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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
    • Matthew Ashford as Jack Deveraux
    • Camila Banus as Gabi Hernandez
    • Brandon Barash as Stefan O. DiMera
    • Brandon Beemer as Shawn-Douglas Brady
    • Nadia Bjorlin as Chloe Lane
    • Judith Chapman as Diana Colville
    • Laura Kai Chen as Melinda Trask
    • Kassie DePaiva as Eve Donovan
    • Judi Evans as Adrienne Kiriakis
    • Mary Beth Evans as Kayla Brady
    • Galen Gering as Rafe Hernandez
    • Linsey Godfrey as Sarah Horton
    • 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
    • Martha Madison as Belle Black Brady
    • Gilles Marini as Ted Laurent
    • Chandler Massey as Will Horton
    • Thia Megia as Hayley Chen
    • Eric Martsolf as Brady Black
    • Casey Moss as J.J. Deveraux
    • Melissa Reeves as Jennifer Horton
    • James Reynolds as Abe Carver
    • Greg Rikaart as Leo Stark / Matthew Cooper
    • Suzanne Rogers as Maggie Horton Kiriakis
    • Freddie Smith as Sonny Kiriakis
    • Chrishell Stause as Jordan Ridgeway
    • Sal Stowers as Lani Price
    • Josh Taylor as Roman Brady
    • Greg Vaughan as Eric Brady
    • Tionne (T-Boz) Watkins as Sheila
    • Robert Scott Wilson as Ben Weston
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    Special Thanks to Leo Logan (Willimantic, CT) for helping us keep this up to date

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    This Week On Days of Our Lives



    May 27
    No Episode (French Open Tennis)
    May 28
    A drunk Maggie has a showdown with Kate; Xander and his partner's plan comes into focus; Will lashes out at Ted and Hope; Sarah and Rex go through his notes from his time working with Rolf.
    May 29
    Ben shares his suspicions with Ciara that Claire started the cabin fire; J.J. and Haley prepare for their escape; John and Marlena try to locate Rolf's diary; Eve confesses a secret to Jack.
    May 30
    Ben asks Marlena to hypnotize him again to recall the night of the fire; Jennifer helps Tripp escape from Jack; Xander comes to Jack's aid; John makes an emotional appeal for Eve's help on behalf of Will.
    May 31
    Eric tries to get through to Nicole; Maggie shares a shocking story with Brady; Will is given devastating news about his condition; Jack gives Jennifer hope as he shares a small memory from their past.
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    (News section last updated May 23, 2019)

    Deidre and Drake Q&A | Days of our Lives

    (5/23/19) Deidre and Drake Q&A | Days of our Lives: Video.

    DAYS’s Chandler Massey (Will) Shares Weight Loss Triumph

    (5/23/19) On Instagram, DAYS’s Chandler Massey (Will) showed off the results of his recent weight loss success. “My weight has been an oppressive obstacle for 3 years,” he revealed. “The left picture is me in 2016, 191 lbs & 30% body fat. I had been off Days for 2 years, and had utterly let myself go.” Massey also shared that he had gone to extremes to try to drop the pounds. “Fasting, paleo, whole30, cico, keto, juicing, low carb, no carb. I tried to appeal to my vanity, pride, anger, shame. None of it worked,” he admitted. “If you watch Days I’m sure you noticed I looked different the 2nd time around. There was a reason they gave @mrchristophersean Opens a New Window. the shirtless scenes while I chilled in plaid flannels. Some nights after crushing a box of lucky charms I told myself that this was just the journey of getting older. I was never going to be fit again, so why continue this pattern starving & binging, of quietly throwing up in the kitchen sink after my roommates fell asleep & trying to slap some willpower into me. I gave up 100 times during those 3 years. I tried again 101 times. I can’t point to a specific moment that was a turning point. Rather I believe it was the gradual process of learning from each failure.” Massey changed his diet and adopted a healthier lifestyle, which yielded the results today. “Instead of clinging to a fad diet I began to critically examine my relationship to food,” he explained. “I realized that my crappy eating habits were tied to negative emotional states. When I learned to recognize & deal with those emotions, I saw food for what it really is: a tool, not a bandaid…. The picture on the right is me yesterday. I now weigh 160 lbs & have 12% body fat, reaching a goal that I wrote on my bathroom mirror 3 years ago. I’m not ashamed of the person on the left anymore, but damn am I proud of the man on the right.” For the full post, go to https://www.instagram.com/p/Bxxk6aInVc6/

    E! News To Air Soap-centric Special

    (5/22/19) E! NEWS will be airing E! NEWS DAYTIME DRAMA DEEP DIVE, which will be hosted by Giuliana Rancic and Jason Kennedy on May 23 at 7PM ET/8PM PT on E!. Among the actors interviewed are: DAYS’s Kristian Alfonso (Hope), Deidre Hall (Marlena) Drake Hogestyn (John), GH’s Laura Wright (Carly), Steve Burton (Jason), Kristina Wagner (Felicia) and Casting Director Mark Teschner and Y&R’s Eric Braeden (Victor) and Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren). Check out a promo for it here and be sure to tune in!

    Days Of Our Lives and Bold & Beautiful Actress Linsey Godfrey on Abortion Bans

    (5/21/19) Days Of Our Lives and Bold & Beautiful Actress Linsey Godfrey on Abortion Bans: Video.

    Stephen Nichols Got the Best Welcome Back to DAYS OF OUR LIVES

    (5/19/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Talk about a sweet surprise! Stephen Nichols (Patch) is back on DAYS OF OUR LIVES after an almost year-long absence and the cast, crew and fans are delighted to have Patch in Salem again. In fact, the fans are so thrilled to have Nichols back on the soap, that they sent him an absolutely incredible gift! “When I walked off the stage and saw this amazing creation, I almost plotzed." said Nichols on Instagram. "I can’t thank you enough! You, my supporters and fans of DAYS are the absolute best. Your unending love means the world to me. You are the reason why Patch is back.”

    (Photo) The yummy cake is a gorgeous three dimensional hourglass, with an eye patch for added flair. The two symbols show how much Patch and DAYS are entwined. And when Nichols announced in the video: "Look at all these people gonna get a piece of cake!" the camera pans to reveal Camila Banus (Gabi), Galen Gering (Rafe), Sal Stowers (Lani), and other cast and crew in the hair and makeup room itching to get a taste of the amazing confection!

    Nichols joined DAYS cast as Steven Earl “Patch’ Johnson in 1985 and left for the first time in 1990. He returned to show in June, 2006, and stayed almost three years departing in February, 2009. A mere six years later, in 2015, Patch showed back up in Salem to once again get mixed up in the drama. In June, 2018, it was announced that Patch and Nichols would be once again leaving DAYS, which broke many the hearts of many fans. Now Patch is back, and fans will be able to fall in love with him all over again when his character shows up in Salem this fall.

    Bobby Cannavale, Ashley Benson, Stockard Channing To Co-Star In ‘Lapham Rising’

    (5/18/19) Emmy-winner Bobby Cannavale (Ant-Man and the Wasp, Boardwalk Empire), Ashley Benson (Pretty Little Liars, Her Smell), Stockard Channing (The Good Wife, The West Wing), and Catherine Parker (The Haunting of Hill House) will appear in Lapham Rising, a film adaptation of Roger Rosenblatt’s novel starring Frank Langella. First-time feature director Charlie Kessler is at the helm with production slated to begin this summer in Minnesota.

    The story follows Harry March (Langella), a retired writer whose life starts to unravel when a multimillionaire begins building a mansion across from his quiet island home in the Hamptons. Up until now, he has lived peacefully with his talking dog, Hector, a born-again Evangelical and unapologetic capitalist. To Harry, the gargantuan mansion represents the fetid and corrupt excess that has ruined modern civilization.

    Langella also serves as executive producer. Kessler is also producing with Kerry Orent, Mike Sobiloff and Winter State Entertainment’s Hamid and Camille Torabpour, Dr. Mark Smith, and Patrick Werksma.

    Cannavale is repped by Framework Entertainment and WME; Benson by ICM; Channing by ICM and Anonymous Content; Parker by Luber Roklin Entertainment.

    DAYS OF OUR LIVES Martha Madison Opens Up About Her Mother's FTD Dementia

    (5/12/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Actress Martha Madison is a polished, seasoned performer, and she’s faultless as Belle Black on DAYS OF OUR LIVES. When Madison speaks about her personal life, as she did as the keynote speaker at the May 3rd AFTD (Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration) conference in Los Angeles, her speech was punctuated by laughter and tears as she reflected on her mother’s illness and her family’s journey through the uncharted waters of Frontotemporal Degeneration, a type of dementia that effects people under the age of 60.

    The actress and her two sisters were raised by a single parent, Barbara “Barb” Baggs, who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis when Madison was six years old. Baggs, who was artistically, mathematically, and musically talented, struggled through the ups and downs of the chronic disease, but refused to let it stop her. When Madison was young, her mother would often serenade the three girls (Martha, Alison and Bo) to sleep by playing the guitar and singing “Puff the Magic Dragon” to them.

    Her mother raised all three women to be like her; strong, independent and self-reliant. Although the family enjoyed a loving relationship filled with respect and laughter, Baggs wasn’t a “touchy-feely” parent. During Madison’s speech, she reflected that she saw her mother cry only once, and that was when she boarded the plane from Houston to study acting in New York City in 1999. In 2001, Madison traveled home to Houston to spend time with her mother. They had planned a night out, but then the unthinkable happened. Baggs didn’t arrive home from work, and her guests had been waiting for quite a while. “This was unusual, as she was excessively punctual," Madison explained. "Now, keep in mind that cellphones were not yet the norm, so I had no way of getting in touch with her. I did finally receive a call, on our house landline. It was a gas station attendant, telling me that my mother was there and she appeared lost. When she got on the phone she said in a very measured and unusually calm way, ’Don’t freak out.

    Everything’s fine, you just need to come and get me.' It turned out that the gas station was three blocks from the house.”

    Baggs' doctors initially thought that the occasional forgetfulness and other symptoms were stemming from the MS. As time went on, the symptoms progressed where Madison’s mother had difficulty telling time and began suffering from mood swings and delusions. The family banded together to take care of their only parent; Bo moved her mother to Dallas so that she could physically watch over her and take care of her needs. By this time Alison was living in Anchorage, Alaska, with her family and Madison had move to Los Angeles to play Belle Black on DAYS. Both sisters would make visits to see their mother, and contribute emotional and financial support to their sister. “None of us had any idea how intense Bo’s new duties would become but our mom taught us to be strong,” the actress explained.

    After an episode where Madison’s mother confessed to her daughter Alison that she was contemplating suicide, the entire family met with the mother’s neurologist. He recommended that Baggs be committed to a psychiatric hospital for a few weeks to be evaluated. During this time, the doctors were able to adjust her anti-depressant dosage, which created an immediate and positive impact. During the followup visit with the neurologist, the doctor was finally able to diagnose her with FTD. “He made the diagnosis from experience," Madison revealed. "His mother had just died from FTD. He recognized the symptoms as the hallmarks of the disease.”

    11 years after the first symptom appeared, Madison’s mother is being taken care of in a memory care facility and thriving. She receives constant visits from her children and grand children. Frontotemporal Degeneration can easily be mistaken for a different type of dementia, or in Madison’s mother’s case, as an offset of MS. For the complete list of symptoms and for more information about the disease, please visit their site https://www.theaftd.org/what-is-ftd/disease-overview/

    Inside Salem - 5/13/19 - Arianne Zucker, Lauren Koslow, Galen Gering and More

    (5/13/19) (Listen / download) Arianne Zucker Reflects on Nicole's Most Intense Scenes; Lauren Koslow, Galen Gering and More Join Us from the Red Carpet of the Daytime Emmy Awards.Nicole Walker has gone through quite the evolution over the course of almost 20 years on Days of our Lives. In this episode, Arianne Zucker reflects on Nicole's most memorable scenes and gives us some insight into her return story. Then, Lauren Koslow, Galen Gering, Ken Corday and more join host Michael Fairman on the red carpet for the 46th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

    Stephen Nichols Returns to DAYS OF OUR LIVES

    (5/12/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Patch is back! Stephen Nichols is returning to DAYS OF OUR LIVES as Steve Johnson! The actor said goodbye to fans shortly before his character was written out of the NBC soap back in August of 2018, but now he’s coming home to Salem! “Looking forward to my big brother coming home!” tweeted Matthew Ashford (Jack) when the news broke, to which Nichols replied: “I’ll be looking for you, Billy Jack!”

    Although disappointed when Nichols exited DAYS, some of his fans hoped it would free him up to return to one of his other soap roles, like Stefan Cassadine on GENERAL HOSPITAL or Tucker McCall on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS (even though his GH character is technically dead). But instead, DAYS is bringing him back as Steve, a role he first began playing back in 1985.

    The last time fans saw Steve, he had left town after having his sight restored and was in big trouble because the bionic eye Stefan helped him get had been used to record secure documents! Now it looks as though he’s been able to clear his name and will be back in Salem soon enough to pick up where he left off. He wasn’t particularly thrilled with Kayla for going behind his back to get him that electronic eye, but he’ll definitely have something to say to Stefan for getting him into all that trouble!

    Dishing with Digest - 5/10/19 - Suzanne Rogers

    (5/10/19) (Listen / download) DAYS's Suzanne Rogers On 46 Years As Maggie On the newest Dishing With Digest.

    Suzanne Rogers talks about her remarkable run as DAYS¹s Maggie, her real-life health battle and more. We also talk about the latest casting shockers at DAYS, GH and Y&R and the big surprises at this year¹s Daytime Emmys.

    This Close Season 2

    (5/9/19) The dramedy This Close will return for Season 2 with two back-to-back episodes on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 9 pm PT/midnight ET on SundanceTV. The rest of the eight-episode season will unspool with double installments on Friday, Sept. 13, Thursday, Sept. 19 and Friday, Sept. 20. Guest stars include Marcia Cross (Desperate Housewives), Camryn Manheim (The Practice), Steven Weber (iZombie), Austin Nichols (The Walking Dead), Lisa Rinna (Real Housewives of Beverly Hills), Margaret Cho (Drop Dead Diva) and Millicent Simmonds (A Quiet Place).

    Thaao Penghlis And Leann Hunley Back To DAYS!

    (5/8/19) In addition to his nomination for Outstanding Guest Performer, DAYS’s Thaao Penghlis (Tony/Andre) had another reason to celebrate on Emmy night — his and date Leann Hunley’s (Anna) return to Salem. “Thank you all from Leann & myself for your continued support,” he posted on Instagram. “We had a great time celebrating Days & it’s nominees. You will see us on the screen in July. But is it Tony or Andre? #Days Opens a New Window. #NBC Opens a New Window. #love Opens a New Window. #romance Opens a New Window. #winning Opens a New Window. #vets Opens a New Window. #passion Opens a New Window. #Armani Opens a New Window. #style Opens a New Window. #fashion Opens a New Window. .”

    Two Days of Our Lives Returns

    (5/7/19) Days of Our Lives will welcome back Billy Flynn (aka Chad) and Kate Mansi (Abigail) this fall, Soap Opera Digest reports.

    Soaps InDepth Podcast - 5/6/19 - The UN-Emmy's

    (5/7/19) The UN-Emmy's (Listen / download)

    This week Richard and Charlie hand out awards in categories that the Emmy's seem to have ignored. Who will be Man-Ho of the year? Listen to find out.

    2019 Daytime Emmy Winners & Nominees

    (5/5/19) Read the list of the 2019 Daytime Emmy Winners & Nominees in all the soap categories here and see our picks too.

