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Could DAYS Be Luring Darin Brooks Back to Salem?

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Photo Credit: Jason O'Dell

There has been a big buzz on Twitter within the last 24 hours that former fan favorite and Daytime Emmy winner, Darin Brooks (Ex-Max) may actually be considering coming back to reprise his role on Days of our Lives!

Darin took to his Twitter account and posted a very simple, yet juicy, and cryptic message stating, “To DAYS or not to DAYS…that is the question… ;)”

DAYS fans know that Max was Caroline and Shawn Brady’s adopted son, and when Rachel Melvin (Ex-Chelsea) and Darin both decided to leave the series, the character of Max went to London to be with his gal.  More recently, Brooks starred in Spike TV’s comedy series Blue Mountain State.

So soapers, would you like to see Darin back on DAYS?  And if so, who should he be romantically paired with?

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shawn
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shawn

Oh, YES!! YES!! YES!!

D Hewitt
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D Hewitt

Aw, what the heck. Bring them both back!

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Iakovos
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Iakovos

Will he be integral? Will his character matter? There seems to be a revolving door at the Salem boundary… in for a bit, the out quickly… I came to DAYS only after my AMC, ATWT and OLTL fell to cancellation and dang if I am having the hardest time finding my way in that soap town. I do like that Chandler Massey and his Will-and-Sonny storyline. Well done, although I could do without the Gabi pregnancy twist.

Chaz
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Chaz

I agree. Bringing him back for the sake of bringing him back is meaningless. There are more than enough recurring characters to write story for as it is.

Jules
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Jules

I would love to see Max return!!! I really loved his spunk and charm!

Ces
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Ces

I came back to Days because Matt, Patrick, Christie, Dee & Drake returned. I didn’t come back for the actors I didn’t during my eight year hiatus from the show. I’m already bored so if DAYS continues to bring back people during that period and ignore actors I LIKE – uh,hum Kristian Alfonso has Zero storyline – then I just walk away again. Days needs serious improving …

BTripp
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BTripp

I am pretty sure Hope is supposed to be getting more story soon (no idea what but I’ll wait to see). Also I love that Marlene, John, and Kristen are front and center again!

Ces
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Ces

By “story” I hope that means she’s the main character and not wandering around Town Square dispensing advice. K.Alfonso is one of the reasons I still watch. I do like the Kristen/John/Brady/Marlena stuff. It’s the rest of the show that is bothering me. The continuity, and the poor storytelling. Love Will & Sonny but this pregnancy storyline is already bothering me since Will should stand up to Nick. By having Will tell Sonny and Adrienne finding out? A lot more exciting than what it is now. Jennifer and Daniel are extremely boring!!! How I miss Matt Ashford! So many of… Read more »

Tsuds
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Tsuds

NOPE .. .Just concentrate on better writing and you will get viewers.. DAYS wants viewer so bad that they bring back old actors and they get spike in ratings but we disappear due to BAD and BORING storylines.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

The storylines recently have been AMAZING. The only BAD and BORING storyline is Gabi’s pregnancy. You must be watching another series I am not.

Tsuds
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Tsuds

Ratings say it all!!!!! Glad you are enjoying it! Just not for everyone… Enjoy!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Ratings also show that GH is good, and truthfully, it’s horrible. LOL. Once again, no clue what show you’re watching because DAYS has been AMAZING!

Tsuds
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Tsuds

Scottie.. your a little crazy but funny!! Enjoy Days!

Ces
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Ces

Absolutely!! They tricked everyone by bringing favorites back (MATT A.) and then pulled the plug on them as soon as they got a few viewers.

Good storytelling always wins out in the end!

robert
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robert

I think he would bring in the younger audience.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

I never watched Days of our Lives when Darin was on the series. But I think bringing his character back into the fold to create a new dynamic for a lot of the teen demographic in Salem. And if Chelsea returned to town, which I do not want, they should recast the role! I’d love to see a reunion with Abigail, as I feel as if Darin and Kate Mansi would have amazing chemistry together!

Dmitri
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Dmitri

He should be with Abby. The ratings will rise if he returns, fans love him.

Michael
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Michael

Only if Max really fled to London because he’s gay, and he comes back to make a play for Will. Otherwise- yawn, bore, no thanks.

Tsuds
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Tsuds

Now that would be good!

Dmitri
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Dmitri

But isn’t he Will’s relative?

Tsuds
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Tsuds

Maybe he could come back for an episode and then go hang out with Bo and never be seen…Would cut down on the Budget ….

BTripp
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BTripp

I see no reason to bring him back although I do love Darin Brooks.

