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CONFIRMED: Kassie DePaiva Joins Days Of Our Lives As Eve Donovan!

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Photo Credit: Sue Coflin/Max Photos

It’s official! After all the rumors that have been circulating, One Life to Live favorite Kassie DePaiva (Ex-Blair) is coming to Days of our Lives as the recast Eve Donovan, the role once played by Charlotte Ross.   Even though there had been discussions between DAYS and Ross for her to reprise her role, in the end it’s DePaiva who lands the plum the part!

In a statement from DAYS,  Greg Meng the series co-executive producer said, “We are excited to welcome Kassie to the Days family.  Stay tuned to find out how the return of Eve Donovan shakes things up in Salem!”

DAYS went on to say:  the twice Daytime Emmy-nominated star brings a fresh dynamic to Salem society as we explore the many facets of the Donovan family like never before.

So what do you think of Kassie DePaiva playing the role of Eve Donovan?  Let us know!

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Mo
Mo

OMG! You are so kidding. Sorry, but I think she’s too old. Or maybe I’m just in time warp. Either way, enough. I’d rather have Charlotte Ross back. I’m just not happy with all these newbies coming on, even if they play existing characters.

So is Kassie moving to CA or will she carpool with Thorsten?

And does this mean Kim and Shane are returning? For more than a meal at the publ?

gino
gino

Mo I agree with you, I love kassie, but she is too old for this character. They should have brought back charlotte ross back. big mistake days producers. they should have cast kassie as kristen dimera or anna dimera. oh well, I will give kassie a chance. I still love her acting, great actress.

k/kay
k/kay

Have not watched Days in years but Leann Hunley is the only Anna Dimera and Charlotte Ross the only Eve. Hey Days why do you not spend some of that money to get Peter Reckell/Bo Brady back. The best looking woman on the show KA/Hope and she can’t get a story from what I read !

cheryl
cheryl

I am so over Days when Ej slept with Abigail. Just one bad choice after another with the director. Show has went down hill.

Mo
Mo

That was a major misstep. I am trying to stick in there. Another misstep was firing Chandler and replacing him with Guy. I am just no loving Guy as Will.

I just don’t see Kassie as Eve. She did a great job as Blair and I think she’s a great actress, but she’s TOO OLD!

April
April

Not a fan of her or Teresa . Those roles can go. I love the new Will. It’s Sammy’s last year so the Abigail thing had to happen. I loved the old Eve. But honestly the role didn’t need to be brought back. I never missed an Episode and now with Eve back and Jack gone. Then Daniel and Jennifer breaking up and I loved Nicole and Eric together if only she told the truth. So many things done wrong. Eve and Teresa can go. Miss Belle and Sean too.

Susan Tucker
Susan Tucker

Kassie is only 5 years older then Charlotte…….that’s not that much lol Kassie is a wonderful actress and she will do great in this part I think 🙂

Mo
Mo

She looks older.

Barbara t loves One life to live
Barbara t loves One life to live

I AGREE WITH YOU SUSAN, I BELIEVE SHE WILL DO WONDERFUL PLAYING EVE 🙂

Michael S.
Michael S.

As much as I love Kassie… I think this is a miscast. Kassie is six years younger than her supposed father Charles Shaughnessy. I understand it is the world of soaps to try to have actors play roles different from their own age…but really I just don’t buy this one.

KatieK
KatieK

Theres only about 9 years( I think) between Charles & Charlotte. She gave an interview once saying it was weird having a “father” who was about the same age.

Ray
Ray

I agree about the age difference, but Kassie is a great addition. I am still having a hard time that Sami is a grandmother and Kate/Marlena are great-grandmothers.

Johnny
Johnny

Kate and Marlena…while still written like they are in their 30’s….and thanks to mega plastic surgery…are in fact in their 60’s. It is no stretch of any imagination that they are great grandmothers. But this Eve thing is just not going to play well. First of all, Eve was a disgusting loathesome character when Charlotte played her. It was not believable then that Shane could have fathered her when he was alrready established as a super spy. Eve was always a few years younger than Jennifer…and Missy’s youthful looks will not help this transition. It will look absolutely absurd when the time comes for Eve to start calling Shane daddy. I so wish the show will rethink this decision. They certainly have lead time. All that said however, lets not any of us forget….Kassie is a tall Southern blue eyed blonde…and she replaced a short black haired Asian as Blair and went on to be one of the most popular and enduring characters for 20 years. Probably if anyone can pull it off…its her.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Well Sami did have Will when the character was around 16, and Will is now in his early twenties, so being a grandmother in her thirties is possible.

