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BREAKING NEWS: NBC Renews Days of our Lives For 2016-2017 Season, With Option For Additional Year!

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It’s a done deal! Days of our Lives has received their renewal pick-up from NBC.  According to Deadline, the daytime drama series has been renewed for the 2016-2017 season, which will make it the long-running daytime drama’s 51st on the air. The pickup may include an option for an additional year.

Reports over the last several weeks had DAYS, Sony, and NBC were hammering out points for the new deal moving forward, but with DAYS garnering a a 20-month ratings high, averaging 2.721 million viewers for the week of November 2-6, and another big week ratings week during January 4-8 of this year, involving Maggie’s decision whether Brady or Eric would receive Daniel’s heart, the series showed it could indeed have a ratings surge.  As of now, DAYS is ahead of its total average viewer count from the previous season at this time.

As for more terms of the deal revolving around if the production model will stay the same has not been made public at this time.  On-Air On-Soaps will keep you posted as developments come to light.

So, excited to hear there is more life in Salem? Are uou relieved to know DAYS is staying put on NBC? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Ricardo
Ricardo

Yes Yes wonderful news, I just heard the breaking news on the radio. Now the haters can shut the hell up LOL.

Patrick
Patrick

yeah… !!!!!! YES ! Yahoo !

Chris
Chris

Just wondering, what radio station breaks daytime soap opera news?? LOL

There’s no need for you to start picking a fight with anyone who comments here. And I can’t stand anyone who uses the term “haters”. That is the most tiresome term on the planet, imo. All that tells me is that you’re incapable of tolerating anyone with a different opinion than you or different tastes than you. Please grow up. You’re not so far above everyone else, Ricardo.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

I agree with Ricardo, Chris. Because the topic is about DAYS’ renewal, I will say anyone who wishes DAYS to be dead, or any soap for that matter, is a hater.

Emma, who has posted in the past is clearly a “hater” and she’s still hating further down.

I’m a lover of DAYS and know some people are haters like Emma. But their hate should be kept to themselves during a time such as this renewal.

If people dislike something so much that they have the need to constantly say it should die, then I and anyone else has a right to call them haters.

Dino
Dino

You are a newbie here, and very rude as well. You like to fight and attack people. Ricardo was not attacking anyone. You are the problem. You should be blocked from this website.

Chris
Chris

Dino, get a grip. Just because my above response was not all 100% balloons and lollipops, I was being “rude”? Gimme a break. You have zero right to make a blanket statement that I “like to fight and attack people”. That’s totally false. You don’t know me. I’ve hardly ever commented here (Chris must be a common screen name), so cut it out! Geez, are you that thin-skinned in real life too?

Just because my response did not come across like I was waving Days pompoms I “should be blocked from this website”? Really? Grow up.

FYI, I like Days, I’m very happy Days was renewed, and I have no problem at all with anyone expressing that here in a classy, upbeat way here. But I have a big problem with initial comments like Ricardo’s being used to attack anyone with an opposite opinion. You have to realize that in this world, just because YOU like something, a certain show, etc. not every other person does. That’s just the way it is. Unfortunately, attitudes like this unfairly give soap fans collectively a bad name and cause mainstream people to roll their eyes at us. That’s what I’ve found and it’s a real shame.

Brett
Brett

We can all breathe a collective sigh of relief!

Patrick
Patrick

collective, Indeed… RIGHT ON !

cause celeb for this dynamic best of show

mark
mark

So happy love you days!!!!

Willa Sargent
Willa Sargent

it’s about freaking time to a done deal!!! YAY for Days, Ken Corday, NBC, all most wonderful CAST & CREW!!!! I AM doing a very Happy Dance right now!!! i am #50yrs DaysSuperFan from day one Nov 8, 1965 at age 11 yrs old!!!! i love Days OF OUR LLIVES more than any tv show!!! big hugss, love, Thank you Michael Fairman for breaking news!!!

Patrick
Patrick

LOL… uproariously… doing with;

“…I AM doing a very Happy Dance right now!!! “

Sam
Sam

Me too Patrick LOL.

Willa Sargent
Willa Sargent

are you laughing at me because i said i was doing a happy dance lol…..i hope you said it in fun way ):…thanx

Patrick
Patrick

without doubt: doing a Happy Dance…. with;

even on QVC w/David Venable

it’s just great to exhale and celebrate…. cheers to another year of Salem’ites

Rj
Rj

Mazel Tov! 🙂 Glad they were renewed. Hope they keep focusing on romance,mystery, adventure. Congratulations to the cast, crew, and production team!