    Talk Show Appearance

    (5/4/19) The Talk – CBS

    Monday, May 6

    THE TALK’s Annual Daytime Emmy “After-Party” with exclusive appearances from many of the night’s biggest winners (n)

    Dishing with Digest - 5/3/19 - Sal Stowers

    (5/3/19) DAYS's Sal Stowers Traces Her Soap Roots (Listen / download) Sal Stowers talks about her emotional year as DAYS's Lani, her first soap job as ALL MY CHILDREN's Cassandra, winning AMERICA'S TOP MODEL AND MORE with Soap Opera Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also talk about the AMC and ONE LIFE reboots, and the comebacks of DAYS's Stephen Nichols and GH's Ingo Rademacher.

    Daytime Emmy Awards will be streamed online via EmmyOnline.tv, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

    (4/30/19) This Sunday’s Daytime Emmy Awards will be streamed online via EmmyOnline.tv, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. At 8pm ET/ 5pm PT — get the details on how to watch here:

    View the Emmys LIVE on the following outlets
    On The Web: https://t.co/fkRkAzzWOA
    On Facebook: https://t.co/vjYx6XpMoY and https://t.co/6LROgKmPQU
    On Twitter: @TheEmmys and @DaytimeEmmys
    On YouTube: https://t.co/ekuwtmU4Sb
    KNEKT TV network (https://t.co/wkmAIjJRNh)

    — Daytime Emmy Awards (@DaytimeEmmys) April 29, 2019

    Stephen Nichols Books Days Return

    (4/30/19) Nearly a year after his sudden and unceremonious departure from Days of Our Lives, Stephen Nichols is returning to the NBC soap as Steve “Patch” Johnson. The actor confirms to Soap Opera Digest that he is already back at work. “I got the call about a month ago,” he tells the mag. “[I said] to myself, ‘Well, I’ll be damned.'”

    Nichols says credit for his return belongs to the fans, many of whom cried foul when he was cut from the cast last year. “These good people who are so loyal and dedicated to supporting us, mean so much to me,” he enthused. “In my opinion, the most beneficial thing about social media has been connecting with the fans on a deeper level. So much so that I consider them true friends.”

    Per Digest, Days has “big plans” for Steve (and presumably his on-screen “sweetness” Kayla) when he resurfaces in the fall, something Nichols would neither confirm nor deny. “You gotta’ wait and see,” he teased.

    Last April, two months before his Days ouster and four months before his final air date, Nichols lamented his lack of screen time. “I do believe continuing to weave Steve and Kayla’s past into present day story is intelligent writing,” he said at the time. “However, one day per week (or less) doesn’t give the fans enough time to live with these characters. Respectfully, hoping for a remedy to this.”

    Presenters Announced For The Daytime Emmys

    (4/30/19) The list of presenters has been released for this weekend’s 46th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. At the Creative Arts Emmys on Friday, May 3, B&B’s Courtney Hope (Sally) and Annika Noelle (Hope), DAYS’s Lamon Archey (Eli) and Sal Stowers (Lani), GH’s Josh Swickard (Chase) and Katelyn MacMullen (Willow), and Y&R’s Sasha Calle (Lola), Hunter King (Summer) and Michael Mealor (Kyle), as well as DAYS alum Kevin Spirtas (ex-Craig), who is nominated for his series AFTER FOREVER, will do the honors. At the May 5 ceremony, B&B’s Don Diamont (Bill) and Darin Brooks (Wyatt), DAYS’s Camila Banus (Gabi), Billy Flynn (ex-Chad), Kate Mansi (ex-Abigail) and Marci Miller (ex-Abigail), GH’s Steve Burton (Jason) and Ingo Rademacher (Jax), Y&R’s Daniel Goddard (Cane) and Melissa Ordway (Abby) will be presenting, as will S.W.A.T star Shemar Moore, who just reprised his role of Y&R’s Malcolm, and ALL MY CHILDREN alum Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan).

    Inside Salem - 4/29/19 - Greg Vaughan, Linsey Godfrey, Victoria Konefal, Eric Martsolf and Kassie DePaiva

    (4/30/19) (Listen / download) Greg Vaughan on Nicole's shocking return; Daytime Emmy Special with Linsey Godfrey, Victoria Konefal, Eric Martsolf and Kassie DePaiva

    Greg Vaughan talks about being caught in a love triangle and shares his thoughts on Nicole's return. Then, after two can't-miss clips, Linsey Godfrey, Victoria Konefal, Eric Martsolf and Kassie DePaiva join for a celebratory Emmy roundtable and play a portion of their nominated reels.

    NATAS Explains Why Daytime Emmy Nominee Reels Weren't Made Public

    (4/26/19) For the 2019 Daytime Emmy Awards, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has made some changes, which NATAS president Adam Sharp told Soaps In Depth all about back in November before nominees were announced for this year’s ceremony. But now another new rule has come to light, which is that they will no longer be posting the acting reel submissions online. While they originally began sharing the clips five years ago in the hopes of sparking interest and engagement among fans, it ended up having some unforeseen consequences as the reels that were made public underwent scrutiny by competitors. This is what caused the revocation of Patrika Darbo's Emmy for Outstanding Guest Performer in a Digital Daytime Drama Series last year after it was found that rules had been broken.

    “Looking at the original issue that brought up these protests and this investigation last year, where one entrant in the competition had gone on YouTube and pulled the reels of his competitors and, awards manual in hand, scrutinized every second of those reels and found potential violations that our staff in the vetting process and our judges in the judging process had missed; well, he only screened the categories that his show was competing in,” Sharp explained to Variety. “So the same way as you wouldn’t want a scenario where, in the middle of a trial all the evidence is put on the courthouse steps and the public can just come up and challenge whatever pieces they want and overrule the jury in the process, we determined that essentially handing these on-air raw submission materials over to competitors in a category would create the potential for abuse and the potential for an unfair imbalance.”

    So the only options were to upload clip reels for every category or none of the categories, and because they simply didn’t have the resources or the rights to every clip, NATAS unfortunately had to choose the latter. All four daytime dramas threatened a boycott of the Daytime Emmys following the scandal last year, but as NATAS announced the changes they were making to the various processes, including nominating and voting, everything got back on track.

    Although fans will not be able to see the reels for themselves this year to make predictions as to who will take home the Emmy, they can all tune in on Sunday, May 5.

    DAYS OF OUR LIVES Nominees Reveal What's on Their Emmy Reels

    (4/26/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) This year, the Daytime Emmy Awards changed the rules slightly, instructing actors to submit reels of up to 15 minutes in length containing clips from any episodes aired during the 2018 calendar year. This give the stars the option to focus on one particularly strong episode, highlights from one powerful storyline, or even offer a variety of scenes showing their range. Unfortunately, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is not making those submissions public this year, but we asked some of the DAYS OF OUR LIVES nominees to share what was on their particular reels. Will it be enough to win the gold? We’ll all find out together when the 2019 Daytime Emmys airs on Sunday, May 5!

    Martha Madison (Belle) - Outstanding Supporting Actres

    “I tried to build a reel that would tell the whole arc of the DNR story from Belle’s perspective. I chose scenes with Greg Vaughan (Eric), Drake [Hogestyn, John], Mary Beth [Evans, Kayla], and the bedside scene with Deidre [Hall, Marlena]. I felt it would be the best way to tell the story to voters who may not watch the show on a regular basis.”

    Eric Martsolf (Brady) - Outstanding Supporting Actor

    “I went with my goodbye to my son. Which a lot of fathers have experienced, and it never gets more heartfelt than that. But in my final submission, I included a scene next to Marlena in which Brady apologizes to her, not knowing whether she’s going to wake up or not, for being such a poor teenager and adolescent toward her. He feels he never gave her the credit she deserved. It was such a simple scene, and it was so quick, I almost had forgotten about it. A couple people had said to me, ‘I really enjoyed that scene because it’s all about regret and wanting to make up for lost time when you seemingly don’t have it.’ So I felt they were scenes that just related to the human experience. And that’s usually what I try to shot for. And what I think soaps in general should try to shoot for.”

    Marci Miller (ex-Abigail) - Outstanding Lead Actress

    “I submitted the scenes where Abby realizes for the first time that she killed Andre. So the scenes were with Billy [Flynn, ex-Chad]. And I submitted some Gabby scenes with Tyler Christopher (ex-Stefan), and then some scenes where the Gabby character and the Dr. Laura character are having conversations with each other inside of Abby’s head. And then a little tidbit at the end with Deidre Hall, when Abby transitions into Dr. Laura.”

    Tyler Christopher (ex-Stefan) - Outstanding Lead Actor

    “It was a little different this year. We were able to submit a lot more material, so you were able to kind of tell a little story. So that’s what I chose to try to do. I started with Chad and Stefan had a fight in the stairwell of the DiMera mansion where Stefan is really pushing his buttons and trying to bait him into a fight and it worked. I set it up with that. Then I did a couple of scenes in the abortion clinic where Marci was just fantastic. She really set me up in those scenes. And then I may have used something with Ben from when they were establishing their working relationship. And then I used a lot from Stefan torturing the real Gabi, Camila [Banus], where he had her tied up and he was torturing her. And then I ended it with a really quick monologue tribute to Stefano.”

    Kassie DePaiva (Eve) - Outstanding Supporting Actress

    “They were scenes with Eric Martsolf, where Brady and Eve go to get married and she calls it off because she finds out that she’s been duped by Brady. Brady and Eve set out to use the other person, but in the meantime, they fell in love. So she got her feelings hurt by Brady. It was the big non-wedding. And then I added two extra scenes with Robert Scott Wilson where she confronts Ben for the first time when he comes back to town.”

    Greg Rikaart (Leo) - Outstanding Supporting Actor

    “The first scenes that I submitted were the confrontation between Leo, Sonny, and Will. When Leo first got back and he explained how he’s survived and what his objectives were now that he was back. I like those scenes and when you have a clear objective it kind of helps tell the story. ANd in my experience, that can make a reel more compelling. Those scenes had some anger, so just to show something different, the second set of scenes were from the wedding and were more lighthearted and silly.”

    Guy Wilson in NCIS: Los Angeles 5/19/19

    (4/26/19) “False Flag” – Callen and Sam work with Navy Captain Harmon “Harm” Rabb, Jr. (David James Elliott) to locate a group of ISIS sympathizers aboard the USS Allegiance. Also, Hetty enlists her friend, Navy Lieutenant Colonel Sarah “Mac” Mackenzie (Catherine Bell), to help obtain information from a Russian diplomat, on the 10th season finale of NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Sunday, May 19 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    GUEST CAST includes: David James Elliott (Navy Captain Harmon “Harm” Rabb, Jr.), Catherine Bell (Navy Lieutenant Colonel Sarah “Mac” Mackenzie), Guy Wilson (Navy Gunner’s Mate Michael Skinner).

    Chrishell Hartley Mourns the Death of Her Father

    (4/23/19) As many families around the world came together to celebrate Easter, Chrishell Hartley (Jordan, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) joined her own family to say goodbye to her beloved father. “We lost you today but it was a long, terrible battle with cancer that started taking you years ago,” she shared on Instagram with a vintage photo of her dad. “I choose to remember you the way you were before it took its hold on you. You are at peace now, and ever the Catholic man at heart, I think you chose Easter for a reason.”

    The daytime star, who also appeared on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS as Bethany and ALL MY CHILDREN as Amanda, clearly inherited her love for entertaining from her father. “I grew up in an unconventional family and my dad was a drummer — the heartbeat of the music,” Hartley explained. “Today we lost the heartbeat of our family but I am happy knowing he took his music to heaven. It just got a lot more rock and roll up there. We love you so much.”

    Soaps InDepth Podcast - 4/22/19 - Fixer Uppers

    (4/22/19) (Listen / Download) Fixer Uppers.

    On this week’s episode of the Soaps In Depth podcast, Charlie and Richard take a look at several characters who could stand to be pushed in a new direction. Can GH’s Drew go from out-man-out to Big Man On Canvas? What will it take for Y&R’s Cane to get his life back on track? Should B&B’s Quinn take another trip to the dark side? And can anyone make DAYS’ JJ smile? Plus, preview of the week’s hottest stories and more!

    Talk Show Appearance

    (4/20/19) Pickler & Ben - Syndicated

    AIRING Apr 22, 2019

    Scott Reeves and Melissa Reeves

    Arianne Zucker Dishes About DAYS Return

    (4/20/19) In the new issue of Soap Opera Digest, on sale now, Arianne Zucker (Nicole) talks about her return to DAYS after her 2017 exit. “It definitely does not feel like I had time away because I’ve been here for most of my adult life,” Zucker says. “It just really is such a home. It’s bizarre. And I mean that in the best way possible because you just jump right back in the pool. But I was so grateful to have that time off, just for my personal life and work outside the soap, and time with my daughter.” Look for her to air again on April 25. For the full story, pick up the new issue.

    Soap Vet Patrika Darbo Talks New Film

    (4/19/19) Patrika Darbo (ex-Shirley, B&B; ex-Nancy, DAYS) has a new short film available for viewing online, which is part of the 2019 Easterseals Disability Film Challenge, titled Second Date. Reports Darbo, “The director is my friend, John Lawson, who lost his hands and part of his arms. So, he has hooks, hence his production company name, Star Hooks.” The short is a time travel comedy, which features Micah Fowler (SPEECHLESS) and Jamie Brewer (AMERICAN HORROR STORY). “This was such a wonderful experience, as an actor and as a human being, and I think everyone should get involved with this project.” Voting in the Challenge runs until April 22.

    To view the film, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuxP7L_LMWY

    To learn more about the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge 2019, click here: disabilityfilmchallenge.com

    INSTAGRAM/DARBO: www.instagram.com/p/Bv9KjsnBjCg/

    Lisa Rinna reveals mom was was attacked by Trailside serial killer

    (4/19/19) Lisa Rinna‘s mother, Lois Rinna, is opening up for the first time about being a victim of the Trailside Killer, who struck California in the 1970s and ’80s.

    “I was very lucky — I should not even be here,” Lois said on “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” Tuesday.

    According to Lisa, Lois’ attacker was serial killer David Carpenter, who was known as Trailside Killer and actually worked with Lois. The reality star revealed in a confessional interview that Carpenter picked up Lois at a bus stop and took her down a deserted road, where he assaulted her.

    “I thought that was it — that I was going ‘Bye bye,'” the 90-year-old reflected. “He’s straddling me, and he had a hammer in one hand, a knife in the other.”

    Lisa said her mother was almost raped and killed, but a military police officer saved her life.

    In 1960, Carpenter was arrested for attempted murder, but after being released seven years later, according to The San Francisco Gate, he killed multiple people and was dubbed the Trailside Killer. Lois was one of two victims who survived.

    Carpenter is reportedly still on death row at San Quentin state prison in California.

    “I had such great sadness and empathy for my mom, knowing that not only did this happen to her, but that she basically just stuffed those feelings for how many years?” Lisa said. “She never dealt with it. She never even talked about it.”

    After the “RHOBH” episode aired, Lisa shared an Instagram post dedicated to Lois, saying, “I am so proud of my Mom and I know Dad is watching from heaven and is so proud of you Mama! I love you!”

    Daytime Emmys Sets Mario Lopez & Sheryl Underwood As Hosts

    (4/16/19) Mario Lopez and Sheryl Underwood have been named hosts for the 46th annual Daytime Emmy Awards, which are set for May 5 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Organizer the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences unveiled the news today when it also revealed that David Osmond will host the Daytime Emmy Creative Arts ceremony May 3.

    “I am thrilled to have one of the most entertaining combinations in daytime television hosting our grand gala at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium,” said David Michaels, SVP Daytime at NATAS. “With their combined wit and charm, plus America’s favorite arbiter, Judge Judy, receiving this year’s lifetime achievement award as well as the best of Daytime nominated in all genres and a stellar list of presenters yet to be announced, it promises to be a memorable night for the daytime community.”

