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Susan Seaforth Hayes Chats 50 Years of Julie On All-New Episode Of “Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast”

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If you’ve been tuning into NBC’s Days of our Lives, you know that Julie Williams (Susan Seaforth Hayes) has found herself in dire straits, after finding the proof that Chad (Billy Flynn) is the biological father of Abigail’s (Kate Mansi) baby, not Stefan (Tyler Christopher), and confronting Gabi (Camila Banus) about her deception (tampering with the DNA results)!  While that all plays itself in exciting episodes in the final week of 2018, that means Days fan can look forward to more Julie screen-time.

Behind the scenes, Susan Seaforth Hayes sat down with host, Michael Fairman to talk playing the long-running character as she celebrates her 50th anniversary with the show, on the all-new holiday edition of the Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast.

During the conversation, Susan reveals how she landed the role and was the fourth actress to play the character, her favorite and least favorite stories of all-time, how she came to fall in love with her real-life husband, Bill Hayes (when he started on the show back in 1970), advice she would give to any young actress starting out in a career in front of the camera in soaps, and more.

Later, in a dressing room segment, and as a preview of his return, Matt Ashford (Jack) welcomes you to his DAYS digs, where he has a surprise guest join him … none other than Kassie DePaiva (Eve).  Check out the podcast now by going to NBC.com to listen   

Then on Monday, look for the new episode of the Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast featuring Susan, Matt and Kassie to be available for download on iTunes and major pod platforms.

Below check out this short soundbyte from Inside Salem below.

Then let us know, are you glad Julie was the one who discovered Gabi’s duplicity? What did you think of Susan’s interview on the podcast? Post your thoughts in the comment section.

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Julie/Susan lookslike Mary Poppins-lol…Jack back but rumor is he doesnt have his memory-if true didnt we just do that with Will-need to stop this memory loss when we just dealt with it…hope i will be able to continue to watch!!!!

Susan is the best Julie…Doug and Julie remain my all time favorite soap couple!!!

Yes, she is…Doug and Julie are my favorite soap couple as well!

You are correct Jim, the preview for next week that is on the nbc website for Days shows Jack stating he doesn’t recognize anyone. I figured that’s how he wound up with Eve, and why he hadn’t gone to his family sooner.

I am so glad that Julie told both Abby and Stefan that the baby is Chads.I do feel for Stefan somewhat but that witch Gabby is going to get her’s now and I am sure it will be Julie who lets her have it.I can’t wait for that.We all know that Gabby will try to talk her way out of it but with Julie around she wont fall for anymore of Gabby’s tricks-lying and all.

I believe it was JJ who said in today’s episode that Gabi is in jail now. I’m surprised but happy that Gabi is back in jail.

Since the actress Camila’s contract is up in a few months if she will renew with the show since she’s on a primetime show now. Could be that they already know that she will not renew and they already plan on a trial for Gabi and then to send her off to prison again. I just feel bad for her and Chad’s daughter, Arianna. Though it does give Ari a great reason to be a bad girl when she grows up lol.

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‘The Talk’ Renewed For 15th and Final Season to End in December; Does Its Cancellation Make Room for ‘The Gates’?

Things just got very interesting over at CBS daytime with the announcement today that The Talk is going to end its run on the network after its 15th season, and that season looks to be shortened as the series will come to its conclusion in December of 2024.

In a joint statement, Amy Reisenbach, President, CBS Entertainment and David Stapf, President, CBS Studio, shared, “The Talk broke new ground when it launched 14 years ago by returning daytime talk to CBS with a refreshing and award-winning format. Throughout the years, it has been a key program on CBS’ top rated daytime line-up as it brought timely, important and entertaining topics and discussions into living rooms around the globe.”

Reisenback and Stapf added, “It goes without saying that hosting and producing a year-round talk show is no easy task, and we express our sincere gratitude to our amazing hosts Akbar Gbajabiamila, Amanda Kloots, Natalie Morales, Jerry O’Connell and Sheryl Underwood, our Executive Producer/Showrunner Rob Crabbe and the hardworking producing team and crew.

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Giving props to those who co-hosted or worked on the show through the years including: Sara Gilbert, Julie Chen Moonves, Carrie Ann Inaba Leah Ramimi, Marissa Janet Winokur, Holly Robinson Peete, Eve, Aisha Tyler, and Sharon Osbourne, the joint statement added, “We also want to acknowledge our former show hosts and colleagues who contributed throughout the seasons. We truly appreciate the skill, creativity, and dedication everyone involved brought to the show every day.  And of course, we thank the numerous guests who appeared, and the millions of viewers who tuned in daily. For the final season, we plan to celebrate the show and give it the proper sendoff it deserves when it concludes in December 2024.”

