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More Details Revealed On Melissa Archer's New DAYS Character!

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One Life to Live fans can finally catch one of their all-time favorites back in the soap saddle when Melissa Archer finally makes her on-screen debut as Serena on Days of our Lives! Archer will turn up in Salem on the December 5th episode of the sudser as world-traveled medical journalist Serena Mason!

And now, according to details in a new interview with TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan, Serena has a past with Eric Brady (Greg Vaughan) when they were working together in Africa, when he was a photographer there, and she was a journalist.  It seems their torrid romance ended when he chose to be a man of the cloth … instead of the man in her bed! But why?

The popular redhead also gave a few other sneak peeks of what is to come in her chat with TVG.  Here are a few excerpts below!

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Melissa on what brings her to Salem:  “She comes into town to do some important medical research. (Laughs) Because they have really good doctors in Salem — the best to choose from! Serena is extremely smart, a no-bulls–t kind of girl, which I really enjoy playing. She’s so different from my character, Natalie, on OLTL, who was tough but petulant. Serena is a real adult. Because of her profession, she’s not the type to wear her heart on her sleeve — otherwise she wouldn’t be able to survive the work.

Melissa on her new enemy Nicole (Arianne Zucker), who she thinks still has it for Eric:  “I can’t speak for how Arianne sees her character but, from Serena’s point of view, Nicole is obsessed with Eric. Nicole has no idea who this Serena person is and it’s instant dislike. It was so much fun! I wish I had more scenes like that. Nicole is looking out for Eric, but she goes a little too far. (Laughs) It’s certainly not one of those soap-opera girly fights with a little slapping and hair-pulling. These are tough women. I won’t say anymore because it’s so worth watching!

So, are you intrigued to see a romance and potential love story between Greg Vaughan and Melissa Archer? What do you think on paper of the new character of Serena?  Looking forward to seeing Melissa back on daytime?   Comment below!

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mfarris70

It would be nice if Serena could break the DAYS mold of female characters who are either victim or bitch– sometimes both but never neither.

Patrick
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Patrick

I don’t know…. then you have the MENfolk. and, they are hotties… Brady : the eternally everlastingly the victim… always swearing on the cross he’s going to change… and he’s once again asked “aunt” Maggie, if she’ll be his sponsor Eric: I almost wish for Father Eric back: he acts like he’s scared of his own shadow… (looks like Nicole is stuck with .. and it’s OK with me, ugh! Daniel ). DAYS has lost some serious adult, appealing, actors… I honestly, had hoped they would bring Eric and Nicole forefront… back together… and romancing and loving…. he’s so all… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

Lucas, Lucas, Lucas ! my man

geez he’s missed

Patrick
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Patrick

I actually, liked, Paul… from the start

that easy going affecting smile

Patrick
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Patrick

I MISS :

with abandon

Blake Berris : Nick Fallon
Mark Valley : Jack Deveraux
Matthew Ashford : Jack Deveraux
Jason Brook : Peter Blake ( the HOTTEST MAN to grace Salem )

Patrick
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Patrick

Peter Reckell was dreamy : miss his presence

Patrick
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Patrick

on the horizon : dreamy state of being

Michael Muhney : nuEJ DiMera
Ted King : nuBo Brady

Patrick
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Patrick

Roark Critchlow : Dr. Mike Horton

ooh la la

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Had to reply here, Patrick.

With all due respect…Hell no to Roark Critchlow! I like Roark Critchlow, but I think DAYS can bring some of those 1980’s and 90’s viewers back with “The Pretender” himself, Michael T. Weiss!

Michael T. Weiss was very popular as Dr. Michael (Mike) Horton and eventually had his own series…The Pretender.

I think he would bring in new and old viewers, but hey, if not Michael T. Weiss, RC would be great…as long as MTW is asked first!

Patrick
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Patrick

@4 : no worries

I know exactly whom you are speaking : writing

I was being lazy and didn’t google/wiki his name….

