Over the past couple of weeks, fans of Days of our Lives
have been dealing with unfortunate news regarding the departure of several cast members. Following reports that veterans Deidre Hall
(Marlena Evans) and Drake Hogestyn
(John Black) have been let go from the NBC soap, rumors have surged that at least five other names are on their way out. The most recent ousting news involved Blake Berris
, who is expected to leave his character Nick in next month.
In spite of everything, Peter Reckell
, who plays Bo Brady on the soap, remains optimistic about the future direction of Days of our Lives.
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"Over the last couple of months, I have had writing that I was like, 'Wow, this isn't like daytime. It's like people talking,'” Reckell told Soap Opera Digest.
To find out what Reckell is talking about, grab a copy of the December 30 issue of Soap Opera Digest.
In other news, former Days of our Lives
star Billy Hufsey will appear on VH1's newest reality series called Confessions of a Teen idol,
premiering Sunday, January 4 at 8pm ET/PT. The eight-part series will feature a never-before-seen look at fame and its consequences. Hufsey will live together with six other men who were all famous as teenagers as they form a support group and share their past stories and fame with one another.
Billy Hufsey emerged as a minor television singing sensation in the mid-1980s, playing the role of Christopher Donlon on the syndicated drama Fame.
From 1988 to 1991, he played Emilio Ramirez on Days of our Lives
, where he was asked to write and perform several songs for the soap including, "I'll Be There" and "Only This Time."
At present, Billy Hufsey is recording an album of all new material, set for release in March 2009.
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Soap Opera Digest
(Image courtesy of NBC)