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45th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Drama Performer Pre-Nominations Announced!


Daytime soap schedule during the holidays...  Days will air a new episode.
Friday, December 29: Days will air a new episode.
Monday, January 1: Days will be pre-empted by sports.

Labor Day schedule for Monday, September 4: DOOL will not be seen, due to NBC's coverage of the PGA Golf Tour.

"Days of Our Lives" has been renewed for a 52nd season!

Due to the solar eclipse, Monday's 8/21 episode of DOOL may be pre-empted, depending on the time zone.

 Ashley Benson (ex-Abby) is nominated for a Teen Choice Award for Drama TV Actress (#ChoiceDramaTVActress) for ďPretty Little LiarsĒ. Vote Now! The show Airs Sunday, August 13, LIVE on FOX

"Days of Our Lives" has replaced Co-Head Writer Dena Higley with Ron Carlivati as Head Writer effective immediately. His first episode will air on July 19, 2017. Carlivati worked at both GH & OLTL. Previous Co-Head Writer Ryan Quan & Sheri Anderson Thomas, who wrote for "Guiding Light, "Santa Barbara," and GH, will both be Creative Consultants.

DAYSís Corday Received Star on May 15, 2017 10:13 AM
Congratulations to DAYSís Executive Producer, Ken Corday, who received the 2,612th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today in the category of Television. In addition to a host of DAYS stars in attendance, fellow Walk of Famer Andy Garcia was the guest speaker. The star was placed next to the star that Deidre Hall (Marlena) received last year. You can watch the ceremony live at 2:30 p.m. TT/11:30 a.m. PT. at

At the 44th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards show on Sunday, April 30, 2017, the following winners were announced:
Writing Team: Y&R
Directing Team & Drama Series: GH
Supporting Actress: Kate Mansi (Abigail, Days)
Supporting Actor: Steve Burton (Dylan, Y&R)
Younger Actress: Lexi Ainsworth (Kristina, GH)
Younger Actor: Bryan Craig (ex-Morgan, GH)
Lead Actress:
Gina Tognoni (Phyllis, Y&R)
Lead Actor:
Scott Clifton (Liam, B&B)

At the Creative Arts Emmy Awards show on Friday, April 28, at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California, the following winners were announced:
Casting Director: Marnie Saitta, Days of Our Lives
Art & Lighting Direction, Set Decoration, Editing: Y&R
Technical Team, Costume Design, & Makeup: B&B
Sound Mixing & Music Direction: Days of Our Lives
Original Song: Days' "When Time Was On Our Side"
Hairstyling: General Hospital
Stunt Coordinator: Terry James, Days
Digital Drama Series: The Bay the Series
Digital Drama Series Outstanding Actress: Mary Beth Evans (Sara Garrett, The Bay)
Outstanding Actor: Kristos Andros (Pete Garrett, The Bay)
Supporting or Guest Actress: Carolyn Hennesy (Karen Blackwell, The Bay)
Supporting or Guest Actor: Nicolas Coster (Mayor Jack Madison, The Bay)

The 44th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards show, hosted by Mario Lopez & Sheryl Underwood, was live-streamed at Facebook Live & Twitter-Periscope Producer at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on Sunday, April 30, 2017. Click here for the list of nominees.

Carolyn Hennesy (Diane, GH) hosted the red-carpet pre-show from 5:30 - 7:30 ET / 2:30 - 4:30 PT on both days as well as 2 additional Facebook Live appearances from the NATAS Emmy Gifting Suites for the nominees on Saturday, April 29 at 4 & 7 p.m. ET / 1 & 4 p.m. PT.

Eileen Davidson's book "Dial Emmy for Murder" will become a movie!

On Friday, February 24, 2017, Alison Sweeney (ex-Sami) underwent surgery to repair the ACL on her right knee, which she had injured while skiing in December.

On February 21, 2017, NBC announced that it has renewed "Days of Our Lives" for Season 52.

On Thursday, February 9, Joseph Mascolo last appeared as Days' Stefano, filmed before his death on December 7, 2016. In the episode, Marlena (Deidre Hall), Rafe (Galen Gering) & Leann Hunley (Anna) confront him about his transgressions against them through the years. In a special video, Mascolo's long-time castmates share their memories of the late actor.

Kassie DePaiva (ex-Eve, Days; ex-Blair, OLTL), who was diagnosed in 2016 with acute myeloid leukemia, announced on February 4, 2017, that she is now cancer free!

The pre-nom results were announced on January 25 with 10 in each category moving forward to Blue Ribbon voting for which actors can submit 20 minutes from up to 4 episodes. The final nominations will be announced on Wednesday, March 22. The Creative Arts Emmy Awards show will be on April 28 while the 44th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards to be held on Sunday, April 30, 2017 both at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California.

Sign this petition to let NBC know you want the show to stay on the air!

Happy 13,000th episode to DOOL! It aired on Tuesday, January 10, 2017.

2017 Days of Our Lives Cast pic

Watch full episodes of "Days of Our Lives" on, Daily Motion,,  and GlobalTV for Canadian viewers.

On Monday, January 16, "Days of Our Lives" began airing one hour earlier in the New York City area, at 12:00 Noon.

Robb Derringer (Scooter Nelson, Days; ex-Kyle Sloane, GH) & DWTS judge Carrie Ann Inaba became engaged on Saturday, December 10, 2016, at the site of their first date, a secluded beach cove along the California coast. Read more here.

Joseph Peter Mascolo (Stefano DiMera, Days; ex-Massimo Marone, B&B; ex-Nicholas Van Buren, GH) died at 87 on December 8, 2016, in Lake Arrowhead, CA, after battling Alzheimer's disease for many years. His funeral service will be held on Tuesday, December 13, at Forest Lawn in Hollywood Hills' Church of the Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90068.

Jensen Ackles (ex-Eric, Days) and his wife, actress Danneel Harris Ackles (ex-Shannon, OLTL) welcomed, a boy and a girl named Zeppelin Bram and Arrow Rhodes, who joined big sis, JJ, on December 2, 2016.