Patrick
Patrick

“OH, Thank God ! Hail Mary “

Donny
Donny

Yes Patrick, we are all relieved, no more stress. We can leave the drama to Days. lmao.

nicholas
nicholas

Massive sigh of relief ! This is great news for all the fans of the show .

Leo
Leo

Yes thank god, Days got renewed. Great news.

Pat
Pat

Good to hear this! Hey, it’s better than nothing. No matter what this whole time, I just could not see NBC getting rid of Days just a few months after its 50th anniversary. But I’d feel a lot more comfortable/confident about its future if it got a multi-year renewal like last time.

Honestly, the cynic in me sees this as sort of a band-aid deal so that NBC can bide its time to evaluate all of its options for that hour over the next year and possibly give itself more time to purchase and/or develop a lower-cost replacement. After all, this is the same kind of deal that CBS struck with P&G for Guiding Light in 2008, roughly one year before it was axed. Just sayin’. I still really miss GL.

Hopefully, history won’t repeat itself, it won’t come to that, and Days can keep on going well into the future. Let’s cross our fingers and hope so.

Mary SF
Mary SF

As a fellow cynic ITA, a year is better than cancelled and lots can happen in a year, but I would have felt better if the deal was for two years instead of one with the option for a second. It does sound like they are buying some time, considering Days has already taped shows that will take them to August, what to do they have to lose to let them shoot another six months of shows before making a final decision if they should pull the plug for good or not. But no network offers many shows huge commitments anymore, so perhaps this is a glass half full situation after all

sonniorsolita
sonniorsolita

We think alike, Pat. I fear NBC is just buying itself some time to develop a cheap replacement. Like you, I was a big GL fan and still miss it. I hope “Days” fans don’t have to go through what we did!

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

Very happy to hear this news! DAYS has its problems, but it is much improved over last year. I love that Steve&Kayla are on my screen again.

Emma
Emma

Who the hell cares, Days should have been cancelled period. More talk shows and cooking shows please. Lisa Rinna will get her own talk show soon. Days will be cancelled in 2 years, this is the last long term contract for Days.

Lou Piikes
Lou Piikes

Lisa Rinna already had her own talk show. It was called Soap Talk.

Ricardo
Ricardo

Emma you sound like a miserable lady, Days is here to stay. enough with the negative attitude

blake
blake

A while ago you said Days was going to be cancelled and that Lisa Rinna’s show would take it’s spot. Now you are saying it will be cancelled in 2 years LOL. You must be pissed right now.

Helen
Helen

Blake Emma is cray cray LOL. She is pissed with booze LOL. Emma has a wild imagination. she hates Days, and loves trashy Jerry springer talk shows. Emma is a lost lady, but she likes to stir the pot.

Darren
Darren

Emma you need to go away, please go take your meds. Days got renewed. We soap fans will dance all day, but you will cry cry all day. Now go watch your cooking shows, you might learn something and watch your trashy talk shows too . Emma you are a mess and we soaps fans stick together. But you trash all the soaps, on this website. You are not a soap watcher, but your big mouth is full of hate. Lisa Rinna is very annoying just like you.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

HATER!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

My post is in reply to Emma.

Mel
Mel

@ Emma- sorry you feel that way. If you don’t like DOOL then you are free to watch another program. No one is stopping you.

su0000
su0000

CONGRATS!! DAYS!

Mike
Mike

Hey spread the word to try a good shot at getting one live to live back by actually searching for the show in the Netflix search engine the more pings the show gets let’s them now how much people have an interest in a show or movie. Full House was brought back this way. Also you can call Netflix and request one life to live and tell them it has a huge fan base. I called and they have been hearing others ask about this since the online petition which must be sighn along with searching for the show on Netflix spread the word and show the voice and power of the soap fans

Marie
Marie

So very happy for the Days cast and crew. Doing a phenomenal job and the ratings have surpassed those of 2013/2014. Days never tanked as those specific fan bases wished and predicted it would. Apparently the show is about all the cast and not a chosen few. Congrats and hope for many more years to come. High five to the new writers and their their vision

Alan
Alan

Great news (would’ve been even better if they had announced new head writers were part of the deal).

