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Drake Hogestyn Returns To Work At Days of our Lives!

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Photo: DHogestynTwitter

Fan favorite Drake Hogestyn (John Black) is apparently back on set at Days of our Lives.  This is following the reports that the actor been seriously injured and sidelined from the series since back in May.

DAYS co-head writer, Dena Higley announced Drake’s return via her Twitter account yesterday.  Higley expressed: “Drake in studio today. Great that he’s back.”

Several of Hogestyn’s longtime fans replied to Higley’s tweet ecstatic to hear Drake was back taping new episodes.

As to what will happen in story with the character of John Black, and his lady love Marlena (Deidre Hall) in new airshows will be interesting to see.

So, excited about the news that Drake is back at DAYS? Comment below!

 

 

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Mo
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Mo

Good news!

Iakovos
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Iakovos

I am glad as this is a legacy DAYS character (although admittedly not my favorite). I do hope John Black returns with less mystery and more purpose, commitment, and stability. I like John and Marlena a lot, and want to see mroe of them, but not in stories they had 20 or 25 years ago. I want John to bond more with his sons and get involved in the fabric of Salem more.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Was he really gone…hadnt noticed???

elm1951
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elm1951

we wouldn’t notice it yet – they tape 6 months ahead……………

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

i keep forgetting that…

Linda
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Linda

OMG, this is the best news ever! It looks like Christmas came early for Drake fans! My hope is that the cast and crew gave Drake lots of big hugs and showered him with love, because what a horrific ordeal this man went through and it was in no way, shape or form his fault. He is such a fabulous actor that is so loved by his fans. Michael, there has been a lot of fans questioning if Dena means he is actually taping new shows again at DAYS or was he just visiting the set? Could you confirm, please?

mark
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mark

Hooray!!!!

Rj
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Rj

Glad he is back, and has recovered. What can I say, I am nostalgic – I like having all the vets on the show. There is something about seeing them on that provides continuity from the Golden Days of soaps. Connects the past to present day.

blake
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blake

Glad he’s better and back at Days.

Rodd
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Rodd

Happy to hear he’s back at work and healthy enough to do so. Wishing him continued good health and looking forward to seeing him in story.

Carol
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Carol

Glad he is doing well and happy to know he is back.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

I’m happy Drake is back to work at DAYS! It was scary not knowing if he was OK.

Mary
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Mary

Yes!

dante williams
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dante williams

Glad to hear Drake’s all right, what a wild occurrence. That’s a nice picture up top, still looking good I see:)

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DAYS Billy Flynn, Greg Rikaart & Mary Beth Evans Talk On: Abigail’s Murderer Revealed, Orpheus’ Poisonous Plot & the Move to Peacock

September had been a pivotal month for Days of our Lives.  After nearly 57-years on broadcast television, the long-running soap opera shifted from NBC to exclusively streaming on Peacock.  While fans have been adjusting and wrapping their heads around the change, the stories of the characters you love to love, or love to hate, are continuing to play out in Salem.

This week, after months of a whodunit and who is to blame for the death of Chad’s wife, Abigail DiMera, DAYS fans finally learned that the actual killer was none other than Clyde Weston (James Read).  Meanwhile, Kayla has taken ill along with Marlena (Deidre Hall) and Kate (Lauren Koslow), all a part of Orpheus’ (George DelHoyo) longstanding feud with the women and the men in their lives.

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Now on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, DAYS stars: Billy Flynn (Chad), Greg Rikaart (Leo) and Mary Beth Evans (Kayla) discuss their latest storylines, plus their thoughts on the soaps move on Peacock and its future.

As viewers witnessed on recent episodes, Chad figured out that it was Clyde who murdered Abigail, and went after him with a gun. Chad decided he wanted to hear the entire sordid story of how Clyde killed her.  This led to the showdown scenes at Abigail’s gravesite which included a visit by EJ (Dan Feuerriegel), who saved his brother from Clyde. During this interview, Billy weighs-in on taping the climatic scenes, what it was like to blame multiple characters for months for Abigail’s death, plus what the future holds in store for Chad as he moves on with his life post-Chabby.

