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44th Annual Daytime Emmys To Be Live-Streamed; Presenters Announced!

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The answer to the question that fans have wanted to know has finally arrived by NATAS on Thursday.  The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced that this year’s 44th Annual Daytime Emmys will be live-streamed via two platforms, Facebook Live and  Twitter-Periscope Producer starting 8PMEST/5PMPST on Sunday night, April 30th. The ceremonies will be held live at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California.

“The National Academy is thrilled to be streaming this year’s Daytime Emmy Awards to the world,” said Bob Mauro, President, NATAS. “Add the great list of presenters we have for both our signature shows and I think the fans and Daytime community are in for a real treat!”

Those presenters Mauro talks about include:  Larry King (Larry King Now), Jane Pauley (CBS Sunday Morning), Susan Lucci, Harry Connick, Jr. (Harry), Margaret Cho, Tim Allen, Blair Underwood, (GIVE, Quanico), Trisha Yearwood (Trisha’s Southern Kitchen), Nancy O’Dell and Kevin Frazier (ET), Natalie Morales, (The Today Show, Access Hollywood), Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne and Aisha Tyler (The Talk), Dr. Mehmet Oz (Dr. Oz), Vanna White (Wheel of Fortune), Mark Steines & Debbie Matenopoulos (Home & Family), Chris Hansen (Crime Watch Daily with Chris Hansen), as well as Tamera Mowry-Housley, Loni Love, Jeannie Mae, and Adrienne Houghton (The Real) and Ross Mathews & Garcelle Beauvais (Hollywood Today Live). Also presenting are cast members from the four daytime soaps, including Bryton James and Mishael Morgan (The Young & the Restless), Kelly Monaco and Dominic Zamprogna (General Hospital), Katherine Kelly Lang and John McCook (The Bold and the Beautiful), Billy Flynn and Marci Miller (Days of Our Lives).  Special musical performance by Max Ehrich (The Young & the Restless, Under the Dome). Additional appearances by Karla Mosley, Reign Edwards and Jacob Young (The Bold & the Beautiful), Sonya Eddy and Robert Palmer Watkins (General Hospital), Nadia Bjorlin and Eric Martsoff (Days of Our Lives) and Tristan Lake Leabu (The Young & the Restless).  Music provided by Caleb Nelson and The Remotes.

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Extra’s Mario Lopez and The Talk’s Sheryl Underwood were previously announced as hosts for the daytime-fest.  “I am over-the-moon to be able to bring the Daytime Emmy Awards to all our fans,” said David Michaels, SVP, Daytime. “With Mario Lopez and Sheryl Underwood as our hosts and so many wonderful presenters, it’s going to be a great evening for Daytime!” 

The line-up of presenters for the Friday, April 28th at the Creative Arts Daytime Emmys include: Alex Trebek (Jeopardy!), Pat Sajak (Wheel of Fortune), Loni Love, (The Real), Judge Greg Mathis (Judge Mathis), Chris Hansen (Crime Watch Daily with Chris Hansen), Vivian Howard, (A Chef’s Life), JD Roberto (Daily Burn 365), Karla Cavalli (Planet Primetime), Anna Cathcart, Millie Davis, Isaac Kragten, (Odd Squad), Danny Jacobs (All Hail King Julien), Eric Darnell (Antz, Madagascar), Carolyn Hennesy (General Hospital/The Bay), Kristos Andrews (The Bay), Anthony Anderson (Anacostia), Anthony Wilkinson (Tainted Dreams), Reign Edwards, Courtney Hope, (The Bold and The Beautiful), Lauren Koslow, Thaao Penghlis (Days of our Lives), Chloe Lanier, Chad Duell (General Hospital), Christian Le Blanc and Melissa Ordway (The Young and the Restless).

So, what do you think about the Daytime Emmys being live-streamed via Facebook and Twitter? Excited to know that there is way to see the show  streamed live? Comment below!

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Beverly Levy
Beverly Levy

I am glad we will see the Daytimr Emmys. I think the daytime genre is treated very unfair. The daytime population have a lot of fans that respect and care about them

April Graham
April Graham

I agree completely. I feel like Daytime shows, the stars, creators, writers, etc & the fans of daytime shows are being disrespected by the Daytime Emmys not being aired on tv. There are still alot of us out here who greatly enjoy oyr daytime shows.

Patricia Sanderson
Patricia Sanderson

It is a travesty the way they treat the Daytime Soap Operas. I have watched the Soap Operas for 56 years. All Daytime Emmy’s on TV for years until recent ones.. The actors and people behind of the shows deserve so much more. Day time Actors work so hard,,,Ask any Big Screen Actor, many, many were Soap Opera actors and say how little they work the Big Screen compared to the many pages of scrip and work in a Soap Opera. We have tons of music shows and Screen shows. The Daytime actors deserve a show of their own. I always waited for this Daytime Emmy. I am so disappointed and will not watch TV tonight. I’ll struggle to watch it where I can. Go GH and Y&R. I miss AMC, OLTL…

rebeccaCali
rebeccaCali

I agree. I felt disrespected as a viewer not to have the 2017 daytime emmy’s aired on live television. I would have enjoyed watching the winners accepting their awards, listening to their acceptance speaches. The sponsor’s of these shows should be scratching their heads.

