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Days of our Lives-related news from 2006
It's impossible to keep up with all of the twists and turns from the world of soaps. Luckily, soapcentral.com has done it for you. Our News Archive has a listing of every news story ever posted on our site.
Here are some of the news stories posted on soapcentral.com during 2006 that focus on Days of our Lives or past and present DAYS performers. To read any of the articles listed below, simply click on the appropriate link.


To access articles from other years or to review articles with similar themes, please see the News Archive links below this text to access a specific year. Or to view a listing of all years for which news stories are available, simply click here.

What was the biggest DAYS news story of 2006?
 DEC: Long-time fave Renee Jones out in casting shocker.   38% 
 SEP: Jason Cook leaving, DAYS to recast Shawn.   22% 
 APR: DAYS announces the return of Patch and Kayla.   20% 
 AUG: Multi-Emmy winner Hogan Sheffer hired as DAYS's new head writer.   11% 
 JAN: Arianne Zuker passes on new DAYS contract.   3% 
 SEP: Billy Warlock's DAYS run comes to an end.   3% 
 MAY: DAYS ousts head writer James E. Reilly   1% 
 MAR: Addition of Y&R bumps DAYS viewing times on SOAPnet.   1% 
 JUN: Melissa Reeves to leave acting, head to Nashville   0% 
 JUL: Osama bin Laden's mistress hired as a writer for DAYS.   0% 
 AUG: Clark, Peck leaving DAYS after short-term run.   0% 
 Other   0% 

   
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January 2006
Actress Arianne Zuker (Nicole Walker) has stunned fans by announcing that she will exit Days of our Live. The actress confirmed that she passed on inking a new deal with the NBC soap on her official web site.
Mario Van Peebles
March 2006
Former General Hospital star John Ingle (ex-Edward Quartermaine) will be returning to the show this spring. The casting move will bring the actor back to the ABC after a two-year break in which he starred on the NBC soap Days of our Lives.
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March 2006
Television's top-rated daytime drama series, The Young and the Restless, has been ranked number one in the ratings for the better part of two decades. During that time the show has amassed critical acclaim and earned a countless number of awards. But the CBS soap is about to go somewhere it has never gone before: cable television. In doing so, DAYS will be be bumped from its previous timeslot.
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March 2006
Tanya Boyd (Celeste Perrault) will return to Days of our Lives later this month, marking her first appearance in Salem in over six months.
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March 2006
Television's top-rated daytime drama series, The Young and the Restless, has been ranked number one in the ratings for the better part of two decades. During that time the show has amassed critical acclaim and earned a countless number of awards. But the CBS soap is about to go somewhere it has never gone before: cable television. But the addition means that DAYS fans will need to get used to tuning in to see their shows a little later.
Mary Beth Evans
April 2006
Days of our Lives fans are in for a real treat as two of the show's most popular characters of all time will be returning to the canvas. Though a first airdate is still up in the air, a show spokesperson has now confirmed that Mary Beth Evans (Kayla Brady) and Stephen Nichols (Steven "Patch" Johnson) will be returning to the show later this spring.
James Scott
May 2006
Former All My Children star James Scott (ex-Ethan Cambias) will be joining the cast of NBC's Days of our Lives later this month. And while the actor was little-used in his latter days on All My Children, the former model is prepping for a heavy work load on his new show.
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May 2006
It has all the makings of a great soap opera script: behind-the-scenes plotting and turmoil, the return of a big name talent and the threat of imminent demise. While some fans argue that this is the type of story that Days of our Lives needs to boost its ratings out of the doldrums, this isn't a work of fiction. According to published reports and behind-the-scenes whispering, there may be some major shakeups at Days of our Lives.
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June 2006
As Days of our Lives prepares for some dramatic behind-the-scenes changes, the show is about to see a rather dramatic shakeup on-screen. Ending months of speculation about her future with the NBC soap, soapcentral.com has learned that Melissa Reeves (Jennifer Deveraux) will exit DAYS later this year.
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June 2006
The sand will continue to pass through the hourglass for at least another season. Corday Productions, NBC and Sony Pictures Television have reached a deal resulting in the renewal of Days of our Lives, soapcentral.com has learned. Terms of the deal were not immediately available. The announcement comes less than a month after news that Passions had been renewed for an eighth season.
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July 2006
In a surprising turn of events, soapcentral.com has learned that Matthew Ashford (Jack Deveraux) will be leaving Days of our Lives next month.
Mario Van Peebles
July 2006
After months of little or no story, a spokesperson for Joseph Mascolo (Massimo Marone) has confirmed that the actor has decided not to renew his contract with The Bold and the Beautiful. Mascolo appeared on DAYS as Stefano DiMera for nearly 20 years.
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July 2006
Days of our Lives has fired one of the most infamous writers in its 30-year history. The move ends what turned out to be a far more controversial moment for the NBC soap than anyone would have thought.
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July 2006
In a posting on her official web site, Farah Fath (Mimi Lockhart) has announced that she has asked the network to let her out of her contract early. There is, however, good news for fans - her exit is anything but a done deal at this point.
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August 2006
Earlier this year soapcentral.com first reported that Hogan Sheffer would be taking over as head writer of NBC's Days of our Lives in August. At the time, the network had no official comment. Now, almost two months later, a DAYS spokesperson has confirmed that multiple Emmy-winner Sheffer has joined the show.
Mario Van Peebles
August 2006
Last year, Ben Hogestyn made a bold decision last year to tackle the role of a gay teen on ABC's General Hospital. Now the actor has made a Bold move: he has inked a contract to appear on CBS's The Bold and the Beautiful. Hogestyn is the real-life son of Days of our Lives star Drake Hogestyn (John Black).
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August 2006
The Days of our Lives cast continues to shrink. This time, soapcentral.com has learned that the recently-returned Austin Peck (Austin Reed) and Christie Clark (Carrie Brady) will be departing the DAYS canvas this fall.
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September 2006
The list of actors departing Days of our Lives continues to grow. Amid the already announced departures comes word that Jason Cook (Shawn Douglas Brady) will exit DAYS by the end of the month. The role of Shawn will be recast.
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September 2006
His return a year ago prompted many Days of our Lives fans to wonder if the show was going to explore its glory years. Now, as a new head writer takes over the helm and budget cuts force the show to pare down, Billy Warlock (Frankie Brady) will join the growing list of stars exiting the NBC soap.

