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DAYS Freddie Smith, Guy Wilson & Deidre Hall Chat On The Making Of Sonny and Will's Historic Wedding!

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Today on Days of our Lives, history was made when Sonny and Will said their vows in front of their family and friends and became, “husbands for life”!  Officiating the big day was Marlena who made their union legal.

And with that, the love story of Sonny and Will had come full circle.  There were plenty of tears with speeches from Lucas, Justin, and Caroline, and the groom’s themselves, and moments that surely had DAYS fans in the mainstream, or those in the LGBT community, reaching for the hankies in an emotional episode for all-time.

On-Air On-Soaps spoke this afternoon to Freddie Smith (Sonny), Guy Wilson (Will) and Deidre Hall (Marlena) as around the country the first daytime male same-sex wedding in soaps was airing.  We take a look at the making of WilSon’s big day, what went on behind the scenes during the taping, and what the actors thought of the special moments written throughout the ceremony and more!  In a very special chat, here are Freddie, Guy, and Deidre!

Viewers have really been watching this journey through Sonny’s eyes for several years now, and this marriage has been a long time coming for his character!

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FREDDIE:  To think about the first episode where Sonny showed up and told his Uncle Vic he was gay, to getting married, these three years have been such a huge, huge journey and like, “Wow!”  It is amazing to see how Sonny has grown as a character, and he loves Will with his all his heart.

On yesterday’s episode and throughout today’s wedding episode, there have been little nuggets in scenes and nuances.  For example; an emotional Sami (Alison Sweeney) fixing Will’s tie and saying how much she loves him, the grooms mom’s each walking them down the aisle, etc.  What did you think of all that was put into the wedding?

GUY:  I think it was so well done, and even on the day we were shooting, I was so impressed with how much attention to detail was put into the entire production.  And when I say that, I don’t just mean in terms of how everything looked, I mean with every moment and look had a story to it.  Even the moment when Will was going to enter and walk down the aisle with his mother Sami, those moments were steeped in so much history within their relationship. It added so much power to those scenes as an actor.  Everything felt so emotionally charged.  I credit that to the writers and the producers and the director.  No detail was left unattended.

I was not sure how DAYS was going to decide to pull off the wedding of Sonny and Will.  Would it be traditional or non-traditional?   They went with in the end a ceremony that in many respects was traditional in form as in any heterosexual wedding you might see on the show, sans a DAYSastrous outcome!

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GUY:  In so many respects it was traditional in terms of the scale and the set-up.  I think that was a very shrew move. I think the whole point behind showing and growing the relationship is to show that there is nothing different. I have said it before and I will say it again, “love is love”.   There is no need to alter society’s traditions to accommodate that.

FREDDIE:  We work our butts off every single day from the cast to the crew.  But you know when you have a special day that you put a little something extra on it in every respect.   That is why we stayed an extra three hours on set shooting it, because it’s so important.  Today is so important.  It has that little extra cherry on top, and we all felt it and that is what I thought was so amazing.  It wasn’t very hard to act that day.   It was super emotional.  I was super emotional and blown away and looking at Judi Evans (Adrienne). She really loves me as a person and as the character.  It was a really great moment for me.  I don’t want to put words in his mouth, but Guy loved it too.  He and I were just looking at each other on the altar…

GUY: … And all we had to be was just present, every detail was there, and so much history. That is all we needed to get the emotions going.

DEIDRE:   It was long day, because our director felt very strongly about it being a magical show. We moved walls in, we moved walls out, and we moved windows in.  But I am assuming to the viewers it showed on camera the care we put into it.   While the episode aired today, I heard everyone in the hallways at DAYS saying how fabulous it was.  I unfortunately did not see it, as I was on set.

Do you realize the true enormity of this wedding?  Never before on an American daytime drama has a gay male couple got hitched!

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GUY:  I do. I feel so much pride to be a part of it and for NBC and the DAYS writers to be courageous and unapologetic to show something that is long overdue to being shown.

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Many have been concerned that the wedding happened to soon after Guy stepped into the role of Will Horton after the departure of Chandler Massey. What do you feel about that?  Should it have happened further down the line when Guy was more firmly implanted into the show?

FREDDIE:  I feel that having a new actor come into a role where the audience has watched someone else for four years, and to really kick start this, it was really smart if you think about it.  To have the wedding this quickly has connected Guy and Freddie now.

GUY:  This is officially our era now.  I think Freddie articulated that really well.  If they would have waited, I don’t think it would have served the relationship of Will and Sonny in accordance to how they want to live their lives and express their love for one another. I think this storyline should remain true to itself.  In hindsight, I think it was a great idea to have jumped right into the wedding, and I know I had a lot of fun doing it.

DEIDRE:   I know it was a concern, but I bow to greater minds.  They had their finger on the pulse.

Deidre, how has it been though for you with the change from Chandler to Guy? You had created the special bond between the character of Marlena and Will with Chandler.  She was crucial and a key anchor to the coming out storyline and Will’s journey.  But now, Will is in a different place as a married man, as played by Guy.

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DEIDRE:  Chandler and I worked very hard.  It was a serious, highly concerted effort to make these two characters so close.  We worked intimately and deeply for months and months and months, so people could relate to the relationship between their own grandmother and grandson, and come to understand it.  Guy and I did not have that history together on the show, and the character of Will is in a different place than he was when he was struggling to come out.

What did you think of the actual ceremony?  The speeches … hankie-time?

FREDDIE:  It’s a beautiful wedding and I cannot wait to see the speeches. Everyone was so touching!  I purposely did not read the speeches, so I did not know what they were going to say until I heard them when we taped.  I really wanted to hear and react to them for the first time then.  There was this little moment with Adrienne and Sami, who go back and forth at the reception trying to outdo one another, and it’s hilarious.

I loved the touch that the two dads spoke at the ceremony … Lucas (Bryan Datillo) and Justin (Wally Kurth)!

