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



  • Current Cast

    • Lucas Adams as Tripp Dalton
    • Kristian Alfonso as Hope Brady
    • John Aniston as Victor Kiriakis
    • Lamon Archey as Eli Grant
    • Camila Banus as Gabi Hernandez
    • Brandon Beemer as Shawn-Douglas Brady
    • Nadia Bjorlin as Chloe Lane
    • Tyler Christopher as Stefan O. DiMera
    • Bryan Dattilo as Lucas Horton
    • Kassie DePaiva as Eve Donovan
    • Judi Evans as Adrienne Kiriakis
    • Mary Beth Evans as Kayla Brady
    • Billy Flynn as Chad DiMera
    • Linsey Godfrey as Sarah Horton
    • Stacy Haiduk as Susan Banks / Kristen DiMera
    • Galen Gering as Rafe Hernandez
    • Deidre Hall as Marlena Evans Black
    • Bill Hayes as Doug Williams
    • Susan Seaforth Hayes as Julie Williams
    • Drake Hogestyn as John Black
    • Olivia Keegan as Claire Brady
    • Victoria Konefal as Ciara Brady
    • Lauren Koslow as Kate Roberts DiMera
    • Wally Kurth as Justin Kiriakis
    • Kyle Lowder as Rex Brady
    • Meredith Scott Lynn as Anne Milbauer
    • Martha Madison as Belle Black Brady
    • Chandler Massey as Will Horton
    • Thia Megia as Hayley Chen
    • Marci Miller as Abigail Deveraux DiMera
    • Eric Martsolf as Brady Blacky
    • Casey Moss as J.J. Deveraux
    • Melissa Reeves as Jennifer Horton
    • James Reynolds as Abe Carver
    • Suzanne Rogers as Maggie Horton Kiriakis
    • Christopher Sean as Paul Narita
    • Freddie Smith as Sonny Kiriakis
    • Sal Stowers as Lani Price
    • Alison Sweeney as Sami Brady
    • Josh Taylor as Roman Brady
    • Greg Vaughan as Eric Brady
    • Vanessa Williams as Valerie Grant
    • Robert Scott Wilson as Ben Weston
    • Aloma Wright as Maxine Landis
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    November 19
    Gabi gleefully admits to Abigail she's been gaslighting her all along; Jennifer rips into Chad for the way he's treated Abigail; Ben exposes Tripp's deception to Ciara; Lani finds Eli and Sheila in a compromising position.
    November 20
    Ciara and Tripp's relationship implodes when she can't deny her feelings for Ben; Ben ends his alliance with Claire; Paul shares an emotional goodbye with John and Brady before leaving Salem; Abe receives stunning news from Valerie.
    November 21
    Adrienne and Justin are furious when Victor keeps Will from reuniting with Sonny; Sarah invites Eric to Thanksgiving; Julie and Doug hold Thanksgiving dinner at Doug's Place; Abe and Valerie decide to give a long-distance relationship a chance.
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    (News section last updated November 18, 2018)

    Daytime Emmys: Network Soaps Lift Boycott Threat But Others Will Shun Awards Over NATAS’ Response To Snafus

    (11/18/18) (deadline.com) The four network daytime dramas will not be boycotting next year’s Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony as they’d threatened to in July. In an unprecedented show of unity, after being dissatisfied with the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ response to screw-ups during this year’s awards show, The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of Our Lives, General Hospital and The Young and the Restless banded together this summer to present a list of complaints and demands for changes that prompted NATAS to commission an investigation by an outside counsel. The report from that review was put out November 8.

    “The four daytime dramas are in receipt of NATAS’ internal investigation report and recommendations moving forward,” a spokesperson of the four series said in a statement to Deadline. “As a group, we are not in agreement with all of the conclusions that NATAS reached. However, in the spirit of working with NATAS and the TV Academy on improving the integrity of the Daytime Emmys, we have lifted our boycott. We look forward to meeting with NATAS to discuss their findings and our concerns in greater detail.”

    While the network daytime dramas will participate in the Daytime Emmys despite reservations about the findings in the report, willing to give NATAS another change, others are fed up. Michael Caruso, executive producer of Amazon’s soap opera Ladies of the Lake, says he will not participate in next year’s awards.

    The report concluded its procedures were so “sloppy” and inconsistently applied that they may have given the “appearance of favoritism,” but it found “no evidence of voter fraud or panel tampering,” and no evidence NATAS staff “intentionally rigged the competition results.”

    In response, NATAS has made numerous changes to its rules and procedures to correct past “missteps,” and has vowed to be more transparent going forward. That’s apparently good enough for the network soaps, who’d threatened to boycott if changes weren’t made to ensure “a competition free of bias, perceived collusion, and personal agendas.” But many involved in digital soaps want to see even more changes — and corrections of past mistakes.

    “I have a show that’s eligible this year, but I’m not participating because NATAS has not fixed any of the issues in the digital awards categories,” Caruso told Deadline. “Our simple requests have either been ignored or denied, and I do not feel that this judging process is a trustworthy one.”

    “This is not a snap impulse decision,” he added. “This is the result of years’ worth of their questionable behavior, and because my interactions with NATAS have been overwhelmingly negative.”

    Caruso is not alone is his displeasure. Crystal Chappell, star and co-creator of the streaming series Venice, says she’s through with the Daytime Emmys too. “I won’t be participating in the future because of their lack of transparency,” she said.

    The “clusterf*ck,” as Caruso describes it, began shortly after the 2018 awards show when NATAS rescinded the Emmy it had presented three weeks earlier to Patrika Darbo for her guest appearance on Amazon’s The Bay. Turns out, they say, she wasn’t eligible to compete in the category because she’d appeared in a prior season.

    After meeting on May 22, the Awards Committee determined it would give Darbo’s Emmy to Jennifer Bassey, who finished second in the voting, for her guest-starring role on the web series Anacostia. According to an “independent review” commissioned by NATAS, “One or more NATAS staff members conveyed to Ms. Bassey’s representatives in a phone call that she would be awarded the Emmy Award before any award determination was publicly announced.”

    But then the Awards Committee determined that she hadn’t been eligible either, and refused to give her the Emmy after she’d been told she’d won. In the end, no award was given in the category.

    Darbo, a co-governor of the Performers Peer Group at the Television Academy – which oversees the Primetime Emmys – is also raising questions about the independence of that review, which was co-authored by attorney Kevin M. Goldberg.

    Goldberg, it turns out, serves on the executive committee – and was the immediate past chair – of the National Press Foundation, which recognizes and encourages excellence in journalism through its own annual awards show. Serving alongside him on that foundation’s board of directors is Adam Sharp, president and CEO of NATAS, which commissioned the report Goldberg co-wrote.

    “It’s a conflict of interest,” Darbo told Deadline. “How can it be an independent investigation when friends are checking up on friends, and the hens are being guarded by the foxes?” She also believes, in the interest of transparency, that this connection should have been disclosed.

    Darbo says she isn’t concerned about having had her Emmy rescinded, and acknowledges her producers inadvertently submitted her “in the wrong category, so I should not have won the Emmy.” But as a governor of the TV Academy, she said, “The performers elected me to take care of them, and that’s what I’m doing.”

    Goldberg’s report was presented to the NATAS board of trustees on November 2 “in a spirit of transparency,” Sharp said in a November 8 letter. “It bluntly sums up its assessment of NATAS’ management of the 2018 Daytime Emmys in one word: ‘sloppy.’ It levies criticism where criticism is due. And it rightly identifies many ways in which we must do better.”

    In the wake of the debacle, NATAS has changed its eligibility rules to prevent a recurrence of the problem, much of which stemmed from confusion – in the age of streaming shows – about just what constitutes an “episode” or a “chapter” of a program. Sharp has said the rules have now been updated in several awards categories “to eliminate opportunities for confusion,” with particular attention being paid to “the requirements in the performer categories – which are at the heart of much of the concern we heard – and we will more specifically define terms such as ‘episode’ where relevant.”

    Many involved in the mess, however, believe NATAS hasn’t gone far enough to investigate or remedy the problem that occurred at the last awards show. “The report was an attempt to try and straighten out the problems,” Darbo said, “but I believe that if you’re doing an investigative report to find out the problems, you should do a thorough report.”

    The same eligibility-rules confusion that existed in the digital guest-starring and supporting actor categories, she said, may have been present in the digital best actress, best actor and best supporting actor categories, as well. The investigation never looked at that.

    “There were winners from each of those categories from The Bay,” she said, “and if those categories weren’t investigated, how do we know that they truly won? Did they have extra episodes submitted and call them ‘chapters’ too? Four errors in one category (guest actor) and two errors in the supporting actor category, don’t you think they should have looked at every category?”

    The call for entries for the 46th annual Daytime Emmy Awards was November 12, and Sharp told Bassey that “We hope you will once again join in the competition.” Given the foul-up, he also offered to provide her with “monetary credit for this year’s competition in the amount of your entry fees for the category in 2018.”

    One of the other areas of dispute was the report’s findings on the eligibility of nominees in the supporting actor digital category, which was won by Eric Nelsen for The Bay. Under the rules, submissions for consideration could not contain material from more than four episodes of a program. According to the report, the show’s submissions for Nelsen and Brandon Beemer – another nominee from The Bay – “were eventually found to contain materials from more than four installments.”

    Even so, Nelsen was allowed to keep his Emmy, which has led Bassey to threaten to sue NATAS on the basis of sex discrimination. In a November 5 letter to Goldberg, Bassey’s attorney, Leon Friedman, said that “Five episodes were submitted on behalf of Eric Nelsen even though the requirements limit the submissions to four episodes. Yet, Mr. Nelsen was allowed to retain his Emmy award. Apparently, the basis for distinguishing between Jennifer Bassey on the one hand and Eric Nelsen on the other was that Mr. Nelsen was a man and Jennifer Bassey was a woman. The submissions for both performers exceeded the requirements of the rules, yet only Ms. Bassey was disqualified.”

    California law, he continued, “is extremely strict in prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender in all fields. Since an award of an Emmy is an important factor in determining future employment in the entertainment field, the failure to make such an award because of a candidate’s gender, falls within a prohibited category. We believe that NATAS must take affirmative steps to correct this situation. Do the right thing and award Ms. Bassey her rightful award.”

    The report, however, “Did not find any evidence to support a claim that NATAS or any of its staff members intentionally discriminated against any nominee or winner on the basis of race, gender, or age.”

    It did, however, find “many instances in which circumstances and NATAS staff decisions gave rise to, at minimum, the appearance of impropriety and favoritism, which have caused observers to believe the awards competition and the resolution of the awarding of Emmy Awards (in the guest-starring and supporting actor digital categories) was not conducted in an impartial manner.”

    Chappell told Sharpe she is also concerned that gender discrimination may have played a role in denying an Emmy to Bassey.

    “I know that these mistakes are not the fault of the actors but the fault of each production team that submits but, nevertheless, once you head down the slippery slope, we’ve lost all integrity in the Emmy itself,” she said. “If nothing is done, it would appear that the Academy has a bias for a particular show and is treating women differently than their male peers. I know that is not you. As a woman who has reinvented herself, marched for women’s rights/LGBTQ rights, I would find doing nothing to be the worst possible decision and devastating to my relationship with the Emmys.”

    The report chalked up the disparate treatment of Bassey and Nelsen to confusion over what constitutes an “episode” of a streaming show. “NATAS staff provided differing rationales for inconsistently applying the Episode Rule” in those two categories, the report said. “First, The Bay is distributed in what its producers have referred to as ‘chapters,’ with multiple ‘chapters’ released simultaneously.”

    In the submissions for his category, Nelsen and Beemer appeared in more than four “chapters,” but NATAS staff explained to investigators that “it could be argued that chapters released simultaneously could be considered one episode. As such, NATAS staff stated they believed there is a good faith reasonable argument that Mr. Nelsen and Mr. Beemer may not have, in fact, violated the Episode Rule.”

    This distinction between episodes and chapters – and allowing different eligibility rules based on someone’s interpretation of what an episode is, was widely mocked by those calling for change. “It’s not an even playing field,” Darbo said. “There are no chapters in television, only episodes.”

    Chappell agreed. “There are no ‘chapters’ in television,” she said. Indeed, even The Bay’s website refers to its installments as “episodes.”

    “Chapters,” scoffed Sonia Blangiardo, creator and executive producer of the web series Tainted Dreams. “That’s a big insult. Even Amazon says ‘episodes’ per season. There’s no such thing as chapters. It’s false and a little disheartening moving forward with these rules.”

    Even the NATAS-commissioned report found “sound countervailing arguments” against such a distinction in interviews and documents reviewed. “Such materials and interviews cited industry practice and union agreements that universally refer to installments of a program as episodes, and The Bay also promoting its program as being released in episodes, not chapters.”

    Even so, the report stuck by NATAS’ decision to rescind Bassey’s guest star Emmy and to let Nelsen keep his supporting actor award. “Ms. Bassey’s program, Anacostia, was released in episodes, and she appeared in two episodes in her submission, in excess of the one episode limit under the Episode Rule. As such, NATAS staff stated Ms. Bassey unquestionably violated the Episode Rule. NATAS staff stated it was therefore logical to not award Ms. Bassey an Emmy Award because her submission irrefutably violated the Episode Rule in (her category); but allow Mr. Nelsen to keep his Emmy Award because of the reasonable argument his submission did not violate the Episode Rule in (his) category.”

    “At times,” the report found, “the producers of The Bay have described the release of installments of The Bay as ‘chapters’ instead of ‘episodes.’ Such a characterization gives rise to the argument there are alternate interpretations of the Episode Rule with regard to its application in determining whether Mr. Nelsen’s and Mr. Beemer’s submissions did or did not violate the Episode Rule’s cap of four episodes of a program that may be included in a submission, an argument NATAS has deemed to be reasonable.”

    If nothing else, the snafu has gotten the attention of NATAS, which this month promised to provide additional resources to the Daytime Emmys; to better articulate and make public its core policies and procedures; and to apply its rules “consistently and transparently.”

    Perhaps most important, Sharp has vowed that NATAS “will seek to work more closely with the Television Academy” after all four network daytime soaps – The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of Our Lives, General Hospital and The Young and the Restless – came together demanding changes in the voting and accounting practices for the awards and the way the competition is held.

    In addition to all the other changes that have been made, Sharp has said that “Recognizing that participants in the Daytime Emmy competition may be more likely to be members of the Television Academy than of NATAS, we hope to better engage our sister Academy in our processes as representatives of their members. These efforts could include:

    • More consciously prioritizing Television Academy membership as a criterion for judging participation.

    • Requesting that the Television Academy reinstate sending emails to their membership encouraging participation as Daytime Emmy judges.

    • Inviting a representative of the Television Academy and its members to begin participating again in our Daytime Emmy nomination cut-off calls.

    • Inviting a representative of the Television Academy to review questioned submissions, observe backstage operations, and/or be present for the application of statue bands at the Daytime Emmy ceremony.

    “We appreciate that the missteps of this and of past years may have impacted your confidence in the Daytime Emmy Awards,” Sharp told many of those who had complained, “and we are absolutely committed to earning back your trust. We believe that through these and other improvements, we will once again meet the expectations you and other participants rightfully have of us.”

    Dishing with Digest - 11/16/18 - Ron Carlivati

    (11/16/18) Head Writer Ron Carlivati Talks About His Soap Past And Present (Listen / download)

    DAYS’s Head Writer Ron Carlivati talks to Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky about his Salem present, the highlights of his GH and ONE LIFE TO LIVE past, how he broke into the biz and more. We also discuss the challenges of being the top scribe in today’s soap climate.

    Nadia Bjorlin Says Goodbye to the Departing Bryan Dattilo

    (11/16/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Fans of DAYS OF OUR LIVES were surprised when Bryan Dattilo tweeted that his time at the soap was coming to an end, and now Lucas Horton has headed off to Europe. His co-stars were also sad to see him go, especially on-screen love interest Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe). “Lucas leaving Salem was very sudden,” she confided to Soaps In Depth. “We both didn’t know that and it made me sad. I love Bryan and I loved working with him.”

    During Dattilo's last stint on the soap, Lucas started a romance with Chloe and they actually eloped before he discovered she’d cheated on him and filed for an annulment before leaving town. When he returned to Salem, Lucas rekindled things with Chloe, which thrilled her portrayer. “It was interesting that they revisited our relationship almost 10 years later,” Bjorlin mused. “I felt like it was a really different dynamic this time because we’d both sort of grown up on and off camera and we both [brought] all this other life experience into this new, sweet relationship. We were both there for each other at a time when we both needed each other and were both in a bad place.”

    The actress also praised Dattilo’s work in his most recent storyline when Lucas was crushed to learn that Baby Bonnie wasn’t actually his child. “I feel like it was some of the best work that I’ve seen him do,” Bjorlin declared. “He genuinely broke my heart with those scenes where he finds out the baby is his and then it wasn’t and Chloe had to break it to him. All that stuff was so easy to play because he’s such a nice guy, too. A lot of time with Lucas, what you see is what you get. And that’s not far off Bryan.”

    Still, Bjorlin is optimistic that Lucas will make another return to DAYS someday in the future. “It’s never goodbye in Salem,” she explained. “It’s a goodbye for now. But you never know what’s gonna happen!”

    Matthew Ashford Teases His Return to DAYS OF OUR LIVES — "It's Really Good Stuff!"

    (11/14/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Now that DAYS OF OUR LIVES fans know that Matthew Ashford is returning to the soap as Jack Deveraux, the only questions are when will he arrive, and what will his storyline be? Well, judging from the Winter Preview video that DAYS shared, it looks as though Jack will be a surprise guest at a gala New Year’s Eve party. But how is he still alive and why has he come back to Jennifer and Salem? “Yes, I am back on DAYS,” Ashford said in a video taped at Starstruck YesterDAYS 2018. “It’s not airing yet, but someday soon.” Then he smiled and teased, “Maybe as soon as the new year.”