Jenny
Jenny

Whoa!!! What an all-star, has-been, never-was roster!! Lol. Best keep that off television!!

Moneca
Moneca

This is a great idea!

Noreen cunningham
Noreen cunningham

I was really hoping it would be televised, but I will try and pick it up. Love my GH and would love to see my favorites there.

April Graham
April Graham

There ought to be a way to get the” PTB” to start airing the Daytime Emmys on tv again. The daytime community & we, the fans of daytime deserve that.

Tammy Kreiss
Tammy Kreiss

Happy for those with a phone that can do live stream. My phones all are too slow. :'(

Lou piikes
Lou piikes

You don’t have a laptop red or desk top computer?

Tammy Kreiss
Tammy Kreiss

Haven’t used a desktop in yrs! Laptop was full & needed to transfer files to a hard drive. Way too busy to address it. I barely have a second to blink! Haven’t been on there in yrs either.

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

I guess if we at least get to see the Emmys, it is something. Of course i would have preferred the show being broadcast on live TV but I’ll still get to see the statues being handed out as opposed to reading about it in Soap Opera digest.

Max Daddee
Max Daddee

I am disappointed that it won’t be on live TV. I’d a hoped someone like Oprah would have cared to pick it up on OWN. Might help get ratings up on her network.

Lou piikes
Lou piikes

Why would Oprah broadcast a program that barely gets over a 1 million viewers?

Tony Daniels
Tony Daniels

GH all the way.
Now, date and time?

Shirley
Shirley

I am so thrilled about this news,thanks to all that had a hand in this

Mo
Mo

The fans are not “in for a real treat”. I won’t be watching. Let me know when it’s back on TV. Show some respect to the daytime community and their fans by putting it on TV!

April Graham
April Graham

I agree completely. Daytime shows, the stars, creators, writers, etc & we the fans of these shows deserve the respect that other awards shows get by being aired on tv.

Bertha Rodriguez
Bertha Rodriguez

Still not happy as many other all other awards are shown on televised but no longer for the Daytime Emmy Awards it’s not fair. We the fans we should be able to see this live. It’s just not fair some of us might not be able to see it on Facebook or Twitter because of the different hours we work. Not happy.

Joan Faist
Joan Faist

Just sorry it won’t be on TV.

Lou piikes
Lou piikes

Not on Television again!!!!!! Is anyone going to save this once thriving genre??????

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

i will just wait to see who wins and printed here…i no longer bother with facebook or twitter!!!

Mary SF
Mary SF

Live steamed is better than nothing, yet I remembered the last time it was live streamed it was horrible– no way to edit out drunken slurs, the whole thing lacked the polish of a professionally produced broadcast—also there are many fans who are not into social media, don’t follow either Facebook or Twitter because they don’t know how or they simply don’t want to– it would have been nice if a major network would show some class and support this award show — I mean if a major network is willing to air The People’ s Choice Award where the winners are notified in advance of the show so there is no suspense at all– or the Kid’s Choice Awards– which is just for fun–surely the hard working members of Daytime television deserve the same–

Lou piikes
Lou piikes

If fans don’t follow Facebook or Twitter or social media in general; no wonder the genre is dying. The vast majority of viewers can’t be bothered with or don’t know how to use social media spells doom for daytime soaps.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Well that is a lot of horsefeathers– the majority of daytime dramas died out long before social media even became a thing and if the genre dies it will be BECAUSE of INTERNET which is basically replacing ALL network television in general– also the WWW gave rise to everyone having a shorten attention span and stealing a whole generation of younger folks if they didn’t have social media they might have checked out daytime drama—- but I do agree the future of entertainment consumption in on the Internet or through the internet on demand — so just like in the days when television slowly replaced radio, broadcast television will be gone and hopefully in the new age, serial dramas will find a new voice and format– not like now, but a new evolution, like when serials on the radio transitioned to television.

Ray
Ray

I would love to see you do the pre-show.

davlestev1
davlestev1

so little respect to a much loved genre is mind boggling to me. what the heck is a periscope and facebook live..facebook is a platform that makes my skin crawl..talk about phonies trying to act like joined at the hip friends when its obviously designed to give an im better than you outlook on life. AUGHHHHHHHH..WONT BE WATCHING!!!

davlestev1
davlestev1

That man sounds like Donald Trump..it will be a beautiful thing trust me..deluded moron.

