Official: Drake Hogestyn reuniting with Deidre Hall on 'Days of Our Lives'


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Daytime’s super couple is finally reuniting! Days of Our Lives made it official today by announcing that Drake Hogestyn will reprise his role as John Black on Sept. 26. He joins Deidre Hall, who will also return to the NBC sudser to resume her role as Marlena Evans. The two are expected to begin production this week.

“We are thrilled that Deidre and Drake are rejoining the show, said Executive Producer Ken Corday in a statement. “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 26.”

Despite their very public departure from the sudser in 2009, Hall and Hogestyn have continued to do publicity for Days by participating in a recent 10-city book tour for “Days of our Lives 45 Years A Celebration in Photos.” Hall starred on the show for 35 of its 45 years, while Hogestyn has appeared alongside her for 25 years. Between the two,  they’ve gone through four weddings (not to mention bouts of paralysis, amnesia, false deaths, and mind-control).

“At every stop on the book tour, families of fans told us how much Marlena and John meant to them,” said Greg Meng, a Days exec producer who not only authored the book but, along with Noel Maxam, played a key role in bringing the two veterans back to the soap.

Meng and Maxam are promising to “reset” the daytime drama in the fall to include “more contemporary stories based on the solid foundation of the Days history of family, romance, and drama.”

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  • Sue

    Don’t forget devil possession, baby snatchings, and plane crashes on deserted islands.

    • Flip

      The possession is my favourite soap storyline EVER!

      • elvislives77

        i agree…it was awesome!

    • Mary Lou Seville

      I am very Happy they are coming back to to show. John and Marlena make a good couple

      • deb

        its about time marlena is back she is one of the best actors on the show ever!!!!

      • cassandra

        they sure did make a cute couple.

      • debbie

        thank god john and marlena are going to come back ive been watching days for almost 25 years i love days thank you to the producers

    • cassandra

      you got that right everything happens in the little town of salem.

  • Days Fan

    I am sure I am in the minority, but I am less than thrilled John and Marlena are on their way back to Salem.

    • Lisa M

      I am with you there. Don’t get me wrong, I heart these two, but I rather enjoyed the fact that they got to go off and have their happily ever after. The way they brought Jen back this last time, squashing the Jen and Jack happily ever after by recycling the same old storyline everytime Jen comes back – “Jack left, again” (and now he’s coming back too)tuned me out. I am more worried about what they’re going to throw at the fans as to why they bring John and Marlena back and it will only be a matter of time before they break them up, again, too.

      • orville

        I know–Jack and Jen were “my” supercouple. They’re the pair that got me hooked back in college. I hated the way they did his character wrong through the years whenever a producer didn’t want Ashford around. But if he’s coming back, I might tune in to see what’s going on just for nostalgia’s sake.

      • cassandra

        jack is coming back and jen is coming back,and then daniel is out of the picture.

    • john

      I am soooo excited that Marlena is coming back. I quit watching the show because they left. Any one who thinks that it is a better show without them is for sure a minority for their opinions of this. I will again be watching once they are back. Thank you to the Executive producers for bringing them back

    • cassandra

      maybe will’l have more wisdow now that the older workers are back.

  • Flip

    I LOVE John and Marlena! They are my favourite Days couple. Marlena is the star of the show, the Queen of Days of Our Lives, so I am glad they are back where they belong.

  • LizzieE

    Ah, those were the Days – who can ever forget the Gemini twins? Seriously, welcome back to the double Ds – Salem has missed you.

  • wino

    awww, i havent seen Days in years but I grew up with John and Marlena, so welcome back kids!!!

  • Ben

    Am I the only one that will always think of John as Roman? I guess it’s because of the period I started watching the show during…. Also, Jack and Jennifer are my favorite super couple. Marlena was always too old!

    • Cheri

      No…I always think the same thing, wait a minute…isn’t he Roman? Oh no, he was really John Black.
      I think of Jack and Jen as a super couple too!

  • tom hunter

    Can we get RoboJohn back and leave Marlena in Europe?????????

    • John


  • april

    when i was a junior in college, marlena morphed into a panther. that was the day i turned the show off for good.

    • PJ

      And nobody has missed you since. Everybody wins!

      • Audrey

        I agree with April…that was a ridiculous storyline…PJ (perfect jerk)try to be constructive.

  • Bobby

    Maybe they’re just bringing them back so Stefano can actually kill them this time.

  • Brenda

    Is there a chance they will please get rid of Taylor?? PLEASE.

    • Kari

      They are getting rid of Taylor I forgot when her last airdate is but I think it might be this week.

      • KH

        Thank God! I couldn’t stand her when she was on as another character a couple of years ago.

  • upchkn

    Oh, happy days!! John’s back, too. I sure won’t be missing any now! Also, Brenda, I second that. Taylor should have been the one falling down the stairs.

  • Celia Quinn

    Why doesn’t Kate or Roman ever mention Rex and Cassie ?

  • Lynn

    I have been watching Days since it bagan I watch everyone grow up and sadly watched some pass away I am 67 years old now and I still watch it.There like a part of my family.Keep up the good work and welcome back Marlena and John we missed you guys

    • Cecile

      Lynn, I will ditto your comment. Now I DVR the program and don’t miss an episode.

  • jj

    then drop the gay story line before it goes any further..

    • KH

      I agree! I started watching this show because it has some Christian values. Bringing in the gay card means you could loose a lot of long time viewers, me for one. Please don’t have those guys kissing!

  • Norma

    I love recycling and staying connected. Welcome back EVERYONE…Love to see Sammy happy for a few days. Stefano and EJ please suffer a bit for all you’ve done, Can’t wait to see Marlena and John Black

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