    Unfortunately, the actor isn’t revealing any of the storyline details regarding how Jack survived the elevator crash or what brings him back to Salem. “We’re still not talking or giving storyline but it’s going to be really good,” Ashford promised. “In fact, probably better for me — and hopefully better for you — than it has been in years and years and years. It’s really good stuff!”

    Ashford is also happy to be back home in Salem with TV family like Melissa Reeves (Jennifer) and Casey Moss (JJ) as well as back on screen for the DAYS fans who have never forgotten him or Jack. “I’m really happy with the people I”m working with,” he enthused. “They’re incredible. And the writing is really fun. It’s popping. And I just want to thank all of you for sticking with me and sticking with the show and just being so supportive for years and years.”

    Stay tuned to see how Jack returns to the canvas.

    DAYS OF OUR LIVES Spoilers — Jack Returns!

    (11/13/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com)(Promo Video) As the temperature goes down this winter, things will be heating up in Salem in these DAYS OF OUR LIVES spoilers! Before everyone rings in 2019, there will be plenty of romance, revealing secrets, and shocking returns. You will not want to miss a single episode!

    Now that they’re finally officially married again, John and Marlena continue their honeymoon as the love never ends. After Lani finds him half-naked with Sheila, Eli teases her about being jealous, and the sparks finally reignite between the pair. And at long last, Ben and Ciara finally give in to their feelings and share a kiss. But how will Hope feel about her daughter’s new relationship? And don’t forget Tripp, who has gone to extremes to get Ben out of all of their lives. When Tripp and Ben comes face-to-face, things could get deadly!

    Sonny and Will want to get back together, but Paul still stands in their way. And unfortunately, now Paul will learn the truth about what's going on between them. “How was I supposed to just break your heart and walk away?” Will cries to his paralyzed boyfriend. Meanwhile, Sonny confronts Kate about what she did to him. “You hired an ex-prostitute to frame me for sexual harassment!” he yells. “You are a monster.”

    Abigail remains determined to prove that Gabi set her up, and Julie offers to help uncover proof. Naturally, this leads to Julie discovering the file revealing the true paternity of Abigail’s baby! “Oh my God!” Julie exclaims to Gabi. “Chad is the father of the baby! You little bitch!” Eyes wide with disgust and rage, Julie hauls off and slaps Gabi hard across the face!

    Rafe is stunned to overhear Hope on the phone admitting she can’t believe she’s lying to her own husband. He tracks her to a hotel room where Ted Laurent emerges from the bathroom in a towel! “Your wife,” the lawyer declares. “You cheated on her. And now she’s cheating on you. With me.” Rafe slugs Ted as Hope rushes to stop him, but just what is really going on here?

    Eric reveals that before Nicole died, she asked him to raise Holly, but it may not be quite as simple as that. “I’m her grandmother,” Maggie informs Sarah. “She belongs with me.” But after Chloe also stakes a claim on the little girl, Sarah defends Eric as a much better option, and then seems to be growing closer to him as they read to the child. But Chloe has Brady on her side, so this could get interesting!

    And before the year ends, some shocking returns will turn Salem upside down. Will and Sonny are startled when the presumed-dead Leo turns up at their door — what really happened to him and what does he want? But the most unbelievable return from the dead comes as everyone is dressed up for New Year’s Eve and Jack Deveraux walks through the door! “In the flesh,” he tells a stunned Jennifer.

    Shawn Christian on The Rookie 11/27/18

    (11/13/18) “The Hawke” – Nolan and the team must help capture a cop and his former mentor from the academy after he becomes a fugitive following an assault. Meanwhile, Officer Tim Bradford needs Officer Lucy Chen to learn to predict the moves of criminals in order to capture them, on “The Rookie,” airing TUESDAY, NOV. 27 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

    “The Rookie” stars Nathan Fillion as John Nolan, Alyssa Diaz as Angela Lopez, Richard T. Jones as Sergeant Wade Grey, Titus Makin as Jackson West, Mercedes Mason as Captain Zoe Andersen, Melissa O’Neil as Lucy Chen, Afton Williamson as Talia Bishop and Eric Winter as Tim Bradford.

    Guest starring is Danny Nucci as Detective Sanford Motta, Ryan Michelle Bathe as Detective Jennifer Paige and Shawn Christian as Jeremy Hawke.

    “The Hawke” was written by Fredrick Kotto and directed by Timothy Busfield.

    Inside Salem: Days of our Lives 11/12/18

    (11/12/18) (Listen / download) Actor Stacy Haiduk joins host Michael Fairman at the Days of our Lives studio to discuss replacing Eileen Davidson as Kristen DiMera, first impressions of Susan Banks, her love of the wardrobe team and more. Then, Suzanne Rogers, Mary Beth Evans and Freddie Smith stop by to celebrate the legacy of Emmy-award winning DAYS star Peggy McCay.

    Thia Megia Cast on DAYS

    (11/11/18) At the Day of DAYS, newest cast member Thia Megia was introduced as Hayley Chen. “It’s surreal,” the AMERICAN IDOL alum told the crowd. “It’s such an honor… As far as my character, she’s had to endure so much in her past and to take on a role where she’s just full of strength and she’s such a vast character with so much depth. I’m just so grateful that they chose me to tell her story. It’s been amazing.” Look for her to cross paths with JJ.

    Sneak Peek! Big DAYS Spoilers

    (11/11/18) At the Day of DAYS, NBC released a video of what’s coming up in Salem for the rest of 2018. From Ben and Ciara’s first kiss to the reunion of Sonny and Will — and return of Greg Rikaart’s Leo — Kate Mansi’s comeback as Abigail, Julie discovering Gabi’s secret about Abby’s baby and Jennifer seeing her presumed-dead hubby, Jack, the video is packed with big spoilers. Check it all out here: nbc.com/days-of-our-lives/video/

    Tamara Braun Shares the Inspirational Story of How She Rescued Her Dog

    (11/11/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) When GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Tamara Braun met her dog, Little, last June, the poor guy was a bit of a mess. “He was hit by a car and found on the side of the road near USC by a student after her class,” she revealed to Soaps In Depth of the cutie, who had broken his pelvis. “I got him three days after his accident. He couldn’t walk. He was highly medicated. He was scrawny and malnourished. I fell in love.”

    After the L.A. Pet Clinic fixed him up, Braun signed on to foster the little guy back to health and almost a year later, she hasn’t let go. “I love just being with him, cuddling, getting kisses, playing fetch — he’s still learning that you have to bring the toy back!” she laughed. “I enjoy taking him on walks and watching him run around.”

    Little even goes on errands and tools around town with his mom, who is an outspoken advocate for animals. “They don’t have a voice, so someone needs to be their voice,” Braun declared. “They are vulnerable and innocent creatures, like children, and we need to protect the innocent. We need to care for and give love to the vulnerable, innocent and voiceless.”

    While there are countless admirable rescue organizations, Braun has an affinity for The REAL Bark, where she got her first foster dog. “They do absolutely incredible, selfless work with dogs,” she raves. “Jf, who runs it, and his team are angels on earth.”

    Braun adds a reminder that little humans also sometimes need our help. “The Tanzanian Children’s Fund is an organization so dear to my heart,” she shares. “I sponsor a couple of children and have spent some of the best days of my life at their children’s village.” Wether talking humans or four- legged friends, Braun concludes, “Love them. Be kind. Be gentle.”

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    Show and Tell: DOOL App Segments: Video.

    Greg Vaughan Offered Prime-Time Role

    (11/9/18) In an Instagram post, DAYS’s Greg Vaughan (Eric) revealed that he had been offered a role on CBS’s MACGYVER, but was unable to take it due to his work commitments at DAYS. The Emmy-winning star posted, “It is with great pleasure that I was offered a role & Opportunity to be a part of this great cast & show @macgyvercbs for which I greatly enjoyed, my working schedule @nbcdays required recasting. Thank you ALL.” To clarify: The Emmy-winning actor is not leaving DAYS; his role on MACGYVER was recast.

    Daytime Emmy Completes Internal Review; Procedural Changes Promised

    (11/9/18) After an independent review of its procedures and rules, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is promising big changes to the Daytime Emmys in 2019 and beyond. “Representatives of several shows in the daytime community raised concerns with how the 45th Daytime Emmys were managed and with some of the broader policies and procedures of our academy,” Adam Sharp, interim President of NATAS, tells Digest. “Recognizing that the preeminence of the Emmy as a symbol of excellence is dependent on the faith and confidence of those in the community, we saw a need to make sure that each of those concerns were all thoroughly and properly addressed. We moved quickly to task an independent firm to look into our operations and to do so with no limitations on what they looked into, who they questioned, they had full access to our email system, and to really leave no stone unturned in seeking answers to some of these questions and providing recommendations for how best to move forward.” The firm delivered its findings and recommendations to NATAS in early November. “There were certainly areas of the report that, in noting errors and mistakes that were made, were painful to read, but necessary to read and to be responsive to,” Sharp says. “I think the report was exceedingly fair and the criticism it makes is where criticism was due. We do need to do much better as an organization and I think the steps we’re putting in place to substantially adopt these recommendations put us on the path toward that.” The changes will include updates and clarifications to the Daytime Emmy submission rulebook; the hiring of additional staff to manage submissions and voting; and a redistribution of executive duties. Explains Sharp, “David Michaels, who is our senior vice president of daytime and the executive producer of the shows for the last several years, he will focus his energies most thoroughly on the production of the event itself and then Brent Stanton, the executive director of the Daytime Emmys on our team will take more independent leadership and oversight of the competition.” In the end, Sharp says, “We are hopeful and optimistic that all members of the daytime community will have the confidence and faith in our process to compete next year. It is somewhat unprecedented for an organization like ours to conduct such a deep introspection into how our awards process works. We are being responsive to every single recommendation in that report. Through this process we’ve had productive conversations with some of the dramas. Several of them were interviewed in the course of the investigation and we hope that by involving them in the process and by being responsive to their concerns that they will join us for the 2019 competition and the show.”

    NATAS President Adam Sharp Explains How the Daytime Emmys Are Going to Change

    (11/9/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) After Patrika Darbo’s Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Performer in a Digital Daytime Drama series was revoked following the 2018 ceremony, the actress called for an outside audit of the Daytime Emmys. With many actors raising concerns about Emmy policies and procedures and all four soaps threatening to boycott the 2019 ceremony unless changes were made, an independent review was commissioned. The law firm of Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth of Washington D.C. was hired to conduct the investigation, and based off their independent findings, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will be instituting some changes in the way the Daytime Emmys proceeds going forward. “The report found a number of things that we should have done better and must do better moving forward,” explained NATAS president Adam Sharp.

    Rules will be clarified to explain exactly what constitutes an episode, something that has come into question with the emergence of digital series. “The report rightfully recognized that we need to go through every word and every comma of our guidelines to make sure that these are absolutely crystal clear and that they are rules that judges can reasonably administer,” Sharp said.

    With digital drama categories now part of the Daytime Emmys, there has been tremendous growth in both entries as well as the audience for the ceremony, so additional staff will be hired for the team. Core policies and procedures will be better articulated and made public. Following the competition, a Transparency Report will provide a summary of how the rules were employed and enforced. NATAS will also be working more closely with the Television Academy during the entire process.

    Sharp hopes that the changes being implemented to the Daytime Emmy procedures will satisfy everyone and the four soaps will not boycott next year’s ceremony. “We’ve had some productive conversations with the soap producers,” he revealed. “Some of the signatories of that letter were interviewed by the investigators. So we are looking forward to having them in the show for May.”

    These changes will also be applied to more than just the Daytime Emmys. “We intend to implement these actions everywhere they are relevant in our organization,” Sharp promised. “That includes the sports Emmys, the news and technology Emmys, the documentary Emmys. It doesn’t matter what Emmy it is, it’s still the same statue. It’s still the same mark of excellence.”

    Days of our Lives Launches Groundbreaking and Innovative DOOL App

    (11/8/18) Emmy-Award Winning Daytime Series Unveils First-of-Its-Kind Show App Featuring Exclusive, Interactive Content for 53rd Anniversary

    As a special gift to their loyal fanbase and as a thank you for their dedication and commitment to the show for over 53 years, NBC’s longest-running drama series is excited to announce the launch of The DOOL App!

    The DOOL App is a new and free destination where Days of our Lives fans can get more of the show they love! Slated to launch on the show’s 53rd anniversary (Thursday, November 8, 2018) the app will be a unique portal where fans can experience Days as they never have before with more content, games, behind-the-scenes photos/videos, sneak peaks, weekly recaps, and breaking news from the set. The DOOL App is developed by Corday Productions and is the show’s first dive into the digital realm, a first-of-its-kind for a daytime drama series. Designed to be an exciting new way to engage with current fans, re-engage former fans, and attract social media-savvy viewers; the app is a must-have for any Days of our Lives fan.

    “We are excited that after more than two years in development, we are now able to offer a free, interactive destination that will provide more fun and fresh content for the fans of Days of our Lives.”

    –Greg Meng | Days of our Lives, Co-Executive Producer

    The ultimate superfan platform, The DOOL App will also feature exclusive access to behind the scenes footage, fan-favorite clips from the Days video vault, exclusive/original content, personalized cast sections, a fan Q&A section, and more! Fans can look forward to regularly updated content every week!

    The app will be available for download in the App Store as well as Google Play. For more information go to www.TheDOOLApp.com.

    Here’s a Sneak Peek at The DOOL App!

    NEWS: breaking news from the set, first casting news, weekly previews, sneak peeks, and tune in alerts for can’t-miss episodes!

    VIDEO VAULT: get exclusive access to your favorite classic clips from DAYS history!

    PHOTOS: candid cast photos, first look images, and behind-the-scenes looks at what’s taping now!

    RECAPS: weekly recaps with cast members of the past week’s storylines. Get up to date on any shows you missed and dive into what’s airing now!

    CAST CONNECT: in each cast member’s personal section, find out everything you always wanted to know about your favorite Days star— from their profile, their social media handles, to video updates of what’s happening in Salem and in their real lives!

    BACKSTAGE: exclusive behind-the-scenes videos with the cast!

    ARCADE: experience fun trivia, quizzes, and polls about your favorite storylines and characters from now and then!

    ASK DOOL: an interactive fan Q&A section with cast and crew. You got questions, and we got answers!

    APP NOTIFICATIONS: instant updates on the go, never miss Days’ biggest moments!

    Billy Flynn in Poker Tournament

    (11/6/18) Join Luc and Stacia Robitaille, Tony Denison, Billy Flynn and more special guests at the "All in for Hope" Poker Tournament to help benefit @OurEchoesofHope. http://LAKings.com/PokerTourney

    Dishing with Digest - 11/2/18 - Linsey Godfrey

    (11/3/18) (Listen / download) Linsey Godfrey On Joining DAYS and Leaving B&B

    Linsey Godfrey chats with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky about her new role as DAYS’s Sarah, leaving B&B, her romance with Breckin Meyer and so much more! Plus, we discuss the benefit of bringing back connected characters vs. introducing new families.

    Date Night | Justin & Chrishell Hartley

    (11/2/18) (Video) “Our lives can get a little crazy and hectic. And sometimes we just need to escape for some alone time.” - Justin Hartley Watch what happens when we send Justin Hartley and his wife, Chrishell off-the-grid for an unconventional date night. Shop the collection here: https://www.columbia.com/testedtough

    Inside Salem Podcast - Episode 1 Mary Beth Evans, James Reynolds & Rob Scott Wilson

    (10/30/18) (Listen / Download) Podcast Premiere: Rob Scott Wilson on Ben Weston's Redemption, Mary Beth Evans and James Reynolds Talk About Kayla and Abe Hooking Up and More!

    Actor Rob Scott Wilson joins host Michael Fairman at the Days of our Lives studio in Burbank, California, for the premiere episode of Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast. They discuss Ben Weston’s road to redemption, Wilson's career leading up to Days and much more.

    Then, Mary Beth Evans and James Reynolds chat about the old days working at the Days studio, Kayla Brady and Abe Carver "hooking up," memorizing lines, doctor lingo and their favorite fan interactions.

    Inside Salem: Days of Our Lives Podcast is a production of NBC Entertainment Podcast Network © 2018

    Sarah Horton on DAYS OF OUR LIVES — Everything You Need to Know

    (10/28/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) A face familiar to CBS soap fans has moved to Salem as Linsey Godfrey joined the cast of DAYS OF OUR LIVES as Sarah Horton in the Oct. 26 episode. The actress previously played Caroline Spencer on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL from 2012-18, earning three Daytime Emmy Award nominations for her work over the years. “What a lucky birthday girl I am!” she enthused on Instagram when the news broke. “I’m so excited and honored to announce I’ve joined the amazing cast of DAYS!” Then, the day before she was to make her first appearance on the NBC sudser, she tweeted: "I'm airing on DAYS tomorrow! It's a quick hello and then there will be all sorts of delicious drama to follow next week!"

    The character of Sarah Horton has been played by numerous actresses since her birth in 1981, including child stars, but Lisa Brinegar and Aimee Brooks played the role for the longest stints. Maggie Horton had agreed to act as a surrogate for an anonymous donor, so Sarah was conceived through artificial insemination. While it was originally believed that Evan Whyland was her father, it was later revealed that the babydaddy was actually Dr. Neil Curtis, who had performed the procedure! Although Sarah will always consider Mickey Horton to be her dad because he was the man who actually raised her after he and Maggie won the custody battle.

    Sarah was hit by a car when Eve Donovan was driving drunk, and after her recovery, noticed that Mickey wasn’t around as much because he was working more. Sarah was shocked to learn that Maggie was having an affair with Neil and caught them in bed together. The young woman wanted to expose her to Micky, but Maggie revealed that Neil was her biological father. Sarah still told Micky about the affair, but thankfully, he and Maggie were able to work things out. In 1991, Sarah left town with her sister, Melissa, and they settled in Nashville.