Ghlover
Ghlover

Well at least now, i feel better if Rebecca Hearst comes to Days… But im still hoping she stays at GH

Carolyn Yuill
Carolyn Yuill

I’m really glad that Days has renewed it up to 2017.Days is the only soap that I watch.Please bring it back for longer than 2017.Thanks.

blake
blake

I am surprised that it was picked up but am happy for the cast and crew. They were smart to have the big stories and events happy around the anniversary and in January to get those numbers up for NBC to notice right at the renewal time. Let’s just hope they now film closer to real time.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Good news…i sigh with relief…i guess NBC realizes with Days doing better than several of their talk show flops, its best to keep it around!

robert
robert

happy it’s been renewed. the show does have creative issues that needs to be addressed. the new teen scene is a dud,and the show is way too dark

Jaime
Jaime

The talk shows are nothing much.
Glad for the renewal BUT hope we get better writing ! More in character less plot driven and less driven to promote just newbies.
A new character is ok BUT not at the expense of loved characters and now when there are too many introduced at once!!!!!!

Lorenzo
Lorenzo

This is the best news, congrats Days. Let’s hope that Days brings back Carrie, Austin, Anna Dimera, Eugene and Calliope Jones in the near future. Now let’s hope GH gets renewed.

Brittany Ceballos
Brittany Ceballos

thank god I’ve been Waching Ever Since I was 5 1993

Kevin
Kevin

Thank you NBC for renewing Days Of Our Lives. I have been watching Days for 30 years. I am 44 years old and I hope they change the taping. Reasonable would be 3 to 6 weeks ahead. If storyline is not working, they can change it right away.

Josh
Josh

Amen yes Days finally got renewed. What a blessing and relief. Now bring back EJ and Leann hunley Anna.

I love gh
I love gh

Great news!

Mellisa M
Mellisa M

DAYS has had a wonderful run these past few months. I hope they can sustain this new level of excellence in the coming year. If they do, I’m sure NBC will pick up a second extension.

tim S
tim S

glad to hear, but will be MUCH happier if they get rid of this 6 months of pretaping…. They really needs to have faster control to take care of casting changes and storylines that are not working.. I fast forwarded through all of the young actors except for Claire…

rebecca
rebecca

Yay! so Glad they are sticking around. I have watched the show since I was a child and I am now 46 and I love the show. I even record them to watch when I cant be home to see it. I NEVER miss a single one..

Sally Cohen
Sally Cohen

NBC would be foolish to take off the one afternoon show that so many of us enjoy. Not to mention, the only soap so many of us watch.

Marilyn Perez
Marilyn Perez

Thank goodness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Been watching since day one, my sons watched it, and my husband and I DVR it. LOVE DAYS OF OUR LIVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

eileen dunham
eileen dunham

I love this show so much that i also watch it at nighttime also. A friend of mine turned me on to this yrs. ago and do not miss it. I am stage 4 cancer and it gives me something to live for, The actors are very good in there roles. the funerals this past yr. had me crying harder than at a real funeral. you can get so involved in the roles the actors play, I give a standing ovation to Days of our Lives. Great job. actors.

eileen dunham
eileen dunham

Congrats love the show , actors are doing a great job. watch twice aday.

Teresa
Teresa

I’m so glad Days gets to stay on. Love the show. I have watch it for 50 years and I hope for another 50 years. The actor’s and actress are doing a great job. Everyone behind the scenes are doing a great job. Thanks for keeping Days on.

Bonnie
Bonnie

A great friend turned me onto Days about four years ago, and I’ve not missed an episode yet! (Well…not true because of the occasional “breaking news” interruption!)
I find myself looking up info online about characters who a different actor the next day or come back playing a different character. Or this recent five-year maturation of Ciera, Theo, and Chase? Wth? And killing all these GREAT characters just kills ME! Despite these irritants, I can’t miss Days! I LOVE IT!
I don’t know how anything works, but I do know of two other daytime shows that renewed with five-year contracts. So why are “they” not giving a longer term renewal to Days? I will have some massive grief (and I’ve experienced enough lately with Bo and Daniel) if Days ends. Days is excellent! Acting is all-around exceptional, and it will be around for a long, long time! ❤️

