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DAYS Drake Hogestyn Celebrates His 4,000 Episode Milestone! What Has Been Your Favorite John Black Moment?

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This week, Days of our Lives fan favorite, Drake Hogestyn (John Black) was honored during a set-side gathering marking his 4,000th episode on the long-running NBC daytime drama series.

Hogestyn, who has played John Black, Roman Brady for a time, the Pawn, and assorted other identities as daytime’s Jason Bourne, is really one of the best gents we know.

DAYS executive producer, Ken Cordsy made a speech about Drake’s time on the show, along with presenting Hogestyn with a baseball mitt that was given to Corday years ago, and that he was giving it back to Drake.

In attendance among others in the cast were: Deidre Hall (Marlena), Kristian Alfonso (Hope), Christopher Sean (Paul), Eric Martsolf (Brady) and Mary Beth Evans (Kayla).

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Drake tweeted  “We turned that Hourglass 4,000 times…that’s a lot of sand friends and I raise a glass of champagne to you!”  He followed it with “WOW!…so lucky and thankful to be on a team with the greatest cast, crew, production and fans!”

Share your congratulations to Drake via the comment section below on his latest milestone, and then let us know what has been your favorite John Black moment over 4000 episodes?

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Patrick
Patrick

Isabella – I LOVED THEM. one of the closest to my heart story

Carol
Carol

Congratulations Drake. John Black is such a beloved character on Days and that is due to your character portrayal and the love you have for your fans. Looking forward to see where John Black goes next.

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

The memory I still have fresh in my mind is when Marlena had just gotten back to Salem after being held in captivity for 5 years. They were both down at the docks and when he saw her, he was so overwhelmed. Of course that was the beginning of him finding out he wasn’t Roman like we all thought he was.

dmr
dmr

Oh, I remember watching in the ’90’s during high school summer break-with John, Marlena, and Kristen! I used to love the show! Congratulations to Drake!

Jimh
Jimh

Did they do this for other actors on the show?

nicholas
nicholas

Congrats Drake on a very much deserved long run with the soap . Cheers to another long run with the show . Of all the stories without a doubt in my mind it has to be the john and diana ( genie francis ) love story from 1987 to 1989 . It was special , superbly acted and very well written . back then john thought he was roman . we want Genie Francis back on Days for good as Diana ! I have 40 friends of mine including my neighbour Bessie who will watch the soap again if that were to happen . All the best Drake . Fingers crossed for a return of Genie Francis to Days as Diana .

Satan
Satan

As much as I like Genie, I don’t really think the character of Diana Colville would have much of a place in the current population of Salem. She was brought in the first time only because Deidre Hall took a break for several years and with her presumed dead they had to pair up John (or “Roman” as he was then supposed to be) with somebody.

They were a good pairing for the time, but there’s not a snowball’s chance in my front yard that John would ever choose her over Marlena

The only possible storyline I could think of for Diana is if she turns out to be Stefan’s real mother – which of course, would make John his father. Another inside joke for the GH fans, as we saw recently when Stefan met Steve & Kayla would follow, of course. And I could actually see Stefan as being a half-brother of either Paul or Brady more than I could see him as Chad’s brother.

But that’s only a month’s worth of story after that? What would they do with her then… And I say that knowing who is currently writing this show and how he hates writing for anybody over 50 (unless they are one of his old pets from OLTL)

Satan
Satan

Gotta mention the Miami Vice ripoff summer storyline, back in the Days when John thought he was Roman (and ironically Chris Kositchek was in that storyline too… which would confuse any newer Days viewers if they watched the clips)

When was that? 1985? 86?

Jimh
Jimh

I liked Chris when he was involved with Mary Anderson…i still think of those days when he is on but i have accepted him as Roman-well sometimes!!!!

Jimh
Jimh

on as Chris and involed with the Anderson family!!!

k/kay
k/kay

They acknowledged him because he like Hall and Alfonso did 4000 episodes! He is one of the sweetest men I have ever known he has aged greatly and he never has a bad word to say about anybody ! Love the grey hair

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Will Jackée Harry Find Herself In Salem and Days of our Lives?

From out-of-a-tweet from Grammy night come a part for TV and film star, Jackée Harry on Days of our Lives?

As CBS aired the Recording Academy’s annual kudofest, Harry sent out a tweet with a side-by-side image of Grammy icon, Bonnie Raitt, next to DAYS’ Suzanne Rogers (Maggie).

Harry, who is known for her humor and wit in her tweets, expressed: “Has Bonnie Raitt been moonlighting as Maggie from Days of 0ur Lives for the past 20 years?

Jackée, who started her TV career on Another World as Lily Mason, and eventually played Sandra Clark on the sitcom 227, and various other signature roles, next received a tweet in response to hers from DAYS head writer, Ron Carlivati.

The head scribe expressed: “No, Bonnie is obviously Maggie’s evil twin. The real question is, when is Sandra Clark going to come visit Salem?

Next, an excited Harry sent back: “Ha!!!! I would LOVE to play with the DOOL cast, Ron.”

On Monday, Carlivati tweeted a GIF of a game show moment with Jackee Family Feud style, that says “Name something you must have in order to live” The answer he tweeted: “A part on Days of our Lives?, Jackée Harry”

See the exchange below:

So, would you like to see Jackée in Salem? If so, what do you think would be a fun part for her to play? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Impeachment Hearings On Broadcast Networks Show Ratings Much Lower Than The Daytime Soap Operas They Are Preempting

In an infuriating article written by FOX news, off of a study from NewsBusters, the news outlet and others have come to the realization that all of us who want our soaps back on the air already know.  That is … that the network daytime dramas ratings are far better on a day-to-day basis than people tuning into network TV during the day to watch the impeachment hearings of Donald Trump.

