DAYS OF OUR LIVES confirms that both Deidre Hall (Marlena) and Drake Hogestyn (John) will be back on the long-running NBC soap. "We are thrilled that Deidre and Drake are rejoining the show," says Executive Producer Ken Corday. "I know their return will excite loyal fans and intrigue new viewers. We are gearing up for some amazing cast surprises and guest stars visiting Salem in the fall, launching a grand event airing on September 26th." Adds Co-Executive Producer Greg Meng, who traveled with Hall and Hogestyn while promoting Days of our Lives 45 Years: A Celebration in Photos, "At every stop on the book tour, families of fans told us how much Marlena and John meant to them."