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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
Stephanie

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

kay killgore
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
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
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
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
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
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, couldn’t believe it was her at his door.she is very interesting and yes, I want to see more, Keep her talking at every mirror she can get in front of.

heidi
heidi

Two great choices Michael!

david
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
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
Jared

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

mike
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
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
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
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 I loved EJ during those episodes. He really explained everything so well to her.

This was a nice refreshing break from all that ISA-Stefano crap we have been getting!

Gloria E
Gloria E

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

MBmomof3
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
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
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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Marci Miller Final DAYS Episode Airs Today As She Shares Heartfelt Goodbye: “Thanks For The Sweet Ride, Abby”

In two years time, Marci Miller became a household name in the daytime arena as one of the brightest talents to grace the soap opera genre in a very long time.

Now today on Monday November 19th, viewers of Days of our Lives are watching her final episode as she wraps up her run as Abigail Deveraux on the NBC soap opera.

And what a run it was! Earning her a Daytime Emmy nomination for Lead Actress this year, and a possible nomination next year, Miller was heralded for her gut-wrenching performances in the DID storyline (Dissociative Identity Disorder) where she played Abby’s alters, Dr. Laura and Gabby.  Not to mention her complex love story with Chad DiMera (Billy Flynn).

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On key episodes today, Miller’s Abby goes toe to toe with a vindictive Gabi (Camila Banus) who gloats how Abby ended up back in a sanitarium … thanks to her!

Miller made the decision to leave DAYS and pursue a career in feature film and primetime TV roles

In an Instagram post, Miller shared:”This is a picture of me 2 yrs ago, painting my nails (and a dear friend’s while I’m at it) for a screen test the next morning to play a woman named Abigail Deveraux Dimera on Days of Our Lives. Who would’ve thought?! This morning I sit in the same exact spot knowing that today, my last episode will air as this beloved character. I reflect, and am grateful. I am better for having been a part of it all. Knowing I’ve laid her in a pair of loving and capable hands does me good. Thanks for the sweet ride, Abby. My heart is full today. Xx #Days #Milly#Chabby”

So, send your well-wishes to Marci here as we give her a standing ovation for an incredible job well-done for her portrayal of Abby et al.  Will you miss Marci? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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LISTEN TO THE REPLAY: Soap Nation Live! with Jon Lindstrom, Beth Maitland, Freddie Smith, Linda Dano & Maura West

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Listen to “Soap Nation Live November 2018 Episode” on Spreaker.

If you missed Thursday’s night’s Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman, you can hear the replay of the broadcast right here in the audio player above.

The November episode of the monthly podcast featured special guests: Soap icon, Linda Dano (Ex-Felicia, AW, Gretel, (OLTL, GH, Port Charles, AMC), and Cynthia, ATWT), General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan), The Young and the Restless’ Beth Maitland (Traci), Days of our Lives Freddie Smith (Sonny), and listeners were in for a surprise when GH’s Maura West (Ava Jerome) called-in as well during the show.

During this fun night of chat, Linda Dano kicked-off the show as she and Michael reminisced about the night she won the Daytime Emmy in 1993 for her role as Felicia Gallant on Another World.  Then, the duo talked about: her soap career as Gretel “Rae” Cummings on the ABC Daytime line-up, her incomparable fashion sense, and how fans can see her first acting project in 12 years when The Chronicle Mysteries debuts with Alison Sweeney (Sami, DAYS) in March of 2019 on the Hallmark Channel.

Next, General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom discussed taking on and revisiting playing the dual roles of Kevin Collins, and his serial killer twin brother, Ryan Chamberlain.  In addition, Jon talked about his leading ladies, Genie Francis and the #KevLaur hash tag, and Ryan’s interest in Ava Jerome.  Then, after answering some questions from listeners, Maura West surprised her scene partner and called-in to chat with him.

Beth Maitland came on to Soap Nation Live! next, and she discussed finally having the opportunity after 36 years to explore Traci’s relationship with her siblings, Jack and Ashley, that came about in Eileen Davidson’s exit storyline.  The Daytime Emmy-winning actress also revealed her favorite Y&R storyline over the years. Maitland has received critical-acclaim for her recent work on the CBS Daytime drama series.

The final guest of the night was Freddie Smith.  The popular DAYS star talked on the latest developments of Sonny and Will, where now the two can be together since Paul and Will broke up, but will their happiness last long?  Freddie gives the listeners a preview of what’s to come.  Then, a listener calls in revealing how through watching Days of our Lives and the Sonny and Will story and romance, how it helped him come out and to have a family.

Last, during our Game Show segment, a lucky caller eventually wins the Sonny Kiriakis-centric trivia game and will receive a Days of our Lives swag/goodie bag and an autographed personalized photo of Freddie Smith.

To hear archived and past episodes of Soap Nation Live, you can go to the official show page on Spreaker.com here.

Now, listen to the broadcast with Linda, Jon, Beth, Freddie and Maura, and then let us know via the comment section below what was your favorite moment in the broadcast.

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Soaps Lift Boycott Threat Of Daytime Emmys

In a key move to allow those performers in front of the camera and behind the scenes crew and creatives to be acknowledged for their accomplishments this calendar year, the four daytime dramas collectively have decided to lift their threatened boycott and participate in the upcoming 46th annual Daytime Emmy competition.

This comes after the four network soaps (Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful, and The Young and the Restless) banded together after being unsatisfied with snafu’s coming out of the 45th annual Daytime Emmy Awards earlier this year in April, and a list of grievances and concerns they asked to be addressed by the organization that administers the Emmy contest.

Then, following an internal investigation by NATAS by the law firm of Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth of Washington, DC, the results which were released on November 8th, and being in receipt of their findings, the soaps decided to move forward while still having concerns they want addressed.

In a statement from the group, a spokesperson related to Deadline, who broke the story late Friday: “As a group, we are not in agreement with all of the conclusions that NATAS reached.  However, in the spirit of working with NATAS and the TV Academy on improving the integrity of the Daytime Emmys, we have lifted our boycott. We look forward to meeting with NATAS to discuss their findings and our concerns in greater detail.”

On Saturday, someone close to the situation said to Michael Fairman TV: “Our participation doesn’t mean we accept their proposal moving forward, we still have major issues that we will be discussing with the Chair and President (of NATAS), but as a collective whole, we don’t want to penalize our actors for NATAS’ mis-management.”

The 46th Annual Daytime Emmy submissions began earlier this week on November 12th, with the Daytime Emmys slated to be handed out in early May of 2019.

So, are you glad that the network soaps have lifted their threatened boycott so that your favorite performers, whose performances you have loved over the last 11 months can be acknowledged for their talents and hard work? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

 

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