Soap fans have been furious that in the afternoon network TV is pulling their soaps off their normal airtime across all coasts.  Daytime soap viewers feel that all of the 24-hour news cable outlets should be the the place to go to see the hearings during the day; as to not to preempt the drama on General Hospital, Days of our Lives, The Young and the Restless, and The Bold and the Beautiful.   

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Just for the record, the study via NewsBusters showed that on day one of the impeachment hearing the networks scored as such: CBS averaged 1.52 million, ABC  1.29 million viewers, and NBC averaged 1.26 million viewers.   Thursday’s were even worse with CBS averaging 1.4 million, ABC 1.2 million viewers and NBC had 1.1 million viewers.

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Now compare that to the weekly daytime soap ratings and total viewers which while it ebbs and slows is still way about this.  According to the study: “The Young & The Restless” has been averaging 3.7 million viewers during the 2019-2020 season and The Bold & The Beautiful averages 3.15 million viewers. ABC’s General Hospital averages 2.15 million viewers while NBC’s Days of Our Lives averages 1.95 million viewers.”

Share your thoughts on the pre=emptions of your favorite soaps, and how the impeachment hearings are, of course, not bringing in higher number in the day-part via the comment section below.

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DAYS Wally Kurth, Chandler Massey & Freddie Smith Deliver Gut-Wrenching ‘Power Performance of the Week”

This past week on Days of our Lives brought the tears and the drama tenfold, in one of the most riveting, don’t-miss-a-moment, weeks in recent history on any daytime drama series.

While unfortunately the show did not air on NBC during its regularly scheduled timeslots on all coasts (due to the President Donald Trump impeachment hearings) the episodes were available on NBC.com, the NBC app and on the Cozi TV network.

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And this week we cannot sound-the-trumpets enough for three men; who gave us moments of heartache that will be remembered for some time to come, pulling out all the stops, and showing us why they remain three of the most popular and talented actors in our genre. So many people have been commenting on social media on the authenticity and realness of the performances (yes, it’s within soapy circumstances), but throughout made us feel their pain right along with them.

On DAYS, this was the week they went back in time to finally show the viewers how things ended up the way they currently are in the time jump that happened last November on-air.  And in five “OMG” episodes, head writer Ron Carlivati and his team laid out for us how one fateful night, “Mother’s Day” changed the course of lives for so many in Salem.

Chief among them, Will (Chandler Massey) landing in prison for Adrienne’s (Judi Evans) death, when in fact, he was not the responsible party at all.  But in these flashback episodes, Will’s relationship with his husband, Sonny (Freddie Smith), his father-in-law, Justin (Wally Kurth) is forever changed because he believed he was the one behind the wheel that caused the crash that ultimately took Adrienne’s life, and took Sonny’s mother from him … and Justin’s wife from him.

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In the flashback to the horrible night: at the hospital, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) has told Justin that Adrienne didn’t make it following the injury sustained to her head in the accident, and now Justin has to tell Sonny.  He tearfully tells his son, “We lost her. Your mother’s dead!”  As the men console each other and break down in each other’s arms, Will, who is there, and who was trying to tell Sonny his part in the accident, is horrified to learn Adrienne died.  Kayla asks Justin and Sonny if they want to say goodbye to Adrienne.  Sonny breaks down again at just the thought of it.  And at this point, we are sure DAYS fans are reaching for the hankies.

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While Will’s guilt is too much for him to bear, Justin and Sonny go say goodbye to Adrienne, It is here that it was almost too hard to watch, but we soap viewers can’t turn away.  That’s because it was just an unbelievable raw performance from Freddie Smith; as a young man who has to say goodbye to the mother he loves and on Mother’s Day to boot. Then, Justin kisses Adrienne’s forehead, remembers the first time he saw her crying in a flashback, and in tears asks his beloved wife, how is he supposed to go on without her.  In addition, Justin recalls proposing to Adrienne with Kayla there beside him trying to comfort him.

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In the hospital waiting area, Will tries to talk to Sonny to tell him that he caused the accident.  Will blurts out, “I killed your mother.”  Sonny, who is so grief-stricken, cannot believe what Will is saying, but then Sonny learns Will was distracted when he was texting his mother Sami on Mother’s Day while in the car because he was so busy. (Yup, Will forgot to do it earlier in the day)  Sonny lets Will have it with: “My mom is dead because you were texting?!” As Sonny’s grief and anger escalates, Justin walks in and learns Will caused Adrienne death and then lowers the boom on Will: “The love of my life is dead…because of you!”

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And if all of this wasn’t enough to have you bawling your eyes out by now, it is punctuated by the ultra-sad moment where a defeated Will has to leave his husband and his father-in-law alone because they don’t want him there.  Before he exits, Will turns to them and says, that he wishes it had been him who died in the crash, as tears stream down his face.

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What powerful and effective performances by Wally Kurth, Chandler Massey, and Freddie Smith.  And so, with all of that said, Michael Fairman TV names this trio the “Power Performance of the Week”.

What did you think of the key scenes in Adrienne’s death and the aftermath featuring Wally, Chandler and Freddie? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

And, for more with Chandler and some behind the scenes content of the car crash, and his thoughts on the storyline, check out his new interview feature posted on the DOOL app Friday night.

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