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Camila Banus Exits Days of our Lives as Gabi is Sent to Prison

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The November 9th episode of Days of our Lives marks the end of the 0n-screen run of Camila Banus as Gabi Hernandez DiMera. In story, Gabi is going to prison for the murder of Li Shin (Remington Hoffman).

Banus made it known back in May of this year that she was leaving the role she has played on and off since 2010. After 13 years in the role, Camila told The Wrap, “There’s definitely been a lot of changes at Days, the last couple of years, one being moving to Peacock.  Although it’s been wonderful and we’ve had a super great reception, for me, I felt like that was kind of like the initial start for changes happening in general. And I kind of just saw that as a sign for me to start the next chapter in my life.”

The actress shared she was interested in continuing on DAYS if her shooting schedule could be addressed: “I was, honestly, open to renegotiating a certain type of shooting schedule where I would have a little bit more time off. But they didn’t go for it.”

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When she wrapped taping her episodes, Camila added, “I’s a good time for me to step away and just take a reset. It’s going to be hard for me to let go of Gabi in that sense. But I think with soaps and the way that we work, it’s never always a for-sure good-bye.”

As viewers have seen in recent episodes, Gabi was holding a knife and kneeling over Li Shin’s body. EJ (Dan Feuerriegel), who is now the DA of Salem, made sure the book was thrown at Gabi for all of her and Stefan’s machinations against him.

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On today’s episode, Gabi said a tearful goodbye to her daughter Arianna over the phone. and then a heartfelt final scene with Stefan as played by Brandon Barash before being taken away in handcuffs.

What do you think about how DAYS wrapped Camila’s run on? Sad to see her exit? Comment below.

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Recast her with Audra at T and R she’s fabulous and young and restless is so borimg


ReRon strikes again! Only this time, he didn’t write Gabi’s first prison stint for a murder she didn’t commit. It’s really too bad that plagiarism isn’t an offense in soap land, I’m getting tired of all these storyline repeats. How long before Li’s true murderer is caught, and they bring Gabi back with a recast? Are there any Latina actresses DAYS has previously cast as someone else to step into the role?

I suspect this one was more Albert Alarr’s fault than ReRon’s. Word here in Hell is that he was a major part of why Camila walked away from the show. That being the case, I wouldn’t be surprised if her absence is temporary, since Alarr has been gone since August.

I pretty much predicted this is exactly how it would happen the day Gabi & Stefan forced EJ out of the DiMera family business. He needed a job, there was an opening in the DA’s office, and the day he takes a job, a murder case falls in his lap that allows him to get revenge on a personal grudge.

Stefano’s laughing his ass off down here at the whole thing.

Yes How about the actress who played her
Sister Arianna..
She would be great.

That would be too confusing

Agree. I actually just stopped watching. Recycling too many stories! And recasting same actors into different roles. Bye by.

Agree…same ole story lines. Worst ones are the whose the daddy…geez get some new stuff

Lame! Couldn’t they come up with a different reason for Gabby to leave town or maybe recast?!

I know Gabby is favorite character. Hate to see her go. Open for a recast. Until Camila comes back.

Yes! Very sad to see Camila go. She is one of my favorites on the show. I liked it when she and Rafe had more family on the show….their Mom, a brother. Bring her back!

It’s like every time she leaves they send her to prison for murder!

Sad to see her go! I think she is just awesome!!!!!

Gabi has been my favorite character on the show for a long time.

Yes please bring Gabi back

She is one of the best actresses ever. You always get her best. Sad to see her leave.

I agree will be missed…

She is my fabulous actress I miss her pls come back

Sorry to see Gabbi go. She was a great addition to the show. Hope she comes back.

Yes recast her for the future time we need a gabby with Stephen

Will definitely miss Gabi❤️

Hate that they wrote Gabi off this way. She is a great actress and will be sorely missed. Get it together DOOL! Bring her back! So many good ones leaving. Wishing her the best!

Love Gabi, she is funny & brings great acting skills..will miss her a lot..

