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Freddie Smith Returns To Days of our Lives!

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Tis true! Daytime Emmy winner Freddie Smith is on his way back to Salem as Sonny Kiriakis!  The actor who began filming new episodes several months ago is slated to make his on-screen return to the canvas sometime in July!

This week’s Soap Opera Digest which will hit newsstands tomorrow and Friday has the exclusive first intel.  Smith admits he is very excited to return to DAYS, and now the big question on everyone’s mind is … will Sonny reconnect with his ex, Paul Narita (Christopher Sean) and therefore reignite DAYS having a same-sex couple on the long-running series?

Freddie’s last appearances on DAYS were returning to Salem for the funeral of his husband, Will Horton (Guy Wilson) who was brutally killed by necktie serial killer, Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson).   Smith was widely praised for his gut-wrenching performances in the aftermath.

Now with a reset button, and a new DAYS co-head writing team, will Sonny’s story captivate viewers once again?

Share your thoughts on the return of Freddie Smith in the comment section below!

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

But Will isnt dead…he survived the brutal murder, revived off camera and his death staged for his protection-he was in a coma all this time and will eventually return played by Chandler Massey!!!…Dont ya all wish!!!!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I agree with you, Jimmmy. Sami whisked Will away to Switzerland to recover and to keep him safe, until such time as Ben is altogether gone. My hunch tells me Marlena is the only one in Salem who knows ……and, Sonny has been with Will all along in Switzerland. Sounds wild, right? Lol.

TearyTam
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TearyTam

Please let’s leave Will in the deep freeze❄️❄️❄️

Mark
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Mark

Here’s what I choose to believe: Stefano DiMera went shopping again at “Body-Doubles-R-Us,” just like he did previously when he kidnapped Rafe and substituted him with a fake body-double who fooled most people for awhile. Stefano did this merely for the sport of messing with the jocular folk of Salem, since one does need a hobby beyond counting one’s money all day long. William’s recast was the rented body-double all along. The William-double was far more convincing than earlier Rafe-double, so no one spotted him, right up to and including the double getting murdered, rather than the real William. Meanwhile,… Read more »

francis
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francis

I watch days of our lives and enjoyed seeing sonny and will on there.hope they return they made the show will be watching for them to return

Phil
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Phil

So, is it long-term??? Would love it if they found a way to bring Will back…in the form of Chandler Massey! Wishful thinking though… Paul and Sonny would be cool.

Mo
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Mo

I too am wondering how long he will be on. It is just a drive by or a long contract.

Ricardo
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Ricardo

Wow that’s wonderful news, Freddie is a wonderful actor. Hopefully he signed a long term contract.

Jeremy
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Jeremy

That’s my hope, too, Ricardo.

Sonny is definitely missed in Salem. Welcome back, Freddie!!!

Mo
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Mo

And maybe it will give story to Justin and Adrienne. I do miss them!

Ricardo
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Ricardo

Yes Jeremy, Freddie is missed in Salem. Also I always love your comments on this site. Let’s pray and hope, that Freddie signed a long term contract.

Rj
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Rj

Oh, great! Glad to have him back. Good actor. A Sonny and Paul romance would be a good storyline. I liked Will, and was sad and sorry when they killed him off, so if he can be resurrected that would be good, but if TPTB have made their decision then glad to at least have Sonny back.

ScoobyDum72
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ScoobyDum72

Wouldn’t it be interested if they pulled a Shelter Island/Secret of NIMH/Pam Ewing’s Dream where this all occurred in Abby Devereaux’s mind…then Will could be alive…

mike
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mike

Freddie Smith without Chandler Massey does not excite me.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

THEY WILL RE-UNITE…..I just know it. I am fervently praying, mike. Love the actors and their characters.

Matthew Place
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Matthew Place

I’m hoping this will be what happens: Freddie and Chandler both back!!! With the recent rumor about CM returning to Days, there’s a def possibility!

Eddie
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Eddie

I’m taking a wait and see attitude. I’ve seen in the past where SOD makes a big deal about an actor returning only to find out it was just for a 2 or 3 episode arc. I hope that Sonny comes back for a longer story arc than that. Since this rumor turned out to be true, then the Chandler Massey as Will rumor must be as well. I guess if Matthew Ashford can come back as Jack Deveraux’s ‘ghost’ then Chandler can come back as Will’s. i’m predicting it will be some sort of ‘it’s okay to get on… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Yeah, so true, Eddie. A lot of honey is offered, and we’re the flies.

RayJ
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RayJ

I’ve heard that it’s only for month. July through August.

Jim Preston
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Jim Preston

I was thinking the same thing, maybe Chandler Massey is only returning as Will’s “ghost” to tell Sonny it’s all right to move on with your life. Would be nice though if there were some kind of reunion.

Brian
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Brian

YASSS!!! I wouldn’t mind seeing him with Paul again and then pray really hard that Will isn’t really dead and that Chandler Massey comes back!

CMD
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CMD

*Rubs hands together in glee* Bring on Paul/Sonny! I’ve been waiting since Paul’s first appearance for them.

Richard
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Richard

Have you guys not seen the article and heard the rumors?? Chandler Massey is on his way back to DAYS!!!!! WATCH!!!!! And yes as Will Horton!!!!

TearyTam
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TearyTam

Hoping only dream sequence

Eddie
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Eddie

I also think that it’s going to be some sort of dream, vision, or flashback type of scene(s).

