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.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “The Young and the Restless” Episode Recap – Monday, September 19, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Abby went to Victor to tell him the latest drama she created for herself. She shared with him how she wore a wire for Malloy in an effort to catch Tucker admitting he killed Diane Jenkins. She told Victor how she instead Malloy overheard her conversation with Ashley about the night she was in the park. Victor told Abby to stop confiding in others, but do so with family. He assured her he would take care of everything.
Ashley was still upset that Abby wore a microphone. Tucker asked how she responded to being found out, but Ashley shared that Abby took off before they could talk. He guessed that she was scared about something other than being lectured. He gave Ashley a heads up on Ronan trying to get in contact with her. Just then the phone rang. She told him she was going to go see him, while he kept a eye out on if Abby returned or not. When she reached the police station, Ronan played her ‘confession’ for her. He wanted to know what if she called Nick in order for him to help her get rid of Diane’s body. When she refused to answer him, he pulled the bloody rock out of drawer, placing it in her hand. He wanted to know how many times she hit Diane over the head with the rock until she was dead.
Kevin lectured Billy for sneaking out to see Delia. He warned Billy that by doing it would only make things worse for Delia, especially if he’s trying not to be found out by anyone. When Billy agreed, Kevin started to wonder what he could possibly be up to. Billy didn’t hide his frustration at not being able to see his daughter. Kevin wanted to know what Victor had on Billy, but Billy kept quiet. Back at the hospital, Chloe read to Delia, who complained of a headache. The nurse comes in to take her vitals. She has a slight fever. While Delia is resting, Chloe calls Kevin, leaving him a message.
Jill was having a drink, when she pulled out the note that Genevieve wrote. Still miffed that Colin ran off with his ex, Jill set the note on fire and tossed into the ashtray. As for Colin, he was still locked in the wine cellar with Gloria. Colin slowly learned that Genevieve purposely set him up in order to keep him and Jill apart. A tipsy Gloria babbled about how everyone seemed to focus on Jill. Both questioned the other on who would be looking for them. When Colin went over to a section of the wine cellar, he unwittingly stumbled upon a hidden craps table that lowered down. They realize that there is another hidden area. The go inside, in hopes to see if they can find a way out. Unfortunately, they come up short.
Ronan continued his interrogation, asking Ashley was there to witness Diane’s last breath after taking her life. Ashley told him that she didn’t do anything to Diane. Ronan tossed in that he’s aware that she was angry that Diane was fooling around with Tucker. It’s then that Ashley tells the detective that their conversation is done. As she was heading out, Ronan brought up how Kyle must be wondering who would hurt is mother. He then jabs her with her thinking about her daughter and how hurt she could be. The minute she walks out, he calls to have a police detail tail her. Shortly after placing the tail on Ashley, Victor arrived and told Ronan to leave his family alone. Outside of Ronan’s office, Victor received the call to let him know that the blood work for Billy came in.
Tucker shows up at the Athletic Club and takes a seat across from Jill. Jill shares that Colin took off with Genevieve. Tucker offers a little sympathy. Jill mentions how Tucker not once tried to warn her about what she was getting into when she was set to marry Colin. She bemoans how Katherine will be all over her when she learns what has happened. Tucker doesn’t mince his dislike for Katherine, calling her a ‘busybody’. During their talk, Jill lets slip that Katherine has managed to give Devon a job in the music industry. Tucker can’t believe what he is hearing. Meanwhile, Devon walked into Gloworm and spotted Abby. The minute he approached her, she started in on how she felt about Tucker. Devon changes gears and shares his news about his job.
In Billy’s trailer, Victor arrived to tell Billy that he is a match to save Delia. He then instructs Kevin to head to the hospital to inform Chloe that he matched after all. As for Chloe, she gets a visit from Ronan. She admits that if she weren’t with him in his hotel room, she might have been able to be there for her daughter sooner. She also admits that if she hadn’t fought Billy for custody, he’d still be in town and be there to help his daughter.
