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


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


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


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


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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Who cares it’s not being shown on MTV

Will be on tv Michael

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

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!

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.

Mishael Morgan needs to be on the list .


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

I see again good actors are not getting recognized..

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.

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.

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

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

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.


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

Doesn’t Heather Tom have enough Emmys already?

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

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

Maurice/Sonny will bring home the gold ….

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.

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!!!!

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

Jess Walton should be in supporting.

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. dag look at the bottom 5, seriously. JVP is a solid entry

Dante , is my man. like last year… and this year… he continues to make his mark… whatever he’s doing… I like him.

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

dag… i’m not drinking this Kool-Aid

over and out

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.

Crazy! I agree.

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

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 running.

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.


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 Beth . did not have as strong a year as last years emmy win. boy did she deserve it… even if My Kassie DePaiva was equally deserving

2. Nancy Lee. i’ll say the same thing… I did about Gina Tognoni… Nancy Lee deserves this WIN next year…. she’s gangbusters with her new storyline… with Julian.

3. Jenn Lilly . she leaves a lasting impression… I hope Ron Carlivati brings the two Donovan sisters home to Salem.

4. Gina Tognoni. meh? I posted… and am standing by this that this was supposed to be her year ; for the win.

5. Laura Wright. UGH ! this is PAINFUL. ALL the hollering ALL the grandstanding ALL the bulldozing… Meryl STreep isn’t that impressive either. it’s ridiculous how the audience is supposed to be bowled over… when Frank Valentini trots her out for emotional beats. I didn’t see total breakdown… a totally broken woman… who sobbed with her heart and soul. it was all nag nag nag about finding the killer… and her mistrust of Sonny. She genuinely has beats with her onscreen mother, Bobbi. Until she calms the f down… and truly is SHOWN REELING like a mature woman… apologize to Kiki.

of the top 5… shoot because it wasn’t a banner year… AND YES Laura Wright may win due to that reason alone. SHOOT : emmy panel…. give it to Jess Walton. I do not want this to go to Laura Wright.

bottom 5.

Kristian Alfonso (Hope) Days of Our Lives
Sharon Case (Sharon) The Young and the Restless
Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea) The Young and the Restless
Heather Tom (Katie) The Bold and the Beautiful
Jess Walton (Jill) The Young and the Restless

1. Jess… I don’t know how much air time she got last year? of all the top 10.. why not give this to her.

2. Heather Tom…. gawd … I will never get the appeal. her facial expression is bland… outside of her histrionic crying . ’nuff said… she has 6. how much work can she truly bring on a 1/2 hour show. so they cram in eps devoted to their starlet. i’m not buying

3. MCE.. whatever the hell for ? perhaps she got some good work to reel with Justin Hartley…. certainly not any more… because she wont get any REEL with Nicholas’ Joshua Morrow.

4. Sharon Case. drawing blanks. FAN outrage is enough to keep her upfront. the ruin of one of their best characters is telling… SHE NEEDS Michael Muhney.

5. Kristian Alfonso. her best year was when Daniel Cosgrove and Lauren Boles were a ready made family. NO MORE. I cannot tolerate when a show shoves in our face… a propped character that does not have the magnitude and repertoire to glean from… she’s so one note… it’s embarrassing watching her and Rafe… do any thing intimate.

this is the one category that’s meh?

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 lamb as she subtly turned into the Tasmanian Devil with a heart, minus a kidney…..LOL.

Lead actor; Billy Flynn. What can I say? Sexiest, most devastatingly, enigmatic personality, and acting. He just does it for me.
Supporting: Steve Burton, the robotic, overnight cop turned spy transformed into a human being whose facial anguish was an open book. The demonstration of pain in losing his boy, Sully, was unparalleled –that’s how I saw it.
Younger: of all the sorased kids, Kyler Pettis won the race. Everyone else bit his dust.

Oh, by the by, Patrick; I love John Aniston myself. He cracks me up…..he’s a kick in the butt.
Certainly a contender.

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

Wen is goin to be on tv wath daet


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.

Thank you, Celia. Sweet.

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

Hi, mollie,
Likewise, mollie. Thank you!

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

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

Love him too. He’s so steady.

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?

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

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.

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

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

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.

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!!

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

Watkins, yes; deVry, no.

