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E! set to premiere new reality show, "Dirty Soap" with some of your favorite stars!

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Thank God, we can finally tell you about this! Remember yesterday when we posted our interview with Nadia Bjorlin and she spoke of the other project she has in the works that will be announced soon? Well, here it is!  Nadia along with General Hospital’s Kelly Monaco and Kirsten Storms, One Life to Live’s Farah Fath and John-Paul Lavoisier and DAYS Galen Gering are the main subjects in the brand new exciting reality show launching on E! Entertainment Television, (from none other than Mark Consuelos and Kelly Ripa production company) called Dirty Soap!

Over last weekend, we can tell you that the crew was out in full force (both in front of the camera and the production crew) shooting and following the stars at the GH Fan Club Luncheon and Galen Gering’s ACME show! We think this is going to be an awesome jumpstart for soaps to get some much needed mainstream coverage and the cast is terrific!

Here is the official press release on the show below!

“They’ve been killers, ghosts, homeless, prostitutes, prisoners and even murder victims – but it’s off the set of their famous soaps where the real drama begins. Featuring a drop-dead gorgeous ‘who’s who’ of daytime television – Kelly Monaco (General Hospital), Nadia Bjorlin (Days Of Our Lives), Kirsten Storms (General Hospital), Farah Fath (One Life To Live), JP Lavoisier (One Life To Live), and Galen Gering (Days Of Our Lives) – Dirty Soap is a titillating look at these stunning thespians as they navigate high-profile careers during pivotal moments in the industry and deal with their own real-life drama, which often rivals that of their daytime counterparts. Executive produced by Amber Mazzola’s Machete Productions and Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos’ Milojo Productions, the eight-episode, hour-long series, “Dirty Soap,” premieres September 25 at 10:00PM ET/PT only on E!

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The “soap bubble” is a small and intimate world and this cast of characters has played extremely significant roles in each others lives for years. They’ve been co-stars, best friends, worst enemies, boyfriends, girlfriends, and everything in between. Working together on set and spending time with each other in their down-time, they have formed substantial bonds and created a pseudo “soap family.” In the series we see them all begin a new chapter in their lives – some have left the soap world, some are doing film, some are focusing on family, and others are simply trying to determine what would be the best next move. Romantic relationships are tested when one person’s career rockets forward and the others is stuck at “go.” Jealousies arise as actors attempt to jump from one soap to another, and arch rivals must find a way to coexist in this sudsy microcosm without ripping each other to shreds. The softer side of these heartthrobs is also exposed as they interact with their families – one beauty meets her biological father for the very first time and another tearfully sends her brother off to the United States Army flight school. All the while their goals are clear – to grow their careers and to keep their hearts and heads above water in Tinseltown – where it’s so very easy to drown.

“The soap industry is at a defining moment and the time is ripe for a series that goes inside this iconic world and explores the unique bond that these actors share,” said Lisa Berger, President, Entertainment Programming, E! “No one knows the inner-workings of the soap community better than Kelly and Mark, and it is exciting for us to work with them, in addition to some of the reigning kings and queens of soap featured in the series.”

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“We’re very excited to be behind this show for E!, and having met on the soaps we know all too well how much work and dedication it takes,” adds Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos.

Meet the Cast:

Kelly Monaco, a dazzling brunette beauty, is most famous for her starring role on the daytime drama “General Hospital” and being the first champion on “Dancing with the Stars.” In the mid-90’s, Kelly landed a recurring role on “Baywatch” and after numerous roles in film she eventually was cast as ‘Sam’ on “GH.” Kelly recently ended an eighteen year relationship with her high-school sweetheart and is cautiously getting ready to jump back into the dating pool in LA…but is she really ready to let go of her troubled past? One of Kelly’s best friends is Kirsten, who she met when Kirsten joined “General Hospital.”

