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Chandler Massey Talks More On The DAYS WilSon Departure On The Freddie & Alyssa Show

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As promised by Freddie Smith (Sonny, DAYS) earlier in the week, his on-screen co-star,  Chandler Massey (Will)  was the special guest on the Freddie & Alyssa Show.  The podcast spend most of the episode giving Chandler and Freddie’s perspective of what happened and how they found out how they were being written-off Days of our Lives as beloved couple, WilSon.

While Freddie and Chandler do not in any way reveal what happens in the final six episodes they taped, or what was contained in the scripts, Chandler expressed  that it wasn’t until they received the six and final script of their promised six episodes, when the show resumed production after its long hiatus, that they realized what was happening.

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During the podcast, both men talked about their disappointment of being written-off the show; saying that have always been good employees doing what the soap had been required and requested of them throughout their time on the NBC daytime drama series.

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So, what do you think of the sentiments shared by Freddie and Chandler in this discussion on their departure from DAYS? Comment below.

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Jimh
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Jimh

You know..many actors have been written off and later return…just no story for them at the moment and could change later…im not going to loose sleep over an exits…hey, Will and Sonny could remarry then go around the world for their Honeymoon and return a year later when needed again???

Gnarls Darwin
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Gnarls Darwin

The only issue with the “no story” thing is that they were in the middle of a story when this decision was made. According to the guys, their story was quickly reworked with no resolution, and now they’re saying goodbye for the time being. I’m guessing it won’t make a whole lot of sense when it airs, unfortunately.

Celia
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Celia

True that, Jimmy—-losing one’s job on soaps is really not losing one’s job.
My question is—–how will Sonny and Will be ushered out. Overseas job, via order of uncle Vic’s?
I assume Gabi was given a free pass from prison —–otherwise Ariana would be left “blowing” in the wind.
Sarah should have been let go. I can’t take much more of her—FF.

Jimh
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Jimh

my problem with Sarah-whom i did like at first-but now im loosing interest is that she fast changes men too quickly and overplays her scenes!!!..she always looks too sourpuss!!!

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Still can’t fathom this. Maybe they’re being pressured by some religious entity? Chandler and Freddie are wonderful actors, apparently loyal and good sports, talented, sexy off the charts, and I’m appalled by their non-renewals. With Casey going too, there’s not any fantasy fire left for me. Sayonara Salem!

Gnarls Darwin
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Gnarls Darwin

I’ll go ahead and say it – there’s a certain executive producer at Days who is known to have an issue with gay characters and stories. Why the show or network won’t do anything about him having the power to make decisions over those entities is beyond me. And I’m with you, Days without WilSon is not worth my time.

Channing Capwell
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Channing Capwell

This is my understanding as well. I suppose until someone of prominence from the show makes a public statement, it will continue.

Celia
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Celia

Well, whoever has these issues with gays, needs to step down his high horse posthaste, if true. Someone so out of touch with life has no place as a writer ANYWHERE. Sonny and Will are my favorite characters on Days.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

You know, Celia, the hypocrisy here is overwhelming. So, they’d prefer “straight” people sleeping their way through greater Salem than a mature, devoted gay couple? Religious beliefs are one’s own but should have no place in this process. I always love having my morals determined by Hollywood producers, don’t you?

Celia
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Celia

Oh, I agree, Soaphound. I am very sensitive wnen it comes to homosexuality—–meaning that my best friend ( other than my husband and siblings) is gay. We have been friends since we were babies and I always knew he was gay.
I have his back and his husband’s back as well—–
When I hear such ‘talks’ , which may go on backstage, my blood boils. Is ignorance truly bliss?

Celia
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Celia

PS—-I do believe that Hollywood’s de-escalated idea of high morals are synonymous to those of canines.
This hypocritical ‘clan’ stands on the high pulpit, orating its infallible, sainted above-all-others beliefs, telling one and all to purge his/her sins; while they sit on their tainted, filthy laurels.
No one dictates my morals to me. I ain’t no hypocrite. So, our thinking is in sync, my friend.

Momo
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Momo

Ben is still on the show. He’s plenty hot!

Patrick
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Patrick

START OFF

Woah, the beard

YOU are Hot

Iakovos
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Iakovos

I am sorry to learn this news as these characters/actors are among my favorites on DOOL. Will never understand why daytime drama seems just being left to die. Genre is vital and worth of attention and evolution. Guess we shall see what happens. DAYS has seen a number of reboots in last decade, but the latest may be last straw for me. We shall see what happens.

Joel
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Joel

Days also let go Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn at one point during one of their budget cutbacks…they’ll be back.

Angela
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Angela

I understand actors loose their jobs but what I don’t understand is how they found out the way they did. Same thing happened to Judi Evans. Whoever is in charge of that stuff should be fired!! Now we can see why Days is failing miserably.