Donnie
Donnie

Im so Happy days has been renew longer pick ups would be appreciated and make the actors and actresses more at eas to to put more into there cart. I so miss the story line of sonn any will if yo can bring Sonny back even find a way to bring will back those characters gave days a Emmy any one hell of a story line with good writers they could have done something and to see Lucas heart break the way it did was horrifying and some great acting not to mention loseing Bo to hope bring him back as a evil twin or something Demera had him whho know what evil he work on him fancy face lost so much. death is a part of life but days dooes go over board some times. Loseing Alice, Tom , Micki hurt us long timers to the core I know Im one of them its time for healing even for the Demeras. Reopen Dougs place music and see what evil lurks between the under ground caverns still. I LOVE AND MISS YOU WILL AND SONNY!!!!! Im glad this ewnewal gives days time to clear the air with some characters. HUGS SONNY N WILL LOVE DONNIE ROCHESTER NY

Kelly
Kelly

Yes, Im extremely happy as soon as I read it! Been watching Days since i was 11. 30 years!

Millie willis
Millie willis

What about the rumor that Megan Kelley from Fox is moving to DOOL time slot on NBC? Hope this is not true.

Vickie
Vickie

The news on social media is that they are canceling Days Of Our Lives – 2017 If this is done we fans will completely Boycott NBCChicago and all NBC channels. We love Days and do not want to see it canceled – are they renewing ?

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Eric Martsolf Talks Brady Being Duped & His Co-Stars; Galen Gering & Camila Banus Chat Hernandez Siblings On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’

On the latest episode of the Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast, Eric Martsolf (Brady Black) chats with host. Michael Fairman as Brady’s story hits a major turning point!  As DAYS fans know, Brady recently hit the sheets with “Nicole” who was Kristen in disguise.

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During the podcast conversation, Eric explains how he has to sometimes suspend belief to make stories work in daytime which included Brady not figuring out that “Nicole” was Kristen, although it certainly re-ignited his thoughts of her!  Plus, he chimes in on the fun he has had working with his co-stars: Arianne Zucker (“Nicole”) and Stacy Haiduk (Kristen/Susan) in their many scenes

Later, Eric tries to remember all of the loves of Brady’s life that crashed and burned, and is posed the question, “What would he think if Days of our Lives SORAS’d Brady’s son, Tate, to an 18-year-old?

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Then, the podcast goes behind the scenes for a dressing room segment where Galen Gering (Rafe) welcomes his on-screen sister, Camila Banus (Gabi).  The two banter about their on-screen and off-screen relationship as brother/sister and friends, and how much they value one another as they create the Hernandez sibling dynamic.

To download the episode via iTunes click here.   To listen to the podcast via NBC.com/Inside Salem click here.

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Coming up next week on Days of our Lives, prepare for drama, drama, and more drama! From the looks of the latest promo for the NBC soap opera, the action takes place at Marlena (Deidre Hall) and John’s (Drake Hogestyn) surprise one-year wedding anniversary soirée, where things could take a deadly turn!

But with the Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) masquerading as “Nicole” plot reaching new heights, Anna DiMera (Leann Hunley) and Tony DiMera (Thaao Penghlis) back in Salem, and the promo telling viewers “For one guest, the party, is over” followed by Sonny (Freddie Smith) yelling, “She’s got a gun!” and Brady’s (Eric Martsolf) ending line, “Oh, my God!” there is plenty to conjecture.

Also seen in the teaser is Kate (Lauren Koslow) trying to rip off the face of Susan Banks (Stacy Haiduk), and Stefan (Brandon Barash) and Gabi (Camila Banus) getting hot and heavy and Eric (Greg Vaughan) yelling, “No!”

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DAYS Stacy Haiduk and Eric Martsolf Talk Kristen & Brady’s Twisted Relationship : The Mask, The Deception, The Sex

Last week on Days of our Lives, Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) was able to get the man she craves in between the sheets.  So, just how did that happen when Brady Black (Eric Martsolf) had no idea she was alive?  Well … he still doesn’t, really.  You see, Kristen returned to Salem disguised as another ex flame of Brady’s, Nicole Walker (who everyone believed died in the warehouse explosion).  And Kristen has been parading around town donning an incredible likeness of Nicole’s face – via a prosthetic mask – and some other tricks to sound and look just like her!

