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DAYS big event: reunions, surprises, mystery and tragedy ahead!

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

As we have been reporting NBC and Days of our Lives are letting viewers know that the September 26th airshow will be a significant one in Salem history.  Not only because it marks the return of soap legends, Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn, or, that new head writers Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas scripts kick into high gear, but also because NBC is now touting the big yet-to-be uncovered big event as something huge stating, “The occasion promises to be a historical one, filled with reunions, surprises, mystery, and tragedy. Incredible… even by daytime drama standards.”

Below is the official NBC Press Release heralding the return of Salem’s John and Marlena and more!

“DAYS OF OUR LIVES, NBC’s longest-running scripted television series, embarks on a new era of romance by bringing back two of its most beloved characters, Deidre Hall (“Marlena Evans”) and Drake Hogestyn (“John Black”). Deidre has starred as the adored Dr. Marlena Evans on the show for 35 of its 45 years and is recognized as one of the biggest icons of daytime television, while Drake has appeared alongside her for 25 years as half of one of the biggest super-couples in soap opera history. Together the two have had four weddings, raised a family together, and survived paralysis, amnesia, false deaths, and mind-control, all while representing the idea that true love and family conquers all.

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Executive Producer Ken Corday has promised to refocus efforts on romance and core family values and initiated its transformation with the appointment of a new head writing team, Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas, and a new executive producing team, Greg Meng and Noel Maxam. The new direction includes telling more contemporary stories based on the solid foundation of the DAYS history of family, romance, and drama.  Ken Corday commented on the renaissance of the show, “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.

Hall and Hogestyn have remained a part of the “Days family” by participating in the ten-city book tour for “Days of our Lives 45 Years A Celebration in Photos,” a photo book authored by Meng that celebrates the show’s historic 45 years on television. “At every stop on the book tour, families of fans told us how much Marlena and John meant to them,” commented Greg Meng.”

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Sam
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Sam

Not interested in what days will be doing after 9/22. Its bye bye for me and many Crystal Chappell’s fans. Adios!

Hilary
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Hilary

That’s fine, more for me.

Emily
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Emily

Me too! DAYS need REAL fans who show REAL support, not fair-weather ones. I can’t wait for this nu-old-DAYS. I want this whole revamp to succeed and for DAYS to be on top like it should be.

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giftofamber

Crystal’s fans are REAL fans. Her fans have followed her from DAYS to OLTL to Guiding Light back to DAYS and have sat through her absolutely horrid storylines including “don’t tell Daniel” and have paid money to see Venice as well as buying Venice gear to support it. Many of her fans also purchased the DAYS book just to go see her at a book signing. She has supported DAYS by going to countless fan events and putting some of the actors in her webseries. In the two years Crystal has been on, DAYS has done nothing to pull me… Read more »

Angela White
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Angela White

Then don’t let the door hit you where the Good Lord Split ya! Crystal Chappell is not the saving grace of Days. She is also not the ONLY character on the canvas, nor even an important one to many of the fans. I feel like she was brought on, expected to bring in droves of ratings and failed. You can blame the writing, sure it sucked. I however don’t care for her style of acting and after the twitter debacle, the actress herself.

Michelle
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Michelle

And Deidre Hall & Drake Hogestyn are? If my memory serves me correctly it wasnt that long ago they were given the heave ho because the ratings were on such a huge slide. So how are they expected to rise the ratings now? And yes Crystal Chappell was brought on to raise ratings and she did. Carly paired with Bo dislodged Bo and Hope as the favourite couple. That’s a fact. If it wasnt for atrocious writing and Corday fear of investing in something interesting, the ratings would have stayed up. The fact of the matter of Crystal Chappell can… Read more »

Angela White
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Angela White

Days is notorious for their casting decisions. I feel that the biggest mistake they ever made was hiring CC the second time around! I have never cared for her acting on either Days or GL. Sorry, I feel that she is not the best actress ever! I would rather watch paint dry than watch her tremble and snot all over my screen. I have watched Deidre and KA and felt chills from their acting. With CC I just want to fast forward! It is YOUR opinion that fans won’t tune in after CC leaves. I, along with many other fans… Read more »

Emily
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Emily

I’m excited… but I hope this “big event” is not another Bo & Hope wedding/marriage vow renewal. Love them as a couple but let’s NOT watch them do it again. I know Steve is at Y&R now but sure could use a Mary Beth Evans return/storyline soon!