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 Actor. He should have won last year. I like Robert Palmer Watkins on “GH” too. I think he looks like an old-school Hollywood leading man, much like Ryan Gosling.

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?

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

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

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.

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.

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!

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

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.

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

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 sheplayed the heck out of it, regardless of badwardrobe and wigs.She still delivered.

This has not been stellar year for any of the shows. SSM has just gained reigns at Y&R. I say GH has had best writing and show production of the four shows.

Lookout for 2017 with Y&R and Days back in the cat bird seat.

I hope Nancy Lee Grahan win!!

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 the Restless

naturally, i’m going to want… Amelia Heinle as a contender. I’ve read past interviews and she in fact has shared that she never submitted her work… having worked with Michael Muhney and Billy Miller… has changed that… look at her now… 2 years later .. without those talented MEN… she’s still being nominated… on her own merit. she’s been lauded 2 out of the last 4 years… and that could become 3 wins. I love this lady

I’m looking for Michelle Stafford to ignite … she’s back…. and it’s as Nina @GH. endorphin alive spin turn enervate sumptuous… FEAST w/ Valentin and Charlotte.


1. Judi Evans (Adrienne) Days of Our Lives – THIS is perhaps the one actress atop the field… to have navigated more serials… with success and ease… every role she’s played she excelled

Another World… as PAULINA CORY CARLINO…. God this may be my favorite… I loved Joe. at the top of her game… she dazzles me.

Guiding Light… as Beth Raines for which she emmied.

like last year… I was so stoked to see Mary Beth Evans and Kassie DePaiva … that this year… Judi Evans is at the top of heart pull and this years celebration.

2. Stacy Haiduk (Patty) The Young and the Restless. the fan posts have made it pretty clear that she’s a shoe-in. it’s no easy feat to be villainess … and do it with such ease… I hope she makes the cut.

3. Finola Hughes (Anna) General Hospital – this may create pandemonium if she doesn’t win… I’ve seen and read enough about fan base… and theres no getting around this one… she has a continual reign . deservedly so… seeing someone in present day… we got to see one of the last supercouples …. Anna and Duke and seeing the demise; this… was cut throat . oy… the fall out and watching her grieve… NOW.. this is what Laura Wright Carly should have reeled. so.. it’s without doubt that knowing Anna is still in backbone mode… as she gets her life back… but is waylayed by Valentin… watching Finola Hughes give life to one of the best their is… I SO HOPE GH is smart enough to hire Michael Rodrick as Seth Baker… because he is Kevin Spacey, in the sincerest form … DANG IT.

4. Kate Mansi (Ex-Abigail) Days of Our Lives. this is huge. she was left out .. so was Billy Flynn @DAYS for last years emmy . i’m so proud of Kate Mansi forever… for her work. she worked it all… I’ve never seen such a transformation… so solid hitting every emotional beat and rod… grab your fishing rod… I was hooked line and roared for her. this would be a nice tribute to this lady as she’s now out and about … one of my own.. left the nest.. and I love her

so loaded

I’ve got to go with Judi or Kate

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

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 so well in the Dark and Light of Franco. Acting is always brought to a new level when he is around. I vote for RH of GH!!!

A big thanks for a great list too. Missing BC of GH – he was amazing as Morgan. And, I miss GT and HT, known to me from OLTL, great gorgeous actresses. I will have to look up their performances. Brava and Bravo to all!

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


nice to see you

less virtue
more me
that’s it




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

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DAYS Blake Berris to Chat Live on the Michael Fairman Channel as Everett & Bobby’s Story Heats Up

The tale of Everett Lynch and Bobby Stein is starting to reveal itself on Peacock’s Days of our Lives, which puts returning cast member, Blake Berris front and center in story.

On Monday’s, February 26th episode of DAYS, the results of Everett’s CAT scan indicate he suffered a traumatic brain injury which jives with his story that he was in a car accident and spent in a year in a coma, or does it?

Stephanie (Abigail Klein) and Everett are reeling that Everett as Bobby Stein was married to Jada Hunter (Elia Cantu) and treated her badly. While Everett claims he doesn’t remember anything about his time as Bobby, despite his fingerprints matching those of Robert Stein’s, Marlena (Deidre Hall) ponders if he could be suffering from PTSD, which might explain his memory loss.