Matthew Place
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Matthew Place

I expect the rumor about CM will turn out to be… TRUE!!!

Art
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Art

Bringing Sonny back won’t bring back all the Wilson fans and the other viewers they lost when they brutally, gleefully and hatefully murdered Will and then ruined Sonny’s character by having him abandoning his daughter and make a date with ex on his husband’s grave.

Eddie
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Eddie

I agree with you, perhaps not as strongly as you feel it, bringing back Sonny is not going to erase what happened last year. There is so much wrong with what the show did to the characters. Many fans blame the writers, but it seems to me the story line would not have been written if Corday hadn’t approved it.

RayJ
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RayJ

I agree. Then again daytime fans are notoriously forgiving (I mean read some of the plot speculations here. The wild plot lines fans even here would be willing to swallow just to accommodate a CM/WilSon return).

Personally, I would find such ridiculousness insulting and just salt to the wound, but that’s just my opinion.

I’m sure CM will return, but prob’ly as a ghost/vision/dream. Especially considering how fond DAYS has become with that particular gimmick lately.

Stephen
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Stephen

[This is my previous submission EDITED to – I hope – comply with MF’s guidelines – and it’s also improved a bit. Thank you!] Days utterly DESTROYED Sonny’s character! Here’s what Sonny said when he returned to Salem after they killed Will. This is in conversation with his mom and Kayla : ‘You know I was planning on coming back here before this happened. Will left me this message, and I listened to it over and over again, and I started thinking “what the hell am I doing?”. I realized I still loved him and I needed to be here… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I do agree, Stephen. Abandoning his child and not seeking any closure for his husband’s death does make Sonny look like the lowest of the low. But, what if what I predicted above, albeit jokingly, is fact? What if Will is alive and Sonny is with him? Too far fetched? Not in soapland. LOL.

RayJ
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RayJ

This would not make amends for me. Insulting my intelligence with a ridiculous plot hardly makes up for what they did (not that that will stop them)

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Excellent post, Stephen! And I totally agree.

Matthew Place
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Matthew Place

I agree as well. I wish everything that happened on Days since fall 2015 could be just a BIG, BAD dream, but there was so much “mess” that I’m afraid even using a dream excuse ala Dallas would still leave Days in a wrecked state! Too bad the show is so messed up now, not even a hot mess, just a mess. Period. It’ll be interesting to see what these writers can do to fix the show in the fall!

Stephen
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Stephen

Thank you James!

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Apologize for what…turning you into a big crybaby?! Get over it! If DAYS apologizes, I my have to quit watching!

Don’t watch!

Stephen
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Stephen

Thank you ! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for :

a) the blatant personal attack and insult! Hah!
b) the commands!
c) the revelatory question!

I love it when folks reveal their incivility and bad attitudes so succinctly and clearly!

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Stephen…you are so RIGHT ON, dude!!!!! As far as I’m concerned, TIIC at DOOL did a major character assassination (or whatever) on Sonny!!!!! NOT COOL AT ALL!!!!!!

Have a good one, Stephen.

Stephen
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Stephen

Thank you jay!

Leeannlovingthebooks
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Leeannlovingthebooks

I agree and have only one add on. When Sonny , more or less told Paul to wait for him, standing over his husbands grave, that just made me cringe. People in Salem were more broken up over Paige and for longer than Will, who had a huge part in everyones lives. It was poorly written and didnt do justice to an amazing character.
When the writers destroyed the amazing couple that was Will and Sonny, I mourned for them.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

To be clear, Stephen, I was a fan of Will and Sonny, but I’m against fans trying to pressure DAYS into apologizing for ANY storyline or character actions. No soap should apologize. That would open a huge can of worms! Should all soap viewers expect apologies for a long list of perceived wrongdoing? I can make a sizable list after viewing 32 years. I could also include storylines from other soaps I never watched. You also wrote “rewind” as in change the story as if it never happened…AS IF IT’S THE ONLY STORY THAT MATTERS! The characters and storylines are… Read more »

RayJ
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RayJ

A bit OT but: In reference to the links about the brutality of Willl’s murder scene, that was certainly bad enough…but then they repeated it with 12 (yes, 12…I counted) flashbacks! Personally, I founded it appalling.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Great reply to me, 4ever DAYS! Thank you for your comments! The only jerk here in this thread is me for having a quick trigger on the “Reply” button, needlessly becoming involved in a disagreement that was none of my business, and violating the personal attack rules. My apologies…

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Stephen, good for you! Some people will remain 4ever jerks…

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

I’m a jerk for wanting the same treatment for ALL characters and storylines, James?

There’s been several fathers in recent years on DAYS who abandoned their children. It happens. Those other fathers were thought to be too good to leave, but they did and it was accepted without demands of apologies and rewinds of storylines.

There shall be no preferential treatment or I will not support it!

Paul N.
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Paul N.

