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Days of our Lives Cast Stylin' In Just Released 50th Anniversary Photo!

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Those beautiful women, handsome men, beloved veterans and icons that form many of the characters of Days of our Lives are featured in the just released 50th anniversary cast photo from the long- running NBC soap opera.  PEOPLE.com broke the photo with their exclusive posting earlier on Wednesday.

Featured in the photo are from left to right: (top row) Eric Martsolf, Jen Lilley, Josh Taylor, Stephan Nichols, Mary Beth Evans, Greg Vaughan, Alison Sweeney, Christopher Sean, Deidre Hall, Kate Mansi, Rob Scott Wilson, Kristian Alfonso, Melissa Reeves, Casey Moss. Camila Banus, James Reynolds, A Martinez, Thaao Penghlis, Lauren Koslow, and Billy Flynn.

In the second row seated left to right are: Judi Evans, John Aniston, Peggy McCay, Drake Hogestyn, Bill and Susan Seaforth Hayes, Suzanne Rogers, Sal Stowers, Bryan Dattilo, and Joseph Mascolo.

What do you think of the 50th anniversary Days of our Lives cast photo?  Who do you think is MIA?  What do you think about how stylish the actors look?  Are you getting excited to celebrate as the big golden anniversary date fast approaches? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Tammy Khaos Kreiss
Tammy Khaos Kreiss

My man got the endcap, what an honor! Awesome pic! Wishing them another 50 yrs, at least!

SZima
SZima

And who, exactly, is “your man?” There’s one on each end.

Tammy Khaos Kreiss
Tammy Khaos Kreiss

Great catch! I have tunnel vision when it comes to Eric Martsolf since the first time we actually met. I couldn’t even talk right, I said, “Nice to eat you!” Lmao

mark
mark

days is so classy! i just love days!

Taylor
Taylor

Great photo. Wish Kassie DePaiva had been included, as well as a few others, but stylistically, it is a nice photo.

Robert Seganti
Robert Seganti

Yes.I too wish Kassie DePaiva had been in the picture and,more importantly,still the valuable member of the cast that she was and should have remained.

Jeremy
Jeremy

yes, Kassie DePaiva, True O’Brian, and James Reed deserved to be included, too. And, what about Wally Kurth, and the actress who plays Maxine, where is she? If Anne can be in it, what about Maxine? And, what about Nicole and yes, Dr. Dan?

blake
blake

Yeah I thought it was messed up that Maxine wasn’t on there. I like her also.

Jackie
Jackie

I think Ann is there next to Theresa but her name is not included. Where is Dr. Dan, Nicole, Justin, Bo, and any of the now grown children?

SZima
SZima

There are quite a few not included for one reason or another…like vacations or whatever. It’s a shame that they didn’t make this photo shoot mandatory and made sure every cast member was included.

Joanne
Joanne

Zander is missing! Paul Telfer!!! Hoping he returns soon.

SZima
SZima

Zander is gone and has been for a while. He was always just a means to an end and not a permanent cast member.

Joanne
Joanne

I know he’s gone, shit stirrer. Thus, the “hope he returns” comment.

Barb
Barb

It is a FANTASTIC photo of a FANTASTIC group!

Patrick
Patrick

FANTASTIC times
FANTASTIC production

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Was Christopher Sean photo shopped in? Where’s Wally Kurth? Maybe Justin is another victim of the necktie killer! The empty space on the bench gives me chills!!!!!

Bonnie
Bonnie

Maybe he was playing in GH at the time

blake
blake

Yeah isn’t that strange to see? I hope that doesn’t mean Justin is going anywhere. He could have been photoshopped in lol.

Anne
Anne

Where is Rafe? Where are shawn christian and Adrienne z? Major omissions. Sad that Clyde and kassie de paiva are gone, but that’s logical. A glaring omission are sonny and will. Patch
without the patch? nice. Oh just noticed hopes soon to be assailant is not here as well.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

SC and AZ couldn’t attend because they were at a charity event in the upper Midwest.

Eddie
Eddie

Who’s the woman between Jen Lilley and Josh Taylor? I agree with Taylor. Stylistically, it’s wonderful, but I’m upset by those that are missing, especially Kassie, Freddie and Guy.

blake
blake

The lady who plays Anne that works at the hospital. She’s also Teresa’s friend.

James McDonald
James McDonald

Peter Reckell (“Bo Brady”) is missing in this photo and he should not be. So is the doctor, “Daniel” , Maggie’s donor son, who is leaving the show. “Justin” is not in this photo and that’s fine with me.

Mary
Mary

It doesn’t say when the photo was taken. There is a prevailing rumour that Peter only returned to Days for a short time in order to give permanent closure to Bo and Hope. He never liked the way Bo was written off last time. Both Peter and Daniel could have left Days before the photo was taken.

joy tadych
joy tadych

where is justin and niclole and daniel adn aidan and how come none of the teennagers are in it or shawn d

Dawn
Dawn

Great picture! Suzanne Rogers name was left off the list even though she is in the picture. Can’t forget Maggie!

Candice
Candice

You forgot to ID two of the ladies, Meredith Scott Lynn (third from left in back row) and Suzanne Rogers (sitting in the front row)!

