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Days of our Lives Celebrates Its 51st Anniversary Today!

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A big shout-out to all of the cast, producers, and behind the scenes personnel at Days of our Lives today as the iconic NBC soap opera celebrates its 51st anniversary.

Days of our Lives premiered back on November 8, 1965. Its touchstone is set against the backdrop of traditional family values, good vs. evil and features several core families that have kept things romantic, intriguing, and often deadly in the town of Salem.

Of course, we are talking about the original first family of Salem, The Hortons, and their rivals the The DiMeras, The Kiriakis, and  the other good samiritans in town, The Bradys!  Other key families on the canvas including: the Carvers, Johnson, and Hernandez clans.  The series enduring fan base and community, and their passion for the characters, the actors who portray them, and their love of the iconic duos of the past and present has also been a staple of DAYS.

Days of our Lives has won the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series three times:  1978, 2013, and 2015.

NBC will celebrate the 51st anniversary this weekend in Los Angeles as the annual Day of DAYS event on Saturday, November 12th at Universal City’s CitiWalk.

Share your congrats and well-wishes to the cast and crew at DAYS for turning 51 and let us know why you have been an ardent DAYS fans all these years, or if you are a new fan just joining in on the drama, why the show has captivated you.  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Judy
Judy

I have enjoyed every minute it been on the air I hope it on the air for at lest 20 more year or longer Long live days of our lives

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

I grew up with soaps as my favorite genre…Days is still a little too dark-miss when it was more about family drama than all this crime but glad its still on…who were that couple with Chad and Abby-They trying to do The Real Housewives Of Salem-lol

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

sorry-i meant Gabi…are that couple really working for Andre?

Nicholas
Nicholas

originally Santa barbara was my soap but when it went of the air i got very invested in Days at its history : the action and adventure plots , the romance with supercouples like patch and kayla , justin and adrienne , bo and hope , john black and diana colville ( genie francis , miss genie and diana ) , later john and isabella , john and kristen and john and marlena , shane and kimberly . the villains : stefano , vivian , kristen . cruise of deception , maison blanche , melaswen , marlena back from the dead in 1991 . for the last decade i have been far less impressed unforunately : the storylines are not juicy and exciting , the killings have been terrible . from the bits i have seen from it from the 60’s , 70 ‘s and 80 ‘s i regret that it is not put together that way anymore , wish these types of stories were still told . there was emotion , romance , sense of community , actors could act and had theatre background , wish the writers and producers would sit down in front of the tv and watch as viewers their show and watch the archives from the 60’s 70’s and 80’s : i think with that they should be able to fix what’s wrong with it . it’s such a good soap with such potential ….

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, Days of our Lives!

51 and full of fun! My fandom hasn’t waivered since I started watching 32 years ago and I would welcome another 32-51 years!

Dan S
Dan S

Have only been watching for about 2 years. I was hooked right away and really enjoy Days!

Pat
Pat

Quite frankly and sadly, this once iconic show has become a total embarrassment and unless there’s a miracle, personally I cannot see Days having any more anniversaries as an active show. Do you really think that NBC/Sony are satisfied with those recent ratings numbers? Ken Corday, his staff, and the inept revolving door of writers have shown their true colors. They have all disrespected and alienated a large chunk of the fan base/audience too many times, and once those viewers leave, they surely are not coming back in time. Sorry.

It will be very sad if/when this show gets cancelled, and I’ll hate to see it. But it won’t be the least bit surprising.

jaybird369
jaybird369

Pat…EXACTLY!!!!! I’m surprised that DOOL is STILL on the air. Hey…just saying……….

Have a good one.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

I have to agree with you Pat. I’ve only watched this show a little over 2 years and it’s gone down hill since then. The “cheap” factor is definitely showing in the stories and the sets. A friend of mine said she thinks the networks are making these shows so bad that the fans will be relieved when they are cancelled. They are trying to avoid the thunderous out cry the alphabet network received when they cancelled All My Children and One Life to Live. I think she’s right.

Ces
Ces

I SO agree with you Pat! I’ve quit Days 3x and this time it has stuck. I thought when they brought back Peter, Thaao, Matt A. & Stephen that it would entice me to stick around but what I noticed is that writing sucks and stunt casting never works. I stuck around for Bo’s goodbye since Bo Brady (as played by Peter R, not RKK) has always been my favorite character, but not even some of the actors I used to love could keep me interested so I haven’t watched in months and don’t miss it one bit.

