Days of Our Lives

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Episode 8: The Merger

Hello, fans of The Office. Meredith here."The Merger" is coming up this Thursday at 8:40 pm/ET on NBC. Last week was nail-biting. Thank god the Scranton branch didn't close. It's pretty wild. Now the Stamford, Connecticut, branch is about to merge. Michael has some very intense techniques for initiating the new people. This was a really fun episode to shoot. The new actors on our show are really fun. We all had a blast. Rashida Jones, Ursula Burton, Wayne Wilderson, Ed Helms, and Mike Bruner as Tony — all hilarious. They double the size and they double the comedy. I sound like a commercial for gum! It was like a party all week shooting this episode. I'll drink to that!I hope you all had a chance to watch the NBC.com producer's cut of "Branch Closing." I had a few really fun scenes in the producer's cut — which is the one for sale on iTunes, FYI! I loved doing the possible love scene with Steve where Meredith asks Michael if he's the guy she made a deal to have sex with o... read more

What is your bag with Studio ...

Question: What is your bag with Studio 60? I can’t wait for Monday nights.


Answer: I've got no bag with Studio 60. I think it's a really well-produced, fantastically-acted show. It's just not appointment TV for me. Unless Lauren Graham is on. Then it is appointment TV. Speaking of which, she better have more to do next week or Aaron Sorkin's on my you-know-what list. (Rhymes with "knit.")

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What do you think about this ...

Question: What do you think about this for the three new characters they are looking for on Lost: Famke Janssen as the "leader," Elisha Cuthbert as the girl in her "early twenties" and Matt Cedeno (Days of Our Lives) as the "Latino hunk."


Answer: I've got three better ideas: Roberta Weiss (Santa Barbara), Emily VanCamp and Y Tu Mama Tambien's Diego Luna.

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Are you a wealthy fan of Days...

Are you a wealthy fan of Days of our Lives? Well, first of all, call me! Secondly, you should know that Deidre Hall's luxe Bel-Air pad is currently for sale, listed at just under $8.5 million. Per the Los Angeles Times, the amenities of Marlena's walled and gated half-acre compound include six bedrooms, a playroom and 11 bathrooms. Oh, there's also a pool, a detached guest house and a sports court. Hall and her husband, writer-producer Steve Sohmer, purchased the 6,800-square-foot estate in 1992 from Bob Newhart for around $3 million. In other news, this reporter can't even afford a lousy one-bedroom condo in the Valley. But I'm not bitter, I swear. read more

When Arianne Zuker (Nicole) left...

When Arianne Zuker (Nicole) left Days of our Lives in January, the NBC sudser chose not to explain her absence. On Monday viewers finally found out what the heck happened to Nicole! She's gone to work for Austin's company in Los Angeles. "I didn't want her anyway," Austin told Lucas. "She fell in love with some soap-opera actor and wants to get married and have a baby."

Of course, that's a cute nod to Zuker's real-life husband, Kyle Lowder (ex-Brady, Days). The couple live in L.A., where they're both pursuing work in prime-time TV and films. And before you all start speculating, Days wasn't dropping any hints with that line about having a baby. The show's rep tells TVGuide.com that Zuker is not pregnant. read more

Do soap operas really rot your...

Do soap operas really rot your brain like our parents warned us? A study published in the Southern Medical Journal reveals that elderly female soap fans ranked poorly in tests of memory, attention and mental quickness. However, that doesn't mean these viewers' love of daytime TV caused their cognitive decline; it might only be a symptom. Researchers suspect that seniors whose minds are already impaired may just find it easier to watch shows that involve "parasocial relationships," meaning that viewers at home feel a daily emotional connection to the people on screen.

Hmm... well, thanks to my job, I spend several hours a day watching my soaps, and this reporter's mind remains razor sharp and attentive, thank you very much. That said, I will concede that I feel emotionally connected to Days of our Lives' Austin Peck — especially whenever he takes off his shirt, which is often, god love him. Maybe those scientists should quit scrutinizi read more

WHO'S COOKING?

NBC has unveiled the cast for Celebrity Cooking Showdown, premiering April 17. Working the stoves in tandem with the likes of Wolfgang Puck and Cat Cora will be supermodel Naomi Campbell, Days of our Lives' Alison Sweeney, country crooner Big Kenny, Tom Arnold, the Kansas City Chiefs' Tony Gonzales, rapper Ja Rule, volleyball stunner Gabrielle Reese and Miss USA 2005, Chelsea Cooley. Um, do any of those ladies even eat? read more

Here's some cheerier news for...

Here's some cheerier news for Young and the Restless fans: Starting on April 24, SoapNet will begin airing same-day reruns of the No. 1 daytime sudser. That's quite a coup for my fave cable channel, which also carries same-day reruns of the three ABC soaps and NBC's Days of our Lives. read more

General Hospital's Tamara Braun...

General Hospital's Tamara Braun (ex-Carly) isn't the only soap-opera sexpot dropping by ABC's sitcom Freddie. Next up, Krista Allen (ex-Billie, Days of our Lives) is romanced by Freddie Prinze Jr. in an upcoming episode entitled "Freddie and the Hot Mom." Look for Allen — who, naturally, plays the hot mom in question — to air on March 29. read more

My fave French Creole psychic...

My fave French Creole psychic friend is coming home to Days of our Lives! Starting on March 30, Tanya Boyd brings the long-absent Celeste back to Salem for about a month. "Celeste is here to stop Tek from destroying her daughter Lexie's marriage to Abe," Boyd reveals to TVGuide.com. "I start off with a major confrontation between Celeste and Tek. Then in the next scene, she's doing her tarot cards again — and she sees something that doesn't look good. 'Oh, no! Mon dieu!'"

Celeste's campy presence — she's all about big hats, colorful wigs and ominous predictions delivered in a hammy accent — has been missed. "It's funny," Boyd says. "When I came back, the actors were all asking me, 'Am I getting killed? Am I dying?' Usually when Celeste pops up, there's some gloom and doom getting ready to happen. Remember, she knew before anybody else when the Salem Stalker was going to strike, but nobody ever listens to her. You know how it is." 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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