Eileen Davidson may still be airing as “Days of our Lives’” Kristen DiMera, but that wasn’t a deal breaker for “The Young and the Restless,” which has signed the actress to return as Ashley Abbot later this year!
A rep confirms that the popular daytime diva will be heading back to Genoa City for three episodes in late October. However, no further details are being released at this time.
Meanwhile, fans of the show can look forward to yet another soap opera staple to appear onscreen this fall: The spokesperson says that Marshall Hilliard — best known for his previous roles as “DAYS” Dylan and “Guiding Light’s” Hart Jessup — is slated to appear in Genoa City as a cop.
When “Days of our Lives” executive producer, Ken Corday, let the cat out of the bag via Soap Opera Digest that Eileen Davidson would be departing the daytime drama series in the coming months, the actress was forced to speak out on Twitter, then Facebook and now TV Guide to clear up any doubts about her future as Kristen DiMera on “DAYS” and the possibility of a return to “The Young and the Restless.”
It’s no secret (at least depending on who you talk to) that Drake Hogestyn last appeared under contract on NBC’s “Days of our Lives” as of the Wednesday, July 17 episode, nor is it a secret that he last taped those scenes in mid-March, but is the actor looking to rally his fans via social media to get him back on the soap? Some of the actors most recent tweets, using sports references, looks to be doing just that as fans are left wondering what’s up with Hogestyn and his “DAYS” character, John Black.
According to Soap Opera Digest, Eileen Davidson will be departing NBC’s “Days of our Lives” just over a year since returning to the set of the daytime drama series to reprise her iconic role of Kristen DiMera.
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.
During the Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Friday, June 14, Arianne Zucker (Nicole Walker, “Days of our Lives”) gave Soap Opera Network an exclusive in character interview regarding the storyline involving Nicole and Eric Martsolf‘s Brady Black.
“The relationship between Brady and Nicole is very…I wouldn’t say difficult, I think that we have a very loving relationship as friends…unbelievably attracted to each other, but we can not sustain a relationship. However, I think that at the end of the day…I mean physically we belong together, emotionally we’re working on that. You’re going to see the relationship kinda do something – more than Brady always being like whiny and there for me, which is kind of exciting I think and I think it’s exciting for Eric [Martsolf], for his character to be like ‘Finally!’”
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” and “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.”
Tuesday, March 26 marks the 40th anniversary of “The Young and the Restless’” very first episode, and in celebration, the show is offering up plenty of special glimpses into its iconic past. For starters, the soap’s official website currently features 40th Anniversary photo galleries and videos, and there’s an option for fans to answer trivia questions for a chance to win a VIP trip to Los Angeles to tour the set and attend the show’s on-set Anniversary event. But as Angelica McDaniel, the Senior Vice President of CBS Daytime, says: The show’s 40th Anniversary is also the perfect opportunity to start focusing on what’s ahead.
In a tweet posted by Angelica McDaniel, Senior Vice President, CBS Daytime, just a short time ago, it looks as though Eileen Davidson is returning to CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” as the soap gets ready to celebrate its 40th Anniversary on Tuesday, March 26, 2013. McDaniel’s tweet read, “BIG Welcome Back to
@eileen_davidson! #YR40 @YR_CBS @CBSDaytime” with a link to a picture of Davidson back at the “Y&R” studios (see picture below).
Davidson last appeared on “Y&R” in August 2012 as Ashley Abbott before reprising her iconic role of Kristen Blake on NBC’s “Days of our Lives” in October 2012.
Eileen Davidson is returning to NBC’s “Days of our Lives” after Sony Pictures Television opted to transition her off of their soap “The Young and the Restless” and onto “DAYS” to re-create the magic of her character Kristen DiMera. Sony Pictures Television distributes “DAYS,” which is owned by Corday Productions, Inc.
According to a tweet by the actress posted yesterday, Davidson’s first airdate as Kristen is set for Thursday, October 11. “I start airing on Oct. 11. AND I CAN’T WAIT!!!!!” the actress said.
Davidson, who originated the role of Ashley Abbott on “Y&R” in 1982 and left in 1988, joined “DAYS” in 1993 and portrayed five characters (sometimes simultaneously) over the course of her five year Emmy nominated run. In addition to Kristen DiMera, Davidson portrayed famously Susan Banks, Sister Mary Moira Banks, Thomas Banks, and Penelope Kent. She returned to “Y&R” in 1999 only to find herself let go from the show in 2007 with her character moving to Los Angeles, which is where we found her for a brief time on CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful.” Davidson returned to “Y&R” in 2008 until her departure this year.