Bring Camille back love Gabi

Bring Ben and Ciara back there’s no hortons around except for Maggie need bring hope and Bo back also please listen to us fans for once

Yes bring them back ASAP!!!!!!!

At least that leaves it open for her to come back. Because I think that Rolf had something to do with his famous bringing you back to life serum. And Lee and Rolf set up Gabby. And he will be on the submarine with demetrian. Leo. But that’s just what’s going on in my head. But at least it open for her to come back when they find out he’s alive

It’s going to be difficult replacing Gabi. I’ll miss her

Good riddance! Won’t be missed!

Is especially after what she done. To Julie have any of you guys forgotten that?I agree she want be missed.

To what I hear Julie was no different and just as bad as gabi for those olden days standards.

Yep !

Peacock should have worked with Gabi. She was to good of an actress to let her exit!!

I totally agree..why didn’t they work with her ?

Definitely sorry to see Gabi go. Hope she comes back from time to time.

I’ve been waiting for Gabi to get what’s coming to her!

Please Bring Gabi Back or recast her

Gabi is one of the best. I have not kept up. I got in to Chesapeake Shores. A great series and they don’t do the stupid repeating of the same store line. My daughter keep me up with Days. Check out the Chesapeake Shores.

It is my firm belief that Wei Shin murderer Li because he signed over his shares, and because he wanted to frame Gabi for conning Li out of those shares.

Well, we know from Li’s recent therapy session with Marlena that Wei was a major dick to his son when he was a teenager… but I think killing his own son would be a bit of a stretch.

More likely this was the work of one of Redneck Clyde’s hired thugs, who went to the apartment to threaten either Tripp or Wendy, to keep Ava “in line” as far as Clyde’s drug business goes. And poor Li just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, and thugs being thugs, they don’t often like to leave witnesses who might be able to identify them to cops.

As far as Li’s alleged “last words” which identified Gabi as his killer? That was probably just pure revenge on his part. Obviously he knew he was about to die, and figured it was an opportunity to use his last seconds on your side of Earth’s crust as a way to get back at Gabi. (also providing an excuse for her to leave the show, naturally)

Have those same thoughts! Or Li did it himself as to not face his dad.

I hate to see her go. I will miss her for sure. Good luck with your new adventure. I hope you will consider to come back one day

Wish they find different hand print then hers then clear her

Sad to see her go hope she will return

I’m glad. I used to like Gabi, but she’s a real certifiable bitch. Can’t believe she’s related to Rafe.

One of the dumbest moves writers have made is recasting Gwen as Teresa. Once in a while her accent slips out. Then a long came Nick as Stephanie’s ex. Geez. Has soaplabd ran out of actors

Dora, yes!!! Ben as Alex is so ridiculously

Love you Gabi biggest mistake to lete her go no one could ever replace her

You got my approval Dora

Highly agree!!

I’ve been watching Days since it started. I remember when Chris Kosichek left and suddenly Roman Brady was played by the same actor. It took a little getting used to, but it worked out just fine in the end. That said, Gwen as Teresa is pitiful, Ben as Alex – not horrible, but now having Nick pop up as a new character is ridiculous. Recycling is good for the environment, but not for DOOL. Please search far and wide for better replacements.

Totally want her back

I don’t want to see Gabi go. She is one of the good actors. Take Sloan off.

Yes, if anyone doesn’t belong together it’s Eric and Sloan. From a Priest to marrying a real weirdo! That story line is not even believable!!

What is changes on days of our lives? My favorite soap is really knocking me for a loop. Congratulations now they’re taking Gabby off.????what is changes on days of our lives? My favorite soap is really knocking me for a loop.… they’re taking Gabby off!!!!! if it doesn’t need fixing leave it alone. If they take Leo off the really going to be an a mess he makes that show. I am so let down with all the stuff that’s going on with days of our lives and I’ve watched it so long.

