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Sherri Shepherd, Mike Manning, Jonny Beauchamp & Ashleigh Murray To Star In ‘The Way Out’ From Barry Jay

(5/27/21) Sherri Shepherd (30 Rock), Mike Manning (Days Of Our Lives), Jonny Beauchamp (Katy Keene), and Ashleigh Murray (Riverdale, Katy Keene) are set to star in The Way Out, an indie drama which is being written and directed by Barry Jay, who is the founder of the popular Barry’s gym franchise.

Jay is also producing the pic, which is the debut project under his newly launched production label Fight Or Flight Films.

In the movie, Alex Romero (Beauchamp) is a struggling addict who takes unconventional advice from manipulative boxer Shane Collins (Manning). As Shane takes Alex under his wing and teaches him fighting techniques, Alex confronts demons from his past while finally taking control of his own life. In spite of being cautioned by his sponsor (Shepherd) and his best friend (Murray), Alex follows Shane’s guidance and finds himself walking a dark path that jeopardizes not only his sobriety, but also his life.

Carl Rumbaugh, Nick Theurer, and Artisha Mann-Cooper are also producing the project with Shepherd and Manning serving as executive producers. Filming is currently underway.

‘Motherland: Fort Salem’: Freeform Thriller Drama Adds Five To Cast Ahead Of Season 2

(5/27/21) Freeform is rounding out its cast for season 2 of thriller drama series Motherland: Fort Salem. Victor Webster (Workin’ Moms), Mellany Barros (Chad), Praneet Akilla (Nancy Drew), Ess Hödlmoser (The Boys) and Arlen Aguayo (The Good Doctor) will recur in the series created by Eliot Laurence (Claws). They join series stars Taylor Hickson, Jessica Sutton, Ashley Nicole Williams, Amalia Holm, Demetria McKinney and Lyne Renée.

In Season 2, Raelle, Tally and Abigail confront higher stakes, dangerous magic and a new threat from an ancient group of witch hunters, The Camarilla. In the first season, we saw our trio of young witches follow in the footsteps of their foremothers, defending the nation from The Spree as part of the United States Army. Their training is intensified when they are promoted to attend War College, where their magic, relationships and beliefs will be pushed to the limits. While General Alder seeks out new witches to join the wars to come, The Spree and the Army learn their fight may no longer be with one another. But how can two enemies work together to thwart a hatred that won’t stop until all witches are exterminated?

Webster plays Blanton Silver, Vice President of the United States. When his daughter is discovered to be a witch, Silver tries to adjust to her newfound identity.

Barros portrays Penelope Silver, the only child of the Vice President who accidentally discovers she is a witch. She is enthusiastic, passionate, yet overwhelmed while she navigates this shift from civilian to military life.

Akilla is Gregorio, a male witch from the upper echelons of military witch society (like Abigail). He has HUGE opinions about how male witches are treated in a female dominant witch army, and makes them known.

Hödlmoser plays M, Non-binary. A second year soldier in War College, M is very protective of our Unit, and any witch in their coven.

Aguayo is Nicte, someone from Alder’s past who helped shape her into who she is now.

Laurence executive produces with Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Kevin Messick, along with Amanda Tapping, Erin Maher, Kay Reindl and Bryan Q. Miller.

Motherland: Fort Salem Season 2 premieres at 10 PM Tuesday, June 22.

Webster is repped by Performers Management, Elevate Entertainment, Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein. Barros is repped by Nuance Talent Management and Atlas Artists. Akilla is repped by Play Management and Canopy Media Partners. Hödlmoser is repped by daCosta Talent. Aguayo is repped by The Characters Talent Agency.

Richard Steinmetz Joins the Cast of DAYS OF OUR LIVES

(5/26/21) A familiar face is headed to Salem when Richard Steinmetz joins the cast of DAYS OF OUR LIVES! “Some good news,” the actor shared on Facebook. “I landed a role on the soap DAYS OF OUR LIVES. I start shooting tomorrow. It’s a terrific role, not sure if I can say what it is yet but I’ll keep you posted. And when the episodes start airing.”

Steinmetz made his daytime debut back in 1988 playing Jeff Hartman on ABC soap LOVING, but he was probably best known to soap fans for playing Martin Fitzgerald on PASSIONS from 2004-06. In 2012, the actor joined the cast of GENERAL HOSPITAL for a three-month run as the villainous Joe Scully Jr. Viewers might also recognize him from appearances in primetime series like MELROSE PLACE, SILK STALKINGS, CROSSING JORDAN, COLD CASE, MONK, and BETTER THINGS.

Although most soaps tape about a month ahead, DAYS is usually a little further ahead than that, so if Steinmetz is first reporting to the set on May 25, it could be well into July before we see him on screen. But keep checking back at SoapsInDepth.com for further updates as to when his first airdate might be and what character he might be bringing to Salem. (Because until we know that, we have no idea which storyline he’ll be bringing the drama to!)

Talk Show Appearance

(5/22/21) LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN, syndicated

Mo 5/31: Lisa Rinna (ex-Billie, Days)

‘Days Of Our Lives’: Dan Feuerriegel To Play EJ DiMera On NBC Daytime Drama

(5/21/21) EJ DiMera is returning to Salem. Former Spartacus: Blood and Sand star Dan Feuerriegel has been cast as the new EJ, last played by James Scott in 2014. Feurriegel’s casting has been rumored and is now confirmed.

In Scott’s final episodes as the character, EJ was presumably shot to death by his disloyal henchman, but it was eventually revealed that he was actually alive. He was later left severely injured in an explosion and since then had been recuperating in Europe.

“EJ has always been an important character to the Salem landscape,” said Executive Producer Ken Corday, “and we’re thrilled to have found Dan to bring him back to the canvas.”

Feuerriegel’s first episode airs Wednesday, June 9.

“I am so excited to bring EJ back to Days of our Lives and to see what flavor I can bring to Salem,” said Feuerriegel.

Days of Our Lives, produced by Corday Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television, was recently picked up for two more years, which will take the iconic soap through record 57th and 58th seasons.

Australian-born Feurriegel is best known in the U.S. as gladiator Agron in Starz’s Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Prior to Spartacus, he appeared on several primetime soaps in his homeland, including McLeod’s Daughters, Home and Away, and hospital drama All Saints. His most recent credits include NCIS:LA, Chicago Fire, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Pacific Rim: Uprising, where he reunited with Spartacus creator, Steven DeKnight. He’s repped by Artists and Representatives and Cheri Barner Management.

Dishing with Digest - 5/21/21 - Heather Lindell

(5/21/21) (Listen/download) Heather Lindell (Jan) discusses her early years in Salem, her stints on Broadway, her career in real estate and her surprise comeback to DAYS with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also preview Y&R’s special episode honoring the legacy of Neil Winters.

Chrishell Stause Returns to DAYS OF OUR LIVES

(5/19/21) (ew.com) (Photo1, Photo2) Why should a little death by strangulation prevent the homecoming we all want and need from Days of Our Lives?

Selling Sunset star Chrishell Stause has agreed to reprise her (dead) role as Jordan on the NBC sudser — and EW has the exclusive first look.

Stause, who was killed off the soap in 2020, will appear in two episodes airing next Monday and Tuesday as the ghostly "guilty conscience" of her brother Ben (Robert Scott Wilson). It's time for Ben to make a decision about his future with Ciara.

"I really love the cast and crew over at Days of our Lives, and anytime I getting to pop in is always so much fun!" Stause tells EW. "My favorite thing about daytime, and Days in particular, is that the door is always open for characters to reappear no matter how they left. In Jordan's case, death by strangulation has not kept her away. Ha!"

Stause is a daytime drama vet, having begun her career on ABC's All My Children before jumping to Days in 2013. She had a brief stint on CBS' The Young and the Restless in 2016 before turning to the NBC daytime drama.

In 2019, Stause found fans she didn't realize she had by joining Selling Sunset, an unscripted show on Netflix that follows a chichi real estate firm in Los Angeles. Stause quickly became the show's breakout star. It's about to stream its fourth season.

In 2020, Stause competed in the 29th season of Dancing With the Stars. She came in eighth place.

Days of Our Lives airs weekdays on NBC. It was recently announced that the soap has been renewed for two more years, through its 58th season.

Chrishell Stause slams reports about her reaction to Justin Hartley remarrying

(5/19/21) Chrishell Stause called out anonymous “sources” Tuesday after reports surfaced about her reaction to ex-husband Justin Hartley’s secret wedding to Sofia Pernas.

“I see ‘sources’ are speaking for me,” the “Selling Sunset” star, 39, posted to her Instagram Story with an eye-roll emoji.

“If I have something to say, I will say it here. If it’s not on my page, it didn’t come from me,” she continued, adding the hashtag “#bookedandunbothered.”

Hartley, 44, and Pernas, 31, fueled marriage speculation on Sunday after wearing what appeared to be wedding bands on the red carpet at the MTV Movie & TV Awards. The next day, news broke that the couple had quietly tied the knot.

In response to the “This Is Us” star’s stunning nuptials, a source told Entertainment Tonight on Monday that Stause was “a little surprised.”

Another unnamed insider told E! News, however, that the former “Dancing with the Stars” competitor was not “entirely surprised by Justin getting married so quickly.”

Hartley filed for divorce from Stause in November 2019 after two years of marriage. She later claimed the actor had informed her via text. They finalized their divorce in January.

In May 2020, rumors swirled that Hartley and Pernas, his former “Young and the Restless” co-star, were an item. The pair made their romance Instagram official on New Year’s Eve.

Prior to his union to Stause, Hartley was married to Lindsay Hartley from 2004 to 2012. They share a 16-year-old daughter, Isabella.

As for Stause, she was most recently linked to “DWTS” pro Keo Motsepe. The former couple split in late February after nearly three months together.

Alison Sweeney and Cameron Mathison Reunite for New Hannah Swensen Mystery at Hallmark

(5/18/21) (etonline.com) Alison Sweeney and Cameron Mathison are back with a new Hallmark mystery.

The Murder, She Baked stars are reprising their characters from the popular Hallmark Movies & Mysteries movie franchise, ET can exclusively reveal, but with a slight twist: They'll be kicking off a new mystery!

Sweeney will again play the fan-favorite Hannah Swensen in the upcoming film, and Mathison, who will wrap up as co-host of Hallmark Channel's Home & Family in August, will return as Mike Kingston. Barbara Niven will also be back as Hannah's mom, Delores Swensen.

In the new mystery, Hannah (Sweeney) and Mike (Mathison) enjoy their engagement while still managing their busy careers. However, a murder at Hannah’s gym may complicate their wedding plans as Hannah’s need for sleuthing again impact’s Mike’s investigation.

Production on the new Hannah Swensen mystery movie begins this week in Vancouver. It will premiere this summer on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

“I’m so excited to revisit Hannah Swensen and to again work with Cameron and Barbara on these fun stories that combine romance with intrigue," Sweeney said in a statement. "The fans have been so vocal in their love of these characters and it’s exciting to be bringing them back to life and to return to Hannah’s bakery where it all began."

Sweeney serves as an executive producer alongside Craig Baumgarten and Lighthouse Pictures. The upcoming movie, which would be the franchise's sixth, is based on the Hannah Swensen mystery novels by Joanne Fluke.

Sweeney, Mathison and Niven starred in the previous five Murder, She Baked films, which aired from 2015 to 2017.

Live chat with Real Andrews

(5/15/21) (Watch Here) Tune-in to see Emmy Award-winner Real Andrews live in The Locher Room on Friday, May 21st at 3 p.m. EST / 12 p.m. PST. Real is known to daytime television fans for his roles as Lt. Marcus Taggert on Port Charles and General Hospital; Walker Daniels on As the World Turns, and Dr. Keith Campbell on The Bay. Real is a father of three, a husband, an actor, author, speaker and transformational coach. Real will reminisce about his daytime roles and share his passion for physical training and creating Champions, through sharing my experiences, workout secrets and developing strategies to help every person I encounter succeed in achieving wellness within the mind, body and spirit. Real thrives on taking his message and formula for whole health on the road through speaking engagements and motivational experiences, where he shares his whole health wisdom and knowledge with the world!

‘The Rookie’ Renewed For Season 4 By ABC

(5/14/21) Amid strong ratings, ABC has picked up a fourth season of cop drama The Rookie. Created by Alexi Hawley, The Rookie stars Nathan Fillion as John Nolan, the oldest rookie at the Los Angeles Police Department.

The Rookie averages nearly 10 million total viewers this season (9.80 million) after 35 days of delayed viewing on linear and digital platforms, up from 6.14 million viewers over its initial Live+Same Day average. The series also more than quadruples (+342%) its Live+SD adults 18-49 rating after 35 days of multiplatform viewing (2.12 rating).

The show, which also stars Mekia Cox, Alyssa Diaz, Richard T. Jones, Titus Makin, Melissa O’Neil and Eric Winter, is produced by Entertainment One and ABC Signature.

Hawley exec produces with Mark Gordon, Fillion, Michelle Chapman, Jon Steinberg, Bill Norcross and Terence Paul Winter.

Jackée Harry Signs a Contract to Stay at DAYS OF OUR LIVES

(5/14/21) (soapsindepth.com) Among the reports of the amazing news that DAYS OF OUR LIVES had been renewed for two more seasons was another little tidbit revealing that Jackée Harry signed a contract to continue playing the role of Paulina Price! Deadline reported that in anticipation of their renewal, the NBC sudser had been making deals with key cast members, and that included bumping Harry from recurring to full-time!

When Harry made her debut in Salem in the March 1 episode of DAYS, she made an immediate splash as Paulina. But at the time, she wasn’t sure how long her stint would last. Although she got her start in daytime playing Lily on ANOTHER WORLD, the pace of soap production now is much different than it was back in the ‘80s. “I will say that the workload is a lot,” Harry admitted to Entertainment Weekly when she first started at DAYS. “After this, I don’t know what will become of my brain. I have so many scripts at my house I say I have enough to make a tree.”

However, Harry was also quick to add that there was always the possibility that she’d stick around longer than just a brief stint. “I’m having a ball,” she declared, “and what I’ll say about more is ‘Never say never.’”

Now that DAYS has resumed production there are plenty more stories to tell, including more drama for Paulina as she tries to wrangle her wild-child daughter, Chanel, as well as navigate Salem society. She’s been eying up Abe since she arrived, so could a romance be in the cards? You’ll just have to stay tuned to find out!

Video: Guiding Light Chat - Mart Hulswit and Fran Myers

(5/14/21) (Video) Guiding Light cast members Mart Hulswit and Fran Myers joined The Locher Room on Thursday, May 13th. Mart joined the cast in 1969 playing the role of Dr. Ed Bauer for 12 years before leaving Springfield behind. Fran Myers joined the cast in 1965 and played the role of Peggy Scott Fletcher for an incredible 15 year run. Fran is currently a writer on NBC's Days of Our Lives. Don't miss the opportunity to catch up with this talented duo to hear their memories from their time spent in Springfield.

Nelson Lee And Krista Allen Join Cast Of Thriller ‘Five Below’

(5/11/21) Nelson Lee (Mulan, Stargirl) and Krista Allen (The Final Destination, Significant Mother) have joined the cast of Five Below.

They will appear In the high concept sci-fi thriller, which is scheduled to shoot this summer, opposite previously announced cast member, Steven Strait (The Expanse). Mike Le Han (Mrs. Peppercorn’s Magical Reading Room, Hellraiser: Origins) is directing.

While the film’s plot is being kept under wraps, it has been described as “a new take on the meta-human sci-fi genre.” Scripted by Nick Brown, it will be the first in a franchise of low-budget, high-concept science-fiction films made by Le Han’s newly formed outfit, RedOne Studios. Liam Finn (Two Eyes, Midnight Movie) and Le Han are producing, and a sequel to Five Below is already in development.

Perhaps best known for his turn as Dr. Shiro Ito / Dragon King in The CW’s Stargirl, Lee’s other TV credits include Westworld, Evil, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Claws and Sneaky Pete. On the film side, he has appeared in Disney+’s 2020 remake of Mulan and more.

On the TV side, Allen has appeared in 9-1-1, Modern Family, Significant Mother and more. Recently wrapping on the pandemic-themed After Masks, she has also appeared in films including The Final Destination and Anger Management.

Lee is represented by TCA Mgmt and Bohemia Group, while Allen is repped by Bohemia Group, Commercial Talent and attorney Matthew Saver. Strait is with The Gersh Agency and Management 360.

NBC RENEWS BELOVED DAYTIME DRAMA ‘DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ FOR TWO ADDITIONAL YEARS

(5/11/21) Iconic Series Will Now Go Through Its 58th Season

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — NBC, Corday Productions and Sony Pictures Television have announced that “Days of our Lives” has been picked up for two more years. This renewal will take one of TV’s most iconic series through its 57th and 58th seasons.

In late 2020, amidst the height of the pandemic, the show celebrated its 55th anniversary and aired original episodes while successfully maintaining a safe and steady production schedule.

“We couldn’t be happier to bring our loyal fans two more seasons of ‘Days of our Lives’ and continue what has been an absolutely remarkable achievement in television,” said Michael Sluchan, Executive Vice President, Scripted Series & Kids Programming, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. “A big thank you to Ken Corday and the cast and crew for their incredible passion for storytelling that continues to reach new generations of viewers.”

“After more than 55 years of bringing drama, adventure and romance to screens around the world, we are thrilled and honored to carry on the “Days of our Lives” legacy for another two years,” said executive producer Ken Corday. “We are thankful to NBC for their enduring commitment to the show and grateful to continue this wonderful journey with our fans for years to come.”

“We are incredibly proud of the work being done by Ken Corday, the cast and crew. They continue to tell bold stories through these iconic characters captivating audiences around the world,” said Steve Kent, Senior Executive Vice President, Programming, Sony Pictures Television. “We are thrilled to continue the legacy of ‘Days of our Lives’ and for viewers to enjoy two more seasons.”

“Days of our Lives,” which is currently in its 56th season, aired it’s 14,000th episode in December and remains NBC’s longest-running series. Set in the fictitious Midwestern town of Salem, the core families are the Bradys, Hortons, Carvers, DiMeras, and Kiriakises. The show’s multi-layered storylines continue to capture audiences with 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 Albert Alarr. Ron Carlivati is the head writer.

‘Days Of Our Lives’ Gets 2-Year Renewal Through Season 58 On NBC

(5/11/21) A double doze of great news for Days Of Our Lives fans — the long-running NBC daytime drama has been renewed, and not just for one but two seasons.

Days of Our Lives, produced by Corday Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television, has been picked up for two more years, which will take the iconic soap through record 57th and 58th seasons.

This marks a happy ending to another down-to-the wire renewal for Days and the first time in six years, since 2014, that the show has snagged a multi-year pickup. As Deadline reported last month, negotiations between NBC and Sony TV were going well, and insiders were optimistic that Days of Our Lives would continue even after production on Season 56 wrapped April 16, with the show going on hiatus while awaiting word on renewal.

In anticipation of a pickup, the producers had been making if-come deals with key cast members, including signing a new contract with Days veteran Robert Scott Wilson and bringing in full-time Emmy winner Jackée Harry who has recurred this season.

In late 2020, amidst the height of the pandemic, Days celebrated its 55th anniversary. Currently in its 56th season, the show aired it’s 14,000th episode in December and remains NBC’s longest-running series. Along with the other daytime dramas, Days was able to produce original episodes amid the pandemic employing Covid safety protocols.

“We couldn’t be happier to bring our loyal fans two more seasons of Days of our Lives and continue what has been an absolutely remarkable achievement in television,” said Michael Sluchan, EVP, Scripted Series & Kids Programming, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. “A big thank you to Ken Corday and the cast and crew for their incredible passion for storytelling that continues to reach new generations of viewers.”

Set in the fictitious Midwestern town of Salem, the core families on Days of our Lives are the Bradys, Hortons, Carvers, DiMeras, and Kiriakises. The show mixes elements of romance, adventure, mystery, comedy, and drama.

“After more than 55 years of bringing drama, adventure and romance to screens around the world, we are thrilled and honored to carry on the “Days of our Lives” legacy for another two years,” said executive producer Ken Corday. “We are thankful to NBC for their enduring commitment to the show and grateful to continue this wonderful journey with our fans for years to come.”

Corday is the executive producer with co-executive Albert Alarr. Ron Carlivati is the head writer. The current Season 56 of Days marked the departures of Kristian Alfonso, Greg Vaughan and Victoria Konefal and the return of Alison Sweeney.

“We are incredibly proud of the work being done by Ken Corday, the cast and crew. They continue to tell bold stories through these iconic characters captivating audiences around the world,” said Steve Kent, Senior EVP, Programming, Sony Pictures Television. “We are thrilled to continue the legacy of Days of our Lives and for viewers to enjoy two more seasons.”

Renewal negotiations for Days of Our Lives have taken months in each of the past couple of years, which again was the case in 2021. It usually comes down to distributor Sony Pictures TV finding ways to adjust the show’s business model, including international sales, so it can continue to make the show without going in the red. Because of Days of Our Lives‘ age and declining linear ratings in all day parts, including daytime, the show no longer is profitable for Sony TV, but there has been a commitment by the studio and the network to find a way to keep the show on the air.

Daniel Cosgrove guests on Blue Bloods 5/14/21

(5/6/21) “The End” – Shockwaves ripple through the Reagan family when Danny discovers that their newest family member, Joe Hill (Will Hochman), is working undercover for the ATF to bring down a gunrunning organization, in the first part of the two-hour 11th season finale of BLUE BLOODS, at a special time, Friday, May 14 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

“Justifies The Means” – The Reagans band together to prevent Joe Hill from being killed in the line of duty like his father when they fear Joe’s cover has been blown within the gunrunning outfit he’s helping the ATF bring down, in the second part of the two-hour 11th season finale of BLUE BLOODS, Friday, May 14 (10:00-11:00 PM ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

GUEST CAST includes Gloria Reuben (Special Agent Rachel Weber), Annabella Sciorra (M.E. Faith Marconi), Shannon Wallace (Tyce Dickson), Daniel Cosgrove (Det. Felix Evans).

Guiding Light Chat - Mart Hulswit and Fran Myers 5/13/21

(5/6/21) (Watch here) Join Guiding Light cast members Mart Hulswit and Fran Myers live in The Locher Room on Thursday, May 13th at 3 p.m. EST / 12 p.m. PST. Mart joined the cast in 1969 playing the role of Dr. Ed Bauer for 12 years before leaving Springfield behind. Fran Myers joined the cast in 1965 and played the role of Peggy Scott Fletcher for an incredible 15 year run. Fran is currently a writer on NBC's Days of Our Lives. Don't miss the opportunity to catch up with this talented duo to hear their memories from their time spent in Springfield.

DAYS Is Back In Production! So Has the Soap Been Renewed?

(5/5/21) (soapsindepth.com) We hope that this means good things are ahead for DAYS OF OUR LIVES: NBC’s sole remaining soap has resumed production less than a month after going on hiatus amid renewal talks with the network! In a series of Instagram stories posted on May 4, Tamara Braun (Ava) shared behind-the-scenes videos of herself, accented with animated “back to work” stickers. And just so there was no confusion as to where, exactly, she was working, the actress tagged the soap’s official Instagram profile in her post!

In the clips, Braun donned a black face mask and eyeglasses as she walked through the studio. The first clip had the actress cheerfully singing the Dwarf chorus theme from the classic Disney cartoon Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. “Hi-ho, hi-ho, it’s back to work I go,” the Emmy winner chirped. In the second slide, Braun shared more of her surroundings with her followers. “Behind the scenes, back to work from our hiatus,” she shared. “Hope everyone’s doing well. Just going to get my little lashes on.”

The third slide had Braun showing off the fake trees and greenery that are used to decorate some DAYS sets. “You think it’s real? It’s not real,” she confessed. “A lot of you don’t think it’s real. But if you did, now you know.” And in her fourth video, Braun wished her followers a good day. “Be happy, be kind. Be joyful and safe,” she shared.

In each of her four behind-the-scenes videos, Braun made it clear that she was “back to work” at DAYS, as she tagged the official DAYS Instagram handle in each slide. That particular detail is certainly a good sign for the soap’s future. As previously reported, DAYS wrapped production on its 56th season in mid-April, with enough episodes banked to air into September. The soap’s hiatus corresponded with ongoing renewal negotiations between NBC and Sony Pictures Television, which produces the soap in conjunction with Corday Productions.

At the time that the soap went dark, an insider told TVLine that the writers were continuing to plot out storylines as “everyone is proceeding under the assumption that the show will be back.” And Deadline reported that “if-come deals” were made with “key cast members” — which meant that those actors committed to returning to the soap if and when the time came and wouldn’t be paid until that happened.

So while a formal announcement has yet to be made by the network, we have our fingers and toes crossed that Braun being back to work at DAYS is good news, and that word of an official renewal will be coming any day now!

Mondays With Mindy | Season 4, Episode 3: Tracey Bregman

(5/4/21) (Video) Mondays With Mindy Presents a conversation with Actress & Entrepreneur Tracey Bregman!

Video: Soap Con Live Presents: One Life to Live "The Cramer Women"

(5/1/21) (Video) Join Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer), Kristen Alderson (Starr Manning), Gina Tognoni (Kelly Cramer) & Laura Bonarrigo (Cassie Callison), aka The Cramer Women of One Life to Live in The Locher Room recorded on Saturday, May 1. Don't miss this conversation as they discuss the crazy Cramer family storylines that spanned decades on the Agnes Nixon soap opera.

Video: Soap Con Live Presents: As the World Turns "Live from Oakdale!"

(5/1/21) (Video) Join Colleen Zenk (Barbara Ryan), Trent Dawson (Henry Coleman), Mark Collier (Mike Kasnoff), Terri Conn (Katie Peretti) and Austin Peck (Brad Snyder) as they chat about their time on As the World Turns in the Oakdale panel at Soap Con Live in The Locher Room on Saturday, May 1.

Dishing with Digest - 4/30/21 - Tamara Braun And Galen Gering

(4/30/21) (Listen / download) Tamara Braun (Ava) and Galen Gering (Rafe) talk about being paired on DAYS, the future of “Rava” and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss the latest soap news.

Linda Dano Interview 5/6/21

(4/29/21) The one and only Linda Dano will join me live in The Locher Room on Thursday, May 6th at 3 p.m. EST / 12 p.m. PST. The actress, author, and businesswoman will reminisce about her time playing Felicia Gallant on Another World, Rae Cummings on One Life to Live and her most recent role of Vivian Alamain on Days of Our Lives. Linda's One Life to Live character Rae also had a cross-over on Port Charles, All My Children and General Hospital. She has published books, hosted her own talk show Attitudes and supports many charitable organizations. Don't miss the chance to catch-up with Linda on May 6th. (Watch Here)

DAYS’s Jackée Harry To Appear In FX’s POSE

(4/29/21) Jackée Harry (Paulina) will appear in the final season of FX’s POSE, reports ew.com. And I’m SO relieved to finally tell you to catch me on the final season of #PoseFX,” Harry tweeted. “Consider me honored and over the moon!!!!” The seven-episode swan song debuts on May 2. For the full story, click here. https://ew.com/tv/tv-reviews/pose-season-3-review-fx/

Another Grandchild On The Way For Soap Faves

(4/28/21) Melissa Reeves (ex-Jennifer, DAYS) and Scott Reeves (ex-Steven, GH et al) will have more to celebrate this fall. The duo, already grandparents to Woods, 9 months, via daughter Emily and her husband Nate, and Law, 7 months, via son, Larry and his wife, Olivia, have another grandchild on the way. Emily is expecting baby No. 2 in October. She posted today on Instagram, noting, “Bumpdate: GENDER REVEAL IS THIS SATURDAY,” along with this photo. Congratulations to the happy family!

Hallmark Announces 'The Wedding Veil' Movie Trilogy, Starring Lacey Chabert, Alison Sweeney and Autumn Reeser

(4/27/21) (goodhousekeeping.com) Hallmark Channel celebrates love in all of its forms — the kind that you feel when you chase an adventure, the one that sweeps you off your feet (and into a handsome hunk's arms) and the ease you feel with your best friend by your side. Hallmark's all-new movie trilogy, The Wedding Veil, will capture all three.

The Wedding Veil trilogy, starring Lacey Chabert, Alison Sweeney and Autumn Reeser, will "follow three close but far-flung college friends who, during one of their annual trips together, discover an enchanted antique that changes each of their lives." Kevin McGarry, who plays Nathan on Hallmark's When Calls the Heart, is also set to appear in the movies, but it's unclear who he'll play — a love interest, perhaps?

As one of the reigning queens of Hallmark, Lacey tells Good Housekeeping in an exclusive statement that she is thrilled to take on the executive producer title while working with two other Hallmark leading ladies: "This project is, quite literally, a dream come true for me and one that I have been deeply invested in. Both Allison and Autumn are incredibly talented, smart and wonderful women and actors. I'm thrilled to be able to finally get to work with them and tell this very special story!"

corporate executive maggie young meets the man of her dreams in chef hank daniels when she makes a business deal with him to develop a line of gourmet frozen meals for her company however, she is forced to choose between the chef and her career when her ruthless boss puts the kibosh on the deal earlier than expected and the chef’s restaurant faces closure, despite maggie’s hard work to help revive it following the loss of its critical “star” photo autumn reeser credit ©2019 crown media united states llcphotographer allister fosteralex and drew investigate a self help retreat and the controversial life coach who oversees it photo alison sweeney credit ©2021 crown media united states llcphotographer pooya nabei

Hallmark Channel echoes Lacey's sentiment about the trilogy, saying that there's no "better way to celebrate female friendships" than with this all-star lineup.

"While our channel is associated with romance, a core tenet of the Hallmark brand is celebrating love in its many facets, including family bonds and enduring friendships. Our programming is reflecting that more and more. What better way to celebrate female friendships than to bring together three beloved actors from our network, Lacey Chabert, Alison Sweeney and Autumn Reeser," Michelle Vicary, EVP Programming at Crown Media Family Networks, writes in the movie's official announcement.

Production recently started on the first movie in the trilogy, also titled The Wedding Veil, which means we'll have to (patiently) wait until 2022 to see what Lacey, Alison and Autumn have in store for us. Until then, check out the book that inspired it all, Long, Tall Texan by Lori Wilde, which was initially published as There Goes the Bride: Wedding Veil Wishes Book 1. Keep in mind that the book's description sounds slightly different than the movie's. In the book, a Texas socialite accidentally kidnaps a recently divorced detective instead of her future husband just weeks before her wedding.

Dishing with Digest - 4/23/21 - Patrika Darbo

(4/23/21) (Listen / download) Patrika Darbo talks about her soap start as GH’s Sally, her experience as DAYS’s Nancy, appearing on Y&R, working on high-profile projects and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also talk about the latest cast changes.

‘Days Of Our Lives’: NBC In Talks For Season 57 Of Daytime Drama

(4/21/21) Days of Our Lives‘ renewals over the past several years have contained as much drama as the daytime staple itself. This year is not an exception.

Deadline has been monitoring the situation for several weeks. Negotiations between NBC and Sony Pictures Television have been ongoing. The two sides are not commenting but, according to sources, there hasn’t been any cause for alarm and insiders have been optimistic that Days of Our Lives will be renewed for a record 57th season.

Days of Our Lives is produced by Corday Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television. In anticipation of a renewal, the producers have been making if-come deals with key cast members in the past few weeks — another indication that the intention is for the long-running soap to continue.

Renewal negotiations for Days of Our Lives have taken months in each of the past couple of years, which again is the case in 2021. It often has come down to distributor Sony Pictures TV finding ways to adjust the show’s business model, including international sales, so it can continue to make the show without going in the red. Because of Days of Our Lives‘ age and declining linear ratings in all day parts, including daytime, the show no longer is profitable for Sony TV, but there has been a commitment by the studio and the network to find a way to keep the show on the air.

As reported online over the weekend and confirmed this morning by TVLine, production on Season 56 wrapped April 16, with the show going on hiatus while awaiting word on renewal. That is not unusual for Days, which tapes well in advance. It allowed the show to remain in originals throughout the coronavirus-related production shutdown last year.

Set in the fictitious Midwestern town of Salem, Days of Our Lives airs nationally on NBC in the U.S. and in more than 25 other countries. The core families are the Bradys, Hortons and DiMeras, and the multi-layered storylines involve elements of romance, adventure, mystery, comedy and drama.

Season 56 marked the departures of Kristian Alfonso, Greg Vaughan and the return of Alison Sweeney.

Jeffrey Vincent Parise Teases His New Movie Role in The In Between!

(4/20/21) (soapsindepth.com) Get ready to see GENERAL HOSPITAL alum Jeffrey Vincent Parise (ex-Carlos) in a new role! The actor announced that he has a part in the upcoming Paramount+ movie The In Between! “Just wrapped my part on The In Between, a new film directed by Arie Posin and starring the insanely talented Joey King and the wickedly witty Kyle Allen. It’s gonna be a good one!”

The In Between stars King — younger sister of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Hunter King (Summer) — as a young woman who survives a car accident that took the life of her boyfriend, played by Allen. Following the crash, she begins to believe that her beau is attempting to reconnect with her from the other side. Parise didn’t reveal what kind of character he was playing in the film, so that’s still a bit of a mystery at this time.

Parise is no stranger to spooky supernatural tales, having played the demon Asmodeus in multiple episodes of The CW series SUPERNATURAL and appearing in shows like THE MAGICIANS and iZOMBIE. The actor returned to daytime in 2019 to play the villainous Simon Black on Y&R, but has found great success in primetime and on the big screen with roles in shows like THE DETOUR, 13 REASONS WHY, and MAD MEN as well as films like The Love Witch and The Outer Wild.

George Clooney, Noah Wyle, Julianna Margulies & Anthony Edwards Join ‘ER’ Cast Reunion For ‘Stars In The House’

(4/14/21) George Clooney, Noah Wyle, Julianna Margulies and Anthony Edwards will reunite with other cast members of NBC’s classic hospital drama ER for a special Earth Day episode of Stars in the House, the YouTube series benefitting The Actors Fund.

The ER reunion episode is set for Thursday, April 22 at 8pm ET.

The episode, another in the series’ popular TV cast reunions, will benefit Waterkeeper Alliance, the global clean water nonprofit. The idea for the benefit reunion came from actress Gloria Reuben, who portrayed ER‘s physician assistant Jeanie Boulet and now serves as the President of Waterkeeper Alliance.

Also joining the virtual reunion: Laura Innes (who played Kerry Weaver), Alex Kingston (Elizabeth Corday), Goran Visnjic (Luka Kovac), Paul McCrane (Robert Romano), Ming-Na Wen (Jing-Mei Chen), Laura Cerón (Chuny Marquez), Yvette Freeman (Haleh Adams), Conni Marie Brazelton (Connie Oligario), and CCH Pounder (Angela Hicks).

ER, which ran on NBC from 1994-2009, was a cornerstone of the network’s Must See TV Thursday night programming, scored 22 Emmy Awards out of 124 nominations and launched the careers of Clooney, Wyle, Margulies, Visnjic and others.

Stars in the House, created and hosted by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, has raised more than $823,630 to benefit The Actors Fund’ Covid relief efforts, and over $203,337 for other charities, since its first show following the Broadway pandemic shutdown in March 2020.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be reuniting with my ER family for a cause that is so close to my heart, and so grateful to Seth and James for allowing us to use their incredible platform to do so,” said Reuben. “I’ve been involved with Waterkeeper Alliance for fifteen years, representing over 350 community-based Waterkeepers around the globe, and the work that they do is beyond comparison. We must continue to fight for clean water not just on Earth Day, but all year round!”

The ER reunion episode will stream exclusively on People’s social platforms Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, as well as on PeopleTV’s Facebook and Twitter, and on the Stars In The House YouTube channel and StarsInTheHouse.com. Viewers will be able to ask questions live, and donate to Waterkeeper Alliance.

Recent Stars in the House TV reunion episodes have brought together the casts of The West Wing, Grey’s Anatomy, Thirtysomething, Little House On The Prairie, The Waltons and many others. The series also reunites film and Broadway casts.

Video: Guiding Light Reunion - John Bolger, Kassie DePaiva and Jamie Goodwin

(4/8/21) (Video) John Bolger (Phillip Spaulding), Kassie DePaiva (Chelsea Reardon) and Jamie Goodwin (Johnny Bauer) joined the The Locher Room live on Thursday, April 8th. These three talented actors spent time working together in Springfield during the late 80's and will share memories about that special time.

James Hampton Dies: Writer, Director, And Bugler Hannibal Dobbs On ‘F Troop’ Was 84

(4/7/21) James Hampton (ex-Saul Taylor, Days), a veteran character actor best known as bumbling bugler Hannibal Shirley Dobbs on ’60s sitcom F Troop, died Wednesday at his home in Fort Worth, Texas, from Parkinson’s disease complications. He was 84 and his death was confirmed by TV biographer Randy West.

A character actor whose amiable appearance made him the quintessential sidekick, Hampton had a long career in film and television before retiring to his native Texas.

Beyond F Troop, he is best remembered for many key film roles, including appearances as “Caretaker” the manager of the prison football team in the Burt Reynolds prison film, The Longest Yard.

He also had supporting roles in the 1979 thriller The China Syndrome, the 1981 superhero comedy Condorman, the 1985 comedy, and Teen Wolf,. playing Harold Howard, father to Michael J. Fox’s title character. Hampton reprised the part in the 1987 follow-up with Jason Bateman, Teen Wolf Too, and the animated series spinoff. He was also in 1996’s Sling Blade as Jerry Woolridge.

Later in his career, Hampton wrote and directed several sitcoms, including the early 1990s series Evening Shade, which featured Burt Reynolds.

Hampton studied acting in New York, Los Angeles, and Texas and appeared off-Broadway in several productions. It was in one of those plays that he met Reynolds.

He appeared in the Oscar-nominated short film The Cliffdwellers, but began his TV career in 1962 as “Jeb” on TV’s long-running Gunsmoke. That led to F Troop in1965 where he memorably played P.F.C. Dobbs, the incompetent bugler and personal assistant to lead character Captain Parmenter (Ken Berry). Dobbs could only competantly play Yankee Doodle and Dixie on his bugle, bolloxing the standard Army fare.

Although the TV series lasted only from 1965-1967, it became a fan favorite in frequent reruns through the years.

Other TV roles included a recurring spot on The Doris Day Show as Leroy B. Simpson and appearances on Gomer Pyle USMC, and The Rockford Files.

He received a HALO award for his part in the film Hawmps! and a Golden Globe nomination for “Caretaker” in The Longest Yard.

In 1980, he starred alongside Gary Collins in the low-budget movie Hangar 18.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Deese, sons Jim and Frank and daughter Andrea, and three grandchildren

No details were immediately available on memorial plans. The family requests donations to the Michael J. Fox Foundation in lieu of flowers.

Ashley Benson To Produce & Star In Pandemic Slasher Film ‘18 & Over’

(4/7/21) Pretty Little Liars alum Ashley Benson will produce and star in 18 & Over, a pandemic-inspired slasher movie that she co-created with Jimmy Giannopolous and Diomedes Raul Bermudez. Also starring in the film are Jon Foster, Jake Weary, Sky Ferreira, Luis Guzman, Winnie Harlow, G Eazy, Duke Nicholson, A$AP Nast, John Robinson, Paris Hilton, and Pamela Anderson.

The pic hails from Hercules film fund and Rhea Films. Giannopolous directed the indie horror from a screenplay he co-wrote with Bermudez. Plot details are scare other than it takes place when quarantine leads to a night of terror. G Eazy composed the film’s score, marking the No Limit artist’s first-ever film score.

18 & Over marks Giannopolous’ sophomore feature following his debut Brooklyn mob thriller, The Birthday Cake, which also stars Benson.

“After deciding to shoot this film in the middle of the pandemic, we wanted to make something that would be fun but still a terrifying slasher for audiences during these tough times,” said Giannopolous. “A film relevant to today’s issues of a global pandemic, reality shows, isolation, Only Fans, and obsession.”

18 & Over producers are Purpose Film’s Bermudez and Artemis Picture’s Siena Oberman, Cassius Corrigan, and Benson. Jamin O’Brien serves as executive producer. Endeavor Content is handling worldwide sales.

Benson, who was last seen opposite Elisabeth Moss in the TIFF drama Her Smell, is repped by ICM and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller.

‘Queen Sugar’ Adds Tammy Townsend As Series Regular; Trio Tapped To Recur, Nine Directors Set For Season 6 Of OWN Drama

(4/6/21) Tammy Townsend (K.C. Undercover) has been tapped as a new series regular on the upcoming sixth season of Ava DuVernay’s drama Queen Sugar, which is currently in production in New Orleans.

Paula Jai Parker (The Wayans Bros.), Marquis Rodriguez (When They See Us) and McKinley Freeman (Titans) have joined the OWN series as recurring, while Lisa France, Bertha Bay-Sa Pan, Carmen Marrón, Cierra Glaude, Keisha Rae Witherspoon, Marie Jamora, Shari L. Carpenter, Shaz Bennett and Stephanie Turner will all have their turn as helmers for Season 6, which is set to premiere later in the fall. The addition of the nine directors continues DuVernay’s commitment to hiring an entirely woman-led directing team for the show. The latest addition brings the series’ total women director count to 42 filmmakers, 39 of whom are first-time television directors.

Set in rural Louisiana and the fictional community of St. Josephine, the Anthony Sparks-showrun Queen Sugar focuses on the trio of Bordelon siblings, played by Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Rutina Wesley and Kofi Siriboe, and their extended family.

The drama will see Townsend in the series regular role as Billie, the daughter of beloved Bordelon family friend Prosper Denton (Henry G. Sanders), who returns to St. Josephine for the first time in 20 years to care for her ailing father.

Parker will play the recurring role of Celine, a single mother whom Aunt Violet takes under her wing as Celine works to establish a life in St. Josephine with her 10-year-old son.

Also joining as recurring characters are Marquis Rodriguez and McKinley Freeman. Rodriguez will play Isaiah, a college student wise beyond his years who befriends Micah West. Freeman takes on Dominic, a cultural anthropologist who captures the attention of Nova Bordelon (Wesley).

Bertha Bay-Sa Pan, Keisha Rae Witherspoon, Marie Jamora, Shari L. Carpenter and Stephanie Turner

Queen Sugar, created by DuVernay, airs Tuesday nights on OWN. The drama is produced for OWN by ARRAY Filmworks and Harpo Films in association with Warner Bros. Television. The season five executive producers are Ava DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey, Paul Garnes and Anthony Sparks. The series is based on the book by Natalie Baszile.

Star Trek: Picard: John de Lancie to Return as TNG Villain Q in Season 2

(4/5/21) Jean-Luc Picard is about to get reacQuainted with his greatest adversary. (No, that’s not a typo.)

John de Lancie will reprise his role as Next Generation trickster god Q on Season 2 of Star Trek: Picard, Paramount+ announced on Monday. The announcement was part of Star Trek‘s “First Contact Day” series of events; de Lancie also appeared on the Picard virtual panel to confirm the news. Production on Season 2 of Picard is already underway, with a premiere set for 2022 on Paramount+.

The streamer also released a teaser for the new season, with Picard narrating a tour of his French wine chateau and saying “the true final frontier is time.” We see shots of Milton’s Paradise Lost and a model of Picard’s old ship the Stargazer before the camera settles on a playing card — the Queen of Hearts — which burns up until only the “Q” remains. Then we hear Q’s taunting voice reminding us that “the trial never ends” before he cackles with glee. de Lancie originated the role of Q — an omnipotent, shape-shifting creature who delighted in annoying and testing Picard — in the Next Generation pilot “Encounter at Farpoint” and reappeared seven more times, including in the TNG series finale. He later reprised the role on Deep Space Nine and Voyager. de Lancie’s other TV credits include Breaking Bad, Charmed and Days of Our Lives.

Guiding Light Reunion Chat - 4/8/21 John Bolger, Kassie DePaiva and Jamie Goodwin

(4/1/21) (Video) Join John Bolger (Phillip Spaulding), Kassie DePaiva (Chelsea Reardon) and Jamie Goodwin (Johnny Bauer) live in The Locher Room on Thursday, April 8th at 3 p.m. EST. These three talented actors spent time working together in Springfield during the late 80's and will share memories about that special time.

Daytime Emmys: CBS & NATAS Ink Two-Year Broadcast Deal For Awards Show

(4/1/21) And the Daytime Emmys go to … CBS. The network and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences said today that they have inked a two-year deal for CBS to air the awards show.

With CBS also set to television the Primetime Emmys this year, it will mark the first time since 2008 that one network will broadcast both trophy shows in the same year. CBS, which will televise this year’s Daytime Emmys for a 15th time — more than any other network — most recently aired both in 2005.

The net and NATAS said additional information about the 48th annual Daytime Emmy Awards broadcast, set for June 25, will be announced in the coming months.

The 2021 Daytime Emmys is produced by NATAS and Associated Television International, which produced the ceremony from 2009-11 and again last year. Adam Sharp and Steve Ulrich are executive producers for NATAS, while David McKenzie is executive producer and director for ATI.

CBS also aired the 2020 Daytime Emmys, which were handed out virtually after the in-person ceremony was scrapped as the coronavirus pandemic took hold. The then-co-hosts of The Talk — Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood, Eve, Carrie Ann Inaba and Marie Osmond — hosted the ceremony.

Before the Daytime Emmys’ return to CBS last year, the ceremony had been streaming on online platforms since 2015, when it aired on Pop TV.

NATAS and the Television Academy said in November that the children’s programming categories are moving from the Primetime ceremony to the Daytime Emmys for 2021.

Matt Cedeño guests on Mom 4/15/21

(3/29/21) “Endorphins and a Toasty Tushy” – Bonnie struggles with her own self-worth after Tammy finds success. Also, Jill’s new hobby leads to an unexpected revelation, on MOM, Thursday, April 15 (9:01-9:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

GUEST CAST: Will Sasso (Andy), Matt Cedeño (Vincent), Galen Hooks (Melinda).

DAYS's Miller Welcomes A Baby Girl

(3/29/21) Marci Miller (Abigail, DAYS) and her husband, Ryan, became first-time parents on March 13. The actress, who never publicly announced her pregnancy, gave birth to Willett, who weighed in at 6lb 10 oz, in Denver, CO. The actress posted the following I. Instagram: “And just like that, we see in colors that we never knew existed. Willett (Willie) James Matteson interrupted her parents’ game of blackjack at a mountain casino to be born March 13th in the midst of a blizzard. She has us over the moon. @kalecabdeliversbrah,” on Instagram, along with photos of the happy family, which can be seen here. Ryan posted more photos here. Congratulations!

Michael Lowry Joins the Cast of DAYS OF OUR LIVES!

(3/26/21) There’s a new doctor checking into DAYS OF OUR LIVES! On the heels of the news that Heather Lindell will be back in action as Jan starting next week comes word that soap hopper Michael Lowry has been tapped to play the role of Dr. Snyder.

According to Soap Opera Digest, Lowry’s new character will interact with Jan, Belle, and Shawn… but how? During Lindell’s last appearance on DAYS as Shawn’s nutty ex back in November, Jan managed to prevent the love of her life from remarrying Belle by taking the bride-to-be hostage. But she didn’t stop there. The troubled woman forced Shawn to marry her instead, with Marlena presiding! When Shawn refused to kiss his bride, Jan claimed that she’d shot and killed Belle, leading John to snap and choke her unconscious! The character has been in a coma ever since, and since Jan had never actually applied for a marriage license, Shawn was free to reunite with Belle, who had somehow ended up in Philip’s bed that night!

Jan’s name has been dropped here and there in recent weeks, and it’s a safe bet to say that she’s going to have an axe to grind with the Brady and Black families once she awakens from her latest coma! Might Dr. Snyder be another pawn in Jan’s plans to claim Shawn for herself?

As for Lowry, DAYS marks the actor’s fifth soap opera. He’s best known for playing Jake Martin on ALL MY CHILDREN from 1996-2001, and he’s also had stints as Les Sweeney on AS THE WORLD TURNS from 2004-’05, Dr. Hillman on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL in 2006, and Ross Rayburn on ONE LIFE TO LIVE from 2009-’10.

Stay tuned to see what havoc Jan will unleash on Shawn and Belle this time around, and look for Lowry’s DAYS debut on Friday, April 2.

When Women Invented Television by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

(3/23/21) When Women Invented Television: The Untold Story of the Female Powerhouses Who Pioneered the Way We Watch Today by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong (Author)

This non-fiction book is released March 23, it’s about four female television pioneers including Irna Phillips (creator/writer GL, ATWT, AW, Days, etc.) and Betty White (Ann, B&B).

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Must-Read Book of March —Entertainment Weekly
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“Leaps at the throat of television history and takes down the patriarchy with its fervent, inspired prose. When Women Invented Television offers proof that what we watch is a reflection of who we are as a people.” —Nathalia Holt, New York Times bestselling author of Rise of the Rocket Girls

New York Times bestselling author of Seinfeldia Jennifer Keishin Armstrong tells the little-known story of four trailblazing women in the early days of television who laid the foundation of the industry we know today.

It was the Golden Age of Radio and powerful men were making millions in advertising dollars reaching thousands of listeners every day. When television arrived, few radio moguls were interested in the upstart industry and its tiny production budgets, and expensive television sets were out of reach for most families. But four women—each an independent visionary— saw an opportunity and carved their own paths, and in so doing invented the way we watch tv today.

Irna Phillips turned real-life tragedy into daytime serials featuring female dominated casts. Gertrude Berg turned her radio show into a Jewish family comedy that spawned a play, a musical, an advice column, a line of house dresses, and other products. Hazel Scott, already a renowned musician, was the first African American to host a national evening variety program. Betty White became a daytime talk show fan favorite and one of the first women to produce, write, and star in her own show.

Together, their stories chronicle a forgotten chapter in the history of television and popular culture.

But as the medium became more popular—and lucrative—in the wake of World War II, the House Un-American Activities Committee arose to threaten entertainers, blacklisting many as communist sympathizers. As politics, sexism, racism, anti-Semitism, and money collided, the women who invented television found themselves fighting from the margins, as men took control. But these women were true survivors who never gave up—and thus their legacies remain with us in our television-dominated era. It's time we reclaimed their forgotten histories and the work they did to pioneer the medium that now rules our lives.

This amazing and heartbreaking history, illustrated with photos, tells it all for the first time.

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Head Writer: Ron Carlivati Writers: Lorraine Broderick, Joanna Cohen, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon, David Kreizman, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Katherine D. Schock, Elizabeth Snyder; NBC

‘L Word: Generation Q’ Season 2 at Showtime Casts ‘Candyman’ Star Vanessa Williams

(3/19/21) “The L Word: Generation Q” at Showtime has added Vanessa Williams in a recurring role for Season 2, Variety has learned exclusively.

The new iteration of the series follows the intermingled lives of Bette Porter (Jennifer Beals), Shane McCutcheon (Katherine Moennig) and Alice Pieszecki (Leisha Hailey) from the original “The L Word” drama series that aired from 2004 to 2009. Williams will recur as Pippa Pascal, described as an incendiary artist who’s been out of the public eye for almost 20 years — until Bette becomes determined to track her down.

Additional cast members for “Generation Q” include Arienne Mandi, Leo Sheng, Jacqueline Toboni, Rosanny Zayas, and Sepideh Moafi. It was also previously announced that Rosie O’Donnell, Donald Faison, and Griffin Dunne will guest star in multiple episodes of the second season. It is expected to debut on Showtime later this year.

Williams will next be seen in the Jordan Peele followup to the horror classic “Candyman,” in which she will reprise her role from the original 1992 film. She wrapped on BET’s “A Rich Christmas” back in December. Williams has also appeared in almost 100 episodes of “Days of Our Lives” to date, and is known for her roles in shows such as “The Flash,” “Soul Food,” and “Melrose Place.”

She is repped by A3 Artists Agency.

“The L Word: Generation Q” is executive produced by showrunner Marja-Lewis Ryan, as well as series creator Ilene Chaiken, Kristen Campo, Allyce Ozarski, and original series stars Beals, Moennig and Hailey. Steph Green executive produced and directed the pilot episode.

William Baldwin & Patrick Muldoon Join Abbie Cornish & Lola Sultan In ‘Dakota’, Italy Shoot This Month

(3/19/21) William Baldwin (Backdraft) and Patrick Muldoon (Days Of Our Lives) have signed on to star in the family adventure film Dakota, alongside previously announced Abbie Cornish and Lola Sultan.

The film centers on Kate (Cornish), a widow who lost her husband in the war in Afghanistan and is struggling to maintain her small-town farm with her daughter (Sultan) while also running the local volunteer fire department. Muldoon will play the local sheriff keen to take advantage of the family, and Baldwin will play a former U.S. Marine.

Filming is due to begin later this month in Italy. Dakota is being directed by Kirk Harris for Iervolino Entertainment. Andrea Iervolino, Monika Bacardi, Danielle Maloni and Marty Poole are producing. Johnny Harrington (I Still Know What You Did Last Summer) wrote the screenplay.

Baldwin is represented by Innovative Artists and Stride Management. Muldoon is repped by Mosaic.

‘Chicago’ Franchise Adds Hanako Greensmith & Margaret Colin As Recurring, Three More Cast

(3/19/21) Dick Wolf’s Chicago franchise is building out its cast. Margaret Colin (Veep, Gossip Girl) is joining NBC’s Chicago Med in a recurring role opposite Torrey DeVitto, and Hanako Greensmith will return to Chicago Fire, recurring as paramedic Violet Mikami.

Colin will play Dr. Manning’s (DeVitto) mother. Greensmith’s Violet Mikami had a previous relationship with Gallo (Alberto Rosende) that may or may not continue.

Also joining in guest roles are Jack Coleman (Dynasty) on Chicago P.D., and Charlie Farrell (American Horror Story, Christmas Again) and Benny Mora (S.H.A.R.P., Neighborhood Buzz) on Chicago Med. All will appear in the series’ current seasons.

Coleman returns to Chicago P.D. as “Disco Bob” Ruzek, Adam Ruzek’s (Patrick Flueger) father. Farrell joins Chicago Med as Mark Barragan, the executive in charge of Dr. Halstead’s (Nick Gehlfuss) drug trial. Mora plays Mike, a blue-collar truck driver in his 30s whose ex-wife brings their baby to the ER.

Chicago Med, in its sixth season, Chicago Fire, in its ninth season, and Chicago P.D. in its eighth season, continue to draw strong ratings for NBC. In Live+7, they are the top three dramas on every Wednesday night of originals in the 2020-21 season-to-date.

Chicago Med airs Wednesdays at 8 pm ET/PT on NBC, followed by Chicago Fire at 9 pm ET/PT and Chicago P.D. at 10 pm ET/PT. All three are produced by Wolf Entertainment in association with Universal Television, a division of the Universal Studio Group.

Chicago Med‘s executive producers are Dick Wolf, Diane Frolov, Andrew Schneider, Michael Pressman, Stephen Hootstein, Derek Haas, Arthur W. Forney and Peter Jankowski.

Chicago Fire is executive produced by Dick Wolf, Derek Haas, Todd Arnow, Andrea Newman, Michael Gilvary, Michael Brandt, Reza Tabrizi, Arthur W. Forney, Peter Jankowski.

Chicago P.D.‘s executive producers are Dick Wolf, Rick Eid, Derek Haas, Peter Jankowski, Arthur W. Forney and Peter Jankowski.

Colin is repped by Innovative Artists and Framework Entertainment. Greensmith is repped by Nicolosi & Co., Inc. Coleman is repped by Susan Calogerakis and Domain Talent Agency. Farrell is repped by Grossman and Jack Talent (Chicago), JS Represents (LA). Mora is repped by Gray Talent Group.

Dishing with Digest - 3/19/21 - Lindsay Arnold And Lucas Adams

(3/19/20) (Listen / download) DAYS’s Lindsay Arnold (Allie) and Lucas Adams (Tripp) discuss the past year of emotional storytelling, what it’s like to work with a fake baby, whether “Tally” has a future and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss the new Lifetime movies starring soap faves.

Linsey Godfrey Announces Exit From DAYS

(3/16/21) Linsey Godfrey (Sarah, DAYS) announced her exit from the show this afternoon, thanking the cast and crew. The actress, who joined the NBC soap in 2018 after a six-year run as B&B’s Caroline, tweeted the news, posting, “It’s truly been a pleasure. A massive thank you to @nbcdays for the opportunity to play Sarah & all 86 of her hairstyles. Thank you to casting, production and the crew! Also thank you to the amazing cast I got to work with! I have made some lifelong friends that I cherish.” Her final airdates will be on March 22 and 29.

Video Chat: Rebecca Gayheart, Sharon Leal and Yvonna Kopacz Wright

(3/11/20) (Video) Actresses, moms and real-life girlfriends Rebecca Gayheart, Sharon Leal and Yvonna Kopacz-Wright will come together in The Locher Room on Thursday, March 11th at 3 p.m. EST to help raise money and awareness for Los Angeles based Chrysalis: A non-profit organization Changing Lives Through Jobs. This trio of ladies have been good friends for over two decades and will come together to discuss their friendship, motherhood, their careers and help raise money for this homeless organization. www.changelives.org/

Chrishell Stause's ‘Selling Sunset’ Renewed At Netflix

(3/10/21) Netflix is doubling down on docusoaps.

The streamer has renewed Selling Sunset and Bling Empire and ordered two new reality shows from their exec producers.

Selling Sunset, one of the streamer’s first forays into the genre, has received a two season renewal, taking it through season five.

The series, set in the world of high-end real estate in LA, follows realtors from The Oppenheim Group. The cast including Jason and Brett Oppenheim, Chrishell Stause, Christine Quinn, Mary Fitzgerald, Romain Bonnet, Heather Rae Young, Amanza Smith, Maya Vander, and Davina Potratz are all returning. Adam DiVello is exec producer of the show, which is produced by Done and Done Productions and Lionsgate.

The Hills creator Adam DiVello has also secured a new show through his production company Done and Done. The untitled series is also set in the world of realty, this time along the Florida coast. It follows Allure Realty, owned by military vet Sharelle Rosado, an all Black, all female real estate firm has its eyes set on dominating the Suncoast. These ladies are equally as fun as they are fiercely ambitious, with all of them vying to be on top of the lavish world of luxury waterfront real estate. Sharelle has big plans for her brokerage and won’t let anyone or anything get in the way of making her dreams a reality.

Meanwhile, Bling Empire, a reality series that follows a wildly wealthy group of Asian and Asian-American friends and frenemies in Los Angeles, has been renewed for a second season. The eight-part series, which follows this group as they spend their days and nights at fabulous parties and expensive shopping sprees, while also running multi-billion dollar businesses and traveling the world, as well as keeping and spilling secrets, launched earlier this year and has already made reality stars of the likes of Christine Chiu, Kane Lim, Kelly Mi Li and Kevin Kreider.

The show is produced by Jeff Jenkins Productions, run by the Keeping Up With The Kardashians exec producer, in association with 3BMG. Jenkins, Ross Weintraub, and Reinout Oerlemans exec produce with Brandon Panaligan as showrunner.

Jenkins is also making My Unorthodox Life for Netflix. The series centers around the personal and professional life of fashion mogul Julia Haart – former member of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community turned CEO of Elite World Group. Since taking the reins of a global talent empire, Haart has been on a mission to revolutionize the industry from the inside out – all while being a mother of four. Her children include a TikToker, an app designer, a lawyer, and a high schooler torn between two conflicting cultures, and Haart helps them reconcile their orthodox upbringings with the modern world.

Jenkins, Weintraub, Oerlemans, and Haart exec produce with Real Housewives exec producer Lenid Rolov set as showrunner. Jeff Jenkins Productions produces in association with 3BMG and it will premiere later this year.

Netflix VP Brandon Riegg, who oversees unscripted for the streamer, said, “In my eyes, unscripted TV is one of the most broad and diverse categories of entertainment. There are competition shows to be named the best singer or the worst baker. There are dating shows to find the one, or $100,000. There are home design shows to spark inspiration (and even joy!). And there are programs that follow real people going about their real lives, among many others.

“That last style is called a docusoap. These shows follow a person or group of people, like family, friends, or coworkers, going about their real, everyday lives. They can offer a fun, light-hearted escape, or inspire a juicy, heated debate. They can provide a glimpse into a world different from our own, or even show a new side of our own circles. And yes, they’re usually filled with more feuds, tears and tense dinner parties than our regular lives.”

DAYS’s Godfrey Opens Up About Mental Health Struggle

(3/9/21) Linsey Godfrey (Sarah, DAYS) opened about her mental health struggles on Instagram, posting a video detailing her diagnosis. She is borderpolar, which means she is bipolar and has borderline personality disorder. “I’m genuinely terrified to speak publicly about this but I think it’s more important than my fears to talk about it. Mental health issues are so much more common than we realize,” she said in the video. “There is such a terrible stigma around those of us that may deal with mental health disorders. We aren’t broken, we aren’t unhinged, our brains just work differently. We aren’t any less deserving of love. We aren’t any less capable of being anything that a person without these or any other disorders can be. It’s time to destigmatize mental health and stop dehumanizing mental health sufferers. You’re not alone. I’m here. ??,” To watch the video, click here.

Kyle Lowder Previews His Return to DAYS OF OUR LIVES

(3/9/21) (soapsindepth.com) Rex is coming back to DAYS OF OUR LIVES this week and on March 6, actor Kyle Lowder thanked fans for their support as he reprises the role once again. “I was just gonna do like, a post, on Instagram but I decided a video is so much better,” he explained in a selfie video shot in his home. “Because I just want to thank you all like this for blowing up my phone today. For all of your kind, loving, supportive messages with regards to Rex returning to DAYS… next week!

“So thank you all so much,” Lowder continued. “for like I said, the love, the support, the… kindness that you guys have shown me today. And all the time for that matter. I don’t get to do what I love to do for a living without all of you. So tune in to DAYS starting next week, Rex will be back. I think you’re gonna like it.” The actor closed out the video by panning over to the spectacular sunset outside his window before signing off. Check it out: Video.

Lowder originally starred on DAYS as Brady Black from 2000-05, and then played a recast of Rick Forrester on CBS sudser THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL from 2007-11. When he returned to DAYS in 2018, the role of Brady had been taken over by Eric Martsolf in 2008, so he was cast as the new Rex Brady, previously played by Eric Winter from 2002-05. Yes, it’s all very confusing!

‘Queen Of The South’: USA Network Drama To End With Fifth Season

(3/8/21) (Video) The Queen of the South is done playing games.

The USA Network drama is ending with its upcoming fifth season, which will mark the end of the NBCU cable net’s long-running scripted series.

Production on Season 5 of the show, which was renewed back in August 2019, was suspended in March 2020 due to the Covid pandemic and started up again last fall in New Orleans. The 10-episode season – the previous four had 13 each — will premiere at 10 p.m. Wednesday, April 7.

“We could not be prouder of our entire cast and crew that joined us on this magnificent journey,” said executive producers Dailyn Rodriguez, Ben Lobato and David Friendly. “Queen of the South began shooting in Mexico City, brought us to faraway places like Malta and Colombia and finally landed in New Orleans. We cannot wait to share the explosive final season with our devoted fans. And, of course, we could not have made this show without the talented and tireless Alice Braga, who brought our queen to life.”

Braga plays Teresa Mendoza, a woman who is forced to run from the Mexican cartel and seek refuge in America. Queen of the South follows her eventual rise to power over her own drug-trafficking empire.

Season 5 will see Molly Burnett, who plays Kelly Anne, a member of Mendoza’s cartel, upped to series regular, with Pasha Lychnikoff joining in a recurring role as an underworld oligarch and war criminal.

Queen of the South is based on Arturo Pérez-Reverte’s novel La Reina del Sur, which was a popular series for NBCU-owned Spanish-language network. It is produced by 20th Television and UCP with Friendly, Rodriguez and Lobato as EPs.

It leaves The Sinner, which was renewed for a fourth season last summer, as USA Network’s only current scripted series as part of the network’s move away from ongoing scripted series toward more live and unscripted programming and “eventized” scripted projects such as anthology series.

“For five incredible seasons, Queen of the South has captivated us with brilliant storytelling and bold, powerful characters,” added Frances Berwick, Chairman, Entertainment Networks. “This series broke boundaries for the genre, and we are so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with this incredible team of creators, cast and crew along with our studio partners at 20th Television and UCP. As we close this final chapter, we look forward to a great season culminating in a finale that will give our fans the ending they deserve.”

Cady McClain, Olivia d’Abo & director Julia Verdin Virtual Interview

(3/6/21) The Locher Room will host a chat with Cady McClain (ex-Jennifer, DAYS/ex-Dixie, AMC/ex-Kelly, Y&R/ex-Roseanna, ATWT) on the YouTube show. The actress will discuss the film she produced, Angie: Lost Girls, along with actress Olivia d’Abo and director Julia Verdin. The live interview will take place on Friday, March 12 at 3 p.m. (Watch here)

Ray Wise guests on All Rise 3/15/21

(3/5/21) “Georgia” – Emily and Mark face off in court in a compelling jewelry store robbery case that puts the entire concept of eyewitnesses on trial. Also, still struggling with financial woes at Audubon & Associates, Amy brings in a potential client who happens to be an old friend of Mark’s father, on ALL RISE, Monday, March 15 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.

GUEST CAST includes: Amy Acker (Georgia Knight), Ray Wise (Richard Walker)

‘The Woman In The House’: Mary Holland, Shelley Hennig, Christina Anthony Among Six Cast In Netflix Series

(3/2/21) Mary Holland (Happiest Season), Shelley Hennig (Dollface), Christina Anthony (Mixed-ish), Samsara Yett (The Flight Attendant), Cameron Britton (Mindhunter) and Benjamin Levy Aguilar (Filthy Rich) have been cast opposite Kristen Bell and Tom Riley in Netflix’s eight-episode limited series The Woman in the House, from Gloria Sanchez Productions (Dead To Me, Hustlers).

Created by Rachel Ramras, Hugh Davidson and Larry Dorf, who also serve as co-showrunners, The Woman In The House centers around heartbroken Anna (Bell), for whom every day is the same. She sits with her wine, staring out the window, watching life go by without her. But when a handsome neighbor moves in across the street, Anna starts to see a light at the end of the tunnel. That is until she witnesses a gruesome murder… Or did she?

Holland plays Sloane, a local art gallery owner and Anna’s loyal best friend. Dry-witted and not one to mince words, she steadfastly encourages Anna to put her life back together.

Hennig portrays Lisa, who is sweet and sexy, but is there more than meets the eye beneath her seemingly shallow surface? Anna certainly thinks so.

Anthony is Detective Lane, smart and no-nonsense. At first dismissive of Anna, she gradually becomes determined to get to the bottom of it all.

Yett plays Emma, Neil’s (Riley) adorable 9-year-old daughter. Anna is instantly drawn to this sweet little girl who reminds her of her own daughter.

Britton portrays Buell, Anna’s sweet, simple-minded handyman. Always accommodating , always polite and always around.

Aguilar plays Rex, who may not be the brightest bulb in the chandelier, but he’s definitely the hottest and hard for women to resist.

Bell executive produces, along with Will Ferrell, Jessica Elbaum and Brittney Segal for Gloria Sanchez Productions. Marti Noxon serves as a creative consultant on the series.

Holland is repped by ICM Partners, Atlas Artists and Ziffren Brittenham. Hennig is repped by APA, Alchemy Entertainment and Goodman Genow Schenkman Smelkinson & Christopher. Anthony is repped by Innovative Artists and Marsh Entertainment. Yett is repped by Paradigm and Marilyn Zitner Management. Britton is repped by UTA, Velocity Entertainment Partners and Jackoway Austen Tyerman. Aguilar is repped by Innovative Artists, Thirty Three Management and Bloom Hergott Diemer.

Chrishell Stause accuses Keo Motsepe of ‘playing the victim’ after breakup

(2/27/21) Chrishell Stause is calling ex Keo Motsepe out for “playing the victim” in their recent split.

On Friday, People magazine posted that a source close to Motsepe, 31, said he’s heartbroken following his short-lived relationship with Stause, 39.

“He enjoyed his time with Chrishell and was 100 percent in it,” the source told the outlet, adding, “He’s had a tough time with his mom’s passing, but he really wanted to make his relationship with Chrishell last.”

Posting a screenshot of the article, Stause hit back, “Ok I TRULY wanted to keep this drama free, but playing the victim and bringing your mom into it is a step too far for me. I was also 100% in it as well, until revelations told to me recently have made me question if you could even order a coffee without lying.”

She also posted a link to an article titled, “Liar, Liar: How to Break Free from Habitual Lying.”

When a fan pointed out that it was a source quote and not an official comment from Motsepe, Stause responded, “I gathered all the facts before I posted. Don’t worry. I know exactly where it came from.”

Another commenter told her it’s best to ignore it because her response comes off as “childish.”

“Yes I am aware,” she replied. “If I end up alone with cats-it was worth it. But I am also human and not a robot. When you are the ass in the breakup & then the other person tries to let you save face and take the high road publicly….probably best not to poke a bear holding receipts.”

She then vowed to be a better person tomorrow. “Today wasn’t the day,” she concluded.

The “Selling Sunset” star first met the dance pro while she was competing on “Dancing with the Stars” in 2020. The couple went Instagram-official in December and were soon spotted jetting off to Mexico for a romantic getaway.

“He’s the best,” she gushed on Nick Viall’s podcast of Motsepe in December. “Soon after we made it official, we went ahead and shared it. I’m so blushing right now.”

They were together for nearly three months before their breakup.

A rep for Motsepe did not immediately return our request for comment.

Chrishell Stause Splits with Keo

(2/26/21) Chrishell Stause is single, like really single ... cuz just around the time her divorce from Justin Hartley was finalized, her relationship with her new boyfriend also came to an end.

Sources close to the former couple tell TMZ ... the "Selling Sunset" star and Keo Motsepe came to a mutual decision to end their relationship after about 3 months of dating.

Our sources say Chrisell's relationship with the 'DWTS' star had simply run its course. They started dating back in December 2020, so it was short and sweet.

We got Chrishell and her "Selling Sunset" co-star, Mary Fitzgerald, Wednesday afternoon at The Butcher, The Baker, The Cappuccino Maker in West Hollywood ... and Chrishell was reluctant to say much of anything about Keo. Now it makes sense, they were on the outs.

TMZ broke the story ... Chrishell and Justin finalized their divorce Monday, so it's been an eventful week for her.

Justin's still going strong with his girlfriend, Sofia Pernas, but now Chrishell is flying solo.

Dishing with Digest - 2/26/21 - Mike Manning

(2/26/21) (Listen/download) As Charlie’s death kicks off a major DAYS mystery, Mike Manning shares his journey from THE REAL WORLD to Salem, and reflects on his doomed character with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss stellar soap Whodunits and preview Jackée Harry’s DAYS entrance.

Jackée Harry Previews Her Debut on DAYS OF OUR LIVES

(2/25/21) (soapsindepth.com) (Video) Get ready, because Jackée Harry joins the cast of DAYS OF OUR LIVES as Paulina Price on Monday, March 1! “I’ve got three good reasons why you should watch me on DAYS,” the actress declared in a promo video for the NBC soap. “I’m bold, I’m fabulous, and you know I’m gonna stir up trouble! Ooh, let’s do this!”

Harry got her start in daytime playing Lily on ANOTHER WORLD and hit the big time with her scene-stealing role as Sandra on the hit sitcom 227 in the ‘80s. When it was first announced that the actress would be joining the cast of DAYS back in December 2020, details were still being kept under wraps, but now we know that she’ll be playing Lani’s aunt, who is a real estate mogul from Miami.

“Paulina has plenty of money and she lives in Miami,” Harry told Entertainment Weekly. “She’s scandalous. I mean, you gotta be scandalous on DAYS OF OUR LIVES — you need murder, scandal, and divorce! You also need secrets. And she has plenty. Secrets that’ll be exposed later.”

While Harry admitted that the handsome Lamon Archey (Eli) naturally caught her eye, she was also thrilled to be working with daytime vet James Reynolds (Abe). “God, I love Jim Renolds,” she enthused. “He’s really the reason we’re there. He’s been on the show for 40 years. He is a leader, which he shows by his actions and his words. Working with him put me immediately into focus. He was so accepting! And you know Paulina wants to jump him! And he’s already jumped nearly everybody. I didn’t know he had that many babies. They had to break it down for me. You all have to watch to see how my background breaks down in the weeks to come, which is really fun.”

Although the length of Harry’s run on DAYS is not yet known, there’s still Paulina’s daughter, Chanel, to be introduced in the very near future. So be sure to tune in and watch all of the drama unfold!

Eric Martsolf Mourns the Death of His Mother

(2/25/21) (soapsindepth.com) Please join us in extending our condolences to DAYS OF OUR LIVES star Eric Martsolf (Brady), whose mother, Nancy, passed away on Feb. 24. The actor took to social media to share his family’s heartbreaking news, penning a loving tribute to the woman who raised him.

“Heaven was fortunate today to have received this angel,” the DAYS star wrote on Facebook and Instagram, sharing a photo of him with his beloved parent as well as a shot of Nancy on her wedding day. “My mom was the most original mixture of beauty and toughness I’ve ever known. She lived and loved fiercely, and the family unit was always to be treasured and never abandoned.

“Any room was better with her in it, and her storytelling style riveted the toughest of crowds,” Martsolf continued. “I will miss the perplexed look on the many waiters’ faces when asking for a large glass of ice to accompany your Chardonnay, and I will greatly miss the outlandish, and sometimes admittedly inappropriate, laughter that we extracted from any situation.”

It sounds like the good-natured Martsolf inherited his storytelling abilities from his mother. Nancy was a teacher who raised the daytime actor and his brother, Justin, in Harrisburg, PA. (The Martsolf family patriarch, Rick, was a lawyer.) Martsolf’s wife, Lisa, posted a touching Instagram tribute of her own, sharing family photos of the couple’s twins, Chase and Mason, as young kids with their grandparents.

“Aah, where to begin?” wrote Lisa, accenting her statement with a broken-heart emoji before going into a long list of memories shared with her mother-in-law, like recipes that called for a lot of unmeasured butter, care packages for the twins, and Nancy’s love of comedy movies. “Maybe it’s the same silly, light-hearted, wacky sense of humor my husband inherited from you… It was all of those little things that add up to the beautiful, vivacious, spirit you were. The miles sure kept us apart, but you were never far apart from our hearts.”

In concluding his own emotional tribute to his mother, the Emmy winner finished by writing, “Rest now, Mom. And thank you for showing me how to love. I, and everyone who knew you, will miss you. Love, E.”

Soaps In Depth extends our condolences to the entire Martsolf family at this difficult time.

GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Réal Andrews Tested Positive for COVID-19

(2/24/21) (soapsindepth.com) The ongoing global coronavirus pandemic continues to affect everyone, and GENERAL HOSPITAL star Réal Andrews (Taggert) took to social media to share some bad news with his fans that he had tested positive for COVID-19. “Okay, so I tested positive the other day, which really sucks,” the actor revealed in an Instagram video. “But then it was a false positive because the next day I went I got a negative and a negative, but it still makes me have to sit out for 10 days.”

GH, like all the other daytime soaps and other entertainment productions, have strict COVID guidelines to protect their casts and crews from the dangerous virus. This winter, GH temporarily recast the role of Taggert with actor Asante Jones for a handful of episodes, but Andrews soon returned to the soap. Even with his subsequent negative test result, the positive COVID result still means that Andrews will have to take a short break from work to ensure evryone’s safety. When his castmate, Briana Nicole Henry (Jordan) caught COVID around the Thanksgiving holiday, she was temporarily recast with actress Tiffany Daniels until Henry was cleared to return to the studio. Whether or not GH is planning to recast Taggert again with Jones or another actor has not yet been announced.

“I’ll keep you up to speed,” Andrews promised. “I didn’t come in and tell you about it right away because obviously I was just devastated and frustrated, but I’m going to keep you in the loop, let you know how it goes. But that’s where we’re at right now. Taggert is sitting out on the sidelines.”

In the video, Andrews seems healthy, so hopefully, his initial COVID test result was a false positive. But please join us in wishing him well.

Melissa Archer Mourns the Death of Her Father

(2/24/21) ‘Please join us in sending love to Melissa Archer (Natalie, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Serena, DAYS OF OUR LIVES), who is mourning the death of her father, Jonny Archer. “I never wanted to imagine what losing a parent would feel like,” she posted to Instagram. “I knew it would happen one day, but it always seemed so far in the future. My dad was so young. COVID is so evil. He fought hard — 51 days away from his family. — even made it to his birthday. But the Lord decided to relieve him of his suffering and bring him home to Him.”

Even as she grieves, Archer remembers the good times she had with her dad and the effect he had on her and everyone else in his life. “I know my dad will live on in so many people,” she wrote. “He touched the lives of so many and wanted so much for all to know and see the good in the lord. I’m grateful for the memories. I’m grateful we got to do some amazing things together over the years. While there were times I didn’t appreciate him, he patiently waited for me to come back around.

“I’m sad that I can’t call him right now to tell him how sad I am about not having him here to call,” Archer continued. “That I won’t ever hear the words “missy poo pot pie” again, that I won’t hear him look at a sign and say the words in a silly voice and think it’s funny (I now do this), that I won’t hear him sing with his band ever again, or have him say how much he loves his girls. But I know he’s in heaven, doing all those things, and I know he’s watching out for us. I hope he’s enjoying the beauty of heaven and all the promises we’ve been given. I hope he sees the rest of the family that’s in heaven and rejoicing in their freedom.”

Our thoughts are with Archer and her entire family during this difficult time.

Justin Hartley & Chrishell Stause Divorce Finalized

(2/22/21) Justin Hartley and Chrishell Stause are officially single ... 'cause we've learned their divorce has been finalized.

According to court filings, a judge officially signed off on the dissolution of their marriage earlier this month. We don't have details of the judgment yet -- meaning it's unclear if spousal support was ordered, or how any assets were divvied up.

You'll recall ... when Justin abruptly filed for divorce back in 2019 -- after only 2 years of marriage -- he'd indicated he didn't wanna pony up any spousal support to Chrishell, and also wanted her to cover her own legal fees. It's possible they had a prenup in place.

There was another weird thing about their original divorce docs -- the date of separation was listed as July 8, 2019 ... when they'd been seen publicly together many times after that.

