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Drake Hogestyn Halloween Tweet On His DAYS Return As John Black!

Photo Credit: HutchinsPhoto.com

Photo Credit: HutchinsPhoto.com

So many long time fans of Days of our Lives have been ecstatic at the news that fan favorite, Drake Hogestyn is finally back in the saddle at the NBC soap as John Black.

And today on Halloween, Hogestyn tweeted  his confirmation on his arrival back in Salem,  “Happy All Hallow’s Eve! The Treat?…I’m back in Salem! The Trick?…I sold my house and have no place to live! Now that’s scary! Yikes!”

Due to DAYS production schedule, in which they tape four months ahead, look for Drake to be back on your screens in early 2014!

Excited to hear confirmation on his return to DAYS from Drake himself?

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Linda
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Linda

OMG Michael, OVER the top giddy doesn’t even begin to explain how overjoyed I am to hear confirmation that Drake is back on DAYS! Talk about receiving the best EARLY Christmas present ever! I haven’t watched DAYS since this amazing actor was removed from my television screen, so it looks like next year DAYS goes back on my lineup! Drake’s Tweets are so much fun to read! WELCOME BACK, DRAKE!

Kristine Ali
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Kristine Ali

I am sooooooo beyond excited. I was so happy to meet you at the book signing in Durham, NC. You are the sweetest person. I loved hearing your story of your Aunt that lives here. I can NOT wait to see you blessing my screen again. Days has NOT been the same without you 🙂

Chloe
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Chloe

Yes!!!!! Yes!!!! Yes!!!!! The way the writers had John treat Marlena made no sense. I wish they could erase those scenes but since they can’t, I hope they will so something to reunite them [after he grovels for forgiveness. LOL]. I’m just happy that John Black is coming back to town. And that’s a fact!!!

Dorothy Patterson
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Dorothy Patterson

Welcome back my friend; Salem was not the same without you. We missed you greatly!!

Katarina
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Katarina

Very excited, Drake is my favourite actor on Days, by FAR. So I am thrilled to see him coming back – I just hope it will be the true John Black, which his fans love and expect without a breath. <3

Joshua
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Joshua

That poor old man.

Ann
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Ann

I’m MORE than thrilled that Drake is back where he belongs – DAYS – where he never should have been benched! Thanks so much for confirming the news for us, Michael and Drake! We’re counting down the days until we can turn our TV’s back on to watch him again. He’s been very much MISSED! We love you, Drake!

Annie
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Annie

I’m so HAPPY that Drake is coming back home to Days! It has not been the same since he left! maybe him and Doc can get back on straight! Brady can be ok and we get rid of Kritter! I want to see him and Stefano to get into a BIG ARGUMENT! Let Stefano take Doc and let John find his wife! The fans want a GOOD love scene too and we want an explanation why he fell had feeling for kritter! Brady needs to go in a psych ward and they need to bring BELLE back!

heidi
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heidi

They should keep him around for awhile this time!

Cathy Eriksen
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Cathy Eriksen

Thrilled to see Drake off the bench and back in the lineup !! SCREAMSSSSSS ~ You have been dearly missed can’t wait to early 2014 hope its even sooner !! Welcome Back Drake !!

Karen
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Karen

The BEST news!!! Welcome Back Drake!!!

Dee
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Dee

So GLAD Drake is back!
Hoping for super good spy storyline with some hot J&M romance!

Jennifer
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Jennifer

Best news ever! I’m so happy that Drake’s back! It hasn’t been the same since he left. Hopefully we’ll get to see him make things right with Marlena (and Brady) and he gets lots of screentime, too!

Michael
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Michael

Hands down the worst actor on daytime. Save Deidre Hall’s job and find her a real actor to match her talents.

eileen hargis
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eileen hargis

go post somewhere else, MICHAEL, ur outvoted and shut down!

