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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.

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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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Now, any General Hospital fan knows that if there is skullduggery and evil going down, Helena Cassadine (whether dead or alive) is usually somehow involved when it comes to the lives of certain people in Port Charles.

And … some major storyline news from TV Line reveals that on next Monday’s August 19th episode of the ABC soap opera, Constance Towers reprises her role as the evil one herself … Helena!

Apparently, look for Helena to appear in a flashback with none other than Shiloh (Coby Ryan McLaughlin) and about Drew Cain’s time in Afghanistan.  That scene might hold a key to just what Shiloh wants now that he has implanted Drew’s memories into Franco (Roget Howath), thanks to Dr. Cabot’s work.  But could what is revealed also relate to the story that will see Billy Miller (Drew) exit the canvas later this month? Stay tuned.

Viewers last saw Helena alive in story until November of 2016, but then she was part of Jake’s hallucinations that were a part of the chimera storyline that climaxed at the Nurses’ Ball back in May of 2017.

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The upcoming 47th annual Daytime Emmys are already making some changes to key categories and specifically this one that affects daytime drama performers.  Word from Variety is that NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) is going to announce that they are combining the Younger Actor and Actress categories into one gender-neutral category

Not only will the Younger performer category be gender-inclusive, but network soap performances will be combined with digital drama series performances for the category.  Previously, for this past Daytime Emmys, NATAS had changed the Guest Performer in a Drama Series to be gender-inclusive.

This category was initially created in 1985 when it was called the Outstanding Ingenue and then from there tweaked into Outstanding Juvenile Female and Male, and more recently that morphed into the Younger Actor and Actress categories.

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Former GH star Hayley Erin (Ex-Kiki) and former DAYS star, Kyle Pettis (Ex-Theo) will now be the last female and male to win the two separate categories with this new move for 2020.

Fans of film and TV have noticed that on several award shows on MTV: their Movie and TV Awards and their VMA’s, there are several gender-inclusive categories, as well as the Television Critics Association Awards who for instance doles out Outstanding Individual Achievement in Drama in comedy.

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So, what do you think of the change; that there will now be one Younger performer category at the Daytime Emmys? Comment below.

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The word is out that General Hospital’s co-head scribe, Shelly Altman has decided to retire from the rigors of writing a daytime drama series and is leaving the ABC soap opera.  Most recently, Altman had been in charge of the writing of the show along with c0-head writer, Chris Van Etten.

With Altman retiring, GH has named former breakdown writer, Dan O’Connor as the new co-head writer of the series who will work with Van Etten.

According to TV Insider’s report, Shelly’s last day with the characters in Port Charles is this coming Friday, August 2nd.   Viewers can expect to see her stories to continue to play out for the coming months.   In lieu of Altman’s departure, O’Conner was promoted within the writing team and GH ranks.

In a statement, General Hospital’s executive producer, Frank Valentini said on his new co-head writing duo:  “These two understand the canvas and the characters. They also bring creativity, passion and commitment to the show’s history and its future.”

And for Altman’s years on GH, Valentini added: “Shelly, thank you for years of complex, emotional, intriguing story that ranged from suspense to heartbreak to laugh out loud funny, and everything in-between. We wish you all the best in your future endeavors.”

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Altman had been with the GH writing team since 2011 and eventually was promoted to head writer.  She is a two-time Daytime Emmy winner. and a two-time WGA Award winner throughout her soap opera writing career.   As for Chris and Dan, they have been with GH also since 2011 and before that together on the writing team at One Life to Live.

So, what are your thoughts on Shelly’s exit and Dan and Chris crafting the stories for Port Charles? Comment below.

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