    What brings Sarah back home? The soap isn’t letting any storyline details leak, so stay tuned to see what drama she gets mixed up in upon her return!

    Greg Vaughan on MacGyver 11/9/18

    (10/20/18) “Scavengers + Hard Drive + Dragonfly” – Matty sends MacGyver and team to Ghana to recover a hard drive from an e-waste landfill that is run by a powerful and violent man. But when Matty refuses to reveal what’s on the drive, other than a mysterious file called “Dragonfly,” the team speculates about what could be so important to her, on MACGYVER, Friday, Nov. 9 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    GUEST CAST: Joy Sunday (Abina), Jimmy Akingbola (Joseph), Ric Reitz (Steckler), Jamal O. Peters (Guard), Greg Vaughan (Ethan), Makario Glenn (Danso).

    Wes Ramsey Stars in the Sexy Supernatural Thriller, 'Perception'

    (10/19/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Congratulations to GENERAL HOSPITAL actor Wes Ramsey (Peter), whose new film, Percecption, has its world premiere at the DTLA Film Festival on Oct. 18. “Super happy for you, Wes,” girlfriend Laura Wright (Carly) shared on Instagram, “and so proud to stand next to you tonight at the premiere of your new movie. You are amazing, baby! I love watching you shine!”

    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 is only currently scheduled for this one premiere screening during the Downtown LA Film Festival — tickets are still available if you’re in the area and wish to attend — we’ll keep you up to date on any future releases whether in theaters or on DVD or streaming services.

    ‘DAY OF DAYS’ FAN EVENT ON SATURDAY, NOV. 10

    (10/18/18) 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. 10 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, a trivia challenge and much more.

    Some of the “Days” stars scheduled to attend include Lucas Adams, Kristian Alfonso, Lamon Archey, Camila Banus, Nadia Bjorlin, Kassie DePaiva, Judi Evans, Mary Beth Evans, Galen Gering, Linsey Godfrey, Deidre Hall, Bill & Susan Hayes, Drake Hogestyn, Olivia Keegan, Victoria Konefal, Lauren Koslow, Kyle Lowder, Gilles Marini, Eric Martsolf, Casey Moss, Melissa Reeves, James Reynolds, Suzanne Rogers, Freddie Smith, Sal Stowers, Josh Taylor, Greg Vaughan and Robert Scott Wilson as well as special surprise guests.

    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 of future “Days of our Lives”

    “Days of our Lives,” which is about to begin its 54th 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 Inc. in association with Sony Pictures Television. Ken Corday is the executive producer with co-executive producers Greg Meng and Albert Alarr. Ron Carlivati is the head writer.

    For more information, please visit the official show site at: http://www.nbc.com/days-of-our-lives.

    For the latest “Days of our Lives” news, videos, and photos, please like on Facebook and follow on Twitter and Instagram.

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    https://twitter.com/nbcdays #Days

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    For more information on CityWalk at Universal Studios Hollywood, go to http://www.citywalkhollywood.com/

    Jen Lilley Reveals How Fostering, Adoption, and Her Miscarriage Have Changed Her Life

    (10/18/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) On October 16, actress and singer Jen Lilley (ex-Theresa, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Maxie, GENERAL HOSPITAL) shared some wonderful as well as some heartbreaking news. “Oct. 16, 2018, marks the first day my son is truly legally untethered from his biological family,” she revealed on Instagram. “While bio paternal rights were terminated months ago, today is the first day he’s no longer at risk of being taken from the only parents he’s really ever known because the appeals period has officially passed!”

    Back in October of 2016, Lilley welcomed her foster child into the family she shares with husband Jason Wayne, and that was when everything changed forever. “Being mommy to this little boy for the past two years and some odd weeks has been the most wonderful and transformational experience of my life,” she declared. “He’s made me cry harder than I’ve ever cried, pray more fervently than I’ve ever prayed, opened up an impossible depth of empathy for his biological momma, crafted me into a real momma bear, made me laugh harder than anyone’s ever made me laugh, and made me appreciate my husband more than I ever have.

    “This little tot is truly a gift from God and experiencing every unpredictable up and down that comes with foster parenting and the crazy system has been worth it,” Lilley continued. “We’ve still got a little ways to go, but legally we’re cleared to start the official adoption paper signing!”

    But that same day also marked a very bittersweet occasion for the daytime star. “Yesterday was my due date,” Lilly admitted. “Yes, like one out of every four women, I’ve miscarried. When it happened, I was devastated and felt so alone. I was 12 weeks along, just a week from telling my family, and beyond excited. It hit me like a ton of bricks.

    “I remember retaliating,” she continued. “I’m a foster parent mom. My life is hard and I cry every day for these sweet innocent children I love with every drop of me but have zero say over their legal fate until adoption presents itself.”

    Lilley struggled with telling her family at the time, and now that the date has arrived when she was meant to be welcoming that child into the world, she has decided it’s important to share her story with the world. “One in four women experience miscarriage,” she explained, “and maybe if we talked about it, we’d realize we’re not alone. I share this news so you — yes you, reading this — know you are not alone. Miscarriage is sad, but it’s not something we need to cover up or feel shame about.

    “I think there needs to be a coming out of the closet movement for foster care, adoption, and miscarriage,” Lilley concluded. “Let’s destigmatize our ‘dirty little secrets.’ Because they’re not secrets, they’re connections. If you’re a foster parent, if you grew up in foster care, or if you’re adopted, say it loud and proud. If you’ve miscarried, it’s time to learn you’re not alone. You are loved. You are empowered. You are a joy to me!”

    Dishing with Digest - 10/12/18 - Shawn Christian And Arianne Zucker

    (10/12/18) (Listen / download) Shawn Christian (ex-Daniel) and Arianne Zucker (Nicole) discuss DAYS, AS THE WORLD TURNS, their real-life romance, new travel business and more with Soap Opera Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss how shows handle stars' real-life deaths.

    Jen Lilley Releases a New Song, "King of Hearts," and Proceeds Are Going to a Very Special Charity

    (10/11/18) Soap fans already know that Jen Lilley is a talented actress from her roles as Theresa Donovan on DAYS OF OUR LIVES and her stint as Maxie Jones on GENERAL HOSPITAL, but they might not be aware that she’s also an incredible singer! Her new single, “King of Hearts” has just been released, and you can click here to listen to it or download it for yourself. “Let me know what you think,” she posted to Instagram. “I can’t stop dancing to it!”

    The retro-tinged tune is a sassy ‘60s throwback with an inspirational message for today, and is the lead-off single to her upcoming album that is due out in February of 2019. Lilley also released a Christmas album, Tinsel Time, back in November of 2015.

    Lilley is also heavily involved in charities, and 100% of the proceeds from the sales of “King of Hearts” will go towards providing a young boy named John who lives in Africa with a life-saving heart surgery. “After that, i’m donating to Project Orphans to help support their monthly operations through March,” Lilly shared. In addition, she’s launched the “King of Hearts Challenge” to help raise more money for John, urging people to download her single and upload a video of themselves dancing to it before challenging three friends to do the same.

    So not only can you enjoy a terrific song, but you can help save a little boy’s life at the same time. What could be better? And if “King of Hearts” is just a taste of what Lilley’s full album will sound like, we can’t wait for February to hear the whole thing!

    DAYS Stars Remember Peggy McCay

    (10/11/18) The DAYS colleagues of Peggy McCay, who played Brady matriarch Caroline, have taken to social media to pay their respects to the beloved actress, who passed away on October 7 at the age of 90. “Our dearest Peggy McCay has left us,” Deidre Hall (Marlena) wrote on Facebook. “She was a friend, an activist and a real scrapper!! I remember meeting her at the bedside of a dear, very ill friend. I backed her up as she ferociously took on doctors and nurses to make sure he had the very best care. She fought that hard for all her causes. Passionate and tireless. And how she loved being ‘Caroline’!!” “We will miss you Peggy McKay, always ready to play,” wrote Stephen Nichols (ex-Steve). Galen Gering (Rafe) posted, “So sad to hear about the passing of #peggymckay Opens a New Window. . She was fierce & firey with the heart of a lion yet could be as soft as a petal. I always looked forward to our scenes together, eager to see what kind of spontaneous thing she’d do. She was loved & adored & will be missed.” Martha Madison (Belle) praised, “I adored Peggy. She was funny, witty, and a superb actress and scene partner. She leaves a bright legacy.” Eric Martsolf (Brady) posted, “RIP Peggy McCay. Feisty, witty, and not an unkind bone throughout her body. She was warm to me when I first entered the hallways of DOOL, and made every word she was given poetry. I will miss this true lady of daytime.” Jen Lilley (ex-Theresa) tweeted, “I just heard the news that #PeggyMccay Opens a New Window. has passed. She was like a real grandmother to me, a mentor, a great source of encouragement, and she was so hilariously fierce. You are deeply missed Peggy!#RIPGrandmaCaroline Opens a New Window. .” “Peggy McCay was such a beautiful and tender woman,” recalled Sal Stowers (Lani). “Her Presence was truly special to be around. Very honored to have shared precious time with her. Fly with the angels Ms. McCay.” Darin Brooks (ex-Max; B&B’s Wyatt) shared, “RIP Momma Brady… What a truly wonderful woman… Blessed that I got to act opposite you… You will be missed and loved all of the @DaysofourLives Opens a New Window. .” DAYS scribe Ryan Quan tweeted, “RIP Peggy McCay. She was as warm, friendly, and spunky in person as she was on screen. One of my favorite recent Caroline scenes was her speech at Will and Sonny’s wedding… Peggy’s performance was amazing. She will be missed!” Head Writer Ron Carlivati wrote, “My deepest condolences to the fans, friends and family of Peggy McCay.”

    Ken Corday On Peggy McCay’s Passing

    (10/11/18) Ken Corday, DAYS’s executive producer, is mourning the loss of Peggy McCay (Caroline), who passed away at the age of 90. “This past Sunday we lost our dear Peggy McCay, known to her fans as DAYS OF OUR LIVES matriarch Caroline Brady,” he said in a statement. “A strong woman and actor, Peggy fought tirelessly for the members of her community, and her spirit lives on in those causes. On a personal level, Peggy was like a grandmother to my children and a beloved member of our family. Her wonderful spirit will be deeply missed by all of us at DAYS OF OUR LIVES and her fans.”

    Peggy McCay, Beloved Days of Our Lives Matriarch, Dead at 90

    (10/10/18) Emmy-winning actress Peggy McCay, who portrayed Caroline Brady on Days of Our Lives for more than three decades, died Sunday from natural causes. She was 90.

    McCay’s longtime co-star, Deidre Hall, confirmed the news Tuesday on Facebook. “Our dearest Peggy McCay has left us,” Hall wrote. “She was a friend, an activist and a real scrapper! I remember meeting her at the bedside of a dear, very ill friend. I backed her up as she ferociously took on doctors and nurses to make sure he had the very best care. She fought that hard for all her causes. Passionate and tireless. And how she loved being Caroline!”

    In a twist of fate, McCay’s passing comes just weeks after the death of her longtime Days leading man Frank Parker.

    McCay received five Daytime Emmy nominations for her work as Days‘ Caroline. She won a primetime Emmy in 1991 for her guest work on CBS’ The Trials of Rosie O’Neill. Additional credits include General Hospital, Gunsmoke and Lou Grant.

    Days vet Stephen Nichols, who played McCay’s onscreen son-in-law Patch, paid tribute to his co-star on Instagram. “The last time I saw you, you talked about how eager you were to get back to work,” he wrote. “You said it with such conviction and longing. Don’t worry, you gave the world plenty. Gave your audiences inspired performances and your fellow actors your strength and inspiration and absolute love of the work. I will miss you sweet, Peggy. I am so grateful for the time I had with you .Sending love to your loved ones. Rest In Peace.”

    Rex Brady on DAYS OF OUR LIVES — Everything You Need to Know

    (10/7/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Longtime fans remember Rex Brady on DAYS OF OUR LIVES as an alien, but now he’s just Roman Brady’s son. And if that’s not weird enough, the character has returned to the soap, but played by the actor who used to play Brady! Don’t worry, we’ll help it all make sense for you…

    The character of Rex was originally played by actor Eric Winter starting in July of 2002 until his departure in July of 2005. Rex is returning to DAYS in the fall of 2018, now portrayed by Kyle Lowder, who viewers will remember as Brady Black from 2000-05. (The role of Brady has been played by Eric Martsolf since 2008.)

    The character of Rex was introduced alongside his twin sister, Cassie, back in July of 2002 when there was a meteor shower and they were discovered wearing foil outfits on the side of the road by Belle and Shawn-Douglas. Nicknamed the “Gemini Twins,” the pair were originally believed to be aliens as they also spoke no English. However, they quickly learned, and Rex wound up having quite a superior intellect.

    After a while, genetic testing revealed that they were actually the twin offspring of Tony DiMera and Marlena Evans, conceived through scientific means. Rex struck up a relationship with Mimi Lockhart, and she was there to support him when he learned the real truth about his parentage. It turns out that Rex and Cassie were created from the sperm of Roman Brady and an egg from Kate Roberts!

    The revelation changed Rex’s attitude, and he became moody and violent, worrying his friends. And when people started dying around Salem, he became the prime suspect. Tragically, he was then devastated when his twin, Cassie, became one of the Salem Stalker’s victims. Thankfully, all the murdered Salem residents turned out to be alive on an island and it was all just an elaborate charade.

    Rex broke up with Mimi when he discovered that she had aborted his baby without telling him, and then left town with his sister. The twins were mentioned briefly in late 2017 as part of Dr. Rolf’s mad experiments, but now Rex is coming home to Salem again.

    What kind of drama will Rex bring with him?

    Talk Show Appearance

    (10/7/18) Daily Pop – E!

    Thursday, October 11 – TLC singer Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins about the 5th Annual T-Boz Unplugged Concert in support of Sickle Cell Disease

    Dishing with Digest - 9/28/18 - Melissa Reeves

    (9/28/18) (Listen / download) Melissa Reeves Previews Matthew Ashford's DAYS Return: DAYS fave Melissa Reeves gives the inside scoop on Matthew Ashford's (Jack) return to the show and looks back on 33 years of playing Jennifer with Soap Opera Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also talk about on-screen couples who didn't get along when the cameras stopped rolling.

    DAYS Stars Remember Frank Parker

    (9/27/18) Frank Parker, who played the role of Grandpa Shawn from 1983-2006, passed away on September 16, and is being fondly remembered by his Salem family on social media. Stephen Nichols (ex-Steve) wrote, “Rest In Peace Frank Parker Good man Good actor. Best TV pop in law So full of Blarney and Joy! Much love on your Journey.” “#FrankParker Opens a New Window. , #PaBrady Opens a New Window. loved to sing and with a smile would burst into song. RIP Frank!” posted James Reynolds (Abe). “Best pop ever!” declared Mary Beth Evans (Kayla). “I loved working with Frank Parker,” shared Eileen Davidson (ex-Kristen, et al). “What a good man and a terrific actor.” Wally Kurth (Ned) tweeted, ” “I so enjoyed spending time with this man. He was a natural actor. Very believable – with a twinkle in his eye that matched his Irish brogue.”

    Frank Parker Dies: Veteran Actor Who Played Grandpa Brady On ‘Days Of Our Lives’ Was 79

    (9/26/18) (deadline.com) Frank Parker, a veteran TV character actor who recurred on the soap opera Days of Our Lives for a quarter-century, has died. He was 79. Legacy.com said he died September 16 in Vacaville, CA, from complications of Parkinson’s disease and dementia.

    Parker played Grandpa Shawn Brady on the NBC soap Days of Our Lives from 1983 until he retired in 2008. He was given a hero’s exit from the show: His character was on a sabotaged airplane and gave up his oxygen mask to save his son, Bo (Peter Reckell). He also had smaller roles on the daytime dramas General Hospital, The Young and the Restless and Never Too Young.

    Born on July 1, 1939 in Darby, PA, Parker earned an acting degree from Carnegie Tech in 1962 and moved to Culver City to pursue his career. By mid-decade, he was guesting on such TV series as Gomer Pyle: USMC, Lost in Space, Daktari and Hogan’s Heroes. He went on to work steadily in the 1970s and into the mid-’80s, landing guest roles on such memorable series as Mission: Impossible, Mod Squad, Little House on the Prairie, S.W.A.T., Wonder Woman, The Six Million Dollar Man, Battlestar Galactica and Quincy, M.E., among many others.

    He also appeared occasionally on the big screen, including an uncredited role in the star-laden 1976 World War II epic Midway, the second film presented in the seat-rattling Sensurround format.

    Parker is survived by his wife, Mary; daughters, Danielle Buckles and Lindsay Parker (Travis Burbank); his grandson, Jaxson Dale; and numerous nieces and nephews.

    Days Video Preview

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    Dishing with Digest - 9/21/18 Tamara Braun

    (9/21/18) (Listen / download) Tamara Braun chats about her GH comeback, her current Kim story, her past soap roles and more with Soap Opera Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss emergency recasts and why being a veteran actor, writer or executive producer is a plus.

    DAYS Casting News: Brandon Barash Replaces Tyler Christopher

    (9/21/18) Tyler Christopher (Stefan) went on sudden leave from DAYS last Thursday, and his former GH co-star Brandon Barash (ex-Johnny) has been tapped to fill in while Christopher is out. Barash reported to the Salem set earlier this week. Look for him to make his DAYS debut in early 2019. Daytime Confidential first reported the news.

