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Days of our Lives Celebrates 13,000th Episode Milestone!

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Courtesy/NBC

On Tuesday, the cast of Days of our Lives gathered in the early afternoon on the set of their soundstages to celebrate the show’s latest achievement and milestone … the taping of their 13,000 episode!

Executive Producer Ken Corday shared: “This is truly a staggering achievement. We have 13,000 blessings to be thankful for today. My deep and abiding appreciation to NBC and Sony Pictures Television for their unwavering support throughout the decades. I am so grateful to the generations of artists, craftspeople and faithful viewers who have devoted much of their lifetimes to Days of our Lives, falling in love with the people of Salem each and every episode. You have all made this breathtaking milestone possible.”

In an official press release, Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment shared: “In an age of where too many shows come and go so quickly, the legacy and longevity of  Days of our Lives is absolutely remarkable. We tip our cap to Ken Corday and his entire team, who have made the series an indelible part of television history.”

Pictured at the celebration cast photo are bottom row left to right:  Co-head writer Ryan Quan, senior coordinating producer Janet-Spellman Drucker, Brandon Beemer, Martha Madison, Billy Flynn, Arianne Zucker, co-executive producer Albert Alaar, and co-head writer Dena Higley.

Pictured second row above the cake from left to right: Producer Randy Dugan, Thaao Penghlis, Leann Hunley, Marci Miller, Vincent Irizarry, Stephen Nichols, Mary Beth Evans, Sal Stowers, Suzanne Rogers, executive producer Ken Corday, Kristian Alfonso, Deidre Hall, NBC SR VP current daytime programming Bruce Evans, Lauren Koslow, John Aniston, Olivia Rose Keegan, Eric Martsolf, James Reynolds, and Josh Taylor.

Pictured last row from left to right:  Galen Gering, Jordi Vilasuso, A Martinez, Judi Evans, Bryan Dattilo, Christopher Sean, Casey Moss, Paige Searsey, James Lastovic, and Sony Pictures Television executives: Steve Kent and Zack Van Amburg.

DAYS which is in its 51stseason will mark this occasion with a special fan event August 27th at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville, Tennessee.  There will be a Q&A and signing with talent from the show.

Share your congratulations for the cast and crew for 13,000 episodes in the town of Salem and still counting in the comment section below!

 

 

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

13-lol-unlucky number…glad the show is still on the air and hoping for changes soon to see it go longer but enough with kidnappings and death and destruction for awhile please!!!

Ray
Ray

Thrilled to see LeAnn Hunley.

Ricardo
Ricardo

I hope Leann Hunley, is coming back to Days. I love her so much. She is sassy, classy and a wonderful actress.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

She is, Ricardo! Anna will discover that Andre is really Tony whom is really the father of Paul. Jasmine, the island girl, gave birth to Paul and put him up for adoption.

Dini
Dini

Where is Freddie Smith??

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

He was taping scenes with Chandler Massey at that time would be my guess, Dini.

Marie
Marie

Congratulations on 13000 episodes. May #Days celebrate 13000 more. Fine and outstanding actors, doing what they do best, entertain. Don’t let the haters and negative so called fans shut down Days. There are enough of us out there that watch and are not as vocal. Keep the romance, intrigue and excitement going. Keep family members together and on a selfish note get Hope and Rafe together they have a special connection. Again congrats

Patrick
Patrick

beautiful post

Days with all my heart… will forever remain… #1

Ryan Quan and Dena Higley… have… 1 year to get it together (thru sept 2017)

right ? at least from August 25, 2016 to what ???? February , 2017 to see if we get renewed for another “season”

I hate these 1 year renewals

for all the dark dismal and dank months… OK shoot

without Kassie DePaiva… “real’ ly” Ken Corday let this mega watt ACT walk ?

thank gosh we are going dark for the Olympics… my time to catch up

su0000
su0000

CONGRATS !!! Days.. keep on keepin on !