Arianne Zucker Breaks Her Silence About the Donald Trump Scandal

Billy Flynn (Chad) married actress Gina Lynn Comparetto on Saturday, October 1, 2016, at Saddle Rock Ranch, in the hills of Malibu, CA.

Drake Hogestyn was injured on May 5, 2016 on the Days set while filming a stunt that required him to "break" through a prop door that "had not been properly prepared." When he "ran full speed," he "smashed headfirst" into it suffering "severe head injuries" requiring hospitalization. He returned to the set of the show on September 27.

On September 11, 2016, Patrika Darbo (ex-Nancy, Days) took home the Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series for her work on "Acting Dead." 

Camila Banus (Gabi, Days) injured her foot during a Parkour exercise class in August, 2016.

Kassie DePaiva (Eve) announced in August, 2016, that she has been in treatment for Acute Myeloid Leukemia for a month which will continue over the next 3 months. She believes her prognosis is good and will not likely need a stem cell/bone marrow transplant, expecting a complete cure.  For more, click here.

Chrishell Stause (Bethany, Y&R; ex-Jordan, Days; ex-Amanda, AMC) & Justin Hartley (Adam, Y&R; ex-Nicholas, Passions) became engaged at the end of July 2016 after being together for 2-1/2 years. She just celebrated her 35th birthday on July 21. He is 39 with a 12-year-old daughter, Isabella, with ex-wife Lindsay.

Jordi Vilasuso (Dario, Days; ex-Griffin, AMC; ex-Tony, GL) and his wife, Kaitlin, welcomed their second daughter on July 15, 2016, named Everly Maeve Vilasuso. They have a daughter, Riley Grace, 3.

The 68th Primetime Emmy Award nominations were announced on Thursday, July 14, 2016. Patrika Darbo (Nancy, Days) was nominated as Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series for her role in the online show "Acting Dead." To see the full list, click here. The award show will be held live on Sunday, September 18 at 7 pm ET /4 pm PT on ABC.

Taylor Spreitler (ex-Mia, Days) revealed that her father, Danny, 55, took his own life due to the pain of depression. The number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 800-273-8255.

Days of Our Lives' Executive Producer Ken Corday will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2017.

See the 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Here!  Click here for the list of nominees and winners.

Deidre Hall (Marlena) received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6201 Hollywood Blvd. on Thursday, May 19, 2016.

Nadia Bjorlin (ex-Chloe, Days) and hubby Grant Turnbull had a baby boy on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, named Torin Mathias Turnbull.

Melissa Ordway (Abby, Y&R) and her husband Justin Gaston (ex-Ben, Days) had a daughter, Olivia Christine Gaston, on April 30, 2016.

After April 15, 2016, "Days of Our Lives" no longer airs same-day repeat broadcasts on Pop TV.

"Ladies of the Lake," the new digital series based on the novel by Days' Executive Producer Ken Corday, has announced its cast. Kyle Lowder (ex-Brady, Days; ex-Rick, B&B), Arianne Zucker (Nicole, Days), John-Paul Lavoisier (Philip, Days; ex-Rex, OLTL), Martha Madison (Belle, Days; ex-Elizabeth, GH; ex-Lola, Passions), Wally Kurth (Justin, Days; Ned, GH), Marie Wilson (Summer, Days; ex-Meg, ATWT; ex-Karen, PC & GH), Gordon Thomson (ex-Walter, Days; ex-Freeman, Passions; ex-AJ, Sunset Beach; ex-Adam, Dynasty), John Callahan (ex-Edmund, AMC; ex-Dr. Baker, Days; ex-Leo, GH), Patrika Darbo (ex-Nancy, Days), Lilly Melgar (ex-Lily, GH; ex-Claudia, B&B), Jessica Morris (ex-Jennifer, OLTL) & Jillian Clare (ex-Abby, Days) will appear in the new soap from Michael Caruso.

The third novel from Alison Sweeney (ex-Sami, Days), Opportunity Knocks, was released on April 5, 2016.

Natalia Livingston (ex-Emily, GH; ex-Taylor, Days) announced her engagement to Dr. Matt Aldag, a neuroscientist and science writer, on March 23, 2016.

Peter Brown (ex-Dr. Greg Peters, Days; ex-Blake Hayes, B&B; ex-Robert Laurence, Y&R; ex-Roger Forbes, Loving; ex-Charles Sanders III, OLTL) passed away at 80 on March 21, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. He is survived by his wife Kerstin and two sons, Matthew & Joshua.

NBC has renewed "Days of Our Lives" for its 51st season until September 2017, with an option for an additional year. Due to the network's dislike of the present 5-month-ahead taping schedule, the show is now on a 5-week hiatus and will resume filming on Monday, April 4.

Josh Griffith has left the writing staff of Days of Our Lives. Ryan Quan is now Co-Head Writer with Dena Higley.

Jordi Vilasuso (Dario, Days; ex-Griffin, AMC; ex-Tony, GL) and his wife, Kaitlin, are expecting their second child in July. They have a daughter, Riley Grace, 3.

Casey Moss (JJ, Days) and his band "Eyes for One" have released their first full length album, "BeneathTheTruth," which contains 10 songs and can be purchased on iTunes.

Matthew Ashford (Jack) and his girlfriend Lana Buss had a daughter, Willa, on November 30, 2015. Willa joins brother Henry and two half-sisters, Grace & Emma.

Jen Lilley (Theresa, Days) released a Christmas CD on Tuesday, November 24, which includes many holiday classics as well as "Baby It's Cold Outside," her duet with Eric Martsolf (Brady) released last year. If you order it on her website, you'll also receive a personalized Christmas card.