Chrishell made it seem like Justin's filing came out of left field, but later admitted he'd threatened to leave several times prior.

In any case, both of these beautiful people have moved on to new loves -- JH is with Sofia Pernas and Chrishell's with 'DWTS' star Keo Motsepe. They had no kids together ... so, no custody battle to slow down the divorce.

This was us ... and then it wasn't.

Another Soap Alum Boards Reagan

(2/22/21) Lesley Anne Down (ex-Jackie, B&B et al) is joining Trevor Donovan (ex-Jeremy, DAYS) in the Ronald Reagan biopic, Reagan. The actress will play Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s first female prime minister. The film is slated to be released in 2022.

Zachary Quinto, Ashley Benson & Michelle Buteau To Star In Comedy Crime Podcast For Audible & At Will Media

(2/22/21) Star Trek’s Zachary Quinto, Pretty Little Liars’ Ashley Benson and The Circle host Michelle Buteau are to star in a scripted podcast series for Amazon’s Audible.

The trio will voice characters in Sorry Charlie Miller, a series that also features Gossip Girl’s Chace Crawford and The Office’s Brian Baumgartner.

Sorry Charlie Miller follows the disappearance of a D-list reality TV star with a rabid fanbase, played by Benson, who has gone missing off the coast of Key Biscayne, Florida.

On the case are Mark Green, voiced by Quinto, a desk bound police department employee with an encyclopaedic knowledge of celebrity gossip, and Tiana Jones, voiced by Buteau, his no-nonsense colleague. After Mark and Tiana pose as detectives to find Charlie, the case gains national media attention, and the two quickly find themselves in a firestorm of basic bitches, gun toting bookies, and cut-throat momagers.

The series, which launches Thursday February 25, was written by Tanner Cohen and David Ludwig.

It is produced by At Will Media, the company behind podcasts such as For All Mankind: The Official Podcast and Paul Feig partnership The Case of Adirondack Rose.

Listen to the trailer here.

“Working on a scripted podcast was a new experience for me, one which I absolutely loved. Mark was such a fun character for me to explore and to embody. I was also able to work with some close friends of mine, which was an added bonus. I am truly looking forward to having listeners experience this hilarious underdog story,” said Quinto.

Benson added, “I feel very lucky to have been given this opportunity to work with Audible alongside an incredible cast and the creative minds of Sorry Charlie Miller. I have never done anything like this before and it was great to work on something fun yet challenging during quarantine. I loved playing Charlie and cannot wait for everyone to go on this wild ride with us.”

Co-creator Cohen said making the show was a “dreamy” experience. “Covid tried to stop us but we said no, we’ll record everyone at home and make it happen. Our cast was so game and so brilliant. I hope people can hear how much fun we had. There’s so much freedom when you make an all-audio show, so we definitely tested the boundaries of what we could get away with in terms of the world’s we were able to design and the characters we could create and follow,” he added.

Will Media’s CEO Will Malnati said Cohen was a “natural fit” to create a podcast. “His writing is quick, witty, and rooted in dynamic characters who you can relate to and laugh with. Sorry Charlie Miller is unlike any other narrative comedy in the podcast space and our superstar cast really brought it to life, during a pandemic, in ways that I couldn’t have imagined possible.”

DAYS Alum Books New Gig

(2/21/21) Trevor Donovan (ex-Jeremy, DAYS) has been cast in Reagan, a biopic of Ronald Reagan. Donovan with star as John Barletta, Reagan’s longest-serving Secret Service agent. The film is slated to debut in early 2022.

Country Comfort: LeAnn Rimes Crashes Eddie Cibrian and Katharine McPhee's Netflix Comedy in First Trailer

(2/19/21) She may not have style or flair, but she’s there, and that’s how Katharine McPhee becomes the nanny on Netflix’s Country Comfort.

The streamer on Friday released a full-length trailer for its new musical comedy (premiering Friday, March 19), in which “an aspiring young country singer named Bailey (McPhee) takes a job as a nanny for a rugged cowboy named Beau (Eddie Cibrian) and his five children,” according to Netflix’s official synopsis.

“With a never-give up attitude and loads of Southern charm, this newbie-nanny is able to navigate the family dynamics and be the mother figure they’ve been missing. To her surprise, Bailey also gets the band she’s been missing in this musically talented family who help get her back on the road to stardom.”

And yes, that is LeAnn Rimes — country music icon, Cibrian’s real-life spouse and recent winner of The Masked Singer — talking one of Beau’s kids through her grief at the 1:28 mark.

In addition to McPhee and Cibrian, Country Comfort also stars Ricardo Hurtado, Jamie Martin Mann, Pyper Braun, Shiloh Verrico, Griffin McIntyre, Janet Varney and Eric Balfour.

Hit PLAY on the trailer below for your first taste of Country Comfort in action: Video.

Dishing with Digest - 2/19/21 - Kristen Storms

(2/19/21) (Listen / download) Kirsten Storms looks back on her career in front of the camera, from ZENON to DAYS’s Belle to GH’s Maxie, weighs in on her current GH story, who she has a “love/hate” relationship with in the cast and so much more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also talk about the hottest GH tales right now.

DAYS’s Sweeney and Alfonso Team Up On ALI’S EATS

(2/17/21) Alison Sweeney (Sami, DAYS) hosted Kristian Alfonso (ex-Hope) on her IGTV show, ALI’S EATS, to promote their new Hallmark Movies & Mysteries film, CHRONICLE MYSTERIES: HELPED TO DEATH, and discussed Alfonso no longer being at the show. “Everyone is saying how much they miss you, Kristian. I miss you, too,” Sweeney told her after reading the live comments from fans. Alfonso raised her wine glass and responded, “You know what, this is to all of you. I miss all of you, as well. You know, one of the things I am sad about with DAYS is that I never got the opportunity to say good-bye to the crew that were and are, thank goodness, there day in and day out … But they are just the best.” Sweeney added, “And they miss you and it isn’t the same without you. I love you.” To watch the full show — and get Alfonso’s son, Gino’s, delicious pasta recipe — click the link below. CHRONICLE MYSTERIES: HELPED TO DEATH airs Sunday, February 21 at 8 p.m. (Video)

Stage and Screen Actor Christopher Pennock Dies at 76

(2/14/21) (broadwayworld.com) BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that Broadway and television actor Christopher Pennock has died at age 76 following several days of hospitalized care.

Chris performed on the Broadway stage in "The Rose Tattoo," "Abelard & Heloise" and "A Patriot For Me." His other theatrical credits include "The Philadelphia Story," "Third," "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof" and "Royal Hunt Of The Sun." He is a lifelong member of The Actors Studio, a professional organization for actors, directors and playwrights best known for teaching method acting.

On television, he played a variety of characters on the original "Dark Shadows" daytime series during its final two years.

In addition to his series of "Dark Shadows"-inspired comic books, Chris also participated in numerous new "Dark Shadows" audio dramas over the past two decades.

Chris was also a longtime player on soap operas, later appearing in "Somerset," "General Hospital," "The Young & The Restless," "Days Of Our Lives" and "The Guiding Light."

On primetime television, Chris made guest spots on "Melrose Place," "Simon & Simon," "The Love Boat," "Dynasty," "The A-Team," "Tucker's Witch" and "Hotel." Chris made his movie debut in "Night of Dark Shadows" in 1971 and was also seen in "Savages," "Basic Training," "The Great Texas Dynamite Chase," "California Suite," "Frances," "Doctor Mabuse: Etiopomar" and, most recently, "A Journey To A Journey."

Talk Show Appearance

(2/13/21) The Kelly Clarkson Show - syndicated

AIRING Feb 19, 2021

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Cady McClain Is Leaving DAYS OF OUR LIVES

(2/11/21) (soapsindepth.com/) All good things must come to an end. Cady McClain is leaving DAYS OF OUR LIVES where she has played Jennifer Horton Deveraux since October 2020. The soap tapped McClain to step into Jennifer’s shoes when portrayer Melissa Reeves opted to remain with her family in Tennessee and not return to California during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The character of Jennifer has been recast before, with Reeves herself taking over for a series of child actors beginning in 1985 and then Stephanie Cameron assuming the role from 1995-98 when Reeves left the soap. McClain, best known for playing ALL MY CHILDREN’s Dixie, is no stranger to recasts herself, having played AS THE WORLD TURNS’ Rosanna and THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Kelly.

During her run on DAYS, McClain has had some very juicy story to play as Jennifer discovered that while she was lingering in a coma, Jack had cheated on her with Kate and then later learning that Jack had a long-lost daughter, Gwen, who was out for revenge! When the recast was announced back in September 2020, there was no way of knowing how long it would last, but Soap Opera Digest is reporting that Jennifer will leave Salem and head to Boston with her last airdate slated for Wednesday, Jan. 17.

Boston is where Jennifer’s mother, Laura, has been living, so it would seem likely she’ll head to Massachusetts following her mom’s death. Will Jennifer ever return to Salem? And will McClain or Reeves be the one playing her? Only time will tell, so stay tuned!

Krista Allen guests on 9-1-1 3/1/21

(2/10/21) The 118 rush to save a man pinned under a Humvee, and a garage band that rocks out too hard. Enlisting Bobby and Athena’s help, Michael installs a new “rear window,” and turns into an amateur detective after noticing strange behavior at a nearby apartment. Meanwhile, Hen’s mother unexpectedly arrives and announces she is moving to LA, and Buck’s re-entry into the dating pool ends in disaster in the all-new “There Goes the Neighborhood” episode of 9-1-1 airing Monday, March 1 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (NIN-407) (TV-14 D, L, V)

Cast: Angela Bassett as Athena Grant; Peter Krause as Bobby Nash; Jennifer Love Hewitt as Maddie Kendall; Oliver Stark as Evan “Buck” Buckley; Kenneth Choi as Howie “Chimney” Han; Aisha Hinds as Henrietta “Hen” Wilson; Ryan Guzman as Eddie Diaz; Rockmond Dunbar as Michael Grant; Corinne Massiah as May Grant; Marcanthonee Jon Reis as Harry Grant; Gavin McHugh as Christopher Diaz; Jon Harlan Kim as Albert Han.

Guest Cast: Tracie Thoms as Karen; Marsha Warfield as Antonia “Toni” Wilson; La Monde Byrd as Dr. David Hale; Krista Allen as Meegan; Keana Marie as Veronica; Tim Herzog as Slim; George Wyner as Don; Michael James Lazar as Joe

Ashley Benson and G-Eazy break up after nearly one year together

(2/8/21) It’s over for Ashley Benson and G-Eazy.

The “Pretty Little Liars” alum, 31, and the “I Mean It” rapper, 31, have broken up after nearly one year of dating, E! News reported on Monday. The split comes as fans noticed Benson unfollowed him on Instagram.

Reps for the stars didn’t immediately return Page Six’s request for comment.

Benson and G-Eazy were first linked in May 2020 when they were photographed holding hands and kissing. The new romance surprised fans as the “Spring Breakers” actress had just called it quits with model Cara Delevingne the previous month after two years of dating.

G-Eazy was linked to Halsey before Benson.

In October, G-Eazy gushed about Benson after they worked together on his music video for “Hate the Way.”

“She’s an exceptionally talented person in many different spaces,” he told “ET.” “She’s a special one.”

He added, “It just blew me away that you can have such a hidden, special talent that the world doesn’t get to see as often.”

Dishing with Digest - 2/5/21 - Don Diamont

(2/5/21) (Listen / download) Don Diamont talks about crossing over to Y&R, where he played Brad Carlton for over two decades, looks back on his Genoa City experience, reflects on landing the role of B&B’s Bill and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also preview what the shows have planned for Valentine’s Day.

WGA Awards TV Nominations

(2/3/21) The WGA on Wednesday unveiled nominations for its 2021 WGA Awards in the categories of TV, new media, news, radio/audio and promotional writing during 2020. Winners will be honored March 21 in a virtual ceremony.

DAYTIME DRAMA

Days of Our Lives
Head Writer: Ron Carlivati Writers: Lorraine Broderick, Joanna Cohen, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon, David Kreizman, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Katherine D. Schock, Elizabeth Snyder; NBC

General Hospital
Head Writers: Dan O’Connor, Christopher Van Etten Associate Head Writer: Anna Theresa Cascio Writers: Barbara Bloom, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, David Rupel, Lisa Seidman, Donny Sheldon, Scott Sickles; ABC

Precious Way Joins ‘Days of Our Lives’ Cast as Jackée Harry’s Daughter

(2/3/21) (blackfilm.com) A new family is coming to Salem in NBC’s long-running drama Days of Our Lives this March. Musician and actress, Precious Way, will be joining the cast as Chanel, the daughter of Paulina, who will be portrayed by the 227 and Sister, Sister actress Jackée Harry. Their connection to Salem will be through the Carver family. Harry and Way will be debuting on the show together and are sure to bring more drama to the long running episodic. Precious Way Joins ‘Days of Our Lives’ Cast as Jackée Harry’s Daughter.

Way has been a savant from an early age. She graduated high school early at 16 after realizing her passion was in music and entertainment. Her first nationally released single, Watch Me Go, made its radio debut in 2018, which lead to her touring and performing at festivals and venues, including Times Square and Disney World. After this, she began acting professionally and participated in the American Black Film Festival competition, going on to book a co-lead role in Partners in Rhyme for Urban Movie Chanel. The series comes from female hip hop legend MC Lyte, who produces and co-stars along with Martin and The Jamie Foxx Show Executive Producer, Bentley Kyle Evans.

Jackée Harry is best known for her memorable characters as Sandra Clark on 227, Lisa Landry on Sister, Sister, and as Vanessa on Everyone Hates Chris, and countless other television and film productions.

Days of our Lives which is currently in its 56th season, is set in the fictitious Midwestern town of Salem. The popular soap opera focuses on the Brady, Horton and DiMeras families. 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 Albert Alarr. Ron Carlivati serves as head writer for the iconic show.

Dishing with Digest - 1/29/21 - Emily O’Brien

(1/29/21) (Listen/download) Emily O’Brien traces her soap roots, from Y&R’s Jana to DAYS’s Gwen with Soap Opera Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also tease February’s hottest stories and talk about infidelity tales on soaps.

Bruce Kirby Dies: ‘Columbo’, ‘L.A. Law’ Actor Was 95

(1/27/21) Bruce Kirby (Days of Our Lives), the longtime character actor whose many TV roles included regular turns on Columbo and L.A. Law, died Sunday in Los Angeles. Kirby, the father of late actor Bruno Kirby, was 95.

His son, acting coach John Kirby, announced the death in a Facebook post. A cause of death was not specified, but John Kirby noted that his father “passed away peacefully” at Cedars in Los Angeles.

Beginning his acting career in the 1950s with appearances in Golden Age anthology programs such as Omnibus and Goodyear Playhouse, Kirby became a familiar presence on episodic TV in the 1960s, with roles on Car 54, Where Are You?, The Patty Duke Show, I Dream of Jeannie and The Defenders.

His TV career continued through the 1970s and ’80s with roles on sitcoms (Room 222, The Doris Day Show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Bob Newhart Show, Chico and the Man, MASH, Alice, Barney Miller, among others) and dramas, specializing in playing cops and detectives on such series as Medical Center, Toma, Kojak, Shannon, Lou Grant, Hunter and In The Heat Of The Night.

Kirby played several roles in the long-running Peter Falk series Columbo, most notably his run as the show’s Sgt. Kramer. From 1986 to 1991, Kirby recurred on L.A. Law as D.A. Bruce Rogoff, and in the early 1980s he was cast as Officer Schmidt in the San Francisco-based crime drama Shannon.

Other TV credits include The Rockford Files, Matlock, Hill Street Blues, The Golden Girls, Chicago Hope and, in the 2000s, The Sopranos, The West Wing and, in two of his final appearances, Numb3rs and Scrubs.

Though TV roles dominated his career, Kirby also made appearances in such feature films as the 1971 Don Knotts vehicle How To Frame A Figg, the 1985 Patsy Cline biopic Sweet Dreams (in which he played TV personality Arthur Godfrey), 1986’s Stand By Me and, in 1993, the Matt Dillon comedy Mr. Wonderful.

In 2004, Kirby reteamed with Dillon for one of his most memorable big-screen roles, playing the father of Dillon’s shady cop in the Oscar-winning Crash.

On Broadway, Kirby was featured in the replacement cast of 1984’s Death of a Salesman starring Dustin Hoffman. Kirby played the role of Uncle Ben.

Bruno Kirby, who died of leukemia in 2006 at age 57, followed his father into acting, with roles in The Godfather: Part II, When Harry Me Sally…, City Slickers, The Larry Sanders Show, This Is Spinal Tap, Good Morning Vietnam and many others. Like his father, he made appearances on MASH, Columbo, Kojak, Room 222 and Hill St. Blues.

On his Facebook tribute, John Kirby wrote, “My father loved acting and aside from his extraordinary professional career in television, film & theater, he never stopped working on it from his early years in New York on scholarship with Lee Strasberg for 9 years, LA’s Theatre East & The Actors Studio. It was very painful for him when he no longer could perform. I am so glad his wonderful work will live on…

“He was a great father who loved Bruno and me and as a family he made it his business for us to tour in these professional Summer Stock packages, something we would all look forward to every summer…I’m glad you’re up there with Bruno and so many of our loved ones.”

In addition to son John, Kirby is survived by wife Rosalyn.

Victoria Konefal Returns to DAYS OF OUR LIVES!

(1/21/21) (soapsindepth.com) File this one under dead doesn’t mean much in daytime: Victoria Konefal is bringing Ciara back to DAYS OF OUR LIVES — and not just as a figment of Ben’s imagination! Konefal exited the soap back in September when her alter ego was abducted by Vincent and presumed dead in a fiery car explosion. In the months since then, a heartbroken Ben refused to believe that his soulmate was gone. As he frequently “saw” visions of his wife, Konefal has continued to sporadically appear as Ciara.

Meanwhile, Ciara’s mom, Hope, however, never gave up hope (see what we did there?) that her daughter was still alive. The detective left Salem to search for Ciara, a plot point that facilitated portrayer Kristian Alfonso’s exit from the sudser after 30 years. And Hope’s motherly instincts were right: According to Soap Opera Digest, Konefal is set to return to DAYS beginning Thursday, Jan. 28 — and as more than an apparition.

While Ciara may indeed be alive, whether or not she is well is another story. In related casting news, Soap Opera Digest is also reporting that Jason Downs has been tapped to play Rhodes, a handsome stranger with a mysterious connection to Ciara. Downs previously played a concierge on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL back in 2014 in an episode surrounding the Forrester Creations photo shoot in Amsterdam. The actor/singer has had guest spots on NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, NCIS: LOS ANGELES and K.C. UNDERCOVER, and starred in Racing Daylight opposite Melissa Leo (Linda, ALL MY CHILDREN) and Giancarlo Esposito. Look for Downs to make his DAYS debut before the end of January.

We suspect that this isn’t going to be a pick-up-where-they-left-off reunion for Ben and Ciara, who barely had time to send out their wedding thank-yous before the new Mrs. Weston went missing and was supposedly died! There’s no word yet on how long Konefal or Downs will be on screen, but we can’t wait to see how Ciara’s return to Salem unfolds!

Garret Dillahunt, A Martinez, Keir O’Donnell & Moses Ingram Join Michael Bay’s ‘Ambulance

(1/21/21) Four have been added to the cast of the Michael Bay-directed action thriller Ambulance: Garret Dillahunt, A Martinez, Keir O’Donnell and Moses Ingram.

The four join current cast members Jake Gyllenhaal, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Eiza Gonzalez in a feature that’s based off the original Danish Film Ambulancen. While the plot is being kept under wraps, the pic is expected to be in the spirit of such 1990s action pics Speed and Bad Boys. Chris Fedak wrote the original script. Bay, James Vanderbilt, Bradley Fischer, Will Sherak and Ian Bryce are producing. Michael Kase and Mark Moran will executive produce. Deadline first reported about the Bay project with Gyllenhaal in talks.

Universal is distributing the movie with Endeavor Content packaging of the project.

Dillahunt recently wrapped Zack Snyder’s upcoming Netflix film Army of the Dead and stars in AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead as a series regular. In addition, he starred opposite Viola Davis in Steve McQueen’s film Widows and appeared in television series including TBS’s The Guest Book, Amazon’s Hand of God, and Hulu’s The Mindy Project.

Martinez recently appeared in the series-long role of Jacob Nighthorse on Netflix’s Longmire, as well as recurring roles on The Bay and Queen of the South. He has also appeared in films including The Cowboys, She-Devil and Powwow Highway.

O’Donnell recently starred in Hulu’s Into the Dark and Project Blue Book for History Channel. His recent TV credits include Legion, Fargo and Ray Donovan, and his feature credits include Wedding Crashers, The Break-Up and American Sniper, among others.

Ingram recently made her television debut in Netflix’s limited series The Queens Gambit as chess champion Beth Harmon’s best friend and fellow orphan, Jolene. In addition, Ingram is set to play the role of Lady Macduff in A24’s Macbeth opposite Denzel Washington.

Dillahunt is repped by APA and D2 management; Martinez is repped by Teitelbaum Artists Group and David Shapira & Associates; O’Donnell is repped by Silver Lining Entertainment; Ingram is repped by Innovative Artists, Authentic Talent & Literary Management and Fox Rothschild.

DAYS’s Manning In New Film

(1/18/21) Mike Manning (Charlie, DAYS) announced on Twitter that the film he stars in, SON OF THE SOUTH, will be released on February 5. The actor, who plays Townsend Ellis in the movie, sent out this message to his fans, “I think is a good day to tell you “Son of The South” will be out Feb. 5th. I hope it strengthens the dialogue our country is currently having about the fight for equality on all fronts. Exec produced by Oscar-winner Spike Lee. Proud of this one. @son_movie”

V.C. Andrews’ The Landry Family will air on Lifetime over two weekends

(1/14/21) The four-movie event series V.C. Andrews’ The Landry Family will air on Lifetime over two weekends, Saturday, March 20 and Sunday, March 21, and then on Saturday, March 27 and Sunday, March 28 (beginning at 8/7c each night). Watch a trailer below for the films, starring Kristian Alfonso (Days of our Lives), Lauralee Bell (The Young & The Restless), Marilu Henner (Taxi), Richard Harmon (The 100), Jennifer Laporte (V.C. Andrews’ Web of Dreams) and Evan Roderick (Arrow, Spinning Out). (Video Trailer)

Stars Of ABC’s ‘All My Children’, ‘One Life To Live’ & ‘General Hospital’ Reunite For Streaming Concert Benefit

(1/14/21) Stars of ABC’s classic daytime dramas All My Children, One Life to Live and General Hospital will reunite next month to present a streaming concert of their past musical performances benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway will gather musical performances by soap stars including Susan Lucci, Anthony Geary and Eva La Rue during the seven annual benefit concerts staged in New York from 2005-11. The daytime actors will revisit the performances in new interviews as part of the special.

The special will stream free of charge on February 11. See viewing options below. The lineup of performers includes Bobbie Eakes, Melissa Claire Egan, Vincent Irizarry, Eva La Rue, Susan Lucci, Cameron Mathison, Eden Riegel, Chrishell Stause and Walt Willey (from All My Children); Kristen Alderson, BethAnn Fuenmayor, Kathy Brier, Kassie DePaiva, David Gregory, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Catherine Hickland, Mark Lawson, Hillary B. Smith, Jason Tam and Brittany Underwood (One Life To Live); and Bradford Anderson, Brandon Barash and Anthony Geary (General Hospital).

“There are no fans like ABC Daytime fans,” said Lucci in a statement. “Their love and support continue to astonish us. We can’t wait to share these special performances with them and help raise money for so many in need during this difficult time.”

The concerts were staged at New York City’s Town Hall, and included production numbers, Broadway show tunes, ballads and comedy skits. The concert series began in 2005 as a one-night-only benefit to mark the 35th anniversary of All My Children, but fan support prompted ABC to stage the annual event for another six years. Over its seven-year run, ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares raised $1.85 million.

Tom Viola, Broadway Cares Executive Director, said, “We are so thankful to the stars from ABC Daytime for joining us again as we relive moments from this delightful tradition, while helping to provide lifesaving medication, healthy meals and emergency support to those struggling during this ongoing pandemic.”

This free streamed event can be viewed beginning Feb. 11, 8 pm ET, here, as well as on Broadway Cares’ YouTube channel, across ABC Owned Television Stations’ 32 connected TV apps on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Roku and each of the eight station’s websites around the country, including abc7ny.com in New York; and on Good Morning America’s Facebook page.

While the stream is free, donations will be accepted for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, with all proceeds to provide people affected by HIV/AIDS, COVID-19 and other critical illnesses with healthy meals, lifesaving medication, emergency financial assistance, housing, counseling and more. The donations also support and champion organizations focused on social justice and anti-racism.

Blumhouse Television Announces Holiday Theme, Date, Cast for First ‘Into the Dark’ of 2021

(1/12/21) (variety.com) Hulu and Blumhouse Television set their next installment of “Into the Dark”: “Tentacles,” anchored to Valentine’s Day, to premiere Feb. 12, Variety has learned exclusively.

Dana Drori, Casey Deidrick, Evan Williams and Kasey Elise star in the psychosexual horror-thriller film, which comes from a story by Alexandra Pechman and Nick Antosca and a teleplay by Pechman. It is directed by Clara Aranovich.

In “Tentacles,” couple Tara (Drori) and Sam (Deidrick) fall head over heels into a new romance and entwine their lives — until their intimacy transforms into something terrifying. The film is said to take inspiration from “the rushes of early intimacy and uncertain power dynamics at play, and the dangers of losing yourself,” and it will also present “a twist on gender roles in modern horror.”

“Tentacles” is the first “Into the Dark” title to launch in half a year: The most recent installment of “Into the Dark” was “The Current Occupant,” which streamed in July 2020. Production paused on the franchise for a good part of last year, “Tentacles” was produced under new health and safety guidelines amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Into the Dark” is designed as a monthly horror event series, delivering original films tied to specific holidays in each month. The very first installment was the Halloween-themed “The Body” in October 2018, but other titles and their respective holidays have included “New Year, New You” (New Year’s), “Culture Shock” (the 4th of July), “Pilgrim” (Thanksgiving), “Delivered” (Mother’s Day) and “Good Boy” (Pet Appreciation Week).

Jason Blum, Jeremy Gold, Marci Wiseman, Alexander Koehne, Lauren Downey, Alex Hedlund, John Hegeman, Antosca and Aranovich executive produce “Tentacles.”

Drori is represented by Innovative Artists and Silver Lining Entertainment; Deidrick is represented by Innovative Artists, Power Entertainment Group, and Morris, Yorn, Barnes, Levin, Krintzman, Rubenstein, Kohner & Gellman; Williams is represented by Global Artists and Robert Stein Management; Elise is represented by Velocity Entertainment; Pechman is represented by UTA and Ginsburg Daniels Kallis; Antosca is represented by Ginsburg Daniels Kallis, and Aranovich is represented by ICM and Management 360.

‘General Hospital’ to Pay On-Air Tribute to John Reilly

(1/12/21) (variety.com) “General Hospital” plans to celebrate beloved cast member John Reilly and his iconic character Sean Donely with an episode dedicated to him this spring, Variety has learned exclusively.

Executive producer Frank Valentini tells Variety that Reilly “was a huge part of the ‘GH’ history and will be honored in an upcoming episode that the writers are working on now.”

Due to COVID-19, the ABC daytime drama has adjusted its schedule slightly, but both the writers’ room and production are still working weeks ahead and are currently prepping content for the end of the first quarter and start of the second quarter of 2021.

Reilly started on “General Hospital” in June 1984, playing Sean Donely consecutively for more than a decade, through February 1995, and then making sporadic appearances as the character in 2008 (for the finale of spinoff “General Hospital: Night Shift”) and in 2013.

The character was first introduced when Luke Spencer (Anthony Geary) needed help while he was on the run from murder charges, but Sean was a force with which to be reckoned: in the 1970s he was the head of the World Security Bureau (WSB), which added an adventure element into the medical soap.

Robert (Tristan Rogers), who worked for Sean, sent Luke to Sean for help. At the time, there was a mystery about Aztec treasure under way, which Sean was looking for, and things got so hairy he ended up kidnapping a few people close to Robert. Eventually, the two made up and Sean became the godfather of Robert’s daughter Robin (Kimberly McCullough).This, along with his romance with Dr. Monica Quartermaine (Leslie Charleson), cemented his place as an important player in Port Charles. He later became the police commissioner, which deepened his ties.

Sean also had a relationships with characters including Dr. Greta Ingstrom (Kristina Wayborn), Jessica Holmes (Starr Andreeff) and, of course, Tiffany Hill Donely (Sharon Wyatt), with whom his character had a daughter named Anna (Courtney Halverson).

The WSB has been a big part of the “General Hospital” storyline of late, through characters including Robert and Anna Devane (Finola Hughes).

When Reilly passed away on Jan. 9, the team behind “General Hospital” paid tribute to him on social media, tweeting, “The entire General Hospital family is heartbroken to hear of John Reilly’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones. Rest in peace.”

Daytime Star John Reilly Dead at 84

(1/10/21) (soapsindepth.com) Veteran actor John Reilly, best known as Sean Donely on GENERAL HOSPITAL, has died at the age of 84. “John Henry Matthew Reilly, AKA Jack,” wrote his daughter, Caitlin on Instagram. “The brightest light in the world has gone out. Imagine the best person in the world. Now imagine that person being your dad.

“I’m so grateful he was mine,” she continued. “I’m so grateful I got to love him. I’m so grateful I made it in time to hold him and say goodbye. I honestly don’t know what I’m going to do, but I know he’ll be with me. I love you forever, Daddy.”

In the comments, GH star Finola Hughes (Anna) mourned the loss of her former co-star and friend. “Oh, Caitlin, I am so sorry,” she wrote. “He was indeed the best. The kindest person, most generous and loving actor. Most supportive man in every way. Please send my love to Liz and to your family.”

Chicago native Reilly began his acting career back in the mid-‘60s with guest roles on DEATH VALLEY DAYS, APPLE’S WAY, AND GUNSMOKE. He made his daytime debut in 1974 as a recast of Dan Stewart on CBS sudser AS THE WORLD TURNS. After numerous television roles in the ‘70s, Reilly landed a recurring role on the primetime soap DALLAS in 1983. And the following year, he was cast as WSB agent Sean Donely on GH, a role he played until 1995.

He returned to daytime as Del on NBC’s SUNSET BEACH in the late ‘90s and in 2005 took over the role of Alistair Crane on PASSIONS. Reilly reprised the role of Sean Donley on GH’s primetime spinoff NIGHT SHIFT in 2008 and then again in 2013 for GH’s 50th anniversary.

Our thoughts are with Reilly’s friends and loved ones during this difficult time.

John Reilly, General Hospital and Passions Vet, Dead at 84

(1/10/21) Veteran actor John Reilly, whose daytime-TV credits alone included General Hospital, Passions and Sunset Beach, died on Saturday evening, TVLine has learned. He was 84.

One of Reilly’s daughters, actress and TikTok personality Caitlin Reilly, shared the news via Instagram saying, “John Henry Matthew Reilly AKA Jack. The brightest light in the world has gone out.” A cause of death has not yet been shared.

“Imagine the best person in the world. Now imagine that person being your dad,” Caitlin wrote. “I’m so grateful he was mine. I’m so grateful I got to love him. I’m so grateful I made it in time to hold him and say goodbye. I honestly don’t know what I’m going to do, but I know he’ll be with me. I love you forever Daddy.”

The Chicago-born actor’s early career began with arcs on As the World Turns (as Dr. Dan Stewart), How the West Was Won, Quincy M.E. and Dallas (as Roy Ralston).

In February 1984, he made his GH debut as Sean Donely, Robert Scorpio’s former WSB (World Security Bureau) boss, who proved to be a bit of a foil during Frisco and Felicia’s Aztec Treasure hunt (watch his debut below). Following a redemption arc, superspy Sean was romantically paired with actress Tiffany Hill (played by Sharon Wyatt).

“He was a big brother to me. The kindest man you ever could find,” feellow GH vet Finola Hughes, who plays Anna and Alex Devane, tells TVLine. “I cannot express how sorry I am to hear of his passing.”

Following Reilly’s 11-year GH run, he voiced Hawkeye/Clint Barton on the animated Iron Man series, played Kelly Taylor’s pop on Beverly Hills, 90210, and then had multi-year runs on both Sunset Beach (as Del Douglas) and Passions (replacing the late David Bailey as Alistair Crane).

Reilly’s acting credits also include the short-lived spinoff General Hospital: Night Shift (where he reprised the role of Sean) and the web soap The Bay. And yes, he is the reason Talladega Nights‘ John C. Reilly uses a middle initial professionally.

Reilly is survived by his wife Liz and a total of three daughters.

Video Chat: John & Sandy Gabriel

(1/8/21) (Video) Real-life husband and wife duo John and Sandy Gabriel joined The Locher Room on Friday, January 8, 2021. The duo shared memories from their time playing Seneca Beaulac on Ryan's Hope and Edna Thornton on All My Children.

Dishing with Digest - 1/8/21 - Kevin Spirtas

(1/8/21) (Listen / download) Kevin Spirtas recalls his time As DAYS’s Craig, his on- and off-stage ties to Broadway, his Emmy-winning digital series AFTER FOREVER and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss crossovers on soaps.

Arianne Zucker Joins Star Coby Ryan McLaughlin in The Nanny Murders!

(1/8/21) (soapsindepth.com) Fans who enjoyed watching Coby Ryan McLaughlin playing the seductively evil cult leader Shiloh on GENERAL HOSPITAL can look forward to another delicious performance from the actor as a businessman with a dark secret that refuses to stay buried in The Nanny Murders! The new thriller premieres on Lifetime on Sunday, Jan. 10 at 8 p.m. ET.

In the film, McLaughlin stars are business magnate Warren Paige, who takes a shine to his family’s new nanny, Jamie, played by Mia Topalian. Hoping to use the job as an entry point to the business world, the Dartmouth grad takes the nanny job and learns from the high-powered businessman. But when Warren takes things a step too far, she rejects his advances and he… doesn’t react well!

Soap fans will also recognize DAYS OF OUR LIVES star Arianne Zucker (Nicole) playing Warren’s wife, Sheryl, GH’s Charlotte, Scarlett Fernandez, as one of the nanny’s charges, and GH alum Robert Palmer Watkins (ex-Dillon) as Zack, who finds Jamie the job in the first place!

Feel free to check out this trailer for the film (created back when it was titled Nanny’s Killer Scandal) before you tune in on Sunday evening, but be warned — it’s long and full of spoilers! (Video)

Days Vet Returns

(1/4/21) Jaime Lyn Bauer will return to Days of Our Lives as Laura Horton for six episodes, the first of which airs Tuesday, Feb. 2, the actress announced on Facebook.

Taylor Spreitler guests on Young Sheldon 1/21/21

(1/4/21) Note: The air date of this episode has changed.

“Freshman Orientation and the Inventor of the Zipper” – College orientation does not go as Sheldon planned. Also, Mary is invited to a party when she’s mistaken for a university student, and George Sr. helps Pastor Jeff set up a children’s nursery, on YOUNG SHELDON, Thursday, Jan. 21 (8:00-8:31 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

GUEST CAST: Taylor Spreitler (Sam), Jaden Martin (Jason), Lauri Hendler (Janet).

Jessica Tuck guests on B Positive 1/21/21

(1/4/21) Note: The air date of this episode has changed.

“Open Heart Surgery” – Gina needs to keep herself together to pass a psych evaluation while dealing with the news of an ex’s engagement, on B POSITIVE, Thursday, Jan. 21 (8:31-9:01 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

GUEST CAST: Lyn Alicia Henderson (Paula), Jessica Tuck (Dr. Goodson).

New 2021 Role For DAYS Star Freddie Smith: Husband

(1/1/21) Freddie Smith (ex-Sonny, DAYS) and fiancée Alyssa Tabit tied the knot on December 31 at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando in Florida. “Last night, I married me best friend!” enthused Smith. The couple chronicled their big day in a YouTube video. Check it out here and congratulations to the newlyweds!

Best & Worst of '20: The Good The Bad & The Ugly

(12/30/20) Our observations of the daytime soap opera world in The Year That Was 2020 including Highs, Lows, Wishes, Best Story & more. Read our thoughts here.
We have also updated most of the lists such as Most Wasted Talent, Best Actors, Most Handsome & more... check out our updates and create your own right here

The Locher Room's 100th Episode Welcomed Cast from The Bay

(12/28/20) (Video) Join cast members of the Emmy Award-winning digital series, The Bay, for the 100th episode of The Locher Room whixch took place Monday, December 28th. The cast previewed Part 2 of the Season 6 finale and share highlights from this incredible season and their careers. Tune in to see Kristos Andrews (Pete Garrett / Adam Kenway), Matthew Ashford (Steve Jensen), Najee De-Tiege (R.J. Foster-Garrett), Celeste Fianna (Tamara Garrett) and A Martinez (Nardo Ramos).

The season finale of The Bay will air Tuesday, December 29th at 3 p.m. EST on PopStar TV. thebaytheseries.com/

DAYS’s Camila Banus: I Tested Positive For Covid-19

(12/28/20) In a story on Instagram, Camila Banus (Gabi, DAYS), who recently returned to Los Angeles from Florida, where she got engaged to Marlon Aquino, revealed that she tested positive for the coronavirus. “I was traveling, as you guys know, in Florida,” she began. “Got engaged, which is super-amazing, and was heading back on the 25th and was not feeling right, so I went and I got myself a Covid test yesterday and your girl tested positive. So I tested positive for Covid 19. Bananas.” Banus added that she has not had any fever or experienced major symptoms. “I have really mild, mild symptoms,” she shared. “As you can hear, my voice is a little bit gone. I had some congestion yesterday in my nose…. As of now, I’ll be coming up with some fun stuff to do while at home while I’m doing nothing during quarantine for 10 days. Just getting better. Like I said, the only real symptom I have is I can’t taste or smell anything. I’m talking about nothing. I took Vicks. I shoved my face in it. Can’t smell that. Made myself a bunch of garlic … couldn’t smell anything. It is what it is.” Go to https://www.instagram.com/p/CJW7SD6pp4p/ for the full Video message.

Dishing with Digest - 12/25/20 - Leann Hunley And Thaao Penghlis / 2021 Preview

(12/26/20) (Listen / download) DAYS’s Leann Hunley and Thaao Penghlis discuss their returns as Tony and Anna, their early years, standout moments and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also preview what every show has coming up in 2021.

THE BAY Virtual Interview Scheduled

(12/24/20) Join cast members of the Emmy Award-winning digital series, The Bay, for the 100th episode of The Locher Room live on Monday, December 28th at 3 p.m. EST. / 12 p.m. PST. The cast will preview Part 2 of the Season 6 finale and share highlights from this incredible season. Tune in to see Kristos Andrews (Pete Garrett / Adam Kenway), Matthew Ashford (Steve Jensen), Najee De-Tiege (R.J. Foster-Garrett), Celeste Fianna (Tamara Garrett) and A Martinez (Nardo Ramos). (Watch here)

Réal Andrews Reveals He Is Cancer Free

(12/22/20) (Video) Réal Andrews (Taggert, GH) recently told Digest that the top item on his gift wish list was “to be cancer-free,” and his wish came true. The actor took to Instagram and posted a video, telling fans, “I am absolutely cancer-free. I am probably in the best shape of my life. I appreciate all of your prayers and support.”

DAYS’s Camila Banus Engaged

(12/20/20) (Video) Camila Banus (Gabi, DAYS) and her long-time boyfriend Marlon Aquino are engaged. Banus posted the news on Instagram. Congratulations to the happy couple!

‘All American’: Lamon Archey & GG Townson Join Season 3 Of CW Drama As Recurring

(12/18/20) Lamon Archey (Days of Our Lives) and GG Townson (Everybody Hates Chris) are set for recurring roles on the upcoming third season of the CW’s All American drama series.

Season 2 of All American found Spencer James (Daniel Ezra), now a football State Champion, with a tough decision to make. Does he stay in Beverly Hills and play for Coach Billy Baker (Taye Diggs)? Or does he move back home to South LA, reunite with his mother, Grace (Karimah Westbrook), brother, Dillon (Jalyn Hall), and play for his father, Corey (Chad Coleman) – the new head coach for the South Crenshaw Chargers? Archey returns to All American as a recurring after guest-starring in the Season 2 finale. He plays Superintendent D’Angelo Carter, who finished last season with a large-scale proposal to convert South Crenshaw to a Magnet School, effectively gentrifying the surrounding neighborhood at warp speed under the guise of urban revitalization.

Townson will play Lil Jewel, a singer working on her upcoming album and another one of JP’s artists. While she can come across as a little self-serving, there is much more to her than meets the eye.

Archey can currently be seen in a recurring role on the long-running soap, Days of Our Lives. Archey is repped by NTA Talent Agency and Michael Bruno.

Townson can next be seen starring as “Salt” in the highly-anticipated Salt-N-Peppa biopic premiering January 23 on Lifetime. Her other credits include Everybody Hates Chris and Bounce TV’s In The Cut among others. Townson is repped by Michael Eisenstadt at AEFH Talent and Bohemia Group.

Stars Participate In Charity Holiday Reading

(12/18/20) Jacob Young (ex-Rick, B&B; ex-JR, ALL MY CHILDREN/ex-Lucky, GH) has put together a virtual reading of A Country Christmas Carol to benefit Akron Children’s Hospital. Also taking part are Eric Martsolf (Brady, DAYS) and Young’s former AMC co-stars Amanda Baker (ex-Babe) and John James (ex-Jeff). The reading will premiere online on Monday, December 21 at 8 p.m. ET and be available on demand until December 24 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $11.99 and can be purchased here.

Chrishell Stause, Keo Motsepe go on yacht double-date with fellow ‘DWTS’ pro

(12/18/20) Chrishell Stause and Keo Motsepe of “Dancing With the Stars” fame were spotted enjoying themselves on a yacht Thursday with Motsepe’s fellow pro and Stause’s former dance partner, Gleb Savchenko, and his new girlfriend Cassie Scerbo.

Stause, 39, and Motsepe, 31, hugged and cuddled all over the vessel while Savchenko got a little handsy with Scerbo, sharing kisses while overlooking the ocean.

The couples spent the week in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and were spotted having a poolside double-date Monday at the adults-only Le Blanc Spa Resort.

Motesepe and Stause met on the set of “DWTS” this year and revealed earlier this month that they are dating.

Savchenko and Stause were partners on the most recent season of the ABC hit. They placed seventh in the competition, while Motsepe and his partner, Anne Heche, were the third couple to be eliminated.

Before confirming her relationship with Motsepe, Stause was rumored to be dating Savchenko after he announced his split from his wife Elena Samodanova.

Guiding Light - A Very Special Deck the Zoom

(12/17/20) (Video) The Locher Room held a very special Deck the Zoom Guiding Light holiday reunion on December 17. Together our Springfield family celebrated their longtime relationships with each other and with you our audience while revisiting some of our favorite Guiding Light traditions. The cast has agreed to come together for this special event to help raise awareness and money for Feeding America.

School closures, job disruptions, and health risks are causing millions of Americans to turn to food banks for much-needed support right now. You can help families impacted by COVID-19 in our community by supporting our partner tonight. www.feedingamerica.org/coronavirus.

Joining The Locher Room for this very special holiday show are Grant Aleksander (Phillip), Laura Bell Bundy (Marah), Bryan Buffinton (Bill), Ellen Dolan (Maureen), Jean Carol (Nadine), Beth Chamberlin (Beth), Crystal Chappell (Olivia), Kassie DePaiva (Chelsea), Frank Dicopoulos (Frank), Beth Ehlers (Harley), Judi Evans (Beth), Jamie Goodwin (Johnny), Melissa Hayden (Bridget), Liz Keifer (Blake), Harley Jane Kozak (Annabelle), Jessica Leccia (Natalia), Joy Lenz (Michelle), Rachel Miner (Michelle), Karla Mosley (Christina), Michael O'Leary (Rick), Robert Newman (Josh), Saundra Santiago (Carmen), Peter Simon (Ed), Tina Sloan (Lillian), Nancy St. Alban (Michelle), Paul Anthony Stewart (Danny), Krista Tesreau (Mindy), Jerry verDorn (Ross), Michael Woods (Jim), Yvonna Kopacz-Wright (Mel) and Kim Zimmer (Reva).

www.feedingamerica.org/coronavirus.

Taylor Spreitler guests on Young Sheldon 1/7/21

(12/17/20) “Freshman Orientation and the Inventor of the Zipper” – College orientation does not go as Sheldon planned. Also, Mary is invited to a party when she’s mistaken for a university student, and George Sr. helps Pastor Jeff set up a children’s nursery, on YOUNG SHELDON, Thursday, Jan. 7 (8:00-8:31 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

GUEST CAST includes: Taylor Spreitler (Sam), Jaden Martin (Jason)

Guiding Light - Reunion 12/16/20 - Terrell Tilford and Victoria Platt

(12/16/20) (Video) Real life husband and wife duo Terrell Tilford (David Grant) and Victoria Platt (Vicky Spaulding) from Guiding Light will join me live in The Locher Room on Wednesday, December 16th at 3 p.m. EST / 12 Noon PST. Join us to hear about their Springfield meeting and all the great things they have been working on in recent years.

‘The Rookie’: ABC Cop Drama Adjusts Production Schedule Following Covid-19 Cases

(12/16/20) The Rookie is modifying its production schedule after a number of Covid cases.

Deadline understands that the ABC cop drama is going to reduce the shooting schedule for the rest of December as a result of the positive cases, which were discovered through its strict health and safety protocols.

The positive tests came in the production’s Zone A, which includes cast, meaning that the LA-shot show, which is produced by eOne and ABC Signature, had to reconfigure its plans.

“The Rookie season three has moved to an alternate production schedule with limited production still underway, seeing the winter hiatus starting earlier than expected for most of the cast and crew following confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Zone A through a routine screening, in adherence with strict health and safety protocols. Together with our partners at ABC Signature, eOne wishes to thank our incredible cast and crew – and we look forward to cameras rolling at full speed in 2021 as planned,” a spokesman told Deadline.

This marks the latest positive cases of Covid-19 for the drama after four members of the production crew tested positive in October, leading to a deep cleaning of the set.

Season three of The Rookie, which stars Nathan Fillion, Mekia Cox, Titus Makina Jr. and Richard T. Jones, is set to premiere on January 3 2021. Legends of Tomorrow star Brandon Routh has also joined the show, playing Doug Stanton, an eleven-year veteran of the LAPD, whose views prove to be polarizing at the Mid-Wilshire station.

It is exec produced by Alexi Hawley, Eric Winter, Nathan Fillion, Mark Gordon, Michelle Chapman, Jon Steinberg and Bill Norcross.

Creator Hawley said earlier this month that the third season of the drama, which follows Fillion’s John Nolan, the oldest rookie at the Los Angeles Police Department, will challenge the status quo of cop shows on its return.

He said that the show would incorporate the ongoing conversations about police brutality sparked by the Black Lives Matter movement and the murder of George Floyd in May, and was working with Arisha Hatch of Color of Change, a team of activists committed to advocating for justice for Black people.

Inside Chrishell Stause and Keo Motsepe’s romantic vacation

(12/15/20) Chrishell Stause and Keo Motsepe are kicking off the holiday season with a romantic vacation.

The “Dancing with the Stars” contestants checked into the adults-only Le Blanc Spa Resort in Mexico on Sunday, a source told Page Six.

Motsepe also shared a video of him and Stause on the plane together, and followed it up with a video of them in the hotel’s lobby. He tagged Le Blanc Resorts.

We’re told that Motsepe, 31, and the “Selling Sunset” star, 39, will be staying for four days in a $1,630-a-night Junior Suite.

While the new couple did not have any special requests for their room, they were greeted with a bottle of Moët and desserts including macarons.

Despite Stause’s Instagram story saying she was at the resort for work, Motsepe and Stause are only expected to participate in a photoshoot around the property. As for fun, we’re told they’re getting a couple’s massage during their stay.

Fellow “Dancing with the Stars” contestant Gleb Savchenko is also vacationing on the property.

Motesepe and Stause met on the set of “Dancing with the Stars” this year and revealed earlier this month that they are dating.

Savchenko and Stause were partners on the most recent season of the ABC show. They placed seventh in the competition, while Motsepe and his partner, Anne Heche, were the third couple to be eliminated.

Before confirming her relationship with Motsepe, Stause was rumored to be dating Savchenko after he announced his split from his wife Elena Samodanova.

“I am so saddened about the news of Gleb and Elena’s split,” Stause shared on social media at the time. “It is unfortunate that this has caused rumors to swirl about my personal life. Having gone through a public split myself, I would not wish this on anyone.”

‘Days Of Our Lives’: Bryan Dattilo Upped To Contract Player, Rejoining Main Cast

(12/14/20) Bryan Dattilo, a Days of Our Lives veteran, has been promoted to a series regular. He was last on a contract when he rejoined NBC’s daytime drama in 2012. Starting today, Dec 14, Dattilo again will be a contract player. His character Lucas Horton will be part of a new storyline with co-stars Alison Sweeney (Sami Brady) and Lindsay Arnold (his daughter with Sami Allie Horton), which will start airing March 2021.

A fan favorite, Dattilo has been a regular presence on Days of Our Lives since 1993; he has only been away twice for brief periods, most recently in 2011 before returning in early 2012 as part of a big Days of our Lives reset.

Lucas, who has battled alcoholism, is known for his relationship with Sami. The two were a Days of Our Lives‘s super couple in 1990s-2000s, given a Lumi moniker by fans. More recently, Lucas has been romancing his ex-wife Chloe (Nadia Bjorlin).

Days of Our Lives, which celebrated its 55th anniversary on Nov 8, will air it’s 14,000th episode this week, on Dec. 17. Set in the fictional Midwestern town of Salem, Days of Our Lives revolves around three core families, the Bradys, Hortons, and DiMeras. Its storylines involve elements of romance, adventure, mystery, comedy and drama.

Days Recasts Vivian

(12/12/20) Days of Our Lives has tapped Linda Dano (Another World) to take over the role of villainess Vivian Alamain, who was previously portrayed by Robin Strasser and Louise Sorel, Soaps.com reports.

Dishing with Digest - 12/11/20 - Lamon Archey

(12/11/20) (Listen / download) Lamon Archey recalls his soap start as Y&R’s Mason, his journey as DAYS’s Eli, working with leading ladies Sal Stowers (Lani) and Vanessa A. Williams (Valerie) and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss the best and worst on soaps in 2020

Ryan's Hope - Reunion 12/10/20

(12/10/20) (Video) Ash Adams (John Reid Ryan), Malcolm Groome (Dr. Patrick Ryan) Ilene Kristen (Delia Reid), Geoff Pierson (Frank Ryan), Cali Timmins (Maggie Shelby) and James Wlcek (Ben Shelby) from Ryan's Hope will all join me live in The Locher Room on Thursday, December 10th at 2 p.m. EST / 11 a.m. PST. Join us as we reminisce about their time together on this beloved soap.

Guiding Light - A Very Special Deck the Zoom 12/17/20

(12/9/20) (Watch here) Tune in to The Locher Room on Thursday, December 17th at 8 p.m. EST / 5 p.m. PST for a very special Deck the Zoom Guiding Light holiday reunion. Together our Springfield family will celebrate their longtime relationships with each other and with you our audience while revisiting some of our favorite Guiding Light traditions. The cast has agreed to come together for this special event to help raise awareness and money for Feeding America.

School closures, job disruptions, and health risks are causing millions of Americans to turn to food banks for much-needed support right now. You can help families impacted by COVID-19 in our community by supporting our partner tonight. www.feedingamerica.org/coronavirus.

Joining us for this very special holiday show are Grant Aleksander (Phillip), Laura Bell Bundy (Marah), Bryan Buffinton (Bill), Jean Carol (Nadine), Beth Chamberlin (Beth), Crystal Chappell (Olivia), Kassie DePaiva (Chelsea), Frank Dicopoulos (Frank), Beth Ehlers (Harley), Morgan Englund (Dylan), Judi Evans (Beth), Jamie Goodwin (Johnny), Melissa Hayden (Bridget), Liz Keifer (Blake), Jessica Leccia (Natalia), Joy Lenz (Michelle), Rachel Miner (Michelle), Michael O'Leary (Rick), Robert Newman (Josh), Saundra Santiago (Carmen), Peter Simon (Ed), Tina Sloan (Lillian), Paul Anthony Stewart (Danny), Krista Tesreau (Mindy), Jerry verDorn (Ross), Yvonna Kopacz-Wright (Mel) and Kim Zimmer (Reva).

‘Station 19’: Robert Curtis Brown To Recur On ABC Firefighter Drama

(12/9/20) We’ll be meeting the father of Travis Montgomery (Jay Hayden) shortly on ABC’s firefighter drama series Station 19. Robert Curtis Brown will be introduced as Travis’ dad, Paul Montgomery, on Thursday’s episode titled “Don’t Look Back in Anger” and he will recur throughout the season. You can see a first-look photo above.

Brown’s Travis is a buttoned-up, religious father who’s hiding a part of himself from his family.

Station 19 follows a group of heroic Seattle firefighters as they put their lives and hearts on the line. It stars Jaina Lee Ortiz as Andy Herrera, Jason George as Ben Warren, Boris Kodjoe as Captain Robert Sullivan, Grey Damon as Jack Gibson, Barrett Doss as Victoria Hughes, Jay Hayden as Travis Montgomery, Okieriete Onaodowan as Dean Miller, Danielle Savre as Maya Bishop and Stefania Spampinato as Carina DeLuca.

The drama is produced by ABC Signature. Krista Vernoff (Grey’s Anatomy) serves as showrunner and executive producer. Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers serve as executive producers. Paris Barclay (Pitch, Sons of Anarchy) serves as the producing director and executive producer of the series. ABC Signature is a part of Disney Television Studios, alongside 20th Television and Touchstone Television

Brown’s credits include recurring roles on Ryan Murphy’s Ratched, Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale and Netflix’s Dear White People. He most recently guest-starred on The Right Stuff, The Rookie and All Rise, among others. Brown is repped by Ellis Talent Group.

Jackée Harry Joins the Cast of DAYS OF OUR LIVES!

(12/8/20) (soapsindepth.com) A very familiar face is showing up in Salem when Jackée Harry joins the cast of DAYS OF OUR LIVES! The actress announced the news during an appearance on TODAY. “I am going to be joining the cast of [a] big, big soap opera on NBC, DAYS OF OUR LIVES,” she declared.

Harry, who got her start playing Lily on NBC sudser ANOTHER WORLD, became a huge TV star playing Sandra on the classic sitcom 227 back in the ‘80s. In her extensive career, the actress has appeared on television series like SISTER, SISTER and EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS, and more recently could be seen in movies like A Christmas for Mary and The Wrong Wedding Planner.

As for Harry’s role on DAYS, she would only offer a little tease of what viewers can look forward to. “She’s fabulous!” she gushed. “You know I play the fabulous woman, you know that. It’s a brand-new storyline with African-Americans. And they’ve been at the forefront of hiring minorities; they have a lot of diversity on DAYS. I don’t want to give away the storyline, but I have a daughter and… you know, ain’t nothing but trouble in River City! But I”m told I’ll be fabulous.”

While details of Harry’s character are still being kept under wraps, there are also no details as to when she might first air on the soap.

Guiding Light - Reunion 12/16/20 - Terrell Tilford and Victoria Platt

(12/8/20) Real life husband and wife duo Terrell Tilford (David Grant) and Victoria Platt (Vicky Spaulding) from Guiding Light will join The Locher Room on Wednesday, December 16th at 3 p.m. EST / 12 Noon PST. Join to hear about their Springfield meeting and all the great things they have been working on in recent years.(Watch here)

Justin Gaston Shares His New Song, “Wish for You”

(12/8/20) (soapsindepth.com) Soap fans know Justin Gaston is a talented actor from his recent turn as Chance on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS and his stint as Ben on DAYS OF OUR LIVES. But many might be surprised to know that he is also a very talented musician! His new song, “Wish for You” has just been released for your listening pleasure.

“So excited for this song to come out,” he enthused on Instagram. “Wrote it with one of my best friends, Mylen, for the ION movie The Christmas Sitters, coming out December 13!” But you can listen to “Wish for You” right now by following this link to pick your favorite music streaming service.

Although Gaston began his career as a model, he was a contestant on the final season of NASHVILLE STAR on NBC in 2008 and that same year also appeared in the pilot episode of GLEE! In 2010, he performed a duet of Elvis Presley’s “I Can Dream” with contestant Brooke White on the seventh season of AMERICAN IDOL. And later that year, he was the opening act for AMERICAN IDOL winner Kris Allen on tour.

In addition to his acting and his music, Gaston keeps quite busy raising daughters Sophie and Olivia with his wife, Melissa Ordway (Abby, Y&R). Hopefully, one day he’ll find enough time to record an entire album for us to enjoy!

Video: Daytime Cares: A Live Event

(12/6/20) (Video) Daytime Cares: A Live Event for the Restaurant Community is showcasing the Restaurant Strong Fund, which supports restaurant industry employees who have been impacted by COVID 19 closures. The live event will be live-streamed here in The Locher Room and on Facebook on Saturday night, December 5th at 8 p.m. EST / 5 p.m. StreamYard.com is sponsoring the event.

Hosted by Daytime Emmy Award Nominee Arianne Zucker (Days of Our Lives) and daytime actor Shawn Christian (formerly Dr. Daniel Jonas on Days of Our Lives) The event will feature daytime TV talent from NBC, CBS and ABC, as well as Broadway stars, a Celebrity Chef and Grammy-award winning artists Lisa Loeb and Gloria Gaynor. Ari & Shawn will be joined by The Locher Room host Alan Locher.

The following daytime talent is scheduled to appear:

Lamon Archey (Eli DOOL), Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), Galen Gering (Rafe, DOOL), Katelyn MacMullen (Willow, GH), Martha Madison (Belle, DOOL), Sofia Mattson (Sasha, GH), Michael Mealor (Kyle, Y&R), Marci Miller (Abigail, DOOL), Wes Ramsey (Peter, GH), Lawrence Saint-Victor (Carter, B&B), Crishell Stause (ex-Jordan DOOL), Sal Stowers (Lani, DOOL), Jason Thompson (Billy, Y&R), Cynthia Watros (Nina, GH) and Laura Wright (Carly, GH)

Daytime Cares is a TV community spotlighting non-profit organizations offering Covid19 support and resources.

https://www.daytimecares.com/

https://www.restaurantstrong.org/.

Talk Show Appearance

(12/4/20) THE KELLY CLARKSON SHOW, syndicated

Fr 12/11: Deidre Hall

Dishing with Digest - 12/4/20 - Melissa Ordway And Justin Gaston

(12/4/20) (Listen / download) Y&R’s Melissa Ordway (Abby) and real-life husband Justin Gaston chat about his stint as Chance, their off-camera courtship, parenthood and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also talk about Nadia Bjorlin and James Lastovic’s DAYS comebacks.

Lisa Rinna hasn’t seen mom Lois since ‘last Christmas’ because of pandemic

(12/3/20) Lisa Rinna hasn’t seen her 91-year-old mother, Lois Rinna, in nearly a year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The “Real Housewives of Beverly Hill” star, 57, shared on Instagram Wednesday a sweet video of herself dancing with her mom.

She captioned it, “We haven’t seen Lois since last Christmas. She is doing great I’m so happy to report, but we Miss her so much!!!”

Like many families, they appear to be taking precautions and not visiting Lois in person since older adults are in the highest risk groups if they contract COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

On Wednesday, it was reported that three “RHOBH” stars tested positive for the coronavirus.

Kyle Richards, Dorit Kemsely, and new “Friend of the Housewives” Kathy Hilton contracted COVID-19 and were the reason production on Season 11 was halted.

A source previously told us, filming was “temporarily suspended” and “proper protocol” is being followed.

Lisa has not shared that she has experienced any symptoms herself, and it is unclear if she will try to reunite with her mom in time for the holidays.

Last year, on Dec. 23, Lois, Lisa, Lisa’s husband Harry Hamlin, and their two daughters, Amelia Gray Hamlin, 19, and Delilah Belle Hamlin, 22, were photographed taking part in Los Angeles Missions’ Christmas Celebration on Skid Row.

Lois has appeared on many episodes of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” and once opened up about her scary experience escaping a serial killer in her youth.

Lisa said after the episode aired, “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!”

Ryan's Hope - Reunion 12/10/20

(12/3/20) Ash Adams (John Reid Ryan), Malcolm Groome (Dr. Patrick Ryan) Ilene Kristen (Delia Reid), Geoff Pierson (Frank Ryan) and James Wlcek (Ben Shelby) from Ryan's Hope will all join me live in The Locher Room on Thursday, December 10th at 3 p.m. EST / 12 Noon PST. Join us as we reminisce about their time together on this beloved soap. (Watch here)

Chrishell Stause is dating with ‘Dancing with the Stars’ pro Keo Motsepe

(12/3/20) Chrishell Stause is off the market.

The “Selling Sunset” star, 39, is dating “Dancing with the Stars” pro Keo Motsepe, a rep for the dancer confirmed Thursday to Page Six.

On Wednesday, Motsepe — who was paired with Anne Heche on Season 29 of the ABC competition series — posted some touchy-feely photos with Stause.

Motsepe, 31, captioned one cozy Instagram picture with a heart emoji, and also shared a pic of him kissing Stause, 39, via his Instagram story.

“A WHOLE CURVEBALL I WASN’T EXPECTING,” one fan commented on the post.

“THE BEST THING TO COME FROM THIS SEASON!!!” another wrote.

Stause, who also competed on “Dancing with the Stars” this year, re-shared one shot on her Instagram story Wednesday.

Last month, Stause, 39, was the subject of rumors regarding the nature of her relationship with her pro partner, Gleb Savchenko, who split from wife Elena Samodanova this fall.

“I am so saddened about the news of Gleb and Elena’s split,” the Netflix star posted to social media in November. “It is unfortunate that this has caused rumors to swirl about my personal life. Having gone through a public split myself, I would not wish this on anyone.”

In November 2019, Stause’s husband, “This Is Us” star Justin Hartley, filed for divorce after two years of marriage. Their split became a storyline on Season 3 of “Selling Sunset.”

A reps for Stause did not immediately return our request for comment.

Daytime Emmys And Rest Of NATAS Awards Shows To Stay Virtual For 2021

(12/1/20) The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences said Tuesday that it has decided to keep its slate of awards shows virtual in 2021, meaning the organization’s Daytime Emmys, Sports Emmys, News & Documentary Emmys and Technology & Engineering Emmys will be online-only again next year.

NATAS was among the first awards shows to shift to virtual ceremonies as the coronavirus pandemic took hold in the spring. Its marquee Daytime Emmys were presented in primetime on CBS in July, while the others were livestreamed on the organization’s dedicated platform.

“The current timetables articulated by manufacturers project mass availability of vaccinations for the entire U.S. population by mid-summer 2021, potentially permitting a return to more traditional in-person ceremonies later in the fall,” NATAS chairman and CEO Adam Sharp said today. “However, we have determined that delaying our 2021 events to possibly allow for a compressed calendar of in-person Emmy ceremonies late in the year would result in unacceptable delays to our awards cycle for 2022.”

Three time frames are currently being considered for the 48th annual Daytime Emmys ceremony next year, which could take place over either two or three nights across a potential combination of dates on Friday, June 25, Saturday, July 17 and/or Sunday, July 18. The final entry deadline will be February 17, with nominations to be announced sometime in May or June.

The 42nd annual Sports Emmys are set for Tuesday, June 8, 2021, with nominations coming at the end of April. The 42nd News & Documentary Emmys are set for Tuesday, September 21 (for news categories) and Wednesday, September 22 (for Documentary categories), with noms coming at the end of July. The 72nd Tech & Engineering ceremony will be held during the NAB Show on Sunday, October 10.

Sharp said additional details including rules and category descriptions, early deadlines and entry fees are coming later on.

“Despite being born of unintended necessity, our 2020 ceremonies proved to be among our best,” Sharp said today. “We hope to build on this creative success in making the 2021 virtual gatherings even more inclusive and engaging celebrations of excellence. Looking ahead to 2022, we’ve already started booking venues and can’t wait to welcome you back in person!” This year’s Daytime Emmys ceremony was originally scheduled over three nights in June in live ceremonies at the Pasadena Civic Center. It went virtual because of the pandemic and was presented as a two-hour broadcast June 26 and averaged 3.1 million total viewers and a 0.3 demo rating.

ION Television Announces Vivica A. Fox Holiday Movie Marathon, ‘Christmas Together’ Premiere Date

(12/1/20) Vivica A. Fox fans can get their fix during this holiday season with ION Televisions newly announced movie marathon, “A Very Vivica Christmas.” On Tuesday ION shared that it will feature an all-day slate of the actress’ recent ION holiday flicks leading to the premiere of her latest holiday feature Christmas Together.

Beginning Sunday Dec. 6, ION will play only holiday films starring the Independence Day and Empire actress. Part of the schedule are A Wedding for Christmas, A Husband for Christmas, A Christmas Cruise and Christmas Matchmakers. Vivica not only appears in all the holiday titles, but the actress also produced the film, alongside Hybrid. All films will lead up to the premiere of Christmas Together, a new holiday story starring and produced by Fox. Directed by David DeCoteau and written by Jay Cipriani, Christmas Together follows a brokenhearted New York painter and a West Coast widower as they find their way together for the holiday season, thanks to the latter’s young daughter and her innocent scheme. Anna Marie Dobbins plays the painter, Ava, Marc Herrmann stars as the widower, Mason and Rylie Coe stars as Mason’s daughter. Fox will play Deb, a friendly neighbor witnessing and encouraging the blossoming relationship between the three leads.

See the full “A Very Vivica Christmas” movie marathon schedule below.

Dec. 6, at 11/10c AM – A Wedding for Christmas

Dec. 6, at 1/12c AM – A Husband for Christmas

Dec. 6, at 3/2c AM – A Christmas Cruise

Dec. 6, at 5/4c AM – Christmas Matchmakers

Dec. 6, at 7/6c AM – Christmas Together

Daytime Cares Plans New Virtual Event On December 5

(11/24/20) A host of stars will take part in the second Daytime Cares virtual event on Saturday, December 5 at 8 p.m. benefiting the restaurant industry and its workers through Restaurant Strong (www.restaurantstrong.org). Hosts Arianne Zucker (Nicole, DAYS) and Shawn Christian (ex-Daniel, DAYS et al) will be joined by THE LOCHER ROOM host Alan Locher. Scheduled to appear are Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), Crishell Stause (ex-Jordan, DAYS), Laura Wright (Carly, GH), Wes Ramsey (Peter, GH), Cynthia Watros (Nina, GH), Katelyn MacMullen (Willow, GH), Sofia Mattsson (Sasha, GH), Lawrence Saint-Victor (Carter, B&B), Marci Miller (Abigail, DAYS), Lamon Archey (Eli, DAYS), Sal Stowers (Lani, DAYS), Martha Madison (Belle, DAYS) and Paolo Seganti (ex-Damian, AS THE WORLD TURNS). Also participating are the leading ladies of Wicked and Phantom of the Opera from Broadway, celebrity chef Katie Chin, Lisa Loeb and Gloria Gaynor. The variety show that will be live-streamed on The Locher Room YouTube Channel and on Facebook.

Jen Lilley Wants To Give You Your Dream Christmas!

(11/23/20) (soapsindepth.com) Most of 2020 has been less-than-spectacular. But former DAYS OF OUR LIVES star Jen Lilley (ex-Theresa) wants to help bring some holiday cheer to making the season a little more magical with a special contest called “Operation: Christmas Is Not Cancelled!”

These days, the alum of DAYS and GENERAL HOSPITAL (where she played Maxie) is a staple in the Hallmark family’s original movies. So she has partnered with the company to bring the ultimate Christmas to one lucky family, all while helping children in need through Toys For Tots and the United States Armed Forces with the USO!

“In an effort to provide Christmas cheer and perpetual hope, we are giving you the chance to win the ultimate Christmas — everything you need to create your perfect Hallmark moment!” Lilley explained. “Because no, 2020… Christmas is not cancelled!”

The actress even got some of her hunky former DAYS colleagues to help her spread the news about the holiday campaign. You can watch the sexy video: https://www.instagram.com/p/CHbyFDdpx4G/.

So what is this feel-good holiday contest? Each week, fans can visit ChristmasIsNotCancelled.com and buy a toy for a child in need for a chance to win holiday-themed prizes like a Hallmark movie watching kit, gingerbread house kit, or a basket of toys. “Operation: Christmas Is Not Cancelled” runs through Friday, Dec. 11, and the grand prize is the ultimate Christmas celebration for one lucky winner: a Balsam Hill tree, decorations, dinner, gifts, and $1,500 cash!

“And the best part?” said Lilley. “‘Operation: Christmas is Not Cancelled’ provides toys to families in need through Toys for Tots and also supports our troops through USO!”

So go ahead and enter to win your dream holiday, all while doing something good. “The whole thing helps thousands of families in need this holiday season by benefitting Toys For Tots,” said Lilley. And be sure to check out Lilley and Trevor Donovan (ex-Jeremy, DAYS) in their Hallmark Movies & Mysteries film USS Christmas, premiering on Saturday, Nov. 28!

‘Unsinkable’: Blair Redford and Paul Telfer Set For Audio Movie Event

(11/23/20) Brian Cox (Succession), John Malkovich (The New Pope), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (The Queen’s Gambit) and Harry Hamlin (L.A. Law) are joining the “audio movie event” Unsinkable alongside Blair Redford (The Gifted) and Paul Telfer (Days of Our Lives).

This year marks the 80th anniversary of one of the most extraordinary maritime events of World War II: the story of the cargo ship San Demetrio, which was severely damaged in battle, abandoned by its crewmembers and then later retrieved. To mark the occasion, Datura Studios and North Atlantic Ridge in association with B7 Media and AudioMarvels assembled an impressive team for the audio production of Unsinkable to capture this epic journey of the ship that would not die.

Datura partnered with John Mawson’s North Atlantic Ridge to adapt his screenplay, The San Demetrio, into an audio movie.

“It’s such an unusual story,” said Cox. He added of the audio platform for storytelling: “Suddenly radio has come back with a vengeance during this time, podcasts are very popular…I think it’s great that Covid has rediscovered (it).”

Malkovich said that in the story, they go through the “most unimaginably horrific circumstances and they just keep going.” When it comes to audio movies, he added, “Personally, I love that experience.”

Brodie-Sangster added to the sentiment, “I don’t think I’ve ever done anything on this scale before, the script and the story is such a high level…it’s a great way of portraying a story.”

The audio movie will embrace the production style and values of cinematic feature films by creating an immersive blockbuster audio experience through sound. The sound design and mix will be headed up by Academy and BAFTA winner Ben Wilkins (Whiplash).

Showrunners Misha Crosby (American Horror Story 1984, The Lying Game) and John Mawson (6 Years 4 Months 23 Days) are set to direct all 11 episodes with co-producers Andrew Mark Sewell of B7 Media and Jack Bowman of AudioMarvels, who will be running the UK side of the production.

Cox is repped by Paradigm, Conway Van Gelder Grant and Insight Entertainment. Malkovich is represented by WME. Brodie-Sangster is repped by Anonymous Content and Curtis Brown. Hamlin is repped by UTA, Industry Entertainment and attorney Dave Feldman. Redford is repped by APA and Industry Entertainment. Telfer is repped by BRS / Gage Talent Agency and Liberman-Zerman Management. Crosby is repped by Eris and Meyer & Downs. Mawson is repped by MTA and Stage Centre Management.

Chrishell Stause Shares Her Dog’s Cancer Battle

(11/23/20) (soapsindepth.com) Anyone who follows daytime alum Chrishell Stause (ex-Jordan, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; Amanda, ALL MY CHILDREN) on social media knows just how much she loves her sweet pooch, Gracie. So the actress has an extra reason to be thankful this Thanksgiving, as Gracie is on the mend following a bout with canine cancer!

“Cause for celebration for Gracie!” the recent DANCING WITH THE STARS contestant said. “If you noticed a cone on her a few months ago, it’s because she had to have two cancer masses removed surgically.”

Stause went on to explain that her dog was diagnosed with carcinoma, a cancer so aggressive that Gracie had to undergo chemotherapy following the surgery. “After finishing her eight successful rounds, she is stronger and as playful as ever!” Stause exclaimed, thanking Gracie’s vet for their help as well as Burbank Animal Shelter, “where I found my puppy soulmate.”

The entire ordeal was so scary for Stause that she never even mentioned it on social media! “Dealing with this the last few months was something I kept private because I was too scared to think about what it might mean,” confessed the actress, who lost both of her parents to cancer. “But seeing her bounce back after treatment makes me want to remind you — if you feel lumps and bumps on your dog, go get them looked at! One vet told me it was probably nothing, but after noticing it getting bigger, I sought a second opinion, and thank God I did. She wouldn’t have had long with this aggressive type of cancer if left untreated.”

In an additional video she posted to Instagram, Stause cradled Gracie and confessed, “She is in, I guess you call it remission, just like people. But she is done with her chemo!”

We are so glad to hear that sweet Gracie has that pep back in her step!

Day Of Days Videos Available Only Until Nov 24 - Watch Now

(11/21/20) Days of our Lives @nbcdays: Calling our friends to tell them about #DayofDays2020 and to remind them that all the sessions will be available to watch on dayofdays2020.com until 11/24!

Dishing with Digest - 11/20/20 - Real Andrews

(11/20/20) (Listen / download) On the new Dishing With Digest, Réal Andrews (Taggert) opens up about the personal demons he’s conquered since his last stint in Port Charles, his close friendship with Maurice Benard (Sonny) and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also talk about how soaps manage to fake intimacy in the age of Covid.

Day of DAYS

(11/19/20) Event Details
When: Launches on Saturday, Nov 21 7am PST/10am EST
Where: www.dayofdays2020.com
Additional Info:
Completely free of cost for the fans.
Anyone with access to the internet can join.

B&B’s Denise Richards Reunites On-Screen With Patrick Muldoon

(11/19/20) The ever-busy Denise Richards (Shauna, B&B) will next be seen in the family film Timecrafters: The Treasure Of Pirate’s Cove, due for release just in time for the holidays on December 12. Richards stars opposite DAYS vet Patrick Muldoon (ex-Austin). The swashbuckling pirate flick reunites the pair on-screen, who first co-starred together in the 1997 hit actioner, Starship Troopers.

Jane Elliot Back To GH

(11/19/20) Fan fave Jane Elliot is checking back in to GH as Tracy. Expect the character to make an appearance in time for the holidays. The actress began playing Tracy in 1978 and was a Port Charles resident on and off through 2017, when Elliot retired. She last visited at the end of 2019 and stayed through February of this year.

Nominations For Inaugural Critics Choice Super Awards

(11/19/20) The show airs Sunday, January 10, 2021 on the CW as a two-hour special at 8 pm ET/PT.

BEST VILLAIN IN A MOVIE
Jim Carrey – Sonic The Hedgehog (Paramount)
Katherine Langford – Spontaneous (Paramount)
Kathryn Newton – Freaky (Universal)
Martin Short and Jane Krakowski – The Willoughbys (Netflix)
J.K. Simmons – Palm Springs (Hulu)
Hilary Swank – The Hunt (Universal)

BEST ACTOR IN AN ACTION SERIES
Daveed Diggs – Snowpiercer (TNT)
Andrew Koji – Warrior (Cinemax)
Logan Lerman – Hunters (Amazon)
Alexander Ludwig – Vikings (History)
Shemar Moore – S.W.A.T. (CBS)
Al Pacino – Hunters (Amazon)

BEST ACTOR IN A HORROR SERIES
Jensen Ackles – Supernatural (The CW)
Mike Colter – Evil (CBS)
Michael Emerson – Evil (CBS)
Jonathan Majors – Lovecraft Country (HBO)
Ben Mendelsohn – The Outsider (HBO)
Jared Padalecki – Supernatural (The CW)
Michael K. Williams – Lovecraft Country (HBO)

BEST VILLAIN IN A SERIES
Tom Ellis – Lucifer (Netflix)
Abbey Lee – Lovecraft Country (HBO)
Samantha Morton – The Walking Dead (AMC)
Sarah Paulson – Ratched (Netflix)
Antony Starr – The Boys (Amazon)
Finn Wittrock – Ratched (Netflix).

‘You’ Season 3: Christopher Sean Cast In Netflix Series

(11/18/20) Saffron Burrows (Mozart in the Jungle, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) has been promoted to series regular from recurring, and Dylan Arnold (Halloween, Nashville) and Tati Gabrielle (Uncharted, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) also are set as new series regulars on the upcoming third season of the Netflix series You. Additionally, Michaela McManus (The Village, Aquarius), Shannon Chan-Kent (Good Trouble, Another Life), Ben Mehl (The Good Wife), Chris O’Shea (Madam Secretary), Christopher Sean (Days of Our Lives, Hawaii Five-0), Bryan Safi (9-1-1, Desperados), Mackenzie Astin (Homeland, The Loudest Voice), Ayelet Zurer (Angels & Demons, Daredevil) and Jack Fisher (NCIS, Agents of Shield) have been tapped for recurring roles in the series headlined by Penn Badgley and Victoria Pedretti.

Developed by Sera Gamble and Greg Berlanti, You is based on Caroline Kepnes’ bestselling books You and Hidden Bodies. In the second season, Joe Goldberg (Badgley) moves from New York to Los Angeles to escape his past, and starts over with a new identity. Fresh out of an intense relationship that ended in murder, the last thing he expects is to meet an incredible new woman but he’s falling in love again — with a woman named Love (Pedretti).

Burrows returns as Love’s mother, Dottie. After her son’s death, Dottie is determined to pour her love and attention into Love and her new grandchild.

Arnold plays Theo, a college student with a strained and complicated relationship with his stepfather. Theo is wise and perceptive, but vulnerable and troubled, with a propensity to get tangled up in his loved ones’ problems and to drown his own in controlled substances and dangerous behavior.

