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44th Annual Daytime Emmys Drama Performer Pre-Nominations Announced!

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It’s “game on” for some of your favorite performers in the world of daytime drama with the official annoucement Wednesday morning from The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS).  Today, the organization has revealed the Drama Performer Pre-Nominations for the upcoming 44th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

Before we get to the list of who is still in the running for Emmy gold, here was the process used to determine those chosen as Pre-Nominated performers: An online judging ballot containing all entrants in each of four performer categories (Lead Actor and Actress and Supporting Actor and Actress) was sent to all registered, eligible peer judges. The ballot contained a randomized order of performers in each category, regardless of their show affiliation. Judges were required to view clips online containing the work of each performer entry before selecting their top 10 performer choices in each category. Ballots were then submitted directly to Lutz & Carr, Inc., an independent accounting firm, who tabulated the results.

The Pre-Nominated performers who received the highest number of votes will now advance to the blue ribbon and final screening round, scheduled to begin on February 20, 2017.  It is that round which will determine both the finalist nominees and the eventual winner.  In addition, the names of the Younger Actor and Actress in a Drama Series have been revealed as this list goes directly to the blue ribbon round without having to go through a pre-nomination submission process.

Look for the nominations for the 44th Annual Daytime Emmys to be announced live on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, once again on the CBS afternoon series, The Talk!

Congratulations to all the men and women who are moving on in the awards competition! So without further ado, here are the pre-nominated performers in the Outstanding Lead Actress, Lead Actor, Supporting Actress, Supporting Actor, Younger Actress and Younger Actor.

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series

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Kristian Alfonso (Hope) Days of Our Lives

Sharon Case (Sharon) The Young and the Restless

Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea) The Young and the Restless

Mary Beth Evans (Kayla) Days of Our Lives

Nancy Lee Grahn, (Alexis) General Hospital

Jen Lilley (Ex-Theresa) Days of our Lives

Gina Tognoni (Phyllis) The Young and the Restless

Heather Tom (Katie) The Bold and the Beautiful

Jess Walton (Jill) The Young and the Restless

Laura Wright (Carly) General Hospital

 

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series

Maurice Benard (Sonny) General Hospital

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Peter Bergman (Jack) The Young and the Restless

Scott Clifton (Liam) The Bold and the Beautiful

Billy Flynn (Chad) Days of Our Lives

Roger Howarth (Franco) General Hospital

Vincent Irizarry (Deimos) Days of Our Lives

Christian LeBlanc (Michael) The Young and the Restless

John McCook (Eric) The Bold and the Beautiful

Kristoff St. John (Neil) The Young and the Restless

Jason Thompson (Billy) The Young and the Restless

 

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series

Eileen Davidson (Ashley) The Young and the Restless

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Judi Evans (Adrienne) Days of Our Lives

Stacy Haiduk (Patty) The Young and the Restless

Amelia Heinle (Victoria) The Young and the Restless

Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe) The Young and the Restless

Finola Hughes (Anna) General Hospital

Anna Maria Horsford (Vivienne) The Bold and the Beautiful

Kate Mansi (Ex-Abigail) Days of Our Lives

Michelle Stafford (Nina) General Hospital

Kelly Sullivan (Ex-Sage) The Young and the Restless

 

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series

John Aniston (Victor) Days of Our Lives

Obba Babatundé (Julius) The Bold and the Beautiful

Steve Burton (Dylan) The Young and the Restless

Sean Carrigan (Ben) The Young and the Restless

Chad Duell (Michael) General Hospital

Bryton James (Devon) The Young and the Restless

Wally Kurth (Justin) Days of Our Lives

Jeffrey Vincent Parise (Carlos/Dr. Joe Rivera) General Hospital

James Reynolds (Abe) Days of Our Lives

Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) General Hospital

 

Outstanding Younger Actress In A Drama Series

Lexi Ainsworth (Kristina) General Hospital

Camila Banus (Gabi) Days of Our Lives

Reign Edwards (Nicole) The Bold and the Beautiful

Hayley Erin (Kiki) General Hospital

Olivia Keegan (Claire) Days of our Lives

Hunter King (Summer) The Young and the Restless

Chloe Lanier (Nelle) General Hospital

Alyvia Alyn Lind (Faith) The Young and the Restless

Paige Searcy (Jade) Michaels Days of Our Lives

 

