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DAYS Bill and Susan Seaforth Hayes To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award At 45th Annual Daytime Emmys!

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Two of the greatest icons in daytime drama history are being recognized for their performances and contributions in news today from The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS).

This year at the 45th annual Daytime Emmy Awards none other than Days of our Lives all-time, real-life supercouple and on-screen duo, Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes (Doug and Julie Williams) will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award during the ceremony on Sunday night, April 29th, 2018 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Southern California.

“I’ve been star-struck by the dynamic duo of Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes for decades,” said David Michaels, SVP, Daytime Emmy Awards, NATAS. “The scope of their work across the television, film and stage landscape is amazing. Their continuing roles of almost 50 years on Days of Our Lives, where they also met and married, is a Daytime story like no other!”

In addition to Bill and Susan, another duo will receive the Lifetime Achievement Daytime Emmy at the Creative Arts ceremonies on Friday night, April 27th.  Those honorees are Children’s programming producers extraordinaire, the brother duo of Sid and Marty Krofft.

“In addition, Sid and Marty Krofft, our Daytime Creative Arts honorees, are masters of children’s television programming and have been part of my family viewing since the creation of H.R. Pufnstuf, Sigmund & the Sea Monsters and Land Of The Lost. Their terrific variety programs such as The Donny and Marie Series on ABC and Barbara Mandrell & the Mandrell Sisters have only solidified the breadth of their talent across the television spectrum.”

So, what do you think of Bill and Susan being honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Daytime Emmys?  Comment below!

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Maca
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Maca

Lol hooray! I can’t wait to see old clips of bill singing lol

Rodd
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Rodd

What a great couple! So happy for them! they always light up the screen.

When I see Doug and Julie on DAYS, I am reminded why I got hooked on soaps in the first place.

Steven
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Steven

Cograts on the legendary actor bill Susan Hayes let go days of our lives

Patrick
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Patrick

“this” is icing on the cake… cheers to Bill and Susan… VET Salute

“what” a banner year @Days

in a million years ; who would have thought

@Days

to seal the deal and nail it shut… Ron Carlivati gets the WGA for DOOL.

and more deserving than we can believe… BEST SHOW @the Emmys

Hollah !

Celia
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Celia

Yes, yes, and yes, Patrick….
This couple is “icing on the cake”
And, lo and behold, Hattie is back!!!!! What are the chances she is ‘directing’ John to kill Andre and Steve?
What does she have over John’s head?

Patrick
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Patrick

– more importantly – catch Carrie N Rafe .. sizzling it out Christie Clark ; so gorgeous in her shoulder length CUT me some out OH wait for the underlying temptations fired between these two as Hope … could just do her job…. and blinders on let the show begin > @DAYS I haven’t seen this much hot in so long… for Rafe and the missed more than ever Christie Clark. PUHLEASE ———– John – is – poisoning Steve (Patch) ???? with Paul and Will in the know.. and sleuthing this out I don’t know when I’ve been so stumped…… Read more »

blake
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blake

Patrick, I am sooo happy to see Christie Clark back as Carrie! Her scenes with Hope and Rafe were great. I want her back for good!

Celia
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Celia

Beautiful post, Patrick…hold on….need to close door to mEn-cave, LOL….Too much noise….Superbowl—oh, wait….Timberlake is on….WOW!!! He’s soooo good!!
Well, I have always loved Carrie….Unfortunately, her visit will be a short one? She anf Rafe ( Cafe) can make Salem sizzle, Patrick. The Brady sisters have something in common—-they are both able to resuscitate Rafe…..so, if Sami is not in the cards, please, ye soap gods, let it be Carrie!!

cathy L. shapiro
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cathy L. shapiro

I am a luck girl to have meet them, been on cruise. did a photo shoot and so many things with them. Love you both congrats.

Sharon Pilsner
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Sharon Pilsner

I will never forget their love story. I watched Day’s years ago, and they were legendary. Doug and Julie, what a wonderful story they had. I’m a GH fan now, but Doug and Julie, and Luke and Laura are equals in day time history. They deserve all the awards they can get.

Sharron Tipton
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Sharron Tipton

Congratulations to Bill and Susan. Both are awesome people …..

Judith
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Judith

Well deserved by both actors. I remember when Bill first came on the show. They are both terrific. Now if only we could watch them get their award.

