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What Did You Think of the Premiere of ‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem’?


Today was the debut of the well-publicized and highly-anticipated DAYS streamer limited-series: Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem which dropped on Peacock at 3:01am EST Monday morning.

If you have not seen the first episode, and intend on watching it,  do not read any further as it contains moments and story points – however, if you have seen the premiere read on!

At the beginning is an updated version of the traditional iconic series opening of DAYS, hourglass and all, but wait for it! It’s not the late MacDonald Carey’s voice who is welcoming us in to watch the drama unfold, but none other than Deidre Hall (Marlena) who gets the nod.  Deidre voices-over: “Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our Lives” cue the new logo for the limited series.  We also get an opening title sequence after the prologue of the episode complete with location shots and the cast members names!

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In this throwback to the 90’s high adventure and escapades in soaps, we learn that in 1991 the Alamainian Peacock was stolen by Hope acting as Princess Gina. Shane Donovan has come to John and Marlena in Zurich needing their help, because the peacock featured six different and precious gemstones: a citrine, an amethyst, a ruby, emerald, sapphire, and an orange diamond.  Although the peacock was recovered, the stones were not and we are off to the races in this case of the missing jewels caper.  Shane wants John and Marlena to be an American couple who want the gemstones at an auction, but he tells them there is danger involved.  Jarlena are most them up for the task!

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Meanwhile, Tony and Anna visit Carrie and Austin and can sense the trouble in their marriage.  Carrie is upset.  Apparently, Austin had too much to drink and brought up Rafe to Carrie.  Wanting to make amends, Austin wants to get his wife a sapphire necklace, which Anna goes a ga-ga for in the photo Austin shares. But not wanting Carrie to know what he is up to he asks Tony and Anna to go the auction to bid on it.

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Lisa Rinna makes her return as Billie Reed, but dressed undercover as kind of a Princess Gina lookalike, long hair, tiara, and all. She gets busted by Ben and Ciara and tells them she is undercover watching the amethyst in the jewelry shop that Ciara was loving on to Ben. But as they talk about Ben being a serial killer and all, someone went in and bought the jewel spoiling Billie’s plan.

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In Miami, turns out Paulina has the orange diamond, and in one of the funniest bits, goes and on how Michelle (Obama) in the White House gifted her the ring as Abe, Eli and Lani look on perplexed.  Later, when everyone tells her not to go out on the town with that ring on, she insists, but bad news.  While the foursome are dining, two henchmen with guns come a-calling!

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Elsewhere in Phoenix, Chad comes to visit Will and nuSonny, now played by Zach Tinker (who delivered in his emotional scenes in his debut). Turns out WilSon seem to be having marital problems. .. again!  Sonny thinks Will is cheating on him.  Will says he is working on a top-secret assignment and has to go to the office.  Later, when Chad calls to see if Will is where he says he is at, he is not there.  Sonny springs into action and goes to Will’s computer and finds an email that he is meeting someone at a resort and spa.  Best buds, Chad and Sonny, hightail it to the resort and land outside Will’s suite.  When Sonny knocks on the door he is surprised to see Leo Stark … in a robe!  Something tells us each episode will end with a guest star popping up, but we shall see and the let the games begin!

So, what did you think of the premiere episode of Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem? What was your favorite part? What did you think of Zach Tinker in his debut as Sonny? Share your thoughts in the comment section. But, first vote in our ‘Beyond Salem” premiere poll and cast your vote below.

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Im not sure yet. But where the hell is our Sonny. Its a different Sonny. I’m not happy. And they are having problems…come on. I let u know later what I think..

The actor who played Sonny didn’t want to come back. He’s living in Florida and wants another type of career.

Freddie Smith (Sonny) moved to Florida and didn’t want to return. He and his wife are thinking of starting a family and both are getting into real estate. More lucrative; secure work, in his mind. So; we got a new Sonny. I thought he looked way too young at first but I actually think he’s doing a great job, and is adorable.

Liked it but not overblown by it; do think this is the wave of the future if soaps are to survive. Cable is becoming a dinosaur and streaming is the way to go. It’s honestly hard for me to support this show because of how badly the head writer is handling the main show right now. I’m a generational viewer that grew up watching with my mom and grandmother. When they stop watching I will, they unfortunately have no desire to watch on line.

Yeah, Ron was doing okay for awhile, but it’s getting stale again. General Hospital is far more enjoyable now!

Only complaint so far is Will & NuSonny immediately having some sort of marriage problems…. which would be even more ridiculous if that idiot Leo Stark is involved. There really wasn’t a reason to bring him back. Let’s hope his bug eyed mother doesn’t make an appearance.

