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Three Villains Return To DAYS As The New Season Kicks-Off After The Summer Olympic Break!

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Friday’s episode of Days of our Lives was its last before the two week break where it is pre-empted for the 2016 Summer Olympics from Rio.

When DAYS returns beginning on Monday August 22nd, NBC is promoting the upcoming storylines into the fall as “The New Season Of DAYS”.  In addition come September, look for the scripts from the new co head-writing regime of Dena Higley and Ryan Quan to begin to air.

In the new DAYS promo released by the network, here’s what to look forward to when your favorites from Salem return on-air! After Tate’s kidnapping, Brady (Eric Martsolf) and Theresa (Jen Lilley) are reunited with their son, but then all eyes are on Victor (John Aniston) as the culprit!  Deimos (Vincent Irizarry) and Nicole (Arianne Zucker) are taking their relationship to the next level, but Chloe (Nadia Bjorlin) reveals she is pregnant with Deimos baby, and Phillip (John-Paul Lavoisier) says he will stand up and say he is the baby daddy!

Elsewhere, Chad (Billy Flynn) believes his wife Abigail has perished.  Grief-stricken, how will he move on without her in his  life? And how will Abigail’s death set back her mother Jennifer (Melissa Reeves), who has struggled with addiction to painkillers?  Then, there is a devastating injury to Kayla (Mary Beth Evans)!  Will this finally bring the Johnson family back together as a united front?

And, now that Aiden (Daniel Cosgrove) is the new DA of Salem, will he throw his once beloved Hope (Kristian Alfonso) under the bus for the murder of Stefano DiMera (Joseph Mascolo)?  Finally the big event, as three DAYS villains break out of prison to exact revenge on those who put them behind bars.  Look for the return of Clyde (James Read), Orpheus (George DelHoyo), and Xander (Paul Telfer).  Will they ruin the wedding day of Brady and Theresa? There is a Kassie DePaiva (Eve) sighting at the nuptials as well!

Watch the preview for the new season of DAYS after the jump.  Let us know what has you most excited or intrigued when the show returns from its Summer Olympic break in the comment section below!

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Phil
Phil

This actually looks good… still wish they would bring Kassie DePaiva’s Eve back FT!

Celia
Celia

Unfortunately, Phil, these super ‘gods’ never listen to us fans. Loooove Kassie.

xmascarol
xmascarol

Me to they never should have let her go.I would love to see her stir up some trouble for Miss Perfect Jennifer.

Ric
Ric

Miss Kassie! They need her and Eileen full time.

louisa
louisa

Looks fantastic!!

Katkat
Katkat

Who is Orpheus?

Joel
Joel

He’s a man who caused trouble for Marlena in 1987 and contributed to her kidnapping where she was presumed dead until 1991.

Mandy
Mandy

Sigh. If I wasn’t worried about the future of Days before, I certainly am now.

I’m stunned they did not have any major cilffhangers heading into the break. Everyone knows they’ve already recast Abby, so her presumed death doesn’t mean anything. Aiden as DA? Yawn.

The biggest mistake Days has made in the past year is being too dark. What I get from this preview is more darkness — three villains on the loose, Kayla near death, etc. Haven’t the plummeting ratings and fan dismay shown them anything?

I’ll probably keep watching, but this just does not feel like DAYS anymore to me.

GramS
GramS

I couldn’t agree more with everything you said. I know some viewers have increased hope with Dena Higley back at the writing helm but I do not have a short memory. She was fired a mere 5 years ago and there was a huge sigh of relief from fans of the show when that happened. I wonder what has occurred since then that would tell TPTB she can now do the job. I wait with anticipation but I don’t expect a major change for us who have been painfully faithful this past year.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

That’s not a vibrator, Kate. It’s a gun and Clyde may shoot and score!

Mackenzie Grey
Mackenzie Grey

OK, I was hoping for a change in direction away from “the darkness”. I was thinking that the break would “reboot” the show to watchable again. It seemed like there was going to be a change after the break, not just more of the same. Guess I won’t ever watch again now that I see that they have no intention of changing direction. Doesn’t matter what fans want. It’s business as usual for Ken, Dena and the others at Days! Days is so done and the idiots running the show don’t seem to care. Bye bye Days!!!

Pat
Pat

Very sad to say, but stick a fork in this show. It’s undoubtedly done. Ken Corday and his staff have shown time and time again just how out of touch they truly are with what fans want to see. They don’t care one iota about the fans.

