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Disney Junior unveiled! SOAPnet's replacement set to premiere March 23rd!

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Here it is soapers!  Your first look at Disney Junior, the 24 hour cable network that will replace the only 24/7 soap opera television network, SOAPnet!   March 23rd is the date that for many of the country you will go from seeing the drama of the boardroom and the bedroom, to watching animated figures with shows such as Doc McStuffins, Gaspard and Lisa, and Jake and the Never Land Pirates!”

ABC/Disney is gunning for pre-schoolers 2-5 and their moms, instead of airing same day and date episodes of your favorite soaps, The Young and the Restless, Days of our Lives, and General Hospital.   While this is another black day for soap fans, it forces us to look for, or continue , the other options once again to see your soaps :  afternoon viewing, your DVR/Tivo, or watching them online.

Here are some excerpts from ABC’s release heralding in their new cable outlet for kiddies!

“Disney Junior, a 24-hour basic cable/satellite channel expressly for kids age 2-7 and their parents/caregivers, will launch Friday March 23 (12:00 midnight, ET/PT) in the U.S., joining 28 other Disney Junior channels around the world. The announcement was made today at the Television Critics Association Press Tour in Pasadena, California, by Gary Marsh, President and Chief Creative Officer, Disney Channels Worldwide. Disney Junior was introduced as a daily programming block on Disney Channel in February 2010 and, year to year, its ratings are up 26% among Kids 2-5 and 36% among Boys 2-5.

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The popular Disney Junior daily programming block will continue on Disney Channel while the new 24 hour channel will fulfill parents’ demands for quintessentially Disney programming throughout the day. The Disney Junior channel will be available via major cable and satellite providers Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Bright House Networks and Verizon, among others.

Marsh said: “This marks the beginning of a sea change in the ‘preschool plus’ television landscape. The response to our Disney Junior programming block has been extremely positive from both our affiliate partners and our viewers’ parents. On March 23, when it launches as a stand-alone channel, our audience will have the opportunity to experience an engaging, learning-focused and uniquely Disney destination on a 24-hour basis.”

Disney Junior invites mom and dad to join their child in the Disney experience of magical, musical and heartfelt stories and characters, while incorporating specific learning and development themes designed for kids age 2-7. A council of academic advisors comprising experts in the fields of child development, transmedia, storytelling, early education and creativity will guide Disney Junior’s learning and development curriculum.

Nancy Kanter, Senior Vice President, Original Programming and General Manager, Disney Junior Worldwide, said: “Disney Junior series each have specific curriculum experts and now, to maximize overall learning value, we are deepening our conversation to include a channel advisory council that will share research and knowledge in the world of education and bring important perspectives on innovations in early childhood learning.”

The programming schedule includes:  “Doc McStuffins” – an animated series about a six-year-old girl who communicates with and heals stuffed animals and toys in her backyard clinic. Under the consultancy of the Hollywood Health & Society division of the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center, the series will highlight the importance of taking care of oneself and others, while showcasing the hallmarks of great Disney storytelling – fantasy and wish fulfillment. Emmy Award-winning writer/producer Chris Nee (“Little Bill” and “Deadliest Catch: Crab Fishing in Alaska”) is the creator and executive producer, and Emmy Award-winning Norton Virgien (“Rugrats”) is the director. “Doc McStuffins” is a production of the Dublin, Ireland-based Brown Bag Films (two time Academy Award nominee for “Granny O’Grimm” and “Give Up Yer Aul Sins”).

“A Poem Is…” — Laura Linney, Viola Davis, John Leguizamo, Jessica Alba, Owen Wilson and Liev Schreiber are among the narrators of the second season of the acclaimed short-form series designed to introduce young children to the beauty of a poem.

“Magical World of Disney Junior” — a weekend movie night featuring telecasts of Disney’s vast array of classic and contemporary movies, including “Beauty and the Beast,” “Bambi,” “Dumbo,” “The Princess and the Frog,” “Cars,” “Toy Story 2,” “Monsters, Inc.” and “Aladdin,” among others.

“Gaspard and Lisa” — the adventures of two best friend puppies as they experience the wonders and challenges of school and family life in their Paris neighborhood. Based on the books by Anne Gutman and Georg Hallensleben, “Gaspard and Lisa” is produced by Chorion.

