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NEXT WEEK: Gilles Marini To Make His DAYS Debut

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More heartthrobs in Salem!  Next week, on the June 5th episode of NBC’s Days of Our Lives, look for Gilles Marini, best known for his film work, and primetime roles in Brothers & Sisters, Switched at Birth, plus Sex and The City, to make his Salem debut.

Gilles will be playing Leo’s (Greg Rikaart) lawyer, named Ted.  In the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest, Marini describes his new character as, “Unscrupulous.  He’s rough. When you’re that hardcore lawyer that has no scruples, you’re going to hurt other people.  He’s the type of guy who would not think twice about blackmailing you. He knows what the law is, but can he bend it?  Maybe. He’s bringing to the show a new kind of shadow.”

Marini goes on to say about his DAYS experience, “Every time I have new pages, it’s interesting, and there’s nothing I want to change.  It’s really, really cool.”

This isn’t Marini’s first daytime drama gig, he’s had guest star stints on CBS’ The Bold and The Beautiful.

Look for Marini’s first scenes to be with not only Greg Rikaart, but also Lauren Koslow (Kate Roberts).  It looks like Ted could be enthralled with Kate. Could this be a new romance? Will there be much skullduggery?  Will Leo and Ted put the screws to Sonny (Freddie Smith) and company? Stay tuned.

So, are you excited about the DAYS debut of Gilles Marini?  Comment below.

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IRENE M ADAMS
IRENE M ADAMS

Heard he was coming awhile ago. He is also great dancer dwts. I hope he has good storyline. The writing has been good for temporary people as well as for regulars. The DID story was good but it is ended. We need to keep the show at a high pace. I can picture him a lawyer so we will see. The more devious the better. Kate needs a love.

Duane
Duane

Great casting–should be great for the show!!

Patrick
Patrick

STAT : ^^^^ “…More heartthrobs in Salem! ”

THERE, are; so MANy it’s gobsmacking

it’s remarkable…

AND

“They – ALL – act ”

hey, I still can’t get over Paul Tolfer’ Xander

exclamation : My little Bette Davis (Jen Lilly) is back RUNNING

the dynamic “show” betwixt Eric Martsolf, Jenn Lilly, and the one and – ONLY – Kassie DevPaiva… unbelievable FEAST time

my girls and he. WOW

Steven C Cates
Steven C Cates

Exactly Patrick – every time I see JEZEBEL with Bette Davis I can just picture Jen Lilly in the same role – she is daytime’s equivalent of Bette!

Celia
Celia

Hi, Patrick,
I changed my mind about this guy…..he really isn’t hot…..looks better in pictures than on screen.
Not my type…..only my opinion.
However, he seems picture-perfect for the role: a true Machiavellian.
I am so disappointed in Kate. The writers went through much trouble changing Kate’s “face”…. only to bring her down to her old excecrable ‘haunts’ ?
Why do they keep doing this? I really like Kate, and the last person I want to see hurt is Sonny. He has been though enough…..hurt by the love of his life and then some.
…..which brings me to say; Sonny and Will belong together. So, the PTB should stop this stupid dance. The Paul/Will romance seems very forced to me.
What say you, Patrick?

blake
blake

I agree that it’s sad to see Kate being bitter about life. With Kristen coming back they’ll have that type of female villain.

I hope Sonny, Victor, Will and Justin take down Leo, Kate and Ted. Adrienne needs to be in this story more, she can use her paper to help expose them.

blake
blake

This lawyer Ted is hot, I hope he and Kate have hot sex scenes!

The show has an embarrasment of hot guys on the show! Too bad Paul is leaving and Xander only has a short visit, but hopefully he’ll be back and on contract soon!

Gloria Rogers
Gloria Rogers

I can’t wait to see Gilles,! Hope he is on for months or even years! I won’t miss one episode,

Jimh
Jimh

Maybe Andre Dimera had a son?

