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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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Jimh
Jimh

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…

Gerardo Ramirez
Gerardo Ramirez

Vincent Irizarry.

Guest
Guest

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

Guest
Guest

Whoops thought you meant Vincent to play Nik

Karen R
Karen R

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

Celia
Celia

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.

Shay
Shay

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.

Daisy Day
Daisy Day

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

Louise
Louise

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

Lucky
Lucky

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.

Phil
Phil

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

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

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

Sasha
Sasha

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

Ray
Ray

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!

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

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!!!

Gerardo Ramirez
Gerardo Ramirez

wow! That would be an intriguing plot line.

NySam
NySam

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.

cissy
cissy

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

Kevin O.
Kevin O.

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

gh'er
gh'er

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

Kevin O.
Kevin O.

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

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

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.

dmr
dmr

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.

Shay
Shay

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.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Agree with you again, Shay!

robbie
robbie

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

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

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.

Timmm
Timmm

He is a class act. Good luck Tyler.

Patty
Patty

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

Phil
Phil

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

Karen
Karen

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.

vinee
vinee

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

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

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.

Iakovos
Iakovos

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.

Carrie Nauseda
Carrie Nauseda

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.

PattyJean
PattyJean

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

Libby
Libby

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

Libby
Libby

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.
G
I am ready to let Chad go from DiMera family. Leave it to to Tony snd Kate

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Days of our Lives to Air in the UK Beginning In January

Salem is coming across the pond to the UK!  Look for the British to enjoy the long-running daytime soap airing  exclusively on the Sony Channel beginning on January 20th of 2020.

According to Metro: when DAYS does debut in the UK  viewers will see the story pick-up from the series 53rd season where in story; Vivian Alamain returns to Salem after Stefan O. DiMera arrives on the scene claiming to be her son, which all happens on New Years Eve along with three major kisses.

The season which will bow on Sony Channel marked the first full season run of episodes from current head writer, Ron Carlivati

This isn’t the first time DAYS has aired in England, previously it has runs on  CBS Drama, Zone Romantica, and Channel 5

Episodes picking up from season 53 will broadcast at 9;10am.

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Nichols, who along with Mary Beth Evans, have been known as enduring supercouple Patch and Kayla, and now they find themselves in the Salem time jump in a different set of circumstances,  First of all, Kayla is romantically involved with Justin Kiriakis (Wally Kurth), and Nichols returned as Stefano and is in ca-hoots with Princess Gina (Kristian Alfonso).

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In an interview in the current issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Stephen opens up about taking on the classic soap villain role made famous by the late, great Joe Mascolo.

Nichols admitted there was some trepidation taking on and in approaching how to portray the role: “It was daunting and a major challenge to take on. I knew I didn’t want to be a cheap imitation. I wanted to get Stefano’s essence.”

In preparing for his new journey on DAYS, Nichols noted: “I watched the master, Joe Mascolo.  I got lots of videos of Stefano. Stefano in every mode: Manipulating, laughing, Stefano with the ladies, with his children, and, of course, Stefano raging.”

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DAYS Head Writer Ron Carlivati Talks On: Ben Weston, Soap Amnesia, Doppelgängers, and the Time Jump

Days of our Lives viewers have been going through some changes over the past month since the launch of the innovative time jump from the creative mind of the series and Daytime Emmy-winning head writer, Ron Carlivati.  As episode after episode unfolds, the audience has been finding out just where their favorite Salem residents have landed and with whom, in the one year flash-forward.  There have been shocking deaths revealed, longtime couples facing different kinds of obstacles that could change their relationships forever, and some characters brought back on the canvas, in one form or the other, to shake things up.

On the series finale of the Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast,  Ron Carlivati was the very special guest and addressed many of the decisions that went into making the flash- forward happen starting with when Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) wakes up from her coma after her fall, thanks to Princess Gina (Kristian Alfonso), and how it impacts the canvas.  You can listen to the can’t-miss interview here via iTunes or at NBC.com/Inside Salem.

Due to the length of our conversation with the talented head scribe, some of the questions and answers did not make it into the podcast finale due to time constraints.  So, we have brought you the rest the interview here as Ron discusses: the popularity of  #Cin, back-from-the-dead storylines, writing for the original series on the DOOL app and further creative decisions that went into crafting the one-year time jump.  Check out what Ron had to say below.