Matthew
Matthew

Exactly! I’m surprised he didn’t say he found a television network to air the awards and Mexico is paying for it.

rebecca1
rebecca1

LOL, Matthew! They’d probably pay for the show sooner than the wall!

davlestev1
davlestev1

LMAO..IKR

su0000
su0000

The DayTime Emmy’s for the Soaps is mostly a fashion show.
The judges are not all soap fans and make decisions that are rushed just getting through the entries.
Actually the time when people actually gave a ding about soap opera awards has long long long ago passed.

And why on earth would anyone care if a cooking show hosts would get an award , I mean to sit through the whole daytime to get to the soaps is annoyingly boring.

I watched one, just one, daytime emmy and never watched once since..
After the awards are given the soap winners are always posted without fail.

To the emmy watchers you have my sympathy …………… LOL

James
James

While it is a shame that it won’t get televised, the show will still be broadcast online, which is better than nothing at all, and hopefully, with Facebook Live (streaming through Youtube would have been much better IMHO), the show will also accessible outside the United States.

The key for a successful online broadcast is the same as with any live show, it has to be well-produced and polished for viewers to appreciate, and that is something I thought the producers of the show last year needed and were able to learn when they did this the second time last year, although there were flaws here and there.

Regardless, I don’t understand the misguided hatred of an online platform when Daytime itself never gets the same love from Primetime fans who view the over-all genre as inferior so there’s no reason for daytime fans to do the same on Internet media such as Facebook and the Daytime Emmys website itself.

Keri A
Keri A

It’s a shame a bunch of nonsense is broadcast everyday all day. Why can’t some producers once year televise this show? A few years ago the head of CBS said that he love to help the Daytime Emmys get back on the air. Considering CBS says it’s #1 in daytime TV across the board. It’s a sham they can’t honor the shows. Daytime has always had the most loyal fans amd not to have The Emmys broadcasted on TV again is shameful. I much rather watch “my stories” (lol) then any so called reality based TV shows aired ad nauseam daily. JMO JS….

JK
JK

I AGREE WITH YOU 100%……COULD SAY SO MUCH MORE BUT BETTER I DONT….

April Graham
April Graham

I agree. There are still many, many loyal daytime fsns that would still love to be able to watch the Daytime Emmys on television. We, the stars, writets, etc of daytime deserve thr respect of the Daytime Emmys being on tv. Not to mention that some of us are only sble to get internet on our phones. I don’t pretend to speak for for everyone, but I have talked to several friends & family members who refuse to try to watch any show on a phone. It’s just not as enjoyable.

Matthew
Matthew

Can a Facebook “Livestream” be replayed? I won’t be home that night until the awards ceremony is over. Damn, I wish the Emmy were airing on tv so I could record it with my DVR.

Lou piikes
Lou piikes

Livestream can be replayed as many times as you like whether you watch live or not.

Matthew
Matthew

Awesome! Thanks Lou!

Judith
Judith

Nice for savy people I guess, but wish for the rest of us it were on TV. Really miss it. So many award shows, but this is the only one that counts for me and my friends. Will miss it again.

April Graham
April Graham

There ought to be a way to get someone or some group of people to air it on tv again. Besides myself, I know several people that greatly miss getting to watch it & that’s just people I know in “real” life, not to mention the people I’ve met on facebook, twitter, that also feel the same way.

Barbara from Atlanta
Barbara from Atlanta

I think it is time to either (1) scale the entire Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony back to a nice, low-key lunch where the awards are given or (2) end the affair completely.

I have been a soap opera fan for 50 years and am not advocating for the demise of the industry. However, when this ceremony can’t even find a network (traditional or cable) to broadcast it out of the roughly 50 options that would be available, it is time to reconsider the approach. It is degrading this ceremony has been reduced to on-line streaming. (No offense to this site but the efforts by the soap media to present on-line streaming as some fantastic thing are inane).

JK
JK

RIGHT ON-BARBARA!!!!

davlestev1
davlestev1

Isn’t it the truth. .they act like streaming is the HOLY GRAIL of viewership. .IT’S NOT! When it comes to these awards fans want the luxury and pride of watching a TELEVISED event. Back in the day you even got a well produced nighttime episode of one of the networks daytime dramas the Emmys aired on. Well and truly over it. It’s probably a chore to them to even have to bother at all. I’m with you on the luncheon. .they’d probably do it at hometown buffet the JERKS.

James
James

Streaming offers a real-time accessibility that a television set cannot fully duplicate. Think of it as an evolution of what has been started off with radio.

davlestev1
davlestev1

Real time access meaning wonky camera angles…a flash shot of the carpet and a table leg…making you feel as if the camera man stumbled…a forehead shot…et.al…I hear Ya.

