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Alison Sweeney Returns To Days of our Lives!

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After an extremely successful story arc her last time in Salem, Alison Sweeney (Sami) is back taping new episodes of Days of our Lives.

When viewers last saw Sami in 2017, she was reunited with her son, Will (Chandler Massey), and had sex with Rafe (Galen Gering) before heading out of town.

Sweeney is very excited about the latest storyline she is currently filming written by head writer, Ron Carlivati.

The fan favorite told Soap Opera Digest that this return has been, “super-exciting, definitely a roller-coaster ride and really fun.”

Look for Alison to be back on-screen sometime later this year on the NBC daytime drama series.

So, what do you think Sami will be mixed-up in this time when she comes back to Salem? Comment below.

 

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rebecca1
rebecca1

Is it possible she’s pregnant?

Satan
Satan

Yeah, I called that one the minute she & Rafe hooked up.

Sami’s not going to come back without some sort of shocking news…. and since James Scott has no interest in coming back (For the love of all that is unholy, do NOT let ReRon attempt an EJ recast!!) then about the only thing she could do is be carrying little Rafe Jr. when she walks in the door.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I thought of it, too, but if she’s not staying on the show not sure where that story will go…

James Scott is before my time with the show. Googling the history…

vinee
vinee

Most likely pregnant,then have a miscarrage.

Jimh
Jimh

She already has like 4 kids…so what is one more?????…

Celia
Celia

Yeah, my Jimmy, but, this will be Rafe’s. Can you see me jumping for Joy????

Harry
Harry

Sammy is coming back again? Honestly, I did not know she left.
I don’t watch Days but it feels like I am constantly hearing about Allison’s comings and goings. From what little I have seen of her performance on Days, I can say that kind of overly wrought scene chewing gets on my last never.
But I guess she has a huge fan base.

Patrick
Patrick

“thank you” on the “…overly wrought scene chewing ”

agreed… altho.. her first guest arc since leaving the show… I was amazed … WOW did she work magic at bringing her son back to life and back home to Salem.

LOL.. seriously… fan outcry… it took 3 years of … on that note i’m so glad

Sami Brady as a standalone character… argh! I was glad she left.

she has 3 claim to fame:

being the wife of EJ. w/James Scott… HOT HOT HOT
being the mother of Will. I’ve never seen a character so loved and lauded.
( my favorite ) married and lover to Rafe Hernandez. Galen Gerring ! he’s alive

she’s @DAYS equal to GH Carly. I really don’t care that much for either or.

Ali generates a lot of interest… so I welcome what she “adds” to the cast.. she’s not as loud

dmr
dmr

Agreed Patrick, good comparison-Sami is a an equal comparison to Carly, and I am not a big fan of either actress/character.

Jovin
Jovin

This is a character that was SO completely ruined by the writing of James Reilly, it is hard to take her seriously. However, I thought her 2014 exit as a kinder, gentler, NON psychotic Sami was very well written and acted. Keep THAT Sami around! Please enough of the 40 year old whack job whining about her parents getting back together.

dmr
dmr

The character has been whining since I can remember-and throwing tantrums.

dmr
dmr

Agreed. I’ve never been a big fan. Honestly, I’ve never gotten the buzz around the actress/character.

Celia
Celia

I never thought about it, dmr—-maybe because I don’t know Carly as well as I do Sami….but, yeah, now that you mention it, I see it….a force to be reckoned with, both of them!! Strong willed, chomping at the bit and holier-than-thou, whose caca is never offensive to the senses, LOL.
The main difference between them is ….one’s mother is an ex hooker; the other an ex-demon-alien?

Celia
Celia

Ali does have a big fan base, dear Harry…..you should join us and watch !!!! I’m serious…truly!!!
Would love your sarcastically, hilarious input—I’m sure you’d have a lot to say, and I would enjoy it immesely.
Will this be Rafe’s baby? Are we making too much out of Sami’s return?…,
…..which brings me to GH…..since the day Griffin came to town, not only did I question his paternity…..that is; that Fason was his father ( except I said he was in Duke mask) and Anna his mother; but also, that he and Nathan were brothers. Coming full-circle?
So, Sami coming back with a neonate is not so far fetched…..she may deny Rafe his child and say it is someone else’s, a’ la mode of all soaps….It could all be in my head, LOL.
PS. I still think Kiki is Nina’s….or Nelle?

Jimh
Jimh

I think Nelle is…or maybe Kiki and Nelle were twins and both Nina’s or Ava’s

Celia
Celia

@Jimh.
That’s right, Jimmy….We both agreed, a while back, that Kiki and Nelle could be twins….I think Nina’s….neither looks anything like Ava…..
Both girls are tall and svelte; so similar to Nina.

