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Greg Vaughan Makes a Return to DAYS; and a SORAS’d Johnny! Watch the New Summer Preview

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Fans of Days of our Lives were very excited heading into the Memorial Day weekend, when NBC released its sizzling summer preview for the long-running soap, which contained a few surprises and moments to be on the lookout for.

First, Xander is smooching with Gwen, later EJ finally makes his long-awaited re-emergence on the canvas with actor Dan Feuerriegel taking over the role.

Later, Daytime Emmy-winner, Greg Vaughan is seen back on the series, as Eric comes home to be with Nicole, only she is now holding a secret that she cheated on him while he was away in Africa.


Then, Allie is thrilled to see her brother Johnny DiMera return to Salem in a SORASd version of the character, plus it looks like Ciara is back with the return of Victoria Konefal. Will Cin finally be reunited?

Watch the entire promo below. Then let us know what you are looking forward to most this summer on DAYS in the comment section.

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Greg Vaughan: Hallelujah! Okay, forget what I said about the horrible writing on DOOL. If this preview shows what is in store in the coming weeks, there is reason to CELEBRATE!! — Like it’s 1999 (or some version of that)!

I 2nd your sentiments! The soulful gorgeous greg vaughan can add more heat to the summer and melt my screen ! I hope the ptb give him and Nicole the attention they deserve especially after that budget wedding they gave them after more decades of being a tortured couple!

And how refreshing is it to actually see teens being teens in the summer and hanging out by the beach!? Its been forever since soaps focused on the teen set during those younger audience focused days but fortunatly Ron remembers how much fun they used to be!

Thank you Days for continuing to bring it!

Thank you, Damien! I definitely agree with your characterization of Greg Vaughan. And your point about the teen set is also worthwhile. Glad we’re sympatico on the direction of this show. Take care, Friend!

SORAs’d Johnny looks too much like Will, including being about the same age. He should have dark hair and look more like a DiMera. Also, didn’t he lose an eye when he had cancer as a little kid? It must have grown back like Philip’s amputated leg did.

Not at all surprised to see Eric back, and Ciara back yet again. Not betting anybody’s soul as to how long either one will stick around though.

And as for NuElvis…. well, we all know what the recasts have been like on this show since ReRon has been writing, so don’t expect much from him. Looks like Sami & Lucas might get back together for good if this guy’s the competition.

Oh, Satan….you are too funny for words. I greedily look for your comments just to have a good laugh!! ….
I hope Sami and Lucas do get back together. Pardonnez-moi, mes amis, but I have had my fill of Australians and Brits running around everywhere…..including Harry Windsor —cry me a river.
Now, Nicole—-what the hey??——-cross your legs!!—albeit Xander has THEEEEE bod!!
I speak as a married woman in love with her husband. I don’t get it!!
Why do soaps continually kill marriages? Why put characters in such situations? Am I the only fool who cannot understand how a woman falls onto sweaty sheets without being in love? Drunk or nay?? This happens over and over—-Watch out—Nicole will come up pregnant. Wanna bet?

Looking forward to ALL of that! Looks like a great summer!

Looks like a fun summer. I’m happy to see Johnny. EJ isn’t as dashing as I’d like him to be but I’ll give it time.
And how clever that Jackee lives in 227.

Very clever reference indeed. Is she out to destroy Horton Square, as we know it I wonder.

Pretty interesting preview, I’m intrigued! So, Abe narrates the beginning of the new summer promo and he is not even featured at all in the New Summer Promo itself??? We need to see more of Abe, has he been reduced to re-occurring? I’d like to see Valerie return and have her hook-up with Abe again.

Ok, So glad ERIC BRADY is back in the form of Greg Vaughan! With that said, is Eric back…? Is GREG back on-contract??? This article doesn’t relay such information. Is he back short-term? What’s his deal…? I hope we don’t lose GREG again.

Happy to see Dan as EJ, finally, June 9th and there-after should be quite fascinating with the ‘Return of EJ’.

So, who is the actor playing Johnny? The article also doesn’t relay that information, either. And, isn’t there another child, too? Sydney? What about her? Is she coming to Salem or sticking around in Italy alone?

I’m very glad to see that Lani and Eli are featured in the Summer Promo and it will be interesting to see how long Ciara will be in story. Is this a short or long run for the character? Same with Eric, I’d like to know if he is back full-time or if it’s just a short visit to tie things up. I had no clue/idea from any of the other soapie websites that Greg was willing to return, after referring to himself on the show, as feeling like a “glorified extra”, hence his departure last fall.

