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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.

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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!!!!!

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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!

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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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DAYS Head Scribe, Ron Carlivati, Shares On Marlena’s Possession 2.0: “We Decided John Needs To Get On To This Sooner Than He Did In The Original, Because That’s What The Audience Would Expect”

As viewers of NBC’s Days of our Lives are watching the revisiting of the classic possession storyline revisited with its 2021 version 2.0, the stage is being set for plenty of devilish drama, now that good doc, Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) is once again in the grips of evil.

We have already seen her with yellow eyes, conjuring up some demonic plans, and of course, the devil trying to pull the wool over the eyes of Marlena’s husband, John Black (Drake Hogestyn).

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Back in the 1994/95 version of this storyline, Father John emerged and exorcised the demon from Marlena, so he knows a thing or two about being possessed, and the horrors it caused to Marlena, and the town of Salem 25 years ago, and as we have seen John is very, very concerned about all this talk of Marlena being possessed by the devil from the script that Johnny (Carson Boatman)  is set to make into a film on Sami’s life story.

Current Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati, spoke with Soap Opera Digest in their latest issue on newsstands now, about his plans and the creation of the 2021 possession storyline. Ron revealed that John is not going to be in the dark for long, sharing: “John has been through this, so the devil isn’t going to be able to pull the wool over his eyes the way he did the first time.”

Carlivati also added: “Even though all soap opera stories, I would argue, depend on some characters being a little bit dumb, in this case, we decided John needs to get on to this sooner than he did in the original because that’s what they audience would expect.  Look for the story to move along at a pretty good clip. We are not rushing, anything by any means – we are having so much fun with the story, but it was important to us that John not look stupid here so he starts to suspect something is wrong with her pretty soon.”

So, are you glad that John will not be completely dumped? Will Father John return to save the day? Are you enjoying the story thus far? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

Then, check out our recent interview with Ron all about the creation of DAYS limited-series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem still streaming on Peacock.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Marlena Becomes Possessed … Again!

On Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the devil had his way with his favorite person, Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)! In story, leave it to Marlena to save Doug (Bill Hayes) by giving herself up to Satan!

As Doug revealed himself to be Satan while in a therapy session with Marlena in her office, a shook Marlena tries to comprehend what is happening! When the devil says if Marlena won’t accept him in, she will punish Doug, he does just that.

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Poor Doug is left writhing in pain and on the floor, crying out for help! When we come back to the scene Marlena is not exactly right near his body, but sort of overlooking what is happening. Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) rushes into Marlena’s office to find Doug as Marlena stares blankly. Eventually, she calls for help.

After Doug is put in a hospital room and is monitored, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Tripp (Lucas Adams) can’t find anything wrong with him. Meanwhile, Julie finds Marlena at the nurses station and asks what happened with Doug during their therapy session.  Marlena flashes back to what led to Doug writing on the floor, and clearly something is way off with Marlena, because she has now become possessed.

Later, Julie sits by Doug’s hospital bed as he opens his eyes, as he tells his beloved wife, “He left me and went in to her.”  A confused Julie is left to ponder what on earth Doug could be talking about.

When Marlena comes home to John (Drake Hogestyn) – who is already concerned with Johnny (Carson Boatman) being set on making a movie of Sami’s life story which includes points on Marlena’s original possession – she tells him Doug collapsed in her office. When the two hug, Marlena slowly opens her eyes  revealing that they are glowing yellow.  Yup! We are off to the races. Marlena is now once again possessed.

So, what did you think about the scenes between Deidre Hall and Bill Hayes? Are you enjoying the revisiting of the infamous ‘possession’ storyline thus far? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives Kicks-Off Possession Storyline Revisted with ‘Doug’ Twist Cliffhanger, Followed by Fall Preview

Did the ‘Devil’ make them do it? Doug Williams  (Bill Hayes) is Satan? In what can only be described as major surprise twist on NBC’s Days of our Lives, for weeks, fans have thought they were about to embark on another dementia or Alzheimer’s storyline on the soaps with another beloved character.

However, Days head writer, Ron Carlivati ,and his writing team came up with a way to make it seem like this may be Doug’s fate only to use the long-running character as the impetus to bring the classic possession storyline back on the air some 25 years later.

It all goes down after Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) calls Marlena (Deidre Hall) to ask him to see Doug, after his MRI and other tests proved inconclusive for dementia, etc, to see if Dr. Evans can assess him.  The phone call to Marlena happened after John (Drake Hogestyn) was discussing the past, since Johnny (Carson Boatman) is ramping up to a shoot a movie on Sami’s life, that will include the time that Sami walked in on John and Marlena having sex, which caused Sami to act out for years and years.

 

However, and this is key, John tells Marlena that moment in time also left her alone and vulnerable to the darkest time in her life – alluding to when she became possessed by the devil – and Marlena was clearly having difficulty admitting that or going down that road of remembrance, when the phone call from Kayla saved her from digging deeper into the past.  Well now, John and Marlena may never have that conversation as she is primed to once again become possessed.

Meanwhile, Johnny is reading Will’s script for the Sami movie, and is shocked to read in it that Marlena was once possessed by the devil, as John takes out a dusty box with his Father John collar, a bible, and a news clipping of Marlena being possessed.  John is feeling that this movie will bring bad things on to all those he loves, especially Doc, and he looks to be right!

Now at her office with Doug, he admits he knows something is wrong.  He acts out and does strange things and does not know why.  Marlena brings up why Doug locked Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) in a freezer by accident. Doug gets adamant saying: “That was no accident. I locked that bitch in there on purpose.”  Marlena is shocked at his word and tone.  Then as Doug laughs, he says, “I’m not Doug.”  Next thing you know, the lowered voice of Satan comes out of Doug’s mouth and he tells Doc, “It’s been over 25 years Marlena. But did you really think I wouldn’t come back for you?” End of episode.  Great cliffhanger!

Now, check out the fall preview released following the airing of Friday’s episode by NBC below, which teases more demonic moments on Days. Then let us know in the comment section, what you thought of the ‘Doug’ twist as the possession storyline begins?

Plus, make sure to cast your vote in ‘Michael’s Poll’ of the week on the revisiting of this classic tale now in 2021 below the preview.

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