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Mark Hapka set for a return to Days of our Lives!

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According to, their sources are reporting the recently axed Mark Hapka (Dr. Nathan Horton) is heading back to Salem!  Seems that the actor who let-go this past January for what the series cited as, “Creative differences and a “writers choice” for Nathan’s “departure” is making some sort of return.

This news comes on the heels of our earlier report that Fransisco San Martin has been fired in the role of Dario Hernandez, who looked to be the new love interest of Melanie Layton, played by Molly Burnett. Is DAYS finally going to see the error of their ways, and reunite Melanie with Nathan?  Let’s hope!  Stay tuned.

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  1. ally

    June 9, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Blech didn’t like Melanie and Nathan.

  2. Brian T

    June 9, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    I didn’t like the way Nathan was written before but with new writers I think he and Melanie will be great. Mark is a great actor and one heck of a hunk too. I for one am happy he is coming back.

    • kim delmotte

      June 10, 2011 at 6:48 am

      im really glad he is coming back and some of the old stars to

  3. wednesday

    June 10, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    I’m really glad he’s coming back, but not glad he will be paired with the annoying melanie. Ugh!!! Hate her silly voice and acting.

  4. Julia

    June 10, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    im so happy he’s coming back, except i just started loving melanie with dario… oh well, i love nathanie <3

  5. Antoinette

    June 14, 2011 at 6:32 am

    Great news that Mark Hapka is to return to DAYS. It’s about time these writers rectified their mistake in letting go of the character of Nathan before we’d even had a chance to watch his relationship with Melanie develop. Melanie with Dario just wasn’t doing it for me – the guy playing him is a terrible actor – and he doesn’t have one tenth the depth that MH has! Let’s hope this time around we see some more romance between them and a slower pace in terms of relationship development. Remember, these two have been through a life-threatening experience (beating a deadly virus) together and then POW! Nathan was gone. Very messy and ludicrous writing but hopefully this is a thing of the past.

  6. Antonietta

    June 14, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    OMG I’m so glad to hear that Mark Hapka is back, I can’t wait to see Melanie and Nathon face to face. I hope they will get back together. Great fantastic news … Good job DOOL in getting him back on the show.
    I just love him.

  7. Mo

    June 16, 2011 at 6:02 am

    I don’t really like Nathan or the actor. I’d rather they keep some of the actors they have rather than bring Nathan and others back. It’s not the actors–it’s the story.

  8. Alicia E

    June 17, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    The latest according to Soaps She Knows, is that Mark Hapka is NOT scheduled to return to Days. It was a false report!

  9. Carmine

    September 19, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    ew not Nathan please! He’s so whiny and pitiful. If anything bring back Dario, he was a wonderful actor, he and Melanie had such great chemistry between them.

  10. Goofster

    September 23, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    I think Dario needs to come back, he and Melanie were perfect for each other!! I say bring them both back and start a real love triangle, but in the end she has to end up with Dario. DOOL just keeps screwing up with their damn cuts. Dario was a great addition and letting him go was a giant mistake. Melanie and Dario had AMAZING chemistry. BRING BACK DARIO!

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The CBS broadcast averaged 3.1 million total viewers and a 0.3 demo rating.  That is way up from the last time viewers saw the award show on TV when it was on cable network POP TV back in 2015 with just over 900,000 viewers for its initial broadcast.

According to TV Insider report: The first hour of the Emmys garnered 3.3 million viewers to top the hour by edging out a rerun on ABC”s Shark Tank, and then slipped to second place for the second hour with 2.8 million viewers.

These were strong numbers for Friday night, and hopefully CBS and the other major networks will now continue this, and serve up the Daytime Emmy Awards moving forward.


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So, what do you think of the ratings performance of this year’s Daytime Emmys?  Comment below.

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The broadcast was produced by NATAS and Associated Television International.

Below are the winners in the daytime drama and digital drama categories revealed tonight:

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General Hospital

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General Hospital

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The Bold and the Beautiful and Dark Web (Tie)

Outstanding Casting for a Drama or Digital Drama Series


Outstanding Music Direction and Composition for a Drama or Digital Drama Series

Days of our Lives

Outstanding Live and Direct to Tape Sound Mixing for a Drama Series

The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design for a Drama or Digital Drama Series

The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Costume Design for a Drama or Digital Drama Series

The Bold and the Beautiful

Outstanding Hairstyling for a Drama Series

The Young and the Restless

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The Young and the Restless

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The ladies of The Talk serve as hosts for Daytime’s biggest night, even though everyone will be shown from their homes.  It all starts at 8 p. m. EST/7 p. m. CST and tape delayed on the west coast airing at 8 p. m. PST.

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