Everett wonders if he has a brain tumor, but Marlena points out that they would have found it on the CAT scan. While there is no obvious reason for his memory loss, Kayla wonders if he is faking his amnesia? Marlena tells Everett that she is a psychiatrist and they should set up sessions immediately. Will it be revealed that Everett and Bobby are split personalities living inside one man?

Blake Berris is set to chat about the latest storyline developments and more, when he visits the Michael Fairman Channel on Wednesday, February 28th beginning at 3 pm ET/Noon PT.  Make sure to join Michael and Blake in the live chat for your turn to share your questions and thoughts on the story.

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Days of our Lives fans first met Blake when he played the character of Nick Fallon who was eventually murdered in 2014. Later, Nick made a few return appearances from ‘the grave’, in 2021 and 2023. Recently, Blake returned to the show in his newly-minted role of Everett Lynch at the end of October of last year.

Blake will talk about portraying Everett/Bobby, plus working his co-stars, and being a dad to his three boys, and more.  You can catch the livestream below.

Now, let us know, what is your theory about Everett Lynch and Bobby Stein? Looking forward to hearing what Blake has to say? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Days of our Lives Legendary Susan Seaforth Hayes Talks on the Horton House Fire Storyline, Mourning the Loss of Husband Bill Hayes & His Near-to-Final Performances

It has been an emotional time for longtime fans of Days of our Lives and beloved veteran, Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie Williams). On-screen, the iconic Horton home was burned to the ground in what appears to be a storyline-dictated decision that shocked many. In real life, Susan is mourning the loss of her husband and DAYS enduring favorite, Bill Hayes (Doug Williams), who passed away at 98 in January. Over the weekend, during the 2024 SAG Awards In Memoriam tribute, Hayes was remembered along with other motion pictures and television stars whom we lost over the past year.

Since the Peacock streaming soap opera tapes months ahead of air, the Horton home fire and its aftermath are currently playing out in all-new episodes with more on this story featuring Susan to come. Bill Hayes also appeared in several of these episodes making it all the more touching and heartfelt.

When Julie came back to the Horton home to see what remained of it after the fire, Days of our Lives fans were treated to a heart-tugging episode that streamed last Wednesday, February 21st. In it, newly-taped scenes of a young Tom (Zach Chyz) and Alice (Sydney Kathrann Smith) Horton telling the story of how they came to live in the house to raise their children, juxtaposed with Julie and Doug (and members of their family and friends), surveying what’s left of the beloved house, brought many a tear.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Susan Seaforth Hayes for this very candid and heartfelt conversation to get her feelings on the Horton house fire, and being given the opportunity to have a storyline at this point in her storied career. In addition, Susan provides some insight on what it was like for her ailing late husband to tape scenes at DAYS shortly before his death, what the series plans to do about writing off the character of Doug while honoring the legacy of Bill Hayes, and how she knew she had the greatest love affair that anyone could hope for in their lifetime, which in turn, has inspired all of us.

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I was shocked when they decided to burn down the Horton house. Were you at first devastated … and did you know that there would be a big story surrounding it?

SUSAN: I did not know how big a story was with it. I knew that many years ago, another regime had planned on trashing the set and getting rid of the set because nobody cared about the Hortons anymore. It was stopped by one person, and I was eternally grateful for that. This time I thought, “Oh, my goodness! I guess I’ll be meeting people for a cup of coffee at the Horton Square. No home, no roots, no reason to be called in,” and thinking that’s the end of Julie. That’s the end of Doug and Julie. Then, when they began to structure a story around it, I think all of this came up during the writer’s strike. So of course, I was curious to see how this was going to turn out. I enjoyed the aftermath, because in the aftermath, and a little bit before the fire, if you saw the show, I get to talk a bit about the history of the household and the people in it.

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In the special episode that aired last Wednesday, Julie gave Leo (Greg Rikaart) the family tree history of the Hortons for his story in the Spectactor.

SUSAN:  I’ve had a couple of good long soliloquies about the past. I’m fated to be the character that does that because I’m the one still standing. I must say, I do enjoy doing them. Emotionally, all I have to do is rerun some of the actors and my own family in my mind and the emotion starts to come, you know, the emotion starts to flow.

Julie talks to Maggie (Suzanne Rogers) immediately after the fire. She is upset that the Horton family Christmas ornaments are gone. Fans were not happy that they could possibly have burned up. Thank God! There was a happy ending when they were located and unscathed, or there would have been hell to pay! 

