News is a little scant on the comings side, but with an influx on characters old and new since last years reboot, that’s probably not that surprising.
At about this time last year, Days of our Lives executive producer, Ken Corday, said he was throwing everything but the kitchen sink onscreen in a bid to save Days of our Lives (it’s on the air until September, 2013). And he didn’t disappoint.
An influx of characters made their way back to Salem for one reason or another, and a few newbies made it to our screens as well. The list is really quite impressive. Remember this occurred over a 9 month period!
Jack Devereaux (Matthew Ashford)
John Black (Drake Hogestyn)
Marlena Evans Black (Deidre Hall)
Carrie Brady Reed (Christie Clarke)
Austin Reed (Patrick Muldoon)
Lucas Horton (Bryan Datillo)
Billie Reed (Lisa Rinna),
Celeste Perrault (Beverly Todd)
Cameron Davis (Schuyler Yancey)
Sarah Brown (Madison James)
Ian Buchanan (Ian McAllister)
Over the summer of 2012, however, we will be seeing quite a few from this list of recent returns/ arrivals leave Salem again.
Renee Jones (Lexie Carver)
Over the past months we have watched as Lexie was diagnosed with a brain tumor, come to some kind of peace over it to spend time with friends and family and execute on a bucket list. Of course, this is a soap opera and there had to be some drama, so she also discovered that her father, Stefano is indirectly responsible for her condition. The tumor that will take Lexie’s life on June 19, 2012 was caused by the noxious gases Lexie was exposed to while trapped in the aforementioned tunnels.
Lexie may pass away on June 19, but she will be seen onscreen as a spirit on June 20, 2012and her last air date is being reported as June 28, 2012. Presumably, Lexie will float around as a ghost, or in flashbacks. Perhaps revealing her involvement in Stefano’s murder?
Christie Clarke and Patrick Muldoon wrapped filming on the Days of our Lives set late in April, but will be seen on our TV screens until July 24, 2012. Presumably they leave town together to prepare for the birth of their first child. Of course, not all is as it should be. Carrie is still in love with Rafe. Even Kate has noticed Rafe and Carrie’s bond and warned her that their will be hell to pay if she hurts her son (Austin).
Matthew Ashford (Jack Devereaux)
Matthew Ashford’s (Jack Devereaux) last airdate is scheduled as August 15, 2012. Though, like with Christie Clarke, after a vigorous campaign by fans to rehire Jack, rumors abound that Jack may indeed be back.
Madison James came onto our screens in late September, 2011 and immediately became enamored with Brady Black, though resisted becoming involved with him. On the night Brady proposed we learned it wasn’t because Madison didn’t like to mix business with pleasure that she had initially resisted Brady but because she was already MARRIED! Her dashing husband, Ian, was in Madison’s hotel room when Brady came to get an answer to his proposal.
Madison is due to leave Salem on August 15, 2012 and Ian is set for a late summer departure. Will they leave Salem together? Or like me do you just not care. I didn’t mind Madison – there were some good moments between her and Brady, but Ian I could have done without entirely.
Molly Burnett (Melanie Jonas)
Molly Burnett’s contract expired in June 2012 and she wrapped filming on June 13. 2012. Days of our Lives tapes up to 3 months ahead so Melanie Jonas will be seen on our screens for a while yet. Will she be spending all that time in a basement prison, confined by Gabi’s paid-to stalk, stalker, Andrew? This one sounds like crazy Jan Spear’s plot when she kept Shawn Brady Jr. locked up in a bedroom prison.
Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes (Doug and Julie)
Doug and Julie return to our screens and Salem during July and August. Hopefully they have news from Africa about Alice’s bank accounts.
Nick’s return has been reported across the internet, but little in the way of spoilers or details exist…stay tuned
News reports also indicate that Days of our Lives is looking to recast the role of Eric Brady. Eric, Sami’s twin has been living in Colorado since he left Salem, and is a former beau or Nicole’s.