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DAYS Ken Corday Celebrates 13,000 Episodes & Reveals Leann Hunley's Return, Confirms Sidelined Drake Hogestyn & Talks Storylines To Watch For!

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Tuesday was a momentous occasion for NBC’s Days of our Lives and its longtime executive producer Ken Corday.  The series is celebrating this week the taping of its 13,000th episode.

During an on-set celebration today attended by many cast members and creatives, Glamour.com spoke with the EP and got his thoughts on a myriad of subjects related to the soap now in its 51st year and this latest milestone.

When asked about several fan favorites returning later this year on-screen including: Charles Shaughnessy and Patsy Pease as Shane and Kimberly, and Leann Hunley as Anna, Corday responded:  “They don’t start airing until after Christmas. We are really way, way ahead, and we’re going to try and get closer to air time, but we do eight shows a week, so… I’m thrilled, but especially those two did not miss a beat walking on the stage. It was like they never left. Charlie had been gone longer than Patsy because she has made a few appearances at weddings, funerals, bar mitzvahs, etc. Charlie’s transition was seamless. It’s a good story. It’s interwoven with Hope’s story, and it’s great. There are more surprise returns from the past to come. Leann Hunley (Anna) will be back in Salem (as well). “

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When asked about the status of Drake Hogestyn, who has been reportedly sidelined by an injury from a fall during a freak accident back in May, and has not been shooting new episodes, Corday confirmed it stating: “We wish Drake the best and hope to see him back on set soon.”

When teasing what upcoming storylines Corday is most excited for fans to see, the EP related:  “There are two: the one with Chad and Abigail and JJ and Gabi. They are very vibrant and good actors, the young future of the show. I’m very excited about the story Nicole will have coming up with Chloe and Deimos and with Brady and another huge return from the past. Again, a big surprise, and a great part of Nicole’s past and life experience in Salem. It’s a baby story, and those seem to work well for us.”

So, what do you think about the news of a DAYS return by Leann Hunley?  What do you think about the upcoming storylines teased? The status of Drake Hogestyn? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Patrick
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Patrick

Oh, My Gosh darned IT

Leann Hunley the beautiful is back

so smart as a whip… her screen presence is tantamount to definition of S – e – x – y

dang it …

as I’ve posted before… wouldn’t it be great to see Anna DiMera and Eve Donovan as besties… better yet… as Anna sister !!!!!

Chloe
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Chloe

I love Anna & am thrilled she’s coming back! Now if we could just get Tony to “come alive” again, that would be perfect. Happy to see Shane, too, but I hope PP tones down her overacting. I’d really prefer her not to return.

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

Tont is due to come back to life because just like his father Stefano, he also has the Phoenix’ capabilities to rise from the dead.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

The secrecy surrounding Drake’s accident and recovery status is scaring me! I hope he’s alright. I’ve heard conflicting reports of his accident and all his costars are tight lipped, which tells me he is/was possibly in critical condition.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I hope he is ok too…meanwhile, the return of Anna ect has renewed my interest in the show…so im sticking with it for now!!!

blake
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blake

Yeah that was a strange response from Ken. I didn’t know the other actors are tight lipped. I hope Drake is doing great.

mary
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mary

I hope Drake is okay. I think that other cast members are respecting his privacy by saying nothing.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

It only takes a couple words from one person, mary, without compromising/disrespecting his privacy…”He’s OK” is all that’s needed.

Libby
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Libby

It sounds promising. I hope #Days is looking for some writing talent in Nashville and not just acting talent. Great folks here that were working on Nashville. Some awesome are nor being retained by new regime. Folks are loyal to #Days in Nashville. A lot is happening in the city..and not just production of CMT ‘ s Nashville prime time show. I am sure that folks will turn out for a 13,000 episode celebration. It is the perfect time to come. Zsouthern Living Publishing is celebrating its 50th anniversary in Nashville in September. They are based in Birmingham, AL. Built… Read more »

Kelly
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Kelly

Sooooo excited!! Love Leann. She is such a great actress!!!

Brett
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Brett

I really hope they can turn this show around, it’s worrying seeing the ratings constantly tumbling.

Brett
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Brett

I really hope that the rumors of Will’s return are true, we need him.

Phil
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Phil

Bring Kassie back Full Time please!!!

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I love Kassie DePaiva and would love to see her full time; but, as excellent as she is, she can’t carry the entire show by herself. I don’t find any of the current story lines interesting. I was very excited about the return of Daniel Cosgrove; but, they have paired Aiden with that cartoon character villain and I find it boring. The missing Abigail should be interesting but the writing dropped the ball. I pray they aren’t going to try to make an item of Chad and that pitiful young woman playing Ciara. Billy Flynn is very good; but he… Read more »

Pat
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Pat

What a Twinkie-munch interview. I wish someone actually had the guts to publicly call out Ken Corday over how exactly he has allowed this show to become such a totally unwatchable trainwreck. Memo to Ken: Take a good look at the recent numbers, which translate to cancellation if things don’t turn around in a hurry. He has proven time and time again just how out of touch he is with what fans/viewers want to see, and he lies over and over again. It’s very sad to see how far this show has fallen in such a short time. It used… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

“love” the blast

exactly ! YES YES and – more – YES !

