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Patrick Muldoon Interview on his return to DAYS, Christie Clark & on-screen mom, Lauren Koslow!

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Wow time has flown by. It has been 16 years since Patrick Muldoon has been on Days of our Lives! The actor who made such an impact as the original Austin Reed joined DAYS in 1992, stayed for three years, then left the soap to go on to other phases of his career including a role on the hit nighttime soap, Melrose Place… and from there went onto work on a music and film projects.

Now as part of the Salem reboot, DAYS is bringing home Muldoon and his co-star, Christie Clark (Carrie) to re-ignite and re-establish Austin and Carrie onto the Salem canvas.  Watch for the key September 26th episode for your first glimpse of the uber-popular duo.  We caught up with Patrick on the set of DAYS to get his thoughts on his return, and what we, the viewers, can look forward, too.

Was it a difficult decision to come back? Were you at all concerned reviving the role of Austin Reed so many years later? I read in your TV Guide interview that you had many projects going on in different facets of your career.

PATRICK: The TV Guide interview was live and Christie and I were kind of riffing off of each other.  But no, it was not a difficult decision to come back. Let me clarify: I have always done four things at once; I am a multi-tasker. Now DAYS is the foundation for me, first and foremost.  But I am part of a production company, and so you really only need a cell phone to do that kind of work anyway.  I never knew why I was going into the office. You have the internet these days, so you can take care of stuff. And, the music side of things is on hold right now as far as my band, The Sleeping Masses. But I am going to go in and cut a solo record pretty soon. However, right now for this first couple of months, and to get my feet underneath me and reacclimate, DAYS is all I am doing and it’s got to be that way.

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Other than the fact that Austin Peck last played Austin, are you coming back as the same Austin as far as his character traits? Or, does he have some very new and specific problems?

PATRICK: He is coming to Salem and he is not as good looking! (Laughs) Obviously, I can’t reveal to much of anything, but people will be tuning back into DAYS to see the relationships that they know and those relationships collide, and that is what good soap opera is and what life is often about.  These characters run into those characters, you know what I mean. But Sami is Sami, Austin is Austin, and there is that history, and so I had to get filled in on what happened since I left.  And, so much has happened since I left (laughs) so you can’t really play that, you kind of have to play what is new.  The good thing is DAYS fans are getting familiar faces, and the fans are getting faces they have not seen in awhile. But they are definitely not doing the same story.   It’s the same characters and their same relationships, but I am saying the circumstances are much different.  We come into Salem and we deal with a lot immediately!

With Christie Clark (Carrie), the two of you were considered by many a true supercouple of Salem.  Were you completely aware of your huge popularity during your first go-round at DAYS?

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PATRICK: I don’t think we were really aware of it as much while we are on the show.  I think I became aware of how popular we were five years after I left the show, and then ten years after I left the show. And no matter what I was doing, whether I was in a musical meeting, or a production meeting as a producer, or if I was doing a movie, I would introduce myself and go, “Hi, I’m Pat.” And they would say, “No. You’re not. You’re Austin!” That has never left. So I guess Austin and Carrie were a supercouple, unless that goes for all the couples on DAYS, I don’t know.  We were definitely popular enough to be asked back, and so we were both really grateful for that.

What would you say about Christie? And, the differences between her… and ever-sweet Carrie Brady?

PATRICK: She is fun and Christie is a very specific “thing”…there is only one Christie Clark. (Laughs)  I would say there is a lot of Christie in Carrie, but also that Carrie has a good moral fiber to her and Austin has a good moral fiber to him. That is why those characters relate well to one another. But as far as Christie and Patrick, we have good moral fiber to us too, but we have other sides to us.  Christie is a little wilder than Carrie.  Patrick is a little wilder than Austin.  How’s that? (Laughs)

And let’s not forget you have a hot mama in Salem in Lauren Koslow, who plays Kate! Last time you were in Salem, Deborah Adair was playing her!  How is it playing in scenes with the delicious Ms. Koslow?

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

PATRICK: My God.  She is amazing. Deborah Adair was beautiful back when I was here last. Recently, I just had scenes with Lauren for the first time. I had to stop for a moment and towel off, because I was sweating so much. The studio was hot because the air conditioning was broken, but I also think it had to do with Lauren.  I said, “That’s my mom? C’mon!”  I would have to be in therapy for years if that was my mother!  (Laughs)

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I was never a fan of Austin and Carrie didn’t see them as a supercouple just a thorne in SAmi’s side! I would rather they kept Chloe, Dario then go this route! I’m not a fan of reruns!!!!!!! I want the show to move forward with new characters instead of re-hashing the past! They will not keep me watching the show if my favorite characters slowing disappear! Nor will John and Marlena!