Jules
Jules

Nice! I LOVE that NBC still forks over the money to do these big shoots.

BUT….

Where’s Galen Gering?
Ari Zucker?
Wally Kurth?
Peter Reckell? (….as far as I’ve heard, Stephen Nichols isn’t on contract even though he’s still currently filming. Peter may have only made a short stay, but he’ll be there for the 50th)
Any of the new SORASed kids?
Meredith Scott Lynn (Ann) is there, but not the actress who plays Maxine?
I guess Shawn Christen is off for sure.

Jaime F
Jaime F

I wish that Ariana Zucker n Kassie DePaiva n Wally Kurth were in it. Shawn Christian too. I know a couple of them are leaving but if they’re on air for the 50th they should’ve been a part of it. But it is a beautiful picture otherwise

Les
Les

Gorgeous photo! So glad I have come back to Days of our Lives.

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

No Freddie-Sonny…i see Suzanne Rogers-Maggie but her name isnt there!…nice photo…weird seeing an aged Chase on todays episode after seeing little Chase just a week ago…lol

Mark
Mark

Where is Nicole and Justin? I know they are both on contract. I have a feeling Nicole has left the show which is sad.

Julie
Julie

Love the picture but where was peter reckell why was he left out of the picture.he should’ve been in the picture.he is a very big part of days

Monique
Monique

It’s a lovely photo but why is Christopher Sean the only one not wearing a suit? Was he photo shopped in?

victoria
victoria

where is Justin, Aiden, Bo and the new/old characters they were bringing back?

Ceejay
Ceejay

There are several new cast members in the photo, but where are Rafe, Bo, Nicole, Daniel, Justin, Adrienne, Eve?

Ray
Ray

A beautiful picture. I am curious that “Ben” is still in the picture. I haven’t read that he is leaving the show. I know some fans want him gone, I think Robert’s acting has been incredible.

blake
blake

Same here. I would like him to stay on though it would be hard to redeem him after he’s killed three people.

Hell, Guiding Light offered Frank Beaty (sp?) a contract after his character Brent had killed several people but he declined. Guess getting the character psychiatric help fixes everything lol.

stacy
stacy

You forgot about Suzanne Rogers.

Mary SF
Mary SF

There are a lot people missing notably, the actress who plays Maggie Horton, isn’t she one the longest running cast members? Hope her absence just means she wasn’t available for the shoot and not foreshadowing her being killed off too.

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

she is in the photo…her name was missing but now corrected

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Suzanne Rogers (Maggie) is in the picture…in the front next to Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie).

Mary SF
Mary SF

Okay my eyesight isn’t what it was, SR is there apparently, I was going by the list of names– glad she is there.

blake
blake

Maggie is there, she’s on the front row.

sonniorsolita
sonniorsolita

Who is MIA? Asians, other actors of color besides lonely James Reynolds, gay people. At least there are, what, 2 Hispanics? On the whole, soaps don’t seem to understand that there is value and strength in representing the diversity that is America. This photo, though lovely, shows that.

sonniorsolita
sonniorsolita

Oops, I now see Christopher Sean is pictured. So there is a part-Asian and gay character represented. Still, the show looks overwhelmingly middle-class white. In my defense, the faces are tiny! Even Michael Fairman forgot to list an actress in the back row and Suzanne Rogers!

Matthew Melchiorre
Matthew Melchiorre

im upset that Wilson wasn’t in it with him!! i don’t think he’s going to stay.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Suzanne Rogers (Maggie) is seated in the front row between Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie) and Sal Stowers (Lani). Sal is African American. She was also a winner of America’s Next Top Model. She previously starred in All My Children.

blake
blake

They seem to be trying some. The new cop is a black female and Theo is coming on soon. And they have hispanics with Camila, Galen and A. Martinez.

DYLAN
DYLAN

I was SO impressed with the DAYS episode I watched yesterday! It had a dream like quality. It was where Aiden was planning to pull a copy cat murder and kill Hope because he “had no choice”. It was very Dexter-ish, if anyone knows what I mean from the t.v. show Dexter. The subject matter was dark, but the writing and production were SO sophisticated, as are most things about DAYS right now. And then when Nicole and Daniel were dancing, that had an old school vintage Hollywood vibe to it. And better yet…they paid actual money to use a current, popular song which NO soap does anymore. The dancing scenes may have seemed kind of pointless, but I think they are foreshadowing of a tragedy soon to come, as we viewers know that Dr. Dan is leaving the show, likely going to die. I hope that paves the way for an Eric/Nicole reunion…as they are the ones with off the charts chemistry. The episode had humour…such as when Nicole said to Victor “We’re going to be family again!” and he replied with some trademark funny like “Oh happy day.” I can now see why the actors have been talking about the writing for the past few months and how excited they are about it. If Dena Higley and Josh Griffith can write material like this….there is still life and creativity left in the soap genre. How does DAYS manage to keep so many things secret, or just as rumours, when they tape so far in advance? I mean, in summer, they were filming Christmas and New Year’s scenes!! I am SO on board with this incarnation of DAYS, and can take or leave any other soap.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

There’s been a lot of talk concerning Daniel’s upcoming death, DYLAN. Some viewers have speculated Eric could be the person who kills Daniel. Eric has become a boozer since Serena’s murder. Maybe he’ll kill Daniel in a drunk driving accident.

cassie
cassie

I think good old Daniel hops in the car with him to stop him from driving but didn’t succeed, they both go off of a cliff but Eric lives but in bad shape. Just speculating not a spoiler.

