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DAYS 50: Deidre Hall On Iconic Satan Storyline: "I Was Called Upstairs And Told I Was Going To Be Possesed By The Devil, And Levitating Above The Bed!"

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Two of Days of our Lives most recognizable names, Deidre Hall (Marlena) and Lauren Koslow (Kate) kicked off an exciting media blitz by the long-running NBC daytime drama series about to turn 50 years old!

Days of our Lives: 50 Years, the latest book by the series co-executive producer, Greg Meng is set for release on October 27th.  To celebrate the book and the soaps golden anniversary, many of the cast members are headed across the country in various cities for a book signing, where fans can get up close and personal, and purchase their own copy of DAYS history.

Monday in Los Angeles on the KTLA Morning News with entertainment guru Sam Rubin, the ladies of Salem discussed: what formula has made the show so special for so long, their storylines and on-screen marriages, and learning the dialog so fast including those meaty monologues.

Deidre recalled how she learned about the now iconic demonic posession storyline.  She related to Rubin, “I was called upstairs and was told I was going to be possessed by the devil, and levitating above the bed!”  Deidre added that her reaction was that of: “Okay fine, just do it in good taste.”

Watch Deidre and Lauren discuss being part of the action in Salem after the jump! Then weigh-in:  Was Marlena’s possession one of your all-time favorite storylines on DAYS?  Would you like to see something outrageous happen in the coming months in Salem as a nod to those wild storylines of the past?  Comment below!

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Deidre is still so beautiful!!!!!!!!!!

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

Some of those wild moments were actually entertaining but they are also the reason most of Hollywood looks down on soaps and campiness wears thin after so long-thatas why Dark Shadows didnt last long…i prefer more realistic down-to-earth drama Bill Bell and Pat Falken Smith used to write for this show that got Days on the the cover of Time Magazine…those were the Days!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yes, I agree. Pat Falken Smith was such a great writer. She truly understood the genre.

su0000
su0000

hha!
Days had a devil! A DEVIL !
and- possession by the devil, and levitating above the bed !
Well daham! that is better than GH’s Aliens!

OK- I want a GH devil .. 0oohh and a voodoo Exerosit !
It’s only fair that GH gets the good stuff, too!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Wha-a-a-T?

PGP
PGP

Off topic…. I so wish Alison Sweeny would stay as Sami! Love her!

Torqumada
Torqumada

Deidre added that her reaction was that of: ”Okay fine, just do it in good taste.”

ROFL. That was some real shark jumping

blake
blake

My bad, it came up when I refreshed the page.

I love this! I hate that Lauren is cut off from the camera, who let that happen? But this does look fun, this Sam guy seems so great and into it more than anyone. He seems really cool.

Ray
Ray

Marlena has been a force on DOOL for 30+ years. I remember her coming on after Laura Horton, Amanda Peters and Julie Williams were the main leading ladies. I thought she was one of the most beautiful woman I had ever seen. I think Marlena’s best storyline was when she was getting to know Roman (Wayne N) while he was protecting her from the Salem Strangler. I also loved her storyline with Don Craig, the storyline when DJ (her baby) died of crib death and all of her angst scenes with Sami through the years.

I remember when Lauren took over the role from Deborah Adair. I knew LK’s work from B&B, but I loved DA in the role. But, it didn’t take me long to realize Lauren is a powerhouse actress and deserves MORE recognition on the show. I like her storylines with family and romance. I am not fond of many of her scenes in a corporate environment (Nicole, Theresa) because I think she looks like she could eat them alive. I would love for the show to cast a family member for Kate, such as a sister. Since Kate and Sami are no longer enemies, Kate needs someone to mix it up with. I am still hoping for a romance with Justin.

Ray
Ray

Correction: “one of the most beautiful women I had ever seen.” I hate bad grammar. LOL

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yes, I loved Wayne Northrup! Does he not act anymore?

Mo
Mo

I wish they’d done a decent funeral for Will.

dmr
dmr

Both women are so incredibly gorgeous. I remember being in high school on summer vacation and first tuning into Days watching this storyline. It was funny and interesting at the same time.

