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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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Patrick

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

Carol
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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.

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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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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
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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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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… 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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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
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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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REPORT: Dan Feuerriegel is DAYS New EJ DiMera

Could Days of our Lives finally found their new EJ? Rumors have been circulating on the internet for weeks that the character of EJ DiMera may finally have a new face and a new actor portraying and heading back to Salem, especially since Sami (Alison Sweeney) is back on the canvas.

The role was previously played by longtime fan favorite James Scott, who had made it very clear he would never return to Days of our Lives.

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Now according to Daytime Confidential and their report from setside sources, the new EJ will actually be played by former Spartacus actor Dan Feuerriegel.

The Australian-born actor has been seen in Starz’ Spartacus franchise in the role of Agron.

According to the report, look for the new EJ to make his debut sometime this summer.

DAYS fans know that in story, EJ was brought back form the dead, from the serum from Dr. Rolf, but then was injured in an explosion and had reunited with Sami and had been recovery in Europe.

So, if this reports turns out to be true, what do you think of the new EJ? Comment below.

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DAYS Production Designer, Tom Early, Shows Off New and Reimagined DiMera Mansion Set

It’s always great to see a face-lift to the sets on your favorite soaps.  So many of then have been around for years and years, and in these changing times need to be given new life and freshened up, as much as longtime fans may miss the comfort and familiarity of the originals.

2020 and 2021 has also definitely been filled with challenges and keeping everyone safe on set throughout the coronavirus pandemic on all of your favorite soaps.

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Recently, Days of our Lives fans noticed a change to the famous DiMera mansion set, where for decades the likes of Joe Mascolo (Ex-Stefano) graced the room with bluster and drama as only Stefano could.

With so much of the action taking place there in story, and several key characters living at the mansion, it was time for an update.

Production Designer, Tom Early took to his Twitter account and shared two views of the reimagined set.

Take a look and let us know what you think of the new look DiMera Mansion via the comment section below.

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DAYS Star Marci Miller and Husband Ryan Welcome Baby Girl

Congratulations are in order for two people who we know will make wonderful parents! Over the weekend, it was revealed that Days of our Lives’ Daytime Emmy-nominated actress, Marci Miller (Abigail) and her husband, Ryan, welcomed their new little bundle of joy, a beautiful baby girl.

Miller, who never publicly revealed she was pregnant had the new addition to their family back on March 13th while the couple were in Denver, Colorado.

On her Instagram account, sharing some adorable pics of the couple with their baby, Marci shared: And just like that, we see in colors that we never knew existed. Willett (Willie) James Matteson interrupted her parents’ game of blackjack at a mountain casino to be born March 13th in the midst of a blizzard. “

 

Meanwhile, the proud father took to his Instagram with the first pic of mom and Willie, expressing:  “My heart could not be larger🙌Our little 6lb 10oz, Willett James Matteson joined us air breathers on 3/13 during a Denver white out blizzard. Mom and dad are ecstatic. And tired.”

Share your well-wishes below for Marci, Ryan, and Willie via the comment section.

 

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