged by the positive response he received from those around him, Reynolds began to pursue more acting opportunities, appearing in both campus musicals and play productions, as well as local theater groups.
To make ends meet, Reynolds wrote about theater, film and music for the Topeka Daily Capital newspaper for several years, and later on the Colorado Springs Sun after relocating to be a part of a new repertory. While in Colorado, he landed his first television commercial, in addition to a featured role in the movie “Mr. Majestyk,’’ starring Charles Bronson.
“It turned out to be this kismet — everything always seemed to dovetail and work out perfectly,” said Reynolds. “When I moved to Los Angeles, I was lucky enough to start working right away. I got a lot of television and movie roles, including the show “Time Express” with Vincent Price. A good friend of mine, Charles Shaughnessy, said that we’re among those people that seem to have their lives sprinkled with fairy dust.”
Reynolds’ world changed forever when he was cast as Abe Carver on “Days of Our Lives” — a character that he has played for the past 38 years. After receiving several nominations over the years for his work, Reynolds won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 2018.
“It was an extraordinary feeling,” he said. “When they call your name, it’s an out-of-body experience — a dream come true. The gratitude of being able to be that person at that moment just kind of overwhelms you, and there are so many people to be grateful for that have lent a hand and helped along the way. It made me think of how wonderful my life has been and that I’d been given those few seconds of wonder.”
Having begun his career during the golden age of soap operas, Reynolds has seen a lot of changes in the industry over the years, with only a handful of daytime shows remaining. When asked what his show’s secret to longevity is, Reynolds pointed out that family is key.
“Soap operas are like sports, in that a family will sit and watch their favorite team together, and as the kids grow up, they will continue to watch and be fans,” said Reynolds. “One of the advantages to soaps for an audience is that you watch your favorite characters move through life with you and you see their struggles in life mirroring your own. We’re there five days a week in viewers’ living rooms and they take pride as if we are members of their own family.”
A resident of South Pasadena since 1986, Reynolds and his wife Lissa opened the Fremont Centre Theatre in 1997. Over the years they’ve produced, directed and performed in numerous critically acclaimed shows, including “National Pastime,” about Jackie Robinson, which starred their son Jed. Currently, Young Stars Theatre is producing shows in the space that feature actors between the ages of 8 and 18.
“As a theater we’ve always been committed to diversity, and we love the way the program founders, Jack and Gloria Bennett, are working with the kids,” said Reynolds. “We need to keep bringing the youth into the theater so that they can experience what live entertainment is all about.”
Reynolds also is on the Board of Directors for the South Pasadena Arts Council (SPARC), which Lissa founded 10 years ago. On Sept. 28, they will be hosting SPARC’s second annual Sparc’Tacular Benefit, a celebration of the arts for adults featuring entertainment, activities and awards.
“Arts are key to our lives and carry us through,” said Reynolds. “The one thing you will do throughout your life is take part in the arts in one way or another, no matter what you do for a career. When you’re in your 20s, you’ll go to movies, plays, art galleries, museums, and when you’re in your 80s, you’ll do the same. When our society is gone, all that people will remember is what we left behind and created — the sculptures, the art, the theater, the music and all of that. The arts will serve us extremely well as we go through life.”
Dishing with Digest - 8/30/19 - Robin Strasser(8/30/19) Robin Strasser Previews DAYS Debut (Listen / download).
Robin Strasser talks about her new role as DAYS’s Vivian, her memories of playing ANOTHER WORLD’s Rachel and ONE LIFE TO LIVE’s Dorian and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also preview the big soap stories coming for fall.
Soap Alum's Baby News(8/30/19) Rachel Kimsey (ex- Meredith, DAYS; ex-Mackenzie, Y&R) announced on social media that she is expecting her second child. The actress shared a photo of her baby bump and posted, “So, for my birthday, I decided to put in an order for something totally unique and one of a kind- but, you guys, the shipping and handling is terrible! It’s going to take 20 more weeks and I have to carry it myself! Baby Girl #2 arrives in January” Kimsey and her husband, Matthew Waterson have a daughter, Everly, born in March, 2018.
Guy Wilson on NCIS: Los Angeles 9/29/19(8/28/19) “Let Fate Decide” – Callen and Sam work with Navy Capt. Harmon Rabb, Jr. (David James Elliott) to apprehend spies aboard the USS Allegiance. Also, Hetty partners with Marine Lt. Col. Sarah “Mac” Mackenzie to neutralize a missile attack in the Middle East, and Kensi and Deeks are trapped in a mobile CIA unit in Iraq while under attack by ISIS, on the 11th season premiere of NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Sunday, Sept. 29 (9:30-10:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
GUEST CAST includes: Erik Palladino (CIA Officer Vostanik Sabatino), Alyssa Diaz (NCIS Special Agent Jasmine Garcia), Guy Wilson (Navy Gunner’s Mate Michael Skinner).
Donna D'Errico & Krista Allen 'Baywatch' Babes Targeted In $300k Dubai Scam(8/26/19) 'Baywatch' hotties Donna D'Errico and Krista Allen (ex-Billie, Days Of Our Lives) got a super sweet offer -- $300,000 to fly to Dubai and make a quick speech -- but turned out to be too good to be true ... because it was courtesy of the same scammers who tried to rip off Dog The Bounty Hunter.
Here's the deal ... reps for Donna and Krista were contacted by people purporting to be from the office of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan -- the Deputy Prime Minister of United Arab Emirates -- offering the ladies a fat payday in exchange for speaking at an economic empowerment convention for small business owners in July and rubbing elbows with dignitaries.
Donna and Krista's people got contracts emailed to them with all the deets, and it looked legit on its face ... but once the women signed, things got super sketchy.
Organizers in "Dubai" said they had difficulty wiring funds to Donna and Krista and started asking for more personal information. Huge red flag. Another catch -- organizers were asking Donna and Krista to donate half of the funds back to the organization.
Donna and Krista slowly started putting the pieces together, feeling something was off ... and they eventually got cold feet.
Fortunately for them ... the 'Baywatch' babes never gave up their personal info, dodging a huge bullet ... just like Dog.
Alison Sweeney On Why She Can't Live Without Her Peloton Bike and the Scoop on Her New Hallmark Mystery(8/24/19) (parade.com) It’s no mystery how Alison Sweeney went from daytime soap opera actress to co-creator, executive producer and star of the Hallmark series Chronicle Mysteries.
The Days of our Lives veteran wanted to step outside her role as the engaging soap opera schemer Sami Brady, and transitioned impeccably into leading productions—while still starring in them, too.
Chronicle Mysteries: The Deep End is the fourth film in Sweeney’s latest series. It premieres on Sunday, Aug. 25 at 9 p.m. on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.
This is not the first time Sweeney starred and executive produced a Hallmark movie. Other credits include the Murder She Baked franchise.
In making Chronicle, the multitasking Hollywood maven leveraged two of her personal passions: true crime and storytelling. She plays true-crime podcast host Alex McPherson. An avid fan of true crime podcasts herself, Sweeney connected with real-life podcasters to research the films and was featured on a few shows during the process.
“That’s been really fun for me,” she says.
The latest Chronicle installment centers once again on Alex and Drew Godfrey (Benjamin Ayers). Alex is tasked with proving a wife’s innocence after her husband’s murder. As for Alex’s love interest, Sweeney said the chemistry between Alex and Drew was a “slow build” in the previous movies, but fans will see it come full circle in the latest installment.
“They’ll be surprised by the emotional side of Alex that you get to see in this movie,” Sweeney says, adding that there are surprises in store.
Alex is more introverted than Sami on Days. But they’re similar because they both follow their instincts, Sweeney says.