Outstanding Younger Actor In A Drama Series

Jared Breeze (Max) The Young and the Restless

Bryan Craig (Morgan) General Hospital

Rome Flynn (Zende) The Bold and the Beautiful

Pierson Fodé (Thomas) The Bold and the Beautiful

James Lastovic (Joey) Days of Our Lives

Kyler Pettis (Theo) Days of Our Lives

Tequan Richmond (TJ) General Hospital

Anthony Turpel (R.J.) The Bold and the Beautiful

So, what did you think of the daytime drama Pre-nominations for Lead Actor and Actress, Supporting Actor and Actress, Younger Actor and Actress? Who are you most happy to see score a pre-nom and remain in the running for the gold statuette? Who are you most shocked and suprised to see not moving on, or left off the ballot?  Who should have been on this list that isn’t? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Katy
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Katy

If Lexi submitted her scenes with Maurice and NLG then its in the bag…then again younger actress has produced some surprise winners.

dmr
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dmr

Although I am not a big fan of Lexi Ainsworth; Haley Erin being included in this category, alongside some real talent, baffles me. I cringe whenever Kiki enters a scene.

Steve
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Steve

Haley Erin has improved tremendously since the days of her wailing over Silas’ death. And now thankfully out of Morgan’s orbit, She and RPW’s Dillon are a compelling couple.

dmr
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dmr

I’ve just never cared for the character and I don’t think that I ever will-the character, in my opinion, is Tuesday/Wednesday “filler.” I agree, however, that there has been an improvement.

Dan
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Dan

I think Hayley is highly underrated. She was excellent in the scenes post Morgan’s death. I personally think she’s better in the role than Kristen Alderson was. Agree with Steve also, I like Dillon and Kiki as a couple.

dmr
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dmr

Dan, I agree with you there-Haley is much better in the role than Kristen was-in my opinion.

tsuds
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tsuds

I loved Kiki.. I think she is talented and much better fit for the Kiki role than the previous talented actress from OLTL.

Lisa
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Lisa

Who cares it’s not being shown on MTV

Jill
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Jill

Will be on tv Michael

davlestev1
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davlestev1

only if you brokered the entire deal lol…no announcement has been made they hope it’s possible

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

A lot of these nominations I am completely here for. I cannot wait for the final rollout! Gina, to me, is a standout in the Lead Actress category. As if Heather Tom, etc. This is going to be a tight race this year!

Karen
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Karen

Hopefully the folks that post here will not have another meltdown when Sharon Case is not nominated.

The academy have not nominated her since 2004 yet the posters over here act like the world is ending every spring when she fails to receive a nomination.

Melissa Scharpf
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Melissa Scharpf

Mishael Morgan needs to be on the list .

Tomas Torquemada
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Tomas Torquemada

AGREE

mollie
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mollie

She’s fantastic. Did she submit, do you know?

Stephanie
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Stephanie

I see again good actors are not getting recognized..

KansasGuest
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KansasGuest

It’s the show’s producers who actually decide which actors will compete in specific categories, and if they will even submit a reel for consideration. So, strangely, daytime nominations are more of a popularity contest within the actors’ own shows than they are for the actual Emmy. They are a lot more political than primetime Emmys, which tend to have smaller casts, and defined lead actors.

Brian
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Brian

That’s not true, the actors themselves decide whether or not to submit their names for the Emmys and for which category, if they feel they’re Lead or Supporting, or what have you. Anyone on any show can choose to submit their name for consideration, or an actor can choose not to submit their name, like Maura West and Jane Elliot apparently decided to do this year. It’s not up to the shows producers.

giovanna
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giovanna

Ugh sucks so many nominated just for one spot don’t really care for this anymore

Jake CNJ
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Jake CNJ

TJ on GH…did he have a story to get a nod???

Patrick
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Patrick

Wally Ingalls Wilder – My man made the cut… he’s still to be remembered

“…Jeffrey Vincent Parise (Carlos/Dr. Joe Rivera) General Hospital ”

pre – nom or otherwise, the dead trio of Frank / Jean / Shelley mucked so much up

his dancing eyes are forever… and his natural REELS made up for all the lack of color

he proved he had range with Dr. Joe.

