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DAYS Horton Town Square Preview with the Cast – Photo Gallery!

Photo Credit: MFSOAPS inc

Photo Credit: MFSOAPS inc

On-Air On-Soaps recently attended a sneak peek preview of the new Horton Town Square set from Days of our Lives. As part of the reset of the show coming September 26th, the invited press were able to get a bird’s-eye view of the very large and open space that is very similar to some of the more upscale outdoor malls you may see in anywhere U.S.A.

We can tell you that the Horton Town Square, named after the shows beloved couple, Tom and Alice Horton, will be at the epicenter for much drama, intrigue and romance in the months to come.

Some of the show’s biggest staples including: Deidre Hall (Marlena) Drake Hogestyn (John), Kristian Alfonso (Hope), Peter Reckell (Bo), Galen Gering (Rafe) Melissa Reeves (Jennifer) were at NBC that day to celebrate the unveiling of the Horton Town Square, and the upcoming relaunch of Salem!  Also part of the day were newcomers, Kate Mansi (Abigail) and Freddie Smith (Sonny), and DAYS newest big league addition, Sarah Brown (Madison), plus returning favorite Patrick Muldoon (Austin).

So as the press were having a field day shooting your favorite from Salem, we took a few shots to share with you in our special photo gallery that you can view after the jump!   Look for our very special blog on the day with interviews with the cast coming this week and find out what they had to say about the new DAYS, and what you can expect from the gang in Salem!

*Remember, when viewing the photo gallery below, click the “NEXT GROUP” button to the right of the + sign to see more images, or you can just view as a slideshow.

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Photo Credit: MF SOAPS, Inc.

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kay killgore
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kay killgore

I just may have to start watching again! Great Pics Michael! And I will keep my fingers crossed for good story for Ms. Brown!!!!

Bonnie Lee
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Bonnie Lee

Fantastic pics – looks just like the old Days – the one we all know and love. Particularly thrilled at the return of John and Marlena. I stopped watching after they abruptly left. I’m back now and excited for the reset in September.

kazzy
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kazzy

My favorite wasn’t there. Bryan Dattilo as Lucas Horton should be there. No Dattilo, No Days, its that simple. Lucas is a Horton, he should be in the cast. I thought the plans were to get Days back to the way it was, how can those plans not include Bryan Dattilo as Lucas Horton? Bryan needs to be invited back before I will come back as a viewer. I know many others who feel the same way. Just look on twitter and you’ll see.

sara
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sara

Days was great till the end of 2010 & I loved the performances by James , Ali , Ari amazing. If truth be told! Kudos

Annie
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Annie

I agree with you sara! Anything with James Scott and Ali Sweeney is gold! Bring EJAMI back on the screen!

Kandace
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Kandace

Was hoping to see Lucas return to Salem. After all, he is a Horton. And Bryan Dattilo is among the familiar faces fans have come to expect to see when they turn to Days. It is disappointing to see that Austin and Carrie are coming back, (Sami is already there) yet no plans for a Lucas return…it’s not quite complete.

The set looks great…now if only Days would bring back Bry D. I’d definitely start watching again then

Teresa
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Teresa

You are completely right! Bryan is a Horton, he should have been brought back. Too bad I’m not going to be seeing all these changes. 🙁 Maybe when tptb finally realize they need Bryan back.

Imane Assi
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Imane Assi

Sorry it does nothing to me without Nadia Bjorlin/Chloe.Won’t be watching after her final airdarte,..until they bring her back.

Teresa
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Teresa

I agree! Nadia should be on! I can think of many more actors that have only been on 5 years or less that should have gone before her.

Cath
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Cath

The fact that Jack Deveraux is coming back is what’s bringing me back to watching the soap come September. That, and I hope that they eventually repair the EJami dynamic.

Michael Jenkins
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Michael Jenkins

These are some nice pictures.

Msmith
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Msmith

No Crystal Chappell ( Carly) no reason to watch!

LUMI
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LUMI

NO Bryan Dattilo/Lucas NO SHOW

Jeanne
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Jeanne

That must have been fun since the prima donna, Allison(Sami), was not in attendance. I am so sick of seeing her face day in and day out. She needs to be put on a far back burner for a while. Now THAT would be a burst of fresh air!

Imane Assi
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Imane Assi

No Nadia Bjorlin/Chloe No show for me

RJ
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RJ

I am really hoping that Days will now improve and get it right. Glad they have a new set, and are going to make major changes in story lines and character development. Hopefully, the actors from the past will be able to reinvigorate the show. I have not watched in months and actually, would like to watch again. Look forward to the changes. I don’t expect perfection, but I hope the show will be good!

