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Y&R’s Zach Tinker Cast as Sonny Kiriakis in ‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem’ Limited-Series on Peacock

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More casting and characters was announced on Monday for the upcoming limited-series Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem.  The series will run on NBCUniversal’s streaming service, Peacock.

The Young and the Restless Fenmore Baldwin, Zach Tinker, has replaced Freddie Smith for the series in the role of Sonny Kiriakis.

He will join Chandler Massey (Will Horton) and the return of Greg Rikaart as Leo Stark.

The casting change to Tinker came a week after the Daytime Emmy-winning Smith revealed that if asked, he wouldn’t return to DAYS as Sonny.

Beyond Salem is set to be a five-part episode streaming event.

So, what do you think of Zach replacing Freddie as Sonny for the upcoming limited series? Comment below.

 

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No disrespect to talented, handsome Freddie Smith, but I’m liking this. I liked Zach as Fen in his brief run on YR. So, depending on his chemistry with Chandler, this could be another good pairing. And it’ll be a hoot to see Greg Rikaart reprise his role as the nasty but sexy Leo. Though, and it’s a BIG though, I STILL don’t understand why Will & Sonny were written out on DOOL. It’s one of those mysteries we’ll probably never have the honest answer to.

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The reason is right here in this recast. To get you used to another Sonny. Someone Ron Carlivati feels more “comfortable” writing for; to put it nicely. Now they’ll return again this upcoming season. Watch.

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Great to see Zach back on daytime! Seems like a busy roster of characters for just a 5 run episode series! But maybe it means he can transition over to the regular series like Shawn and Belle? I can really see him and Justin as father and son! … Ideally/ hopefully he can come back to Y n r as Fenn, especially now that Kyles leaving there will be a young lead void to fill! I can see Sally try to dig her claws into him especially since shes friends with his mom ,Lauren. Time to bring back the Baldwin… Read more »

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I’m excited that Days is opting to continue story for Will and Sonny, and I’m ecstatic that the show recast Sonny. Freddie Smith will always be remembered as Sonny, but he’s living in Florida with his new wife and moving in a new direction with his career. Maybe, he’ll return one day, but I welcome Zach Tinker and am super excited for the return of Will and Sonny. Luckily, Chandler Massey is open and receptive to return for this particular gig. Time will tell… if this supercouple makes it back to Days, itself. Thanks to Days for recasting the role,… Read more »

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Y&R doesn’t air in Hell, so I’m not familiar with this actor or his work. He certainly looks the part, so I’ll give him a shot. The Will recast was so horrible that I didn’t mind all that much when Ben killed him! Fortunately, they corrected that situation by bringing the real Will back. Not sure what the deal is with Freddie Smith, who now seems to be talking like James Scott in the “no way, not now, not ever, when Hell freezes over” when it comes to a return to Days. It’s a damned shame that this regime wrote… Read more »

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I don’t think his decision is about Days; Freddie Smith and his wife moved to Florida. She’s all excited about her new job as a real estate agent and looks like he might want to become one, too. Or may get into buying an selling; flipping houses. They want to start a family and he said he wants to prepare for his future and be closer to his and her family who are in Florida…that they’d always been planning the move there.

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Not a good time to relocate to Florida. There’s an idiot governor trying to kill off the entire state. Also, due to climate change…. probably not the best state to go into the real estate business. There’s a term in the housing industry called “underwater” if you can’t keep up with mortgage payments, but in Florida, it’s more literal than that. The whole state will actually be underwater before too long.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

I agree, Satan. My heart goes out to those citizens. It’s really scary when lies replace truth, not to mention common sense. I don’t mind nutty plots and actions on soap operas but not in real life.

Moto62
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WHOA! What’s up with Freddie Smith?

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Freddie had hoped to do one more year with Days before moving, but had always planned to move to Florida. Then he and Chandler were fired, and the Pandemic hit. So he and Alyssa moved up their plans to relocate to Florida to be closer to both Families, they got married, and now want to start a Family. His wife recently got a Realtors License in Florida, and they both continue to produce weekly Podcasts from their home studio. In other words, he and Alyssa are building a new life in Florida and Freddie has chosen a career path that… Read more »

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Marlena Becomes Possessed … Again!

On Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the devil had his way with his favorite person, Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)! In story, leave it to Marlena to save Doug (Bill Hayes) by giving herself up to Satan!

