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DAYS Casting New Female Role: Who Would You Suggest For The Part?

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Days of our Lives has sent out another casting call for another new character.  This time it’s for the part known as “Deanna”.

According to Soap Opera Digest, the NBC series is looking to fill the recurring role of a gorgeous, African-American young female, age 25-30.

The character is described as, “confident, edgy, strong, intelligent female.  She has overcome obstacles in her past that make her the strong independent woman she is today.  In her her chosen field, vulnerability is a liability so her tough exterior can sometimes make her hard to read.  She is sexy and knows how to have fun and craves a little danger to keep things interesting.”

With the previous casting call of  mid 1970’s character Valerie Grant having gone out, could this be her daughter who comes to Salem?  To many this sounds like a recast of Lani, since Sal Stowers was let go from the show, but is it?

When reading the casting call, what do you think “Deanna’s” chosen field of work is? And more, importantly which actress from daytime or primetime TV do you think fits the part, and that the DAYS casting director should take a look at?  Share your thoughts below!

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Michael
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Michael

Wish they could cast Brook Kerr (Ex-Whitney, Passions) for this

Brian
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Brian

I love Brook Kerr too!

Ricardo
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Ricardo

Me too Brian, Brook is a wonderful actress and pretty lady too.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Yes, definitely Brook Kerr. Loved her in PASSIONS.
Another gorgeous tontender would have been YAYA DaCOSTA….unfortunately she’s been taken by CHICAGO MED.

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

but she is in her 40s now…

CeeCee
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CeeCee

You’re right, Jimmy. Brooke is in her 40’s. Time flies.
Love Keke Palmer….

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

I had a chance to see keke in person one Christmas but didnt go-she would make a nice addition.

Shay
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Shay

@CeeCee (and jimh….) How about if Days poaches Val from GH???? Her character has been completely stagnant since she played a part in Dante’s adultery, and no matter what else is concocted for her, that’s all for which she’s ever going to be known.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@Shay. You’re so right, Shay! Sad!!!! Call me strange, but I am beginning to appreciate Brytni, as an actress….and, if I am to be honest with myself, Valerie made a big leap in the ‘liking’ department, as well. This, coming from moi? Her affair with Dante disfigured any positive image I may have cultivated towards her. But, I moved on. Nonetheless, the ‘homewrecker’ stigma will always be present, as you indicatd. That scarlet letter radiates more than ever, as we witnessed in the park scene where she literally bumps into Lulu and Dante. Talk about he proverbial, metaphorical elephant in… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

My BIG problem with a VERY pretty Valerie was #1, we know nothing about her. She rode into town with a white mother and was connected to the legendary Spencer family. WHAT? #2 She screwed over her cousin and screwed her husband. #3 She has disappeared only to show up with G.I Joe Black! [They suck as a couple!] Well, now that the cousins have made up I am thinking along your lines Cee. Brytni is a good actress. Easy on the eyes. COULD be relevant in a good story. But mostly what I see is this, she did CluLu… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

@CeeCee….I don’t know…for me, Val falls into the same formulaic category that so many GH characters do….they were brought on to great (and in my mind, often undeserved) fanfare for a brief, but specific, moment, then just became another albatross to the canvas, hanging around for dear life without any justifiable purpose….can you say Nina, Hayden, Sabs, Jordan, etc.???? It shouldn’t be so difficult to create an exciting character from the start and keep them enticing…it looks like Finn and Griffin are finally breaking that mold, but what took so long? Previously, the last new characters to really catch fire… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

@Timmm….Yep, it’s also still rubbing me the wrong way that CluLu took back that dirty dog, Dante….He’s been forever sullied in my eyes, as well. It was bad enough that he cheated on his wife, but to do it with her cousin made it twice, even thrice, as disgusting. No matter how much I don’t like to see a family torn asunder, in this case I would make the exception if only Lulu had the gumption to tell her wayward hubby to take a hike. She has been far toooo forgiving and self-blaming as far as I’m concerned!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@Timmm.
Hey, Timmmy,
Yes, great sentiments we both have for Valerie. But, Shay is right. ‘Tis very hard to erase those nagging peccadillos. There needs to be a spectacular happening…..an all-encompassing altruistic and heroic act on her part. TPTB have the tools to do that. If Valerie is to stay, her aura needs to change. But, as it happens in soaps, time makes us forget.
Also, I still have Rose’s words roaming around my head….that Valerie is a Quartermaine scion. It is the only way Valerie’s feet will be firmly cemented onto PC soil.

Enrique
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Enrique

Elena Goode (ex-Jade, ATWT)

Tomas Torquemada
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Tomas Torquemada

Salem is still the least diverse city on Daytime. It’s beyond sad.

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

Would be nice if Valerie remet David years ago(off camera) and had his daughter but he broke up with her to take care of an ill Trish-his ex- and so Val never told him she was prego-however, Valerie was also seeing Deimos and he could be her father!!!

Patrick
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Patrick

Ive GOT IT…. Valerie Grant as played by Debbie Morgan

and…. ta-da…. bring smart sexy and CAN ACT ! Allison Paige back… as her daughter

OK …. LOL Allison has been a recurring actor known as Bev Walters

OK , OK she could be Julies granddaughter… David Banner is her father

I’d take this

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

David Banning…

Phil
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Phil

To me this sounds just like the casting call they once put out for Abby….and I suggest Brittany Underwood as always for this role!

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

I always suggest her too…she would be perfect for the part.

Lou Piikes
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Lou Piikes

Sal Stowers, just replace Lani with Deanna. It’s a soap nobody would care.

penny
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penny

Clap for this. I was thinking the same thing, this would be perfect. No harm, no foul.

Claudette Drouin
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Claudette Drouin

selena gomas as abby jens daughter

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Scrap the casting of this role, and continue writing for Sal Stowers’ Lani, who I believe has real potential to become a lasting character on the DAYS canvas.

Michael
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Michael

Chrystee Pharris is good too a bit younger than Brook Kerr…..

Jimmy
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Jimmy

They got rid of Sal Stowers recently, and this sounds a lot like a recast for the role of Lani to me. Though I doubt it, since she hasn’t really made an impact yet. And if it is really a recast, why bother? Sal is a great actress and I think they jumped the gun with her firing, without giving her a chance to hold down a story of her own, the way she did on AMC when Cassandra was kidnapped.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I don’t think it will matters anymore. I used to get excited when these casting calls went out and tried to speculate who the character would be and how they would affect the canvas. Then pretty much every time the character was a complete waste of time, or the writers get changed so the character get drops or ignored, so whoever the actress is she shouldn’t get her hopes up that this will be long term gig– most new characters rarely stay more than a year or two on most soaps if they are lucky.

penny
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penny

Sal Stowers as Deanna, I would definitely start watching again, even though the love of my life Greg Vaughan (Eric) is leaving, penny 🙁

damien
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damien

davetta sherwood
(ex lily winters) from y n r
shes got lots of spunk and is really attractive.
sony owes her anyways after they fired her to return cryshal to the role, personally i prefered her as dru s daughter a million times more
also let o was adrianne leon as colleen who would make a great abby horton
i could see davetta and jj as a hot couple!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Yes, damien…..also, Brooke Marie Bridges….such a beautiful girl !!!!!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Could Deanna be another one of Abe’s long lost child? As Nicole Walker is Helena’s long lost daughter given up for adoption?

Stephen
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Stephen

Deanna?!!

That’s taking Mary-Sueing to a whole new level!

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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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