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  • Debuted on NBC: July 5, 1999
  • Last air date on NBC: Sept 7, 2007
  • Debuted on DirecTV: Sept 17, 2007
  • Last air date on DirecTV: Aug 7, 2008
  • Last Tape Date: March 28, 2008
  • Created by: James E. Reilly
  • Takes place in: Harmony, New England



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    News, Cast Updates and Scoop

    (News section last updated February 14, 2020)

    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.

    9-1-1: Lone Star Adds Natalie Zea as Owen's New Love Interest

    (2/7/20) We’re not saying that 9-1-1: Lone Star‘s Owen Strand will never end up with fellow first responder Michelle Blake. We’re just saying that he’s taking a little romantic detour first.

    Natalie Zea (The Following, The Detour) will recur on the Fox procedural as Zoe, a potential love interest for Rob Lowe‘s character, TVLine has learned exclusively. Zea’s character, a psychology professor at the University of Texas, meets Owen at a beauty supply store on Monday’s episode (8/7c) and they immediately hit it off.

    In addition to her aforementioned projects, Zea has also held down roles on shows like White Famous, Justified, Under the Dome, Californication and Dirty Sexy Money.

    And love isn’t just in the air for Owen and Zoe this Valentine’s Day. Monday’s episode, appropriately titled “Studs,” finds Paul dipping his toe into the Austin dating pool, going out on his first real date since moving to the Lone Star State. And in keeping with the “studs” theme — though on a completely different note — the episode also includes a brawl at a male strip club.

    Oh, and did we mention the explosion at the bull semen factory? (“It’s shot like Saving Private Ryan!” Lowe tells TVLine.)

    Talk Show Appearance

    (2/7/20) THE KELLY CLARKSON SHOW, syndicated

    Tu 2/11: Justin Hartley

    Talk Show Appearance

    (1/27/20) THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON – NBC

    Monday, February 3: Mary Elizabeth Winstead

    Jesse Metcalfe and fiancée Cara Santana break up

    (1/23/20) It’s over for Jesse Metcalfe and his fiancée Cara Santana.

    The “John Tucker Must Die” star, 41, and Santana, 35, went their separate ways three weeks ago, a source confirmed to People.

    News of their breakup comes after photos surfaced of Metcalfe looking cozy with a blonde woman at a bar in California over the weekend. The woman appeared to be actress Jade Albany, according to the Daily Mail.

    He was also seen holding hands with Hungarian model Livia Pillmann, the site reported.

    Metcalfe and Santana were together for more than 10 years.

    Page Six previously reported they got engaged aboard a 50-foot sailboat in the Hudson River in New York in August 2016.

    “It’s been a long time coming, but we couldn’t be happier,” the actor told Us Weekly at the time.

    Metcalfe’s rep did not immediately respond to Page Six’s request for comment.

    ‘The Brady Bunch’s Maureen McCormick To Host HGTV Renovation Series ‘Frozen In Time’ – TCA

    (1/17/20) Marcia Brady is heading back to HGTV… Maureen McCormick, who played the eldest Brady daughter Marcia in the ABC comedy The Brady Bunch, is fronting Frozen in Time for the Discovery-owned network.

    McCormick, who was one of the six surviving Brady Bunch cast members to appear in A Very Brady Renovation, will host another home renovation series for the network.

    The show, which is set to air this spring, will see McCormick and designer Dan Vickery overhaul homes that are stuck in a design time warp. In each episode, Vickery will bring the structure up-to-date, while McCormick sources decade-specific pieces that will give the home a refreshed look and a wink to its original era.

    This follows the ratings success of A Very Brady Renovation, which saw the original cast overhaul the house used in the sitcom’s exterior shots. That show launched in September after HGTV purchased the Studio City house.

    There was, however, no word on what’s next for the Brady house or whether it would be sold or something else.

    Frozen In Time is one of a number of forthcoming shows for the network alongside Farmhouse Fixer (w/t), featuring New Kids on the Block star Jonathan Knight, interior design show Build Me Up, House in a Hurry, Flipping 101 w/ Tarek El Moussa, 100 Day Dream Home and the reboot of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

    “We’ve planned more than 700 hours of incredible new content this year,” said Jane Latman, president, HGTV. “Our upcoming series will attract more viewers and be more evocative and emotional, with an emphasis on the ups and downs of real life. Things might go wrong, or they might go right when you’re trying to create the perfect home, but either way, HGTV will be there.”