Kirsten Storms has been acting since she was a young girl. A star on the Disney Channel, appearing in the hit movie franchise “Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century,” the bubbly blonde has been on set most of her life. Things really took off for Kirsten when in 1999 she landed the role of ‘Belle’ on “Days Of Our Lives.” Kirsten is currently enjoying a successful run on “General Hospital.” Happy in her career, she is trying to figure out what happened between her and her former best friend and co-star Farah Fath – the duo hasn’t spoken in over three years. Will they be able to repair their old friendship? Kirsten is also working through some family issues; she has been on the outs with her immediate family for quite some time and just as she begins to make amends, her brother must leave to go to the United States Army flight school.

Farah Fath is a southern gal from Lexington, Kentucky, who was crowned “Miss Kentucky Preteen” in 1995. In 1999, Farah went to LA for her first audition and in less than a month she landed the role of ‘Mimi Lockhart’ (whose character was best friends with Storms’ ‘Belle’) on “Days Of Our Lives.” After 8 years on “Days” Farah moved to NYC and joined the cast of “One Life To Live.” Now, she is now bi-coastal and back in LA for a few months, looking for her next gig and preparing to live with her actor boyfriend, JP. Though she loves him, Farah needs some answers from JP – is this relationship serious or not? Once back in the sunshine state, the blonde beauty must face her “frienemy” Kirsten Storms, but luckily she has the help of her friend and former colleague, Nadia Bjorlin.

Nadia Bjorlin is a woman of many talents. Besides being breathtakingly beautiful, she is an accomplished opera singer with many accolades under her belt. Nadia didn’t have to wait long for her big break in acting when, just weeks after she secured an agent, she auditioned for the role of mysterious young opera singer ‘Chloe’ on “Days Of Our Lives.” She nailed the audition, landed the role and moved out to Los Angeles. She has played ‘Chloe’ on and off since 1999 and has also had guest starring roles on “Two and a Half Men,” “CSI,” and many more. Now, Nadia is leaving “Days” to begin her career in film. Nadia has been living with her boyfriend, Brandon, for the past few years. They are both actors in transition mode – the big question is: what will happen if one of their careers takes off, and the other goes nowhere?

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Galen Gering is currently a major character on “Days Of Our Lives” playing Alison Sweeney’s love interest. He was raised by hippie parents in sunny southern California and in his late teens he moved to NYC and enjoyed a successful modeling career. Galen landed a role on “Passions” in 1999 and has been melting women’s hearts ever since. The soap star has been married for the past 11 years to his actress wife, Jenna, and the couple has two sons.

JP Lavoisier grew up in small town Pennsylvania and studied at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. His rugged good looks helped land him a role on “One Life To Live” in 2002 and he has been a soap stud ever since. For the last four years he has been dating Farah Fath, though he seems to have no plans to “put a ring on it” any time soon. In fact, he left his last girlfriend because she wanted more than he was able to give. What is going to happen with Farah when she clearly has marriage on the brain?”

So what do you think soapers? Excited? Let us know!

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TT
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TT

Nope. Sounds like another reason to hit “skip” when my channel grazing hits on E.

Di
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Di

Glad for them however I will not be interested in watching. Not interested in a reality show about soap stars. Do not see it helping soaps either especially with Kelly Monaco as one of it’s stars. She has no sense of tact. Think that it could do more harm than good.

Marry
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Marry

Kelly Monoco is a great actress and i cant wait to see her on that show! if u dont watch soaps then dont bother watching it its that simple.

Brian T
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Brian T

This is so cool and I am super excited for it to start airing! Way to go Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos, and E!

eiwcakeff
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eiwcakeff

I like Galen but the others –not so much and would never watch anything KM was involved in, sorry if that sound like a mean person but I have no good feelings about her. NB I don’t really know much about but KS is a good actress. the other two FF and JPL I liked on OLTL–he is kinda funny.
I don’t watch reality shows much anyway so this won’t be a missed opportunity.

Marry
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Marry

wats up with all these kelly monaco haters in here. maybe u should check out the charities she was involed in before calling her annoying.

eiwcakeff
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eiwcakeff

I never said I hated her and didn’t use the word annoying. Frankly what ever she’s involved in does not interest me and doing charitable work doesn’t make you either good or likable. This is my personal opinion.