I don’t want Sonny to return under the poison pens of either Josh Griffith or Dena Higley. Their unapologetic anti-gay messaging was sick and should have resulted in Days being ripped from the airways. In particular, Sonny walking out on his daughter was part of the message that there would be no more gay families on the show, and that betrayed fans such as myself. I have no doubt that Will will be revived and Sonny’s time will be short lived. I don’t care which actor, Guy Wilson or Chandler Massey, as I respect them both and Will is too… Read more »

RayJ
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RayJ

Thank you for this comment. I totally agree. I can only add that in the past 6 mos they have also reduced their one remaining gay character to a mere token (if you put all of Paul’s scenes since Thanksgiving together in one reel he’s had a little over 35 minutes of screen time in almost 6 months). And yes, they introduced a new gay teen (Henry), but then spoiled it by having him harassed with a vulgar gay slur (MEMO TO DAYS: That “F” word is no longer acceptable under any terms!). I do disagree that the remedy is… Read more »

kay
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kay

Great post, Stephen. I totally agree with what you have said.

Stephen
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Stephen

Thank you, Kay!

Mark
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Mark

I agree that the damage may be unfixable. It could be easier, and far more interesting, if they simply started with a tabula rasa blank slate. Perhaps Freddie could come back instead portraying one of Sonny’s many brothers, let’s say Alex — or new brother who happens to be gay, let’s call him Shmalex. Likewise, Chandler could reappear as one of William’s long-lost cousins from the Old Country, let’s call him Shmilliam. I’m thinking as in Elizabeth Montgomery as Samantha and Serena, or even the Patty Duke twins. It could be very interesting to see how Shmalex and Shmilliam adjust… Read more »

Kim
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Kim

Glad to hear. Love Freddie Smith’s Sonny

Mo
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Mo

I think it is too soon for Sonny to move on. I do hope Chandler as Will returns.

joan walters
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joan walters

welcome back Sonny. Qnd hope u resume

joan walters
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joan walters

resume relationship with Paul

mike
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mike

Chandler has not been on Twitter for the last 2 months, maybe so he won’t have to lie about being back on DOL

Patrick
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Patrick

I love all the bits of info… one can reap on this FAN’tastic “blog”

I don’t do twitter …

giddy with anticipation

just PLEASE do not be a dream

let’s AMP this : Sonny – Chandler Massey’ Will – Paul and BRING BACK T – and Brian

Ta-Da

Jim Preston
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Jim Preston

I think it’s great that Sonny will return to Salem – I didn’t think it would be this soon so contract negotiations must have been worked out ~ maybe he will hook up with Paul, who has absolutely nothing to do on this show except that dumb modeling job. It would be nice also if a new character could be thrown into the mix – weren’t there rumors of Will coming back in the original version played by Chandler? Maybe that was just for a brief “dream sequence”?

Matthew Place
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Matthew Place

If Will is only coming back as a ghost, then Days should do itself a favor and not bring him back at all. This “ghost sequence” will only reinforce the hurt some viewers feel and make it impossible to ever believably revive the character. Days needs to fix the mess caused by recent writers – not add to it – and get those ratings up pronto!

Stephen
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Stephen

I’m sure Chandler would only come back to resurrect the character.

Tom Jenkins
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Tom Jenkins

I’m confused thought, he (the character of Will) was CLEARLY strangled to death in front of our eyes by crazy Ben – how can they “bring him back”? I could understand it they say “his plane went down” or if they say “his car went off a cliff” (but he’s been stranded on an Island with amnesia) but since the character was choked to death while pleading for his life (which by the way was a horrible demise of a gay character or ANY character for that matter, and really shouldn’t be depicted on daytime TV) I don’t understand how… Read more »

Lisa
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Lisa

We had a long, long, long gay storyline on Days. I for one was very very bored with it–this is a show with all types of love interest and family matters. I LOVE the way the show is going now.

The writers focused wayyyyyyyyyy too much on the gay story line last time–sure hope it’s not going to be so focused on this time. Freddie is a good actor, though and would rather to see him back with Justin/Adrienne/Victor–maybe even a new job locally with Titan.

Tom Jenkins
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Tom Jenkins

Well, I’m sorry if you felt the writers focused too much on Will and Sonny, but when they switched gears and focused on John and his putrid father, or had Brady fishing out what’s her name out of the Ocean, that was a total and complete snooze. The show was better when it involved Sonny, plus the once baseball star Paul, and the neurotic Will interfering – and I do love Abigail and her crazy way of dealing with Ben, that’s very compelling. I find the storyline of Kayla and Steve to be a bore, two more than middle aged… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Hey, Tom,
I was actually thinking along the same lines as yourself, at some point.
That is; Will appears in Sonny’s dreams, so that Sonny would be at peace within himself and continue his life without guilt.
Perhaps, find a meaningful, new relationship?
I, among many, always found this storyline’s ending too abrupt.
Nonetheless, it’s a soap….dying is not always the end for a character. Those swinging doors are omnipresent. Lol.

Lisa
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Lisa

You are right about John’s father and Summer/ocean but I think the new storyline with Summer/Maggie/Victor is all interesting and love Brady/Theresa, Chad/Abby-and Abigail’s recent-burning Ben episode was EPIC–awesome acting! Kayla/Steve-you would’ve had to have watched DAYS back in the day to appreciate them-they should make up and have sweet wedding-grandchildren from Joey, etc. And again-yes, they focused WAY WAY WAY too much on the Sonny/Paul storyline-Will, too but at least Will was a Horton-to me they should bring him back-But, would like the original Will. they’ve brought others back from the dead-and was surprised they would kill off him… Read more »