Angela White
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Angela White

So glad to see that TPTB are giving the fans what they want! Love, Romance, and HISTORY! Would love to see Bryan Dattilo back on air too! Kate needs all her kids in town.

I am happy to have Jack back too. Hopefully they fix this stupid storyline of him leaving Jenn! Have him kidnapped and help hostage for all I care, just make it right! Love Magic and State. Very happy to see John and Marlena together and in Love! So much better than NuJohn!

Morgan
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Morgan

i wish that bryan Dattilo comes back soon it’s not like him not to return to days so please let bryan dattilo come back we all miss him like crazy so please let him come back where he belongs.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Abe Goes to the Light While John Faces Off with MarDevil

Monday’s highly-anticipated episode of Days of our Lives did not disappoint. In fact, we think that this episode should be a strong contender for DAYS to consider for one of their Outstanding Drama Series submissions for next year’s Daytime Emmys.  Why? It has it all – emotional heart with Abe’s journey to and from the light, touching flashbacks, a great performance by James Reynolds, and some special effects and editing during the John (Drake Hogesytn) vs. MarDevil scenes, which also gave us a delicious performance by Deidre Hall.

At the start of the episode, Abe has flatlined after being shot as Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) tries to revive him, but they are losing him.  As this is going on, Paulina (Jackée Harry), Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) and Eli (Lamon Archey) are gathered at the hospital awaiting news on Abe’s condition.  Later, Eli decides to go find out what is happening with Abe, and gets the shock of his life when he walks in on Abe flatlining, while Kayla tells him that Abe is gone.  Eli implores her to try to bring him back. He tells the others they are working on trying to save Abe, as Julie and Paulina bond, and later, Lani must call Theo and Brandon to let them know about Abe’s condition.

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Julie reminisces about Abe, and how they have known each other for 40 years, our wink-wink that this is James Reynolds’ 40th anniversary episode.   Then, we see Abe has gone to the light wearing a white sweater and who should he see but his beloved late wife, Lexie.  No, it’s not Renee Jones, but an actress who delivers Lexie’s lines, since it had been previously reported that Jones was unavailable for the episode.  In scenes with the replacement Lexie, Reynolds showed us why he is an MVP of DAYS.  He acted up a storm and brought the emotion regardless of who was standing there.

 

However, longtime viewers got a wonderful surprise when flashback clips of scenes between Renee Jones and Reynolds were shown and they were some major moments in the history of Abe and Lexie’s relationship including: the moment when Abe learns Lexie’s pregnant, the moment when he is disgusted by Lexie’s betrayal when he learned of her involvement in the Zack baby switch storyline, and what she did to Bo and Hope, all because she was desperate for a child. Later, it’s the five-hankie moment of when Lexie, who was dying from a brain tumor, passes away in Abe’s arms.

After all the flashbacks, Lexie tells Abe he needs to go back and not to come with her to heaven. He has children, and people who love him and need him. Eventually, he says his goodbyes to Lexie and returns to the present, just as Kayla is about to call his time of death in the hospital room. All of a sudden, Abe’s heart begins to beat.

Photo: JPI

Kayla brings Julie, Eli, Lani, and Paulina the news that Abe will need surgery, but he will make it.  Then, Paulina and Lani make their way to see him. In another emotional moment, they tell him how much they love him (Paulina looks worried about her lie being exposed that Lani is not really Abe’s bio-daughter).  As the episode comes to its conclusion, we see the back of Lexie making sure Abe is safe and sound among the living, while signifying she is watching over him.

And if that was not enough, this episode also picked up where John had confronted MarDevil in the church, letting Satan knows he is on to him and that he is not going to win … he is going to get Marlena back.  Satan drives home the point that Marlena belongs to him now.  John is mortified as the cross on the church wall turns upside down. Later to show off his prowess and control, MarDevil turns the holy water blood red. As the scene progresses, MarDevil is jumping all over the church and showing up in different spots.

Photo: JPI

John then gets the lowdown on how Satan struck a deal with Marlena to let Doug (Bill Hayes) live if she let him in.  That is followed, by some of the back-story of Marlena’s first possession over 25 years ago, and why it happened when she was alone and very distraught.  MarDevil even goes on to say that he tried once before to regain control of Marlena during the Salem Serial Killer storyline, but it did not work out that time, because all the victims turned out to be alive.  MarDevil brings up Stefano and how he had made Marlena believe John was dead which left her vulnerable.  He goes on to relate that Doug was the gateway for Marlena’s re-possession.