Bostonnc
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Bostonnc

Pathetic. Yes, it is a business and you sometimes have to make tough decisions — as both actors admitted. For me, my disgust with this story is focused on how it was handled. Just show people some respect and kindness when you are firing them. Why is this so difficult to do? Seriously, letting actors read about their characters leaving the show in a script is so lame!

Paul H
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Paul H

I enjoyed the podcast. Interesting to hear about the contract negotiations, finding out their characters were dropped, etc. I watched their story occasionally through the years. I was surprised they thought they had the first gay love scenes in daytime. Haven’t they heard about Luke, Noah, and Reid? Much more interesting characters and it wasn’t that long ago. I still miss As the World Turns. Chandler and Freddie talk about wanting their characters to have more depth, e.g., alcoholism, drugs. That character was Luke Snyder. It’s sad they never got to play that kind of character.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

That’s so true, Paul. Luke & Noah were HOT. I still remember their “first time” scene, ripping each other’s clothes off. This was a really slow-build love story and all the more gratifying for it. I had a major crush on Jake Silberman. Noah was kind of goofy and awkward at times, which made him even more lovable.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Abe Goes to the Light While John Faces Off with MarDevil

Monday’s highly-anticipated episode of Days of our Lives did not disappoint. In fact, we think that this episode should be a strong contender for DAYS to consider for one of their Outstanding Drama Series submissions for next year’s Daytime Emmys.  Why? It has it all – emotional heart with Abe’s journey to and from the light, touching flashbacks, a great performance by James Reynolds, and some special effects and editing during the John (Drake Hogesytn) vs. MarDevil scenes, which also gave us a delicious performance by Deidre Hall.

At the start of the episode, Abe has flatlined after being shot as Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) tries to revive him, but they are losing him.  As this is going on, Paulina (Jackée Harry), Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) and Eli (Lamon Archey) are gathered at the hospital awaiting news on Abe’s condition.  Later, Eli decides to go find out what is happening with Abe, and gets the shock of his life when he walks in on Abe flatlining, while Kayla tells him that Abe is gone.  Eli implores her to try to bring him back. He tells the others they are working on trying to save Abe, as Julie and Paulina bond, and later, Lani must call Theo and Brandon to let them know about Abe’s condition.

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Julie reminisces about Abe, and how they have known each other for 40 years, our wink-wink that this is James Reynolds’ 40th anniversary episode.   Then, we see Abe has gone to the light wearing a white sweater and who should he see but his beloved late wife, Lexie.  No, it’s not Renee Jones, but an actress who delivers Lexie’s lines, since it had been previously reported that Jones was unavailable for the episode.  In scenes with the replacement Lexie, Reynolds showed us why he is an MVP of DAYS.  He acted up a storm and brought the emotion regardless of who was standing there.

 

However, longtime viewers got a wonderful surprise when flashback clips of scenes between Renee Jones and Reynolds were shown and they were some major moments in the history of Abe and Lexie’s relationship including: the moment when Abe learns Lexie’s pregnant, the moment when he is disgusted by Lexie’s betrayal when he learned of her involvement in the Zack baby switch storyline, and what she did to Bo and Hope, all because she was desperate for a child. Later, it’s the five-hankie moment of when Lexie, who was dying from a brain tumor, passes away in Abe’s arms.

After all the flashbacks, Lexie tells Abe he needs to go back and not to come with her to heaven. He has children, and people who love him and need him. Eventually, he says his goodbyes to Lexie and returns to the present, just as Kayla is about to call his time of death in the hospital room. All of a sudden, Abe’s heart begins to beat.

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Kayla brings Julie, Eli, Lani, and Paulina the news that Abe will need surgery, but he will make it.  Then, Paulina and Lani make their way to see him. In another emotional moment, they tell him how much they love him (Paulina looks worried about her lie being exposed that Lani is not really Abe’s bio-daughter).  As the episode comes to its conclusion, we see the back of Lexie making sure Abe is safe and sound among the living, while signifying she is watching over him.

And if that was not enough, this episode also picked up where John had confronted MarDevil in the church, letting Satan knows he is on to him and that he is not going to win … he is going to get Marlena back.  Satan drives home the point that Marlena belongs to him now.  John is mortified as the cross on the church wall turns upside down. Later to show off his prowess and control, MarDevil turns the holy water blood red. As the scene progresses, MarDevil is jumping all over the church and showing up in different spots.

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John then gets the lowdown on how Satan struck a deal with Marlena to let Doug (Bill Hayes) live if she let him in.  That is followed, by some of the back-story of Marlena’s first possession over 25 years ago, and why it happened when she was alone and very distraught.  MarDevil even goes on to say that he tried once before to regain control of Marlena during the Salem Serial Killer storyline, but it did not work out that time, because all the victims turned out to be alive.  MarDevil brings up Stefano and how he had made Marlena believe John was dead which left her vulnerable.  He goes on to relate that Doug was the gateway for Marlena’s re-possession.

