Those fa­mil­iar faces

Five new ar­rivals prom­ise sheer drama in Salem.

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It seems like an old favourite or a new face is ar­riv­ing in Salem for ev­ery char­ac­ter who’s get­ting killed off. And ev­ery­one has an agenda… JOEY JOHN­SON

Joey (James Las­tovic) ap­peared all grown up on Wed­nes­day 24 Oc­to­ber. Hi­lar­i­ously, the cast­ing ad for this role read: “16-year- old gor­geous Cau­casian male who strug­gles with re­sent­ment and aban­don­ment is­sues.” Ex­pect a chip off the old Patch. “Joey will be giv­ing rebel Patch (Stephen Ni­chols) a lit­tle of his own medicine!” says ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Ken Cor­day. What he re­ally wants is for Mom and Dad to get back to­gether.


Con­victed mur­derer Gabi (Camila Banus) gets her lucky break on Tues­day 13 Novem­ber. “Gabi is out [re­leased], ap­pre­ci­at­ing her fam­ily, her brother and her child, her friends and free­dom. But she comes out dif­fer­ent. There’s some­thing Gabi doesn’t know is in­side of her, the trauma of liv­ing in that type of es­tab­lish­ment, with those types of peo­ple,” warns Camila.


Gabi’s bi­o­log­i­cal fa­ther Ed­uardo (A Martinez, Cruz Castill in Santa Bar­bara, 1984-1993) rocks up on Wed­nes­day 14 Novem­ber but not to wel­come her home – he’s in town to mourn the mur­der of his other bi­o­log­i­cal daugh­ter by the Neck­tie Killer. His ex­plo­sive re­union with her mom prom­ises fire­works too. “There has been an un­speak­ably cruel past that has been ru­ined courtesy of my char­ac­ter. His true agenda and na­ture are fairly hid­den,” says A with a grin.


In 2010, An­dre (Thaao Phenglis) un­plugged his own life sup­port to frame some­one for his mur­der! So he’s got a fair amount of ex­plain­ing to do when he re­turns on Tues­day 20 Novem­ber alive and well. “It turns out that An­dre is Ste­fano’s son [rather than his nephew]. In the old world, the chil­dren al­ways take care of the age­ing par­ents. And he is very un­happy with the way some peo­ple have treated his fa­ther,” hints Thaao. “There’s a lot of scream­ing, hor­ror and panic that An­dre is alive. Peo­ple want to punch him.”


With this lot com­ing to town, Salem could use more cops pa­trolling the streets. So we wel­come De­tec­tive Lani Price (Sal Stow­ers, who won 2007’s sea­son 9 of Amer­ica’s Next Top Model, 2003- cur­rent) on Tues­day 20 Novem­ber. Our big scoop? Lani has a bi­o­log­i­cal con­nec­tion to a cer­tain Salem PD vet­eran…

Salem is fill­ing up as Days gears up for its 50th an­niver­sary sto­ry­lines.

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