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DAYS Celebrates Airing Of 13,000th Episode!

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It’s a big day in Salem and for fans of NBC’s Days of our Lives!  The show will air today another astounding milestone in its 51-year plus history with its 13,000th episode broadcast.

In it look for some very special returns from: Christine Clark (Carrie), Austin Peck (Austin) and Leann Hunley (Anna) as the focus on the mystery of where’s Stefano shifts to some heavy drama going town in Europe!

NBC will also commemorate the airing of DAYS 13K with special Facebook Live chats happening throughout the morning and afternoon pacific time with cast members.  Here is the rundown:  9am PT – Deidre Hall & Lauren Koslow, 11am PT – Kristian Alfonso & Mary Beth Evans , 12pm PT – Billy Flynn, Camila Banus, & Marci Miller and 1pm PT – Christopher Sean & Freddie Smith will wrap up the chatfest.

Fans can submit their questions for the cast on the NBC DAYS facebook page here

Below check out Kristian Alfonso (Hope) talking in a recent press junket about what it means to be part of a show that has broadcast an amazing 13,000 episodes and then share your congrats to DAYS for its enduring legacy in the world of daytime drama in the comment section below!


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They cannot find the real Stefano, so I think they will all find that Will is still alive and that somehow Stefano had a hand in hiding him away. This being a soap and with Stefano and his many henchman, anything is possible!

I cant get behind that. However….something that would right a terrible wrong from 11 years ago is if they found out thst Stefano had really had Zack all these years. The Jim Reilly storyline where Chelsea killed Zack was one of the most disgusting, pointless, disturbing, mean spjrited storylines EVER….and that is saying a lot over his craptastic body of work. That young actor who played Zack in Hope’s stsnd alone episode was a natural and shared a beautiful rapport with Hope. If he is not available they could find someone. The overwhelming joy at having her son back would be awesome for her to play…and give the show back a legacy leading man! I thought that was the direction the show was going in several times over the years…when Alice had some big secret on Stefano, and a couple other times. I always love when any vestiges of a Jim Reilly storyline is obliterated!!!!

Puhleez Jim Reilly kept that show from being cancelled and all the other soaps copied his gothic storylines. Everyone laughed at marlenas possession but they watched.

Hope it continues and the rumors it being replace by a Meygan Kelly talk show are false!…i dont always like Days but i still need my afternoon Soap watching habit!!!

Me too I have watched all my life I DVR it had wonderfull storys back then but it still like a old friend we can pray it will stay on the air

My favorite era was the 70s when most of the Hortons was the shows focus…there were also the Peters, Andersons and Grant families…it was so great when Bill Bell was in charge of the stories-he knew what the viewers wanted…i consider the late 60s to late 70s Days Golden era when it was at its best and most popular…cast changes and outlandish stories in the 80s up to now changed the show completely…i did enjoy some of the stuff in the 80s up to now but nothing beats its golden era imho!

You are so right I miss the golden era and I miss another world too

Jimh, I so totally agree about the golden era and I also enjoyed some of the stuff in the 80’s up till now even though I no longer watch…Bo and Hope, Justin and Adrienne and Patch and Kayla, Kimberly and Shane…all their love stories were great.

Days is the best

yes it is , it has improved so much . i am impressed at how well it is at the moment . young and restless and bold and beautiful are trainwrecks in comparision . i only watch Days now !

Wow, all rainbows and sunshine for this show?!?! I don’t think I’m going out on a limb when I predict that this will be the final milestone Days will see. The writing is on the wall everywhere that this show will soon be done. It’s very sad, but not surprising at all. Ken Corday and his staff have destroyed Days. They should be ashamed of the level of quality this show has deteriorated to. They’ve lied and lied and proven over and over that they don’t care one iota about the fans and don’t know what they’re doing.

Case in point: The show is moving to the 12 pm noon hour in NYC next Monday. If NBC was truly happy with the show, do you really think they’d allow the show be shifted in the nation’s largest market to a less desirable, less watched hour? This is the final nail in the coffin, IMO.

