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Tyler Christopher Shares Statement On Honoring His Past As GH's Nikolas Cassadine To His New Beginnings On DAYS!

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Daytime fans learned the news earlier on Thursday that Tyler Christopher has joined Days of our Lives in an undisclosed role and will begin to air six months from now.

With that, GH fans who were hoping the Daytime Emmy-winning star would return to his role as the dark prince, Nikolas Cassadine found their hopes dashed.

But when one door closes, another one opens, and Tyler is set to wow audiences again this time in Salem under head writer Ron Carlivati, who also gave Tyler several key stories during his time at GH.  In a statement made on facebook page merging the past with his future. Tyler wrote: “It has been a true blessing to be able to do what I love for the past 22 years. It feels like just yesterday that I pulled over to a pay phone on Sunset Blvd to answer a page (yes a page) from my agent telling me I had gotten the roll of Nikolas Cassadine on General Hospital. I dropped to me knees, still barely clutching the phone in what can only be described as child-like disbelief at getting a Christmas present I thought Santa had forgotten about but didn’t deserve. I often wonder what my life would of been like if Mark Teschner hadn’t seen beyond the fragile inexperience clearly on display during our first meeting in late 1995. Fortunately for me…he did. Thank you Nikolas Cassadine for championing my career. In so many ways – I think I needed you more than you needed me. And thank you (insert DOOL character) for reminding me what a privilege it is to be an actor.”

So, what did you think of the heartfelt sentiments shared by Tyler? Comment below.

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Hope he will be an Alamain…and better written than whatshisface (he played David Hayward on AMC but i cant think of the actor’s name and was it Deimos he played) on Days before being killed off…

Vincent Irizarry.

Vincent Irizarry is OLDER than Genie Francis!!! NO bad choice

Whoops thought you meant Vincent to play Nik

Personally I will not miss him.
I wish him luck on DOOL.

Agreed. We’re outnumbered, Karen. Tyler never appealed to me. I guess it’s one of those things.
I do not see anything spectacular about him, at least, not as much as all the fans’ accolades make him out to be.

I concur with you both! Although I never held any animus for Tyler’s Nik, I also didn’t harbor great affection for him either. I was pretty neutral, as he was the accepted Cassadine heir for an age and was basically non-offensive for most of his GH existence. However, I really didn’t like how the character was changed in the last year or so, what with that pairing with Hayden and the dark side of his persona apparently emerging…it simply didn’t work for me. Hence as much as I applaud this actor for graciously bowing out of his long time role and honoring his loyal fans, I cannot honestly say that I will miss him all that much…provided a really good Nikolas recast is the offing! Such a move would leave me satisfied, since the character does need to return to the GH canvas sooner—rather than later— to tie up many loose ends regarding his not-so-illustrious clan’s myriad mysteries.

Nikolas Cassadine – One of my favorite characters. Tyler Christopher one of my favorite actors.

Tyler will be missed so dearly, he is quite the eye candy on GH & I hope he can come back soon.

I’ll miss him on GH, but I’m happy he has a new job. I’m an off and on viewer with Days, so I plan to tune in when he appears. I wish him the best and hope his new character is fun to watch.

Ron C. Is doing some amazing things at DAYS as head writer!

Hmmmm. We’ll shall see what we shall see.
(Not optimistic,)

He has a right to move on if he doesn’t want to play Nicholas anymore but I will miss him. I hope that they don’t replace Nicholas or lucky on gh the original actors, johnthan Jackson and Tyler Christopher) are the only ones who should play them I will miss u dearly Nicholas cassadine! I wish u the best for your career

This is great news. I have said that DOOL has missed having a true leading man since James Scott left the role of EJ. Billy Flynn is the closest to fill the role. But now, we have a Best Actor (Daytime Emmy) coming on board. I hope he is either a recast for EJ or Peter Blake. This is great news!