These soaps desperately need some new, young, up-and-coming, diverse writing talent behind the scenes and to stop living in the ’80s, or else they’ll continue to bleed young female viewers in the target demo, hastening their demise.

Amanda
Amanda

Totally agree. As a 40-year old woman in the “coveted target demographic”, I can tell you why I no longer watch daytime soaps: They are full of outdated, misogynistic storylines that are highly insulting to women and have zero relevance to the lived experiences of anyone I know. All of my peers as well as the students I teach (11th and 12th grade) watch shows like Empire, Grey’s Anatomy, etc. and many of my students are watching shows like Gilmore Girls that they were too young for the first time around. These are shows with strong female characters that actually have jobs, friends, and lives. And they actually have a diverse, young group of people behind the scenes with fresh ideas and diversity in front of the camera too.

Daytime soaps are stuck in the ’80s, except they’ve jettisoned the strong female characters that the shows had back then. I don’t think it’s a mystery why female teens and younger women are increasingly not watching these shows anymore if they’re in front of a television during the day.

John Gordon
John Gordon

I’m a slightly older male viewer, but I agree with you to a certain extent. These tired old storylines of “she’s pregnant but the father doesn’t know he is the biological parent of the baby” bit has been played to death, as well as the “he has an evil identical twin” bit has been depicted just one too many times. In that respect, yes, soaps have seen their day. In fairness, the show does portray woman as having important careers (Kayla is chief of staff at the hospital, Marlena is supposedly a licensed Psychiatrist, Hope is a lead Detective) but their jobs always take a secondary position to their man’s needs, ultimately – but of course, it’s a “soap” not real life – I have only been watching Days of Our Lives for about 3 years and lately, meh, I yawn my way through it, they DO need to modernize and brother, they REALLY need some better writers on staff.

Lew S.
Lew S.

Totally agree!!

blake
blake

yeah last year I was excited about Days’ future and wanted it to keep going, but now I don’t really care. it’s too dark and depressing.

Mateo
Mateo

Desperate much? DAYS is notorious for going on overkill when they want to bring in viewers and then they tell the story and it’s like a quickie in the backseat, over too soon and nothing left to give. DAYS needs to get new writers and stop telling boring stories. I’ll volunteer to write for DAYS.

Patrick
Patrick

it’ll be nice to see “Xander” that’s another quality actor who was let go way too soon

bring him back Ken Corday Productions

alex burt
alex burt

loveing clyde back in salem great action coming up loveing Days clyde could ve hide serena anythings possblie

denisefan
denisefan

Paul Telfer should be on contract. As Xander, he should recover his uncle’s fortune and return it in order to redeem himself with the family. I would much rather have Xander as a new male heavy than Deimos.

Patrick
Patrick

is so agree… there’s a mystique about Xander… and as a heavy … goodlooking to boot.. and CAN act that’s a powerful must have

Deimos being the bad apple… bad seed… dark sheep of the family… ok we get it
along with bedding all the women… Nicole, Chloe, and Kate… OK we get it

muddled, where do we go from here ? Vincent Irizarry was so needed as the resident new doctor and there could have been oodles and oodles of story at the hospital especially with Dr. Kayla

he may be tired of playing to type… but his hospital staff resident has always been much more sexy when he’s in charge

davlestev1
davlestev1

One more knock to the head and Kayla should be done for…good grief..head all bandaged and whatnot..

mike
mike

The return of Paul Telfer is a positive but they are not smart enough to keep him. I Thought for sure we would see Chandler Massey in the last seconds, he was the only one who could save the show.

mark
mark

I dearly would like to see Chandler Massey back on the show. Sonny and Will need to have a re-marriage ceremony, only this time done correctly, with Chandler playing Will.

My big fear with a potential Chandler return, however, would be the near certainty of a repeat of the last six-months or so of his previous tenure, when the show wasted his great talent and our valuable time on pitiful drivel, while deliberately overlooking an embarrassment of potential storyline riches.

Belle
Belle

I hate Clyde; maybe it will be revealed that he had E.J. killed or killed him. I like the idea that Aiden is the D.A . ; he ,Andre , and Deimos make the show more interesting. Plus, Chad is being played too weak; know that he was the mild side of Stefano ; however, he needs to let the Di Mira side become more powerful. There isn’t anyway Stefano would allow Jennifer to breathe the idea about taking that baby. Also, Rafe, Hope, and Roman need to be brought to justice for Stefano’s death. I dislike cops who want justice for everyone but their friends and family.