As Doug revealed himself to be Satan while in a therapy session with Marlena in her office, a shook Marlena tries to comprehend what is happening! When the devil says if Marlena won’t accept him in, she will punish Doug, he does just that.

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Poor Doug is left writhing in pain and on the floor, crying out for help! When we come back to the scene Marlena is not exactly right near his body, but sort of overlooking what is happening. Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) rushes into Marlena’s office to find Doug as Marlena stares blankly. Eventually, she calls for help.

After Doug is put in a hospital room and is monitored, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Tripp (Lucas Adams) can’t find anything wrong with him. Meanwhile, Julie finds Marlena at the nurses station and asks what happened with Doug during their therapy session.  Marlena flashes back to what led to Doug writing on the floor, and clearly something is way off with Marlena, because she has now become possessed.

Later, Julie sits by Doug’s hospital bed as he opens his eyes, as he tells his beloved wife, “He left me and went in to her.”  A confused Julie is left to ponder what on earth Doug could be talking about.

When Marlena comes home to John (Drake Hogestyn) – who is already concerned with Johnny (Carson Boatman) being set on making a movie of Sami’s life story which includes points on Marlena’s original possession – she tells him Doug collapsed in her office. When the two hug, Marlena slowly opens her eyes  revealing that they are glowing yellow.  Yup! We are off to the races. Marlena is now once again possessed.

So, what did you think about the scenes between Deidre Hall and Bill Hayes? Are you enjoying the revisiting of the infamous ‘possession’ storyline thus far? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives Kicks-Off Possession Storyline Revisted with ‘Doug’ Twist Cliffhanger, Followed by Fall Preview

Did the ‘Devil’ make them do it? Doug Williams  (Bill Hayes) is Satan? In what can only be described as major surprise twist on NBC’s Days of our Lives, for weeks, fans have thought they were about to embark on another dementia or Alzheimer’s storyline on the soaps with another beloved character.

However, Days head writer, Ron Carlivati ,and his writing team came up with a way to make it seem like this may be Doug’s fate only to use the long-running character as the impetus to bring the classic possession storyline back on the air some 25 years later.

It all goes down after Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) calls Marlena (Deidre Hall) to ask him to see Doug, after his MRI and other tests proved inconclusive for dementia, etc, to see if Dr. Evans can assess him.  The phone call to Marlena happened after John (Drake Hogestyn) was discussing the past, since Johnny (Carson Boatman) is ramping up to a shoot a movie on Sami’s life, that will include the time that Sami walked in on John and Marlena having sex, which caused Sami to act out for years and years.

 

However, and this is key, John tells Marlena that moment in time also left her alone and vulnerable to the darkest time in her life – alluding to when she became possessed by the devil – and Marlena was clearly having difficulty admitting that or going down that road of remembrance, when the phone call from Kayla saved her from digging deeper into the past.  Well now, John and Marlena may never have that conversation as she is primed to once again become possessed.

Meanwhile, Johnny is reading Will’s script for the Sami movie, and is shocked to read in it that Marlena was once possessed by the devil, as John takes out a dusty box with his Father John collar, a bible, and a news clipping of Marlena being possessed.  John is feeling that this movie will bring bad things on to all those he loves, especially Doc, and he looks to be right!

Now at her office with Doug, he admits he knows something is wrong.  He acts out and does strange things and does not know why.  Marlena brings up why Doug locked Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) in a freezer by accident. Doug gets adamant saying: “That was no accident. I locked that bitch in there on purpose.”  Marlena is shocked at his word and tone.  Then as Doug laughs, he says, “I’m not Doug.”  Next thing you know, the lowered voice of Satan comes out of Doug’s mouth and he tells Doc, “It’s been over 25 years Marlena. But did you really think I wouldn’t come back for you?” End of episode.  Great cliffhanger!

Now, check out the fall preview released following the airing of Friday’s episode by NBC below, which teases more demonic moments on Days. Then let us know in the comment section, what you thought of the ‘Doug’ twist as the possession storyline begins?

Plus, make sure to cast your vote in ‘Michael’s Poll’ of the week on the revisiting of this classic tale now in 2021 below the preview.

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Ron Carlivati Talks on the Creation, Scenes & Cast of ‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem’

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