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45th Annual Daytime Emmy Nominations Announced!

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Nominations were announced this morning by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) for the 45th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

And in the daytime drama categories, it was a big day for both General Hospital and Days of our Lives.  Each of the soaps were the most nominated shows in daytime this year with GH receiving 26 nods and DAYS 25. CBS was the most nominated network in all.

The ceremony will be held once again at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Sunday, April 29, 2018 hosted for the second year in a row by Extra’s Mario Lopez, and Sheryl Underwood of The Talk.  Speaking of The Talk, nominations were revealed this morning on the east coast feed of the series in some of the major categories.

The Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards will also be held the night before at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Friday, April 27, 2018.

“The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is excited to be presenting the 45th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, in the historic Pasadena Civic Auditorium,” said Chuck Dages, Chairman, NATAS. “With an outstanding roster of nominees and two wonderful hosts in Mario Lopez and Sheryl Underwood, we are looking forward to a great event honoring the best that Daytime television delivers everyday to its devoted audience.”

David Michaels SVP and Executive Producer, Daytime Emmy Awards acknolwedged: “The record-breaking number of entries and the incredible level of talent and craft reflected in this year’s nominees gives us all ample reasons to celebrate.  With David Parks joining us as an Executive Producer on the show, Gregg Gelfand directing and Bruce Ryan doing the set and Lighting Design by Tom Kenny along with a great production team, our 45th Anniversary show will be a spectacular gala which both looks ahead and looks back over 45 glorious years that will honor everything we’ve come to expect and love about Daytime television!”

Congratulations to all the performers, creatives, shows, and behind the scenes personnel for their achievements and nominations.  Here now are the nominees! (MF Soaps will update this list for all daytime drama categories today)

                                                                                          

Outstanding Drama Series

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The Bold and the Beautiful

Days of Our Lives

General Hospital

The Young and the Restless     

                                                                                   

Outstanding Digital Daytime Drama Series

The Bay The Series

Eastsiders

Ladies of the Lake

Tainted Dreams

Venice The Series

Zac & Mia                      

                                                                                               

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

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Eileen Davidson, as Ashley Abbott

The Young and the Restless

 

Nancy Lee Grahn, as Alexis Davis

General Hospital

 

Marci Miller, as Abigail Deveraux

Days of Our Lives

 

Maura West, as Ava Jerome

General Hospital

 

Laura Wright, as Carly Corinthos

General Hospital

 

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

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Peter Bergman, as Jack Abbott

The Young and the Restless

 

Michael Easton, as Hamilton Finn

General Hospital

 

John McCook, as Eric Forrester

The Bold and the Beautiful

 

Billy Miller, as Jason Morgan/Drew

General Hospital

 

James Reynolds, as Abe Carver

Days of Our Lives                                                                                                                                       

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

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Marla Adams, as Dina Mergeron

The Young and the Restless

 

Camryn Grimes, as Mariah Copeland

The Young and the Restless

 

Susan Seaforth Hayes, as Julie Williams

Days of Our Lives

 

Elizabeth Hendrickson, as Chloe Mitchell

The Young and the Restless

 

Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, as Steffy Forrester Spencer

The Bold and the Beautiful

 

Mishael Morgan, as Hilary Curtis

The Young and the Restless

 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

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Wally Kurth, as Ned Quartermaine

General Hospital

 

Chandler Massey, as Will Horton

Days of Our Lives

 

Anthony Montgomery, as Dr Andre Maddox

General Hospital

 

Greg Rikaart, as Kevin Fisher

The Young and the Restless

 

Greg Vaughan, as Eric Brady

Days of Our Lives

 

 

OUTSTANDING YOUNGER ACTRESS in a DRAMA SERIES

 

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Reign Edwards, as Nicole Avant Forrester

The Bold and the Beautiful

 

Hayley Erin, as Kiki Jerome

General Hospital

 

Cait Fairbanks, as Tessa Porter

The Young and the Restless

 

Olivia Rose Keegan, as Claire Brady

Days of Our Lives

 

Chloe Lanier, as Nelle Benson

General Hospital

 

Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series

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Lucas Adams, as Tripp Dalton

Days of Our Lives

 

Rome Flynn, as Zende Forrester

The Bold and the Beautiful

 

Tristan Lake Leabu, as Reed Hellstrom

The Young and the Restless

 

Casey Moss, as JJ Deveraux

Days of Our Lives

 

Hudson West, as Jake Webber

General Hospital

 

Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series

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Ryan Ashton, as Zach Sinnett

The Young and the Restless

 

Robb Derringer, as Scooter Nelson

Days of Our Lives

 

John Enos, as Roger

Days of Our Lives

 

Morgan Fairchild, as Anjelica

Days of Our Lives

 

Vernee Watson, as Stella Henry

General Hospital

                                                                                                                                      

Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team

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The Bold and the Beautiful

Days of Our Lives

General Hospital

The Young and the Restless

 

 

Outstanding Drama Series Directing Team

The Bold and the Beautiful

Days of Our Lives

General Hospital

The Young and the Restless                   

                                                                                                                  

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Digital Daytime Drama Series

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Mary Beth Evans, as Sara Garrett

The Bay The Series

 

Vanessa Kelly, as Journee

Giants

 

Lilly Melgar, as Janice Ramos

The Bay The Series

 

Alicia Minshew, as Angelica Caruso

Tainted Dreams

 

Anne Winters, as Mia Phillips

Zac & Mia

 

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Digital Daytime Drama Series

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Kristos Andrews, as Pete Garrett

The Bay The Series

 

James Bland, as Malachi

Giants

 

Richard Brooks,  as Augustus Barringer

The Rich and the Ruthless

 

Van Hansis, as Thom

Eastsiders

 

Kian Lawley, as Zac Meier

Zac & Mia                                                                                                                                      

     

So what do you think of this year’s nominees? Did you favorites make the cut to the final round for Emmy night?  Who do you think was snubbed? Which show and performer do you really want to see win the most? Share your thoughts via the comment section below!

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So happy for Days!!!!!!!!!Still feel gh is overrated and doesn’t deserve the love this year! Michael Easton no! Days for writing! Yes Casey Moss must winnnn!!!!!!!!!Marla or Camryn for supporting actress

grammy
grammy

and why was kelly monaco ripped off,? she was the best of all of them, to have all of the gh actresses nominated and kelly was snubbed. something is very wrong with this,picture. so glad sb didn`t make the cut. he did nothing and don`t know why he was even nominated.hope billy,wally, erin and hudson wins.and gh

eddie
eddie

Did they change the rules for best geust performer? How did morgan fairchild get nominated when her character is not brand new.Also,I assume all the pictures are the winners in each category.If that is true then someone told you who the winners are.

Steve
Steve

Originally, I thought that about existing characters, but apparently the performer must be new to the show, the character can be existing. I’m not sure if there’s a maximum number of appearances quota in the guest category.

Voting starts all a new now that the nominations are out.

eddie
eddie

There is no more voting.The winner has already been picked.The actor or actress who received the most votes is the winner.This has been the ridiculous procedure for the past 4 years.

Joanie Vaughn
Joanie Vaughn

I truly feel that Galen Gering was totally snubbed for Lead Actor! His work as Rafe Hernandez in Days of Our Lives was outstanding this past year and more than deserving of the Emmy. Let hope next year Galen get the nod!

Diane dalessio
Diane dalessio

Max Gail definitely should have received nomination for guest actor for his portrayal of Mike in General Hospital

Steve
Steve

These nominations are for calendar year 2017, Gail will be eligible for either Guest or Supporting next year.