Kristen’s goal is to infiltrate Salem, remind Brady of the love and passion they shared, take over DiMera Enterprises, and who knows what else!  And everyone who stands in her way, better watch out as we have seen! We are speaking to you (the late) Ted, and (once kidnapped) Kate, et al.

Fans of the NBC daytime drama series have followed the tortured relationship between Kristen and Brady for years and through many plots; Kristen was first played and brought to life by Eileen Davidson, and for well over a year now by Stacy Haiduk.  Not only has Haiduk reprised the role of a frustrated, vengeful Kristen, she is also playing at times multiple roles: the wacky and often misunderstood, Susan Banks, Kristen playing Susan, or Kristen pretending to be Sister Mary Moira.

As for Daytime Emmy winner, Eric Martsolf, this latest story arc puts him front and center as viewers watch to see if what Brady senses, and the clues, and the feelings he is having, bring him to the conclusion that he has been duped by Kristen, and that her horrendous scheme – pretending to be Nicole (Arianne Zucker), and dumping Nicole’s longtime love Eric (Greg Vaughan) to be with him have a result that is unexpected or catastrophic!

Michael Fairman TV sat down with Stacy and Eric for this conversation about: all the plot twists, and playing the drama and the humor of the situations they find themselves in as actors in a wild story that only head writer Ron Carlivati could pen and keep the audience on the edge of their seats in the process. Check out this oh-so-fun, direct, and enlightening chat with two of DAYS most shining stars.

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Eric, what has it been like working in this part of your storyline; where there’s the character of Kristen in its many forms: Arianne Zucker playing “Nicole” (but it’s really Kristen), Kristen as Susan, and the real Kristen, etc?

ERIC:  It’s been a nightmare Michael.  (Laughs)  I don’t know who I’m sleeping with anymore.  I’m at the point where I go home at night, and I just tug on my wife’s cheek just to make sure that she is not my ex-girlfriend from high school.

When you first heard of this storyline, and that it was going to facilitate how Arianne was going to come back to the show… and that it was supposed to be Kristen in a Nicole Walker prosthetic mask with a voice alternator, what went through your mind?

ERIC:  I think in the back of Ron’s Carlivati’s (head writer, DAYS) mind, he was thinking to himself, “This dude started his soap career on Passions, he’s okay with this kind of thing,” and honestly, nothing surprises me anymore.  When you’re thrown into that supernatural, crazy reality, doesn’t-live-here sort of atmosphere for you first soap gig, you don’t sweat a mask and a voice modulator.  That’s just par for the course.  My biggest problem was the body thing … that Brady is not able to distinguish one body from the other, because I would as Eric.  My God, I know every inch of my wife’s body.  So, it’s difficult to get my head around that, but at the same time, I’m going with the whole “love is blind” thing here. (Laughs)

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(Laughs) I was going just going to say that Brady would absolutely know Kristen’s body from how passionate their relationship has been in the past, as well, he would Nicole’s body from his relationship with her.

ERIC:  Since Kristen did finally just succeed – let’s use the word in “seducing” him, and using her wonderful feminine wiles as only Kristen has to get Brady in to bed, there was also another twist.  What plays after that is that he notices the tattoo that’s been removed, and she plays it off as scarring from the fire.  What’s going through his mind as he is making love to Nicole is a “Kristen train”.  He can’t get Kristen out of his mind, and the guilt that he feels about that is horrendous.

Right! Brady is thinking: “Why am I feeling this when I am supposed to be with Nicole!?”

ERIC:  Right!  Brady has been waiting for a relationship for God knows how many years now – at least a successful one.  He is so eager to have this work, even though he has been concerned about how Eric (Greg Vaughan) would feel about this.  In Brady’s mind, Eric is done with Nicole.  He’s good.  He loves Sarah (Linsey Godfrey).  This is fair game.  Brady and Nicole have always been close … they’ve been close before … so, for him, it’s, why not give it a fair try?   However, he finds himself now thinking about another woman the whole time.  That’s rough.

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Do you think in the back of his mind, that this whole time, he possibly knew that “Nicole” was Kristen?

ERIC:  Well, you just have to wait.  There will be a reveal eventually, obviously, but until then, let the games play on.

So, once Brady and “Nicole” have sex, he keeps thinking about Kristen?

