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DAYS Elani Wedding (Photos): What Did You Think Of The Nuptials?

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This week on Days of our Lives saw the first African-American couple to be married on-screen in the 54-year history of Days of our Lives.  Now while Lani (Sal Stowers) and Eli (Lamon Archey) tried before in a previous ceremony, this one did the job … they are now officially husband and wife!

The ceremony was attended by Lani’s dad, Abe Reynolds (James Reynolds), her mother Tamara Price (Marily McCoo), Billy Davis Jr.  as a former FBI mentor to Eli, Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) – it was her restaurant after all and she is Eli’s grandmother.  Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) presided over the ceremony.

There were some unwelcome guests at the ceremony as well; leading the bride to question, are we doomed?  Why does this keep happening to us everytime we tried to get hitch!

However, fate was on Lani and Eli’s side this day, as even Gabi (Camila Banus) with her antics, and a shocking arrival from Vivian Alamain (Louise Sorel), couldn’t rain on this day.  Vivian even tried to shoot the bride, but thanks to Rafe (Galen Gering) saving the day and armed with news that her son Stefan (Brandon Barash) could be alive; he informs Viv firmly that she would be killing someone for the wrong reason, even though Vivian is in disbelief that her son is alive.  Next, she is whisked out of the ceremony.

Lani still feeling rattled by all the wedding interruptus gets a sign she should marry the man she loves; when her mother, who needed to go lie down earlier, as she was feeling faint, was able to show back up just in time to restart the wedding.

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During the ceremony, Eli mentions the loss of little David Abraham and the struggles they went through, but how in the end it brought then closer together.  After the rings are exchanged and they are pronounced man and wife, the newlyweds “jump the broom” a wonderful tradition and a symbol of African-American heritage, where the sweeping of the broom signifies sweeping away all the bad energy.  After they sweep the broom, Elani jumps over it.

In a behind-the-scenes of the wedding segment released this week on the DOOL app, Sal Stowers and Lamon Archey talk about the inclusion of the ‘jump the broom’ moment in the episode, and how they suggested the idea to DAYS Co-EP Albert Alaar, and how  it was written into the episode.

So, what did you think of Lani and Eli’s wedding? Did you enjoy it? Let us know via the comment section below, but first check out this wedding photo gallery of the big day!

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Vanessa Williams
Marilyn McCoo
Louise Sorel

Lamon & Sal : TWO HOT

Jamesis MY Man he’s so stoic, so solid, LOVED, absolutely he’s refined, he built character

@DAYS : simply put; NEEDS, to bring back as recurring… perhaps as chief of staff, Valerie.

geez: I haven’t been so excited for romance, love, and it just rings up w/Eric N Stacey. WOW

I keep starring in Galen “EYE” not wanting to forget , who would? YIKES the smolder . FIRE!

How can any one not say … @DAYS is doing things…. IMAGINATION TAKE; WITH HEART

more than any thing… I loved the visit with these newly crowned BFF. Lani N Kristen !

as they shared in each other joy…. “why aren’t you jumping up and down… with your pregnancy”

oh god… the angst , the heart, the cling on to.

knowing she had already miscarried … PLUS wanting her wedding to go off without a hitch.

watching Lani confide in Kristen… their lives

oh god.. Eric Martsolf , IS AN ACTOR … and a DAMNED GOOD ONE ! as he spied, felt Kristen presence … Kristen replete in Nun… turns

the look , on Brady face… says it all.. as Kristen, can’t believe herself the glee and laughter that this man LOVES HER. oh god ! I love this stuff. it was just so real stuff.. as Brady shares , he just doesn’t know what to do with himself, apart from Kristen AND Rachel… as Kristen is about to leave , again, on her own… Brady grabs her , hands held… walk off .. scene end ?!?! TEARS … I don’t need that heart wrench yet… I want to savor this

Lani and Eli…. it’s so beautiful…how real these two solid acts bring to life…another LOVE. geez louise… I’d lose my cookies if I had to stare in to his dreamy

I HAVE TO ADD : proof positive…REAL REEL’ing w/Olivia Rose Keegan. Yeah

it’s delight again… watching Claire MIXING Salem’ite . knowing she won, she deserved an EMMY. I acknowledge how much FUN it is to watch her bravura … no matter that she’s “misunderstood” she may be foot first.. then mindsets

WE LOVE YOU CLAIRE !

