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45th Annual Daytime Emmy Winners: Days of our Lives Takes Drama Series, Davidson & Reynolds Top Acting Honors!

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On Sunday night, the men and women of daytime television gathered together to celebrate their accomplishments and to celebrate one another at the 45th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards handed out by NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts and Science) at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California.

And the envelope please … it was a big night for Days of our Lives! The NBC daytime drama series took home the gold for Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series for Ron Carlivati and his team, and Outstanding Direction in a Drama Series.  In addition, James Reynolds walked away with the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series award for his heartbreaking performance as Abe Carver. Most of DAYS submissions in the major categories centered around the episode where JJ (Casey Moss) contemplates suicide, and the Christmas Eve episode where Theo finally comes out of his coma, as well as the double-wedding episodes were Ben busts through the door for shocking news for Sonny and Paul, and Chad and Abigail.

In addition soap vet, Greg Vaughan won the Emmy for his work on DAYS in the Outstanding Supporting Actor category.

Y&R took home two major acting honors. First, Eileen Davidson bested the other 4 strong women in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Ashley Abbott.  The Lead Actress category was the toughest acting category of the night for many to call.  Davidson had now one two Lead Actress trophies, having won previously for her role as Kristen DiMera on DAYS.   Camryn Grimes also added to her trophy collection winning for her role as Mariah Copeland in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category.  She previously won an Emmy in 2001, and was the youngest ever to receive an honor for her role as Cassie Newman.

In the Younger Acting categories; General Hospital’s Chloe Lanier received the Outstanding Younger Actress prize, while former B&B star, Rome Flynn (Ex-Zende) took home the Outstanding Younger Actor gold.  GH’s Vernee Watson (Stella) was named the Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series, and The Bay added to their collection with another win for the Outstanding Digital Drama Series.

Daytime’s beloved Bill and Susan Seaforth Hayes (Doug and Julie Williams) of Days of our Lives were honored with the Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award.

After the jump check out the complete list of winners from the 45th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.  Then after the jump, let us know what you thought of the night’s winners via the comment section below.

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
Days of our Lives

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OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Eileen Davidson (Ashley, The Young and the Restless)

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
James Reynolds (Abe, Days of our Lives)

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Camryn Grimes (Mariah, The Young and the Restless)

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Greg Vaughan (Eric, Days of our Lives)

OUTSTANDING YOUNGER ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Chloe Lanier (Nelle, GH)

OUTSTANDING YOUNGER ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Rome Flynn (Zende, The Bold and the Beautiful)

OUTSTANDING GUEST PERFORMER IN A DRAMA SERIES
Vernee Watson (Stella Henry, General Hospital)

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES WRITING TEAM
Days of our Lives

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OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES DIRECTING TEAM
Days of our Lives

OUTSTANDING DIGITAL DAYTIME DRAMA SERIES
The Bay

OUTSTANDING GAME SHOW HOST
Wayne Brady, Let’s Make a Deal

OUTSTANDING GAME SHOW
The Price Is Right

OUTSTANDING LEGAL COURTROOM PROGRAM
Judge Mathis

OUTSTANDING MORNING PROGRAM
Good Morning America

OUTSTANDING ENTERTAINMENT NEWS PROGRAM
Entertainment Tonight

OUTSTANDING INFORMATIVE TALK SHOW HOST
Steve Harvey, Steve

OUTSTANDING INFORMATIVE TALK SHOW
The Dr. Oz Show

OUTSTANDING ENTERTAINMENT TALK SHOW HOSTS
Adrienne Houghtton, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai and Tamera Mowry-Housley, The Real

OUTSTANDING ENTERTAINMENT TALK SHOW
The Talk

OUTSTANDING CULINARY PROGRAM
A Chef’s Life

OUTSTANDING CULINARY HOST
Lidia Bastianich, Lidia’s Kitchen

 

