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Alison Sweeney and James Scott Interview – Day of DAYS 2013

Days of our Lives supercouple EJami, Alison Sweeney (Sami)and James Scott (EJ) chat with Michael Fairman at Day of DAYS 2013! Alison and James reveal … how they create the fight/sex scenes between Sami and EJ, what the fans are saying to them the most, a preview of the latest dilemma in their on-screen relationship that could cause quite the rift! Plus, Ali and James share what they thought of each other the first time they met!

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Maggie
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Maggie

Thanks, Michael!

I’ve been waiting for this interview, and it didn’t disappoint. I am so enjoying the pairing of EJ and Sami. They are so much fun to watch. I’ll tell you, when they’re on the screen, everything else fades into the background. Can’t wait for their wedding!

DaysFan
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DaysFan

Wedding?hahaha Sami will never marry EJ because he will never change. Sami is a Brady (at times the anti-Brady) but she always put her family first.

Keia
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Keia

Sami Brady LOVES and wants to be with EJ DiMera!

Deal with it! -_-

Nicky D
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Nicky D

Thank You Keia!! Lumi died the moment EJ DiMera declared I love the Good the Bad and everything in between! Oh wait Sami repeated the same words recently! Oh darling Daysfan seems you forgotten who the real SGB is!! hmm

Denise
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Denise

Sami married Lucas and Rafe…how did that turned out? I think with both they were barely married over a year (if that) lol. And how many weddings have Sami Brady attempted to have over her lifetime…about 20. So yeah putting the words…Sami and “marriage” in the same sentence is a joke at this point. Her weddings and marriages have mostly been either disasters or short lived. So I’m kinda happy they aren’t rushing Ejami down the aisle like they did with all the other Sami pairings that usualy ended up in disasters or divorce court lol. Let’s me know they… Read more »

Kelly
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Kelly

What a great interview. Love them!

daj ni
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daj ni

how can you love ej and sami? he raped twice and kidnapped her baby replaced her husband rafe had him rape her man I hate ej and sami on the screen rafe and sami love was murch more real. I am real days fan I know the history of them. I hope they break up. this is suppose to be a real love kind of storyline but it seems ppl now want to see unstable kind of love because the romantic love is boring. I hope days falls short in the polls because of this. all you ej and sami… Read more »

AliciaE
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AliciaE

Speaking of history, how about when EJ jumped in front of a bullet for Sami right before she went into witness protection where she continued to dream of him? There’s plenty of history good and bad, but as Sami said herself, “It always comes back to you.” Whenever the chips have been down, EJ and Sami have found their way to each other. They’re a strong team and they keep getting stronger together.

Rocky Reed
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Rocky Reed

James Scott and Allison Sweeney always hit it out of the ball park! They are such a once in a life time talent. Thank you for sharing. Michael you are a very wise man, you understand the talent that you were squeezed between!

Michelle
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Michelle

Loved this interview! Great questions and it’s easy to see how much James & Ali enjoy working with each other and love EJami.. I love EJami too! 🙂

DaysFan
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DaysFan

I don’t think Ali like the pair EJAMI. I think she is a LUMI fan for life. Plus Ali will never support rape for her character.

Michelle
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Michelle

LMAO. You might want to read their Soap Opera Digest interview then. Ali most definitely likes James & loves working with him. I guess you’re also forgetting that her character Sami raped Austin. Both Sami & EJ are grey characters that have done a lot of bad things to a lot of people. They happen to be perfect for each other. And they have the best, hottest chemistry in daytime TV. Now you can go and make 40 more comments on every person’s post. lol

judith
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judith

wow get over yourself..you know..she is an actress, she is capable to love and enjoy different pairings for her character like any other actor..it is fiction, girl.

Nicky D
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Nicky D

Oh Michael Thank You!! Honestly what a great interview somehow you always make them relax and be themselves. Alison and James have such a beautiful friendship and respect for each other that it reflects on our screens.Thats why we have fought for over 7 years for our lovestory! Thank You again for bringing us this interview (le sigh) can’t wait to see what Ejami have install for us..The Future is looking Bright!! angst and all but they ARE TOGETHER..Yeah Baby lol!! I still want our WEDDING!

Keia
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Keia

Stop stating your lame wishes as facts! You are just a Lumi troll that watches the show like everyone else, and You do NOT speak for Ali Sweeney! EJami is the “IT” couple of DAYS right now and are NOT going any where anytime soon! Lumi is over. Stop hating with such immaturity! Instead of trolling EJami fan comments, how about you use your time and energy to support Bryan Datillo so that he can get more story as Lucas, OUTSIDE of Sami and EJ, and maybe be taken off of recurring status and be put back on contract! Be… Read more »

sarah
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sarah

than can she hide it pretty well haha

Victoria Woods
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Victoria Woods

Why wouldn’t she support it if her character is a rapists too? Sami RAPED Austin…Lol

daj ni
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daj ni

if that’s the case then Nicole and ej should be together they have a better chemistry.

reality check
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reality check

Ej and Nicole have NO chemistry what’s so ever..just boring, nasty and smug..thankfully this nightmare is OVER !

Johnny
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Johnny

Sami has been raped many times. First by Alan when she was a teenager. Then by EJ when he forced her to sleep with him. Then by Fafe (Fake Rafe) multiple times. And yes she raped Austin. So rape has been a throughline of sami’s story for 20 years. Viewers dont seem to mind so much, though, as the general consensus is that EJ is “hot”, he is changed, and Ejami are awesome. I am not sure why rape is considered a more heinous crime than murder on soaps, but it certainly is. Jason and Sonny and many others on… Read more »

Krista
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Krista

Fantastic interview, Michael!

Ali and James have such a rapport and that translates to such incredible chemistry onscreen. They’re such a big reason that EJ and Sami are my favourite soap couple of all time. I’m looking forward to what’s to come for Ejami’s complicated, compelling story.

daj ni
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daj ni

no they don’t. I hate them on screen. she is not the type of bad ej is. Nicole was. now she is not ethier. safe fan 4life

Keia
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Keia

Safe was, and will ALWAYS be a boring, soul sucking, LAME, train wreck of a couple! As was Ejole!

I am glad that Sami has been freed from the sucking “Vortex of Rafe” and released into EJ land!

It gives AS the chance to shine with JS. Who is someone who can actually go toe to toe with her in scenes, and she with him.

EJami is the BEST couple on DAYS right now, outshining ALL of their past relationships! 😀

Safe NEVER even came close to EJami’s amazing dynamic!

d
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d

Lol and yall super couple is the reason days rating are in the garbage now. Yall like drama I like love. Days is to shaky on real love. Might as well b a reality show. But hey I’ll watch a show who delivers on real love and drama that show real writing. So 30 yes I’ve been a fan. Yall keep this bullshit I’m going over to a real love soap like general hospital or young and the restless. I hope these writers get fired b4 there is no days couple to laugh at.