Stephen
Stephen

It’s like the Muppets are having their fiftieth anniversary, and three weeks before it they Kill Kermit, after having him vivisected in a school biology class live on air, and then burning his puppet in a brazier with the rest of the Muppets gethered around warming their hands and chuckling, and announce to the world that’s it, the character is OVER!! P-E-R-M-A-N-E-N-T-L-Y! Next they have a piss-take of a memorial service, to which Miss Piggy is too busy to attend because she is having her hoofs done. A lollipop stick is used for a memorial plaque, with the name “Froggy” scrawled on in biro, which some oaf stamps on and snaps in two during the free-for-all rush to the pub, which is having a drinks-on-the-house Happy Hour to celebrate.

The next day all the remaining Muppets gather together for a celebratory photo shoot in front of a golden backdrop, with all the guys in snazzy new suits and all gals in stunning new dresses, with radiant smiles and the school biology teacher who did the vivisection placed top and centre and grinning ear to ear.

In the next few weeks the amphibian-free clan of Muppets swarm the country, descending on the cities en masse, to heavily promote their “50 years of the MUPPETS!” celebratory photo catalogue, with a full 384 pages of fun, celebrating characters which have been forgotten even by the core cast who played opposite them, but which notably has but a single page credit (the obligatory minimum) for the most-famous Kermit artiste who won them three Emmy awards in a distant universe a long time ago and far far away.

Happy 50th people!!
C-E-L-E-B-R-A-T-E !!!

Kaylie15
Kaylie15

I salute you, sir.

I will also point out in my viewing area the official NBCDays site was posting smiling pictures of heterosexual characters as the life was being strangled from Will. This was the anniversary of Matthew Shepherd’s death – and a day many campus GLBTQ organizations use to speak out against violence and Will and Sonny and Paul were extremely popular on college campuses among the GLBTQ set.

The big, giant gay cleanse of Days was completed today as Sonny abandons his daughter to the hands of a single mother with no income and a prison record.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

You neglect to say why Gabi went to prison. She went to prison for murdering Nick Fallon…the legacy character whom many lgbt viewers begged to kill off.

Matthew Place
Matthew Place

Wow! That is brilliant. I couldn’t have said it better. The whole mess kinda leaves a weird “green” taste in your mouth like bile. But great post, and I cannot agree more.

kiki
kiki

Thank you for brightening my last day as a DOOL fan. I couldn’t believe the insensitivity with which Will’s death was handled and the obvious hatred the writers had toward the character. You can kill off a main character if you write a good, tragic story. They didn’t. They rushed through a gay cleanse.

If that wasn’t enough, we’re got more Deaths of Our Lives ahead. Is that what fans really want to see, death, death and more death? I’m so glad to have taken it off my DVR today.

Stephen
Stephen

Thank you for thanking me! It has brightened *my* day knowing that I have brightened your day. Thank you all who have shown appreciation. 🙂

Anne
Anne

Stephen. take a few breaths. do it again.

Stephen
Stephen

Forgot to add that leader of Muppet HQ, has been releasing “Celebrate Good Times” tweets over the Kill Kermit period, with a “Happy 12,000th episode” tweet on Murder Day itself. How tactless can you get?

Adam
Adam

Is all this angst over Will?

Stephen
Stephen

Who’s Will?

Sad in Salem
Sad in Salem

It sure ain’t easy being green. In Salem these Days anyway.
Thank you for this

Kaylie15
Kaylie15

Without Will Horton, there is no celebration for me. I’ve quit watching and I feel so bad that Will and fans of the Wilson love story have been excluded from the 50th Celebration.

Also, it looks like they photoshopped Christopher Sean, the backburned token gay, into this picture. Maybe, maybe not, but it doesn’t matter.

Matthew Place
Matthew Place

I stopped watching 2 weeks ago. The 50th Celebration is over for me, too.

Stephen
Stephen

Same here. Not knowing what was coming I was actually looking forward to the 50th, expecting both Guy and Freddie to be there, and expecting some happy ending! Little did I know!

Will was what got be watching the show in the first place. I’ve always looked forward to scenes with him, and had been really enjoying the few scenes that we had been getting with Will, and getting excited about his character being restored. And now everything has changed. Everything has turned to dust.

What Days has done is gob-smackingly crass: killing a fan favourite for their 50th celebration, and in such a disrespectful and blatantly braindead manner, without a care for even making the plot make sense! Who’d have thought that they would top the unpleasantly abrupt dismissal of Chandler, but they have!

Total respect to Guy who was TRUE CLASS when they celebrated “Days 50” at the Emmy’s earlier this year, with journalists asking him “what’s it like to be part of the 50th anniversary celebrations?”, and him saying nothing but it was great to be part of the show, and he did this while battling his loss-of-voice. Guy is a champ, and I not only wish him every success, and after having seen his work, especially at the end of his run, I expect him to do very well.