I like hearing that Tyler is grateful for what he had before and what he’s gotten now. This whole thing being under wraps has me curious. Could he be Zack? Is it possible the characterwasn’t run over by Chelsea all those years ago? This could go so many ways!!!

wow! That would be an intriguing plot line.

I know soaps SORAS kids all the time, but Tyler being “Zack” would be crazy. Tyler is 45 and would look ridiculous opposite Kristian Alfonso as his mom and Brandon Beemer as his older brother. Zach should be a teen at the most.

wasn’t Zack an organ donor?maybe he could be John Thomas(J.T.)

I would MUCH rather have Tyler Christopher at “GH” than Steve Burton.

Me too.
Who do you think should play Nickolas now?
The buzz on the other sites is Michael Muhney.

That would be fine with me. Nik needs to be back on the canvas and reignite his affair with Ava.

I like Nick Stabile because he had good chemistry with Maura West. But, there isn’t really much for Nikolas to do right now. If his fortune is Valentin’s, how will he support himself? He’s not a doctor or a lawyer. He’s only really good at being a Greek prince, which is boring when he’s destitute. I think there is only room on GH for one Cassadine at a time on Spoon Island. Currently, that’s Valentin.

Best of luck to Tyler. I probably will only tune in to DOOL to see Eileen Davidson’s arc. I may see him. Too bad about GH. Port Charles has become such a disaster. The entire show revolves around Sonny and Carly, and every conversation and scene somehow revolves around the “magic” of these two selfish characters or their son, “The Moron.” I can’t stand it. I barely watch the show, but when I do, it’s the same ol’ story. It’s too bad that TPTB could not negotiate with Tyler-a legacy character with ties to a core family.

Very true, dmr! Until GH climbs out of the tired old muck and mire which has become the endlessly monotonous “Carly and Sonny” saga, they will not attract people to the show and will undoubtedly keep driving more and more of its loyal base away to other soaps which feature and revere traditional favorites/core families or from daytime altogether. This is the message repeated time and time again by umpteen posters at this website and yet, it still seems to be falling on deaf ears at GH, or the very least, ABC.

Agree with you again, Shay!

Nicely put. Class act. Left GH without disrespecting the fans. Unlike an actor that jumped to the competition and expects to be lauded for returning. Best of luck, Tyler. Hopefully Carlivati will write you a memorable character

I do admire that he doesn’t disrespect fans–and I thought his Emmy speech was really humble and gratifying. Kudos to the actor for that!
And they did kind of ruin his character on GH.
I’m sad that he and Genie didn’t get to play more together. They were wonderful when he first came on–and Genie elevates everyone else’s performance (even Tony Geary’s). Psssst! Don’t tell TG I said that; he might hit me–LOL.

He is a class act. Good luck Tyler.

Wish him all the best might watch now days , stopped
For a long time love Chad too. Miss him so much
On GH!!

Okay, so now that he is going to be on DAYS, how about Rebecca Budig?

I am very excited for Tyler to start a new Endeavor with days. But I will surely miss his character on GH. We have enjoyed his undermining Behavior and we have enjoyed his loving personality when he was in love. Although I am not a days fan maybe I will tune into it to see how Tyler is doing. Best of luck with your new career on your new soap. GH will miss you. Maybe you can stop by in a spirit form until we find your body.

Still Nickolas,just recast little Nicky as Aunt Viv is also back.

Disappointed to hear Tyler won’t be reprising the role if they bring Nicolas back. Loved his post, though…

“Thank you Nikolas Cassadine for championing my career. In so many ways – I think I needed you more than you needed me.” Great tribute to the character and to the fans, acknowledging a character many of us love..and so touching to express how much playing this role meant to him and his career.

Best of luck, Tyler.

Good news for DAYS. Mr. Christopher was very good as Nikolas, watchable even though the family itself wears thin for me. I may return to Salem but not if stories get to weird and other worldly.

GH was once considered a jewel. What has happened? Too much mob and violence, not enough romance and realism. The best most-loved serials were based on core families. No one believes in families anymore, it seems. Port Charles has become a community of lost souls and sick people the hospital cannot help. There is no hero anymore.