Honestly, time to put a fork in this bomb! #OnlyCatsHave9Lives

Then thank goodness it’s a soap with some steady numbers and most likely will extend another year. .so as Gloria told Chloe. .MEOWWW!!!

12 noon is a good time for it is lunch hour the station can but it on any place i it wants to it on 1’00 in austin tx would be nice if it was on12 then we woundnt have to wait a hour for it to start it and Y& R is one at 11”oo hear

The shift to noon in NYC is VERY telling. All so that Access Hollywood Live can get a better time slot.

When the big affiliates start airing the show out of pattern – it’s a sign of doom (same thing happened with Guiding Light in its last few years).

Now is not the time to mourn or complain, as no official announcement has been made. As for moving to noon in NYC, it’s a smart move-as DAYS gets slaughtered by going head to head with YR anyway…

I’m merely giving an objective, honest, outside opinion about what I think is going to happen to the show. You don’t have to have an advanced degree in television production to conclude that Days is in a world of trouble.

And how exactly will the move to 12 pm in NYC be a “smart move”? Explain yourself on that. The last half hour of Days on NBC would still compete against the first half hour of powerhouse Y&R on CBS, which airs from 12:30-1:30 pm. So now Days won’t get “slaughtered”?? Yes, a portion of Days’ remaining viewers would DVR the show, but the most people who watch live TV that time of day (especially older folks) have viewing patterns and routines that they’ve had for many years, even decades. It’s not easy to suddenly change things on a dime, even if they’re aware of the change.

When affiliates in large markets move a soap’s time slot after it aired in the same place for so many years and start airing the show out of pattern, when it was already getting dismal numbers in its longtime time slot, it’s a telling sign that the axe is near.

I stand by what I say-and I know of what I speak-as DAYS has aired out of pattern here in Denver for years-3, now 2 MT

Doesn’t Y&R air in the noontime slot in a lot of markets as well? I don’t see the problem about that.

Y&R airs from 12:30-1:30 pm on CBS in NYC and presumably most other eastern time zone markets as well. So now on NBC, Days would compete directly against Y&R’s first half hour as opposed to the last half hour. If the show was floundering before, what exactly makes you think it will suddenly fare a lot better? Personally, I just don’t see it.

If Nielsen viewers can stay loyal to Days, surely those from NYC can follow to where the show will be placed, especially if it’s not too far from where it was previously.

Days was already sharply losing a huge chunk of viewership at 1 pm, which is the time slot it held for so many years in NYC and other large markets. Clearly, not nearly enough people were staying loyal to the show in that hour. So now we’re supposed to believe that every one of those remaining viewers and then some will magically find/still be watching the show after this move? I’m just being realistic when I say that I believe that’s wishful thinking, especially given the terrible writing that has alienated so many fans.

Think about it: If NBC was even remotely pleased with Days’ performance, do you really think they’d sign off on allowing its flagship affiliate in the nation’s largest market (and presumably some in other big markets) to move the show out of pattern to a lower-watched/cleared hour? I mean, shows like this are not shifted for no reason at all. Don’t be naive. The ship is sinking, sadly.

While DOOL’s ratings are always half of what Y&R is getting, its average has been relatively stable for the past few years, gaining and losing on a weekly basis. To describe it as a “sinking ship” would be inaccurate as it is more of a modest performer whose performance may or may no longer be enough for NBC to sustain any longer.

There are many other factors to consider especially the possible high risk of launching a new network daytime talk show and have it compete against numerous others in a crowded genre within daytime where. Even if it is cheap, if Megyn Kelly’s talk show fail to even outmatch DAYS’ numbers if it ever replaces it, or if it is not performing well against talk shows in whatever timeslot it would be placed in at different markets, then it will be doomed to fail.

