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Stephen Nichols Returns To DAYS In Cliffhanger As ‘The Phoenix Always Rises From The Ashes’

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Now that DAYS will preempted over the Thanksgiving holiday break, leave it to head writer Ron Carlivati and his team to come up with a creative way to usher in the highly-anticipated return of fan favorite, Stephen Nichols and with a doozy of a cliffhanger.

Nichols, who has played Steve “Patch” Johnson on and off for decades, was revealed in story at the end of Wednesday’s episode as Princess Gina (Kristian Alfonso) completes her painting of “Steffy”. Next thing you know, we see Steve, or is it Stefano with a face change, who is wearing a suit and shooting a look over to Gina? The episode fades to black.

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Then, on the heels of the reveal, NBC released next week’s official DAYS promo which has a voice-over of the character of John Black (Drake Hogestyn) saying “The phoenix always rises from the ashes” Next you hear Stefano (aka Nichols) saying “I now have Steve Johnson’s face.”  While Gina wants to know what Stefano’s plan is, he exclaims, “It’s good to be back.”

Watch the exciting promo below, and then let us know what you think of the story twist,  and if you are happy to see Stephen Nichols back on-screen via the comment section below.

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Mel
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Mel

What an ending! Can’t wait till Kayla finds out he’s back

Howard Katz
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Howard Katz

Dumb

johnny
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johnny

Days is getting boring again, princess Gina repeated storyline with that terrible accent lol. The time jump will be the demise of Days. I hate the stupid time jump, one year later. Joseph Mascolo was terrific, as Stefano. Dimera. Joseph must be rolling in his grave, to see Stephen Nichols play the new Stefano.

Sandra WS
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Sandra WS

Totally agree, I hate this time jump thing and bringing back the dead… Please! Give us back real life, and romance! Same old stuff producer is just dragging all the drama out… move on and let at least one couple be happy! Expose Gabi!! I’m ready to stop watching what used to be my favorite Soap! Johnny you may be correct this time jump will be this soaps demise!

Tricia
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Tricia

Yes agreed they need new writers this is the same over and over just with diffrent cast. New writers is a must if Dool is to survive .This time jump is stupendous the writers need a dose of Dr Rolfs serum so they can write new material for the cast.

Anne
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Anne

At least the writers have Eric know the truth about Micky. Now bring back Tony and Anna

johnny
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johnny

I agree Sandra, expose Gabi and more romance and better storylines. Princess Gina is a lush and loves to smoke lol.

Becca
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Becca

Thought it was stupid to do that
Up that far ahead
At first I was totally list of what was going on

Anne
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Anne

I am willing to give this Stefano with Steve Johnson’s face story line a chance. But who is this Gina person

Marie Thomas
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Marie Thomas

Agree….very

Diana
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Diana

Then don’t watch!

VickVy
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VickVy

What a total dishonor to Joe Mascolo (sp). I love stephen but as patch!

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

It’s not Stephen as Stefano. It’s Stephen as Steve as Stefano.

DEEjay
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DEEjay

Hate it..have stopped watching. 3 ppl in prison. Kayla with Justin is just gross. The show is completely ruined by all of it. HALEY DEAD, JJ BACK ON DRUGS.repeat ON DRUGS..Simply stupid. Too far fetched to enjoy.

Anne
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Anne

if Justin and Kayla are happy in each other’s company what is the problem? Kayla is divorced from Steve Johnson. She is no longer legally married. Justin is a widower. Why shouldn’t these two people be allowed happiness!

Anne
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Anne

If Stefano has returned with Steve Johnson’a face Kayla is for a real surprise

Jimmy
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Jimmy

I definitely wasn’t expecting THAT reveal. I’m glad that it’s really Stefano with plastic surgery instead of Steve Johnson with some brain “retooling” like Franco on GH being implanted with Drew’s memories. But I’m also not sure how I feel about Stefano being “recast,” which is essentially what this move is. Also, how are they going to explain “Steve’s” lack of a patch?

April
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April

Remember steve got the eye surgery therefore didnt have the patch anymore before he left

Cheryl A Powers
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Cheryl A Powers

Yes he did

Satan
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Satan

That’s not correct. Actually there was some dumb storyline where John was somehow being blackmailed into killing Steve slowly with poison. John eventually fessed up to the plot, so the antidote was given in time to save Steve’s life. But the poison had already taken its toll and he lost his vision in his one GOOD eye. So that eye was removed and replaced with the “bionic” eye. Nobody ever questioned at the time why they didn’t simply install TWO bionic eyes. Maybe such a procedure would require a live optic nerve to attach to, and Steve’s other eye socket… Read more »

Beverly Sears
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Beverly Sears

He always had the Patch,even after the surgery he had.