    In addition to the hosts, Carolyn Hennessy will return as host of the Daytime Emmys’ livestream from the red carpet and backstage post-show interviews with the winners May 5.

    The Daytime Emmy noms were announced March 20, with Days of Our Lives leading all programs with 27 noms. CBS leads all networks with 61 nominations. Amazon Prime Video tied Netflix for second this year with 49 noms apiece, followed by NBC (38), ABC (35) and PBS (31).

    Inside Salem Podcast - 4/15/19 - Chrishell Hartley, Wally Kurth, Judi Evans and Freddie Smith

    (4/16/19) (Listen / download) Chrishell Hartley Spills the Beans on Jordan's Secret Baby; Wally Kurth, Judi Evans and Freddie Smith Play "Dish, Dirt or Delight"

    Chrishell Hartley tells us everything she knows about Jordan Ridgeway's surprise baby and feelings toward Rafe. Then, Wally Kurth, Judi Evans and Freddie Smith join Michael Fairman in the studio to discuss the Kiriakis family dynamic and talk about their favorite cast members in a game of "Dish, Dirt or Delight."

    Actor Justin Hartley lands the role of homeowner in Encino

    (4/16/19) (latimes.com) Actor Justin Hartley of “This Is Us” fame and his wife, Realtor and actress Chrishell Stause, have purchased a newly built home in Encino for $4.65 million. We’re betting they looked at the modern farmhouse-style single-story and said, “This is us.”

    Private and gated, the 6,762 square feet of open floor plan is crowned by high ceilings and exposed wood beams. A glass wall reveals the temperature-controlled wine room. The kitchen features both prep and eat-at islands as well as a glass-sided breakfast nook.

    A high-tech media room, a dining room, a butler’s panty, six bedrooms and eight bathrooms are among the other living spaces.

    The resort-like backyard contains a contemporary fire-pit area, a pool house, a swimming pool and a sports court.

    Hartley, 42, has television credits that include the daytime soap opera "Passions," the adventure-drama "Smallville" and the thriller series "Revenge." He was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for his work on "The Young and the Restless." He also is branching out to TV production with his newly launched ChangeUp Productions.

    Stause, 37, plays herself on the Netflix realty reality show “Selling Sunset.” Her television credits include “Days of Our Lives” and “The Young and the Restless.”

    Ray Akbari and Cyrus Ahmadi of Standard Realty were the listing agents. Stause, who also goes by the name Chrishell Hartley, and Jason Oppenheim of the Oppenheim Group handled the buying side.

    Marci Miller Reveals Why She Left DAYS OF OUR LIVES and What She's Doing Now

    (4/13/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) While DAYS OF OUR LIVES fans were surprised when Abigail was recast with Marci Miller, an actress so different in appearance from her predecessor, Miller herself had not been. “I’m always cast as the sweet girl next door who has it all together,” she admitted to Soaps In Depth. While it took time for the switch to be accepted by some viewers, Miller’s talent eventually won them over. That’s when she was handed the challenge that really let her strut her stuff: Abby’s split personality! “The reality is that I think of myself as a character actor,” she said. “So I loved playing the ‘Gabby’ role.”

    While it was certainly hard work, Miller rose to the occasion with mesmerizing performances that she can always be proud of. “The dissociative-identity disorder storyline was the thing that I’ll never forget,” she reflected. “I don’t know if I’ll ever have an opportunity to do that again.” Exhilarating as the experience was, Miller kept the promise she’d made to herself to leave at the end of her two-year contract so that she could go and take on other characters. “DAYS had become my life… It’s what I woke up every single day to do,” she recalled. “So it was hard to step away, but I knew that it was right.”

    Fortunately, Miller was rewarded with a role on a new futuristic TV series (working title NOVA VIDA), which she spent four months shooting. In it, she’s the wife of a guy who “wakes up on [an operating] table in the middle of the ocean and wonders, ‘Where am I? What’s going on?’” Miller explained. “So it’s about their journey back to each other.” Last month, Miller wrapped production on F.E.A.R., a sci-fi/action film in which she plays a woman desperate to save her family when a pathogen is unleashed on their mountain town. “It was a very physical shoot. I got to some stunts, learn a lot about guns and run around!” she shared. “I was a total badass lady, so I was super stoked to get to do it.”

    Having finally decompressed from the rigors of her DAYS storyline, Miller is excited about now being able to create something equally intriguing herself. “I’m doing a lot of writing, which is something I’ve not had the opportunity to sit down and do,” she confided. “And I’m going to New York with a group of friends to try to workshop a film that we’d like to get made.”

    ‘Into The Dark’: Barbara Crampton, Shawn Ashmore Among 6 Cast In Hulu’s “Culture Shock” Installment

    (4/13/19) Martha Higareda (Queen of the South, Altered Carbon), Shawn Ashmore (The Rookie), Barbara Crampton (You’re Next, Re-Animator), Felipe de Lara (The Lord of the Skies) and Creed Bratton (The Office) will join previously announced Richard Cabral (Mayans M.C.) in Into The Dark‘s “Culture Shock” installment, Hulu’s monthly horror event series from Blumhouse Television on Hulu. In addition, Gigi Saul Guerrero aka La Muñeca Del Terror (Luchagore Productions, La Quinceañera) will direct the feature-length episode as well as co-write.

    The Into the Dark series includes 12 feature-length episodes, released each month over one year and inspired by a holiday, featuring Blumhouse’s signature genre/thriller spin on the story. The Culture Shock installment will premiere July 4.

    Written by Efren Hernandez, James Benson and Guerrero, from a story by Hernandez and Benson, Culture Shock is a thriller that follows a young Mexican woman in pursuit of the American Dream, who crosses illegally into the United States, only to find herself in an American nightmare.

    Blumhouse Television has upcoming The Loudest Voice, starring Russell Crowe, which will premiere on June 30 on Showtime. On the feature film side, Blumhouse Productions will release the thriller MA starring Octavia Spencer in late-May, and they recently announced that Elisabeth Moss has been cast in their upcoming Universal film, The Invisible Man.

    Guerrero is repped by Carlos Bobadilla of Valor Entertainment and Verve. Higareda is repped by ICM. Cabral is repped by Paradigm, Atlas Artists and Morris Yorn. Ashmore is repped by Gersh, Paul Nicholls and JTWAMM. Crampton is repped by Michael Eisenstadt at AEFH and Josh Silver at Silver J Mgmt. Bratton is repped by Michael Eisenstadt at AEFH Talent. de Lara is repped by Vision Entertainment.

    Talk Show Appearance

    (4/12/19) THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON - NBC

    Tuesday, April 16: Ashley Benson

    New Holiday Film For DAYS Faves And Alums

    (4/10/19) A MERMAID FOR CHRISTMAS, a new film from executive producers Kyle Lowder (Rex, DAYS), Michael Caruso and Barbara Caruso, has been officially greenlit and is in pre-production. “Filled with warmth, humor, whimsy, and just a touch of magic, A MERMAID FOR CHRISTMAS combines classic Christmas themes with an escapist fantasy element that only a mermaid can provide,” said the film’s creator, writer and executive producer Michael Caruso. The cast includes Jessica Morris (ex-Jennifer, ONE LIFE TO LIVE), Lowder, Arianne Zucker (Nicole, DAYS) Kathleen Gati (Dr. Obrecht, GH), Sheree J. Wilson (DALLAS) and newcomer Emma Demirjian. Michael and Barbara Caruso Productions, best known for the multiple Daytime Emmy® nominated drama WINTERTHORNE, as well as producing two seasons of the Daytime Emmy® nominated LADIES OF THE LAKE on Amazon Prime Video, will produce the feature film in association with WFL Productions. Principal photography will begin in spring for a 2019 holiday release.

    Kate Mansi Reveals Why She Returned to DAYS for Abigail's Exit

    (4/10/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) When Kate Mansi got the call that DAYS OF OUR LIVES wanted her to reprise her role of Abigail, it was most unexpected. However, the Daytime Emmy winner had still agreed because, as she told Soaps In Depth, “I felt like there was some unfinished business.” Over the course of about eight weeks, Mansi says she shot “an insane amount of material” that proved most satisfying. “This experience was more like a film in that I knew that there would be a start, a middle, and an end, and I knew what I was coming back for. It was appealing to me to give the audience what I think they rightfully deserved and had been rooting for: a happy ending!”

    On screen, and institutionalized Abigail had started impersonating her alter, Gabby, in order to get a smitten Stefan to whisk her away. Though the character’s multiple personalities had been integrated before Mansi stepped back into her shoes, the character had been through enough to be different. “Coming back was both super surreal and very familiar,” Mansi reflected. “I think that once you do that work on a character [regarding her mental illness] for so long, it’s like a part of yourself.” However, sharing scenes with Stefan’s portrayer, Tyler Christopher, (who’d joined the soap during Mansi’s absence) was a brand-new experience. “Tyler was great!” she recalled. “He brought a lot of his heart to the role.”

    Still, it was Chad who sought to reclaim Abby’s heart, and while she grappled with the idea of ever being able to trust him again after he’d had her separated from her newborn, Charlotte, it was the child’s subsequent kidnapping that became a turning point. They saw each other through it! “It’s like the proof was in the pudding,” Mansi observed. “They renewed their commitment to each other and their family, and had the opportunity to experience who the other person was now instead of just repeating the same narrative.”

    After exchanging new marriage vows, Chad and Abigail rode off into the sunset in search of a fresh start. Ironically, Mansi had her bags packed as well. “I shot the wedding scenes, left the studio and went to a friend’s wedding,” she confides. With just a couple days to restock her suitcase, Mansi next “left for Kentucky to shoot [the movie Mommy Group Murders], which just premiered on Lifetime.”

    Recently, the actress wrapped production on Miss Staken, a movie with brothers Joey, Matthew and Andrew Lawrence in which she plays a security guard at a marketing firm who winds up passing herself off as someone else when her idea for a campaign gains notice. “It was really fun to work with all three of them on a romantic comedy, which is [something] I’ve always wanted to do,” she says excitedly. “Now I’m working on developing a project with my writing partner, and you know, it’s pilot season... I feel like that was the best possible timing for me to have gone back to the show.”

    Mary Beth Evans Hosts New Show On DOOL App

    (4/9/19) Fan-fave Mary Beth Evans (Kayla, DAYS) is hosting a new show on the DOOL App, MB’s Kitchen. In the weekly cooking segment, Evans serves as host to her co-stars and whips up their favorite recipes with them while reminiscing about DAYS past. The first installment of MB’s Kitchen — featuring Melissa Reeves (Jennifer) —is available now on the DOOL App! Check it out! https://doolapp.app.link/snMmLPfRDV

    Jen Lilley, Chris McNally, Dan Jeannotte, Nathan Parsons & More Cast In Hallmark Channel’s ‘Countdown To Summer’ Movie Event

    (4/9/19) Hallmark Channel has rounded out cast, firmed up titles and loglines and set premiere dates for its Countdown To Summer movie programming event.

    Announced at TCA in February, the channel will premiere A Paris Romance, starring Jen Lilley (Days Of Our Lives) and Dan Jeannotte (The Bold Type, Reign) on Saturday, May 4; Feels Like Home (working title) starring Jonna Walsh (The Fosters, Baby Daddy) and Nathan Parsons (Roswell, New Mexico, The Originals) on Saturday, May 11; Sailing Into Love (fka Four Summer Weddings), starring Leah Renee (Grimm, Satisfaction) and Chris McNally (When Calls The Heart, Altered Carbon) on May 18; and Love in the Sun, starring Emeraude Toubia (Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments), Tom Maden (Scream: The TV Series, Famous In Love) and Shawn Christian (Days Of Our Lives, Famous In Love) on May 25.

    “We strive to provide our fans with a viewing experience that immerses them in the sights, sounds and feelings of the seasons that is only available on our network,” said Michelle Vicary, Executive Vice President, Programming and Network Publicity, Crown Media Family Networks. “Viewers have enthusiastically embraced our seasonal event strategy so we’re thrilled to expand on these offerings with the addition of ‘Countdown to Summer’ to the schedule.”

    Complete details of the four movies follow below.

    A Paris Romance
    Premieres: Saturday, May 4 at 8 PM
    Stars: Jen Lilley, Dan Jeannotte

    Logline: Isabella is the ambitious new owner of her family’s Oregon winery whose dream of becoming world-renowned takes a big step forward when she enters a prestigious wine competition in Paris. Upon arrival, Isabella meets her biggest competitor, Jacques, from one of the world’s foremost winemaking families. Impressed by Isabella and her expertise in wine, a budding romance develops between them. However, as the results as the competition are announced, Isabella believes Jacques badmouthed her wine. Hurt, she returns home. When Jacques discovers what upset her, he seeks to win her back, even if it means leaving behind his beloved winery.

    Feels Like Home (wt)
    Premieres: Saturday, May 11 at 8 PM
    Stars: Jonna Walsh, Nathan Parsons

    Logline: Host of a New England web series, Abby is set to launch her own line of home products. All she needs is a few more authentically northeastern webisodes and the deal is done. But Abby’s roots are actually in Texas, and now she must return to her dad’s ranch to help him. Surprised to find her former boyfriend Ryan is the ranch manager, Abby is soon swept up in their old chemistry. Torn between her Texas roots and her New England aspirations, Abby must decide where she belongs – with work in the northeast, or deep in the heart of Texas.

    Sailing Into Love (fka Four Summer Weddings)
    Premieres: Saturday, May 18 at 8 PM
    Stars: Leah Renee, Chris McNally

    Logline: Biology teacher Claire is busy juggling her duties as bridesmaid to three friends, as well as teaching a summer enrichment class at her most favorite place in the world, Blue Island. Claire learns that the sailboat used to ferry to her students has been sold to a former Navy man, Captain Tom, with the stipulation that he continues to sail the class to the island. Claire’s life gets complicated when she learns her former boyfriend Jason works for the developer intent on building a resort on Blue Island.

    Love in the Sun
    Premieres: Saturday, May 25 at 8 PM
    Stars: Emeraude Toubia, Tom Maden, Shawn Christian

    Logline: When successful dating app creator Alana hesitantly gets engaged, she returns to her hometown in Florida to deliver the news to her dad. Upon returning home, she crosses paths with her former flame, Kai, and finds herself falling in love with the fun and adventurous lifestyle tied to her community. As Alana and Kai work together to help her dad restore his declining property, Alana finds herself conflicted as to whether or not her current way of living makes her happier than the home and community that she always knew and loved.

    Why James Reynolds rules ‘Days of Our Lives’ and daytime TV

    (4/8/19) (nypost.com) Most actors spend a lot of time looking for work. A movie wraps, a series folds, a play closes out its run.

    But not James Reynolds.

    Since 1981 the Kansas-born actor has played Abe Carver, once a cop and now the mayor of Salem, on the long-running NBC soap “Days Of Our Lives,” with short breaks for other projects. That’s almost as long as Susan Lucci played Erica Kane on “All My Children.” What’s really noteworthy about Reynolds’ tenure, though, is that he holds the record for an African American actor playing the same character on television.

    “I didn’t realize that daytime TV would be my mark in life. Here I am all these years later.” says Reynolds, 72. “There’s a great deal I like about it. We can do many aspects of acting. One day you’re in heavy drama, the next day you’re playing light comedy, then you’re doing action and hiding the bad guys. You can do it all within the bounds of one character that I’ve been able to craft in real time. It’s an extraordinary opportunity.”