I think it’s a shame that under Frank’s regime we are losing so many fabulous Gh vets. It’s starting to look more like OLTL. While I do love those actors Gh vets should not be losing their spots on GH for them. We need an overhaul with all tptb at Gh. GH sadly is not what it used to be. They cant honor the history if they dont take the time to know it! Sorry we lost another great actor.

Boy, I’m gonna miss you . . . GH flags at half mast.

Thrilled to hear Tyler C. Is joining Days. I have missed him as Nicholas Cassasdine.

No one can ever take place of James Scott as EJ. So, i hope Tyler is a part of Kiriakis clan and has lots of story with Tyler’s driend

Friend and mentor, Stephen Nichols. Loved them together many yrs ago on GH. Mary Beth Evans was Tyler’s first screen kiss. Hope they all have story.
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I am ready to let Chad go from DiMera family. Leave it to to Tony snd Kate

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Jason Cook Recalls Landing His Soap Roles as DAYS Shawn-Douglas Brady and GH’s Matt Hunter

Daytime fans remember Jason Cook when he became wildly-popular as Hope (Kristian Alfonso) and Bo’s (Peter Reckell) son, Shawn-Douglas Brady on Days of our Lives from 1999-2006. He later made a brief return in the role in 2015 for the series 50th anniversary.

After departing DAYS, Cook was offered a role on General Hospital as Dr. Matt Hunter, the younger brother to Dr. Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson) from 2008-2012. However, during his time on the soaps, and after, Cook has been focusing on his behind the scenes roles and passion as writer and a director of feature films.

Last week, the Michael Fairman Channel welcomed Jason, along with two of the stars of his latest film, Four for Fun, Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-AMC, B&B, GH). During the conversation, Cook revealed his continued admiration for the soap medium and the actors who work in it, and how it came to pass that he landed his parts on Days of our Lives, and then on General Hospital.

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Cook spoke on becoming the on-screen son of soap opera’s most iconic couples, Bo and Hope: “I auditioned for Fran Bascom. She was the Days of our Lives casting director at the time. I was never a great auditioner, I don’t think. She made me feel really comfortable. I remember that screen test. And then, I remember when I got the part, I was actually working at a company at a desk job. I got the call at work and I just screamed, and at the time I didn’t quit my job. But then, I got that contract when I was 19-years-old and it totally changed my life.”

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But, was Jason aware how key to the show being Bo and Hope’s son would be? “Yeah, my older sister was a fan of the show. She definitely let me know that I better not mess it up, because I was gonna ruin her favorite couple,” he shared. “I remember she printed out the family tree and it looked like a physics diagram. It was so complicated. A lot of detailed work went into it. But, I was excited.”

After being a known entity with a large fan following, eventually Cook made his way to a new role on General Hospital. Jason explained, “GH was fun. That was a situation where Brian Frons (ex-ABC Daytime President) brought me over there. I just told him I didn’t want to be like or want to do Shawn. He’s like, ‘Well, what do you wanna do?’ I said, ‘How can I screw things up around here and shake things up?'”

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From that conversation things began to formulate. Cook revealed, “We started talking about the TV series House. I think in soaps, there’s an assumption if you’re going on a show that everybody wants to be the hero. I was like, ‘I don’t want to (be). I want to screw everything up.’ And then, they wrote it in that Matt Hunter burns the hospital down within like six months. I was like really proud about that. The other part that I loved about that character is that Matt, and his older brother Patrick (Jason Thompson), were both neurosurgeons. And if you (an actor) resigned your contract (with the show) you go to Patrick, you see Patrick. And if you don’t resign your contract, you see my character, because my character was going to kill you every time.”

For more on the interview, make sure to check out the replay of the livestream conversation below with Jason, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young.  Now let us know, did you enjoy Jason as Shawn-D and Matt on GH? Do you hope someday he might return on-screen to the soaps? Let us know in the comment section.