Mary
Mary

Considering the Hell that Stefano put Hope , Roman and the Brady family through for years he got exactly what he deserved. I call it justifiable homicide.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Okay, depending how they write this I find the idea of three convicts in separate institutions escaping and coming back to the town for revenge a bit far fetched.

And I don’t like the use of the words “new season” Soaps by their nature are continuing stories therefore do not have seasons like primetime. Stealing the term in attempt to promote Days is trying to give it a prime time edge that it does not have. But the truth is this might be too little too late–

Right now I not watching Days due to a family medical issue— but even before that I was barely watching and now without a strong cliff hanger like the explosion four years— I doubt many will be waiting for the Olympics to be over— so this new and improved hype about Days is just that hype– I don’t think it will improve much at all.

Celia
Celia

Always the lady with wisdom and clarity, Mary SF. Agree with your every word.

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

This really does look so good and i can’t wait for the action to begin. I have been so upset with Orpheus since he put Marlena in that plane that had us believing that she had been killed. And with Clyde and Xander back to cause even more trouble will have me tuned in every day!!!

Zwalderon
Zwalderon

Some of you say Days has been too dark.
Do you want everyone to live in a perpetually sweet LaLa Land?
If you don’t have conflict you don’t have a story.
Having said that, I could stand to see more good news and light-heartedness.

Donna
Donna

I would like to see them bring back Mimi Lockhart and her brother…Phillips child they gave away… Pocket and Roman and Kate’s twin children..

Nadia785
Nadia785

If they bring back Mimi, the actress that plays her mother Bonnie, plays Adrienne now, so it might be weird. But I agree. They already have Phillip, Chloe, Belle & Shawn, they need Mimi & maybe even Rex to have a “reunion”.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

I was glad Hope and Rafe finally did the deed on Friday. I like both characters and they both need some happiness. Billy Flynn, Melissa Reeves and Casey Moss gave fine performances upon getting the news of Abigail’s “demise.”

I’m trying to hold on for Kassie DePaiva’s return. The current stories are making that very difficult. Knowing that her return is temporary doesn’t entice me to stick around after she’s finished. I wish TPTB would develop the relationship between Eve and Justin. Otherwise, the only hope I see for the show is if they come up with something interesting for Sonny. As it stands now, when Kassie leaves again, I’m going with her.

John Gordon
John Gordon

Yeah, I agree with Llanviewer – I don’t even mind that the show isn’t on due to the Olympics ~ I’m not sure exactly WHY the show isn’t working for me, but without Will and Sonny, and Eve’s departure – I don’t know, I just don’t care that Nicole is getting involved with Deimos, I don’t seem to care about Belle and Phillip, I just don’t connect with these characters….or is it just very poor writing that is putting me to sleep (?) – JJ is now a Police officer (overnight) but while he had tremendous chemistry with the Paige, I don’t feel it at all with Gabbi –
the show just seems very one dimensional and flat – the scripts seem to be lackluster –
aside from that I love it LoL

Lisa G
Lisa G

Yikes !! Too much going on all at once ….. Crazy

Lisa G
Lisa G

Too much !!

Rodd
Rodd

How “new” beginnings does this show get? There are obvious problems, every show has them, but this constant re-booting just is sooo getting old. I hope we don’t hear from Ken Corday about how this “new” beginning is taking Days back to where it used to be. he’s said that so many times and it just keeps getting darker and darker. I wish the show well, but am worried for it’s future.

Judy whitaker
Judy whitaker

Please get the stupid Hernandez family off Days, Rafe and Gabi are the only good ones, I don’t mind the bay story lines but do we have to watch 2 men making out, so disgusting . I been watching Days since the beginning and ya are losing me as a fan.

blake
blake

I’m glad Xander is back, but it’s still not enough to entice me to come back to Days. Dark and twisted stories.

Steve
Steve

DAMMMMMN. OOPS SORRY. IT JUST LOOKS GREAT..
I CAN’T WAIT. DOES LOOK GOOD. I CAN’T BELIEVE THE VALLIANT FROM BACK WHEN I graduated high school. They really went back in the vault. This can’t be good.

