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DAYS Celebrates Airing Of 13,000th Episode!

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It’s a big day in Salem and for fans of NBC’s Days of our Lives!  The show will air today another astounding milestone in its 51-year plus history with its 13,000th episode broadcast.

In it look for some very special returns from: Christine Clark (Carrie), Austin Peck (Austin) and Leann Hunley (Anna) as the focus on the mystery of where’s Stefano shifts to some heavy drama going town in Europe!

NBC will also commemorate the airing of DAYS 13K with special Facebook Live chats happening throughout the morning and afternoon pacific time with cast members.  Here is the rundown:  9am PT – Deidre Hall & Lauren Koslow, 11am PT – Kristian Alfonso & Mary Beth Evans , 12pm PT – Billy Flynn, Camila Banus, & Marci Miller and 1pm PT – Christopher Sean & Freddie Smith will wrap up the chatfest.

Fans can submit their questions for the cast on the NBC DAYS facebook page here

Below check out Kristian Alfonso (Hope) talking in a recent press junket about what it means to be part of a show that has broadcast an amazing 13,000 episodes and then share your congrats to DAYS for its enduring legacy in the world of daytime drama in the comment section below!

 

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Kat Hilderbrand
Kat Hilderbrand

They cannot find the real Stefano, so I think they will all find that Will is still alive and that somehow Stefano had a hand in hiding him away. This being a soap and with Stefano and his many henchman, anything is possible!

Dylan
Dylan

I cant get behind that. However….something that would right a terrible wrong from 11 years ago is if they found out thst Stefano had really had Zack all these years. The Jim Reilly storyline where Chelsea killed Zack was one of the most disgusting, pointless, disturbing, mean spjrited storylines EVER….and that is saying a lot over his craptastic body of work. That young actor who played Zack in Hope’s stsnd alone episode was a natural and shared a beautiful rapport with Hope. If he is not available they could find someone. The overwhelming joy at having her son back would be awesome for her to play…and give the show back a legacy leading man! I thought that was the direction the show was going in several times over the years…when Alice had some big secret on Stefano, and a couple other times. I always love when any vestiges of a Jim Reilly storyline is obliterated!!!!

mark
mark

Puhleez Jim Reilly kept that show from being cancelled and all the other soaps copied his gothic storylines. Everyone laughed at marlenas possession but they watched.

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

Hope it continues and the rumors it being replace by a Meygan Kelly talk show are false!…i dont always like Days but i still need my afternoon Soap watching habit!!!

Judy
Judy

Me too I have watched all my life I DVR it had wonderfull storys back then but it still like a old friend we can pray it will stay on the air

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

My favorite era was the 70s when most of the Hortons was the shows focus…there were also the Peters, Andersons and Grant families…it was so great when Bill Bell was in charge of the stories-he knew what the viewers wanted…i consider the late 60s to late 70s Days Golden era when it was at its best and most popular…cast changes and outlandish stories in the 80s up to now changed the show completely…i did enjoy some of the stuff in the 80s up to now but nothing beats its golden era imho!

Judy
Judy

You are so right I miss the golden era and I miss another world too

Kevin C
Kevin C

Jimh, I so totally agree about the golden era and I also enjoyed some of the stuff in the 80’s up till now even though I no longer watch…Bo and Hope, Justin and Adrienne and Patch and Kayla, Kimberly and Shane…all their love stories were great.

mark
mark

Days is the best

Nicholas
Nicholas

yes it is , it has improved so much . i am impressed at how well it is at the moment . young and restless and bold and beautiful are trainwrecks in comparision . i only watch Days now !

Chris
Chris

Wow, all rainbows and sunshine for this show?!?! I don’t think I’m going out on a limb when I predict that this will be the final milestone Days will see. The writing is on the wall everywhere that this show will soon be done. It’s very sad, but not surprising at all. Ken Corday and his staff have destroyed Days. They should be ashamed of the level of quality this show has deteriorated to. They’ve lied and lied and proven over and over that they don’t care one iota about the fans and don’t know what they’re doing.