Tim Welles
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Tim Welles

Just as a side note I do feel that Rafe’s mom does “overact” and I’m not quite sure what the significance is having the mom around Salem – I like Gabby but for some reason I don’t sense a real chemistry between Gabby and JJ and it’s a little difficult for me to accept JJ as suddenly being a full-fledged police officer – but, these are all just minor observations.
Overall I enjoy the show and it will be interesting to see if Will emerges in some miraculous way.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Will is dead. Please let it be that way. I loved the character but not much toward the end. The recast did not help. Look, if it is so important to have consistency then the powers that be need to ride heard on writers and say, “No!” I prefer stories that take characters in new directions rather than repeating same plots and patterns over and over and over (Victor and Nikki Newman!). Sonny K’s return allows some course correction in that botched it-happened-to-Will-and now-we-forgot-murder story line. And it can be very interesting to follow a young person deal with grief… Read more »

Art
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Art

I happened to enjoyed the recast as did others. The ratings are abysmal since the new writers took over and ruined characters and killed off characters such as Will which in turn drove away a lot of viewers that the show may never ever get back which is the show’s own fault. The show needs to get over it and bring Will back.

RayJ
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RayJ

I loved both CM and GW about equally. They both had strengths and qualities they brought that I loved (CM’s sensitivity, GW’s toughness) and weaknesses that I often found irritating (CM often came off as whiny to the point that it bordered on stereotype, like gay men just burst into tears over nothing, GW was often flat when he SHOULD have been more emotional, like in the Chapel scene). Both were good & neither were perfect, IMO. As I said above, I think the best course for DAYS is just to move forward, but if the are trying to satisfy… Read more »

blake
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blake

It’s been known for months so why is this now being reported here? How about news about how long he’s back for. I won’t get excited until it’s long term.

And it’s been known that Chandler Massey has been back as Will. Where is that story?

Rick
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Rick

Not known, just rumored.

blake
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blake

Not rumored when there were pics months ago of Freddie back at work at Days.

RayJ
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RayJ

As I said above, I’ve heard that he’s only back for a month from July-Aug (And FS always said he was open to guest appearances on DAYS while he pursued other things so there you go). I agree, I don’t find a guest appearance anything to get excited about (though they’re nice sometimes) especially since they’re so often disappointing.

Rick
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Rick

Rumored that CHANDLER is coming back, not confirmed.

blake
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blake

There you go, you cleared it up now.

Jimmy
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Jimmy

I really hope this means that Chandler Massey is back as Will, and they can undo the damage done to these two last year. WilSon was one of DAYS best couples and deserve a good story. Especially with these two fantastic actors playing the roles.

Leeannlovingthebooks
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Leeannlovingthebooks

I am thinking this will be of a short duration.
Last time Freddie said an amazing story line was coming, they destroyed Will and Sonny. So forgive me if I am skeptical. I think Freddie is a great actor. Sonny’s barely there time after Wills death, didnt even go see him at morgue after stating he needed to tell Will how much he loved him, his inability to stay due to “seeing Will everywhere”, duh! What did he think would hapoen? They changed Sonnt too much. Will have to see what they do with him.

Leeannlovingthebooks
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Leeannlovingthebooks

*Sonny

RayJ
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RayJ

I agree. I’m not expecting much. The past year we’ve been promise great stories time & again (and from the actor’s perspective they might be great to play) but this is what we got. We’ve also had A LOT of hype built up around very brief appearances that turned out to be duds. That’s what I fully expect to happen again.

Hopeful, but note excited.

Rick
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Rick

I just hope they aren’t bringing Sonny back so that he and Paul can ride off into the sunset and the show can “de-gay”.

Sue
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Sue

This is what I fear will happen. Does anyone know when Christopher Sean’s contract is up?

Sue
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Sue

Although, Freddie did add NBC Studios — Days of Our Lives back to his Facebook Intro. Hmmm…

RayJ
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RayJ

I dunno, but read somewhere that CS’s contract expires in June? so this might be exactly what happens.

kay
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kay

I am afraid that is exactly what these incompetent writers have planned.

Chrystie_Delancey
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Chrystie_Delancey

I am happy about this! There is something about Freddie Smith that has this boy-next-door kind of quality and is good at portraying emotions. I enjoy watching his scenes.

Mark
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Mark

It would add color and realism to the show if Sonny occasionally slipped-up, and absent-mindedly said something in French, to show how acclimated he had become to living in Paris.

It might also be nice if Sonny introduced William to some of the other personal social graces that Sonny learned while living in the City of Love.

Martha
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Martha

I am so happy that Sonny is returning to Days. He is such a great guy and a great performer. Can’t wait for July! It is about time someone stepped up and brings back some of the best actors they had. Great Job!

Felicia
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Felicia

I am excited that Sonny aka Freddie Smith is returning to Days, but i think that the writers needed to come up with something to bring Will Horton back ,either like they did Aiden or some other way. I DO NOT WANT SONNY AND PAUL TO GET BACK TOGETHER! The way they got rid of Will was a disgrace for all of his fans, whether it is Guy Wilson or Chandler Massey, i do not care (prefer Chandler though) both are wonderful actors. When they killed Will, that blew the chance for Sonny and Will to reunite and that was… Read more »

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Kassie DePaiva, Nathan Purdee & Taylor Purdee Talk ‘Killian & The Comeback Kids’, One Life to Live & Eve’s Reign of Terror on DAYS

It’s ‘all in the family’ + a dear friend that makes the film Killian and the Comeback Kids something that soap fans will want to see. In it, daytime veterans, Kassie DePaiva (Ex-GL, OLTL, GH and Days) and Nathan Purdee (Ex-Y&R and OLTL) are featured in the new movie directed, written and starring Nathan’s talented son, Taylor.