“Guess How Much I Love You” — a tender animated series centered on the father-son relationship between Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare. Based on the UK picture book, Guess How Much I Love You, by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram, the series will air exclusively on Disney Junior the Channel. “Guess How Much I Love You” is a production of the Australia-based SLR Productions.

In addition to current hits “Jake and the Never Land Pirates,” “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,” “Little Einsteins,” “Handy Manny” and “Special Agent Oso,” the channel will also present viewer favorites from the past, “Higglytown Heroes,” “Stanley,” “JoJo’s Circus” and “Rolie Polie Olie,” among others.

Disney Junior reflects the emotional connection generations of consumers have to Disney storytelling and Disney characters, both classic and contemporary. It invites mom and dad to join their child in the Disney experience of magical, musical and heartfelt stories and characters, while incorporating specific learning and development themes designed for kids age 2-7. Disney Junior’s animated and live action series blend Disney’s unparalleled storytelling and characters kids love deeply with learning, including early math, language skills, healthy eating and lifestyles, and social skills. Disney Junior launched in February 2011 with a daily programming block on Disney Channel. In its first year, Disney Junior posted the network’s biggest yearly audience in the daypart in Total Viewers, Kids 2-5, Boys 2-5, Girls 2-5 and Women 18-49 and increased by double-digit margins among preschooler demographics over year-ago levels.”

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Not a fan! My kids are grown. This station will be OFF my TV the same as ABC! So sorry to see Soapnet go because I work all day and do not own a DVR recorder to watch whatever soaps are left. Guess its time to invest in one. Thanks for keeping us informed on all the fun stuff, Michael!

im trying to remember ,where have I see these cartoons before?I dont know, all over the place ,looks like its going to happen, no change of heart from abc/disney,they are proving there hate for the soaps ,by insulting us with another network for kids,and they are killing the one and only soap channel that we have .they dont hear us ,this is why I will not watch anything that network puts out there ,abc could have kept that channel played the old soaps create new ones ,and let the continuing stories in pine valley and landview go on,and those stupid cartoons that will be showing on disney junior put them where there other kid shows are, how many disney channels are there ,I cant get rid of the dam things ,because I live in florida, disney lets us have it for free ,no package ,if I could get rid of those channels I would,wish there was a way without disrupting my other channels ,I have to call my provider today see what I can do.I know they have to get some money for the places that do show the disney garbage.the channels are never allowed in my home ,but I wonder if there still on, with the cable that you have and its counted as a rating boost,I hope not .heather thats another question for you ,is it counted if its on your package ,but you dont watch it.I would like to know .Im sick over this, even though we knew it was going to happen.I hope we dont loose general hospital.abc is killing everything Im farmiliar with.after march 22 gh is all abc owns ,whats going to happen next?

how many 3-7 year olds are up past 9:00 at night, this is sooo stupid!! Barbara, if the ratings do not go up on GH it will be gone in September.

I know,my kids were never up that late ,they should be in bed ,I dont get it ,and I am worried about general hospital,the ratings have to get better abc has no problem cancelling soaps.

Disney, you stink! As my moniker indicates, I am a “mom of 3” and I can tell you the last thing my household needs is another TV Channel for kids! My soaps are my “me” time. As a hard-working wife & mother I don’t think that is too much to ask.

I am in full-boycott of ALL things Disney because of the cancellation of the ABC soaps & SoapNet.

I’m sure CEO Robert Iger has plenty of “me” time with his $50,000,000+ 2011 earnings. Give the rest of us 99% a break. I even paid more for my cable bill for SoapNet.

I should add, I contacted my cable provider to complain about the change and will change my cable plan once SoapNet is off the air. I’ll save some money, but I’d rather have my soaps.

By the way, advertising sponsors, I make the purchasing decisions in our households, not my kids. I am watching who advertises on all ABC/Disney channels and actively boycotting them too.

Another reason to hope Anne Sweeney gets fired ala Brain Frons. I wish soapfans would unite on March 22nd and create a plan to boycott ABC for one entire day/week. I LOVE SoapNet- I really hate ABC.

I havent watched anything on abc since my soaps were canceled,all I watch is general hospital,television goes on at 3 off at 4.abc/disney will never have me as a fan anymore.Once I make up my mind to do something ,I stick to it.Ill never change my mind about that network ,unless all my children and one life to live are brought back where they belong.