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GUY:  They are very powerful speeches and from two characters that have been on the show for such a long time.  I couldn’t be happier that the writers had them have a strong role in it.

What did you think of Caroline’s (Peggy McKay) speech?  That will get the water works going, because viewers did not know if it was her Alzheimer’s disease and she was confused, or if she had a point to her story, and boy, did she have a point to it!

DEIDRE:  It was so important, and what I remember at that time was that every person that got up to do their part just killed us all.  We are a tough room.   Peggy’s speech, “Oh my Gosh.”  You had been set-up thinking Caroline was going to forget what she wanted to say, and true to form I did not read any other parts in the script except the ones I was in involved in (laughs), so I saw it play out when we taped it.  Peggy got up to say her speech.  I said to myself, “Don’t listen, you are going to cry.”  And one after the other after the other, made me cry.  Bryan Datillo’s (Lucas) speech was amazing.

Were there any behind-the-scenes moments were there was plenty of laughter through the emotions of the long tape day of the wedding?  There had to be!

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GUY:  There were many.  However, for our first dance as a newlywed couple, Freddie and I went to the middle of the floor and we realized neither one of us knew how to Waltz or dance!  We weren’t sure who leads and who follows.  So we tried to do it and it was just awkward.  Meanwhile, the entire cast is circled around us and everyone on the show is now watching us like robots!  Finally the director yells, “Cut!”  Now the director, who has a background in dance, grabs me and says, ‘This is how you lead.”  Then, he grabs Freddie and says, “This is how you lead, and every few beats you switch off and take turns leading each other.”  So he had to lead us through it in front of the entire cast. That was this one wonderful moment of levity after we had shot so many emotional filled moments.

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FREDDIE:  It was super embarrassing!  We just did not know how to do it and JJ (Casey Moss) is playing the guitar and we are fumbling around like a bunch of idiots. (Laughs)

So Freddie, what is everyone on your Twitter account saying about WilSon’s wedding?

FREDDIE:   It’s incredible and it’s been blowing up!  People have been saying, “It’s beautiful and it’s about time,” and every and anything you can imagine.  This is one of the days that my friends want to watch, because they don’t necessarily watch the show on a regular basis.  I thought that was really special that my best friends in the world want to watch the wedding as well, because they know how important it is.

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The wedding of Sonny and Will is a groundbreaking moment in soaps and for DAYS.  Deidre, you have been with the show much longer than Freddie and Guy and been part of a lot of historic firsts for soaps.

DEIDRE:  I think DAYS is known for groundbreaking stories on television. I did the first crib death and the only one on TV, and that was extraordinary.  The “possession” storyline was a first, and that is sort of what we do over here.  We do it with people that can be trusted with the story.  And I only mean by that that the possession story had to be about Marlena, because you had to know everybody was going to be safe at the end.  If you had done that with a disposable character, or a grey character, or an evil character, you would have gone, “Well, they are all going to have to die, and it will all just be a bad dream.”   Hence the gay wedding!   I think people will forgive a lot if Marlena has got them by the arm.  This is about human rights.  Let’s get off of our judgment, and let’s talk about humanity.  I think that perspective might help people see things more clearly.

The choice to have Marlena officiate the wedding was another move that seemed to  be made for those viewers in the mainstream, who may be opposed to a same-sex union, to help them accept Sonny and Will’s nuptials.  Thoughts?

FREDDIE:  It is so smart, if you really think about it as a business.  You have Marlena (Deidre Hall), who has millions and millions of fans, and someone like John Aniston (Victor) who also has millions of fans key to this.  Yesterday, Victor told off that businessman telling him he was bigot and close-minded.  They strategically placed it within the show without pointing any fingers.  It was done so brilliantly and using those power actors to support it, just gives it that much more weight.

DEIDRE:  I think she is a natural for it.  She helped Will come out, and she loves Sonny, and she is like the power person in the room.

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FREDDIE: They had to have the wedding go right.  This will be an episode that will standalone.   This episode means a lot to me and will be like one of the top ten episodes that DAYS had ever shot within its 12,000 plus episodes.

In closing, Freddie you have brought such a special quality that DAYS knew they had when they cast you in the role.  You are so beloved for Sonny, and his strength at never denying who he is, who he loves, or what he wants.  So there has to be a part of you that is so thrilled that you are the guy that got to bring this story home from beginning to end, and now on to the next phase.

FREDDIE:  It goes back to, now that I have been in the business for awhile, when I think, “Why didn’t I get all those roles? What do they mean I wasn’t right for it?”  I just had that quality that the writer who made this character up, just had.  So I just did my thing, and they were like, “That’s Sonny!”  I am just so happy that it got to be me, because I have been having a ball. This has been the best job in the world.  It’s been an honor.  I can’t wait to sit down and watch the wedding!

So, what did you think of Sonny and Will’s wedding?  The sentiments here from Freddie, Guy and Deidre? What was your favorite moment from the episode? Comment below!

 

 

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Gina Gonzales
Gina Gonzales

The wedding episode of Will and Sonny was truly phenomenal. It was very emotional and I loved it. My favorite scene was Will and Sonny first dance as husbands. It was breathtaking .

Mark
Mark

I loved the whole thing and I love days!!!

Chris
Chris

THIS ISN’T THE FIRST MALE GAY WEDDING ON A DAYTIME SOAP, MICHAEL!!!!!! YOU SAID SO YOURSELF IN ANOTHER EARLIER ARTICLE ABOUT WILL AND SONNY’S WEDDING ON DAYS!!!!!! THE FIRST WEDDING WITH GAY MALES WAS THE MASS WEDDING CEREMONY ON OLTL BACK IN 2009!!!!!

Persa
Persa

The couples on One Live To Live were NEVER actually married. It was a protest wedding, an act of civil disobedience. It was not a wedding. No one who participated in that protest was actually legally wed. Also, none of the 3 gay characters Nick, Oliver or Kyle participated in the wedding so there were no gay male characters married during that action (even as a protest). The goal of the action was to TRY to make gay marriage legal but it never actually happened because Dorian was arrested. So to this day, Will and Sonny are STILL the only gay, US couple to be legally married on any daytime soap.

