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She's Baaaack … And No One's Life Will Ever Be The Same! Eileen Davidson Returns To DAYS Promo!

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Days of our Lives is about to get really juicy with the arrival of Daytime Emmy winner Eileen Davidson, when she reprises her role of Kristen DiMera.

In a new promo releases by NBC for  DAYS, the video teases with the voice over:  “She’s baaaack … and no one’s life will ever be the same!”

The promo shows quick cut images of Kristen, Brady (Eric Martsolf), Roman (Josh Taylor) and Marlena (Deidre Hall), John (Drake Hogestyn), Theresa (Jen Lilley), Eric (Greg Vaughan), Nicole (Arianne Zucker), Daniel (Shawn Christian) and Jennifer (Melissa Reeves)! What does Kristen have in store when she comes back to Salem?

Due to DAYS preemption this week for the Malaysian Airlines disaster, Davidson’s return as Kristen which was originally slated to air on next Friday’s July 25th episode, looks like it will be pushed back to the Monday, July 28th episode of the NBC soap!

Watch the promo after the jump!  Then weigh-in …  what do you think Kristen’s newest plot will be when she wreaks havoc in Salem?  What will be her agenda this time?

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Yay! Kristen is back! Watch out Salem!

Kristen comes back to reveal the identity of Johns daughter Jordan…she was also married to Clyde and Ben is her son from Clyde…Jordan and Ben are the new Dimeras of Salem…Kidding!!!

Interesting.. those two characters are very boring and they do need something to spice up their storyline.. … jordan has been on the show for 1 or two years… and they have hyped her secrecy for soooo long… better be something worthwhile…… I am thinking I will not be too impressed….

I know what your saying…Jordons storyline is boring and i hope it heats up soon…and it better be good!!!

Actually, jimh, my cousin has a pretty feasible theory about the newest DiMera heir. She purports that Stefano arranged to have Abbi’s and EJ’s embryo implanted into Kristin by the doctor who examined Abbi….said doctor being “under” Stefano’s payroll—— of course, Kristin will say it’s Brady’s baby—just like GH’s Lulu whose embryo was stolen and implanted into Britt by her mother. Sounds good to me….a dramatic twist, I’d say; and what sweet irony!.

I love twists and turns and i love your cousins stolen embryo idea…thats ten times better than mine (How dare your cousin outdo me…lol) joking aside, i still wish Jordan and Ben somehow had a Dimera connection(maybe Clyde is Stephanos nephew?)…with E.J. on the way out and Kristens visit only a temp the show is in need of new Dimera blood or the return of Kristens brother Peter unless the Dimeras days in Salem are numbered and the show plans to go in a different direction…Eve and Theressa can certainly cause the Salem residence a lot of problems…

Hey, jimh. Nothing can top your ” what ifs ” or scenarios. The writers must definitely come up with something. The DiMeras are dwindling as we speak, so there needs to be a connection with someone or some family. These characters…Jordan, Ben, and now Clyde were introduced for a reason, and your theory makes perfect sense. This is soapland where ANYTHING is possible. Well, DOOL is doing something right if it keeps us talking, fantasizing, imagining and speculate.

Sometime ago i said Kristen would return with a baby but either Brady or Eric would be the father but after reading your cousins clever theory about Abigail and E.J., and the possiblility that Stephano had Abbys embryo stolen and given to Kristen to pass off as Bradys, does sound like a Dimera plot to me and i love it…and i do hope it does turn out that way…let your cousin know what a great idea i think it is too!!!

This will be fun!

Whatever she is going to do we know it will be entertaining! Wonder if she tries to help Stefano get revenge on Sami & Kate…even though they aren’t in the promo. I really hope they don’t do a “miracle” baby….too cliche.

I agree chaz, i think it has something to do w demira enterprizes.

You’re right, Chaz….there goes my cousin’s theory. It is too chiche’.

DOOL is on fire right now and it’s only getting better. So happy Kristen is back and I can’t wait to see what she’s up to now.

it’s about time. With EJ in jail, Stefano banned from Salem with an arrest warrant hanging over his head, Kate and Sami hijacking of DiMera Enterprises, and the level of stupidity Brady has sunk to Salem needs something real to shake it up. Kristin is about as real as it gets, Eve Donovan notwithstanding. Even a short-term visit from Kristin is better than nothing.

Dazzling…as Days is every day!!

