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Matthew Ashford Returns For A Short Stint To Days of our Lives!

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Here’s a very welcome surprise!  While DAYS executive Ken Corday told soap press that he would not have more returns-from-the-dead in the imminent future, news from TV Insider on Monday has that none other than the beloved Matthew Ashford is returning to the NBC soap opera as Jack Deveraux!

As fans of the series know, Jack perished in an elevator shaft/crash saving his daughter Abigail (Kate Mansi). However in his upcoming return, as of now, Matthew is slated to appear in a five episode arc.   Ashford begins taping this week at the NBC set of Days of our Lives.

Since DAYS tapes so far in advance, the audience will not see how Jack’s return plays itself out till the spring of 2016.

So, will Jack come back as a vision and a ghost to tie up his love story with Jennifer?  Is Jack actually alive? Could fan response bring back Ashford even for more episodes next year?  Share your thoughts on the return of Matt Ashford to DAYS in the comment section below!

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Chloe
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Chloe

Ugh! I know I’m in the minority but I can’t stand Jack. He became so silly over the years & the way he ran out on his family was inexcusable. I hope his stay is really short & he remains dead.

Mo
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Mo

He ‘ran out of his family’ because Days’ writers wrote him off and the actor was let go.

Mo
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Mo

Whoops, should be ‘on’ not ‘of’.

Brian
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Brian

Yes you probably are in the minority. But I am sure that there are characters that I can’t stand but others love.

PGP
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PGP

I am in your minority, but I think that is because the writers messed his character up too much.

Linda Goodlett
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Linda Goodlett

I have NEVER liked Jack. So glad it is only for a short time!

alistaircrane
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alistaircrane

YES!!! So glad Jack is back! I hope this return becomes permanent. Killing off Jack was the biggest mistake of the TomSell regime, and they made a ton of a mistakes, so that’s saying something. Fan reaction to this news has been off the charts with joy. Matt started off recurring in 2001 but quickly earned a contract a few months later. Let’s hope history repeats itself! Meanwhile, a big pat on the back to my fellow Jack fans who have been campaigning for this return for MONTHS, despite Corday’s refusal to bring him back. This is amazing news, and… Read more »

Tay
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Tay

Agreed it was worse decision to kill him off! If this is not permanent or long term, I wish GH would bring him back as Tom. Not because I liked that character so much but because 1) I miss Ashford in daytime & 2) Hardy presence is almost non existent on GH now.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

He”s a fine actor and appears to be a fine man.

Kelly
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Kelly

@alistaircrane – Matthew is coming back only for a five episode arc.

Geobear
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Geobear

I disagree that that was their worst decision. In fact, it might have been a blessing. At least they treated the dead with respect. Based on how they treated the other DAYS men, I really don’t want to even THINK about how badly TomSell would’ve mangled Jack if they’d kept him around!

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

Put me down as someone who was disappointed when they killed off Jack. I never believed he was dead even after Jennifer got the news. They can make an exception and bring Jack back to us permanently. Jennifer needs him and so do Abigail and JJ.

Mo
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Mo

I don’t like that it’s a short stint and this leads me to believe Jack is still dead. 🙁

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Was bummed Ashford was written off the Salem canvas but I hope this is a vision from beyond offering guidance or closure. I am not fond of resurrections. GH has burned me on those!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

He will probably be an apparition, as seems to be the theme. And, speaking of the supernatural, I wish Carolina would see the possible fatal predicament in which Abby finds herself. Ben plans to kill her and run with the three-month old baby.

Lou Piikes
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Lou Piikes

The baby is three months old? I thought the baby was about six months old. lol

CeeCee
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CeeCee

HaHa….that’s so funny, Lou…..and probably more accurate.

elm51
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elm51

hmmm – interesting you would say that because i thought the same thing when will was being brutally killed…………..she never saw that either

Elite Advisors
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Elite Advisors

I think Jack coming back is because something awful will happen to Abby’s baby and herself and she is slated to leave the show so maybe her dad comes for the sendoff…. unless they recast??

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Correction; Caroline

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

He can come back…it can easily be explain that many past Jacks were all imposters, including when MV played the role…Jennifer is more interesting and even likeable when he is around…build Jack and Jen as the next Alice and Tom…it can be done!…PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE! or ill stop eating CHEESE!…lol

Tay
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Tay

Agree Jennifer is best with him.

jb44
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jb44

I so agree with you. The only time I even like Jennifer is when Jack is around. I usually fast forward through her scenes.

