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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.

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.

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.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Lucas Says Goodbye To Salem, While Julie Recalls Coming Back To Town

In a very touching episode of Days of our Lives, Tuesday brought with it an emotional goodbye from exiting fan favorite Bryan Dattilo (Lucas), and the soap paying homage to Susan Seaforth Hayes’ 50th anniversary to the day as Julie.

It begins in Horton Town Square where Julie next to the plaque dedicated to her grandparents, Tom and Alice Horton, has a flash back to phone call with Tom five decades ago.

Meanwhile, now broken up with Chloe, and ready to leave Salem to be with his daughter, Allie, Lucas tells Will he is leaving and that he is happy Will and Sonny found their way back to each other.  The two hug it out, and tell each other how proud they are of one another.  Next, Lucas goes to visit his mother, Kate.  In a touching exchange played by Dattilo and Lauren Koslow, viewers were treated to Kate’s pain of the mistakes she made as a mother, and Lucas being forgiving of her.

At Doug’s Place, Julie and Abigail try to figure out how to bring down Stefan and Gabi.  Julie promises to not tell anyone that Abigail is not mentally ill saying. “Your secret is safe with me.”  Next, Chloe happens upon the scene and Julie quickly sees Chloe break down in tears.  She then reveals to Julie, that she and Lucas broke up.  Julie gives Chloe a tissue and some words of advice – the gospel according to Julie – that they were not meant to be, and that Chloe will find true love. After all, after Julie’s other failed relationships, once she was with Doug she found her soulmate, so she knows it can happen.

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Julie flashes back to speaking with Alice when she worries that Tom would not want her to return to Salem.  For Julie had been in San Francisco, and where she brings up putting her son up for adoption, but how she later raised him and how happy that Eli is her grandson.  She even recalls when JJ got her and other ladies in Salem accidentally high on pot-filled donuts!

When Lucas turns up at the Horton’s everyone is saddened and shocked that he has decided to depart Salem   Julie says Salem will always be his home.  JJ hands Lucas his ornament now, breaking the Christmas tradition early.  Lucas hangs his ornament in another emotional moment.

Next, we see Lucas waiting for a taxi, with his suitcases at Horton Town Square,  He gazes at the Tom and Alice dedication plaque and says, “I’ll be back. someday.” Hankies!

Alone now with Julie, Doug brings out a cake celebrating how it is 50 years since Julie returned to Salem permanently.  Cue the montage … as Doug’s voice is heard singing “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World”, one of the duo’s signature songs, as clips of their love affair played throughout.  We fade to black.

DAYS honored Susan Hayes and gave Brytan Dattilo some heart-tugging moments as he left the canvas as the beloved Lucas.  So what did you think of the episode?  Sad to see Bryan exit?  Happy to see the show wrote in a way to honor Susan’s 50th as Julie? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Gilles Marini Talks The Return Of Ted Laurent, His Co-Stars: Kristian Alfonso, Lauren Koslow & Greg Rikaart On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives’ Podcast’

If you caught this week’s episodes of Days of our Lives, you know that Ted Laurent (Gilles Marini) has resurfaced in Salem and had asked Hope (Kristian Alfonso) for protection from Stefan DiMera, who was responsible for his disappearance in exchange for information on Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson).

Now in the latest episode of Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast, actor Gilles Marini chats it up with host, Michael Fairman on what to expect as Ted’s story brings with it many twists and turns; including a potential love triangle.

Marini reveals what he thinks Ted’s weakness ia when the guy has not previously been on the up and up, plus his thoughts on working with three of his co-stars and their characters: Lauren Koslow’s Kate, Kristian Alfonso’s Hope, and Greg Rikaart’s Leo, whom he has shared up to now most of his screen-time.

The talented actor who hails from France, also talks on some other highlights in his career, including one of his big breaks on the beloved ABC drama,  Brothers & Sisters working opposite Rachel Griffiths, and a host of award-winning actors, including Sally Field, and of course, his time on Dancing with the Stars where he became one of the most popular celebrity contestants on the series of all-time.

Later, in the podcast’s dressing room segment, Eric Martsolf (Brady) welcomes Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe) into his digs at DAYS, and then two tease some upcoming #Broe moments.

Check out this excerpt from NBC of Gilles interview below.  Then, make sure to head over to NBC.com to listen to the episode currently streaming there, and on Monday, looks for this episode to be available on all pod platforms, including iTunes for download.

Now, let us know what you think about Ted’s return to DAYS … and if you want him to romance Hope … become a good guy … or get his comeuppance … or all of the above …via the comment section below!

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Days of our Lives and General Hospital Receive Daytime Drama WGA Award Nominations

The nominations have been announced for the 2019 Writer’s Guild Awards for outstanding achievement in television, new media, news, radio/audio, and promotional writing during 2018.

Winners will be honored at the 2019 Writers Guild Awards on Sunday, February 17, 2019, at concurrent ceremonies in New York City and Los Angeles.

In the Daytime Drama category for writing, two soaps will face-off for the prize; NBC’s Days of our Livers and ABC’s General Hospital.  Here are the official nominated head writers and their teams.

Days of Our Lives, Head Writer: Ron Carlivati; Writers: Sheri Anderson, Lorraine Broderick, David Cherrill, Joanna Cohen, Lisa Connor, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon,  Cydney Kelley, David Kreizman, David A. Levinson, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Katherine Schock, Elizabeth Snyder, Tyler Topits.

General Hospital, Head Writers: Shelly Altman, Christopher Van Etten; Writers:Barbara Bloom, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Donny Sheldon, Scott Sickles.

To check out all the nominations click here.

So, who are you rooting for to take the WGA Award; Days or GH? Comment below.

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