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DAYS Billy Flynn Turns In Tour De Force Performance As Chad Reels From Abigail's 'Death'!

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In a heartbreaking episode on Wednesday of Days of our Lives, Chad (Billy Flynn) and Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) try to cope and come to terms with the ‘confirmed’ news of the ‘death’ of Abigail!

However, Abigail’s husband and her mother are at odds, and thus begins the drama that gave Billy Flynn meaty material to sink his teeth into, and illustrate to all, yet again, that he is one of the finest young actors out there.  First, after Chad speaks with the coast guard about Abigail, Jennifer walks into the DiMera Mansion and the conversation quickly turns to custody of baby Thomas.  Jennifer tells Chad she thinks he is falling apart, and cannot possibly give Thomas what he needs as a father.  Chad brings up Jennifer’s pill addiction, plus the bad family genes of hers that has mental illness running through it.  She then storm out.

Next, Chad drinks and talks to Abigail’s photo, and as he grieves with tears welling up in his eyes, he recalls the first time he layed eyes on Abby, and then how they were going to build their life together, and in the house that she hated so much!  Then in a hauntingly raw moment, Flynn as Chad recalls that he told Abby that they would renovate the place but never did.  Losing his grip, Chad says, “Let’s renovate, baby” and starts demolishing the entire living room at the manison.  Tables, chairs, glass, you name it go flying and get smashed to bits, leaving Chad desolate, destroyed, and alone in his grief.   In a nicely edited emotional moment, Chad destroying the DiMera living room is juxataposed with Jennifer being conforted by the Hortons in her time of need over the loss of her daugther.

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In his final scenes, Flynn’s Chad is found on the floor by Belle (Martha Madison).  When she walks in and sees the room trashed, he reveals it was cathartic.  He says he is need of an exorcism as they have a moment to laugh through his pain.  In the end he tells Belle, he wants to make Abigail proud and make DiMera Enterprises a success by making it legit and building a future for his son.  Chad offers Belle a job to work with him as he will need legal help. As she says she will consider it, they begin to clean up the room, but Chad is still grief-stricken.

Billy Flynn should definitiely consider this for his Emmy reel for the race for Lead Actor in 2017.   Each scene in this episode featured what fans have come to love about his impassioned performances as Chad DiMera.

So, what did you think about Billy’s performance as Chad is rocked by Abby’s “death”?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Anne
Anne

Yes Billy did great acting,, he’s a super actor, but all the heavy drama over Abigail’s death is now over-kill. If given Jennifer’s issues, they actually stage a court battle over Thomas’s custody, it will be absurd. They need to move on and focus on Andre and finding out the truth about Abigail’s staged death.

So the new Abigail doesn’t come on for a few months? I hope we don’t have to watch Chad crying and throwing things and Jennifer relapsing on pills and booze much longer.

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

He did a good job but as a viewer its difficult to get too involved knowing Abby isnt dead…i remember a time when characters actually died on a soap and you got involved with the grieving surviving characters like they were really your family or friends and you grieved with them…not anymore!!!

Celia
Celia

I know what you mean, Jimmy. But, I try to separate most facts from the scene thst is ‘here and now’. I’ve already sung Billy Flynn’s praises on the “Abbi” site……he’s fantastic. EMMY EORTHY!!!!

John Gordon
John Gordon

He is certainly one of the better actors on the show (but…uh…lately, that isn’t saying much) – but I’m getting tired of hearing about baby Thomas and Abby’s supposed death, yadda yadda yadda. Geez for pete’s sake get ON WITH it already! Man, I know Soaps are slow but THIS show moves at a turtle’s pace, no offense to turtles.
Get a storyline going!

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

The pacing on this show is beyond endurance.

Everything is a two-character scene with one static moment. Played three times in a row during the one episode. Hope-Aiden, can I trust you…. Race-commiSerate, I want you to be happy. Victor-Maggie, what are you up to?

He’s a fine actor. But the Chad-Abby, Abby is seeing things went on for three months. He deserves better. All of the other actors deserve better.

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

Ugh. Rafe-MommaRafe, I want you to be happy… dang auto correct….

Susan
Susan

Please DOOL stop this nonsense with Jennifer. She should be standing beside Chad helping him to raise Thomas in Abby’s absence. Instead, she launches this stupid custody battle. It if were me, instead of Chad, I would take my son and leave Salem. The next time Jennifer would get to see Thomas would be at his high school graduation.

Joan Ballantyne
Joan Ballantyne

I have always been impressed by his acting and have thoroughly appreciated his developing character. This fine actor was so convincing this show it was breathtaking to watch. Without a doubt his performance well, it was perfection!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Billy was terrific as was the episode!

Celia
Celia

Yeah, that even better, 4ever!! Extraterrestrial. Maybe, the writers had Jack Finney in mind when they decided to SORAS Ciera.

Nicholas
Nicholas

Let’s give Days of our lives another shot . The new writing material is about to air . I have a feeling it’s going to be good and when i have a good feeling about something i am rarely wrong ! So let’s tune in again !