One Life to Live fans will get a kick out of that Kassie and Nathan play a married couple in the film.  In story, a millennial (Taylor A. Purdee) comes home to live with his parents in a depressed rural town after getting a college degree in the big city. The film illustrates the issues facing many of America’s youth today, which could not be more apropos for the times we are living with many children moving back in with their parents. However, the movie shares an uplifting message filled with original music from Taylor’s folk-rock band, The Cumberland Kids.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Kassie, Nathan and Taylor to get the inside scoop on: collaborating together on this project, revisiting Llanview with some memories and thoughts on the cancellation of the beloved soap, plus Kassie’s last turn on Days of our Lives as an unhinged Eve Donovan – a performance that just may garner attention come Daytime Emmy time next year.

This conversation was filled with candor, humor, and a parent’s love for their child. Killian and the Comeback Kid is playing in selected theatres and dates including tonight Friday, September 25th in Atlanta, and October 2nd in Chicago. For more movie info go to the film’s website here And now here’s what Kassie, Nathan and Taylor shared.

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I was really intrigued by the film. Taylor, how did you lure your dad to be in the movie?

TAYLOR:  Oh my gosh, it was the craziest negation ever.

I bet! (Laughs)

TAYLOR:  When I was a kid, Roberta, my mom, made me promise to always write him roles.  So, it was kind of obligatory.

KASSIE:  That is so funny!

TAYLOR:  It’s true.

Had you met Kassie before, or was this the first time? 

TAYLOR:  I knew Kassie from when my dad and her were doing One Life to Live together.   Five years before I was filming this movie, Nathan texted me, “Hey!  Kassie and Jim (DePaiva) are right by your dorm room.  You should go see them!”  So, catching up as an adult was so nice.  I had a non-parentally controlled grown-up hang-out with her.

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What was the journey this film, Killian and the Comeback Kids, went on as far as from the writing of it, to production, to its completion?

TAYLOR:  Well, the front half was surprisingly quick.  I think writing it through to having it finished was about 18 months, and there were about 6 months of, “how’s it going to come out,” and then, we thought we knew what was going to happen, and we were all getting ready for it to hit in movie theatres in the spring when the world ended, and that’s how we got here three years later.

Nathan, tell me about the role you play; because Kassie and you are husband and wife in the film.

NATHAN: Well, yeah, you kind of covered it! (Laughs)  I play her husband, and she plays my wife, and I appreciated the casting situation.  It’s interesting how Taylor chose Kassie because he did say that he wanted someone who was close to his mom’s personality.  I couldn’t think of anybody else other than Kassie because the only difference is Kassie is taller, but they both are such loving, caring people.  They always want to mother you and make sure you’re fed, and you’re safe, and you’re happy, and neither one of them knows the word, “no,” when it comes to the people who they’re taking care of.  I love Kassie anyway, so good for me.

KASSIE:  Yeah, they cut our love scene, and I don’t know what that’s about. (Laughs)

Kassie, what do you remember from when you first met Nathan?  You were at One Life, right?

KASSIE:  No, when I first met Nathan, we were in San Antonio, and we were doing an appearance.  I met Bobbie Eakes (Ex-Krystal, AMC and Macy, B&B) for the first time then too, but I was on The Guiding Light, and I was singing, and Nathan was there.  Nathan and I sat beside each other.  I honestly felt like I had known Nathan my entire life.  We were drinking margaritas and talking, talking, talking, talking, talking, talking.

NATHAN:  Yep!

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KASSIE:  Nathan and my husband, Jim are very good friends.  I have to say, Nathan was so lovely when I was going through my cancer journey.  He came to see me every week, sometimes twice a week when I was in the hospital, and he would come up, and he would hang out with Jim.  I will never, ever forget how lovely he was (it makes me tear up right now) to be there with support for my husband and myself as we went through that.  So, when Nathan asked me to be his wife in the film, I thought, “Well, hey, you practically live with me now, so that sounds good.”

So, Taylor, how did they do on-screen as husband and wife?

TAYLOR:  They’re fantastic.  We’ve only had one test screening, but one of the most consistent things audiences tell me is that they’re not just great together, but they each have such a quiet, brooding depth to them that you can’t help but imagine the back-story that they’re not talking about

KASSIE:  That’ll be the sequel!

TAYLOR:  Killian and the Comeback Kids 2: They Comeback Kids Comeback.

KASSIE:  They’ll come back again!

NATHAN:  Thanks for planting that seed in his head, Kassie.

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TAYLOR:  It was important for me to try to synthesize a mixed-race couple.  So, it was really great to be able to have them, not just be so great together, but there was also the issue of we had to have a little girl who looked like she could not just be my sister, but also both of their daughter.  Creating a family from scratch was great because Nathan and Kassie already had the rapport.

Did you watch them on One Life to Live together? 

TAYLOR:  Yeah!  I was in school most of the time, but I would go to set, and over the last 10 years, friends would send me YouTube clips from the show because for some reason none of the soaps are streaming.  There’s not like a soap Netflix!  It kind of needs to happen!  Soaps, they’re epic; there are decades worth of episodes and shows.

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In this film, music is the backdrop.  It’s your music and your band that is featured?

