Christie Clark (ex-Carrie, DAYS) and her husband, Thomas Barnes, have welcomed their third daughter, Charlotte Joy. Tweeted the proud mom, “Baby Charlotte. ” Charlie” Joy was born on Aug 6 th 2013! 8 Pds 4 oz! Everyone is thrilled to bits over here!!!!” Charlie joins older sisters Hannah, 5, and Emma, 2.
Eileen Davidson, who made a triumphant return as Kristen DiMera in 2012 after a 14-year absence, wrapped up her DAYS stint on July 16. Because DAYS tapes so far in advance, she will air through the remainder of the year. “The Kristen story wrap-up is just fantastic; she was just glorious,” raves Executive Producer Ken Corday. “The official word there is that Eileen Davidson is leaving the show to take some time out with her family. Will she come back? We’ll see. But she’s not going to another show. I am thankful for all she’s brought to us. It was the first shot in the arm we needed. A big shot in the arm.” For more from Corday, pick up the next issue of Digest, on sale Friday.
DAYS OF OUR LIVES’s on-screen sibs, Alison Sweeney (Sami) and Greg Vaughan (Eric), star in the romantic comedy, SECOND CHANCES, debuting on the Hallmark Channel Saturday, July 27, at 9 p.m. ET/PT and 8 p.m. CT. “It’s a fun movie, especially because of Ali,” enthuses Vaughan. “She really shines. I think DAYS fans will enjoy seeing us playing different roles. We filmed the movie before I started taping DAYS last year.” Sweeney plays a single mom working at a 911 call center and Vaughan is a divorced firefighter.
Patsy Pease (ex-Kimberly), who was last seen in Salem in 2010, is returning to the show for a visit. “Well, that was a long ‘nap!’ Hello Everybody! I’m back with GOOD news! I start shooting July,17th.18th and 19th,” she announced on Facebook. “Thrilled to be back on ‘Days’ and I am so excited about working with the lovely and VERY talented Jen Lilley! Stay tuned !” It was revealed this week that Lilley’s character Theresa is the daughter of Kim and Shane.
The DiMeras! The Hortons! The Bradys! They’re all returning to your screens thanks to multi-platform video entertainment network Cackle, who has announced they will be screening Days Of Our Lives starting Monday June 17.
Soap fans were left devastated when the Nine Network pulled the plug on DOOL earlier this year, however, Cackle will be taking over the much-loved soap by screening the episodes online for free.
Cackle will generously offer viewers ten episodes in the first week, followed by seven new episodes every Monday. Viewers can watch the iconic soap online for free through Cackle, as well on Cackle’s mobile app, connected TVs and game consoles.
“We are very happy to be offering Days Of Our Lives fans an opportunity to keep up with the show in Australia,” said Phil Lynch, senior vice president, digital networks & games for Sony Pictures Television.
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)