I am determined to celebrate the good work that we did get from Days in the past (which has been a huge inspiration for me) but as for Days today, the hourglass has shattered and its all over. Time for me to do something better instead! 🙂

I will nevertheless be very interesting to see how the ratings go in the months that follow!

Kaylie15
Kaylie15

The ratings are up as the last weeks of Guy & Freddie and Alison makes her reappearance. However, I doubt they can sustain this after Sami is gone. The ratings were terrible for the first weeks the new writers arrive.

Sami always boosts ratings, no matter how much she seems to evoke hate online. She’s very popular. Why they didn’t wait until November to bring her back, I’ll never know.

Paul N.
Paul N.

The highest ratings of the new writing regime have been for a Will, Sonny & Sami story and all those characters are gone now. Will & Sonny’s romance was burned to the ground by writers who held Will and his fans in contempt.

I don’t see how all the new faces they are bringing in can save the show.

kiki
kiki

Frankly, I’ve had a hard time seeing anything going on since the new writers took over. It’s not just dark in tone, it’s dark so I can’t see anything.

I loved Will for all his faults and flaws, and I really hated to see so many fans turn on him for minor-for-a-soap transgressions. Guy, Freddie & Christopher carried the damn show for months with their maddening, messy and soapy triangle. I didn’t care for all Will’s actions, but Guy played the self-destructive, insecure Will to the hilt, and I think that’s why so many people had such a negative reaction to the character’s death. Even people who thought they hated him wanted to see him redeemed, not killed.

The people who came up with killing Will made a colossal error.

Serena & Paige didn’t bother me because they weren’t iconic legacy characters like Will, but the aftermath of Paige’s death was so sad – well acted by KDP – but very sad, that it turned me off the show before I even found out they were violently killing off my favorite. Then, the knife twisted.

It’s like the writers assumed we wanted to see Will hurt. How wrong they were, at least for many of us.

kay
kay

I agree. They destroyed my confidence in this show. It is dark and depressing and full of death. Killing Will was the last straw for me, and now they have Sonny leaving Salem one day after burying Will, abandoning Arianna, and clearly setting it up for him to move on to Paul “when” he comes back. Leaving that picture on the grave was like Sonny no longer wanting to remember his “family. So sad.

K. K.
K. K.

My days fandom began with Will’s coming out and ends today when Sonny abandons his daughter. I had been so looking forward to the 50th Celebration, until the show sent me a clear message me and my kind weren’t welcome for the 50th.

Paul hardly counts.

I wish the best for Chandler Massey & Guy Wilson, both fine actors, as well as Freddie Smith and Christopher Sean. It sucks to be un-invited to a party.

daisy
daisy

Well said K.K! This is how I feel to0. Today (10/22/2015) is my last day watching days. I too have removed it from my pvr. I could care less what happens at the 50th celebrations because as you said, my attendance is not welcome.

Paul N.
Paul N.

Yes!!!!! That’s exactly how I feel. Un-invited. All the hype for the 50th had me excited, and then turned and said “nope, you aren’t welcome” to their glbt fans and allies. It’s very sad that in the space of a month I was hopeful of the show’s survival and now I can’t help but wish it would go away.

I’m in my 40s, and I don’t think I’ve ever watched a soap or serial drama that I felt was actively telling me I was unwanted as a viewer, until now.

I will say this. I find it very heartening that Will and Sonny had so many female fans and so many people supported their equal treatment. I think all of us were betrayed.

kiki
kiki

Very few of the vets are sticking around for more than a few weeks, and then a slew of brand new faces are being brought in.

The killing of Will sent a pretty clear message to me that as a Will & Wilson fan I wasn’t welcome to their little party. I also think the show was idiotic not to explore the amazing chemistry between Paul and Will once Freddie/Sonny exited. But there will be no gays on Days anymore. Paul is neutered and backburned.

Kassie DePavia finally really started to shine as Eve, and then they axe her. She deserved much better.

Finally, I am not interested in watching Aiden be retconned into a con man, Hope being played as a fool, Bo being tortured and then – very probably dying – so Hope and Rafe can be together. Daniel Cosgrove had a thankless task being Hope’s new love interest and won many people over, and the show’s disrespect for him and Haiden’s fans is just stupid.

Sorry, Days. You blew it. The show is dark, depressing, mean and now reads like bad Dena Higley fan fiction with a strong dose of erasing the gay. Message received. Enjoy that party on your sinking ship.

Kaylie15
Kaylie15

So, now they’ve enraged the Wilson shippers and the Haiden shippers. I can’t wait until Bope fans react to Bo dying to service the Rope ship. That’s sure to provoke a good reaction.

cassie
cassie

I think Bo is loyal to his fans and just want closure. A lot of people complained about how he left, he came back to give us closure. I hope Bo just leave and not die.
I hope he decide to give Hope her freedom and travel the seas again.
Killing him would hurt a lot of fans. But, it’s Peter’s choice. If he decides to go, I will embrace ROPE. BUT NOT until at a least a year. LOL!

lulu
lulu

Well said kiki.The last scene today in the cemetery with Sonny showed me just what the writers/producers thought of the gay storyline. I certainly won’t be watching this show anymore.

