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Michael Logan Rates Daytime's Big Returns

Debbi Morgan by Steve Fenn/ABC

Over the past couple of months, many daytime greats have returned to the suds — some in old roles, some in new ones. So how are these prodigal kids doing? Michael Logan shares his take.Debbi Morgan and Darnell Williams (All My Children) It's been worth a gazillion plot contrivances to see Angie back with her "dead" Jesse after 20 long years. Oh, how we've longed for her blazing soul and Earth Mother passion! How much we've missed his sass and cool and cut-to-the-chase honesty! And aren't they still incomprehensibly beautiful together? Watching these legends reunite in that terrific train-station scene made me realize how starved we soap fans are for true, epic love. Clearly, you can go home again.RATING: 5 out of 5 starsTamara Braun (Days of our Lives) She was the best and most electrifying of the four gals who have played Carly on General Hospital — save your irate letters, you can't change my mind! Now she's opened up a big can o' whoop-ass on Salem as Ava, a bodacious b... read more

Was the WGA Strike Good for Soaps?

All My Children courtesy ABC

The 100-day Writers Guild walkout crippled most of showbiz, but all the daytime soaps stayed in production and most of them stayed in the pink — no drastic ratings slides, no horrible creative collapses. In fact, some shows are in better shape because of the strike. Free of head writer Hogan Sheffer, Days of our Lives has regained its heart and emotional chutzpah. The reunion of Grandpa Shawn (Frank Parker) and his long-lost dying sister Colleen (Shirley Jones) left me blubbering like a fool; the subsequent plane crash where Shawn sacrificed his life for his loved ones was harrowing and poignant. It’s been a long time since Days made us care this much. The Young and the Restless has quickly and vastly improved without exec producer/head writer Lynn Marie Latham, a wildly destructive force who fired many of the show’s great longtime staffers and filled the writing team with cronies (including her husband and son). CBS will not bring her back. Best. Decision. Ever.All M... read more

An American Gladiator Visits Days' Salem

Mike O'Hearn, Rachel Melvin by Mitchell Haaseth/NBC

Mike O'Hearn aka "Titan" on NBC's American Gladiators will guest-star on Days of our Lives on Friday, March 14. Playing a barkeep, O'Hearn finds Chelsea (Rachel Melvin) drowning her sorrows over the Brady bunch's recent tragedies. Though Kate shows up and tries to stop her granddaughter from getting sloshed, insisting that she is not the cause of the family's woes, Chelsea won't listen. O'Hearn's bartender offers Chelsea some coffee to sober her up, but instead she storms out of the bar. The following week: A My Dad Is Better Than Your Dad NBC cross-promotion, pitting Bo against John! (I kid.... I think.) — Matt Mitovich read more

February Sweeps Preview!

Brandon Beemer, Martha Madison, Jay Johnson, Nadia Bjorlin by Paul Drinkwater/NBC

Days of our LivesFour top characters — Philip, Shawn, Chloe and Belle — will hop a private jet to Ireland to find Belle's kidnapped daughter. And go figure: Philip adds to the stress onboard by demanding Belle choose once and for all between Shawn and him. "Could there be worse timing?" Martha Madison says with a laugh. The actress, who plays the freaked-out mom, promises a "huge reveal in Ireland that will tie up over 20 years of story and explain why the DiMeras have such a vendetta against the Bradys." And we finally learn the true identity of Belle's father, John Black (Drake Hogestyn). "It'll change everything in a big way," Madison promises. "Belle's gonna be a DiMera! Who'da thought?"All My ChildrenIt's no secret All My Children's Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) likes men — witness her 11 marriages and countless trysts — but she's never enjoyed an interracial romance. Until now. Actor Mario Van Peebles joins the show this week as Erica's new love interest, Samuel... read more

Michael Logan's Worst of 2007

Drake Hogestyn by Chris Haston/NBC

I knew we were in for a bumpy ride when All My Children started the year by murdering Dixie — the show's heart and soul — with a plate of poisoned pancakes. But hey, that meant more airtime for Zarf, a rude, suffocatingly hammy, penis-flashing transgender rock star who fell in love with Pine Valley's saintly lesbian Bianca. Appropriately, fans on the Internet named the couple "Barf." In a pathetic attempt to boost ratings, Days of our Lives pretended to kill its most popular male character, John, played by Drake Hogestyn. Even the cast was fooled. But with the Nielsens staying flat, Hogestyn is now back at work and we're left to wonder: How the hell can we ever invest in Days again?General Hospital viewers had a fit and threatened to stop watching when heartthrob Jax was held hostage and forced into sex by a loony Russian chick. Meanwhile, they didn't seem to mind when a Port Charles strangler killed three women.Things that made me cringe: Constantine Maroulis on The Bold ... read more

