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Jordi Vilasuso Debuts On DAYS February 19th! Previews Dario As: "Intelligent, Passionate, Outspoken, And Has A Short Fuse."

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The highly-anticipated arrival of Daytime Emmy winner Jordi Vilasuso to the Salem scene is upon us.  Circle next Friday, February 19th as Jordi’s first airshow on Days of our Lives.

Vilasuso, who previously played Griffin Castillo on All My Children and Tony Santos on Guiding Light, returns to daytime in the role of Rafe (Galen Gering) and Gabi’s  (Camila Banus) brother, Dario Hernandez.  The role was played once before back in 2011 by Francisco San Martin, but the character has not been seen for years.   Enter Jordi!

In the latest issues of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Vilasuso previews his new role relating what happened when he spoke with DAYS EP Ken Corday, Co-EP Albert Alaar, and head writer Josh Griffith: ” They talked to me about Dario and the one thing I responded to most was that he was very intelligent. Dario is also very passionate and outspoken. He has a short fuse.  I was so ready and wanting to play this guy.”   For more on Jordi’s new role make sure to check out SOD!

So, who would you like to see Dario romantically involved with on DAYS? Are you looking forward to Jordi’s DAYS debut? Do you think the character will tow the line between good and bad?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Patrick
Patrick

I truly welcome Jordi… wow… to about a family on the horizon!

Dad: Eduardo
Mom : Adriana
Son: Rafe
Son: Dario
Daughter: Gabs
granddaughter: Ariana Grace

??? what’s the telenovela superstar connection? Ximena Duque’ Bianca ? an ex wife of either Rafe or Dario?

heck! for very good reason…. why not let the feisty Anne Milbauer… be a step-sister to Adriana

DAYS: give Anne Milbauer a story

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

The characters name was mistakenly reported as Bianca, but is actually Blanca, Patrick. I don’t know her connection, but I’m intrigued!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

*character’s

vinman
vinman

Dario & Nicole….

Jake NJ
Jake NJ

Theresa

Jim Preston
Jim Preston

Well, he did well on ALL MY CHILDREN although I don’t clearly remember his storyline right now.
It’s nice that DAYS OF OUR LIVES is bringing familiar faces to the scene, but it seems like they already have many characters who don’t seem to be doing much of anything to speak of.

j9
j9

Glad to see him return to daytime TV. He has gotten even more handsome since last time I saw him!

penny
penny

I don’t remember the Dario character but I hope this guy develops an interest in Lani. I’m bummed that she’s not getting any screen time because she’s a good actress, unlike some of the actors/actresses that are on 5 days a week.

Patrick
Patrick

great idea, about Lani.

speaking of extending families… ie: the Hernandez fam

it warms me up a bit.. to see Abe being familial.. I like that

he’s got a nice gel going… toast to Abe, Lani, and Theo

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I knew when they were casting it was for Dario…i want Deimos with Nicole…Paul and Dario would be ok…so would a triangle between Eddie, Dario with Kate…anyway, i really dont care!

Eddie
Eddie

I remember reading a rumor early last summer that Dario was going to be Paul’s new love interest. That might be interesting.

jaybird369
jaybird369

I think that Jordi Vilasuso is ONE SMOKING H-O-T DUDE!!!!!!!!!! Oh…and as far as I’m concerned, soap-wise, short fuse=BAD, BAD, BAD BOY!!!!!!!!!! Y-U-M!!!!!!!!!!!

Dylan
Dylan

Not real sure about this casting.
jordi seems about 15 years too old for this part. However. Besides that…So…the show is killing off Horton’s and Brady’s left, right, and centre..and expanding the Hernandez clan like gangbusters. I don’t get it. At all.
Another thing, why have all the major MexicanSpanish/Hispanic families portrayed on soaps been headed by a disappearng, absentee father figure who shows up 20-40 years later and has to make amends? And how many times will Galen Gering have to play the same story in his soap career?
Santa Barbara, that beloved botched soap of mine, started it. Cruz’s father abandoned them, but returned. Then, on Passions, The Lopez dad dude ditched their family, and returned 20 years later. On Days of our Lives, the dad ditched Emilio and April. Now Days is doing it again.
On WHICH message board have fans been clamoring for the killing off of the Brady’s and Horton’s, while cheerleading a grand introduction for the Family Hernandez??

jaybird369
jaybird369

Dylan,

I get and agree with what you’re saying here. I mean…as much as I like Jordi Vilasuso as an actor and everything, I don’t understand as to why THE RUSH in bringing in all of these Hernandez family members so quickly??? Also, I’m still getting used to A. Martinez and his Eduardo character. And…I can only handle watching the character of Rafe in small doses. All in all, weird. Totally weird.

Later.

leeannlovingthebooks
leeannlovingthebooks

Although he is adorable, I agree he is too old to play Dario..Dario was younger than Rafe , now he looks to be the same age if not older. Are they going to have him with Paul because when he left he was all over Melanie?

Jaime
Jaime

Too many Hernandez!
Sorry guys

Ghlover
Ghlover

Pleaseeeeeeee let him be gay

Patrick
Patrick

yeah… ; “RIGHT” this will lessen the blow.. if Chandler Massey does not return

Dario and Paul

’nuff

get to it

jaybird369
jaybird369

Ghlover…now that would TRULY R-O-C-K!!!!! AW, HELL YEAH!!!!!