James
James

If you watched last year’s Daytime Emmy’s, it’s anything but what you described. It was basically a live television broadcast except it was not shown on TV with the added plus of no commercial interruption even if it sucks that the awarding ceremony have no sponsors to offset the costs of production.

davlestev1
davlestev1

JAMES i tried to watch just like i tried when POP forever made up execs minds cable and network just aren’t viable for these shows. Explaining myself would be like trying to convince a MAGA enthusiast why TRUMP is ALL TYPES OF WRONG..YOU CAN’T. That being said EVERY cable and network drama ALL use the daytime story telling mode to prolong their existence in prime time TV. It’s a proven and written about fact. If ANY genre deserves respect it’s the hallowed halls of daytime. Relegating these awards to a steaming platform-albeit at the last possible moment no less-is wrong..stomach turning..disheartening and not worth the headache to sit through..but you enjoy…I’m old school..the UK shows mad respect for its soaps..labels them as such but they’re better than some of our prime time shows. Their awards are televised and for the first time this year live so no one can spoil the outcome. I’ll be watching. Thanks to two platforms including monthly subscription Brit Box which they did for Americans from ITV and the BBC I have all my soaps back. Plus the soap awards live. Admittedly add of last month I now only watch Y&R…if i want to watch cartoons I’ll watch Star Wars Rebels…GUARDIANS and MARVEL on Disney xd ..oh and don’t let me forget the Irish soap RED ROCK on Amazon. Enjoy your awards show.

davlestev1
davlestev1

And if you want to know why DAYS is failing AMAZON has a preview of Ted Cordays novel Ladies of the Lake…I’m an avid reader and love a good book. I recently finished Out of the Dark and am now well into FootFall and the saga of the Fithps..I was not amused to say the least. Just bad.

James
James

davlestev1: The UK has a TV viewing population that is a fraction of that of the US, and their daily soap operas air on both daytime and primetime, including soaps imported from Australia so more or less soaps across the pond have equal footing as primetime scripted shows and that is reflective on their award shows.

You can’t really compare two widely different TV markets.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Actually the Emmy Awards– well in fact most long running award shows started out as private industry awards– somewhere along the lines, some network suit realized there was money to be made by televising these industry awards and making them essentially a three hour commercial promoting networks or studios shows and films. So I totally agree, these industry awards, given for and by those who work within the same field should be private affairs– that includes all them, film, television, theater and music–

davlestev1
davlestev1

RIGHT!! Even Knickelodian televises a freaking kids choice awards. You can even tune into the best dog in show awards..it’s a travesty.

Judy
Judy

I would like to know why nbc abc and cbs wont show it

Steve
Steve

It’s a money losing proposition for whatever network would do it. The production costs and low ratings combine to make it not worthwhile for any network. Back in the day, all 3 networks had multiple shows to nominate. Nowadays, CBS would be the only one that might have a slight interest (with 2 soaps, 2 game shows and 1 talk show).

NATAS should make it available on their own website – unless FB and Tw are paying some production costs.

JK
JK

THEY DO NOT CARE……THESE NETWORKS DONT CARE ABOUT SOAP FANS = ONLY CARE ABOUT THE MONEY THAT GOES IN THEIR POCKETS…..SHAMEFUL!

Lou piikes
Lou piikes

Soaps are a business and networks don’t produce shows for charity.

rebecca1
rebecca1

JK…no network “cares” about fans. Like Lou piikes said…it’s a business. If they don’t find it cost-effective it’s not happening.

Gia
Gia

I understand that fans do not count and that this is a ” business”.

All three major networks has a soap opera. GH (ABC) DOOL (NBC) and CBS (Y&R and B &B).

Why don’t the 3 networks split the cost ?

I see that they are streaming on social media which I do not partake in so I guess I will miss this year 🙁

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DAYS Promo: What’s Going To Happen At Jarlena’s Wedding Anniversary Shindig?

Coming up next week on Days of our Lives, prepare for drama, drama, and more drama! From the looks of the latest promo for the NBC soap opera, the action takes place at Marlena (Deidre Hall) and John’s (Drake Hogestyn) surprise one-year wedding anniversary soirée, where things could take a deadly turn!

But with the Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) masquerading as “Nicole” plot reaching new heights, Anna DiMera (Leann Hunley) and Tony DiMera (Thaao Penghlis) back in Salem, and the promo telling viewers “For one guest, the party, is over” followed by Sonny (Freddie Smith) yelling, “She’s got a gun!” and Brady’s (Eric Martsolf) ending line, “Oh, my God!” there is plenty to conjecture.

Also seen in the teaser is Kate (Lauren Koslow) trying to rip off the face of Susan Banks (Stacy Haiduk), and Stefan (Brandon Barash) and Gabi (Camila Banus) getting hot and heavy and Eric (Greg Vaughan) yelling, “No!”