AliciaE
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AliciaE

They make me blush! Love James and Alison hanging out and talking about EJ and Samantha. “I’ve never had as much fun being a part of a storyline as I have in the EJ and Sami storyline.” Same here, James; same here.

AliciaE
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AliciaE

“So don’t cover up your face, with your new brown hair.” (Don’t mind me: just watching this one again and responding to myself. Join in if you please.) Seriously; cannot get enough of these two! They’re beyond awesome. *Major sigh*

bettyrj
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bettyrj

Super interview, Michael! Not long enough for us Alison Sweeney and James Scott fans! They are so natural and easy with each other – seems like they really enjoy each other’s company!!! Thank you for a fun and entertaining interview with our favorite Days stars of all time!

Emma
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Emma

Thankyou Michael for another fun interview. Really enjoy watching these actors create their magic on screen, they do it so well!

Mellie
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Mellie

Thank you Michael. James and Alison have the best chemistry on DOOL and bring the amazing couple of EJAMI alive in such a wonderful way. Cannot wait for more of their passion and fireworks.

Noelle
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Noelle

I just knew you would have the best interview with James and Ali. You really get the EJami/Jamison dynamic and it showed! It was so cute how you were caught in the middle of their fight. Thanks for making my night. I’m looking forward to the EJami fireworks that I’m sure will come to my screen very soon!

Lizzie
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Lizzie

Thank You Michael for a Fabulous and Super Fun interview. I Adore James and Ali as much as I Love Ejami!!

MollyMay
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MollyMay

Fabulous interview Michael!! Ali/James are just as fun to watch offscreen as they are on. Here’s hoping Ejami are around a long, long, LONG time!!

PABWECG
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PABWECG

I love your interviews, Mr. Fairman, and I love James and Allison (and Ejami). What a great, playful interview! Thank you!

K.
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K.

Love this interview so much. It really shows why Ejami is so great to root for. Thanks so much Michael, Ali, James.

judith
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judith

AWESOME. Thank you Michael,James and Ali for this interview. I was waiting for a longggggg tiiiiiiimmmmmmmmmeeeeeeee an interview by Michael Fairman with Ali and James TOGETHER. And i am not disappointed, to say the least. They are so fun and funny. Like someone already said : such a great rapport, it shows they know each others pretty well now. Awesome and such a delight to see. And James, Ali, the success of this soap opera couple is thanks TO YOU, and YOU first guys. Dool tried everything to destroy, keep this pairing apart ect..for YEARS but the dynamic, the chemistry… Read more »

Angela
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Angela

Thank you Michael for a wonderful interview! I couldn’t stop laughing and now my cheeks hurt from smiling so much. It’s so fun to watch Ali and James interacting outside the show and really getting into defending their characters. Their chemistry on and off the show is just so fantastic! I’m so grateful Days finally gave EJami a chance!!

Kelly
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Kelly

Omg I can’t stop watching this. I loved this interview with Ali and James. Always enjoy Michael’s interviews, but this Jamison one is extra awesome! Agree that EJami is super popular for Days of our Lives.

JBeauty7
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JBeauty7

That right there is why ejami is so great, jamison are the best! LOVE this interview! James and Ali are so adorable! You give the best interviews, Michael! Thank you!

Sophie
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Sophie

What a great interview, Michael. Thank you. I just love E.J., Sami and EJami. As well as Ali and James. Looking forward to the next part of their story! And a wedding in 2014!

Carol
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Carol

Ahhhhh….FABULOUS interview Michael! You asked all the right questions. I thought I even saw Alison Sweeney blush…who can blame her when the most gorgeous man in the world tells you you’re beautiful! I didn’t think it possible but I just fell more in love with these two. Thank YOU!

DaysFan
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DaysFan

Sami will never be ok with her twin getting raped the same way she got raped by a Dimera.

DaysFan
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DaysFan

Something tells me Ali & James fight a lot. Something doesn’t seem right about the way Ali & James were acting. When LUMI fight, they had a playful friendly way to them but EJAMI seem more like a true hate between characters & actors.

judith
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judith

They are actors, not their characters nutty DaysFan ! YIKES

Leah
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Leah

Seriously? Are you for real? If so you certainly don’t know how to read people or peoples body language.
James and Alison are great friends off screen. They have even challenged each other and completed a triathlon together.
James and Alison ARE completely comfortable with and trust each other…. something Alison herself said right here in this interview.
I do not know who your favorite male pairing is for Sami but please do not be so blind.

JaneDigby
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JaneDigby

This is uncalled for. Allison Sweeney, James Scott and Bryan Datillo are professionals. Implying that they are fighting or that they can’t separate fiction and reality is insulting to them.

Skyla
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Skyla

I agree and I am a LUMI fan. Ali seems to enjoy working with all her leading men: Bryan, James & Galen. James & Bryan seem to have a nice camaraderie as well when they are together. Though I may not always like where the storyline is going with certain pairs I think Ali, Bryan, & James are all fabulous actors onscreen and I don’t see any animosity between any of them off screen.

DaysFan
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DaysFan

Sami was raped by a Dimera & now her twin got raped by another Dimera. I can’t wait to see Sami punch the lies out of EJ.

DaysFan
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DaysFan

Hey Michael you shouldn’t have been in the middle of Ali & James. If you had Ali sitting next to James she would have shown us how Sami will punch EJ. Sami will pack her bags and walk with her children. EJAMI is such a messed up pair. They are always fighting and this is why they will never work as a couple.

annika
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annika

If you don’t like them, why take the time watching and commenting? Use your time and energy for something else. Or are you a closeted Ejami and are you still in denial? It is ok to come out and join the dark side 🙂

daj ni
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daj ni

never. safe forever!!! they still was the best and the polls just proved it the highest ratings was when rafe and sami was together

Efanatic
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Efanatic

Lumi has been over for so long it barely registers. “Something tells me Ali doesn’t like working with James….” please! You don’t know a damn thing …and projecting your dislike of James Scott/EJ on to Allison Sweeney is all kinds of bat shit crazy! And like somebody else said, why don’t you go support BD instead of wasting your time bashing JS and the EJami pairing. You are just embarrassing yourself. Now I will go back to just ignoring your foolish, asinine rants.

DaysFan
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DaysFan

I can tell Ali doesn’t like working with James. She is not happy with Sami being with the guy who raped her and now her twin raped by another Dimera.