Loved this show since 1982 …. and I wish it well but I no longer have an hour to waste of poor storytelling. Happy Anniversary though …

Peri Levine
Peri Levine

Wow, not a lot of people posting so far. Guess a lot of people don’t care. So many viewers I know have left and are not coming back. Anyways, good luck Days as you get closer to renewal.

Patrick
Patrick

yeah, agree with your post. even I took about 6 months off… after the 50th Anniversary… I started back watching “DAYS” right after the Olympics… and especially when Dena and Ryan started with their work… October 6, 2016

so… two months in to their transition ? I’m not disliking “DAYS” at all… it’s not (like @GH ) it’s not flatlining and it’s not off the charts… but it’s certainly more to my liking… “DAYS” is the most consistent, in my opinion… of keeping family alive

with a rock solid consistent cast.. as well.

I enjoyed watching the 3 escapees… it was simple not overblown… nice interactions with Paul, Clyde, Orpheus.

I am excited @ the prospect that Xander… SHOULD be back on DAYS. watching Xander… interact with Deimos… made me cry…. per Marlena breakdown of the three men… Xander looking for approval… and wanting to be part of the Kiriakis family… was so touching… when Deimos told him to keep this under wraps that he’s being squired away to Greece… and is being given a “chance”… the way Xander reacted … reaching out to Deimos. you could read his body language. Plus with Brady and Theresa knowing that she lied and that’s what Xander told Deimos. Plus, when they showed flashbacks of Victor and Xander
together… their was an air of command and authority between these two. DAYS simply has to act on Paul Telfter and bring him back.

Patrick
Patrick

couple of other things:

I am really liking the storyline… going on with Abe, Theo, & Valerie.

I’m surprised at how much I liked Valerie right off. course it seems like their is something else going on with her. I had hoped that their could be a possible relationship for Abe. even if… ( isn’t theo the best ) Theo is against it… and wants his dad for himself… I marvel at how well this father and son is so well played… Kudos to James Reynolds and Kyler Pettis .

makes me wish… Lexis was with us… so we could all see her just beaming at her son. Renee Jones is the best

dang… recalling when JJ was shot by Orpheus…. it was real enough for me… because Casey Moss was riveting.

the DiMera Clan… Chad, Kate, and Andre ! this is as close to classic as we can get… till Anna shows up.. then it’s no holds barred… I hope Leann Hunley is contract.

have to prop again… Andre is giving so many shade of character… his getting Hope arrested… for the death of his father… and Chad telling her… no matter what his father was like… you still murdered my father in cold blood. good stuff.

Andre with Kate is high brow… watching him keep up with her is comedic. yet neither Kate or Chad are fully aware of what Andre is up to. I like the guy… hope he’s not written in to a corner or out. never thought i’d say that.. but Thaao Penglis gets my vote for a keeper.

Kristian Alfonso ‘ portrayal of Hope.. admitting to murdering the Pheonix.

she’s stepping up to the plate to give her character layers… let’s see how she plays this out… all I’ve given her credit for.. is in the romance department and how much she loves her family.

which brings me to Aiden… I will miss the guy… Daniel Cosgrove brought his own mix… and it was disarming… because of how well… his love and romance with Hope.. was off the charts rocket. what a shame… the writers once again RUINED another father/son relationship. Aiden and Chase coulda woulda shoulda had all the talent to bring DAYS another talented family.

anyways… giving DAYS some prop

Salem’ite

Patrick
Patrick

it was cheesy @best… watching Paul as a boxer, and Derrick as a cowboy… i’m so hoping this plays out … finally… something for every one.

come on Sonny.

Lucas and Adrienne are always a good time… hope they get a story worth their talent… it just smarts doesn’t it.. when they are relegated to prop… stand in… and supporting… it’s still a blast to see both of them.

Shane and Kimberly Brady-Donovan are coming ! HUGE

finally… Ms. Kassie DePaiva… I hope she returns to DAYS

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

I agree with you about Lucas and Adrienne. I like both characters and both actors. They need more than just reacting to other character’s troubles. Perhaps one is coming. Each time I see Justin’s disapproving face, I think one may be brewing.

I am 100% in agreement with your last point. Kassie DePaiva needs to be on full time. I want to see Eve grow. I want to see where things go with Eve and Justin.