Michael T. Weiss : August, 1985 to September, 1990
Roark Critchlow : April, 1994 to Sept., 1999

so, both, had about a 5 year run…. Roark came back for another year recurring…

i mostly remember Roark… because I was watching days regularly when he was on…

I loved MTW : hairy plus… he was in the movie… “Jeffrey” a coming out movie… that I dreamed about

MTW would be my first choice as well

Michael
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Michael

Omg- Back in the day, so to speak, Michael T Weiss was HOT! He had greet chemistry with Lisa Hioward, who played April Ramirez. there was also an excellent actor who played Nick in the storyline. Also- the first Mike Horton, waaaaaay back in the 7O’s was Hot. He was played by Wesley aeure -who also starred in the Saturday morning show- Land of the Lost. I remember he couldn’t get it up for Trish Clayton, and was worried he was gay- or it must have been insinuated back then. Then he finally lost his virginity to an older woman-… Read more »

Mary Kay
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Mary Kay

Can’t stand Aiden (YAWN) he needs to be with (YAWN) Jenn…Hope with Rafe Abigail with Brady…Melanie with Chad Jordan with Eric;Abe with Kayla…Nicole with Daniel..C’mon…will any of my Christmas wishes come true?

Mary Kay
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Mary Kay

Definitely need the romance that only John and Marlena can provide!!

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

I’m counting the DAYS till Serena arrives! I wasn’t familiar with Melissa’s talent, but I’m sure she’ll do fine at DOOL!!!

She’s beautiful!!!!!

Patrick
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Patrick

“She’s beautiful!!!!!”

those eyes, with all that red hair

stunning

Sheila
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Sheila

I can’t wait to see Melissa on Days. She and Ari are both so good.

Nancy
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Nancy

Can hardly wait to see she and Kassie together.

dani
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dani

can’t wait….I hope she mixes it up with Brady too…..and I hope she gets a way better wardrobe then she did on OL..

janice
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janice

I agree about the wardrobe! On one life to live, they had her in granny dresses

Mary Kay
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Mary Kay

Lauren Koslow (Kate Roberts) has the best wardrobe in daytime…IMO

Patrick
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Patrick

isn’t Lauren Koslow put together !

I just think she’s dynamic
I think she’s the quintessential embodiment

honestly, she has all the character that’s easy to embrace
I love how Kate goes about her business… her life… the way she sees

does she have “any” flaws ? with men ? she certainly doesnt need them… i believe her love for Stefano… unfortunately, I think the days of Joseph Mascolo full time screen are passed. I LOVE HIM… I’ll take him any way we can

Lauren/Kate LOL dreamy ideal

louisa
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louisa

Really looking forward to this!

damien
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damien

i hope she mixes it up with rafe too, who is in serious need of a new love intrest!!!
cant wait to see eric hot and be bothered again, greg s the hottest man in daytime, imo, next to garen!
i swear if this new character circles around dr dan im going to stop watching days, dr dan is on overload!!

Claudio
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Claudio

I love Melissa, she is a wonderful actress. I cannot wait until December 5, to see Serena. I hope she kicks Nicole’s ass. LOL. I still miss Natalie Buchanan rip One Life To Live.

Mo
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Mo

🙁 Doesn’t sound exciting.

Troy Parkins
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Troy Parkins

I’m sure she will do fine on the show – it’s nice to see some alumni from both One Life to Live and ALL MY CHILDREN, two shows that, by the way, should absolutely NEVER have been cancelled – and as long as I’m officially “off topic” – does anyone know anything at all regarding the debacle of Prospect Park and the latest info on what the final outcome of those shows will be?

Frank
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Frank

Yes Troy One Life To Live was the best soap out there, Abc made a huge mistake in cancelling OLTL. Amc had to be cancelled, that show went down hill. The storylines were getting silly and the ratings proved that.

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Llanviewer717

I definitely agree about OLTL. It has terrific stories and characters along with the finest cast I’ve ever seen. ES, RS, RSW, HBS, KD, BW, MA, ME, SH, FL, TSJ, RH, PE. All just terrific. I miss my OLTL like crazy.

Sherry
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Sherry

She cannot start soon enough, her character sounds interesting and fun, can’t wait till she’s on Days!! Color me intrigued by the Eric connection, I was so sure it would be Brady but I love this and am eager to see she and GV chemistry. They should be hot! Melissa and Ari are going to rock too !

