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

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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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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!!!

Thrilled to see LeAnn Hunley.

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

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.

Where is Freddie Smith??

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

I hope DAYS reaches 15,000 episodes!

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.

Who’s the young girl next to Billy Flynn?

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

Lolol n/m I found him.

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.

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.

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!

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

Congrats on 13,000!

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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Arianne Zucker Reflects Back on the ‘Access Hollywood’ Tape with Donald Trump, and Speaks to Her Exit from Days of our Lives

It’s been eight years, but somehow seems like ages ago, that Arianne Zucker was thrust into the mainstream public limelight, unfortunately not for her work as Nicole on Days of our Lives, but for the Access Hollywood taped that surfaced when former president Donald Trump  and current Republican nominee, visited the set of the (then) NBC soap opera, and met Zucker.

The tape captured a hot mic moment between Trump and then ‘Access’ host Billy Bush inside of their bus which featured lewd remarks about Zucker between the two men.

Speaking on the moment, Zucker opened about it on Rachel Uchitel’s Miss Understood podcast, where the video version of the interview is now on Uchitel’s You Tube Channel. Back in 2005, Arianne was the scene partner with Trump in his Apprentice/Days of our Lives crossover appearance, because her character of Nicole was at the time a gold-digger.

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Zucker shared of her on set experience with Trump from 2005, “I had a great experience. He was lovely, and I had no idea anything behind the scenes was happening. So, it never affected me.” Next in October 2016, Arianne says she it got a call from her manager at the time when the Access Hollywood tapes came to light and that is when she first heard about the situation.

The actress and life coach reflected back, “Everybody has spoken poorly about somebody in their lifetime. I don’t care who you are, everybody has, it’s just people get caught on camera doing it. Unfortunately, that happens all the time. And if you’ve ever gone to a fraternity party, these things happen. So (when she later read the taped comments) I’m going, ‘sounds like something my fraternity guys I know would say.’ But I just didn’t see it in the way that people were seeing it.’”

Expressing why she never made an official comment when the press were asking for one, Arianne revealed, “I didn’t make a comment though, because I was in fear of losing my job. So I didn’t say anything.”  She added, “I felt attacked by the media because I knew all they wanted. I mean, the biggest thing was to get Trump off the ballot. I was like, that is not my job.”

Later, Arianne explained she felt she received no protection from the situation. “I got no apology from my place of employment. I really got no apology from NBC. I felt I had no protection. ”

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DAYS fans are counting down and not happily that about six weeks from now, on July 29th, when Zucker makes her on-screen exit from Days of our Lives. After being fired for standing up to Corday Productions for on set sexual harassment and discrimination charges, the actress formally filed a lawsuit she has brought against her former employer which includes charges of wrongful termination.

Zucker said on her upcoming departure from DAYS, “I will not say how I leave the show. I do respect that we don’t want to share that. We want the fans to be excited and enticed.” However, Arianne confirmed that the character of Nicole is not ‘killed-off”.

So, what do you think of Arianne’s comments reflecting back on the Access Hollywood tapes media frenzy with Donald Trump, and her upcoming exit from DAYS? Weigh-in. But first, check out Ari on Rachel’s podcast below.

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DAYS Dan Feuerriegel on EJ Keeping Eric From His Child, “He’s in the Deep End … There’s No Coming Back for Him Now”

On Days of our Lives, Nicole (Arianne Zucker) has been reunited with her biological son, baby Jude. Her husband, EJ (Dan Feuerriegel), is now keeping a major secret, and in order to keep it from coming out he had to get Sloan (Jessica Serfaty) out of Salem, and keep both Melinda Trask (Tina Huang) and Leo Stark (Greg Rikaart) quiet and at bay.

However, as in any good soap opera, time is running out for EJ. What will happen when Nicole and Eric (Greg Vaughan) find out that EJ is not the little one’s biological father, but Eric is? And, what will happen when they realize EJ knew the truth and hid it from them?

This is just one item in a laundry list of skullduggery committed by EJ since he has been in Salem. With Arianne Zucker set to exit on-screen on July 29th, it looks like we are heading into the home stretch of the baby switch storyline.

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Michael Fairman TV caught up with Dan Feuerriegel to get his take on the situation and what it has been like working with Greg and Ari in the story.

Dan shared on EJ’s despicable decision to pretend he is Jude’s bio-dad, “I know I’m a terrible human being, but I love playing a terrible human being.” Feurriegel added, “Oh, he’s in the deep end. Like, there is no coming back for him now.”

The DAYS star also noted if EJ had done anything more nefarious to Sloan, his character might not ever be able to come back from that. “There’s only so much hatred EJ can get from the viewers that it probably would’ve been a bridge too far for me to just make her (Sloan) disappear,” clarified Dan.

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As to his time working with Arianne Zucker as his on-screen wife, Dan had noting but praise for her. Feuerriegel expressed, “I loved working with her. She’s so good. She’s an amazing actress. She’s fantastic. Every scene that I did with her, I didn’t have to do anything because I just rode on the coattails of what she did. It was an absolute pleasure to work with her.”

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Dan also had high marks for his on-screen nemesis, Greg Vaughan, “Greg is fantastic, like everybody in the storyline was amazing. Greg’s amazing … Ari’s amazing … Jessica was fantastic and that’s what made it work. I’m very grateful to have worked with every single one of them.”

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On soap operas and especially on Days of our Lives, when someone exits, or ‘dies’ on-screen that doesn’t mean goodbye forever, and Dan knows this too. In regards to anyone who leaves Salem, the actor joked, “I’m not going to say the doors closed, because you never say never, especially in Hollywood or on a soap. I mean, I’ve come back and I was like two inches shorter and (with) a completely different face.”

So, how do you think Eric will find out that Jude is really his son, and that EJ has been lying to keep Nicole? Let us know in the comment section, but first Check out our conversation with Dan from the red carpet at the recent 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards below.

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Lamon Archey and Sal Stowers Return to Days of our Lives to Celebrate Abe and Paulina’s Juneteenth Wedding Anniversary and a ‘Going Away’ Party

There are several reasons that Days of our Lives favorites Lamon Archey (Eli) and Sal Stowers (Lani) are making a return on the Wednesday, June 19th episode of the Peacock streaming soap opera.

First, Lani and Eli come back to Salem to celebrate the wedding anniversary of Abe (James Reynolds) and Paulina (Jackee Harry), which happened on Juneteenth Day which is on June 19th.

Juneteenth, which is a Federal holiday, is an annual commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States after the Civil War, has been celebrated by African Americans since the late 1800s.

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Meanwhile, the return also serves as a “apparent” send-off for Johnny (Carson Boatman) and Chanel (Raven Bowens), who are set to depart Salem, since Johnny landed his dream job in California.

Look like Elani is also attending their going away party, but are the departing couple (with Chanel being pregnant) really going to leave Salem? Stay tuned.

Stowers made her first Days of our Lives appearance back in September of 2015. Lani is the adoptive daughter of Abe and the biological daughter of Paulina. As for Archey, he arrived on the scene in 2017 as Julie’s (Susan Seaforth Hayes) grandson. Sal and Lamon were last seen on-screen in March of this year.

Looking forward to seeing Eli and Lani back on DAYS? Do you think Johnny and Chanel are exiting the Salem canvas? Comment below.

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