Linda
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Linda

WOO HOOOOOO! YOU GO Eileen! Yes, the haters ARE outnumbered in a HUGE way, that is why they’re sulking and being so mean spirited! Thanks for defending Drake, Eileen!

Linda
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Linda

I’ll just say I could not DISAGREE with you more Michael and leave it at that. I do NOT engage haters such as yourself!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Its great Drake’s back…however, i hope the writers have a good storyline for him!!!

Tammy Carr
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Tammy Carr

I’m so beyond thrilled that Drake is finally back Where He belongs. Now I will definitely be watching Days again. I just hope he’s here to stay this time. Hopefully He will have a kickingstoryline. Welcome Back Drake!

Chris
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Chris

So happy and excited to see Drake back in Salem where he BELONGS!!! 2014 is going to be a great year! Black is Back!!!

johnny
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johnny

who cares about drake. i used to like john black. the man needs acting lessons now.

eileen hargis
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eileen hargis

Yeaah, thats why hehas been on Days,for more than 20 yeats, poor acting, lol.

Linda
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Linda

It is the SAME haters, Eileen, PAST old IMO! They just use different screen names, OY!

Pam
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Pam

Am I happy that Drake is back in Salem? Is the Pope Catholic? Of course I am! SCREAMS…. Drake Hogestyn should NEVER have been benched!! I’m a LONG time DAYS watcher(since 1972) & I haven’t watched for weeks because Drake/John hasn’t been in Salem!! The writers have certainly lost the romance & humor of the DAYS of the 80’s & 90’s. I hope & pray they get their act together & give Drake a nice LONG storyline;like I expected last Fall but didn’t get! Drake Hogestyn MAKES DAYS now! I am a FAN of Drake’s for life! He’s a wonderful… Read more »

chris
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chris

I am so HAPPY DRAKE IS BACK ON DAYS WERE HE BELONGS. Now John has to make thing right with MARLENA so they can live Happy Ever After.

eileen hargis
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eileen hargis

Only two posters not happy about Drakes,return and they are both men, FIGURES,.jealous, guys?????

Linda
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Linda

ROTF! *High five*

Patrick
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Patrick

fans roar… for the DAYS of ole’

yeah, yeah, yeah…. supercouple intrigue… John Black and lady “GOD”iva Marlena. she upholds her saint so high

Drake Hogestyn…. needs to nest with Kate….. and/or for the Love of God… already… simply spotlight Nicole’ Mother… sensual seductress “Fay”

simmer Celeste… for Abe and Stefano

let’s trot out his stamina Roman

John and Kate
John and Marlena
John and Fay

that’s enuf energy

man machinations from Stefano, Roman…

John loved Kristen

Patrick
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Patrick

i’m giddy now…

what, about: John & Kayla ?!?!

Linda
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Linda

LOL, my dream pairing is John and Kayla, hehe!

Annie
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Annie

Hi! I have watched Drake ever since the late 80’s. I ‘am SO HAPPY THAT he is coming back to days! This is what I think should happen. Stefano and John get into a big war and Stefano should take marlena and John should come back and rescue her! They should also bring back Belle and let Brady get his head back on straight and when John comes back into town . Marlena should not talk to him at first because she is upset that he supposly had feeling for Kritter! Let them argue and get upset at each other… Read more »

Joyce
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Joyce

I am THRILLED beyond words that The Black is Back! Can’t wait to see what’s in store for John & Marlena!

No1_ILoveLucyFan
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No1_ILoveLucyFan

My heart about leapt out of my chest when I heard the news! So glad to hear he’s coming back to Days & we’re hoping they edit him in for some mistletoe-fantasy-smoochin between John & Marlena, we got jipped last year & we need a J&M fix!!

Welcome back, Drake – we missed you & we NEVER gave up!! <3

Patrick
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Patrick

“…we’re hoping they edit him in for some mistletoe-fantasy-smoochin between John & Marlena”

“GREAT IDEA”

what better way to usher in the possibilities and here HE comes… in to the new year.