Mo
Mo

Congratulations! The show has been better of late, so that is definitely good!

janet
janet

Enjoyed it today. Loved seeing Shane. They screwed up bringing back Aiden, and ruining him even more. I see no on screen chemistry with hope and Rafe. I like them both, just not together. congrats to the show. It can be good, but it also can be boring.

Patrick
Patrick

I too wish they would have just let it be… as friends and co-workers…

I’ve had enough of the googoo eyes at the Salem P.D. and lip locking in the interrogation room

I loved Rafe with Kate… and plenty loved him with Sami… I just do not like the propped because Dena loves Rafe and Ken Corday loves Hope.. so there you have it.. a forced relationship and who cares what the audience wants

since this is a serial… it would have been nice had we got to see Rafe… fall in love , have children of his own… and that should have been with Carrie. let’s hope DAYS production goes their.

especially with Leann Hunley’ Anna coming back… imagine seeing Roman more… acting with… an ex wife and his own daughter. this is a ready made family.

??? have Rafe and Hope even done IT

he continually to this day… gives her a break… cause she’s got such a have load to bear… poo poo… done with that. Grans Jewel is getting crusty

cya later Hope… give Ciara a make over… go on a long vacation… overload on Hope is not a good show makes

Phil
Phil

This show is getting good! Still would like to see a few things change! Kassie DePaiva back FT being one, another visit by Kristen, and I love Jen Lilly but why can’t they recast Theresa?

Judy
Judy

Why didnt they just get a new T hessa instead of having her getting mixed up with a man from her past and a bum to boot I still have watch it sends 1965 love the show I still miss Another Word those where the days

Daisy
Daisy

Why I watch Days in two words — Suzanne Rogers.

Days Of Our Lives

DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Chad and Abby Share An Emotional Goodbye And Leave Salem Hitched

On Thursday’s episode of NBC’s Days of our Lives, tears were shed not only by the characters on the screen, but by the audience at home … plenty of them if you have been checking out social media since this installment aired.  For in it, viewers had to say goodbye to Chad (Billy Flynn) and Abby (Kate Mansi) as they left Salem to start their new life with their children in Paris.

However, before they make their exit, Chabby fans finally get to see their favorite duo tie the knot in a heartfelt and touching ceremony right in the Horton family living room.  While it was spur of the moment, it could not have been more poignant.  Leave it to Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) to officially preside over the nuptials, JJ (Casey Moss) to play his guitar while his sister walked down the living room aisle to her man, and even Jack (Matt Ashford) showed up to do the right thing to be there for his daughter.

What would a Chabby wedding be without personally written vows, right?  Abigail tells Chad: “When we first fell in love, God, we had no idea of what we were getting ourselves into.  They say that when you meet someone and fall in love, you’re drawn to them, because they have something you need and we’re here today because I need you.  I need your courage, your faith, and love.  I’m so beyond grateful at a second chance with you and a family with our beautiful children. You are the love of my life, Chad. There’s nothing I want more than to spend the rest of my days with you.”

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In a touching moment, Chad is overcome with tears and expresses to Abigail; “You’ve always fought for your health, and for us, and I’m in awe of the woman I fell in love with. I’ll cherish you. I will protect you. I’m yours, and I’ll never doubt you again, because a love like ours really does only come once in a life.”

They exchange rings and Julie pronounces them husband and wife.  But this happy moment is also bittersweet when Chad says, “We hate to marry and run.”  Chabby has a plane to catch to take them to Paris.   Chad looks around the room and at all the special people in his life, and tells the group how special they all are to him.  In that scene, it definitely gave the feels that it was also Billy Flynn saying farewell to his castmates.

Of course … before they leave town Chad and Abby visit Stefan (Tyler Christopher) and Gabi(Camila Banus)is there.  They give them the news that they are leaving for France and are married.  In a moment alone between Abby and Stefan, he apologizes to her. Stefan notes how much he loved the other part of her (Gabby with a “Y”) and knows that she loved him too.  Abby says, “I know”.  Meanwhile, Chad says goodbye to the portrait of his father, Stefano vowing to be back someday.  After Chabby exit the DiMera mansion, Stefan has a meltdown and throws the chest board while Chloe (Nadia Bjorlin) walks in on the scene.