Photo: JPI

MarDevil tells John what she did with Doug by committing him and how she wanted to kill Julie. John knows that Marlena can hear him and tries to bring her back, but as the devil struggles with that, ultimately, he wins and begins to show his strength to John tossing him around the church, where he is eventually is knocked unconscious and then dragged to, we don’t know where, by the MarDevil!

Throughout the scenes, Deidre Hall looked like she was having so much fun playing the devilish one in this campy storyline revisited.

So, what did you think of James Reynolds performance and his 40th anniversary episode? What was your favorite moment? Are you glad John knows for certain now that Marlena is once again possessed? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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DAYS Emily O’Brien Previews Her Directorial Debut and Short Film ‘Too Close’

She’s an actress, a voice-over talent, writer, and now she can add director to her impressive resumeDays of our Lives star Emily O’Brien (Gwen) has shared over the last 24 hours a preview clip of her short film, Too Close.

Emily stated via her Instagram account: “Here’s a peek at the trailer for my short film entitled Too Close– I am so fortunate to have made this with my beloved team alongside me. My vision couldn’t have been brought to life without any of you, I am truly touched by your tenacity & genuine love for creativity!”  O’Brien shared the hashtags: #directorialdebut #filmmaking #periodpiece #cinema #womeninfilm
#writeyourownstory #vintagefilm

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You can check out the teaser for the film below which centers on the story of a young man and woman in the 1950’s examining what it means when two people in a relationship are considered to be too close.

Let us know if you are intrigued by the preview, and would like to see Emily’s short film via the comment section below.

 

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Jensen Ackles Shares Heartfelt Message on Death of ‘Rust’ DP Halyna Hutchins: “This Has Been a Tragedy of Epic Proportions”

Former Days of our Lives and Supernatural star, Jensen Ackles (Ex-Eric and Ex-Dean)  took to his Instagram over the weekend to pay tribute to cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins who was tragically killed in New Mexico, on the set of the film Rust in which Ackles co-starred with Alec Baldwin and Frances Fisher. Baldwin is also one of the producers of the film.

Last Thursday, in the initial investigation reports surfaced that Baldwin discharged a “prop gun” leading to the death of Hutchins and injuring director, Joel Souza.  Since that time it has been reported that Baldwin was told by the assistant director, David Halls, that the weapon was a “cold gun” meaning not loaded with live rounds following its preparation by the film set’s armorer, Hannah Gutierrez.  But in his affidavit statement, Halls says he was unaware that the prop gun contained live rounds when it was given to Baldwin for his scene.

The scene Baldwin was rehearsing was inside a church building at the Bonanza Creek Ranch. In new affidavit’s, it was noted that Baldwin was ‘cross drawing’ the weapon and pointing the gun towards the camera lens.

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A grief-stricken Ackles shared:  “I’m not even sure where to start.  This has been a tragedy of epic proportions that we are all still processing. Earlier last week I felt compelled to tell Halyna just how awesome I thought she was. I told her how incredible I thought her camera shots were and just how exciting it was to watch her and her team work. Truly. She laughed and said thank you and gave me a hug. I’ll forever be thankful we had that moment.  She had a spunk and passion that infected the entire crew from the top down. She was an inspiration. My heart and prayers go out to Halyna’s husband, son and the rest of her family. There just aren’t enough words to express what an immense loss this is. She will be incredibly missed by all of us who knew and admired her.”

Since Hutchins’ death, a video also surfaced of Ackles discussing his concerns for gun safety on the set of Rust at a Supernatural convention in Colorado prior to the tragedy.

Jensen told the crowd: “I’ve got a 6 a.m. call tomorrow to have a big shoot-out. They had me pick my gun. They were like, ‘Alright, what gun would you like?’ and I was like, ‘I don’t know?’ and the armorer was like, ‘Do you have gun experience?’ I was like, ‘A little.’ And she’s like, ‘OK, well, this is how you load it, this is how we check it and make sure it’s safe. “So she’s like, ‘OK, I’m gonna put some blanks in there and I want you to just go and fire off a couple rounds towards the hill.’ And I was like, ‘OK.’ So I put the belt on, I put the gun there, and I walked out and she’s like, ‘Just make sure that you know, you pull the hammer all the way back and you aim at your target.’ And I was like, ‘OK, I got it.’  The footage was originally on You Tube, but now has been taken down.

The investigation remains and open and active on what occurred on the set of Rust, according to the Santa Fe New Mexico Sheriff’s office.

So, what do you think about Jensen’s tribute in the wake of the Rust tragedy? Comment below.

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