As foreshadowed earlier this week, NBC has renewed Days of Our Lives through September 2014 and the soap’s 48th anniversary.
“We are thrilled to announce that Days is not going anywhere. It is NBC’s longest-running drama series by far and is one of the most historic brands in television,” said NBC entertainment president Jennifer Salke. “We commend Ken Corday and the entire creative team on continuing to keep the stories and characters fresh, exciting and relevant year after year.”
Added exec producer Ken Corday: “After so many years in the homes and hearts of our loyal fans, I’m both humbled and elated to say it’s 2013 and we’re still going strong. I am equally proud that the sense of family which my mom and dad established in our show 48 years ago, is still what drives it today. As we celebrate our 12,000th episode with an amazing cast and great support from our network, we look forward to what’s yet to come!”
It appears the sands will continue to flow through the hourglass for the foreseeable future.
Addressing the fate of its only daytime soap, NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt expressed confidence that Days of Our Lives would remain on the air beyond its current contract cycle, which expires in September.
“I think Days is going to stick around,” Greenblatt told reporters Sunday at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour in Pasadena. “I don’t know that I’m at liberty to say that officially yet, but it’s not going anywhere.”
Days currently ranks last in the ratings among the four remaining soaps, averaging 2.3 million viewers. It recently tied an all-time in women 18-49 (0.7). (Reporting by Vlada Gelman)
Lisa Rinna posted on her Twitter account that she taped her last episode as DAYS’s Billie on Tuesday. She tweeted, “It was my last day on Days of Our Lives- tomorrow I start a new gig. Off we go!” In August, it was reported that Rinna was leaving DAYS to focus on new projects, including a potential talk show. The actress, who returned to DAYS on March 8, is expected to continue airing until mid-January.
Will it be the revenge of the hooker? Fan fave and raving beauty Nadia Bjorlin is heading back to NBC’s Days of Our Lives as Chloe Lane just a year after being let go as part of a major cast purge. The actress will report for work in late September but is not expected to hit the air until…wait for it…January 4, 2013. Yep, Days is shooting that far ahead these days. But Bjorlin is worth the wait, baby! TV Guide Magazine had an exclusive chat with the star about her rocky road at Days, Chloe’s shady past as the town prostie and how the character plans to reclaim her dignity.
TV Guide Magazine: Your return to Days has been rumored for months! Last February, it was reported in a magazine that talks between you and the show had hit a “stalemate.” Then in April, we read your return was “imminent.” What was all that hoo-hah about?
Bjorlin: [Laughs] I find out a lot about myself through reading magazines. Most of the time I’m, like, “Uh…really?” There was a little bit of talk throughout the year. “Would you ever be interested in returning?” That sort of thing. But never anything concrete. I never put much thought into it so nothing was ever “imminent” and there was certainly no “stalemate.” Now the timing is right. It’s been a year since we’ve seen Chloe. [Laughs] Hopefully, the audience has forgotten what she was up to.
TV Guide Magazine: You mean her tragic and bizarre turn to the world’s oldest profession? Yeesh! She’s had the craziest trajectory from Ghoul Girl…
Bjorlin: …to Call Girl! [Laughs] Chloe is so near and dear to my heart and even I would have written her off after that storyline. She was spiraling out of control and the fans had stopped being able to recognize the character. I couldn’t recognize her, either! A lot of what made Chloe so lovable — her integrity, her fun, her wit — was gone and I don’t blame anyone for dropping her from the show. There wasn’t a whole lot left for her to do but, at the same time, I never felt like her story was done. There was no huge, climactic ending for her. She just went off to be with her child and sing in a nightclub in Chicago…which is, like, 45 minutes from Salem.
TV Guide Magazine: What happens when Chloe returns?
Bjorlin: I have heard she’s going to come back as her old self again, the Chloe with good self-esteem, a stronger and more confident Chloe who can really stand up for herself and not be bullied. Toward the end there, she was being bullied by everyone in Salem! No more. She’s coming back a lot more mature and who knows? [Laughs] Maybe she’ll get some revenge!There are so many possibilities for the character and they’ve only told me a little bit right now because they don’t trust me with the information. It’s been very hush-hush. [A Days rep adds that Chloe's return will be heavily centered around her son, Parker.]
TV Guide Magazine: At least there was one good thing about your termination last year — it became part of your E! reality show Dirty Soap and made for some damn fine TV. But I gotta ask. When they showed you leaving Days at the end of your last day, we saw you carrying a bouquet of flowers and taking this long, poignant, gorgeously lit solo walk out of the studio. That was all bulls–t, right?
Bjorlin: No, it wasn’t! It really happened. OK, maybe they did make it look more dramatic than it was. It was sad, just say it! It was pathetic and sad and there I was leaving the studio all by myself. They made it seem like no one even bothered to walk me to my car and say goodbye. Showbiz can be cruel. [Laughs]
TV Guide Magazine: Your mom, Fary, was the surprise breakout star of that show. Were you ever humiliated, especially when she urged you to dump your live-in boyfriend [former Days star Brandon Beemer] and then tried to match you up with that creepy guy on that ambush lunch date?
Bjorlin: I was, like, “God, mom. Really? Lord!” Now you see what I grew up with. There is a reason I turned out to be an actress. Most actors don’t grow up with sweet, vanilla parents. All my friends think she’s hilarious. Yeah, she’s hilarious all right…unless she’s your mom! [Laughs] I love her dearly but she can be embarrassing and horrifying.
TV Guide Magazine: You, Crystal Chappell and Louise Sorel were among those sacrificed for the great Days reset that brought back Deidre Hall, Drake Hogestyn and the rest. Did you watch any of it? If so, how did you feel when the reset didn’t do what it was supposed to do? Vindicated?