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DAYS Stacy Haiduk and Eric Martsolf Talk Kristen & Brady’s Twisted Relationship : The Mask, The Deception, The Sex

Last week on Days of our Lives, Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) was able to get the man she craves in between the sheets.  So, just how did that happen when Brady Black (Eric Martsolf) had no idea she was alive?  Well … he still doesn’t, really.  You see, Kristen returned to Salem disguised as another ex flame of Brady’s, Nicole Walker (who everyone believed died in the warehouse explosion).  And Kristen has been parading around town donning an incredible likeness of Nicole’s face – via a prosthetic mask – and some other tricks to sound and look just like her!

Kristen’s goal is to infiltrate Salem, remind Brady of the love and passion they shared, take over DiMera Enterprises, and who knows what else!  And everyone who stands in her way, better watch out as we have seen! We are speaking to you (the late) Ted, and (once kidnapped) Kate, et al.

Fans of the NBC daytime drama series have followed the tortured relationship between Kristen and Brady for years and through many plots; Kristen was first played and brought to life by Eileen Davidson, and for well over a year now by Stacy Haiduk.  Not only has Haiduk reprised the role of a frustrated, vengeful Kristen, she is also playing at times multiple roles: the wacky and often misunderstood, Susan Banks, Kristen playing Susan, or Kristen pretending to be Sister Mary Moira.

As for Daytime Emmy winner, Eric Martsolf, this latest story arc puts him front and center as viewers watch to see if what Brady senses, and the clues, and the feelings he is having, bring him to the conclusion that he has been duped by Kristen, and that her horrendous scheme – pretending to be Nicole (Arianne Zucker), and dumping Nicole’s longtime love Eric (Greg Vaughan) to be with him have a result that is unexpected or catastrophic!

Michael Fairman TV sat down with Stacy and Eric for this conversation about: all the plot twists, and playing the drama and the humor of the situations they find themselves in as actors in a wild story that only head writer Ron Carlivati could pen and keep the audience on the edge of their seats in the process. Check out this oh-so-fun, direct, and enlightening chat with two of DAYS most shining stars.

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Eric, what has it been like working in this part of your storyline; where there’s the character of Kristen in its many forms: Arianne Zucker playing “Nicole” (but it’s really Kristen), Kristen as Susan, and the real Kristen, etc?

ERIC:  It’s been a nightmare Michael.  (Laughs)  I don’t know who I’m sleeping with anymore.  I’m at the point where I go home at night, and I just tug on my wife’s cheek just to make sure that she is not my ex-girlfriend from high school.

When you first heard of this storyline, and that it was going to facilitate how Arianne was going to come back to the show… and that it was supposed to be Kristen in a Nicole Walker prosthetic mask with a voice alternator, what went through your mind?

ERIC:  I think in the back of Ron’s Carlivati’s (head writer, DAYS) mind, he was thinking to himself, “This dude started his soap career on Passions, he’s okay with this kind of thing,” and honestly, nothing surprises me anymore.  When you’re thrown into that supernatural, crazy reality, doesn’t-live-here sort of atmosphere for you first soap gig, you don’t sweat a mask and a voice modulator.  That’s just par for the course.  My biggest problem was the body thing … that Brady is not able to distinguish one body from the other, because I would as Eric.  My God, I know every inch of my wife’s body.  So, it’s difficult to get my head around that, but at the same time, I’m going with the whole “love is blind” thing here. (Laughs)

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(Laughs) I was going just going to say that Brady would absolutely know Kristen’s body from how passionate their relationship has been in the past, as well, he would Nicole’s body from his relationship with her.

ERIC:  Since Kristen did finally just succeed – let’s use the word in “seducing” him, and using her wonderful feminine wiles as only Kristen has to get Brady in to bed, there was also another twist.  What plays after that is that he notices the tattoo that’s been removed, and she plays it off as scarring from the fire.  What’s going through his mind as he is making love to Nicole is a “Kristen train”.  He can’t get Kristen out of his mind, and the guilt that he feels about that is horrendous.

Right! Brady is thinking: “Why am I feeling this when I am supposed to be with Nicole!?”

ERIC:  Right!  Brady has been waiting for a relationship for God knows how many years now – at least a successful one.  He is so eager to have this work, even though he has been concerned about how Eric (Greg Vaughan) would feel about this.  In Brady’s mind, Eric is done with Nicole.  He’s good.  He loves Sarah (Linsey Godfrey).  This is fair game.  Brady and Nicole have always been close … they’ve been close before … so, for him, it’s, why not give it a fair try?   However, he finds himself now thinking about another woman the whole time.  That’s rough.

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Do you think in the back of his mind, that this whole time, he possibly knew that “Nicole” was Kristen?

ERIC:  Well, you just have to wait.  There will be a reveal eventually, obviously, but until then, let the games play on.