    Thaao Penghlis Back Filming At DAYS

    (9/21/18) Thaao Penghlis, whose alter ego, Andre, was killed off DAYS earlier this year but has made sporadic appearances since then, revealed on social media that he was back filming at the set. “Loved being with Deidre Hall this week,” he posted. “Vets make a difference in case some people have forgotten. We build a great foundation on Days that was years in the making. Walk through the door and speak truth. Next. #days ?@DeidreHall? thank you.”

    Your Complete Guide to Every New Hallmark Christmas Movie This Year

    (9/20/18) Summer isn't even officially over but it's already time to start talking about Christmas, more specifically Hallmark Christmas! That's right, folks, the Hallmark Christmas movie schedule was officially released via Entertainment Weekly on Wednesday, and now you can map out your Christmas cheer accordingly.

    Whether you're into sad veterans, overworked marketing assistants too busy trying to land a promotion to celebrate the holidays or a bah-humbug widower in need of some Christmas spirit, Hallmark has you covered with over 35 festive holiday films that go down smoother than your grandma's hot cocoa with marshmallows. Here is when all the new films premiere!

    Saturday, Oct. 27
    Film: Christmas at Pemberley Manor
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Jessica Lowndes, Michael Rady
    Synopsis: As Christmas approaches, Elizabeth Bennett (Lowndes), a New York event planner, is sent to a quaint, small town to organize their holiday festival. When she arrives, she finds William Darcy (Rady), a high-profile billionaire lacking in holiday spirit, in the process of selling the charming estate she hoped to use as a venue. Determined to make her event a success, Elizabeth persuades the reluctant Darcy to let her hold the festival on the historical estate once known for its holiday cheer. When they wind up working together to arrange the festivities, the unlikely pair begins falling for each other. But when complications arise and the festival is unexpectedly shut down, the couple parts ways and Darcy moves forward with his plans to sell the estate. On the night before Christmas, a wistful Elizabeth hopes for a Christmas miracle to revive the festival, save the estate, and rekindle her holiday romance.

    Wednesday, Nov. 3
    Film: Christmas Joy
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Danielle Panabaker, Matt Long
    Synopsis: Joy Holbrook (Panabaker) is a keenly intelligent market researcher with an eye on her company's top account and garnering a sweet promotion just in time for the holidays. Just as Joy is capturing the attention of the account's CEO, she receives a call from her Aunt Ruby's best friend back home in Crystal Falls. Ruby has broken her ankle and needs surgery. Though the timing couldn't be worse, Joy immediately comes to her aunt's bedside only to be reunited with former crush, now hospital administrator, Ben Andrew (Long), son of Ruby's best friend Shirley. Joy also must reconcile Ruby's stubborn determination to be in control of everything, including the town's legendary baking competition known as the Cookie Crawl. To keep Ruby focused on healing, Joy volunteers to take Ruby's place much to the amusement of Ben who knows Joy has no idea of the Herculean task before her. Though Joy initially refuses Ben's attempts to "co-captain," she begins to soften and let him in, all the while remembering that there truly is no place like home. Based on the best-selling novel by Nancy Naigle.

    Thursday, Nov. 4
    Film: Road to Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Jessy Schram, Chad Michael Murray, Teryl Rothery
    Synopsis: Los Angeles television producer Maggie Baker (Schram) unwittingly falls for Danny Wise (Murray), the son and former producer of his mother's (Rothery) popular annual Christmas special Julia Wise Lifestyle. When Maggie's secret plan to reunite Danny and his two brothers with Julia during the live broadcast in Vermont goes awry, Maggie is reminded that above all, it is the love for family and friends that makes the merriest of Christmas.

    Film: Marrying Father Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: Erin Krakow, Niall Matter, Wendie Malick
    Synopsis: When Miranda Chester (Krakow) set off to find information on her biological father two Christmases ago, she never imagined her investigation would lead her to both the love of her life, Ian McAndrick (Matter), and the family she had always longed for, including Margaret Whitcomb (Malick) and step-brother Peter Whitcomb (Jim Thorburn). After her romantic engagement last Christmas, Miranda prepares for a Christmas wedding surrounded by this new family. While Miranda finalizes the details of her big day, Margaret forges a surprising romance with a friend from the past. Miranda's wedding plans are quickly complicated when a mysterious visitor who claims to have ties to her late parents reaches out to her just days before her wedding. As Miranda's wedding approaches, she must decide if she wants to spend one of the most momentous days of her life with this new family connection, and must carefully navigate the first steps into the next chapter of her life with Ian.

    Wednesday, Nov. 10
    Film: It's Christmas, Eve
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: LeAnn Rimes, Tyler Hines
    Synopsis: As interim school superintendent, Eve (Rimes) trims budgets and now she's in her hometown where it's personal. Her handsome neighbor Liam (Hines) is a music teacher and Eve feels his program must be cut. But luckily her friend is married to an IT guy, who's created a website for donations directly to save the arts program. Launched during the tree-lighting ceremony where Liam's students will perform, the website could provide the Christmas miracle the town needs. Already the universe is cooperating. Eve is back home and she, Liam, and his daughter look like they might be celebrating many a future Christmas.

    Thursday, Nov. 11
    Film: Christmas in Love
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Brooke D'Orsay, Daniel Lissing, Mary-Margaret Humes
    Synopsis: Ellie Hartman (D'Orsay) is an aspiring crafter working in her small town's bakery making famous Christmas Kringles. When the new, big-city CEO Nick Carlingson (Lissing) visits the bakery, he arrives filled with modernization ideas destined to lay off many employees. During his visit, Ellie is to teach Nick how to make a Kringle, and determined to show him it's the people who make the business a success, not machines. Nick meets more of the employees and townspeople, visits the food bank and begins to see all the kindness that is shared, and he begins to soften — though not convinced automation isn't better. Struggling with chasing her own entrepreneurial dreams, Ellie begins to fall for Nick but not before feeling betrayed when she inadvertently sees Nick's laptop filled with automation plans. When Nick finally tells the employees his future ideas for the company, Ellie must decide if she should trust him, but more importantly, whether to take a leap of faith in making her own dreams come true.

    Film: A Soldier's Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: Eloise Mumford, Sean Faris
    Synopsis: Captain Grace Garland (Mumford), a decorated U.S. veteran, returns home after two tours of Search and Rescue in Afghanistan. After being separated from her beloved K9 partner, Grace must rediscover the magic of Christmas. When she finds herself stranded in the town of River's Crossing a couple weeks before Christmas, the local judge, Joe Peterson (Faris), offers her a place to stay on his property and takes it upon himself to show Grace everything she has been missing; Christmas, family, community, and love.

    Wednesday, Nov. 17
    Film: Christmas at Graceland
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Kellie Pickler, Wes Brown
    Synopsis: Laurel (Pickler), a Chicago-based business executive travels to Memphis to secure one of the city's oldest family-owned banks. While in Memphis, Laurel reunites with old flame Clay (Brown), a local music promoter with loftier aspirations. Though Laurel tries to keep her eye on the prize of the business acquisition, Clay is very persuasive reminding her of the days when they were a performing duo on the brink of stardom. Now Laurel's focus turns to the home of the Blues and dreams of making music again.

    Film: A Godwink Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: Kimberley Sustad, Paul Campbell, Kathie Lee Gifford
    Synopsis: As Christmas approaches, Paula (Sustad), a St. Louis antique appraiser, reluctantly accepts a marriage proposal from her boyfriend, Daniel (Giles Panton, Chesapeake Shores), a career-focused attorney. When her Aunt Jane (Gifford) senses she has mixed emotions over the engagement, she invites Paula to her Nantucket home. Upon her arrival, Paula plans a trip to the nearby island of Martha's Vineyard where she meets Gery (Campbell), a charming inn owner. When bad weather prevents her from departing, Paula winds up staying at Gery's inn and enjoying local holiday festivities alongside him. They begin to have feelings for each other, but when the weather clears up, they part ways and Paula returns to Nantucket. Sensing she's fallen for Gery, Aunt Jane shares with Paula her belief that their meeting was God's way of "winking" at her to help determine which direction her life should take. When Daniel surprises her by spontaneously arriving in Nantucket, Paula decides to move forward with their marriage plans. But back in St. Louis, Daniel soon returns to his all-business ways and a fed-up Paula finally realizes they're not compatible. When Jane invites her back to Nantucket for Christmas, Paula accepts, unaware that Jane has devised a plan to bring her and Gery together. From author Squire Rushnell of the God Winks book series.

    Thursday, Nov. 18
    Film: Mingle All the Way
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Jen Lilley, Brant Daugherty, Lindsay Wagner
    Synopsis: Mingle All the Way is a new networking app designed to pair busy professionals together for upcoming events, without long-term romance. Molly (Lilley), founder of the app, is determined to prove to her family that it is a success. Therefore, she joins the app and meets another busy professional, Jeff (Daugherty). When Molly and Jeff are matched, they are both horrified to realize they've already had not one, but two disastrous previous encounters. Nevertheless, they agree to stay matched for all their respective upcoming holiday engagements. As the pair gets closer, perhaps their business arrangement might turn into something more this holiday season.

    Film: Return to Christmas Creek
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: Tori Anderson, Stephen Huszar, Steven Weber, Kari Matchett
    Synopsis: As Christmas approaches, Amelia Hughes (Anderson), a career-focused Chicago app developer lacking in holiday spirit, returns to her small hometown of Christmas Creek to rediscover the meaning of Christmas. There, she reunites with her childhood best friend Mike (Huszar) and her estranged uncle Harry (Weber), whose mysterious rift with Amelia's father divided her family during the holiday season when she was a child. As she engages in local holiday festivities — and begins falling for Mike — Amelia finds herself feeling the Christmas spirit and looking forward to Harry's Christmas Eve tradition of delivering toys to needy children in his small, private airplane. Meanwhile, Harry begins repairing his damaged relationship with his ex-girlfriend Pamela (Kari Matchett). But as she helps prep Harry's airplane for the toy delivery, a shocked Amelia learns her parents have unexpectedly shown up in town for the holiday and is crushed when her father and Harry resume their longstanding feud. On Christmas Eve, disappointed by her family's continued fighting, Amelia prepares to return to Chicago and leave behind Christmas Creek and her budding romance with Mike along with it. But just as she's about to leave, she feels a burst of inspiration that just might turn things around and help her finally restore family peace and embrace romance as love prepares to take flight for Christmas.

    Friday, Nov. 19
    Film: Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: Alicia Witt, Colin Ferguson
    Synopsis: Emma (Witt) returns home to celebrate Christmas for the last time with her siblings in the house they grew up in. After their parents' recent passing, the siblings reluctantly agree to sell the family home on Honeysuckle Lane, leaving Emma in charge of its belongings. While Emma's mother's collection is being appraised, they find a hidden surprise that takes them on a journey to discover the power of love and family during the holidays. Based on the book by Mary Elizabeth McDonough.

    Saturday, Nov. 20
    Film: Hope at Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: Ryan Paevey, Scottie Thompson
    Synopsis: Sydney Ragsdale (Thompson), recently divorced, decides to spend Christmas in a house she inherited with her young daughter. As Sydney begins to spend more time at the local bookstore, she meets a teacher, Mac (Paevey), who also fills in for the town Santa. Mac tries to make Christmas wishes come true, and this year Sydney is at the top of his "nice" list. As a new opportunity with the bookstore unfolds, Mac helps Sydney open herself up to life, love, and believing in the spirit of Christmas again.

    Sunday, Nov. 21
    Film: Christmas at the Palace
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Merritt Patterson, Brittany Bristow
    Synopsis: Katie, a former professional ice skater (Patterson), is hired by the king of San Senova, Alexander, to help his daughter in a Christmas ice skating performance. As Katie spends time in the castle and with the king, she and Alex begin to develop feelings for each other and ultimately fall in love. But will the tradition-loving people of San Senova allow their king to make a foreigner their queen?

    Monday, Nov. 22
    Film: Christmas at Grand Valley
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Danica McKellar, Brennan Elliott
    Synopsis: Burned out from the hubbub of the Chicago gallery world, artist Kelly (McKellar) returns home to the picturesque Grand Valley just in time for Christmas. Maybe her favorite town's shining season will reinvigorate her love of art and guide her down her next path. Leo (Elliott), businessman and all-star dad to his children, struggles to balance his time this holiday season. When he is assigned to review a hotel in Grand Valley for its value, he sees this as the perfect opportunity for a Christmas family vacation. It isn't long until Kelly and Leo's worlds collide. As Kelly re-experiences her favorite Grand Valley traditions with Leo and his children, she begins to find her way back to her passion for art.

    Tuesday, Nov. 23
    Film: Pride, Prejudice and Mistletoe
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Lacey Chabert, Brendan Penny
    Synopsis: Darcy (Chabert) has always worked hard to prove herself and be successful on her own terms, even choosing to start her own company, rather than work with her father. Returning to her hometown for Christmas, Darcy reconnects with an old rival, restaurant owner Luke (Penny), and they are forced to plan a charity event together. As Darcy spends time with her family and Luke, she starts to realize what matters most in life and sets out to mend her relationship with her father, and possibly fall in love. Based on the book of the same title by Melissa de la Cruz.

    Wednesday, Nov. 24
    Film: Christmas Everlasting
    Channel: Hallmark Channel — Hallmark Hall of Fame
    Stars: Tatyana Ali, Dondre T. Whitfield, Patti LaBelle, Dennis Haysbert
    Synopsis: Christmas is fast approaching and years of long workdays employed at New York's top corporate law firm are about to pay off now that Lucy Toomey (Ali) will be made partner after the New Year. However, when Alice, her older sister with special needs, unexpectedly passes away, Lucy returns back to Nilson's Bay, Wisconsin, to attend the funeral and handle her estate. While Lucy dreads returning to her childhood home, she also feels real sorrow that she was too busy to take her sister's last call. Once back in Nilson's Bay, Lucy meets Peter (Whitfield), her old high school sweetheart and Alice's former attorney, who informs her of the terms of Alice's eccentric will that states in order for Lucy to inherit the family home, she must live there for 30 days through the holidays.

    Thursday, Nov. 25
    Film: Welcome to Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: Jennifer Finnigan, Eric Mabius
    Synopsis: Resort developer Madison Lane (Finnigan) is tasked with finding a location for a new ski resort. While she's prepared to recommend the resort be placed in Mountain Park, her boss tells her to take a trip to Christmas, Colorado, to consider the location and the incentive package they're offering. On her way into town to meet with the mayor, Madison has a minor fender-bender with the town's welcome sign. Town Sheriff Gage McBride (Mabius) gives Madison a ride into town so she can attend the meeting while the car is towed and repaired. Little does Madison know that the town is on a mission to convince Madison that Christmas is the best place for the new ski resort. While stranded, Madison grows to love the community and the spirit of Christmas that runs throughout. Is a resort really the right move for Christmas? Or would the town be better off keeping its charm and traditions intact?

    Film: A Shoe Addict's Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Candace Cameron Bure, Luke Macfarlane
    Synopsis: As Christmas approaches, Noelle (Bure) is at a crossroads in her life when it seems that love, a connection with her father, and her dream career are out of reach. When she stays late at her job in a department store on a snowy Christmas Eve, she accidentally gets locked in after closing. She isn't too concerned about the prospect of spending the night in the store... until a quirky woman appears out of nowhere in the shoe department and tells Noelle that she's her guardian angel. Soon, Noelle finds herself revisiting Christmases past, present, and future as she must work with her new neighbor, a handsome, Christmas-loving firefighter, to plan the annual Christmas Charity Gala. Will visiting the holidays of yesterday and tomorrow help Noelle take new chances and discover the true spirit of Christmas? And in realizing that the only thing standing in her way of leading a fulfilling life is herself, will the love she has longed for all her life be the best surprise gift of all?

    Wednesday, Dec. 1
    Film: Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Jill Wagner, Mark Deklin, Holly Robinson-Peete, Barbara Niven, Andrew Francis, Ashley Williams
    Synopsis: When Lisa (Wagner) takes a last-minute Christmas trip to her hometown of Evergreen, she finds that the historic general store has been closed. Using her skills as a professional retail designer, Lisa decides to keep local tradition alive and help the good people of Evergreen bring the store back to life. As Lisa charms a local contractor named Kevin (Deklin) into working with her, the pair find themselves facing one surprise after another as they restore the store to its former glory. When the staff at the Kringle Kitchen temporarily accept the store's beloved "Mailbox to Santa" for safekeeping, the townspeople find and rally around a mysterious 25-year-old letter that never made it to the North Pole. As old traditions are made new again, Lisa finds herself falling for Kevin, the traditions, and the town of Evergreen.

    Thursday, Dec. 2
    Film: A Majestic Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Jerrika Hinton, Christian Vincent
    Synopsis: Christmas in the charming town of Briar Falls will be bittersweet this year when architect Nell (Hinton) goes back to her hometown having been given the job of turning the historic Majestic Playhouse into a modern multiplex, much to the town's objections. The Playhouse has been home to their annual Christmas tableaux, which will now have to end after a long and historic tradition to the town. This job is Nell's first promotion, and one she wishes she hadn't been chosen for, especially when she meets the new owner of the theater, Connor (Vincent), whose vision and ideas clash with Nell's. Since Connor hasn't had much experience celebrating Christmas, Nell hopes that if she can give him a crash course in Christmas during the town's Twelve Day Festival, that he might just change his mind about modernizing the Majestic.

    Film: Northern Lights of Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: Ashley Williams, Corey Sevier
    Synopsis: Zoey Hathaway (Williams) has been working toward her lifelong goal of being a pilot for years, but everything is thrown off-course when she unexpectedly inherits a reindeer farm, along with the dangerously handsome ranch hand Alec Wynn (Sevier). Now buried in taking care of reindeer and all the Christmas responsibilities, Zoey thinks life has delivered her a strange and cumbersome blow, and she isn't sure about Alec, who has his own ideas how best to run things. Alec, who has never had many people have faith in him, opens up when Zoey invests trust in him, and the two find themselves falling for each other. Could they both find happiness in the most unlikely of circumstances right before Christmas?