Marlena dreading the holidays… and the new year… and SURPRISE

Phil
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Phil

Looks like some fast forwarding coming soon to my screen! I like Marlena so much better without him!

annie roney
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annie roney

Happy Days are here again with our Drake Hogestyn back soon. I can hardly wait. It is drakeriffic. Thanks so much for this. anniegabrielpacoattherainbowbridgedrakefansrever

annie roney
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annie roney

I forgot to say also, that Drake is my favorite actor ever. To me, when he plays Roman/John, he is the essence of a hero/friend/lover/husband/dad/priest/mercenary, anything that is thrown at him. He gives 110% to any role they give him and plays it has he is that character. I have been a fan since 1986, when I being a born and raised Hoosier was visiting in Denver, and saw the show with him on it. Went back to Anderson, south of Fort Wayne and since then he has been my all time favorite male actor. I can see him in… Read more »

Haley
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Haley

His tweet was the very BEST news!! I can’t wait for him to be back on our screens – and then I can start watching again!!! #wewantjandm

Dave
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Dave

Well now, looks like I’m going to start watching DAYS again starting next year. Drake is a fabulous actor, I’ve missed the unique qualities he brings to his role as John, he has been very much missed. My wife, Lisa, also loves both the actor and character! Looking forward to seeing him!

Mary H
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Mary H

EXCITED, ELATED, JUMPING FOR JOY, OUR MAN DRAKE is heading back to Salem. Our hopes, prayers, belief in and for Drake were not in vain. The day I heard he was coming back I did my happy dance all afternoon and I am still grinning from ear to ear. WELCOME HOME DRAKE, YOU HAVE BEEN MISSED.

Helen
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Helen

THANK YOU DRAKE FOR THIS WONDERFUL NEWS! My favorite actor on DAYS is FINALLY back on my screen, which means I’ll be watching DAYS again instead of GH! Welcome back to this terrific actor!

Cheryl
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Cheryl

I am so super excited the man himself is coming home to Salem. I’ve missed seeing your handsome face for too long, and maybe now you and Doc can get back to what you used to be . . .

mary
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mary

FINALLY! WHAT A PERFECT EARLY CHRISTMAS GIFT!!!!!!

eileen hargis
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eileen hargis

Glad to see ur cóming back. Good to see they finally heard us. We have been yelling LONG and loudly forva long time!

Patti
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Patti

SO VERY AWESOME!! Im doing the happy dance all over the place with joy =)
Drake is the best when it comes to acting, there is no other that can replace him. I cant wait to see him on the screen on Jan!

LUMI/John
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LUMI/John

I am so happy my John is back on Days,
more Lucas and John,I got my Christams gifts 🙂

karen
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karen

Marlenanba is a very good actress. However with Drake and Kristen I believe the writers did drop the ball. So much more could we see of Kristens talents as a sophisticated saboteur, possible head of Dimeras against John , mature , sophis, dynamic , puzzling so forth. Not all that non sense. In fact I like John better with Kristen than Marlena, Marlena is dull, no fault of her own lately. I like her now with or without John not because john is a bad actor.

diane s
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diane s

It’s about time!!!!

I can’t wait to see him in 2014

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Abe Goes to the Light While John Faces Off with MarDevil

Monday’s highly-anticipated episode of Days of our Lives did not disappoint. In fact, we think that this episode should be a strong contender for DAYS to consider for one of their Outstanding Drama Series submissions for next year’s Daytime Emmys.  Why? It has it all – emotional heart with Abe’s journey to and from the light, touching flashbacks, a great performance by James Reynolds, and some special effects and editing during the John (Drake Hogesytn) vs. MarDevil scenes, which also gave us a delicious performance by Deidre Hall.

