Eileen Davidson may have just returned to the set of “Days of our Lives” to reprise her role as Kristen DiMera (to air later this summer), but that’s not the only sudser she’ll be appearing on: She’s heading back to “The Young and the Restless” as Ashley Abbott later this month — and Beth Maitland (Traci Abbott) will be joining her!
According to Soap Opera Digest, the onscreen sisters will be taping scenes on Thursday, March 20 for a “family event” that will air on Friday, April 18. Davidson will also appear in the Monday, April 21 episode of the show.
“I have such a wonderful history with ‘The Young and the Restless,’” Davidson previously told Soap Opera Network. “They don’t really have to do much to win me back for a couple of days. I’m happy to do it, and it’s fun for me.”
Earlier today the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, in cooperation with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, announced the Drama Performer Pre-Nominations for this year’s Daytime Emmy Awards.
All entrants that submitted this year were judged by their peers via an online ballot. Eligible judges viewed clips containing work of each performer and were required to select their top 10 performer choices. In the case of the Outstanding Lead Actress and Outstanding Supporting Actor categories, there were ties this year that resulted in more than 10 pre-nominees.
The candidates below will now advance to the blue ribbon screening round, which will determine both nominees and recipients. The final nominations will be announced May 1.
Soap actress Eileen Davidson may have walked away from “Days of our Lives” for a short time, but the fan favorite is headed back to the Salem spotlight!
According to TV Guide, the actress (who also plays Ashley Abbott on “The Young and the Restless”) will begin filming at “DAYS” this March for “a powerful Kristen DiMera story arc” that will hit the air this summer!
When a fan of CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” tweeted, “Can all my soap followers do me a favor and send some love and support to @HunterHaleyKing? Thanks! #YR,“ following reports of an alleged groping of her breasts by King’s former co-star Michael Muhney (Adam Newman), who was reportedly fired from the drama series last month as a result of the incident, the quest for love and support for the actress, who plays Summer Newman on the daytime soap opera, came in droves.
If you want to dress like a true soap opera star, now’s your chance! Eileen Davidson (Ashley Abbott, “The Young and the Restless;” ex-Kristen Blake DiMera, “Days of our Lives”) has put a collection of her stunning red carpet pieces up for sale!
The actress teamed up with Evolution Vintage’s Curated Closet and now has several items from her wardrobe available for fans to buy. And a great bonus is that Davidson’s portions of the proceeds will benefit No Kid Hungry/Share Our Strength, an organization attempting to end childhood hunger.
For more information and to purchase Davidson’s clothing, check out Evolution Vintage’s Curated Closet.
When Ted Corday and Betty Corday watched “Days of our Lives’” NBC debut on November 8, 1965, they couldn’t have known that the soap opera they created would garner so much success. Now, 48 years later, the show not only is coming off of an Outstanding Drama Series win from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, it’s comprised of a talented and close-knit cast who all have very special memories regarding their time with the popular show. Soap Opera Network spoke with a few said castmembers, and in celebration of the show’s 48th anniversary, they were all too happy to share some of their favorite moments from the early days and beyond!
Deidre Hall (Marlena Evans)
“Oh my god, Wayne Northrop [ex- Alex North, Roman Brady] and I [used to pull pranks on each other all of the time]. It was merciless! Merciless! Nothing was sacred. At one point, he was sleeping in my foster child’s bed, so before my take, I said to my prop man, ‘Give me a bucket of warm water.’ And before he had to jump into bed, I poured it all over like the kid who wet the bed. He jumped into bed, and I had finished my part of the scene, and I began to run. He didn’t even finish the take! He hit that bed, came off that bed and came after me. The race was on, and I got thrown in the shower! I mean, it was crazy, crazy, crazy. But it’s a show filled with moments, and that’s what you remember with daytime. It’s been really wonderful, being a part of so many magical moments.”
If you thought sitting down with family and friends for Thanksgiving was going to be the highlight of the week, wait until you see what “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “The Young and the Restless” have in store for the holiday! Both shows have exciting episodes planned prior to the big day, as well as classic episodes set to air on Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29. So if turkey, stuffing and all of the fixings don’t have you falling out of your chair, these two sudsers will certainly get the job done!
During a recent “Days of our Lives” fan event, actor Drake Hogestyn (John Black) told Soap Opera Network that he’d signed a new contract with the sudser, but that’s not all the actor revealed! He’s got a pretty good idea of upcoming story for his alter ego, and he assured us that loyal viewers just might get exactly what they wish for when it comes to the popular pairing of John and Marlena (Deidre Hall).
First thing’s first: Hogestyn admits that it’s sometimes tough to justify the actions his character takes — like John’s choice to break apart Brady (Eric Martsolf) and Kristen (Eileen Davidson) by convincing people that Kristen wanted him for herself — but he says his job isn’t to justify them at all. “You are called talent, and you don’t write the show. Your responsibility is to pick up a script and to the best of your ability, you bring [the writers’] vision onto the screen, regardless of what your interpretation is,” he explains. “You can’t change plot logic or character shading. Even if you develop a character for 25, 28 years, your job as talent is to look at the story and take that story and move it forward in the vision of the writers. And that is the respect that every actor has to have. Once you start blurring that line or changing plot logic, character shading, it just muddies the water and nobody wins.”
Longtime viewers of “Days of our Lives” have seen Brady Black (Eric Martsolf) live up to his last name on more than one occasion. The recovering addict has experienced a lot of misery in his life — both of others’ doing, as well as his own — which has led him down some pretty dark paths in recent years. But when Soap Opera Network caught up with Martsolf to discuss his alter ego’s weeks ahead, the Pennsylvania native revealed that Kristen’s betrayal has sent Brady reeling — and this time, the CEO’s dark descent into addiction, depression and self-destruction might take him so far down, he won’t be able to get back up!
On Wednesday, November 27, don’t forget to tune into CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” as Eileen Davidson returns to Genoa City when her character Ashley Abbott surprises her family for Thanksgiving.
When asked in a recent interview with Soap Opera Network whether she’d be interested in making return visits to “Y&R,” Davidson said, “I would be open to doing any show… It’s really about schedule.” She added, “I have such a wonderful history with ‘The Young and the Restless.’ I don’t have any weird feelings or bad feelings, so they don’t really have to do much to win me back to come back for a couple of days. I’m happy to do it, and it’s fun for me. I don’t really want to be working any place right now full time, so this is actually kind of perfect, to be able to come back and see people. [And it’s] an amazing experience: Nobody gets bored with me, nobody is tired of seeing me. It’s like, ‘Oh yay, she’s back!’”
Davidson most recently appeared in late October to support Ashley’s brother, Billy Abbott (Billy Miller), who lost his daughter from a hit-and-run.