Max
Max

YEAH!!!

Alan
Alan

Great writing always brings actors back…

Celia
Celia

Yes, Alan…..I hope there’s a showdown between her and Hope….impaling Hope, the virtuous!!
Can’t wait…..

blake
blake

True Alan, I figured she’d want to keep returning with Ron C. writing and the great return she had last year.

Lou piikes
Lou piikes

Ron must have Ali’s number on speed dial. He’s using her to boost Days ratings, which is not a bad thing to do.

rpm
rpm

Ali is always a welcome sight on the Days landscape!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

roy m upton
roy m upton

rafe’s baby will need a rare blood transfusion. stefan o will be available. sonny tries to break up will and paul. you don’t want to meddle with sammi’s little chicken.

Coco
Coco

Sami will be returning to Salem because her one night fling with Rafe, of course created a baby! Because
Neither used protection so Sami is either pregnant or she just gave birth to Rafe’s son, which will cause more tension between Rafe and Hope since she decided to forgive him.

Andrew Hass
Andrew Hass

I keep thinking Sami will be either be pregnant with Rafe’s baby or just had the baby when we first see her again because i don’t think the show had Rafe and Sami had sex just to cause problems for Rafe and Hope.Hope probably can get past Rafe having sex with Sami since technically it wasn’t cheating but Hope may have a harder time dealing with the fact that Rafe has a child with Sami.Plus it could be revealed that when she found out she was pregnant Sami decided not to tell Rafe because she didn’t want to cause problems between him and Hope and maybe she decided that once she had the baby then she will tell Rafe about it.Plus i’m also wondering if Will starts to get memory back Sami could be forced to choose between being there for her son and have people learn she’s pregnant with Rafe’s child or staying away from her son when he needs her in order to keep the pregnancy a secret.

ChandlerFan
ChandlerFan

In soap-opera-land, if Sami showed up with Rafe’s already-born child, the kid would have to appear as a full-grown teenager.

Chaz
Chaz

Oh, lord…..pregnant by Rafe?

James McDonald
James McDonald

I wouldn’t be surprised if Sami came back with a baby in her arms and guess who the daddy is?

Patrick
Patrick

shoot.. it’s also a perfect time to bring back Christie Clark .

Sami gives the baby to Rafe… and he and Carrie are one happy family.

WISHFUL THINKING

aren’t we still waiting on , whether Kristen and Eric had a baby. what an opportune time for THIS . Jenny Bear is getting her clutches in . this can’t be possible.

Celia
Celia

Ron? The baby is Ron’s, LOL.

linda
linda

YAY!

Marsha Hubel
Marsha Hubel

Maybe because EJ comes back from the dead!

Satan
Satan

Not unless James Scott has changed his mind and decided to come back. Because nothing would be worse than ReRon trying to force one of his OLTL pets in as a recast of Elvis DiMera.

Yeah, I know Kristen popped in for a 30 second cameo to tell us all that Elvis never really “left the building”, but unless they can bring back the prematurely aged British guy who was a lawyer, MBA, and race car driver all by the age of 9, then why bother at all?

Celia
Celia

Good one, Marsha….I think EJ is alive—does Sami know? If so, why sleep with Rafe?
Maybe seeing his mother again, may awaken Will’s dormant memory.

davlestev1
davlestev1

Her first scene will be Hope slapping the taste out of her mouth. After that who knows what that whack-a-doodle will be up to.

davlestev1
davlestev1

Or maybe she’ll one up Abby on the alters and be samabigail.

Celia
Celia

HaHa, dav….good one. I hope Sami is pregnant, or has had the baby already? Rafe has always wanted kids….Hope is waaay past her childbearing years!!
I remember when Sami and Rafe were married; he loved Johnny and Allie as his own.

rebecca1
rebecca1

LOL!

Patrick
Patrick

FUN’ny ! course… Sami has already gone their MANY times. so I don’t know if the “alters” would mean much.

LOVE TO LOVE and LOVE TO HATE Ms. Sami Brady

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

Glad Ali’s coming back to us for a little bit. Hope the story goes as good as the last time she visited Salem.

IRENE M ADAMS
IRENE M ADAMS

The writing has been really awesome. Not the repetition per se. When there is typical daytime theme Ron throws in so many unexpected turns at rapid pace. Not the same dialog. New take on daytime. Daring.

Who knows what twist there will be with Alison. I bet nothing we guess. Pregnant seems too obvious. But never know. Somehow I think something else.