JONNYSBRO
JONNYSBRO

Wow on Marci Miller cracking the lead category. Mark my words people a star is born with Marci

IRENE M ADAMS
IRENE M ADAMS

She has done phenomenal work with the 3 personalities. Ron C & team always make stories better. Unexpected twists. Not sure what she submitted because she seems to have great stuff as of late. Hope she wins. She is great with both her lead guys. Lucky her.

Patrick
Patrick

“THIS ” is the nicest far out spot on

LOVING THIS… she’s amazing

listened to her “take” on the MF emmy nomination show…. and as pointed out.. she broke in… tore it up… leveled the playing field.. as it were

and as mentioned.. all the other nominees.. are emmy winners.

WHY NOT emmy win this newbie.. this ingénue.. this marvel.. this token bona fide dedicated to this craft

I LOVE Marci Miller

she’s captivating … watch her everyday.. no histrionics.. just on your mark contained camera loves her… poised performance

Mo
Mo

She should have fun at the Lead Actress Luncheon!

Jimh
Jimh

Cassey Moss-yes…he improved a lot and is a fine young actor…Chandler Massey-sorry but what started out as a much welcome return has fizzled lately…Chandler just isnt given enough…seems to stand around in scenes like a rock and looks like he ifs going to burst out laughing…Days is such an improved soap but im already tired of the Gabbi or Abbi story-would be nice if Days won…Chloe lanier-sometimes i like Nelle and sometimes i dont….she is crazy Heather Webberish…could she be Franco’s daughter????

Celia
Celia

Agree with everything you said, Jimmy. You must agree that Chloe Lanier is as good as crazy gets. Love her!! Impeccably acted.

Jimh
Jimh

I was starting to get a little bored but she does remind me of Heather…maybe she is Franco’s daughter and Heather’s granddaughter???….

Shay
Shay

@CeeCee….Chloe Lanier’s nomination is one of the few GH kudos that actually makes sense…the girl can act her socks off! Best of luck to her! As for the others, given that the two best actresses from that soap, Finola Hughes and Genie Francis, didn’t get the Emmy respect they’ve earned and deserved, I can only hope that the tiresome trio from Port Charles cancels each other out and Y&R’s Eileen Davidson gets the golden nod!! Quite frankly, I’ve had it up to here from both Ava and Carly, and you already know where I stand on the character of Alexis….as if NLG’s perpetually-condescending combo of nagging and shagging, rutting and tut-tutting is Emmy-worthy!!!! Give me a break!

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

I absolutely agree with you Jimh concerning Casey Moss. He is a fine actor who gives a very solid performance. I’m happy his work is being recognized.

I did not see Chandler Massey during his prior tenure with the show. Since coming on this time, I’m completely underwhelmed. The actor seems bored and the character seems arrogant.

Jimh
Jimh

Will used to be far more interesting…and i totally agree with you about the actor!

Mo
Mo

They haven’t quite given Chandler enough material. He is a great actor. I don’t know that he will win an Emmy this year, but he totally deserves the ones he already has.

Celia
Celia

You know better than I, Jimmy, that anything is possible. I still think Nelle is Nina’s and Silas’. …as is Kiki.
I do praise Nelle’s acting, but not the story….only because there’s a baby involved.
….do not like Michael…ugh…I used to, but since he has completely forgotten who his real father is; and, how easily he has forgiven both Sonny and his mother….well, he is at the bottom of the totem pole for me.
However, the more I think about it, the more I believe you are on to something……Nelle and Maxie go into labor at the same time …..Nelle’s baby dies, and she steals Maxie’s. I find what I just said distasteful, but it is typical soap fodder.
I hope not….but, there it is.

Jimh
Jimh

Wish they move on away from Carly and have Nelle search for her birth parents….we did have to endure Nina attempting to steal Ava’s child…i think they will repeat the story…Crazy Nelle …it would seem she could be the granddaughter of Crazy Heather…or perhaps Nelle is Nina’s…and im bored with Micheal-he is a snooze

Celia
Celia

You make sense to me, Jimmy……
Yet, I hope to God, Nelle does not do what Nina did…..
If Nelle turns out to be Nina’s? Well, my Jimmy….the story comes full circle.

Meg.
Meg.

Thx Michael ,

Rose
Rose

PUT IT ON BACK ON TV!

Donna Mackie
Donna Mackie

Thank you Michael. My favorite Greg Vaughan has delivered very moving performances on Days. He deserves the honor of receiving the Daytime Emmy

Soaphound
Soaphound

Yes, DONNA, and as far as I’m concerned, GV is still owed some overdue recognition from his stellar work as Lucky on GH years ago. Gorgeous and gifted…what a combo!

Patrick
Patrick

let me get out two things….

1. how – just – over the moon I am that Greg Vaughan made the cut. I want an all out campaign for this guy to WIN. Greg Vaughan as Eric Brady is my current day William Holden… just so doggone good looking… you notice every thing. Roaring laugh out loud… his scenes with Jenny bear… it’s almost like he’s in on the “joke” and teasing the hell out of her. OK OK. even I have to admit… Jenny Bear is not floundering. Would I fare any better

Man … I want Greg Vaughan to be recognized. not just for all he is. his talent this year… with RC scripts… ALIVE and WELL … one of… the BESTEST Leading MEN

2. OK the biggest diss of them all. Judi Evans not being nominated and recognized for her all out tour de force .. as Bonnie AND Adrienne Kiriakis.

She ran the gamut of doppleanger… SHE WAS HYSTERICAL… any actor who can run the gamut of comedic to drama and all that traverses with… every beat .. she noted sang and raced to the finish. she’s a marvel of a woman. she owns you… and is a doggone trooper its all in a days work.. with her spirit. WOAH

just love love love her to bits… her story for breast cancer… her break up and reconciliation with Justin… her missing out on her son Sonny “wedding” and her comedic triumph as Bonnie. now her heart beat heartfelt feat as sister to Steve Patch Johnson. tear up

GO Greg Vaughan. WIN IT FOR THE TEAM

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

So glad to see Susan Seaforth Hayes and Marla Adams nominated–wondering IF Genie Francis would have been nominated had she been given a good story line AND air time.
Hmmmmmmm.
And glad to see Mary Beth Evans nominated-again!–on The Bay.

Glad also to see Casey Moss nominated as JJ on Days.
And finally to see Wally Kurth nominated (on one of the series he is on!)

Debra m
Debra m

So happy Marla was nominated and hope she gets it. Next year Max Gail definetly should be nominated in the guest star category. He has been amazing in the dementia story as has Marla.

Soaphound
Soaphound

So, I’m thrilled over the following nominations: Billy Miller (finally out from the “Jason” shadow); the great Maura West; wonderful Greg Rikaart (ridiculously released from Y&R); Casey Moss (proof that pretty AND talented can exist together); Hudson West (a real pro already); and, mostly, those 3 great supporting actresses from Y&R: the towering Marla Adams (what a thrill this must be for her also), fantastic Camryn Crimes, and the criminally overlooked Mishael Morgan as the deliciously devious Hillary. I like Laura Wright, but this nomination is inexplicable to me but, overall, I’m happy for the first time in several years.

Celia
Celia

I am parroting myself here, Soaphound, LOL…..as I said to Jimh; I agree with everything you said.

Tani Sterling
Tani Sterling

Only watch Y&R. Thank you for your comments regarding Greg Rikaart, Camryn Crimes ( or G?), and Mishael Morgan. All are intriquingly skilled and catch one’s eye and mind.

Celia
Celia

You go girl, Tani!! Gregg was supposed to have appeared on Days….where is he? Awaiting with bated breath.

dmr
dmr

Love Maura West and Marla Adams! As of Laura Wright, not sure what material she submitted, other than more hysterics and stomping.

