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Cast Revealed for Peacock’s ‘Days of our Lives: A Very Special Christmas’

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So, just who is showing up for the DAYS Christmas holiday movie on Peacock?

Well, the streaming platform announced on Monday the full cast for its upcoming, Days of our Lives: A Very Special Christmas.

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The actors and characters (that we know of thus far ) who will be part of the special are: Deidre Hall (Marlena), Alison Sweeney (Sami), Eileen Davidson (Kristen), Jackée Harry (Paulina), Drake Hogestyn (John), Camila Banus (Gabi), Chandler Massey (Will), Ari Zucker (Nicole), Raven Bowens (Chanel), Eric Martsolf (Brady), Billy Flynn (Chad), Paul Telfer (Xander), Lindsay Arnold (Allie), Lucas Adams (Tripp), Carson Boatman (Johnny), Greg Rikaart (Leo), Dan Feuerriegel (EJ), Zach Tinker (Sonny) and Blake Berris (Nick).

However, look for plenty of twists and turns in the story as only the DAYS writing team can deliver.

Days of our Lives: A Very Special Christmas streams beginning on December 16th.

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Happy to see Alison Sweeney on this list, along with Chandler Massey, Zack Tinker, and Paul Telfer! All of my favorites! Really looking forward to this but Days: bring back Wilson!!!!

This is starting to seem very disrespectful to Stacy Haiduk. If Eileen Davidson wants to come back and those in charge want her, then hire her. But bringing her back only for special events is sending a weird message that Eileen is still the “real” Kristen and Stacy — who has worked her butt off in this role for years — is some kind of place holder. Once was a fun surprise for viewers. Now it’s starting to seem rude. How would any of us feel if our company had a special event and they sidelined you to bring back the person who used to do your job … and then asked you to come back for the regular grind? Kind of weird.

Eileen Davidson is the REAL Kristen and for me the only one who ought to play the role. I am sick of Stacey Haiduk in the role and wish she would just go away!

I agree that there seems to be needless confusion where Kristen is concerned. I would understand if Eileen wanted to return to DAYS only for guest appearances, like in Beyond Salem and in this upcoming movie. But on the actual show? It’s very jarring going from one scene where Eileen’s Kristen is seducing John in the crypt and Stacy’s Kristen is blackmailing Gwen at the police station. Not a fan of the back-and-forth, and I agree that Stacy has been unbelievably good as Kristen. It’s a tough role to nail down without making her cartoonish, and Stacy’s done an excellent job.

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This back and and forth with Stacy and Eileen is not acceptable. I have always loved Eileen, especially on Y&R where Stacy also outshined as Patty. We know it isn’t of Eileen’s doing, but her taking parts away from Stacy,for lack of a better explanation is so disrespectful. It’s like they are telling Stacy that she can play a cat or that loony-toon better.SHAME ON DOOL!

For real! Total agreement. Once was a nice surprise, bit now it’s a pattern and not fai and respectful to Stacy. Eileen is great, but that’s not how you do things. Respect is lacking for Stacy unfortunately.

I totally agree. Ron said the role belongs to Stacy now yet Eileen is brought in for these Peacock specials. While I adore Eileen and her talent, Stacy knocks it out of the park and deserves better. MUCH better.

hollyoaksboi, you are so right, I thouroughly agree.

“The elves are dressed in leather
And the angels are in chains
Christmas with the Devil
The sugar plums are rancid
And the stockings are in flames
Christmas with the Devil
There’s a demon in my belly
And a gremlin in my brain
There’s someone up the chimney hole
And Satan is his name

The rats ate all the presents
And the reindeer ran away
Christmas with the Devil
There’ll be no Father Christmas
‘Cause it’s Evil’s holiday
Christmas with the Devil

No bells in Hell
No snow below
Silent Night, Violent Night
So come, all ye unfaithful
Don’t be left out in the cold
You don’t need no invitation, no…
Your ticket is your soul”
– Spinal Tap

Yes, a very promising cast. But will someone please tell these handsome actors that we want to see their great faces, not these recurring beards. It looked like we were getting away from that… GH’s Josh Swickard looked incredibly gorgeous without that beard all summer. But now they seem to be crawling back. Sorry, not a fan.

