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Stephen Schnetzer Returns to Days of our Lives

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Daytime favorite Stephen Schnetzer (ex-Cass Winthrop, Another World et al) is making his way to his old stomping ground and his original soap role of Steve Olson on Days of our Lives!

Schnetzer revealed the news during his appearance on The Locher Room sharing, “Breaking news … as far as I know, next week I’m flying out to LA. I hope I’m not giving anything up but they’ve asked Steve Olson to come back for a couple of episodes. I’ll say no more than that.”

Longtime DAYS viewers know that Steve Olson is the brother of Julie Olson Williams played by Susan Seaforth Hayes. For those who need a history refresher on the family tree – Steve, is the son of Addie Horton and her first husband, Ben Olson, and was originally played by Schnetzer from 1978-80.

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Recalling his soap start in Salem, Schnetzer added, “The great Wes Kenney, who was the executive producer on DAYS hired me in… 77-ish and had me come on as Julie’s brother.” Stephen remarked how in his humble beginnings from theatre to TV that Bill and Susan Hayes were the two people who helped him when he first started on the soaps, adding, “Bill and Susan were extremely kind.”

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Discussing the passing of the DAYS legend at 98-years-old, Schnetzer added, “Bill had a great run. I love that he and Susan have been on the show all this time.”

It would seem that Stephen is coming back to the series to appear in episodes that will revolve around Julie losing the love of her life, and how the longtime soap opera decides to write-off the character of Doug. Since DAYS tapes well ahead of its streaming episodes, look for Schnetzer to appear sometime in October.

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It would seem that Stephen is coming back to the series to appear in episodes that will revolve around Julie losing the love of her life, and how the longtime soap opera decided to write-off the character of Doug. Since DAYS tapes well ahead of its streaming episodes, look for Schnetzer to appear sometime in October.

Looking forward to seeing Stephen return to DAYS as Julie’s brother Steve Olson, even if it is for a very somber occasion? Let us know in the comment section.

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Definitely looking forward to his return He was also amazing on another world as Cass Winthrop

Another World was my favorite. Great cast and wonderful characters. Damn I missed the 80s and 90s.

Anytime I get to see someone from Another World show up anywhere, I’m s happy camper. Still miss that soap!

Fuzzy Devil Memory barely remembers him being on Days. That was a long time ago, but obviously he’ll be coming back to see his long lost sister when Doug dies.

We never got Another World officially down here in Hell, but I saw bits and pieces of it over the years, and I remember Cass Winthrop.

Oddly enough he turned up on the Showtime series “Homeland” a few years back… in character as Cass Winthrop! Still don’t know how in Hell’s name they pulled that off. Or how many viewers of that show even got the reference.

it’s about time, a very welcome, long overdue return

Love Cassanova, Dear Cass and now back as Steve Olsen. DOOL and AW my go to Soaps. Never watched the soap that was put in AW’s time slot, don’t even know the name!

This makes me absolutely giddy! I especially love Stephen as Cass Winthrop, on Another World, but I look forward to seeing him back at Days.

Yes i am looking forward to see Steven back on the show even if its for a short time

As I mentioned on a previous post, I’m hoping Denise Alexander as Susan Martin returns for this somber occasion. Now it could also be a mini reunion between Cass Winthrop and his mother-in-law, Mary McKinnon, from “Another World” if Alexander does return.

Denise is 84 and last appearance on GH was in 2021. There’s been plenty of storylines where they could’ve had her pop in since (her great grandson’s or longtime friend (Bobbie) passing. Hoping she’s doing fine, but screen appearances may not be in the cards.

I guess it’s theoretically possible, but it’s been a while since she’s turned up on General Hospital, and her role there was probably more significant to the show’s history than her years on Days or Another World. She’s 84 now, so nobody could blame her if she retired completely from acting.

I know Denise Alexander is retired and wish her the best. I was simply thinking of something like a cameo appearance because of Susan Martin’s history with Doug and Julie.

The one I always wanted to see return for a cameo was Robert LeClair. Of course it’s not possible now since Robert Clary died a year or two ago. But Robert was a good friend of Doug and Julie’s (and apparently of Bill and Susan’s too, judging by the lovely tribute they posted about him when he passed away).

He’s so adorable

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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. 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 (Louise Sorel) 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.


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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Matthew Ashford, Martha Madison, Victoria Konefal and Maree Cheatham Make Returns to Days of our Lives

Today on Thursday April 11th, Days of our Lives celebrated the taping of their 15,000 episode which also happens to coincide with the funeral and episodes surrounding the death of Doug Williams (played by the late Bill Hayes).

Michael Fairman TV was on the set today during the milestone celebration; which also revealed who was back and participating in scenes during the emotional funeral for Doug and more.

In addition to the previously revealed Stephen Schnetzer (Steve Olson), Melissa Reeves (Jennifer Horton) and Gloria Loring (Liz Chandler), now comes Matthew Ashford (Jack Devereaux), Martha Madison (Belle Black), Victoria Konefal (Ciara Brady Weston) and Maree Cheathem (Marie Horton) among others.

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Cheatham last appeared on DAYS back in 2010, while Ashford last appeared in 2023. Other cast members back for Doug’s funeral are Brandon Beemer (Shawn), Lamon Archey (Eli) and Sal Stowers (Lani)

In addition, look for longstanding cast members including: Josh Taylor (Roman Brady), Stephen Nichols (Steve Brady), Mary Beth Evans (Dr. Kayla Brady), Jim Reynolds (Abe Carver), Jackée Harry (Mayor Paulina Price), Suzanne Rogers (Maggie Horton Kiriakis), Deidre Hall (Dr. Marlena Evans), and of course, Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie Williams) to appear throughout the emotional episodes as well.

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DAYS projects that the 15,000 episode tentatively will stream on Peacock on December 3rd. Since DAYS tapes well in advance, viewers will have a long stretch to wait. Be on the lookout for interviews and coverage from the taping and more right here on Michael Fairman TV.

So, what do you think of the returns listed thus far for the episodes surrounding the passing of Doug Williams and honoring Bill Hayes? Let us know in the comment section.

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Days of our Lives Reveals Newcomers Cherie Jimenez and Al Calderon

On the official Days of our Lives Instagram account, a photo has appeared featuring new additions to Salem, Cherie Jimenez and Al Calderon.  The Peacock streaming soap opera is not offering up just who they are playing.

However, the smart money seems to be that Jimenez is a recast Gabi Hernandez and Calderon potentially her brother, Dario Hernandez, since the two actors are seen standing in Rafe’s (Galen Gering) kitchen.

In story, Gabi has been stuck in prison for “murdering” Li Shin. Looks like the character will be brought back on to the canvas, but will Gabi reunite with Stefan (Brandon Barash)?

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If Calderon proves to be Dario that character has been off the show since 2017, when soap vet Jordi Vilasuso played the part. Dario departed Salem to avoid getting locked up in the slammer and in the process granted Abigail a divorce while in hiding.

If Jimenez looks familiar, she has been featured in roles on Pretty Little Liars,The Newsroom, NCIS, Maya and Breaking Tradition. Calderon has appeared in Walking Dead: World Beyond, and a few episodes of the soapy, The Haves and the Have Nots.

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As for Camila Banus, her last day on the DAYS set was back on April 28, 2023, when she revealed she was exiting the role of Gabi, a role she made soap-famous for 13 years.

Do you think Cherie and Al are the new Gabi and Dario? If not, who do you think they are playing? Weigh-in below.


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