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It seems everyone is hopping aboard the healthy living train these days, and the cast of “Days of our Lives” isn’t excluded: Several of the sudser’s stars have opened up and shared their secrets on how to live a healthier and more balanced life for the show’s newest book, Better Living: Cast Secrets for a Healthier Balanced Life, which hits newsstands on Tuesday, September 24! And with just 19 more days to go until the big day, several of the stars featured are gearing up for a national tour to promote the book that they’re hoping will change your lives forever!

She's back! Actress Devin Mills returns with a second season of "Dating in the Middle Ages," a series that follows a woman named Samantha (Mills) who is searching for her modern day Cary Grant. In the new season, which debuted on Tuesday, July 30, the online series brings "Days of our Lives" stars Deidre Hall (Marlena Evans) and Matthew Ashford (ex-Jack Deveraux) on a ride for the "Ages."

For weeks "Days of our Lives" fans have been asking that question after actor Drake Hogestyn (John Black) tweeted he last taped an episode of the NBC Daytime drama series on March 18 (scheduled to air Wednesday, July 17). In his tweet he said, "Given a chance off the bench, I'm sure I could hit a homer for J&M. #putmeincoach." Fans were given some hope when Soap Opera Digest reported in its June 24 issue that the actor "has reported back to work after a brief hiatus from the show." The report was found under the "Stuff We Know (and shouldn't tell you)" section. Sadly, the mag didn't actually know as Digest semi-retracted its reporting per the Tuesday, July 9 issue citing comments from Hogestyn's daughter, Alex, who took to Facebook to say that her father was not filming again. "[The] report is not true. My dad has not been back filming, I wish he was though!"

In a posting last week on its Facebook page, shortly after word that the Supreme Court of the United States had found the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional, the NOH8 campaign displayed a photo compilation of "Days of our Lives" cast members posing in support of the charitable organization whose mission is "to promote marriage, gender and human equality through education, advocacy, social media, and visual protest." The photo included actors Blake Berris, Eileen Davidson, Greg Vaughan, Kristian Alfonso, Bill Hayes, Lauren Koslow, Deidre Hall, Suzanne Rogers, Freddie Smith, Joseph Mascolo, Nathan Owens, Kate Mansi and Galen Gering, among others.

As noted in our recent interview with Greg Meng, co-executive producer, "Days of our Lives," the NBC Daytime soap opera is releasing "Days of our Lives Better Living: Cast Secrets for a Healthier, Balanced Life," a new book that delves into five better living topics - nutrition, exercise, style, inspiration and balance.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has announced the 2014 recipients of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which includes "Days of our Lives" actress Deidre Hall (Marlena Evans) and "General Hospital's" Rick Springfield (Noah Drake), among others.

If anyone knows what it’s like to play a quintessential soap opera character, it’s “Days of our Lives’” Eileen Davidson (Kristen Blake; ex-Ashley Abbott, “The Young and the Restless;” ex-Ashley Abbott, “The Bold and the Beautiful;” ex-Kelly Capwell, “Santa Barbara”). During her 1993 to 1998 stint in Salem, she played everything from helping save Marlena (Deidre Hall) from satanic possession, being presumed dead, buying a baby and even playing four other characters (Susan, Thomas, Sister Mary Moira and Penelope) in addition to her original role as Stefano’s adopted daughter. And the madness hasn’t slowed down since she’s returned to the show for a second run! “The storylines are always pretty nutty for Kristen,” the actress says with a laugh. “It doesn’t stop, that’s for sure.”

In the spirit of the upcoming holiday season (it's fast approaching), Deidre Hall (Dr. Marlena Evans, "Days of our Lives") is now selling her watercolor paintings as 5x7 inch holiday cards.

TV Guide's Michael Logan got the first real interview with "Days of our Lives" Co-Executive Producer Greg Meng, just days after the soap fired its head writing team and replaced them with the team of Gary Tomlin and Christopher Whitesell. In the interview, Meng promises some epic firings in the coming months!

Soap Opera Network has learned that Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas, Jr. were fired and replaced by Gary Tomlin and Christopher Whitesell.