Celia
Celia

Agree all the way down….all your comments, dmr. I don’t want to run the risk of being repetitious……but, Marci Miller is done for me. I do not believe the acting…….the subterfuge and quick thinking kill it for me. She looks great, though….
Oh, someone sent me a comment in my inbox….hilarious. Was it you? ….about Carly and Peter and “Parking Lot”? Such a baby face. Me no like!!

Patrick
Patrick

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Eileen Davidson, as Ashley Abbott, The Young and the Restless

Marci Miller, as Abigail Deveraux, Days of Our Lives

Nancy Lee Grahn, as Alexis Davis, General Hospital
Maura West, as Ava Jerome, General Hospital
Laura Wright, as Carly Corinthos, General Hospital

DID NOT MAKE THE CUT –

Sharon Case, as Sharon Newman, The Young and the Restless, CBS
Melissa Claire Egan, as Chelsea Newman, The Young and the Restless, CBS
Judi Evans, as Adrienne Kiriakis/Bonnie Lockhart, Days of Our Lives, NBC
Mary Beth Evans, as Kayla Johnson, Days of Our Lives, NBC
Kelly Monaco, as Sam McCall, General Hospital, ABC
Gina Tognoni, as Phyllis Summers, The Young and the Restless, CBS

Lisa Mackenzie
Lisa Mackenzie

I do not watch DOOL,but I do agree that Kelly Monaco should of been nominated

Debra m
Debra m

All Gh actresses are so good they may just over shadow each other and Eileen will win. Sorry, do not think Marci is that good. The DID story on DOOL started out good, now getting over the top, as Ron tends to do. No one can compare to Eriks Slezak in the DID story.

dmr
dmr

Love Eileen-always have-talent and brains (and beauty)! Marci-why was she nominated? A complete snooze-fest!

Patrick
Patrick

I am , of course , baffled by two , who made the cut – 1. Eileen Davidson – ??? what for? her relationship with mom… Dina ? her sparring with Graham ? it seems to me this show just glossed over .. and covered ground to keep appearance. I did not hear or read, one iota of gut wrenching pull out all the stops contained performances. unless, this is for the “outing” of who her biological father is. even then I’ve not read in SOD or this site any significance . @Days of OUR Lives… absolutely she is riveting. not that it’s worth comparing her lead actress story to @DAYS. hey… Y&R as a production has been so quiet. the last couple years… that outside of Dina Altzheimers … is Mariah still holding fast that she’s lesbian? god.. it’s stymied time.. to even think … two monumental un momento… 1. that Plane Crash .. w/ Chris Pratt 2. the opening Abbott breakfast w/ Kay Alden Now we are in the midst of Mal Young – it’s surreal to see what is not happening @Y&R. no excitement nothing generating… no word of mouth… till now FACT: the story line going on now… despite the protest that JT would never act this way… is breakout stuff for both Amelia Heinle and Thad Luckinbill. dag , i’m so happy for my girl.. Amelia… LOVE IT what’s going on with the denizen of Genoa City ? drawing blanks for too long 2. Laura Wright . ??? what for ? when Frank Jean Shelley Chris … continue to bash our heads in with the same character day in and day out… with the constant annoyance .. because that’s all she can be is loud . has to trample any and all denizen. as I’ve oft posted… WHO… ANSWER THIS … WHAT .. IF ANY characters SEEK her out ? why would they ? yeah, she’s so lucky she has bobbie.. otherwise she’s DOA material… and a constant reminder, all the rest of the cast not getting REEL TIME. I’ve asked… what quality if any defines her ? sure she’ll read the hell out of a script given her. she barrels over any one she shares scenes with. even the writers thought they could ring out something .. with the women of : Bobbi, Carly, Nelle, Josslyn. not a go. especially if Nelle survives what she’s doing to Carly. does any one care ? why waste your time… if Sonny and Jason are just right outside the door. such a bore Carly has had no story this past year. just plopping her here there and everywhere because Frank can. I would have switched these two OUT. for @DAYS Judi and Mary Beth Evans as for @GH. I’m actually thoughtfully happy for NLG” Alexis… if her REEL is for her alcoholism story. she was GREAT. now she’s that much more staid and lifeless. PARTAY! as for @GH. Maura West should OWN this year.. if it has… Read more »

Cat h
Cat h

I dont have to look at the reels to know that Days of Our Lives is gonna win best drama and best writing team. GH or B&B could win best directing. James Reynolds or Peter Bergman is gonna win lead actor. Maura West, Eileen Davidson, or Marcy Miller will be named lead actress. Greg Vaughan or Chandler Massey is gonna win supporting actor. Marla Adams or Camryn Grime is gonna win supporting actress. Casey Moss is the winner for younger actor. He cant be beat. The only person i see beating him is co star Lucas Adams. Reign Edwards or Chloe Lainer for younger actress. Im gonna watch the reels when they come out. My final predictions will probably be the same.

Patrick
Patrick

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Peter Bergman, as Jack Abbott, The Young and the Restless

Michael Easton, as Hamilton Finn, General Hospital

John McCook, as Eric Forrester, The Bold and the Beautiful

Billy Miller, as Jason Morgan/Drew, General Hospital

James Reynolds, as Abe Carver, Days of Our Lives

DID NOT MAKE THE CUT –

Scott Clifton, as Liam Spencer, The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS
Billy Flynn, as Chad DiMera, Days of Our Lives, NBC
Galen Gering, as Rafe Hernandez, Days of Our Lives, NBC
Eric Martsolf, as Brady Black, Days of our Lives, NBC
Stephen Nichols, as Steve “Patch” Johnson, Days of Our Lives, NBC

Debra m
Debra m

Was surprised Scott wasn’t nominated. He was great in those scenes when he found out his father slept with his wife. Some of his best acting, yet in won three times before for lesser material. Think Peter will win though I think Michael Easton has been great as Finn. The character has so much added dimension lately.

brian
brian

How about a new category “most missed cancelled soap” ?

Iakovos
Iakovos

Winner (tie!): ALL OF THEM!

Patrick
Patrick

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Marla Adams, as Dina Mergeron, The Young and the Restless

Camryn Grimes, as Mariah Copeland, The Young and the Restless

Susan Seaforth Hayes, as Julie Williams, Days of Our Lives

Elizabeth Hendrickson, as Chloe Mitchell, The Young and the Restless

Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, as Steffy Forrester Spencer, The Bold and the Beautiful

DID NOT MAKE THE CUT –

Nadia Bjorlin, as Chloe Lane, Days of Our Lives, NBC
Eileen Davidson, as Susan Banks, Days of Our Lives, NBC
Lisa LoCicero, as Olivia Falconeri, General Hospital, ABC
Mishael Morgan, as Hilary Curtis, The Young and the Restless, CBS
Arianne Zucker, as Nicole Walker, Days of Our Lives, NBC

Jonah
Jonah

Mishael did make the cut. there are 6 nominees for supporting actress this year

Patrick
Patrick

AGREED : Thanks. 6 nominations this year.

Y&R Women ARE GOLD.

Marla Adams
Camryn Grimes
Mishael Morgan
Elizabeth Hendrickson

WHAT A BANNER YEAR FOR these ladies. ANY ONE COULD WIN and it’d still be a feast.

heart tug and sentiment : Marla Adams, Y&R
heart tug and sentiment: Susan Seaforth-Hayes, DAYS

THIS category… for both Men and Women… TOUGH CALL

Patrick
Patrick

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series –

Wally Kurth, as Ned Quartermaine, General Hospital

Chandler Massey, as Will Horton, Days of Our Lives

Anthony Montgomery, as Dr Andre Maddox, General Hospital

Greg Rikaart, as Kevin Fisher, The Young and the Restless

Greg Vaughan, as Eric Brady, Days of Our Lives

DID NOT MAKE THE CUT –

Darin Brooks, as Wyatt Spencer, The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS
Steve Burton, as Jason Morgan, General Hospital, ABC
Chad Duell, as Michael Corinthos. General Hospital, ABC
Bryton James, as Devon Hamilton, The Young and the Restless, CBS
James Patrick Stuart, as Valentin Cassadine, General Hospital, ABC

Michael
Michael

I am so thrilled that Marla Adam’s got nominated! She richly deserves it after the material she was handed and delivered in spades!