The bitch is back, and not a moment too soon! The promo is fantastic! This is going to be good!!

Kristen will be hotter than hell!!!

Just, please, no baby. I want a storyline without a baby. The talent is so amazing on DOOL. Glad I have Salem after losing Oakdale and Pine Valley. This daytime drama is wonderful.

unbelievable

I so agree

i first took with AMC
caught on with ATWT
and DOOL Lives on

She should be back as Kristen permanently. Anytime Eileen gets to prove what kind of an actress she is, it’s always an amazing time. So excited right now!

“… Anytime Eileen gets to prove what kind of an actress she is ”

bravo

i simply have to state matter of fact…. Days is a force to reckoned with

I’ll relish Kristen for her return… I’ll savor EJ and Sami… and prod and soapbox… the best of

Days of OUR Lives reign

Not only is she back but her hair looks AMAZING.

“…Days of our Lives is about to get really juicy”

whetted appetite

savor

drum rolll

it’s Eilleen Davidson

for the run

applause

thank you for churning your take with Salem

I love this show (of shows)

so much goes on
to have watched a show for eons decades plus and still reels

i’m taken, smitten, bite, reel

applaud

Salem’ites beware this is reel

“Emmy Winner” returns

LOL

she deserved this SO long ago

she presents a mystifying mystique allure

Thank you ED

even tho, I must state… you belong more on DAYS than Y&R

I am so happy… that Days… is what it is

I am so happy… that fans of… post… relish… acknowledge… and share the wonderment

this soap realizes at its best what we know

to be a Salem’ite with : is bewilder… LOL whew! whet… YES

thank you : DOOL : NBC : Sony

it’s all there

not 24 / 7 but one hour a day

fan salute
keep pressingt

The DiMera Manse… has evoked much

Stefano
Kristen
Peter
Lexi
EJ
Chad

and whomever… we’ve appreciated down the turnpike

with the exit of Kristen (for Y&R) … EJ… MIA Peter… Chad written out… beloved Lexi still in our hearts…

DAYS : NIBC : Sony

Please… recast Peter Blake… if it’s with Jason Brooks… all the better… to steadfast and brim with savor… a DiMera… to stand ready… guard… feast… simmer… diatribe…

so be it…

we all know… that a DiMera… entrail… enilven.. is imperative… to give Salem reason

implode… with Jason Brooks… Michael Muhney… Trevor St. John… Ted King…

just cause for fan rejoice

sorry, forgot… Anna and Tony

Oh, enough already!!!!! I mean…I’m starting to think that it’s a VERY BAD IDEA for Eileen Davidson to go back to Y&R (new contract and all). I mean…Y&R is such a M-E-S-S right now…longtime characters being thrown aside, longtime cast members either getting fired or ending up quitting, ANNOYING newbie characters running amok…YIKES!!!!! Bottom Line Here: I wish that ED would return to DOOL ALTOGETHER!!!!! That way…Eileen won’t have to deal with a bunch of backstage drama (aka Y&R). And…Eileen’s talents as an actress will be truly appreciated. As a longtime soap viewer…TEAM DOOL!!!!!

Can’t wait!

OMG so excited, wish it was longer but will take what we can get ! She looks amazing. Love her , Look out Salem !

One bit of advice: Stay in Salem and out of Genoa City! Y&R is a mess, DAYS rocks.

Days is already great, but it’s going to be on FIRE with Kristen back! I love Eileen and I’m so glad she’s going to be going back and forth between Y&R and Days!

Absolutely; I am so excited!

I wish she would stay or go . Just decide if she wants to be bottom tier Y+R or 1st string Days

Best promo ever and it totally has me super excited for Kristen to return!

I love Eileen!

I have been waiting for Eileen’s return to DOOL! Eileen is the reason that I started to tune-in into DOOL back in 2013. I am so excited! I absolutely love Kristen Dimera! Eileen is a beautiful and talented actress; and, I am so happy that she won an Emmy this year!

You didn’t see her DAYS in the 1990’s?

I am an Eileen Davidson fan no matter where she lands be it DOOL or Y&R. She brings the talent!!!

I am SO excited for this!!!! With Kristen’s return being so short, and EJ and Sami on their way out, Chad gone and Lexie dead, they need to recast Peter Blake or bring back Jason Brooks!!! And keep him clear of Jennifer, that storyline is dead and gone!!!!!! Peter coming back from jail would shake the show up for sure!!!!!!