    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.

    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.

    Critics' Choice Awards Nominations 2020

    (12/9/19) The 25th annual Critics Choice Awards will be broadcast live on the CW on January 12.

    Best Actress in a Drama Series
    Christine Baranski, The Good Fight (CBS All Access)
    Olivia Colman, The Crown (Netflix)
    Jodie Comer, Killing Eve (BBC America)
    Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies (HBO)
    Regina King, Watchmen (HBO)
    Mj Rodriguez, Pose (FX)
    Sarah Snook, Succession (HBO)
    Zendaya, Euphoria (HBO)

    Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
    Asante Blackk, This Is Us (NBC)
    Billy Crudup, The Morning Show (Apple)
    Asia Kate Dillon, Billions (Showtime)
    Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones (HBO)
    Justin Hartley, This Is Us (NBC)
    Delroy Lindo, The Good Fight (CBS All Access)
    Tim Blake Nelson, Watchmen (HBO)

    Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
    Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown (Netflix)
    Gwendoline Christie, Game of Thrones (HBO)
    Laura Dern, Big Little Lies (HBO)
    Audra McDonald, The Good Fight (CBS All Access)
    Jean Smart, Watchmen (HBO)
    Meryl Streep, Big Little Lies (HBO)
    Susan Kelechi Watson, This Is Us (NBC)

    Best Actor in a Comedy Series
    Ted Danson, The Good Place (NBC)
    Walton Goggins, The Unicorn (CBS)
    Bill Hader, Barry (HBO)
    Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek (Pop)
    Paul Rudd, Living With Yourself (Netflix)
    Bashir Salahuddin, Sherman’s Showcase (IFC)
    Ramy Youssef, Ramy (Hulu)

    BEST ACTOR - Film
    Antonio Banderas – Pain and Glory
    Robert De Niro – The Irishman
    Leonardo DiCaprio – Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
    Adam Driver – Marriage Story
    Eddie Murphy – Dolemite Is My Name
    Joaquin Phoenix – Joker
    Adam Sandler – Uncut Gems

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR - Film
    Willem Dafoe – The Lighthouse
    Tom Hanks – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
    Anthony Hopkins – The Two Popes
    Al Pacino – The Irishman
    Joe Pesci – The Irishman
    Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Justin Hartley I'm Moving On From My Wedding Ring ... After Filing For Divorce

    (12/6/19) (Photos) Justin Hartley is getting back to work after filing divorce docs, and he's doing it with a little less weight ... on his left hand.

    Check out these pics of Justin Thursday on the set of a photoshoot -- you can clearly see his wedding ring is now MIA, which, honestly ... is to be expected at this point. As we first told you ... the "This Is Us" star filed to divorce actress Chrishell Stause 2 weeks ago ... after 2 years of marriage.

    Justin's filing appears to have blindsided Chrishell ... because there's a huge 5-month difference in their accounts of when they separated. He says they separated on July 8, but in her response, she lists it as Nov. 22 ... the day Justin filed the divorce petition.

    The breakup is proceeding quickly now. Chrishell packed up her things Wednesday and moved out of the former couple's L.A. home and into a place of her own.

    Justin ditching his wedding ring, publicly, the very next day is a sure sign he's moving on too.

    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.

    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.”

    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.

    9 Hallmark Christmas Movies to Watch This Holiday Season

    (11/19/19) There are tons of other networks and streaming services delivering holiday cheer this year, but Hallmark still takes the crown when it comes to Christmas content. The network's annual Countdown to Christmas series is now in full swing, with a bunch of your teen crushes starring in this year's film sleigh slate, and there are a few films in particular that seem to deserve prime placement on our nice list.

    Here are some of this year's Hallmark Christmas movies that we think are the must-sees of the season (all times are Eastern).

    1. Write Before Christmas
    Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m.
    Not only will Jessica (Torrey DeVitto) inspire you to finally send out some holiday cards this year, but she'll also connect with a special someone (Chad Michael Murray) in the process. Their rendezvous may or may not (read: definitely will) interrupt those no-dating-over-the-holidays plans she has in this pic.

