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Arianne Zucker On Her Exit Episode Of DAYS: "Today We Say Goodbye To Ms. Nicole Walker. Thank You For Taking The Journey With Me!"

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Daytime fans know Arianne Zucker gave 110% to all of her performances as Nicole Walker for over 18 years on NBC’s Days of our Lives.

The Daytime Emmy-nominated actress made the  decision to not renew her contract with the series, and since DAYS tapes six months in advance, today on the October 20th episode, viewers will see Zucker’s final scenes.

In story, Brady (Eric Martsolf) has blackmailed Nicole into leaving Salem with her daughter, Holly, or he will turn her into the police for murdering Deimos Kiriakis.  In heartbreaking scenes earlier in the week, Nicole was forced to break-up, and break the heart of her true love, Eric (Greg Vaughan), or Brady will cause havoc for her life.

Zucker took to her Twitter account today for a tune-in alert and a special thank you to the legions of DAYS fans who have loved and supported over the years.  She also mentions she intended on live-tweeting her final performance when it airs today, but she is currently filming a movie with her real-life sweetheart, Shawn Christian (Ex-Daniel, DAYS).

The actress related: “My Friends-2day we say goodbye 2 #MsNicoleWalker. TY 4 taking the journey w/me! I was going 2 try&live tweet, but I’m filming. #Raincheck ?”

So, are you ready to say goodbye to Nicole?  Let us know and share your favorite Arianne Zucker performances on DAYS throughout the years in the comment section below!

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James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

I don’t want to think Nicole will be off the canvas forever but even if she isn’t, it’ll still be tough not seeing her. The character had so many layers so that gave Arianne the chance to play the gamut of emotions which has to be a treasure trove for an actress. We got to see the character’s good side and bad side. I do have to thank Arianne for all the years of playing Nicole and making me root for the character but also making me want to smack the character upside the head sometimes. I’ll miss you, Arianne (and Nicole).

Jovin
Jovin

I agree that she won’t be gone forever, But I need to discuss the exit we got, because our gal deserv d a whole lot better! It was like he dusted off his scripts from GH where Robin left Patrick, and was typical Carlivati plot driven, out of character nonsense!! If there was one thing Nicole always was, it was a fighter!! She was not a broken, spineless woman. With a martini in hand and a scheme up her sleeve, she could do anything! The last few writing regimes have certainly done her no favours, especially saddling her with the life sucking Dr. Dan!! This current DAYS confuses me! This is a show that has had some of the greatest supercouples of ALL time, many of which are still on the air! The chemistry between Nicole and Eric was off the charts, always has been, and the show knew that despite the 6 month advanced taping schedule! They never fully capitalized on that, Eric became a drunk murderer, and that was seemingly that! But then he returned and the show had nearly 2 years to write for these two. Instead they saddled her with yet another older man Deimos, in a story that went nowhere. In what appeared to be an afterthought, they were reunited for about 6 seconds, Brady turned vengeful, and Nicole was forced to break Eric’s heart. Sigh. Our gal should have gone out triumphant! Her and Eric should have gone out happy!! Yes that would mean Greg Vaughan would be written out, but really, sometimes a characters value is more important when part of a popular couple! I would like to present a scenario that would have offered hope for the future, and worked to restore Brady and Eric’s relationship. Both Brady and Eric are fighting over Nicole. In a drug or drunken rage, Brady did something to really hurt Eric physically in a fight or altar action. Realizing that she couldn’t be responsible for that kind of violence, she told both men that she is not a prize or something for either one of them to “win” or own. She tells them she is leaving town with Holly to focus on her and her daughter. Her and Eric could have had one of those breathtaking romantic scenes where they promise to meet at a certain date in the future and if the timing is right, then they would be together. It’s been done in the movies, and Josh and Reva did it on Guiding Light. It can be corny, but with good writing and the tantalizing chemistry between these two, it would have worked! While of course my ending is wishful thinking, it would have allowed Nicole to be empowered! It would have her making the choice to look after her long awaited child on her terms. It would have let the boys know that she could be strong on her own. It would have allowed Nicole to leave town WITHOUT the whole town thinking… Read more »

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

I agree with you on Zack. never understood why they did that. As for Deimos, that bastard is still very much alive. He was too evil to die just by a knife to the heart. I’m just holding out hope that Arianne just wants to take some time off then go back to DAYS. Guess tile will tell.

Rachelle
Rachelle

I read all you wrote, and it was just as if I wrote this. I totally agree with all you wrote I feel they did Nicole a disservice, letting her leave the way she did. I really believed Eric would leave with her. She deserved that ending. Sorry to the actor who plays Eric, but they both deserved happiness finally.
When it comes to Stefano, let him rest in piece already. The Phoenix does not have to rise again. It’s getting a little cheesy. On the same note, I’m not happy with bringing characters back from death. I honestly find it so silly, that I won’t watch for a little while. Also, enough with the Adrienne storyline. I know there is soaps getting away with anything, but do some serious storylines.
I’ve been watching for about 45 years, and will continue to do so, but cmon writers get down to some great storylines.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

TPTB have messed up the show royally. I no longer watch–it’s too crazy.
And I’m sad not to watch Mary Beth and Stephen who are my favorites.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Very nice tribute, James! I agree wholeheartedly!

