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Martha Madison Returning To Days of our Lives!

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The announcement that has been percolating all day long on social media was that Martha Madison had something very big that she was going to reveal during Thursday’s episode of her TradioV series with Lilly Melgar,  Soap Box!

And for those hoping that the news would be that Madison is returning to Days of our Lives for the show’s big 50th anniversary push, that has proved to be true! Martha IS returning to the NBC soap opera to reprise her role of Belle.  The news of a Belle return could not be more perfect in timing, since it has already been confirmed that Jason Cook is back as Shawn-Douglas, and the series has aged and recast Shawn and Belle’s daughter, Claire.

Look for Martha to make her first appearance back in Salem on the Wednesday, November 25th episode. and look for her debut later in August in the new online series Winterthorne!

So, what do you think of the news that Martha Madison is returning to DAYS as Belle? Excited to see her in scenes with Jason Cook and Black family and more?  Comment below!

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Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

THANK EVERYTHING GOOD IN THIS WORLD!! I knew they would not bring Jason Cook back as Shawn to ignore Martha’s Belle. I’m so happy that she is not only coming back, but that she is coming back on contract. It seems like everyone at DAYS, NBC and Sony are committed to making sure the fiftieth anniversary is about making the show what it once was before the first two reboots (2011 and 2012). I’m excited to see the new regime’s take on the series, and I haven’t a single doubt that both Josh Griffith and Dina Higley are the right people for this job right now.

Phil
Phil

Who said it was contact?

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Martha said it herself; she is back on contract on DAYS.

davidevansmith
davidevansmith

This article didn’t mention a contract… did that info come from somewhere else?

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Yes, Martha herself confirmed she’s back on contract and has been filming the past two weeks.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

http://tradiov.com/la/videos/6-24-15-soapbox-wally-kurth/

The link is to Martha’s show…Soapbox. She announces it at the beginning.

Jules
Jules

I wasn’t sure this was true either until I looked at the highlights from her podcast. She seems to have announced that as well.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

She kind of resembles Maura West in that photo—imo…good to see her back for the shows 50th…like to see teen Claire get involved with slightly older Rory and make Hope a great grandma…lol

Brinard
Brinard

You’re right at that, I thought she was Maura West in the photo myself.

Patrick
Patrick

“i’ve” never been good with recasts… that being said… I think ATWT was the most successful of all the serials ( is it because ATWT was my all time fave… and i could overlook thee “attachment” ? )

LOL

I “loved” Kirsten Storms, ex-Belle

OK

I have been liking… very much… how Martha Madisen has aged…. she’s being lauded for her internet work… plus her talk show

welcome to DAYS’ Belle

tracy
tracy

I will not watch her, period. And it is safe to say she is second choice. If KS were available, classic Shelle would be back.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

I think you’re wrong.

Kirsten Storms still seems like a teenager. Shawn and Belle are parents of a teenage daughter.

chantal
chantal

A case of differing opinions. Kirsten, as is MM, is an actress and thus would be able to take on the part quite well.

blake
blake

Great news. I hope they are back on contract, or at least recurring like some of the other vets.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Martha is on contract.

I posted a link above. It’s “Soapbox”, hosted by Martha. She talks about it within the first couple minutes.

Chantal
Chantal

Unfortunately, this will stop me from watching their scenes but not Jason with others. Was so looking forward to the 50th but the only Shelle for me is Jason Cook and Kirsten Storms. Sadly, Days and GH evidently could not work out a sharing arrangement. Many fans only know Shelle as JC and MM but for me, not so especially for the 50th. Such is life – I can find other things to watch and/or read or just live my life!!!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Do you like the idea of Belle’s daughter looking older than Belle? KS never grew up!

Laurie
Laurie

Wally Kurth was hustling back and forth from Days to GH for months but when Days recently put him on contract he tweeted he CANNOT do both. I guess his Days contract won’t allow it.