Laura
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Laura

I think I will just take Ali’s word when she says how much she enjoys working with James. I am pretty sure, unlike yourself, she knows the difference between real and reel.

regina
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regina

When will the whole “rape” thing quit being brought up. It has been discussed and forgiven by Samantha. Even she said it wasn’t like that. Time to move forward people.

daj ni
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daj ni

yes it was look at the clip it will show you

Kisha
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Kisha

Please get the help that you need! Treatment is out there for you. 🙂

Annika
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Annika

Ah, not only are you still in denial, you’re also delusional, but who am I to change your mind. I respect you shipping Safe, but you should also be respectful towards both the Ejami’s and Ali and James.

Tina
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Tina

As always fabulous job Michael – Ali & James are truly in a class all their own.

Karen
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Karen

I loved this so much! They’re so great and fun together, I in love with the EJami story so happy to see them enjoying it so much as well. Thank you Michael!

Cory
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Cory

Mr. Fairman You have a gift sir. And I hope it never leaves you as you continue on the interviewing journey you’ve created for yourself!!! I so loved this James & Alison interview and that you couldn’t keep up with the direction the mike had to be. And your laughing along with James & Alison’s was priceless!!! How much do I love James & Alison. They are so in touch with how each other work and it shows on my TV screen with the amazing EJ & Sami scenes I get to watch each and every time. I’m stoked to… Read more »

Shannon
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Shannon

Thank you so much! I smiled through the whole interview. These two are why Ejami is such a hugely popular couple. Their chemistry is off the charts! So glad Days finally saw what we’ve seen all along! Loved what Ali said about first meeting James ! Plus, loved your mention of getting in trouble for talking about everyone loving Ejami!

Gigi
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Gigi

Thank you so much for this interview Michael. You are a great interviewer and you never disappoint. James and Ali are amazing together both on and off screen. You can see the respect and admiration they have for each other! Love that EJami is finally being given a chance to shine 🙂

Kate
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Kate

What a fantastic interview! You always bring out the absolute best in your interviewees, and Alison and James are no exception. Such fun to watch the three of you mixing it up. Love them and love their fictional counterparts. Great job, Mr. Fairman! 🙂

Tania
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Tania

This interview has my #ejami #jameson feels skyrocketing . They ooze Chemistry even here – They both have such admiration and respect for each other . Its so exciting to see them xcited about the future SL. Cant wait .. Loved when AS said – What does every women feel when they meet James for the first time.Just keep talking … **swoon**

Lulu
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Lulu

Such a fun and cute interview. It is so rare to see AS and JS being interviewed together, such a treat. Thanks mIchael. I hope the show keep their characters together, we did wait long enough !

Kisha
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Kisha

Great interview Michael! Loved how the flow of it went and how they were so close as friends and how excited they are for the fit of EJAMI! 🙂

Keia
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Keia

Thank you for this interview Michael!

The video was so cute, especially when James made Ali blush! 😀

I love Ali and James, and want to THANK them as a EJami fan whose so grateful everyday that such AMAZING actors bring Sami and EJ to life in a way that enchants DAYS viewers and fans the world over!

Gem
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Gem

Thank you Micheal for this amazing interview! Ali and James have such a great rapport off screen and that’s the reason EJ/Sami have been able to weather all that’s been thrown at them. It was funny and witty, you really have a way to bring out the best of your interviewees (sp?). Thanks again!

Paul
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Paul

Daysfan why do you come here if you don’t like Ejami and post your crap? Ali loves working with James if you can’t see that in this interview I suggest you start wearing glasses they are great friends and I am convince she loves Ejami the most as made no secret how much Sami is so much better with EJ you Lumis need to sop so bitter its making your fan base look really bad no offence. This is a soap not real life and today we saw to friends having a laugh with each other so loved how Ali… Read more »

Sara
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Sara

Agreed!

Leah
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Leah

Well said…. totally agree!

Regina
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Regina

Paul, One Lumi doesn’t represent the base, anymore than one Ejami represents yours. That poster is entitled to their opinion, whatever that might be. Believe ME, the majority of the Lumis don’t care what happens to Sami now, we are solely focused on Lucas’ new storyline, and the new love interest for him. Supporting Bryan and whatever this show has planned for him is first and foremost. So don’t lump everyone together, just because one person has an opinion doesn’t mean we all feel the same way. She doesn’t speak for the base anymore than you speak for yours.

sarah
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sarah

well sad Regina can’t throw everyone under the same buss .

l’m ejami fan but is nice other fanbase enjoy also SL’s the hate from bases l don’t have that also enjoy rafe and lucas in sl where are now or going to be.

Gem
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Gem

I agree one person does not an entire fandom make. But saying Lumis only focus on Lucas is in the same vein and would imply all Lumis are actually Lucas’ fan first and I’m not sure it’s true. I was a Lumi too and when that shipped crashed and burn I continued to enjoy their friendship. No all Lumis don’t care about Sami. I love her and that’s why I enjoy her with EJ.

Pauline
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Pauline

Majority of Lumi fans are Lucas fans sadly..they seem to only love Sami when she is with Lucas..otherwise god forbid..they trash her as much as they can..pretty disturbing.

Paul
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Paul

Oh I forgot to say so happy it looks like Ejami is not ending anytime soon to me best about Days is watching them if and when they spilt up no more days for me to me Ali and James are Days no disrespect to the other characters or the actors I know are fine as well but I watch for Ejami and I know Sami will marry him 2014 Sami loves EJ a lot more than she ever loved Rafe or Lucas both of those men saw Sami’s true feelings for EJ she ended up cheating on both of… Read more »

Shannon
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Shannon

So true! Everyone in Salem knows that Sami can’t stay away from EJ. I, too, am here for Ejami. They are definitely why I watch! AS and JS are simply amazing and their chemistry is untouched!

annika
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annika

Thank you Michael! I simply adored this interview. I’m almost suffering from cuteness overload! It was made of awesome ;). No, seriously, I loved the interaction of James and Ali as much as I love Ej and Sami. They have amazing chemistry on and off screen. Jamison brings Ejami to life and it is wonderful to see. I have to watch this again. Once again, thank you!

Sara
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Sara

I just love love James and Ali amazing interview. TEAM EJAMI Thanks M

Karen Ly
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Karen Ly

This is why I love these 2 so much.Jamison playful banter was so CUTE! Omg. .James makes Alison blush was “le sigh” Thank you MF for a fantastic interview.

AnnDee
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AnnDee

This is the one interview I was waiting for. You didn’t disappoint Michael!
I can’t get enough of Ali and James 🙂

Mary
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Mary

Absolutely loved and adored this interview. You can really tell how much they like and respect each other and how much fun they’re having playing EJ and Sami.
My only regret is that DAYS could have had this supercouple for years and didn’t run with them, but tried EVERYTHING under the sun to destroy them instead but the chemistry between AS/JS couldn’t be written out no matter how hard TPTB tried. It’s that rare lightening in a bottle that’s so hard to find that’s kept EJami alive.