Gabrielle portrays Marienne, a smart, no-nonsense librarian who doesn’t let much get by her. Marienne is a keen observer of the neighborhood’s denizens, too savvy in the ways of the real world to be taken in by patrons’ privilege and oblivious entitlement. Beneath her practical, buttoned-up exterior, Marienne is hiding personal struggles that continue to set her back, hard as she tries to create a better life for herself and her young child.

McManus recurs as Natalie, Joe’s next door neighbor and subject of his growing fascination.

Married to a powerful man, Natalie is a professional and social success. But she sees through the shallow, Stepford-esque vibe that surrounds her, and beneath her wry exterior, she leads a secret life. One that Joe is willing to work hard to learn more about. Chan-Kent plays Kiki, a devoted member of Sherry’s cliquish “mean girl” friend group. Kiki is a wife, mother and life coach who enjoys a life of entitlement, frequenting mid-day fitness classes and enjoying lengthy gossip sessions at the local cafe.

Mehl portrays Dante, a librarian who retains his wit and equanimity no matter what the day brings. A veteran whose eyesight was damaged, Dante is a dedicated family man with a husband and two stepchildren who longs to expand his family, and delights in helping his friends with their children.

O’Shea plays Andrew, an adoring member of Sherry’s cliquish inner circle. A fit stay-at-home dad, Andrew is dependably tuned in to the latest town gossip.

Sean is Brandon. Kiki’s husband, who struck it rich in his mid 20’s as a tech investor, is now a stay-at-home dad for his kids.

Safi plays Jackson. Andrew’s wry husband; they have an enviable, loving marriage. Despite Jackson’s high-powered job as a tech attorney, he’s managed to stay humble.

Astin is Gil. A mild-mannered geology professor is thoughtful, friendly, and genuinely good-hearted if a bit vanilla and naive.

Zurer plays Dr. Chandra. A chic, brusque, but extremely seasoned couple’s therapist who has every intention of getting to the bottom of her patients’ issues.

Fisher portrays Young Joe Goldberg. Seen in flashbacks to a Boy’s Home where he is bullied mercilessly, Young Joe is sensitive and vulnerable to influence.

The series is produced by Berlanti Productions and Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television. Gamble serves as showrunner and executive produces with Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Leslie Morgenstein, Gina Girolamo, Silver Tree, Michael Foley, and Justin Lo.

McManus is repped by UTA and Artists First. Chan-Kent is repped by Red Management and Vault Entertainment. Gabrielle is with ICM, Deidre Graham and Fox Rothschild.

Attend the Virtual Day of DAYS Fan Event — for Free!

(11/17/20) Not even a global pandemic like COVID-19 could prevent the DAYS OF OUR LIVES cast from holding its annual Day of DAYS fan gathering this year — especially since Nov. 8 marked the 55th anniversary for NBC’s sole soap! To keep up the long-running tradition that celebrates Salem’s denizens and their biggest supporters, the network made some socially-distant modifications to the annual DAYS extravaganza and will host a free virtual event this Saturday, Nov. 21!

Typically, the Day of DAYS event gathers most of the iconic soap’s cast at Universal CityWalk in Hollywood every November for a full day of autograph signing, meet and greets, and a full-of-spoilers sneak peek at what’s ahead on the show. Of course, due to crowd restrictions as a result of the novel coronavirus, the network had to get creative in how they could still go ahead with the beloved event this year. The result? A free, all-day virtual event that fans across the United States (and abroad!) can partake in from the comfort (and safety!) of their own couches!

Beginning at 10 a.m. ET, fans can log online for virtual Q&A sessions with panels of cast members, trivia challenges, a behind-the-scenes set tour, at-home visits with some of the DAYS stars, and so much more! As the day goes on, new content will continue to be released on the fan website, so be sure to keep an eye on the official DAYS social media channels for updates all day long!

More than 40 DAYS cast members scheduled to participate in the first-of-its-kind virtual event, including Deidre Hall (Marlena), Drake Hogestyn (John), Lauren Koslow (Kate), Robert Scott Wilson (Ben), Matthew Ashford (Jack), Cady McClain (Jennifer), Stephen Nichols (Steve), Mary Beth Evans (Kayla), Bill and Susan Seaforth Hayes (Doug and Julie), Eric Martsolf (Brady), Arianne Zucker (Nicole) and John Aniston (Victor).

The direct link for the Day of DAYS fan event will be revealed later this week.

Video: Beverlee McKinsey Tribute Chat 11/16/20

(11/16/20) (Video) Watch The Locher Room for a very special tribute to one of the greatest actresses to ever grace our daytime television screens, Beverlee McKinsey. Joining the chat were Beverlee's son, Scott McKinsey along with her co-stars Grant Aleksander (Phillip Spaulding), Jay Hammer (Fletcher Reade) and Vincent Irizarry (Brandon Lujack Luvonaczek).

Video: The Bay Season 6 Chat

(11/13/20) (Video) Cast members of the Emmy Award-winning digital series, The Bay, joined The Locher Room on Friday, November 13th. Watch Kristos Andrews (Pete Garrett), Brandon Beemer (Evan Blackwell), Mary Beth Evans (Sara Garrett), Eric Nelsen (Daniel Garrett), and Jackie Zeman (Sofia Madison), as they share previews of Season 6 which just kicked-off on Tuesday, November 10th as well as share their memories of working in daytime and other TV and film projects.

Dishing with Digest - 11/13/20 - Peter Reckell

(11/13/20) (Listen / download) Peter Reckell (ex-Bo, DAYS) looks back on his super-successful run as DAYS’s Bo, his first soap role as AS THE WORLD TURNS’s Eric, shares what he’s up to now — including living in New Zealand, for one! —and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also talk about the hottest storylines right now.

Former 'Days Of Our Lives' Star Cody Longo Arrested for Domestic Violence ... I Didn't Do It!!!

(11/12/20) Former "Days of Our Lives" star Cody Longo came home drunk and shoved his wife ... at least that's what she told cops in Tennessee, who arrested him on a domestic assault charge, an allegation he denies.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the actor's wife told officers Cody was intoxicated when he arrived late to his Clarksville home last Thursday night, accusing her of being unfaithful. According to the arrest warrant, the couple started arguing and it turned physical.

Cops say Cody's wife told them he shoved her face with his forearm, and while there were no visible bruises at the time, she claimed her jaw and neck were both sore.

Cody tells TMZ ... his wife's allegations are not true, and he calls their dispute a private matter.

He was arrested on a warrant the following day and posted $2,500 bond. Cops say there's no violent history between the couple.

Cody was arrested in 2013 -- as we first reported, he was busted for DUI in Los Angeles, and he copped a plea deal that required him to attend alcohol education classes.

‘Bring It On’ and ‘Days of Our Lives’ actor arrested in Clarksville on domestic assault charge

(11/12/20) Cody Longo, an actor best known for his roles in the soap opera “Days of Our Lives” and the “Bring It On: Fight to the Finish” movie, was arrested in Clarksville Saturday, Nov. 7, on a charge of domestic assault.

According to police records obtained by Clarksville Now, Longo arrived at his home in south Clarksville intoxicated, and accused his wife of being unfaithful.

The couple got into an argument that turned physical. Longo’s wife told the responding police officers that her husband had shoved her in the face with his forearm, the report said.

The police report states there were no visible bruises on Mrs. Longo, however, she told officers her neck and jaw were both sore.

Longo was arrested on Nov. 7 and posted bond on Tuesday, Nov. 10. According to the records, there is no history of violence between the couple. He will be formally arraigned next week.

He was also previous arrested for a DUI in Los Angeles in 2013 according to HuffPost, and was required to attend alcohol education classes.

The Bay Season 6 Chat 11/13/20

(11/9/20) Cast members of the Emmy Award-winning digital series, The Bay, will join The Locher Room on Friday, November 13th at 3 p.m. EST. / 12 p.m. PST. Don't miss Kristos Andrews (Pete Garrett), Brandon Beemer (Evan Blackwell), Mary Beth Evans (Sara Garrett), Eric Nelsen (Daniel Garrett), and Jackie Zeman (Sofia Madison), live as they share previews of Season 6 which just kicked-off on Tuesday, November 10th as well as share their memories of working in daytime and other TV and film projects. (Watch here)

‘Days Of Our Lives’ Turns 55: Deidre Hall Shares Her Favorite On-Set Moments

(11/9/20) ‘Days Of Our Lives’ Turns 55: Deidre Hall Shares Her Favorite On-Set Moments: Video.

Virtual Conversation: Soaps - Hillary Smith, Crystal Chappell and Irene Kristen

(11/9/20) (Video) The Lambs held a virtual conversation to focus on daytime drama (aka "Soaps") and the careers of actresses Hillary Smith, Crystal Chappell and Irene Kristen, and director Gary Donatelli; hosted by Suzanne Bowling

‘DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ STARS CELEBRATE 55 YEARS ON NBC WITH FIRST-OF-ITS KIND (VIRTUAL) ‘DAY OF DAYS’ FAN EVENT

(11/6/20) Cast Members of NBC’s Longest-Running Drama Series Will Come Together to Connect with the Show’s Devoted Audience

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – – In celebration of one of the most iconic and enduring series in daytime television and on the heels of its 55th anniversary, the stars of NBC’s longest-running drama, “Days of our Lives,” will be continuing its annual “Day of Days” tradition with a special virtual fan event on Saturday, Nov. 21.

This complimentary event will offer fans the chance to get to know some of their favorite cast members virtually through Q&A panel sessions, quizzes and trivia challenges; a virtual behind-the-scenes set tour with an exclusive look at Salem in 2020; “at-home” content with cast members; and much more. This first-of-its-kind fan event will be accessible to everyone across the U.S. (and abroad) from the comfort and safety of their own home.

This virtual fan website will launch the morning of Nov. 21 starting at 10 a.m. ET, with new content being released throughout the day. Fans will have the opportunity to browse the site and engage and watch new content provided by the actors. Fans should stay tuned to the show’s official social media pages for more information, including the fan event to follow.

Some of the “Days” stars participating include Deidre Hall, Drake Hogestyn, Brandon Barash, Robert Scott Wilson, Lauren Koslow, Josh Taylor, Marci Miller, Billy Flynn, Emily O’Brien, Cady McClain, Matthew Ashford, Judi Evans, Wally Kurth, Mary Beth Evans, Stephen Nichols, James Reynolds, Sal Stowers, Lamon Archey, Nadia Bjorlin, Mike Manning, Paul Telfer, Linsey Godfrey, Camila Banus, Isabel Durant, Lindsay Arnold, Bill Hayes, Susan Seaforth Hayes, Eric Martsolf, Arianne Zucker, Stacey Haiduk, Brandon Beemer, Martha Madison, John Aniston, Jay Kenneth Johnson, Lucas Adams, Suzanne Rogers, Galen Gering, Tamara Braun, Bryan Dattilo.

“Days of our Lives,” which is about to begin its 56th season, is set in the fictitious Midwestern town of Salem. The core families are the Bradys, Hortons, and DiMeras, and the multi-layered storylines involve elements of romance, adventure, mystery, comedy and drama.

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

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Chrishell Stause addresses ‘unfortunate rumors’ about her role in ‘DWTS’ partner’s split

(11/6/20) Chrishell Stause is shooting down rumors that she’s had anything to do with her “Dancing With the Stars” partner Gleb Savchenko’s split from his wife Elena Samodanova.

“I am so saddened about the news of Gleb and Elena’s split,” Stause, 39, wrote on Instagram Friday night. “It is unfortunate that this has caused rumors to swirl about my personal life. Having gone through a public split myself, I would not wish this on anyone,” she continued.

Stause’s estranged husband, “This Is Us” star Justin Hartley, filed for divorce in November 2019 after two years of marriage; Stause claims that Hartley, 43, made the split via text message.

“As you can imagine, the countless hours of training, and dance rehearsals has created a strong supportive friendship, but nothing more,” the “Selling Sunset” star added. “I wish nothing but the best for both Gleb and Elena during this unfortunate time.”

Samodanova, 36, announced that she and Savchenko, 37, were splitting via social media on Friday. The two married in 2006 and have two children, daughters Olivia and Zlata.

Page Six reported that Savchenko and Stause were “the talk of the set” during their eight weeks on “Dancing With the Stars,” but that they had a blowout fight at one point that left Stause too upset to do post-show press, with Savchenko sending her flowers afterward.

‘DWTS’ pro Gleb Savchenko gets flirty with Chrishell Stause amid his divorce

(11/6/20) “Dancing with the Stars” pro Gleb Savchenko has been getting flirty with his on-screen partner Chrishell Stause amid his split from his wife, Page Six has exclusively learned.

Elena Samodanova, 36, announced that she and Savchenko were parting ways on social media on Friday. They got married in 2006 and share two children, daughters Olivia and Zlata.

“After 14 years of marriage with my deepest sadness out road is coming to the end,” she wrote on her Instagram Story, also posting to her feed, “i don’t hate you. i’m just disappointed you turned into everything you said you’d never be.”

Savchenko later posted to his Instagram, “It is with a heavy heart that I tell you my wife and I are parting ways after 14 years of marriage. We still intend to co-parent our wonderful children together who we love so dearly, and we will strive to continue to be the best parents that we can to them.”

But a source told Page Six that Savchenko, 37, and Stause, 39, who made it to week eight together on “DWTS” before they were eliminated, were the talk of the set and that they had a big fight a few weeks ago.

We’re also told the “Selling Sunset” star was so upset that she couldn’t do press after the show and that the fight resulted in Savchenko sending Stause flowers.

Meanwhile, Stause’s estranged husband, “This Is Us” star Justin Hartley, filed for divorce in November 2019 after two years of marriage.

Stause claims that Hartley, 43, broke up with her via text message.

“I know people are saying we were only married two years, but it’s like, we were together for six years … in a fight, that’s his go-to, you know? Like, ‘I’m out, I’m out.’ I hate that kind of impulsive stuff, but I always just thought, you know, that’s just an issue that we work through it,” she said in an episode of her Netflix show at the time.

“If that’s really what you wanted, there are better ways to go about [it],” she continued. “I talked to him right after ’cause I thought that must be a joke, but that was kind of the end of the communication. What am I supposed to say? What do you say after that? It’s like, now I have to find a place to live. Now I have to scramble and figure this out, you know?”

Savchenko’s rep declined to comment and Stause’s rep did not immediately respond to our request for comment.

Dishing with Digest - 11/6/20 - Nadia Bjorlin

(11/6/20) (Listen / download) This week Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe) talks about her journey from DAYS ingenue to vet, shares the story of her first screen test for ALL MY CHILDREN — and kissing Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo) — and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also talk about the 45th anniversary of the magazine and the latest casting changes.

Elsa Raven Dies: ‘Save The Clock Tower’ Lady From ‘Back To The Future’ Was 91

(11/4/20) Elsa Raven, a character actress whose memorable turns were highlighted by her role as the “Save The Clock Tower” lady in the original Back to the Future, died Tuesday at home in Los Angeles. Her death was confirmed by her agent, David Shaul.

Raven, whose real name was Elsa Rabinowitz, was born September 21, 1929, in Charleston, SC, the fourth child of Louis and Rosalie Rabinowitz. She started her acting career on stage in New York City, where she also assisted Joseph Papp in bringing the Free Shakespeare Festival to Central Park.

Her career included many character actress roles. Beyond Back to the Future (see her appearance in that film in the video above, starting at 1:36), she also played the realtor who sold the house in The Amityville Horror, John Malkovich’s landlady in In the Line of Fire, Gertrude Stein in The Moderns, the mother who lost her son in Fearless, Ida Strauss in Titanic (where most of her scenes were cut, but she was featured in the Celine Dion video as half of the older couple in the stateroom where water poured in).

She also had regular TV roles as Inga the Swedish maid on Amen, as Vinnie Terranova’s mother Carlotta on Wiseguy, as Lucille on Days of Our Lives, and as Tugboat Tessie on General Hospital.

She was a proud voting member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, diligently watching many movies every year.

Survivors include 15 nieces and nephews. No memorial plans have been announced.

Search for Tomorrow - Reunion 11/10/20 - Maree Cheatham, Michael Corbett and Marcia McCabe

(11/3/20) Maree Cheatham (Stephanie Wyatt), Michael Corbett (Warren Carter) and Marcia McCabe (Sunny Adamson) from Search for Tomorrow will join The Locher Room on Tuesday, November 10th at 3 p.m. EST. Search for Tomorrow began its run on CBS on September 3, 1951, and concluded on NBC, 35 years later, on December 26, 1986. Join us as we look back and reminisce with these Henderson residents. (Watch here)

Chrishell Stause on How Her 'Therapeutic' Experience on 'DWTS' Helped Her Heal

(11/3/20) Chrishell Stause's remarkable journey on Dancing With the Stars has sadly come to an end.

During Monday's "Use Your Vote" Night, the Selling Sunset star and her pro partner, Gleb Savchenko, were eliminated from the dance competition after judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Derek Hough unanimously saved the other couple in the bottom two -- Skai Jackson and Alan Bersten -- from going home.

Speaking with ET just moments after the show wrapped, Chrishell and Gleb reacted to the bittersweet news, while also reflecting on the special bond they've formed over the past eight weeks.

"We knew this was gonna happen at one point," Chrishell told ET's Lauren Zima. "At this point I just feel like everyone is so great. Everyone is giving 100 percent. And so it really did feel like anyone could go, and it would be shocking whoever went home."

"Honestly, I was shocked," added Gleb, before celebrating Chrishell's efforts. "But it doesn't matter. I'm so proud of you. You're my champ."

As #TeamSellingIt fans witnessed, Chrishell signed on to DWTS following an incredibly tumultuous time in her life. In addition to her highly-publicized divorce from This Is Us star Justin Hartley, the actress' parents, father Jeff and mother Renee, both died from lung cancer just over a year apart. Her father died in April 2019, while Chrishell lost her mom in July of this year.

Reflecting on how much joy and emotional growth the show has brought her, Chrishell said, "I feel like this show has been very therapeutic. We worked through so many things through this."

According to the reality star, being a part of DWTS is opening up about your personal life for the cameras, even when you'd rather not. But being pushed to confront your own emotions helped her grow in ways she didn't expect.

"We're in week eight, so I've had to talk about things that I didn't necessarily want to talk about, and I've had to push myself," she shared. "In doing that, it's just freed me up a little bit."

"I know it should be a sad moment right now, because of course I didn't want to leave, but I'm so happy that I've had this experience and I'm so grateful," she continued. "It's a once in a lifetime experience and I'll never forget it."

Chrishell and Gleb also reflected on Jeannie Mai's unfortunate exit from DWTS, after she had to undergo emergency surgery on her throat and was required to drop out of the competition.

"She's always one of those people who gave all her heart and soul every single week, so it was one of those moments where it just really felt so sad to see her go, because she really wanted to be here," Chrishell said. "Like me, I really wanted to be here. And unfortunately we got eliminated, but at least we got eliminated through the dance. So to get eliminated in that way is so heartbreaking -- more so than in the way that we did."

"Our hearts go out to her. We want her to heal up as fast as possible and we love her," she added.

After Monday's show, ET also spoke with Bruno Tonioli, who opened up about why the judged unanimously voted to save Skai when it came down to the elimination.

"It’s very hard and it’s going to get hard, but we all thought, overall, Skai was the better dancer," Bruno explained. "It’s not just based on tonight, it’s based on what she has achieved so far and what she can achieve in the future."

"I’m telling you, I could watch Chrishell any time. I want my sexy back!" he continued. "Personally, I’m going to miss her so much. But going forward, we all kind of agreed that Skai deserved to carry on."

It's clear this season's DWTS contestants have really upped the ante with their talent level, as there's arguably no clear frontrunner moving into week nine of the competition. When ET asked Bruno if this is the closest season ever, he agreed, saying, "Ever!"

"Because usually we are like 'Oh yeah, this one [contestant] is taking off,'" he said. "But like this season, one week, Johnny [Weir]'s like top of the leaderboard, then he gets it wrong. It happens every week and it's so unpredictable. But actually, it's exciting!"

Dancing With the Stars airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. In the meantime, tune into Entertainment Tonight this week to hear more from Chrishell, Gleb and their fellow season 29 contestants. Check your local listings.d

DAYS Alum Adoption Update

(11/2/20) (Photos) Congratulations to Jen Lilley (ex-Theresa, DAYS) and her husband, Jason Wayne, who formally adopted their son, Jeffrey on Friday. The couple also share a daughter, Julie, and Jeffrey’s half-brother, Kayden. “Christmas came early this year, and I got the world’s BEST present under my tree,” Lilley enthused on Instagram. “Words cannot express how much I love this little one. Biologically, he’s Kayden’s half brother, but as Jason said so beautifully, ‘Today, we made them full brothers’ I have loved this little one since his momma’s first sonogram.”

Dishing with Digest - 10/30/20 - Michael Mealor / November Previews

(10/30/20) (Listen/download) Michael Mealor (Kyle, Y&R) talks about his road to Genoa City, his feelings on “Kola” and “Skyle”, whether he’d grab a beer with Kyle and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also preview what’s coming up on every show in November.

‘Creepshow’ Season 2 Rounds Out Cast; Barbara Crampton, Ali Larter & Several Others Set For Shudder Anthology Series

(10/29/20) Shudder has rounded out the Season 2 cast of its horror anthology series Creepshow. Set for the sophomore run are Marilyn Manson (Sons of Anarchy), Ali Larter (The Rookie), Iman Benson (BlackAF), Ryan Kwanten (True Blood), Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator), C. Thomas Howell (Criminal Minds), Denise Crosby (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Breckin Meyer (Robot Chicken), Ted Raimi (The Evil Dead), Kevin Dillon (Entourage) and Eric Edelstein (We Bare Bears).

Production on the six new episodes is under way in Atlanta for a 2021 premiere.

Created and EP’d by showrunner Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead) and based on George A. Romero’s 1982 movie, Creepshow shattered records for the AMC Networks streamer when it debuted in October 2019.

Shudder announced details last month about four of Season 2’s segments, which will be directed by Nicotero. Anna Camp and Adam Pally will star in the two-part “Shapeshifters Anonymous,” which follows an unlucky soul who finds himself in need of a werewolf support group. Keith David, Ashley Laurence and Josh McDermitt lead “Pesticide,” in which an exterminator makes an infernal bargain. And “Model Kid” is about a 12-year-old monster fan who turns to hand-built model kits to escape his unhappy reality.

The series is produced by the Cartel with Monster Agency Productions, Taurus Entertainment and Striker Entertainment. Nicotero exec produces alongside Brian Witten, Stan Spry, Jeff Holland, Eric Woods, Robert Dudelson, James Dudelson, Jordan Kizwani and Russell Binder. Co-EPs are Geoff Silverman, Anthony Fankhauser, Julia Hobgood and Marc Mostman.

On Thursday, Shudder will premiere an animated Creepshow Halloween special based on two stories by Stephen King and his author son Joe Hill.

Caitlyn Jenner, Vince Van Patten to Star in Indie Sitcom ‘Duke of The Valley’

(10/27/20) Caitlyn Jenner will star in “Duke of the Valley,” a new scripted sitcom from Duke Van Patten that follows the lives of residents in a fictional San Fernando Valley apartment building.

“Duke of the Valley” is based on the memoirs of late actor Dick Van Patten, who was best known for portraying father figure Tom Bradford in the ABC dramedy series “Eight Is Enough” in the late 1970s. The show is co-created by Dick’s son Vince Van Patten and grandson, Duke Van Patten, who wrote the series together. Vince Van Patten will direct and produce with help from James Van Patten, Stefan Colson and Kim Waltrip. The show is currently shooting and has filmed a first episode, but without a network or release date.

The show will follow the life of Duke Patten (who plays himself), trying to make it as an actor in Hollywood while living in a dingy apartment in the San Fernando Valley that is owned by his “crazy uncle Jimmy” (played by James Van Patten).

The fictional apartment is packed to the brim with eccentric tenants, including Heather, a transgender “white trash” woman who sells perfume at the counter at Macy’s who is played by Jenner; Heather’s roommate Fong (played by actress Thai Fong); and a homeless killer named Skipy who demands to camp outside the apartment building (played by Vince Van Patten).

Former “The Young and the Restless” and “Real Housewives Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Eileen Davidson also joins the cast as Brenda, a washed-up actress who can’t accept that her career in showbiz is over.

DAYS Faves In Hallmark Movie Together

(10/26/20) (Photo) Kristian Alfonso, who recently marked her last episode as DAYS’s Hope after a 37-year run, has joined Alison Sweeney (Sami, DAYS) for a new installment of Sweeney’s Hallmark Movies & Mysteries series, THE CHRONICLE MYSTERIES. Sweeney shared a snap from the set, noting, “So excited that @kristianalfonso is able to join us for a @chroniclemysteries movie!!! Welcome to the @hallmarkmovie family!!! #behindthescenes #friends #grateful.” On her social media, Alfonso indicated she would be playing a sheriff, posting, “#sheriff #williams here @chroniclemysteries @hallmarkmovie #kindness”

Aloma Wright in THE CHRISTMAS EDITION

(10/24/20) CAST: Carly Hughes, Rob Mayes, Marie Osmond, Aloma Wright

PREMISE: It’s Christmas time and Jackie (Carly Hughes), an up-and- coming journalist, finds that her life is at a crossroads until she finds an unexpected opportunity – to run a small-town newspaper in Alaska. Jackie decides to give it a try and relocates to the small picture-perfect small town. Using a series of Christmas articles, she’s able to quickly return the newspaper to profitability, and soon falls in love… both with her new home and the handsome son of the paper’s former owner. However, when her old boss announces plans to take over the paper for herself, Jackie will need a Christmas miracle to save it.

PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Nov. 15 (8/7c) on Lifetime.

Gilles Marini in A TASTE OF CHRISTMAS

(10/24/20) CAST: Anni Krueger, Gilles Marini, Nia Vardalos, Andrew Brodeur, Emma Myers

PREMISE: When Natalie (Anni Krueger) learns her cousin Francesca (Nia Vardalos) must cancel the Christmas Eve opening of her new Italian restaurant, Natalie’s heart goes out to all of the guests who were planning on attending. Since no one should be alone on Christmas, Natalie decides to make the opening happen any way she can. However, the attractive but pessimistic Chef Stefano (Gilles Marini) believes it’s impossible – there are only three days until Christmas! But Natalie insists that problems are just opportunities in disguise and soon she convinces Stefano that they can do it. At first, these opposites do not attract, but feelings begin to change when they find themselves working side-by-side. With Stefano’s help Natalie learns that cooking, like Christmas, isn’t about perfection…it’s about sharing it with the ones you love.

PREMIERE DATE: Friday, Nov. 20 (8/7c) on Lifetime.

Natalie Hall & Tracey E. Bregman in A VERY CHARMING CHRISTMAS TOWN

(10/24/20) CAST: Natalie Hall, Jon Prescott, Kelley Jakle, Jo Marie Payton, Tracey E. Bregman

PREMISE: City girl and travel and lifestyle blogger, Aubrey Lang (Natalie Hall), goes to the little town of Solvang for her next holiday vlog piece after it’s voted Most Christmassy Town in the USA. She soon meets Sawyer Larsen (Jon Prescott), a local community coordinator and chocolate shop owner assigned to show her around the small town. At first, the unlikely pairing is at odds but soon start to fall for each other amidst the twinkling lights of the romantic little Danish village.

PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Nov. 8 (8/7c) on Lifetime.

The Doctors Reunion 10/23/20

(10/24/20) (Video) The Locher Room and Retro TV bring to you a second virtual reunion with cast members from the classic daytime drama, The Doctors. Please join Elizabeth Hubbard (Dr. Althea Davis), Jada Rowland (Carolee Simpson Aldrich), Marie Thomas-Foster (Lauri James-Iverson) Frank Telfer (Luke Dancy) live in The Locher Room on Friday, October 23 at 2 p.m. EST.

Retro TV airs The Doctors weekdays at 12 noon and at 7:30 p.m. EDT/PDT (see listings at www.myretrotv.com) and online at 4 p.m. EDT weekdays and streaming at myretrotv.com and on the Retro TV Roku channel.

Video: Guiding Light - Reunion - Judi Evans and Vincent Irizarry

(10/22/20) (Video) Guiding Light's Judi Evans (Beth Raines) and Vincent Irizarry (Lujack Luvonaczek) joined The Locher Room on Thursday, October 22nd. These two Emmy Award-winning actors shared memories of their time in Springfield as one of our favorite supercouples.

Morgan Fairchild guests on The Simpsons 2/15/20

(10/22/20) Grampa is accused of a crime in this return to THE SIMPSONS by writer David X. Cohen. Meanwhile, Kent Brockman questions his careerin the all-new “Podcast News”episode of THE SIMPSONS airing Sunday, Nov. 15 (8:00-8:31 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (SI-3122) (TV-PG D, L, S, V)

Voice Cast: Dan Castellaneta as Homer Simpson; Julie Kavner as Marge Simpson; Nancy Cartwright as Bart Simpson and Nelson; Yeardley Smith as Lisa Simpson; Hank Azaria as Moe; Harry Shearer as Skinner; Tress MacNeille as Dolph; Pamela Hayden as Milhouse; Harry Shearer as Flanders

Guest Voice Cast: Morgan Fairchild as Vivienne St. Charmaine, Stellan Skarsgard as himself, Christine Nangle as Tabitha Shingle, Bill Simmons as himself

‘Queen Of The South’: Molly Burnett Upped To Series Regular For Season 5

(10/21/20) Molly Burnett (exMelanie, Days of Our Lives), who has recurred on Queen of the South since Season 2 as Kelly Anne, has been promoted to series regular for the upcoming fifth season of the USA Network series.

Starring Alice Braga, Queen of the South is based on the bestselling book La Reina del Sur by Arturo Pérez-Reverte. It tells the story of Teresa Mendoza (Braga), a woman who is forced to run from the Mexican cartel and seek refuge in America.

Burnett’s Kelly Anne is the on-again, off-again member of Teresa’s drug operation. Kelly Anne’s journey has seen her killing her abusive husband, turning informant with a Houdini-like dodging of a cartel hit, and a fall into cocaine addiction. Kelly Ann was last seen in the end of Season 4 finding sobriety and her way back into the Teresa’s operations in New Orleans.

David T. Friendly serves as executive producer of the series alongside executive producers and co-showrunners Dailyn Rodriguez and Ben Lobato.

Burnett’s credits include recurring roles on CSI: Cyber, Relationship Status and True Blood. She is repped by A3 Artists Agency, Archetype, and Goodman, Genow, Schenkman, Smelkinson & Christopher.

Jennifer Aniston Convinced Her Father To Resume 'Days Of Our Lives' Shoot From Home?

(10/21/20) (republicworld.com) Jennifer Aniston is not ready for her father to venture out to resume work amid the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. The 87-year-old father of Jennifer, veteran actor John Aniston, is set to resume the shoot of ABC's daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives. However, John's daughter doesn't want him to put his life at risk and has thus requested him to convince the makers of the NBC show to shoot his scenes at his home.

A report by The Sun revealed a source confirming that Jennifer Aniston's father will resume the shoot of his highly-popular soap opera Days of Our Lives from his home. The report of the newspaper suggested that John Anniston was heading to Burbank to join Days of Our Lives cast to reprise his role as Victor Kiriakis. However, after his daughter realised the same, she was not willing to put his life at stake. According to the daily, Jennifer 'put her feet down' and pleaded her beloved father to convince the show's producers to shoot his scenes at home.

Jennifer also suggested they tapped her father at his home, which is located in an 'exclusive gated community'. The source also informed the international outlet that the makers of Days of Our Lives have agreed with Jennifer Aniston's father's proposition. The insider also revealed that John's scene partners will be 'chauffeured' to his place and will also be tested for COVID-19 before their arrival.

For the unversed, Jennifer Aniston's family has been through major ups and downs over the years. Jennifer is the daughter of John and his first wife Nancy Dow. The Golden Globe Award-winning actor and her father's relationship had hit rock bottom after he walked out years ago.

However, if the grapevines are to be believed, the father-daughter duo have reconciled during the lockdown and have reportedly been catching up with each other over the phone on a daily basis ever since then. The recent report by The Sun also proves that Jennifer and John have returned to being on good terms with each other.

‘Days Of Our Lives’ To Resume Production After Shutdown Over Positive COVID-19 Test

(10/19/20) Days Of Our Lives is returning to production sooner than originally planned.

Filming on the NBC daytime drama was suspended on Oct. 12 for two weeks after a production team member tested positive for COVID-19. Taping on the series, produced by Corday Productions in association with Sony Pictures TV, was slated to resume October 26.

However, following a thorough investigation including contact tracing, quarantines, testing, and a deep cleaning of the studio, the health and safety experts at Days of our Lives have determined that it was safe to return to production before the end of the two-week period. As a result, the show will be back on set tomorrow Oct 20.

As reported, the pause will not delay air dates, and the show’s run of originals on NBC will not be disrupted.

G-Eazy on girlfriend Ashley Benson: ‘She’s a special one’

(10/16/20) G-Eazy is gushing over girlfriend Ashley Benson.

“She’s an exceptionally talented person in many different spaces,” he recently told “ET.” “She’s a special one. Obviously, she’s a great actress, but, you know, getting to work with her and putting her in front of a microphone and watching her sing so effortlessly, she has this very special tone of voice and texture and something that’s very innate to her given that’s not her first job or what she’s known for.”

He added, “It just blew me away that you can have such a hidden, special talent that the world doesn’t get to see as often.”

They’ve even worked on music together, though the 31-year-old rapper isn’t planning on releasing their collaborations anytime soon.

“[The songs] sound like what they sound like,” he said. “And they’re in my studio and, you know, maybe one day they’ll see the light of day, we’ll see,” he said.

As Page Six exclusively reported, G-Eazy and Benson, 30, sparked engagement rumors in August when the “Pretty Little Liars” star was seen wearing a sparkler on her left ring finger.

They’ve been linked as a couple since May when they were spotted locking lips and have since shown plenty of PDA.

G-Eazy previously dated Halsey and was recently linked to Megan Thee Stallion.

Meanwhile, Benson dated model Cara Delevingne for two years before splitting up in May.

Dishing with Digest - 10/16/20 - Judi Evans

(10/16/20) (Listen / download) Judi Evans recounts her soap start as GUIDING LIGHT’s Beth, her DAYS runs as Adrienne and Bonnie, playing ANOTHER WORLD’s Paulina and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss the latest soap news.

Guiding Light Reunion - Judi Evans and Vincent Irizarry

(10/15/20) Guiding Light's Judi Evans (Beth Raines) and Vincent Irizarry (Lujack Luvonaczek) will join The Locher Room on Wednesday, October 21st at 3 p.m. EST. These two Emmy Award-winning actors will share memories of their time in Springfield as one of our favorite supercouples. (Watch here)

‘Days Of Our Lives’ Production Suspended For 2 Weeks After Positive COVID-19 Test

(10/12/20) Filming on NBC’s Days of Our Lives has been shut down for the next two weeks after a production team member tested positive for COVID-19. The cast, crew and staff of the daytime drama were just notified of the temporary shutdown in an email from Corday Productions, which produces in association with Sony Pictures TV. Taping is slated to resume October 26. The pause will not delay air dates, and the show’s run of originals on NBC will not be disrupted.

The person who received a positive result as part of the production’s stringent testing protocol has been placed in isolation. Preliminary contact tracing has been completed, with the people identified as close contacts to the affected individual placed in quarantine for a period of 14 days.

The actions, taken out of an abundance of caution, also include deep cleaning and disinfecting of Days of Our Lives‘ production facilities at the Burbank Studios.

Days of Our Lives suspended taping in mid-March amid an industrywide production shutdown due to the pandemic. Unlike its counterparts, which had episodes in the can to last a couple of months, Days of Our Lives had enough completed originals to take it through early October. As a result, the NBC resumed production September 1, weeks — and in some cases months — after the other broadcast daytime dramas. Of them, CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful has had brief production pauses related to testing.

‘The Gilded Age’: Production Paused On HBO Period Epic After Two Crew Members Test Positive For COVID-19

Reflecting the challenges of filming large-scale TV series during a pandemic, several shows have recently shut down for two weeks following positive COVID tests including ABC/Sony TV’s For Life and NBC/Uni TV’s Chicago Med.

In January, NBC renewed Days of Our Lives for a record 56th season. Set in the fictitious Midwestern town of Salem, the show airs nationally on NBC in the U.S. and in more than 25 countries internationally. The core families are the Bradys, Hortons and DiMeras, and the 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; Albert Alarr co-executive producers. Ron Carlivati is the head writer.

Talk Show Appearance

(10/10/20) TAMRON HALL, syndicated

Fr 10/16: Chrishell Stause

Video: Killian and the Comeback Kids - Cast

(10/9/20) (Video) Kassie De Paiva (Days of Our Lives, One Life to Live), Nathan Purdee (One Life to Live, Superfly) and his real-life son Taylor A. Purdee will joined The Locher Room on Friday, October 9th to discuss their new film, Killian and the Comeback Kids as well as discuss their time working in daytime. Taylor wrote and directs the film and plays Kassie and Nathan's son. The movie is about a millennial named Killian (who is mixed-race) coming back to his depressed rural hometown after an expensive college degree. It features an original folk/indie rock soundtrack and provides a hopeful message even more needed in 2020. (killianandthecomebackkidsmovie.com)

Dishing with Digest - 10/9/20 - Judith Chapman

(10/9/20) (Listen/download) Judith Chapman takes a stroll down memory lane, from her soap start as AS THE WORLD TURNS’s Natalie to playing GH’s Ginny, DAYS’s Anjelica and Diana and Y&R’s Gloria and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also talk about the latest soap news and GH’s stellar storytelling.

Jensen Ackles Forms Production Company With Wife Danneel, Signs Overall Deal With Warner Bros. TV

(10/8/20) Supernatural star Jensen Ackles is staying in the Warner Bros television family after striking an overall deal with the production company that he has formed with his wife Danneel.

The pair have launched Chaos Machine Productions and have hired former DC creative executive Renee Reiff as head of development.

The overall deal will see the trio create, develop and produce new shows for streaming services, cable, and the broadcast networks. No financial terms were disclosed but it is an exclusive, multi-year agreement.

It comes ahead of the launch of the final run of Warner Bros-produced Supernatural. The drama returns for its final seven episodes, which were hit by the COVID-19 production shutdown, tonight on The CW. Ackles has starred in the series, as Dean Winchester, for 15 years as the show is the longest-running sci-fi show in the history of U.S. television. He has also directed multiple episodes of the show. Elsewhere, he starred in season four of Warner Bros’ drama Smallville and voiced the role of Jason Todd/Red Hood in the DC Universe Animated Original Movie Batman: Under the Red Hood.

Danneel Ackles was a regular on WBTV’s long-running series One Tree Hill and more recently has appeared in a recurring role in Supernatural seasons 13 through 15. She also starred in Harold & Kumar and was the lead in NBC comedy Friends with Benefits.

Prior to joining Chaos Machine, Renee Reiff served as a creative executive in television development and current programming at DC since 2016. While at DC, she worked on such series as the upcoming Sweet Tooth for Netflix, Lucifer for Fox and Netflix and iZombie for The CW. Reiff was also an active board member of Warner Bros’ OUT@WB business resource group, spearheading philanthropy events for the studio. She also created the first employee panel featuring several LGBTQ+ characters from The CW’s live-action DCTV universe, hosted by executive producer Greg Berlanti.

“Warner Bros. has been my home for the better part of two decades. The relationships I have acquired there are some of the finest and most supportive I could have hoped for in this industry. Danneel and I are thrilled for the opportunity to continue to grow as artists and now as a producers under the mentorship and guidance of Peter Roth and the whole WBTV team,” Jensen Ackles said.

Video: Guiding Light - Reunion - Maureen Garrett , Rick Hearst and Amelia Marshall

(10/2/20) (Video) Maureen Garrett (Holly Lindsey), Rick Hearst (Alan-Michael Spaulding) and Amelia Marshall (Gilly Grant) joined The Locher Room on Friday, October 2. This trio shared memories of their time in Springfield as well as other career highlights.

Live Chat: Killian and the Comeback Kids - Cast

(10/2/20) Kassie De Paiva (Days of Our Lives, One Life to Live), Nathan Purdee (One Life to Live, Superfly) and his real-life son Taylor A. Purdee will join The Locher Room live on Friday, October 9th at 2 p.m. EST to discuss their new film, Killian and the Comeback Kids as well as discuss their time working in daytime. Taylor wrote and directs the film and plays Kassie and Nathan's son. The movie is about a millennial named Killian (who is mixed-race) coming back to his depressed rural hometown after an expensive college degree. It features an original folk/indie rock soundtrack and provides a hopeful message even more needed in 2020. (Watch here)

New Gig For DAYS’s Eric Martsolf

(10/1/20) Beware Your Driver! Ride Share: The Series (YouTube, Apple)

Digital Sky Season 2 is the standalone series based on Digital Sky Season 1 episode, Ride Share, picking up right where the original left off.

Follow the weekly adventures of enigmatic con-man, Keith, a dangerous stranger capable of anything. As Keith uses a Ride Share app to find his next mark, his journey takes him from car to car, meeting interesting characters along the way.

Season 2 features some of the biggest voice performers anywhere including, Emmy winner Eric Martsolf (Days of Our Lives), reprising his role as Keith, and Britt Baron, star of the Netflix series GLOW and Final Fantasy 7: Remake. Ride Share also features some of your favorite characters returning from Digital Sky Season 1.

Experience movies of the mind with extraordinary production values that put you in the car alongside Keith.

'Zenon' Star Kirsten Storms Sued Your BF Skipped Out on $30k Bail ... Now YOU Gotta Pay!!!

(9/26/20) (TMZ) Actress Kirsten Storms is the complete opposite of #RelationshipGoals -- she's got a big fat lawsuit hanging over her head now because her BF skipped bail.

The actress, best known for the Disney Channel original movies, 'Zenon,' is being sued by American Contractors Indemnity -- an affiliate of Always Bail Bonds -- which claims it posted John Farrow's $30,000 bond in August 2017 ... but only after Kirsten agreed to be on the hook if he skipped town.

Well, wouldn't ya know it ... boyfriend of the year candidate, John, was MIA for a court appearance a month later ... according to the lawsuit. BTW, ole Johnny boy was arrested on a drug charge and the case is still ongoing.

Meanwhile, poor Kirsten's left holding the $30k bag ... as far as the bail bond company is concerned. The suit, obtained by TMZ, includes John's bond application and it shows Kirsten was more than just a loyal GF.

It describes Kirsten -- who acts on "General Hospital" -- as Farrow's landlord and girlfriend. It's unclear if the relationship remains the same now ... but it doesn't really matter to Always Bail Bonds, which is suing for the $30k, plus a few hundred bucks in fees.

We've reached out to Kirsten for comment, so far no word back.

Video: The Doctors - Reunion

(9/25/20) (Video) Retro TV and The Locher Room partnered to bring a virtual reunion with cast members from the classic daytime drama, The Doctors. Watch Jonathan Frakes (Tom Carroll), Nancy Stafford (Felicia/Adrienne Hunt), Anna Stuart (Tori Ferra Powers), Marie Thomas-Foster (Lauri James Iverson), David Elliott (Billy Aldrich) and Frank Telfer (Luke Dancy) in The Locher Room from Friday, September 25th.

Retro TV airs The Doctors weekdays at 12 noon and at 7:30 p.m. EDT/PDT (see listings at www.myretrotv.com) and online at 4 p.m. EDT weekdays and streaming at www.MyRetroTV.com and on the Retro TV Roku channel.

Guiding Light - Reunion 10/2/20

(9/25/20) Maureen Garrett (Holly Lindsey), Rick Hearst (Alan-Michael Spaulding) and Amelia Marshall (Gilly Grant) will join The Locher Room live on Friday, October 2 at 3 p.m. EST. This trio will share memories of their time in Springfield as well as other career highlights. (Watch here)

Hallmark Unveils 2020 'Countdown to Christmas' Slate, Including Gay Adoption Movie, Hanukkah Celebration

(9/23/20) Hallmark Unveils 2020 'Countdown to Christmas' Slate, Including Gay Adoption Movie, Hanukkah Celebration

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas — and, at least for one night, Hanukkah — at Hallmark Channel.

The basic cable network has unveiled its slate of 40 (!) original holiday movies airing in 2020, including The Christmas House, starring Mean Girls‘ Jonathan Bennett as one-half of a gay couple looking to adopt their first child. The lineup also includes Love, Lights, Hanukkah!, a Hanukkah-themed flick featuring Star Trek: Discovery‘s Mia Kirshner and Boy Meets World‘s Ben Savage.

The three dozen-plus films feature a plethora of network vets, including Candace Cameron Bure (in her ninth Hallmark Christmas movie), Danica McKellar (in her sixth Hallmark movie overall), Catherine Bell, Alison Sweeney and Tamera Mowry-Housley, as well as Lacey Chabert and Holly Robinson Peete — both of whom appear in two original movies this year.

New to the Hallmark family in 2020 are Aaron Tveit (Grease Live), Janel Parrish (Pretty Little Liars), Jeremy Jordan (Supergirl), Marisol Nichols (Riverdale), Mallory Jansen (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and Rochelle Aytes (S.W.A.T.), among others.

“Our holiday table is bigger and more welcoming than ever,” Hallmark Channel’s EVP of programming Michelle Vicary said in a statement. “This year’s movies reflect our most diverse representation of talent, narratives, and families, including The Christmas House, featuring a storyline about a gay couple looking to adopt their first child, and starring Jonathan Bennett in an ensemble cast. Our movies are rooted in warmth and positivity, meaningful connections, family gatherings, and seasonal traditions — a winning formula we hope will bring our millions of viewers much-needed levity and holiday cheer at the end of a tough year.”

Added Crown Media President and CEO Wonya Lucas, “For more than a decade, Hallmark holiday movies have represented the gold standard that many aspire to replicate. What we bring to the table and what truly sets us apart is an immersive holiday experience that has become a pop culture phenomenon for millions of fans… We have created a destination that evokes the spirit and feeling of the season in a way that is uniquely Hallmark.”

Hallmark’s “Countdown to Christmas” slate begins rolling out on Friday, Oct. 23. Scroll down for a complete list of this year’s holiday movies, then hit the comments and tell us which of the following flicks pique your interest.

JINGLE BELL BRIDECAST: Julie Gonzalo (Supergirl) and Ronnie Rowe Jr. (Star Trek: Discovery)
PREMISE: Wedding planner Jessica Perez (Gonzalo) travels to a remote town in Alaska to find a rare flower for a celebrity client and is charmed by the small town during Christmas, as well as the handsome local (Rowe Jr.) helping her.
PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Oct. 24 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

CHRISTMAS TREE LANE
CAST: Alicia Witt (Our Christmas Love Song), Andrew Walker (Christmas on My Mind), Drake Hogestyn (Days of Our Lives) and Briana Price (13 Reasons Why)
PREMISE: Music store owner Meg (Witt) spearheads the community effort to save the Christmas Tree Lane shopping district from demolition. As she finds herself falling for Nate (Walker), a recent acquaintance, she’s thrown when she learns his surprising tie to the developer.
PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Oct. 24 (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9/8c)

CHATEAU CHRISTMAS
CAST: Merritt Patterson (Picture a Perfect Christmas) and Luke Macfarlane (Just Add Romance)
PREMISE: Margot (Patterson), a world-renowned pianist, returns to Chateau Newhaus to spend the holidays with her family and is reunited with an ex (Macfarlane) who helps her rediscover her passion for music.
PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Oct. 25 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

DELIVER BY CHRISTMAS
CAST: Alvina August (Nancy Drew) and Eion Bailey (Switched for Christmas)
PREMISE: Bakery owner Molly (August) meets Josh (Bailey), a widower who recently moved to town with his young son, but she is also charmed by a mysterious client whom she’s never met in person and she doesn’t realize that they’re the same man.
PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Oct. 25 (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9/8c)

CHRISTMAS WITH THE DARLINGS
CAST: Katrina Law (Arrow) and Carlo Marks (Angel Falls: A Novel Holiday)
PREMISE: Just before the holidays Jessica Lew (Law) is ending her tenure as the assistant to her wealthy boss to use her recently earned law degree within his company, but offers to help his charming, younger brother (Marks) as he looks after his orphaned nieces and nephew over Christmas.
PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Oct. 31 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

CRANBERRY CHRISTMAS
CAST: Nikki DeLoach (Two Turtle Doves) and Benjamin Ayres (A Blue Ridge Mountain Christmas)
PREMISE: A separated couple (DeLoach and Ayres) feign marital bliss on national television to help their town’s Christmas festival – and their business. But what will the future hold for them when rekindled love is complicated by new opportunities?
PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Oct. 31 (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9/8c)

ONE ROYAL HOLIDAY
CAST: Laura Osnes (In the Key of Love), Aaron Tveit (Les Miserables), Krystal Joy Brown (Sydney to the Max), Victoria Clark (Homeland) and Tom McGowan (Everybody Loves Raymond)
PREMISE: When Anna (Osnes) offers a stranded mother (Clark) and son (Tveit) shelter in a blizzard, she learns that they are the Royal Family of Galwick. Anna shows the Prince how they do Christmas in her hometown, encouraging him to open his heart and be true to himself.
PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Nov. 1 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

HOLLY & IVY
CAST: Janel Parrish (Pretty Little Liars), Jeremey Jordan (Supergirl) and Marisol Nichols (Riverdale)
PREMISE: When Melody’s (Parrish) neighbor, Nina (Nichols), learns that her illness has returned, Melody promises to keep Nina’s kids, Holly & Ivy, together. To adopt the children, she must renovate her new fixer-upper, which she does with the help of contractor, Adam (Jordan).
PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Nov. 1 (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9/8c)

NEVER KISS A MAN IN A CHRISTMAS SWEATER
CAST: Ashley Williams (How I Met Your Mother) and Niall Matter (Christmas at Dollywood)
PREMISE: Single mom Maggie (Williams) is facing Christmas alone until Lucas (Matter) crashes into her life and becomes an unexpected houseguest. Together they overcome Christmas while finding comfort in their growing bond.
PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Nov. 7 (Hallmark, 8/7c

THE CHRISTMAS RING
CAST: Nazneen Contractor (Ransom) and David Alpay (The Mistletoe Inn)
PREMISE: A reporter (Contractor) searches for the love story behind an antique engagement ring. With the help of the ring’s owner’s grandson (Alpay), they learn the legacy his grandparent’s left behind.
PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Nov. 7 (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9/8c)

ON THE 12TH DATE OF CHRISTMAS
CAST: Mallory Jansen (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and Tyler Hynes (The Mistletoe Secret)
PREMISE: Two seemingly incompatible game designers team up to create a romantic, city-wide scavenger hunt themed for the “12 Days of Christmas.”
PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Nov. 8 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

THE CHRISTMAS BOW
CAST: Lucia Micarelli (Treme) and Michael Rady (You’re Bacon Me Crazy)
PREMISE: When an accident puts her music dreams on hold, a gifted violinist (Micarelli) reconnects with an old family friend (Rady), who helps her heal and find love during the holidays.
PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Nov. 8 (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9/8c)

CHRISTMAS IN VIENNA
CAST: Sarah Drew (Grey’s Anatomy) and Brennan Elliott (Crossword Mysteries)
PREMISE: Jess (Drew), a concert violinist whose heart just isn’t in it anymore, goes to Vienna for a performance. While there, she finds the inspiration she has been missing, and a new love.
PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Nov. 14 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

MEET ME AT CHRISTMAS (WORKING TITLE)
CAST: Catherine Bell (Good Witch) and Mark Deklin (Christmas in Evergreen: Tidings of Joy)
PREMISE: When Joan’s (Bell) son’s wedding planner unexpectedly quits, she must coordinate his Christmas Eve wedding with the help of Beau (Deklin), the bride’s uncle. As they work alongside each other they discover their fates and pasts are intertwined.
PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Nov. 14 (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9/8)

A TIMELESS CHRISTMAS
CAST: Ryan Paevey (Christmas at the Plaza) and Erin Cahill (Love, Fall & Order)
PREMISE: Charles Whitley (Paevey) travels from 1903 to 2020 where he meets Megan Turner (Cahill), a tour guide at his historic mansion, and experiences a 21st Century Christmas.
PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Nov. 15 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

THE CHRISTMAS DOCTOR
CAST: Holly Robinson Peete (A Family Christmas Gift) and Adrian Holmes (V-Wars)
PREMISE: A week before Christmas, Dr. Alicia Wright (Peete) is offered an assignment away from home. A mysterious man (Holmes) from her past journeys to find her before Christmas and brings with him a revelation that could change Alicia’s life forever.
PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Nov. 15 (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9/8c)

A NASHVILLE CHRISTMAS CAROL
CAST: Jessy Schram (Country at Heart), Wes Brown (Christmas at Graceland), Wynonna Judd (The Judds), Sara Evans (Nashville), RaeLynn (The Voice), Kix Brooks (Home by Spring), Kimberly Williams-Paisley (Darrow Mysteries)
PREMISE: Vivienne Wake (Schram), a workaholic television producer in charge of a country music Christmas special showcasing newcomer Alexis (Raelynn), never lets personal feelings get in the way of business. On the verge of accepting a job in LA, and with the return of Gavin Chase (Brown), her childhood sweetheart and manager to the special’s headliner, Belinda (Evans), she receives a visit from the ghost of her recently deceased mentor, Marilyn (Judd). Her mentor warns her current path leads to a dark future and has recruited both the Spirit of Christmas Past (Brooks) and the Spirit of Christmas Present (Williams-Paisley) to help her get back on track. The Spirits’ time-jumping adventures force Vivienne to take hold of her life.
PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Nov. 21 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

A LITTLE CHRISTMAS CHARM (WORKING TITLE)
CAST: Ashley Greene (Twilight) and Brendan Penny (Chesapeake Shores)
PREMISE: Holly (Greene), a jewelry designer finds a lost charm bracelet and teams up with investigative reporter Greg (Penny) in hopes of finding the owner and returning it by Christmas Eve.
PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Nov. 21 (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9/8c)

THE CHRISTMAS HOUSE
CAST: Robert Buckley (One Tree Hill), Jonathan Bennett (Mean Girls), Ana Ayora (In the Dark), Treat Williams (Chesapeake Shores), Sharon Lawrence (NYPD Blue) and Brad Harder (Aurora Teagarden Mysteries)
PREMISE: Working through some difficult decisions, Mitchell family matriarch Phylis (Lawrence) and patriarch Bill (Williams), have summoned their two grown sons – TV star, Mike Mitchell (Buckley) and Brandon Mitchell (Bennett) – home for the holidays. It is their hope that bringing the family together to recreate the Christmas house, will help them find resolution and make a memorable holiday for the entire family and community. As Brandon and his husband Jake (Harder) make the trip home, they are anxiously awaiting a call about the adoption of their first child. Meanwhile, Mike reconnects with Andi (Ayora), his high school sweetheart.
PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Nov. 22 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

THE ANGEL TREE
CAST: Jill Wagner (Teen Wolf) and Lucas Bryant (Country at Heart)
PREMISE: A writer (Wagner) seeks the identity of the person who helps grant wishes that are placed upon the angel tree, and in the process, reconnects with her childhood friend (Bryant).
PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Nov. 22 (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9/8c)

ADDITIONAL MOVIE TBA
CAST: TBD
PREMISE: TBD
PREMIERE DATE: Monday, Nov. 23 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

A CHRISTMAS TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN
CAST: Rochelle Aytes (Mistresses) and Mark Taylor (Memories of Christmas)
PREMISE: Erin (Aytes) is planning the town’s Christmas celebration and must win over firefighter Kevin (Taylor) in order to obtain the beautiful spruce tree from his property for the celebration.
PREMIERE DATE: Tuesday, Nov. 24 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

A BRIGHT AND MERRY CHRISTMAS
CAST: Alison Sweeney (Days of Our Lives) and Marc Blucas (The Fix)
PREMISE: Two competing TV hosts (Sweeney and Blucas) are sent to a festive small town over Christmas. While pretending to get along for the sake of appearances, they discover that there’s more to each other than they thought.
PREMIERE DATE: Wednesday, Nov. 25 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

FIVE STAR CHRISTMAS (WORKING TITLE)
CAST: Bethany Joy Lenz (One Tree Hill) and Victor Webster (MatchMaker Mysteries)
PREMISE: After moving back to her hometown, Lisa (Lenz) plots with her siblings and grandparents to help her father’s new bed and breakfast get a five-star review from an incognito travel critic (Webster), but ends up falling for him, not knowing he is the real critic.
PREMIERE DATE: Thursday, Nov. 26 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

CHRISTMAS BY STARLIGHT
CAST: Kimberley Sustad (Travelers) and Paul Campbell (Battlestar Galactica)
PREMISE: Annie (Sustad), a lawyer, must help her loved ones this holiday season. Her family’s restaurant, The Starlight Café, is slated for demolition. The heir to the development firm responsible, William (Campbell), makes her an unlikely proposition: he’ll spare the café if Annie spends the week “appearing” as the legal counsel his father is demanding he hire in the wake of some costly mistakes.
PREMIERE DATE: Friday, Nov. 27 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

Lacey Chabert
CHRISTMAS WALTZ
CAST: Lacey Chabert (Mean Girls), Will Kemp (Royal Matchmaker) and JT Church (Dancing With the Stars: Juniors)
PREMISE: After Avery’s (Chabert) storybook Christmas wedding is canceled unexpectedly, dance instructor Roman (Kemp) helps her rebuild her dreams.
PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Nov. 28 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

USS CHRISTMAS
CAST: Jen Lilley (Angel Falls: A Novel Holiday), Trevor Donovan (Nostalgic Christmas) and Barbara Niven (Chesapeake Shores)
PREMISE: Maddie (Lilley), a reporter for a Norfolk newspaper, embarks on a Tiger Cruise during Christmastime where she meets a handsome naval officer (Donovan) and stumbles upon a mystery in the ship’s archive room.
PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Nov. 28 (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9/8c)

IF I ONLY HAD CHRISTMAS
CAST: Candace Cameron Bure (Fuller House) and Warren Christie (The Color of Rain)
PREMISE: At Christmas, a cheerful publicist (Bure) teams up with a cynical business owner (Christie) and his team to help a charity in need.
PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Nov. 29 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

CHRISTMAS IN EVERGREEN: BELLS ARE RINGING
CAST: Holly Robinson Peete (A Family Christmas Gift), Colin Lawrence (Riverdale), Rukiya Bernard (One Winter Weekend), Antonio Cayonne (Fashionably Yours) and Barbara Niven (Chesapeake Shores)
PREMISE: As Michelle’s (Peete) wedding approaches, Hannah (Bernard) steps up to help finish the launch of the new Evergreen museum while questioning her relationship and future with Elliot (Cayonne).
PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Dec. 5 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

TIME FOR US TO COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS
CAST: Lacey Chabert (Mean Girls) and Stephen Huszar (A Homecoming for the Holidays)
PREMISE: Five guests are mysteriously invited to an inn to celebrate Christmas. With the help of the owner Ben (Huszar), Sarah (Chabert) discovers that an event from the past may connect them and change their lives forever; from executive producer Blake Shelton.
PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Dec. 5 (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9/8c)

CHRISTMAS SHE WROTE
CAST: Danica McKellar (The Wonder Years) and Dylan Neal (Gourmet Detective: Roux the Day)
PREMISE: When Kayleigh (McKellar), a romance writer, has her column cancelled right before Christmas, she heads home to reconnect with her family. Kayleigh gets an unexpected visit from the man (Neal) who cancelled her column who fights not only to bring her back to the publisher but also for her heart.
PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Dec. 6 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

A GODWINK CHRISTMAS: FIRST LOVES, SECOND CHANCES
CAST: Brooke D’Orsay (Royal Pains) and Sam Page (The Bold Type)
PREMISE: After 15 years, Pat (Page) moves home from Hawaii with his two sons and through a series of coincidences, or Godwinks, ends up stuck in traffic next to his high school sweetheart, Margie (D’Orsay), at Christmas.
PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Dec. 6 (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9/8c)

CROSS COUNTRY CHRISTMAS
CAST: Rachael Leigh Cook (She’s All That) and Greyston Holt (Chesapeake Shores)
PREMISE: Former classmates Lina (Cook) and Max (Holt) are traveling home for the holidays, until a storm hits and they have to work together to make it home in time, no matter the mode of transportation.
PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Dec. 12 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

A GLENBROOKE CHRISTMAS
CAST: Autumn Reeser (The O.C.) and Antonio Cupo (Hats Off to Christmas!)
PREMISE: As Christmas nears, heiress Jessica Morgan (Reeser) seizes what seems like her last chance to experience a relaxed Christmas and heads off to the small town of Glenbrooke, where she meets a handsome fireman (Cupo).
PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Dec. 12 (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9/8c)

CHRISTMAS COMES TWICE
CAST: Tamera Mowry-Housley (Sister, Sister) and Michael Xavier (Paris, Wine and Romance)
PREMISE: Emily (Mowry-Housley) is a top newscaster who has achieved her career dreams but still has regrets about the guy (Xavier) who got away five years earlier. When the Christmas carnival comes to town, a ride around the carousel takes her magically back in time to the carnival five years before…giving her a second chance at love before she must return to Christmas present.
PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Dec. 13 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

CHRISTMAS HOMECOMING (WORKING TITLE)
CAST: Taylor Cole (Matching Hearts) and Steve Lund (The Art of Us)
PREMISE: When a mysterious key and a holiday riddle arrive on their doorsteps, Kate (Cole) and Kevin (Lund) embark on a Christmas romance adventure they’ll never forget.
PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Dec. 13 (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9/8c)

CHRISTMAS CAROUSEL
CAST: Rachel Boston (Check Inn to Christmas) and Neal Bledsoe (Shameless)
PREMISE: When Lila (Boston) is hired by the Royal Family of Marcadia to repair a carousel, she must work with the Prince (Bledsoe) to complete it by Christmas.
PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Dec. 19 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

SWEPT UP BY CHRISTMAS (WORKING TITLE)
CAST: TBD
PREMISE: An antique seller and a cleaner clash over how to downsize a magnificent estate right before Christmas. As the two uncover the house’s treasures, they find a way to reconnect the reclusive owner with his own Christmases past.
PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, Dec. 19 (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9/8c)

LOVE, LIGHTS, HANUKKAH!
CAST: Mia Kirshner (Star Trek: Discovery), Ben Savage (Boy Meets World) and Marilu Henner (Aurora Teagarden Mysteries)
PREMISE: As Christina (Kirshner) prepares her restaurant for its busiest time of year, she gets back a DNA test revealing that she’s Jewish. The discovery leads her to a new family and an unlikely romance over eight nights.
PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Dec. 20 (Hallmark, 8/7c)

PROJECT CHRISTMAS WISH
CAST: TBD
PREMISE: For years Lucy has played Santa to her small town’s community by making their holiday wishes come true. But when Lucy grants a little girl’s wish for a Christmas like she used to have with her Mom, she unexpectedly finds her own wishes coming true in life and love.
PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, Dec. 20 (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9/8c)

Video: Crystal Chappell and Hillary B. Smith

(9/23/20) (Video) Emmy-Award winning actresses Crystal Chappell and Hillary B. Smith were in The Locher Room on Wednesday, September 23rd. The duo discussed their incredible careers in daytime, working together producing / directing Beacon Hill & Venice as well as their friendship.

DAYS Recasts Melinda Trask

(9/17/20) On September 23, Tina Huang will assume the role of DAYS’s DA, Melinda Trask. The actress has previously appeared as B&B’s Dr. Campbell, GH’s Dr. Chu and as Susie Chang on RIZZOLI & ISLES from 2011-15. Laura Kai Chen, who originated the role of Melinda in 2013, wasn’t available to come in and film when the show needed her, so Huang stepped in. Look for the DA to factor into the current storyline with Kristen, who pushed Melinda’s daughter, Haley, down the stairs, which resulted in her death.

Crystal Chappell and Hillary B. Smith - LIVE

(9/15/20) (Watch here) Emmy-Award winning actresses Crystal Chappell and Hillary B. Smith will be live in The Locher Room on Wednesday, September 23rd at 3 p.m. EST. The duo will discuss their incredible careers in daytime, working together producing / directing Beacon Hill & Venice as well as their friendship.

Days of Our Lives' Melissa Reeves Out, All My Children Vet Cady McClain In as Jennifer — But for How Long?

(9/15/20) Days of Our Lives is giving Jennifer an extreme makeover, tapping soap vet Cady McClain (All My Children, As the World Turns) to temporarily replace longtime cast member Melissa Reeves in the role,TVLine has confirmed.

According to Soap Opera Digest, Reeves — who commutes from Tennessee to Los Angeles to shoot Days — chose not to return to the West Coast when the soap resumed production earlier this month due to the coronavirus pandemic. The recast, which sources stress is not permanent, comes nearly three months after Reeves’ views on Black Lives Matter sparked a backlash among her co-stars and fans.

News of the switcheroo was first reported by Celeb Dirty Laundry.

Back in January it was revealed that Reeves — who has played Jennifer Horton on the NBC sudser on and off for the past three decades — “liked” several anti-BLM posts from right-wing activist Candace Owens on Instagram. Reeves’ Days co-star, Linsey Godfrey, wasted little time responding. After one Twitter user defended Reeves’ right to express her opinion, Godfrey countered, “Nah there is no difference of opinion on racism, homophobia, transphobia and xenophobia.”

When another fan noted that she found Reeves to be “completely lovely and non-judgmental” after encountering her at several Days fan events, Godfrey responded, “Yea but even the nicest people can have awful views. Plenty of nice people have awful moral compasses. I can’t associate w/ it because it makes me a hypocrite. I condemn all those hateful & harmful beliefs.”

Days actor Lamon Archey, who is Black, liked Godfrey’s post taking Reeves to task. He then shared a rather pointed gif.

This is not the first time Reeves has come under fire for her controversial views. Several years ago, she incurred the wrath of the LGBTQ community when she expressed support for antigay fast food chain Chick-fil-A, tweeting, “Land of the free and home of the brave. Love that we all appreciate free speech, right?”

Reps for Days, NBC and Sony Pictures Television declined to comment for this story.

Dishing with Digest - 9/11/20 - Marci Miller

(9/11/20) (Listen / download) Marci Miller opens up about coming back to DAYS as Abigail, the state of “Chabby”, what she did during her time off and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also talk about Kim Delaney’s return to daytime and the latest news.

Kevin Dobson Dies: ‘Knots Landing’ and ‘Days Of Our Lives’ Star Was 77

(9/7/20) Kevin Dobson, most known for his work on TV dramas Knots Landing, Days of Our Lives and Kojak, has died. He was 77.

The United Veterans Council of San Joaquin County announced the actor’s death on Facebook. Dobson, who died on Sunday, served as chairman of the San Joaquin County group.

Dobson was born in New York on March 18, 1943. Before pursuing his acting career, the New York native first worked multiple positions for the Long Island Railroad. After working as brakeman and conductor for the transportation system, he worked as a waiter.

The actor’s first big break into the industry was as Govorner Harrison Brooks in the TV series One Life to Live in 1968. The television appearance was the first of many roles Dobson would hold throughout his decades-long career. After his breakthrough, Dobson starred in a handful of other TV series including The Doctors, The Rookies, Emergency! and Stranded.

As the actor became a more regular face to the TV space throughout the late 60s and early 70s, Dobson landed a series regular role as Detective Bobby Crocker in Kojak. As Detective Bobby Crocker, Dobson starred alongside Telly Savalas, who played the titular Lieutenant Theo Kojak. Additional co-stars were George Savalas, Mark Russell and Dan Frazer.

In 1982 Dobson took on a new series regular role as Mack MacKenzie in CBS’ popular drama Knots Landing. In the Golden Globe-nominated show Dobson acted with Michele Lee, Nicollette Sheridan and Ted Shackelford.

While he’s most known for his TV work, Dobson also starred in a number of films as well. He played Ensign George Gay in Jack Smight’s Midway, Bobby Gibbons in All Night Long and Donald Shawnessy in She’s No Angel.

Among his most recent credits are Dark Power, Days of Our Lives, Hawaii Five-0 and House of Lies. In Days the actor played Mickey Horton, following John Clarke and John Ingle.

Dobson set to appear the TV series 12 to Midnight, which will premiere in 2021.

Survivors are Dobson’s wife Susan and their children Mariah, Patrick and Sean.

Dishing with Digest - 9/4/20 - Ken Corday

(9/4/20) (Listen / download) Executive Producer Ken Corday talks about the past, present and future of DAYS OF OUR LIVES with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss the latest soap news, and the daytime alums who will be competing on DANCING WITH THE STARS.

One-On-One With Melissa Ordway and Jordi Vilasuso

(9/4/20) One-On-One With Melissa Ordway and Jordi Vilasuso: Video.

Casey Moss Back To DAYS!

(9/3/20) Casey Moss, who joined DAYS as JJ Deveraux in 2013 and last aired in February of this year, is heading back to the soap. A DAYS promo on NBC confirms that the fan fave is returning to Salem. DAYS returned to production this week; for the scoop about what’s ahead, check out the new issue of Digest, on sale tomorrow.

Days Vet Plots Return

(9/2/20) Days of Ours Lives is raising the (presumed) dead: Daytime Emmy winner Tamara Braun will return to the NBC soap as Ava Vitali, four years after her character died in a 2016 episode, Soap Opera Digest reports.

Ava’s reappearance is “important, not only for Steve and Kayla, but for her son, Tripp, and others to be determined,” executive producer Ken Corday tells the magazine. “[Head writer] Mr. Carlivati has a big story there. It’s exciting.”

The news comes as Days is going through a cast shake-up: In early July, Kristian Alfonso (aka Hope) announced that she was leaving the show after 37 years. Then Greg Vaughn (Eric Brady) revealed that he, too, would be exiting the series after eight years. Victoria Konefal, who plays Bo Brady and Hope Williams’ youngest daughter Ciara Brady, will also not be part of the cast when the NBC soap resumes production in the fall. Braun is also known for her Daytime Emmy-winning role as Dr. Kim Nero on General Hospital.

‘Dancing With The Stars’: ABC Unveils Season 29 Cast Including ‘Tiger King’s Carole Baskin & Rapper Nelly

(9/2/20) (Video) Tiger King’s Carole Baskin, rapper Nelly, Selling Sunset’s Chrishell Stause and NBA legend Charles Oakley are among those set to waltz off on to this season of Dancing With The Stars.

The ABC competition show, which is based on BBC format Strictly Come Dancing, revealed the full cast on Good Morning America ahead of its September 14 premiere.

The quartet will be joined by Monica Aldama, star of Netflix’s Cheer, Disney Channel actress Skai Jackson, One Day at a Time’s Justina Machado, The Real’s Jeannie Mai, Catfish’s Nev Schulman and Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir.

The network confirmed that Super Bowl Champion Vernon Davis, Anne Heche, Backstreet Boys singer AJ McLean will also be joining, after their names leaked over the last few days. The Bachelor’s Kaitlyn Bristowe was the first celebrity to be named a few months ago.

The professional dancers include Brandon Armstrong, Alan Bersten, Sharna Burgess, Cheryl Burke, Artem Chigvintsev, Val Chmerkovskiy, Sasha Farber, Jenna Johnson, Daniella Karagach, Keo Motsepe, Peta Murgatroyd, Pasha Pashkov, Gleb Savchenko, Emma Slater and Britt Stewart.

It will be hosted and exec produced by Tyra Banks, who replaces Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews in season 29. The show is produced by BBC Studios’ Los Angeles production arm with Andrew Llinares exec producer.

One of the challenges for this season is to ensure that the production adheres to COVID-19 protocols, a trickier move for a dance competition format than many other productions. Details of the health and safety protocols and other format refreshes are expected imminently.

Dishing with Digest - 8/28/20 - Scott Reeves

(8/28/20) (Listen/download) Scott Reeves recalls his favorite soap moments on DAYS, Y&R and GH, his love story with Melissa Reeves (Jennifer, DAYS), their coffee business and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss the hottest stories for fall.

Ashley Benson says everybody should own these three style essentials

(8/26/20) Like many of us, Ashley Benson’s spent most of 2020 in sweats.

“I haven’t really gotten dressed up this summer. Sweatpants are my new favorite thing,” the actress, 30, admitted to Page Six Style of her social-distancing style.

But lately, the “Pretty Little Liars” alum has been “putting more effort into [her] wardrobe,” she added, and swapping athleisure for something silkier that’s equally easy to throw on and go.

“I love slips,” Benson said. “They are so comfy and chic, and you can wear them day to night.”

In terms of accessories, she’s got access to a vast collection of stylish shades thanks to her work with eyewear brand Privé Revaux. Last year, Benson released her own collection of sunglasses, and this summer, she’s teamed up with fellow actor Matt Bomer on a new range of gender-neutral designs.

“I love a square shape or aviators when it comes to glasses, usually always black,” she explained, naming the “Cliffs” ($39.95) — a modern aviator inspired by Brad Pitt’s character in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” — as her personal favorite from the capsule.

The genderless styles also reflect the contents of the star’s own closet. A self-proclaimed outerwear obsessive, Benson typically prefers casual or tailored pieces over anything too fussy — and unsurprisingly, when asked to name three style staples everyone should own, she pointed to a trio of simple unisex classics.

“Vintage Levi’s, a leather jacket and a good white T-shirt,” she told us.

Daytime Ratings: Young & Restless' Viewership Nosedives Upon Return as All 4 Soaps Hit Series Lows

(8/25/20) It seems absence did not make the hearts of Young and the Restless fans grow fonder.

After airing repeats for three-plus months due to the coronavirus shutdown, Y&R returned with original episodes the week of Aug. 10. However, a sizable chunk of the show’s audience was not there to greet it.

As first reported by Daytime Confidential, Y&R averaged a series low 2.7 million viewers for its first full week back with new episodes — down more than 1 million viewers vs. the CBS sudser’s last full week of original episodes in late April.

Y&R‘s sister soap, The Bold and the Beautiful, — which returned with fresh episodes in mid-July — also sank to a series low for the week of Aug. 10, averaging 2.4 million viewers (down from 3.3 million when it left the air in April). ABC’s General Hospital has taken less of a hit since coming back on the air earlier this month. Its most recent tally of 1.9 million viewers (also a series low) was down from 2.1 million for its last full week of new episodes in May.

Meanwhile, NBC’s Days of Our Lives — which shoots eight months in advance and therefore never ran out of fresh material — has not been spared either: Its total viewer tally dipped to a series low 1.6 million viewers for the week of Aug. 10.

Alison Sweeney To Return To ‘Days Of Our Lives’ For Longest Stint Since 2014, Reprising Sami Brady Role

(8/25/20) Viewers will be seeing more of Sami Brady on NBC’s Days Of Our Lives. Alison Sweeney is set to reprise her role as the fan-favorite troublemaker when the show resumes taping next month, producer Corday Productions revealed to Deadline.

Since she left Days Of Our Lives as a full-time cast member in 2014 after 21 years, Sweeney has been coming back for a short arc every year since 2017. She filmed her most recent one before the coronavirus-related production shutdown; it started airing in mid-July and will wrap in late September.

Under the new deal, she will appear in fresh Days Of Our Lives episodes, beginning in late 2020, though most of 2021. She will be a part of an emotional storyline centered around family and Sami’s recently SORASed daughter Allie Horton, played by Lindsay Arnold.

“It is always a beautiful day in Salem when we get to welcome Alison Sweeney back to the canvas,” Days Executive Producer Ken Corday said. “Sami Brady is an integral part of our show’s history and we are elated that she’s coming home again.”

Days Of Our Lives, along with fellow daytime dramas The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful and General Hospital suspended taping in mid-March amid an industrywide production shutdown due to the pandemic. Days Of Our Lives has enough originals in the can to take it through early October. Production is slated to resume on September 1.

Sweeney left Days in 2014 after starring in the show since 1993. During her time on the drama the actress was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category in 2015 and won the Special Fan Emmy Award for America’s Favorite Villain in 2002. She returned to the show in 2017 and has appeared on and off since in various storylines.

In January, NBC renewed Days Of Our Lives for a record 56th season. Set in the fictitious Midwestern town of Salem, the show airs nationally on NBC in the U.S. and in more than 25 countries internationally. The core families are the Bradys, Hortons and DiMeras, and the storylines involve elements of romance, adventure, mystery, comedy and drama.

Since the January renewal, a number of cast members have left the show, including Kristian Alfonso, Victoria Konefal, Casey Moss, Chandler Massey, Freddie Smith, Galen Gering, and Greg Vaughan. Sweeney’s return would provide some stability — and star power — as the show looks to rebuild.

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 Meng and Albert Alarr. Ron Carlivati is the head writer.

In addition to her lengthy new stint on Days, Sweeney will continue to produce and star in other TV projects, She previously toplined the Murder She Baked movie franchise for Hallmark Channel, and currently stars in and executive produces The Chronicle Mysteries movies for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

Dishing with Digest 8/21/20 - Ian Buchanan

(8/21/20) (Listen /download) Ian Buchanan (ex-Duke, GH et al) chats about his runs on GH, B&B, PC, AMC and DAYS, his decades-long friendship with Finola Hughes (Anna, GH) and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss the latest casting shockers.

DAYS Alum Gloria Loring To Release New Music

(8/20/20) Gloria Loring (ex-Liz, DAYS) will release a new EP, The Best Of Me, on September 18. The Best of Me marks her first-ever EP in a recording career that began on MGM Records in the late ’60s and most notably includes “Friends and Lovers,” her duet with the late Carl Anderson that was used for Kim and Shane’s love song on the show and became a No. 2 Billboard pop hit and No. 1 Adult Contemporary hit in 1985. The new collection includes never before released versions of songs by legendary songwriters Desmond Child (“Best of Me”), Burt Bacharach (who collaborated with Tonio K on “Love is Still the Answer”) and Bruce Hornsby (“Swansong”).

Heartbreak For Y&R Star

(8/19/20) On Instagram, Kaitlin Vilasuso, wife of Jordi Vilasuso (Rey, Y&R), revealed that the couple recently suffered a miscarriage. “I never anticipated that it would hurt this much,” she wrote. The Vilasusos have two daughters, Riley, who is 7, and Everly, who is 4. Our hearts go out to the family.

Days of Our Lives is bringing back Galen Gering

(8/18/20) (ew.com) Galen Gering was supposed to leave to Salem by the end of the month. But fortunately for fans of Days of Our Lives, things change!

