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VIDEO: 50 Years Of DAYS: The Hortons and The Bradys!



This week as the celebration ramps up, has released a 2-minute clip package featuring Tom and Alice – the iconic MacDonald Carey and Frances Reid – and Caroline and Shawn played by Peggy McCay and Frank Parker.

Featured in the retrospective to honor the legacy of the longest-running scripted show in NBC history are moments from: the first scenes between Tom and Alice discussing the Horton children all having left the family nest, and one of the great hankie moments of all-time when Alice walks-in and hears Tom recite his poetry under his pen name and alias Norm de Pleume, and is so touched to learn that his poetry reading is all about his love for her.

Meanwhile, Caroline and Shawn are seen lovingly in a moment where Caroline sings to her now deceased husband as the show honors the matriarchs are of both long-enduring families who have meant so much to the series, and to its fans.

Watch the Hortons and the Bradys clip after the jump!  Let us know what was your favorite moment from it! And tell us your favorite Tom and Alice or Caroline and Shawn moments through the years!

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I remember the first episodes and other families who lived in Salem: the Andersons, Grants, and Peters…i could go on for DAYS…lol…the show was at its best during the Bill Bell era but i still enjoyed it afterwards too…there are too many great moments to list here and im looking forward to new ones!!!

Nice video. No favorites. All good. Days really knows how to celebrate a 50 year Anniversary! Keep it up!

Wow – that takes me way back to my teens! Loved Tom & Alice so much – it’s like seeing my grandparents again. My fav was Tom’s poem to Alice – somehow I missed that one the first time around. Thanks.

Thanks for bringing this to us, Michael Fairman! And thanks for the DAYS coverage of late!!! You’ve been very fair, Mr. FAIRman!!!!!

For those who may not know and would care to:

The group scene in this video wiith Macdonald Carey (Tom Horton) and Frances Reid (Alice Horton) featured John Clarke (Mickey Horton), Maree Cheatham (Marie Horton) and Richard Colla (Tony Merritt).

Mickey and Marie are brother and sister and two of Tom and Alice’s five children. Tony Merritt was engaged to Marie.

Actor Richard Colla is the real life husband of Device Alexander who played Dr. Lesley Webber on GH after she played Susan Hunter Martin on DAYS!!!!!

So nice to see the scenes, including Calliope Jones Bradford played by Arleen Sorkin!

I’ll always miss Tom and Alice!

The Brady family is special too!!! Frank Parker (Shawn Brady) and Peggy McCay (Caroline Brady) were magic together!

*Denise Alexander.

Tony Merrit was also later played by Don Brisco who later played Chris Jennings the werewolf on Dark Shadows!!!

I know so many people love 80’s Days, but Bill Bell wrote so many amazing Stories during his era. SL’s that are still being played out today. Kinda crazy that we will never have HW’s like Agnes, Douglas, Pat Falken Smith, Sherri Anderson, Harding Lemay, Sam Hall/Gordon Russell, and Bill Bell. These writers were more like playwrights than just TV writers.

I guess it should be noted these writers never had to deal with all the Network mandated crap. But it saddens me that in an era where Daytime could actually be breaking more ground like it did in the 60’s and 70’s, most soaps have been playing it safe when it comes to Storytelling, basically repeating the things that worked in the past, as opposed to trying push towards the future. But Im very excited about Days 50.

Travis, I totally agree with you. Give me the DAYS from the Bell era! The storytelling and the acting were so compelling, which you don’t see on the soaps these days. I remember every writer that you mentioned and they were creative and didn’t need to be cartoonist and my favorite word CAMPY. So many viewers today take that as a sign of a great writer. Think about this; back in the 60s and 70s, networks combined, there were about 16 to 17 soaps on the air. Now, we down to four. Not that hard to understand why. I wish DAYS much success, because they are working hard to turn the show around.

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Win a Private Game Night with Soap Stars and Help Children in Need for the Holidays

Jen Lilley (ex-Theresa, DAYS) is back with her annual toy drive for children through the holidays through her fundraiser in her effort to raise 25,000 toys for children in need each fall through Christmas is Not Cancelled to benefit Toys for Tots.

This week, fans have the opportunity to win a private zoom game night with none other than: Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea, Y&R), Kirsten Storms (Maxie, GH), Emme Rylan (Ex-Lulu, GH), Eric Martsolf (Brady, DAYS), Rob Scott Wilson (Alex, DAYS) Ali Sweeney (Sami, DAYS), and Lilley herself, by giving a toy to a child in need via website.

According to the site: “One Lucky Winner will be tuning in for a night of glamour, giggles, and game-winning moments, including: VIP Access to Your Soap Opera Faves: Join the virtual party with stars from your favorite daytime dramas! Prepare for drama on and off the screen as you chat, laugh, and bond over shared soap secrets.”