Storywise, the show appears to be in a good place. Eli, Lani, Gabbi, Rafe, Will, Chad, Abigail, Claire and Sonny. They have finally realized the 80’s are over and started making its younger cast more visible although I’d watch Julie and Steve read a phone book. Can’t they come up with a comic storyline for Julie, Vivian and Maggie. Let them play detective. Now if only they’dump the back from the dead storylines, bring back David Banning and Nurse Ann they might have a chance.

“Now if only they’dump the back from the dead storylines, bring back David Banning”

Uh, you know you just contradicted yourself, right??

Of course the death of David Banning was never seen on screen, so it could be explained away without Rolf Zombie Serum, or brain chips or any other such nonsense. But it would still be a “back from the dead” story.

Aside from that, I don’t think they know what age to make David Banning anymore. He was born on screen in the early 70s, SORASed early, and while he was offscreen, his own son Scotty was also SORASed. Scotty hasn’t been seen in a while, but the guy who played him now has gray hair, so if they portrayed David Banning at the age he should be, proportionate to all of that, he’d be the same age as his mother, Julie.

So a lot less confusing to leave him dead. I promise you, he’s not in Hell!

I loved Kristen visiting Lani & if truth be told I think those two have more chemistry than the bride & groom. Loved the actual vows & jumping of the broom.
Didn’t like the ridiculous interruptions & spotty acting at times. Also, budget is so bad they can’t afford to do right by these weddings. This being first black on screen wedding in Days history should have been on the scale of Angie/Jessie at AMC all those years ago.

What’s to say? Just another wedding fiasco as par for the course on Days. God forbid they should give us something to enjoy! Now we have to see two more, and Will ordained as officiant, stupid and silly.

These two characters have really grown on me. I think they are in a dead heat with Ben and Ciara as to which couple is more risque (with their constant amorous adventures).

That being said, the wedding shenanigans were way over the top! And not in a good way…

But bonus points for including Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr! I don’t know their history, if any, with this show, but they are legendary recording artists. Google them if you don’t know.

I saw them in concert just a few years ago, and they were still quite entertaining. They were very successful as part of the Fifth Dimension (late 60s, early 70s, “Aquarius,” “Wedding Bell Blues”), then performed as a duo, starting in the mid-70s. As a duo, their biggest hit was “You Don’t Have to Be a Star (to Be in My Show).” But they were also noteworthy for recording what many (myself included) consider to be the first true disco song, “Shine on Silver Moon.” Give it a spin!

FUN READ: ^^^ “…their constant amorous adventures ”

yeah, it’s always a “doozy” when that RIGHT one reels. think Brady, Eric, Chad, oh and Kristen, Nicole, Abs… well you know

with production CHANGE coming soon. B&B can have their blow up and love interest “stand-in” @DAYS fan have imagination. you’ll have to listen to Ron C. talk with Steve and Kayla. he’s like characters will have to voice: ” I want a big kisseroo smooch smooch” camera fades

it’s an important trigger… impulse, no? they are all so good looking

I’ve already posted that Ciera and Ben PLUS Gabs… CAN CHILL OUT SOME. wow.. have you reached that younger demographic already YET ? vapors heady impulse

I AM SO TAKEN w/Kristen and Brady… just shocked at how much pull , Stacey Haiduk reigns as first lady… woahsah Brady ! I’ve touted this the best their is going on now in all daytime. I am already heated.. so 6 feet apart at sheet pulling and drop the towel

parting note : 5th dimension is played in our house. One less bell to answer, along with their body of work. I have always loved Marilyn McCoo. “You don’t have to be a star, baby, to be in my show” just for the heck of it.. it’s a cute diddy from 1989. youtube it :Sonia – You’ll Never Stop Me Loving You – Official Video ” it’s sooooo Alec Baldwin’esque.. but can so clearly see Billy Flynn @DAYS Chad doing this. yike

Thanks for your reply, Patrick! I noticed it because I purposely looked at this page again. I did not get an email, notifying me that I had a reply. I am no longer receiving those helpful emails about a post I made or a reply to a post I made. Is that happening with everyone?!?!