Ces
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Ces

Nope, we don’t need him back. We don’t need more younger actors on the show. We need established ones to get storylines.

Cassandra
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Cassandra

Yes, come back Max. I like Max and Jennifer together.

Stacy
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Stacy

Love Max Brady!!! Love Max & Abigail!!! Max Brady is the love of Abby’s life and it would be great to see him return back to the show! MABBY was awesome and so cute! And Darin Brooks is such a good actor! Darin would be great with Kate Mansi, just as he was with Ashley Benson (original Abby, whose now on Pretty Little Liars). Darin & Kate Mansi (Abby) would be great on-screen together, they would have some great and appropriate chemistry and is the right age for each other, it would be great watching the two of them bring… Read more »

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Abe Goes to the Light While John Faces Off with MarDevil

Monday’s highly-anticipated episode of Days of our Lives did not disappoint. In fact, we think that this episode should be a strong contender for DAYS to consider for one of their Outstanding Drama Series submissions for next year’s Daytime Emmys.  Why? It has it all – emotional heart with Abe’s journey to and from the light, touching flashbacks, a great performance by James Reynolds, and some special effects and editing during the John (Drake Hogesytn) vs. MarDevil scenes, which also gave us a delicious performance by Deidre Hall.

At the start of the episode, Abe has flatlined after being shot as Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) tries to revive him, but they are losing him.  As this is going on, Paulina (Jackée Harry), Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) and Eli (Lamon Archey) are gathered at the hospital awaiting news on Abe’s condition.  Later, Eli decides to go find out what is happening with Abe, and gets the shock of his life when he walks in on Abe flatlining, while Kayla tells him that Abe is gone.  Eli implores her to try to bring him back. He tells the others they are working on trying to save Abe, as Julie and Paulina bond, and later, Lani must call Theo and Brandon to let them know about Abe’s condition.

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Julie reminisces about Abe, and how they have known each other for 40 years, our wink-wink that this is James Reynolds’ 40th anniversary episode.   Then, we see Abe has gone to the light wearing a white sweater and who should he see but his beloved late wife, Lexie.  No, it’s not Renee Jones, but an actress who delivers Lexie’s lines, since it had been previously reported that Jones was unavailable for the episode.  In scenes with the replacement Lexie, Reynolds showed us why he is an MVP of DAYS.  He acted up a storm and brought the emotion regardless of who was standing there.

 

However, longtime viewers got a wonderful surprise when flashback clips of scenes between Renee Jones and Reynolds were shown and they were some major moments in the history of Abe and Lexie’s relationship including: the moment when Abe learns Lexie’s pregnant, the moment when he is disgusted by Lexie’s betrayal when he learned of her involvement in the Zack baby switch storyline, and what she did to Bo and Hope, all because she was desperate for a child. Later, it’s the five-hankie moment of when Lexie, who was dying from a brain tumor, passes away in Abe’s arms.

After all the flashbacks, Lexie tells Abe he needs to go back and not to come with her to heaven. He has children, and people who love him and need him. Eventually, he says his goodbyes to Lexie and returns to the present, just as Kayla is about to call his time of death in the hospital room. All of a sudden, Abe’s heart begins to beat.

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Kayla brings Julie, Eli, Lani, and Paulina the news that Abe will need surgery, but he will make it.  Then, Paulina and Lani make their way to see him. In another emotional moment, they tell him how much they love him (Paulina looks worried about her lie being exposed that Lani is not really Abe’s bio-daughter).  As the episode comes to its conclusion, we see the back of Lexie making sure Abe is safe and sound among the living, while signifying she is watching over him.

And if that was not enough, this episode also picked up where John had confronted MarDevil in the church, letting Satan knows he is on to him and that he is not going to win … he is going to get Marlena back.  Satan drives home the point that Marlena belongs to him now.  John is mortified as the cross on the church wall turns upside down. Later to show off his prowess and control, MarDevil turns the holy water blood red. As the scene progresses, MarDevil is jumping all over the church and showing up in different spots.

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John then gets the lowdown on how Satan struck a deal with Marlena to let Doug (Bill Hayes) live if she let him in.  That is followed, by some of the back-story of Marlena’s first possession over 25 years ago, and why it happened when she was alone and very distraught.  MarDevil even goes on to say that he tried once before to regain control of Marlena during the Salem Serial Killer storyline, but it did not work out that time, because all the victims turned out to be alive.  MarDevil brings up Stefano and how he had made Marlena believe John was dead which left her vulnerable.  He goes on to relate that Doug was the gateway for Marlena’s re-possession.

