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Christie Clark & Austin Peck Making A Return To Days of our Lives!

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Austin and Carrie will be back in action on NBC’s Days of our Lives come 2017!  Fans of the series have already begun to see the new episodes from the latest co-head writing regime of Dena Higley and Ryan Quan play out, which from the looks of it means some fan favorite returns may be part of the order of the day.

Soap Opera Digest is now reporting that Christie Clark (Carrie) and Austin Peck (Austin) are set to reprise their roles in which Christie elaborated on still being part of the DAYS family now for 30 years! Clark, began playing Roman (Josh Taylor) and Anna’s (Leann Hunley) daughter, Carrie as a child in 1986, was last in Salem in 2012.  Peck has been back and forth on the series as well. His orginal run went from 1995-2002, and he last returned in 2005.  The role of Austin has also been played by Patrick Muldoon.

Now that DAYS fans already know that Leann Hunley is also coming back to DAYS, could Carrie and her mom finally share some on-screen moments?  What do you think will bring Carrie and Austin back in story?

Share your thoughts in the comment section below if you are excited to hear of the return of Salem supercouple, Austin and Carrie!

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Im just hoping-but wont hold my breathe-that they have something interesting to do and it will be great to have Anna back…wish VI had played Peter Blake or another son of Stephano and Lee Dumonde instead of Deimos-he feels more like a D than a K…imho

Have never liked Austin Peck. Would prefer Patrick to play Austin.

Me too Mo, but glad to have the characters back

I agree. Love Christie, Mo. But, not Austin. He looks sickly in the above picture….haunted eyes!!!!! DRACULA!!!!

Disagree, Peck is a MUCH better actor! Muldoon is boring and one note!

If the show is true to its recent history, I will enjoy them for the 6 months or so that they are on after their trumpeted return. Then they will be let go and the show will promote its exciting reboot while apologizing for its latest round of disappointing stories. Sorry, but the show has trained me not to care about stuff like this. I’ll pay attention when they bring on the Macdonald Carey hologram….

I agree…no matter who you bring back unexciting is simply unexciting. Don’t enjoy being negatives but for real…this is just another sock full of cement.. not a re”boot”.

Is this a storyline that has these characters staying with us? I am weary of this trend in daytime drama to bring in actors/characters (with great fanfare) for short term plots, then leave them languishing before they leave. The joy of daytime drama is the investment in places, stories, characters, histories, and have that sustained. Is that a lost art?

Yes, it does appear to be a lost art. Very well said.

Thank Gawd!!! Austin Peck is returning as Austin Reed instead of Patrick Muldoon. Christie (Carrie) and Patrick (Austin) were a bore-fest during their last visit to Salem.

Agree!

Agree Peck is a much better Austin than Muldoon. Muldoon looked much too old to be Kate’s son.

I agree he look older this time around, but austin will always be pat muldoon.

Plus the writing was not up the par when pat muldoon played Austin last, his Austin in ways are different than peck Austin reed.

I stopped watching Days when they fired Carrie and Austin in 2012, so I guess I will be tuning in this winter for their return! I prefer Patrick, but I also like Peck, so it’s a win-win for me. Too bad this is just a limited run. I’ll just watch their episodes and then it’s back to not watching for me. Now, if they brought Carrie, Austin and Jack back full time, I would start watching again full time. Funny how that works!

its a great day to be a soap fan!!!
the amazing news continue… first pratt replaced with an original writer from y n r glory days sussam morina…. and now this!!!!
pls dont let carrie and austins return be short lived like past attempts!!!… carrie and austin are my fave days couple and they deserve a front burner story!… throw in lucas or rafe ( who had so much chem with carrie before) and maybe nicole as replacement for sami as the meddler and the new round of carrie and austin should be exciting!…
i love a heartbroken , crying carrie and i prefer peck to mulldoon!…
cant wait for their return… i ve been off days for a bit but carrie and austin always bring me back!!

“…DAYS fans already know that Leann Hunley is also coming back to DAYS, could Carrie and her mom finally share some on-screen moments? ”

YES… scream from the mountaintops… that’s me… YES

wallah…. “Rafe ” it’s time to dump Hope… Carrie is back !

not to diss Austin… IT”S going to be GREAT to see him back for the best, Kate.

Okay– lets hope they remember Carrie and Austin were expecting a child when they were last seen on scene– they haven’t mentioned it since– except I think at Will’s and Sonny’s wedding I seem to recall someone showing a picture of the kid to someone in a fleeting second while they explained why Carrie was not at the wedding, but I don’t recall it was a boy or girl of the kid’s name– of course this being a soap maybe the kid will be a teenager by now—Personally Carrie without Sami around seems rather dull- and Austin stopped being interesting eons ago– so I doubt they will be on very long– if the show is on its last legs, these returns might be a way to wrap up loose ends before the show is cancel– let’s hope not, but my gut is telling me something else.

