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WE TWEETED/YOU TWEETED BACK: If You Were invited To An All-Soap Halloween Party, Which Character Would You Go As?



Last night on Halloween night 2014, while many were at their own costume parties, hitting the streets at a Halloween carnival or festival, or going door to door for some trick or treat,  we took to Twitter to ask our followers and soap fans the following question:  “So, if you were invited to an all-soap Halloween party, which character would you go as, and why? #HalloweenCostumes”

We received numerous responses via some tweets that were very creative, entertaining, and thought-provoking, that we would love to share with our site visitors.   This is only a small sampling, but check them out below!

@USNCS: Reva Shayne Lewis in the “Slut of Springfield” scene. Only because it is the best soap scene evah! #GL

@TheMikeDubin:  Niki Smith! Because she is such great fun! #OLTL


@Budini:  Andrea Evans’ 80s-era Tina from OLTL. Fabulous, OTT red hair & makeup!

@StephanieLukas1: Susan Banks, or Calliope Jones-Bradford #days because they had such unique style….lol

@Louisa_May_: Todd Manning. So I could wear the scar. #OLTL

@Nk3play2:  Cameron Davis, doctor by date, exotic dancer by night!!! #Days

@LaurenLO113:  Felicia gallant, early 90s so I could wear some serious shoulder pads

@WildeVeronica: vamped out Livvie Locke

@weber14US:  Lucy Coe in her wedding dress to Alan Quartermaine- the hat and red satin! What more could you want for Halloween! #lovethis

@shannonsdca: devil possessed Marlena because she’s iconic #Days

@SkyLizzels:  i’d go as Celeste from #Days and i’d bring the lighter she used to set things on fire & tarot cards #HalloweenCostumes

@ennwhycee: Ava Jerome! @MauraWest . But only if I could harness 1/10 of her amazing talent for the night. Love her…#GH

So, what do you think of the fans choices above?  Would you go as any of the above to a soap-themed Halloween party … rr, would you go as another character?  If so, who?  Let us know in the comment section below!

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I would go as Dr. Carly Manning from DAYS

Niki Smith does sound fun.

I would go as GHs Faison but as Faison dressed as Beetlejuice…or as Y’s Hands Newman…lol…or i could go as just me as a soap fan but id probably scare more people that way than if i had gone as Fluke…lol

Also, Barnabas, Quentin, bandaged Jermiah, or Sandor The Gypsy from Dark Shadows…4got to mention those favorites..if i was a girl Pansy Faye, the psychic and somewhat off key songstress from the 1897 storyline…lol

No one wants to go as Jen and Danial?….Why not?…lol

I’m laughing! No kidding; lets retire Dannifer. How boring.

The gorilla from Another World

The one, the only Niki Smith!!!!!!!!!

1980’s era Luke Spencer,with bozo hair.

I would go as Nicole Walker only if I could have Fr Eric as my date, otherwise I would go as Alice Horton so I could hand out doughnuts all night– maybe the ones with the extra ingredient that JJ and his gang put into them–LOL

Just re read my post—comes across a bit creepy– I meant hand out fun doughnuts to adults at an Adult Halloween party, not to little kids trick or treating to my door— LOL


Call me crazy but I would wanna go all dressed up as GH’s Dr. O. To me, that chick is all kinds of LOONY AND ENTERTAINING…LOL!!!!! Yep.

I would just want to go as Franco’s date… I love roger Howarth and whether he plays Franco or Todd he would be a riot!! I hope TPTB do SOMTHING worthy of this actor…fast! Maybe once they bring Todd, Starr and john back from “soap prison” as the characters should be released in a few months??!!

Yes Nikki Smith #OLTL or Erica Kane #AMC with Jackson.

I would wanna go as Brooke from B&B, and all the men at the party would want you!! Haha

I’d love to go as the dry and dour Jean Randolph, one of Viki’s alters, and just smugly tell people how I really feel…

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Ron Carlivati Talks on Decision to Make Days of our Lives 15000th Episode About Doug’s Funeral, and Previews Chances for WGA Award

This week, Days of our Lives celebrated the taping of their 15,000th episode. In of it itself, that is an incredible accomplishment for the long-running soap opera currently streaming on Peacock.

