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Daytime Emmy Winner and Y&R Favorite, Greg Rikaart Joins Days of our Lives!

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Smart move Days of our Lives!  One of the most talented acting gents in the business, Greg Rikaart, is now joining the cast of the NBC daytime drama.

The news broke late today first via TV Line. No word yet on what role Rikaart will play, but he is set for a multi-episode arc that will air in the Spring of 2018, since DAYS tapes six months advance.

This is an exciting opportunity for both DAYS under head writer Ron Carlivati , and Rikaart to play another dynamic character on a daytime drama series.

As the story goes, Greg was let out of his contract after 14 years on The Young and the Restless in his role of Kevin Fisher, a part in which he won a Daytime Emmy for back in 2005 for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

Flash forward: In recent weeks, Rikaart has returned to Y&R making some guest appearances, and according to sources cited in the TV Line piece, Rikaart’s landing at DAYS does not mean he will not recur on Y&R.

So, excited to hear Greg will be appearing on DAYS?  Who do you hope Rikaart gets mixed up in story with in Salem? Share your thoughts and theories in the comment section below.

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I really liked the awesome character Kevin and Greg ..
He will do well at days, he is bringing his talent to Days; good for Days good for Greg Greg ..

YAAAAAAASSSSSS!!!!! Daytime Deities and Divas, please give me a romance between Greg and Chandler Massey!!!! For…uhm…purely storytelling reasons and not solely because they are two of the most adorable men on daytime!

I agree. I so wanted Will and Sonny together. But, Brett, I like your premise.
I suppose too much time has passed for Sonny and Will? And, of course, there’s Paul to consider.
We shall see.

Gross!!!! There is like a 15 year age difference!

So what, it’s a soap opera? All the characters who aren’t children and grandparents are depicted ambiguously in terms of age. Besides, there’s 10 years between the actors who play Victor and Maggie, and 15 between the actors for Victor and Nikki (Y&R), and that’s believable.

Funny, that. You’re right, of course, Jovin….For some reason I always have this picture of Greg being in his twenties.
On second thought, it is gross….just as gross as Kristina and Parker ( GH).

Can you say ageism? I have dated men much older than me. So, it’s really not a big issue. If you have a problem with age differences on TV shows, then you’re not allowing yourself to suspend reality for an hour just to watch said show.

these threads always give me alarm bells and whistles

my first thought… OMG

“He belongs on Y&R”

this is just another example of how valued he is as an artist

“Multi-episode arc” hmmmmm

much longer than a guest star arc…

we’ll take it

from what posts I’ve read on this site – and I believe a whole lot of em

Y&R without all the Baldwin troupe. is their loss

Mr. Greg Rikaart plus your family. welcome

Yes, I’m excited to hear Greg is joining Days. I wonder who he’ll play and what story he’ll be involved in. Maybe a romance with Chloe? Or Paul?

Your loss Y&R.

Is he joining Days for 2 or 3 episodes or 2 or 3 months or longer?

would look good with chloe

That would be funny if they did pair him with Chloe since his character’s love on Y&R is also named Chloe.

I dont know how strong DOOL is but I give them all the credit in the world for trying! They make moves when things are not clicking. The right moves? To be determined but a guy like Greg, the show can only get better. We see Y&R weakening. Way back when they let Harding go. Hartley wasnt Y&R’s fault but they could have rocked the house bringing back Muhney! Now they lose Kevin. Its stupid, him and Mariah are off the charts, Chloe is still in hiding and Gloria is in town. Just stupid. Hey, but we get to watch Jack, Billy, Red and Victoria exchange the same accusations FIVE days a week! Wahoo!

Glo may be in town, but we hardly see her. Bring her back to the front. We need her!

You are correct. She and Victor have been flirting. Maybe they have big future plans for her? Victor would hire her to piss off Jack and might even sleep with her since Jack and Nikki have been rubbing shoulders!

All these women flitting around like moths to a light ( in this case, a dimming light, by the second) should compare notes.

This is for you, Timmmy: Gloria and Victor? It would certainly send Nikki would have a hissy fit……her nose is already up in the air; any more and it will touch the sky. Then, there’s Jack. How about a foursome?? Yucky.

So right, Timm. But don’t forget the thrill of watching Charlie and Mattie trying to act.