    When Reynolds joined the show, black actors were scarce on daytime. There was Al Freeman Jr. on “One Life to Live” and Debbi Morgan and Darnell Williams on “AMC.” Abe was written as a black character but Reynolds, who had just come off the cancelled 1979 CBS primetime series “Press Express,” says the producers were more concerned with his brain than his race.

    “ ‘Can you memorize lines quickly?’ That was the only question they asked me,” Reynolds says. And he could. “I had a pile of scripts delivered to my home.”

    Soaps were in their heyday in the ’80s and ’90s, with large ensemble casts on contract, an opportunity to make extra cash from personal appearances on weekends and a production schedule that allowed actors three preparations — blocking scenes, camera blocking and a full dress rehearsal — before the afternoon taping. One 42-minute episode was taped per day (as opposed to the eight to 10 days allotted for a prime-time drama). “We shot the occasional Saturday. The first 15 years or so we shot a couple of times on Sunday,” Reynolds says.

    The producers usually had two weeks of episodes in the can; now they have six months. Changing times and plunging ratings saw many award-winning soaps such as “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” put out to pasture — in 2011 — and Reynolds says that, today, “Days” runs at a more accelerated and budget-conscious pace (Reynolds took a pay cut). “Yesterday, we shot almost two complete shows. It’s shorter work days. There are demands on producers, actors and writers. The interesting thing is: It can be done,” he says. “If I asked the old me, ‘Can you carry it off? Can you shoot eight and a half shows a week?’ In the old days, I was getting home at 10 p.m. or two in the morning. Now we rarely go to 6 p.m. We get the show done and you can’t tell the difference in the level of production or level of performance.”

    “Days of Our Lives,” which debuted in 1965, is one of four soaps still on the air. (The others are “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” — both on CBS — and “General Hospital,” on ABC.) Reynolds credits head writer Ron Carlivati with keeping the show relevant, especially for developing a story tailor-made for Reynolds. Last year, Abe’s son, Theo (Kyler Pettis), was out and wearing a hoodie and was shot by a young white cop who was also dating Abe’s daughter. “In Abe’s grief he became very angry with the shooter and his family,” Reynolds says. “We took an issue that’s always in the news, and explored anger and grief and racism.”

    Theo survived his injuries and Reynolds won a Daytime Emmy for Lead Actor — his first — but the actor, who has been married to Lissa Layng Reynolds since 1986, is proudest of the distinction he has earned among his fellow African American actors for his longevity in the medium.

    “It makes me feel good,” he says. “It makes me understand that there are a lot of actors who deserve that opportunity as well. Our show is definitely responding a great deal more to diversity than when I began. We are now reflecting America and I am proud of that.”

    Talk Show Appearance

    (4/7/19) Pickler & Ben - syndicated

    Apr 08, 2019 - Eric Winter ("The Rookie")

    Talk Show Appearance

    (4/7/19) Strahan & Sara – ABC

    Monday, April 8 – actress Lindsay Price (“Splitting Up Together”);

    Dishing with Digest - 4/5/19 - Chrishell Hartley

    (4/5/19) DAYS’S Chrishell Hartley Is Living Her Best Life (Listen / download).

    Chrishell Hartley talks about her new hit Netflix show, SELLING SUNSET, coming back to DAYS as Jordan, married life with Justin Hartley, the celebrity that made her starstruck and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss the latest casting shakeups at Y&R.

    George R.R. Martin's Soapy New Adventure

    (4/2/19) Andrew Miller, real-life husband of Eden Riegel (ex-Bianca, ALL MY CHILDREN, et al), is the showrunner of Hulu’s upcoming WILD CARDS series, based on the sci-fi anthology series edited by George R.R. Martin. In a big reveal that just so happens to fall on April Fool’s Day, Riegel, Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, B&B) and Greg Rikaart (ex-Leo, DAYS) appear in leaked footage from the set of the new shows, which can be viewed on Martin’s official site at http://georgerrmartin.com/notablog. Tweeted Riegel, “I think we are breaking new ground for soaps. So proud to work with you!”

    Inside Salem - 4/1/19 - Olivia Rose Keegan, Melissa Reeves and Casey Moss

    (4/1/19) Olivia Rose Keegan Celebrates Her Emmy Nomination; Melissa Reeves and Casey Moss Reveal Their Process for Memorizing Lines (Listen / download)

    Olivia Rose Keegan joins host Michael Fairman to chat about her Emmy nomination, justifying Claire Brady's history of violence and her musical inspirations. Then, Melissa Reeves welcomes Casey Moss into her dressing room to discuss memorizing lines and the overwhelming nature of soap opera production.

    Cassandra Creech on NCIS 4/16/19

    (3/29/19) “Hail & Farewell” – NCIS investigates the murder of a Marine Major believed to have been killed in the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon after human remains are discovered at a construction site. A personal history with the victim drives Gibbs to solve her crime, on NCIS, Tuesday, April 16 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    GUEST CAST includes: Garrett M. Brown (Retired Marine General James Wallace), Doug Savant (Marine Brigadier General Daniel Kent), Cassandra Creech (Amy Tano).

    Greg Rikaart Wraps DAYS Run

    (3/28/19) Greg Rikaart’s (Leo, DAYS) second stint in Salem has come to an end. The actor tweeted, “That’s a wrap on Leo. Thanks for all the love. Playing this role has been a gift. An absurdly fun and delicious gift. #DAYS Opens a New Window. ” In the next issue of Soap Opera Digest, Rikaart opens up about his time on the show. “I had such a great time the first go-round that I couldn’t have imagined it being any more fun or enjoyable, and it was.” For the full story, pick up the new issue, on sale Friday.

    Sony Fights Lawsuit Alleging It Plotted to Destroy 'Days of Our Lives'

    (3/27/19) (hollywoodreporter.com) In soap operas, deaths happen, sometimes by accident and sometimes out of jealousy. A month ago, the creative team behind Days of Our Lives alleged that Sony Pictures Televisions had murderous intent toward one of the longest-running scripted television programs in the world. A lawsuit from Corday Productions even ascribed motive.

    "While the domestic ratings for Days of our Lives have remained largely constant, Sony’s distribution receipts have decreased by over 50%," stated the complaint. "This dramatic decline is directly attributable to a decision at the highest levels of Sony management to eliminate any competition to its own wholly-owned Series The Young and the Restless, also distributed by Sony.... In the annals of Hollywood television, it is difficult to identify a distributor more guilty of blatant conflict of interest, deceit, perfidy, and abuse of market power."

    Hardly subtle, but about on par with any murder plot in the soap world.

    This week, Sony slapped back with word that the patient deserves her fate.

    "Daytime soap operas face a difficult and evolving television market environment," wrote Sony's lawyers in a demurrer aimed at dismissing several of Corday's causes of action. "There were once 18 different first-run network series; now, there are 4. And since 2011, plaintiff Corday’s series, Days of Our Lives has finished last in the Nielsen ratings. Given the changes and challenges of the domestic and international markets, as well as DOOL’s ratings, it is not surprising that DOOL’s profitability has declined in recent years."

    Corday alleges that Sony is starving the series of enough money to continue producing a high-quality series. The plaintiff further alleges that Sony isn't charging NBC enough in licensing fees, radically underselling Days of Our Lives in foreign markets, and preventing Corday from ameliorating a lethal situation.

    With claims including breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and breach of contract, Corday's attorney Pierce O'Donnell writes, "This sinister plot is working: while Sony claims that Corday has incurred $12 million in unrecouped production deficits, Sony reports no revenues from supplemental markets, and Sony's foreign revenue stream for the Series — once garnering tens of millions of dollars per year — is in a death spiral."

    The conspiracy story is "pure fiction," responds Sony's legal team led by Gibson Dunn attorney Scott Edelman, also impugning the murder motive by noting that Days of Our Lives and The Young and The Restless have coexisted for 46 years.

    Sony denies having any fiduciary duties toward the producer arising out of a profit-sharing agreement that gave its predecessor exclusive rights to distribute the series. The defendant points to the seminal case on the topic — a dispute over Who Framed Roger Rabbit — for the proposition that there isn't any unstated obligation to maximize profits from an enterprise. To overcome this, Corday may have to show the kind of joint enterprise that recently allowed Bill Nye the Science Guy to advance on a fiduciary duty claim brought against Disney.

    Corday's fraud claims are also attacked by Sony for not specifically identifying false statements. For example, the representation that the series was $12 million in deficit is portrayed as literally true. And for an allegation that Sony failed to disclose an internal policy to not exploit the series, Sony faults the plaintiff for not specifying who concealed what.

    Sony asserts that Corday is dressing up contract claims as fraud, but also attacks the claims on this end.

    According to Corday, Sony must put effort into marketing and distributing Days of Our Lives, must negotiate in good faith new terms for the series now that its format has changed, and split costs for budget overages. Sony responds that the contract says nothing about "effort" obligations, that renegotiations only kick in for a different show other than Days of Our Lives and that Corday's position on overages is directly contrary to the plain terms of the agreement.

    Finally, because of what's above, Sony says there's no grounds for Corday terminating the Days of Our Lives agreement.

    Jen Lilley Opens up About Being Pregnant With a Baby Girl

    (3/26/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Congratulations are in order for DAYS OF OUR LIVES alum Jen Lilley (ex-Theresa) and husband, Jason Wayne, who are expecting a baby girl! The couple already have two sons who they are fostering, but now the actress is pregnant with a girl. “I’m getting a baby for my birthday,” Lilley enthused on Instagram, expecting to give birth in August.

    The expectant parents have already considered names, and seem to have settled on Julie. They even did a photo shoot where he held pink balloons while she held her growing baby bump to share the blessed news with their family. “I love everything about it,” Lilley declared. “We’re definitely going to frame it in baby Julie’s nursery.”

    Lilley, who also filled in for Kirsten Storms as GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Maxie, reprised her DAYS role of Theresa Donovan in the spring of 2018 and in October of that year, released “King of Hearts,” the first single from her upcoming album. Not to mention her frequent appearances in romantic Hallmark movies such as Mingle All the Way and Harvest Love. But her career is going to take a back seat now that she’s welcoming a third child into their loving family that already includes their two-year-old foster son they are currently in the process of adopting, and his biological half-brother who is just 11 months old.

    “I absolutely love being a mom of boys, but there’s a couple of reasons we wanted a girl,” Lilley told People Magazine. “One [being], we don’t have one. More importantly, the reason we wanted the girl is now my sons won’t have a bio-son to compare themselves to and I think that’s really, really important.”

    Soaps InDepth Podcast - 3/25/19 - What Will Happen Next?

    (3/26/19) What Will Happen Next? (Listen / download)

    This week on the Soaps In Depth Podcast, Charlie and Richard make a few fearless predictions about what will happen on the soaps in the weeks and months ahead. Plus, they discuss whether the all-important Sweeps ratings periods aren’t nearly as important as they once were.

    Denise DuBarry Hay Dies: Coachella Valley Film Advocate Was 63

    (3/24/19) Denise DuBarry Hay (Twyla, Days of Our Lives), a staunch advocate of the film industry in the Coachella Valley, died Saturday at UCLA Medical Center after battling a deadly fungus. She was 63 and her death was confirmed by her husband, Bill Hay.

    DuBarry Hay began her career as an actress, apppearing in the TV series Black Sheep Squadron and CHiPs, as well as the film “Being There.”

    But the business world was calling, and in 1990 she co-founded Thane International, a global direct response company, with husband, Bill Hay. The company was formed after Denise produced an infomercial in 1987 for a video, “Play the Piano Overnight.” The video became the basis for an “Overnight Music” series for Thane.

    After selling Thane International, the Hays started Kaswit, Inc., an incubator for home and health products, including the book “Don Sullivan’s Secrets to Training the Perfect Dog” and training accessories.

    In 1998, she was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and in 2000 Response Magazine included her in its list of the “21 People Leading Us Into the 21st Century.”

    DuBarry became one of the leading philanthropists in the Coachella Valley, helping the Olive Crest nonprofit for abused and at-risk children. She was also a founder and president of the Palm Springs Women in Film and Television, working to separate the Coachella Valley as a film market for producers.

    But she also kept her acting roots. She executive produced and acted in a film screened at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Walk to Vegas, produced by Kim Waltrip.

    Survivors include her husband, Bill, and son, Adam; her parents, Pete DuBarry and Betty DuBarry Stein; and children Samantha Lockwood of Honolulu, Kyle Hay of Orange County, and Whitney Hay, a USC student; and three sisters, Audrey Walter, Diana DuBarry and Suzanne DuBarry, and two grandchildren.

    A private celebration of life will be held in April, according to her husband.

    Morning Show Appearance

    (3/23/19) LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN, syndicated

    Mo 3/25: Corbin Bleu, guest co-host Lisa Rinna

    Tu 3/26: guest co-host Lisa Rinna

    Brandon Barash On DAYS Debut: “They made it very easy.”

    (3/22/19) Brandon Barash marks his first day in Salem as Stefan O. DiMera today, and in the new issue of Digest, on sale now, the actor talks about transitioning into the role that former GH co-star Tyler Christopher vacated. “I was at lunch with a friend, and I got a phone call from my manager saying, ‘Can you be at the DAYS OF OUR LIVES set to work tomorrow?’ ” he recalls. “And I said, ‘I think so.’ And that’s how it happened. It was that simple.” With Stefan in heavy story, Barash was thrown into the thick of things from the get-go. “It was a tall order,” he concedes. “I remember the first week I worked three days, did six shows, so two shows a day. It was a shock. I mean, I haven’t worked at this pace in four or so years. It was an adjustment. I’m used to doing at most six to eight pages a day. I think my first day I had about, I don’t know, between 20 and 30. It was a lot, but the cast and crew here are just incredible. It’s really a special family. They got a good soup cooking over here, so they made it very easy.” For the full story, pick up the new issue, on sale now, and tune into DAYS to see Barash in action!

    New Project For DAYS’s Tionne Watkins

    (3/22/19) Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins (Sheila, DAYS) is joining the cast of GROWING UP HIP HOP: ATLANTA for the upcoming fourth season. To view a clip from the show, click here.

    Dishing with Digest - 3/22/19 - Donnell Turner

    (3/22/19) Donnell Turner On His Road To GH (Listen / download)

    Donnell Turner (Curtis) traces his path from background actor to GH heartthrob with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. Plus, we remember late DAYS star Jed Allan and discuss Brandon Barash’s debut as DAYS’s Stefan.

    TLC’s Chilli and T-Boz working on a Broadway show

    (3/22/19) The members of TLC are ready for their Broadway moment.

    In an interview with Cheddar to promote an upcoming concert tour with Nelly and Flo Rida, Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas revealed that she and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins are working on bringing their story to the stage.

    “We’re also working on the TLC musical and TLC on Broadway,” she said. “We’re going to create new music for those projects as well.”

    As TLC is already the subject of a TV movie, Chilli assured fans that this won’t just be a retread of stories they’ve already heard.

    “We didn’t tell everything,” she said. “We have so many stories to tell. We didn’t tell it all in our biopic we did with VH1. A lot of good stuff. It’s gonna be very emotional but a good ride.”

    She added, “I’m very excited that. I almost can’t believe it. I’m like, ‘What!’”

    Originally a trio, TLC has been a duo since the death of Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes in 2002.

    In 2017, TLC released their self-titled fifth album. It was supposed to be their final album, but afterward, they announced they would continue to perform and make music together.