“She [Alex] has something similar to Sami, she’s a risktaker—I really love characters like that,” Sweeney says.
Despite multiple hats to wear for Hallmark, Sweeney likes the change of pace that has come since leaving Days in 2014.
“It’s allowed me more free time to be a mom and be at home, and make a more regular schedule for myself,” says Sweeney, whose children are 14 and 10.
Fitting in Time on the Peloton
Sweeney, who gained more fame after hosting The Biggest Loser for eight years, still manages to squeeze in workouts. Lately, the Peloton bike is what helps her stay fit, as does healthy eating.
Though she admits she was afraid the bike would sit in the corner of her room as a dirty laundry rack, she uses it quite often. In fact, it’s helped her overcome the temptation do skip workouts all together when she doesn’t have a lot of time, the bike’s “presence” a reminder that a 20- or 30-minute ride can be just as successful.
“It’s really taken all of my excuses that I used to have,” she adds. “I find that this system really gives me that middle ground.”
When traveling, she uses the app to fit in other fitness classes as well.
Being fit comes with an added benefit—getting outdoors with her family. Whether it’s to hike or enjoy sports, she finds it satisfying to be able to engage with her children on that level … especially when things get competitive.
“That’s what’s fun about fitness,” Sweeney says, adding that staying active is the kind of role model she wants to be for her children.
Juicing may be a trend of the past, but Sweeney is still on board and likes eating clean. The natural energy from fruits and veggies helps her avoid artificial energy booster that cause crashes. And despite a hectic schedule, she’s still working to cut out caffeine.
Skin Cancer Safety
Her health is also front and center after undergoing skin cancer surgery this summer. Since then, Sweeney stepped into another role as an ambassador for Stand Up to Cancer. Sweeney had been involved in SU2C before, but admits she dismissed the notion of actually getting skin cancer.
“I always knew I had to be cautious,” she says, noting her fair complexion.
Ultimately, she hopes her involvement with the group inspires more people to get checked regularly. Many people take good care of themselves, but they still need professional care.
“You think you’re sort of an expert on your own body, but you’re not,” Sweeney adds.
What’s Next for Sweeney
Don’t think Sweeney will get pigeonholed from daytime schemer into mystery solver, either. She’s got a few projects on the horizon—one that includes a wartime love story. And she doesn’t have an ultimate end game or specific career aspiration in mind … she just wants to see what comes up next.
“I don’t know where these things are going to end up,” she says. It’s “fun” to be open to new things—something that never would have happened if she hadn’t left the comfort of her longtime daytime role.
“It’s fun to be open to things that are coming my way,” Sweeney adds. “I’m learning so much and getting the opportunity to be creative.”
DOOL App Series Episode 6 Preview!(8/22/19) Episode 6 of the new DOOL App series, “Chad & Abby in Paris”, will be available tomorrow on the DOOL App. For Head Writer Ron Carlivati, it’s been a fun endeavor to create an offshoot of the 53-year old network soap. “It was great,” he enthuses. “It has a different feel to it. I love the way they shot it. They were able to do it on our same sets. They made a very lovely set in Paris. Just the whole vibe of the show still feels like DAYS OF OUR LIVES, but it just has its own energy to it, which I think is great.” The concept came together after Co-Executive Producer Greg Meng approached the scribe about creating a series for the app. “They wanted some original content in addition to all of the other fun stuff they had going on there,” Carlivati explains. “He said something that would enhance your experience of watching the show, but maybe not so interconnected that you could still follow it without knowing [what was happening on air]. So we were talking about what if it was a character from Salem that maybe isn’t in Salem right now. And so we hit upon the idea of Chad and Abigail. Chad and Abigail left happy-happy, went off to Paris to work on their marriage, they’re a popular couple, let’s see what’s going on in Paris. So we had to come up with a story, but at the same time, we knew that they were coming back to Salem in November. I knew the status of their relationship when they got to Salem, so we were almost backing into that. Whatever we did in Paris had to end them at the point when we see them come to town. So again, I wanted it to be romantic — you want there to be some threat to the couple — but essentially I want to see Chad and Abigail fight it off together. I’m not looking to have you go onto this app and watch Chad and Abigail’s marriage be destroyed; I want you to come and see them maybe overcome an obstacle together. And we decided to add a familiar face, so we hit upon Austin [Peck, Austin] because it seemed to time out with Carrie’s visit to Salem.” The eighth episode, he previews, “ends on a little bit of a cliffhanger,” and Carlivati would be up for doing more. “It was a fun little challenge to do because I am used to writing an hour-long show. It was really exciting to drop in on these characters and remind the audience that there is a whole world of people there outside of Salem. And it does really open the door to do this with many different characters. There’s even possibility to use existing characters on the show and show a chapter of their lives that you never saw. The possibilities are kind of endless with it.” Catch up on the first five episodes now; if you don’t have the DOOL App, go to www.TheDoolApp.com for information about how to do it.
Vincent Irizarry Opens up About Joining THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL(8/21/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) As the fallout surrounding the baby-switch storyline continues, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL has tapped veteran daytime actor Vincent Irizarry to lend a bit more intrigue in the recurring role of Dr. Jordan Armstrong. He will first air on Monday, August 26, and for the sake of the Forrester and Logan families, let’s hope his character is more ethical than Reese, the physician who originally set this storyline in motion! Then again, considering the last doctor Irizarry played (ALL MY CHILDREN’s David Hayward) was pretty treacherous, it’s anyone’s guess what we should expect from his new role! “I’m open to whatever they throw my way. We’ll leave it at that,” teased Irizarry, who also played SANTA BARBARA doctor Scott Clark.
Though the Emmy winner is a well-established face in daytime, he starts every new character he plays with a blank slate. “Even though I’ve played a doctor before, it’s not like Jordan is going to be exactly like David, because the backstory always informs who the character is,” he said. “I never worry about having to bring something different [to my portrayal] — it all stems from who the guy is and where he comes from.”
Meanwhile, Irizarry is thrilled to be back working with former AMC colleague Thorsten Kaye (Ridge) and regularly bumping into old castmates from THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, as the soaps tape across the hall from each other. “It’s like one huge repertory company with all of these shows at this point,” he mused. “I’ve been in this medium for nearly 40 years, so I’ve worked with so many people, not only the actors on the show but also people on the crew and production throughout all these years. It’s great!”
Stay tuned to see how Jordan impacts the canvas.
Réal Andrews Books an 'Amazing' New Role!(8/21/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Congratulations to GENERAL HOSPITAL alum Réal Andrews (ex-Taggert) on booking his first role in his "Hollywood comeback!" "Audition number one booked!" he announced on Instagram. "Boom! The comeback is happening. We are one for one, booked our first audition, a really cool feature." Unfortunately, details of exactly what his role is are not yet available. "We're not allowed to share the title," the actor admitted, "with the power of social media these days. But I can tell you this, it's a really, really amazing part."
Andrews also began getting back in shape a couple months ago, dropping the pounds and putting back on the muscle, so it's a full-on transformation for the daytime vet, who has also appeared on AS THE WORLD TURNS as Walker Daniels, ALL MY CHILDREN as Agent Trumbull, and DAYS OF OUR LIVES as Hal Michaels. Of course, GH fans remember him fondly as Detective Marcus Taggart, the role he played from 1998-2003. "So grateful to my amazing agent, Paula Benard at Embrace Real Artists, and my buddy, Maurice Benard (Sonny, GH), for his support and coaching," the actor added. "A special shout out to all of you for support and prayers. Next, on to the next audition."
And sure enough, the following day, the dedicated performer shared a photo of his new script pages from VisionFire Films perched on his workout equipment so he could study his lines while at the gym! "Working on my next two auditions," he revealed.
