Telenovela superstar <strong>Ximena Duque</strong> has been cast in the newly created role of Blanca on NBC's "Days of our Lives," it was announced today by producers of the soap.

As we get closer to daytime's biggest night, taking place on <strong>Sunday, May 1</strong>, the industry is abuzz today over which actors were submitted for a pre-nomination for the "The 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards," presented by The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS). With at least two actors per show for each category (exception being Supporting Actress) several of daytime television's biggest and brightest stars are looking to vie for the coveted trophy that celebrates their hard work during calendar year 2015.

Former "Days of our Lives" star <strong>Blake Berris</strong> (ex-Nick Fallon) will guest-star in the <strong>Monday, February 22</strong> episode of CBS' "Supergirl," <em>Soap Opera Network</em> has learned. He'll play the role of Gabriel Phillips, a handsome fugitive with a secret who falls under the sway of an even more dangerous enemy. In addition to the hit series from DC Comics and Warner Bros. Television, Berris will also appear in at least two upcoming episodes of Freeform's "Pretty Little Liars."

In the current issue of TV Guide, on newsstands now, the magazine examines the four remaining daytime soaps consisting of "The Bold and the Beautiful," "Days of our Lives," "General Hospital" and "The Young and the Restless" and how FOX's "Empire" may have influenced a push for more diversity in 2015 during love in the afternoon.

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 <strong>Greg Meng</strong>. As part of the release, a multi-city promotional tour has been scheduled.

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) and Pop announced today additional presenters for "The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards," including <strong>Tom Bergeron</strong>,<strong> Eileen Davidson</strong>,<strong> Kevin Frazier</strong>,<strong> Leeza Gibbons</strong>,<strong> Vicki Lawrence</strong> and<strong> Mario Lopez</strong>. They will be joined by the "Queens of Drama," the co-hosts of "The Talk," the co-hosts of the new lifestyle chat show "The FAB Life," and several other big stars from "The Bold and the Beautiful," "Days of our Lives," "General Hospital" and "The Young and the Restless."

"The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards" will be telecast live exclusively on Pop on <strong>Sunday, April 26</strong>. Today, The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) and Pop announced the first round of presenters which includes cast members from "The Bold and the Beautiful," "Days of our Lives," "General Hospital," "The Young and the Restless," along with personalities <strong>Nancy O'Dell</strong>,<strong> Regis Philbin</strong>,<strong> Steve Harvey</strong>,<strong> Marie Osmond</strong>,<strong> Craig Ferguson</strong>,<strong> Shemar Moore</strong> and<strong> Alex Trebek</strong>.

As it gears up to broadcast its first major awards telecast with the "42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards" on <strong>Sunday, April 26</strong>, Pop has released the Daytime Emmy Nominee Reels for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series. Competing this year for the coveted trophy are <strong>Camila Banus</strong> as Gabi Hernandez on "Days of our Lives," <strong>Kristen Alderson</strong> as Kiki Jerome and <strong>Haley Pullos</strong> as Molly Corinthos Davis, respectively, on "General Hospital," and <strong>Hunter King</strong> as Summer Newman on "The Young and the Restless." Banus and Pullos are newcomers in the category while Alderson and King have both previously won - Alderson in 2013 and King in 2014.

After a four year run on “Days of our Lives,” <strong>Camila Banus</strong> (ex-Gabi Hernandez) has landed quite an exciting project: Starring opposite well-known stars <strong>Molly Ringwald</strong> and <strong>Chevy Chase</strong> in a new holiday movie!

Thursday, June 12 will mark the final appearance of Camila Banus on NBC's "Days of our Lives" as Gabi Hernandez shares an emotional goodbye with her brother Rafe (Galen Gering), Will Horton (Guy Wilson) and Sonny Kiriakis (Freddie Smith), among others, as she prepares for the next phase in her life. Before she goes, however, it was revealed in today's episode that the character played a pivotal role in the death of former lover Nick Fallon (Blake Berris).

