'Days of our Lives' 50th Anniversary Spoiler: Major Story Begins in Late August

NBC soap opera Days of our Lives will celebrate its 50th anniversary in November, and will kick off a new umbrella story later this month that will build momentum throughout the fall. According to EW, a plot will bring the residents of Salem together only to tear them apart.

In late August, an elaborate murder mystery plot kicks off that will see several of the town's residents — and perhaps even some of the town’s former, fan-favorite residents — meeting their demise.

During the anniversary week of November 9-13 (Days premiered November 8, 1965), the murder mystery plot will culminate in a “huge reveal,” the network has promised.

As previously reported, a number of fan favorites are returning including Stephen Nichols (Steve), Alison Sweeney (Sami), Peter Reckell (Bo), Thaoo Penghlis (Andre), Martha Madison (Belle), Jason Cook (Shawn), Tamara Braun (Ava) and Camila Banus (Gabi).

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Vivian Jovanni Joins 'Days of our Lives'

Vivian Jovanni
Vivian Jovanni has joined the cast of NBC soap opera Days of our Lives. The show has not revealed what role the 19-year-old actress will be playing, but some fans have speculated she might be an aged Ciara Brady, previously played by Lauren Boles.

Jovanni's IMDb only includes a few credits, including an appearance on The Bay, and a couple of indie films. She also competed at IMTA in Los Angeles in 2013 where she was named Female Fitness Model of the Year.

Check out an audition reel below that Jovanni posted earlier this year to get an idea about her work.

Today in Soap Opera History (August 2)

1984: As part of an effort to counter-program ABC's
Olympic coverage, As the World Turns featured guest stars
Phyllis Diller, Whitney Houston and Jermaine Jackson.
"History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again."
― Maya Angelou

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1967: On Another World, Ada (Constance Ford) pleaded with Rachel (Robin Strasser) to understand that her salary at Pierre's was all they had, but Rachel threatened to leave the hospital despite the health risk if she lost her pricey private room. Rachel railed at Ada for lying to her that her father was dead. "Everybody lies when they have to," Rachel said. "I know I do."

1968: On Dark Shadows, a distraught Adam (Robert Rodan) stabbed himself.

1968: On Peyton Place, Steven Cord (James Douglas) and Betty Anderson (Barbara Parkins) reconciled.

NEWS: McKenzie Westmore, Kelly Ripa, Blair Underwood, Andrew Benjamin, Lucy Lawless

McKenzie Westmore fondly recalls spending her twenties as Sheridan on Passions
With kidnappings, Bollywood dance numbers and plenty of blackmail, McKenzie says she and the rest of the cast got a daily dose of "WTF" whenever they got their new scripts.

"The more controversy, the worse you could get it, we did it," she says, recalling one particular storyline that found Sheridan communicating with the ghost of Princess Diana after surviving a crash similar to the one that killed the late royal.

"I remember when the whole Princess Diana thing happened, watching it and going 'Oh my god, I just started my career and now it's over. Thats the end. I just trashed the whole memory of Princess Diana," she continues.

Looking back, Westmore says she saw the beginning of the end coming when the show began what she calls its "worst storyline ever."

"I remember when it moved to DirecTV and they were doing the storyline of Julian Crane and Dr. Eve and his penis had been cut off and she sewed it on backwards," she says with a laugh. "I remember watching this episode, as he's peeing all over the place because he couldn't control his bladder and I went 'This has got to be the worst storyline ever done, what are they doing?'"

Airbnb Offers Soap Fans The Chance To Spend A Night On Neighbours Set
As part of the 30th anniversary of its first ever broadcast, the evergreen Australian soap opera Neighbours is teaming up with Airbnb to offer a set of lucky fans the chance to spend a night on the set, which is being specially converted into a temporary hotel.

The soap’s producers have listed its studios in Melbourne on the rent-out lodging website as part of the competition, whose winners will get to spend the night in one of the on-set houses, visit all parts of the fictional Ramsay Street, and have dinner with two of the show’s actors, Alan Fletcher (Dr. Karl Kennedy) and Chris Milligan (handyman Kyle Canning), in order to get all the backstage gossip.

All My Children alum Kelly Ripa Breaks foot, husband Mark Consuelos documents
Ripa broke her foot during a dance class. Luckily, her husband and former All My Children co-star Mark Consuelos was able to make Ripa laugh during her hospital visit. "He's never in 21 years, he's never felt the need to photograph me, videotape me...when I have full hair and makeup, nothing," she said. "Yesterday, he was like Scavullo. He followed me around with a camera. He was never more alive."

