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DAWN OF A NEW DAYS: Ron Carlivati's Episodes As Head Writer Begins!

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All eyes are on Days of our Lives, as today make sure to tune-in to the long-running NBC daytime drama series.

That is because Daytime Emmy-winning scribe, Ron Carlivati’s scripts and material begin to reveal itself as the series will get a burst of new energy filled with drama, humor, romance, and adventure.

Carlivati, who’s work on One Life to Live and General Hospital have been some of the most creative in those shows history, is set to bring his style and vibe to the characters of Salem.  Many have always thought that DAYS and Carlivati’s writing could be soap match made in heaven.

Fans of the series already know that some exciting returns are ahead under his watch including: Chandler Massey, Eileen Davidson and Alison Sweeney.

But before all that begins, viewers should be on the lookout for how he takes the current stories and melds them into new ones, and more!

So, tuning in to DAYS today and in the future to check out how Ron’s creative efforts effects your favorite Salemites? Comment below!

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James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

Sign me up as one of the fans who think this is a good marriage. Ron’s style and DAYS’ flavor are going to be a match like no other. Remember when the show was celebrating it’s 50th and how it turned into “must-see-TV” for a little while? Well, we’re going to be given back that same high dose of excitement and stories that will keep us tuning in every day but swearing at our TV screens because just when we think a payoff is going to happen, Ron will throw in another curve to keep us waiting. That’s what he did at OLTL and GH. Trust me: He will do it again but at DAYS.

Joe E Nelson
Joe E Nelson

Very excited for this.

Gary
Gary

Good luck to you, Ron. Wish you the best and a great success at Days!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Of course I’m tuning in! I’m a fan of DAYS, 4ever!

I look forward to Ron’s writing and think I’ll be very pleased! And it would be so mean, mean, mean if other viewers don’t give Ron’s DAYS a chance!!!

jaybird369
jaybird369

As far as I’m concerned, Ron can start (or whatever) by getting rid of that ANNOYING AND PATHETIC WASTE OF SPACE Dario…QUICKLY!!!!!

Later.

LeeAnn
LeeAnn

Guess you got your wish ! 🙂

blake
blake

Dario is going to be gone by the end of this month, confirmed by the actor today.

Nick
Nick

This clearly shows the level of desperation all parties have to try to save Days, which is this-close to cancellation. This man is extremely overrated, IMO. I mean, people don’t call him “ReRon” for nothing. His nonsensical, repetitive, cartoonish, plot driven brand of writing is not my cup of tea and it nearly destroyed GH two years ago before he mercifully got fired. Even worse, he can’t take any constructive criticism and takes shots at fans on Twitter who don’t kiss his fanny with gushing praise for his work. That’s disgraceful and highly unprofessional. Hasn’t Days been destroyed enough before he was hired?!?!

For this man to get another head-writing job at a different soap not even two years later just speaks to the pathetic state of this genre. This constant recycling of the same old hack writers bouncing from one soap to another has to stop if these shows are going to have any hope of surviving into the next decade, point blank. How about some fresh, young blood with some fresh ideas for 2017 for once instead of a has-been who’s failed several times and had his day?

Dave
Dave

who peed in your Cheerios this morning? Give the man a chance!!

Jovin
Jovin

Awesome post Nick! Those were my first thoughts too! However…a whole other thread started in my brain that could only be titled A Tale of Two Soaps. I look back to much of his work on One Life to Live with fondness. He wrote for the vets on that show. He honoured and paid homage to the past on many occasions. The show had focus and clarity. He wrote stories of romance for all age groups. Then…came his version of GH, which I still shudder and cringe at. He astoundingly gutted the heart and soul right out of that show and appeared to do so gleefully! He turfed the vets and only wrote for his newbie pets. He made Sonny even more of a centrepiece than he even was under the Phelps Guza regime. By the end of his tenure, with no one reigning him in, the show was a convoluted mess with record low ratings. His mean spirited attacks against viewers and actors on social media were unprecedented and hostile…and he should have been fired on the spot for those.

