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Alicia Leigh Willis IN at Days of our Lives!

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Looks Like Alicia Leigh Willis has been added to the cast of Days of our Lives and will figure into the diabolical Liam’s (Mark Collier) storyline!

According to Soap Opera Digest look for Willis to begin a stint on the NBC soap opera starting on April 22nd.  Soap fans know Alicia best for her role as Courtney on General Hospital!  Apparently the DAYS producer have been wanting to get Willis in a role in Salem after she was asked to sub for Nadia Bjorlin’s Chloe, but those scenes never made it to air!

So could Alicia be playing an ex, or a woman from Liam’s past?  Glad to see Alicia back on daytime?  Do you hope it’s not just short term, but could be more long term?  What do you think of Liam’s storyline thus far and his hatred of Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) and Daniel (Shawn Christian)?  Let us know!

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Marc R. Jimenez
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Marc R. Jimenez

Yeahhhhhh Please shes a definately a keeper with a strong following from GH she be perfect in the DAYS cast & a possible Love Interest for Brady Black !!!!!!!!!! please give her a Contract all these new strong Talented Actors & Actress from previous Soaps ….. Yo Go DAYS !!!!!!!!! Yeahhhhh

Jake NJ
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Jake NJ

I think she will be his ex

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Im not too interested in Liams storyline…we already had Anne, and then Teressa causing Jen havoc and now two more…i like Days but Jen and Danial need another storyline! I thought Liam shouldve been someone from Jordans mysterious past…a storyline that is going nowhere! Im not too familiar with the actress…didnt watch GH when she was there…i suppose her character will make a play for Danial to help Liam break Dan and Jen up but this has already been done with Teressa…however, ill wait and see how it goes…it might be better than i think…i hope!

Ray
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Ray

I think she would have made a great Belle.

RICARDO
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RICARDO

Yes I agree with you Ray, Belle Black would have been a better role for her.

katieK
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katieK

Spot on! She would have been great as Belle, & Belle & Shawn are much needed back in Salem.

Reagan
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Reagan

Maybe she will get paired at some point with Lucas!

David Evan Smith
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David Evan Smith

Never liked her. She was somber and mopey and just a complete wet blanket through her entire run on GH. Best day ever was when Courtney died in the outbreak.

Maybe she’ll have more personality in a new role…

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

I kind of hope she sticks around for a while, since I am a fan of Alicia’s work. Though, would love for her to go back to DAYS, too. Also could imagine her as an Eve Donovan recast, but Kassie is filling that role.

Libby
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Libby

I am shocked #DAYS would hire ALW even for a short term recurring role. She was not well regarded as an actress at GH. I had hoped Liam and this gaslight / kidnap tale would have ended by now in mid April. This story has appeared as filler and ultimate throw away since the start of Mark Collier’s run. It would seem in order to secure renewal into 2016. Days is cutting salaries of cast to keep bottom line low into 50th anniversary year. I can understand the strategy.But it doesnt equal to great story and entertainment for viewer. The… Read more »

Jules
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Jules

I love you Days. I really, really do. But what is it with you and this C-list casting??? Soaps have so much unused talented floating around. I don’t mean to knock anyone, but Mark Collier, Daniel Cosgrove, Alicia Willis? There are much bigger names from soaps who have larger fanbases and can offer so much more than these folks, and not all of them come with exorbitant price tags either. You should be tapping into THAT well, not this one. You need people who will generate buzz on social media and media in general. While it’s lovely and good you’re… Read more »

Libby
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Libby

Agreed, Jules. I just cannot imagine the show hiring yet another short term recurring actor to supplement this short term Liam story. I felt like Liam’s story jumped the shark when he inexplicably became engaged in Nicole’s story.

Also, it is amazing no one knew she had been filming. Ari Zucker ‘s contract was up in March. No word on her status. Hope ALW is not a substitute for the talented Zucker. They are same age, coloring etc. Ericole looked like it was finally ready to launch in fall and now it is circling without real sense.