Beauni
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Beauni

Oh this is fantastic!! Love James and Ali! They’re fantastic actors :)!!!

Michelle
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Michelle

Thanks, I love EJami so much!

Monica
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Monica

Thanks so much for the interview! I love how it’s so obvious that Ali and James enjoy the EJami storyline. MF did a great job with this interview! It looked so fun! Sami is no saint and I’m sure she will remember the things she’s done in the past when she forgives EJ for this.

Ave
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Ave

FANtastic interview. Grateful for the other interviews but I love these with Michael because I could hear everyone and the questions were fun and very interactive! Thank you!!

Laura
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Laura

Michael, great interview! I love how comfortable they are as friends, it really translates so much chemistry on screen.

heidi
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heidi

What a fun interview… Michael!!! I really enjoyed seeing these two be so playful together off screen!!!

pspcindy
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pspcindy

I can always count on you Michael to have the best interviews. This one is pure pleasure. It showcases just why so many people love EJami. James and Ali love playing off each other, whether as EJ & Sami or themselves. I smiled from start to fade out. Thank you!!

Ruth
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Ruth

Thanks Michael for sharing the interview! It was so much fun to watch. Lol at “Alison Sweeney insurance”. I love the story James td of his first meeting ever with Ali. It’s great to hear that she’s so supportive and encouraging of her colleagues. I’m really curious to see what it is that we’ll see that they’ve already filmed 7 months ahead for EJami. I’m sure it’ll be explosive and exciting as Ali and James are enthusiastic about it. Thank you so much!

JamesRox
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JamesRox

Hi Michael.
I enjoyed the ease and flow of your DOD interview with Alison Sweeney and James Scott. Not much more can be said of them other than that NBC/SONY/ DAYS are fortunate to have these two consummate acting professionals as part of their entertainment family. Their dedication to their craft , their characters, and their show continues to resonate on screen.

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Days of our Lives, General Hospital, and The Young and the Restless Receive WGA Award Nominations

Nominations were announced Thursday morning for the WGA Awards in the fields of television, new media, news, radio/audio and promotional writing.

In the Daytime Drama category, the writing teams from Days of our Lives, General Hospital and The Young and the Restless scored nominations.

Of note: The Bold and the Beautiful chose not to submit themselves for competition this year.  So, it was not a matter of the series not receiving enough votes to be in contention.

The winners will be announced on Sunday, March 20, at the 74th annual Writers Guild Awards.

Here are the full writing teams nominated in the Daytime Drama category below:

General Hospital, Head Writers: Chris Van Etten, Dan O’Connor Associate Head Writer: Anna T. Cascio Writers: Barbara Bloom, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Shannon Peace, David Rupel, Lisa Seidman, Scott Sickles; ABC

The Young and the Restless, Head Writer: Amanda L. Beall Writers: Susan Banks, Jeff Beldner, Sara A. Bibel, Brent Boyd, Susan Dansby, Christopher Dunn, Sara Endsley, Janice Ferri Esser, Marin Gazzaniga, Lynn Martin, Natalie Minardi Slater, Teresa Zimmerman; CBS

Days of Our Lives, Head Writer: Ron Carlivati Writers: Lorraine Broderick, Joanna Cohen, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Jamey Giddens, David Kreizman, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Katherine D. Schock, Elizabeth Snyder; NBC

To view the entire list of nominees click here.

So, who do you hope takes home the prize for the WGA Award for writing in a daytime drama series … DAYS, GH or Y&R? Comment below.

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Three-Time Daytime Emmy Winner, Cady McClain, Reveals She’s ‘Back On Set’ But On Which Show?

After her Instagram post earlier this week, fans of Cady McClain have been attempting to dissect her cryptic tease of a message. McClain, a three-time Daytime Emmy winner, shared the good news with fans that she is ‘back to work’, except she didn’t share which show or project she is working on … just yet!

In her post, McClain teased: “Back on set! Fun to be working again on such a terrific show! Can’t wait to be able to share the news with you all soon! Meantime, hoping you are all taking good care of yourselves. Sending hugs!! ”

Now, it could be Cady is working on a primetime show, not a daytime show, but we shall see.

She has previously appeared on The Young and the Restless and Days of our Lives of the four remaining daytime soaps.  On Y&R she played Kelly Andrews, and on DAYS, Jennifer Horton Deveraux.  And, as viewers of the NBC soap saw this week, Jennifer (in a short appearance by Melissa Reeves) returned to Salem with Jack (Matthew Ashford), only to tie-up loose ends over the holidays and exit the show.

Since DAYS still tapes months ahead, could McClain be returning there, or might she pop up on GH and B&B? The character of Kelly was killed-off of Y&R back in 2015.

Previously, Cady became soap-famous for her roles as Dixie Cooney Martin on All My Children and Rosanna Cabot on As the World Turns.

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Michael Fairman TV Names The Best and Worst in Soaps 2021

In a year which saw the continuance of the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021, saw your favorite soaps finding ways to work under safety and health protocols to bring you the stories you love the best they could, but it was not fraught with some problems along the way.

Now as the year comes to a close, we take a look back with our annual list of the Best and Worst in Soaps.  As it does every year, Michael Fairman TV,  takes this opportunity to pay tribute to the tremendous work of the talented men and women in front of the camera and behind the scenes, whose tireless efforts in the grind of producing and acting in this genre’s format is a feat in of itself.  In addition to naming the best moments and performances of the year, there were several not-so-stellar moments featuring characters, storylines, and more, that get the dubious honor of some of our “Worsts”.

While we know many of you have your own views, picks, and choices, and while you may disagree or agree with ours, we encourage you to let us know your thoughts as well.  Most of all, respect everyone’s opinions, as you wish them to respect yours.

 

Finally, we want to wish our wonderful community here at Michael Fairman TV and soap fans everywhere, a happy New Year.  It is all of you with your passion and devotion to the genre itself, which make this such a unique entertainment medium with an undeniable connection between the viewers, the performers, and the storylines.

So here we go … the Best and Worst in Soaps … and with that… 2021 out!

BEST SOAP

General Hospital  

Day to day, week to week, the soap that delivered the most through 2021 was General Hospital. It wasn’t by any means sheer perfection, and had its share of relationship and storyline issues, but whether you loved “Nixon Falls’ or not, or Britt with Jason, or Carly with Jason, Sonny and Nina, or were upset about Franco’s death, or Peter continuing to exist on this earth (more on this later), or loved the introduction of the SORAS’d Spencer Cassadine, the show retooled the Quartermaines, the Cassadines, and all along the way gave emotional payoffs and big cliffhangers.

