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DAYS Chandler Massey and Deidre Hall & GH's Jason Thompson named Power Performances of the Week!

Photo Credit: MF SOAP Inc.

Photo Credit: MF SOAP Inc.

In our opinion, Days of our Lives is doing an excellent job with Will Horton’s coming out story.  And although, there have been the stops and the starts, and the putting on the brakes, and then going forward with it full steam ahead, the writers and the performers have been doing a subtle, compelling and beautiful job relating the struggles of young man trying to face and accept who he is, and the ramifications he fears it will have for him with his family and society.

Last week, we first heard Will say, “I think I might be gay”.  Later, he back-peddled on it, telling his beloved Grandma Marlena, he isn’t gay.  But wise Marlena knows better.  She sees the pain and anguish deep inside Will that is tearing him apart.  And while, April 4th is Will’s “official” coming out episode, (Don’t miss it! We could be naming Chandler and Deidre again next week) there were several scenes this week between Chandler Massey (Will) and Deidre Hall (Marlena) that resonated to us, and we hope many in the DAYS and NBC viewing audience.   We think this simple and yet complex discussion of Marlena telling Will she accepts him for who he is, and Will still questioning and still in denial, were very deserving of being names one of this week’s Power Performances of the Week.

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And in addition, let us not forget, General Hospital’s Jason Thompson (Patrick) in the scene where Patrick takes Robin’s ashes to the land where the house they were going to build for their future was located,  and struggles with dispersing them over the ground.  This makes four weeks in a row that we have named Jason Thompson, one of the Power Performances of the Week!  It would be hard for anyone not to grab for the hankies, watching Patrick grieve for his wife! But the kicker! Robin is alive and so if there is a soap God, and true love wins out, Robin and Patrick will be reunited some day!

Now below watch some scenes from this week’s Power Performances of the Week, and let us know your thoughts, and if you agree with our picks!

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Sandy
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Sandy

Once again, Jason was stellar in the scene where Patrick took “Robin” ‘s ashes to scatter them over the land where their dream home was supposed to be. And then for Scrubs fans to find out that Robin is ALIVE!!! Okay, I squeeeee’d a lot when I saw this! The scene where Patrick reached out his hand as Robin reached hers out as she lay in the hospital bed…there just are no words for that. Patrick feeling in his heart that Robin isn’t really gone, and that he can’t bring himself to believe it….if there is truly a soap god,… Read more »

helen
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helen

I watched both of these incredible performances and I feel that they were Emmy quality. Jason Thompson has surpassed anything I would have expected from him! Who knew he could be this great!

Jules
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Jules

GREAT choices Michael. All 3 deserve kudos. DH and CM have blown me away. The writing has made me want to cry, I’ve been so moved. When Marlena told Will “it gets better”, my heart did a little dance inside. It was so profound. I am excited to see this storyline unfold further. And JT, well, what can be said that hasn’t already been? All I will say however is that after 6 years, it’s about damn time Jason has received all this recognition for his stellar work. These weeks and performances haven’t been any different in terms of range… Read more »

barbara t
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barbara t

3 Good picks I watched both ,but my heart is with Patrick all of his scenes since Robin died have been beautifully written and his acting was heartbreaking ,What is he going to do now that his robin is gone?I feel so bad for the guy I want to hold him and cry with him,so many tears since the explosion ,and watching him with the robins ashes was so sad,Yes once again Jason Thompson has proved he is a powerful actor emmy worthy .I will miss Robin and Patrick together as I have said so many times they were ,are,… Read more »

Lisa
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Lisa

Love Jason Thompson…his performances as Patrick have been nothing short of fabulous – as he grieves the loss of his wife.
A process I hope the writers don’t accelerate to quickly (in an effort to pair him with someone else).
Let him grieve and go through the motions of being without Robin and show him coping with being a single dad to Emma.
Jason really deserves an Emmy !

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RJ4

I love the Marlena and Will scenes. The acting and dialogue has been excellent. Marlena has been compassionate and supportive as a grandmother should and would be with the added touch of a psychiatrist drawing Will out and helping him to accept and acknowledge who he is in his way. Will has been ambivalent, uncomfortable, but longing to come to terms with who he is. The scenes have been emotional, educational, and poignant. Both DH and CM have done an excellent job in portraying Marlena and Will. The story line has been well done. This is some the best work… Read more »

Nancy M
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Nancy M

He has been more than incredible since the “death” of Robin. I have never seen him like this before and I think he deserves the daytime emmy for best actor. Just the look of pain on his face is more than convincing. Love the show now.

Blake
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Blake

I agree that Chandler and Deidre were power performers of the week. They are the best pair on Days!

ethel
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ethel

i loved the secenes with will & marlena but patrick scenes were extraordinary………..

barbara t
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barbara t

I agree Patricks heart is breaking and so is mine .

