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Gilles Marini Talks The Return Of Ted Laurent, His Co-Stars: Kristian Alfonso, Lauren Koslow & Greg Rikaart On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives’ Podcast’

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If you caught this week’s episodes of Days of our Lives, you know that Ted Laurent (Gilles Marini) has resurfaced in Salem and had asked Hope (Kristian Alfonso) for protection from Stefan DiMera, who was responsible for his disappearance in exchange for information on Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson).

Now in the latest episode of Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast, actor Gilles Marini chats it up with host, Michael Fairman on what to expect as Ted’s story brings with it many twists and turns; including a potential love triangle.

Marini reveals what he thinks Ted’s weakness ia when the guy has not previously been on the up and up, plus his thoughts on working with three of his co-stars and their characters: Lauren Koslow’s Kate, Kristian Alfonso’s Hope, and Greg Rikaart’s Leo, whom he has shared up to now most of his screen-time.

The talented actor who hails from France, also talks on some other highlights in his career, including one of his big breaks on the beloved ABC drama,  Brothers & Sisters working opposite Rachel Griffiths, and a host of award-winning actors, including Sally Field, and of course, his time on Dancing with the Stars where he became one of the most popular celebrity contestants on the series of all-time.

Later, in the podcast’s dressing room segment, Eric Martsolf (Brady) welcomes Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe) into his digs at DAYS, and then two tease some upcoming #Broe moments.

Check out this excerpt from NBC of Gilles interview below.  Then, make sure to head over to NBC.com to listen to the episode currently streaming there, and on Monday, looks for this episode to be available on all pod platforms, including iTunes for download.

Now, let us know what you think about Ted’s return to DAYS … and if you want him to romance Hope … become a good guy … or get his comeuppance … or all of the above …via the comment section below!

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Love the sexual tension between him and Hope!.. i hope the ptb tease the viewers with some flirtations between the bad boy lawyer and the good girl cop going rogue! The show messed up her amazing sexual chemistry she shared with Aiden by turning him evil to give her and Rafe rooting power. But Hope and Rafe is Hope/Bo 2.0 and can never be duplicated. With all the stress Hope is under she needs to give in to her wild side and Ted is the man to help her. Kristian and Giles would be so much fun together and having Hope come undone would be great for viewers! Hope vs Kate, Ted vs Rafe, Hope and Ted vs Salem…Hope and Ted vs Ciara and Ben! they could be the next #Cin!!!
Giles is a breath of fresh air, and days continues to be on a hot streak. ..

blake
blake

Agree Damien!

Jimh
Jimh

i agree

Celia
Celia

LOL, Damien…great to see your name, here…
Hope is not ‘a good girl’ cop—-rather a matron….However, Hope has a few crimes hidden behind that ‘pure’ facade.
But, I do agree with your “hope-full” suggestion to put Hope and Ted “in bed”….anyone other than Rafe will do. The most mis-matched couple on soaps–well, then there’s Gina ( Phyllis) and Joshua ( Nick); Y&R…..
Oh, and why does Ciera call Julie “Grandma”? Julie is her AUNT… ..being married to Doug does not make her Ciera’s grandmother. Her grandmother was Addie; Hope’s and Julie’s mother. My own grandmother said that Julie married her stepfather, Doug. Tsk, Tsk….LOL.
Julie should not throw shade on anyone; considering her own sordid past.

blake
blake

He’s a very sexy man and a good actor. I’m glad he’s back on Days and on contract this time! Glad he’s mixed in with Hope and Rafe, shaking them up.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

I love this actor, but not in this sleezy kind of role. I liked him on Brothers and Sisters and Switched At Birth. There is a chemical attraction between he and Hope, but being the kind of person he is, I can’t see anything happening. Being realistic here, with Rafe being the guy he is, it would be like giving up Santa for the Grinch! I think that all Ted has going for him, is his looks.

Carol
Carol

Speaking for myself I cannot stand Ted.

Momo
Momo

I’m glad to see him back on Days.

Jimh
Jimh

Lauren K.(Kate) could had been a recast Samantha in that Sex In The City movie they were planning to do but the actress who originally played the part refused to do it so the movie was canned…Lauren looks enough like the other actress and would had made a perfect recast!!!

stevie g
stevie g

I’m not a fan of Ted and Leo’s and am perplexed as to why they have been put on contract. While I think Days does need more characters who are unrelated to vast cast of interwoven families, these guys bore me. As for Gilles being good looking, well to each his own, he was during his time in the Sex and the City movie, with his memorable scene in the shower showing off his ample appendage, but that was a decade ago. He and Greg don’t hold a candle to the other Days super hunks.

