Days of our Lives star Matthew Ashford has given TVGuide.com an exclusive update on his MIA character Jack Devereaux. Click here for the latest!
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Matthew Ashford, Days of our Lives
Back in December, Matthew Ashford departed from the Days of our Lives canvas when his suicidal character, Jack Devereaux, drove his car off an icy bridge. Despite this, the NBC sudser insists that Ashford — who has "died" and returned to Days before — is still under contract. Here, TVGuide.com gets answers from the fan-fave himself.
TVGuide.com: Days says you're still under contract. True?Matthew Ashford: Yes. I was back [on Jan. 26] shooting a scene where Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) finds a pair of Jack's cufflinks. It wasn't specified, but I think I'm not [there as] a ghost. I think I'm just a figment of Jen's imagination. I just say, "Jennifer, get on with it. If you want to give Frankie a kiss, go ahead, move on." It wasn't maudlin, it was very upbeat. [Editor's n
Scoop! Days of our Lives hustler Brody Hutzler (Patrick) will report to the set of NBC's Las Vegas on Monday to tape a guest gig. His role? A sexy masseur who oils up and rubs down Ms. Vanessa Marcil (ex-Brenda, General Hospital) in the March 10 episode. Hold on a sec: Vanessa abandoned the daytime suds for prime-time TV and she's still getting sensual healing from my fave soap hunks? No fair!
Soap vixen Arianne Zuker has opted not to renew her contract at Days of our Lives. As Nicole Walker (aka porn star "Misty Circle"), she has spent eight filthy and gorgeous years slutting around Salem. The comedic highlight was definitely Nic's love triangle with Brady — who was played by Zuker's real-life husband, Kyle Lowder — and his Greek zillionaire grandfather, Victor (Jen's papa, John Aniston).
"Arianne has decided to take this opportunity to venture out and explore new projects," a show rep says. "The cast and crew of Days
know that she is an extraordinary talent, and although she will be dearly missed, we wish her every success! There are no immediate plans to recast the role of Nicole.” Zuker last airs Feb. 7. FYI, the Days
rep says no exit scene is planned to explain the actress' absence and that Nicole's story is being left "very open-ended."
Kimberlin Brown, The Young and the Restless and Arianne Zuker, Days of our Lives
Despite what you may've read elsewhere, soap superstar Kimberlin Brown is not gunning for a role on Days of our Lives. "That is pure rumor," a show rep insists to TVGuide.com. "We're not sure where it came from."
While suds fans best know Brown as she-devil Sheila Carter from The Young and the Restless
and The Bold and the Beautiful
, she is a hero in real life. Brown recently donated her bone marrow to help save the life of a 16-month-old baby girl who was born with leukemia. "I can't imagine a family having to lose [a child]," she told Extra
. "This is why I did what I did. Is there anything more important that you can do before you leave the world than to save someone else?"
SupernaturalSo this Supernatural could've used more... cowbell. Sam and Dean's brush with the evil preacher's wife and the nasty reaper meant it was the perfect opportunity to dust off Blue Oyster Cult's "Don't Fear the Reaper." The episode also could've used more Dean-is-dying angst. He went from zapped to lying on his deathbed to healed in the first 15 minutes of the show. I mean, come on. How 'bout stretchin' it out for another episode or two? Or at the very least giving us a couple over-the-top chick-flick moments before the blind preacher man did his healing thing? But Dean stayed true to character as the nonbeliever and struggled with why he was chosen over those he felt were worthier. Like Buffy and Angel alu
Speaking of Knots Landing alums, Kathleen Noone is a busy lady. When she's not playing sassy senior Edna Wallace on Passions, she's recurring on According to Jim as Courtney Thorne-Smith's mother. Noone next appears in Jim's Christmas episode Dec. 13.
And here's some scoop you'll hear only from TVGuide.com's resident soap whisperer: Noone will be in the Jan. 24 episode of WB's Supernatural
. "Jared Padalecki
and Jensen Ackles
(ex-Eric, Days of our Lives
) are delightful, sweet and really cute!" she enthuses. "In the episode, my character's husband is killed by a [ghost] truck that keeps running people off of the road." (Check out this week's AA
for more info on Supernatural
's January guest stars.)
Veteran character actor (and former Screen Actors Guild president) Richard Masur joins All My Children on Jan. 13 as TV network exec Jesse Johnson. He'll get involved with Erica Kane's fictional talk show, New Beginnings.... Julia Barr has announced she'll remain on AMC as Brooke for "at least another year," despite rumors to the contrary.... It's still unknown whether Hillary B. Smith, whose Nora character is currently comatose, will stay at One Life to Live. As previously reported, Smith's contract expires this month.... Sources say Playboy pinup Sung Hi Lee (ex-Sophie, Days of our Lives) recently auditioned to play General Hospital's Dr. Kelly Lee. However, as you read here first,
Devotees of Matthew Ashford are worried about the Days of our Lives star. His heroic alter ego, Jack Devereaux, has been having suicidal thoughts ever since he was stricken with an unspecified, mysterious soap illness that supposedly guarantees him a slow, painful death. Worse yet, he drove his car off an icy bridge last week. In today's episode, Jack's wrecked auto will be dredged out of the river — and no body will be found inside.
So, has the NBC sudser sacrificed Ashford and his classic character just to push Jack's saintly wife, Jennifer (Melissa Reeves
) back into the arms of ex-boyfriend Frankie (Billy Warlock
)? Is this the bitter end of Jack and Jen's love story? Don't bet on it. "What we are able to say is that Matt is still
a contract player," a Days
rep tells TVGuide.com. "We can't give any specifics. Sorry!" Guess we'll just have to stay tuned....