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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.

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.

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 living room! I d also like to see either Lola or Anna return as a love intrest! There was alot of potential there before Griffith the hack cut all that.

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, because, I believe there is always more story to unfold for this iconic and historical couple. Long live Will and Sonny. #dayslgbtq+

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 Will & Sonny off the way they did, and now when we finally get a return – as limited as it is – it’s not going to be the real Sonny.

As for Leo….. if they can find a purpose for him that doesn’t involve another stupid triangle, sure, why not.

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.

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.

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.

WHOA! What’s up with Freddie Smith?

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 will keep him close to home.

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Days of our Lives Favorite Lamon Archey Welcomes Baby Girl

Congratulations are in order for Lamon Archey (Eli, Days of our Lives) and his wife Krissy Terry.  The couple have welcomed a baby girl into this world named Kennedy.

In a beautiful photo of Kennedy with her mom and dad via Instagram, Lamon shared: “Blessings on blessings on blessings on blessings. #Blessed  @monicamartinphotography”

Terry added,“My princess. Kennedy Archey. You are my everything. I pray I am everything you want me to be in a mama. I never thought I’d love so deeply the way I love you, baby-cakes. I’ll forever be your guide, protector, and nurturer.”

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This is Archey’s fourth child. His three other children are: Machiah, 21; Caden, 14; and Gaia, 11

Several of Lamon’s Days of our Lives co-stars shared their well-wishes on his IG post including: Kristian Alfonso (Hope), Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe), Stephen Nichols (Steve), Galen Gering (Rafe) and Sal Stowers (Lani).

Lamon and Krissy were married back on March 25th of this year.

Send your well-wishes for Lamon, Krissy and new little bundle of joy, Kennedy via the comment section below.

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Jen Lilley Signs Off at Days of our Lives: “Playing Jeanne Theresa Donovan Off and On for the last 10 Years Has Taught Me So Much About Empathy and Grace”

This week on Days of our Lives, Jen Lilley will wrap her short-term run as Theresa Donovan. Lilley came back to reprise her role to a be a part of the on-screen memorial for Victor Kiriakis, and to honor one of her her all-time favorite scene partners, the late John Aniston.

While Lilley explained in interviews with the press, that she gave the series a 3 to 4 week window of time she would be available to reprise the role, she noted the long-running soap opera wrote more episodes and story for the character; thus the part will be turned over to another actress for the next leg of Theresa’s return story.

Meanwhile, through the years, Lilley came under fire over her run on DAYS being a devout Christian, and taking on the role of the troublemaking Theresa.  She fired back in one interview, “Why should I play a role like this,’ you know? That’s been something I’ve been asked over and over again, by Christians, like,‘How can you be a Christian and play this role?’ And the truth of the matter is that from a human perspective, Theresa’s kind of a horrible person, but from a God perspective, she’s exactly who Christ came and died for.”

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With her final episode streaming on Peacock on Friday, September 22nd, Lilley took to her Instagram to share her sentiments on her Salem journey over the years.

Jen shared: “Last week of me exploring this girl’s shenanigans on screen. Playing Jeanne Theresa Donovan off and on for the last 10 years has taught me so much about empathy and grace. I have enjoyed every moment of her hilarious sass and ferocity, layered with brokenness. To the cast and crew at @dayspeacock, I love you forever. You’re my family. And to the best fans a girl could ask or hope for: remember there is no pit so deep you could ever find yourself in where God’s love cannot find you still. You are never beyond redemption. You are called by grace and marked with love. Thank you for supporting me on this decade long journey. #Days #RIPJohnAniston #ripvictorkiriakis #DOOL”

No word yet if in the future, and with Lilley’s busy filming schedule (once the SAG-AFTRA and writers strikes are resolved) for Great American Family movies and other projects, if she would be available to return to DAYS should the show decide to write for the character.

So, are you sad to see Jen exit the canvas as Theresa? Curious just who and how will take over her role? There have been plenty of online rumors that a certain actress currently on the show is taking over the part. Comment below.

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Days of our Lives Celebrates One-Year on Peacock (Photos)

When Days of our Lives moved from NBC to the streaming service Peacock after 57 years on the air, it rocked many longtime fans of the beloved soap opera. However, NBC/Universal decided to make it a high priority on its companion streamer as one of its flagship shows. This was due, in part, to its dedicated fan base and viewership.

DAYS started its run in its new home on September 12th, 2022, and now one-year later, Peacock helped the show celebrate its first anniversary in its current streaming digs with an ice cream truck outside its studios in Burbank on Monday.

Taking a break from Salem, and to partake in some ice cream were DAYS stars: Billy Flynn (Chad), Ella Cantu, (Jada) Abigail Klein (Stephanie), Bill and Susan Seaforth Hayes (Doug and Julie), Carson Boatman (Johnny), Raven Bowens (Chanel), Mary Beth Evans (Kayla), Stephen Nichols (Steve), and Greg Vaughan (Eric).

Check out some of the snaps from the ice cream truck fun below!

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Mary Beth Evans, who shared on social media she used to serve up ice cream at one time in her life, took a pic inside the ice cream truck with Stephen Nichols. Seems “Stayla” likes ice cream too!

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Raven Bowens served up an ice cream cone to Carson Boatman!

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Too cool for school! Bill and Susan Seaforth Hayes strike a pose with ice cream treats.

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Greg Vaughan with his longtime castmate, Mary Beth Evans, celebrating the one-year anniversary of DAYS move to Peacock.

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Here’s the signage from Peacock upon sending the ice cream truck to DAYS.

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The Salem gang strikes one final pose before heading inside and back to work to tape all-new episodes.

So, what do you think about Peacock sending the ice cream truck to DAYS to mark the occasion of its move to the streaming service? Are you glad DAYS is still moving forward on the streamer, even though a year later it’s not on or coming back to network TV? Comment below.

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