SUSAN: I knew that they were in the prop room and that they still existed. But how much they were going to put a story around their loss, I did not know. We don’t get to ponder the plot. We just get to show up and start doing it. I think on this particular matter, something as important as a structure of the original set of the show, there’s been quite a bit of interest. So, I can appreciate that.

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I was thinking, ‘Did they decide to burn the house down, because they were finally retiring the old Horton home set?’ What was the purpose of it?

SUSAN: They’ve done everything to make quicker set changes, which is remarkable and very efficient right now. The set designer said, “I’ll be interested in your input,” which was nice. The one thing that I loved that had been done, didn’t work. You couldn’t shoot into it. It was a federal mirror over the mantle. I loved it. The size was perfect. I was just delighted. And then, we tried to shoot it, and because of the roundness of the mirror, you got a perfect view of camera one and camera three. So, it came down.

This is Julie’s project to renovate the home. She’s determined to bring back all the memories and redo it?

SUSAN: Absolutely, which is another nice note to play for my character. She’s determined to make the house something that her grandparents would recognize and still feel comfortable in.

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What did you think of the episode that just aired where the show incorporated flashbacks of a young Tom and Alice Horton?

SUSAN: Well, I set it up. They had their own their own lovely scenes. I read them, and I’m sure the audience was charmed.

What do you remember when you first came to DAYS, and you were in that house, in that set?

SUSAN: What did I notice about the set? I noticed that it was a strange shade of green. (Laughs) It was explained to me that that dull color meant that your face would pop on color TV. I understood that. I loved the little window up the staircase. I’ve always loved that. And at one time, there was a model of the house that sat on the set on its own little pedestal, a little playhouse of the exterior of the house. Whenever the house was on (and remember this is when we were a half-hour and practically live, but not live, because there was no editing), there would also be the sound of a barking dog whenever we reached the Horton house neighborhood. We never saw the dog, but I’m sure his name was “Spot”, and I’m sure he belonged to someone.

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You shared so many scenes with Frances Reid (Alice) and MacDonald Carey (Tom) in the Horton living room set and up till they passed. Did they get along well with Bill? Looking back, how was your relationship with them?

SUSAN: They loved him. Well, Mac and Billy had worked together before in theater. Mac was very kind to me at the beginning and helpful. Frances was as well. As Frances got older, she got a bit testy. When someone says, “You’re not going to read the line like that … are you?” It catches your attention. (Laughs). I got peeved at Frances from time to time, but her intent was always to make everything as good as it possibly could be. I saw her come back from her stroke. learn to talk again, learn to do it all again. Not do it easily, but to do it at all was wonderful, and the same with Mac. In his last shows, he was very frail, but we’re actors. We liked being there.

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During the taping of the episodes surrounding the Horton house fire, Bill was mostly in them with you. How was Bill doing at the time you taped these scenes?

SUSAN: He was okay. He was up for it. He had difficulty moving at that point. So, they restricted his movement a lot. Bill always enjoyed coming to work a lot, and it was extremely difficult for him because he was blind, and didn’t move very well. And now, to do a scene with people who may or may not, have rehearsed with you, who may or may not, give you the exact cue, and when they are attempting to have you look each other in the eye, you can’t see who’s eyes they are, that was the hard part. The easy part was working with him, which was lovely and was a gift. It was a gift from Corday Productions that he was able to work within three weeks of his death, which I thought was super and extraordinary.

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That is amazing. Did Bill understand everything that was going on at the time of the tapings?

SUSAN: Absolutely. He understood what was going on. He just couldn’t see it or touch it.

The timing couldn’t have been easy for you with Bill’s declining health, and that the show was going to burn down the Horton home where you shared so many scenes and memories.

SUSAN: Well, it hasn’t been my greatest stretch. But I knew that life would be like this. I’ve had five decades of an absolutely wonderful, blessed marriage and a chance to work and a chance to live in my own home and travel, all good. And now, we’re going to have the epilogue. And the epilogue is the hard part, seeing rapid change around you and losing the people that were the center of your life. I’ve just been very fortunate to have cultivated some wonderful friendships, and to have a wonderful large family of Hayeses.