Pat
Pat

Ken Corday and Jennifer Salke need to wake up and realize what a disgrace this proud show has become, but sadly the permanent damage has probably been done already. How is it that we, the (former) viewers know it, but these so-called PTB do not (at least publicly)? We’re not stupid. This has to be the absolute worst, most offensive writing ever featured on a daytime soap, and that’s saying a lot. NBC should be embarrassed. Gee, if you’ve been under a rock for the last six months, you’d think it’s all sunshine and rainbows with this show from reading this.

And when exactly will this milestone episode actually air? Next February? Next summer? Honestly, it’s utterly ridiculous that a daytime soap has a tape-to-air schedule that long, regardless of how much is saved in the way of production costs. See how damaging it is when you can’t quickly change around stories that clearly are not working? Quite frankly, (and it pains me to say this), this show needs to go out with some level of dignity before its 50-year legacy is completely tarnished, and it’s starting to head that way.

Dini
Dini

100% agree! Even prime time shows film only about 2 months ahead of airing. Filming 6 months ahead of airing is ridiculous. They’re killing this show.

Art
Art

I agree what they have done to what was a once good show is disgusting. The new writers, ep’s and Ken have trashed and destroyed the show beyond recognition. That’s why so many who once loved the show have been leaving the show because they choose to destroy the show and as many characters as they could. Ken’s parents must be turning over in their graves at the massive damage Ken let happen and the many viewers they have chased away from the show.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

I hope DAYS reaches 15,000 episodes!

Cathy
Cathy

I started to watch this show on day 1 and I no longer watch it. I just can’t watch the train wreck that has been made of this show. I took it off my DVR several month ago and I don’t think I will be going back. Ken Corday has lied and lied to us fans over and over again. So I am done with it. Makes me sad, it used to be a great show.

SZima
SZima

Who’s the young girl next to Billy Flynn?

GramS
GramS

I can’t find Billy Flynn….I see Casey Moss at the back by a young dark haired woman but……..

GramS
GramS

Lolol n/m I found him.

Joan
Joan

I Love Days! Always have always will. However I would like to see more couples stay together as a family unit, which is why the program worked for so many years. Thank you Doug & Julie, Marlena & John, even Maggie & Victor. How about getting Hope & Rafe together for good, and Jennifer is too young to be alone. Soaps need villains but also good guys like Jennifer (not going thru addiction). Congrats and thank you, look forward to many more episodes.

GramS
GramS

The way it’s going, present and former cast members will be gathering to mourn the massacre of what was once a great show. It sickens me to be watching the painful demise of a show I have watched from Nov. 1965.

Su Bygd
Su Bygd

I have watched Days since the beginning when I was a freshman at college and we would schedule our classes around the show. Thank goodness when v.c.r.s came out during my 35 yr.tecching career. Now that I am retired, I am still a faithful watcher and will be as long as you continue showing your wonderful stories about the families in Salem. Congratulations on 13,000!

Mo
Mo

It looks like Arianne’s daughter is next to her.

Congrats on 13,000!

Joy
Joy

I’ve been watching since the very first episode and I can’t believe what it has become. I truly believe the writers are trying to turn this into a telenovela. Enough with the Hernandez family. Raphael and Gabi are good characters but the rest of them can take a hike. BRING BACK THE BRADYS, HORTONS, KYRIAKES’ AND DIMERAS! I never thought I would see the day I would have to read subtitles on this soap, but it happened! Enough is enough- let’s get back to “the Days of Our Lives” and leave the telenovelas to Univision and Telemundo. PPLLEEAASSEE!

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On the latest episode of ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’, Chrishell Hartley talks with host Michael Fairman on the new and mysterious developments with Jordan Ridgeway.  For Jordan, revealed to Rafe (Galen Gering), that she gave birth to a baby boy, and Rafe goes off to find the child and brings baby David back to Salem.  But who is the biological father? Chrishell weighs-in on her thoughts on all the drama, and if Jordan and Rafe might rekindle their past romantic feelings.

In addition, Hartley dishes her new reality series Selling Sunset, where she is thrust into the cutthroat world of real estate agents.  The series now airing on Neflix, puts Chrishell in the middle of the female agents of the Oppenheim Group Real Estate company.  During the podcast, Chrishell talks about the blurred lines of reality TV and what the experience was like for her, in particular dealing with the competitive female agents.