Naturally, we'll keep you updated as Andrews releases any further details about his upcoming projects, so you can be sure to watch him back in action! And for more on your favorite GH stars — past and present — keep reading the ABC edition of Soaps In Depth magazine.
Inside Salem - 8/19/19 - Eric Martsolf, Camila Banus, Galen Gering(8/19/19) (Listen / download) Eric Martsolf Talks About How Often He Suspends His Disbelief for Storylines; Camila Banus Joins Galen Gering in His Dressing Room.
Eric Martsolf talks about how often he suspends his disbelief for storylines and looks back on Brady's long list of exes. Then, in two can't-miss clips, "Nicole" and Brady hit the sheets and "Nicole" and Gabi get in a catfight. And later, we go behind the scenes to Galen Gering's dressing room with Camila Banus.
Stacy Haiduk Previews What's Next for Kristen on DAYS OF OUR LIVES(8/13/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) As if taking over the role of DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ Kristen wasn’t challenging enough, Stacy Haiduk has also been turning in convincing performances as the supervixen impersonating Nicole in the moments before removing her oh-so-convincing mask. Recently, the soap-hopper has also been playing wackadoodle Susan Banks and Kristen pretending to be both Susan and her sister, Sister Mary Moira. Got all that?
“I prayed. I literally went to the heavens and the universe and was like, ‘Okay, I really want to go back to DAYS,’” Haiduk confided to Soaps In Depth of the months leading up to this demanding return engagement. “I’ve had such a blast with these characters and the cast and the crew… I’m thrilled to be back.” To viewers, the alumna of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS (as Patty and Emily) and ALL MY CHILDREN (as Hannah) appears to switch effortlessly between all of her DAYS personas, but she admits that when it comes to channeling other people’s characters, there is some tricky technicality to it. “You have to remember certain physical things that an actor will do or does,” she explained. “It gets a little complicated, but actually, it’s so much fun!”
Kristen hit a speed bump in her scheme to remain presumed dead upon parting ways with her cohort, Xander. “When she got the mask back from him, their alliance was done,” Haiduk reflected. “A lot of that is because neither one of them trusts the other at all.” Worse yet, the mercenary is now in a position to become her nemesis! “He’ll hold all the cards because he can go to the cops if he wants to,” Haiduk suggested, “and say, ‘You know, I’ve been working with this person, and she’s really Kristen DiMera!’” However, much like Gone With The Wind heroine Scarlett O’Hara, that’s something she’d rather think about tomorrow. Right now, the schemer’s got other irons in the fire to worry about, like ousting her father’s son, Stefan, from DiMera Enterprises. For someone who holds family in high regard, doesn’t that seem disloyal? “Kristen doesn’t like Stefan in a lot of ways,” Haiduk observed. And besides, “they’re not blood-related because Kristen is adopted.”
No matter what transpires with the business, the No. 1 item on Kristen’s agenda remains winning Brady back. But how long can she keep on impersonating Nicole to do it? “Kristen, in her wonderful, sick mind, believes that one day, she’s going to be able to reveal to Brady [her true identity],” the actress theorized, “and that he’ll still love her. Honestly, it’s so bizarre!”
But with folks in Salem starting to grow suspicious and her plans fast unraveling, Kristen is understandably starting to panic. Haiduk admitted her alter ego is feeling frazzled. Yet “she still tries to keep it together and always tries to find a way to make it work for her. But yes,” she admitted, “little by little, she’s falling apart, and it’s not good. I’ll tell you that!”
Facebook Q&A with Sal Stowers and Lamon Archey | Days of Our Lives(8/11/19) Sal Stowers and Lamon Archey Q&A: Video.
Daytime Emmys to Combine Younger Actress and Actor Awards Into One Gender Neutral-Category in 2020(8/9/19) The Daytime Emmys in 2020 will combine the Outstanding Younger Actress and Outstanding Younger Actor awards into one gender-neutral category, our sister site Variety reports.
The National Academy of Television Arts (NATAS) is also expected to announce that coinciding with that change, the new category will include performers from both broadcast dramas and digital series.
The Daytime Emmys already keep things gender-neutral with its Outstanding Special Guest Performer category.
The young performer categories first debuted at the 1985 Daytime Emmys, at which time they were named the Outstanding Ingenue and Outstanding Young Man awards; Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren, The Young and the Restless) and Brian Bloom (Dusty, As the World Turns) were the inaugural winners. The gender-specific categories were later renamed Outstanding Juvenile Female and Outstanding Juvenile Male, before eventually adopting the Younger Actress and Younger Actor titles.
In 2012, the criteria for the two categories was tweaked, requiring that the nominated performer be aged 25 or younger.
This year’s winners in the separate categories were Hayley Erin (Kiki, General Hospital) and Kyler Pettis (Theo, Days of Our Lives).
The Television Critics Association Awards, held every August, are among the TV-industry accolades that similarly have gender-neutral categories (e.g. Individual Achievement in Comedy).
Matt Cedeño Joins AMBITIONS(8/6/19) Soap vet Matt Cedeño (ex-Brandon, DAYS et al) joins the cast of OWN’s sizzling summer sudser AMBITIONS, making his first appearance in tonight’s episode. The actor recurs as Ignacio DeSantos, heir to a textiles conglomerate who crosses paths with up-and-coming fashion designer Bella. Suffice to say, sparks fly. “I think that’s sort of the nature of soaps; you put a bunch of attractive people in a room and see what happens,” chuckles Cedeño. “Ignacio is a dynamic character. He lives a very unique and extravagant lifestyle, and it’s been great getting to explore him.” For more on the actor and his new role, check out our “Catching Up With…” in an upcoming issue of Soap Opera Digest. For more on AMBITIONS, check out www.oprah.com/app/ambitions.html
Inside Salem - 8/5/19 - Stacy Haiduk, Matt Ashford and Melissa Reeves(8/5/19) (Listen / download) Stacy Haiduk Talks About Kristin's Latest Stunts; Matt Ashford and Melissa Reeves Look Back on Recent Scenes.
Stacy Haiduk takes a break from playing three different roles to talk about Kristin's latest stunts. Then, in two can't-miss clips, Susan pulls a gun on Susan and Gabi holds all the cards. And later, Matt Ashford and Melissa Reeves look back at recent scenes, including the moment Eve shattered Jack's chance at a future.
Ashley Benson, Cara Delevingne tie the knot in Elvis-themed Vegas wedding(8/4/19) Cara Delevingne and Ashley Benson are officially married, RadarOnline.com can report.
According to the Sun on Sunday, the supermodel and her Pretty Little Liars girlfriend celebrated their nuptials in an Elvis-themed wedding at the Little Vegas Chapel in Las Vegas Boulevard.
Very few guests, including Charlize Theron, The Jonas Brothers and Sophie Turner were in attendance as the brides, both dressed in black, exchanged vows. Following the ceremony, the newlyweds had a brief photoshoot in a pink Cadillac.
“They were sure about what they are doing and they were sure about what they mean to each other,” Michael Kelly, who owns the chapel, told the British publication. “They were clearly devoted to each other and they had the biggest smiles on their faces.
He continued, “You could see that they were serious about what they were doing but having the most fun. They wanted it simple, quiet and easy.”
As Us Weekly reported, suspicions of Benson and Delevingne’s romance arose when the two were seen kissing at London’s Heathrow airport in August 2018 and later that year leaving Kylie Jenner’s birthday party together.
The couple, however, officially confirmed their relationship with a steamy make-out video during pride month.