Adam
Adam

I too am curious to see how the show will be after the anniversary because soon there will be no more Bo, Daniel and Aiden. And there might not be anymore Patch if his was short term also.

Jennifer
Jennifer

There are people missing and people who don’t belong. A Martinez and Sal Stowers don’t belong. Daniel Cosgrove, Kassie and Guy and Freddie should be there. Even Peter who I don’t care for. Shame what they did to Daniel Cosgrove. Won’t be watching the 50th. Glad Galen not in it. They are trying to make him the face of Days when he is just a Passions leftover.

Kelly
Kelly

I like Galen so have no problem with his character. Also he is not the “face of Days” as you call it. What the writers have done is make Galen a lead detective in the neck tie killer case. Hope can no longer be lead detective because Will was her nephew. And Rafe is the only one who does not believe Chad killed Will.

cassie
cassie

I agree Kelly, I have no problem with Rafe. He is a good cop. He seems to solve more crimes than any of them. Shane D and Rafe is number one crime solver.
A lot of people still dislikes Rafael because he married Sami Brady and had a beef with EJ. Get over it!!! EJ is DEAD I hope. They are not making him the face of anything. It’s about time he get some airtime since the Sami and EJ show hogged it all from a lot of people.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

A Martinez and Sal Stowers do belong. They are part of the cast.

As much as I like Freddie, I ‘d have to say unless he’s part of the cast during the week of DAYS’ 50th anniversary, there’s no need for him in the picture. Same with Guy who is definitely gone.

Kassie and Daniel should be in the picture as they’ll still be featured, but their absence is not to say DAYS didn’t allow them. In fact, when the picture was taken, Kassie was far from the studio entering her son into college in the east. Daniel Cosgrove also lives in the east. They live on the east coast while DAYS tapes on the west coast.

A few others couldn’t make it either, including Ariana, Shawn, Galen and Wally.

Ariana and Shawn were in the upper Midwest while Galen and Wally were were on vacation.

DAYS could not force people to attend and they didn’t deliberately exclude anyone.

The storylines sometimes dictate the exits of certain characters and they sometimes come back. Kassie is wonderful as Eve, but most viewers know there was always a chance for Aiden to be a murderer. If I had my way, Daniel Cosgrove would never work in daytime again. He has a big mouth!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I’m curious about your comment on Daniel Cosgrove. I really like him as Aiden, but I respect your knowledge of the show. Can you elaborate?

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Classy, indeed! And I want to acknowledge the classy set of scenes that happened on Wed. with Hope and her fiance. As he plots to kill Hope, the fiance watches himself go through the act of killing Hope: dressing all in black with a hood and gloves, he moves through the events as he imagines how they will happen: carrying Hope (looking exquisite in a white wedding dress) over the threshold, up the stairs, onto the bed. Then he goes on the pretext of getting a bottle of champagne, “suits up,” goes upstairs and strangles Hope with a necktie. Then he comes back down the stairs and removes the hood, etc. All the while, he is watching himself. A very imaginative and creative set of scenes that humanized the character to an extent but, most importantly, involved the viewer emotionally. Well done!

Days continues to surprise me with their set-ups, the suspense, the humanity of the writing, the acting. Very absorbing drama these “days.” All I can say is that I am enjoying tuning in each day and, once again, I can’t wait for the next day and the next set of scenes. It’s been a long, long time since I have enjoyed watching so much. Thank you, Days!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

DAYS is truly thinking outside the box. They’ve been a very creative team consisting of new writers and producers!

Benjaman
Benjaman

So happy to see Meredith Scott Lynn in the cast photo! Just love her as Anne. Why is Victor posed so far from Maggie?

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I love Meredith Scott Lynn as Anne. I also like Rory and T and wish they were on more often. These characters really add layers to the canvas.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

In reply to your question of my comment regarding Daniel Cosgrove, MBmomof3:

I liked Daniel Cosgrove, but knew DAYS always had the option of turning Aiden bad. I thought it was selfish of the actor to devulge so much story so far ahead of viewers seeing it.

Viewers that follow several different soap sites have known what was going to happen several months before it happens because DC ran his mouth at a celebrity meet & greet to rile fans up.

DAYS tapes 5-6 months ahead of airing and the other soaps will eventually use DAYS taping schedule as their model. DC spoiled much of the story way before any spoiling should have occurred, which deflates the excitement.

He should do his best to find work on nighttime TV or in the movies.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

4ever DAYS, Thanks for your reply. I don’t follow a lot of the soap sites or boards so I really wasn’t sure what went down at the fan event. I agree with you. I find it unprofessional and it does impact viewer response as things unfold. I admit I like a few spoilers here and there but really appreciate it when a show keeps things under wraps and it is a total surprise. That’s hard to do in this day and age of social media. I did like DC on Days, his storylines have been good, acting enjoyable and pairing him with Hope was really good for me. It was nice to see Kristian Alfonso in a story that didn’t involve pining for Bo who we knew was not going to return (at that point in time).

I’ll keep tuning in. I’m loving Days! Best soap right now.

