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DAYS Greg Vaughan Talks On Serena and Eric's History, Any Future With Nicole, and Daytime Emmys!

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This week on NBC’s Days of our Lives Eric Brady (Greg Vaughan) meets up with an old flame when Serena Mason descends upon Salem.  One Life to Live favorite Melissa Archer (Serena) has been brought in to play the world traveled journalist to spark up Eric’s messed up love life after his relationship with long time love, Nicole (Arianne Zucker) went south.

On-Air On-Soaps caught up with one of our favorite gents, Greg Vaughan to ask  him what it has been like crafting and playing this new love story in front of the camera with a relationship that has never been heard of before by the viewing audience. Plus, Greg weigh-in on if he thinks there is still hope for a reconciliation for Eric and Nicole and he shares his thoughts on the embattled and always controversial  Daytime Emmy process, and if he might be even be a contender when the Pre-Nominations are announced in 2015, and much more.

Melissa Archer just debuted as your new love-interest Serena Mason.  Was it hard for you to create this never before spoken of relationship?

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GREG:  It was not hard.  It was just to establish a quick relationship and back-story with someone who was Eric’s former love interest from years off the canvas, and that they kind of coexisted in a place that was third world and had a lot of turmoil in it, was a bit challenging.  So Eric and Serena bonded back then and they created something. Was it quick and easy?  Was it long and lasting?  Is it kind of like oil and vinegar?  These were questions to be answered.

Did Eric’s relationship with Serena ultimately lead him to turn to become a  man of the cloth?

GREG:  No.  They, being in the same field of expertise with journalism and news, they were always fighting one another for the feature story …

… That means sex on the soaps!

GREG:  Well, that came later.  (Laughs)   It was like passionate, and so when they had it, they had it.  But once that Eric made the choice to go towards the missionary and the priesthood, I think that was a fine line he was walking.

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Were you sad that the writers decided to pull apart Eric and Nicole’s (Arianne Zucker) love story?

GREG:  Of course, I was sad.  I don’t think the story is quite finished yet.  I think it’s an unfinished story that will cross paths once again.  You know, when you go through a hurdle, or have a big hill to climb to overcome, or what these characters went through which was a big mess … it’s going to take a lot to bring them back together.  After some time, some separation, and some piece of mind, maybe we’ll come back together and maybe rekindle a flame.   I don’t think the flame is going to die.

What do you think of Serena and Eric’s story since you are five months ahead and have delved into it a bit more deeply?

GREG:  To be honest, it’s a bit of a forced story, and by that I mean where you’re forced to do things the character never did before.  The writers ask you to take it and run with it, and even though there are some new things about my character, it’s up to me and it’s my job to make it real.  Hopefully, it will be judged by good performances and the acting.

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Did you submit yourself for Daytime Emmy contention this year?

GREG:  Not by choice.  Here is my thing; there is a lot of political red tape behind it.  I can honestly say I don’t feel it’s really structured, and not represented by the core of the cast.  It’s judged by who wants to be in the category. Who is the blue-ribbon judging panel?  I don’t know.  I know that certain networks or producers, they have control of who they want to have put in to each category, and unfortunately, I have gone through that dilemma, whether the work is there, or not. Some have better work than others, and some get favored over others, and it’s a political system that I hate.  I believe that with resources in our own offices at NBC and DAYS, they were very behind the Emmys this year.  Our casting director and our publicist, they were the ones that were in charge of getting everyone involved and having you submit yourself.  They have been at the forefront of this year’s Emmy submissions.  I won’t be taking credit for anything.  I do think they kind of unearthed a stone, and showed me some scenes that I had forgotten about.  I am grateful for the show, and the opportunity to be able to create, and what we are able to produce. I think there is an extremely amount of amazing talent within this pool.  I do hope, of course, my work could get recognized every year.  Maurice Benard (Sonny, GH) said to me, and I love this guy so much, he said, “You don’t need a statue to mark all the work you have ever done.  You’re work has already been marked.  You know what you do, and you know what you’ve done, and everyone else does.  You don’t need everyone else to acknowledge your success.”

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And on a closing holiday note, what will you and your boys be doing come Christmas time?

GREG: We are talking some snow, and snow angels, and maybe a beach somewhere.  We are kind of putting everything in the hat, and the boys are going to select … best out of three.  (Laughs)

So, what do you think about Eric and Serena’s back-story? Are you willing to give it a chance and see how it plays out on air?

