Who hogged the most airtime in all of 2010? Steve Burton slips out of the number one slot due to competition from a relatively new co-star’s record-breaking year.
As the year 2010 came to a close, so did a years worth of tracking appearances of contract and recurring actors on daytime’s remaining soap operas. “General Hospital’s” Dominic Zamprogna (Dante Falconeri) and Steve Burton (Jason Morgan) top the list of appearances in 2010 as the male duo from the ABC soap respectively appeared in 234 and 224 out of 249 episodes. Those totals denote a noticeable rise from the amount of episodes 2009′s leaders Burton (208) & “Days of Our Lives” Arianne Zucker (Nicole Walker; 207) appeared in. In 2010, airing in 234 episodes, Zamprogna also beat the record formerly held by “All My Children’s” Alicia Minshew (Kendall Hart Slater) and Lindsay Hartley (as Theresa Lopez-Fitzgerald on NBC’s “Passions”) for most appearances in a year; Hartley appeared in 233 episodes in 2006 and Minshew appeared in the same amount of episodes in 2007. Enjoying an eight month long maternity leave in 2010, Minshew missed the list this year. Meanwhile, swapping from NBC to ABC and the time off in-between kept Hartley off the 2010 list, as well. ABC, CBS and NBC produced between 249 and 252 episodes of soap opera hours for each soap (except for the canceled CBS sudser “As the World Turns”) last year.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Get ready “Days of our Lives” fans, the NBC soap opera is gearing up for the networks coverage of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games and they don’t want you to miss out on all the action, intrigue and romance that daytime’s sexiest soap has to offer.
Beginning the week of August 11, “DAYS” will change gears and center itself on two simultaneous storylines for two weeks that are expected to be shear fun for the everyday soap fan.
“There will be a very exciting film noir piece. It’s Nicole’s drunken fantasy, and the hospital stuff will be enticing as well,” says a “Days of our Lives” spokeswoman.
From what we know, after witnessing a shocking event in the hospital, a drunken Nicole (Arianne Zucker) goes into a fantasy world where the people in her life are transformed into 1940′s characters. Included in this storyline are Alison Sweeney (Sami), Bryan Dattilo (Lucas), James Scott (EJ), Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe), Jay Kenneth Johnson (Philip) and Kristen Renton (Morgan). Soap Opera Network has also learned that Dattilo’s role will be as Lucas Horton, Private Investigator.
In addition to Zucker, the hospital storyline which kicks everything off includes the likes of Mary Beth Evans (Kayla), Stephen Nichols (Patch), Drake Hogestyn (John), Deidre Hall (Marlena), Joseph Mascolo (Stefano), Thaao Penghlis (Tony), and Leann Hunley (Anna).
According to Soap Opera Digest, after all the fun is over “Days of our Lives” will kick off a set of new and bigger ongoing storylines as the soap gets ready for the fall season.
In case anyone misses out on the fun and the excitement, NBC.com will feature daily episode recaps on its website.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — It’s a Brady Family reunion as Bo (Peter Reckell) says hello once again to half-sister, Kimberly Brady.
Soap Opera Network has learned that Patsy Pease is returning to NBC’s “Days of our Lives” later this month for several episodes. Her return is said to coincide with the rumored death of Brady patriarch, Shawn Brady (played by Frank Parker).
Pease’s first airdate is February 27.
In Other “DAYS” News…
Reports of Arianne Zucker‘s return to the soap have still gone unconfirmed by the actress’ representatives.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Could Arianne Zucker be returning to NBC’s “Days of our Lives” in the near future? That’s been the talk of “DAYS” message boards all weekend.
Reports abound that the actress, who left the soap in 2006, was returning to the role of Nicole Walker, which she originated in 1998.
Representatives for the actress were unavailable for comment at press time.
A “Days of our Lives” representative was unable to confirm nor deny reports that Zucker was returning to “DAYS.”
Stay tuned to Soap Opera Network for the latest on Arianne Zucker and all things “Days of our Lives.”