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43 June 25th, 2015 Martha Madison Returning To Days of our Lives!

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The announcement that has been percolating all day long on social media was that Martha Madison had something very big that she was going to reveal during Thursday’s episode of her TradioV series with Lilly Melgar,  Soap Box!

And for those hoping that the news would be that Madison is returning to Days of our Lives for the show’s big 50th anniversary push, that has proved to be true! Martha IS returning to the NBC soap opera to reprise her role of Belle.  The news of a Belle return could not be more perfect in timing, since it has already been confirmed that Jason Cook is back as Shawn-Douglas, and the series has aged and recast Shawn and Belle’s daughter, Claire.

Look for Martha to make her first appearance back in Salem on the Wednesday, November 25th episode. and look for her debut later in August in the new online series Winterthorne!

So, what do you think of the news that Martha Madison is returning to DAYS as Belle? Excited to see her in scenes with Jason Cook and Black family and more?  Comment below!

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  1. Scott (ATWT Fan) says:

    THANK EVERYTHING GOOD IN THIS WORLD!! I knew they would not bring Jason Cook back as Shawn to ignore Martha’s Belle. I’m so happy that she is not only coming back, but that she is coming back on contract. It seems like everyone at DAYS, NBC and Sony are committed to making sure the fiftieth anniversary is about making the show what it once was before the first two reboots (2011 and 2012). I’m excited to see the new regime’s take on the series, and I haven’t a single doubt that both Josh Griffith and Dina Higley are the right people for this job right now.

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    Phil replied

    Who said it was contact?

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    Scott (ATWT Fan) replied

    Martha said it herself; she is back on contract on DAYS.

    davidevansmith replied

    This article didn’t mention a contract… did that info come from somewhere else?

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    Scott (ATWT Fan) replied

    Yes, Martha herself confirmed she’s back on contract and has been filming the past two weeks.

    4ever DAYS replied

    http://tradiov.com/la/videos/6-24-15-soapbox-wally-kurth/

    The link is to Martha’s show…Soapbox. She announces it at the beginning.

    Jules replied

    I wasn’t sure this was true either until I looked at the highlights from her podcast. She seems to have announced that as well.

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  2. Jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    She kind of resembles Maura West in that photo—imo…good to see her back for the shows 50th…like to see teen Claire get involved with slightly older Rory and make Hope a great grandma…lol

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    Brinard replied

    You’re right at that, I thought she was Maura West in the photo myself.

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    Patrick replied

    “i’ve” never been good with recasts… that being said… I think ATWT was the most successful of all the serials ( is it because ATWT was my all time fave… and i could overlook thee “attachment” ? )

    LOL

    I “loved” Kirsten Storms, ex-Belle

    OK

    I have been liking… very much… how Martha Madisen has aged…. she’s being lauded for her internet work… plus her talk show

    welcome to DAYS’ Belle

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  3. tracy says:

    I will not watch her, period. And it is safe to say she is second choice. If KS were available, classic Shelle would be back.

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    4ever DAYS replied

    I think you’re wrong.

    Kirsten Storms still seems like a teenager. Shawn and Belle are parents of a teenage daughter.

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    chantal replied

    A case of differing opinions. Kirsten, as is MM, is an actress and thus would be able to take on the part quite well.

  4. blake says:

    Great news. I hope they are back on contract, or at least recurring like some of the other vets.

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    4ever DAYS replied

    Martha is on contract.

    I posted a link above. It’s “Soapbox”, hosted by Martha. She talks about it within the first couple minutes.

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  5. Chantal says:

    Unfortunately, this will stop me from watching their scenes but not Jason with others. Was so looking forward to the 50th but the only Shelle for me is Jason Cook and Kirsten Storms. Sadly, Days and GH evidently could not work out a sharing arrangement. Many fans only know Shelle as JC and MM but for me, not so especially for the 50th. Such is life – I can find other things to watch and/or read or just live my life!!!

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    4ever DAYS replied

    Do you like the idea of Belle’s daughter looking older than Belle? KS never grew up!

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    Laurie replied

    Wally Kurth was hustling back and forth from Days to GH for months but when Days recently put him on contract he tweeted he CANNOT do both. I guess his Days contract won’t allow it.

    Interesting side note is that Eileen Davidson also was doing both Y&R and Days, but Y&R won’t let Tristan Rogers return for a few shows at GH as Robert to send Luke Spencer off into the sunset. Y&R has not had him onscreen except 1 time since February! THAT IS RIDICULOUS!!

    I must ask though, what’s wrong w/Martha? Wasn’t she the last Belle and for many years? I didn’t see it then so I really don’t know.

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    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Y&R and Days are connected to Sony so thats why its easy for ED to do both but there are only for soaps left….they should all find a way to unite and keep all four on the air!!!

    Scott (ATWT Fan) replied

    Eileen can do both DAYS and Y&R because it’s in her contract that she’s allowed to do both; she signed her contract through Sony Pictures Television, which produces both Y&R for CBS and DAYS for NBC, that is why she is able to make guest-arcs as Kristen DiMera while performing full-time as Ashley Abbott.

    The hard part is that Disney-ABC owns “General Hospital” and produces it themselves. They have full control of contractual status.

    davlestev1 replied

    GIRL PLEASE.. what a goofy comment lol.. I’ll watch all scenes but the ones she’s in cuz its not KS.. If you’re watching at all.. And I assume you will be.. you can’t avoid her.. I hope she’s in the middle of a huge cliff hanger.. What will you do then.. Keep switching a Dixie cup from your right eye to the left trying to avoid seeing her?!