Patrick
Patrick

Ali Sweeney deserved to be nominated for an Emmy for this past year work. flawless as an actress.. and as always brings Sami flaws warts and all… humane. can’t beat that

WOW.. did she emerge triumphant and all … BROUGHT HER SON HOME. that in itself historic and mother and son once again top shelf and as history should dictate the heart beat of Salem. why not

I wish @DAYS should pass the torch on to Christie Clark. nevertheless… Ali is coming home.

she showed a stronger , more mature picture. YES

OK OK who wouldn’t sleep with Rafe

blake
blake

Agree Patrick, while I like Sami’s returns, Carrie needs to be back for good. christine Clark already said she’d love to return for longer visits.

Celia
Celia

I agree, blake….I’d prefer to have Carrie back for a prolonged stay in Salem….
As far as with whom should Rafe be paired? Funny, but, I like both scenarios….LOL.
I suppose the idea is moot, since neither “visits” long enough.

Boes
Boes

I miss Sami almost as much as I miss Alison.

Mo
Mo

Yay! I hope Sami is not pregnant. I look forward to more Will and Sami scenes.

Richard
Richard

It is abundantly clear she is coming back with a baby in tow. Love Hope but she is WAY past her childbearing years. And Rafe has always wanted his own child,so why not tie him to Sami with one? I cannot wait for this. I love Samantha Gene Brady and Alison Sweeney! I hope her and Will have alot of scenes too! I bet she has a son by Rafe! Anchoring Rafe in Salem with a child of his own! So what will this make Arianna in relation to Rafe and Sami’s child? Lord the Salem family tree! Only on soaps! But we love it!

Celia
Celia

Hey, Richard……we almost said the same thing…verbatim. The first part, anyway! LOL.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Just to clarify…Hope is not “way” past her childbearing years. Not sure what her age is in the show but in reality Kristian Alfonso is 54. Women that age can and do get pregnant; albeit few and far between.

If say, Hope is in her late 40s/’50 in the show she can still get pregnant. (see Janet Jackson who was pregnant, for the first time, at 49. and since Hope already had children it’s technically easier for her to get pregnant at an older age than for a woman who never was before) If using her own eggs is no longer an option, a woman can also be implanted with donor eggs and get pregnant that way. In some recent studies, they even found that the pregnant woman (let’s say in this case, Hope, can pass some genetic material over to the baby via endometrial fluid) thus, though the baby is genetically the father’s and the egg-donator, it has, to some degree, some aspects of the impregnated woman. Too technical! LOL…

Just to say Hope is not “way” past her ability in today’s day and age. The possibilities of her getting pregnant in real life are there (but of course not as common) and in soaps, well, anything is possible!

Nina over at GH was still interested to know if she can get pregnant. In real life Michelle Stafford is 52. (not sure her age in the show).

Steve
Steve

Despite what others say, Richard, you are correct about child bearing age. That’s not a dig on women’s age, just the biological fact that the average US age for menopause is 51.

Hope would be pushing it, but GH has occasionally gone way beyond. Nina’s quest is painful to watch (unless she goes cuckoo again). The tease that 61 yo NLG could be with child was only topped by the easily forgotten lady in white daughter Helena would’ve had to have in her late 60s.

We suspend some reality as soap viewers, but there are limits.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Hey all, what I said was it is possible, albeit rare. I didn’t say she’d want to have a child in her 50s, but the possibility exists. When it’s said that someone is “way” past, it implied to me that it was impossible. If that’s not what you meant, Richard, then I misinterpreted. Sorry. However…

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, there were 743 births to women 50 years and over in 2014. In addition, the birth rate for women aged 45 to 49 was 0.8 births per 1,000 women. While these are small numbers it indicates women can get pregnant in mid life, when many assume it’s not possible.

To Steve: I wasn’t talking about Helena or Alexis. I specifically mentioned Hope and Alexis. Since both seem to be playing women in their 50s I said it was possible (not probable) but possible. It is. And statistics mean nothing. There are many women who don’t go through menopause til the age of 55 to late 50s. There are women who think they can’t get pregnant in perimenopause, when they can. So, i wasn’t talking in absolutes.

IF Hope were to become pregnant (and this is just for conversation because I don’t thin that’s the writers intention) it would not be impossible or unbelievable. Just a not common preganancy that is still within the realm of reality.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

correction to Steve: I meant to say…I specifically mentioned Hope and NIna (not Alexis). Nina and Hope are wtihin the realm of possiblility. Alexis, if playing mid 50s would be, too, had the writers not put her through menopause years ago (if I remember that correctly) but I think they quickly tried to “chane history” which is why they went with that story. IF she had gone through full menopause then yes, she couldn’t get pregant naturally but still could with donor eggs.