Days of Our Lives' Marlena Gets Repossessed

Days of our Lives courtesy SOAPnet

This Sunday, Oct. 28, from 9 pm to 12 am/ET, SOAPnet will usher in Halloween with The Devil Made Me Do it: Marlena's Possession, a three-hour revisiting of the 1995 Days of Our Lives storyline that will never be forgotten — and not necessarily for the right reasons.The first hour finds Kristen wising up to Marlena's "darker" side, as Doc morphs into a panther and then sics a swarm of bees on Shawn. Hour 2 has Marlena taking flight a few feet above her bed Exorcist/Ghostbusters-style, at which point it's decided, "Yeah, we need help from a higher power." Then at 10 pm, John will use all the power of his cocked eyebrow to battle the devil for his beloved's soul. read more

"Essential, Historical" GH Added to SOAPnet's Sunday

Maurice Benard by Scott Garfield/ABC

SOAPnet's Sunday schedule revamp, effective Oct. 14, finds the One Life to Live marathon moved to noon to 5 pm/ET, where it will be followed by the General Hospital marathon. Then, from 10 pm to midnight, the cabler will offer up "Relax & Relapse," a new programming block offering up what is described as "essential, historical" GH episodes featuring "pivotal characters and key episodes." Asked to elaborate, a SOAPnet rep cites the train crash, Brenda's return, and other memorable episodes that, more likely than not, will have relevance to a current GH storyline.The Days of our Lives marathon then follows, from midnight to 5 am. read more

Happy Days, or the Dude in the Orange Shoes

Imagine that you awaken one morning and go about your usual routine, put the coffee on, get the paper, prepare things you will need for the day's work. You get in the car and on the way to work you listen to the news from around the world, realizing once again what a blessing it is to live in this country, where bombs are not exploding around you and where you have a job to show up for at all. You arrive. As you enter the building, you amble down past the huge stage doors and say hello to the ever-friendly Stephanie at the security desk and continue on down the hall. Moving down the hallway, passing the costume department, stage manager's desk, and makeup departments, waving and exchanging hellos, you notice something feels different. The place has a different energy. The place is buzzing.A feeling of anticipation permeates the studio and no matter where you go in the building, this energy is there along with a feeling that everyone present has a renewed interest in his or her parti... read more

"Exciting" Days Ahead for Emmy-winning Y&R Exec

Edward Scott by Mike Guastella/WireImage.com

Days of Our Lives has announced that Edward Scott — who during his longtime run with The Young and the Restless was credited for 15 Daytime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Drama Series, among them five wins — has joined the NBC sudser as co-executive producer. "I am very enthusiastic about the important changes that Edward Scott will bring," Ken Corday, executive producer, Corday Productions, Inc., says in a statement. "Ed comes with more than 20 years experience with The Young and the Restless and brings a new, vibrant, creative energy and strength to this all-important position of leadership. Days will benefit greatly from Ed's direction. The viewers will also be thrilled with the exciting changes in the days to come."Salem is also welcoming another Genoa City transplant — Y&R's Marnie Saitta is coming on board as casting director. read more

Short Cuts: 'Til Death, Soapy Days and More

An Aug. 21 DVD release date has been set for 'Til Death: The Complete First Season. The catch: You have to watch an American Idol DVD beforehand.... Pat O'Brien has inked a new deal to continue on at The Insider — at a marked pay cut (hello, bargain moustache wax!) and with the show relocating to New York City, sources tell the New York Daily News.... Days of our Lives hits iTunes Tuesday. John Black raises his eyebrow to that! read more

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Premiered: November 08, 1965, on NBC
Rating: TV-14
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Premise: The Horton and Brady broods endure the romantic trials of life in Salem, a Midwestern hamlet filled with evil geniuses, star-crossed lovers and a rich family history. After a slow start, the soap earned a loyal following in spite of (or maybe because of) way-out-there plots, including satanic possession and mind control.

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