Dont forget Reed! Ugg!

LOL, Soaphound….these kids are dull, but, at least, they’re still green….they have years to hone and own their craft, if they decide to stick with it.
Sam ( GH) is no better. What’s kelly’s excuse? Her time has come and gone.

Oh, Timmmy!!!! Please, my love…the thought of Victor doing the tango with anyone is synonymous to yuck!! How much viagra will he need? LOL.

I think he will steal Nick’s vitality along with his half billion dollars! After all, what can Victor NOT do?

Celia…where Victor is concerned, probably a BOATLOAD of Viagra…lol. Yep.

Have a good one, my friend.

@jaybird369.
HaHaHa, Jay…you sure a boatful is enough? More like an Armada!!!!
Later, my friend.

@Timmm.
What can Victor not do? …Hmmm…..Can’t do anything to have me, and that’s a fact !! His loss. LOL.

This makes me very happy; Greg is my of my favorite actors. He was great on Y&R and sure he will be great on DOOL.

Celebration!

He like Eileen Davidson can do both shows..

wow cant waite till he on wow he always been one by favor he wiil vewes with him

Exactly!

Did anyone notice the breath of fresh air when Greg returned? He was so poised and handsome and clearly back where he belongs. I just grinned like a fool whenever he was onscreen. And I vainly hoped they would see how idiotic the decision was to let him go. But obviously DOOL sees his value, so best wishes to the Great Greg. I particularly enjoyed his scene with Cane. And while on Cane, can I just say (and I know I’ll get clobbered for this) that, if Juliet is on the level, I’m glad he and self-righteous Lily are kaput. She just sloughs off her torrid affair with Joe Clark, conveniently leaving out that she brought a wife-beating psychopath into her darling children’s lives, while continually whining how Cane “lied”. I’m not excusing Cane’s behavior but enough groveling! If Juliet is not lying, I say Cane should move on. Sorry to veer off topic, but I needed to get that off my chest!

Not lying? She did lie. Remember that whole sexual harassment lie. Cane lost his job because of that (yes he lied about things, but if Juliet hadn’t brought the suit I don’t think he would have lost his job). Then again, maybe they deserve each other: two liars.

So glad you mentioned the boost of energy when Greg’s scenes aired. Something wonderfully different in the way he delivered lines, body language, facial expression. I miss him on Y& R.

first: absolutely, Greg Rikaart brings a whole new level of REEL. it’s like I’ve said of Eileen Davidson… when these two are on… they make everything show up

my reel post : Lily … ms. high brow

she just irritates me to no end… every since “her” twins were sorased.. she’s taken on a whole new meaning of “biatch” hasn’t she

who told her to amp up her ‘attitude ?

she does not have presence enough

just like her twins… with Devon.

go backburner … bye bye

the winters clan has never worked…save for Neal… whew

WHICH – I will hope till the end… that Drucilla and Neal reunite.

This is where we disagree, Soaphound. LOL. Cane is a dog!!!! I am not excusing Lily….she did cheat, but she told Cane the truth.
Cane lied. Plus, I am not so sure this baby is his. Cane and Lily will get back together….eventually. These couples go through cycles to create drama, which is not drama, at all. Same stuff…I guess the writers run out of stories?
I do not like Cane. I never did. I wish Michael Graziadei would return. Lily had the best relationship with him. I like Lily. I love her fashion sense, as I do Hilary’s….we have similar tastes.
And, yes, I was sooo happy to see Greg….I just wish he had not been used to do Victor’s dirty work.

Bless you, Celia, for reminding me of the Graziadei days. I liked he and Lily also. He is really sexy and was great in his scenes with Michelle Stafford too. And
Hilary/Mishael is a very stylish woman. She’s one of the rare young actresses who knows how to wear clothes, not having the clothes wear them. Victoria should take notes.

I agree with you about Lily; she acts as if she never cheated. Plus, everyone else acts as if it never happened , also. She never said to her kids, dad forgave me when I had sex with a friend of his, twice. I am furious when the writers pretend that things never happened by having other characters pretend, also. Lily’s family is really hypocritical and unfair; upholding her in her decision to leave Cane; however, asking Cane to forgive her when she had sex with Joe. Amnesia has overpowered the whole cast.