The promo looks quite promising for summer. Though, I’d really like to see more inclusivity this summer. Give Lani and Eli a meaty storyline! And, do I dare ask, what is up with Paulina? And no Marlena & John in the preview summer promo… Jan Spears is sticking around still? WHAT? (LOL)

btw- Rafe & Ava are HOT!

P.S. I miss Sarah Horton (Linsey Godfrey). Zander & now, Gwen?!?! NO!!! Return Sarah Horton! And, I hope that Maggie & Victor return at some point when they are ready/comfortable to come back even if they just pop in/out. I miss them so much on the show. And, totally miss Sonny & Will!

She quit. Maybe after awhile they will bring Sarah back with a different actress in the role? They do that a lot on soaps.

Linsey did not quit. She was let go.

Zander and Gwen? How is that for bangers and mash!?!?

I was thrilled and intrigued by the promo, but you pose some interesting questions, Jeremy. To be continued…

Ah! I loved bangers and mash when I went to school in the UK for my BA/MA. Wish I could move back.

Uh oh! They say that Nicole is holding a secret. I bet its a live secret, courtesy of Xander.

It would be ridiculous for them to attempt to write Nicole as “pregnant” now. After her 666 previous miscarriages, the whole “Sydnapping” storyline where she stole Sami’s kid & was raising her with Elvis, and the drama over Chloe’s secret surrogate pregnancy with Holly, the spawn of Nicole & the time traveling mutant Eggman, Daniel Jonas.

So Nicole’s inability to carry a child has been fairly well established. Her one night stand with Xander will probably be revealed to Eric at some point, of course. But there won’t be any direct physical evidence of it. More likely just Sami telling him about it. Or Xander himself bringing it up, since he seems to talk a lot when he’s drunk. And he seems to be drunk a lot lately.

Violet, you went the extra step. You could be onto something, Friend…

Hey, James,
Nicole getting pregnant was the first thought that popped into my head.–I said as much above, to Satan. What would be the reason? To break up Nicole and Eric.
Having sex does not always bear fruit—-Plus, Nicole could have hidden her cheating forever—-lying is certainly not beneath her. She’s a survivor and as such, she would do anything not to get caught.
But, she can’t hide a pregnancy unless she has an abortion.
Later, my friend!!

Hi Celia: I agree with your perspective on this. I like the character of Nicole and understand her flaws. I’m always willing to give her a pass, but I doubt that Eric will… And it’s not beneath Nicole to pass off Zander’s baby as Eric’s — timing be damned! I didn’t see today’s episode yet, but I fully expect Nicole to vomit sometime soon. And on that note, take care, Friend!

Very true, James. Nicole could very well try to pass a baby as Eric’s. If it’s only a span of a couple of weeks, Nicole may not even know who the baby daddy is, herself….–or say the baby is a premie–
A woman’s bodily functions can be irregular, time and again—-so, if she is, indeed, pregnant; I wonder if she will just be complacent about not knowing —-until the baby is in dire straits and needs daddy’s blood—- typically commonplace for a soap.
Bye, my friend–

I don’t like the Gwen character, but she is portrayed by a good actress. I am gonna hate seeing Xander with Gwen. I prefer Xander with Sarah. I didn’t like seeing Xander with Nicole, but I at least like the Nicole character. It really bugged me Kristen confessed about all her captors except for Sarah. It bugs me no one (Rex, Maggie) has compared stories regarding Sarah yet and figured out she is really missing. Xander would be rescuing his dear Sarah and that would be a good story. Even if he had moved on with another flame, he would still be rescuing Sarah as a favor to sweet Maggie. I want Maggie to come back because Xander shows some humanity in her presence and she makes him think before he acts. Like mother like daughter.

Maybe Kristen said something to drugged up Kate who will eventually remember. Or something is said to Chloe. As for Gwen she has all the makings of an Iris Carrington. Jack will very likely hire her at the paper she will excel and then devote her life to making Jennifer’s life hell.

Well said—Agreed—Great analysis–except that Kate is faking it. How far will she go with the charade?
Gwen is a mystery. Is she really trying to change? If so, she should fess up by telling the truth—even if it means disappointing Jack again—-even if she thinks there’s the risk of losing his trust—doing so can only strengthen their bond as father and daughter; not diminish it. The truth is the simplest way out!! She should divulge the fact that she’s being blackmailed.
Some characters appear so innocent and victimized, yet beneath that seeming vulnerability lies a viper.
—Reminds me of another goody-two-shoes victim on Y&R—Tara Locke. She wants Kyle. He will have no choice but to marry her in order to see his son.