Celia
Celia

Hmmm. Good one, Jimmy. I don’t know much about this Frenchman with an Italian surname. He’s hot, though. LOL.
He would be perfect for Eve. Her evil mind is buried just beneath the surface. So, if Marini turns out to be a DiMera, they would be the Bonnie and Clyde second coming.
I love Kassie, Jimmy, so when I heard she was coming back, I did a few somersaults. LOL….But, I only wanted her to be a little redeemed—I liked how combustible she and little, halo-wearing Miss Jenny were. i wanted her to be the Eve I knew….bad-arse-girl.
I find her ‘new’ characterization of Eve unrecognizable. I don’t like it when the writers pull the wool over our eyes…..we remember!! It’s demeaning.
Just as redeeming Ben and Xander will completely be a disappointment. I hope TPTB, if they do redeem the latter, they leave a smidgen of deviltry—not evil—just some mischievousness….not a sappy personality. Never that…..just an in-your-face ‘tude without the villainy.
Funny that I did see whatever evil Eve has left , rear its ugly head when she ‘told’ on Theresa. How spiteful. Oh, sure. Theresa did not tell she had left Chloe behind.
Really? I would have done exactly the same thing. Any mother would have….oh, gee…whom to chose? My sort of friend or my kid? Is there a choice here? Not even a question which deserves pondering.
Tate’s life was at stake. Never mind Brady. He does not deserve the loyalty.
Bye, Jimmy❤️

Jimh
Jimh

So Ben rescues Ciara???,,…and they become a super couple like Bo and Hope??

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

He’s gorgeous. I don’t care what he does.

rebecca1
rebecca1

LOL! Couldn’t agree more! 😉

blake
blake

OH yes!

Satan
Satan

When the rumors first started about this guy coming to Salem, there was speculation that he could be a recast of the (not so) late Elvis J. DiMera.

Looks like that’s not the case.

Or on the other horn…. we know that Dr. Rolfie’s “back from the dead” drug often wipes out memory. Happened to John. Happened to Will. So if EJ is running around out there somewhere (and Kristen already told us that he was) he might not even know who he is. But he was a lawyer (among all the other things he managed to accomplish by the time he was 9 years old) so that would fit this new mystery dude.

Of course they would have to explain why he has a new face. And we all know what would happen with that a few years down the road when James Scott decides to come back…..

Patrick
Patrick

FUN’ny : can we SORAS @GH Carly and Sam… let’s make them both in their 60’s. hell… watching Sonny by himself @the nurses ball’. was actually , daresay, inviting. as in, do something else. Jason Drew Sonny NEED women who share the same intensities.

Toni W.
Toni W.

He would be great with Eve.

blake
blake

He is great as the slimeball lawyer and Kate’s new boytoy! Such a beautiful man. I’m sure he didn’t come cheap!

Monique Jaillet
Monique Jaillet

I am so excited that Gilles Marini is starting on Days, I hope he becomes a regular!

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THIS WEEK: Billy Flynn and Kate Mansi Exit DAYS As Chabby Says Their “I Do’s” In Heart-tugging Moments

By now, Days of our Lives fans have learned that this week marks the end of the run, for now, of Billy Flynn and Kate Mansi as Chad and Abby.  But before they exit look for wedding bells to ring as Chabby remarries.

When Marci Miller decided to depart the role of Abigail, Kate Mansi returned to the role she played before Miller to finish the arc, which would have potentially left Abby to leave town and Chad to be without her, since Mansi signed on to just complete the storyline,

DAYS head writer Ron Carlivati told Soap Opera Digest  (in latest issue on newsstands now) the thought process of having the duo leave together: “While it was kind of agonizing to make the decision that Chad will exit the canvas with Abigail, I decided that was the best thing for the couple, it was the best thing for the fans and it was the best thing for the show. The way that they exit is very, very open-ended. It’s not like someone is going to die. They leave happy and the door is completely open for them to come back. As much as I’m sure some people will be sad to see them go, I think they’ll be happy to see them go together. It just seemed so unfair to not give them a happy ending. And I just didn’t see how that happy ending would work if Chad stayed in Salem and Abigail left.”   He added: “Obviously, if the time is right, the story is right, and the people are available, they’ll be back.”