Do you still hope Eric gets back together with Nicole? What do you think of Greg’s comments on the Daytime Emmys?  Comment below!

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louisa
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louisa

They make a great couple. I can’t wait to see where this goes!

Lois
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Lois

Plain and simple, Yes Definitely….I have never watched Melissa Archer anywhere. Greg Vaughan did what I thought was impossible….he became Eric Brady and I loved Eric before Greg….now I just love the character even more. As much as I hate the rape of him as a priest the conflict that this has brought about really has wonderful potential….I can’t wait to see how Serena will fit into this…and now Serena meet Marlena as well I wonder what’s up with that 🙂 ……that just add so many possible elements to the whole story!!!!

AEM
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AEM

Personally, I agree with Greg. The Serena pairing is way too forced! She comes off as desperate, and he clearly is not over Nicole! Eric and Nicole’s story was a well written slow burn story. You don’t see that too often these DAYS! Ericole have unbelievable chemistry, and I’m praying for an Ericole reunion in 2015!

No1_ILoveLucyFan
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No1_ILoveLucyFan

#Ericole for the win!!

LindaS
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LindaS

Greg reinforced my opinion regarding Ericole. I don’t blame him for feeling the way he does. Why the show did a 180 on them boggles my mind. It is insulting to the many loyal viewers who have watched this love story unfold from the very beginning.. They are the loves of each other’s lives as it has been pointed out numerous times and I don’t think Serena can ever take Nicole’s place in Eric’s life.

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

ICAM. I really hate most of the storylines on DAYS, of the ones I liked Ericole was my favorite. Now it’s gone. I have no idea why. They have taken away my main reason to watch.

Ann
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Ann

Great interview. I just love Greg Vaughn, but I am so sad and ANGRY at what the writers did to the Eric and Nicole love story. They made us wait so long, and for what.??They just ended it with a former priest not being able to forgive. I just don’t get it, and I believe the fans are not going to enjoy a newbee being a love interest for Eric. So sick of what they have done to Nicole’s character. She always comes out the loser. Just sick of Days period and after watching for 49 years, I just may… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

“…Nicole’s character. She always comes out the loser. ” there’s so much truth to this it’s like she’s being passed around… between Eric, Brady, and Daniel. heck…. for what it’s worth… till DAYS production steps up to the plate…. why not give NIcole and Rafe a try… they both truly care about each other at lest it’d be different until the DAYS brass ??? find the monies and production value to hire her a leading man her last interview with MF… is not lost on me she’s always left fending for herself and shimmying up to the same ole same… Read more »

janice
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janice

I was so involved in the storyline of Eric and Nichole. and when it ended the way it did with hate on Eric’s part my heart was broken for Nichole. I hope the writers find it in their hearts to pair them together again. Serina is new to DOOL and I’m sure they can pair her up with someone good.

AEM
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AEM

I want Ericole back!! Chemistry like that doesn’t come along very often!!

kristen
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kristen

Michael, once again hanging out with the dreamboat of Days. Really great interview. Greg is so down to earth and you can see it in the way he is with his 3 boys. The Serena story feels a bit rushed to me as well. I guess I miss the passions and luring of two people wanting to be together but they cant etc type of storyline. Looking forward to seeing how this unfolds.
Thanks!!

April
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April

First of all, thanks for the incite into Greg & his character, Eric. I for one loved the pairing of Greg (Eric) & Ari (Nicole). They have undeniable chemistry & I was sad to see the relationship come to such an abrupt halt with no true closure for either character. I’m a huge Greg fan so seeing him have screen time despite it not being with Ari is something that will take some getting used to. Greg is an incredibly gifted actor & I hope he continues to get the screen time he deserves. Loved the interview & love Greg!!… Read more »

Lynn
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Lynn

Ericole was the perfect angst filled story and tptb trashed it. Why?? It’s like with AS gone KC & co, NBC, tptb don’t care any more. Good to know that Greg sees what viewers do – a rushed, out of left field story that makes no sense. Days is wasting a talented actress in Ari Zucker and the amazing chemistry of Ari and Greg. How sad.

No1_ILoveLucyFan
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No1_ILoveLucyFan

I agree – Days had a goldmine with Eric & Nicole – great chemistry, great acting, a history, a storyline…and they trashed it so they could pair Nicole with Daniel? Make me puke – Daniel sucks & I hate that they’ve done this!! Get some new writers, Days!!