    Tyler Christopher Addresses DAYS Exit

    (3/21/19) Tyler Christopher, who has ended his run as Stefan DiMera, took to Twitter to comment on his departure and praised his successor, Brandon Barash, who was his co-star on GH (Christopher played Nikolas; Barash played Johnny). “Thank you all for the kind farewell’s,” Christopher wrote. “My time on @daysofourlives Opens a New Window. was notning short of pure fun. Such a great group of people to work for and be around every day. Please welcome @BrandonBarash Opens a New Window. into the roll. Such a solid actor and an even better person. #nbcdays Opens a New Window. #stefandimera Opens a New Window. .” The show’s head writer, Ron Carlivati, tweeted in response, “Thank you @Tyler2929 Opens a New Window. for your always thoughtful and totally fearless portrayal of Stefan DiMera. It was wonderful working with you this time around and I sincerely hope it’s not our last! #days Opens a New Window. ”

    Jen Lilley Pregnant with Baby Girl After Fostering to Adopt Two Sons - Why She's 'Relieved'

    (3/21/19) (people.com) Even though Jen Lilleythis link opens in a new tab doesn’t “wish three under 3 on anyone,” she and her husband couldn’t be more excited to welcome a baby girl into their unique family.

    “I’m so relieved,” the Hallmark Channel star, 34, tells PEOPLE, revealing her pregnancy news exclusively. “I absolutely love being a mom of boys, but there’s a couple of reasons we wanted a girl — one [being], we don’t have one.”

    She adds, “More importantly, the reason we wanted the girl is now my sons won’t have a bio-son to compare themselves to and I think that’s really, really important.”

    Lilley and her husband, Jason Waynethis link opens in a new tab, are already parents to two sons via foster care: a 2-year-old, whom they took in when he was just 4 months old, and his biological half-brother, who is now 11 months old. The couple is currently undergoing the adoption process with their older son, awaiting the final court date for confirmation.

    “All the legal paperwork is in … but we’re still waiting for his adoption day, which is going to be absolutely ridiculously exciting,” she enthuses to PEOPLE.

    For Lilley, foster care was something of a no-brainer. Growing up, her parents were “unofficial foster parents” with their line of work — her father as a judge, and her mother as a director of a women and children’s charity — making their home a “safe house” of sorts, for those who needed it.

    Aside from that experience, she found that foster care, particularly in her home of Los Angeles, was in a crisis — accounting for nearly 10 percent of the children in foster carethis link opens in a new tab across the country, according to Lilley. It was something the actress couldn’t turn a blind eye to, and she and her husband wanted to be part of the solution.

    “Every child deserves love, safety and a strong family,” the Days of Our Lives star explains. “Whether that means staying in my home temporarily and returning to a biological family who’s gotten back on their feet, or adoption.”

    And while her “heart and passion” is with foster care and adoption, Lilley — who’s currently 21 weeks along in her pregnancy — is looking forward to expanding her family with a biological child too.

    “I always knew I wanted to be pregnant and have a child once because I think it is so amazing what a woman’s body can do,” she tells PEOPLE. “It’s scary and beautiful, and also the most natural thing on Earth.”

    This pregnancy is even more special, because Lilley and her husband experienced a miscarriage last year, at 12 weeks along. The excited couple have even already begun thinking of names for their baby girl.

    “Right now, we are considering Julie,” the “Winter Love Story” actress reveals. “Which means ‘childlike and beautiful like a flower’ … so we’re thinking of Julie Evangeline.”

    The couple are expecting to welcome their daughter via natural birth sometime in August.

    Inside Salem - 3/18/19 - Kassie DePaiva, Eric Martsolf, Victoria Konefal

    (3/19/19) (Listen / download) Kassie DePaiva Discusses the DAYS Immigration Storyline; Eric Martsolf Takes Us Behind the Scenes; Victoria Konefal Talks About Becoming Ciara Brady

    Kassie DePaiva joins host Michael Fairman to talk about Eve's role in the immigration storyline and her enduring relationship with DAYS head writer Ron Carlivati. Plus, we go behind the scenes with Eric Martsolf, and Victoria Konefal talks about becoming Ciara Brady.

    Jason Brooks on Hawaii Five-0 4/5/19

    (3/19/19) “Ke ala o ka pu” – Five-0 must locate a teen girl who purchased a gun from a junkie, and discover that the firearm, over the course of decades, has affected all of their lives, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, April 5 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (“Ke ala o ka pu” is Hawaiian for “Way of the Gun”)

    GUEST CAST: Makenna James (Bonnie Pearsen), John Clarence Stewart (Hilo), Jason Brooks (Owen Pearsen).

    Soaps In Depth Podcast - 3/18/19 - Ask Us Anything!

    (3/19/19) (Listen / download) On this very special episode of the Soaps In Depth Podcast, hosts Richard and Charlie answer your burning questions about soaps, the magazine and much, much more

    Talk Show Appearance

    (3/17/19) BUSY TONIGHT, E!

    We 3/20: Lisa Rinna

    Chrishell Hartley Stars in SELLING SUNSET

    (3/11/19) Soap fans have been enjoying her return to DAYS OF OUR LIVES as Jordan Ridgeway, but actress Chrishell Hartley is also going to be starring in the new Netflix reality series SELLING SUNSET, premiering on Friday, March 22! “I had my work cut out for me in this group,” she tweeted.

    In addition to her acting career which has also included roles as Amanda on ABC sudser ALL MY CHILDREN and Bethany on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, Hartley also works as a realtor associate for The Oppenheim Group. And now everyone can watch her take on her new career in SELLING SUNSET. Jason and Brett Oppenhim are twin brothers who run a high-end real estate agency that sells incredibly luxurious homes to wealthy buyers in Los Angeles. And when they hire Hartley to join their staff, the other women don’t react very well to the newcomer, and that's putting it mildly. Take a look at this trailer for a taste of the drama to come!

    Although Netflix hasn’t revealed exactly how many episodes there will be in the series, you’ll be able to binge all of them beginning on Friday, March 22, when SELLING SUNSET premieres. And hopefully Hartley will manage to find her place among the cutthroat agents she’s working with! (Although given that she’s still an agent for The Oppenheim Group, we’re guessing they eventually come to an understanding? Hopefully?)

    Jed Allan Dies: Soap Star On ‘Days Of Our Lives’ And ‘Santa Barbara’ Was 84

    (3/10/19) (deadline.com) Actor Jed Allan, who built a long career in soap operas and other media as a family patriarch, died Saturday. according to his son’s post on Facebook. He was 84.

    Allan began his career on the CBS soaps Love of Life and The Secret Storm, then joined Days of Our Lives in 1971. He played the role of Don Craig for 14 years, then segued in 1986 to patriarch C.C. Capwell on Santa Barbara.

    When that show ended in 1993, he joined Beverly Hills 90210 as Rush Sanders, the father of Ian Ziering’s Steve.

    Ziering posted a tribute to his TV father via Instagram: “So sad to hear we’ve lost another 90210 castmate. I had the pleasure of working with Jed Allan from 94 to 99. He played Rush Sanders, Steve’s father. Such a great guy to work with, he will be missed. #ripjedallan”

    But the lure of soaps was still strong and in 2004, he temporarily took over the role of General Hospital‘s Edward Quartermaine.

    Aside from soaps, Allan played Forest Ranger Scott Turner on Lassie for three years, the main human companion for the collie. He also appeared as the host of Celebrity Bowling in the 1970s, and hosted a game show pilot, Temptation, in 1981. He was also in numerous TV movies.

    Born Jed Allan Brown, he was married to Toby Brown until her death in 2001. The couple had three sons, Mitch, Dean, and Rick.

    No memorial plans have been announced.

    Dishing with Digest - 3/8/19 - Bryan R. Dattilo

    (3/8/19) Bryan R. Dattilo On DAYS Ins And Outs (Listen / download)

    Bryan R. Dattilo looks back on 25 years as DAYS's Lucas, his comings and goings from the show, his recent fitness kick and more with Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. Plus, we talk about the late Luke Perry, who got his start on soaps.

    DAYS’s Josh Taylor Remembers Luke Perry

    (3/7/19) Before playing DAYS’s Roman, Josh Taylor portrayed Jack McCay, father to Dylan, on BEVERLY HILLS, 90210. In an exclusive interview with Digest, Taylor recalls working with the late Luke Perry. “I’m still kind of stunned, actually,” says the actor of Perry’s untimely death. “People do recover from strokes and that was my hope since he was so young. I have extraordinarily fond feelings for Luke and extraordinary memories. I remember we just hit it off from the get-go. I remember we were sitting at the table at lunch and somebody commented how much our mannerisms and our style were quite a bit alike. And then we’re sitting there and both of us are doing something with our hands and Luke said, ‘God, we even move our hands the same way.’ But, the bottom line is, we just hit it off right away. It’s not like we’ve kept in touch all the years, but we got close and we’d run into each other and it was always a neat thing. But when you start thinking about those times, obviously, it affects me. It comes out of nowhere. I was thinking the best way I could put it is Luke was for real. He was that guy. He was a good man. Luke Perry was a damn good actor. He did have that kind of James Dean thing about him. But as cool as Dylan McKay was, Luke Perry was even cooler.”

    Bryan Craig Thinks Billy Flynn Would Be a "Great" Morgan Recast on GENERAL HOSPITAL

    (3/7/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) A couple of GENERAL HOSPITAL stars are suggesting that former DAYS OF OUR LIVES actor Billy Flynn would make a good recast for the role of Morgan Corinthos, and one of them is the character’s former portrayer, Bryan Craig! The whole thing kicked off on Twitter when Flynn, who recently left the role of Chad DiMera on DAYS, remarked that he’d stand in line for the stars attending an upcoming GH fan event. One of the attendees, William deVry (Juilan), remarked: “Hey, Billy, you would make a good Morgan should he ever appear again. I hear Bryan Craig is otherwise booked. Ha!” To which Flynn replied: “I do believe I would give it my best shot. Ha ha! That escalated quickly from getting a few autographs. My buddy Ken worked with Bryan on his new show. He’s great.”

    After vacating the role of Morgan, Craig returned for a cameo appearance in one episode back in January of 2018, but the actor has been keeping extremely busy since leaving daytime with roles in the CW military drama VALOR, the film Ride, and his upcoming primetime sudser GRAND HOTEL. Morgan’s body was never actually found, but if GH wanted to bring him back, they’d naturally have to recast the role. And Craig got mixed up in the fun Twitter exchange to offer his endorsement to Flynn! “You’d be a great Morgan,” he replied. “Thanks for the kind words, brother.”

    Flynn was flattered, but now realized that the three of them had stirred up a hornets nest with excited fans jumping all over the idea. “Thanks Bryan,” he responded. “Not sure how one could follow what you did, though. This, on the other hand, is gonna escalate quickly now. Ha ha ha! Congrats on everything, man.”

    For his part, Craig knew exactly what he’d started. “Yeah, prepare for the copy and paste of this conversation in articles!” he teased. But how could we resist? It’s a great casting suggestion, and one we hope GH keeps in mind should they ever want to bring Morgan back from the dead!

    ‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Lorenzo Caccialanza To Recur As DeLuca’s Dad In ABC Series

    (2/28/19) Dr. Andrew DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti) got a surprise visit from his dad in tonight’s record-breaking 332nd episode of Grey’s Anatomy. Lorenzo Caccialanza (Days Of Our Lives) appeared as Vincenzo DeLuca, Andrew’s dad, at the end of tonight’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire” episode, his first appearance in a multi-episode arc. Tonight’s 332nd episode officially made the ABC Studios series, now in the midst of its 15th season, the longest-running primetime medical drama in TV history, passing NBC’s ER.

    In tonight’s episode, written by Andy Reaser and directed by Chandra Wilson, nothing went as planned when Jackson threw a party to celebrate Catherine’s surgery and those who worked to save her. Meanwhile, Helen paid Alex and Jo a surprise visit. Jennifer Grey, Jason George, Lindsay Wagner, Debbie Allen, Greg Germann, Peyton Kennedy and Jaicy Elliot guest starred.

    Grey’s Anatomy stars Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Wilson, James Pickens Jr, Kevin McKidd, Jesse Williams, Caterina Scorsone, Camilla Luddington, Kelly McCreary, Kim Raver and Giacomo Gianniotti. It was created and is executive produced by Shonda Rhimes. Betsy Beers, Mark Gordon, Krista Vernoff, Allen, Zoanne Clack, Fred Einesman, Reaser and Meg Marinis are executive producers.

    Robin Strasser Joins the Cast of DAYS OF OUR LIVES!

    (2/27/19) An ABC daytime legend has landed a new role on an NBC sudser! ONE LIFE TO LIVE star Robin Strasser is joining the cast of DAYS OF OUR LIVES! “November 12, 2017, nixed rumor I’d be joining DAYS,” she tweeted. “Cut to Feb. 2019, they called, I jumped! You can’t say #supportthe4 and not let them in when they knock on your door. #DOOL, yes!”

    Strasser is best known for playing Dorian Lord on OLTL and following the cancelation of the soap, has been a vocal supporter of the four remaining daytime dramas still on the air, hence the hashtag “#supportthe4.” And when fans began petitioning again for the return of OLTL and ALL MY CHILDREN to the ABC Daytime lineup, she was right there with them. “Wouldn’t it be wonderful?” she tweeted. “Would I be available to play Dorian again? Dang yes! I’ve never gotten over the loss of my TV family and friends — I miss them as much as you have.”

    Of course Strasser is going to be busy working on DAYS right now, although there has been no information released yet as to what character she might be playing, when she’ll first air, or how long her stint is planned to be.

    Strasser has enjoyed a long career in daytime, beginning with a role on THE SECRET STORM, followed by SUMERSET, ANOTHER WORLD, and AMC. She first appeared on OLTL beginning in 1979, and was one of the most popular Llanview residents right up until the end of the series. Back in May of 2018, the actress shared with Soaps In Depth her new life in real estate, and how she’d love to return to daytime for another turn. “I only want to do recurring,” she expressed at the time. “I’m 72 years old and cantankerous as a horndog in a beehive. I could not possibly [work more]. But to come in for a hotsy-totsy three months and goodbye? Or to come in twice a month? Enjoyable!”

    Morgan Woodward, star of 'Dallas' and 'Star Trek,' dead at 93

    (2/24/19) Morgan Woodward (Phillip Colville, Days Of Our Lives), who appeared in more than 250 movies and TV shows during a 40-year acting career, died in Paso Robles, Calif. on Feb. 22 at age 93.

    The versatile character actor played oil man Marvin “Punk” Anderson on TV show "Dallas" in 55 episodes from 1980-1987, but also had two appearances on the original "Star Trek" series, was Elder Morgan in the film "Logan’s Run," and was a regular on the long-running "Gunsmoke" TV series. The veteran actor played hard-bitten or menacing types.

    Woodward grew up in Arlington, Texas, one of five brothers. He obtained a pilot’s license and served in World War II in the Army Air Corps and in the Korean War in the Military Air Transport Command.

    His acting career began at Arlington State College, where he majored in music and drama, but later returned to school and obtained a degree in corporate finance from the University of Texas in 1948.

    After several years of work in music, he moved to Hollywood in 1955, hoping to break into musicals. He appeared in such films as Walt Disney’s "The Great Locomotive Chase" (1956) and "Westward Ho, the Wagons!"

    He then starred opposite Hugh O’Brian in "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp," playing Earp deputy Shotgun Gibbs for four seasons. That role stamped him in westerns, and he went on to appearances in "Gunsmoke" and "Wagon Train."

    Woodward’s biggest film role was in "Cool Hand Luke," where he played an overseer known as “the man with no eyes” thanks to his reflective sunglasses.

    He went on to become the first human to mind-meld with Mr. Spock on "Star Trek."

    Woodward was awarded the Golden Boot Award from the Hollywood Motion Picture and Television Fund in August 1988, and was inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

    No information on survivors or a memorial service was immediately available.