Earlier today the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, in cooperation with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, announced the Drama Performer Pre-Nominations for this year's Daytime Emmy Awards.

Watching “Days of our Lives’” Sami (Alison Sweeney), Kate (Lauren Koslow) and Gabi (Camila Banus) supposedly wash their hands clean of Nick (Blake Berris) by tossing him in a river was delicious soap opera fun. But with the formerly presumed dead character back in town and acting rather strange, it seems the fun has really just begun! Is the dark haired fellow really Nick? Or could it be a twin brother or an imposter using his face? And if it truly is Nick, just how far will he go to get back at the ladies for trying to off him? Soap Opera Network chatted with the character’s portrayer to find out!

"He's returned from the dead. The good news? They didn't kill him. The bad news? He wants revenge," states next week's promo for NBC's "Days of our Lives," which revealed on the Friday, January 24 episode that Nick Fallon (Blake Berris) didn't die after Gabi (Camila Banus) knocked him over the head with a rock and subsequently shoved him into the river with the aide of Sami (Alison Sweeney) and Kate (Lauren Koslow).

Friday, January 17 marked the final tape date for "Days of our Lives'" Camila Banus (Gabi Hernandez), who joined the soap in October 2010. The actress announced plans to depart the soap in an August 2013 interview with Soap Opera Uncensored.

Next week on NBC's "Days of our Lives," Gabi (Camila Banus) and Will (Guy Wilson) get ready to christen their child with their whole family all in attendance to celebrate, but a surprise guest may have other plans in store.

On today's episode of NBC's "Days of our Lives," Chandler Massey says goodbye to his multi-Daytime Emmy Award winning role of Will Horton. As previously reported, Massey planned to depart the daytime drama series when his contract was set to expire in December 2013, but show producers opted instead to replace the actor upon his completion of his filming of scenes in August of last year, citing the exit as being storyline dictated. Daytime newcomer Guy Wilson took over the role when he began filming scenes in September. He begins airing on Wednesday, January 8.

Gabi (Camila Banus) sure can't help herself when it comes to discussing her part, along with Sami (Alison Sweeney) and Kate (Lauren Koslow), in the murder of Nick (Blake Berris). This week, Sonny (Freddie Smith) overhears more than he expected when Gabi reveals all on NBC's "Days of our Lives." Will he turn Will's (Chandler Massey) baby mama in? You''ll have to tune in to find out!

Filmed in mid-August, episodes airing during the week of November 25 and on Monday, December 2, 2013 of NBC's "Days of our Lives" found Gabi Hernandez (Camila Banus), Kate Roberts (Lauren Koslow) and Sami Brady (Alison Sweeney) seemingly unite for the first time as they worked overtime to hide their role in the apparent death of Nick Fallon (Blake Berris). Just before being hit over the head with a rock, Nick was trying to instigate sexual relations with Ms. Hernandez, who then made it clear that not only wasn't she interested, but it wasn't the time nor the place to get busy. In a recent interview with Soap Opera Network, Koslow gushed over the amount of effort that went into producing the episodes, particularly the river set. "It was kind of amazing what they created on the set,” the actress said. "It’s like the 90s, because in the 90s we had huge sets. I remember being on a raft, and the raft was on shocks. So we did some crazy stuff back then, and they recreated it for this story. It was actually an adventure."

As we previously reported, rumors are swirling that due to the current “Days or Our Lives” storyline in which Nick (Blake Berris) physically forced himself onto Gabi (Camila Banus) and subsequently found himself clocked with a rock and thrown into a river, Berris will be leaving the “Days” canvas. But is it true? Soap Opera Network caught up with the actor himself to get the scoop on what’s ahead for his alter ego, and guess what? Alison Sweeney (Sami), Lauren Koslow (Kate) and Banus also weighed in on the exciting story!

In the coming weeks a storyline involving the characters of Nick Fallon and Gabi Hernandez gets physically violent and rumors are now swirling about the possibility that as a result of the storyline, Nick's portrayer, Blake Berris, may be leaving the "Days of our Lives" canvas.