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DAYS Judi Evans To Bring Double The Drama To Salem!

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Exiting news for Days of our Lives viewers, and those of Daytime Emmy winning actress, Judi Evans!

According to Soap Opera Digest, beginning on this Friday’s July 21st episode of the NBC sudser, Evans will not only play the role of Adrienne Kiriakis, but will be bringing back another one of her characters that of Bonnie Lockhart to the Salem canvas, under new head writer Ron Carlivati’s storylines.

The last time DAYS fans saw feisty Bonnie was back in 2007.

Watch for Evans’ revival of Bonnie to mix it up in story in scenes with Deidre Hall and Morgan Fairchild, and more.

So, what do you think of Bonnie coming back to the story on Days of our Lives? Comment below.

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James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

Oh, my God!!! No way!!! I love Bonnie!!! I was sad when they sent her out of Salem but so happy to see Judi is going to do both characters. What a way to go, Ron!!! I knew from the get-go you were going to start hitting home runs the moment you started at DAYS. Can’t wait for the other surprises I know you’re going to hit us with!!!

dmr
dmr

…and Carlivati’s cartoonish theatrics begin…

Carrie
Carrie

Indeed.

Jovin
Jovin

Ron had ONE chance to prove to me that he could be the last headwriter for DAYS. I haven’t even watched the first episode….just read reviews….and already….he has FAILED!!! Not only did Marlena have a twin sister on the show…she has had this Hattie look alike luring in the background for 15 years amounting to nothing!!!! And the Bonnie Lockhart as written by Reilly was nothing more than a ridiculous cartoon. After doing double and doppelgänger stories on GH ad nauseous…Ron’s first episodes are more of the same??? AND…Anjelica…a woman who would ahem charitably be 72 by now…is still lusting after Justin?! Don’t most menopausal senior citizens sort of lose their sex drive and their need for revenge once past 70? This is utter crap! I say Buh Bye Days! Nice knowing you! Thanks for the lifetime of memories. I liked his work on oLTL, loathed his work on gah…and he will be the death of Days.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

I have my lotto scratchers ready!

I hope Bonnie marries Lucas while masquerading as Adrienne which culminates in “Adrienne” having her very own Huge Horton Ornament! That would end the storyline because everyone will know the tacky ornament is really for Bonnie!

I’m ready to laugh (and win the lottery)!

Thank you, Ron and Judi!!

A special thanks to Michael for the DAYS coverage!

Angel
Angel

I love this!!! Mimi might come back and then bring back John Paul Whatever as Philipand bam!!!

Katiek
Katiek

I have wanted MiMi back for years.

missy
missy

Double the Judi cant think of anything better!!!! Bonnie was a riot!

mike
mike

I liked the character but this might be a little too much.

Yvonne
Yvonne

Not into the doppelganger stories at all!!! Don’t need Hattie or Bonnie. God this has been overdone for decades now. I’d like to see some sophisticated storylines show up and not the same old recycled stuff that treats the audience like they’re dumb. I’ll be skipping these episodes…I just have no interest. I hope Ron wraps this up quickly and this is not part of his entry…that would be highly disappointing!

Johnny Grant
Johnny Grant

I have to agree with you, Yvonne – I feel like some of the storylines are beyond far-fetched and often, I feel almost insulted. I also agree that redundant plots that have been done-to-death are tiresome.
The writers need to come up up with some new ideas and something a bit
more reflective of today’s society.

Yvonne
Yvonne

I’m with you John. In the meantime I’m forwarding past the ridiculousness. I’m waiting for Sammy and Will…I hope that’s not a disappointment too.

Jovin
Jovin

Unfortunately…this is what Ron does. This is not a short term entry thing. This is how he wrote for 3.5 years at GH. The fact that his very first episode is blatantly about doppelgangers is just a promise of more to come. I will not be watching because it makes NO sense. Anjelica Deveraux is a 75 year old woman! Seriously….lusting after Justin, a 55 year old man she slept with 30 years ago???? Seriously…we need some sort of character development and motivation that makes sense!!

Yvonne
Yvonne

Ridiculous. As I said to John above, my fast forward button is on.

missy
missy

Omg I hope mimi comes back

Celia
Celia

Really? Bring Bonnie back? Gee, I don’t know. But, I will keep my peace until after the fact.
How different can this possibly be from all the other look-alike stories? Good versus evil? That’s how it play out…over and over.
Hmmmm….I love Judi Evans-Luciano—-she can act —be anybody—still; I just don’t know……

Joel
Joel

I love the imposter storylines, this is gonna be good!!!