So when you write to refute my statement you’re wrong. Your “average age” of menopause might be correct…but the fact is it’s not impossible and does happen. Which was my point.

Celia
Celia

@Steve.
LOL, Steve …the only person I know to have had a child in her 60’s is St. Anne ( The Virgin Mary’s mother)… and that was through divine intervention ( Catechism—-Catholic Religion Education).
My grandmother gave birth to her fourth child at age 47 or 48 ( naturally)….. but Hope and Nina? That’s stretching it…..I do not care what age they play….they look their real age….beautiful, nonetheless, but, we cannot defy nature. Even if that were possible; tha is, if there were still a monthly flow involved; the pregnancy would never come to fruition…..the womb would not be producing healthy cells at that age….most likely miscarry because the risks for abnormalities are extremely high…..miscarrying is how nature takes care of itself.
Those who get pregnant and give birth in their fifties is not accomplished by natural means but through a system or a petrie dish.
I do keep in mind, Steve, that these are soaps and I do go along for the ride…..believing is another subject.

Celia
Celia

@Steve.
Correction….through a syringe, not system, sorry….

rebecca1
rebecca1

LOL! Celia!!!! How DID I know that you’d chime in here! I could feel you salivating for a chance alllll the way over in my corner of the room!!!

I didn’t say a woman in her “60s!” could get pregnant. Did I? Ummmmm, no, don’t believe I did. Which is why I clarified that I was talking about the age of the characters in story!

I also didn’t say it was common! I said, possible, albeit rare. I said that in the FIRST SENTENCE.

As said, yes a woman in her early 50s CAN get preganant by natural means and NOT just in a “petrie” dish as you so matter-of-factly and joyously stated.

I repeat, since it seems to have escaped your reading pleasure, ” it’s RARE but CAN” happen. (Unless of course you don’t believe the National Center for Health Statistics.

However, since it’s been such a long time (and I TRULY would have lost the bet against myself that you’d joyously jump in…didn’t have a doubt) and could have placed this same opinion on the top of the page where you stated, with emphasis, she’s “waaaay” past her childbearing years but I had no desire to comment on your comment. Yet, lo and behold…here you are anyway!

Right on time…

Patrick
Patrick

I was so caught up in her last REEL ( guest STAR arc)

thee pay off .. is so worth the wait. dang it.

just one of the BEST mother/son duos of all time.

Sami , the mother bear. watch yourself

Chandler Massey story is SOOOO good… it’s like it doesn’t matter that he doesn’t remember his past. LOVE his relationship with paul. and love watching Sonny going thru his trials.

nevertheless… the payoff of Will remembering his parents… is a must see

Sami and Lucas… they both acknowledge the one thing (plus Ali) the one thing they did right… was their firstborn and Ali

I’ve been missing Adrienne and Lucas…

Richard
Richard

Rebecca, Hope is a grandmother so on soaps her getting pregnant is a tad ludicrous. Yeah real life is totally understandable, but no one wants to see Hope pregnant. I said the same thing when Brooke got pregnant by Bill but lost it on BOLD. Its way more realistic for him to have a baby with Sami since they were once married and she is probably about 40. That being said, Sami will have 5 kids and this should DEFINITELY be her last child. If Hope got preganant i would seriously laugh. In character, Hope is probably about 55. She is a good 15-20yrs older than Sami! Haha

K/kay
K/kay

Rebecca I respect you but Hope is way par the child bearing age she is my age and I sure as hell would not want a baby at 50 trust me she has gone thru menopause just once could we get in reality

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Hi k/kay

I hear you. And, thanks. I respect your opinions, too. (you’re always very fair and impartial).

But! LOL…I said she could, (though it would be difficult and the odds wouldn’t be in her favor). Didn’t say she’d want to.

😉

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Hi Richard…

Read my comments above. Yep; all I said was it’s possible. But being a grandmother has nothing to do with it. There are grandmothers who are in their 40s…if their 20-something (or younger) kids had kids! It’s all relative, as they say…

Hope, Nina or Alexis having kids isn’t quite as “funny” as the late actor Tony Randall becoming a father at 80! Sigh…all these geriatric men becoming daddys… MY POINT, ahem, is that they still can and do. So, if the individual woman, while it’s not as common, still can, then she should, if she wants to.

Not impossible; odds are defintiely not in an older woman’s favor…but still possible and based in reality.

Now let’s all smoke a cigar and congratulate new parents of all ages everywhere!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Sami could have Rafe’s intersex child. If not, maybe twins. One could be raised by Sami and the other by Rafe, but they would have to be separated before separated because they are conjoined.