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Jussie Smollett Scenes Cut From ‘Empire’ In Light Of Attack Investigation

As of Tuesday, the production of Fox’s hit series, Empire has slashed Jussie Smollett’s upcoming scenes following reports that the suspicion is now on him for allegedly staging the “hate” attack he reported to the Chicago PD back on January 29th.

According to production sources viaTMZ: Jussie was supposed to have nine scenes and a big musical performance in the second-to-last episode of Season 5,  Now, five scenes and the musical number have been axed.  Smollett’s character is also no longer the focus of his remaining four scenes, which will now feature an ensemble of characters.

The actor/singer who portrays Jamal Lyon will be working Friday and possibly Thursday but won’t be rehearsing.

The Empire writers are said to have been scrambling over the last 24 hours to revise this season’s scripts.

All of this despite despite strongly expressed renewed support by Empire showrunner Brett Mahoney on February 17th.  The goal now is said to be to reduce Smollett’s role both in dramatic stints and musical performances.

Empire returns for the remainder of its fifth season on March 13.

Smollett claims he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack near his Chicago apartment, but things took a turn when he may have paid two friends to help stage the assault.

This case is said to be going before a Grand Jury as early as today.

What are your thoughts on the latest developments in the Smollett case and Empire reducing his appearances for the remainder of the season? Comment below.

 

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TODAY: Y&R’s Melody Thomas Scott Visits ‘The Talk’ As Her 40th Anniversary Week As Nikki Newman Kicks-Off

On today’s broadcast of the CBS afternoon series, The Talk, the ladies welcome Y&R icon, Melody Thomas Scott, who this week celebrates her incredible 40th anniversary with the show as Nikki Newman.

During her segment, Melody chats on Wednesday’s upcoming standalone episode where Nikki is in jail reflecting on her life.  Wednesday is also the exact date of Thomas Scott’s 40th anniversary with the CBS Daytime drama series.

During the segment Melody fills the ladies in on the “All About Nikki” episode, as she relates:  “I was so thrilled that they did this. It’s truly, really the life of Nikki in the entirety of the episode. It’s all about Nikki. And she’s in jail. She’s writing a letter to her grandchildren so that she can explain who she really is, how she got to where she is.  I have to narrate it, I’ve got a voice-over, a long voice-over. And then, as I’m thinking about all these different times in my life, I can’t believe I’m referring to me as her, her life, then we see the flashbacks. And for the longtime viewers, even current viewers, it is such a trip down memory lane. I mean, you are on that train and you’re not getting off…all of the clips have not been seen since they were first aired.”

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In addition, Melody addresses the passing of her longtime co-star and friend, Kristoff St. John relating:  “I adored him. We all adored him. There was something very unique and magical about him. He would just draw you into his wonderful world. And all of his bear hugs, I can’t believe I’ll never get a bear hug. Going to any kind of event, any party, the first thing I said when I got there was ‘Where’s Kristoff?’ I want to find Kristoff, I want to be with him, I want to be in his air space. Because that’s the kind of guy he was, and I think that came through on camera. I think everybody sensed that, I mean everybody adored him.”

So, will you be checking out Melody on today’s episode of The Talk (2PMEST and 1PM PST) today? Comment below.

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General Hospital Writing Team Wins WGA Award In Daytime Drama Category

In duel ceremonies currently underway in both Los Angeles and New York, the Writers Guild of America is handing out the 71st annual WGA Awards for excellence in writing in the fields of motion picture and television at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. and at the Edison Ballroom in New York City.

Already given out and announced was the winner in the Daytime Drama category and the winning writing team was ABCs General Hospital which bested the only other nominees in the category, Days of our Lives.

The team consisting of head writers: Shelly Altman, Christopher Van Etten; Writers: Barbara Bloom, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Donny Sheldon, Scott Sickles, took home the prestigious honor.

This win for GH marks the fifth win in a row for the ABC series, which make its a record-breaker for the Daytime Drama category at the WGA Awards.

For a complete list of winners click here.

Congratulations to the team from Port Charles and General Hospital on their WGA Award win.  So, what do you think of GH besting DAYS?  Glad the ABC daytime drama won? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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