Outside of the police station, Ashley hurriedly rips up the photos that were taken of her and Diane, tossing them into the dumpster. While Ashley was hiding incriminating photos against her, Tucker was at Gloworm approaching Devon, curious to know about his job from Katherine.
Billy was overjoyed that he was a match for his daughter, but a cold Victor told him that once she was fully in the clear, he was to leave town. He said both Victoria and Delia would be better off without him in town at all. Meanwhile, at the hospital, Kevin gave Chloe the news that he was a ‘match’ for Delia.
Ronan returned back to the police station and was being briefed on Ashley and her whereabouts. The police officer handed him a Zip-loc bag with the shredded photographs. Back at the apartment, Abby waited for Ashley, who wanted to know if she was there to apologize.
On the Next The Young and the Restless…
- Tucker blasts Abby for her actions
- Billy has it out with Victor
- Kevin gets ready to confess to Victoria
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “The Young and the Restless” Episode Recap – Tuesday, August 23, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Nick and Phyllis questioned one another about the latest company that they have been keeping. Nick told her that he talked to Deacon, and wondered what was going on with them. Phyllis scoffed and said that she was only using Deacon to get possible information on a story. She turned the tables and asked if something was going on between Nick and Ashley. Nick told her there was nothing going on.
Ashley and Tucker were at Crimson Lights together. He filled her in on his latest go-round with Katherine to take control of Jabot. Ashley thought she should leave it alone. Just then, she received a phone call from someone, requesting her to meet them. She at first told them it wasn’t a good time, but became agitated when the person on the other line was persistent. She gathered her things to leave. When she left, Tucker received a call, telling them that the judge was ready to meet with him. Meanwhile, Katherine, who was with Jack at the Athletic Club, shared the news that Tucker was filing a petition against her. She assured Jack that she had a few things in the works to keep things from going the way he wants. She received a call, letting her know that the judge was ready to meet with them.
Paul was on the phone with an editor giving them a stern lecture regarding a crime scene photo. Deacon, in usual fashion, was lurking around, trying to listen to what was going on. After Paul got off of the phone, he started to ask him on the case. A curious Paul wanted to know why he was asking. Deacon said Diane was his friend and he wanted to know if there was any leads. Paul chuckled, asking why he didn’t attend the funeral. Paul soon told Deacon if he had anything to share, he had better tell him.
Heather was stunned to see Ronan. Her mood soon turned to anger; questioning why Ronan left everyone without a care. Ronan then cut the conversation to call Nick, to tell him to come see him for more questioning. When he got off the phone, Heather snipped that he was still hiding behind the badge, rather than dealing with the way he treated everyone. She soon stormed off on him.
Tucker was trying to get a hold of Ashley but forgot her new cell phone number. He was at the courthouse in the hall, when Jack and Katherine arrived. Tucker laughed at Jack being there to support his mother, but Jack shot back that he wanted to see to it that Jabot stayed put. The two of them walked inside, leaving Tucker still trying to call Ashley. His advisor arrived and told him that it was time to go inside and get things started.
Nick and Phyllis were still lightly squabbling about the whole Ashley situation. Nick said there was nothing going on. She said if there wasn’t, then tell her what was going on. When he said that they sounded like a married couple, she backed off slightly and said that whatever she did with Deacon was her business, if what he did with Ashley was his own. Ronan called back, telling Nick to come to Gloworm immediately. Covering, Nick cryptically gave his okay. Phyllis assumed Nick was going to see Ashley. Shortly after, Nick arrived at Gloworm, as did Ashley. They both realized that Ronan summoned them both together. He showed up, more than ready to question them. He told them both that based on the phone records, they both were in the vicinity of the park the night Diane died. He went on to concoct his own scenario: that Nick, Ashley, Tucker and Phyllis were all in cahoots to kill Diane, and working hard to keep everyone’s bases covered. He told them if they didn’t tell the truth, they would be headed downtown for a few nights in jail. When he received a phone call he told them by the time he returned he better start hearing the truth from them. Alone together, Ashley and Nick worked hard at coming up with a new ‘truth’. Nick would say that he was trying to get a hold of Ashley because he needed to locate Abby, while Ashley would claim that she never got the call because of her dropping her phone and someone picking it up in the park. They both said they would have to inform Phyllis and Tucker of the new alibi.