At the start of the episode, Abe has flatlined after being shot as Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) tries to revive him, but they are losing him.  As this is going on, Paulina (Jackée Harry), Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) and Eli (Lamon Archey) are gathered at the hospital awaiting news on Abe’s condition.  Later, Eli decides to go find out what is happening with Abe, and gets the shock of his life when he walks in on Abe flatlining, while Kayla tells him that Abe is gone.  Eli implores her to try to bring him back. He tells the others they are working on trying to save Abe, as Julie and Paulina bond, and later, Lani must call Theo and Brandon to let them know about Abe’s condition.

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Julie reminisces about Abe, and how they have known each other for 40 years, our wink-wink that this is James Reynolds’ 40th anniversary episode.   Then, we see Abe has gone to the light wearing a white sweater and who should he see but his beloved late wife, Lexie.  No, it’s not Renee Jones, but an actress who delivers Lexie’s lines, since it had been previously reported that Jones was unavailable for the episode.  In scenes with the replacement Lexie, Reynolds showed us why he is an MVP of DAYS.  He acted up a storm and brought the emotion regardless of who was standing there.

 

However, longtime viewers got a wonderful surprise when flashback clips of scenes between Renee Jones and Reynolds were shown and they were some major moments in the history of Abe and Lexie’s relationship including: the moment when Abe learns Lexie’s pregnant, the moment when he is disgusted by Lexie’s betrayal when he learned of her involvement in the Zack baby switch storyline, and what she did to Bo and Hope, all because she was desperate for a child. Later, it’s the five-hankie moment of when Lexie, who was dying from a brain tumor, passes away in Abe’s arms.

After all the flashbacks, Lexie tells Abe he needs to go back and not to come with her to heaven. He has children, and people who love him and need him. Eventually, he says his goodbyes to Lexie and returns to the present, just as Kayla is about to call his time of death in the hospital room. All of a sudden, Abe’s heart begins to beat.

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Kayla brings Julie, Eli, Lani, and Paulina the news that Abe will need surgery, but he will make it.  Then, Paulina and Lani make their way to see him. In another emotional moment, they tell him how much they love him (Paulina looks worried about her lie being exposed that Lani is not really Abe’s bio-daughter).  As the episode comes to its conclusion, we see the back of Lexie making sure Abe is safe and sound among the living, while signifying she is watching over him.

And if that was not enough, this episode also picked up where John had confronted MarDevil in the church, letting Satan knows he is on to him and that he is not going to win … he is going to get Marlena back.  Satan drives home the point that Marlena belongs to him now.  John is mortified as the cross on the church wall turns upside down. Later to show off his prowess and control, MarDevil turns the holy water blood red. As the scene progresses, MarDevil is jumping all over the church and showing up in different spots.

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John then gets the lowdown on how Satan struck a deal with Marlena to let Doug (Bill Hayes) live if she let him in.  That is followed, by some of the back-story of Marlena’s first possession over 25 years ago, and why it happened when she was alone and very distraught.  MarDevil even goes on to say that he tried once before to regain control of Marlena during the Salem Serial Killer storyline, but it did not work out that time, because all the victims turned out to be alive.  MarDevil brings up Stefano and how he had made Marlena believe John was dead which left her vulnerable.  He goes on to relate that Doug was the gateway for Marlena’s re-possession.

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MarDevil tells John what she did with Doug by committing him and how she wanted to kill Julie. John knows that Marlena can hear him and tries to bring her back, but as the devil struggles with that, ultimately, he wins and begins to show his strength to John tossing him around the church, where he is eventually is knocked unconscious and then dragged to, we don’t know where, by the MarDevil!

Throughout the scenes, Deidre Hall looked like she was having so much fun playing the devilish one in this campy storyline revisited.

So, what did you think of James Reynolds performance and his 40th anniversary episode? What was your favorite moment? Are you glad John knows for certain now that Marlena is once again possessed? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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DAYS Emily O’Brien Previews Her Directorial Debut and Short Film ‘Too Close’

She’s an actress, a voice-over talent, writer, and now she can add director to her impressive resumeDays of our Lives star Emily O’Brien (Gwen) has shared over the last 24 hours a preview clip of her short film, Too Close.