On Monday, October 26, Casey Moss (JJ, Days), 21, was drinking at the W Scottsdale Hotel in Arizona when he tried to punch a bartender who refused to continue serving him. A friend went to hold him back, but he made his way free and shoved a fellow bar patron then was tackled by the bar's bouncer. Finally he struggled with police officers. Once he was handcuffed, he was asked his name and cursed & yelled "I'm Casey Moss, and I'm an actor on Days of Our Lives!" He was released from jail on Tuesday and is facing charges for assault, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest. He was in Scottsdale for the book signing of "Days of Our Lives 50 Years" with his costars.
UPDATE: At the pre-trial conference on Friday, November 20, Casey Moss plead guilty to disorderly conduct, and the other two charges were dismissed. People Collector's Edition 2015

50th Anniversary "Days of Our Lives" cast photo. (Click on picture to see larger one.)

People's 50th Anniversary Cast Photo(Top row, l. to r.) Eric Martsolf (Brady), Jen Lilley (Theresa), Meredith Scott Lynn (Anne), Josh Taylor (Roman), Stephen Nichols (Steve), Mary Beth Evans (Kayla), Greg Vaughan (Eric), Alison Sweeney (Sami), Christopher Sean (Paul), Deidre Hall (Marlena), Kate Mansi (Abby), Rob Scott Wilson (Ben), Kristian Alfonso (Hope), Melissa Reeves (Jennifer), Casey Moss (JJ), Camila Banus (Gabi), James Reynolds (Abe), A Martinez (Eduardo), Thaao Penghlis (Andrť'), Lauren Koslow (Kate), & Billy Flynn (Chad).

(Second row seated): Judi Evans (Adrienne), John Aniston (Victor), Peggy McCay (Caroline), Drake Hogestyn (John), Bill Hayes (Doug), Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie), Suzanne Rogers (Maggie), Sal Stowers (Lani), Bryan Dattilo (Lucas), & Joseph Mascolo (Stefano).

Alison Sweeney (Sami) & James Scott (ex-EJ) were reunited on HBO's "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" after ABC news reported about Noujain Mustafa who, despite being wheelchair-bound, left her home in Kobani, a war-torn Syrian town, and traveled to the Serbian border, hoping to get to Germany. Mustafa revealed that she learned to speak English by watching Days, and that Sami and EJ were her favorite characters. On his show, Oliver hilariously recounted the story of the duo's turbulent romance, then aired a newly taped scene between the actors, where the characters reunited after EJ's "death."

Michael Easton (Silas, GH; ex-McBain, OLTL; ex-Caleb, PC; ex-Tanner, Days) has written the graphic novel "Credence: Lose This Skin." Check out the trailer here!

Days Scoops/Spoilers

SOD 3/19/18

JJ Learns The Truth!
At Gabiís trial, Justin tries to discredit Laniís account of catching his client trying to destroy evidence in the Dumpster. Justin then pushes Lani to explain why Gabi would ask her to look the other way. When Justin doesnít let up, Lani blurts out that itís because she slept with Gabiís boyfriend, Eli. JJ punches Eli and is held in contempt of court. Rafe takes him to the station. After the dust settles, Lani heads to the station to talk to JJ. JJ realizes that the baby Laniís carrying might not be his.

*Early Editions*
Chad has legal trouble in Hong Kong.
Vivian makes an important hire.
Chloe has an admirer.
Will and Paulís romance moves forward.

*Ratings for 2/19: 1.7

Brandon Beemer appears this week as Shawn Brady.

Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe Lane) returns from maternity leave on 3/20.

Martha Madison appears as Belle Brady, who is tasked with helping Hope divorce Rafe.

Alison Sweeney will appear as Sami Brady.

Alexander Trumble appears as Jeff, an employee at the Brady Pub who helps Sonny.

*Hot Plots Preview - Rafe To Hope: Come Home*
Rafe calls Hope in Hong Kong to try to talk things out, and asks her to come back to him and Salem. But Hope is not ready to delve into their wedding day drama. Hope then informs a surprised Rafe that she has asked Belle to draw up divorce papers.

*1st Look*
Sonny gets help swiping right from the Brady pub bartender.
Hope catches up with Shawn over breakfast.
Gabby does some light packing, while Stefan opts to carry his own luggage.
Justin takes DA Trask to task.

Abigail agrees to go to Hong Kong with Stefan on 3/19, while Steve gets John to accept his forgiveness.
Chloe returns and goes ice skating with Lucas on 3/20, while Sonny warns Paul about Will.
Kate confronts Stefan on 3/21, while Eli surprises Gabi and Jennifer gets good news.
Chad arrives in Hong Kong on 3/22.
Chad connects with Abigail on 3/23.

*What Will Happen*
Kayla vents to Marlena about John.
Brady vows to win back Eve.
Rafe opens up to Kate about Hope.

SOD 3/19/18

Eve To Brady: The Wedding Is Off!
After Maggie pushes Victor to come clean to Eve about his and Bradyís plotting, Eve dumps Brady at the altar. Eve is heartbroken and angry with herself for not seeing what was going on. Eve takes Brady to task in front of his family. Once theyíre alone, Brady explains that it may have started off as a sneaky plot, but he wound up falling for her for real. A furious Eve fires Brady from Basic Black. Brady, however, will not go quietly.

*Early Editions*
Shawn urges Hope to talk to Rafe.
A bitter Sonny issues a warning to Paul.
Abigail and Stefan make travel plans.
Gabiís trial begins.

*Ratings for 2/12: 1.7

*Hot Plots Preview - Gabi Confronts Lani*
After Lani arrests Gabi for Andreís murder, Gabi confronts her about sleeping with Eli. Gabi asks if the baby Lani is carrying is really JJís. Lani confirms that the baby is JJís. Eli shows up, which ends the conversation. Lani then walks in on a tense chat between JJ and Valerie.

*1st Look*
Kalya helps Steve.
Julie hugs it out with grandson Eli.
Sonny is not happy to find Will with Paul.
Tripp and Ciara get closer.
Claire smiles for Ericís camera.
Jennifer does some snooping in Kaylaís office.

Victor and Maggie reunite on 3/12, while Paul and Will share a tender kiss- which Sonny spies.
Eric urges Claire to make peace with Ciara on 3/13, while Adrienne comforts Steve over his medical situation.
Chad finds Andreís phone in Stefanís office on 3/14, while Stefan tells Vivian about Dr. Laura and a concerned Abigail meets with Kayla to discuss her recent headaches.
Valerie checks in with Eli about his plans for the baby on 3/15.
Jennifer and Kayla make a surprising discovery in Abigailís purse on 3/16.

