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04 June 2011 @ 05:57 pm

Days of Our Lives
seems to be going through big changes.

Executive producer and owner Ken Corday is promising a major shakeup on Days in the near future, and cast changes are a big part of that. "You will see, in the course of a month, in the neighborhood of six characters leave Salem and five or six characters return or come to Salem, leading up to a huge September," he says to Soap Opera Digest. Two of those exits have already been announced. Days has announced the immediate replacement of current scribe Dena Higley with former Passions writers Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas.

Also, fan favorites Crystal Chappell (Carly) and Louise Sorel (Vivian) have been let go from NBC's lone soap. The two stars returned to the series in 2009 after a rather lengthy absence and stints on other soaps.

Now for the big returns: Matthew Ashford, who has played Jack on and off since 1987, is returning to the show for a big story, as well as reportedly Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn are back as the popular Marlena Evans and John Black!!

General Hospital's Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo (Brenda) confirmed on Twitter that she is
indeed leaving at the end of her one-year deal this summer. "My final days 
are near," she tweeted. "I'll miss Maurice [Benard, Sonny] and cast with
 every cell of my being ... Was always just a visit but I will always come
back ..

If you're a fan of The Young and the Restless' Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki), you might not see her around for a bit. According to the actress, she isn't working right now and it isn't her choice. Our friends at Soaps In Depth report that the reason for Scott's absence is due to a budget issue. Also, reportedly two-time Emmy winner Maura West has been let go from her contract role of Diane Jenkins.

Beloved OLTL vet Robin Strasser (Dorian), who announced via Twitter last month that she's leaving the show before its January finale due to back complications,

For more info, visit. soapoperasource.com

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