So, once Brady and “Nicole” have sex, he keeps thinking about Kristen?

ERIC:  Constantly!  She just plagues his mind.  I think he’s realizing that his affection for Kristen is anything but dead and is very alive, and I think this is Kristen’s master plan from the very beginning.  She knows that she pervades his soul, and once she does reveal herself, I would guess he would probably be surprised, maybe a little angry, but in the end … you can’t deny what your heart and your body wants, right?

One of my favorite recent scenes had Brady half-naked and Kristen as Susan getting into his room, because she was looking for the MIA Nicole mask she so desperately needed.  She finds herself gawking and lusting after Brady under her disguise, and he tries to remove himself from the situation and says, “Susan, I’m going to get in the shower…”

ERIC:  Yeah! And, “It’s not going to happen, baby.”

What was that like doing that scene?

STACY:  I loved it!  I thought Eric was brilliant in it.  I watched it, and I thought, “Oh, my God!”  (Laughs) It is one of my all-time favorite scenes.

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ERIC:  Kristen is a tiger.

STACY:  She is a tiger.  She’s got a goal, and she is going to go after that.  She has obstacles that are going to come in-between her goal, but she will go after whatever she wants.

When Stacy comes in to Brady’s room as Susan, were you not laughing?

ERIC: No!  I thought she was hot. (Laughs)

STACY:  He did … he loved it.  You liked me, didn’t you baby? (Laughs)

ERIC:  I don’t think anybody can deny that Stacy Haiduk’s portrayal of Susan Banks is ridiculously good.  Everything from her delivery … to her facial expressions.  I think it is amazing.  I mean, it is corny, and it is fun, and soaps need characters like that once in a while to lighten the load of the heavy dialogue and the drama.  It’s a welcomed addition.  So, I love playing scenes with Susan.

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Eric, you always have been able play the straight-man so well in comedic scenes with impeccable timing,

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STACY:  You’re brilliant, Eric.

ERIC:  You guys are being very nice to me.

STACY:  You are.  I remember on the day how much fun we had, but then, seeing it back and the crap that I was giving you, and just the stuff you were giving back was so beautiful, and innocent, and so alive.  It was so funny.

Does Kristen think that now that she finally got Brady into bed that she won … that she got what she wanted … even if she had to don a “Nicole” mask to do it?

STACY:  Well, no, because she still can’t be really Kristen.  I think she is grateful that she gets to be with him.  That’s one of her biggest goals: to be with Brady and she wants to have him fall back in love with her again.  But for her, now it’s all about, “How do I reveal myself so that he doesn’t get scared away?”  That’s the toughest part for her.  Kristen’s love is so deep that it goes beyond this mask.  So, how is it going to be when he sees her?   Is he going to freak out?  What’s going to happen?

ERIC:  Did you think Kristen would be a little pissed off and think, “Oh my God.  He did go for Nicole?”

STACY:  Yes!  I do, because she’s like, “Finally, I got him!  But wait a minute … did I get him because I was Nicole … or because I was Kristen?”  As Kristen, she always believes there is something deeper between them and a deep connection.  That remains a driving force to her.

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ERIC:  That’s why I love these characters so much, because of you and the history of Kristen with Brady.  She’s always wanted him as much as he has wanted her.  She’s always wanted to be loved.

STACY:  Yes … and very much so.

ERIC:  Kristen had always wanted to be a part of the DiMera Empire, just as Brady has always wanted to be a part of the Kiriakis Empire, and they’ve always wanted love.  They’ve never had it.  They believe in the back of their minds that anything is attainable.  So, I can see why Kristen would just forgo the Nicole disguise and just go, “He wants me.”

STACY:  Kristen wants to believe that Brady knows it.  She says to herself, “He knows it’s me inside and behind the mask.  When he finds out, he will fall back in love with me.”

Now that she actually had sex with Brady, wouldn’t that make Kristen even more insatiable to be with him? Like, “I’ve got to have him!?”

STACY:  The fear is still .. what happens she takes this mask off?  She always says, “I’ll reveal myself, but I have to do it slowly when it is the right time.”  I think there is that built up frustration now for her, absolutely!

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Arianne Zucker really has Stacy’s mannerisms down as Kristen.  It really comes into in scenes where “Nicole” goes off on someone or loses her temper.  Eric, you have worked with Arianne for years on this show.  What do you think about her performances in this storyline?

ERIC:  I have worked with Ari over the years, and I have enjoyed it a lot.  Ari did do her homework.  She did study Stacy’s tape, and she watched her mannerisms, and she took it very seriously.  I know that because she is a hard worker, as much as a goofball as she is, she does work hard, and she wanted it to be good.  I think my favorite parts were the Kristen meltdowns.  You have to understand though; Stacy and Ari get along very well!  They’re kind of two peas in a pod.  So, it wasn’t a big stretch for her to take on how Stacy would play those types of scenes.  They’re both animated, they’re both wild people by nature, and so, it was a good fit.  It was a smart idea from the writers.

