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Lisa Rinna Dishes On Her Return to Days of our Lives!

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Next week on Thursday March 8th, soap fans will welcome home a very familiar face to the daytime scene, when Lisa Rinna makes her return as Billie Reed on Days of our Lives!  As many know, Rinna got her big break starring as the complex Billie, and her romance with the uber-popular Bo Brady back in 1992.  Lisa stayed with the series for three years before going off to create an amazing brand for herself from appearing on Melrose Place, co-hosting SOAPnet’s Soap Talk, her clothing stores, Belle Gray, her appearance on Dancing with the Stars, her books including the best-selling, Rinovation, and the list goes on and on.

So what brings Rinna and Billie back to Salem after all these years in 2012?  On-Air On-Soaps was part of a conference call with the dazzling Rinna asking several questions of her along with a host of journalists.  Below were some of her most interesting answers to the burning questions posed!

Lisa on what was discussed with the powers-that-be at DAYS to entice her back, and what will Billie be like in 2012: “I come to the table with a pretty full life and so you talk about everything, and how it would work, and what it would look like.  Billie’s a great character.  And, they’ve never killed her off.   Obviously they’ve had three different actresses play her.  I think there’s a lot of value in that family and Billie as a character.  And, she will absolutely have her spunk and her fire.  So she definitely didn’t lose that, nor did I.  I still have mine.  So I guess I bring that definitely!  But again, she’s matured and she’s in a different place in her life right now.  So I think what you’ll find interesting, and what I find interesting is some tables have turned and some roles have kind of shifted between some of the characters. So maybe where Austin — being my big brother — used to take care of me, and now I may be taking more care of him and even more care of my mother right now. That’s a role reversal which I think is an interesting road to take.”

Lisa on if she would like to see Billie revisit her drug-addicted past!  “Billie took a big old acid trip, thanks to her father, and oh my gosh!  I’ll never forget that.  That was so much fun.  I mean, come on, as an actress, that’s just juicy to play all of that.  You know, you never know. People can slip up and certainly, we watch it in the news all the time.  I think that would be a really interesting story to play out and follow.  Maybe she slips up.  Maybe if there’s some serious pain and she slips up, then all of a sudden she’s an addict again.  Oh I would love that.  That would be fantastic to play.”

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Lisa on what brings Billie back to Salem: “She comes back to do something with her  mother.   So you will first me with Kate.   Billie created Countess Wilhelmina Cosmetics, so we’ll see how that plays out!”

Lisa on if they will revisit a Bo Brady romance for Billie  one more time!  “I believe from what I’m seeing that is going to be a ‘been there, done that.’  And Billie has  a child with Bo, obviously, but we are in a platonic relationship.  So the fans will probably be very relieved to hear that!”

Lisa on the rumor that Billie might be paired with Dr. Daniel Jonas romantically, even though the good doc has romanced both her mother and her daughter, Chelsea!:  “You know, feelings are very powerful.  And I think complete conflict would definitely be in the mix if that were to happen.  But again, when you’re passionate about somebody it can override many, many things.  So we’ll see.  I love that there’s that kind of obstacle – a huge obstacle.  It’s never easy in soaps.”

Lisa on what she thinks of the current daytime landscape after so many long-time soaps were canceled in favor of reality/makeover programming:  “I was flipping through the channels and went “Okay, what’s the difference between The Chew and The Revolution?”  You know, there is none. T he real estate has changed dramatically and that we can all see I think.  It’s sad to lose such great shows.  But the shows that are left are great, very strong soap operas I think.  What I’ve personally seen change is the budgets and the way they’re run.  They’re very efficient now so that they can stay on the air.”

Lisa on coming back to DAYS and checking out some of the new talent on the show:  “It’s so much fun for me to work with such good actors. These people are real good.  I come home and I tell my husband Harry (Hamlin), probably nightly, “You cannot believe – let me tell you about this scene today. And let me tell you, Chandler Massey (Will) and these kids are unreal.”

Lisa on working again with Lauren Koslow (Kate) and Patrick Muldoon (Austin) as her on-screen mother and brother:  “Lauren could never be my mother in real life because she’s not old enough to be my mom! There’s a really nice friendship and connection with both of them.  They feel like family to me, and that’s really special to have.  I haven’t seen Lauren probably in ten years.  I had seen Patrick about a year ago and I started running into him.  And he’s one of the reasons why I decided to go back to the show.  He kind of put the bug in my ear when he told me he was going back.  And I thought, ‘Oh, that could be fun. That could be an interesting thing.”’

