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

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

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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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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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Who is DAYS Gwen Really? What is Her Vendetta Against Abigail All About?

We have a new psycho in Salem, and she is played to perfection by Emily O’Brien who has been bringing her brand of quirky evil to the NBC soap opera as Gwen.  Soap fans, of course, remember her as Jana Hawkes on The Young and the Restless from 2006-2011.

Ron Carlivati and his DAYS writing team certainly have some tricks up their sleeve where Gwen is concerned as viewers recently found out she was behind slipping Abigail (Marci Miller) the drug months ago causing her hallucinations.

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But Gwen is even much darker than we think, when several key clues and moments were revealed on Friday’s episode of DAYS when she went to visit her conspirator in prison, Dr. Rolf (William Utay).

During the exchange, we learn Gwen has been getting the mind-altering drug from one of Dr. Rolf’s concoctions.  She reveals to him that their plan has hit the proverbial snag.  The drug did not dismantle Abigail as she had hoped.  We also learn while she was in the mental institution – Bayview – that is how she tracked Rolf down by researching the drug he had created.

And it appears, Rolf hates Abigail too, citing he always saw her as  thorn in Stefano’s side.  It is then Gwen says he wants another dose of the drug to “melt Abby’s brain!”  Rolf says without anyone else to take the fall for it, he can’t come up with it.

He suggests to her to alter her plan and to instead destroy Abigail’s life piece by piece … and go for the long game instead of the short term – take everything that is near and dear from her including her husband, children, home, everything.

But, what does come to light is that even Dr. Rolf does not know why Gwen wants to destroy Abigail.  That is when Gwen shares she has very good reason to hate Abigail, and he, along with everyone else, will find out why when the time is right.

So, what are your theories?  Who is Gwen?  Is she a character with plastic surgery?  Could she be a sister no one knew Abigail had?  A former mental patient who Abby knew when she was getting help a few years back? And what is her gripe with Abigail all about?  Comment below!

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Kassie DePaiva, Nathan Purdee & Taylor Purdee Talk ‘Killian & The Comeback Kids’, One Life to Live & Eve’s Reign of Terror on DAYS

It’s ‘all in the family’ + a dear friend that makes the film Killian and the Comeback Kids something that soap fans will want to see. In it, daytime veterans, Kassie DePaiva (Ex-GL, OLTL, GH and Days) and Nathan Purdee (Ex-Y&R and OLTL) are featured in the new movie directed, written and starring Nathan’s talented son, Taylor.

One Life to Live fans will get a kick out of that Kassie and Nathan play a married couple in the film.  In story, a millennial (Taylor A. Purdee) comes home to live with his parents in a depressed rural town after getting a college degree in the big city. The film illustrates the issues facing many of America’s youth today, which could not be more apropos for the times we are living with many children moving back in with their parents. However, the movie shares an uplifting message filled with original music from Taylor’s folk-rock band, The Cumberland Kids.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Kassie, Nathan and Taylor to get the inside scoop on: collaborating together on this project, revisiting Llanview with some memories and thoughts on the cancellation of the beloved soap, plus Kassie’s last turn on Days of our Lives as an unhinged Eve Donovan – a performance that just may garner attention come Daytime Emmy time next year.

This conversation was filled with candor, humor, and a parent’s love for their child. Killian and the Comeback Kid is playing in selected theatres and dates including tonight Friday, September 25th in Atlanta, and October 2nd in Chicago. For more movie info go to the film’s website here And now here’s what Kassie, Nathan and Taylor shared.

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I was really intrigued by the film. Taylor, how did you lure your dad to be in the movie?

TAYLOR:  Oh my gosh, it was the craziest negation ever.

I bet! (Laughs)

TAYLOR:  When I was a kid, Roberta, my mom, made me promise to always write him roles.  So, it was kind of obligatory.

KASSIE:  That is so funny!

TAYLOR:  It’s true.

Had you met Kassie before, or was this the first time? 

TAYLOR:  I knew Kassie from when my dad and her were doing One Life to Live together.   Five years before I was filming this movie, Nathan texted me, “Hey!  Kassie and Jim (DePaiva) are right by your dorm room.  You should go see them!”  So, catching up as an adult was so nice.  I had a non-parentally controlled grown-up hang-out with her.

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What was the journey this film, Killian and the Comeback Kids, went on as far as from the writing of it, to production, to its completion?

TAYLOR:  Well, the front half was surprisingly quick.  I think writing it through to having it finished was about 18 months, and there were about 6 months of, “how’s it going to come out,” and then, we thought we knew what was going to happen, and we were all getting ready for it to hit in movie theatres in the spring when the world ended, and that’s how we got here three years later.