We, as in our family and friends are continuing our boycotting of ALL THINGS ABC and Disney for their having canceled “One Life to Live” and “All My Children.” In response to these cancellation policy decisions, decisions made by Disney’s Robert Iger and ABC’s Anne Sweeney and Brian Frons, evidence is emerging suggesting that ABC is witnessing half of the Daytime audience fan base fleeing its network programming entirely, as some acutely perceptive observers (i.e. including among others, the acutely prescient Robin Strasser, et al.) many months ago had well predicted would be the tragic outcome. In an honorable business culture, these three individuals would have already committed a form of corporate “hari kari” for having offended and injured as many parties as they have through their rank incompetence, poor business decision making, and despicable treatment of their customers/loyal viewers of many decades duration. And, moreover, for their manifest classless crude abuse, deception, and disrespect they rained on the ever talented casts and crews of “One Life to Live” and “All My Children.” Iger, Frons, and Sweeney are disgraces to the honorable traditions that have historically prevailed in the American entertainment and broadcasting industries, and the latter Ms. Sweeney in having been complicit to the extreme in Mr. Frons’ notorious in the public record, chronic repeated ageist and sexist conduct, is a disgrace to the American womens movement that tragically paved the opportunity for her; powerfully witness her wrecking operations in a Bain Capital-like looting fashion of a great American storytelling genre birthed by writer Agnes Nixon that sustained primetime programming on this country’s networks for decades. Moreover, the three of them, Iger, Sweeney and Frons went on to replace such iconic American classics (and their millions of LOYAL daytime viewers) with junk programming a la The Spew and The Revulsion in further debasing the American contemporary television medium. Shame on the three of them and let damn be done! ABC/Disney: Release the rights now being held “hostage” to those shows and allow another network or cable provider to bring these shows back to their audiences. For once, do the right thing and cease your contemptuous conduct toward your customer base that is inimical to every sound contemporary business practice. Begin, then, to advertise ABC in a positive public light. Or perhaps better that Disney “do you” (Karma) as you did unto others, and denigrate and humiliate, and sell you off at a fire sale…now, there’s an idea….why, thank you Fortune Magazine….

I hope that abc /disney has spies and they come here and read what all of us have to say about there cancellation of our soaps and how many people were hurt in there decision to do so,and again you tell it like it is .I wish we could get agnes nixons rights to her stories,I dont understand abc/disneys ,keeping the stories hostage ,they say the soaps are dead,so give them up,how can they loose ,I think I read it here ,someone wrote if they dont have them, no one else will get them ,now thats greed.I really wish we could sink abc ,daytime and prime time.again ,another good post,dr donald g.boudreau.

Nice having a doctor on the site, LOL.

Doc, Shelly and I (1loveabcsoaps) have some good idea’s posted below. What do you think of them and do you have any to ADD to our list?

The last thing we need is another reason for kids to stay indoors, Disney & ABC you really did not think this through. I have enjoyed soapnet for years ( also paid extra on direct tv ) Missing all my stories, I will contune to Boycott all ABC shows ( except GH) and ALL DISNEY ( already cancled family fun magazine & movie club) now i record All My Children, One Life to live & General Hospital. guess i will have plenty of room on my recorder after Soapnet is gone. You really don’t pay attention to the consumer , we as parents, grandparents & aunts are the one who buys for the kids. and we choose what they watch on TV. wish more could be done to bring our stories back. On another note i find it funny that ABC has blocked several of us from posting on thier facebook pages (If they don’t agree with us they delete our post and block us)

“A 24-hour basic cable/satellite channel expressly for kids age 2-7 and their parents/caregivers.” To watch together? Or does Disney mean parents/caregivers can park their kids in front of the television and forget about them? What children ages 2-7 are awake and watching television 24 hours a day? Add a vending machine to dispense food and you can leave the kids alone for a week at a time. Disney Junior–the substitute parents/caregiver–addicts your children to mindless television, freeing up more of your time for what’s really important.

I know, who lets there kids watch tv in the middle of the night?alot of parents today do use the tv to baby sit there kids,no wonder the family is dying .I like your vending machine to dispense food,and leave them for a week ,the last thing I ever wanted to do was to bond with my kids in front of a dam tv.someday I would love to count all the kid channels out there ,then ask abc/disney why they were hell bent in destroying the only soap channel for another kid show.

