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Patrick Muldoon Speaks Out On His Exit from Days of our Lives!

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Patrick Muldoon, who was part of the first wave of casting casualties, as Days of our Lives tries again to reposition itself with the audience and the ratings, opened up to Soap Opera Digest in the latest issue on newsstands now!  Muldoon expressed his disappointment at how Austin Reed was portrayed and shared what he had hoped would have happened in his return to the role after 18 years away from Salem.   Here are a few excerpts below!

Patrick discussing what went wrong with his return to DAYS:   “I was all set to come back and be the romantic hero with a broken heart. That’s who the guy was when I left.  What I walked back into was pretty much the disintegration of Austin.  Not one thing went right for him.  I thought that was out of the ordinary and pretty creative. Truthfully, Austin and Carrie had to be broken up anyway for story.  But in the back of my head, when I would get the scripts, I was always waiting for that turn where the character would be allowed to be heroic and not passive. That’s who Austin was when I originally played him. So leaving, without seeing that happen, was sad for me.”

Patrick on if he sensed there were potential problems that would leave to him being written-off the series:   “I would have really liked to be around to see Austin man up and claim what is his.  When I thought Austin  was really strong, the story continued that he was passive. That’s not our former head writers,  Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas’s fault.  Those decisions were made by whoever behind the scenes.   I didn’t necessarily know I was leaving.  I just sensed something was up.”

So what do you think about how DAYS wrote Austin?  Are you sad to see Patrick go from the series?  Let us know!

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Scott
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Scott

He was wrong for the role since Austin Peck. AP should’ve returned, not Patrick Muldoon. He wasn’t right for the role anymore. Plus, they ruined everything Austin/Carrie.

nhuixnhuix
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nhuixnhuix

I hate to agree because I hated AP in his run and PM is a vastly superior actor but, yeah, it is one of these times where the character somehow got away from its creator even if people always thought of *him* as the character. It is a bit the same with Billie, I think. I know LR *is* Billie but somehow she is not playing Billie the way we think of Billie now. Anyway a lot of people have come down on the fact PM looks older than Austin is supposed to be which is part of it but… Read more »

heidi
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heidi

Agree… Austin and Nicole would be an interesting pairing!

Patrick
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Patrick

LOL… “…good-hearted dumb-as-stumps Austin.” Too Funny. it’s true. Austin Peck grew on us. When he moved to ATWT… then OLTL.. low and behold.. soap digest etc… were praising his acting chops…. LOL. He Manned up. that being said… the original, Patrick Muldoon… with the current writers… didn’t have a chance…. He does have a comedic side to him…. I laughed out loud with him… in his acting the well done story… with the couger Abby. The lil hot vixen. I sincerely liked having him and carrie…. home… we grew up with so many day time actors… HEY, I READILY ADMIT…… Read more »

Scott
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Scott

They really rested on hearing the names PATRICK MULDOON and CHRISTIE CLARK together again. I can honestly say they kept saying they kept hearing they wanted PM back, but I heard more more of a pro-AP movement.

SJB wouldn’t go back as Claudia. She’ll either retire from daytime or go back into primetime. Of course, they could welcome her back, but that is IF she decides she’d go back. But I don’t see a GH return for her, I think she’d rather go back to B&B. Or even do Y&R as Victoria.

metejt
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metejt

I couldn’t disagree with you more. Patrick Muldoon IS Austin. The writers have just butchered the character and it’s a damned shame. I’m SO disappointed in what Days is doing. Once again, it has become the “Sami Brady” show and that’s so boring it’s ridiculous. I had hoped DOOL was finally on the way to reclaiming it’s status but sadly they are just destroying it. I also agree, Austin with Nicole would be interesting. If they HAD to get rid of a character it should have been Rafe IMO.

Scott
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Scott

I’m sorry but PM is not Austin. He’s too emotionally disconnected from the character. If AP had been playing this material, it would’ve been stronger and more of a welcome to people. Plus, PM doesn’t look attractive anymore. He looks 60. It’s NBC trying to control the series instead of letting the Head Writers do their jobs.