K/kay
K/kay

Sami has no business with a child enough their are tons of stories to tell RC does not have to do the baby thing!!! Ugh

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

I’d rather there not be any angst for “Rope”, K/kay, because I don’t like the couple. Angst should be reserved for couples who belong together or who are halfway decent. But if a baby (or babies) is/are already in the works, why not something different?

I originally thought of an intersex child for Carrie and Austin…My idea was born out of the lack of detail DAYS has given in regards to their son. Carrie and Austin moved away while she was pregnant and the baby was barely mentioned and finally viewers heard the baby is a boy named Noah, but then Carrie and Austin were on canvas without their son and finally Carrie made a visit WITHOUT her son. I thought a storyline like that would be compelling and draw viewers in. Maybe Carrie and Austin reluctantly agreed to the sex of their child. Maybe Noah may feel differently. Anyway, Christie Clarke would do the storyline justice, but since Carrie seems to be an afterthought with DAYS, maybe Sami could grapple with the subject…

I’m just trying to think outside the box, not trying to shock or offend anyone.

Celia
Celia

HaHa…..or, 4ever, Sami could have the same ‘type’ of pregnancy as with Johnny ans Allie. Twins!! One is Rafe’s and the other EJ’s…..IT’S ALIVE!! Yeah!!

Michael
Michael

Can’t figure out why she left in the first place. I wish she would sign on long term! And isn’t James Scott sick of retirement yet?? Ron’s writing is great- they should do everything they can to lure back Sammy and EJ!

Patrick
Patrick

@DAYS – needs – to hire a LEADING Lady for Greg Vaughan. PRONTO

this is a – glaring – omission… on the part of the audience.

WE LOVE Eric Brady. GIVE HIM A LIFE

explore with us all his being

Celia
Celia

Oh, Patrick…ugh; I hear ya!

blake
blake

Agree because Jenn and Eric are BORING.

Celia
Celia

Ahhh, blake. We will never see another Nicole-type, my friend—-too bad for us!!

Alan Harding
Alan Harding

Just as Hope decides to forgive Rafe, Sami will resurface and announce she is with child.
Then she will deliver an Alien….well on THIS show….who knows ~

Louise
Louise

This isn’t going to be about her carrying Rafe child, this is all going to be about who’s child SAMI really is. That daddy (& adulterous mommie) she was always so proud of…….

ChandlerFan
ChandlerFan

This means more Chandler Massey screen time!

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Wally Kurth Talks on His Daytime Emmy Nomination For DAYS As Justin’s World Is Turned Upside Down

You kind of know when you are handed the ball in the world of daytime drama, and it’s your turn to shine, especially when you get meaty material that runs the gamut of emotions. And this past Emmy season, Days of our Lives’ Wally Kurth delivered the performances of his soap career (although we suspect there is some more to come in 2020!) in the role of the grieving Justin Kiriakis.

For Wally not only played grief, but starting life anew in a romantic entanglement that can be all too familiar when someone tries to move on after the loss of the love of their life. Add to that, the complication that his son’s husband, was believed to be the person who caused the accident that killed his wife, Adrienne (Judi Evans), and with that the deck is stacked for an emotional fallout that landed Kurth in the running for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series at this year’s 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards to air on CBS on Friday night, June 26th, albeit in a virtual presentation.

While Wally is getting many accolades for his work on DAYS, let’s not forget the double duty he pulls on General Hospital, where this week his Ned Ashton. This week Ned is front and center during the encore presentations of the GH’ Nurses’ Ball episodes, which feature Wally singing his heart out in numerous memorable performances through the years.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Kurth to get his thoughts and insight into his well-deserved acting nomination for DAYS, plus to find out his favorite GH Nurses’ Ball performances, and much more. Here now is what Wally had to say about it all.

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I am so thrilled about this nomination because you know, I willed this to happen.  I was like, “It’s got to happen!” (Laughs)

WALLY:  You actually were saying that, and you have been very supportive and positive.  I appreciate it.

What did you end up submitting? I believe I gave you “Power Performance of the Week” honors on my site for some of them, too.

