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Jackée Harry Reveals She is Joining the Cast of Days of our Lives

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Sitcom star and fan favorite, Jackée Harry announced this morning on TODAY that she is joining the cast of Days of our Lives.  Harry got her soap start on Another World (Ex-Lily Mason).   She shared: “I am going to be joining the cast of a big, big soap opera on NBC, Days of our Lives.”

Then, Jackée revealed she is taking on a new role in Salem, by teasing, “She’s fabulous. You know I play the fabulous woman!  It’s a brand-new storyline with African Americans, and they’ve been at the forefront of hiring minorities; they have a lot of diversity on Days o our Lives. I don’t want to give away the storyline but I have a daughter and … ain’t nothing but trouble in River City.  But I’m told … I’ll be fabulous.”

And if DAYS fans recall, Harry got the attention of head writer, Ron Carlivati back in January of 2020 following the airing of the Grammy Awards on CBS. That is when Harry sent out a tweet with a side-by-side image of Grammy icon, Bonnie Raitt, next to DAYS’ Suzanne Rogers (Maggie).

 

Harry, who is known for her humor and wit in her tweets, expressed: “Has Bonnie Raitt been moonlighting as Maggie from Days of 0ur Lives for the past 20 years? 

Known for her signature role as Sandra Clark on the sitcom 227,  Carlivati responded: “No, Bonnie is obviously Maggie’s evil twin. The real question is, when is Sandra Clark going to come visit Salem?”  Next, an excited Harry sent back: “Ha!!!! I would LOVE to play with the DOOL cast, Ron.”

Now it’s December, Jackée  has a role on DAYS!

NBC confirmed to EW.com that Harry’s new DAYS role is Paulina, who comes to Salem to reconnect with her family. New to town, the successful and outspoken Paulina will be connected to the Carvers.  She will begin filming this month for episodes set to air in March of 2021.

You can watch reveal that she is joining the soap and more during her appearance on TODAY here.

So, what role do you think Jackée Harry will play on the NBC daytime drama series? Comment below.

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I watched her on both AW and 227…hope her role is interesting-looking forward to this!!

Yep, she’s always a riot whenever and wherever she shows up. Not quite sure how she fits into DAYS, but it ought to be a fun ride.

And oh my goodness, that photo! Has she discovered an anti-aging serum the rest of us don’t know about? I had no idea who it was until I read the article.

Maybe Sheila’s mother…Unless days gets a new family …..

A very appealing actress. I look forward to seeing her on screen.

Now for a tangent: as much as I like the show, I think its fatal flaw is the non-stop comings and goings of characters. Some of these changes are welcome, some are not. There is just no stability! Just when you think the show is all about Sonny and Wil or Brady and Kristen or Ben and Ciara or Xander and Sarah or Hope and Rafe or Gabi and whoever, it turns on a dime.

Poof! Beloved characters are gone. Old characters come back. New characters join in. I suppose that is the scheme of soaps. But with DOOL, it’s all done at break-neck speed. I think that, if the show exhibited more stability and focus, it would be easier for its viewers (long-termers and newbies) to focus, and thus generate higher ratings.

Let’s revisit the time jump, shall we? So all the exciting, shocking plot developments evaporated over time, like a puff of smoke in a cigar bar on a Friday night, prepandemic.

Kristen and Lani were nuns; then they weren’t.

Justin and Kayla were in love; then they weren’t.

Will killed Adrienne; then he didn’t. Maggie killed Adrienne; then she didn’t. Out of nowhere, Orpheus killed Adrienne.

I could go on and on. My point is that the time jump was a contrived gimmick that went nowhere and added nothing to the history of the show. I am still watching because there are some days (i.e., Days) when my favorite characters are featured — until they’re not.

“I am still watching because there are some days (i.e., Days) when my favorite characters are featured — until they’re not.”

Already diagnosed your own problem. Every plot thread mentioned was resolved. You just have to watch. Every day.

It’s obvious that she will be playing Lani’s mom!

Why would that be obvious? Lani already has a mom and she’s portrayed by the same actress since her first appearance on the show back in the early 1980s (and that would be Marilyn McCoo of the 5th Dimension, of course)

More likely Jackee will be playing a new character, possibly the mother of Theo Carver’s new girlfriend. As it’s unlikely they would have bothered with a Theo recast for two episodes, he’s probably coming back from South Africa soon, and bringing the new girl with him. I’m guessing we’ll find out her family is also “from Salem” even though we haven’t seen them before

Yes, I know Harry took this job for the $$$. However, I can’t believe her career has declined so much that she has to take a part on DOOL in its current state? There is no one like Tyler Perry who could give her role in one of his films?

I like Harry. It just saddens me to see that this is where her career has gone. Given the revolving door of actors at DOOL, I doubt she will be there long.

So, you read the article above, and remember her exchange with Ron earlier. Right? She’s a fan of the show. Maybe she’s doing it for fun. If DAYS is bargain basement entertainment, why watch.

I loved it when she would say her name as Jac Kay……!

Loved her when she played Lily on AW. I’m going to bet dimes to dollars she will tie in with Abe which will be good if it goes that way. But either way, she is going to be great with the rest of the cast!!!