Interesting side note is that Eileen Davidson also was doing both Y&R and Days, but Y&R won’t let Tristan Rogers return for a few shows at GH as Robert to send Luke Spencer off into the sunset. Y&R has not had him onscreen except 1 time since February! THAT IS RIDICULOUS!!

I must ask though, what’s wrong w/Martha? Wasn’t she the last Belle and for many years? I didn’t see it then so I really don’t know.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Y&R and Days are connected to Sony so thats why its easy for ED to do both but there are only for soaps left….they should all find a way to unite and keep all four on the air!!!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Eileen can do both DAYS and Y&R because it’s in her contract that she’s allowed to do both; she signed her contract through Sony Pictures Television, which produces both Y&R for CBS and DAYS for NBC, that is why she is able to make guest-arcs as Kristen DiMera while performing full-time as Ashley Abbott.

The hard part is that Disney-ABC owns “General Hospital” and produces it themselves. They have full control of contractual status.

davlestev1
davlestev1

GIRL PLEASE.. what a goofy comment lol.. I’ll watch all scenes but the ones she’s in cuz its not KS.. If you’re watching at all.. And I assume you will be.. you can’t avoid her.. I hope she’s in the middle of a huge cliff hanger.. What will you do then.. Keep switching a Dixie cup from your right eye to the left trying to avoid seeing her?!

chantal
chantal

I do watch the show and was very much looking forward to the 50th Anniversary celebration. I don’t own any Dixie cups so if MM is in a huge cliffhanger, good for her but I won’t be watching. I split my time more towards GH than DOOL and will continue to do so.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

The mere idea that one actress can do this for you and your enjoyment of the show is quite telling, Chantal. Martha is fantastic in the role of Belle, and I’m sure will be lovely in her return; they could’ve recast the role, but instead, they’re bringing back actors and actresses audiences know.

chantal
chantal

Scott, it is indeed good for those whose loyalties lie towards MM – I don’t happen to be one of them and as you know, in soaps (when there were so many on screen), it happened a lot that a recast was good for some and not others and thus that is what is “telling.” I did not mention not watching the show; just certain scenes. Yes, they are bringing back actors and actresses audiences know – I happen to know the part differently than last portrayed and thus my opinion.

Mary SF
Mary SF

My big question who is bankrolling all this? Days has been run on such a tight budget over last few years that their girdle was about to burst if they tightened anymore- and now lo and behold they got cash up the walzoo to afford all these big name returns, plus newbies like grown up Claire. I realize a lot of them with be short term at best, but it is good to see someone stopped being Scrooge and gave Days some cash to invest in some quality storytelling and actors that will breath life into them. As for this latest news, like others I would preferred to see KS return as Belle—but I still waiting WN to come back as Roman, so I guess I am sucker for a lost cause- LOL. Is there any prayer of seeing the characters Eugene and Calliope for the 50th?

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I would love to see them come back too…

Tom Jones
Tom Jones

Were Jason Cook and Martha Madison on DOOL at the same time? I thought that Martha was on with Brandon Beemer as Shawn Douglas.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Yes and yes, Tom.

Jason Cook…………1999-2006
Kirsten Storms…….1999-2004
Martha Madison….2004-2008
Brandon Beemer…2006-2008

Actress Charity Rahmer played Belle Black for 16 episodes between KS and MM.
Some people say DAYS gave to charity when they hired Charity. LOL!

Gmbenet
Gmbenet

I could not conceive of Shawn Douglas returning to Salem and not Belle returning also, especially if her child is there. So this was expected. Glad it worked out. Will Belle be in Salem at the same time that Sami is there? That would be nice!

The_Moustache
The_Moustache

I’m in the minority that never really warmed up to Martha’s portrayal of Belle Black.

wish it was Kirsten Storms.

damien
damien

keep shelle on as long as possible!!!! one of my fave days couple!

sam
sam

Great news!! Love Martha Madison as Belle.. She made the role her own and I prefer her over Kristen Storms. Both are great, but Martha is my Belle.