Iakovos
Iakovos

I concur! What a coup to have original actress return in the role and keep true to history! Brava!

Michael
Michael

Here’s hoping that she wins!

barbara payne
barbara payne

Kelly monico and steve burton should have been on the list

Lisa Mackenzie
Lisa Mackenzie

I think Steven wasn’t because he just came back,hopefully next year,,but agreed,Kelly Monaco should of been nominated

Patrick
Patrick

OUTSTANDING YOUNGER ACTRESS in a DRAMA SERIES

Reign Edwards, as Nicole Avant Forrester, The Bold and the Beautiful

Hayley Erin, as Kiki Jerome, General Hospital

Cait Fairbanks, as Tessa Porter, The Young and the Restless

Olivia Rose Keegan, as Claire Brady, Days of Our Lives

Chloe Lanier, as Nelle Benson, General Hospital

DID NOT MAKE THE CUT –

Courtney Grosbeck, as Coco Spectra, The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS
Victoria Konefal, as Ciara Brady, Days of Our Lives, NBC
Eden McCoy, as Josslyn Jacks, General Hospital, ABC
Paige Searcy, as Jade Michaels, Days of Our Lives, NBC
Lexie Stevenson, as Mattie Ashby, The Young and the Restless, CBS

Lisa Mackenzie
Lisa Mackenzie

Yes Josslyn should of been nominated ,she an amazing young actress,,and what about Curtis,and Anna

Patrick
Patrick

Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series –

Lucas Adams, as Tripp Dalton, Days of Our Lives

Rome Flynn, as Zende Forrester, The Bold and the Beautiful

Tristan Lake Leabu, as Reed Hellstrom, The Young and the Restless

Casey Moss, as JJ Deveraux, Days of Our Lives

Hudson West, as Jake Webber, General Hospital

DID NOT MAKE THE CUT –

Pierson Fode, as Thomas Forrester, The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS
Noah Alexander Gerry, as Charlie Ashby, The Young and the Restless, CBS
James Lastovic, as Joey Johnson, Days of Our Lives, NBC
Garren Stitt, as Oscar Nero, General Hospital, AB
Anthony Turpel, as Ridge Forrester Jr, The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS

Mark Y
Mark Y

Team Camryn. No wait, Team Marla. No wait ……

Celia
Celia

I know, right, Mark Y?? You’re funny!!

soapqueenforever
soapqueenforever

I say it should be a tie between the both of them. Let them both win. They both deserve it.

Patrick
Patrick

@GH : of the dullard Corinthos’ Clan and FRANK agenda

Maurice Benard – not even nominated . YES
Laura Wright – have no idea WHY she even submitted

Steve Burton – Jason . YOU NEED TO ACT.. sorry ole blue eyes
Kelly Monaco – Sam . you have run your course. be gone

Chad Duell – Michael . simply one of the worst in all of daytime
Chloe Lanier – Nelle . Congratulations… you’re wasted in this pie.

Michael Easton – Finn . this is the most stupefying of all. what for ? could it be … your godlike cure of addiction ? the biggest syringe and yellow opioid connect.

Roger Howarth – all this pressure on Liz to forgive what happened as a kid. not even your fault if you did push him down those stairs. kids will be kids ? so blown up. EASE on down the road Franco. your mind is all we know. just over ripe overkill.

3 of Franks dullards made the cut : Laura Wright / Chloe Lanier / Michael Easton

I take this year as indicative that Frank NEEDS to seriously think about his direction

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Patrick, on all counts, you speak for legions of fans, definitely for me! 🙂

Soaphound
Soaphound

You know, jamesj75, I had an odd reaction to Mr. Easton’s nomination. At first, I remembered fondly his little “assignment” with Anna, which I enjoyed. But then I thought: where are the deeper, profound moments that we expect from a Lead Actor nominee? I didn’t see them. There’s none of Peter Bergman’s commanding authority or the heartbreaking sadness we saw in Billy Miller’s eyes when Sonny & Carly dropped Drew. Oh well, I’m so happy over Billy’s nom, plus those for Greg Rikaart, Mishael Morgan, Camryn Grimes, Marla Adams, Casey Moss, and Maura West that I can let this one slide. Though I do feel that Carly’s clomping shoes and constantly flipping hair deserve nominations, too. THEY really worked hard this year!

k/kay
k/kay

if You remember the great Beverly McKenzie she never won a Emmy still does not matter she was indeed one of the greats take it all with a grain of salt. Here in the real world people are trying to feed their kids pay for insurance keep a roof over their head, so to see these actors use their filthy language on Twitter about us has turned me off I am still a viewer of y &r but about to drop it because of my dectroying JT

Lisa Mackenzie
Lisa Mackenzie

I take it your not a big fan of GH,or most of it’s actors,,he doesn’t speak for me,or thousands of others

Celia
Celia

This is one of the funniest, in-your-face posts, Patrick—you even outdid youself, LOL……agreed!!

Ric
Ric

Right on point

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Now, don’t hold back, Patrick! 🙂

Debra m
Debra m

Maurice did not submit himself .

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

I would love to see Marla Adams take it for supporting actress. Watching her play Dina and her descent into dementia has been exciting and have me feeling sad at the same time. She hasn’t missed a beat this year.

Mo
Mo

She should win.

brenda
brenda

I believe Days is gonna win alot of awards they have done better in writing than GH.GH is not for the fans If the fans ask for Jasam or Alexis and Julian to be together they won’t they put ones together that have no chemistry. so GH is gonna lose this year.

Vince79
Vince79

Laura Wright and Maura West had another great year. They always get nominated cause they are the best actresses on soaps. Kelly Monaco was not snubbed. She never gets nominated for a reason. She is not in the same league as the other GH leading ladies. Nancy Lee Grahn deserved that third spot in outstanding actress.

Billy Miller? The man grunted and mumbled through another year on GH. He needs to go back to Y&R and stop phoning in his performances. Michael Easton finally gets himself a nomination. Well deserved and well played as Finn.

Anthony Montgomery was the unsung overlooked hero of the tale of two Jason storyline. He is going to win this category next month and people better not act surprised when takes the gold. Wally Kurth is a very deserving nominee and put in his work for GH over DOOL. He was wonderful last year taking over the Quartermaine family.

Chloe Lanier is easily the best actress in her category. She is the next Laura Wright, Maura West, Nancy Lee Grahn, Finola Hughes and Michelle Stafford all rolled into one. She will dominate at the Daytime Emmy awards for years to come. Hayley Erin is a very deserving nomination as Kiki Jerome. She has grown so much as a performer since playing Abby on Y&R.

Hudson West is the next big thing. A star is born in this young man.

dmr
dmr

Maura West is an amazing actress and performer. I absolutely love her as Ava Jerome. I think she is truly talented and never, ever phones in her dialogue. I can’t say the same for Laura Wright, sorry. I used to be a fan…

Patrick
Patrick

“…Anthony Montgomery was the unsung overlooked hero of the tale of two Jason storyline. ” NICE HEADLINE

THEE Toughest Category. inarguably.

I WANT AM Andre to take home GOLD.

