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BREAKING NEWS: NBC Renews Days of Our Lives Through 2014!

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More good news for soap fans! Looks like another of their favorite daytime soaps isn’t going anywhere at the moment! NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke announced today, that NBC has officially renewed Days of our Lives through to September of 2014! And, that news comes just in time for fans to celebrate that, and the shows upcoming 12,000th episode milestone this Friday January 11th!

In an official statement Salke commented, “We are thrilled to announce that Days of Our Lives is not going anywhere. It is NBC’s longest-running drama series by far and is one of the most historic brands in television. We commend Ken Corday (EP, DAYS) and the entire creative team on continuing to keep the stories and characters fresh, exciting and relevant year after year.”

Ken Corday added: “After so many years in the homes and hearts of our loyal fans, I’m both humbled and elated to say it’s 2013 and we’re still going strong. I am equally proud that the sense of family which my mom and dad established in our show 48 years ago, is still what drives it today. As we celebrate our 12,000th episode with an amazing cast and great support from our network, we look forward to what’s yet to come!”

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Steve Mosko, the SONY television executive who overseas Days of our Lives and The Young and the Restless (since DAYS is co-owned by Corday Productions and Sony Pictures Television) also weighed in on the exciting renewal stating: “Days of Our Lives has maintained a loyal and dedicated fan base for more than four decades and continues to reach a new generation of viewers. We appreciate NBC’s support over the years and, as the show celebrates this significant milestone, we are thrilled that the show will continue to be a part of the NBC family.”

So soapers, what do you think?  DAYS gets a pick-up! What do you think of the future of the remaining four network soaps at this point in time?  What would you like to see happen in Salem in the coming year?  Let us know!

And a special congratulations to all of our colleagues at Days of our Lives!

 

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shawn
shawn

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!! So excited for DAYS!!!

Beacon
Beacon

I bet Corday thinks this gives him an excuse to rest of his laurels. The show is a disaster. It’s so incredibly mediocre and lacking in bite, allure or imagination.

Ces
Ces

right about that!

MK
MK

You means, Daysaster! 😉

cr
cr

The show is good right now and that is my opinion, if don;t like the show do not comment on this page at all, it got renewal, get over it

Dmitri
Dmitri

You are right, the show right now is very sleepy and boring. A few good episodes here and there should not excuse the poor job the writers have done. I am glad DAYS has been renewed, but I think the storylines and writers need to be renewed or improve if the show wants a really big renewal.

Ces
Ces

YEAH!!! Happy for the cast, happy for daytime TV, happy for the fans. Now, let’s move some story along …..

Gregg
Gregg

Corday/Meng and co. need to shut down production for a month or two and revamp lighting, sets, wardrobe and storyline. They should watch GH to learn how to revitalize a show. Filming three months ahead and writing farther ahead is killing the show. It’s dreary, slow and dated. There’s no reason that a show produced in Hollywood should look so awful. They need to recast Abby, bring Bo back and reestablish his children on the show. Get rid of Kate/Lucas. Recast Sonny with the guy who played Trey on GH. They need to sign T to a contract and make him a closet homosexual. Time to retire Daniel Jonas character to an STD clinic and hire Mark Hapka and put in on (half naked) five days a week.

Ces
Ces

haha on the Daniel Jonas! T a closet homosexual? Hmm… maybe you should be writing the show 🙂
I couldn’t agree with you more!!
I think I pay more attention to Abby’s awful hair color and hairstyles than her dreadful acting and smirky smile.
I would actually have been happy if they got RKK back but after how they treated him, I doubt he’d return. Bo is a huge loss for the show!

Lawrence
Lawrence

Gregg that would be a good idea!

Patrick
Patrick

best idea yet…. T. HOT!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Abby does NOT need a recast, their lighting and sets don’t need to be redone. DAYS is the most polished soap filmed in HD. If anything, GH needs to fix their HD. Since the new regime, it looks like a crappy filmed series.

And it’s clear you hate all the LGBT-related themes of the song. The actor of Trey sucked, and Freddie Smith is a fantastic actor. The character of T should be banned from the series for his disgusting distaste and horrific actor.

Dmitri
Dmitri

Freddie, Kate, Lauren and Bryan are great on the show, but I agree with everything else. The show MUST stop filming so far ahead if it wants to survive, because if no one likes the show, nothing can be done to change the current storylines.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Congratulations DOOL! And thank you to NBC and Sony for their wisdom in knowing what daytime viewers want on their screens. Reality TV is dead! Long Live Soaps!