Looks like we all need to get out the hankies after checking out the latest NBC promo for Chad and Abby’s wedding and farewell.  You can watch it below.  Then let us know if you are sad to see Billy and Kate exit DAYS, and if you hope they will be back sooner than later via the comment section below.

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Drake Hogestyn Chats On John Black’s Latest Predicament With Diana and Leo On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’

The complex life of John Black (Drake Hogestyn) just got even more complicated on NBC’s Days of our Lives; thanks to the arrival of his ex-flame Diana Colville (Judith Chapman) and the bombshell that bad boy Leo Stark (Greg Rikaart), who has been causing so much trouble for Will (Chandler Massey) and Sonny (Freddie Smith), is actually his biological son!  Boy, John certainly has had some kids he never knew about pop up (remember, Paul Narita is John’s son, too).  But, is this all a tale spun by Diana, or the truth regarding Leo?

Longtime DAYS vet, Drake Hogestyn sits down with host, Michael Fairman on an all-new installment of NBC’s Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast.  During the conversation, Drake talks about his surprise learning from the script that Diana Cooper was indeed his ex, Diana Colville.

The beloved actor reveals that at one point he thought Genie Francis (Laura, GH) might be coming back to reprise the role, but now that it’s Judith Chapman he is having a great time acting opposite her.  In addition, being a true historian of DAYS, Drake takes the listeners on some fun facts that they may not have remembered. Later, Hogestyn reveals why he and Deidre Hall (Marlena) have found such success as DAYS’ enduring John and Marlena.

Michael commends Drake on his Daytime Emmy Pre-Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his emotional turn following Marlena being shot at the Jarlena nuptials, and the family saying their goodbyes believing she was going to die, especially she the good doc had a DNR request on her legal forms filed with the hospital.

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In the backstage segment of the podcast, Eric Martsolf (Brady) takes Fairman on what a typical production day is like for him and others in Salem: visiting the wardrobe department, stopping to talk to the stage manager, and chatting it up with co-stars along the way including: Lauren Koslow (Kate) and Linsey Godfrey (Sarah).

The new episode of Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast is currently streaming on NBC.com here, and will be available for download via iTunes on Monday.

So, do you think John will do next now that Diana is working her way back into his life, and Leo is his son?  Will he tell Marlena what is going on?  What did you think of the sentiments shared by Drake in the interview? Comment below.

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‘Days of our Lives’ Producer Files Lawsuit Against Sony Pictures Television

In a breach of contract and fraud complaint filed this morning, Corday Productions, the Producers of Days of our Lives, is seeking 20 million dollars in damages from its producing partner, Sony Pictures Television, as well as its Columbia Pictures and Screen Gems divisions, and to significantly take back control of the show.

In the 33-page court filed document this morning, Deadline.com noted some of the key points contained within.  Corday Productions is alleging that Sony has treated the show unfairly skewed in favor of its Sony-owned daytime drama series, The Young and the Restless.  The complaint indicates that, “While the domestic ratings for Days of Our Lives have remained largely constant, Sony’s distribution receipts have decreased by over 50%. This dramatic decline is directly attributable to a decision at the highest levels of Sony management to eliminate any competition to its own wholly-owned series The Young and The Restless also distributed by Sony.”

Sony Pictures Television distributes Days of our Lives in overseas territories, and in ancillary markets such as digital streaming.  The DAYS suit alleges that Sony has failed to sell the show in key territories including: Great Britain, France, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Canada, France, Zambia, and South Africa.”

In the lawsuit, the producers also claim that Sony has stiffed them by forcing the production company, Corday Productions, to absorb budgetary deficits . The filing also claims that Sony is “imposing solely on Corday the burden of absorbing the multi-million dollar annual operating deficits due to an inadequate NBC license fee and mandating an inefficient, costly production schedule.”

The complaint filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, also alleges that Sony has provided Corday with inaccurate accounting and has failed to pay millions of dollars in profits.

Make sure to read more on the lawsuit click here.

So, what do you think about some of the key points that the Days of our Lives producers bring up in their lawsuit against Sony? Comment below.

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