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Days recasts Bill Horton

Soap Opera Digest is reporting that Days of Our Lives has recast John Martin as Bill Horton for the upcoming Alice farewell storyline.

Martin is most known for his role as Frederick in The Young and the Restless.

For those who don’t know, the previous actors (most notably Ed Mallory and Christopher Stone) who played Bill both died in real life. So it makes sense to cast a new actor in the role because why would a son ever miss his mother’s funeral. Guess we could ask that about Tommy Horton, who pretty much hasn’t existed on the show in years. But the character is sill alive. I’m pretty sure.

So now all we need is Tommy, Sarah Horton, Josh and Jessica Fallon, Nick Fallon, Jeremy Horton, Soctty Banning, David Banning …. Shawn D, Belle, Claire, Marlena, John ……. the list goes on and on.

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Plans for Alice Horton’s farwell storyline

It occurred to me that even though I’ve posted who is returning for Alice Horton’s farwell, I’ve never really pointed out how it’s going to play out. The people at Days actually have something pretty fantastic planned. This is not going to be only one or two episodes.  It’s going to be a storyline farewell.

Days Executive Producer Ken Corday says that the former characters are returning before Alice dies. Some will be on for multiple episodes. Instead of having a group of people at a funeral and all getting a minute each for a eulogy, Corday says each will have scenes with a dying Alice. There’s no word how they’re going to make that happen since Frances Reid has already passed, but they’ll figure out something.

So there you go. Expect to see some of our favorite characters for an extended time during Alice’s farewell storyline. I hope everyone does reunite at the end for a memorial service though.

FYI: Melissa Reeves (Jennifer) began taping her scenes this week. So expect her to be the first to return to Salem sometime in mid to late May.

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All-star line-up announced for Alice Horton’s funeral

So far, the confirmed list of attendees for Alice Horton’s funeral include: Published reports are confirming former Days of Our Lives stars, Bryan Dattilo (Lucas), Christie Clark (Carrie), Jaime Lyn Bauer (Laura), Lisa Trusel (Melissa), Maree Cheatham (Marie)  Mary Beth Evans (Kayla), Melissa Reeves (Jennifer), Patsy Pease (Kimberly), and Roark Critchlow (Mike).

Thanks, Daytime Confidential for the tip.

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Arleen Sorkin to reprise role of Calliope Jones Bradford

Reports are flying that Anna DiMera‘s former assistant Calliope Jones Bradford (Arleen Sorkin) will show up in May. It’s for a limited run, apparently. So I’m guessing maybe she’s coming back for Alice’s farewell. At any rate, it will be good to see her again!

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CASTING NEWS: John Callahan returning as Dr. Baker?

According to Daytime Confidential, John Callahan is reprising his role as Dr. Richard Baker on Days of Our Lives. Dr. Baker, as you remember, was the man who helped Nicole‘s baby switch happen. When we last saw him, however, he was dead. But it is a soap opera, after all.

I know what you’re thinking: This storyline has run its course and it’s about to be over! Well, something tells me there’s something similar, but different coming. My prediction is that Nicole‘s baby didn’t really die. Even though a baby born that early in the pregnancy doesn’t stand a chance. But again, it’s a soap! Anything is possible.

Regardless, I like Callahan. I kind of wish he’d never been Dr. Baker, because he’d sure make a great Bill Horton recast!

What are your thoughts?

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Days casts soap vet Stuart Damon

According to Daytime Confidential, Stuart Damon (ex- Alan GH; ex-Ralph ATWT) will join the cast of Days of Our Lives. There’s no word on who he will be or for how long. Could he be a new Bill Horton since all the actors who played that character are dead? The timing would work out for Alice’s funeral. Or maybe it’s a new character. I’ve stopped getting my hopes up anytime I hear an actor is coming to the show because it’s almost always some new character. Despite the fact that we’re lacking Hortons…

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Judi Evans (Adrienne) returning to Days!

Adrienne Johnson Kiriakis (Judi Evans) is reportedly returning to Salem. There’s no word on if this a contract or guest spot but it makes sense for her to come back. When we last saw her, she was without Justin (Wally Kurth). And now that he’s back without her, it just seems silly.

Of course, as the Bo/Carly/Hope/Justin storyline has it, the couple is set for divorce. Maybe that will change with her return?

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