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Days of our Lives Upcoming Renewal: NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke Shares, "I'm Optimistic … We Would Like The Show Back."

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Days of our Lives fans have been on pins and needles of late wondering if the series that turned 50-years-old this past November will continue on past its golden anniversary.

DAYS current deal with NBC does not expire until September of this year.   However, since the show tapes six months in advance of airing, the sudser will fulfill its contract obligation of production of those episodes by early March. According to TV Line on Wednesday:  NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke indicates that the future for DAYS looks bright.  She cites that she is “optimistic” about the upcoming re-negotiation with all parties.

The NBC executive also noted that: “We’ve been really happy with the show. I’ve been over there seeing Ken and the team and the new writers. They’re an incredible group and we love the show. They got a (ratings) bump in the fall for their 50th anniversary. There’s a creative resurgence and exciting storytelling going on right now.”

Salke said one key component to their re-negotiation is with Sony relating:  “We need to negotiate with Sony (Pictures Television), but I’m optimistic. We would like the show back.”

So, do you think that DAYS will continue its resurgence and get its network renewal? What do you think of the status of the show and its performance of late?  The first week in January saw its hightest total viewer numbers in two years.  Share your thoughts below!

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sonniorsolita
sonniorsolita

I’ve stopped watching — too dark and depressing for me, and a lot of the stories seem designed just to give the actors Emmy reels — but I don’t want the soaps to die. And I’d be delighted for all the Days fans out there if the show got a solid, long-term renewal!

Iakovos
Iakovos

Why is this a question, NBC? Make the deal! DAYS is a legacy show for Peacock daytime, and the web has little else to crow about in the day part. Maybe the net can develop a new half-hour soap and take the lead in producing the genre, thus setting itself apart from the endless repetitive chatter and courtroom shows.

Patrick
Patrick

“… for Peacock daytime, and the web has little else to crow about in the day part. ”

LOL…. majorly funny

it’s true tho…. NBC … as CBS has done… needs to beacon this show and build around it

some may crow it’s always in last place , but it’s #1 for me!

Come on Sony !

Bart
Bart

I’m still wondering why DOOL tapes so far in advance….

Mel
Mel

So am I.

blake
blake

They do it for budget reasons, seems they film many episodes in one day and shut the studio down many weeks during the year.

Ray
Ray

This is great news. I hope NBC gives DOOL a five-year renewal and a larger budget. The quality of a show is what brings viewership. I also would like to see the cast trimmed. There seems to be too many people on the show with not enough storyline. I would like to see more Kate, Nicole and Jennifer.

blake
blake

It would be great if they gave Days a larger budget, but sadly even the #1 soap and it’s sister soap Y&R even looks tight on budget with few sets. Everyone is at the hotel, Newman, the hospital, etc.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I agree, Ray. I love to see more of Kate, Nicole and Theresa working together. Some cast fight will ‘naturally’ ensue. About Jannifer: hmmmm….unless they make her a little more interesting, I cannot invest too much confidence in her. She’s as stiff as a nosed.
I really looove the incorporation of design with Theresa as the main ingredient. And, I’m really loving Gabi and Paul as models.
I really am hoping for more years of good stories to come….raise our glass for Days longevity. Also, please, PTB would you have these actors/characters wash their hands before they eat?. Ciera walked in with take-out, while Hope was manipulating a poker and the hearth….. My son, who is only 6, is home sick and very innocently said, “Mommy, look….they didn’t wash their hands”.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Correction: Cat-fight, cast fight…lol

CeeCee
CeeCee

Sorry, another correction: autocorrect is dumb: stiff as a board.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Sorry to re-reply, Ray…Lol. I think you are getting your wish of seeing Miss Jenny in a ‘mesmerizing’ storyline. Poor thing is in constant pain since the accident. Barbiturates to the rescue!! Another ‘hooked on pain-killers’ story.

Timmm
Timmm

Meow!

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Timmm.
You are a naughty boy! Lol.

