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DAYS Chandler Massey and GH's Kelly Sullivan named Power Performances of the Week!

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Photo Credit: Adam Campbell

Daytime fans have been fortunate to see two major talents really getting the opportunity to strut their stuff this week on Days of our Lives and General Hospital.   And, we predict that these two performers will have careers beyond the soaps, if and when that time should come.  But again to the naysayers, that tell us that soaps don’t have A+ caliber acting look no further than Days of our Lives, Chandler Massey (Will) and General Hospital’s Kelly Sullivan (Kate/Connie).

In a riveting, touching and heartbreaking performance on Tuesday and Wednesday’s Days of our Lives, Will blurts out to his parents, Sami and Lucas, that he is gay. What followed was some of the best writing in the telling of a coming out storyline that we can remember on daytime or nighttime television.  Chandler Massey’s raw, understated, and realistic portrayal had us reaching for the hankies!  Ably supported by Bryan Dattilo (Lucas) who did a great job as Will’s father trying to come to terms with the revelation while trying to hold the family together, and Alison Sweeney (Sami) as the mother in denial, who runs away from the whole situation.   Give credit to the writers, and give a huge credit to Chandler Massey.  It is hard to imagine anyone could play this part better than he has.  He has been given the ball and run all the way for a touchdown!

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And in a startling, intense, heartbreaking tour de force, GH’s Kelly Sullivan is showing what she is made of playing the complex DID storyline and making it fresh, when many said it couldn’t be done!  With her magnificent scene partner, Maurice Benard (Sonny) playing the beats of a heartbroken lover who deep down loves Kate, he watches in shock and sadness as Kate talks to her alter Connie who is trying desperately to deduce what happened the night Anthony Zacchara’s tires were shot out, which in turn killed Cole and Hope.   Then, when Sonny meets Connie for the first time, Sullivan really pulled out all the stops!  We loved when Connie imitated Kate when she said, “Oh Sonny.  I have to see Sonny”   Then the line that followed (which we also loved) was Connie telling Sonny about Kate not being able to stay away from him,   “She’s an addict and you’re a big hunk of crack.”    It was drama at its best and Sullivan and Bernard made this work!

So with all that said, On-Air On-Soaps names Chandler Massey and Kelly Sullivan this week’s Power Performances of the Week.  Now after the jump, watch their power performances and let us know what you thought of the scenes and if you agree with our picks!

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Stephanie
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Stephanie

Chandler knocks it out of the park once again. Great that he was named Power Performer. He deserves it.

kay killgore
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kay killgore

I thought KS performance was good and the lines were spot on I do not know how MB kept a straight face. Side note I think Connie said that she did it to try to keep Sonny away from Kate, I think Johnny had his goon shoot the tires. Good Choices Mr. Fairman!!!!!

Kaitlyn
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Kaitlyn

Chandler rocks every performance so I’m glad he was recognized again for his incredible talent! So happy that Will finally came out to his parents. The Will/Sami/Lucas, Lucas/Will, and EJ/Sami scenes were all wonderful to watch!

Dorothy
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Dorothy

Chandler is proving himself to be a great talent…He rocked his scenes this week. he is definitely A Power Performer. Good job & Kudos to Chandler!

Susan
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Susan

Kelly Sullivan and Maurice Bernard really ACED those scenes. Kelly has been doing outstanding work, and Maurice has been the perfect person to play off!

memetoo
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memetoo

Kelly Sullivan is a wonderful actress. She has taken this storyline and made it into something compelling. I think she has become my favorite actress on daytime right now — she’s not afraid to go for it and give it 100% even when her character is doing the most outrageous things. I adore her!!! Great choices for performers of the week!

barbara t
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barbara t

Chandler is a good actor I have enjoyed Wills story from the start he has kept me very interested and want to see more with Sami. Kate/connie, Kelly Sullivan, What can I say she is brilliant and she deserves to be the power performer of the week, I say weeks because connie has been very busy trashing cakes hitting head shrinkers over the head, And now giving Sonny a piece of what connie really is (real). I wasn’t to happy about a d.i.d. story but I have been interested in kate/connie since the first time she went to johnnys apartment,… Read more »

heidi
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heidi

Two great choices Michael!

david
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david

Connie said about Kate (6:03), “she is like one of those fancy show dogs–all hair and no brains.” That makes sense. Who in their right mind would continue to be involved with a mobster after being shot on her wedding day? Kate/Connie is a train wreak and Sullivan makes it great fun to watch.