Let’s hope this isn’t the start of Ron Carlivati flooding Salem with newbies like he did when he was with GH. You could turn on the show 3 out of 5 days a week and not recognize anybody. And some of the ones you did recognize didn’t belong there because they were characters forced on the viewers from his previous show that got cancelled.

Since this actor reportedly left his last gig because they wouldn’t write his character as “gay”, I’d guess he’s going to be somehow tied to Sonny, Will, or Paul. Most probably Paul’s new boyfriend, since there’s not much doubt Sonny & Will are getting back together.

Y&R chose not to renew his contract, Satan.

Are we sure Greg’s character will be gay, 4ever? It would be great if he could be free to display his true persona.

Thanks for the explanation, 4ever. Great synopsis.

Greg left Y&R because his character left with his gf who everyone thinks is dead. Considering Greg has been playing Kevin for 14 years and Kevin is straight, I don’t think Greg left because his character wasn’t gay. If so, why did he recently return?

No, the truth is Y&R chose not to renew Greg’s contract. From that, there was speculation that Greg’s wishes for Y&R to reveal Kevin as gay was the deciding factor. Y&R didn’t want to deal with fans of Greg/Kevin pushing for Greg to have or not have his wish because Y&R just didn’t want to deal with the subject. Now, of course, they’re pussyfooting around a lesbian storyline.

Possibly, because Sony distributes Y&R and DAYS, Sony was able to persuade DAYS to take on Greg and have him play a gay character per his wishes, something that Y&R wouldn’t grant.

We’ll have to tune in to see.

I agree with 4 ever DAYS. Sony agreed on this actors part and worked with Ron Carlivati to give GR a role he really wanted play. And once he’s done at DAYS I guarantee he’ll return to Y&R. I also suspect that wherever Will was Greg’s character was there with him. Sonny is set to be floored by Will again and his over active Sami genes when the character comes to Salem to claim Will back. And BTW who calls their own self SATAN LOL. And you answered back using his handle. ROFL. TOO MUCH!! SATAN!! LOL.

Yes, that sounds better than Greg’s character coupling with Will. I like that, Satan.

Almost, but not quite sure, Celia. Greg said he wouldn’t mind Kevin being gay. Y&R eventually dropped Greg from contract status. DAYS, distributed by Sony who also distributes Y&R, hires Greg. It’s almost akin to the Eileen Davidson situation. They’re having to go to DAYS to sow their wild oats, so to speak, but Eileen is contracted to Y&R with outs for DAYS whereas an out and proud Greg was ousted for whatever reason(s) by Y&R and is under a short contract with DAYS.

Greg Rikaart is hardly a newbie. He has been employee by Sony for over a decade.

That’s what I thought, but maybe OP classifies Greg as a newbie since he hasn’t been on Days before.

Greg can act. I think whatever character he plays, he will definitely contribute to the show and make it better.

Great news! Involve him with Sonny, Paul and Will! I hope he’s going to be on Days longer, or recurring like he is on Y&R.

Days is really pulling out all of the stops lately! It really is the best soap on TV again, all of the scenes are entertaining lately!

Good pick up for days.It should be interesting to see what kind of character he plays.

I bet ABC is really crapping in it’s diapers that they got rid of Ron Carlivati. He has brought this tragedy of a show back to life. Not only that but bringing back to life some of the most amazing characters. Judi Evans deserves an Emmy. I mean my GOD she has been on FIYA. They are bringing back Sami, Kristen, Rolf, Will, Vivian Alamain and telling some fun crazy ass stories. This is what DAYS is for. I look forward to what Greg Rikhaart will bring to the canvas. I really have say DAYS is improving quickly. Glad to see it. I was worried for awhile.

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EXCLUSIVE: Jacob Young, Joan Collins and Nadia Bjorlin to Prague to Film ‘Murder Between Friends’

On Thursday night during the Michael Fairman Channel’s livestream interview centering around Jason Cook’s (ex-Shawn, DAYS and ex-Matt, GH) latest movie Four For Fun which stars Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-JR, AMC, ex-Rick, B&B and ex-Lucky, GH), revealed another upcoming film project with some very familiar faces.

