A Huge DAYS exit and a BB star shares production secrets (there’s a coronavirus safety supervisor on set): Here’s everything you missed in the daytime world — with links — in the Soap Hub soap opera news.
Soap Opera News: DAYS Return and Big Changes
A return to production date has been set at Days of Our Lives. Find out the date cast and crew will be reporting back to work.
Beloved daytime vet Kristian Alfonso (Hope) stunned the soap world by announcing she’s leaving Days of Our Lives, and her co-stars immediately began reacting to the news. Meanwhile, rumors are circulating that Alfonso’s TV daughter, Victoria Konefal, who plays Ciara, will be following in her footsteps.
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A former DAYS star will be returning to the soap. A Martinez will soon be reprising his role as Gabi and Rafe’s father, Eduardo Hernandez.
There’s a big change on the behind-the-scenes front, too. Greg Meng is reportedly out as Co-Executive Producer and Executive in Charge of Production.
BB Is Back
Denise Richards (Shauna) shared some secrets about BB’s new production methods during the pandemic. Find out how her husband, Aaron Phypers, is involved.
Before the soap gets back on the air, you might need a refresher course to remember exactly where things left off. Check out Soap Hub’s report.
Here Comes YR
The cast of The Young and the Restless cast reports back to work, next week. Protocols include social distancing, masks worn off camera and a coronavirus safety supervisor to ensure all guidelines are met.
Bell Mansion Sold to NBA Star
The luxurious home and estate that once belonged to late soap creators William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell (YR and BB) have been sold. The new owner is reportedly Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James.
Judi Evans (ex-Adrienne, Bonnie Days) has had a horrific few months. Now she’s speaking out about life after COVID-19 and her happy return to the soap in an exclusive interview.
Soap Hub also spoke to Max Gail, who plays Sonny’s father, Mike Corbin, on General Hospital. The actor revealed how the gig turned into a powerful, emotional journey about Alzheimer’s disease.
GH’s Michael Easton (Finn) continued answering fans’ questions after they donated to some worthy organizations. This time around topics included leading lady Finola Hughes (Anna) and co-star Roger Howarth (Franco).
Steve Burton (Jason, GH) just toasted a milestone birthday — The Big 5-0. And he’s celebrating with a new fitness routine and a new look — golden blonde hair. Burton’s not the only one in his family blowing out candles. So is his daughter, Brooklyn, who just turned 6.
Peter Reckell (ex-Bo, Days) recently suffered a sad loss — his father, Russ Reckell, passed away at the age of 92. The actor honored his dad with some very special words.
Dominic Zamprogna (ex-Dante, GH) said goodbye to a dear friend, Broadway actor Nick Cordero, who passed away due to complications of COVID-19. You’ll want to read his special tribute.
A Time to Reflect
Eric Braeden (Victor, YR) got into the spirit of Independence Day, looking back on the moment he first arrived in America. It was in New York City, he was 18-years-old, and it involved a cheeseburger and a milkshake.
In the latest installment of “Between the Glass,” featured on Deidre Hall’s (Marlena, Days) Instagram page, she and Judi Evans (ex-Adrienne, Bonnie) chatted about favorite storylines. See if their selections match yours
As YR continues to air retro episodes, Doug Davidson (Paul) looked back on a powerful storyline from yesteryear. The actor shared his thoughts on the George Rawlins murder mystery.
Jess Walton (Jill, YR) remembered two very important women in her life: late co-star and friend Jeanne Cooper (ex-Katherine), as well as her late beloved mother.
Meanwhile, rumors of Zamprogna’s return to GH as Dante, when the soap resumes production, have got Mark Lawson (Dustin) stepping up his workouts. You can watch the hilarious video here.
How do you celebrate your anniversary during the coronavirus? Alison Sweeney (Sami, Days) and hubby Dave Sanov toasted 20 years of marriage with a private backyard party for two.
In other Ali news, the actress, who regularly shares cooking videos on Instagram, recently had a special guest in the kitchen: DAYS sister Christie Clark (ex-Carrie). You’ll want to check out their quick and easy recipe.
On and offscreen GH besties, Kirsten Storms (Maxie) and Emme Rylan (Lulu), want to teach fans to be as crafty as they are. So they’re hosting a summer crochet-along.
New Hosting Gig
Victoria Rowell (ex-Drucilla, YR) is set to host Trash vs. Treasure, premiering July 16 on UMC. The show features Rowell helping families to refresh and beautify their homes.
Getting into the Act
A group of soap stars is teaming up for some one-act plays of the virtual variety. Former daytime writer Scott Sickels is the man behind the project, and actors involved include Y&R’s Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea), Christian Jules Le Blanc (Michael) and Beth Maitland (Traci), as well as B&B’s Karla Mosley (Maya).
Rena Sofer (Quinn, BB) urged her Instagram followers to support those involved in the arts. They’re going through challenging times due to economic shutdowns.
Nobody likes a challenge more than Katrina Bowden (Flo, BB). The actress paid a visit to Catalina Aerial Adventure, where she got to dodge obstacles and climb, swing and slide on trees.
Heather Tom (Katie, BB) is determined to educate her son, Zane, on the important things in life. Tops on the list: how to be a good American citizen.