Nathan, tell me about the role you play; because Kassie and you are husband and wife in the film.

NATHAN: Well, yeah, you kind of covered it! (Laughs)  I play her husband, and she plays my wife, and I appreciated the casting situation.  It’s interesting how Taylor chose Kassie because he did say that he wanted someone who was close to his mom’s personality.  I couldn’t think of anybody else other than Kassie because the only difference is Kassie is taller, but they both are such loving, caring people.  They always want to mother you and make sure you’re fed, and you’re safe, and you’re happy, and neither one of them knows the word, “no,” when it comes to the people who they’re taking care of.  I love Kassie anyway, so good for me.

KASSIE:  Yeah, they cut our love scene, and I don’t know what that’s about. (Laughs)

Kassie, what do you remember from when you first met Nathan?  You were at One Life, right?

KASSIE:  No, when I first met Nathan, we were in San Antonio, and we were doing an appearance.  I met Bobbie Eakes (Ex-Krystal, AMC and Macy, B&B) for the first time then too, but I was on The Guiding Light, and I was singing, and Nathan was there.  Nathan and I sat beside each other.  I honestly felt like I had known Nathan my entire life.  We were drinking margaritas and talking, talking, talking, talking, talking, talking.

NATHAN:  Yep!

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KASSIE:  Nathan and my husband, Jim are very good friends.  I have to say, Nathan was so lovely when I was going through my cancer journey.  He came to see me every week, sometimes twice a week when I was in the hospital, and he would come up, and he would hang out with Jim.  I will never, ever forget how lovely he was (it makes me tear up right now) to be there with support for my husband and myself as we went through that.  So, when Nathan asked me to be his wife in the film, I thought, “Well, hey, you practically live with me now, so that sounds good.”

So, Taylor, how did they do on-screen as husband and wife?

TAYLOR:  They’re fantastic.  We’ve only had one test screening, but one of the most consistent things audiences tell me is that they’re not just great together, but they each have such a quiet, brooding depth to them that you can’t help but imagine the back-story that they’re not talking about

KASSIE:  That’ll be the sequel!

TAYLOR:  Killian and the Comeback Kids 2: They Comeback Kids Comeback.

KASSIE:  They’ll come back again!

NATHAN:  Thanks for planting that seed in his head, Kassie.

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TAYLOR:  It was important for me to try to synthesize a mixed-race couple.  So, it was really great to be able to have them, not just be so great together, but there was also the issue of we had to have a little girl who looked like she could not just be my sister, but also both of their daughter.  Creating a family from scratch was great because Nathan and Kassie already had the rapport.

Did you watch them on One Life to Live together? 

TAYLOR:  Yeah!  I was in school most of the time, but I would go to set, and over the last 10 years, friends would send me YouTube clips from the show because for some reason none of the soaps are streaming.  There’s not like a soap Netflix!  It kind of needs to happen!  Soaps, they’re epic; there are decades worth of episodes and shows.

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In this film, music is the backdrop.  It’s your music and your band that is featured?

TAYLOR:  Yeah, my best friend growing up and I were staring to write folk music around the time when I was deciding what script I wanted to make into a film.  We wrote the soundtrack, all the music that people sing, and the underscore, which was surprisingly the most fun part of it all.

Kassie what did you think of Taylor’s music?

 ASSIE:  I think it’s wonderful.   I love music. It’s totally in the heart of me, and I just think that this movie is so timely. Kids these days are having to deal with not knowing what their future is going to be.  In the film, my son comes home, and he is trying to find himself, and he throws himself into his art and his music.  I just think there are a lot of people right now who are going through that.  I think it is extremely relatable, even more so than when you wrote it, Taylor.  I think people are looking for some type of connection, and I think this little movie is a good start.  It’s about people pulling together, and it’s got a strong rooting factor, and you want people to succeed, and it is great.  It takes you on a really nice journey.

You have some dates coming up where the film will play in a movie theatre- one is on September 25th in Atlanta and then another one on October 2nd in Chicago.  Taylor, how do you feel about making appearances for the film during the pandemic? You’re going with masks on? 

TAYLOR:  Oh yeah.  We will be in a bubble; we are just getting into a car and sticking together.  I and John Donchak, who plays opposite me through the whole film, are going to all of those dates, and my co-songwriter, who also appears in the film, will be in Atlanta, if not at both premieres.