Lisa on if she feels pressure to drive the ratings up on DAYS when the soaps are in need of more viewer eyeballs!  “Oh, well I think that you always feel pressure in this business, don’t you? I mean, we always feel pressure. But  I’m not really thinking about that, to be honest with you.  I mean, I hope to be able to keep the show on the air!  It would be really nice to bring enough viewership and attention to it and bring people back so that we can keep soaps on the air. And if I were able to help in that way in some way, that would really make me feel good and be great.  But you can’t put that kind of pressure on yourself because people either want to watch or they don’t, you know.  But hopefully they’ll be curious enough to tune in. And, you know, of course I would love for, a million people to tune in. I mean, that would be a nice coup, wouldn’t it?”

Lisa on how long she may be sticking around at DAYS:  “I don’t know if I can talk about it exactly.  As long as we’re all having fun we’re going to keep doing it.  We’ll see.  But I think it’s not super short-term, no.”

Lisa on if she would prefer to be in a cop uniform or dressed as a cosmetic executive, when in the past fans heard reports she did not like putting on the Salem PD wear: “Well it’s funny because it was more my husband who felt that.  It was really more Harry.  He just hated the fact that they put me in that cop uniform.  You know, I really didn’t care because it was actually easy.  You didn’t have to do wardrobe, you just get in that cop uniform and you don’t put much makeup on.  I actually didn’t mind it.  He was just furious about it, which is so funny!   So yes, it’s nice to be going back to work in that area.  I mean, I have been a business woman over the past nine years running my store Belle Gray, so I had some experience there too.  So that felt right.  It felt nice to go back into Countess Wilhelmina mode.”

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Lisa on if she feels that Soap Talk got diluted down from its original intent (which was to be a talk show about the soaps) and if SOAPnet made a key marketing mistake that eventually canceled the show for her and co-host Ty Treadway: “You know, it’s hard to answer that question.  I think it evolved with the times.  And I really didn’t have control over that.  It was more a production and a network decision.  Unfortunately, that was what was going on and has gone on in the times.  But it was great to be a part of it.  It was a great fun, and I loved working with Ty.  It was a great show. We had a great time.  I’ve met every single person that’s ever done a soap opera, I think!”

Lisa on if she will be watching the new season of Dancing with the Stars: “Of course I keep up with the show.  I love that show. You know, it has a very special place in my heart.  It’s fun because every season now I have friends -that end up doing it.  I was just thinking, about the new season.  My friend Maria Menounos, my friend Jack Wagner and my friend Melissa Gilbert are on it.  So those are three people that, I know quite well … certainly working with Jack on Melrose Place.   I’ve run into him from time-to-time over the years, but haven’t seen a whole lot of him.  I think this season is going to be fun and wacky and is going to be delicious like it always is.”

Make sure to also check out Lisa when she appears with Andy Cohen as a special guest on the Tuesday, March 6th edition of his hit Bravo talk series, Watch What Happen Live. 

So soapers after reading Lisa’s comments, are you excited about her return to DAYS? Let us know your thoughts and who you would like to see Billie romantically linked with!

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Dorothyg
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Dorothyg

Interesting, but I agree with her and one thing..Bo & Billie are a been-there-done-that s/l. Thanks for this great interview…

barbara t
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barbara t

did she get her lips deflated? god ,they were huge ,I dont understand any woman getting that done ,they look like a trout.and when they smile they give a pout look,dont understand the look , it looks funny,and not attractive at all.

david
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david

It looks like she has had corrective, reductive surgery and it’s a noticeable improvement.

Maggie
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Maggie

I could have done without a LR return. Days of Our Lives is becoming Days of Our Past Lives. And with the number of characters in the mix now, no one gets a good story. I don’t think Days will be on much longer. Maybe that’s why they keep bringing all these old actors back?

Scott
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Scott

I think it’s DAYS trying to bring back the core of the show. It got real dark a whole year prior to the new writing crew. I’m loving DAYS and find it to be true soap opera material. I don’t see it being cancelled. We have until 2014 until we find out if NBC gives it another two or three years, and I think, with the investments they’ve made in the past year, that we’ll get a renewal.

terry
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terry

I definitely do not want to see her with Bo. a pairing with Daniel would be interesting!