MOST ENTERTAINING SOAP

Days of our Lives

The last six months of 2021, Days of our Lives seemed to find its groove, balancing the kitsch, with the drama, and it all really got cooking with the Marlena Possession storyline 2.0 harkening back to its brilliance some 27 years later.  DAYS was clearly the most entertaining soap with a plethora of wink-winks to the audience, snappy dialog and humor, an excellent use of history, and a cast and a writing team that trusted the material and it paid off.

MOST DISAPPOINTING SOAP

The Young and the Restless

The once mighty Y&R became the hardest show to sit through.  The storylines were boring, the pairings often felt like re-treads, the rooting factor was basically non-existent for anyone, and it gets our pick for the Most Disappointing Soap. When you have an A-list cast with some of the finest actors in the genre in one place, and the stories just aren’t there for them, and many scenes feel like they go nowhere, it’s a head-scratcher!  The show needs a boost of adrenaline.

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BEST LIMITED SERIES

Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem

Truly, the most enjoyable, fun romp of the year in soaps.  It had to be a hoot and a half for head writer, Ron Carlivati, and his team to develop this five-episode story about the missing gems from the Alamainian Peacock.  There were the inside Lisa Rinna jokes including: integrating the infamous RHOBH ‘drink in face’ fight with Eileen Davidson recreated ‘Beyond Salem’ style, plus Sonny, Will, and Chad in drag, Leo saving the day, Charles Shaughnessy back as twins Drew and Shane, Peter Porte as an uptight spy who turns out to be a VonLeuschner, and it was all so kitschy, in a genius kind of way that it left us wanting more.

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BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS

Laura Wright – Carly Corinthos – General Hospital

Scene after scene in 2021, Laura Wright did some of the finest work of her daytime career, and that is saying something, because she has already delivered so many memorable performances.  But this year, whether it was: a grieving Carly grappling with the loss of her beloved Sonny, stepping up and taking control of the mob, her complicated relationship with Jason, and falling back in love with him, and then the return of a very much alive Sonny and the volatile relationship with her nemesis, Nina Reeves, Laura had the material day after day, and gave us 110% as an actress through it all. Bravo!

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BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A STORYLINE

Melissa Claire Egan – Chelsea’s Stroke – The Young and the Restless

Cynthia Watros – Nina and Mike in Nixon Falls – General Hospital

Camryn Grimes – Mariah’s kidnapping and aftermath – The Young and the Restless

Lisa LoCicero – Olivia finds out Alexis and Ned had sex – General Hospital

These four actresses along with Laura Wright may just be vying for the Daytime Emmy in 2022 whether it be in Lead or Supporting.  Each one of these women delivered complex performances within their storylines … Melissa Claire Egan as stroke victim, Chelsea, who gets her revenge on Adam and Sharon that comes with consequences, Cynthia Watros for her brilliant work opposite Maurice Benard and the Tan-O gang and its aftermath in Port Charles, Camryn Grimes, whose scenes by herself in lock-up (in a storyline we hated), after being kidnapped while pregnant were well-done, and the hurt of longing for the baby she carried months later showed why she remains one of the strongest actresses on daytime, and there was Lisa LoCicero for the heartbreaking moments as Olivia finds out that Ned slept with Alexis and then the volatile showdown between the two women over the tryst. All deserved mentions in our year-end honors.

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BEST SINGLE PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A STORYLINE 

Kirsten Storms – Maxie frames Peter and reveals she knows of his deception – General Hospital

While in the hospital, Maxie, pretending she lost her baby, in an effort to get Peter to admit to his crimes, was played by pure brilliance by Kirsten Storms.  Finally, taking control of the situation, Maxie records Peter’s confession of those he murdered on her phone which she sends to Mac. All along the way telling Peter how disgusted she is by him. Best line though, “I would say you’re as bad as your father, but you’re not. At least, Faison was an evil genius. You’re just some cheap imitation knockoff.” Got that right!

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BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR

Maurice Benard – Sonny Corinthos – General Hospital

While the “Mike” in ‘Nixon Falls’ story went on too long, it provided Maurice Benard with an opportunity to show another side of a character then mob boss Sonny Corinthos, and pair him with another leading lady, Cynthia Watros, to form a potential new couple.  All of this on top of Benard’s scenes with Sonny’s wife, Carly (whose relationship has now hit the skids) provided this three-time Daytime Emmy winner a backdrop to do something different, and prove once again, that he is still the finest actor in the genre.

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BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTOR

James Patrick Stuart – Valentin Cassadine – General Hospital

Whether it be romancing Anna, (and sharing scenes with the fabulous Finola Hughes,) or trying to take down Peter August, or his machinations with the Quartermaines, or being duped by Brook Lynn, and his devastation over finding out that ‘Bailey’ was not his biological daughter, we always enjoy all things JPS.  He delivers episode to episode and continues to make Valentin’s reactions and actions intriguing.

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BEST SINGLE PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A STORYLINE

Ted King – Jack admits to Li his secret about Sheila and Finn – The Bold and the Beautiful

It has been great to see Ted King back on daytime.  The former GH and OLTL star always delivered in his scenes, and he had his moment to shine in 2021, when Jack admitted to his wife, Li that he lied all of these years about their son, Finn.  In actuality, Jack had a fling with the dangerous and psychotic, Sheila Carter and he is Finn’s true biological father.  The whole situation was made all the more heartbreaking because Li believed they adopted the little boy, when in truth, Jack covered-up his tryst for decades.  King played all the beats in these key scenes.  He was understated in his performance, and this went under the soap press radar, but you could see all the pain in Jack’s eyes, thanks to Ted King’s work.  Sometimes less is more in front of the camera.

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BEST PERFORMANCE BY LONG-RUNNING VETERANS

Bill and Susan Seaforth Hayes – Doug and Julie Williams – Days of our Lives

Doug as the devil was delicious! Julie standing up to MarDevil was a moment! The Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award winners had the opportunity to act in great scenes about faith, strength and love, played to perfection by these two television treasures. Their work provided some of the most memorable moments during Satan’s return to Salem.

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BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Kelly Thiebaud – Britt Westbourne – General Hospital

This year, Kelly Thiebaud truly got to show all the facets of Dr. Britt Westbourne. When she was afraid to know and then learned she had the marker for Huntington’s Disease, her struggle with the information and falling for Jason Morgan, then losing him, made this once Port Charles bad girl, someone we truly, truly cared about. In addition, Britt’s scenes of grief with Carly over Jason’s ‘death’ and more, made Kelly’s performances must-see daytime TV.