I think this will be a 3 way race : between :

Anthony Montgomery, Andre, GH
Wally Kurth, Ned, GH
Greg Vaughan, Eric, DAYS

ie: AM’ Andre is also bringing it home… with Finola Hughes…. NOW THIS IS Chemistry. Finn and Anna ? don’t go their. keep Finn with Alexis . Anna looks so relaxed and at ease with Andre. as he helps Anna search for her missing son.

you know… I’ve posted about this… Wes Ramsey as Heinrick is not making any inroads… why couldn’t they have made this son a newbie… and yes… it’d be a new character… like Anna.. not knowing who this child is… seems like it’d be fun for the audience as well… to just drop in this son… and every one gets to explore this newfound family.

Wes Ramsey Peter / Heinrick is not working. he can try all he wants to establish and connect with any one he can. I just don’t see it… even with the ditzy chicks Maxie and Lulu. just ho-hum.

Best Supporting Actor , Male. I will salute these men. too close to call

Soaphound
Soaphound

Well, Vince, I completely disagree about Billy Miller, but thanks for highlighting Anthony Montgomery’s stellar work. He really came into his own during the 2-Jasons story especially that riveting scene in the interrogation room when he began to unravel the twisted tale. He looked like a man still half-obsessed with the brain-mapping idea, while also realizing it has been his doom. Practically Shakespearean! And Maura West just gets better every year!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hey, Patrick…well, we know we all have our own taste. I love Wes as Peter and I think he has quite a bit of chemistry with Maxi. His style reminds me of Tyler Christopher, kinda mellow but present. He’s soothing to listen to, beautiful to look at and I just like his style. (I can actually see him in an old black ‘n’ white movie as a detective, LOL.) I hope his character stays on and Wes continues in the role.

Always liked Anthony Montgomery/Andre. Good, natural actor.

LOVE Ned/Wally Kurth! Always have!

James
James

It’s weird for me to say that I’m feeling a little old after seeing Chandler’s name in a different acting category now after years of seeing him getting nominated in the Younger category (when he was carrying stories equivalent for that of a lead actor).

Not sure about the other nominees in the Younger Actor category but I think Casey Moss got this in the bag. Although I’m curious on what reels he and the other actors have submitted for consideration.

Vince79
Vince79

Lead actress: Laura Wright (GH)

Lead actor: Peter Bergman (Y&R)

Supporting actress: Elizabeth Hendrickson (Y&R)

Supporting actor: Anthony Montgomery (GH)

Younger actress: Chloe Lanier (GH)

Younger actor: Casey Moss (DOOL)

Guest performer: Vernee Watson (GH)

Best drama series: GH will win for the 3rd straight year.

Best writing: Y&R will win for the 2nd straight year.

Best directing: B&B

jeanine girard
jeanine girard

Wow. I’m really okay with the list this year. Seems more balanced this time around. The ones that didn’t make the cut (thanks, Patrick!) were the right call. Each category has some close contenders, which is neat. Maybe a lock in one of the categories, but still some good competition. Good job nominaters! Congratulations all around to the nominees!

Steve
Steve

Interesting to see if the voters go for best performances last year or consider lifetime work.

In the Lead Actor category, McCook is probably favored. Bergman and Miller are 3-time winners. Reynolds and Easton are more supporting.

Will the GH trio cancel each other out in Lead Actress? Marci Miller’s best work came after the eligibility period.

This is Kurth’s first acting nomination. He won for an Emmy for songwriting. This category is wide open.

Hayes was last nominated almost 40 years ago. As a daytime legend that has never won, she has to be the favorite.

Moss and Lanier are near locks in the Younger categories. Whether you love or hate Aunt Stella, Vernee made an impact from her first GH screen appearance.

Delia
Delia

Pure joy at seeing Wally Kurth’s name on this list. Ned is one of my all time favorite characters.
Billy Miller is great when he is not playing Jason Morgan. I liked JakeDoe and I like Drew. I would be happy to hear his name called.
Marci Miller, I guess I need my eyes checked. I think her portrayal of Abby is laughable.
Hudson West and Lucas Adams, I’m torn. They were both terrific.
Laura Wright, please no.
Michael Easton, I like him, but what was his Emmy worthy story?
Nancy Lee Grahn, what was her Emmy worthy story?
John Enos, loved him.
Chandler Massey, how does he have three, why would he get four. Haven’t seen the talent that was raved about

dmr
dmr

I agree with you in regards to Marci Miller-boring, bland.
Laura Wright, please no, is right.
Love Wally Kurth. Liked Jake Doe, and like Drew Cain (just lose Monotone Sam).

Patrick
Patrick

“…Pure joy at seeing Wally Kurth’s name on this list. Ned is one of my all time favorite characters. ”

ABSOLUTELY – without doubt. Wally Kurth fully imbues both characters. he just loads them… with his artistry. and REELS so affectingly and TAKES YOU IN.

he seamlessly weaves both characters so effortlessly. I know we’re just talking about @Ned from GH. nevertheless… @DAYS Justin… he’s on fire.

when two different networks.. HIRE THIS man… because he’s that charismatic

WHAT A LIVELIHOOD. WHAT a Career. how much fun can one have .

I LOVE what he brings to this genre. I’ve read in SOD… he clearly has more affection for @DAYS.. and that could only mean.. because he started out @DAYS.

Wally Kurth deserves this nod and laud of GOLD on his mantle.

watching Ned saying good bye… as an actor and as a character… with mom Tracy Quartermaine… was staggering … you wept at this closing of history.

I can’t stand this category… it is chock full of talent. so much recognition this year.

Wally Kurth characters are so solid ROMANTICIZED

JasonLovesGH
JasonLovesGH

I’m so very happy for Hudson West. This kid is a natural in front of the cameras. He’s an extraordinary young talent. I’ll be rooting for you, buddy! 🙂

su0000
su0000

If not in my list, a thumb-down..

Outstanding Lead Actress ;
Laura Wright, as Carly Corinthos- GH
……….
Outstanding Lead Actor;
Billy Miller, as Jason Morgan/Drew- GH .. BRAVO!
……….
Outstanding Supporting Actress; .. BRAVA!
Marla Adams, as Dina Mergeron / Y&R
………..
Outstanding Supporting Actor;
None– all get a thumbs down
………….
Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team;
Days of Our Lives
……………

su0000
su0000

They messed up..
; Billy Miller, as Jason Morgan/Drew ;
should be-
Jake- Jason- Drew ..

/they left Jake out.. he was Jake quite a while before knowing about Jason..

Andrew Hass
Andrew Hass

Yeah Billy Miller played Jake but he played before 2017.These year’s Emmy awards are awarded for work done in 2017.Just like next year’s Emmys will be awarded for work done this year.

Priscilla
Priscilla

will these be televised ?

Freeman Griffin
Freeman Griffin

Worst omission: Judi Evans deserved to WIN Best Actress. Eileen, Nancy and Maura would all be deserving winners though and I like Marci but Laura should not have been nominated.

Casey Moss better win Younger Actor.

Happiest about: Marla Adams, Greg Vaughan, Chandler Massey, Michael Easton, Hayley Erin, and Casey Moss. 5 of those 6 are first-time nominees!

Days deserves to win for Series, Directing and Writing.

I would be upset if Billy Miller, Wally Kurth, Anthony Mongtomery, Laura Wright, Elizabeth Hendrickson, Susan Hayes, anyone but Casey Moss in his category, or Cait Fairbanks were to win.

Marla Adams has the material already to win for 2018; just amazing work from her!

dmr
dmr

Why was Cait Fairbanks even nominated? The storyline she was featured in was awful, and her acting is subpar, at best. We barely see the character. Makes no sense to me.

paul453
paul453

Very pleased that Van Hansis is nominated for lead actor for Eastsiders. I couldn’t get into the series when it came out, but should try again. He should have won for Luke Snyder (As The World Turns) when he was nominated two or three times.