The supermodel later told E! News she decided to share the clip in honour of the Stonewall Riots’ 50th anniversary and of her own anniversary with Benson!
The lovebirds have since been spotted enjoying a romantic trip to St. Tropez.
Wes Ramsey Opens up About His Sexy New Movie, 'Perception'(8/2/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Trailer) Congratulations to GENERAL HOSPITAL actor Wes Ramsey (Peter), whose new film, Perception, is being released on iTunes and all VOD platforms on Tuesday, August 6! "It's the performance I've waited my whole life to give," he confided to Soaps In Depth. "A character I always believed was in me. And once it was out… I'm really proud of it." Shot in Ramsey's hometown of Louisville, KY, the thriller was filmed shortly before the actor joined the cast of GH.
Directed by Ilana Rein and co-written by Rein and Brian Smith, Perception centers around Ramsey’s character of Daniel, a struggling real estate developer who must evict Nina (Meera Rohit Kumbhani), a small-time psychic struggling to provide for her young son. But when she offers him a free reading and senses the spirit of his dead wife, Daniel becomes obsessed with reconnecting with his lost love. Both he and Nina must decide how far they’ll go to get what they want, and the spirit might also have plans of her own in this supernatural thriller!
In addition to playing Peter August on GH, Ramsey has also been moonlighting in some independent feature films like Two Pictures and Last Seen in Idaho. While Perception premiered back at the DTLA Film Festival back in October of 2018, the actor is excited everyone will finally get to see the movie. "I'm happy it found distribution and that it's going to be able to be seen," he enthused. "When you make a movie, you don't know if it's going to take one year to come out or six months or two years. You just hope that it doesn't get blown off or put on a shelf and that it finds a home.
"The fact that right after I completed the movie was when I began the process of auditioning and screen-testing and ending up on contract at GH," Ramsey added, "it's nice to now, two years later, be able to use my Port Charles family and community to help me support the release of this film that I'm really proud of. And everyone's excited about it." Check out this steamy trailer!
Kyle Lowder Announces He Is Leaving DAYS OF OUR LIVES(8/2/19) It's official — Kyle Lowder is leaving DAYS OF OUR LIVES where he as been playing Rex Brady since October of 2018. "One more week!" the actor declared on Instagram. "Man, this has been fun. So grateful to have returned over the past year to the place where it all started for me, almost two decades ago. This show, and everyone associated with it, both in front of and behind the camera, will always be very special to me.
"My most sincere and heartfelt appreciation to the powers that be at DAYS and NBC," he continued. "And of course, to all of you, the fans, for your unbridled love and enthusiasm. You remind me every single day of why I truly love what I do. Farewell, and thank you."
Lowder got his big break on DAYS when he played Brady Black from 2000-05. Following that, he joined the cast of CBS sudser THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL in 2007 as a recast Rick Forrester and remained there until 2011. In 2018, the actor made his return to DAYS, but since Brady Black was now being played by Eric Martsolf, the soap instead cast him as the new Rex Brady instead!
Lowder has also recently filmed the TV movie A Mermaid for Christmas, so fans can look forward to seeing him in that. And who knows, Rex could still return to Salem at some point in the future. In the world of daytime, you never know! Stay tuned to see how Rex's story comes to an end, and for more DAYS casting news, keep reading Soaps In Depth magazine.
Meet The Stars Of DAYS!(8/2/19) Ten stars from DAYS are visiting Houston, TX for a special fan event on Saturday, August 10 at Memorial City Mall. This complimentary event, set for 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., for will offer fans the chance to meet and greet Salem’s favorite cast members during autograph signings, a trivia challenge and much more. Scheduled to attend are Lamon Archey (Eli), Matthew Ashford (Jack), Camila Banus (Gabi), Linsey Godfrey (Sarah), Deidre Hall (Marlena), Drake Hogestyn (John), Lauren Koslow (Kate), Melissa Reeves (Jennifer), Sal Stowers (Lani) and Paul Telfer (Xander). Early arrival is encouraged; event will take place adjacent to the Xfinity Fireplace. Be sure to download the DOOL App in the App Store and on Google Play!
DOOL App Series Launches(8/2/19) DAYS OF OUR LIVES: THE DIGITAL SERIES launched today on the DOOL App. The eight-episode arc, written by Head Writer Ron Carlivati and titled, “Chad and Abby in Paris”, chronicles what the popular duo has been up to since leaving Salem. The series also features fan-fave Austin Peck, who reprises the role of Austin. The episodes range from 6-to-10 minutes, and are available on the NBC app and NBC.com one week after streaming on the DOOL App. Kate Mansi and Billy Flynn, whose alter egos, Chad and Abigail, will also be returning to Salem later this year, were excited to be a part of the new venture. “When I knew I was coming back to DAYS, the timing worked out really well,” Mansi recalls. “Greg’s idea was, ‘Why don’t we have it take place in Paris so that the fans can have a little glimpse into Chad and Abigail’s life and have a little exciting taste of what that life was like before they come back?’ It’s been so much fun.” Adds Flynn, “It was pitched to sort of be like a spin-off in a sense of what Chad and Abigail were doing off canvas. It would follow them to line up with where the show is right now and the die-hard ‘Chabby’ fans have something to watch until we get back on the canvas. I thought it was a really clever idea, and it’s always cool to have a new story. I thought it was really well-written. Obviously, to do something that involves the fans and build some excitement is great. I was on board.” As for what viewers can expect, Mansi explains, “It’s a really nice bridge in breaking with the tone and the formality of the daytime genre, but still rooted in that familiarity of the characters and grounded in everything that DAYS is about. Albert [Alarr, co-executive producer] directed the first episode. I’ll never forget him walking toward us when Billy and I finished and he had such elation on his face. It was really cool to see everybody so excited and on board with this new, fresh take. And it’s in Paris! What could be better?” Visit TheDOOLApp.com. now to download.
Jen Lilley Welcomes a Beautiful Baby Girl(8/2/19) (Video) Congratulations to Jen Lilley on the birth of her beautiful baby girl Julie Evangeline! The actress, who DAYS OF OUR LIVES fans know as Theresa and GENERAL HOSPITAL viewers remember as Maxie, welcomed the bundle of joy into the world with her husband, Jason Wayne, on July 30, 2019, at 7:10 a.m.. Little Julie weighed in at six pounds, eight ounces, and measured 19 inches. "She's here!" Lilley exclaimed on Instagram when she announced the happy news.
The parents had already settled on the name Julie back when they first went public with the pregnancy announcement back in March. They already have two sons who they took in as foster children, and have already finalized the adoption of the older boy. They are still working on the adoption process for his younger brother.
Lilley shared a short video that shows her entering the hospital and going through labor with her loving husband at her side, followed by the actual birth and then mother and father's first moments of skin-to-skin contact with their newborn baby girl.
Soaps InDepth Podcast - 7/29/19 - Tough Love(7/29/19) (Listen / download) On this week’s episode of the Soaps In Depth podcast, hosts Charlie and Richard dish out a little bit of tough love to their soaps. What changes would they like to see made to GENERAL HOSPITAL, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS and DAYS OF OUR LIVES? Tune in to find out… then let them know what changes you’d like to see made.
Hogestyn & Stewart Married(7/28/19) Ben Hogestyn (ex-Lucas, GH) tied the knot with Danica Stewart (ex-Jessica, PASSIONS; ex-Maxie, GH) yesterday. Ben’s father, Drake Hogestyn (John, DAYS) posted a wedding shot on Twitter, enthusing, “Woohoo Ben!! Congratulations Son…and WELCOME TO THE FAMILY Danica! We love you!” In the beachside pic, Drake’s daughters Alexandra, Whitney and Rachael, are standing under the canopy with the bride and groom, performing the ceremony. Drake later posted a short video from the reception, adding, “Cheers to the first page of an amazing new chapter in your life kids! Let the party begin…” Congratulations to the happy couple!