Keith
Keith

On TV real age doesn’t matter. 30 yr olds play parents to 20somethings playing teens. LOL I seem to remember Cassie is 10 years older than both Todds (Victor). I do love her too on OLTL but I have to agree with everyone. (Even though I have no idea who any of these people are.) I tried to watch DOOL and it was so bad (sorry) I wanted to hang myself with the TV cable, so it doesn’t matter to me. What’s the status of OLTL? Or is it time to put up the RIP? I am happy for her as she is very talented, I hope the have her sing. 😉

Brian
Brian

Blair was always supposed to be several years older than Todd though, so Kassie being older than RH and TSJ worked out fine.

beacon
beacon

I am crushed about this. I was so excited about Charlotte Ross returning. At a loss for words, actually. One role I dreaded about being recast. I am especially devastated because Charlotte was tweeting with DAYS fans recently and seemed very excited about the prospect of returning. I now know how the Peter Reckell fans felt when Robert Kelker Kelly stepped into the role. It really hurts! I respect Kassie’s acting, but Charlotte just touched my soul as Eve. I don’t want to let her go.

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

It looks like Charlotte wasn’t offered enough money. I AM DEVISTATED!!! Cassie looks about 7 years older than Charlotte! She is not Charlotte! She is not Eve!

I dreamed of the day that Charlotte would come back as Eve! CHARLOTTE OR NO EVE!!!

It was fun while it lasted.

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

Kassie is spelled with a K, not a C. It could have easily started with a C!!!

SZima
SZima

Had nothing to do with money…she had 3 other projects lined up.

Phil
Phil

Thrilled!

Robert
Robert

I am excited to see her take on the role and maybe give Theresa a wake up call but I am embarrassed to say when I heard the news I was wondering ;exactly how old is Shane?

BTripp
BTripp

I think they knew that Ali Sweeney was leaving so they needed to bring a similar type character/actress to the show. I say they need to bring on Vincent Irizarry as Peter Blake too and maybe even Jack too!

susan
susan

I am glad to see kassie come onto days. I love onelife to live and glad she is coming. she is a great actress and she can sing too. that has to be a plus. hopefully we will be able to see a lot of music on there now. I loved when they used to have that with Melissa.

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

Charlotte Ross is also a singer.

The recast Melissa was a singer, but was a recast mistake. Lisa Trusell was the one and only Melissa for me. She was a dancer.

Rob
Rob

Guess Ill be checking into Salem after I give Genoa City the heave hoe!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

She’s Eve? I was hoping 4 Charlotte Ross!!! Mixed feelings here!!!Hopefully, she’s still Jordans momma!!! Theresa will now have her half sister to worry about!!!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

She is a little to old to be Shane’s daughter…ill have to wait and see if she can pull it off!!!

Patrick
Patrick

I’m crushed along with…..

It crossed my mind… had so hoped….
that the new pairing… sisters: Charlotte Ross and Jen Lilly… as Eve and Theresa Brady-donovan

would have catapulted to the forefront…. to replace…. the other brady girls… Sami and Carrie

Patrick
Patrick

I know, right?

i think this is going to be a loaded mix

i too think she’s a lil’ old

Charlotte ross and jenn lilly had the sex appeal thru the roof…. add in Kimberly… and Shane… and I’d have lost it….too happy if this had transpired

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Maybe they’ll bring Charlotte back in 2015 as the new Sami…even if she is older than Greg V. who plays her twin bro Eric? After all, Josh Taylor played Chris for years and came back as Roman!!!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

A bit mixed here too. I loved Charlotte Ross as Eve and was hopeful for her return. KDP is one of my all time fave soap stars so I’m excited to have her on my screen again, just was hoping she would be related to Jordan too. I guess we’ll see. But I am totally LOVING Days right now.

Congrats to KDP and look forward to seeing you in Salem.