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You have been able to make #Cin, the hottest duo on daytime by taking a now reformed serial killer, Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson) and pairing him with the daughter of one of DAYS all-time supercouples, Bo and Hope in Ciara Brady (Victoria Konefal).  Were you ever  concerned as to how this story/romance would play to the audience at home, because in reality no parent would ever just stand by and let their child get involved with a man who strangled and killed women, previously? 

Ron:  To sort of try to glorify a guy who strangled women and make him into a romantic lead, we don’t do that lightly.  Not unlike, Todd Manning (Roger Howarth) on One Life to Live who was a rapist, and who became sort of an anti-hero, but also a romantic lea.  And in this day and age, it’s even a bigger decision to do something like that, I think.  So, that said, it is a soap opera and there are certain things where we know we are pushing the envelope.  We know in the real world that no mother would ever get past her daughter being with a guy who murdered, killed, and strangled three women or strangled and shot one, but the pairing worked so well.

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In the time jump, you gave Ben an intriguing prison cell mate in Will Horton, given that Ben had “killed” him previously.  Add to that you brought back Ben’s criminal father, Clyde back into the mix.  There’s lots of prison orange these days on the screen.

Ron:  When we knew we were sending Ben to prison, then obviously father and son have to cross path. It just added another element, so it wasn’t just going to be Ben and Will (Chandler Massey) talking to each other, and making a shawl together like Martha Stewart. (Laughs). Ben’s relationship with Clyde was interesting to me.  As horrible as Clyde was and is – there does seem to be some sort of love that he has for Ben.

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On the soaps, and as has been part of DAYS enduring legacy, characters are killed off, only to be brought back to life somewhere down the road. Many return with classic soap amnesia as a vehicle to drive story.  Is there ever a time when as a writer, or as a soap fan, you think “enough is enough”, and characters should just stay dead?  Many fans who watch daytime dramas get very invested in tragic death stories, where characters have these shocking or sudden, or long goodbyes, and the viewers goes through the grieving process; along with the other characters, for what then seems like a waste of an emotional investment when said character turns back up alive.

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Ron:  We were talking about bringing Jack (Matthew Ashford) back right around that same time we had the Will story.  We couldn’t bring two people back from the dead at the same time, and that’s why Jack’s return kind of got put on the back-burner, so we could do the ‘Will is alive’ story arc.  Look, the audience will go with you, especially if they want somebody back desperately.  They will overlook how did it happen, and how could they be alive.  They will accept almost any explanation, but I think you’re right, if you do it too much, you tend to water down the permanence of death … especially deaths that you saw on-camera.

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Viewers know you love doppelgänger storylines.  And, in the time jump you brought back none other than Hattie Adams (Deidre Hall).  Why the decision to bring Hattie back at this time?  I know Deidre loves playing her.

Ron:  I think Deidre likes playing something different than Marlena, because she played Marlena for many, many years, and she knows her like the back of her hand.  Hattie is an escape and something fun, and the chance to do and say outrageous things that Marlena would never do.  So, we bring her back whenever we can to have fun with, and again, it seemed to work because  she was in prison, and we set Eve in prison when we started the time jump off, and we’re like, “Who’s Eve (Kassie DePaiva) going to be talking to?” and we’re like, “Oh, well of course.  It has to be Hattie.” (Laughs)

When do you first see the fruits of your labor?  Do you see a feed from the set as the show is taping? Do you receive episodes where you see how what was written has come to life? 

Ron:  In prior shows, One Life to Live and on GH, I saw it when it aired. At One Life, I was in the studio, so I often saw production shooting scenes.  Here, they send me the completed shows once it has been completely edited, the music has been put into it, and it’s all ready to roll, and they email me the link to 5 or 6 shows.  So, I could in theory watch a couple of weeks ahead of the audience, but I tend to (unless I’m so, so curious about how a certain thing turned out) watch it when it’s on TV.

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The “Lani (Sal Stowers) and Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) joining a convent” storyline is at a critical point in story.  How did you come up with the decision to put Lani, and of all people, Kristen together and about to take their vows as nuns, and kind of becoming bff’s?