*What Will Happen*
Will urges John to forgive himself.
Gabi lays into Lani.
Valerie and JJ have a tense exchange.

Sal Stowers (Lani) is featured in the Take Five interview this week.

By Mandy

SOD 3/12/18

Hope To Rafe: Itís Over!
Hope is left reeling after Claire drops the bomb that Rafe cheated with Sami. While the guests are trying to process the news, Hope slaps Rafe and runs out. Rafe makes a heartfelt apology, but Hope says she canít believe he let her marry him with this lie between them. Hope tells Rafe itís over. Jennifer tracks Hope down and urges her cousin not to make any firm decisions about the future. Hope tells Rafe that sheís going to Hong Kong indefinitely.

*Early Editions*
Paul and Will share a tender kiss.
Eve fires Brady.
Maggie moves home.
Ciara pulls a fast one on Claire.

*Ratings for 2/5: 1.8

*Hot Plots Preview Ė Eli Confesses To Gabi*
Eli realizes that he canít keep lying to Gabi and comes clean about sleeping with Lani. Gabi is devastated, but handles the news well. Gabi understands that everyone was misinformed about the situation and is able to forgive him. Gabi does wonder if Eli is the father of Laniís baby, however, and asks him. Eli makes a very bad decision and decides not to come clean about everything.

*1st Look*
Gabi goes dumpster diving.
Abigail checks out Stefanís reading material.
A concerned JJ tends to Lani.

Claire and Ciara come to blows on 3/5.
Eric catches Brady drinking on 3/6.
Gabi confides in Sonny on 3/7, while Ciara and Tripp almost kiss and Gabby visits Stefanís room.
Lani catches Gabi disposing of the incriminating evidence in Andreís murder investigation on 3/8.
Stefan meets another of Abigailís alters on 3/9, while Brady presents Eve with an engagement ring.

*What Will Happen:
Eve expresses concern for Brady.
Gabi makes a shocking discovery.
Maggie presses Victor to tell the truth.

SOD 3/5/18

Claire Blabs That Rafe Slept With Sami!
Claire learns Ciaraís big secret, that Sami and Rafe slept together, and is unsure about how to proceed. Marlena comes over and Claire confides that Rafe cheated on Hope with Sami. Claire thinks that Hope should know the truth. Marlena wonders if there isnít a part of Claire that wants to punish Ciara, who has been keeping the secret from Hope. Claire promises to think things over before she takes any action. Meanwhile, at the Horton cabin, Hope surprises Rafe with a justice of the peace, who is there to marry them in a very intimate wedding ceremony. Hope points out that they can have this moment to themselves and enjoy the party the next day without any stress. The two exchange heartfelt vows and make love for the first time as husband and wife. The next morning, Claire is still on the fence about what to do with the information she has about Rafe. She has a welcome distraction when Eve arrives to talk to her about the Face of Bella contest. After, Claire heads home to shower, and Ciara, who is making a photo montage for Rafe and Hope, wants to use a song Claire wrote and grabs her nieceís phone. Ciara stumbles upon the recording Claire made of Ciara and Tripp talking about Rafe cheating and an argument ensues. When everyone is gathered at the wedding altar, the tension between Ciara and Claire escalates and Claire blurts out what she knows to a stunned Hope - and all of the guests.

Stefan Covers For Gabby!
Chad goes to Stefanís room, where unbeknownst to him, Abigail - as her alter, Gabby - is inside. After the men face off, Chad leaves and Gabby comes out of hiding. Sheís about to head out when Stefan grabs her and pulls her into a steamy kiss. Once Gabby leaves, Stefan starts to look up information online about multiple personality disorders. Stefan procures a book written by Kimberly Brady, who suffered from dissociative identity disorder. Meanwhile, Vivian meets Gabby, who tries to bludgeon her. Stefan leaps into action to save his mother. He takes Gabby upstairs and tries to talk her down. Stefan offers to plant the lid from Tonyís urn and Gabiís coat on someone else to help Gabby. When Vivian confronts her son and says itís clear Abigail framed Gabi for Andreís murder and they should turn her in to the police, Stefan reveals that Abigail/Gabby knows they were in Andreís office the night of the murder.

*Early Editions*
Eric and Jennifer argue over Sami.
Ciara declares war on Claire.
Lani has a health scare.
Bradyís plan hits a snag.

*Ratings for 1/29: 1.7

John Combs appears on 2/26 as the justice of the peace who marries Hope and Rafe.

*Hot Plots Preview Ė Steve Faces Blindness*
John visits Steve in the hospital and learns that Steveís blurry vision has continued despite the antidote. Kayla, who is cool to John, leaves the room to check on Steveís latest tests. Steve assures John that he understands why he did what he did, and that Kayla will eventually come around. Kayla returns and reveals that Steveís cornea was damaged by the poison and he will likely go completely blind. John is devastated and heads out. John meets up with Marlena in the park and breaks down in her arms.

*1st Look*
Rafe and Hope happily tie the knot with a justice of the peace.
Vivian plays peek-a-boo with Victor.
Stefan does some light reading.
Abigail wigs out.

Vivian asks Victor to merge DiMera Enterprises and Titan on 2/26.
Gabi prepares for her preliminary hearing on 2/27.
Vivian meets Gabby on 2/28, while JJ wonders why Valerie had a lukewarm response to the idea of him marrying Lani.
Brady is tempted to come clean with Eve on 3/1.
Valerie confronts Lani on 3/2.

*What Will Happen:
Valerie questions Eliís choices.
Victor urges Brady to stick to their plan.
Gabi makes a confession to Sonny.