Ricardo
Ricardo

I love Deidre Hall, she is still a beautiful lady. I want Marlena to be poccessed by the devil again. I hope they revisit the storyline. In 1995 when Marlena was poccessed it brought record ratings, I hope they do it again. The ratings would hit the roof. lol. I loved the devils lines, poor Marlena girlfriend you are a mess, you need some rest. I wouldn’t count on getting it LOL. I still no the lines off by heart lol. I am obsessed with Days of our Lives and a big fan of the soap. I want Wayne Northrop to come back as Roman Brady. Josh Taylor is not the real Roman Brady. sorry that’s how I feel.

jb44
jb44

The “Satan” storyline is the only time I really enjoyed the Marlena character. Yes, Deidre Hall is beautiful, but with all the Botox and fillers, she is unable to portray any emotions. I had to laugh when Will died and her face never changed when she was “attempting” to cry. I understand women in Hollywood wanting to keep their youthful appearance, but it can go too far. When you can’t even frown, that is a problem for an actress.

Tim Welles
Tim Welles

I hate to say it, but I agree completely. Her scenes are flat – there’s no “real” emotion. I think she’s very pretty, but I am never moved by her performance. Regarding Will’s funeral, I wasn’t overly impressed with anyone’s acting although most of it was passable. The fact that it was another “outdoor park scene” proved to be dramatically counterproductive. It didn’t seem realistic to me at all, I expected to be impressed by the so-called histrionics usually emanating from the character of Sami, but even that didn’t meet expectations.
If anything, and I don’t mean to play favorites, I was more moved when Eve clung to her daughter Paige’s body in the morgue and really cried. That scene, I found very compelling and believable.

jj
jj

Sadly DOOL is at an all time low and I will be one of the viewers that will stop watching. Eve’s last episode will also be mine. I will throw a watching party to say good bye. I just can’t do it anymore.

Leigh
Leigh

I agree with the earlier post regarding Deidre’s best story being her early romance with Wayne – not only one of Days’ best couples ever, but THEY put Days on the map as far as having a supercouple who could compete with other shows. They paved the way for Bo & Hope, Steve & Kayla, Shane & Kim, etc. Her character is iconic, but it changed after Roman’s exit from the show… she became more hardened and less soft. While I love Drake, and their romance has spanned many years….it is not the same. He would have relationships in between, and always seemed to be drawn to others. Roman was a one-woman man. Marlena let passion turn to obsession, and did her relationship with Roman such an injustice. The show was never the same for me after that, and I have watched for 35 years. Just my opinion.

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DAYS Camila Banus Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

The angst, drama, tears, and revenge continued this week on NBC’s Days of our Lives with the stirring portrayal of grief-stricken young woman; who is hell-bent on making everyone around her suffer for the loss of her husband in a fatal gunshot that left him brain-dead.  Of course, we are talking about Camila Banus (Gabi), who turned in bravura performances this week, and there are four moments that really stood out to us that showed the range and depth of Banus’ work.

In the hospital chapel, Gabi talks to God and prayed to him that he will make Stefan (Brandon Barash) whole again.  There has been one through-line for Gabi throughout her life – she seems to have everything and everyone she loves taken away from her, even if some of the decisions she makes along the way have a cause/effect that leaves her feeling completely alone, and ready to lash out at the world for what has transpired.  In the chapel, she asks God through her tears, “Why do you hate me so much?” Gabi tells God she went to Sunday school as a little girl and still she has lost God and her husband.  Gabi cannot even get herself to look at Stefan’s things when Sonny (Freddie Smith) and Will (Chandler Massey) try to share them with her as she slaps the envelope out of their hands.

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In another heartbreaking scene, Gabi is in the bed she shared with Stefan. She flashes to kissing the love of her life.  Next, Gabi breaks down in tears, and throws things around in the bedroom before slumping to the floor.  She sobs and says, “Why did you give me your heart, Stefan, if you weren’t going to be around to love me with it?”