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I am SO confused!I am sure I read just a few days ago that she was going to be playing Gwen’s mother. I thought it was crazy then,but being involved with the Carvers makes way more sense.

Awesome! Can’t wait!

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Michele Val Jean Gives Update on Daytime’s Newest Soap: “The Team for ‘The Gates’ is Coming Together and It’s Fire”

CBS daytime’s newest soap opera, The Gates, is set to bow in January of 2025.  Until now, not much has been known of who else behind the scenes or in front of the camera might be coming on to the show.

However, The Gates writer, and co-executive producer, Michele Val Jean, shared an update on the series ,which has as its premise and epicenter, the story of a wealthy black family living in a gated community.

Now, Val Jean has taken to her Instagram account to share an update on the show.  Michele expressed, “You guys! The team for #TheGates is coming together and it’s 🔥🔥🔥. I couldn’t be happier. Exciting announcements coming soon. Stay tuned!”

Previously, Michele attended last weekend’s 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Award ceremony where she also shared on her IG, these sentiments: “Had a great time at the #daytimeemmys tonight. I so love this community of such colossally talented and genuinely nice people. I’m humbled to be adding to the legacy with ‘The Gates’. Shout out to my #boldandbeautiful peeps. You guys are the best.”

Val Jean has been a writer for The Bold & The Beautiful, Generations, Santa Barbara, General Hospital, and Port Charles throughout her daytime career, and she has won Daytime Emmys for her work on B&B and GH.

Now the question becomes, who would you like to see cast on ‘The Gates’? What kind of roles might be available? Who could be helping steer other creative elements behind the scenes? Stay tuned. Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

 

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Jason George Returning to ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Main Cast for Upcoming Season

Soap opera alum Jason George (ex-Michael Bourne, Sunset Beach) is rejoining Grey’s Anatomy as a series regular for its upcoming 21st season.

According to Deadline, Jason will reprise his signature role of Ben Warren. Previously, the actor played Ben since season 6 of the ABC medical drama. Later, George became a series regular for seasons 12-14 before departing to join the ‘Grey’s’ spinoff, Station 19.

With Station 19 now canceled, it paved the way for George to bring Ben back to Seattle Grey’s Sloan. Over the past seven years, Jason was a mainstay on the firefighter drama and would make appearances and crossover to “Grey’s’.  Both series are produced by Shondaland and ABC signature.

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In story, the seventh season of Station 19 had Ben tapping leaning into his medical skills while questioning his future as a firefighter in light of his shoulder injury. Then, in the Station 19 series finale, Ben told Captain Herrera that he was going back to finish his surgical residency. The story all fits together because when Ben was a fifth year resident at Grey Sloan, he found a way to pursue his other dream as a firefighter without jeopardizing his chances to return to the hospital and medicine one day.

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George was featured on NBC’s Sunset Beach from 1997-1999 as lifeguard Michael Bourne and his love interest, Vanessa was played by Sherri Saum (ex-Keri, One Life to Live) who is also the wife of the late Kamar de los Reyes (ex-Antonio, One Life to Live)

In a post on X, following the story of his rejoining Grey’s Anatomy, George posted a video with the music from “Welcome Back Kotter” and the words “Well … it WAS kind of hush-hush. But now it’s official. Where my scrubs at?”

So, glad to hear Jason George is returning as a series regular to Grey’s Anatomy? Comment below.

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General Hospital EP, Frank Valentini, Reveals Former Cast Member is Coming Back and Teases, “I Think That The Audience Will Go Crazy for HIM”

There are some big changes afoot at General Hospital over the summer, and one of the biggest ones was revealed by the series Daytime Emmy- winning executive producer, Frank Valentini.

After winning the series fourth consecutive Outstanding Daytime Drama Series award, and 17th overall in the history of the 61-year-old soap opera, Valentini spoke with ABC 7’s On the Red Carpet at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

When asked what to expect coming up, the exec dropped a bombshell. Valentini shared, “A former cast member is coming back. And I think that the audience will go crazy for HIM.”

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Now. speculation is running rampant of just who could it be! Is it possible that Jonathan Jackson will reprise his five-time Daytime Emmy-winning role of Lucky Spencer? Still others have thought it could actually be Greg Vaughan (because he may have wrapped his run on Days of our Lives months ago, along with Arianne Zucker, who departs later this summer on-screen) reprising the role of Lucky.

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Could Valentini being referring to the return of John J. York as Mac Scorpio; who had to exit the series to undergo treatment for myelodysplastic syndromes and multiple smoldering myeloma (two blood and bone marrow disorders), but who recently returned a month ago to the set? Or, might it be the return of two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Bryan Craig, as a now very much alive Morgan Corinthos? Fans are also wondering if GH somehow lured Nicholas Chavez back to the role of Spencer Cassadine; a role he vacated at the beginning of this year to film his leading role in Ryan Murphy’s Monsters anthology series as convicted murderer Lyle Mendenez.

In addition, Steve Burton (Jason), Kate Mansi (Kristina), and GH head writer, Elizabeth Korte, also shared some storyline intel with On the Red Carpet of what lies ahead through the summer months for Jason, Kristina, and all of the Davis women.

Watch the entire video package below.

Now weigh-in, which male actor is returning to General Hospital? Who do you hope it will be? Share your theories via the comment section.

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