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You do realize that you and Bill were the gold-standard of what we all should be lucky enough to have in our lives. What an incredible, beautiful, passionate, loving marriage that the two of you had. You don’t see marriages like that anymore. We were all just in awe of the two of you. To us, it was the greatest love affair. You got to have that which is so extraordinary.

SUSAN: I know, and it was all Bill. I mean, any idiot could have been married to Bill Hayes and been deliriously happy. The guy was so perfect in every way that you really would have to pick something and blow it out of proportion to ever complain about any of his traits of character. He was just all good character, goodwill, and good humor. I just followed along and tried to live my life for him, with him, and follow his style, which I hope to carry on. I hope to be as good to people as he was to people, and, not be selfish.

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I always remembered how the two of you would come to the studio with your suitcases, ready to work no matter what material, large or small, they gave you. You showed up. You just had such great work ethic and you don’t see that as much anymore.

SUSAN: At the moment, it’s hard to find it everywhere. I think it’s probably generational. You cannot get too angry at people that are still holding up their phones in the one rehearsal that we have. I think it’s more convenient to receive your work electronically, but somehow it doesn’t seem quite as real. You don’t have a script in your hand anymore unless you print one up yourself.  Sometimes you haven’t met the person you’re working with. Well, that’s not unusual, but no rehearsal at all, that’s kind of marvelously new.

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Does Julie lean on anybody for emotional support as she tries to rebuild the Horton home. Who’s there for her?

SUSAN: As far as I can tell, nobody. I’m supposed to be the wise woman, and Marlena (Deidre Hall) is supposed to be the other wise woman. I haven’t had any scenes with Marlena for help. I would think Marlena would be the person I would be going to for grief counseling, for friendship, for all of that. I haven’t seen it in the scripts, yet. I’m still deeply entwined with Chad’s (Billy Flynn) storyline.

How is Billy Flynn to work with?

SUSAN: A pleasure. Billy Flynn has grown a lot as a human being and as an actor since I’ve known him. I’m really enjoying his company and really enjoying doing scenes with him. We rehearse and then we get on other subjects and laugh and talk and inform each other. We’re interested in a lot of the same things. He’s a new parent. He’s really devoting himself to that, to that experience in the best possible way. So, I’m lucky.

Do Julie and Chad try to figure out who set the fire?

SUSAN: Oh yeah.

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I kept thinking about how Julie got burned in the kitchen fire years ago and her face was scarred, At the time, your mother Elizabeth Harrower was writing DAYS and wrote that for Julie. Did you hate that story?

SUSAN: Well, I know where the story came from. It came up from something in mother’s own life. I knew the people involved, and I wasn’t crazy in love with the idea. Then, when it was supposed to go for six weeks and went on for months and months, I was concerned. Mainly, I was concerned that my face was going to be affected because of the appliance, the scars, that I was wearing. I was told by a dermatologist, “You’re going to have a little beard after this. Ripping your face every single day to get this off is going to be hard on you.” But, I seem to have survived.

Has the show even addressed with you how they plan to handle writing-off the character of Doug Williams, and how they want to honor Bill?

SUSAN: Only in the smallest way. I had a conference call with the producers and our head writer last Friday. I was informed about the immediate, immediate future. I’ve also been promised that they’re going to keep me busy. It’s a cast of over 40 people. I’ll be happy to show up and to be included.

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I was just hoping that whatever they decide to do with the character of Doug that they were going to run it by you, first.

SUSAN: They have, and they have been very sweet about it.  I’ve got to tell you, this regime, they have a sign up on the wall now, that says, Things we expect on this stage.”  The first one at the top of the list is “kindness.”

Have you watched your work back all these years? I know some actor’s never like to watch the scenes they taped.

SUSAN: I think you learn by watching yourself, if you have an open mind, and if you are not hypercritical, or dismissive. I cannot be dismissive of a character that has given me such a wonderful life. I’m still interested in Julie, perhaps I wouldn’t have been if I’d been on the show for three years and never returned to it. But I’m quite interested in her now, and what she has to offer as a member of this ensemble.

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Julie’s ties to the whole history of Days of our Lives from this point on are very important. How do you feel about that?

SUSAN:  There are those that don’t care about the history of the show. I know that. I know there are those that only care about continuing with something snappy to keep eyes on the screen through action, adventure, drama, death, kidnapping, missed opportunities, all that, which I suppose that’s what the audience craves. But, that’s not just what the show can do. What the show can do so well is character. There’s a lot of people over 70 who are still on the show now. I’m the oldest one, but I’m not the only one. We’re coming up on the 60th anniversary. I don’t think the show is worn out. And if it is, it’s had a remarkably successful six decades.