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Later, Gabi talks to Stefan in her sleep as she hugs his pillow. When she wakes up she cries as Kate (Lauren Koslow) arrives to check on her.  Gabi lets Kate have it, and at first blames Kate for the whole mess with Stefan.  Gabi lashes out that if it wasn’t for Stefan getting in between Kate’s feud with Vivian (Robin Strasser), he’d still be alive.  Kate knows Gabi is in despair and hugs her.  Then, Gabi channels her angst towards Lani (Sal Stowers) promising to make her suffer.

And on Friday’s episode, Gabi is ramping us some sort of revenge plan promising Stefan his legacy will live on. Earlier, Gabi was present with Lani and Eli (Lamon Archey) when Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) informed them that Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) will need a special pacemaker, even after receiving Stefan’s heart. Somehow, Gabi found a file on Visionary Bionics, the company that makes this unique medical device, and recalls Kayla saying she’ll do the procedure on Julie tomorrow. Gabi makes a mysterious call.  What is she about to do?

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Through all of the emotional drama, Banus sustained a level of performance that is no easy feat. That is why Michael Fairman TV names Camila’s work The Power Performance of the Week.

Let us know if you agree with our pick, and what you thought of Camila’s performances, and what you think Gabi might do next, via the comment section below.

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TODAY: Ron Carlivati’s Dad Appears on DAYS

Be on the lookout on Friday’s October 18th episode of Days of our Lives for one of the shows “superfans” who pops in Salem.  That is when the father of DAYS head writer, Ron Carlivati appears as an extra on the NBC soap opera.

Carlivati Sr., who is very proud of his son, looks to be donning a medical lab coat as a physician in a photo shared on social media along with Kayla (Mary Beth Evans), one of Salem’s most busy and most respected doctors.

Ron told SOD about his dad appearing on the show that he writes: “It’s funny because I’ve been in soaps for over 20 years and my dad would watch to see my name on the credits but rarely get into the show. Somehow, I don’t know what clicked in for him, he’s obsessed with Days of our Lives. He does not miss it.”

As to how his dad became an extra for the day: “We were at the studio and Albert Alarr, our co-executive producer, comes up and meets my parents and turns to my dad and says, ‘We’re gonna be shooting some scenes in the hospital next. How would you like to be in them?’ I honestly had no idea this was coming. I also fainted.”

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DAYS Camila Banus Talks Stabi’s Heartbreaking Love Story; Matthew Ashford Melissa Reeves Chat On JnJ Reunion On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’

In the latest can’t miss ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives‘ podcast, two major interviews are the focus of the episode.  First, Camila Banus who had been turning in bravura performances as Gabi, discusses with host. Michael Fairman, her reaction to finding out that Brandon Barash (Stefan) was being killed-off the NBC soap opera, now that Gabi’s love, Stefan is brain-dead.

The duo who became so popular as “Stabi” reveals why Gabi and Stefan’s love/hate relationship worked so well, and those sexed up love scenes.  Later in the interview Camila discusses her recent scenes with Sal Stowers (Lani) where Gabi wants Lani to get down on her knees and beg for forgiveness for Lani shooting Stefan, even though he got in the line of fire to save his mother, Vivian (Robin Strasser).  In addition, Camila talks about working with Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie) and how Julie hurled some minority slurs at Gabi shortly before her heart-attack.

Then in a very special roundtable chat, Matthew Ashford (Jack) and Melissa Reeves (Jennifer) chat with Fairman about playing those key scenes where Jack rescues Jennifer from Dr. Shah, hits his head, and then finally his memories come flooding back.   The duo known as ‘JnJ” talk about their storied on-screen history, and tease what may happen in the next leg in their storylines.

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To listen to the latest episode of ‘Inside Salem’ download it now on iTunes here, or head on over to NBC.com/Inside Salem.

So, what did you think of the conversations with Camila and Matt and Melissa? What do you hope happens next for Gabi  … for Jack and Jennifer? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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