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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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DAYS Billy Flynn Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

Let’s just start this by saying if you missed last Thursday’s episode of Days of our Lives on Peacock, you missed beautifully touching and effective performances by both Billy Flynn (Chad DiMera) and Marci Miller (ex-Abigail).

Leading up to it, Chad had a gut-wrenching week.  He figured out that Clyde (James Read) was the culprit that murdered his wife and later confronted him.  That led to key scenes where Chad confronts Clyde at Abigail’s gravesite and wants to hear all the gory details of how Clyde stabbed his wife, and then learned how the criminal covered his tracks, went after Sonny (Zach Tinker) and stabbed him, and framed Leo (Greg Rikaart) for the crimes.

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Throughout the reveal, Billy Flynn played all of Chad’s pain and horror, while holding a gun at Clyde baiting him on – problem was Clyde is so despicable he had no problem telling Chad the grisly truth.  During a struggle for the gun with Chad, it is EJ (Dan Feuerriegel) who saves the day and shoots Clyde.  The two brothers bond over their shared disdain for Clyde.

Later at the Salem PD, EJ apologizes to Chad for bringing Clyde into their lives and for what happened to Abigail.  Chad takes it in but does not explode, rather appreciates his brother for saving his life.

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However, the emotional rollercoaster that Chad went through, and the audience, in the expert hands of Flynn, was nothing compared to the heartbreaking scenes where Abigail visits Chad at her gravesite, now that he solved the murder mystery.

Abigail is proud that Chad found her killer and tells him that she wants him to love again and that it’s OK to move on.  She knows he will always love her, and she will always love him.  Then, when Abigail asks Chad to tell her what traits their children, Thomas and Charlotte, possess that remind him of Abigail, it was very tender and not overplayed.  When it was time for their final goodbyes, both Flynn and Miller reminded us all why #Chabby was one of the best duos in DAYS history.

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In the end, it was Billy Flynn who carried the ball all the way to the end zone and scored a touchdown in the conclusion of Chad and Abigail’s love story.  It is always a nice to see when DAYS decides to write for and feature material which plays to Flynn’s strengths, and this did.

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So, for all the reasons stated above, Michael Fairman TV names Billy Flynn’s work as the Power Performance of the Week.

What did you think of the Chad and Abigail goodbye scenes at her gravesite? What did you think of Billy’s performance and the reveal that Clyde Weston was Abigail’s murderer? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.  But first, check out our latest conversation with Billy, and his DAYS co-stars Greg Rikaart and Mary Beth Evans now on the Michael Fairman Channel below, where Billy discusses taping the pivotal scenes and more.

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DAYS Billy Flynn, Greg Rikaart & Mary Beth Evans Talk On: Abigail’s Murderer Revealed, Orpheus’ Poisonous Plot & the Move to Peacock

September had been a pivotal month for Days of our Lives.  After nearly 57-years on broadcast television, the long-running soap opera shifted from NBC to exclusively streaming on Peacock.  While fans have been adjusting and wrapping their heads around the change, the stories of the characters you love to love, or love to hate, are continuing to play out in Salem.

This week, after months of a whodunit and who is to blame for the death of Chad’s wife, Abigail DiMera, DAYS fans finally learned that the actual killer was none other than Clyde Weston (James Read).  Meanwhile, Kayla has taken ill along with Marlena (Deidre Hall) and Kate (Lauren Koslow), all a part of Orpheus’ (George DelHoyo) longstanding feud with the women and the men in their lives.

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Now on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, DAYS stars: Billy Flynn (Chad), Greg Rikaart (Leo) and Mary Beth Evans (Kayla) discuss their latest storylines, plus their thoughts on the soaps move on Peacock and its future.

As viewers witnessed on recent episodes, Chad figured out that it was Clyde who murdered Abigail, and went after him with a gun. Chad decided he wanted to hear the entire sordid story of how Clyde killed her.  This led to the showdown scenes at Abigail’s gravesite which included a visit by EJ (Dan Feuerriegel), who saved his brother from Clyde. During this interview, Billy weighs-in on taping the climatic scenes, what it was like to blame multiple characters for months for Abigail’s death, plus what the future holds in store for Chad as he moves on with his life post-Chabby.

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Greg Rikaart shares his thoughts on if he ever thought Leo would turn out to be Abigail’s murderer since Leo had a revenge plot against those who wronged him. Rikaart also weighs-in on the story where Leo had a relationship with Craig Wesley, his enduring on-screen relationship with Emily O’Brien (Gwen, ex-Jana, Y&R) , plus working with Billy in the limited-series Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem, where Chad goes in drag as “Belinda Chinashop” and more.

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Mary Beth talks on Kayla’s latest plight; that  being kidnapped by Orpheus along with Marlena and Kate, the good doctor has become very sick while trying to maintain order at University Hospital.  Evans also shares her thoughts on the arrival of Abigail Klein as her on-screen daughter Stephanie, the departure of Marci Miller as Abigail, and more.

Check out our full interview with Billy, Greg and Mary Beth below, and make sure to ‘subscribe’ to the Michael Fairman Channel for more celebrity interviews, music videos, game shows and special event coverage.

Now let us know, what did you think of Clyde being revealed as Abigail’s true killer? What did you think of the confrontation scenes between Billy Flynn and James Read? What has been your favorite Leo moment since Greg came to DAYS?  Will Kayla figure out what Orpheus has done to her and others? Finally, are you enjoying DAYS on Peacock after its first few weeks of the series exclusively streaming? Share your thoughts in the comment section,

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Roark Critchlow on His Return to DAYS and Working With Cady McClain

It’s been 12 years since Roark Critchlow appeared on Days of our Lives as Dr. Mike Horton, the brother of Jennifer Horton Deveraux (Cady McClain). However, fans have been excited to see him back on their screens when the series teased his appearance in the extended fall preview.

Now with Jennifer spiraling downward (now that her pill-popping addiction is back), it seems like a good time for Dr. Mike to return to Salem to help his sis. (And if the promo for this week’s DAYS is any indication, it certainly looks like Jennifer is going to be involved in a car crash and need medical assistance or at least some brotherly love.)

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Roark initially appeared as Mike back in 1994 and left the soap back in 1999. He returned in 2010 for a few episodes honoring the late Frances Reid (Alice Horton) who was Mike’s grandmother.

In an interview about his return with Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Roark talks about working with McClain as Jennifer, when he previously worked with Missy Reeves in the part.

Critchlow expressed on sharing scenes with McClain: “Her character is going through a lot. She and I dropped in really easily, I felt. It was a very nice, natural care for each other. It wasn’t difficult, that’s for sure. Obviously, Missy is a super-duper person. But you don’t compare people. Cady and I chatted. We got on good. In terms of story, I thought we pulled it off nicely as being people who’ve known each other their whole lives.”

Look for Roark to make his DAYS re-emergence on the upcoming October 3rd episode of the Peacock streaming series.

So, looking forward to seeing Roark and Cady sharing scenes together? Share your thoughts in the comment section, but first check out this week’s promo for DAYS below.

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