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George DelHoyo, Brock Kelly & James Read Make Returns to Days of our Lives

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Three former bad men of Salem will be making appearances starting next week on NBC’s Days of our Lives!

According to the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest (on newsstands now), the trio of actors will figure into the Ciara (Victoria Konefal) and Ben’s (Rob Scott Wilson) story.

Look for George DelHoyo to reprise his role of Orpheus.  He is scheduled to appear on Monday’s February 15th episode, while Orpheus’ on-screen son, Evan Frears (Brock Kelly), will first appear on February 19th.

Meanwhile, James Read returns as Ben’s father, Clyde Weston, when his son visits him in Statesville prison and receives some key information from dear old dad.

Note: this week’s network preemptions due to the impeachment trial of former president Donald Trump may cause a shift in dates, but thus far all new episodes of DAYS can be found on NBC.com, Peacock, and the NBC app.

So, looking forward to seeing Orpheus, Evan and Clyde again? What will these three be up to now? Comment below.

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So it looks like ReRon is now in the “rotating cartoon villains” phase of his idiotic writing. Two weeks of faux-Vivian & Ivan, followed by Orpheus & Idiot Son with Redneck Clyde. Who’s got the next slot after that?? Probably another dumb doppleganger story? I’m sure he’s trying to work out another “Legion of Dumb” story like he had on GH, where all the dumb cartoon villains were suddenly working together for no good reason. Having said that though, at least Days is still making their episodes available daily on Peacock & NBC.com, for free viewing. That’s a lesson ABC… Read more »

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I couldn’t agree with you more. While there were exciting moments on GH when Ron was writing, that was far outweighed by mediocre storylines that, in the end, felt so shallow. The number of characters that have come and gone at Days over the last year is mine boggling. It’s hard to stay invested when characters you love who are integral parts of the show are no longer around. (An aside — overall I am really enjoying GH these days).

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Satan

GH has improved considerably since returning from the COVID break. It may be improving even more if some of the rumors going around Hell at the moment prove to be correct. Let’s just say one of ReRon’s dumbest mistakes while he was writing GH may finally be corrected.

Do hope they resolve some other things soon though… Sonny’s amnesia… Dante’s brainwashing. The existence of Whiny Heiny, etc.

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Patrick

“the existence of whiney heiny, etc.” Peter ????

I won’t quit with my dullard listing: Carly, Sonny, Sam, Jason, Peter, Finn, Franco, Michael. YOU WILL NOT MISS THEM… think of the cast

Peter drags down so many characters – it’s not lost on the viewers
take that @Frank Valentini… your crest is boring

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Pigeon

Here we go again…same mess different month…can we get rid of them. Ava, Vivian and Gwen then concentrate on writing quality stories for core cast and veterans? This has just gotten ridiculous since Corday turned show over to him. No we have a high school production of Romeo and Juliet on our screens. I’m out after growing up 30+ years ago watching with my mom & grandmother. My mom said peace out when they turned her beloved Patch into Stevano.. lol

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Drake

Had me at Brock Kelly. Dude is fine!

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Soaphound

Me too, Drake. I kept hoping GH would pick him up; we’re seriously in need of eye candy there. Dante looks like Grizzly Adams now and Peter Puke, well, don’t get me started. Thankfully Chase is still hotter than ever. I love the longer, normal hair on some of the men.

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Drake

Lol. I’m with you 100%. Chase is fine. Days keeps a nice roster at all times though (Eli, Ben, etc..) Always thought GH should’ve snapped up Ford from OLTL. Swoon

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Violet Lemm

Soaphound
Dante is scary looking. Would hate to run into him in the dark. Certainly can’t be appealing to most women, Sam perhaps?

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Oh Violet, Sam can have him. I like Jason with Britt anyway. How about Sam’s declaration after Sonny’s funeral? “I’m Sam, Sam I am” or some similar nonsense. Who cares? When someone asked me why I fast-forward her scenes, I replied, “I can’t understand a word she says anyway.” ‘Miss Mumbles’ should be her P.I. alias.

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Tatiana

It feels like ground=hog day. Sue me I really miss James Scott, Alison Sweeney and EJami.

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Celia

Why? So redundant!!

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Jose A Torres

ReRon really deserves to be fired and Ken deserves the cancellation of Days for recycling crap day after day!

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Violet Lemm

OMG, another crazy switcheroo, from Vincent to Orpheus.

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Like I said above…. it’s turning into a “Legion of Dumb” story, like the one he wrote on GH. There’s no reason for a one note obsessed wackjob like Vincent to be teaming up with an international ex-spy/terrorist/criminal like Orpheus. And since Vivian is now in the same prison (since when are men & women in the same prison, by the way??) it’s only a matter of time before she’s in on whatever plans Orpheus comes up with. And probably Clyde & Rolf too. I’d count Kristin in on the plan, but she’s planning her own deal with Susan… which… Read more »

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I can’t STAND Chad,Abigail,Gabby!!

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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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