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An Evening With DAYS Photo Gallery! Hall's Heartfelt Message on Soaps & Alfonso on Staying Put!

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On Wednesday, May 9, the Paley Center for Media hosted An Evening with Days of Our Lives with the series’ cast at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. Members of the series’ cast were present for an onstage conversation hosted and moderated by Alison Sweeney (Sami).

The group discussed the enduring appeal of one of the iconic brands of daytime television, their current storylines, the state of daytime, and working with each other in such a fast-paced medium.

Sweeney did an amazing job of asking interesting and entertaining questions, and giving those in attendance a real glimpse into the interworkings of the machine that is Days of our Lives and the intense work and fun that this collaborative and endearing cast has with each other. Lisa Rinna (Billie), Lauren Koslow (Kate), Chandler Massey (Will), Deidre Hall (Marlena), Kristian Alfonso (Hope), Galen Gering (Rafe), Arianne Zuker (Nicole), and Bryan Dattilo (Lucas) all took part in the evening celebrating the series, which earlier that day received a record 15 Daytime Emmy nominations including one for Outstanding Drama Series. But perhaps, the most celebrated this night was Chandler Massey, who garnered raves and praise from his cast mates and the audience for his well-deserved Daytime Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Younger Actor category for  his work in an episode from Will’s coming out storyline.

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

During the panel discussion, DAYS legendary star, Deidre Hall encapsulated beautifully what the art and the heart of the soap genre means to millions of viewers, when she said, “I have been doing a lot of traveling and have been talking to people that have been watching our show. And what I came to realize is; that although Daytime often can get a bad rap, we are there when you are nursing your first child. We are there when your parents move in with you because they can’t take care of themselves. We are there for you when you lose someone you love, and when you get old and nobody comes to the door anymore.  We are still there in your living room. And if you are celebrating the holidays alone, we are still your family. We are there when people cannot afford to go out and television is the only experience a family can have.  We are your extended family.  I see a big place for it in this country, and I do believe we will be around for a long time.”  Needless to say, after Hall’s word, there was thunderous applause inside the Paley Center.

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

On-Air On-Soaps also caught up with Kristian Alfonso, who had just re-upped her contract with DAYS.  Kristian shared with us her thoughts on resigning, if her longtime on-screen partner Peter Reckell (Bo), might leave the series as has been reported, and DAYS scoring well on Daytime Emmy nomination day.  Alfonso stated, “I’m excited to be continuing on as Hope.  They are excited.  So we will see what happens.  I did sign for another year.  I only ever sign for a year.   I would be very sad to see Peter Reckell leave the show.  I know his feelings about it, and he has been discussing it for awhile.  It is not my place to discuss it, but of course I would love to see him stay.  And tonight, I am so excited for DAYS getting 15 Daytime Emmy Nominations, so well-deserved for everyone in involved in the show!”

Now below check out our photo gallery from the arrivals and inside the panel discussion! And look for more interviews and coverage from an Evening with Days of our Lives in the days ahead.

To view the entire gallery, make sure to click on the NEXT GROUP icon located to the right of the + symbol on the photo galley, that way you won’t miss an image!  Or, you can just sit back and watch it as a slideshow!

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Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins/Paley Center/MF SOAPS Inc.

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heidi

Diedre did say that very well! Can’t wait to see the Paley show.

Stephanie
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Stephanie

Was so excited that they did live tweets for those of us who couldn’t be there in person. I’ve been watching Days since the early ’80’s and am so hoping that Deidre is right, and that the show will be on-air for many years to come. Happy about the Emmy recognition. They have deserved such attention for years. Hope Deidre will be honored with an Emmy someday for her years and commitment to the Daytime genre.

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Jules

I hope the Paley Centre uploads this on youtube! I’d love to watch this!

Pam
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Pam

I am thrilled that Kristian has re-signed, I hope Peter does as well. But if he chooses not to as long as Kristian is there and has a story Days will keep me. I will miss Bo & Hope but if that’s what Peter wants, then fine.

Rodd
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Rodd

Ms. Hall hit it right on the head! Well said, indeed.

Blake
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Blake

Oh wow, Deidre’s speech is amazing! If only we could see it on video, imagine being there when she said that!
She’s absolutely right, soaps are definitely great to watch during the holidays, and they are always there for us. And it’s great that older people or lonely people have it to keep them company 🙂

Dmitri
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Dmitri

Yes indeed, the holiday season is the best time to watch soaps. Ah, this brings back memories of December 2010 on DOOL. It was so good then. DOOL is great company.

