When the news broke that Charles Shaughnessy and Patsy Pease were headed back to “Days of our Lives” as Shane and Kimberly, daytime fans went wild. The two halves of the show’s former supercouple haven’t been in Salem at the same time since Alice’s funeral over three years ago, so their brief return — placed right in the midst of November Sweeps — has been viewed as an early holiday present by many. But as both actors tell Soap Opera Network, their quick drop into Salem won’t exactly be merry and bright, considering their onscreen daughter’s (Theresa, Jen Lilley) drug overdose is what brings them back to town! Read on for the full storyline scoop as well as Pease and Shaughnessy’s thoughts about returning to the soap that helped make them household names!
“Days of our Lives” Charles Shaughnessy (Shane Donovan) has been a busy bee as of late! Not only is the former “The Nanny” actor popping up in Salem beginning Monday, November 18, he’s also appearing in an episode of the Christian LeBlanc (Michael Baldwin, “The Young and the Restless”) produced Nickelodeon children’s show, “Deadtime Stories!”
“I think it’s so terrific,” Shaughnessy says of the series, which stars “Wizards of Waverly Place’s” Jennifer Stone as a babysitter who shares her collection of frightful tales with the children she watches each week. “If I was a kid and enjoyed being scared, I’d certainly watch it. There’s nothing like it. Goosebumps is off the air, and it kind of takes the place.”
On Friday, November 8, Soap Opera Network reported that SOAPnet, now the old way to watch soaps, would cease operation on December 31, 2013 at 11:59:59 ET. In a piece by the Los Angeles Times, Ben Pyne, president of global distribution for Disney Media Networks, said, “SOAPnet had a great run.” He added, “It served an audience of super-soap fans. And when given the opportunity, all of our affiliates kept the channel up and running.” The affiliates Pyne refers are the cable and satellite operators including DirecTV and Cablevision, et al that have kept the cable network on their channel listings whether a new deal with Disney and the carriers was signed or not.
In Daughtry‘s new music video for the song “Waiting for Superman,” former “Days of our Lives” star Patrick Muldoon (ex-Austin Reed) is seen portraying a character looking to end it all as he contemplates jumping out of the window of a high rise building.
The song, which features actor Thomas Drekker appearing as an average guy saving various individuals (including Muldoon) from dire situations, is the first single off the the group’s new album, “Baptized,” due to release on Tuesday, November 19 online and in retailers across the country. The song was co-written by lead singer Chris Daughtry. The video was directed by Shane Drake.
Eric Martsolf (Brady Black, “Days of our Lives”) is scheduled to take part in the 33rd annual “WPXI Presents: My Macy’s Holiday Parade” (previously “Celebrate the Season Parade”), the NBC affiliate announced last week.
Scheduled to take place on Saturday, November 30 from 9:00 to 11:00 AM, the annual parade will kick off the holiday season in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania beginning at the Liberty Technology Center, 2200 Liberty Ave., Strip, and proceeding to Grant Street, right onto Fifth Avenue, left onto Liberty Avenue, and then left onto Stanwix Street.
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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.
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!”
During today’s “A Day of Days” fan event at Universal CityWalk Hollywood, actor Freddie Smith shared with Soap Opera Network that Guy Wilson will replace Chandler Massey in the role of Will Horton beginning in January 2014. The actor noted that the transition from one actor to the next will be seamless as the character of Will is not leaving town only to return portrayed by a different actor.
Word of Wilson replacing Massey came to light in early September, when “DAYS” actress Jen Lilley (Theresa Donovan) let slip Wilson’s name as Massey’s replacement during an interview .
A more specific last airdate for Massey and first airdate for Wilson are unknown at this time.
The ABC Cable Networks Group, a division of Disney/ABC Television Group, has informed cable and satellite operators across the United States that they will cease operating SOAPnet, the cable network devoted to airing same day episodes of “Days of our Lives” and “General Hospital” at night along with off-network airing rights to such shows as “Veronica Mars,” “Beverly Hills,90210,” “Gilmore Girls,” “One Tree Hill” and more. The network, which launched January 20, 2000, is expected to go dark effective on December 31, 2013 at 11:59:59 PM EST. Despite SOAPnet’s reported replacement, Disney Junior, already operating since 2012 on several providers across the country, the kids friendly network will officially replace the women’s network at 12:00:00 AM EST on January 1, 2014.
Today marks the 48th anniversary of “Days of our Lives” and the cast will celebrate with their biggest fans via social media beginning no earlier than 1:00 PM ET/10:00 AM PT as they share some onset photos, videos and more as well as answer some of your questions when using hashtag #AskDAYS on Twitter (make sure to follow @NBCDays @DaysofourLives to keep up with the latest). The festivities are expected to last no later than 6:00 PM ET/3:00 PM PT.