Mo
Mo

Yeah, love Martha as Belle. Glad she’s back, but for how long?

richard
richard

It’s still odd that they are aging their daughter to 15yrs old, but I digress. They should’ve aged Ciara instead, especially with Theo being aged and Bo coming back. And Joey got aged as well. Weird.

Paul
Paul

No way, let Ciara age naturally. The girl that plays her is a spitfire.

Tammy
Tammy

I loved Martha as Belle and cannot wait to see the couple back on screen. Days is finally getting back to watchable after the Ejami exit. Now they just need to work on the stories! Quit with the couple swapping and give me couples that are committed to one another with external problems keeping them apart. A great Bo & Hope, Steve & Kayla, Jack & Jenn type story.

Tom Jenkins
Tom Jenkins

I’m not familiar with her work but ANYTHING would help this show, where Eric and Nicole are in constant danger like Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen – and constantly drawn to each other and then betrayed and there’s Daniel waiting in the wings, geez it’s been done to death.
So, although I have only been watching DOOL for a little over a year, I hope that some of these new and returned personalities help the show become more
interesting. To me, lately, it’s been a real snooze-fest.

dmr
dmr

I am sick and tired of the “Dr. Dan Hero” show. Been There. Done That. A million times.

Jimmy
Jimmy

This is great news! Martha Madison is great as Belle, and I much prefer Jason Cook over Brandon Beemer, so this should be great. I knew it was coming though, there was no way they could bring back Shawn-D and Claire and not have Belle there too.

The next few returns I would love to see are:
– Billy Warlock (Frankie), who I was sure would have been brought back when Eve returned;
– Matthew Ashford (Jack), who was killed off for some inexplicable reason, that nearly every fan hated. This needs to be fixed by whatever means necessary because it was a very bad choice;
– Rachel Melvin (Chelsea), who I think could have returned countless times (like when Billie was back), but am still waiting for, and;
– James Scott (E.J.), who we all know isn’t really dead after receiving that syringe of miracle juice Kristen injected him with.

It would also be great to see Crystal Chappell (Carly) and Louise Sorel (Vivian) again!

kelly
kelly

Will Shawn follow Belle back to Salem?

Gail Kerr
Gail Kerr

I love the fact that Jason and Martha are returning to Days, they made the perfect Shawn and Belle. I t was not the same with the repacements. Hope they stick around for a while.

Kathy beckner
Kathy beckner

I couldn’t be more excited to see Shawn, belle and Claire back on days. I hope they have an exciting storyline without being pulled apart for ratings. They are the next Bo and Hope!

Tina dillard
Tina dillard

Please…considering the actress playing claire is dead ringer for young forms, belle should have been left out of town if only choice was Martha Madison. Never liked her portroyal of belle then ., don’t like it now.

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Tonight on Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman,we celebrate the just announced 46th Annual Daytime Emmy Nominations with our sixth annual broadcast.

Join Michael and his in-studio co-host Days of our Lives‘ Arianne Zucker (Nicole) for our 90 minute plus Daytime Emmy Nominations spectacular as we chat it up with some of the actors who will be going for gold on Emmy night on Sunday, May 5th.

Arianne and Michael will be joined by NATAS Senior VP Daytime Emmy Awards, David Michaels who will be on hand to offer commentary on the Emmy voting and more.

Listen in as we welcome nominees: Tyler Christopher, Peter Bergman, Beth Maitland, Marci Miller, Maura West, Laura Wright, Chloe Lanier, Billy Flynn, Brytin James, Eric Martsolf, Martha Madison and many more!