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Lilley shares: “By participating in this prize drawing, you will directly contribute to providing joy and happiness to underserved children during a challenging time in their lives, creating positive holiday memories!”

For more info on how you can win, make sure to visit

So, would you like to have a special ‘game night’ with this bevy of soap stars? Check out the opportunity, and let us know via the comment section below

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Morgan Fairchild, Nicollette Sheridan & Donna Mills Visit ‘Tamron Hall’ to Talk ‘Ladies of the ’80s: A Divas Christmas’

UPDATED: Monday November 27th, soap opera favorites, Morgan Fairchild (GH, ex-DAYS, DFT, The City, Dallas, Falcon Crest et al), Nicollette Sheridan (ex-Knots Landing) and Donna Mills (ex-Knots Landing) visit with Tamron Hall on her syndicated talk show. (find times in your area here).

The trio is set to give some inside intel to Tamron on their highly-anticipating holiday film, Ladies of the ’80s: A Divas Christmas, set to premiere on Lifetime on Saturday, December 2nd (8pm ET/7Pm CT) and streams next day.

As previously reported, Ladies of the 80’s: A Divas Christmas also stars Linda Gray (Dallas) and Loni Anderson (WKRP in Cincinnati) and in story, five glamorous ‘80s soap opera stars reunite to share the spotlight to shoot the final Christmas episode of their long-running soap opera.

The producer, Alex (Travis Burns) and director Nell (Taylor Ann Thompson), old college friends, do their best to keep things on the rails but as the ladies come together, old rivalries resurface that threaten to tear the whole production apart. With the show nearly canceled before it even begins due to the ladies’ famous diva behavior, they reluctantly agree to set aside their differences and past secrets to “act” as if they all still love each other.  When old sparks reignite between Alex and Nell, the ladies become eager to play cupid and conspire to bring the couple together. Along the way, the divas also discover that the love between them all is still very strong too.

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Ladies of the ‘80s: A Divas Christmas also stars Christopher Atkins, Patrika Darbo (ex-DAYS, B&B, The Bay), Alec Mapa, and Mills’s daughter, Chloe Mills. In addition, the holiday film features a theme song performed by none other than ’80s pop star Tiffany.

Check out the official trailer for ‘Ladies of the ’80s’ starring Donna, Nicollette, Linda, Morgan and Loni below, followed by the Tamron Hall Show segment.

Now let us know, are you looking forward to watching Ladies of the ’80s: A Divas Christmas? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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DAYS Arianne Zucker On Baby Switch Storyline: “It’s Heartbreaking to Watch What Nicole Has Been Going Through”

On Days of our Lives, a soap opera which has had more than its fair share of baby switch storylines over the years, viewers have watched in anguished now that Nicole Walker DiMera (Arianne Zucker) is the next victim of this heinous plot twist.

Making it all the more ironic is years ago, Nicole illegally took Sami’s daughter, Sydney after she suffered a miscarriage and tried to pass it off as her own, only for it to backfire in now classic scenes between Zucker and Alison Sweeney.

Now in 2023, it’s Nicole’s turn to have a ‘switch’ perpetrated on her, this time by Sloan (Jessica Serfaty) and the shifty Melinda Trask (Tina Huang) as the ringmasters.

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The baby named “Jude” is actually Eric’s (Nicole’s all-time love) biological son, but Nicole has thought this whole time her baby daddy was EJ (Dan Feuerriegel), her current husband – thanks to more skullduggery from Sloan switching the DNA paternity results.

According to an interview in the latest issue of TV Guide Magazine, posted as an Instagram story on the Days of our Lives official show account,Nicole will get more of a clue as to what what happened behind her back, and to the unthinkable for a mother and her newborn baby, after she holds Eric’s “adopted” son Jude. It is then, she feels a strong bond with the little bundle of joy.  Remember, Nicole gave birth at the side of a road after getting into a car accident when Dimitri (Peter Porte) and Leo (Greg Rikaart) were driving the other care while they were on the run and trying to get to Dr. Rolf’s submarine.  Not the best of circumstances for a new mom, but was later told her baby had died.

Zucker expressed: “She (Nicole) feels there’s a possibility this baby is hers. Nicole knows that Sloan is sly. Nicole has an issue with postpartum depression as we saw with the last baby-switch storyline. She’s going to put all of those things together and think this has to be her baby.”

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In the end, the longtime fan favorite, shared, “It’s heartbreaking to watch what Nicole had been going through.” It certainly has! With many Days of our Lives fans screaming “Emmy” for Zucker and Dan Feuerriegel as the “grieving parents.”

So, what do you think about the Nicole/Sloan baby switch storyline? Are you over it and want it to end sooner than later? What do you think about the performance of Arianne Zucker within it? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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