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Vivian Jovanni
"Days of our Lives" viewers were stunned, this week, when Bo (Peter Reckell) and Hope's (Kristian Alfonso) only daughter, Ciara (Vivian Jovanni) was raped at the hands of her step brother Chase (Jonathon McClendon). Sure, the young teen seemed a bit off and moody, but nobody suspected he could ever be capable of such violence, especially against someone he claimed to truly care about like Ciara. 
Jason Cook, Brandon Beemer
In the January 4, 2016 issue of Soap Opera Digest, on newsstands now, "Days of our Lives" executive producer Ken Corday revealed the reasons behind the soap's decision to bring back actor Brandon Beemer (ex-Owen Knight, "The Bold and the Beautiful") to the role of Shawn Douglas Brady, the eldest child of Hope (Kristian Alfonso) and Bo (Peter Reckell), so soon after the blink-and-you-missed-it return and departure of original adult portrayer Jason Cook.

DAYS 50: New Photo Book and Multi-City Promotional Tour

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Sunday, September 20, 2015 12:20 AM EDT
With anticipation of returning characters, historic moments, and happy memories upon us as "Days of our Lives" celebrates its 50th anniversary later this fall, the daytime drama series is set to release a new photo book titled "Days of our Lives: 50 Years," which was pieced together by co-executive producer Greg Meng. As part of the release, a multi-city promotional tour has been scheduled.
With new head writers on the horizon it was inevitable that "Days of our Lives" would also be getting a new teen scene, especially with what executive producer Ken Corday says to TV Insider's Michael Logan of something his late mother, Betty, used to share with him: "'You have to water the roots of the [Days of our Lives] tree with a new generation every 10 years or so' and that’s what we’ve done," notes Corday to Logan. "These are the children of the children of the children of the children, and they are vital to our future."
When former "Days of our Lives" star Peter Reckell (ex-Bo Brady) tweeted several weeks back about a possible return to the daytime drama series, his comments not only grabbed the attention of his fans and the soap press, but his former on screen love interest, Kristian Alfonso (Hope Brady), as well. In an interview with the actress, Alfonso provides Soap Opera Network with insight on why Hope doesn't need anyone's permission to move on with her life, how the relationship between Aiden Jennings (Daniel Cosgrove) and Hope is a new, but sweet kind of love, and why she was surprised Reckell said what he did on social media.
Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. And things are looking pretty smoky this week for “Days of our Lives’” Hope (Kristian Alfonso) and Aiden (Daniel Cosgrove), who find themselves on the precipice of a new direction after Hope unlocks the single dad’s secret past! But what does the shocking information mean for the couple’s future? Soap Opera Network spoke with Alfonso and Cosgrove to find out!

Marie Wilson Joins ‘Days of our Lives’

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014 7:00 PM EDT
Soap Opera Network can finally report that former "As The World Turns" and "Port Charles" actress Marie Wilson has joined the cast of NBC's "Days of our Lives" in the recurring role of Bree. The actress will share scenes with former "ATWT" co-star Daniel Cosgrove (ex-Chris Hughes), who now appears as Aiden Jennings on "DAYS," and Kristian Alfonso (Hope Brady). Bree is an old acquaintance of Hope’s who turns out to be someone from Aiden's dark past.
Exactly 20 years ago today, NBC premiered a sitcom about a circle of friends living in Manhattan. Little did the network know, “Friends” would skyrocket in ratings, becoming one of the most popular sitcoms in television history. The show made David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow, Courtney Cox and Jennifer Aniston (real-life daughter of “Days of our Lives’” John Aniston [Victor Kiriakis]) household names. But do you remember The One (or rather five) “DAYS” stars that appeared on the Emmy-winning show? Soap Opera Network sure does, so read on for a super sudsy blast from the past!