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Cady McClain On Becoming DAYS Jennifer Horton: “Thank You All Very Much For Your Support!”

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Last month, Days of our Lives fans saw two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Cady McClain step into the pivotal role of Jennifer Rose Horton Deveraux on the long-running NBC soap opera.

McClain replaces Melissa Reeves, who is for now in Nashville with her family during the coronavirus pandemic. Since Cady’s DAYS debut she has received high praise from viewers and pundits, many of whom are so happy to see her back on their screens again after loving her as Pine Valley’s Dixie, or Oakdale’s Rosanna.

Over the weekend, Cady tweeted her gratitude to the fans for welcoming her into the Salem family sharing: “Thank you all very much for your support! I am happy to help keep #jackandjen front and center… wait till you see what Matt Ashford does with this story! He really shines! Proud to be a part of this terrific cast .”and show!

 

And fans should stay tuned as Jack (Matthew Ashford) and Jennifer’s relationship is rocked, as the story involving the content of the letter, and Jack and Kate’s (Lauren Koslow) secret comes to light, setting the stage for drama, drama, and more drama this week as the series celebrates its 55th annuverary.
So, what do you think of Cady’s performances of Jennifer so far? Glad she is taking on the role? Comment below, but first check out this week’s extended promo for DAYS featuring Cady and Matthew and a big ole’ slap!

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She needs to stick around; am loving her in the role, and cannot wait to see what comes next in the storyline. Not to mention, she has fantastic chemistry with the cast, especially Matthew Ashford (who I am not a huge fan of).

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Scott, you took the words right out of my mouth…

Momo
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Momo

What’s the secret? She’s doing a good job.

Adam
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Adam

Sorry, was trying to give her a chance, but she isn’t good. Not as bad as the replacement Kristen Dimera from Eileen Davidson but it’s bad. Plus she needs to lay off the Botox…. I just hope Missy Reeves comes back soon!!!

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Adam, take a flying leap! You say her acting stinks and her looks are bad? I’d love to see what you look like!

Adam
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Adam

Violet, I didn’t say her acting stinks, I just said she wasn’t good in that role. I also didn’t say her looks are bad, I just said she needs to lay off the Botox… I think you need to stop reading into things and go take the flying leap yourself.

Mary
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Mary

Missy Reeves, despite the PR spin, is in the proverbial dog house. I will be very surprised if DOOL brings Missy back any time soon. NBC is still dealing with the loud backlash as a result of Missy’s publicly stated views about BLM.

Contrary to your opinion, I think that Cady is brilliant in the role of Jennifer. Long May Cady stay!
The comment about Boxtox is both insensitive AND uncalled for. Your personal approval of Cady’s appearance is not required or requested.

Violet Lemm
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Mary
Appreciate your comment. As I happen to like Cady. I guess my buttons got pushed when he said “she isn’t good and to lay off the Botox”

Rebecca
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Rebecca

Why? She chose to keep her family safe and the ones she works with as well. I don’t blame her for making the decision she made.

Maureen
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Maureen

Why would you want her to come back!? Good God get your priorities straight

Therese Lamonte
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Therese Lamonte

I prefer Cady, to be honest.

Patrick
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not one questionable “commentary” look how quickly other characters get to respond… no waiting… no long camera pan… truthfully.. i’m still caught up in the election, covid, interruption galore… so affecting my viewing habit from what i’m catching up on…. Cady’ got it… and Jack is responding!!! i hope to be back up to speed, when Ava returns !!!! at the very least my new couple that i was rooting for from the start, may be back on track… and that’s the lighted up blossom of Tripp and Ali. “YOUNG LOVE” stirring two qualified acts , hit the skids and… Read more »

Rebecca
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Rebecca

Want the original Jennifer back!!!! No one can take her place!

Kendrina
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Kendrina

Only Melissa Reeves can play Jennifer. I am a big fan and grew up watching her. She is an amazing person and I love everything she stands for. Please bring her back! Also as a side note; Stacey rocks the part of Kristen Dimera. Love her.

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DAYS Head Scribe, Ron Carlivati, Shares On Marlena’s Possession 2.0: “We Decided John Needs To Get On To This Sooner Than He Did In The Original, Because That’s What The Audience Would Expect”

As viewers of NBC’s Days of our Lives are watching the revisiting of the classic possession storyline revisited with its 2021 version 2.0, the stage is being set for plenty of devilish drama, now that good doc, Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) is once again in the grips of evil.

We have already seen her with yellow eyes, conjuring up some demonic plans, and of course, the devil trying to pull the wool over the eyes of Marlena’s husband, John Black (Drake Hogestyn).

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Back in the 1994/95 version of this storyline, Father John emerged and exorcised the demon from Marlena, so he knows a thing or two about being possessed, and the horrors it caused to Marlena, and the town of Salem 25 years ago, and as we have seen John is very, very concerned about all this talk of Marlena being possessed by the devil from the script that Johnny (Carson Boatman)  is set to make into a film on Sami’s life story.