Case in point: The show is moving to the 12 pm noon hour in NYC next Monday. If NBC was truly happy with the show, do you really think they’d allow the show be shifted in the nation’s largest market to a less desirable, less watched hour? This is the final nail in the coffin, IMO.

rocky83
rocky83

Honestly, time to put a fork in this bomb! #OnlyCatsHave9Lives

davlestev1
davlestev1

Then thank goodness it’s a soap with some steady numbers and most likely will extend another year. .so as Gloria told Chloe. .MEOWWW!!!

Judy
Judy

12 noon is a good time for it is lunch hour the station can but it on any place i it wants to it on 1’00 in austin tx would be nice if it was on12 then we woundnt have to wait a hour for it to start it and Y& R is one at 11”oo hear

Mollie
Mollie

The shift to noon in NYC is VERY telling. All so that Access Hollywood Live can get a better time slot.

When the big affiliates start airing the show out of pattern – it’s a sign of doom (same thing happened with Guiding Light in its last few years).

Troy Turner
Troy Turner

Now is not the time to mourn or complain, as no official announcement has been made. As for moving to noon in NYC, it’s a smart move-as DAYS gets slaughtered by going head to head with YR anyway…

Chris
Chris

I’m merely giving an objective, honest, outside opinion about what I think is going to happen to the show. You don’t have to have an advanced degree in television production to conclude that Days is in a world of trouble.

And how exactly will the move to 12 pm in NYC be a “smart move”? Explain yourself on that. The last half hour of Days on NBC would still compete against the first half hour of powerhouse Y&R on CBS, which airs from 12:30-1:30 pm. So now Days won’t get “slaughtered”?? Yes, a portion of Days’ remaining viewers would DVR the show, but the most people who watch live TV that time of day (especially older folks) have viewing patterns and routines that they’ve had for many years, even decades. It’s not easy to suddenly change things on a dime, even if they’re aware of the change.

When affiliates in large markets move a soap’s time slot after it aired in the same place for so many years and start airing the show out of pattern, when it was already getting dismal numbers in its longtime time slot, it’s a telling sign that the axe is near.

Troy Turner
Troy Turner

I stand by what I say-and I know of what I speak-as DAYS has aired out of pattern here in Denver for years-3, now 2 MT

James
James

Doesn’t Y&R air in the noontime slot in a lot of markets as well? I don’t see the problem about that.

Chris
Chris

Y&R airs from 12:30-1:30 pm on CBS in NYC and presumably most other eastern time zone markets as well. So now on NBC, Days would compete directly against Y&R’s first half hour as opposed to the last half hour. If the show was floundering before, what exactly makes you think it will suddenly fare a lot better? Personally, I just don’t see it.

James
James

If Nielsen viewers can stay loyal to Days, surely those from NYC can follow to where the show will be placed, especially if it’s not too far from where it was previously.

Chris
Chris

Days was already sharply losing a huge chunk of viewership at 1 pm, which is the time slot it held for so many years in NYC and other large markets. Clearly, not nearly enough people were staying loyal to the show in that hour. So now we’re supposed to believe that every one of those remaining viewers and then some will magically find/still be watching the show after this move? I’m just being realistic when I say that I believe that’s wishful thinking, especially given the terrible writing that has alienated so many fans.

Think about it: If NBC was even remotely pleased with Days’ performance, do you really think they’d sign off on allowing its flagship affiliate in the nation’s largest market (and presumably some in other big markets) to move the show out of pattern to a lower-watched/cleared hour? I mean, shows like this are not shifted for no reason at all. Don’t be naive. The ship is sinking, sadly.

James
James

While DOOL’s ratings are always half of what Y&R is getting, its average has been relatively stable for the past few years, gaining and losing on a weekly basis. To describe it as a “sinking ship” would be inaccurate as it is more of a modest performer whose performance may or may no longer be enough for NBC to sustain any longer.

There are many other factors to consider especially the possible high risk of launching a new network daytime talk show and have it compete against numerous others in a crowded genre within daytime where. Even if it is cheap, if Megyn Kelly’s talk show fail to even outmatch DAYS’ numbers if it ever replaces it, or if it is not performing well against talk shows in whatever timeslot it would be placed in at different markets, then it will be doomed to fail.

