Back at work.

Updated: February 15.

Drake Hogestyn returns to Salem as John Black Tuesday, March 4.

Updated: October 31.

Drake Hogestyn (John) posted a little teaser of what his character will be up to when he returns to Salem this winter.

Updated: October 21.

Drake Hogestyn (John) is now back at work on "Days." He will begin shooting new material today. Fans will be able to see him in Salem again sometime early in 2014.

Original article: July 16.

Fans of veteran cast member Drake Hogestyn (John) aren't entirely sure what to think. According to Soap Opera Digest, the actor has been taping new material at the studio. However, since his name has been absent from the show's credits for some time, there are suspicions that this might not be the case. According to a Twitter poster, the actor's daughter, Alex, posted on a "DOOL" fanpage: "Hi everyone, sadly this report is not true. My dad has not been back filming, I wish he was though!"

Hogestyn shot his last episode on March 18 according to his Twitter page and he has been seen in episodes airing July 17 and 18. Is the actor gone? Is he recurring? Does he merely not fit into the current storylines? has contacted "DOOL" for a statement about the situation and will update you when we receive one.

Find out who is back in the show's production family in Richard Bloore And Nick Schillace Join DOOL Crew. And then discover what happens when Kiki meets Silas on GH.

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