DOOL News, Scoops & Rumors
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On March 3, 2014, NATAS released the daytime drama performers'
pre-nominations for the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. The final
nominations will be announced on Thursday, May 1.
Ralph Waite (Father Matt) passed away on February 13, 2014, at the age of
Days 2014 Pre-emptions:
Monday, May 26 (French Open Tennis)
Thursday & Friday, June 5 & 6 (French Open Tennis)
Monday, September 1 (PGA Golf)
Thursday & Friday, November 27 & 28 (Thanksgiving)
The 2014 Writers Guild of America (WGA) Awards were presented on Saturday,
February 1, 2014, when the writing team for "Days of Our Lives" won.
The nominees in Daytime Drama which aired between October 1, 2012 and September
30, 2013 were:
NBC's Days of Our Lives, Written by Lorraine Broderick, David Cherrill, Carolyn
Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon, Christopher Dunn, Janet Iacobuzio,
David A. Levinson, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Melissa Salmons, & Christopher J.
ABC's General Hospital, Written by Michelle Altman, Ron Carlivati, Anna Theresa
Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Jean
Passanante, Elizabeth Page, Katherine Schock, Scott Sickles, & Chris Van Etten.
Y&R's The Young and the Restless, Associate Head Writers: Shelly Altman, Tracey
Thomson; Written by Amanda Beall, Jeff Beldner, Brent Boyd, Susan Dansby, Janice
Ferri Esser, Jay Gibson, Beth Milstein, Lisa Seidman, Natalie Minardi Slater,
Anne Schoettle, Linda Schreiber, Teresa Zimmerman.
CBS's The Bold and the Beautiful chose not to enter a submission this year.
DOOL received a GLAAD nomination for Outstanding Daily Drama, due largely in
part to Will and Sonny's continuing love story. The 25th Annual GLAAD Media
Awards will held in Los Angeles on April 12.
On January 22, 2014, NBC picked up "Days of Our Lives" until September 2016,
guaranteeing that it will remain on the air through its 50th season. Its 50th
anniversary is on November 8, 2015.
Alison Sweeney (Sami) is leaving "Days of Our Lives" when her contract
expires later this year. She's been on the show since 1993.
Shawn Christian (Daniel) sustained an injury requiring five stitches when he
took an elbow to the mouth on January 4, 2014. He doubts it will stop him from
kissing. The show will work it into his storyline.
Kirsten Storms (ex-Belle) and
husband Brandon Barash (ex-Johnny, GH) welcomed a baby girl named Harper on Tuesday, January 7,
2014. She is on leave from GH, where she plays Maxie.
Since HLN has decided not to broadcast the 2014 Daytime Emmy Awards, NATAS
(National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences) is looking for a new broadcast
Victor Alfieri (ex-Giovanni, B&B; ex-Gianni, Passions; ex-Franco, Days; ex-Ciro,
AMC) claims he was attacked with a hairbrush by his 47-year-old neighbor,
Christopher Veech, who beat him in the face in December, 2013, after
relentlessly harassing him for more than a year and threatening to put him in
the hospital. According to Alfieri, Veech was arrested for battery but released
a day later, and the harassment never stopped. He says, "the right side of his
face still hurts like a bitch and his right eye now twitches." The judge granted
the restraining order, but can't order Veech to stay far away because he lives
in Alfieri's building, so the order is that Veech must stay 3 yards away.
Eileen Davidson (Ashley, Y&R & B&B; ex-Kristen, Days) is partnering with
Evolution Vintage for charity by selling several of her own dresses that she
previously wore on the red carpet, with most of the proceeds going to No Kid
Hungry. To find out what's available for purchase,
click here or
visit them on Facebook
Watch Meredith Scott Lynn (Anne, Days) and Jen Lilley (Theresa, Days;
ex-Maxie, GH) riffing on the show, stars, and behind the scenes crew in
this rap video with
appearances from Alison Sweeney (Sami, Days) and several other Salemites, along
with clips from the show.
Kate Mansi (Abigail) is offering auction items on behalf of K2 Charity: Water
Campaign until December 30, 2013, including a lunch with Days cast members. Also
on auction is the water can that Mansi used in her photo shoot. She says, “It’s
signed and annotated by the entire Days cast including: Kristian Alfonso (Hope),
Shawn Christian (Daniel), Ari Zucker (Nicole), Melissa Reeves (Jennifer), Blake
Berris (Nick), Freddie Smith (Sonny), Camila Banus (Gabi), Casey Deidrick
(ex-Chad), Guy Wilson (Will), Eric Martsolf (Brady) and the rest of the gang!”
