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Drake Hogestyn Returns to Days of our Lives! Tapes New Episodes Starting Today!

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Great news today first reported by Soap Opera Digest! Many fans have been screaming for the return of beloved Days of our Lives favorite Drake Hogestyn who last was seen as John Black back in June.

Now words comes that Drake starts taping all-new episodes today!  According to a DAYS rep, Drake’s new episodes should begin airing in February 2014, since the NBC series tapes four months ahead of airing.

So, how will John be brought back into the canvas?  What would you like to see happen to John and Marlena (Deidre Hall)?  Do you want them to get back together? Do you want to see super spy John spring back into action against his mortal enemy the DiMeras? Or, would you like to see him fight a new enemy? Let us know!




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Thank god he is coming back! I want him and marlena not to be on the same page! I want them to fight and argue and then fall back in Love! They should also bring Belle back! I would like to see John and Stefano be back mortal enemies! I want him to become Super spy and a cop!

Perhaps they could bring back Genie Francis in the role of Diana Colevile for angst and turmoil – particularly if Eileen Davidson has bowed out. I am truly getting sick o waiting for the clowns in charge at GH to bring her back…..

I know when Drake wasn’t on Days. I got hooked on GH!


I hope that we get a great story, played out on camera of their reconciliation. Would love to see John back in action with the PD or ISA. A return to the romantic hero I fell in love with in 1986!!!! So glad he is back!

Stephanie..Annie…no offense meant here…but you said it yourself…you want the character to be the same as he was in 1986. That is one of the main reasons soaps are dying…characters never change. As evidenced by seeing Luke and Tracy in their current escapade on GH…these people are now in their 60’s. They look absolutely ridiculous playing out action adventure stories that they did 30 years ago. Why are there no writers who can write age appropriate stories on these shows??? I’m not saying they have to b complaining about arthritis and talking about pension…but come on….make up and plastic surgery aside…that’s where these characters are at. It was like erica Kane…from AMC …she was the same flighty vain self obsessed person after 40 years! There are so many stories about life that these recycled hack writers have never bothered to explore. Let the younger generation carry the break ups and make ups…..seriously….Victor Newman has been married 15 times. Soaps became successful because we emotionally invested in he characters. After 15 marriages…..a 70 year old man? Seriously? There are compelling stories tobe told between mature couples! Tell them!

Not saying he has to be running around in jungles, or jumping out of airplanes, just want a compelling, and yes, age appropriate story…….and a romantic reunion with Marlena. A great story could be told for them as a couple, I wish TPTB would stop with the attitude that happy couples are boring! No they aren’t, if they’ve got a good storyline….I can think of a dozen that the DH’s could knock out of the park, if given a chance!

Hi Steph. Good post. You know what? I have never ever heard a viewer or fan say that happy couples are boring. The only people I have heard say that are writers, producers, and network executives. Somewhere along the way they got entertainment mixed up with constant misery and suffering. Happy couples do not have to sit around and talk about how happy they are…couples can be together and still have drama and story without breaking up.

SO agree with Johnny regarding his comments around Luke and Tracy pretending to be action adventurers. But IMO that isn’t the reason soaps have faded…. the insistence on writing for a few key pets has hurt, the insistence on writing in a style that befits a comic book or an elementary school play (compared with deeper, more emotional, more nuanced writing experienced in earlier times) has also hurt. The reality is that the creativity has just seeped out of the genre, as has happened with much of, if not most network produced television shows. That’s why so little of it is done anymore, and why the better shows have come from HBO, AMC and even Netflix. Network television has become corporate America which destroys creativity wherever it goes in its quest for ever higher and more predictable quarterly earnings.

Hi Johnny and Steph. I don’t want Drake’s character to be back in 1986 . I’m just saying that I’m glad he ‘s back. They need a good storyline. I noticed on GH they use all the VETS! Like Tony Geary and Maurice Bernard. They can still have anger and disagreements . I want a good storyline. It’s not the actors and actresses that are bad. It is the writing on Days. I mean no offensive to the other people on Days ,but I don’t want to see Ej and Sami all time or Gabi and Nick. People who I don’t know. That Days fans are invested in their favorite characters. I don’t know Daniel Jonas. To the fans out there no offensive , but Days struck out on him. I think you should have Matt come back! I also think you should have Peter come back! bring back the MEAN EVIL Stefano! No offensive but I don’t need to see Will and Sonny all the time either. I think you should bring back Carrie and Austin! Lucas needs to come back! rafe and Jordan needs to come together! I’am SO GLAD JOHN IS COMING BACK! Let them go into counseling and win her back! Let Belle and Shawn come back too!

It’s about time.

