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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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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.

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.

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!

Did they do this for other actors on the show?

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 .

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)

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?

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!!!!

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

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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Emily O’ Brien Confirmed as Theresa Donovan Replacement on Days of our Lives

At the end of the October 2nd episode of Days of our Lives, and during its closing credits, Emily O’ Brien was listed in the cast playing the role of Theresa Donovan, which confirms the rumors that Emily is taking over the role from Jen Lilley.

So, what does this mean for O’Brien? Does this mean she is exiting her role of Gwen Rizczech, a part she has played since 2020? It would seem so, but this is DAYS after all, so anything is possible.

As the backstage story goes, Jen Lilley, who had played the role of Theresa on and off since 2013, wanted to appear for a limited-run to be a part of the memorial service episodes for Victor Kiriakis, and honoring the late, John Aniston. Lilley often shared scenes with Aniston.

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In speaking with on the situation, Lilley thought she was taping episodes during a 3 to 4 window in which she made herself available. However, DAYS actually wrote more episodes of Theresa’s story, and had decided to recast the part with O’Brien  Later, when Jen was told who the actress is, she was a bit mystified as they also told her that the show would put the actress in a blonde wig, because O’Brien was a brunette.

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So, are you excited to see Emily as Theresa? Have you enjoyed her as Gwen? Share your thoughts on this DAYS casting switcheroo via the comment section below.

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Days of our Lives Star Brandon Barash and Wife Isabella Devoto Welcome Baby Boy

Congratulations are in order to Days of our Lives‘ Brandon Barash (Stefan) and his wife, Isabella Devoto. The couple welcomed their first child together, a son, named Joaquin Lee Barash.

Taking to his Instagram account on Thursday, Barash revealed little Joaquin was actually born back on September 15th.

Brandon shared three adorable photos of the newest addition to his family accompanied by the words: “Joaquin Lee Barash arrived on the planet on 9.15.23. A mighty name for a mighty boy…to honor my (departed but never gone) father, Jerry Lee Barash, as well as my wife’s Hispanic heritage. We. Are. Smitten…and forever changed. Through your birth, lil man, we are reborn. Our family is mightier, our ocean of love runs deeper and more fierce. School’s back in session.”

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The actor also shares a daughter, Harper,9, with his ex, GH’s Kirsten Storms (Maxie).  Harper is pictured in one of the snaps with her baby brother. You can see them below.

Isabella and Brandon tied the knot back in December of 2022.


Share your well-wishes to Brandon, Isabella, Harper and little Joaquin via the comment section.


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Chrishell Stause Stars in New Lifetime Thriller ‘You’re Not Supposed to Be Here’

Selling Sunset star and soap alum, Chrishell Stause (ex-AMC, DAYS, Y&R), will star in a new Lifetime thriller, You’re Not Supposed to Be Here dropping on  November 4th.

In the thriller, Stause, along with Diora Baird, play a lesbian couple, enjoying quality time together before the birth of their new baby in a remote mountain town. Zoe (Stause) is pregnant and along with Kennedy (Baird), are offered a break from their stressful lives when Kennedy’s boss gives them a key to a cabin in the woods. Watch out!

According to The Wrap, “When they arrive, they are met with less than welcoming arms, prompting Zoe to sound alarms of homophobia, which Kennedy attempts to tamper down. ”


The official loglines from Lifetime share on the story: “Just as the two let their guards down, their nightmare begins. They realize they are completely unprepared for what is in store, and that the townspeople want something the two have.”

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In real-life, Chrishell is currently married to Australian singer and rapper, G Flip. The two tied the knot in May of this year.  Formerly, Stause was married to This Is Us and ex-Y&R star, Justin Hartley (ex-Kevin, ex-Adam). Their marriage ended in 2019 and their divorce was finalized in 2021.

Stause has been featured in the current season of the reality/real estate series, Selling Sunset which streamed its sixth season on Netflix beginning in May. A seventh season is said to be on the way.

So, will you be checking out Chrishell’s new thriller on Lifetime? Comment below.

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