Oh how I adore Gregg Vaughan!!! I have been a huge fan of his ever since his breakout soap interduction on “Y&R” way back when. I have followed his career ever since. Total leading man with great looks & talent!! I might add a very sexy body!!! Glad he’s back!!!!

I wish Eric and Greg had stayed gone. I don’t enjoy him as Eric. His performance is boring.

Other than that, the preview looks great!

I agree, Momo—-don’t like the character myself—too holier-than-thou. Too sedate. Reminds me of Michael on GH. What a bore!!—albeit, I am anticipating where the Nicole/Xander/Eric plot-line goes—-if there is a story to be told.
Then again, methinks a romance between Xander and Gwen seems to be stirring on the horizon.
Will Xander be the hero to figure out Dr. Whatshisname is a baddie and save the day?

Well, Eric was a priest! LOL I liked Eric when Jensen played him.

I understand now why Sarah had to go.

LOL—being a priest doesn’t necessarily make any man of the cloth adhere to his vows. I am Roman Catholic, yet, the vow of chastity is man-made, not God-made. I, personally, do not agree for priests or nuns to be celibate–but, who am I? Nothing!!
However, God did say to go and multiply. Once upon a time priests were able to marry–until 1123 when someone in the Curch’s council changed the rules and forbade sex —-for both priests and nuns—but, with a “wholelotta” hanky-panky going on.
Seriously, whether he be priest or nay, Eric is no inspiration to anyone or anything. He’s just there.

And? What happens now? I’m pretty certain Nicole has fallen out of love with her husband—she has the hots for Rafe—she satiated that craving with Xander. Ahh, these crazy children—so fickle!! LOL.
Okay, on another note—soooo–what’s with the fire at the cabin? Poetic justice?? Or just another normal, insane day for nutty Jan?!

That has to be the 666th fire in that cabin. I don’t know what kind of wood they used to build that thing, but if it’s really that fire resistant, I got to get a few truckloads of that kind of lumber shipped down here to Hell, where it would really be useful!

LOL—-only in LaLaLand—-wood that doesn’t burn.

What a nice surprise I didnt think he would ever come back.

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Jason Cook Recalls Landing His Soap Roles as DAYS Shawn-Douglas Brady and GH’s Matt Hunter

Daytime fans remember Jason Cook when he became wildly-popular as Hope (Kristian Alfonso) and Bo’s (Peter Reckell) son, Shawn-Douglas Brady on Days of our Lives from 1999-2006. He later made a brief return in the role in 2015 for the series 50th anniversary.

After departing DAYS, Cook was offered a role on General Hospital as Dr. Matt Hunter, the younger brother to Dr. Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson) from 2008-2012. However, during his time on the soaps, and after, Cook has been focusing on his behind the scenes roles and passion as writer and a director of feature films.

Last week, the Michael Fairman Channel welcomed Jason, along with two of the stars of his latest film, Four for Fun, Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-AMC, B&B, GH). During the conversation, Cook revealed his continued admiration for the soap medium and the actors who work in it, and how it came to pass that he landed his parts on Days of our Lives, and then on General Hospital.

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Cook spoke on becoming the on-screen son of soap opera’s most iconic couples, Bo and Hope: “I auditioned for Fran Bascom. She was the Days of our Lives casting director at the time. I was never a great auditioner, I don’t think. She made me feel really comfortable. I remember that screen test. And then, I remember when I got the part, I was actually working at a company at a desk job. I got the call at work and I just screamed, and at the time I didn’t quit my job. But then, I got that contract when I was 19-years-old and it totally changed my life.”

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But, was Jason aware how key to the show being Bo and Hope’s son would be? “Yeah, my older sister was a fan of the show. She definitely let me know that I better not mess it up, because I was gonna ruin her favorite couple,” he shared. “I remember she printed out the family tree and it looked like a physics diagram. It was so complicated. A lot of detailed work went into it. But, I was excited.”

After being a known entity with a large fan following, eventually Cook made his way to a new role on General Hospital. Jason explained, “GH was fun. That was a situation where Brian Frons (ex-ABC Daytime President) brought me over there. I just told him I didn’t want to be like or want to do Shawn. He’s like, ‘Well, what do you wanna do?’ I said, ‘How can I screw things up around here and shake things up?'”