Was never a big fan of LR anyway.

ricardo
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ricardo

i love lisa rinna. great actress. lets hope she gets a great storyline. she would be great with jack. dont break up bo and hope again. lets hope lisa rinna sticks around for a while.

Scott
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Scott

Unfortunately, I see Lisa leaving again. I know they offered her a contract, but she’s never seemed to be the type to stay in one place too long. Hence why I’d rather they had brought back Julie Pinson.

Scott
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Scott

I’m sure wherever they take Billie it will be fun. However, never been a big fan of Lisa. I’d much rather see Julie Pinson return in the role of Billie. She did a phenomenal job as the character during her years on the series.

Pam
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Pam

ITA, I loved Julie in the role of Billie, she had such great chemisrty with Peter and the cast. She brought a different and interesting twist to Billie. So I am really not interested in Lisa’s return. However, I agree keep her the heck away from Bo, That ship sail when RKK left!

barbara t
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barbara t

Im not crazy about lisa rinna,Im new to dool ,well since I lost all my children,I remember julie pinson ,I think from loving ,she was on One of the abc soaps, always liked her ,I would like to see her again,any word on where she has been ,what has she been doing?

Scott
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Scott

PAM: I doubt they’re going back to Bo/Billie, look how it turned out for Bo/Carly when they reunited. It didn’t work. If they’re bringing Billie back I want it to be JP. She’s the only Billie there is.

Barbara T: Julie was on “Port Charles”, then did DAYS, then left to go to ATWT. And since then, is on the webseries “River Ridge”,

barbara t
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barbara t

thanks scott,I knew it was on some abc soap .I have to take a look at rivers edge.

Scott
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Scott

“River Ridge” is a fun webseries. I’m not much for them, but I really enjoy it.

Mo
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Mo

I look forward to her return. Just hope story is there as it hasn’t been with other returns.

Jaylee
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Jaylee

Ive been wanting a Billie and Roman reunion for Years!!!! They sizzled in the 90s

Blake
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Blake

So glad that Lisa is returning as Billie! It’s great to see all the favrorites back: Carrie, Austin, Lucas, Kayla, John, Marlena, Justin, Adrienne, etc.
Days is the best soap on now and it keeps getting better!

Kaitlyn
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Kaitlyn

Excited for Lisa/Billie to return to Days! A Billie/Daniel romance has potential. So awesome that siblings Billie, Lucas, and Austin will all be back together! Love how she gives props to Chandler and the rest of the younger actors- they deserve praise, especially Chandler!

Rusty
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Rusty

You know, I started watching Days again after OLTL went off the air. I thought I would give it a try after all these years. I was just starting to get familiar with the storylines and who was who (mostly the young kids) when they brought Billie back. I actually stopped watching it when she came on the show the first time. Now, just when I started getting into the show again, they bring back this horrible actress. I can’t stand the character or the actress. So disappointing. I’m thinking my time would be better spent watching The Young and… Read more »

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TONIGHT: Daytime Cares: A Live Event For The Restaurant Community Streams with Soap Stars, Musical Artists & More

Tune-in alert! Saturday night, December 5th, the daytime community once again leads the way with a special livestream presentation to help those affected deeply by the coronavirus pandemic.  This time, the event will shed light on the restaurant community, who have been hit hard during these trying times.

The real-life duo of Aianne Zucker (Nicole, DAYS) and Shawn Christian (ex-Daniel DAYS)) are set to host Daytime Cares: A Live Event for the Restaurant Community.   

The event will be streamed on The Locher Room  YouTube channel and Facebook page beginning at 8 p.m. EST / 5 PST.  The Locher Room’s Alan Locher, will also join them as a co-host.

 

Throughout the night, Daytime Cares will be showcasing the Restaurant Strong Fund, which supports restaurant industry employees who have been impacted by COVID19 closures.  Viewers can also make a donation now or throughout the evening via the livestream link.

Many of your favorite daytime soaps stars are in the line-up and are scheduled to appear including:

Lamon Archey (Eli, DAYS)
Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R)
Galen Gering (Rafe, DAYS)
Katelyn MacMullen (Willow, GH)
Martha Madison (Belle, DAYS)
Sofia Mattson (Sasha, GH)
Michael Mealor (Kyle, Y&R)
Marci Miller (Abigail, DAYS)
Wes Ramsey (Peter, GH)
Lawrence Saint-Victor (Carter, B&B)
Paolo Seganti (ex-Damian, ATWT)
Crishell Stause (Selling Sunset, ex-Jordan DAYS, ex-Amanda, AMC)
Sal Stowers (Lani, DAYS)
Jason Thompson (Billy, Y&R)
Cynthia Watros (Nina, GH)
Laura Wright (Carly, GH)

Other talent participating in the event are: Grammy Award-winning artists Gloria Gaynor and Lisa Loeb, the leading ladies of  Broadway’s Wicked and Phantom of the Opera, plus celebrity chef Katie Chin.