Love me some Kristian……but whoa! What was she on during this interview? Lol. At first she is rambling about the most episodes on a network or cable. As The World turns and Guiding Light were both well past 50. And General Hospital is as well. Then…I almost laughed out loud when she knocked on wood and said she has never repeated a storyline! LMAO! Um…sweetie….how many times has Hope been presumed dead? How many times has she been roughed up in jail? How many times has she been kidnapped? How many times did her and Bo reunite? I love seeing actors as themselves…and in this case…I also want 1500 milligrams of whatever Ms. Alfonso has! Lol. Love her dearly. Hope DAYS isnt cancelled, but if it is it has had an amazing legendary run

Thanks Dylan I have not laughed this hard in a long time I also had no idea what she was trying to say ?

her train of thought is very telling… hence her weak delivery of anything more than what she repeatedly does

and familial bonding

outside of that… her being a police officer … pretty much does the acting for her.

WHY @DAYS behind the scenes features Hope and Rafe… is a smack in the face of how dumbed down are we ?


this cast is on top… WITH GH

come on

love hope and rafe together

If someone thinks the show is so bad that it is “time to stick a fork in this bomb,” than simply don’t watch it or waste your time writing negative comments about a show that obviously so many people still enjoy. I think moving the show to noon in NYC could be a good thing. It might provide more people an opportunity to watch it during lunch.

If the rumors are true, is there any way for the show to be profitable if they cut it back to 30 minutes? It seems “Bold and Beautiful” has thrived for years.

I think the show is getting back on track. Abigail/Chad/Gabi are firing on all cylinders. Paul/Sonny is a great pairing. I would love to see the show move into another direction instead of rehashing ANOTHER “Is Stefano alive?” plotline. This storyline has been done too many times.

I love the idea that Stefano has been holding Zack hostage. Although it would be another “coming back from the dead” storyline, it would drive story for years.

I like the diversity “DOOL” has been showing in the past few years. Hispanic, Asian, black and gay is part of society. I am still trying to like the nu-Valerie, but it seems she should be a lot older than actress playing her. Wasn’t her storyline 35+ years ago? Please bring back David Banning (Gregg Marx).

Another great idea is to get Peter Blake’s character back on the show. I think another Dimera child would be great for Chad and Andre.

Wishing the show several more years of success! Stay positive fans.

Ray, commenters are entitled to express their opinion about the show, no matter how negative it may be. If you still like it and don’t want to read comments like that, then you should not be on sites/message boards like this.

“…show that obviously so many people still enjoy.” — Have you actually watched/seen the quality of the show and taken a look at the numbers for Days consistently over the past year-plus? If that comment was true, then “obviously” the show would not be in danger of being cancelled.

And if Days was tanking at 1 pm in NYC (in the time slot it held for decades) then how exactly will moving the show an hour earlier be a good move? It will still be up against part of Y&R. If anything, those few who do choose to put it on will probably choke on their lunch before changing the channel. IMO, it’s the beginning of the end.

I’m sorry, but it’s reached a point where I have to be realistic about where this show stands. Yes, a good portion of its (remaining) fans will stay positive, but I can tell you that many people I know who currently watch (or watched) Days don’t care anymore and are resigned to its fate. That’s probably the way the silent majority feels.

I think it would be better if negative people who do not respect the shows stay off websites that are about promoting the genre. Do I think the show is at its best? No. Do I want to see hundreds of people lose their jobs if the show is cancelled? No.


it has improved so much ! leann hunley is back as anna ! and carrie and austin are back as well . patch and kayla are on the show as well so it is more than time for you to watch the show everyday when it screens on nbc . writing has improved a lot as well . talk to your friends , neighbours , work colleagues about it , get them to watch it . promote it yourself by facebooking and twittering about it . it’s by watching this show and getting the people you know to watch it that this show has the best chance of continuing for years to come .

days has become my favorite soap these days!
lani/ jj / gabi/ chad/ abigail is keeping me glued ! classic soap romances
the stefano hunts been fun and suspenceful awaiting all the old returns of faves!
cant wait for eric to come home too
even hope in prison has been getting good
adriennes cancer is endearing because of the triangle with her , lucas and justin
days is balancing the right mix of romance , suspence and topical issuses…
go days go!

Why aren’t the Hayes in this photo?

This is great but I sure do hate the rumors that the show is about to be cancelled. Every time this kind of rumor started, I always got upset. I can see where people are getting their information from this time though.

I don’t know yet… @DAYS – CHOSE – to RUIN the greatest character, for …. HOPE ?

