Days of Our Lives

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Alison Sweeney Announces She's Leaving Days of Our Lives

Alison Sweeney, Ellen DeGeneres

Days of Our Lives star Alison Sweeney made a major announcement on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Monday: She's leaving the soap opera after 21 years.

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The Best in Soaps 2013

Greg Vaughan and Eileen Davidson

Best Soap: Days of Our Lives and General Hospital (tie)
Hey, we tried to pick one over the other — really, we did — but we simply couldn't. NBC's Days of Our Lives, the soap that once costarred Satan, continued to wow us with its awesomely trashy shocks: Stefano hires a hit man to cut off Rafe's penis! Sonny is forced to deliver his boyfriend's baby! Kristen beds a drugged-out priest and gets it all on video! But mostly Days did what it does best — bring us deeply involving relationship drama with characters we've loved and cherished for decades. Its Emmy Award for Outstanding Daytime Drama in June — the show's first in 35 years — was well-deserved.

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The Biz: Why Soaps Are Bubbling

Susan Flannery, Lesley-Anne Down

Like a popular dead character suddenly coming back to life, the rising ratings of the remaining daytime dramas are a major surprise of the TV season.

All four soaps are seeing growth in total audience and at least one of the younger demographic categories (women ages 18 to 49 and women ages 18 to 34) that are important to advertisers. On CBS, The Bold and the Beautiful is up 12 percent in total viewers this season, giving the show its best start since 2007, while The Young and the Restless recently had its largest weekly audience since... read more

Days of Our Lives: Charles Shaughnessy and Patsy Pease to Return

Charles Shaughnessy, Patsy Pease

Charles Shaughnessy and Patsy Pease will return to Days of Our LivesSoap Opera Network reports. The pair will first return as Shane Donovan and Kimberly Brady on ... read more

Exclusive: Chandler Massey Talks About His Sudden, Controversial Exit From Days or Our Lives

Chandler Massey

Two-time Emmy winner Chandler Massey filmed his final scenes as Days of Our Lives' gay heartthrob Will Horton on Friday, Aug. 23 — only he didn't know they were his last until he was summoned at the end of his work day to the office of Greg Meng, the soap's co-executive producer. During this meeting, Meng informed Massey, who had been planning to depart the NBC soap when his contract expired in December, that he would have to leave immediately because a replacement had already been hired. Massey exited the studio sans fanfare — no farewell party, no goodbyes, no nothing — and sources close to the young actor say he was devastated and in tears. His last episode will air on or around Dec. 31. read more

Days of Our Lives to Replace Chandler Massey

Chandler Massey

Chandler Massey shot his last scene as Will Horton on Friday, Gay Star Newsreports. The Days of Our Lives actor was let out of his four-year contract more than three months early, but the role of Will is going to be recast.

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Exclusive: Eileen Davidson Talks About Her Shocking Departure From Days of Our Lives

Eileen Davidson

This hurts. The spectacular Eileen Davidson has chosen to leave her role as whackjob villainess Kristen DiMera on NBC's Days of Our Lives and will last be seen during November sweeps. TV Guide Magazine landed the first exit interview with the actress, who reveals why she's taking a hike from a gig that's winning her wide acclaim. How come Days didn't try to keep her? Will she return to CBS's The Young and the Restless and her role as Ashley Abbott? And why, dear God, are you doing this to us?

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Is Days of Our Lives' Judi Evans the New Monster Mom of Salem?

Judi Evans

Mother knows best — but it's making Days of Our Lives' Adrienne Kiriakis a pariah in her own family. The hell-bent matriarch, played by Emmy winner Judi Evans, is determined to get her gay son, Sonny (Freddie Smith), away from his lover, Will (Chandler Massey), and that has the two young men — and their many fans — in a tizzy. Won't anyone come to Adrienne's defense? Evans will! TV Guide Magazine spoke with the luminous star about her sudden "villainy" and the unusual, real-world job that keeps her in life in check. Get this: She's in the funeral biz!

TV Guide Magazine: How did your character go from totally cool supermom to Salem's public enemy No. 1? read more

Suzanne Rogers Celebrates 40 Years on Days of Our Lives

Suzanne Rogers

Now, this is a survivor. It was 40 years ago July 13 that an ex-Radio City Rockette with no TV experience auditioned for the role of disabled farm gal Maggie Simmons on NBC's Days of Our Lives. Today that character, wed to Salem badass Victor Kiriakis (John Aniston), is still going gangbusters. And so is Suzanne Rogers, who is now the longest-running contract player currently working in soaps. TV Guide Magazine spoke with the Emmy-winning beauty to reminisce about her remarkable, landmark run.

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The 60 Greatest Soap Opera Moments of All Time

Anthony Geary, Genie Francis

Sordid secrets, evil twins, mind-blowing returns from the dead and love in the afternoon so lushly romantic it makes our knees buckle. We're talking, of course, about daytime soaps, which have been bubbling over with escapist thrills since 1946. Here, like sands through the hourglass, are the grandest, wildest, most shocking moments of our soap-viewing lives — the ones that made us all tune in tomorrow... 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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