STACY:  It was a good fit!

ERIC:  I’ve been out with the two of them, and it’s hard to tell the two of them apart. (Laughs)

STACY:  We are just like two cuddly bunnies.

ERIC:  They’re like flirting with each other, and hugging each other.  You find yourself thinking, “Are they going to start ordering the same food at the same time?  This is getting weird. (Laughs)

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In the recent scene that aired; where Kristen as “Nicole” turns off the light while having sex with Brady, is she worried her plan will now go awry?

STACY:  Yes.  I think she is worried about her body because it is burned.  You know, how they take a tattoo off, and it’s as painful as can be.  Not that I’ve had that done personally.  I like my tats, but I hear it is painful.  So, in the storyline, the burn is that pain that she has and the tattoo. There’s a part of her that thinks,  she has to cover it up, and turn the lights down low.

ERIC:  “Nicole” is sleeping, and Brady is rubbing his hands over her shoulder and touching her body, and as he goes over the burn marks.  He sees a flash of the tattoo!  That is a pivotal moment when he starts to put some pieces together.   He thinks, “Woah! That’s exactly where that tattoo was.”  It’s a slow little rollercoaster ride.

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In the past, Kristen then played by Eileen Davidson, drugged and raped Father Eric.  Stacy, did you ever see that story arc?  Literally the sex scene is playing on the screen at Kristen’s wedding to Brady and then all hell breaks loose.  This to say Kristen is notorious for the ways and the lengths she goes to get her men into bed.

STACY:  Yes! I saw her Eileen do those scenes.

ERIC:  You also saw how close Kristen and Brady were to their dream, to their happiness, their goal, which was they were going to marry each other.  Brady is looking upon his loved ones in this town and thinking, “I know what you all think of her, but I’m going to show you our love on this screen, and once you see the connection that we have here as a couple, you all are going to be convinced that we belong together as well.  This is the happiest day of my life,” and the screen comes up and it’s his brother banging Kristen instead.

Marlena (Deidre Hall) played the wrong DVD!

STACY:  It was so good.  See, I try to find as much info as I can on the character’s past, because all of the time I’m trying to find where these characters have been in their dark and twisted past.

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ERIC:  You’re putting your own stamp on Kristen.  You got a direct call from DAYS casting department, didn’t you … when they were recasting the role?

STACY:  Yes.  You have to understand, I had two really separate characters to play when I was on Y&R.  One was a doctor, and one was this crazy passionate, wild, little minx.

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ERIC:  I will say to find the wild and the beauty in one package is not easy in any town, yet alone Los Angeles.  I’m glad they called you, because you have that.  You have that villainous nature, but you also are able to show a vulnerable side to Kristen that is going to be a lot of fun and interesting to see.

Stacy is one of those people that will leap off of the screen at you and you will remember her.  She is one actress that will have fans talking about their work, like when you played crazy Patty Williams on Y&R.  The audience was on the edge of their seats going, “Oh, my God!  What is Patty going to do next?”

STACY:  I never knew what she was going to do!

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Eric, has Stacy come to you at any point where she been overwhelmed by the task at hand; playing Susan while playing Kristen, etc, and the two of you have a moment where you work through some of the challenges of complex scenes  … and ones where she is playing multiple characters?

ERIC:  We’ve had many moments  to speak of.

STACY:  I always come into Eric’s room, and am like, “I’m scared!”

ERIC:  It’s funny you mention it.  We have had some very emotional scenes, and Stacy – who cares so damn much about this job and portraying this character correctly – that she gets a little overwhelmed, and the material that they give her is overwhelming for any anybody on any level.  I have looked at her in the eyes, and said, “You’ve got this gig.  You are this character.  You are knocking it out of the park.  Just do it.  Just be you.”   I can’t wait for people to see some of the stuff we have shot recently and have been doing.

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Stacy, do you think Kristen can be redeemed? Many characters on daytime … and on DAYS … have done horrible things and later turned over a new leaf.

STACY:  The thing is that villains are bad and all that other crap, but they’ve got a lot of stuff going on inside and insecurities, and they’ve got a heart.  I’m sorry, the villain with a heart of gold, can be very  true.  I never see villains (and I play them a lot) as bad.  You have to find where it comes from … how far does this go … where did that little seed change … and what made them go into the dark, but also, where is the good?  You want to bring the good to it, too.

ERIC:  Let’s face it!  Star Wars is all about Darth Vader and how he became that because it’s intriguing.

Because of the pace in which DAYS tapes its episodes; do the two of you find time to run lines together before you go hit the set?