Joan Faist
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Joan Faist

Chandler Massey gave a powerhouse performance. I think he’s one of the best young actors of today. I have liked his portrayal of Will since he started playing the role. Chandler has grown into the part and made it his own. Kudos to Chandler. Job very well done. He deserves the Emmy.

Jared
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Jared

Kelly Sullivan is wowing me. Great work! I didn’t get to see DAYS this week :(, but I hear it was good.

mike
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mike

I don’t get the love for Kelly Sullivan, this has been done better by Erika Slezak and the very underrated Bree Williamson. Chandler Massey may be the best actor on soaps today, young or old.

david
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david

I don’t disagree with you about Slezak and Williamson. I wish we could still see them on OLTL, but we can’t. Perhaps on some level I am enjoying Sullivan because it does remind me of the storyline and memories of OLTL, and I do like the lines about Kate being an addict and a fancy show dog.

Blake
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Blake

Chandler Massey is killing it on Days! Will’s story is the best thing on the show, really the only interesting thing on lately. He is a force to be reckoned with. He has such a bright future ahead of him!

Dmitri
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Dmitri

Massey is a brilliant actor! He really pulled off those scenes, as did Sweeney, Scott and Datillo. Now we can hopefully see more of WilSon on our screens! As for Lucas, I am so glad he supported his son, despite how shocked he was. How did Sami not see this coming, when Lucas has been here for only around 2 months, but she has been here for so long? She was an idiot, running away. I mean, Lucas was shocked too, but he stayed and helped Will. I think Sami will be there for her son in the future, and… Read more »

Gloria E
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Gloria E

kelly performances remind me of Judith Light as Karen Wolek on OLTL..she is really good…

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Michael, I totally agree. These two have been rocking their heavy, soapy material. The characters and performers have really “grown” on me. I’ve always liked Will, but really disliked Kate until the last couple of months. Kudos to all involved! Keep up the great work!

janet
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janet

I enjoyed Connie. She thinks like me,and hates Sonny. Loved her telling it like it is. The actress is doing a good job. Kate bores me to death. I didn’t watch any of the Sonny and Kate reunion.Tht’s what the ff button is for!
I didn’t watch the coming out of Will at days mostly because they dragged it out until they again ruined the rest of the show and I shut it off.

Annika
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Annika

Chandler Massey are you kidding me? This guy is such a good actor, it is simply ridiculous! Every day that Chandler is on screen is a great day. Keep up the fantastic work.

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Rumors that have been swirling are confirmed true.  Cady McClain is coming to Salem and Days of our Lives to replace Melissa Reeves temporarily as the new Jennifer Horton Deveraux.  The casting news was confirmed by a Days spokesperson, according to Soap Opera Digest.

Daytime fans recall, Cady is a two-time Daytime Emmy winner and has previously appeared as Dixie on All My Children, Rosanna on As the World Turns and Kelly on The Young and the Restless.  McClain has already begun filming as Jennifer.

Reeves, who commutes from Nashville to Los Angeles to tape episodes of Days of our Lives, decided not to return to set when the NBC soap opera resumed production earlier this month due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic,

In addition, Melissa became a grandmother last month with her daughter Emily’s first child, and now soon will welcome her son Larry’s first child later this month, which is another reason Reeves chose to stay put in Tennessee.

So, what do you think of the Jennifer switcheroo? Excited to see what Cady brings to the role? Comment below.