Lucy
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Lucy

Days is not much more a ‘Sami show’ than a Nicole show or a Rafe show or even a John/Marlena show..although these last two are core characters as well as Sami who drives story because she has the ties and the complex characterisation, dynamics with other important characters. End of story.

Mo
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Mo

So glad AP did not return. Never liked him as Austin. He can’t act.

metejt
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metejt

I gotta agree with you Mo. Austin Peck couldn’t act his way out of a paper bag. Would NOT have looked forward to having him back at all.

cr
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cr

Afraid not pm was better as austin.

Dorothy
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Dorothy

I was very sorry to hear Patrick was let go from Days. TPTB have made Austin look like a weepy, groveling wimp, which was not the way Austin ever was. I hope he finds work soon and am sad to see him go. 🙁

angela
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angela

I am a fairly new viewer of Days (about 6 years now). I am a 40+ year fan of abc soaps and what I have discovered (and I know alot of you will go crazy) is the acting on Days sucks! They are writing Patrick M like a real idiot. While I realize he loves Carrie his declarations of love make me want to vomit. He maybe the original but it is no longer his role. Austin Peck was much better in the role. I do agree he is too old to play the role any longer. Speaking of old…..… Read more »

Penny. AZ
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Penny. AZ

I totally agree Austin makes me gag he is such a wimp OMG. Billie should be gone to sorry I can’t handle her either. What are they doing to Days I have watched it ever since it started and its getting to where I can’t handle watching it. If someone isn’t in bed sucking face – someone is having someone else’s baby. It use to have a story line now its getting to be so trashy I don’t look forward to watching it. When Sammi comes on I switch the channel. Need new writes

debbie
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debbie

Patrick will always be Austin…..they ruined his character. Wish they didn’t let him go.

heidi
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heidi

So sad what they did to Austin… Patrick is great and did well with what he was given. He’s absolutely adorable still and wish him the best in finding something else. DOOL is having it’s challenges and I am getting so tired of all of the shake-ups and repositioning and the Horton Town Square! They must have spent a mint on it because it is the star of the show.

Kaitlyn
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Kaitlyn

I HATE to see Patrick leave!!! Days is losing a great actor! I really wish the new writers could find a way for him to stay!

Diva of DOOL
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Diva of DOOL

Patrick is one of the nicest, funniest actors I’ve ever talked to. I wish Patrick nothing but the best wherever he may roam.

Lucy
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Lucy

Yep he is fun and funny, great sense of humor and sarcasm..too bad his character Austin is a pathetic bore (although better than Rafe the Hero)

Jared
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Jared

Honestly, I thought Patrick was the one and only Austin, but something was missing this time around. DAYS keeps rebooting and promising happier days ahead. I’ve heard this for over a decade now. The show just does not work, and you can change the head writers and the producers, rotate cast members in and out continuously, but the common denominator is Ken Corday. DAYS and Y&R both need a Ron Carlivati/Frank Valentini dream team.

cr
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cr

You are right on one count and on the dream not so much.

David
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David

PM was good years ago and that was the reason he went to Melrose Place (if I am correct), but this time around, his character was not fully developed and it was poorly written. He should have been paired with an older woman; he could have played the rescuer instead of Rafe. BTW, I like him — he is just a good egg with morals, and he appeals to minority viewers. I think it is a shame that PM and other who are leaving were not utilized. This show is like a yo-yo; if it does not work — get… Read more »

lola
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lola

Sami WORKS !!! She is the most complex and dynamic character on the canva HANDS DOWN, hate her, like her she is interesting to watch.
After that the writing stays bad, most of the storylines are weak and boring (except Sami stories actually) and they should use in a better way other characters..but really these bitter comments against Sami are pathetic and innacurate..without her this show would be EVEN MORE boring and the ‘haters’ would be frustrated with the search of another scapegoat..lol

Patrick
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Patrick

it is the sami show… for good reason… like you said… she’s complex, and dynamic… no matter who she shares the screen with… she’s a viable… addition to this show… that being said… i’m most sad, about Carrie leaving… don’t you agree? that sammi and carrie… are the perfect two some, sisters, DAYS Heroines, that would center the show? I say his cause, carrie, of all the newcomers and returnee’s.. who’ve come back… she’s done the best work.