Patrick
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Patrick

I agree with you, Jules… as well… “what’s with the C – list casting” and… here, here.. it’s for the love and betterment of OUR DAYS. my gut tells me… not so much… the vibe with this actor…. had to google her… I wasn’t watching GH when she was ON… ie: from 2001 to 2006… and had two consecutive emmy noms…. so be it… all relative…. right? I am still missing Sheryl… SHE was the newbie add that I was so excited for… and for whatever reason… DOOL production… didn’t see the potential… for Sheryl and Lucas I loved them… Read more »

Johnny
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Johnny

She is a lovely engaging performer! Loved her on Another World and loved her on GH with AJ. But then she was written as just another mob loving moll and it turned me right off. I hope she is a long term viable character. She would have made a good Taylor. But yes…her and Brady sound good!

swag
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swag

As long as she never comes back to Port Charles I am happy!

Chaz
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Chaz

Maybe she could be Daniel’s “dead” wife….or a look-a-like that freaks him out. Maybe freak out Jennifer enough that she needs to be committed! The Daniel/Jennifer pairing is the most boring thing ever.

Tom Polar
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Tom Polar

I have to agree that although I like Jennifer and Daniel, their storyline IS a little on the “who cares” chart. I’ve been watching Days of Our Lives for only a few months, to get my soap fix now that AMC and OLTL are gone, and it’s a nice show, but it needs something. Everyone is either at Brady’s pub or in that same stupid park set up – they need to mix it up a little. I thought the storyline ended rather abruptly (or did it?) between Abby and EJ – first it seemed like she was pregnant, then… Read more »

Robert
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Robert

She looks a lot like Melissa Reeves so she could be his ex wife, would explain Liam ‘ S fascination with Jennifer or she could be someone hired by him as Jennifer ‘ S double in another of his schemes.

denisefan
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denisefan

What a waste of Mark Collier’s talent. Shame on DOOL writing team. As far as Alicia’s future on the show…. unless she is a Horton or DiMera, her character will be short-term.

Jimmy
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Jimmy

I’m hoping they keep her around for a while, I’ve always thought she’d do well on the show. Before Natalia Livingston, and later Tamara Braun, were hired as Taylor, I thought she would be good for that role. And I also thought she’d be good as Belle. I don’t know about bringing on another new character though, DAYS seems to be doing that a lot lately.

I’m happy she’s here now, though. ALW is a good actress.

Ricardo
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Ricardo

THIS IS BS. I dont like her at all, please days producers bring back Vivian Alamain, Louise SOREL. I MISS Vivian so much. Vivian had charm with her side kick Ivan. Those were the days of our lives. The only storyline, I like right now is will and sonny. I loved the wedding, it was so good and the entire acting. Looking forward to kristen and eve, returning in the summer.

steven
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steven

i agree..please bring back vivian alamain!!

andrew hass
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andrew hass

I’m happy for Alicia that she’s back on soaps.For i could see it been a short term stint to see how it goes before it turns into something long term.

damien
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damien

wow! another addition to the days of jenn and dans lives! sorry I almost fell asleep even as I was writing this! im sorry but if Kristen di mera and eve Donavan don’t get on our screens asap I don’t kno how long I can endure this drivel days is dragging on our screens. I swear they ve scrapping the bottom of the writers room garbage for months now. tersea and brady have been toying with alcohol for months now, Nicole, whos on screen every day it seems like just shredded those documents that can clear father eric, another pointless… Read more »

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

Those are evergreen bushes. They don’t go to sleep, but I may if DAYS gets any slower. I do see many good things on the horizon. May sweeps will be HUGE!