Founded by media executive Bob Wall, TV director Sonia Blangiardo and actress Arianne Zucker, Daytime Cares is a collective of Daytime TV talent who drive awareness and donations to non-profits, celebrate and highlight the heroes of the COVID 19 pandemic, encourage volunteerism and assist in very tangible ways for those who are most in nee

So, will you be checking out Daytime Cares tonight? Comment below.

 

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Current Days of our Lives and former All My Children reboot stars, Cady McClain (Jennifer, Days, Ex-Dixie, AMC) and Rob Scott Wilson (Ben, Days, Ex-Pete AMC) chat with Michael Fairman in an enlightening and exclusive conversation for the Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube.

McClain, who recently took over the role of Days of our Lives beloved heroine Jennifer Horton from mainstay Melissa Reeves (who chose to stay with her family in Nashville during Covid-19 thus forcing the series to recast the role for now) talks about stepping into the key part of the Salem canvas, plus the recent Jennifer/Kate fight over Jack (Matthew Ashford), and how the legacy series is coping with production during Covid-19.

Cady is no stranger to be a recast.  She was the second actress to play Dixie on ABC’s All My Children, as well as the second actress to play Rosanna on As the World Turns, and she had previously taken over the role of Kelly Andrews on The Young and the Restless.

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Rob, talks about landing the role of Ben and being a recast, and in an emotional moment, reveals how he credits the opportunity to the late producer, Lisa de Cazotte. Wilson also shares his hopes for his Salem alter-ego who is struggling to move on with his life after the supposed death of his wife, Ciara.

The actor also opens up on if DAYS decided to recast the role of Ciara, since Victoria Konefal is not presently with the NBC soap full-time, how he would feel about it and thus the future of Cin.

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Both Cady and Rob first appeared together in Prospect Park’s online revival of All My Children. In this interview, they discuss how they had high hopes for the continuation of the series, how it ultimately fizzled, and what it was like to be a part of the then, groundbreaking first, for a daytime drama series along with One Life to Live.

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Check out the full chat with Cady and Rob below. Then weigh-in: How would you feel if there was a Ciara recast? What are your hopes for the holidays for Jennifer? What did you think of the stories shared by Cady and Rob in the interview? Comment below, and if you have not done so already make sure to “subscribe” to the Michael Fairman Channel for more celebrity interviews.

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Daytime Emmys To Remain Virtual For Upcoming 2021 Ceremony

With an uncertain situation of when live events can get back to normal, or as they have been in the past prior to the coronavirus pandemic, The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) announced today that it plans on keeping next year’s Daytime Emmys award show virtual, to allow for the 2022 awards cycle to stay on track.

In fact, all of NATAS’s award ceremonies including: the News and Documentary Emmys, Technology & Engineering Emmys and the Sports Emmys will also remain virtual next year.

The Daytime Emmys became the first major award show to air a virtual presentation that others followed back in late June of this year and aired on CBS.

In a statement, NATAS chairman and CEO Adam Sharp expressed on the organization’s decision:“The current timetables articulated by manufacturers project mass availability of vaccinations for the entire U.S. population by mid-summer 2021, potentially permitting a return to more traditional in-person ceremonies later in the fall. However, we have determined that delaying our 2021 events to possibly allow for a compressed calendar of in-person Emmy ceremonies late in the year would result in unacceptable delays to our awards cycle for 2022. Instead, we have decided to remain “virtual” in the format of our ceremonies for 2021 while relying on a substantially pre-COVID awards calendar. In so doing, we believe we will be best-positioned to return to a full, on-time, traditional schedule of in-person ceremonies in 2022.

The dates currently under consideration for the 48th annual Daytime Emmys which would be via two or three nights of presentations are: a combination of dates from Friday, June 25, Saturday, July 17 and/or Sunday, July 18.

For those entering the competition, the entry deadline is February, 17, 2021 with  the nominations not to come till May or June.

So, what do you think about the Daytime Emmys going virtual again for 2021? Comment below.

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