Debbie Park
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Debbie Park

Stefano had 2 eyes!!!!!
Steve got his sight back and last we knew, was not wearing patch

Alberto Guajardo
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Alberto Guajardo

Brilliant and creative! I can’t wait to see how this plays out.

Brenda Brown
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Brenda Brown

Same on boring storylines. Days need to let dead peoples stay dead

Anne
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Anne

Where is the fun in that?

jim davis
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jim davis

Dumb..enough said!!!

Pamala Cochran
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Pamala Cochran

U just summed it up!!stupid is the correct description I hate days now and I’ve watched it my whole life

Madeline Barton
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Madeline Barton

I have been a fan for about over 40th year and I dont like the jumping a year ahead and I dont like hope becoming Princess Gain and really dont like Steve Johnson becoming The Phoenix and dont like Justin and Kayla being together. At the end of all of this I was want to be that Jennifer will have a dream like in dallas.what I did like was when Hope shot Stefano and got away with killing him.

Debbie Baker
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Debbie Baker

I agree..been watching off and on since it went on the air. Story lines are plain stupid. Acting has deteriorated ie. Hope’s horrid accent as gina! So disappointed kn DOOL. They should have ended on a high note, not a stupid one.

April
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April

I agree Madeline

Audrey L Robinson
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Audrey L Robinson

Its a bad move. Days of our lives should of stayed current leave Stephano dead and buried, dont revise his character again let Steve come back as himself. Kayla needs to be with Steve. Writers what are yall doing?

Anne
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Anne

The question is whether or not Stephen Nichols wants to continue being Kayla’s husband on DOOL. Stephen may have only agreed to return to Days if Steve and Kayla were no longer a couple. We don’t know what the current deal that Stephen made with Days is.

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

It’s great to have Stephen back but not for this story. We all know there is one Stefano and that is Joe Mascolo. Sorry, but this story is not going to gain new viewers.

Dina Hunt
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Dina Hunt

OR keep the ones it has

Pauline
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Pauline

I don’t miss this story

Tom
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Tom

This is so stupid, but so Days

Brenda Gonder
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Brenda Gonder

U don’t like Steve being Stefano. I wanted him back as Kayla husband

Brenda Gonder
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Brenda Gonder

I don’t like Steve being in role of Phoenix. I’ve been a fan for years and don’t like what is going on now. Jumping a year. Bring back t old days it was

Chris
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Chris

I love it. I hope its really Stefano with Steve’s face. I also hope they show flashbacks with Joe as Stefano also. I can’t help but think that Steve is on his way back. In the time jump promo Kayla was asking a man dressed as Santa who he was. We all know Steve and Kayla are end game.

Becky
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Becky

I don’t like the time jump at all. I don’t like JJ getting back on drugs or that his girl died. It’s crazy that Lani and Kristin are in a convent. Will in jail for killing Sonny’s mother? It’s all so stupid and I don’t know why whoever wrote this did it. Please make it stop. Guess they couldn’t think of another story so they just dreamed up this one.

DrBB
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DrBB

I don’t like all that you wrote. Plus I do not like Sarah with Xander. I also don’t like hearing the baby Mickey might be Brady and Kristen’s baby. I’ve stopped watching it.

Anne
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Anne

Brady and Kristen’s baby? Now that is just way too convoluted!

Satan
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Satan

Considering ReRon likes baby switch storylines as much as he loves masks, dopplegangers, and alternate personalities, you could probably bet your soul that some sort of “surprise” is in store with baby “Mickey”. (and I don’t mean Eric being the daddy rather than Xander, because nobody was ever supposed to believe that!)

Angie
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Angie

I will be glad when this crap is over I dont like change much but days has just gone stupid as hell now steve the character is the new stuffy get done where this crap.iam about to stop watching after 55 years

Susie Baronowsky
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Susie Baronowsky

Steve is not going to be Stefano, Stefano is using Steve’s face they probably have Steve locked up somewhere,just like they did Rafe and half the people on Days.

Satan
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Satan

That’s Steve. It’s a brain chip, just like the one in Hope’s head. There’s only ONE Stefano, and trust me, he’s not currently located in Salem, or anywhere else on your side of Earth’s crust.

Brenda Graham
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Brenda Graham

I have watched Day’s of our lives since I was 12 im 64 now just deleted it stupid stupid stuff going on writters killing the show princess Gina Steven as Stefino r u kidding over no night 3 people killed people jailed just about as stupid as I have ever seen been nice watching it all these years

Richard Signorelli
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Richard Signorelli

ron c brilliant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Shirley
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Shirley

Omg I honestly thought it was going to be Rolf !!!