Imane Assi
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Imane Assi

It’s Bye Bye for me as soon as Nadia Bjorlin is gone.Same for all her huge fanbase.Because she does have one of the biggets fanbase on daytime:Chloe,Broe,Phloe,Danloe,Luloe,Carloe,Quinloe …Huge mistake lettibg go of Nadia Bjorlin,even if it’s just temporary.Huge mistake,.

lumi
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lumi

Im so HAPPY John Marlena Jack Carrie and Austin are coming HOME,
now please bring Bryan Dattilo/Lucas Horton back HOME to stay till the end of Days.

Linda Dowell
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Linda Dowell

I watched it again when they brought back Steve and Kayla, and stopped when they dropped them…the off again on again is so annoying.

Susan McLaughlin
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Susan McLaughlin

Would love to see Ejami actually be given a chance because they have never had one! When James and Alison are in scenes together it is electrifying and there is undeniable chemistry. I just wish that TPTB saw this too! They both are such phenomenal actors that it is such a waste to not use that connection that they have. I know I for one would love to see EJ and Sami work together at rebuilding a relationship in addition to standing up to both the Dimeras and Bradys, just not sure if the new writers see what I see… Read more »

Avelina
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Avelina

I agree 100%. The reason I watch DAYS is because of EJAMI and the last year or so, I havent been bothered to watch as that awful SAFE is pimped. I am so happy the vets are back but I still want EJAMI to be given a chance. I am sure the ratings will skyrocket if that happened.

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bettyrj

I too love EJami! They are dynamite together, sparks fly, the heat reflects off tht television screen when they are on together! Maybe the new writers will see that and finally write them together! There are legions of us out here in tvland waiting and hoping for that to happen! They have their little kids to think of – they need their mother and father united as a family! Let’s all hope that happens!

Mo
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Mo

I agree. Tired of Safe. Liked EJami although I don’t go along with Sami shooting EJ and other violence she has done towards various people. Sami used to be my fave, but with Rafe double storyline I have Sami OD.

Lori
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Lori

SO, SO HAPPY about Deidre & Drake’s return!!! will be great to see Christie & Patrick together again, and am very excited about what awaits us!! personally, I see no use for the Chloe character, nothing personal against Nadia, but she, along with Lucas and a few others, haven’t much to do in Salem. In fact, Chloe no longer has any familial ties in town, so it befuddles me as to why Nadia is being brought back in the near future…?

Anyway, DOOL, you are on the right track. Good for you, listening to your fans!! 🙂

Lisa
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Lisa

Not happy about their return…I was bored with them on their last come back. I say keep the characters we currently know and love and spice up their story lines instead of bringing back the boredome.

JessicaB
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JessicaB

If Shane and Kim aren’t there, it’s not worth watching!

Imane Assi
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Imane Assi

So what?Do you need to be part of a core family to be a core character?Chloe has a huge history on the show ,the biggest fanabse of the show and is av ery rich and complex character,there is so much to write for her,…she is needed on the show….I really hope she will be back very soon…the show will suck without her..I won’t be watching if she leaves…I’ll be gone with her.

Angela White
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Angela White

Ummm, Imane, no disrespect, but I SINCERELY doubt she has the biggest fan base of the show. Again, not disrespecting her or her fans, as this is my own opinion. Nadia is beautiful yes, but a multifaceted actress she is not. If fans leave because of her departure, then so be it. Hundreds of fans if not thousands will be returning to witness John, Marlena, Carrie, Austin and Jack to return to the new/old days.
As for Chloe, she isn’t an essential character to me. She is not interesting and plays the victim way too much for my taste.

Imane Assi
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Imane Assi

She is a multifaceted actres and she does ahve the biggets fanbase ion this show:Cloe,Phloe,Broe,Danloe,Luloe,carloe,Quinnloe,..fans…no other character on this show ahs such huge fanabse.No doubt John,Marlena,Carrie,Austin,and jack have big fanbases. She isn’t an essential and interesting character to you but doesn’t mean she isn’t.And no she doesn’t “play” the victim.She is the victim since the hysterical pregnancy. Jiohn,Marlena,Carrie,Austin idn;’t ahve to suffer DH’S desrtruction for tehir character like Chloe did and now Jack is.So yes maybe their fans will tune in at the begining,but if the writing sucks ,they will tune out.They can bring back whoever they want,if the writing… Read more »

Angela White
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Angela White

Again, Imane, No disrespect, but Broe, Phloe, shelle, etc. did not alone save DAYS in 1999. It is a CAST of Actors/Actresses that worked together to save Days. I am sorry, but Chloe was the victim in high school of pranks, mean girls, etc. Then she was mistreated by Phillip, leading to the faux rape charges. Then she was the ONS queen, but its always someone elses fault. Never, I just can’t keep my legs closed! I also feel that you WAY overstated the Nadia has the BIGGEST fan base in daytime thing! I have never seen the posts, pleadings,… Read more »

Michelle
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Michelle

No disrespect Angela White but youve actually contradicted yourself. You stated previously that you believed Crystal Chappell was brought onto the show to raise ratings and failed to do so. But now your say the show is bigger than one actor/actress – youre stating the shows highs and lows are due to the entire cast. So which is it?

