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LISTEN TO THE REPLAY: Soap Nation Live! with Co-Host Greg Rikaart & Guests: James Patrick Stuart, Robin Strasser and Hayley Erin

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If you missed this past Thursday’s night’s Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman holiday episode, you can hear the replay of the broadcast right here in the  audio player above.  For the last episode of 2018, Michael welcomes his special guest co-host, Daytime Emmy-winner, currently tearing it up on Days of our Lives, Greg Rikaart (Leo).

To get listeners in the yuletide spirit, the themed-broadcast featured special guests: General Hospital’s James Patrick Stuart (Vslentin), just departed General Hospital cast member, and soon-to-be-seen in the new Freeform series Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists, Hayley Erin (Ex-Kiki), and One Life to Live favorite and icon, the incomparable Robin Strasser (Ex-Dorian).

During this festive night of chat, James Patrick Stuart was the first guest talking with Michael and Greg while on his way to the GH Holiday Party.  James filled listeners in on playing the scenes that aired this past week where Valentin pours his heart out to Nina (Michelle Stafford), and the two come back together, but Valentin’s secret (that he hired Sasha to pose as Nina’s long-lost daughter), is a definitive threat to their newfound happiness.  In addition, James talks about the release of his Christmas song on You Tube, his rendition of O Little Town of Bethlehem, and his upcoming appearance at the GH Fan Festival with several members of the cast at Elvis’ Graceland, the weekend of January 18-20.

Next, soap icon, Robin Strasser called-in to Soap Nation Live from New York City.  Robin talked about her collaboration over the years on-screen with Erika Slezak (Viki) as one of soap opera’s all-time classic duos, how much she misses, and the fans miss One Life to Live, exiting a part you have played for many years and moving on with your life, a key David (Tuc Watkins) and Dorian scene on Prospect Park’s reboot of One Life, and so much more. Robin also answered questions from listeners who called-in.

Later, Hayley Erin joins Soap Nation Live!, where she discussed: Kiki’s brutal exit from GH at the hands of serial killer, Ryan Chamberlain (Jon Lindstrom), how her on-screen GH mom, Maura West (Ava) delivered a gut-wrenching performance when Ava found out her daughter was dead, and what it has been like taping her new show, PPL: The Perfectionists.  In addition, Hayley answers questions from listeners who are missing her on the GH canvas.

Throughout the show, Greg and Michael chatted, about Greg’s performances as DAYS’ Leo Starke, the interloper in Sonny and Will’s relationship, who has insinuated himself into their lives via blackmail.  Greg previews what will go down on the Christmas episode of Days, and how there could be changes ahead in the New Year for Leo, while he continues to be a wrecking ball in the lives of the Kiriakis family and more.

In our staple Game Show trivia segment, a lucky caller, who answers Elvis Presley trivia in celebration of GH’s upcoming Graceland event, won some GH swag.

To hear archived and past episodes of Soap Nation Liveyou can go to the official show page on Spreaker.com here.

Now, listen to the broadcast with Greg, James, Robin, and Hayley above, and then let us know via the comment section below what was your favorite moment in the broadcast … and Merry Christmas from all of us at Soap Nation Live!

Breaking News

Cady McClain IN As DAYS Jennifer Temporarily Replacing Melissa Reeves

Rumors that have been swirling are confirmed true.  Cady McClain is coming to Salem and Days of our Lives to replace Melissa Reeves temporarily as the new Jennifer Horton Deveraux.  The casting news was confirmed by a Days spokesperson, according to Soap Opera Digest.

Daytime fans recall, Cady is a two-time Daytime Emmy winner and has previously appeared as Dixie on All My Children, Rosanna on As the World Turns and Kelly on The Young and the Restless.  McClain has already begun filming as Jennifer.

Reeves, who commutes from Nashville to Los Angeles to tape episodes of Days of our Lives, decided not to return to set when the NBC soap opera resumed production earlier this month due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic,

In addition, Melissa became a grandmother last month with her daughter Emily’s first child, and now soon will welcome her son Larry’s first child later this month, which is another reason Reeves chose to stay put in Tennessee.