SOD 2/26/18

Abigail Killed Andre!
Stefan enters his room at the DiMera mansion and finds Gabi there. He demands she turn around, and when she does, he sees that itís Abigail in a dark wig. She says sheís ďGabbyĒ. Sheís in possession of the top of the urn, the murder weapon that killed Andre, which makes Stefan realize that sheís the killer. The next morning, Abigail wakes up late and is out of it. A mystified Stefan asks Chad if Abigail is okay. Chad warns Stefan to back off of his wife, then leaves with Thomas. When Stefan sees Abigail again, he asks her about what happened the night before, but she is clueless. Abigail accuses Stefan of trying to play mind games with her because heís the one who really killed Andre. She reveals that she and Chad believe he hired someone to dress up as Gabi on the surveillance tapes. A confused Stefan goes for a run to clear his head. Chad returns home and Abby reveals she told Stefan that they suspect heís the guilty party. Chad warns her not to provoke Stefan. Later, the pressure starts to build for Abigail, who once again morphs into Gabby. She surprises a shirtless Stefan in his room and tries to seduce him.

*Early Editions*
Hope springs a romantic surprise on Rafe.
Vivian has a business proposition for Victor.
Claire blabs a secret to Marlena.
Gabi worries sheís going to prison.

*Ratings for 1/22: 1.7

Martha Hackett appears this week as Pamela van Dam, head of the ISA.

Christie Clark ended her brief return as Carrie Reed on 2/12.

Lisa Rinna wraps up her visit as Billie Reed on 2/22.

*Hot Plots Preview Ė John Is Busted*
At the hospital, Steve catches John about to inject something into his IV. John is busted trying to administer the antidote to counteract the poison, which Billie has brought him. Once heís busted, John has to come clean about everything. Through a series of flashbacks, John explains how he was working under the orders of the ISA, who wanted Steve eliminated for botching their cover-up of Avaís murder. Billie is then wheeled in with a gunshot wound. Though she will make a full recovery, and Steve forgives him, John will try to make amends any way possible.

*1st Look*
Eric and Roman engage in deep conversation.
Chad has coffee service covered.
Tripp winds up on the wrong side of Pamela.
Marlena gets a surprise from John.

Ciara and Tripp bond on 2/19.
Hope and Rafe share some romance on the eve of their camping trip on 2/20, while Tripp and Ciara are abducted by Pamela van Dam.
Claire sets a trap to discover Ciara and Trippís secret on 2/21, while Brady taunts Eric about Nicoleís disappearance and Maggie learns the truth about Brady and Victorís plan.
Maggie announces sheís moving out on 2/22.
Rafe and Hope get a surprise visitor on 2/23.

*What Will Happen:
Maggie covers for Victor.
Kate gives unwanted romantic advice to Lucas.
Claire makes a startling discovery.

Galen Gering (Rafe) is featured in the Take Five interview this week!

SOD 2/19/18

Gabi Is Arrested; Chad Bails Her Out!
Gabi is charged with Andreís murder, then is offered a plea deal by the DA, which she rejects, determined to prove her innocence. Chad, who doesnít think Gabi is responsible for the crime, bails her out. Stefan, meanwhile, tries to make Abigail think that Gabi is responsible for Andreís death, but Abby refuses to believe it. Chad tells Gabi that he believes Stefan is setting her up to take the fall and that Stefan is the true killer. Abby and Chad try to take their mind off their troubles and go to Dougís Place for Valentineís Day. After running into Gabi, the duo decides to not talk about Andreís murder and focus instead on romance. Unfortunately, Stefan arrives, and seems particularly cozy with DA Trask, which convinces Chad that something is up with his brother. By weekís end, Chad is determined to get justice for Andre, even if it means Stefan takes the fall.

*Early Editions*
Maggie discovers the truth about Victor and Bradyís plans.
The jig is up for John.
Ciara and Tripp are abducted.
Brady taunts Eric about Nicole.

*Ratings for 1/15: 1.8

Laura Kai Chen appears this week as DA Melinda Trask.

Lisa Rinna returns on 2/13 as Billie Reed.

*Hot Plots Preview - Eric To Jennifer: Be Mine*
Eric discovers that Anna was at the root of his huge misunderstanding with Jennifer, who believes Eric still loves Nicole, and tracks her down to set her straight. Eric finds Jen dining with Dr. Shah and interrupts their date. Eric explains what happened with Anna and insists to Jennifer that he is no longer interested in Nicole, but is interested in Jennifer. He asks for another chance. Jen, who is caught off-guard, lets him down and says sheís with Henry now. A dejected Eric takes off. Realizing that Jennifer cares for Eric, Henry steps aside. Jennifer heads to Ericís place and knocks on his door.

*1st Look*
Billie returns to Salem with a bang!
Rafe bestows a gift on his bride-to-be Hope.
John fends off an assailant.
Stefan pours some bubbly for Chad and Abigail.
Doug and Julie troubleshoot at their restaurant.
Kayla snuggles up to hubby Steve.

Abigail opens up to Andre on 2/13, while Claire confronts Ciara and Eli confides to Rafe that he slept with Lani, which prompts Rafe to tell him about having sex with Sami.
Hope surprises Rafe with a camping trip on 2/14, while Ciara takes Tripp on a motorcycle ride and Roman tells Anna he believes in her innocence.
JJ asks Lani to marry him on 2/15, while Stefan gets cozy with Melinda Trask.
Stefan makes a startling discovery on 2/16.

*What Will Happen*
Justin gives Sonny a pep talk about Will.
Hope invites Carrie to her wedding.
Chad vows to prove Stefanís guilt.

SOD 2/12/18

Lani to Eli: My Baby Is Yours!
Valerie confronts Lani with the knowledge that Eli, not JJ, is the father of her baby. Lani insists that she never meant to lie, and tries to explain how JJ overheard her talking about the pregnancy and assumed it was his. Nevertheless, Valerie demands that Lani tell Eli the truth. Under pressure, Lani goes to Eli and reveals that he is the father of her baby, but heís not happy about the news. So, Lani starts to convince Eli to let JJ raise the baby. JJ, meanwhile, asks Abe for Laniís hand in marriage. Valerie tries to dissuade JJ from proposing, but Abe gives his blessing. Valerie privately advises Abe to stop pressuring JJ and Lani to tie the knot.