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EXCLUSIVE: Jacob Young, Joan Collins and Nadia Bjorlin to Prague to Film ‘Murder Between Friends’

On Thursday night during the Michael Fairman Channel’s livestream interview centering around Jason Cook’s (ex-Shawn, DAYS and ex-Matt, GH) latest movie Four For Fun which stars Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-JR, AMC, ex-Rick, B&B and ex-Lucky, GH), revealed another upcoming film project with some very familiar faces.

Jacob Young shared an exclusive that he is set to direct, produce and star in a Agatha Christie-like murder mystery feature film aptly tiled Murder Between Friends.

Speaking on the upcoming project, Jacob said, “I’m flying at the end of the March to Prague to direct, produce and star in a film with Joan Collins (ex-Dynasty). Nadia Bjorlin (ex-Chloe, Days of our Lives) is in it, and Toby Alexander Smith from Eastenders (ex-Gray Atkins). Plus, a couple of my Broadway friends and a very well known Czech actress (Hana Vagnerova).”

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According to Jacob, the production start date is April 1st. He added on the premise of the film, “It’s very Agatha Christie sort of ‘Knives Out’ without having a hundred million dollars to shoot it, but still will be a lovely film nonetheless.” Young said the plan is to finish all principal photography by April 17th.

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IMDb has more on the film. It shared that former All My Children star Trent Garrett (ex-Asher Pike) is listed as co-directing the feature. Mark Rozzano is listed as writer of Murder Between Friends.

So, what do you think about this upcoming feature from Jacob that will feature Joan Collins, Nadia Bjorlin et al? Share your thoughts in the comment section. 

Then below, check out the full livestream conversation with Jason Cook, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young on ‘Four For Fun’ and their notable soap roles.

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Days of our Lives Star Blake Berris Chats On the Everett Lynch/Bobby Stein Mystery, Working with His New Co-Stars, and the Last Christmas Episode with Bill Hayes

On Days of our Lives, the return of Blake Berris is making for some very intriguing drama, with the audience guessing just which way the story will go.

When Berris arrived back on Days of our Lives, after previously playing Nick Fallon, he was taking on the new role of Everett Lynch, who has a past with Stephanie Johnson (Abigail Klein) and Jada Hunter (Elia Cantu). Only, as it has been revealed, the past he had with Jada was under the name “Bobby Stein,” who from what we can tell was far from a nice guy.

Blake visited the Michael Fairman Channel for a livestream interview this week, where fans in the live chat were weighing-on what could be the truth about the guy – is he a split personality suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder? Did the accident that cost him a year of his life in a coma, never happen? Recently, someone set fire to the beloved Horton house. Fans are suspecting it would have been “Bobby” who is working for Clyde Weston (James Read). Others believe that Everett/Bobby could actually be Clyde’s son. With upcoming therapy sessions with Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) about to start, things are about to get more juicy in Salem.

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Here are just a few excerpts from our conversation with Blake on a myriad of Everett/Bobby subjects. Make sure to check out the full interview for more.

Did you know that they were going to make Everett Lynch a Jewish character? This is only the second time in the history of the show that they have even had a Jewish character on the canvas. Didn’t they reveal this at the Horton family Christmas episode?

BLAKE: No, they never asked me. I am half-Jewish on my dad’s side. There was never like, ‘You’re Jewish, right? We can call you Jewish on the show?’ At the Horton Christmas, “They made a real point of it, yeah.”

And now the new ‘character’ is “Bobby Stein” …

BLAKE: “Right, and that suggests more Jewish, and then Lynch must be coming from somewhere else, maybe the mother. I was so curious because I think the show has been historically, I’m gonna say, Catholic more than like Wasps. With the Bradys there’s this sort of Irish influence, and then the DiMeras, that’s Italian. So, we’ve got Catholics sort of on both sides that are dominant. Now I, “represent”.

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What has it been like working with Abigail Klein?