Celia
Celia

Sure, I can do that, Nicholas ( that’s my little boy’s name; my little Nico…LOL) because DOOL, the loyal fans and the cast deserve it.
But, something must be done about the teens….especially, Morticia Addams (Ciera).

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

LOL, Celia, I’ve been calling her a pod person!

Patrick
Patrick

I truly hope; with come on loyalty… dig in… here comes Ryan Quan and Dena Higley truth be told… I started watching DOOL after the Olympics I erased 64 eps oy! I couldn’t even muster up the energy… even knowing I wanted to catch up because of Daniel Cosgrove IE: the latest SOD issue… reads Ken Corday “launching” another resurge of ; the incomparable DAYS sigh! what I thought funny… the article ends… with Ken Corday mentioning that he’ll be receiving a star on the walk of fame… and that he hopes the show will be renewed for 1 or 2 years. I realize that under his EP duties… DAYS has received 2 best of show… which isn’t saying that much… as he’s let this show spiral so often ANYWAY… buck up… DAYS is back on the AIR JPL… is so thin… and his hair is longer than ever… glad he’s leaving… it’s a shame.. because Kate and Victor could have had much to show with their son… it just did not gell with JPL I agree with a lot of posts… the Hernandez family BUST is happening.. for a very good reason… trimming the cast is on the horizon… sad that it includes Eduardo leaving the show. it’s pretty clear Dario is in trouble … perhaps he and his mother will go back home together… till Dario gets it together. I’ll take Rafe, Gabs, and Arianna Grace for the win Sonny is the shining light and breath of fresh air… on this show… I agree with a SOD snippet… Sonny needs to call his bff Chad… and keep him company… till the nuAbs returns… I agree with a post above… it’s time for him to snap out of his misery… but then again… is he in this funk till the writers get Ciara out of his orbit Billy Flynn… dang! who’s not drawn to him ? he’s the bees knees … the dream still goes on…. DAYS / NBC / Sony do whatever it takes to keep this LEADING man dag! I got to see my Jenny Bear… spiral one more… or last time… at that seedy motel… ’nuff said get it Jenny Bear however ho hum it was done… it’s a GOOD thing… to see a reconciliation… between Victor and his brother Deimos… so Deimos can move on ! I don’t even mind that Deimos is still at the Kiriakis Manse because wherever you place Victor and Maggie… it doesn’t matter… these two are the most romantic Jenn Lilly’ Theresa… I’m in denial that she’s leaving the show… will Xander exact his revenge and take her life ? isn’t this is the rumour mill… I truly do not want her character killed off… DAYS needs to leave the door open to her return… it’s all the writers fault… I agree with SOD that Theresa was so much better as the it girl for bitch… tall order and she did I wish Daniel Cosgrove Aiden had the soras Chase… Read more »

Rj
Rj

Billy did a great job, and he has been doing good work all along. Kudos! With that said, I hope Days moves away from so many grieving scenes from deaths. It is a part of life, and of course if there are deaths, there needs to be grieving scenes, but they have had so many deaths that it seems we are watching grieving scenes all the time which can pull you down after awhile, and you want to watch and see something else. Again, a balance.

janet
janet

Guess I will have to watch the DVR. I have been just deleting. I like some of the show. I watched a little at the doctors office the other day. who knows I may watch. I do like Chad .But before the Olympics I watched Aiden, and it looked like they brought him back to be more evil ? I find Rafe boring with Hope, and dammit I want jack to come back alive.

Rhonda
Rhonda

I may not have cried much, but I thought that Billy’s performance was amazing and he made me feel so bad for him! He’s an amazing actor and hope to see many more scenes of him on DOOL! Wish that Kate could come back has Abigail, but let’s see how well the new one does and hope that they will have a very happy reunion! They do deserve to have a happy life with Ben out of their lives for good!

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From out-of-a-tweet from Grammy night come a part for TV and film star, Jackée Harry on Days of our Lives?

As CBS aired the Recording Academy’s annual kudofest, Harry sent out a tweet with a side-by-side image of Grammy icon, Bonnie Raitt, next to DAYS’ Suzanne Rogers (Maggie).

Harry, who is known for her humor and wit in her tweets, expressed: “Has Bonnie Raitt been moonlighting as Maggie from Days of 0ur Lives for the past 20 years?

Jackée, who started her TV career on Another World as Lily Mason, and eventually played Sandra Clark on the sitcom 227, and various other signature roles, next received a tweet in response to hers from DAYS head writer, Ron Carlivati.

The head scribe expressed: “No, Bonnie is obviously Maggie’s evil twin. The real question is, when is Sandra Clark going to come visit Salem?

Next, an excited Harry sent back: “Ha!!!! I would LOVE to play with the DOOL cast, Ron.”

