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DAYS Drake Hogestyn Chats On The Son In Salem John Never Knew He Had!

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

This week, Days of our Lives moves their story of Paul Narita  (Christopher Sean) and his bio-dad into high gear! The former mercenary, “pawn” and priest, John Black (Drake Hogestyn) is set to be a dad again!  Only it’s not a newborn son, it’s the all grown up son he never knew was his!

As fans had guessed for months, Paul Narita, the gay pro-baseball player turns out to be John Black’s son!  Apparently years ago, Tori  (Hira Ambrosino) and John had sex resulting in Paul!  Recently after was John basically was telling Paul to get out of Salem, he now realizes he better change his tune.

In an interview with TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan, the stalwart and enduring Hogestyn revealed his thoughts on the plot twist and if there was any chance John would not be accepting of Paul’s sexuality:  “It’s not an issue and that’s very healthy. John is very cool and accepting and that’s important for the audience to see. The more we educate, the more we can fight the fear. This might have played out in a different way 20 years ago. In fact, even as recently as Will’s coming out, the writers had one of our characters having a problem with it but those lines were removed from the script. You can’t do that these days. Well, maybe you could have a villain be homophobic or racist, but you can’t do that with someone like John. [Laughs] He has enough issues of his own! We don’t need to pile it on. If anything, it’s Paul who has a problem. He tells John to go piss up a rope. But John is determined to get to know his son and forge a real relationship.”

Drake also commented on how half of Salem knows before John’s know the secret: “And it’s been right under his nose. He runs into Tori, whom he had a brief relationship with a long time ago, and she’s Japanese. And Paul’s Japanese. And they’re the only two Japanese people in Salem, and John is still not putting it together. [Laughs] It’s like there’s a ton of bricks hovering over his head waiting to drop on him. He really is excited to see Tori. It’s such a warm feeling he gets—she’s like that girl from college that you went to bars and did crazy stuff with. She and John went their separate ways and he never imagined that those couple of nights they spent together had resulted in a child. I’m pretty familiar with the twists and turns of my character and there really wasn’t a time when that would have happened because Tori was working for Stefano and John wasn’t around him then. But we just gloss over that. [Laughs] Oh, well.”

So what do you think of John being revealed as Paul’s dad?  Share your thoughts below!

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fginaspy
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fginaspy

No surprise. I guessed it a few weeks ago.

Virginia
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Virginia

Me too, no surprise because every time Paul’s mother saw John she almost had a heart attack…

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Good for Drake to get a storyline—if he is shown…im all for gay acceptance but to teach and educate cant the show be a little more realistic—because not everyone is cool and accepting, and there is still a lot of discrimination—be truthful and show both sides of the issue because that is the only way you can teach and educate—maybe there is a town biggot who refuses to give Paul a job—at first some think its because he is Japanese but its really because he is gay—why not the biggot turn out to be Chad—let him secretly be against gays—do… Read more »

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

But will John really be Paul’s father—maybe Stephano is and Tori had the paternity test changed because she hates Stephano and doesnt want him to know???

richard
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richard

Well, I like the Paul character, but I really wants DAYS to bring back Swamp Girl, aka Greta!!! I’m still convinced she’s John’s daughter with Princess Gina!!! She could stay in Salem and duke it out with Nicole over Eric!!! Greta/Eric/Nicole was hot back in the day!!!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Only on Days does a soap columnist have to explain the child two characters had came from having sex, and not some other bizarre way- LOL And who knew liking baseball and wearing leather jackets was genetic? But in all seriousness the better story would have been if Jordan had been John’s and Hope’s daughter when they were the Pawn and Gina– that would have fitted with the history of show, there would have been no need to invent an affair with a stranger to connect a newbie to a core character. But like Drake I will just gloss over… Read more »

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I have a question. I started watching Days the week of Sonny and Will’s wedding. I have no concept of time. Was that really a year ago in real time or are we talking storyline time?

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

It’ll be a year on April 3rd.

Torqumada
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Torqumada

“And they’re the only two Japanese people in town….” shhhh don’t tell DEADLINE, for them that’s two too many.