Dishing with Digest - 7/26/19 - Brandon Barash(7/26/19) (Listen / download) Brandon Barash (Stefan) Talks About DAYS, GH And Fatherhood.
DAYS's Brandon Barash (Stefan) chats about his Salem present, his Port Charles past, raising daughter Harper and more with Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also talk about casting popular vets in new roles.
Danica McKellar’s ‘Matchmaker Mysteries’ Kicks Off Production, Adds Bruce Boxleitner And Victor Webster(7/26/19) The Danica McKellar project Matchmaker Mysteries from executive producer Patti Stanger of Millionaire Matchmaker fame has officially started production in Ottawa. The latest addition to Hallmark Movies & Mysteries has also added Bruce Boxleitner (Supergirl, NCIS) and Victor Webster (Younger, Continuum) andto the cast.
In Matchmaker Mysteries, McKellar stars as Angie Dove, host of a popular Philadelphia-based reality show dedicated to helping single people find their soulmates. Soon after one of her couples gets engaged on TV, the bride-to-be is murdered. The eligible bachelor Angie proclaimed as her perfect match is arrested as the prime suspect. Wanting to clear her client’s name, Angie uses all her matchmaking skills to evaluate the character and integrity of the suspects and cleverly gets them to reveal the truth about themselves. Not shy, she’ll sweet-talk her way into a crime scene, face-off with a bouncer at a hot nightclub or even endure a dental exam to interrogate a key witness. Boxleitner joins the cast as Angie’s dad, Nick Colomba, a retired detective who is always on hand to give his daughter advice and support – both in life and in her amateur investigation. Webster will star as Kyle Cooper, a by-the-book detective who isn’t thrilled that Angie is launching her own investigation. Much to his chagrin, he can’t help but admit when she’s unearthed valuable information that helps move the case forward.
Inside Salem - 7/22/19 - Brandon Barash, Freddie Smith, Maria O'Brien(7/23/19) (Listen / download) Brandon Barash Dishes on What It's Like Playing Stefan; Freddie Smith Talks with DAYS' On-Set Acting Coach, Maria O'Brien
Brandon Barash dishes on what it's like playing Stefan and what he really thinks of those sexy Gabi scenes. Then, in two can't-miss clips, Claire says goodbye to Ben and Ciara, and Stefan is framed. Later, Freddie Smith goes behind the scenes to talk to DAYS' on-set acting coach, Maria O'Brien.
‘SEAL Team’: Jamie McShane & Rudy Dobrev To Recur On Season 3(7/23/19) Bloodline and The Passage alum Jamie McShane and Rudy Dobrev (ex-Juan, Days of Our Lives) are set for recurring roles on the upcoming third season of military drama series SEAL Team.
Starring David Boreanaz, SEAL Team follows the professional and personal lives of the most elite unit of Navy SEALs as they train, plan and execute the most dangerous missions that our country can ask of them.
McShane will play Captain Lindell, a hard charging leader who’s dedicated to bringing a new generation of operational adaptability to the Navy’s Tier One Command, and feels no allegiance to how things have been done in the past. Dobrev will portray Filip, a tough, capable field agent for Serbia’s SIA. Having lived through multiple horrific wars in his homeland, Filip is a world-weary man who is dedicated to preventing the eruption of war again. Equally comfortable in the field or calling the plays from the sidelines, Filip runs covert intel recon with Mandy (Jessica Paré) to provide targeting information for Bravo Team in Serbia.
Max Thieriot, Neil Brown Jr., AJ Buckley, Toni Trucks, Jessica Paré and Judd Lormand also star.
John Glenn, Christopher Chulack, Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly executive produce. SEAL Team is produced by CBS TV Studios.
McShane was most recently a series regular on Fox’s drama The Passage, opposite Mark Paul Gosselaar. Prior to that, he was a regular on Netflix’s Bloodline and also co-starred on USA’s limited series Unsolved chronicling the murders of Tupac and Notorious B.I.G. McShane is repped by Paradigm and Trademark Talent.
Dobrev’s recent TV credits include guest-starring roles on NCIS: Los Angeles, Counterpart and Madam Secretary. On the big screen, he appeared in Megan Leavey. Dobrev is repped by Kerner Management Associates.
Days of Our Lives Alum Shannon Sturges Shares Journey from Soap Opera Star to Acting Coach(7/21/19) (people.com) As the daughter of actors Colette Jackson and Solomon Sturges IV, and the grandchild of director Preston Sturges, Shannon Sturges quickly found her way in Hollywood.
“When I booked my first two auditions, I recognized how unusual that was,” the actress, 51, tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “It’s like, ‘Okay, I’m going to be famous!’ “
A guest turn on Doogie Howser, M.D. gave way to her breakout role on NBC’s Days of Our Lives from 1991-92.
“I remember meeting somebody, and they started crying when they met me,” Sturges recalls of her early days of fame. “And I was like, ‘Wow!’ They were so excited that this person from their shows, from their stories, had shown up in their life.”
Sturges then married graphic designer Michael Kelley in 1993 and continued her soap opera run with NBC’s Passions and The WB’s short-lived drama Savannah, also starring Blake Lively‘s older sister Robyn, with whom she’s remained close.
“Once I ran into Robyn and I was with one of my sons, and she was with some of her children,” the mother of two remembers. “We just started screaming and squealing and my son was like, ‘Who was that woman?’ I was like, ‘That’s like my sister.’ “
But the uncertainty of an actor’s schedule, along with some encouragement from her lifelong acting coach, eventually led Sturges to teach.
“I discovered that’s really what I was meant to do,” says Sturges, who now owns the Speiser/Sturges Acting Studio in Los Angeles.
Though Sturges doesn’t see herself back on television anytime soon, one of her students — Vanderpump Rules star Lala Kent — managed to get her back on the small screen when Bravo filmed a lesson with Kent, 29, and Scheana Shay for a January episode of the reality series.
“I wasn’t familiar, really, with Vanderpump Rules, although I have students who work the door at TomTom,” Sturges says. “So when they came I thought, ‘I know what these girls need to learn. I know what they need to work on. I know what makes good television.’ So that’s why I took them through some sense memory exercises.”
The scene somehow ended up with the Vanderpump Rules ladies faking orgasms. But no matter, Sturges says, “I really believe I have the best job ever.”
Dot-Marie Jones, Eugene Cordero, Ron Funches Join ‘Golden Arm’(7/18/19) Indie comedy Golden Arm has rounded out its cast with Dot-Marie Jones (Glee, Modern Family), Eugene Cordero (Kong: Skull Island, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates), Ron Funches (Undateable, New Girl) as well as Dawn Luebbe (HBO’s High Maintenance), Ahmed Bharoocha (Adult Swim’s Dream Corp LLC), and Olivia Rose Stambouliah (Soul Mates, The Walking Dead). They join previously announced stars Mary Holland and Betsy Sodaro. Maureen Bharoocha is directing the film, which is currently before cameras in Oklahoma. The buddy comedy follows a tough lady trucker who trains her timid best friend to compete in the National Ladies Arm Wrestling Championship. Jones will play Big Sexy, the rough-and-tumble mentor who puts her trainees through a rigorous schooling in order to create a winner. Cordero is Greg, an MLB ref who – in the off-season – refs the National Ladies Arm Wrestling Tournament. Funches will portray Carl, the crass MC of the National Ladies Arm Wrestling Tournament, who loves his job a little too much and for all the wrong reasons. The script is by writing duo Ann Marie Allison and Jenna Milly. Geeta Bajaj of The Unicorn is producing the film with executive producers Russell Wayne Groves and Jane Fleming and Mark Ordesky of Court Five.