Frank
Frank

why the wait? NBC need to renew Days right now. They better not cancel Days, or I will be really angry. I love Days, the ratings are up and storylines are getting better.

davlestev1
davlestev1

Frank..NBC is not afraid of you lol

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Make a deal, NBC and Sony!

Mo
Mo

I hope it renews and for several years.

Dee
Dee

I hope so also. I have enjoyed it the last 5 months. Although, I was saddened to hear about Kate Mansi leaving because I really like the Abigail n Chad pairing. Also, I’m not really liking the Brady/Nicole story unfolding right now. But I hope Sony and the powers that be like it and the rest of the DOOL stories because I would like to see the show continue. I’m tired of talk shows and doctor shows replacing soaps.

Chrystie_Delancey
Chrystie_Delancey

I don’t understand how this is all up to Sony. Sony produces the show so they want it to continue … they always do. They never want to see their properties fail. I remember when I worked for them and they wanted their show DAMAGES to continue on FX, but FX didn’t want it anymore so SONY shopped it to Directv and secured a two-year deal.

These comments from NBC make me wonder.

sonniorsolita
sonniorsolita

Because Sony wants NBC to pay a certain amount to air the show. NBC likely wants to pay a lower amount. That’s why they have to negotiate. Sony won’t want the show to continue if its not making a tidy profit for the corporate bottom line. That’s the TV biz!

AJ
AJ

If you work for Sony then you’d understand that Sony wants $X license fee from NBC for the show. NBC wants to pay $Z license fee to Sony for the show. They will need to meet somewhere in the middle, say $Y license fee for the show to continue. Obviously, Sony wants the show to continue. They want every show to continue. It’s up to Sony because NBC clearly doesn’t want to pay Sony’s price. Sony will have to lower its license fee to NBC.

Chrystie_Delancey
Chrystie_Delancey

I worked Rights and Title (Copyright), not specifically SPTV department, though I know from all the paperwork that I would see regarding IP that Sony always wanted their shows to continue. I worked at securing copyrights and reading contracts to see what rights Sony had and did not for the motion pictures (mostly streaming rights at the time for Krackle, etc.) and the TV departments overseas.

I understand a little bit about the licensing fee from what you wrote, but I admit my naivete regarding the money making side. 🙂

It is that the article and some of the comments that followed made it sound like Sony did not want to continue the show, but NBC did. I realize it always comes down to the almighty buck.

davlestev1
davlestev1

There’s always a scapegoat in these situations. NBC will throw shade and blame when it’s really their fault. .if they haven’t already written the last episode the next contract and those after will be on a year to year basis into its cancellation

Chrystie_Delancey
Chrystie_Delancey

Yes I agree, davlestev1. I don’t see it being Sony to blame if it is not renewed. NBC is probably just waiting for Sony to come back with too high a number just so they can say they could not make a deal. They are no longer invested in the show or soaps for that matter. They want CHEAP cheap cheap TV as evidenced (at least NBC4 in Los Angeles) by every time there is a house fire or police chase the programming is interrupted, especially since they just had a whole hour of news.

davlestev1
davlestev1

That is my station too and because they break into the show at the most inopportune moments with news that could wait. .a water main broke..a mountain lion in a back yard. .a bear up a tree. .I dvr on POP to avoid all that

davlestev1
davlestev1

Oh and endless police pursuits that only serve to encourage other blockheads to get their fleeing moment of fame doing the same. .that’s the most annoying aside from watching grass burn because of some other bonehead..

Chrystie_Delancey
Chrystie_Delancey

Doesn’t it make you want to cry, davlestev1? That they think so low of PAID, scheduled programming that they can just interrupt whenever they want and all for GARBAGE!!

It is like there is no real news so they have to try and create mass hysteria with all these things they cut to. Just like with the LAUSD school closures. LA was desperate to get its name in the headlines while NY wisely decided it was a hoax. LA gives you the dirt bags from TMZ, et al for “entertainment.” Everyone of these “hosts” from these so-called “shows” sits there and gossips about so and so like their you-know-what don’t stink.

People in glass houses should not throw stones, but this is what our world has come to.

