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Kristian Alfonso Signs New Deal With DAYS! Will Hope Get A Major Story?

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Days of our Lives star Kristian Alfonso (Hope) who just celebrated her 30 years on the NBC soap, has just signed a new one-year deal with the series to continue on in a role she has loved for decades, according to Soap Opera Digest.

Alfonso told SOD on her contract renewal, “I’m excited about the future and always humbled to be asked to stay with Days of our Lives for another year.”

Now the question is … will Hope have major story?  And, what will Days of our Lives do now that Peter Reckell has stated on Twitter that Ken Corday and he could not reach terms for him to return as Bo Brady ? Should DAYS just recast Bo, or let Hope have a new love interest in her life?

What storyline would you like to see Hope involved in? Let us know your thoughts!

 

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Michelle
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The ideal scenario would be for it to be revealed Bo has run off with Carly. It frees Hope up to start a new relationship with someone rather than mope around for a year mourning Bo if he is killed off. Besides, Bo stuffed up when he went back to Hope for more nagging and playing second fiddle. No wonder he left town.

Carol
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Carol

LOL this truly sad!!! Not in a million years would Days be that stupid!

Michelle
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Michelle

You’re up for another year of zero storyline for Hope, Carol? Enjoy. Zzzzz

Becky
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Becky

Michelle, you’re clearly anti-Hope, so why are you wasting your time posting comments and responses? Are you that jealous that KA is still with the show & CC was fired over 2 years ago and doesn’t have a contract role on a different soap?
As for your response to Carol, KA’s tweets make it sound like a story is indeed in the works. Plus, she’s worked for the last almost 3 weeks straight.

Amanda
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Amanda

Did you even watch Bo’s exit? He left Salem to go to California with Caroline forger Alzheimer’s treatment. Also, we know that Bo came back to Salem with Caroline and then went to visit Shawn, Belle, & Claire around Christmastime and stayed with them for quite a while. Nothing in the story makes it even remotely likely thar Bo would be with Carly, especially not in any romantic fashion. Bo went back to Hope because she’s the woman he truly loves. Even Carly had sensed that Bo still loved Hope. It would make much more sense to have Hope anticipate… Read more »

Marg
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Marg

Well stated, Amanda!!

Michelle
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Michelle

As usual, as soon as Carly is mentioned the fanatical Hope fans come out, nastiness blazing. FYI I’m not a Bo and Carly fan. However, Days missed a huge storyline opportunity for Hope, Bo and Carly. As soon as Bo returned to Hope their screen time became non existent resulting in Peter Reckell’s departure due to lack of storyline. If you want to watch Hope mope around after Bo for the next 12 months, good for you. However, I’m long over that. Hope needs a storyline, something she hasn’t had since Bo left. I’d prefer they didn’t kill Bo off,… Read more »

Kimberly
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Kimberly

Kristian Alfonso ‏@KJAlfonso 3h
I’m incredibly excited abt fture stry!Thnk U4 having me@days RT@SoapDigest:Exclusive!New DAYS Deal …

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Recast, kill off Bo and give her a new love interest? Hmm…just give her and the viewers a satisfying storyline with or without Bo. Same for Marlena without John, Abe without Lexi, and Kayla without Patch. Days has some pretty huge talent in its cast and what a waste when much of its not used. Days could easily give Y&R something to worry about if it would use all its cast in character driven storylines that connect legacy characters with the newbies and try to be less campy.

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

Did ya notice that the contract is only for a year? And that Days is only renewed thru the fall of 2024. Hmmmmm+mmmm.

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

2014, not 2024, one year!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

LOL– that would be something if NBC committed to Days for eleven more years, but atlas, just wishful thinking there on our part. I guess they couldn’t offer her a longer deal until they know whether they have a life after 2014 is my guess. Or maybe they do know something we don’t– would hate to lose Days just when it is picking up again.

Jules
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Jules

Why not pair Hope up with Vargas? They have a nice chemistry, and that way, we can keep Sean Douglas. I want Peter back first, but if that’s not happening with Bo, Vargas would be a good plan B. Sean has expressed a real love for the show and cast and has done a great job with Blake, Greg and Ari. This would be a great way to keep him on the canvas while giving Hope more story and a new romantic pairing.