It seems the soap gods and godesses are listening to our prayers. Keep the good news coming, Michael.

AJ
AJ

“Reality TV is dead!” LOL Thanks for a good laugh. I needed that.

This is a perfect example of why no normal average person takes some of these crazy online soap opera fans the least bit seriously. They just seem to be living on some other alternate universe than the rest of us on this planet.

This is 2013. In case you’re unaware, soap opera viewers aren’t the only people who watch TV during the daytime in this era of 500 channels. The reality is that they make up only a small portion.

You’re certainly entitled to like and watch soaps and want them to succeed. That’s perfectly fine and I have nothing at all against them. But please don’t put down the large group of people who enjoy other things- talk shows, game shows, judge shows, cable news, SportsCenter, HGTV, drama/sitcom repeats, etc. etc. There are many more of those people out there than you think. You and other soap fans are not so far above all of the rest of us.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

AJ…Duh, you are on a soap message board. What kind of comments do you expect? If you are so sensitive maybe soap message boards aren’t the place for you.

Enjoy your TV viewing whatever you choose to view. Glad you have options.

Christine
Christine

MBmomof3, I didn’t think your comment warranted such negativity, but to each their own.

Sadly I just read that FOX is going ahead with another stupid talk show – Bethenny and Steve Harvey has been renewed for another season.

At least we soap fans still have our genre going. I don’t understand what more there is to talk about on these talk and reality shows but then I am sure the fans of these shows wonder what crazy storyline the soaps can come up with. Ha! Ha!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Glad I was able to supply “AJ” with a good laugh. I love it when soap haters take the time to come on soap message boards just to bash the soap fans. AJ must have a lot of time on his/her/? hands.

AJ
AJ

MBmomof3,

Gimme a break. For crying out loud, do you really think that anyone who expresses the sightest negative/pessimistic/realistic comment about a soap opera or the genre as a whole and is not a full blown shill/cheerleader waving the pom-poms 24/7 is a “soap hater”? Is it that black and white to you? If you can’t tolerate any differing opinions, then go somewhere else.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

AJ, you are the one “crying out loud” because someone’s opinion differs from yours. Your comment was intolerant of my opinion. If you react so strongly to differing viewpoints, perhaps you should avoid my posts and I will do the same. Enjoy your TV viewing.

Dmitri
Dmitri

While Reality TV is declining, it is still on. But everything else you said is spot on!

Pat
Pat

Glad for DOOL to get more time to try to right the ship. But the show needs to get its act together already and has to start listening to viewer feedback more or the ratings will keep going down. Is Ms. Salke actually watching the same show that we’re watching? That’s impossible, because hardly any of DOOL’s stories and characters are “fresh, exciting, and relevant year after year” these days. LOL

Do Ms. Salke, Ken Corday, and his staff really believe that DOOL is near the top of its creative game right now? If they do, then this show and the daytime soap genre is in deep trouble. It moves so slowly and is so boring right now that I and several people I know have literally fallen asleep watching it.

No one cares about Daniel and Jennifer, so please stop shoving them down our throats all the time. And it would definitely help if they did not shoot 3-4 months ahead of airing. That’s unacceptable and way too much time for a soap to get accurate feedback on what’s working and what’s not. 4-6 weeks at most, please. Get a clue with that already.

Ces
Ces

Oh, but now we get Chloe/Daniel/jennifer — whoopee!! Shooting so far ahead is ridiculous!

Chris
Chris

1) “We commend Ken Corday (EP, DAYS) and the entire creative team on continuing to keep the stories and characters fresh, exciting and relevant year after year.” – NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke

I agree with you. I fell out of my chair laughing while reading that. She obviously has not watched the show recently. Not sure what show’s creative team she’s overseeing. It’s certainly not this one. Wake up, Ms. Salke!

2) “…elated to say it’s 2013 and we’re still going strong.” – DAYS EP Ken Corday

Right on again. Going strong with 2.2-2.3 million viewers?! Mr. Corday needs to wake up out of bed already and get a dose of reality. He really thinks this show is in strong shape? Unbelievable. It’s nothing but a slow-as-molasses, recycled snoozefest.

Lawrence
Lawrence

Chris you nailed it big time. 2.2 million viewers, fresh, creativity? I think Ken Corday and Jennifer Salke is suffering from delusionment.

MK
MK

GH rocks because they are only 2 weeks ahead and can make changes. Chloe should have returned months ago. I love Sonny, but I think Will had more heat with Chad. Where in the hell is Stefano? They brought him back to life just to back burner him. the Sami/EJ/Rafe story is BORING and Repetitive.