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MarDevil tells John what she did with Doug by committing him and how she wanted to kill Julie. John knows that Marlena can hear him and tries to bring her back, but as the devil struggles with that, ultimately, he wins and begins to show his strength to John tossing him around the church, where he is eventually is knocked unconscious and then dragged to, we don’t know where, by the MarDevil!

Throughout the scenes, Deidre Hall looked like she was having so much fun playing the devilish one in this campy storyline revisited.

So, what did you think of James Reynolds performance and his 40th anniversary episode? What was your favorite moment? Are you glad John knows for certain now that Marlena is once again possessed? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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DAYS Emily O’Brien Previews Her Directorial Debut and Short Film ‘Too Close’

She’s an actress, a voice-over talent, writer, and now she can add director to her impressive resumeDays of our Lives star Emily O’Brien (Gwen) has shared over the last 24 hours a preview clip of her short film, Too Close.

Emily stated via her Instagram account: “Here’s a peek at the trailer for my short film entitled Too Close– I am so fortunate to have made this with my beloved team alongside me. My vision couldn’t have been brought to life without any of you, I am truly touched by your tenacity & genuine love for creativity!”  O’Brien shared the hashtags: #directorialdebut #filmmaking #periodpiece #cinema #womeninfilm
#writeyourownstory #vintagefilm

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You can check out the teaser for the film below which centers on the story of a young man and woman in the 1950’s examining what it means when two people in a relationship are considered to be too close.

Let us know if you are intrigued by the preview, and would like to see Emily’s short film via the comment section below.

 

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Jensen Ackles Shares Heartfelt Message on Death of ‘Rust’ DP Halyna Hutchins: “This Has Been a Tragedy of Epic Proportions”

Former Days of our Lives and Supernatural star, Jensen Ackles (Ex-Eric and Ex-Dean)  took to his Instagram over the weekend to pay tribute to cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins who was tragically killed in New Mexico, on the set of the film Rust in which Ackles co-starred with Alec Baldwin and Frances Fisher. Baldwin is also one of the producers of the film.

Last Thursday, in the initial investigation reports surfaced that Baldwin discharged a “prop gun” leading to the death of Hutchins and injuring director, Joel Souza.  Since that time it has been reported that Baldwin was told by the assistant director, David Halls, that the weapon was a “cold gun” meaning not loaded with live rounds following its preparation by the film set’s armorer, Hannah Gutierrez.  But in his affidavit statement, Halls says he was unaware that the prop gun contained live rounds when it was given to Baldwin for his scene.

The scene Baldwin was rehearsing was inside a church building at the Bonanza Creek Ranch. In new affidavit’s, it was noted that Baldwin was ‘cross drawing’ the weapon and pointing the gun towards the camera lens.

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A grief-stricken Ackles shared:  “I’m not even sure where to start.  This has been a tragedy of epic proportions that we are all still processing. Earlier last week I felt compelled to tell Halyna just how awesome I thought she was. I told her how incredible I thought her camera shots were and just how exciting it was to watch her and her team work. Truly. She laughed and said thank you and gave me a hug. I’ll forever be thankful we had that moment.  She had a spunk and passion that infected the entire crew from the top down. She was an inspiration. My heart and prayers go out to Halyna’s husband, son and the rest of her family. There just aren’t enough words to express what an immense loss this is. She will be incredibly missed by all of us who knew and admired her.”

Since Hutchins’ death, a video also surfaced of Ackles discussing his concerns for gun safety on the set of Rust at a Supernatural convention in Colorado prior to the tragedy.

Jensen told the crowd: “I’ve got a 6 a.m. call tomorrow to have a big shoot-out. They had me pick my gun. They were like, ‘Alright, what gun would you like?’ and I was like, ‘I don’t know?’ and the armorer was like, ‘Do you have gun experience?’ I was like, ‘A little.’ And she’s like, ‘OK, well, this is how you load it, this is how we check it and make sure it’s safe. “So she’s like, ‘OK, I’m gonna put some blanks in there and I want you to just go and fire off a couple rounds towards the hill.’ And I was like, ‘OK.’ So I put the belt on, I put the gun there, and I walked out and she’s like, ‘Just make sure that you know, you pull the hammer all the way back and you aim at your target.’ And I was like, ‘OK, I got it.’  The footage was originally on You Tube, but now has been taken down.

The investigation remains and open and active on what occurred on the set of Rust, according to the Santa Fe New Mexico Sheriff’s office.

So, what do you think about Jensen’s tribute in the wake of the Rust tragedy? Comment below.

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