I believe this is days last chance at a reboot. I hope Ron realizes that he has been handed a Do or Die show…and he cannot use it for a vanity project or to get even. I hope he combines the best of his work at OLTL along with fresh new material for DAYS. I am guardedly and cautiously optimistic…along with some trepidation. I want DAYS to survive and thrive. Ron gets props for being one of the best at interweaving stories into an umbrella. I I hope he does his best work and delivers what DAYS needs.

Nicki
Nicki

I love Ron’s writing and GH is way worse now than it ever was and I thought he did a great job. Every writer and producer and even the actors receive a barrage of “criticism” daily- so good for him taking a few shots in self-defense. Let’s not forget that head writers take their direction from the executive producer and other higher-ups whose demands must be adhered to. Some people learn from their mistakes and continue to change and grow and improve. Others, especially, it seems some of the posters on here- do not. Ron has been given a great opportunity, and as of today his work is what we will be seeing. I wish him the best.

Michael
Michael

I always credited Ron with bringing back the vets to GH which Guza chased off. He “saved” Robin from dying and accommodated the actress’s limited availability by a unique (yes drawn out but not his choosing) kidnapping scheme that brought back old time villains Jerry and Faison. He brought Anna Devane back! And also brought back Bobbie, Scotty, Lucy, Kevin, Felicia, Laura (for limited appearances), Duke, and Lucas. He also helped build up the Quartermaine’s … AJ came back, he wrote a great exit for Edward’s passing, Tracy and Monica were given storylines or at least involved in storylines, Ned was brought back. Plus the new characters brought on all had some rooting value (OK I hated Sabrina) and I liked how he tried to tie some in to classic vets (Britt was Faison’s daughter!). And he did what no other writer would do … he gave Sonny his comeuppance and put him in jail and he wasn’t on the every episode like under Guza. Yeah, some stories were a bit far out there … but I kind of liked him treating long time viewers to “Port Charles” storylines and characters being woven into GH for a limited time. The Nurse’s Ball (which I always hated) was respected and brought out of moths balls. I think he showed a lot of respect for the history of the show and tried hard to bring back a lot of the vets that were kicked off the ranch by past regimes. And Days is going to need someone like Ron to “undo” past mistakes like Will’s death …

Katiek
Katiek

The only thing that can save Days at this point
Is to bring back the vets. Peter back as Bo, Shawn b
Belle,and Jack!! I’d love to see Days mend fences
With Vivian and bring her back.

Joel
Joel

I have full confidence that he will make DAYS exciting again like it was in the 80’s and 90’s. I only got hooked on OLTL and GH when he was head writer so the third time should be the charm for soap fans across the board.

Ray
Ray

Best of luck to Ron. I would love to see the show get back to “Must see” like when Ben was the murderer a few years back. I hope Ron’s style is to stop the killings and kidnappings. I no longer care about Nicole being kidnapped or being held hostage because it has been done so many times.

Here are a few things I would to see:
1. Bring back Phillip and Mimi.
2. Peter Blake would fill the hole that has been missing since EJ left.
3. Carrie needs to be a major character/lawyer in town. I have always loved Christy Clark.
4. Make the characters more fashion forward. A few of the characters look too plain. Clothes do not have to be bought at Neiman-Marcus to look good on camera.
5. In the summer months, shoot the show outside with one camera that way “GL” did in its final years. It would be better than EVERYTHING happening in Horton Square and the park. I would love to see the peer again.
6. More scenes with Maggie. Where has she been?
7. No more scenes time spent with the teen scene. Too much time invested into that group of characters that are now no longer on the show. But, I hope the new Ciara and Tripp are the new super-couple.
8. Give Eve a storyline worthy of Kassie D’s talent. I no longer want to see a one-dimensional character hating Jennifer because of the Frankie chose Jen over Eve. These characters are too old for that.
9. Speaking of, Frankie and Max should check in every now and then.
10. If Kayla/Steve and Adrienne are going to drive the show, bring back Stephanie and a hire a few siblings for Sonny.

Ray
Ray

Sentence should have read “Here are a few things I would like to see:”

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

I totally agree with your comments about Eve. Kassie DePaiva is a wonderfully talented actress. Ron C. is aware of that from his time at One Life to Live. I hope the Days powers that be allow him to fully expand Eve with Kassie.