Another auction item is a Days script. Mansi reveals, It is signed by the entire
DAYS cast and features my hand written notes and doodles (if you can read
them).” For more information, please visit
Enjoy the "I'm
A Soap Star" comedic rap video starring Sean Kanan (AJ, GH; ex-Deacon, B&B &
Y&R), Ronn Moss (ex-Ridge, B&B), Joshua Morrow (Nick, Y&R), Patrika Darbo
(ex-Nancy, Days), Kim Matula (Hope, B&B), and more.
After 14 years on the air, SOAPnet will go dark on Tuesday, December 31, 2013
when Walt Disney Co. will no longer provide programming for the channel in favor
of Disney Junior, a channel for toddlers.
Click here for the full story.
Deidre Hall (Marlena) has turned one of her lovely watercolor paintings into
a holiday card that you can send to your loved ones. 100% of the proceeds will
benefit the Wounded Warrior
Project, a charity that supports veterans. Click
here to visit her Web
site and purchase a set of cards to do good while spreading some holiday cheer!
Eric Winter (ex-Rex, Days) and his wife, Roselyn Sanchez (ex-Pilar, ATWT) are
involved in an animated project about a little girl, La Golda, who teaches
children about the importance of education, respect, and giving back all in a
fun and vibrant way. Sanchez will voice one of the characters. The project was
successfully funded through a
Kickstarter campaign on December 4, 2013.
Martha Madison (ex-Belle, Days; ex-Elizabeth, GH; ex-Lola, Passions) and
husband AJ Gilbert, had a baby girl named Charley Elizabeth on November 3, 2013.
Holly Gagnier (ex-Cassie Carpenter, OLTL; ex-Ivy Jannings, Days) is being
sued by her 80-year-old ballet teacher, Patricia McCoy, who claims that Gagnier
tried to sabotage a potential movie deal between McCoy and Hunter Tylo (ex-Dr.
Taylor Hayes, B&B; ex-Marina Toscano, Days; ex-Robin McCall, AMC).
Read more here!
NBC will be televising the 2014 Winter Olympics from Sochi, Russia in
February. So far, they will only be pre-empting "Days of Our
Lives" on Thursday, February 20, 2014, but there may be some time-slot
shifting if the show airs between 3 & 5 p.m. ET in your area.
Carolyn Hennesy (Diane, GH) has signed on to "Acting Dead," an independent
television series about zombies. She will
guest star as Dr. Ivana Wurshter, the mysterious woman behind the zombie-actor
producing company, Flatline Inc. Production begins on Saturday,
October 12. Other stars and guest stars include John J. York (Mac, GH), Eric
Martsolf (Brady, Days; ex-Ethan, Passions), Jillian Clare (ex-Abigail, Days),
and Patrika Darbo (ex-Nancy, Days). The semi-dark comedy about the world of
Hollywood Zombies has until Wednesday, October 16 for their crowd funding
campaign, with perks beginning at just $4. To join the campaign team, or learn
more about the show, visit
Alison Sweeney (Sami) is on the cover of the September 2013 issue of "Women's
Michael Easton (ex-Tanner) and his wife, Ginevra Arabia, have a new baby boy, Jack Boru, born on
Saturday, September 7, 2013. He joins big sis, Lilah Bell, who was born on April 15, 2011.
The Season 17 cast of "Dancing With the Stars" includes Brant Daugherty (ex-Brian)
dancing with Peta Murgatroyd. The season premiered on Monday, September 16, 2013
Matt Cedeño (ex-Brandon, Days) and wife Erica Franco welcomed a son,
Jaxon Cruz, on August 7, 2013.
"Days of Our Lives," "General Hospital," & "The Young and the Restless" were
nominated for Artios Awards by the Casting Society of America. The awards for
casting in television and film will be distributed simultaneously at the Beverly
Hilton and New York's XL Nightclub on Monday, November 18, 2013.
Christie Clark (ex-Carrie) and husband Thomas Barnes welcomed their third
daughter, Charlotte Joy on August 6, 2013. Charlie joins older sisters Hannah,
5, and Emma, 2.
Historical Museum, in the Sierra Nevada town of Raymond, California, near
Yosemite, is owned and operated by Lynn Herring (Lucy, GH & PC; ex-Audrey,
ATWT; ex-Lisanne, Days) and Wayne Northrop (Roman, Days; ex-Rex, PC). It is
in the 1886 Charles Miller House, containing historical items from the area,
from wagons to a restored train caboose, Native American artifacts to granite
and gold mining tools. You can sit on the old board and batten home's porch or
in the original kitchen filled with antique cooking utensils and be transported
back in time.
