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Arlene Sorkin, Days of our Lives ‘Calliope Jones’, Dies at 67

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Arlene Sorkin, beloved by Days of our Lives fans for her portrayal of the outlandish but loveable Calliope Jones, has passed away at the age of 67.  The actress died on Thursday. The cause of death was not immediately known.  In addition, Sorkin was also wildly-successful as the voice of DC Comics villain, Harley Quinn, a role she has played since 1992.

DC co-chief James Gunn shared the news on his Instagram: “Rest in Peace, Arleen Sorkin, the incredibly talented original voice of Harley Quinn, who helped to create the character so many of us love. Love to her family and friends,”

Sorkin’s death also was revealed by from voice actor, Neal Kaplan who took to X and shared:  “It broke my heart to hear… the original voice of Harley Quinn, (Arlene) Sorkin has passed away. I adored her work as HQ & as Calliope in Days of Our Lives.”

With her comedic timing and style, Arlene Sorkin played Days of our Lives’ Calliope from 1984 to 1990 and made return visits to the show in 1992 2001, and 20006. Her last appearance was in 201o for a limited run.

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On DAYS, Calliope first came to Salem when she was employed by Liz Curtis’s  (Gloria Loring) clothing business and her first scenes featured her making a dress for Anna DiMera (Leann Hunley). One of Calliope’s trademarks was her endless collections of outlandish or creative hats. Later, Calliope hosted a talk show with Jennifer Horton, and after leaving town she returned as a wedding planner. She eventually married Eugene Bradford (John de Lancie).

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Being part of the DC Universe was a huge part of Sorkin’s career, She began voicing Harley Quinn in Batman: The Animated Series. She reprised the role in Superman: The Animated SeriesBatman Beyond: Return of the JokerGotham GirlsJustice League and Static Shock as well as in popular DC video games.  Throughout her career, Sorkin appeared in many television series including : Duet, Open HouseDream On, and Perry Mason: The Case of the Killer Kiss, to name a few.

Now, share your remembrances of Arleen and let us know some your favorite ‘Calliope’ moments in the comment section.



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I know that death is inevitable, but this year it seems like it’s fast and furious. Also, they are dying younger and cancer in most cases was the culprit. Such sad news. When I watched DAYS back in.the day, Calliope would always crack me up! Rest in peace.

To be clear, celebrity deaths seen online are not necessarily representative of death rates and causes at large.

To be clear, I don’t believe that statement was made. It was/is sad to hear about Arleen’s passing and 67 is young. Thoughts go out to her family and friends.

Both comments sound plausible to me.. but we have in the last few months lost so many celebrities… and so many of past era’s as well. Many legends too.

Yes Brian, so true.

So sad I loved her.

Sad to hear this. I have fond memories watching Calliope and Eugene on Days. May she rest in peace.

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WGA and AMPTP Reach Tentative Deal to End Writers Strike

Looks like we are close, very close, to the writing teams at your favorite soap operas returning to their jobs with news on Sunday that finally the WGA and AMPTP have reached a tentative deal. What remains is the fine print, and having the WGA vote to ratify their contracts.

This is welcome news to the television, streaming and motion picture industry that after five months of a strike has put the 2023-2024 TV season in deep water.

In a statement, the Writers Guild shared, “We have reached a tentative agreement on a new 2023 MBA (Minimum Basic Agreement), which is to say an agreement in principle on all deal points, subject to drafting final contract language. We can say, with great pride, that this deal is exceptional — with meaningful gains and protections for writers in every sector of the membership.”

As the deal goes through its final stages, the writers are still technically on strike, but picketing outside studios and shows has now been suspended.

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Among the writers’ demands that they fought for are: higher residuals from streaming shows, minimum staff sizes to prevent the use of “mini rooms” and protections from the use of AI.  The hope within the entertainment industry is that the new deal for the WGA will move along a new contract for SAG-AFTRA (actors) with the AMPTP.  As of Monday, SAG-AFTRA is still on strike.