    Wednesday, Dec. 8
    Film: Homegrown Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Lori Loughlin, Victor Webster
    Synopsis: After stepping down as CEO of her dream job, Maddie (Loughlin) heads home for the holidays to gain perspective. She finds herself running into her old high school sweetheart Carter (Webster), and tensions quickly arise. When forced to put together a Christmas dance for the local high school, Carter and Maddie find themselves putting their differences aside and rediscover what made them fall in love all those years ago.

    Film: Memories of Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: Christina Milian, Mark Taylor
    Synopsis: Noelle (Milian) was raised by the queen of Christmas. When she inherits her late mother's house, she finds out that her mother had been hiring someone to decorate it — Dave (Taylor). The deal is off, but Dave convinces Noelle to let him carry on the tradition. As the display goes up, Noelle's defenses start to come down. She embraces the town's Christmas gala that was her mother's legacy, finds unexpected love, and develops a joy for the holidays that she never thought possible.

    Thursday, Dec. 9
    Film: Once Upon a Christmas Miracle
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: TBA
    Synopsis: Told she would have less than a few months to live without a liver transplant, Heather Krueger's time was running out when a kind stranger, Chris Dempsey, heard of her plight and discovered he was a perfect match. The two met and before long a friendship developed into romance. The movie follows Heather and Chris' journey over three Christmases as his selfless gesture leads to a Christmas miracle for everyone involved. Based on a true story.

    Film: Christmas Wonderland
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Emily Osment
    Synopsis: Heidi (Osment), who initially left her small town of Pleasant Valley with the dream of one day becoming a successful painter, has put her own art on hold to excel as an art gallery curator. Now, a week before the gallery's big Christmas party, she must return home to watch her niece and nephew. She comes face to face with her high school love, Chris, now a teacher, who is in over his head after he must find a new last-minute location for the Christmas dance. Heidi offers to help him and together they discover a beautiful place for the dance, perfectly capturing the Christmas spirit, called Wonderland Farms. The more time Heidi spends in Pleasant Valley decorating for the Christmas SnowBall, the more she finds herself inspired to start painting again. With Christmas fast approaching, Heidi soon becomes torn between the life she built in the city and the life she is surprisingly charmed by back in Pleasant Valley, embracing her true passion.

    Wednesday, Dec. 8
    Film: A Gingerbread Romance
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Duane Henry
    Synopsis: With Christmas just weeks away, the architecture firm Taylor works for enters her in a contest in which the teams will design and build life-sized gingerbread houses. After the contest, Taylor will likely be getting a promotion to a position in another city. The firm teams her up with Isabelle, a renowned French pastry chef with whom Taylor instantly locks horns. When Isabelle backs out, Taylor stumbles into a local bakery and meets Adam, a baker and single dad. In an act of desperation, Taylor convinces Adam to partner with her for the contest, arguing that winning would give the bakery and his designs much-needed exposure. For years Taylor has been resistant to call anywhere 'home' for fear it will only be temporary. But the time she spends with Adam and his daughter in their cozy home, decorating for the holidays and exploring the town at Christmas, fills her with a longing for a place to call home.

    Wednesday, Dec. 15
    Film: Time for Me to Come Home
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: TBA
    Synopsis: It's the last Friday before Christmas in New York City and a massive storm is brewing. Small-town business woman Cara Hill is meeting with her banker while country music star Heath Sawyer is playing Madison Square Garden. When the flight to Tulsa they're both booked on is canceled, this unlikely pair of strangers winds up traveling together. Each has a secret — Heath hasn't written a song since his father died, and Cara's mother recently passed and her family's jam business is failing. Will Christmas provide a miracle — and a chance at love? Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas is a touching story about finding a way home after a loss — to your family and to your own true self. Based on the song by Blake Shelton and the book by Dorothy Shakleford and Travis Thrasher.

    Thursday, Dec. 16
    Film: Entertaining Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Jodie Sweetin
    Synopsis: Claire is a cookbook author, crafting expert, and television personality whose name is synonymous with perfection. As she contemplates retirement, her daughter Kara (Sweetin) is poised to become the new face of the Livingston brand. The only trouble is, Kara can't cook. Or sew. Or do any of the signature things her mother is known for. When a young girl posts a video online requesting Claire help welcome her deployed father home for Christmas, Kara is sent in her place in an effort to prove herself a worthy successor to the board of directors and win the job. As Kara does her best to make a good impression, she gets more than she bargained for when the young girl's uncle Joe turns out to be a reporter for the local paper, looking for his next story.

    Film: Reunited for Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: Nikki Deloach, Mike Faiola
    Synopsis: Frazzled and struggling with writer's block, novelist Samantha (Deloach), along with her boyfriend, heads home to her late grandmother's home to spend Christmas. While at home with family, her grandmother's wise words reveal the true meaning of Christmas with Samantha at a time when she most needs encouragement

    Wednesday, Dec. 22
    Film: Christmas Copy
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: TBA
    Synopsis: TBA

    Film: Small Town Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: TBA
    Synopsis: Author Nell Phillips' first book has become a surprise bestseller of the Christmas season. Nell's last stop on a nationwide book tour takes her to the town of Springdale, the hometown of Emmett Turner, a young man she met over five years ago while both were junior copy editors at a New York publishing company. Nell was hurt when Emmett stood her up for a dinner date and then disappeared from New York without any explanation. As Nell is quick to admit, Emmett's colorful, nostalgic anecdotes about Springdale inspired her to write this book that is shaping her life and especially this holiday season.

    Thursday, Dec. 23
    Film: Christmas Made to Order
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Alexa PenaVega
    Synopsis: When architect and Christmas amateur Steven finds himself hosting his family for Christmas, he recruits holiday coordinator Gretchen (PenaVega) to bring holiday joy to his home. Gretchen's expert Christmas spirit brings Steven's family together, but neither expected it to bring them closer to each other. After a great opportunity presents itself to Gretchen, she and Steven must decide what's really important in life.

    Film: Christmas Bells Are Ringing
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: TBA
    Synopsis: Samantha, a freelance photographer, is returning to Cape Cod for the first time since the death of her mother years earlier. She's going to celebrate her father's Christmas Eve wedding to the lovely Helen but is anxious to revisit past memories. However, having never been to the Cape during winter, she finds that it is a whole new experience. On deadline for a big Christmas spread that could ignite her career, she enlists the help of her childhood friend, Mike, to show her around. In the time she spends in Cape Cod with her dad, Helen, and Mike, she finds meaning in her creative pursuits, falls in love, and realizes that Christmas is wherever your family is.

    Saturday, Dec. 25
    Film: When Calls the Heart Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Erin Krakow, Lori Loughlin, Jack Wagner, Pascale Hutton, Kavan Smith, Paul Greene
    Synopsis: When a group of orphans become stranded in Hope Valley for Christmas, their caretakers — sisters who have a mysterious backstory — lead Bill (Wagner) to investigate the circumstances of their arrival. He discovers the sisters and their orphanage are in jeopardy, so Abigail (Loughlin) and the other residents rally to make it a Christmas to remember for the orphans. Elizabeth (Krakow), who is preparing for the birth of her child, organizes her students to engage in selfless gift-giving. That, along with a Christmas miracle, help bring wonder, hope, joy, and love to all this Christmas season.

    Wednesday, Dec. 29
    Film: Focus on Love
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Carlos PenaVega
    Synopsis: With only one week to prepare, Lisa Patterson and her family of party planners are given the biggest job in their company's history: a New Year's Eve party for tech entrepreneur Megan Clark. But when her brother breaks his leg and her parents head off on a planned vacation, Lisa must reluctantly enlist the help of her brother's visiting college buddy, David Campos (PenaVega), to help her pull off the event which just so happens to fall on her favorite day of the year. But what Lisa didn't plan on was falling in love in the process.

    Kelly Clarkson Syndicated Talk Show Set For Fall 2019 Launch On NBC Stations, Replaces Steve Harvey Talker

    (9/20/18) We have the first daytime syndicated series set for next fall, a one-hour talk show hosted by former American Idol winner and current The Voice coach Kelly Clarkson. NBCUniversal Domestic TV Distribution has sold The Kelly Clarkson Show to the NBC Owned TV Station group for a fall 2019 debut.

    The show is getting a prime slot on the NBC stations where it will air as the lead-in to daytime anchor Ellen in all but one market. That is a time period that had been occupied by a Steve Harvey talker for seven seasons now, first Steve Harvey and currently Steve.

    It is not clear what will happen to Steve, produced by IMG Original Content, which replaced the Endemol Shine North America-produced Steve Harvey starting last fall. It is being distributed by NBCU TV Distribution but I hear the company has been telling stations it would no longer handle it. IMG could take it elsewhere, and I hear that the company has had preliminary conversations. In the new incarnation under new ownership structure, Steve, which relocated from Chicago to Los Angeles, is pretty expensive, which could make finding a new home challenging, but I hear IMG intends to continue with the show.

    Both fronted by veteran comedians, Harvey and Ellen DeGeneres’ shows have been a formidable daytime block on the NBC stations, led by flagships WNBC New York, KNBC Los Angeles and WMAQ Chicago. Both opened their new seasons with year-to-year gains for their season premieres earlier this month; Steve was up 27% to an individual day rating of 1.4 with its second season opener on Sept. 4..

    Neither Steve nor Ellen are produced by NBCUniversal, while The Kelly Clarkson Show is. It is the first first-run syndication series developed after the fall 2016 restructuring at NBCU, which saw NBC head of alternative Paul Telegdy take over the first-run syndication division. There are clear synergies — it was Telegdy and his unscripted team that recruited Clarkson for NBC’s The Voice, first as a part-time advisor on Season 13 and then as a coach since the most recent Season 14. (She also is set for cycles 15 and 16). She was a standout on The Voice, leading to a talk show pilot, which was shot this past summer.

    “The incomparable Kelly Clarkson takes everything she touches to another level and we couldn’t be happier to bring her talent, humor, generosity and compassion to daytime next year,” said Telegdy, President, Alternative & Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. “With Kelly’s cross-generational appeal and extraordinary ability to understand and connect with viewers, The Kelly Clarkson Show will have something for everyone.”

    The new daytime talker starring Grammy-winner Clarkson is described as a fun, energetic show that breaks with tradition. Each episode will feature stories, celebrity guests, surprises, humor and music.

    “I love connecting with people, playing games, music and finding ways to help or give back to communities/organizations,” Clarkson said. “Having my own talk show where I get to do all of these things is pretty much a dream job!”

    Other stations from the NBC Station Group that will air The Kelly Clarkson Show as a lead-in for Ellen include WCAU Philadelphia, KXAS Dallas-Fort Worth, KNTV San Francisco, WRC Washington DC, WTVJ Miami, KNSD San Diego and WVIT Hartford. The new show will also air in Boston on NBC-owned station WBTS in a different slot. The 11 NBC owned stations cover nearly 30% of U.S. households.

    “We are very excited to have Kelly Clarkson on our air next fall,” said Valari Staab, President, NBCUniversal Owned TV Stations. “She’s genuine, warm, fun and interacts with her fans in a meaningful way. She will be the perfect companion to Ellen, providing an afternoon of great television.”

    From Los Angeles, The Kelly Clarkson Show is produced and distributed by NBCUniversal Domestic TV Distribution. Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock are executive producers.

    Kelly Clarkson Talk Show Picked Up by NBC — Is Days of Our Lives Doomed?

    (9/19/18) Daytime will no longer suck without her: Kelly Clarkson’s NBC talk show is officially a go, TVLine has learned, with a nationwide debut slated for fall 2019. But what does that mean for daytime staple Days of Our Lives?

    The Kelly Clarkson Show, as the new daytime series is officially titled, has been sold to 11 NBC-owned affiliates across the country, and will air weekdays as the lead-in to Ellen in the following markets: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas/Fort Worth, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Miami, San Diego and Hartford. (It’ll also air in Boston in a different time slot.)

    Hosted by the multi-platinum singer and The Voice coach, The Kelly Clarkson Show will be “a fun, energetic show that breaks with tradition,” according to the network. “In each episode, audiences will experience an hour full of remarkable stories, celebrity guests, spontaneous surprises, humor, heart and, of course, good music!”

    Clarkson’s daytime-TV debut will dictate the exit of another NBC series. Right now, Steve (as in Harvey) reportedly will be replaced in the aforementioned markets by Clarkson’s show when it launches in fall 2019. But in the long term, the casualty could turn out to be the long-running soap opera Days of Our Lives, which has aired on NBC since 1965 but is only renewed through next summer. Days has been on the cancellation bubble for years as one of the last classic soaps still airing in network daytime.

    Kelly Clarkson Talk Show Picked Up by NBC — Is Days of Our Lives Doomed?

    (9/19/18) Daytime will no longer suck without her: Kelly Clarkson’s NBC talk show is officially a go, TVLine has learned, with a nationwide debut slated for fall 2019. But what does that mean for daytime staple Days of Our Lives?

    The Kelly Clarkson Show, as the new daytime series is officially titled, has been sold to 11 NBC-owned affiliates across the country, and will air weekdays as the lead-in to Ellen in the following markets: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas/Fort Worth, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Miami, San Diego and Hartford. (It’ll also air in Boston in a different time slot.)

    Hosted by the multi-platinum singer and The Voice coach, The Kelly Clarkson Show will be “a fun, energetic show that breaks with tradition,” according to the network. “In each episode, audiences will experience an hour full of remarkable stories, celebrity guests, spontaneous surprises, humor, heart and, of course, good music!”

    Clarkson’s daytime-TV debut will dictate the exit of another NBC series. Right now, Steve (as in Harvey) reportedly will be replaced in the aforementioned markets by Clarkson’s show when it launches in fall 2019. But in the long term, the casualty could turn out to be the long-running soap opera Days of Our Lives, which has aired on NBC since 1965 but is only renewed through next summer. Days has been on the cancellation bubble for years as one of the last classic soaps still airing in network daytime.

    Win A Walk-On Role On DAYS

    (9/19/18) Mentor, a national nonprofit leading the youth mentoring movement, is giving fans the chance to bid on a behind-the-scenes tour of DAYS and a walk-on, nonspeaking role on the show in an online auction now through September 20 at 10:30 p.m. For more information and to place your bid, click here.

    How 'This is Us' Star Justin Hartley Found Love With Wife Chrishell Stause Following His Divorce

    (9/17/18) (countryliving.com) When This Is Us heartthrob Justin Hartley married actress Chrishell Stause on October 28, 2017, the ceremony was held at Malibu's Calamigos Ranch on the fourth anniversary of their first date.

    The two attended a concert together at the urging of a mutual friend. Chrishell, who has since changed her last name to Hartley, said it was love at first sight. "The next day I texted my friend: 'I found him,'" she told People.

    Justin agreed. "I drove her home and called the next day. We haven't been apart since," he added. "I knew right away [and] was like, 'Oh boy, here we go.'"

    Justin's This Is Us castmates, including Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, and Chrissy Metz, were on hand to help the couple celebrate their big day.

    Justin, 41, stars on the critically acclaimed NBC series as the troubled Kevin Pearson, one of the Big Three at the heart of the show. This Is Us, which debuted in 2016, has become a cultural phenomenon, breaking ratings records and kicking Justin's career into high gear (and it returns for a third season in September).

    Longtime fans know he started out on a soap opera, logging four years on Passions before taking the role of Oliver Queen, aka the Green Arrow, on the CW series Smallville. In later years, Justin returned to soaps on The Young and the Restless and appeared on ABC's Revenge and Mistresses. He's also graced the big screen, most recently in 2017's A Bad Moms Christmas.

    Justin married fellow Passions alumni Lindsay Hartley (née Korman) in 2004, but the couple divorced in 2012. They share a daughter, Isabella Justice (Bella for short), born in 2004 and now age 14.

    Chrishell, 37, is also an actress known for roles on soap operas All My Children and Days of Our Lives, and most recently played Bethany Bryant on The Young and the Restless. She's also appeared on the web series Youthful Daze.

    Although they're only coming up on their first wedding anniversary, the two have settled into a comfortable, married life and enjoy spending time together at home when they aren't working. "We really are all about staying in recently, cooking together, watching movies, and that sort of thing," Justin told US Weekly.

    He also knows the secret to starting his wife's day off right. "I'm an early riser, so when I hear her coming down the stairs in the morning, I turn on the coffee maker for her and get espresso going," he explained to the publication.

    For her part, Chrishell helps her husband to stay on track with his fitness routine, he noted to People.

    "She makes it easier. She's a big motivational factor for me because she's in such great shape," Justin said. "I try to keep up with her. To have somebody in your life that can motivate you is really, really good."

    Building a life together is a top priority for the couple. As Justin told the publication after their wedding, "At the risk of sounding cheesy, I look forward to sharing life experiences and growing old together. Someday, we can talk about all the things we did together 30 years ago!"

    Dishing with Digest - 9/14/18 - Kyle Lowder

    (9/14/18) (Listen / Download) Kyle Lowder chats with Soap Opera Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky about his return to DAYS after a 13-year absence and how he'll be playing a different character. He also discusses his close relationship with ex-wife, Arianne Zucker (Nicole). Plus, we discuss the importance of keeping veteran stars front and center.

    'Kyle Brandt Football Experience' as unique as its host

    (9/13/18) Kyle Brandt has a much different background than every other analyst/host who appears on NFL Network. So naturally his main goal in developing his new show is that it had to be different.

    Really different.

    "I tell people it's really going to be different than every other show (NFL Network airs)," Brandt said. "The second you turn it on, you will see how different it is."

    The Kyle Brandt Football Experience makes its debut Friday on NFL Network at 6 p.m. ET. The show is an extension of Brandt's duties as a Monday through Friday regular on Good Morning Football, which airs at 7 a.m. ET.

