Today, Nate Berkus, well established with his own home design show (a male counterpart to a previous show of Martha Stewart) made a cameo on NBC’s tired soap “Days of our Lives”, getting reading to design Katrina’s (or someone’s) house in the imaginary Ohio of the soap. I guess make-believe counts, too.
Update: Oct. 13
Well, Nate was back again today, and further more some characters whom I thought were dead are coming back. There's Jennifer and Jack (who got caught on the island), and then there is a suit against John Black, whom I thought was "gone", for a ponzi scheme like Bernie Madoff's.
Then Deidre Hall (site), the glamorous actress who used to play the psychiatrist and "Salem stalker" Marlena, appeared on Nate on his own show (one hour later in DC). She showed Nate her kitchen; I was surprised that in California homeowners use gas stoves. Apparently, from what she told Nate while cooking, she's getting resurrected and returning to Days, too. So maybe DOOL is going all out to survive, maybe in an alternate universe.
Nate, on his own show today, also showed the set (in California) for Days, particularly the pub in "Salem". Nate says this is his first acting job since high school. He didn't need to memorize many lines. The character Brady advertised his hairless torso in front of Nate.
There is a Salem, Ohio, but it is a small town (not so far from Akron). Sometimes the show refers to Highway 13, which goes up through the middle of the state. Mt. Vernon, Ohio (where some relatives live) has apparently attracted some moviemaking.
On Ellen today, there was a cat demonstrating skill at card-counting. Maybe that's Ellen's own cat.