For fans of NBC’s This Is Us, Chrishell’s husband, Justin Hartley (Kevin) was just featured in the season finale, where viewers learned in a flash-forward that Kevin Pearson is the father of a young boy.  Chrishell shares her thoughts on that episode.

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Later in the podcast, Freddie Smith (Sonny), Judi Evans (Adrienne) and Wally Kurth (Justin) talk on what’s going down with the Kiriakis family including:  Justin and Adrienne’s “officiating” Eve and Jack’s wedding; while Sonny tries to help Will cope with the news of Will’s brain tumor and what may be left for their future together.  Plus, Judi talks about how Freddie got chosen to play the role of Sonny in the first place, since she screen-tested with him.

Photo: NBC

At the end of the episode, Michael asks Freddie, Judi, and Wally to play a game called, “Dish, Dirt, or Delight” were they pick a name out of dish and offer up thoughts on some of their past or present co-stars from DAYS.   Listen to what they had to say!

Download this latest installment on iTunes here, or take a listen at NBC.com/Inside Salem.

Then let us know,  what was your favorite part of this episode of Inside Salem? Who do you hope turns out to be the father of Jordan’s baby?  What do you think will happen next for Sonny and Will?  Comment below.

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On Days of our Lives, Sonny (Freddie Smith) and Will (Chandler Massey) have been through the wringer.  Just like any power couple in “soapdom” they are constantly pulled apart by circumstances that drives distance between them, or prevents them from being happily reunited.  But then, isn’t that was soaps are all about … or, do these boys deserve a bit of peace and quiet?

On Wednesday’s episode of the NBC daytime drama series, Rex (Kyle Lowder) and Sarah (Linsey Godfrey) drop the bomb on WilSon.  Sadly, Will has a small brain tumor, although believed to be benign, it is is in a section of his frontal lobe that makes it most likely inoperable.

Will asks if that explains his headaches and why he has been passing out, and Rex confirms that is the cause.  He also says the tumor is likely benign, because the larger ones are usually cancerous.  The next step is to do a biopsy.  Rex advises Will to not exercise, drive, work, and to avoid stress right now.

Later at the Kiriakis mansion, Will Google’s brain tumor’s on the internet and is emotionally overcome with what it says.  In tears and looking very sad, Sonny comes on to the scene to comfort Will, but Sonny is looking concerned himself, trying to put on a brave front for Will.  Then, Sonny and Will admit they are frightened for what’s ahead, but Sonny says they must try to stay positive.  Will cries.

These scenes were nicely played by Chandler Massey and Freddie Smith, who always bring it in their scenes.

Look for more drama ahead for the duo and their on-screen families as Will deals with this new health crisis.

So, what does Will’s tumor mean for the future of WilSon?  What do you think will happen next? Are you upset that Will has this diagnosis? Do you want the duo to finally have some down time from all the drama, especially after getting Leo Stark (Greg Rikart) out of their lives?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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The cast includes: Lowder along with Jessica Morris (ex-Jen Rappaport, One Life to Live), Arianne Zucker (Nicole, DAYS) Kathleen Gati (Liesl  GH), Sheree J. Wilson (Ex-Dallas), and newcomer Emma Demirjian.

According to the films’s creator, writer and co-executive producer, Michael Caruso,  A Mermaid For Christmas is “filled with warmth, humor, whimsy, and just a touch of magic that combines classic Christmas themes with an escapist fantasy element that only a mermaid can provide.”

Principal photography will begin this spring for a 2019 holiday release.

The Carusos other projects have included: Winterthorne and Ladies of the Lake in which Lowder was also an EP.

In a tweet, Caruso expressed: “FINALLY!! So excited to begin a brand new journey & bring you some holiday fun for the whole family w/ & many more. No matter what you celebrate there’s always room for holiday magic!

While Lowder tweeted: “THRILLED to finally announce this. So grateful and excited to tell this beautiful story and share it with you all this holiday season.”

So what do you think about a holiday movie starring some of these popular folks from the soaps? Intrigued by the premise? Comment below.

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