Dmitri
Dmitri

I agree with you 100%, but for me the is a bigger problem than Disgustifer: Sami and her men! WAY overdone! Shooting far ahead is killing the soap! They need to take a few months break!

Derrick
Derrick

Great news!!

Christine
Christine

I watched DOOL many years ago before it forayed into the supernatural. I do not watch it currently and do not have plans to watch in the future as I am watching the other three soaps. That being said, I am THRILLED for the genre that NBC is keeping it and that Sony is dedicated to continuing with it.

It should be interesting at the end of this year or beginning of next as to what Sony and CBS’ plans for Y&R are since it was renewed through 2014.

Jules
Jules

I’m proud that this show was renewed! The lone soap on NBC continues to live on even as most of the attention around soaps has been about its failures and dissolution. While I wish it would have been a 2 year pick up like last time, I’ll certainly take another year!

Thank you NBC, Sony and Comcast! Such great news happening in the soap world these days, and if something were to have happened to DAYS right now, all the other news would have meant nothing to me.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

I think a 1½ year renewal is smart. It’ll give them time to see how it plays out until fall. I’m sure by this September/October timeframe NBC and Comcast will match up a deal to probably renewal for another year or two.

Barb
Barb

Whatever – stopped watching the show after they fired Matt Ashford for the umpteenth time.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Matt is far from a superb actor, and Jack’s return this last time made ZERO sense and was a waste of a paycheck for an actor.

Dmitri
Dmitri

I agree Jack’s return made no sense, but I think he was a good actor and deserved more of a storyline.

Michael
Michael

I LUV Days!

Mary SF
Mary SF

In this day and age very few shows if any get any long term commitments anymore from networks, so getting another year is great- I agree shooting so far in advance is hurting the show. They can’t do anything timely because they can’t make quick adjustments to change course if need be. But my biggest burning question at the moment is– if Parker is Daniel’s and Chloe’s child- then why on earth did the casting people over there cast a blond hair, fair skin child that looks more like Phillip than anyone else? Really it makes no sense to me-

Ann
Ann

DAYS is slow, bland and flat out boring! They film too far ahead to make any changes so people lose interest and stop bothering to watch. The ratings prove this. They pretty much need to fix everything. Even their highly touted Will and Sonny storyline is boring. They won’t make it past 2014 if they don’t fix this mess.

Pat
Pat

I agree 100%. It’s good that Days got a 1-year renewal/reprieve, but they were very lucky. There are still a myriad of problems with the show. It’s been almost unwatchable since just after the Olympics, and the record low ratings prove it. Ken Corday and the producers/writers need to wake up already. They cannot have a false sense of security and think/act as if the show is in strong shape- far from it. If things don’t pick up in the next year, NBC might not be so generous next time around. Obviously, reading the second paragraph above, Jennifer Salke hasn’t been near a TV at 1 pm in quite some time.

cr
cr

We should be glad it got renewal, I watch 3 out 4 soaps, y&r still needs work as well and do not get me started with B&B, we need all realize this not the 80s ( the golden age of soaps) they all to need to be reivented.

Dmitri
Dmitri

I agree, I often read the recaps rather than watching the show itself. Too much of a waste of time

Chris
Chris

If Days’ ratings don’t pick up soon, I wouldn’t be surprised if some NBC stations decide to move it to 2 am. Given the show’s quality recently, it would be a great cure for insomnia.

Lawrence
Lawrence

Still going out strong? Days has been last in the ratings for the last 4 months? So i think Ken Corday thinks this is a greenlight for them to write crap stories until next year

RJ4
RJ4

Congrats Days team! Now, write some interesting story lines. So many possibilities. You have some good characters and actors, but you have to put them in some intriquing story lines that will make us keep tuning in! This is your opportunity to shine! You can do it! Let’s make it to the 50th anniversary!

cr
cr

I so glad that show got a renewnal.

Patrick
Patrick

Hello Michael Fairman –

HELP! Can you puhlease do an article on what the ratings are with DAYS AND GH going HEAD TO HEAD in most all the markets and time zones?

I understand that DAYS is last and, of the 4… may not be all that….

die hard DrOOL FANS need to know it’s not doing and/or performing that badly.

and, how about… (IT’S ALL ABOUT THE MONEY-BUDGET?) that DAYS films 3-4 months in advance and thus, the other 3 are 6 weeks.