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October 2006
Despite an earlier statement to the contrary, Joseph Mascolo (ex-Stefano DiMera) appears destined to return to Days of our Lives later this year. With an official announcement from NBC still pending, it would seem that the supposedly-dead Phoenix has once again found a way to rise from the ashes.


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November 2006
NBC has a special Christmas gift planned for Days of our Lives fans this year. American Idol runner-up and multi-platinum recording artist Clay Aiken will appear on the show in December to sing two of his hits.


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November 2006
It looks like Joseph Mascolo (ex-Stefano DiMera) might not be returning to Days of our Lives as fans had hoped. The actor and show execs have been in talks for the actor to return, but the talks have reached a stalemate.
November 2006
Fresh off a short-lived return to Days of our Lives, Austin Peck (Austin Reed) is packing up and heading east to CBS's As the World Turns. Peck has landed a part as a member of a core family on CBS's As the World Turns.
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November 2006
It is a decision that will surely have many fans of The Young and the Restless up in arms. However, fans of Days of our Lives may be sitting quietly with their fingers crossed. In a surprising casting decision, Y&R execs have decided to fire Eileen Davidson (Ashley Abbott).
Mario Van Peebles
November 2006
Though practically a newcomer to The Bold and the Beautiful, Ben Hogestyn (Harry Jackson) finds himself on the chopping block. The actor, who joined the show just three months ago, has been dropped to recurring status. Hogestyn is the son of DAYS star Drake Hogestyn (John Black).


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December 2006
As reported by soapcentral.com in July, Farah Fath (Mimi Lockhart) shocked fans by announcing that she had asked to be let out of her DAYS contract early in order to pursue other opportunities. Now, as the countdown to Fath's farewell moves into its final hours, Fath appears to be hedging her bets in the event that those other opportunities do not pan out.


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December 2006
In a casting move that has stunned the cast of Days of our Lives, long-time veteran and fan favorite Renee Jones (Lexie Carver) has been let go. The dismissal is particularly surprising as it comes as Lexie's family - the DiMeras - is getting increased air time on the NBC soap.


Jay Kenneth Johnson
December 2006
Forget the plastic surgery; Days of our Lives' Philip Kiriakis will have a familiar look when he comes out of hiding. Jay Kenneth Johnson will return to DAYS to reprise the role he vacated just over four years ago.


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December 2006
In what is becoming a weekly occurrence, Days of our Lives has sent out another batch of pink slips. The latest round of casting cuts continues down a path towards accomplishing two goals: paring the cast and budget of non-essential characters and allowing new head writer Hogan Sheffer to work his own magic on the show.
Mario Van Peebles
December 2006
The Bold and the Beautiful is making news for recasting a role - and for snagging a big name star from a rival soap. The CBS soap has confirmed that former Days of our Lives star Kyle Lowder (ex-Brady Black) will join the soap next month in the role of Rick Forrester.
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