Jacob Young shared an exclusive that he is set to direct, produce and star in a Agatha Christie-like murder mystery feature film aptly tiled Murder Between Friends.

Speaking on the upcoming project, Jacob said, “I’m flying at the end of the March to Prague to direct, produce and star in a film with Joan Collins (ex-Dynasty). Nadia Bjorlin (ex-Chloe, Days of our Lives) is in it, and Toby Alexander Smith from Eastenders (ex-Gray Atkins). Plus, a couple of my Broadway friends and a very well known Czech actress (Hana Vagnerova).”

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According to Jacob, the production start date is April 1st. He added on the premise of the film, “It’s very Agatha Christie sort of ‘Knives Out’ without having a hundred million dollars to shoot it, but still will be a lovely film nonetheless.” Young said the plan is to finish all principal photography by April 17th.

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IMDb has more on the film. It shared that former All My Children star Trent Garrett (ex-Asher Pike) is listed as co-directing the feature. Mark Rozzano is listed as writer of Murder Between Friends.

So, what do you think about this upcoming feature from Jacob that will feature Joan Collins, Nadia Bjorlin et al? Share your thoughts in the comment section. 

Then below, check out the full livestream conversation with Jason Cook, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young on ‘Four For Fun’ and their notable soap roles.

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Days of our Lives Star Blake Berris Chats On the Everett Lynch/Bobby Stein Mystery, Working with His New Co-Stars, and the Last Christmas Episode with Bill Hayes

On Days of our Lives, the return of Blake Berris is making for some very intriguing drama, with the audience guessing just which way the story will go.

When Berris arrived back on Days of our Lives, after previously playing Nick Fallon, he was taking on the new role of Everett Lynch, who has a past with Stephanie Johnson (Abigail Klein) and Jada Hunter (Elia Cantu). Only, as it has been revealed, the past he had with Jada was under the name “Bobby Stein,” who from what we can tell was far from a nice guy.

Blake visited the Michael Fairman Channel for a livestream interview this week, where fans in the live chat were weighing-on what could be the truth about the guy – is he a split personality suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder? Did the accident that cost him a year of his life in a coma, never happen? Recently, someone set fire to the beloved Horton house. Fans are suspecting it would have been “Bobby” who is working for Clyde Weston (James Read). Others believe that Everett/Bobby could actually be Clyde’s son. With upcoming therapy sessions with Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) about to start, things are about to get more juicy in Salem.

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Here are just a few excerpts from our conversation with Blake on a myriad of Everett/Bobby subjects. Make sure to check out the full interview for more.

Did you know that they were going to make Everett Lynch a Jewish character? This is only the second time in the history of the show that they have even had a Jewish character on the canvas. Didn’t they reveal this at the Horton family Christmas episode?

BLAKE: No, they never asked me. I am half-Jewish on my dad’s side. There was never like, ‘You’re Jewish, right? We can call you Jewish on the show?’ At the Horton Christmas, “They made a real point of it, yeah.”

And now the new ‘character’ is “Bobby Stein” …

BLAKE: “Right, and that suggests more Jewish, and then Lynch must be coming from somewhere else, maybe the mother. I was so curious because I think the show has been historically, I’m gonna say, Catholic more than like Wasps. With the Bradys there’s this sort of Irish influence, and then the DiMeras, that’s Italian. So, we’ve got Catholics sort of on both sides that are dominant. Now I, “represent”.

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What has it been like working with Abigail Klein?

BLAKE: I think she is extraordinary. We start off sort of frosty, or she’s frosty with me, like she doesn’t want to let me in. And then, for a while things are going really well. I just could not adore Abigail more. She’s such a good actor. I could always rely on her to bring me back into a scene and be there in this emotionally, supportive way.

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Everett and Chad seemed to be becoming friend-ish, when all went awry when at the PCPD interrogation room, Everett let him know about Elia and Bobby Stein, and Chad let him have it for worming his way back in to Stephanie’s life.

BLAKE: Billy would call us the ‘disgusting brothers’ and that’s a reference from Succession, because all of a sudden they’re just so chummy with each other. It’s like all of a sudden we just had this like ‘Bernstein and Woodward’, sort of dynamic duo. I think that Everett really started to think of Chad as a friend and feels sort of disappointed, and he feels, “Oh, it’s that easy? I just needed to have some other identity and now you’re a fair-weather friend?”‘

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In recent scenes, Jada sees Bobby Stein for the first time, and we see you and Elia Cantu share scenes with each other for the first time. What is it like working with Elia?