Poor Chad… he thought he was getting a break from his own wreck of a marriage…. and now thrown right in the middle of his friends’ troubles.

They don’t have marriage problems…

Well, it seems like they do….

Even though it turns out Will was NOT cheating, the fact is that Sonny obviously has some trust issues. The irony of that is that he suspected Will of cheating with the dude that he (Sonny) was previously cheating with.

Yes, Will cheated before… but he was really not himself at the time (horrible recast) and he’s died & come back through Rolf-amnesia since then. Meanwhile Sonny not only cheated with Leo, but also while Will was in prison, Sonny was literally hooking up with the guy who actually committed the crime.

So if anybody had a legitimate reason to have trust issues here, it would be Will, more than Sonny. But he seems to have moved past it. Hope Sonny can do the same now. Maybe they need to come home to Salem? Probably better for them, better for their kid (who I’m guessing will be a SORASed teenager the next time we see her). Businesses can relocate or open “branch offices” , so it’s not like Sonny would have to give up his gig. And Will could literally write from anywhere.

I get what you’re saying but whether there was a past history of cheating or not…though to add further fuel to the fire there was, it’s understandable that Sonny jumped to that insecure place due to, as be explained, Will’s actions and secrecy and then finding out Will lied, wasn’t at work, but at a hotel… It sucks to have trust issues but I guess when both parties have stepped out before insecurities can arise. All in all, they seem as in love as ever.

I’d love them to come back to Salem…not sure if Chandler Massey would come back. He moved to Georgia, and I haven’t read if nuSonny is looking for a regular gig.

That shower scene with Leo was quite amusing, lol. NuSonny’s exasperation and expressions were great. I like him…

Iam loving it so far except for that Leo Stark which as Satan said there was no need for but don’t worry, mommy dearest is back at Y&R causing troubles there. While I do miss our old Sonny I do like this NuSonny who played Noah on Y&R and be sure to look for Peter Porte and Lisa Rinna’s dance.

I stupidly said that Zack Tinker played Noah on Y&R when it was actually Fen Baldwin he played. I’ll accept him in a minute if we have to lose our old Sonny. After seeing this series, I want to see them back in Salem and Will never looked so good, a beard and just all grown up. The friendship between the two guys and Chad was wonderful to see. I haven’t seen Chad so funny and animated in years. Greg Rikkart/Leo Stark did a good job as usual.

Oh Violet, three gorgeous guys in the same story? I’m gonna need to turn up the air conditioning!

I just love watching Leo he brought a lot of fun to the show at first on days i didn’t like him but he grew on me

I actually kind of liked it! I’m hoping they do more of these type of things in the future. Zach Tinker was great as Sonny. Can’t wait to see more.

Freddie Smith aka OG Sonny said he was not interested in returning.

I’m not big on TV- but- you have to pay to watch Peacock.
My cousin has Peacock and told me- it’s not worth a nickel lol
She dropped it..

Peacock TV is a free streaming service. The upgrades cost very little. You can sign up for free and watch Beyond Salem and a lot of other shows and movies for free at

It’s free. They have different tiers and Beyond Salem is on the free platform. Peacock in and of itself has some great shows and films…they have a much bigger selection of shows and films then when they initially started.

It is free. I get it on my Smart TV as a free App. Please look into it further. This series is great, even the locales and colors are more vibrant.

I thought it was fun, and always enjoy a little comic relief in the middle of dramatic trauma, aka-Leo. I have noticed the regular DOOL has been sneaking some fun into the gloom of Salem, thank goodness. Hello, Paulina!

I have watched DOOL over 50+ years and have been through the peaks and valleys of the storylines and I’m enjoying this break although I think Beyond is a little busy with the multiple fast-moving storylines. I am fine with this new format, even though Beyond’s genre is more intrigue than drama.

I’m okay with Sonny’s replacement as it was Freddy’s choice, as it was Freddy’s choice.

It’s good to see some favorite characters although if the viewers haven’t watched the show for a long time, they may not be familiar with them and not be interested in them.

Con E,
I think that seeing as how this is only a five day series, they did a wonderful job, especially the locales, outdoor settings , especially Florida and the colors were amazing, like watching a movie.

I loved it!! New fresh take! Excited for the next episode! Yea do I like everything? No. But at least they are trying something new!!

It was only so-so ): I was not happy with Will and Sonny having problems again. Hoping that will be over and done with during the five days of the series. Love having Chandler back and I like Zack Tinker’s Sonny very much too.