EW has learned exclusively that the actor, who has portrayed Rafe Hernandez since 2008, is sticking around on the NBC soap after all. Fans were expecting to say goodbye for good since his contract has expired on the show and his last episode was going to air at month's end — but not anymore!

Life has been hard in Salem for Rafe. He lost custody of the boy he was going to adopt and he's divorced from Hope Williams Brady (Kristian Alfonso), though a reconciliation was in the works. There's certainly no chance of that now, since Alfonso announced she's leaving the show for good. The actress revealed in July that she wouldn't return to set and that she filmed her last episode several months ago.

“I feel blessed and honored to have been invited into people’s homes for over three decades," she said in a statement. "However, it is now time for me to write my next chapter."

Executive Producer Ken Corday tells EW that he was "dismayed" by Alfonso's announcement, particularly since he had big plans for Hope. "In order to launch a new story ... and we had a great story for her, we still do ... I needed her off-camera for three or four months. During that time, something very interesting happens so she comes back to Salem with a secret. It doesn't look like that's going to happen."

When asked if there's a chance Alfonso would change her mind and stay at DOOL, Corday says, "That's up to Kristian."

Production on NBC sudser will resume Aug. 31. Though the other daytime sudsers returned to work in July, DOOL had the luxury of time because it had episodes in the can that could carry them through October. (DOOL, like every other TV show and film, went dark after COVID-19 forced a production shutdown in Hollywood). "We didn't have to rush it," Corday tells EW. "I wanted to make absolutely sure we were dotting every I and crossing every T with county health."

Corday has special plans to for the show's 55th anniversary. Besides keeping Gering in the family, there will be more surprise returns to Salem. And yes, there may even be kissing and canoodling -- assuming the actors are game. "It's really up to the individual actors and how much they do or don't want to do," Corday tells EW. "And no, we won't be using dolls."

Days of Our Lives airs weekdays on NBC.

Jensen Ackles Joins The Boys Season 3 as 'The Original Superhero'

(8/17/20) From Supernatural to superhero: Jensen Ackles has joined the Season 3 cast of Amazon Prime’s The Boys, reuniting him with onetime Supernatural boss Eric Kripke.

Ackles will portray Soldier Boy, who after he fought in World War II became the first “super celebrity” and a mainstay of American culture for decades.

“When I was a child, I had a crazy, impossible dream — to provide Jensen Ackles with gainful employment,” The Boys showrunner Kripke said in a statement. “I’m happy to say that dream has come true. Jensen is an amazing actor, an even better person, smells like warm chocolate chip cookies, and I consider him a brother.

“As Soldier Boy, the very first Superhero, he’ll bring so much humor, pathos and danger to the role,” Kripke added. “I can’t wait to be on set with him again, and bring a bit of Supernatural to The Boys.”

Ackles this fall has the pandemic-delayed final episodes of Supernatural to film, in Vancouver.

The Boys‘ Season 3 renewal was announced during Comic-Con@Home in late July. Season 2 of the series will premiere Friday, September 4th, with new episodes available weekly through October 9th.

Marci Miller Back To DAYS As Abigail

(8/17/20) A story in the new issue of TV Guide confirms that Marci Miller, who portrayed Abigail Deveraux from 2016-18, has reclaimed the role from Daytime Emmy-winner Kate Mansi and will air again soon. When Miller left the soap two years ago, she admitted it wasn’t an easy choice. “It was so bittersweet,” she told Digest at the time. “It’s always a hard decision to make, to leave something like that, because it’s comfortable and you love the people. You also get very connected to and protective of the character. At the same time, it felt very very right, and I knew it was what I was supposed to do. But what is right is not always what is easy. It would have been much easier for me to just stay…. I always imagined that I would stay for one contract and move on, but, at the same time, I was open to whatever made sense. It wasn’t as cut-and-dried for me, partially because I fell in love with everybody so much. But at the end of the day, from a professional standpoint and personal standpoint, it is what made sense for me. I knew that if I didn’t move on and try other things now, I might regret it later. I didn’t want to be in that position.”

New Role for a Soap Opera Writer: Husband

(8/14/20) (nytimes.com) While Ron Carlivati has made a career out of writing soap operas, his longtime partner, David Rogal, often prevents Mr. Carlivati’s life from becoming one.

“I’m the more hotheaded, the more compulsive one in our relationship,” said Mr. Carlivati, 51, the head writer of the daytime drama “Days of Our Lives.” He also played the role of Mr. Rogal’s love interest for 16 years before they married on Aug. 1 in the front yard of their summer home in East Hampton, N.Y. There were 22 guests, down from 150 because of the coronavirus.

“When I’m ranting, David has this ability to let me talk myself out of some things, and patiently helps me work my way through other things,” said Mr. Carlivati, a former lawyer. “He’s the only guy who knows how to reel me in.”

As it happened, it was Mr. Carlivati, an Upper West Side resident, who first began reeling in Mr. Rogal (left), 55, of the Upper East Side, at a Manhattan movie theater in 2001.

“I was sitting there, alone, eating Twizzlers and minding my own business, when Ron and two of his friends tried making conversation with me by teasing and ribbing me,” said Mr. Rogal, chuckling as he spoke.“They kept saying, ‘Hey, are you going to share those?’”

When the movie ended, Mr. Carlivati said that he and Mr. Rogal “were sort of walking out together. We kind of began comparing notes on the movie and I was immediately attracted to him.”

“But I chickened out,” he added, “and we eventually went our separate ways and I was kind of kicking myself because I thought we had made this little connection, and now I was never going to see this guy again.”

Two weeks later, Mr. Carlivati was with one of his movie pals at a mixer at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan, when he spotted Mr. Rogal by the coat-check room. “I turned to my friend and said, ‘Hey, there’s Twizzlers.’”

They resumed their conversation and Mr. Rogal was soon sharing a cab with Mr. Carlivati, having accepted his spontaneous offer to go out for drinks.

They dated sporadically for the next two years, but became exclusive in July 2004 after Mr. Carlivati accepted an invitation from Mr. Rogal, who was hosting a party with a friend in the Hamptons.

“That’s when we really connected,” Mr. Carlivati said.

Mr. Carlivati, born and raised in Rochester, N.Y., graduated from College of the Holy Cross and received a law degree from George Washington University. He left his job in January 1996 as a lawyer in Washington to pursue a job as a soap opera writer. Nine months later he landed what he called his “dream job,” as an assistant soap opera writer on “One Life to Live,” and eventually worked his way up to head writer. He went on to become the head writer of the soap opera “General Hospital” before taking over in that same capacity at “Days of Our Lives,” four years ago.

Mr. Rogal was born and raised in Forest Hills, Queens, and graduated from Baruch College. He was until March a longtime interior designer at Vicente Wolf in Manhattan.

“In the beginning, at the movies, I thought he was just a cute guy with beautiful blue eyes,” Mr. Carlivati said of Mr. Rogal. “But we ended up sharing so many of the same interests, and we got along very well.”

So well, in fact, that Mr. Carlivati, whom Mr. Rogal describes as a “one-of-a-kind storyteller,” wouldn’t be adverse to allowing Mr. Rogal to play himself in one of his soap opera episodes. “I have the perfect role for him, he can play the sexy gardener and show off his good looks and green thumb all at the same time.”

Dishing with Digest - 8/14/20 - Robert Scott Wilson

(8/14/20) (Listen / download) DAYS’s Robert Scott Wilson (Ben) chats about his road to Salem, the “Cin” phenomenon, his leading lady’s exit and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss characters who didn’t click with fans.

Justin Hartley and Chrishell Stause "Never" Cheated On Each Other: Sources

(8/12/20) (eonline.com) As Davina Potratz said in Selling Sunset, "There are two sides to every story."In the third season of the Netflix reality series, viewers learned that Chrishell Stause was blindsided by husband Justin Hartley's decision to file for divorce. But in the absence of an account from Justin, fans were left to speculate over what inspired the sudden split, with some theorizing he might have cheated on his wife of two years.

However, a source tells E! News that rumors of the This Is Us star's infidelity are "100 percent false."

So why did Justin actually file for divorce? Well, a source close to Chrishell claims that remains a mystery.

"Chrishell knew they were having problems in their marriage. They were fighting for months before Justin filed, but she didn't think he would actually end their marriage," the insider explains, adding, "They always brushed their problems under the rug."

But the source notes Chrishell doesn't have closure. The insider says, "She speculates a lot about what truly happened between them."

"Chrishell is heartbroken that he has moved on so quickly," the source continues. "It doesn't do her any good to dwell on the possibilities of Justin cheating, and is trying to move on."

And while the first source says the rumors are false, it seems the real estate agent wasn't totally convinced of Justin's innocence as of four days ago. On her Twitter account, she liked two tweets that hinted he might've had an affair with his now-girlfriend Sofia Pernas prior to the split.

One of the tweets, from Twitter user @ConcernedSoapFan, read, "@justinhartley filmed a movie in Canada at the same time his new gf @SofiaPernas was filming the summer before they split. The timing seems like he probably cheated on @Chrishell7 and took a coward's way out to avoid spousal support and gaslight her."

The other tweet highlighted an unverified report on celeb scoop site Blind Gossip, which claims Justin was "having an affair" months before he filed for divorce, among other allegations.

But the first source reiterates, "Cheating was never in the cards and never happened on either side."

E! News reached out to Chrishell for comment.

With the divorce bringing Justin's character into question, his ex-wife, Lindsay Korman-Hartley, has spoken out to defend him. She said the actor is an "exemplification of a solid man" and a "dear friend and devoted father to our daughter." She continued, "No matter what conflicts Justin and I had in the past, I appreciate what we have today and I am thankful for the family we have built."

Hours later, Chrishell seemingly reacted by posting a statement to her Instagram Story, writing in part, "Be the woman who fixes another woman's crown without telling the world it was crooked."@J—ó».

Justin Hartley's Ex Defends Him After Chrishell Stause Shares Shocking Details On Selling Sunset

(8/11/20) Lindsay Korman-Hartley is weighing in on Justin Hartley's very public divorce from Chrishell Stause.

On Tuesday, Aug. 11, the soap opera star took to Instagram to defend her ex-husband and the father of her child in a lengthy post.

"In a day when social media should be used for positivity … an inspiration towards movement in an honest and deserving way, I'd like to join, by highlighting my appreciation for my family," Lindsay began her message.

"Today, I appreciate my ex-husband Justin for not only being [an] exemplification of a solid man but for being my dear friend and devoted father to our daughter," she continued. "Simply put; for being family. We derive our own opinion of people by experiencing life and time together, and we do our best to hold dear the ones that maintain consistent kindness, love and generosity."

"No matter what conflicts Justin and I had in the past, I appreciate what we have today and I am thankful for the family we have built," she closed.

Lindsay and Justin first met on the set of Passions in 2003 and began dating soon after. Later that year, the two announced their engagement. They not only tied the knot in May 2004 but welcomed their first child together, Isabella Justice Hartley, in July. Lindsay eventually filed for divorce in 2012.

As for Justin, he moved on and started dating Chrishell. In January 2014, they made their relationship official and got married three years later. But as fans recently learned, the This Is Us actor filed for divorce in November 2019. However, in documents obtained by E! News, he cited their separation in July.

According to Chrishell, she was completely blindsided by Justin's decision.

In the third season of Selling Sunset, the reality TV star confided in co-star and friend Mary Fitzgerald. She revealed details about her breakup, including how the actor allegedly told her he wanted a divorce.

"He texted me that we were filed. Forty-five minutes later the world knew," Chrishell said tearfully.

"In a fight, like that's his go-to. Like, 'I'm out, I'm out.' I hate that kind of impulsive stuff but I always just thought that's an issue, we'll work through it...," she explained of how Justin typically reacts to conflict. "If that's really what you wanted, there are better ways to go about it."

In her confessional, Chrishell added, "Because of the crazy way in which this went down, people want answers... and I f--king want answers."

Chrishell wasn't the only one surprised by her breakup. Her co-stars couldn't believe the news.

"I mean, you know, that was [a] shock to all of us, all the cast. Like we did not see this one happening," Maya Vander said in a recent interview on the Behind the Velvet Rope podcast. "I have to give a lot of credit to [Chrishell] because it's been very tough on her. Obviously... dealing with that and she was so professional. She's doing better, but obviously it's still fresh."

At this time, Justin has yet to publicly address his divorce or how things played out on Selling Sunset. However, it looks like he's already put the past behind him. The This Is Us actor has sparked romance rumors with soap opera star Sofia Pernas.

As for Chrishell? It looks like she's enjoying the positive reactions to the Netflix series.

DAYS’s Deidre Hall (Marlena) To Host Virtual Scrapbooking Event

(8/10/20) On Wednesday, August 26th at 6 p.m.ET/3 p.m. PT, Deidre Hall (Marlena) will co-host a special Facebook Live scrapbooking session with paper crafting company, Close To My Heart, to benefit Operation Smile. Hall will also be promoting her Westbrook Collection Watercolor card set. As a part of this special live event, Hall will join Close To My Heart President, Monica Wihongi, in creating the Happiest Place Cut Above album, while they share their experiences from Operation Smile volunteer medical missions. Hall volunteered on her first medical mission with Operation Smile in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2009. Visit Close to My Heart’s events page here and click “GOING” to be entered to win some fun prizes during this event, including a set of Deidre’s personal Westbrook Collection Watercolor card set.

James Hong, ‘Hollywood’s most prolific actor,’ may finally get Walk of Fame star

(8/10/20) He has more credits than nearly anyone in Hollywood, yet he still isn’t a bona fide “star.”

In his legendary career, actor James Hong (ex-Sung Cho Lee, General Hospital/ex-Baba Soo Lan , Days of Our Lives/Dave Cheng & Harry Yamada, Santa Barbara) — who recently went viral as “Hollywood’s most prolific actor” — has accrued more than 600 acting credits and inspired countless careers, yet he still doesn’t have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Now, a growing group of fans is actively trying to change that for Hong, 91, whose diverse projects include “Seinfeld,” “Big Trouble in Little China” and “Blade Runner.”

“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: James Hong deserves a Star on the #Hollywood Walk of Fame. I’ve already started the nomination process. Who’s with me? #StarForJamesHong,” wrote “Hawaii Five-0” and “Lost” star Daniel Dae Kim in a now viral tweet earlier this month.

Other actors including Harry Shum Jr., of “Crazy Rich Asians,” and comedian Ken Jeong have also voiced their support for Hong getting a star, CNN reported.

Roughly 30 people are selected annually to be added to the Walk of Fame, where the creation and installation of a star costs $50,000. Kim, 52, has already raised more than enough via a GoFundMe.

“This man epitomizes the term ‘working actor,’ and that’s not even taking into account all he’s done to help further representation for actors of color,” reads the fund-raiser’s description of Hong. “Let’s show this man the respect and love his career has merited by getting him a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!”

Hong himself believes his name’s absence from the Walk of Fame is more than just an oversight by the industry. In an interview with the Great Big Story podcast, he referred to it as evidence of Hollywood’s continued prejudices.

“Even to this day, 500 credits or so, I don’t have a star on the Walk of Fame. So in a sense there is a lot of hidden prejudice behind this industry. They don’t think of us, like I say, the principal person,” he told the outlet. “And I try to fight against that.”

‘Selling Sunset’ star Chrishell Stause having a ball as fans slam Justin Hartley

(8/10/20) Chrishell Stause is tight-lipped when it comes to details about her divorce from Justin Hartley, but she’s said plenty on social media.

The soap star and real estate agent, 39, was forced to talk about her bombshell divorce during Season 3 of “Selling Sunset,” which premiered on Friday, and has kept up with fans’ comments regarding her claim that the “This Is Us” star, 43, told her that he filed for divorce via text just 45 minutes before the news broke.

Page Six reported that Hartley filed for divorce in November and cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for their split.

“This n—- Justin Hartley TEXTED Chrishell that he was divorcing her?!? #SellingSunset,” one fan tweeted on Saturday, to which Stause responded with a GIF of Jordan Peele sweating profusely.

“Me trying to keep it classy and not like your tweet,” she wrote back.

Stause also responded to a fan who used a GIF of Kristin Davis as Charlotte York yelling “I curse the day you were born!” at Chris Noth as Mr. Big in the “Sex and the City” movie, saying, “My favorite gif” with the laughing face emoji.

She sent a GIF of Lady Gaga hugging herself as a response to a fan who disagreed with her co-star Davina Potratz saying that there were two sides to the divorce.

And of course, Stause responded with skull emojis to a fan who commented on her presence at co-star Christine Quinn’s wedding, saying: “Chrishell didn’t deserve the fake snow assaulting her, ok!? Justin Fartley ended their marriage over a TEXT and she STILL came to support her bully’s wedding…WHILE dying on the inside?! AND DAVINA HAD THE NERVE?! NOT THIS. #SellingSunset.”

Stause’s rep didn’t immediately get back to us.

Days of Our Lives' Greg Vaughan Reveals Why He's Leaving After 8 Years: 'I Felt Like a Glorified Extra'

(8/9/20) Three weeks since announcing his decision to walk away from Days of Our Lives after nearly a decade of playing Eric Brady, Greg Vaughan is explaining in greater detail why he chose to bolt.

In an interview in the new issue of Soap Opera Digest, the Daytime Emmy winner says he started thinking of leaving the soap in 2017, shortly after he returned to the canvas following a nine-month absence. “A lot of things [storyline-wise] that were said to me or promised to me never came to fruition,” he laments to the mag. “I didn’t feel like all of the things that were being told to me were being delivered. I felt like a glorified extra in everybody else’s storyline.

“It was time,” he added. “My deal was over and that was it.”

The General Hospital alum goes on to reveal that the Days brass made a concerted effort to convince him to stay. “They put up a fight before they finally knew that I was not coming back,” he shares, before quickly adding that he remains open to returning at some point. “Never say never… I love Days of Our Lives.”

Vaughan — who is the latest in a long line of Days vets hitting the exit in the coming months (see also: Kristian Alfonso, Victoria Konefal, Galen Gering, Freddie Smith and Chandler Massey — will make his final appearance as Eric in September.

‘Days Of Our Lives’ Star Eric Martsolf & ‘Glow’ Star Britt Baron Voice Hybrid Audio/Video Podcast Series ‘Ride Share’

(8/6/20) Days Of Our Lives actor Eric Martsolf and Glow star Britt Baron are voicing hybrid audio/video drama series podcast Ride Share, which its creator Digital Sky hopes will become a successful new content format.

Digital producer Scott Zakarin, podcast host James Gavsie and media attorney Bert Benton have joined forces to develop the format under the Digital Sky banner. The video podcasts feature visual elements such as graphic novel animations or actor performances to help bring the stories and characters to life.

The company previously piloted a handful of storylines based around popular apps and has been guided by each pod’s popularity when coming up with their first series. Ride Share will be a ten-episode spinoff series based on the pilot. Set to premiere on September 1 with new episodes releasing each week, it will follow Keith (Martsolf), a dangerous con-man who preys on the public under the guise of a friendly rideshare driver.

The first visual podcast episode, available this week on YouTube, is based on Digital Sky’s Trail Less Taken, which follows the fictional story of an experienced hiker and social media influencer, performed by Caitlin Thornburn (Good Omens). In the podcast, the influencer is faced with an unpredicted torrential rainstorm, putting her in a hopeless situation with a last chance to reveal her personal truth. The pod was shot in a recording booth with props, immersive sound effects and a backdrop of visual images.

Zakarin said: “We are creating an interconnected fictional universe that pushes the boundaries of story driven podcasting. Digital Sky brings our social media and app inspired stories to life with stellar performances by gifted actors and state-of-the art sound and visual production. Ride Share and Trail Less Taken are representative of the range of visual experiences we plan to deliver in the Digital Sky universe.”

Video: One Life to Live - Reunion

(8/6/20) (Video) Mark Arnold (Gavin Wylie / Edge of Night and Rob Coronol / One Life to Live), Sharon Gabet (Raven Whitney / Edge of Night and Melinda Cramer (One Life to Live) and Holly Gagnier (Cassie Reynolds / One Life to Live and Ivy Jannings / Days of Our Lives) joined The Locher Room on August 6, 2020.

Justin Hartley Texted Chrishell About Divorce ... Claims 'Selling Sunset' Star

(8/6/20) (Video) Justin Hartley cold-heartedly fired off a text to Chrishell Stause about filing for divorce ... so claims the "Selling Sunset" star.

Chrishell broke down telling co-star Mary Fitzgerald about exactly how she found out the "This Is Us" star wanted out of their marriage. It's pretty heartbreaking ... Chrishell choked back tears before revealing, "I found out because he texted me that we were filed [for divorce]."

The actress/real estate agent says at first she thought Justin was joking but pretty quickly reality set in ... adding that "45 minutes later the world knew." TMZ broke the story ... Justin filed for divorce in November 2019 after 2 years of marriage. She later strongly hinted she was blindsided by the news ... and now we know why.

Chrishell says she spoke to Justin after he dropped the bombshell on her but that was the end of their communication. She was clearly distraught ... saying even though they were only married for 2 years they were together for 6 years. She said if this is what Justin really wanted "there are better ways to go about it."

The Netflix hit "Selling Sunset" premieres season 3 beginning Friday ... and the season's storyline largely centers around the sudden end of Chrishell and Justin's marriage.

That's playing out pretty publicly -- Justin's moved on and has been photographed getting cozy with a new GF.

Isabel Durant Is the New Claire on DAYS OF OUR LIVES

(8/5/20) (soapsindepth.com) (Photo) Claire is getting a new look on DAYS OF OUR LIVES with Australian actress Isabel Durant taking over the role from Olivia Rose Keegan. The recast is expected to make her on-screen debut in the middle of August.

Durant is from Sydney, Australia, and broke into the business as a finalist on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE AUSTRALIA in 2010. Following that, she played the role of Grace Whitney on the Aussie teen drama DANCE ACADEMY and in 2014 joined the cast of MAKO: ISLAND OF SECRETS as the mermaid Ondina. The actress also appeared in the first episode of NBC’s THIS IS US and in the film Life Itself.

The character of Claire Brady was born back in 2005 and was aged into a teenager in 2015 when DAYS brought on Olivia Rose Keegan to play the role. During her time with the soap, Keegan was nominated three times for the Daytime Emmy Award in the Younger Actress category, taking home the trophy in 2020. Although her run came to an end in July 2019, Keegan reprised her role starting in June 2020. Stay tuned to see when Durant makes her debut and how she makes the character her own.

Video: Shawn Christian and Arianne Zucker Chat

(8/5/20) (Video) Shawn Christian (Dr. Daniel Jonas) and Arianne Zucker (Nicole Walker) joined The Locher Room on Wednesday, August 5th to talk about their roles on Days of Our Lives. In addition, the real-life couple will share details about their Aloha Sunset Sessions, Ari's podcast, Everything from A to Z and Shawn's YouTube series Alive with Purpose.

‘The Bay’ Resumes Production Amid Strict COVID-19 Protocols

(8/5/20) Amazon’s multiple Emmy-winning digital drama series The Bay has resumed production on its sixth season, brought to a halt earlier this year amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The series, along with virtually the entire TV and film industry, shut down production in mid-March due to the virus outbreak. Producer LANY Entertainment tells Deadline the series has resumed shooting at a secure location outside Los Angeles County. “Strictly adhering to the newly established industry guidelines, LANY Entertainment and The Bay producers have implemented rigorous safety standards and protocols including a skeleton crew and most of the cast being quarantined on a private 800-acre property, in addition to regular COVID-19 testing, and mandatory daily temperature checks from an onset medical professional, LANY Entertainment said in a statement.

Per Amazon’s official logline, The Bay follows the affluent yet cursed Bay City residents whose lives are riddled with forbidden love, malicious lies and never-ending scandals. Socialite Sara Garrett, her youngest son Pete, and those around them face a series of dilemmas that involve rape, blackmail, sordid lovers and vindictive arch rivals.

The critically praised series is coming off its fifth Daytime Emmy win for Outstanding Digital Drama Series and additional wins this year for Outstanding Lead Actor (Kristos Andrews), Outstanding Lead Actress (Jade Harlow), and Outstanding Directing in a Digital Drama Series. Over the course of its run, it has won 19 Daytime Emmy awards and received 43 nominations.

The new season is written and directed by creator/showrunner Gregori J. Martin and executive producer and executive story editor Wendy Riche. Additional writers for Season 6 include Anne Schoettle (The Young and the Restless), Nick Peet (NBC’s Grimm) Susan Dansby (Ambitions).

Karrueche Tran returns for season 6 as Vivian Johnson-Garrett. This season she and her husband Pete (Kristos Andrews) are faced with important and socially relevant issues involving heart-wrenching COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter storylines.

Season 6 cast also includes John Aprea as former Mayor Jack Madison, Vanessa Williams, who last appeared as Cleo Harris in season 2, and returns as the new Bay City mayor, and Carrington Garland as realtor Kelly Johnson.

All new episodes of Season 5 will be released later this summer, followed by the 10-episode Season 6. The new season will premiere with a two-part 10th anniversary special on September 15, with the remaining episodes slated for release in December, the date TBA.

The Bay is currently available on Amazon Prime in the U.S. and is being distributed by GRB Studios internationally.

DAYS’s Drake Hogestyn Joins Hallmark Family

(8/3/20) Drake Hogestyn (John, DAYS) shared on social media that he has joined the Hallmark family, and will appear in a Christmas movie, CHRISTMAS TREE LANE, with Alicia Witt and Andrew Walker. “Excited to announce I’ve joined the @hallmarkmovie family!” he posted. “We were able to shoot #ChristmasTreeLane safely and it will be coming to your living room this holiday season! Thankful for this incredible opportunity and can’t wait for you all to see it.” Check out the photos he shared of his co-stars, https://www.instagram.com/p/CDZU_L4jyAG/.

Soap Faves Become First-Time Grandparents

(8/3/20) Melissa Reeves (Jennifer, DAYS) and her husband, Scott Reeves (ex-Steven, GH et al) became first-time grandparents on July 25 when daughter, Emily, welcomed a son, Woods McClain Smith. “There are no words to explain our joy and gratefulness that the Lord is entrusting this bundle of sweetness to our family,” she posted. Scott added, “God has blessed our family abundantly and I don’t take one bit of that for granted. Becoming grandparents has only deepened my conviction for growing in the Lord and being the best example of Christ that I can be for this little guy and I can’t wait to spoil the daylights out of him. We are already so in love with him it’s unexplainable. Woods McClain Smith, you have rocked Sweet Mama(@missyreeves) and Papa G’s(me;)) world!” Congratulations to the family! Check out a pic of the new addition https://www.instagram.com/p/CDYyzYeg-65/.

Wilford Brimley Remembered by His Our House Co-Star Deidre Hall: 'Heaven Just Got a Lot More Interesting'

(8/2/20) Days of Our Lives‘ Deidre Hall is mourning the loss of former Our House co-star Wilford Brimley, who died on Saturday at the age of 85.

From 1986 to 1988, Brimley played family patriarch Gus Witherspoon on the NBC family drama, on which Hall played his widowed daughter-in-law, Jessie. On Instagram Sunday, Hall spoke fondly of the esteemed character actor, referring to his loss as “a great one.”

“We lost a great one yesterday,” she said. “Every day with Wilford was a life lesson. Heaven just got a lot more interesting.”

Brimley passed away in his Utah home on Saturday morning. He had recently spent days in an ICU hospital unit on dialysis.

His breakthrough role came in 1974, when he was cast in the recurring part of Horace Brimley on the aforementioned family drama The Waltons. He would go on to appear in more than a dozen made-for-TV movies before he found a starring role in Our House, which ran for two seasons. Among his most memorable TV work, though, was a series of ads for Quaker Oats breakfast cereal throughout the 1980s, as well as a string of commercials for the diabetes testing supplies service Liberty Medical.

On the big screen, Brimley appeared in such films as The China Syndrome, The Thing, The Natural and Cocoon. All told, he had more than 70 acting credits to his name.

He is survived by his wife, Beverly, and his three children.

General Hospital's Kelly Monaco Recast Temporarily With Lindsay Hartley

(7/31/20) On the veritable eve of ABC’s General Hospital returning with its first fresh episodes in 10 weeks comes word that the character of Sam will soon, if temporarily, look different.

As reported by Daytime Confidential, Passions alum Lindsay Hartley (ex-Theresa) was tapped to fill in as Sam, replacing longtime cast member Kelly Monaco in the role.

“Some big shoes to fill…precious too,” Hartley shared on Twitter. “I hope you enjoy watching Sam as much as I have enjoyed playing her, temporarily”

Why the short-term switcheroo? Monaco’s mother fielded that burning question on Twitter, once GH fans got to fretting.

“Kelly is great and should be back on set Monday,” Carmina Monaco reassured, explaining that Kelly was sidelined by a 14-day quarantine after encountering a breathing problem with her mask on her first day back on the soap’s set. But after three COVID tests that all came up negative, “I’d say she is better than great,” Carmina said. “Thank you for all of the love” ABC recently announced that General Hospital will be back on the air with new episodes beginning Monday, Aug. 3, having resumed production after a four-month coronavirus-imposed shutdown.

GH will be the second of broadcast TV’s four daytime dramas to get back on the air with new episodes, following CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful, which returned with originals on July 21.

A return date for The Young and the Restless, which has been back in production for a week, remains TBD. NBC’s Days of Our Lives — currently in the throes of a mass cast exodus — will head back to the studio in September without any lapse in fresh material (the show benefited from having eight months of episodes banked when production was halted in March).

Live Chat with Arianne Zucker and Shawn Christian

(7/31/20) The Locher Room will welcome real-life couple Arianne Zucker (Nicole, DAYS) and Shawn Christian (ex-Daniel; DAYS, ex-Mike, AS THE WORLD TURNS). The live chat will take place on Wednesday August 5, at 3 p.m. ET, and the pair will talk about their DAYS roles, Aloha Sunset Sessions, Ari’s podcast, Everything from A to Z and Shawn’s YouTube series, Alive with Purpose. (Watch Here)

Dishing with Digest - 7/31/20 - Rick Hearst

(7/31/20) (Listen/download) Emmy-winner Rick Hearst chronicles his run on the four soaps currently on the air — B&B, DAYS, GH and Y&R — and shares his GUIDING LIGHT memories with Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss the latest casting changes as DAYS and GH's return with new episodes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Kelly Monaco Temporarily Replaced By Passions' Lindsay Hartley at General Hospital

(7/30/20) (daytimeconfidential.com) Sam McCall Morgan (Kelly Monaco) will have a new face when General Hospital returns this August! According to sources, Monaco's role has been temporarily recast.

Passions, Days of Our Lives and All My Children alum Lindsay Hartley is stepping in as Sam. Hartley is only expected to fill in for a couple of weeks.

One Life to Live - Reunion 8/6/20

(7/30/20) Mark Arnold (Gavin Wylie / Edge of Night and Rob Coronol / One Life to Live), Sharon Gabet (Raven Whitney / Edge of Night and Melinda Cramer (One Life to Live) and Holly Gagnier (Cassie Reynolds / One Life to Live and Ivy Jannings / Days of Our Lives) will join me live in The Locher Room on Thursday, August 6th at 2PM EST. (Watch here)

Kristian Alfonso talks with Access Hollywood

(7/29/20) (Video) Could Tom Cruise have been a soap opera star?! Kristian Alfonso joins Access Hollywood's Scott Evans to reflect on her legendary "Days of Our Lives" run and reveals Tom Cruise had tested for the role of her on-screen love interest, Bo. Kristian also shares how she's approaching a major new chapter upon saying goodbye to the iconic daytime series after 37 years. Does she think fans will be satisfied with the send-off for her beloved character, Hope Williams Brady? Kristian also shares why the decision to leave wasn't "bitter," just "sweet," and plays a Hope-centric version of "Never Have I Ever."

Eva LaRue reveals home of John Callahan broken into; car, identity stolen after death: 'It's been a nightmare'

(7/29/20) (foxnews.com) Actress Eva LaRue, the ex-wife of late “All My Children” star John Callahan, has been reeling in the wake of his untimely death in March.

The “CSI: Miami” star has been picking up the pieces to Callahan’s life since the longtime soap opera performer had his home ransacked and his personal and material property stolen in the days after his death due to a massive stroke. He was 66.

“It has definitely been a roller coaster because not only is my daughter [Kaya Callahan] grieving so hard, but I'm grieving separately in my way, too, because he has been my great friend,” LaRue – who was married to Callahan from 1996 to 2004 – lamented to Fox News.

“And at the same time, somebody broke into his house right after he died and stole his identity, his car, his laptop,” continued the Emmy-winner. “They have been taking out loans and credit cards in his name and they’ve siphoned money out of his bank account – it's been a nightmare. A nightmare."

LaRue, who also performed alongside Callahan on the ABC series, said trying to remedy the difficult situation has been daunting as tedious phone calls and emails have been taking much longer or have simply gotten nowhere.

“As you can imagine, every phone call is being put on hold for like 20 minutes or an hour or two hours, and then people being like, ‘I'm sorry, we can't help you.’ It's just like a bureaucratic nightmare,” LaRue said. “Every phone call that we make to try to fix the situation is just insane.”

LaRue said some progress has been made in apprehending the alleged culprit, which if the global coronavirus pandemic wasn’t enough of a burden, the predicament itself has “wreaked havoc” on their family.

“It's just sick and messed up,” fumed the actress and model. “And I mean, the good thing is that they're circling the wagons around this person. And so he's going to get caught. But in the meantime, it's wreaked such havoc for the last four months, like such crazy havoc.”

But despite the misfortune amid Callahan’s tragic passing, LaRue -- who recently took home an Emmy for outstanding guest performer for her role in “The Young and the Restless,” receiving her nomination just two weeks after Callahan’s death -- has been hard at work on the Pure Flix original limited series, “Finding Love in Quarantine."

The show was filmed entirely in isolation and with a skeleton crew.

“I thought it was such a sweet story and it was so topical how we're all just we're feeling so lonely and reaching out via social media and Zoom in all of these things -- like it was just so topical that I really wanted to do it,” LaRue said of the limited series that also stars Tom Arnold, Stacey Dash and David White.

She continued: "I just loved the love story idea and I'm sure that it actually speaks to a lot of people because I know there were a lot of people that, that was the way that they were falling in love -- was just reaching out through all this madness in any way they could.”

She said she jumped at the opportunity to play in this limited filming space because the art of human interaction has seemingly been a lost art in recent years with growing technology, social media, and pesky dating apps. Plus, the coronavirus pandemic has “forced” people back into human habits.

“It’s exactly right. It forced people – the great thing about this insane [time] is that I think there's actually been a lot of interesting positives that have come out of this whole quarantine nightmare,” explained LaRue. “And that was a lot of self-reflection – which normally none of us ever slow down enough to do – and we’ve had an inordinate amount of self-reflection time and more than we'll probably ever have in our lifetimes again.”

Added the writer and producer: “And the fact that we really realized how much we need real interaction – not just texting interaction – but how we actually need that face time and I think we all really realized how much we desperately missed human touch. There's definitely an appreciation factor that you came out of that over these last four months.”

Given the strict social distancing guidelines, LaRue said it created a “weird” dynamic filming on an empty set and praised director Matt Shapira, as well as Tommy Blaze and David White, for their creativity in bringing the project together.

“I didn't get to work with everyone because of the way we shot it – we were shooting in quarantine. So we literally had – everybody was separate so that we wouldn't all be on the same set,” LaRue explained. “So the only person I worked with was Stacey Dash and the director/cameraman and the sound/lighting person. So we were just as minimal as you could get.

“And then David White worked with his real daughter,” added LaRue. “So it's just the two of them in their house shooting. So everybody worked separately so that we could put this thing together in quarantine. David shot in his own home and then we shot in a separate home for me – and it was the director's home that Stacey and I shot in. And I don't know where they shot everybody else because I wasn't there on those days at all.”

LaRue, who also starred on “CSI: Miami” for eight seasons from 2005 to 2012, said that machine would be impossible to reproduce in the era of COVID-19 and social distancing.

“It's weird because I mean, everybody's tentatively coming back if they're coming back at all because it's so hard on a regular night – I mean, thankfully, this was a short-form series so we didn't have to meet,” she said. “But if we tried to come back with 'CSI Miami' – we had 300 people on that show between writers and producers and grips and lighting and sound and makeup and hair and wardrobe and interns and casting – all the stuff.”

“We had almost 300 people who made that whole baby run and I don't know if they could have – we simply couldn't have done it,” she added. “Maybe they could have done it with 100 people, but 100 people still wouldn't be allowed right now.”

LaRue said she empathizes with the thousands of workers in Hollywood who all of a sudden found themselves out of a job due to COVID-19 and said everyone is united in the sense that no one knows if or when their job could be pulled.

“It's going to be crazy because nobody knows anything,” she said. “I think that's the weirdest thing about this is that we've kind of trudged through life year after year, decade after decade pretty much knowing that we will have a job – some job somewhere, if not this job, another job – and that for the most part unless something really traumatic happens, there's always the hope that, 'OK, maybe this job ended but, you know, there's going to be a better one on the horizon or something better.'”

“Right now, we're all really in this crazy limbo of, 'Will it get better?' And yes, eventually. But wow," she added. "This is the first time in my whole life – maybe in all of our existence – that there is really nothing promised to any of us right now. Period.”

Kristian Alfonso Opens Up About Her Days Of Our Lives Exit: 'I Felt a Sense of Relief'

(7/28/20) (people.com) Kristian Alfonso is opening up about her Days of Our Lives exit — and why she won't ever return to play her beloved character.

Alfonso, who starred as Hope Williams Brady on the long-running NBC soap opera for 37 years, discussed her decision to depart the show in the Aug. 3 cover story for Soap Opera Digest.

After it was reported that DOOL had scheduled production to restart on Sept. 1, Alfonso announced that she would not be coming back for season 56.

"Our executive producer, Ken Corday, and I had a conversation prior to my announcement. During the conversation, Ken told me that Ron Carlivati, our head writer, and Albert Alarr, our co-executive producer, wanted to take me off the canvas for four to five months then bring me back for a storyline involving a Navy SEAL, who would be a new love interest for Hope," Alfonso, 56, told the outlet.

"I said to Ken, 'Oh, this is the storyline that you mentioned to me a while ago.' I know Ken was really looking forward to telling this story. When he originally told me about it, I got chills. I thought, 'You know what, this could be a great story. This could be so fun.' And during our conversation, he reiterated that they felt like I needed to be off canvas for four to five months. In that moment, I thought to myself, 'I think it’s time to leave,' " she said.

Although Alfonso made lifelong memories with her castmates throughout her more than three decades on the show, she believed it was time to go.

"I’ve been there for an incredibly long time and am hugely grateful that I was able to be a part of the Days of Our Lives family for as long as I was. But in the last few years, Days of Our Lives is not the Days of Our Lives as I know it," she explained.

Four years ago, Alfonso "first thought about leaving the show in 2016 for reasons I’d rather not specify," she said in the interview. "It was around the time I lost my dad. That’s the first time I really thought, 'You know what? It’s time for me to go.' "

After speaking with producer Ken Corday, she decided to stay on, promising him "in past meetings that I would never leave the show until the last episode was shot."

But recently having "time to really think and mull things," Alfonso said she's "been really enjoying my time home with my family and catching up with my friends. It just gave me time to really reflect."

She added of making the tough decision: "I felt a sense of relief. It’s been a roller coaster, for sure."

Alfonso confirmed she has already filmed what will now be her final episode. "Because this was only just decided, nothing was planned in terms of story. My last episode will air, as of right now, October 15," she said, adding that she "would have liked to have given the fans that have been so devoted to Days of Our Lives all of these years a final good-bye, and not, 'Oh, she’s out looking for someone,' or 'She’s upstairs cleaning her room,' or 'She’s taken a trip.' "

As for the possibility of a future return, the actress said that won't happen.

"No, I’m not coming back. I’ve had a great run and so many wonderful moments on the show and worked with so many wonderful people, met so many wonderful people," she told Soap Opera Digest. "It’s time for me to start a new chapter professionally. The time has come."

Alfonso became a household name for her role as Hope Williams Brady on the drama, first appearing in 1983. She and Peter Reckell, who played her on-camera husband Bo, received a special fan award at the 2002 Daytime Emmys for America's Favorite Couple.

In a statement posted to Instagram on July 6, Alfonso announced her departure from Days.

"Days of Our Lives has been a vital part of both my personal and professional journey," she began. "I am forever grateful to NBC and the late Betty Corday, who took a chance on me many years ago and changed my life. I have built some lifelong friendships with my extraordinarily talented castmates."

"Days has one of the hardest working crews in all of television, many of whom have become part of my extended family. I feel blessed and honored to have been invited into people's homes for over three decades. However, it is now time for me to write my next chapter. I will not be returning to Days when it resumes production in September. I've already filmed my last episode several months ago," her statement concluded.

In addition to Alfonso, actor Greg Vaughan has also left the show, and Victoria Konefal announced last week that she would not be returning as a full-time cast member.

Selling Sunset Trailer: Chrishell's Divorce Takes Center Stage in Season 3

(7/24/20) (Video) “I really want to be excited about my wedding,” Christine says in the trailer for Season 3 of Netflix’s Selling Sunset. “But obviously it’s being overshadowed by Chrishell‘s divorce.” (For those who don’t speak fluent Christine, this is her attempt at compassion. We think.)

The real estate moguls of The Oppenheim Group return for a third season on Friday, Aug. 7, and if there’s one thing that the trailer makes abundantly clear, it’s that the commissions — and the drama!!! — have never been higher.

Sure, the show remains pure Los Angeles real estate porn, but the business side of things quickly gets overshadowed — much like Christine’s wedding! — by the breaking news that Chrishell’s husband, This Is Us star Justin Hartley, has filed for divorce. (The TMZ article that Christine dramatically recites in the trailer is from Nov. 22, 2019 for those of you who appreciate a complete timeline.) Mary genuinely reaches out to Chrishell in her time of need, but when the divorce is brought up publicly at Christine’s wedding — did we mention that Christine is getting married this season?! — Chrishell is in no mood to defend herself. “I don’t want to do this anymore,” she says, storming off.

LeAnn Rimes, Pharrell Williams and Jon Bon Jovi To Keynote DOJ Event On Music Licensing

(7/24/20) LeAnn Rhimes, Pharrell Williams and Jon Bon Jovi will be keynote speakers next week at a Justice Department workshop on the future of the nearly 80-year-old consent decrees that have governed how works are licensed.

The virtual event on July 28 and 29 comes as the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division reviews the ASCAP and BMI decrees, a move that would have huge implications on songwriters, artists and publishers. The workshop will be open to the public.

The event also will include panels on an array of issues related to music licensing and industry competition. Makan Delrahim, chief of the DOJ’s Antitrust Division, will deliver opening remarks, and others speaking include David Israelite, president and CEO, National Music Publishers’ Association; Michelle Lewis, Executive Director, Songwriters of North America; Elizabeth Matthews, CEO of ASCAP; Michael O’Neill, president and CEO of BMI; and Gordon Smith, president and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters.

The DOJ last reviewed the consent decrees during the Obama administration, but concluded that “the current system has well served music creators and music users for decades and should remain intact.”

But the DOJ under Delrahim has been reviewing consent decrees across all industries to gauge their continued effectiveness and relevance.

Victoria Konefal Exits ‘Days Of Our Lives’ As Full-Time Cast Member

(7/24/20) Another key cast member is leaving Days of Our Lives. Victoria Konefal will not continue on NBC’s long-running daytime drama when it resumes production in the fall. While she will no longer be a full-time cast member, Konefal, who plays Ciara Brady on the show, could make guest appearances in the future.

Speculation that Konefal may be leaving surfaced earlier this month following the news that Kristian Alfonso, who plays her mom on the show, is exiting Days Of Our Lives after 37 years. Konefal confirmed her departure in a statement to Deadline. According to sources, the departure is not related to Alfonso’s exit. Here is Konefal’s statement:

I cherish every moment I have spent working on Days of Our Lives. It is an honor and a privilege to work in an environment filled with so much talent and passion in every direction. The experience and knowledge I’ve accumulated over the past three years is irreplaceable, and I’m forever grateful for it. I would love the opportunity to continue working with my castmates in the future, but at this time I will not be returning as a full-time cast member.

To the cast and crew, it was an absolute pleasure working with you. To the loving and unwaveringly supportive fans, thank you. Thank you for joining me on my journey of finding Ciara Brady. It was a beautiful one. Cheers to some of the best days of my life.

Konefal has been on Days of Our Lives since 2017 and earned a Daytime Emmy nomination for her role in 2019.

As we reported earlier this month, Days of Our Lives plans to return to production on September 1. Like all other Hollywood productions, the soap suspended shooting in mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic. But it has enough originals in the can to take it through early October. That includes Konefal’s last episodes as a full-time cast member.

Days of Our Lives, which in January was renewed for a 56th season, comes from Corday Productions in association with Sony Pictures TV. Since the January renewal, a number of cast members have left the show, including Casey Moss, Chandler Massey, Freddie Smith, Galen Gering, Greg Vaughan and Alfonso.

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Days of Our Lives' Greg Vaughan Leaving NBC Soap After 8 Years: 'My Time Was Coming to an End'

(7/22/20) Hope is gone at Days of Our Lives… and now the daytime vet who played Eric is, too.

Greg Vaughan is no longer a member of the long-running NBC soap opera’s cast, he announced in a podcast released Wednesday.

“I’ve finished my reign at Days,” Vaughan says in the July 22 episode of That’s Awesome! With Steve and Bradford, which is co-hosted by Vaughan’s former General Hospital co-stars Steve Burton and Bradford Anderson.

As TVLine exclusively reported in Nov. 2019, the entire Days cast was released from their contracts as a cost-cutting measure, three months before NBC renewed the soap for a 56th season. Vaughan referenced the incident during his chat.

“I’m taking a break, if you will. Days was going through a renewal negotiation and not knowing where they were going to go,” he said, adding that he felt his time on the daytime drama “was coming to an end, anyway.”

Vaughan has played Days‘ Eric Brady since 2012. He currently also plays Calvin on OWN’s Queen Sugar.

Earlier in July, Vaughan’s Days co-star Kristian Alfonso announced she was leaving the soap she’d worked on for nearly four decades. ” I will not be returning to Days when it resumes production in September,” she said via statement. “I’ve already filmed my last episode several months ago.”

Vaughan did not offer any information about his final airdate, but he did leave open the possibility of an eventual return. “For all my Days fans that are listening, I love you all,” he said. “It’s never over, so I’m not going to say it’s over.”

TVLine has reached out to Days of Our Lives for more information on Vaughan’s departure.

Chrishell Stause’s mother dies after battle with lung cancer

(7/20/20) “Selling Sunset” star Chrishell Stause confirmed Saturday that her mother had died after a battle with lung cancer.

“In disbelief that you are gone,” Stause captioned a collection of family photos on Instagram. “Feeling just about every emotion, but I find comfort knowing Dad is up there taking care of you and showing you the ropes like only he could.”

Stause, 38, who lost her father to cancer in April 2019, said “there is a peace knowing” her parents are “together again.”

“Absolutely heartbreaking watching you take your last labored breath, but there is a peace knowing you two are together again, free from the pain that plagued your time here,” she continued. “A free spirit and rebel till the very end. My beautiful Mom, in your own words #F–Cancer.”

Stause then thanked those at the Ray and Kay Eckstein Hospice Care Center in her native Kentucky, telling the staff their “kindness and care in this time will never be forgotten.”

In February, Stause opened up about her mom’s cancer diagnosis, two months after the Netflix star had split from husband Justin Hartley.

“I just found out today is #worldcancerday eerily on the same day I found out my mom has 1 to 2 months to live from the same lung cancer that took my dad on Easter,” Stause posted to social media at the time. “I can’t make sense of what life is teaching me yet, but my heart is with every person fighting this horrible disease and every person that it robbed a loved one from.”

Last month, Stause posted a video of her mom modeling a wig she had previously worn to an award show.

“So I wore this wig many years ago to the American Music Awards just for fun to change it up. But now since my mom has lost her hair from cancer treatment, I felt like what better time to dust it off and have a little fun?? Here’s me teaching my mom to give a good soap turn-hair flip,” she captioned the clip.

Kristian Alfonso Shares the Moment She Decided to Leave 'Days of Our Lives' After 37 Years

(7/16/20) (etonline.com) Kristian Alfonso shocked Days of Our Lives fans when she announced earlier this month on Instagram that she was leaving the iconic soap after 37 years. ET's Matt Cohen recently spoke to the 56-year-old actress about her decision, and she opened up about the exact moment that prompted the big move.

Alfonso said she made the choice to step away from Days of Our Lives, which airs weekdays on NBC, after she was told by executive producer Ken Corday that they were planning to write her character, Hope Williams Brady, off of the show for four to five months. Although she was told that her character would come back and have a storyline with a Navy Seal, she decided it was time for a new chapter in her life.

"And at that moment I thought to myself, you know what, it's time for a change and it was the perfect moment to make that decision," she tells ET. "I was taken aback when he said that they wanted, he and [producer] Albert wanted to take me off camera for four to five months. It was not something that had ever been discussed but that's what it was, and to come back in five to six months, or four to five months -- whatever that time frame was -- I just thought, you know what, it's time to really write a new chapter. I've had an incredible run there. I've had so many amazing friends and memories. I cannot say enough how I'll miss so many people working there and working with them, but they are in my life and we do socialize, but like I said, I think it's time."

She said the current coronavirus pandemic also led her to reevaluate certain things in her life.

"This time during COVID, which has been so horrific for our country, the world, it really made me pause and think about life and to really appreciate our health every single day and never take it for granted and that was part of my decision also," she notes. "Through all of this horror of COVID, it's the first time in my life I was actually able to exhale because I've been so busy with my life and really enjoyed just being home and really doing nothing. Maybe cooking. But just enjoying my family, my friends. Catching up. I don't know if you realize or not, but I used to have a jewelry line also on top of working on Days Our Lives and I miss it."

Alfonso acknowledged she's had a "roller coaster of emotions" since her decision, but ultimately, she doesn't have any regrets.

"I tell my children all the time, if you feel it's time for a change then it must be, and take that leap of faith and believe in yourself," she shares. "I don't know if I will continue in this business, but possibly. I have been getting calls and some interest on some projects, so we'll see."

Interestingly enough, new Days of Our Lives episodes featuring Alfonso's character are still scheduled to run until October. Alfonso explained to ET why she decided to make her announcement now instead of waiting until after her episodes finished airing.

"You know, I felt that I owed it to the audience," she shares. "The viewers who have watched for so long, I didn't want to hide anything. I've always been upfront, very honest, sometimes I get in trouble for being so honest. ... But I just felt that I really wanted to share what my decision was. I didn't want it to be a shock or a surprise when all the sudden, you know, Hope just appears in the attic or she's off looking for someone or maybe she's taken a trip or she's, I don't know what they would come up with. ... I had really thought about leaving, mulling it over I'd say probably for the last few years."

"But it was as if Ken had opened that door for me just a little bit and I opened it all the way and made the decision to depart Days of Our Lives, which, you know, was my family for such a long time," she continues. "So many milestones in my life happened on that show and I have so many incredible memories."

Alfonso shared that nobody knew of her decision to leave the show until a week ago this past Monday.

"In the storyline, I still have scripts that were supposed to be shot," she reveals. "Of course, everything is being probably rewritten because of COVID and guidelines that they have to adhere to. But that was not supposed to be the end."

"I mean, I have to say, so many people on our show and on our set have reached out to me personally, have called, emailed, text me, and the beautiful comments that they have left on my Instagram page as well," she adds. "I have to say that some of them have really, definitely choked me up because I didn't realize that certain people, they got me and they understood that everything I did was to better Days of Our Lives and not necessarily myself, personally, but whoever was in the scene with me or something that was happening. ... It's not just a workplace, but we've shared so many moments in our lives. ... But I'm very grateful for all of it."

Alfonso said that unlike other soap stars, she plans on leaving the show for good and not making any guest appearances. She also said Corday told her they would never recast her character, though ultimately, that wouldn't be her decision.

"I think that that chapter has closed and a new one needs to be started," she notes.

Alfonso did enjoy seeing footage ET showed her of when we were on the set of Days of Our Lives during a major moment on the soap in the '80s -- when Hope first married the character Bo Brady. She shared that the incredible wedding dress by designer Lee Smith actually cost over $30,000 and was handmade.

"I am a very lucky -- I would say girl, but people would say, well, you're not a girl anymore, you're a woman -- but I would say I'm just a very lucky girl," she now says, looking back at her iconic soap opera run. "I mean, I truly worked my tail off but I was very lucky to get the opportunity. Did I ever think that I would be on a show for so many years? No, I didn't. I didn't realize that, no. I never took anything for granted. Ever. Ever, ever.".

Download the Emmys App to Watch Past, Present, and Future Shows!

(7/16/20) The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences was planning to create a special app to allow fans to live-stream the award ceremonies on their computers, mobile devices, and smart TVs, but then this year’s main Daytime Emmy Awards was actually broadcast on television for the first time in years. However, NATAS has now announced the release of The Emmys app in time to watch the upcoming ceremonies this summer!

“Television programming and its underlying technology have each gone through immense change over the more than seven decades the Emmys have recognized excellence in both facets of our industry,” said Adam Sharp, NATAS President & CEO. “Our awards have adapted through each of these transitions. Working with Vimeo, we now bring our celebration of this dynamic community of creators to all of the devices the audience uses to watch the television programming they love.”

The platform will allow fans to watch behind the scenes interviews, clips of memorable moments, and past Emmy ceremonies. Plus, you’ll be able to watch the upcoming shows live as they happen, because this year’s Daytime Emmys were split up into multiple shows to separate out the categories. Here’s what’s coming up:

Sunday, July 19, at 9 p.m. ET: The 47th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards – Digital Dramas
Sunday, July 26, at 8 p.m. ET: The 47th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards – Children’s, Lifestyle, and Animation
Tuesday, August 11, at 8 p.m. ET: The 41st Annual Sports Emmy Awards
September 2020: The 41st Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards

The app is completely free and all you have to do is sign up. Watch The Emmys is available on the web, as well as for iOS, Android, Amazon FireTV, and Roku.

Maurice Roeves Dies: ‘The Last Of The Mohicans’ & ‘Judge Dredd’ Actor Was 83

(7/15/20) Maurice Roëves (ex-David, Days of Our Lives), the Sunderland-born Scottish actor whose Hollywood roles included Colonel Edmund Munro in The Last Of The Mohicans and the Sylvester Stallone-starring 1995 incarnation of Judge Dredd, has died at the age of 83.

His agent, Lovett Logan, sent a statement to the Edinburgh Evening News: “It is with great sadness that we can confirm the passing of our wonderful client, Maurice Roëves. Maurice had a hugely successful career in both theatre and screen, which spanned several decades, starting in his home country of Scotland and moving to London and the United States.

“He was loved by his legions of fans for many of his performances. As well as being a truly dedicated and gifted actor, he was also a real gentleman and a delight to have as a client. We will miss him greatly and our thoughts and love go out to Vanessa and his family.”

On the small screen, Roëves was one of the few actors to have speaking roles in both Doctor Who (four episodes in 1984) and Star Trek (when he appeared in a 1993 episode of TNG). He also co-starred in 1987 BBC miniseries Tutti Frutti alongside Robbie Coltrane.

His most recent roles include in Justin Kurzel’s feature film adaptation of Macbeth, and in the 2020 BBC drama The Nest, which shot in Scotland.

Melissa Reeves Has Not Been Fired From Days of Our Lives

(7/14/20) Due to technical error, a story was briefly published on TVLine on Monday evening — and has since surfaced on several of our partner feeds, most notably Yahoo — that erroneously claims Days of Our Lives has fired Melissa Reeves. The story is false. Melissa Reeves has not been fired from Days of Our Lives. In the meantime, we apologize for the error.

Chrishell Stause responds to claims she and Justin Hartley went to therapy

(7/14/20) Chrishell Stause is slamming her “Selling Sunset” co-star, Christine Quinn, for telling Page Six that she and her ex-husband, Justin Hartley, went to therapy before their split.

“I just learned Christine is giving press ‘information’ about my divorce,” Stause, 38, tweeted on Monday. “Let me be VERY clear. She knows absolutely nothing about the situation and is obviously desperate to gain attention by doing so. Anything from her is either a complete lie or total conjecture on her part.”

Hartley, 43, filed for divorce in November, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for their split. Stause claimed in the trailer for her show’s upcoming third season that she was “blindsided.”

However, Quinn, 31, told us that the couple were “having communication problems for a while.”

“We heard that they were in therapy, so obviously there were some issues going on with them,” she added.

After our interview published, Stause added in a separate tweet, “It’s so frustrating and unfortunate that someone would use someone’s personal painful situation to get press for themselves. I can’t say I am surprised, but please check the source. She has absolutely zero knowledge of the marriage we had.”

When a fan tagged Quinn in Stause’s tweets, saying, “I haven’t even heard of u speaking about her marriage other than u felt sorry for her,” Quinn responded, “I didn’t say anything bad at all.”

In our interview, Quinn also praised Hartley as an “absolute doll” and “sweetheart.”

She said, “I thought that was really interesting considering the dynamic between Chrishell and I. He has been nothing but nice and supportive to us.”

A rep for Stause did not return requests for comment.

Christine Quinn reveals Justin Hartley, Chrishell Stause went to therapy before split

(7/13/20) Justin Hartley and Chrishell Stause’s divorce came as a shock to many — including Stause, 38, who admitted to being “blindsided” in the trailer for Season 3 of “Selling Sunset.”

But her co-star, Christine Quinn, reveals the couple was seeking help for their marital issues before they split.

“We all just thought maybe they were having communication problems for a while,” Quinn, 31, told Page Six. “We heard that they were in therapy, so obviously there were some issues going on with them.”

While the reality star admitted she doesn’t know exactly what caused the exes to finally call it quits, Quinn shared that infidelity was not a topic that was ever discussed amongst the group.

In May, Hartley, 43, was spotted kissing his former “The Young and the Restless” co-star, Sofia Pernas, just six months after filing for divorce from Stause.

Quinn said fans won’t see a lot of Hartley and Stause’s relationship play out on the hit Netflix series because the former couple agreed to keep their relationship private.

“I think that was the understanding that they had is that he wanted to be totally private in regards to ‘Selling Sunset,’ which she respected,” she said. “So, we’re never going to see him on the show and we’re never going to see her talk about him, and I really don’t think there’s ever any resolve unfortunately.”

Despite her co-star’s divorce, the real estate agent had only nice things to say about Hartley, whom she said treated her very kindly even though she has had a rift with his soon-to-be ex-wife.

“I hung out with him many times and he was an absolute doll,” Quinn said. “He was an absolute sweetheart, especially to Davina [Potratz] and I, and I thought that was really interesting considering the dynamic between Chrishell and I. He has been nothing but nice and supportive to us.”

Quinn recalled an interaction at The Critics Choice Awards in June 2019, in which she felt snubbed by Stause, but welcomed by Hartley.

“We went to the Critic’s Choice Awards together, and Chrishell was ignoring me at that time, of course, and running out of the room, but [Justin] is such a gentleman,” Quinn said. “He came up and took the time to say ‘Hi’ and have a conversation with Davina and I, and he is just, he is really, really, down to earth, humble, great guy, in my opinion, so he’s always treated me with respect.”

Stause recently told Radio One’s “The Reality Tea” podcast that she blocked Quinn on social media for allegedly bringing “toxic insults and toxic energy” to her profile page. The women’s rift began when they had a blowout fight on the Season 1 finale.

However, Quinn told us she is ready to “move on” and that many of her other cast members would like them to do the same.

“The other girls and I are really great at our jobs in real estate and filming a television show, because we understand that we get in fights, but at the end of the day, we’re always able to make up,” the realtor said. “Maya [Vander] is tired of it. Heather [Rae Young] is tired of it. Davina is tired of it. Everyone is just exhausted by her ignoring me, so I hope that maybe next season we can move forward, but I’ve been trying.”

Quinn added that Stause has a “brick wall” in “every aspect of her life.”

“You’ll see that on the show,” she said. “You don’t know much about her and you never really will, so I just wish that her and I could be in a better place.”

A rep for Stause did not immediately return our request for comment.

Chrishell Stause says public divorce from Justin Hartley was ‘traumatizing’

(7/8/20) (Video) “Selling Sunset” star Chrishell Stause admits that having her divorce to ex Justin Hartley play out on her show and in the media has been “traumatizing.”

“Unfortunately, I’m in a position where more has been shared that I would have ever chosen because this was not a choice that I made,” she said on “RealiTea with Derek Z” this week. “Nor was this the timing that I would have chosen while I was filming a show, so I’m already in a position where so much has been shared that I wouldn’t have opted for.”

Hartley, 43, filed for divorce from Stause, 38, in November after two years of marriage.

Season 3 of Stause’s Netflix reality show, “Selling Sunset,” will offer viewers a look inside the aftermath of the couple’s split.

“It’s an embarrassing, humiliating type of thing to go through without cameras and without people judging you, so I just hope people are gentle when they watch,” the real estate agent said. “We’re real people. This was a traumatizing time in my life and it’s going to be hard for me to watch it myself.”

Hartley, who stars on NBC’s “This Is Us,” appears to have recently moved on to a new relationship. He was spotted kissing his former “The Young and Restless” co-star Sofia Pernas, 30, in May.

Meanwhile, Stause is open to dating again, too, saying she would go on a date with Brad Pitt. “It’s so cliché,” she said, “but it’s cliché for a reason.”

Days of Our Lives Actor Peter Reckell's Father Dies at 92

(7/7/20) (people.com) Peter Reckell's father has died. He was 92.

The Days of Our Lives actor's wife Kelly Moneymaker announced the news on Twitter over the weekend, sharing a sweet photo of Reckell and his late father.

"@PeterReckell's dad, Russ Reckell, departed peacefully & surrounded by love on June 27, 2020. Peter traveled back to MI to say his final goodbye," Moneymaker shared.

"This is a pic from happier days when the Reckell men took a snow-machine trip together. 4Ever," Moneymaker said of the photo, which shows Reckell and his father posing in front of Thunder Bay Inn in Michigan.

Reckell, 65, later broke his silence on his father's death writing, "Thanks for all your condolences. My father passed with his loving family around him at the age of 92. He came from a dirt poor upbringing to raise 6 healthy, motivated, successful children."

Reckell also shared his father's final moments, writing on Twitter that he "wished he could do more for those poor people dying out there for no good reason."

"While holding my father's hand in those final days, his only regret was, he wished he could do more for those poor people dying out there for no good reason. He was concerned about all the homeless and the folks affected by this pandemic," Reckell wrote.

His father's cause of death is not immediately clear at this time.

Reckell is most known for his role as Bo Brady on the soap opera Days of Our Lives. Reckell left this show after 23 years in 2015 when his character died in the arms of wife Hope Williams Brady. Kristian Alfonso, who played Hope, announced on Monday that she will not be returning to the daytime drama series after 37 years when it resumes production on Sept. 1.

"Days of Our Lives has been a vital part of both my personal and professional journey," Alfonso, 56, began.

"I am forever grateful to NBC and the late Betty Corday, who took a chance on me many years ago and changed my life. I have built some lifelong friendships with my extraordinarily talented castmates."

"Days has one of the hardest working crews in all of television, many of whom have become part of my extended family. I feel blessed and honored to have been invited into people's homes for over three decades. However, it is now time for me to write my next chapter. I will not be returning to Days when it resumes production in September. I've already filmed my last episode several months ago."

"Finally — to the incredibly loyal fans of Days — many of you have been with me on this journey from the beginning. I cannot thank you enough for your generosity, love and support."

"I could not have done it with YOU!!!!" Alfonso concluded.

Alfonso and Reckell received a special fan award at the 2002 Daytime Emmys for America's Favorite Couple.

Kristian Alfonso Exits ‘Days Of Our Lives’ After 37 Years

(7/6/20) (Read Kristian Alfonso's statement here) It’s an end of an era for Days of Our Lives. Kristian Alfonso, one of the daytime drama’s most recognizable and longest-tenured stars, is leaving the NBC series, which she first joined in 1983.

“I feel blessed and honored to have been invited into people’s homes for over three decades. However, it is now time for me to write my next chapter,” Alfonso said in a statement to Deadline.

As we reported on Friday, Days Of Our Lives plans to return to production on September 1.

“I will not be returning to Days when it resumes production in September,” Alfonso said. “I’ve already filmed my last episode several months ago.”

Like all other Hollywood productions, Days of Our Lives suspended shooting in mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic. But the soap had traditionally been ahead of schedule and has enough originals in the can to take it through early October. That includes Alfonso’s final episode.

Alfonso has played Hope Williams Brady on the daytime drama since 1983 and, with two brief breaks, has been on the show ever since, earning a Daytime Emmy Award nomination.

She thanked NBC and the late Days co-creator Betty Corday, “who took a chance on me many years ago and changed my life,” her castmates, crew members, as well as the show’s “incredibly loyal fans.” (You can read her full statement above.)

Introduced as Hope Williams, her character fell in love with and married Bo Brady, played by Peter Reckell. She left the show for two years in 1987 and returned briefly from April to July 1990, which culminated with the entire town of Salem believing that Hope had died. She returned again in 1994 as Gina, an amnesiac who had a marked resemblance to Hope. The character turned out to be Hope after a complicated storyline involving the evil Stefano DiMera (Joseph Mascolo) who had brainwashed Gina into believing she was Princess Gina Von Amberg. Hope, a prominent detective in the Salem Police Department, was the one to finally kill Stefano, a decision with repercussions that weighed heavily on her conscience for many years.

Days, which in January was renewed for a 56th season, comes from Corday Productions in association with Sony Pictures TV.

‘Days Of Our Lives’ Sets September Production Restart Date

(7/3/20) Days Of Our Lives is joining the other three daytime dramas in setting return-to-production plans.

Corday Productions, the company behind the venerable NBC soap, on Thursday sent emails to the cast notifying them that taping new episodes would resume on September 1, I have learned. Reps for NBC, Corday and Sony Pictures TV declined comment.

When the show goes back, it may be without one of its key creative auspices, co-executive producer Greg Meng. Daytime Confidential is reporting that Meng has been let go after 30 years with Corday, most recently as VP. We will update the story as more information becomes available.

Of the other daytime dramas, CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful is in production; it has been shooting new episodes for more than a week now. CBS’ The Young and the Restless just postponed the targeted July 6 return by a week, with July 13 now eyed as the new tentative start date. ABC’s General Hospital is still on track for a potential mid-July production restart.

Days Of Our Lives, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful and General Hospital suspended taping in mid-March amid an industrywide production shutdown due to the pandemic. While The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful and General Hospital ran out of original episodes at the end of April and began airing repeats curated into theme weeks, Days Of Our Lives has enough originals in the can to take it through early October, which is why it is not as urgent for the NBC drama to resume production.

In January, NBC renewed Days Of Our Lives for a record 56th season. Set in the fictitious Midwestern town of Salem, the show airs nationally on NBC in the U.S. and in more than 25 countries internationally. The core families are the Bradys, Hortons and DiMeras, and the 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 Meng and Albert Alarr. Ron Carlivati is the head writer.

Alison Sweeney & Christie Clark Reunion

(7/2/20) (Video) Ali’s Eats with Christie Clark! @monkeywenches’s Broccoli salad recipe with Alison Sweeney and Christie Clark

New Podcast Soap Opera Series FOREVER AND A DAY

(6/30/20) Today, the team of Forever And A Day is proud to announce that this new podcast soap opera will debut later this year on the JLJ Media Network; bringing the 90 year old daytime drama genre back to its roots, that was created by Irna Phillips. The series revolves around the Harper, Bennett, and Marshall families, as they overcome life's complexities in the fictional town of Augustus, Illinois.

The series was created by Casey Hutchison (of The Chat Podcast), who also serves as Co-Head Writer and Co-Executive Producer, alongside two time Capital City Web Award nominee Candice Mack (of Soap Party 411 and Take2Radio). Other individuals on the writing team include multi Daytime Emmy, Producers Guild, and Writers Guild of America award winner/nominee John F. Smith (formerly of The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless), multi Daytime Emmy and Writers Guild of America award nominee Thom Racina (formerly of General Hospital, Another World, Days of Our Lives, Generations, Santa Barbara, Search For Tomorrow, The Young and the Restless, and One Life To Live), and web soap opera pioneer, multi Indie Series, Capital City Web award nominee, LA Web Fest award winner, Karolina Sivas (of Broken At Love). Capital City Web Award winner James Lott, Jr. (of JLJ Media) and multi Daytime Emmy Award nominee/one-time winner, Sally Sussman Morina, serve as consultants.

The cast of 20 characters includes many well known faces as well as on-the-come-up stars. The series has brought five time Daytime Emmy Award nominee, Beth Ehlers out of acting retirement. Ehlers is best known for her role of Harley Cooper on CBS' former soap opera Guiding Light. Quinn VanAntwerp, known to Broadway audiences as Bob Gaudio in the Tony Award winning production of Jersey Boys has also signed on to be a lead in the series. The soap opera will also star Matthew Preston (of Inside Amy Schumer and 5 Dias), one time Capital City Web Award nominee and web series trailblazer Dorell Anthony (of Pride: The Series, and General Hospital), Tony Moore (of AfterBuzz TV's Dishin' Days), Jeanne Young (of Home Free and Jolted 1&2), Brandon Larkins (of Monogamy, Chronicles of Jessica Wu, and Cougar Town), Elizabeth von Isser (of Amazed By You and That 80s Guy), Brett Lawrence (of West of The Sun), Lacreita Lyon (of Afterbuzz TV), Renee Suran (of Broken At Love and Circle of Love), Tyler David (commercial actor), Khalia Davis (of 3rd Generation Female Gangsta), Kristina Sullivan (of Shenanigans), Michael Carr (of Sometimes At Night and The Gag), Benjamin Bryant (of The Brink With Benjamin Bryant), Veronica Dang (of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and The Following), and Teri Limmer. Co-Head Writer and Co-Executive Producer will also star in the series along with Script Editor and Script Writer, Karolina Sivas.

Ratings: First Daytime Emmys Telecast Since 2015 Draws 3 Million Viewers

(6/27/20) CBS’ broadcast of the 2020 Daytime Emmy Awards on Friday night averaged 3.1 million total viewers and a 0.3 demo rating. That total audience is up, sharply and expectedly, from the 900,000 who tuned in five years ago for the Daytime Emmys on Pop, the last time the awards were broadcast on the telly and not just live-streamed.

CBS’ The Young and the Restless led the soap opera pack with eight total wins, including for Outstanding Drama, followed by sister sudser The Bold and the Beautiful and ABC’s General Hospital with four wins apiece. Going by network, CBS topped Friday night’s ceremony with 15 total wins.

Friday’s presentation was hosted by the ladies of The Talk. Additional categories, including many from the digital drama arena, are being held for additional virtual ceremonies taking place on July 19 and 26.

Elsewhere, Fox’s Friday Night SmackDown (2.2 mil/0.5) and The CW’s Masters of Illusion (795K/0.1) were both steady, with the former landing in a three-way tie for the night’s best demo rating…. ABC’s 20/20 (3.5 mil/0.5) delivered Friday’s largest total audience.

The Ben and Ciara Scene You Didn’t See in Monday’s DAYS OF OUR LIVES

(6/24/20) (soapsindepth.com) Sometimes DAYS OF OUR LIVES is so jam-packed with drama that scenes can land on the cutting room floor when an episode runs a bit long. And on the June 22 episode, Ben and Ciara were both seen separately later in the show, but their scene together at the very top of the show never aired.

DAYS headwriter Ron Carlivati took to Twitter to describe the scene for fans of this supercouple who wanted to know what they missed. “Ben’s getting dressed for work,” he wrote. “Ciara’s concerned he’s going back to the garage; he and Jake could have been killed by those mobsters. Ben reassures her the thugs were rounded up and arrested. Ciara’s worried there could be more where that came from and if the top guy doesn’t get his book back, they could go after Jake or Ben again.”

Ben then assures Ciara, “Now that we’ve found Gwen, she’s hopefully given the book back to Jake, who will return it, and then everything will be fine.” But she’s not so confident, and the scribe ended the scene on an uncertain note. “Ciara urges Ben to be careful,” Carlivati said. “It’s only a few short weeks until their wedding. Ben tells her no way would he ever let anything interfere with that. He kisses her and goes.”

Famous last words! When has a wedding in Salem ever gone off without a hitch? Stay tuned to see what drama crops up to threaten their nuptials!

Days of Our Lives' Melissa Reeves Under Fire for Anti-Black Lives Matter Stance

(6/24/20) Days of Our Lives actress Melissa Reeves is catching heat from her co-stars and the long-running soap’s fans for coming out against the Black Lives Matter movement.

Earlier this week it was revealed that Reeves — who has played Jennifer Horton on the NBC sudser on and off for the past three decades — “liked” several anti-BLM posts from right-wing activist Candace Owens on Instagram.

Reeves’ Days cousin, Linsey Godfrey, wasted little time responding. After one Twitter user defended Reeves’ right to express her opinion, Godfrey countered, “Nah there is no difference of opinion on racism, homophobia, transphobia and xenophobia.”

When another fan noted that she found Reeves to be “completely lovely and non-judgmental” after encountering her at several Days fan events, Godfrey responded, “Yea but even the nicest people can have awful views. Plenty of nice people have awful moral compasses. I can’t associate w/ it because it makes me a hypocrite. I condemn all those hateful & harmful beliefs.”

Days actor Lamon Archey, who is Black, liked Godfrey’s post taking Reeves to task. He then shared the rather pointed gif.

This is not the first time Reeves has come under fire for her controversial views. Several years ago, she incurred the wrath of the LGBTQ community when she expressed support for antigay fast food chain Chick-fil-A, tweeting, “Land of the free and home of the brave. Love that we all appreciate free speech, right?”

The proprietor of the popular Instagram fan account “Days of Our Lives Classics,” condemned Reeves’ stance in an early Wednesday post. “Being a racist/bigot is not something we should tolerate/ignore/accept,” read the caption. “I know Missy is Days vet and a lot of us have loved her every since she came to Salem in 1985. But I just can’t support this kind of behavior. It’s not acceptable.”

Despite being on a production hiatus since mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Days has enough original episodes banked to last into fall.

Reps for Days, NBC and Sony Pictures Television declined to comment for this story.

Testing Emerges As A Main Hurdle To Production Restart Amid Pandemic

(6/23/20) In the nascent stages of discussions about a production restart just weeks into the Hollywood shutdown, one of the first things about which there was virtually unanimous consensus was that testing would be a cornerstone of any plan to safely resume shooting.

And yet, in the current final stage of setting guidelines to get cameras rolling again, testing surprisingly has become one of the biggest stumbling blocks in reaching a consensus between studios and the Hollywood guilds and unions so production can resume.

The issue is not whether there should be testing — both sides are in agreement on that — but how exactly it should be implemented, including frequency and type of tests used.

The problem was exposed when The Bold and the Beautiful last week restarted production but was forced to temporarily shut down after one day of shooting to adjust testing protocols. There has been speculation there were a number of positive or inconclusive test results that were deemed unreliable, creating a chaotic situation that led to the production pause for testing to be sorted out. Shooting is slated to resume today.

The major Hollywood studios, unions and guilds collaborated on the June 1 White Paper for reopening in a pre-vaccine environment, which emphasized “regular, periodic testing” with protocols to be developed by employers “in conjunction with, and approved by, the Unions and Guilds.”

The unions and guilds on June 12 released their detailed safety protocols. The DGA led the union effort to create the guidelines, based in part on models by Columbia University’s Jeffrey Shaman regarding the effectiveness of various testing protocols. The models show reduced risk of acquiring infection on set with weekly testing, further risk reduction when testing every three days, and its elimination with testing daily.

As a result, DGA, SAG-AFTRA, IATSE and the Teamsters require that, in addition to every member of the cast and crew being tested for active COVID-19 infection before their first day of work, for performers “a higher testing frequency of at least three times a week at minimum for them as well as those with whom they come into close contact.” (Those working in production offices with physical distancing and PPE are required to be tested at a minimum of once a week.)

The very high frequency of testing requested by the guilds, combined with the myriad largely unproven tests available (many of them of questionable accuracy), has created a sticking point in the studios’ negotiations with the unions and the guilds, with some studio sources indicating that the extensive testing requirements may not be feasible.

When the coronavirus started spreading, the Food and Drug Administration used its emergency powers to OK scores of quickly devised tests based mainly on small, often inadequate lab studies because the need was so great. Sifting through all the options is creating a challenge for Hollywood.

The nasal swab test is considered the most accurate, but it also is the most invasive as it activates a person’s lachrymal and gag reflex. It is very uncomfortable, as best described by Anna Davis Abel in a video featured on John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight; in it, she says, right after being tested, that “they just pulled out my brain out through my nostril,” and compares the sensation to her brain being impaled. (You can watch it below at the 6-minute mark.)

A far more palatable option is a saliva-based test. While there have been some promising lab results about that type of test, those are considered less accurate than the nasal swab ones.

I hear The Bold and the Beautiful, whose experience restarting production is now being studied by other shows to help avoid potential pitfalls, used saliva tests, which triggered the confusing results. I hear the show has since switched to nasal swab tests.

With questions surrounding the accuracy of testing — a recent study of five commonly used coronavirus tests revealed detection in the range of 60%-80% of infections — there is uncertainty about return-to-work safety protocols, built on the premise that “Testing is the key to the resumption of production,” as the DGA, SAG-AFTRA, IATSE and the Teamsters put it in their proposal.

Unless the pandemic starts slowing down, which does not appear to be in the cards for Los Angeles in the coming months, the casts of TV series and the crew closest to them may have to be subjected to painful nasal swab tests multiple times a week every single week to help keep the set safe and production going.

Blake Berris Puts Price on Silver Lake Home

(6/23/20) (variety.com) Location: Silver Lake, Los Angeles, Calif.
Price: $2.495 million
Size: 3,237 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms

Just over two years ago, soap opera veteran Blake Berris, who appeared in nearly 1,450 episodes of “Days of Our Lives,” paid “Deadpool” star Morena Baccarin a bit less than $2.1 million for a 1930s knoll-topping traditional in the hills above L.A.’s Silver Lake Reservoir that he and his wife, Alexandra McGuinness, writer-director daughter of Paul McGuinness, the former manager of U2, now have back up for sale at close to $2.5 million.

