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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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THURSDAY: E! News Daytime Drama Deep Dive Visits DAYS, GH, and Y&R

Mark your calendars for a very special segment on the soaps, when E! News delivers their Daytime Drama deep dive on Thursday, May 23 hosted by Giuliana Rancic and Jason Kennedy at 7pm-8pm ET/PT on cable’s E!

Look for set visits, interviews, retro clips, and more with some of the most famous and enduring characters in the genre.  Here’s just a sample of what to watch for:

When E! News visit the set of Y&R, Eric Braeden recounts the time Victor was feeding his wife Julia’s lover trapped in the basement dead rat; while Tracey Bregman (Lauren) reflects on why the viewers love the relationships and families in Genoa City.

In Salem and Days of our Lives, E! chats with series staples: Kristian Alfonso (Hope), then Deidre Hall (Marlena) and Drake Hogestyn (John).  Deidre reveals “possession will be on my tombstone” in terms of Marlena’s most infamous story of all-time when the good doc was possessed by Satan, while the beloved duo discuss why daytime is the best job to have.  Alfonso talks on the history of her character sharing: “I am going to hold near and dear to my heart the beginnings of Hope. And the adventure and the romance of Bo and Hope”.

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From the set of General Hospital new interviews are featured with: Laura Wright (Carly), Steve Burton (Jason) and Kristina Wagner (Felicia), plus Casting Director Mark Teschner remembers Meghan Markle’s acting debut on the ABC daytime drama series.

Teschner remembers: “Meghan Markle actually had her first speaking role in television on General Hospital.  She worked on the show in the background as a nurse, and we brought her up to read her to see if there was something there.”

Steve Burton chats on the craziest story he has ever played as Jason Morgan, revealing, “The one that always pops into my head is we had to go catch a monkey that had a virus, and I said to Laura (Wright) I think this is probably the end of my career today.”

The E! News special segment will show nostalgic clips from all the daytime dramas, including Luke and Laura’s wedding on GH, Marlena’s possession from DAYS, and some of Victor’s nefarious schemes from Y&R.

Check out the promo below.  Then, let us know if you will be checking out the ‘deep dive’ this Thursday via the comment section below.

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Arianne Zucker Chats On Her Return; Days Stars Take To Daytime Emmy Red Carpet On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’

On an all-new episode of the Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast,  Arianne Zucker talks about her exciting return to the show, and once again being in front and center story following Nicole seeing the love of her life, Eric (Greg Vaughan) had attempted to move on in the love life department with Sarah (Linsey Godfrey), and then the shocking devastation at the death of her daughter, Holly.

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On the podcast with host Michael Fairman, Ari weighs-in on her most recently aired scenes, and talks about some of Nicole’s past wild storylines including; the infamous flesh eating bacteria storyline and when Nicole attempted to raise Sami’s (Alison Sweeney) baby as her own until the truth finally, finally came to light!

Then, Fairman takes you to the red carpet at the just completed 46th annual Daytime Emmys where he chats with some of the most notable residents of Salem including actors: Galen Gering (Rafe), Rob Scott Wilson (Ben), Lauren Koslow (Kate), Victoria Konefal (Ciara), Martha Madison (Belle), Mary Beth Evans (Kayla) and more.

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Make sure to check out the podcast one of two ways: 1) Go directly to iTunes here, or you can hear it on NBC.com/Inside Salem.

Let us know what you think of Nicole’s return and Days’ night at the Daytime Emmys via the comment section below.

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Ron Carlivati Interview – Days of our Lives – 46th Annual Daytime Emmys Red Carpet

Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati chats with Michael Fairman on the red carpet at the 46th annual Daytime Emmy Awards.  Carlivati and his writing team were nominated for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series; an award they won last year.

Ron reveals to Michael that the reels submitted in the writing category were different than those submitted for Outstanding Drama Series; with the writing submissions centering around Marlena (Deidre Hall) and John’s (Drake Hogestyn) wedding and her shooting … and then the aftermath in the hospital where Marlena’s children and John have to say goodbye to her fearing she will not pull through her medical crisis.

Later, Carlivati discusses how he has become more firmly entrenched in the land of Salem after being an ABC Daytime guy for most of his life; following writing for One Life to Live and General Hospital.

Watch the interview below.  Then let us know, what did you think of Ron’s choice for the writing award? Should DAYS have toppled Y&R on the strength of those reels? Comment below.

For more 46th annual Daytime Emmy Red Carpet and backstage interviews visit the Michael Fairman Channel here.

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