Chris
Chris

Yes, those gay couples were actually married, and Kyle and Nick did participate in the mass same sex marriage, though they never went through getting marred!

NYCER
NYCER

No they weren’t because same sex marriage was unlawful in Pennsylvania that’s why Dorian staged that mass wedding protest. Dorian was arrested because she had no power or authority to marry those couples. So not a single day player couple was legally wed on that fateful day in Llanview.

BobbyParadise
BobbyParadise

Thank you for the interview Michael. What a awesome and entertaining event. I’m so pleased with DAYS..a million billion!

Tim
Tim

The entire wedding was beautifully done. This is one episode that I will remember for the rest of my life. Thank you Days for sticking to your guns and doing this very important episode. I was truly moved by this episode..

Bradley Hennigh
Bradley Hennigh

Mr. Fairman,

In the days leading up to and after Will and Sonny’s wedding I had thought it was wonderful. The bachelor party T (played by Brendan Coughlin) had put on was just about the funniest Days episode that I had ever seen. T was mortified that a female stripper was involved and Will and Sonny had taken it in stride and knew that T’s heart and intention was good and they played along with a sense of humor. I had watched Thursday’s episode of the WilSon wedding and I had thought it was absolutely wonderful. Ordinarily I would wait to watch Thursday’s episodes of Days and General Hospital for Saturday but this time I couldn’t wait to see it.

Bradley

Patrick
Patrick

isn’t it something…

isn’t T something…

I’m so glad… DOOL production Team… has brought T in to the forefront… he’s charismatic… charming… almost magnetizing… FUN… playful…

he envelopes his being/ persona just right

yikes… he’s Woof material

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

My favorite moment was no predictable interuptions that usually happen at a Days wedding…

Kjl
Kjl

I respectfully disagree with Freddie, thinking that having the wedding so soon after Chandlers departure will kickstart this partnership and connect Guy and Freddie. For me as a former fan of this couple it just solidifies my decision to stop watching. It was too soon, we watched Chandlers and Freddie’s journeys with these characters and then we were denied the conclusion of the journey when Chandler was let go early. It really didn’t feel like Sonny was marrying Will, but some stranger that doesn’t at all act like the character of Will that we watched grow and change over the last several years. Doesn’t help that Gutys scenes still appear robotic and forced.

andrew hass
andrew hass

I agree.Guy started taping in early September and the wedding scenes were taped in December i think because of DOOL’s taping schedule.So between September and December Freddie and Guy had 3 or so months to get connected.Also the show had Will and Sonny get engaged only a month or so after Guy took over and then only 2 months or so after the characters get married.I think all the actors including Guy did good work in the wedding scenes but to me there was something missing.

Gerry
Gerry

Agreed. The wedding would have had much more depth and resonance had Chandler Massey’s Will wed Sonny instead og Guy Wilson’s boring take on the character. Massey’s the Will that the audience went on this incredible journey with and to have nuWill be the one to marry Sonny diminished the experience. Were Massey still Will, DAYS could have used so many flashbacks and gone down the WilSon v.1.0 storyline memory lane. Instead we got a nuWill who’s just been onscreen for 3 months marrying Sonny. Plus, I don’t see or feel the organic and palpable chemistry and connection Massey had with Freddie Smith and especially Hall. It’s not hard to read between the lines to see that Hall misses Massey and that it should’ve been Massey’s Will that got to experience this historic event.

NYCER
NYCER

That’s what bugs me the most: had TIIC just allowed Chandler Massey to complete the last 3 months of his contract, then the audience would have been rewarded with a real WilSon wedding with the two actors who actually played out the couple’s romantic journey and not with a nuWill who’s essentially done nothing since he came on. It truly was too soon to have such an important event happen with WilSon’s storyline when Guy Wilson is still practically a stranger. It felt like an impostor was standing by Sonny and there was indeed something missing from the whole event as nicely done as it was.

Had this been done properly, DAYS should have let Massey finish his stint, gotten WilSon married with Massey still playing the role and then replace Massey with Guy Wilson as nuWill after the couple was away off canvas for a while. That’s the way to start the new chapter of WilSon with a nuWill. Guy Wilson’s statement that the wedding marked his and Freddie Smith’s “new era” is just stupid. Guy Wilson still has to prove he actually owns the role and because WilSon hasn’t had any real story and have just been reactive to the actions of those around them, he has yet to make a true impression that he IS Will. The wedding to Sonny does not accomplish that.

Gerry
Gerry

Guy Wilson’s Will marrying Sonny is the equivalent of the scenario where Hope and Bo decide to get remarried but on the day of the ceremony, Bo was being played by Robert Kelker-Kelly instead of Peter Reckell.

Brett
Brett

Absolutely amazing episode, so well written and played out.

Susan
Susan

I think they all did a exceptionally nice job. The wedding was very nice.

bettyrj
bettyrj

It was beautiful, wonderful, touching and memorable! All of those things made it a memorable day in television. Days was brave to do it but it needed to be done. There are so many people who frown on gay marriage but it’s a fact of life; why not show it not to be ashamed of but to embrace it for what it is and that it’s happening right here, right now!

I have to commend the actors on their performances; Peggy McKay was awesome and watching all of the Bradys and others at the wedding wondering if the story about the gay customers at the pub was her dementia; not realizing that they had a gay couple who were one of their first customers. I loved Sami’s tears and EJ handing her his handkerchief to wipe away those tears was so natural, so typical of a couple watching their son (and stepson to be) get married. Marlena’s officiating at the wedding was just the perfect touch! Freddie and Guy were so touching and sweet in their performances , they brought Sonny and Will to life for all of their fans. Great performances, great job writers on a memorable storyline that will go down in Days history as one of the best ever!!!!