Sheila
Sheila

I have the TV on……DOOL is on @ 10:00 pacific on a Detroit ch……..I have my coffee and my iPad close by. I begin to watch and soon I am bored to death and reach for my iPad to check out what my friends have been up to since yesterday. I realize 20minutes have passed and I have missed what was happening….or have I? I pay attention to DOOL for another few minutes and reach for my iPad again. Rinse and repeat, rinse and repeat. I am a lifetime watcher……I am ready after 50 years to say goodbye. I’m done

Mateo
Mateo

The truth is that DAYS is sinking. This is the same spiel the networks give when they are going to cancel a show every time. They did it with Guiding Light. They did the same with One Life To Live and All My Children and they basically hammered As The World Turns down with glee. The networks don’t understand the value of daytime stories to the fans that watch them. DAYS has been going downhill since they decided to focus on characters from the past. They can call them “legacy characters” all they want but the actors and the stories are tired. Patch is fathering children still? John still looking for his mommy? Victor has a nephew looking for revenge? SMH. How about they clean house and hire more caliber talent. Get rid of the current teen set who have not one actor among them worth watching. The great characters who can carry the show are given background roles. Kate, Nicole, Maggie and a few others who can actually act. Instead I have to watch some old senior citizen crying because he can’t find his mommy. Really DAYS? They have killed so many characters off that the viewers heads are spinning. The actor who plays Phillip is a reject from the 70’s with the hair to match. Get rid of him. He’s AWFUL and hurts my eyes. This show is not a 70’s show. Stop featuring actors who look like they left the disco to act. We need some sharp changes. And we don’t need to tape six months in advance. Scrap the tapes and start fresh. It’s time before it’s too late and the hammer falls.

Mel
Mel

I think that the current story line concerning John is very good. He has lived for years with the unanswered question “Who were John’s biological parents”. Just go on line to the various sites dedicated to Adoptees searching for for their biological mothers/fathers/siblings. Victor was a mobster for years. He was no saint. Victor obviously has a hated younger brother who spent 30 years in prison for, I’m guessing, a crime that he did not commit. It was Victor who committed the crime and framed the brother. And you wonder why the brother is looking for revenge?

Mateo
Mateo

it isn’t the brother, it’s the son of the brother…seriously, he needs to let it go. And the whole idea of John, who in real life must be in his 70’s, is acting like a teenager. He ignores his family and his work all for the sake of finding out something that is not all that important. The comparison to the adoptees looking for their parents is not quite comparable. The storylines are sub par

Kathy
Kathy

Oh my goodness! What you said about Philip rings true with me too! He DOES “hurt my eyes”! And wouldn’t it be wonderful to see the original Belle and Sean?

sonniorsolita
sonniorsolita

the actor who plays John is 62, not in his 70s. But that doesn’t change your point.

damien
damien

i actually enjoy the newer belle…however no one can replace the original shawn d. i have no words for the latest phillip. …
they revisited an old triangle with two newer faces… why bother?

jaybird369
jaybird369

Hey Mateo,

EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT post, dude!!!!! N-o-w…my thoughts here…which kind of ties in as to why I don’t watch DOOL all that much anymore…

1. Y-e-s…Patch is WAY TOO OLD to be fathering children!!!!! I find that to be BOTH disturbing and creepy!!!!!
2. To me, John (who I think is BEYOND DULL AND BORING!!!!!) looking for his mommy (or whatever) is FAST-FORWARD material all the way!!!!!
3. Don’t EVEN REMOTELY get me started on Victor!!!!! Sorry, bro…but, at this point, I find Victor to be pompous, insufferable and EVEN MORE self-righteous!!!!! And, BTW, I think that Maggie can do W-A-Y BETTER than Victor!!!!! Just saying……….
4. The ‘current teen set’ (as you put it, dude) IRKS AND ANNOYS the H-E-L-L out of me!!!!! PERIOD!!!!!
5. To me, back in the day, John-Paul Laviosier was SO AWESOME as Rex on OLTL!!!!! As NuPhillip…N-o.
6. I find it TRULY RIDICULOUS that DOOL tapes episodes six months in advance!!!!! Dumb as hell.
7. To me, DOOL needs to start over PERIOD!!!!! AND SOON!!!!!