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From that conversation things began to formulate. Cook revealed, “We started talking about the TV series House. I think in soaps, there’s an assumption if you’re going on a show that everybody wants to be the hero. I was like, ‘I don’t want to (be). I want to screw everything up.’ And then, they wrote it in that Matt Hunter burns the hospital down within like six months. I was like really proud about that. The other part that I loved about that character is that Matt, and his older brother Patrick (Jason Thompson), were both neurosurgeons. And if you (an actor) resigned your contract (with the show) you go to Patrick, you see Patrick. And if you don’t resign your contract, you see my character, because my character was going to kill you every time.”

For more on the interview, make sure to check out the replay of the livestream conversation below with Jason, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young.  Now let us know, did you enjoy Jason as Shawn-D and Matt on GH? Do you hope someday he might return on-screen to the soaps? Let us know in the comment section.

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EXCLUSIVE: Jacob Young, Joan Collins and Nadia Bjorlin to Prague to Film ‘Murder Between Friends’

On Thursday night during the Michael Fairman Channel’s livestream interview centering around Jason Cook’s (ex-Shawn, DAYS and ex-Matt, GH) latest movie Four For Fun which stars Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-JR, AMC, ex-Rick, B&B and ex-Lucky, GH), revealed another upcoming film project with some very familiar faces.

Jacob Young shared an exclusive that he is set to direct, produce and star in a Agatha Christie-like murder mystery feature film aptly tiled Murder Between Friends.

Speaking on the upcoming project, Jacob said, “I’m flying at the end of the March to Prague to direct, produce and star in a film with Joan Collins (ex-Dynasty). Nadia Bjorlin (ex-Chloe, Days of our Lives) is in it, and Toby Alexander Smith from Eastenders (ex-Gray Atkins). Plus, a couple of my Broadway friends and a very well known Czech actress (Hana Vagnerova).”

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According to Jacob, the production start date is April 1st. He added on the premise of the film, “It’s very Agatha Christie sort of ‘Knives Out’ without having a hundred million dollars to shoot it, but still will be a lovely film nonetheless.” Young said the plan is to finish all principal photography by April 17th.

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IMDb has more on the film. It shared that former All My Children star Trent Garrett (ex-Asher Pike) is listed as co-directing the feature. Mark Rozzano is listed as writer of Murder Between Friends.

So, what do you think about this upcoming feature from Jacob that will feature Joan Collins, Nadia Bjorlin et al? Share your thoughts in the comment section. 

Then below, check out the full livestream conversation with Jason Cook, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young on ‘Four For Fun’ and their notable soap roles.

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Days of our Lives Star Blake Berris Chats On the Everett Lynch/Bobby Stein Mystery, Working with His New Co-Stars, and the Last Christmas Episode with Bill Hayes

On Days of our Lives, the return of Blake Berris is making for some very intriguing drama, with the audience guessing just which way the story will go.

When Berris arrived back on Days of our Lives, after previously playing Nick Fallon, he was taking on the new role of Everett Lynch, who has a past with Stephanie Johnson (Abigail Klein) and Jada Hunter (Elia Cantu). Only, as it has been revealed, the past he had with Jada was under the name “Bobby Stein,” who from what we can tell was far from a nice guy.

Blake visited the Michael Fairman Channel for a livestream interview this week, where fans in the live chat were weighing-on what could be the truth about the guy – is he a split personality suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder? Did the accident that cost him a year of his life in a coma, never happen? Recently, someone set fire to the beloved Horton house. Fans are suspecting it would have been “Bobby” who is working for Clyde Weston (James Read). Others believe that Everett/Bobby could actually be Clyde’s son. With upcoming therapy sessions with Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) about to start, things are about to get more juicy in Salem.

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Here are just a few excerpts from our conversation with Blake on a myriad of Everett/Bobby subjects. Make sure to check out the full interview for more.

Did you know that they were going to make Everett Lynch a Jewish character? This is only the second time in the history of the show that they have even had a Jewish character on the canvas. Didn’t they reveal this at the Horton family Christmas episode?

BLAKE: No, they never asked me. I am half-Jewish on my dad’s side. There was never like, ‘You’re Jewish, right? We can call you Jewish on the show?’ At the Horton Christmas, “They made a real point of it, yeah.”

