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Catching up with the soaps world, Days of our Lives actor James Reynolds is about to make television history. This year marks 40 years on the show for the actor, qualifying him as one of the longest-standing recurring TV characters. Editorial director of Soap Opera Digest Stephanie Sloane gave us the inside scoop into Reynold's monumental feat.
To celebrate @JreynoldsJames amazing milestone of 40 yrs as Abe on #Days I’ll be posting memories all week. Our first clip is from May 1982 when detective Abe Carver finds ‘Marlena’ dead at the hands of the Salem Strangler. With Wayne Northrop, Jed Allan & Catherine Mary Stewart. pic.twitter.com/DcJYzjYbe8— Angie (@Evangelia1111) October 23, 2021
This isn't Reynolds' first time in the history books either. The actor already is dignified as television's longest running black character, so his new distinction of simply being the longest running character is just the cherry on top of the cake.
For the past four decades, Reynolds has starred as detective Abe Carver, a role for which he was awarded a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series back in 2018. Abe's character on the show has become an integral part in progressing the show's plot.
Stephanie Sloane had the opportunity to speak with Reynolds about his major accomplishment, which he said is both professionally and personally meaningful to him. Reynolds also noted how special it is for the show to continue running after 40 years, proving itself to still be have amassed and maintained a loyal fanbase.
Days of Our Lives also announced that it will be airing a special 40th Anniversary episode focusing on Abe's character as a way to honor Reynolds' time on the show. The episode is going to show Abe reconnecting with his late wife Lexie, who passed away almost ten years ago.
According to Sloane, James was 'blown away' by the episode's premise and absolutely loves it. He also told Sloane that he hopes he did the anniversary episode its justice. Tune into NBC's Days on Our Lives on October 25th to celebrate Reynolds' 40th year on air.
Sloane also gave us some more insight into what other exciting storylines are in store for soaps fans this week.
Kristen from Days will be making an astonishing return after being missing from the show for a month. In the episode, Kristen will also be reuniting with her daughter, Rachel.
Moving onto the Bold and the Beautiful, Shiela and Deacon will be sharing a kiss on-screen this week, which comes as an unwanted surprise for their respective children, Finn and Hope.
Lastly, on to the Young and the Restless, Abby will be gripping with the news that her husband, Chance, is to be presumed dead.
For more soap opera sneak peeks like these, make sure to pick up the latest edition of Soap Opera Digest!
Switched Before Birth is shedding light on common mistakes in IVF, based on true events.
Switched Before Birth follows Olivia Crawford (Skyler Samuels) and her husband Brian (Bo Yokely, as they go head-to-head with Anna Ramirez (Justina Machado) over custody of a baby after an IVF mistake.
When Olivia and Brian finally welcome their twins, the happy couple's world is turned upside down when they discover that not only are the babies not twins, but one of the babies is also biologically Anna's that was implanted into Olivia by mistake.
"Drama ensues whenever both couples start IVF. Mistakes are made and then the question is raised as to, what does it mean to be a parent," Yokely said.
Now pitted against each other, Olivia will do anything to keep the baby that she carried, while Anna will stop at nothing to bring her son home.
"I think a lot of people may know what IVF is, maybe... but they don't really truly know what goes into it. People actually go through this. I did not know the level of pain and anguish and turmoil and guilt that people go through. I love being able to be a part of something that is going to drive focus towards something that maybe doesn't have as much attention on it as it should."
Switched Before Birth airs October 23rd on Lifetime.