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

Carol
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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.

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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
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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
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Jimh

Did they do this for other actors on the show?

nicholas
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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… Read more »

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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… Read more »

Satan
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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
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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
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Jimh

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

k/kay
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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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DAYS Brandon Barash On Stefan’s Resurrection: “You’ll See Some Revenge, Corporate Takeovers, Losing a Memory … Maybe Gaining of Memories”

Dr. Rolf is at it again on Days of our Lives! While Jake DiMera has met his maker, apparently his twin brother, Stefan O DiMera is coming back to life.  That sets the stage for Brandon Barash to reprise his original DAYS role.

In a brand new interview with his on-screen brother, Dan Feuerriegel (EJ) on the Days of our Lives You Tube Channel, Barash talks on what viewers can expect once Stefan is completely back in action, and how he feels about taking on the darker twin once again.

Brandon teased: “You’ll see some revenge, corporate takeovers, losing a memory … maybe gaining of memories.”  With Stefan back in the DiMera mix, look for the two brothers to not always see eye-to-eye. Barashs shared that they’ll be, “Butting heads for sure”.

Meanwhile, will Stefan and his true love, Gabi (Camila Banus) reunite once she knows he is alive? Barash weighs-in on that and more ‘burning’ questions.

You can check out the chat below.

Now, let us know, are you glad that Stefan O DiMera is back on the Salem canvas? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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BREAKING NEWS: Days of our Lives Ending Its Run on NBC, Moving to Peacock Starting in September

In a major move, Days of our Lives, the longest-running scripted series of all-time on NBC, is exiting the television network and will now be in its new home on the NBCUniversal streaming platform, Peacock.

The shift marks the end of DAYS’ nearly 57 year-run on broadcast television. Days of our Lives debuted on NBC back on November 8th, 1965.

Look for all-new episodes daily of the series to begin on Peacock starting on September 12th, along with the show’s library already available to stream for Peacock Premium subscribers.  According to a press release from Peacock, “The historic move to Peacock creates the ultimate destination for daytime fans to access the library, new episodes and Peacock Original Days of Our Lives: Beyond Salem in one place.”

In its place, NBC will fill the daytime drama’s current timeslot with NBC News Now, an hour-long news show anchored by Kate Snow, Aaron Gilchrist, Vicky Nguyen and Morgan Radford. According to The Hollywood Reporter, NBC affiliates will also have the option to add local news to the hour.

In a statement, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming chairman Mark Lazarus shares: “This programming shift benefits both Peacock and NBC and is reflective of our broader strategy to utilize our portfolio to maximize reach and strengthen engagement. With a large percentage of the Days of Our Lives audience already watching digitally, this move enables us to build the show’s loyal fanbase on streaming while simultaneously bolstering the network daytime offering with an urgent, live programming opportunity for partners and consumers.”

NBC’s decision means it leaves only three daytime soaps on American broadcast TV: General Hospital, The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful. 

DAYS has found recent streaming success with its limited-series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem Chapters 1 and 2, which introduced the viewing audience to the Peacock platform.

To watch Days of our Lives on Peacock, you will need a premium-tier paid subscription at $4.99 per month. The service offers an an ad-free experience at $9.99 per month.

We will have more on this developing story.

So, what do you think of NBC removing DAYS from its daytime line-up, while moving it to their owned-streaming platform, Peacock? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Brandan Barash Shares Reaction to Jake’s Death on Days of our Lives: “It Was Fun Getting To Know You”

This week on Days of our Lives, Jake (Brandon Barash) met his untimely demise, when he was shot by a mugger.  Thus, signaling what would seem to be the end of the line for the character.

However, on today’s episode of the NBC soap opera, Jake visited a grieving Ava (Tamara Braun), so perhaps there is more than a ‘ghost of a chance’ that Barash is sticking around.

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As previewed exclusively last month during our virtual interview with DAYS head writer, Ron Carlivati …the Salem scribe revealed there would be another death in Salem, following the murder of Abigail Deveraux DiMera (Marci Miller), and the character would be ‘dead-dead’.

However, speculation is running wild that with the return of Dr. Rolf, that perhaps Jake will be resurrected … or Barash will once again play Jake’s twin, Stefan O. DiMera!

On Instagram, Barash had some fun with Jake’s demise with comparison side-by-side photos – one of which features Barash as Jake covered in blood, and reading the Handbook for the Recently Deceased!

Barash captioned his pic: “How it started/how it’s going. #ripjake It was fun getting to know you. 🙏🥃”

So, what do you think about DAYS killing Jake? Do you think Brandon will be sticking around Salem? If so, as who? Comment below.

 

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