WALLY:  I do try to put together a little story in my submissions for Emmys.  I think that’s kind of important because if you’re asking someone to watch 8 or 9 minutes of just you… I didn’t want to just (not that I had this material) but bludgeon them with one sad, sobbing scene after another.  I wanted to give them a whole range of Justin and a little story.  So, I did start off where Justin was asking Adrienne to marry him, and Justin is very happy, and it’s all good, and he gets down on his knee, and you see her, and it’s like, “This is something really good,” and I also wanted to include a scene with Judi Evans in my reel.  Then, I cut to where it’s a year later, and Justin is with Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) in their apartment. They are already living together, and they are discussing the anniversary of their marriages, and about the sadness of Adrienne, and she’s talking about Steve (Stephen Nichols), and then she brings up having to tell me that Adrienne died.  So, that was obviously in a flashback that happened six months earlier; where Justin is obviously very upset, and scared, and doesn’t want to hear it, and breaks down, and Kayla comforts him. Then, I did the continuation where Justin tells Kayla how much she has meant to him, and how he felt like he wasn’t going to survive, and how she came to his aid in a way to make him feel like he really has something to live for.   Then, at the very end, I did two scenes with Will (Chandler Massey) in the jail which is where Justin confronts Will, who obviously Justin thought was responsible for killing Adrienne.  It was a really lovely, really well-written scene where Justin tells him, “You’re a son to me, and you can be disappointed with a son, and you can be hurt by a son, but you never stop loving him.” I think it showed a nice range of the anger, the hurt, the happiness (because Justin tells him about Kayla), so you get an idea of what happened to Justin last year.  I thought it was a good collection of scenes that told a little story, and you could see the range of what Justin went though.  Evidently, it worked on some level because I got nominated.

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In the scene with Will, doesn’t Justin also tell him, “Don’t give up on life?” in a very hankie-inducing moment?

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WALLY:  Yes.  “Don’t give up.  Don’t give up on life,” which is really positive… even though he started the scene like, “I don’t even want to talk to this guy.”  Justin is there talking to Ben (Rob Scott Wilson), and Will kind of surprises him. So for Justin it;’ like, “Now I guess I’ve got to talk to Will about this,” and so he is still angry, he is still hurt, and you’re right, at the end, the scene has sort of transformed him in a way.  So, all of that stuff was just really nice, really nice scenes to get to play and very emotional.

I’ve watched most everything on the soaps from the performances to the storylines, and that one scene with the two of you was one of the best scenes I have seen in long time.  It was just so good from the writing to the execution of it. 

WALLY:  Oh yeah, I can’t even imagine a scene that was as good. Thank God that scene aired in December.  My story really didn’t get started until October/November, and all of those scenes that I included were from October, November, and December.

So, what did you think then when you found out that Chandler, along with you, and Paul Telfer (Xander) are all in the Supporting Actor category together?

WALLY:  I love it.  How great is that?  I love both of those guys.  I mean, I am such a fan of both of them.  Chandler kind of gets nominated every year, so I wasn’t surprised there.

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Well, he had one year, as he pointed out to me (laughs), that he didn’t get a nomination. But, Chandler has been pretty much a perennial nominee every time he submits!

WALLY:  Yeah, Chandler just delivers.  He is a really an outstanding actor Paul, I think is great.  I love the character.  I was kind of surprised and happy for him because sometimes his character gets overlooked; just like the bad guy with the smarmy smirk and the great English accent.  So, there you go.  It’s terrific.  I think people saw more to his performance, and they should.  He works on a lot of different levels, and Paul brings a lot to the game.

And obviously, you know James Patrick Stuart (Valentin, General Hospital), since you work on that show too, and he is also nominated in your category. 

WALLY:  Yeah, and I have been a big fan of his too.  So, I was really delighted.  I called him up and left a message.  I love James.  We did a thing last year together where we went back east and played some music in some clubs,   I always think that James should be nominated.  He does such an exceptional job at bringing that character to life.  That’s not an easy thing to do either.  It’s kind of like a Xander character, and so, it is nice to see my fellow actors see the complexity in their performances and appreciate it.

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Last week’s DAYS airshows contained scenes where Justin confronts Orpheus (George Delhoyo), over killing Adrienne, and Justin also goes to visit Adrienne’s grave.  I think you have another run of shows next year to submit for the Emmys (Laughs)

WALLY:  I do like to include the big four emotions that an actor has to play:  happy, sad, angry, and fear.  That is a scene where you get to see Justin really angry.  So, I will probably look to that as you get to see the anger part of the character, which I think is important.  You don’t get to see Justin very angry and lose it like that.

No, and that’s what was so great about it.  George was a great scene partner, though.

WALLY:  Oh, he was great.  George and I had a great time.  It was really awesome.  I mean, it was a challenge because it was very tricky, especially when Steve (Stephen Nichols) and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) came in because you know; there is a part of the character that is just like, “Please, just let me shoot.  Just let me fire a bullet and just put it over his head or something, or maybe his hands are shaking so much that he misses the target!”  I don’t know, but you do just want to let him shoot, just one bullet.  (Laughs) Another moment that I really, really loved – and I’ll probably include it next year in my submission -was that scene with Suzanne Rogers (Maggie) at the hospital.  They gave me a beautiful speech to tell her that she should be her judge and jury and sentence herself to death, a beautiful speech about how she reminded me of Adrienne.  It brought out a different side of Justin that you don’t usually see.