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BEST PERFORMANCE IN AN ON-SCREEN BREAK-UP

Michelle Stafford – Phyllis Summers – The Young and the Restless

No one can deliver the kind of ‘balls-to-the-wall’ performance that Y&R’s Michelle Stafford can. She did it again, in a series of powerful and heartbreaking scenes, where Phyllis realizes she will always be Nick’s second choice to the Newman family. Combine that with Nick knowing that Phyllis’ feelings for her ex, Jack Abbott are back, it was combustion central for ‘Phick’ and they ended their relationship.  Stafford should remember this scene come Emmy submission time!

BEST ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE

The cast of Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem

I mean, everyone was so much fun to watch! From Eileen Davidson, Rinna, Jackie Cox, Greg Rikaart, Shaughnessy, Zach Tinker, the list goes on, and it truly was the best ensemble performance of the year, and it looked like everyone had a great time being part of the limited series.

BEST FEUD

Nina Reeves and Carly Corinthos – General Hospital

When Carly went at Nina over Nelle’s ‘death’ on a phone call, just as Nina found Sonny alive and well in Nixon Falls, it set up a series of events that had now pitted these two powerhouse women against each other, and the feud is one of the best on daytime due to Cynthia Watros and Laura Wright’s performances.

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BEST VILLAIN, FEMALE

Deidre Hall – MarDevil – Days of our Lives

When Satan comes to town and inhabits Marlena, the MarDevil comes out to play and terrorized everyone in Salem with delicious venom and we were here for it!

BEST VILLAIN, MALE

Mike Manning – Charlies Dale – Days of our Lives

Mike Manning made Charlie creepy and misunderstood, and someone everyone in town wanted dead, and eventually he met his maker in a solid “Whodunit?”

BEST SCENE-STEALER

Deidre Hall – MarDevil – Days of our Lives

Deidre Hall looked like she was having the time of her life, chewing the scenery as Satan and getting to take a pause from being the moral center of DAYS to be able to do and say things “Doc” would never utter out of her mouth: including calling her own daughter’s Belle and Sami “sluts’’. HA!

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BEST UNEXPECTED SCENE

Susan and EJ in the hospital – Days of our Lives

After the devil made mince-meat out of Susan Banks, she recovered in the hospital where her son EJ sat by her side.  When Susan said she was willing to sacrifice herself to save her son from Satan, it brought with it an unexpected mother/son scene we never saw previously between the grown-up EJ and Susan, and played by two actors who were both successful recasts in their roles. Cheers to Stacy Haiduk and Dan Feuerriegel.

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BEST COMEBACK

Cameron Mathison back to ABC Daytime

The All My Children fan favorite (Ex-Ryan Lavery), turned host, turned Hallmark and GAC Family star, returned to ABC Daytime decades later where it all started for him, this time as a recast Drew Cain on GH.  Now, while his story on General Hospital is just getting started, we think Mathison will fit in nicely with the cast that he has admired so much, and on the show, he has dreamt of appearing on. Welcome home, Cam!

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WORST EXIT

Linsey Godfrey – Sarah Horton – Days of our Lives

To facilitate Linsey Godfrey’s exit from DAYS, the writers once again fell back into old tricks, or should we say, old prosthetic masks! This time, Kristen pretended to be Sarah to sleep with Rex, and break-up her relationship to Xander, even though Kristen and Sarah are nowhere near the same height. Then, Sarah is put in a steamer trunk and snuck her out of Salem. What???????

WORST EXIT HONORABLE MENTION

Kim Delaney – Jackie Templeton – General Hospital

We love Kim Delaney, and all of a sudden, her heralded return to soaps and GH, came to an abrupt end after the entire “Who is Harrison’s real bio-dad” story and apparently Jackie Templeton left Port Charles.  We guess to do some cracker-jack reporting?? Dunno.

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MOST HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED RETURNS

Kimberlin Brown and Sean Kanan – The Bold and the Beautiful

With two of daytime’s all-time baddies back on the canvas, you would think that B&B would have hit a homerun, but so far, it’s been a wait and see approach, as fans long for the days that Sheila and Deacon perpetrate bad deeds on people for their own gain.  However, we may be in luck! Looks like Sheila might be finally digging her psychotic heels into Brooke with the NYE booze switch, while Deacon seduced Brooke. Jury is out! B&B…  don’t botch this!

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WORST RETURN

Sean Carrigan – Stitch – The Young and the Restless

This was so predictable …and so bad.  Former fan favorite, Sean Carrigan returns as Stitch and everyone had already figured out, (even before he set foot on the airshows), that he would be the culprit – the person who had kidnapped a pregnant Mariah. Then later, we get his twisted reasoning for holding a preggers woman captive, apparently, because of his love and past with Abby. All of this made no sense for this character.

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WORST HIT AND RUN

Liam runs over Vinny in Bill’s car – The Bold and the Beautiful

This storyline, which went on for months, had Liam and Bill covering up their tracks after mowing down bad boy Vinny, who just happened to be walking out in the middle of the road at night at the exact time Bill’s car showed up.  Trouble is, it turned out to be a suicide storyline? Apparently, Vinny sacrificed himself for his buddy Thomas, so Thomas could get closer to Hope, and that’s after switching paternity results to make it look like Liam was Hayes’ father, not Finn! While we had liked Joe LoCicero as Vinny, this ending was a bad comeuppance, and even though Scott Clifton and Don Diamont acted their hearts out episode after episode, in the end the story came to a screeching halt and thud. Wasn’t there even a PSA for suicide prevention after the reveal???

MOST MISSED OPPORTUNITY

Elizabeth learns about Jason’s ‘death’ off-screen – General Hospital

Liz shares a son with the guy, and Rebecca Herbst does not get any screen-time to show Elizabeth’s reaction to Jason’s supposed death? C’mon now!!

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BEST RECAST LIMITED SERIES

Zach Tinker – Sonny Kiriakis – Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem and Days of our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas

We were very impressed with Zach Tinker’s version of Sonny Kiriakis; and that right out of the gate he was dealt some very heavy emotional scenes in ‘Beyond Salem’ when Sonny believed Will was cheating on him. Zach replaced longtime fan favorite, Freddie Smith, and a new version of “WilSon” was born.

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BEST RECAST 

Dan Feuerriegel  –  EJ DiMera – Days of our Lives

Dan has brought his A-game as the recast EJ DiMera; a role that was made so wildly popular when played by James Scott, but Feuerriegel is putting his own spin on the part and making it work.

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BEST RETURN LIMITED-RUN

Blake Berris – Nick Fallon – DAYS Halloween episode/Days of our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas

Berris is a very fine actor and it was on display twice! First, in DAYS zombie-Halloween episode when the MarDevil awakens evil from their graves! It is then, Nick is back in action terrorizing Gabi, and then in the flip in the Peacock Holiday special, Nick is very much alive, playing the longing suitor for Gabi’s affections, Berris should come back to DAYS as Nick’s twin, Mick! Can we make that happen DAYS writing team?