Finally…at first i thought B&B would hire him as Ridge…anyway, he needs a new story away from the Dimera’s…lets have a mystery surrounding Bo’s disappearance…he teams with Hope, and the become close but will they act on their feelings or will they stay devoted to those they truly love…Bo and Marlena!!!

I’m not a huge John fan, bu do think he should come back.

I kinda knew this was happening because Greg Meng hinted it at the Days book signing I went to at Mall of America! I told him that the fans want Drake and John back. He told me to keep watching! I am super glad he is coming back.

You were at the mall of America to for the book signing. Who did you like the best and the least? I had a gut feeling Drake was coming back.

I liked Galen, Drake, Shawn C, Eric M, and Ari! I have met Deidre before and she is really nice as well but she is all business and wants to promote her books and things too. I also love Susan and Bill!

I’ve only watched Days the last couple of years, but I’m familiar with the history. If I was a longtime fan, I would be outraged over how the writers have had John Black behave the last few times he has been on screen! He has been a jerk and an idiot, and made Marlena seem that she is better off without him. I know that is not the John and Marlena that fans have loved for years, so I hope the current writers do him and this couple justice this time around. Drake seems like a great guy, and his character deserves to be written with respect.

YES,YES,YES!!!!!!!!!! Makes me happy. VERY HAPPY INDEED


I want it all!!! John and Marlena together (after a story to bring them back to each other) that involves John being a spy, Marlena being smart and yes…a new villain would be great!! What’s better than a suspense romance? With John and Marlena’s history (their real history…please John would have have ANY residual feelings for Krtisten…..) we already have a great starting point. I don’t want ‘hello’ and they are back together…I want it to come out of the story.

Want to see him fight a new enemy and reconcile with his brother Stefano

Well it is about time– they left so many loose ends with that character it is time to deal with them. Still hoping, fingers crossed, that Jordan Ridgeway is really John Black’s daughter, either with Kristen or with Hope Brady when she was Princess Gina and he was the Pawn. And speaking of loose ends– not related to this character, but to Carrie. Did she have that baby yet? Did I miss a mention somewhere along the way– if so, did she have a boy or a girl?

That’s great news! If I had my way, DAYS would revisit the Roman, Marlena and John triangle only if Wayne Northrop returns as Roman. I have nothing against
Josh Taylor, but he will always be Chris Kosotchek to me. As always, I’m sorry
for any spelling errors.

Maybe the three of them could work together to pulverize Stefano!!!

Seriously? Roman and marlena redux? Has that ship not sailed? That would just make them look like morons. This is not the Jim Reilly era any longer. People move on. That would be as ludicrous as a Bo an Billie revisit. Or Sami and Austin.

Bo is away from Hope and Salem…so is Billie…maybe theyre having an affair…lol

Stefano complicated their lives and they should have the pleasure of ending his!

Eww! So not a Drake fan! His acting is subpar at best, and spare me the bad writing excuse. I have always felt this way about him even when everyone thought he was Roman!

I can remember when he came on as a recast of Roman we all joked that he grew about 5 inches in height no curly hair and hair on his chest!

Especially when they rehired the original Roman and played them side by side.

I used to really like Drake Hogestyn as John Black. Unfortunately, his recent portrayal of John Black has not been very exciting for me.

Revisit the Roman, John, and Marlena triangle. Adventure & intrigue again! I would love to see Wayne Northrup back as Roman Brady.

Scott I do not think Wayne Northup would come back he has basically retired from acting and enjoys his life as a rancher according to his wife I loved the show back then I have not watched since probably 1999.

Ok. Maybe Wayne could come back for a few episodes like Eileen Davidson does on Y & R. It would be great see him back. I loved the show back then too. I’ve been watching since 1987.

Did you forget to hit the reply button? At any rate, we are on the same page!

What about the pulverization of Stefano? I think it’s time for the end of Stefano.
Forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rip those wings off and send him to hell!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes 4 sure. Send the Phoenix to hell!!!

Sooo looking forward to Drake(John ) coming back. Sooooo looking forward to a John&Marlena reunion. I want the writers to do this couple justice. We want to see this couple fall in love all over again, please look at their history together we want the John&Marlena that fans have loved for years, maybe a nice mystery to solve which will lead them back together!!!

Soooo looking forward to Drake(John) coming back. SOooo looking forward to a John&Marlena reunion. I want the writers to do this couple justice. We want to see this couple fall in love all over again, please look at their history together. We want the John&Marlena that fans have loved for years, maybe a nice mystery to solve which will lead them back together again.!!!

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James Scott – bring out the pom poms folks

EJ is bringing him back…. has been

his delivery is bespeaking The DiMera crest, motto, standard, elevating

unequivocally driving DAYS

James Scott has master’ed his classic layers, bringing elements of his talent and forefronting The DiMera clan.

his work with Wally Kurth… two indomitable forces displaying for the audience smart, intelligent, masculine, sexy, edgy, butting heads… side by side, and as a force on their’ own… talent showcase.