Listings held by Alyssa Valentine and Kurt Wisner of Compass show that the roughly 3,200-square-foot two-story house was designed by architect Winchton L. Risley and retains much original character alongside modern-day creature comforts. The home sits high and privately above a street-level garage with five bedrooms and three bathrooms. The step-down living room features a giant picture window and a full wall of pine built-ins, while a dining room and separate butler’s pantry/breakfast nook provide passage to an updated retro-inspired kitchen with a restored vintage range. A main floor guest bedroom or office spills out to a dining terrace just outside the kitchen, and two more guest bedrooms upstairs share a bathroom with minty green vintage tile work. Another vintage-tiled Jack-and-Jill bathroom separates the spacious second-floor master bedroom — it includes a small dressing room and is plenty roomy enough to accommodate a cozy sitting area — from a rustically paneled den/bedroom complete with fireplace and built-in desk. French doors lead to a large deck and an expansive, flat and grassy yard that overlooks the surrounding hills and reservoir.

Property records indicate that Berris and McGuinness also maintain a desert getaway, a two-parcel multi-residence compound in Yucca Valley, Calif., they scooped up about three years ago for a tad more than $200,000.

Annie Lennox, Kristin Chenoweth And Kelly Clarkson Among Performers For Project Angel Food Telethon

(6/23/20) Project Angel Food has lined up a list of performers including Annie Lennox, Kristin Chenoweth and Kelly Clarkson for a telethon this Saturday, with Eric McCormack, Sheryl Lee Ralph and Jessica Holmes hosting.

Lead With Love: Project Angel Food Emergency Telethon will air from 7 PM to 9 PM PT on KTLA 5 in Los Angeles and stream live on the channel’s website and on the Project Angel Food page.

The goal is to raise $500,000 to support Project Angel Food’s COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund, set up for increased needs due to the coronavirus. In the past two months, the organization has gone from serving 1,600 people a day, to serving 2,000 people a day.

Also scheduled to perform are CeeLo Green, Deborah Cox and Billy Idol, and the event will include appearances by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Elton John, Jamie Lee Curtis, Sharon Stone and Marie Osmond and others. (See below).

Founded in 1989 during the AIDS crisis, Project Angel Food medically tailored meals to people with life-threatening illnesses, including those who are at high risk for COVID-19.

“This event will blend the best nostalgic elements from the Jerry Lewis Telethon with the modern virtual fundraisers of today,” Project Angel Food executive director Richard Ayoub said in a statement.

With a mix of in-studio and virtual appearances, the telethon also will include a live phone bank where callers can talk to celebrity guests, including Jonathan Adams, Joely Fisher, Rachel Lindsay, Peter Porte, Charlie Carver, Juan Pablo Di Pace, Lawrence Zarian, Sasha Roiz, and Lauren Tom. The event is being presented by City National Bank, and executive producer is Brad Bessey. Lisa Foxx will serve as announcer and auctioneer Gabriel Butu will be the money man.

More information on the event and how to donate is here.

Others scheduled to appear include Zachary Levi, Pauley Perrette, Marianne Williamson, John Goodman, Valerie Bertinelli, Marlee Matlin, Juan Pablo Di Pace, Olivia Newton-John, Kelly Osbourne, Margaret Cho, Charo, Danny Trejo, Matt Bomer, Cheryl Tiegs, Deborah Cox, Tyler Henry, Carson Kressley, Chrissy Metz, Sandra Lee, Lisa Rinna, Harry Hamlin, Jimmy Smits, Victoria Principal, Yvette Nicole Brown, Eileen Davidson, Loni Love, Chaz Dean, Sasha Alexander, Ron Cey and Josh Flagg.

Daytime Emmys Sets Presenters, Announces On-Air Categories

(6/23/20) Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest, Kelsey Grammer and Gayle King are among the roster of presenters and stars set to appear on the 47th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards this Friday on CBS.

CBS announced the line-up today, along with the categories to be presented on-air. (See the complete list below.)

Joining the previously announced hosts Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood, Eve, Carrie Ann Inaba and Marie Osmond will be presenters and performers including Gayle King (CBS This Morning), Kelsey Grammer (Light as a Feather), Melody Scott Thomas (The Young and the Restless), Kathie Lee Gifford (Today Show), Cookie Monster (Sesame Street), Scott Evans (Access Hollywood), Patrika Darbo (The Bold and the Beautiful), Kevin Frazier (Entertainment Tonight), Wayne Brady (Let’s Make a Deal), Michael Strahan (Strahan, Sara & Keke), James Reynolds (Days of Our Lives), Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (The Bold and The Beautiful), Maurice Bernard (General Hospital), Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest (Live with Kelly and Ryan), Nate Burleson (Extra), Sunny Hostin (The View) and Eric Braeden (The Young and the Restless).

This year, awards in the leading categories will be presented virtually, with recipients and other guests appearing from home. Additional categories will be announced on the Daytime Emmys’ social media accounts simultaneously with the CBS broadcast, with some immediately following the broadcast and others streamed in separate virtual ceremonies on July 19 and July 26.

The 47th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be broadcast Friday, June 26, 8-10 PM ET/PT) on CBS.

Categories scheduled for the CBS broadcast include:

Outstanding Drama Series

Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Outstanding Entertainment News Show

Outstanding Writing Team for a Drama Series

Outstanding Digital Drama Series

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host

Outstanding Game Show Host

Outstanding Game Show

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show

Outstanding Informative Talk Show

Outstanding Younger Performer in a Drama Series

Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program

Outstanding Special Class Special

Outstanding Culinary Series

Outstanding Morning Show

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Selling Sunset's Chrishell Stause Gives Her Mom Her Old Wig as She Undergoes Cancer Treatment

(6/20/20) (people.com) Chrishell Stause is giving her mom a wig she previously wore to the AMAs as she undergoes cancer treatment.

On Wednesday, Stause, who is currently visiting family in Murray, Kentucky, shared some videos of her mom wearing one of her old wigs, which she had worn to the event "for fun to change it up."

"So I wore this wig many years ago to the American Music Awards just for fun to change it up," Stause, 38, explained in the caption for a video with her mom. "But now since my mom has lost her hair from cancer treatment, I felt like what better time to dust it off and have a little fun?? Here’s me teaching my mom to give a good soap turn-hair flip."

In the clip, the luxury realtor exclaims over the wig as someone off-camera says, "I love it!"

"Oh, look at this!" she says as her mom gives a big smile. Later in the video, the mother-daughter duo give the camera a dramatic hair flip and her mom jokingly says, "You b—!"

On her Instagram Stories, Stause shared some footage from a post-cancer treatment meal out, showing her mom wearing the long brunette wig as the pair enjoyed sweet tea, chicken and dumplings and pie.

In February, Stause shared a photo from a visit with her sister to her mom's chemotherapy session.

"Staying positive and laughing in the chemo room with my mom & sis. Make the most of today ??????," she wrote in the caption.

On February 4, the All My Children star said on Instagram that a doctor had told her that her mom had only one to two months to live "from the same lung cancer that took my dad on Easter."

"I can’t make sense of what life is teaching me yet, but my heart is with every person fighting this horrible disease and every person that it robbed a loved one from," she wrote, before adding an update that said another doctor suggested chemotherapy and radiation, to which her mom "responded positively."

"The results of her new round of tests & updated prognosis is much better than before and she is a fighter! THANK YOU for every prayer said for her," she added.

The former soap opera star is "doing a lot better" recently after ex Justin Hartley suddenly filed for divorce last November, her Selling Sunset costar Mary Fitzgerald told PEOPLE last month.

"She's such a strong woman, I wouldn't have been able to go through it like she did in the public eye, but she's very strong, and she's just so down-to-earth and a trustworthy person, which is hard to find here in L.A.," Fitzgerald said.

In December, a source had told PEOPLE that the actress was "still reeling" from the split.

The second season of Selling Sunset dropped on Netflix last month, and Fitzgerald told PEOPLE that she had Stause have "got each other's back."

The season's final episode teases Stause and Hartley's divorce as a storyline in the upcoming season 3.

Dishing with Digest - 6/19/20 - Thaao Penghlis

(6/19/20) (Listen / download) Thaao Penghlis recalls his soap start on GH, nearly four decades of playing DAYS’s Tony/Andre, his Emmy nomination and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss B&B’s return to production.

Daytime Emmy Broadcast Sets ‘The Talk’ Panel As Hosts

(6/18/20) The Talk’s Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood, Eve, Carrie Ann Inaba and Marie Osmond will host the 47th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, the cohosts announced on-air today.

The awards will be presented virtually on Friday, June 26 on CBS, with leading category recipients and special guests appearing from their homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additional categories will be announced simultaneously on Twitter, with others presented in a separate ceremony in July.

This year marks the 14th time CBS has broadcast the Daytime Emmys, more than any other network. The show will be produced by NATAS and Associated Television International, which produced the 2009 Daytime Emmys on the CW as well as the most recent CBS broadcasts of the event in 2010 and 2011.

ABC soap General Hospital leads all shows and CBS and Amazon Prime Video top all networks in nominations. For a complete list, go here.

The 47th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards is set for Friday, June 26, 8 p.m. ET/PT, on CBS.

Video: Judi Evans Explains Why Her Legs Were Nearly Amputated: ‘They Blew Up So Fast’

(6/16/20) (Video) “Extra’s” Billy Bush and Dr. Armand Dorian spoke with “Days of Our Lives” actor Judi Evans, who has been recovering at a hospital after contracting the coronavirus.

Y&R’s Tracey E. Bregman Sues Insurance Company

(6/16/20) Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren, Y&R) has filed a lawsuit against her insurance company, the prestigious Lloyd’s of London, for woefully underpaying her claims after the loss of her house in a 2018 wildfire. The actress alleges that despite having adequate coverage, Lloyd’s is refusing to pay the full replacement amount needed to rebuild her home, which has resulted in her living in temporary housing over a year and a half later. According to Bregman, the several estimates she submitted from licensed contractors have been ignored by her insurance company in favor of their earlier assessment that comes in at millions of dollars less. Bregman’s lawsuit is also seeking an award of contractual, general and punitive damages.

John Enos Reports He is Cancer-Free

(6/14/20) (soapsindepth.com) Actor John Enos is happy to be free of his skin cancer but shared a couple of graphic photos of his surgical scars to show just how serious the issue can be. “Got it all!” he declared before adding, “Wear sunscreen! See a dermatologist once a year!” As you can see from the images, the hashtag he used, “#nojoke” is very accurate. He had melanoma on his face and his right forearm, but thankfully the doctors were able to remove it all.

Although Enos’ most recent daytime appearance was as an Elvis impersonator on DAYS OF OUR LIVES in 2017, he’s probably best known by soap fans for his run as Bobby Marsino on CBS sudser THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS from 2003-05. Fans may also have seen the actor in primetime on MELROSE PLACE or in guest appearances on shows like NYPD BLUE, CSI: NY, or BLUE BLOODS.

Enos shared the pictures on June 11, one day before celebrating his birthday. And thanks to the skilled doctors and nurses who were able to safely remove the melanomas, he will be around to celebrate many more of them.

Emmy Performance Highlights: Lead Actress Nominees

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Emmy Performance Highlights: Guest Performer Nominees

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Dishing with Digest - 6/12/20 - Stephen Nichols

(6/12/20) (Listen / download) Stephen Nichols looks back on 35 years as DAYS’s Steve, his runs as GH's Stefan and Y&R’s Tucker and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss the latest soap news.

Emmy Performance Highlights: Supporting Actor Nominees

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Emmy Performance Highlights: Young Performer Nominees

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Mélange Cast Chat

(6/11/20) (Video) Kristen Alderson (Abigail Collins), Diana DeGarmo (Melissa Bennett), Morgan Fairchild (Vivian), Ilene Kristen (Dolly Faye) and Robert Newman (Dorian Sydney Winchester - "Syd") came together to talk about the pilot for their new soap, Mélange on Thursday, June 11th. Don't miss the chance to catch up with this talented group of actors.

Emmy Performance Highlights: Outstanding Leading Actor Nominees

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DAYS’s Judi Evans Contracts Coronavirus In Hospital

(6/9/20) Judi Evans (ex-Adrienne, DAYS), who was hospitalized on May 21 following a horseback riding accident, contracted the coronavirus during her recovery. “My fever started spiking,” she shared on GOOD MORNING AMERICA, adding that she had been taken for tests without a mask on. A rep for the actress reveals that she nearly had her legs amputated because she developed blood clots, but ultimately, was spared. Sending our best wishes to Evans for a speedy recovery!

Emmy Performance Highlights: Supporting Actress Nominees

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Emmy Performance Highlights: Nominees for Best Drama

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Melange Cast Chat 6/11/20

(6/7/20) Kristen Alderson (Abigail Collins), Diana DeGarmo (Melissa Bennett), Morgan Fairchild (Vivian), Ilene Kristen (Dolly Faye) and Robert Newman (Dorian Sydney Winchester - "Syd") will come together to talk about the pilot for their new soap, Mélange on Thursday, June 11th at 1PM EST. Don't miss the chance to catch up with this talented group of actors. (Watch here)

Dream Street's Chris Trousdale Dead at 34 From COVID-19

(6/4/20) Former Dream Street singer Chris Trousdale (ex-Cory, Days Of Our Lives) has died after contracting coronavirus ... TMZ has confirmed.

The ex-boy band pop star passed away Tuesday night at a hospital in Burbank, CA due to complications from COVID-19 -- this according to a family member.

Chris joined the band in 1999 along with Jesse McCartney, Greg Raposo, Matt Ballinger and Frankie Galasso -- several of whom were scouted from the NYC acting and Broadway scene, including Chris. He was no more than 14 years old at the time he was brought in.

The group lasted only a few years before disbanding in 2002 due to legal issues between the boys' parents and management. Still, in that short amount of time ... they were able to build a fan base and crank out a few hits along the way, accompanied by two albums.

Their biggest single, "It Happens Every Time," peaked at #48 on the charts. Following his Dream Street days, Chris went on to forge a career for himself as a solo artist in the Disney game -- perhaps most memorably, music-wise, were his features on Play's "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" as well as Nikki Cleary's cover of "You're the One That I Want."

He also appeared in a handful of shows too after making a bit of a comeback following his disappearance from the limelight in the 2000s, having starred on stuff like "Days of Our Lives," "Shake It Up," "Austin & Ally" and "Lucifer." Before he broke out on the Hollywood scene, he'd had a successful career on Broadway as a child actor in the Big Apple.

He was 34.

Huge DAYS Returns Revealed!

(5/31/20) A summer preview video for DAYS OF OUR LIVES showcases the soap’s four weddings theme, as well as the returns of Jay Kenneth Johnson as Philip, Louise Sorel as Vivian, Bryan R. Dattilo as Lucas, and, as previously reported, Alison Sweeney as Sami. Check it out here.

Dishing with Digest - Steve Burton - 5/29/20

(5/29/20) (Listen / download) On the new Dishing With Digest, Steve Burton (Jason, GH) weighs in on his evolution as an actor, his Daytime Emmy nomination, his Port Charles love interests and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. Plus, we discuss the latest cast DAYS cast changes.

Y&R Vet to Days

(5/28/20) The Young and the Restless vet Emily O’Brien (aka Y&R‘s Jana) will join Days of Our Lives on Friday, June 5, as Jake’s ex-girlfriend and Claire’s pal Gwen, Soap Opera Digest reports.

Video: All My Children Reunion 5/22/20

(5/22/20) (Video) Vincent Irizarry (Dr. David Hayward), Aiden Turner (Aiden Devane), Jacob Young (JR Chandler) and Walt Willey (Jackson Montgomery) from All My Children joined The Locher Room on Friday, May 22.

DAYS’s Judi Evans Recuperating From Fall

(5/22/20) Judi Evans (ex-Adrienne, DAYS et al) suffered a fall from her horse last Saturday and is recuperating in the hospital. A rep for the actress tells Digest that doctors found a blood clot in her right lung, not associated with accident, and told Evans the fall from the horse pretty much saved her life. The accident happened on a trail by river beds in California, and Evans had to walk (with the help of those who found her) over a half a mile in pain, because of rough terrain. They wanted to send an ambulance but she refused because she knows the high cost of helicopter ambulances. Evans is anxiously waiting to be released after her lungs are stronger and they take care of blood clots through medication. Her other broken bones — a broken collarbone, seven broken ribs, two chipped vertebrae, and a collapsed lung from blunt force trauma — are healing properly. “I’m grateful for all the prayers and support from family, friends, colleagues and fans and for my horse, which probably ended up saving my life!” Evans tells Digest. “I miss my husband Michael, who I haven’t seen in a week because of the COVID-19 restrictions in the hospital.” Evans’s co-stars took to social media to send her well wishes. “Everyone please save some extra love and healing energy and send them to my dear friend Judi. I love you Judi! Please recovery quickly,” posted Linsey Godfrey (Sarah). “I miss you.” Tina Sloan (ex-Lillian), who played her mother on GUIDING LIGHT when Evans played Beth, posted, “Judi your mom Lillian would be your nurse right now if she could. Hope the idea makes you smile. Lots of love. Tina/Lillian.” On-screen brother Matthew Ashford (Jack) wrote, “Love you Judi- sending you healing and love!” Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe, DAYS) added, ‘Love you @TheJudiEvans! Sending you much love, light, and healing energy for a speedy recovery!Molly Burnett (ex-Melanie, DAYS) posted, “No, no, no!!! Sending you all the love I have.”

‘Selling Sunset’ teases Chrishell Stause, Justin Hartley split

(5/22/20) Season 2 of Netflix’s hit real estate reality show “Selling Sunset” may have just dropped on Friday, but the series is already promising more million-dollar drama to come with its third season.

A teaser at the end of the last episode hints that cast member Chrishell Stause and “This Is Us” star Justin Hartley’s divorce will be a prominent storyline next season.

In the clip, a wedding photo of Stause, 38, and Hartley, 43, is shown being torn apart while a voice-over states, “Chrishell Stause is dealing with change. Her husband, ‘This Is Us’ star Justin Hartley, filed for divorce.” Stause is then pictured with her back to the camera looking out of a window.

The teaser then cuts to Stause telling co-star Mary Fitzgerald, “I’m just kind of in shock with it all.” Fitzgerald then asks, “He just blindsided you?”

Over footage of Stause hugging friends, her voice can then be heard saying, “I love him so much. This was my best friend. Who do I talk to now?”

Hartley and Stause tied the knot in October 2017 after dating for three years. Hartley’s “This Is Us” co-stars, Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, Chrissy Metz and Sterling K. Brown were in attendance.

But in 2019, just two years later, Hartley filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.

Hartley was previously married to “Passions” actress Lindsay Korman, with whom he shares a 15-year-old daughter.

Video: Mélange (Pilot) w/ Morgan Fairchild, Scott Evans, Robert Newman & More! | Logo TV

(5/22/20) (Video) As the founder of a historic gay bar suddenly and mysteriously dies, his young protégé and estranged ex-wife battle for control of the legendary bar. As the stakes rise and tensions mount, Mélange becomes infested with betrayal, corruption, and revenge.

Cast of characters:

Morgan Fairchild (Golden Globe nominee, Two-time Emmy nominee, Flamingo Road, Falcon Crest, Cybil, Friends): Vivian King - One of the world's leading hotel moguls. She feels her ex-husband Syd used and betrayed her to gain his inheritance and open Mélange. With Syd gone, Vivian is out for vengeance.

Scott Evans (Grace and Frankie, One Life to Live, Daytime Divas): Ryann Parker - As Syd's protége and manager of Mélange, he will fight to preserve Syd's legacy and keep Mélange out of the hands of Vivian.

Robert Newman (Two-time Emmy nominee, Guiding Light, House of Cards): Dorian Sydney "Syd" Winchester - A prominent figure in the LGBTQIA+ movement, Syd opened Mélange with a trust fund he inherited. In order to receive this fund, he needed to be married to a woman. In 1975, he married his close friend Vivian.

Ilene Kristen (Two-time Emmy nominee, One Life to Live, Ryan's Hope, General Hospital): Dolly Faye - The eyes and ears of Mélange, she has been there since day one.

Omar Sharif Jr. (LGBTQIA+ Activist and Model): Zayn Hadid - Ryann's loyal boyfriend and bar back at Mélange. As a Syrian immigrant, his work visa has expired and he fears deportation.

Diana DeGarmo (American Idol season 3 runner up, The Young and the Restless): Melissa Bennett - A server at Mélange, she was a runaway who met Ryann during their tumultuous teenage years. She carries an unrequited torch for Ryann and is currently sleeping with Hunter.

Anne Ramsay (Mad About You, The L Word, A League of Their Own): Carter Sendroff - Syd's attorney and Dolly's wife. She is tough, but her moral compass is immovable.

Maya Days (Rent, Aida, FX's Damages, worldwide #1 hit single "Feel It" [The Chimney Song]): Carroll Davis - The Global Head of Operations for King Enterprises. She is bound to Vivian for mysterious reasons.

Kristen Alderson (Emmy winner, One Life to Live, General Hospital): Abigail Collins - Ryann's sister who recently escaped their mother's religious cult in search of her brother.

Laith Ashley (Strut): Detective Alexander Thomas - The district's first transgender police officer, he got his start as security at Mélange.

David Gregory (One Life to Live, The Good Fight, Constantine): Hunter Black - A young documentarian making a film about Mélange's 40th anniversary. However, he may have captured more footage than he bargained for.

Perez Hilton (Celebrity blogger and television personality): Briggs Baxter - an infamous gossip columnist who founded BriggsBaxter.com and has no problem exposing other people's secrets.

Mark Indelicato (Ugly Betty, Dead of Summer): JJ Marshal - JJ works several jobs, including being a bar back at Mélange, a barista at the coffee shop, and an escort to pay for medical school. He is dating Genesis, but his escorting is a secret.

Alex Newell (Glee, Zoe's Extraordinary Playlist): Genesis - Mélange's resident performer with a heart of gold and a history of substance abuse. Genesis identifies as gender-fluid.

Jessica Leccia (Guiding Light, One Life to Live): Eva Sotomayor - Vivian King's cutthroat attorney. She has her eye on Mélange and rival attorney Carter Sendroff.

Darnell Williams (Emmy winner, Golden Globe winner, NAACP winner, All My Children, The Young and the Restless): Dr. Max Bradshaw - Syd's longtime doctor. He was with Syd when he died. He is currently working on controversial new medicines.

Pamela Winslow Kashani (Star Trek: The Next Generation): Meredith Scott - A political activist and Mélange regular who is always ready to organize for a worthy cause.

Video: One Life To Live Reunion

(5/22/20) (Video) The Locher Room reunited former One Life To Live stars including: Emmy Award-winning actors Robert S. Woods and Hillary B. Smith (Bo and Nora Buchanan), real-life couple Kassie and James DePaiva (Blair Cramer and Max Holden) and Tuc Watkins (David Vickers Buchanan) on Thursday, May 21st.

The CW Sets Music Collaboration Special Featuring TLC

(5/22/20) The CW is set to air a music collaboration special Iconic: TLC featuring the groundbreaking female music group TLC. Hosted by Jordin Sparks, Iconic: TLC premieres Monday, June 1 at 8 PM, followed by an original episode of Roswell, New Mexico at 9 PM.

Based on the hit Korean format Immortal Songs: Singing the Legends, Iconic: TLC features four artists – country music duo Locash, R&B/hip-hop duo Ceraadi, pop singer MAX and singer-songwriter Ally Brooke — performing covers of TLC’s biggest hits. TLC and the artists will be connected by video chat to watch the at-home performances, then TLC will select one of the artists to collaborate with in the final performance of the show. Music fans can hear the exclusive songs on iHeartRadio stations across the country the following day, Tuesday, June 2, and re-watch the performances and show on The CW app and CWTV.com for free.

Immortal Songs: Singing the Legends has aired over 425 episodes to date on KBS (Korean Broadcasting Station).

Iconic: TLC hails from Critical Content in partnership with iHeartMedia and executive produced by Tom Forman, Jenny Daly and Matthew Pickel from Critical Content, John Sykes, Tom Poleman and Marissa Morris from iHeartMedia. Eunhui Jong and Michael Dempsey are also Executive Producers.

Reunited ‘Teen Wolf’ Cast And Creator To Kick Off New ‘MTV Reunions’ Digital Series

(5/22/20) Ah-wooo! MTV is bringing back the cast and creator of its iconic Teen Wolf series on Friday, June 5 to celebrate that show’s ninth anniversary. Coincidentally (or maybe not), that’s the night of the month’s full moon.

The Teen Wolf show will mark the launch of a new digital series, MTV Reunions, hosted by MTV Newscaster Josh Horowitz. The series will air on the MTV YouTube channel and this show benefits the First Responders First charity.

MTV will continue the series with other reunions of cast members from television’s most memorable shows, all with the purpose of raising money for charitable causes.

For this first show, MTV is bringing back Teen Wolf series creator Jeff Davis and cast members Orny Adams, Linden Ashby, Ian Bohen, Charlie Carver, Max Carver, Arden Cho, Cody Christian, Shelly Henning, Dylan O’Brien, Melissa Ponzio, Tyler Posey, Holland Roden and Dylan Sprayberry. All will appear virtually in this socially distant age, as they reflect on the series and its most memorable moments.

MTV’s Teen Wolf, which was produced by MGM Television, first premiered nine years ago on June 5th, 2011 and continued for six seasons. The supernatural drama follows Scott McCall (Tyler Posey), a high school student who is bitten by a werewolf and must cope with its effects on him, his friends, and his family.

The virtual reunion also coincides with MTV’s launch of #AloneTogether, a global talent and social media-driven campaign that educates young people on the importance of social distancing in order to flatten the curve of the coronavirus.

All rights were donated by MGM Television in an effort to ensure that 100% of proceeds could go to help first responders.

Daytime Emmys to Air on CBS in June; Winners, Guests Appearing Remotely

(5/20/20) The Daytime Emmy Awards are making their triumphant return to broadcast television. The 47th annual salute to pre-dusk programming — which was originally expected to be canceled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic — will air Friday, June 26 at 8/7c on CBS, TVLine has learned.

According to CBS, the broadcast will only include leading categories, with recipients and special guests appearing virtually from home. Additional categories will be announced on Twitter (@DaytimeEmmys) during the broadcast, while others are being held for a separate ceremony happening in July.

This announcement marks a major win for the Daytime Emmys, which have been relegated to an online live stream for the past four years. The ceremony last aired on television in 2015 via Pop TV.

Nominations in key categories will be announced during on Thursday, May 21 during The Talk (CBS, 2 pm), with the rest being posted on ETOnline.com.

“As a leader in daytime, we are thrilled to welcome back the Daytime Emmy Awards,” Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President of Specials, Music and Live Events, said in a statement. “Daytime television has been keeping viewers engaged and entertained for many years, so it is with great pride that we look forward to celebrating the best of the genre here on CBS.”

“The Daytime Emmys are coming home,” adds Adam Sharp, President & CEO of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. “For generations, daytime television has been a source of comfort and continuity that’s never been more important. We’re delighted to join with CBS in celebrating the programs and professionals who never cease to brighten our days.”

'Scarface' Actor Geno Silva Dead at 72

(5/17/20) Geno Silva (ex-Domingo, Days of Our Lives), the "Scarface" actor who performed one of the greatest hits in a hit movie ... has died from complications related to dementia.

His "Scarface" role, where he played The Skull and forever silenced Tony Montana [for the youngins ... Al Pacino played him). It's one of the most memorable scenes in what may be the greatest movie ever made ... agree to disagree.

Geno did it all ... he starred on Broadway, movies and TV. Some of the TV credits -- "Miami Vice," "Star Trek: Enterprise and Alias," and "Key West."

As for his movie credits ... "Scarface" is definitely the most memorable, but there were many others. Geno was a true working actor.

Geno leaves behind a big family, including his wife, Pamela, daughter Lucia and 2 grandchildren. The Hollywood Reporter first reported the story.

The family asks that any donations be made to The Ass'n for Frontotemporal Dementia.

Geno was 72.

Video: PASSIONS CAST ZOOM REUNION!!

(5/12/20) (Video) The chat brought to you by Soap Opera Royalty includes Eric Martsolf (ex-Ethan; Brady, DAYS), Eva Tamargo (ex-Pilar), Rodney VanJohnson (ex-T.C.), Emily Harper (ex-Fancy), Jade Harlow (ex-Jessica), Brandi Burkhardt (ex-Siren), Amelia Marshall (ex-Liz), Chrystee Pharris (ex-Simone), Donn Swaby (ex-Chad), Erin Cardillo (ex-Esme), Liza Huber (ex-Gwen), Amy Castle (ex-Viki), Emily Harper (ex-Fancy), Chrystee Pharris (ex-Simone), Donn Swaby (ex-Chad) and Adrian Bellani (ex-Miguel).

Permanent Resident By Kelly Moneymaker starring Peter Reckell

(5/12/20) (Video) A man discovers an unwanted guest in his house during COVID19 lockdown. *This film was made as part of 48 Hour Film Festival.

‘THE STORY OF SOAPS,’ A TWO-HOUR TELEVISION EVENT

(5/12/20) ABC and PEOPLE present “The Story of Soaps,” a two-hour prime-time television event highlighting the iconic impact of the soap opera. Featuring an incredible panel of experts and voices, “The Story of Soaps” airs TUESDAY, MAY 19 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC.

“The Story of Soaps” explores how no genre of television has laid deeper roots into our cultural consciousness and serialized storytelling than the soap opera. In today’s shifting television landscape, “The Story of Soaps” traces how female creators migrated from radio to television to become the dominant force in daytime for more than three decades. Today, that legacy is alive and well all over prime time and reality, and much of what propels modern television traces its roots back to those first sprawling, steamy storylines. “The Story of Soaps” takes an extensive look at this iconic, impactful genre and the cultural phenomenon its massive impact has had on the world at large.

“The Story of Soaps” brings together an impressive company of experts and familiar voices to help illustrate this remarkable story (listed alphabetically by first name):

Abigail De Kosnik, author

Agnes Nixon, creator of “All My Children”

Alec Baldwin, actor

Allan Sugarman, co-founder of Soap Opera Festivals Inc.

Andy Cohen, creator

Angela Shapiro-Mathes, executive

Brad Bell, executive producer

Bryan Cranston, actor

Carol Burnett, actor

Chandra Wilson, actor

Chris Van Etten, writer

David Jacobs, creator

Deidre Hall, actor

Denise Richards, actor

Donna Mills, actor

Drake Hogestyn, actor

Eddie Mills, actor

Eileen Davidson, actor and reality star

Erika Jayne, “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”

Erika Slezak, actor

Finola Hughes , actor

Genie Francis, actor

Greg Vaughan , actor

James H. Brown, writer

Jill Farren Phelps, executive producer

John Aniston, actor

John McCook, actor

John Stamos, actor

Jon Hamm, actor

Jonathan Murray, executive producer

Joyce Becker, co-founder of Soap Opera Festivals Inc.

Kate Coyne, editorial director, entertainment, PEOPLE

Ken Olin, executive producer

Krista Smith, consultant

Laura Wright, actor

Lorraine Broderick, head writer

Marc Samuel, actor

Marc Cherry, creator

Mark Teschner, casting director

Mary Crosby, actor

Maurice Benard, actor

Melody Thomas Scott, actor

Shelly Altman, head writer

Susan Lucci, actor

Susan Sullivan, actor

Vivica A. Fox, actor

Yhane Smith, creator of “Harlem Queen”

Video: Daytime Cares Live Event

(5/10/20) (Video) Daytime television actors past and present came together on Saturday, May 9th for Daytime Cares: A Live Event, a live variety show honoring and uplifting fans during the COVID-19 crisis. Hosted by Daytime Emmy Award winner Laura Wright and The Locher Room host Alan Locher - and presented in partnership with Daytime Cares, a Daytime TV Community spearheaded by Arianne Zucker and Shawn Christian spotlighting non-profit organizations offering COVID-19 support and resources – the show was live-streamed on The Locher Room YouTube Channel and on Facebook. StreamYard.com is sponsoring the event.

Passions Reunion Chat 5/12/20

(5/9/20) The cast of “Passions” is coming back together for a virtual reunion.

Confirmed to attend are cast members Juliet Mills (ex-Tabitha), James Hyde (ex-Sam), Marianne Muellerleile (ex-Norma), Kim Ulrich (ex-Ivy), McKenzie Westmore (ex-Sheridan), Lindsay Hartley (Theresa), Charles Divins (Chad), Brook Kerr (ex-Whitney), Andrea Evans (ex-Rebecca), Silvana Arias (ex-Paloma), Heidi Murray (ex-Kay), Erin Cardillo (ex-Esme) and Phillip Jeanmarie (ex-Vincent/Valerie). Additional attendees will be announced closer to the reunion date.

The reunion will take place on Tuesday, May 12 at 2:00 p.m. EDT/11:00 a.m. PDT on the Soap Opera Royalty YouTube channel.

Dishing with Digest - 5/8/20 - Wes Ramsey

(5/8/20) (Listen / download) Wes Ramsey talks about his role as GH's Peter, his past on DAYS and GUIDING LIGHT, his real-life romance with Laura Wright (Carly, GH) and more with Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also talk about the latest soap news and the pros and cons of soap stars dating.

Cara Delevingne and Ashley Benson break up after nearly two years together

(5/7/20) Cara Delevingne and Ashley Benson have called it quits.

The model, 27, and the “Pretty Little Liars” actress, 30, reportedly spilt in early April, People reported on Wednesday.

“Cara and Ashley always had their ups and down before but it’s over now,” a source told the outlet. “Their relationship just ran its course.”

Delevingne and Benson first sparked dating rumors in May 2018 when they were spotted holding hands while out in New York. Although many suspected they were an item, the couple didn’t confirm their relationship until June 2019, when Delevingne posted a video of her kissing Benson on social media.

Over the course of their relationship, Benson got two tattoos referencing her relationship with the model. The first, a “CD” on her side, and the second, the word “squishy” on her hip, an apparent nickname for Delevingne.

“I feel like I’ve known you my entire life and I am so proud of watching you grow into the woman that you always dreamt of being,” Delevingne wrote to Benson in a sweet 30th birthday message in December. “I love you beyond words my sprinkles, choonchi, angel face, grumpy ass, sweet cheeks, never boring, buttmunch, Benson ????????”

Benson replied to the post, “Love you my choonchie pet. My best friend. My kween. ??”

Delevingne previously dated singer St. Vincent and has been linked to Paris Jackson and singer Rita Ora, whose 2018 song “Girls” was allegedly inspired by her relationship with the “Paper Towns” actress. Meanwhile, Benson was on-again, off-again with Ryan Good, best known for being Justin Bieber’s stylist and an executive producer on the TV series “Punk’d,” for three years.

Reps for the pair did not immediately return our request for comment.

Daytime Cares: A Live Event Scheduled

(5/5/20) Current and former soap stars will come together virtually to hold a special event this Saturday, May 9, at 8p.m. ET. Laura Wright (Carly, GH) will co-host the event, which is being described as a live variety show, with former soap publicist Alan Locher. The event will be spearheaded by Arianne Zucker and Shawn Christian¹s (Nicole and ex-Daniel, DAYS)non-profit organization, Daytime Cares.

The event can be viewed here and in addition to those mentioned above, will feature:

Lamon Archey (Eli, DAYS), Maurice Benard (Sonny, GH), Ian Buchanan (ex-Duke, GH et al), Crystal Chappell (ex-Carly, DAYS et al), James DePaiva (ex-Max, ONE LIFE TO LIVE et al), Kassie DePaiva (ex-Eve, DAYS et al), William deVry (Julian, GH), Chad Duell (Michael, GH), Andrea Evans (ex-Tina, ONE LIFE TO LIVE et al), Linsey Godfrey (Sarah, DAYS), Stacy Haiduk (Kristen, DAYS), Bill Hayes (Doug, DAYS), Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie, DAYS), Finola Hughes (Anna, GH), Michael E. Knight (Martin, GH), Kyle Lowder (Rex, DAYS), Katelyn MacMullen (Willow, GH), Sofia Mattsson (Sasha, GH), Eric Martsolf (Brady, DAYS), Robert Newman (ex-Josh, GUIDING LIGHT), Wes Ramsey (Peter, GH), James Reynolds (Abe, DAYS), Melissa Reeves (Jennifer, DAYS), Scott Reeves (ex-Steven, GH et al), Emme Rylan (Lulu, GH), Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, Y&R), Paul Telfer (Xander, DAYS), Heather Tom (Katie, B&B), Jordi Vilasuso (Rey, Y&R), Cynthia Watros (Nina, GH), Maura West (Ava, GH), Josh Swickard (Chase, GH), Kim Zimmer (ex-Reva, GUIDING LIGHT)

The Longest Days of Our Lives: Chapter 3

(5/2/20) (Video) In Chapter 3 of Jimmy's favorite quarantine soap opera, Vanessa (Kristen Wiig) introduces Winston (Jimmy) and Fontaine (Will Ferrell) to their Zoom baby (Jake Gyllenhaal), featuring Susan Lucci, Heather Locklear, Maurice Benard and Mary Beth Evans.

Dishing with Digest - 5/1/20 - Haley Pullos

(5/1/20) (Listen / Download) On the new Dishing With Digest, Haley Pullos reflects on her 11 years as GH's Molly, her relationships with her co-stars and Molly's brewing love triangle. Plus, we discuss the May Sweeps preview for DAYS and why Molly's story is a hit.

One Life to Live Reunion Chat 5/14/20

(5/1/20) (Watch Here) The Locher Room will reunite former One Life To Live stars including: Emmy Award-winning actors Robert S. Woods and Hillary B. Smith (Bo and Nora Buchanan), real-life couple Kassie and James DePaiva (Blair Cramer and Max Holden) and Tuc Watkins (David Vickers Buchanan) on Thursday, May 14th at 2PM EST.

DAYS Releases Fun Spoof On The DOOL App

(4/30/20) In a fun, new video on the DOOL App, DAYS stars Alison Sweeney (Sami), Robert Scott Wilson (Ben), Linsey Godfrey (Sarah), James Reynolds (Abe) Eric Martsolf (Brady), Lamon Archey (Eli), Stephen Nichols (Steve), Mary Beth Evans (Kayla) and Victoria Konefal (Ciara) show off their comedy skills in the soap spoof, “The Drinks Are On Us.” Check it out now on the DOOL App (thedoolapp.com)!

Video: Guiding Light Chat 4/29/20

(4/29/20) (Video) Wednesday, April 29th at 3PM (EST) are Crystal Chappell, Jessica Leccia, Michelle Ray Smith, Frank Dicopoulos and E.J. Bonilla

Daytime Emmys Go Remote as NATAS Cancels In-Person Award Ceremonies

(4/29/20) (variety.com) The 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards will carry on without an in-person ceremony this year, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences confirmed on Wednesday. Instead, the org is moving forward with at-home remote video productions for various Emmy awards in 2020, including Daytime, Sports, News & Documentary, and Technology & Engineering.

Originally scheduled to take place in Pasadena, Calif., from June 12 to 14, the Daytime Emmy Awards were postponed last month to a new, undetermined fall date. Now, as stay-at-home measures due to the coronavirus pandemic are expected to prevent large-scale gatherings for months to come, NATAS is mulling how and when to produce a remote streaming show for all of its various Emmy awards.

“The most important factors for us are twofold: To properly recognize the talents and achievements of those in our community and to do it in a safe way,” said NATAS president and CEO Adam Sharp. “With those things in mind, we recognize that putting a thousand people or more into a room anytime this year was not going to satisfy the second prong of that test. And so, it became, take the auditorium gatherings off the table and focus all our energies on priority number one, recognizing excellence.”

Much like NATAS’ New York chapter did last weekend with its own local Emmy awards, the Daytime, Sports, News & Documentary, and Technology & Engineering Emmys will be presented in a series of productions utilizing multiple remote video production technologies to feature nominees and presenters.

Before NATAS confirms a new date for the Daytime Emmys (which could wind up being sooner than the fall), the org is focused on announcing this year’s nominations. Those nods were originally slated to be revealed this week, but are now expected to be shared in mid-May. “We extended the judging window to give some of our judges a little bit more time to complete their work,” Sharp said. “Certainly, everyone’s life has been upended of late. Without a hard date we need to hit on the ceremony side, that gives us some breathing room in each of the competitions to make sure that the judging is as thorough and complete as we would like it to be — and not have to make compromises there just to keep to a calendar.”

Among this year’s other NATAS ceremonies, the 71st Technology & Engineering Emmys were originally slated for April 19 at the NAB Show in Las Vegas; now they’re expected to be announced in October. The 41st Sports Emmys, scheduled for April 28 in New York, will now be revealed in the fall; and the 41st News & Documentary Emmys, originally set to be held in New York this September, will still take place then — but via virtual means.

“Once we have the nominees identified so we have a better feel for who the players are and the nominees that we need to engage for each of these, then we’ll get a sense for the capacity and capability to do things live or pre-recorded and the different types of formats we can experiment with,” Sharp said.

Each ceremony or even categories may be handled a bit differently. In news, for example, much of the talent is already anchoring from home every day. The same goes for daytime talk shows that have adapted to remote production.

“So there’s certainly broadcast level infrastructure to have live connectivity to some of those folks,” Sharp said. In other cases, it might be pre-recorded elements, or video conferencing programs such as Zoom or Skype.

The tricky part, especially with the Daytime Emmys, will be to make sure any pre-recorded segments — such as winner announcements — don’t get leaked early.

“Security is a paramount concern,” Sharp said. “There have been sensitivities in the community in the past, for the live ceremony when members of the crew in previous years had had prior knowledge. In the last two years we had made several changes to how we produce the daytime show to dramatically reduce even that knowledge. That said, this is a very unique environment and a very unique situation. Across the board, everything has to be on the table in considering how to present a show that property celebrates the winners and is entertaining for the viewer. Once we have the nominees, I think we will have more of a direct conversation with them about different ideas and different approaches.”

With the shape of the Daytime Emmys still in flux, Sharp said it’s still too soon to discuss who might host — including whether Mario Lopez and Sheryl Underwood will return again in the role. But he did say there would be an opportunity to tighten the show up, given that some of it will likely be pre-taped.

“I think one of the elements of the creative discussion we’re having is going to be what elements do you try to do live, what elements do you pre tape, what are the pros and cons of each, hosting, what categories are grouped together, how you weave the different events together, what traditional elements stay or change,” Sharp said. “Even in-memoriams and lifetime achievements inherently take a different tone and different form in this environment.”

Sharp said it’s still unclear whether the Daytime Emmys will be split into three ceremonies, as originally planned this year, but he’s expecting the pace to be much quicker. “How long does it take someone to walk from their seat to the stage when their name is called? Multiply that by 100 categories, and all of a sudden you’re taking a lot of dead time out of the show,” he said.

Meanwhile, NATAS is still planning to launch a streaming service this year that will serve as the place to watch the Daytime Emmys and its other awards shows.

Originally set to be unveiled at the NAB show, in time for the Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards, the over-the-top platform is now in final internal beta testing, Sharp explained. The service will launch with archives of past NATAS Emmy ceremonies and still carry this year’s events.

As for the financial hit of scrapping the in-person Emmy ceremonies, Sharp said it would sting, “but I wouldn’t say it’s a devastating one by any stretch. There are impacts on both sides of the balance sheet. Certainly, you’re giving up that ticket revenue, and you’re giving up some of that sponsorship and ad revenue, but you’re also freeing up a lot of costs: Production, food and beverage, printing for programs and tickets, and so on. We’ve also been very appreciative of our venue partners, who’ve been understanding of the situation. We are not left with massive contracts that we are unable to fulfill.”

Instead, Sharp calls the pandemic “the rainy day we were preparing for.” He also pointed out that the Daytime and Sports Emmys received the highest number of entries ever for their respective competitions, while the News & Documentary entry window is still open. “We’ll come roaring back too when the doors open again,” he added.

NATAS’ announcement is unrelated to its West Coast counterpart, the Television Academy, and its plans for the Primetime Emmy Awards, scheduled for September but likely to take a different form as well.

Remington Hoffman (Li, DAYS) Chats About Joining The Show

(4/28/20) Remington Hoffman, who appeared in the DOOL App series “Chad and Abby in Paris”, made his Salem debut last week as Li Shin. “My initial experience was that it was amazing,” enthuses the actor of the web series. “Honestly, I was super-impressed. I was super-surprised. I think I was a little nervous, too, because there’s this reputation that you only get one take and there’s a lot of pressure behind that…. They were super-welcoming to me and I really wasn’t expecting that. It’s such a cool group of family that they have.” Hoffman knew there was a possibility he could wind up on the broadcast show, but, “When I was working I wasn’t actually thinking about that,” he shares. “I thought, ‘Oh, that would be really cool if that happened,’ but I didn’t want to get my hopes up.” So when he got the call from his reps that Li Shin would be coming to Salem, “I was super-excited,” the actor recalls. “I had such a good time and a good experience the first time we shot that I was just looking forward to going back and I was hoping to work with the same actors again and meet new actors. I wanted to be able to really just soak it in more and understand more of what’s going on.” The first character Hoffman crosses paths with is Camila Banus’s Gabi. “I was surprised to work with someone new right away, but I was also happy because I felt like that shows the character’s story expanding,” he explains. “As soon as I read Gabi was on the script, I thought, ‘Oh, there’s a new character and hopefully there can be some kind of relationship there.’ The whole first day that I shot was pretty much with Camila. It was really cool working with her because she’s really free. She’s really unexpected, and that’s the best thing to be around. She has a lot of energy and she’s really focused.” As for what Li is doing in Salem, Hoffman teases, “There’s been some changes since what’s happened in Paris. Now he’s coming in to meet Gabi and to see Chad again. He’s going to have to make some big decisions for the future of DiMera Enterprises.” Hoffman’s run is recurring, but he would be open to a longer stay. “I’d definitely be interested in something like that also just because I really liked the experience of shooting it,” he sums up.

Soaps In Depth Podcast - 4/27/20 - The Show Must Go On?

(4/28/20) (Listen / download) With most soaps running low on episodes Richard and Charile debate if there's a way for them to keep filming.

Dishing with Digest - 4/24/20 - Jordi Vilasuso

(4/24/20) (Listen / download) Jordi Vilasuso talks about his family's battle with the Coronavirus, his Emmy-winning soap start as GUIDING LIGHT's Tony, his stops on ALL MY CHILDREN and DAYS, and his current role as Y&R's Rey with Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. Plus, we discuss the latest casting news and May Sweeps preview for GH.

Promo: The Story of Soaps

(4/23/20) ABC and People have teamed up for a new special celebrating daytime called THE STORY OF SOAPS, which will air on Tuesday, May 17 at 8p.m. ET. According to the network, the special “explores how no genre of television has laid deeper roots into our cultural consciousness and serialized storytelling than the soap opera.” Featured in the two-hour program are a wide array of current and former actors, key behind-the-scenes players and celebrity fans, including Alec Baldwin (ex-Billy, THE DOCTORS), Genie Francis (Laura, GH), Deidre Hall (Marlena, DAYS), Drake Hogestyn (John, DAYS), Eileen Davidson (Ashley, Y&R), B&B Executive Producer/Head Writer Brad Bell, Erika Slezak (ex-Viki, ONE LIFE TO LIVE), Finola Hughes (Anna, GH), John Stamos (ex-Blackie, GH), Laura Wright (Carly, GH), Maurice Benard (Sonny, GH) and Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki, Y&R). For a sneak peek at the special, click here.

Eva LaRue adopts late ex-husband John Callahan’s dog

(4/23/20) Eva LaRue has adopted her late ex-husband John Callahan’s dog following the soap star’s death last month.

“Welcome to the family Cali!,” the actress wrote on Instagram, posting a few selfies with her new four-legged friend.

She continued, “Wasn’t looking to add another thing that poops to the household, but she was John’s baby, and I know she’ll be just what God ordered to help us heal and vice versa.”

LaRue, 53, and Callahan, who tied the knot in 1996, famously played on-screen couple Maria Santos and Edmund Grey on “All My Children.” They split in 2005, four years after welcoming daughter Kaya.

Following news of Callahan’s death from an apparent stroke, several of the actor’s former co-stars, including Kelly Ripa and Sarah Michelle Gellar, posted tributes and offered condolences to his family. He was 66 years old.

Video: Guiding Light / General Hospital Chat April 22

(4/22/20) (Video) This chat features Daniel Cosgrove, Wes Ramsey, Emme Rylan, Cynthia Watros and Laura Wright

‘Selling Sunset’ Renewed For Season 2 By Netflix/Lionsgate

(4/22/20) The top real estate brokers at The Oppenheim Group are back. Netflix has renewed Selling Sunset, a reality series set in the world of L.A.’s high-end real estate, for a second season. The eight-episode half-hour series from Lionsgate Television and Done and Done Productions premieres globally May 22 on Netflix.

Selling Sunset follows seven of the city’s most successful female realtors who all work under the same roof at the #1 agency in the Hollywood Hills and the Sunset Strip. They work hard and play harder, as they compete with the cutthroat LA market and each other. These ladies will do what it takes to make it to the top of their game, all while trying to keep their personal lives intact.

This season, per Netflix, “the ladies deal with even more mind-blowing mansions, shocking new romances, and explosive truths that will change their lives, relationships and careers forever.”

Cast includes Chrishell Stause, Christine Quinn, Maya Vander, Mary Fitzgerald, Heather Young, Davina Potratz, Romain Bonnet, Amanza Smith, Jason Oppenheim and Brett Oppenheim.

“Selling Sunset is not your typical real estate series – it’s bold, fun and full of drama that will engage audiences episode after episode,” said Lionsgate SVP and Head of Unscripted Programming Alice Dickens-Koblin. “It enables viewers to go beyond the luxurious homes and into a world of powerful female realtors who navigate a truly cutthroat business. We’re very proud to be working with Adam and his creative team in bringing another great season to our partners at Netflix.”

“Along with our partners at Lionsgate and Netflix, we couldn’t be more excited to return for a second season of Selling Sunset,” said Adam DiVello, the show’s creator. “This season includes even more ups and downs as we see our cast take on larger listings and even bigger challenges in the office and in their personal lives. Fans of the series are in for a binge-worthy new season!”

UTA Signs ‘Selling Sunset’ Star & Daytime Soap Alum Chrishell Stause

(4/22/20) UTA has signed Chrishell Stause, best known in the soap opera community for starring in All My Children, The Young and the Restless, and as Jordan Ridgeway on Days of Our Lives. Stause, who is also a realtor in the high-end Los Angeles luxury market, stars in the Netflix docuseries Selling Sunset, which follows her breaking into the industry.

Selling Sunset will be returning for a second season slated to debut May 22.

Selling Sunset follows seven of Los Angeles’ most successful female realtors who all work under the same roof at the No. 1 agency in the Hollywood Hills and the Sunset Strip. They work hard and play harder as they compete with the cutthroat L.A. market and one another. They will do what it takes to make it to the top of their game, all while trying to keep their personal lives intact.

Stause’s other credits include the Lifetime movie Staged Killer, ABC’s Body of Proof, and host of the dating show You Rock, Let’s Roll for Fuse.

She continues to be managed by Corner Booth Entertainment.

GUIDING LIGHT Santos Family Reunion Planned

(4/22/20) Former GUIDING LIGHT publicist Alan Locher will host an online reunion with the actors who comprised the Santos family on the show. Paul Anthony Stewart (ex-Danny), Bethany Joy Lenz (ex-Michelle), Jordi Vilauso (ex-Tony; Rey, Y&R), George Alvarez (ex-Ray) and Saundra Santiago (ex-Carmen), will get together virtually on Wednesday May 6, at 3p.m. ET and can be viewed here.

Soaps In Depth Podcast - 4/20/20 - Sense & Nonsense

(4/21/20) (Listen/download) Sometimes, things happen on our soaps that leave us with questions. We might ask, "Wait, why would that character do such a thing?", or we might speculate as to why a storyline is playing the way it is. This week, Charlie and Richard look at things from all four of the daytime soaps which leave them (and, based on feedback, many of you!) with questions, which they'll attempt to answer. From what motivates THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Adam to how THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Sally sees this whole "fake death" thing playing out, and from why DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Brady and Kristen put a pause on their baby reclamation plans to how GENERAL HOSPITAL's plan for Michael might play out in a court of law. All this and more on the latest episode of the Soaps In Depth podcast!

New GUIDING LIGHT Reunion Planned

(4/16/20) Former GUIDING LIGHT publicist Alan Locher is hosting a fourth reunion on Wednesday, April 29 at 3 p.m. ET with GL castmates Crystal Chappell (ex-Olivia), Jessica Leccia (ex-Natalia), Michelle Ray Smith (ex-Ava) Frank Dicopoulos (ex-Frank) and E.J. Bonilla (ex-Rafe) scheduled to take part. The reunion can be viewed here.

Jessica Tuck guests on 9-1-1 4/27/20

(4/16/20) The 118 fights an apartment building blaze and attempts a daring rescue of a blind woman trapped inside. When Athena responds to a simple accident call, she discovers a potentially more sinister crime. Meanwhile, Hen performs a risky medical procedure after an accident at a televised cooking show and Buck meets a retired firefighter and is inspired to reunite him with his lost love in the all-new “The One That Got Away” episode of 9-1-1 airing Monday, April 27 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (NIN-316) (TV-14 D, L, V)

Cast: Angela Bassett as Athena Grant; Peter Krause as Bobby Nash; Jennifer Love Hewitt as Maddie Kendall; Oliver Stark as Evan “Buck” Buckley; Kenneth Choi as Howie “Chimney” Han; Aisha Hinds as Henrietta “Hen” Wilson; Ryan Guzman as Eddie Diaz; Rockmond Dunbar as Michael Grant; Corinne Massiah as May Grant; Marcanthonee Jon Reis as Harry Grant; Gavin McHugh as Christopher Diaz

Guest Cast: Vae Goeken as Gladys; Sal Viscuso as Anton; Jack McGee as Red; Noah Bean as Jeffrey; Amy Waller as Margot; Gigi Zumbado as Officer Stafford; Jocelyn Hudon as Tiffany; Sean Kleier as Greg; Sohm Kapila as Chef Lana Mobley; Jeff Blim as Chef Maurice Malone; John Eric Bentley as Mark; Dallas Dupree Young as Bryce; Shasha Roiz as Det. Ransone; Joe Gillette as Dr. Clayton; Jessica Tuck as Dr. Royce; Deborah May as Cindy; Loren Escandon as Doris; Angela Cristantello as Bartender; Rueben Grundy as Booking Officer; Ulysses Morazan as ER Nurse.

Video: Guiding Light Chat #2

(4/16/20) (Video) Features GL favorites Grant Aleksander, Beth Chamberlin, Yvonna Kopacz Wright, Michael O'Leary and Tina Sloan.

Kelly Thiebaud Addresses GH Exit

(4/14/20) Kelly Thiebaud, who will be appearing on DAYS as Zoey, has wrapped up her recent reprisal of GH’s Britt (it was explained on-screen that Britt took a job at a hospital in Boston). The actress tweeted, “Hiiii! Just wanted to clarify some things! Unfortunately yes i dont hve anymore scenes on #GH at the moment, BUT that could all change once productions starts bck up. I guess if y’all want more of #TheBritch u will hve to harass Frank and the #GH writers,it’s up to them.” She added, “Currently i am not on any shows as a series reg. I’m just bouncing around where the work takes me. Thank you for welcoming me again back to Port Charles. Always a fun visit and let’s hope there is more to come. Love you all! Stay safe.”

Guiding Light / General Hospital Chat 4/22/20

(4/12/20) (Watch Here) Don't miss the chance to see Daniel Cosgrove, Wes Ramsey, Emme Rylan, Cynthia Watros and Laura Wright when they join me for a chat on April 22.

Vilasuso Recovering From Coronavirus

(4/10/20) (Video) Jordi Vilasuso (Rey, Y&R), his wife Kaitlin, and their daughters Riley and Everly, all tested positive for the Coronavirus. The actor posted an Instagram live story, which can be viewed below, along with the post “So it happened, friends.. Our family got covid-19. We debated sharing this, but finally decided to in the hope of possibly being a source of information or comfort to someone who might be in a similar situation. Please watch the full video. From the bottom of our hearts thank you to every single person on the frontlines risking their lives to keep us safe.. thank YOU for letting us share a part of our life and our family with you. We are beyond grateful that, even in isolation, we all have each other. Stay safe our friends and #stayhomstayhomestayhome #saferathome”

John Callahan Show - Memorial Special

(4/5/20) John Callahan Show - Memorial Special: Listen.

Dishing with Digest - 4/3/20 - Paul Telfer

(4/1/20) (Listen / download) Paul Telfer talks about his comings and goings as DAYS’s Xander, his early years in Scotland and England, his new movie and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss the latest changes in daytime, and how villainous characters can be redeemed.

Y&R’s Greg Rikaart Gives Health Update

(4/1/20) (Video) Greg Rikaart (Kevin, Y&R), who had been hit hard with the Coronavirus, posted a video on social media to provide an update on his condition. “I’m doing fantastic,” the actor reported. “Easily like 95 percent better than I was the last time I made one of these messages, so the only thing is, I still have a little bit of a lingering cough and I guess I have to work on rebuilding my strength and my energy a bit. But feeling really good, stronger and better every day, and wanted to let you all know, first and foremost. And secondly, I wanted to thank you all for the incredibly kind and generous messages of support you sent my way which really lifted my spirits at a time when they needed to be lifted, ‘cause there was a scary couple of days there.”

Daytime Soaps Surge: B&B, Days, GH and Y&R Experience Significant Ratings Boosts as America Quarantines

(3/31/20) With the majority of the country stuck at home, daytime’s four soap operas are seeing their ratings skyrocket.

For the week of March 23, which is when much of the U.S. went into quarantine, CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful and ABC’s General Hospital posted their best numbers in two years. NBC’s Days of Our Lives, meanwhile, drew their strongest ratings in more than a year. And daytime’s top-rated soap, The Young and the Restless, surged to an 11-month high.

B&B, which celebrated its 33rd anniversary last week, averaged 3.66 million viewers, its best week since March 23, 2018. GH drew 2.57 million viewers, representing its strongest week since March 19, 2018. With 2.24 million viewers, Days enjoyed its highest-rated week since Feb. 18. 2019. Y&R drew 4.21 viewers, its best number since April 26, 2019.

As we recently reported, Days — which just months ago was dodging cancellation buzz — is in perhaps the best position of any TV series to weather the not-so-secret pandemic storm. The venerable NBC sudser, which earlier this month suspended production indefinitely, shoots a staggering eight months in advance. As a result, the soap has enough original episodes banked to last well until fall.

Y&R and B&B were four to six weeks ahead when production was suspended, which means their respective wells will run dry in early May. GH, meanwhile, had roughly two months worth of episodes banked when production was shut down, which takes the soap through the end of May.

The four daytime sudsers have not set a specific timetable for a resumption of production, although CBS will reportedly reevaluate Y&R and B&B‘s taping status in early April.

Soaps In Depth Podcast - 3/30/20 - The Real World?

(3/30/20) (Listen / download) There's some scary stuff happening out there, and on this week's show, Charlie and Richard discuss whether things like coronavirus should be woven into the soaps... and if so, how would it be done? Then, they look at five things they're loving right now, including a reunion on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, a strong character on GENERAL HOSPITAL and more.

CBS Soap Shocker as “Young and the Restless” Deposed from Number 1 Spot For First Time Since 1988

(3/29/20) (showbiz411.com) Talk about daytime drama!

CBS’s “The Young and the Restless” has been the number 1 soap opera since 1988. It’s been an extraordinary run. But now it’s over.

For the week of March 16-20th, CBS’s “The Bold and the Beautiful” toppled Y&R and took the number 1 spot. Yes, that’s an old fashioned soap opera courtroom gasp you just heard.

“B&B” literally leap frogged over the show by adding 405,000 viewers from the prior week. “Y&R” lost 249,000 from the prior week but more importantly, 1,163,000 viewers left the show year to year.

Even more bad news: in the 18-49 category, “Y&R” fell to third place, behind “B&B” and “General Hospital.”

This is significant because the other two soaps, like “B&B,” added viewers that week, robustly. This was the beginning of the virus panic, with more people home during the day. But virus updates were also cutting into the schedule. Each of the shows was pre-empted at least one day by news, and cut into on other days by updates.

The trouble at “The Young and the Restless” is very bad. It has been for a couple of years, but it’s just gotten worse lately. There’s no central story. The main actors– Eric Braeden, Melody Thomas Scott, Peter Bergman, Eileen Davidson– are never on. Long term actors like Doug Davidson, who’s got the longest tenure– are complaining on social media about their absence. The audience has obviously responded.

Granted the soaps got a raw deal this winter with the whole impeachment business interrupting their schedule. But three of the four shows have clawed their way back. Only “Y&R” has drifted away, with the producers and writers refusing to listen to the audience.

This should be a wake up call to CBS and Sony TV. It’s time to restore “Y&R” to its root characters and stories, or the party is going to be over. It may already be over.

Numbers courtesy of Soap Opera News:

Total Viewers
1. B&B 3,620,000 (+405,000/+61,000) <——- first time #1
2. Y&R 3,445,000 (-249,000/-1,163,000)
3. GH 2,471,000 (+365,000/+130,000)
4. DAYS 2,089,000 (+242,000/-39,000).

AMC Alum John Callahan Dies At 66

(3/28/20) Soap vet John Callahan, best known to daytime audiences as ALL MY CHILDREN’s Edmund Grey, passed away after suffering a massive stroke at his Palm Desert, CA home. On Friday, March 27, paramedics responded to a call and rushed the actor to Eisenhower Mesical Center in Rancho Mirage, CA, where he was put on life support. Daughter Kaya Callahan and ex-wife Eva La Rue (ex-Maria, AMC et al) were notified immediately and rushed to the hospital from Los Angeles. The actor’s death is not related to COVID-19. In a statement, La Rue said, “We are extremely saddened and distraught over the loss of John. He was my great friend, co-parent and amazing father to Kaya. The absence of his bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever. Words cannot express the shock and devastation we are feeling at this time. The Yankees just lost one of their greatest fans.” Our condolences are with Kaya and Eva and Callahan’s family.

All My Children Alum John Callahan Dies at 66

(3/28/20) John Callahan, best known for his role as Edmund Grey on the daytime soap opera All My Children, has died. He was 66.

The Daytime Emmys announced the news on Saturday. “We’re devastated to share that John Callahan passed away earlier today. Sending our deepest condolences to Eva La Rue and all his loved one,” the tweet read.

A cause of death is currently unknown.

Callahan’s ex-wife and fellow All My Children alum Eva LaRue shared multiple throwback pictures of the pair and their daughter Kaya, 18, on Twitter. The actress also posted a lengthy Instagram tribute to Callahan.

“May Flights of Angels Wing You to Your Rest my Dear Friend,” LaRue, 53, wrote. “Your bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever. We are devastated-My great friend, co parent partner, and loving father to Kaya.”

The soap star added, “That big belly laugh, bear hugs, bad puns, ability to harmonize to any song, great kitchen table singing-fests, and two steppin bad ass! ‘Johnny Numbers’, my All My Children soap stud, the great time keeper, Beatles fanatic ( I wish to God we could go back to ‘Yesterday’).”

“Kaya and I are beyond broken hearted, so stunned, sorry that my thoughts are a mess,” LaRue said. “You gave the best most beautifully written tributes, and I am at a complete loss for words right now for you.”

LaRue concluded her heartfelt post, “I hope Heaven has baseball and that your team always wins! The Yankees has just lost their biggest Fan. ??????????????????????????.”

A rep for LaRue did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

Kelly Ripa, who starred on All My Children from 1990 to 2002, commented on LaRue’s post with a single broken heart emoji.

Sarah Michelle Gellar, who was on All My Children from 1993 to 1995, shared a tribute to Callahan on Instagram, writing, “He stepped into a lot of moments in my life because I didn’t have a father to be there. Johns greatest joy in his life, was when he had a daughter of his own @kaya_callahan. John left us this morning. I promise you GP just as you were there for me, I will always be there for smoosh (Kaya) and @evalarue as well.”

Callahan and LaRue were married from 1996 to 2004. He was previously married to Linda Freeman from 1984 to 1992.

Before joining All My Children in 1992, Callahan had roles in General Hospital and Santa Barbara. After leaving the ABC soap opera in 2005, he had a two-year role on Days of Our Lives.

Christie Clark's Coronavirus Update

(3/26/20) Christie Clark (ex-Carrie, DAYS) is on the mend after battling the Coronavirus for the past 10 days. “Oh my goodness, just starting to feel ok on this end,” she posted on Instagram. “My husband Tom and I have had coronavirus fairly bad. Not as bad as some, no hospital needed. Hope your all well! I’m sure at this stage you all know of someone with it? When you get it, you can’t call the grandparents for help, cause they will get sick. We know about 10 people in our little circle that have had it. Like clockwork, Day 7,8,&9 were tricky and haven’t been able to taste food for a while. So excited to be in the land of the living again & start exercising…soon. Thanks for all the love. Stay safe! #coronavirus” To see Clark’s other posts, go to https://www.instagram.com/monkeywenches/.

‘How To Get Away With Murder’: Anne-Marie Johnson To Recur, Cicely Tyson Returning For Final Season

(3/26/20) In Living Color alumna Anne-Marie Johnson is set to recur in the second half of the sixth and final season of ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder. In addition, Cicely Tyson will reprise her role as Ophelia Harkness, the mother of Annalise Keating (Viola Davis), when the series returns next week.

Johnson will play Kenda Strauss, Michaela Pratt’s (Aja Naomi King) chic, high-powered defense attorney. This will mark Johnson’s return to Shondaland after appearing on Grey’s Anatomy and the short-lived For the People. Other recent credits include Ava DuVernay’s new OWN series Cherish the Day and the Blumhouse-produced drama Adopt a Highway.

Tyson first appeared as Ophelia, who was diagnosed with dementia, in Season 1 of HTGAWM, a role that has earned the storied actress three Emmy nominations. She also stars on DuVernay’s Cherish the Day and can currently be seen in Tyler Perry’s Netflix film A Fall from Grace.

Johnson is repped by Imperium 7 Talent Agency and Opus Entertainment, while Tyson is with Larry Thompson Entertainment.

How to Get Away with Murder is created and executive produced by Pete Nowalk, Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers and Stephen Cragg. The show is produced by ABC Studios, a division of Disney Television Studios, which is a collection of studios comprised of 20th Century Fox Television, ABC Studios and Fox 21 Television Studios.

The final six episodes of the series will air Thursdays beginning April 2.

Young and the Restless' Greg Rikaart Tests Positive for Coronavirus

(3/23/20) Young and Restless‘ Greg Rikaart has tested positive for coronavirus, the actor announced Monday on social media.

“I am a pretty healthy 43-year-old who doesn’t smoke, doesn’t drink much, eats well and exercises regularly and this has been the hardest experience of my life,” he shared on Instagram. “Two+ weeks ago, everyone in my house had a bit of a cough and my son came home from school with a high fever. Everyone recovered, but I deteriorated. I isolated from my family and have been in solo quarantine since Saturday the 14th. I had a fever for 11 days, difficulty breathing and was diagnosed with pneumonia. I’m confident that I have finally turned the proverbial corner and am fever free today for the first time since this all started. I was told to stay isolated for another 72 hours before I acclimate back into my family.”

Rikaart, a Daytime Emmy Winner who has also appeared on Days of Our Lives, concluded his post by saying, “Nice try coronavirus, but I have another 4-5 decades worth of experiences to have with these guys. Furthermore, I want to thank you all for the well wishes and I hope you heed the warnings. Stay safe, stay healthy and stay inside.”

As TVLine has previously reported, Young and the Restless has joined fellow daytime sudsers Bold and the Beautiful, Days of Our Lives and General Hospital is shutting down production as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Soaps in Depth Podcast - 3/23/20 - OPINIONS ARE LIKE...

(3/23/20) (Listen / download) You know the old saying: Opinions are like… let's go with "pet peeves." Everybody's got them. On this week's episode, Richard and Charlie discuss the problems that come with expression opinions on Twitter. From accusations of bias to the difficulties of summing up complicated thoughts in one or two sentences. Plus, we look at how the soaps shutting down due to coronavirus will impact them — and viewers — in the days and weeks ahead.

2020 Daytime Emmys Ceremony Cancelled, Academy Mulling 'Alternative' Celebration of Winners

(3/19/20) The Daytime Emmy Awards will shine a lot less brighter this year, now that the 47th edition of the annual awards show has been officially cancelled.

In light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, “There are just too many unknowns right now, not the least of which is whether we would actually be permitted to stage an event in June involving more than one thousand live participants,” National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences chairman Terry O’Reilly said on Thursday in a letter to NATAS members. “With deadlines to make significant financial commitments upon us, it seems irresponsible to move forward as we have in the past.”

In recent weeks, New York’s GLAAD Media Awards were cancelled while the Academy of Country Music Awards and Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards were postponed.

NATAS president Adam Sharp and his team are working on “alternative ideas to celebrate those who would normally have received their Emmys at the Daytime Awards,” O’Reilly added. “Watch for details in the weeks to come.”

The 2019 Daytime Emmys were held in May at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, Calif., and live-streamed via YouTube and EmmyOnline.tv. The last time the ceremony was broadcast on TV was in 2015, on Pop.

The cancellation of the Daytime Emmy Awards comes on the heels of NATAS already scuttling two other national events: the 2020 Technology Emmys Awards (which were to be held next month at the NAB in Las Vegas) and the National Sports Emmy Awards (which were scheduled for June in New York City).

Kirsten Storms Shares the Recipe for Her Favorite Comfort Food

(3/19/20) (soapsindepth.com) With everyone being asked to stay inside their homes during the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, it’s nice to have a little comfort food. And GENERAL HOSPITAL star Kirsten Storms (Maxie) shared not only a photo of one of her favorite dishes but the recipe to make it, too! “I have made this dish for years,” she said on Instagram. “I call it ‘Noodles.’ (Honestly, I just like that word.) My sister came over to do laundry so I made her one of my comfort foods.”

You’ll need turkey bacon, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, black pepper, peas, parmesan cheese, and pasta. Storms recommends the Gluten-Free “Brown Rice and Red Lentil” spaghetti from Trader Joes. Cut the turkey bacon into smallish pieces and cook it in a skillet with olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, and pepper. “When crispy, add peas and keep skillet on low heat,” the actress instructed. “When the pasta is done, add it to skillet and toss ingredients together, adding more olive oil and lots of lemon juice. Top with parmesan cheese. For realzies, it’s delicious. Kinda like a guilt-free carbonara.”

The photos Storms shared had fans and friends salivating in the comments. “I need this,” declared her BFF, Emme Rylan (Lulu). Even James Patrick Stuart (Valentin) chimed in: “I kinda wanna eat that. I do.” Kelly Monaco (Sam) responded with the licking lips emoji and Kin Shriner (Scotty) revealed: “I do a version of that!”

It looks absolutely delicious and we can’t wait to try it for ourselves!

Y&R’s Greg Rikaart Provides Health Update

(3/18/20) Greg Rikaart (Kevin, Y&R), who became ill last week, reported on social media that his fever has come down, and included a photo of a digital thermometer with a 99.1 reading . “We’re getting there,” the actor posted. “Feeling better today. Thank you ALL for the words of support. It’s really helped. That and the rest, water, vitamins, minerals, Aleve and Netflix. Stay well and indoors. I’m talking specially to the boomers and millennials!”

Coronavirus Shuts Down Soaps: When Will Bold & Beautiful, Days, GH and Young & Restless Run Out of Episodes?

(3/18/20) As the coronavirus crisis brings television production to a halt, Days of Our Lives, which just months ago was dodging cancellation buzz, is in perhaps the best position of any TV series to weather the not-so-secret storm. The venerable NBC sudser — which has suspended production indefinitely — shoots a staggering eight months in advance. As a result, the soap has enough original episodes banked to last well until fall.

Daytime’s other three soaps, CBS’ The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful and ABC’s General Hospital have considerably less of a cushion. According to sources, Y&R and B&B were four to six weeks ahead when production was suspended this week, which means their respective wells will run dry in early May. GH, meanwhile, had roughly a month’s worth of episodes banked when production was shut down, which takes the soap through the end of April.

The four daytime serials have not set a specific timetable for a resumption of production, although CBS will reportedly reevaluate Y&R and B&B‘s taping status in two weeks.

Can soaps that are consumed on the daily sustain a prolonged outage? That question was first put to the test in 1995, when the months-long, live, daytime coverage of the O.J. Simpson trial pushed sudsers — back then, ABC, CBS and NBC each were home to multiple — off the air and eventually out of many viewers’ mindsets.

Y&R’s Rikaart Falls Ill

(3/17/20) After experiencing symptoms of a fever and cough, Greg Rikaart (Kevin, Y&R) shared on social media that he’s been in self-imposed isolation, even from his husband, Rob, and their young son, Monte, due to the Cornonavirus crisis. The actor then posted a video with his personal update that a house call visit from a doctor determined that he doesn’t have the flu and that Covid-19 was also ruled out, even though for the time being, there are no test kits available to verify that. “Hopefully my fever breaks in the next day so I can go back to being a dad,” Rikaart reported. To see Rikaart’s full video message, click here.

‘Days Of Our Lives’ To Remain On Hiatus Until Further Notice Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

(3/17/20) Production on all daytime dramas is grinding to a halt as the COVID-19 pandemic is escalating.

NBC’s Days Of Our Lives, which was recently renewed for a 56th season following dramatic, down-to-the-wire negotiations between the network and Sony Pictures TV, is on a planned hiatus this week and next week. The show will remain dark after that until further notice.

Days Of Our Lives joins CBS’ The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful, which stopped production at the top of this week, and ABC’s General Hospital, which was shut down at the end of last week. Days should be able to go through a lengthy production shutdown without its run on NBC getting interrupted — the network currently has episodes in the can to air through October.

Set in the fictitious Midwestern town of Salem, Days Of Our Lives airs nationally on NBC in the U.S. 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.

DOOL Stars Advise Fans to Wash Hands, Reveal Production to Shut Down Due to Coronavirus

(3/16/20) (Video) No one can escape the coronavirus scare, not even soap opera casts. DOOL stars Mary Beth Evans and Stephen Nicholas took to Instagram to share some advice for fans. The on-screen super couple reminded fans to wash their hands. During the banter, they revealed that DOOL is suspending filming starting next week.

Soaps In Depth Podcast - 3/16/20 - Ask Us Anything: The Sequel

(3/16/20) (Listen / download) Richard and Charlie told listeners to ask us anything... and they sure did! This week, they tackle a wide variety of topics (none of which are Charlie's favorite gorilla or Richard's favorite Genoa City doctor, for a change!). Does daytime need more female headwriters? Why did THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS break up Lola and Kyle? Which GENERAL HOSPITAL character would we most like to see return as a recast? All this -- and a final question that serves as a heck of a cliffhanger -- on the latest episode of the Soaps In Depth Podcast!

Sports And Tech Emmys Postponed Due To Coronavirus; June’s Daytime Emmys Still On For Now

(3/13/20) The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences said Friday that it is postponing the 41st annual Sports Emmy Awards and 71st annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards dinner, both of which had been scheduled for April.

The organization said it will look to move both events to a later date this year, and comes as a reaction to the growing global coronavirus pandemic.

The Sports Emmys were set for April 28 in the Frederick P. Rose Hall at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Sports Emmy Award executive director Justine Gubar said the decision to postpone was “based on government guidance regarding events of 500 people or more during the continuing spread of the novel coronavirus.”

The Technology & Engineering Emmys dinner was scheduled for April 19 in Las Vegas as a kickoff to the National Association of Broadcasters’ NABShow 2020, which was canceled earlier this week. The plan is to reschedule the ceremony to correspond with NAB’s fall convention in New York.

NATAS president and CEO Adam Sharp said the organization is still moving forward with the Daytime Emmy Awards on June 12-14 in Pasadena, and the News & Documentary Emmy Awards in September in New York.

“We are closely monitoring public heath authorities’ guidance, seeking feedback from our awards communities, and evaluating the flexibility of our venue and production partners as we make determinations around these other events based on day-to-day developments,” Sharp said.

“In every case, the health and safety of our event attendees and staff will remain our paramount concern. We are particularly grateful to and proud of the thousands of NATAS members across America’s local newsrooms who are doing the front-line work of informing the public in this time of anxiety, confusion, and ever-changing information.”

High School Musical Series Adds Broadway Vet, Soap Star in Season 2

(3/12/20) Drama students of East High, meet your new competition: Roman Banks (Broadway’s Dear Evan Hansen) and Olivia Rose Keegan (Days of Our Lives) will recur in Season 2 of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, TVLine has learned exclusively.

Banks, the first African-American actor to portray Evan Hansen, will play Howie, a “hyper-smart, adorkable high school junior who works at Big Red’s family’s pizza shop. And here’s a fun little fact: The character of Howie was named after playwright and lyricist Howard Ashman, whose many collaborations include Beauty and the Beast, the musical being performed in Season 2 of HSM:TM:TS.

Keegan, a two-time Daytime Emmy Award nominee for her work on Days, is also joining the cast as Lily, “an energetic and adorable East High freshman whose sweetness masks her insecurity and highly competitive nature.” Frankly, it sounds like we’ve got another Tiara Gold on our hands if. (You all remember Tiara, yes? The evil British exchange student from High School Musical 3 who attempted to overthrow Sharpay? Come on, what are they teaching in school these days?!)

It was also recently announced that Derek Hough (Dancing With the Stars) will recur in Season 2 as Zack, Miss Jenn’s ex-boyfriend. A charming but sneaky actor, he returns to Salt Lake to teach drama at East High’s biggest rival, North High.

Executive-produced by series creator Tim Federle, the Disney+ comedy stars Olivia Rodrigo as Nini, Joshua Bassett as Ricky, Matt Cornett as E.J., Sofia Wylie as Gina, Larry Saperstein as Big Red, Julia Lester as Ashlyn, Dara Reneé as Kourtney, Frankie Rodriguez as Carlos, Mark St. Cyr as Mr. Mazzara, Joe Serafini as Seb and Kate Reinders as Miss Jenn.