I’ve mentioned before that I thoroughly enjoy your posts — and that continues — but it’s great to engage with you here.

I agree with all your points. Glad you are also a Fifth Dimension/Marilyn McCoo fan!

Best to you, Friend!

correct on the NO MORE; e-mail notification (s)

along with having to put your “name” and “EMAIL” .. thankfully that’s just a right click on bar.

I miss the edit button

Thanks for letting me know it’s not only me, Patrick.

I meant to add earlier (no edit button) that I am so with you when it comes to Kristen and Brady. Always enjoyable. As is reading your posts!

I absolutely love the dress!! Anyone know where can I finded it?!

Wedding ceremony was beautiful. Dress was awful. Did not show off true beauty of Lani. Showed awful on TV

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Steve Kent Reportedly OUT as Sony Pictures Television VP in Charge of DAYS and Y&R

On Friday, reports surfaced that Steve Kent, Senior Executive Vice President of Programming at Sony Pictures Television, is no longer with the company and overseeing the Sony soap operas, Days of our Lives and The Young and the Restless.

According to Soap Opera Digest, a set side source reported that Kent’s last day was last Friday, April 12th, which was one day after what would have been his final appearance in his Sony VP role at the Days of our Lives 15,000th episode on set celebration.

During that ceremony, Kent gave a brief speech giving kudos to DAYS for its incredible milestone. Days is a co-production of Sony Pictures Television and Corday Productions, while Y&R is produced by Bell Dramatic Serial Company in association with Sony Pictures Television.

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Kent started his soap opera career as a producer for CBS’ defunct Capitol and then as the supervising producer of NBC’s Santa Barbara from1984 to 1993.

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At Sony, before his role overseeing the soaps, Kent was Senior Executive Vice President of International Productions for Sony Pictures Television International department.

If reports are true, the question becomes who has taken over his position, and would oversee DAYS and Y&R from the Sony side? Share your thoughts on this developing story via the comment section below.

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(WATCH) 2024 Daytime Emmy Nominations Special Live!

After exciting morning for your favorite daytime stars when they were revealed to be nominees for the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards comes tonight 10th annual Daytime Emmy Nominations Special.

Beginning at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT, several of the nominees will talk with Michael Fairman on their reactions to the news they have been nominated for a Daytime Emmy, share what scenes they submitted that landed in the top five or six in their respective performer acting categories and much more.

Scheduled to appear are: Days of our Lives nominees, Tamara Braun (Ava), Eric Martsolf (Brady) and Linsey Godfrey (Sarah), The Young and the Restless nominees: Allison Lanier (Summer), Michelle Stafford (Phyllis), Courtney Hope (Sally), Bryton James (Devon), The Bold and the Beautiful’s John McCook (Eric), General Hospital nominees, Finola Hughes (Anna) and Alley Mills (Heather), and The Bay’s Mike Manning (Caleb).

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The 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be broadcast live on CBS and streamed on Paramount+ on Friday night, June 7th and emanating, once again this year from the Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

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For a full list of this year’s nominations click here.

Now, watch below as the stars chat it up as we celebrate their Daytime Emmy Nominations. If you have a potential question you might want posed to any of our guests, drop it in the comment section below and we just might ask it on air.

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51st Annual Daytime Emmy Award Nominations: CBS Soaps Score Most, Eric Braeden, Dick Van Dyke, Guy Pearce Receive Nods

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) have officially announced on Friday, the full list of nominees for the 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

While Thursday brought with it four reveals of the nominees in the Outstanding Daytime Drama, Talk Show Host, Lead Actor and Actress categories (as presented by various entertainment news programs), today’s nominations include all the other categories not previously announced.

The Daytime Emmy Awards telecast is set to be presented live on Friday night, June 7, at 8 PM EDT /delayed PT, on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on-demand on Paramount+. This will mark the 18th time that CBS has broadcast the Daytime Emmys.

