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DAYS 50: Deidre Hall On Iconic Satan Storyline: "I Was Called Upstairs And Told I Was Going To Be Possesed By The Devil, And Levitating Above The Bed!"

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Two of Days of our Lives most recognizable names, Deidre Hall (Marlena) and Lauren Koslow (Kate) kicked off an exciting media blitz by the long-running NBC daytime drama series about to turn 50 years old!

Days of our Lives: 50 Years, the latest book by the series co-executive producer, Greg Meng is set for release on October 27th.  To celebrate the book and the soaps golden anniversary, many of the cast members are headed across the country in various cities for a book signing, where fans can get up close and personal, and purchase their own copy of DAYS history.

Monday in Los Angeles on the KTLA Morning News with entertainment guru Sam Rubin, the ladies of Salem discussed: what formula has made the show so special for so long, their storylines and on-screen marriages, and learning the dialog so fast including those meaty monologues.

Deidre recalled how she learned about the now iconic demonic posession storyline.  She related to Rubin, “I was called upstairs and was told I was going to be possessed by the devil, and levitating above the bed!”  Deidre added that her reaction was that of: “Okay fine, just do it in good taste.”

Watch Deidre and Lauren discuss being part of the action in Salem after the jump! Then weigh-in:  Was Marlena’s possession one of your all-time favorite storylines on DAYS?  Would you like to see something outrageous happen in the coming months in Salem as a nod to those wild storylines of the past?  Comment below!

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Deidre is still so beautiful!!!!!!!!!!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Some of those wild moments were actually entertaining but they are also the reason most of Hollywood looks down on soaps and campiness wears thin after so long-thatas why Dark Shadows didnt last long…i prefer more realistic down-to-earth drama Bill Bell and Pat Falken Smith used to write for this show that got Days on the the cover of Time Magazine…those were the Days!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Yes, I agree. Pat Falken Smith was such a great writer. She truly understood the genre.

su0000
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su0000

hha!
Days had a devil! A DEVIL !
and- possession by the devil, and levitating above the bed !
Well daham! that is better than GH’s Aliens!

OK- I want a GH devil .. 0oohh and a voodoo Exerosit !
It’s only fair that GH gets the good stuff, too!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Wha-a-a-T?

PGP
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PGP

Off topic…. I so wish Alison Sweeny would stay as Sami! Love her!

Torqumada
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Torqumada

Deidre added that her reaction was that of: ”Okay fine, just do it in good taste.”

ROFL. That was some real shark jumping

blake
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blake

My bad, it came up when I refreshed the page.

I love this! I hate that Lauren is cut off from the camera, who let that happen? But this does look fun, this Sam guy seems so great and into it more than anyone. He seems really cool.

Ray
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Ray

Marlena has been a force on DOOL for 30+ years. I remember her coming on after Laura Horton, Amanda Peters and Julie Williams were the main leading ladies. I thought she was one of the most beautiful woman I had ever seen. I think Marlena’s best storyline was when she was getting to know Roman (Wayne N) while he was protecting her from the Salem Strangler. I also loved her storyline with Don Craig, the storyline when DJ (her baby) died of crib death and all of her angst scenes with Sami through the years. I remember when Lauren took… Read more »

Ray
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Ray

Correction: “one of the most beautiful women I had ever seen.” I hate bad grammar. LOL

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Yes, I loved Wayne Northrup! Does he not act anymore?

Mo
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Mo

I wish they’d done a decent funeral for Will.

dmr
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dmr

Both women are so incredibly gorgeous. I remember being in high school on summer vacation and first tuning into Days watching this storyline. It was funny and interesting at the same time.

Ricardo
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Ricardo

I love Deidre Hall, she is still a beautiful lady. I want Marlena to be poccessed by the devil again. I hope they revisit the storyline. In 1995 when Marlena was poccessed it brought record ratings, I hope they do it again. The ratings would hit the roof. lol. I loved the devils lines, poor Marlena girlfriend you are a mess, you need some rest. I wouldn’t count on getting it LOL. I still no the lines off by heart lol. I am obsessed with Days of our Lives and a big fan of the soap. I want Wayne Northrop… Read more »

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The “Satan” storyline is the only time I really enjoyed the Marlena character. Yes, Deidre Hall is beautiful, but with all the Botox and fillers, she is unable to portray any emotions. I had to laugh when Will died and her face never changed when she was “attempting” to cry. I understand women in Hollywood wanting to keep their youthful appearance, but it can go too far. When you can’t even frown, that is a problem for an actress.

Tim Welles
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Tim Welles

I hate to say it, but I agree completely. Her scenes are flat – there’s no “real” emotion. I think she’s very pretty, but I am never moved by her performance. Regarding Will’s funeral, I wasn’t overly impressed with anyone’s acting although most of it was passable. The fact that it was another “outdoor park scene” proved to be dramatically counterproductive. It didn’t seem realistic to me at all, I expected to be impressed by the so-called histrionics usually emanating from the character of Sami, but even that didn’t meet expectations. If anything, and I don’t mean to play favorites,… Read more »

jj
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jj

Sadly DOOL is at an all time low and I will be one of the viewers that will stop watching. Eve’s last episode will also be mine. I will throw a watching party to say good bye. I just can’t do it anymore.