The other stories felt lame to me. It’s more of the same poor writing that is happening on Days lately – the overall storyline arcs aren’t good right now, individual scenes are well written and the performers give their all but the show is not very good at the moment ):

Checked it out with the free Peacock and wouldn’t pay for it that’s for sure. The acting is laughable and too camp. Not sure where the other OG super couple Steve and Kayla were though. Sorry, not a fan of John and Marlena; their acting has declined over the years. Am happy Deidre got to do voice over though.

Personally, I think the show is beautiful; if nothing else it’s exquisite visually. The acting? Same actors from DAYS so there was nothing new or different there. NuSonny was actually quite good.

Rebecca 1,
Iam also loving it and if you watch Y&R you might have recognized NuSonny as old Noah Newman. Just read your other comment and am holding myself back from gushing too much. You are right on all counts. Billie’s Tango partner, Peter Porte is also from Y&R, played Paul’s son and as grown into one good looking man, ooh,la,la.

Hi Violet! Nice to hear from you. Believe it or not I don’t watch Y&R. Ironically, I always read it has the best ratings of the four remaining but for some reason that’s the one I haven’t watched. Peeked in a bit out of curiosity to see Steve Burton, then Jason Thompson…and just saws seconds of Justin Hartley before he was blown up, lol, but I can’t say I ever watched one episode…just a peek at these actors. So, hmm…I don’t know who Peter Porte is. Maybe one day I’ll succumb and start watching Y&R. Only decades of history to catch up on! 😉

The look on Ben’s face in the top photo says exactly how I feel about this Beyond Salem.

I like it! Gorgeous production; beautiful sets; location shots, compared to Days. I don’t even know if they actually traveled or if it’s the magic of the media. I’m assuming they didn’t travel due to expense and more importantly, covid. But it LOOKS like they’re on location and that’s what makes it work.

It’s fun escapism. I thought the tango scene was pure entertainment! I think they’re following the production value of The Bay… Wonder if they’re thinking of making this a daily show, or a weekly…testing the waters with this one week event. I’d watch at this point…

What are the chances a platform titled “Peacock TV” has access to a series that has a storyline involving this “Alamainian Peacock”… and is Vivian Alamain somehow connected to this storyline? The character and / or her family just HAS to be.

Wasn’t Zach Tinker on another soap opera once upon a time… wasn’t it “The Young and The Restless”?? Different to see Sonny Kiriakis portrayed by somebody other than who has played him for so long on the regular show (too) (Freddie Smith), but He (Zach Tinker) is definitely adorable and very good looking. So yes he has the look factor down. Haven’t seen this yet just read the spoilers anyways so will have to wait and see if there is chemistry between Zach Tinker and Chandler Massey.

Though the “Alamainian Peacock” itself was never mentioned before now, the fictional country of “Alamainia” is very much a part of Days history, from the early 1990s. And yes, the country was named after the Alamain family. The one piece of history they forgot to mention is that John Black was previously known as “Forrest Alamain” in one of the 666 different rewrites of his back story. He was raised as Vivian’s nephew, before he ended up working as Stefano’s brainwashed “pawn”.

Ashland Cripton,
Yes, Zank Tinker was on Y&R a few years ago. Played Fen Baldwin.

I loved Beyond Salem. It was really good. I thought they did a great job. Leo Stark is a scene stealer.

I enjoyed the heck out of Beyond Salem.

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2024 Daytime Emmys Red Carpet: Dashing Duos – Who’s Got the Look? (Photos)

At the 51st annual Daytime Emmy red carpet on Friday night and the Daytime Creative Arts ceremony on Saturday night, several couples stepped out for the first time at an award show arrivals, while enduring duos wowed the carpet and more.

From new and past Emmy winners, nominees, and fan favorites, popular stars walked the red carpet with their real-life loves, on-screen loves, or additional real-life family members.

Let’s take a look at what everyone was buzzing about during the the 2024 Daytime Emmys red carpet arrivals.

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General Hospital’s Steve Burton (Jason) stepped out on the carpet with his new lady love Michelle Lundstrom.

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The always elegant John McCook (Eric, B&B) and his lovely wife Laurette Spang-McCook.

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Lifetime Achievement Award honoree, Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki) stopped for a photo op with her longtime on-screen Genoa City love, Eric Braeden (Victor Newman).

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Enduring real-life couple Juliet Mills (ex-Tabitha, Passions) and Maxwell Caulfield (The Bay et al).

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B&B’s Scott Clifton (Liam) stepped out with his girlfriend, Elle Anderson on the 51st Daytime Emmys red carpet.

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The Talk’s Amanda Kloots brought her date … her young son, Elvis.

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And … B&B’s Ashley Jones brought her date, son Hayden Henricks to the red carpet, too!

