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DAYS Ron Carlivati Thanks Olivia Rose Keegan Ahead Of Isabel Durant’s Debut As Claire

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Today on DAYS, Isabel Durant makes her on-screen debut as Claire Brady and fans are intrigued to see what she brings to the role, previously played by this year’s Daytime Emmy winner for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series, Olivia Rose Keegan.

Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati took to Twitter to wish Olivia well and thank her for her dynamic portrayal of Claire, sharing,  “Huge thank you to @oliviakeegann. who brought Claire Brady to life and made us care about her even when she was at her most dastardly. Wishing Olivia all the best as she writes her next chapter…”

Then, Carlivati officially welcomed Isabel to the role expressing: “But as one chapter ends, another begins. Please help me welcome Isabel Durant to Salem as she steps into the role of Claire.”

Make sure to check out Durant’s debut today and then let us know your thoughts on Olivia’s exit and Isabel taking over the role via the comment section below.

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Momo
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Momo

Olivia was fantastic. Good luck to her. I’ll miss her.

Satan
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Satan

In real time, Claire wouldn’t even be out of elementary school. Now she’s being portrayed by a 28 year old??

Things could have been much worse, of course. There were rumors circulating around Hell that ReRon was going to bring in the most intolerable of his OLTL pets as a recast. thank Hell they never went there at least.

SANDY
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SANDY

Olivia was excellent in the part
All her fans will miss her

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

We seem to be missing some vital information here. Why? Why is Olivia Rose Keegan out and Isabel Durant in? Why is an actress who won an Emmy for this role relieved of her duties?

carol green
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carol green

That is what I would like to know,I think I will google it to see if I can find anything out.

Satan
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Satan

Apparently she got a better paying gig on some “high school musical” tv series. Probably something on the new Disney streaming service, by the sounds of it. Can’t really blame her for taking that opportunity, as opposed to playing the cartoonish Psycho Claire doing the same things over and over again. We all saw her musical talent when she first joined the show, before becoming the looney tunes pyromaniac stalker type. Just wish the recast had been a more realistic age. Ironically, Claire’s mother, Belle was born on screen in 1994, so SHE is the one who should be portrayed… Read more »

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I really appreciate all the responses. But, Satan, I respond to you specifically because you’ve given the issue storyline background (of which I was unaware) as well as a possible (probable) reason for the casting change. — And now for some context of my own, in an issue I’ve addressed previously at this site, I was devastated by a casting change that occurred with GH back in 1977! Fan favorite Valerie Starrett, who originated and played the role of Diana Maynard Taylor (1969-1977) was replaced by Brooke Bundy. I was truly heartbroken by the change. This was before the Internet,… Read more »

Mary
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Mary

I bet it all comes down to money: Isabel is willing to accept a smaller pay check than Olivia.

Boop
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Boop

My question , too , Jamesj75.

carol green
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carol green

Imagine my surprise yesterday when I saw a new Claire .My friend and I were wondering how come there was a new Claire,I am at a loss?What happened I mean Olivia just came back.I liked her it was good to see she did put some weight on.I hope she isnt sick or anything like that.IN any case will miss you Olivia.I dont get it

Rodd
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Rodd

Accepting a new actor in an established role can always be jarring. In this case, I don’t think the wardrobe department is helping fans become accustomed to her by putting her in clothes I’ve never seen Claire wear, style-wise. What gives?

Rene
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Rene

When is the head writer that made this show such a mess going to be fired the way Greg Meng was?

Satan
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Satan

ReRon did a LOT of damage before they fired him from GH. He literally had to botch the exit story of THE most famous GH character in the show’s history, Luke Spencer, before they dropped the ax on him. The show is still recovering from the damage he did to other core characters (Robert Scorpio & Jason Morgan being two obvious examples). And sadly, his former partner in crime, Frank Valentini, is still there.

Paige
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Paige

Agree & he has done his best at Days to destroy characters such as Steve & others while trying to make mediocre actors/characters (such as Justin & Rafe) relevant & they aren’t. Can understand why GV is leaving.

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‘NBC News Daily’ Hits Rock Bottom In Ratings Premiere Week

While networks have seen a collective erosion over the years of the soap opera viewing audience, they are still the most loyal and fierce of any entertainment genre.