Take care, Mateo. Peace.

davlestev1
davlestev1

You all take care. .your lack of support for a very watchable show and all your belly aching and tuning out is fast going to get you Geraldo Riveras latest attempt at tv. .or if you’re lucky they’ll trot Sally Jesse out one last time. .enjoy the wasted hour you tuned out DAYS to get. .PEACE

kathy
kathy

Just for the record, it is Victor’s brother, not his nephew. When first talked about, they said it was his nephew coming to town but it was changed before he arrived. When Victor was explaining to Maggie, he said it was his brother. And Deimos (sp) even said Victor was his brother.

kathy
kathy

As for Steve still fathering children, Ava has a picture of an infant. That doesn’t mean the child was just born. Could be an old picture and the child is now older,

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hey, Jay….don’t pay dav any mind. He’s actually a nice guy, except when the moon is full. He likes to throw sarcastic, little jabs. Right, dav? You’re a teddy bear under all that gruffness. Lol.

Theresa
Theresa

Please renew Days..Been watching it for decades…Can’t take another negative talks how to replace it.

Gina
Gina

Replace Days with a Kardashian talk show. That would make my day. Kim Kardashian doing poses and talking to Rob Kardashian about issues. Days will be history, time to cancel the soap. love Gh and Y&R .

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

If DAYS is cancelled, Gina, I and many other fans will become bitter posters who will fight for all soaps to die.

I promise to spread my hatred for soaps across the internet and in my everyday life. How will that be good for the remaining soaps?

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

You are just trying to get people going and waste time arguing with you…but i like wasting my time arguing with people who just post here to get an arguiment going.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Funny you should say that, Gina….there is a Kloe K talk show in the making.
I don’t know if I necessarily agree with you about Days; just my opinion. Another Kardashian….remember Kris’ attempt at a talk show? Failed miserably. TV is really going to pot!!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Actually, Gina, I wouldn’t want anyone to suffer the loss of their soap(s). So, I would hold my head up high and say DAYS had a good run…If and when it comes to an end.

I hope your wish doesn’t backfire.

Timmm
Timmm

Oh Gina, dont do that to us! Khloe already has a new talk show out and I wont say where. I watched a clip and I was looking for the nearest bridge! They just wont go away!

Jim Preston
Jim Preston

I will say that right now, the show is just a little dull with Belle, whom I really don’t care about, and her “super talented daughter” Claire whom I also don’t give a hoot about. They switched gears too abruptly in my opinion, taking away Paige, Will, Sonny, Paul (well he’s on technically with nothing to do) and now the focus is on Belle and some other newbies and I just don’t care. I watch anyway, just for the heck of it, and I love Victor and am glad his long lost brother has showed up because I enjoy the actor (Vincent I.) in the role. I am sorry that Eric is sad about his own drinking and driving but he’s usually so boring anyway, although a capable actor portrays him. Obviously, Eve will soon be off the canvas, there really isn’t much for her to do and this business of her wanting to make Claire a star is not terribly riveting to watch.
So, I hope that Days of Our Lives does get a renewal, but I also hope they concentrate on some stronger storylines.

Mary SF
Mary SF

I sincerely doubt NBC really wants to keep Days around. All three networks are itching to pull the plug on daytime drama, but none of them wants to be the first network that kills the genre. It will only take one of the three to stop airing a daytime drama and rest will soon follow.

So NBC will say they want to keep Days, but only if they can get it for bottom basement prices and Sony will have to decide if is able to produce a decent show at that price point and how much is left over for profit.

If Sony is force to say no to such a low price then NBC can blame Sony for the cancellation and come out smelling like a rose. So these comments sound good on the surface, but behind the scenes I think Days might be in real trouble. If they manage to work out a deal it will be very short term— Days is living on borrowed time– the sand in the hourglass is getting really low.

Chrystie_Delancey
Chrystie_Delancey

Yeah, that is what I am thinking. Hollywood suits are nothing but followers. If one ends their last soap, the others will. I have suspected that for a long time.