‘Crazy For You’: Shelley Hennig To Star, Alice Lee, Tiana Okoye & Nick Cafero Also Cast In NBC Comedy Pilot

(3/10/20) Shelley Hennig (Teen Wolf) is set as the lead in Crazy for You, and Alice Lee (Brittany Runs a Marathon), Tiana Okoye (Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens) and Nick Cafero (Pitch Perfect) have been cast as series regulars in NBC’s dating comedy from former Saturday Night Live producer Rachele Lynn, fellow SNL alum Seth Meyers and SNL boss Lorne Michaels.

Written by Lynn, Crazy for You is about Daisy (Hennig) who, with her life stalling, re-enters the dating scene only to discover that while she was out of the game, the game sort of, totally, completely changed. Realizing she is a bit rusty at being “normal” and “appealing” on first dates, she’ll need the support of her friends as she strives to succeed while being her true self in today’s quick-to-dismiss dating culture.

Hennig’s Daisy is the sweet and charming assistant at a publishing company. Lee will portray Emma, organized and ambitious, she works with Daisy. Okoye is Tasha, one of Daisy’s best friends. Cafero will play Ethan, Emma’s boyfriend and a genuinely nice guy.

Crazy For You, from Universal TV, Broadway Video and Sethmaker Shoemeyers Productions, is executive produced by Michaels, Meyers, Mike Shoemaker Andrew Singer, Hilary Marx and Jason Carden. Lynn co-executive produces.

Hennig, who played Malia for three seasons on MTV’s hit series Teen Wolf, most recently co-starred in the Netflix comedy em>When We First Met, opposite Adam Devine, and the Complex Network/Go90 comedy series, Liberty Crossing directed by Todd Berger. She also starred in The After Party on Netflix, and recently recurred on Hulu/Kat Dennings comedy, Dollface. She’s repped by APA, Alchemy and Rick Genow at Goodman, Genow, Schenkman, Smelkinson & Christopher.

Cafero’s notable credits include guest-starring roles on NBC’s The Office, ABC’s Black-ish, and on the film side, Set It Up and Pitch Perfect. He’ll next be heard voicing various characters and singing on Apple TV’s Central Park, as well as in the upcoming Fox singing competition show I Can See Your Voice. He’s repped by KMR Talent and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

Lee most recently appeared on the big screen in Brittany Runs a Marathon and Sierra Burgess is a Loser. Her TV credits include a recent recurring role on Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist. She’s repped by Paradigm and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

Okoye most recently appeared as Asha on Awkwafina is Nora From Queens, as Amaya in Nancy Drew and Allesandra on The Good Place. Her other credits include Hairspray Live and The Cher Show on Broadway. She is repped by UTA and Rise Management.

Roscoe Born's Family Reveals Cause of Death, Calls For More 'Conversations Around Mental Illness'

(3/9/20) The family of soap opera vet Roscoe Born, who died last week at the age of 69, is revealing that the actor’s cause of death was suicide.

“Roscoe has long struggled with bipolar disorder, a shadow that he succumbed to when he took his own life on Tuesday March 3, 2020,” read the family’s statement, which was posted on Facebook. “We are grateful for the outpouring of kind words and memories. We only wish that Roscoe could have seen how much people still carry his daytime villains in their hearts. May his death remind us of the importance of opening up conversations around mental illness. May those who need help seek it. May those who seek help receive it. And may it serve them.”

Born’s myriad daytime-TV roles included Ryan’s Hope‘s Joe Novak, Santa Barbara‘s Robert Barr and Quinn Armitage (for which he earned a Daytime Emmy nod in 1990), All My Children‘s Jim Thomasen, The City‘s Nick Rivers, Passions‘ Warden, The Young and the Restless‘ Tom Fisher and, last but not least, One Life to Life‘s super-nefarious Mitch Laurence.

If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s toll-free number: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Soaps In Depth Podcast - 3/9/20 - OUR FAVORITE THINGS... FOR NOW

(3/9/20) (Listen/download) This week, Soaps In Depth: The Podcast borrows a page from Soaps In Depth: The Magazine to look at five things we're loving right now… and one we're not. From THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL’s master manipulator to GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Mob wars, we’re looking at all four of the daytime dramas and playing favorites!

Matthew Ashford Guests on NCIS 3/24/20

(3/6/20) Editor’s note: The air date of this episode has changed.

“Schooled” – The team searches for answers when the body of a well-regarded Navy technician in the Reserves is found floating in a lake where a popular community event is being held. Also, Sloane is caught off-guard when her daughter, Faith (Kate Hamilton), makes an unexpected request, on NCIS, Tuesday, March 24 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

GUEST CAST includes: Kate Hamilton (Faith Tolliver), Jeremiah Birkett (Dean Neil Pattterson), Matthew Ashford (Rick Martel).

Soap Vet Roscoe Born Dead at 69

(3/6/20) Roscoe Born, who brought to life many a memorable character across a decades-long daytime-TV career that spanned shows such as Santa Barbara and One Life to Live, has died at age 69.

“It is with a heavy heart that I share the news of Roscoe Born’s passing,” friend and business partner Deanna Lynne shared on the Born Roscoe Songs Facebook page. “He was an incredibly talented actor and songwriter. Many who knew him know how dedicated he was to social and political causes. He will be missed forever.” After starting out his acting career with guest spots on series such as Joe Forrester, The Rockford Files and The Incredible Hulk, Born played reporter Mark Bailey on the ABC primetime sudser Paper Dolls.

From there, he dove into a long run of daytime-TV roles, including Ryan’s Hope‘s Joe Novak, Santa Barbara‘s Robert Barr and Quinn Armitage (for which he earned a Daytime Emmy nod in 1990), All My Children‘s Jim Thomasen, The City‘s Nick Rivers, Passions‘ Warden, The Young and the Restless‘ Tom Fisher and, last but not least, One Life to Life‘s super-nefarious Mitch Laurence.

A cause of death has not yet been disclosed.

Horror legend Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator, You’re Next) has wrapped filming on her latest genre feature, Jakob’s Wife, after an under-the-radar shoot in Canton, Mississippi.

(3/4/20) Travis Stevens (Girl On The Third Floor) directed. The project comes from production and sales outfit AMP International, which recently premiered its latest movie, Romola Garai’s Amulet, in Sundance’s Midnight program.

Jakob’s Wife was developed by AMP and Crampton from a script by Mark Steensland, Kathy Charles and Travis Stevens. The story, a supernatural horror, follows a woman in her late 50s who, after a chance encounter with ‘the Master’, discovers a new sense of power, a change that comes with a heavy toll.

Also starring are Larry Fessenden (Stake Land), Bonnie Aarons (The Nun), Robert Rusler (Weird Science), Sarah Lind (Edgemont), Mark Kelly (Fear the Walking Dead), Nyisha Bell, and Phil Brooks (Girl On The Third Floor).

Producers are Bob Portal and Inderpal Singh from AMP, alongside Barbara Crampton and Travis Stevens. The project was also fully-financed by AMP – the London and Los Angeles company is looking to ramp up production activity in 2020.

The film is a co-production with Mississippi-based Eyevox Entertainment, with Rick Moore from Eyevox serving as executive producer, alongside James Norrie and Nina Kolokouri at AMP. Co-producers are Joe Wicker, Morgan Peter Brown and Kim Barnard.

“I’m thrilled to be able to bring Jakob’s Wife to life with such highly experienced producing partners at AMP International. It’s been wonderful working closely with Bob Portal in developing this amazing project, and reuniting with two of my favorite colleagues in the business, Travis Stevens and Larry Fessenden,” commented Crampton.

“Since making We Are Still Here together, I’ve been looking forward to telling more scary stories with Barbara and Larry. Jakob’s Wife has been a chance for us to dig deep in to the lives of these fictional characters and test them in ways I think genre fans are going to love seeing,” added Stevens.

Producer Portal called the project “a wild ‘marriage’ of talent that’s created such a rollicking, smart, fun genre feast.”

Director Stevens previously acted as a producer on the 2015 Crampton-starring pic We Are Still Here.

AMP’s credits include Anna And The Apocalypse, and the Sam Rockwell-starring Blue Iguana.

Soaps In Depth Podcast - 3/2/20 - It’s All About The Payoff

(3/2/20) (Listen / download) Fans wait months or even years for a major storyline to finally payoff, so it’s important that soaps deliver. Whether it’s GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Michael finally learning the truth about the baby swap or the villainous actions of DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ Gabi being exposed (on her wedding day, of course), we’re looking at huge recent events and asking: Did they stick the landing? Plus… if you screw up the big moment, is it possible to turn things around with the aftermath?

Dishing with Digest - 2/28/20 - Deidre Hall

(2/28/20) (Listen / download) DAYS’s Deidre Hall (Marlena/Hattie) recalls her first soap role on Y&R, her iconic stint as Electra Woman, her four decades-plus in Salem and so much more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also talk about the latest soap headlines and examine stars who have crossed over into the mainstream.

Matthew Ashford guests on NCIS 3/17/20

(2/28/20) “Schooled” – The team searches for answers when the body of a well-regarded Navy technician in the Reserves is found floating in a lake where a popular community event is being held. Also, Sloane is caught off-guard when her daughter, Faith (Kate Hamilton), makes an unexpected request, on NCIS, Tuesday, March 17 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

GUEST CAST includes: Kate Hamilton (Faith Tolliver), Matthew Ashford (Rick Martel).

Soaps In Depth Podcast - 2/24/20 - You Win Some, You Lose Some

(2/25/20) (Listen / download) In this week's edition of The Soaps In Depth Podcast, Richard and Charlie play You Win Some, You Lose Some while discussing DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ shocking cast changes, GENERAL HOSPITAL’s latest hookup, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL’s “two-timing” and a happy ending on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS that… really wasn’t all that happy.

Kirsten Storms Stands up Against Bullying

(2/25/20) Soap stars often used their celebrity to aid worthy causes, and GENERAL HOSPITAL actress Kirsten Storms (Maxie) is taking advantage of her platform to speak out against bullying. “The Lion Brand Yarn ‘Hat Not Hate’ campaign, that brings awareness to bullying, makes me so proud to be a Lion Brand customer,” she declared. “As soon as I’m done with my current knitting project for our knit-along (I’ve been out the last few days with the flu — bear with me) I plan to knit a few blue beanies and send them into the ‘Hat Not Hate’ headquarters.”

Lion Brand Yarn has paired with STOMP Out Bullying to raise awareness of the issue by urging knitters and crocheters to use one of their free patterns to create hats with blue yarn and share their work online with the hashtag #HatNotHate, donate their hats to schools, or wear it during October, which is Anti-Bullying month. “They give the hats out at schools across the country to remind kids about the importance of being kind to one another,” Storms said, “and just because someone is different from them, that doesn’t mean they’re deserving of negative words or feelings. We are all different from each other. That’s what makes us special. It’s what makes us human.”

And as someone who has been on the receiving end of negative and hurtful comments on social media, Storms knows exactly what these kids are going through. “I’ve mentioned on my page before that kindness and positivity towards others is so important,” she insisted. “You truly never know what another individual’s life is like, what their hidden struggles are — or what your words could do to them. Be a light in someone’s day. I’d rather be remembered for spreading love than hate. Love lasts longer.”

You can visit the Lion Brand Yarn website’s “Hat Not Hate” page for more details about the cause.

DAYS’s Thaao Penghlis: “We’re back in March”

(2/22/20) On Twitter, Thaao Penghlis (Tony) revealed that he and longtime co-star Leann Hunley (Anna) have more DAYS ahead. “For over 30yrs a closeness developed out of trust & certainly love,” he posted. “We’re back in March. Thank u all for the support.” The actors recently wrapped short-term run.

The Oval's Sex-Cult Spinoff Ruthless Gets March Premiere Date on BET+

(2/21/20) Ruth may be presumed dead on Tyler Perry’s The Oval, but that isn’t stopping the polarizing character from leading her own BET+ spinoff — and soon.

Ruthless, which stars Melissa L. Williams in the title role, will kick off its 24-episode first season on Thursday, March 19, our sister site Deadline reports. Several episodes will be available to stream immediately, while subsequent installments will premiere on a weekly basis. This marks Perry’s first original series to stream on BET+.

The series follows Ruth “as she’s forced to play nice with a scandalous religious cult of powerful sex-crazed fanatics in the hopes of freeing herself and her daughter,” according to the official logline. We first met Ruth in the series premiere of The Oval, during which she visited her daughter’s father, only to be sent packing. She later returned with her fellow cult members and successfully kidnapped the child.

Ruthless‘ ensemble cast also includes Matt Cedeño, Lenny D. Thomas, Yvonne Senat Jones, Baadja-Lyne Odums, Jaime Callica, Nirine S. Brown, Blue Kimble, Stephanie Charles, Hervé Clermont, Anthony Bless and Bobbi Baker.

Andrea Bogart, Michael Nouri & Lawrence Pressman on Hawaii Five-0 3/13/20

(2/21/20) “He puhe‘e miki” – While Five-0 investigates a scheme to rob tourists, Tani helps Girard Hirsh (Willie Garson) prove the innocence of his elderly uncle when he’s suspected of murder. Also, Tani and Junior work on the nuances of being in a new relationship, on HAWAII FIVE-0 Friday, March 13 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

(“He puhe‘e miki” is Hawaiian for “A Gripping Cuttlefish”)

GUEST CAST nicludes: Michael Nouri (Oscar Hirsch), Lawrence Pressman (Stanley), Patty McCormack (Tabitha), Andrea Bogart (Cynthia).

Dishing with Digest - 2/21/20 - Martha Byrne

(2/21/20) (Listen / download) Three-time Daytime Emmy winner Martha Byrne looks back on playing AS THE WORLD TURNS’s Lily, dishes about her leading men, her controversial 2008 departure and so much more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss soaps’ most shocking exits.

‘Days of our Lives’ soap star Brock Kelly & model/actress Adel Ruiz to ride in Krewe of Tucks

(2/20/20) NEW ORLEANS– The Brothel Float in the Krewe of Tucks is getting spicy with some talented stars!

‘Days of Our Lives’ soap opera star Brock Kelly, who’s from New Orleans and a big Saints fan and his wife, who’s an actress & model, Adel Ruiz will both ride in Tucks on The Brothel Float.

The Brothel Float is one of Tucks’ newer signature floats! Look for Brock & Adel on the new addition this year to the Brothel Float, the Bourbon B float!

Show some love to our hometown guy Brock who’s making it big in Hollywood. Brock plays “Evan” the nanny on the popular soap opera.

The Krewe of Tucks rolls on the Uptown route starting at noon on Saturday, February 21st. This year’s theme for the parade is “Tucks Hits The Sweet Spot.”

Dishing with Digest - 2/14/20 - Lisa LoCicero

(2/14/20) (Listen / download) From her first role on LOVING to her current stint as GH's Olivia, Lisa LoCicero looks back on her daytime career with Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss the cast shake-ups at DAYS and the major stories soaps have planned for the week ahead.

Days of Our Lives Vet Galen Gering Is the Latest Exit in Cast Shake-Up

(2/14/20) It’s the end of Days for yet another star of NBC’s daytime drama.

Galen Gering, who has played Days of Our Lives‘ Rafe Hernandez since October 2008, revealed on Instagram on Thursday — on his birthday, no less — that, like castmates Freddie Smith and Chandler Massey (who play Sonny and Will), his time on the soap has come to an end.

Earlier this week, Smith announced his and scene partner Massey’s exits, saying “it was not our choice” to depart. “We were looking forward to staying on and keeping the story going,” he added. “But I do understand there is a lot happening with Days of Our Lives [at the moment].”

The “lot happening” refers to the fact that when Days recently was renewed for Season 56, Corday Productions began formally negotiating new deals with some — but clearly not all — members of the series’ large ensemble. “I’ve always seen birthdays as a day of reflection, an opportunity to look back at where I’ve been and where I’m going. So, it’s oddly befitting that today also happens to be my last day at Days,” Gering wrote in his Instagram post, below.

“Man…I have such great memories from the last 10 years,” he continued, rattling off some of the far-out storylines he has been involved in. “And offscreen, I’ve made friendships that I will have for a lifetime.”

“Thanks for the memories Days of Our Lives,” he said in conclusion, after thanking fans. “Like sands through the hourglass….”

Gering’s previous TV credits include Passions and the online sudser Venice the Series.

Due to Days’ unusual taping schedule — the soap shoots six months in advance — Rafe will remain on-screen until fall.

Casey Moss exiting NBC daytime drama 'Days of Our Lives'

(2/14/20) (digitaljournal.com) Emmy-nominated actor Casey Moss is exiting the popular NBC daytime drama "Days of Our Lives." Digital Journal has the scoop.

Moss has played the role of JJ Deveraux on Days of Our Lives, and he will be exiting the soap opera during its February sweeps.

He began the role of JJ Deveraux back in the summer of 2013. JJ is the son of Jack Deveraux (Matthew Ashford) and Jennifer Horton (Melissa Reeves). His character had an affair with an older woman, Eve Donovan (Kassie DePaiva).

Lately, JJ suffered major heartache on the show (the death of his girlfriend, nurse Haley Chen) and he also faced his addiction, which is material worthy of an Emmy reel.

In 2018, Moss was nominated for the Daytime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Younger Actor in A Drama Series" for his work on Days of Our Lives.

Daytime Emmys Find a New TV Home, as NATAS Launches Its Own Streaming App

(2/13/20) (2/13/20) (variety.com) The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has found a new, permanent telecast home for the Daytime Emmys: Its own site. NATAS is launching a streaming service that will serve as the place to watch the Daytime Emmys and its other awards shows.

The new over-the-top platform is expected to launch in the first quarter of 2020, several months before the Daytime Emmys take place. The service, which doesn’t yet have a name (but will likely include “Emmy” in its title), will be unveiled in time for the Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards in April, and the Sports Emmys in May, both of which are administered by NATAS.

But the real utility of the new streamer will come on June 12, 13 and 14, when the 47th Daytime Emmy Awards are held at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, Calif.

The Daytime Emmys used to be a broadcast mainstay, rotating between ABC, NBC and CBS in its heyday. But NBC dropped out after 2004, and ABC after 2008. The CW aired it in 2009, and then CBS aired it in 2010 and 2011. After that, HLN picked it up for two years, and Pop TV ran it in 2015 — the last time it was on linear TV. Since then, the Daytime Emmys has run on a mix of YouTube, Facebook, Periscope and something called KNEKT.

Now, with the new over-the-top app, NATAS president and CEO Adam Sharp said viewers would have a clear idea where to watch the Daytime Emmys and its other awards shows.

“We were making it available on PCs and mobile in a clunky way,” Sharp said. “But with the Emmys OTT app available on any platform, if you want to watch on your phone you can watch on your phone. You want to watch on your TV, you can watch on your TV. And really be accessible to the audience. Wherever they are consuming the shows, we’re on it.”

Sharp said NATAS is currently building out the OTT app in order to be available on web, mobile, and major settop platforms including Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Fire stick and Android TV.

Besides daytime, sports and tech/engineering, other Emmy awards shows that NATAS administers include News & Documentary, as well as regional awards in most of the country (except Los Angeles). The L.A.-based Television Academy, which handles the Primetime Emmy Awards, is not involved in this new OTT service, but has been briefed on it.

Sharp said the new service will also include past awards ceremonies, as well as clips from the NATAS archives. “Certainly on our social channels since the beginning of the year you’ve started seeing a couple of hints of that, some of these great moments being pulled from the Emmy archives like Ellen DeGeneres’ first win in daytime,” he said. “Or Rosie O’Donnell and Elmo bantering about wanting to rename it the ‘Daytime Elmos.’ Mr. Rogers doling out life lessons from the stage as he accepts his lifetime achievement award.”

NATAS is also producing original shorts, including its first entry, “Behind the Emmy.” “For this series of shorts we are combining backstage interviews, onstage acceptance speeches and some of the actual submitted content to really tell the story of the excellent creativity and production work that goes into winning that most coveted honor of excellence in television,” Sharp said.

The first installment, which posted today on NATAS’ social outlets, looks at PBS’ “Wildland,” a “POV” production that won a News & Doc Emmy last year. “The filmmakers literally learned to become fire jumpers in order to make this film,” he said. “Where they would jump into the burning region with the firefighters, actually help fight the fire, hold the hose, and then put the hose down, pick up the Red camera and start shooting some of it.”

The NATAS app will be free and, at least initially, not contain commercials. “It is going to be there as a resource,” Sharp said. “Long term, I think we certainly see opportunities for ad support and/or sponsor support. That is not in the plan for launch day. I think our focus right now is really on building the content and building the audience. Then we’ll look at the monetization path down the road. There are certainly opportunities for it, and it’s something where in the engineering we are baking in. Monetization is not the focus, at least for 2020.”

Days of Our Lives: Freddie Smith and Chandler Massey Poised to Exit in 'Sad and Shocking' Cast Shake-Up

(2/12/20) Salem’s LGBTQ population has taken a hit: Days of Our Lives vets Freddie Smith and Chandler Massey, who play on-again/off-again gay super couple Sonny and Will, have been let go from the NBC sudser.

Smith announced the news Wednesday on social media, telling fans in a Twitter video that “it was not our choice” to depart. “We were looking forward to staying on and keeping the story going,” he added. “But I do understand there is a lot happening with Days of Our Lives [at the moment].”

The “a lot” he referrs to relates to Corday Productions’ controversial, belt-tightening decision last fall to release the entire cast from their contracts amid renewal talks with NBC and Sony. Once Days was officially picked up last month for Season 56, Corday began formally negotiating new deals with some — but clearly not all — members of the series’ large ensemble.

Smith says he saw the writing on the wall in recent weeks. “As the scripts started coming in, I was like, ‘This doesn’t look good. This doesn’t look like we’re going to get [re-]signed to a contract.'”

TVLine has reached out to a Days spokesperson for comment.

Due to Days’ unusual taping schedule — the soap shoots six months in advance — Sonny and Will will remain onscreen until September, Smith confirms. “Though its sad and shocking, I want to celebrate what we’ve created,” the actor told fans. “That’s what I want to focus on.”

Days of Our Lives releases Freddie Smith and @ChandlerMassey from contracts. https://t.co/dMOErFKz2b

I will miss Salem so much!! Thank you all for the incredible love and support throughout the years. I really feel we told a love story that will live on forever.— freddie smith ?? (@freddiemsmith) February 12, 2020

Soaps In Depth Podcast - 1/10/20 - What's The Rush?

(2/11/20) (Listen / download) Just like that, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Lola and Kyle called it quits. Like every other aspect of the couple’s relationship, the end felt more than a little rushed... prompting Richard and Charlie to take a look this week at the pacing of several current storylines. From THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL’s dithering Spencer brothers to DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ Gina and Stevano and GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Mob war, they look at what’s working and what’s not… and why!

Chrishell Stause reveals mom’s terminal cancer diagnosis 2 months after Justin Hartley split

(2/6/20) Chrishell Stause, who recently separated from Justin Hartley, revealed her mother is dying from cancer.

“I just found out today is #worldcancerday eerily on the same day I found out my mom has 1 to 2 months to live from the same lung cancer that took my dad on Easter,” the “Selling Sunset” star shared on Instagram this week. “I can’t make sense of what life is teaching me yet, but my heart is with every person fighting this horrible disease and every person that it robbed a loved one from.”

In April, Stause, 38, posted a tribute on Instagram to her father after he died.

“We lost you today but it was a long terrible battle with cancer that started taking you years ago,” she wrote. “I choose to remember you the way you were before it took it’s hold on you. You are at peace now, and ever the Catholic man at heart, I think you chose Easter for a reason.”

In November, Stause was seemingly blindsided when Hartley, 43, filed for divorce after two years of marriage.

Soon after the breakup, Stause posted a cryptic quote on Instagram that said, “It’s hard to watch people change right in front of you. But it’s even harder remembering who they used to be.”

According to TMZ, the exes disagree about the date of their actual split. Hartley claims they separated on July 8, 2019, but Stause argued in documents that they didn’t separate until Nov. 22, 2019.

Vincent Irizarry to grand marshal neighborhood Easter parade

(2/6/20) (lakewood.advocatemag.com) Soap star Vincent Irizarry will be the grand marshal at this year’s Newellian Easter parade, bringing some celebrity notoriety to the neighborhood tradition.

The actor got his start in daytime television in the early 1980s with a recurring role in “Guiding Light.” Since then, he’s gone on to star in just about every soap opera you can think of: “One Life to Live,” “The Young and the Restless,” “All My Children,” “Days of Our Lives” and most recently “The Bold and the Beautiful.”

Irizarry is friends with neighbor Belynda Ortiz. When she told him about the parade, he expressed interest and agreed to serve as the grand marshal.

“It was that easy,” parade organizer Liz Simmons said.

Irizarry joins only a handful of celebrity grand marshals who have participated in the parade. In the past, Texas icon Kinky Friedman—a singer, songwriter, novelist, humorist, politician, defender of stray animals and former Texas Monthly columnist—led the parade route.

“It’s a show up and do-your-thing event,” Simmons said. “I never know what we’re going to get. There’s no rules. It’s very creative and totally fun.”

The parade, in its 15th year, will start at 3 p.m. April 12.

Tamara Braun Joins Dark Indie Comedy

(2/5/20) Tamara Braun (Daytime Emmy-winning actress for Days of our Lives), Denise Boutte (Meet the Browns), and Robert Craighead (Future Man) star in Kombucha Cure, an indie dark comedy written and directed by first-time feature helmer Cecilia Choi. Newcomer Ali Zahiri (The Bachelorette), Yorke G. Fryer (Extinct), Angie Kim (The L Word: Generation Q), Jasper Cole (Anyone Home), Jayson Bernard (Halloweed), Lance Paul (A Walk With Grace), Frederick Koehler (The Circle, Death Race), and Jennifer Bassey (Anacostia) also co-star. The plot follows Mara Cohen (Braun), a Medical Director for a large corporate insurance company who excels as the gatekeeper for doctors who order, what she sees as unnecessary and expensive tests, scans, and medications. Wrestling with the fact that she was previously fired for a mistake that had fatal consequences, she volunteers to go to a small rural town where cancer patients are living longer and at the same time costing the insurance company unusually high payouts for care. There, she discovers the mystery and shenanigans of how this poor town survived and thrived in the complex health care system. Paul and Yorke G. Fryer of Ginger Knight Films are producing the piece, along with Jayson Bernard and Roberto Rosario, Jr. of J&R Productions. Jonathan Chia and Tarun Raj serve as executive producers. Kombucha Cure is currently shooting in Los Angeles through February.

First Look! Kyle Lowder In Feature Film

(2/4/20) Kyle Lowder (ex-Rex/Brady, DAYS; ex-Rick, B&B) will appear in the upcoming film, The Ravine, with GREY’s ANATOMY alum Eric Dane, Peter Facinelli and Teri Polo.”Truly grateful to be a part of this film and to work with people who are making such an extraordinarily positive impact in this world,” Lowder posted. “We look forward to sharing this powerful story and message with you all.” Check out a first look of it here.

Dishing with Digest- 1/31/20 - Brandon Beemer

(1/31/20) (Listen / download) Brandon Beemer (Shawn) discusses his DAYS comeback, his time on B&B, his reality show past and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also preview February’s hottest stories and discuss how the impeachment hearings are affecting soaps.

DAYS To Resume Production February 3

(1/30/20) With a new, signed deal in place, the cast and crew of DAYS will report back to work on Monday, February 3 after an extended hiatus since Thanksgiving. “Back on ‘Days’ set on Monday!” James Reynolds (Abe) posted on Instagram. “Nice to see cast mates again.”

NBC RENEWS BELOVED DAYTIME DRAMA ‘DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ FOR 56TH SEASON

(1/29/20) UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Jan. 29, 2020 — “Days of our Lives,” the longest running series on NBC, has been renewed for a record 56th 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 today’s renewal announcement of the multi-Daytime Emmy Award-winning series.

“From our incredibly loyal fan base to our wonderful writers, cast and crew, the enthusiasm for ‘Days’ never wavers,” said Bruce Evans, Executive Vice President, Current Programming, NBC Entertainment. “We’re incredibly thrilled to bring viewers another season of a show that has cemented its place in television history and touches all generations.”

“We are most grateful to NBC for their enduring faith in the future of ‘Days of our Lives,’ and we are excited to continue delivering compelling stories to our loyal family of fans into this new decade,” said executive producer Ken Corday.

Said Steve Kent, Senior Executive Vice President, Programming, Sony Pictures Television: “Ken Corday and his team continue to build on the legacy of quality storytelling and intriguing characters that connect with audiences of all ages. We are thrilled that viewers in the U.S. and around the world will be able to enjoy the award-winning ‘Days of our Lives’ for another season.”

“Days of our Lives,” which aired its 13,755th episode in 2019, 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 350 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.

Stars Remember Marj Dusay

(1/29/20) Stars took to social media to remember Marj Dusay (ex-Alexandra, GUIDING LIGHT et al), who passed away at the age of 83.

On-screen son, Vincent Irizarry (ex-Lujack/Nick, GL) posted, “Honestly, not enough words for me to share my love and respect for, and sadness in the passing of our now late, great Marj Dusay. She was a force of nature as an actress, courageously pulling out all stops in whatever role she was gracing us with. Not only did she play my mother on two different shows, 2 very different characters, but in one of those shows she was brought in to replace the ever brilliant, incomparable Beverlee McKinsey when she left the role of Alexandra Spaulding on GL; a feat practically no other actress could have been able to accomplish. But Marj was never just any other actress, as she proved by making the role her own; doing so while sharing her dynamic brilliance with us as well… I reached out to her a couple months back, having heard that she was having a difficult time with some physical challenges as of late. I’m grateful to have heard her voice one last time, to have heard her infectious laughter one last time…

RIP darling Marj. Your gift was our blessing.” Ron Raines (ex-Alan, GL) tweeted, “Heartbroken by the loss of my dear friend and colleague Marj Dusay. Marj was a dear friend to me and I will miss her greatly. I, with a couple of other GL colleagues, visited her last year here in New York and we all had a wonderful visit. She was, as always, in terrific spirits And made us laugh a lot. We all talked of specific memories we shared with her while on set. Marj lived with much physical pain the last decades of her life however, and this is what’s amazing, she never complained. I will miss her and glad she is pain free now.

RIP dear Marj.” Robin Strasser (ex-Dorian, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) wrote, “HUGELY TALENTED & Stunning looking #MarjDusay When she stepped on a set everything was better because she showed up-Classy & impeccable-never stuck on herself-A wonderful human being RIP.”

Tina Sloan (ex-Lillian, GL) tweeted, “Lost the wonderful Marj Dusay aka Alexandra Spaulding. Great actress. Great woman. She will be very missed. RIP MARJ.”

Carrie Genzel (ex-Skye, ALL MY CHILDREN) tweeted, “I am heartbroken to hear of the passing of #MarjDusay. We had mutual friends in NYC and she was always so welcoming and wonderful to me. My heart goes out to her friends and family, and,her many fans who appreciated her on and off camera.”

Lisa Whelchel (Blair on The Facts Of Life): Just heard about the passing of Marj Dusay who played Blair’s mom, Monica Warner. She was absolutely perfect for the part, a seasoned actress and a delightful woman. It was a privilege to call her Facts of Life family.

Soap Opera Vet Marj Dusay Dead at 83

(1/29/20) Veteran soap opera actress Marj Dusay, whose long list of daytime-TV credits included stints on Guiding Light, Santa Barbara, All My Children and Days of Our Lives, has died. She was 83.

During Dusay’s decades-long daytime career, she established herself as one of the industry’s most reliable recasts. Dusay made her suds debut in 1983 when she replaced Carolyn Jones as Washington, D.C. matriarch Myrna Clegg on CBS’ Capitol. Following that show’s cancellation in 1987, Dusay jumped to NBC’s Santa Barbara, where she took over the role of Mason Capwell’s mentally unstable mother Pamela from actress Shirley Ann Field. In 1993, she temporarily filled in for Louise Sorel as villainess Vivian Alamain on NBC’s Days of Our Lives, after which she succeeded Beverlee McKinsey as Alexandra Spaulding CBS’ Guiding Light, a role she played on and off from 1993 to 2009 and one that earned her a 1995 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress.

It was in 1999 that Dusay finally originated her first soap role when she was cast as the evil Vanessa Bennett (mother to (Josh Duhamel’s Leo and Vincent Irizarry’s David) on ABC’s All My Children. She exited the soap in 2002.

Prior to making a name for herself in the soap world, Dusay made frequent guest appearances in primetime, most memorably on the original Star Trek (as alien Kara) and The Facts of Life (as Blair’s mother Monica).

Judi Evans Will Return To DAYS

(1/28/20) On Twitter, Wally Kurth (Justin, DAYS; Ned, GH) confirmed that Judi Evans, whose Adrienne perished in a car crash, will be back in Salem. “Rest assured @TheJudiEvans is coming back,” he reported. With Adrienne dead, the actress will likely return as her other role, Bonnie Lockhart.

Soaps In Depth Podcast - 1/27/20 - The Bold & The Pre-Empted

(1/27/20) (Listen / download) Thanks to the on-going impeachment hearings, daytime is taking a major hit, with soaps being pre-empted… in some cases just as their stories are hitting major turning points! Charlie and Richard look at how DAYS OF OUR LIVES is winning a game that the other shows aren’t even playing. Plus, find out what THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS did that neither of your hosts had ever seen before on a daytime soap. All this, plus details about next week’s show and why you won’t want to miss it!

Taylor Spreitler guests on Young Sheldon 2/13/20

(1/27/20) “A Boyfriend’s Ex-Wife and a Good Luck Head Rub” - Meemaw meets Dale’s ex-wife, June (Reba McEntire). Also, Sheldon is forced to work on a group project with reluctant college students, on YOUNG SHELDON, Thursday, Feb. 13 (8:00-8:31 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

GUEST CAST includes: Taylor Spreitler (Sam), Nolan Bateman (Keith), London Cheshire (Marcus).

‘Tyler Perry’s Young Dylan’ Nickelodeon Series Sets Cast

(1/23/20) Nickelodeon has set the cast for Tyler Perry’s Young Dylan, starring young rapper Dylan Gilmer. Martin alum Carl Anthony Payne II, Mieko Hillman (Teen Wolf), Celina Smith, Hero Hunter (The Purge) and Aloma Wright (Scrubs) will join Gilmer in the kids and family live-action series.

Executive produced, directed and written by Perry, the story follows a family whose world is turned upside down when their nephew, Young Dylan (Gilmer), an aspiring hip-hop star, moves in unannounced. Michelle Sneed also serves as Executive Producer along with Will Areu and Mark E. Swinton who serve as Producers of the series, which films at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia.

When Dylan’s grandmother Viola (Wright) realizes raising her grandson is too much to take on, she decides to send him to live indefinitely with her affluent son Myles Wilson (Payne), his wife Yasmine (Hillman) and their two kids Rebecca (Smith) and Charlie (Hunter).

The Wilson family household is soon turned upside down as lifestyles clash between rising hip hop star Young Dylan and his straight-laced cousins. From Dylan giving Rebecca and Charlie lessons in “swag” and street smarts, to learning that even “rappers” have rules in the Wilson house, the series follows the hilarious hijinks this family faces as they try to get on the same beat.

Perry made a surprise visit to The Ellen DeGeneres Show last October when Gilmer was a guest and announced that the young rapper would be starring in his own series.

Nickelodeon’s partnership with Perry is part of his long-term pact with Viacom, producing original series for BET Networks (The Oval and Sistas) and other Viacom networks, with exclusive licensing rights on this programming. Additionally, Perry recently announced his joint venture with BET Networks for the new streaming video on demand service BET+.

Born and raised in Annapolis, MD, Gilmer is best known for his appearances and performances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and at NBA All-Star Weekend. He also has an overall talent deal with Telepictures, a subsidiary of Warner Bros. Television. In 2019, Gilmer made a guest appearance on the revival of Nickelodeon’s hit series All That.

Gilmer is repped by Sherry Kayne of The Green Room and Chris Abramson at Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson.

Hillman, who recently wrapped feature Psycho Nurses, is repped by Mavrick Artists Agency and manager Bob McGowan.

Soaps in Depth - 1/20/20 - Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

(1/20/20) (Listen / download) In a matter of weeks, a good soap can stumble into a bad patch, and a soap that’s been struggling can suddenly become must-see TV. This week, Charlie and Richard look at all four daytime soaps and discuss where they are on the cycle. Which soap has made a miraculous turn-around? Which is treading water? And which do the hosts actually disagree on? Find out on this week's episode of the Soaps In Depth podcast!

Dishing with Digest - 1/17/20 - Camila Banus

(1/17/20) (Listen / download) Camila Banus discusses her role as DAYS's Gabi, her soap start on ONE LIFE TO LIVE, her social media presence and more with Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also talk about Judi Evans's DAYS exit and rejuvenated characters.

“Last Blast Reunion” Conclusion Streaming Now On DOOL App

(1/17/20) The final episode of chapter 1 of the “Last Blast Reunion” is streaming now on the DOOL App. With Heather Lindell’s Jan back in the mix, questions will be answered and drama will unfold, so tune in now to see how it ends!

Rachel Kimsey Welcomes a Beautiful Baby Girl

(1/14/20) (soapsindepth.com) (Photo) Congratulations are in order for daytime alum Rachel Kimsey, who gave birth to daughter Sutton Faith, her second child with husband Matthew Waterson, on Jan. 7. The actress, who soap fans remember as Mac on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS and Meredith on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, shared the happy news on January 12 with an Instagram post featuring a couple snaps of the little angel. “This little stunner is here and taking her corner of the world by storm,” Kimsey wrote. “We are buried in the exhausting first days but Sutton is already showing us her personality and her fiery spirit. She’s going to be a force to be reckoned with and we couldn’t love her more.”

Kimsey and Waterson are already parents to Everly Rian, who will be turning two on March 19. The actress has been doing a lot of voice work recently in her career, playing Wonder Woman in JUSTICE LEAGUE ACTION and performing various characters for videogames. And on Jan. 7, she was hard at work right up until the delivery! “Squeezing in one last session before a tiny human arrives (hopefully),” she shared. “Localizing a really fun game I can’t wait to share!”

And then later that day she tweeted: “I think my water just broke while I was standing in the parking lot at Walgreens. Two women in a car staring at me as my pants started to soak. I guess sometimes it does happen like in the movies.” Thankfully, Kimsey was able to get to the hospital and safely deliver her bundle of joy, though it took nearly a week before she shared the big news publicly.

Best wishes to the entire family on their new addition and we can’t wait to see more beautiful pictures as Sutton grows up!

Listen: Victoria Konefal on Bust's Poptarts Podcast

(1/14/20) (Listen / download) Days Of Our Lives, the most iconic soap opera ever to grace the small screen, has been running five days a week on NBC since 1965. Victoria Konefal, the show’s super popular new star, joined the cast in 2017 as Ciara Brady—the strong-willed daughter of the show’s power couple Bo and Hope—and shortly after making her debut, she was singled out for a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series. She has been voted #1 Soap Actress multiple times in polls conducted by TV Source Magazine, and in this hilarious and revealing episode of BUST’s Poptarts podcast, she shares her unique feminist perspective on what it’s like inside the wild and truly woman-centric world of soaps.

Soaps In Depth Podcast - 1/13/20 - Questions, We've Got Questions

(1/13/20) (Listen / download) This week, Richard and Charlie find themselves with a few questions about recent events on the four daytime dramas. For example… why is THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Victoria, one of the wealthiest women in Genoa City, doing her own laundry? And how does THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL’s Forrester Creations plan to keep Zoe from filing a company-breaking lawsuit if they ever decide to fire her? Why did DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ Kristen so quickly give up her latest game? And how, exactly, did GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Nikolas marry Ava, given that legally, he’s both dead and wed… to Hayden! All this and more as we look at things that make us go… Hmmmm.

Days of Our Lives Will be Airing in the United Kingdom

(1/12/20) Days of Our Lives is returning back to the UK in March 2020! The first scheduled episode will be from the 53rd season. The show will pick up at the end of the year at Chad DiMera [Billy Flynn] and Abigail DiMera’s ([Marci Miller] New Years Eve party. Brady Black [Eric Martsol]) and Eve Donovan [Kassie DePaiva] will crash the party, looking for Gabi Hernadez [Camilla Banus]. Also Vivian Alamain [Louise Sorel] makes an appearance in the episode, as a mysterious woman who reveals herself to everyone Salem. Stefan DiMera [Tyler Christopher] will also appear stating he is Vivian’s son.

Days of Our Lives had previously aired in the UK on various channels over the years including Channel 5, CBS Drama and now will be currently airing weekdays on the Sony Channel.

NBC Boss Says Days of Our Lives Will Continue

(1/11/20) Never fear, soap opera fans, Days of Our Lives isn't going anywhere! NBC Chairman Paul Telegdy reaffirmed the network's desire to keep the long-running soap opera on the air Saturday morning at the Television Critics Association winter press tour.

"Of course Days of Our Lives is going to carry on," he said. "We love it. Millions of Americans watch it every week. I know there will be good news for the fans."

Those fans were on edge in the fall of last year after the entire cast was released from their contracts, making us all wonder whether the beloved soap, which debuted in 1965, would finally be coming to an end. That fear turned out to be unfounded when reports surfaced that NBC had renewed the series for Season 56 soon after, but the network would not confirm them at the time.

Unfortunately, Telegdy did not confirm which current cast members would be returning for next season and which would be leaving thanks to their expired contracts. We'll just have to wait and see who's life is on the line when the current season ends.

Days of Our Lives airs weekdays at 1 p.m. ET on NBC.

Episode 7 Of The “Last Blast Reunion” Available Now On The DOOL App

(1/10/20) Heather Lindell (Jan) is back in episode 7 of the “Last Blast Reunion”, streaming now on the DOOL App! Catch up with the first six episodes as the .com gang gathers in New York for a high school reunion and things go horribly wrong. For more, go to www.TheDoolApp.com.

Melissa And Scott Reeves’s New Role: Grandparents!

(1/9/20) Melissa Reeves (Jennifer, DAYS) and husband Scott Reeves (ex-Steven, GH et al) announced on social media that they will become first-time grandparents when daughter, Emily, welcomes a baby in July with husband Nate Smith. “@scottreevesforreal and I are so darn excited!!!!” Melissa posted on Instagram. “Getting our papa G and Sweet Mama hearts ready for our first grandbaby.” Melissa and Scott wed in March 1990; Emily was born in June 1992. Congratulations to the family!

Talk Show Appearance

(1/3/20) THE KELLY CLARKSON SHOW, syndicated

We 1/8: Eric Winter

Episode 6 Of The “Last Blast Reunion” Available Now On The DOOL App

(1/2/20) Check out episode 6 of the “Last Blast Reunion”, streaming now on the DOOL App, and catch up with the first five episodes as the .com gang gathers in New York for a high school reunion and things go horribly wrong. For more, go to www.TheDoolApp.com.

Season 5 Of THE BAY Available Now

(12/31/19) All new episodes of THE BAY are available now at www.thebaytheseries.com, free for a limited time, with Amazon Prime to follow. To end the year with a bang, an additional two new bonus episodes will stream tomorrow, New Year’s Eve, on the official THE BAY website! The actions picks up where season 4 left off: Pete Garrett (Kristos Andrews) and Commissioner Lex Martin (Tristan Rogers) were inching closer to finding a missing Sara Garrett (Mary Beth Evans), who was being held hostage by her blackmailing husband, Steve Jensen (Matthew Ashford). Meanwhile, Lianna Ramos (Jade Harlow) was accused of intentionally shooting her fiancée and sought guidance from her abuelo Nardo (special guest star A Martinez) and psychiatrist Dr. Angela Foster (special guest star Vivica A. Fox}. After help from his father John “Blackwell” (Ronn Moss), Evan Blackwell (Brandon Beemer) and Tamara Garrett (Celeste Fianna) returned home from Europe amid the ongoing chaos, Daniel Garrett (Eric Nelsen) continued his search for love.

Soaps In Depth - 12/30/19 - Best & Worst Of 2019

(12/30/19) (Listen / download) As the one-year anniversary of the podcast rapidly approaches, Richard and Charlie look back on the past 12 months to discuss the soapy highs and lows. Which show made the biggest move? Which storyline payoff was a homerun? Which much-maligned character should have been given a bigger break? And which storyline did just about eveyone love? Find out on this week’s episode!

Dishing with Digest - 12/27/19 - Kassie DePaiva

(12/27/19) (Listen / download) Kassie DePaiva traces her soap roots from GUIDING LIGHT’s Chelsea to ONE LIFE TO LIVE’s Blair to DAYS OF OUR LIVES’s Eve with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss the big stories for 2020.

DAYS’s Greg Vaughan (Eric) To Marry Angie Harmon

(12/27/19) Greg Vaughan (Eric) made sure he would have a Christmas he’d never forget: The actor got down on one knee and proposed to girlfriend Angie Harmon, who said yes. “Well…that was FUN!!!” he wrote on Instagram, along with a set of photos posted by his fiancée, who captioned them, “Marry, Marry Christmas!!” The couple’s children were present for the big moment: his sons, Jathan, Cavan and Landan, and her daughters, Emery, Avery and Finley. Congratulations to the happy family! Check out the proposal photos here.

Episode 5 Of The “Last Blast Reunion” Available Now On The DOOL App

(12/27/19) Check out episode 5 of the “Last Blast Reunion”, streaming now on the DOOL App, and catch up with the first four episodes as the .com gang gathers in New York for a high school reunion and things go horribly wrong. For more, go to www.TheDoolApp.com.

Judi Evans Thanks Fans For Support After Tragic Loss

(12/24/19) Judi Evans (Adrienne, DAYS) tweeted to thank fans for supporting her in the wake of the untimely death of her son, Austin Michael Luciano, on December 13 at the age of 23. “I just want to take a moment to thank everyone for the tremendous outpouring of love and support and prayers….,” she posted. “[Husband] Michael and I have been very touched and uplifted. Much love to all…..” Our deepest condolences to Evans and her family.

Cara Delevingne surprises Ashley Benson with birthday trip to Morocco

(12/22/19) Ashley Benson‘s 30th year is off to an epic start.

On Saturday, the former “Pretty Little Liars” star revealed girlfriend Cara Delevingne had surprised her with a birthday trip to Morocco, sharing, “I couldn’t have asked for anything better.”

“Morocco has always been a place I’ve wanted to visit. I faced so many fears and took on new adventures with my best friend by my side,” Benson wrote on Instagram. “I love you @caradelevingne. Thank you for making my birthday the best yet.”

Benson, who celebrated her birthday on Dec. 18, posted a collection of images from the trip, which included a ride in a hot air balloon.

On Wednesday, Delevingne, 27, honored the birthday girl with a sweet tribute.

“Happy birthday @ashleybenson There is so much I could say but something I love and cherish most about us is that I don’t need to because YOU KNOW and that’s all that matters,” the model began. “It’s you and me which is my favourite. My safe place. You let me be silly, you let me be wild, you keep me free, secure and curious.”

Delevingne, who was first linked to Benson in 2018, also wrote, “I feel like I’ve known you my entire life and I am so proud of watching you grow into the woman that you always dreamt of being.”

In addition to Delevingne, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen also sent Benson birthday wishes via video.

Episode 4 Of The “Last Blast Reunion” Available Now On The DOOL App

(12/20/19) What happened to Chloe?! Check out episode 4 of the “Last Blast Reunion”, streaming now on the DOOL App, and catch up with episodes 1, 2 and 3 as the .com gang gathers in New York for a high school reunion. For more, go to www.TheDoolApp.com.

New Soap Digital Series Set To Debut

(12/19/19) STUDIO CITY, a new digital series created by daytime vet Sean Kanan (ex-Deacon, B&B et al), makes its debut on December 20 on Amazon Prime. The series features other daytime notables including Carolyn Hennesy (Diane, GH), Sarah Brown (ex-Carly, GH et al), Patrika Darbo (ex-Nancy, DAYS et al), Tristan Rogers (Robert, GH) and Scott Turner Schofield (ex-Nick, B&B). “STUDIO CITY a love letter to soaps,” says Kanan in a statement. The actor stars as Sam Stevens, a soap opera actor trying to navigate his own tumultuous personal life. “Each episode gives fans a double dose of storyline by weaving in clips from the fictional soap-within-the-show … Soap operas have been an integral part of my life and I wanted to create a project that reflected my deep affection for the enormous talent behind their continued success and longevity,” Kanan states.

Réal Andrews Undergoes Cancer Surgery

(12/18/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Please join us in sending love and healing thoughts to daytime alum Réal Andrews, who is undergoing cancer surgery at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center. "Ready for the big day," he declared confidently on Instagram. "It's go time." The actor is best known to soap fans for playing Marcus Taggert on GENERAL HOSPITAL, but he has also played Agent Trumbull on ALL MY CHILDREN, Walker Daniels on AS THE WORLD TURNS, and Hal Michaels on DAYS OF OUR LIVES. Andrews is clearly keeping his spirits high as he entered the hospital wearing a Santa Claus sweatsuit and hat!

Andrews had turned his life around this year, entering alcoholics anonymous, being diagnosed and treated for bipolar disorder, and getting back in shape. The day before his surgery, the actor posted a selfie from the challenging Pico Stairs admitting it would be "our last workout for a while… 24 hours, 49 minutes 'til it is on. Let's go."

Just one week earlier, Andrews was at the doctor's for routine tests to get ready for the procedure and reported he was in "the best shape ever. Test results don't lie. I am ready for the fight."

We will continue to keep you updated on Andrews' condition as soon as he posts more updates about his recovery, so keep checking back.

Dishing with Digest - 12/13/19 - Wally Kurth

(12/13/19) (Listen / download) Wally Kurth talks about airing as both DAYS’s Justin and GH’s Ned, the ALL MY CHILDREN role he didn’t get, his early years on daytime and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also look at the Best and Worst on soaps in 2019.

Episode 3 Of The “Last Blast Reunion” Available Now On The DOOL App

(12/13/19) Check out episode 3 of the “Last Blast Reunion”, streaming now on the DOOL App, and catch up with episodes 1 and 2 as the .com gang gathers in New York for a high school reunion. For more, go to www.TheDoolApp.com.

Justin Hartley's Wife Chrishell Thinks Money Grab Triggered Divorce

(12/11/19) (tmz.com) Justin Hartley's estranged wife thinks the almighty dollar destroyed her marriage.

Sources connected with Chrishell Stause tell TMZ, the "Selling Sunset" star is privately calling BS on the date of separation Justin listed in his divorce filing. TMZ broke the story ... Justin claims in his docs he and Chrishell separated July 8, 2019. By contrast, she says they were together right up until the day he filed ... November 22, 2019.

We know the 2 were seen out in public together multiple times between July and November, so the early separation date is puzzling. We're told Chrishell doesn't think it's all that puzzling ... that the tea leaves point to some sort of deal Justin may have and she believes he just doesn't want her to get a piece.

As we reported, both Justin and Chrishell acknowledge they were having problems, but she says they never called it quits until she learned from TMZ he filed to end the marriage.

And, as we reported, Chrishell's lawyer, Samantha Spector, is asking Justin to pay her client spousal support ... something he made clear he does not want to pay.

We're told Justin is making big bucks in the wake of his success on "This Is Us." Unclear how the spoils will be divided.

Soaps in Depth Podcast - 12/9/19 - Sweeps Hits & Misses

(12/9/19) (Listen / download) Now that November Sweeps has come to an end, Charlie and Richard look at what worked and what didn’t on the four soaps. From The Bold & The Beautiful’s Thomas tumbling into a vat of acid to Days Of Our Lives doing a time-jump, they’ll hit all the highs and lows. Did General Hospital get our hearts beating or flatline? And what seemed to be the big trend on The Young & The Restless? All this plus a special shout-out to someone whom our hosts has long held in high regard.

Lisa de Cazotte Dies: Emmy-Winning Daytime Producer Was Age 58

(12/9/19) Lisa de Cazotte, an Emmy Award-winning daytime television producer died Saturday, December 7, after a long illness, Deadline has learned. She was 58.

Born Lisa Smith in Westchester, New York in 1961, she graduated from Fordham University and began her television career as an intern on ABC’s One Life to Live. She quickly moved up the ranks to associate, then coordinating producer.

Later positions included working as a producer then supervising producer on NBC’s Santa Barbara and ABC’s All My Children before she was named supervising producer of Aaron Spelling’s Sunset Beach.

In 1999, de Cazotte partnered with writer James E. Reilly and was named EP of NBC Studio’s Passions. She served as EP for the run of the show until 2008; then went on to executive produce General Hospital: Night Shift, a primetime spinoff of GH that ran on cable, before returning to All My Children. In 2012, de Cazotte was named co-executive producer of Days of Our Lives where she won two Daytime Emmy Awards for outstanding drama series. In 2017, she became supervising producer of The Young and the Restless, where she won her third Emmy. She was still producing the Sony/CBS show at the time of her death.

In 2002, de Cazotte married French filmmaker and Oscar winner Antoine de Cazotte. They divided their time between Los Angeles, New York and Paris.

Lisa de Cazotte is survived by her husband Antoine, her brothers Michael Patrick Smith, Robert Terence Smith, and Brian Charles Smith, as well as many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Alison Sweeney Announces DAYS Comeback As Sami

(12/8/19) On today’s HOME & FAMILY, where she promoted her new Hallmark film, TIME FOR YOU TO COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS, airing December 8, Alison Sweeney announced that she recently filmed episodes as DAYS’s Sami. “Sami is back, causing some trouble,” she reveals. “I had a great time being there.” It will be awhile before the actress appears on air, however. “My scenes are not going to air until next Summer, next August,” she added. But with the drama of the time jump, there’s a lot to keep fans tuned in, she teased. “You’e got some great stuff coming your way,” Sweeney promised.

Robert Walker Jr. Dies: ‘Star Trek’ Actor And Son Of Hollywood Stars Was 79

(12/8/19) Robert Walker Jr., (ex-Dr. Collins, Days of Our Lives/ex-Dr. Pressman, Santa Barbara) best known for a classic early Star Trek episode and as the son of Hollywood stars Robert Walker and Jennifer Jones, died Thursday in Malibu, according to family members. He was 79.

The New York native portrayed the twitchy, callow title character in “Charlie X,” the second episode of Star Trek’s pioneering first season in 1966, and also handled the title role of the notable 1960s feature films Ensign Pulver and Young Billy Young.

For Ensign Pulver, the comedic 1964 naval drama, Walker inherited a role that had earned Jack Lemmon an Oscar for best supporting actor for Mister Roberts (1955). In the 1969 gunfighter tale Young Billy Young, Walker was the volatile outlaw who finds a mentor in Robert Mitchum in film that also featured Angie Dickinson and David Carradine. That same year Walker and his wife, Ellie Wood, appeared together in the milestone counter-culture epic Easy Rider.

Walker’s other big-screen credits include The Hook (1963), with Kirk Douglas; The Ceremony (1963), with Laurence Harvey; The War Wagon (1967), with John Wayne; Killers Three (1968), with Dick Clark; and Road to Salina (1970), with Rita Hayworth.

On television his career spanned 20 years and his many credits included roles on Route 66, Ben Casey, Combat!, Bonanza, The Time Tunnel, The Six Million Dollar Man, Quincy, M.E.,Charlie’s Angels, Columbo, CHiPs, L.A. Law, and Murder, She Wrote.

It was his role in Federation space, however, that earned Walker his most lasting screen legacy. Walker was 26 when he played the callow 17-year-old Charlie Evans, aka Charlie X, on the second episode of Gene Roddenberry’s sci-fi series for NBC. The petulant Charlie came aboard the USS Enterprise as a rescued castaway who survived 14 solitary years amid the wreckage of a downed transport ship. The memorable episode, penned by D.C. Fontana, takes a dark turn when the orphaned teen’s dangerous secret and formidable mental powers are revealed.

Walker was born in Queens in April of 1940, the year after his father (best remembered as Alfred Hitchcock’s off-kilter killer in the 1951 classic Strangers on a Train) and his mother (the Academy Award-winner from The Song of Bernadette in 1943) were married. The marriage ended in 1945. Four years later, the youngster got a powerful stepfather when Jones married David O. Selznick, the Hollywood titan who produced Gone with the Wind and Rebecca.

‘The Bay’s Kristos Andrews, Vivica A. Fox & Michael Copon Set For ‘yA’ Spinoff In The Works By Lany Entertainment

(12/6/19) yA (working title), a spinoff of Amazon’s multiple Emmy-winning digital daytime drama series The Bay, which is in development from original series creator Gregori J. Martin, former General Hospital showrunner Wendy Riche and producer LANY Entertainment, is rounding out its cast.

Co-written by Martin and Riche, the coming of age young adult series will follow teens Frankie Sanders and Regan Sanders (played by twins, Bianca D’Ambrosio and Chiara D’Ambrosio) as they relocate to sunny California and a sometimes cruel new social environment of Bay City High. Crossing over from The Bay season 1 are series star Kristos Andrews as Pete Garrett, Vivica A. Fox (Empire, Independence Day) as Dr. Angela Foster, and Michael Copon (One Tree Hill, Power Rangers) as Officer Colton Kurosaki.

The series regular cast of the spinoff also will include Dante Aleksander, who plays Xander Castro, with newcomers Damoni Burkhardt, Logan Garretson, Brady Gentry, Tyler C. Lofton, and Bella Martinez. Several social media influencers will recur throughout the season, including Tessa Brooks as resident mean girl Evelyn, and Indiana Massara as troubled teen Lindsay.

Cast also includes Melrose Place alum Jamie Luner, Ian Buchanan (Twin Peaks), Galadriel Stineman (Until Dawn), Mark Famiglietti (Terminator 3), Eltony Williams (Tyler Perry’s If Loving You is Wrong), Jacob Young (Bold & the Beautiful), Fiona Hutchison (One Life to Live) and Alla Korot (Grimm), and as previously reported, Wanda De Jesus (Sons of Anarchy) and Devious Maids’ Gilles Marini.

Other season 1 recurring/guest stars include Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th) as the school security guard Pooch, Emmy winner Brad Maule (General Hospital) as Mr. Ford, Eileen Fogerty (Better Call Saul) as Principal Wu, as previously reported Mike C. Manning (Teen Wolf) as Mr. McKinnon, and Lane Davies (Santa Barbara) as Police Captain Johnson. Twins Chloe Frizzi and Sophia Frizzi (Young Judith, The Walking Dead) will appear in a flashback sequence as young Frankie and Regan. Additional cast members for this season to be announced.

Andrews also directs yA with creator and showrunner Martin. The Bay’s Wendy Riche, who co-wrote the 10-episode first season of yA with creator Martin, serves as executive producer along with Martin and Andrews. Riche also executive produced General Hospital and MTV’s Laguna Beach.

The series, which is currently being shopped, is in production with a release date scheduled for winter 2020.

WGA TV Nominations

(12/6/19) Winners will be honored at the 2020 Writers Guild Awards on Saturday, February 1, 2020, at concurrent ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York City.

DAYTIME DRAMA

Days of Our Lives, Writers: Lorraine Broderick, Ron Carlivati, Joanna Cohen, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon, Dave Kreizman, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Betsy Snyder, Katie Schock; NBC Universal

General Hospital, Head Writers: Shelly Altman, Christopher Van Etten Associate Head Writers: Anna T. Cascio, Dan O’Connor Writers: Barbara Bloom, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Donny Sheldon, Scott Sickles; ABC

The Young and the Restless, Writers: Amanda L. Beall, Jeff Beldner, Sara Bibel, Matt Clifford, Annie Compton, Christopher Dunn, Sara Endsley, Janice Ferri Esser, Mellinda Hensley, Anne Schoettle, Natalie Minardi Slater, Teresa Zimmerman; CBS

Ring in the Holiday With Your Favorite Stars And The Salvation Army

(12/5/19) If you’re in Los Angeles on Friday, December 6, get into the holiday spirit with a festive and fun family evening when The Original Farmers Market welcomes The Salvation Army to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. Starting at 6:00 p.m., the evening will feature cheerful entertainment with some of daytime’s finest, including Obba Babatundé (Julius, B&B), Kyle Lowder (ex-Rex, DAYS et al) and Jen Lilley (ex-Theresa, DAYS). The complete series schedule is available at https://www.farmersmarketla.com/.

Justin Hartley Divorce Wife Chrishell's Moving Out

(12/4/19) Chrishell Stause is making the next big move in her divorce from "This Is Us" star Justin Hartley ... by packing up her stuff and leaving their home.

The "Selling Sunset" star was seen talking to movers at her L.A. residence Wednesday, and it looks like she's staying positive through the rough situation. A moving truck was also parked in front of the house she's shared with her recently estranged husband.

We broke the story ... Chrishell filed her response to Justin's divorce petition, and strongly suggests she was totally blindsided by it. According to the docs, she lists their separation date as Nov. 22, 2019 -- the day Justin filed for divorce -- but he claims they separated on July 8, 2019.

As we've pointed out ... that's a bit odd, considering the couple was seen out together multiple times after that date, including a week before his divorce filing.

The separation date isn't the only thing the 2 don't agree on -- Chrishell wants Justin to pay spousal support and her attorney's fees ... but he wants the opposite.

Chrishell also took a thinly veiled shot at Justin on social media by sharing a quote about it being difficult to watch people change, and now ... she's changing her address.

'This Is Us' Star Justin Hartley Wife Responds in Divorce Strongly Hints She Was Blindsided!!!

(12/4/19) (tmz.com) Chrishell Hartley and "This Is Us" star Justin Hartley see a huge 5-month difference in when their marriage fell apart and, according to her, his divorce filing was a total blindside.

Chrishell just filed her response to Justin's divorce petition and, according to the docs -- obtained by TMZ -- she's listing their date of separation as Nov. 22, 2019 ... literally the day Justin ran to court and filed his petition.

Meanwhile, he says they separated on July 8, 2019 ... which seemed crazy because we'd seen them out together multiple times since then, most recently in November -- just a week before his divorce filing.

Besides the separation date -- Chrishell and Justin don't see eye to eye on a couple of other issues. According to her docs, filed by celeb attorney Samantha Spector, Chrishell says she wants him to pay spousal support ... and he doesn't want to pay.

She also wants him to cover her attorney's fees, but -- you guessed it -- Justin wants her to cover her own legal expenses.

Chrishell seemed to indicate the breakup was bitter with a not-so cryptic post on Monday about watching people change.

Oh, and speaking of change ... Chrishell has one other request in her docs. She's going back to her maiden name ... Stause.

Talk Show Appearance

(12/3/19) Daily Pop – E!

Thursday, December 5 - Alison Sweeney on her new Hallmark Christmas Movie, plus Puppies in-studio for Animal Planet's LIVE adoption event "Give A Dog A Home."

Justin Hartley’s soon-to-be ex-wife posts cryptic quote

(12/2/19) Justin Hartley‘s estranged wife, Chrishell Stause, shared a cryptic message that seemingly took aim at their impending divorce.

“It’s hard to watch people change right in front of you. But it’s even harder remembering who they used to be,” read a quote by Nishan Panwar posted to her Instagram on Monday.

In November, Hartley, 42, filed to divorce Stause, 38, citing irreconcilable differences. He filed the documents without an attorney, according to TMZ.

The former couple met during their soap opera days, with Chrishell on “Days of Our Lives” and Hartley in “Passions” and “The Young and the Restless.”

The two dated for three years before Hartley popped the question in summer 2016, and they tied the knot the following October. They have no children together; Hartley has one daughter, Isabella, from a previous relationship.

Hartley currently stars on hit NBC series “This Is Us,” and Stause appears on Netflix’s “Selling Sunset.”

Soaps In Depth Podcast - 12/2/19 - Thanks For That

(12/2/19) (Listen / download) The best thing about Thanksgiving, other than leftovers, is taking a moment to be grateful. So now that Turkey Day has come and gone, Richard and Charlie are moving into the appreciative phase. What are they grateful for, where the soaps are concerned, this year? For Charlie, it’s that two of his all-time favorite actresses are working together on the same show. For Richard, it’s a couple of relative newbies. And for both of them, it’s… well, let’s just say things get super cheesy toward the end. Get ready, because the post-Thanksgiving show is a cornucopia of treats!

Dishing with Digest - 11/29/19 - Kyle Lowder And Arianne Zucker

(11/29/19) (Listen / download) Kyle Lowder (ex-Rex, DAYS et al) and Arianne Zucker (Nicole, DAYS) talk about their new film, A MERMAID FOR CHRISTMAS, their real-life relationship, co-parenting daughter Izzy, their time on DAYS and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. Plus, we talk about the latest casting news and the greatest soap stories ever told.

Patrika Darbo To Appear In DOOL App’s “Last Blast Reunion”

(11/27/19) In addition to the return of Jay Kenneth Johnson as Philip, Patrika Darbo will reprise the role of Nancy in the DOOL App’s “Last Blast Reunion” series, set to debut on November 29. As Chloe’s mom, Nancy played a key role in her daughter’s early years as Ghoul Girl, and will be right in the thick of things as the .com crew reunites in New York City. As previously reported, Brandon Beemer (Shawn), Martha Madison (Belle), Heather Lindell (Jan), Aaron Van Wagner (Jason), Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe) and Lindsay Hollistar (Susan) will be back for the series. Because of a scheduling conflict with Farah Fath, the role of Mimi has been recast with Theressa Liane. Chadwick Hopson will play Kevin, a role originally played by Brett Lawrence and Robert Benvenisti. After the November 29 premiere, new episodes will be available every Thursday for the following seven weeks. The episodes will also be available on the NBC app and NBC.com one week after streaming exclusively on The DOOL App. Each episode will be approximately 7-10 minutes in length. More information is available at www.TheDoolApp.com.

Unfolding drama: Returning ‘Days of Our Lives’ star co-owns this upcoming Bishop Arts restaurant

(11/26/19) (oakcliff.advocatemag.com) The two-story white house on Zang Boulevard is dripping with Dallas history.

Built in 1910, the house was the residence of Dallas Mayor George Sergeant, who was known as the “Centennial Mayor” because he served in 1935 and 1936, the year Dallas was in the national spotlight as celebration central for the 100th anniversary of Texas statehood.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt are said to have sipped lemonade on the front porch when they visited the centennial as Sergeant’s guests.

Sergeant lived in the house until he died in 1971, and it was vacant for years before Bishop Arts developer Jim Lake Cos. bought it in 2011.

The two-story white house on Zang Boulevard is dripping with Dallas history.

Built in 1910, the house was the residence of Dallas Mayor George Sergeant, who was known as the “Centennial Mayor” because he served in 1935 and 1936, the year Dallas was in the national spotlight as celebration central for the 100th anniversary of Texas statehood.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt are said to have sipped lemonade on the front porch when they visited the centennial as Sergeant’s guests.

Sergeant lived in the house until he died in 1971, and it was vacant for years before Bishop Arts developer Jim Lake Cos. bought it in 2011.

The house was a big ol’ mansion in its day, and now it’s in the shadow of hulking adjacent apartment buildings, a shining piece of old Oak Cliff, smack dab in the heart of the new. Jim Lake Jr., whose family company began redeveloping Bishop Arts in the 1980s, calls it “the crown jewel of Bishop Arts.”

Now the house is getting a dramatic new act as a restaurant and bar, The Mayor’s House.

Experienced restaurateurs, husband-and-wife partners A.J. Gilbert and Martha Madison, are expected to open The Mayor’s House as soon as this month.

“Finding something with this kind of historical value is really rare and really special,” Madison says.

Sitting near the second-story windows, there is a view of the Downtown skyline. The Oak Cliff streetcar whirrs by and dings as it pulls into Bishop Arts Station.

“I fell in love with this site,” Gilbert says.

Gilbert and Madison met while working in the restaurant business together in Los Angeles. They owned and operated six Luna Park restaurants in San Francisco, L.A. and New York.

They’re front-of-the-house stock: Gilbert started in the business as a busboy, and Madison started as a cocktail waitress.

Madison, an actress who is originally from Houston, started in the restaurant business while trying to make it on Broadway. After several years of trying, she realized she just didn’t have the singing chops, and she headed to the opposite coast, where she was cast as a series regular on “Days of Our Lives.”

That’s right, Martha Madison is Belle Black, the daughter of Marlena (Deidre Hall) and John Black. Her character was one half of a soap super couple with Shawn Brady, the son of ’80s soap power couple Bo and Hope. She wound up marrying Victor Kiriakis’ son, Phillip, because of so many misunderstandings. Then she had a baby that she assumed was Phillip’s but was really Shawn’s, conceived while they both were in a hypothermic coma.

Anyway, Madison took over the role in 2004 and is the reigning Belle Black. The TV show was put on indefinite hiatus in November, but when we interviewed her at the Mayor’s House, Madison had just returned from shooting scenes in California when we interviewed her in October. Since then, it’s been announced that Madison will return as Belle, alongside the return of Phillip and Shawn, in a digital continuation of “Days.”

Madison says she loves working on the show, and especially, with Hall.

“She really is like a second mother to me,” she says.

Soap operas only shoot about 20 months out of the year, and the cost of living in California is so high that many soap actors have their residence elsewhere.

Madison and Gilbert came to North Texas because her sister lives in Frisco, and they wanted to find better schools for their daughter, 6-year-old Charley.

Compared to operating restaurants in California, they say, everything seems so much easier here.

“It’s an incredibly difficult business,” Gilbert says. “This has been an easy project for us because the landlord is doing a lot of the work, and we don’t have the financial pressure that a lot of restaurants get into early on, when construction is delayed and things like that.”

Lake added an outdoor dining patio to the northern side of the building. But all the historical details, including a grand staircase and built-in bookcases, are still there. The décor is what you might expect in any tastefully renovated historic house. Patterned wallpaper and bold paint colors that make the original refinished molding pop, a mix of wood tables and modern chairs.

The restaurant’s chef hadn’t been announced as of The Advocate’s press deadline.

“We just want it to be fun, easy but delicious and really extraordinary food and make some kind of statement about what Dallas is now,” Gilbert says.

One of their Los Angeles restaurants was near the Museum District, and there could be a guy in a tux for a charity event sitting next to a guy who rode his skateboard there, Gilbert says.

They’re aiming for that same level of approachability for the Mayor’s House.

“That’s the trick is to make it feel accessible but also feel special,” Gilbert says.

Inside Salem Finale - 11/25/19 - Ron Carlivati

(11/25/19) (Listen / download) The series finale of Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast has an exclusive interview with Head Writer Ron Carlivati to discuss everything you need to know about the big time jump twist. In two can’t miss clips, it's time to play catch-up with the residents of Salem one year later. Then, the show wraps at the 2019 Day of Days Fan Event where the cast reacts to their new storylines. Later, play along with fellow fans in a game of DAYS trivia. Finally, we conclude the podcast with a message and promo.

Soaps In Depth - 11/25/19 - Vats All Folks!

(11/25/19) (Listen / download) If we remember only one thing about the 2019 November sweeps period, it will be that The Bold & The Beautiful’s Thomas fell into a vat of acid. As “holy crap!” moments go, that’s pretty big. This week, Charlie and Richard look back on week two of November sweeps and find that, a few exceptions aside, it’s come up lacking. Which show has scored the most points, and which seems to have forgotten there’s a competition going on? Join us for a look at the week that was… and the week that, if Charlie had his way, could have been!

Days of Our Lives Star Jay Johnson Returning as Philip Kiriakis in New Digital Series

(11/25/19) (people.com) Days of Our Lives fans haven’t seen the last of Philip Kiriakis.

Jay Johnson, who starred as fan-favorite Philip from 1999-2012 on the long-running soap, will be reprising his role on the show’s upcoming digital series Last Blast Reunion, PEOPLE can exclusively reveal.

Last week, the show announced that nine past characters from the 2000 season of the NBC daytime soap will return for Last Blast Reunion.

Almost 20 years later, Brandon Beemer (Shawn Brady), Martha Madison (Belle Black), Heather Lindell (Jan Spears), Aaron Van Wagner (Jason Welles), Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe Lane) and Lindsay Hollistar (Susan Adamson) will return to the .Com cyber cafe.

Chadwick Hopson will play Kevin Lambert, originally played by Brett Lawrence and Robert Benvenisti. Teressa Liane will play Mimi Lockhart, which was played in the broadcast series by Farah Fath.

Additionally, viewers will be in for a big surprise when a fan favorite returns in the first episode. Audiences will have to wait and see if it’s Johnson or another Days actor.

Written by Days of our Lives head writer Ron Carlivati, Last Blast Reunion follows Belle and Chloe, who discover that old pal Kevin has reopened the .Com Cafe in New York, which is similar to the place they all gathered nearly two decades prior. The trio decides to plan a “Last Blast Crew” reunion, and one week later are joined by Susan, Shawn and Mimi. Though Jan and Jason are absent from the reunion, they will soon join in.

Audiences should prepare to be surprised, as the series promises an unexpected turn with a few shocking twists.

Each episode will be approximately seven to 10 minutes in length.

Last Blast Reunion will premiere Nov. 29, on The DOOL App.

Justin Hartley Files for Divorce ... This is No Longer Us

(11/22/19) Justin Hartley has filed for divorce after only 2 years of marriage.

Hartley filed legal docs -- obtained by TMZ -- in which he claims irreconcilable differences as the reason for the divorce from Chrishell Stause, who has been on "Days of Our Lives" and is a star of the Netflix show, "Selling Sunset."

It's almost like this came out of the blue. Justin and Chrishell were together just last week, so something seems to have happened.

The couple has no children together, so custody won't be an issue. It's unclear if they have a prenup. BTW, Justin has one child from a previous marriage.

Justin and Chrishell dated for 3 years before he proposed. They met when their mutual friend encouraged them to go on a date since they were both starring in soaps at the time and were single. He was on "Young and the Restless," and the soap community is small.

Update 3:59 PM PT -- The plot just thickened. Justin lists the date of separation as July 8, 2019 ... months ago. The weird thing is ... they've been together a number of times since then ... as recently as last week. And, in his docs, Justin says he does not want to pay Chrishell spousal support and he wants her to pay her own lawyer's fees. It is possible they had a prenup that would make spousal support unnecessary.

Dishing with Digest - 11/22/19 - Amelia Heinle

(11/22/19) (Listen / download) Amelia Heinle talks about her road from LOVING’S Steffy to YOUNG AND RESTLESS’s Victoria, weighs in on her soap names, talks about her bond with her Newman co-stars and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. Plus, we talk about the recent DAYS rumors — and pickup.

‘Days Of Our Lives’ Renewed For Season 56 By NBC, EP Says

(11/21/19) Days Of Our Lives is not going anywhere. The network has renewed its longest-running series for a 56th season, I have learned. I hear Days executive producer Ken Corday just delivered the news to the cast. NBC and Sony TV had no comment through I had been hearing for the last week or so that renewal was “looking good.” According to sources, the deal with the network is not completely done but is close.

The pickup comes 10 days after word got out that the entire cast of NBC’s daytime drama had been released from their contracts.

The cost-cutting move came during the annual renewal window between NBC and Days distributor Sony Pictures TV; a renewal for Days typically comes at the start of the year. Negotiations for another season of the show on NBC, which had been underway, likely got accelerated by fan outcry over the news of contract releases.

After a big wave of cancellations of daytime soaps, the genre had been stable for the past few years with the four remaining series, Days Of Our Lives on NBC, General Hospital on ABC and Young and the Restless and Bold and the Beautiful on CBS. Like any network programming, soaps have come under economic pressure amid declining linear ratings.

Days of our Lives, which aired its 13,500th episode in 2018, first premiered as a half-hour drama in 1965 and expanded to an hour 10 years later. The show has garnered 57 Emmy Awards, as well as multiple People’s Choice Awards, GLAAD Media Awards and Prism Awards.

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

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

‘Days of Our Lives’ to Launch New Digital Series ‘Last Blast Reunion’

(11/20/19) (variety.com) “Days of Our Lives” is launching a new digital series, entitled “Last Blast Reunion,” on the DOOL App Nov. 29.

This streaming series will bring nine beloved characters from the 2000 season of the NBC daytime drama back together for a special Salem High class reunion. Brandon Beemer, Martha Madison, Nadia Bjorlin, Heather Lindell, Aaron Van Wagner and Lindsay Hollister are all reprising roles, while Teressa Liane and Chadwick Hopson have been added in recasting.

Beemer will portray Shawn Douglas Brady, who he has played in the linear series since 2006; Madison is Belle Black, who she has played since 2005; and Bjorlin is Chloe Lane, a role she originated in 1999. Lindell reprises her 2004-05 role of Jan Spears, while Van Wagner returns as Jason Welles, a part he played from 2000-07; and Hollister revisits her 2001 role of Susan Adamson. Liane has taken over the role of Mimi Lockhart, previously portrayed by Farah Fath, and Hopson steps in as Kevin Lambert.

Additionally, the team behind the show is promising a “major fan favorite” will also join the reunion.

“We are excited to bring together some of the most beloved characters from Days of Our Lives in the next DOOL App series,” said Greg Meng, co-executive producer of “Days of Our Lives.” “As this new digital platform continues to grow, we can provide exciting additional content to complement the air show on NBC.”

In “Last Blast Reunion” Belle and Chloe discover their old friend Kevin has reopened the “.Com Café” in New York, and the trio decides to plan a reunion of the “Last Blast Crew.” The friends reminisce and quickly ease back into their old bonds and rivalries, but the story “takes an unexpected turn with some shocking twists that will keep viewers at the edge of their seats all the way to the surprise ending.”

Each of the eight episodes will run between seven and 10 minutes and length, released weekly on the DOOL App. They will also be available on the NBC app and NBC.com a week after release on the DOOL App.

The “Last Blast Reunion” digital series was written by “Days of Our Lives” head writer Ron Carlivati and produced by Corday Productions. “Days of Our Lives” is produced by Corday Productions, Inc. in association with Sony Pictures Television. It is executive produced by Ken Corday, Greg Meng and Albert Alarr, with Ron Carlivati as head writer.

This new digital series announcement comes a week after the linear show released its actors from their contracts.

A MERMAID FOR CHRISTMAS Available Now!

(11/19/19) A MERMAID FOR CHRISTMAS, starring Kyle Lowder (ex-Rex, DAYS), Arianne Zucker (Nicole, DAYS), Jessica Morris (ex-Jennifer, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) and more is available now to stream on Amazon Prime Video. “EARLY RELEASE ALERT,” posted Lowder. “Christmas came early this year!” See more at https://www.instagram.com/p/B5DJX_JDHLV/.

