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Billy Flynn Makes His DAYS Debut As Chad DiMera! What Were Your First Impressions?

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On Monday’s episode of NBC’s Days of our Lives, Billy Flynn shared his first dialog-driven scenes as the new Chad DiMera with his on-screen brother EJ, played by James Scott.

In the scenes, a very upset and revenge-seeking Chad pulls a gun on his elder brother, after first throwing a punch, and let’s him know how betrayed he is that EJ took up with his girl Abigail  (Kate Mansi) after Chad was sent away to recover after taking a bullet meant for EJ! Chad clearly wants payback and is showing his new “DiMera” side!

Flynn takes on the role of Chad after Casey Deidrick had inhabited the role and became a fan favorite.  However, as fans clearly know by now, Flynn’s take on the character will not only be different, but so too, is how the character is being written by the DAYS writing team – this looks to be a more vindictive and cunning Chad, but with a deep sadness underneath it all.   How will it all play out?  That remains to be seen!

So what were your first impressions of Billy Flynn as the new Chad DiMera of Salem?  Weigh-in below!

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Oddly, ive accepted him already as Chad…it usually takes me time to adjust to recast…it took me months to accept nuWill…this Chad actually seems more like a Dimera…so IMO this is the perfect recast choice in a long time! He could be to Days what J.R.s son is to Dallas…he kind of reminded me of him during those confrontation scenes with E.J.,…maybe no one else felt that but i did!!!

I am not impressed with this new Chad, especially if he is suppose to be the new leader of the Dimera family and another EJ. He does not have the looks or charisma to fit that kind of character. He cold NEVER be remotely close the EJ character portrayed to perfection by James Scott.

I have no intentions of watching Days after EJAMI are gone. Nothing at all to look forward to in my opinion. EJAMI are the best thing on Days and the only capturing duo. The rest are SO boring and pathetic!

@Amanda….I agree. Flynn put on a mediocre show, sadly, not even close to my idea of what a DiMera should look like or act like. Nonetheless, it would not be fair and very remiss of me not to, at least, give him a shot. I did notice an edge to him…he has that I-dare-you-to-defy-me look. But, he looks very Irish….nothing Italian about him.
Frankly, I think Ben would have been a better choice for the Chad role. Who knows, Flynn may surpass what we expected, in a positive way.

I must amend (somewhat) my previous comments. Today, Flynn WAS a DiMera. He executed the role with aplomb. His icy stare burned a few holes in me.(sorry about the oxymoron…lol…just came out that way), I admit he was great….still too young for being pushed into this dramatic change of character, though….IMO

Same here, Amanda. A recast is always difficult, but this one doesn’t seem to fit the bill. And I actually preferred the first Ben!

James,

Yes…AGREED!!!!! To me, Billy Flynn just ain’t cutting it here in the role of Chad DiMera. No. To me, Casey Deidrick was W-A-Y better in the role!!!!! As for that Billy Flynn dude…No Thank You. Next…….

I agree, he is more DiMera-ish?..lol I loved Casey as Chad but Billy is bringing the DiMera out in him. By the way..I loved the right hook to EJ. Looking forward to what happens next! I can’t wait to see how Sonny and Will react to the nuChad…that will be very interesting!

I was not overly impressed but whatever – it seems to me that it will be a somewhat predictable triangle between Abby, her current love interest Ben and the “new” Chad. I guess with current cast members departing, they obviously have to aim storylines around existing and new faces – however I still maintain that instead of constantly adding new actors, they should get some new sets. Everyone is always in that stupid park set, please – the labor day picinic, the big College together, someone’s wedding, the Vatican, an afternoon stroll, outspoken confessions to murder – PLEASE get some new and diversified sets.

My recent favorite was the front of St. Luke’s School/ Church was simply the staircase that used to be a part of the Horton Square with a sign that said St. Luke’s and a green carpet to look like grass where the Square’s flooring was. But the oddest thing is the past the school and the church had no steps– which begs the question, where did those sets go??? But to be fair for the college party they at least put out different park benches—perhaps COSCO had a sale on them– LOL

Lol…i noticed that too about the steps when Hope was sitting on them…now i wonder what happened to that missing couch that used to be in the square and never got dirty…lol…speaking of missing whatever happened to Bev…she, not dayplayer Jill, shouldv’e been the one helping Eve split up J.J. and Paige…Bev was attracted to J.J., and it wouldv’e made more sense but then Paige might’ve quickly realized it was a setup if Bev was involved…or if she didnt, Bev couldv’e been desperate and blackmailed Eve for more money and this is how Paige learned it was her mother who planned it all…just a thought!!!