FormerGHer
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FormerGHer

I only really know of two of the participants-Kirsten and Kelly. I have no desire to watch soap stars I don’t know, and of the two I know, I have no desire to watch a 30 something who can’t act, much less act her age.

Jamie
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Jamie

SO. EXCITED!!!!!!!

Annihilator
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Annihilator

I might would have checked this out if this was a scripted prime time soap. But since its just another insipid reality television series I will just skip this one. I have no interest in yet another tired reality show. This the reason why I stopped watching E channel, MTV, and VH1. Plus the cast of soap actors featured are not even remotely exciting or interesting. I’m giving this a pass.

todd
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todd

I am happy to watch Farah Fath and JP post OLTL on anything. They are so cute together, and I am interested in seeing their “real” life. I hope Farah lands a spectacular job on a worthy primetime show. JP will definitely find work….on GH, or a sitcom. Kristen Storms and Nadia Bjorlin are very likeable. I have no desire to see Kelly Monaco. I think she is the most overrated actress on daytime. So only 1 actress is uninteresting me…..that is pretty good. Should be much better than the other reality shows out there. The subject matter is at… Read more »

Marry
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Marry

heyy i love kellyy mococo!!

Trish
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Trish

I’ll take a pass.

friday
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friday

I’ll take a peak.

Debs
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Debs

FANTASTIC!!!! 🙂

Amber
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Amber

LOVE Kelly Monaco, Farah Fath, Kristen Storms, & JP. Will most definitely watch. Excited!!!

Imane Assi
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Imane Assi

I’m gonna watch for Nadia Bjorlin

ETBorlin
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ETBorlin

……..yawnnnnnnn………zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

shana
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shana

It sounds juicy and promising! Kinda like a “soap on the side”!!!

Molly1
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Molly1

Hell Yes!!! sounds good. Love Farah and JP and Kristen and G! OLTL fan forever

TheMomInCali.
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TheMomInCali.

Soooo excited!!!! I don’t think the soap stars get enough credit. They keep us entertained and sometimes on the edge ours seats. Granted, sometimes you want to see things work out (Gigi) you just can’t help but tune in everyday. It’s a break from our reality and now we get to see theirs.

jack
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jack

Soooo excited after i saw the previews on E! last night at the gym. I would rather watch these stars in another “insipid reality show” than people i don’t know. It’s about time that we get a peak into Soap stars lives.. who have been replaced by reality shows anyways… and i love all of these people to different degrees. This is going to be a real life Soap Dish!!! Can’t wait!!

Scott
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Scott

They did ‘Sun Buggy’ in Las Vegas yesterday, Those girls did the ‘Vegas Mini Baja Chase’ what a blast they were to work with and a first rate production crew, this is going to be a great show!

sasha
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sasha

Sounds great! I’m a little confused as to Galen part in all this. His blurb didn’t sound all that drama-packed. But I’ll definitely be adding this show to my dvr.

BOBBIE LEE
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BOBBIE LEE

I AM VERY EXCITED FOR THIS SHOW TO COME ON!!! YOU HAVE MOST OF THE ACTORS FROM THE ABC SOAPS ( WHICH ARE THE ONES I WATCH) SO THIS COULDN’T INTEREST ME MORE! WHAT A GREAT CONCEPT ! SCORE KELLY AND MARK!!!!

Elhu
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Elhu

I am very much looking forward to watching. Especially interested in Kelly Monaco, Kristen Storms, JP and Farah Fath, but since I do not know anything about the others, I am interested to learn. This series comes at a great time, since we are about to lose AMC and OLTL. Good luck to all involved both in front of and behind the scenes!!!!!

Jessica
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Jessica

Yay!!! I’m excited. I will be watching!

Jess
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Jess

I’m actually interested! I’m not a reality show fan I never really have the interest to watch them but I’ll give this one a chance. I love Days of our Lives and would love to see Kirsten, Nadia and Farah on screen together again…..however I hate that Nadia is leaving Days, I’ll really miss the character of Chloe she’s been on the show sooo long! It will be really sad to see her go, but I’m excited to see the girls together again, hope that Kirsten and Farah can make up, I guess I’ll just have to watch and find… Read more »

meghan
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meghan

i cannot wait!!! i am soo excited to see it i already have it set on my dvr..i am a huge fan of days of our lives my mom and i watch it everyday.

jo kahn
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jo kahn

I hope that this is a prelude to reintroducing ABC soaps on cable. We will boycott ABC until a satisfactory alternative is presented. This is a good start.

vickib
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vickib

I can’t wait. Mark and Kelly have a good track record. With soap cancellations, this will be a good way to keep up with some of my favorite actors.