TAYLOR:  Yeah, my best friend growing up and I were staring to write folk music around the time when I was deciding what script I wanted to make into a film.  We wrote the soundtrack, all the music that people sing, and the underscore, which was surprisingly the most fun part of it all.

Kassie what did you think of Taylor’s music?

 ASSIE:  I think it’s wonderful.   I love music. It’s totally in the heart of me, and I just think that this movie is so timely. Kids these days are having to deal with not knowing what their future is going to be.  In the film, my son comes home, and he is trying to find himself, and he throws himself into his art and his music.  I just think there are a lot of people right now who are going through that.  I think it is extremely relatable, even more so than when you wrote it, Taylor.  I think people are looking for some type of connection, and I think this little movie is a good start.  It’s about people pulling together, and it’s got a strong rooting factor, and you want people to succeed, and it is great.  It takes you on a really nice journey.

You have some dates coming up where the film will play in a movie theatre- one is on September 25th in Atlanta and then another one on October 2nd in Chicago.  Taylor, how do you feel about making appearances for the film during the pandemic? You’re going with masks on? 

TAYLOR:  Oh yeah.  We will be in a bubble; we are just getting into a car and sticking together.  I and John Donchak, who plays opposite me through the whole film, are going to all of those dates, and my co-songwriter, who also appears in the film, will be in Atlanta, if not at both premieres.

NATHAN:  And let me add, please, they’re going against my wishes as a parent, but he is 28- years-old, so all I can say is that we are hoping for the best because we want him to be safe.  He is very determined and passionate about it, so he’s got our support.

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Taylor, in your story, why does Killian come home and live with his parents? 

TAYLOR: His plan at the time is that he has just graduated from a pricey university, and he is supposed to go off with his bandmate on a modest music tour.  He comes home to get his stuff and see his parents after graduating, but his bandmate drops out, and so the plan falls apart, and that’s how he gets stuck in this town and everything is just kind of falling apart. The plan that he had for his life after college gets pulled out right out from under him.

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Nathan, when Kassie and you were on One Life for years, you weren’t there when it ended, as you had already left the show.  How did you feel upon learning it had been canceled by ABC?

NATHAN:  I was so disconnected by that time.  I just knew it was ending, and it wasn’t the first soap to go.  I saw it happening when the other shows started being canceled due to, I could be wrong about this, but I put the blame on reality TV.  By that point I had moved on in my personal and private life.  I was doing a lot of theatre then, traveling back and forth from North Carolina, really trying to keep busy, and fighting off the depression of not working full-time.  I missed Jim and Kassie the most, but I was thrilled that I could bump into them at any time and visit with them.  I kept in touch with Hillary B. Smith (Ex-Nora) and Bob Woods (Ex-Bo) and also, Timothy Stickney (Ex-RJ); in fact, Timothy Stickney’s wife did Taylor’s hair for the film.

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Kassie, how do you feel years later about the cancellation of One Life to Live?

KASSIE:  I still miss it.  I loved it. The hard part about this show in particular being canceled is –one – that there wasn’t closure on it.  It kind of happened randomly, and there was still a lot more story to tell.  They kept it going on General Hospital, where they’ll bring some characters there.  So, it’s still in peoples’ minds. The second part is the friendships and the family connections that you’ve made over the many years that you’re there. Nothing lasts forever, that’s for sure, but as you were saying, there’s no streaming of these shows, but if you catch an episode on YouTube, One Life to Live, truly stands alone.  It just has great stories, great characters, and there is connection there that is very real.

Kassie, your last go-around at DAYS was just epic.  Did you guys see it?

TAYLOR:  I did see pieces of some of it.  I caught some of the “super villain”!

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Eve went in guns blazing, evil as all get out, but so heartbreaking at the same time while she was torturing Ben (Rob Scott Wilson).  What did you think about all of that, Kassie?

KASSIE:  I was really hesitant to watch it because I remembered how “super villain” I was.  I remember getting on the plane, and Jimmy said, “How was it?” and I said, “I’ll probably never work again a day in my life. I’m like this (evil laughs) muah-ha-ha, muah-ha-ha kind of character.”  I mean, you hated what Eve was doing, and you were supposed to, but I think that they did a great job with production values, and it was reasonable what she was doing because she was going off the edge. It’s great to be able to sink your teeth into something that is so out-there and completely different from your own life.  I mean, it was exhausting.  Every day, I would come home and just be like, “Oh my God, give me a cocktail.” Eve had justification for her revenge, even as wrong as it was, and she needed to be heard, and she needed closure, and she made a bunch of wrong moves, and did a bunch of bad, bad, bad things, and now, she is probably in a mental institution somewhere, so…

You and I were on set of DAYS and I was going to interview you.  If I recall, at that point, you did not even know what the story arc was.

KASSIE:  No, I didn’t. When I arrived and looked at the script, I’m like, “Well, who blew up that wedding?”  Then, all of the sudden, “Oh, no!  I blew up the wedding.  This is bad!  I probably am not going to be coming back on this show again.”  I look at story and go, “Uh-oh.  There’s a shut door.”  I like open doors and open windows.

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Taylor, what is your project? Are you continuing to write?  What do you see in the future for yourself?