Davy
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Davy

BORING!

Teresa Berwick
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Teresa Berwick

Congratulations to all of them. Cant see who wins….

Michael
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Michael

Doesn’t Heather Tom have enough Emmys already?

EIleen Hargis
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EIleen Hargis

I agree with pretty much all the pre noms
The younger actor catagory is very sparse, tho. Several noms hardly appeared in screen.

su0000
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su0000

good grief .. how old does one have to be to get out of the ”’young”’ 50?

Outstanding Younger Actor In A Drama Series
Bryan Craig (Morgan) General Hospital

And, I am luvin this–

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Roger Howarth (Franco) General Hospital

But-
Maurice/Sonny will bring home the gold ….

Paul
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Paul

MB dials in his performance so much. If the award was for hissing and stammering, I’d give it to him. Lead actor, not so much for me.

I do think Laura Wright deserves a nom and a win.

TJ receiving a nom is ludicrous. Given how infrequently he aired, he should be considered a guest star.

Steven
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Steven

Omg I can’t wait congrats too all the nominee and go Days of our lives please give some Tie in the actress category please please please!!!!

Kevin C
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Kevin C

Katherine Kelly Lang is overlooked again…She is so overdue for an emmy.

mike
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mike

Jess Walton should be in supporting.

Patrick
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Patrick

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series John Aniston (Victor) Days of Our Lives Wally Kurth (Justin) Days of Our Lives Jeffrey Vincent Parise (Carlos/Dr. Joe Rivera) General Hospital James Reynolds (Abe) Days of Our Lives Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) General Hospital look at all this color…. wide range of dynamic for love of this genre… I’d give it to John Anniston so close to this win… Wally Kurth definitely must make the top 5 and honorable mention… James Reynolds because he was carelessly “let go” and should have remained as Dr. Joe… GH had so many reasons to keep him.… Read more »

Joel
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Joel

How on earth can B&B’s star of the year, Rena Sofer, not be nominated? Oh, yeah the same way last years’ star of the year, Karla Mosley, was overlooked.

mollie
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mollie

Crazy! I agree.

lll
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lll

The first snub coming to mind is William deVry. Besides that, congrats to all nominees.

Dan
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Dan

Speaking only about GH, Maurice Benard, Laura Wright and Bryan Craig should all be winners in my view for the Morgan’s death storyline. Maurice hasn’t been nominated since 2011, and if he doesn’t make the final cut this year, it will be such a slap in the face. Laura has some tough competition from GH with Nancy Lee Grahn. A couple names I expected and I’m disappointed not to see, William deVry, Maura West, Jane Elliot. But I know Jane particularly has avoided submitting her name in the past, so it’s possible she might not have put herself in the… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series Jen Lilley (Ex-Theresa) Days of our Lives THIS is a nice acknowledgement and stamp of approval of how talented Jen Lilley can be ; when given script she’s a solid presence who can mix it up with any and all cast members… a ready repertoire. she’s always intriguing LOVE Jenn Lilley. OK I think the top 5 Mary Beth Evans (Kayla) Days of Our Lives Nancy Lee Grahn, (Alexis) General Hospital Jen Lilley (Ex-Theresa) Days of our Lives Gina Tognoni (Phyllis) The Young and the Restless Laura Wright (Carly) General Hospital 1. Mary… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Yes, Patrick, Jenn Lilley is waaaay up there, but Nancy Grahn overshadows all these multi-talented ladies. Her acting as the “town’s lush” is overwhelming. Speechless and breathless….that’s a fact, in my opinion. Stacy Haiduk as supporting ( unbrlievably moving), with Finola Hughes right behind. I do not understand the reasoning behind Eileen Davidson, or Melissa Egan–as “fulminating” as Eileen is, her talent has not been showcased lately. To me, she has been dormant, as has Melissa, albeit I have never considered the latter as such a prize; even in her AMC days. JMO. Younger: Chloe Lanier–Nelle walked in as a… Read more »

barbara mcdonald
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barbara mcdonald

William Devry should have been on there. I would boycott, but NLG needs to win.

