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THIS SATURDAY: Jen Lilley, Ryan Paevey and Linda Dano in Hallmark’s ‘A Little Daytime Drama’

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Three daytime favorites appear together in one soapy story with the behind-the-scenes look of working on a daytime drama as a major part of it … ‘Hallmark-style’.  Look for Jen Lilley (Ex-Theresa, DAYS), Ryan Paevey (Ex-Nathan, GH) and Linda Dano (Ex-Felicia, AW) to star this weekend in Hallmark’s A Little Daytime Drama.

In story, in order to save her daytime soap drama from cancellation, head writer Maggie (Jen Lilley) must convince Darin (Ryan Paevey), fan favorite actor and her real-life ex-boyfriend, to return to the show.  Daytime legend, Linda Dano (Ex-Felicia, AW) also stars in the role of Alice.

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This Hallmark Channel movie debuts this Saturday, August 21st at 9 pm EST/8 pm CST.

On Twitter yesterday, Lilley shared a video from Hallmark where she answered questions from fans, and in one of them, Jen gave a bit more intel about the drama and romance that goes down in A Little Daytime Drama.

Lilley previewed: “This is my favorite movie I have done, hands down, bar none.  In this movie, I play a head writer of a soap opera.  My character is Maggie, and she is facing cancellation (the show is) and so she is given the task to bring the star back, Darin, who plays Detective Preston Stillwater, played by the amazing Ryan Paevey. Here’s the catch. .. our characters used to date and my character wrote him off the soap opera, and he doesn’t really want to particularly come back. But the stakes are high and we have to make it work.”

You can check out a preview of the film below, followed by Jen’s Q&A.

So intrigued to watch Jen, Ryan, and Linda in this Hallmark movie with the soaps as its backdrop? Comment below.

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Yay! I’m not a big Hallmark movie fan but I’ll make the exception for this one because it stars three of my favorites.

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EXACTLY !!! i’m so glad that “graveyard” ie: Hallmark AND Lifetime “afford” the actors some respite till that big STAR comes. i can barely sit for their Christmas “especial” . whats not wrong with a “little” Ryan Paevy. ESpecial’ indeed. keeps my girl, Jenn Lilly , minding her own, thanks to; Hallmark. she can afford to be a mother. Oh My God : @GH Ex Kiki is a mother of twins ! Godspeed

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With Linda Dano in it, too… I may watch it, too. Her hair looks much better in this Hallmark movie, than whatever hairstyle she was sporting on Days as recast Vivian earlier this year. Come back to Days, Linda Dano. Miss you so much as Felicia Gallant on Another World!!!
I’m glad Dano has made a comeback to television. It’s been a hot minute.

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I watched it. And, of course, it was so lovely to see Linda Dano!!!! But the movie… no comment.
Jen and Ryan were good. I wish Jen could finally return as Theresa on Days with her son, Tate. I liked Theresa with Brady.

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Hey there, Jeremy! My thoughts on the movie mirror yours. I thought Jen and Ryan had great chemistry, and both are appealing. Dano was better (and looked much better) in this production than her recent visit to DOOL. I too wish Jen would return to DOOL and Brady.

One plus I can give the Hallmark movie is its treatment of the soap genre, much of it, no doubt, from a timely, insider perspective.

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Jeremy,
I liked Jen/Theresa with Brady also, once she got over her “bad girl” stage. I would also like seeing Ryan Peavey again on a soap, any soap.

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In the latest promo released on Friday, Chrishell is seen in the ‘afterlife’ as Kate Roberts (Lauren Koslow) runs into Jordan … her old arch-nemesis! Let the games begin.

Stause, who is one of the mainstays of the Netflix reality series, Selling Sunset, comes back to her old stomping grounds at DAYS just as Kayla (Mary Beth Evans), Marlena (Deidre Hall) and Kate have ‘died’ and have all landed in this white space which looks to be heaven, but really is hell in disguise, especially given Marlena’s latest visit with Susan Banks (Stacy Haiduk), who seemingly reveals herself to be possessed by Satan.

Chrishell made her DAYS debut back in August of 2013 and exited the series on March 9th of 2015.  Stause returned in 2019 until Jordan finally met her demise. She returned once again in 2020 in a series of flashbacks.

Watch the promo for next week’s DAYS below.

Now let us know, what do you think of Chrishell returning to DAYS to raise some hell for Kate and company? Comment below.

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Zach Tinker Joins the Cast of CBS ‘Fire Country’

Zach Tinker (Sonny, Days and Fenmore, Y&R) has joined the cast of CBS’ freshmen drama Fire Country.  Primetime viewers previously saw him on the season premiere of ABC’s Big Sky.

According to Deadline: Tinker will make his series debut this weekend in a special episode that airs immediately following the AFC Championship game on Sunday night, January 29th.

In Fire Country, Tinker takes on the role of Collin, who is said to be a  humble, charming, and talented probie firefighter.  In addition, it turns out the Collin is the son of a firefighting hero and he now is trying to live up to dear old dad’s name.

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The series is centered around young convict Bode Donovan (Max Thieriot) who joins a firefighting program that returns him to his small Northern California hometown, where he and other inmates work alongside elite firefighters to extinguish massive blazes across the region.

Will you be checking out Zach in his new role on CBS’ Fire Country? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives Receives WGA Nomination for Daytime Drama Series

UPDATED: On Wednesday, the nominations were unveiled for the 75th annual Writers Guild Awards to be held on Sunday, March 5 at the Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

Writers Guild of America West and Writers Guild of America East announced nominations for outstanding achievement in television, new media, news, radio/audio, and promotional writing during 2022.

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In the category of Daytime Drama, only Days of our Lives was nominated, thus DAYS becomes the automatic winner as the sole nominee.

The nominated and winning DAYS writing team consists of: Head Writer Ron Carlivati; Writers Lorraine Broderick, Jazmen Darnell Brown, Joanna Cohen, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Cheryl Davis, Kirk Doering, Christopher Dunn, Jamey Giddens, David Kreizman, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Katherine D. Schock.

DAYS head writer, Ron Carlivati shared in a statement: “My team and I are thrilled to be nominated for the 2023 Writers Guild Award for Daytime.  We submitted three scripts from the storyline about Craig’s late-in-life coming out, the impact it had on his wife, Nancy, and of course, his ill-fated romance with the ever-scheming Leo. We felt that these episodes were a good representation of what Days of our Lives does best: high-stakes family drama with a comedic twist.”

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The episodes DAYS submitted for competition were #14320 which aired 4/19/2022, #14321 which aired 4/20/2022 and show #14331 that aired 5/4/2022.  They also featured the disastrous double wedding of Leo and Craig and Xander and Gwen, and its fallout.

To view all the WGA nominees click here.

So, what do you think about DAYS being the only entry and thus becoming the winning writing team at this year’s WGA Awards? What do you think of the storyline chosen to represent the show for competition? Comment below.

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