@jimh– perhaps because their budget for sets is so low that couch belonged to a former cast member who when they left the show, took their couch with them– LOL

As for Bev– Eve needed to use someone JJ could not track down after the fact– if she used Bev, I think Paige might have been inclined to believe JJ since Bev already tried to deceived Paige into thinking JJ had an STD. But that Jill lady could show up again at some point and start blackmailing Eve for more money— I think at some point Eve will tell Paige that Jack is really her father and JJ is her brother, not that it will be true, but it would be a way to stick it to Jennifer and break up JJ and Paige.

I have never seen Catholic Church steps look like that. All the Catholic Churches I have ever attended/and schools, have basilica-style steps…weird!

Tony, funny stuff! It used to be that everything happened in the town square (aka shopping area), and that has been overused. Now, as you say, everything takes place in the woods. If you turn on your TV in the afternoon and you see trees, you’re probably in Salem!

James,

More and more, you are TOO FUNNY…LOL!!!!!

To me, whenever I continue to leave my TV on in the morning after TPIR and I see trees in The Katherine Chancellor Park, I know that I’m watching something going on in Genoa City…LOL!!!!! Yep.

Take care, my friend. Peace.

James…dude…quick correction:

I meant to put the word ‘watching’ in-between the words ‘after and TPIR’. It should have read ‘after watching TPIR’. Anyway…MY BAD!!!!!

From J to J…Peace.

Tony…y-e-s. To me, even a walk along a beach would be a refreshing change of pace. Yep. And…’stupid park set’ is right. I mean…spread out, move around…something. Oh, those soaps…LOL!!!!!

Take care, Tony. Peace.

I really didn’t feel it….to me he seems even younger than the last Chad… if he were in a t shirt and jeans he would have looked as though he could be in HS! Even younger than JJ.

I was hoping with EJ leaving that he would be the new sexy mysterious Demeara, but that’s out the door. maybe in a decade or two…LOL..

Where’s the sexy romance DOOL? ( Don’t say Jennifer and Daniel…please!)

I heard Melanie was coming back… perhaps a recast, but she was a fun character! 🙂

Can’t imagine a DOOL without EJ, Kristen, and Sami…. writers better ramp it up!

Days without SAMI EJ(who was only on 7 or 8 yrs)will be just as they always are
FINE.
I LOVE nu chad scenes,a real tall guy like other chad was, played by cute casey.
casey imo took some getting liking too as well. so i m giving this one a fair chance

My first thought was he looks a bit like Nick — too bad that character’s dead, he might have been a good recast for the part. As Chad —still thinking about. I am pleased they are making Chad darker, turning him into a proper DiMera but without the crazy side.

Not sure if having him confront EJ and then Abigail for his first scenes was the way to go. They were great scenes just wished I had seen them with Casey in the role or they have given me some time to get to know this new Chad before having him confront them.
Because I was spending most of those scenes too aware of the new actor that I missed some of the enjoyment of what should have been epic confrontations. But what is done is done and I’m sure over time I will less aware of the new actor that I begin enjoying the character again.

I was thinking the same thing, this guy has “Nick vibes” and would have been a good recast for the role of Nick. Predictably, there has already been a brief confrontation between Abby and Ben and Chad in the Fake Leaf park where everything happens. In Salem, you have two places to meet someone – either at the Pub or in the Fake Leaf Park. That’s it. If you want to have dinner somewhere, sorry, it’s a sandwich at the Fake Leaf Park or a fruit plate at the Pub.

I liked Caey, but he didn’t want to stick around so I think Billy will do a fine job in the role. At least the writers have realized the need for more Dimeras on the show. Only if a they could find a few more to keep Chad company come November.

Maybe, he will be ok, Steeeeeven. But, already I see traces of an out-of-character Chad. This nuChad is certainly acting as Lord of the Manor, robe and all…lol. The REAL Chad would never roam around the house in a velour robe, no less. Flynn needs to find the REAL Chad somewhere inside and emote that character.

chad will show salem the new bad boy hope he is not whipped like ej from sami they made ej into a little lap dog he should have told sami kiss off but he didn’t but I will stay with days chad is what I am watching days for now

I have a sneaking suspicion that EJ is setting up Sami — I don’t think she can humiliate a man like EJ without consequences. I think he is doing to her, what she did to him, making her believe he is on her side, wants her back, will protect her– but at the right moment I think he will yank the rug from under her, take her kids and disappear. Then Sami will go off looking for them, which is my theory how they will write these two characters off the show.