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BEST NEW CHARACTER

Paulina Price – (played by Jackée Harry) – Days of our Lives

Writing a role for Jackée, and playing to her strengths; while ramping up the Price family back-story was a triple win for Days.

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BEST NEWCOMER

Nicholas Alexander Chavez – Spencer Cassadine – General Hospital

Fans took notice and instantly fell in love with Nicholas’ work as a SORAS’d Spencer Cassadine.  Spencer’s return was one of the best of 2021, which showed the emotional damage done to the young man who has a vengeful streak willing to go up against the likes of his father Nikolas, Ava, and Valentin while pining for Trina, and being shoe-horned into a relationship with evildoer, Esme.  Good stuff!

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BEST TRIBUTE

John Reilly Tribute – General Hospital

When GH was able to get the one and only Sharon Wyatt (Ex-Tiffany Hill) to do a voice-over, and John Reilly’s daughter, Caitlin, acting and central to the story all the while paying homage to the spy stories of the past, it was a solid episode to honor one of the shows most beloved all-time cast members.

BIGGEST WASTE OF AIRTIME

Jesse Gaines – The Young and the Restless

Weeks of being held up in Italy in a room, threatening to expose Ashland’s past, but it was all a set up, and by the end of it, who cared! Anyone?

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BEST GREAT-TO-SEE-YOU ON DAYTIME AGAIN

Linda Dano – Vivian Alamain – Days of our Lives

Although it was short-lived and Louise Sorel did not return to be part of the plot, we loved seeing Linda Dano back on daytime; even for a short blip, and this time taking on the role of Vivian Alamain.  She’s still one of the best of the best.

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CHARACTER WHO DESERVED THE BIGGEST BITCH-SLAP

Peter August – General Hospital

Line -em-up! GH’s Peter August deserved a thousand of these! Where do we start???? Peter August has escaped the once-smartest spies, killed multiple key characters, held some captive, obsessed over Maxie and their baby, and everyone wants him dead-dead.  We can’t think of anyone who deserves to be bitched slapped by one person after the other in Port Charles than Peter AKA Henrik!

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CHARACTER WHO DISHED OUT THE BEST BITCH-SLAPS

Steffy Forrester – The Bold and the Beautiful

Whenever she could, Steffy bitch-slapped Sheila to kingdom come, once the evil one showed up at Steffy’s wedding to Finn and the fallout. We assume, Sheila grabbed an icebag after those bops to the face?

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A PRIMETIME SOAP MALE

Adam Huber – Liam Ridley – Dynasty

Playing off scenes with his on-screen love interest, Elizabeth Gillies (Fallon) has let Huber show other facets to his character of Liam. Now we enjoy the guy!

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BEST PERFORMANCE IN A PRIMETIME SOAP FEMALE

Elizabeth Gillies – Fallon Carrington – Dynasty

Fallon makes CW’s Dynasty go-round, and whether it be drama, high camp or musical moments, Elizabeth Gillies is the star of the show and can be anywhere else she chooses to go!

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BEST PRIMETIME SOAP

Dynasty

Still the ‘soap on steroids’ with all the tropes including: bombshells and double-crossing of a double-crossing, you will need a scorecard each episode to follow along which character does the most despicable thing … but we are here for it!

MOST TORTURED COUPLE

Sonny and Carly – General Hospital

Nothing went right in 2021 for ‘CarSon’.  Sonny was presumed dead for a good portion of the year, believing he was a man named ‘Mike” and living a life in Nixon Falls and falling for a deceitful Nina Reeves.  Carly stepped up and in for Sonny to protect the Corinthos mob territory by originally having a marriage-arrangement with Jason.  However, Carly and Jason found themselves falling for each other again circa the 90’s, and on their wedding night, as they were about to have sex, Sonny shows up alive and well. Now, Sonny has been all confused for his feelings for Nina since regaining his memory, Jason is ‘dead, and the relationship has blown apart and it looks like the end of the line… for now for this storied duo.

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WORST WEDDING

Kyle and Summer– The Young and the Restless

Not only did the popular duo of ‘Skyle’ exit the canvas, they got married off-camera, so no one saw the long-awaited nuptials … and the two actors, Michael Mealor and Hunter King … left the show after reports of contract negotiations falling through.

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BEST COUPLE IN THE MAKING

Sprina – General Hospital

Everyone is loving the on-screen chemistry played by Sydney Mikayla and Nicholas Alexander Chavez as Trina and Spencer.  Now will they be headed for a romance in 2022?

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WORST COUPLE AND MOST BORING COUPLE

Michael and Willow – General Hospital

These two are double winners this year! Michael Corinthos and Willow Tait have become so boring that GH is now coming up with ways to instigate trouble between them that it is so apparent to the audience and you can see it coming a mile away.  Chad Duell and Katelyn MacMullen are very good actors, they just aren’t an exciting pairing as Michael and Willow. Break them up for good, already!

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BEST COUPLE

Sami and Lucas – Days of our Lives

Alison Sweeney and Bryan Dattilo have a long and enduring friendship, and an on-screen partnership that just works so well.  Many loved seeing ‘Lumi’ reconnect in 2021.  Sami, of course, despondent over EJ, sleeps with Lucas and thus starts the story, but it was all done with great flashbacks, comedy and more. What will happen in 2022 when Sami finds out Lucas was the one who kidnapped her? It probably will end any possibility of them ever becoming a bonafide couple, as it looks like EJami is the end game.

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BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A STANDALONE EPISODE

Nancy Lee Grahn – Alexis Davis – General Hospital

“I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a Fighter, and an Idealist, and an Advocate!” True that! In a well-crafted story, Nancy Lee Grahn celebrated her 25th anniversary on GH with a special episode dedicated to Alexis. In a therapy session with Kevin, we come to the crux of the story.  Alexis looked over in the corner of the room at a vision of her younger self crying.  In that moment, Alexis embraced herself, forgave herself, so she could move on with her life after being guilt-ridden for the death of her mother and the cruelty of her father.  Beautiful work from La Grahn!

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BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A STANDALONE EPISODE

James Reynolds – Abe Carver – Days of our Lives

James Reynolds might be going for his second Lead Actor Emmy after this performance. In it, and to honor the actor’s 40th anniversary as Abe Carver on DAYS, the show had Abe shot and then flatlining which means … Abe was going to the light. While there, he meets up with his beloved ex-wife Lexie and while the audience is shown flashbacks of their life together, it’s Reynolds acting against an actress (who’s face is unseen, since Renee Jones was unavailable for the episode) that brought all the heart and the drama, which is why we in-turn are invested in the life of Abe Carver. And, don’t we all grab for the hankies when James brings the tears?