1. EJ telling Sammi – “I had to kiss his hand.” vulnerable, understood, fiercely underlying the family knowledge that it’s end all be all… be that as it may… how the DiMera’s operate

2. EJ plowing right in to Marge… “do it” kill me… as she shot Chad… bullets intended for EJ and/or Sammi. riveting stuff to watch…. his determination… when written is captivating

3. EJ telling Cameron… “threatening” “your medical career is done”… finished… if you cross my path… and misalign my direction

“God” I so WISH EJ was directing that at Saint, superhero, dullsville Daniel

not since EJ and Will were working together… have I so enjoyed seeing James Scott back in the mix, the fold, forefront…. leading the coup de ta that DAYS brings

vulnerable, fiercely loyal, protective…. EJ’ James Scott is a reveletory experience

I am so happy Drake is back. John and Marlena need to reunite. They are soul mates. They need to find their way back together and give us that beautiful reunion. Drake and Deidre have amazing chemistry together on screen.

been waiting a long time for john black return the show is not the same without him and marlana together.

Jarlena will eventually reconcile, but John needs to be in Marlena’s dog house for a good while.

John and marlena back together……..

I love Drake and John!! I ‘m thrilled is coming back!!!! I would love to see him making amends with everybody especially with Marlena and Brady I would like his character to revert to the past of being a super spy going against some new enemy that is someway connected to those damn Dimeras’ My favorite bloopers of Johns’ is when he said “Du-Mera” instead of “Dimera”

I am glad Drake is back. He added romance, adventure,a reason to watch Days until Corday destroyed his character and Marlena and John. I hope Drake can have his character back the way he was , a whole new sexy challenging women, getting back together with his son and daughter . He deserves better for years of entertaining us. And maybe Corday you should listen to his suggestion, anything has got to be better that than the writing in the last two years,assassination of a good man and good actor. I even felt sorry for Eileen Davidson, she also deserved better. but you Corday can not see before you own ego.

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Ron Carlivati Reveals When Days of our Lives Episodes From His Head Writing Regime Resume Streaming

Days of our Lives viewers have not been watching material from head writer Ron Carlivati and his writing team for many months. Well, things are about to change.

Circle this Friday, May 31st when the first new script from Carlivati and company will stream on the Peacock soap opera. If you recall, Carlivati had to step away from the writing gig at DAYS due to the writer’s strike, but because the soap tapes at least seven months ahead of air, it is only now that fans will see how the stories shift or finish out that were started by Carlivati.

According to Ron’s conversation with TV Insider, when Carlivati and his team resumed writing the show in late October of 2023, the stories were already written well into 2024. Carlivati explained, “For me, as of us talking right now, the (replacement writers’ material) is still airing, so that has been very tough. I’m just very anxious and eager for our stuff to start airing again.”

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Ron explained before the writer’s strike, he and his scribes had written up through the 2023 Thanksgiving episodes. Speaking on how the replacement writers tried to handle stepping in for the regular team, Ron expressed, “I think what they tried to do was move things slowly in the hopes that the strike would end and respect where my storylines were so that I could play them off when we came back. Unfortunately, the strike dragged on, so I understand that the show needed to make story decisions.”

The award-winning writer made clear that, “from January to May (2024), those were not my stories. I had nothing to do with those.”

Having lived through a writer’s strike before (when he was at One Life to Live in 2008), Carlivati explained how he dealt with coming back and adjusting the stories including that the plan was to, “blow things up, jettison anything that I did not like, and get back to a show that I understand and can enjoy and tell. ”

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Look for a Carlivati-style ‘wink-wink’ on Friday’s episode. As he puts it, “I did want to make it clear that this was the line of demarcation, that the writers were back and there was a change happening. We have a little nod or two to what was going on in the first day and I think it will be very obvious and clear to the savvy viewer. Luckily, story-wise, certain things were coming to a head already.”

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Stay tuned for how Ron resolves a Sloan and Nicole showdown, how Eric will find out he is Jude’s true baby daddy, what happens when the new Gabi returns from Salem from out of the slammer, the Maggie/Konstantin wedding, payback time for Theresa and more.

In addition, and as previously reported, when Carlivati returned, he crafted the series 15,000th episode which is set to air in early December, and will also pay tribute to the late Bill Hayes with the passing of his on-screen beloved character, Doug Williams.

So, glad to know Ron and his team’s material will start to reveal itself this Friday and moving forward on DAYS? Comment below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Eric Says Goodbye to Baby Jude

The Monday, May 27th of Peacock’s Days of our Lives, picked right back up for the emotional payoff of Nicole (Arianne Zucker) finally getting her biological son, Jude, back in her arms and learning it from Eric (Greg Vaughan).

