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Brandon Beemer and Martha Madison Back At Days of our Lives!

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As DAYS move full stream ahead under head writer Ron Carlivati’s storylines, looks like two favorite Salemites are back on the canvas and taping episodes!

According to Soap Opera Digest, look for Shawn and Belle, Brandon Beemer and Martha Madison, to be back on the series in shows that air later in the year.

The talented twosome had appeared in storylines and been on and off the canvas over the last year as well.

Madison confirmed her being back at DAYS tweeting: “It’s good to be home. frequentFlyerMiles #Days #TheGoodOldDays #Family #Shelle

So, what does Mr. Carlivati have planned for Belle and Shawn when they get back in story? Comment below.

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Jovin
Jovin

I am SO happy to hear this! Ron HATED writing for vets on GH….but DAYS is different as it has always retained and maintained its basic core! Shawn and Belle are a part of that! They should be like the Mike and Nancy from Edge of Night…or Eden and Cruz from Santa Barbara…that happily married couple who get embroiled in everyone else”s messes and dramas…solve the problems…and remain a happy couple. If I swear…..if Ron digs up Jan Spears…then I sincerely hope the show is cancelled!!

denisefan
denisefan

Completely agree with the Nancy/Mike, Eden/Cruz idea.

dante williams
dante williams

Lol I had to look up Jan Spears, and just the fact that I had to look her up is proof that they don’t need her, in my opinion as well. I have to say to Ron’s defense on GH he is still considered to be the main person responsible for keeping it on the air when he got there, and he not only wrote for vets at the beginning but even juggled characters from OLTL until that horrible Prospect Park got their non promise keeping grubby dishonest hands on them, and then the lawsuit, where he was forced to keep Oltl actors on the show by changing their identity; it all went downhill from there.

Now I’m not saying that he didn’t completely lose steam towards the end and made several characters that no one wanted or needed to see on canvas, and killed off several characters that served the canvas well like A.J, and I think Duke, and made the horrible mistake of making Ava kill Connie, a dark mark that will always tarnish her from being completely redeemed, but he brought back characters like Lucy, Kevin, revitalized the Jeromes and he made great characters like Ava that Maura West plays to perfection, and made several old and new lgbt characters front burner AND legacy, and only Days has had more than one gay character and written seriously for them, and that was quite a feat. Yes, he went completely off the rails with characters like Sabrina and wasting Roger Howarth on Franco when no one liked that character and only supports him because of who’s playing him, he still brought humor and several vets back on like Felicia and did what he could until he was blocked by the powers that be from cutting loose and doing it his way, from what I’ve heard. He should’ve been given a long vacation like the actors are given but he wrote non stop year round until he just lost his luster. Days is a much better fit and goes to his strengths, many have said and he has said. He even talks to the actors which many writers never do, and they respect him enough to return to canvas if he asks. So I would say, give him a chance, 6 months at least to start cooking and making the show shine with his personal signature, and hopefully he will dig deep for old gems in new story, but not just any character like Jan, lol.

blake
blake

So glad Ron C. brought Shawn and Belle back, he is doing so many great things already!

Celia
Celia

Yeah, blake….good to see familiar faces. I wonder what their return means for Claire.
—aside—-Brandon looks like he’s lost some weight.

dante williams
dante williams

I will take Brandon thick or thin;)

su0000
su0000

Well, it will take over 6 months to find out..
that’s so crazy the way it plays for half a year before new stuff can get in..
wonder what the reason for the 6 month span is..

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

1,000% agree.

damien
damien

as much as i like brandon, jason cook will be the only real shawn d in my books!..
i know he s not committed full time but considering shelle never seems to stay long to bad they cant work around jasons schedule.

missy
missy

Yes totally Jason is a doll too

blake
blake

Yeah he was great as Shawn D. He definitely looked and acted like Bo’s son.

Iakovos
Iakovos

Maybe we are building up the core family units again with legacy characters and popular talents. DAYS needs that. Just please give them something meaningful to do and do not shuffle them in and out hurriedly. Take a lesson from the Y&R revival. I like what I see in Genoa City.

Jimmy
Jimmy

I absolutely agree. Y&R has improved considerably under Mal Young and Sally Sussman. I said from the time Shawn and Belle were ushered off the canvas that they should be at the top of Ron C’s return list, and here they are! They’re two of the shows best characters and they are both talented actors. Ron said in a recent interview that he wants to write for the vets, and it looks like he’s going to deliver. I hope they are offered contracts and stick around for the long haul.

Celia
Celia

Good thoughts, Iakovos. You’re right….Days does need legacy characters. We barely see the ‘steady’ ones.