Dylan
Dylan

Love me some Kristian……but whoa! What was she on during this interview? Lol. At first she is rambling about the most episodes on a network or cable. As The World turns and Guiding Light were both well past 50. And General Hospital is as well. Then…I almost laughed out loud when she knocked on wood and said she has never repeated a storyline! LMAO! Um…sweetie….how many times has Hope been presumed dead? How many times has she been roughed up in jail? How many times has she been kidnapped? How many times did her and Bo reunite? I love seeing actors as themselves…and in this case…I also want 1500 milligrams of whatever Ms. Alfonso has! Lol. Love her dearly. Hope DAYS isnt cancelled, but if it is it has had an amazing legendary run

k/kay
k/kay

Thanks Dylan I have not laughed this hard in a long time I also had no idea what she was trying to say ?

Patrick
Patrick

her train of thought is very telling… hence her weak delivery of anything more than what she repeatedly does

romance
and familial bonding

outside of that… her being a police officer … pretty much does the acting for her.

WHY @DAYS behind the scenes features Hope and Rafe… is a smack in the face of how dumbed down are we ?

Yike

this cast is on top… WITH GH

come on

Judy
Judy

love hope and rafe together

Ray
Ray

If someone thinks the show is so bad that it is “time to stick a fork in this bomb,” than simply don’t watch it or waste your time writing negative comments about a show that obviously so many people still enjoy. I think moving the show to noon in NYC could be a good thing. It might provide more people an opportunity to watch it during lunch.

If the rumors are true, is there any way for the show to be profitable if they cut it back to 30 minutes? It seems “Bold and Beautiful” has thrived for years.

I think the show is getting back on track. Abigail/Chad/Gabi are firing on all cylinders. Paul/Sonny is a great pairing. I would love to see the show move into another direction instead of rehashing ANOTHER “Is Stefano alive?” plotline. This storyline has been done too many times.

I love the idea that Stefano has been holding Zack hostage. Although it would be another “coming back from the dead” storyline, it would drive story for years.

I like the diversity “DOOL” has been showing in the past few years. Hispanic, Asian, black and gay is part of society. I am still trying to like the nu-Valerie, but it seems she should be a lot older than actress playing her. Wasn’t her storyline 35+ years ago? Please bring back David Banning (Gregg Marx).

Another great idea is to get Peter Blake’s character back on the show. I think another Dimera child would be great for Chad and Andre.

Wishing the show several more years of success! Stay positive fans.

Chris
Chris

Ray, commenters are entitled to express their opinion about the show, no matter how negative it may be. If you still like it and don’t want to read comments like that, then you should not be on sites/message boards like this.

“…show that obviously so many people still enjoy.” — Have you actually watched/seen the quality of the show and taken a look at the numbers for Days consistently over the past year-plus? If that comment was true, then “obviously” the show would not be in danger of being cancelled.

And if Days was tanking at 1 pm in NYC (in the time slot it held for decades) then how exactly will moving the show an hour earlier be a good move? It will still be up against part of Y&R. If anything, those few who do choose to put it on will probably choke on their lunch before changing the channel. IMO, it’s the beginning of the end.

I’m sorry, but it’s reached a point where I have to be realistic about where this show stands. Yes, a good portion of its (remaining) fans will stay positive, but I can tell you that many people I know who currently watch (or watched) Days don’t care anymore and are resigned to its fate. That’s probably the way the silent majority feels.

Ray
Ray

I think it would be better if negative people who do not respect the shows stay off websites that are about promoting the genre. Do I think the show is at its best? No. Do I want to see hundreds of people lose their jobs if the show is cancelled? No.

Mo
Mo

CONGRATULATIONS!

