As we have been reporting NBC and Days of our Lives are letting viewers know that the September 26th airshow will be a significant one in Salem history. Not only because it marks the return of soap legends, Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn, or, that new head writers Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas scripts kick into high gear, but also because NBC is now touting the big yet-to-be uncovered big event as something huge stating, “The occasion promises to be a historical one, filled with reunions, surprises, mystery, and tragedy. Incredible… even by daytime drama standards.”
Below is the official NBC Press Release heralding the return of Salem’s John and Marlena and more!
“DAYS OF OUR LIVES, NBC’s longest-running scripted television series, embarks on a new era of romance by bringing back two of its most beloved characters, Deidre Hall (“Marlena Evans”) and Drake Hogestyn (“John Black”). Deidre has starred as the adored Dr. Marlena Evans on the show for 35 of its 45 years and is recognized as one of the biggest icons of daytime television, while Drake has appeared alongside her for 25 years as half of one of the biggest super-couples in soap opera history. Together the two have had four weddings, raised a family together, and survived paralysis, amnesia, false deaths, and mind-control, all while representing the idea that true love and family conquers all.
Executive Producer Ken Corday has promised to refocus efforts on romance and core family values and initiated its transformation with the appointment of a new head writing team, Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas, and a new executive producing team, Greg Meng and Noel Maxam. The new direction includes telling more contemporary stories based on the solid foundation of the DAYS history of family, romance, and drama. Ken Corday commented on the renaissance of the show, “We are thrilled that Deidre and Drake are rejoining the show. I know their return will excite loyal fans and intrigue new viewers. We are gearing up for some amazing cast surprises and guest stars visiting Salem in the fall, launching a grand event airing on September 26th.
Hall and Hogestyn have remained a part of the “Days family” by participating in the ten-city book tour for “Days of our Lives 45 Years A Celebration in Photos,” a photo book authored by Meng that celebrates the show’s historic 45 years on television. “At every stop on the book tour, families of fans told us how much Marlena and John meant to them,” commented Greg Meng.”