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Steve Burton Shares Thoughts On His ‘Beyond Salem’ Debut and His General Hospital Exit

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It’s been a bit since daytime soap fans have seen Steve Burton on their screens.  But starting next week, that is about to change when Burton is part of the cast for the Peacock streaming series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem Chapter Two.

Steve is reprising his first soap role as Harris Michaels, but just whether he is a good Harris or a bad Harris is yet to be seen.

Deadline spoke to Burton to get his take on coming to the DAYS family after his General Hospital departure.  As viewers know, Burton was let-go from his signature role of Jason Morgan when he did not comply with the ABC Covid-19 Vaccine mandate.

Speaking openly about his exit from Port Charles, Steve shared: “Look, the circumstance was tough and you know, that’s just the way it is.” He later added in his decision, “It’s a personal choice and that’s what I had to do. GH was a huge part of my life and I’m so grateful for the opportunity there and the people there. I just don’t have anything bad to say.”

As for what to look for when Burton’s Harris enters ‘Beyond Salem’: “He’s not operating on a code of ethics that is great. Albert Alaar (Co-EP, DAYS) was like, ‘Do you care about being a bad guy?’ I said, ‘No, man. Whatever. I can play anything.’ I don’t know how much I can say but he does some not nice things in this chapter. There may be some redemption.”

Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem Chapter Two drops Monday July 11th.

So what do you think? Will Burton be the bad guy on Beyond Salem Chapter 2?  Do you hope that Steve might come to the mothership and Days of our Lives down the line? Comment below.

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“Whatever you believe or not believe about Covid, there has to be protocols in place. At GH we are having great success. Everybody was social distancing, masking.” Except, YOU WEREN’T! Let’s not forget the bomb Nancy Lee Grahn revealed on social media. He can try and make it sound pretty, but it wasn’t. Things behind-the-scenes were not as good as he’s trying to paint it as, and I am pretty sure he was part of the problem.

“[Note: Burton declined to reveal his vaccination status.]” He doesn’t need to: we know he isn’t vaxxed, and it’s why he got himself fired, but we also know Ken Corday has been so loose and care-free about COVID since production on Days of Our Lives began again, so it doesn’t surprise me he hired anti-vaxx individuals.

I’m always turned off when an actor says, “I can play anything.” First, it’s not true. The greatest stars have always acknowledged that certain roles would not fit them. That’s why Katharine Hepburn and Meryl Streep never played hookers — they just wouldn’t be believable. Warren Beatty never played a priest for the same reason. But, as always, Mr. Burton places himself above everyone else. I won’t be watching.

Burton cannot play anything. He proves that daily as every role he assumes is an exact replica of the last.

I think everyone has the right to do whatever is best for them as far as getting the vaccine. I for one am missing Steve on my favorite soap and hopes he comes back in the future. It different without him.

So right – the show needs Jason to swoop Carly off her feet

Yes, I agree. Carly needs Jason.

It sure is. I miss him so much. There will never be another Jason like Steve.

Bring Steve Burton and Jessica Collins back as Dylan and Avery to mix it up with Sharon and Nick on Y n r! The need show needs more quads and triangles and romance! Hopefully Doug Davidson Paul can come back finally.

I am very happy for Steve! I do miss him on GH, and hope that he is able to come back soon. He is a very kind and caring man, who is also doing what he can to motivate people. He helped me through the pandemic with all of his and Bradford ‘s additional content online, and is a breath of fresh air during these difficult times. I appreciate him very much, and wish him great success!

I agree!

I would love more than anything if Steve came back to GH. The hole he left behind is still there and it’s HUGE!

Me too

Would love it if He stayed OUT of Days. If you want him at GH I hope he goes there. Just keep him away from Days

Yes you are right. Jason needs to come back. It is kinda boring w/o him

I haven’t missed Steve/Jason..
Out of sight out of mind.
All is good/normal without him, imo.
I know some miss Jason, but it’s proven he is not needed.
To his fans; hoping your want of him back is granted.

I don’t miss Steve/Jason either. While I don’t mind Drew Cain, I am not crazy about this actor but it would be awful watching Billy Miller with Carly.