    Sheri Anderson Announces DAYS Exit

    (2/20/19) Sheri Anderson has revealed on Twitter that she is no longer working as DAYS’s creative consultant. “For those who are asking, I am no longer on the show, but had another great run there. My final script will air on Friday, March 15. Please tune in!” she posted. Anderson was the soap’s head writer from 1982-86 (and again from 1992-93), and is credited with building some of the show’s most popular super couples.

    Inside Salem - 2/18/19 - Drake Hogestyn, Eric Martsolf and Linsey Godfrey

    (2/18/19) (Listen / download) Drake Hogestyn Talks About John's Past, Present and Future; Eric Martsolf and Linsey Godfrey Take Us on a Behind-the-Scenes Tour of DAYS

    Drake Hogestyn joins us from the set of DAYS to discuss "Roman" and Diana being together again, retaining John's history after all these years, his first audition, whether John believes he's Leo's father and much more. Then, Eric Martsolf gives us a behind-the-scenes tour of the DAYS set, with a special appearance by Linsey Godfrey. Plus, two can't-miss clips!

    Soaps In Depth Podcast - 2/18/19 - A Reunion For Julian & Alexis?

    (2/18/19) A Reunion For Julian & Alexis? (Listen / download).

    This week on the Soaps in Depth podcast, Richard and Charlie ponder whether General Hospital’s Julian and Alexis can — or even should — find their way back to one another. Also on tap this week: How Days Of Our Lives has kept John and Marlena front-and-center, why Bold & Beautiful should let Hope go over the edge and a celebration of Melody Thomas Scott’s four decades as The Young & The Restless’ Nikki.

    ‘Days Of Our Lives’ Producer Swats “Audacious” Sony TV With $20M Lawsuit

    (2/12/19) (deadline.com) A little over a month after Days of Our Lives was renewed for a record 55th season by NBC, the producers behind the long running and Emmy winning daytime soap today have squared up against Sony Pictures Television in a distribution legal dust-up that could see tens of millions of dollars in damages and the termination of a half a century old deal.

    In a breach of contract and fraud complaint filed this morning, Corday Productions accuse Sony as well as its Columbia Pictures and Screen Gems divisions of deliberating hanging the 1965 premiering DOOL out to dry distribution-wise in international markets to the advantage of their 100% owned The Young and the Restless.

    Represented by Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger’s Pierce O’Donnell, Dan Stone and Joshua Geller, the Corday action also alleges that Sony “treachery” has led to the majority of DOOL’s back seasons left “completely unexploited for over five years” in an attempt to starve off the soap and pump up the CBS broadcasted Y&R.

    “While the domestic ratings for Days of Our Lives have remained largely constant, Sony’s distribution receipts have decreased by over 50%,” the 33-page complaint asserts as it seeks of damages of over $20 million and significantly taking back control of the show. “This dramatic decline is directly attributable to a decision at the highest levels of Sony management to eliminate any competition to its own wholly-owned Series The Young and The Restless also distributed by Sony,” the suit from the company founded by DOOL creators Ted Corday and Betty Corday states.

    “In the annals of Hollywood television, it is difficult to identify a distributor more guilty of blatant conflict of interest, deceit, perfidy, and abuse of market power,” the swashbucklingly phrased filing declares of what it also calls the “audacious” behavior of Sony TV. “The only effective remedies are massive compensatory and punitive damages and immediate termination Sony’s exclusive, perpetual distribution agreement.”

    “Among its myriad illegal acts, the worst financially for Corday is Sony’s failure to market the Series in foreign markets in good faith and compliance with laws prohibiting anticompetitive conduct,” the paperwork proclaims, noting that DOOL isn’t now licensed in “key foreign territories, including England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Canada, France, Zambia, and South Africa.”

    The filing slathers it up more by claiming that Sony is tightening its hold of late by “imposing solely on Corday the burden of absorbing the multi-million dollar annual operating deficits due to an inadequate NBC license fee and mandating an inefficient, costly production schedule.”

    “My client will not sit idly by while Sony Pictures Television seeks to destroy its legendary Days of Our Lives,” O’Donnell told Deadline today after the complaint was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court.

    “Our complaint exposes Sony’s concerted campaign to abandon selling the 54-year-old celebrated television series in foreign markets while it promotes its own daytime drama The Young and The Restless,” the attorney adds. “We can’t wait to present this damning evidence to a Los Angeles jury. Everyone loves a good David versus Goliath story.”

    Sony TV did not respond to request for comment from Deadline.

    Decades deep into its run, Days of Our Lives does deliver, and, in fact, has seen a recent bit of bounce out of old Salem. Running from September 2017 to September 2018, the series’ 53rd season ) bopped up 4% increase in total viewers to 2.55 million an episode in live + 7 ratings results over the year before.

    DOOL has won 57 Emmy Awards over the years, including most recently 2015 and 2018’s Outstanding Daytime Drama. Staying with the numbers, the more than 13,5000 episode on-going series has had 323 nominations, as well as numerous People’s Choice Awards, GLAAD Media Awards and Prism Awards.

    DAYS’s Greg Rikaart Books MODERN FAMILY

    (2/10/19) (Photo) Greg Rikaart (Leo, DAYS) is set to appear on an upcoming episode of MODERN FAMILY as an ob/gyn (one of the show’s mainstay characters, Sarah Hyland’s Haley, is expecting). “After all the comas I’ve been in, it’s nice to be on this side of the bed,” he tweeted. “Thanks for the insanely lovely and warm welcome @ModernFam!”

    Talk Show Appearance

    (2/9/19) LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN, syndicated

    Th 2/21: Lisa Rinna

    Dishing with Digest - 2/8/19 - Lauren Koslow plus the life and legacy of the late Kristoff St. John

    (2/8/19) (Listen / download) DAYS's Lauren Koslow (Kate) Shares The Highlights Of Her Soap Career.

    Lauren Koslow traces her soap roots, from Y&R to B&B to her current role as DAYS's Kate, and discusses that blue streak in her hair and more with Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. Plus, we look back at the life and legacy of the late Kristoff St. John (ex-Neil, Y&R).

    Talk Show Appearance

    (2/8/19) THE TALK – CBS

    Friday, Feb. 15

    Actress Alison Sweeney

    Deidre Hall Opens up About Her Mothers Vision Loss to Bring Awareness to AMD

    (2/8/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Much like her character on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Dr. Marlena Evans, actress Deidre Hall wants to help people. And with February being Low Vision Awareness Month, Hall is taking the time to speak out about age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, a serious version of which ultimately took the sight of her mother, Jean. “We knew what she had,” she admitted to Soaps In Depth. “We just knew there weren’t really a lot of viable treatments for it at the time. So it was managing the symptoms more than anything else.

    “My mother was an avid reader,” Hall continued. “She loved, loved, loved to read. She loved to knit. And she loved to play bridge. And we remedied part of that by getting her books on tape so she could still enjoy her novels. She couldn’t see the cards, so we got her oversized playing cards. Just things like that that helped her get through it.”

    AMD is one of the leading causes of vision loss in people over 50 years old and the leading cause in people over 65. 10% of patients with AMD develop the more serious form of the disease, known as Wet AMD, which is what Hall’s mother suffered from. And a person’s risk of developing AMD is three to four times higher if they have a family member with AMD. “My entire family has been concerned about our vision,” Hall declared. “And we are fierce about getting regular doctor’s care and having regular checkups and just staying on top of it. But we’ve all been just fine, thanks!”

    Hall urged fans to visit LookToYourFuture.com for even more details about Wet AMD and other vision issues. “The website has all the information you want to have on there,” she explained. “And I find it to be quite a comfort that people should know where it is.”

    It’s important to keep an eye on your sight as early diagnosis can be key to avoiding serious complications and blindness from conditions like AMD. “So if you’ve got blurriness in the center of your eye, if you see wavy lines, if you have blind spots, if colors look somehow a little bit washed out, those are not normal signs of aging,” she insisted. “That isn’t ‘She needs glasses,’ that is ‘she needs a doctor’s help immediately.’

    “If you have any symptoms, get in immediately because we do have treatments now that we never had before,” Hall concluded. “So there’s really no excuse. In my mother’s day, not so much. But now there’s so much more available and eyesight is such a precious thing. You don’t want to mess it up.”

    Kate Mansi and Billy Flynn Leaving DAYS OF OUR LIVES

    (2/7/19) Another pair of characters will exit Salem stage left now that Billy Flynn (Chad) and Kate Mansi (Abigail) are leaving DAYS OF OUR LIVES. The two will reportedly last air in the episode scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 21. “You won’t wanna miss it,” Flynn tweeted of his final episode, adding the hashtag “#chabbyforever.”

    Flynn took over for Casey Deidrick as Chad DiMera in 2014, and earned a Daytime Emmy Award nomination in 2017 for his powerful performances as Chad contemplated taking his own life. Although he assured fans back in May of 2018 that he was not leaving DAYS, it looks like the end has finally arrived.

    Mansi’s run, however, was only ever meant to be short-term, as she reprised the role to help finish out the character’s story when Marci Miller left in 2018. Mansi played Abigail from 2011-2016, at which point Miller took over the part for a couple years.

    Since Flynn and Mansi are both leaving in the same episode, perhaps the characters will be taking off together to live happily ever after with their daughter, Charlotte and son, Thomas? After all the drama these two have endured lately at the hands of Stefan DiMera and Gabi Hernandez, they certainly deserve a little happiness!

    Inside Salem - 2/4/19 - Judith Chapman, Suzanne Rogers and John Aniston

    (2/4/19) (Listen / download) Judith Chapman Shares the Story Behind Her Return to DAYS; Suzanne Rogers and John Aniston Discuss Their Acting Methods.

    Judith Chapman talks with host Michael Fairman about her return to DAYS as Diana Cooper, what happened when she told Greg Rikaart that they would be working together again after The Young and the Restless and what she loves about soap opera fans. Then, Suzanne Rogers tells us the story of her dressing room and talks with John Aniston about their on-screen chemistry, memorizing lines and using cue cards.

    Catching up With GENERAL HOSPITAL's Scott Reeves

    (1/31/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) With both of his children now married, GENERAL HOSPITAL alum Scott Reeves (ex-Steve) has recently thrown himself wholeheartedly back into a host of projects. “People started reaching out and asking, ‘Whatever happened to Blue County?’” the actor/singer revealed to Soaps In Depth, referencing the band with whom he had several hits.

    With new music already produced, the group readily embraced the idea of hitting the road again. Besides, Reeves added, “I love nothing better than to get on stage and perform our stuff live.” Their acoustic tour, called Population 2, will take them to the UK in April. For US dates and locations, pay a visit to www. bluecountymusic.com.

    In between gigs, Reeves is busy with his family coffee business, Revival Roasting Company, which has several new offerings, some of which are named to honor his grandfather, Rex. “He instilled the passion in me when I was 5 years old,” the entrepreneur explained. “We pride ourselves on grade-one, single-origin coffees that are really unique.”

    Having wrapped his stint on CMT’s NASHVILLE when the series concluded, Reeves will return to the screen in a new, country music-themed project this year: DOLLY PARTON’s HEARTSTRINGS, a Netflix anthology series in which each episode is named for one of the icon’s much-loved hits. In “Jolene,” “I’m a sly silver fox going through a mid-life crisis,” Reeves previewed of the flick. “He starts seeing [a singer whose name is] Jolene, who is played by Julianne Hough, unbeknownst to his super sweet wife, Willa, whose best friend is played by my dear friend, Kimberly Williams-Paisley.”

    The actor also has some good news to share with soap fans. With wife Melissa Reeves living part-time in Los Angeles while playing DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ Jennifer, he’s open to reprising his role on GH. “It would be interesting to see how prison affected Steve,” he proposes. And since his old on-screen flame is now happily married, “I would love nothing more than to go stir things up in Olivia’s perfect, stable life.”

    Nadia Bjorlin Confirms She Is Leaving DAYS OF OUR LIVES

    (1/27/19) Salem is going to be hit with another high-profile exit now that Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe) has revealed that she is leaving DAYS OF OUR LIVES. “Oh, I nearly made it as a master of soaps,” she shared on her Instagram page. “Thank you, DAYS, for the memories.” She also used the hashtags “#19years,” “#andthecurtainfalls,” and “#farewell.”

    The role of Chloe Lane was Bjorlin’s first major acting role when she joined the soap back in April of 1999. She left in June of 2003 to focus on her singing career but returned by the end of the year. In September of 2005, she departed again to star in the UPN primetime series SEX, LOVE, & SECRETS. She also made guest appearances on shows like JAKE IN PROGRESS and OUT OF PRACTICE as well as in the films If I had Known I Was a Genius and Redline. Bjorlin returned to DAYS again in November of 2007 but once again departed in September of 2011. She made a brief return in 2013, and then again in 2015 for a couple episodes to celebrate the soap’s 50th anniversary. After another visit in January of 2016, Bjorlin returned to DAYS full-time in June of 2016.

    With Lucas’ recent departure, Chloe was left without a love interest, but there were more than a couple eligible bachelors in Salem she could have pursued — or that could have pursued her! Unfortunately, that now doesn’t seem likely as Chloe will also be on her way out of town. Might she go off to join Lucas in Europe? At this time there are no details regarding her exit storyline or exactly when Bjorlin will last air on the soap. As more information is released, we’ll be sure to let you know. Also, seeing as how the actress has come and gone from DAYS multiple times over the years, hopefully she'll bring Chloe back again in the future!

    Kirsten Storms Celebrates Her Zenon Anniversary!

    (1/27/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Fans may know Kirsten Storms best as beleaguered heroine Maxie Jones on GENERAL HOSPITAL, but some also remember her fondly as Belle Black on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, and others still will never forget her as Zenon, Girl of the 21st Century! “20 years ago today I slapped on spandex and ventured into outer space!” Storms recalled on Instagram. “This stellar movie has a special place in my heart forever (maybe not the spandex, though).”

    Released on Jan. 23, 1999, Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century centers around Storms as Zenon Kar, a 13-year-old girl used to living on a space station with her family who is punished by being sent to live with her aunt on Earth where she has trouble fitting in with the Earth-bound kids. After she finally starts to make friends, Zenon then finds herself trying to save everyone on the space station from a villain trying to destroy it, but runs into trouble because she’s just a kid and no one believes her story!

    Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century was such a huge hit for the Disney Channel that Storms reprised the role in two sequels, Zenon: The Zequel and Zenon: Z3, where her outer space adventures continued. The cast also included Raven-Symoné as Zenon’s best friend, Nebula Wade.

    Storms did more work for Disney, playing Emily in the TV movie Johnny Tsunami and voicing Bonnie Rockwaller in the animated series KIM POSSIBLE, but moved her career into a more adult arena when she joined the cast of DAYS as Belle. After a brief stint in primetime with the ill-fated Aaron Spelling series CLUBHOUSE, Storms returned to daytime to take over the role of Maxie on GH starting in 2005 and continues to play the fan-favorite character to this day. (But to some fans, she’ll always be Zenon!)

    GLAAD Media Awards Drop Soap Operas

    (1/25/19) Acknowledging the fairness, accuracy, inclusiveness, boldness, originality, impact and overall quality of LGBTQ representations in the media, this year’s GLAAD Media Awards has decided to drop the Daily Drama category, which recognized achievements on soap operas (The Bold and the Beautiful won the past three years).

