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‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem’ Limited-Series Ordered by Peacock

The NBCUniversal streaming service, Peacock has ordered a five-episode limited run featuring Days of our Lives!

In the first of its kind for the streamer, the series entitled Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem will feature fan favorite returns, the current cast and more which includes: Lisa Rinna as Billie Reed, Deidre Hall as Dr. Marlena Evans, Drake Hogestyn as John Black, Jackée Harry as Paulina Price, James Reynolds as Abe Carver, Victoria Konefal as Ciara Brady, Robert Scott Wilson as Ben Weston, Billy Flynn as Chad DiMera, Lamon Archey as Eli Grant and Sal Stowers as Lani Price.

According to the announcement on the series Monday morning; here is what fans can look for in the limited series: Over a long weekend, John & Marlena travel to Zurich, Ben & Ciara have a romantic getaway in New Orleans, Chad visits some old friends in Phoenix, and Abe, Paulina, Lani, and Eli vacation in Miami.  All find themselves embroiled in a mystery involving stolen jewels which, in the wrong hands, could cause dire consequences for Salem.  It’s a race against time for ISA agent Billie Reed as she crosses the globe in search of this missing treasure. Packed with all of the romance, action, drama, and surprises that only Days of our Lives can deliver, fans will spend a week with their favorite Salem supercouples and reconnect with many familiar faces along the way.

Look for additional characters than those listed above to also make appearances as well in the hunt for the stolen jewels.

Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem is produced by Corday Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television. Ken Corday is the executive producer with co-executive producer Albert Alarr. Ron Carlivati serves as head writer.

So, what do you think about the upcoming series on Peacock featuring Days of our Lives? Comment below.

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“Chad visits some old friends in Phoenix”

So that obviously would be Will & Sonny. Which would be a good thing, of course. Aside from that, it sounds like it has the potential to be a return to the epic Days “adventure” storylines of the 80s & 90s.

Now whether ReRon is capable of writing such a thing…. well that’s a whole other question.

I don’t see any date announcement here. When is Peacock supposed to have this available? With a two week gap in Days episodes due to the Olympics, this would the best time to do it.

Could Chads visit to Phoenix really be bringing Steffano back ???

I guess reports of Days of our Lives demise have been greatly exaggerated. This series is ordered like two weeks after you can only see Days repeats on Peacock. Peacock must be seeing something in their numbers that is making them happy.

NBC and Peacock are likely testing out the waters of potentially moving the soap exclusively to streaming, which all networks should consider. Streaming is the proper platform for soaps in order for them to not only continue, but to evolve into something beyond the same recycled, safe stories they’re telling.

For all intents and puposes Days is on its way to being a internet only soap. i expect Peacock will eventually be a day ahead of the network in order to drive more viewers to the site. Also expect more current storylines and backstory of characters to appear on Peacock instead of regular tv. It will bleed viewers from NBC but as long as Days holds on to its small but devoted core audience Peacock wont care because its about pay tv in the long run. Its just one more sign the soaps of my childhood are gone and are not coming back. Soaps will either adapt to the new reality or die.

Yep. I agree 100% with your observation. After the debut of Peacock suddenly Days is renewed for a longer period of time; TWO years. It doesn’t hurt that the full year stays up all year long now, no two weeks and gone, which was very smart on someone’s part.

Smart is Disney. They own General Hospital. If it goes to streaming it’s all profit for them. You have to wonder how much more successful Days and Peacock would be if NBC would actually promote the show a little.

Also lis the other, right now they have from September to September, the “season”. A smart move. I hope they post this upcoming season while leaving the previous. It’s fantastic watching at your own pace. People are loving it I assume or it wouldn’t have got a two year deal.

I certainly hope it’s free on Peacock.
I look forward to Lisa Rinna. If only Ben and Ciara would come across Hope in New Orleans. Wishful thinking.

This is great news for Days. I think the webisodes with Chad and Abby was very successful. Beyond Salem is taking that concept to the next level. Congratulations Days of our Lives.

I had a STROKE when I began to read: “Ben and Claire have a romantic getaway…” Then I had to recover in the ICU before I realized that it’s Ben and Ciara.

It would be awesome if NBC ordered a DAYS spinoff that focused on the ISA. It could be a procedural similar to NCIS, CSI & FBI, just more soapy and with higher drama. Lisa Rinna and Charles Shaughnessy could be the main stars, and it would provide so many opportunities for DAYS crossovers and characters who aren’t on the main show to still be in the universe.

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I look forward to the Days of our lives Beyond Salem. Cant wait for new episodes August 9th!!

I think this is awesome. Been a Days fan for over 40 years

Am ready for it to come back on.

I’m invested in the M-F show and characters, some I don’t see often because focus is often on this writing teams personal favs, I don’t care to see characters not on primary show. I will not pay for Peacock & when or if, Days moves to streaming if network show doesn’t improve I will be fine discontinuing. I enjoy GH on Hulu & YR on Paramount.