Ron:  I mean, you can’t imagine sort of two more unlikely friends as Kristen and Lani.  We grew to really love the relationship that developed between the two of them.  I think we sat down and said about the time jump, “There have to be enough big changes that you do the double-take.”  Like, Will is Ben’s cell mate, Adrienne is dead, and Justin and Kayla are together now.  You had to have enough of those WTF moments to justify passing a year of time.

You have also been writing series for the DOOL app.  What did you think of Chad and Abby in Paris with that being the initial one and how it all came to pass?

Ron:   It was fun.  I had no time.  I was writing six episodes a week of DAYS, and I was asked “By the way, can you write two seasons of a web/app show for us?” (Laughs) Greg Meng (Co-executive producer, Days of our Lives) has really been the mastermind behind this app and developing this app into something.  I love all of the stuff you guys came up with for all the behind the scenes content, but I know that Greg really wanted original series content on it, too.  Chad (Billy Flynn) and Abigail (Kate Mansi) just seemed like the logical couple to do that with.  You wanted somebody tied to Salem that wasn’t currently on the campus, but you know the audience cares about what their up to, and Chad and Abby just seemed perfect.  The process was totally different because I’m used to writing six outlines a week that are 15 pages long, and all of the sudden, I’m like, “She comes in, this happens, and this happens.” .  That’s like a whole episode of an app series right there.  Corday Productions produced it while they were producing the regular show, and they made a special set into Chad and Abigail’s apartment, which I thought looked incredible.

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Chad & Abby in Paris had a bit of a different look and feel then the regular airshows, which I think made it enticing.

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Ron:  I loved the look of it.  I felt it was just a little bit different than Salem.  We had the establishing shots of the Eiffel Tower and all of that stuff, and look, we had to keep it simple, but we added in Austin (Austin Peck).  We had Tony (Thaao Penghlis) come in season 2.  We had the new characters of Juliette (Rachele Schank) and Sylvie (Shawna Della-Ricca).  So, it was fun, and it weirdly just timed out so perfectly because we did 8, took like a week off, did another 8, and that last episode was posted right when Jennifer fell.

Right, so it timed perfect to get Chad & Abby back on the airshows.

Ron:  It timed out perfectly so that we could have Abigail get a call: “Something has happened to my mother.  We have to go back to Salem.”  So, you last saw Chad and Abby in Paris, and then the following week they were back in Salem.

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Now, with the kind of massive move for DAYS with the time jump, you have to figure out: “Who are the casualties?  Who am I going to lose?” Viewers learned in short order that: Adrienne (Judi Evans) isn’t alive, Haley (Thia Megia) isn’t alive, and Jordan (Chrishell Stause) isn’t alive.  What went into the decision-making process to kill those characters?  I’m assuming it was to further the story of others on the canvas.

Ron:  Yes.  Anytime we kill somebody, it breaks my heart every time, because these are like my babies.  You fall in love with these characters, and you care about them a lot, and you care about the people who play them.  So, it’s a big decision to say, “Let’s kill them.”  It may be a great story, like, “I’m going to get this amazing story if I kill X,” but that’s a person and a job, and it’s not something we ever do lightly.  That said, in a year of passage of time, you know that life and death is going to happen, and to us, it felt like to really signify the passage of time, there had to be at least one or two people who are no longer alive, and then show how that affects our story.

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Did you ever think that instead of 1 year that you’d do a bigger jump?  Like, “What if I did 5 years?”  Because it’s interesting, I was reading some comments on social media from fans who are like, “What year is it?  Is it just 1 year?  Why didn’t they do 5?” (Laughs)

Ron:  5 seemed like a lot.  I think people change physically a lot in 5 years. I wasn’t prepared to cast little children as teenagers… that would be a lot. (Laughs)  I think you run the risk of it being almost too disorienting for the audience.  Also, then it would be me having to figure out what happened over 5 years instead of just 1. (Laughs)  So, 1 year just kind of seemed perfect, and it had to be an even year so that even though it’s a crazy coincidence that Jennifer woke up 1 year to the day she fell into the coma, you needed Thanksgiving to still be Thanksgiving, and Christmas to still fall on Christmas, and that kind of thing.  So, it had to be an even year.  I think it worked out great and I hope the audience continues to go on the journey with us, because there is a lot more to come!

So, have you been enjoying the DAYS time jump thus far? Which storyline has piqued your interest most? Let us know via the comment section below.

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