I can only hope… that the characters of Anna, Carrie, Austin… are back for their own story… AND NOT be propped to do in Stefano and … alas… Hope gets her life back

with little to no regard for , how the audience… would delight in seeing these three characters back in Salem for a much longer story.

who truly wants to see just Rafe and Hope


in the latest SOD issue… it’s Anna DiMera who’s carrying on about how she wants justice for the love of her life… Tony DiMera

REALLY? this is what we RUIN ( one of the best their is, Leann Hunley ) …. so Hope and Rafe can get out of jail free card?

Kristian and Galen… are not even in the same league of daytimes best

PS: I should add… had @DAYS decide to resurrect Stefano…

Gosh… how I would love… if Ray Wise ( ex-Ian Ward, Y&R) , would do it.

in my dream of DREAM… Jed Allan ( ex’ CC Capwell )

lordy… zap me now

there’s no one like Joseph Mascolo

In a SOD issue not long ago… celebrating Joseph Mascolo….

his wife… shared

“Joseph was a big ole’ bear, with a puppy dog heart”

Plain and simple, Days is a sinking ship. This is particularly sad for me since Days is the soap that made me love soaps (I grew up watching the Jim Reilly era). In my opinion, only one person can turn the tide here and his name is Ron Carlivati. His pacing, tone and style would be a perfect match for Days. He could be the fix Days so desperately needs. A last ditch effort that is completely worth a shot.

..well it sure needs SOMETHING because I grew up watching One Life to Live and All My Children and have given this show, Days of Our Lives a 3 year watch and I’m really done – I just put it on in the background and iron my lab coats or scrubs – it doesn’t draw me in at all. The writing and the dragged out to death storylines are tedious to endure.

Sad to say, but the countdown is on. DAYS has been on a steady spiral downward for over a year. This ship is going to sink.

Hate to say it, but this show is just so bloody awful – in 2013 – 2014 it showed promise – but to me, since the summer of 2016 it has gone downhill – the writing is just dreadful and the storylines are so weak and come across like it’s 1985 ~ the show is also hurt by the severe lack of sets – yes, I know it’s a soap and not a major movie production, but they are not even creative – how many dinner conversations can be had at Brady’s Pub and just how many confessions and murders can take place in Fake Leaf Park? I think the actors do their best but they cannot overcome horrific writing.

Its on it 11”oo Y&R and days is on 1;;00 in austin tx and in amarllo its on 11.oo and days is at 2;oo I live in austin now GHis also on at one 1’00 never watch that one just get DVR and tape both show and call the station and compian

I am so happy that LeAnn Hunley is back. I have missed Anna. Now if only the writers could bring back Tony.

Me make it really interesting I would love to see Elaine Princi back too.

If you are a Kate Mansi fan check out both lifetime and lifetime movie channel.She was in 2 murder mysteries,The Boyfriend Killer and Unwanted Guests I saw both movies last night and believe me you won’t want to miss them She was bad in both of them far cry from her role on role on Days.

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Jackie Cox Talks On Latest Return to DAYS, An Offer for Dimitri, and Life as a Performer In and Out of Drag

On the Monday, December 4th episode of Peacock’s Days of our Lives, Jackie Cox is back and hell hath no fury like a drag queen scorned! With revenge the order of the day on Leo Stark (Greg Rikaart), Darius Rose (Cox out of drag) arrives in Salem with a plan.

As Dimitri (Peter Porte) is about to turn himself into the authorities to save Leo’s skin, Darius gives Von Leuschner a talking to; letting him know that Leo deserves to rot away in prison, and so, to help Dimitri out of town, Darius has a tempting, and yet outlandish way to do just that!

Cox first appeared on Days of our Lives during the limited-series Beyond Salem in 2021 and then on to the mothership in 2022. The drag artist and Rupaul Drag Race alum took time out from his busy touring schedule of his holiday show, Jackie and Jan’s Jingle Jam (coming to a town near you), to speak with Michael Fairman TV all about his recent return to the long-running soap opera, playing ‘soapy’ versions of Jackie/Darius, and if there’s more story to come.