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Iakovos

Denzel Washington in a recent interview says men give awards, God gives rewards for what we do. All of us — audiences too — are blessed we have daytime drama yet, even though it is not the deep genre it once was. I pray that will change. Anyway… It seems the Academy made the right choices for trophies. No head-scratchers here. The nominees were strong in every category. I found the show to be too long and heavily scripted. I miss the network broadcasts and hope the Academy again can make a case for those broadcasts again. For audiences, the… Read more »

dmr
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dmr

Very happy that Eileen Davidson won-love her! (So happy that she smartened up and left “Real Housewives”). James Reynolds-a well-deserved win, as well! Disappointed that Marla Adams didn’t win. Ms. Adams was a powerhouse this year. I don’t really care for Camryn Grimes or her character, but congratulations to her. As always, Eileen looked beautiful. Camryn looked fabulous in red. & I loved the black on black on Mr. Reynolds-very classy!

Boop
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Boop

I thought that Ms. Adams should have won, also.

Celia
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Celia

Yes, Boop…..she’s wonderful. Love Ms Marla…..too bad we, the fans, don’t do the choosing….

Mo
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Mo

So happy for Days. Totally deserved.

I’m really surprised Rome won. I watch B&B and have never thought he is a good actor. I thought Casey would win.

Congrats to Eileen and Camryn. I also wanted Marla to win as she has been killing it, but Camryn did some great acting so can’t be mad there.

Congratulations to all the winners and nominees.

dmr
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dmr

What material did Rome have to even support his nomination? Casey Moss has shown such growth in his acting skills and definitely deserved to win the gold! I’m happy that Days is being recognized and rewarded. Although, I don’t watch much (The NuAbigail Hour) I have fond memories from the ’90’s-when I used to watch. I’ll always tune-in when Eileen Davidson visits!

Celia
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Celia

I do not watch B&B, dmr….but, if you say Casey deserved the award, then I trust your judgment.
I am not into Gabbygail one bit….especially the latest turn of events where she and Stefan escaped the ‘fire’….getting away with his crimes….she’s forgiven…..not herself.
Abigail better come out soon…sick of the alters already….especially when en league with Stefan…ugh.

Joel
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Joel

It was shocking enough that no actress from GH was nominated in the Supporting Actress category or that Maurice Benard was left out of the Lead Actor category with strong material for Sonny following Morgan’s death , but I was stunned that Nancy, Laura, and Maura all lost the Lead Actress category. They all had a stellar year, but maybe they all just cancelled each other out. I’m glad DAYS won best soap, if not GH. They’ve got Ron Carlivati now, who is not afraid to write strong stories for the vets, like he did for a time at GH.

dmr
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dmr

I have to say, I am sick to death of hearing about The Moron (Morgan). His name is mentioned more than the living characters on the show. Not sure what Laura Wright did this year; however, I thought for sure that Maura West was going to win-always stellar. Nancy Lee Grahn submitted a great reel, as well. I love Eileen Davidson, though…

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

No to Maura; enough is enough!

Timmm
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Timmm

Fans didnt even like Moron when he was alive!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Not shocked.

Robert in Jersey City
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Robert in Jersey City

Casey Moss was robbed.

conniemac
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conniemac

i totally agree

Jimh
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Jimh

agree

eddie
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eddie

I agree the blue ribbon panel has to come back.Unpaid volunteers who are a part of the industry should choose the winner.Michael fairman,jamie giddens,michael logan,carolyn hinsey,stephanie sloane,dan kroll and the staff of soap opera digest should choose the nominees and winners.Every year for 44 years people are ignored.Did anyone notice that brian datillo did not attend the show.

dmr
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dmr

AGREED!

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Totally agree, Robert. Even the audience seemed surprised. Not to mention Flynn himself, who apparently needs to have a script to speak coherently.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I definitely agree with you Robert. Casey Moss is a fine actor who always delivers. His performances during the Theo shooting story were outstanding.

blake
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blake

Yes, Casey Moss losing Best Younger Actor was the biggest upset of the Emmys.

eddie
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eddie

The show was magnificent.However,where was freddie smith and chirstopher sean.Days is taped 5 months in advance,I geuss in five months the 2 of them are off the show.Thaoo penghilis was their and that means carvalatti is bringing tony back to life.Chandler is not in this picture,but he was in the audience.This show was so good because there was no music playing to make winners get off the stage.David and michael did a spectacular job.

Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco
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Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco

No complaints here. I thought the show was very well done and happy for all the nominees and winners. Great fashions-and seems like all had a marvelous evening. Shout out to Michael Fairman- Loved the GH55 segment you produced. Excellent job, Michael. Also saw your pics from the red carpet and inside-lookin’ good!

Shay
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Shay

@Phyllis….Greetings “my fair lady!” Even though I didn’t watch the show, I did happen upon an online sartorial slideshow of fashion favorites and magnificent material mishaps…probably about 60 in total?? All I can say is that more than a few frocks truly took my breath away due to their utterly appalling artistic abberations that were so heinously OTT I more than once thought that these atrocious examples of apparel couldn’t even possibly rate as charity cast-offs from John Waters’ “’DragQueensRUs Classic Collection”…..Yep, THAT bad! (And no, I shall not be naming names….) However, whilst there remained some quite lovely conventional… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Oh, Shay, amore……Anna ( my apologies to Finola, whom I love; it is what it is) would not do that frock justice. One must have the body—-a generous, yet not overwhelming, bosom; shapely, feminine hips, in order to stun and/or raise the dead!!!! Finola, as pretty as she is, has a boyish body…..thus, she needs to choose her habillement with extra care. In contrast, Nancy has it all….I can only hope to maintain mine, as she has. She, as Michelle Stafford, looks good in anything. Very admirable of you to regale such a compliment to one of your not-so-favorable-character. I… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

@Phyllis……Hey there, lovely lady! Where have you been? Still aimlessly wandering the prairie, searching for that elusive “Delores Claiborne” DVD or did you fire up the Pontiac to hightail it down to the Kentucky Derby’s weekend of grand festivities? (I can totally picture you donning their customary millinery creations with the greatest of aplomb!) Regardless, I simply wished to check in, say hello and remark that although I applaud the down-to-earth, viewer-friendly Lidia Bastianich’s Emmy win for “Outstanding Culinary Host,” you remain my sentimental favorite as “cookshow hostess with the mostess” for your sassy, saucy presentation of “La Cucina Italiana,”… Read more »

Gary
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Gary

I don’t think she is coming back, Shay. Hope she does, but seeing how she has been treated here- she deserves better. Swore I would never jump in here again after the last wars-and being called a liar for calling out behavior from the defender of fictional characters. Thanks for having my back during a couple of those battles. I still get majorly irritated thinking about all that. I wanted to reply to Phyllis, and wish I would have. She was funny as hell and just wanted to have some conversation and humor and human contact. Instead, she gets outed… Read more »

Gary
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Gary

I was waiting to see if you would reach out to Phyllis-notice how everyone else has all of a sudden shunned her, don’t respond to her posts. I doubt she will return. Don’t blame her at all. She shares some personal info with Fairman and tries to offer comfort during his personal grief-and gets outed and questioned about her gender identity-classy! Who knows-really-who is whom on here-and there are no restrooms in Fairman City or whatever this is for people to freak out about her going into. She seemed lonely, and I did not see her do anything offensive-she even… Read more »

Gary
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Gary

Have very much enjoyed your posts. Very funny. Hope you are doing ok.

Shay
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Shay

@Gary…..How very nice to see you back here after such a lengthy “hiatus!” (Despite your great reluctance to do so….) And thank you for your kind words! You have written two very insightful and thoughtful posts and I hope somewhere out there, Phyllis is reading them, so she (or he) realizes how much they’ve touched not just you and me, but so many others who have enjoyed the most creative, spirited and entertaining material this website has seen in some time. Whether she is a he or he is a she——-or whatever, matters none…what does count is that Phyllis is… Read more »