I’m not loving Gabi’s exit storyline. This is the second time they are sending her away for a crime she didn’t commit. She is also a woman of color and this is all too familiar in the real world so I think the writers need to do better. This seemed like a last ditch effort to come up with a quick exit strategy for her and it was sloppy and rushed. They could have done something different. Lastly, this is unrelated, but can they please stop the absolutely nauseating scenes between John and Marlena? It’s really stomach turning the way they gush all over each other as if they are brand new into their relationship. They are not college sweethearts going through the honeymoon stage of their relationship. They have been together almost 40 years so not only is their dynamic unrealistic, it’s very contrived. I have to fast forward their scenes especially anything to do with strawberries and cream and him feeding her. Just stop. It’s like watching your grandparents get it on. Just no.

Was getting sick of her conniving ways and getting away with it. Hope they get rid of Stefan as well. Camila did play a good part making people hate her. She’ll do well in her future endeavors.

Also recasting Gwen as Theresa. So Lame

I agree with you 100,,,,%.recast really bad

I think the whole story stinks. This arrest and sentence was faster than any on any soap I’ve ever watched. One, two, three! Shut the door and loose the key! Silly story. I thought it would be more in character for Gaby to have gone on the run. It’s just as ridiculous to have EJ be the new DA and get away for throwing the book at her for personal reasons. And someone like Glen on the police force? What a farce! Right now, I hope all of this season is one big dream like Jennifer had and the clocks get set back a year come 2024. Ugh!

Without Camilla as Gabi on Days then who is the young heroine to root for …and the way they are writing Stephanie’s character is plain disgusting and to have notNick Fallon twin be her ex is dumb everytime i see him i see pervy manipulator jerk Julies cousin Nick…..Gabi was not a hypocrite and was a force to be feared smart and strong. And even the big bads of days underestimated her poor Vivian never saw it coming….and to have Marlena be fond of you is like winning the lottery in salem. Hope she comes back but only with Camilla playing the role..

Satan what did I say about being on these blogs. We have a meeting at 6.dont be late.

I think a recast would work

Yes, I am. Instead of going to jail as their exit plan for her, the writers could have her leave for New Zealand as Arianna was in a life threatening accident. This accident has a long term rehab which will keep Gabi away till a replacement can be found. Then down the road Gabi will come back home with new cast members playing Gabi and Arianna – as a teenager and possibly confronting Stephan about an affair he had with his IT gal Friday and now pregnant mistress.

She’s the best Days should of gave her ,her offer she talented n beautiful n funny bring her back ASAP!!!


I agree with you 100%.

Awesome I have been waiting sooooo long for trouble making Gabi to leave

I didn’t care for it. This was a holiday for her enemies, like the Julie Williams alumni. At least it was better than killing her off. This was so quick, no trial, no bail etc. Even Kristen managed to tape several months of scenes from her cell. This seemed more like the way Albert Alaar wrote her exit. Didn’t care she was the girl next door, America’s sweetheart. Camila deserves way better than this show and figures to be a good time for me to leave it’s confines. No more Days so it signaled an end for me too. At least she likes Miami. Maybe we’ll see her on celebrity reality series.

I’m sad to see her go. She is a beautiful woman and a talented actress. She will be missed.

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INTERVIEW: Jackie Cox Talks On Latest Return to DAYS, An Offer for Dimitri, and Life as a Performer In and Out of Drag

On the Monday, December 4th episode of Peacock’s Days of our Lives, Jackie Cox is back and hell hath no fury like a drag queen scorned! With revenge the order of the day on Leo Stark (Greg Rikaart), Darius Rose (Cox out of drag) arrives in Salem with a plan.

As Dimitri (Peter Porte) is about to turn himself into the authorities to save Leo’s skin, Darius gives Von Leuschner a talking to; letting him know that Leo deserves to rot away in prison, and so, to help Dimitri out of town, Darius has a tempting, and yet outlandish way to do just that!

Cox first appeared on Days of our Lives during the limited-series Beyond Salem in 2021 and then on to the mothership in 2022. The drag artist and Rupaul Drag Race alum took time out from his busy touring schedule of his holiday show, Jackie and Jan’s Jingle Jam (coming to a town near you), to speak with Michael Fairman TV all about his recent return to the long-running soap opera, playing ‘soapy’ versions of Jackie/Darius, and if there’s more story to come.