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When I spoke to Chandler about this nomination he related to me, “I am so happy for Wally because I feel like he is often underrated.” You have always been the guy on soaps who is always delivering consistent work, but now you’ve been given a story.  So now everyone can see what you can do or are reminded of it.  It’s hard without a story on the soaps; especially playing the Emmy game.

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WALLY:  It’s true.  What did Maurice Benard (Sonny, General Hospital) say?  “If it ain’t on the page, it ain’t on the stage.”  It’s really true.  Let’s face it, you can only do so much, and that’s why I don’t get too competitive.  If I lose, that’s totally fine.  I feel like I’ve already won.  Being recognized by my peers, that’s it.  Being nominated is awesome, and honestly, after this, so much of it is the material and what the actors got to do.  It’s sort of out of your control, you know.   I am happy for all of my fellow nominees.  It’s all good at this point.  I’m really, really happy.

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You’ve been nominated once before, right?

WALLY:  Yes. I’ve been nominated once before, two years ago on General Hospital.  It was the year that Jane Elliot (Tracy) left.  In story, Tracy leaves, so there was all of that emotional stuff to play.  That was the year I also submitted myself for Days of Our Lives too, and I was really proud of that work.  That year saw Adrienne having to choose between Justin and Lucas (Bryan Dattilo), and she chose Lucas.  There were just some really nice scenes there that they wrote for Justin and Adrienne, and she was dealing with cancer.  Anyway, I got nominated for General Hospital, and I learned from that year that I am never going to nominate myself in the same category for both shows.  That’s just stupid.

Well, you’re everywhere.  You’re on the Nurses’ Ball encore episodes right now on GH,  

WALLY:  Oh, isn’t that funny?  All of these Nurses’ Balls, it’s hilarious.

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Are you watching them?

WALLY:  Yes!  I watched parts of them the other night, especially my performances. It looked good; actually, they were really good.  I’m always kind of surprised like, “Wow! The dances … the singing … the production!”  I always feel like there should be more people at the Nurses’ Ball.  Shouldn’t there be more people in the seats? (Laughs)  But other than that, good stuff, good story.  It was fun to see the beginning of Ned and Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) as well, you know that first year where she and Sonny were just breaking up on the red carpet at the ball, and the next year, Ned and Olivia are already together.  This week they aired where I sing with sweet little Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma), the Elton John and Kiki Dee duet, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.”

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Do you have one favorite Nurses’ Ball number you performed of all-time?

WALLY:  You know, someone has been posting old Nurses’ Balls from the 90s, and I forgot that I sang “Forever Young” with Amber Tamblyn (Ex-Emily), and that was so sweet.  I also loved singing “Somewhere over the Rainbow,” in the very first one or the second year, we did it. Some of my other favorites include: “I Feel Good,” with the Quartermaine boys, and Robert Palmer’s “Simply Irresistible” – that was fun because I got to put my own vocal stamp on it, and I remember performing George Michael’s “Faith.  It was fun singing that with Lisa.

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So, we know that this year will be a virtual Daytime Emmy ceremony, and we don’t know what that will look like yet.  So, how would you dress for it, if they had a shot of you from home during the broadcast on CBS?

WALLY:  I definitely am going to wear a suit and a tie.  I think that’s important to try to give the Emmys the dignity that it deserves.

So, thrilled that Wally received a Daytime Emmy nod for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series? What were your favorite moments of his last year? Are you enjoying seeing his performances on the encore GH Nurses’ Ball episodes? Comment below.

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DAYS Susan Seaforth Hayes Talks On Her Daytime Emmy Nomination For Julie and Doug’s Emotional Storyline

When you think Days of our Lives, what would it be without the legendary Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie) and her real-life and on-screen husband, Bill Hayes (Doug Williams)?

This past Emmy season, the beloved duo got a chance to shine, when they were put through a ‘heartbreaking’ predicament – Julie’s heart gives out, she is in need of a transplant, and things take a turn for the worse.

What would life be like for Doug without his Julie? How would she say goodbye to him? Fans clearly felt the sentiments overflowing from this real-life duo capturing the essence of their characters in such a raw and realistic way. So much so, that Susan landed a Daytime Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Supporting Actress category for her work.

Already a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient along with her husband, Bill back in 2018, will Susan finally get an award for her acting for her decades of beautiful work on the long-running NBC soap opera? Fans will need to tune-in to CBS on Friday, June 26th to find out with the virtual presentation of the 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards.  But for now, here is our conversation with Susan.

