Ah, you can’t keep the best villain on daytime soaps off the canvas for too long! And now comes the news that soap fans have been waiting for! Joseph Mascolo who was “killed-off” in early June as Stefano DiMera is on his way back to Days of our Lives once again! Salem fans circle your calendars for next Tuesday August 21st! That is when you will first see Mascolo back on your television screens.
In the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Mascolo addressed his return by stating that the plan was always in place for his comeback. However, in his absence there was a writing regime change at the top that brought in Gary Tomlin and Chris Whitesell and ushered out Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas Jr.
Joseph commented on McPherson and Thomas’s ideas for Stefano’ s story intimating, “I didn’t think they were so credible. But they wanted to tell Stefano’s story in a certain way, so we did.” The outspoken soap veteran also did not like the fact that Stefano “died” before his daughter, Lexie. “I thought there would be a little more than we had in our last scene together. But Stefano went first, which was too bad. If there was any time these two should have been together it was at the very end.”
Mascolo also said he was very thankful to the fans while he was away from DAYS. “They always let me know how they feel and what they think,” he added. “I have always found their insights to be right on the button.”
So soapers, are you happy that Stefano and Mascolo are coming back? What do you think will happen once everyone knows Stefano is alive? Weigh-in!