Marg
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Marg

I like Hope with Vargas but I have a feeling the new cast call for a named actor between 45 -55 is for KA. The character sounds as if it would be an interesting fit with Hope. I have a feeling Days has already dealt with the Bo mess. They are 4 months ahead now. If it is for Hope I can’t wait to see who he is!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

I ‘Hope’ the actor turns out to be Jack Wagner exFrisco(G.H.) I think J.W. and K.A. would have great chemistry!

Beacon
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Beacon

Great! DAYS has been turning out some fabulous episodes recently. Many fans have always wondered about Hope’s potential without Bo and I think the writer’s now really need the let the character spread her wings and that doesn’t automatically mean she is going to jump into bed with the next handsome stranger who passes through town, but that Hope will be explored as a character in the way she was during the Princess Gina era. Who knows, maybe it’s time to revisit the whole Gina angle.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I was always hoping Princess Gina had a child out there whether it was John when he was the Pawn or someone else that Hope didn’t remember having. Could be interesting– but I guess we will just have to wait and see what they have in mind for her—but a long lost son or daughter seems feasible.

Marg
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Marg

Hope needs a new love; no soap character survives very long without a love interest if they do are boring as heck. Bo has been off screen almost a year now so bring on a new man, it is way past time for Days to knock Bo off. I am thrilled she is staying; now come on Days gives us a new man to challenge Hope.

Jake
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Jake

I wish they could come to tes with Peter. I miss his character so much

Sandy
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Sandy

Bo is certainly missed as I have watched his storyline for years. But Hope certainly needs to get involved in a new storyline or she will remain in the background. She is very talented, so use her or DOOL will lose her. A year is a short contract.

4everdays
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4everdays

Hope should be with Justin, allowing a great story for three vets: KA, WK
and JE.

Gina
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Gina

They tried Hope/Justin in 2010 and it didn’t really take off. I personally think that they work better as just friends.

4everdays
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4everdays

The writing was not near as good back then. Why not have hope
use Justin till the next best thing hits Salem. We would at least
have a healthy dose of Adrienne. A triangle with very sharp points!!!

Chaz
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Chaz

They have done a pretty poor job of explaining Bo’s absence at this point. I think the last time they even showed communication between Bo & Hope it was when the line went dead and she was unable to reach him with call backs. Frankly, the idea that he is roaming the world to dig up dirt on Stefano was always pretty lame.

At this point either recast or come up with plausible reason for him to be gone, one that frees Hope for another relationship.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

It is true — it has to be one of the lamest reasons in the history of soaps. I mean really– digging dirt on Stefano— how many years have they been trying to do that? Surely if there was any dirt to be found some Brady would have found it by now. I honestly think they were hoping to lure PR back somehow and they didn’t want to do anything drastic with the character until all hope was gone, which looks like it now. So yeah, it is time to wrap up this loose end by recasting or letting the… Read more »

Beacon
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Beacon

Bo has gone to be with Carly. He hasn’t told Hope because he doesn’t want to lose access to his daughter. But Carly and Bo are definitely together again.

Michael
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Michael

Why did they sign her for just one year? By all means give her a new guy and a new story- Bo can’t be recast.

Mo
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Mo

Either recast Bo or have him leave or something. This disappearing act is not realistic. Why is he away?

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

Why can’t Hope have a huge storyline that has nothing whatsoever to do with Bo (or any other romantic interest)? There is more to a woman’s life than a man. So Bo is not there for a while. Life goes on.

Gigi
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Gigi

So tired of Sammie and EJ as only couple. They get way to much air time and it is hard to root for them with all their relationship up and downs. Hope definitely needs a hot guy to return as Bo. The Dan and Jen relationship off and on is really getting boring. There is just no super couples!!!! Let Marlena and Roman rekindle, get Erik and Nicole in a relationship. There is to much Sammie and EJ crap, JJ issues, and no passionate romantic couples. Justin and his wife just don’t have the drawl.

Claudiana
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Claudiana

Like some of you, i think Bo should be killed off if Peter definitely doesn’t want to come back. That would leave for my favorite, Shawn Douglas to come back for the funeral and Hope can finally reunite with her son. And Hope, Shawn, Ciara can mourn Bo but Hope can move on eventually and become romantically involved with Rafe!