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Stayla in the house! Days of our Lives longtime on-screen duo played by Mary Beth Evans and Stephen Nichols.

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A beautiful couple indeed, Susan Walters (Diane, Y&R) and Linden Ashby (ex-Cameron, Y&R, et al).

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B&B’s Annika Noelle (Hope) with her beau, John Patrick Amedori.

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Real-life lovebirds … Zooey Deschanel and Jonathan Scott.

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The “It” couple of the 2024 Daytime Emmys, Lifetime Achievement Award winners, Edward Scott and his wife, Y&R’s Melody Thomas Scott.

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B&B’s Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke) and longtime love, Dom Zoida.

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The hosts of the 2024 Daytime Emmy ceremonies, Entertainment Tonight’s, Nischelle Turner and Kevin Frazier strike a pose.

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DAYS Eric Martsolf not only brought his wife, Lisa but their twins sons, Mason and Chase, to their first Daytime Emmys red carpet!

So, which duo do you think compliment each other best in their red carpet style? Let us know in the comment section below.

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2024 Daytime Emmys Red Carpet: Men Duded Up – Who’s Got the Look? (Photos)

The men of daytime hit the 51st annual Daytime Emmy red carpet this past Friday night, and some again on Saturday night at the Daytime Creative Arts Emmy ceremony.

The gents wore everything to the bustling arrivals from” full tuxedos, to suits with open shirt and no tie, to a suit and tie from black and white to color.

New and past Emmy winners, many of this year’s nominees, fan favorites, popular TV hosts and actors, walked the carpet illustrating their fashion sensibility and comfort to the paparazzi in attendance.  Here’s a snap shot of some of the looks from Emmy night 2024 below with some of your favorite men from daytime.

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The Young and the Restless Sean Dominic (Nate) takes to the carpet in a crush black velvet jacket.

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B&B’s Tanner Novlan (Finn) looked dapper on the red carpet.

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Access Hollywood host, Scott Evans is too cool for school dressed in blue jacket and pants.

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GH’s Cameron Mathison (Drew) brings basic black to the carpet in style.

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General Hospital’s Evan Hofer (Dex) and Giovanni Mazza (Gio) take to the carpet in tuxedos.

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The Young and the Restless Bryton James (Devon) brought a dash of blue to the festivities.

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Days of our Lives star Greg Rikaart (Leo) looks cool as a cucumber on the red carpet in this black jacket.

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Y&R’s Jason Thompson (Billy) strikes a pose on the Emmy red carpet.

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Days of our Lives Dan Feuerriegel (EJ) all smiles on the red carpet.

So, who do you think wore it best? Which was your favorite look of the night from your favorite men from daytime television? Let us know in the c

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RATINGS: Daytime Emmy Audience Up 39% From Previous Year; Marking 4-Year High

Friday night’s 51st annual Daytime Emmy telecast on CBS drew solid numbers according to the overnight ratings. The ceremony brought in an average of 2.82 million total viewers making it the annual daytime kudofest’s largest audience in four years.

The last time the Emmys drew more eyeballs was during the virtual ceremony during the start of the Covid-19 pandemic back in June of 2020, which averaged 3.3 million total viewers.

Meanwhile, over at the network’s streaming companion, Paramount+, and according to TV Line, Friday’s Daytime Emmys were up over 87% from last year, to make it the largest live streaming audience to date for the show.

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The 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards featured 98-year-old television icon, Dick Van Dyke receiving the first Daytime Emmy in his career for his performance as Timothy Robicheaux on Days of our Lives in the Outstanding Guest Performer category.

In addition, Kelly Clarkson made a live appearance at the Daytime Emmys for the first time in several years, and her series, The Kelly Clarkson Show, took home the Outstanding Talk Show award for the fourth year in a row.

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Speaking of four in a row, Laura Wright (Carly, GH) and Steve Burton (Jason, GH) ripped open the final envelope of the night revealing that it was ABC’s General Hospital that would take home the coveted Outstanding Daytime Drama series award. That makes it the 17th time overall that the 61-year old soap opera has received this honor.

In the top acting prizes of the night, it was B&B’s Thorsten Kaye (Ridge) winning back-to-back Lead Actor Emmys, and Y&R’s Michelle Stafford taking home the gold for the third time in her career for her role as Genoa City’s Phyllis.

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The show also featured a touching In-Memoriam segment that reflected just the amount of loss and mourning the daytime community has gone through this past Emmy season, and Y&R’s Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) and her husband, producer B&B’s Edward Scott received the Lifetime Achievement Award honors.

What do you think of the preliminary ratings for the 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Award? Is it an encouraging sign that the daytime audience remains steadfast and die-hard? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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