DAYS' Paul Tefler Reveals Why it's Good to be Bad(7/18/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) When first presented to Scottish actor Paul Telfer, DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ Xander was described as a “charming psychopath.” However, Telfer relates the villain more to girl-crazy cartoon character Pepé Le Pew and also, “Wile E. Coyote because he’s always going after things that he thinks he wants like Nicole or being CEO of Titan Industries. He has this big, garish goal that he’s chafing for, but I always wonder: If he were to ever actually get any of these things, would he be satisfied?”
Telfer enjoys the fact that no matter what the mercenary character is up to, he definitely draws attention. “I’m like the cat among the pigeons, poking everybody in the ribs, pointing out their hypocrisy and generally causing trouble,” the actor laughed. And whether it’s flashing a Cheshire-cat grin or merely arching an eyebrow in an unexpected moment, Telfer is keeping everyone on their toes while prolonging what could’ve been just a short run for his alter ego. “If I can take a strong angle on the material that hopefully either surprises or amuses The Powers That Be, then [that can result in] a really fun role,” the actor mused. “I feel so lucky that that’s what happened with Xander because he’s changed and become more fun and enjoyable as opposed to being just a menacing character as we’ve gone along.”
During his last visit, the baddie was instrumental in bringing a presumed-dead Jack back to town. This time, he’s again traded in shock and awe by kidnapping Holly and helping Kristen keep Ted and Kate prisoner. But will this new effort help him pursue his own goals? Or is there another motive at play? “He could be romantic and a hero,” his portrayer suggested. “He could do nice things for the right person but not necessarily for the right reasons.”
Ashley Benson really wants to be an Olsen twin(7/17/19) Ashley Benson wishes her name was Ashley Olsen.
The “Pretty Little Liars” actress, 29, gushed to Women’s Wear Daily about her love for Mary-Kate and Ashley, admitting she’s “obsessed” with the famous sisters.
“I think I’m an Olsen twin,” she told the outlet. “I try to find out where they are at all times in New York. This is so weird and stalker-ish — I know a few places where they hang out so I go there to see if they’re there — I’ve never had luck yet.”
However, the actress isn’t just hanging out trying to grab a drink with the mysterious twins. Like most fans of MK&A, Benson counts the sisters as her style muses, and is angling for a sunglasses collaboration between her Privé Revaux brand and the Olsens’ luxury label, The Row.
“I’m obsessed with their clothes, their lines, if I could do a collaboration with them — which would never happen — it would be my dream. They are my fashion icons.”
While Benson said she also saved photos of Rihanna to her mood board, it’s the Olsens that spark the most inspiration when it comes to her personal style. “The fall is my favorite time because I can dress like the Olsens and do oversize coats and accessorize with jewelry,” she said.
Perhaps now that her obsession is out in the open, Benson’s girlfriend Cara Delevingne can set her up with Mary-Kate and Ashley.
Irizarry Joins B&B(7/17/19) Daytime Emmy winner Vincent Irizarry is joining the cast of The Bold and the Beautiful as Dr. Jordan Armstrong, TVInsider.com reports.
Irizarry makes his debut on the CBS soap on Monday, Aug. 26, and will play a pivotal role in the baby Beth/baby Phoebe storyline.
Irizarry’s many daytime credits include Days of Our Lives, The Young and the Restless, One Life to Live, All My Children (for which he won a Daytime Emmy in 2009), Santa Barbara and Guiding Light.
Thaao Penghlis Reveals When He'll Be Back on DAYS OF OUR LIVES(7/15/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Although not currently appearing on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, soap vets Thaao Penghils and Leann Hunley attended the 2019 Daytime Emmy Awards to support their castmates. But the actor shared a photo of them on the red carpet on Instagram where he revealed that they’d soon be back in Salem! “Thank you all from Leann and myself for your continued support,” he wrote. “We had a great time celebrating DAYS and its nominees. You will see us on the screen in July. But is it Tony or Andre?” And then on July 15, he updated fans by tweeting: "See you on the 26th July."
Hunley originated the role of Anna DiMera back in 1982, and played her on and off over the years. Her most recent appearance was back in February of 2018 after she’d been a prime suspect in the murder of Andre DiMera. Of course, the real question is the one that Penghlis posed, which is which of his two characters will he be playing this time around? Tony DiMera died back in 2009, and Andre died more recently, in 2018, and the actor portrayed both of his dual roles in the March, 2019, episode when Marlena found herself encountering familiar faces during a near-death experience.
It’s easy enough to bring Anna back onto the canvas, but will Tony or Andre be appearing as visions or ghosts? Or might one of them be coming back from the dead? Resurrection is more common in Salem than most places, so you’re just going to have to stay tuned and find out what happens!
Dishing with Digest - 7/12/19 - Martha Madison(7/12/19) (Listen / download) Martha Madison (Belle) Opens Up About DAYS Comings And Goings.
Martha Madison talks about her past and present with DAYS, her big move to Texas and more with Digest¹s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also reflect on the legacy of PASSIONS, which recently marked 20 years since its debut.
Arianne Zucker Previews Kristen's Next Wild Move on DAYS OF OUR LIVES(7/12/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Just when you thought you’d seen Arianne Zucker play every plot under the sun as Nicole Walker on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, now the talented star is playing Kristen pretending to be Nicole! Watching the actress strut her stuff as the vixen who perceives her usual character as a rival for Brady’s affections will be interesting because, as Zucker observed to Soaps In Depth, “There are some odd similarities between Kristen and Nicole. It’s just that the way they go about things is different.”
Might we see shades of Kristen’s past behavior with Brady’s dad, John? Zucker said yes! Kristen is operating, she explains, from a place of “this unbelievably crazy obsession but also this huge amount of desire for love.”
But can she really reclaim the guy she wants by posing as his former love? And how convincing can she really be as Nicole, given how well she is known in Salem? An inebriated Maggie was the first to get a hint that Kristen is alive and likely won't be the last. “Just the mere chance that Maggie might have seen her and could have been sober enough to remember [is a problem],” Zucker offered. “But Kristen is a master manipulator… she has to cover her tracks.”
Besides, there are other ducks to get in a row while pretending to be Nicole, including Eric, the current man in her life. Will she sabotage their relationship in order to move “Nicole” forward with Brady? Zucker says to look out: Kristen is gonna “keep people where they need to be in order to get where she wants to go!"
Olivia Rose Keegan Says Goodbye to DAYS OF OUR LIVES(7/11/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Claire Brady said farewell to her friends and family in Salem in the July 9 episode, and in real life, portrayer Olivia Rose Keegan said goodbye to DAYS OF OUR LIVES on social media with a couple pics and a video from her last day on the set. "Dear DAYS," she shared. "Thank you for the best four years of my life. To everyone who watches the show, I cannot thank you enough for sticking with Claire through the good, bad, and bat****. Reading everyone's comments/tweets this past week as been the most overwhelmingly amazing thing — it means more than you know.
"I also owe a huge thank you to the DAYS writers for giving me an opportunity to dig my nails into some fascinating material with this past storyline," Keegan continued, "as well as shine a light onto mental health awareness. It would be too difficult to explain how much I love every single person in my DAYS family. It was a four year dream. I met lifelong friends, learned an infinite amount, and simply loved every minute of it. Farewell from Salem's newest pyro!"