*Early Editions*
Marlena sense that John is hiding something.
Gabi vows to fight for her innocence.
Hope invites Carrie to her wedding.
Kate makes a shocking discovery.

*Ratings for 1/8: 1.8

Gilles Marini appears as Ted, a lawyer who crosses paths with Kate.

*Hot Plots Preview - Will Confronts John*
Paul and Will spy on John, who receives another mysterious vial from a man they donít know. The duo gets close enough to overhear John say that Steve will be dead with a few more doses. Paul decides to follow Johnís associate while Will tails John. John calls Steve for a meeting. Will follows John to the Brady pub and watches him through the window. Will watches John pour one of the vials into a coffee and confronts him when he comes out. John denies it at first, then explains that the situation is ISA-related and Will needs to let it go. Will refuses, so John takes a tougher stance and pulls a gun on him.

*1st Look*
Abigail pays a visit to Andre.
Kayla springs into action to save Steve.
Carrie comes to Annaís aid.

Anna shares her story with Rafe, Hope, Roman, Carrie and Hattie on 2/5.
Rafe and Eli spy Gabi on the security footage carrying Tonyís urn, but she swears it isnít her on 2/6, while JJ asks Kayla to put in a good word for him with the hospital EMT program.
Steve collapses on 2/8.
Gabi is arrested on 2/9.

*What Will Happen*
Eve and Brady have their first official date.
Clarie questions Tripp about Ciaraís secret.
JJ shares his happy news with Julie.

SOD 2/5/18

Steve Seeks Medical Attention!
John secretly pours another dose of poison into Steveís drink, and feels guilty when Steve thanks him for continuing their partnership in spite of Steveís recent health setback. After, John makes a mysterious call, confirming that heís going through with the plan to poison his pal. As Steveís symptoms worsen, heís not letting on how worried he is. Kayla finds her husband struggling with his vision and urges him to go and see Dr. Shah. The doc performs an examination and makes a troubling discovery: Steve has an autoimmune disease, but they donít know exactly which one. Steve reports the results to Kayla and says it seems as though he may lose his vision. Kayla is stunned but tries to stay positive. Though he tries to put on a brave front, Steve is terrified of losing his sight. Kayla and Steve head to the pub, where they run into John. They share the grim news with him. When the Johnsons leave, John knocks everything off his table in frustration. Though Steve remains in the dark about what John is doing to him, he is aware that something is up.

*Early Editions*
Valerie corners Lani.
Gabi is in the hot seat.
Claire overhears a telling conversation between Ciara and Tripp.
JJ makes plans for the future.

*Ratings for 1/1: 1.8

Christie Clark returns on 2/1 as Carrie Reed.

Deidre Hall appears on 2/2 as Hattie Adams.

*Hot Plots Preview - Paul And Will Investigate John*
Paul is stunned when he overhears John on the phone discussing poisoning Steve. Unsure of where to turn, Paul confides in Will. Will vows to help Paul figure out whatís going on.

*1st Look*
Vivian reconnects with Stefano.
Hope has some questions for Anna and Roman.
Itís game on for Claire, Tripp and Ciara.
Victor counsels a despondent Sonny.

Hope summons Roman and Anna to the station for questioning on 1/29.
Jennifer has another date with Henry on 1/30, while Will serves Sonny with divorce papers and Valerie confronts Lani.
Brady surprises Eve on 1/31.
Abigail has another dream about Andre on 2/1, while John figures out who sent Andre the mysterious letter and Carrie has a chat with Rafe.
Hattie shows up at Andreís funeral on 2/2.

*Thrills And Chills - February Preview*
Who killed Andre? Kate, Vivian, Stefan, Anna and Gabi are all viable suspects. Eli, Hope and Rafe go over the clues and attempt to solve the mystery, but it doesnít look good for Gabi when the evidence comes in.
Abigail and Chad believe Stefan could be behind Andreís death. Stefan will become more enamored with Abigail, but Vivian is wary of her sonís attraction. Stefan will make a stunning discovery as the month unfolds.
Itís shocking that John is poisoning his best friend, Steve. But why is he doing it? Is John being controlled by someone? Will and Paul stumble onto this case, which is interesting. Paul finds it impossible to believe his father could do this and Will is concerned about protecting Marlena. Kayla is the loving wife and doctor determined to get to the bottom of whatís going on with Steve. Marlena, meanwhile, sees how hard John is taking this and she knows him very well. Will Marlena catch on to the fact that John is the person doing this? What will she do about it?
As his and Hopeís wedding day approaches, Rafe learns that Carrie also knows he slept with Sami. Does she intend to expose it?
Billie visits Salem for mysterious reasons, which will connect to whatís going on with Steve and John.
Lani never intended to deceive JJ, but she got caught up in his excitement about becoming a father. Valerie starts to figure it all out. JJ wants what he believes is his child to have a solid, committed family and proposes to Lani.
There are a lot of misunderstandings between Jennifer and Eric, but everything will come to a head in a nice, romantic way.
Thereís a real love/hate thing going on with Eve and Brady. Itís only a matter of time before Maggie gets wind of what is going on. Maggie feels Brady and Victorís plan is unnecessarily cruel. Maggie will start to assert herself with Victor like sheís never done before.

*What Will Happen*
Jennifer has important news for Eric.
Claire and Ciara call a truce.
Will makes a startling discovery.

James Reynolds (Abe) is featured in the Take Five interview this week.

SOD 1/29/18

Andre Is Murdered!
Abigail is devastated when she stumbles upon Andreís lifeless body in the DiMera offices. Anna becomes a suspect in the investigation when the cops find Tonyís urn at the crime scene. Roman confers with Anna, who shows him the mysterious letter she received. After reading it, he lies to Hope and Rafe to give her an alibi. Stefan and Vivian work to get their stories straight about where they were when Andre was killed. Abigail, meanwhile, has a dream of Andre trying to tell her who did him in. Abigail recalls that Gabi threatened Andreís life before his death. Gabi doesnít take kindly to the accusation. Gabi turns things around on Abigail and asks if sheís the one who did it. After, Abby turns to Stefan for comfort.