Make sure to also listen for our Daytime Emmy trivia game show segment, when two callesr can win a pair of VIP tickets to the upcoming Coastal Entertainment,”Teals Got Talent”; the upcoming GH Fantasy Event, this time in Philadelphia on May 4th to benefit the Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation,

To call-in and share your thoughts on the nominations of who got in, and who was snubbed and more, or to pose a question or a comment to any of our guests, dial the exclusive listener-line at 818-295-2130

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The nominations have just been announced by The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) nominees for the 46th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.  And it was NBC’s Days of our Lives which led the pack in total nods with 27.  In second was ABC’s General Hospital with 25.  However, CBS led all networks with 65 nominations in all.

This year’s ceremony will be held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Sunday, May 5, 2019.  The Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards will also be held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Friday, May 3, 2019.

The Daytime Emmy Awards recognize outstanding achievement in all fields of daytime television production and are presented to individuals and programs broadcast from 2:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. during the 2018 calendar year.

“We are very excited today to announce the nominees for the 46th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards,” said, Adam Sharp, President & CEO of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS). “We look forward to a grand celebration honoring the best of Daytime television both in front of the camera and behind as we return for the third year in a row to the classic Pasadena Civic Auditorium.”

“The incredible level of talent and craft reflected in our nominees continues to show the growing impact of Daytime television and the incredible diversity of programming the viewing audience has to choose from,” said, Executive Director, Daytime, Brent Stanton. “With the help of some outstanding new additions to our staff, Rachel Schwartz and Lisa Armstrong, and the continued support of Luke Smith and Christine Chin, we have handled another record-breaking number of entries this year. Many thanks to our hundreds of great judges, who through their hard work and dedication, have come up with a stellar list of nominees that exemplfy the best in Daytime!”

The 46th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards is a presentation of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Both of this year’s show will be led by Executive Producer, David Michaels, SVP, Daytime (NATAS) and Executive Producer, David Parks, Ignition Entertainment.

Congrats to all the nominees and now here who is in the running for Emmy gold in major performer and show categories, and creative categories, below.

Outstanding Drama Series

The Bold and the Beautiful

Days of Our Lives

General Hospital

The Young and the Restless

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Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Marci Miller, Days of our Lives

Heather Tom, The Bold and the Beautiful

Maura West, General Hospital

Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, The Bold and the Beautiful

Laura Wright,  General Hospital

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Maurice Benard, General Hospital

Peter Bergman,  The Young and the Restless

Tyler Christopher, Days of our Lives

Billy Flynn,  Days of our Lives

Jon Lindstrom,  General Hospital

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Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Kassie DePaiva,  Days of our Lives

Linsey Godfrey,  Days of our Lives

Martha Madison,  Days of our Lives

Beth Maitland,  The Young and the Restless

Mishael Morgan,  The Young and the Restless

Vernee Watson,  General Hospital

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Max Gail,  General Hospital

Bryton James,  The Young and the Restless

Eric Martsolf,  Days of our Lives

Greg Rikaart,  Days of our Lives

Dominic Zamprogna,  General Hospital

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Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series

Hayley Erin,  General Hospital

Olivia Rose Keegan,  Days of our Lives

Victoria Konefal, Days of our Lives

Chloe Lanier,  General Hospital

Eden McCoy, General Hospital

Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series

Lucas Adams, Days of our Lives

William Lipton,  General Hospital

Kyler Pettis, Days of our Lives

Garren Stitt, General Hospital

Zach Tinker, The Young and the Restless

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Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series

Philip Anthony-Rodriguez,  Days of our Lives

Patricia Bethune, General Hospital

Wayne Brady, The Bold and the Beautiful

Kate Mansi,  Days of our Lives

Thaao Penghlis, Days of our Lives

Outstanding Digital Daytime Drama Series

After Forever

The Bay The Series

Giants

The New 30

Youth & Consequences

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Outstanding Lead Actress in a Digital Daytime Drama Series

Jade Harlow, The Bay The Series

Vanessa Baden Kelly, Giants

Liana Liberato,  Light as a Feather

Shanti Lowry, Bronx SIU

Liz Vassey,  Riley Parra

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Digital Daytime Drama Series

