What were you doing in 1965? If you were watching NBC you may have seen the first episode of Days Of Our Lives, which is celebrating 50 years on the air.
It hasn’t always been certain that DOOL would be around this long. Cancellation rumors have circled more than once as soaps have seen quite a consolidation. Reality shows, cooking shows and talk shows have replaced many on the networks’ schedules. There are now only four surviving – General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, and DOOL.
But it looks like Days is again in a good place, with new writers, favorite cast members returning (many permanently, some not), and higher ratings. NBC has gone all-out for the 50th anniversary, with a coffee table book, including cast tours and autograph sessions to promote it, and a big red carpet gala.
While some actors make soaps their permanent home, others move on. Some famous people who have passed through Salem are Jensen Ackles of Supernatural, Ashley Bensen of Pretty Little Liars, LeAnn Rimes, and of course, Alison Sweeney — who is currently back for a while as Sami (see this article in the New York Daily News). Other famous people who have starred on soaps include Nathan Fillion (One Life To Live), Kelly Ripa (General Hospital), Ryan Philippe (One Life To Live), Demi Moore (General Hospital), Meg Ryan (As The World Turns), Kevin Bacon (Guiding Light), Brad Pitt (Another World) and Leonardo DiCaprio (Santa Barbara). Julia Roberts is famously a big DOOL fan.
If you haven’t been following the hilarious antics on Twitter of Thaao Penghlis (the villainous Andre DiMera) and Billy Flynn (his little brother, Chad), plug into @thaaopenghlis and @billymflynn. The official account for Days is @nbcdays. Many other cast members are also on Twitter, such as Deidre Hall, Galen Gering and Kristian Alfonso.
Congratulations to the cast and crew of Days! Here’s to the next 50 years of love, angst, murder and general mayhem!
Image: Cast members Deidre Hall, Galen Gering, Kristian Alfonso, Stephen Nichols, Lauren Koslow, Thaao Penghlis and Billy Flynn on Today 10-27-15
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