Satan
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Satan

Not even Rolf can put a brain chip in his own head!

Bah
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Bah

I agree the time jump and Nichols as Stefano, and Princess Gina, too stupid for anyone. About ready to bail for good.. Real life situations are horrifying enough, pick a few from the news. Why do we need complete ridiculousness?

Sherry Ballard
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Sherry Ballard

I’m glad that Steve is back but not as stefeno.i think that is as stupid as the time jump.ive been watching days of our lives all my life.(I’m 53) and I think that Steve should of never come back as stefeno at all not should hope be Gina again.

Monica DeBruler
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Monica DeBruler

Great, now grab Kayla and get the hell out you are both dull!

Cindy
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Cindy

This is the most craziest crap I have ever seen on days. I missed 1 episode,& everything went in to the twilight zone. Don’t like any of this.It makes me not want to watch any more of this stupid show.

Lew S.
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Lew S.

Mr. Carlivati, Please pay attention to the negative reviews. If DOOL is to succeed, the writers have to listen to the viewers,or a tombstone will be awaiting in the soap graveyard that houses ATWT, AW, PASSIONS, GL, AMC & OLTL and so many more.

Jammi
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Jammi

Wow what a brilliant twist. Can’t wait to see how all this plays out.

Natasha
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Natasha

Everyone is tripping about this time jump. Lol has everyone forgotten how Sami and Eric went from teens to adults? Poor Eric went upstairs and was never seen for ages. EJ went from being a baby to old enough to marry Sami. Belle went from a baby that Sami kidnapped to a teenager. I doubt 1 year will matter. I haven’t watched the show in years because all the younger actors were taking over storylines and they sucked. Replacing old casts as new characters like we were supposed to forget who they were before just got old. As for this… Read more »

Satan
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Satan

The Belle SORASing was the most amusing, because she literally went from the 4 year old flower girl at her parents wedding to a 16 year old by the time they got back from their honeymoon. Granted, it WAS an extended honeymoon, given the previous episode of “Princess Brain Chip” and the infamous submarine sexcapades and all that, but it wasn’t 12 years, for Hell’s sake! Elvis Jr being a 9 year old with an MBA, a law degree, and a shelf of F1 racing trophies was kind of ridiculous, but the all time SORASing record on this show had… Read more »

boes
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boes

For someone who hasn’t “watched in years” you sure seem to be up to date on everything. Your secret is safe with us, Natasha.
As for the younger actors taking over for the older ones, you do know that Tom and Alice had to die sometime, didn’t you?

Judy
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Judy

He’s BACK. Don’t really care how. Just so HAPPY that he is BACK. JUST LOVE STEVE(PATCH)

Cheryl A Powers
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Cheryl A Powers

Could be interesting

Joyce
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Joyce

I don’t like this storyline with Princess Gina and Stefano having Steve Johnson’s face. Stefano is dead; I think this dishonors the original actor who played Stefano. Why keep bringing all these characters back who have been dead? Makes no sense and it’s repetition of old storylines. It’s getting boring and I’m surprised NBC renewed DOOL again.

Marie
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Marie

Hate, hate, hate when days brings back characters from the dead and gives them new faces. Come on guys put yr thinking caps on and come up with a better story line, please.

Loretta Gonzales
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Loretta Gonzales

I also think this is stupid. I love patch but with Kayla. Kayla and Justin don’t go together. The real Stefano is dead No one will ever be able to replace him. Maybe u should of put EJ to take over Stefanos place. Bring Hope back as Hope and get rid of Gina. Bring back Adrienne and say it was Bonnie that died, and let Gabi already get caught for everything she’s done and let Lani finally tell Eli the truth. Enough of the stupid stuff already give us hope someone is just dreaming this stuff and the wake up… Read more »

Pamala cochran
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Pamala cochran

The story line on DOOL is extremely stupid NOT watching ANY more

TWIT
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TWIT

I have been trying to separate myself from watching this show that I have watched since first day it was put on my TV set. Guess what they made it easy this time. So far fetched with this time capsule. Princess Jeana and Stephano. Viewers just started accepting Stephen O and now this. I am done, thank you to the brain that came up with this

Marie Thomas
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Marie Thomas

Hope as Princess Gina is so stupid. So many ridiculous story lines lately. If DOOL goes off air it wont be suprising. I started watching this soap since 60’s but, it’s too ridiculous lately. .
By the way, How did Hailey die???
This jumping ahead a year and losing 5 main characters and no explanation is frustrating. I’m done!!