Kelly
Kelly

I really hope that Anne is killed off soon. I have never liked her. She is selfish and self-centred. Everything has to revolve around her or not at all. I wonder if the reason Maggie and Victor are so far apart is because the two actors don’t get along off set at all. I’ve noticed that Suzanne Rogers and John Aniston are rarely in scenes alone together. There is always someone else in the room; Brady, Theresa etc.

dana
dana

I always thought Suzanne Rogers and John Aniston got along!? I read somewhere that DOOL was like a big family! Did I read and/or hear wrong?

Adam
Adam

I like Anne also. I want to see more of her and Teresa together.

Mo
Mo

Nice.

Why isn’t Suzanne sitting next to John Aniston?

Mo
Mo

Where’s Wally?

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Waldo was on vacation, Mo. lol

davidevansmith
davidevansmith

Glaring Omissions: Peter Reckell (Bo), Wally Kurth (Justin), James Lastovic (Joey), Galen Gering (Rafe), and Arianne Zuker (Nicole)

Pictured, but not captioned: Meredith Scott Lynn (Anne)

Mo
Mo

And where’s Rafe? Not available on photo day?

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Galen was also on vacation, Mo.

blake
blake

While this is a very great and classy photo there are a lot of actors missing. Where are Nicole, Justin, Abby, JJ? None of the new teens besides Ciara are there. Plus the picture is so small that it’s hard to make out who is who.

I am glad that Anne is there, I like her and Teresa and I hope they show more of them.

blake
blake

Well on People I was able to see the picture better so I see that JJ and Abby are there but not Ciara.

But Nicole, Justin and Rafe aren’t there. What is that about?

I know Daniel, Aiden and Bo aren’t there because they won’t be on the show much longer. I am surprised that Ben is still on the show though. He does play the evil serial killer VERY well though!

M.M.
M.M.

I have hated, hated, hated, hated every moment of the show since the new writers came aboard with the exception of good performances by Guy Wilson, Freddie Smith, Kassie DePavia, Bryan Datillo & Robert Scott Wilson. I found the stuff around Paige’s death sad enough and Will’s death felt aggressively sadistic toward Will and Wilson fans. Yes, it was homophobic and shoddy. It is also depressing and dark all around.

Now they want me to celebrate? No thank you.

dalphine
dalphine

DOOL is homophobia and I won’t be watching I’ve already quick they killed off Will/Guy and want fans to be happy for a show that’s homophobia not me. I don’t watch NBC at all they really don’t have any shows that I like. DOOL was the only reason I watched was because of the gay storyline and they killed that

Kelly
Kelly

Is Day really homophobic or is it that the writers just didn’t know how to handle a gay couple. Don’t forget, it was Ken Corday who allowed Will to come out of the closet. And it was Ken Corday who allowed Sonny and Will to get married with loved ones present.

K. K.
K. K.

By accident or by design, Will’s death was harsher and missing some of the key story beats that legacy characters get when they die. He died alone, terrified. No flashbacks. No goodbye with his daughter. No reunion with Sonny.

People familiar with gay images in the media noticed that it hit some of the classic “punish the gay” beats that have been around forever. These tropes weren’t designed, they just developed as filmmakers learned that audiences enjoyed seeing sexually ambiguous and gay characters suffer and die.

I don’t think Corday is homophobic, but I think the new writers are, and I do think there was a deliberate choice to have no positive gay images in the run up to the 50th so as not to alienate the olds.

I don’t know if they deliberately scripted Will’s death as cruel as possible as a message about the show’s direction or whether it was subconscious, but look at the fact that Will’s husband sat in the second row at his funeral. JJ sat in the first row at Paige’s funeral. Is this all an accident?

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Gorgeous group. Just lovely.

Liz
Liz

I was a huge Steve/Kayla and Kim/Shane fan years ago. I came back to the show for Will and Sonny, but I was also looking forward to watching at least some of my old favorites on the 50th. After all, I thought, General Hospital did a great job with their 50th, and I was sure Days would do the same. But apparently those of us who loved WilSon, and a non-neutered Paul, are no longer welcome; Days apparently wants to throw our part of the audience away, just as Will was thrown away in a garbage bag.

damien
damien

as long as JJ is in the pic! hope the new team gives jj a meaty new story after the dropped his drug storyline and paige as his love intrest! jj s the best young actor on days !!!

Minnie
Minnie

The pic itself is fine, I guess. Missing some people and some newbies aren’t really representative of the 50th. I am disappointed with the show in general. Too much doom and gloom. Several actors are casualties of vets being brought back. Some of these vets are short term and new actors being brought in. Stories recycled. Losing Daniel Cosgrove is a big mistake just to give Peter Reckell his hero moment and save Hope yet again. Same old story. Cosgrove can act given proper material. Dena Higley making it the Rafe hour is another mistake. Look how well that worked for the Daniel character. Sadly, my Days viewing is over when Aiden leaves.

Kelly
Kelly

I also think that Aiden was sacrificed in order to bring back Bo. But Peter Reckell only agreed to return to Days for 13 weeks. So that means Bo will be leaving Salem again sometime in December. The only question will be if Bo leaves alive. The writers will have to do something because Hope cannot live the rest of her life alone longing for the return of Bo. It’s not fair to her.

