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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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Annie
Annie

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!

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

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…..

Annie
Annie

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

Mary H
Mary H

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR CONFIRMING!!!!

Stephanie
Stephanie

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!

Johnny
Johnny

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!

Stephanie
Stephanie

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!

Johnny
Johnny

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.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

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.

Annie
Annie

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!

robert
robert

It’s about time.

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

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!!!

Mo
Mo

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

BTripp
BTripp

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.

Annie
Annie

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.

BTripp
BTripp

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!

Mary Moore Fergen
Mary Moore Fergen

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.

Joan Faist
Joan Faist

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

chris
chris

Of course I want JOHN AND MARLENA BACK TOGETHER FOR GOOD.

Claud
Claud

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.

Woo
Woo

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

Mary SF
Mary SF

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?

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

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!!!

Johnny
Johnny

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.

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

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

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

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

Phil
Phil

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!

k/kay
k/kay

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!

Johnny
Johnny

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

dmr
dmr

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

Scott Harden
Scott Harden

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

k/kay
k/kay

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.

Scott Harden
Scott Harden

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.

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Scott Harden
Scott Harden

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

Emily M
Emily M

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!!!

Emily M
Emily M

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.!!!

Patrick
Patrick

Soapbox un momento

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

Maryann868
Maryann868

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.

mae45
mae45

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

Gmbenet
Gmbenet

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

shawn
shawn

John and marlena back together……..

Stephen Blum
Stephen Blum

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”

karen
karen

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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Listen to “Soap Nation Live November 2018 Episode” on Spreaker.

If you missed Thursday’s night’s Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman, you can hear the replay of the broadcast right here in the audio player above.

The November episode of the monthly podcast featured special guests: Soap icon, Linda Dano (Ex-Felicia, AW, Gretel, (OLTL, GH, Port Charles, AMC), and Cynthia, ATWT), General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan), The Young and the Restless’ Beth Maitland (Traci), Days of our Lives Freddie Smith (Sonny), and listeners were in for a surprise when GH’s Maura West (Ava Jerome) called-in as well during the show.

During this fun night of chat, Linda Dano kicked-off the show as she and Michael reminisced about the night she won the Daytime Emmy in 1993 for her role as Felicia Gallant on Another World.  Then, the duo talked about: her soap career as Gretel “Rae” Cummings on the ABC Daytime line-up, her incomparable fashion sense, and how fans can see her first acting project in 12 years when The Chronicle Mysteries debuts with Alison Sweeney (Sami, DAYS) in March of 2019 on the Hallmark Channel.

Next, General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom discussed taking on and revisiting playing the dual roles of Kevin Collins, and his serial killer twin brother, Ryan Chamberlain.  In addition, Jon talked about his leading ladies, Genie Francis and the #KevLaur hash tag, and Ryan’s interest in Ava Jerome.  Then, after answering some questions from listeners, Maura West surprised her scene partner and called-in to chat with him.

Beth Maitland came on to Soap Nation Live! next, and she discussed finally having the opportunity after 36 years to explore Traci’s relationship with her siblings, Jack and Ashley, that came about in Eileen Davidson’s exit storyline.  The Daytime Emmy-winning actress also revealed her favorite Y&R storyline over the years. Maitland has received critical-acclaim for her recent work on the CBS Daytime drama series.

The final guest of the night was Freddie Smith.  The popular DAYS star talked on the latest developments of Sonny and Will, where now the two can be together since Paul and Will broke up, but will their happiness last long?  Freddie gives the listeners a preview of what’s to come.  Then, a listener calls in revealing how through watching Days of our Lives and the Sonny and Will story and romance, how it helped him come out and to have a family.

Last, during our Game Show segment, a lucky caller eventually wins the Sonny Kiriakis-centric trivia game and will receive a Days of our Lives swag/goodie bag and an autographed personalized photo of Freddie Smith.

To hear archived and past episodes of Soap Nation Live, you can go to the official show page on Spreaker.com here.

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In a key move to allow those performers in front of the camera and behind the scenes crew and creatives to be acknowledged for their accomplishments this calendar year, the four daytime dramas collectively have decided to lift their threatened boycott and participate in the upcoming 46th annual Daytime Emmy competition.

This comes after the four network soaps (Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful, and The Young and the Restless) banded together after being unsatisfied with snafu’s coming out of the 45th annual Daytime Emmy Awards earlier this year in April, and a list of grievances and concerns they asked to be addressed by the organization that administers the Emmy contest.

Then, following an internal investigation by NATAS by the law firm of Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth of Washington, DC, the results which were released on November 8th, and being in receipt of their findings, the soaps decided to move forward while still having concerns they want addressed.

In a statement from the group, a spokesperson related to Deadline, who broke the story late Friday: “As a group, we are not in agreement with all of the conclusions that NATAS reached.  However, in the spirit of working with NATAS and the TV Academy on improving the integrity of the Daytime Emmys, we have lifted our boycott. We look forward to meeting with NATAS to discuss their findings and our concerns in greater detail.”

On Saturday, someone close to the situation said to Michael Fairman TV: “Our participation doesn’t mean we accept their proposal moving forward, we still have major issues that we will be discussing with the Chair and President (of NATAS), but as a collective whole, we don’t want to penalize our actors for NATAS’ mis-management.”

The 46th Annual Daytime Emmy submissions began earlier this week on November 12th, with the Daytime Emmys slated to be handed out in early May of 2019.

So, are you glad that the network soaps have lifted their threatened boycott so that your favorite performers, whose performances you have loved over the last 11 months can be acknowledged for their talents and hard work? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

 

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Tonight on the November episode of Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman, get ready for a dynamic line-up of some of your favorite soap stars.

Join Michael and his special guests: GH’s Jon Lindstrom (Kevin), Y&R’s Beth Maitland (Traci), DAYS’ Freddie Smith (Sonny) and soap icon, Linda Dano (Ex-Felicia – AW, ex-Gretel – OLTL, GH, AMC, Port Charles, and ex-Cynthia, ATWT) for this 90-minute broadcast, plus you never know who might pop up during the show!

Make sure to listen in for our trivia game show segment, when one lucky caller has the chance to win a Days of our Lives goodie/swag bag, and a personalized autograph picture from our guest, Freddie Smith.

To call-in and pose a question, or a comment to any of our guests, dial the exclusive listener-line at 818-295-2130.  

The season premiere begins its stream-live at 7PMPST/10PMEST.  You can also head on over to the Soap Nation Live! page at Spreaker.com, if you have any trouble listening to the show here.

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