Lamon Archey (Eli) is back on DAYS for a stint. What has it been like to work with Lamon as his on-screen grandmother?

SUSAN: I think he’s terrific and visually he is so beautiful, so appealing. I think both Eli and Lani (Sal Stowers) are very appealing as characters. I’m delighted to be connected to Eli as a family member. That was a lucky break for me.

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Do you think DAYS fans are going to continue to be emotional in the aftermath of this fire and all the story that comes out of it? Do you think we’ll be touched by what Julie goes through to get the remains all cleaned up for a new house?

SUSAN: I think anybody in America who’s gone through a disaster, and have unfortunately had the disruption of their home, will be sympathetic and interested in how it all turns out. It’s a nice note to play. We haven’t had to do that very often. We just go from one lovely apartment to another without much discussion. I think this is the one set that meant a lot to people. I was very sorry to lose “Julie’s Place,” as it turned into kind of a sandwich shop. I still loved having a business, a tangible place to be, and an alternate place for people to meet.

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Upon reflection, what was your favorite scene with Bill? Was it when Julie and Doug got married on-screen, or was it something else that was much more intimate?

SUSAN: I think our last scene is going to be more important, emotionally. I think the first wedding was beautiful, but the material around the time of our second wedding, when Brenda Benet (ex-Lee) came back on the show and Doug stood up to her and says, “I’m not going to be manipulated anymore,” was also strong. There has been a lot of very important times – when Doug was killed-off by James Reilly, and we met in the tunnel of light. That was a day. That was a difficult day, which I certainly can’t revisit right now emotionally. When Julie found out Doug had run off and married her mother, Addie, that was a day. It was a day because, I went to the producer at the time, Jack Herzberg, and said, “Is this it? Am I not going to work with him anymore?”And he said, “Right! That’s it. You’re not working with Bill Hayes anymore.” We were not married at the time, and I thought I was going to go through the floor! That wasn’t a happy day.

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In terms of Bill’s final day on the set with you, did you know that it was his last, and what would turn out to be his last scene?

SUSAN: Well, they didn’t know. But I knew. I had been allowed to rewrite it. So, I can’t tell you Bill’s last line now, of course, but I will in time.

What do you think about the sentiments shared by Susan on her late husband, and this storyline? How do hope the show properly honors Bill and Doug Williams when the series writes-off the character? Are you enjoying the Horton house fire story arc or does it upset you too much? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Daytime Stars We Lost Remembered in 2024 SAG Awards In-Memoriam Tribute

On Saturday night at the 30th annual SAG Awards streaming on Netflix, several stars from the world of soap opera were remembered in a very moving In-Memoriam segment.

Honoring those actors we lost this past year, and set to the song “How do I Say Goodbye” by Dean Lewis, the screen was filled with so many heartbreaking losses.

Those who were remembered in the tribute included: Bill Hayes (Doug, Days of our Lives), Ellen Holly (Carla, One Life to Live), Nicolas Coster (Lionel, Santa Barbara et al), Tyler Christopher (Nikolas, GH, Stefan DAYS), Billy Miller (Billy, Y&R and Drew, GH), Sharon Farrell (Flo, Y&R), Arlene Sorkin (Calliope, DAYS), Kamar de los Reyes (Antonio, OLTL), Jeffrey Carlson (Zoe/Zarf, AMC) and Mark Goddard (Ted, OLTL).

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Other notable stars who passed away and were included in the tribute were: Chita Rivera, Andre Braugher, Suzanne Somers, and Matthew Perry.

Before the video package was played, actress Naomi Watts took to the stage and shared, “We have lost so many extraordinary actors in the past year, but because they touched the world with their talent, we all share their loss. To those of us who worked with them, alongside them, we feel their loss and their absence deeply.”

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She added, “Of course their memory will live on in our recollections of the precious time we shared together — and through their work, their performances captured in countless frames of images, ever ready to dance across the screen and come to life again, if only for a while.”

What did you think of the In-Memoriam Tribute at the 2024 SAG Awards and seeing a lot of familiar faces being included who represent the soaps? Comment. below.

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