Sally
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Sally

They need to resolve the Bo storyline. Either recast him with the likes of Robert K Kelly or give Hope a new love interest but don’t kill Bo off. That leaves the door open for his return should PR reach an agreement in the future with DOOL. I can see Hope with Rafe or a completely new character who is rugged, compassionate, adventurous, handsome, protective, nurturing …similar to Rafe’s character but one who is not ever going to stray in anyway. Please let’s not do the Hope “Gina” John coupling or the Hope Justin thing. I’d also like to see… Read more »

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Abe Goes to the Light While John Faces Off with MarDevil

Monday’s highly-anticipated episode of Days of our Lives did not disappoint. In fact, we think that this episode should be a strong contender for DAYS to consider for one of their Outstanding Drama Series submissions for next year’s Daytime Emmys.  Why? It has it all – emotional heart with Abe’s journey to and from the light, touching flashbacks, a great performance by James Reynolds, and some special effects and editing during the John (Drake Hogesytn) vs. MarDevil scenes, which also gave us a delicious performance by Deidre Hall.

At the start of the episode, Abe has flatlined after being shot as Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) tries to revive him, but they are losing him.  As this is going on, Paulina (Jackée Harry), Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) and Eli (Lamon Archey) are gathered at the hospital awaiting news on Abe’s condition.  Later, Eli decides to go find out what is happening with Abe, and gets the shock of his life when he walks in on Abe flatlining, while Kayla tells him that Abe is gone.  Eli implores her to try to bring him back. He tells the others they are working on trying to save Abe, as Julie and Paulina bond, and later, Lani must call Theo and Brandon to let them know about Abe’s condition.

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Julie reminisces about Abe, and how they have known each other for 40 years, our wink-wink that this is James Reynolds’ 40th anniversary episode.   Then, we see Abe has gone to the light wearing a white sweater and who should he see but his beloved late wife, Lexie.  No, it’s not Renee Jones, but an actress who delivers Lexie’s lines, since it had been previously reported that Jones was unavailable for the episode.  In scenes with the replacement Lexie, Reynolds showed us why he is an MVP of DAYS.  He acted up a storm and brought the emotion regardless of who was standing there.

 

However, longtime viewers got a wonderful surprise when flashback clips of scenes between Renee Jones and Reynolds were shown and they were some major moments in the history of Abe and Lexie’s relationship including: the moment when Abe learns Lexie’s pregnant, the moment when he is disgusted by Lexie’s betrayal when he learned of her involvement in the Zack baby switch storyline, and what she did to Bo and Hope, all because she was desperate for a child. Later, it’s the five-hankie moment of when Lexie, who was dying from a brain tumor, passes away in Abe’s arms.

After all the flashbacks, Lexie tells Abe he needs to go back and not to come with her to heaven. He has children, and people who love him and need him. Eventually, he says his goodbyes to Lexie and returns to the present, just as Kayla is about to call his time of death in the hospital room. All of a sudden, Abe’s heart begins to beat.

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Kayla brings Julie, Eli, Lani, and Paulina the news that Abe will need surgery, but he will make it.  Then, Paulina and Lani make their way to see him. In another emotional moment, they tell him how much they love him (Paulina looks worried about her lie being exposed that Lani is not really Abe’s bio-daughter).  As the episode comes to its conclusion, we see the back of Lexie making sure Abe is safe and sound among the living, while signifying she is watching over him.

And if that was not enough, this episode also picked up where John had confronted MarDevil in the church, letting Satan knows he is on to him and that he is not going to win … he is going to get Marlena back.  Satan drives home the point that Marlena belongs to him now.  John is mortified as the cross on the church wall turns upside down. Later to show off his prowess and control, MarDevil turns the holy water blood red. As the scene progresses, MarDevil is jumping all over the church and showing up in different spots.

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John then gets the lowdown on how Satan struck a deal with Marlena to let Doug (Bill Hayes) live if she let him in.  That is followed, by some of the back-story of Marlena’s first possession over 25 years ago, and why it happened when she was alone and very distraught.  MarDevil even goes on to say that he tried once before to regain control of Marlena during the Salem Serial Killer storyline, but it did not work out that time, because all the victims turned out to be alive.  MarDevil brings up Stefano and how he had made Marlena believe John was dead which left her vulnerable.  He goes on to relate that Doug was the gateway for Marlena’s re-possession.

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MarDevil tells John what she did with Doug by committing him and how she wanted to kill Julie. John knows that Marlena can hear him and tries to bring her back, but as the devil struggles with that, ultimately, he wins and begins to show his strength to John tossing him around the church, where he is eventually is knocked unconscious and then dragged to, we don’t know where, by the MarDevil!