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Carrie and Austin are most definitely a supercouple! I am very much looking forward to seeing them return. They and John and Marlena are my favourite Days couples of all time. So glad the new writers brought them back! I haven’t watched Days in years but am coming back full time because of the returning veterans. Days hasn’t been Days in years, you know what I mean? I am glad the show is going back to its roots with familiar characters and couples we love!

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‘NBC News Daily’ Hits Rock Bottom In Ratings Premiere Week

While networks have seen a collective erosion over the years of the soap opera viewing audience, they are still the most loyal and fierce of any entertainment genre.

With NBC’s decision to take Days of our Lives off of the network after nearly 57 years, and replace it with another daytime news program, they would surely have a rocky road ahead of them to capture viewers in that time slot; especially now that DAYS was moved exclusively to NBCUniversal’s streaming platform, Peacock.

Nothing was more proof positive of that, than the first week ratings and performance of NBC News Daily.

The news show which premiered on Monday, September 12th came in last for the ratings period of all daytime shows for the week.

According to SON: NBC News Daily averaged 935,000 viewers, was last among Total Viewers and last in the key demo ratings: Women 18-49 (tie) and Women 25-54.

In comparison to DAYS last week on NBC, and a year ago, NBC News Daily was down -744,000 and -762,000 viewers, respectively.

NBC News Daily features the latest national and international news, plus consumer, health, and personal finance segments and is hosted by Kate Snow, Aaron Gilchrist, Morgan Redford and Vicky Nguyen.

So, will ‘NBC News Daily’ find itself facing the same fate as ABC’s defunct ‘Revolution’, which replaced One Life to Live, and lasted only six months, or will the news program somehow turn a ratings corner? Does NBC really care one way or the other? Share your thoughts below.

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Alison Sweeney Signs New Multi-Picture Overall Deal with Hallmark

Days of our Lives favorite, Alison Sweeney (Sami Brady) has signed a multi-picture overall  deal with the Hallmark Media.

According to Deadline, as part of Sweeney’s new deal she will star and executive produce A Magical Christmas Village with also stars Luke McFarlane and Marlo Thomas.  The movie will premiere later this year during the Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas.

In story, Sweeney plays Summer, an architect living in a small town where she’s raising her young daughter Chloe. When her mother Vivian (Thomas) finds herself in need of a place to live, her orderly life becomes a little less so after inviting Vivian to move in with them during this transition. Upon arrival, Vivian sets up an heirloom, miniature Christmas village resembling their town, and tells Chloe it grants Christmas wishes. As Chloe begins setting up the figurines, real-life events seem to mimic the scenes she creates, including Summer’s chance meeting with Ryan (Macfarlane), a newcomer to their community.

In a statement on inking the pact with Hallmark Media, Sweeney shared: “I am thrilled to continue to work with Hallmark as they continue to support my work as an actress and as a producer. I’m very proud of our Christmas movie and excited for the future projects to come!”

Lisa Hamilton Daly, Executive Vice President, Programming, Hallmark Media, added:  “Alison Sweeney has been an incredible creative partner for us over the years – both on screen as well as behind the camera as a producer. She’s long been a fan favorite and we can’t wait to continue our work together as we bring new stories to life.”

Sweeney has been making story arc visits to Days of our Lives in recent years.  No word if she will be making a return to the series now that its permanently on Peacock.

So, will you be checking out Alison’s new movie when it comes out in time for holiday season? Comment below.

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DAYS Alum Mark Hapka to Play Johnny Depp in Tubi Film on Heard/Depp Trial

That didn’t take long! A TV movie based on the Johnny Depp/Amber Heard defamation case is set to have its premiere on September 30th on Tubi.

Hot Take: The Depp/Heard Trial will follow the tumultuous relationship in court and out of Depp and his ex-wife in a dramatization of the two-month long defamation trial that captivated the public.

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Taking on the role of motion-picture star Johnny Depp will be none other than former Days of our Lives cast member, Mark Hapka (Ex-Nathan Horton). Hapka played Nathan from 2007-2011 on the daytime drama series.

Megan Davis will star opposite Hapka in the role of Aquaman star, Amber Heard.

In a statement, Adam Lewinson, Chief Content Officer for Tubi, shared:  “Hot Take: The Depp/Heard Trial has ‘Hot Take’ in the title for a reason.  With our partners at MarVista, this Tubi Original was fast-tracked into production to capture a timely take on a story that became part of the cultural zeitgeist, painting a unique picture of what millions watched play out in the headlines over the summer.”

So, what are your thoughts of the casting of Hapka as Depp, and do you think it’s too soon for a movie based on a trial that just wrapped a few months ago in June to be released? Comment below.

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