That is why I stated that the NBC comments sounded suspect. These execs do not tell the truth to the fans, they just skirt around it and make it sound like they are doing everything possible. They are just not invested in soaps anymore.

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

I suspect you’re both right, but how I wish networks would learn from the past. The most recent cancellations on ABC soaps have been pretty much a disaster for that network; ABC’s grand plans for those shows’ replacements have, for the most part, tanked; they haven’t been able to be successful even though they cost much less, apparently, to produce. The soaps are not the money makers they once were, clearly, but in the absence of anything successful to replace them, why the rush to continue cancelling them? It’d be different if someone had solved the problem of what to program in the daytime in place of them. . . .

And I’d go further than saying the execs don’t tell the truth; I think they think fans are actually pretty stupid. Some of the comments I read can’t be taken in any other light. I’ve watched soaps for four decades now, and the network and sponsor executives who really have had value for the soap genre and respect for the viewers have been quite rare. (And none lately.)

Rj
Rj

The issue would be what would be the alternative if Days is not renewed. What would or could bring in better ratings, cost less, bring more advertisers and more money. Seeing that two talk shows that replaced soap operas were cancelled, I am not sure there are better alternatives at this time for this slot. Days has a lot of loyal fans who have watched for years. For nostalgic purposes, I hope they keep Days on. I still like to see the sand go through the hour glass, but I hope the show does not descend into too many dark, ugly, mean story lines. I like the romance, intrigue, and adventure. I like many of the actors who have been on for awhile-something familiar and comforting to see them. Keeps continuity in a world that is changing so fast.

Chrystie_Delancey
Chrystie_Delancey

They would probably just do what ABC is doing and expand that god-awful entertainment “show” with Billy Bush that they have to hype during the noon news (at least here in LA).

Rj
Rj

That show is on at night in Boston. Ummm… I wonder how ratings would be for it during the day. At this time, I am not sure if they could put a show on that would get better ratings than Days, so they should stay with it, and just keep writing good storylines. My guess is that they keep the budget low for Days, so they could be renewed. Again, two talk shows were cancelled, so they should stay with Days for now any ways.

JANIS
JANIS

I do not really care, the writers don’t care what the fans want, for a while they had gays all over the place, and mostly women , watch so why would we want to watch gays making out, when we want a woman and man, romance stories,, we fast forward through these shows, they repeat the same old stories, over and over, WHY? do they really think we want to watch rehash stories. NO,,,,,,our favorites are Maggie, Nicole, Kate, Sami when she was on Ej, when he was on, Kayla, Steve, Brady, Hope,. Rafe, not teenagers,, please, get rid of them, it was better when they were kids, instead of aging them yrs in a few days,,,so i really don’t care if they renew it or not, although i have watched this show almost since day one, it has gone way down, no ones ever is happy anymore no super couples, everyone has slept with everyone, can”t stand BELLE OR SHAWN, or phillip

Mike
Mike

I’m sorry, I have to respond to this. If you don’t like seeing gay storylines, just say it – “I don’t like seeing any gay story”. But to suggest that Days was brimming with gays and gay storylines is a false assertion. At most, Days has had three lead gay characters, with one to three supporting characters depending on what time period you are referring to. While everyone else – about 20+ other characters were straight. When the gay storyline was a lead story, it was sharing space with at least two or three other stories – so again, at best, it made up 1/3 of the lead stories or 1/4. Again, not even the majority.

Plus, the majority of faces and characters and stories on daytime are straight stories – and yet gays seem to be able to enjoy those stories just fine, even with all the men kissing women and vice versa, because it’s about the characters and getting involved with the characters. To suggest that women just don’t care about gay stories because it’s men kissing men seems silly. Are you getting involved with the characters, or is your involvement just relegated to straight characters? I don’t have to be straight to relate to people’s emotions – you don’t have to be gay to relate to a gay character’s emotions.

I’m a fan – and all I wanted is one gay story to mix in with the majority of straight stories, all of which I enjoyed based on the writing, not whether the character was straight or gay.