Brett
Brett

Couldn’t agree more Betty, I can’t think of any episode of DAYS I’ve ever enjoyed more

Donny
Donny

The answers to the wedding happening so soon were quite revealing. Freddie said it was a smart move. That’s true. It was. Guy said “This is officially our era now.” What a complete douche. This guy’s ego is out of control. What makes it even worse is that he can’t act and has no chemistry with Freddie. It’s painful to watch him and the wedding was a joke.

We’ll see if this comment is posted or stays posted. If not, that might be why there are a whopping three positive comments. The rest are being censored.

Persa
Persa

Don’t blame an actor because soap fans have an irrational obsession with the actors who play certain characters. Soaps are like plays, any actor or actress can play any role at any time. It’s not up to fans to decide who gets to have a freaking job. Guy is allowed to play the role of Will because he was hired to do so. It’s HIS job. Chandler had his shot and the actor BEFORE Chandler had his shot at playing Will. Why can’t soap fans be adult about things and stop holding onto the past with a vice grip. Will is a character, he’s not real, he is whatever the writers want him to be and however the actor portrays him. If you can’t deal with roles being recast, stop watching soaps but don’t blame the actors because you can’t move on or get over an actor leaving.

Donny
Donny

My opinion of Guy has nothing to do with Chandler or him leaving. It also doesn’t have anything to do with how he is portraying Will (which is really just a reflection of the writing). The issue is Guy is not a good actor. If was even decent, I’d be fine with him in the role. He was horribly miscast. In addition, his egotistical comments aren’t doing him any favors. Many others agree with me.

kay
kay

I totally agree.

NYCER
NYCER

Yup, that pretty much sums it up. Guy Wilson was not the greatest recast ever as Greg Meng had promised to DAYS viewers back in August after he fired Chandler Massey. He has no chemistry with Freddie Smith and now I can’t stand to watch Will’s scenes with Marlena, which is sad because the Will/Marlena interaction provided some of the outstanding moments for DAYS from 2011-2013. The love, joy and playfulness in the Will/Marlena relationship are now lost and gone.

andrew hass
andrew hass

You have some good points.I have nothing against Guy for taking the job of playing Will because he had nothing to do with Chandler leaving.One of my issues with Guy and this is not his fault but when he took over the role Will and Sonny were already together.So we didn’t get to see how Guy would play Will as an individual character and not just part of a couple.Plus Chandler had chemistry with a lot of other actors on the show besides Freddie.I know Chandler had longer to establish chemistry with the other actors and Guy had only about 3 months or so from when he started to when these scenes were taped.Plus i’m wondering how the other actors truly felt about Chandler leaving and Guy taking over the role.Their contracts may prohibit actors from criticizing the show.

Ares
Ares

Guy haters will hate anything he says or does. If Freddie would have said, “It’s our era now”, you would have agreed. Anything Guy Wilson says is automatically labeled as wrong and being arrogant.

I think they did a fantastic job and I like the new mature Will.

Donny
Donny

Not true. If Freddie has uttered those words, I also would have thought it was arrogant. However, Freddie has class and would never have said that in the first place.

andrew hass
andrew hass

I’m not saying Freddie wouldn’t have made the same comments that Guy did but maybe in a different way.For example Freddie might have said he and Chandler had their time together on the show but now it’s his and Guy’s turn.However the only person who knows what Guy meant by his comments is Guy himself

Patrick
Patrick

I don’t think he mean’t by saying… this is our era.. that he mean’t them.. personally

as he may have mean’t that homosexuals… are “free” to marry

that this, by being inclusive… that we… as gay men… are by right… including ourselves.. in this new era… that marriage between men and women and men is cumulative.. and… it’s a part of.. but nevertheless… OUR time

Gerry
Gerry

I doubt that that’s what Guy Wilson meant unless he inadvertently outed himself as a gay/bi man by saying, “This is officially our era now.” Wilson was alluding to his character because he believes that now that the characters are husbands, WilSon 2.0 is official and he is now the one true Will, not Chandler Massey. Wilson was not making a universal statement on behalf of LGBTQ individuals.

Mo
Mo

I thought it was nicely done. I knew Caroline’s speech had a point.

kay
kay

It was beautiful and romantic and phenomenal from beginning to end. Everyone did a great job. Freddie and Guy were perfect as Sonny and Will. Peggy and Wally and Bryan were fantastic. This wedding week is my favorite episodes of all. Love is love and this wedding proved that.

AbbyS.
AbbyS.

The wedding was one of the best I’ve ever seen on soaps, and it far and away surpassed Charles Pratt’s AMC wedding of Bianca and Reese, for the primary reason that the wedding here was actually about the couple, their highs and lows, their families, their friends, and their future. The Bianca and Reese wedding was more about Reese’s passionate kiss with her brother in law the night before, and her dream of marrying him, and Kendall overhearing that the engaged couple intended to stay in Pine Valley and her running off in a car, only to cause Greenlee’s motorcycle to swerve over a cliff. The couple, unfortunately, was secondary. I remember Mr. Pratt saying that a gay wedding, though historic, should have the same craziness and conflicts as any other wedding, except that (1) when ABC was heavily and proudly promoting it as history in the making, that fact should have taken precedence over crazy stunts and a woman torn between her fiancée and her brother in law, and (2) not every wedding has to have nutty dramatics. I really appreciated how the Wilson wedding’s main conflict was whether Marlena would receive her license in time, and not someone lurking in the shadows, coming back from the dead, playing a sex tape of one of the grooms, or going over a cliff. DOOL took it seriously and it worked perfectly.