Blake
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Blake

Sucks that he was written so badly for. They finally got the original Austin and Carrie and dropped the ball, majorly!

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

The current regime ruined Austin and Carrie. Too bad. I used to like the characters, now I can’t wait to see them go. Take John Black with you.

Mo
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Mo

They didn’t write good story. Having Abby go cuckoo totally went against who the character was. I’m sad to see Patrick and Austin go.

Chaz
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Chaz

Frankly, I would have bought an Austin/Will pairing. PM’s acting this time around just lends itself to it.

Patrick
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Patrick

LOL. I’m not the only one who saw this… it was laugh out loud, entertaining… his eye contact, body language, hands flitting to and fro… camp entertainment. altho, i couldn’t see him with Will. Dag! Even Carrie, was struggling with intimate sceneries… LOL. alas, we got the one good story with Austin and Salem’s HOT lil’ Vixen, Hot about town Abby. with all due respect… the original, Austin, PM…. was nice to see…. The Writers lost him. DAYS – Keep Carrie. Hire Eileen Davidson, as Kristen, to helm the DiMera Empire and lock horns with Marlena.. over John.

Dmitri
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Dmitri

Hello! Will is his half-nephew! Gross!

AlistairCrane
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AlistairCrane

I was so excited to watch Days again for Carrie and Austin. They are my favorite couple. Man, was I let down. After a 5-year hiatus, I came back to Days expecting love and romance with Carrie and Austin. Instead I suffered through 7+ months of crap only for my couple to be sent packing. Days has screwed me over for the last time—-when Carrie and Austin leave, I leave. If Carrie returns without Austin, I won’t watch. I want my couple back together! Patrick is the right Austin. Austin Peck was good, but Patrick will always be the best.… Read more »

Kimberly
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Kimberly

This is such a sad thing. Austin really should have been given the chance to become a solid force — a strong man with a strong vision that could overshadow Carrie’s foolishness. And, the actor is SO good at his craft! What a sincere and believable Austin Reed he has created. I hope the best for Patrick — I am very impressed with his work.

RJ4
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RJ4

As Patrick said, he needed a much stronger role. He is a strong actor and could have been good with the right character development and storyline. The problem is (was) that he was not right for the role they were giving him. Too bad that the writers, TPTB were not able to tap into his ability and potential. I would have liked to have seen him have his own story line – he would have made a great journalist investigating a story. They could have teamed him up with Jack. It is a shame they dropped the Afghanistan/Vet story line… Read more »

Michael
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Michael

Back in the Day, Muldoon as the original Austin was fantastic. I was looking forward to his return. In truth, acting-wise, Muldoon is a a far better actor than he was years ago. He played his role full of emotion and truth, and even though the writing REALLY sucked these past few months, he did a good job portraying his role. However, and this is the sucky part, although Muldoon is a better actor these days, he just doesn’t have any chemistry with Carrie (Christie Clarke), and he no longer LOOKS like a young soap star stud (sorry). I found… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

Well said… this, it would seem, has happened, to both Austin and Billie. They are both, still, very likeable, and capable. Just wish the writing, and the producing… were better equipped to supporting their cast.

Dmitri
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Dmitri

Glad he and Jack are leaving. Both are a bore because of the writers, and I prefer Carrie with Rafe. Bt Austin with Nicole would have been nice, at least as a short fling because EJole are written in the stars. Ian should leave, too, with Stefano. Both are useless and take up too much time with the same old storylines. I’d say to keep Carrie and Madison because the pairings of Cafe and Bradison are perfect. But why are Roman, Doug, Julie and Caroline still there when they do not do anything? Maggie and Victor are finally getting screentime,… Read more »

Taneka
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Taneka

I agree with you 100%. I like Carrie & Rafe together too. Sami never deserved anybody that good.

Dmitri
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Dmitri

U got that right! Sami barely deserves Lucas! But I still love Lumi.

cr
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cr

Carrie is lily white saint and sami is the real thing, she flawed but she way better character.