Jim Preston
Jim Preston

Your comment is worthless and extremely homophobic. At what time exactly was the show “brimming with gays”? They had Sonny with Will and a little bit later on Paul was introduced as a baseball player with a past – that’s only three characters and I would think someone like YOU would be thrilled that:
1.) Will was strangled to death
2.) Sonny went out of the country
3.) Paul is left in Salem doing some idiotic modeling job

So, it seems to me, that gays are not even on the Canvas. You also claim that only women watch the show. Really? So they watch the show while wondering what to prepare for dinner and which Laundry detergent to buy? What year are YOU living in, 1955? Lots of males watch the show, both gay and straight.
Your comments are both offensive and outlandishly out of touch with the
current viewing audience.

blake
blake

It looks like Days will stay on, and I hope at least for the actors and crew that it does for many years to come.

Belle
Belle

NBC; don’t be as stupid as ABC! Take heed to the trouble it’s having with replacements for One Life o Live!

Pat Paquette
Pat Paquette

Please continue airing Days of Our Lives. It was great last year and now. I am a longtime viewer and the currant writers are right on point. Plus answering long held questions for instance John’s past. It will be a big disappointment not to continue a show that is doing well and has so much potential.

nancy
nancy

Days of our Lives is my 1 hour of time that I take just 4 me; instead of everybody else . Have been w as thing 49 years! Please keep this show !

Krisann
Krisann

Keep Days going, I’ve been watching since the beginning with my mother. Its the only one we ever watched. Love Days Of Our Lives

Doris Dearing
Doris Dearing

Love it, love it, love it!!!!! Never miss a show. PLEASE….keep it going!

janis ryan
janis ryan

I love this show. I’ve watched for over 50 years. And I’ll continue to watch. It has been really exciting the past few months.

Linda Y.
Linda Y.

I have watched DOOL since Day 1… It is my favorite television show, and I’ll be watching for as long as it is on… PLEASE RENEW!!!!

marla f
marla f

I have been watching DOOL for thirty years and while I find that some of the story lines to be a bit far fetched it doesn’t take away from the actual enjoyment of getting lost in these characters for an hour each day!

I’m not a fan of this new Phillip either. He looks too old to be courting Belle and yes, good points about John still trying to locate his mom. Rafe’s dad needs to shave off that hideous goatee!!!

joanne
joanne

Bryan dattilo/ lucas horton needs more air time love him as lucas

lumi
lumi

Love luml”

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Michael (not Fairman).
I like the way you THINK!!

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Lucas Says Goodbye To Salem, While Julie Recalls Coming Back To Town

In a very touching episode of Days of our Lives, Tuesday brought with it an emotional goodbye from exiting fan favorite Bryan Dattilo (Lucas), and the soap paying homage to Susan Seaforth Hayes’ 50th anniversary to the day as Julie.

It begins in Horton Town Square where Julie next to the plaque dedicated to her grandparents, Tom and Alice Horton, has a flash back to phone call with Tom five decades ago.

Meanwhile, now broken up with Chloe, and ready to leave Salem to be with his daughter, Allie, Lucas tells Will he is leaving and that he is happy Will and Sonny found their way back to each other.  The two hug it out, and tell each other how proud they are of one another.  Next, Lucas goes to visit his mother, Kate.  In a touching exchange played by Dattilo and Lauren Koslow, viewers were treated to Kate’s pain of the mistakes she made as a mother, and Lucas being forgiving of her.

At Doug’s Place, Julie and Abigail try to figure out how to bring down Stefan and Gabi.  Julie promises to not tell anyone that Abigail is not mentally ill saying. “Your secret is safe with me.”  Next, Chloe happens upon the scene and Julie quickly sees Chloe break down in tears.  She then reveals to Julie, that she and Lucas broke up.  Julie gives Chloe a tissue and some words of advice – the gospel according to Julie – that they were not meant to be, and that Chloe will find true love. After all, after Julie’s other failed relationships, once she was with Doug she found her soulmate, so she knows it can happen.