Anyone else miss As The World Turns, All My Children, and going back further The Edge of Night, Somerset, and Secret Storm?! I like the idea of an award for Most Missed Soap. It hits home when all four existing soaps are nominated for every category, and they’re not that great.

Sunnette Kellam
Sunnette Kellam

How in the world did Maurice Benard and Steve Burton not get nominated???? They were OUTSTANDING lead actors this year!!!!!!! I agree with the rest of it.

sassysdreams
sassysdreams

Kelly Monaco was totally snubbed!!!

JMER
JMER

I’d like to see Casey Moss and James Reynolds win for their portrayals in the Theo shooting story. Casey I know must’ve submitted the almost attempted suicide ep scenes and there was nothing better on DT that I heard of last year except for maybe the Y&R Alzheimers story, which I did not see. I’ll be interested in seeing any reels related to that story as well.

It’s all about story on DT so I hope that is reflected in the awards and that it has some influence for the better on what we see going forward.

Patty Sandoval
Patty Sandoval

These nominations are laughable #kellymonaco killed all her scenes, she deserved to be nominated. She is a winner in my book. Cant bellieve AuntStella was nominated instead of kelly. What did she do all year, yell at her nephew.

Soaphound
Soaphound

Patty, I agree about Aunt Stella. Ms. Watson is a good actress, but this character is like nails on a chalkboard to me. The only thing I enjoy is when Stella calls Jordan incompetent. Stella may be annoying but she ain’t dumb!

Patrick
Patrick

March 21 (UPI) — General Hospital earned a leading 26 nods when Daytime Emmy Award nominations were announced Wednesday. Its fellow soap operas Days of Our Lives and The Young and the Restless followed close behind with 25 nominations each. The three shows will compete with The Bold and the Beautiful — which has 18 nominations

GH – 26 nods

@DAYS – 25
@Y&R – 25

B&B – 18

Patrick
Patrick

Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series

John Enos, as Roger
Days of Our Lives

OMG .. had to “wrack” my brain for this one ? IT”S Elvis personified… Hilarious TAKE

Susan ex-boyfriend… he lived with Susan and “EJ” / Will, in Memphis. THE BEST LAUGH OUT LOUD

I’d say Stella has this in the bag… if the “panel” has any sense of humor… just for the FUN of it. PLUS THIS GUY STUDS.

John Enos for the WIN.

Patrick
Patrick

I”M DOING the BESTEST “Happy Dance” EVAH…

Steve Burton, Kelly Monaco, Chad Duell, Maurice Benard, Roger Howarth.

ARE NOT in the picture. double ugh on Laura Wright and Michael Easton. what for ?

props to Chloe Lanier: @GH simply has got to get you out of the Corinthos dullard

Patrick
Patrick

PROOF : you got nothing @FRANK. “they” ( according to you ) M – A – Y LOOK good. even with your pairing

all the eggs in one basket… with the eye full too.

NADA ZIP ZILCH for “You”

dmr
dmr

Although, I do like Roger Howarth, always have-just not as Franco and not with Elizabeth. Chloe Lanier is in a “no win” situation. Her character has been backed into a corner-so unlikeable and nasty with no redeemable qualities.

Celia
Celia

Agreed ….All the way down, except Howarth, LOL, dmr.
Maura West? Adore my Bostonian Lady……one of the best in soapland!!

Soaphound
Soaphound

Patrick, double-yay on Steve Burton not being nominated. Enough of the Jason obsession; we get enough of that from Carly. The woman can barely walk upright without hanging on him!

Sue M.
Sue M.

I guess it’s not going to be televised. Like it used to be I guess not! Not on ABC anymore like it used to be !!

Soaphound
Soaphound

Sue, it gets more insulting every year when the show isn’t televised. These are some of the best actors in the business, PERIOD, and deserve to be seen. Especially when you look at the 99% of garbage that fills our airwaves!

Iakovos
Iakovos

Awards in the arts always confound me. Processes and protocols are never perfect. I do not like actors can ‘not submit’ themselves. Ideally an independent review of all performances, designers, technicians, and productions be done. All considered. I would like that.

That we have Daytime Emmys at all is a blessing after what has happened with the program in the last decade. I am pleased we can still have debates. With the genre reduced in scope anymore, we need to really embrace our programs and people, awards or no.

Nikki
Nikki

I just want to see Marla Adams win from Y& R..I think she is a wonderful actress. I know at some point we’ll lose her but I wish they could keep her on for a long long time.

Timmm
Timmm

Soap: GH
Leading actress: Maura West
Leading Actor: Peter Bergman. Easton and Miller dont belong on this list!
Supporting Actress: Marla, hands down! Sorry Camryn, love you!
Supporting Actor: I love Wally but it goes to Greg Vaughan. What a shame he isnt Lucky!
Younger Actress: Chloe
Younger Actor: Hudson. Tristan is horrible!
Guest Performer: I will wait for Max next year!

Soaphound
Soaphound

Timm, i disagree about Billy, but SO AGREE about Greg Vaughan as Lucky. I know Jonathan Jackson has tons of admirers but to me he’s always crying, on the verge of crying, cried out, or scheduling the next cry. Greg made me care about Lucky, and don’t get me started on those eyes and that gorgeous hair. Like you, I’d love to see Marla win….what a comeback!!

Patrick
Patrick

“… Easton and Miller dont belong on this list! ”

thank you for stating. 100% agree

1. Easton. from listening @MF emmy nomination show.. EASTON shared his scenes were with Rebecca Buddig… on his scenes with ??? drug … argh ! he straps himself tapes himself down in a chair… and has some trance moments of bleak and his love for Hayden. etc…. the cold turkey drug intervention … doing this for Hayden.

it just doesn’t follow.. he was alive and well and back working @GH.. thanks to Monica. and Tracy. his character hasn’t worked with any one on the show. I say I like him with Alexis.. because they do have conversations.. and have already changed the sheets. AND if this duo keeps them from Julian and Anna. I’d say go for it. ME is wanted so badly by Frank Valentini.. then have at him.

2. Miller : finally… if I dare say… and yes I have been waiting , forever.. it seems for many a character @GH to live… and be seen on the show. Billy Miller as Drew… finally came to… alive this past OCTOBER… not the full year.. at his and sam Gala premiere of Aurora… since that time… BM has had plenty to enjoy. 2017 was not the year of Billy Miller… his take as Jake Doe was the only other time he should have been recognized… his relationship and falling in love with Liz was prior to 2017. so yes.. if the writing holds 2018 plus… plan on BM Drew being recognized… and I only see this happening if he’s involved with Kim. and back home with mom Monica, and his son Oscar.

Andrew Hass
Andrew Hass

Congrats to all the nominees.Now i do have a few favorites that i hope win but if they lose so be it.

Cassie
Cassie

Congrats to all. I watch all soaps, but I truly believe Casey Moss hit it out of the ballpark this year. Not only good acting but the storyline had my soapclub in tears.

My female choice, Eileen Davidson, AWESOME

Talk show, The View has really been awesome. If the Talk wins again. It’s rigged. No way, now how that boring show wins over the View.

Days Of Our Lives

Next Week On DAYS: Caroline’s Loved Ones Gather to Mourn Her Passing

Grab the hankies as Days of our Lives pays tribute to the late Peggy McCay and her beloved character of Caroline Brady next week on the long-running NBC daytime drama series.

As viewers know, McCay passe away over six months ago in October of 2018, and now fans will see how the show will deal with the loss of the matriarch of the Brady clan.  Back for special episodes include Christie Clark (Carrie) who came back to Los Angeles to film the memorial from her home in England, while Alison Sweeney (Sami) also makes another emotional return to the series, as does Brandon Beemer (Shawn-Douglas).