At the competency hearing, both Tucker and Katherine argued their sides as to why the other shouldn’t be in control over Tucker’s company. Katherine felt that he wasn’t ready to take on the challenges since his accident and needed time to heal. Tucker, however, argued that he did everything that was required of him: occupational and physical therapy, and that his progress should be proven in the medical documentation. The judge said he would look over everything and come back shortly. Jack worried that Tucker was definitely back on the mend, but Katherine wasn’t so sure.
Heather met with Paul. She told about her seeing Ronan. He shared that he was aware that Ronan was back in Genoa City and that he was selected to take on the murder case of Diane. She was upset to know that he was aware of his being back in town but not share the news with her. Paul told Heather that he primarily took on helping Ronan with the case in some effort to make sure that he was doing the job accordingly and to find out why he left to begin with. She suggested that Paul set up a meeting with D.A. Walsh. When he arrived, Heather worked her way into getting him to have her be the one to closely work with Ronan, making sure that he did his job accordingly and to get a sure arrest and conviction. Walsh agreed and gave her the job.
Deacon showed up at Restless Style, still trying to worm his affections on Phyllis. Phyllis asked if he enjoyed blackmailing Amber into having sex with him. Deacon seriously thought that he and Phyllis would make a good pair, but Phyllis laughed in his face. She picked up her phone and stated she had to answer a text. She texted Nick, requesting him to get back to the magazine quick.
Ronan went back to the police station, where he took out a recorder from his backpack. Sitting at his desk he played the conversation that Ashley and Nick had while he was gone. He was more than certain after hearing their lies, that they, along with Phyllis and Tucker, were the ones that could have killed Diane.
The judge returned after reviewing the medical records of Tucker’s progress. He was going to be in favor of having Tucker take back control of the company. Tucker’s lawyer wanted to have the Jabot transferring to Chancellor to be revoked, but Katherine sputtered that if he initially signed off on the deal to begin with, why did he suddenly want it reversed. Tucker tried to argue his way out of it, but Katherine presented the documentation. When the judge looked over the documentation, he requested that Tucker and his attorney look at it as well. The judge started to put him in the hot seat: either he’s competent or he’s not;
On the Next The Young and the Restless…
- Nick asks Phyllis if she was trying to use Deacon to make him jealous
- Tucker wants Ashley back
- Avery tells Adam she’s putting him in the hot seat when they new trial begins
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “The Young and the Restless” Episode Recap – Monday, August 15, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Lauren and Michael are at Crimson Lights together. Kevin tells them that he and Chloe broke up. Michael wanted to go talk to him but Lauren suggested they give him some time. Picking up the newspaper, they talked about Diane’s murder. Lauren commented on how hard it must be for Kyle to deal with losing his mother. As for Kyle, he and Jack are at home. He wanted to see the place where his mother was killed but Jack didn’t think it was a good idea. When the young boy got upset, Jack agreed to take him there to the park.
Nina was at Gloworm getting coffee when she spotted Ronan. When she snarkily wished him a happy birthday, Ronan requested her not to wish him one. Nina expressed her anger at how he used both her and Chance and left town. She was unable to continue talking to him and left him before he could muster a word to her.
Katherine showed up at Tucker’s demanding to know what Ashley and he were up to. When Tucker asked her what she was talking about, she told him about how Ashley agreed to have their marriage annulled as long as Katherine left his company alone. Tucker at first didn’t believe her, but when Katherine accused Ashley of doing it to get something in return, he grew angry. Meanwhile, Abby went to see Ashley and learned that she and Tucker weren’t together. She was happy that she was away from him and assumed that Ashley would be ending the marriage. When Abby realized that her mother was hesitant, she blurted out that she believed that Tucker killed Diane. She told her about the poison sumac rash on his arm and continued to deduce that he killed Diane after she blabbed about the one night stand. Ashley told her that there was no proof of that, but Abby told her mother she was going to tell the police about it.