Angela White
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Angela White

I do not believe I contradicted myself. I DO believe that CC was brought in to “save the show and bring in ratings” However, due to the HORRIBLE storyline and the fact that they shoved her down our throats in too many awful storylines, she flopped. I also feel that it wasn’t ONLY her fault, as the writing was AWFUL for every character and many LONG TIME fans would never support the destruction of a legacy couple such as Bo and Hope for the pimping of another character. The only reason I continued to watch during the CC times was… Read more »

Imane Assi
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Imane Assi

The fans don’t want Chloe gone.They want THE REAL CHLOE back.So listen to the fans please.

Angela White
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Angela White

Again, no disrespect, but it was never CHLOE that save DOOL singlehandedly. It is a compilation of things that makes a good or bad show, not one exceedingly beautiful woman with really poor storylines. Chloe was interesting as Ghoul Girl and a teenager, however her return rendered her useless in my eyes. I will continue to disagree that Nadia has the MOST fans ever! Seeing as how Matt Ashford has websites devoted to bringing him back. Deidre Hall is in the very FABRIC of the show for well over 3 decades and those LIFETIME fans are the ones that have… Read more »

Imane Assi
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Imane Assi

Check again.In 1999 the show was dying.Then they brought Chloe,Philip.Shawn.Belle,Brady,Mimi….and with them brought a totaly new audience and that’s what saved the show.And that’s when we had one of the most amazing love trinagle on this show Broe/Phloe.Chloe had a huge impact on Days,that’s a fact. You don’t like Nadia’s acting…fine ..it’s your opinipn…as far as I am concerned ,she is one fo the bests.She never overacts,all the emotions show in her eyes,body language and voice.She doesn’t overdo,like many actresses…. On thing we agree on:The writing for her sucks since her return in 2007…that’s not the real Chloe and that’s… Read more »

Christie
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Christie

I liked Chloe better when she was a teenager. She actually had a brain, which was a refreshing change from mindless teeny-boppers like Belle and Mimi. But when they brought her back a few years ago, she was just another dumb bimbo who didn’t seem all that concerned about the fact that her husband was missing.

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

Welcome home, Deidre and Drake! See you September 26, 2011!

Mo
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Mo

Tragedy?! I hope my faves don’t get killed.

Imane Assi
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Imane Assi

I hope Chloe won’t get killed off…..Maybe Parker? I hope not.I wamnt Chleoa dn parker alive and back very soon

kev
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kev

I am so excited for the season of Days next year!!! I am especially excited for awesome opportunity to greet EJ and Stefano in LA at http://www.classwish.org/days/fame. I don’t know what I would say to them? What would you?

Danielle
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Danielle

That looks AMAZING Kev I’m totally going to enter right now!

Firefly
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Firefly

Sounds really cool! I donated one dollar to ClassWish and I’m now one of the candidates for this contest! I hope I will be lucky enough to meet EJ and Stefano! Thanks for sharing, Kev

I
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I

I just entered the contest!! Hope I win!!

Pixie
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Pixie

I would be starstruck, I wouldnt even know what to do. Ill definitely check out classwish, I would love to meet James Scott! Thanks!

Hilary
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Hilary

I am cautiously optimistic. I’m very happy that they’ve brought back vet and concentrating on the Hortons & the Brady’s again, it’s about time. Character-driven stories are what I’m looking forward to. But there’s a hole whre Mary Beth Evans and Stephen Nichols should be on this canvas. Again, yay for all the returns. But without Steve & Kayla, I’ll feel some emptiness. They’re an enormous part of that canvas and should be there. I know Stephen Nichols is on Y&R, so he’s got a job, I get it. But can we get a Kayla sighting or two with a… Read more »

Dani
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Dani

That looks so awesome Kev!! I’m going to enter right away!!