    Stars React To Their Daytime Emmy Pre-Noms

    (1/25/19) Stars took to Twitter to share their feelings about landing pre-noms for the 46th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. “You know as much as I try to b cool about getting nominated not getting nominated,” posted Maurice Benard (Sonny). “the reality is I always feel lucky and honored to be in the company of these actors Thank you” His co-star Michelle Stafford (Nina), in the hunt for Lead Actress, wrote, “I am HONORED to be included in this group of extremely talented women.” Billy Flynn (Chad, DAYS), who is on the list in the Best Actor category, posted, “I’m honored to be prenominated this year along side so many great actors. All my love to my @nbcdays family. Everyone of you is deserving. My heart is beaming… I’m filled with so much joy & love for the nominations of @MarciMiller [ex-Abigail, in Lead Actress] & @KateMansi [Abigail, in Guest Performer]. Y’all are my heart. #Chabby.” Jon Lindstrom (Ryan/Kevin, GH), in the Lead Actor category, enthused, “OK, my day just got made. Thx to all who voted and CONGRATS to my fellow pre-nominees!” Real-life duo Darin Brooks (Wyatt) and wife, Kelly Kruger (Mac, Y&R), both got nods. “Congrats to my babe @THEEdarinbrooks and everyone on both shows who got a prenom today!” posted Kruger, up in the Guest Performer category. Brooks, in Supporting Actor, responded, “Aww and Congrats to you too babe!!! @KrugerKelly so proud of both shows!!”

    Daytime Emmys Unveil Peer-Judged Drama Pre-Nominations

    (1/25/19) Daytime Emmys Unveil Peer-Judged Drama Pre-Nominations: read the nominees here.

    The Soaps In Depth Podcast #1: The Inaugural Episode

    (1/22/19) (Listen / download) In this first episode of The Soaps In Depth Podcast hosts Richard Simms and Charlie Mason discuss the new General Hospital opening, 5 Things We Love Right Now, and share their thoughts on what would happen if they wrote the soaps.

    Inside Salem - 1/21/19 - Melissa Reeves Reflects, Paul Telfer and Greg Rikaart

    (1/21/19) (Listen / download) Melissa Reeves Reflects on Jennifer Horton's Most Iconic Scenes; Paul Telfer and Greg Rikaart Play "What's My Line?"

    Melissa Reeves sits down to talk all things Jack and shares her thoughts on becoming the Horton matriarch. Then, Paul Telfer and Greg Rikaart give us the inside scoop on Xander and Leo, detail their families' reactions to DAYS, and play "What's My Line?"

    Dishing with Digest - 1/18/19 - Galen Gering

    (1/18/19) DAYS’s Galen Gering (Rafe) Traces His Soap Roots (Listen / download)

    DAYS’s Galen Gering (Rafe) looks back on 10 years at DAYS, his PASSIONS roots and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. Plus, we talk about the appeal of troublemakers on the soap canvas.

    Judith Chapman Returns To Days

    (1/17/10) Soap vet Judith Chapman will again play mom to fellow Young and the Restless alum Greg Rikaart when she returns to NBC’s Days of Our Lives in a new role, as Leo’s mother Diana, Soap Opera Digest reports. (Chapman previously played Days‘ Anjelica Devereaux)

    Lindsay Hartley Previews Her New Movie, 'My Mother's Split Personalities'

    (1/12/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Get ready to see a side of Lindsay Hartley you’ve never seen before — four of them, to be exact! She’s starring in the new movie, My Mother’s Split Personalities, premiering Saturday, Jan. 12, at 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime! The daytime alum has appeared as Theresa on PASSIONS, Arianna on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, and Cara on ALL MY CHILDREN, but at no point in her soap career did she ever get to play multiple personalities! “And I never got to play twins, either,” Hartley admitted to Soaps In Depth. “But I did do a Lifetime movie last August and I did get to play twins. That was super fun. So that was kind of the next step and then this one is the step after that!”

    In the film, Hartley plays Gail Price, a woman who suffers from dissociative identity disorder and is under the control of her new boyfriend, Warren, who hopes to get his hands on the money Gail inherited from her late husband. When Gail’s daughter, Julie, returns home, she is shocked to learn of her mother’s condition, and struggles to save her from Warren and get her the help she needs. “This criminal boyfriend knows about Gail’s mental issues and that’s their angle to get the inheritance,” Hartley previews. “They’ve been casing her and stuff. And when Gail is threatened, that’s when the alpha personality comes out to protect the other ones.

    “The first one, the little girl, comes out when Julie leaves,” the actress explains. “And then Madeline, the sexy, fun, romantic chick comes out when she meets Warren. And then the third one comes out when Gail is in danger. That’s Sadie, the dominant personality. The one that is literally the most dangerous. She will kill to protect the other personalities.”

    Soap fans are used to multiple personality storylines, and Hartley is thrilled she’s finally getting to tackle that particular acting challenge. “I was super pumped when [executive producer] Pierre David asked me to join in on this projet because it’s really cool to be able to throw so many people into a role, right? I hope you get sucked into Gail’s trouble, because she’s really messed up. She’s a really screwed up character.”

    Inside Salem - 1/7/19 - Matt Ashford, Rob Scott Wilson and Victoria Konefal

    (1/11/19) (Listen / download) Matt Ashford Talks About His Return to DAYS; Rob Scott Wilson and Victoria Konefal Share All Things Cin

    After dying on the show multiple times, Jack Deveraux is back! Matt Ashford talks to Michael Fairman about his experience returning to Days of our Lives. Then, Rob Scott Wilson and Victoria Konefal join to discuss why Ben Weston and Ciara Brady's romance is so convincing.

    NBC RENEWS MULTI-EMMY AWARD-WINNING SERIES ‘DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ FOR 55TH SEASON

    (1/8/19) Iconic Daytime Drama Continues to Flourish as Salem Families Gear Up for New Adventures

    UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Jan. 8, 2019 — “Days of our Lives,” the longest running series on NBC and an icon of daytime television, has been renewed for a record 55th season.

    “Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives.”

    Those words, which have drawn millions of eager viewers to their television sets for six decades, will remain a high point of the broadcast day with the renewal announcement of the multi-Emmy Award-winning series.

    “With writing that manages to weave together Salem’s iconic characters with current realities, Ken Corday and his team have ushered the show’s legacy into a new era that resonates with both longtime and new viewers,” said Bruce Evans, Executive Vice President, Current Programming, NBC Entertainment. “The actors and crew have such a tremendous respect for ‘Days’ and what it means to fans. We believe that level of commitment shows through and touches our audience year after year.”

    “It’s a great day in Salem! The sands in the hourglass will continue to flow for yet another year,” said executive producer Ken Corday. “We’re grateful to NBC and Sony for their continued support of the show and, of course, to our dedicated and passionate fans, we owe it all to you. Thank you for taking us through our 55th season. We can’t wait for you to see what we have in store.”

    Steve Kent, Senior Executive Vice President, Programming, Sony Pictures Television, added: “Ken Corday and his cast and crew continue to build on the strong legacy of dynamic storytelling and intriguing characters in ‘Days of our Lives.’ We are proud that audiences both in the U.S. and around the world will get to enjoy this award-winning series for another year.”

    The show’s 53rd season (September 2017-September 2018) saw a 4% increase in total viewers (2.55 million vs. 2.45 million in live + 7 per Nielsen Media Research) vs. the previous season. In addition, “Days” added a number of new characters and a few surprise returns that have kept fans and critics tuned in.

    “Days of our Lives,” which aired its 13,500th episode in 2018, remains a television institution. The show first premiered as a half-hour drama in 1965 and expanded to an hour 10 years later.

    The show has garnered 57 Emmy Awards, including most recently 2015 and 2018’s Outstanding Daytime Drama, and 323 nominations, as well as multiple People's Choice Awards, GLAAD Media Awards and Prism Awards.

    Set in the fictitious Midwestern town of Salem, “Days of our Lives” airs nationally on NBC in the United States and in more than 25 countries internationally. The core families are the Bradys, Hortons and DiMeras, and the multi-layered storylines involve elements of romance, adventure, mystery, comedy and drama.

    “Days of our Lives” is produced by Corday Productions, Inc. in association with Sony Pictures Television. Ken Corday is the executive producer with co-executive producers Greg Meng and Albert Alarr. Ron Carlivati is the head writer.

    Please visit the official show site at: www.nbc.com/days-of-our-lives

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/daysofourlives

    Twitter: @nbcdays

    Instagram: nbcdays

    Hashtag: #DAYS

    Alison Sweeney Announces Hallmark Premiere Date

    (1/7/19) (Poster) In a post on Instagram, Alison Sweeney (ex-Sami, DAYS) revealed that her new Hallmark Movies & Mysteries series, THE CHRONICLE MYSTERIES, will debut on February 17. “Yay! It’s thrilling that I finally get to share the movie poster for my new mystery series with @hallmarkmovie Opens a New Window. !” she posted. “@chroniclemysteries Opens a New Window. is officially premiering Sunday, February 17th — so mark your calendar!! @benjaminayres Opens a New Window. & I are so excited for you to finally meet these great characters!”

    William Morgan Sheppard, Star Trek and Doctor Who Actor, Dead at 86

    (1/7/19) British actor William Morgan Sheppard (Charles, Days Of Our Lives) has died at the age of 86.

    The actor's son, Supernatural star Mark Sheppard, confirmed the news of his father's passing on Instagram Sunday evening by writing, "We went to spend some time with my father today. Though he couldn't speak, we held hands, he laughed and was so happy to see us. We left and came home. A good day. He was rushed to hospital and passed at 6:30pm, my mother by his side. I am so grateful that he didn't have to suffer any longer. Thank you for all your kind thoughts, love and prayers."

    Sheppard was known for his many appearances across the Star Trek franchise, including guest-starring on episodes of Star Trek: Voyager ("Bliss") and Star Trek: The Next Generation ("The Schizoid Man") and appearing in the filmsStar Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and the 2009 reboot Star Trek. Additionally, he was well-known for his work as Blank Reg in the short-lived, cult classic ABC sci-fi Max Headroom and starred in two episodes of Babylon 5.

    The actor also starred as Old Canton Delaware alongside son Mark Sheppard in a 2011 episode of Doctor Who ("The Impossible Astronaut") and enjoyed a litany of guest roles in popular shows like Charmed, Alias, Gilmore Girls, Criminal Minds, NCIS, Mad Men, Dexter, and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. On the film side, he was perhaps best known for his roles in The Prestige and Transformers, but his earliest films included Strongroom, Tell Me Lies and The Elephant Man. His last film was 2016's Last Man's Club.

    In addition to his screen work in films and television, Sheppard was also an accomplished voice actor, lending his vocals to series like Hellsing, Legend of the Seeker, and The AOF Channel.

    Sheppard first got his start in the theater, graduating from Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and training with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Of his decision to pursue acting, Sheppard explained (via WhatCulture), "I wanted to be a stand-up comedian, I did some gigs... I had a good job selling building equipment, but was itching for something - I was not so funny, but I had good timing." He went on to make a splash on Broadway with his 1966 appearance in Marat/Sade.

    Prior to studying acting, Sheppard served in the Merchant Navy and credited that experience with informing his screen and stage-work by saying, "My experience in the Merchant Navy gave me an edge at RADA and in business. I was 25 and those at RADA were younger, kids really- nice kids, but immature. I had been damaged and was always able to get up off the floor, often due to the kindness of others. I have been lucky."

    Farah Fath Welcomes a Beautiful Baby Boy

    (1/3/19) (Photo) Congratulations to actress Farah Fath and husband Phil Galfond, who welcomed a beautiful baby boy in time for the new year! Fath, who soap fans remember as Gigi Morasco on ONE LIFE TO LIVE as well as Mimi Lockhart on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, originally announced her pregnancy back in June and at the time was expecting their bundle of joy to be the best Christmas gift ever. But instead, Spencer Keith Galfond was born on Dec. 31, weighing eight pounds, five ounces. “This came out of me, finally,” Fath tweeted. “Loving him lots.” She also shared the photo of her little miracle on Instagram, adding: “New Year’s Eve was a different kind of party this year.”

    At the end of June, Fath was delighted to reveal that her first child was going to be a boy, but by the following month, among the photos of her growing baby bump, the expectant mom was also confessing how difficult this pregnancy had been for her. But Spencer is just gorgeous and well worth all the suffering she went through. All the best to the happy family, and we can’t wait for the proud parents to share even more beautiful photos of their baby boy as he grows up!

    Wes Ramsey Expresses His Deep Love for Laura Wright

    (1/3/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) As 2019 began, GENERAL HOSPITAL star Wes Ramsey (Peter) shared a beautifully heartfelt message to his love, Laura Wright (Carly). “As I close out this powerful calendar year,” he posted to Instagram, “I’m reflecting continually on — and humbly moved by — the grace with which this strong woman moves through the world. We’ve been blessed with so much this year, yet she has lost so much more.”

    Ramsey is referring to Wright having lost her beloved mother back in October, followed by the death of her father at the end of December. But throughout any hardships, the actress has remained grateful for the good things in her life, and it’s an attitude he is hoping to emulate himself. “Her unplanned, unprepared stoicism in spite of such loss is revering to my heart and inspiring to my spirit,” Ramsey declared. “She’s a tour de force — paving the road in spite of the path or its forced directions. I know this because I, too, am on that path. Her path. I am here to vouch that the road is smooth and placed with both intention and foundation, no matter the obstacle.

    “So as I close out this year — one of the best of my life,” Ramsey concluded, “I’ve never thought less about my worried self and been more honored by this magical angel as her laughter (my distraction) keeps my dreams not just afloat, but out in front. I’m proud of you. I admire you. I thank you for letting me walk with you.”

    For her part, Wright is also grateful to have Ramsey by her side. “I’ve had a beautiful January 1,” she shared on her own Instagram. “Reflection, tears, and gratitude for this view. I wrapped myself in love and memories and took deep breaths (and a quick dip in the hot tub), staying quiet with my thoughts on this new day. Thank you, Wes, for being by my side.”

    The love these two share is an inspiration to everyone. All the best for a happy 2019 for the both of them!

    Best & Worst of '18: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

    (12/30/18) Read our take on the year that was 2018.

    Including Highs & Lows from each soap, Wishes for the future, Best Newcomer and more.

    Read it all here!

    Dishing with Digest - 12/28/18 - Matthew Ashford

    (12/28/18) (Listen / download) Matthew Ashford Previews DAYS Return

    Fan fave Matthew Ashford (Jack) talks about his DAYS resurrection, his early soap roots, the popularity of Jack and Jennifer and more with Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also examine why coming back from the dead is a believable soap storyline.

    Season 4 Of THE BAY Drops Today

    (12/28/18) On Friday, December 28, season four of the Emmy-winning digital drama series THE BAY will be released. Expect five all–new installments, totaling over three hours worth of new content. The first half of the season will be available for 48 hours for free on the show’s official website at http://www.thebaytheseries.com, with an Amazon Prime Video release to follow. Check out this season 3 recap to get you up to speed, and get prepared to #BingeTheBay on Friday! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6D4KSjoLk9Q&feature=youtu.be.

    Inside Salem - 12/24/18 - Susan Seaforth Hayes, Matthew Ashford and Kassie DePaiva

    (12/28/18) (Listen / download) Susan Seaforth Hayes joins the podcast to reflect on 50 years of playing Julie Williams on DAYS; Matthew Ashford reveals the history of his dressing room and talks to Kassie DePaiva about coming from theater in New York, his history in soap operas and the challenges of returning to Salem as Jack Deveraux.

    Vernee Watson on Young Sheldon - 1/10/18

    (12/24/18) “A Tummy Ache and a Whale of a Metaphor” – When Sheldon has to spend a few days in the hospital, he turns into the world’s worst patient. Also, Missy gets a taste of what life would be like without her twin, on YOUNG SHELDON, Thursday, Jan. 10 (8:31-9:01 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    GUEST CAST includes: Vernee Watson (Nurse Robinson), Wayne Wilderson (Dr. Gilbert), Mauricio Lara (Ricky).