Linda
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Linda

I love it! I’ve wanted this since Paul said he was a professional baseball player, because I’ve always believed it will come out John has baseball in his past too…somebody gave Paul his pitching arm and we’ve seen John’s pitching arm on screen! I’m so happy that finally the talented Drake Hogestyn will be given the opportunity to work out his acting chops! I don’t care that the timeline doesn’t fit, nothing TomSell write makes sense. I’m just happy to see Drake on my screen doing what he does best, selling emotional scripts. I can’t wait until John sees Tori… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

Drake Hogestyn will always be relevant in my eyes

John and Marlena cemented a supercouple status and belong

adding them to the concurrent livelihood of life happen

LOL… is beyond measure

as an actor to carry… an impact that resonates

kudos applause and generates feeling

Laura
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Laura

Never gonna buy this story about John being Paul father sorry,, Linda, As much as I love Drake and want his to have a great story, this just isn’t it EVEN If it does involve baseball. I am happy for Drake in that sense but the rest is total BS no matter who came up with the whole idea John Black is far to manly a guy to be saddle with a son like this. BTW I completely disagree with days doing a gays storyline in the first place. So I guess that makes me homophobic, are some of you… Read more »

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Your comment doesn’t make sense. Manlyness doesn’t exclude gay offspring. Sorry to burst your bubble.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

*manliness

dayzguy
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dayzguy

Let me guess “Laura”, you must be from Indiana.
Join the real world, woman.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Please don’t use the word, ‘woman’ in a pejorative manner, even if we disagree with what Laura has to say. She is entitled to voice her opinion. Why should she walk on eggshells when addressing homosexuality? I do not agree with her statement, however, I respect her opinion.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Speaking of speaking one’s mind? I do not like John Black. That thing he does with his eye….actually the entire side of his face, makes me think of Jughead…and his face looks like a question mark….he always has this puzzled look. It is my opinion, as shallow as it may be.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

CeeCee…girlfriend…YOU SAID IT…T-H-A-N-K Y-O-U!!!!! H-o-n-e-y…sometimes, I DVR DOOL. And…whenever that DORKY AND DULL John Black pops up on my TV screen (BOTH B-L-A-H AND G-A-G!!!!!), I am S-O ON THE QUICK when it comes to FF through that sleepwalking-looking STIFF John…O-K-A-Y!!!!! As for John and that D-R-E-A-M-Y baseball-playing dude Paul being NuFather and NuSon…HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! Any-hoo…NOT BUYING IT…AT ALL!!!!! A-n-d…I guess this means that both Paul and that ANNOYING, WHINY AND TEMPER-TANTRUM-THROWING Will are now related…AAAARRRRGGGGHHHH!!!!!! Y-i-k-e-s.

Later on, CeeCee. Peace.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

jaybird, I agree that John is stiff and boring.

CeeCee, Drake H.’s bizarre acting style is unsettling, to say the least.

However, if we buy into the theory that he and Marlena are meant to be together, then, at some point, they have to give him a storyline, don’t they? I think it’s high time Drake H. was given something substantial to do. Maybe it will make the character more appealing. Now if the actor can only do something about the ever-present eye squint…

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

It is just a way to keep another gay character on the show! Don’t see this working out.

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Days of our Lives Receives 2-Year Renewal from NBC

For the first time since 2014, Days of our Lives has received not just a one-year, but a two-year renewal, from NBC ending the suspense of another renewal negotiations between the series, the network, and Sony.

According to Deadline that broke the good news this will take the long-running and beloved daytime drama series through its 57th and 58th seasons on the air.  In anticipation of the pick-up, the producers had been making if-come deals with key cast members, including signing a new contract with Days favorite Robert Scott Wilson (Ben Weston) and bringing in Jackée Harry  Paulina) who was recurring at first to be more full-time on the show.