However, this on set gathering was a bit different. Though the show is celebrating their achievement, they are also in the middle of taping scenes surrounding the death and the funeral of Doug Williams, played by the late Bill Hayes, who passed away on January 12th of this year at the age of 98.

As previously revealed many longtime favorites are back to honor Bill and the character of Doug including: Gloria Loring (Liz), Melissa Reeves (Jennifer), Matthew Ashford (Jack), Maree Cheatham (Marie), Victoria Konefal (Ciara) and Stephen Schnetzer (Steve) to name but a few.

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Michael Fairman TV was in attendance and spoke with Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati to gain some insight into how the 15,000 episode was crafted and the decision to honor the character of Doug Williams and Bill Hayes as its epicenter. In addition, Ron weighed-in on this Sunday’s April 14th WGA (Writers Guild of America) Awards, where he and his writing team are facing off with General Hospital for the daytime drama prize. Here’s what Ron shared below.

Was this your idea to make the 15,000th episode centered around Doug’s funeral and passing?

RON: It was. When you’re looking at it, and laying out the calendar for the whole year and you see 15,000 is coming up, we’re like, “What are we going to do?” And then, we got the news that Bill had passed away and something kind of clicked. I was like, “We should honor Doug on that show.” So then, we started to kind of build around that … when does he pass away? How does he pass away? Who could come back? You know, it’s a lot.  I’m very pleased with the returns that we got as there’s so much that you could do. We wanted everybody we could get. So, we put together a wish list and Janet Drucker (co-executive producer, Days of our Lives) made it happen.

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You have Melissa Reeves back as Jennifer, when the role was last played by Cady McClain. What has it meant to have Missy back for these shows?

RON: It was so nice to see Missy Reeves. I think Cady has done such a good job, but on the 15,000th episode to see Missy as Jennifer, it’s a big deal. So having her was great, and overall, the milestone was a big undertaking, because you want to live up to it. You want the 15,000th episode to be good. Now, it has a lot of real emotion that you’re playing. because for the cast and the crew they’re honoring Bill Hayes just as much as we’re honoring Doug Williams.

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Was it hard for you and the team to write this episode?

RON: Yes. I’ll tell you why it was hard to write.  When I wrote, for example, Asa’s (Phillip Carey) death on One Life to Live or Victor’s (John Aniston) on DAYS, Asa is a different type of character. Like, you could have characters going, “Oh! I’m glad he is dead.” You could have different points of view, but with Doug, you’re not having that. Every person loves this man. No one had a bad relationship with him. So, you’re challenge as a writer is how do you make it that not everybody’s saying the same thing and doing the same thing. And so, we tried to find ways to make the episode about all the familial relationships and yet, how do you make it about Doug and yet broaden the scope.

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I had spoken to Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie), a week after Bill’s memorial, for an interview. She said that she felt very fortunate that you did include her on discussions of how you would tackle Doug’s passing. How did that conversation go?

RON: First, I attended Bill’s funeral, which was incredible. I said to so many people it was an emotional service, but it was hard to be sad at this. The guy had an incredible life and it was an incredible celebration. And so, you’re sitting there watching this knowing that you now have to write something similar. And how do you write something that lives up to what you just witnessed? I wanted to talk to Susan to get her thoughts about, you know, how much do you want this to be about keeping Bill separate from Doug. How comfortable are you sharing your grief. She was incredible to talk to. It was a great chat.

You’re in the middle of taping these major scenes for the 15,000 episode to air in December. How do you think it’s going? Have you seen any of the scenes?

RON:  I haven’t seeing anything. I mean, we were still making changes to the script up till this morning!

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The Writers Guild Awards are this Sunday, April 14th and once again this year there are two daytime drama nominees, General Hospital and Days of our Lives. How are you feeling about your chances this year?

RON: It is often just GH and us in the category. I’ve won three years in a row, so I’m kind of feeling like it’s their turn.

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What episodes did you submit for contention? If I recall, they had to do with Victor’s memorial.