Eliza
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Eliza

Why are they forcing Eric and Serena together? MA might be okay, but should of been brought in for Rafe, Brady, or better yet Lucas instead of making Eric look boring with this story. Reunite Eric with Nicole along with their long await child. After 15 years wait they need their child which will be more story than a silly girl Eric meet in Africa could give.

Patrick
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Patrick

it really is time to lay low on the constantly interweaving… the goes nowhere

chanteuse godiva top of the heap Nicole… layering for naught… w/ Daniel, Eric, and Brady

leave well enough alone

pair her with Rafe !

she’s at the top for leading lady contender

it can’t be that difficult to hire her mother … the very much alive, FAY

Fay alone would brighten the lives of Roman, Abe, Victor, and Stefano

YES, YES, and double yes

Patrick
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Patrick

he is so dazzling ‘ly handsome : it’s not lost on the audience… that he is able to feature prominently

let him loose… wouldn’t it be something to see him so extreme from the priesthood… to Salem’ nuDIMERA esque leverage

his acting style leaves the audience piqued

EJ, Sami, and Kristen of the topless hierarchy are bereft… barren

forward : Eric, Nicole, Lucas, Kate, Kayla, JJ, T, Eve, Theresa, Justin, Adrienne, Paul,

feature these dynamic presence , as they are deserving

I love this team

would Stefano hire him

Patrick
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Patrick

I do agree with GV’ Eric :

Eric and Nicole are never out of our orbit and in Salem

first loves do not leave

Mark
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Mark

Greg is so cute. I love Days! I am loving paul narita to bits!!!!

Patrick
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Patrick

“…I am loving paul narita to bits!!!! ”

I can’t believe our good fortune

Donna Mackie
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Donna Mackie

I have the utmost respect for Greg Vaughan…as a decent human being….an incredibly sensitive actor….and a loving and responsible father. .I liked Greg’s response “I take what the writers give me and run with..it is my job to make it real ” He’s a Pro.

Timmm
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Timmm

He is a typical soap star, a class act with a humble approach.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Greg Vaughan is such a H-U-N-K!!!!! And…he can A-C-T!!!!!

M.Oz
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M.Oz

Love this candid interview. I respect that. I agree with GV, Ericole are not over, the story is not finished. He knows, and the fans know it. We were short changed a real pay off. And yes this insta new love interested with newly created back story, am not buying it. AZ and GV’s chemistry is palpable. From the little I have seen with MA and GV….I will borrow the word ‘forced’ from the interview. No thanks. Eric was written to have one love of his life, Nicole. Serena would be better with Rafe or Brady. I hope they reunite… Read more »

DOOLfan
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DOOLfan

I’m glad Greg is being honest about his new pairing. It IS forced. I hope Eric and Nicole find a way back to each other sooner rather than later.

Tali
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Tali

Send Melissa Archer to GH and pair her with Silas…………hard to see her with someone else, even if it is a different Soap.

Stacey
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Stacey

I agree with you Tali! Why not bring Tanner back and develop a story with Melissa? I am long overdue for some Michael and Melissa magic…

Timmm
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Timmm

Jonathan Jackson and Anthony Geary had amazing chemistry but Greg was an excellent Lucky on GH and I would welcome him back in a heartbeat. I actually think he would be better as Lucky now since he looks older and so is the character.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I watched GH during part of Greg’s run as Lucky. He did an excellent job of playing Lucky the adult. I thought it was a shame the way TPTB kicked him to the curb when Jackson wanted to return. We see how long that lasted. Another bone headed move by the alphabet people. But, it worked out for me. I stopped watching GH in 2005 and now get to enjoy Greg’s work on Days.

Timmm
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Timmm

Yeah thats the problem with actors going off and doing bigger projects. IF they come back on their old soap its only for a limited time or some kind of stunt casting move. I enjoyed Greg and I would prefer him over Jonathan BUT with Jonathan and Anthony together, thats tough to beat!

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

Melissa Archer does fit in perfectly with the cast…i will have to wait and see how hers and Erics story goes…it does seem a little forced at the moment…its like the writers dont know what to do with Erics character and like they needed to hurry this to fill the void after Ejamis departure…Serena feels like the next Sami Brady…big mistake not casting her as Sarah Horton…Sarah and Eric still couldve played out this storyline plus had she been Maggies daughter it wouldve been a bonus having her connected to other characters…jmho!!!