On Monday, Carlivati tweeted a GIF of a game show moment with Jackee Family Feud style, that says “Name something you must have in order to live” The answer he tweeted: “A part on Days of our Lives?, Jackée Harry”

See the exchange below:

So, would you like to see Jackée in Salem? If so, what do you think would be a fun part for her to play? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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In an infuriating article written by FOX news, off of a study from NewsBusters, the news outlet and others have come to the realization that all of us who want our soaps back on the air already know.  That is … that the network daytime dramas ratings are far better on a day-to-day basis than people tuning into network TV during the day to watch the impeachment hearings of Donald Trump.

Soap fans have been furious that in the afternoon network TV is pulling their soaps off their normal airtime across all coasts.  Daytime soap viewers feel that all of the 24-hour news cable outlets should be the the place to go to see the hearings during the day; as to not to preempt the drama on General Hospital, Days of our Lives, The Young and the Restless, and The Bold and the Beautiful.   

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Just for the record, the study via NewsBusters showed that on day one of the impeachment hearing the networks scored as such: CBS averaged 1.52 million, ABC  1.29 million viewers, and NBC averaged 1.26 million viewers.   Thursday’s were even worse with CBS averaging 1.4 million, ABC 1.2 million viewers and NBC had 1.1 million viewers.

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Share your thoughts on the pre=emptions of your favorite soaps, and how the impeachment hearings are, of course, not bringing in higher number in the day-part via the comment section below.

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DAYS Wally Kurth, Chandler Massey & Freddie Smith Deliver Gut-Wrenching ‘Power Performance of the Week”

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While unfortunately the show did not air on NBC during its regularly scheduled timeslots on all coasts (due to the President Donald Trump impeachment hearings) the episodes were available on NBC.com, the NBC app and on the Cozi TV network.

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And this week we cannot sound-the-trumpets enough for three men; who gave us moments of heartache that will be remembered for some time to come, pulling out all the stops, and showing us why they remain three of the most popular and talented actors in our genre. So many people have been commenting on social media on the authenticity and realness of the performances (yes, it’s within soapy circumstances), but throughout made us feel their pain right along with them.

On DAYS, this was the week they went back in time to finally show the viewers how things ended up the way they currently are in the time jump that happened last November on-air.  And in five “OMG” episodes, head writer Ron Carlivati and his team laid out for us how one fateful night, “Mother’s Day” changed the course of lives for so many in Salem.

Chief among them, Will (Chandler Massey) landing in prison for Adrienne’s (Judi Evans) death, when in fact, he was not the responsible party at all.  But in these flashback episodes, Will’s relationship with his husband, Sonny (Freddie Smith), his father-in-law, Justin (Wally Kurth) is forever changed because he believed he was the one behind the wheel that caused the crash that ultimately took Adrienne’s life, and took Sonny’s mother from him … and Justin’s wife from him.

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In the flashback to the horrible night: at the hospital, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) has told Justin that Adrienne didn’t make it following the injury sustained to her head in the accident, and now Justin has to tell Sonny.  He tearfully tells his son, “We lost her. Your mother’s dead!”  As the men console each other and break down in each other’s arms, Will, who is there, and who was trying to tell Sonny his part in the accident, is horrified to learn Adrienne died.  Kayla asks Justin and Sonny if they want to say goodbye to Adrienne.  Sonny breaks down again at just the thought of it.  And at this point, we are sure DAYS fans are reaching for the hankies.

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While Will’s guilt is too much for him to bear, Justin and Sonny go say goodbye to Adrienne, It is here that it was almost too hard to watch, but we soap viewers can’t turn away.  That’s because it was just an unbelievable raw performance from Freddie Smith; as a young man who has to say goodbye to the mother he loves and on Mother’s Day to boot. Then, Justin kisses Adrienne’s forehead, remembers the first time he saw her crying in a flashback, and in tears asks his beloved wife, how is he supposed to go on without her.  In addition, Justin recalls proposing to Adrienne with Kayla there beside him trying to comfort him.

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In the hospital waiting area, Will tries to talk to Sonny to tell him that he caused the accident.  Will blurts out, “I killed your mother.”  Sonny, who is so grief-stricken, cannot believe what Will is saying, but then Sonny learns Will was distracted when he was texting his mother Sami on Mother’s Day while in the car because he was so busy. (Yup, Will forgot to do it earlier in the day)  Sonny lets Will have it with: “My mom is dead because you were texting?!” As Sonny’s grief and anger escalates, Justin walks in and learns Will caused Adrienne death and then lowers the boom on Will: “The love of my life is dead…because of you!”

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And if all of this wasn’t enough to have you bawling your eyes out by now, it is punctuated by the ultra-sad moment where a defeated Will has to leave his husband and his father-in-law alone because they don’t want him there.  Before he exits, Will turns to them and says, that he wishes it had been him who died in the crash, as tears stream down his face.

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What powerful and effective performances by Wally Kurth, Chandler Massey, and Freddie Smith.  And so, with all of that said, Michael Fairman TV names this trio the “Power Performance of the Week”.

What did you think of the key scenes in Adrienne’s death and the aftermath featuring Wally, Chandler and Freddie? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

And, for more with Chandler and some behind the scenes content of the car crash, and his thoughts on the storyline, check out his new interview feature posted on the DOOL app Friday night.

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