Ces
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Ces

Bring back Jack for good! Too bad we have to wait soooo long!

Fuck Days
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Fuck Days

Ghost.

Why taunt us with this stuff?

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

I guess you don’t like the idea of Ghost Jack. There’s a chance he’ll just be Jack and those five episodes can turn into something substantial.

Why jump to conclusions and create a questionable username?

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

Below you i had written IMPOSTER…these are occasional visitors to this site just to start an argument with posters…dont fall for usernames unfamiliar to you when they make these idiotic comments!…then they will disappear!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I will never understand how some idiot will post under such a disgusting moniker and get through; when over at GH , perfectly, clean posts, which may get on the moderators nerves, get kicked in the butt and not appear on the board. Go figure!
How did this one get past you, moderators?

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

IMPOSTER!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I’m torn. I really like the actor and always enjoyed his portrayal of Jack D, but sometimes it is best to let dead characters remain dead even as a ghost. The latest example is the ghost of Bo. Now instead of my last memories of Bo being his dying in the arms of his beloved Fancy Face, they will of this lame soap ghost egging Hope to seek revenge. Likewise with Jack, his giving his life to save Abigail was a touching way to end the character, so why would I want or need to see his ghost now and… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

I’m glad someone posted as such…. “…Now instead of my last memories of Bo being his dying in the arms of his beloved Fancy Face, they will of this lame soap ghost egging Hope to seek revenge. ” I know, right ? why ruin the everlasting love and appeal this supercouple reigned ? as i’ve posted prior… how can she – the character, of Hope – get over so quickly two men she loved… that’s where I wanted it to go; a realistic portrait of a widowed heroine… next thing you know she’ll enlist the help of Rafe… and he’ll… Read more »

Geobear
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Geobear

This Bo is SOOOOOOOO not a ghost. He’s another one of Hope’s hallucinations. Bo entire life’s goal was to PROTECT Hope from danger and PREVENT her from going after the bad guys. Alive or dead, there’s no way he’d be encouraging her to do this. Now, Hope’s OWN subconscious, on the other hand…that’s a different story 😉 I can completely believe she conjured him up as a coping mechanism and is sending herself off on a revenge mission.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Well whether a ghost or hallucination the point is still the same, sometimes writers give us these beautiful death scenes and then ruin it when the character comes back in some form soon after so my last memory of that character will be something less impressive than the beautiful death scene. But logically your reasoning is sound that this Bo is Hope’s grief filled mind fueling her quest, but still wish PR last scenes were the ones of him dying in the park instead of these after death appearances.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Perhaps she’s dreaming? Lol.
Great post, Geobear.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

I agree, Geobear.

Hope also feels guilty for not looking for and giving up on Bo.

Timmm
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Timmm

Matthew, how about returning to GH as Tom Hardy next?

Helen
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Helen

No no no, I hated him as Tom Hardy. He was miscast and horrible in the role. He is wonderful as Jack on Days.

ces
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ces

I agree Helen. Tom Hardy was a horrible dull character and Matt needs more to chew on that that drab.

Reagan
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Reagan

Maybe now with different writers and all the time off canvas, he as Tom would be better this go around. I miss Hardy presence on GH & want Matthew back on daytime. 🙁

Tay
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Tay

I agree!! GH needs Hardy presence again & daytime could use Matthew!!

Vicki
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Vicki

I will want Matt back wherever he is. So sad they killed him off anyway-YES back as Tom Hardy (Part of GH legacy) would be AMAZING.

Brian
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Brian

I love Matt and Jack but why only 5 episodes? What are they going to do with poor Jenn? I assumed maybe she would be with Eric but then saw that Greg is leaving too. I am so confused!

ces
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ces

Ha, me too! Poor Jen walks around doing nothing and worrying about her kids all day.

Patrick
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Patrick

Melissa Reeves is the one who “needs to go”

poor judgment and choices behind the scenes @Days

Vakina
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Vakina

So excited to see Jack again…fingers crossed he stays

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Five DAYS and then they decide he stays…4ever!

Jay Keaveny
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Jay Keaveny

Shows really need to think twice (or more) before killing off popular characters.

