A daytime loss; a Salem return; and two stars open up about their demons. Here’s everything you missed in the daytime world — with links — in the Soap Hub weekly soap opera news wrap.
Soap Opera News: Sami’s Hitting Salem
Alison Sweeney announced she’s returning to Days of Our Lives as fiery Sami Brady. Find out when she’ll start stirring things up in Salem.
A Daytime Loss
Renowned daytime producer Lisa de Cazotte, who last served as supervising producer at The Young and the Restless, as well as in productions roles at several other soaps, has passed away at the age of 58.
Kristoff’s New Project
The legacy of Kristoff St. John (ex-Neil, The Young and the Restless) lives on. The TV pilot the actor created with Marc Clebanoff, Stripped, has begun production in Reno, Nevada.
Facing Their Demons
Billy Flynn (Chad, Days) candidly discussed his fight to get sober on co-star Freddie Smith‘s (Sonny) podcast with his fiancée Alyssa Tabit. You won’t want to miss what he had to say on the subject.
Meanwhile, Cait Fairbanks, who plays Tessa on YR, spoke out about her own personal battle. The actress has fought an eating disorder for years.
This Was Us
Soap Hub has an update on the sad end of Justin Hartley (This is Us) and Chrishell Stause’s (ex-Jordan, Days of our Lives) marriage, as new issues come to light about the pair.
General Hospital’s Ryan Carnes (Lucas) has teamed with Biotene to help promote the company’s #WhyWeCare campaign celebrating family caregivers. And he shared the touching reason why. It will melt your heart.
Days of our Lives on the Move
Matthew Atkinson (Thomas, The Bold and the Beautiful) says there’s one person in his character’s life who’s always got his number. Can you guess who it is?
Michael and Lauren just celebrated their 14th anniversary on YR. In honor of the occasion, Christian Jules Le Blanc paid tribute to his TV wife, Tracey Bregman.
Daytime vet Eva La Rue recently spent time in Mexico and reported back with stories of asylum seekers and the difficulties they’re facing with U.S. immigration. You won’t want to miss what she had to say.
Look Who’s Moonlighting
YR’s Alyvia Alyn Lind (Faith) has landed a new role. She’s been cast in Masquerade, a thriller starring Bella Thorne.
Adorable GH twins Ava and Grace Scarola, who play Avery, are starring in a commercial that’s every little girl’s dream. It’s an ad for Dairy Queen.
Aaron D. Spears (Justin, The Bold and the Beautiful) has a new gig, too. He’s playing a Scrooge-like character in the TV-movie London Mitchell’s Christmas.
Soap Opera News: Pet Stories
GH star Jacklyn Zeman (Bobbie) was devastated when her family dog, Rick, ran off. Thankfully, he was found, safe and sound.