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Isabel Durant Exiting Days of our Lives

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Claire is set to exit Salem next week on NBC’s Days of our Lives ending the run of Australian-born actress Isabel Durant.

Isabel took over the role from Olivia Rose Keegan, who had previously won a Daytime Emmy for her work.

Durant began on DAYS back in the fall of 2020, after Keegan played the role for the five previous years.

According to Soaps.com, look for Claire to get an offer she can’t refuse and head out of Salem on the upcoming Friday, August 20th episode of the NBC sudser.

So, will you miss Isabel as Claire? Comment below.

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Satan
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Word here in Hell is that Theo won’t be going back to South Africa alone. At this rate, there will be more Salem natives on the African continent than actually in Salem before too long. And since we all know (from spoilers about the Peacock spinoff) that Ciara’s amnesia will be cured miraculously any day now, well why the Hell wouldn’t Theo want to take one of his actual ex-girlfriends with him?? Kind of a bummer though… I actually liked this version of Claire. Even if she was literally older than her own mother should be (a 28 year old,… Read more »

Phil
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Phil

That’s not how it works. When a character is SORASed their birthdate changes.

Phil
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Phil

I really liked her take on Claire. The character was more likable and more mature as played by her. I will miss her and wish her the best of luck!

Carrie
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Carrie

I really like Isabel’s portrayal of Claire. If she must go, I’m glad they are not doing another Claire re-cast. Maybe she can return one day. Wishing her the best.

Delonjo Barber
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Delonjo Barber

She’s a wonderful actress but she was never Claire. It just did not work.

Phil
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Phil

To each their own! I prefer her to the original Claire.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Disappointing. As right as Beyond Salem seems to be going (for the most part), Days of Our Lives keeps getting it wrong.

Moto62
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Moto62

Personally, I like her. She did a great job playing a more mature Claire. I hope they bring Claire back to Salem soon no matter who plays her. I’m pretty invested in the character and will miss her storyline.

Jeremy
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Jeremy

This is a bit of a shocker, maybe not. Though, I felt like DAYS was truly invested in the “Claire” character by recasting the role. While I am not a fan of Isabel Durant’s Claire, at all. I wish her the best. She tried. I do hope this paves the way for the return of Emmy award winner, Olivia Rose Keegan to reclaim her part as Claire later in the year. On-contract, too. Return to DAYS Olivia!!! You were brilliant as Claire Brady.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Jeremy,
So sorry, but did not like O.R.K in the role of Claire. Any reasons would be hurtful or insulting to her.

Jeremy
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Jeremy

So, why bother and comment on my post?

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Jeremy
Oh, I don’t know , I guess I just felt dissagreeable that day.

Phil
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Phil

I respectfully disagree! Isabelle was much better in the role! Olivia chose to leave!

Jeremy
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Jeremy

I’ve already read your other posts and opinions on your preference of the actress in this discussion thread. Also, do note that the current actress’s name is spelled… Isabel!!!

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Phil,
Watch out he’s after you too, and be sure and check your spelling from now on, ha,ha.

Patrick
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Patrick

I believe we will see “our” Ms. Keegan, ala revolving door. which is what i truly thought, as she had landed a “recurring” role ? and for time off. KUDOS to @DAYS for all the in and outs… truly trying to mine the past and present co-workers. Olivia Rose is a mindset , untapped… oh she just captivates AND REELs her own I wish Isabel the best… she got her “feet wet” so to speak ?!?! hopefully nested, and cache herself. take care dag! okay , out the door 1. Olivia rose Keegan… doors open 2. I’d like to see… Read more »

carol
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carol

What a shame I really liked her.I wonder who if any will replace her.

Jennifer
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Jennifer

Yes, will the old Clair be coming back?

Jennifer
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Jennifer

Yes, I like this Clair. I wish her best of luck. Are they bringing the old Clair back?

Phil
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Phil

No, “Old Claire” chose to leave.

Momo
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Momo

She did okay, but Olivia was better. Sad to see Claire leave though.

Fginaspy
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Fginaspy

I will miss Isabel Durant’s Claire. I hope I see her in other projects.

Pat Keadle
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Pat Keadle

She is such a great onscreen presence. Why on earth couldn’t she have become a major character?
Perhaps she could return soon with news of finding ( SOMEONE OR SOMETHING) that DOOL simply cannot live without. Even a look-alike character would be good.