Rodd
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Rodd

Congratulations to all who won. I can’t say I did cartwheels over a lot of them but am so happy that the competition was so strong. That just shows that the soap opera genre is making a creative comeback; people are upping their game. I do think that DAYS win was well deserved. Since Ron has been writing this show, things have really gelled nicely and I find myself wanting to watch every day. If GH didn’t win, I was glad it was DAYS. Happy, too, for James Reynolds to finally get his “due”. Bill and Susan Hayes’ Lifetime Achievement… Read more »

Jimh
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Jimh

So happy Days won-the only soap i rarely miss…James deserved that emmy..Casey should had won but there is hope for next year…nice to see the Hayes-my all time favorite super couple recieive a Lifetime Achievment award…Chloe Lanier-so Heather Webberish as bad Nelle-best thing about GH these days as well as Max Gail…so disappointed how Genie was treated and Kin being fired at GH…that Jim guy could had been Laura’s stalker but everyone believes its Scott-there is a story for them…also Scottys daughter could had showed up and Carly could had used her to keep Micheal away from Nelle-more story…jmho!!!

Jimh
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Jimh

Days…locked in that room for days but these three women still have their hair, makeup and clothes all so perfect-lol

Mo
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Mo

Do we really want to see them looking all grungy? I’m fine with suspending a little belief that maybe there is a hidden bathroom we can’t see. I’m sure Stefano thought of all that. And remember, Marlena was locked in a room in the tunnels before by Kristen.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

It has been days in our time, but in soap reality it has only been 1 day — Stefan and Gabby put them in that room and planned to leave town, but took time to have a roll in the hay, and Chad caught them–when he beat Stefan– was arrested, and while Stefan was in the hospital Gabby was caught visiting him– this is all happening on the same day in Salem

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Yes, I have no words how Genie was treated. Will she really come back with a “Genie-worthy” story? Can we believe anything TPTB say?

Halliah
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Halliah

James deserved his. But Days of Abigail and little else merits no applause. And a writer who cheers on a man who poisoned another is a sick writer not a good one.

Rather disgusted with Ron Carlivati and his rehash of OLTL. He did earn the title rehash Ron. Never anything but DID with Ron and frankly I’m ready to cancel a program I once loved for years.

Jules
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Jules

Random thoughts…. GO DAYS!!! So happy for all their wins! The big trifecta, and the two for acting (not to mention the Lifetime Achievement Award to the Hayes duo). Casey losing was most definitely the biggest shock of the night. I wanted James and Greg to win, but my money would have been on Casey that he would win. I am super disappointed for him because he earned that win big time. That being said, it was nice to see all the shows got love this year- every soap had someone go up with the chance to honour their show.… Read more »

Debra m
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Debra m

I am a long-time GH watcher and started watching Days again when Ron took over. The show deserved to win this year! I want all the remaining soaps to last. I was rooting for Michael Easton but James derserved to win. Happy to see Greg V. finally win, always liked him, even when he was on GH. Was shocked none of the GH actresses won but all three were so good they probably just over-shadowed each other. Was hoping Marla and Casey would win. He was robbed. Hope Max Gail gets a special guest star award next year and wins… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Good on Greg Vaughn; Casey was great also!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

And good on James!

Mo
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Mo

Ryan was working. He was hosting “American Idol” the same time as the Emmys. And then he had to fly back to NY.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Oh, Jules, I agree about the length. Sometimes less is truly more. And Casey’s loss was the only real low point for me. Regarding Steve Harvey, his daughter was lovely and poised in the acceptance speech but honestly, I’d never let my daughter wear such a revealing outfit. Ditto for several other actresses. Again, less exposure can be more flattering than more. Between that and those ridiculous short, ruffled skirts on women way too old to be wearing them, I found the fashions underwhelming. Susan Seaforth Hayes, Deidre Hall, Eileen Davidson looked great.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

So happy for recognition for Susan Seaforth Hayes and Bill Hayes.
Next time: Give Genie Francis a special award! Well, one can dream, can’t one?

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

I agree with your fashion statements, but Suzanne/Maggie being the beautiful woman she is, would have looked more so , in a dress.

dmr
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dmr

I love Eileen Davidson-always so classy and beautiful!