GHfan
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GHfan

I am not a reality show fan. Hate them! BUT because I am a die hard GH fan and like Kelly and Mark I will watch the first episode to see what it is all about.

kim
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kim

I did not know of this show until Kelly Ripa mentioned something about it on Regis and Kelly last week, so I decided to watch this weeks episode. I thought it was sooo good! At least you can view and appreciate what the soap stars lives are all about after the shows and what they have to do to prove they are more than just a soap opera actor. I hope that Kristen will have a speedy recovery and be healthy enough to return to GH! I just wish that they involved soap stars from other soaps such as Y&R… Read more »

Scott
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Scott

1-Nadias mother is a bitch who needs to be shipped back to wherever she’s from. 2-Galen is either homophobic or a closet case or both. Discuss.

Xamny
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Xamny

I REALLY enjoyed watching this show. What happened to it? Hope it wasn’t cancelled =,( Please let me know so I can stop looking for it =.
Xamny

Ava
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Ava

Was the show cancelled? If it was will they be releasing it on DVD so I can rent or buy it? What happened to Kirsten Storm? She was my Favorite actress on GH and she was replaced.

Lois Mooney
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Lois Mooney

Was Dirty Soap canceled?

barbara t
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barbara t

Yes it was canceled.

Lois Mooney
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Lois Mooney

I hope that Dirty Soap comes back on soon. I love the stars and look forward to knowing others. I got hooked on your show, so please hurry back with more. Their lives are interested and they are all beautiful people and I admire them
Lois in Mississippi…………

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DAYS Head Scribe, Ron Carlivati, Shares On Marlena’s Possession 2.0: “We Decided John Needs To Get On To This Sooner Than He Did In The Original, Because That’s What The Audience Would Expect”

As viewers of NBC’s Days of our Lives are watching the revisiting of the classic possession storyline revisited with its 2021 version 2.0, the stage is being set for plenty of devilish drama, now that good doc, Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) is once again in the grips of evil.

We have already seen her with yellow eyes, conjuring up some demonic plans, and of course, the devil trying to pull the wool over the eyes of Marlena’s husband, John Black (Drake Hogestyn).

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Back in the 1994/95 version of this storyline, Father John emerged and exorcised the demon from Marlena, so he knows a thing or two about being possessed, and the horrors it caused to Marlena, and the town of Salem 25 years ago, and as we have seen John is very, very concerned about all this talk of Marlena being possessed by the devil from the script that Johnny (Carson Boatman)  is set to make into a film on Sami’s life story.

Current Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati, spoke with Soap Opera Digest in their latest issue on newsstands now, about his plans and the creation of the 2021 possession storyline. Ron revealed that John is not going to be in the dark for long, sharing: “John has been through this, so the devil isn’t going to be able to pull the wool over his eyes the way he did the first time.”

Carlivati also added: “Even though all soap opera stories, I would argue, depend on some characters being a little bit dumb, in this case, we decided John needs to get on to this sooner than he did in the original because that’s what they audience would expect.  Look for the story to move along at a pretty good clip. We are not rushing, anything by any means – we are having so much fun with the story, but it was important to us that John not look stupid here so he starts to suspect something is wrong with her pretty soon.”

So, are you glad that John will not be completely dumped? Will Father John return to save the day? Are you enjoying the story thus far? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

Then, check out our recent interview with Ron all about the creation of DAYS limited-series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem still streaming on Peacock.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Marlena Becomes Possessed … Again!

On Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the devil had his way with his favorite person, Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)! In story, leave it to Marlena to save Doug (Bill Hayes) by giving herself up to Satan!