Jen
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Jen

Chandler is amazing! I’ve enjoyed his take on this s/l very much!

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Roark Critchlow on His Return to DAYS and Working With Cady McClain

It’s been 12 years since Roark Critchlow appeared on Days of our Lives as Dr. Mike Horton, the brother of Jennifer Horton Deveraux (Cady McClain). However, fans have been excited to see him back on their screens when the series teased his appearance in the extended fall preview.

Now with Jennifer spiraling downward (now that her pill-popping addiction is back), it seems like a good time for Dr. Mike to return to Salem to help his sis. (And if the promo for this week’s DAYS is any indication, it certainly looks like Jennifer is going to be involved in a car crash and need medical assistance or at least some brotherly love.)

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Roark initially appeared as Mike back in 1994 and left the soap back in 1999. He returned in 2010 for a few episodes honoring the late Frances Reid (Alice Horton) who was Mike’s grandmother.

In an interview about his return with Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Roark talks about working with McClain as Jennifer, when he previously worked with Missy Reeves in the part.

Critchlow expressed on sharing scenes with McClain: “Her character is going through a lot. She and I dropped in really easily, I felt. It was a very nice, natural care for each other. It wasn’t difficult, that’s for sure. Obviously, Missy is a super-duper person. But you don’t compare people. Cady and I chatted. We got on good. In terms of story, I thought we pulled it off nicely as being people who’ve known each other their whole lives.”

Look for Roark to make his DAYS re-emergence on the upcoming October 3rd episode of the Peacock streaming series.

So, looking forward to seeing Roark and Cady sharing scenes together? Share your thoughts in the comment section, but first check out this week’s promo for DAYS below.

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‘NBC News Daily’ Hits Rock Bottom In Ratings Premiere Week

While networks have seen a collective erosion over the years of the soap opera viewing audience, they are still the most loyal and fierce of any entertainment genre.

With NBC’s decision to take Days of our Lives off of the network after nearly 57 years, and replace it with another daytime news program, they would surely have a rocky road ahead of them to capture viewers in that time slot; especially now that DAYS was moved exclusively to NBCUniversal’s streaming platform, Peacock.

Nothing was more proof positive of that, than the first week ratings and performance of NBC News Daily.

The news show which premiered on Monday, September 12th came in last for the ratings period of all daytime shows for the week.

According to SON: NBC News Daily averaged 935,000 viewers, was last among Total Viewers and last in the key demo ratings: Women 18-49 (tie) and Women 25-54.

In comparison to DAYS last week on NBC, and a year ago, NBC News Daily was down -744,000 and -762,000 viewers, respectively.

NBC News Daily features the latest national and international news, plus consumer, health, and personal finance segments and is hosted by Kate Snow, Aaron Gilchrist, Morgan Redford and Vicky Nguyen.

So, will ‘NBC News Daily’ find itself facing the same fate as ABC’s defunct ‘Revolution’, which replaced One Life to Live, and lasted only six months, or will the news program somehow turn a ratings corner? Does NBC really care one way or the other? Share your thoughts below.

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Alison Sweeney Signs New Multi-Picture Overall Deal with Hallmark

Days of our Lives favorite, Alison Sweeney (Sami Brady) has signed a multi-picture overall  deal with the Hallmark Media.

According to Deadline, as part of Sweeney’s new deal she will star and executive produce A Magical Christmas Village with also stars Luke McFarlane and Marlo Thomas.  The movie will premiere later this year during the Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas.

In story, Sweeney plays Summer, an architect living in a small town where she’s raising her young daughter Chloe. When her mother Vivian (Thomas) finds herself in need of a place to live, her orderly life becomes a little less so after inviting Vivian to move in with them during this transition. Upon arrival, Vivian sets up an heirloom, miniature Christmas village resembling their town, and tells Chloe it grants Christmas wishes. As Chloe begins setting up the figurines, real-life events seem to mimic the scenes she creates, including Summer’s chance meeting with Ryan (Macfarlane), a newcomer to their community.

In a statement on inking the pact with Hallmark Media, Sweeney shared: “I am thrilled to continue to work with Hallmark as they continue to support my work as an actress and as a producer. I’m very proud of our Christmas movie and excited for the future projects to come!”

Lisa Hamilton Daly, Executive Vice President, Programming, Hallmark Media, added:  “Alison Sweeney has been an incredible creative partner for us over the years – both on screen as well as behind the camera as a producer. She’s long been a fan favorite and we can’t wait to continue our work together as we bring new stories to life.”

Sweeney has been making story arc visits to Days of our Lives in recent years.  No word if she will be making a return to the series now that its permanently on Peacock.

So, will you be checking out Alison’s new movie when it comes out in time for holiday season? Comment below.

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