RON: The episodes we submitted were centered around Victor’s funeral. I think one has story with Vivian. We had some fun stuff, we had some emotional stuff at Victor’s death, and I am pretty sure that our submission was three episodes right around that time.

Did you make the decision to go with those episodes because there was a mix of humor and drama?

RON: I like to have some humor, but it was also the funeral, then there’s Sarah (Linsey Godfrey) giving birth, and then Vivian’s (Louise Sorel) crashing the reading of the will. So, we had a lot of fun and it’s hard sometimes to pick three that tell a story, as opposed to submitting for the Daytime Emmys, where the writing team only submits two shows.  So, we shall see how it goes on Sunday.


So, are you looking forward to the emotional 15,000th episode of Days of our Lives? Do you think DAYS will take home the WGA writing award for daytime dramas for the 4th year in a row? Comment below.

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Matthew Ashford, Martha Madison, Victoria Konefal and Maree Cheatham Make Returns to Days of our Lives

Today on Thursday April 11th, Days of our Lives celebrated the taping of their 15,000 episode which also happens to coincide with the funeral and episodes surrounding the death of Doug Williams (played by the late Bill Hayes).

Michael Fairman TV was on the set today during the milestone celebration; which also revealed who was back and participating in scenes during the emotional funeral for Doug and more.

In addition to the previously revealed Stephen Schnetzer (Steve Olson), Melissa Reeves (Jennifer Horton) and Gloria Loring (Liz Chandler), now comes Matthew Ashford (Jack Devereaux), Martha Madison (Belle Black), Victoria Konefal (Ciara Brady Weston) and Maree Cheathem (Marie Horton) among others.

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Cheatham last appeared on DAYS back in 2010, while Ashford last appeared in 2023. Other cast members back for Doug’s funeral are Brandon Beemer (Shawn), Lamon Archey (Eli) and Sal Stowers (Lani)

In addition, look for longstanding cast members including: Josh Taylor (Roman Brady), Stephen Nichols (Steve Brady), Mary Beth Evans (Dr. Kayla Brady), Jim Reynolds (Abe Carver), Jackée Harry (Mayor Paulina Price), Suzanne Rogers (Maggie Horton Kiriakis), Deidre Hall (Dr. Marlena Evans), and of course, Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie Williams) to appear throughout the emotional episodes as well.

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DAYS projects that the 15,000 episode tentatively will stream on Peacock on December 3rd. Since DAYS tapes well in advance, viewers will have a long stretch to wait. Be on the lookout for interviews and coverage from the taping and more right here on Michael Fairman TV.

So, what do you think of the returns listed thus far for the episodes surrounding the passing of Doug Williams and honoring Bill Hayes? Let us know in the comment section.

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Days of our Lives Reveals Newcomers Cherie Jimenez and Al Calderon

On the official Days of our Lives Instagram account, a photo has appeared featuring new additions to Salem, Cherie Jimenez and Al Calderon.  The Peacock streaming soap opera is not offering up just who they are playing.

However, the smart money seems to be that Jimenez is a recast Gabi Hernandez and Calderon potentially her brother, Dario Hernandez, since the two actors are seen standing in Rafe’s (Galen Gering) kitchen.

In story, Gabi has been stuck in prison for “murdering” Li Shin. Looks like the character will be brought back on to the canvas, but will Gabi reunite with Stefan (Brandon Barash)?

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If Calderon proves to be Dario that character has been off the show since 2017, when soap vet Jordi Vilasuso played the part. Dario departed Salem to avoid getting locked up in the slammer and in the process granted Abigail a divorce while in hiding.

If Jimenez looks familiar, she has been featured in roles on Pretty Little Liars,The Newsroom, NCIS, Maya and Breaking Tradition. Calderon has appeared in Walking Dead: World Beyond, and a few episodes of the soapy, The Haves and the Have Nots.

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As for Camila Banus, her last day on the DAYS set was back on April 28, 2023, when she revealed she was exiting the role of Gabi, a role she made soap-famous for 13 years.

Do you think Cherie and Al are the new Gabi and Dario? If not, who do you think they are playing? Weigh-in below.


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