Look for Caroline’s family and dearest friends to all come together at the Brady Pub via an Irish-Catholic wake,

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As previewed in this week’s Soap Opera Digest, Sweeney related on coming back for this special moment in DAYS history to honor McCay:  “I think the script was written so beautifully with everyone having a chance to honor her and say nice things about Caroline that reminded us all of the things about Peggy, things we had done with her, or moments we had with her.”

Check out the latest promo featuring the death of Caroline below, then let us know, if you will be watching this emotional episode featuring many Days of our Lives favorites in the comment section, and if you will miss Caroline Brady on-screen, and what she meant to the Brady’s and the town of Salem.

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Days Of Our Lives

Matthew Ashford Talks Jack’s Political Decisions & Amnesia On All-New Episode Of ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’

The latest installment of of NBC’s Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast is out now featuring conversations and segments with three of the popular stars of the long-running daytime drama series.

First, host Michael Fairman chants with Matthew Ashford for a return visit and six-month check-in since he first returned to DAYS as the beloved Jack Deveraux but with a twist!  Yup, Dr. Rolf got a hold of the guy, and he has amnesia.

Now after this return, he is won the mayoral race in Salem, placed Eve Donovan (Kassie DePaiva) as the police commissioner, and is trying to get Haley (Thia Megia) deported out of the country in the immigration storyline, even though his son, JJ (Casey Moss) is in love with the young woman.  In the meantime, Jack is upsetting his family and loved ones with his latest personality change, while Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) hopes somehow she get still get through to her one true love, so he remember his past.  On the podcast, Matt dives into all of it.

Later in a dressing room, segment, Camila Banus (Gabi) and Freddie Smith (Sonny)  chat about working on the show, with each other, and some other fun tidbits as they catch up.  And as viewers know, Gabi and Sonny, as well as Will (Chandler Massey) all have a unique and special relationship with one another.

To listen to the podcast go to iTunes to download or you can head over to NBC.com/InsideSalem and listen there as well.

Now, let us know in the comment section below; how you are liking the current machinations of Jack, and if you prefer him with Eve, or are you still hoping for a reunion with Jennifer?

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DAYS Arianne Zucker, Stacy Haiduk & Paul Telfer Talk On Masks, Villainy & Their Wildest Storyline Yet

Take three great actors, add a prosthetic mask into the equation, and let them have at it! That’s just what NBC’s Days of our Lives is in the midst of serving up to its fans with this latest plot device and twist.  Last week, it was revealed that the nefarious Kristen DiMera (Stacy Haiduk) is alive and well and pretending to be Nicole Walker (Arianne Zucker) donning a mask, a voice alternating device, and some other body tweaks!  The goal …  to be with Brady Black (Eric Martsolf) and she will do anything to accomplish that!

Enter Xander (Paul Telfer) who has been in the thick of the plot being the only one we know of, so far, who knows that Kristen is parading around as Nicole.  They hatch their next moves inside a room at the Salem Inn.  They even went so far as to set it up to appear that Nicole’s daughter, Holly was killed, so she could blame Eric (Greg Vaughan) and cause a break-up of the long-suffering lovebirds and play it off as she needs to be consoled by Brady!

Michael Fairman TV chatted in an entertaining and wickedly funny interview with Arianne Zucker, Stacy Haiduk, and Paul Telfer to get the lowdown on what happened when they learned they would be wearing or working with a mask, how they pulled off the emotions in the storyline twist, and what to look forward to from here.  Under the clever pen of head writer, Ron Carlivati looks for the hits and twists to keep coming as this storyline continues to rock the world of Salem for some time to come.  Here’s what Arianne, Stacy, and Paul had to say about their latest on-screen predicaments and schemes!

Ari, at what point did you know that you really weren’t Nicole … and that you were Kristen playing Nicole?

ARIANNE:  I actually didn’t find out until a little bit after the van went off the road in the storyline; thinking it was Holly who was killed.  Sometimes, the less I know makes it fresher, and I think if I had known before those scenes, and the scenes with Eric (Greg Vaughan), and when I first came back, I would have had a little too much Kristen on my mind, and I don’t know if I could have been as raw as I felt in those scenes.  So, anyway that’s my long explanation.  I found out after I started back on the show! (Laughs)

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Additionally, did you have a conversation with Stacy about certain mannerisms hat Kristen has if you’re “masquerading” as Nicole?

ARIANNE:  Our co-executive producer, Albert Alaar had talked to me about watching Stacy because everything was happening fast.  Stacy and I really hadn’t had a chance to even talk to each other even from the last round of me being thereI remember Stacy was inundated with dialogue up the wazoo when I came back for that twelve-episode arc.  So, because of all of that, Albert said, “Watch Stacy! Watch her mannerisms, watch what she does,” and then I’ll throw a little Ari in it.  I just hope that I do as good of a job as Stacy does.

Paul, you and I talked about this on the NBC ‘Inside Salem’ podcast, when we played back for you (for the first time) the clip of Kristen taking off her Nicole mask.  Xander had the perfect set-up line for the reveal: “The part of Nicole Walker is being played by Kristen DiMera!”  Did you not have a good laugh doing that scene?  How did you get through doing that moment?

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PAUL:  Oh, yeah, I was laughing my ass off the whole time.  This is an insane storyline with masks and doppelgängers.  But, it looks great on-screen, and that way it’s edited.  So, I was really happy.

STACY:  There was one moment when Nicole would hold steady to unfold the neck.   So, Ari started that to the point where I’m pulling it off completely.  I think it’s cool.  It’s “Mission Impossible”.  How nice!

PAUL:  That’s what I going to say.  If Tom Cruise can make a hundred million dollars doing this stuff …

STACY:  … then, we can do it!

ARIANNE:  Right?  We can make a quarter of a quarter of a quarter of a quarter of that.

STACY:  We’ll make it look good!

What is the real deal between Xander and Kristen?  They are conspiring and in cahoots, but there’s this underlying sexual tension between them.  I think Xander respects Kristen in a way, because she can one-up him!

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PAUL:  I think every character who Xander has interacted with who isn’t a member of his family, he’s trying to either get something from, or get into bed with, and he can’t really do either with Kristen, because she’s crazier and more dangerous that he is up until this point.  That’s certainly the way that it feels.  The way Stacy plays it, she is not to be messed around with. Honestly, I think that turns him on.

STACY:  Yeah, there you go.  That sounds good. (Laughs)

PAUL:  I mean, it makes sense.  Just like, “Wait a minute.  This is a bit spicier than I’m used to,” so, he’s excited, but at the same time he knows which side his bread is buttered on, and he doesn’t want her to murder him!  (Laughs)

STACY:  Well said.  I like that. (Laughs)

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So, what does Kristen think of Xander at this point?

PAUL:  That, he’s a useful idiot.

STACY:  She actually needs him to go out into the world because she can’t leave.  When she does, she has to leave as Nicole, and then it becomes a whole other storyline.

PAUL:  It’s fun because Kristen is actually the boss, and Xander is convinced that they’re actually partners and that becomes our whole dynamic where she’s treating him as her lackey, but he’s like, “No, we’re partners, because I know your secret.”  Then, it becomes kind of a bargaining chip between the mask and all of that.  It’s so crazy because certain evil characters when they come back, they have to come back in disguise; whereas Xander’s always quite happy to be just jogging through town square with his shirt off after holding someone ransom or kidnapping a baby like, “Ah, whatever.”

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Arianne, it’s been awhile since you got to play the villainess side of Nicole, and with this return to DAYS you get to play that side of her as well, even though it’s really Kristen. Do you enjoy playing the bad girl?

ARIANNE:  Stacy and I were just saying today that you have these conversations about the villain character, (and Paul, I’m sure you’ve felt a lot of this too) people hate you or they love to hate you, and you’re like, “Hey, it’s a good thing because I’m doing my job if you hate me,” but in order for the storyline to move, you’ve got to have a villain.  Nicole used to be kind of villain-ish but playing someone like Kristen who is such a valued villain on this show is just … oh, my God!