ERIC:  We are running out of time to run lines.  It’s pretty wild.  Funnily enough, I was recently filming a movie and I was so underwhelmed at the pace of everything.  I’ve gotten so accustomed to moving at this militant style, that as hard as it is, it is preferable to me now.  I almost like it because you don’t have time to overthink what you are going to do, and you end up getting more visceral and natural reactions to the material.  You can overthink a scene, and you can come to a wrong performance that way.  When you burn your fingers on a hot stove, that’s the most natural reaction you are going to get.  You can’t have ten minutes to think about how you are going to scream about that pain.

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But, would you like the pace of shooting the show to be a bit slower?

STACY:  I would like to, but I do think sometimes just jumping in, and going and seeing what happens is great.  I love that.  I do appreciate that.

ERIC:  It’s scary.

STACY:  It is scary.  I would love if we would get to do a rehearsal and then two takes just to see, and then they can mix  together what happens.  Sometimes I am hard on myself as an actress.  I’ve always been.  It’s that jumping in when you only get to do one take.  You have to just give it everything you’ve got.

ERIC:  You can have a second take.  Want me to give you a little secret?  All you have to do is screw up your last line.

STACY:  I can’t do that.   I don’t even need it to be perfect because nothing is perfect.  It doesn’t matter what I’ve done if I sometimes don’t feel it.  I need to feel it when I’m on that set.  I need to feel something because when I shut down, I close myself off.  It’s like an athlete who has just got to  train as hard as they can to reach their goal.

ERIC:  You’re an Olympic swimmer!

STACY:  You’ve got to do it as hard as you can.  You practice, and you practice, and you practice, and you practice, so that when you come to that day, you do the best you can, but sometimes you are disappointed because you didn’t get that one last thing you had hoped for.

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How do you view what happened to Eric with Kristen, who disguised as Nicole, tricked Brady into bed with her?  Some fans commented that that they thought it was akin to a rape.

ERIC:  No, I would disagree with that theory.  I believe there is a high degree of deception in this, but there is a willingness on behalf of Brady.  He’s not drugged.  He’s not being forced to do anything.  Deception, yes.  Rape, no.

Stacy, what do you think?

STACY:  Total deception.  There is no rape.  There is absolutely no rape.  These are willing participants; he just doesn’t know exactly who he is dealing with.

ERIC:  I appreciate the context of how somebody could construe that, and the seriousness of the matter.  I don’t think it really has a place in this particular storyline.

Do you guys think that Brady and Kristen are each other’s star-crossed lovers in a weird, twisted, bizarre way?

ERIC:  I don’t know.  I think they’re magnetism can’t be denied.  I think the hurdles that they’ve jumped through are astronomical.  Will they end up together in the end?  Who knows!  Will there ever be an end?  Who knows!  It’s definitely been one of, if not the most, in-depth relationships Brady has ever had.

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And intense!

ERIC:  Yeah.  They’ve just gone through so much to be together, and when you do that, anybody who is married knows that, that’s where the good stuff is; the wars that you win together and the battles that you go through.  When you come out of the war, and you’re still together, that’s the bond.  That’s what lasts.

What would Kristen do if she couldn’t have Brady in the end?  Would she find a new obsession?  What if she could not nab her man?

STACY:  Wow!  Hmmm. (Laughs)  She’s going to get her man.  She wants her man.  She wouldn’t settle.  She’d keep fighting.  I would say to her, “Kristen, keep fighting the good fight.”

So, do you think Kristen will reveal herself to Brady sooner than later? Will Brady figure out what Kristen has been doing to get to him?  Will Brady turn Kristen away if he knew she was alive and back in action  … or would he fall back into her arms? Share your theories via the comment section below.

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Daytime Emmys To Merge Younger Actor & Actress Category Into One As Gender-Inclusive Categories Are On The Rise

The upcoming 47th annual Daytime Emmys are already making some changes to key categories and specifically this one that affects daytime drama performers.  Word from Variety is that NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) is going to announce that they are combining the Younger Actor and Actress categories into one gender-neutral category

Not only will the Younger performer category be gender-inclusive, but network soap performances will be combined with digital drama series performances for the category.  Previously, for this past Daytime Emmys, NATAS had changed the Guest Performer in a Drama Series to be gender-inclusive.

This category was initially created in 1985 when it was called the Outstanding Ingenue and then from there tweaked into Outstanding Juvenile Female and Male, and more recently that morphed into the Younger Actor and Actress categories.

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Former GH star Hayley Erin (Ex-Kiki) and former DAYS star, Kyle Pettis (Ex-Theo) will now be the last female and male to win the two separate categories with this new move for 2020.

Fans of film and TV have noticed that on several award shows on MTV: their Movie and TV Awards and their VMA’s, there are several gender-inclusive categories, as well as the Television Critics Association Awards who for instance doles out Outstanding Individual Achievement in Drama in comedy.

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