While no firm decision or announcement has been given at this time, it seems most likely that The Talk’s time slot could be given to the new soap opera in development The Gates from CBS Studio Ventures and from longtime soap opera writer. Michele Val Jean.  As previously reported, The Gates features the lives of a wealthy Black family who reside in a posh, gated community.

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The Talk was originally the brainchild of Sara Gilbert, who had developed the show when it launched back 2010 and it replaced the beloved As the World Turns which went off the air after 54 years when CBS canceled it.

So, what do you think of The Talk being canceled? Will this make room for The Gates to begin to air in its spot beginning in 2025? Share your reactions to the news via the comment section.

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O. J. Simpson Dead at 76: Real-Life Murder Trial in Which He Was Acquitted, Changed the Trajectory of Soap Operas

Former Pro Football superstar, O. J. Simpson, who became infamous for being on trial for the murders of his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman, has passed away at the age of 76 of cancer.

Simpson’s family put out a statement sharing, “Our father, Orenthal James Simpson, succumbed to his battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his children and grandchildren. During this time of transition, his family asks that you please respect their wishes for privacy and grace.”

It was the murder trial that overtook the airwaves back in late 1994 and through most of 1995 that changed the landscape of daytime television forever, and in particular soap operas that many will recall.

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On June 12, 1994, Nicole Simpson, O.J.’s former wife, and her friend, Ron Goldman, were brutally murdered. When O.J. became the prime suspect, a wild pursuant of him by the police while in his white Ford Bronco was viewed on every network by some 95 million viewers. This June marks 30-years since the incident.

Ultimately, Simpson was charged with Brown Simpson and Goldman’s murders, though he was acquitted in what was dubbed The Trial of the Century.

The trial permeated the airwaves of every network and any time of day. Networks consistently interrupted soap operas while covering the day in and day out of the spectacle that was this star athlete and TV and film star’s trial.

With many of the soaps pre-empted on a regular basis, the public fascination of Simpson’s trial was to many better than a soap opera as it has all the ingredients. Writer Dominic Dunne noted the themes via an article in Vanity Fair of “interracial marriage, love, lust, lies, hate, fame, wealth, beauty, obsession, spousal abuse, stalking, brokenhearted children, the bloodiest of bloody knife-slashing homicides, and all the justice that money can buy.”

Because of the trial, soap operas lost a significant amount of their audiences. The murder trial went on for 11 months from November 9, 1994, to October 3, 1995.  They never were able to fully rebound as reality television became the next big thing.

O.J. Simpson is survived by four children: Arnelle and Jason, from his first marriage, and Sydney and Justin, from his marriage to Nicole Brown Simpson.

So, do you remember being frustrated that your favorite soaps could not air during the O.J. trial, or did you find the murder trial more intriuing than the soaps themselves? Comment below.

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‘Melrose Place’ Reboot in the Works with Heather Locklear, Daphne Zuniga and Laura Leighton

Looks like some of former residents of Melrose Place will be getting back together in a revival of the popular Fox primetime soap opera of the 90s.

Now comes word that original series stars, Heather Locklear, Daphne Zuniga and Laura Leighton are set to reprise their signature roles of Amanda Woodward, Jo Reynolds, and Sydney Andrews.

The project is currently being shopped and looking for a TV or streaming home and coming from CBS Studios. The new offering is written by Lauren Gussis, and in story, Melrose Place picks up years after the original series and would provide an update on the characters, one of whom may no longer be with us.

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In the premise, former residents will reunite “when one of their dearest friends dies suddenly.” However, things don’t go smoothly when old traumas, the reigniting of old romances and old resentments, and new secrets are revealed. Thus, throwing our characters into chaotic drama that’s reminiscent of the past, but with a much more modern perspective.

The original Melrose Place debuted on Fox back in 1992 and aired for seven seasons till 1999, and followed the young residents of a Los Angeles apartment complex. Locklear’s Amanda was a ruthless advertising executive. Leighton played Jane’s sister Sydney and Zuniga played photographer Jo. The cast also included: Marcia Cross, Josie Bissett, Andrew Shue, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Grant Show, Thomas Calabro, Doug Savant, Rob Estes, Brooke Langton, Lisa Rinna, Kristin Davis and Alyssa Milano.

According to Deadline, more original cast member will sign on if the show gets the green light. This is not the first time a Melrose Place reboot has made its way to television.  The CW revived the series in 2009 with a new cast which lasted only one season. However, Locklear, Zuniga and Leighton all made guest appearances.

So, do you hope a Melrose Place reboot with several of its original cast makes its way back on network TV or a streaming platform? Comment below.

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