Brian T
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Brian T

I am excited for what’s to come in September. I know fans are upset about Nadia leaving and so am I but there is more to Days that Nadia/Chloe. I think they could have kept her and put her back with Brady or Daniel and maybe she will come back. I am just happy that we have new writers who care about the core families (Hortons/Bradys/Kiriakis/DiMeras).

Imane Assi
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Imane Assi

Not for me.I started to watch the shwo in 1999 for Nadia,stopped watching when she left and watched again when she came back.And I will stop watching when she’s gone.Can’t stand characters who get away with the worse crimes when a good person like Chloe pays the higest price for her mistakes.And I want the real Chloe back,not DH’s evrsion.

Angela White
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Angela White

I am sorry that your loyalty is to one actress. HOWEVER, I have watched days for over 30 years. I remember when the Salem Strangler killed Marlena’s twin Samantha. I remember Roman’s death and the Pawn turning out to be him. I remember so many more amazing weddings, deaths, resurrections, fights, loves and drama, romance and laughter than you do. So while I feel for the fans who feel jilted by these actors/actresses departures, I am totally excited for the new staff to resurrect OUR days. The fun, fiesty, amazingly complex characters that we love to hate, cry with and… Read more »

Michelle
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Michelle

So basically you want to watch the same old same old you’ve watched for 30 years Angela? Isn’t that a bit repetitive?

Angela White
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Angela White

Since none of us know what is going to happen, I don’t feel that saying it will be the same old same old is accurate. Do I want my well written, emotional, action packed adventures back, Hell YEAH! Do I want the cast written true to their characters history! Yes! Do I want to see fewer newbies and more favorites, YES! Do I want to see the same triangles as before no! But I do want to see Marlena interacting with Sami and guiding her back to her formerly sometimes bad girl! I want John to knock some sense into… Read more »

lumi
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lumi

EJ and Sami did not bring the ratings up when they were EJami and Safe is not either,but LUMI sure did ,
happy the vets are back 🙂

Michael Jenkins
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Michael Jenkins

Lumi did`nt bring in the ratings either, this is an ensemble show.

Imane Assi
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Imane Assi

he can briong back whoever they want.But ignoring the history,teh apst of the characetrs,writing them comlelty out of character and throwing them udner the bus to propr newbies like Daniel and Melanie is what is killing the show..Chloe,Philip,Brady,Jack all are veterans and longtime fans favorites and have been thrown under the bus to prop Daniel and Melanie.Get rid of these two and bring back the real Choe,Philip,Shawn,belle,….Only good writing with the veterans and long time fans favorites can save this show.Stop proping new characters at the expense of veterans and long time fans favorites.

lumi
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lumi

MJ dont email me if you dont want to be emailed back,,
LUMI were fan favorites for 15 years,then the writers that are no longer with Days broke them up and the fans were mad as hell, I am so HAPPY the vets are back 🙂

Kathy
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Kathy

“I am so excited for the season of Days next year!!! I am especially excited for awesome opportunity to greet EJ and Stefano in LA at http://www.classwish.org/days/fame. I don’t know what I would say to them? What would you?”

Is it a sweepstake from ClassWish? I interned there last summer and I really love their ideas about combining charity with soap operas. I’d like to donate one dollar to ClassWish and have the chance to see EJ and Stefano from DOOL in person! So exciting!

Pesha
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Pesha

What would you wear if you were meeting EJ? You might have to decide! http://www.classwish.org/days/fame.

I’m goona wear my favourite dress!

Imane Assi
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Imane Assi

Angela White Yes my loyalty is to one actress/character because she’s the reason I started to watch in 1999 and the reason I will stop watching when she leaves.She doesn’t excit you, fine.As far as I am concerned,John,marlena,Sami,…don’t excite me,.They do nothing to me.The only chaarcters I liked beside Chloe are Bo, Hope and Nicole,Maggie,Shawn Belle,Brady..but I don’t like them enough to stick around when Chloe will be off the show.You want the show without the last blast group.The show doesn’t interest me without them especially wihtout Chloe.So as you see,each are entitled to their opinion.Chloe is a core character,just… Read more »

Angela White
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Angela White

Sorry, but again, Days is the Hortons, Dimeras, Kiriakis’ to me. The last blast group only worked because they WERE Hortons and Kiriakis’s and Bradys. I have watched since the 70’s and have seen my faves come and go, some treated like crap, some because they wanted to. I will not abandon a show because 1 actress/actor is given the pink slip, ESPECIALLY, when it is IMO an unneccesary character. See in my eyes, you are a newbie, no offense. You never say the true greatness of Jarlena, Bope, the amazing scenes with Alice and Tom. The dialogue was AMAZING,… Read more »

Imane Assi
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Imane Assi

Wtong.The last blast worked thanks to Chloe,Philip.Brady,Shawn,Belle,Nicolel..not because they were Horton.Brady and kiriakis…you’re trying desperatly to dismiss Nadia/Chloe’s huge effect on the show…Now I get that tfor you Chloe is an unnecessary character.But that’s just For you.Not for her HUGE FANABSE,nor for the show,no matter how much you try to dismiss them and her huge effect on the show.