So excited to see Will and Sonny again!

A question though: if Will is writing this script about people he knows from Salem then how is Paulina a part of his script? I don’t think Will has ever met Paulina???

Hooray! So glad to see Zach Tinker back for this project. And Greg Rikaart, too!

I wonder if Days would consider putting Beyond Salem and the new Christmas movie on the NBC app also during the Holidays. I mean school is out, everyone is home. Not veryone is a college football fan. It would expose a lot of new people to the show and they could always return Beyond Salem and the movie to just peacock after the holidays.

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Chrishell Stause to Guest Star on Amazon Freevee’s ‘Neighbours’ in New Soap Role

Look. who’s returning to the soaps but this time down under? Chrishell Stause, who before the reality-series Selling Sunset found notoriety on daytime dramas, is set to play a new guest role on the iconic Australian soap, Neighbours.

Stause will play a new character, Yasmine Shields, who is said to be,”a glamorous and successful businesswoman in pursuit of an exciting new opportunity.” Chrishell will make her way to Australia and start filming in July.

Neighbours releases new episodes Monday-Thursday, at 7 a.m. BST, on Amazon Freevee in the UK and the U.S.  Stause is joining the show at the right time as it just received its first Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Drama Series at the upcoming 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

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In a statement, the former All My Children, Days of our Lives and The Young and the Restless star, expressed, “I am honored and excited to join such a beloved and iconic show.  Coming from the world of soaps in the U.S., it’s back to my first love in the entertainment industry. They pitched me an idea for a character, and I was immediately excited to figure out a way to make it happen. Ramsay Street here I come!”

Neighbours Executive Producer Jason Herbison said on the casting news, “We are thrilled to welcome Chrishell to the cast of Neighbours. We created a character especially for her and we can’t wait for her to bring the storyline alive. Expect intrigue and surprises – and many implications for the residents of Ramsay Street.”

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As fans know, Stause married her partner, Australian musician G Flip back in 2022, so now she has additional roots on the continent.

Previously on the soaps, Chrishell played the role of Amanda Dillon on All My Children (2005-2011), Bethany Bryant on The Young and Restless (2016) and Jordan Ridgeway on Days of our Lives (2013-2015; and make returns in: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2023).

Since leaving the American daytime soaps, Chrishell has received an MTV TV & Movie Award ‘Best Reality Star’ and a People’s Choice nomination for ‘Favorite Reality Star’ for her appearance in Selling Sunset. In 2023 she was recognized by Variety as one of the ‘40 Most Powerful Women in Reality TV’ and by Us Weekly as one of the ‘Top 10 Reality Stars of the Year.’

In February 2022, she released her debut memoir, Under Construction: Because Living My Best Life Took a Little Work. Chrishell is committed to philanthropic endeavors and is a vocal advocate for LGBTQIA+ rights.

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The continuation of the long-running series, Neighbours, is about the lives, loves, and challenges of the residents on Ramsay Street in Erinsborough, Australia, a fictional suburb of Melbourne—picked up two years after the finale in 2022, which was watched by millions of adoring fans.

As well as on Amazon Freevee in the U.S and UK as mentioned above, Neighbours streams on Prime Video in Canada, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. Australia’s Network 10 will retain first-run rights in Australia for the new chapter of the series. Previous seasons of Neighbours, as well as over 100 iconic episodes, are currently available to stream on Amazon Freevee.

So, what do you think about Chrishell Stause returning to the soaps with a role on Neighbours? Comment below.

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Ron Carlivati Reveals When Days of our Lives Episodes From His Head Writing Regime Resume Streaming

Days of our Lives viewers have not been watching material from head writer Ron Carlivati and his writing team for many months. Well, things are about to change.

Circle this Friday, May 31st when the first new script from Carlivati and company will stream on the Peacock soap opera. If you recall, Carlivati had to step away from the writing gig at DAYS due to the writer’s strike, but because the soap tapes at least seven months ahead of air, it is only now that fans will see how the stories shift or finish out that were started by Carlivati.

According to Ron’s conversation with TV Insider, when Carlivati and his team resumed writing the show in late October of 2023, the stories were already written well into 2024. Carlivati explained, “For me, as of us talking right now, the (replacement writers’ material) is still airing, so that has been very tough. I’m just very anxious and eager for our stuff to start airing again.”