Leigh
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Leigh

I agree with the earlier post regarding Deidre’s best story being her early romance with Wayne – not only one of Days’ best couples ever, but THEY put Days on the map as far as having a supercouple who could compete with other shows. They paved the way for Bo & Hope, Steve & Kayla, Shane & Kim, etc. Her character is iconic, but it changed after Roman’s exit from the show… she became more hardened and less soft. While I love Drake, and their romance has spanned many years….it is not the same. He would have relationships in between,… Read more »

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Mike Manning On His DAYS Departure: “Thank You to NBC, to Everyone Involved, and Most of All to the Fans That Were Along for the Ride With This Crazy Character.”

Now it’s the end of the line for Charlie on Days of our Lives, his portrayer Mike Manning took to his Instagram for some parting words of his time in Salem playing this very bad dude.

As Days fans know, many people wanted Charlie dead, and now he is! Thus begins a good old fashioned soap murder mystery on the long-running NBC soap opera, the question now is, who ultimately did the deed?

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After getting a copy of the latest Soap Opera Digest on newsstand now, which features, “Who Killed Charlie?” on the cover, Manning shared in a post on Friday: Everybody has a motive to want this guy dead.” 😂 Not exactly how I pictured my first soap magazine cover, but at least we’re having a good time with it. It’s been fun Salem. I’ll love you all forever. ✌🏼💙. Thank you to NBC, to everyone involved, and most of all to the fans that were along for the ride w/ this crazy character. You’re amazing. I’ll always be grateful for you.  Excited to share what’s next as soon as I can.   Arrivederci. -Charlie/Mike”

So place your bets on who will turn out to be the murderer via the comment section below and let us know what you thoughts on Mike’s run on DAYS!

 

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WATCH: Jackée Harry Comes to Days of our Lives Promo

Next week on March 1st look for the arrival of Jackée Harry to NBC’s Days of our Lives.

Harry is coming to the long-running soap in the new role of Paulina, who is connected to the Carver family.

In the newly-released promo heralding her upcoming DAYS debut, the actress shares, “I’ve got three good reasons you should watch me on Days of our Lives … I’m bold … I’m fabulous .. and you know I’m going to stir up trouble.  Let’s do this!”

Harry is best known for her roles in the sitcoms 227, Sister, Sister and numerous roles on television and motion pictures.

Watch the NBC promo featuring Jackée below.

What kind of trouble do you think Harry’s Paulina will stir up in Salem? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Cady McClain Ends Her Great Run as Jennifer; But Not Before A ‘Wink-Wink’ Nudge-Nudge’ to AMC’s Dixie ‘Poison Pancake’ Debacle

Wednesday’s episode featured another solid performance by two-time Daytime Emmy-winner, Cady McClain as Jennifer Horton Devereux as it was the day of her mother, Laura’s (Jaime Lyn Bauer) funeral.

Last week, longtime viewers were saddened that the character of Dr. Laura Horton was killed-off.  The question remains did she fall accidentally and hit her head in a struggle with Gwen (Emily O’Brien), or did Gwen intentionally kill Laura?

Yesterday was also the final episode of McClain in the role of Jennifer – as far as we know for now.   In story, following Laura’s funeral, Jennifer was heading to Boston to be with her brother Mike, to settle their mother’s estate and go through her belongings, etc.

Cady had taken over the role of Jennifer from Melissa Reeves, who chose to stay in Nashville during the Covid-19 pandemic.  As part of her departure, head writer, Ron Carlivati and the writing team, delivered a little wink-wink nudge-nudge to soap viewers and those of McClain’s time as Dixie Cooney Martin on All My Children.

In one of the most controversial soap death scenes of all-time, and one that was not kind to McClain, Dixie was killed-off the ABC daytime drama series after eating poison peanut butter pancakes. Fast-forward to 2021, and in an attempt to make DAYS Jennifer feel better, Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) whips up some banana pancakes with extra peanut butter!  When Jennifer declines them, Julie says she thought she liked them, to which Jennifer replied, “I used to.  But I had a bad experience with them once.  Now I can’t even look at them.”  Julie questions, “Bad experience?”  Then Jennifer says, “I’d rather not talk about it.”

In our books, McClain got the last laugh here getting to do a nod to the audience, who has followed her soap career for decades including the the 2007 killing of Dixie … by pancakes.

Previously, Cady shared in a 2020 interview with EW.com about the subject: “It was a dig at me by one of the writers that very much wanted to put me in my place. I had stepped out of line and they wanted to put me back in line, and I was going to eat those pancakes and I was going to learn my lesson, and I certainly did.”

So, what did you think of the mention of the ‘pancakes”? Will you miss Cady as Jennifer? Comment below.

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