Mary SF
Mary SF

It is beginning to look more and more plausible that Eve will be Jordan’s mother. I think they invested so much into this story, so certain they were going get CR to come back that when it fell apart they had to recast — too late to drop the story since they tape and write so far in advance. I never watched ABC shows, until last year I began watching GH, so I have no idea who this lady is, – and a lot newer Days fans don’t even know CR, so I think this isn’t ideal, but just by looks, she could pass as Jordan’s mother. Looking forward to the story, but like you mixed feelings over losing CR in the role.

ricardo
ricardo

Wow congrats kassie, so happy for her. I wanted kassie to play kristen dimera. so maybe eileen davidson might come come back as kristen, in the near future. Kassie is a wonderful actress.

Patrick
Patrick

I had to wait and see some fan response

I too feel deflated – let down

and a fan be damned…. If i don’t know how good Charlotte Ross could have been as Eve…. with Theresa, Kimberly, and Shane…. this would have been the perfect family to catapult the brady-donovan tribe

just loaded with femme fatale and the uber himself hottie Shane.

I had hoped that Kassie would have come on as Jordan’ mother.. or another horton or brady…

be that as it may…. I fully support DAYS

SZima
SZima

Kassie would have been MUCH better as Jordan’s mother! The age thing would have worked much better than … Theres’s sister??? Love Kassie, but she looks her age and really shouldn’t be playing that much under her age.

johnny
johnny

kassie is a great actress. but this is a big big mistake, she is miscast. kassie should have been a recast, for kristen dimera. That would have been much better. I will still watch days of our lives, its the best soap out there. I will give kassie, a chance. who knows? kassie could surprise us, with eve donovan. Now bring erika slezak as the new caroline brady. peggy needs to retire now. Erika would be great, as the new caroline brady.

Patrick
Patrick

darned ??? I wonder if TPTB offered Charlotte Ross something… and it wasn’t to her liking?

Welcome to Days Kassie DePaiva!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Good question. I was excited at the prospect of CR returning as Eve, but happy KDP is back in action.

SZima
SZima

CR had other commitments and couldn’t do the show.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

I’ll be looking forward to seeing how this plays out on screen.

Chaz
Chaz

Despite thinking Kassie is tremendous, my first thought was she was too old for Eve. But, then I looked up Charlotte Ross and found she is 46. And, Kassie can pull off younger so it might well work.

Patrick
Patrick

you’re right…. it’s jarring us some

she’s a great actress… with talent

we want perfection and Charlotte Ross was wanted!

once the news ebbs a little…. Kassie definitely pulls off younger

Kian
Kian

Charlotte tweeted that she had to decline her “fave role” due to other projects.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Thanks for the update. A little disappointing, but KDP is very good IMO.

Tim
Tim

I don’t know why people are complaining about Kassie being to old for the role,she is only 6 years older than Ross.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Because Charles S. who played Eves poppa was born in 1955, kassie 1961 and Charlotte in 1968. Charlotte may be 13 years younger than her onscreen father but Kassie is only 6 years…rather too close but this has happen before on soaps including Days…Susan Hayes(Julie) was six or 7 years older than the actor who played her son David back in the 1970s…it worked, however, so im going to wait and see if Kassie can pull it off too!!!

KatieK
KatieK

I love the Eve character, & I love Charlotte Ross. Im so sad its not her coming back, with Sami leaving Days could use Ross. I like Casie, she’s the next best thing, but Ross would have been so much better.

Beth
Beth

Love Kassie, but this is going to be a hard sell, at least for me. I remember Eve very well and I don’t see KDP in the role. Sorry. But like other former Prospect Park actors who were left high and dry when the shows were cancelled, she has a right to try other soaps and make a living, so I wish her well. I’ll give her a chance because she’s a terrific actress, and because I’m glad that she’s not waiting around for the GH team to make her an offer to play some new character and do to her what they’ve done to KA, RH and ME. But it’s another odd recast choice done by a soap IMO and it will take me awhile to accept it.

Patrick
Patrick

gosh darn it! I’m Pissed!