In addition, Jackie talks on the often misperceptions of the art of drag and drag performers, working with his DAYS co-stars since first appearing on the series including: Rikaart, Porte, Billy Flynn (Chad AKA Belinda Chinashop), and much more. Check out our chat with the incomparable Jackie below.

Photo: JPI

You get asked back to DAYS, once again. Were you shocked that you got the call to return?

JACKIE: You know, what’s so funny is ever since my appearance on Beyond Salem a couple years ago, the fans kind of picked up on this little connection with me and Leo. Which then, Ron Carlivati (head writer, Days of our Lives) kind of expanded into my storyline last year where I came and broke up Leo’s wedding with Dr. Craig Wesley (Kevin Spirtas). What’s amazing is the DAYS fans now think they have seen me in places in the story that I’m not. Like, I was one of the prime suspects for the murder of Abigail DiMera, or I’m somehow helping Leo with other things. (Laughs) The fans have amazing imaginations of their own. I think Ron and the team picked up on that a little bit and have kind of found different ways to work me back into the storyline, which is so cool. I’m there, even when I’m not. That’s so fun for me.

Photo: JPI

As viewers saw on Monday’s episode, you are not in scenes with Greg Rikaart but Peter Porte. Was that a surprise for you coming back to tape a new episode?

JACKIE:  When they called me to come back, I thought I’d be working with Greg again as I have been very much a part of his storyline. However, it was really fun working with Peter, because we didn’t get to work together much on Beyond Salem, even though we were both there. It was fun to kind of like build a connection to Dimitri, because I think that’s such an interesting character.

Were you ever a fan of Days of our Lives before you were even on it?

JACKIE: I would pop in and out when I was a kid when I was homesick. My mom would let me watch a little bit. So, I remember the Stefano of it all, and Hope, and all of those storylines are still in my ether somewhere from when I was young.  Coming into it now, and to see where the storylines have expanded into even more is great. The world is bigger now than maybe it was in the nineties. So, the fact that you have a drag queen dealing with an immigration problem, and getting back at her ex, I think is so wild to me. I couldn’t imagine that kind of a storyline happening back then, but it’s so cool to see now.

DAYS, at times, had shown a lot of forward-thinking to its audience that I don’t think you’d necessarily see on the other current soaps. The way they’ve had you, and other gay, or sexually-fluid characters or romances, or introduced drag into the storylines – all these things they had implemented along the way to make the soap, in its current form, a little more progressive leaning. They are also not on network TV anymore, but on a streaming platform, which gives this most likely an assist, as well.

JACKIE:  What I love about it is, sometimes people just don’t think that we exist. You know what I mean? Maybe drag queens are something they just heard about and they don’t know what we are. I think what’s great is this character is me in my real life. I am Jackie Cox. I am a drag performer who goes around the country to different places and performs and stuff. So, for that to also be my character, it’s not like, “Why is she a drag queen?” It’s like, “Well, that’s just who she is.” I just happen to be there and I know that the daytime audience is so diverse. I love that they get to just see a little bit of my real life brought into Salem in this way. You can’t deny the fact I am Darius Rose and Jackie Cox.

Photo: JPI

It looks like Darius had a plan to ‘help’ Dimitri?

JACKIE: I don’t know if I’m as much helping Dimitri as if I have ulterior motives. I’m pretty frustrated with Leo. He is this charmer and he always gets what he wants. But I think at this point, I’ve had it with him and his schemes. He didn’t get that emerald. He didn’t give me the money from the Beyond Salem. He left me for Dr. Craig Wesley and I’m tired of it. I want to get back at him. Now that I find out he has this hot new little boyfriend, I know just how to do it because Dimitri better watch out, because he has not yet dealt with Jackie Cox yet. I have quite the persuasive offer you’ll see during the episode, and in the performances. I do think you see Dimitri really consider me and consider what I have to offer, which is to steal him a way, and help him escape to Canada with me.

We see you as Darius and Jackie in the episode, but there is a reason for that.

