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Heather Lindell and a Host of Others Return to Days of our Lives

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Kicking off the fall, Days of our Lives has released their latest promo heralding the upcoming returns and more current returns to the NBC daytime drama series that should have fans excited.

Back to cause trouble is none other than Heather Lindell, who was the best part of the DOOL app’s, Last Blast Reunion series when she caused havoc for the “Last Blast Crew” with Jan Spears kind of crazy.  That means that Heather Lindell will be back on the airshows and Jan back in Salem.

Then, next week look for the return of Marci Miller in the role of Abigail Deveraux DiMera; a part she was nominated twice for her work in the Outstanding Lead Actress category at the Daytime Emmys.

Next, Tripp returns when Lucas Adams reprises the role of the son of Ava Vitali and Steve “Patch” Johnson; what will bring him back to Salem? Meanwhile, Stacy Haiduk and Eric Martsolf are back as Kristen and Brady, as are Jay Johnson and Nadia Bjorlin as Phillip and Chloe.

In a surprise, Casey Moss looks to be back on DAYS as well, reprising his role as JJ, as are Belle and Shawn played by Martha Madison and Brandon Beemer

At the top of the promo are Alison Sweeney as Sami and Camila Banus as Gabi; both actresses will be back at DAYS after finishing up their last runs.

The daytime drama begins production again next week following a lengthy shutdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but having the luxury of episodes in the banked through mid-October.

So, who’s return are you looking forward to the most? Comment below, but first check out the NBC promo!

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Casey Moss?
I’m there!

That’s a shocker! I thought it was terrible that there was no “exit” for Casey Moss, so he must have just been hanging out in Salem…? and it is fantastic that he is returning. But for how long? I hope a long contract, too. He deserves excellent storylines, fine actor.

JJ left with his family for his grandfather’s funeral in Africa, then decided to stay to assist Theo in his rehabilitation.

Thanks for your reply, Jeremy. Moss is a great actor, no doubt. When Eve was brought back (briefly), I thought we might see JJ then. But his return is a pleasant surprise.

Thanks also to 4ever DAYS for providing context to JJ’s exit.

I’m really looking forward to Tripp and JJ’s returns!

Marci Miller!!! I cannot wait! nough said!

EXACTLY!!! #MarciMillerisAbigail

Love Marci as Abigail. Too bad Chad has turned into such a jerk!

Looks promising…

Most definitely excited for the return of the incredible Marci Miller! And, the fantastically brilliant Stacy Haiduk, and the class-act that is Casey Moss. Also, looking forward to the returns of Alison Sweeney and Camila Banus in the fall.

Days has been dragging the past several months nothing really of intrest so im excited with all these returns of the younger blood!!
JJ, Tripp and Marci as Abby!! Casey , Lucas and Marci have really been missed!!
I really wish they’d stop bringing Stacy back as Kirsten and just try to wait for Eileen to return even shorterm for her rightful role as the one and only Kristen. Eileen cant be enjoying Josh Griffiths horrific nonwriting on young and restless. What a waste.Ron C could write her and epic turn in her emmy role!
On the downside with all the $$ being spent on returns I feel some money would ve better spent on sets. A young set loft, the Horton home, a Titan office, the Deveraux home,the old docks etc…

I knew it!!! I knew it was only a matter of time before Ron brought back the name I have dare not mentioned since he took over writing for Days….for fear that he would somehow hear me. Jan Spears? Jan $&%&$£$&$& Spears??????? Possibly the most ill conceived, pointless, disgusting character in the shows history. Let me guess…she is STILL wanting to “get Shawn”. Only on soaps do women who look like Heather Lindell really need to cage a guy to get him to be interested. Can we PLEASE have some other form of storytelling other then obsession and revenge??? There is 20 years of history to mine between Philip, Chloe, Shawn, and Belle without tossing a delusional, ridiculous character like Jan into the mix!! Hopefully it will be a SHORT arc!! No offense to Heather….but she needs to dial it down a bit too. This isnt 1976 Young and the Restless, and you are not Brenda Dickson. Women dont preen and vamp EVERY line out of their mouth! Not happy about Jan returning.

Well… at least Jan is actually Jan. Unlike “Eve”, “Diana” and all the other long gone characters ReRon has brought back with horrible recasts.

I always liked Jan, but admittedly, I am the Devil, so I find such characters very entertaining.

You DO know that “Eve” is NOT the exclusive property of Charlotte Ross who left DOOL in 1991. After 20 plus years of absence Ron was allowed to offer the role of Eve to Kassie. Ron was not required to go after Charlotte. In fact, Ron is not required to bring back any of the original actors.