Sounds plausible…and i love it…you should be a story consultant…but what would be a great twist is that Sami secretly knows what E.J. is up to and she takes off with the kids…and E.J. goes looking for her!!!

@jimh– yeah that would be a good twist on a twist, but since we already know that James Scott left the show before Allison, we have to assume EJ is first to leave Salem. My theory is based on the fact that I can’t see Sami wanting to leave Salem, uproot her children, be separated from her grandchild, unless the reason was really compelling. So that is why I thought EJ will take off with the kids forcing Sami to go after them– but who knows what will shake down, Days is the only soap I have a hard time predicting.

Jimh, you’re just too funny. Always one up on all of us.

Does anyone else see a resemblance between Billy Flynn and Casey Moss?

Ye, I do, Jimmy…it’s around the eyes, for me…not the color…just his glance. The nose is similar also.

Don’t like the new Chad at all. They should have gotten someone at least as tall as Casey. Billy Flynn looks more like the actor who played Nick. My Mom even thought it was Nick!

Don’t like Flynn’s interpretation of Chad. He plays Chad too creepy. Casey’s Chad was never creepy. Also, I liked the scenes between Casey and Joe Mascolo as Chad and Stefano respectively. Don’t expect to see that same dynamic. I think casting messed this one up.

I don’t care for him much. I understand the writing of his character being different though. He’s been living with Stefano of course he’s changed and not for the better. I wish Days would move on from someyhing/someone always breaking up Daniel & Jennifer and JJ & Paige. Move on already!! They rehash the same scenarios over and over.

I still miss the original Chad but I’ll give the new actor a chance. I’ll root for any character that will try to make Abigail’s life messy and unhappy.

I liked him.. good choice.. a good Dimera!

My first impressions were YIKES. Wish nuChad and nuWill would exit.

And bring Stefano back FOR REAL.

He does look like a combo of Nick and JJ. I will give him a chance but I was pretty fond of Casey as Chad. If Melanie is coming back also and going to be in a quad with Abigail, Chad, and Ben that might be hot.

It today’s show is any indication it looks like there might be a Chad/ Jordan pairing in the making. If so, then l hope that will make her more interesting, because she is so dull with Rafe.

The same thing crossed my mind, Mary……he looks kind of young, though. I think an older Chad would have been a better choice.

Chad needs to be replaced. He just does not fit.

I really hate the new Chad. The old Chad was so cute and lovable/likable. I thought the new Chad was Nick at first. I couldn’t stand the Nick character either. I hope they do an immediate recast of the new Chad. I’ll never get used to him in this role… Very disappointed!!!

The character of Chad is a new man. He has recovered from his gunshot and feels betrayed by Abby and EJ. Also, Stefano has influenced Chad.

He is a good recast at the perfect time!

I think Stephano will do something to Sami and EJ will protect her by taking her and their kids somewhere. They’ll go into hiding. Of course, you can’t hide from Stephano (and it’ll eventually show that it somehow was Stephano’s plan all along). This will go on until Days figures out a way to bring them back!!!

Give the new Chad a chance . He does appear to have an edge; plus, I think he’s setting up Kate for a huge fall. Chad is on his father’s team.

Don’t care for the new Chad, I too thought it was Nick at first.. Redo please…

ej will get shot but not killed he will be the new phoenix just like Stefano and he will come back looking for abby and do to abby what Stefano did to marlena just wait and see. Abigail = marlena Ej = Stefano Ben = john see what I see same story and I hope days does it

he is just perfect, love him love him…. NOT the new will yak

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DAYS Blake Berris to Chat Live on the Michael Fairman Channel as Everett & Bobby’s Story Heats Up

The tale of Everett Lynch and Bobby Stein is starting to reveal itself on Peacock’s Days of our Lives, which puts returning cast member, Blake Berris front and center in story.

On Monday’s, February 26th episode of DAYS, the results of Everett’s CAT scan indicate he suffered a traumatic brain injury which jives with his story that he was in a car accident and spent in a year in a coma, or does it?