At the park, a heartbroken Kyle wanted to know what his mother did to make someone want to kill her. Jack was unable to answer that question, but tried his best to comfort his son. They soon headed over to Crimon Lights where they ran into Michael. He offered his condolences to Kyle. When Jack got a phone call, he stepped away. Alone with Michael, Kyle wanted to know why everyone hated his mother. Jack returned and told Kyle that they could head to Diane’s suite to collect his belongings. Before letting them leave, Michael offered to do the funeral arrangements.
Nina returned back to the Chancellor mansion and saw Paul there. He was there to meet Katherine on his search for Tucker’s son. Things became tense between the two of them. Paul wanted to know if they should just realize that things weren’t working out between them as a couple. She softened a bit, and the two talked. He received a call from Ronan, who wanted to see him at the police station. Nina told Paul she had seen him and wondered if it were wrong to have such distain for her son. Paul comforted her with a hug. Nina told him she missed her best friend.
At the police station, Ronan questioned Detective Muro about leaking the crime scene photographs. She told him that her department would never do that. He didn’t believe her. Abby walked in at that moment and told Ronan that she had to tell him about Tucker. She told him about the poison sumac on his arm and his constant use of calamine lotion to try to get rid of the itch. She also brought up his affair with Diane and how he had perfect opportunity and reason to murder her. Ronan took that into account and decided to pay Tucker a visit.
Katherine told a concerned Neil about her wanting to regain complete control of Jabot. He said it would be tricky to do but she told him that she wanted to make sure she saved Tucker from himself no matter what. Neil left to go talk it over with the board. When he returned back to the restaurant, he told Katherine that they were very concerned with her proposal but were willing to take the gamble.
Ashley returned to Tucker’s suite. He quetioned her about her agreement to annul the marriage. She told him that she did it because she didn’t want him to lose everything he worked for. She in turn told him that she was aware that he confessed his affair with Diane to Abby. He admitted to being the cause of Abby spiraling out of control. He told her that he was a better man because of her, willing to change his ways. Ashley, however didn’t know if she could believe him. While they were talking, Ronan arrived, wanting to question Tucker a bit more. Ashley left the two of them alone. Ronan immediately started questioning him about his bandaged arm. Tucker continued to lie that it was carpal tunnel. He didn’t believe him. Tucker told him that if he didn’t have a warrant of any kind, he could leave. As he was departing, Ronan told Tucker that calamine lotion can’t cure the rash he has.
Katherine returned home to find Paul and Nina together. Nina left the two of them alone. Paul filled Katherine in on what he’s found out so far about Tucker’s son. Paul grew concerned when Katherine wanted to keep going further with the search for Tucker’s son, without filling him in.
A park employee came to the police station to report that ther security camera was stolen. Mauro took down the information, realizing that the camera was here at the time of the murder. It is shown that a mysterious person has the camera hooked up to a laptop, looking at footage of Ashley the night of her confrontation with Diane.
Abby is Gloworm having a drink when she suddenly has a flash of memory. She remembers being in the Genoa City Athletic Club washing dirt off of her hands.
Jack and Kyle went to Diane’s hotel suite. Ronan told them that they gathered whatever evidence they needed to, but they could gather up whatever items belonged to Kyle or what he wanted as a rememberance of his mother. When Kyle eyed the various slogan phrased pillows on the couch, Ronan told him that if he wanted to take them with him, he could. Kyle commented that he he’s never seen those pillows before in Diane’s suite.
On the Next The Young and the Restless…
- Deacon corners Phyllis with what he knows
- Kyle hides evidence that could incriminate Jack
- All suspects attend the funeral of Diane Jenkins