Sarah Scott
Sarah Scott

So sorry to see you go, you were my favorite! Hope to see you come back as Nikki again in the future. #youplayedyourrolewell!

Debbie Sanmartin
Debbie Sanmartin

We will miss you! You are one of the best criers on the show. The way you left I know you will be back, because they left the story line where it makes it easy for you to return. I know we will see you again. Best luck to you and Daniel (that’s the only way I know him). I also miss Daniel!

Andrew Hass
Andrew Hass

I have a feeling we might see Nicole onscreen soon because i read somewhere that Nicole will be back for the Christmas episodes.So maybe this exit will set the stage for when Nicole returns and she and Eric reunite for good once they deal with Brady’s blackmail and leave town together.

Marsha Hubel
Marsha Hubel

I am very sorry to see Arianne leave DOOL. She gave her all in every performance. She will be missed.

Celia
Celia

Ari,
I wish you the best of the best. You have become analogous to a ‘real’ friend.
You will be missed, and I will always hold that little light of hope you will be back, wishing for the light to get bigger and bigger every day.
If we are to place any verity to Nicole’s last words, as she stoically and sadly exits the stage, then, you will be back.
This is not good-bye, but arrivederci.

Jimh
Jimh

So will Chloe and Brady become a couple…i mean who is actually left for him???

mrsnoahdrake
mrsnoahdrake

Kristen (Eileen Davidson) is returning to #DAYS. She has already begun taping so she will cross paths with Brady again.
I think she may be the key to finding Will.
Not sure how long she is staying this time.

Ursula Le roy
Ursula Le roy

Enjoyed watching youfor years,,been mad at some scenes but you are a very good actress. Best of luck in what ever you chose to do. Tell Daniel hello enjoyed watching him to.

Ursula Le roy
Ursula Le roy

enjoyed watching you for years. You are a very good actress Best of luck in what ever you chose to do. Tell Daniel hello and enjoyed watching him also

damien
damien

NOOOOOOO…..
Nicoles final scenes nevermind the last month were raw and heartbreaking
Eric and Nicoles goodbye were gutwrenching…especially the moment when Eric was screaming out for her. Their chemistry is so hot that i hope Nicole doesnt stay away for long so ERICOLE can be reunited.Bradys threat was haunting and vengeful. All three actors in this triangle need to be nominated for emmys
LONG LIVE ERICOLE.

Mo
Mo

She can always return! Good luck Ari.

Dinah Anderson
Dinah Anderson

Love all her work with Greg this week.

Shirley
Shirley

I am not ready to say good bye. I will miss you so much being on the show. I think you made the show. Hope you will be back soon.

Denise Boncaro
Denise Boncaro

I’ve enjoyed watching her play Nicole and will miss her

Toni carriero
Toni carriero

Beautiful great actress. She will be missed.

gail baltzer
gail baltzer

I really like Arianne a great actress and will be missed.sincerely gail baltzer, Ontario, Canada. a loyal fan all the years

Carolyn F Bortz
Carolyn F Bortz

She put on a phenomonal act when Daniel died, couldn’t of done it any better. And there were several scence in the past that she played out just as well. I will miss her on the show. Hope she returns to Salem someday. In the mean time i wish her well in her future endeavers.
God bless you Arianne Zucker!

Tabitha Dozier
Tabitha Dozier

You’ll be sadly missed. I hope one day you decide to come back. I’ve enjoyed every moment.

Terri
Terri

I will not watch DOOL’S until you return,if ever. You are one hell of an actress. You give your all. I hope you make it to the big times. Please keep us in touch when your movies will be aired. The best to you and Shawn

Barbara Hyatt
Barbara Hyatt

I will miss Arianne on days.you are my favior Actress on days.hope to see you nicole back on days soon.like to see nicole and eric back toghter.with eric. Jr. Miss nicole already.hope to see Arianne soon.please come back to. Days soon

Eileen Bush
Eileen Bush

I love her character & her great job of acting. I will miss her & hope someday she & Holly will return

Donna baldwin
Donna baldwin

I hate to see her go. An in hopes she willreturn. I really was hoping for a happy departure.

Eileen Bush
Eileen Bush

I think she is a great actress. Hope someday She & Holly will return. Good luck on your new movie

Rose
Rose

I so enjoyed you on days and will miss you. I look forward to seeing you in your new movies and wish you even greater success.
Rose

Brenda Capps
Brenda Capps

I think she is one of the best actresses on Days and she will be missed by many fans..Hope she comes back some day as she makes the show what it is today…love her character and she must somehow get back with Eric in the future…Good Luck on your movie

Lew S
Lew S

I wish her all the best. But, the ending seemed similar to Theresa’s exit.

