Days Of Our Lives Grad Mark Hapka Lands ‘Parallels’

Days of Our Lives alum Mark Hapka has snared the leading role in the upcoming Fox Digital Studios science fiction series, Parallels. Per Deadline, Hapka, best known for the role of Nathan Horton on DAYS, will play street savy underground MMA fighter Ronan Carver. Distanced from his family, Ronan will be forced to face his sister and his past throughout escapades in parallel universes. 

Watch Molly Burnett and Mark Hapka Tongue Battle in Steamy, Camptastic Empire Season 4 Teaser!


Some of our favorite webisoapers have unveiled a steamy, new trailer for their upcoming season. Gregory Turner and Brian Hewson's Empire will debut its fourth season this July 17. Look for the campy, raunchy sudser—featuring Guiding Light alums Tina Sloan and Orlagh Cassidy, As The World Turns' Ellen Dolan, Lauren B. Martin and Yvonne Perry and Days of Our Lives' Molly Burnett and Mark Hapka—to embark on a 12-episode whodunnit during its upcoming summer run.

Veteran soap director Fritz Brekeller (All My Children, One Life to Live, The City, ATWT, GL, Another World) helmed Season 4's Hamptons-set shoot for Empire. Daytime-to-web pioneer Martha Byrne (As The World Turns, General Hospital, Gotham, Anacostia) is serving as a producer, alongside Dolan.

If you're going to be in the NYC area, Empire will be hosting a premiere screening for cast and crew at the Tribeca Grand Hotel on Saturday, July 14. For ticket info click here. Check out the Season 4 trailer for Empire after the jump!


Mark Hapka Snags Lead Role in Indie Flick ’23 Blast’

Former Days of Our Lives star Mark Hapka has landed himself a role in the indie drama 23 Blast, according to Variety.  Hapka will star alongside Justin Long, Stephen Lang, Dylan Baker and Glee’s Max Adler.
Toni Hoover and Bram Hoover wrote the script, which follows a high school football star (Hapka) who's suddenly stricken with irreversible blindness and the choice he's forced to make regarding whether he should return to the sport.

DAYS and AMC Stars Support Samantha’s Friends

Current and former Days of Our Lives stars Molly Burnett, Casey Deidrick, Mark Hapka, Lauren Boles, Terrell Ransom Jr. and a sunglass rocking Suzanne Rogers (pictured above) were among the DAYS and All My Children stars who attended the Samantha’s Friends fundraiser at Henry’s Hat on June 4, in Los Angeles.  For more on Samantha’s Friends and how you can help, visit

Last 36 Hours to Donate to Empire’s Fundraiser!

Kids, the crazy cats over at Empire still need your help with their fundraising! The indie soap's IndieGoGo campaign to raise funds to produce a fourth season is over in 36 hours. IndieGoGo is a site designed for people to donate to creative projects and get rewards in return.  If you make  HUGE donations to the show, you will receive a producer's credit for Season 4.

Did Dena Higley Cost Popular Hunk His Job at DAYS?!

In the Feb. 1 issue of Soap Opera Digest, Mark Hapka (Nathan) reveals even more particulars about his shocking dismissal from Days of Our Lives. According to the hunk, who repped for the next generation of the soap's beloved Horton clan, co-executive producer Gary Tomlin gave him the news he was being canned, but said it was a "writing thing".

"[Gary Tomlin, co-executive producer] told me that it was a writing thing, so I'm led to believe either I or my character wasn't really liked and once that's embedded into your writer, there's really not much you can do."