“Days of our Lives” doesn’t have to roll out its own red carpet for its upcoming 50th anniversary — the Hollywood Christmas Parade is doing it, instead! The grand holiday event will be honoring the long-running NBC soap opera with a special commemoration on <strong>Sunday, November 30</strong>!

Though “Days of our Lives’” Kate Roberts (<strong>Lauren Koslow</strong>) has proven that she’s a force to be reckoned with and can hold her own with the big boys of Salem, her latest love interest — shady Southerner Clyde (<strong>James Read)</strong> — is making for some very worried viewers!

With <strong>Alison Sweeney</strong> <a href="https://www.soapoperanetwork.com/2014/10/final-days-sami-alison-sweeney-says-goodbye-salem-video">leaving</a> the "Days of our Lives" canvas after more than 21 years portraying Sami Brady on <strong>Thursday, October 30</strong>, it's only fitting that she take one major aspect of her character's life with her, even if it's only temporary. Look for <strong>Guy Wilson</strong>, who portrays Sami's son Will Horton, to take a storyline dictated temporary leave of absence from the series when Sami heads to Los Angeles following entertainment executives taking an interest in her life as a result of Will's recent <a href="https://www.soapoperanetwork.com/2014/08/business-affair-sordid-details-dimera-takeover-now-really-online">profile story</a> in TruVista Magazine.

“Days of our Lives’” fans have had 32 years of dark DiMera family amusement through Stefano (<strong>Joe Mascolo</strong>) and later the addition of EJ (<strong>James Scott</strong>), but it looks like the newest family member will be giving his predecessors a run for their money! <strong>Billy Flynn</strong> debuted as the new darker and vengeful Chad this month, and it’s been quite obvious that the apple has definitely not fallen far from the tree. But just what can fans expect from the character as he continues to ingratiate himself back into Salem? <em>Soap Opera Network</em> spoke with his new portrayer to find out!

With photography by <strong>Brad Everett Young</strong>, several of daytime's hottest young stars including "General Hospital's" <strong>Kristen Alderson</strong> (Kiki),<strong> Chad Duell</strong> (Michael),<strong> Ryan Carnes</strong> (Lucas),<strong> Marc Anthony Samuel</strong> (Felix) and <strong>Ian Buchanan</strong> (Duke), "Days of our Lives'" <strong>Brendan Coughlin</strong> (T),<strong> Allison Paige</strong> (Bev), <strong>Guy Wilson</strong> (Will),<strong> Jen Lilley</strong> (Theresa), <strong> Billy Flynn</strong> (Chad), <strong> Casey Moss</strong> (JJ) and <strong>Kevin Riggin</strong> (Rory), and "The Young and the Restless'" <strong>Camryn Grimes</strong> (Mariah), along with stars from "Baby Daddy" (<strong>Derek Theleer</strong>), "Teen Wolf" (Stephen Lunsford) and "Power Rangers," have taken part in the <a href="http://dreamloudofficial.com/" target="_blank"><em>Dream Loud</em> campaign</a> that hopes to bring music and the arts programs back into schools. "Port Charles" alum <strong>Brian Gaskill</strong> is also featured in the campaign, among countless others.

<a href="https://www.soapoperanetwork.com/2014/05/spend-day-days-cast-nbcs-hottest-daytime-drama">As previously reported</a>, cast members of NBC's "Days of our Lives" will once again take part in a special "Day of DAYS" fan event scheduled to take place on <strong>Saturday, November 8</strong> at Universal CityWalk in Hollywood. This year the celebration takes place on the actual 49th anniversary of the daytime drama series, making it all the more special for fans looking to see their favorite Salemites in person. As always, the event is free and will begin at 10:00 AM with a “Day of DAYS” welcome party with cast introductions, followed by autograph signings, a cast Q&A session, photo booth fun for fans and much more.  The day will culminate with a preview of an upcoming episode of the drama series immediately following the cast Q&A.

“Days of our Lives” debuted the new Chad DiMera on Friday, September 12 with <strong>Billy Flynn</strong> in the shoes of EJ’s (<strong>James Scott</strong>) little brother, and the character hit the canvas with an almost literal bang!

“Days of our Lives” Salem has moved on with a brand new Chad (Billy Flynn), but if that wasn’t enough to convince you that previous portrayer Casey Deidrick isn’t returning to the role, maybe this will help: He’s just been cast on MTV’s new drama series, “Eye Candy!”

With NBC's "Days of our Lives" currently filming 4-5 months ahead of airdate, one has to wonder how the daytime drama series manages to keep storyline and casting secrets under wraps before the world begins chattering. Well one such secret is finally out of the bag. The drama series has cast daytime newcomer Billy Flynn in the contract role of Chad DiMera, who was previously portrayed by Casey Deidrick.