Linda Correia
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Linda Correia

How I love you both! Saw you in person once, didn’t get to talk to you unfortunately. You deserve this award! Congrats!

paul453
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paul453

I liked it when Doug sang “The Look of Love” and “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World” to Julie back in the 1970s. It was such an elegant restaurant. Remember when they would bring a telephone to the table?! How times have changed.

Those shows were so good and only 30 minutes!

I’ve always enjoyed every performance by Susan Seaforth Hayes.

Kevin C
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Kevin C

paul453, I so enjoyed those days of DOOL, classic and miss them so…Loved the Doug, Julie, Addie story line….Congrats to Bill and Susan, this is so well deserved…

paul453
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paul453

Agree; loved those stories. I also liked Denise Alexander and the Andersons. Do they still exist? I’d love to see them again. Sometimes the tapes were wiped (like old Jeopardy, Concentration, and The Who What or Where Game).

Debra m
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Debra m

I remember too those shows when Doug sang to Julie. Loved those shows. They had the chemistry that lasted all these years . Congrats to them both, well deserved.

Jimh
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Jimh

They archived those old eps so Days should have all theirs…Doug and Julie are my all time favorite soap couple…liked The Anfersons, the Grants and the Peters families…thse were the Days!!!!

Kevin C
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Kevin C

hi paul453, I haven’t heard of the Anderson’s in years…I remember Denise Alexander on DOOL…

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Yes, paul, it’s a fact that every single episode of DAYS exists, but they’re under lock and key. I would love to see the first 4,500 episodes I missed!

Jim E
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Jim E

This is such AWESOME news!!!!! So very well deserved!!!

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Well, it’s about time!

Congratulations, Bill and Susan!!

Daisy Day
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Daisy Day

Well deserved and overdue. Congratulations to my favorite real life and reel life couple.

Ray
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Ray

This is another reason I would love to see the awards televised this year. I wish PopTV, Lifetime or Hallmark would pick up the show or maybe one of the networks could televise in the afternoon, like in the old days. Congrats to Bill and Susan.

Brenda Rosetta
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Brenda Rosetta

Congratulations Bill and Susan! I can’t think of anyone more deserving. I’ve watched Days of our Lives for over 40 years and always enjoy scenes with Doug and Julie. Again, Congratulations for this wonderful award.

JMER
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JMER

So happy for them! A good reason to hope for televised/streamed awards. It’s really the best soap news I’ve heard in the past month or so.

Jimh
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Jimh

Doug and Julie my all time favorite super couple…both well deserve this honor!!!

K/kay
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K/kay

They were on Time Magizine I think in 1976 I was just a kiddo my husband and I were in vacation saw them in a restaurant never approached we are not stalkers lovely folks god bless them

Shay
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Shay

Congratulations to this lovely real-life couple! They are absolute soap-legends, so the kudos are well-deserved! I’m already hoping that next year’s recipient of this prestigious award will be Genie Francis….despite her relatively tender years in comparison to most honorees, she has been a fan favorite for four decades and her phenomenal Laura made a significant contribution to the popularity of the entire daytime industry that goes far beyond simply saving the ungrateful GH from certain cancellation way back in the late ‘70’s.

Celia
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Celia

Hi, Shay,
Nice to see your name here…..yes, congratulations to Bill and Susan…….they deserve the recognition and more…
Ms Hall should be recognized, as well….Are you familiar with her? She plays a dual role….and the ‘evil’ character wants to eliminate her through her husband, John. LOL. ….as soapy as it can get….
Later, Shay…keep posting.

Shay
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Shay

@CeeCee….Oh indeed, I do remember Deidre Hall and her Marlena/Samantha from years back…she’s another soap legend, to be sure. But at least she’s still viable on the DOOL canvas, along with plenty of other legacy characters that remain in Salem. GH is the soap which seems to demonstrate the great reluctance to retain its own longtime fan favorites….and Genie Francis’ Laura is the most egregious example of this shameful practice.

Celia
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Celia

Well, Shay….that’s the reason I coined TPTB as “soap gods”—– they have the power to swing their marionettes on a string….vets or not, they only keep whoever they deem ‘ enhancing’ to the character of Sonny.

soapqueenforever
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soapqueenforever

Although I have never been a watcher of Days, I have been a Y&R fan since the mid eighties when Ms.Hayes played Lauren’s mother. And if memory serves me correctly, I think she was having a c fling with John Abbott at one point as well. I loved then and I love her now. They are such a classy and distingushed couple and no one deserves it more. Congratulations

xmascarol
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xmascarol

Congratulations, to both Bill and Susan and God bless you both

Frances Wright
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Frances Wright

That is amazing! Congrats to Bill & Susan! They most assuredly deserve the honor! It’s a great pleasure whenever they’re on #Days. I also always enjoyed watching the Daytime Emmys, I wish they would televise the show again!

