When it was revealed that Chandler Massey (Will Horton) had re-shot Will Horton’s death scene, among others, previously shot with Guy Wilson in the role, it was only a matter of time before it was announced that Robert Scott Wilson would be returning to his role as Ben Rogers on the NBC daytime soap. After all, Ben was revealed to have been Will’s killer when the serial killer storyline reached its climax in 2015.
On Friday, September 15, “Days of our Lives” will be welcoming back three-time Daytime Emmy Award winning actor Chandler Massey to the role of Will Horton. Considering the character was supposed to have died tragically by strangulation during the soap’s serial killer storyline in 2015 (when he was played by Guy Wilson), what can fans expect when the character is resurrected very much alive this week? While we still don’t know exactly the how, we can at least scratch off “zombie” from the list of possibilities.
Despite claims by “Days of our Lives” executive producer Ken Corday that any character killed after September 2015 would remain dead, rumors are running rampant that the soap has secretly been in negotiations with three-time Daytime Emmy Award Winner Chandler Massey to reprise his role as Will Horton, who was murdered in October by the necktie killer (Ben Weston, played by Robert Scott Wilson) during Guy Wilson‘s turn in the popular role. Adding fuel to the fire are recent comments by Massey’s former publicist, Jeffrey Ballard.
It seems like one memorial service after the next, these days on “Days of our Lives.” First, Will Horton (Guy Wilson) was murdered. Then, Bo Brady (Peter Reckell) succumbed to a brain tumor. Then, Daniel Jonas (Shawn Christian) was killed in a car crash, followed by Stefano DiMera (Joseph Mascolo) being shot to death by Hope.
Among the list of pre-nominated performers for “The 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards” is “Days of our Lives” actor Christopher Sean (Paul Narita), who shared on his Instagram page that he was honored to not only be pre-nominated for his role on the daytime soap in the Outstanding Supporting Actor category, but also being able to positively represent the LGBT community.
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.
Who says daytime soaps are dead? In 2015, CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” and NBC’s “Days of our Lives” all placed among 2015’s top searched non-reality TV shows on Yahoo! In fact, outside of “The Walking Dead” and “Game of Thrones,” all three dramas placed in the top five on the search giant’s year-end list.
With a new year on the horizon it’s inevitable that you’ll be seeing a multitude of best and worst lists covering every facet of the entertainment world, and soaps are no exception. In his Best and Worst of 2015 report, TV Guide‘s Michael Logan has named CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful” daytime’s best soap, praises “General Hospital” and “The Young and the Restless” for having the best actors and actresses, and calls out some of daytime’s current and former writers for insulting viewers with tawdry storylines lacking direction.
In a posting on his Facebook page, hours after his final scenes as Sonny Kiriakis on NBC’s “Days of our Lives” aired, actor Freddie Smith reflected on the roller coster ride he had playing the role and what it meant not just for him, but to the fans as well.
While Guy Wilson is busy clearing up rampant rumors about his “Days of our Lives” status, onscreen love interest Freddie Smith (Sonny Kiriakis) meanwhile is gearing up for an emotional goodbye to Salem on the Tuesday, August 18 episode of the daytime drama series, which finds Sonny headed to Europe to take on a position working for his grandfather, Victor (John Aniston).
Despite fan chatter stating otherwise, “Days of our Lives” star Guy Wilson took to Twitter earlier today and made it clear that he’s not going anywhere as Will Horton.
On Sunday, April 26, “Days of our Lives” star Freddie Smith took home his first Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Sonny Kiriakis on the soap – the actor was previously nominated in the category in 2013. In a red carpet interview with Soap Opera Network, just before taking home the coveted trophy, the actor talked with us about reports of his upcoming departure from “DAYS” and what lies ahead for him personally and professionally.
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) and Pop announced today additional presenters for “The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards,” including Tom Bergeron, Eileen Davidson, Kevin Frazier, Leeza Gibbons, Vicki Lawrence and Mario Lopez. 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 Sunday, April 26. 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 Nancy O’Dell, Regis Philbin, Steve Harvey, Marie Osmond, Craig Ferguson, Shemar Moore and Alex Trebek.
Following behind the scenes changes in February with new head writers and the re-shuffling of producers in March, NBC’s “Days of our Lives” will soon gear up production for its 50th anniversary celebration without several of its leading younger talents. Molly Burnett (Melanie Jonas), Freddie Smith (Sonny Kiriakis) and Melissa Archer (Serena Mason) are all reportedly said to be departing the daytime drama series in the weeks and months ahead, at least onscreen.
Spencer Neville has joined the cast of NBC’s “Days of our Lives” in the recurring role of Derrick. The actor/model/bodybuilder, who is reportedly set to appear in more than a dozen episodes beginning sometime next week, posted on his Facebook page in early September, “Big news coming soon on a TV show I’ve been working on…they are very secretive..” It’s not yet clear whether the actor was referring to his “DAYS” role or another project he may have been working on at the time. The “DAYS” episodes that feature Neville were filmed in late July/early August.