Mister Media
Mister Media

As Yogi Berra famously said, “It’s deja vu all over again”. Didn’t we just go through this revolving door of returning and exiting vets? Ron’s writing can be brilliantly nuanced and also insufferably over the top. I tuned in to see his material debut this week and saw no noticeable change in tone or substance. I was seriously put off by the wacky factor of having the character of Hattie suddenly appear front and center again. Having beloved vets return is in and of itself not a harbinger of great storytelling. The way Days has been going they could feature a hologram of MacDonald Carey and still have it be a bust!

Mo
Mo

Glad to hear they’re back. They should never have let them go.

Judy
Judy

I am tried of have days not beaning on because of new breakins win I stode watch it on the fox new if you wated to see it just go to fox news

missy
missy

Bring back my baby Jason cookie cook!!!!!!!!!

John Gordon
John Gordon

Sorry but I thought these two characters were as dull as dish water – I didn’t miss them at all (no offense to the actors portraying them intended) – it’s just that, they seemed to constantly re-hash the same on-again, off again romance between them. If other viewers are happy to see them back on the canvas, I guess that’s fine by me but I didn’t find them captivating at all.

Patrick
Patrick

Exactly. At least belle isn’t with Phillip. That really stunk up the place. I agree, keep these two apart. I thought Shawn had places to go with Lani. This time around they must show Belle interacting WITH her parent’s, John N Marlena. I’m glad they’re back. Martha Madison has grown on me

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Shawn and Belle, children of two supercouples, should be leading. I’m hoping they’re back longterm!!

dante williams
dante williams

I couldn’t have said it better, 4ever! You’re the first person I thought of when Ron came, because I knew if you loved the show already no matter what regime, then imagine how much diehard fans/supporters like yourself will love it when a fresh writer comes on with new energy and isn’t just wiping out history and rewriting it to serve his/her needs, but the total opposite, respecting previous story, making new ones, AND writing for the vets in a way that’s so respectful that it looks like a brand new season of the soap! The show has it’s fair share of vets, but uneven attention to several characters kept many undeservedly in the background, or off the canvas completely.

Fortunately Ron realized right away the mistakes in my opinion that almost decimated this amazing and long running soap, like killing Will off, an important legacy character in a story that no one will remember, and Belle and Phillip both leaving town and leaving their daughter behind to be raised by whoever is willing was ridiculous and out of character even for two divorced parents. Plus Martha Madison is compelling in a way that I had never seen her and was as interesting as her other siblings, but on and off the canvas for no reason when both have something to offer their respective families in storyline if written properly. Hope is strongest when she’s with her family, and she needs a story that doesn’t involve force feeding us her boring relationship with Rafe, who I’ve seen click with several couplings, but he will never be the second coming of Bo like the Dena tried to make him. Hopefully Hope’s family can keep her busy with a story until they find someone that she has electric chemistry with, in a love story that happens organically, makes sense, and doesn’t just look good only on paper. Hopefully the revival of this show will finally make not only Belle and Shawn stay, but with story worthy of the characters and their fans.

dante williams
dante williams

I’m very excited that tptb listened to the fans deafening screams of getting a writer that fits the shape of the show, and wants to write for vets. The returns alone and the excitement of the cast and the specific things they’ve said about the new energy on the set and even being excited to read the whole script just tells me this was the right decision, and I thank and respect Sony for doing what needs to be done to take the best care possible of the soaps we have left, by getting writers for Y&R and Days that know and respect the history, because in one fell swoop Days is becoming my must see soap and GH has become my least favorite, but hopefully ABC will see what the other two channels are doing and giving Gh a much needed makeover with a new writer and producer.

I also hope that they give Ron a chance to spread his wings and not only write for the cast equally, but give Abigail and Chad a chance to stay together and get the hernandez homewrecking crew some single characters, because both of them wanting to divide and conquer a married couple is ridiculous and doesn’t do either of them any favors. Finally Kate will have frontburner story and not walk around trying to unite Chad and Gabi together which is beneath her character’s importance and frankly none of her damn business. Hopefully we can see couples that click, and not junk like Jennifer and Eric who have a brother sister vibe. I have immense excitement and hope though, looking good already!

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Lucas Says Goodbye To Salem, While Julie Recalls Coming Back To Town

In a very touching episode of Days of our Lives, Tuesday brought with it an emotional goodbye from exiting fan favorite Bryan Dattilo (Lucas), and the soap paying homage to Susan Seaforth Hayes’ 50th anniversary to the day as Julie.

It begins in Horton Town Square where Julie next to the plaque dedicated to her grandparents, Tom and Alice Horton, has a flash back to phone call with Tom five decades ago.