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And finally, in the 10-hankie moment beautifully played by Billy Flynn, Kate Mansi and Melissa Reeves (Jennifer), Chad and Abby at the Horton house to say their final goodbyes to Doug (Bill Hayes) and Julie, Jack, JJ, and Jennifer.  Abigail tells her mother to never give up on her dad.  Chad is in tears as Jennifer tells him she will miss him,  He says, “I will miss you, too”.

It was in that moment that any of us that have ever had to say goodbye to our families and move far away from them, or come back to visit them and then leave again, can relate.  Saying goodbye is often heartbreaking when you leave behind the ones you love.  But, Chad and Abby got their happy ending … for now. However,t his is a soap opera, so you never know how long happiness will last, or when they might be back in Salem.

Kudos to the performances of Billy Flynn, so raw and real, and Kate Mansi playing Abigail with depth and dignity to wrap up the story.

So, what did you think of the Chabby goodbye? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

 

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THIS WEEK: Billy Flynn and Kate Mansi Exit DAYS As Chabby Says Their “I Do’s” In Heart-tugging Moments

By now, Days of our Lives fans have learned that this week marks the end of the run, for now, of Billy Flynn and Kate Mansi as Chad and Abby.  But before they exit look for wedding bells to ring as Chabby remarries.

When Marci Miller decided to depart the role of Abigail, Kate Mansi returned to the role she played before Miller to finish the arc, which would have potentially left Abby to leave town and Chad to be without her, since Mansi signed on to just complete the storyline,

DAYS head writer Ron Carlivati told Soap Opera Digest  (in latest issue on newsstands now) the thought process of having the duo leave together: “While it was kind of agonizing to make the decision that Chad will exit the canvas with Abigail, I decided that was the best thing for the couple, it was the best thing for the fans and it was the best thing for the show. The way that they exit is very, very open-ended. It’s not like someone is going to die. They leave happy and the door is completely open for them to come back. As much as I’m sure some people will be sad to see them go, I think they’ll be happy to see them go together. It just seemed so unfair to not give them a happy ending. And I just didn’t see how that happy ending would work if Chad stayed in Salem and Abigail left.”   He added: “Obviously, if the time is right, the story is right, and the people are available, they’ll be back.”

Looks like we all need to get out the hankies after checking out the latest NBC promo for Chad and Abby’s wedding and farewell.  You can watch it below.  Then let us know if you are sad to see Billy and Kate exit DAYS, and if you hope they will be back sooner than later via the comment section below.

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Drake Hogestyn Chats On John Black’s Latest Predicament With Diana and Leo On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’

The complex life of John Black (Drake Hogestyn) just got even more complicated on NBC’s Days of our Lives; thanks to the arrival of his ex-flame Diana Colville (Judith Chapman) and the bombshell that bad boy Leo Stark (Greg Rikaart), who has been causing so much trouble for Will (Chandler Massey) and Sonny (Freddie Smith), is actually his biological son!  Boy, John certainly has had some kids he never knew about pop up (remember, Paul Narita is John’s son, too).  But, is this all a tale spun by Diana, or the truth regarding Leo?

Longtime DAYS vet, Drake Hogestyn sits down with host, Michael Fairman on an all-new installment of NBC’s Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast.  During the conversation, Drake talks about his surprise learning from the script that Diana Cooper was indeed his ex, Diana Colville.

The beloved actor reveals that at one point he thought Genie Francis (Laura, GH) might be coming back to reprise the role, but now that it’s Judith Chapman he is having a great time acting opposite her.  In addition, being a true historian of DAYS, Drake takes the listeners on some fun facts that they may not have remembered. Later, Hogestyn reveals why he and Deidre Hall (Marlena) have found such success as DAYS’ enduring John and Marlena.

Michael commends Drake on his Daytime Emmy Pre-Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his emotional turn following Marlena being shot at the Jarlena nuptials, and the family saying their goodbyes believing she was going to die, especially she the good doc had a DNR request on her legal forms filed with the hospital.

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In the backstage segment of the podcast, Eric Martsolf (Brady) takes Fairman on what a typical production day is like for him and others in Salem: visiting the wardrobe department, stopping to talk to the stage manager, and chatting it up with co-stars along the way including: Lauren Koslow (Kate) and Linsey Godfrey (Sarah).

The new episode of Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast is currently streaming on NBC.com here, and will be available for download via iTunes on Monday.

So, do you think John will do next now that Diana is working her way back into his life, and Leo is his son?  Will he tell Marlena what is going on?  What did you think of the sentiments shared by Drake in the interview? Comment below.

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