LeeAnn
LeeAnn

Bonnie always cracked me up, especially at Xmas time when she sold xmas trees lol love Judi !

Dave
Dave

This show is gonna get soooooo good!!!! Wooohoooo!!!

Celia
Celia

I hope so, Dave. Your enthusiasm is infectious. So, I will share in your glee. LOL.

Scotty
Scotty

Yes Ron! Come on Judi!

Mo
Mo

LOVE Bonnie! Judi will kill it.

Tim S.
Tim S.

wow.. now this I like!!!!!!!!

Johnny Grant
Johnny Grant

Haven’t we all had enough of “look-a-like” characters? 30 to 40 years ago they were writing stories like this, it was all right in it’s day but isn’t it time for Soaps to grow if the genre is indeed to survive?

Eric Buchanan
Eric Buchanan

30-40 years ago? Well from my count, Y&R (the top rated soap) has done at least 4 of these stories in the past 10 years….Patty Williams and the look alike Psychiatrist. Sheila coming back with Phyliss’ face, Sheila’s sister having Lauren’s face, and finally Jack and his look-alike South American drug lord.

John Gordon
John Gordon

I don’t know how old you are, Eric but trust me 30-40 years ago Soaps were doing this “evil twin” type of thing or someone coming to town who “looks exactly like” so and so. Forty years ago on One Life to Live the character of Pat was duped by her twin sister and substituted for her while keeping her tied up and trapped. On All My Children, the character of Natalie was kept down a well while her crazy “twin” Janet took over her life. So yes, it’s been done to death and even on the night time show DYNASTY the character of Krystal Carrington had an evil look-a-like taking her place for a while. More recently, even Erika Kane as played by Susan Lucci was kept trapped in a room while a lady who had plastic surgery to look like her took over her life for a while. So, yes, this type of plotline is absolutely nothing new and has been done numerous times.

stevie g
stevie g

Also about 40 years ago Deidre Halls twin sister played Marlena’s twin sister Samantha and had Marlena take her place at a mental sanitarium while she took over Marlena’s life with then then fiance Don Craig.

blake
blake

Cool, I liked Bonnie, she was a lot of fun!

gwill
gwill

While its a look a like character, Bonnie was fun and an all around great character. I’m going to enjoy Judi playing her again. However, as much as I like Adrienne, she has been a bit boring lately but with Ron on board now hopefully they will either utilize her as both characters or write Adrienne out and keep Bonnie!

stevie g
stevie g

I’m not sure that I like that there will be trouble in John and Marlenas love life, I think they have had their tme with romantic tooing and frowing. And really we like seeing them in their roles of giving support and wisdom to their family and friends in Salem. Leave the romantic drama to the young ones.

Also when Angelica was last in Salem, isn’t that when Marlena was presumed dead? How does Angelica even know about Marlena?

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Lucas Says Goodbye To Salem, While Julie Recalls Coming Back To Town

In a very touching episode of Days of our Lives, Tuesday brought with it an emotional goodbye from exiting fan favorite Bryan Dattilo (Lucas), and the soap paying homage to Susan Seaforth Hayes’ 50th anniversary to the day as Julie.

It begins in Horton Town Square where Julie next to the plaque dedicated to her grandparents, Tom and Alice Horton, has a flash back to phone call with Tom five decades ago.

Meanwhile, now broken up with Chloe, and ready to leave Salem to be with his daughter, Allie, Lucas tells Will he is leaving and that he is happy Will and Sonny found their way back to each other.  The two hug it out, and tell each other how proud they are of one another.  Next, Lucas goes to visit his mother, Kate.  In a touching exchange played by Dattilo and Lauren Koslow, viewers were treated to Kate’s pain of the mistakes she made as a mother, and Lucas being forgiving of her.

At Doug’s Place, Julie and Abigail try to figure out how to bring down Stefan and Gabi.  Julie promises to not tell anyone that Abigail is not mentally ill saying. “Your secret is safe with me.”  Next, Chloe happens upon the scene and Julie quickly sees Chloe break down in tears.  She then reveals to Julie, that she and Lucas broke up.  Julie gives Chloe a tissue and some words of advice – the gospel according to Julie – that they were not meant to be, and that Chloe will find true love. After all, after Julie’s other failed relationships, once she was with Doug she found her soulmate, so she knows it can happen.