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MarDevil tells John what she did with Doug by committing him and how she wanted to kill Julie. John knows that Marlena can hear him and tries to bring her back, but as the devil struggles with that, ultimately, he wins and begins to show his strength to John tossing him around the church, where he is eventually is knocked unconscious and then dragged to, we don’t know where, by the MarDevil!

Throughout the scenes, Deidre Hall looked like she was having so much fun playing the devilish one in this campy storyline revisited.

So, what did you think of James Reynolds performance and his 40th anniversary episode? What was your favorite moment? Are you glad John knows for certain now that Marlena is once again possessed? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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DAYS Emily O’Brien Previews Her Directorial Debut and Short Film ‘Too Close’

She’s an actress, a voice-over talent, writer, and now she can add director to her impressive resumeDays of our Lives star Emily O’Brien (Gwen) has shared over the last 24 hours a preview clip of her short film, Too Close.

Emily stated via her Instagram account: “Here’s a peek at the trailer for my short film entitled Too Close– I am so fortunate to have made this with my beloved team alongside me. My vision couldn’t have been brought to life without any of you, I am truly touched by your tenacity & genuine love for creativity!”  O’Brien shared the hashtags: #directorialdebut #filmmaking #periodpiece #cinema #womeninfilm
#writeyourownstory #vintagefilm

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You can check out the teaser for the film below which centers on the story of a young man and woman in the 1950’s examining what it means when two people in a relationship are considered to be too close.

Let us know if you are intrigued by the preview, and would like to see Emily’s short film via the comment section below.

 

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Jensen Ackles Shares Heartfelt Message on Death of ‘Rust’ DP Halyna Hutchins: “This Has Been a Tragedy of Epic Proportions”

Former Days of our Lives and Supernatural star, Jensen Ackles (Ex-Eric and Ex-Dean)  took to his Instagram over the weekend to pay tribute to cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins who was tragically killed in New Mexico, on the set of the film Rust in which Ackles co-starred with Alec Baldwin and Frances Fisher. Baldwin is also one of the producers of the film.

Last Thursday, in the initial investigation reports surfaced that Baldwin discharged a “prop gun” leading to the death of Hutchins and injuring director, Joel Souza.  Since that time it has been reported that Baldwin was told by the assistant director, David Halls, that the weapon was a “cold gun” meaning not loaded with live rounds following its preparation by the film set’s armorer, Hannah Gutierrez.  But in his affidavit statement, Halls says he was unaware that the prop gun contained live rounds when it was given to Baldwin for his scene.

The scene Baldwin was rehearsing was inside a church building at the Bonanza Creek Ranch. In new affidavit’s, it was noted that Baldwin was ‘cross drawing’ the weapon and pointing the gun towards the camera lens.

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A grief-stricken Ackles shared:  “I’m not even sure where to start.  This has been a tragedy of epic proportions that we are all still processing. Earlier last week I felt compelled to tell Halyna just how awesome I thought she was. I told her how incredible I thought her camera shots were and just how exciting it was to watch her and her team work. Truly. She laughed and said thank you and gave me a hug. I’ll forever be thankful we had that moment.  She had a spunk and passion that infected the entire crew from the top down. She was an inspiration. My heart and prayers go out to Halyna’s husband, son and the rest of her family. There just aren’t enough words to express what an immense loss this is. She will be incredibly missed by all of us who knew and admired her.”

Since Hutchins’ death, a video also surfaced of Ackles discussing his concerns for gun safety on the set of Rust at a Supernatural convention in Colorado prior to the tragedy.

Jensen told the crowd: “I’ve got a 6 a.m. call tomorrow to have a big shoot-out. They had me pick my gun. They were like, ‘Alright, what gun would you like?’ and I was like, ‘I don’t know?’ and the armorer was like, ‘Do you have gun experience?’ I was like, ‘A little.’ And she’s like, ‘OK, well, this is how you load it, this is how we check it and make sure it’s safe. “So she’s like, ‘OK, I’m gonna put some blanks in there and I want you to just go and fire off a couple rounds towards the hill.’ And I was like, ‘OK.’ So I put the belt on, I put the gun there, and I walked out and she’s like, ‘Just make sure that you know, you pull the hammer all the way back and you aim at your target.’ And I was like, ‘OK, I got it.’  The footage was originally on You Tube, but now has been taken down.

The investigation remains and open and active on what occurred on the set of Rust, according to the Santa Fe New Mexico Sheriff’s office.

So, what do you think about Jensen’s tribute in the wake of the Rust tragedy? Comment below.

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