BLAKE: She’s fire, man. She comes in hot and she tells you the way it’s going to be. I think early on, we were trying to suss each other out and the more we worked together, the more comfortable you get with somebody. I think actors do this sometimes with each other; if there’s spice on screen, you like to keep some of what you have on-screen in your (real-life) interactions because it helps … it helps the work.  Eventually, we just sort of wore each other down and we’re like, ‘I actually totally get you, and you’re great.'”

Did you know that they were going to make Everett Lynch a Jewish character? This is only the second time in the history of the show that they have even had a Jewish character and didn’t they reveal this at the Horton family Christmas episode?

BLAKE: No, they never asked me. I am half-Jewish on my dad’s side. There was never like, ‘You’re Jewish, right? We can call you Jewish on the show?’ At the Horton Christmas, “They made a real point of it, yeah.”

And now the new ‘character’ is “Bobby Stein” …

BLAKE: “Right, and that suggests more Jewish, and then Lynch must be coming from somewhere else, maybe the mother. I was so curious because I think the show has been historically, I’m gonna say, Catholic more than like Wasps. With the Bradys there’s this sort of Irish influence, and then the DiMeras, that’s Italian. So we’ve got Catholics sort of on both sides that are dominant. Now I, “represent”.

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You were on set and in the annual Horton Christmas episode which sadly marked the last for Days of our Lives legendary Bill Hayes, who passed away in January of this year.  What do you recall of that tape day?

BLAKE: It was the Christmas episode when we were watching Susan (Julie) and Bill, say ‘Merry Christmas.’  And there was something about it that just felt like it could be the last time. I mean, it wrecked us all on set. Bill gets so choked up and there was something really profound about the moment. They kiss each other as they have so many times before on the show. It was just beautiful. It felt beautiful to be there for that last Christmas. He’s just such an icon. Every time I’d see him, he was so with it … he knew my name, he knew his lines. What an incredible, incredible man.

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Fans will get to see Everett in therapy sessions with Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)? Would you say she is helping the guy?

BLAKE: Deidre’s always making jokes about Marlena, ‘She’s the worst therapist in the world’ (Laughs) I remember in the first therapy session, we almost couldn’t get through the scenes because it’s just so clear that Everett has a litany of very profound psychological issues that he is going to have to work through. He’ll keep coming back. This guy’s gonna pay the bills!

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Viewers are waiting to see how they mystery of Everett Lynch/Bobby Stein plays out. What can you say as a tease for what’s to come?

BLAKE: As far as a tease, I would say, you have all these characters sort of, trying to wake up the ‘sleeping giant’ in a way. I think it’s safe to say that like if you poke a bear, the bear might wake up.

Watch the livestream chat with Blake in full below.

Now let us know, what do you think is going with Everett/Bobby? What has happened to him in his past? Share your theories in the comment section below, and make sure to catch Days of our Lives next week on Peacock for more to his story.

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Days of our Lives Sloan Recast: Natasha Hall Temporarily Fills-In For Jessica Serfaty

Sloan will have a new look for several upcoming episodes on Days of our Lives. Natasha Hall will step in for Jessica Serfaty the week of March 4-8

A spokesperson for DAYS confirmed to Soap Opera Digest, that Hall will take on the role of Sloan Petersen for three episodes.

If Natasha looks familiar she was seen on Netflicx’s The Kominsky Method and has appeared on The Rookie, S.W.A.T., Mom, HBO’s Entourage and the movie Game Night.

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Serfaty began in her run as Sloan back in August of 2022, and has been heavily featured in the Nicole baby switch storyline where along with Melinda Trask (Tina Huang), Sloan is passing of Nicole and Eric’s baby, as her adopted chid, while Nicole continues to mourn the loss of the little bundle of joy.

Since Days had been taking 6 to 7 months ahead of streaming its episodes on Peacock, Hall taped her scenes filling in for Serfaty months ago.

So, interested to see what Natasha Hall brings to the role of Sloan, while Jessica is temporarily off the show? Comment below.

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