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Michele Val Jean Gives Update on Daytime’s Newest Soap: “The Team for ‘The Gates’ is Coming Together and It’s Fire”

CBS daytime’s newest soap opera, The Gates, is set to bow in January of 2025.  Until now, not much has been known of who else behind the scenes or in front of the camera might be coming on to the show.

However, The Gates writer, and co-executive producer, Michele Val Jean, shared an update on the series ,which has as its premise and epicenter, the story of a wealthy black family living in a gated community.

Now, Val Jean has taken to her Instagram account to share an update on the show.  Michele expressed, “You guys! The team for #TheGates is coming together and it’s 🔥🔥🔥. I couldn’t be happier. Exciting announcements coming soon. Stay tuned!”

Previously, Michele attended last weekend’s 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Award ceremony where she also shared on her IG, these sentiments: “Had a great time at the #daytimeemmys tonight. I so love this community of such colossally talented and genuinely nice people. I’m humbled to be adding to the legacy with ‘The Gates’. Shout out to my #boldandbeautiful peeps. You guys are the best.”

Val Jean has been a writer for The Bold & The Beautiful, Generations, Santa Barbara, General Hospital, and Port Charles throughout her daytime career, and she has won Daytime Emmys for her work on B&B and GH.

Now the question becomes, who would you like to see cast on ‘The Gates’? What kind of roles might be available? Who could be helping steer other creative elements behind the scenes? Stay tuned. Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

 

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Jason George Returning to ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Main Cast for Upcoming Season

Soap opera alum Jason George (ex-Michael Bourne, Sunset Beach) is rejoining Grey’s Anatomy as a series regular for its upcoming 21st season.

According to Deadline, Jason will reprise his signature role of Ben Warren. Previously, the actor played Ben since season 6 of the ABC medical drama. Later, George became a series regular for seasons 12-14 before departing to join the ‘Grey’s’ spinoff, Station 19.

With Station 19 now canceled, it paved the way for George to bring Ben back to Seattle Grey’s Sloan. Over the past seven years, Jason was a mainstay on the firefighter drama and would make appearances and crossover to “Grey’s’.  Both series are produced by Shondaland and ABC signature.

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In story, the seventh season of Station 19 had Ben tapping leaning into his medical skills while questioning his future as a firefighter in light of his shoulder injury. Then, in the Station 19 series finale, Ben told Captain Herrera that he was going back to finish his surgical residency. The story all fits together because when Ben was a fifth year resident at Grey Sloan, he found a way to pursue his other dream as a firefighter without jeopardizing his chances to return to the hospital and medicine one day.

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George was featured on NBC’s Sunset Beach from 1997-1999 as lifeguard Michael Bourne and his love interest, Vanessa was played by Sherri Saum (ex-Keri, One Life to Live) who is also the wife of the late Kamar de los Reyes (ex-Antonio, One Life to Live)

In a post on X, following the story of his rejoining Grey’s Anatomy, George posted a video with the music from “Welcome Back Kotter” and the words “Well … it WAS kind of hush-hush. But now it’s official. Where my scrubs at?”

So, glad to hear Jason George is returning as a series regular to Grey’s Anatomy? Comment below.

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General Hospital EP, Frank Valentini, Reveals Former Cast Member is Coming Back and Teases, “I Think That The Audience Will Go Crazy for HIM”

There are some big changes afoot at General Hospital over the summer, and one of the biggest ones was revealed by the series Daytime Emmy- winning executive producer, Frank Valentini.

After winning the series fourth consecutive Outstanding Daytime Drama Series award, and 17th overall in the history of the 61-year-old soap opera, Valentini spoke with ABC 7’s On the Red Carpet at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

When asked what to expect coming up, the exec dropped a bombshell. Valentini shared, “A former cast member is coming back. And I think that the audience will go crazy for HIM.”

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Now. speculation is running rampant of just who could it be! Is it possible that Jonathan Jackson will reprise his five-time Daytime Emmy-winning role of Lucky Spencer? Still others have thought it could actually be Greg Vaughan (because he may have wrapped his run on Days of our Lives months ago, along with Arianne Zucker, who departs later this summer on-screen) reprising the role of Lucky.

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Could Valentini being referring to the return of John J. York as Mac Scorpio; who had to exit the series to undergo treatment for myelodysplastic syndromes and multiple smoldering myeloma (two blood and bone marrow disorders), but who recently returned a month ago to the set? Or, might it be the return of two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Bryan Craig, as a now very much alive Morgan Corinthos? Fans are also wondering if GH somehow lured Nicholas Chavez back to the role of Spencer Cassadine; a role he vacated at the beginning of this year to film his leading role in Ryan Murphy’s Monsters anthology series as convicted murderer Lyle Mendenez.

In addition, Steve Burton (Jason), Kate Mansi (Kristina), and GH head writer, Elizabeth Korte, also shared some storyline intel with On the Red Carpet of what lies ahead through the summer months for Jason, Kristina, and all of the Davis women.

Watch the entire video package below.

Now weigh-in, which male actor is returning to General Hospital? Who do you hope it will be? Share your theories via the comment section.

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