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

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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.

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?

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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Channing Capwell
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Channing Capwell

Mail her the lead actress Emmy today. Given their shooting schedule, and the roller coaster of emotions she’s been asked to play, she’s been revelatory.

Colin
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Colin

I want someone to shut her up!! Who does she think she is??? Yelling and screaming at doctors and cops…ordering them around like they are her minions?! She “loved” Stefan for about 2 minutes…and despised him for 2.5 years before that. Her wailing and screeching and carrying on about him being the “love of her life” is ridiculous over the top nonsense! This is not Bo and Hope here!! Gabi has become a draining, shrill, heartless bitch that is loud, arrogant, entitled, vengeful, unforgiving, and all around unpleasant. Can the writers tone down her hatefulnes and volume a little??? She… Read more »

Violet Lemm2
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Violet Lemm2

Colin, I agree with every thing you have said, and more. Now this latest with poor Lani is the ultimate. I am putting Gabi up there with crazy Jordan. If this show gets any worse, especially with the time-jump coming, I may stop watching. I have felt for a long time that they have ruined Gabi’s character. I understand that every show has it’s own villainess, but there is more than enough on this show already. I also think Lani should tell someone like her dad for instance, that would believe her and find out what Gabi is up to.Levi… Read more »

Violet Lemm2
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Violet Lemm2

Personally, I have been so disgusted with her of late, I would like to see her gone! I used to like Gabi, but I feel they have ruined her character, starting with her chasing after Chad, and things she’s done to Abby. Also the slutty way she acts and dresses, and to give her another child would be insane. She doesn’t even take care of the one she’s got. I haven’t seen Ari in the Di Mera house one time since Gabi has been shacking up with Stephan and after they married. He was so good with Holly when she… Read more »

Gwen
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Gwen

Camila’s performance this week actually made me cry and I don’t cry at TV normally. She is amazing and I hope she gets an award!

Violet Lemm2
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Violet Lemm2

Gwen
I didn’t know they had a bitch award. How interesting!

Richard Signorelli
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Richard Signorelli

yes yes and yes last week when i saw cynthia watros posted for her performance i said wait where is camila her performance was real and raw worthy of an emmy love her get brandon barash back asap days is a daily must see !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sally Bradley
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Sally Bradley

She was phenomenal, and I felt her pain, like she was my own daughter. Bravo Camila!!!!

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

Camilla blew me away with her scenes as Gabi. She’s been my favorite character on the show for years. I would be lost if Camilla left the show. I have watched Gabi take so much and I do understand the choices she makes. This week was awesome for me with her scenes!!!

Momo
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Momo

Love Gabi and Camilla.

Delonjo
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Delonjo

CB’s performance last week was indeed a revelation. I honestly did not know she had this deep well of emotion inside but she proved me very, very wrong. The scene that took me over the edge was Gabi’s diatribe against Kate while Kate was trying to console her. The second scream of “It’s not fair,” had me crying my eyes out. I rewound that scene about five times so that I could digest it all. I understand that this “love story” never existed but that’s beside the point. I can’t wait to see what Gabi will do next. I’m particularly… Read more »

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DAYS Jackée Harry Joins Freeform Comedy Pilot ‘Everything’s Trash’ in Recurring Role

Jackée Harry is one busy actress in Hollywood!  On the heels of learning that Harry has signed on more full-time on Days of our Lives in her role as Paulina, comes this bit of casting news.

Harry will join the cast of the Freeform comedy pilot, Everything’s Trash along with another notable actor, George Wallace.  Both will have recurring roles in the show should it go to series.

In story, Everything’s Trash follows Phoebe (Phoebe Robinson), a 30-something podcast star navigating her messy life. When her younger brother Jayden emerges as a leading politician, she’s forced to grow up, so she relies on her friends and close-knit family to help her figure out adulthood, since she doesn’t seem to have a clue. The series is inspired by Robinson’s book, “Everything’s Trash But It’s Okay.”

According to Variety, “Harry will star as Zora, Phoebe and Jayden’s mother. She and her husband are mid-Western transplants, but they have made a home in NY . They love and support their children equally, but truth be known, Zora acts (and dresses) younger than she is and straddles the line between “I’m my daughter’s mother” and “I’m my daughter’s best friend.”  Meanwhile, Wallace will play the role of Abraham, Phoebe and Jayden’s father and husband to Zora.

So, looking forward to hopefully seeing Jackée on a half-comedy sitcom at night, and doing her role on Days of our Lives? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives Receives 2-Year Renewal from NBC

For the first time since 2014, Days of our Lives has received not just a one-year, but a two-year renewal, from NBC ending the suspense of another renewal negotiations between the series, the network, and Sony.

According to Deadline that broke the good news this will take the long-running and beloved daytime drama series through its 57th and 58th seasons on the air.  In anticipation of the pick-up, the producers had been making if-come deals with key cast members, including signing a new contract with Days favorite Robert Scott Wilson (Ben Weston) and bringing in Jackée Harry  Paulina) who was recurring at first to be more full-time on the show.

In statements on the DAYS pick-up, Michael Sluchan, EVP, Scripted Series & Kids Programming, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming shared: “We couldn’t be happier to bring our loyal fans two more seasons of Days of our Lives and continue what has been an absolutely remarkable achievement in television. A big thank you to Ken Corday and the cast and crew for their incredible passion for storytelling that continues to reach new generations of viewers.”

DAYS EP, Ken Corday shared: “After more than 55 years of bringing drama, adventure and romance to screens around the world, we are thrilled and honored to carry on the Days of our Lives legacy for another two years. We are thankful to NBC for their enduring commitment to the show and grateful to continue this wonderful journey with our fans for years to come.”

Sony EVP, Programming Steve Kent added: “We are incredibly proud of the work being done by Ken Corday, the cast and crew. They continue to tell bold stories through these iconic characters captivating audiences around the world.  We are thrilled to continue the legacy of Days of our Lives and for viewers to enjoy two more seasons.”

So, thrilled to hear about the two-year pick-up for DAYS? Share your congrats to the show via the comment section below.

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Victoria Konefal Will Be Back On Days of our Lives

This week Days of our Lives viewers saw the exit of both Theo (Cameron Johnson) and Ciara (Victoria Konefal), much to the chagrin of Cin fans everywhere! But hold on! Days head writer, Ron Carlivati revealed that Victoria Konefal will be back on-screen this summer on the NBC soap opera.

In an interview with Soap Opera Digest, Carlivati revealed: “From the moment we were coming to that point and we knew Ciara was going to exit town with Theo, we were immediately pursuing the next chapter with Victoria: When would she be available or willing to come back, and when could we tell the next chapter because I knew that would feel unfinished and be unsatisfying to a lot of people. So that’s why I’m happy to announce here that Ciara is coming back and we are going to tell that next chapter of the story and hopefully, this time, the audience will get the payoff that they’re looking for and hoping for.”

And as to just how long will Konefal who chose to go on recurring status with the show be back for her summer run, Carlivati shared: “At this point, and I can’t speak for Victoria and I can’t speak for the show, and this is not an official announcement in any capacity, but I will say at this point, there is not an end date. We are working with Victoria to keep the story going and keep Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) and Ciara’s love story alive.”

Cin fans should note that Carlivati added, “I would encourage the audience to remember that they (Cin) have an important anniversary coming up this summer that may figure into their story, so she will be back sooner than you know.”

So, happy to know there will be more of Ben and Ciara? Where you upset to see Ciara exit the canvas with Theo? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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