UPDATE Fri, 2/7/14 7:35 PM ET: Ben (Gaston) is Jordan’s (Stause) brother and first airs on Wednesday, February 26 (to the audience).
PREVIOUS 2/6/14 11:03 PM: Best known for his singing stints in “Nashville Star” and “If I Can Dream,” country music singer and actor Justin Gaston has joined the cast of NBC’s “Days of our Lives” in the contract role of Ben, who a casting call from last summer described as “early-to-mid 20s… midwestern or southern (very slight southern accent) country boy. He is utterly charming in his honest sincere approach to life and love. Ben can also sing and/or play the guitar, though it is not necessary.” The actor began filming scenes in mid-October and will first air later this month.
Gaston will initially share scenes with Freddie Smith (Sonny), Brendon Coughlin (Tad) and Chrishell Stause (Jordan), who Ben may share a hidden past.
Back in June, “Days of our Lives’” Casey Deidrick (ex-Chad DiMera) and Chandler Massey (Will Horton), along with their And I Still Rise bandmates Stephen Haynes, Mike Gross and Josh Bonaparte, launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund a music video for their song, “Sixty Five Roses,” in support of those living with Cystic Fibrosis. Last week the group released the music video on YouTube with a digital copy of the song made available for purchase on the iTunes store. The band received nearly $31,000 in funding for their online campaign, which exceeded their goal of $20,000. The video was directed by Robby Starbuck.
Poor Abigail has been living the single life since the Chad/Cameron debacles on “Days of our Lives,” but her portrayer, Kate Mansi, says that won’t last for long! In fact, during a recent interview with Soap Opera Network, the gracious actress revealed a few details regarding her alter ego’s future love life as well as some insight into what makes Abigail tick. Read on to find out what’s in store!
Romance is a hot ticket on soaps; without it, characters rarely see much light of day. But despite that conundrum, Mansi is happy that her alter ego has been functioning on her own as of late. “I like what they’re writing right now; she’s just getting comfortable with her independence and being single again, which is totally natural,” she explains.
In the coming weeks a storyline involving the characters of Nick Fallon and Gabi Hernandez gets physically violent and rumors are now swirling about the possibility that as a result of the storyline, Nick’s portrayer, Blake Berris, may be leaving the “Days of our Lives” canvas.
When asked by Soap Opera Network during today’s “A Day of DAYS” fan event at Universal CityWalk Hollywood about his status with the show Berris was unable to comment, but on the storyline itself he did say that Nick is just reminding Gabi (Camila Banus) of the passion between them.
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!
Casey Deidrick, who portrays Chad DiMera on “Days of our Lives,” announced today on Twitter that he’s departing the NBC Daytime drama series after completing filming of his final episode, which per a tweeted image is expected to air in late October.
“Days of our Lives” stars Chandler Massey (Will Horton) and Casey Deidrick (Chad DiMera) are on a mission: They’re hoping that through music with their band, The Last of Us, they can help raise awareness about cystic fibrosis.
The actors’ group, which also includes Stephen Haynes, Mike Gross, Todd Bishop and Josh Bonaparte, has started a Kickstarter page that includes a music video for their song, “Sixty-Five Roses,” which conveys the experiences of someone living, loving and dying with the tragic illness.
The peer votes have been cast, and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has announced the Drama Performer Pre-Nominations for the 40th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards! Five categories have been announced, including Lead Actress and Lead Actor, Supporting Actress and Supporting Actor, as well as Younger Actress and Younger Actor. Without further adieu, here are the pre-nominees:
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series
NBC’s “Days of our Lives” is continuing its nationwide fan event tour this February when cast members of the series gather throughout Universal Orlando Restort in Florida, including a meet and greet with fans at the parks Universal CityWalk. Cast members scheduled to attend are John Aniston, Camila Banus, Shawn Christian, Casey Deidrick, Galen Gering, Kate Mansi, Eric Martsolf, Peggy McCay, James Scott and Arianne Zucker. The event will be held on Saturday, February 23.
While Soap Opera Digest in its newest issue lists their last airdate being Wednesday, August 15, both Matthew Ashford (Jack Deveraux) and Sarah Brown (Madison James) will actually find their characters departing the world of the living much sooner.
On the Monday, August 13 episode, fans saw Madison speak for the last time as she called out for her fiancé, Brady Black (Eric Martsolf). On Tuesday, August 14, Jack departs Salem for the umpteenth time as the elevator cables snap while daughter Abigail (Kate Mansi) and the love of his life Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) look on in horror. Sadly, it looks like Jack is really dead this time! Also according to Digest, Caleb Hunt (Andrew) last airs on Friday, August 17 despite the character escaping unnoticed on the Monday, August 13 episode while Chad (Casey Deidrick) was tending to Gabi (Camila Bannus). Father Matt (Ralph Waite) is also back on the 17th as he shares words with Nicole (Arianne Zucker).
Soap Opera Network has learned Brendan Michael Coughlin will return on Monday, August 20, when his character Tad (aka: T) has a confrontation with Will (Chandler Massey) that eventually leads to a dangerous one with Sonny (Freddie Smith) later that week. On Tuesday, August 21, Brant Daughtery is back as Brian, and Will is none too pleased when he sees him getting intimate with Sonny.
Blake Berris returns as Melanie’s (Molly Burnett) stalker Nick Fallon, who is up for parole, on Monday, August 27. As previously reported, Nick’s mother Jessica Blake Fallon (Jean Bruce Scott) returns to Salem after a 30 year absence on Friday, August 31.