The wait is over!! Queen Eileen is here!

Just when you think DAYS can’t get any better!

You better, you better, you bet…Brett!!!

Just when I turned the show back on, after a Ejami left . Hooray,. They go back to this NO thanks I’ll pass.I wanted to watch Hope with Danial Cosgrove but Davidson no thanks she tooo nuts for me.

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Days of our Lives wins WGA Award for Daytime Drama Series

Sunday night, April 14th in concurrent ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York City, the Writers Guild of America is handing out their 76th annual WGA Awards in the fields of motion picture, television, news media, and radio/audio.

In the Daytime Drama category, Peacock’s Days of our Lives was the winner, taking home its fourth WGA Award in this category in a row.

The DAYS winning writing team consisted of Head Writer Ron Carlivati Creative Consultant Ryan Quan and Writers Sonja Alar, Jazmen Darnell Brown, Joanna Cohen, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Cheryl Davis, Kirk Doering, Christopher Dunn, Jamey Giddens, David Kreizman, Henry Newman, Dave Ryan, and Katherine D. Schock.

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The team from Days of our Lives bested the only other team in the category from General Hospital, which consisted of former GH head writers: Dan O’Connor, Chris Van Etten Writers Ashley Cook, Emily Culliton, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Shannon Peace, Stacey Pulwer, Dave Rupel, Lisa Seidman, and Scott Sickles.

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As previously reported, a show spokesperson for Days of our Lives shared that the episodes submitted for the competition were #14663, #14678 & #14679, and mostly centered around the death, and the funeral of Victor Kiriakis played by the late John Aniston.

This week, DAYS head scribe, Ron Carlivati, confirmed that, and told Michael Fairman TV on the decision of the scripts the team submitted: “I like to have some humor, but it was also the funeral, and then there was Sarah (Linsey Godfrey) giving birth, and then Vivian’s (Louise Sorel) crashing the reading of the will.”

You can follow along with the live updated list of all the winners from tonight’s WGA ceremonies here.

Michael Fairman TV will have more on DAYS WGA Award win as it becomes available.

So, what do you think of Days of our Lives winning the WGA Award writing award for a Daytime Drama series for the fourth year in a row? Comment below.

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Matthew Ashford and Melissa Reeves Talk Return to DAYS for Doug’s Funeral, Susan Seaforth Hayes, and Their Enduring Friendship

Last week, Days of our Lives celebrated the taping of their 15,000th episode which is tentatively scheduled to air on December 3rd. The story will feature emotional and heart-tugging scenes of Doug Williams funeral and honor his portrayer, the beloved Bill Hayes, who passed away on January 12th at the age of 98.

While the actors, producers, and crew took a lunch time break to pose for some pictures and speak with the press, they knew they would have to get back to taping the funeral, which was going to make it a tough day, but also cathartic for all who loved Bill Hayes.

Several returns have thus far been announced including; Melissa Reeves reprising her signature role of Jennifer Horton (a part she first played in 1985), and Matthew Ashford as Jack Deveraux. Reeves had last appeared on the show back in 2021, and she was replaced by Emmy-winner Cady McClain in her absence when Jennifer was in storylines. In real-life, Melissa had moved full-time to Tennessee along with her husband, Scott Reeves (ex-DAYS, GH, Y&R). Now, and as previously reported, Reeves will first appear back on DAYS for the Thanksgiving episodes with the Hortons.

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Michael Fairman TV caught up with Matt and Melissa during the 15,000th episode celebration to get their take on: being back for these special episodes, how it has been working with and watching Susan Seaforth Hayes portray Julie’s grief over losing Doug, and how they have supported each other through the years. Check out what they shared below.

Melissa, you are back on the set of Days of our Lives for this very emotional and special moment in the series history. How does it feel?

MELISSA: Oh, my goodness. I am honored. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else but to be here for Bill. He was like my real-life dance partner. He taught me how to ballroom dance. And to be here for Susan, of course, who’s just been our sweet hero this whole week. We’re just following her lead. She’s just been this incredibly strong example for us in the midst of this trial and season of her life. She is like just lifting us all up with her. It’s been incredible.

I was at Bill Hayes memorial service which was truly incredible and I know at the time you were in Tennessee. It was moving and celebratory of his life, all at the same time.