*Early Editions*
Valerie confronts Lani.
Steve gets bad news.
Sonny has a heart-to-heart with Victor.
Will comforts Kate.

*Ratings for 12/25: 1.8
Thaao Penghlis will continue to appear as the late Andre DiMera in visions and dream sequences.

*Hot Plots Preview - John Is Poisoning Steve*
Steve has another dizzy spell and is forced to confess to Kayla about his blurry vision. She gives him a quick checkup and finds nothing wrong but tells him to make an appointment with his eye doctor. Steve tells John that their nights out drinking arenít the problem. However, John discreetly pours a substance into Steveís drink. Kayla, Marlena, Steve and John get together and talk about Andreís murder and Steve falls ill again.

*1st Look*
Eve and Brady face off with Sonny.
Kate lashes out.
Eli offers Gabi support.
Jennifer finds Eric in a state of undress.

Rafe and Hope set a wedding date on 1/22, while Gabi asks Stefan for help.
Sonny returns home from London on 1/23, while Paul and Will become neighbors at the Martin House.
Sonny confronts Brady on 1/24.
Valerie has her suspicions about Lani on 1/25, while Eli confronts Lani about her pregnancy and Eric has a sexy dream about Jennifer.
Hope finds Lani in tears on 1/26.

*What Will Happen*
Roman apologizes to Anna.
Will and Marlena have a talk about Paul.
Dr. Shah confides in a conflicted Kayla.
Kate and Chad bond.

SOD 1/22/18

Lani Makes A Life-Changing Decision!
Lani suspects the baby is most likely Eliís and wants to terminate, but a clueless JJ thinks heís the father and implores her to keep it. JJ takes her to his great-grandparentsí plaque in Horton Square and says that he wants a love and family like Tom and Alice had. He promises to treat her and their baby right. JJ and Lani run into Eli and Gabi, and once Lani sees how happy they are, she decides to commit to a future with JJ and the baby. Lani visits Kayla at the hospital, comes clean about her daddy dilemma and shares her decision to let JJ believe itís his. Kayla warns Lani about the long-term consequences if her lie is ever discovered. JJ shares the happy news with Theo, and Abe overhears.

*Early Editions*
Rafe and Hope set a wedding date.
A shocking death rocks Salem.
Sonny comes home from London.
Paul has a new neighbor at the Martin House.

*Ratings for 12/18: 1.7
Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe Lane) will be off screen briefly, during Bjorlinís maternity leave, beginning 1/19.
Kyler Pettis is out as Theo Carver on 1/17, when Theo leaves Salem to seek treatment.

*Hot Plots Preview - Gabi And Eli Make Love*
Eli and Gabi celebrate the success of Gabi Chic. He suggests they take their relationship to the next level, and they make love. The next morning, Gabi finds an earring on the floor of Eliís room, which he reveals to be Laniís. Gabiís world comes crashing down by the end of the week, however, when Andre fires her from DiMera.
*Hot Plots Preview - Roman Sets Up Anna*
Anna happens upon Kate and Andre at Dougís Place and she warns Kate that Andre hasnít changed a bit. The awkward moment intensifies when Roman shows up and ushers Anna away. Hoping to help Anna resolve her feelings about Tony, Roman later sets up a ďchanceĒ meeting for Marlena and Anna at the pub. Anna quickly figures out whatís going on and is not pleased. Anna storms out, where she happens upon a mysterious letter.

*1st Look*
Anna makes the acquaintance of Dr. Shah while heís out with Jennifer.
Vivian checks in on Stefan at work.

Roman urges Eric to fight for Jennifer on 1/15.
Abe tells Valerie that heís thinking of leaving Salem on 1/16.
Stefan asks Gabi out on a date on 1/17.
Vivian eavesdrops on John and Chad on 1/18, while Andre declares his love for Kate.
Lucas comes out of rehab and reconnects with Kate on 1/19.
*Checking Out - A Look At Theoís Last Moments In Salem*
Theo plays a game of chess with his uncle Stefan.
Chad shows emotion with nephew Theo.
JJ finds closure after a tumultuous couple of months.
Claire canít hold back the tears.
Abe wheels his son out of the hospital.

*What Will Happen*
Jennifer moves forward with Dr. Shah.
Vivian realizes Stefan is attracted to Abigail.
Abigail walks in on a moment between Gabi and Chad.
Lauren Koslow (Kate) is featured in the Take Five interview this week!

SOD 1/15/18

Lani Is Pregnant - But Whoís The Father?
While visiting Theo, Lani almost faints, so Kayla checks her out. Lani is stunned when Kayla reveals that she is pregnant. Kaylaís connection to JJ isnít making it any easier for Lani. Lani admits that she had a one-night stand, but doesnít reveal who it was with. After, Lani heads to work, planning to share the news with Eli. Before Lani can say anything, Eli tells her that they need to put their night together in the past. Lani agrees and then calls Kayla to say that she wants to terminate the pregnancy. JJ walks in while Lani is on the phone and assumes they are having a baby. Lani is also concerned about how any decision she makes could affect JJís state of mind.

*Early Editions*
Gabi and Eli step up their romance.
Vivian eavesdrops on Chad and John.
Lani makes a decision about the baby.
Anna issues a warning to Kate.

*Ratings for 12/11: ​1.7
Andre Khabbazi appears on 1/9 as Dr. Shah.

*Hot Plots Preview - Andre Is In Cahoots With Vivian*
Andre is revealed to be Vivianís secret partner, and has been providing her with info to help her and Stefan gain control of DiMera. In exchange, they will give Andre a role behind the scenes in their new venture. When Kate nearly comes upon the two having a secret strategy meeting, Andre quickly covers.

*1st Look*
Brady is not happy to see Vivian.
Stefan catches Abigail in a state of undress.
Gabi does some decorating.
Anna keeps warm with Roman.