Nicholas
Nicholas

it has improved so much ! leann hunley is back as anna ! and carrie and austin are back as well . patch and kayla are on the show as well so it is more than time for you to watch the show everyday when it screens on nbc . writing has improved a lot as well . talk to your friends , neighbours , work colleagues about it , get them to watch it . promote it yourself by facebooking and twittering about it . it’s by watching this show and getting the people you know to watch it that this show has the best chance of continuing for years to come .

damien
damien

days has become my favorite soap these days!
lani/ jj / gabi/ chad/ abigail is keeping me glued ! classic soap romances
the stefano hunts been fun and suspenceful awaiting all the old returns of faves!
cant wait for eric to come home too
even hope in prison has been getting good
adriennes cancer is endearing because of the triangle with her , lucas and justin
days is balancing the right mix of romance , suspence and topical issuses…
go days go!

Tony
Tony

Why aren’t the Hayes in this photo?

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

This is great but I sure do hate the rumors that the show is about to be cancelled. Every time this kind of rumor started, I always got upset. I can see where people are getting their information from this time though.

Patrick
Patrick

I don’t know yet… @DAYS – CHOSE – to RUIN the greatest character, for …. HOPE ?

I can only hope… that the characters of Anna, Carrie, Austin… are back for their own story… AND NOT be propped to do in Stefano and … alas… Hope gets her life back

with little to no regard for , how the audience… would delight in seeing these three characters back in Salem for a much longer story.

who truly wants to see just Rafe and Hope

seriously

in the latest SOD issue… it’s Anna DiMera who’s carrying on about how she wants justice for the love of her life… Tony DiMera

REALLY? this is what we RUIN ( one of the best their is, Leann Hunley ) …. so Hope and Rafe can get out of jail free card?

Kristian and Galen… are not even in the same league of daytimes best

Patrick
Patrick

PS: I should add… had @DAYS decide to resurrect Stefano…

Gosh… how I would love… if Ray Wise ( ex-Ian Ward, Y&R) , would do it.

in my dream of DREAM… Jed Allan ( ex’ CC Capwell )

lordy… zap me now

there’s no one like Joseph Mascolo

In a SOD issue not long ago… celebrating Joseph Mascolo….

his wife… shared

“Joseph was a big ole’ bear, with a puppy dog heart”

Drake
Drake

Plain and simple, Days is a sinking ship. This is particularly sad for me since Days is the soap that made me love soaps (I grew up watching the Jim Reilly era). In my opinion, only one person can turn the tide here and his name is Ron Carlivati. His pacing, tone and style would be a perfect match for Days. He could be the fix Days so desperately needs. A last ditch effort that is completely worth a shot.

Johnny Grant
Johnny Grant

..well it sure needs SOMETHING because I grew up watching One Life to Live and All My Children and have given this show, Days of Our Lives a 3 year watch and I’m really done – I just put it on in the background and iron my lab coats or scrubs – it doesn’t draw me in at all. The writing and the dragged out to death storylines are tedious to endure.

Sylvia
Sylvia

Sad to say, but the countdown is on. DAYS has been on a steady spiral downward for over a year. This ship is going to sink.

Johnny Grant
Johnny Grant

Hate to say it, but this show is just so bloody awful – in 2013 – 2014 it showed promise – but to me, since the summer of 2016 it has gone downhill – the writing is just dreadful and the storylines are so weak and come across like it’s 1985 ~ the show is also hurt by the severe lack of sets – yes, I know it’s a soap and not a major movie production, but they are not even creative – how many dinner conversations can be had at Brady’s Pub and just how many confessions and murders can take place in Fake Leaf Park? I think the actors do their best but they cannot overcome horrific writing.

Judy
Judy

Its on it 11”oo Y&R and days is on 1;;00 in austin tx and in amarllo its on 11.oo and days is at 2;oo I live in austin now GHis also on at one 1’00 never watch that one just get DVR and tape both show and call the station and compian

Susan
Susan

I am so happy that LeAnn Hunley is back. I have missed Anna. Now if only the writers could bring back Tony.

xmxascarol
xmxascarol

Me to.to make it really interesting I would love to see Elaine Princi back too.

xmxascarol
xmxascarol

If you are a Kate Mansi fan check out both lifetime and lifetime movie channel.She was in 2 murder mysteries,The Boyfriend Killer and Unwanted Guests I saw both movies last night and believe me you won’t want to miss them She was bad in both of them far cry from her role on role on Days.

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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.

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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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