DOMENICA
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DOMENICA

Wen is goin to be on tv wath daet

davlestev1
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davlestev1

wow

Celia
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Celia

Hi, Domenica,
I believe you are asking for the date? It is April 30th, 2017.
If Italian is your first language: la data e’ il 30 aprile, del 2017, al canale “POP”.
Spero che l’informazione ti aiuta.

mollie
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mollie

Thank you, Celia. Sweet.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

It’s not set to be televised yet and that’s the truth. Pop is not set to televise these awards as of yet

Celia
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Celia

@mollie.
Hi, mollie,
Likewise, mollie. Thank you!

Tammy Kreiss
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Tammy Kreiss

Where’s my Eric Martsolf???? Congrats to all my friends who got nominated!

KMB
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KMB

Someday, before he leaves soaps, I hope to see Stephen Nichols win sometime.

mollie
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mollie

Love him too. He’s so steady.

Steve
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Steve

For the scenes on Cassadine Island, Genie Francis should have been up for Supporting Actress.

Too soon for Chloe Lanier. What storyline was DZ really prominent in this past year?

mollie
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mollie

Genie is being wasted right now! This very talented actress needs and deserves a front burner story.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

My vote goes to Genie, also! And, yes, those scenes, particularly the exquisitely written scene where Kevin declares his love for her, merit a win for both Genie and Jon.

Chrystie_Delancey
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Chrystie_Delancey

Billy Flynn – Billy Flynn – Billy Flynn! This year, for sure, he blows away the competition!!

mollie
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mollie

I see him as the one to beat, also. Good luck to him!

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

I’m pissed. Where’s Tracey Bregman’s name on the pre-noms? She’s only the most beautiful lady on soaps and everything she does is great. Guess I can give up hope on the Emmys.

mollie
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mollie

I think she’ll be there in next year noms, for sure, as she is getting a front burner story line now (2017). Yep, she is pretty amazing and ageless!!

CJ
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CJ

I am Really Surprised that Robert Palmer Watkins (Dillon GH) – Younger Actor & Will DeVry (Julian GH) – Lead Actor, were Not Pre-Nominated. They both gave excellent performances this year & Deserved the nomination. I hope 2017 brings them both power driven storylines to tackle

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Watkins, yes; deVry, no.

Ray
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Ray

Great performances this year on all of the shows. I hope Heather Tom wins for Best Actress. Jen Lilly also did a great job. The biggest snubs were Melissa Reeves, Rena Sofer and Katherine Kelly Lang. As much as I like Julius and Vivienne on “The Bold and the Beautiful,” I am not sure they deserved a nomination this year. They have not been on the show in months and can’t remember a standout performance with the exception of Julius confessing to be Sasha’s father. I am glad to see Billy Flynn, John McCook and Scott Clifton nominated in Lead… Read more »

Michael Andrews
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Michael Andrews

The other big snub was Justin Hartley (ex-Adam Newman; Y&R). I was dumbfounded that he did not get nominated this year. Does anyone know if he submitted for this year?

Maurice
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Maurice

Both Melissa Reeves and Justin Hartley refuse to sumbit this year, so there was no snub.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

He does have that look, doesn’t he? I think he may be going places1

Maurice
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Maurice

I don’t think it should matters how long you were on a show, IMO if you had some great work, you should be recognize for it! Obba and Anna Maria, did fabulous work, and hopefully Emmy voters will love them enough to help them make the cut.

Mo
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Mo

Where is Rena Sofer?

Don’t understand Obba and Anna Maria as they haven’t been on in ages. Wish they would be on. I think B&B should feature them again.

Maurice
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Maurice

Yeah, Rena Sofer was snubbed, I agree.

The Emmys don’t count how long you were on a show, its your performance, and Obba & Anna Maria did some AMAZING work during his love child, Sasha, secret coming out!

jake hernandez
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jake hernandez

where is Jane Elliott for her work during her medical crisis? or hostage situation with Hornsby; another great actress snubbed.

Dan
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Dan

I agree, Jane is always excellent in whatever she does. In the past, she said in an interview that she hasn’t submitted her name for Emmy consideration, because she doesn’t believe in the whole actors competing against actors thing, which I respect. So it’s possible she didn’t submit her name again this year.