ERIC:  Constantly!  She just plagues his mind.  I think he’s realizing that his affection for Kristen is anything but dead and is very alive, and I think this is Kristen’s master plan from the very beginning.  She knows that she pervades his soul, and once she does reveal herself, I would guess he would probably be surprised, maybe a little angry, but in the end … you can’t deny what your heart and your body wants, right?

One of my favorite recent scenes had Brady half-naked and Kristen as Susan getting into his room, because she was looking for the MIA Nicole mask she so desperately needed.  She finds herself gawking and lusting after Brady under her disguise, and he tries to remove himself from the situation and says, “Susan, I’m going to get in the shower…”

ERIC:  Yeah! And, “It’s not going to happen, baby.”

What was that like doing that scene?

STACY:  I loved it!  I thought Eric was brilliant in it.  I watched it, and I thought, “Oh, my God!”  (Laughs) It is one of my all-time favorite scenes.

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ERIC:  Kristen is a tiger.

STACY:  She is a tiger.  She’s got a goal, and she is going to go after that.  She has obstacles that are going to come in-between her goal, but she will go after whatever she wants.

When Stacy comes in to Brady’s room as Susan, were you not laughing?

ERIC: No!  I thought she was hot. (Laughs)

STACY:  He did … he loved it.  You liked me, didn’t you baby? (Laughs)

ERIC:  I don’t think anybody can deny that Stacy Haiduk’s portrayal of Susan Banks is ridiculously good.  Everything from her delivery … to her facial expressions.  I think it is amazing.  I mean, it is corny, and it is fun, and soaps need characters like that once in a while to lighten the load of the heavy dialogue and the drama.  It’s a welcomed addition.  So, I love playing scenes with Susan.

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Eric, you always have been able play the straight-man so well in comedic scenes with impeccable timing,

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STACY:  You’re brilliant, Eric.

ERIC:  You guys are being very nice to me.

STACY:  You are.  I remember on the day how much fun we had, but then, seeing it back and the crap that I was giving you, and just the stuff you were giving back was so beautiful, and innocent, and so alive.  It was so funny.

Does Kristen think that now that she finally got Brady into bed that she won … that she got what she wanted … even if she had to don a “Nicole” mask to do it?

STACY:  Well, no, because she still can’t be really Kristen.  I think she is grateful that she gets to be with him.  That’s one of her biggest goals: to be with Brady and she wants to have him fall back in love with her again.  But for her, now it’s all about, “How do I reveal myself so that he doesn’t get scared away?”  That’s the toughest part for her.  Kristen’s love is so deep that it goes beyond this mask.  So, how is it going to be when he sees her?   Is he going to freak out?  What’s going to happen?

ERIC:  Did you think Kristen would be a little pissed off and think, “Oh my God.  He did go for Nicole?”

STACY:  Yes!  I do, because she’s like, “Finally, I got him!  But wait a minute … did I get him because I was Nicole … or because I was Kristen?”  As Kristen, she always believes there is something deeper between them and a deep connection.  That remains a driving force to her.

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ERIC:  That’s why I love these characters so much, because of you and the history of Kristen with Brady.  She’s always wanted him as much as he has wanted her.  She’s always wanted to be loved.

STACY:  Yes … and very much so.

ERIC:  Kristen had always wanted to be a part of the DiMera Empire, just as Brady has always wanted to be a part of the Kiriakis Empire, and they’ve always wanted love.  They’ve never had it.  They believe in the back of their minds that anything is attainable.  So, I can see why Kristen would just forgo the Nicole disguise and just go, “He wants me.”

STACY:  Kristen wants to believe that Brady knows it.  She says to herself, “He knows it’s me inside and behind the mask.  When he finds out, he will fall back in love with me.”

Now that she actually had sex with Brady, wouldn’t that make Kristen even more insatiable to be with him? Like, “I’ve got to have him!?”

STACY:  The fear is still .. what happens she takes this mask off?  She always says, “I’ll reveal myself, but I have to do it slowly when it is the right time.”  I think there is that built up frustration now for her, absolutely!

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Arianne Zucker really has Stacy’s mannerisms down as Kristen.  It really comes into in scenes where “Nicole” goes off on someone or loses her temper.  Eric, you have worked with Arianne for years on this show.  What do you think about her performances in this storyline?

