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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.

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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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Days of our Lives to Air in the UK Beginning In January

Salem is coming across the pond to the UK!  Look for the British to enjoy the long-running daytime soap airing  exclusively on the Sony Channel beginning on January 20th of 2020.

According to Metro: when DAYS does debut in the UK  viewers will see the story pick-up from the series 53rd season where in story; Vivian Alamain returns to Salem after Stefan O. DiMera arrives on the scene claiming to be her son, which all happens on New Years Eve along with three major kisses.

The season which will bow on Sony Channel marked the first full season run of episodes from current head writer, Ron Carlivati

This isn’t the first time DAYS has aired in England, previously it has runs on  CBS Drama, Zone Romantica, and Channel 5

Episodes picking up from season 53 will broadcast at 9;10am.

So, glad to hear DAYS is coming to the UK? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Stephen Nichols On His DAYS Return As Stefano: “I Knew I Didn’t Want To Be A Cheap Imitation.”

By now, Days of our Lives fans have witnessed that the heralded return of longtime favorite, Stephen Nichols came with a twist.  When Nichols re-emerged on the canvas, he was now playing Stefano DiMera, but in the face and body of what seems to be Steve “Patch” Johnson.

Nichols, who along with Mary Beth Evans, have been known as enduring supercouple Patch and Kayla, and now they find themselves in the Salem time jump in a different set of circumstances,  First of all, Kayla is romantically involved with Justin Kiriakis (Wally Kurth), and Nichols returned as Stefano and is in ca-hoots with Princess Gina (Kristian Alfonso).

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In an interview in the current issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Stephen opens up about taking on the classic soap villain role made famous by the late, great Joe Mascolo.

Nichols admitted there was some trepidation taking on and in approaching how to portray the role: “It was daunting and a major challenge to take on. I knew I didn’t want to be a cheap imitation. I wanted to get Stefano’s essence.”

In preparing for his new journey on DAYS, Nichols noted: “I watched the master, Joe Mascolo.  I got lots of videos of Stefano. Stefano in every mode: Manipulating, laughing, Stefano with the ladies, with his children, and, of course, Stefano raging.”

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So, what have you thought of Stephen as Stefano thus far?  What do you think of the plot twist? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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DAYS Head Writer Ron Carlivati Talks On: Ben Weston, Soap Amnesia, Doppelgängers, and the Time Jump

Days of our Lives viewers have been going through some changes over the past month since the launch of the innovative time jump from the creative mind of the series and Daytime Emmy-winning head writer, Ron Carlivati.  As episode after episode unfolds, the audience has been finding out just where their favorite Salem residents have landed and with whom, in the one year flash-forward.  There have been shocking deaths revealed, longtime couples facing different kinds of obstacles that could change their relationships forever, and some characters brought back on the canvas, in one form or the other, to shake things up.

On the series finale of the Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast,  Ron Carlivati was the very special guest and addressed many of the decisions that went into making the flash- forward happen starting with when Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) wakes up from her coma after her fall, thanks to Princess Gina (Kristian Alfonso), and how it impacts the canvas.  You can listen to the can’t-miss interview here via iTunes or at NBC.com/Inside Salem.

Due to the length of our conversation with the talented head scribe, some of the questions and answers did not make it into the podcast finale due to time constraints.  So, we have brought you the rest the interview here as Ron discusses: the popularity of  #Cin, back-from-the-dead storylines, writing for the original series on the DOOL app and further creative decisions that went into crafting the one-year time jump.  Check out what Ron had to say below.

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You have been able to make #Cin, the hottest duo on daytime by taking a now reformed serial killer, Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson) and pairing him with the daughter of one of DAYS all-time supercouples, Bo and Hope in Ciara Brady (Victoria Konefal).  Were you ever  concerned as to how this story/romance would play to the audience at home, because in reality no parent would ever just stand by and let their child get involved with a man who strangled and killed women, previously? 