Are you sitting down, Mary SF? There are rumors and speculation that Austin and Carrie’s child is a hermaphrodite! If the child has male and female genitalia the storyline possibilities are endless!!

What?? Sounds more like a James Reilly story- no wait the kid would be possessed if it was him writing— well if true it would certainly be a first on a daytime soap anyway

the thought occurred to me .. for storyline purpose.. that they make Rafe the father

tada! the end… Rafalicious is badaboom badaboom… all that

I don’t think Rafe and Carrie ever did the deed– so they would have to rewrite history– but I always thought Rafe made a better couple with Carrie than Hope- also if Abigail is coming back at some point – an Abigail, Chad and Austin triangle would be worth exploring–I liked it when Abby had a thing for Austin

This is fantastic news. I love Clark and Peck, and much prefer Peck’s portrayal of Austin than Patrick Muldoon’s. I’m really looking forward to having them back, and hopefully this points to a bright future for DAYS. Now all they have to do is get Brandon Beemer and Martha Madison back on contract, and find a better recast for Philip (even though John-Paul Lavoisier is doing a fine job IMO).

I’m going to miss Martha Madison… seriously

even SOD was taken with her work… said as much… she should be groomed to be a leading lady

as I’ve posted… I was still fresh off the firing of Daniel Cosgrove… as he was the resident legalese… and fresh young pup Belle got the job.

this newfound core family … took

I liked the moments.. what few their were… between Belle, Shawn D., and Claire

so… since Claire is remaining in Salem… I’d love to see MM’ back in Salem.

I’m #MissingMartha too, Patrick.

DAYS should focus on Marlena, Belle and Claire. And look who’s in the middle/center!

Ditto on the Martha Madison love.

Keep them happy. Dont insert them into forced triangles and quadrangles that go nowhere. Let them be a leading couple!! I must say I am happy that Peck is returning. Muldoon’s last go ’round just did NOT work. He looked weird, he sounded weird, and acted weird. Even though he originated the role, Peck has played the part much longer and is the Austin that most fans relate to.

Please let the characters stay for at least a year this time, wait for them to be gently massaged into the canvas before getting rid of them. Give them the chance you never seem to give Jack, Belle, Shawn Brady and the latest Phillip who was fine, and only needed a haircut, not to be fired. They could get the next generation Marlena, John, and Roman started if they would give time to someone other than Deimos, but I’m liking this reboot so far, lots of old characters returning and tight writing and scenes with characters together that make sense, like Patch and Adrienne finally talking. If Y&R can pull itself from the brink they can set the standard for the rest. Sony is hopefully working on Days just as hard as they are on Y&R to get the soaps in the best shape possible, at their highest potential. It can be done. I wanted Carrie and Belle to fight in court as dueling lawyers, maybe we will see that while Madison is still there, hope they intersect, being family and all, sisters even?

Always enjoyed Christie Clark but never cared for Austin Peck’s take on Austin.

That said, he really developed as an actor when he portrayed Brad Snyder on ATWT so I’m interested to see what he does with the character this time.

As I told my friend and fellow DAYS fan, hell no. Carrie and Austin are a ship that sailed, ran aground, and sank long ago. But the person above who said their return would only wind up lasting about six months was spot on. LOL

Whatever. Just one thing, though: Austin Peck needs to SERIOUSLY RE-THINK that outfit!!!!! I mean…HALLOWEEN’S not here yet…LOL!!!!!

Just saying……….

Days Of Our Lives

Jason Cook Recalls Landing His Soap Roles as DAYS Shawn-Douglas Brady and GH’s Matt Hunter

Daytime fans remember Jason Cook when he became wildly-popular as Hope (Kristian Alfonso) and Bo’s (Peter Reckell) son, Shawn-Douglas Brady on Days of our Lives from 1999-2006. He later made a brief return in the role in 2015 for the series 50th anniversary.

After departing DAYS, Cook was offered a role on General Hospital as Dr. Matt Hunter, the younger brother to Dr. Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson) from 2008-2012. However, during his time on the soaps, and after, Cook has been focusing on his behind the scenes roles and passion as writer and a director of feature films.

Last week, the Michael Fairman Channel welcomed Jason, along with two of the stars of his latest film, Four for Fun, Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-AMC, B&B, GH). During the conversation, Cook revealed his continued admiration for the soap medium and the actors who work in it, and how it came to pass that he landed his parts on Days of our Lives, and then on General Hospital.

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Cook spoke on becoming the on-screen son of soap opera’s most iconic couples, Bo and Hope: “I auditioned for Fran Bascom. She was the Days of our Lives casting director at the time. I was never a great auditioner, I don’t think. She made me feel really comfortable. I remember that screen test. And then, I remember when I got the part, I was actually working at a company at a desk job. I got the call at work and I just screamed, and at the time I didn’t quit my job. But then, I got that contract when I was 19-years-old and it totally changed my life.”