ERIC:  I have worked with Ari over the years, and I have enjoyed it a lot.  Ari did do her homework.  She did study Stacy’s tape, and she watched her mannerisms, and she took it very seriously.  I know that because she is a hard worker, as much as a goofball as she is, she does work hard, and she wanted it to be good.  I think my favorite parts were the Kristen meltdowns.  You have to understand though; Stacy and Ari get along very well!  They’re kind of two peas in a pod.  So, it wasn’t a big stretch for her to take on how Stacy would play those types of scenes.  They’re both animated, they’re both wild people by nature, and so, it was a good fit.  It was a smart idea from the writers.

STACY:  It was a good fit!

ERIC:  I’ve been out with the two of them, and it’s hard to tell the two of them apart. (Laughs)

STACY:  We are just like two cuddly bunnies.

ERIC:  They’re like flirting with each other, and hugging each other.  You find yourself thinking, “Are they going to start ordering the same food at the same time?  This is getting weird. (Laughs)

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In the recent scene that aired; where Kristen as “Nicole” turns off the light while having sex with Brady, is she worried her plan will now go awry?

STACY:  Yes.  I think she is worried about her body because it is burned.  You know, how they take a tattoo off, and it’s as painful as can be.  Not that I’ve had that done personally.  I like my tats, but I hear it is painful.  So, in the storyline, the burn is that pain that she has and the tattoo. There’s a part of her that thinks,  she has to cover it up, and turn the lights down low.

ERIC:  “Nicole” is sleeping, and Brady is rubbing his hands over her shoulder and touching her body, and as he goes over the burn marks.  He sees a flash of the tattoo!  That is a pivotal moment when he starts to put some pieces together.   He thinks, “Woah! That’s exactly where that tattoo was.”  It’s a slow little rollercoaster ride.

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In the past, Kristen then played by Eileen Davidson, drugged and raped Father Eric.  Stacy, did you ever see that story arc?  Literally the sex scene is playing on the screen at Kristen’s wedding to Brady and then all hell breaks loose.  This to say Kristen is notorious for the ways and the lengths she goes to get her men into bed.

STACY:  Yes! I saw her Eileen do those scenes.

ERIC:  You also saw how close Kristen and Brady were to their dream, to their happiness, their goal, which was they were going to marry each other.  Brady is looking upon his loved ones in this town and thinking, “I know what you all think of her, but I’m going to show you our love on this screen, and once you see the connection that we have here as a couple, you all are going to be convinced that we belong together as well.  This is the happiest day of my life,” and the screen comes up and it’s his brother banging Kristen instead.

Marlena (Deidre Hall) played the wrong DVD!

STACY:  It was so good.  See, I try to find as much info as I can on the character’s past, because all of the time I’m trying to find where these characters have been in their dark and twisted past.

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ERIC:  You’re putting your own stamp on Kristen.  You got a direct call from DAYS casting department, didn’t you … when they were recasting the role?

STACY:  Yes.  You have to understand, I had two really separate characters to play when I was on Y&R.  One was a doctor, and one was this crazy passionate, wild, little minx.

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ERIC:  I will say to find the wild and the beauty in one package is not easy in any town, yet alone Los Angeles.  I’m glad they called you, because you have that.  You have that villainous nature, but you also are able to show a vulnerable side to Kristen that is going to be a lot of fun and interesting to see.

Stacy is one of those people that will leap off of the screen at you and you will remember her.  She is one actress that will have fans talking about their work, like when you played crazy Patty Williams on Y&R.  The audience was on the edge of their seats going, “Oh, my God!  What is Patty going to do next?”

STACY:  I never knew what she was going to do!

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Eric, has Stacy come to you at any point where she been overwhelmed by the task at hand; playing Susan while playing Kristen, etc, and the two of you have a moment where you work through some of the challenges of complex scenes  … and ones where she is playing multiple characters?

ERIC:  We’ve had many moments  to speak of.

STACY:  I always come into Eric’s room, and am like, “I’m scared!”

ERIC:  It’s funny you mention it.  We have had some very emotional scenes, and Stacy – who cares so damn much about this job and portraying this character correctly – that she gets a little overwhelmed, and the material that they give her is overwhelming for any anybody on any level.  I have looked at her in the eyes, and said, “You’ve got this gig.  You are this character.  You are knocking it out of the park.  Just do it.  Just be you.”   I can’t wait for people to see some of the stuff we have shot recently and have been doing.

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Stacy, do you think Kristen can be redeemed? Many characters on daytime … and on DAYS … have done horrible things and later turned over a new leaf.