Gag me. This is another stupid move by ABC/Disney. I detest both of them-only watch ABC for GH. That is it. Why on earth can’t the Disney Kids get a channel of their own? Why, why, why, are soap lovers losing everything? Damn it. This is frustrating. Just sick over it all. Today I was watching GH on the treadmill & during a commercial actually reached for the remote, just for a second to see what was happening on Guiding Light! Crazy, huh? But I used to love to switch back & forth & watch all the soaps. I hate 2012.

I don’t understand when there is a channel for every conceivable type of human interest that there cannot be one channel on this planet for soap operas. Are children ages 2-7 a bigger spending consumer audience than the people who watch soaps? Last time I checked, most kids this age don’t have credit cards, disposable income, or shop for their families.

Oh, I have been screaming this from the rooftops since last April. I mean, seriously, there is literally a channel devoted to interest you can think of but they are robbing soaps fans blind. I love SoapNet, just love it-I loved Soap Talk with Ty & Lisa Rinna, and I loved One Day with Wally Kurth & Soapography. I don’t know what happened to these shows but they were so good. And you would think, not expensive to produce. I was hoping SoapNet would pick up shows like Another World, Santa Barbara, Loving, there are so many to choose from. If the networks are gonna cancel our current shows why can’t someone just have a channel for reruns of old soaps? Aren’t tapes just gathering dust somewhere, how expensive could that cost to rerun old shows?? That would be better than nothing. This Disney Kids sickens me.

To be honest, I’m NOT upset by this. They’re re-airing all of my childhood shows so I can’t be too bittersweet about it. And yes, soap fans will slam me but I’m trying to see my own positive about this. I can re-live my childhood and share with my baby cousin.

as soon as soapnet is gone,so is my cable bill,thats 70$ amonth I can save for gas and food

I had my cable shut off July 2008, (to save $50 a month) so this boycott will be easy!! 🙂 I don’t know why they can’t play old soaps and have kids programming too. Like others said, play one during the daytime, other at night! I still wouldn’t pay $50 tho!

why couldn’t tptb & tiic show programs during the day for the kids & still show the soaps at night????

Because Ethel that would involve ABC/Disney actually have a heart and brain and compromising with the fans.

If Disney wanted to added Disney Jr i am not to upset about that but they could have seen if the cable companies would add the station and kept Soapnet on the air instead of replacing one network with another one.On Comcast Cable in Sacramento their are more then one network that has the exact same programming on at the same time on more then one channel like our local CBS Channel which has the same shows on at the same time on channels 13 and 90 and the GSN is on more then 1 channel with the same shows and thats not including the HDTV Channels they could put on CBS and the GSN on one channel each and free up 2 stations.

Let’s continue to find other ways to BOYCOTT abc.
1. Send soap to the abc studio
2. Cancel cable and get the dish (support no disney shows)
3. Call Disney 818.460.7477/ 663 818.560.1000
4. Watch no abc channels BUT support General Hospital at 3pm, and change channel.
5. Tell your friends and family to do same, and REMIND them to make sure they are.
6. Post abc boycott on your Facebook accounts
7. Sign all petitions and start your own petitions. We want OLTL back.
8. Email Oprah, Call her, Twitter her, Facebook the HELL out of her & ask her to reconsider. Noone will care about her back-tracking. She needs viewership, and that calculated to income. Get your friends & family (especially young people who love ALL things social media) involved in getting their friends to bagger Oprah like hell.
9. Get together with your soap friend pal’s and take out an add in a Newspaper, (especially if you live in a major market, Phili, Chicago, NYC, LA) about the lost of your soap and disappointment. This will attract publicity and make the news, then someone will see it as a gold mine as a Market X, that isn’t being forfilled.
10. Do these things everyday, get other’s involved, remind them. If you forget a day, not lose stamina-get back with it the next. DON’T GIVE UP THE FIGHT.

PS. Brainstorm with other people about what else we can do.