Angela White
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Angela White

See, you are wrong. NO ONE would have watched if it was Jan/Mimi and the rest of the teens without the CORE families being represented. No one would have cared if it wasn’t BELLE BLACK, SHAWN BRADY, PHILLIP KIRIAKIS involved. That is why the teens work. The same way the teens now are Brady’s, Hortons, Kiriakis! Bringing on a random teen scene wouldn’t work with out the history! I also NEVER said that Nadia didn’t have a large fanbase, that would be disrepectful to the fans and the actress. I took offense to YOU saying she had the biggest EVER.… Read more »

Imane Assi
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Imane Assi

Angela White That’s your opinion but you’re dead wrong.I am the perfect example.I watched it for Chloe.Not for Philip or Brady.Then I liked them but first the one that got me hooked is Chloe I love NB’s acting much much more than most of the actresses on the show.Actually the only ones who’s acting I love on the show are NB,AZ and CC.I hate MB ,LK and AS ‘s acting.So you’re entitled to your opinion but the fact is Chloe/Nadia had a huge impact on the show,you like it or not.No matter how much you try to dismiss it.And you’re… Read more »

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A Martinez Joins the Cast of New Film ‘Ambulance’

Daytime Emmy winner and former star of Santa Barbara, A Martinez (Ex-Cruz) has joined the cast of the upcoming Michael Bay directed action-thriller, Ambulance.

The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Eiza Gonzalez and is based off the original Danish Film Ambulancen

According to Deadline, while the plot is being kept under wraps, the pic is expected to be in the spirit of such 1990s action pics Speed and Bad Boys.”

As well as his reprising his role of Eduardo on Days of our Lives recently, Martinez also appeared in Netflix’s Longmire, as well as his recurring roles on the digital drama series,The Bay.

So, intrigued to find out what A will be playing in “Ambulance”?  Would you like to see him back on daytime?  Comment below.

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Victoria Konefal Returns to Days of our Lives

Cin fans will be happy to know the other half of the DAYS super couple will be back on-screen later this month as Ben (Rob Scott Weston) and Ciara’s (Victoria Konefal) love story is set to continue.

According to Soap Opera Digest, Look for Konefal to first appear back on-screen during the January 28th episode of the NBC daytime drama series.

When the missing in action Ciara returns she will bring with her a new character named Rhodes played by Jason Downs.

No word on how long Konefal’s stay will be this time, since she has been off-contract with the show since last year.

However, reportedly this this will be Ciara in the flesh, not a conjured up or “Vision” of her that comes to Ben in his time of need.

What do you think has happened to Ciara since the car explosion she was supposedly part of? Glad to know Victoria is on her way back on-air to DAYS? Comment below.

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DAYS Mike Manning On Role in Film ‘Son of the South’: “I Hope it Strengthens the Dialogue Our Country is Currently Having About the Fight for Equality on All Fronts”

Days of our Lives Mike Manning (Charlie) has been one busy actor; not only appearing on the NBC daytime drama series and in the digital drama series, The Bay, but also in the new film Son of the South.

The film will be released on February 5th and was executive produced by Oscar-winning director, Spike Lee.  In story, Son of the South is about the grandson of a Klansman who comes of age in the deep south and eventually joins the Civil Rights Movement. The film is based on Bob Zellner’s autobiography “The Wrong Side of Murder Creek.”

Manning plays the role of Townsend Ellis, and the actor took to his Twitter account on Monday, during Martin Luther King Day, to let his fans know to be on the lookout for the film and why it is such an important piece for our time.   

Mike expressed: ” I think #MLKDay  is a good day to tell you “Son of The South” will be out Feb. 5th. I hope it strengthens the dialogue our country is currently having about the fight for equality on all fronts. Exec produced by Oscar-winner Spike Lee. Proud of this one.@son_movie”

You can check out a trailer for Son of the South below, along with Manning’s tweet.

So, have you been enjoying Mike’s work on DAYS? What do you think of his message sent out yesterday on these important moments of our time? Share your thoughts via the comment section,

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