Hi Violet-
Way I see it— This Drew is annoying and does not fit into the
GH atmosphere– He simply is not GH-(( bad casting…
He’s like a sad/bad version of a wannabe Dr.
Ahh ha! you are right!!! Billy Miller and Carly would be totally not right..
But– I can’t get into Drew and Carly either..
Carly is best being an old maid ahaa!

Hi there. Just saw your post and agree. I didn’t mind this new Drew years ago when he was a lot younger on All My Children, but he’ just doesn’t have the same appeal now. He also played opposite Rebecca Buddig/Rachael Barnes and they made a nice couple. I wish she’d come back, so I could see if they still look good together, ha! Well, no matter how the fans bitch and complain, we just have to watch or not, right?

You can bet your soul that Jason will be eating pizza on Thanksgiving with his family…. though with the number of pre-emptions GH has had this year, you probably won’t see that episode until next February.

In the meantime, all of us in Hell are looking forward to the 2nd chapter of “Beyond Salem” next week.

Iam not betting my soul or anything else, at my age just a snap of your fingers and I’d be gone. Forgot about Beyond Salem,hopefully it’s better than what’s going on in old Salem now.

I’m not a days of our lives fan so I won’t be watching. I do hope Steve comes back to GH soon. It’s definitely noticeable he isn’t there. I don’t care for some of the storylines now so I haven’t been watching much. Maybe it’s time for soap operas to go away. My opinion only.

This is all Great and all, However , we still want JASON MORGAN/STEVE BURTON back on GH.

Yes, we want Jason back on GH…

Was there literally no one else available? I could definitely live without seeing his face on my screen ever again. He’s just not a very compelling actor. At least he didn’t blame GH for the consequences of his actions and took appropriate responsibility. I’ll give him credit for that. But Covid is spreading faster in the US than ever (a MILLION people dead so far) and it sounds like he is still not vaccinated. How does that work with all the people on set he is still going to be putting at risk?

Bob…Amen to your comment. Totally agree.

Agreed. Shame that the media praises the most selfish and egotistical

Not the best actor. Why he gets so much attention shows the lack of caring for true talent in this industry

Bring Steve burton back to GH as Jason of course we miss him he’s a good actor they all need him back..

Burton’s all too present appearance on Beyond TURNED ME OFF COMPLETELY. I really do NOT want more of him.
Plus his looks are gone and he is always playing the same old same role.
Days should have looked elsewhere not Burton

Please com back


Lifetime’s ‘Ladies of the ’80s: A Divas Christmas’ Brings Epic Food Fight and “Slapfest Coup de Grâce”

Get ready for the feuding soap opera divas, when five actresses known for their signature primetime and daytime roles are brought together in Lifetime’s new holiday film, Ladies of the ’80s: A Divas Christmas.

Saturday night, December 2nd on Lifetime (8pm ET/7PM CT) marks the highly-anticipated holiday movie premiere featuring: Donna Mills (ex-Knots Landing), Nicolette Sheridan (ex-Knots Landing), Morgan Fairchild (ex-Falcon Crest et al), Linda Gray (ex-Dallas) and Loni Anderson (ex-WKRP in Cincinnati).

Here’s what we do know! In story, five alums from the long-running soap, The Great Lakes reunite for a live Christmas finale. Uh-oh!  Now take a look at the backstory of the colorful cast of characters (pay special attention to the clever twists on the actresses names!)

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LAUREN EWING (Linda Gray) “Everyone thinks I’m so damn good all the time,” confesses the junk food-loving Lauren of her second act as a lifestyle guru. “I don’t know how Gwenyth Paltrow does it!”

DANA CUNNINGHAM (Donna Mills) Now a sitcom mom, she’s yet to make amends to ex-bestie Juliette after abruptly leaving the soap back in the day. Not that she hasn’t tried: “When I thought the world was going to end in Y2K,” Dana says, “I reached out to her, and she never called me back.”

LILY MARLOWE (Loni Anderson) After replacing Dana on ‘Great Lakes’, Lily never again found a role to win her acclaim. “What do I have to show for (my career)? An arc on  For the People – Shonda Rhimes’ only flop!”

JULIETTE MATHESON (Nicollette Sheridan) “She left me for L.A.,” the party girl turned fashion mogul recalls of Dana’s betrayal. Will their feud derail the entire event?