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But, was Jason aware how key to the show being Bo and Hope’s son would be? “Yeah, my older sister was a fan of the show. She definitely let me know that I better not mess it up, because I was gonna ruin her favorite couple,” he shared. “I remember she printed out the family tree and it looked like a physics diagram. It was so complicated. A lot of detailed work went into it. But, I was excited.”

After being a known entity with a large fan following, eventually Cook made his way to a new role on General Hospital. Jason explained, “GH was fun. That was a situation where Brian Frons (ex-ABC Daytime President) brought me over there. I just told him I didn’t want to be like or want to do Shawn. He’s like, ‘Well, what do you wanna do?’ I said, ‘How can I screw things up around here and shake things up?'”

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From that conversation things began to formulate. Cook revealed, “We started talking about the TV series House. I think in soaps, there’s an assumption if you’re going on a show that everybody wants to be the hero. I was like, ‘I don’t want to (be). I want to screw everything up.’ And then, they wrote it in that Matt Hunter burns the hospital down within like six months. I was like really proud about that. The other part that I loved about that character is that Matt, and his older brother Patrick (Jason Thompson), were both neurosurgeons. And if you (an actor) resigned your contract (with the show) you go to Patrick, you see Patrick. And if you don’t resign your contract, you see my character, because my character was going to kill you every time.”

For more on the interview, make sure to check out the replay of the livestream conversation below with Jason, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young.  Now let us know, did you enjoy Jason as Shawn-D and Matt on GH? Do you hope someday he might return on-screen to the soaps? Let us know in the comment section.

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EXCLUSIVE: Jacob Young, Joan Collins and Nadia Bjorlin to Prague to Film ‘Murder Between Friends’

On Thursday night during the Michael Fairman Channel’s livestream interview centering around Jason Cook’s (ex-Shawn, DAYS and ex-Matt, GH) latest movie Four For Fun which stars Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-JR, AMC, ex-Rick, B&B and ex-Lucky, GH), revealed another upcoming film project with some very familiar faces.

Jacob Young shared an exclusive that he is set to direct, produce and star in a Agatha Christie-like murder mystery feature film aptly tiled Murder Between Friends.

Speaking on the upcoming project, Jacob said, “I’m flying at the end of the March to Prague to direct, produce and star in a film with Joan Collins (ex-Dynasty). Nadia Bjorlin (ex-Chloe, Days of our Lives) is in it, and Toby Alexander Smith from Eastenders (ex-Gray Atkins). Plus, a couple of my Broadway friends and a very well known Czech actress (Hana Vagnerova).”

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According to Jacob, the production start date is April 1st. He added on the premise of the film, “It’s very Agatha Christie sort of ‘Knives Out’ without having a hundred million dollars to shoot it, but still will be a lovely film nonetheless.” Young said the plan is to finish all principal photography by April 17th.

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IMDb has more on the film. It shared that former All My Children star Trent Garrett (ex-Asher Pike) is listed as co-directing the feature. Mark Rozzano is listed as writer of Murder Between Friends.

So, what do you think about this upcoming feature from Jacob that will feature Joan Collins, Nadia Bjorlin et al? Share your thoughts in the comment section. 

Then below, check out the full livestream conversation with Jason Cook, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young on ‘Four For Fun’ and their notable soap roles.

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Days of our Lives Star Blake Berris Chats On the Everett Lynch/Bobby Stein Mystery, Working with His New Co-Stars, and the Last Christmas Episode with Bill Hayes

On Days of our Lives, the return of Blake Berris is making for some very intriguing drama, with the audience guessing just which way the story will go.

When Berris arrived back on Days of our Lives, after previously playing Nick Fallon, he was taking on the new role of Everett Lynch, who has a past with Stephanie Johnson (Abigail Klein) and Jada Hunter (Elia Cantu). Only, as it has been revealed, the past he had with Jada was under the name “Bobby Stein,” who from what we can tell was far from a nice guy.

Blake visited the Michael Fairman Channel for a livestream interview this week, where fans in the live chat were weighing-on what could be the truth about the guy – is he a split personality suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder? Did the accident that cost him a year of his life in a coma, never happen? Recently, someone set fire to the beloved Horton house. Fans are suspecting it would have been “Bobby” who is working for Clyde Weston (James Read). Others believe that Everett/Bobby could actually be Clyde’s son. With upcoming therapy sessions with Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) about to start, things are about to get more juicy in Salem.

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Here are just a few excerpts from our conversation with Blake on a myriad of Everett/Bobby subjects. Make sure to check out the full interview for more.

