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Louise Sorel OUT at DAYS too! Hall and Hogestyn reportedly back for summer!

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News today was that another DAYS star has been let-go!  Following the news of Crystal Chappell’s (Carly) dismissal yesterday comes this exclusive interview and news with TV Guide that Louise Sorel (Vivian) has once again been axed from the series.

Sorel spoke her mind on the decision not to renew her contract come September, and also let fans know that it appears that Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn are reportedly coming back for a summer storyline!   The real shocker here is they just gave Vivian a son, Quinn played by Bren Foster, only to write  her out!  Here are a few excerpts below:

Sorel on how shocking the decision to have her exit the show just as Vivian got a new son! “I agree. It makes no sense. Bren and I have shot some incredible, really emotional scenes together, scenes about his character’s devotion to Vivian, and how she left him. It’s been wonderful, and he’s a very lovely actor. It’s the first time in a while I’ve felt there was something legitimate to play. But I guess that’s out the window. I was told that the show is going back to “core values,” whatever that means. The Bradys and the Hortons, I guess. [Laughs] I’m not sure what “core values” actually means on a soap these days when everyone is corrupt and conniving and stealing babies! And there are so few people left from the old guard. They’re bringing Deidre Hall [Marlena] and Drake Hogestyn [John] back for the summer, which doesn’t mean they won’t continue on for the fall, winter and spring. Maybe I’m a financial trading card so the show can afford them. [Laughs] Although I’ve been making almost nothing — a third of what I was making during my first time on the show — so I don’t know what kind of trading card I’d be. I’m not even a Jack of Spades! [Laughs] I’m basically guessing at what happened. I don’t know what really went down.”

Sorel on how she was not told the real reason behind the decision to let her go: “I don’t know if it matters at this point. What if I did know the reason? Then what? At one point, one of the actresses on Days was told she was interfering with the ratings and hurting the show, so certain things were not being written for her. Who needs to hear that? Listen, actors are by nature gypsies. We pick up and move on. I realize in the long run that I’ll look back on this and it’ll just be one of those things. I would never go back to Days after this, even though Gary Tomlin (DAYS, co-EP) said, “You might be back someday.” I just can’t do it. I love the character. I love the people I’m working with. But I can’t deal with it anymore.”

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Avelina
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Avelina

Oh I love Vivian but I love Drake and Deidre. Can they please bring back Thaao and reunite EJAMI.

Maurine
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Maurine

It totally sucks. Especially since Quinn, who is a really exciting character not to mention Bren is a great actor, is her son. Lots of potential story. But I guess that was the old head writer’s story. I’m not down with Ken’s decisions here and think they are mistakes. Louise is a great actress. Vivian is a great character. Give her some of the airtime you’ve given the boring Rafe saga. That storyline needs to end stat but apparently we’ll be ‘treated’ to it all summer. Yawn! Get rid of Dario. Don’t bring on Adrienne and Justin’s son. Keep the… Read more »

Lyn
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Lyn

I knew that Carly was going for awhile now. Not a surprise and I won’t miss her. I don’t believe in “knocking” characters just because they’re new. Give them a chance. Wonderful if John and Marlena are back. They’ve been missed.

Maurine
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Maurine

I have given Dario a chance, but he hasn’t won me over. And if new characters are brought in at the expense of some of my faves, then it doesn’t make me happy. Yes, there were some ho hum periods on Days, but I enjoyed when Viv was locked in the coffin. That whole story was funny. Even when she was on the island she was snarky good. Unfortunately, they haven’t utilized Louise to her fullest capabilities. Now a GREAT story is starting–Viv has a secret son—and Ken decides to stop it. Why doesn’t he call a halt to the… Read more »

LUMI
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LUMI

Im sorry to see our Viv go,but this time around she was not her old0Viv-self.
so happy John and Marlena are back!
now give us back Bryan Dattilo/Lucas Horton,

charlene
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charlene

I cannot believe they are bringing back John and Marlena, I was so happy to see them go, they are so boring! I can see that days will be the next soap off the air!!!

