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Wishful Casting: Crystal Chappell as Days' Carly Mother Freakin' Manning!

Okay, seeing the Otalia kiss on Guiding Light once again reminded me of how incredibly amazing Crystal Chappell is. I have loved her since her first air show as Days of Our Lives' Dr. Carly Manning aka Katerina Von Leuschner, and that is quite a testament to Chappell's sheer groovyness, READ MORE

There's Always (Bo and) Hope

Like most Days of Our Lives fans, I'm still reeling from the news that we are losing Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn (Marlena and John), however the news that my all-time favorite soap opera supercouple Beauregard "Bo" Brady and Hope Williams Brady (Peter Reckell and Kristian Alfonso) will be sticking around gives me well, hope.

Since Dena Higley can't be bothered to watch the current air shows she gets paid an obscene amount of money to write—who could blame her? They're dreadful— I figured she just might be able to squeeze in a few of these clips— in between blog posts of course— to see why this couple is so iconic and magical to millions of soap fans. READ MORE

Will Hope Spring Eternal For Days of Our Lives?

John and his "Doc" may be on their way out of Salem, but Days of Our Lives fans—those who plan to keep watching post Corday's 2008 Thanksgiving Massacre— still have their Fancy Face aka Hope Williams Brady (Kristian Alfonso) and her dutiful beau Bo Brady (Peter Reckell), for now at least. My favorite soap heroine shares with Carolyn Hinsey her reaction to the firings of long time costars Drake Hogestyn and Deidre Hall.

"Everyone was aghast when we heard about Dee and Drake," she says. "Drake came up to me the other day and said, 'It's been so great working with you.' I said, 'Don't you dare say goodbye to me.' I felt tears starting to well."

Alfonso also reveals how she has gotten her entrepreneur on by taking her jewelry line, Hope, Faith, Miracles, to the next level. Check out this Must Read for fans Alfonso here.

DC Exclusive: "John Black" Co-Creator Reacts to Days' Shocking Firings of Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn!

Thom Racina, the man who wrote the ratings juggernaut wedding of a couple of soap opera characters named Luke and Laura (Tony Geary and Genie Francis) on General Hospital, before moving on to Days of Our Lives, where he and fellow co-head writers Sheri Anderson and Leah Laiman continued the supercouple craze, penning lush, romantic storylines for Patch and Kayla (Stephen Nichols and Mary Beth Evans), Bo and Hope (Peter Reckell and Kristian Alfonso), Shane and Kim (Charles Shaughnessy and Patsy Pease) and John and Marlena (Drake Hogestyn and Deidre Hall), speaks exclusively to Daytime about the shocking ouster of Hogestyn and Hall.

Read why Racina believes Ken Corday's move to fire Days of Our Lives' most popular couple, reportedly to trim costs, was the "wrong way to fix what's wrong" with the NBC sudser. Find out what Racina feels Days can learn from his most recent employer, The Young and the Restless, in terms of rebuilding itself by focusing on core characters, as opposed to focusing on younger viewers. When you're done, go back and listen to our podcast interview with The Father of the Modern Soap Opera Supercouple (DC# 191). It's a true can't miss Thanksgiving treat for a soap fan. READ MORE