Tamara Clatterbuck & Michael Graziadei on All Rise 11/25/19

(11/19/19) “How to Succeed in Law Without Really Re-Trying” – When one of Lola’s former murder cases is overturned on appeal, Mark helms the retrial and struggles to keep the bomber in jail, while Lola fears she may have prosecuted an innocent man, on ALL RISE, Monday, Nov. 25 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

GUEST CAST includes: Ever Carradine (Felice Bell), Tamara Clatterbuck (Katie Kopple), Michael Graziadei (Choke).

Soaps In Depth Podcast - 11/18/19 - What’s Going On At DAYS?

(11/18/19) (Listen / download) Ever since news broke that the Days Of Our Lives cast had been released from their contracts, fans have been wanting to know exactly what that means for the future of the show. This week, Charlie and Richard look at what’s being said, what it probably means… and the best thing fans can do to make sure sand keeps flowing through the hourglass for many years to come. Then, they take a look at how the first full week of November Sweeps played out. From The Bold & The Beautiful’s Thomas falling into a vat of acid to The Young & The Restless’ hostage crisis, what worked and what didn’t. Plus, what’s behind General Hospital’s creative resurgence of late? All this and more on the latest episode of the Soaps In Depth podcast!

Dishing with Digest - 11/15/19 - Days Head Writer Ron Carlivati

(11/15/19) (Listen / download) DAYS's Emmy-winning head writer, Ron Carlivati, talks about writing the recent time jump twist, what's ahead in Salem, who's in and who's out and more with Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also talk about the latest news and casting changes.

'General Hospital' Star Judge Rejects Alcohol Treatment Program ... Despite Plea from Police

(11/15/19) Tyler Christopher -- best known for his appearances on "General Hospital" for 20 years -- got a break from the judge in his public intoxication case because the judge rejected the plea of a cop who begged hizzoner to put Tyler into a treatment program for alcoholism.

The Morgan County Prosecutor's Office tells TMZ ... Tyler pled guilty to 2 counts of misdemeanor public intoxication following his Monday night arrest in Martinsville, Indiana.

Tyler was booked Monday on his 47th birthday and stayed locked up until his release two days later.

Tyler was ordered to pay a $440 fine. He's got until next week to fork over the dough. And, that's it ... he didn't get probation and the judge did NOT order him to enter into an alcohol treatment program.

That's significant because according to the arrest report ... cops requested "the judge consider the possible sentence of a treatment facility for Tyler Christopher's alcohol issues, as well as consider restitution to [the Uber driver] for the damage to his vehicle from Tyler Christopher urinating in his back seat."

Tyler squared things up with the Uber driver. TMZ broke the story ... Tyler passed out in the back seat of an Uber driver's car and urinated himself on the night he was busted.

Police had received 9 calls about Tyler being intoxicated since September 14. Medical personnel had told law enforcement there was nothing more they could do for him cause they'd already tried to help him ... like when Tyler was taken to a medical center for treatment but, against medical advice, checked himself out on the day he got arrested.

Is This the End of ‘Days of Our Lives’?

(11/15/19) (nytimes.com) Cast members of the long-running soap opera jumped in to counter rumors of the show’s demise. Its producers are currently in renewal talks with NBC.

Sometimes the most dramatic scenes of a soap opera happen off-camera.

That was the case this week when rumors surfaced that the long-running NBC daytime drama “Days of Our Lives” might be canceled after the end of the current season.

The cast and crew jumped in to control the damage. “We are still here and we are not going anywhere,” the actress Kristian Alfonso, who plays Hope Williams Brady, said on Tuesday in an Instagram video. “We’re not being canceled,” Chandler Massey, who plays Will Horton, said on Twitter. Despite those assurances, many fans wondered whether the future of the show was in doubt.

Representatives for NBC and Corday Productions, the production company which has produced “Days of Our Lives” since its debut in 1965, declined to comment. Sony Pictures Television, which produces the show in association with Corday, did not return phone calls.

A person close to the show, though, said that “Days of Our Lives” had not been canceled, and that Sony and NBC were in negotiations to renew it for its 56th season. “Everyone is hopeful that it will be picked up,” the person said. “People are assuming a worst-case scenario, while we are hoping for the best.”

The news about renewal talks was reported by TVLine, an industry news site, which said the entire cast had been released from their contracts and the show would go on an indefinite hiatus. Calling the move “decidedly ominous,” it questioned whether the end was near. Daytime serial dramas have suffered in recent years as ratings have plummeted and networks have shifted daytime programming to talk shows, which are cheaper to produce.

In 2011, for example, ABC announced it would end two of its long-running daily dramas, “All My Children” and “One Life to Live.” CBS announced the cancellations of both “Guiding Light” and “As the World Turns” in 2009.

Corday, which negotiates contracts with actors for “Days of Our Lives,” will wrap up production for the current season at the end of the month, eight months ahead of schedule, said the person close to the show. And that’s where things get confusing: Some, but not all, of the cast will be released from their contracts, the person said. Additionally, all this is happening as the cast is preparing to leave for a scheduled holiday hiatus.

“In the past, we had a return date for production,” the person said. “But since we are ahead of schedule, we don’t.” If Sony and NBC reach a deal to renew the show, then Corday Productions and the actors can sign new contracts.

“Days of Our Lives” debuted on Nov. 8, 1965, as a half-hour drama and was expanded to an hour format a decade later. Television soap operas were an offshoot of 1930s radio dramas, which were sponsored by soap companies. The show is set in the fictional Midwestern town of Salem and has garnered 43 Daytime Emmy Awards. It airs in more than 25 countries worldwide.

Like other serial dramas, “Days of Our Lives” has dropped in popularity. According to Nielsen, which tracks television viewership, the show has had an average of 2.07 million daily viewers so far this year. The show drew 2.6 million daily viewers over the same period in 2010.

In March, Corday sued Sony, saying the company “has intentionally sought to destroy the series,” according to a news release. According to the complaint, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Sony sought to subvert the show in foreign markets.

“It is absolutely necessary to bring the current untenable situation out into the light in order to ensure the future of ‘Days of Our Lives,’” Ken Corday, president and owner of Corday Productions, said in the news release.

The production company said Sony did not negotiate adequate licensing fees with NBC for “Days of Our Lives” and had not taken advantage of the growth of cable television and video streaming. In addition to seeking the termination of its distribution agreement, Corday wanted at least $20 million in damages for lost profits, as well as damages for fraud and breach of contract.

Lawyers for both Sony and Corday declined to comment on Wednesday. But a recent court filing shows that the two sides have entered into settlement negotiations to resolve the conflict.

Days of Our Lives Star to Anxious Fans: 'We Are Not Going Anywhere'

(11/13/19) Days of Our Lives leading lady Kristian Alfonso is attempting to calm the soap’s jittery fan base in the wake of TVLine’s exclusive report that detailed producers’ unprecedented decision to release the show’s entire cast from their contracts.

“Today is Tuesday, November 12th, and we are still here and we are not going anywhere,” Alfonso assured viewers via Instagram. “You heard it here first, folks. Don’t listen to the news, always — especially that report.”

Per our initial story, Corday Productions is releasing all contracted cast members from from their commitment to the show amid renewal talks between Sony Pictures Television and NBC. The news comes as Days is set to go on an indefinite (and pre-planned) production hiatus. But because the sudser shoots eight months in advance, the show will have enough episodes in the can to last through Summer 2020.

“All indications are that NBC would like to keep the show going,” an insider previously stressed to TVLine. If NBC does renew Days, production is expected to resume in March. But by releasing the cast from their contracts, producers have no guarantee who — if anyone — will return.

As one source pointed out, “It’s actually a shrewd — if cynical — business move. If Days gets picked up, [Corday] can offer the actors new contacts at a reduced rate and with a ‘take-it-or-leave’ it attitude. Worst case scenario, they lose half their cast. Best case scenario [for Corday], everyone agrees to return at a lower salary.”

'General Hospital' Star Busted for Public Intoxication ... Mug Shot After Alarming Bender

(11/13/19) Tyler Christopher -- best known for his appearances on "General Hospital" over the course of 20 years -- may have had too much fun celebrating turning 47 ... because he ended up in jail.

The soap star was arrested in Martinsville, Indiana Monday night -- on his 47th birthday -- and booked for public intoxication. According to Morgan County Jail records ... he's being held on $225 cash and $1,000 bond.

As far as we can tell ... Tyler hasn't been released yet.

Based on his mug shot, Christopher's changed his look quite a bit since he left his role on another popular soap opera, "Days of Our Lives," earlier this year ... and not for the better.

Tyler played Stefan DiMera on 'Days' from December 2017 until leaving the series this past March. Before that, he played Nikolas Cassadine on 'GH' off and on from 1996 to 2016.

All that pales in comparison to the best fun fact about Tyler though -- he was married to Eva Longoria from 2002 to 2004.

Update 7:52 AM PT -- According to new legal docs -- obtained by TMZ -- Tyler's arrest capped off an alarming bender that possibly went on for weeks. Cops say they were contacted on Nov. 11 by an Uber driver who drove him home ... because Christopher had passed out in the back seat and urinated himself. He also allegedly had 2 fifths of bourbon on him ... one of which was halfway drank.

The docs say police have received 9 calls regarding Christopher being intoxicated since September 14, and medical personnel advised law enforcement there was nothing more they could do for him ... they'd already tried to help him.

For example -- Christopher was detained just days earlier on Nov. 8 for public intoxication at a Walgreens when someone reported he was trying to get inside their vehicle. Cops say Tyler was bleeding from the bridge of his nose and had urinated in his sweatpants ... and possibly hit his head.

Instead of being arrested, he was taken to the ER to be examined, but also took a breath test ... and registered a BAC of .267% -- more than 3 times the legal driving limit.

The docs say he got transported to a medical center for more treatment, and a warrant was filed for his arrest upon being released. Apparently, he checked himself out on Nov. 11 against medical advice ... before he was arrested for the Uber incident.

Days of Our Lives Put on Hiatus — But Source Says Soap Will ‘Almost Definitely Get Renewed’

(11/12/19) (people.com) The end may be near for Days of Our Lives — or is it?

TVLine reported Tuesday that the longtime NBC soap opera’s production company had let all the actors out of their contracts. The show will reportedly go on an “indefinite hiatus” this month, and the network will decide in 2020 if it should return for season 56.

However, a source tells PEOPLE that the show will likely continue past the brief hiatus, calling the report “a clickbait story.”

“The show shoots months and months in advance and they’ve gotten so far ahead that the cast was prepared ages ago for the fact that they would all be put on hiatus until closer to pick-up (aka renewal) time, for scheduling reasons,” the source says. “The show will almost definitely get renewed and this was not news to literally anyone on the show, nor is anyone truly concerned.”

According to Deadline, negotiations for season 56 are already underway.

NBC and reps for several cast members did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s requests for comment.

The soap opera, which is currently in its 55th season, is one of the longest-running scripted television programs in the world, airing nearly every weekday since Nov. 8, 1965.

Some of the show’s most memorable cast members include John Aniston, Susan Seaforth Hayes, Suzanne Rogers, Deidre Hall, Eileen Davidson, Alison Sweeney, Bill Hayes and Chrishell Hartley.

Days of our Lives airs weekdays on NBC (check local listings).

Days of Our Lives: Entire Cast Released From Contract — Is the End Nigh?

(11/12/19) The sand appears to be leaking out of the hourglass.

TVLine has learned exclusively that the producers of Days of Our Lives have released the entire cast from their contracts, with the venerable soap set to go on an indefinite hiatus at month’s end. While the NBC sudser has not been cancelled, the unprecedented — and decidedly ominous — move comes at a precarious time for ratings-challenged Days and the vanishing soap genre as a whole. It also comes as Sony Pictures Television and NBC are in negotiations to renew series.

Reps for NBC and Sony declined to comment for this story. A Sony source, meanwhile, tells TVLine that the studio is not involved in the contract negotiations with the cast. “The actor deals are through Corday Productions,” explains the insider, referring to Days‘ production company. A spokesperson for Corday Productions, meanwhile, did not reply to TVLine’s request for a comment.

An insider cautions that because Days shoots eight months in advance, the show will have enough episodes in the can when it stops production at the end of November to last through Summer 2020. If NBC does renew Days, production is expected to resume in March. But by releasing the contracted cast members from from their commitment to the show, producers have no guarantee who — if anyone — will return.

“It’s actually a shrewd — if cynical — business move,” sniffs one insider. “If Days gets picked up, [Corday] can offer the actors new contacts at a reduced rate and with a ‘take-it-or-leave’ it attitude. Worst case scenario, they lose half their cast. Best case scenario [for Corday], everyone agrees to return at a lower salary.”

Despite the gloomy turn of events, a source tells TVLine, “All indications are that NBC would like to keep the show going.”

The news comes as Days is shaking things up on-screen. This week, the soap is fast-forwarding the narrative by one year. “This is a great way to reset things in Salem,” executive producer Ken Corday told TVInsider.com of the time jump. “It will be a catalyst for many more [changes] to follow.”

Inside Salem - 11/11/19- Melissa Reeves, Paul Telfer and Eric Martsolf

(11/11/19) (Listen / download) Melissa Reeves returns to the podcast to be at the center of the Days time-jump twist. Then, in two can't-miss clips, Princess Gina learns of Rolf's missing flash drive and Jennifer wakes up to a whole new day in Salem. Then, hang out with Paul Telfer and Eric Martsolf between scenes.

Soaps In Depth Podcast - 11/11/19 - November Sweeps

(11/11/19) (Listen / download) Interrupted weddings. Nightmarish technology. Fake royalty. Paternity lies. If all these things are happening on your favorite soaps, it must mean November sweeps has begun. (And if all of those things are happening on one soap, it must mean you’re watching Days Of Our Lives!) This week, Richard and Charlie look at how the first week of sweeps played out. Which soap had the hottest plots? Which left viewers wanting more? And which one is about to kick things into overdrive? All this and more on the latest episode of the Soaps In Depth podcast.

ABC, NBC Announce Lineups for Impeachment Hearing Coverage

(11/11/19) All of the major broadcast networks will pre-empt regular programming on Wednesday and Friday for coverage of the first public hearings of the impeachment inquiry.

ABC and NBC announced their lineups for the hearings on Monday, joining CBS and PBS, which announced their plans last week.

The hearings will start on Wednesday with Bill Taylor, pictured, and George Kent testifying, followed by Marie Yovanovitch on Friday. They all have previously testified in closed-door hearings.

ABC News’ coverage will feature chief anchor George Stephanopoulos, World News Tonight anchor David Muir, chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl, senior White House correspondent Cecilia Vega, senior congressional correspondent Mary Bruce, chief Justice correspondent Pierre Thomas, senior national correspondent Terry Moran, chief legal analyst Dan Abrams and contributor Kate Shaw. Muir will anchor World News Tonight from Washington starting on Wednesday.

ABC News Live will are pre- and post- shows on both days, anchored by chief national affairs correspondent Tom Llamas, and he will be joined by correspondent Kyra Phillips, senior Washington reporter Devin Dwyer, legal analyst Melissa Murray, Shaw and the network’s political team. FiveThirtyEight will liveblog the hearings.

NBC News’ coverage will be led by NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt, chief legal correspondent and Today anchor Savannah Guthrie and Meet the Press moderator and NBC news political director Chuck Todd.

Among those who will be contribute to the coverage are chief White House correspondent Hallie Jackson, White House correspondents Peter Alexander and Kelly O’Donnell, Justice correspondent Pete Williams, White House correspondent Geoff Bennett and MSNBC correspondent Garrett Haake, legal analysts Neal Katyal and Chuck Rosenberg, political analyst Claire McCaskill, legal analyst Paul Butler, NBC News and MSNBC contributor Jon Meacham, presidential historian Michael Beschloss and justice and security analyst Matthew Miller. NBC News national political reporter Jonathan Allen and NBC News White House reporter Shannon Pettypiece will live blog along with additional contributors.

The network also launched a podcast on NBC News Digital called “Article II: Inside Impeachment,” hosted by MSNBC and NBC News national political correspondent Steve Kornacki.

It was a given that the cable news networks would cover the impeachment hearings. On Fox News, anchors Bill Hemmer and Sandra Smith will kick off coverage at 9 AM ET. Martha MacCallum, Dana Perino and Juan Williams will join them from New York, while Bret Baier and Chris Wallace will lead coverage from in Washington along with chief White House correspondent John Roberts, congressional reporter and producer Chad Pergram and chief congressional reporter Mike Emanuel. Ken Starr and Andrew McCarthy will provide legal commentary.

Brian Williams and Nicolle Wallace will anchor coverage on MSNBC, starting at 9 AM, and they will be joined by Ari Melber.

DAYS Alum Books New Role

(11/10/19) Matt Cedeno (ex-Brandon, DAYS) has landed a role in the new Tyler Perry show RUTHLESS. The show, which is a spin-off of THE OVAL, will bow in 2020, with Perry serving as a writer, executive producer and director. No word on character details have been released as of yet. The actor is currently starring on AMBITIONS as Ignacio.

Tamara Braun Shares the Secret to Healing Her Back Pain

(11/10/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Since discovering acupuncture ten years ago, GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Tamara Braun (Kim) has had great success with the ancient Chinese medical treatment that involves putting needles, heat, and pressure on the skin. “I’ve done it on my knees, which can hurt sometimes, but it’s really been a lifesaver for my back,” she confessed to Soaps In Depth. “I threw my back out really bad last November, and I’m glad that’s feeling better. Now, I can just do acupuncture for wellness.”

After all these years, one of those wellness sessions recently left Braun’s head spinning. “I wasn’t dizzy, but I was really light and kind of whoo-whoo,” she shares. “It was bizarre, because I’d never had that experience getting up from the table. When people talk about what it feels like to get high? This must be what it feels like. But I wasn’t used to it. I wasn’t freaking out, but I couldn’t drive.” After a few mango slices, however, Braun was energized, ready to roll and, she reports, “I had the best sleep of my life that night!”

Dishing with Digest - 11/8/19 - Kristian Alfonso

(11/8/19) (Listen / download) Kristian Alfonso talks about her life in the spotlight, from ice skating to modeling to joining DAYS as Hope and becoming one of soaps’ most popular stars with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. Plus, we talk about DAYS’s anniversary and its groundbreaking time jump.

Chapter Two Finale Of “Chad and Abby in Paris” Available Now

(11/8/19) The final chapter of DAYS’s app series, “Chad and Abby in Paris” is available now for viewing on the DOOL App. Juliette’s lies come to a head as the latest installment comes to a close. Check out all the drama — and other exciting content — now on the DOOL App.

Ron Perlman, Vanessa Marano & More Star In ‘This Game’s Called Murder’ Thriller

(11/8/19) Golden Globe winner Ron Perlman, Switched at Birth alum Vanessa Marano, Natasha Henstridge (Diggstown, Species 1 & 2), James Lastovic (Insatiable, Days of Our Lives), and Annabel Barrett (Detachment, Ocean’s Rising) are set to star in This Game’s Called Murder, an indie thriller written and directed by Adam Sherman.

The pic is being described as an absurdist story full of violence, betrayal, and sex set in a world ruled by technology and social media. It’s a modern, dark-humored tale of greed, romance, and lost innocence in consumer-crazed, alienated society that functions as a harsh critique of society today without taking itself too seriously.

Sherman and Hagai Shaham are producing the project, which is shooting in and around Los Angeles.

Perlman, known for FX’s Sons of Anarchy, Amazon’s Hand of God, and the Hellboy features, will next be seen in the Hulu series Reprisal opposite Abigail Spencer. He’s repped by Gersh and LINK Entertainment. Marano recently wrapped filming the CBS pilot, Super Simple Love Story with sister Laura Marano, who she starred alongside in Saving Zoe, which was released theatrically earlier this year. She is with Paradigm and Marano Entertainment.

Henstridge is repped by Buchwald and Atlas Artists; Lastovic by Global Artists Agency and Blain & Associates; Barrett by Citizen Skull.

First Trailer For A MERMAID FOR CHRISTMAS

(11/8/19) (Video) A MERMAID FOR CHRISTMAS, starring Kyle Lowder (ex-Rex, DAYS), Kathleen Gati (Obrecht, GH), Arianne Zucker (Nicole, DAYS), and Jessica Morris (ex-Jennifer, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) will be available for rental and purchase on Amazon Prime Video beginning, November 26. “We are excited to team with California Pictures to bring A MERMAID FOR CHRISTMAS to all major domestic and international film markets to share the magic of the film worldwide,” said writer, director, and executive producer Michael Caruso. “So that our U.S. audience may enjoy A MERMAID FOR CHRISTMAS, WFL Productions are releasing it for a limited time this year during the holiday season exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. We hope that people everywhere enjoy watching the film as much as we enjoyed making it.” Adds Lowder, who also serves as executive producer, “From the moment Michael Caruso shared his vision of combining a mermaid and Christmas along with the heart-warming message that this film delivers, I have been excited to share it with the world. The work on display from everyone involved, both in front of and behind the cameras, is inspiring.” Filmed on location entirely in Los Angeles, CA, the additional cast includes Sheree J. Wilson, Cole Smith, Chadwick Armstrong, Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe, DAYS) and Emma Demirjian, with narration by Emmy award-winning actor Ian Buchanan (ex-Duke, GH et al).

Jen Lilley Opens up About the Difficult Birth of Her Daughter

(11/7/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) While Jen Lilley’s journey to motherhood wasn’t nearly as outrageous as that of DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ Theresa, it was every bit as interesting! She and husband Jason Wayne had become foster parents to two baby boys (who happened to be brothers), the older of which, Kayden (now 3), they adopted last June. However, Lilley shared, they also “wanted to have one biological kid, just so I could experience pregnancy, breastfeeding, all of it.” After suffering two miscarriages, she learned 10 weeks into her subsequent pregnancy that she and her better half could start decorating the nursery pink. “I ran into our room and was like, ‘Jason!’” she laughed. “He woke up thinking the house was on fire, but I said, ‘We’re having a girl!’”

The pregnancy had been fairly easy, with Lilley even shooting Hallmark movies through the sixth month. However, the delivery was anything but simple. Not only did the star endure 22 hours of labor, but she also went through transition twice! At one point, “they realized the baby’s heart had stopped, and the team ran in saying, ‘We have to give you Albuterol, an asthma medication, to stop your contractions.’ They were so intense that they were squeezing her to death,” Lilley revealed. “Jason and my best friend were praying over me with each one.”

Many tears and an ineffective epidural later, Lilley says she finally gave birth to their daughter, Julie Evangeline Wayne, on July 30. Of her resolve to endure the process, she confided, “I had a lot of peace about it, but at the same time, all I could think was, ‘The baby’s been in distress pretty much from the getgo, and now she has no air.’”

The Waynes had been prepared to expand their family — they’d even bought a bigger SUV — but hadn’t anticipated the warm welcome the boys gave their new sister. “The 17-month-old calls her ‘my baby,’ and Kayden can’t say his Ls, so he calls her Juie,” Lilley offered. “He kisses her constantly!”

Lilley has since been nursing her healthy baby and, amazingly, getting some rest. “I’ve now got two kids that sleep through the night,” she said proudly, "and I've trained Julie to sleep for four-to five-hour stretches." That was a huge relief, given that the actress soon needed to fly to Vancouver with the newborn to film Hallmark’s Angel Falls: A Novel Holiday (airing Friday, December 13). Might she also be up for bringing DAYS’ Tate for a visit to Salem? Daunted by the prospect of the soap’s rigorous production schedule, Lilley muses, “I think you’re going to have to wait for Theresa.”

Matthew Ashford Previews What's Next for Jack on DAYS OF OUR LIVES

(11/5/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Actor Matthew Ashford had enjoyed playing DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ memory-impaired Jack as a man with a clean slate. However, fans had been champing at the bit for the former investigative journalist to become himself again — especially if that self was the one who loved Jennifer! And thanks to a bump on the head incurred while trying to save her from a vengeful Dr. Shah, the long wait is over. Looking with new eyes at the woman he’d shared both a family and countless adventures with was like, “Oh, you really are an extraordinary person,” Ashford recalled to Soaps In Depth. “It was love but not gushing love. It was more like, ‘Oh, I know this person. Oh yes!’”

While that was good news for Jennifer, Ashford said that for Jack, “as Will had predicted before, getting your memory back is no picnic.” Doors started opening, and Jack “didn’t just have to realize how he has been behaving over the past several months but also how he’s been all of his life in Salem.”

Reconciling all of that is a process that requires some painful soul searching. “Jack realizes that he really hasn’t been that great of a person,” Ashford offered. “The way he’s been treating everybody around him… it’s coming back in dribs and drabs but not in a good way. It doesn’t feel good at all.”

Is there really that much difference between the old Jack and the one he became? The man himself isn’t sure and will discover who he is through the perspective of others. As an actor, Ashford says that the challenge in creating this new, integrated version of the character is “to not just rely on history to propel me into and through the scenes,” he shared, “because that history is there and it’s wonderful, but we need to be in this moment.”

Having spent months fighting to get “her” Jack back, Jennifer’s willing to wait for him to sort out his feelings. “We’re finding each other again,” Ashford observes. “She says, ‘I know you’re going through something’ and allows him to just kind of sit with it because there are really no words… it’s just all sad and unhappy.”

In the meantime, there are plenty of other Salemites eager to see Jack come around and wondering just who he’ll be now (and whether they’ll like him!). “Everybody is reserving judgment,” Ashford said. “But then again, life in this town takes such twists that people suddenly have to pull it together and figure it out.”

The actor is referencing a major catastrophe just ahead that will move the focus elsewhere. “The effect it has on these families!” he previewed. “It’s like, they’ve all gotta wake up, get up, fall down, fall over, pull it together, don’t pull it together… Everyone has different choices about what to do.” Will Jack choose to become the hero that his daughter, Abigail, had once worshipped? Only time will tell.

Soaps In Depth Podcast - 11/4/19 - Big Turning Points!

(11/4/19) (Listen / download) As we head into November Sweeps, all four soaps are dealing with big changes. Some are storyline twists (like The Young & The Restless revealing that Theo's an Abbott), while others are behind the scenes (like Dan O'Connor, General Hospital's new co-headwriter, having his material begin airing). And of course, Days Of Our Lives is about to stage a major event that will shake up the entire show. Join Richard and Charlie as they look at what's coming up, and how these turning points will impact the soaps in the days and weeks to come!

Daytime Emmys: Gender-Neutral Young Performer Category, More Inclusive Eligibility Among 15+ Changes for 2020

(11/1/19) The confirmed merging of the Younger Actor and Young Actress categories into one, gender-neutral award is but one of many changes on tap for the 2020 Daytime Emmy Awards.

NATAS has announced a slew of changes and updates for the 47th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, which as recently reported will now be held across three nights, Friday, June 12 through Sunday, June 14.

The changes include but are not limited to:

* Outstanding Younger Performer in a Drama Series replaces the Outstanding Younger Actor and Younger Actress in a Drama Series categories, as well as eliminates the gender of the category.

* All performers eligible for gendered acting categories are encouraged to enter the one they feel best fits their gender identity — as Asia Kate Dillon, a non-binary cast member of Showtime’s Billions, does by choosing to compete in the Supporting Actor category at the Primetime Emmys.

* These categories are now open to both Broadcast Dramas and Digital Drama entrants:
Outstanding Art Direction/Set Direction/Scenic Design
Outstanding Casting
Outstanding Costume Design
Outstanding Lighting Direction
Outstanding Multiple Camera Editing
Outstanding Music Direction and Composition

* Outstanding Makeup, Outstanding Costumes and Outstanding Hairstyling reels must now include only “everyday” makeup and hairstyling. Special event, Halloween, special effects, prosthetic or period makeup and hairstyling reels belong in a newly created Outstanding Special Effects Costumes, Makeup and Hairstyling category.

* Other new categories include Outstanding Young Adult Program (created for tween and teen viewers 12- 17 years old, and accepting Series and Specials) and Outstanding Picture Editing for an Animated Program.

* Outstanding Performer in a Children’s or Family Viewing Program has been replaced with two categories: Outstanding Principal Performance in a Children’s, Family Viewing, Young Adult, or Special Class Program, and Outstanding Limited Performance in a Children’s, Family Viewing, Young Adult Program, or Special Class Program (whereby Limited is defined as appearing in 25% or less of the total episodes for the season, appearing on screen in 25% or less of the entire Special, and/or onscreen Guest credit).

* Outstanding Musical Performance in a Daytime Program has been eliminated.

Daytime Emmy Awards Eliminates Gender Distinction From Outstanding Younger Performer Category

(10/31/19) The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) is all set to open the doors for entries for the 47th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards as well as “What’s New In Daytime” on October 31 — but they are making some changes.

As gender identity becomes an ever-larger part of the conversation about inclusion, representation and diversity, the category of Outstanding Younger Performer in a Drama Series will replace the Younger Actor and Younger Actress categories, eliminating gender distinction from the nominations, Deadline has learned.

In addition, performers eligible in all Daytime Emmy acting categories will be encouraged to enter the category they feel best fits their gender identity. The Daytime Emmys will honor those category selections.

The changes come at a time when gender identity is being examined in the award show space. In 2017, the MTV Video Music Awards went gender-neutral with all their categories (and changed its “Moon Man” trophy to “Moon Person”). The MTV Movie and TV Awards also did away with gender designations.

In 2018, Billions actor Asia Kate Dillon, who identifies as non-binary and plays a non-binary character on the Showtime series, questioned the Television Academy’s gender-specific categories. They felt that there was not a space for them as a non-binary individual.

In other rule changes, Deadline has learned that the six craft categories previously exclusive to Broadcast Dramas will now include entrants from Digital Dramas.

Tamara Price on DAYS OF OUR LIVES — Everything You Need to Know

(10/31/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Lani's mother, Tamara Price, has been mentioned on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, but when she attends her daughter's wedding, some newer viewers might be wondering who this woman is. The character originally appeared in 1986, played by Marilyn McCoo, and she was around for just a little less than a year.

Tamara was introduced as Marlena Evans' college roommate who surprised her friend as she was about to marry Roman Brady. Tamara initially clashed with Roman's friend, Abe Carver, as she cut him off in traffic hurrying to the ceremony. But of course, there is a thin line between love and hate, and those two definitely crossed it!

Tamara got a job singing at Blondie's, which upset Liz Chandler, because that was her gig. Abe and Tamara began dating, but it was clear that she was keeping something from him. It turned out she was running away from Coleman, a man from her past. When he resurfaced, Coleman confronted Tamara and promised to go legit if she came back to him (though he wouldn't leave his wife). Abe looked into Coleman's shady past and was stunned when Tamara announced they had reunited and left town with the guy.

It wasn't until 2015 when Lani Price admitted that Abe was her father that he learned that Tamara had been pregnant with his child when she left him. So there may be some drama when the pair come face to face at their daughter's wedding, but hopefully, they can work it out for her sake!

Inside Salem - 10/28/19 - SPECIAL: 55th Season Celebration Roundtable

(10/28/19) (Listen / download) An exclusive episode of the podcast celebrating the 55th season of DAYS. In a special roundtable, Arianne Zucker, Stacy Haiduk, Chandler Massey, Robert Scott Wilson and William Utay are featured. Included are can't-miss clips from the last two weeks, as well as a game that tests their Salem IQ.

Soaps In Depth - 10/28/19 - Daniel Goddard's Shocking Exit

(10/28/19) (Listen / download) In a move nobody saw coming, Daniel Goddard revealed that after 13 years as The Young & The Restless’ Cane, he’d be exiting the soap. This week, Richard and Charlie look at Goddard’s exit, what it means for the soap, where Cane went wrong, possible exit storylines for the character and more. Plus, why Days Of Our Lives’ Gina is such a blast, a possible General Hospital non-twist that could be a game changer and what, exactly, The Bold & The Beautiful’s Liam did that proves he’s not always the sharpest tool in the shed.

DAYS Stars Remember John Clarke

(10/25/19) Salem alums took to Twitter to acknowledge the passing of John Clarke (ex-Mickey). “Rest in peace #JohnClark!” tweeted Wesley Eure, who played Mickey’s son, Michael, from 1974-81. “John was a great television dad when I played #MikeHorton on #DaysOfOurLives. In one scene I kept flinching when he was supposed to hit me so for the final take he hauled off and hit me really hard. I was reeling. He could not stop apologizing! Ooxx.” Alison Sweeney (ex-Sami) tweeted, “I was so sorry to hear of the passing of John Clarke. He was such a talented actor, and as an original cast member of @nbcdays, he’s forever a part of the show’s rich history.” Maree Cheatham (ex-Marie) posted, “I was very sorry to hear of John Clarke’s passing. He played my Horton big brother on DAYS OF OUR LIVES. I lift his family up into the healing light of love!” Christie Clark (ex-Carrie) tweeted, “RIP Mr.John Clarke. You were always kind to me. We shared our love for our family, @nbcdays, OC living and cool last names. Thanks for always having time to check in and connect. Big kisses to Mindy Clarke and family.” Wally Kurth added, “As a fellow UCLA theater grad, we had a good start to our friendship. I didn’t work w him as much as I would have liked. Sadly. He was a pro and he will be missed. RIP John.”

Episode 6 Of Chad & Abby In Paris Available Now On The DOOL App

(10/25/19) In the newest episode of Chad & Abby In Paris, available on the DOOL App, Juliette and Abigail come to blows as Abigail discovers Chad in Juliette’s bed. Watch it now, and catch up on any episodes you may have missed!

Win An Autographed Script From DAYS!

(10/25/19) Want a chance to win an autographed script from your favorite DAYS stars? Well, here’s your chance! Pick up an entry form in the issue of Digest on sale now or mail your own entry (no purchase necessary!) to Win An Autographed Script, c/o Soap Opera Digest, 4 New York Plaza, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10004. Good luck!

Major Daytime Emmy News Announced!

(10/25/19) (Video) NATAS has announced that the 47th Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards 2020 will be divided into three awards shows on Friday, June 12, 2020, Saturday, June 13th, 2020 and Sunday, June 14th, 2020. “We are thrilled to add a third night of celebrating the diversity and talents of our Daytime community,” says NATAS President/CEO, Adam Sharp. Adding, “We have seen how the Television Academy’s expansion of the Primetime Creative Arts ceremonies has made room for more honorees to have their well-earned moment in the sun, and we hope to replicate their success.² All events/shows will take place in Pasadena, California. Categories to be presented at each program to be determined and announced at a future date.

John Clarke Dies: ‘Days Of Our Lives’ Actor & Lifetime Achievement Emmy Recipient Was 88

(10/22/19) John “Jack” Shelton Clarke, who won over fans with his portrayal of “Mickey Horton” on Days of Our Lives, has died. He was 88.

Clarke passed away from complications of pneumonia on October 16, in Laguna Beach, a representative for the actor told Deadline Monday. Clarke previously suffered a stroke in 2007 and had been in declining health in the last few years.

The veteran actor worked in film, television and theater, but was most recognized by soap opera fans after 39 years on NBC’s long-running daytime series Days of Our Lives.

In addition to his stint in daytime TV, and two years co-starring with Leslie Nielsen on The New Breed for ABC, Clarke co-starred or had guest roles on the TV series: Gun Smoke; Have Gun Will Travel; The FBI; Sugarfoot; Death Valley Days; Twilight Zone; Maverick; Wanted Dead or Alive; The Law and Mrs. Jones; and many other shows.

His motion picture credits included Judgement at Nuremburg; It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad World; The Satan Bug; Man Missing; and Burma Patrol

In the theater, Clarke performed as resident leading man in more than 75 plays at the Tenthouse Theater in Chicago. He was resident leading man at the Palm Springs Playhouse for one season, then switched to musical theater, and played various leading roles at the Sacramento Music Circus.

Born in South Bend, Indiana, Clarke attended school wherever his father, an Army officer, was stationed. Rarely, remaining at one school for more than a year, a young Clarke finally settled a bit when he attended Staunton Military Academy in Staunton, Virginia. Then came some years at Claremont High School in Claremont, California, his mother’s hometown.

After graduation from the American High School in Tokyo, Japan, he returned to Claremont and attended UCLA where he received his BA in Theater and completed work for his MA in television.

During the Korean War, John served in the Air Force where he kept up his interest in show business as a member of the Air Force Varsitones — a touring troop entertaining military personnel throughout the U.S.

Among the accolades for his TV work, Clarke received an Emmy nomination for Best Daytime Actor, he picked up Afternoon TV’s Best Single Performance Award, and in May of 2004 — just after retiring from acting and Days of Our Lives — he was awarded an Emmy for Lifetime Achievement.

Above all, family life was most important to Clarke and his wife Patty, those close to him said. They raised three children, Joshua, Heidi and Melinda. Josh works in the Bioscience industry and Melinda followed in her father’s footsteps to pursue a career in Hollywood, including a starring role on The O.C. Heidi passed in 1994 from a heart tumor.

Clarke is survived by his wife Patty, his children Joshua and Melinda and his grandchildren, Catherine Grace, Natasha and Jacob.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Heidi Clarke Scholarship Fund at California Institute of the Arts, 24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355-2340.

Soaps in Depth Podcast - 10/21/19 - What SHOULD Happen Next

(10/22/19) (Listen / download) What soap fan doesn’t enjoy playing backseat headwriter? On this week's episode of the Soaps in Depth podcast, Richard and Charlie pick stories and characters from all four shows and spin them in new directions. What if General Hospital’s Franco winds up having his mind completely wiped of not only Drew’s memories, but his own, too? Could it be time for The Bold & The Beautiful’s Steffy to start her own fashion house? Might Days of our Lives’ Kristen make a huge sacrifice for Brady, only to have it drive a wedge between them? And how might The Young & The Restless’ Dina completely change the life of a family member during the final months of her life? Plus, once the predictions are out of the way, the hosts move on to actual preview. Find out what will be happening on all the soaps this week, and what they think should happen down the line!

Soap Stars On THE REAL

(10/22/19) THE REAL hosts “The Hunks of Daytime” — Galen Gering (Rafe, DAYS), Michael Mealor (Kyle, Y&R), Lawrence Saint-Victor (Carter, B&B) and Donnell Turner (Curtis, GH) — who dish about their soap roles, loyal fans and their favorite dishes. Check out clips here: Video1, Video2.

Talk Show Appearance

(10/20/19) THE REAL, syndicated

Monday 10/21: Galen Gering, Michael Mealor, Lawrence Saint-Victor, Donnell Turner, guest co-host Amanda Seales

Maree Cheatham on Young Sheldon 11/7/19

(10/18/19) “A Parasol and a Hell of an Arm” – A church carnival leads Missy to try out for the baseball team. Also, Meemaw struggles after her breakup with Dr. Sturgis, on YOUNG SHELDON, Thursday, Nov. 7 (8:00-8:31 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Craig T. Nelson guest stars as Coach Dale.

GUEST CAST: Maree Cheatham (Dorothy), David Futernick (Man In Crowd), Davey Johnson (Nigel).

Ron Carlivati’s Father To Appear On DAYS

(10/18/19) Ron Carlivati, Sr., father of DAYS’s Head Writer Ron Carlivati, will appear as an extra on the October 18 episode of the NBC soap. “My dad is a superfan,” reports the scribe. “It’s funny because I’ve been in soaps for over 20 years and my dad would watch to see my name on the credits but rarely get into the show. Somehow, I don’t know what clicked in for him, he’s obsessed with DAYS OF OUR LIVES. He does not miss it.” On a trip to Los Angeles in March, Carlivati adds, “We were at the studio and Albert Alarr, our co-executive producer, comes up and meets my parents and turns to my dad and says, ‘We’re gonna be shooting some scenes in the hospital next. How would you like to be in them?’ I honestly had no idea this was coming. I also fainted. I think this was something [Executive Producer] Ken Corday cooked up with Albert. I had no idea it was coming. My dad didn’t hesitate. He was like, ‘Where do I sign?’ And the next thing I knew, they’re whisking my father off, he’s filling out paperwork, they’re photocopying his driver’s license, putting him in a doctor’s coat, and my mother and I are just standing there watching it happen. He’s an extra, he doesn’t have lines, but you’ll prominently see him.” Carlivati, Sr. reports, “It was so quick. I didn’t have any time to be nervous. If they had told me the day before, I probably would be thinking for 24 hours, ‘Where I’m gonna stand? What am I gonna do?’ I didn’t even have time to react. To this day, I still think I’m dreaming all of this and this isn’t really happening.” Though Carlivati, Sr. watches the show live every day, “The totally amazing part besides all of this, is this week I had my high school reunion luncheon and tomorrow is my college reunion, and it’s at the same time that the show is on,” he shares. “Technology and I don’t get along, but my daughter’s got it all taped, so when we come home, we’ll be seeing it.” For the full report of the Carlivatis’ trip to Salem, see an upcoming issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Robin Strasser On DAYS: “They won’t be using me again”

(10/17/19) On Twitter, Robin Strasser (ex-Vivian) revealed that she was informed last week that she wouldn’t be returning to DAYS. She posted, “so it’s clear to all who may overhear us: #Days Opens in New Window told me eve of #YomKippur Opens in New Window that they won’t be using me again as #VivianAllamain Opens in New Window To be clear: I’m AVAILABLE for other projects & maybe 100K peeps might come watch;-)” When a fan responded “Shame on #DOOL,” Strasser replied, “NO SHAME on anyone Kathy:) #DOOL Opens in New Window got a great pinch hitter when they got me-lol. Their ratings went up which is always a win for any TV show! I showed up when they said they needed me-win! Now they’ve got different point of view-OK-the way I see it-it’s still win/win all around:).”

Inside Salem - 10/14/19 - Camila Banus, Melissa Reeves, Matt Ashford

(10/16/19) (Listen / download) Camila Banus reacts to the end of Stabby and what this means for Gabi. Then, in two can't-miss clips, Stefan is shot and Lani begs at Gabi's feet. Later, Melissa Reeves and Matt Ashford join for a very special round table to finally celebrate Jack and Jennifer's reunion.

Soaps In Depth Podcast - 10/14/19 - The Week‘s Best… And Worst

(10/14/19) (Listen / download) Richard and Charlie look at the high and low points of the past week in daytime drama. It may have been a rough week for General Hospital’s Nina, but portrayer Cynthia Watros gave a killer performance. Meanwhile, Charlie came to a stunning (to him) realization about Days Of Our Lives’ Gabi. The Bold & The Beautiful’s hunt for a kidney left Richard with a few burning questions, and everyone wants to know why The Young & The Restless has Theo and Lola buddying up. All this, plus preview of this week’s hottest stories, on the latest episode of the Soaps in Depth podcast.

Dishing with Digest - 10/11/19 - Darin Brooks

(10/11/19) (Listen / download) Darin Brooks (Wyatt, B&B) weighs in on his on-screen romances and the newest addition to his life, daughter Everleigh, with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. Plus, we examine about how new characters are worked into story.

Episode 4 Of “Chad & Abby in Paris” Streaming Now On The DOOL App

(10/11/19) The fourth episode in chapter two of the digital series, “Chad & Abby in Paris” is available now on the DOOL App. In this installment, Sylvie (Shawna Della-Ricca) and Juliette (Rachele Schank) attempt to find dirt on Abigail and come up with a plan to rock Chad’s marriage.

Tamara Braun Previews Her New Play With GH Alum Ronnie Marmo

(10/11/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Kim isn't exactly the picture of mental stability right now on GENERAL HOSPITAL, but portrayer Tamara Braun will be playing a psychiatrist in the new play Death With Dignity… Comes in a Milkshake! Written by Sam Henry Kass and directed by GH alum Ronnie Marmo (ex-Ronnie), the play opens at Theater 68 in North Hollywood on Friday, Oct. 18 and runs through Saturday, Nov. 16 with a preview held on Thursday, Oct. 17. "It's exciting!" Braun gushed to Soaps In Depth of the production.

Death With Dignity… Comes in a Milkshake centers around a therapy session that erupts into full-blown mental anarchy as a therapist must contend with an office commandeered by her patients and she questions her own training and qualifications as she attempts to reign in the chaos. Tackling politics, social issues, and show business, the play reveals the thin line that separates doctor and patient.

"Honestly, I had been thinking about doing a weekend of one-acts with soap actors," Braun confided. "I had been talking about that with a few people to gauge interest. Then, out of the blue, I got a text from Ronnie saying he was directing this new play by Sam Henry Kass and kept thinking of me for a role. I saw it as a gift."

Braun was thrilled to get back on stage and flex some different acting muscles than the ones she uses on GH, and has reveled in the challenges it has presented. "It's been an interesting process becuase we didn't have Ronnie for almost two weeks because he is putting his one-man show [I'm Not a Comedian… I'm Lenny Bruce] up in Chicago and had a retreat with his New York Theater group," she revealed. "So it's been a bit unusual. He Skyped into rehearsals a couple of times and always checked in with us. He is back now and extremely enthusiastic, energetic, and inspired by the piece and what the actors are finding in it."

Death With Dignity… Comes in a Milkshake will have performances on Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. with two Sunday matinees. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.theater68.com.

Lucas Adams Opens up About Leaving DAYS OF OUR LIVES... and a Potential Return!

(10/9/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) When DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ Tripp first showed up in Salem two and a half years ago, the odds seemed stacked against him. Steve’s long-lost son came out of nowhere, lashed out at his father, then set about destroying stepmother Kayla’s life. But it was pure soap drama, and newcomer Lucas Adams gave it his all — which is probably why viewers welcomed him with open arms! “Fans were sending me things like, ‘Don’t mess with Kayla!’” he recalled to Soaps In Depth, “but also ‘We love this type of storyline.’ There was never anything negative. I loved that. They were so open to seeing where Tripp was headed.”

Now, Tripp has left far happier than when he arrived, and Adams couldn’t be more grateful for his new family. “I never had a bad day on set,” he said, “and I’d love to thank everyone at DAYS and all the fans for watching. Everyone at the show made my time there so enjoyable and made me feel like I was part of the family so quickly.”

"I really appreciate the fans," said Adams, "especially the loyal fans who've been watching for decades. Having a new character come on out of nowhere and be accepted quickly was awesome."

Leaving, Adams admitted, was a bummer. “I love everybody there,” he shared. “I love the stories we get to portray. I was excited to get to try other things, but it was kind of a bittersweet moment, like, ‘Oh man, I’m not gonna get to come back here for a little bit.’” Still, Tripp’s leaving town is something the actor “understood, as a character. Medical school is something that he’s talked about for a long time. He came full circle. He grows into himself and into an adult.”

Adams can’t keep the pride out of his voice when talking about Tripp. “I loved his growth,” he explained. “That was my favorite thing about him. He grew by knowing that he did something wrong and constantly trying to make up for it.” Moving past his vendetta against Kayla was “when he started thinking about his life more instead of just everything being wrong around him,” he continued. “It shows that while he’s just like Steve, he wants to be like Kayla, too.”

That said, if Tripp’s exit was the perfect coda for his relationship with Kayla, it wasn’t the same for Patch. Missing Stephen Nichols’ comeback “was the one sad thing,” Adams admitted. “I wish Tripp could’ve been there to say goodbye. That was the whole reason he came to Salem in the first place.”

"I love any scene with Mary Beth Evans (Kayla)," Adams shared. "She's just like a second mom. We would just be chit-chatting and talking."

Since leaving DAYS, Adams has already landed a Lifetime movie, Killer Ransom, (and wrapped work on it months ago!). “I play a really bad guy,” he shared excitedly. “That was just a lot of fun. I kidnap this daughter and try to extort money from the parents.”

And now that Ransom’s under the actor’s belt, he’s ready to sink his teeth into something even murkier. “I want something where I’m down in the dumps and very dark and gritty,” he admitted. “I would love that.” In a way, it would bring Adams himself full circle. After all, he reflects, when he first came to DAYS, “Tripp started off in this really dark place. Then he started helping other people get out of their dark places. It’s like he got to Salem and something was covering his eyes. Now that he’s leaving, it’s finally lifted. If he comes back, he’d come back older and more mature.”

Tripp’s leaving, then, like Adams’, is just a part of the journey, rather than the end. So, of course, we have to ask whether the actor would be up for returning to the role if Tripp ever journeyed back to Salem. “Yeah!” he answered without hesitation. “I mean, the hospital’s a big part of DAYS. He’s going to medical school, he can come back as a smart doctor!”

GENERAL HOSPITAL's Wes Ramsey Announces His New Book, 'Into the Black'

(10/9/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Fans will be able to get a deeper look into the mind of GENERAL HOSPITAL actor Wes Ramsey (Peter) when he releases his second book of poetry, Into the Black. "All my life I've written," he shared on Instagram. "I never knew where it came from or why I started, I just knew I had to do it. All these years later, so much about it is still a mystery to me but I've long since embraced it as a calling in y life, but only more recently as a deeply personal gift to share with the world.

"With that said," he continued, "I'm proud to announce that four weeks from today, on Halloween, I will release Into the Black as the second volume of my work. It will be available at wesramsey.com. I hope it finds its way to those it belongs with."

Back in 2014, Ramsey released his first volume, Salt & Sand, which is unfortunately no longer available. According to his website, Into the Black is a larger, full volume of poetry that was written between 2002 and 2017. "This volume is a raw look inside the journey between life's struggles and the beauty of the gift within those struggles that make us who we are," reads the description. "It is an intimate glimpse into the heart and mind of an artist who has endured."

So beginning on Thursday, Oct. 31, Into the Black will be available for purchase directly from Ramsey's website.

OWN Sets Its First Holiday Movies Starring Jackée Harry, Aloma Wright, Kimberly Elise, Rick & Sasha Fox And Alo

(10/8/19) OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is making its first foray into original holiday movies with One Fine Christmas, Carole’s Christmas and Baking Christmas, set to air over three consecutive Fridays in November.

One Fine Christmas, starring Rick Fox and his daughter Sasha Fox in their first time acting together, as well as Marla Gibbs and Vanessa Williams (the Soul Food alumna, not Sasha’s mom), will premiere November 15. It will be followed by Carole’s Christmas, starring Jackée Harry and Kimberly Elise Star, on Nov. 22, and Baking Christmas, starring Aloma Wright and Tim Reid Star, on Nov. 29.

Holiday movies are a major audience draw, especially among women who are OWN’s core demographic. And, while TV movies are generally difficult to make work financially for a cable network because they are one-offs, holiday films are generally evergreen and can be rerun every holiday season.

Original holiday movies have been a long-time staple on female-focused Hallmark Channel and Lifetime. Freeform, which has carried on its predecessor ABC Family’s 25 Days Of Christmas franchise, started adding original holiday movies to the mix in 2017. Netflix too has been betting big on original holiday movies, with several new titles released every year.

“We are excited to bring holiday movies to OWN,” said Tina Perry, president, OWN. “This special time of year is about spending time with the ones you love, and we think our viewers are going to enjoy watching these movies together throughout the season.”

Here are details about OWN’s holiday movies:

One Fine Christmas premieres Friday, November 15 at 9pm ET/PT

Marking the first time they have acted together, Rick Fox and his daughter Sasha Fox star in One Fine Christmas. The father/daughter duo join beloved actress Marla Gibbs and fan favorite Vanessa Williams in the ensemble cast. The families on Christmas Street have been busy with their day-to-day lives that they lose sight of the importance of family during the holiday season. Haley (Sasha Fox) comes home for the Christmas holiday, but home has not been the same since her family split up. Haley’s mother Susan (Williams) is working on a new work deal with her client (Rick Fox) which causes her to hardly have time for Haley or her mother Alice (Gibbs). Al (Mark Christopher Lawrence) is too preoccupied with work that he overlooks his wife Matty (June Carryl). Meanwhile, Bob (Rodney Van Johnson) and Diana’s (Eva La Dare) son Jesse (Alfonso Torres Caballero) comes home for Christmas with a very special surprise. This “slice of life” holiday tale shares the individual stories of these neighbors as they celebrate Christmas Eve and find themselves unexpectedly united for the holiday season.

Carole’s Christmas premieres Friday, November 22 at 9pm ET/PT

Starring acclaimed actresses Jackée Harry and Kimberly Elise, Carole’s Christmas tells the story of Carole Jordan (Elise), an overworked businesswoman who learns the meaning of “be careful what you wish for” after she off-handedly wishes she had taken another path in life. When Carole’s wish is granted, her world is turned upside down and the only person she can confide in is Iris (Harry), a woman she recognizes from her “past life.” Carole no longer has time for the things that mattered most to her – family, friends and her annual Christmas party. She quickly learns how grateful she was for the previous life she was living. Carole’s Christmas also stars Cayden K. Williams (star of OWN’s David Makes Man), Bianca Buck and Anthony Montgomery.

Baking Christmas premieres Friday, November 29 at 9pm ET/PT

When Patty (Aloma Wright), the founder of the town’s most popular and successful bakery, announces her plan to retire at the end of the year, her children step up to take over the family business. Patty and Phillip’s (Tim Reid) children, Jennifer (Khalilah Joi), Angela (Leigh-Ann Rose) and Anthony (Arnell Powell), are qualified – and eager – to run the enterprise, and each has their own ideas for writing the bakery’s next chapter. There is only one way to ensure the shop ends up in the right hands and that is a Christmas cake bakeoff. The gloves come off and the frosting flies as the siblings vie for control of the bakery in an unforgettable competition to create the best-ever Christmas confection. Baking Christmas also stars Yohance Myles from OWN’s Ambitions.

The movies are produced for OWN by Hybrid, LLC in association with Harpo Films.

Soaps In Depth podcast - 10/7/19 - Hot (And Not) Plots

(10/7/19) (Listen / download) This week on the Soaps In Depth podcast, Richard and Charlie have the latest details (and more than a little speculation) about the hush-hush plot twist soon to rock Days Of Our Lives. Taking a spin around the daytime dial, they also look at what’s working (Brooke vs. Thomas on The Bold & The Beautiful), what's not (Enough with the fake deaths on The Young & The Restless) and everything in between.

Dishing with Digest - 10/4/19 - Eric Martsolf

(10/4/19) Eric Martsolf Traces His Journey From PASSIONS To DAYS (Listen / download).

Eric Martsolf (Brady, DAYS) talks about how he went from law school student to musical theater performer to soap star with Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. Plus, we look at the importance of characters who were born on screen.

GH-ers Team Up For New Play

(10/4/19) Ronnie Marmo (ex-Ronnie, GH) is directing Tamara Braun (Kim, GH) in the world premiere of Sam Henry Kass’s Death With Dignity…. Comes In A Milkshake. The show will run from October 18 to November 16 (with a preview show on October 17) at Theatre 68 in North Hollywood, CA. Tickets are $25 and are available at www.theatre68.com.

Alison Sweeney to Star in Blake Shelton-Produced Hallmark Christmas Movie

(10/3/19) (etonline.com) Alison Sweeney is getting into the holiday spirit.

The Hallmark favorite has been cast as the leading lady in Hallmark Movies & Mysteries' upcoming Blake Shelton-produced holiday film, Time for You to Come Home for Christmas, ET has exclusively learned. Marvel's Agents of SHIELD star Lucas Bryant will play Sweeney's love interest.

The new movie is a sequel to last year's Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas, which starred Josh Henderson and Megan Park, and was based on Shelton's 2012 song, "Time for Me to Come Home," which he wrote and recorded with his mother, Dorothy Shackleford. She also published a novella of the same name in 2013.

In Time for You to Come Home for Christmas, recent widow Katherine (Sweeney) and her son, Will, return to her hometown to spend Christmas with family. On the train to Virginia, Katherine meets Jack (Bryant), a veteran on his own holiday journey. Katherine and Jack part ways, only to discover they had the same destination. While volunteering for the local Christmas dance, a fundraiser for military families, the two grow closer. But Katherine struggles to move on from her late husband and Jack is focused on a mysterious mission that brought him to town. As Christmas nears, the two learn of a hidden connection that may be the Christmas miracle they were looking for.

This is the Days of Our Lives star's second Hallmark Christmas movie, following 2017's Christmas at Holly Lodge. Production is currently underway in Vancouver.

Headlining this year's crop of 40 original Hallmark holiday movies are Candace Cameron Bure, Lacey Chabert, Rachael Leigh Cook, Jodie Sweetin, Erin Krakow, Tamera Mowry-Housley and Danica McKellar, as well as Kristin Chenoweth in Hallmark Channel's marquee movie, Hallmark Hall of Fame's A Christmas Love Story, opposite Scott Wolf.

As the countdown to the holidays begins, spend your evenings with Hallmark's official podcast, Bubbly Sesh, hosted by Jacks and Shawl. The podcast, featuring recaps and interviews with Hallmark stars, covers every Saturday movie premiere on Hallmark Channel, as well as every Sunday debut on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, and will be breaking down every holiday film this Christmas.

And, if you're looking for another option as Hallmark Christmas nears, Deck the Hallmark podcast, hosted by three guys -- Bran, Panda and Dan --will return for another season of "liked it, loved it, despised it" for every original Hallmark movie debut.

Time for You to Come Home for Christmas, part of Hallmark Movies & Mysteries' "Miracles of Christmas," premieres Friday, Dec. 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Wally Kurth Clarifies His Status at GENERAL HOSPITAL and DAYS OF OUR LIVES

(10/3/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) It's not very common in the daytime industry, but occasionally an actor will appear on two separate soaps, such as Wally Kurth and his roles as GENERAL HOSPITAL's Ned Ashton Quartermaine and DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Justin Kiriakis. Although you're going to be seeing a bit more of him in Salem than in Port Charles in the near future.

"I think this is common knowledge, but I'm working on DAYS mostly because I'm under contract over there," Kurth explained during an interview with Daytime After Dark. "Now we're almost eight months ahead, so you won't really see me full force… I start a major story in like, the middle of November. There's a big twist on the show and it's very interesting. So that'll be good. For people who like Justin, you'll be seeing a lot of me in a couple of months."

Kurth joined the cast of DAYS back in 1987 and when he left in 1991, he moved to GH to play a recast Ned Ashton in 1993. However, after dropping to recurring status with the ABC sudser, the actor went back to DAYS in 2009. And since 2012, he has juggled both soaps at the same time.

"The wonderful thing is that DAYS and GH coordinated and worked together and said that I can still go do GH," Kurth confided. "DAYS gets first choice if I have to work. But I can still do GH and Frank is allowing me to go do DAYS and also knows he can use me if he needs me to come on GH. So I'm the luckiest actor in town that I get to do both shows. So I have a feeling that I'll be back on GH in a couple of months. Which will be great."

It may be an unusual arrangement, but it's one that is working out not only for Kurth but for his fans who can enjoy watching the talented actor playing two separate roles at the same time!

Inside Salem - 9/30/19 - Bill Hayes, Bryan Dattilo, Lauren Koslow

(10/2/19) (Listen / download) Beloved Days Actor Bill Hayes Discusses His Relationship with His On and Off-Screen Wife Susan Seaforth Hayes Who Plays Julie; Bryan Dattilo and Lauren Koslow Go Behind the Scenes

‘DAY OF DAYS’ FAN EVENT ON SATURDAY, NOV. 9

(10/2/19) To celebrate one of the most iconic and enduring series on daytime television, the stars of NBC’s long-running drama “Days of our Lives” will be meeting fans at the “Day of Days” fan event on Saturday, Nov. 9 at Universal CityWalk, located adjacent to Universal Studios Hollywood.

This complimentary event, set for 10 a.m.-5 p.m., for devoted “Days of our Lives” viewers will offer fans the chance to meet and greet Salem’s favorite cast members during autograph signings, a Q&A session and much more.

Some of the “Days” stars scheduled to attend include Kristian Alfonso, John Aniston, Lamon Archey, Matthew Ashford, Camila Banus, Mary Beth Evans, Billy Flynn, Galen Gering, Linsey Godfrey, Deidre Hall, Bill Hayes, Drake Hogestyn, Victoria Konefal, Lauren Koslow, Wally Kurth, Eric Martsolf, Chandler Massey, Melissa Reeves, James Reynolds, Suzanne Rogers, Susan Seaforth Hayes, Freddie Smith, Sal Stowers, Paul Telfer, Greg Vaughan, Robert Scott Wilson, Arianne Zucker and a special surprise guest.

SCHEDULE OF THE DAY

10-10:30 a.m.: “Day of Days” welcome and cast introductions

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Meet and greet with the cast of “Days of our Lives”

12:30 p.m.: Lunch break

2-4 p.m.: Meet and greet with the cast of “Days of our Lives”

4:15-4:45 p.m.: “Days of our Lives” Q&A

4:45-5 p.m.: Event finale, including a special sneak preview what’s to come this season

“Days of our Lives,” which is about to begin its 55th season, is set in the fictitious Midwestern town of Salem. The core families are the Bradys, Hortons and DiMeras, and the multi-layered storylines involve elements of romance, adventure, mystery, comedy and drama.

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

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Hogan Sheffer Dies: Emmy-Winning ‘As The World Turns’ And ‘Y&R’ Writer Was 61

(10/2/19) Hogan Sheffer, an Emmy Award-winning daytime television writer known for his comical one-liners, died in his hometown of York, Pennsylvania on September 28. He was 61.

Sheffer went into cardiac arrest in 2014, and suffered a series of health problems up until his death last week from heart failure.

The veteran writer’s longtime manager, Brad Kramer, told Deadline Sheffer had a “huge heart” and always helped others.

“I met Hogan in 1993. I know I am speaking for countless others when I say Hogan Sheffer will be dearly missed,” Kramer said. “Besides a brilliant creative mind, and the most generous huge heart, Hogan could always and did make you laugh until you were in tears. He would and did do anything to help others.”

Sheffer started out in the industry in the 1980s and worked at DreamWorks as director of screenplay development from 1997 to 2000, under producers Mark Johnson and Elizabeth Cantillon. He was in charge of developing screenplays for films such as My Dog Skip, Galaxy Quest, Home Fries, and What Lies Beneath.

He would later make the transition to daytime TV on As the World Turns, The Young and the Restless, and Days of Our Lives.

While Sheffer loved writing and developing feature films, he thrived on the intensity and year-round schedule of daytime TV, Kramer said.

Sheffer served as head writer on the CBS daytime drama As the World Turns. He led his team to four Emmys for Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team on the program in 2001, 2002, 2004, and 2005.

He was also head writer on NBC’s Days of Our Lives from 2006 to 2007, and co-head writer on CBS’ Y&R for several years.

Soaps In Depth Podcast - 9/30/19 - The Characters We Miss

(9/30/19) (Listen / download) There are some characters who are downright irreplaceable… although on this week’s episode, Charlie and Richard give it a try. From The Young & The Restless’ Katherine Chancellor to The Bold & The Beautiful’s Stephanie Forrester and Days Of Our Lives’ Stefano DiMera, the Soaps In Depth editors agree that “they don’t make characters like that anymore.” Or do they?

Pa. soap opera scribe Hogan Sheffer, of ‘As The World Turns’ and ‘Young and the Restless’ fame, dies at 61

(9/30/19) Hogan Sheffer, who was known in the soap opera world for his award-winning work on “As The World Turns,” “Days of Our Lives” and “The Young and the Restless," has died at age 61.

His death was confirmed on Facebook by friend and fellow soap opera writer Tom Casiello.

Sheffer, who was born in York as Mark Wayne Sheffer in 1958, is credited as leading the team of writers who turned the floundering “As the World Turns” around in the early 2000s, winning four Daytime Emmy awards for his work.

Sheffer was also head writer for “Days of Our Lives” and would pick up a fifth Daytime Emmy as part of “The Young and the Restless” writing team.

Prior to working for soap operas, Sheffer was Director for Screenplay Development with Dreamworks.

Réal Andrews Opens up About His Bipolar Diagnosis

(9/26/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Over the years, Réal Andrews has appeared on numerous daytime dramas, including DAYS OF OUR LIVES, ALL MY CHILDREN, AS THE WORLD TURNS, SANTA BARBARA, and of course, GENERAL HOSPITAL, where he played Detective Marcus Taggert. In the years since his stint on ATWT, the actor pressed pause on his career. “My dad got ill with Parkinson’s, and after he passed away, my mom got sick,” he explained to Soaps In Depth, “so my mind just wasn’t in it.” In addition to supporting them, Andrews also developed entrepreneurial enterprises and became a fitness/nutrition coach as well as a motivational speaker. But in his own life, “I had three hip surgeries, one of which wasn’t good,” he said. Consequently, “I was in chronic pain for four years and became addicted to opioids and alcohol.”

Today, the soap vet is sober and reprioritizing both his health and his passion for performing. However, he’s also had a revelation that was two decades in the making. “I was having crazy, dark thoughts. Then it hit me one day that for the first time in my life, I’m not masking it with drugs, alcohol or anything like that. It was right there in my face!” he admitted. That’s when he decided to see a physician and “got officially diagnosed with bipolar disorder.”

Now receiving treatment, Andrews feels like a new man and wants to encourage others in the same boat to seek help. “I want to be able to tell you that you’re not alone,” he said. “There’s a big difference between being depressed, sad or having a bad day and suffering from this sickness. When you don’t know where [those feelings] come from, you don’t know how to stop them.”

My ultimate [goal], and kind of what I’ve already started working towards,” he said, “is being on the big stage, talking to hundreds of thousands of people about depression.”

The actor currently plays Dr. Keith Campbell on Amazon’s THE BAY THE SERIES, but as he looks to the future, there’s another kind of character he’s eyeing. “I like to play heavies: bad guys and psychos. I’ve always been drawn to that,” he admitted. “I became an actor because I saw Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.” While he says that he would “absolutely do daytime again,” Andrews remains open to whatever the next leg of his journey brings. “I put a lot of faith in my representation, but my No. 1 representation is God,” he insisted. “So whatever He puts on my plate… my job is to show up with excellence.”

Episode 2 Of “Chad & Abby in Paris” Streaming Now On The DOOL App

(9/26/19) The second episode in chapter two of the digital series, “Chad & Abby in Paris” is available now on the DOOL App. In this installment, Tony continues has campaign for Chad to return to Salem and save the DiMera dynasty while Abigail confronts a new foe.

Darin Brooks and Kelly Kruger Welcome Daughter Everleigh Jolie: 'We Can't Believe She's Finally Here'

(9/26/19) (people.com) It’s a happy day in the lives of Darin Brooks and Kelly Kruger!

The couple welcomed daughter Everleigh Jolie Brooks at 4:13 a.m. on Sunday, September 22 in Los Angeles. Little Everleigh was born weighing 9 lbs. and 1 oz., and 21.5 inches long.

“It still feels so surreal, like one big blurry dream,” Kelly who is starring in No Place Like Home this fall, tells PEOPLE. “We’ve waited so long to meet our little girl and we can’t believe she’s finally here! She’s everything!”

“We keep looking at her in disbelief that we made her,” the new mom, 36, adds. “We look at her and try to figure out who she looks more like. She has my hair because I also was born with a ton, and she definitely has Darin’s height.”

Everleigh also has someone else’s looks — Kelly’s grandmother, Jolan!

“Jolie in French means beautiful, so we always knew that would be the name if we had a daughter one day. Then when we met her, she looked like and Everleigh and since it felt like forever from when we started trying to get pregnant to finally meeting her, the name just fit her perfectly,” Kelly says.

As for new dad Darin, the Bold and the Beautiful star is already over the moon.

“Long lean and with great hair — she’s already a supermodel!” Darin tells PEOPLE. “Everyone always says, ‘your whole life changes and she’s gonna be the apple of your eye and a daddy’s girl,’ but it’s true!”

“When she came out, I looked at her and that was it! She’s just amazing, and to think that we made her is just surreal! She’s half Kelly (hopefully with more of Kelly’s qualities) and half me,” Darin marvels.

But the actor wanted to point out that even though Everleigh is already a daddy’s girl, he’s not going to be spoiling her as she grows up.

“But let’s be clear, I’m not going to let her get away with anything as she gets older,” the Days of Our Lives alum says. “I’m not a pushover… she’s going to have to get a job soon.”

Kelly, however, wasn’t so sure about that. “Yeah, right. We shall see! She’s already got him wrapped around her little finger,” The Young and the Restless star says.

Both Kelly and Darin say that they are grateful for one another throughout the pregnancy — the pair told PEOPLE in April that they had been trying to get pregnant for about a year.

Kelly said that she leaned on her husband throughout labor — which lasted from Wednesday to Sunday! — and in the days that they’ve been home from the hospital.

“Throughout this entire pregnancy, through the labor (Wednesday—Sunday) and since we have gotten home with Everleigh, Darin has been unbelievable,” Kelly says, adding a shoutout to their “amazing doula Lori Bregman,” who she says “was also such a gift — so knowledgable and supportive. We got very lucky!”

Darin echoed Kelly’s words with some loving words of his own for his “rockstar” wife.

“Kelly has been truly a rockstar through all of this. She’s been thrown a lot of unexpected curveballs and I’m just so impressed with her and her strength and determination,” he says. “Trust me, I will make sure our little girl knows how special her mommy is.”

Darin also wanted to give a PSA about encouraging moms-to-be: “Also, a quick note, for anyone out there who sees a pregnant woman, try not to say, ‘wow you look huge!’ or ‘it looks like you’re having twins in there! When are you due?'”

Instead, the actor suggests to offer a simple compliment: “You don’t know what they’re actually going through! Just say, ‘you look beautiful! You look amazing!’ Because it truly is amazing what Kelly has gone through and did for us. I have a daughter now and with any luck, she’ll get everything, including her strength, from her mother!”

The couple celebrated their baby shower in July, and Darin commemorated the happy event with a joyful Instagram post, writing in the caption, “We had such a blast at our baby shower!!! Thank you to @camrich11 @sarahjeannetteruffino@cherisebangs @avenueluxe @grodanjand @susanbrooks6460 for all putting this on!! Seriously we love you all! We had good food, good drinks and great people!! We can’t wait for our little girl to join this world, especially this wonderful family!! ??”

On Monday, Kelly shared one last photo of her baby bump, on which she balanced a mug that read “Mom est 2019.”

“Gonna miss this table. Can’t wait to finally meet you baby Brooks ??,” she wrote in the caption.

DAYS’s Austin Peck To Appear On CHICAGO FIRE Tonight

(9/25/19) Austin Peck (ex-Austin, DAYS) will appear tonight on the season premiere of CHICAGO FIRE on NBC, and next week’s episode, as well. “He’s a very interesting character,” Peck previews. “His name is Chad. He’s a character that brings some levity to a very intensely driven show.” Peck had a great time shooting in Chicago over the summer. “The crew and the cast couldn’t be better,” he raves. “It was a really wonderful experience.” As was being directed by Sanford Bookstaver, fiancé of Rena Sofer (Quinn, B&B). “He’s gotta be one of the coolest guys,” Peck reports. “I mean, he’s literally one of the coolest guys I’ve ever met. He’s really fun to work with. Funny, cool, he’s very, very laid back and a very easygoing guy. He knows how to play and communicate.”

Nadia Bjorlin Opens up About Leaving DAYS OF OUR LIVES

(9/25/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) When DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ Chloe became a partner in the resurrected Doug’s Place, fans had high hopes that the opera singer would be turning in some local performances. However, getting kidnapped and subsequently threatened by cartel members, getting dumped by Lucas, then having surrogate daughter Holly “perish” proved to be all that the single mother could swing. So when an opportunity to perform elsewhere for a season promised to take her away from Salem, no one could blame the harried heroine for accepting.

However, for the beauty’s talented portrayer, Nadia Bjorlin, parting ways (again) with the character that she first originated back in 1999 was sweet sorrow. “It’s been an absolute honor and a privilege to be part of DAYS’ legacy,” she reflected quietly to Soaps In Depth. “It’s like family over there, and I thank them for all of the years of support. And I thank the fans who’ve rooted for Chloe every step of the way, no matter what she’s done — good or bad!”

But why did the songbird have to leave now? While Bjorlin admitted that she still “doesn’t know all the behind-the-scenes workings of how these decisions get made,” she did leave with the basic understanding that having thrown an awful lot at Chloe over the past three years, the writers needed to rest the character. Plus, “I didn’t feel like it was a permanent thing, and they didn’t really present it that way,” Bjorlin shared. “They just said, ‘We’re just not going to pick up your contract until we figure out what to do with you.’”

Given her druthers, the actress would’ve liked to further develop the renewed connection between Chloe and her ex-husband, Brady. “I regret that the idea of Chloe and Brady’s romance wasn’t explored because I feel like they have such great history,” she said, adding, “I actually only started to work with [Brady’s portrayer] Eric Martsolf the last few months, and I really enjoyed it. But then they decided to write me out.”

Since wrapping her latest DAYS stint in February, Bjorlin said that she’s been “back to the grind of going to auditions and seeing what else is out there.” You can catch her this winter in the second season of online political drama BEACON HILL as the opportunist wife of a senator’s grandson (played by DAYS’ former Nathan, Mark Hapka).

However, most of the performer’s time has been spent with her two boys — Torin, 3, and Viggo, 2. “There has been something nice about being able to be home more with my kids, even though they are usually either glued to me or running away from me!” she said with a laugh. “I’ve been getting to see their fun personalities.”

While there’s always a chance that Bjorlin could wind up being cast by another daytime drama, the actress wants to assure her DAYS fans that “this is not a good-bye.” Rather, she insists, “This is ‘See you next time!’”

2 Soap Alums Join THE BAY

(9/23/19) Two soap alums are joining the cast of THE BAY for season 5. Sean Blakemore (ex-Shawn, GH), who is currently appearing in the movie, Ad Astra with Brad Pitt, will make his debut in the role of Tony Foster. Also new for season 5 is Gilles Marini (ex-Ted, DAYS), who will play Judge Nazar Zekarain and will cross over to THE BAY’s spinoff “yA,” a drama focusing on Bay City’s elite and often troubled teens. “Sean and Gilles are absolute pros!” stated Creator Gregori Martin in a statement. “Such a true honor to work with both gentlemen and have them a part of The Bay family!” The first half of season 4 is currently available on Amazon’s Prime Video, with the second half of season 4 to be released later this fall.

Soap Alum Books New Role

(9/20/19) Scott Reeves (ex-Steven, GH; ex-Ryan, Y&R) has landed a role on THE RESIDENT. The actor posted a shot of himself in front of his trailer, with the caption “Hmmmmmmmmm??,” then posted later in the day, “Love trips to Atlanta,” sitting in a director’s chair emblazoned with the logo. According to the photo he’ll be playing a character named Vince during the show’s upcoming third season.

TAINTED DREAMS Finds Another Streaming Platform

(9/19/19) TAINTED DREAMS, the Emmy-nominated digital series based on the behind-the-scenes antics of a fictional hit TV soap opera, has announced that Seasons 1 and 2 of this hit series will stream on the new (and free) platform Popstar! TV beginning September 23. TAINTED DREAMS is a steamy dramedy following the cast and crew behind the scenes of a hit TV soap opera called PAINTED DREAMS, and features soap faves like Alicia Minshew (ex-Kendall, ALL MY CHILDREN), Austin Peck (ex-Austin, DAYS), Grant Aleksander (ex-Phillip, GUIDING LIGHT) and more. There will be a bonus episode on Popstar! TV that gives some background as to how all the characters came to be a part of the PAINTED DREAMS team. “I am beyond thrilled to introduce a younger generation to our iconic cast and a story that is so dear to my heart,” says Executive Producer/Creator Sonia Blangiardo. “We are thrilled that there is more life for the show and that the new exposure will attract new viewers for the series.” You can download the Popstar! TV’s mobile app or visit www.popstaronline.com to watch Tainted Dreams or for more info visit www.tainteddreams.com. The series is also available on Amazon.

Chapter 2 Of "Chad & Abby In Paris" Debuts On The DOOL App

(9/18/19) After a successful Chapter 1 launch, Chapter 2 of “Chad & Abby in Paris” is launching on the DOOL App this Thursday (Sept 19). Billy Flynn and Kate Mansi are back to star, and look for their alter egos to receive a surprise visitor from Salem that shakes things up, as well as the debut of Shawna Della-Ricca as Sylvie and Remington Hoffman as Li Shin, son of DiMera Enterprises’ Mr. Shin. There will be an eight-episode run, with a new episode posting every Thursday on the DOOL App. “Everyone enjoyed the experience so much that we decided that we would do a second series of eight,” reports Head Writer Ron Carlivati.

Inside Salem - 9/16/19 - Robin Strasser, Greg Vaughan, Linsey Godfrey

(9/16/19) (Listen / download) Daytime icon, Robin Strasser discusses coming to Days and taking on the role of Vivian Alamain. Robin discusses how her character is causing all kinds of trouble for the good people of Salem. And later, Greg Vaughan is joined by Linsey Godfrey in his dressing room.

Arianne Zucker Opens up About Playing Kristen on DAYS OF OUR LIVES

(9/13/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) After 20 years of playing DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ Nicole, Arianne Zucker was pretty used to being thrown curveballs by the soap. But even she was shocked to learn that, when she recently returned, she’d be playing a whole new version of her character: Kristen pretending to be Nicole! “Kristen’s always been such an exciting character to watch, originally with Eileen [Davidson] and then with Stacy [Haiduk] slipping into those shoes,” Zucker noted to Soaps In Depth. “So then I was going, ‘Okay, how do I put my own similar twist on it?’ I decided that I was gonna absorb what Stacy does and then just go with it.”

Zucker had previously left DAYS out of a desire to pursue other projects. But it was the ability to regroup at home during her time away from Salem that she treasures most. “My daughter [Izzy, age 9] appreciates that I took that [break from the soap],” the actress offered. “I got to drop her off and pick her up from school and be with her when she needed me.”

However, what was happening in Salem became a pretty big lure. “I’d been reading what fans were saying about Eric and Nicole and the [longtime] wall that’s been between them — you know, he came back as a priest, and there have been all these roadblocks,” Zucker reflected. “But with him falling in love with someone else [Sarah], it was a good time to bring this character back.”

And boy, did Kristen — together with her wily partner, Xander — blow up the good guy’s life! Worse yet, she schemed to send the whole town into mourning by faking Holly’s demise! But given that, much like Nicole, Kristen has always wanted to be a mother, how could she do something like that to the little girl’s loved ones? Zucker says the schemer’s lack of remorse comes from her “being so set on her goals that she didn’t give it a second thought. Plus, Kristen knows that she didn’t really do anything [to Holly], so her hands are clean.”