    Dishing with Digest - 12/21/18 - Susan Seaforth Hayes

    (12/23/18) (Listen / download) Susan Seaforth Hayes Looks Back On 50 Years On DAYS

    DAYS’s Susan Seaforth Hayes reflects on her 50th anniversary as Julie, her real-life love story with Bill Hayes, her early memories of Salem and more. Plus, we discuss the exit of Y&R’s executive producer/head writer, Mal Young.

    Arianne Zucker Back To DAYS!

    (12/23/18) Arianne Zucker, whose DAYS alter ego, Nicole, was presumed dead in October, is back filming at the show and will appear again in 2019. The news was first reported on the DOOL App. Download it free at your favorite app store!

    Kirsten Storms Opens up About Co-Parenting Harper With Brandon Barash

    (12/14/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) When GENERAL HOSPITAL stars Kirsten Storms (Maxie) and Brandon Barash (ex-Johnny) announced they were divorcing in April of 2016, they also revealed they would continue to co-parent their daughter, Harper. And as their little girl approaches her fifth birthday, the exes have proven that such an arrangement isn’t just possible, it’s essential! “It’s what’s best for her,” Storms insisted to Soaps In Depth. “It’s important to us that Harper get the best possible experience growing up — and that means seeing her mom and dad in the same room with each other, frequently.”

    As a child grows up, they absorb everything around them, which impacts their development. So Storms knew it would be important important to create the right environment for Harper. “She’s at an age where she’s very into the idea of family and playing houses,” the mom revealed. “And however she sees family, I know that includes Brandon and myself. She couldn’t be happier than when we’re all together.”

    Of course, that’s not to say that co-parenting a child with your ex is as easy as these two make it appear. “We are divorced. Something went wrong, obviously, in our relationship for that to happen,” Storms noted. “But we work through it because we care about her enough. I’m serious when I say it’s just because we each love Harper more than anything else in the world that we can swallow our pride sometimes when something comes up.”

    A lesson all parents can take to heart!

    Stars Celebrate Susan Seaforth Hayes' 50th Anniversary at DAYS OF OUR LIVES

    (12/13/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) December 11, 2018 marked Susan Seaforth Hayes’ 50th anniversary as Julie Williams on DAYS OF OUR LIVES. “My gratitude to the show is enormous,” she confided to Soaps In Depth. “I’m not tired of doing it. I’m still pleading with the producers at the moment, ‘Please, can I do more?” Because it’s so fulfilling for the audience that has been with the show from the beginning. But mostly because it is so fulfilling for me. I am still in love with my husband, with acting, and with the show.”

    The role of Julie was recast a couple of times before Seaforth Hayes joined the cast of DAYS back in 1968. Of course, at the time, she was just Susan Seaforth — she met her husband, Bill Hayes on the set and their characters, Doug and Julie, were happily married just like the actors!

    “My life has been entirely embraced by Salem,” Seaforth Hayes smiled. “Some of the most important people in my life have been producers of DAYS, writers of DAYS, that have been angels that reached down and set me on a good and happy path.”

    For more from Hayes on her daytime legacy, don’t miss her photo-filled flashback interview in the current CBS issue of Soaps In Depth, on sale now!

    Inside Salem - Dec 10, 2018 - Gilles Marini, Eric Martsolf and Nadia Bjorlin

    (12/12/18) (Listen / download) Gilles Marini Reveals Ted Laurent's Weakness, Eric Martsolf and Nadia Bjorlin Talk Fan Encounters and "Broe"

    Gilles Marini talks about the difficulties of working on a soap opera, analyzes Ted Laurent's romantic side and shares stories from Dancing with the Stars, Brothers & Sisters and DAYS. Then, Eric Martsolf and Nadia Bjorlin talk about Eric's decade on DAYS, Brady and Chloe's relationship and their most bizarre fan encounters.

    WGA Awards TV Nominations

    (12/7/18) The WGA on Thursday unveiled its nominations for in TV, new media, news, radio/audio and promotional writing for 2018. Winners will be announced February 17 at the WGA Awards held in concurrent ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York.

    The guild will unveil its motion picture nominees January 7.

    DAYTIME DRAMA

    Days of Our Lives, Head Writer: Ron Carlivati; Writers: Sheri Anderson, Lorraine Broderick, David Cherrill, Joanna Cohen, Lisa Connor, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon, Cydney Kelley, David Kreizman, David A. Levinson, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Katherine Schock, Elizabeth Snyder, Tyler Topits; NBC

    General Hospital, Head Writers: Shelly Altman, Christopher Van Etten; Writers: Barbara Bloom, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Donny Sheldon, Scott Sickles; ABC

    Lifetime Unveils Premiere Dates For Winter Movie Slate

    (12/4/18) Lifetime has unveiled the premiere dates for their robust slate of winter movies. From music icons to deadly cheerleaders to the daughter of a notorious mob boss, the network isn’t holding back when it comes to the drama — some based on true stories, some not — for 2019.

    Highlights of their slate include Love You to Death (January 26) starring Marcia Gay Harden, which is based on the true story of a mother and daughter who are nothing like they seem, their tumultuous relationship ending in a brutal murder. Also based on a true story is Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story (January 19) starring Christina Ricci. The movie is inspired by Nellie Bly’s undercover stay at the impenetrable Women’s Lunatic Asylum. For something a little lighter, there’s Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You (February 16) which follows the personal and professional journey of the titular Grease icon. Lifetime acquired the biopic for its U.S. premiere.

    Other features on the slate include Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter (February 9) which is executive produced by the real-life Victoria Gotti. Lifetime will also bring back the cult classic Death of a Cheerleader (February 2). The remake will see the return of Kellie Martin, who starred in the 1994 original.

    Lifetime has also acquired Best Friend’s Betrayal and My Mother’s Split Personalities for January. The network will feature five weeks of premieres every Saturday at 8 pm PT/ET, beginning January 19.

    See the complete list and summaries of the features below.

    Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story
    Starring Christina Ricci, Judith Light and Josh Bowman
    January 19

    The Lifetime feature is inspired by Nellie Bly’s undercover stay at the impenetrable Women’s Lunatic Asylum and stars Golden Globe and Emmy nominated actress Christina Ricci (Monster), two-time Tony award-winner, Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Judith Light (Transparent, The Assassination of Giannni Versace) as Matron Grady and Josh Bowman (Revenge).

    On a mission to expose the deplorable conditions and mistreatment of patients at the notorious Women’s Lunatic Asylum, investigative reporter Nellie Bly (Ricci) feigns mental illness in order to be institutionalized to report from the inside. The movie delivers an intense and fictionalized account of actual events surrounding Nellie’s stay beginning after Nellie has undergone treatment, leaving her with no recollection of how she came to the asylum or her real identity. Nellie’s unwillingness to submit to authority results in unspeakable torture at the hands of the head nurse, Matron Grady (Light). When Nellie captures the attention of Dr. Josiah (Bowman) who tries to help her, Grady’s barbaric tactics only intensify, leading Nellie to questions if she actually does belong in the asylum after all.

    A real-life hero, Nellie Bly’s expose was the first of its kind in America and inspired the global reformation of mental health care.

    Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story is executive produced by Howard Braunstein along with Ricci of Grey Team Productions. Michael Tive, David Sigal, Peter Werner and Jonathan Baruch of StoryBy Entertainment also serve as executive producers with Karen Moncrieff as director (Petals on the Wind) with a screenplay by Helen Childress (Reality Bites).

    Love You to Death
    Starring Marcia Gay Harden, Emily Skeggs and Tate Donovan
    January 26

    Inspired by a true story, Love You to Death is a shocking tale of a mother and daughter who are nothing like they seem, their tumultuous relationship ending in a brutal murder. Camile (Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden, Fifty Shades features, Code Black, Point Blank) and Esme (Emily Skeggs, Miseducation of Cameron Post, Mile 22) are well-known in their community – Esme as the sickly, child-like wheelchair-bound daughter, and Camile as the perfect caretaker and mother. They seem a perfect pair until Camile is found stabbed to death in her home, and Esme has vanished, believed to be kidnapped by the killer. But when Esme is found, a terrible secret emerges. Esme was not kidnapped. Instead she ran away with her boyfriend (Brennan Keel Cook) after working with him to murder Camile. More than that, Esme is perfectly healthy, mentally and physically, and has been a victim of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, forced to believe she was ill by her controlling, abusive mother.

    Tate Donovan (The Man in The High Castle) plays Travis, Esme’s estranged father who tries to reconnect with his daughter, despite her mother’s objections.

    Marcia Gay Harden is repped by ICM Partners and Framework Entertainment.

    Love You to Death is produced by Sony Pictures Television and Davis Entertainment Television. Executive producers are Jordan Davis and John Davis. Alex Kalymnios directs from a script written by Anthony Jaswinski.

    Death of a Cheerleader
    Stars Kellie Martin, Aubrey Peeples and Sarah Dugdale
    February 2

    In a remake of the cult-classic, Death of a Cheerleader is inspired by Randall Sullivan’s Rolling Stone article of the same name about the real-life murder of a popular, affluent and beautiful Northern California high school cheerleader at the hand of a classmate. Bridget Moretti (Aubrey Peeples) is a shy outsider from a lower middle-class background who aspires to be beautiful, popular and perfect in everything. Believing that a friendship with rich and pretty Kelly Locke (Sarah Dugdale), leader of the school’s most prestigious clique, will get her all that she desires, Bridget tries to forge a friendship with her. When Kelly rejects Bridget’s attempts, it leaves her humiliated and feeling like a failure and ultimately fuels a jealous rage that will lead to murder. Death of a Cheerleader explores the events leading up to and after the shocking crime that took place in this upper-middle-class community.

    Kellie Martin, who starred alongside Tori Spelling in the original, plays the FBI agent who cracks the case.

    Death of a Cheerleader is produced by Just Singer Entertainment and Reunion Pacific Entertainment. Executive producers are Matthew O’Connor, Paddy Bickerton, Steve White and Sheri Singer. Paul Shapiro directs from a script written by Caitlin D. Fryers.

    Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter
    Executive Produced and Narrated by Victoria Gotti and
    Starring Chelsea Frei and Maurice Benard
    February 9

    Executive produced by Victoria Gotti herself, the movie takes us deep into the world of what it was really like to grow up as the daughter of mob boss John Gotti, revealing the glamour, glitz and unique hardships of her world. Sharing never-before-revealed stories about her life, Victoria (played by Chelsea Frei) tells of a sensitive child growing up with a beloved father (Maurice Benard) she worried about constantly; the tragedy of her younger brother’s death; and her turbulent romance, forbidden by her father, with the man who later became her husband. Victoria had a front-row seat to a life the world became fascinated with, all while trying to reconcile the loving father she adored with a man the outside world was determined to bring down.

    Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter is produced by Relevé Entertainment for Lifetime with Victoria Gotti, Jennifer Wachtell (The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks) and Holly Carter (Home is Where You Find It) executive producing. Catherine Cyran (The Prince & Me) directs from a script co-written by Victoria Gotti and David Schneiderman (Chasing Liberty). The film is based on Gotti’s book This Family of Mine: What It Was Like Growing Up Gotti. Victoria Gotti will appear on camera narrating her story.

    Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You
    Starring Delta Goodrem
    February 16

    Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You is the remarkable personal and professional journey of international superstar Olivia Newton-John, illustrated through her music. Covering her lasting power across more than five decades in one of the world’s toughest industries, the film delves into both Olivia’s public persona as well as the private woman behind-the-scenes, including her multiple battles with cancer and her intense fight to survive.

    Australian singer, songwriter and actress Delta Goodrem (House Husbands, judge on The Voice, Australia) stars as Olivia Newton-John and re-records her classic hits for the film. Hugo Johnstone-Burt (San Andreas, The Wrong Girl) is Bruce Welch and Todd Lasance (The Flash, The Vampire Diaries) plays Lee Kramer. Richard Brancatisano (Chasing Life) is featured as Matt Lattanzi, Anthony Brandon Wong (The Matrix Revolutions) is Patrick McDermott, Morgan Griffin (San Andreas, The Sleepover Club) is young Olivia, and Georgia Flood (American Princess, Wentworth) is young Pat Carroll.

    Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You is produced by Fremantle with the assistance of Screen Australia and Film Victoria for Channel Seven. Lifetime has acquired the film for the U.S. premiere.

    JANUARY ACQUIRED MOVIES

    Best Friend’s Betrayal
    Starring Mary Grill, Vanessa Walsh, Jaime M. Callica
    Premieres January 13

    Best friends Katie (Mary Grill) and Jess (Vanessa Walsh) are inseparable and have always had each other’s backs. When Jess begins a new serious relationship with famous crime writer, Nick (Jaime M. Callica), Katie is unsure of this new seemingly perfect man. Katie wants to support her friend’s newfound happiness but is fiercely protective of her. But Katie’s obsession with Jess soon proves deadly and it is up to the recently vilified Nick to expose this supposed ‘best friend’ before it is too late. Best Friend’s Betrayal is produced by Reel One Entertainment.

    My Mother’s Split Personalities
    Starring Lindsay Hartley, Kayla Wallace, Jefferson Brown
    Premieres January 12

    After her father dies of a heart attack, Julie Price (Kayla Wallace) has returned home after two years of living in estrangement from her mother Gail (Lindsay Hartley). But Gail is not herself these days, acting bizarrely and under the control of Warren (Jefferson Brown), a highly intelligent criminal, who has become Gail’s boyfriend and is plotting to get his hands on a vast amount of money left behind by her dead husband. As Julie investigates the cause of her mother’s strange behavior, she gets closer to the truth about Warren, and a deadly game of cat and mouse begins, in which the dark criminal operator will do anything to protect his payday. It’s up to Julie to save her mother from not only Warren but also from her own split personalities and get her the help she desperately needs. My Mother’s Split Personalities is produced by Reel One Entertainment

    Watch Jen Lilley in the Swinging New 'King of Hearts' Music Video!

    (12/2/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) (Video) 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 watch the music video for it below. Then 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 initial sales of “King of Hearts” went 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 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.

    A great song and a great cause? 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!

    Wes Ramsey Previews His Thrilling New Movie

    (12/2/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Trailer) When Wes Ramsey first appeared on GENERAL HOSPITAL, viewers weren't sure if they can trus his character of Peter August, and they’re going to feel the same way about his character in his thrilling new movie, Last Seen in Idaho. And coincidentally, he’s playing a shady guy named Franco! “I’m excited for my character,” Ramesy told Soaps In Depth, “because before this movie I’ve never had a chance to play a character like Franco.”

    The story surrounds a young woman named Summer (played by the film’s writer and producer, Hallie Shepherd) who awakens from a coma after a car accident and begins having visions of her own future murder. But without knowing exactly who she can trust, can Summer prevent her visions from coming true? “It has an incredible story about someone who witnesses something they shouldn’t have seen and how their life is forever changed because of it,” Ramsey previewed. “From that one moment, a chain of events unfolds and it’s interesting, because it deals with time and memory in a very unique way. I don’t want to give away too much, because it’s really well done the way she created the story.”

    Ramsey’s character of Franco is Summer’s love interest, but also a seasoned criminal who will leave you wondering which side he’s really on. Last Seen in Idaho also stars a couple of other faces that will be familiar to soap fans. “We shot all over the state of Washington,” the actor reported. “And some other awesome guys who spent time in daytime were with me — Shawn Christian (ex-Daniel) from DAYS OF OUR LIVES and Casper Van Dien (Ty) was once on ONE LIFE TO LIVE.”

    Last Seen in Idaho was released on DVD and on demand back in April, and premiered on Showtime Dec. 1. Ramsey is thrilled his GH fans will finally be able to see his work. “It’s been a long time coming,” he admitted. “When you make a movie, you never know if it’s going to see the light of day in six months or a year or two years. This is certainly the longest I’ve ever waited for one of my movies to come out, so I’m excited for it!”


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    Facts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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