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CONFIRMED: Drake Hogestyn back on air on DAYS September 26th!

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Earlier today, we announced that Deidre Hall’s first airdate back as Marlena on Days of our Lives is September 26th, and now comes the confirmation from Soap Opera Digest, (that we expected), so too will that be the airdate for the return of soap favorite Drake Hogestyn in the role of John Black.

DAYS Executive Producer told SOD, “We are thrilled that Deidre and Drake are rejoining the show. I know their return will excite loyal fans and intrigue new viewers. We are gearing up for some amazing cast surprises and guest stars visiting Salem in the fall, launching a grand event airing on September 26th.”

So what could be the grand event that everyone is a buzz about that is  going to happen in Salem?  Any guesses, soapers?

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Nicole
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Nicole

I dont care who they bring back to days.I cant stand who they are bringing back.Cant stand drake..bad actor.This soap has alot of bad actors.The best ones they do have they let go..so I will be leaving also.Days sucks anymore with the writing and acting.Adios

sara
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sara

I Agree about one thing Drake is a bad actor but Days have amazing actors James Scott , Alison and Arianna Zucker.

Hilary
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Hilary

I’m thrilled for Dee & Drake and all the J/M fans. I wish Kayla AND Steve were included in that, and who knows, ya never know, I suppose. But J/M fans were dealt a really bad hand with their exit, not to mention the actors, themselves. I’m looking forward to their return, and I’m looking forward to whatever this shindig is on the 26th. Someone getting married? Having a baby? Hmm. Well, see ya in the fall then.

Linda
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Linda

Thank you Hilary for your sweet words! I always loved Drake’s scenes with Mary Beth. IMO they were the BEST brother/sister team on soap operas. It would be AWESOME to see Kayla come back and welcome John into the Brady family!

Brian T
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Brian T

Yay, this is great news. Yes of course Drake isn’t the worlds best actor but he is not terrible either and he is a fan fave with more history on the show. I am sad that some of the other talented actors had to leave for him to come back but it will be worth it in the end. The new writers will be much better than Dena Higley (who destroyed Days IMO).

Linda
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Linda

YAHOOOOOO! HURRAHHHHHH, DRAKE IS BACK, DRAKE IS BACK! I can’t believe this day is FINALLY here! I’ve waited two whole years for Drake to grace our TV screens again and it is FINALLY happening! Thank you Michael for the confirmation! Now, if luck is with us, the new writers will drop this sci-fi stuff that Drake ALWAYS gets stuck performing. I’d love to see DAYS get right out of the outrageous storyline and get into storyline that is more realistic. My favorite Drake storyline is STILL Isabella’s fight with cancer. Drake (as always) was outstanding in that storyline as was… Read more »

SoapStud79
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SoapStud79

I love the Ken has retooled the soap. I have watched DOOL for over 25 years and hope to for at least another 25. Marlena, John, Carrie, Austin, & Jack are great characters to bring back. I hope we get Bryan Datillo’s Lucas back at some point as well. I am not sure what the grand event might be… a milestone birthday for Caroline?..some sort of tribute to Alice Horton (a new hospital wing or clinic, etc) ..maybe a wedding?

Marie
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Marie

I am thrilled that deidre and drake are back on days! I’ll be tuning back in for the first time in 2 1/2 years. Sounds like days is going back to it’s roots and I couldn’t be happier!!!

Linda
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Linda

What’s with all of the Drake hate? Good golly. I know some are angry because Crystal and Louise didn’t have their contracts renewed, but keep in mind that Drake was let go so that those two actresses (and others) could return to DAYS. It isn’t Drake’s fault that they were let go. Heck, if he is being blamed for these actors being let go, isn’t it only fair to also blame Deidre, Matt, Patrick…too? Drake is FAR from a “bad actor.” If he was a bad actor, TPTB wouldn’t have given him nearly a dozen different characters to play during… Read more »

lumi
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lumi

I Love John,he is so much fun, If John and Marlena had not been let go two years ago,Days would not still be on the air?? so Im HAPPY they are coming back,but remember fans its only for a few weeks.

now give us back Lucas Horton,,, LOYAL FAN JJ

Linda
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Linda

Hi Lumi! I don’t think there has been any word regarding the length of the actor’s stay. I’m hoping at least Drake will stick around for a LONG time! 🙂

I agree about Bryan too, the show (IMO) needs Lucas!

Soap Fan
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Soap Fan

I think DRAKE is an excellent actor he shows great range, emotion & emphasizes the right moments in all his scenes. Those who think he is a bad actor that is your opinions like the saying goes “opinions are like a$$holes, we all have them.” Your opinion doesn’t count anymore than my. That are several Actors, Actressess current on “Days” & some that were recently let go that I think are the Worst, Hair Model Actors/Actresses ever but I don’t going post nasty comments on post about them. As another saying goes, “Those who CAN DO, those who CAN’T Critize!!”… Read more »

Linda
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Linda

THANK YOU Soap Fan, you said what I was trying to say PERFECTLY! Drake is a fabulous actor PERIOD but like you said, his emotional range is beyond awesome. He is the one actor on DAYS that sells emotional scenes time and again, he can cry so hard in character that his nose runs and his body shakes – now THAT is acting! Do I understand fans of the fired actors being upset? Of course I do, I mean I for one wasn’t happy at all when Drake was let go, in fact I was livid but as I recall,… Read more »

lumi
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lumi

I love John and Marlena, and want them to stay forever,but I love Lucas and my Tony too,hope they come back soon.

Rod
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Rod

Brady’s funeral or lethal injection for what he did to EJ. Maybe Will’s coming out party. lol

BRANDON
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BRANDON

YAY GO DRAKE ITS SOOOOOOOOOOO DANG GOOD 2 HAVE THE BEST ACTOR BACK ON THE SHOW? MAKES US PROUD MAN =) I BE LOOKIN 4 U SEPTEMBER 26TH

BRANDON
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BRANDON

THANKS 4 COMING BACK MAN IM SOOOOOOOOO HAPPY NOW U GIVE ME A REASON TO WATCH DAYS

BRANDON
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BRANDON

U ROCK DRAKE HOGESTYN =)

BRANDON
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BRANDON

COME ON DOWN DRAKE HOGESTYNNNNN U KNOW WHERE U STAND MAN MAKE UR FANS HAPPY =)

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