I have a plan and it’s very simple:
1) For the time being, I only watch GH on ABC.
2) My trip next 2 weeks to central FL, for the first time ever, will not include a visit to the Mouse House.
3) On March 23, I intend to contact my cable company and have all the Dis channels removed from my lineup.
4) IF GH is cancelled, I will draft a letter to my local ABC affiliate explaining why I will no longer watch their channel. Local affiliates survive by local advertising. If I have the time, I will personally phone those who advertise during GH, and explain, sorry, I’m no longer watching.
5) As I did when OLTL went off on 1/13, I posted a very negative response to the affiliates FB post: (paraphrasing) “Arent you excited for the Monday debut of the ______?” It started a deluge of negative posts, NO ONE wanted to see that show.

Im with you 1loveabcsoaps .cant think of any more we can do to ,you pretty much covered it all. we cant give up,im not .and I continue to call and e mail abc/disney every day sometimes more .keep signing the petitions on facebook.we cant give up.

This is really upsetting. At least for now, I can watch classic episodes of OLTL & AMC. It has softened the blow of losing them both. When SoapNet goes off the air, I don’t know what I’ll do. I really miss my soaps! I have watched both since day one. This is just too hard to take. ABC/D, I wish someone would cancel your existence, you evil, rat bastards! Have an effing magical day.

I know what you mean, having SoapNet & the reruns was a comfort-this is just another blow to soap fans. I agree with every word you said. ABC & Disney can go straight to hell.

Im with you liz ,I love you calling them , the rat bastards <I have a few choice words to call them to, but I cant use them here.I hope abc/disney has a magical day and there new shows, all of them ,make them wish upon a star that they never would have canceled our soaps ,they sure wanted to get out of the soap business ,didnt they ?another disappointment for us.

i cant agree more i love my soaps i hate 2012 i rather get hit by a astriod then lose my soaps thanks for nothing abcd and disney i really hope this is the end of the world this year then i will die laughing at you guys hahahaha

Where will I get my Gilmore Girls fix on the weekends? Damn them! Looks like my cable bill will be a little less money as well.

I’ve already been boycotting ABC. The only show I watch is GH and if it’s cancelled, bye bye ABC for good.

This sucks.

I fell in love with Brothers & Sisters on SoapNet, never watched it on ABC but recently I realized SoapNet was starting it over with the very first episode. I have been dvr-ing it like crazy but March 23 will be here before I get all the shows recorded. Damn it. Will have to buy dvds or something. I was hoping to get into Gilmore Girls next but I guess not. I love SoapNet & will miss it like I miss everything else that is being taken away from us.

dont stop watching brothers and sisters, another show abc/disney got rid of that they shouldnt have ,there family meals are so funny reminds me when my gang gets together,I dont think abc/disney likes family shows, not like they use to.there prime time shows are getting trashier and trashier .so abc/disney is not missed in my home.

Arent some cable proviuders still carrying soapnet past March 23rd?

I dont see how if its been turned into disney junior ,on march 23rd.of all the networks that are out there we cant have one soap channel, makes no sense.

Yes but only temporary until they are able to carry Disney Junior.

Yes, brother and sister’s was a Great Show…., and could have used better marketng and advertising…. I love Sally Field. A Big Sally Fan…

it was one of my favorite shows ,another killing by abc/disney that show had a lot of life left in it.I was so disappointed when it was canceled but I wasnt surprised.seems that abc is getting away from family programming .I miss the walkers to.also think the time should have been changed put on earlier.

Why can’t they atleast throw us a bone & show old episodes of AMC & OLTL? It won’t cost them anything & they can leave Soapnet alone! We don’t need anymore kids channels! There must be a dozen already! They’re only used to sell products to kids so they can bug their parents to buy them junk!

This is complete s***!!! Disney already has Disney Playhouse in the morning for little kids, why spoil it for us soapfans with yet another one when this is not needed?

I for one do not understand WHY children would need a 24 hour station, when children are supposed to be in bed !!! I am one show away from blocking ABC and Disney from my televisions. If General Hospital goes, so does ABC and Disney right off my remote, I PROMISE I will block the channels. No more purchasing Disney products either !!! Tired of their total disregard for all of us loyal soap fans !
Sign me ” pis**d off and had enough” !!!

i’m excited to find where disney jr is or will be in march, 2013. “that’s fresh” sounds totally fascinating. guess it’s a cooking show to show how to cook healthier. i’ve gained two sizes due to a foot problem. can’t wait to learn to cook healthier.