Iakovos
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Iakovos

This is wobnderful news! So well deserved.

I wonder if Ms. Seaforth-Hayes Y&R turn is remembered, as Lauren Fenmore’s mother. I would love to see her return there. I love these now grande dames of daytime play important story roles. They provide continuity but, as in Marla Adams’s return to Y&R, show a need for this history, talent, and vitality from this demographic.

Charday
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Charday

I never watched any of their shows, but I saw them for years and years in the various soap magazines. Beautiful and classy people.

Charday
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Charday

Will the show be televised anywhere, including online? Great to hear about the Kroffts, too.

Satan
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Satan

Congrats to Bill & Susan. Last of the original Horton clan.

And to the Kroft brothers as well…. after all, they gave at least two Days actors their first TV jobs. (lets see how many of you know what the Devil is talking about here)

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Two of the Krofft brothers’ series were ‘Electra Woman and Dyna Girl’ starring Deidre Hall and ‘Land of the Lost’ starring Wesley Eure, Satan. Nice riddle.

Satan
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Satan

You are correct! And check this out… It’s Marlena vs Tracy Quartermaine!!

jaybird369
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jaybird369

CONGRATULATIONS Bill and Susan!!!!! Ya’ll DEFINITELY deserve it!!!!!

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Satan, your comment about the Kroft Bros., so interested me, that I Googled them, but could find nothing in relation to the soaps or stars. I did certainly watch a lot of their TV works, so please, for those of us in the dark, please shed a little light.

Satan
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Satan

Wesley Eure, who played the first “adult” Mike Horton, got his start on the Kroft series “Land of the Lost” (dinosaurs, Sleestaks, etc.)

And Diedre Hall (Marlena) was the star of “Electra Woman & Dyno Girl”. I’m sure you can find both shows on YouTube. Or the MeTv website used to have a lot of the old Kroft shows. Haven’t been there in a while so I don’t know if that’s still the case.

Mary
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Mary

It’s about time!

mike
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mike

The original Super Couple, and still going strong.

Dean Morgan
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Dean Morgan

This makes me smile. Julie and Doug remain an important part of Days. Bill and Susan are certainly an important part of the genre. I am looking forward to watching it!

Mo
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Mo

Well-deserved. Now get the show on TV.

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DAYS Head Scribe, Ron Carlivati, Shares On Marlena’s Possession 2.0: “We Decided John Needs To Get On To This Sooner Than He Did In The Original, Because That’s What The Audience Would Expect”

As viewers of NBC’s Days of our Lives are watching the revisiting of the classic possession storyline revisited with its 2021 version 2.0, the stage is being set for plenty of devilish drama, now that good doc, Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) is once again in the grips of evil.

We have already seen her with yellow eyes, conjuring up some demonic plans, and of course, the devil trying to pull the wool over the eyes of Marlena’s husband, John Black (Drake Hogestyn).

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Back in the 1994/95 version of this storyline, Father John emerged and exorcised the demon from Marlena, so he knows a thing or two about being possessed, and the horrors it caused to Marlena, and the town of Salem 25 years ago, and as we have seen John is very, very concerned about all this talk of Marlena being possessed by the devil from the script that Johnny (Carson Boatman)  is set to make into a film on Sami’s life story.

Current Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati, spoke with Soap Opera Digest in their latest issue on newsstands now, about his plans and the creation of the 2021 possession storyline. Ron revealed that John is not going to be in the dark for long, sharing: “John has been through this, so the devil isn’t going to be able to pull the wool over his eyes the way he did the first time.”

Carlivati also added: “Even though all soap opera stories, I would argue, depend on some characters being a little bit dumb, in this case, we decided John needs to get on to this sooner than he did in the original because that’s what they audience would expect.  Look for the story to move along at a pretty good clip. We are not rushing, anything by any means – we are having so much fun with the story, but it was important to us that John not look stupid here so he starts to suspect something is wrong with her pretty soon.”