NATHAN:  And let me add, please, they’re going against my wishes as a parent, but he is 28- years-old, so all I can say is that we are hoping for the best because we want him to be safe.  He is very determined and passionate about it, so he’s got our support.

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Taylor, in your story, why does Killian come home and live with his parents? 

TAYLOR: His plan at the time is that he has just graduated from a pricey university, and he is supposed to go off with his bandmate on a modest music tour.  He comes home to get his stuff and see his parents after graduating, but his bandmate drops out, and so the plan falls apart, and that’s how he gets stuck in this town and everything is just kind of falling apart. The plan that he had for his life after college gets pulled out right out from under him.

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Nathan, when Kassie and you were on One Life for years, you weren’t there when it ended, as you had already left the show.  How did you feel upon learning it had been canceled by ABC?

NATHAN:  I was so disconnected by that time.  I just knew it was ending, and it wasn’t the first soap to go.  I saw it happening when the other shows started being canceled due to, I could be wrong about this, but I put the blame on reality TV.  By that point I had moved on in my personal and private life.  I was doing a lot of theatre then, traveling back and forth from North Carolina, really trying to keep busy, and fighting off the depression of not working full-time.  I missed Jim and Kassie the most, but I was thrilled that I could bump into them at any time and visit with them.  I kept in touch with Hillary B. Smith (Ex-Nora) and Bob Woods (Ex-Bo) and also, Timothy Stickney (Ex-RJ); in fact, Timothy Stickney’s wife did Taylor’s hair for the film.

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Kassie, how do you feel years later about the cancellation of One Life to Live?

KASSIE:  I still miss it.  I loved it. The hard part about this show in particular being canceled is –one – that there wasn’t closure on it.  It kind of happened randomly, and there was still a lot more story to tell.  They kept it going on General Hospital, where they’ll bring some characters there.  So, it’s still in peoples’ minds. The second part is the friendships and the family connections that you’ve made over the many years that you’re there. Nothing lasts forever, that’s for sure, but as you were saying, there’s no streaming of these shows, but if you catch an episode on YouTube, One Life to Live, truly stands alone.  It just has great stories, great characters, and there is connection there that is very real.

Kassie, your last go-around at DAYS was just epic.  Did you guys see it?

TAYLOR:  I did see pieces of some of it.  I caught some of the “super villain”!

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Eve went in guns blazing, evil as all get out, but so heartbreaking at the same time while she was torturing Ben (Rob Scott Wilson).  What did you think about all of that, Kassie?

KASSIE:  I was really hesitant to watch it because I remembered how “super villain” I was.  I remember getting on the plane, and Jimmy said, “How was it?” and I said, “I’ll probably never work again a day in my life. I’m like this (evil laughs) muah-ha-ha, muah-ha-ha kind of character.”  I mean, you hated what Eve was doing, and you were supposed to, but I think that they did a great job with production values, and it was reasonable what she was doing because she was going off the edge. It’s great to be able to sink your teeth into something that is so out-there and completely different from your own life.  I mean, it was exhausting.  Every day, I would come home and just be like, “Oh my God, give me a cocktail.” Eve had justification for her revenge, even as wrong as it was, and she needed to be heard, and she needed closure, and she made a bunch of wrong moves, and did a bunch of bad, bad, bad things, and now, she is probably in a mental institution somewhere, so…

You and I were on set of DAYS and I was going to interview you.  If I recall, at that point, you did not even know what the story arc was.

KASSIE:  No, I didn’t. When I arrived and looked at the script, I’m like, “Well, who blew up that wedding?”  Then, all of the sudden, “Oh, no!  I blew up the wedding.  This is bad!  I probably am not going to be coming back on this show again.”  I look at story and go, “Uh-oh.  There’s a shut door.”  I like open doors and open windows.

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Taylor, what is your project? Are you continuing to write?  What do you see in the future for yourself?

TAYLOR:  This is my life for me.  The next thing that I think we are releasing is actually something that I made before this because everything is backwards, which is a documentary (very different) about Central American politics, which I’m hoping is out next year.  In terms of new scripts, everybody is a bit torn.  I kind of want to do a biopic of Lee Grant, or I want to do a blues/punk version of something inspired by The Shining.

Well, those are very polar opposite!

TAYLOR:  Yeah, aren’t they?

NATHAN:  Now you see what I’m living with. (Laughs)

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Nathan, you must be proud of Taylor, and it must be very cool to see your son have these multi-faceted talents.