Martim
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Martim

Greg and Melissa have such great chemistry so far. I rather see the beautiful Serena with a guy who actually gets airtime, like Brady.

CindyHaskins
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CindyHaskins

I wanted to say eric need to be with a woman that is honest to me that is serena and not that loser nicole.i hope that eric and nicole never get back together has a couple and beside the are so wrong for each other.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I am so looking forward to seeing this story develop. I love Greg Vaughan and want to see much more of him. I love Melissa Archer and know she will do an outstanding job.

Jasmine
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Jasmine

I love Greg’s honesty. He has given me hope that ericole aren’t done, nicole is always the underdog and I will always root for her. I hope one day to get back the Eric that I loved, the one that cherished nicole.

Jenn
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Jenn

I love Greg’s honesty. This was much needed for despondent DAYS fans that feel like they have lost one of the best pairings in a long time – Eric and Nicole. I support Greg, but can’t bring myself to watch the character of Eric with this other person. Eric and Nicole were perfect together and obviously something special. I hope they get this fixed so I can enjoy my show again!

Cathy
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Cathy

Thank you Greg Vaughn for expressing how many DAYS fans feel. This story is forced, and while I normally enjoy MA as an actress so far Serena is no Natalie Buchanan. I just hope they shuffle Serena out of this story quickly, because I want to enjoy MA on DAYS and quite frankly if they keep her such a Melanie clone it’s. just not going to work

Natalie
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Natalie

A wonderful interview with GV – he certainly doesn’t seem to be scared to voice his opinion. I hope he is right, and that Eric and Nicole will eventually circle back to each other. What Days did to their story still blows my mind – they finally had an interesting, believable couple, with built in angst, they crafted a beautiful, slow burn story that reminded me of the great supercouples of years ago and then they blew it all to pieces. I will never understand the purpose of that. With regards to MA, I have no opinion of her one… Read more »

Dee
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Dee

She’s just too boring for my tastes…no sex appeal, like jennifer, and Salem doesn’t need another annoying red head…

Anacarrie
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Anacarrie

I have watched DOOL in bits and pieces over the years and am familiar with many past storylines and characters especially John and Marlena, Bo and Hope, and EJ and Sami. I am only watching it full time now because of Melissa Archer. I personally think Melissa Archer is doing a great job of making viewers believe that she knows Eric and that they share a past. However; I would have preferred for her to enter Salem in a different storyline. It is abundantly clear to me that Eric and Nicole are an end-game couple. They will have several years… Read more »

E.F
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E.F

I appreciate the candid interview with Greg.
It does feel forced…where as GV and AZ just have that thing, the IT factor.
I don’t really see any chemistry with M.A to be honest. Feels awkward.
I think he even had more chemistry of sorts with Eve.
No one brings the heat like Ericole though.
They will always circle back to each other, like moths to a flame. I wouldn’t want to compete with that.
M.A fans should want better for her.
GG/Rafe needs a love interest with Jordan leaving.
Or Lucas, he definitely needs one!

Patrick
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Patrick

for the love of all things possible where is the love interest for Kassie DePaiva’ Eve Donovan !?!? it was announced she’d be joining DAYS : 01-28-14 her first airdate : June 18, 2014 6 months later… and nary a nibble… her first dance seemed like with Daniel right out of the gate : Whew! thank the stars that didn’t take then she met Aiden… and that sparked… he’s taken with Hope… and even Kayla… dang! he just won’t let up… Aiden has it on for every one… and that’s fire then it seemed like Eric was on the upswing…… Read more »

Dee
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Dee

Kayla and Adrian look too much alike…I’ve been watching this show since the 70s and I can’t even keep them straight…both boring too.

Dee
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Dee

I adore Greg Vaughan. He’s the perfect man…gorgeous, not full of himself, great father and human being. His role as a priest who was raped was insanely good, and for that he should hands down win an Emmy. When he cried, I cried. His pain was palpable. Nicole was his first love and that’s how it should stay. They had great chemistry. A couple of things…perhaps because nicole and Daniel are a couple now in real life, they decided to pair them on the show. Not good. I hated that scene in the park where they were playing ball. Please.… Read more »

Dee
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Dee

Chloe might have been a good match for eric since she’s very sexy…but nicole belongs with him…I thought maybe Rafe and hope would get together…but obviously not…

Judy
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Judy

Nobody has chemistry like Eric and Nicole please bring them back together. Serena is not for Eric she is just boring !!!

