Two stars from NBC’s Passions have found a new home on Days of Our Lives.
Over the weekend, rumors of former Passions star Galen Gering signing a contract with DAYS spread like wildfire across the net. Gering starred on NBC’s Passions as Luis Lopez-Fitzgerald throughout the series from 1999-2008. Soap Opera Digest confirmed on their website that Gering has indeed inked a contract with DAYS as a yet to be named FBI agent that will be involved with Sami (Alison Sweeney). Gering first make an appearance sometime in October.
While on Passions, Galen had his fair share of love interests. The sexy cop’s on-again-off-again relationship with Sheridan Crane (McKensie Westmore) drove a lot of the actor’s story. His character also romanced Beth Wallace (Kelli McCarty) and Fancy Crane (Emily Harper). Luis and Sheridan are considered to be one of Passions’ flagship super couples.
In 2005, Gering became embroiled in tense contract negotiations with the show. Though he eventually re-signed, the actor was written out of storylines for many months.
Also joining the cast of Days of Our Lives is Eric Martsolf (ex-Ethan Winthrop). Martsolf will take on the role of Brady Black, last played by Kyle Lowder. The actor is no stranger to playing a recast, having taken over the role of Ethan in 2002 from the very popular Travis Schuldt. Martsolf quickly won over fans and made the role his own. Like Gering, Martsolf was a part of Passions’ most popular (and most debated) super couples, romancing both Theresa (Lindsay Hartley) and Gwen (Liza Huber). Ethan played ping-pong between Theresa and Gwen from the time the show began until it’s cancelation.
Days of Our Lives will be Martsolf’s second soap. Possibilities for Martsolf’s storyline are looking good. With his ex-wife Chloe (Nadia Bjorlin) in town, and his father John (Drake Hogestyn) running the DiMera Empire, there’s plenty for the character to do. There is no word yet on when Martsolf will first air.
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