Omar
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Omar

I do have to agree with you Damien, poor spelling and all..I though it was me since i am not a long time fan..I been a DOOL fan for about three years now and its been A1.. but the last few months, boy has it been dragging on..I have like 10 episodes on my DVR because of lack of interest, and finally today started watching..And it just the same old thing. I know the show is getting the return of Kristen and the debut of the wonderful Kassie Depaiva as Eve, but this show is kind of stuck in the… Read more »

Mo
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Mo

I’m liking nasty Liam. Don’t know about adding more peeps though. We’ll see. Days is pretty good right now, unlike Y&R.

Kate
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Kate

Oh, good. Days continues it’s long tradition of hiring bad actors. Don’t get me wrong, there have been some great actors on Days, but there have been some really bad ones too.

I was never impressed with ALW on GH and I’m glad I no longer watch Days.

Holly
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Holly

ICAM!! Courtney’s character was awful… didn’t miss her after she died. And I doubt she will be anything great on DAYS.

dmr
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dmr

Congratulations to Alicia. Please, no more Dannifer air-time. So incredibly boring. Daniel deserves a beautiful, exciting, vibrant woman. There is no excitement between him and Jennifer. Zilch.

Jo
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Jo

Ya, Liam has a nasty felonious way of dealing with people. So, I’m thinking Alicia will likely be an ex of Liam’s that he “met his match” with and he couldn’t get away with his stunts. She’ll show up and spill it on his evil ways. Maybe. Or not, maybe she’ll have no clue. But an ex for sure.

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DAYS Wally Kurth Delivers ‘The Power Performance of the Week’

Mark our words! Next year, Days of our Lives Wally Kurth (Justin Kiriakis) will once again be nominated for a Daytime Emmy for this week’s emotional and deeply-touching work on key episodes of the NBC daytime drama series.

As viewers saw, this was to be the happy nuptials of Justin and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans), who found love again after losing the previous loves of their lives.  They were dear friends to begin with, who through a set of horrific circumstances, found comfort with one another which eventually turned to love.

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Problem was; Justin overheard Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) and Hope (Kristian Alfonso) before the ceremony discussing Steve’s (Stephen Nichols) feelings for Kayla and that he wants her back; something Kayla is unaware of.  So what will he do?  The noble thing and tell her the truth, or keep it to himself and marry her anyway?

As the Intel of what he learned weighed heavier and heavier on Justin, in the most dramatic of moments (when he was to say his “I do’s”), Justin stopped the ceremony and bared all to Kayla: that Steve wants her back and how Steve saw him propose to her and that is why he backed off.  Armed with the knowledge and that her friends and family kept it from her, Kayla does not know what to do.  Justin helps made it easy and clear for her when he questions her … if they would be standing here getting married, if Steve had told her his true feelings before Justin proposed to her?

Justin goes on to say to Kayla that maybe she has been avoiding her true feelings for Steve, because she did not want to hurt him.  Then Justin tells Kayla that he visited his late wife Adrienne’s (Judi Evans) grave, and told her that if things were different, and if she was alive they would still be married, and Kayla would be their dear, dear friend.

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With seeing the look on Kayla’s eyes, Justin knows she loves Steve.  Heartbroken, but caught in an untenable situation, Justin tells Kayla he is happy for her.  Kayla wraps her arms around Justin as they both cry.  Kayla says she never wanted to hurt him, and when Wally as Justin says, “I know, honey,” it was one of the most honest and ten-hankie moments of the entire scenario.   Justin kisses her, tells the guests there will be no wedding today, and exits the Kiriakis mansion.

The emotional drama continues in the aftermath as Justin is at Kayla’s apartment boxing up all of his belongings and tears up recalling their nights together listening to jazz and cooking dinner.  Sonny (Freddie Smith) finds his dad, and tells him he did the noble thing and that time will heal all wounds, but after Sonny leaves, Justin breaks down a bit further before exiting Kayla’s for good.