TAYLOR:  This is my life for me.  The next thing that I think we are releasing is actually something that I made before this because everything is backwards, which is a documentary (very different) about Central American politics, which I’m hoping is out next year.  In terms of new scripts, everybody is a bit torn.  I kind of want to do a biopic of Lee Grant, or I want to do a blues/punk version of something inspired by The Shining.

Well, those are very polar opposite!

TAYLOR:  Yeah, aren’t they?

NATHAN:  Now you see what I’m living with. (Laughs)

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Nathan, you must be proud of Taylor, and it must be very cool to see your son have these multi-faceted talents.

NATHAN:  Of course, I’m proud of him and it’s great, but it’s strange because watching Taylor develop into the person he has developed into and continues to, made me realize that I hadn’t had the type of courage he has.  I had my dreams and certain things that I was very courageous about in my life.  I certainly don’t see him doing some things the way I did them, because he has more common sense than I do when it comes to life choices. His courage just blows my mind.  Most of my closest friends are professional musicians, and many of them, if I were to namedrop, you would know who they are, and they’ve had successful careers, and I’ve always looked up to them and admired them, but I was never that guy.  I just wanted to be a musician because I knew them and we were friends, but I didn’t have the discipline to do what they did, and I certainly didn’t have the God-given talent.  I play a little bit of keyboard and a little bit of saxophone myself, but I have to play one song 757 times before I even start to feel comfortable with it, and Taylor can sit down and start strumming on his guitar, and the next thing you know, he’s written a whole song.  It just blows my mind how creative and talented he is.  He has been surrounded by creative and talented people all of his life. He has absorbed a lot from the different people and the different opportunities he’s had, and I look at him sometimes, and I even say it to my wife, “Who is this kid?”  I like to share this story.  We went to see Taylor do Hamlet.  I’m guessing he was 15 or 16-years-old at the time. I’m watching him doing Hamlet, and I’m sitting in the chair, and I’m crying because I’m thinking to myself, “Oh, my God, he is so good!”  I told Taylor, “I would not tackle Hamlet on a football field, yet alone on stage.”  It made me realize that we had a force to be reckoned with.  He’s pretty amazing.  The bad news for him is that I always tell him the truth, and I lied to him once, and he called me out on it, and I promised that I would never lie to him again.  So, be careful what you ask me because I will tell you the truth from this point on.

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KASSIE:  Taylor was also the director of this film, which I mean, “What the hell!”  This guy is doing everything.  He was deciding on the shots, he was deciding on the lighting, he was deciding this and that, he was editing the script, I’m like, “Holy cannoli!”  He’s like, “No, I want her to wear that shirt; I want her to do this.”  You would do the scene, and he’d come over and talk to you a little bit.  I mean, he was just awesome; Taylor brought so much insight to my character because I’m like, “What’s my relationship, and who are all of these kids?  Are we a loving family?”  We did it very quickly, too.  Taylor, look at what you’ve accomplished, and it is such a beautiful piece of art!

TAYLOR:  From a more functional standpoint as a director, one of the really great things about having the two of them was that Kassie came in half-way through filming, and we’d been working with the young actor/musicians a lot.  Some of them, it was their first big job, but pretty much all of them had worked before.  On Kassie’s first day, they didn’t know what they were in for.  She just rolled onto set, and all of the sudden, the stakes and bar of how to be an actor just changed.  From that point on, when Kassie and Nathan started to work with the band, we knew those were going to be fun days because there was going to be acting involved.  Everyone else just had to come up to their level, which was great for me because it gave me so much more to edit with.

Taylor, who are your musical influences?   

TAYLOR:  That’s a really good question.  My musical obsession for the last few years has been this guy, named Josh Ritter, who is kind of a singer/songwriter/folk guy.  My real-life band, The Cumberland Kids, is named after one of his songs.  Also, Weird Al Yankovic, has been a massive inspiration for me and my songwriting partners.

So, your vibe is this folk-rock.

TAYLOR:  Yeah, that’s what I’m writing mostly.  My listening is kind of all over the place, but definitely that is what I’m writing.

Kassie, who do you like listening to?

KASSIE:  It all depends on what cocktail I have in my hand.

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NATHAN:  Let me chime in on that too! I like jazz, blues, and country music, but imagine what my house was like because I have a lot of instruments here, always with the hope that Taylor would at least become interested in music.  I have congas, bass guitar, keyboards, you name it, and for a while, he wasn’t interested at all, and one day, I woke up and he was playing an acoustic guitar.  Then, the next thing I know, he is writing and singing folk music.  I’m thinking, “Wait a minute!” It was an important lesson for me that just because you want something for your children, doesn’t mean that is what they want for themselves.  We never pushed acting on Taylor.  He chose it on his own.  It’s exciting for me mostly because it was his choice.

KASSIE:  He’s a natural.

And speaking of that, Taylor, in the trailer nothing came across forced or pushed.  Obviously, we are all talking you up here, not that you need it.

NATHAN:  I’ll tell you this, Michael.  During the shoot, Taylor insisted on calling me “Nathan”, and I had a problem with it, but he basically told me to get over it because it’s his set, his movie, and while we are shooting, I’m “Nathan”, and he’ll call me dad later.  I’m still struggling with that but he was the boss.

TAYLOR:  It’s hard to walk that line and not make it weird for your crew, you know?

NATHAN:  I get it.

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KASSIE:  It’s weird for me because when he would go, “Robbie is going to do this, and Nathan is going to do that,” I’d go, “Who are Robbie and Nathan?  Aren’t they your mom and dad?”