As the episode began, Eric (with Jude in tow) is at the front door of the DiMera mansion. Eric recounts Sloan’s (Jessica Serfaty) confession. Nicole (Arianne Zucker) says she knew from the first time she held Jude that this was her child. She says a parent knows deep in their soul. Eric looks at her with tears in his eyes, as he thinks Jude is now EJ’s (Dan Feuerriegel) biological son. That’s a lie into itself and EJ is covering the truth of that along with Sloan.

Eric goes on to explain that Sloan even rigged the DNA results, telling the couple that they can check for themselves with a new DNA test, but this is their baby. Once inside the living room, Eric apologizes to Nicole for what Sloan put her though. Nicole says EJ was a victim too.  She turns to EJ and insists that Sloan be arrested. He tells her there is plenty of time for that. She reiterates, “That bitch stole my baby!” But, EJ is not about to do anything about it.


Eric vows he will make Sloan pay for all of her lies and deceit. Nicole asks Eric if he would like to hold Jude one more time before he leaves. Eric tells Jude he will love him more than he will ever know.

As tears stream down his face, he returns Jude to Nicole. She tells he can come over anytime to see the baby. Eric thinks it’s best for Jude to bond with his new family. Holly (Ashley Puzemis) comes in on all this and is filled-in on Jude’s “parentage.” Outside, Eric continues to falls apart.


However, after getting a call from Rafe (Galen Gering), they meet outside Eric’s apartment door. When they enter, the place is a torn up and there is no sign of Sloan. All that they find is a necklace, Eric gave her for Mother’s Day.Eric realized she took off, knowing she could be caught for her crimes. Meanwhile, back the DiMeras, an overcome Nicole is in tears that she actually has her baby back.

Now, what? Will EJ try to bond with Jude or not bond with Jude since he is knows Eric is the biological father? Will Sloan eventually get arrested? What did you think of the performance of Greg Vaughan and Arianne Zucker? Let us know via the comment section below. 

But first, in case you missed it, check out the Michael Fairman Channel’s conversation with the Ari and Greg  from five months back where they talk about the baby switch storyline and more.



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DAYS OF OUR LIVES Preview: Nicole Gets Her Baby Back; Then Hauls Off and Decks Sloan

This week on Days of our Lives starts, what looks to be the next and final leg of the baby Jude, baby switch saga, and all of its deceptions. As viewers saw on last Friday’s episode of the Peacock streaming soap opera, Sloan (Jessica Serfaty) told Eric (Greg Vaughan) that Jude is actually Nicole (Arianne Zucker) and EJ’s (Dan Feuerriegel) baby. Of course, that’s a half-truth as the bio-dad is Eric.

Trapped and in cahoots now with EJ, Sloan had to confess what she did to Eric. At the cliffhanger, Eric show up at EJ’s door with Jude in tow. In tears, he tells Nicole this is her baby, and hands it to her. What will go down when the show picks back up on Memorial Day with an all-new episode?

Eric doesn’t know he is the father, but EJ does. EJ also saw Nicole kiss Eric. He is going to do everything he can to keep the truth from coming out in an effort to keep his marriage in tact.

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However, how long can EJ and Sloan keep this major secret? Leo (Greg Rikaart) and Dimitri (Peter Porte) are very much alive. Will one of them blow the final whistle on them? Right, Lady Whistleblower? Will Nicole and Eric learning they are the true parents of Jude, be the impetus for Nicole leaving town perhaps with Eric, since we know Arianne Zucker’s last episode of DAYS is set to air July 29th? Stay tuned.

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Meanwhile in the latest promo for this week’s DAYS, Nicole and EJ introduce “their” baby to Holly (Ashley Puzemis), while Rafe (Galen Gering) confronts Melinda Trask (Tina Huang) who is playing dumb in all of this. Rafe asks her, “Are you saying you know nothing about the baby switch?” Melinda pretends she is completely shocked, saying, “Did you say baby switch?”

In the moment you’ve been waiting for, harkening back to when Nicole stole Sami’s (Alison Sweeneybaby for months, and the two finally had a showdown which saw Sami delivering bitch-slaps to Nicole, Sloan comes to the DiMera mansion to see Nicole.  Then, Nicole screams that she lost she lost six months with her son because of all of her lies. Next, Nicole hauls off and punches Sloan.  Elsewhere, Eric grabs Leo by his shirt collar, which will be interesting to see how much Leo fesses up on what he knows about the baby switch.

Watch the DAYS preview below.

Now let us know, are you happy to see Nicole get her baby back? Are you frustrated that the story is still going on and now its Eric who is the one in the dark, along with Nicole that he is Jude’s baby daddy? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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