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Days of our Lives-related news from 2003

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January 2003
DAYS names new head writer
The recently-seated head writing team of Peter Brash and Paula Cwickly has been removed from their posts as the show's top scribes.
NBC Logo
February 2003
Third time's the charm for NBC soap event
After two failed attempts to hold a celebration for soap opera fans on its own, NBC has announced plans to again have a soap opera fan gathering. This time, however, the peacock network has found a partner in the Spanish-language channel Telemundo
Patrika Darbo
February 2003
Bjorlin exit has Darbo, Spirtas leaving too
Days of our Lives will be losing an entire family later this spring as three performers will soon be cut from the cast.
Lisa Rinna
February 2003
Lisa Rinna rumored to be joining PC
There is talk that Port Charles' twelfth and yet-unnamed book will feature the return of a popular character - but not the popular actress who previously played the part. And involved in the rumors is a former Days of our Lives actress.
Eileen Davidson
April 2003
Davidson to take maternity leave
Former Days of our Lives star Eileen Davidson (ex-Kristen Banks) will be absent from the The Young and the Restless canvas later this spring.
Matt Cedeno
April 2003
Cedeno, Brandon written off by DAYS
Heartthrob Matt Cedeno (Brandon Walker) will be leaving Days of our Lives later this year.
Jay Kenneth Johnson
April 2003
Philip is back -- Johnson is not
Though the ideal performer for the role is out of the running, DAYS will be re-introducing Philip Kiriakis to the canvas later this spring.
Stephen Nichols
April 2003
Nichols returning to General Hospital
After over a year break from General Hospital, Stephen Nichols will return to the GH canvas this spring, thereby squashing rumors of his impending addition to the ATWT cast.
May 2003
DAYS renewed for another five years
For weeks -- possibly months -- the fate of Days of our Lives was said to be hanging in the balance as NBC executive and Corday Productions, the owners of Days of our Lives, engaged in talks about the show's future. Days of our Lives was up for renewal and talks between the two sides reportedly did not go well.
James Reynolds
July 2003
Reynolds released from DAYS
Soap Central has learned that long-time Days of our Lives star James Reynolds (Abe Carver) has been released from the show. The actor's exit, which will come later this summer, has yet to be confirmed by the show.
Eileen Davidson
August 2003
Davidson returns from maternity leave
Eileen Davidson (Ashley Abbott) will return this month to The Young and the Restless following a several month-long maternity leave.
Matthew Ashford
August 2003
Matthew Ashford fired -- again
Though unconfirmed by the show, Soap Central has learned that Matthew Ashford (Jack Deveraux) has been fired from Days of our Lives.
Drake Hogestyn
September 2003
Don't believe it: Hogestyn isn't going anywhere
In another example of how you can't always believe what you read, an Internet rumor that circulated earlier this month has caused great concern at the Days of Our Live studios.
Alexis Thorpe
October 2003
Thorpe out in latest DAYS cast cut
Alexis Thorpe (Cassie DiMera; ex-Rianna Miner, Y&R) has confirmed that she will be exiting Days of our Lives later this fall.
Thaao Penghlis
October 2003
Penghlis' Tony will once again be killed off
Days of our Lives' Thaao Penghlis (Tony DiMera), an actor who saw his character make a surprising rise from the dead last year, will once again have to bid farewell to his character.
Susan Flannery
October 2003
Flannery re-signs with B&B, but exit still possible
Susan Flannery (Stephanie Forrester), who won a Daytime Emmy in 1975 for her work as DAYS' Laura Horton, has ended the speculation surrounding her future with CBS's The Bold and the Beautiful. The actress recently extended her contract with the show.
Matthew Ashford
November 2003
Former DAYS star Ashford moves to Llanview
Veteran daytime actor Matthew Ashford (ex-Jack Deveraux, Days of our Lives) will join the cast of One Life to Live next month in the recurring role of Dr. Stephen Haver.
Josh Taylor
November 2003
Taylor to Exit DAYS, but Roman's future uncertain
The latest victim of Days of our Lives' cost-cutting measures is Josh Taylor (Roman Brady). Taylor will tape his final scenes next month.
Josh Taylor
December 2003
Taylor's Roman out in the New Year
Days of our Lives head writer James E Reilly has now confirmed how and when Josh Taylor (Roman Brady) will exit the show.
December 2003
DAYS serial killer to be revealed in '04
For several months, a serial killer has been stalking the residents of Salem. Abe Carver was the first victim felled by the killer... and nine more townspeople will meet with an untimely demise before the killer is caught. But hold on tight Days of our Lives fans - the identity of the killer will soon be revealed.
Arianne Zuker
December 2003
Zuker target of false firing rumor
Overzealous Days of our Lives fans have again created incorrect stories regarding a popular performer's future with the show, Arianne Zuker (Nicole Walker) has not been let go, according to a show spokesperson.
December 2003
DAYS to air on cable soap channel
SOAPnet, the Disney-owned 24 hour cable soap channel, has acquired the rights to broadcast same-day episodes of the NBC soap Days of our Lives. DAYS will become the first non-ABC to appear on the network.
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