JACKIE: Yes! What’s fun for the audience is, I think, is there’s this tease during the episode, which is, “How are we going to get Dimitri out of here?” So, we take a page from the old drag book of tricks, which is walk right out the front door and let them look right at you, because drag is an amazing disguise. I think that Dimitri should have, could have chosen to be a fabulous drag queen and leave with me, and we could run across the Canadian border together and done cabarets in Montreal! (Laughs).

Photo: JPI

So, this is what Jackie/Darius wants to pull off in the episode?

JACKIE: Oh yeah, and also me, in my real life, (Laughs) I wouldn’t mind doing a cabaret in Montreal. That sounds like a good life to me. I think coming to Dimitri with this offer, which is: “Come with me across the border. Let’s get away from Leo. You haven’t been hurt by him the way I have, but I know you will be.” I think for the Darius side of me, you get to see a little bit of the softer side, in a sense. I really am hurt by Leo and the things that he’s done to me, and had been keeping me from – getting a green card in this fantasy version of my life. I really want to get back at him. What I love about Peter as an actor is, as we were working through this scene, we were able to find all these other levels. I kind of build this little connection through our episode of maybe I’m offering him something that he hasn’t even thought of before, a different kind of life where he’s not this Almanian crook, but maybe he can be a free gay man, maybe drag queen in Canada with me. That’s what’s on the table and the audience sees that. Unfortunately, he doesn’t choose me at the end, but that’s not going to stop me from putting on a fabulous look and walking outta there, anyway.

So then as he leaves, is Darius hurt by all of this?

JACKIE: I’m a little hurt. I don’t think my revenge cup is full at the end of this episode. There’s still a burning little desire for me to get back at Leo by the end of this and maybe a desire for me to just get back into Salem and see if I can find Dimitri again. Let me tell you honey, looking at Peter Porte is not very hard and maybe there’s more men in Salem for me … yet. (Laughs)

Photo: JPI

Ya never know! What was your takeaway from previously working with Greg Rikaart? Had you known Greg before taping Beyond Salem?

JACKIE: No. Greg and I met right then, and it was so much fun. Right away in those first couple of moments, we decided we needed to up this whole backstory, like just the two of us, and then it ended up on the show: that we were from New York, and we were in cahoots together, and then apparently we got married. and all this kind of subtext we worked in. For Greg and my character on DAYS, it was not about us being hot and heavy with each other. It was more about seeing each other as partners in crime very much from the beginning. So, that’s where the hurt for me comes in. I thought Leo was my main ride or die, but clearly he is not.

Photo: JPI

Ron Carlivati has a penchant for writing these types of campy stories. Did you speak with him at any point, and talk about the fact that you would like to do more appearances on DAYS?

JACKIE. Ron did just come to my Christmas show in New York a couple weeks ago. We had a little chat. I can’t say much, but I didn’t die at the end of this. So, there’s always room to come back!  There’s always room for more Jackie.

Photo: JingleJam

Do you find there’s lot of misconceptions about drag queens and people that perform in drag?  Do you think there’s an underlying misunderstanding of it within our culture?

JACKIE: There are a lot of misconceptions. A great example of it for me was last year when I came to Craig and Leo’s wedding. Once I got out of drag, Craig, wasn’t sure how to address me. I just was very clear with the pronouns I prefer out of drag. That was just something that was a matter-of-fact conversation that could happen between any two people. I think sometimes, everyone is scared of what they don’t know or they don’t understand, or are afraid of having a conversation that they think is going to be really horrible. I think the average person, no matter who you are, no matter what side of the political spectrum you are, no matter what gender or sexual orientation you are, everyone just wants to get along in general and have a decent experience walking around the world. I think if you see people like me and my character who’s a drag queen, who’s younger than for example, Dr. Craig Wesley’s character, having just a quick little conversation and then we move on … it’s not a big ‘falling on the sword’ moment. There’s nothing horrible happening. Drag can be a performance. It doesn’t actually matter who you are. Drag is just an expression, and if you love it, great. And if you don’t, you don’t have to come to my show. It’s okay.