Love this show but we need to pair some of them up like gwen with philip but i feel melanie jonas should be with brady not old woman kristen yuk well that is disgusting for she is old enough to be her son get with reality cause chloe should have been with eric brady just a great looking couple if you get what i am saying hello it is time jj has a gal you dont kill of or play with see theresa than eve were not right for him at all but gabi and lani were not meant to be so lets give him a good one like haley or paige but you killed them so sad well i feel the surprise should be ej returning that is the only one who plays ej james scott or scott james well you know who i mean. Just to put this out there casey moss looks like a child of elvis presley well maybe a grandchild or great grand child could be a nephew or cousin hello the resemblence is to obvious even xander has the looks of david bowie than vincent of randolph mantooth look it is not hard to see this cause dna would prove it

Melanie Jonas can stay gone, along with her dead time-distortion Egg father.

In fact, now that Phillip is back, they need to reverse that idiotic paternity mistake and make Parker his kid.

Wipe the Jonas mutations out of the timeline once and for all.

I would love to see shemar moore on days not young and restless so bring him to town than lani better be keeping the twins that she is carrying

Marci Miller is NOT Abigail! Kate Mansi is the one and only.

I want Rafe to stay, PlEASE!!!!! Ciara don’t leave, you and Ben have such GREAT chemistry!!!

This is not a criticism, just an observation but did anyone else think that Belle looked decidedly pregnant the last few days? I thought it might be the tight dress she wore, but am not so sure. Two other friends agreed with me.

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Ron Carlivati Talks on Decision to Make Days of our Lives 15000th Episode About Doug’s Funeral, and Previews Chances for WGA Award

This week, Days of our Lives celebrated the taping of their 15,000th episode. In of it itself, that is an incredible accomplishment for the long-running soap opera currently streaming on Peacock.

However, this on set gathering was a bit different. Though the show is celebrating their achievement, they are also in the middle of taping scenes surrounding the death and the funeral of Doug Williams, played by the late Bill Hayes, who passed away on January 12th of this year at the age of 98.

As previously revealed many longtime favorites are back to honor Bill and the character of Doug including: Gloria Loring (Liz), Melissa Reeves (Jennifer), Matthew Ashford (Jack), Maree Cheatham (Marie), Victoria Konefal (Ciara) and Stephen Schnetzer (Steve) to name but a few.

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Michael Fairman TV was in attendance and spoke with Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati to gain some insight into how the 15,000 episode was crafted and the decision to honor the character of Doug Williams and Bill Hayes as its epicenter. In addition, Ron weighed-in on this Sunday’s April 14th WGA (Writers Guild of America) Awards, where he and his writing team are facing off with General Hospital for the daytime drama prize. Here’s what Ron shared below.

Was this your idea to make the 15,000th episode centered around Doug’s funeral and passing?

RON: It was. When you’re looking at it, and laying out the calendar for the whole year and you see 15,000 is coming up, we’re like, “What are we going to do?” And then, we got the news that Bill had passed away and something kind of clicked. I was like, “We should honor Doug on that show.” So then, we started to kind of build around that … when does he pass away? How does he pass away? Who could come back? You know, it’s a lot.  I’m very pleased with the returns that we got as there’s so much that you could do. We wanted everybody we could get. So, we put together a wish list and Janet Drucker (co-executive producer, Days of our Lives) made it happen.

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You have Melissa Reeves back as Jennifer, when the role was last played by Cady McClain. What has it meant to have Missy back for these shows?

RON: It was so nice to see Missy Reeves. I think Cady has done such a good job, but on the 15,000th episode to see Missy as Jennifer, it’s a big deal. So having her was great, and overall, the milestone was a big undertaking, because you want to live up to it. You want the 15,000th episode to be good. Now, it has a lot of real emotion that you’re playing. because for the cast and the crew they’re honoring Bill Hayes just as much as we’re honoring Doug Williams.

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Was it hard for you and the team to write this episode?

RON: Yes. I’ll tell you why it was hard to write.  When I wrote, for example, Asa’s (Phillip Carey) death on One Life to Live or Victor’s (John Aniston) on DAYS, Asa is a different type of character. Like, you could have characters going, “Oh! I’m glad he is dead.” You could have different points of view, but with Doug, you’re not having that. Every person loves this man. No one had a bad relationship with him. So, you’re challenge as a writer is how do you make it that not everybody’s saying the same thing and doing the same thing. And so, we tried to find ways to make the episode about all the familial relationships and yet, how do you make it about Doug and yet broaden the scope.

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I had spoken to Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie), a week after Bill’s memorial, for an interview. She said that she felt very fortunate that you did include her on discussions of how you would tackle Doug’s passing. How did that conversation go?

RON: First, I attended Bill’s funeral, which was incredible. I said to so many people it was an emotional service, but it was hard to be sad at this. The guy had an incredible life and it was an incredible celebration. And so, you’re sitting there watching this knowing that you now have to write something similar. And how do you write something that lives up to what you just witnessed? I wanted to talk to Susan to get her thoughts about, you know, how much do you want this to be about keeping Bill separate from Doug. How comfortable are you sharing your grief. She was incredible to talk to. It was a great chat.