MELISSA: That’s all I have heard. I have to watch it on You Tube. They said it was just a real celebration of his life and I love that.

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This must be difficult for Susan Seaforth Hayes depicting the death of Doug, when she is still grieving the loss of her beloved husband. (Susan pictured above with the returning Stephen Schnetzer who plays her on-screen brother, Steve Olson).

MELISSA: I’m sure Susan has those moments at home by herself, but she’s so good at being a leader and leading all of us. We’re following her, you know, and she’s like, “This is how I want to feel today.” And we’re just going along with her, you know? It’s so sweet.

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How is it to see Matt Ashford again live and in-person?

MELISSA: You know, Matt and I can go years without talking, or seeing each other, and then the minute we see each other we’re chatting away.

MATT: Melissa was out on set doing a scene yesterday on the phone talking to a stage manager; as she was telling some really tough news on the phone. I’m like crying in the background, literally, I’m off-stage crying.

MELISSA: And then we get like back into normal life, and we’re like, okay, “What’s happening? What’s happening with this … or what’s happening with that?”

I had read, Melissa, that you were in touch with Matt about if there night be a possibility for you to reprise your role as Jennifer for these special episodes?

MELISSA: Yes. Well, Matt was like, “Hey! Would you want to come back? “And I was like, “Matt, you know, I would always come back. ”

MATT:  Every time I come here to Days of our Lives, they ask, “Where’s Missy? How’s Missy?” Everybody backstage says, “I miss her.” All of the crew is asking about her and saying, “It would be nice to see Missy. Nothing wrong with you Matt, but …”  They said, “Where is she?” I said, “She wants to come!”

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There are some beautiful photos of Missy and Bill and Susan thorough the years that I found. It just reminded me of just the deep and entrenched history we all have had with the show, personally and professionally.

MATT: Missy is roughly the age where Francis Reid (ex-Alice Horton) was when she started the show, which is just crazy.

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I’ve always said Missy was going to be the next generation Alice. Do you feel that Jennifer is the heir apparent matriarch of the Horton family?

MELISSA: Yes. I mean, this has been greatest blessing of my life, and that would be great. I told Ken Corday (executive producer, Days of our Lives) when I was 17 that this show would be my life. Ken always told me, “This is your home,” and I’ve always felt like that.

How have gotten through the scenes watching Susan Seaforth Hayes as Julie go through the loss of Doug?

MATT: Susan is bringing her best performance life for her and Bill. I mean, she’s a showbiz baby. She always has been one hundred percent, and she’s doing it for him, and this is who they’ve always been. So, you’re seeing this amazing performance colored by her life. She has her private life as Susan, but she has enough plugged into Julie that she’s done amazing work. The director, producers and writers are giving her room to live in these moments and it’s quite wonderful.

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Have you already broken down in tears during the taping?

MELISSA: Yesterday, but today’s taping of the actual funeral I think they want us to try and be just more celebratory.

MATT: I mean, it is a beautiful long life for Bill Hayes and his character of Doug Williams, and so it will be about that. Then, you get a bunch of us together in the church pews, and there’s going to be hijinks.

MELISSA: We all have been through the waves of grief. You have that awful cry and then all of a sudden you feel okay.  There are those family situations we are portraying where you’re like, “What do we do? What do we do now? You know, no one knows what to do. But, it’s so sweet. I’m looking forward to seeing how the scenes all turn out.

So, are you glad that Matt and Melissa are back for the 15K episode and Doug’s funeral? From what we can tell, it’s going to be quite an emotional journey for Days of our Lives fans, and especially the performance of Susan Seaforth Hayes, 

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Ron Carlivati Talks on Decision to Make Days of our Lives 15000th Episode About Doug’s Funeral, and Previews Chances for WGA Award

This week, Days of our Lives celebrated the taping of their 15,000th episode. In of it itself, that is an incredible accomplishment for the long-running soap opera currently streaming on Peacock.

However, this on set gathering was a bit different. Though the show is celebrating their achievement, they are also in the middle of taping scenes surrounding the death and the funeral of Doug Williams, played by the late Bill Hayes, who passed away on January 12th of this year at the age of 98.

As previously revealed many longtime favorites are back to honor Bill and the character of Doug including: Gloria Loring (Liz), Melissa Reeves (Jennifer), Matthew Ashford (Jack), Maree Cheatham (Marie), Victoria Konefal (Ciara) and Stephen Schnetzer (Steve) to name but a few.