Keegan's on-screen parents wished their TV daughter well in her future career. "You're incredible and lovely and hilarious and kind and sweet and amazing times infinity!" expressed Martha Madison (Belle). Brandon Beemer (Shawn-Douglas) chimed in with "You're a super special human." Victoria Konefal (Ciara) also got in on the love-fest. "My little pyro niece!" she commented. "Salem will never be the same. Love you to pieces, and one of those dangly stars is still in the hallway so you're always with us. Also, you're always in my heart without the dangly star. You are a star. The star of our lives."
Inside Salem - 7/8/19 - Lauren Koslow, Paul Telfer, Stacy Haiduk(7/8/19) (Listen / download) Lauren Koslow Talks About Kate Putting the Nicole/Kristen Puzzle Together; Paul Telfer Joins Stacy Haiduk in Her Dressing Room
Lauren Koslow talks about Kate putting together the Nicole/Kristen puzzle and her influence on Kate's distinct fashion sense. Then in two can't-miss clips, Kate asks too many questions and Hope begs for her daughter's life. And later, join Paul Telfer and Stacy Haiduk in her dressing room to hear how they help each other out in between scenes.
Soaps InDepth Podcast - 7/8/19 - Summer Preview & Predictions(7/8/19) (Listen / download) If there’s one thing Soaps In Depth editors Richard and Charlie love more than previewing what’s to come on your favorite soaps (which they’ll do this week), it’s predicting what they hope will happen (which they’re also going to do). Get a glimpse of what’s to come, whether on the air or in their imaginations, and then weigh in with your own predictions, all this week!
Brandon Barash Opens up About Taking Over as Stefan on DAYS OF OUR LIVES(7/4/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Forget what you’d concluded about DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ Stefan O. DiMera. His current portrayer, Brandon Barash, is making the character his own. “Reading it on the page, you can certainly infer that Stefan is evil or that he’s out to take what is rightfully his and screw everybody that gets in his way,” the actor suggested to Soaps In Depth. “But that guy is just not interesting to watch for me.”
Rather, what drew the former star of GENERAL HOSPITAL (where he played bad boy Johnny Zacchara) back to daytime was the opportunity to play Stefan’s duality. “He can be one way with one person in a certain situation and another way with somebody different,” his portrayer observed. “He can also be two very different people with the same person, as you’re kind of seeing with Gabi. As an actor, you have to go deeper, and that’s where I really start to enjoy myself and geek out.”
While all of that makes Stefan’s response to any given situation unpredictable, Barash said that his human nature makes him relatable. “Stefan is an orphan, and one of his driving forces is wanting to have the family experience,” the actor mused. “Even if he sometimes doesn’t want to believe that, or thinks that he’s tough and doesn’t need a relationship or a family to define who he is, Stefan absolutely does crave it.”
To that end, both of the women in the CEO’s life — single moms Chloe and Gabi — have the potential to fill that void, but in unique ways. “Chloe would be a great partner for him because she represents the maternal side: what he’s always kind of longed for [and lost after Vivian was presumed dead],” Barash observed. “On the other side of that coin is Gabi, who’d be a great fit for him because together, they really feel that they could conquer the world and accomplish whatever they want as far as business goes. And there’s fire between them, for sure!
However, while Chloe’s feelings for Stefan come from a place of gratitude and friendship, Gabi’s stem from intense disdain for the fact that he helped put her in prison for a crime she didn’t commit. In fact, she’s been seducing Stefan (as a favor to Brady) in an attempt to ruin his relationship with Chloe, while at the same time, succumbing to the genuine, if very unexpected, chemistry that they share.
Whichever lady winds up winning the heart of the DiMera heir might do well to remember his gene pool, lest he turn out to be a chip off the ol’ block! “There’s a different, more selfless side that’s woken up when you first make eye contact with your child, who is depending on you for everything,” Barash suggested. “Maybe if Stef were to become a father, that instinct would awaken in him, but I think he would struggle with it.
“It comes more naturally to me,” he concluded, “than it would to him.”
Soaps InDepth Podcast - 7/1/19 - The Worst Kept Secret in Daytime(7/1/19) (Listen / download) By now, half the canvas knows the truth about Hope’s baby on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL... and Thomas has committed some absolutely atrocious acts in order to keep it under wraps. Has Thomas gone too far... or can he be redeemed? Richard and Charlie discuss why the time is now to give Hope back her baby, and some of the most notorious characters in daytime to ever be redeemed. (We're looking at you, DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ Ben and GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Franco!) All this, plus listener mail and calls!
Talk Show Appearance(6/28/19) The Talk – CBS
Tuesday, July 2
actress Sofia Pernas (CBS’ BLOOD & TREASURE); actress Alison Sweeney guest co-hosts (n)
NATAS Exec Revamp Includes Changes For Daytime Emmys(6/28/19) The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is realigning some of its executive structure, the organization said Thursday, moves designed to consolidate oversight of planning and producing its shows including the Daytime Emmy Awards.
The moves include David Michaels exiting as SVP of Daytime Emmy Awards & Events and executive producer of the Daytime Emmys, a post he has held for nearly five years, and come after NATAS launched a probe last summer when the four network daytime dramas in a rare show of unity threatened to boycott the Daytime Emmys unless structural changes were made.
Steve Ulrich, the former NBC Sports exec who since 2010 has overseen administration of the Sports Emmy Awards, will now move to the newly created role of SVP Production & Events. He will oversee overseeing the planning and production of the Daytime, Sports, News & Documentary, and Technology & Engineering Emmy ceremonies, along with the the National Student Production Awards announcement and other NATAS programs and events.
In addition, Lisa Armstrong, who joined NATAS in February, will become Director, Production & Events.
Among the soaps’ demands last year during the boycott threat was for NATAS to “hire a team, separate from the competition executive(s), to produce and executive produce the actual awards show” after questions arose about voting and accounting practices and the way the competition is held.
The organization said the new structure will create greater independence and differentiation between the production of the Emmy ceremonies and the top-level administration of the competitions.
“This realignment allows our leadership team to think more strategically across all our programs as we work to serve this growing audience,” Adam Sharp, who took over as president and CEO in November, said today. “Further, it builds on efforts initiated last year to strengthen confidence in the Emmy Awards process by responding to concerns raised regarding common oversight of awards administration and production.”
Sharp also noted audience growth for NATAS events like the Daytime and Sports Emmys, both of which have seen boosts in social media viewership. The Daytime Emmys streamed live in May on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and emmyonline.tv.
Alison Sweeney Reveals Her Skin Cancer Diagnosis(6/27/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Daytime star Alison Sweeney (Sami, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) has announced her skin cancer diagnosis on social media in the hopes of inspiring others to be more vigilant about getting themselves checked out. "So, I just got off the phone with my dermatologist," she reported in a caption with a makeup-free selfie. "Kind of a bummer, but turns out I need to have a small bump removed from my nose that came up positive for skin cancer.
"She assured me that we caught it early and I just wanted to share her advice," Sweeney continued. "Check your skin for any noticeable changes and ask your doctor about it! Even if it seems like nothing, let an expert decide. Early detection of skin cancer gives you the greatest chance for successful skin cancer treatment and prevents it from developing into something more complicated. And of course, use sunscreen (which I do!)."
Sweeney is currently in the midst of another stint on DAYS as Sami Brady, the role she began playing back in 1993. The actress is also starring as Alex McPherson in the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries series of The Chronicle Mysteries films. Thankfully, she had the bump checked out early enough that it can easily be removed so she can get right back to work, and the doctor's advice she shared is good advice for everyone.