Jim Larson
Jim Larson

Oh you are right Lew S – Theresa’s exit was very close in that she left under the threat of blackmail.
Can I ask a ridiculous question? Why couldn’t Nicole just say “I’m taking a break from men – the heck with Brady and with Eric – I want some time with my baby and I’m moving to another State to start fresh”. Also, when Nicole left Eric, and he screamed “NICOLE!” why didn’t he run after her rather than just stay in the cabin – I mean, isn’t that what most people would do?

Kathy Fleck
Kathy Fleck

I will miss Nicole a lot. She made you, love her, hate her, hurt with her, laugh with her, want to get revenge on those who hurt or wronged her. She was uncomplicated, confusing and misunderstood at times. She was raw, funny, loving, direct, feisty, rambunctious, beautiful, witty, irresistible, sexy, vivacous, impossible, loving, unique,all in all simply amazing! It has been wonderful and a breath of fresh air to get to watch her, get to know her, understand her, grieve with her, get angry with her, and see her become a very strong woman who can handle pretty much all that life throws at her. Yes, I will miss Nicole and to you Arianne Zuker thank you so much for your wonderful portrayal of Nicole! Many blessings sent your way and best wishes for your future endeavors,

Susan
Susan

Yes! I share the same sentiments as this viewer, Kathy Fleck! She said it all! I am 65 year old woman and I have been a fan of Nicole/Arianne Zuckers’ since she first showed up on Days! I first began watching the show in 1975 while on maternity leave from work. Back then there was nothing on daytime tv but soaps! So, I decided to watch Days and would tape each day’s episode after VCRs became popular! I would call home from work if my husband was home to make certain no one changed the channel when Days was on! Smile! In summary Days became my “family”! (Oh! and BTW, I’m African-American). When Nicole had scenes, those were always my best episodes to watch! I will really miss seeing her brilliant acting! I sincerely wish she and her handsome boyfriend, Shawn C., the best ever in whatever endeavors they choose!

Sheila fridley massie
Sheila fridley massie

I have loved watching Days, and Arianne. She made that character! No one else could play her. Hope one day she’ll come back to Salem before Eric finds a new love. I am going to miss watching her. Good bye for now Arianne (Nicole to Good luck with whatever you do .

Bev Cunningham
Bev Cunningham

Arianne, of course we (I) will miss you. I wish you’re story line had ended better. I’m sad for Nicole. You have had our hearts and minds flipping and flopping from the first. Never evil just bad mostly for the right reasons , when Nicole would run out of options. I think you will do well at whatever you do. You are a tremendous talent. I hope only the best for you and Shawn and may your career flourish. Love ya!!

Sal McGal
Sal McGal

That was sincerely the WORST exit show ever. The character of Nicole deserved to leave Happy and should have taken moody, brewing Eric with her, he’s a terrible actor but I always enjoyed Nicole. I have officially given up on watching Days, just so sick of the poor writing and everyone coming back from the dead. Good luck to you Arianne, you are much too good for this past it’s prime soap.

Janet Glover
Janet Glover

I can’t believe Nicole is leaving Days! I absolutely love her! Awesome actress! Powerful! She have Days and fans her all! Hopefully we’ll have the pleasure of seeing her character in future episodes! Good luck! You will be missed!! Luv ya!

Patrick
Patrick

hopefully, if I read it correctly, in SOD… we can expect to see Nicole and Holly around the holidays… for a visit

Janet Glover
Janet Glover

I can’t believe Nicole is leaving Days! I’ve watched Days since high school! I absolutely love her character! She gave Days and fans her all! Powerful and awesome actress! She will be greatly missed! Hopefully we’ll have the pleas

ure of seeing her character in future episodes! Good luck and much love! Say hi to Shawn for me!

Billy Fisher
Billy Fisher

OMG…I love her!
Please come back after your movie!
XOXO

cindy
cindy

Days won’t be Days without Nicole

Mary
Mary

I wish the best for Ari . I hope that one day she will decide to come back to DOOL if only for a few weeks.

Iakovos
Iakovos

I have only followed DAYS for the last 7-8 years but I liked Ms. Zucker and her character. DAYS is ever a confusion to me. A solid show with strong family and community setting, yet so off the rails with some of its plots and drama. I worry it will become like GH with the diMeras becoming like Cassadines with story twists at expenses of charactehttp://michaelfairmansoaps.com/wp-content/themes/mf/i/submit-button.gifr and history.

Jim Larson
Jim Larson

I sort of tired of her (meaning Nicole) incessant whining and indecisive nature. She goes through men like I go through a bag of M&M’s ~ I’m not knocking the actress, just the character.
I wish her (Ari) the best though in her future endeavors ~ I am sure she will continue to work and prosper.

xmascarol
xmascarol

She will be missed. good luck in whatever you choose to do.

Patrick
Patrick

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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.

Photo: JPI

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)

Photo: JPI

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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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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