Mitchell Anderson,  After Forever

Kristos Andrews, The Bay The Series

Kevin Spirtas,  After Forever

Brian White, Bronx SIU

Wayne Wilcox,  Only Children

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Outstanding Writing Team for a Drama Series

The Bold and the Beautiful

Days of our Lives

General Hospital

The Young and the Restless                                                                                                                    

Outstanding Directing Team for a Drama Series

Days of our Lives

General Hospital

The Young and the Restless                                                                                                                 

Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series

Days of our Lives

General Hospital

The Young and the Restless               

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Outstanding Art Direction/Set Direction/Scenic Design for a Drama Series

Days of our Lives

General Hospital

The Young and the Restless                                                                                                                 

Outstanding Lighting Direction for a Drama Series

Days of our Lives

General Hospital

The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Technical Team for a Drama Series

The Bold and the Beautiful

General Hospital

The Young and the Restless                                 

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Outstanding Multiple Camera Editing for a Drama Series

Days of our Lives

General Hospital

The Young and the Restless                                                                                                                     

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

The Bold and the Beautiful

General Hospital

The Young and the Restless                                                                                                                    

Outstanding Music Direction and Composition for a Drama Series

Days of our Lives

General Hospital

The Young and the Restless                                      

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Outstanding Costume Design for a Drama Series

The Bold and the Beautiful

Days of our Lives

General Hospital

The Young and the Restless                                                                                                                     

Outstanding Hairstyling for a Drama Series

The Bold and the Beautiful

Days of our Lives

The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Makeup for a Drama Series

The Bold and the Beautiful

Days of our Lives

General Hospital

The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Game Show

Family Feud

Jeopardy!

Let’s Make a Deal

The Price Is Right

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire                     

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Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program

Couples Court with the Cutlers

Judge Judy

Judge Mathis

Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court

The People’s Court

Outstanding Informative Talk Show

Access Live

The Dr. Oz Show

Rachael Ray

Red Table Talk

Today Show with Kathie Lee & Hoda

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

A Little Help with Carol Burnett

The Real

The Talk

The View

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host

Kelly Ripa, Ryan Seacrest LIVE with Kelly and Ryan

Adrienne Houghton, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai, Tamera Mowry-Housley, The Real

Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood, Eve, Carrie Ann Inaba, Julie Chen, The Talk

Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin, Meghan McCain, Abby Huntsman, Sara Haines, The View
Wendy Williams, The Wendy Williams Show

Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host

Dr. Mehmet Oz, The Dr. Oz Show

Kellie Pickler Pickler and Ben

Steve Harvey, Steve

Rachael Ray, Rachael Ray Show

Kathie Lee Gifford, Hoda Kotb, Today Show with Kathie Lee & Hoda

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So, what did you think of this year’s Daytime Emmy Nominations? Did your favorites get in? Who do you think got snubbed? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Daytime Emmy winner, Tyler Christopher’s last airdate as Stefan DiMera is said to be tomorrow on the Wednesday March 20th episode of NBC’s Days of our Lives.  And as has been previously reported, Brandon Barash (Ex-Johnny, GH) has taken over the role and will debut on-screen later this week.

Since Days of our Lives tapes six months in advance, it is this week that will see the actor swap on-air.

Tuesday evening, Christopher took to Twitter with his some parting thoughts on his time in Salem and ushering in a new actor to take on the role he first played: “Thank you all for the kind farewell’s. My time on was nothing short of pure fun. Such a great group of people to work for and be around every day. Please welcome into the roll. Such a solid actor and an even better person.”

DAYS head writer, Ron Carlivati also took to Twitter to give kudos to Christopher for his time on the NBC soap opera expressing: “Thank you for your always thoughtful and totally fearless portrayal of Stefan DiMera. It was wonderful working with you this time around and I sincerely hope it’s not our last!

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