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In addition, The Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle Emmy Awards will be presented on Saturday, June 8 at t9 PM ET/6 PM PT and streamed on The Emmys apps and at watch.TheEmmys.tv. The ceremonies will take place at the Westin Bonaventure Los Angeles.

Television icon, Dick Van Dyke has received his first-ever Daytime Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Guest Performer category for his touching portrayal of Timothy Robicheaux on Peacock’s Days of our Lives. The nomination makes Van Dyke the oldest Daytime Emmy nominee in history at 98-years-old.  In addition, motion picture and TV star, Guy Pearce, is also nominated as Guest Performer for his longtime role as Mike Young in the reboot of Neighbours.

Speaking of Neighbours, the Australian soap opera also received its first ever Daytime Emmy nomination for Daytime Drama Series now that its a revival can be streamed on Amazon Freevee. In addition, The Young and the Restless iconic, Eric Braeden (Victor Newman) received his first Daytime Emmy nomination in more than 20 years in the Lead Actor in a Drama Series category.

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In the Daytime Drama series categories, CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless each scored 12 nominations more than any other show. Leading the acting nominations was B&B, who landed 7 performers in the various categories, a first in its 37-year history.

In a statement, Adam Sharp, President & CEO, NATAS expressed, “We are happy to once again honor the creative talent both in front of and behind the camera of America’s favorite Daytime programs. We look forward to celebrating the icons who enliven the days of audiences across the country.”

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Brent Stanton, Head of Daytime, NATAS added, “Producing the Daytime Emmys is a labor of love for all of us at NATAS. The huge popularity of these shows continues to be must-see viewing for their fans.” NATAS also revealed that Lifetime Achievement Honorees, Hosts, Presenters, and Silver and Gold Circle honorees will be revealed at a later date.

The Daytime Emmy Awards recognize outstanding achievement in television programming honoring work in a variety of categories, including daytime dramas, talk shows, instructional programming, hosting, culinary, and legal/courtroom programs. In 2021, NATAS and the Television Academy jointly announced plans to realign the Daytime and Primetime Emmy Awards to be organized by content genre, as opposed to program airtime.

The 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be produced once again by NATAS and Associated Television International (ATI). Adam Sharp and Lisa Armstrong are executive producers from NATAS, while David McKenzie executive produces from ATI.

Congratulations to all the men and women in front of the camera and behind the scenes for their recognition as we take a look at who will be going for gold come June. Here are the nominees below starting with the Daytime Drama Categories.

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OUTSTANDING DAYTIME DRAMA SERIES

The Bay

The Bold and the Beautiful

Days of our Lives

General Hospital

Neighbours

The Young and the Restless

OUTSTANDING LEAD PERFORMANCE IN A DAYTIME DRAMA SERIES: ACTRESS

Tamara Braun, Days of our Lives

Finola Hughes, General Hospital

Katherine Kelly Lang, The Bold and the Beautiful

Annika Noelle, The Bold and the Beautiful

Michelle Stafford,  The Young and the Restless

Cynthia Watros, General Hospital

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OUTSTANDING LEAD PERFORMANCE IN A DAYTIME DRAMA SERIES: ACTOR

Eric Braeden, The Young and the Restless

Scott Clifton, The Bold and the Beautiful

Thorsten Kaye, The Bold and the Beautiful

Eric Martsolf, Days of our Lives

John McCook, The Bold and the Beautiful

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OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE IN A DAYTIME DRAMA SERIES: ACTRESS

Jennifer Gareis, The Bold and the Beautiful

Linsey Godfrey, Days of our Lives

Courtney Hope, The Young and the Restless

Allison Lanier, The Young and the Restless

Emily O’Brien, Days of our Lives

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OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE IN A DAYTIME DRAMA SERIES: ACTOR