Photo: JPI

What did you think about Belinda Chinashop (Billy Flynn), Sonny Delight (Zach Tinker) and Amanda Bottom (Chandler Massey) in the drag show scenes in Beyond Salem? Did you give the guys any pointers, or were you just stunned at how good they were?

JACKIE: We had just shot my drag stuff with them before, and they were like, “We’re doing this later this week.” I was like, “You guys will be fine. Don’t you worry.” They had amazing makeup artists come in and help them, which was great. I think that’s the biggest part. Billy Flynn told me, it was so fun for him to get to do it. I love that. Next time I come to Salem, I think there needs to be a reason for me to get Belinda Chinashop back out of the trunk.

Photo: JPI

You went to college at UCLA in their theatre department, didn’t you?

JACKIE: Sure did. I went to UCLA with Blake Berris (Everett). Blake and I were in the same theater program together and he booked DAYS I think right after college or while we were in college. It was amazing. He started so young. Now, we’re on this show together! How funny! We were like, “Oh my, God. This is amazing.” Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see Blake when I was there this time this time. Hopefully, the timing works out next time. I don’t think Ron Carlivati even knows that we went to school together.

Were you determined once you left UCLA to become a successful performer? What trajectory were you on at that point?

JACKIE: I went to UCLA and I really focused in on theater because I love theater so much. I didn’t actually really do much film or TV, even though it’s the school of theater, film and television. I loved the theatre. Then, after school I moved to New York because that’s where theater is. I got to New York and I realized that the theater industry was not for me, at least at that time. This was 15 years ago or so. It wasn’t quite as progressive, even in the theater industry, as it is today. I mean, to be on Broadway, you kind of had to be this big strapping hunk back then. I didn’t really find a place for me there. I did find it in New York with drag, and that really unlocked something in me. I kind of started building this career as Jackie Cox. I’ve been doing drag now for 13 years. So, for me to come back around to what I maybe kind of started doing in the first place is very interesting. We will see what happens.

Photo: JPI

Now, would you want to take on more roles as yourself, as Darius?

JACKIE: That’s the thing. These days, writers are actually writing material that really connects to who I am. I really want to play more characters, bringing myself to the role is something that’s important to me. So, whether it’s drag, whether it’s a character, whether it’s incorporating some of my Middle Eastern heritage in there, those are all things that I want to bring to life, whether it’s in or out of drag. It’s all on the table. It’s definitely something where I still want it to have that authenticity, to have that reason where it’s me, the actor, not just someone who hasn’t lived it.

So, if you end up with an expanded role of Days of our Lives, would you take it?

JACKIE: Are you kidding? In a heartbeat! My only question to myself and to the writers out there is, am I still going to be me … or is it revealed that I’m not actually Jackie Cox, and that I’m just some delusional fan who thinks I am? (Laughs)

Photo: JPI

In closing, how is Jackie when she walks out the door after this episode?

JACKIE: Jackie walks out the door with a renewed sense of purpose, a burning desire to eventually get back at Leo, and maybe a new friend in Salem. Those are the things that I walk out that door with, for sure.

So, did you enjoy seeing Jackie Cox back on Days of our Lives? Should the soap opera continue to weave Jackie/Darius back into the storylines with Dimitri and Leo and company? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Days of our Lives Peter Porte Stars in ‘Yuletide the Knot’ Holiday Movie on UPtv

Sunday, December 3rd, Peter Porte (Dimitri, Days of our Lives) stars in a holiday rom-com on UPtv, entitled Yuletide the Knot. Not only is Porte the romantic male lead, but he is also one of the producers of the movie.

Yuletide the Knot premieres tonight at 7 pm ET. Porte stars opposite Mary Antonini who take on the role of Rachel. Also appearing are Kelly Jakle, Kelsey Scott and Melissa Peterman.

In story, Rachel, a small-town wedding planner (Antonini), is tasked with planning a Christmas ceremony for an influencer couple. But her big plans hit a major snag when she is partnered with the bride’s manager, Logan (Porte), who is actually her first love and high school sweetheart. Will Logan and Rachel soon be kissing again under the mistletoe?