Deidre Hall (Marlena) will be honored with a Hollywood Walk of Fame star in
HLN (Headline News) presented the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards live
from The Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 16. Go to our Daytime news page
to find out who won'
Jensen Ackles (ex-Eric, Days) and wife Daneel Harris
Ackles (ex-Shannon, OLTL), who wed in 2010, announced the
birth of their daughter Justice Jay "JJ" Ackles on Thursday,
Watch full episodes of "Days of Our Lives" on
viewers can view them at
On May 14, LA County Sheriff's deputies raided the house of 20-year-old Dylan
Patton (ex-Will) in Agoura Hills, CA, and arrested him for selling cocaine. He
was jailed with bail set at $30,000 and faces up to 9 years in state prison.
Martha Madison (ex-Belle) and her husband AJ Gilbert are expecting a baby
Alison Sweeney (Sami) is on the cover of Shape magazine for the second time,
in a teeny red bikini. In the May issue, she chats all about her fitness
schedules, how she's completed a triathlon, and even shares a workout'
Drake Hogestyn (John) has placed his Malibu home on the market for $5
million. The Tuscan-style two-story home was built in 2002. Drake bought the
property for $2.9 million in 2003. There are fireplaces in the living room,
family room, and master suite of the 6,616-square-foot house with five bedrooms
and 7.5 bathrooms, French doors, hardwood floors, decks and balconies. The
grounds also include a circular driveway, swimming pool, sycamore trees, fruit
trees, and an herb garden.
See a picture of it here'
"Days of Our Lives" won for
Outstanding Daily Drama at the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards which recognize
outstanding representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT)
community. Days was nominated for Sonny and Will's love story
featuring Chandler Massey and Freddie Smith. Freddie Smith (Sonny) accepted the
award in Los Angeles on Saturday, April 20, 2013.
If you have a question for Days' Galen Gering (Rafe), e-mail it to
SODQandA@gmail.com, and they will ask
the actor as part of an upcoming interview in SOD.
Email your questions for Freddie Smith (Sonny) to
they will ask the actor as part of an upcoming interview in Soap Opera Digest'
"Days of Our Lives" pictures, autographs, and scripts are being
auctioned on eBay to benefit Autism Speaks.
David A. Levinson, who was a staff writer with "Days" since September 6,
2011, has been replaced by 71-year-old David Cherrill as of June, 2013, who was
previously with "Days" from 2008-2011. He started his career as an actor in the
1970s playing Tom Hughes on "As the World Turns." He has been a writer since
1981, working on "As The World Turns" (1981, 1998-1999), "Search For Tomorrow"
(1982-1983), "Another World" (1984-1989), and "One Life to Live" (1995-1997,
2001-2004). He has been nominated for 7 Daytime Emmys (1985, 1989, 1994, 1995,
1996, 2002, and 2012), winning in 1994 and in 2012. Although his birth name is
Christopher David Colson, he now uses his wife's first name, Cherrill, as his
last name. They have two daughters, Katherine and Emily.
Nominations for the 2013 Writers Guild Award for Best Daytime Drama
included the writing teams of "Days of Our Lives," "One Life to Live,"
and "The Young and The Restless." On February 17, 2013, the
award went to Y&R.
Peter Reckell (Bo), who left the show in July, 2012, has sold his ecofriendly
Brentwood, CA home for $3.35 million. The actor and wife, Kelly Moneymaker, also
own a home in Portland, OR. For a look at Reckell's former abode, click
The nominees for the 2012 Directors Guild of America for
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Daytime Serials were Albert Alarr for
Days, Larry Carpenter, William Ludel, & Scott McKinsey for GH, and
Jill Mitwell for OLTL. At the DGA award ceremony, OLTL's Jill Mitwell won for
the episode "Between Heaven and Hell."
Days of Our Lives has been renewed through September 2014. The show will celebrate its 48th anniversary in November
2013 and is NBC's
longest-running drama series. Also, it aired its milestone 12,000th episode on
January 11, 2013.
Matthew Borlenghi (ex-Marino) and Shanelle Workman (ex-Flash/Sarah, OLTL) are
involved in legal battles with Workman's mother over her younger sister, Ariel,
who stars in "Modern Family".
Peggy McCay (Caroline) appears in a public service announcement with Mary
Beth Evans (Kayla) for November's National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month.
"It came about because of Caroline's story on Days. I was very honored to be
asked. I have personal friends who are dealing with this because of relatives
with Alzheimer’s." Caroline’s struggle with Alzheimer’s has also struck a chord
with viewers. "I just got a really heartbreaking letter from a fan whose mother
has a full-blown case of Alzheimer's," she discloses. "He described what it is
like to care for her. Alzheimer's affects the patient and family members. Often,
family members can be left feeling helpless." There is support available at alz.org.