NATHAN:  Of course, I’m proud of him and it’s great, but it’s strange because watching Taylor develop into the person he has developed into and continues to, made me realize that I hadn’t had the type of courage he has.  I had my dreams and certain things that I was very courageous about in my life.  I certainly don’t see him doing some things the way I did them, because he has more common sense than I do when it comes to life choices. His courage just blows my mind.  Most of my closest friends are professional musicians, and many of them, if I were to namedrop, you would know who they are, and they’ve had successful careers, and I’ve always looked up to them and admired them, but I was never that guy.  I just wanted to be a musician because I knew them and we were friends, but I didn’t have the discipline to do what they did, and I certainly didn’t have the God-given talent.  I play a little bit of keyboard and a little bit of saxophone myself, but I have to play one song 757 times before I even start to feel comfortable with it, and Taylor can sit down and start strumming on his guitar, and the next thing you know, he’s written a whole song.  It just blows my mind how creative and talented he is.  He has been surrounded by creative and talented people all of his life. He has absorbed a lot from the different people and the different opportunities he’s had, and I look at him sometimes, and I even say it to my wife, “Who is this kid?”  I like to share this story.  We went to see Taylor do Hamlet.  I’m guessing he was 15 or 16-years-old at the time. I’m watching him doing Hamlet, and I’m sitting in the chair, and I’m crying because I’m thinking to myself, “Oh, my God, he is so good!”  I told Taylor, “I would not tackle Hamlet on a football field, yet alone on stage.”  It made me realize that we had a force to be reckoned with.  He’s pretty amazing.  The bad news for him is that I always tell him the truth, and I lied to him once, and he called me out on it, and I promised that I would never lie to him again.  So, be careful what you ask me because I will tell you the truth from this point on.

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KASSIE:  Taylor was also the director of this film, which I mean, “What the hell!”  This guy is doing everything.  He was deciding on the shots, he was deciding on the lighting, he was deciding this and that, he was editing the script, I’m like, “Holy cannoli!”  He’s like, “No, I want her to wear that shirt; I want her to do this.”  You would do the scene, and he’d come over and talk to you a little bit.  I mean, he was just awesome; Taylor brought so much insight to my character because I’m like, “What’s my relationship, and who are all of these kids?  Are we a loving family?”  We did it very quickly, too.  Taylor, look at what you’ve accomplished, and it is such a beautiful piece of art!

TAYLOR:  From a more functional standpoint as a director, one of the really great things about having the two of them was that Kassie came in half-way through filming, and we’d been working with the young actor/musicians a lot.  Some of them, it was their first big job, but pretty much all of them had worked before.  On Kassie’s first day, they didn’t know what they were in for.  She just rolled onto set, and all of the sudden, the stakes and bar of how to be an actor just changed.  From that point on, when Kassie and Nathan started to work with the band, we knew those were going to be fun days because there was going to be acting involved.  Everyone else just had to come up to their level, which was great for me because it gave me so much more to edit with.

Taylor, who are your musical influences?   

TAYLOR:  That’s a really good question.  My musical obsession for the last few years has been this guy, named Josh Ritter, who is kind of a singer/songwriter/folk guy.  My real-life band, The Cumberland Kids, is named after one of his songs.  Also, Weird Al Yankovic, has been a massive inspiration for me and my songwriting partners.

So, your vibe is this folk-rock.

TAYLOR:  Yeah, that’s what I’m writing mostly.  My listening is kind of all over the place, but definitely that is what I’m writing.

Kassie, who do you like listening to?

KASSIE:  It all depends on what cocktail I have in my hand.

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NATHAN:  Let me chime in on that too! I like jazz, blues, and country music, but imagine what my house was like because I have a lot of instruments here, always with the hope that Taylor would at least become interested in music.  I have congas, bass guitar, keyboards, you name it, and for a while, he wasn’t interested at all, and one day, I woke up and he was playing an acoustic guitar.  Then, the next thing I know, he is writing and singing folk music.  I’m thinking, “Wait a minute!” It was an important lesson for me that just because you want something for your children, doesn’t mean that is what they want for themselves.  We never pushed acting on Taylor.  He chose it on his own.  It’s exciting for me mostly because it was his choice.

KASSIE:  He’s a natural.

And speaking of that, Taylor, in the trailer nothing came across forced or pushed.  Obviously, we are all talking you up here, not that you need it.

NATHAN:  I’ll tell you this, Michael.  During the shoot, Taylor insisted on calling me “Nathan”, and I had a problem with it, but he basically told me to get over it because it’s his set, his movie, and while we are shooting, I’m “Nathan”, and he’ll call me dad later.  I’m still struggling with that but he was the boss.

TAYLOR:  It’s hard to walk that line and not make it weird for your crew, you know?

