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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
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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.

Jules
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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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Cady McClain IN As DAYS Jennifer Temporarily Replacing Melissa Reeves

Rumors that have been swirling are confirmed true.  Cady McClain is coming to Salem and Days of our Lives to replace Melissa Reeves temporarily as the new Jennifer Horton Deveraux.  The casting news was confirmed by a Days spokesperson, according to Soap Opera Digest.

Daytime fans recall, Cady is a two-time Daytime Emmy winner and has previously appeared as Dixie on All My Children, Rosanna on As the World Turns and Kelly on The Young and the Restless.  McClain has already begun filming as Jennifer.

Reeves, who commutes from Nashville to Los Angeles to tape episodes of Days of our Lives, decided not to return to set when the NBC soap opera resumed production earlier this month due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic,

In addition, Melissa became a grandmother last month with her daughter Emily’s first child, and now soon will welcome her son Larry’s first child later this month, which is another reason Reeves chose to stay put in Tennessee.

So, what do you think of the Jennifer switcheroo? Excited to see what Cady brings to the role? Comment below.

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‘Knots Landing’s’ Beloved Kevin Dobson Dead at 77

Knots Landing longtime fan favorite, Kevin Dobson (Mack McKenzie) has passed away at the age of 77.  The actor’s death was first reported by the United Veterans Council of San Joaquin County’s Facebook page.  Dobson died on Sunday, September 6th via “medical complications”.

However, The Hollywood Reporter had more clarity and reported that Dobson died Sunday evening in a hospital in Stockton, California, after struggling with an autoimmune deficiency. Arthur Toretzk, Dobson’s rep, shared that with the entertainment news outlet.

The post via Facebook read: “Army Veteran, Veterans Rights Activist, Film and Television Actor Kevin Dobson has passed away. He was 77 Years Old. Condolences to the entire family. Rest In Peace… March 18 1943-September 6 2020.'”   Dobson was the former chairman of the organization.

During his career in primetime, Kevin was also widely known for his work on the crime show, Kojak from 1973 to 1978, playing Detective Bobby Crocker working alongside Telly Savalas.   Earlier in his TV career he appeared on: The Mod SquadEmergency! and Cannon.

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When Don Murray’s exited Knots Landing in 1982, Dobson was cast in the role of M. Patrick (“Mack”) McKenzie, the love interest for Michele Lee’s Karen.  Lee and Dobson became an undeniable favorite duo of the CBS primetime soap opera and for all-time in soap history.  During his run on ‘Knot’s from its fourth season to its conclusion in 1993, Dobson won five Soap Opera Digest Awards for his performances.

Photo: JPI

In addition, Dobson got his start in daytime soaps, and eventually wound back on them following the ending of ‘Knots’.  He first appeared on NBC’s The Doctors. In 2008, DAYS hired him to play Mickey Horton after two other actors did not work out replacing, the original Mickey,  John Clarke, who retired, In shorter stints, Kevin played Governor Harrison Brooks on One Life to Live in 2003. and Judge Devin Owens on The Bold and the Beautiful in 2006.

He is survived by his wife Susan and his three children, Sean Dobson, Patrick Dobson and Mariah Dobson.

Share you remembrances and condolences in the comment section for Kevin Dobson.

Also check out below The Michael Fairman Channel’s sit-down interview with the ladies of ‘Knots’ from earlier this year; where Michele Lee, Joan Van Ark (Val) and Donna Mills (Abby) mark the 40th anniversary of the series …and also share remembrances of working with Dobson.

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Marci Miller Opens Up About Her Decision to Return to DAYS and Her Concerns Replacing Kate Mansi

This week will mark the return of Marci Miller in the role of Abigail Deveraux DiMera on Days of our Lives.

The popular actress, who had been nominated for two Daytime Emmys in the Lead Actress category during her initial run on the NBC soap opera, revealed some of the complex emotions she had in determining whether or not to come back to Salem as detailed in this week’s Soap Opera Digest on newsstand now.

Once again, Miller is taking over the role from her predecessor, Kate Mansi.  As DAYS fans know. Mansi won a Daytime Emmy for her work as Outstanding Supporting Actress in 2017 and first played the role from 2011-2016, then Miller took over the role.  Abigail’s last arc was played by Mansi when she returned from 2018- to the first part of 2020.  Miller had stepped away from the role in 2018 as she wanted to concentrate on other projects.

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In regards to her comeback, Miller shared with SOD: “You never know how discombobulating it might be.  That was one of the things I had to weigh in coming back, was whether or not it was fair to the fans for me to accept (the offer) because Kate hadn’t been there for a very long stint. For them to do this flip-flop thing was a little bit of a concern of mine.”

Miller ultimately says she felt that it was better to have Abigail on the canvas, than not in all, and in the hands of an actress who was familiar with the role than a new actress to take over the part.

Make sure to check out SOD for more on Marci’s decision to return to the NBC soap opera.

Meanwhile, look for an exciting story ahead for Miller when Abigail gets back in action in Salem.

So, what do you think of Marci’s careful thought-process to coming home to DAYS? Comment below.

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