    It hardly is a surprise that Brandt wants an unconventional show. Prior to arriving at NFL Network in 2016, his diverse resume included stints as being a reality TV star on The Real World: Chicago; a three-year role as a character on the soap opera Days of Our Lives; and a long run as producer of the nationally syndicated Jim Rome Radio Show.

    "A lot of people have better resumes, but nobody has a weirder one," Brandt said.

    Brandt also was a three-year starting running back at Princeton, but he knows his football experience pales in comparison to the NFL Network's analyst roster that includes several Hall of Famers. He says he was brought in to Good Morning Football to serve in the wildcard role on the panel.

    "The reason why I am here is because I come at football from a different angle," Brandt said. "I bring a lot of energy and creativity."

    That will be seen in the Kyle Brandt Football Experience. Instead of sitting behind a desk in a studio, Brandt will be positioned in an active control room with "50 monitors and 5,000 buttons," he says.

    Brandt says the set-up is "a homage" to the classic George Michael Sports Machine, the Sunday night sports wrap-up show in which Michael pushed buttons to play highlights. Brandt's buttons on the show will enable him to access any play from any player in NFL history.

    Brandt's aim is to tie the past with the present.

    "A river of nostalgia runs through this show," Brandt said. "We will have the biggest play from Week 6, but also the biggest from when you were 6-years old."

    For instance, Brandt says, if the Los Angeles Rams' Todd Gurley hurdles a defensive back in making a spectacular run, he will punch up a highlight of Tampa Bay's Warrick Dunn doing something similar in 1997.

    "We'll put them side-by-side and ask 'Who did it better?'" Brandt said.

    Brandt thinks the old clips will hit a nerve with NFL fans, showing how they relate to today's game.

    "Nobody tunes out a retro highlight from a player they watched in high school," Brandt said. "It stops you dead in your tracks."

    The show will feature a variety of guests both in and out of football. Brandt says his first question always will be who was your first favorite player? For Brandt, who grew up in Chicago, it was the Bears' William Perry. It is the reason why the first clip in the show's opening features "The Fridge" busting through to score a touchdown in Super Bowl XX.

    Brandt says the 30-minute show will be fast-paced and always unpredictable. He feels the control-room look will be the TV equivalent of eating in a Benihana restaurant where the meal is made right in front of you.

    "One of the executives said, 'The control room is Kyle's crazy brain, and you get to play in it for 30 minutes,'" Brandt said. "It's going to be really fun, really wild."

    Twentieth Century Fox Cuts Predator Scene After Learning Actor Is a Sex Offender

    (9/11/18) Twentieth Century Fox has hastily deleted a scene from the upcoming sci-fi sequel The Predator after learning one of its featured actors is a registered sex offender, according to the Los Angeles Times. The actor, Steven Wilder Striegel, (a.k.a. Steve Wilder – ex-Jack, Days Of Our Lives) is a longtime friend of Predator director Shane Black’s. The director has acknowledged that he was aware of Striegel’s offender status.

    Fox decided to delete the scene after Predator co-star Olivia Munn learned that Striegel pleaded guilty in 2010 after being accused of attempting “to lure a 14-year-old female into a sexual relationship via the Internet,” the Times reports. He was charged in Connecticut, where the girl lived, and served six months in jail after pleading guilty to risk of injury to a child and enticing a minor by computer. Munn alerted the studio to Striegel’s past on Aug. 15. It was then decided that the three-page scene, in which Striegel plays a jogger who hits on Munn’s character, would be left on the cutting-room floor. The Predator, set for a Sept. 14 release date, was a few days away from locking picture.

    “Our studio was not aware of Mr. Striegel’s background when he was hired,” a Fox spokesperson said in a statement to the Times. “We were not aware of his background during the casting process due to legal limitations that impede studios from running background checks on actors.”

    As the Times notes, there is no law in California that restricts the employment of a sex offender. Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, the chief operating officer and general counsel of the Screen Actors Guild, told the Times that “producers are responsible for maintaining a safe working environment under our collective bargaining agreements and the law, and that applies to any type of on-set danger or threat.”

    Black and Striegel had already been friends for five years at the time of Striegel’s 2009 arrest, the Times reports. Black has cast Striegel in small parts in several of his films, including Iron Man 3 and The Nice Guys, both made after Striegel pleaded guilty. Black even once said that he was going to produce one of Striegel’s projects, a heist film. Black defended his decision to tap Striegel for The Predator, telling the Times via written statement that he “personally chose to help a friend. I can understand others might disapprove, as his conviction was on a sensitive charge and not to be taken lightly.” Striegel, he said, was “caught up in a bad situation versus something lecherous.”

    In an e-mail to the Times, Striegel defended both Black and the casting decision. “The character I played was named after a mutual friend of ours, and it seemed a good fit,” he wrote.“I’ve known Shane Black 14 years, well before this incident, and I think it’s worth noting that he was aware of the facts. Shane can speak for himself, but I’m quite certain that if he felt I was a danger in any way to have around, he would not have.”

    Striegel also spoke about the arrest and charges, claiming the then-14-year-old was one of his distant relatives whom he saw at family gatherings and spoke to about “a multitude of problems she was facing, including being a truant, being pressured to do drugs and alcohol, and that she had started having sex, as well as many other things.” He then “made the the [sic] very bad judgement call of telling her in these emails that she was attractive, and sexy, and not a failure, etc.”

    Per the Times, the March 2009 arrest warrant affidavit claims that physical contact between Striegel and “Jane Doe,” as she’s identified, included “kissing, touching Doe’s breast over her clothing, rubbing her legs, and stroking her neck.” It also quotes graphic e-mails in which Striegel tells Doe how much he wants to have sex with her and describes his sexual preferences. “EVERY thing you say turns me on!!” he once wrote to Doe. “I love that it rocked you when I pulled your hair that time.”

    Striegel said that the allegations of physical contact are “groundless.”

    “Nothing supported such a claim, and no charges in that regard were even filed,” he wrote to the Times. “The only thing I was ever charged with were words in an email.”

    He called the situation “an enormously unfortunate chapter in my life, and one that I took, and continue to take, personal responsibility for. If I had even an inkling that my involvement with The Predator would be a point of difficulty for Shane Black, or cast any kind of shadow over a movie that I wish only great success for, I would, of course, never have been involved in any capacity.”

    In a statement to the Times, Munn said it was “both surprising and unsettling that Shane Black, our director, did not share this information to the cast, crew, or Fox Studios prior to, during, or after production. However, I am relieved that when Fox finally did receive the information, the studio took appropriate action by deleting the scene featuring Wilder prior to release of the film.”

    Lamon Archey On Maintaining His Sex Symbol Status and Becoming A Family Man

    (8/31/18) Hunky ‘Days Of Our Lives' Star Lamon Archey On Maintaining His Sex Symbol Status and Becoming A Family Man: Read here.

    ‘Days Of Our Lives’ Billy Flynn & ‘Banshee’ Star Tyson Sullivan Set ‘Willowbrook’ Feature

    (8/28/18) Banshee and Quarry star Tyson Sullivan and Days of Our Lives star Billy Flynn are collaborating on the dramatic feature Willowbrook which they’ll both star and co-write. The pic is scheduled to start filming in February in New York State with Matthew Huston making his feature directorial debut.

    Willowbrook centers around a young mother who dies leaving behind a young daughter and a bereft husband. Soon after her death, a childhood friend returns to their hometown, only to create havoc within the family. Sullivan and Flynn are partnering with New York-based producer Rose Ganguzza (Blue Gold: American Jeans, Kill Your Darlings, Margin Call) under her Rose Pictures’ banner. Producing alongside Ganguzza’s Rose Pictures’ is Myra Morris and Jake Alden Falconer.

    Ganguzza’s upcoming projects include Poms, starring Diane Keaton, Pam Grier and Jacki Weaver which recently wrapped production in Atlanta, Georgia; Fatima, staring Harvey Keitel & Sonia Braga which commences filming next month in Portugal and The Chaperone, starring Elizabeth McGovern, Campbell Scott & Haley Lu Richardson which is making its World Premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival on Sept. 23.

    Sullivan is repped by Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal Laviolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman, and Flynn is repped by Joseph Le Talent Agency and PMC International.

    Dishing with Digest - 8/24/18 Alison Sweeney

    (8/24/18) (Listen / Download) Alison Sweeney chats with Soap Opera Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky about her current DAYS visit, her new Hallmark series, her love of SURVIVOR and more. Plus, she puts her Sami wedding smarts to the test. We also discuss interrupted weddings and high-profile recasts.

    What Happened to Jack Deveraux on DAYS OF OUR LIVES

    (8/23/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) It’s been a while since Jack Deveraux has appeared on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, so newer fans can be forgiven for wondering exactly who the guy is. He’s certainly been through the ringer, going from villain to hero and dying multiple times along the way! Jack was introduced in 1987 and played briefly by Joseph Adams and James Acheson before Matthew Ashford took over the role in October. The role was recast twice more over the years with Mark Valley and Steve Wilder stepping in for stints, but it’s Ashford who is most closely associated with the role and who has taken it back again this time.

    Jack came to Salem looking for Kayla Brady, with whom he’d fallen in love a few years back. She was with Steve Johnson, but he pushed her towards Jack once he learned that not only was the guy suffering from Hodgkin’s disease but he was also his long-lost brother, Billy! However Jack’s adopted father, Harper Deveraux, began poisoning her and a worried Steve came to her rescue. Jack was upset that Kayla was carrying on an affair with Steve while she wouldn’t sleep with her own husband, so in a fit of rage, he raped her. Jack was overwhelmed with guilt, but redirected it at anger against Steve and Kayla. During a fight with Steve, Jack fell off a roof and required a kidney transplant, and Steve was the best match. Determined to hurt Steve, Jack tried to find his long-lost brother and was horrified to discover that he was Billy!

    Struggling to turn his life around and be a better man, Jack purchased controlling interest in local newspaper The Spectator, which is where he met and fell for Jennifer Horton. Steve and Jack finally buried hatchet when the brothers teamed up to rescue Kayla, who had been kidnapped by Victor Kiriakis. Tired of waiting for Jack to return her feelings, Jennifer accepted Emilio’s proposal, but Jack abducted her on the day of the wedding in an attempt to convince her to dump him. But it wasn’t until the “Cruise of Deception” stranded them on a desert island that Jack and Jennifer finally consummated their relationship.

    Jack managed to rescue Jennifer from Lawrence Alamain, but not before the villain raped her. This caused friction in their relationship, and he eventually dumped her and married Eve Donovan for her money so he could save his paper. But later, after Jennifer came clean about the rape, they reconciled and became man and wife. Their first child, Abigail, suffered from aplastic anemia due to toxic chemicals Jack’s company had dumped in the water. A guilt-ridden Jack left his family and checked himself into a mental health clinic where he had a fling with a woman who turned out to be Jennifer’s mother, Laura! Jennifer had married Peter Blake, but Jack’s suspicion he was up to no good was proven correct when the guy kidnapped Jennifer and Abigail. After rescuing his family, they all moved to Africa.

    Desperate to get his fortune back, Jack got involved in all kinds of shady scams, which frustrated Jennifer so much she took Abigail and left him. Back in Salem, he went to extremes to win Jennifer back, and ultimately succeeded. They were remarried in 2003, but later that year Jack was one of the victims of the Salem Stalker, and a grieving Jennifer was happy to learn she was pregnant with Jack’s second child. Luckily, all the killer’s victims were really alive on an island, and when Jennifer found her way to Jack, she gave birth to a son they named Jack Jr (JJ). While escaping the island, Jack was again presumed dead in a storm but he was really being held prisoner in Europe. He managed to escape and Jack bonded with his baby boy.

    Then, Jack discovered he was dying of a rare blood disease so he set Jennifer up to reunite with former flame Frankie Brady. He also staged his death in a car accident so his loved ones wouldn’t have to watch him suffer. But at the hospice where he was dying, Jack found one of the workers was Steve, who was suffering from amnesia. Jack brought Steve back to Salem where Jennifer was upset at being deceived. Complicating matters was the fact that Frankie discovered a drug trial that saved Jack’s life, meaning Jennifer was caught between the two men. Eventually Jennifer let Frankie down easy and reunited with Jack, taking JJ with them to live in Europe.

    Jennifer returned to Salem alone fed up with Jack’s constant disappearances on “walkabouts” to find himself. He showed up later to try and explain that he was really investigating the drug trade in Afghanistan and lied to protect the family and had been held hostage. Abigail couldn’t believe her mother would forgive him again, but she was grateful when her father saved her life during a series of explosions that rocked the town. Jack died after being trapped in an elevator that crashed.

    The last time Jack was seen was as a ghostly apparition that appeared to his family in 2017 to help them get through difficult periods in their lives. What will be the explanation for his latest return to Salem? You’ll just have to stay tuned to find out!

    Lifetime Sets Movies With Bella Thorne, Shannen Doherty, Mira Sorvino, Molly Burnett & More

    (8/23/18) Lifetime has set its fall movie lineup with seven young adult-focused films that tackle topics such as mental health, suicide and teen domestic dating violence, with Shannen Doherty, Mira Sorvino, Bella Thorne, Austin P. Mckenzie, Angela Kinsey Jason Patric and Caitlin Stasey among the cast. The Girl in the Bathtub; Terror in the Woods; Conrad & Michelle: If Words Could Kill; No One Would Tell; Believe Me: The Lisa McVey Story and The Lover in the Attic, join previously announced The Bad Seed, directed by and starring Rob Lowe, which premieres September 9 at 8 PM.

    No One Would Tell is a remake of the 1996 cautionary teen dating movie. It stars Shannen Doherty stars as a mother who must fight for justice for her daughter against her seemingly perfect boyfriend. Mira Sorvino also stars. It premieres September 16.

    Inspired by a true story, Conrad and Michelle: If Words Could Kill reveals the tragic tale of Conrad Roy (Austin P. McKenzie) who was encouraged to commit suicide via text messages from his girlfriend, Michelle Carter (Bella Thorne). It premieres September 23.

    From the executive producers of Girl in the Box and Girl in the Bunker, Believe Me, premiering September 30, is the true story of Lisa McVey (Katie Douglas), who was abducted and able to escape her captor, only to have police and family question the validity of her claims.

    The Girl in the Bathtub, set for October 7, is inspired by the true story of Julia Law (Caitlin Stasey) who was found dead in the bathtub of her 58-year-old boyfriend, Chuck Perturo Jr (Jason Patric) in Philadelphia.

    Executive produced by Christina Ricci, Terror in the Woods, which premieres October 14, is inspired by a true story. Starring Angela Kinsey, it follows the story of two twelve-year-old girls who attack their friend as a sacrifice to an internet legend, the Suzerain, leading to a larger question about mental health issues for young children.

    Complete descriptions of all newly-announced movies follow below.

    No One Would Tell — In an update of the 1996 made-for-television movie, No One Would Tell explores physical and emotional abuse in teen relationships. Laura Collins (Shannen Doherty), single mom to daughter Sarah (Matreya Scarrwener), has had a history of rocky relationships, so when Sarah begins dating the popular and charismatic Rob Tennison (Callan Potter), Laura is thrilled with what she sees. But when it becomes increasingly clear that Rob has a darker, possessive side, Laura lives in a state of denial about her daughter’s relationship until Sarah goes missing. Laura must find the will to fight for justice for Sarah when a case against Rob is brought to trial and presided over by a powerful judge (Mira Sorvino).

    Danielle von Zerneck, Lisa Richardson and Martin Fisher serve as executive producers with Shawn Angelski and Paddy Bickerton serving as producers on the film. Gail Harvey directs from a script written by Caitlin D. Fryers.

    Conrad & Michelle: If Words Could Kill — Based on real-life events, court testimonies and authentic texts, Conrad & Michelle: If Words Could Kill, follows the turbulent tragic teen romance of Michelle Carter (Bella Thorne) and Conrad Roy (Austin P. Mckenzie) that shocked the nation.

    During a family vacation, Conrad, a loner with social anxiety, finds solace with Michelle, who has issues of her own. Both with suicidal tendencies, they turn to each other for support. Despite living in nearby cities, the two communicate mainly via text messages, sharing a toxic relationship of dependency. But when Conrad expresses his desire to end his life to escape his sadness this time, instead of trying to stop him as she had previously, Michelle encourages Conrad to take his life, even providing him suggestions on how to do it. Conrad tragically carries through with his plan, leading the nation to question the power of technology and if texting can be blamed for suicide. Ultimately, the judge hands down a guilty verdict, a first of its kind in which someone is convicted of manslaughter for using his or her words.

    Conrad & Michelle: If Words Could Kill is produced by Peace Out Productions, with Judith Verno executive producing. Stephen Tolkin is the writer and director. The film is distributed by Sony Pictures Television.

    Lifetime is also providing suicide prevention resources from National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Crisis Text Line.

    Believe Me: The Lisa McVey Story — From the producers behind Girl in the Box and Girl in the Bunker, comes the disturbing true-story of Lisa McVey, who was abducted in 1984 but later released by her abuser, only to have people question her story.

    ln early hours of November 3, 17-year-old Lisa McVey rode her bike home after working a double shift. Earlier that night, she’d written a note, contemplating her life after years of sexual abuse by a family member. But suddenly, she finds herself in a fight to stay alive when she is abducted. In order to survive, Lisa develops a relationship with her captor, using reverse psychology to orchestrate her eventual release. Once Lisa is safely home, she discovers police and even her own family refuse to believe her. It’s only when a veteran detective hears the details of her story that Lisa finally finds someone she can open up to. As they piece together her story, they realize that her abductor is the notorious serial killer that the Tampa PD is hotly pursuing. Since Lisa left a trail of clues, the police are on his trail, but will they find him before he strikes again?