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Julie flashes back to speaking with Alice when she worries that Tom would not want her to return to Salem.  For Julie had been in San Francisco, and where she brings up putting her son up for adoption, but how she later raised him and how happy that Eli is her grandson.  She even recalls when JJ got her and other ladies in Salem accidentally high on pot-filled donuts!

When Lucas turns up at the Horton’s everyone is saddened and shocked that he has decided to depart Salem   Julie says Salem will always be his home.  JJ hands Lucas his ornament now, breaking the Christmas tradition early.  Lucas hangs his ornament in another emotional moment.

Next, we see Lucas waiting for a taxi, with his suitcases at Horton Town Square,  He gazes at the Tom and Alice dedication plaque and says, “I’ll be back. someday.” Hankies!

Alone now with Julie, Doug brings out a cake celebrating how it is 50 years since Julie returned to Salem permanently.  Cue the montage … as Doug’s voice is heard singing “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World”, one of the duo’s signature songs, as clips of their love affair played throughout.  We fade to black.

DAYS honored Susan Hayes and gave Brytan Dattilo some heart-tugging moments as he left the canvas as the beloved Lucas.  So what did you think of the episode?  Sad to see Bryan exit?  Happy to see the show wrote in a way to honor Susan’s 50th as Julie? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Gilles Marini Talks The Return Of Ted Laurent, His Co-Stars: Kristian Alfonso, Lauren Koslow & Greg Rikaart On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives’ Podcast’

If you caught this week’s episodes of Days of our Lives, you know that Ted Laurent (Gilles Marini) has resurfaced in Salem and had asked Hope (Kristian Alfonso) for protection from Stefan DiMera, who was responsible for his disappearance in exchange for information on Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson).

Now in the latest episode of Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast, actor Gilles Marini chats it up with host, Michael Fairman on what to expect as Ted’s story brings with it many twists and turns; including a potential love triangle.

Marini reveals what he thinks Ted’s weakness ia when the guy has not previously been on the up and up, plus his thoughts on working with three of his co-stars and their characters: Lauren Koslow’s Kate, Kristian Alfonso’s Hope, and Greg Rikaart’s Leo, whom he has shared up to now most of his screen-time.

The talented actor who hails from France, also talks on some other highlights in his career, including one of his big breaks on the beloved ABC drama,  Brothers & Sisters working opposite Rachel Griffiths, and a host of award-winning actors, including Sally Field, and of course, his time on Dancing with the Stars where he became one of the most popular celebrity contestants on the series of all-time.

Later, in the podcast’s dressing room segment, Eric Martsolf (Brady) welcomes Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe) into his digs at DAYS, and then two tease some upcoming #Broe moments.

Check out this excerpt from NBC of Gilles interview below.  Then, make sure to head over to NBC.com to listen to the episode currently streaming there, and on Monday, looks for this episode to be available on all pod platforms, including iTunes for download.

Now, let us know what you think about Ted’s return to DAYS … and if you want him to romance Hope … become a good guy … or get his comeuppance … or all of the above …via the comment section below!

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Days of our Lives and General Hospital Receive Daytime Drama WGA Award Nominations

The nominations have been announced for the 2019 Writer’s Guild Awards for outstanding achievement in television, new media, news, radio/audio, and promotional writing during 2018.

Winners will be honored at the 2019 Writers Guild Awards on Sunday, February 17, 2019, at concurrent ceremonies in New York City and Los Angeles.

In the Daytime Drama category for writing, two soaps will face-off for the prize; NBC’s Days of our Livers and ABC’s General Hospital.  Here are the official nominated head writers and their teams.

Days of Our Lives, Head Writer: Ron Carlivati; Writers: Sheri Anderson, Lorraine Broderick, David Cherrill, Joanna Cohen, Lisa Connor, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon,  Cydney Kelley, David Kreizman, David A. Levinson, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Katherine Schock, Elizabeth Snyder, Tyler Topits.

General Hospital, Head Writers: Shelly Altman, Christopher Van Etten; Writers:Barbara Bloom, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Donny Sheldon, Scott Sickles.

To check out all the nominations click here.

So, who are you rooting for to take the WGA Award; Days or GH? Comment below.

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