So, are you glad that John will not be completely dumped? Will Father John return to save the day? Are you enjoying the story thus far? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

Then, check out our recent interview with Ron all about the creation of DAYS limited-series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem still streaming on Peacock.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Marlena Becomes Possessed … Again!

On Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the devil had his way with his favorite person, Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)! In story, leave it to Marlena to save Doug (Bill Hayes) by giving herself up to Satan!

As Doug revealed himself to be Satan while in a therapy session with Marlena in her office, a shook Marlena tries to comprehend what is happening! When the devil says if Marlena won’t accept him in, she will punish Doug, he does just that.

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Poor Doug is left writhing in pain and on the floor, crying out for help! When we come back to the scene Marlena is not exactly right near his body, but sort of overlooking what is happening. Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) rushes into Marlena’s office to find Doug as Marlena stares blankly. Eventually, she calls for help.

After Doug is put in a hospital room and is monitored, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Tripp (Lucas Adams) can’t find anything wrong with him. Meanwhile, Julie finds Marlena at the nurses station and asks what happened with Doug during their therapy session.  Marlena flashes back to what led to Doug writing on the floor, and clearly something is way off with Marlena, because she has now become possessed.

Later, Julie sits by Doug’s hospital bed as he opens his eyes, as he tells his beloved wife, “He left me and went in to her.”  A confused Julie is left to ponder what on earth Doug could be talking about.

When Marlena comes home to John (Drake Hogestyn) – who is already concerned with Johnny (Carson Boatman) being set on making a movie of Sami’s life story which includes points on Marlena’s original possession – she tells him Doug collapsed in her office. When the two hug, Marlena slowly opens her eyes  revealing that they are glowing yellow.  Yup! We are off to the races. Marlena is now once again possessed.

So, what did you think about the scenes between Deidre Hall and Bill Hayes? Are you enjoying the revisiting of the infamous ‘possession’ storyline thus far? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives Kicks-Off Possession Storyline Revisted with ‘Doug’ Twist Cliffhanger, Followed by Fall Preview

Did the ‘Devil’ make them do it? Doug Williams  (Bill Hayes) is Satan? In what can only be described as major surprise twist on NBC’s Days of our Lives, for weeks, fans have thought they were about to embark on another dementia or Alzheimer’s storyline on the soaps with another beloved character.

However, Days head writer, Ron Carlivati ,and his writing team came up with a way to make it seem like this may be Doug’s fate only to use the long-running character as the impetus to bring the classic possession storyline back on the air some 25 years later.

It all goes down after Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) calls Marlena (Deidre Hall) to ask him to see Doug, after his MRI and other tests proved inconclusive for dementia, etc, to see if Dr. Evans can assess him.  The phone call to Marlena happened after John (Drake Hogestyn) was discussing the past, since Johnny (Carson Boatman) is ramping up to a shoot a movie on Sami’s life, that will include the time that Sami walked in on John and Marlena having sex, which caused Sami to act out for years and years.

 

However, and this is key, John tells Marlena that moment in time also left her alone and vulnerable to the darkest time in her life – alluding to when she became possessed by the devil – and Marlena was clearly having difficulty admitting that or going down that road of remembrance, when the phone call from Kayla saved her from digging deeper into the past.  Well now, John and Marlena may never have that conversation as she is primed to once again become possessed.

Meanwhile, Johnny is reading Will’s script for the Sami movie, and is shocked to read in it that Marlena was once possessed by the devil, as John takes out a dusty box with his Father John collar, a bible, and a news clipping of Marlena being possessed.  John is feeling that this movie will bring bad things on to all those he loves, especially Doc, and he looks to be right!

Now at her office with Doug, he admits he knows something is wrong.  He acts out and does strange things and does not know why.  Marlena brings up why Doug locked Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) in a freezer by accident. Doug gets adamant saying: “That was no accident. I locked that bitch in there on purpose.”  Marlena is shocked at his word and tone.  Then as Doug laughs, he says, “I’m not Doug.”  Next thing you know, the lowered voice of Satan comes out of Doug’s mouth and he tells Doc, “It’s been over 25 years Marlena. But did you really think I wouldn’t come back for you?” End of episode.  Great cliffhanger!

Now, check out the fall preview released following the airing of Friday’s episode by NBC below, which teases more demonic moments on Days. Then let us know in the comment section, what you thought of the ‘Doug’ twist as the possession storyline begins?

Plus, make sure to cast your vote in ‘Michael’s Poll’ of the week on the revisiting of this classic tale now in 2021 below the preview.

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