Emily stated via her Instagram account: “Here’s a peek at the trailer for my short film entitled Too Close– I am so fortunate to have made this with my beloved team alongside me. My vision couldn’t have been brought to life without any of you, I am truly touched by your tenacity & genuine love for creativity!”  O’Brien shared the hashtags: #directorialdebut #filmmaking #periodpiece #cinema #womeninfilm
#writeyourownstory #vintagefilm

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You can check out the teaser for the film below which centers on the story of a young man and woman in the 1950’s examining what it means when two people in a relationship are considered to be too close.

Let us know if you are intrigued by the preview, and would like to see Emily’s short film via the comment section below.

 

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Jensen Ackles Shares Heartfelt Message on Death of ‘Rust’ DP Halyna Hutchins: “This Has Been a Tragedy of Epic Proportions”

Former Days of our Lives and Supernatural star, Jensen Ackles (Ex-Eric and Ex-Dean)  took to his Instagram over the weekend to pay tribute to cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins who was tragically killed in New Mexico, on the set of the film Rust in which Ackles co-starred with Alec Baldwin and Frances Fisher. Baldwin is also one of the producers of the film.

Last Thursday, in the initial investigation reports surfaced that Baldwin discharged a “prop gun” leading to the death of Hutchins and injuring director, Joel Souza.  Since that time it has been reported that Baldwin was told by the assistant director, David Halls, that the weapon was a “cold gun” meaning not loaded with live rounds following its preparation by the film set’s armorer, Hannah Gutierrez.  But in his affidavit statement, Halls says he was unaware that the prop gun contained live rounds when it was given to Baldwin for his scene.

The scene Baldwin was rehearsing was inside a church building at the Bonanza Creek Ranch. In new affidavit’s, it was noted that Baldwin was ‘cross drawing’ the weapon and pointing the gun towards the camera lens.

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A grief-stricken Ackles shared:  “I’m not even sure where to start.  This has been a tragedy of epic proportions that we are all still processing. Earlier last week I felt compelled to tell Halyna just how awesome I thought she was. I told her how incredible I thought her camera shots were and just how exciting it was to watch her and her team work. Truly. She laughed and said thank you and gave me a hug. I’ll forever be thankful we had that moment.  She had a spunk and passion that infected the entire crew from the top down. She was an inspiration. My heart and prayers go out to Halyna’s husband, son and the rest of her family. There just aren’t enough words to express what an immense loss this is. She will be incredibly missed by all of us who knew and admired her.”

Since Hutchins’ death, a video also surfaced of Ackles discussing his concerns for gun safety on the set of Rust at a Supernatural convention in Colorado prior to the tragedy.

Jensen told the crowd: “I’ve got a 6 a.m. call tomorrow to have a big shoot-out. They had me pick my gun. They were like, ‘Alright, what gun would you like?’ and I was like, ‘I don’t know?’ and the armorer was like, ‘Do you have gun experience?’ I was like, ‘A little.’ And she’s like, ‘OK, well, this is how you load it, this is how we check it and make sure it’s safe. “So she’s like, ‘OK, I’m gonna put some blanks in there and I want you to just go and fire off a couple rounds towards the hill.’ And I was like, ‘OK.’ So I put the belt on, I put the gun there, and I walked out and she’s like, ‘Just make sure that you know, you pull the hammer all the way back and you aim at your target.’ And I was like, ‘OK, I got it.’  The footage was originally on You Tube, but now has been taken down.

The investigation remains and open and active on what occurred on the set of Rust, according to the Santa Fe New Mexico Sheriff’s office.

So, what do you think about Jensen’s tribute in the wake of the Rust tragedy? Comment below.

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