So, what do you think of the Jennifer switcheroo? Excited to see what Cady brings to the role? Comment below.

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‘Knots Landing’s’ Beloved Kevin Dobson Dead at 77

Knots Landing longtime fan favorite, Kevin Dobson (Mack McKenzie) has passed away at the age of 77.  The actor’s death was first reported by the United Veterans Council of San Joaquin County’s Facebook page.  Dobson died on Sunday, September 6th via “medical complications”.

However, The Hollywood Reporter had more clarity and reported that Dobson died Sunday evening in a hospital in Stockton, California, after struggling with an autoimmune deficiency. Arthur Toretzk, Dobson’s rep, shared that with the entertainment news outlet.

The post via Facebook read: “Army Veteran, Veterans Rights Activist, Film and Television Actor Kevin Dobson has passed away. He was 77 Years Old. Condolences to the entire family. Rest In Peace… March 18 1943-September 6 2020.'”   Dobson was the former chairman of the organization.

During his career in primetime, Kevin was also widely known for his work on the crime show, Kojak from 1973 to 1978, playing Detective Bobby Crocker working alongside Telly Savalas.   Earlier in his TV career he appeared on: The Mod SquadEmergency! and Cannon.

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When Don Murray’s exited Knots Landing in 1982, Dobson was cast in the role of M. Patrick (“Mack”) McKenzie, the love interest for Michele Lee’s Karen.  Lee and Dobson became an undeniable favorite duo of the CBS primetime soap opera and for all-time in soap history.  During his run on ‘Knot’s from its fourth season to its conclusion in 1993, Dobson won five Soap Opera Digest Awards for his performances.

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In addition, Dobson got his start in daytime soaps, and eventually wound back on them following the ending of ‘Knots’.  He first appeared on NBC’s The Doctors. In 2008, DAYS hired him to play Mickey Horton after two other actors did not work out replacing, the original Mickey,  John Clarke, who retired, In shorter stints, Kevin played Governor Harrison Brooks on One Life to Live in 2003. and Judge Devin Owens on The Bold and the Beautiful in 2006.

He is survived by his wife Susan and his three children, Sean Dobson, Patrick Dobson and Mariah Dobson.

Share you remembrances and condolences in the comment section for Kevin Dobson.

Also check out below The Michael Fairman Channel’s sit-down interview with the ladies of ‘Knots’ from earlier this year; where Michele Lee, Joan Van Ark (Val) and Donna Mills (Abby) mark the 40th anniversary of the series …and also share remembrances of working with Dobson.

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Marci Miller Opens Up About Her Decision to Return to DAYS and Her Concerns Replacing Kate Mansi

This week will mark the return of Marci Miller in the role of Abigail Deveraux DiMera on Days of our Lives.

The popular actress, who had been nominated for two Daytime Emmys in the Lead Actress category during her initial run on the NBC soap opera, revealed some of the complex emotions she had in determining whether or not to come back to Salem as detailed in this week’s Soap Opera Digest on newsstand now.

Once again, Miller is taking over the role from her predecessor, Kate Mansi.  As DAYS fans know. Mansi won a Daytime Emmy for her work as Outstanding Supporting Actress in 2017 and first played the role from 2011-2016, then Miller took over the role.  Abigail’s last arc was played by Mansi when she returned from 2018- to the first part of 2020.  Miller had stepped away from the role in 2018 as she wanted to concentrate on other projects.

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In regards to her comeback, Miller shared with SOD: “You never know how discombobulating it might be.  That was one of the things I had to weigh in coming back, was whether or not it was fair to the fans for me to accept (the offer) because Kate hadn’t been there for a very long stint. For them to do this flip-flop thing was a little bit of a concern of mine.”

Miller ultimately says she felt that it was better to have Abigail on the canvas, than not in all, and in the hands of an actress who was familiar with the role than a new actress to take over the part.

Make sure to check out SOD for more on Marci’s decision to return to the NBC soap opera.

Meanwhile, look for an exciting story ahead for Miller when Abigail gets back in action in Salem.

So, what do you think of Marci’s careful thought-process to coming home to DAYS? Comment below.

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