Did you know that they were going to make Everett Lynch a Jewish character? This is only the second time in the history of the show that they have even had a Jewish character on the canvas. Didn’t they reveal this at the Horton family Christmas episode?

BLAKE: No, they never asked me. I am half-Jewish on my dad’s side. There was never like, ‘You’re Jewish, right? We can call you Jewish on the show?’ At the Horton Christmas, “They made a real point of it, yeah.”

And now the new ‘character’ is “Bobby Stein” …

BLAKE: “Right, and that suggests more Jewish, and then Lynch must be coming from somewhere else, maybe the mother. I was so curious because I think the show has been historically, I’m gonna say, Catholic more than like Wasps. With the Bradys there’s this sort of Irish influence, and then the DiMeras, that’s Italian. So, we’ve got Catholics sort of on both sides that are dominant. Now I, “represent”.

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What has it been like working with Abigail Klein?

BLAKE: I think she is extraordinary. We start off sort of frosty, or she’s frosty with me, like she doesn’t want to let me in. And then, for a while things are going really well. I just could not adore Abigail more. She’s such a good actor. I could always rely on her to bring me back into a scene and be there in this emotionally, supportive way.

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Everett and Chad seemed to be becoming friend-ish, when all went awry when at the PCPD interrogation room, Everett let him know about Elia and Bobby Stein, and Chad let him have it for worming his way back in to Stephanie’s life.

BLAKE: Billy would call us the ‘disgusting brothers’ and that’s a reference from Succession, because all of a sudden they’re just so chummy with each other. It’s like all of a sudden we just had this like ‘Bernstein and Woodward’, sort of dynamic duo. I think that Everett really started to think of Chad as a friend and feels sort of disappointed, and he feels, “Oh, it’s that easy? I just needed to have some other identity and now you’re a fair-weather friend?”‘

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In recent scenes, Jada sees Bobby Stein for the first time, and we see you and Elia Cantu share scenes with each other for the first time. What is it like working with Elia?

BLAKE: She’s fire, man. She comes in hot and she tells you the way it’s going to be. I think early on, we were trying to suss each other out and the more we worked together, the more comfortable you get with somebody. I think actors do this sometimes with each other; if there’s spice on screen, you like to keep some of what you have on-screen in your (real-life) interactions because it helps … it helps the work.  Eventually, we just sort of wore each other down and we’re like, ‘I actually totally get you, and you’re great.'”

Did you know that they were going to make Everett Lynch a Jewish character? This is only the second time in the history of the show that they have even had a Jewish character and didn’t they reveal this at the Horton family Christmas episode?

BLAKE: No, they never asked me. I am half-Jewish on my dad’s side. There was never like, ‘You’re Jewish, right? We can call you Jewish on the show?’ At the Horton Christmas, “They made a real point of it, yeah.”

And now the new ‘character’ is “Bobby Stein” …

BLAKE: “Right, and that suggests more Jewish, and then Lynch must be coming from somewhere else, maybe the mother. I was so curious because I think the show has been historically, I’m gonna say, Catholic more than like Wasps. With the Bradys there’s this sort of Irish influence, and then the DiMeras, that’s Italian. So we’ve got Catholics sort of on both sides that are dominant. Now I, “represent”.

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You were on set and in the annual Horton Christmas episode which sadly marked the last for Days of our Lives legendary Bill Hayes, who passed away in January of this year.  What do you recall of that tape day?

BLAKE: It was the Christmas episode when we were watching Susan (Julie) and Bill, say ‘Merry Christmas.’  And there was something about it that just felt like it could be the last time. I mean, it wrecked us all on set. Bill gets so choked up and there was something really profound about the moment. They kiss each other as they have so many times before on the show. It was just beautiful. It felt beautiful to be there for that last Christmas. He’s just such an icon. Every time I’d see him, he was so with it … he knew my name, he knew his lines. What an incredible, incredible man.

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Fans will get to see Everett in therapy sessions with Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)? Would you say she is helping the guy?

BLAKE: Deidre’s always making jokes about Marlena, ‘She’s the worst therapist in the world’ (Laughs) I remember in the first therapy session, we almost couldn’t get through the scenes because it’s just so clear that Everett has a litany of very profound psychological issues that he is going to have to work through. He’ll keep coming back. This guy’s gonna pay the bills!

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Viewers are waiting to see how they mystery of Everett Lynch/Bobby Stein plays out. What can you say as a tease for what’s to come?

BLAKE: As far as a tease, I would say, you have all these characters sort of, trying to wake up the ‘sleeping giant’ in a way. I think it’s safe to say that like if you poke a bear, the bear might wake up.

Watch the livestream chat with Blake in full below.

Now let us know, what do you think is going with Everett/Bobby? What has happened to him in his past? Share your theories in the comment section below, and make sure to catch Days of our Lives next week on Peacock for more to his story.

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