I also have to say that while it was shot on the set of the Kiriakis mansion, and DOOL didn’t need to build another set and spend extra money that way, I thought it was perfect how many contract actors were in attendance. I didn’t see one extra, just the people who mattered. And I thought some money went into the dresses for the women because they looked beautiful and elegant. Too many times, a soap is chintzy on spending money for an event, but this was wonderful. I also contrast it with B&B, which spends money on trips to the Middle East, but rushes to put a Brooke and Ridge wedding ceremony together which is missing the children of the characters and looks cheap in comparison, and has no heart or soul. B&B goes for splash and the big shock, while DOOL tells a story right, with characters we recognize and love. And they respect Wilson and all that their wedding represents. Good job, DOOL!

Tsuds
Tsuds

The Wedding was very good. I was unhappy with Days that they had to leave it open to that they possibly really are not married… Ejay could be up to something and maybe he did not really get the marriage license. We never saw that… So it was a gay wedding, but most likely they are not legally married……

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

I think people should assume they are legally married until otherwise proven. If we find out the marriage is not legal, they can be married in a huge splashy ceremony with all their Horton, Kiriakis, Brady and Johnson family members in attendance during DAYS 50th anniversary!!!

miscrambler
miscrambler

Best hour of daytime I have ever seen. Period. End of. People who do not understand why they had to recast when they did or are still upset because some actor left or just want to whine to hear themselves whine are (A) ignorant and (B) just need to get over themselves.

Brett
Brett

Right on!

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

Sonny and Will are teaching acceptance, but some Sonny and Will fans refuse to accept Guy!

Enzo
Enzo

Guy is right…this is officially a new era for WilSon and officially his and Freddie’s time no need to name call. I loved the dance most of all, so it was neat to read about how neither one knew how to waltz properly. Most people don’t so in that respect the scene was so completely real. I loved how Guy looked at Freddie while they danced, I believed right at that moment they were in love. Good job done by all involved.

andrew hass
andrew hass

I thought it was great wedding and that it went off without a hitch.I’m sure now that they are married now there’ll be lots of drama for Will and Sonny.As for Guy i have accepted him as Will but i did wish Chandler was still playing Will because then the show could have used flashbacks of Will and Sonny’s relationship.Airing flashbacks could have been nice for new and old fans of the show.Also since Days tapes 4 or so months in advance these scenes were probably taped back in December and that’s when Chandler’s contract would have expired.Before Chandler was let go he probably knew the show was planning to have Will and Sonny get engaged and eventually marry.I can understand the show wanting fans getting used to Guy in the role before the wedding happened and that explains why they let Chandler go early.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Good point– many fans forget although shows are taped months ahead, the actual plotting of stories are done much earlier—- I’m positive the reason they let Chandler go was for the very reason you stated, they knew the wedding would be taping shortly after he left, and as angry as fans were they let him go early, they would have been even madder if they literally had Sonny marry the new guy a week or so after Chandler left.

Verna
Verna

I have been watching Days for only the last 3 months and regret not watching it before. I just love it , and I think the wedding was done very tastefully. It’s a fact of life and has to be faced. A message has to be sent to all the bigots that being gay is NOT a CHOICE. They are born that way , and we must accept and understand. The way Sonny & Will’s parents accepted it was just wonderful. I remember what a certain parent said to his gay son who had a hard time “coming out”…. ” I knew you were gay when you were 14, but I have loved you since the day you were born.”
How hard it must have been in the olden days when they had to hide in the closet.

Patrick
Patrick

“Thank You”, Verna

“…They are born that way”

Tears

I am a 51 year old gay man

i’ve always likened this “tolerance” as …. “why” would I put myself through ALL this… “everything”

it’s a heavy load that my heart flies

I’m celebrating

Antonella
Antonella

I was in a mess of tears while watching! I cried my eyes out during Caroline’s speech, she was amazing, then I cried and laughed during Justin and Lucas speeches, after I cried during WilSon’s vows. And I also cried during the first dance, and Kate and Will little scene, I laughed seeing Adrienne and Sami bitching (Judi Evans and Alison Sweeney make so many funny faces when they share a scene, I love them to bits). I enjoyed every moment of this wedding and cried again at the end, with WilSon finally alone and married. Word, I’m still in a confusional state, right now, so happy, so overhelmed by feelings, so proud of our guys, so grateful to the show, to Freddie Smith, Guy Wilson and before him to Chandler Massey for everything they have done to keep telling the awesome WilSon story so far.

george
george

I love it I watch and starting crying and when I saw a tear come down from kates face that was priceless sonny and will made it one of the greatest think I have every seen on tv.. love you all and god bless

shawn
shawn

This week’s episodes of DAYS have been nothing short of superb. I’m calling it, now.
The April 1st and April 3rd episodes are a shoo-in for the 2015 Daytime Emmys for Writing and Drama Series.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

I watched the wedding episodes and was very impressed by the quality and care of the wedding. It was beautiful. I was also very impressed with the entire look of the show. Having just about reached my limit with Y&R, I’m looking for a change and could use some help. Can someone tell me who’s who in the zoo on DOOL?

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

For starters, because of your username, I should tell you that Kassie DePaiva (Blair, OLTL) has joined DAYS as Eve! Her first scenes will air around July. Eve is very important as part of the Brady family. Her sister is Theresa (the gal that bumped into the waiter at the wedding reception). Eve and Theresa are the granddaughters of Caroline Brady (she gave the opening speech at the wedding). Their first cousin is Sami (Will’s mother). Sami’s father is Roman Brady (Caroline’s son). Sami’s mother is Dr. Marlena Evans.

The Horton family is the premiere family of Salem. The Brady family soon followed. Will is part of both families. His father is Lucas Horton (divorced from Sami). The sister of Lucas is Jennifer (mother to Abby and JJ). The father of Abby and JJ is Jack (presumed dead). Jack’s sister is Adrienne ( Sonny’s mother). Adriennes’s husband and father of Sonny is Justin Kiriakis. The wedding was held at the home of Victor Kiriakis (Justin’s Uncle).

Special note: Eve is not a Brady by blood. She is a Brady step daughter. So, she and Theresa are half sisters.

I don’t want to confuse anyone, so that should be enough right now. If you need specific questions answered, I’ll try my best! Ask and bask…Days of our Lives!