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Taking to his Instagram to share some background on the movie, Porte revealed: “I got the script in 2019 and was excited to come on board as an actor as well as producer. After months of planning, we were headed to Colorado with truckloads of Christmas decor and a start date of March 13… 2020.  Three years, countless pivots, pulled favors, and a pandemic later, my tenacious and wildly talented cast and crew made and sold a movie and I couldn’t be more proud. Let’s all get in the holiday spirit together!”

To locate UPtv stations in your area click here, or you can stream the holiday movie on UP Faith & Family here.

Watch the preview for Yuletide the Knot below.

Now let us know, will you be checking out this holiday rom-com featuring Peter Porte? Let us know via the comment section.


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Lifetime’s ‘Ladies of the ’80s: A Divas Christmas’ Brings Epic Food Fight and “Slapfest Coup de Grâce”

Get ready for the feuding soap opera divas, when five actresses known for their signature primetime and daytime roles are brought together in Lifetime’s new holiday film, Ladies of the ’80s: A Divas Christmas.

Saturday night, December 2nd on Lifetime (8pm ET/7PM CT) marks the highly-anticipated holiday movie premiere featuring: Donna Mills (ex-Knots Landing), Nicolette Sheridan (ex-Knots Landing), Morgan Fairchild (ex-Falcon Crest et al), Linda Gray (ex-Dallas) and Loni Anderson (ex-WKRP in Cincinnati).

Here’s what we do know! In story, five alums from the long-running soap, The Great Lakes reunite for a live Christmas finale. Uh-oh!  Now take a look at the backstory of the colorful cast of characters (pay special attention to the clever twists on the actresses names!)

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LAUREN EWING (Linda Gray) “Everyone thinks I’m so damn good all the time,” confesses the junk food-loving Lauren of her second act as a lifestyle guru. “I don’t know how Gwenyth Paltrow does it!”

DANA CUNNINGHAM (Donna Mills) Now a sitcom mom, she’s yet to make amends to ex-bestie Juliette after abruptly leaving the soap back in the day. Not that she hasn’t tried: “When I thought the world was going to end in Y2K,” Dana says, “I reached out to her, and she never called me back.”

LILY MARLOWE (Loni Anderson) After replacing Dana on ‘Great Lakes’, Lily never again found a role to win her acclaim. “What do I have to show for (my career)? An arc on  For the People – Shonda Rhimes’ only flop!”

JULIETTE MATHESON (Nicollette Sheridan) “She left me for L.A.,” the party girl turned fashion mogul recalls of Dana’s betrayal. Will their feud derail the entire event?

MARGEAUX ROBERTS (Morgan Fairchild) “Fasten your face-lifts, ladies, it’s gonna be a bumpy weekend!” The sassy grande dame of ‘Great Lakes’ sees the Juliette-Dana beef as the perfect escape from her own domestic drama.

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Now, making this all the more hysterical is the director of The Great Lakes reunion special, which makes the five women live under the same roof, is its former child star Alex, who has gotten his ex-girlfriend, Nell to direct the finale. Meanwhile, in the subplot. the ‘Ladies of the ’80s’ come up with a plan to get Alex and Nell back together.

As with any good soap opera, there is a major food fight. Linda Gray shared with USA Today ,”The food fight was one take. And it was fabulous.” And of course, their is a bitch-fest slap-fest. Morgan Fairchild revealed, “Oh honey, we all got ours in. Mine was a simple, ‘How dare you?’ with a slap. But I was hoping for a punch.”

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The movie’s EP, Larry Thompson, who is a Hollywood manager and has Donna Mills as a client, said that the entire scene peaks with the”slapfest coup de grâce.” What is that exactly? That is when Donna Mills pushes Nicollette Sheridan into a pool in a nod to Dynasty’s Lily bond battle between Dynasty’s Alexis (Joan Collins) and Krystle (Linda Evans).

In case you missed it previously, check out the trailer for Ladies of the ’80s: A Divas Christmas below, also starring Patrika Darbo, Alec Mapa, Mills real-life daughter, Chloe Mills, and Christopher Atkins with theme song by Tiffany.

Now let us know, will you be tuning in to the movie for a premise that should delight many a longtime soap fan? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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