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'Days of Our Lives': Gay story line coming to Salem? -- EXCLUSIVE

Days Of Our Lives

(NBC)

As Days of Our Lives celebrates its 45th anniversary in daytime, the traditionally conservative NBC soap is about to get a lot more contemporary: EW has learned exclusively that a gay story line may be in the works! From what we gather, it may involve a current cast member hooking up with someone new.

A show spokeswoman declined to comment.

While competing sudsers have been in the forefront when it comes to same-sex couples – ABC’s All My Children, for example, had the first lesbian character in Bianca Montgomery (Eden Riegel), which led to the first gay marriage between her and Reese Williams (Tamara Braun) – Days has largely played a backseat role in terms of featuring gay couples. Stay tuned!

Meanwhile, current and previous cast members like Kristian Alfonzo (Hope Brady), Arianne Zucker (Nicole Walker), and Deidre Hall (Marlena Evans) have hit the road to help promote the book Days of our Lives 45: A Celebration in Photos. Thousands of rabid fans have attended book signings in New York and Chicago, with more planned for New Orleans, Boston, Seattle, and Vancouver.

Season to date, Days is second place among women 18–34 and tied for third with ABC’s The View among women 18–49.

What are your thoughts, Days fans? Will the new story line involve Dario Hernandez, maybe? Or perhaps Sami’s son Will? Sound off below!

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Originally posted March 22 2011 — 9:23 PM EDT

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