Rj
Rj

Don’t like the dark, evil, revenge driven storylines. As someone else said, young women love shows like Grey’s Anatomy because there are strong women and the focus is on relationships. The Deimos/Nicole romance could be good, I don’t mind the Hope and Rafe romance, and Aiden as the DA could be interesting. Just would like the show to move away from the darkness. I seem to only watch for 5 minutes and have had enough. Would love to want to watch a full show again.

Mary
Mary

I love the dark evil revenge driven storylines. They spice up DOOL on a continual basis. The last thing DOOL needs to do is bore new viewers.

Stephen
Stephen

I have been watching days ever since All My Children went off the air. Yes, I am hooked on Days. I realize every episode can’t be a nail biter show, however, there are episodes that are really boring and nothing happens? Then, I don’t watch the show for a few days hoping something exciting will be happening when I tune in again.
To all who are reading this, the show is a way to escape and get involved with the lives of the show. Kudos to the writers who keep this going everyday. Wow! That’s a job I could not do. Yes, I’ll keep watching the show. Thank you cast and writers.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Since when is “a kidnapped child being returned to his parents” dark storytelling?

Mo
Mo

The preview looks good. I don’t know who Orpheus is so I hope they’ll refresh our memories.

stevie g
stevie g

I’m glad characters like Clyde and Xander are coming back mainly because I liked the writing on the show when they were introduced. I have hated the writing on the show for all of this year. With Xander he was on way too short the first time, and its very realistic that he would want revenge on Theresa. He didn’t get caught for nearly killing Nicole and Eric, but Theresa fixed him up with a false rape claim. Clyde would also have unfinished business. But Orpheus? It’s good to see they’re using the same actor, but not sure why he should want revenge on Marlena and John after all these years. He couldn’t be in jail because of them all this time right? I hope its the new writers that are handling these returns.

Lauren Esposito
Lauren Esposito

I am beyond thrilled to hear that Kassie DePaiva is returning to DAYS. I’ve been following her career since her first scenes on OLTL and know what an amazing, versatile actress she is. She’s been cast in a variety of storylines, from funny to serious and anything else you can possibly imagine. She is clearly THE BEST!

Frances Wright
Frances Wright

The preview looks fantastic! I can’t wait to see Kassie DePaiva back on #Days. The show has been really good & I’ve been enjoying it even more since Vincent Irizarry & Jordi Vilasuso joined the cast. I’d really like to see Kassie have some interaction w/ them…..#Days should put her on contract & keep #Eve in Salem!

xmascarol
xmascarol

I still would love to see Vivian come back she had a way to make you laugh.Am I right but didn’t she and Victor not get along?? Still loved her.How about Eugene too?? Well they need to do something to liven up the story.

Katzie
Katzie

Lately, watching DOOL has been too much like work, so I what I have been doing is just deleting entire weeks lately. That’s the probably the death knell of me wathing this show
Too bad but the writing is terrible and the show is just plain B-O-R-I-N-G.

JT
JT

Interesting how Corday uses Stephen Nichols for publicity but his writers REFUSE to write for his character of Steve (PATCH). Having Steve lose his identity to become virtually nothing just a day player to Kayla once in a while tells me that Days is no more! Bringing viewers back on a false promise is basically defrauding all. I feel cheated and disgusted. The new writers have shown a total disrespect. They only prop their pets now and unfortunately they are just simple stereotypes. Nothing to brag about, nothing to care about!

Dee
Dee

I’m not a Cassie fan, but at least please don’t revive that horrid moaning Eve theme music. Ick!

penny
penny

Nothing screams at me to continue to watch. I’ll keep checking back to see if the casting has gotten better for the rest of america.

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THIS WEEK: Billy Flynn and Kate Mansi Exit DAYS As Chabby Says Their “I Do’s” In Heart-tugging Moments

By now, Days of our Lives fans have learned that this week marks the end of the run, for now, of Billy Flynn and Kate Mansi as Chad and Abby.  But before they exit look for wedding bells to ring as Chabby remarries.

When Marci Miller decided to depart the role of Abigail, Kate Mansi returned to the role she played before Miller to finish the arc, which would have potentially left Abby to leave town and Chad to be without her, since Mansi signed on to just complete the storyline,

DAYS head writer Ron Carlivati told Soap Opera Digest  (in latest issue on newsstands now) the thought process of having the duo leave together: “While it was kind of agonizing to make the decision that Chad will exit the canvas with Abigail, I decided that was the best thing for the couple, it was the best thing for the fans and it was the best thing for the show. The way that they exit is very, very open-ended. It’s not like someone is going to die. They leave happy and the door is completely open for them to come back. As much as I’m sure some people will be sad to see them go, I think they’ll be happy to see them go together. It just seemed so unfair to not give them a happy ending. And I just didn’t see how that happy ending would work if Chad stayed in Salem and Abigail left.”   He added: “Obviously, if the time is right, the story is right, and the people are available, they’ll be back.”

