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Soap Opera Actors Will Continue to Work Even if SAG-AFTRA Strike is Called

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The question that has come up and has been on many TV fans minds (as they are reading all the headline entertainment news from the various unions) is what will become of the casts of your favorite soap operas if SAG-AFTRA also goes on strike after their current deals end on June 30th?

Throughout the course of the past few weeks, Michael Fairman TV chatted with various soap actors ourselves, and it became clear that the current  SAG-AFTRA member contracts for TV and film, does not affect its members working on daytime dramas (General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless) or, Peacock’s Days of our Lives.

That is because soap opera actors have been employed under SAG-AFTRA’s National Code of Fair Practice for Network Television Broadcasting (aka Network Code). The National Code covers soaps, morning news shows, talk shows, variety, reality, game shows, sports and promotional announcements. The current agreement is in place through July 2024.  What happens after that should be interesting.

In addition, with a potential SAG-AFTRA strike looming, the casts of most of the soaps are about to take their extended summer production breaks where General Hospital and The Bold and the Beautiful are for sure going on a July 4-week break, while Days of our Lives is about to break for 3-weeks.  Whatever the outcome, if the actors union goes on strike, when the casts of these shows return from their summer vacations, they will still be required to be back at the set, irregardless of the status of negotiations between SAG-AFTRA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP).

In additional reporting from Deadline, as the WGA writers strike continues, the soaps are mostly being written by financial core (fi-core) writers.  The WGA is listing three writers from the world of daytime soap operas who have decided to work, even though the union is on strike. Those names include: Days of our Lives’ Sheri Anderson and The Bold and the Beautiful’s Michael Minnis and Mark Pincotti.

Since the writers strike began, SAG-AFTRA performers have shown their wide support of the WGA and what they are fighting for by joining them in picket lines. In the picture within this post, Y&R’s Kate Linder (Esther) and Eileen Davidson (Ashley), joined former Y&R writers, Sally Sussman Morina and Sara Bibel.

So, what do you think about soap opera actors not being covered under the same agreement as other actors in TV and film?  Were you concerned that the part of GH’s Sonny Corinthos, Y&R’s Victor Newman, DAYS Marlena Evans Black, and B&B’s Brooke Logan Forrester might be played by someone else? Share your thoughts in the comment section.


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Very informative article. We’ll soon be seeing fi-core stuff on screen. Thanks for the clarification.

What about the celebrity versions of game shows? Can’t image Jeopardy and Wheel would find willing “celebrities” to appear during a writers and actors strike.

So, the writers are scabs and there’s no break in soap continuity?
Hmmmmm, the past writing stinks, so maybe the “fill in” writers will be MUCH BETTER !

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Adam Caine Reprises His Role of Edmund Crumb on Days of our Lives

Here’s a welcome blast from the past! Coming up on Days of our Lives, look for the return of Adam Caine who reprises his role as Susan Banks’ beloved former boyfriend and husband, Edmund Crumb.

It has been 25 years since Adam played the role of Edmund, as he was only on the long-running soap opera for four memorable months.

Now, according to the latest Soap Opera Digest, Caine returns at the beginning of October in scenes with Tamara Braun (Ava) and Steve Burton (Harris).  With Ava trying to remember what happened the night Susan (Stacy Haiduk) ‘died’ and her part in it, plus the two being in the run, it shall be interesting just how they try to locate or bump into Mr. Crumb!

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Previously, DAYS viewers first saw Caine play the whimsical Edmund Crumb alongside Eileen Davidson’s original version of Susan. Together, they created some of the more hilarious romance segments ever on a soap opera. Eventually, Edmund and Susan married in April of 1998.  The couple moved back to Edmund’s home country of England to live and that is the last we have seen of him, that is until now!

So, what do you think will happen when Edmund reappears on Days of our Lives? Will he be reunited with Susan Banks, now played by Stacy Haiduk? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives Favorite Lamon Archey Welcomes Baby Girl

Congratulations are in order for Lamon Archey (Eli, Days of our Lives) and his wife Krissy Terry.  The couple have welcomed a baby girl into this world named Kennedy.

In a beautiful photo of Kennedy with her mom and dad via Instagram, Lamon shared: “Blessings on blessings on blessings on blessings. #Blessed  @monicamartinphotography”

Terry added,“My princess. Kennedy Archey. You are my everything. I pray I am everything you want me to be in a mama. I never thought I’d love so deeply the way I love you, baby-cakes. I’ll forever be your guide, protector, and nurturer.”

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This is Archey’s fourth child. His three other children are: Machiah, 21; Caden, 14; and Gaia, 11

Several of Lamon’s Days of our Lives co-stars shared their well-wishes on his IG post including: Kristian Alfonso (Hope), Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe), Stephen Nichols (Steve), Galen Gering (Rafe) and Sal Stowers (Lani).

Lamon and Krissy were married back on March 25th of this year.

Send your well-wishes for Lamon, Krissy and new little bundle of joy, Kennedy via the comment section below.

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Jen Lilley Signs Off at Days of our Lives: “Playing Jeanne Theresa Donovan Off and On for the last 10 Years Has Taught Me So Much About Empathy and Grace”

This week on Days of our Lives, Jen Lilley will wrap her short-term run as Theresa Donovan. Lilley came back to reprise her role to a be a part of the on-screen memorial for Victor Kiriakis, and to honor one of her her all-time favorite scene partners, the late John Aniston.

While Lilley explained in interviews with the press, that she gave the series a 3 to 4 week window of time she would be available to reprise the role, she noted the long-running soap opera wrote more episodes and story for the character; thus the part will be turned over to another actress for the next leg of Theresa’s return story.

Meanwhile, through the years, Lilley came under fire over her run on DAYS being a devout Christian, and taking on the role of the troublemaking Theresa.  She fired back in one interview, “Why should I play a role like this,’ you know? That’s been something I’ve been asked over and over again, by Christians, like,‘How can you be a Christian and play this role?’ And the truth of the matter is that from a human perspective, Theresa’s kind of a horrible person, but from a God perspective, she’s exactly who Christ came and died for.”

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With her final episode streaming on Peacock on Friday, September 22nd, Lilley took to her Instagram to share her sentiments on her Salem journey over the years.

Jen shared: “Last week of me exploring this girl’s shenanigans on screen. Playing Jeanne Theresa Donovan off and on for the last 10 years has taught me so much about empathy and grace. I have enjoyed every moment of her hilarious sass and ferocity, layered with brokenness. To the cast and crew at @dayspeacock, I love you forever. You’re my family. And to the best fans a girl could ask or hope for: remember there is no pit so deep you could ever find yourself in where God’s love cannot find you still. You are never beyond redemption. You are called by grace and marked with love. Thank you for supporting me on this decade long journey. #Days #RIPJohnAniston #ripvictorkiriakis #DOOL”

No word yet if in the future, and with Lilley’s busy filming schedule (once the SAG-AFTRA and writers strikes are resolved) for Great American Family movies and other projects, if she would be available to return to DAYS should the show decide to write for the character.

So, are you sad to see Jen exit the canvas as Theresa? Curious just who and how will take over her role? There have been plenty of online rumors that a certain actress currently on the show is taking over the part. Comment below.

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