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As for your favorite soap operas, during the strikes, the shows were written by non-union writers or “fi-core” writers who gave up their union benefits in order to continue working.

The next steps in process will see the WGA negotiating committee vote on “whether to recommend the agreement and send it on to the WGAW Board and WGAE Council for approval,” tentatively scheduled for Tuesday.  Another vote by the board and council could lift the strike “restraining order”and allow scribes to “return to work during the ratification vote”.

So, are you happy to know that the writing teams from your favorite soaps are about to return to work and helm the scripts and the vision of the shows? Comment below.

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Billy Miller’s Mother Issues Statement On His Passing

Patricia Miller, the mother of the late Billy Miller, has come forward and issued a touching statement on the tragic death of her beloved son at age 43.  The statement was shared by Billy’s longtime manager, Marnie Sparer, via social media.

Billy was best-known for his performances as Richie Nowack on All My Children, Billy Abbott of The Young and the Restless and Jason Morgan/Drew Cain on General Hospital, as well as countless primetime roles.  Throughout his career, Miller took home three Daytime Emmys for his work.

“I would like to share the following thoughts,” Patricia began. “I want to personally thank the many fans & personal friends for the overwhelming amount of love, prayers & condolences sent to me and my family on the devastating death of my beautiful son BJ – Billy Miller.”

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Patricia continued with these sentiments, as she wanted to clear up any misinterpretations on this death: “He fought a long hard valiant battle with bipolar depression for years. He did everything he could to control the disease. He loved his family, his friends and his fans but in the end the disease won the fight and he surrendered his life. The other causes of death being told are not true. I wish they were but they just aren’t. We all loved him so much and are desperately trying to deal with our loss. I will have nothing further to say. Thanks for the love and support.”

The soap world as well as Billy’s family, friends, loved ones, and colleagues are in deep mourning for this talented man, who was gone too soon.

Share your thoughts, and send your condolences to Patricia Miller and the rest of Billy’s family, via the comment section below.

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‘The Talk’, Jennifer Hudson Show & Drew Barrymore Show Postpone Return to Production Due to Strikes

Following the backlash received by Drew Barrymore on her decision to return to production of her talk show amid the writers and actors strike, major behind the scenes changes have been implemented for three daytime television talk shows.

First, Barrymore changed course and announced on Sunday via Instagram, “I have listened to everyone, and I am making the decision to pause the show’s premiere until the strike is over.  I have no words to express my deepest apologies to anyone I have hurt and, of course, to our incredible team who works on the show and has made it what it is today. We really tried to find our way forward. And I truly hope for a resolution for the entire industry very soon.”

Next. CBS announced that The Talk, originally scheduled to resume today on Monday, September 18th, will put another pause in production in place. The official statement read: “The Talk is pausing its season premiere scheduled for September 18, CBS said in a statement. We will continue to evaluate plans for a new launch date.” WGA picketers targeted The Talk outside their CBS Radford studios since it announced its imminent return.

The Talk, co-hosted by Akbar Gbajabiamila, Amanda Kloots, Natalie Morales, Jerry O’Connell and Sheryl Underwood, went dark in May due to the writers strike.

Third, The Jennifer Hudson Show has followed the lead of ‘Drew’ and The Talk.  According to Deadline, a source close to the production confirmed that after much discussion, and at Hudson’s urging, the show is pausing production and its season two premiere, which was slated for Monday, September 18.

For the remaining daytime talkers, here is the status as of now:  Monday, Sherri Shepherd’s talk show Sherri will return.  It is not considered a ‘struck show’ covered by the Writers Guild of America.

Meanwhile, The Kelly Clarkson Show which moved from Los Angeles to New York City this summer has yet to announce a season premiere date yet. Finally, The View, which normally has two WGA writers on staff, has been airing during the strikes but withouts its writers.

So, what do you think about the decision of Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Hudson and The Talk to suspend production after they intended to move forward during the writers strike? Comment below.

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