As Doug revealed himself to be Satan while in a therapy session with Marlena in her office, a shook Marlena tries to comprehend what is happening! When the devil says if Marlena won’t accept him in, she will punish Doug, he does just that.

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Poor Doug is left writhing in pain and on the floor, crying out for help! When we come back to the scene Marlena is not exactly right near his body, but sort of overlooking what is happening. Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) rushes into Marlena’s office to find Doug as Marlena stares blankly. Eventually, she calls for help.

After Doug is put in a hospital room and is monitored, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Tripp (Lucas Adams) can’t find anything wrong with him. Meanwhile, Julie finds Marlena at the nurses station and asks what happened with Doug during their therapy session.  Marlena flashes back to what led to Doug writing on the floor, and clearly something is way off with Marlena, because she has now become possessed.

Later, Julie sits by Doug’s hospital bed as he opens his eyes, as he tells his beloved wife, “He left me and went in to her.”  A confused Julie is left to ponder what on earth Doug could be talking about.

When Marlena comes home to John (Drake Hogestyn) – who is already concerned with Johnny (Carson Boatman) being set on making a movie of Sami’s life story which includes points on Marlena’s original possession – she tells him Doug collapsed in her office. When the two hug, Marlena slowly opens her eyes  revealing that they are glowing yellow.  Yup! We are off to the races. Marlena is now once again possessed.

So, what did you think about the scenes between Deidre Hall and Bill Hayes? Are you enjoying the revisiting of the infamous ‘possession’ storyline thus far? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives Kicks-Off Possession Storyline Revisted with ‘Doug’ Twist Cliffhanger, Followed by Fall Preview

Did the ‘Devil’ make them do it? Doug Williams  (Bill Hayes) is Satan? In what can only be described as major surprise twist on NBC’s Days of our Lives, for weeks, fans have thought they were about to embark on another dementia or Alzheimer’s storyline on the soaps with another beloved character.

However, Days head writer, Ron Carlivati ,and his writing team came up with a way to make it seem like this may be Doug’s fate only to use the long-running character as the impetus to bring the classic possession storyline back on the air some 25 years later.

It all goes down after Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) calls Marlena (Deidre Hall) to ask him to see Doug, after his MRI and other tests proved inconclusive for dementia, etc, to see if Dr. Evans can assess him.  The phone call to Marlena happened after John (Drake Hogestyn) was discussing the past, since Johnny (Carson Boatman) is ramping up to a shoot a movie on Sami’s life, that will include the time that Sami walked in on John and Marlena having sex, which caused Sami to act out for years and years.

 

However, and this is key, John tells Marlena that moment in time also left her alone and vulnerable to the darkest time in her life – alluding to when she became possessed by the devil – and Marlena was clearly having difficulty admitting that or going down that road of remembrance, when the phone call from Kayla saved her from digging deeper into the past.  Well now, John and Marlena may never have that conversation as she is primed to once again become possessed.

Meanwhile, Johnny is reading Will’s script for the Sami movie, and is shocked to read in it that Marlena was once possessed by the devil, as John takes out a dusty box with his Father John collar, a bible, and a news clipping of Marlena being possessed.  John is feeling that this movie will bring bad things on to all those he loves, especially Doc, and he looks to be right!

Now at her office with Doug, he admits he knows something is wrong.  He acts out and does strange things and does not know why.  Marlena brings up why Doug locked Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) in a freezer by accident. Doug gets adamant saying: “That was no accident. I locked that bitch in there on purpose.”  Marlena is shocked at his word and tone.  Then as Doug laughs, he says, “I’m not Doug.”  Next thing you know, the lowered voice of Satan comes out of Doug’s mouth and he tells Doc, “It’s been over 25 years Marlena. But did you really think I wouldn’t come back for you?” End of episode.  Great cliffhanger!

Now, check out the fall preview released following the airing of Friday’s episode by NBC below, which teases more demonic moments on Days. Then let us know in the comment section, what you thought of the ‘Doug’ twist as the possession storyline begins?

Plus, make sure to cast your vote in ‘Michael’s Poll’ of the week on the revisiting of this classic tale now in 2021 below the preview.

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