Susan Coon
Susan Coon

I thought the wedding was great ! It was emotional and funny. I was expecting to see what was in J J and Abigale s gift. I will always love Days.

Tsuds
Tsuds

Not really liking the new Will…. he is def too pretty.. and everytime I see him kiss.. I am not believing the chemistry and the kiss…. I have tried to see it.. but just do not see this..

Patrick
Patrick

“…as around the country the first daytime male same-sex wedding in soaps was airing.”

I’m a couple eppis behind…

“as around the globe…”

tolerance is ebbing… by the wayside… and conviction… standing forthright… for you… IS

Celebrate that I am : with

tears

I commend NBC / Sony / Days of OUR Lives for furthering just cause

I am a Salemite… and couldn’t be happier

applause

Loni Luv
Loni Luv

This was far the best Soap Wedding I have ever watched on Days. I’ve been watching since
for the last years and I loved every single moment of this day. I have watched and re-watched this many times in the past few days. THANK YOU, DAYS FOR MAKING MY FAVE COUPLE MORE REAL TO ME. GREAT JOB TO, FREDDIE AND GUY!!!

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

No soap does a wedding like DAYS! The wedding of Will and Sonny was fantastic! We will soon be treated to the “wedding” of EJ and Sami! I’m sure that will be memorable for completely different reasons! The weddings of our lives!!!

Matthew Place
Matthew Place

Congratulations Days! Relevant. Ground-breaking. WilSon (for me) is the best gay SL ever on a US soap (with GL’s Otalia being second and ATWT’s Nuke being third).

LINDA MILLER
LINDA MILLER

I thought guy and Freddie did a good job loved the weeding

RLeternal
RLeternal

After the Luke-Noah and Luke-Reid SLs ending disaster on ATWT, and Brian and Justin SL ending debacle on QAF; I had given up hope that there would ever be a HEA to a male-male pairing in American soaps and shows. I started watching Wilson regularly only since the beginning of 2014. And, I am extremely happy that at least one male-male couple got their HEA on American Daytime/Nighttime Drama. Now, I want to watch the entire Will and Sonny SL from the beginning; where can I find this absolutely beautiful and wonderful love story right from the start? Congratulations! to DOOL for this brave and courageous ground-breaking move. And, the actors, especially GW, FS, AS, DH, the adorable great-grandma Caroline were simply brilliant. The whole wedding was the best ever seen in soaps or shows.

beto
beto

i thought that the wedding was well done. however, that doesn’t change the fact that Wilson is now a boring dull couple. I have been giving the nuWill a chance, but there is just nothing there. his acting is flat and he just hasn’t made me believe i should care about him. i mostly watch on youtube and the number of hits they get on youtube is relatively low. if DOOL is really committed to this couple/storyline, they had better start figuring things out. public interest is pretty much fading.

sandy
sandy

I’m constantly amused at ppl who seem to have a problem with fans not liking Guy Wilson. I too don’t think Guy is a good actor, nothing to do with Chandler being let go etc. I didn’t have a problem with the recast announcement at all. What I do have a problem with is the choice of GW. he lacks chemistry with Freddie deidre and Allison. We were invested in Wilson just as everyone else was. We starred the journey with Chanfler is it unreasonable that we rdisappointed he didn’t get to finish it. I have an issue with Guy as an actor not a person as I don’t know him personally. But im not going to feel guilty because I don’t happen to think he’s a good actor. Everyone that says we r hating on Guy it’s just ridiculous. I don’t haste him just his acting there’s a difference.

TVFan
TVFan

There is no logical reason why I should feel so invested in Will’s Story, when I know full well that it’s just a TV show, just fiction, where the actors themselves don’t even truly think or feel the same as the characters they portray on the show. Yet Will’s Story has captivated me. Perhaps I was particularly susceptible, never having previously watched a soap opera before I stumbled upon this a couple years ago. The writers and actors did a masterful job in telling the story slowly, allowing us to get to know the ideal boy-next-door, and then walking us step by step through his process. What made it so lifelike was showing how this was hardly his only problem, not even usually his biggest problem, but how it dovetailed into all of the other craziness thrown at his life from other directions. Yet, like people in real life, this issue at the core of his being subtly affected how he dealt with the world around him, even when he didn’t want it to. Every scene between Marlena and Will (Deidre and Chandler) was like a golden nugget of time. I credit the writers for giving the grandmothers in the audience a guidebook of exactly the right words to say in situations like these with their own grandchildren. The same can be said for the private conversations between Sonny and Will. People always look back on previous conversations with regrets of, “I should have said…” It was so gratifying to hear dialogs played out with the perfect words that ordinary people never think of in the moment. The world would be a better place if everyone had a Marlena and a Sonny in their lives. I also appreciated the point-blank, brutally honest reaction of Will’s best friend Tad. What he said might have been particularly ugly, but it helped to make the story realistic. Of course, Tad’s eventual road to acceptance was also very nice to see. It’s because this storyline was so captivating that I really began to look forward to those occasional days off when I would be at home on a weekday, so I could tune in to watch the show’s broadcasts “live” from 1:00pm to 2:00pm. Sure, it’s convenient to watch the episodes a few days later online at 360p, but the free over-the-air HDTV broadcasts at 1080i are so much better looking that I don’t even mind watching either commercials or story-lines I didn’t care about. This is why I felt so cheated out of a sense of closure to this storyline when the show unceremoniously fired Chandler Massey, and the timing in which they did it. I could understand if the actor had been hit by a bus and the show had no choice to replace him unexpectedly. But to deny the audience closure over an inter-personal ego-driven tiff, most likely based upon a simple misunderstanding, feels like an undeserved personal slap in the face. It is also incomprehensible how supposedly sophisticated business people,… Read more »

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

The story is about Will and Sonny whom eventually married. Will and Sonny were married. It is not and never was about Chandler and Freddie. Chandler and Freddie never wanted to marry each other. Chandler and Freddie-no. Will and Sonny-yes. GET OVER IT!