K/kay
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K/kay

Absolutely thrilled for James Reynolds so well deserved! I am glad Days won as far as I am concerned GH is The Sonny hour B&B is the Liam hour and Y&R is the Victoria hour. Newsflash it takes a ensemble cast working together to make a good soap .

shilo0845
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shilo0845

I can’t believe not everyone shown was not dressed for the show. I know it was in the bkground but it just was hard to enjoy the interviews being done. I think Carolyn did a great job.

su0000
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su0000

I really don’t care..
It’s no big deal and has little to no meaning that one is chosen over the many others deserving of the award.

now, its over and won’t come to mind until the next one.

Out of all the awards given through the years I recall only one, just one.
When Anthony Geary/Tony was noted as having 8 awards..
A record I don’t believer will ever be broken by another.

as for others that received rewards I’d have to google ..

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Re Anthony Geary: Why, su0000?

Harry
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Harry

STELLA! HEY STELLA!!! I cannot help but hear Marlon Brando as Stanley from A Street Car Named Desire when I hear the name Stella.
I wonder if the actress yelled her acceptance speech? “I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE ACADEMY FOR THIS WIN!!!”

rpm
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rpm

so happy for days but Casey Moss was robbed!!!!!!!!!!!!!

rpm
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rpm

Steve Harvey is a hack

su0000
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su0000

rpm,
And Dr, Oz is an infomercial Quack ..

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

So glad you said that, rpm. He is startlingly ubiquitous, despite his incredibly unprofessional, ludicrous mistake of announcing the wrong winner at the Miss Universe in 2015.

Timmm
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Timmm

He is the next Bill Cosby. What a fraud!

Celia
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Celia

Who, T? Oz? Never watch these trash shows. Harvey? I like him…..in FAMILY FEUD ( and Harry, no, I’m not YELLING, LOL. Titles may be in caps). Why is Harvey a fraud, my Timmmy? What don’t I know??

K/kay
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K/kay

Ron get back on the tracks I was chuckling because Geary and Bernard called him the writer and they were not in the audience nobody is perfect hepegully RC gets back on track as for CH she was totally rude to Gina for what reason? She took over a part yes she is younger but move on Stafford has

Boop
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Boop

I hoped that Marla would win.

Patrick
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Patrick

SALUTE

Days of OUR Lives

BEST :

directing
writing
show

BEST : leading man
BEST: supporting actor , man

it was a rob we will steal : Casey Moss

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Was it me, did I miss something when the crew came up to win their award for The Price Is Right, and I never even heard Drew Carey’s name mentioned, nor was he there either. I normally skip over the game show awards, that’s why I watched it Mon. on Utube, just so I could pick and choose what I wanted to see, and decided to watch the TPIR award. I know I miss a lot doing this but don’t have the patience for all of the awards.

Chaz
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Chaz

Missed the beginning of the show – forgot start time. Add me as another surprised at Casey Moss’s loss. I only tune into B&B on rare occasions and Rome Flynn was no match for him. Plus, I remember his stupid comment a year or two ago that he was shocked he wasn’t nominated. Hubris.

Happy about Greg Vaughan. I think he should also get an award for Best Male Hair….hahaha.

Hopefully, Days can keep up the momentum and remain strong.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

He does have great hair! 🙂 And that great smile.

K/kay
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K/kay

Stop with the attacks on Rome nobody was more shocked then he was so please go dry somewhere else this actor Casey Moss will survive better actors then he have been snubbed RF does not deserve this constant abuse

peter
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peter

Congrats to the winners.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

I am so glad that Camryn Grimes, Greg Vaughan, Wayne Brady and The Price Is Right all won. As for the rest of them…well, never mind.