Kim
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Kim

The time jump has got to go and there will never be a replacement for the first Stefano. Let him go already….geez

Polimel
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Polimel

Love the twist!!! Days has done it again. Love that they are always coming up with ways to keep me hooked!

Paula
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Paula

Having Steve be Stefano stinks. Only one man can be Stefano. How has no one questioned Hope’s behavior? How did Adrienne and Haley die? I believe the ending rumors and time-jump was a way to win viewers. Do not abuse the loyalty of the faithful viewers as myself. This better turn out agreeable for us.

Sue whyte
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Sue whyte

The show is so stupid . They need new writers and stop with the ridiculous story lines. It was bad many years ago and still is. And to top it off they jumped ahead a year. Clean up the act . Maybe get kids to write the storylinesame. Maybe things would be more real.

Helen
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Helen

Madeline, I agree. It’s really getting stupid. I don’t even worry if I miss an episode or two. Maybe I’ll stop watching it.
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Helen
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Helen

Madeline, I agree with you. Stupid story lines all around.
I don’t worry about missing an episode or two. Losing interest in it. Maybe I’ll tune in, in about 3 months & it will be the year before.

Mary Wright
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Mary Wright

That was not a good move,How can you take good and turn it into evil.Be careful I have so many long time watchers of DOOL about to stop watching. The cass can’t live forever as in real life nobody does.

D. Melt
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D. Melt

Exciting! I am enjoying the anticipation of what each day will bring.

Sunny
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Sunny

I can’t wait! Love Stephen Nichols soooo much! He has the “it” factor, star charisma, presence and gravitas as did Stefano!

Michele E Garling
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Michele E Garling

THIS is so sad. Going backwards to old storylines like trying to redo classics Tv shows. I’m down to watching on Wed & Fridays pretty soon will be 0 days

Beverly Sears
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Beverly Sears

I am very happy to see Stephen Nichols back at Days. He is one of my favorites. He is a great actor.

Richard Signorelli
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Richard Signorelli

cannot believe all of the negativity the show is great everyone wants the same old thing hats off to ron c and the creativity the time jump will not be the demise it is 2019 so embrace the change

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

I’m not seeing “everyone wants the same old thing” in the comments, Richard–in fact, I’m seeing just the opposite: this feels like “more of the same,” and they’d like a shift to something that they can relate to a little better. I have to agree with that, and not just in regard to Days, but in regard to all the soaps (yeah, I’m looking at you, General Hospital). I’m more Ron C.-positive than most people, but I have to say I don’t think this Stefan quasi-resurrection is one of his better ideas (assuming it was his at all; it could… Read more »

Ray
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Ray

I think my days of watching “Days” might be ending. The show is beyond ridiculous and reminds me of “Passions.” Where do I start? Hattie can make everyone think she is Marlena. Bonnie can make everyone think she is Adrienne. Gina can make everyone think she is Hope. Steve can make everyone think he is Stefano? This has been in past three years. In addition, Diana, Anjelica and Vivian were brought back with re-written history. The show kills off the most popular male lead (Stefan) because it tapes so far ahead they didn’t know he and Gabi would become such… Read more »

Momo
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Momo

Interesting. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next!

Rita
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Rita

This all has to be in the still comatose Jennifer Rose’s dreams. I hope this isn’t all a dream a la Dallas.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

I really am weary of ‘new reconstructed faces,’ doppelgangers, and lost/forgotten twins. The world is full of stories to tell. These over-the-top tropes do not shock or surprise anymore. If anything, they are desperate devices to capture past glories and to re-establish a time/place that was, not is or will be. I understand it’s an arrow in the quiver of writers, but I am sorry. I want something more real and human.

Bruno
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Bruno

Days has not jump the ship on this they have sunk it. This entire Princess Gina/Stefano storyline is just recycled trash that was ill conceived back in the day. The writers had a chance to give new life to Days with this time jump but instead wasted it with this moronic storyline. To those who were “killed off” during the time jump consider your deaths to be merciful. Since Days is taped so far in advance, those who are still watching are having to endure these worn-out storylines. If there is a Christmas miracle, Jennifer will wake up again and… Read more »

Anne
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Anne

Gina is very definitely one disturbed person. Has she always been this warped?