Bjorlin: I did watch a little bit, but not religiously. Hey, it’s always a gamble in this business. We all want our last four soaps to remain on the air so you gotta try things. [Laughs] But, hell-ooo, they were missing Chloe so what were they expecting? Without Chloe, you could have put De Niro on Days and nothing would happen! Let’s get real here!
Greg Vaughan (ex-Lucky, GH; ex-Diego, Y&R) began taping his new role as DAYS’s Eric Brady today. The actor posted a photo of the NBC Burbank lot where DAYS is taped, along with the tweet, “Here’s to new beginning’s!!” Vaughan is expected to begin airing in November. He left Port Charles as GH’s Lucky in 2009, when Jonathan Jackson returned to the role. Meanwhile, Eric Brady was last played by Jensen Ackles (SUPERNATURAL) in 2000.
After nearly 30 years in Salem, Peter Reckell is wrapping up his DAYS stint today. The actor tweeted, “Heading into Salem for the last time. Going to miss that place, but not the traffic. Always The two edged sword.” The cast and crew is gathering tonight for a farewell party for the popular star. For Reckell’s exclusive exit interview, pick up the next issue of Digest, on sale Friday.
It’s no secret that suds fave Eileen Davidson is headed back to Days of Our Lives this October after nearly 14 (!) years away, but little is known about what’s behind her villainess Kristen Blake’s Salem homecoming — until now.
Has the (reformed?) troublemaker turned over a new leaf? How did she get off that island? And, most importantly, will the actress be reviving any of her alter-ego’s alters?
TVLine hit the set of the NBC soap to chat exclusively with Davidson about all of this and more, and what she had to say about present-day Kristen — who has, apparently, undergone “years of intensive therapy” — might really surprise you.
Press PLAY below for some extra-sudsy scoop, and then hit the comments with your thoughts on the Days ahead for Davidson
It’s official: Eileen Davidson is headed back to Days of Our Lives.
The suds vet will reprise her role on the NBC soap as Kristen Blake, (erstwhile) Big Bad Stefano DiMera’s foster daughter, TVLine has confirmed. Her return is set to begin airing on Oct. 11.
The Hollywood Reporter first reported the casting news.
Davidson’s villainous alter-ego — and her alter’s many alters — were last seen on Days in 1998 when she was presumed dead via drowning. However, in true soap fashion, Kristen had actually been stranded on an island.
The actress’ return to Salem comes on the heels of her shocking ouster from CBS’ The Young and the Restless, where she has portrayed Genoa City’s beloved Ashley Abbott on and off since 1982.
Alison Sweeney (Sami, DAYS) and Greg Vaughan (ex-Lucky, GH) are teaming up for a Hallmark movie, which has begun production. “Finally signed, sealed & delivered! Starring in a new Hallmark Movie starting Wednesday opposite my girl @Ali_Sweeney!! Gonna be great fun!” he tweeted. And if rumors about him nabbing the role of Sami’s twin Eric Brady are correct, the duo will be co-stars in Salem, too.
DAYS’s Peter Reckell (Bo) took to Twitter to address his exit, which Digest first reported last month. “Days of Our Lives has been my home, My life, for almost 30 years,” he wrote. “Bo Is a character that developed From my soul, And has touched many lives,But none more than my own. I took my place in the hierarchy of the show,in the storyline, moving others aside, in the eighty’s [sic]. Now others have moved into the place I once held. I have been very fortunate to have had such a long, meaningful,run. But now, with a torn heart, I have to say goodbye to the people, family, the character, that I love.You have to know this has not been easy. I do not want to give up Bo, and with luck, in the future, will be able to return to the character that I fought so hard to preserve. Thank you for being the most supportive, forgiving,loyal viewers there are. You have given me strength in difficult times. You are the reason DOOL is still standing and will continue for years to come. Thank you for all you have given me and the character I love!”
Cue the tears: Molly Burnett (Melanie) is taping her final scenes in Salem today. “It’s been a very emotional time,” admits the actress, who is leaving the soap after four years. “I had my final scenes with Shawn Christian [Daniel] yesterday. Those were hard. But I’ve made a lot of friends on DAYS and I know that we’ll keep in touch. DAYS is my family. I’m always in contact with my TV mom, Crystal [Chappell, ex-Carly].”
As first reported exclusively by Digest in the 5/14 issue, DAYS superstar Peter Reckell (Bo) has been telling castmates that he is leaving Salem. Now, the actor’s wife, Kelly Moneymaker, is responding to fans about his impending exit via Twitter. “Hard to say goodbye to characters who’ve been on 4ever!! Hard 2 believe Bo will be one of those shortly!” she tweeted last night. For the latest on Reckell — and when he is expected to wrap taping — check out the 6/25 issue of Digest, on sale Friday.
With all of the questions surrounding Peter Reckell’s (Bo) future in Salem, fan favorite Kristian Alfonso (Hope), who has signed a new contract, took to Twitter to respond to a fan who asked if she was going: “We were both asked to stay with days ; ))I resigned a while ago,” she wrote. “Im not going anywhere,love days love my job,love everyone i work with; proud to be part of wonderful family …. Days has always been a wonderful place to work.”
After four years in Salem, Emmy nominee Molly Burnett (Melanie) will be exiting the show at the end of June. “Going in, I knew it was a four-year contract and look, it’s been the most amazing experience,” she tells Digest exclusively. “Everyone is so loving and so wonderful and so supportive. It’s going to be so hard…. I mean, this is my family. I came out here and I knew nothing, I knew no one and DAYS just kind of opened its arms and took me in. I look at it as four years of the best training any actor could have ever been given.” As for her future plans, she notes, “I just want to go explore; see what’s up with this whole world.” For the full interview, check out an upcoming issue of Digest.