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Ron explained before the writer’s strike, he and his scribes had written up through the 2023 Thanksgiving episodes. Speaking on how the replacement writers tried to handle stepping in for the regular team, Ron expressed, “I think what they tried to do was move things slowly in the hopes that the strike would end and respect where my storylines were so that I could play them off when we came back. Unfortunately, the strike dragged on, so I understand that the show needed to make story decisions.”

The award-winning writer made clear that, “from January to May (2024), those were not my stories. I had nothing to do with those.”

Having lived through a writer’s strike before (when he was at One Life to Live in 2008), Carlivati explained how he dealt with coming back and adjusting the stories including that the plan was to, “blow things up, jettison anything that I did not like, and get back to a show that I understand and can enjoy and tell. ”

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Look for a Carlivati-style ‘wink-wink’ on Friday’s episode. As he puts it, “I did want to make it clear that this was the line of demarcation, that the writers were back and there was a change happening. We have a little nod or two to what was going on in the first day and I think it will be very obvious and clear to the savvy viewer. Luckily, story-wise, certain things were coming to a head already.”

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Stay tuned for how Ron resolves a Sloan and Nicole showdown, how Eric will find out he is Jude’s true baby daddy, what happens when the new Gabi returns from Salem from out of the slammer, the Maggie/Konstantin wedding, payback time for Theresa and more.

In addition, and as previously reported, when Carlivati returned, he crafted the series 15,000th episode which is set to air in early December, and will also pay tribute to the late Bill Hayes with the passing of his on-screen beloved character, Doug Williams.

So, glad to know Ron and his team’s material will start to reveal itself this Friday and moving forward on DAYS? Comment below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Eric Says Goodbye to Baby Jude

The Monday, May 27th of Peacock’s Days of our Lives, picked right back up for the emotional payoff of Nicole (Arianne Zucker) finally getting her biological son, Jude, back in her arms and learning it from Eric (Greg Vaughan).

As the episode began, Eric (with Jude in tow) is at the front door of the DiMera mansion. Eric recounts Sloan’s (Jessica Serfaty) confession. Nicole (Arianne Zucker) says she knew from the first time she held Jude that this was her child. She says a parent knows deep in their soul. Eric looks at her with tears in his eyes, as he thinks Jude is now EJ’s (Dan Feuerriegel) biological son. That’s a lie into itself and EJ is covering the truth of that along with Sloan.

Eric goes on to explain that Sloan even rigged the DNA results, telling the couple that they can check for themselves with a new DNA test, but this is their baby. Once inside the living room, Eric apologizes to Nicole for what Sloan put her though. Nicole says EJ was a victim too.  She turns to EJ and insists that Sloan be arrested. He tells her there is plenty of time for that. She reiterates, “That bitch stole my baby!” But, EJ is not about to do anything about it.

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Eric vows he will make Sloan pay for all of her lies and deceit. Nicole asks Eric if he would like to hold Jude one more time before he leaves. Eric tells Jude he will love him more than he will ever know.

As tears stream down his face, he returns Jude to Nicole. She tells he can come over anytime to see the baby. Eric thinks it’s best for Jude to bond with his new family. Holly (Ashley Puzemis) comes in on all this and is filled-in on Jude’s “parentage.” Outside, Eric continues to falls apart.

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However, after getting a call from Rafe (Galen Gering), they meet outside Eric’s apartment door. When they enter, the place is a torn up and there is no sign of Sloan. All that they find is a necklace, Eric gave her for Mother’s Day.Eric realized she took off, knowing she could be caught for her crimes. Meanwhile, back the DiMeras, an overcome Nicole is in tears that she actually has her baby back.

Now, what? Will EJ try to bond with Jude or not bond with Jude since he is knows Eric is the biological father? Will Sloan eventually get arrested? What did you think of the performance of Greg Vaughan and Arianne Zucker? Let us know via the comment section below. 

But first, in case you missed it, check out the Michael Fairman Channel’s conversation with the Ari and Greg  from five months back where they talk about the baby switch storyline and more.

 

 

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