NATHAN:  I get it.

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KASSIE:  It’s weird for me because when he would go, “Robbie is going to do this, and Nathan is going to do that,” I’d go, “Who are Robbie and Nathan?  Aren’t they your mom and dad?”

TAYLOR:  While I was writing the script I called him over, and I said, “Dad, I wrote you a really good role, and I think we are actually going to do this.  I’m giving you a once in a lifetime chance to name your own character.  Do you want to name him after a Greek hero, or one of your siblings?”  He didn’t take his chance.  So, you know what?  It’s “Nathan” now.  It’s easier for everybody.  We don’t have to break the method acting fourth wall.  (Laughs)

Do you think you would work with Nathan and Kassie again? (Laughs)

TAYLOR:  Oh, my God, are you kidding?

NATHAN:  That’s my contract: Kassie has got to be in it.  So, let me say this about Kassie, you had mentioned something about how much she has been working, and I look at Kassie as the James Brown of daytimes soaps.  She is the hardest working woman in daytime television. 

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She is pretty spectacular. Kassie started on Guiding Light, had a long career on One Life, and then went to General Hospital, then to Days of our Lives.  It’s been amazing that we have been able to see her have a comeback in more ways that one.

KASSIE:  Nathan has jumped from soap to soap as well, and when you’ve done it, you just think it’s over.  It’s not like your regular acting profession jobs when you go out and you know you’re going to audition for twenty-five things and get one role for a short amount of time.  When you go in day in and day out and are creating all of this stuff on a soap opera, and then it ends, you go, “Well, now what am I supposed to do?”  I haven’t been on a set in 6 months, and I feel like I won’t ever work again.  Soaps are just a totally different head trip and so it can be really hard.

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Nathan, do you have a favorite Hank Gannon moment from One Life to Live?

NATHAN:  Oh wow.  Man, there were so many of them.  I can tell you the funniest, to me, maybe not so funny to Hillary B. Smith though.  I think it was during a live show. This was during the time when I had a lot of dialogue.  But this particular day, I had one line, and the line was to Hillary and it was, “How are you feeling?” and her response was, “Well, I’m feeling the way I always feel, and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah”.  So, during the entire day, I’d see Hillary, and I’d say, “Hey, how you feeling?”  Maybe nineteen times before we started shooting, “Hey, how you feeling?” and she’d had about enough of it.  So, fast forward to “5, 4,3,2,1 action”, and now, I say, “How you doing?”  If you could see the look in her eyes, it is like, “I will kill you.”  So, she says, “You know how I’m doing.  I’m doing what I’m always doing,” so she could get her line out.  So, once again, she saved Nathan’s ass with that.  One stupid line … and I blew it.  I just remember that one because I just know Hilary wanted to strangle me.  She probably still wants to.

And on that note (laughs) I wanted to thank you all so much for this. I hope you find success with this little gem of a film, Taylor.

So what did you think of the comments made by Kassie, Nathan and Taylor on their film?  What did you think of Kassie’s recent performance on DAYS? What’s your favorite Blair or Hank moment from the history of One Life to Live? Share your thoughts and comments below,  But first, check out the trailer to Killian and the Comeback Kids.

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Greg Vaughan Shares Farewell To DAYS & Scene Partner Arianne Zucker: “Never a Dull Moment, Laughing or Crying, She was the Party, Always with a smile!”

Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives had Eric Brady saying a sudden farewell to his loved ones before he departs Salem for Africa to help those in need.  That marks the on-screen departure of Daytime Emmy winner, Greg Vaughan who will last be seen on Wednesday’s episode.

As DAYS fans were aware, Greg wrapped his run months ago on the NBC daytime drama series, but since before the Covid-19 pandemic DAYS taped almost seven months ahead, Eric’s on-screen exit is airing this week.

Over the past two days, Vaughan took to his Instagram to share some sentiments, ‘thanks you’s’ and some photos of some of his favorite memories with his castmates expressing, “Seeing it’s the last week I’m airing on @nbcdays …I wanted to share some great captured memories this week with my incredible fans & castmates.”

The actor also posted a special photo album of pics with his longtime on-screen partner and love interest, Arianne Zucker (Nicole).  In that, he posted this message: “To my Ride or Die partner Ari!! Never a dull moment, laughing or crying, she was the party, always with a smile! Love ya #ERICOLE”

So, will you miss Ericole? Are you sad to see Greg exit Days on-screen? Share your thoughts via the comment section below … AND what were some of your favorite performances of Greg during his time on DAYS.

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