You’re in the middle of taping these major scenes for the 15,000 episode to air in December. How do you think it’s going? Have you seen any of the scenes?

RON:  I haven’t seeing anything. I mean, we were still making changes to the script up till this morning!

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The Writers Guild Awards are this Sunday, April 14th and once again this year there are two daytime drama nominees, General Hospital and Days of our Lives. How are you feeling about your chances this year?

RON: It is often just GH and us in the category. I’ve won three years in a row, so I’m kind of feeling like it’s their turn.

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What episodes did you submit for contention? If I recall, they had to do with Victor’s memorial.

RON: The episodes we submitted were centered around Victor’s funeral. I think one has story with Vivian. We had some fun stuff, we had some emotional stuff at Victor’s death, and I am pretty sure that our submission was three episodes right around that time.

Did you make the decision to go with those episodes because there was a mix of humor and drama?

RON: I like to have some humor, but it was also the funeral, then there’s Sarah (Linsey Godfrey) giving birth, and then Vivian’s (Louise Sorel) crashing the reading of the will. So, we had a lot of fun and it’s hard sometimes to pick three that tell a story, as opposed to submitting for the Daytime Emmys, where the writing team only submits two shows.  So, we shall see how it goes on Sunday.


So, are you looking forward to the emotional 15,000th episode of Days of our Lives? Do you think DAYS will take home the WGA writing award for daytime dramas for the 4th year in a row? Comment below.

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Matthew Ashford, Martha Madison, Victoria Konefal and Maree Cheatham Make Returns to Days of our Lives

Today on Thursday April 11th, Days of our Lives celebrated the taping of their 15,000 episode which also happens to coincide with the funeral and episodes surrounding the death of Doug Williams (played by the late Bill Hayes).

Michael Fairman TV was on the set today during the milestone celebration; which also revealed who was back and participating in scenes during the emotional funeral for Doug and more.

In addition to the previously revealed Stephen Schnetzer (Steve Olson), Melissa Reeves (Jennifer Horton) and Gloria Loring (Liz Chandler), now comes Matthew Ashford (Jack Devereaux), Martha Madison (Belle Black), Victoria Konefal (Ciara Brady Weston) and Maree Cheathem (Marie Horton) among others.

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Cheatham last appeared on DAYS back in 2010, while Ashford last appeared in 2023. Other cast members back for Doug’s funeral are Brandon Beemer (Shawn), Lamon Archey (Eli) and Sal Stowers (Lani)

In addition, look for longstanding cast members including: Josh Taylor (Roman Brady), Stephen Nichols (Steve Brady), Mary Beth Evans (Dr. Kayla Brady), Jim Reynolds (Abe Carver), Jackée Harry (Mayor Paulina Price), Suzanne Rogers (Maggie Horton Kiriakis), Deidre Hall (Dr. Marlena Evans), and of course, Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie Williams) to appear throughout the emotional episodes as well.

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DAYS projects that the 15,000 episode tentatively will stream on Peacock on December 3rd. Since DAYS tapes well in advance, viewers will have a long stretch to wait. Be on the lookout for interviews and coverage from the taping and more right here on Michael Fairman TV.

So, what do you think of the returns listed thus far for the episodes surrounding the passing of Doug Williams and honoring Bill Hayes? Let us know in the comment section.

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Days of our Lives Reveals Newcomers Cherie Jimenez and Al Calderon

On the official Days of our Lives Instagram account, a photo has appeared featuring new additions to Salem, Cherie Jimenez and Al Calderon.  The Peacock streaming soap opera is not offering up just who they are playing.

However, the smart money seems to be that Jimenez is a recast Gabi Hernandez and Calderon potentially her brother, Dario Hernandez, since the two actors are seen standing in Rafe’s (Galen Gering) kitchen.

In story, Gabi has been stuck in prison for “murdering” Li Shin. Looks like the character will be brought back on to the canvas, but will Gabi reunite with Stefan (Brandon Barash)?

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If Calderon proves to be Dario that character has been off the show since 2017, when soap vet Jordi Vilasuso played the part. Dario departed Salem to avoid getting locked up in the slammer and in the process granted Abigail a divorce while in hiding.

If Jimenez looks familiar, she has been featured in roles on Pretty Little Liars,The Newsroom, NCIS, Maya and Breaking Tradition. Calderon has appeared in Walking Dead: World Beyond, and a few episodes of the soapy, The Haves and the Have Nots.

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As for Camila Banus, her last day on the DAYS set was back on April 28, 2023, when she revealed she was exiting the role of Gabi, a role she made soap-famous for 13 years.

Do you think Cherie and Al are the new Gabi and Dario? If not, who do you think they are playing? Weigh-in below.


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