Drake Hogestyn is not only returning to NBC’s “Days of our Lives” in the early part of the new year as his iconic character, John Black, he’s also returning to contract status with the daytime drama series. The actor confirmed his new status with the soap to Soap Opera Network during today’s “A Day of Days” fan event at Universal CityWalk Hollywood.
Hogestyn’s return to “DAYS” couldn’t have come at a more pressing time as the actor also shared with us that on November 22 his family is set to close on the sale of their house and they were all packed and ready to move out of LA!
Word of Hogestyn’s return to “DAYS” first came to light in October. The actor confirmed his return via Twitter on Halloween. “Happy All Hallow’s Eve!” he wrote. “The Treat?…I’m back in Salem!” But the Trick? “I sold my house and have no place to live!” he shared. “Now that’s scary! Yikes!”
Today marked the end of a four-year chapter for “Days of our Lives” fan favorite Casey Deidrick (Chad DiMera), who entered Salem as Will’s (Chandler Massey’s) hated rival back in 2009 and is now exiting the canvas as the much-loved and integral character, son of Stefano (Joseph Mascolo). In honor of the occasion, Soap Opera Network spoke with Deidrick’s former onscreen love, Kate Mansi (Abigail), who tearfully recalls taping her final scene with Deidrick and opens up about how she truly feels about the star’s exit!
On Wednesday, October 23, Jacklyn Zeman tweeted, “@carlivatiron @valentinifrank Congrats on all you are doing, especially the past week. #GH rocks. I’m excited to be coming back. Good times!” With her simple tweet, fans across social media rejoiced as they learned that the actress would once again be reprising her role of Barbara Jean Spencer on ABC’s “General Hospital.”
ABC confirmed her return to Soap Opera Network just as the actress tweeted, “Just received my scripts 4 Bobbie’s return to #GH. Riveting!!! @valentinifrank @carlivatiron Thank you, Thank you. Am excited, very happy.”
A first airdate is unknown at this time. The character last appeared on the soap in April.
Soap Opera Network has learned that Michael Saucedo is set to return to ABC’s “General Hospital” in the coming months to reprise his role of Juan Santiago, the biological son of Lily Corinthos (Lilly Melgar) and Miguel Morez (Ricky Martin). While storyline details are being kept under wraps, fans can expect his return to provide lots of twists and turns that will send shockwaves all across Port Charles. Saucedo was last seen on “GH” in 2001, when his character left town to pursue a music career in South America. In 2012, it was revealed that Juan was the adopted cousin of Sabrina Santiago (Teresa Castillo).
According to Soap Opera Digest, NBC’s “Days of our Lives” is welcoming back veteran actor Drake Hogestyn (John Black) to its canvas after nearly a 7-month absence. Hogestyn last appeared on screen in mid-July based on scenes filmed in mid-March.
In its August 12 issue, “DAYS” executive producer, Ken Corday, was quoted as saying of Hogestyn’s alter-ego, “I consider him one of the iconic characters in Salem and someone who can come and go because John Black is a superspy, know all-do all. It is very possible that by the end of the year or the turn of the year, you will see him again.”
Based on its current filming schedule, fans should expect Hogestyn to appear again on screen sometime in early 2014.
It’s been a whopping 24 years since Elizabeth Dennehy graced the daytime stage as “Guiding Light’s” Christina ‘Blake’ Thorpe Marler, and she’s finally ready to get back into soap operas. But this time, she’s headed to “The Young and the Restless’” Genoa City!
The population of “The Young and the Restless’” Genoa City continues to rise, and the town’s latest resident is of definite quality: Former “Guiding Light” star and Emmy winner Cynthia Watros!
We’ve been keeping a little secret for over a month now, and we can finally reveal what we’ve been dying to report: Charles Shaughnessy and Patsy Pease are returning to “Days of our Lives” as Shane Donovan and Kimberly Brady!
EXCLUSIVE: Soap Opera Network has learned that today marked the end of Erin Chambers‘ stint as Melanie Daniels on CBS’ “The Young and the Restless.” At the end of today’s episode, the character decided to drop the sexual assault charges against Adam Newman (Michael Muhney) after speaking with Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan), who made it clear to Melanie that there was no way Adam could have assaulted her.
Chambers joined “Y&R” in early June.
As Soap Opera Network first reported in mid-June, CNN’s Jake Tapper (“The Lead with Jake Tapper”) will be appearing on The OnLine Network’s “All My Children,” portraying the role of TV investigative reporter Spencer Phillips. Tapper was originally scheduled to appear on the Monday, August 19 episode (prior to the announcement that each weeks episodes would be released on Mondays), but TOLN announced today that his appearance has been moved up. He will now appear on one of the episodes scheduled for release on Monday, August 12 via Hulu, Hulu Plus, iTunes and iTunes Canada.