MJ
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MJ

Patrick was doomed by that new haircut.

cr
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cr

Really? How dumb are you

MJ
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MJ

Clearly smart enough to know a bad haircut when I see one.

cr
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cr

It does not matter so much what a character or actor hair looks like, but their acting does count. Get your properties straight.

days fan81
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days fan81

R u kidding me. Patrick was, by far, the worse Austin Reed between the two. For the years he been acting. PM should be ashamed. There’s another interview doing the rounds were Pat is clearly puting the writers at fault. Pat it is not the writers fault. When u have a much older character paired up with a teen u going to have problems, this is N0T the fault of the writers. This is solely the fault of Patrick’s sick fanbase who wrote in to make that happen!! Patrick sucked with every actor he was paired up with, including Lauren… Read more »

cr
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cr

Patrick muldoon was so a way better actor to played austin than peck was; the problem was the austin he played 15 yrs ago was a stronger man rugged and heartbreaker and he came played a water down version of what austin use to be. Austin peck verison is basically what pm had to played. He is better actor and need meatier material. Pm deserve better.

cr
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cr

Hey we guess what it was not writers fault but he higher ups and austin peck has grown as a actor but his version strip and begged to keep carrie and did not hardly fight mike for carrie.

days fan81
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days fan81

Hog wash Austin Peck version would never have been paired up with a little girl. Peck’s version would have share more scenes with Carrie!! Had more chemistry Every time Pat was paired up viewers and ratings sank! Pats voice. Is creepy Atleast when Peck was on he never affected the ratings, like Pat did. PM took a great character an has ruined it. Strong actor my foot if Pat was such a strong actor he would still be on the show. Because is acting would have saved him, like with Christie. Funny how patrick solely puts the blame on the… Read more »

cr
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cr

He did not blame the writers but the higher ups retard

77
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77

Hey Well AP is back this time. Austin, Carrie, and Sami are back because of Will’s return from the grave storyline. Will’s return is going to be huge this January! Anna is behind it, Sami knows something, and I think Austin, Carrie will know something. Chandler Massey did say in a interview that he loved the uncle nephew chemistry with AP this time. Will’s return is going to have the town in chaos and Ryan Quan teased it’s not your average return from the dead! Alison Sweeney has signed a contract deal but did say that Sami’s return builds up… Read more »

NINABEE
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NINABEE

I THINK IT IS RIDICUOUS THAT AUSTIN IS WRITTEN OFF SHOW!
HE WILL BE TRULY MISSED—WHAT A DUMB MOVE BY THE WRITERS…

cr
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cr

Writers were not able write they wanted to and the higher ups would change their direction.

Dana
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Dana

I like Patrick but let’s face it AP played the role longer and he made Austin dumb. PM no longer fit. It also sucks that he had to take a backseat to the “Great” Rafe whom it is clear the show is determined to feature among “others”.

cr
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cr

Right on; you are so right.

Dana
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Dana

I feel for Patrick because he’s a good actor but AP is who made the character dumb so Patrick coming back into the role just didn’t fit. Also It sucks that Austin had to take a backseat to “SuperRafe,” because its obvious that TPTB are determined to continue to feature Rafe all the time, (among others that shall remain unnamed). I always liked Austin with either actor in the role but he’s gone now and the REAL problem with Days will still be there.

cr
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cr

So true

cr
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cr

Patrick muldoon should have been a character that reminded us of the old austin and not austin peck water down verison.

Jenna
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Jenna

My love affair with Days of Our Lives started years ago when Carrie, Austin, Sami and Lucas were still teenagers and just beginning their infamous triangle. Carrie and Austin were my couple. After several years of not watching the show, I was very excited to learn that the ORIGINAL Austin and Carrie were reunited and back on DOOL. I was really disappointed. Austin had become a doormat, a wuss and Carrie belonged with Rafe. I never liked her with Mike Horton. That was just weird, but her and Rafe are reminiscent of everything that used to intrigue and attract me… Read more »

77
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77

AP’s Austin was really paired with Sami and Austin a lot too. So expect to see a lot of Sami/Austin/Carrie fued reunite. I wonder if Lucas or Rafe will be thrown in the mix this time. At least Will is back and alive!