Charlotte Ross’ Eve with her equal, daring, sultry, tigress… Theresa would have suited me to a T

add in the equally spitfire Kimberly
and dashing dear big daddy Shane….

and this would have been the #1 family on DAYS

I don’t know her acting… Kassie DePaiva’

so… it’s a 4 month wait

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

I don’t think I can ever accept this!!! I may have to change my username.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

If they couldnt get Charlotte back…they shouldve waited until she was available or not bring the character back at all…maybe Kassie will be ok…ill wait and see!

Mark
Mark

You’ve got to be kidding! Kassie is ok but Charlotte is Eve!! I did like Kassie as Chelsea Reardom on Guiding light tho so maybe it will work out

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

KDP was awesome as Blair Cramer on OLTL. She was my favorite character on my favorite soap for years.

Jen Mac
Jen Mac

I love Kassie. I think she can pull it off. It’s been like 23 years since Charlotte Ross was Eve. Can’t wait to watch!

wayne r harrison
wayne r harrison

i love Kassie Depaiva,but i don,t see her in this role,maybe she should,ve done what the other soap stars did n get herself in a web soap opera ,those soaps r pretty good ,even better than some of the soaps that are on T.V.,right now

Debbie Hamilton
Debbie Hamilton

Kassie is a fantastic actress and there is no doubt she will blow the ratings off the chart. But then I am saddened to know Blair is gone, I wish it would of been OLTL being brought back. But I will support Kassie and watch Days along with GH, Y&R and B&B. Long may I soaps live. Amen 🙂

Omar
Omar

Agree with you 100% Debbie..Saddened by seeing our beloved “Blair” going somewhere else, but at the same time I am so happy for Kassie to move on and come to a show that I have become hooked on the last couple of years because it has been so damn good and so well written/acted/produced/directed..I am not familiar with the character that she is playing or the actress she is replacing, and I been reading alot of “age” complaints here, but trust me DOOL fans, you got your self a lovely and scene stealing powerhouse of an actress aboard and the ratings of this show will increase because of her big fan base.

Patrick
Patrick

well said, Omar.

have to echo: “… you got your self a lovely and scene stealing powerhouse of an actress aboard and the ratings of this show will increase”

LOL…. DOOL!

“…has been so damn good and so well written/acted/produced/directed..”

couldn’t agree more

Jcs21113
Jcs21113

There is only a 5 year age difference between Kip and cr

Michael
Michael

Great news- she is a good actor. Charlotte no longer looks like the young Eve we all remember. Plus- have you seen Charles S recently? He DEF looks old enough to play Kassie’s dad.

Patrick
Patrick

very true…. judging from Shane and Kimberly’ return… just this past couple months ago.

so… after all the hoopla…

Whew! this will be a big deal for DAYS

I so hope… that DOOL features returns of Shane and Kimberly… like they do Doug and Julie…. it’s a MUST!

Iakovos
Iakovos

Love Kassie DePaiva and those who do not know her will, too! As for this age problem, Charlotte Ross is 46 and that makes her 12 years Charles Shaughnessy’s junior. DePaiva is 52 and looks younger. Just last year, Eileen Davidson was tramping around as Kristen DiMera. In daytime, age is relative and the years between generations shrinks as everyone SORA’s or returns after their stints in boardsing schools or rehab! One post noted it has been 23 years since Charlotte Ross was on DAYS as Eve. History can be adjusted.

Lou Piikes
Lou Piikes

I think KDP is a miscast as Eve Donovan. I wish Wendy Muniz was available. To bad she is on that awful prime time show Betrayal. Wendy would be bad a$$ as Eve Donovan. I just can’t imagine Kassie in scenes with Shane Donovan and Kim Brady.

Patrick
Patrick

She was SSSSOOO good….. on Guiding Light!

Jenn
Jenn

I was looking forward to seeing KDP in a new role but this seems like a total miscast. I have a feeling we’re all just going to see Blair scenes instead of Eve.

Even though KDP looks good for her age I don’t know why she always has to play someone 10 years younger. Eve is suppose to be the same age as Jennifer. It’s going to look really weird.

Patrick
Patrick

well…. Kassie DePaiva’ – “Eve” will still look younger than Melissa Reeves’ Jennifer.

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

Melissa Reeves is 46 to Kassie’s 52 (and looks a lot younger, always has, which is probably why she gets cast in younger roles). Why would that be such a stretch?