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Julie flashes back to speaking with Alice when she worries that Tom would not want her to return to Salem.  For Julie had been in San Francisco, and where she brings up putting her son up for adoption, but how she later raised him and how happy that Eli is her grandson.  She even recalls when JJ got her and other ladies in Salem accidentally high on pot-filled donuts!

When Lucas turns up at the Horton’s everyone is saddened and shocked that he has decided to depart Salem   Julie says Salem will always be his home.  JJ hands Lucas his ornament now, breaking the Christmas tradition early.  Lucas hangs his ornament in another emotional moment.

Next, we see Lucas waiting for a taxi, with his suitcases at Horton Town Square,  He gazes at the Tom and Alice dedication plaque and says, “I’ll be back. someday.” Hankies!

Alone now with Julie, Doug brings out a cake celebrating how it is 50 years since Julie returned to Salem permanently.  Cue the montage … as Doug’s voice is heard singing “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World”, one of the duo’s signature songs, as clips of their love affair played throughout.  We fade to black.

DAYS honored Susan Hayes and gave Brytan Dattilo some heart-tugging moments as he left the canvas as the beloved Lucas.  So what did you think of the episode?  Sad to see Bryan exit?  Happy to see the show wrote in a way to honor Susan’s 50th as Julie? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Gilles Marini Talks The Return Of Ted Laurent, His Co-Stars: Kristian Alfonso, Lauren Koslow & Greg Rikaart On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives’ Podcast’

If you caught this week’s episodes of Days of our Lives, you know that Ted Laurent (Gilles Marini) has resurfaced in Salem and had asked Hope (Kristian Alfonso) for protection from Stefan DiMera, who was responsible for his disappearance in exchange for information on Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson).

Now in the latest episode of Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast, actor Gilles Marini chats it up with host, Michael Fairman on what to expect as Ted’s story brings with it many twists and turns; including a potential love triangle.

Marini reveals what he thinks Ted’s weakness ia when the guy has not previously been on the up and up, plus his thoughts on working with three of his co-stars and their characters: Lauren Koslow’s Kate, Kristian Alfonso’s Hope, and Greg Rikaart’s Leo, whom he has shared up to now most of his screen-time.

The talented actor who hails from France, also talks on some other highlights in his career, including one of his big breaks on the beloved ABC drama,  Brothers & Sisters working opposite Rachel Griffiths, and a host of award-winning actors, including Sally Field, and of course, his time on Dancing with the Stars where he became one of the most popular celebrity contestants on the series of all-time.

Later, in the podcast’s dressing room segment, Eric Martsolf (Brady) welcomes Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe) into his digs at DAYS, and then two tease some upcoming #Broe moments.

Check out this excerpt from NBC of Gilles interview below.  Then, make sure to head over to NBC.com to listen to the episode currently streaming there, and on Monday, looks for this episode to be available on all pod platforms, including iTunes for download.

Now, let us know what you think about Ted’s return to DAYS … and if you want him to romance Hope … become a good guy … or get his comeuppance … or all of the above …via the comment section below!

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Days of our Lives and General Hospital Receive Daytime Drama WGA Award Nominations

The nominations have been announced for the 2019 Writer’s Guild Awards for outstanding achievement in television, new media, news, radio/audio, and promotional writing during 2018.

Winners will be honored at the 2019 Writers Guild Awards on Sunday, February 17, 2019, at concurrent ceremonies in New York City and Los Angeles.

In the Daytime Drama category for writing, two soaps will face-off for the prize; NBC’s Days of our Livers and ABC’s General Hospital.  Here are the official nominated head writers and their teams.

Days of Our Lives, Head Writer: Ron Carlivati; Writers: Sheri Anderson, Lorraine Broderick, David Cherrill, Joanna Cohen, Lisa Connor, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon,  Cydney Kelley, David Kreizman, David A. Levinson, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Katherine Schock, Elizabeth Snyder, Tyler Topits.

General Hospital, Head Writers: Shelly Altman, Christopher Van Etten; Writers:Barbara Bloom, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Donny Sheldon, Scott Sickles.

To check out all the nominations click here.

So, who are you rooting for to take the WGA Award; Days or GH? Comment below.

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