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Michael Fairman TV was in attendance and spoke with Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati to gain some insight into how the 15,000 episode was crafted and the decision to honor the character of Doug Williams and Bill Hayes as its epicenter. In addition, Ron weighed-in on this Sunday’s April 14th WGA (Writers Guild of America) Awards, where he and his writing team are facing off with General Hospital for the daytime drama prize. Here’s what Ron shared below.

Was this your idea to make the 15,000th episode centered around Doug’s funeral and passing?

RON: It was. When you’re looking at it, and laying out the calendar for the whole year and you see 15,000 is coming up, we’re like, “What are we going to do?” And then, we got the news that Bill had passed away and something kind of clicked. I was like, “We should honor Doug on that show.” So then, we started to kind of build around that … when does he pass away? How does he pass away? Who could come back? You know, it’s a lot.  I’m very pleased with the returns that we got as there’s so much that you could do. We wanted everybody we could get. So, we put together a wish list and Janet Drucker (co-executive producer, Days of our Lives) made it happen.

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You have Melissa Reeves back as Jennifer, when the role was last played by Cady McClain. What has it meant to have Missy back for these shows?

RON: It was so nice to see Missy Reeves. I think Cady has done such a good job, but on the 15,000th episode to see Missy as Jennifer, it’s a big deal. So having her was great, and overall, the milestone was a big undertaking, because you want to live up to it. You want the 15,000th episode to be good. Now, it has a lot of real emotion that you’re playing. because for the cast and the crew they’re honoring Bill Hayes just as much as we’re honoring Doug Williams.

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Was it hard for you and the team to write this episode?

RON: Yes. I’ll tell you why it was hard to write.  When I wrote, for example, Asa’s (Phillip Carey) death on One Life to Live or Victor’s (John Aniston) on DAYS, Asa is a different type of character. Like, you could have characters going, “Oh! I’m glad he is dead.” You could have different points of view, but with Doug, you’re not having that. Every person loves this man. No one had a bad relationship with him. So, you’re challenge as a writer is how do you make it that not everybody’s saying the same thing and doing the same thing. And so, we tried to find ways to make the episode about all the familial relationships and yet, how do you make it about Doug and yet broaden the scope.

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I had spoken to Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie), a week after Bill’s memorial, for an interview. She said that she felt very fortunate that you did include her on discussions of how you would tackle Doug’s passing. How did that conversation go?

RON: First, I attended Bill’s funeral, which was incredible. I said to so many people it was an emotional service, but it was hard to be sad at this. The guy had an incredible life and it was an incredible celebration. And so, you’re sitting there watching this knowing that you now have to write something similar. And how do you write something that lives up to what you just witnessed? I wanted to talk to Susan to get her thoughts about, you know, how much do you want this to be about keeping Bill separate from Doug. How comfortable are you sharing your grief. She was incredible to talk to. It was a great chat.

You’re in the middle of taping these major scenes for the 15,000 episode to air in December. How do you think it’s going? Have you seen any of the scenes?

RON:  I haven’t seeing anything. I mean, we were still making changes to the script up till this morning!

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The Writers Guild Awards are this Sunday, April 14th and once again this year there are two daytime drama nominees, General Hospital and Days of our Lives. How are you feeling about your chances this year?

RON: It is often just GH and us in the category. I’ve won three years in a row, so I’m kind of feeling like it’s their turn.

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What episodes did you submit for contention? If I recall, they had to do with Victor’s memorial.

RON: The episodes we submitted were centered around Victor’s funeral. I think one has story with Vivian (Louise Sorel). We had some fun stuff, we had some emotional stuff at Victor’s death, and I am pretty sure that our submission was three episodes right around that time.

Did you make the decision to go with those episodes because there was a mix of humor and drama?

RON: I like to have some humor, but it was also the funeral, then there’s Sarah (Linsey Godfrey) giving birth, and then Vivian’s crashing the reading of the will. So, we had a lot of fun and it’s hard sometimes to pick three that tell a story, as opposed to submitting for the Daytime Emmys, where the writing team only submits two shows. So, we shall see how it goes on Sunday.

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So, are you looking forward to the emotional 15,000th episode of Days of our Lives? Do you think DAYS will take home the WGA writing award for daytime dramas for the 4th year in a row? Comment below.

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