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DAYS 50 "The Look Of Love": Bill and Susan Seaforth Hayes Look Back At Favorite Doug & Julie Moments!

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Today is the 50th anniversary of Days of our Lives having premiered back on November 8th, 1965.   And while for the next few weeks we will continue to cover and celebrate this milestone accomplishment, what would a look-back be without the iconic Salem supercouple Doug and Julie, played by real-life longtime spouses, Bill and Susan Seaforth Hayes!

The duo met and fell in love while working on Days of our Lives, got married, then Doug and Julie said their first “I do’s”!  All of this part of the fascinating history of the long-running NBC soap, and this beloved duo.

Bill and Susan chose a few of their favorite romantic Doug and Julie moments with TV Insider!  They included: Doug sings “The Look of Love”, Julie dreams of dancing with Doug, and Doug and Julie’s first weeding!

When discussing their on-screen 1976 wedding Susan related: “We used the very same words on the air that Bill and I had used in our own wedding.“We took them from First Corinthians, the Book of Ruth—‘Whither thou goest, I will go.’ We also used ‘Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come away…’ from Song of Songs. The words were intense and the poetry was magnificent—ideal for the climax of the Doug-and-Julie romance.”  Bill Hayes added: “The wedding was the epitome of what Days has always done best. We give our audience hope for the future!”

What were your favorite Doug and Julie moments through the years?  What would DAYS be without this iconic couple! Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Doug and Julie are my all time favorite supercouple, and i consider them the first and longest lasting supercouple in daytime…Days was the classiest soap under Bill Bell and Pat Falken Smith and Elizabeth Harrower-Susans mother in real life was also fine as the soaps writers! I used to skip school just to watch Days…i wish for the shows 50th tptb wouldve recreated Dougs place and for a whole hour the entire show was devouted to Doug and Julie and full of flashbacks to show todays audience not only how romantic soaps used to be but how far better the… Read more »

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ie: for fan coverage with regard to supercouple Doug and Julie were featured on TIME magazine; January 12, 1976 Luke and Laura were featured on NEWSWEEK magazine; September 28, 1981 I’m so with you.. that if Denise Alexander returned for a visit… and whetted fan recall… it would be all that fans could deal every post from you to Ceec’ plus: how the magic between Doug and Julie and , (for me) his twinkle still charges for the love of Grans’ Jewel: Hope re-marries! dang! I was so happy… that … KA’ Character of Hope.. found! Melissa Reeves languished and… Read more »

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My mom watched DAYS, sometimes I watched with her even though I was very young. It wasn’t as explicit then as it is now. I remember him singing Rogers&Hart’s “Tne Most Beautiful Girl in the World” to Julie. I thought it was his original song he wrote just for her! Then I saw the movie “Jumbo” on TV, lol. To this day I prefer Doug’s version. Then, as now, the most beautiful couple in the world.

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Bill Hayes was also a singer in the 1950s on Your Show Of Shows and also was one of three who sung The Ballad Of Davey Crockett-his version was the most popular and reached number one for several weeks…my sister has the record!…on Days, Doug and Julie were the most romantic couple in all of daytime…you are right…it wasnt as explicit as it is now…i would rewatch those 70s episodes over if available…it wasnt always all gloom and doom as it is today but its still entertaining and the best soap at the moment…imo

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I love Doug and Julie and hope they will be used more for real story. Can’t wait to see Doug’s reaction to Aiden’s wedding night behavior.

I met Susan and Bill at a recent book signing. Lovely people.

Didn’t see their original wedding. Maybe it’s on YouTube. I wish Days would put out a DVD of great moments from the first 50 years.

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i seen it originally when it aired…an actual beautiful wedding without the predictable interuption used too often today…it was on utube…i rewatched part of it a few years ago…those were the Days!!!

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Love Doug and Julie! Loved Doug’s place, and when Doug would sing there! Now, those were the Days…. 🙂 Hope they do flash backs of Doug’s place for the 50th Anniversary celebrations.

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SO glad to see Doug and Julie get more to do as the show approached its 50th. Hope that continues. They represent for me (someone who has watched since he was in kindergarten, left and has now come back) a current embodiment of the Horton legacy (Tom and Alice).

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It’s interesting…I was just watching that “The Look of Love” scene with Doug and Julie the other day on youtube listed under Days of Our Lives: classic 60’s and 70’s, and I absolutely love, love, love that scene. There was also a nice Addie and Doug scene among others.

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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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‘NBC News Daily’ Hits Rock Bottom In Ratings Premiere Week

While networks have seen a collective erosion over the years of the soap opera viewing audience, they are still the most loyal and fierce of any entertainment genre.

With NBC’s decision to take Days of our Lives off of the network after nearly 57 years, and replace it with another daytime news program, they would surely have a rocky road ahead of them to capture viewers in that time slot; especially now that DAYS was moved exclusively to NBCUniversal’s streaming platform, Peacock.

Nothing was more proof positive of that, than the first week ratings and performance of NBC News Daily.

The news show which premiered on Monday, September 12th came in last for the ratings period of all daytime shows for the week.

According to SON: NBC News Daily averaged 935,000 viewers, was last among Total Viewers and last in the key demo ratings: Women 18-49 (tie) and Women 25-54.

In comparison to DAYS last week on NBC, and a year ago, NBC News Daily was down -744,000 and -762,000 viewers, respectively.

NBC News Daily features the latest national and international news, plus consumer, health, and personal finance segments and is hosted by Kate Snow, Aaron Gilchrist, Morgan Redford and Vicky Nguyen.

So, will ‘NBC News Daily’ find itself facing the same fate as ABC’s defunct ‘Revolution’, which replaced One Life to Live, and lasted only six months, or will the news program somehow turn a ratings corner? Does NBC really care one way or the other? Share your thoughts below.

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Alison Sweeney Signs New Multi-Picture Overall Deal with Hallmark

Days of our Lives favorite, Alison Sweeney (Sami Brady) has signed a multi-picture overall  deal with the Hallmark Media.

According to Deadline, as part of Sweeney’s new deal she will star and executive produce A Magical Christmas Village with also stars Luke McFarlane and Marlo Thomas.  The movie will premiere later this year during the Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas.

In story, Sweeney plays Summer, an architect living in a small town where she’s raising her young daughter Chloe. When her mother Vivian (Thomas) finds herself in need of a place to live, her orderly life becomes a little less so after inviting Vivian to move in with them during this transition. Upon arrival, Vivian sets up an heirloom, miniature Christmas village resembling their town, and tells Chloe it grants Christmas wishes. As Chloe begins setting up the figurines, real-life events seem to mimic the scenes she creates, including Summer’s chance meeting with Ryan (Macfarlane), a newcomer to their community.

In a statement on inking the pact with Hallmark Media, Sweeney shared: “I am thrilled to continue to work with Hallmark as they continue to support my work as an actress and as a producer. I’m very proud of our Christmas movie and excited for the future projects to come!”

Lisa Hamilton Daly, Executive Vice President, Programming, Hallmark Media, added:  “Alison Sweeney has been an incredible creative partner for us over the years – both on screen as well as behind the camera as a producer. She’s long been a fan favorite and we can’t wait to continue our work together as we bring new stories to life.”

Sweeney has been making story arc visits to Days of our Lives in recent years.  No word if she will be making a return to the series now that its permanently on Peacock.

So, will you be checking out Alison’s new movie when it comes out in time for holiday season? Comment below.

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