Stephanie (Abigail Klein) and Everett are reeling that Everett as Bobby Stein was married to Jada Hunter (Elia Cantu) and treated her badly. While Everett claims he doesn’t remember anything about his time as Bobby, despite his fingerprints matching those of Robert Stein’s, Marlena (Deidre Hall) ponders if he could be suffering from PTSD, which might explain his memory loss.

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Everett wonders if he has a brain tumor, but Marlena points out that they would have found it on the CAT scan. While there is no obvious reason for his memory loss, Kayla wonders if he is faking his amnesia? Marlena tells Everett that she is a psychiatrist and they should set up sessions immediately. Will it be revealed that Everett and Bobby are split personalities living inside one man?

Blake Berris is set to chat about the latest storyline developments and more, when he visits the Michael Fairman Channel on Wednesday, February 28th beginning at 3 pm ET/Noon PT.  Make sure to join Michael and Blake in the live chat for your turn to share your questions and thoughts on the story.

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Days of our Lives fans first met Blake when he played the character of Nick Fallon who was eventually murdered in 2014. Later, Nick made a few return appearances from ‘the grave’, in 2021 and 2023. Recently, Blake returned to the show in his newly-minted role of Everett Lynch at the end of October of last year.

Blake will talk about portraying Everett/Bobby, plus working his co-stars, and being a dad to his three boys, and more.  You can catch the livestream below.

Now, let us know, what is your theory about Everett Lynch and Bobby Stein? Looking forward to hearing what Blake has to say? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Days of our Lives Legendary Susan Seaforth Hayes Talks on the Horton House Fire Storyline, Mourning the Loss of Husband Bill Hayes & His Near-to-Final Performances

It has been an emotional time for longtime fans of Days of our Lives and beloved veteran, Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie Williams). On-screen, the iconic Horton home was burned to the ground in what appears to be a storyline-dictated decision that shocked many. In real life, Susan is mourning the loss of her husband and DAYS enduring favorite, Bill Hayes (Doug Williams), who passed away at 98 in January. Over the weekend, during the 2024 SAG Awards In Memoriam tribute, Hayes was remembered along with other motion pictures and television stars whom we lost over the past year.

Since the Peacock streaming soap opera tapes months ahead of air, the Horton home fire and its aftermath are currently playing out in all-new episodes with more on this story featuring Susan to come. Bill Hayes also appeared in several of these episodes making it all the more touching and heartfelt.

When Julie came back to the Horton home to see what remained of it after the fire, Days of our Lives fans were treated to a heart-tugging episode that streamed last Wednesday, February 21st. In it, newly-taped scenes of a young Tom (Zach Chyz) and Alice (Sydney Kathrann Smith) Horton telling the story of how they came to live in the house to raise their children, juxtaposed with Julie and Doug (and members of their family and friends), surveying what’s left of the beloved house, brought many a tear.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Susan Seaforth Hayes for this very candid and heartfelt conversation to get her feelings on the Horton house fire, and being given the opportunity to have a storyline at this point in her storied career. In addition, Susan provides some insight on what it was like for her ailing late husband to tape scenes at DAYS shortly before his death, what the series plans to do about writing off the character of Doug while honoring the legacy of Bill Hayes, and how she knew she had the greatest love affair that anyone could hope for in their lifetime, which in turn, has inspired all of us.

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I was shocked when they decided to burn down the Horton house. Were you at first devastated … and did you know that there would be a big story surrounding it?

SUSAN: I did not know how big a story was with it. I knew that many years ago, another regime had planned on trashing the set and getting rid of the set because nobody cared about the Hortons anymore. It was stopped by one person, and I was eternally grateful for that. This time I thought, “Oh, my goodness! I guess I’ll be meeting people for a cup of coffee at the Horton Square. No home, no roots, no reason to be called in,” and thinking that’s the end of Julie. That’s the end of Doug and Julie. Then, when they began to structure a story around it, I think all of this came up during the writer’s strike. So of course, I was curious to see how this was going to turn out. I enjoyed the aftermath, because in the aftermath, and a little bit before the fire, if you saw the show, I get to talk a bit about the history of the household and the people in it.

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In the special episode that aired last Wednesday, Julie gave Leo (Greg Rikaart) the family tree history of the Hortons for his story in the Spectactor.

SUSAN:  I’ve had a couple of good long soliloquies about the past. I’m fated to be the character that does that because I’m the one still standing. I must say, I do enjoy doing them. Emotionally, all I have to do is rerun some of the actors and my own family in my mind and the emotion starts to come, you know, the emotion starts to flow.