Lyn
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Lyn

Since Marlena and Drake left the show I’ve heard nothing but how boring Days is without them. Now, looking at some of these posts, it seems they were boring. But then Rafe is boring (really?) Viv wasn’t herself (Let’s see: poison, coffins, burying people alive–seems like the same old Viv to me)! I think Carly was a bit of an annoying go nowhere character this time around and couldn’t figure out why nothing was done with Nathan or Stephanie that was ultimately constructive, but even at that, I would almost never say that their storylines were worthless. If I find… Read more »

Jasmine
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Jasmine

I am very happy to hear the news of the greatest super couple of Daytime John and Marlena’s return. I think Dools has lost touch of their super couples and by bringing their most famous one back I think will bring up raitings.

Perla
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Perla

What a heck is wrong with Day’s ? two wonderful and great actresses they have let go this’s so wrong. I really like LS how she play’s Vivain she has class.

I think is a big mistake, the writers should have wrote them a better story.

Cafe2222
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Cafe2222

I couldn’t agree more. DOOL just made some horrible decisions. First Crystal and then Louise. The writing for these two characters has been horrendous. It is obvious that they are not listening to and do not care about the fans, which is why I will not feel one bit sorry for TPTB when the show gets cancelled. I will however feel sorry for the cast and crew. What has happened to this show is just really sad!

janet
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janet

I really think tiic really want to destroy daytime, she is an amazing actress and a pleasure to watch. I wish her the best, she is a true class act.

Lyn
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Lyn

Not a good move! Vivian is a wicked delight on the show. More fun than EJ and Stefano and a marvelous addition to the cast.

LUMI
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LUMI

John and Marlena will only be back for afew weeks,

LUMILY
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LUMILY

boring is EJ and Taylor,EJ is in the same SL sence he came on the show in 2006,
I am hoping he will be out soon,today would be great.Rafe can go too IMO
I love Vivian,but this time saw not good for her.

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

I sympathize with Louise Sorel and her fans. I know how painful it can be when a beloved character is let go from Days. I have been a Marlena fan since the 1970s. Imagine how I felt when Deidre Hall and Drake H. were let go in 2008 for budget reasons. Although I was VERY disappointed, I was glad that Ken Corday was able to save the show. I am sure Deidre and Drake were also hurt by their lay-off too. So I can sympathize. I also agree with Louise that it is a little ironic that she got a… Read more »

Sue
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Sue

I’m so disappointed Louise is leaving Days. Higley only had story for Crystal and Louise from sept 2009 to the climax of Phil & Melanie’s wedding Feb 2010 which made Days #2 in the ratings with over 3mil viewers for the first time since 2004 and got Days renewed that April. That’s what they were brought on the show to do-get Days renewed. I’m still glad I got to see Vivian brought back to life. I’ve enjoyed Louise’s performance with Crystal and John Aniston. Louise is so good she makes me pay attention when Vivian is on screen. They just… Read more »

RJ
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RJ

LS and CC are good actresses, and I like them, but their s/l’s were not that good. Sorry that they will not be on, but I hope that they will get better roles because they are both terrifc not to mention really nice people. I wish them all the best.

dina camapanella
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dina camapanella

The character of vivian is amulti dimensional character…they can write many things for her…she is capable of comedy tragedy and above all she has nevr foung true love in her life….with her son arriving on the scene the possibilties for the character are endless….louise sorel is abrilliant actress and i think if days lets her go this time,,,she will never return and that my friends is a sad day for viewers….how many time scan john marlena and the jack story be told…it is so old….vivian has layers that have not been uncovered….a past that has not been uncovered…i don’t know… Read more »

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Days of our Lives Kicks-Off Possession Storyline Revisted with ‘Doug’ Twist Cliffhanger, Followed by Fall Preview

Did the ‘Devil’ make them do it? Doug Williams  (Bill Hayes) is Satan? In what can only be described as major surprise twist on NBC’s Days of our Lives, for weeks, fans have thought they were about to embark on another dementia or Alzheimer’s storyline on the soaps with another beloved character.