Days Of Our Lives

Ron Carlivati Talks on Decision to Make Days of our Lives 15000th Episode About Doug’s Funeral, and Previews Chances for WGA Award

This week, Days of our Lives celebrated the taping of their 15,000th episode. In of it itself, that is an incredible accomplishment for the long-running soap opera currently streaming on Peacock.

However, this on set gathering was a bit different. Though the show is celebrating their achievement, they are also in the middle of taping scenes surrounding the death and the funeral of Doug Williams, played by the late Bill Hayes, who passed away on January 12th of this year at the age of 98.

As previously revealed many longtime favorites are back to honor Bill and the character of Doug including: Gloria Loring (Liz), Melissa Reeves (Jennifer), Matthew Ashford (Jack), Maree Cheatham (Marie), Victoria Konefal (Ciara) and Stephen Schnetzer (Steve) to name but a few.

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Michael Fairman TV was in attendance and spoke with Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati to gain some insight into how the 15,000 episode was crafted and the decision to honor the character of Doug Williams and Bill Hayes as its epicenter. In addition, Ron weighed-in on this Sunday’s April 14th WGA (Writers Guild of America) Awards, where he and his writing team are facing off with General Hospital for the daytime drama prize. Here’s what Ron shared below.

Was this your idea to make the 15,000th episode centered around Doug’s funeral and passing?

RON: It was. When you’re looking at it, and laying out the calendar for the whole year and you see 15,000 is coming up, we’re like, “What are we going to do?” And then, we got the news that Bill had passed away and something kind of clicked. I was like, “We should honor Doug on that show.” So then, we started to kind of build around that … when does he pass away? How does he pass away? Who could come back? You know, it’s a lot.  I’m very pleased with the returns that we got as there’s so much that you could do. We wanted everybody we could get. So, we put together a wish list and Janet Drucker (co-executive producer, Days of our Lives) made it happen.

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You have Melissa Reeves back as Jennifer, when the role was last played by Cady McClain. What has it meant to have Missy back for these shows?

RON: It was so nice to see Missy Reeves. I think Cady has done such a good job, but on the 15,000th episode to see Missy as Jennifer, it’s a big deal. So having her was great, and overall, the milestone was a big undertaking, because you want to live up to it. You want the 15,000th episode to be good. Now, it has a lot of real emotion that you’re playing. because for the cast and the crew they’re honoring Bill Hayes just as much as we’re honoring Doug Williams.

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Was it hard for you and the team to write this episode?

RON: Yes. I’ll tell you why it was hard to write.  When I wrote, for example, Asa’s (Phillip Carey) death on One Life to Live or Victor’s (John Aniston) on DAYS, Asa is a different type of character. Like, you could have characters going, “Oh! I’m glad he is dead.” You could have different points of view, but with Doug, you’re not having that. Every person loves this man. No one had a bad relationship with him. So, you’re challenge as a writer is how do you make it that not everybody’s saying the same thing and doing the same thing. And so, we tried to find ways to make the episode about all the familial relationships and yet, how do you make it about Doug and yet broaden the scope.

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I had spoken to Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie), a week after Bill’s memorial, for an interview. She said that she felt very fortunate that you did include her on discussions of how you would tackle Doug’s passing. How did that conversation go?

RON: First, I attended Bill’s funeral, which was incredible. I said to so many people it was an emotional service, but it was hard to be sad at this. The guy had an incredible life and it was an incredible celebration. And so, you’re sitting there watching this knowing that you now have to write something similar. And how do you write something that lives up to what you just witnessed? I wanted to talk to Susan to get her thoughts about, you know, how much do you want this to be about keeping Bill separate from Doug. How comfortable are you sharing your grief. She was incredible to talk to. It was a great chat.

You’re in the middle of taping these major scenes for the 15,000 episode to air in December. How do you think it’s going? Have you seen any of the scenes?

RON:  I haven’t seeing anything. I mean, we were still making changes to the script up till this morning!

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The Writers Guild Awards are this Sunday, April 14th and once again this year there are two daytime drama nominees, General Hospital and Days of our Lives. How are you feeling about your chances this year?

RON: It is often just GH and us in the category. I’ve won three years in a row, so I’m kind of feeling like it’s their turn.