Ken Corday is a travesty… his production value has made shambles of all the LOVE that is Betty and Ted Corday

I certainly DO NOT want a cancellation any time soon

LISTEN Ken Corday

REAL

davlestev1
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davlestev1

EXACTLY Pat. Not only that what a cavalier way to talk about Patsy Pease. .bar mitzvahs and weddings..dope. .people like baby stories. .uhhh nor really Teddy..people would like you to come out of the SIXTIES. .he’s going to tank his parents show into cancelation. .someone needs to wise up and release him on the strength of that interview alone. .you CANNOT keep recycling the same stories with the same characters. This is no REBOOT..none of them ever really were. .you have pre raped yourselves into oblivion and by Christmas your casting sinus WON’T help.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Pretaped and casting stunts

mike
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mike

A return by Kassie DePaiva would be great but I think it would take a return by Chandler Massey to make the ratings move.

blake
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blake

Sadly none of this makes me want to watch Days again. Ken constantly drops the ball, he’s a mess.

Mo
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Mo

Love to see Leann again.

Breaking News

Days of our Lives Returns To Production After Temporary Halt Amid COVID-19

UPDATED:  According to Deadline  the cast and crew of NBC’s Days of our Lives will actually be returning tomorrow, October 20th to begin taping ahead of schedule after a positive Covid-19 test shut production down originally scheduled for two weeks.

The outlet cited, “Following a thorough investigation including contact tracing, quarantines, testing, and a deep cleaning of the studio, the health and safety experts at Days of our Lives have determined that it was safe to return to production before the end of the two-week period. As a result, the show will be back on set tomorrow Oct 20.”

The word of the early return initially got out Monday, although at that time unconfirmed by the show, apparently, via a posting by Lauren Koslow on her Instagram account where she is pictured in a Kate Roberts outfit in her dressing room.

Koslow shared: “Stepping into Monday in alice + olivia black velvet,” She also tagged the post #dressingroomselfie and the words. “Stay strong.”

She also added a quote from poet Maya Angelou: “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”

So, happy to hear it seems like DAYS is back … once again? Comment below!

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Kristian Alfonso Bids Farewell to DAYS as Final Episode Airs Today Sharing; “Thank YOU From The Bottom Of My Heart For Welcoming Me Into Your Homes All Of These Years”

Wednesday, October 14th, 2020 marks the final appearance of Kristian Alfonso’s iconic run as Hope Williams on NBC’s Days of our Lives, a role she played on and off for more than 37 years.  Make no mistake about it, Alfonso was a staple of Salem and the DAYS family since she made her debut back in 1983.

However, over the summer viewers learned she would not be returning to the show when the series began production again in September, after she was told they were planning on resting the character of Hope for five months or so.  A decision that prompted Kristian to make a decision to leave the show for good and start a new chapter in her life.

To celebrate her run and to say a thank you to everyone at the show and her enduring fans, Kristian posted a video on her Instagram account of some backstage moments through the years to the tune of “I’ve Had The Time Of My Life”.  She accompanied her post with these words of thanks to everyone that has been by her side every step of the way:  “Being today is my last airshow, I wanted to share some of my favorite memories onset & behind the scenes I hope you enjoy it.  Thank YOU from the bottom of my heart for welcoming me into your homes all of these years.  And making me a part of your lives #xoxo ❤️  Thank you Ken & @nbcuniversal @nbc for a #beautiful #ride . #❤️ #😘”

 

So, are you sad that Kristina will be gone for DAYS on-screen after today?  Share your thoughts om this, her final airdate, via the comment section below.

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James Scott Comments: “I Will Never. Never. Never. Never. Never, Go Back to Hollywood Let Alone DOOL”

Those hoping that finally James Scott would return to his signature daytime soap role of EJ DiMera on Days of our Lives, now that Alison Sweeney is on her way back to the show this fall for a longer run as Sami, can count those hopes now dashed and for good.

In a post on his Instagram account for his meditation and contemplations Sunday morning Zoom series and website, Scott posed with Deepak Chopra.  When a fans posted a comment in the IG account how they miss him on DAYS and to come back with Sami, James replied, “Hi – thanks for joining me here. Please know that I will never. Never. Never. Never. Never. Go back to Hollywood let alone DOOL. There is notbing interesting there for me. J”

Fan favorite James Scott, who has been MIA from the acting profession for awhile now is running The Whisper Within – and as detailed by the website, Scott explains how he left acting to be more involved with meditation and helping others find inner-peace – “In 2014, after a successful career in the entertainment industry, I found myself with everything and nothing.  I had money, celebrity, and status and the grief to match it. I had worked tirelessly for the better part of two decades to attain wealth and validation, yet no external thing could touch the emptiness I felt and the worthlessness I experienced.  I knew that something unknown wished to be known—something I could feel only through its apparent absence. In my despair and depression, I faced a simple choice: to change my lived experience or to end it. One felt impossible; the other easy I had already spent so much time reading self-help books, attending workshops and retreats, drinking concoctions with shamans, exploring tantra and abstaining from sex all together, dancing and singing, and many more practices, which had done little or nothing to abate the loneliness.

 

Desperate and in despair, still seeking, still suffering, I found my way to an Indian meditation center. I went for a week and stayed for a year. It was there in my own reflection that I found the teacher I had been seeking silently waiting to be known. At first, there was rage and anger, but eventually the intensity of the fire burned low and sadness took its place. I cried and cried until I cried myself empty and something new arose: beneath it all, I discovered a newfound peace. Like a fragrance arising from deep within, I heard the sound of the silence that can never be spoken: the eternal wisdom of the whisper within.  To live from this place is my practice and my path. To inspire others to do the same is my purpose.”

So, what do you think about James’ comments and path that he has now gone down for his life?  Do you think its time for DAYS to finally re-cast EJ? Comment below.

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