In addition, Jackie talks on the often misperceptions of the art of drag and drag performers, working with his DAYS co-stars since first appearing on the series including: Rikaart, Porte, Billy Flynn (Chad AKA Belinda Chinashop), and much more. Check out our chat with the incomparable Jackie below.

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You get asked back to DAYS, once again. Were you shocked that you got the call to return?

JACKIE: You know, what’s so funny is ever since my appearance on Beyond Salem a couple years ago, the fans kind of picked up on this little connection with me and Leo. Which then, Ron Carlivati (head writer, Days of our Lives) kind of expanded into my storyline last year where I came and broke up Leo’s wedding with Dr. Craig Wesley (Kevin Spirtas). What’s amazing is the DAYS fans now think they have seen me in places in the story that I’m not. Like, I was one of the prime suspects for the murder of Abigail DiMera, or I’m somehow helping Leo with other things. (Laughs) The fans have amazing imaginations of their own. I think Ron and the team picked up on that a little bit and have kind of found different ways to work me back into the storyline, which is so cool. I’m there, even when I’m not. That’s so fun for me.

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As viewers saw on Monday’s episode, you are not in scenes with Greg Rikaart but Peter Porte. Was that a surprise for you coming back to tape a new episode?

JACKIE:  When they called me to come back, I thought I’d be working with Greg again as I have been very much a part of his storyline. However, it was really fun working with Peter, because we didn’t get to work together much on Beyond Salem, even though we were both there. It was fun to kind of like build a connection to Dimitri, because I think that’s such an interesting character.

Were you ever a fan of Days of our Lives before you were even on it?

JACKIE: I would pop in and out when I was a kid when I was homesick. My mom would let me watch a little bit. So, I remember the Stefano of it all, and Hope, and all of those storylines are still in my ether somewhere from when I was young.  Coming into it now, and to see where the storylines have expanded into even more is great. The world is bigger now than maybe it was in the nineties. So, the fact that you have a drag queen dealing with an immigration problem, and getting back at her ex, I think is so wild to me. I couldn’t imagine that kind of a storyline happening back then, but it’s so cool to see now.

DAYS, at times, had shown a lot of forward-thinking to its audience that I don’t think you’d necessarily see on the other current soaps. The way they’ve had you, and other gay, or sexually-fluid characters or romances, or introduced drag into the storylines – all these things they had implemented along the way to make the soap, in its current form, a little more progressive leaning. They are also not on network TV anymore, but on a streaming platform, which gives this most likely an assist, as well.

JACKIE:  What I love about it is, sometimes people just don’t think that we exist. You know what I mean? Maybe drag queens are something they just heard about and they don’t know what we are. I think what’s great is this character is me in my real life. I am Jackie Cox. I am a drag performer who goes around the country to different places and performs and stuff. So, for that to also be my character, it’s not like, “Why is she a drag queen?” It’s like, “Well, that’s just who she is.” I just happen to be there and I know that the daytime audience is so diverse. I love that they get to just see a little bit of my real life brought into Salem in this way. You can’t deny the fact I am Darius Rose and Jackie Cox.

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It looks like Darius had a plan to ‘help’ Dimitri?

JACKIE: I don’t know if I’m as much helping Dimitri as if I have ulterior motives. I’m pretty frustrated with Leo. He is this charmer and he always gets what he wants. But I think at this point, I’ve had it with him and his schemes. He didn’t get that emerald. He didn’t give me the money from the Beyond Salem. He left me for Dr. Craig Wesley and I’m tired of it. I want to get back at him. Now that I find out he has this hot new little boyfriend, I know just how to do it because Dimitri better watch out, because he has not yet dealt with Jackie Cox yet. I have quite the persuasive offer you’ll see during the episode, and in the performances. I do think you see Dimitri really consider me and consider what I have to offer, which is to steal him a way, and help him escape to Canada with me.

We see you as Darius and Jackie in the episode, but there is a reason for that.

