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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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THIS WEEK: Billy Flynn and Kate Mansi Exit DAYS As Chabby Says Their “I Do’s” In Heart-tugging Moments

By now, Days of our Lives fans have learned that this week marks the end of the run, for now, of Billy Flynn and Kate Mansi as Chad and Abby.  But before they exit look for wedding bells to ring as Chabby remarries.

When Marci Miller decided to depart the role of Abigail, Kate Mansi returned to the role she played before Miller to finish the arc, which would have potentially left Abby to leave town and Chad to be without her, since Mansi signed on to just complete the storyline,

DAYS head writer Ron Carlivati told Soap Opera Digest  (in latest issue on newsstands now) the thought process of having the duo leave together: “While it was kind of agonizing to make the decision that Chad will exit the canvas with Abigail, I decided that was the best thing for the couple, it was the best thing for the fans and it was the best thing for the show. The way that they exit is very, very open-ended. It’s not like someone is going to die. They leave happy and the door is completely open for them to come back. As much as I’m sure some people will be sad to see them go, I think they’ll be happy to see them go together. It just seemed so unfair to not give them a happy ending. And I just didn’t see how that happy ending would work if Chad stayed in Salem and Abigail left.”   He added: “Obviously, if the time is right, the story is right, and the people are available, they’ll be back.”

Looks like we all need to get out the hankies after checking out the latest NBC promo for Chad and Abby’s wedding and farewell.  You can watch it below.  Then let us know if you are sad to see Billy and Kate exit DAYS, and if you hope they will be back sooner than later via the comment section below.

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Drake Hogestyn Chats On John Black’s Latest Predicament With Diana and Leo On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’

The complex life of John Black (Drake Hogestyn) just got even more complicated on NBC’s Days of our Lives; thanks to the arrival of his ex-flame Diana Colville (Judith Chapman) and the bombshell that bad boy Leo Stark (Greg Rikaart), who has been causing so much trouble for Will (Chandler Massey) and Sonny (Freddie Smith), is actually his biological son!  Boy, John certainly has had some kids he never knew about pop up (remember, Paul Narita is John’s son, too).  But, is this all a tale spun by Diana, or the truth regarding Leo?

Longtime DAYS vet, Drake Hogestyn sits down with host, Michael Fairman on an all-new installment of NBC’s Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast.  During the conversation, Drake talks about his surprise learning from the script that Diana Cooper was indeed his ex, Diana Colville.

The beloved actor reveals that at one point he thought Genie Francis (Laura, GH) might be coming back to reprise the role, but now that it’s Judith Chapman he is having a great time acting opposite her.  In addition, being a true historian of DAYS, Drake takes the listeners on some fun facts that they may not have remembered. Later, Hogestyn reveals why he and Deidre Hall (Marlena) have found such success as DAYS’ enduring John and Marlena.

Michael commends Drake on his Daytime Emmy Pre-Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his emotional turn following Marlena being shot at the Jarlena nuptials, and the family saying their goodbyes believing she was going to die, especially she the good doc had a DNR request on her legal forms filed with the hospital.

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In the backstage segment of the podcast, Eric Martsolf (Brady) takes Fairman on what a typical production day is like for him and others in Salem: visiting the wardrobe department, stopping to talk to the stage manager, and chatting it up with co-stars along the way including: Lauren Koslow (Kate) and Linsey Godfrey (Sarah).

The new episode of Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast is currently streaming on NBC.com here, and will be available for download via iTunes on Monday.

So, do you think John will do next now that Diana is working her way back into his life, and Leo is his son?  Will he tell Marlena what is going on?  What did you think of the sentiments shared by Drake in the interview? Comment below.

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‘Days of our Lives’ Producer Files Lawsuit Against Sony Pictures Television

In a breach of contract and fraud complaint filed this morning, Corday Productions, the Producers of Days of our Lives, is seeking 20 million dollars in damages from its producing partner, Sony Pictures Television, as well as its Columbia Pictures and Screen Gems divisions, and to significantly take back control of the show.

In the 33-page court filed document this morning, Deadline.com noted some of the key points contained within.  Corday Productions is alleging that Sony has treated the show unfairly skewed in favor of its Sony-owned daytime drama series, The Young and the Restless.  The complaint indicates that, “While the domestic ratings for Days of Our Lives have remained largely constant, Sony’s distribution receipts have decreased by over 50%. This dramatic decline is directly attributable to a decision at the highest levels of Sony management to eliminate any competition to its own wholly-owned series The Young and The Restless also distributed by Sony.”

Sony Pictures Television distributes Days of our Lives in overseas territories, and in ancillary markets such as digital streaming.  The DAYS suit alleges that Sony has failed to sell the show in key territories including: Great Britain, France, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Canada, France, Zambia, and South Africa.”

In the lawsuit, the producers also claim that Sony has stiffed them by forcing the production company, Corday Productions, to absorb budgetary deficits . The filing also claims that Sony is “imposing solely on Corday the burden of absorbing the multi-million dollar annual operating deficits due to an inadequate NBC license fee and mandating an inefficient, costly production schedule.”

The complaint filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, also alleges that Sony has provided Corday with inaccurate accounting and has failed to pay millions of dollars in profits.

Make sure to read more on the lawsuit click here.

So, what do you think about some of the key points that the Days of our Lives producers bring up in their lawsuit against Sony? Comment below.

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