Julie talks to Maggie (Suzanne Rogers) immediately after the fire. She is upset that the Horton family Christmas ornaments are gone. Fans were not happy that they could possibly have burned up. Thank God! There was a happy ending when they were located and unscathed, or there would have been hell to pay! 

SUSAN: I knew that they were in the prop room and that they still existed. But how much they were going to put a story around their loss, I did not know. We don’t get to ponder the plot. We just get to show up and start doing it. I think on this particular matter, something as important as a structure of the original set of the show, there’s been quite a bit of interest. So, I can appreciate that.

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I was thinking, ‘Did they decide to burn the house down, because they were finally retiring the old Horton home set?’ What was the purpose of it?

SUSAN: They’ve done everything to make quicker set changes, which is remarkable and very efficient right now. The set designer said, “I’ll be interested in your input,” which was nice. The one thing that I loved that had been done, didn’t work. You couldn’t shoot into it. It was a federal mirror over the mantle. I loved it. The size was perfect. I was just delighted. And then, we tried to shoot it, and because of the roundness of the mirror, you got a perfect view of camera one and camera three. So, it came down.

This is Julie’s project to renovate the home. She’s determined to bring back all the memories and redo it?

SUSAN: Absolutely, which is another nice note to play for my character. She’s determined to make the house something that her grandparents would recognize and still feel comfortable in.

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What did you think of the episode that just aired where the show incorporated flashbacks of a young Tom and Alice Horton?

SUSAN: Well, I set it up. They had their own their own lovely scenes. I read them, and I’m sure the audience was charmed.

What do you remember when you first came to DAYS, and you were in that house, in that set?

SUSAN: What did I notice about the set? I noticed that it was a strange shade of green. (Laughs) It was explained to me that that dull color meant that your face would pop on color TV. I understood that. I loved the little window up the staircase. I’ve always loved that. And at one time, there was a model of the house that sat on the set on its own little pedestal, a little playhouse of the exterior of the house. Whenever the house was on (and remember this is when we were a half-hour and practically live, but not live, because there was no editing), there would also be the sound of a barking dog whenever we reached the Horton house neighborhood. We never saw the dog, but I’m sure his name was “Spot”, and I’m sure he belonged to someone.

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You shared so many scenes with Frances Reid (Alice) and MacDonald Carey (Tom) in the Horton living room set and up till they passed. Did they get along well with Bill? Looking back, how was your relationship with them?

SUSAN: They loved him. Well, Mac and Billy had worked together before in theater. Mac was very kind to me at the beginning and helpful. Frances was as well. As Frances got older, she got a bit testy. When someone says, “You’re not going to read the line like that … are you?” It catches your attention. (Laughs). I got peeved at Frances from time to time, but her intent was always to make everything as good as it possibly could be. I saw her come back from her stroke. learn to talk again, learn to do it all again. Not do it easily, but to do it at all was wonderful, and the same with Mac. In his last shows, he was very frail, but we’re actors. We liked being there.

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During the taping of the episodes surrounding the Horton house fire, Bill was mostly in them with you. How was Bill doing at the time you taped these scenes?

SUSAN: He was okay. He was up for it. He had difficulty moving at that point. So, they restricted his movement a lot. Bill always enjoyed coming to work a lot, and it was extremely difficult for him because he was blind, and didn’t move very well. And now, to do a scene with people who may or may not, have rehearsed with you, who may or may not, give you the exact cue, and when they are attempting to have you look each other in the eye, you can’t see who’s eyes they are, that was the hard part. The easy part was working with him, which was lovely and was a gift. It was a gift from Corday Productions that he was able to work within three weeks of his death, which I thought was super and extraordinary.

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That is amazing. Did Bill understand everything that was going on at the time of the tapings?

SUSAN: Absolutely. He understood what was going on. He just couldn’t see it or touch it.

The timing couldn’t have been easy for you with Bill’s declining health, and that the show was going to burn down the Horton home where you shared so many scenes and memories.

SUSAN: Well, it hasn’t been my greatest stretch. But I knew that life would be like this. I’ve had five decades of an absolutely wonderful, blessed marriage and a chance to work and a chance to live in my own home and travel, all good. And now, we’re going to have the epilogue. And the epilogue is the hard part, seeing rapid change around you and losing the people that were the center of your life. I’ve just been very fortunate to have cultivated some wonderful friendships, and to have a wonderful large family of Hayeses.