Looks like we all need to get out the hankies after checking out the latest NBC promo for Chad and Abby’s wedding and farewell.  You can watch it below.  Then let us know if you are sad to see Billy and Kate exit DAYS, and if you hope they will be back sooner than later via the comment section below.

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Drake Hogestyn Chats On John Black’s Latest Predicament With Diana and Leo On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’

The complex life of John Black (Drake Hogestyn) just got even more complicated on NBC’s Days of our Lives; thanks to the arrival of his ex-flame Diana Colville (Judith Chapman) and the bombshell that bad boy Leo Stark (Greg Rikaart), who has been causing so much trouble for Will (Chandler Massey) and Sonny (Freddie Smith), is actually his biological son!  Boy, John certainly has had some kids he never knew about pop up (remember, Paul Narita is John’s son, too).  But, is this all a tale spun by Diana, or the truth regarding Leo?

Longtime DAYS vet, Drake Hogestyn sits down with host, Michael Fairman on an all-new installment of NBC’s Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast.  During the conversation, Drake talks about his surprise learning from the script that Diana Cooper was indeed his ex, Diana Colville.

The beloved actor reveals that at one point he thought Genie Francis (Laura, GH) might be coming back to reprise the role, but now that it’s Judith Chapman he is having a great time acting opposite her.  In addition, being a true historian of DAYS, Drake takes the listeners on some fun facts that they may not have remembered. Later, Hogestyn reveals why he and Deidre Hall (Marlena) have found such success as DAYS’ enduring John and Marlena.

Michael commends Drake on his Daytime Emmy Pre-Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his emotional turn following Marlena being shot at the Jarlena nuptials, and the family saying their goodbyes believing she was going to die, especially she the good doc had a DNR request on her legal forms filed with the hospital.

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In the backstage segment of the podcast, Eric Martsolf (Brady) takes Fairman on what a typical production day is like for him and others in Salem: visiting the wardrobe department, stopping to talk to the stage manager, and chatting it up with co-stars along the way including: Lauren Koslow (Kate) and Linsey Godfrey (Sarah).

The new episode of Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast is currently streaming on NBC.com here, and will be available for download via iTunes on Monday.

So, do you think John will do next now that Diana is working her way back into his life, and Leo is his son?  Will he tell Marlena what is going on?  What did you think of the sentiments shared by Drake in the interview? Comment below.

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‘Days of our Lives’ Producer Files Lawsuit Against Sony Pictures Television

In a breach of contract and fraud complaint filed this morning, Corday Productions, the Producers of Days of our Lives, is seeking 20 million dollars in damages from its producing partner, Sony Pictures Television, as well as its Columbia Pictures and Screen Gems divisions, and to significantly take back control of the show.

In the 33-page court filed document this morning, Deadline.com noted some of the key points contained within.  Corday Productions is alleging that Sony has treated the show unfairly skewed in favor of its Sony-owned daytime drama series, The Young and the Restless.  The complaint indicates that, “While the domestic ratings for Days of Our Lives have remained largely constant, Sony’s distribution receipts have decreased by over 50%. This dramatic decline is directly attributable to a decision at the highest levels of Sony management to eliminate any competition to its own wholly-owned series The Young and The Restless also distributed by Sony.”

Sony Pictures Television distributes Days of our Lives in overseas territories, and in ancillary markets such as digital streaming.  The DAYS suit alleges that Sony has failed to sell the show in key territories including: Great Britain, France, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Canada, France, Zambia, and South Africa.”

In the lawsuit, the producers also claim that Sony has stiffed them by forcing the production company, Corday Productions, to absorb budgetary deficits . The filing also claims that Sony is “imposing solely on Corday the burden of absorbing the multi-million dollar annual operating deficits due to an inadequate NBC license fee and mandating an inefficient, costly production schedule.”

The complaint filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, also alleges that Sony has provided Corday with inaccurate accounting and has failed to pay millions of dollars in profits.

Make sure to read more on the lawsuit click here.

So, what do you think about some of the key points that the Days of our Lives producers bring up in their lawsuit against Sony? Comment below.

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