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BEST STORYLINE

The Devil Returns to Salem – Days of our Lives

While for many they found this story ridiculous, we found ourselves wanting to fast-forward through episodes of DAYS just to get to all the moments of Marlena’s possession 2.0 and all that came with it! From the outlandish dialog, the special effects soap-style, how MarDevil served up revenge by morphing into OG Kristen, or taking looney-tunes Jan Spears and morphing her into Belle, plus having a “Rosemary’s Baby” angle to boot with a Cin baby on the way … and more, it was fun to see what happened next.  The best twist was letting the audience think that Doug had dementia when he actually had been possessed by the devil which then allowed Satan to take over Marlena.  And didn’t we all love the exorcism episode, too? Great use of history, camp, and it allowed for some solid performances from longtime vets that had to be having too much fun playing those scenes.

WORST STORYLINE MOMENT

Paris’ laxatives ruin her romantic evening with Zende – The Bold and the Beautiful

In an effort to thwart her sister’s budding romance with Zende Forrester, Zoe puts laxatives in the smoothie she gave to her sister, Paris, which gave her gas and an upset tummy during her date. Enough said.

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WORST STORYLINE

Eric’s ED and giving permission for Quinn and Carter to have sex – The Bold and the Beautiful

The Bold and the Beautiful had the opportunity to truly tell a story about Erectile Dysfunction in older men, but instead made it ridiculous and tried to justify it. While we absolutely love Lawrence Saint-Victor and Rena Sofer as Carter and Quinn, and John McCook as Eric, are we expected to believe that Eric would give permission for his wife to carry on her affair with the stud that is Carter because he can’t please her anymore in the bedroom? But that’s actually nothing compared to the Donna “honey” scene, which got Eric all riled up and fixed his problem, complete with music bed crescendo.

MOST PREPOSTEROUS PLOT TWIST and CHARACTER WHO NEEDS TO GET HIS COMEUPPANCE

Characters sacrificed to keep Peter August’s reign of terror continuing – General Hospital

Franco, Drew, Jason, and more have all at one time or another been killed or supposedly killed due to the machinations of Peter August.  Even after setting fire to The Tan-0 in Nixon Falls and jumping off a cliff or something, Peter escapes all the time, every time, every moment of every day.  Even the smartest all-time WSB agents including super spy, Anna Devane, can’t stay a step ahead of him. How can one evildoer have so much power? Don’t the good guys get a win, evah? Are we ready for the murder mystery of who permanently snuffed this guy out???

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BEST TEARJERKER

Baby Liam’s Death – General Hospital

It was controversial to have a little baby being taken off life-support over the holidays, but General Hospital went there. Within it, Liam’s parents struggled over what they had to do, and found themselves in inconsolable grief.  As young parents and a young couple trying to deal with the cards they were dealt, both Sofia Mattsson (Sasha) and Johnny Wactor (Brando) stepped up to the plate and gave us a 10-hankie moment culminating in  a visit from the late Mike Corbin (Max Gail), who takes baby Liam back to heaven with him.

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BIGGEST HEADLINE

Ingo Rademacher and Steve Burton get fired from GH after not adhering to vaccine mandate

Both actors were willing to lose their jobs over their anti-vaxx stance during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Disney/ABC mandates all employees to be vaccinated.  While Burton shared one message on his reasons for not following the mandate, Rademacher has taken his stance to the media including to Tucker Carlson, and continued to rev up his social media with his views.

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SOCIAL MEDIA FIRESTORM

Cassandra James fires back at Ingo Rademacher for transphobic repost on social media

Trans actress, Cassandra James (Terry of General Hospital) took to social media in utter disappointment and disgust at one of her then co-stars, Ingo Rademacher, for a post he shared on his Instagram story from conservative author, Allie Beth Stuckley, which said, “Welcome to ClownTown, where the dude on the left is an empowering woman, and the woman on the right is a white supremacist.”  The picture on the left was that of Assistant Secretary of Health, Rachel Levine, a transgender female who was sworn in as a four-star admiral. The picture on the right showed Virginia Lieutenant Governor-Elect Winsome Sears, a black woman, who is seen brandishing a weapon in her hands as part of campaign paraphernalia.

In a tweet on the matter, James shared: “Shame on you. You have some serious unlearning and education to do. I feel deeply disappointed that such a public display of ignorance could come from our ‘GH’ family. Misgendering trans folks is violence and if you come for one of us, you come for all of us. The cis world doesn’t get to decide which of us is valuable. I am so proud of the fans for always holding us to a high standard, for calling out transphobia and violence.”   Mainstream media picked-up the story and many of Cassandra’s GH castmates took to Twitter to stand in solidarity with her.

Later, Rademacher took to his Instagram and apologized to James stating that he should have crossed out the word “dude” from the original post. He added, “Cassandra, I apologize to you sincerely. I think you’re an absolute talent and you’re very beautiful as well. I don’t think a transphobic man would say that. I think you’re absolutely gorgeous, I really do.”

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BIGGEST DOOFUS 

Finn – The Bold and the Beautiful

Sooo, a woman claiming to be your mother steps out of the shadows and shows up at your wedding.  Without really investigating her claims, you literally bring her to the Forrester mansion front door and introduce her as this ‘amazing thing that just happened’ not knowing that the woman, Sheila Carter, shot your bride’s mother and other people along the way.  Finn wins our doofus award for this scene alone!

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FIZZLE TO SIZZLE

Greg Rikaart – Kevin’s return on Y&R to Leo Stark’s re-emergence on DAYS 

On Y&R, Kevin was teaming up with Phyllis again and we thought that would go somewhere, but his returns to Genoa City have been written as lackluster, HOWEVER, Greg Rikaart really got to strut his stuff and have a field day playing Leo Stark on DAYS, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem and Days of our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas.  Leo is the gift we never know we needed and Rikaart plays him to the hilt!

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MOST DISAPPOINTING CHARACTER

Phillip Kiriakis – Jay Johnson – Days of our Lives

This was one of the most disappointing returns making Phillip a sniveling dishrag dirtbag with no redeeming qualities at all, or did we miss something?

WORST CASE Of SOAP ABUSE

Overuse of special episodes – The Young and the Restless

Call the intervention squad! How many special episodes highlighting individual characters in a crisis of conscious can one soap fan sit-through?

BEST PROP

“Mike’s” Cowboy Hat – General Hospital

Sonny’s Nixon Falls amnesiac character “Mike” and his special buddy … his hat, were shown and mentioned in many a scene for months on end!

So, what did you think of our picks for the Best and Worst in Soaps 2021? Let us know in the comment section below if you agreed, or have you own choices for the categories above.

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