    2. Christmas Under the Stars
    Thursday, Nov. 21 at 8 p.m.
    Sure, you might have a hard time believing that an ambitious investment banker (Jesse Metcalfe) would pick up at a gig at a Christmas tree lot after being let go from his day job, but hey, at least it'll give him an opportunity to meet a lovely astronomy teacher (Autumn Reeser) who can teach him a thing or two about star-gazing.

    3. Christmas at Graceland
    Saturday, Nov. 23 at 8 p.m.
    What could possibly bring two pretty people together better than an Elvis-themed Christmas shindig? In this film, Harper (Kaitlin Doubleday) spends her holiday in between jobs working as a nanny for handsome widower Owen (Adrian Grenier), and they work together on a holiday exhibit that's bound to get them all shook up.

    4. Merry & Bright
    Sunday, Nov. 24 at 10:03 p.m.
    Ah yes, that feeling when you think that new hunk in your life has been sent as a set-up from your mom, but he turns out to be a corporate drone! In this film, Cate (Jodie Sweetin) is the CEO of a candy company who meets Gabe (Andrew Walker) and thinks he's someone her mother wants her to date. As it happens, though, he's actually around on business to ensure the company's profitability. Surrounded by all those holiday treats, though, these two are bound to get sweet on each other before it's all said and done.

    5. A Christmas Duet
    Monday, Nov. 25 at 8 p.m.
    When it comes to Christmas movies, there's no place like Vermont for an estranged couple to come back together. In this film, former singing duo Averie (Chaley Rose) and Jesse (Rome Flynn) have grown apart since the release of their hit holiday song, but they'll reunite at her cozy little lodge just in time for the Yuletide Festival to bring the spirit of the season back into their lives. Chances are, they'll be making some very beautiful music together again.

    6. Christmas in Rome
    Saturday, Nov. 30 at 8 p.m.
    Getting fired right before the holiday is a massive bummer, but for Angela (Lacey Chabert), opportunity will knock pretty quickly when a handsome executive named Oliver (Sam Page) hires her to be his tour guide around Italy's capital. Will sparks fly in the Eternal City? Count on it.

    7. Christmas Town
    Sunday, Dec. 1 at 8 p.m.
    OK, OK, so the place isn't actually called Christmas Town, but this movie is about a charming little hideaway that helps to rekindle the spirit of the season for Lauren (Candace Cameron Bure).

    8. A Christmas Love Story
    Saturday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m.
    What could be better for a youth choir director (Kristin Chenoweth) than finding a boy with a golden voice just in time for the Christmas Eve show? Why, meeting his swoony — and available! — father (Scott Wolf), of course!

    9. Double Holiday
    Sunday, Dec. 22 at 8 p.m.
    When Rebecca (Carly Pope) has to table her Hanukkah plans to co-prepare a holiday party with her office nemesis (Kristoffer Polaha), their shared sense of competition might just give way to something worth celebrating.

    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.

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    Facts

    1. June 10, 2003 Passions aired its 1000th episode

    2. Lindsay Korman (Theresa) & Mark A. Provert co-wrote "Kiss Me" the song she sang on the show

    3. That's ALAN OPPENHEIMER providing the voice of sinister patriarch Alistair Crane on Passions. The veteran thespian boasts a wide and impressive range of credits, including the Broadway production of Sunset Boulevard, where he played Cecil B. DeMille opposite Glenn Close's Norma Desmond; Murphy Brown, where he spent several seasons as retired FYI honcho Gene Kinsella; and the feature film Little Big Man, with Faye Dunaway and Dustin Hoffman. Among his television guest-starring appearances are stints on Hogan's Heroes, I Dream of Jeannie, Bonanza, The Partridge Family, Bewitched, Knight Rider, Happy Days, Murder, She Wrote, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Touched by an Angel.

      Oppenheimer has also enjoyed a prolific voiceover career, no surprise to anyone who has been intimidated just by the sound of him on Passions. His vocal incarnation of the despotic Alistair is doubtless influenced by his past portrayals of power-hungry Skeletor in He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, the self-confident Vanity Smurf in The Smurfs, and the charismatic crooner/crusader Mighty Mouse.

    4. A Passions spokesperson reports that the music and lyrics for the song, entitled "Breathe", were written by John Henry and Jane French and performed by Jane French. NBC Productions commissioned the team to compose the ditty and were obviously thrilled with the results


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