I can see other reasons to object to the recast, but Kassie’s age does not seem to me to be a particularly legitimate issue. Charlotte Ross is also 46; furthermore, Charles Shaughnessy is 58–making him technically too young to be the father, in actual age, of either actress.

I wish Kassie were coming on as someone else. She’s already saddled with so much resistance from Charlotte Ross fans that I doubt she’ll even be given a real chance, which is a shame. (I could see it more, I suppose, if CR had been fired to make way for KDP, or if she was willing and available and they went with hiring KDP instead, but Charlotte said herself she’s got too many other things going on and could not come back.)

JJ
JJ

Kassie looks young and beautiful. Melissa on the other hand is not only a horrible actress but looks older than Kassie. I think they need to worry about recasting Jennifer to keep up with Kassie!!

Jared
Jared

This is a really good recast in theory. I look forward to seeing her onscreen. I would love to see Frankie return and maybe an interesting love triangle between Eve, Frankie and Jennifer.

Patricio
Patricio

Congrats Cassie! I always hoped you would take on the role of OLTL matriarch once the great Ms. Slezak retired. With that not possible I am happy for your new path. I never watched DOOL but will go to see you. Once again Congratulations!

Fran
Fran

Congrats Kassie , now All we need is Erika Slezak and Robin S on TV again

jc
jc

KDP not only replaced an Asian actress as Blair, she made that role hers. I have no doubts she can do the same with the Eve character and I hope FV & RC see what a big mistake they made
not hiring her@GH. She could have helped them make Franco acceptable which he isn’t to the majority of the fans despite how much they like RH. So fellow KDP fans lets show GH what they’re missing by helping Days get high ratings especially when Kassie arrives. Days has been must see tv lately. I wish her the best of luck.

Johnny
Johnny

This is a complete and utter miscast. Not much else to say. Its strange that Kassie is experiencing the same thing as Roger Howarth. Out of all the characters they could have chlsen for him to play, they made the worst possible choice in having him be Franco. And same hong with Kassie. There was an instance several years ago where Beth Ehlers was promoted and hailed as the new Liza Colby on AMC. But that decision was changed. I sincerely hope that the powers that be read fan forums like this and realize that while hiring Kassie is awesome, hiring her as this particular character is a HUGE mistake.

Chaz
Chaz

Another perspective about actors ages & parts….in The Manchurian Candidate, Angela Lansbury played Laurence Harvey’s mother and there was only a 3 year age difference between them.

robert
robert

Fantastic news. Kassie will be a great Eve Donovan.

Troy Parkins
Troy Parkins

I think society in general is too “hung up” on age. It seems to me she is in the general age range of the character and if the Producers didn’t think she could pull it off they wouldn’t have hired her. To my eyes, at 52 she looks closer to 42 so it’s no big deal. As for her former role as Blair on ONE LIFE TO LIVE, if the show ever resurfaces, as some say it may, she could always reprise that role if asked. Unfortunately, not that I have any “inside scoop”, it seems doubtful that OLTL could return although Prospect Park never officially Cancelled it – only time will tell what that show’s ultimate fate will be.

Susyq
Susyq

A total MISCAST sorry but they should have waited for Charlotte to be available, I am doubtful of Kassie pulling off being Eve and what is with the rumour of her being Jordan’s mother? Shane has a grown grandchild he knows nothing about? Come on Days do this right or leave my fave Days family The Donovan’s ALONE! My only silver lining is that we might get to see more of Shane AND Kim but I would be worried about what they would do to them also…UGH # DaysFail

Julie
Julie

Charlotte Ross! Thank you! She was Eve Donovan, and she was fabulous at it! There is no one else far as I am concerned.

shelledale
shelledale

I am looking forward to seeing what kassie does with the role and i love charlotte as well and am excited to see her on nashville. TPTB did approach cr first but she had other commitments. I cannot wait to watch kassie on days i have missed seeing her daytime. This is great news to me

Gmbenet
Gmbenet

I think it is nice that Days is making room for actors from cancelled soaps. Sorry things did not work out with Ms. Ross, but it is a nice opportunity for Ms. DePaiva.

janet noak
janet noak

cool love her

JJ
JJ

I’ll tune back in now! BUT they really need to recast Jennifer! She’s going to look even worse of an actress next to Kassie!!!!