BLAKE: I think she is extraordinary. We start off sort of frosty, or she’s frosty with me, like she doesn’t want to let me in. And then, for a while things are going really well. I just could not adore Abigail more. She’s such a good actor. I could always rely on her to bring me back into a scene and be there in this emotionally, supportive way.

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Everett and Chad seemed to be becoming friend-ish, when all went awry when at the PCPD interrogation room, Everett let him know about Elia and Bobby Stein, and Chad let him have it for worming his way back in to Stephanie’s life.

BLAKE: Billy would call us the ‘disgusting brothers’ and that’s a reference from Succession, because all of a sudden they’re just so chummy with each other. It’s like all of a sudden we just had this like ‘Bernstein and Woodward’, sort of dynamic duo. I think that Everett really started to think of Chad as a friend and feels sort of disappointed, and he feels, “Oh, it’s that easy? I just needed to have some other identity and now you’re a fair-weather friend?”‘

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In recent scenes, Jada sees Bobby Stein for the first time, and we see you and Elia Cantu share scenes with each other for the first time. What is it like working with Elia?

BLAKE: She’s fire, man. She comes in hot and she tells you the way it’s going to be. I think early on, we were trying to suss each other out and the more we worked together, the more comfortable you get with somebody. I think actors do this sometimes with each other; if there’s spice on screen, you like to keep some of what you have on-screen in your (real-life) interactions because it helps … it helps the work.  Eventually, we just sort of wore each other down and we’re like, ‘I actually totally get you, and you’re great.'”

Did you know that they were going to make Everett Lynch a Jewish character? This is only the second time in the history of the show that they have even had a Jewish character and didn’t they reveal this at the Horton family Christmas episode?

BLAKE: No, they never asked me. I am half-Jewish on my dad’s side. There was never like, ‘You’re Jewish, right? We can call you Jewish on the show?’ At the Horton Christmas, “They made a real point of it, yeah.”

And now the new ‘character’ is “Bobby Stein” …

BLAKE: “Right, and that suggests more Jewish, and then Lynch must be coming from somewhere else, maybe the mother. I was so curious because I think the show has been historically, I’m gonna say, Catholic more than like Wasps. With the Bradys there’s this sort of Irish influence, and then the DiMeras, that’s Italian. So we’ve got Catholics sort of on both sides that are dominant. Now I, “represent”.

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You were on set and in the annual Horton Christmas episode which sadly marked the last for Days of our Lives legendary Bill Hayes, who passed away in January of this year.  What do you recall of that tape day?

BLAKE: It was the Christmas episode when we were watching Susan (Julie) and Bill, say ‘Merry Christmas.’  And there was something about it that just felt like it could be the last time. I mean, it wrecked us all on set. Bill gets so choked up and there was something really profound about the moment. They kiss each other as they have so many times before on the show. It was just beautiful. It felt beautiful to be there for that last Christmas. He’s just such an icon. Every time I’d see him, he was so with it … he knew my name, he knew his lines. What an incredible, incredible man.

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Fans will get to see Everett in therapy sessions with Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)? Would you say she is helping the guy?

BLAKE: Deidre’s always making jokes about Marlena, ‘She’s the worst therapist in the world’ (Laughs) I remember in the first therapy session, we almost couldn’t get through the scenes because it’s just so clear that Everett has a litany of very profound psychological issues that he is going to have to work through. He’ll keep coming back. This guy’s gonna pay the bills!

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Viewers are waiting to see how they mystery of Everett Lynch/Bobby Stein plays out. What can you say as a tease for what’s to come?

BLAKE: As far as a tease, I would say, you have all these characters sort of, trying to wake up the ‘sleeping giant’ in a way. I think it’s safe to say that like if you poke a bear, the bear might wake up.

Watch the livestream chat with Blake in full below.

Now let us know, what do you think is going with Everett/Bobby? What has happened to him in his past? Share your theories in the comment section below, and make sure to catch Days of our Lives next week on Peacock for more to his story.

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