Randy S Martin
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Randy S Martin

Yes I will. But I hope she returns soon

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Isabel Durant! You will be missed! Thank you for your fantastic work! I, for one, was initially disappointed that a new actress (Durant) would be playing Claire. But Durant won me over instantly. She’s a great actress who plays the role believably, and she has great chemistry with the other actors. I have said this before: If DOOL could maintain any sense of consistency from one month to the next, the viewers might be more invested in the soap. Instead, month after month, cast changes are fast and furious. There is never any stability… I hope that better days are… Read more »

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Roark Critchlow on His Return to DAYS and Working With Cady McClain

It’s been 12 years since Roark Critchlow appeared on Days of our Lives as Dr. Mike Horton, the brother of Jennifer Horton Deveraux (Cady McClain). However, fans have been excited to see him back on their screens when the series teased his appearance in the extended fall preview.

Now with Jennifer spiraling downward (now that her pill-popping addiction is back), it seems like a good time for Dr. Mike to return to Salem to help his sis. (And if the promo for this week’s DAYS is any indication, it certainly looks like Jennifer is going to be involved in a car crash and need medical assistance or at least some brotherly love.)

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Roark initially appeared as Mike back in 1994 and left the soap back in 1999. He returned in 2010 for a few episodes honoring the late Frances Reid (Alice Horton) who was Mike’s grandmother.

In an interview about his return with Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Roark talks about working with McClain as Jennifer, when he previously worked with Missy Reeves in the part.

Critchlow expressed on sharing scenes with McClain: “Her character is going through a lot. She and I dropped in really easily, I felt. It was a very nice, natural care for each other. It wasn’t difficult, that’s for sure. Obviously, Missy is a super-duper person. But you don’t compare people. Cady and I chatted. We got on good. In terms of story, I thought we pulled it off nicely as being people who’ve known each other their whole lives.”

Look for Roark to make his DAYS re-emergence on the upcoming October 3rd episode of the Peacock streaming series.

So, looking forward to seeing Roark and Cady sharing scenes together? Share your thoughts in the comment section, but first check out this week’s promo for DAYS below.

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‘NBC News Daily’ Hits Rock Bottom In Ratings Premiere Week

While networks have seen a collective erosion over the years of the soap opera viewing audience, they are still the most loyal and fierce of any entertainment genre.

With NBC’s decision to take Days of our Lives off of the network after nearly 57 years, and replace it with another daytime news program, they would surely have a rocky road ahead of them to capture viewers in that time slot; especially now that DAYS was moved exclusively to NBCUniversal’s streaming platform, Peacock.

Nothing was more proof positive of that, than the first week ratings and performance of NBC News Daily.

The news show which premiered on Monday, September 12th came in last for the ratings period of all daytime shows for the week.

According to SON: NBC News Daily averaged 935,000 viewers, was last among Total Viewers and last in the key demo ratings: Women 18-49 (tie) and Women 25-54.

In comparison to DAYS last week on NBC, and a year ago, NBC News Daily was down -744,000 and -762,000 viewers, respectively.

NBC News Daily features the latest national and international news, plus consumer, health, and personal finance segments and is hosted by Kate Snow, Aaron Gilchrist, Morgan Redford and Vicky Nguyen.

So, will ‘NBC News Daily’ find itself facing the same fate as ABC’s defunct ‘Revolution’, which replaced One Life to Live, and lasted only six months, or will the news program somehow turn a ratings corner? Does NBC really care one way or the other? Share your thoughts below.

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Alison Sweeney Signs New Multi-Picture Overall Deal with Hallmark

Days of our Lives favorite, Alison Sweeney (Sami Brady) has signed a multi-picture overall  deal with the Hallmark Media.

According to Deadline, as part of Sweeney’s new deal she will star and executive produce A Magical Christmas Village with also stars Luke McFarlane and Marlo Thomas.  The movie will premiere later this year during the Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas.

In story, Sweeney plays Summer, an architect living in a small town where she’s raising her young daughter Chloe. When her mother Vivian (Thomas) finds herself in need of a place to live, her orderly life becomes a little less so after inviting Vivian to move in with them during this transition. Upon arrival, Vivian sets up an heirloom, miniature Christmas village resembling their town, and tells Chloe it grants Christmas wishes. As Chloe begins setting up the figurines, real-life events seem to mimic the scenes she creates, including Summer’s chance meeting with Ryan (Macfarlane), a newcomer to their community.

In a statement on inking the pact with Hallmark Media, Sweeney shared: “I am thrilled to continue to work with Hallmark as they continue to support my work as an actress and as a producer. I’m very proud of our Christmas movie and excited for the future projects to come!”

Lisa Hamilton Daly, Executive Vice President, Programming, Hallmark Media, added:  “Alison Sweeney has been an incredible creative partner for us over the years – both on screen as well as behind the camera as a producer. She’s long been a fan favorite and we can’t wait to continue our work together as we bring new stories to life.”

Sweeney has been making story arc visits to Days of our Lives in recent years.  No word if she will be making a return to the series now that its permanently on Peacock.

So, will you be checking out Alison’s new movie when it comes out in time for holiday season? Comment below.

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