Mateo
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Mateo

Sweet lord, stop bringing back characters that are written out. So pathetic. Poor writing is showing big time. If DAYS fans haven’t learned their lesson with Bo Brady’s short lived return, then they are in need of some therapy, perhaps from Marlena. Let the dead lie!

ces
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ces

Give the fans what they want NBC — make Jack’s stint longer. He’s an obvious fan favorite!! With Steve back – he needs another brother now that Bo is gone.

Patrick
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Patrick

wouldn’t that be something… if they really need to beef up a family… let it be from a strong “family” of actors

Jack Deveraux
Steve Johnson
Adrienne Johnson Kiriakis

altho, if Jack was to return… he should be on his own sans Melissa Reeves… she’s deadweight and oh so tiring

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I agree, Patrick. Miss Jenny gets to me, too. And, I will say this, knowing everyone will rebel against me; I do not like Hope. She gets on my last nerve. I have kept this secret for years. Well, now I have just blurted it out. What a relief….feels so good, so cleansing…lol.

Elite Advisors
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Elite Advisors

Steve has not signed a contract…. Daniel is going and now Eric….seems pretty dull to me…if Abby leaves there’s really no great couple…I thought it would be Chad and Abby…

Blake
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Blake

What’s the point of bringing him back if it’s only for five days? can the show not afford to keep veterans on? Jack should be back for good, but writers don’t seem smart enough to know how to write for him.

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

Well, it’s about time! Glad DAYS came to their senses and invited Matt back to the show. Like Ces said, Steve needs his brother! And Jen needs Jack. All her other pairings have been lackluster. And, if Abby marries Chad, she’s gonna need someone to walk her down the aisle! Wouldn’t THAT be a crowdpleaser! 🙂

Patrick
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Patrick

if he’s not a permanent fixture… then… I hope he’s back to usher Melissa Reeves’ OUT

Abs and JJ are fine on their own… I think they should bring back Jamie Lyn Bauer

and let Jennifer and Jack ride off in to the sunset… give this couple a happy ending… and fans of this show a rest

Melissa Reeves salary should go to an actor who – can – act

Patrick
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Patrick

SIDEBAR: STAT

Thanksgiving ep in Salem!

this trio knocks – me – OUT

Justin, Eve, and Eduardo

as played by ; at the top of their game; ON

Wally Kurth
Kassie DePaiva
A. Martinez

talk about raw in your face talent

DAYS needs nuMagic to unfold… to draw and add layers without all the history…

Justin and Eve belong in Salem

Barbara
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Barbara

Well, they’re throwing us Jack fans a bone once again with no long-term stint. Just don’t get it. There has always been an abundance of story potential but the character is always shafted (pardon the pun).

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Marlena Becomes Possessed … Again!

On Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the devil had his way with his favorite person, Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)! In story, leave it to Marlena to save Doug (Bill Hayes) by giving herself up to Satan!

As Doug revealed himself to be Satan while in a therapy session with Marlena in her office, a shook Marlena tries to comprehend what is happening! When the devil says if Marlena won’t accept him in, she will punish Doug, he does just that.

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Poor Doug is left writhing in pain and on the floor, crying out for help! When we come back to the scene Marlena is not exactly right near his body, but sort of overlooking what is happening. Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) rushes into Marlena’s office to find Doug as Marlena stares blankly. Eventually, she calls for help.

After Doug is put in a hospital room and is monitored, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Tripp (Lucas Adams) can’t find anything wrong with him. Meanwhile, Julie finds Marlena at the nurses station and asks what happened with Doug during their therapy session.  Marlena flashes back to what led to Doug writing on the floor, and clearly something is way off with Marlena, because she has now become possessed.

Later, Julie sits by Doug’s hospital bed as he opens his eyes, as he tells his beloved wife, “He left me and went in to her.”  A confused Julie is left to ponder what on earth Doug could be talking about.

When Marlena comes home to John (Drake Hogestyn) – who is already concerned with Johnny (Carson Boatman) being set on making a movie of Sami’s life story which includes points on Marlena’s original possession – she tells him Doug collapsed in her office. When the two hug, Marlena slowly opens her eyes  revealing that they are glowing yellow.  Yup! We are off to the races. Marlena is now once again possessed.

So, what did you think about the scenes between Deidre Hall and Bill Hayes? Are you enjoying the revisiting of the infamous ‘possession’ storyline thus far? Comment below.

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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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