“Days of our Lives” may be losing actress, Alison Sweeney (Sami Brady) later this year, but an equally powerhouse actress may be swooping into Salem: Former “One Life to Live” actress Kassie DePaiva (ex-Blair Cramer)!
Rumors started swirling that the Kentucky native was headed to the NBC sudser after she began following the “DAYS” Twitter account, as well as the accounts of “DAYS” actors Charles Shaughnessy (Shane Donovan) and Shawn Christian (Daniel Jonas).
If you’re looking to set some resolutions for 2014 and need some inspiration, look no further! Soap Opera Network asked “Days of our Lives” and “General Hospital” stars to open up on how they hope to improve themselves and their lives in the year to come, and they were none too shy to shed some light on the ways they’re setting out to achieve greatness. Bonus: They also threw in some opinions on how their characters should approach 2014, as well! Read on for the fun, and happy New Year from Soap Opera Network
Whether it’s parties or church events or cooking (oh my!), shopping or wrapping or snow shoveling (oh why?), the stars of “General Hospital” and “Days of our Lives” will be quite busy this holiday season! But don’t worry: Before the casts took off for their fun-filled Christmas break, Soap Opera Network managed to catch a few actors and get the scoop on how they plan to spend their holiday vacays!
In its newest issue, Soap Opera Digest shed some light on Mark Collier‘s new role on NBC’s “Days of our Lives.” The actor, who debuts on the Wednesday, December 18 episode, is portraying Liam, who Adrienne Kiriakis (Judi Evans) sets up on a date with Jennifer Horton (Melissa Reeves). “I knew his first name was Liam, but not much more than that. He went to high school in Salem,” shares the actor who began filming in August. Ironically, with Collier now on board, the “DAYS” cast now includes the first two actors who portrayed “As The World Turns’” Mike Kasnoff (Collier played the character from 2002-2007; Shawn Christian [Daniel Jonas] originated the role in 1994).
As we’ve previously reported, “Days of our Lives” Shawn Christian (Daniel Jonas) and Freddie Smith (Sonny Kiriakis) teamed up with Jack Briggs and Nate Hartley to create “Addicts Anonymous,” a single-camera mockumentary, and the comedy series is now available for viewing via the web!
Originally planned for primetime television, the series — which stars Molly Burnett (ex-Melanie Jonas, “DAYS”), Lori Loughlin (“Summerland,” “Full House”), Matt Walsh (“Veep,” “Ted”), Jerry Lambert (“Shameless,” “Family Guy”), Christian, Smith and more — is now being offering via the show’s official website. Episode one (“Admitting”) and episode two (“Support Buddy”) are available now. Subsequent episodes will be released as follows:
“We’ve all written the scripts together, which is really fantastic,” says Christian, who also serves as the executive producer for the series. “We all filmed it together, and it’s so funny. It really is just fantastic.”
The rest of the country may have been preparing for Thanksgiving by sending out dinner invites, planning menus, buying turkeys, selecting table settings and betting on the day’s big game, but Soap Opera Network has been getting ready for the celebratory day in a different way: Reaching out to several of your favorite “Days of our Lives” stars and getting the scoop on what they’re most thankful for! Read on for their answers and then join in on the fun by leaving a comment below telling us what you’re most grateful for this holiday season!
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.”
This week on “Days of our Lives,” the heat between Daniel (Shawn Christian) and Nicole (Arianne Zucker) builds to an exciting kiss between the pair! But will the scintillating smooch be a game changer? Soap Opera Network caught up with both actors to find out!
Daniel and Nicole have been on the hunt to try and save Eric’s (Greg Vaughan) reputation, and everyone knows that when a male and a female go on a perilous adventure together, sparks are bound to fly! “You’ve got two very tumultuous, passionate, intense characters, very unpredictable characters, who find themselves in the circumstance of trying to help Eric, and then, as they go on this crazy, wild adventure – we jokingly called it Gun and Needles at one point, because we have guns and needles –they’re doing something with so much intensity, and they get caught up in the adrenaline of the moment,” Christian shares of the kiss. “Not to mention, the history that they’ve always shared seems to bubble under the surface no matter what they’re doing, whether it’s having each other’s backs or trying to save Eric or trying to figure out Daniel’s life with Jennifer (Melissa Reeves). They’ve grown so close together as people who sincerely care a lot about one another, and they know the worst about each other, and they know the best about each other. So you mix into that melting pot some adrenaline, and the sky is the limit.”
Hold onto your hats, because one hunky soap star is headed to “Days of our Lives’” Salem: former “As The World Turns” star Mark Collier!
A rep for the show confirms that the actor, who played “ATWT’s” Mike from 2002-2007, has indeed joined the NBC sudser and will begin airing in late December. However, no additional details are being released at this time.
Funny enough, this casting tidbit has caused soap worlds to collide: “DAYS” star Shawn Christian (Daniel Jonas) originated the role of “ATWT’s” Mike, the very role which Collier began playing when the now-defunct soap decided to bring the character back to the canvas in 2002!
Deep down in the basement of NBC’s The Burbank Studios in Los Angeles, beneath the busy and hectic world of “Days of our Lives’” Salem, lies a cozy dressing room that offers a warm and comfortable respite from cameras, producers, directors, publicists, wardrobe and all of the other distractions of a daytime television set. The lighting is low, candles flicker, and there’s a plush, body-hugging beanbag that just begs any visitor to sit back, sink in and possibly take one of the best naps of all time. We at Soap Opera Network could have fallen into the beckoning trap, but the dressing room’s owner, Shawn Christian (Daniel Jonas), was way too excited to discuss his current storyline and his new television project, “Addicts Anonymous,” to allow any snoozing to happen. And as soon as the passionate actor launched into conversation, there was no desire for napping on our part, either! Read on for the exciting details Christian shared. But be warned: You’ll be on the edge of your seats (or, if you’re lucky, your beanbags).