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Greg Rikaart shares his thoughts on if he ever thought Leo would turn out to be Abigail’s murderer since Leo had a revenge plot against those who wronged him. Rikaart also weighs-in on the story where Leo had a relationship with Craig Wesley, his enduring on-screen relationship with Emily O’Brien (Gwen, ex-Jana, Y&R) , plus working with Billy in the limited-series Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem, where Chad goes in drag as “Belinda Chinashop” and more.

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Mary Beth talks on Kayla’s latest plight; that  being kidnapped by Orpheus along with Marlena and Kate, the good doctor has become very sick while trying to maintain order at University Hospital.  Evans also shares her thoughts on the arrival of Abigail Klein as her on-screen daughter Stephanie, the departure of Marci Miller as Abigail, and more.

Check out our full interview with Billy, Greg and Mary Beth below, and make sure to ‘subscribe’ to the Michael Fairman Channel for more celebrity interviews, music videos, game shows and special event coverage.

Now let us know, what did you think of Clyde being revealed as Abigail’s true killer? What did you think of the confrontation scenes between Billy Flynn and James Read? What has been your favorite Leo moment since Greg came to DAYS?  Will Kayla figure out what Orpheus has done to her and others? Finally, are you enjoying DAYS on Peacock after its first few weeks of the series exclusively streaming? Share your thoughts in the comment section,

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Roark Critchlow on His Return to DAYS and Working With Cady McClain

It’s been 12 years since Roark Critchlow appeared on Days of our Lives as Dr. Mike Horton, the brother of Jennifer Horton Deveraux (Cady McClain). However, fans have been excited to see him back on their screens when the series teased his appearance in the extended fall preview.

Now with Jennifer spiraling downward (now that her pill-popping addiction is back), it seems like a good time for Dr. Mike to return to Salem to help his sis. (And if the promo for this week’s DAYS is any indication, it certainly looks like Jennifer is going to be involved in a car crash and need medical assistance or at least some brotherly love.)

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Roark initially appeared as Mike back in 1994 and left the soap back in 1999. He returned in 2010 for a few episodes honoring the late Frances Reid (Alice Horton) who was Mike’s grandmother.

In an interview about his return with Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Roark talks about working with McClain as Jennifer, when he previously worked with Missy Reeves in the part.

Critchlow expressed on sharing scenes with McClain: “Her character is going through a lot. She and I dropped in really easily, I felt. It was a very nice, natural care for each other. It wasn’t difficult, that’s for sure. Obviously, Missy is a super-duper person. But you don’t compare people. Cady and I chatted. We got on good. In terms of story, I thought we pulled it off nicely as being people who’ve known each other their whole lives.”

Look for Roark to make his DAYS re-emergence on the upcoming October 3rd episode of the Peacock streaming series.

So, looking forward to seeing Roark and Cady sharing scenes together? Share your thoughts in the comment section, but first check out this week’s promo for DAYS below.

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‘NBC News Daily’ Hits Rock Bottom In Ratings Premiere Week

While networks have seen a collective erosion over the years of the soap opera viewing audience, they are still the most loyal and fierce of any entertainment genre.

With NBC’s decision to take Days of our Lives off of the network after nearly 57 years, and replace it with another daytime news program, they would surely have a rocky road ahead of them to capture viewers in that time slot; especially now that DAYS was moved exclusively to NBCUniversal’s streaming platform, Peacock.

Nothing was more proof positive of that, than the first week ratings and performance of NBC News Daily.

The news show which premiered on Monday, September 12th came in last for the ratings period of all daytime shows for the week.

According to SON: NBC News Daily averaged 935,000 viewers, was last among Total Viewers and last in the key demo ratings: Women 18-49 (tie) and Women 25-54.

In comparison to DAYS last week on NBC, and a year ago, NBC News Daily was down -744,000 and -762,000 viewers, respectively.

NBC News Daily features the latest national and international news, plus consumer, health, and personal finance segments and is hosted by Kate Snow, Aaron Gilchrist, Morgan Redford and Vicky Nguyen.

So, will ‘NBC News Daily’ find itself facing the same fate as ABC’s defunct ‘Revolution’, which replaced One Life to Live, and lasted only six months, or will the news program somehow turn a ratings corner? Does NBC really care one way or the other? Share your thoughts below.

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