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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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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Marlena Becomes Possessed … Again!

On Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the devil had his way with his favorite person, Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)! In story, leave it to Marlena to save Doug (Bill Hayes) by giving herself up to Satan!

As Doug revealed himself to be Satan while in a therapy session with Marlena in her office, a shook Marlena tries to comprehend what is happening! When the devil says if Marlena won’t accept him in, she will punish Doug, he does just that.

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Poor Doug is left writhing in pain and on the floor, crying out for help! When we come back to the scene Marlena is not exactly right near his body, but sort of overlooking what is happening. Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) rushes into Marlena’s office to find Doug as Marlena stares blankly. Eventually, she calls for help.

After Doug is put in a hospital room and is monitored, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Tripp (Lucas Adams) can’t find anything wrong with him. Meanwhile, Julie finds Marlena at the nurses station and asks what happened with Doug during their therapy session.  Marlena flashes back to what led to Doug writing on the floor, and clearly something is way off with Marlena, because she has now become possessed.

Later, Julie sits by Doug’s hospital bed as he opens his eyes, as he tells his beloved wife, “He left me and went in to her.”  A confused Julie is left to ponder what on earth Doug could be talking about.

When Marlena comes home to John (Drake Hogestyn) – who is already concerned with Johnny (Carson Boatman) being set on making a movie of Sami’s life story which includes points on Marlena’s original possession – she tells him Doug collapsed in her office. When the two hug, Marlena slowly opens her eyes  revealing that they are glowing yellow.  Yup! We are off to the races. Marlena is now once again possessed.

So, what did you think about the scenes between Deidre Hall and Bill Hayes? Are you enjoying the revisiting of the infamous ‘possession’ storyline thus far? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives Kicks-Off Possession Storyline Revisted with ‘Doug’ Twist Cliffhanger, Followed by Fall Preview

Did the ‘Devil’ make them do it? Doug Williams  (Bill Hayes) is Satan? In what can only be described as major surprise twist on NBC’s Days of our Lives, for weeks, fans have thought they were about to embark on another dementia or Alzheimer’s storyline on the soaps with another beloved character.

However, Days head writer, Ron Carlivati ,and his writing team came up with a way to make it seem like this may be Doug’s fate only to use the long-running character as the impetus to bring the classic possession storyline back on the air some 25 years later.

It all goes down after Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) calls Marlena (Deidre Hall) to ask him to see Doug, after his MRI and other tests proved inconclusive for dementia, etc, to see if Dr. Evans can assess him.  The phone call to Marlena happened after John (Drake Hogestyn) was discussing the past, since Johnny (Carson Boatman) is ramping up to a shoot a movie on Sami’s life, that will include the time that Sami walked in on John and Marlena having sex, which caused Sami to act out for years and years.

 

However, and this is key, John tells Marlena that moment in time also left her alone and vulnerable to the darkest time in her life – alluding to when she became possessed by the devil – and Marlena was clearly having difficulty admitting that or going down that road of remembrance, when the phone call from Kayla saved her from digging deeper into the past.  Well now, John and Marlena may never have that conversation as she is primed to once again become possessed.

Meanwhile, Johnny is reading Will’s script for the Sami movie, and is shocked to read in it that Marlena was once possessed by the devil, as John takes out a dusty box with his Father John collar, a bible, and a news clipping of Marlena being possessed.  John is feeling that this movie will bring bad things on to all those he loves, especially Doc, and he looks to be right!

Now at her office with Doug, he admits he knows something is wrong.  He acts out and does strange things and does not know why.  Marlena brings up why Doug locked Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) in a freezer by accident. Doug gets adamant saying: “That was no accident. I locked that bitch in there on purpose.”  Marlena is shocked at his word and tone.  Then as Doug laughs, he says, “I’m not Doug.”  Next thing you know, the lowered voice of Satan comes out of Doug’s mouth and he tells Doc, “It’s been over 25 years Marlena. But did you really think I wouldn’t come back for you?” End of episode.  Great cliffhanger!

Now, check out the fall preview released following the airing of Friday’s episode by NBC below, which teases more demonic moments on Days. Then let us know in the comment section, what you thought of the ‘Doug’ twist as the possession storyline begins?

Plus, make sure to cast your vote in ‘Michael’s Poll’ of the week on the revisiting of this classic tale now in 2021 below the preview.

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