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Congratulations on your Supporting Actress nomination.  You have been racking up a lot of these recently, having been nominated in the same category two years ago, and also receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award along with your husband, Bill Hayes at the 45th annual Daytime Emmys in 2018.

SUSAN:  It’s really nice to be nominated, because I’ve had a few gap years.  I’ve had, what? 25 gap years between the recent nominations.

What scenes did you ultimately chose that landed you the nomination?

SUSAN:  I submitted when Julie dies.  I submitted the farewell montage scenes with Bill Hayes, and they were very moving to us… and we’ll see.  I did not submit anything snappy, or bitchy, or hysterical.  I’ve lost against hysterical every time.  Comedy has never worked.  So, I am going to try the heart and soul of soup opera: not bitchiness, but loss.

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Can I ask how you got through those scenes with Bill, because it was so touching?  I don’t know how you did it.

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SUSAN:  It was very difficult.  I mean, these are the things that make us so connected to the characters and the show.  This is a place where we can show the public what love means to us, which is everything.

They were beautiful scenes.  Do you remember when you did them, if you felt good about them at the time?

SUSAN:  No… no.  I didn’t know.  Everyone on the set seemed happy.  We are blessed to have feedback from out producers now, and they didn’t say, “I think you can do it better,” and, “Another take,” not that we would have anyway, because there is never time to do another take.

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How did you find out that you were nominated? 

SUSAN:  One of the producers, Randy Dugan called me, or I wouldn’t have found out for a couple of days,

What are your thoughts on this being a virtual Daytime Emmys ceremony because of COVID-19?  We don’t know anything about will play out yet or what that will look like, but it is back on network TV.

SUSAN:  It’s going to be a wonderful surprise.

So, if they have the shot of the nominees, do you think you’d be dressed in comfortable clothes or more formal?

SUSAN:  Well, I’d certainly wear my best earrings if I were at home, yeah.  If my grandson can arrange us to get on the internet (we have a grandson living on our property, and he’s our live-in techy), we will get dressed up, and sit there, if that’s the way to do it.

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DAYS did very well receiving 22 overall nominations and a lot of your co-stars got nomination as well.

SUSAN:  Yes, an excellent year for nominations for our show.

How many times have you been nominated now? 

SUSAN:  This makes six.

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Would it mean a lot to you to get the award?

SUSAN:  The Lifetime Achievement meant a lot.  It wouldn’t be bad to win this year.  I’ll say that.  It would be sweet for the show, since I am now the oldest living cast member of the original family – the original, original.  I’m not the original Julie, but close enough.  So, I think that would be some validation for the longevity of this original storytelling.  People look at the show and say, “Are you part of the DiMera family or the Brady family?”  I say, “I’m part of the Horton family!”

What did your husband Bill say when he found out you were nominated?

SUSAN:  (Yells) Billy, what did you say when you found out I was nominated?

BILL:  Yay!!!

SUSAN:  That’s about right. (Laughs)

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What a guy!

SUSAN:  I know!  What a guy, what a guy, what a guy!

I was really happy to see your name among the other well-deserving nominees.

SUSAN:  I know you are because I know you care.  Who knows what will happen? It isn’t going to ruin our lives you know, one way or another.  But it was very nice to receive this acknowledgment from my peers.

So, are you glad Susan received a nomination for her work in her emotional storyline? Do you think she should finally receive the Emmy for her performances? Comment below.

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Hollywood Studios, Producers & Guilds Send Plan To Gov. Newsom and Gov. Cuomo For COVID-19 Production Restart Guidelines

On Monday, the two states with the most television and film production in the United States (California and New York) received a plan from many Hollywood studios, producers and the entertainment and production guilds of a plan and outline to be able to rejigger and restart production of your favorite shows and films.  This includes the soaps: General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful and Days of our Lives.

Via Deadline: In an effort to get the industry moving-forward again where jobs were lost or put on hold, and production were completely stalled out-of-the-blue, the guidelines submitted by “The Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force (the “Task Force”) is asking for consideration and adoption for the resumption of motion picture, television, and streaming productions in an environment that minimizes the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19,” says a report for Governors Gavin Newsom of California and Andrew Cuomo of New York.

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You can read the details of the report here.  While there has been no word from the Governors and their offices if they have seen the report, bets are that several more steps will be needed before anyone would head and report back to a set yet.

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As one would expect, limiting contact, social distancing, regular temperature checks, ways to handle props, and a COVID-19 compliance officer for all productions are part of the proposal.   As well as virtual writers room meetings, avoiding filming on-location as much as possible and filming in front of large audiences.

So, glad to know that this major step has been taken to try to get production back on track in Hollywood and New York? Comment below.

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