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Well, it is great that Eric will get a story again– and an apartment that looks a lot like Ben’s place– LOL– I don’t know this actress since I never watched OLTL, but hopefully her character will pan out better than Jordan did. There was a lot of hype when the actress playing Jordan came on the show, which just proves a talented actor and buzz, never can replace a well written character in an interesting story. So what I am reading sounds promising, but so did Jordan, Theresa, and Eve and none of those characters have lived up to… Read more »

Troy Parkins
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Troy Parkins

Mary, LoL I was thinking the EXACT same thing – I thought, uh…is he moving in with Ben? The set looks exactly the same. Of course, I live in Vegas where many apartments are stamped out quickly and actually do look very similar. My best friend lives in my complex and our condo’s are identical as far as infrastructure – I like Eric despite his constant whining – but now that he is not going to (evidently) hook up with Nicole, obviously the writers are throwing her in with Daniel, which, to me — is so badly written, let’s throw… Read more »

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I am so excited and can’t wait for December 5. Melissa is great. This character sounds much more grounded than Natalie of OLTL. I’m also glad she’s going to be involved with Greg Vaughan. I really like him and hope something good can happen for poor Eric. Welcome aboard Melissa.

Mark
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Mark

She’s ok but why isn’t days using Galen Gering more he is so cute and should be in a major story!

Nakita
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Nakita

Beyond thrilled to see Melissa in action again! And loving the background in the character. I can’t wait!

Brandee
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Brandee

Yes!!!! About time Eric had something to smile about and Serena sounds like the type to make it happen. Can she go liven up Rafe’s life too? Love Melissa Archer and she would be great with either of them or both.

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

I will be Team Nicole all the way! Don’t know Ms. Archer from OLTL because I didn’t watch the show. However, the way she described her character and the character’s relationship with Nicole makes me Team Nicole all the way. I also predict Ms. Archer’s character will not be a long term one. Nicole will not stop until she runs Serena (or whatever her name is) out of Salem. Bravo, Nicole!

Blake
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Blake

I can’t wait to see Melissa on Days, I loved her on One Life to Live. She is gorgeous, the red hair, blue eyes, great cleavage. Imagine her around Brady, Eric, JJ, etc.

Mary Kay
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Mary Kay

SUre to give Jordan a run for her money!

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DAYS Head Scribe, Ron Carlivati, Shares On Marlena’s Possession 2.0: “We Decided John Needs To Get On To This Sooner Than He Did In The Original, Because That’s What The Audience Would Expect”

As viewers of NBC’s Days of our Lives are watching the revisiting of the classic possession storyline revisited with its 2021 version 2.0, the stage is being set for plenty of devilish drama, now that good doc, Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) is once again in the grips of evil.

We have already seen her with yellow eyes, conjuring up some demonic plans, and of course, the devil trying to pull the wool over the eyes of Marlena’s husband, John Black (Drake Hogestyn).

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Back in the 1994/95 version of this storyline, Father John emerged and exorcised the demon from Marlena, so he knows a thing or two about being possessed, and the horrors it caused to Marlena, and the town of Salem 25 years ago, and as we have seen John is very, very concerned about all this talk of Marlena being possessed by the devil from the script that Johnny (Carson Boatman)  is set to make into a film on Sami’s life story.

Current Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati, spoke with Soap Opera Digest in their latest issue on newsstands now, about his plans and the creation of the 2021 possession storyline. Ron revealed that John is not going to be in the dark for long, sharing: “John has been through this, so the devil isn’t going to be able to pull the wool over his eyes the way he did the first time.”

Carlivati also added: “Even though all soap opera stories, I would argue, depend on some characters being a little bit dumb, in this case, we decided John needs to get on to this sooner than he did in the original because that’s what they audience would expect.  Look for the story to move along at a pretty good clip. We are not rushing, anything by any means – we are having so much fun with the story, but it was important to us that John not look stupid here so he starts to suspect something is wrong with her pretty soon.”

So, are you glad that John will not be completely dumped? Will Father John return to save the day? Are you enjoying the story thus far? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

Then, check out our recent interview with Ron all about the creation of DAYS limited-series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem still streaming on Peacock.

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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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