Ripa added, "He loved this moment of suffering!"

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. bringing back Blair Underwood
The former One Life to Live actor will reprise his role as Melinda May’s ex-husband in several episodes this fall.

OWN orders a megachurch drama series
Greenleaf will delve into the scandalous secrets and lies of a Memphis megachurch.

UnReal co-creator was “thrilled” that The Bachelor host called her show “terrible”
"I was so excited because I was like, ‘Oh, my God, they noticed us!’” Marti Noxon says of Chris Harrison’s comments. She adds: “In this case, it was particularly fun. I’m like a nerd. The captain of the football team is talking about me, even if he’s saying, ‘Hey, nerd!'”

Kyle Chandler brings back Friday Nights Lights' Coach Taylor for a movie theater PSA
Austin’s Alamo Drafthouse enlisted local resident Chandler to film a PSA warning moviegoers to not talk and use their cellphones while the film is playing.

MTV renews Scream for second season
“[W]e are thrilled by how our viewers have responded to the reinvention of Scream,” reads a statement from MTV EVP Mina Lefevre. “We look forward to another season filled with suspense, horror and more twists and turns.”

Emmerdale Summer Stunt Spoilers: Helicopter crashes the Dingle wedding of the year
As soon as it was revealed that this summer, Emmerdale would attempt the biggest stunt in soap history, there were many a critic who raised one eyebrow…

The world of the Great British Soap Opera boasts some of this country’s greatest small screen stunt successes – ranging from tram crashes, to train crashes, to sieges – but will next week’s episodes of Emmerdale stand head and shoulders above all the previous competition?

Lucy Lawless won't reprise Xena role, but says of a reboot: “I know that NBC wants to do it"
The Hollywood Reporter says a deal is still in place to reboot Xena: Warrior Princess, and NBC would like to have Lawless involved in some capacity. At the TV press tour, Lawless, who was promoting Ash vs. Evil Dead, said of the Xena reboot: "I'd love to see it happen, and I know that NBC wants to do it but they're just trying to find a way and a time."

Jordana Brewster joins Secrets & Lies
The As the World Turns and Dallas alum will play an attorney on Season 2 of the ABC series.

The CW moves premieres of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Jane the Virgin to October 12
Both shows were previously scheduled to premiere on October 19.

Andrew Benjamin joins Season 2 of American Crime
The "Hey Ya!" rapper/actor, better known as AndrĂ© 3000, has joined Season 2, playing an architect who’s married to Regina King. Benjamin previously worked with American Crime creator John Ridley, who directed him in the Jim Hendrix biopic All Is by My Side. "It’s fair to say American Crime might not exist were it not for our previous collaboration,” says Ridley.

'General Hospital' Spoilers (August 3-7, 2015)

Who killed Dr. Silas Clay?
Check out the day-to-day spoilers and two sneak peek videos below to find out what's happening on General Hospital during the week of August 3rd.

[SPOILER ALERT]

Monday, August 3
Franco (Roger Howarth) finds Nina (Michelle Stafford) kneeling beside Silas' (Michael Easton) lifeless body holding a bloody knife; Morgan (Bryan Craig) confides in Sonny (Maurice Benard); Laura (Genie Francis) makes a decision on what to do regarding Nikolas (Tyler Christopher) and Elizabeth's (Rebecca Herbst) secret; Hayden (Rebecca Budig) is awake.

Rebecca Budig Back on 'General Hospital' as Hayden

What does Hayden remember?
Rebecca Budig is not only back at General Hospital as Hayden Barnes, she's on contract! The character will emerge from the coma she's been languishing in since May, when she was shot in the head on orders from Nikolas.

When executive producer Frank Valentini called to invite her back, "I was surprised!" she tells Soap Opera Digest. "I thought I came in and I did my job, and that was all that I was meant to do — come in, cause some trouble and leave." She's thrilled to have been wrong, saying, "I love being there and I am working with a great bunch of people."

Hayden was about to tell Jake that he was really Jason when she was shot. But what will she remember now?

On Friday's episode of GH, Patrick (Jason Thompson) told Jake (Billy Miller) and Sam (Kelly Monaco) that Hayden was waking up. Watch a sneak peek scene below from Monday's episode featuring the now awake Hayden.