Ron:  To sort of try to glorify a guy who strangled women and make him into a romantic lead, we don’t do that lightly.  Not unlike, Todd Manning (Roger Howarth) on One Life to Live who was a rapist, and who became sort of an anti-hero, but also a romantic lea.  And in this day and age, it’s even a bigger decision to do something like that, I think.  So, that said, it is a soap opera and there are certain things where we know we are pushing the envelope.  We know in the real world that no mother would ever get past her daughter being with a guy who murdered, killed, and strangled three women or strangled and shot one, but the pairing worked so well.

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In the time jump, you gave Ben an intriguing prison cell mate in Will Horton, given that Ben had “killed” him previously.  Add to that you brought back Ben’s criminal father, Clyde back into the mix.  There’s lots of prison orange these days on the screen.

Ron:  When we knew we were sending Ben to prison, then obviously father and son have to cross path. It just added another element, so it wasn’t just going to be Ben and Will (Chandler Massey) talking to each other, and making a shawl together like Martha Stewart. (Laughs). Ben’s relationship with Clyde was interesting to me.  As horrible as Clyde was and is – there does seem to be some sort of love that he has for Ben.

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On the soaps, and as has been part of DAYS enduring legacy, characters are killed off, only to be brought back to life somewhere down the road. Many return with classic soap amnesia as a vehicle to drive story.  Is there ever a time when as a writer, or as a soap fan, you think “enough is enough”, and characters should just stay dead?  Many fans who watch daytime dramas get very invested in tragic death stories, where characters have these shocking or sudden, or long goodbyes, and the viewers goes through the grieving process; along with the other characters, for what then seems like a waste of an emotional investment when said character turns back up alive.

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Ron:  We were talking about bringing Jack (Matthew Ashford) back right around that same time we had the Will story.  We couldn’t bring two people back from the dead at the same time, and that’s why Jack’s return kind of got put on the back-burner, so we could do the ‘Will is alive’ story arc.  Look, the audience will go with you, especially if they want somebody back desperately.  They will overlook how did it happen, and how could they be alive.  They will accept almost any explanation, but I think you’re right, if you do it too much, you tend to water down the permanence of death … especially deaths that you saw on-camera.

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Viewers know you love doppelgänger storylines.  And, in the time jump you brought back none other than Hattie Adams (Deidre Hall).  Why the decision to bring Hattie back at this time?  I know Deidre loves playing her.

Ron:  I think Deidre likes playing something different than Marlena, because she played Marlena for many, many years, and she knows her like the back of her hand.  Hattie is an escape and something fun, and the chance to do and say outrageous things that Marlena would never do.  So, we bring her back whenever we can to have fun with, and again, it seemed to work because  she was in prison, and we set Eve in prison when we started the time jump off, and we’re like, “Who’s Eve (Kassie DePaiva) going to be talking to?” and we’re like, “Oh, well of course.  It has to be Hattie.” (Laughs)

When do you first see the fruits of your labor?  Do you see a feed from the set as the show is taping? Do you receive episodes where you see how what was written has come to life? 

Ron:  In prior shows, One Life to Live and on GH, I saw it when it aired. At One Life, I was in the studio, so I often saw production shooting scenes.  Here, they send me the completed shows once it has been completely edited, the music has been put into it, and it’s all ready to roll, and they email me the link to 5 or 6 shows.  So, I could in theory watch a couple of weeks ahead of the audience, but I tend to (unless I’m so, so curious about how a certain thing turned out) watch it when it’s on TV.

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The “Lani (Sal Stowers) and Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) joining a convent” storyline is at a critical point in story.  How did you come up with the decision to put Lani, and of all people, Kristen together and about to take their vows as nuns, and kind of becoming bff’s?

Ron:  I mean, you can’t imagine sort of two more unlikely friends as Kristen and Lani.  We grew to really love the relationship that developed between the two of them.  I think we sat down and said about the time jump, “There have to be enough big changes that you do the double-take.”  Like, Will is Ben’s cell mate, Adrienne is dead, and Justin and Kayla are together now.  You had to have enough of those WTF moments to justify passing a year of time.