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You do realize that you and Bill were the gold-standard of what we all should be lucky enough to have in our lives. What an incredible, beautiful, passionate, loving marriage that the two of you had. You don’t see marriages like that anymore. We were all just in awe of the two of you. To us, it was the greatest love affair. You got to have that which is so extraordinary.

SUSAN: I know, and it was all Bill. I mean, any idiot could have been married to Bill Hayes and been deliriously happy. The guy was so perfect in every way that you really would have to pick something and blow it out of proportion to ever complain about any of his traits of character. He was just all good character, goodwill, and good humor. I just followed along and tried to live my life for him, with him, and follow his style, which I hope to carry on. I hope to be as good to people as he was to people, and, not be selfish.

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I always remembered how the two of you would come to the studio with your suitcases, ready to work no matter what material, large or small, they gave you. You showed up. You just had such great work ethic and you don’t see that as much anymore.

SUSAN: At the moment, it’s hard to find it everywhere. I think it’s probably generational. You cannot get too angry at people that are still holding up their phones in the one rehearsal that we have. I think it’s more convenient to receive your work electronically, but somehow it doesn’t seem quite as real. You don’t have a script in your hand anymore unless you print one up yourself.  Sometimes you haven’t met the person you’re working with. Well, that’s not unusual, but no rehearsal at all, that’s kind of marvelously new.

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Does Julie lean on anybody for emotional support as she tries to rebuild the Horton home. Who’s there for her?

SUSAN: As far as I can tell, nobody. I’m supposed to be the wise woman, and Marlena (Deidre Hall) is supposed to be the other wise woman. I haven’t had any scenes with Marlena for help. I would think Marlena would be the person I would be going to for grief counseling, for friendship, for all of that. I haven’t seen it in the scripts, yet. I’m still deeply entwined with Chad’s (Billy Flynn) storyline.

How is Billy Flynn to work with?

SUSAN: A pleasure. Billy Flynn has grown a lot as a human being and as an actor since I’ve known him. I’m really enjoying his company and really enjoying doing scenes with him. We rehearse and then we get on other subjects and laugh and talk and inform each other. We’re interested in a lot of the same things. He’s a new parent. He’s really devoting himself to that, to that experience in the best possible way. So, I’m lucky.

Do Julie and Chad try to figure out who set the fire?

SUSAN: Oh yeah.

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I kept thinking about how Julie got burned in the kitchen fire years ago and her face was scarred, At the time, your mother Elizabeth Harrower was writing DAYS and wrote that for Julie. Did you hate that story?

SUSAN: Well, I know where the story came from. It came up from something in mother’s own life. I knew the people involved, and I wasn’t crazy in love with the idea. Then, when it was supposed to go for six weeks and went on for months and months, I was concerned. Mainly, I was concerned that my face was going to be affected because of the appliance, the scars, that I was wearing. I was told by a dermatologist, “You’re going to have a little beard after this. Ripping your face every single day to get this off is going to be hard on you.” But, I seem to have survived.

Has the show even addressed with you how they plan to handle writing-off the character of Doug Williams, and how they want to honor Bill?

SUSAN: Only in the smallest way. I had a conference call with the producers and our head writer last Friday. I was informed about the immediate, immediate future. I’ve also been promised that they’re going to keep me busy. It’s a cast of over 40 people. I’ll be happy to show up and to be included.

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I was just hoping that whatever they decide to do with the character of Doug that they were going to run it by you, first.

SUSAN: They have, and they have been very sweet about it.  I’ve got to tell you, this regime, they have a sign up on the wall now, that says, Things we expect on this stage.”  The first one at the top of the list is “kindness.”

Have you watched your work back all these years? I know some actor’s never like to watch the scenes they taped.

SUSAN: I think you learn by watching yourself, if you have an open mind, and if you are not hypercritical, or dismissive. I cannot be dismissive of a character that has given me such a wonderful life. I’m still interested in Julie, perhaps I wouldn’t have been if I’d been on the show for three years and never returned to it. But I’m quite interested in her now, and what she has to offer as a member of this ensemble.

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Julie’s ties to the whole history of Days of our Lives from this point on are very important. How do you feel about that?