However, Days head writer, Ron Carlivati ,and his writing team came up with a way to make it seem like this may be Doug’s fate only to use the long-running character as the impetus to bring the classic possession storyline back on the air some 25 years later.

It all goes down after Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) calls Marlena (Deidre Hall) to ask him to see Doug, after his MRI and other tests proved inconclusive for dementia, etc, to see if Dr. Evans can assess him.  The phone call to Marlena happened after John (Drake Hogestyn) was discussing the past, since Johnny (Carson Boatman) is ramping up to a shoot a movie on Sami’s life, that will include the time that Sami walked in on John and Marlena having sex, which caused Sami to act out for years and years.

 

However, and this is key, John tells Marlena that moment in time also left her alone and vulnerable to the darkest time in her life – alluding to when she became possessed by the devil – and Marlena was clearly having difficulty admitting that or going down that road of remembrance, when the phone call from Kayla saved her from digging deeper into the past.  Well now, John and Marlena may never have that conversation as she is primed to once again become possessed.

Meanwhile, Johnny is reading Will’s script for the Sami movie, and is shocked to read in it that Marlena was once possessed by the devil, as John takes out a dusty box with his Father John collar, a bible, and a news clipping of Marlena being possessed.  John is feeling that this movie will bring bad things on to all those he loves, especially Doc, and he looks to be right!

Now at her office with Doug, he admits he knows something is wrong.  He acts out and does strange things and does not know why.  Marlena brings up why Doug locked Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) in a freezer by accident. Doug gets adamant saying: “That was no accident. I locked that bitch in there on purpose.”  Marlena is shocked at his word and tone.  Then as Doug laughs, he says, “I’m not Doug.”  Next thing you know, the lowered voice of Satan comes out of Doug’s mouth and he tells Doc, “It’s been over 25 years Marlena. But did you really think I wouldn’t come back for you?” End of episode.  Great cliffhanger!

Now, check out the fall preview released following the airing of Friday’s episode by NBC below, which teases more demonic moments on Days. Then let us know in the comment section, what you thought of the ‘Doug’ twist as the possession storyline begins?

Plus, make sure to cast your vote in ‘Michael’s Poll’ of the week on the revisiting of this classic tale now in 2021 below the preview.

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‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem’ Stars Talk the ‘Making of’ the Limited-Series & the Moments They Loved

Five of the cast members from Days of our Lives limited-series on Peacock, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem, chatted with Michael Fairman as a wrap-up following the conclusion of the streaming of all five episodes.

Joining Michael in a special conversation on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel are: Eileen Davidson (Kristen/Sister Mary Moira), Charles Shaughnessy (Shane/Drew), Peter Porte (Kyle/Dimitri), Zach Tinker (Sonny) and Rob Scott Wilson (Ben).

During the conversation, the actors share stories of the making of the series, and give insight and behind the scenes tidbits on their scenes including: how Eileen and Lisa Rinna (Billie) played recreated the ‘Amsterdam’ showdown from their time together on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, but as their Days’ characters of Billie and Kristen, how Peter learned to do the Tango from Dancing with the Stars Louis Van Amstel and Lisa Rinna, plus the drag show scenes where Zach became “Sonny Delight”, and more.

In addition, Charles Shaughnessy talks on how the series harkened back to the 80’s and 90’s campy action-adventure heyday of and the opportunity to work again with Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn as John and Marlena, while Rob fills-us in on trying to keep it together when working in scenes with soap vet Adrienne Frantz, when Ben and Ciara find themselves at a swinger’s party.

The interview is filled with many laughs, and candid moments that fans of the limited series will enjoy, especially the intel offered up by the cast.

Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem continues to stream on Peacock! Make sure to check it out if you haven’t, or rewatch it a second, or third time if you want to see more series like this in the future.

Below check out the interview with Eileen, Peter, Charles, Zach and Rob and make sure to subscribe to the Michael Fairman Channel for more celebrity conversations.

Now, share your favorite moments from Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem, and this video interview, via the comment section here.

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