JACKIE: Yes! What’s fun for the audience is, I think, is there’s this tease during the episode, which is, “How are we going to get Dimitri out of here?” So, we take a page from the old drag book of tricks, which is walk right out the front door and let them look right at you, because drag is an amazing disguise. I think that Dimitri should have, could have chosen to be a fabulous drag queen and leave with me, and we could run across the Canadian border together and done cabarets in Montreal! (Laughs).

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So, this is what Jackie/Darius wants to pull off in the episode?

JACKIE: Oh yeah, and also me, in my real life, (Laughs) I wouldn’t mind doing a cabaret in Montreal. That sounds like a good life to me. I think coming to Dimitri with this offer, which is: “Come with me across the border. Let’s get away from Leo. You haven’t been hurt by him the way I have, but I know you will be.” I think for the Darius side of me, you get to see a little bit of the softer side, in a sense. I really am hurt by Leo and the things that he’s done to me, and had been keeping me from – getting a green card in this fantasy version of my life. I really want to get back at him. What I love about Peter as an actor is, as we were working through this scene, we were able to find all these other levels. I kind of build this little connection through our episode of maybe I’m offering him something that he hasn’t even thought of before, a different kind of life where he’s not this Almanian crook, but maybe he can be a free gay man, maybe drag queen in Canada with me. That’s what’s on the table and the audience sees that. Unfortunately, he doesn’t choose me at the end, but that’s not going to stop me from putting on a fabulous look and walking outta there, anyway.

So then as he leaves, is Darius hurt by all of this?

JACKIE: I’m a little hurt. I don’t think my revenge cup is full at the end of this episode. There’s still a burning little desire for me to get back at Leo by the end of this and maybe a desire for me to just get back into Salem and see if I can find Dimitri again. Let me tell you honey, looking at Peter Porte is not very hard and maybe there’s more men in Salem for me … yet. (Laughs)

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Ya never know! What was your takeaway from previously working with Greg Rikaart? Had you known Greg before taping Beyond Salem?

JACKIE: No. Greg and I met right then, and it was so much fun. Right away in those first couple of moments, we decided we needed to up this whole backstory, like just the two of us, and then it ended up on the show: that we were from New York, and we were in cahoots together, and then apparently we got married. and all this kind of subtext we worked in. For Greg and my character on DAYS, it was not about us being hot and heavy with each other. It was more about seeing each other as partners in crime very much from the beginning. So, that’s where the hurt for me comes in. I thought Leo was my main ride or die, but clearly he is not.

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Ron Carlivati has a penchant for writing these types of campy stories. Did you speak with him at any point, and talk about the fact that you would like to do more appearances on DAYS?

JACKIE. Ron did just come to my Christmas show in New York a couple weeks ago. We had a little chat. I can’t say much, but I didn’t die at the end of this. So, there’s always room to come back!  There’s always room for more Jackie.

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Do you find there’s lot of misconceptions about drag queens and people that perform in drag?  Do you think there’s an underlying misunderstanding of it within our culture?

JACKIE: There are a lot of misconceptions. A great example of it for me was last year when I came to Craig and Leo’s wedding. Once I got out of drag, Craig, wasn’t sure how to address me. I just was very clear with the pronouns I prefer out of drag. That was just something that was a matter-of-fact conversation that could happen between any two people. I think sometimes, everyone is scared of what they don’t know or they don’t understand, or are afraid of having a conversation that they think is going to be really horrible. I think the average person, no matter who you are, no matter what side of the political spectrum you are, no matter what gender or sexual orientation you are, everyone just wants to get along in general and have a decent experience walking around the world. I think if you see people like me and my character who’s a drag queen, who’s younger than for example, Dr. Craig Wesley’s character, having just a quick little conversation and then we move on … it’s not a big ‘falling on the sword’ moment. There’s nothing horrible happening. Drag can be a performance. It doesn’t actually matter who you are. Drag is just an expression, and if you love it, great. And if you don’t, you don’t have to come to my show. It’s okay.

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What did you think about Belinda Chinashop (Billy Flynn), Sonny Delight (Zach Tinker) and Amanda Bottom (Chandler Massey) in the drag show scenes in Beyond Salem? Did you give the guys any pointers, or were you just stunned at how good they were?

