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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.

Leave a comment | 19 Comments



    June 1, 2018 at 11:48 am

    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.

  2. Duane

    June 1, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    Great casting–should be great for the show!!

  3. Patrick

    June 1, 2018 at 2:08 pm

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

    THERE, are; so MANy it’s gobsmacking

    it’s remarkable…


    “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

      June 2, 2018 at 8:11 am

      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

      June 5, 2018 at 9:30 am

      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

        June 9, 2018 at 11:05 pm

        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

      June 9, 2018 at 11:01 pm

      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!

  4. Gloria Rogers

    June 1, 2018 at 5:37 pm

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

  5. Jimh

    June 1, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    Maybe Andre Dimera had a son?

    • Celia

      June 2, 2018 at 6:34 pm

      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

        June 6, 2018 at 10:44 am

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

  6. Llanviewer717

    June 2, 2018 at 7:28 am

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

    • rebecca1

      June 2, 2018 at 10:26 am

      LOL! Couldn’t agree more! 😉

    • blake

      June 9, 2018 at 11:06 pm

      OH yes!

  7. Satan

    June 2, 2018 at 10:20 am

    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

      June 2, 2018 at 5:58 pm

      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.

  8. Toni W.

    June 2, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    He would be great with Eve.

  9. blake

    June 9, 2018 at 10:59 pm

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

  10. Monique Jaillet

    June 11, 2018 at 4:00 am

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

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Kristian made her debut as a teenaged Hope Williams in 1983 and quickly rose to popularity and became soap-famous; along with her on-screen romance to Bo Brady then played by Peter Reckell. Together as one of soaps most all-time popular duos and separately, Alfonso has remained one of soap opera’s most notable performers.   There were only two times throughout her time in Salem, that Kristian took breaks from the show; during one of them she starred on CBS’s Falcon Crest.

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And it appears its already a wrap for Alfonso, who will not be returning to the series when the show is planned to return to production in the fall and come early September.

Kristian added:  “I will not be returning to Days when it resumes production in September.  I’ve already filmed my last episode several months ago.”

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However for this article; reps for NBC, Corday and Sony Pictures TV declined to comment.

Days of our Lives has had enough shows banked through early October of this year, so was not pressed to get back into production amidst the coronavirus pandemic as much as CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful (which went back into production a week and half ago), and The Young and the Restless and General Hospital who are targeting a mid-July restart.

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