And now the new ‘character’ is “Bobby Stein” …

BLAKE: “Right, and that suggests more Jewish, and then Lynch must be coming from somewhere else, maybe the mother. I was so curious because I think the show has been historically, I’m gonna say, Catholic more than like Wasps. With the Bradys there’s this sort of Irish influence, and then the DiMeras, that’s Italian. So, we’ve got Catholics sort of on both sides that are dominant. Now I, “represent”.

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What has it been like working with Abigail Klein?

BLAKE: I think she is extraordinary. We start off sort of frosty, or she’s frosty with me, like she doesn’t want to let me in. And then, for a while things are going really well. I just could not adore Abigail more. She’s such a good actor. I could always rely on her to bring me back into a scene and be there in this emotionally, supportive way.

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Everett and Chad seemed to be becoming friend-ish, when all went awry when at the PCPD interrogation room, Everett let him know about Elia and Bobby Stein, and Chad let him have it for worming his way back in to Stephanie’s life.

BLAKE: Billy would call us the ‘disgusting brothers’ and that’s a reference from Succession, because all of a sudden they’re just so chummy with each other. It’s like all of a sudden we just had this like ‘Bernstein and Woodward’, sort of dynamic duo. I think that Everett really started to think of Chad as a friend and feels sort of disappointed, and he feels, “Oh, it’s that easy? I just needed to have some other identity and now you’re a fair-weather friend?”‘

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In recent scenes, Jada sees Bobby Stein for the first time, and we see you and Elia Cantu share scenes with each other for the first time. What is it like working with Elia?

BLAKE: She’s fire, man. She comes in hot and she tells you the way it’s going to be. I think early on, we were trying to suss each other out and the more we worked together, the more comfortable you get with somebody. I think actors do this sometimes with each other; if there’s spice on screen, you like to keep some of what you have on-screen in your (real-life) interactions because it helps … it helps the work.  Eventually, we just sort of wore each other down and we’re like, ‘I actually totally get you, and you’re great.'”

Did you know that they were going to make Everett Lynch a Jewish character? This is only the second time in the history of the show that they have even had a Jewish character and didn’t they reveal this at the Horton family Christmas episode?

BLAKE: No, they never asked me. I am half-Jewish on my dad’s side. There was never like, ‘You’re Jewish, right? We can call you Jewish on the show?’ At the Horton Christmas, “They made a real point of it, yeah.”

And now the new ‘character’ is “Bobby Stein” …

BLAKE: “Right, and that suggests more Jewish, and then Lynch must be coming from somewhere else, maybe the mother. I was so curious because I think the show has been historically, I’m gonna say, Catholic more than like Wasps. With the Bradys there’s this sort of Irish influence, and then the DiMeras, that’s Italian. So we’ve got Catholics sort of on both sides that are dominant. Now I, “represent”.

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You were on set and in the annual Horton Christmas episode which sadly marked the last for Days of our Lives legendary Bill Hayes, who passed away in January of this year.  What do you recall of that tape day?

BLAKE: It was the Christmas episode when we were watching Susan (Julie) and Bill, say ‘Merry Christmas.’  And there was something about it that just felt like it could be the last time. I mean, it wrecked us all on set. Bill gets so choked up and there was something really profound about the moment. They kiss each other as they have so many times before on the show. It was just beautiful. It felt beautiful to be there for that last Christmas. He’s just such an icon. Every time I’d see him, he was so with it … he knew my name, he knew his lines. What an incredible, incredible man.

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Fans will get to see Everett in therapy sessions with Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)? Would you say she is helping the guy?

BLAKE: Deidre’s always making jokes about Marlena, ‘She’s the worst therapist in the world’ (Laughs) I remember in the first therapy session, we almost couldn’t get through the scenes because it’s just so clear that Everett has a litany of very profound psychological issues that he is going to have to work through. He’ll keep coming back. This guy’s gonna pay the bills!

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Viewers are waiting to see how they mystery of Everett Lynch/Bobby Stein plays out. What can you say as a tease for what’s to come?

BLAKE: As far as a tease, I would say, you have all these characters sort of, trying to wake up the ‘sleeping giant’ in a way. I think it’s safe to say that like if you poke a bear, the bear might wake up.

Watch the livestream chat with Blake in full below.

Now let us know, what do you think is going with Everett/Bobby? What has happened to him in his past? Share your theories in the comment section below, and make sure to catch Days of our Lives next week on Peacock for more to his story.

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