Lluwellyn
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Lluwellyn

So Happy for Sharon Case and Steve Barton really hope their make the final cut. No one deserve it more than SC

Libby
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Libby

I really think Daytime Emmys should be rollback to main Emmy Awards.The Younger SupportingActor/Actress should be eliminated. That said.I hope Maurice Benard would win after the supporsed death of Morgan, his son. Nancy Lee Grahn has given powerhouse performances with the battle with Julian and the bottle. She is major soap opera actress who delivers whengiven material. It is Nancy Lee’s time, imo. Think Wally Kurth is a fav on two soaps at one time. With the wandering DAYS storyline, Justin K remains one to tune into DAYS .Judi Evans has been agreat contributor – whatever Dena or Josh handed… Read more »

Keffen
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Keffen

I hope Nancy Lee Grahan win!!

Patrick
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Patrick

THIS; bar none… is the toughest category; can’t even come up with a TOP 5 Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series definitely, TOP 4 Judi Evans (Adrienne) Days of Our Lives Stacy Haiduk (Patty) The Young and the Restless Finola Hughes (Anna) General Hospital Kate Mansi (Ex-Abigail) Days of Our Lives THIS category is so LOADED Eileen Davidson (Ashley) The Young and the Restless Amelia Heinle (Victoria) The Young and the Restless Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe) The Young and the Restless Anna Maria Horsford (Vivienne) The Bold and the Beautiful Michelle Stafford (Nina) General Hospital Kelly Sullivan (Ex-Sage) The Young and… Read more »

Mark Y
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Mark Y

I cannot believe Camryn Grimes isn’t on this list again!

GemmaG
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GemmaG

Great list! There is some amazing talent in daytime. I know the work of many. I watch GH. OLTL was my show. NLG on GH has an amazing storyline to support her talent. As did FH on GH. She is always a pleasure to watch, unlike the hot mess of NLG’s Alexis, which is hard to swallow. I’m even wondering if Julian did hold a knife to her throat, maybe she was drunk when it happened. And my favorite favorite favorite man in daytime RH of GH. He is carving out a new character and does humor and drama together… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

I have not, naysayed Nancy Lee Grahn in so long, she’s delivering… she’s getting turn on.. less notice , come on, f me

it’s a Nancy Lee Grah moment

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nice to see you

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that’s it

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GemmaG
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GemmaG

Maurice Bernard has also done great work this past year. But I have little sympathy for Sonny Corinthos!

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DAYS Head Scribe, Ron Carlivati, Shares On Marlena’s Possession 2.0: “We Decided John Needs To Get On To This Sooner Than He Did In The Original, Because That’s What The Audience Would Expect”

As viewers of NBC’s Days of our Lives are watching the revisiting of the classic possession storyline revisited with its 2021 version 2.0, the stage is being set for plenty of devilish drama, now that good doc, Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) is once again in the grips of evil.

We have already seen her with yellow eyes, conjuring up some demonic plans, and of course, the devil trying to pull the wool over the eyes of Marlena’s husband, John Black (Drake Hogestyn).

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Back in the 1994/95 version of this storyline, Father John emerged and exorcised the demon from Marlena, so he knows a thing or two about being possessed, and the horrors it caused to Marlena, and the town of Salem 25 years ago, and as we have seen John is very, very concerned about all this talk of Marlena being possessed by the devil from the script that Johnny (Carson Boatman)  is set to make into a film on Sami’s life story.

Current Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati, spoke with Soap Opera Digest in their latest issue on newsstands now, about his plans and the creation of the 2021 possession storyline. Ron revealed that John is not going to be in the dark for long, sharing: “John has been through this, so the devil isn’t going to be able to pull the wool over his eyes the way he did the first time.”

Carlivati also added: “Even though all soap opera stories, I would argue, depend on some characters being a little bit dumb, in this case, we decided John needs to get on to this sooner than he did in the original because that’s what they audience would expect.  Look for the story to move along at a pretty good clip. We are not rushing, anything by any means – we are having so much fun with the story, but it was important to us that John not look stupid here so he starts to suspect something is wrong with her pretty soon.”

So, are you glad that John will not be completely dumped? Will Father John return to save the day? Are you enjoying the story thus far? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

Then, check out our recent interview with Ron all about the creation of DAYS limited-series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem still streaming on Peacock.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Marlena Becomes Possessed … Again!

On Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the devil had his way with his favorite person, Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)! In story, leave it to Marlena to save Doug (Bill Hayes) by giving herself up to Satan!

As Doug revealed himself to be Satan while in a therapy session with Marlena in her office, a shook Marlena tries to comprehend what is happening! When the devil says if Marlena won’t accept him in, she will punish Doug, he does just that.

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Poor Doug is left writhing in pain and on the floor, crying out for help! When we come back to the scene Marlena is not exactly right near his body, but sort of overlooking what is happening. Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) rushes into Marlena’s office to find Doug as Marlena stares blankly. Eventually, she calls for help.

After Doug is put in a hospital room and is monitored, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Tripp (Lucas Adams) can’t find anything wrong with him. Meanwhile, Julie finds Marlena at the nurses station and asks what happened with Doug during their therapy session.  Marlena flashes back to what led to Doug writing on the floor, and clearly something is way off with Marlena, because she has now become possessed.

Later, Julie sits by Doug’s hospital bed as he opens his eyes, as he tells his beloved wife, “He left me and went in to her.”  A confused Julie is left to ponder what on earth Doug could be talking about.

When Marlena comes home to John (Drake Hogestyn) – who is already concerned with Johnny (Carson Boatman) being set on making a movie of Sami’s life story which includes points on Marlena’s original possession – she tells him Doug collapsed in her office. When the two hug, Marlena slowly opens her eyes  revealing that they are glowing yellow.  Yup! We are off to the races. Marlena is now once again possessed.

So, what did you think about the scenes between Deidre Hall and Bill Hayes? Are you enjoying the revisiting of the infamous ‘possession’ storyline thus far? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives Kicks-Off Possession Storyline Revisted with ‘Doug’ Twist Cliffhanger, Followed by Fall Preview

Did the ‘Devil’ make them do it? Doug Williams  (Bill Hayes) is Satan? In what can only be described as major surprise twist on NBC’s Days of our Lives, for weeks, fans have thought they were about to embark on another dementia or Alzheimer’s storyline on the soaps with another beloved character.

However, Days head writer, Ron Carlivati ,and his writing team came up with a way to make it seem like this may be Doug’s fate only to use the long-running character as the impetus to bring the classic possession storyline back on the air some 25 years later.

It all goes down after Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) calls Marlena (Deidre Hall) to ask him to see Doug, after his MRI and other tests proved inconclusive for dementia, etc, to see if Dr. Evans can assess him.  The phone call to Marlena happened after John (Drake Hogestyn) was discussing the past, since Johnny (Carson Boatman) is ramping up to a shoot a movie on Sami’s life, that will include the time that Sami walked in on John and Marlena having sex, which caused Sami to act out for years and years.

 

However, and this is key, John tells Marlena that moment in time also left her alone and vulnerable to the darkest time in her life – alluding to when she became possessed by the devil – and Marlena was clearly having difficulty admitting that or going down that road of remembrance, when the phone call from Kayla saved her from digging deeper into the past.  Well now, John and Marlena may never have that conversation as she is primed to once again become possessed.

Meanwhile, Johnny is reading Will’s script for the Sami movie, and is shocked to read in it that Marlena was once possessed by the devil, as John takes out a dusty box with his Father John collar, a bible, and a news clipping of Marlena being possessed.  John is feeling that this movie will bring bad things on to all those he loves, especially Doc, and he looks to be right!

Now at her office with Doug, he admits he knows something is wrong.  He acts out and does strange things and does not know why.  Marlena brings up why Doug locked Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) in a freezer by accident. Doug gets adamant saying: “That was no accident. I locked that bitch in there on purpose.”  Marlena is shocked at his word and tone.  Then as Doug laughs, he says, “I’m not Doug.”  Next thing you know, the lowered voice of Satan comes out of Doug’s mouth and he tells Doc, “It’s been over 25 years Marlena. But did you really think I wouldn’t come back for you?” End of episode.  Great cliffhanger!

Now, check out the fall preview released following the airing of Friday’s episode by NBC below, which teases more demonic moments on Days. Then let us know in the comment section, what you thought of the ‘Doug’ twist as the possession storyline begins?

Plus, make sure to cast your vote in ‘Michael’s Poll’ of the week on the revisiting of this classic tale now in 2021 below the preview.

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