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Knots Landing longtime fan favorite, Kevin Dobson (Mack McKenzie) has passed away at the age of 77.  The actor’s death was first reported by the United Veterans Council of San Joaquin County’s Facebook page.  Dobson died on Sunday, September 6th via “medical complications”.

However, The Hollywood Reporter had more clarity and reported that Dobson died Sunday evening in a hospital in Stockton, California, after struggling with an autoimmune deficiency. Arthur Toretzk, Dobson’s rep, shared that with the entertainment news outlet.

The post via Facebook read: “Army Veteran, Veterans Rights Activist, Film and Television Actor Kevin Dobson has passed away. He was 77 Years Old. Condolences to the entire family. Rest In Peace… March 18 1943-September 6 2020.'”   Dobson was the former chairman of the organization.

During his career in primetime, Kevin was also widely known for his work on the crime show, Kojak from 1973 to 1978, playing Detective Bobby Crocker working alongside Telly Savalas.   Earlier in his TV career he appeared on: The Mod SquadEmergency! and Cannon.

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When Don Murray’s exited Knots Landing in 1982, Dobson was cast in the role of M. Patrick (“Mack”) McKenzie, the love interest for Michele Lee’s Karen.  Lee and Dobson became an undeniable favorite duo of the CBS primetime soap opera and for all-time in soap history.  During his run on ‘Knot’s from its fourth season to its conclusion in 1993, Dobson won five Soap Opera Digest Awards for his performances.

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In addition, Dobson got his start in daytime soaps, and eventually wound back on them following the ending of ‘Knots’.  He first appeared on NBC’s The Doctors. In 2008, DAYS hired him to play Mickey Horton after two other actors did not work out replacing, the original Mickey,  John Clarke, who retired, In shorter stints, Kevin played Governor Harrison Brooks on One Life to Live in 2003. and Judge Devin Owens on The Bold and the Beautiful in 2006.

He is survived by his wife Susan and his three children, Sean Dobson, Patrick Dobson and Mariah Dobson.

Share you remembrances and condolences in the comment section for Kevin Dobson.

Also check out below The Michael Fairman Channel’s sit-down interview with the ladies of ‘Knots’ from earlier this year; where Michele Lee, Joan Van Ark (Val) and Donna Mills (Abby) mark the 40th anniversary of the series …and also share remembrances of working with Dobson.

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Marci Miller Opens Up About Her Decision to Return to DAYS and Her Concerns Replacing Kate Mansi

This week will mark the return of Marci Miller in the role of Abigail Deveraux DiMera on Days of our Lives.

The popular actress, who had been nominated for two Daytime Emmys in the Lead Actress category during her initial run on the NBC soap opera, revealed some of the complex emotions she had in determining whether or not to come back to Salem as detailed in this week’s Soap Opera Digest on newsstand now.

Once again, Miller is taking over the role from her predecessor, Kate Mansi.  As DAYS fans know. Mansi won a Daytime Emmy for her work as Outstanding Supporting Actress in 2017 and first played the role from 2011-2016, then Miller took over the role.  Abigail’s last arc was played by Mansi when she returned from 2018- to the first part of 2020.  Miller had stepped away from the role in 2018 as she wanted to concentrate on other projects.

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In regards to her comeback, Miller shared with SOD: “You never know how discombobulating it might be.  That was one of the things I had to weigh in coming back, was whether or not it was fair to the fans for me to accept (the offer) because Kate hadn’t been there for a very long stint. For them to do this flip-flop thing was a little bit of a concern of mine.”

Miller ultimately says she felt that it was better to have Abigail on the canvas, than not in all, and in the hands of an actress who was familiar with the role than a new actress to take over the part.

Make sure to check out SOD for more on Marci’s decision to return to the NBC soap opera.

Meanwhile, look for an exciting story ahead for Miller when Abigail gets back in action in Salem.

So, what do you think of Marci’s careful thought-process to coming home to DAYS? Comment below.

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