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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.

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DAYS Wally Kurth, Mary Beth Evans & Chandler Massey Take You Behind the Scenes of Kayla and Justin’s Wedding

On Wednesday’s heartbreaking episode of Days of our Lives, viewers saw just how the nuptials of Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Justin (Wally Kurth) eventually wound up!

Justin told Kayla that Steve (Stephen Nichols) still loves her, which put a halt to the proceedings and ended the romantic relationship between the two dear friends, who found love with one another following Adrienne’s (Judi Evans) death, and Kayla believing Steve did not want her back.

Now, The DOOL app has posted a rare behind the scenes view of the making of the wedding – with moments from the key scenes, rehearsals and interviews with the cast involved.

Chandler Massey (Will) weighs-in on Will’s debut as a wedding officiant and how that went south, while Mary Beth Evans and Wally Kurth shared why they loved this storyline so much.

Wally expresses how the last six months have been some of the best storylines of his soap career, while Mary Beth says that Justin and Kayla’s relationship was so adult and that in real life, both actors have known about people who fall in love with their dear friend, after losing their significant other whether it be by divorce, or death, or whatever the circumstance.

If you don’t already have the DOOL app on your mobile device to watch the segment, you can get more info to download here.

We will have more to say on the memorable performances at Michael Fairman TV later in the week.

So, what did you think of Kayla and Justin’s wedding and the fallout? Comment below.

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DAYS Mary Beth Evans & Stephen Nichols with Guest Ron Carlivati Talk Stayla’s Greatest Hits & Approach To Scripts During COVID-19

This week is a pivotal one for Steve (Stephen Nichols) and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) on Days of our Lives.  Will they be reunited once again?

To take a stroll down memory lane of reunions past, Mary Beth Evans along with her longtime on-screen scene partner and dear friend, Stephen Nichols, watched back key scenes from the history of Stayla and offered up a second viewing experience as they commented on the clips.

Later, Mary Beth and Stephen are joined by their surprise guest and it is revealed to be Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati!

In her tweet, Evans announced: “Since we’re evidently leading up to something big on #Days … Stephen Nichols and I thought we’d get together & watch some of our reunions from the past. And, we were lucky enough to have a very special guest join us for a chat! #patchandkaylaforever”

Mary Beth and Stephen then chat with Ron about what changes is he having to make to scripts in the reality we all live in now, the coronavirus pandemic, and how he is taking in to account upcoming safety protocols that will need to be adhered to when Days goes back into production.

As of now, from an article in Deadline last Friday the NBC daytime drama series is aiming for a September 1st restart.

Watch Mary Beth, Stephen and Ron in part one and part two and part three of their discussion below.

You can find that and more on Mary Beth’s PlankBlog You Tube channel as well.

Let us know in the comment section what you favorite Patch and Kayla reunion has been … and if you are looking forward to how Days will look when it goes back into production within safety guidelines for COVID-19?

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Kristian Alfonso Departs Days of our Lives After 37 Years

In a bombshell announcement, Days of our Lives enduring and ever-popular star, Kristian Alfonso (Hope Williams) has decided to make her exit from the NBC daytime drama series after more than 37 years in her role.

Kristian made her debut as a teenaged Hope Williams in 1983 and quickly rose to popularity and became soap-famous; along with her on-screen romance to Bo Brady then played by Peter Reckell. Together as one of soaps most all-time popular duos and separately, Alfonso has remained one of soap opera’s most notable performers.   There were only two times throughout her time in Salem, that Kristian took breaks from the show; during one of them she starred on CBS’s Falcon Crest.

According to Deadline who broke the news; in a statement to the outlet, Alfonso shared, “I feel blessed and honored to have been invited into people’s homes for over three decades. However, it is now time for me to write my next chapter.”

And it appears its already a wrap for Alfonso, who will not be returning to the series when the show is planned to return to production in the fall and come early September.

Kristian added:  “I will not be returning to Days when it resumes production in September.  I’ve already filmed my last episode several months ago.”

In a heartfelt post on her Instagram account, the actress gave special thanks to the late Betty Corday (mother of DAYS EP Ken Corday), and of course, her millions of fans who loved her as Hope throughout her time on the soap.  You can read it in full below.

 

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#❤️ #😘

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So, what do you think about Kristian Alfonso’s exit from Days of our Lives?  Are you heartbroken to see her go? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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