Later.

xmascarol
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xmascarol

Days deserves it just wish that Marci Miller would have won,guess what I found out about her she can really sing check it out on you tube I guess that was really her voice we heard on the show she has such a beautiful voice.This woman can not only act but she can sing too wow

rpm
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rpm

rome flynn sounded lost during hi speech his win was a scam and his team scored him a win because he has an upcoming gig on how to get away with murder and he did by beating the much more deserving casey moss

rpm
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rpm

btw did anyone find it interesting that reign edwards didn’t win when she was holding rome flynn up in that storyline

dante williams
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dante williams

I agree Reign Edwards was robbed. She and Maya carried that whole damn story, and neither one won anything? What the heck?

K/kay
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K/kay

Are you talking about he wig she was wearing? Please stop with the attacks on Rome ok he got the stupid Emmy he was gracious he was shocked get off the guys back please

K/kay
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K/kay

Ok regarding the actor who won for young actor I did not watch the reels is the fact he thanked God is what has most of you twisted in a knot? Newsflash you are not robbed of anything unless it is in your possession to begin with. The young actor has been attacked enough get on with it Lordy Emmys do not in the final scheme of things mean a dam thing.

xmascarol
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xmascarol

I don’t mean to sound mean ,but as much as i love the Abby story the writers need to stop referring someone with a mental illness as aloony and a nut case.We are not mental illness is also a physical one because it effects the brain.Otherwise everything else is okay.I am not going to make a big stink out of it but they just need to chance there wording around.I have friends who are mentally ill and they have so much compassion for others.

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DAYS Billy Flynn and Wife Gina Comparetto Expecting Their First Child

Congratulations are in order to Days of our Lives’ Billy Flynn (Chad DiMera) and his wife, actress, Gina Comparetto, on the news that the couple are expecting their first child!

The duo wed back in 2016, and now in a series of beautiful Instagram posts on Comparetto’s account, Billy and Gina shared the news publicly of their baby on the way with some photos to mark the occasion.

Gina expressed: “First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes 👶🏼…. Thank you to my dear, talented friend @jessieco_photo for taking these beautiful photos of us. We will cherish them forever and we love you! ❤️. Thank you @makeupmaryann for the gorgeous, 60s-inspired hair & makeup that you did! You’re truly the best! ❤️

Then, in a another set of photos it simply says: “Mom & Dad 💘” while Billy and Gina look over the book “What to Expect, When You’re Expecting.”

In the newest post, their are more adorable pics this time stating: “Party of 3 ❤️”

You can check all of them out below.

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‘Days of our Lives’ to Honor James Reynolds’ 40th Anniversary as Abe Carver with Special Episode

As DAYS viewers witnessed on Friday’s episode, Abe has been shot in the park, after Carmine pulls out a gun, and Jake (Brandon Barash) tries to apprehend him.  Jake rushes to Abe’s side and calls an ambulance and he is rushed to University Hospital.  Once there, Abe eventually flatlines, while Lani (Sal Stowers), Paulina (Jackee Harry) and Eli (Lamon Archey) are besides themselves with worry.

This sets the stage for Monday’s episode where Abe will go into the light, as Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) works to save his light and while he hovers between life and death, DAYS fans are treated to the special 40th anniversary episode of James Reynolds as Salem’s Abe Carver.   The Daytime Emmy-winning actor, (he won Lead Actor in 2018) began his Salem journey when he first aired back on October 29th, 1981.

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While Abe revisits the past, he will meet up with his late wife and love of his life, Lexie, only according to Soap Opera Digest, Renee Jones was not available to be a part of the milestone episode. So, in a pivot another actress was brought in.

Reynolds told SOD on the Lexie appearance, “The young actress they brought in to be part of this was just wonderful“n giving the essence of (their) relationship and communicated beautifully, just beautifully, in her face and her eyes, as Renee did quite so often.”  He added, “I was kind of transported, actually.”

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In addition, James continues to be the the longest-running black actor in the same role in television history.

Check out the latest NBC promo featuring Abe’s life hanging in the balance below.

Now let us know, are you glad that DAYS is honoring James with this special 40th anniversary episode? What has been your favorite James Reynolds performance as Abe through the years? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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DAYS head writer, Ron Carlivati talks with Michael Fairman on the creation and the making of the limited-series “Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem” currently streaming on Peacock. Leave A Comment

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