Aaliyah
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Aaliyah

Terrible, just terrible…the writing staff are absolutely murdering my beloved soap with each passing year, and things just keep getting worse. PM is Austin Reed..point, blank, period! This man did an amazing job with his portrayal as AR, back in the early ’90s, and it’s unbelievable how callus the producers/writing staff/behind the scenes b*****ds are in treating PM as though he never even extisted to begin with. I am an ’80s baby (1981), and started becoming aware of DOOL in 1987. And I must say, Bo & Hope were my favorites from day one. But, it wasn’t until my childhood… Read more »

Krista
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Krista

I agree!! PM is Austin Reed and Melanie is indeed a flea lol! Where I live, we are a year behind the US and Austin and Carrie are still on screen. I love Patrick Muldoon as Austin, much as I did when I was a teenager in the early 90’s (I had such a crush on him!). He and Christie have great chemistry as Austin and Carrie and I will miss them both when they leave our screens. If the whole Carrie-Rafe love triangle is an indication of where DOOL is heading, not sure I’ll keep watching.

MIchelle
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MIchelle

I hope you people READ THIS AUSTIN PECK PLAYED THE PERFECT AUSTIN PLEASE bring him bak to days soon!! thanks and put him with sami!!!!!!

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Kristian Alfonso Shares Upcoming Role In V.C. Andrews Lifetime Movie Event Series, ‘All That Glitters’ and ‘Hidden Jewel’

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Kristian takes on the role of Gladys Tate, the mother of Ruby Landry’s childhood sweetheart who will move heaven and earth to keep the two apart.

The actress took to her Instagram to share the casting news and her upcoming appearances: “I’m so #happy #🎆 I can finally share this with #you all 🙂 @lifetimetv #vcandrews see #you also in #😉 #march . I hear there’s a #storm #coming ! #💃🏻 #😘”

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Watch the Replay: GH, DAYS, Y&R, B&B & OLTL Stars at Michael Fairman’s Virtual Birthday Party for SAG-AFTRA Foundation Covid-19 Relief Fund

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The event was held virtually to help performers in need who have been deeply affected by the Covid-19 pandemic by letting viewers know where to make a donation to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Covid-19 Relief Fund.

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You can catch the replay of the birthday benefit event below or on The Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube.

Throughout the evening, the actors shared stories of how they got their SAG card, played a game of Michael’s trivia, and revealed stories about themselves and other “party” guests in a wonderful display of community and camaraderie at all went down live!

Since March of 2o2o, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation has given out more than $6.2 million in emergency aid to over 6,500 SAG-AFTRA performers and their families facing hardship and uncertainty during this pandemic. Thousands of SAG-AFTRA artists have found themselves in dire need of assistance to help pay their rent, buy groceries, cover health care premiums and other bills.  You can still make a donation of any dollar amount to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Covid-19 relief fund here. https://members.sagfoundation.org/donate 

Now, check it out below, and let us know if you enjoyed the virtual birthday party livestream via the comment section.

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A month before its 5th season is set to bow, Queen Sugar has been renewed for its sixth season by OWN as it was announced on Thursday.  The first of its 10 episode season will drop on February 16th.

Set in rural Louisiana and the fictional community of St. Josephine, the series focuses on the trio of Bordelon siblings, played by Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Rutina Wesley and Kofi Siriboe, and their extended family.  Days of our Lives favorite, Greg Vaughan (Ex-Eric), has been previously recurring on the show in the role of Calvin.

Queen Sugar creator Ava DuVernay said of the pick-up to Deadline: “What a joy and an honor to continue the stories of Queen Sugar.  On behalf of every producer, editor, costumer, grip, writer, cast member and all departments involved in making this series, we’re delighted to delve into a sixth season and to bring our beautiful audience more of the Bordelon family.”

After having to shut down production due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it gave DuVernay time to retool the series remaining season episode and to incorporate the pandemic, and the Black Lives Matter protests of last summer and the general election. Production on Season 5 of the series did not begin until September of last year and ran till December 2020.

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Greg Vaughan shared via Instagram on the renewal: “Let’s GO!!! 🎉💥🎉💥@queensugarown @warnerbrostv #QS6 #breakingnews”

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