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What episodes did you submit for contention? If I recall, they had to do with Victor’s memorial.

RON: The episodes we submitted were centered around Victor’s funeral. I think one has story with Vivian. We had some fun stuff, we had some emotional stuff at Victor’s death, and I am pretty sure that our submission was three episodes right around that time.

Did you make the decision to go with those episodes because there was a mix of humor and drama?

RON: I like to have some humor, but it was also the funeral, then there’s Sarah (Linsey Godfrey) giving birth, and then Vivian’s (Louise Sorel) crashing the reading of the will. So, we had a lot of fun and it’s hard sometimes to pick three that tell a story, as opposed to submitting for the Daytime Emmys, where the writing team only submits two shows.  So, we shall see how it goes on Sunday.

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So, are you looking forward to the emotional 15,000th episode of Days of our Lives? Do you think DAYS will take home the WGA writing award for daytime dramas for the 4th year in a row? Comment below.

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Matthew Ashford, Martha Madison, Victoria Konefal and Maree Cheatham Make Returns to Days of our Lives

Today on Thursday April 11th, Days of our Lives celebrated the taping of their 15,000 episode which also happens to coincide with the funeral and episodes surrounding the death of Doug Williams (played by the late Bill Hayes).

Michael Fairman TV was on the set today during the milestone celebration; which also revealed who was back and participating in scenes during the emotional funeral for Doug and more.

In addition to the previously revealed Stephen Schnetzer (Steve Olson), Melissa Reeves (Jennifer Horton) and Gloria Loring (Liz Chandler), now comes Matthew Ashford (Jack Devereaux), Martha Madison (Belle Black), Victoria Konefal (Ciara Brady Weston) and Maree Cheathem (Marie Horton) among others.

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Cheatham last appeared on DAYS back in 2010, while Ashford last appeared in 2023. Other cast members back for Doug’s funeral are Brandon Beemer (Shawn), Lamon Archey (Eli) and Sal Stowers (Lani)

In addition, look for longstanding cast members including: Josh Taylor (Roman Brady), Stephen Nichols (Steve Brady), Mary Beth Evans (Dr. Kayla Brady), Jim Reynolds (Abe Carver), Jackée Harry (Mayor Paulina Price), Suzanne Rogers (Maggie Horton Kiriakis), Deidre Hall (Dr. Marlena Evans), and of course, Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie Williams) to appear throughout the emotional episodes as well.

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DAYS projects that the 15,000 episode tentatively will stream on Peacock on December 3rd. Since DAYS tapes well in advance, viewers will have a long stretch to wait. Be on the lookout for interviews and coverage from the taping and more right here on Michael Fairman TV.

So, what do you think of the returns listed thus far for the episodes surrounding the passing of Doug Williams and honoring Bill Hayes? Let us know in the comment section.

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Days of our Lives Reveals Newcomers Cherie Jimenez and Al Calderon

On the official Days of our Lives Instagram account, a photo has appeared featuring new additions to Salem, Cherie Jimenez and Al Calderon.  The Peacock streaming soap opera is not offering up just who they are playing.

However, the smart money seems to be that Jimenez is a recast Gabi Hernandez and Calderon potentially her brother, Dario Hernandez, since the two actors are seen standing in Rafe’s (Galen Gering) kitchen.

In story, Gabi has been stuck in prison for “murdering” Li Shin. Looks like the character will be brought back on to the canvas, but will Gabi reunite with Stefan (Brandon Barash)?

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If Calderon proves to be Dario that character has been off the show since 2017, when soap vet Jordi Vilasuso played the part. Dario departed Salem to avoid getting locked up in the slammer and in the process granted Abigail a divorce while in hiding.

If Jimenez looks familiar, she has been featured in roles on Pretty Little Liars,The Newsroom, NCIS, Maya and Breaking Tradition. Calderon has appeared in Walking Dead: World Beyond, and a few episodes of the soapy, The Haves and the Have Nots.

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As for Camila Banus, her last day on the DAYS set was back on April 28, 2023, when she revealed she was exiting the role of Gabi, a role she made soap-famous for 13 years.

Do you think Cherie and Al are the new Gabi and Dario? If not, who do you think they are playing? Weigh-in below.

 

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