Everyone (Except Some of You) Say Cheese!

People has published an exclusive first look at the 50th anniversary cast photo. Go behind the cut for the photo and some commentary…


Nice, classy color palette! Click on the photo to blow it up so you can wonder things like, “Where’s Justin? And Nicole? And Rafe? And Lucas? And all the new teens? And I guess Daniel just because he’s always around even though I don’t want to see his dumb face? And why isn’t Maggie sitting by Victor but probably it’s because they wanted to promote her Horton-ness because they have killed all the other ones?” Apparently not everyone could be there on the day of the shoot, to which I say: what is this, Will’s funeral?! Idiocy of that aside, it’s a nice-looking photo, and I’m delighted that Doug and Julie are front-and-center. Also, I’ve been dying for a new one because I want to make a new banner for this site — this one is five years old!

I’ve been studying it to try and glean storyline insights. Here’s what I’ve got:

  • Gabi is by JJ, so I guess that’s a go, which I like. She’s also sort of near Eduardo, but closer to JJ.
  • Lani is near Abe, which means she… is black and probably related to him, as we knew from the moment she was cast. No obvious love interest presents itself.
  • Anne is in it! So, in theory, they’re still using her.
  • They begged Alison Sweeney to be in it.
  • No Bo. So I guess the (clearly-grounded-in-something) rumors about Peter Reckell’s return stint being short-term are likely true.
  • No Aiden, but Ben is there. Does Aiden take the fall for this whole Red Necktie Killer thing, and Ben sticks around? Yikes. It’s actually an interesting twist, but it’s getting tough to watch Ben with Abigail.

Good photo, though. And way to drive us nuts with speculation!

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22 Comments on “Everyone (Except Some of You) Say Cheese!”

  1. Days Fan Says:

    Isn’t Lucas the one that Andre is leaning on? Theresa is a Brady, why is she with the Kiriakis? Love the look though.

    • mykleraus Says:

      Oh, Lucas is there! I’m dumb/blind. It’s sort of weird how he and Kate are mixed in with the DiMeras, though I guess I get it.

    • mykleraus Says:

      And I’m guessing they stuck Theresa near Brady because she’s his love interest. They should have put Victor with Maggie, Brady with John and Paul, and Theresa near Caroline.

  2. Gavin Says:

    I was about to comment about Lucas. I can’t see Daniel?

    It looks like it’s been shot in small groups and Photoshopped together rather than all done at the same time – so there really shouldn’t have been any reason to leave anyone out.

    • mykleraus Says:

      I can’t decide if it looks Photoshopped together or if they just did work on certain people and that’s what I’m seeing. But yeah, if that’s the case, then there’s no reason not to have people in it. I totally forgot, but there’s no Belle, Shawn, Philip, or Ava, either.

      • Gavin Says:

        Oh, it definitely looks Photoshopped. And fair enough – the logistics of having all those women go through hair and make-up on the one day would be enough to make it impossible to do all at once.

      • mykleraus Says:

        If I were coming in for this shoot, knowing how they make everyone look daily on the show, I’d volunteer to come in with my own hair/make-up people…

  3. Mo Says:

    So of course I notice who ISN’T there. Nicole? Rafe? Adrianne? Justin? Eve? Daniel? Bo? Characters like Patch and Ben who I thought were done with the show now? Nice picture but also very confusing.

    Is that Adrianne next to Victor?! I can’t tell if it’s her, Eve or they just threw in Kayla twice?!

    And Eduardo is either super short or they did a bad job photshopping him next to Abe!

  4. onemothing2 Says:

    I assume this photo was taken months ago after Guy left but before the new teens arrive? Still doesn’t explain where Rafe and Nicole are though. They should have waited until now for a new cast photo because I’m sure David Irizarry, Jordi Vilasuso and John Paul Lavosier are on set we just won’t see them for a while.

    Also do you have any insight into why Days tapes so far in advance and when did it start?

    • mykleraus Says:

      I forgot Irizarry and Vilasuso were even coming! What are all these people going to do?!

      In 2008-09, they started taping more episodes in a day. They write really far ahead and then ‘block-shoot’ — for example, they’ll shoot all the Abigail/Chad scenes, or all the scenes at the DiMera mansion, that take place over, say, two weeks of episodes in a day or two’s work. That saves studio time because they aren’t constantly changing lighting set-ups, etc. Plus the reduced number of sets mean that they don’t pay overnight crews to break down/transport/put up sets as often. So they’re filming, say, eight episodes every five days. What this means is they get enough of a lead so that they can “go dark” for several weeks at a time — not shoot anything, so they don’t have to pay for the equipment (camera equipment tends to be rented), and they don’t have to pay crews to work those weeks. What’s happened over the years is that they’ve built up more and more of a lead, to the point where they’re, like, six months ahead now. I don’t understand why they don’t go dark for 2-3 months to let the lead dwindle a bit.

  5. underyourwing Says:

    ok almost everyone! SAY…..SALAMI !

  6. underyourwing Says:

    ok guys….there is a fuller cast pix on daily mail…there are a bunch of gold balloons on the floor and missing folks are in it…..i think it is in the UK section tho not the US….anyway if you wanna see check daily mail out!

  7. underyourwing Says:

    show’s MY attention span……which reading all of our comments here makes me dizzy anyway!

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