Later.

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THIS WEEK: Billy Flynn and Kate Mansi Exit DAYS As Chabby Says Their “I Do’s” In Heart-tugging Moments

By now, Days of our Lives fans have learned that this week marks the end of the run, for now, of Billy Flynn and Kate Mansi as Chad and Abby.  But before they exit look for wedding bells to ring as Chabby remarries.

When Marci Miller decided to depart the role of Abigail, Kate Mansi returned to the role she played before Miller to finish the arc, which would have potentially left Abby to leave town and Chad to be without her, since Mansi signed on to just complete the storyline,

DAYS head writer Ron Carlivati told Soap Opera Digest  (in latest issue on newsstands now) the thought process of having the duo leave together: “While it was kind of agonizing to make the decision that Chad will exit the canvas with Abigail, I decided that was the best thing for the couple, it was the best thing for the fans and it was the best thing for the show. The way that they exit is very, very open-ended. It’s not like someone is going to die. They leave happy and the door is completely open for them to come back. As much as I’m sure some people will be sad to see them go, I think they’ll be happy to see them go together. It just seemed so unfair to not give them a happy ending. And I just didn’t see how that happy ending would work if Chad stayed in Salem and Abigail left.”   He added: “Obviously, if the time is right, the story is right, and the people are available, they’ll be back.”

Looks like we all need to get out the hankies after checking out the latest NBC promo for Chad and Abby’s wedding and farewell.  You can watch it below.  Then let us know if you are sad to see Billy and Kate exit DAYS, and if you hope they will be back sooner than later via the comment section below.

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Drake Hogestyn Chats On John Black’s Latest Predicament With Diana and Leo On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’

The complex life of John Black (Drake Hogestyn) just got even more complicated on NBC’s Days of our Lives; thanks to the arrival of his ex-flame Diana Colville (Judith Chapman) and the bombshell that bad boy Leo Stark (Greg Rikaart), who has been causing so much trouble for Will (Chandler Massey) and Sonny (Freddie Smith), is actually his biological son!  Boy, John certainly has had some kids he never knew about pop up (remember, Paul Narita is John’s son, too).  But, is this all a tale spun by Diana, or the truth regarding Leo?

Longtime DAYS vet, Drake Hogestyn sits down with host, Michael Fairman on an all-new installment of NBC’s Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast.  During the conversation, Drake talks about his surprise learning from the script that Diana Cooper was indeed his ex, Diana Colville.

The beloved actor reveals that at one point he thought Genie Francis (Laura, GH) might be coming back to reprise the role, but now that it’s Judith Chapman he is having a great time acting opposite her.  In addition, being a true historian of DAYS, Drake takes the listeners on some fun facts that they may not have remembered. Later, Hogestyn reveals why he and Deidre Hall (Marlena) have found such success as DAYS’ enduring John and Marlena.

Michael commends Drake on his Daytime Emmy Pre-Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his emotional turn following Marlena being shot at the Jarlena nuptials, and the family saying their goodbyes believing she was going to die, especially she the good doc had a DNR request on her legal forms filed with the hospital.

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In the backstage segment of the podcast, Eric Martsolf (Brady) takes Fairman on what a typical production day is like for him and others in Salem: visiting the wardrobe department, stopping to talk to the stage manager, and chatting it up with co-stars along the way including: Lauren Koslow (Kate) and Linsey Godfrey (Sarah).

The new episode of Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast is currently streaming on NBC.com here, and will be available for download via iTunes on Monday.

So, do you think John will do next now that Diana is working her way back into his life, and Leo is his son?  Will he tell Marlena what is going on?  What did you think of the sentiments shared by Drake in the interview? Comment below.

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‘Days of our Lives’ Producer Files Lawsuit Against Sony Pictures Television

In a breach of contract and fraud complaint filed this morning, Corday Productions, the Producers of Days of our Lives, is seeking 20 million dollars in damages from its producing partner, Sony Pictures Television, as well as its Columbia Pictures and Screen Gems divisions, and to significantly take back control of the show.

In the 33-page court filed document this morning, Deadline.com noted some of the key points contained within.  Corday Productions is alleging that Sony has treated the show unfairly skewed in favor of its Sony-owned daytime drama series, The Young and the Restless.  The complaint indicates that, “While the domestic ratings for Days of Our Lives have remained largely constant, Sony’s distribution receipts have decreased by over 50%. This dramatic decline is directly attributable to a decision at the highest levels of Sony management to eliminate any competition to its own wholly-owned series The Young and The Restless also distributed by Sony.”

Sony Pictures Television distributes Days of our Lives in overseas territories, and in ancillary markets such as digital streaming.  The DAYS suit alleges that Sony has failed to sell the show in key territories including: Great Britain, France, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Canada, France, Zambia, and South Africa.”

In the lawsuit, the producers also claim that Sony has stiffed them by forcing the production company, Corday Productions, to absorb budgetary deficits . The filing also claims that Sony is “imposing solely on Corday the burden of absorbing the multi-million dollar annual operating deficits due to an inadequate NBC license fee and mandating an inefficient, costly production schedule.”

The complaint filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, also alleges that Sony has provided Corday with inaccurate accounting and has failed to pay millions of dollars in profits.

Make sure to read more on the lawsuit click here.

So, what do you think about some of the key points that the Days of our Lives producers bring up in their lawsuit against Sony? Comment below.

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