TAYLOR:  While I was writing the script I called him over, and I said, “Dad, I wrote you a really good role, and I think we are actually going to do this.  I’m giving you a once in a lifetime chance to name your own character.  Do you want to name him after a Greek hero, or one of your siblings?”  He didn’t take his chance.  So, you know what?  It’s “Nathan” now.  It’s easier for everybody.  We don’t have to break the method acting fourth wall.  (Laughs)

Do you think you would work with Nathan and Kassie again? (Laughs)

TAYLOR:  Oh, my God, are you kidding?

NATHAN:  That’s my contract: Kassie has got to be in it.  So, let me say this about Kassie, you had mentioned something about how much she has been working, and I look at Kassie as the James Brown of daytimes soaps.  She is the hardest working woman in daytime television. 

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She is pretty spectacular. Kassie started on Guiding Light, had a long career on One Life, and then went to General Hospital, then to Days of our Lives.  It’s been amazing that we have been able to see her have a comeback in more ways that one.

KASSIE:  Nathan has jumped from soap to soap as well, and when you’ve done it, you just think it’s over.  It’s not like your regular acting profession jobs when you go out and you know you’re going to audition for twenty-five things and get one role for a short amount of time.  When you go in day in and day out and are creating all of this stuff on a soap opera, and then it ends, you go, “Well, now what am I supposed to do?”  I haven’t been on a set in 6 months, and I feel like I won’t ever work again.  Soaps are just a totally different head trip and so it can be really hard.

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Nathan, do you have a favorite Hank Gannon moment from One Life to Live?

NATHAN:  Oh wow.  Man, there were so many of them.  I can tell you the funniest, to me, maybe not so funny to Hillary B. Smith though.  I think it was during a live show. This was during the time when I had a lot of dialogue.  But this particular day, I had one line, and the line was to Hillary and it was, “How are you feeling?” and her response was, “Well, I’m feeling the way I always feel, and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah”.  So, during the entire day, I’d see Hillary, and I’d say, “Hey, how you feeling?”  Maybe nineteen times before we started shooting, “Hey, how you feeling?” and she’d had about enough of it.  So, fast forward to “5, 4,3,2,1 action”, and now, I say, “How you doing?”  If you could see the look in her eyes, it is like, “I will kill you.”  So, she says, “You know how I’m doing.  I’m doing what I’m always doing,” so she could get her line out.  So, once again, she saved Nathan’s ass with that.  One stupid line … and I blew it.  I just remember that one because I just know Hilary wanted to strangle me.  She probably still wants to.

And on that note (laughs) I wanted to thank you all so much for this. I hope you find success with this little gem of a film, Taylor.

So what did you think of the comments made by Kassie, Nathan and Taylor on their film?  What did you think of Kassie’s recent performance on DAYS? What’s your favorite Blair or Hank moment from the history of One Life to Live? Share your thoughts and comments below,  But first, check out the trailer to Killian and the Comeback Kids.

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Greg Vaughan Shares Farewell To DAYS & Scene Partner Arianne Zucker: “Never a Dull Moment, Laughing or Crying, She was the Party, Always with a smile!”

Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives had Eric Brady saying a sudden farewell to his loved ones before he departs Salem for Africa to help those in need.  That marks the on-screen departure of Daytime Emmy winner, Greg Vaughan who will last be seen on Wednesday’s episode.

As DAYS fans were aware, Greg wrapped his run months ago on the NBC daytime drama series, but since before the Covid-19 pandemic DAYS taped almost seven months ahead, Eric’s on-screen exit is airing this week.

Over the past two days, Vaughan took to his Instagram to share some sentiments, ‘thanks you’s’ and some photos of some of his favorite memories with his castmates expressing, “Seeing it’s the last week I’m airing on @nbcdays …I wanted to share some great captured memories this week with my incredible fans & castmates.”

The actor also posted a special photo album of pics with his longtime on-screen partner and love interest, Arianne Zucker (Nicole).  In that, he posted this message: “To my Ride or Die partner Ari!! Never a dull moment, laughing or crying, she was the party, always with a smile! Love ya #ERICOLE”

So, will you miss Ericole? Are you sad to see Greg exit Days on-screen? Share your thoughts via the comment section below … AND what were some of your favorite performances of Greg during his time on DAYS.

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Cady McClain IN As DAYS Jennifer Temporarily Replacing Melissa Reeves

Rumors that have been swirling are confirmed true.  Cady McClain is coming to Salem and Days of our Lives to replace Melissa Reeves temporarily as the new Jennifer Horton Deveraux.  The casting news was confirmed by a Days spokesperson, according to Soap Opera Digest.

Daytime fans recall, Cady is a two-time Daytime Emmy winner and has previously appeared as Dixie on All My Children, Rosanna on As the World Turns and Kelly on The Young and the Restless.  McClain has already begun filming as Jennifer.

Reeves, who commutes from Nashville to Los Angeles to tape episodes of Days of our Lives, decided not to return to set when the NBC soap opera resumed production earlier this month due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic,

In addition, Melissa became a grandmother last month with her daughter Emily’s first child, and now soon will welcome her son Larry’s first child later this month, which is another reason Reeves chose to stay put in Tennessee.

So, what do you think of the Jennifer switcheroo? Excited to see what Cady brings to the role? Comment below.

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