Lynn LoPorto
Lynn LoPorto

Having lived through the soap opera SORAS with our son Carmen LoPorto as Jack Manning on OLTL, the fans were very upset also but over time they all adjusted to the change. I am sure that Kassie will do a wonderful job portraying Eve. She is an extremely talented actress and beautiful inside and out. Good luck Kassie…. Lynn and Carmen LoPorto

maggie
maggie

I think this is great I love Cassie and she will bring added depth to the character. GREAT news!

Kathleen
Kathleen

Isn’t Eve just Shane’s daughter? I thought he had a daughter when he met Kim.. I am probably wrong but I thought Eve caused a lot of trouble between Kim and Shane..

Carol
Carol

Yes and she sure did!

Julie
Julie

Boo. Sorry, I like her and all, but there was no one like the original, and I cannot think of her name right now, but she was Eve.

Carol
Carol

Would have preferred Charlotte Ross to come back. At least they would have been able to show old story lines. Not happy about their decision to bring in someone new.

Kris
Kris

I’ve been watching DOOL since the beginning and we’ll remember Charlotte Ross’ s Eve. I am not liking Kassie DePaiva’s portrayal no matter what her age. She’s not coming across as natural and is really spoiling DOOL for me. I may not be able to watch on the days she is “on”. I’ve never seen her on any other soap so I can’t speak to how well she portrayed other characters but this is NOT a good fit for her or the show”

BeeHiveLady
BeeHiveLady

Kris, I agree with your statements about DePaiva. No chemistry with the actress that plays Paige. I fast forward through DePaiva’s scenes.

Deborah Girgis
Deborah Girgis

I agree. I have seen Kassie in the magazines but never watched her acting. I think she looks too old to play Eve, and also too tall. At age 53 or whatever she is, that would lead one to believe that Shane is in his mid seventies. If Charlotte Ross was not available, what about Tori Spelling? She would have been age appropriate and the right height.

linda
linda

She is definitely not at all suitable to play Eve as Charlotte Ross was a petite little doll…It’s hard to believe her as Eve…change please….

Gloria
Gloria

I believe Eve deserve a change. Cant wait to here her sing.

carol
carol

Three actors that dool could do without are: eve donavan, serena (a newcomer) and melanie jonas. They are really boring. I forward thru their scenes whenever they are on!

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‘Days of our Lives’ Producer Files Lawsuit Against Sony Pictures Television

In a breach of contract and fraud complaint filed this morning, Corday Productions, the Producers of Days of our Lives, is seeking 20 million dollars in damages from its producing partner, Sony Pictures Television, as well as its Columbia Pictures and Screen Gems divisions, and to significantly take back control of the show.

In the 33-page court filed document this morning, Deadline.com noted some of the key points contained within.  Corday Productions is alleging that Sony has treated the show unfairly skewed in favor of its Sony-owned daytime drama series, The Young and the Restless.  The complaint indicates that, “While the domestic ratings for Days of Our Lives have remained largely constant, Sony’s distribution receipts have decreased by over 50%. This dramatic decline is directly attributable to a decision at the highest levels of Sony management to eliminate any competition to its own wholly-owned series The Young and The Restless also distributed by Sony.”

Sony Pictures Television distributes Days of our Lives in overseas territories, and in ancillary markets such as digital streaming.  The DAYS suit alleges that Sony has failed to sell the show in key territories including: Great Britain, France, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Canada, France, Zambia, and South Africa.”

In the lawsuit, the producers also claim that Sony has stiffed them by forcing the production company, Corday Productions, to absorb budgetary deficits . The filing also claims that Sony is “imposing solely on Corday the burden of absorbing the multi-million dollar annual operating deficits due to an inadequate NBC license fee and mandating an inefficient, costly production schedule.”

The complaint filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, also alleges that Sony has provided Corday with inaccurate accounting and has failed to pay millions of dollars in profits.

Make sure to read more on the lawsuit click here.

So, what do you think about some of the key points that the Days of our Lives producers bring up in their lawsuit against Sony? Comment below.

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