JACKIE: We had just shot my drag stuff with them before, and they were like, “We’re doing this later this week.” I was like, “You guys will be fine. Don’t you worry.” They had amazing makeup artists come in and help them, which was great. I think that’s the biggest part. Billy Flynn told me, it was so fun for him to get to do it. I love that. Next time I come to Salem, I think there needs to be a reason for me to get Belinda Chinashop back out of the trunk.

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You went to college at UCLA in their theatre department, didn’t you?

JACKIE: Sure did. I went to UCLA with Blake Berris (Everett). Blake and I were in the same theater program together and he booked DAYS I think right after college or while we were in college. It was amazing. He started so young. Now, we’re on this show together! How funny! We were like, “Oh my, God. This is amazing.” Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see Blake when I was there this time this time. Hopefully, the timing works out next time. I don’t think Ron Carlivati even knows that we went to school together.

Were you determined once you left UCLA to become a successful performer? What trajectory were you on at that point?

JACKIE: I went to UCLA and I really focused in on theater because I love theater so much. I didn’t actually really do much film or TV, even though it’s the school of theater, film and television. I loved the theatre. Then, after school I moved to New York because that’s where theater is. I got to New York and I realized that the theater industry was not for me, at least at that time. This was 15 years ago or so. It wasn’t quite as progressive, even in the theater industry, as it is today. I mean, to be on Broadway, you kind of had to be this big strapping hunk back then. I didn’t really find a place for me there. I did find it in New York with drag, and that really unlocked something in me. I kind of started building this career as Jackie Cox. I’ve been doing drag now for 13 years. So, for me to come back around to what I maybe kind of started doing in the first place is very interesting. We will see what happens.

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Now, would you want to take on more roles as yourself, as Darius?

JACKIE: That’s the thing. These days, writers are actually writing material that really connects to who I am. I really want to play more characters, bringing myself to the role is something that’s important to me. So, whether it’s drag, whether it’s a character, whether it’s incorporating some of my Middle Eastern heritage in there, those are all things that I want to bring to life, whether it’s in or out of drag. It’s all on the table. It’s definitely something where I still want it to have that authenticity, to have that reason where it’s me, the actor, not just someone who hasn’t lived it.

So, if you end up with an expanded role of Days of our Lives, would you take it?

JACKIE: Are you kidding? In a heartbeat! My only question to myself and to the writers out there is, am I still going to be me … or is it revealed that I’m not actually Jackie Cox, and that I’m just some delusional fan who thinks I am? (Laughs)

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In closing, how is Jackie when she walks out the door after this episode?

JACKIE: Jackie walks out the door with a renewed sense of purpose, a burning desire to eventually get back at Leo, and maybe a new friend in Salem. Those are the things that I walk out that door with, for sure.

So, did you enjoy seeing Jackie Cox back on Days of our Lives? Should the soap opera continue to weave Jackie/Darius back into the storylines with Dimitri and Leo and company? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Days of our Lives Peter Porte Stars in ‘Yuletide the Knot’ Holiday Movie on UPtv

Sunday, December 3rd, Peter Porte (Dimitri, Days of our Lives) stars in a holiday rom-com on UPtv, entitled Yuletide the Knot. Not only is Porte the romantic male lead, but he is also one of the producers of the movie.

Yuletide the Knot premieres tonight at 7 pm ET. Porte stars opposite Mary Antonini who take on the role of Rachel. Also appearing are Kelly Jakle, Kelsey Scott and Melissa Peterman.

In story, Rachel, a small-town wedding planner (Antonini), is tasked with planning a Christmas ceremony for an influencer couple. But her big plans hit a major snag when she is partnered with the bride’s manager, Logan (Porte), who is actually her first love and high school sweetheart. Will Logan and Rachel soon be kissing again under the mistletoe?