STACY:  The thing is that villains are bad and all that other crap, but they’ve got a lot of stuff going on inside and insecurities, and they’ve got a heart.  I’m sorry, the villain with a heart of gold, can be very  true.  I never see villains (and I play them a lot) as bad.  You have to find where it comes from … how far does this go … where did that little seed change … and what made them go into the dark, but also, where is the good?  You want to bring the good to it, too.

ERIC:  Let’s face it!  Star Wars is all about Darth Vader and how he became that because it’s intriguing.

Because of the pace in which DAYS tapes its episodes; do the two of you find time to run lines together before you go hit the set?

ERIC:  We are running out of time to run lines.  It’s pretty wild.  Funnily enough, I was recently filming a movie and I was so underwhelmed at the pace of everything.  I’ve gotten so accustomed to moving at this militant style, that as hard as it is, it is preferable to me now.  I almost like it because you don’t have time to overthink what you are going to do, and you end up getting more visceral and natural reactions to the material.  You can overthink a scene, and you can come to a wrong performance that way.  When you burn your fingers on a hot stove, that’s the most natural reaction you are going to get.  You can’t have ten minutes to think about how you are going to scream about that pain.

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But, would you like the pace of shooting the show to be a bit slower?

STACY:  I would like to, but I do think sometimes just jumping in, and going and seeing what happens is great.  I love that.  I do appreciate that.

ERIC:  It’s scary.

STACY:  It is scary.  I would love if we would get to do a rehearsal and then two takes just to see, and then they can mix  together what happens.  Sometimes I am hard on myself as an actress.  I’ve always been.  It’s that jumping in when you only get to do one take.  You have to just give it everything you’ve got.

ERIC:  You can have a second take.  Want me to give you a little secret?  All you have to do is screw up your last line.

STACY:  I can’t do that.   I don’t even need it to be perfect because nothing is perfect.  It doesn’t matter what I’ve done if I sometimes don’t feel it.  I need to feel it when I’m on that set.  I need to feel something because when I shut down, I close myself off.  It’s like an athlete who has just got to  train as hard as they can to reach their goal.

ERIC:  You’re an Olympic swimmer!

STACY:  You’ve got to do it as hard as you can.  You practice, and you practice, and you practice, and you practice, so that when you come to that day, you do the best you can, but sometimes you are disappointed because you didn’t get that one last thing you had hoped for.

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How do you view what happened to Eric with Kristen, who disguised as Nicole, tricked Brady into bed with her?  Some fans commented that that they thought it was akin to a rape.

ERIC:  No, I would disagree with that theory.  I believe there is a high degree of deception in this, but there is a willingness on behalf of Brady.  He’s not drugged.  He’s not being forced to do anything.  Deception, yes.  Rape, no.

Stacy, what do you think?

STACY:  Total deception.  There is no rape.  There is absolutely no rape.  These are willing participants; he just doesn’t know exactly who he is dealing with.

ERIC:  I appreciate the context of how somebody could construe that, and the seriousness of the matter.  I don’t think it really has a place in this particular storyline.

Do you guys think that Brady and Kristen are each other’s star-crossed lovers in a weird, twisted, bizarre way?

ERIC:  I don’t know.  I think they’re magnetism can’t be denied.  I think the hurdles that they’ve jumped through are astronomical.  Will they end up together in the end?  Who knows!  Will there ever be an end?  Who knows!  It’s definitely been one of, if not the most, in-depth relationships Brady has ever had.

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And intense!

ERIC:  Yeah.  They’ve just gone through so much to be together, and when you do that, anybody who is married knows that, that’s where the good stuff is; the wars that you win together and the battles that you go through.  When you come out of the war, and you’re still together, that’s the bond.  That’s what lasts.

What would Kristen do if she couldn’t have Brady in the end?  Would she find a new obsession?  What if she could not nab her man?

STACY:  Wow!  Hmmm. (Laughs)  She’s going to get her man.  She wants her man.  She wouldn’t settle.  She’d keep fighting.  I would say to her, “Kristen, keep fighting the good fight.”

So, do you think Kristen will reveal herself to Brady sooner than later? Will Brady figure out what Kristen has been doing to get to him?  Will Brady turn Kristen away if he knew she was alive and back in action  … or would he fall back into her arms? Share your theories via the comment section below.

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