I also agree about the sets. I’m so sick of seeing that pitiful town square and the even more pitiful park. Pay for some sets folks!!!!!!!!

penny
penny

So far, not impressed. I don’t need two Marlena’s and now I hear Adrienne will pull double duty. I don’t care if they’re different characters, I don’t like or want it.

Pat
Pat

AMEN!

Jimmy
Jimmy

I’m excited for this because I’ve been a fan of Ron’s writing for a long time. I was very excited when he came on to GH and turned the show around. Yes, his writing can be over the top sometimes, but one thing is for sure: when he’s writing for a show, it’s never boring. Which is exactly what GH has become under Jean & Shelly, and what DAYS was like up until now.

However, how many “Dawn of a New DAYS” promises have been dolled out in the last few years? The same promise was given in 2011, 2012 and when Josh Griffith and Dena Higley were brought back in 2015. I agree with the above comment that soap writers keep being recycled from show to show, but this change is exactly what DAYS needs right now. And for the love of God, even if RC doesn’t work out, please never bring Higley back.

su0000
su0000

hi Jimmy..
thing is; it takes awhile for all to kick in and turned into RC’s vision..
By November things will trat to take shape..

I really want RC back st GH ..
He hard hard drama and humor, I miss him!

( the master of twist & turns and surprises )

su0000
su0000

I’m envious of the Days fans!

They get the brave writing of RC and GH is stuck with the Snooze Queen..

blake
blake

I can’t wait to see how the show is under Ron C.’s writing. I am going to watch today’s episode on the nbc website.

k/kay
k/kay

Good luck to him better then a game show

Robert in Jersey City
Robert in Jersey City

I would love Days to become amazing under his writing. We don’t want to lose another soap!!!

Ron can save it.

Chrystie-Delancey
Chrystie-Delancey

PLEASE rehabilitate Zander!! Paul Telfer is too good an actor (and eye candy) to not play a leading man.

blake
blake

Zander is super hot, and I’m sure Ron C. will write for him just for that reason lol.

Firas from Texas
Firas from Texas

I’m glad Dario exiting soon!..please try bring Peter Blake back he’s great actor .. more fun to see Kristen and Peter siblings!

blake
blake

Here are Wednesday and Thursday episodes on the NBC website if you missed the start of Ron’s episodes:

https://www.nbc.com/days-of-our-lives/video/thursday-july-20-2017/3548224

https://www.nbc.com/days-of-our-lives/video/wednesday-july-19-2017/3548223

Michael
Michael

Ron- please save Salem! So excited for RC writing Days!

Pat
Pat

I’m unclear if the current shows are written by Mr. C. I hope not because they’re awful. Rehashing 25-year old story lines isn’t the way to go IMHO. 1. we either remember the first go-round. Or new folks are left wondering why this is happening. Every one is said to have a double. But give us a break, no one has an IDENTICAL double.

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DAYS Promo: What’s Going To Happen At Jarlena’s Wedding Anniversary Shindig?

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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Daytime Emmys To Merge Younger Actor & Actress Category Into One As Gender-Inclusive Categories Are On The Rise

The upcoming 47th annual Daytime Emmys are already making some changes to key categories and specifically this one that affects daytime drama performers.  Word from Variety is that NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) is going to announce that they are combining the Younger Actor and Actress categories into one gender-neutral category

Not only will the Younger performer category be gender-inclusive, but network soap performances will be combined with digital drama series performances for the category.  Previously, for this past Daytime Emmys, NATAS had changed the Guest Performer in a Drama Series to be gender-inclusive.

This category was initially created in 1985 when it was called the Outstanding Ingenue and then from there tweaked into Outstanding Juvenile Female and Male, and more recently that morphed into the Younger Actor and Actress categories.

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Former GH star Hayley Erin (Ex-Kiki) and former DAYS star, Kyle Pettis (Ex-Theo) will now be the last female and male to win the two separate categories with this new move for 2020.

Fans of film and TV have noticed that on several award shows on MTV: their Movie and TV Awards and their VMA’s, there are several gender-inclusive categories, as well as the Television Critics Association Awards who for instance doles out Outstanding Individual Achievement in Drama in comedy.

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So, what do you think of the change; that there will now be one Younger performer category at the Daytime Emmys? Comment below.

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