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Taking to his Instagram to share some background on the movie, Porte revealed: “I got the script in 2019 and was excited to come on board as an actor as well as producer. After months of planning, we were headed to Colorado with truckloads of Christmas decor and a start date of March 13… 2020.  Three years, countless pivots, pulled favors, and a pandemic later, my tenacious and wildly talented cast and crew made and sold a movie and I couldn’t be more proud. Let’s all get in the holiday spirit together!”

To locate UPtv stations in your area click here, or you can stream the holiday movie on UP Faith & Family here.

Watch the preview for Yuletide the Knot below.

Now let us know, will you be checking out this holiday rom-com featuring Peter Porte? Let us know via the comment section.


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Lifetime’s ‘Ladies of the ’80s: A Divas Christmas’ Brings Epic Food Fight and “Slapfest Coup de Grâce”

Get ready for the feuding soap opera divas, when five actresses known for their signature primetime and daytime roles are brought together in Lifetime’s new holiday film, Ladies of the ’80s: A Divas Christmas.

Saturday night, December 2nd on Lifetime (8pm ET/7PM CT) marks the highly-anticipated holiday movie premiere featuring: Donna Mills (ex-Knots Landing), Nicolette Sheridan (ex-Knots Landing), Morgan Fairchild (ex-Falcon Crest et al), Linda Gray (ex-Dallas) and Loni Anderson (ex-WKRP in Cincinnati).

Here’s what we do know! In story, five alums from the long-running soap, The Great Lakes reunite for a live Christmas finale. Uh-oh!  Now take a look at the backstory of the colorful cast of characters (pay special attention to the clever twists on the actresses names!)

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LAUREN EWING (Linda Gray) “Everyone thinks I’m so damn good all the time,” confesses the junk food-loving Lauren of her second act as a lifestyle guru. “I don’t know how Gwenyth Paltrow does it!”

DANA CUNNINGHAM (Donna Mills) Now a sitcom mom, she’s yet to make amends to ex-bestie Juliette after abruptly leaving the soap back in the day. Not that she hasn’t tried: “When I thought the world was going to end in Y2K,” Dana says, “I reached out to her, and she never called me back.”

LILY MARLOWE (Loni Anderson) After replacing Dana on ‘Great Lakes’, Lily never again found a role to win her acclaim. “What do I have to show for (my career)? An arc on  For the People – Shonda Rhimes’ only flop!”

JULIETTE MATHESON (Nicollette Sheridan) “She left me for L.A.,” the party girl turned fashion mogul recalls of Dana’s betrayal. Will their feud derail the entire event?

MARGEAUX ROBERTS (Morgan Fairchild) “Fasten your face-lifts, ladies, it’s gonna be a bumpy weekend!” The sassy grande dame of ‘Great Lakes’ sees the Juliette-Dana beef as the perfect escape from her own domestic drama.

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Now, making this all the more hysterical is the director of The Great Lakes reunion special, which makes the five women live under the same roof, is its former child star Alex, who has gotten his ex-girlfriend, Nell to direct the finale. Meanwhile, in the subplot. the ‘Ladies of the ’80s’ come up with a plan to get Alex and Nell back together.

As with any good soap opera, there is a major food fight. Linda Gray shared with USA Today ,”The food fight was one take. And it was fabulous.” And of course, their is a bitch-fest slap-fest. Morgan Fairchild revealed, “Oh honey, we all got ours in. Mine was a simple, ‘How dare you?’ with a slap. But I was hoping for a punch.”

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The movie’s EP, Larry Thompson, who is a Hollywood manager and has Donna Mills as a client, said that the entire scene peaks with the”slapfest coup de grâce.” What is that exactly? That is when Donna Mills pushes Nicollette Sheridan into a pool in a nod to Dynasty’s Lily bond battle between Dynasty’s Alexis (Joan Collins) and Krystle (Linda Evans).

In case you missed it previously, check out the trailer for Ladies of the ’80s: A Divas Christmas below, also starring Patrika Darbo, Alec Mapa, Mills real-life daughter, Chloe Mills, and Christopher Atkins with theme song by Tiffany.

Now let us know, will you be tuning in to the movie for a premise that should delight many a longtime soap fan? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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