In statements on the DAYS pick-up, Michael Sluchan, EVP, Scripted Series & Kids Programming, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming shared: “We couldn’t be happier to bring our loyal fans two more seasons of Days of our Lives and continue what has been an absolutely remarkable achievement in television. A big thank you to Ken Corday and the cast and crew for their incredible passion for storytelling that continues to reach new generations of viewers.”

DAYS EP, Ken Corday shared: “After more than 55 years of bringing drama, adventure and romance to screens around the world, we are thrilled and honored to carry on the Days of our Lives legacy for another two years. We are thankful to NBC for their enduring commitment to the show and grateful to continue this wonderful journey with our fans for years to come.”

Sony EVP, Programming Steve Kent added: “We are incredibly proud of the work being done by Ken Corday, the cast and crew. They continue to tell bold stories through these iconic characters captivating audiences around the world.  We are thrilled to continue the legacy of Days of our Lives and for viewers to enjoy two more seasons.”

So, thrilled to hear about the two-year pick-up for DAYS? Share your congrats to the show via the comment section below.

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This week Days of our Lives viewers saw the exit of both Theo (Cameron Johnson) and Ciara (Victoria Konefal), much to the chagrin of Cin fans everywhere! But hold on! Days head writer, Ron Carlivati revealed that Victoria Konefal will be back on-screen this summer on the NBC soap opera.

In an interview with Soap Opera Digest, Carlivati revealed: “From the moment we were coming to that point and we knew Ciara was going to exit town with Theo, we were immediately pursuing the next chapter with Victoria: When would she be available or willing to come back, and when could we tell the next chapter because I knew that would feel unfinished and be unsatisfying to a lot of people. So that’s why I’m happy to announce here that Ciara is coming back and we are going to tell that next chapter of the story and hopefully, this time, the audience will get the payoff that they’re looking for and hoping for.”

And as to just how long will Konefal who chose to go on recurring status with the show be back for her summer run, Carlivati shared: “At this point, and I can’t speak for Victoria and I can’t speak for the show, and this is not an official announcement in any capacity, but I will say at this point, there is not an end date. We are working with Victoria to keep the story going and keep Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) and Ciara’s love story alive.”

Cin fans should note that Carlivati added, “I would encourage the audience to remember that they (Cin) have an important anniversary coming up this summer that may figure into their story, so she will be back sooner than you know.”

So, happy to know there will be more of Ben and Ciara? Where you upset to see Ciara exit the canvas with Theo? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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You can never get enough Jackée, right? Right! The popular actress who recently made her daytime drama return in a new role on Days of our Lives as Paulina, will also be seen next month in the third and final season of the hit and groundbreaking FX series, Pose.

The final batch of episodes bows on May 2, 2021, and Entertainment Weekly revealed that Harry will be part of the last season.

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In a tweet on social media, Jackée expressed: “And I’m SO relieved to finally tell you to catch me on the final season of #PoseFX  Consider me honored and over the moon!!!!””

For those who don’t know, Pose is a drama spotlighting the legends, icons and ferocious house mothers of New York’s underground ball culture, a movement that first gained notice in the late 1980s. Making television history, Pose features the largest cast of transgender actors in series regular roles, including Mj Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson, Indya Moore and Hailie Sahar, who co-star alongside Billy Porter, Angel Bismark Curiel, Dyllón Burnside, Sandra Bernhard and Jason Rodriguez. The Golden Globe-nominated drama also features the largest recurring cast of LGBTQ actors ever for a scripted series.

In the final season of Pose, it’s now 1994 and ballroom feels like a distant memory for the character of Blanca who struggles to balance being a mother with being a present partner to her new love, and her latest role as a nurse’s aide. Meanwhile, as AIDS becomes the leading cause of death for Americans ages 25 to 44, Pray Tell contends with unexpected health burdens. Elsewhere, the emergence of a vicious new upstart house forces the House of Evangelista members to contend with their legacy.

Pose was co-created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals, who executive produce alongside Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Alexis Martin Woodall, Sherry Marsh and Janet Mock. Our Lady J is co-executive producer.

Excited to see Jackée featured in the upcoming season of Pose? Enjoying her as DAYS Paulina? Comment below.

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