Jared
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Jared

Deidre is class personified. She personally hand-wrote a letter responding to fan mail from me when I was a kid. I will never forget that, and I will always adore her and only watch DAYS with her on it. Dang, I wish I knew where that letter was.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Cool story. Thanks for sharing.

T.S.
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T.S.

If the character Bo leaves….. i’m sure they will put Hope with Daniel or Rafe… … I still can’t believe that they are letting Jack go… so Jen will be back with Daniel and then Hope with be with Rafe… LOL.. .The writing just has got to get better for this soap…. Bad writing for many years… Gone are the good old “Days” of Possessed Marlena, Kidnapped singing Eve and her falling in love with Nick, Patch’s coffin disappearing, Hope falling into acid, Princess Gina… Hope being kidnapped by Larry, Everyone in Salem being murdered and then sent to the… Read more »

Dmitri
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Dmitri

Good God, I hope that Hope and Rafe do not happen. Now that Safe is finished, I was hoping either for Racole or Cafe. Hope is WAAAY too old for him, and besides she belong with Bo. But her and Roman I think would be a better match.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Ms. Hall put it so well. My soaps have always been there with me during the good and the bad throughout my life. The birth of my children, Dr. ordered bedrest while pregnant, illness, recovery from a car accident, summer vacations, college…on & on. I truly miss OLTL, AMC, even Edge of Night, Ryan’s Hope and many more. Wish they were all on Netflix:-)
Glad to hear Kritian Alphonso re-signed, hope Peter Reckel does too.

cathy
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cathy

Keep melanie and chad together.

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‘Backstreet Boy’ A.J. McLean To Appear on Days of our Lives

More stars from different walks of life and entertainment are making their way to NBC’s Days of our Lives.

Now comes word from Backstreet Boy member, A.J. McLean himself that he just taped an appearance on the long-running soap opera.

According to his TikTok post, McLean shared that his grandmother was a huge DAYS fan and he used to watch the soap together with her while he was growing up.

In his video, A.J. gave some intel on his upcoming appearance, “Yours truly is making a guest appearance as a driver. That’s my name on the show, on this show right here.”  He then panned to the DAYS signature hourglass logo on the hallways between studio 2 and 4 at Burbank Studios.

Check out McLean’s reveal below.   We can now add A.J. to the list of surprising celebrity soap fans who have loved the genre!

Looking forward to seeing McLean on DAYS? Comment below.

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Thanks to everyone here today making my experience on “DOOL”! A success. Love to the cast and everyone that made this dream come true! Let’s go!

♬ original sound – AJ McLean

 

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Marla Gibbs Joins Days of our Lives

Nearly 24 hours, after beloved TV star Marla Gibbs, almost passed out during her induction ceremony to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, comes more news.  Now, Gibbs is set to appear on NBC’s Days of our Lives.

According to SOD, Gibbs will play the mother to Jackée Harry’s, Paulina.  Look for her first appearance in the role of Olivia Price on August 17th.

The former star of The Jeffersons, now 90-years-old, was giving her speech in Hollywood yesterday when suddenly she stopped and began to appear to faint.  Gibbs’ son helped get her into as chair and some water, so she could recover.

The hot temperatures were to blame for Gibbs’ moment, but it all ended up ok.  Her daughter, Angela, told the crowd Marla needed a moment and would continue.

Later after she resumed her speech, Marla told ABC’s George Pennacchio on the Walk of Fame honor: “I never thought it would happen, but here it is.  I just got overwhelmed for a minute. I haven’t been excited until this moment!”

Watch a segment from ABC7 on Marla’s Hollywood Walk of Fame induction below.  Then let us knowl what you think of Gibbs coming to DAYS via the comment section,

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DAYS and GH Director Joe Behar Passes Away at 94

Joseph Behar was heavyweight director in daytime drama having worked on both Days of our Lives and General Hospital and now comes word of his passing. Behar passed away on June 26th at the age of 94.

According to his obit, he died at his home in Manhattan Beach, California.

Joe spent the the bulk of his career directing Days of Our Lives and General Hospital.  He actually directed the pilot episode of General Hospital back in 1963, then came back the ABC daytime drama series 30 years later to direct it for more than 10 more years,.

Along the way, he won 5 Daytime Emmys for his work on GH, and had won six overall throughout his career. He continued directing until his retirement back in 2005.

Behar’s career started on the Ernie Kovacs Show and he also directed Let’s Make a Deal. and more.

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He is survived by his wife, Carolyn and his sons, Jeffrey, Steven and Greg Behar and his grandchildren, Alex, Mallory, Niko and Lydia.

Watch an interview with Joe via the TV Academy on his career including working with Frances Reid (Ex-Alice, DAYS), the pace of directing in daytime and more below.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Joe and his family in the comment section.

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