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    chantal replied

    I do watch the show and was very much looking forward to the 50th Anniversary celebration. I don’t own any Dixie cups so if MM is in a huge cliffhanger, good for her but I won’t be watching. I split my time more towards GH than DOOL and will continue to do so.

    Scott (ATWT Fan) replied

    The mere idea that one actress can do this for you and your enjoyment of the show is quite telling, Chantal. Martha is fantastic in the role of Belle, and I’m sure will be lovely in her return; they could’ve recast the role, but instead, they’re bringing back actors and actresses audiences know.

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    chantal replied

    Scott, it is indeed good for those whose loyalties lie towards MM – I don’t happen to be one of them and as you know, in soaps (when there were so many on screen), it happened a lot that a recast was good for some and not others and thus that is what is “telling.” I did not mention not watching the show; just certain scenes. Yes, they are bringing back actors and actresses audiences know – I happen to know the part differently than last portrayed and thus my opinion.

  6. Mary SF says:

    My big question who is bankrolling all this? Days has been run on such a tight budget over last few years that their girdle was about to burst if they tightened anymore- and now lo and behold they got cash up the walzoo to afford all these big name returns, plus newbies like grown up Claire. I realize a lot of them with be short term at best, but it is good to see someone stopped being Scrooge and gave Days some cash to invest in some quality storytelling and actors that will breath life into them. As for this latest news, like others I would preferred to see KS return as Belle—but I still waiting WN to come back as Roman, so I guess I am sucker for a lost cause- LOL. Is there any prayer of seeing the characters Eugene and Calliope for the 50th?

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    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    I would love to see them come back too…

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  7. Tom Jones says:

    Were Jason Cook and Martha Madison on DOOL at the same time? I thought that Martha was on with Brandon Beemer as Shawn Douglas.

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    4ever DAYS replied

    Yes and yes, Tom.

    Jason Cook…………1999-2006
    Kirsten Storms…….1999-2004
    Martha Madison….2004-2008
    Brandon Beemer…2006-2008

    Actress Charity Rahmer played Belle Black for 16 episodes between KS and MM.
    Some people say DAYS gave to charity when they hired Charity. LOL!

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  8. Gmbenet says:

    I could not conceive of Shawn Douglas returning to Salem and not Belle returning also, especially if her child is there. So this was expected. Glad it worked out. Will Belle be in Salem at the same time that Sami is there? That would be nice!

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  9. The_Moustache says:

    I’m in the minority that never really warmed up to Martha’s portrayal of Belle Black.

    wish it was Kirsten Storms.

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  10. damien says:

    keep shelle on as long as possible!!!! one of my fave days couple!

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  11. sam says:

    Great news!! Love Martha Madison as Belle.. She made the role her own and I prefer her over Kristen Storms. Both are great, but Martha is my Belle.

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  12. Mo says:

    Yeah, love Martha as Belle. Glad she’s back, but for how long?

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  13. richard says:

    It’s still odd that they are aging their daughter to 15yrs old, but I digress. They should’ve aged Ciara instead, especially with Theo being aged and Bo coming back. And Joey got aged as well. Weird.

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    Paul replied

    No way, let Ciara age naturally. The girl that plays her is a spitfire.

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  14. Tammy says:

    I loved Martha as Belle and cannot wait to see the couple back on screen. Days is finally getting back to watchable after the Ejami exit. Now they just need to work on the stories! Quit with the couple swapping and give me couples that are committed to one another with external problems keeping them apart. A great Bo & Hope, Steve & Kayla, Jack & Jenn type story.

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  15. Tom Jenkins says:

    I’m not familiar with her work but ANYTHING would help this show, where Eric and Nicole are in constant danger like Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen – and constantly drawn to each other and then betrayed and there’s Daniel waiting in the wings, geez it’s been done to death.
    So, although I have only been watching DOOL for a little over a year, I hope that some of these new and returned personalities help the show become more
    interesting. To me, lately, it’s been a real snooze-fest.

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    dmr replied

    I am sick and tired of the “Dr. Dan Hero” show. Been There. Done That. A million times.

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  16. Jimmy says:

    This is great news! Martha Madison is great as Belle, and I much prefer Jason Cook over Brandon Beemer, so this should be great. I knew it was coming though, there was no way they could bring back Shawn-D and Claire and not have Belle there too.

    The next few returns I would love to see are:
    - Billy Warlock (Frankie), who I was sure would have been brought back when Eve returned;
    - Matthew Ashford (Jack), who was killed off for some inexplicable reason, that nearly every fan hated. This needs to be fixed by whatever means necessary because it was a very bad choice;
    - Rachel Melvin (Chelsea), who I think could have returned countless times (like when Billie was back), but am still waiting for, and;
    - James Scott (E.J.), who we all know isn’t really dead after receiving that syringe of miracle juice Kristen injected him with.

    It would also be great to see Crystal Chappell (Carly) and Louise Sorel (Vivian) again!

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  17. kelly says:

    Will Shawn follow Belle back to Salem?

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  18. Gail Kerr says:

    I love the fact that Jason and Martha are returning to Days, they made the perfect Shawn and Belle. I t was not the same with the repacements. Hope they stick around for a while.

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  19. Kathy beckner says:

    I couldn’t be more excited to see Shawn, belle and Claire back on days. I hope they have an exciting storyline without being pulled apart for ratings. They are the next Bo and Hope!

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  20. Tina dillard says:

    Please…considering the actress playing claire is dead ringer for young forms, belle should have been left out of town if only choice was Martha Madison. Never liked her portroyal of belle then ., don’t like it now.

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