Stacy and Paul, what do you think is the most heinous thing your characters have done so far?

STACY:  The most heinous?  (Laughs). Wow.  You know what’s funny is that she’s done all of these things, and I don’t think she thinks what she does is bad.

PAUL:  It’s so funny because you totally would expect her to be like, “The other characters are evil.  We’re the good guys!”

STACY:  I mean honestly, so she kidnapped Nicole, and took her baby.  There’s Marlena and the window.  I mean, it’s hard when she’s done all of these crazy, horrible things.  I’ve just really enjoyed playing her because she’s smart, she’s sassy, she’s this brilliant, deviant person who just wants one thing, and there’s one thing on her mind, and everything else gets in her way.

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Is the one thing Brady?

STACY:  Brady, Brady, Brady, and I think even Xander has to repeat it over and over again.  We were playing in rehearsal, and I think I had him do that.  I don’t remember the line, but I said something, and he goes, “Brady Black,” and I go, “Say it again,” just because I want to hear him say it again.  That’s her driving force.

What did Greg Vaughan and Eric Martsolf say when they found out about what the twist was?  Did you tell them?  How did they find out?

ARIANNE:  Well, Eric Martsolf always has a great chuckle.  He has a great laugh, and I think Greg Vaughan just stared at me for a minute.  Then, I told him about the mask process … about making the mask …. and how I thought I was going to pass out and die.  (Laughs)

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Is putting on the mask an extremely weird experience?  How long does it take to put on? 

STACY:  About an hour?  It’s quick, and I thought we were going to suffocate when we were under that because I’ve never done my whole face before, but I’ve done body things. Make-up department is like, “You’re going to be fine.”  It was heavy too, really heavy.

ARIANNE:  Yeah, and because it’s so heavy, after a while, it starts to pull your skin down a little bit, and you’re like, “No, no!” (Laughs)

Did anybody else go running around with the mask on?

PAUL:  Oh yeah.  Everybody!

I knew it!

ARIANNE:  How could you not?

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So, what is the relationship between the real Nicole and Xander, which we saw play out before her death?

PAUL:  She’s my wife!

So, Xander sees Nicole as his wife?

PAUL:  I’m happy to give Xander’s perspective on Nicole, and then Arianne can feel free to correct it.  (Laughs)

ARIANNE:  Alright, that sounds good.

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PAUL:  The way I’ve tried to handle it over the years in our ins and outs of this failed romance is that they’ve saddled poor Arianne with: this psycho chasing after her, and kidnapping her and her baby, and whisking her off to foreign lands – and also to Nashville.  When Xander first came into town, before they decided to make him a total psychopath, it was all working nicely, and Nicole wasn’t really on the up and up with Xander, and she wasn’t really honest about what her intentions were.  Meanwhile, Xander was involved in all of this chicanery with Serena, so once that metastasized into full-blown evil, and Nicole was aware of this, it shifted from, “I just really wanted to take this girl to the movies,” to, “Well, I guess I have to kill her now.”  (Laughs)  So, I think he’s just been playing that out ever since.  “Well, if I can’t date her, and if she won’t love me, then I guess I just have to torture her for the rest of her days.”  I think now on the other side of her supposed death, I think Xander has probably reconciled that his twisted romantic notions, or torture, or whatever he was doing with Nicole, is probably over, and he’s moving on to greener, more alive pastures like Sarah.  To be fair, I do think they’ve purposely made it confusing.  Not just for the audience, but for us.  There’s a real sense of, “Am I playing this to Nicole as Kristen, or do you want me to play this just to Nicole?”  Very often they just go, “No, just play it to Nicole,” because it’s funnier if for Xander it just occasionally slips his mind because she looks just like Nicole.  I’m kissing her… like he’s just enjoying the fact that he can.  “I never really got to kiss Nicole much, but this is Nicole’s face, so I’m going to.”  (Laughs)

ARIANNE:  That’s hilarious.

Ari, what would you say is their relationship?

ARIANNE:  Well, I’m certainly not as long-winded as that.  (Laughs)

PAUL:  He’s a creep!

ARIANNE:  He is a creep.  What cracks me up coming from Nicole is, “Ew, what a jerk.  He’s so gross.  Yuck, yuck!”  Like, really?  You’re not going to make that one work, huh Nicole?  When you reach that far back to the history of Xander and Nicole, it doesn’t have a lot of depth for the two characters because the next thing you know he’s trying to kill her and Eric.  It’s like that scary online dating when you go on one date and it didn’t work out because that guy is going to kill you.

PAUL:  Xander is like the ultimate bad Tinder date.

ARIANNE:  Totally. (Laughs)

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That is classic.  The bad Tinder date.  That’s basically it.  Xander also apparently feels bad for Maggie (Suzanne Rogers) as she is having her bout with alcoholism.  Is that correct?

PAUL:  Yeah, I’m actually excited to see some of that stuff.  It was great doing it because I love Suzanne to bits.  I was very afraid of ruining Xander by making him too nice, but at the same time when I was first brought on to Days, I wasn’t offered a villain role originally.  Xander morphed into a more severe villain than I’d been led to believe he would be, and it happened quite quickly.  So, I’m actually quite happy to right the ship a little bit back towards he’s bad but he has some occasional glimmers of goodness in him.  So, Maggie really represents that because she’s actually quite nice to him and nurturing in a way that no other character on the show is.  When she has her dalliance with alcohol, he’s one of the few people who doesn’t judge her for it, and we finally get a little bit of Xander’s back story.  I’m actually excited to see those scenes because they felt nice to do, so hopefully they come across well.

Stacy, how did you track this storyline, when Arianne would be playing Kristen as Nicole? 

STACY:  Well if I didn’t get the script, I didn’t know about it.  So, if I wasn’t in the script that time, then I would be looking at Paul going, “What are we talking about?” and then, Ari had obviously already shot those scenes, so they were written for me, so I’m like, “What did I do?  What did I do?” It’s just scenes between Xander and Kristen at the Salem Inn.  Occasionally, you’d get somebody knocking at the door, but then I’d have to quickly put on my mask. (Laughs)

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So, Ari did you ever have to go to Stacy to get tips about Kristen’s past or anything?

ARIANNE:  It was all about the future moving forward.  I think old, former Nicole had some crazy similarities with current Kristen because it felt kind the same as pulling some things from what she used to do … you know, just a couple of crazy chicks in one crazy character. (Laughs).

The other big part of this is Rolf’s diary that Xander has in his possession.  Is Kristen in cahoots with him on that?  Is she trying to get that from him?

STACY:  I think she is.

PAUL:  Yeah, that’s when she starts to get mad at him; when she realizes that he’s not just being her underling and he’s off scurrying around with his own agenda in the meantime.

ARIANNE:  He’s manipulating and doing his own thing.

PAUL:  I use it to start manipulating Eve (Kassie DePaiva).

So, what would you say to the fans to look forward to?  “You never know who you’re talking to on DAYS?” “Gird your masks?”

ARIANNE:  I definitely think fans know that’s not Nicole the way she is.  And, you never know who is going to give you a shot in the butt and turn you into somebody else.

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Well, that’s true.  You never know.  One day they’re going to tell you that you’re playing Julie today! (Laughs)

ARIANNE: “Today the character of Julie will be played by…”

STACY: “… you will never guess by whom!”

PAUL:  This was fun.  This is a fun way to do it.  Let’s all do all of our interviews together moving forward!

So, what have you thought of the plot twist? What do you think of the Nicole mask and the performances and comments made here by Arianne, Stacy, and Paul? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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