You have also been writing series for the DOOL app.  What did you think of Chad and Abby in Paris with that being the initial one and how it all came to pass?

Ron:   It was fun.  I had no time.  I was writing six episodes a week of DAYS, and I was asked “By the way, can you write two seasons of a web/app show for us?” (Laughs) Greg Meng (Co-executive producer, Days of our Lives) has really been the mastermind behind this app and developing this app into something.  I love all of the stuff you guys came up with for all the behind the scenes content, but I know that Greg really wanted original series content on it, too.  Chad (Billy Flynn) and Abigail (Kate Mansi) just seemed like the logical couple to do that with.  You wanted somebody tied to Salem that wasn’t currently on the campus, but you know the audience cares about what their up to, and Chad and Abby just seemed perfect.  The process was totally different because I’m used to writing six outlines a week that are 15 pages long, and all of the sudden, I’m like, “She comes in, this happens, and this happens.” .  That’s like a whole episode of an app series right there.  Corday Productions produced it while they were producing the regular show, and they made a special set into Chad and Abigail’s apartment, which I thought looked incredible.

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Chad & Abby in Paris had a bit of a different look and feel then the regular airshows, which I think made it enticing.

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Ron:  I loved the look of it.  I felt it was just a little bit different than Salem.  We had the establishing shots of the Eiffel Tower and all of that stuff, and look, we had to keep it simple, but we added in Austin (Austin Peck).  We had Tony (Thaao Penghlis) come in season 2.  We had the new characters of Juliette (Rachele Schank) and Sylvie (Shawna Della-Ricca).  So, it was fun, and it weirdly just timed out so perfectly because we did 8, took like a week off, did another 8, and that last episode was posted right when Jennifer fell.

Right, so it timed perfect to get Chad & Abby back on the airshows.

Ron:  It timed out perfectly so that we could have Abigail get a call: “Something has happened to my mother.  We have to go back to Salem.”  So, you last saw Chad and Abby in Paris, and then the following week they were back in Salem.

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Now, with the kind of massive move for DAYS with the time jump, you have to figure out: “Who are the casualties?  Who am I going to lose?” Viewers learned in short order that: Adrienne (Judi Evans) isn’t alive, Haley (Thia Megia) isn’t alive, and Jordan (Chrishell Stause) isn’t alive.  What went into the decision-making process to kill those characters?  I’m assuming it was to further the story of others on the canvas.

Ron:  Yes.  Anytime we kill somebody, it breaks my heart every time, because these are like my babies.  You fall in love with these characters, and you care about them a lot, and you care about the people who play them.  So, it’s a big decision to say, “Let’s kill them.”  It may be a great story, like, “I’m going to get this amazing story if I kill X,” but that’s a person and a job, and it’s not something we ever do lightly.  That said, in a year of passage of time, you know that life and death is going to happen, and to us, it felt like to really signify the passage of time, there had to be at least one or two people who are no longer alive, and then show how that affects our story.

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Did you ever think that instead of 1 year that you’d do a bigger jump?  Like, “What if I did 5 years?”  Because it’s interesting, I was reading some comments on social media from fans who are like, “What year is it?  Is it just 1 year?  Why didn’t they do 5?” (Laughs)

Ron:  5 seemed like a lot.  I think people change physically a lot in 5 years. I wasn’t prepared to cast little children as teenagers… that would be a lot. (Laughs)  I think you run the risk of it being almost too disorienting for the audience.  Also, then it would be me having to figure out what happened over 5 years instead of just 1. (Laughs)  So, 1 year just kind of seemed perfect, and it had to be an even year so that even though it’s a crazy coincidence that Jennifer woke up 1 year to the day she fell into the coma, you needed Thanksgiving to still be Thanksgiving, and Christmas to still fall on Christmas, and that kind of thing.  So, it had to be an even year.  I think it worked out great and I hope the audience continues to go on the journey with us, because there is a lot more to come!

So, have you been enjoying the DAYS time jump thus far? Which storyline has piqued your interest most? Let us know via the comment section below.

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