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Soap Opera Digest

July 13, 2020

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in this issue

2 min.
days: judi evans returns as bonnie!

After playing out Adrienne’s death, Judi Evans was understandably thrilled when DAYS reached out to her to reprise the role of Bonnie. “Oh, my gosh,” she says. “I’m honored and grateful. I love, obviously, working there. That is such a huge, wonderful family that I am just so grateful to be a part of in any capacity. I was really excited about coming back. Bonnie’s so fun. So naughty, but with a good heart somewhere deep down inside. It’s such a pleasure to play her, for sure.” But saying good-bye to the alter ego she first created in 1986 was tough. “It was devastating,” she recalls. “I was like, ‘Oh, no!’ But knowing that Bonnie was out there, that it was always a possibility should they want to go that way,…

2 min.
b&b resumes production — is y&r next?

▪ After a temporary halt on June 17, production resumed again at B&B on June 24. The week-long delay was to ensure that all health guidelines and protocols were being properly followed. “The Health Department had some additional questions about the lab TV City provided THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL with last week, which produced several false positives,” explains a show spokesperson. “Bell-Phillip Television changed labs and resolved all problems. We have not had, nor do we have, any positive COVID-19 cases and are not ‘shut down’, but we needed an additional day to provide them with requested information.” B&B is the first U.S. television series to go back to its soundstage. Don Diamont (Bill), who originally broke the news on Instagram on June 15 about the show’s impending return, posted…

2 min.
days: justin and kayla’s wedding day drama

▪ Kayla and Justin’s wedding day arrives, but the bride and the groom are both conflicted about taking the big step. Justin shares his concerns with Sonny during breakfast. “Justin has some uncertainty going into this wedding,” notes his portrayer, Wally Kurth. “He has some insecurities about Kayla’s feelings for him.” Things take a turn, however, when Justin overhears Hope and Jennifer discussing how Kayla is marrying Justin without knowing that Steve actually wants her back. “It changes things,” says Kurth. “Justin just had a serious discussion with Sonny about Steve being a little bit of a wild card. When he overhears Hope and Jennifer, it’s a confirmation that this isn’t as clean as it appears to be. It furthers his confusion and uncertainty.” Determined to get some clarity, Justin approaches Hope…

2 min.
days: steve and kayla reunite!

▪ On Kayla and Justin’s wedding day, Steve is feeling “like total crap,” says his portrayer, Stephen Nichols. “But Steve jokes, tells Hope it totally slipped his mind and that he won’t attend, even though Kayla half-heartedly invited him. It would just make everyone uncomfortable. Steve is determined not to mess this up for Kayla.” At the key to the city ceremony, Hope tells Steve that Justin knows he wants Kayla back. “He is angry and wants to know if Justin is going to say anything to Kayla,” notes Nichols. Marlena weighs in, advising Steve that he should make his feelings known. Instead, Steve decides to leave Salem. “He can’t stand the thought of being in the same town and having to witness Kayla and Justin’s happiness,” explains the actor. To that…

5 min.
quick take

▪ We have been getting so many letters about your storyline! People are so invested in what’s going on with Kayla, Steve and Justin. “Wally [Kurth, Justin] and I, and Stephen [Nichols, Steve] also, are three really great friends. From the get-go, Wally was always like, ‘Oh, I’m the underdog in this story. I can already tell.’ I have heard that there’s all kinds of comments. People get so worked up thinking that I have betrayed Stephen or something. I have to do what’s written! But we tried to play it as true to our characters as we can. I told people from the very beginning of this story, if they just go along for the ride and don’t get too upset, it’s a great story. If they just hang…

2 min.
the latest cast changes

who’s coming DAYS OF OUR LIVES Judi Evans (Bonnie Lockhart): Evans reprises the role of Adrienne’s look-alike on July 8. See page 4 for more. GENERAL HOSPITAL Daniel Benzali (Theo Hoffman), Andrea Bogart (Abby Haver), Sarah Brown (Claudia Zacchara), Rebecca Budig (Hayden Barnes), Dylan Cash (Michael Corinthos), Seamus Dever (Ian Devlin), John Ingle (Edward Quartermaine), Ashley Jones (Parker Forsyth), Stephen Macht (Trevor Lansing), Robin Mattson (Heather Webber), Robin Riker (Naomi Dreyfus), Dahlia Salem (Claire Walsh), Constance Towers (Helena Cassadine) and Megan Ward (Kate Howard): These are among the past GH actors who will appear on screen this week in classic episodes highlighting Sonny’s (Maurice Benard) relationships with his children. CASTING ABOUT ▪ Bryan Cranston (ex-Douglas, LOVING, r.) will star in the family flick THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN, which premieres on Disney+ on August 21…. Lucy…