While a reckless Kristen is sure to make for an unpredictable time in Salem, Zucker’s own plans are much more concrete. She spent the summer on the set with Izzy’s dad, Kyle Lowder (Rex), shooting A Mermaid For Christmas. “I’m happily playing the villainous mayor,” she said, “so it’s juicy and fun! It’s written really smart, and the character reminds me of [Meryl Streep’s Miranda Priestly] in The Devil Wears Prada.”

Additionally, Zucker is busy launching a business, Chandelier Succulent , in which she pairs easy-to-care-for plants with recycled jars and beads to make beautiful gifts. As she explained during a recent do-it-yourself segment on Hallmark’s HOME & FAMILY show, “As much as I love it myself, it’s a really fun project to do with your kids, and your friends appreciate that you made it. The whole idea is to share.”

Talk Show Appearance

(9/13/19) WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN - Bravo

Tuesday, September 17 – EILEEN DAVIDSON

Rocci Chatfield Dies: ‘Knots Landing’, ‘Days Of Our Lives’ Writer Was 93

(9/10/19) Roccina “Rocci” Chatfield, a television writer with a three-decade career that included credits for My Three Sons, Little House on the Prairie and Knots Landing and who scored two Daytime Emmy nominations for her work on Days of Our Lives, died Aug. 24 of natural causes in Los Angeles. She was 93.

Her death was confirmed in a tweet by the Writers Guild of America West.

A member of the TV Academy for more than 40 years, Chatfield served six terms as a Governor of the Writers Peer Group and two terms on the Academy’s Executive Committee, according to a bio on the TV Academy website.

Born in Boulder, Colorado, Chatfield attended Massachusetts’ Endicott College, beginning her Hollywood TV career in the early 1960s. Early credits include the ’60s sitcoms My Three Sons and Family Affair, and, later, ’80s nighttime soaps Falcon Crest and Knots Landing. Also in the ’80s she wrote for the syndicated Romance Theatre series.

Her 1978-82 stint on Days of Our Lives included two Daytime Emmy nominations (’78 and ’79).

In addition to her TV Academy leadership roles, Chatfield produced dozens of Academy events, including panel series and “Family Day” celebrations. She wrote and produced the Academy’s 60th anniversary gala and served on numerous committees, including Hall of Fame, Daytime Awards, Governors Award, Governors Ball, Primetime Awards, Primetime Awards Show, By-Laws, Membership, Hyphenate and more.

As a dedicated WGA member, Chatfield served on the negotiating committee during the 1988 writers’ strike, and earned two nominations for the Guild’s Writing Award. She was honored with the Writers Guild of America Service Award for her contributions to the organization.

In acknowledgment of her professional achievements, her hometown of Boulder, Colorado, declared April 30, 2016, Rocci Chatfield Appreciation Day.

Soaps In Depth Podcast - 9/9/19 - Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

(9/9/19) (Listen / download) When you love a soap couple, the last thing you want is to see their relationship hit the skids. But given that that’s the nature of the beast, it will almost inevitably happen. This week, hosts Richard Simms and Charlie Mason look at the best — and worst — ways to cause trouble in a soap relationship. Plus, they introduce a new recurring segment in which they critically ask, "Whatcha doin’, [Insert Soap Name Here]." All this and more on the latest episode of the Soaps In Depth podcast!

Dishing With Digest - 9/6/19 - Vincent Irizarry

(9/6/19) (Listen / download) B&B’s Vincent Irizarry Chronicles Soap Journey.

Vincent Irizarry takes a deep dive into his daytime journey, from GUIDING LIGHT’s Lujack to B&B’s Jordan, recalls a memorable encounter with Marisa Tomei, his prime-time successes and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky.

Thia Megia Admits She Was Star-Struck Joining the Cast of DAYS OF OUR LIVES

(9/5/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Chinese immigrant Haley Chen isn’t alone in being willing to take big risks on DAYS OF OUR LIVES. Her portrayer, Thia Megia, admits that she’d been hesitant to even audition for the role but made the leap, anyway. “I was feeling really unsure whether or not I’d be able to do it, or if they’d even let me in the building because I had nothing on my resumé as far as acting goes,” she confided to Soaps In Depth. “It was my first time ever being in a television studio, so it was surreal that I was there.”

Having attended acting school and spent time producing music videos for YouTube, the former AMERICA’S GOT TALENT and AMERICAN IDOL contestant was at least comfortable enough around a camera to impress the soap’s producers. What she hadn’t been prepared for was being star-struck by the show’s veterans. “As a little girl, I would visit my grandma, and she would have DAYS on. I remember seeing scenes with Hope and Marlena,” Megia reflected. “Coming in on my first day, all the legends were in the makeup room. It was definitely nerve-wracking!”

However, just as Haley made trustworthy friends in Salem and was able to relax, so, too, did Megia. She credits a “laidback and down-to-Earth” Lucas Adams (ex-Tripp) for showing her how. “Doing scenes with him was just effortless,” she suggested. “I just felt the connection… The chemistry kind of did all the work.”

Despite its brevity, the Tripp/Haley/JJ love triangle had one particular benefit for the young woman. “What I think has changed the most about Haley is that because of JJ, Tripp and pretty much everyone else that has done a lot to help her,” Megia said, “she was able to finally let down her walls. That’s freed her in many ways.”

Her love life aside, Haley’s now in a position to relax and focus on her future. That means re-establishing her career, deciding where to live and, of course, getting that elusive green card. With a year now on the job and an intense storyline under her belt, Megia is able to exhale, too. “I’m a perfectionist,” she admitted, “but I’ve kinda stopped criticizing myself and started going with the flow.”

'Days of Our Lives' Profits Lawsuit Against Sony Mostly Shot Down by Court

(9/3/19) (hollywoodreporter.com) Sony Pictures Television has canceled several claims from the producers of Days of Our Lives, and will face a significantly trimmed lineup of allegations moving forward.

Corday Productions in February sued Sony claiming it isn't trying hard enough to distribute the long-running series, is miscalculating profits and is deflating the licensing fee to NBC — all in the interest of promoting its “wholly-owned daytime drama, The Young and the Restless.”

Retired federal judge Gary Feess, who is handling the matter as a judicial referee, largely sided with Sony and granted the studio's demurrer on several claims.

Feess found Corday's breach of fiduciary duty claim fails because the relationship between the producer and distributor is a commercial relationship not a fiduciary relationship, and isn't a joint venture.

Feess also sustained without leave to amend Sony's demurrer to certain alleged breaches of contract. Corday claimed Sony refused to negotiate more favorable terms after the series expanded to one-hour episodes, which the distributor notes happened four decades ago, and claimed it was forced to pay for production overages, which Sony says a 2009 contract amendment made clear was Corday's responsibility. Feess axed both alleged breaches from the complaint.

Sony also beat Corday's claim for unfair competition because the relevant statute "is not designed to remedy private disputes between private businesses" but rather to quell "business practices that threaten to deceive the public."

Sony's demurrer to the fraud and concealment claims were sustained with leave to amend, with a skeptical Feess giving Corday one more shot. He found Corday doesn't allege it was deceived by false statements or engaged in detrimental conduct based on them and doesn't adequately describe what information was concealed, who was responsible for concealing it and how the concealment caused damage.

"At the hearing, Corday’s counsel indicated that it could plead fraud with greater particularity," writes Feess. "While that seems unlikely, given the nature of the relationship between the parties, the timing of the alleged misrepresentations, and the unlikelihood that Corday can ever plead reliance, Corday will be given another chance to plead this claim."

It wasn't a total victory for Sony, though, as a few of Corday's claims did survive this round. Feess found Corday has alleged a reasonable interpretation of their agreement with respect to its claims that Sony breached its obligation to adequately market the series and to share marketing costs.The claim for breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing will also move forward, with Feess finding that Corday's allegations are more than a mere regurgitation of the breach of contract claim.

Feess found it is premature to decide at this stage whether an accounting should be ordered and whether declaratory relief may be appropriate.

Inside Salem - 9/2/19 - Leann Hunley, Arianne Zucker and Stacy Haiduk

(9/2/19) (Listen / download) Leann Hunley looks back at Anna's antics and talks about Kristen's unmasking scenes. Then, in two can't-miss clips, Salem reels from Kristen's big reveal and Tony pays the price for his role in Ted's murder. And later, Arianne Zucker and Stacy Haiduk dish on the sisterhood of the traveling face in a special roundtable.

Soaps in Depth Podcast - 9/2/19 - Fall Preview

(9/2/19) (Listen / download) The temperatures may be dropping and leaves are falling from the trees, but summer’s end does have one benefit: It’s time for the Soaps In Depth Podcast’s Fall Preview episode! Join Charlie and Richard as they share an exclusive peek at what will happen, as well as their own thoughts on what should, on all the daytime soaps!

Days of His Life

(8/31/19) (southpasadenareview.com) Raised in the small farming town of Oskaloosa, Kansas, James Reynolds enjoyed reading as a youngster — so much, in fact, that he won several reading contests and read more than 100 books every summer.

“I loved to read, and that enhanced a real big desire to dream,” Reynolds — the Emmy-winning actor from the NBC soap opera “Days of Our Lives’’ — told the Review at the Fremont Centre Theatre, which he and his wife Lissa, both South Pasadena residents, own.

“I battled asthma and almost died from it as a baby, so that kept me in a lot, which is why I turned to books. Books brought the outside world to me. Whenever I have a spare minute, I read.”

After high school, Reynolds joined the Marines and was assigned to the Information Service Office, where he had the chance to hone his writing skills for The Windward Marine newspaper at his first duty station in Hawaii. He was later sent to Vietnam, where he added battlefield reporting to his duties.

“I had to develop a good memory of events that happened and literally write a story in minutes, often under really horrific conditions,” Reynolds, 73, recalled. “It gave me a perspective on life and the world that I probably would not have had otherwise, particularly at such a young age. Naivety has worked for me a lot throughout my life, so being in that situation had its value to me later in life.”

After returning home from Vietnam and using his GI Bill to attend Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, Reynolds auditioned for his first play, “The Mad Woman of Chaillot,” at the suggestion of a friend. He landed the role of the police sergeant and described the experience as “love at first sight.”

Encouraged by the positive response he received from those around him, Reynolds began to pursue more acting opportunities, appearing in both campus musicals and play productions, as well as local theater groups.

To make ends meet, Reynolds wrote about theater, film and music for the Topeka Daily Capital newspaper for several years, and later on the Colorado Springs Sun after relocating to be a part of a new repertory. While in Colorado, he landed his first television commercial, in addition to a featured role in the movie “Mr. Majestyk,’’ starring Charles Bronson.

“It turned out to be this kismet — everything always seemed to dovetail and work out perfectly,” said Reynolds. “When I moved to Los Angeles, I was lucky enough to start working right away. I got a lot of television and movie roles, including the show “Time Express” with Vincent Price. A good friend of mine, Charles Shaughnessy, said that we’re among those people that seem to have their lives sprinkled with fairy dust.”

Reynolds’ world changed forever when he was cast as Abe Carver on “Days of Our Lives” — a character that he has played for the past 38 years. After receiving several nominations over the years for his work, Reynolds won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 2018.

“It was an extraordinary feeling,” he said. “When they call your name, it’s an out-of-body experience — a dream come true. The gratitude of being able to be that person at that moment just kind of overwhelms you, and there are so many people to be grateful for that have lent a hand and helped along the way. It made me think of how wonderful my life has been and that I’d been given those few seconds of wonder.”

Having begun his career during the golden age of soap operas, Reynolds has seen a lot of changes in the industry over the years, with only a handful of daytime shows remaining. When asked what his show’s secret to longevity is, Reynolds pointed out that family is key.

“Soap operas are like sports, in that a family will sit and watch their favorite team together, and as the kids grow up, they will continue to watch and be fans,” said Reynolds. “One of the advantages to soaps for an audience is that you watch your favorite characters move through life with you and you see their struggles in life mirroring your own. We’re there five days a week in viewers’ living rooms and they take pride as if we are members of their own family.”

A resident of South Pasadena since 1986, Reynolds and his wife Lissa opened the Fremont Centre Theatre in 1997. Over the years they’ve produced, directed and performed in numerous critically acclaimed shows, including “National Pastime,” about Jackie Robinson, which starred their son Jed. Currently, Young Stars Theatre is producing shows in the space that feature actors between the ages of 8 and 18.

“As a theater we’ve always been committed to diversity, and we love the way the program founders, Jack and Gloria Bennett, are working with the kids,” said Reynolds. “We need to keep bringing the youth into the theater so that they can experience what live entertainment is all about.”

Reynolds also is on the Board of Directors for the South Pasadena Arts Council (SPARC), which Lissa founded 10 years ago. On Sept. 28, they will be hosting SPARC’s second annual Sparc’Tacular Benefit, a celebration of the arts for adults featuring entertainment, activities and awards.

“Arts are key to our lives and carry us through,” said Reynolds. “The one thing you will do throughout your life is take part in the arts in one way or another, no matter what you do for a career. When you’re in your 20s, you’ll go to movies, plays, art galleries, museums, and when you’re in your 80s, you’ll do the same. When our society is gone, all that people will remember is what we left behind and created — the sculptures, the art, the theater, the music and all of that. The arts will serve us extremely well as we go through life.”

Dishing with Digest - 8/30/19 - Robin Strasser

(8/30/19) Robin Strasser Previews DAYS Debut (Listen / download).

Robin Strasser talks about her new role as DAYS’s Vivian, her memories of playing ANOTHER WORLD’s Rachel and ONE LIFE TO LIVE’s Dorian and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also preview the big soap stories coming for fall.

Soap Alum's Baby News

(8/30/19) Rachel Kimsey (ex- Meredith, DAYS; ex-Mackenzie, Y&R) announced on social media that she is expecting her second child. The actress shared a photo of her baby bump and posted, “So, for my birthday, I decided to put in an order for something totally unique and one of a kind- but, you guys, the shipping and handling is terrible! It’s going to take 20 more weeks and I have to carry it myself! Baby Girl #2 arrives in January” Kimsey and her husband, Matthew Waterson have a daughter, Everly, born in March, 2018.

Guy Wilson on NCIS: Los Angeles 9/29/19

(8/28/19) “Let Fate Decide” – Callen and Sam work with Navy Capt. Harmon Rabb, Jr. (David James Elliott) to apprehend spies aboard the USS Allegiance. Also, Hetty partners with Marine Lt. Col. Sarah “Mac” Mackenzie to neutralize a missile attack in the Middle East, and Kensi and Deeks are trapped in a mobile CIA unit in Iraq while under attack by ISIS, on the 11th season premiere of NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Sunday, Sept. 29 (9:30-10:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

GUEST CAST includes: Erik Palladino (CIA Officer Vostanik Sabatino), Alyssa Diaz (NCIS Special Agent Jasmine Garcia), Guy Wilson (Navy Gunner’s Mate Michael Skinner).

Donna D'Errico & Krista Allen 'Baywatch' Babes Targeted In $300k Dubai Scam

(8/26/19) 'Baywatch' hotties Donna D'Errico and Krista Allen (ex-Billie, Days Of Our Lives) got a super sweet offer -- $300,000 to fly to Dubai and make a quick speech -- but turned out to be too good to be true ... because it was courtesy of the same scammers who tried to rip off Dog The Bounty Hunter.

Here's the deal ... reps for Donna and Krista were contacted by people purporting to be from the office of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan -- the Deputy Prime Minister of United Arab Emirates -- offering the ladies a fat payday in exchange for speaking at an economic empowerment convention for small business owners in July and rubbing elbows with dignitaries.

Donna and Krista's people got contracts emailed to them with all the deets, and it looked legit on its face ... but once the women signed, things got super sketchy.

Organizers in "Dubai" said they had difficulty wiring funds to Donna and Krista and started asking for more personal information. Huge red flag. Another catch -- organizers were asking Donna and Krista to donate half of the funds back to the organization.

Donna and Krista slowly started putting the pieces together, feeling something was off ... and they eventually got cold feet.

Fortunately for them ... the 'Baywatch' babes never gave up their personal info, dodging a huge bullet ... just like Dog.

Alison Sweeney On Why She Can't Live Without Her Peloton Bike and the Scoop on Her New Hallmark Mystery

(8/24/19) (parade.com) It’s no mystery how Alison Sweeney went from daytime soap opera actress to co-creator, executive producer and star of the Hallmark series Chronicle Mysteries.

The Days of our Lives veteran wanted to step outside her role as the engaging soap opera schemer Sami Brady, and transitioned impeccably into leading productions—while still starring in them, too.

Chronicle Mysteries: The Deep End is the fourth film in Sweeney’s latest series. It premieres on Sunday, Aug. 25 at 9 p.m. on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

This is not the first time Sweeney starred and executive produced a Hallmark movie. Other credits include the Murder She Baked franchise.

In making Chronicle, the multitasking Hollywood maven leveraged two of her personal passions: true crime and storytelling. She plays true-crime podcast host Alex McPherson. An avid fan of true crime podcasts herself, Sweeney connected with real-life podcasters to research the films and was featured on a few shows during the process.

“That’s been really fun for me,” she says.

The latest Chronicle installment centers once again on Alex and Drew Godfrey (Benjamin Ayers). Alex is tasked with proving a wife’s innocence after her husband’s murder. As for Alex’s love interest, Sweeney said the chemistry between Alex and Drew was a “slow build” in the previous movies, but fans will see it come full circle in the latest installment.

“They’ll be surprised by the emotional side of Alex that you get to see in this movie,” Sweeney says, adding that there are surprises in store.

Alex is more introverted than Sami on Days. But they’re similar because they both follow their instincts, Sweeney says.

“She [Alex] has something similar to Sami, she’s a risktaker—I really love characters like that,” Sweeney says.

Despite multiple hats to wear for Hallmark, Sweeney likes the change of pace that has come since leaving Days in 2014.

“It’s allowed me more free time to be a mom and be at home, and make a more regular schedule for myself,” says Sweeney, whose children are 14 and 10.

Fitting in Time on the Peloton

Sweeney, who gained more fame after hosting The Biggest Loser for eight years, still manages to squeeze in workouts. Lately, the Peloton bike is what helps her stay fit, as does healthy eating.

Though she admits she was afraid the bike would sit in the corner of her room as a dirty laundry rack, she uses it quite often. In fact, it’s helped her overcome the temptation do skip workouts all together when she doesn’t have a lot of time, the bike’s “presence” a reminder that a 20- or 30-minute ride can be just as successful.

“It’s really taken all of my excuses that I used to have,” she adds. “I find that this system really gives me that middle ground.”

When traveling, she uses the app to fit in other fitness classes as well.

Being fit comes with an added benefit—getting outdoors with her family. Whether it’s to hike or enjoy sports, she finds it satisfying to be able to engage with her children on that level … especially when things get competitive.

“That’s what’s fun about fitness,” Sweeney says, adding that staying active is the kind of role model she wants to be for her children.

Juicing may be a trend of the past, but Sweeney is still on board and likes eating clean. The natural energy from fruits and veggies helps her avoid artificial energy booster that cause crashes. And despite a hectic schedule, she’s still working to cut out caffeine.

Skin Cancer Safety

Her health is also front and center after undergoing skin cancer surgery this summer. Since then, Sweeney stepped into another role as an ambassador for Stand Up to Cancer. Sweeney had been involved in SU2C before, but admits she dismissed the notion of actually getting skin cancer.

“I always knew I had to be cautious,” she says, noting her fair complexion.

Ultimately, she hopes her involvement with the group inspires more people to get checked regularly. Many people take good care of themselves, but they still need professional care.

“You think you’re sort of an expert on your own body, but you’re not,” Sweeney adds.

What’s Next for Sweeney

Don’t think Sweeney will get pigeonholed from daytime schemer into mystery solver, either. She’s got a few projects on the horizon—one that includes a wartime love story. And she doesn’t have an ultimate end game or specific career aspiration in mind … she just wants to see what comes up next.

“I don’t know where these things are going to end up,” she says. It’s “fun” to be open to new things—something that never would have happened if she hadn’t left the comfort of her longtime daytime role.

“It’s fun to be open to things that are coming my way,” Sweeney adds. “I’m learning so much and getting the opportunity to be creative.”

DOOL App Series Episode 6 Preview!

(8/22/19) Episode 6 of the new DOOL App series, “Chad & Abby in Paris”, will be available tomorrow on the DOOL App. For Head Writer Ron Carlivati, it’s been a fun endeavor to create an offshoot of the 53-year old network soap. “It was great,” he enthuses. “It has a different feel to it. I love the way they shot it. They were able to do it on our same sets. They made a very lovely set in Paris. Just the whole vibe of the show still feels like DAYS OF OUR LIVES, but it just has its own energy to it, which I think is great.” The concept came together after Co-Executive Producer Greg Meng approached the scribe about creating a series for the app. “They wanted some original content in addition to all of the other fun stuff they had going on there,” Carlivati explains. “He said something that would enhance your experience of watching the show, but maybe not so interconnected that you could still follow it without knowing [what was happening on air]. So we were talking about what if it was a character from Salem that maybe isn’t in Salem right now. And so we hit upon the idea of Chad and Abigail. Chad and Abigail left happy-happy, went off to Paris to work on their marriage, they’re a popular couple, let’s see what’s going on in Paris. So we had to come up with a story, but at the same time, we knew that they were coming back to Salem in November. I knew the status of their relationship when they got to Salem, so we were almost backing into that. Whatever we did in Paris had to end them at the point when we see them come to town. So again, I wanted it to be romantic — you want there to be some threat to the couple — but essentially I want to see Chad and Abigail fight it off together. I’m not looking to have you go onto this app and watch Chad and Abigail’s marriage be destroyed; I want you to come and see them maybe overcome an obstacle together. And we decided to add a familiar face, so we hit upon Austin [Peck, Austin] because it seemed to time out with Carrie’s visit to Salem.” The eighth episode, he previews, “ends on a little bit of a cliffhanger,” and Carlivati would be up for doing more. “It was a fun little challenge to do because I am used to writing an hour-long show. It was really exciting to drop in on these characters and remind the audience that there is a whole world of people there outside of Salem. And it does really open the door to do this with many different characters. There’s even possibility to use existing characters on the show and show a chapter of their lives that you never saw. The possibilities are kind of endless with it.” Catch up on the first five episodes now; if you don’t have the DOOL App, go to www.TheDoolApp.com for information about how to do it.

Vincent Irizarry Opens up About Joining THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL

(8/21/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) As the fallout surrounding the baby-switch storyline continues, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL has tapped veteran daytime actor Vincent Irizarry to lend a bit more intrigue in the recurring role of Dr. Jordan Armstrong. He will first air on Monday, August 26, and for the sake of the Forrester and Logan families, let’s hope his character is more ethical than Reese, the physician who originally set this storyline in motion! Then again, considering the last doctor Irizarry played (ALL MY CHILDREN’s David Hayward) was pretty treacherous, it’s anyone’s guess what we should expect from his new role! “I’m open to whatever they throw my way. We’ll leave it at that,” teased Irizarry, who also played SANTA BARBARA doctor Scott Clark.

Though the Emmy winner is a well-established face in daytime, he starts every new character he plays with a blank slate. “Even though I’ve played a doctor before, it’s not like Jordan is going to be exactly like David, because the backstory always informs who the character is,” he said. “I never worry about having to bring something different [to my portrayal] — it all stems from who the guy is and where he comes from.”

Meanwhile, Irizarry is thrilled to be back working with former AMC colleague Thorsten Kaye (Ridge) and regularly bumping into old castmates from THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, as the soaps tape across the hall from each other. “It’s like one huge repertory company with all of these shows at this point,” he mused. “I’ve been in this medium for nearly 40 years, so I’ve worked with so many people, not only the actors on the show but also people on the crew and production throughout all these years. It’s great!”

Stay tuned to see how Jordan impacts the canvas.

Réal Andrews Books an 'Amazing' New Role!

(8/21/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Congratulations to GENERAL HOSPITAL alum Réal Andrews (ex-Taggert) on booking his first role in his "Hollywood comeback!" "Audition number one booked!" he announced on Instagram. "Boom! The comeback is happening. We are one for one, booked our first audition, a really cool feature." Unfortunately, details of exactly what his role is are not yet available. "We're not allowed to share the title," the actor admitted, "with the power of social media these days. But I can tell you this, it's a really, really amazing part."

Andrews also began getting back in shape a couple months ago, dropping the pounds and putting back on the muscle, so it's a full-on transformation for the daytime vet, who has also appeared on AS THE WORLD TURNS as Walker Daniels, ALL MY CHILDREN as Agent Trumbull, and DAYS OF OUR LIVES as Hal Michaels. Of course, GH fans remember him fondly as Detective Marcus Taggart, the role he played from 1998-2003. "So grateful to my amazing agent, Paula Benard at Embrace Real Artists, and my buddy, Maurice Benard (Sonny, GH), for his support and coaching," the actor added. "A special shout out to all of you for support and prayers. Next, on to the next audition."

And sure enough, the following day, the dedicated performer shared a photo of his new script pages from VisionFire Films perched on his workout equipment so he could study his lines while at the gym! "Working on my next two auditions," he revealed.

Naturally, we'll keep you updated as Andrews releases any further details about his upcoming projects, so you can be sure to watch him back in action! And for more on your favorite GH stars — past and present — keep reading the ABC edition of Soaps In Depth magazine.

Inside Salem - 8/19/19 - Eric Martsolf, Camila Banus, Galen Gering

(8/19/19) (Listen / download) Eric Martsolf Talks About How Often He Suspends His Disbelief for Storylines; Camila Banus Joins Galen Gering in His Dressing Room.

Eric Martsolf talks about how often he suspends his disbelief for storylines and looks back on Brady's long list of exes. Then, in two can't-miss clips, "Nicole" and Brady hit the sheets and "Nicole" and Gabi get in a catfight. And later, we go behind the scenes to Galen Gering's dressing room with Camila Banus.

Stacy Haiduk Previews What's Next for Kristen on DAYS OF OUR LIVES

(8/13/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) As if taking over the role of DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ Kristen wasn’t challenging enough, Stacy Haiduk has also been turning in convincing performances as the supervixen impersonating Nicole in the moments before removing her oh-so-convincing mask. Recently, the soap-hopper has also been playing wackadoodle Susan Banks and Kristen pretending to be both Susan and her sister, Sister Mary Moira. Got all that?

“I prayed. I literally went to the heavens and the universe and was like, ‘Okay, I really want to go back to DAYS,’” Haiduk confided to Soaps In Depth of the months leading up to this demanding return engagement. “I’ve had such a blast with these characters and the cast and the crew… I’m thrilled to be back.” To viewers, the alumna of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS (as Patty and Emily) and ALL MY CHILDREN (as Hannah) appears to switch effortlessly between all of her DAYS personas, but she admits that when it comes to channeling other people’s characters, there is some tricky technicality to it. “You have to remember certain physical things that an actor will do or does,” she explained. “It gets a little complicated, but actually, it’s so much fun!”

Kristen hit a speed bump in her scheme to remain presumed dead upon parting ways with her cohort, Xander. “When she got the mask back from him, their alliance was done,” Haiduk reflected. “A lot of that is because neither one of them trusts the other at all.” Worse yet, the mercenary is now in a position to become her nemesis! “He’ll hold all the cards because he can go to the cops if he wants to,” Haiduk suggested, “and say, ‘You know, I’ve been working with this person, and she’s really Kristen DiMera!’” However, much like Gone With The Wind heroine Scarlett O’Hara, that’s something she’d rather think about tomorrow. Right now, the schemer’s got other irons in the fire to worry about, like ousting her father’s son, Stefan, from DiMera Enterprises. For someone who holds family in high regard, doesn’t that seem disloyal? “Kristen doesn’t like Stefan in a lot of ways,” Haiduk observed. And besides, “they’re not blood-related because Kristen is adopted.”

No matter what transpires with the business, the No. 1 item on Kristen’s agenda remains winning Brady back. But how long can she keep on impersonating Nicole to do it? “Kristen, in her wonderful, sick mind, believes that one day, she’s going to be able to reveal to Brady [her true identity],” the actress theorized, “and that he’ll still love her. Honestly, it’s so bizarre!”

But with folks in Salem starting to grow suspicious and her plans fast unraveling, Kristen is understandably starting to panic. Haiduk admitted her alter ego is feeling frazzled. Yet “she still tries to keep it together and always tries to find a way to make it work for her. But yes,” she admitted, “little by little, she’s falling apart, and it’s not good. I’ll tell you that!”

Facebook Q&A with Sal Stowers and Lamon Archey | Days of Our Lives

(8/11/19) Sal Stowers and Lamon Archey Q&A: Video.

Daytime Emmys to Combine Younger Actress and Actor Awards Into One Gender Neutral-Category in 2020

(8/9/19) The Daytime Emmys in 2020 will combine the Outstanding Younger Actress and Outstanding Younger Actor awards into one gender-neutral category, our sister site Variety reports.

The National Academy of Television Arts (NATAS) is also expected to announce that coinciding with that change, the new category will include performers from both broadcast dramas and digital series.

The Daytime Emmys already keep things gender-neutral with its Outstanding Special Guest Performer category.

The young performer categories first debuted at the 1985 Daytime Emmys, at which time they were named the Outstanding Ingenue and Outstanding Young Man awards; Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren, The Young and the Restless) and Brian Bloom (Dusty, As the World Turns) were the inaugural winners. The gender-specific categories were later renamed Outstanding Juvenile Female and Outstanding Juvenile Male, before eventually adopting the Younger Actress and Younger Actor titles.

In 2012, the criteria for the two categories was tweaked, requiring that the nominated performer be aged 25 or younger.

This year’s winners in the separate categories were Hayley Erin (Kiki, General Hospital) and Kyler Pettis (Theo, Days of Our Lives).

The Television Critics Association Awards, held every August, are among the TV-industry accolades that similarly have gender-neutral categories (e.g. Individual Achievement in Comedy).

Matt Cedeño Joins AMBITIONS

(8/6/19) Soap vet Matt Cedeño (ex-Brandon, DAYS et al) joins the cast of OWN’s sizzling summer sudser AMBITIONS, making his first appearance in tonight’s episode. The actor recurs as Ignacio DeSantos, heir to a textiles conglomerate who crosses paths with up-and-coming fashion designer Bella. Suffice to say, sparks fly. “I think that’s sort of the nature of soaps; you put a bunch of attractive people in a room and see what happens,” chuckles Cedeño. “Ignacio is a dynamic character. He lives a very unique and extravagant lifestyle, and it’s been great getting to explore him.” For more on the actor and his new role, check out our “Catching Up With…” in an upcoming issue of Soap Opera Digest. For more on AMBITIONS, check out www.oprah.com/app/ambitions.html

Inside Salem - 8/5/19 - Stacy Haiduk, Matt Ashford and Melissa Reeves

(8/5/19) (Listen / download) Stacy Haiduk Talks About Kristin's Latest Stunts; Matt Ashford and Melissa Reeves Look Back on Recent Scenes.

Stacy Haiduk takes a break from playing three different roles to talk about Kristin's latest stunts. Then, in two can't-miss clips, Susan pulls a gun on Susan and Gabi holds all the cards. And later, Matt Ashford and Melissa Reeves look back at recent scenes, including the moment Eve shattered Jack's chance at a future.

Ashley Benson, Cara Delevingne tie the knot in Elvis-themed Vegas wedding

(8/4/19) Cara Delevingne and Ashley Benson are officially married, RadarOnline.com can report.

According to the Sun on Sunday, the supermodel and her Pretty Little Liars girlfriend celebrated their nuptials in an Elvis-themed wedding at the Little Vegas Chapel in Las Vegas Boulevard.

Very few guests, including Charlize Theron, The Jonas Brothers and Sophie Turner were in attendance as the brides, both dressed in black, exchanged vows. Following the ceremony, the newlyweds had a brief photoshoot in a pink Cadillac.

“They were sure about what they are doing and they were sure about what they mean to each other,” Michael Kelly, who owns the chapel, told the British publication. “They were clearly devoted to each other and they had the biggest smiles on their faces.

He continued, “You could see that they were serious about what they were doing but having the most fun. They wanted it simple, quiet and easy.”

As Us Weekly reported, suspicions of Benson and Delevingne’s romance arose when the two were seen kissing at London’s Heathrow airport in August 2018 and later that year leaving Kylie Jenner’s birthday party together.

The couple, however, officially confirmed their relationship with a steamy make-out video during pride month.

The supermodel later told E! News she decided to share the clip in honour of the Stonewall Riots’ 50th anniversary and of her own anniversary with Benson!

The lovebirds have since been spotted enjoying a romantic trip to St. Tropez.

Wes Ramsey Opens up About His Sexy New Movie, 'Perception'

(8/2/19) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Trailer) Congratulations to GENERAL HOSPITAL actor Wes Ramsey (Peter), whose new film, Perception, is being released on iTunes and all VOD platforms on Tuesday, August 6! "It's the performance I've waited my whole life to give," he confided to Soaps In Depth. "A character I always believed was in me. And once it was out… I'm really proud of it." Shot in Ramsey's hometown of Louisville, KY, the thriller was filmed shortly before the actor joined the cast of GH.

Directed by Ilana Rein and co-written by Rein and Brian Smith, Perception centers around Ramsey’s character of Daniel, a struggling real estate developer who must evict Nina (Meera Rohit Kumbhani), a small-time psychic struggling to provide for her young son. But when she offers him a free reading and senses the spirit of his dead wife, Daniel becomes obsessed with reconnecting with his lost love. Both he and Nina must decide how far they’ll go to get what they want, and the spirit might also have plans of her own in this supernatural thriller!

In addition to playing Peter August on GH, Ramsey has also been moonlighting in some independent feature films like Two Pictures and Last Seen in Idaho. While Perception premiered back at the DTLA Film Festival back in October of 2018, the actor is excited everyone will finally get to see the movie. "I'm happy it found distribution and that it's going to be able to be seen," he enthused. "When you make a movie, you don't know if it's going to take one year to come out or six months or two years. You just hope that it doesn't get blown off or put on a shelf and that it finds a home.

"The fact that right after I completed the movie was when I began the process of auditioning and screen-testing and ending up on contract at GH," Ramsey added, "it's nice to now, two years later, be able to use my Port Charles family and community to help me support the release of this film that I'm really proud of. And everyone's excited about it." Check out this steamy trailer!

Kyle Lowder Announces He Is Leaving DAYS OF OUR LIVES

(8/2/19) It's official — Kyle Lowder is leaving DAYS OF OUR LIVES where he as been playing Rex Brady since October of 2018. "One more week!" the actor declared on Instagram. "Man, this has been fun. So grateful to have returned over the past year to the place where it all started for me, almost two decades ago. This show, and everyone associated with it, both in front of and behind the camera, will always be very special to me.

"My most sincere and heartfelt appreciation to the powers that be at DAYS and NBC," he continued. "And of course, to all of you, the fans, for your unbridled love and enthusiasm. You remind me every single day of why I truly love what I do. Farewell, and thank you."

Lowder got his big break on DAYS when he played Brady Black from 2000-05. Following that, he joined the cast of CBS sudser THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL in 2007 as a recast Rick Forrester and remained there until 2011. In 2018, the actor made his return to DAYS, but since Brady Black was now being played by Eric Martsolf, the soap instead cast him as the new Rex Brady instead!

Lowder has also recently filmed the TV movie A Mermaid for Christmas, so fans can look forward to seeing him in that. And who knows, Rex could still return to Salem at some point in the future. In the world of daytime, you never know! Stay tuned to see how Rex's story comes to an end, and for more DAYS casting news, keep reading Soaps In Depth magazine.

Meet The Stars Of DAYS!

(8/2/19) Ten stars from DAYS are visiting Houston, TX for a special fan event on Saturday, August 10 at Memorial City Mall. This complimentary event, set for 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., for will offer fans the chance to meet and greet Salem’s favorite cast members during autograph signings, a trivia challenge and much more. Scheduled to attend are Lamon Archey (Eli), Matthew Ashford (Jack), Camila Banus (Gabi), Linsey Godfrey (Sarah), Deidre Hall (Marlena), Drake Hogestyn (John), Lauren Koslow (Kate), Melissa Reeves (Jennifer), Sal Stowers (Lani) and Paul Telfer (Xander). Early arrival is encouraged; event will take place adjacent to the Xfinity Fireplace. Be sure to download the DOOL App in the App Store and on Google Play!

DOOL App Series Launches

(8/2/19) DAYS OF OUR LIVES: THE DIGITAL SERIES launched today on the DOOL App. The eight-episode arc, written by Head Writer Ron Carlivati and titled, “Chad and Abby in Paris”, chronicles what the popular duo has been up to since leaving Salem. The series also features fan-fave Austin Peck, who reprises the role of Austin. The episodes range from 6-to-10 minutes, and are available on the NBC app and NBC.com one week after streaming on the DOOL App. Kate Mansi and Billy Flynn, whose alter egos, Chad and Abigail, will also be returning to Salem later this year, were excited to be a part of the new venture. “When I knew I was coming back to DAYS, the timing worked out really well,” Mansi recalls. “Greg’s idea was, ‘Why don’t we have it take place in Paris so that the fans can have a little glimpse into Chad and Abigail’s life and have a little exciting taste of what that life was like before they come back?’ It’s been so much fun.” Adds Flynn, “It was pitched to sort of be like a spin-off in a sense of what Chad and Abigail were doing off canvas. It would follow them to line up with where the show is right now and the die-hard ‘Chabby’ fans have something to watch until we get back on the canvas. I thought it was a really clever idea, and it’s always cool to have a new story. I thought it was really well-written. Obviously, to do something that involves the fans and build some excitement is great. I was on board.” As for what viewers can expect, Mansi explains, “It’s a really nice bridge in breaking with the tone and the formality of the daytime genre, but still rooted in that familiarity of the characters and grounded in everything that DAYS is about. Albert [Alarr, co-executive producer] directed the first episode. I’ll never forget him walking toward us when Billy and I finished and he had such elation on his face. It was really cool to see everybody so excited and on board with this new, fresh take. And it’s in Paris! What could be better?” Visit TheDOOLApp.com. now to download.

Jen Lilley Welcomes a Beautiful Baby Girl

(8/2/19) (Video) Congratulations to Jen Lilley on the birth of her beautiful baby girl Julie Evangeline! The actress, who DAYS OF OUR LIVES fans know as Theresa and GENERAL HOSPITAL viewers remember as Maxie, welcomed the bundle of joy into the world with her husband, Jason Wayne, on July 30, 2019, at 7:10 a.m.. Little Julie weighed in at six pounds, eight ounces, and measured 19 inches. "She's here!" Lilley exclaimed on Instagram when she announced the happy news.

The parents had already settled on the name Julie back when they first went public with the pregnancy announcement back in March. They already have two sons who they took in as foster children, and have already finalized the adoption of the older boy. They are still working on the adoption process for his younger brother.

Lilley shared a short video that shows her entering the hospital and going through labor with her loving husband at her side, followed by the actual birth and then mother and father's first moments of skin-to-skin contact with their newborn baby girl.

Soaps InDepth Podcast - 7/29/19 - Tough Love

(7/29/19) (Listen / download) On this week’s episode of the Soaps In Depth podcast, hosts Charlie and Richard dish out a little bit of tough love to their soaps. What changes would they like to see made to GENERAL HOSPITAL, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS and DAYS OF OUR LIVES? Tune in to find out… then let them know what changes you’d like to see made.

Hogestyn & Stewart Married

(7/28/19) Ben Hogestyn (ex-Lucas, GH) tied the knot with Danica Stewart (ex-Jessica, PASSIONS; ex-Maxie, GH) yesterday. Ben’s father, Drake Hogestyn (John, DAYS) posted a wedding shot on Twitter, enthusing, “Woohoo Ben!! Congratulations Son…and WELCOME TO THE FAMILY Danica! We love you!” In the beachside pic, Drake’s daughters Alexandra, Whitney and Rachael, are standing under the canopy with the bride and groom, performing the ceremony. Drake later posted a short video from the reception, adding, “Cheers to the first page of an amazing new chapter in your life kids! Let the party begin…” Congratulations to the happy couple!

Dishing with Digest - 7/26/19 - Brandon Barash

(7/26/19) (Listen / download) Brandon Barash (Stefan) Talks About DAYS, GH And Fatherhood.

DAYS's Brandon Barash (Stefan) chats about his Salem present, his Port Charles past, raising daughter Harper and more with Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also talk about casting popular vets in new roles.

Danica McKellar’s ‘Matchmaker Mysteries’ Kicks Off Production, Adds Bruce Boxleitner And Victor Webster

(7/26/19) The Danica McKellar project Matchmaker Mysteries from executive producer Patti Stanger of Millionaire Matchmaker fame has officially started production in Ottawa. The latest addition to Hallmark Movies & Mysteries has also added Bruce Boxleitner (Supergirl, NCIS) and Victor Webster (Younger, Continuum) andto the cast.

In Matchmaker Mysteries, McKellar stars as Angie Dove, host of a popular Philadelphia-based reality show dedicated to helping single people find their soulmates. Soon after one of her couples gets engaged on TV, the bride-to-be is murdered. The eligible bachelor Angie proclaimed as her perfect match is arrested as the prime suspect. Wanting to clear her client’s name, Angie uses all her matchmaking skills to evaluate the character and integrity of the suspects and cleverly gets them to reveal the truth about themselves. Not shy, she’ll sweet-talk her way into a crime scene, face-off with a bouncer at a hot nightclub or even endure a dental exam to interrogate a key witness. Boxleitner joins the cast as Angie’s dad, Nick Colomba, a retired detective who is always on hand to give his daughter advice and support – both in life and in her amateur investigation. Webster will star as Kyle Cooper, a by-the-book detective who isn’t thrilled that Angie is launching her own investigation. Much to his chagrin, he can’t help but admit when she’s unearthed valuable information that helps move the case forward.

Inside Salem - 7/22/19 - Brandon Barash, Freddie Smith, Maria O'Brien

(7/23/19) (Listen / download) Brandon Barash Dishes on What It's Like Playing Stefan; Freddie Smith Talks with DAYS' On-Set Acting Coach, Maria O'Brien

Brandon Barash dishes on what it's like playing Stefan and what he really thinks of those sexy Gabi scenes. Then, in two can't-miss clips, Claire says goodbye to Ben and Ciara, and Stefan is framed. Later, Freddie Smith goes behind the scenes to talk to DAYS' on-set acting coach, Maria O'Brien.

‘SEAL Team’: Jamie McShane & Rudy Dobrev To Recur On Season 3

(7/23/19) Bloodline and The Passage alum Jamie McShane and Rudy Dobrev (ex-Juan, Days of Our Lives) are set for recurring roles on the upcoming third season of military drama series SEAL Team.

Starring David Boreanaz, SEAL Team follows the professional and personal lives of the most elite unit of Navy SEALs as they train, plan and execute the most dangerous missions that our country can ask of them.

McShane will play Captain Lindell, a hard charging leader who’s dedicated to bringing a new generation of operational adaptability to the Navy’s Tier One Command, and feels no allegiance to how things have been done in the past. Dobrev will portray Filip, a tough, capable field agent for Serbia’s SIA. Having lived through multiple horrific wars in his homeland, Filip is a world-weary man who is dedicated to preventing the eruption of war again. Equally comfortable in the field or calling the plays from the sidelines, Filip runs covert intel recon with Mandy (Jessica Paré) to provide targeting information for Bravo Team in Serbia.

Max Thieriot, Neil Brown Jr., AJ Buckley, Toni Trucks, Jessica Paré and Judd Lormand also star.

John Glenn, Christopher Chulack, Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly executive produce. SEAL Team is produced by CBS TV Studios.

McShane was most recently a series regular on Fox’s drama The Passage, opposite Mark Paul Gosselaar. Prior to that, he was a regular on Netflix’s Bloodline and also co-starred on USA’s limited series Unsolved chronicling the murders of Tupac and Notorious B.I.G. McShane is repped by Paradigm and Trademark Talent.

Dobrev’s recent TV credits include guest-starring roles on NCIS: Los Angeles, Counterpart and Madam Secretary. On the big screen, he appeared in Megan Leavey. Dobrev is repped by Kerner Management Associates.

Days of Our Lives Alum Shannon Sturges Shares Journey from Soap Opera Star to Acting Coach

(7/21/19) (people.com) As the daughter of actors Colette Jackson and Solomon Sturges IV, and the grandchild of director Preston Sturges, Shannon Sturges quickly found her way in Hollywood.

“When I booked my first two auditions, I recognized how unusual that was,” the actress, 51, tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “It’s like, ‘Okay, I’m going to be famous!’ “

A guest turn on Doogie Howser, M.D. gave way to her breakout role on NBC’s Days of Our Lives from 1991-92.

“I remember meeting somebody, and they started crying when they met me,” Sturges recalls of her early days of fame. “And I was like, ‘Wow!’ They were so excited that this person from their shows, from their stories, had shown up in their life.”

Sturges then married graphic designer Michael Kelley in 1993 and continued her soap opera run with NBC’s Passions and The WB’s short-lived drama Savannah, also starring Blake Lively‘s older sister Robyn, with whom she’s remained close.

“Once I ran into Robyn and I was with one of my sons, and she was with some of her children,” the mother of two remembers. “We just started screaming and squealing and my son was like, ‘Who was that woman?’ I was like, ‘That’s like my sister.’ “

But the uncertainty of an actor’s schedule, along with some encouragement from her lifelong acting coach, eventually led Sturges to teach.

“I discovered that’s really what I was meant to do,” says Sturges, who now owns the Speiser/Sturges Acting Studio in Los Angeles.

Though Sturges doesn’t see herself back on television anytime soon, one of her students — Vanderpump Rules star Lala Kent — managed to get her back on the small screen when Bravo filmed a lesson with Kent, 29, and Scheana Shay for a January episode of the reality series.

“I wasn’t familiar, really, with Vanderpump Rules, although I have students who work the door at TomTom,” Sturges says. “So when they came I thought, ‘I know what these girls need to learn. I know what they need to work on. I know what makes good television.’ So that’s why I took them through some sense memory exercises.”

The scene somehow ended up with the Vanderpump Rules ladies faking orgasms. But no matter, Sturges says, “I really believe I have the best job ever.”

Dot-Marie Jones, Eugene Cordero, Ron Funches Join ‘Golden Arm’

(7/18/19) Indie comedy Golden Arm has rounded out its cast with Dot-Marie Jones (Glee, Modern Family), Eugene Cordero (Kong: Skull Island, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates), Ron Funches (Undateable, New Girl) as well as Dawn Luebbe (HBO’s High Maintenance), Ahmed Bharoocha (Adult Swim’s Dream Corp LLC), and Olivia Rose Stambouliah (Soul Mates, The Walking Dead). They join previously announced stars Mary Holland and Betsy Sodaro. Maureen Bharoocha is directing the film, which is currently before cameras in Oklahoma. The buddy comedy follows a tough lady trucker who trains her timid best friend to compete in the National Ladies Arm Wrestling Championship. Jones will play Big Sexy, the rough-and-tumble mentor who puts her trainees through a rigorous schooling in order to create a winner. Cordero is Greg, an MLB ref who – in the off-season – refs the National Ladies Arm Wrestling Tournament. Funches will portray Carl, the crass MC of the National Ladies Arm Wrestling Tournament, who loves his job a little too much and for all the wrong reasons. The script is by writing duo Ann Marie Allison and Jenna Milly. Geeta Bajaj of The Unicorn is producing the film with executive producers Russell Wayne Groves and Jane Fleming and Mark Ordesky of Court Five.

DAYS' Paul Tefler Reveals Why it's Good to be Bad

(7/18/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) When first presented to Scottish actor Paul Telfer, DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ Xander was described as a “charming psychopath.” However, Telfer relates the villain more to girl-crazy cartoon character Pepé Le Pew and also, “Wile E. Coyote because he’s always going after things that he thinks he wants like Nicole or being CEO of Titan Industries. He has this big, garish goal that he’s chafing for, but I always wonder: If he were to ever actually get any of these things, would he be satisfied?”

Telfer enjoys the fact that no matter what the mercenary character is up to, he definitely draws attention. “I’m like the cat among the pigeons, poking everybody in the ribs, pointing out their hypocrisy and generally causing trouble,” the actor laughed. And whether it’s flashing a Cheshire-cat grin or merely arching an eyebrow in an unexpected moment, Telfer is keeping everyone on their toes while prolonging what could’ve been just a short run for his alter ego. “If I can take a strong angle on the material that hopefully either surprises or amuses The Powers That Be, then [that can result in] a really fun role,” the actor mused. “I feel so lucky that that’s what happened with Xander because he’s changed and become more fun and enjoyable as opposed to being just a menacing character as we’ve gone along.”

During his last visit, the baddie was instrumental in bringing a presumed-dead Jack back to town. This time, he’s again traded in shock and awe by kidnapping Holly and helping Kristen keep Ted and Kate prisoner. But will this new effort help him pursue his own goals? Or is there another motive at play? “He could be romantic and a hero,” his portrayer suggested. “He could do nice things for the right person but not necessarily for the right reasons.”

Ashley Benson really wants to be an Olsen twin

(7/17/19) Ashley Benson wishes her name was Ashley Olsen.

The “Pretty Little Liars” actress, 29, gushed to Women’s Wear Daily about her love for Mary-Kate and Ashley, admitting she’s “obsessed” with the famous sisters.

“I think I’m an Olsen twin,” she told the outlet. “I try to find out where they are at all times in New York. This is so weird and stalker-ish — I know a few places where they hang out so I go there to see if they’re there — I’ve never had luck yet.”

However, the actress isn’t just hanging out trying to grab a drink with the mysterious twins. Like most fans of MK&A, Benson counts the sisters as her style muses, and is angling for a sunglasses collaboration between her Privé Revaux brand and the Olsens’ luxury label, The Row.

“I’m obsessed with their clothes, their lines, if I could do a collaboration with them — which would never happen — it would be my dream. They are my fashion icons.”

While Benson said she also saved photos of Rihanna to her mood board, it’s the Olsens that spark the most inspiration when it comes to her personal style. “The fall is my favorite time because I can dress like the Olsens and do oversize coats and accessorize with jewelry,” she said.

Perhaps now that her obsession is out in the open, Benson’s girlfriend Cara Delevingne can set her up with Mary-Kate and Ashley.

Irizarry Joins B&B

(7/17/19) Daytime Emmy winner Vincent Irizarry is joining the cast of The Bold and the Beautiful as Dr. Jordan Armstrong, TVInsider.com reports.

Irizarry makes his debut on the CBS soap on Monday, Aug. 26, and will play a pivotal role in the baby Beth/baby Phoebe storyline.

Irizarry’s many daytime credits include Days of Our Lives, The Young and the Restless, One Life to Live, All My Children (for which he won a Daytime Emmy in 2009), Santa Barbara and Guiding Light.

Thaao Penghlis Reveals When He'll Be Back on DAYS OF OUR LIVES

(7/15/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Although not currently appearing on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, soap vets Thaao Penghils and Leann Hunley attended the 2019 Daytime Emmy Awards to support their castmates. But the actor shared a photo of them on the red carpet on Instagram where he revealed that they’d soon be back in Salem! “Thank you all from Leann and myself for your continued support,” he wrote. “We had a great time celebrating DAYS and its nominees. You will see us on the screen in July. But is it Tony or Andre?” And then on July 15, he updated fans by tweeting: "See you on the 26th July."

Hunley originated the role of Anna DiMera back in 1982, and played her on and off over the years. Her most recent appearance was back in February of 2018 after she’d been a prime suspect in the murder of Andre DiMera. Of course, the real question is the one that Penghlis posed, which is which of his two characters will he be playing this time around? Tony DiMera died back in 2009, and Andre died more recently, in 2018, and the actor portrayed both of his dual roles in the March, 2019, episode when Marlena found herself encountering familiar faces during a near-death experience.

It’s easy enough to bring Anna back onto the canvas, but will Tony or Andre be appearing as visions or ghosts? Or might one of them be coming back from the dead? Resurrection is more common in Salem than most places, so you’re just going to have to stay tuned and find out what happens!

Dishing with Digest - 7/12/19 - Martha Madison

(7/12/19) (Listen / download) Martha Madison (Belle) Opens Up About DAYS Comings And Goings.

Martha Madison talks about her past and present with DAYS, her big move to Texas and more with Digest¹s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also reflect on the legacy of PASSIONS, which recently marked 20 years since its debut.

Arianne Zucker Previews Kristen's Next Wild Move on DAYS OF OUR LIVES

(7/12/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Just when you thought you’d seen Arianne Zucker play every plot under the sun as Nicole Walker on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, now the talented star is playing Kristen pretending to be Nicole! Watching the actress strut her stuff as the vixen who perceives her usual character as a rival for Brady’s affections will be interesting because, as Zucker observed to Soaps In Depth, “There are some odd similarities between Kristen and Nicole. It’s just that the way they go about things is different.”

Might we see shades of Kristen’s past behavior with Brady’s dad, John? Zucker said yes! Kristen is operating, she explains, from a place of “this unbelievably crazy obsession but also this huge amount of desire for love.”

But can she really reclaim the guy she wants by posing as his former love? And how convincing can she really be as Nicole, given how well she is known in Salem? An inebriated Maggie was the first to get a hint that Kristen is alive and likely won't be the last. “Just the mere chance that Maggie might have seen her and could have been sober enough to remember [is a problem],” Zucker offered. “But Kristen is a master manipulator… she has to cover her tracks.”

Besides, there are other ducks to get in a row while pretending to be Nicole, including Eric, the current man in her life. Will she sabotage their relationship in order to move “Nicole” forward with Brady? Zucker says to look out: Kristen is gonna “keep people where they need to be in order to get where she wants to go!"

Olivia Rose Keegan Says Goodbye to DAYS OF OUR LIVES

(7/11/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Claire Brady said farewell to her friends and family in Salem in the July 9 episode, and in real life, portrayer Olivia Rose Keegan said goodbye to DAYS OF OUR LIVES on social media with a couple pics and a video from her last day on the set. "Dear DAYS," she shared. "Thank you for the best four years of my life. To everyone who watches the show, I cannot thank you enough for sticking with Claire through the good, bad, and bat****. Reading everyone's comments/tweets this past week as been the most overwhelmingly amazing thing — it means more than you know.

"I also owe a huge thank you to the DAYS writers for giving me an opportunity to dig my nails into some fascinating material with this past storyline," Keegan continued, "as well as shine a light onto mental health awareness. It would be too difficult to explain how much I love every single person in my DAYS family. It was a four year dream. I met lifelong friends, learned an infinite amount, and simply loved every minute of it. Farewell from Salem's newest pyro!"

Keegan's on-screen parents wished their TV daughter well in her future career. "You're incredible and lovely and hilarious and kind and sweet and amazing times infinity!" expressed Martha Madison (Belle). Brandon Beemer (Shawn-Douglas) chimed in with "You're a super special human." Victoria Konefal (Ciara) also got in on the love-fest. "My little pyro niece!" she commented. "Salem will never be the same. Love you to pieces, and one of those dangly stars is still in the hallway so you're always with us. Also, you're always in my heart without the dangly star. You are a star. The star of our lives."

Inside Salem - 7/8/19 - Lauren Koslow, Paul Telfer, Stacy Haiduk

(7/8/19) (Listen / download) Lauren Koslow Talks About Kate Putting the Nicole/Kristen Puzzle Together; Paul Telfer Joins Stacy Haiduk in Her Dressing Room

Lauren Koslow talks about Kate putting together the Nicole/Kristen puzzle and her influence on Kate's distinct fashion sense. Then in two can't-miss clips, Kate asks too many questions and Hope begs for her daughter's life. And later, join Paul Telfer and Stacy Haiduk in her dressing room to hear how they help each other out in between scenes.

Soaps InDepth Podcast - 7/8/19 - Summer Preview & Predictions

(7/8/19) (Listen / download) If there’s one thing Soaps In Depth editors Richard and Charlie love more than previewing what’s to come on your favorite soaps (which they’ll do this week), it’s predicting what they hope will happen (which they’re also going to do). Get a glimpse of what’s to come, whether on the air or in their imaginations, and then weigh in with your own predictions, all this week!

Brandon Barash Opens up About Taking Over as Stefan on DAYS OF OUR LIVES

(7/4/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Forget what you’d concluded about DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ Stefan O. DiMera. His current portrayer, Brandon Barash, is making the character his own. “Reading it on the page, you can certainly infer that Stefan is evil or that he’s out to take what is rightfully his and screw everybody that gets in his way,” the actor suggested to Soaps In Depth. “But that guy is just not interesting to watch for me.”

Rather, what drew the former star of GENERAL HOSPITAL (where he played bad boy Johnny Zacchara) back to daytime was the opportunity to play Stefan’s duality. “He can be one way with one person in a certain situation and another way with somebody different,” his portrayer observed. “He can also be two very different people with the same person, as you’re kind of seeing with Gabi. As an actor, you have to go deeper, and that’s where I really start to enjoy myself and geek out.”

While all of that makes Stefan’s response to any given situation unpredictable, Barash said that his human nature makes him relatable. “Stefan is an orphan, and one of his driving forces is wanting to have the family experience,” the actor mused. “Even if he sometimes doesn’t want to believe that, or thinks that he’s tough and doesn’t need a relationship or a family to define who he is, Stefan absolutely does crave it.”

To that end, both of the women in the CEO’s life — single moms Chloe and Gabi — have the potential to fill that void, but in unique ways. “Chloe would be a great partner for him because she represents the maternal side: what he’s always kind of longed for [and lost after Vivian was presumed dead],” Barash observed. “On the other side of that coin is Gabi, who’d be a great fit for him because together, they really feel that they could conquer the world and accomplish whatever they want as far as business goes. And there’s fire between them, for sure!

However, while Chloe’s feelings for Stefan come from a place of gratitude and friendship, Gabi’s stem from intense disdain for the fact that he helped put her in prison for a crime she didn’t commit. In fact, she’s been seducing Stefan (as a favor to Brady) in an attempt to ruin his relationship with Chloe, while at the same time, succumbing to the genuine, if very unexpected, chemistry that they share.

Whichever lady winds up winning the heart of the DiMera heir might do well to remember his gene pool, lest he turn out to be a chip off the ol’ block! “There’s a different, more selfless side that’s woken up when you first make eye contact with your child, who is depending on you for everything,” Barash suggested. “Maybe if Stef were to become a father, that instinct would awaken in him, but I think he would struggle with it.

“It comes more naturally to me,” he concluded, “than it would to him.”

Soaps InDepth Podcast - 7/1/19 - The Worst Kept Secret in Daytime

(7/1/19) (Listen / download) By now, half the canvas knows the truth about Hope’s baby on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL... and Thomas has committed some absolutely atrocious acts in order to keep it under wraps. Has Thomas gone too far... or can he be redeemed? Richard and Charlie discuss why the time is now to give Hope back her baby, and some of the most notorious characters in daytime to ever be redeemed. (We're looking at you, DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ Ben and GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Franco!) All this, plus listener mail and calls!

Talk Show Appearance

(6/28/19) The Talk – CBS

Tuesday, July 2

actress Sofia Pernas (CBS’ BLOOD & TREASURE); actress Alison Sweeney guest co-hosts (n)

NATAS Exec Revamp Includes Changes For Daytime Emmys

(6/28/19) The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is realigning some of its executive structure, the organization said Thursday, moves designed to consolidate oversight of planning and producing its shows including the Daytime Emmy Awards.

The moves include David Michaels exiting as SVP of Daytime Emmy Awards & Events and executive producer of the Daytime Emmys, a post he has held for nearly five years, and come after NATAS launched a probe last summer when the four network daytime dramas in a rare show of unity threatened to boycott the Daytime Emmys unless structural changes were made.

Steve Ulrich, the former NBC Sports exec who since 2010 has overseen administration of the Sports Emmy Awards, will now move to the newly created role of SVP Production & Events. He will oversee overseeing the planning and production of the Daytime, Sports, News & Documentary, and Technology & Engineering Emmy ceremonies, along with the the National Student Production Awards announcement and other NATAS programs and events.

In addition, Lisa Armstrong, who joined NATAS in February, will become Director, Production & Events.

Among the soaps’ demands last year during the boycott threat was for NATAS to “hire a team, separate from the competition executive(s), to produce and executive produce the actual awards show” after questions arose about voting and accounting practices and the way the competition is held.

The organization said the new structure will create greater independence and differentiation between the production of the Emmy ceremonies and the top-level administration of the competitions.

“This realignment allows our leadership team to think more strategically across all our programs as we work to serve this growing audience,” Adam Sharp, who took over as president and CEO in November, said today. “Further, it builds on efforts initiated last year to strengthen confidence in the Emmy Awards process by responding to concerns raised regarding common oversight of awards administration and production.”

Sharp also noted audience growth for NATAS events like the Daytime and Sports Emmys, both of which have seen boosts in social media viewership. The Daytime Emmys streamed live in May on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and emmyonline.tv.

Alison Sweeney Reveals Her Skin Cancer Diagnosis

(6/27/19) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Daytime star Alison Sweeney (Sami, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) has announced her skin cancer diagnosis on social media in the hopes of inspiring others to be more vigilant about getting themselves checked out. "So, I just got off the phone with my dermatologist," she reported in a caption with a makeup-free selfie. "Kind of a bummer, but turns out I need to have a small bump removed from my nose that came up positive for skin cancer.

"She assured me that we caught it early and I just wanted to share her advice," Sweeney continued. "Check your skin for any noticeable changes and ask your doctor about it! Even if it seems like nothing, let an expert decide. Early detection of skin cancer gives you the greatest chance for successful skin cancer treatment and prevents it from developing into something more complicated. And of course, use sunscreen (which I do!)."

Sweeney is currently in the midst of another stint on DAYS as Sami Brady, the role she began playing back in 1993. The actress is also starring as Alex McPherson in the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries series of The Chronicle Mysteries films. Thankfully, she had the bump checked out early enough that it can easily be removed so she can get right back to work, and the doctor's advice she shared is good advice for everyone.

Inside Salem - 6/24/19 - Chandler Massey, Rob Scott Wilson, Victoria Konefal

(6/24/19) (Listen / download) Chandler Massey Talks About Shooting His Crossing-Over Scenes; Rob Scott Wilson and Victoria Konefal Comment On Their Plan to Expose Claire

Chandler Massey talks about shooting his crossing-over scenes and reflects on Will's place as an LGBT character in Daytime. In two can't-miss clips, Ciara finally learns the truth and Will overcomes his brain tumor. Rob Scott Wilson and Victoria Konefal offer up their commentary on the plan to expose Claire.

Soaps InDepth Podcast - 6/24/19 - The Stories Soaps Should Be Telling

(6/24/19) The Stories Soaps Should Be Telling (Listen / download).

This week, Charlie and Richard discuss the hot-button topics which soaps of the past turned into major storylines… and why today’s daytime dramas seem afraid to tackle them. From Erica Kane’s abortion on All My Children to Christine’s sexual assault on The Young & The Restless, social issues have given soaps some of their most powerful moments. We look at how today’s most buzzed about topics could be woven into your favorite shows.

Dishing with Digest - 6/14/19 - Stacy Haiduk

(6/16/19) Stacy Haiduk Talks About Double Trouble On DAYS (Listen / download).

Stacy Haiduk (Kristen) dishes about her current DAYS tale, her past on Y&R and ALL MY CHILDREN, how she kept busy during her time in between acting gigs, and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss Caroline’s upcoming memorial on DAYS and recent recasts.

Mark Valley on Blood And Treasure 7/2/19

(6/12/19) “The Lunchbox of Destiny” – The FBI offers Danny and Lexi information that will help them in their search for Cleopatra, but only if Danny is able to get his incarcerated father, Patrick (Mark Valley), to give up the location of paintings that he helped steal 20 years earlier. Also, Farouk deals with a loose end and takes a big step forward in his master plan, on BLOOD & TREASURE, Tuesday, July 2 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

DAYS Alum Officially Adopts Son

(6/10/19) Jen Lilley (ex-Theresa, DAYS) revealed on Twitter that she and husband, Jason, have officially adopted their foster son. “I spent 984 days in foster care but today I am adopted,” reads a plaque in her hand. “It’s official!!!!! #adoption #fostercare #thisisus,” she posted. To see the adorable video, click here.

Inside Salem - 6/10/19 - Matthew Ashford, Camila Banus, Freddie Smith

(6/10/19) (Listen / download) Matthew Ashford Gives His Take on Jack’s Controversial Role in the Immigration Storyline; Camila Banus Hangs Out with Freddie Smith in Her Dressing Room

Matthew Ashford gives his take on Jack’s controversial role in the immigration storyline and naming Eve as Salem’s police commissioner. Then, in two can’t-miss clips, a drunk Maggie reels from seeing Kristen DiMera and Jack arrest his son. Later, Camila Banus hangs out with Freddie Smith in her dressing room to talk about slaps, snaps and scenes.

Soaps InDepth Podcast - 6/10/19 - Grading The Soaps

(6/10/19) (Listen / download) This week, Richard and Charlie look at what worked — and what didn’t — during the all-important May Sweeps period. Which shows had the best stories? Which stories seemed to miss the mark? And which shows came out of May ready to heat up the summer months? Find out on this week’s episode of the Soaps In Depth podcast!

Dishing with Digest - 6/7/19 - Greg Rikaart

(6/7/19) (Listen / download) Greg Rikaart Dishes About Y&R Return.

Greg Rikaart talks about his surprising exit and welcome return as Y&R’s Kevin, his stint as DAYS’s Leo, his path to Genoa City and more with Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss characters who became suddenly interesting.

Multiple Stars Returning to DAYS OF OUR LIVES

(6/7/19) (Video - USA Only) Summer is bringing romance, multiple weddings, surprises, and some major returns to DAYS OF OUR LIVES! In a new promo released by NBC, among the preview clips, you’ll see some very familiar faces coming back for another visit. While some may be returning to Salem for the special episode paying tribute to Caroline Brady, who knows what other drama might ensue once they’re all back?

Among the high-profile returns coming up on DAYS are Martha Madison (Belle), Alison Sweeney (Sami), Brandon Beemer (Shawn Douglas), Leann Hunley (Anna), Thaao Penghlis (Andre or Tony… who knows?), Bryan Dattilo (Lucas), and Christie Clark (Carrie). Unfortunately, there is no additional information on first air dates for any of these returns or details on the length of the particular stints this time around.

Oh, and another character is also returning to Salem even though the actress is already back on DAYS. While Stacy Haiduk has already been appearing as Kristen DiMera (masquerading as Nicole!), the promo shows that she’ll also be reprising another of her characters as Susan Banks pops up again! In the promo clip, she’s quite excited by the sight of a shirtless Brady, but who wouldn’t be? Check out the exciting summer preview right here to see what else is coming up!

Jen Lilley Prepares for an Emotional Custody Battle

(6/2/19) Our hearts go out to DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ Jen Lilley (ex-Theresa) as she and her family are facing a custody battle over her young foster son. Lilley, who is pregnant with her first child and began her journey as a foster parent back in 2016, successfully adopted her first foster son in 2018. When her son’s biological mother fell pregnant at the same time as Lilley’s first pregnancy, Lilley and her husband Jason discussed the possibility of fostering again. “We went on a bittersweet discussion of how we’d just have ‘twins,’” Lilly said at the time.

Unfortunately, Lilley suffered a miscarriage, but when the call came asking if she and her family would foster her son’s younger brother they said yes, and took in the baby boy. The family had been working towards legally welcoming his brother into the family when trouble appeared on the horizon. “I cried tears of love the moment I met this little one," Lilley gushed on Instagram. Having my son’s younger brother in our house has been one of the most beautiful blessings of my life,” she wrote. "Seeing the boys interact, growing as a family, and celebrating all of this little one’s milestones to date, is more than I could ever ask for or imagine.

“We had an update in his case today,” Lilley continued, “A random great aunt he’s met once for less than an hour, and only after he was already 12 months old and deeply bonded with us, and more importantly, his biological brother, is fighting for custody. I’m not going to lie y’all, foster care is hard. It’s emotional, it’s unpredictable, but my goodness, it’s still worth it. I am so grateful to know he has extended family who is also concerned about him, but I cannot fathom what it would do to both of these boys if they were separated. A sibling relationship is one of the strongest bonds on earth. And these two tots are inseparable.”

The entire ordeal has been an emotional one and it has only just begun. ”Driving to the meeting today, trying not to cry (totally cried twice), I had a lot of time to pray," she confessed. "Here’s what I know; no matter how much I love this little boy, and I want the very best for him and will do my best every day he’s in my care to assure that he is loved, nurtured, and thriving, God loves him more, and created him for a life full of hope and goodness (Jeremiah 29:11). God goes before him, watches over him, and while I think Jason, my dad, and my father-in-law are just about the greatest dads on earth, I have peace knowing that God is the best dad there ever was, is, or will be. And He’s also my Heavenly Father. My concerns are not lost on Him, and He can take care of this little one, my son, my heart and Jason’s, and our entire family and friends who’ve fallen head over heels for this munchkin."

Lilley went on to state, "Please pray God’s will for this little one. We’re thrilled that as of now, he’s staying with us and his big brother, who love him beyond words," and then she ended her message,"But PSA, If you’re like so many people I talk to who say they would foster, but just can’t because they’d get too attached, can I lovingly say that that makes you the perfect foster parent! These kids desperately need your love and attachment more than you need your heart protected. Trust me. It’s worth it.”

The DAYS star is a strong foster care and adoption advocate and while celebrating her son’s birthday earlier this year, she opened up about what her kids mean to her. "But family is so much more than blood to me," she declared. "The children we foster are our children while they are in our house, and they’re in our hearts forever...”

Eric Martsolf To Host New Podcast

(5/29/19) (dummies.com/podcast/) DAYS’s Eric Martsolf (Brady) will host the new weekly series, FOR DUMMIES: The Podcast. With over 250 million books in print and countless topics covered, the iconic For Dummies brand has revolutionized learning by making complex subjects easy to understand. From cryptocurrency to wine, sex to cybersecurity, forensics to Fortnite, and everything in between. Starting June 17th, each week FOR DUMMIES: The Podcast will explore one of the For Dummies titles in its trademark approachable, fun, and entertaining style. The show is a joint venture of TWA Podcast Studio and Wiley & Sons, publishers of the For Dummies book series.

Inside Salem - 5/27/19 - Paul Telfer, Lamon Archey & Sal Stowers

(5/27/19) (Listen / download) Paul Telfer Gives His Take on the Nicole Walker Twist; Lamon Archey visits Sal Stowers' Dressing Room.

Paul Telfer talks about playing Salem's resident bad boy, Xander, and gives his take on the Nicole Walker twist. Then, in two can't-miss clips, Tripp walks out on Claire and things are not as they appear when Kristen is revealed. Later, we're invited to Sal Stowers' dressing room, where she and Lamon Archey talk about life behind the scenes.

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

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

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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

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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!”

Dishing with Digest - 11/30/18 Mary Beth Evans

(11/30/18) (Listen / download) Mary Beth Evans (Kayla) Gets Candid About DAYS Run

DAYS's Mary Beth Evans (Kayla) talks to Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky about 32 years of playing Kayla, her special bond with co-star Stephen Nichols (Steve), how she feels about his exit, her other daytime homes and more. Plus, we examine whether characters can move on from a supercouple pairing.

Inside Salem Podcast 11/26/18 - Marci Miller / Day Of Days

(11/30/18) (Listen / download) Marci Miller Discusses Leaving DAYS and Her Final Episodes as Abigail; Cast Members React to Fan Feedback; Day of Days Fan Event Trivia

Marci Miller joins host Michael Fairman to talk about Abigail's alters, stepping into the role of an established character and why she's moving on from DAYS. Then, Gilles Marini, Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes, Camila Banus, Melissa Reeves, Suzanne Rogers, Judi Evans, Rob Scott Wilson, Victoria Konefal, Kassie DePaiva and Olivia Rose Keegan react to fan feedback, and we attend the Day of Days fan event for some fun trivia.

DAYS' Chandler Massey and Freddie Smith Say Goodbye to Christopher Sean

(11/21/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) After four years as Paul Narita, actor Christopher Sean’s final episode of DAYS OF OUR LIVES aired on Nov. 20. And fans aren’t the only ones who are going to miss the guy. “I begged, bribed and threatened him not to leave,” Chandler Massey (Will) joked to Soaps In Depth, “but he’s got bigger fish to fry. I hope one day he’ll be back. He’s really missed, not just as his character, but as a person. He’s one of the most genuine, pure, good people that I have ever met.”

The other corner of the Will/Paul/Sonny triangle also admitted that he had mixed feelings about saying goodbye to his co-star. “You know, he’s doing super well and I wish him the best and I love watching him just crush it,” said Freddie Smith (Sonny), “but then selfishly, I miss him because he was great to work with and be around. As we get older, too, everyone’s doing their thing. Now, getting together for coffee and stuff seems like a good idea, but everyone is so busy. So I just miss being able to spend a lot more time with him. But I’m really happy he’s doing super well.”

During his time on DAYS, Sean also moonlighted in the recurring role of Gabriel Waincroft on HAWAII FIVE-0, and he’s currently voicing Kazuda Xiono, the lead character on the new Disney animated series STAR WARS RESISTANCE. But his time in Salem will always hold a special place in the actor’s heart. “I am so honored to have the opportunity to bring Paul Narita to life,” he posted to Instagram, “a Japanese American gay professional baseball player. Representation is so important because we all have an equal place and we all are an important resource to America’s history, not one more important than the other.

“To all the cast and crew on DAYS, my extended family, Thank you!” Sean added. “I’ve grown so much with you and created such wonderful memories. To the fans, none of this would be possible without you. All my love and thanks. I will miss you all, my home, my beginning. Until next time.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nadia Bjorlin Says Goodbye to the Departing Bryan Dattilo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stay tuned to see how Jack returns to the canvas.

DAYS OF OUR LIVES Spoilers — Jack Returns!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shawn Christian on The Rookie 11/27/18

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thia Megia Cast on DAYS

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

Sneak Peek! Big DAYS Spoilers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Greg Vaughan Offered Prime-Time Role

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

Daytime Emmy Completes Internal Review; Procedural Changes Promised

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Days of our Lives Launches Groundbreaking and Innovative DOOL App

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here’s a Sneak Peek at The DOOL App!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Billy Flynn in Poker Tournament

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

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

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

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

Date Night | Justin & Chrishell Hartley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Greg Vaughan on MacGyver 11/9/18

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

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

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

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

Directed by Ilana Rein and co-written by Rein and Brian Smith, Perception centers around Ramsey’s character of Daniel, a struggling real estate developer who must evict Nina (Meera Rohit Kumbhani), a small-time psychic struggling to provide for her young son. But when she offers him a free reading and senses the spirit of his dead wife, Daniel becomes obsessed with reconnecting with his lost love. Both he and Nina must decide how far they’ll go to get what they want, and the spirit might also have plans of her own in this supernatural thriller!

In addition to playing Peter August on GH, Ramsey has also been moonlighting in some independent feature films like Two Pictures and Last Seen in Idaho. While Perception is only currently scheduled for this one premiere screening during the Downtown LA Film Festival — tickets are still available if you’re in the area and wish to attend — we’ll keep you up to date on any future releases whether in theaters or on DVD or streaming services.

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

(10/18/18) To celebrate one of the most iconic and enduring series on daytime television, the stars of NBC’s long-running drama “Days of our Lives” will be meeting fans at the “Day of Days” fan event on Saturday, Nov. 10 at Universal CityWalk, located adjacent to Universal Studios Hollywood.

This complimentary event, set for 10 a.m.-5 p.m., for devoted “Days of our Lives” viewers will offer fans the chance to meet and greet Salem’s favorite cast members during autograph signings, a Q&A session, a trivia challenge and much more.

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

SCHEDULE OF THE DAY

10-10:30 a.m.: “Day of Days” welcome and cast introductions

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Meet and greet with the cast of “Days of our Lives”

12:30 p.m.: Lunch break

2-4 p.m.: Meet and greet with the cast of “Days of our Lives”

4:15-4:45 p.m.: “Days of our Lives” Q&A

4:45-5 p.m.: Event finale, including a special sneak preview of future “Days of our Lives”

“Days of our Lives,” which is about to begin its 54th season, is set in the fictitious Midwestern town of Salem. The core families are the Bradys, Hortons and DiMeras, and the multi-layered storylines involve elements of romance, adventure, mystery, comedy and drama.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DAYS Stars Remember Peggy McCay

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

Ken Corday On Peggy McCay’s Passing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What kind of drama will Rex bring with him?

Talk Show Appearance

(10/7/18) Daily Pop – E!

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

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

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

DAYS Stars Remember Frank Parker

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dishing with Digest - 9/21/18 Tamara Braun

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

DAYS Casting News: Brandon Barash Replaces Tyler Christopher

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

Thaao Penghlis Back Filming At DAYS

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

Your Complete Guide to Every New Hallmark Christmas Movie This Year

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Win A Walk-On Role On DAYS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'Kyle Brandt Football Experience' as unique as its host

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

Really different.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dishing with Digest - 8/24/18 Alison Sweeney

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

What Happened to Jack Deveraux on DAYS OF OUR LIVES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Complete descriptions of all newly-announced movies follow below.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Sad History of Susan Banks on DAYS OF OUR LIVES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Role For DAYS’s Camila Banus

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

Alison Sweeney Previews DAYS Return

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Soap Alumni Unite For New Project

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

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

(8/4/18) Killer Twin

8:00 PM Lifetime

August 4, 2018

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

Chrishell Hartley Returns to DAYS OF OUR LIVES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arianne Zucker Previews DAYS Visit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Deadline has reached out to NATAS for comment.

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

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

Congratulations to the couple!

Dishing with Digest - Episode 18

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

Linsey Godfrey Joins DAYS!

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

DAYS Fave Gets Engaged

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

Talk Show Appearance

(7/21/18) LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN, syndicated

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Stephen Nichols Says Goodbye to DAYS OF OUR LIVES

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

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

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

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

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

Jordi Vilasuso Joins Y&R

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

Daytime Actress Farah Fath Galfond Opens up About Her Difficult Pregnancy

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

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

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

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

Dishing with Digest - Episode 16

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

Kirsten Storms Said the Sweetest Things About Her Boyfriend

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

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

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

Marci Miller Talks DAYS Exit

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

Kate Mansi On DAYS Return

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

DAYS's Greg Vaughan Reveals Romance With Angie Harmon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From Acting to Poker

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To Play or Not to Play the WSOP Main Event?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hallmark movie shoot comes to downtown Chilliwack

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

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

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

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

“Each o