Meanwhile, now broken up with Chloe, and ready to leave Salem to be with his daughter, Allie, Lucas tells Will he is leaving and that he is happy Will and Sonny found their way back to each other.  The two hug it out, and tell each other how proud they are of one another.  Next, Lucas goes to visit his mother, Kate.  In a touching exchange played by Dattilo and Lauren Koslow, viewers were treated to Kate’s pain of the mistakes she made as a mother, and Lucas being forgiving of her.

At Doug’s Place, Julie and Abigail try to figure out how to bring down Stefan and Gabi.  Julie promises to not tell anyone that Abigail is not mentally ill saying. “Your secret is safe with me.”  Next, Chloe happens upon the scene and Julie quickly sees Chloe break down in tears.  She then reveals to Julie, that she and Lucas broke up.  Julie gives Chloe a tissue and some words of advice – the gospel according to Julie – that they were not meant to be, and that Chloe will find true love. After all, after Julie’s other failed relationships, once she was with Doug she found her soulmate, so she knows it can happen.

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Julie flashes back to speaking with Alice when she worries that Tom would not want her to return to Salem.  For Julie had been in San Francisco, and where she brings up putting her son up for adoption, but how she later raised him and how happy that Eli is her grandson.  She even recalls when JJ got her and other ladies in Salem accidentally high on pot-filled donuts!

When Lucas turns up at the Horton’s everyone is saddened and shocked that he has decided to depart Salem   Julie says Salem will always be his home.  JJ hands Lucas his ornament now, breaking the Christmas tradition early.  Lucas hangs his ornament in another emotional moment.

Next, we see Lucas waiting for a taxi, with his suitcases at Horton Town Square,  He gazes at the Tom and Alice dedication plaque and says, “I’ll be back. someday.” Hankies!

Alone now with Julie, Doug brings out a cake celebrating how it is 50 years since Julie returned to Salem permanently.  Cue the montage … as Doug’s voice is heard singing “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World”, one of the duo’s signature songs, as clips of their love affair played throughout.  We fade to black.

DAYS honored Susan Hayes and gave Brytan Dattilo some heart-tugging moments as he left the canvas as the beloved Lucas.  So what did you think of the episode?  Sad to see Bryan exit?  Happy to see the show wrote in a way to honor Susan’s 50th as Julie? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Gilles Marini Talks The Return Of Ted Laurent, His Co-Stars: Kristian Alfonso, Lauren Koslow & Greg Rikaart On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives’ Podcast’

If you caught this week’s episodes of Days of our Lives, you know that Ted Laurent (Gilles Marini) has resurfaced in Salem and had asked Hope (Kristian Alfonso) for protection from Stefan DiMera, who was responsible for his disappearance in exchange for information on Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson).

Now in the latest episode of Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast, actor Gilles Marini chats it up with host, Michael Fairman on what to expect as Ted’s story brings with it many twists and turns; including a potential love triangle.

Marini reveals what he thinks Ted’s weakness ia when the guy has not previously been on the up and up, plus his thoughts on working with three of his co-stars and their characters: Lauren Koslow’s Kate, Kristian Alfonso’s Hope, and Greg Rikaart’s Leo, whom he has shared up to now most of his screen-time.

The talented actor who hails from France, also talks on some other highlights in his career, including one of his big breaks on the beloved ABC drama,  Brothers & Sisters working opposite Rachel Griffiths, and a host of award-winning actors, including Sally Field, and of course, his time on Dancing with the Stars where he became one of the most popular celebrity contestants on the series of all-time.

Later, in the podcast’s dressing room segment, Eric Martsolf (Brady) welcomes Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe) into his digs at DAYS, and then two tease some upcoming #Broe moments.

Check out this excerpt from NBC of Gilles interview below.  Then, make sure to head over to NBC.com to listen to the episode currently streaming there, and on Monday, looks for this episode to be available on all pod platforms, including iTunes for download.

Now, let us know what you think about Ted’s return to DAYS … and if you want him to romance Hope … become a good guy … or get his comeuppance … or all of the above …via the comment section below!

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Days of our Lives and General Hospital Receive Daytime Drama WGA Award Nominations

The nominations have been announced for the 2019 Writer’s Guild Awards for outstanding achievement in television, new media, news, radio/audio, and promotional writing during 2018.

Winners will be honored at the 2019 Writers Guild Awards on Sunday, February 17, 2019, at concurrent ceremonies in New York City and Los Angeles.

In the Daytime Drama category for writing, two soaps will face-off for the prize; NBC’s Days of our Livers and ABC’s General Hospital.  Here are the official nominated head writers and their teams.

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.

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.

To check out all the nominations click here.

So, who are you rooting for to take the WGA Award; Days or GH? Comment below.

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