TVFan
TVFan

Good point. There are much better things in life to which to devote energy than a silly TV show. If the show’s manufacturers don’t care much about it, why should I? Time to move on to things in this world which actually matter. Satisfied? Is that “over it” enough for you? Apparently, some people have appointed themselves the Feeling Police, with the power to dictate to other people how they are allowed to react to what they see and hear.

Days Of Our Lives

DAYS Susan Seaforth Hayes Talks On Her Daytime Emmy Nomination For Julie and Doug’s Emotional Storyline

When you think Days of our Lives, what would it be without the legendary Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie) and her real-life and on-screen husband, Bill Hayes (Doug Williams)?

This past Emmy season, the beloved duo got a chance to shine, when they were put through a ‘heartbreaking’ predicament – Julie’s heart gives out, she is in need of a transplant, and things take a turn for the worse.

What would life be like for Doug without his Julie? How would she say goodbye to him? Fans clearly felt the sentiments overflowing from this real-life duo capturing the essence of their characters in such a raw and realistic way. So much so, that Susan landed a Daytime Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Supporting Actress category for her work.

Already a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient along with her husband, Bill back in 2018, will Susan finally get an award for her acting for her decades of beautiful work on the long-running NBC soap opera? Fans will need to tune-in to CBS on Friday, June 26th to find out with the virtual presentation of the 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards.  But for now, here is our conversation with Susan.

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Congratulations on your Supporting Actress nomination.  You have been racking up a lot of these recently, having been nominated in the same category two years ago, and also receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award along with your husband, Bill Hayes at the 45th annual Daytime Emmys in 2018.

SUSAN:  It’s really nice to be nominated, because I’ve had a few gap years.  I’ve had, what? 25 gap years between the recent nominations.

What scenes did you ultimately chose that landed you the nomination?

SUSAN:  I submitted when Julie dies.  I submitted the farewell montage scenes with Bill Hayes, and they were very moving to us… and we’ll see.  I did not submit anything snappy, or bitchy, or hysterical.  I’ve lost against hysterical every time.  Comedy has never worked.  So, I am going to try the heart and soul of soup opera: not bitchiness, but loss.

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Can I ask how you got through those scenes with Bill, because it was so touching?  I don’t know how you did it.

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SUSAN:  It was very difficult.  I mean, these are the things that make us so connected to the characters and the show.  This is a place where we can show the public what love means to us, which is everything.

They were beautiful scenes.  Do you remember when you did them, if you felt good about them at the time?

SUSAN:  No… no.  I didn’t know.  Everyone on the set seemed happy.  We are blessed to have feedback from out producers now, and they didn’t say, “I think you can do it better,” and, “Another take,” not that we would have anyway, because there is never time to do another take.

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How did you find out that you were nominated? 

SUSAN:  One of the producers, Randy Dugan called me, or I wouldn’t have found out for a couple of days,

What are your thoughts on this being a virtual Daytime Emmys ceremony because of COVID-19?  We don’t know anything about will play out yet or what that will look like, but it is back on network TV.

SUSAN:  It’s going to be a wonderful surprise.

So, if they have the shot of the nominees, do you think you’d be dressed in comfortable clothes or more formal?

SUSAN:  Well, I’d certainly wear my best earrings if I were at home, yeah.  If my grandson can arrange us to get on the internet (we have a grandson living on our property, and he’s our live-in techy), we will get dressed up, and sit there, if that’s the way to do it.

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DAYS did very well receiving 22 overall nominations and a lot of your co-stars got nomination as well.

SUSAN:  Yes, an excellent year for nominations for our show.

How many times have you been nominated now? 

SUSAN:  This makes six.

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Would it mean a lot to you to get the award?

SUSAN:  The Lifetime Achievement meant a lot.  It wouldn’t be bad to win this year.  I’ll say that.  It would be sweet for the show, since I am now the oldest living cast member of the original family – the original, original.  I’m not the original Julie, but close enough.  So, I think that would be some validation for the longevity of this original storytelling.  People look at the show and say, “Are you part of the DiMera family or the Brady family?”  I say, “I’m part of the Horton family!”

What did your husband Bill say when he found out you were nominated?

SUSAN:  (Yells) Billy, what did you say when you found out I was nominated?

BILL:  Yay!!!

SUSAN:  That’s about right. (Laughs)

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What a guy!

SUSAN:  I know!  What a guy, what a guy, what a guy!

I was really happy to see your name among the other well-deserving nominees.

SUSAN:  I know you are because I know you care.  Who knows what will happen? It isn’t going to ruin our lives you know, one way or another.  But it was very nice to receive this acknowledgment from my peers.

So, are you glad Susan received a nomination for her work in her emotional storyline? Do you think she should finally receive the Emmy for her performances? Comment below.

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Hollywood Studios, Producers & Guilds Send Plan To Gov. Newsom and Gov. Cuomo For COVID-19 Production Restart Guidelines

On Monday, the two states with the most television and film production in the United States (California and New York) received a plan from many Hollywood studios, producers and the entertainment and production guilds of a plan and outline to be able to rejigger and restart production of your favorite shows and films.  This includes the soaps: General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful and Days of our Lives.

Via Deadline: In an effort to get the industry moving-forward again where jobs were lost or put on hold, and production were completely stalled out-of-the-blue, the guidelines submitted by “The Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force (the “Task Force”) is asking for consideration and adoption for the resumption of motion picture, television, and streaming productions in an environment that minimizes the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19,” says a report for Governors Gavin Newsom of California and Andrew Cuomo of New York.

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You can read the details of the report here.  While there has been no word from the Governors and their offices if they have seen the report, bets are that several more steps will be needed before anyone would head and report back to a set yet.

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As one would expect, limiting contact, social distancing, regular temperature checks, ways to handle props, and a COVID-19 compliance officer for all productions are part of the proposal.   As well as virtual writers room meetings, avoiding filming on-location as much as possible and filming in front of large audiences.