MARGEAUX ROBERTS (Morgan Fairchild) “Fasten your face-lifts, ladies, it’s gonna be a bumpy weekend!” The sassy grande dame of ‘Great Lakes’ sees the Juliette-Dana beef as the perfect escape from her own domestic drama.

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Now, making this all the more hysterical is the director of The Great Lakes reunion special, which makes the five women live under the same roof, is its former child star Alex, who has gotten his ex-girlfriend, Nell to direct the finale. Meanwhile, in the subplot. the ‘Ladies of the ’80s’ come up with a plan to get Alex and Nell back together.

As with any good soap opera, there is a major food fight. Linda Gray shared with USA Today ,”The food fight was one take. And it was fabulous.” And of course, their is a bitch-fest slap-fest. Morgan Fairchild revealed, “Oh honey, we all got ours in. Mine was a simple, ‘How dare you?’ with a slap. But I was hoping for a punch.”

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The movie’s EP, Larry Thompson, who is a Hollywood manager and has Donna Mills as a client, said that the entire scene peaks with the”slapfest coup de grâce.” What is that exactly? That is when Donna Mills pushes Nicollette Sheridan into a pool in a nod to Dynasty’s Lily bond battle between Dynasty’s Alexis (Joan Collins) and Krystle (Linda Evans).

In case you missed it previously, check out the trailer for Ladies of the ’80s: A Divas Christmas below, also starring Patrika Darbo, Alec Mapa, Mills real-life daughter, Chloe Mills, and Christopher Atkins with theme song by Tiffany.

Now let us know, will you be tuning in to the movie for a premise that should delight many a longtime soap fan? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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DAYS Favorite Sal Stowers Debuts in New Role in Tyler Perry’s BET Series ‘Sistas’

On Wednesday night, November 29th, Sal Stowers (Lani Price Grant, Days of our Lives) joined the cast of Tyler Perry’s BET dramedy, Sistas.

In it, Sal debuted as Penelope , the sister to Jordan in the episode titled From the Blindside. Additionally, in story, Penelope finds herself romantically involved with the character of Gary played by Chido Nwokocha.

Sistas, which premiered back in October of 2019, tells the story of a group of single black women as they navigate the modern challenges of life, including careers, friendships, romances, and social media.

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Stowers recently made a return to Days of our Lives back in July of this year, when Lani came to the rescue of her father Abe (James Reynolds) who was being held hostage by Nurse Whitley (Kim Coles).  Sal has always said she is more than open to make more recurring appearances on the show, if she is available and if there is story for her to play.

Soap fans first noticed Sal in 2013, when she played All My Children’s Cassandra during the 43 episode run of Prospect Park’s streaming version of the beloved soap opera.

So, looking forward to catching Sal on Sistas? Hoping Lani will return to Salem soon? Comment below.

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Win a Private Game Night with Soap Stars and Help Children in Need for the Holidays

Jen Lilley (ex-Theresa, DAYS) is back with her annual toy drive for children through the holidays through her fundraiser in her effort to raise 25,000 toys for children in need each fall through Christmas is Not Cancelled to benefit Toys for Tots.

This week, fans have the opportunity to win a private zoom game night with none other than: Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea, Y&R), Kirsten Storms (Maxie, GH), Emme Rylan (Ex-Lulu, GH), Eric Martsolf (Brady, DAYS), Rob Scott Wilson (Alex, DAYS) Ali Sweeney (Sami, DAYS), and Lilley herself, by giving a toy to a child in need via website.

According to the site: “One Lucky Winner will be tuning in for a night of glamour, giggles, and game-winning moments, including: VIP Access to Your Soap Opera Faves: Join the virtual party with stars from your favorite daytime dramas! Prepare for drama on and off the screen as you chat, laugh, and bond over shared soap secrets.”

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Lilley shares: “By participating in this prize drawing, you will directly contribute to providing joy and happiness to underserved children during a challenging time in their lives, creating positive holiday memories!”

For more info on how you can win, make sure to visit

So, would you like to have a special ‘game night’ with this bevy of soap stars? Check out the opportunity, and let us know via the comment section below

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