MeganLA
MeganLA

Disgusted by this pic and Griffley’s gay cleansing. The character that earned three Emmys in a row and the first gay married couple and family axed right before the big anniversary, and everyone is laughing in our faces just like they tweeted a picture of actors laughing and smirking while Griffley’s murder of Will was airing. Of course the ratings went up (a bit, still bad in women 18-49, Tomsell*s ratings were better during the summer!) because hundreds of thousands tuned in for Will, Sonny and Sami, but now it’s mass exodus and I’ll never watch this show again as long as they don’t bring back Sonny, Will, Paul and Derrick, one of the biggest ratings draws!!

Patrick
Patrick

DAYS won best show last year… because of their submission of Will and Sonny wedding… a big part of their success… had to be a big reason the show was last renewed

Robert Dorsett
Robert Dorsett

There is no way I will celebrate a show that just murdered my favorite character in such a horrible undignified manner. I started watching before teenage Will came back on canvas but it was Will’s coming out story and WilSon’s love story that made me fall in love with the show. I liked Chandler as Will but I loved Guy’s Will (in fact he may have played him too well the past ten months). Will and WilSon meant so much to so many in the gay community but they were torn apart by the writers. Will was an iconic character not just because he was a Horton and a Brady. In the words of Michael Logan he was a hot mess that was storytelling gold. I will not watch Days of our Lives ever again!

Paul N.
Paul N.

One of the things that saddens me the most is that Will, Sonny and Paul had a pretty normal soap love triangle thing going and Will really didn’t do anything to earn the hatred he got from fans and writers. He misbehaved a little and was hated more than the evil characters on the show.

The previous writers seemed to think they could treat gay characters equally and that Will could be a love-to-hate character. I think they succeeded but that got drowned out by nasty voices from team bigot and team self-hatred. I think many in the gay community do get upset when they see a gay character who isn’t perfect because they know that gay characters are hated more than straight ones even if they are perfect. I think this whole debacle shows that we have a long way to go before gay characters in mainstream shows are allowed to be flawed.

I loved Will and I loved his relationship with his daughter. I still can’t believe I’m so upset that a fictional little girl lost her fictional gay dads, but I think it’s just symbolic to me that this show that I invested my time and caring into didn’t care about me and didn’t care about portraying gay fatherhood.

Patrick
Patrick

repeat overload

it would have warmed my heart to see Daniel Cosgrove and Kassie DePaiva

period

otherwise

I love them… the cast

the cast

the acting is superlative and near 110%

what a huge pic to showcase TALENT

FormerDaysFan
FormerDaysFan

It leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Even if my beloved Eileen Davidson returns to show, I will not watch. The anti-gay agenda is and was pretty obvious. Kudos to A. Sweeney for speaking out against Will’s death. I will not watch this show again. Nice picture though.

Stephen
Stephen

I am grateful that I have been able to share my reaction to the Will’s End Daysaster here at MichaelFairmanSoaps, and I want to say THANK YOU to everyone who has posted to express outrage at Day’s decision to kill Will in this crass fashion right before the 50th anniversary celebrations. I consider myself lucky to find out that there are a great many people who are also revolted by this, and see the outright crassness of it, and know in their bones that this is a HUGE mistake for Days, and I am really heartened by this discovery of shared thinking and feeling! The ability to share our reactions here has, for me, brought me unexpected happiness – because it is thrilling to hear how many other people totally loved this character, and who will continue to appreciate “Will Horton”, no matter what – no matter what! Salem without Will is unpalatable to me, and I have no desire to tune into a fictional world where Will not only no longer exists, but where credibility and good taste and the principle of universal human solidarity were all sacrificed to eliminate him in double-quick time. It’s so nice to hear from people who, like me, have turned off and stopping watching Days because of this, because, you know we understand each others experience of this – there was something wonderful and uniquely special and good, which we all appreciated, and now it’s gone. We all appreciate the value of what was, and the experience of having it treated as if it was without value and cut away, and it’s really nice to be able to have a connection with each other at this time when it is happening. Yes Will’s a fictional character, and a soap character and all, but he is more than just a character, he is a slice of wonderful humanity that the talented actors and writers shared with the world, and I think, not only gave us some upbeat entertainment, but also made the world a bit of a better place. It made me a better person, I know that – and it also rallied my spirits when I was going through a difficult time of illness and disability and shattered dreams. So it’s wonderful to know that “Will Horton” is appreciated the world over. He won’t be forgotten. For us who appreciate him, he is alive and well and living in our hearts and minds and lives. 🙂 And, of course, the actors and writers who put him together are now free and active at creating new works, which I expect will be even better! 🙂 Good speed to all of them! And thank you all for sharing! As to Days, well I feel lucky to have encountered their world and their characters, and particularly this character – NOW BRING HIM BACK!! You know, it does happen in the real world from time to time, that people declared dead wake up in the morgue …

Daysfan
Daysfan

Where is justin, adrienne and bo?

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Wally Kurth (Justin) was on vacation. Judi Evans (Adrienne) is pictured. She’s the first from the left, sitting on the bench next to John Aniston (Victor). Peter Reckell (Bo) was unreachable.

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DAYS Camila Banus Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

The angst, drama, tears, and revenge continued this week on NBC’s Days of our Lives with the stirring portrayal of grief-stricken young woman; who is hell-bent on making everyone around her suffer for the loss of her husband in a fatal gunshot that left him brain-dead.  Of course, we are talking about Camila Banus (Gabi), who turned in bravura performances this week, and there are four moments that really stood out to us that showed the range and depth of Banus’ work.