To see the PSA, go here
Emmy-winner Barbara Esensten, who created Loving/The City with James Harmon
Brown and wrote for a slew of soaps including Guiding Light, Port Charles, One
Life to Live, Days of Our Lives, Dynasty, and All My Children, passed away on
November 14, 2012, at the age of 75.
John Ingle (ex-Mickey) passed away 9/16/12.
After Melissa Reeves (Jenn) tweeted her support of Chik-Fil-A on Twitter,
Greg Rikaart (Kevin, Y&R)
wrote this article about the fast food chain controversy.
(ex-Carly) speaks up for her good friend Missy.
Congratulations to "Days of Our Lives" for winning Daytime Emmy Awards on
June 23, 2012 for Outstanding Writing Team and Outstanding Younger Actor
Chandler Massey as Will Horton.
The Daytime Entertainment Creative Arts Emmy Awards to honor those behind
the scenes was held at the Westin Bonaventure on Sunday, June 17, 2012. GH
was the most winning soap, taking home statues for Casting, Costume Design,
Song, and Technical Direction; Days won for Makeup and Stunt Coordination;
B&B won Art Direction/Set Direction and tied Y&R for Hairstyling; AMC was
the winner in Editing and tied Y&R for Sound Mixing; OLTL won Lighting; and
Y&R took home Score.
Arianne Zucker (Nicole, Days) is raising funds for LifeCHANGE, the
leadership program she started with her brother, Todd, and Jason Cook (Matt,
GH). For more information about LifeCHANGE, or to make a donation, please visit:
"Days of Our Lives" head writers Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas,
Jr., who joined the show last May, were replaced by former Days
Co-Executive Producer and one-time Co-Head Writer Gary Tomlin and former Days
Co-Head writer Christopher Whitesell.
Help Joe Mascolo (Stefano) Stomp Out Bullying'
Lisa De Cazotte has joined Greg Meng as Co-Executive Producer of "Days of
Our Lives," replacing Noel Maxam. Ken Corday remains Executive Producer. De
Cazotte was a producer at AMC, had been Executive Producer at Passions, and
previously worked on Santa Barbara and GH.
"Days of Our Lives" has an online social network at
interactive video chats with cast members, never-before-seen photos and
footage, promotions, and contests. It's a place for fans to connect to their
favorite cast members through mediums like Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.
The site will stream events live, such as signings for the new book, fan
events, and other promotional events. It will also offer interactive polls
and events to allow fans to get insider view, express comments and feel
connected to the show and its cast.
Spoilers by Mandy and
True O’Brien Joins! True O’Brien debuted on 3/3 as Paige.
EJ Learns That Abigail Might Be Pregnant! While Sami is talking to EJ,
she recounts her earlier visit with Abigail and shares her suspicions that
Abigail could be pregnant. A panicked EJ promptly contacts Abigail and demands
to know why she let Sami know that she might be pregnant. EJ presses Abigail to
see a doctor that he knows so they can determine if she really is pregnant, but
Abigail says no. Naturally, EJ doesn’t take no for an answer. After the exam, EJ
and Abigail nervously await the results.
Marlena Blasts John - And Turns To Roman! Now that John is back in
Salem, his top priority is rescuing Brady, but a boozing, drug-seeking Brady has
no interest in accepting his dad’s help. John is disappointed when he is unable
to make any headway with his son. Brady isn’t alone in wishing his father would
steer clear: Marlena would also prefer it if John wasn’t back in Salem. John
mentions his problems with Brady. Marlena loses patience with her estranged
spouse and blasts him, angry about the damage he has done to both her and Brady.
John understands Marlena’s frustration and backs off. To Marlena’s relief, in
times of need she can still count on her ex-husband, Roman.
Ratings for 2/10: 2.1
*Hot Plots Preview* Jen Is Targeted! Someone is out to get Jennifer,
and this week, she becomes the victim of a vicious smear campaign. Jen isn’t
sure who is behind it, but she has her suspicions: Theresa. At the hospital,
Jennifer feels paranoid about who has a grudge against her and it begins to
affect her work. Maxine senses that something is making Jen uneasy and asks if
she is okay. Jen tries to downplay her troubles, not wanting to burden her work
pal, so Maxine gives Jen her space. The next day, Jen receives a malicious piece
of mail that is very disturbing. She doesn’t know if she should keep the letter
to herself or share it with Daniel!