With NBC’s decision to take Days of our Lives off of the network after nearly 57 years, and replace it with another daytime news program, they would surely have a rocky road ahead of them to capture viewers in that time slot; especially now that DAYS was moved exclusively to NBCUniversal’s streaming platform, Peacock.

Nothing was more proof positive of that, than the first week ratings and performance of NBC News Daily.

The news show which premiered on Monday, September 12th came in last for the ratings period of all daytime shows for the week.

According to SON: NBC News Daily averaged 935,000 viewers, was last among Total Viewers and last in the key demo ratings: Women 18-49 (tie) and Women 25-54.

In comparison to DAYS last week on NBC, and a year ago, NBC News Daily was down -744,000 and -762,000 viewers, respectively.

NBC News Daily features the latest national and international news, plus consumer, health, and personal finance segments and is hosted by Kate Snow, Aaron Gilchrist, Morgan Redford and Vicky Nguyen.

So, will ‘NBC News Daily’ find itself facing the same fate as ABC’s defunct ‘Revolution’, which replaced One Life to Live, and lasted only six months, or will the news program somehow turn a ratings corner? Does NBC really care one way or the other? Share your thoughts below.

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Alison Sweeney Signs New Multi-Picture Overall Deal with Hallmark

Days of our Lives favorite, Alison Sweeney (Sami Brady) has signed a multi-picture overall  deal with the Hallmark Media.

According to Deadline, as part of Sweeney’s new deal she will star and executive produce A Magical Christmas Village with also stars Luke McFarlane and Marlo Thomas.  The movie will premiere later this year during the Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas.

In story, Sweeney plays Summer, an architect living in a small town where she’s raising her young daughter Chloe. When her mother Vivian (Thomas) finds herself in need of a place to live, her orderly life becomes a little less so after inviting Vivian to move in with them during this transition. Upon arrival, Vivian sets up an heirloom, miniature Christmas village resembling their town, and tells Chloe it grants Christmas wishes. As Chloe begins setting up the figurines, real-life events seem to mimic the scenes she creates, including Summer’s chance meeting with Ryan (Macfarlane), a newcomer to their community.

In a statement on inking the pact with Hallmark Media, Sweeney shared: “I am thrilled to continue to work with Hallmark as they continue to support my work as an actress and as a producer. I’m very proud of our Christmas movie and excited for the future projects to come!”

Lisa Hamilton Daly, Executive Vice President, Programming, Hallmark Media, added:  “Alison Sweeney has been an incredible creative partner for us over the years – both on screen as well as behind the camera as a producer. She’s long been a fan favorite and we can’t wait to continue our work together as we bring new stories to life.”

Sweeney has been making story arc visits to Days of our Lives in recent years.  No word if she will be making a return to the series now that its permanently on Peacock.

So, will you be checking out Alison’s new movie when it comes out in time for holiday season? Comment below.

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DAYS Alum Mark Hapka to Play Johnny Depp in Tubi Film on Heard/Depp Trial

That didn’t take long! A TV movie based on the Johnny Depp/Amber Heard defamation case is set to have its premiere on September 30th on Tubi.

Hot Take: The Depp/Heard Trial will follow the tumultuous relationship in court and out of Depp and his ex-wife in a dramatization of the two-month long defamation trial that captivated the public.

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Taking on the role of motion-picture star Johnny Depp will be none other than former Days of our Lives cast member, Mark Hapka (Ex-Nathan Horton). Hapka played Nathan from 2007-2011 on the daytime drama series.

Megan Davis will star opposite Hapka in the role of Aquaman star, Amber Heard.

In a statement, Adam Lewinson, Chief Content Officer for Tubi, shared:  “Hot Take: The Depp/Heard Trial has ‘Hot Take’ in the title for a reason.  With our partners at MarVista, this Tubi Original was fast-tracked into production to capture a timely take on a story that became part of the cultural zeitgeist, painting a unique picture of what millions watched play out in the headlines over the summer.”

So, what are your thoughts of the casting of Hapka as Depp, and do you think it’s too soon for a movie based on a trial that just wrapped a few months ago in June to be released? Comment below.

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