    Believe Me: The Lisa McVey Story stars Katie Douglas, David James Elliott and Rossif Sutherland and is executive produced by Charles Tremayne and Jeff Vanderwal for Cineflix (Believe Me) Inc. Jim Donovan directs from a script by Christina Welsh.

    The Girl in the Bathtub — The dark, psychological drama The Girl in the Bathtub is inspired by the true story of Julia Law (Caitlin Stasey), a young paralegal struggling with issues of addiction, found dead in her boss’s bathtub in Philadelphia just shy of her 27th birthday. Her boss, a prominent Philadelphia lawyer (played by Jason Patric) whom she had recently begun dating, was interviewed by authorities as they investigated Julia’s death. But it is soon revealed her boss was just one of three lovers Julia had—raising questions about whether any of them may have had a motive to kill her. So the question remains – who killed Julia Law?

    The Girl in the Bathtub is produced by Sony Pictures Television and The Sokolow Company with Diane Sokolow, Rachael Verno and Karen Moncrieff executive producing. Moncrieff is also the writer and director.

    Terror in the Woods — Inspired by true events, Rachel (Ella West Jerrier) and Kaitlyn (SophieGrace McCarthy) are two quiet, shy 12-year-old best friends in small town Georgia. Like many 12 year-olds, they liked having sleepovers and spent much of their time on the internet often looking up scary stories. Their favorite internet spooky story is that of the Suzerain, a clawed monster who lures children to his palace in the forest. To their parents, it seemed like a harmless ghost story, but in reality, the girls believed the Suzerain was real and that he would hurt their families unless they did what he told them to, which was perform a blood sacrifice. Together, they settle on their friend Emily (Skylar Morgan Jones) as their target, stabbing her with a pair of scissors. Miraculously, Emily survives the brutal attack, and Rachel and Kaitlyn are picked up by the police. As the investigation begins, bigger questions about use of the internet and the state of the girls mental health come to the forefront. Had Kaitlyn’s parents Dani (Angela Kinsey, The Office) and Nathan (Drew Powell, Gotham), and Rachel’s mom Jackie (Carrie Hood, Devious Maids), been aware of the extent of the girls fascination with the Suzerain? Should the ultimate blame be placed on the dark side of the internet or the deeper issue of mental health? Or was there nothing that could stop the hold that Suzerain had over Rachel and Kaitlyn.

    Terror in the Woods is produced by Thinkfactory Media in association with Swirl Films for Lifetime Television. Executive producers are Leslie Greif, Christina Ricci, and James Heerdegen. Produced by Eric Tomosunas. D.J. Viola directs from a script written by Amber Benson.

    The Lover in the Attic: A True Story — Set in the 1930’s, Dolly (Molly Burnett, Days of Our Lives) lived a seemingly perfect life with her husband Fred (David Fierro, The Knick), until she met and seduced their repairman, Otto (Kevin Fonteyne, Sun Records). As Dolly and Otto’s affair intensifies, she secretly moves him into the attic so she could have him whenever she pleased. One night during a heated argument between Dolly and her husband, Otto bursts downstairs from the attic and kills Fred. Now the two star-crossed lovers must cover up the murder, but will they be able to keep their secret?

    The Lover in the Attic: A True Story is produced by ThinkFactory Media. Leslie Greif, Alexander Kerr, and Joanne Rubino executive produce. Produced by Eric Tomosunas. Melora Walters serves as director and Richard Kletter and Michele Samit as writers.

    The Sad History of Susan Banks on DAYS OF OUR LIVES

    (8/22/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) The return of Susan Banks to DAYS OF OUR LIVES may have some viewers slightly confused, wondering who this odd woman is and why she bears a striking resemblance to Kristen DiMera! Well, that’s because both characters are played by the same actress, athough this time it's Stacy Haiduk. Back in 1996, Eileen Davidson introduced Susan to viewers, along with some other roles she eventually played on DAYS! In addition, she also portrayed Susan’s siblings Sister Mary Moira Banks, Thomas Banks, and Penelope Kent! But right now it looks as though only Susan and Kristen have returned to Salem...

    Susan Banks first arrived in Salem in 1996 when Stefano brought the pregnant woman to town to impersonate Kristen, who had recently lost her baby. The plan was for Susan to give her baby to Kristen after it was born to be raised by her and John. Unfortunately, when John married Kristen in the hospital while in labor, he actually tied the knot with Susan! Although Susan handed over the infant, when she learned it had a heart defect, she wanted it back. Kristen argued that she and John could provide John Jr. with the medical care he needed, but Susan also still believed John was her husband.

    Stefano built a secret room in the mansion where they were going to keep Susan, but when Marlena realized they’d stolen Susan’s baby, she was locked up there herself! Wanting John for herself, a jealous Susan tricked Kristen and locked her up with Marlena so that she could impersonate her and take over her life! Susan planned an Elvis-themed wedding for her and John, but at the ceremony, her secret was exposed and Kristen and Marlena were rescued!

    After things calmed down, Susan moved into Marlena’s penthouse with her son, who she had re-named Little Elvis. When her sister, Mary Moira, demanded to know who the father of the child was, Susan insisted it was Elvis. Unfortunately, she was later shocked to discover that it had really been Stefano in disguise!

    Kristen continued to try and get the baby back, but everyone else sided with Susan, including Stefano. John arranged for Susan and Little Elvis to move to England, where she met Edmund P. Crumb and fell madly in love. Unfortunately, Kristen would not be stopped, and lured Susan back to Salem where she drugged her and sold her into white slavery, taking over Susan’s life to raise her son! Luckily, Susan managed to escape and exposed Kristen, reuniting her odd little family and tying the knot with Edmund.

    In 2014, Susan returned to Salem to visit her now adult son, who was going by the name EJ. She was worried because she didn’t believe Sami was the right woman for him and she had also had a premonition that he was in terrible danger. She confessed that she’d allowed Stefano to raise EJ because she and Edmund couldn’t give him the same life. EJ insisted that everything was fine, but he was shot to death shortly thereafter!

    Susan resurfaced in November of 2017 when Sami discovered that her son, Will Horton, was alive and living with Susan beliving he was her son, EJ! Will's loved ones were able to convince him of his true identity, though his memories remained MIA, and he returned to Salem, leaving Susan behind. What does the unpredictable woman have planned this time around? Stay tuned as this exciting storyline unfolds!

    New Role For DAYS’s Camila Banus

    (8/21/18) Camila Banus (Gabi, DAYS) has landed the role of Nina Ferrera in season three of Fox’s television drama, STAR, reports deadline.com Opens a New Window. . Banus took to Instagram to confirm the news. “Well the news is out! So excited to a part of STAR ON FOX season 3!! Can’t wait for everyone to meet NINA FERRERA,” she wrote. Banus is set to star opposite William Levy, who will play her husband, Mateo. Season three of STAR premieres September 26 at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.

    Alison Sweeney Previews DAYS Return

    (8/18/18) On August 23, Alison Sweeney will air again as DAYS’s Sami, who makes it back to Salem just in time for John and Marlena’s wedding. “There are so many people who are anticipating Sami to come back pregnant with Rafe’s child,” says the actress of the presumed repercussion of Sami’s one-night stand with Rafe before she left in December 2017. “I like that she doesn’t, just for the twist of it. It’s the expected and she isn’t. The whole idea that Ron [Carlivati, head writer] had of bringing her back at the wedding is just so great and classic Sami, so that was fun for me.” For more from the actress and for the full wedding scoop, check out the new issue of Digest, on sale now.

    Kirsten Storms Is Cleaning Out Her Closet — and Selling Everything to You!

    (8/16/18) If you’re a big Kirsten Storms (Maxie, GENERAL HOSPITAL), you’ve probably admired her sense of style. Well, now you can get the same looks as the daytime star… because she’s actually selling them to you! Storms took to Instagram to let her fans know that she’s now on Poshmark.com, a website where people from all over sell clothes and accessories. “Currently working on posting more items,” she shared in her Poshmark bio. “But please check out my shares! I’m a girl who likes a good deal (why I love Posh) — my shares are items I think are unique and most are under $50.”

    Storms is cleaning out her closets, and fans can grab items worn by the fashionista herself. While a couple pairs of jeans and a pair of overalls have already been sold, she still has some stylish shoes available, including a pair of black snakeskin print spike heels from Ted Baker. And if those are a little out of your range at $120, perhaps $35 for a pair of Sanita black leather clogs is more your speed?

    There are a couple of dresses from Free People and Ralph Lauren that were listed at the time this article was written, but Storms is continuing to add more items as she overhauls her closet. Of course, since these are clothes from her own closet, you’ll need to be the same size as the petit fashionista if you’re hoping to wear any of them. Thankfully, Storms lists all sizes and information on all the items she’s selling so you can make an informed purchase.

    You can check out Storms’ Poshmark page to see what she’s got on offer, and keep checking back as she adds more and more items. Who knows what treasures you might find!

    Model Cara Delevingne spotted kissing 'Pretty Little Liars' actress Ashley Benson at Heathrow Airport

    (8/16/18) Cara Delevingne and Ashley Benson have reportedly sealed their romance with a kiss.

    Just days after eyewitnesses spotted the couple celebrating the British model and actress’ 26th birthday party at Sofitel LA Riviera 31’s Salsa Nights in Los Angeles last week, Cara and the Pretty Little Liars star were snapped smooching at Heathrow Airport in London.

    In photos obtained by the Daily Mail, a smiling Ashley can clearly be seen wearing a ‘C’ pendant on a chain around her neck as she and Cara look adoringly at each other.

    The stars were first linked romantically back in April, when the Her Smell co-stars were spotted holding hands during a night out in New York.

    Weeks later Benson shared a snap of herself with Cara on Instagram, and the lovebirds were reportedly making out at a taping of Saturday Night Live a week later.

    Delevingne was last linked to Paris Jackson earlier this year, while Benson has reportedly been dating Ryan Good on and off since 2011.

    Cara has also reportedly romanced singer/songwriter St. Vincent and actress Michelle Rodriguez.

    Soap Alumni Unite For New Project

    (8/8/18) A sudsy new half-hour drama that wraps its three-day shoot today in Manhattan features a bevy of soap alumni: Morgan Fairchild (ex-Anjelica, DAYS, et al), Robert Newman (ex-Josh, GUIDING LIGHT), Darnell Williams (ex-Jesse, ALL MY CHILDREN), Kristen Alderson (ex-Starr, ONE LIFE TO LIVE), Ilene Kristen (ex-Roxy, OLTL, et al), Scott Evans (ex-Fish, OLTL), Diana DeGarmo (ex-Angelina, Y&R) and David A. Gregory (ex-Ford, OLTL) star alongside entertainment blogger Perez Hilton in the ensemble drama MÉLANGE, which Variety reports “will center on the fight over the ownership of an historic New York City gay bar, Mélange, after its proprietor has suddenly and mysteriously died.” Newman plays the late bar owner, Syd, and Fairchild plays his widow, Vivian.

    Killer Twin - August 4, 2018 - 8pm - Lifetime

    (8/4/18) Killer Twin

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    A schoolteacher (Passions‘ Lindsay Hartley) has her life turned upside down when her long-lost twin sister returns, vowing to ruin her perfect life. Which surely was a Passions storyline. Or two.

    Chrishell Hartley Returns to DAYS OF OUR LIVES

    (8/1/18) Look out, Salem, Chrishell Hartley is returning to DAYS OF OUR LIVES as Jordan Ridgeway! “Like sands through the hourglass,” the actress tweeted after the news broke. Of course, because the NBC sudser tapes so far ahead, she won’t actually be appearing on screen until early 2019.

    Don’t be confused by the name chance. This is the same Chrishelle who went by her maiden name of Stause when she appeared as Amanda on ALL MY CHILDREN and Bethany on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS. She married daytime alum and THIS IS US star Justin Hartley (ex-Adam, Y&R) in October of 2017.

    Jordan first appeared on DAYS in August of 2013 as a physical therapist hired by Kate to treat Rafe. She and the cop started a romance, but Kate was suspicious of her and dug into her shady past. Jordan was stunned when her brother, Ben Weston, arrived in Salem, but things got worse when Kate brought their father, Clyde Weston, to town. She was horrified to see him again and wanted to keep him away from her brother, but Clyde threatened to tell Ben that Jordan was responsible for the accident that killed their mother, so she backed off.

    After a brief fling with Chad, Jordan accepted a job offer in England in 2015, and hasn’t been seen since. What brings her back to Salem? Jordan wasn’t around for Ben’s reign of terror as the Necktie Killer, so she and her brother would certainly have a lot to catch up on!

    Daytime Emmys: NATAS To Launch Inquiry Following Daytime Dramas’ Call For Changes & Boycott Threat

    (7/31/18) The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has responded to the threat by all four daytime dramas to boycott the Daytime Emmy Awards unless changes are made in a joint letter they sent to the organization’s leadership yesterday.

    “Today I received correspondence raising concerns about some elements of the 2018 Daytime Emmy Awards and concerns over its administration,” Terry O’Reilly Chairman, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, said in a statement. “We have great confidence in the integrity of our Emmy awards system, and believe it effectively honors the best work being done in Daytime Television today. That having been said, we always take concerns about our systems seriously…and out of an abundance of caution I have instructed that outside counsel be retained to evaluate these concerns and conduct an independent look at them.”

    O’Reilly’s statement was in response to Deadline’s report Monday that all four daytime dramas, The Bold and the Beautiful, Days Of Our Lives, General Hospital and The Young and the Restless, vowed not to participate in the Daytime Emmy Awards unless changes are made to the voting and accounting practices and the way the competition is held.

    In a show of unity, the four dramas made their concerns known in the letter, addressed to O’Reilly and NATAS’ interim president and CEO Adam Sharp. It was in response to the recent gaffe in which Patrika Darbo’s 2018 Daytime Emmy for her guest-starring role on Amazon’s soap opera The Bay was rescinded after NATAS found submission errors in her category and others. Last month, Darbos called out the group for its actions and called for an outside audit “to restore integrity and confidence in the awards.”

    Here are a few of the concerns reps for the four shows listed in the letter:

    • Voting should be limited to members of NATAS or the Television Academy.

    • All members should be eligible to vote for outstanding show. The current process in which NATAS selects who votes is unacceptable.

    • NATAS must stop instructing the accounting firm to disqualify certain ballots because of NATAS perception of block voting or other issues that NATAS arbitrarily deems a reason to disqualify.

    • NATAS must have an arm’s length relationship with the accountants.

    • Despite (NATAS senior management’s) assurance, it was clear during the April 2018 ceremony that the winners were known by many in advance. This is unacceptable.

    • NATAS must hire a team, separate from the competition executive(s), to produce and executive produce the actual awards show.

    Arianne Zucker Previews DAYS Visit

    (7/31/18) As first reported by Digest, Arianne Zucker is heading back to DAYS for a short-term reprisal of Nicole. “My return to DAYS playing Nicole, while only a short visit, really packs a punch,” Zucker teases. “It seems to be Nicole’s divine way of how she lives her life and it always involves some kind of trouble. It was great to visit the set again and create an exciting short arc for dedicated fans.” The actress reports that she is also seeking other acting opportunities. “I’m always grateful playing the character of Nicole, but I’m excited to see what new roles await,” she winks. “Stay tuned!”

    Daytime Emmys Revolt: All 4 Daytime Dramas Threaten To Boycott Awards Unless Major Changes Are Made

    (7/30/18) The Daytime Emmy Awards are in danger of losing one of their biggest attractions, the daytime dramas, whose acting nominees bring star power to the ceremony. In an unprecedented show of unity, I have learned that all four daytime soaps, The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of Our Lives, General Hospital and The Young and the Restless, have come together to demand changes in the voting and accounting practices for the awards.

    The joint letter, sent today to National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences interim president and CEO Adam Sharp, is in response to the recent gaffe, in which Patrika Darbo’s Daytime Emmy for her guest-starring role on Amazon’s soap opera The Bay was rescinded after NATAS found submission errors in her and other categories. At the time, Darbos called out the group for its actions and called for an outside audit “to restore integrity and confidence in” the awards.

    “We are disheartened by the recent events involving NATAS and the 45th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards competition and the decisions made by NATAS regarding the Digital categories of Supporting Actor and Guest Star.reps for all four soaps,” reps for the four series wrote in in the letter, a copy of which was obtained by Deadline. “We feel the time is appropriate to bring to your attention our serious concerns about the Daytime Emmy Awards competition.” The four shows went on to say they “are united in their decision not to participate in the Daytime Emmy Awards moving forward until these important issues are resolved.”

    Such a boycott would be a huge hit to the Daytime Emmy Awards, which has lost a lot of its luster of one-time premiere TV event.

    The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of Our Lives, General Hospital and The Young and the Restless said that they “want a competition free of bias, perceived collusion, and personal agendas.” They went on to list their concerns:

    1. Voting:
    • Voting should be limited to members of NATAS or the Television Academy.
    • All members should be eligible to vote for outstanding show. The current process in which NATAS selects who votes is unacceptable.
    • All qualified members in a given category should be eligible to vote in that category.
    • We are concerned about conflict of interest in the voter pools. We require complete transparency of the voting process.

    2. Accountancy Firm:
    • NATAS must stop instructing the accounting firm to disqualify certain ballots because of NATAS perception of block voting or other issues that NATAS arbitrarily deems a reason to disqualify.
    • A written procedure must be put in place for questioning and if necessary disqualify a ballot.
    • An independent body needs to deal with all process issues and or discrepancies.
    • NATAS must have an arm’s length relationship with the accountants.
    • An outside, neutral third party must be hired to audit the voting process across all categories for the 2017/2018 awards and those results must be made available to us and to the TV Academy.

    3. Winners Known in Advance:
    • We were promised by NATAS senior management that the winners would only be known to the accountants prior to being announced on stage. This has not been the practice.
    • Despite their assurance, it was clear during the April 2018 ceremony that the winners were known by many in advance. This is unacceptable.