Robert Gossett, General Hospital

Bryton James, The Young and the Restless

Wally Kurth, Days of our Lives

A Martinez, The Bay

Mike Manning, The Bay

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OUTSTANDING GUEST PERFORMANCE IN A DAYTIME DRAMA SERIES

Linden Ashby, The Young and the Restless

Ashley Jones, The Bold and the Beautiful

Alley Mills, General Hospital

Guy Pearce, Neighbours

Dick Van Dyke, Days of our Lives

OUTSTANDING WRITING TEAM FOR A DAYTIME DRAMA SERIES

The Bay

The Bold and the Beautiful

Days of our Lives

General Hospital

The Young and the Restless

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OUTSTANDING DIRECTING TEAM FOR A DAYTIME DRAMA SERIES

The Bay

The Bold and the Beautiful

Days of our Lives

General Hospital

The Young and the Restless

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DIRECTION

General Hospital

The Jennifer Hudson Show

The Kelly Clarkson Show

The View

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OUTSTANDING TECHNICAL DIRECTION, CAMERAWORK, VIDEO

The Bold and the Beautiful

Days of our Lives

Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade

The Kelly Clarkson Show

OUTSTANDING CASTING

African Queens: Njinga

Days of our Lives

General Hospital

Start Up

The Young and the Restless

OUTSTANDING ART DIRECTION/SET DECORATION/SCENIC DESIGN

African Queens: Njinga

The Drew Barrymore Show

General Hospital

The Kelly Clarkson Show

The View

The Young and the Restless

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN/STYLING

African Queens: Njinga

The Bold and the Beautiful

The Jennifer Hudson Show

Sherri

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OUTSTANDING HAIRSTYLING AND MAKEUP

African Queens: Njinga

The Drew Barrymore Show

Sherri

The View

The Young and the Restless

OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL SONG

“Shine” General Hospital

“Unexpected Truth”Unexpected

“We’re Home” Reconnecting Roots

OUTSTANDING DAYTIME TALK SERIES

The Jennifer Hudson Show

The Kelly Clarkson Show

Tamron Hall

Turning The Tables with Robin Roberts

The View

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OUTSTANDING ENTERTAINMENT NEWS SERIES

Access Hollywood

Entertainment Tonight

Extra

OUTSTANDING CULINARY SERIES

Be My Guest with Ina Garten

Family Dinner

Selena + Chef: Home for the Holidays

Valerie’s Home Cooking

What Am I Eating? with Zooey Deschanel

OUTSTANDING LEGAL/COURTROOM PROGRAM

Hot Bench

Judy Justice

Justice For The People with Judge Milian

The People’s Court

We The People with Judge Lauren Lake

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DAYTIME TALK SERIES HOST

Joy Behar, Whoopi Goldberg, Alyssa Farah Griffin, Sara Haines, Sunny Hostin, Ana Navarro, The View

Kelly Clarkson, The Kelly Clarkson Show

Mark Consuelos, Kelly Ripa, Live with Kelly and Mark

Akbar Gbajabiamila, Amanda Kloots, Natalie Morales, Jerry O’Connell, Sheryl Underwood, The Talk

Tamron Hall, Tamron Hall

OUTSTANDING CULINARY HOST

Lidia Bastianich, 25 Years with Lidia: A Culinary Jubilee

Valerie Bertinelli, Valerie’s Home Cooking

Eduardo Garcia, Big Sky Kitchen with Eduardo Garcia

Emeril Lagasse, Emeril Cooks

Sophia Roe, Counter Space

Buddy Valastro, Legends of the Fork

OUTSTANDING DAYTIME PERSONALITY – DAILY

Frank Caprio, Caught in Providence

Kevin Frazier, Nischelle Turner , Matt Cohen, Cassie DiLaura, Denny Directo, Will Marfuggi, Rachel Smith, Entertainment Tonight

Deborah Norville, Steven Fabian, Lisa Guerrero, Ann Mercogliano, Jim Moret, Les Trent. Inside Edition

Robert Hernandez, Star Jones, Divorce Court

Judge Judy Sheindlin, Whitney Kumar, Kevin Rasco, Sarah Rose, Judy Justice

What do you think about the nominations for the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards? Who do you think deserved to get in that did? Who do you think got snubbed? Who are you happiest to see receive a nomination? Let us know via the comment section below.

Make sure to be with us live starting tonight Friday, April 19th at 8pm ET/5pm PT for the Michael Fairman Channel’s 10th anniversary edition of its Daytime Emmy Nomination Special 2024, featuring some of the just announced daytime drama nominees. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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