Inside Salem - 6/24/19 - Chandler Massey, Rob Scott Wilson, Victoria Konefal(6/24/19) (Listen / download) Chandler Massey Talks About Shooting His Crossing-Over Scenes; Rob Scott Wilson and Victoria Konefal Comment On Their Plan to Expose Claire
Chandler Massey talks about shooting his crossing-over scenes and reflects on Will's place as an LGBT character in Daytime. In two can't-miss clips, Ciara finally learns the truth and Will overcomes his brain tumor. Rob Scott Wilson and Victoria Konefal offer up their commentary on the plan to expose Claire.
Soaps InDepth Podcast - 6/24/19 - The Stories Soaps Should Be Telling(6/24/19) The Stories Soaps Should Be Telling (Listen / download).
This week, Charlie and Richard discuss the hot-button topics which soaps of the past turned into major storylines… and why today’s daytime dramas seem afraid to tackle them. From Erica Kane’s abortion on All My Children to Christine’s sexual assault on The Young & The Restless, social issues have given soaps some of their most powerful moments. We look at how today’s most buzzed about topics could be woven into your favorite shows.
Dishing with Digest - 6/14/19 - Stacy Haiduk(6/16/19) Stacy Haiduk Talks About Double Trouble On DAYS (Listen / download).
Stacy Haiduk (Kristen) dishes about her current DAYS tale, her past on Y&R and ALL MY CHILDREN, how she kept busy during her time in between acting gigs, and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss Caroline’s upcoming memorial on DAYS and recent recasts.
Mark Valley on Blood And Treasure 7/2/19(6/12/19) “The Lunchbox of Destiny” – The FBI offers Danny and Lexi information that will help them in their search for Cleopatra, but only if Danny is able to get his incarcerated father, Patrick (Mark Valley), to give up the location of paintings that he helped steal 20 years earlier. Also, Farouk deals with a loose end and takes a big step forward in his master plan, on BLOOD & TREASURE, Tuesday, July 2 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
DAYS Alum Officially Adopts Son(6/10/19) Jen Lilley (ex-Theresa, DAYS) revealed on Twitter that she and husband, Jason, have officially adopted their foster son. “I spent 984 days in foster care but today I am adopted,” reads a plaque in her hand. “It’s official!!!!! #adoption #fostercare #thisisus,” she posted. To see the adorable video, click here.
Inside Salem - 6/10/19 - Matthew Ashford, Camila Banus, Freddie Smith(6/10/19) (Listen / download) Matthew Ashford Gives His Take on Jack’s Controversial Role in the Immigration Storyline; Camila Banus Hangs Out with Freddie Smith in Her Dressing Room
Matthew Ashford gives his take on Jack’s controversial role in the immigration storyline and naming Eve as Salem’s police commissioner. Then, in two can’t-miss clips, a drunk Maggie reels from seeing Kristen DiMera and Jack arrest his son. Later, Camila Banus hangs out with Freddie Smith in her dressing room to talk about slaps, snaps and scenes.
Soaps InDepth Podcast - 6/10/19 - Grading The Soaps(6/10/19) (Listen / download) This week, Richard and Charlie look at what worked — and what didn’t — during the all-important May Sweeps period. Which shows had the best stories? Which stories seemed to miss the mark? And which shows came out of May ready to heat up the summer months? Find out on this week’s episode of the Soaps In Depth podcast!
Dishing with Digest - 6/7/19 - Greg Rikaart(6/7/19) (Listen / download) Greg Rikaart Dishes About Y&R Return.
Greg Rikaart talks about his surprising exit and welcome return as Y&R’s Kevin, his stint as DAYS’s Leo, his path to Genoa City and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss characters who became suddenly interesting.
Multiple Stars Returning to DAYS OF OUR LIVES(6/7/19) (Video - USA Only) Summer is bringing romance, multiple weddings, surprises, and some major returns to DAYS OF OUR LIVES! In a new promo released by NBC, among the preview clips, you’ll see some very familiar faces coming back for another visit. While some may be returning to Salem for the special episode paying tribute to Caroline Brady, who knows what other drama might ensue once they’re all back?
Among the high-profile returns coming up on DAYS are Martha Madison (Belle), Alison Sweeney (Sami), Brandon Beemer (Shawn Douglas), Leann Hunley (Anna), Thaao Penghlis (Andre or Tony… who knows?), Bryan Dattilo (Lucas), and Christie Clark (Carrie). Unfortunately, there is no additional information on first air dates for any of these returns or details on the length of the particular stints this time around.
Oh, and another character is also returning to Salem even though the actress is already back on DAYS. While Stacy Haiduk has already been appearing as Kristen DiMera (masquerading as Nicole!), the promo shows that she’ll also be reprising another of her characters as Susan Banks pops up again! In the promo clip, she’s quite excited by the sight of a shirtless Brady, but who wouldn’t be? Check out the exciting summer preview right here to see what else is coming up!
Jen Lilley Prepares for an Emotional Custody Battle(6/2/19) Our hearts go out to DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ Jen Lilley (ex-Theresa) as she and her family are facing a custody battle over her young foster son. Lilley, who is pregnant with her first child and began her journey as a foster parent back in 2016, successfully adopted her first foster son in 2018. When her son’s biological mother fell pregnant at the same time as Lilley’s first pregnancy, Lilley and her husband Jason discussed the possibility of fostering again. “We went on a bittersweet discussion of how we’d just have ‘twins,’” Lilly said at the time.
Unfortunately, Lilley suffered a miscarriage, but when the call came asking if she and her family would foster her son’s younger brother they said yes, and took in the baby boy. The family had been working towards legally welcoming his brother into the family when trouble appeared on the horizon. “I cried tears of love the moment I met this little one," Lilley gushed on Instagram. Having my son’s younger brother in our house has been one of the most beautiful blessings of my life,” she wrote. "Seeing the boys interact, growing as a family, and celebrating all of this little one’s milestones to date, is more than I could ever ask for or imagine.
“We had an update in his case today,” Lilley continued, “A random great aunt he’s met once for less than an hour, and only after he was already 12 months old and deeply bonded with us, and more importantly, his biological brother, is fighting for custody. I’m not going to lie y’all, foster care is hard. It’s emotional, it’s unpredictable, but my goodness, it’s still worth it. I am so grateful to know he has extended family who is also concerned about him, but I cannot fathom what it would do to both of these boys if they were separated. A sibling relationship is one of the strongest bonds on earth. And these two tots are inseparable.”
The entire ordeal has been an emotional one and it has only just begun. ”Driving to the meeting today, trying not to cry (totally cried twice), I had a lot of time to pray," she confessed. "Here’s what I know; no matter how much I love this little boy, and I want the very best for him and will do my best every day he’s in my care to assure that he is loved, nurtured, and thriving, God loves him more, and created him for a life full of hope and goodness (Jeremiah 29:11). God goes before him, watches over him, and while I think Jason, my dad, and my father-in-law are just about the greatest dads on earth, I have peace knowing that God is the best dad there ever was, is, or will be. And He’s also my Heavenly Father. My concerns are not lost on Him, and He can take care of this little one, my son, my heart and Jason’s, and our entire family and friends who’ve fallen head over heels for this munchkin."
Lilley went on to state, "Please pray God’s will for this little one. We’re thrilled that as of now, he’s staying with us and his big brother, who love him beyond words," and then she ended her message,"But PSA, If you’re like so many people I talk to who say they would foster, but just can’t because they’d get too attached, can I lovingly say that that makes you the perfect foster parent! These kids desperately need your love and attachment more than you need your heart protected. Trust me. It’s worth it.”
The DAYS star is a strong foster care and adoption advocate and while celebrating her son’s birthday earlier this year, she opened up about what her kids mean to her. "But family is so much more than blood to me," she declared. "The children we foster are our children while they are in our house, and they’re in our hearts forever...”
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