DAYS – SONY – Comcast – PLEASE, UNDERSTAND AND LISTEN TO THE FANS…
FILM IN THE SAME TIME-FRAME AS THE OTHER SOAPS.

Christine
Christine

Patrick, I think Michael Fairman just gets the information and posts it here. You are probably better off trying to get the answer from someone at TV By The Numbers or Soap Opera Network.

I know for the overnight network ratings people have asked for specific details and sometimes they have gotten them.

There is also Marc Berman at TV Media Insights.

Patrick
Patrick

Thanks… I realized that after the fact…. I think it was you tho, that already posted that GH and DAYS are in fact competing with each other… so… as a die hard fan.. of soaps… and celebrating DAYS as much as i can, i get my two cents in.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Congrats to DAYS getting it’s much needed renewal. It’s been an A quality show since its relaunch in September 2011! I hope everyone who bashes this series can finally shut up and move along. DAYS is not going anywhere. It’s here to stay and Sony/NBC/Corday is going to make sure that happens!

richard
richard

I definitely agree that its time to can the Daniel Jonas character and while you’re at it, take Cameron with him!!!!! I’d rather see them write for Billie Reed!!! She was SO wasted this last go round!!! They shouldve brought back Chelsea if they weren’t gonna reuinte her with Bo. And what the hell are they thinking making Parker Daniel’s son??? The Kiriakis are a major family on DAYS and this will make the 2nd time Philip has lost a child bc of a paternity screwup!!! He previously lost Claire to Shawn Brady……so sad…….Daniel and Jennifer Are NOT working……pair her with Rafe and finally put Sami with EJ!!! Kristen’s return however, is the best thing going right now!!!! And heat up Eric’s story!!!!!!!!!

Patrick
Patrick

Spot on! nice take.

say what one will about Lisa Rinna… she had major acting chops with Robert Kelker-kelly… and thankfully it wasn’t Peter Reckell on.. at the time… The supercouple mode has held back many a possible story line… like Crystal Chappelle… Both Billie and Carly had major chemistry with Bo…. it was fan response that held these two ladies back. Lisa Rinna has a lot of upbeat, bubbly, energy that is FUN… so she’s seen as a bubble head at times… but, she will always be remembered as Billie… and I still follow her career… to this day. This time around… it was the writers and producers who let her down as well.

Emily
Emily

Yay Days!:) I’ve been enjoying the return of Kristen DeMira and the scenes w/Marlena and John, the writing,dialogue and acting w/them the other day was awesome. I like they didn’t make Kristen the direct 3rd party (triangle),but it was John and Marlena putting their cards on the table about believing each other, trust, (Marlena saying I tried to tell u, but u wouldn’t believe me), etc…Which I think alot of couples can relate to. I know I did. They all look like they’re having fun w/that s/l, grateful for Days and giving it their all. I like Chloe coming back too. Here’s to more Days:)

Dmitri
Dmitri

Congrats Days! It is my favorite show! However, it needs MUCH improvement! Stop filming so far ahead- take a break and film just three weeks ahead, like the other soaps. It will allow for more fan approval in the future. Put Sami with Lucas and leave them alone! Rafe should be with Nicole and EJ should be alone! Give Chloe an interesting storyline and bring her back full-term! Backburn Daniel and Jennifer! You can leave them together as long as we do not have to see them 24/7. Marlena and John need to reunite and have a new storyline. The Kristen thing is overdone. Put Brady back with Chloe-his storyline with Kristen is boring. Bring back Stefano and have him and Kate get married again. Have Gabi miscarry, let her and Nick become better people, get married and have a family of their own. Abigail should be with Chad, as her Cameron relationship was not interesting in the least. Bring back Melanie and Nathan, and have them get married and be doctors sort of like the new Tom and Alice Horton of the show, but much younger. Have Kristen leave Salem. We do not need more conniving on the show by her, since her schemes are nothing new and inreresting. Let her truly change, or have her go. Leave Eric as a priest, he is boring with Nicole. Let’s see Rafe and Nicole have a baby of their own, and see EJ truly change and try to get her back. Have Carrie lose her child and divorce Austin. She can come back, and Rafe and her can be together, as can Nicole and EJ.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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You’ve been nominated once before, right?

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

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

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

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Are you watching them?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How did you find out that you were nominated? 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How many times have you been nominated now? 

SUSAN:  This makes six.

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

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

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

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

BILL:  Yay!!!

SUSAN:  That’s about right. (Laughs)

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What a guy!

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

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

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

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

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