In the hospital chapel, Gabi talks to God and prayed to him that he will make Stefan (Brandon Barash) whole again.  There has been one through-line for Gabi throughout her life – she seems to have everything and everyone she loves taken away from her, even if some of the decisions she makes along the way have a cause/effect that leaves her feeling completely alone, and ready to lash out at the world for what has transpired.  In the chapel, she asks God through her tears, “Why do you hate me so much?” Gabi tells God she went to Sunday school as a little girl and still she has lost God and her husband.  Gabi cannot even get herself to look at Stefan’s things when Sonny (Freddie Smith) and Will (Chandler Massey) try to share them with her as she slaps the envelope out of their hands.

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In another heartbreaking scene, Gabi is in the bed she shared with Stefan. She flashes to kissing the love of her life.  Next, Gabi breaks down in tears, and throws things around in the bedroom before slumping to the floor.  She sobs and says, “Why did you give me your heart, Stefan, if you weren’t going to be around to love me with it?”

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Later, Gabi talks to Stefan in her sleep as she hugs his pillow. When she wakes up she cries as Kate (Lauren Koslow) arrives to check on her.  Gabi lets Kate have it, and at first blames Kate for the whole mess with Stefan.  Gabi lashes out that if it wasn’t for Stefan getting in between Kate’s feud with Vivian (Robin Strasser), he’d still be alive.  Kate knows Gabi is in despair and hugs her.  Then, Gabi channels her angst towards Lani (Sal Stowers) promising to make her suffer.

And on Friday’s episode, Gabi is ramping us some sort of revenge plan promising Stefan his legacy will live on. Earlier, Gabi was present with Lani and Eli (Lamon Archey) when Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) informed them that Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) will need a special pacemaker, even after receiving Stefan’s heart. Somehow, Gabi found a file on Visionary Bionics, the company that makes this unique medical device, and recalls Kayla saying she’ll do the procedure on Julie tomorrow. Gabi makes a mysterious call.  What is she about to do?

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Through all of the emotional drama, Banus sustained a level of performance that is no easy feat. That is why Michael Fairman TV names Camila’s work The Power Performance of the Week.

Let us know if you agree with our pick, and what you thought of Camila’s performances, and what you think Gabi might do next, via the comment section below.

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TODAY: Ron Carlivati’s Dad Appears on DAYS

Be on the lookout on Friday’s October 18th episode of Days of our Lives for one of the shows “superfans” who pops in Salem.  That is when the father of DAYS head writer, Ron Carlivati appears as an extra on the NBC soap opera.

Carlivati Sr., who is very proud of his son, looks to be donning a medical lab coat as a physician in a photo shared on social media along with Kayla (Mary Beth Evans), one of Salem’s most busy and most respected doctors.

Ron told SOD about his dad appearing on the show that he writes: “It’s funny because I’ve been in soaps for over 20 years and my dad would watch to see my name on the credits but rarely get into the show. Somehow, I don’t know what clicked in for him, he’s obsessed with Days of our Lives. He does not miss it.”

As to how his dad became an extra for the day: “We were at the studio and Albert Alarr, our co-executive producer, comes up and meets my parents and turns to my dad and says, ‘We’re gonna be shooting some scenes in the hospital next. How would you like to be in them?’ I honestly had no idea this was coming. I also fainted.”

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Make sure to check out today’s episode of Days of our Lives for this fun moment with Ron’s dad! Comment below.

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DAYS Camila Banus Talks Stabi’s Heartbreaking Love Story; Matthew Ashford Melissa Reeves Chat On JnJ Reunion On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’

In the latest can’t miss ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives‘ podcast, two major interviews are the focus of the episode.  First, Camila Banus who had been turning in bravura performances as Gabi, discusses with host. Michael Fairman, her reaction to finding out that Brandon Barash (Stefan) was being killed-off the NBC soap opera, now that Gabi’s love, Stefan is brain-dead.

The duo who became so popular as “Stabi” reveals why Gabi and Stefan’s love/hate relationship worked so well, and those sexed up love scenes.  Later in the interview Camila discusses her recent scenes with Sal Stowers (Lani) where Gabi wants Lani to get down on her knees and beg for forgiveness for Lani shooting Stefan, even though he got in the line of fire to save his mother, Vivian (Robin Strasser).  In addition, Camila talks about working with Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie) and how Julie hurled some minority slurs at Gabi shortly before her heart-attack.

Then in a very special roundtable chat, Matthew Ashford (Jack) and Melissa Reeves (Jennifer) chat with Fairman about playing those key scenes where Jack rescues Jennifer from Dr. Shah, hits his head, and then finally his memories come flooding back.   The duo known as ‘JnJ” talk about their storied on-screen history, and tease what may happen in the next leg in their storylines.

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To listen to the latest episode of ‘Inside Salem’ download it now on iTunes here, or head on over to NBC.com/Inside Salem.

So, what did you think of the conversations with Camila and Matt and Melissa? What do you hope happens next for Gabi  … for Jack and Jennifer? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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