Rafe is about to confess to Hope on 1/8, while Ciara learns that Theo must leave town and Abigail asks Stefan to rehire her and Chad at DiMera.
JJ feels guilty when he learns Theo has taken a turn for the worse on 1/9, while Will apologizes to Maggie.
Chad hires Steve and John to dig up dirt on Stefan on 1/10.
Brady and Victor stage another fight for Eveís benefit on 1/11, while JJ resigns from the force and Anna wants to hire Steve to go after Stefano.

*What Will Happen*
Andre and Kate share a passionate kiss.
Eli asks JJ to meet up.
Sonny makes a promise to Victor.
After a miscommunication with Eric, Jennifer makes a date with another man.

SOD 1/8/18

Stefan Crashes The New Yearís Eve Party!
Vivian crashes the DiMera New Yearís party and reveals she isnít alone: She has brought along her secret son with Stefano, Stefan O. DiMera. His arrival doesnít go over well with Andre, Kate, Chad and Abigail. Stefan is well aware of how the crowd reacts to his presene. Thereís immediate push-back from the family, who demands that Stefan take a DNA test, which he expected. While everyone is waiting for the results of the DNA test to come in, Stefan informs Abigail and Chad that he bought the bank that holds the mortgage on the DiMera mansion. He suggests they all live together so he can get to know them better. Abigail privately assures Chad they will fight Stefan together. Being in close quarters with Abigail presents no issue for Stefan, since he is immediately attracted to her.

*Early Editions*
Vivianís secret partner is revealed.
Theo faces complications.
Tripp tries to comfort Claire.
Abigail gets an eyeful of Stefan.
Victor is concerned about Eve and Brady.

*Ratings for 12/4: 1.7

Leann Hunley returns on 1/5, as Anna DiMera.

*Hot Plots Preview - Brady And Eve Make Love*
A New Yearís kiss turns into a whole lot more when Eve and Brady wind up in bed. Eve is confused about their relationship and asks Brady to define whatís going on with them. Though Brady tells her itís just sex, he finds himself drawn to her.

*1st Look*
Ciara confronts Rafe.
Roman shares a laugh with Eric.
Vivian makes herself at home chez DiMera.
Jennifer has a warm welcome home for Anna.

Paul and Will kiss on 1/2, while Ciara vows to make Rafe pay and Brady needles Sonny over Paul and Will.
Chloe has a warning for Brady on 1/3, while Will ends things with a heartbroken Sonny.
Abe has an honest talk with Theo on 1/4, while Rafe figures out what is going on with Ciara.
Andre confesses to Kate that he has feelings for her on 1/5.

*What Will Happen:
John asks Paul about his feelings for Will.
Ciara lashes out at Eric and Jennifer.
Kate pressures Kayla.
Roman makes a surprising connection.

Christopher Sean (Paul) is featured in the Take Five interview this week!

SOD 1/1/18

Theo Wakes Up!
Abe visits JJ and forgives him for shooting Theo. Abe returns to the hospital, where he receives the best Christmas gift of all: Theo wakes up! Once the dust settles, Kate confesses to Abe that she put his son in harmís way. Abe decides not to press charges, but says that Kate has to fire Theo from DiMera Enterprises. Abeís next order of business is to reinstate Hope as police commissioner.

*Early Editions*
Eve and Brady get closer.
Will and Paul find themselves in familiar territory.
Vivian introduces a Salem newcomer.
Ciara vows to make Rafe pay.

*Ratings for 11/27: 1.7

Tyler Christopher debuts on 12/29 as Stefan O. DiMera, Vivian and Stefanoís son.

Leann Hunley returns as Anna DiMera.

Louise Sorel returns on 12/29 as Vivian Alamain.

Brandon Beemer and Martha Madison wrap up their visit as Shawn and Belle Brady on 12/28.

*Hot Plots Preview Ė Lani/Eli Fallout*
Lani wakes up in Eliís bed and there is instantly regret. Lani rushes out and later, Eli speaks to Gabi and hears about JJís suicide attempt. Eli immediately updates Lani. Lani and JJ reunite after Theo wakes up and she hopes that she can keep what happened a secret.

*1st Look*
Jennifer has a private chat with Santa, aka Eric.
Chad has a New Yearís embrace for Sonny.
Ciara and Claire come to blows.
Hope and Rafe bid a fond farewell to Shawn and Belle.

Eric has a special gift for Jennifer on 12/25.
JJ apologizes to Theo on 12/26, while Gabi falls apart in Eliís arms.
Abigail makes a realization about Kate and Andre on 12/27, while Ciara strikes a deal with Tripp.
Tripp confesses his feelings to Claire on 12/28, while Jennifer and Hope have a heart-to-heart and Shawn and Belle leave town.
Abigail and Chadís New Yearís Eve party gets underway on 12/29.

*2018 Preview*
Vivian crashes the DiMera New Yearís Eve party and brings a surprise guest, who turns out to be Stefan Octavius DiMera, her son with Stefano. Stefanís interest in Abigail will spell more trouble for her and Chad. Kate is struggling with whether or not to take a romantic plunge with Andre, but she finally does it. Were Kate and Chad right to put their trust in Andre or does he have his own secret agenda? Will is trying to commit to giving his marriage to Sonny a chance, but he canít quite shake the feelings he was developing for Paul. After Lani and JJ, and Gabi and Eli, recommit as couples. Then, Lani realizes sheís pregnant and given the timing, it can only be Eliís baby. Steve starts having episodes of blurry vision and headaches. Then we find out that they are caused by him being poisoned, but the culprit isnít who youíd expect. Rafe doesnít like lying to Hope about his night with Sami, but he loves her and they are going through with the wedding plans. Will they make it to the altar without the truth coming out? Rafe and Hope are called to the scene of a shocking murder. The victim is a well-known Salem resident and suspects will abound. Eric and Jennifer both get the wrong idea that the other only wants to be friends. Jennifer mistakenly thinks that Eric is still pining for Nicole and decides to accept a date offer from Dr. Shah. Claire and Ciara will be jockeying for who gets to be there for Theo as heís recovering.

*What Will Happen:
Roman sets Ciara and Claire straight.
Andre makes a persuasive argument on Kateís behalf.
Eric and Jennifer make New Yearís plans.

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