SUSAN:  There are those that don’t care about the history of the show. I know that. I know there are those that only care about continuing with something snappy to keep eyes on the screen through action, adventure, drama, death, kidnapping, missed opportunities, all that, which I suppose that’s what the audience craves. But, that’s not just what the show can do. What the show can do so well is character. There’s a lot of people over 70 who are still on the show now. I’m the oldest one, but I’m not the only one. We’re coming up on the 60th anniversary. I don’t think the show is worn out. And if it is, it’s had a remarkably successful six decades.

Lamon Archey (Eli) is back on DAYS for a stint. What has it been like to work with Lamon as his on-screen grandmother?

SUSAN: I think he’s terrific and visually he is so beautiful, so appealing. I think both Eli and Lani (Sal Stowers) are very appealing as characters. I’m delighted to be connected to Eli as a family member. That was a lucky break for me.

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Do you think DAYS fans are going to continue to be emotional in the aftermath of this fire and all the story that comes out of it? Do you think we’ll be touched by what Julie goes through to get the remains all cleaned up for a new house?

SUSAN: I think anybody in America who’s gone through a disaster, and have unfortunately had the disruption of their home, will be sympathetic and interested in how it all turns out. It’s a nice note to play. We haven’t had to do that very often. We just go from one lovely apartment to another without much discussion. I think this is the one set that meant a lot to people. I was very sorry to lose “Julie’s Place,” as it turned into kind of a sandwich shop. I still loved having a business, a tangible place to be, and an alternate place for people to meet.

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Upon reflection, what was your favorite scene with Bill? Was it when Julie and Doug got married on-screen, or was it something else that was much more intimate?

SUSAN: I think our last scene is going to be more important, emotionally. I think the first wedding was beautiful, but the material around the time of our second wedding, when Brenda Benet (ex-Lee) came back on the show and Doug stood up to her and says, “I’m not going to be manipulated anymore,” was also strong. There has been a lot of very important times – when Doug was killed-off by James Reilly, and we met in the tunnel of light. That was a day. That was a difficult day, which I certainly can’t revisit right now emotionally. When Julie found out Doug had run off and married her mother, Addie, that was a day. It was a day because, I went to the producer at the time, Jack Herzberg, and said, “Is this it? Am I not going to work with him anymore?”And he said, “Right! That’s it. You’re not working with Bill Hayes anymore.” We were not married at the time, and I thought I was going to go through the floor! That wasn’t a happy day.

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In terms of Bill’s final day on the set with you, did you know that it was his last, and what would turn out to be his last scene?

SUSAN: Well, they didn’t know. But I knew. I had been allowed to rewrite it. So, I can’t tell you Bill’s last line now, of course, but I will in time.

What do you think about the sentiments shared by Susan on her late husband, and this storyline? How do hope the show properly honors Bill and Doug Williams when the series writes-off the character? Are you enjoying the Horton house fire story arc or does it upset you too much? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Daytime Stars We Lost Remembered in 2024 SAG Awards In-Memoriam Tribute

On Saturday night at the 30th annual SAG Awards streaming on Netflix, several stars from the world of soap opera were remembered in a very moving In-Memoriam segment.

Honoring those actors we lost this past year, and set to the song “How do I Say Goodbye” by Dean Lewis, the screen was filled with so many heartbreaking losses.

Those who were remembered in the tribute included: Bill Hayes (Doug, Days of our Lives), Ellen Holly (Carla, One Life to Live), Nicolas Coster (Lionel, Santa Barbara et al), Tyler Christopher (Nikolas, GH, Stefan DAYS), Billy Miller (Billy, Y&R and Drew, GH), Sharon Farrell (Flo, Y&R), Arlene Sorkin (Calliope, DAYS), Kamar de los Reyes (Antonio, OLTL), Jeffrey Carlson (Zoe/Zarf, AMC) and Mark Goddard (Ted, OLTL).

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Other notable stars who passed away and were included in the tribute were: Chita Rivera, Andre Braugher, Suzanne Somers, and Matthew Perry.

Before the video package was played, actress Naomi Watts took to the stage and shared, “We have lost so many extraordinary actors in the past year, but because they touched the world with their talent, we all share their loss. To those of us who worked with them, alongside them, we feel their loss and their absence deeply.”

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She added, “Of course their memory will live on in our recollections of the precious time we shared together — and through their work, their performances captured in countless frames of images, ever ready to dance across the screen and come to life again, if only for a while.”

What did you think of the In-Memoriam Tribute at the 2024 SAG Awards and seeing a lot of familiar faces being included who represent the soaps? Comment. below.

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