Satan
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Satan

The REAL Princess Gina was a very warped individual, as was Hope the previous time she was under the brain chipped delusion of being Gina. Biggest problem this time around is that we’re supposed to believe that (due to the time jump) over a year has passed without anybody realizing that Hope ain’t acting like Hope… and even when they DO have suspicions, such as Marlena, nobody asks the obvious questions… even though Marlena was around for both the real Gina and the previous Brain Chip “Gina”. Not to mention that, as a trained psychiatrist, Doc Evans should know an… Read more »

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DAYS Jackée Harry Joins Freeform Comedy Pilot ‘Everything’s Trash’ in Recurring Role

Jackée Harry is one busy actress in Hollywood!  On the heels of learning that Harry has signed on more full-time on Days of our Lives in her role as Paulina, comes this bit of casting news.

Harry will join the cast of the Freeform comedy pilot, Everything’s Trash along with another notable actor, George Wallace.  Both will have recurring roles in the show should it go to series.

In story, Everything’s Trash follows Phoebe (Phoebe Robinson), a 30-something podcast star navigating her messy life. When her younger brother Jayden emerges as a leading politician, she’s forced to grow up, so she relies on her friends and close-knit family to help her figure out adulthood, since she doesn’t seem to have a clue. The series is inspired by Robinson’s book, “Everything’s Trash But It’s Okay.”

According to Variety, “Harry will star as Zora, Phoebe and Jayden’s mother. She and her husband are mid-Western transplants, but they have made a home in NY . They love and support their children equally, but truth be known, Zora acts (and dresses) younger than she is and straddles the line between “I’m my daughter’s mother” and “I’m my daughter’s best friend.”  Meanwhile, Wallace will play the role of Abraham, Phoebe and Jayden’s father and husband to Zora.

So, looking forward to hopefully seeing Jackée on a half-comedy sitcom at night, and doing her role on Days of our Lives? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives Receives 2-Year Renewal from NBC

For the first time since 2014, Days of our Lives has received not just a one-year, but a two-year renewal, from NBC ending the suspense of another renewal negotiations between the series, the network, and Sony.

According to Deadline that broke the good news this will take the long-running and beloved daytime drama series through its 57th and 58th seasons on the air.  In anticipation of the pick-up, the producers had been making if-come deals with key cast members, including signing a new contract with Days favorite Robert Scott Wilson (Ben Weston) and bringing in Jackée Harry  Paulina) who was recurring at first to be more full-time on the show.

In statements on the DAYS pick-up, Michael Sluchan, EVP, Scripted Series & Kids Programming, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming shared: “We couldn’t be happier to bring our loyal fans two more seasons of Days of our Lives and continue what has been an absolutely remarkable achievement in television. A big thank you to Ken Corday and the cast and crew for their incredible passion for storytelling that continues to reach new generations of viewers.”

DAYS EP, Ken Corday shared: “After more than 55 years of bringing drama, adventure and romance to screens around the world, we are thrilled and honored to carry on the Days of our Lives legacy for another two years. We are thankful to NBC for their enduring commitment to the show and grateful to continue this wonderful journey with our fans for years to come.”

Sony EVP, Programming Steve Kent added: “We are incredibly proud of the work being done by Ken Corday, the cast and crew. They continue to tell bold stories through these iconic characters captivating audiences around the world.  We are thrilled to continue the legacy of Days of our Lives and for viewers to enjoy two more seasons.”

So, thrilled to hear about the two-year pick-up for DAYS? Share your congrats to the show via the comment section below.

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This week Days of our Lives viewers saw the exit of both Theo (Cameron Johnson) and Ciara (Victoria Konefal), much to the chagrin of Cin fans everywhere! But hold on! Days head writer, Ron Carlivati revealed that Victoria Konefal will be back on-screen this summer on the NBC soap opera.

In an interview with Soap Opera Digest, Carlivati revealed: “From the moment we were coming to that point and we knew Ciara was going to exit town with Theo, we were immediately pursuing the next chapter with Victoria: When would she be available or willing to come back, and when could we tell the next chapter because I knew that would feel unfinished and be unsatisfying to a lot of people. So that’s why I’m happy to announce here that Ciara is coming back and we are going to tell that next chapter of the story and hopefully, this time, the audience will get the payoff that they’re looking for and hoping for.”

And as to just how long will Konefal who chose to go on recurring status with the show be back for her summer run, Carlivati shared: “At this point, and I can’t speak for Victoria and I can’t speak for the show, and this is not an official announcement in any capacity, but I will say at this point, there is not an end date. We are working with Victoria to keep the story going and keep Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) and Ciara’s love story alive.”

Cin fans should note that Carlivati added, “I would encourage the audience to remember that they (Cin) have an important anniversary coming up this summer that may figure into their story, so she will be back sooner than you know.”

So, happy to know there will be more of Ben and Ciara? Where you upset to see Ciara exit the canvas with Theo? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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