So, glad to know that this major step has been taken to try to get production back on track in Hollywood and New York? Comment below.

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DAYS Chandler Massey Chats On His Bittersweet Daytime Emmy Nomination

He’s won three Daytime Emmys in the Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series three years in row in 2012, 2013 and 2014, and now Chandler Massey is going for gold for the second time in his career in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series which in a field where he is competing with two co-stars from Days of our Lives among others.

Massey has long been a stand out performer, giving nuanced and emotional portrayals in the angst-ridden life of Will Horton and the love of his life, Sonny Kiriakis (Freddie Smith).

Back in February of this year, DAYS fans learned that Chandler and Freddie had taped their last episodes, and since the NBC soap tapes more than 6 months ahead of air, that the two will still be on the air into the fall.  That has made this moment of recognition for Massey all the more poignant.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Chandler to get his reaction to the news that he is once again a Daytime Emmy nominee, and here’s what he had to say about it all.

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I thought it was great that you received another Emmy nomination.  What do you think?

CHANDLER:  Yeah.  I thought it was pretty great too, actually.   I was surprised.  I wasn’t keeping up on when they were announcing the nominations.   I was thrilled that Wally (Kurth) and Paul (Telfer) also got nominated too in the same category.  So, hopefully, DAYS, has a decent shot to take it home.

What did you end up submitting that ultimately landed you the nomination?

CHANDLER:  I went with some scenes that aired on December 16th of last year (I just looked that up), where Will basically breaks up with Sonny when Sonny comes to visit him in prison.  I liked those because they were sort of subtle.  I just found myself drawn in when I watched it, and it wasn’t big or dramatic, but it felt like two real people sharing their pain.  So, that’s why I chose it.

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I remember those.  Those were heartbreaking because he had to get Sonny to let him go.

CHANDLER:  Yes.  He said he has a new prison boyfriend, and that he’s doing really well in prison, so he doesn’t want to be tied down. (Laughs)

You’ve had Freddie Smith as your scene partner for so much of your run on DAYS.  What did he give you in those scenes that helped you, or even further enabled the performance that you gave?

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CHANDLER:  Freddie always gives everything.  He is a consummate professional, so he really commits every time.  I think it is more that we are just so comfortable with each other that we are not afraid, and that there is no hesitation between the two of us, so we just are able to do the work.  We usually know we are there to listen to, and support each other. in the scenes.

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Was your entire submission from the prison scenes or did you include something else?

CHANDLER:  It was just that.  I know I could have included something else, but I like to keep it sort of short because I feel like as a judge, I know within a few minutes.  It’s not that I get bored, but it really only takes a scene or two, and then, you’re like, “this is something special.”  You can recognize it pretty quickly.

So, you have won three Daytime Emmys. This is your first nomination in a few years, right?

CHANDLER:  Yeah, I didn’t get nominated the year before.  I had a gap year… to my family’s great shame. (Laughs)  They were not pleased with me.

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This is your second nomination in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Daytime Drama Series category.

CHANDLER:  Yes. I was nominated in ‘Supporting’ for the first time when I came back to DAYS, and then submitted for “Lead” the next year, didn’t get nominated, and then went back to ‘Supporting’.  I learned my place.  I went back to ‘Supporting’ for this year.  (Laughs)

It’s such a game though, right?  .

CHANDLER:  Yeah, you’ve got to be smart.  I just thought, “What the heck?”  Freddie and I were like, “Maybe there’s a shot that if we pick different categories, we can both get nominated,” but then, after that didn’t work, I said, “Screw that… going back to ‘Supporting”

Now, you’ve been through Emmy night before, and this is obviously going to be a virtual Emmy’s.  Now, if they did a six-shot of all of the nominees, what would you wear?  Would you be dressed up?  Would you be casual?  What would you see yourself doing?

CHANDLER:  That’s a good question. I think maybe… I’ll do a little of both.  I’ll go the middle ground.  I’ll be in my finest bathrobe, a silk bathrobe so it’s casual but also still sort of fancy.

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There you go.  (Laughs)  Is this nomination all the more special for you in that you are no longer working at DAYS? 

CHANDLER:  Oh, totally.  Every year is special, but you know, I’m not on the show anymore, so it’s a nice reminder that the work that I did had an effect on people, and it won’t be forgotten for at least a few more hours.

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I saw the fan outcry and show of support for you and Freddie, when viewers got wind that you were exiting the series.  It was sad and heartwarming at the same time.  The WilSon fans are so behind you guys.

CHANDLER:  Yeah, if only they knew what horrible people that we were in real life, then they wouldn’t be this way, but thankfully… (Laughs)  Yeah, it’s really nice, but it is sad.  I started in 2009, and that was over 10 years ago, and nothing lasts forever.  I had a really, really great run, and so did Freddie.  I am very satisfied and don’t feel jipped, or like, I was entitled to anything more than I got.

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Obviously, your co-nominees, Wally and Paul you worked with many times.  What can you say about them?

CHANDLER:  I think that both men deserve definitely to get second and third place.  (Laughs)  I have known Wally for a while now.  I love him.  I think his work is phenomenal.  I think he is really, really underrated.  Paul, I don’t know as well, but I think obviously his work speaks for himself.  If only he were physically attractive, I think that would really, really help his career.

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I know, it’s a shame.

CHANDLER:  Unfortunately, he is kind of schleppy, you know?  (Laughs)

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Did Freddie reach out to you after you received the nomination?  

CHANDLER:  Oh yes, he sent a text congratulating me, and we talked about it.  It was nice.  I feel like our stories are so intertwined, the scenes we submit are mostly with each other.  So, it’s really kind of a shared accolade.

So, will you be rooting for Chandler to cap off his career on DAYS with an Emmy win on June 26th during the virtual ceremony on CBS? What did you think of the nominated scenes he submitted? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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