Throughout the scenes, Deidre Hall looked like she was having so much fun playing the devilish one in this campy storyline revisited.

So, what did you think of James Reynolds performance and his 40th anniversary episode? What was your favorite moment? Are you glad John knows for certain now that Marlena is once again possessed? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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DAYS Emily O’Brien Previews Her Directorial Debut and Short Film ‘Too Close’

She’s an actress, a voice-over talent, writer, and now she can add director to her impressive resumeDays of our Lives star Emily O’Brien (Gwen) has shared over the last 24 hours a preview clip of her short film, Too Close.

Emily stated via her Instagram account: “Here’s a peek at the trailer for my short film entitled Too Close– I am so fortunate to have made this with my beloved team alongside me. My vision couldn’t have been brought to life without any of you, I am truly touched by your tenacity & genuine love for creativity!”  O’Brien shared the hashtags: #directorialdebut #filmmaking #periodpiece #cinema #womeninfilm
#writeyourownstory #vintagefilm

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You can check out the teaser for the film below which centers on the story of a young man and woman in the 1950’s examining what it means when two people in a relationship are considered to be too close.

Let us know if you are intrigued by the preview, and would like to see Emily’s short film via the comment section below.

 

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Jensen Ackles Shares Heartfelt Message on Death of ‘Rust’ DP Halyna Hutchins: “This Has Been a Tragedy of Epic Proportions”

Former Days of our Lives and Supernatural star, Jensen Ackles (Ex-Eric and Ex-Dean)  took to his Instagram over the weekend to pay tribute to cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins who was tragically killed in New Mexico, on the set of the film Rust in which Ackles co-starred with Alec Baldwin and Frances Fisher. Baldwin is also one of the producers of the film.

Last Thursday, in the initial investigation reports surfaced that Baldwin discharged a “prop gun” leading to the death of Hutchins and injuring director, Joel Souza.  Since that time it has been reported that Baldwin was told by the assistant director, David Halls, that the weapon was a “cold gun” meaning not loaded with live rounds following its preparation by the film set’s armorer, Hannah Gutierrez.  But in his affidavit statement, Halls says he was unaware that the prop gun contained live rounds when it was given to Baldwin for his scene.

The scene Baldwin was rehearsing was inside a church building at the Bonanza Creek Ranch. In new affidavit’s, it was noted that Baldwin was ‘cross drawing’ the weapon and pointing the gun towards the camera lens.

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A grief-stricken Ackles shared:  “I’m not even sure where to start.  This has been a tragedy of epic proportions that we are all still processing. Earlier last week I felt compelled to tell Halyna just how awesome I thought she was. I told her how incredible I thought her camera shots were and just how exciting it was to watch her and her team work. Truly. She laughed and said thank you and gave me a hug. I’ll forever be thankful we had that moment.  She had a spunk and passion that infected the entire crew from the top down. She was an inspiration. My heart and prayers go out to Halyna’s husband, son and the rest of her family. There just aren’t enough words to express what an immense loss this is. She will be incredibly missed by all of us who knew and admired her.”

Since Hutchins’ death, a video also surfaced of Ackles discussing his concerns for gun safety on the set of Rust at a Supernatural convention in Colorado prior to the tragedy.

Jensen told the crowd: “I’ve got a 6 a.m. call tomorrow to have a big shoot-out. They had me pick my gun. They were like, ‘Alright, what gun would you like?’ and I was like, ‘I don’t know?’ and the armorer was like, ‘Do you have gun experience?’ I was like, ‘A little.’ And she’s like, ‘OK, well, this is how you load it, this is how we check it and make sure it’s safe. “So she’s like, ‘OK, I’m gonna put some blanks in there and I want you to just go and fire off a couple rounds towards the hill.’ And I was like, ‘OK.’ So I put the belt on, I put the gun there, and I walked out and she’s like, ‘Just make sure that you know, you pull the hammer all the way back and you aim at your target.’ And I was like, ‘OK, I got it.’  The footage was originally on You Tube, but now has been taken down.

The investigation remains and open and active on what occurred on the set of Rust, according to the Santa Fe New Mexico Sheriff’s office.

So, what do you think about Jensen’s tribute in the wake of the Rust tragedy? Comment below.

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