    4. Competition vs. Awards Show:
    • We feel that it is a conflict of interest for the executive(s) administering the competition in any way, shape or form to also produce the awards show. The executive in charge of the competition is responsible for the integrity of the competition and the awards. We feel that this conflict contributed to recent transgressions regarding the Digital Guest and Supporting performer categories.
    • NATAS must hire a team, separate from the competition executive(s), to produce and executive produce the actual awards show.
    • The rules need to be more detailed and include the procedure and process for all aspects of the competition. The concerns listed above are very serious to us. Our goal is to bring integrity back to the Daytime Emmy competition and awards show. We have no confidence in the ability of the persons currently running the competition to accomplish this goal.

    The letter was signed by Greg Meng, Co-Executive Producer, Days of Our Lives; John Fisher, Supervising Producer, The Young and the Restless; Steven Kent, SEVP Programming, Sony Pictures Television; which produces Days of Our Lives and The Young and the Restless; Frank Valentini, Executive Producer, General Hospital; Eva Basler, VP Communications, Bell-Phillip TV Prods., The Bold and the Beautiful. Kent and Basler also are Governors of the TV Academy.

    NATAS had said after the Daytime Emmys were handed out in April that it discovered “some entrants’ submissions in two categories may have been in violation of the published guidelines for the competition,” which state that prior-season appearances are disqualifying.

    But in her open letter last month, Darbo said that NATAS knew about the submission errors “two days prior to the ceremony and made a conscious decision not to deal with it until after the ceremony was over.” She said the organization’s “arbitrary and after-the-fact ruling feels inequitable and wrong.”

    Darbo, The Days of Our Lives and Bold and the Beautiful veteran, a co-governor of the Performers Peer Group at the TV Academy, which oversees the Primetime Emmys, called for an outside audit of this year’s Daytime Emmys’ submission and voting process.

    “The inequity in this year’s Daytime Emmys based on ageism, gender inequality, and perceived favoritism is, in my opinion, a big blow to the Emmy brand,” she wrote. “The TV Academy, who administers the Primetime Emmy Awards, is very clear that Emmys are awarded to those who achieve excellence in television. I’m beginning to wonder what NATAS feels the Emmys stand for.”

    Deadline has reached out to NATAS for comment.

    DAYS's Farah Fath: It's A Boy!

    (7/29/18) On Instagram, a pregnant Farah Fath (Mimi, DAYS) filmed the gender reveal of her and hubby Phil Galfond’s future bundle of joy. Niece Lola popped a balloon that revealed blue and white coneti for the boy they will welcome later this year. Check it out here.

    Congratulations to the couple!

    Dishing with Digest - Episode 18

    (7/27/18) (Listen / Download) DAYS OF OUR LIVES’s Greg Vaughan (Eric) chats with Soap Opera Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky about his Supporting Actor Emmy win, new romance with Angie Harmon, GH memories and so much more! Plus, we discuss the pros and cons of killing off characters and scripting dramatic exits.

    Linsey Godfrey Joins DAYS!

    (7/26/18) Birthday girl Linsey Godfrey (ex-Caroline, B&B) has a lot to celebrate today (July 25): The actress has been cast as Sarah Horton on DAYS. Godfrey first reported to set in May, so look for her to make her Salem debut in the fall. Sarah, who is Maggie’s daughter, was last seen in 1991. “She’s sweet, adorable and perfect,” co-star Greg Vaughan (Eric) tells Digest exclusively. For more, see the new issue of Digest, on sale Friday.

    DAYS Fave Gets Engaged

    (7/23/18) Freddie Smith (Sonny, DAYS) popped the question to longtime girlfriend Alyssa Tabit, who said yes. In June, Smith tweeted that an engagement was imminent. In this week’s issue of Soap Opera Digest, he reveals, “We’ll be planning our wedding for summer or fall of 2019. We went ring shopping together, she picked out what she wanted, but she’d not going to know anything else. We decided to pick it out together, and then it’s my responsibility to surprise her and make it romantic. I’ve been planning that secretly and I’m gonna make it happen by the end of summer. We’re taking the next step!” Congratulations to the happy duo! Check out a photo of the ring here!

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    Stephen Nichols Says Goodbye to DAYS OF OUR LIVES

    (7/20/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Over the years, Stephen Nichols has had other roles in daytime television, but he is arguably most famous for playing Steve “Patch” Johnson on DAYS OF OUR LIVES since 1985. He has come and gone from the soap over the years, but after returning in 2015, he’s on his way out again and his fans are crushed. During a Twitter Q&A with DAYS viewers, the actor revealed that he should continue to air “through September-something.”

    Nichols has been given some wonderful material of late as Steve lost his vision and became blind. “What a gift to have something like that to work on,” he said of his reaction to the storyline. However, he added that he did wish more time was spent showing his alter ego adjusting to the loss of his sight. “I was disappointed when that struggle was not given more attention,” Nichols confided. “Why open that can of worms if you aren’t going to fish?”

    Although he’s sad to see this run come to an end, Nichols insists he is grateful to DAYS for creating this character, and how popular the supercouple of Patch and Kayla became. “Never expected any of it,” he admitted. “I feel fortunate to have found DAYS and Patch.” In fact, he even confessed to dreaming in character! “Yes, I have dreamed as Patch,” Nichols confirmed. “And when I awaken, I am so grateful to have two eyes!”

    He also remarked on how daytime television has changed since the glory days of the ‘80s when he first appeared on DAYS. “I do believe budget restrictions affect every aspect of how the shows are produced now,” Nichols mused. “I am not sure what the numbers are, but some shows look like they take a lot of care in what they create and others are struggling with too little money or too little care.”

    With just a couple months left in his latest DAYS run, Steve is undergoing surgery to restore his sight with a bionic eye, so you’ll have to stay tuned to see how his story comes to a close and ushers him off the canvas.

    Jordi Vilasuso Joins Y&R

    (7/20/18) Daytime Emmy winner Jordi Vilasuso (ex-Dario, DAYS; ex-Griffin, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Tony, GUIDING LIGHT) has been cast on Y&R in a new role. The actor will play a mysterious stranger named Rey who quickly finds himself immersed in the drama of Genoa City. Vilasuso will make his Y&R debut on Friday, August 17.

    Daytime Actress Farah Fath Galfond Opens up About Her Difficult Pregnancy

    (7/19/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Pregnant actress Farah Fath Galfond (Gigi, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Mimi, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) shared a beautiful photo of her growing baby bump, but a couple days later confessed that her pregnancy has not been an easy one so far. After announcing that she and husband Phil Galfond are expecting a new addition to their family this Christmastime, the actress showed off her beautiful bump in an Instagram selfie.

    However, Fath’s subsequent post thanked fans for their compliments on her photo and revealed the truth that the first few months of her pregnancy has been pretty rough. “Got a lot of compliments on my bump picture (thank you) that I felt the need to share some realness,” she wrote. “Even though I’m feeling better now at 16 weeks, pregnancy actually makes me feel quite horrible and I am not a fan of it. I am not glowing. My skin is a wreck. I’m suffering from migraines for the first time in my life and with this 110-degree heat, I often get lightheaded and feel faint. The nausea has subsided, so that I am grateful for. Here is a little taste of my first trimester.

    “First pic is from April 27th in a DAYS dressing room,” she said of the series of photos she shared. “ I know I’m pregnant but morning sickness has not fully struck yet and I am still skinny. Next is another dressing room shot taking on May 10th. Feeling gray in the face this day and requested a looser fitting sweater because the bloat had set in. Pic #3 was my dinner for many nights. Protein was not welcome. By the time I wrapped and came home my nails had grown out a lot and I couldn’t leave my couch so I ordered my own drill and acetone off Amazon and attempted to just remove the full set myself. I did the best I could with only a few cuts along the way. And yes, I lived in motion sickness wrist bands for a month. Lastly — and it’s something I’m still battling with — hormonal acne. My face is a hot mess. Makeup takes a little longer these days as I’m essentially spackling as opposed to applying.”

    Hopefully the remainder of Fath’s pregnancy is a lot smoother, and we’re sure once she and her hubby are happily holding their little boy or girl in their arms at the end of the year, all of this will be well worth the effort! We look forward to seeing pics of the baby as soon as he or she joins us!

    Dishing with Digest - Episode 16

    (7/14/18) (Listen / Download) DAYS OF OUR LIVES's Robert Scott Wilson (Ben) and Victoria Konefal (Ciara) dish their characters' controversial pairing with Soap Opera Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. Plus, we discuss whether soaps should turn evil characters into romantic leads.

    Kirsten Storms Said the Sweetest Things About Her Boyfriend

    (7/11/18) Daytime star Kirsten Storms (Maxie, GENERAL HOSPITAL) has found love again with boyfriend Elias Paul Reidy, and she couldn’t be happier. In fact, she even gushed about her beau on Instagram! “I’m a big girl and can take care of myself,” she declared, “but this guy has my back like no other. He has since we met 12 years ago. Our first relationship lasted four years. Eight years later, the universe decided it was time to put us back together. I don’t think I’ll ever lose this feeling of gratefulness for him. I dig it.”

    Of course, every couple has its problems, and Storms jokingly referred to one of them by adding the hashtag “#nowijustneedhimtoputthetoiletseatdown” to her post! Hey, if that’s your biggest complaint, you’re doing just fine!

    After splitting up with musician Reidy eight years ago, GH fans know that Storms later married her co-star, Brandon Barash (ex-Johnny), and they had a daughter, Harper, who they continue to co-parent beautifully. And Barash himself has also introduced his new girlfriend, Morgan Mitchell, so everyone is perfectly happy now.

    Marci Miller Talks DAYS Exit

    (7/10/18) In the new issue of Digest, Marci Miller opens up about her reasons for leaving the role of DAYS’s Abigail. The actress, who joined the cast in 2016, says, “You know, I started thinking about it about nine months ago, when I was in the midst of the [Abigail/Laura/Gabby] storyline, honestly. It is a lot of work and it’s a big challenge. I was excited about the idea of getting to try some other things. I mean, this is a beautiful job and it’s opened up a lot of opportunities for growth and learning. I got excited to be able to kind of try out all of these things that I learned in other parts of the industry.” For the scoop about her last day, her discussion with Kate Mansi (Abigail) and more, pick up the new issue, on sale now.

    Kate Mansi On DAYS Return

    (7/10/18) In the new issue of Digest, on sale now, Kate Mansi discusses her return to the show as Abigail. The actress, who played the role from 2011-2016, and won an Emmy in 2017 for the role, says, “I’m thrilled to be back at DAYS OF OUR LIVES…. I can’t wait for everyone to see what we’ve been doing. I can’t read the scripts fast enough.” For the full story — including her meeting with Marci Miller (Abigail) — pick up the new issue, on sale now.

    DAYS's Greg Vaughan Reveals Romance With Angie Harmon

    (7/8/18) Greg Vaughan (Eric, DAYS) and Angie Harmon quietly revealed in separate posts on Instagram that they’re a duo. In what Harmon hashtagged a #moderndaybradybunch, the couple posed with his sons Jathan, Landan and Cavan, and her daughters Emery, Avery and Finley. “Love ONE Love for ALL,” is how Vaughan captioned his, adding #vaughanharmonbunch. Harmon, best known for her leading role in RIZZOLI & ISLES, as well as her run on LAW & ORDER, accompanied Vaughan to the Daytime Emmys in April, where he picked up his first-ever trophy for Outstanding Supporting Actor, and recently visited him at the DAYS set. Check out the adorable pic here.

    Women of the WSOP: Farah Galfond, Soap Opera Star to High-Stakes Poker

    (7/5/18) (pokernews.com) They’re so much more than just a poker power couple, him a self-proclaimed “professional poker player/recreational businessman” with his own coaching site, her an “actor turned poker player turned back into actor apparently but still a poker player," according to their Twitter profiles.

    While anyone remotely involved in the poker world knows the PLO King Phil Galfond, who started the Run It Once poker training site and just shipped his third WSOP bracelet in $10K PLO, the poker world is only just becoming more familiar with the other half of the hitched duo — Farah Galfond.

    Formerly Farah Fath, the daytime soap opera star discovered poker while playing in cast & crew home games in New York City while she was shooting One Life to Live in 2007. She was instantly hooked on the game, and would get much more involved in it several years later after also getting hooked on one of the game’s most-respected players.

    Fath owes much of her acting success to her mother, who took a chance and flew her out to L.A. from their Kentucky home when she was 14 years old to see if her daughter could fulfill her dream of being on screen.

    Farah found a break with an agent that saw something in her and decided to take a chance, and her first audition was perfect. It was for Days of Our Lives, which happened to be her favorite show, and she knew the characters by heart. She nailed it and got the part as Mimi, staying on the show for 7.5 years until she left.

    She also played Gigi on One Life to Live, and couldn’t say which she loved more.

    “You can get very attached to a character when you play them for so long,” said Galfond. “I truly had alter egos and lived two lives. I cared deeply for them!”

    From Acting to Poker

    Many of the same challenges that drew Galfond to acting also make poker a nice fit for her, and she would eventually live somewhat of an alter ego in real life as an actor turned high-stakes poker player.

    “I believe acting, like any art, is therapeutic,” Galfond says. “I loved the challenge of constantly trying to get better and go deeper, and break through walls, and those are reasons I love playing poker too.”

    After meeting Phil as a fan of his through Twitter, the two fell quickly and as they say, the rest is history. Farah Fath became Farah Galfond in May, 2015 and she eventually transitioned into playing poker full-time.

    She started out grinding $2/5 and was winning in the games by 2015. She continued at those stakes for around two years before she felt comfortable enough to climb up to $5/10, which was probably the most difficult jump for her. Before the former soap star knew it, she was playing the biggest stakes around, taking an interesting trajectory to get there.

    “I played $5/10 for under a year and was doing well before [Phil] asked if I would be okay with trying out 300/600 last summer,” Galfond recounted. “Honestly, it was equally scary moving up to $5/10 as it was $300/600. [laughs] The $5/10 regs look so intimidating!”

    Her rapid climb up the poker ranks has landed her in games as big as $500/$1,000 and being featured in Poker Central’s Super High Roller Club episodes and Poker After Dark. She even headlined a week of televised Poker After Dark games on PokerGO aptly titled “Games of Our Lives,” where Galfond tangled with the likes of Bill Perkins, Jean-Robert Bellande, Bill Klein and Matt Berkey – and held her own.

    When asked what she loves most about the game, Galfond responded: “I suppose overall, it's the infinite amount of interesting situations that you find yourself in, session after session, and the challenge of learning from these situations to improve your game over time.”

    How has being married to Phil Galfond helped her game? Farah explained, “I would be nowhere without him.

    “We don't ever have sit down coaching sessions but over time, he has imbedded important fundamentals into my game and given me a number of 'hot tips' as I would like to call them. I'm a trial-and-error based learner so I really just need to dive in and play and then chat with him later about what I could have done better.”

    To Play or Not to Play the WSOP Main Event?

    Farah Galfond loves poker so much, that she even came to try her hand on Day 1b of the WSOP Main Event, though she struggled with the idea now that the couple is expecting.

    @Farah_Galfond : My love wants so badly to play the Main Event but my pregnant body is making me very nervous about the prospect. I get so tired & need tons of rest. I think playing could actually be a terrible idea. Agh. So torn! ??

    Galfond decided to brave the grind, hoping for that #babyrungood Phil tweeted about. And she seems to be enjoying it so far.

    @PhilGalfond : Look who decided to play the #WSOP Main Event with me! #babyrungood https://instagram.com/p/BkyDTVxlbol/

    @Farah_Galfond : Loving the guy that always 3-bets me when I have it. Loving the guy who has no actual idea what is going on. Loving the guy who is praying I give birth on Dec 1st bc “that is Peter Pan’s birthday. Not many people know that.” Loving tbl 51 at the #WSOP main event!

    And while the actress turned high-stakes poker grinder may have gone back to acting recently, it looks as if poker will always be in the bones of the Galfonds, and most likely also in the blood of their offspring.

    Hallmark movie shoot comes to downtown Chilliwack

    (7/4/18) Parts of Five Corners downtown Chilliwack was transformed the fictional small town of Harrington as film crews shot a movie last week and this week.

    The production is part of the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries series of films, this one called The Chronicle Mysteries.

    The lead is Alison Sweeney who is most known for her role on soap opera Days of Our Lives.

    “‘The Chronicle Mysteries’ stars Alison Sweeney as Roberta ‘Robbie’ McPherson a novelist and podcaster who’s researching the cold case of Gina DeSavio,” according to a March 21 press release from the production company, Crown Media Family Networks. “Robbie loves the chase, loves solving any puzzle or mystery. She is particularly interested in Gina’s disappearance because Robbie and Gina knew each other as children growing up in a small town. Robbie is also Miles Lawrence’s niece, the owner of the local paper the Harrington Chronicle, and she’s about to inherit the paper.”

    “Each of our new franchises have great hooks and engaging amateur sleuths to draw in viewers who love to solve a great mystery as the story unfolds,” said Michelle Vicary, Crown Media’s executive vice-president for programming and network publicity.

    This is the second time Hallmark has filmed in downtown Chilliwack in recent months.

    In November, a crew was downtown for a Christmas production.

    Downtown Chilliwack BIA executive director Kyle Williams said the crews were mostly filming indoors with some outside scenery shots.

    Some parking (mostly private) lots are being used, but the impact on traffic was expected to be minimal.

    On Tuesday, parts of the sidewalks on Young Road and Yale Road beside the building on the south corner of Five Corners were blocked off.

    The unoccupied building had a sign put up that said “Harrington Sheriff’s Office.”


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

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

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

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

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

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

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      A. "I Can't Stop Loving You" by Whiskey Falls.

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

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

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



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