Current Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati, spoke with Soap Opera Digest in their latest issue on newsstands now, about his plans and the creation of the 2021 possession storyline. Ron revealed that John is not going to be in the dark for long, sharing: “John has been through this, so the devil isn’t going to be able to pull the wool over his eyes the way he did the first time.”

Carlivati also added: “Even though all soap opera stories, I would argue, depend on some characters being a little bit dumb, in this case, we decided John needs to get on to this sooner than he did in the original because that’s what they audience would expect.  Look for the story to move along at a pretty good clip. We are not rushing, anything by any means – we are having so much fun with the story, but it was important to us that John not look stupid here so he starts to suspect something is wrong with her pretty soon.”

So, are you glad that John will not be completely dumped? Will Father John return to save the day? Are you enjoying the story thus far? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

Then, check out our recent interview with Ron all about the creation of DAYS limited-series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem still streaming on Peacock.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Marlena Becomes Possessed … Again!

On Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the devil had his way with his favorite person, Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)! In story, leave it to Marlena to save Doug (Bill Hayes) by giving herself up to Satan!

As Doug revealed himself to be Satan while in a therapy session with Marlena in her office, a shook Marlena tries to comprehend what is happening! When the devil says if Marlena won’t accept him in, she will punish Doug, he does just that.

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Poor Doug is left writhing in pain and on the floor, crying out for help! When we come back to the scene Marlena is not exactly right near his body, but sort of overlooking what is happening. Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) rushes into Marlena’s office to find Doug as Marlena stares blankly. Eventually, she calls for help.

After Doug is put in a hospital room and is monitored, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Tripp (Lucas Adams) can’t find anything wrong with him. Meanwhile, Julie finds Marlena at the nurses station and asks what happened with Doug during their therapy session.  Marlena flashes back to what led to Doug writing on the floor, and clearly something is way off with Marlena, because she has now become possessed.

Later, Julie sits by Doug’s hospital bed as he opens his eyes, as he tells his beloved wife, “He left me and went in to her.”  A confused Julie is left to ponder what on earth Doug could be talking about.

When Marlena comes home to John (Drake Hogestyn) – who is already concerned with Johnny (Carson Boatman) being set on making a movie of Sami’s life story which includes points on Marlena’s original possession – she tells him Doug collapsed in her office. When the two hug, Marlena slowly opens her eyes  revealing that they are glowing yellow.  Yup! We are off to the races. Marlena is now once again possessed.

So, what did you think about the scenes between Deidre Hall and Bill Hayes? Are you enjoying the revisiting of the infamous ‘possession’ storyline thus far? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives Kicks-Off Possession Storyline Revisted with ‘Doug’ Twist Cliffhanger, Followed by Fall Preview

Did the ‘Devil’ make them do it? Doug Williams  (Bill Hayes) is Satan? In what can only be described as major surprise twist on NBC’s Days of our Lives, for weeks, fans have thought they were about to embark on another dementia or Alzheimer’s storyline on the soaps with another beloved character.

However, Days head writer, Ron Carlivati ,and his writing team came up with a way to make it seem like this may be Doug’s fate only to use the long-running character as the impetus to bring the classic possession storyline back on the air some 25 years later.

It all goes down after Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) calls Marlena (Deidre Hall) to ask him to see Doug, after his MRI and other tests proved inconclusive for dementia, etc, to see if Dr. Evans can assess him.  The phone call to Marlena happened after John (Drake Hogestyn) was discussing the past, since Johnny (Carson Boatman) is ramping up to a shoot a movie on Sami’s life, that will include the time that Sami walked in on John and Marlena having sex, which caused Sami to act out for years and years.

 

However, and this is key, John tells Marlena that moment in time also left her alone and vulnerable to the darkest time in her life – alluding to when she became possessed by the devil – and Marlena was clearly having difficulty admitting that or going down that road of remembrance, when the phone call from Kayla saved her from digging deeper into the past.  Well now, John and Marlena may never have that conversation as she is primed to once again become possessed.

Meanwhile, Johnny is reading Will’s script for the Sami movie, and is shocked to read in it that Marlena was once possessed by the devil, as John takes out a dusty box with his Father John collar, a bible, and a news clipping of Marlena being possessed.  John is feeling that this movie will bring bad things on to all those he loves, especially Doc, and he looks to be right!

Now at her office with Doug, he admits he knows something is wrong.  He acts out and does strange things and does not know why.  Marlena brings up why Doug locked Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) in a freezer by accident. Doug gets adamant saying: “That was no accident. I locked that bitch in there on purpose.”  Marlena is shocked at his word and tone.  Then as Doug laughs, he says, “I’m not Doug.”  Next thing you know, the lowered voice of Satan comes out of Doug’s mouth and he tells Doc, “It’s been over 25 years Marlena. But did you really think I wouldn’t come back for you?” End of episode.  Great cliffhanger!

Now, check out the fall preview released following the airing of Friday’s episode by NBC below, which teases more demonic moments on Days. Then let us know in the comment section, what you thought of the ‘Doug’ twist as the possession storyline begins?

Plus, make sure to cast your vote in ‘Michael’s Poll’ of the week on the revisiting of this classic tale now in 2021 below the preview.

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