JJ realizes that he has something in common with his mystery girl,
Paige, on 3/10. Rafe makes a big move to try and keep Jordan from leaving Salem
on 3/11. Nicole and Stefano have an ugly confrontation on 3/12, while Marlena
seeks answers from Dr. Chyka.
What Will Happen: Eric refuses to have sex with Nicole. Rafe tries to
prevent Jordan from leaving Salem. Abigail and EJ panic about her possible
pregnancy. Victor offers to help Sonny.
Nick Creates New Trouble For Sonny And Sami! Nick pays Sonny a visit
and threatens to expose his role in the cover-up of Nick’s attempted murder.
Sonny draws the line at Nick’s bullying. Sonny is also upset that Gabi has let
Nick back into her life yet again. Later, Nick has a heated confrontation with
Sami and uses new information to try and blackmail her. Sonny is aware that Nick
is harassing Sami. With Nick remaining a dangerous presence in Salem, Sonny is
generally ill at ease.
Ratings for 2/3: 2.1
Michael Benyaer returns this week as Dr. Chyka.
True O’Brien appears on 3/3 as Paige.
*Hot Plots Preview* Jen And Daniel Reunite! Daniel and Jennifer’s
reconciliation hits an awkward stumbling block - she’s been dating Liam.
Ultimately, Jennifer meets with Liam. She explains the circumstances with
Daniel, then is caught off-guard by Liam’s unexpected reaction. By week’s end,
Daniel and Jen enjoy a pleasant evening that ends with them in bed together.
JJ has an encounter with a beautiful young woman on 3/3. Kate receives
good news from Rafe on 3/6. Daniel issues a warning to Brady about Theresa on
*News Flash* John Returns To Salem With A Heartbreaking Message For
Hope, And Abigail Is Rocked By Sami’s Slip Of The Tongue! Bad Tidings! After
spending months abroad, John returns to Salem with a heavy agenda. First up,
delivering a letter from Bo to Hope. Upon seeing John in Salem, Hope gives him a
warm welcome. However, when Marlena’s name come up, John makes a request of
Hope: not to tell Marlena that she saw him. Later, when Hope is alone, she sits
down, reads Bo’s letter and is crushed by its contents. Hope is also mindful
that she has to break the news to Ciara. Across town, John has an awkward
encounter - with Marlena! Pregnant Pause! Abigail is surprised when Sami shows
up at the Horton house seeking a favor. To repay Abigail’s generosity, Sami
decides to order lunch for them. Abigail gets sick from the smell of the tuna
and Sami blurts out that Abigail may be pregnant. Sami’s off-handed comment
throws Abigail for a loop. Abigail hides her feelings so well that Sami has no
idea she is in a complete panic. The idea that Abigail could be pregnant adds to
her anxieties about her secret affair with Sami’s fiance. Abigail doesn’t feel
she can turn to her mother for emotional support and guidance. Plus, there is
the matter of EJ’s impending nuptials to Sami.
What Will Happen: Nick threatens Sonny and blackmails Sami. Nicole and
Eric go out on a date. JJ is smitten by a beautiful new girl. Daniel and
Jennifer’s reunion gets off to an awkward start.
Adrienne Reacts To Sonny’s Engagement! This week, Sonny informs his mom
that he and Will are engaged, and she doesn’t exactly jump for joy. Adrienne
then discovers that Sami isn’t thrilled about the idea of Will and Sonny
exchanging wedding vows, either. But the two are not in complete agreement about
how to handle the situation. Adrienne then discusses her reservations with
Sami Faces Off With Nicole! When Sami learns of Eric’s decision to
leave the priesthood, she tracks down Nicole and lays into her. Unfortunately,
Nicole lets Sami get the best of her and does something she later regrets.
Nicole realizes that her and Eric’s renewed relationship is being met with
disapproval, but she tries not to let it affect her. By week’s end, Marlena
takes desperate measures to keep Eric and Nicole apart. To achieve that goal,
she makes a potentially dangerous deal.
Ratings for 1/27: 2.1
*Hot Plots Preview* Jordan’s Surprise Visitor! Jordan is caught
off-guard when another figure from her past surfaces in Salem. Ben is taken
aback by Jordan’s reaction to seeing him. He tracked Jordan down so that they
could reunite, but she would rather Ben leave Salem, pronto. It becomes clear
that Jordan has been in touch with this mystery man.
JJ comes clean with Abigail on 2/25. Aiden and Hope are forced to work
together on 2/26, while Gabi agrees to go on a date with T, prompting Nick to
try and break them apart.
What Will Happen: EJ tries to break things off with Abigail. Sami
blasts Nicole when she hears Eric is leaving the priesthood. Brady accuses
Victor and Maggie of having him followed.
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