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TONIGHT: Greg Vaughan Debuts In OWN's Queen Sugar!

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The two-night premiere of Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay’s highly-anticipated series, Queen Sugar begins on OWN Tuesday night at 10PMEST/9PMCST.  The series centers around the three Bordelon siblings: the character of Nova (True Blood’s Rutina Wesley), Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe), and Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner).

Days of our Lives favorite, Greg Vaughan (Ex-Eric) is also part of the stellar cast.  Vaughan plays Calvin, a cop and longtime lover of Nova (Wesley).  Despite his connection with her, Calvin is already married to somebody else. Other soap notables are also in the series: former DAYS Daytime Emmy winner, True O’Brien (Ex-Paige). and Ex-All My Children ‘s Dondre T Whitfield (Ex-Terrence).

Following the show’s premiere party late last week, Vaughan took to his Instagram account and shared: “It all started from a book by 1 incredible woman to another woman who opened her heart & passed onto the woman for which she created, & I am honored to be apart of … Came a script, then came the writers, in-visionary women directors, a cast with heart & soul, a never say die crew, & now a FAMILY the WHOLE world will hear & be talking about! It’s called, QUEEN SUGAR.”

The L.A. Times on Tuesday printed a review on the premiere episodes noting the following: “On one level, Queen Sugar is a very simple and highly American story: Three estranged siblings are drawn back to their father’s Louisiana sugar cane farm, where they rediscover themselves, their heritage and the lure of the land. But Queen Sugar is also the television debut of  Selma director Ava DuVernay, who adapted it from Natalie Baszile’s novel of the same name and directs the first two hours. DuVernay follows the template but resists the more typical wistfulness in favor of the sensual. Buoyed by a masterful soundtrack and framed by a lush attention to detail, Queen Sugar is as much a sensual experience as it is a story. Though the plot includes a laundry list of standard developments — a secret affair, a family scandal, a recovering addict, the pitfalls of fame, a conniving land developer, an ex-con prone to violence — they are not treated in the standard way.”

So, will you be checking out Vaughn and company on Queen Sugar?  If so, let us know what you thought of the premiere and Greg’s role!

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Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

I’m excited to see what’s cooking. Really looking forward to it

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

I don’t have OWN, but good luck, Greg!

Luisa
Luisa

I loved it, Greg butt was ok

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Seems like a very hard working professional–glad he is on Sugar Queen–looks like an integral role in a series that has been touted as critically good.

JMER
JMER

I can’t wait to see this!

Hope Wright
Hope Wright

Glad to see Greg Vaughn !! Eyecandy as well as a great actor!! Great show so far!

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Just saw the first episode. It was actually pretty good. Greg was smooth as ever; just not too big a role (at this point…not sure if he gains in importance.)

penny
penny

Favorite night of the week, Wednesday, why? Queen Sugar @10 on OWN because the beauty of the story has me feeling some kind of way..

JMER
JMER

He is wonderful in it so far. I hope he gets more screentime with the Bordelon sister, Nova. Great, great show overall, though so I’m not just watching to see him. It is very sensual, beautiful to look at and relatable.

Gilmore
Gilmore

Greg Vaughn is a hot ticket! He and Rutina Wesley look explosive together. When he first appeared on the screen , his whole look (loooove the hair!!!!) was fresh and fashion forward. Terrific actor ! Fits the role ! Hope to see a lot more of him and the two of them in Queen Sugar. Spectacular series!!

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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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In great news for Days of our Lives, Daytime-Emmy winning scribe, Ron Carlivati has renewed his contract with the NBC soap opera.  Formerly head writer at One Life to Live and General Hospital, Carlivati took over the lives of the good people of Salem back in 2017, and since then the show has been on a creative and ratings uptick.

Ron spoke with Soap Opera Digest and revealed he is staying put in Salem stating: “I am both thrilled and grateful to be staying put in Salem.”

After winning a Daytime Emmy for his work on the show (from the 2017 season last April of 2018), and the series winning the trifecta of Writing, Show and Directing, Ron added: “From day one, (executive producer) Ken Corday, (Co-executive producer) Greg Meng, and the entire cast and crew at Days of or Lives welcomed me into their family with open arms. It is truly and honor and a privilege to write for these wonderful characters on this legendary show.”

Look for more drama, mystery, romance and antics, Carlivati-style in the days and months to come.

So, DAYS fans, glad to hear Ron is staying on-board at DAYS? Comment below,

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Daytime fan favorite, Judith Chapman is back on Days of our Lives in this delicious new take on Diana, and on the latest installment of Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast.

During her interview with host Michael Fairman, Judith talks about how she was asked to take on the role, and found herself reunited with her former on-screen son from Y&R, Greg Rikaart.  She also teases what is to come in this twisted mother and son relationship, reveals what it has been like working with Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn, and talks about her former soap opera roles that included: Natalie Bannon on As the World Turns, Ginny Blake, General Hospital, Charlotte Greer on Ryan’s Hope, Angelica Deveraux on Days and Gloria Fisher Bardwell on Y&R- quite the resume.   When not on TV, Judith can be found in the theatre, where she is currently starring as Tallulah Bankhead in the show, Looped now through February 10th in Palm Springs, California.

Later in the podcast, John Aniston (Victor) stops by Suzanne Rogers  (Maggie) dressing room, where the duo talk about how they work together running scenes, and going through a tape day, and some fun historical anecdotes from Salem, and more.

To get the extended version of this interview with Judith, make sure to download it via iTunes and all major pod platforms.  To listen to the NBC.com version make sure to click here and enjoy.

Let us know what was your favorite part of our chat with Judith and if you are loving her thus far as Diana on DAYS via the comment section below.

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