And if that was not enough, Justin goes back to Adrienne’s gravesite to update her on the wedding that did not happen.   He talks to her that he understands Kayla and Steve’s deep and enduring love, which was just like theirs was.  Next, Justin thinks he is seeing Adrienne, when none other than Bonnie Lockhart (Judi Evans) reveals she is back in Salem – talk about kicking a guy when he is down!

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Throughout this entire saga, moment to moment, Kurth delivered raw, genuine, adult emotions, in a very complex adult story and relationship.   In fact, the cast and crew thought so, too!  When Wally as Justin told Kayla that he can’t marry her and the speech that followed and his exit from the mansion that followed, all those on set applauded for him.  His work was that moving.   Wally was ably assisted throughout by the outstanding work of Mary Beth Evans in these scenes.

2020, while a difficult year for everyone thus far, has been a particular great year for Kurth on Days; as over the last six months he has really had a chance to shine in this story.  So for all of these reasons and more, Michael Fairman TV gives the “Power Performance of the Week” kudos to Wally Kurth.

Did you love Wally’s performance this week on Days? Did you reach for the hankies? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

 

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DAYS Wally Kurth, Mary Beth Evans & Chandler Massey Take You Behind the Scenes of Kayla and Justin’s Wedding

On Wednesday’s heartbreaking episode of Days of our Lives, viewers saw just how the nuptials of Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Justin (Wally Kurth) eventually wound up!

Justin told Kayla that Steve (Stephen Nichols) still loves her, which put a halt to the proceedings and ended the romantic relationship between the two dear friends, who found love with one another following Adrienne’s (Judi Evans) death, and Kayla believing Steve did not want her back.

Now, The DOOL app has posted a rare behind the scenes view of the making of the wedding – with moments from the key scenes, rehearsals and interviews with the cast involved.

Chandler Massey (Will) weighs-in on Will’s debut as a wedding officiant and how that went south, while Mary Beth Evans and Wally Kurth shared why they loved this storyline so much.

Wally expresses how the last six months have been some of the best storylines of his soap career, while Mary Beth says that Justin and Kayla’s relationship was so adult and that in real life, both actors have known about people who fall in love with their dear friend, after losing their significant other whether it be by divorce, or death, or whatever the circumstance.

If you don’t already have the DOOL app on your mobile device to watch the segment, you can get more info to download here.

We will have more to say on the memorable performances at Michael Fairman TV later in the week.

So, what did you think of Kayla and Justin’s wedding and the fallout? Comment below.

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DAYS Mary Beth Evans & Stephen Nichols with Guest Ron Carlivati Talk Stayla’s Greatest Hits & Approach To Scripts During COVID-19

This week is a pivotal one for Steve (Stephen Nichols) and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) on Days of our Lives.  Will they be reunited once again?

To take a stroll down memory lane of reunions past, Mary Beth Evans along with her longtime on-screen scene partner and dear friend, Stephen Nichols, watched back key scenes from the history of Stayla and offered up a second viewing experience as they commented on the clips.

Later, Mary Beth and Stephen are joined by their surprise guest and it is revealed to be Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati!

In her tweet, Evans announced: “Since we’re evidently leading up to something big on #Days … Stephen Nichols and I thought we’d get together & watch some of our reunions from the past. And, we were lucky enough to have a very special guest join us for a chat! #patchandkaylaforever”

Mary Beth and Stephen then chat with Ron about what changes is he having to make to scripts in the reality we all live in now, the coronavirus pandemic, and how he is taking in to account upcoming safety protocols that will need to be adhered to when Days goes back into production.

As of now, from an article in Deadline last Friday the NBC daytime drama series is aiming for a September 1st restart.

Watch Mary Beth, Stephen and Ron in part one and part two and part three of their discussion below.

You can find that and more on Mary Beth’s PlankBlog You Tube channel as well.

Let us know in the comment section what you favorite Patch and Kayla reunion has been … and if you are looking forward to how Days will look when it goes back into production within safety guidelines for COVID-19?

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