Days of our Lives celebrated a monumental milestone this week with 13,000 episodes, and executive producer Ken Corday says there is still a lot of excitement to come, including surprise returns and a “who's the daddy?” storyline starring Nicole.
Sand in Days of our Lives' hourglass has been falling for 13,000 episodes, and the twists and turns ahead should keep it falling for a few thousand more.
In celebration of the show's notable achievement, executive Ken Corday spoke with Glamour.com and revealed some of his plans to keep the show evolving and hopefully keep fans on the edge of their seats.
First up is the after-Christmas return of Charles Shaughnessy and Patsy Pease in the roles of Shane and Kimberly Donovan. “We are really way, way ahead, and we're going to try and get closer to air time, but we do eight shows a week, so...I'm thrilled, but especially those two did not miss a beat walking on the stage,” he says. “It was like they never left. Charlie had been gone longer than Patsy because she has made a few appearances at weddings, funerals, bar mitzvahs, etc. Charlie's transition was seamless. It's a good story. It's interwoven with Hope's [Kristian Alfonso] story, and it's great. There are more surprise returns from the past to come. Leann Hunley [Anna DiMera] will be back in Salem [as well as Matthew Ashford's Jack Deveraux and Jaime Lyn Bauer's Laura Horton].”
As for how long these returns will last, Corday says they pop in for a couple of months, leave the canvas, and then return again. “There's a little mystery cloaked in it. We'll even see some other characters that were as popular in the past, but I can't let that one out of the bag,” he teases.
Who's The Daddy Drama
Additional storylines Corday is looking forward to include a reunion between Rafe (Galen Gering) and Hope, continuing drama between Chad (Billy Flynn) and Abigail (Marci Miller) [Click here
to learn more about thw new Abigail], and a baby story starring Arianne Zucker's Nicole.
"I'm very excited about the story Nicole will have coming up with Chloe [Nadia Bjorlin] and Deimos [Vincent Irizarry] and with Brady [Eric Martsolf] and another huge return from the past. Again, a big surprise, and a great part of Nicole's past and life experience in Salem. It's a baby story, and those seem to work well for us," the exec teases. "[Whose] baby is it will be a shocker."
More Hollywood Walk of Fame Fun
The excitement at DAYS doesn't stop on set. It turns out Corday will be the next DAYS family member to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (the last was Deidre Hall, which can you read more about here
). That in combination with the 50-year-old series reaching 13,000 episodes has left Corday humbled and thinking of his parents, Ted and Betty Corday, who created the show. "They would be flabbergasted," the exec says. "My father unfortunately passed away before the show was a year old, and he didn't expect it to go more than a few years, which is why he convinced Macdonald Carey [Tom Horton] and Frances Reid [Alice Horton] to sign on in the first place, so they could go back to doing theater. My mom and dad would be extremely proud. They would both be over the moon."
For more from Corday on the twists and turns ahead, check out Glamour.com's full interview here.
In other milestone news, The Young and the Restless celebrated its 11,000th episode with a glamorous photo shoot of its own. Check out the story and the photo here.
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