Libby
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Libby

I respect Greg Vaughan very much. He is a single parent with three young boys who he obviously loves very much. He is being wasted in the chasm DAYS has sunk to over last 13 months. The show has changed again and doesn’t seem to have the money to continue. I think we will see show wrap up on its 50th anniversary. That probably equates to production stop at studios around May/June. All of the DAYS actors should be keeping a high profile and garner support for their next gigs. Just like Kassie DePaiva, her role could not possibly been… Read more »

Manon
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Manon

I’m a huge Melissa fan from OLTL – used to watch DOOL a long time ago and just started re-watching again with the appearance of Serena. I have to say: I think Ari is an amazing actress and I get why people are upset over Serena coming between that couple (although I have not seen them together) and I for one, would rather see Melissa’s character with Brady = that actor is more of a match to Melissa then Greg is and I think they could be dynamic together – so my choice is a Brady = Serena match

Roselyn
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Roselyn

Agree with so many of the comments made. Eric (Greg Vaughan) and Nicole (Ari Zucker) are amazing together. Great chemistry!! I miss their incredible storyline. Couldn’t agree more that they are the next super couple or could be!!! Loved the build up of their relationship and am devastated that the writers tore them apart. Have not been able to bring myself to watch the show since they separated these two. Hope that Greg is correct that they are not over. Please put these two back together and I’ll return to the show.

Breaking News

Days of our Lives, General Hospital, and The Young and the Restless Receive WGA Award Nominations

Nominations were announced Thursday morning for the WGA Awards in the fields of television, new media, news, radio/audio and promotional writing.

In the Daytime Drama category, the writing teams from Days of our Lives, General Hospital and The Young and the Restless scored nominations.

Of note: The Bold and the Beautiful chose not to submit themselves for competition this year.  So, it was not a matter of the series not receiving enough votes to be in contention.

The winners will be announced on Sunday, March 20, at the 74th annual Writers Guild Awards.

Here are the full writing teams nominated in the Daytime Drama category below:

General Hospital, Head Writers: Chris Van Etten, Dan O’Connor Associate Head Writer: Anna T. Cascio Writers: Barbara Bloom, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Shannon Peace, David Rupel, Lisa Seidman, Scott Sickles; ABC

The Young and the Restless, Head Writer: Amanda L. Beall Writers: Susan Banks, Jeff Beldner, Sara A. Bibel, Brent Boyd, Susan Dansby, Christopher Dunn, Sara Endsley, Janice Ferri Esser, Marin Gazzaniga, Lynn Martin, Natalie Minardi Slater, Teresa Zimmerman; CBS

Days of Our Lives, Head Writer: Ron Carlivati Writers: Lorraine Broderick, Joanna Cohen, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Jamey Giddens, David Kreizman, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Katherine D. Schock, Elizabeth Snyder; NBC

To view the entire list of nominees click here.

So, who do you hope takes home the prize for the WGA Award for writing in a daytime drama series … DAYS, GH or Y&R? Comment below.

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Three-Time Daytime Emmy Winner, Cady McClain, Reveals She’s ‘Back On Set’ But On Which Show?

After her Instagram post earlier this week, fans of Cady McClain have been attempting to dissect her cryptic tease of a message. McClain, a three-time Daytime Emmy winner, shared the good news with fans that she is ‘back to work’, except she didn’t share which show or project she is working on … just yet!

In her post, McClain teased: “Back on set! Fun to be working again on such a terrific show! Can’t wait to be able to share the news with you all soon! Meantime, hoping you are all taking good care of yourselves. Sending hugs!! ”

Now, it could be Cady is working on a primetime show, not a daytime show, but we shall see.

She has previously appeared on The Young and the Restless and Days of our Lives of the four remaining daytime soaps.  On Y&R she played Kelly Andrews, and on DAYS, Jennifer Horton Deveraux.  And, as viewers of the NBC soap saw this week, Jennifer (in a short appearance by Melissa Reeves) returned to Salem with Jack (Matthew Ashford), only to tie-up loose ends over the holidays and exit the show.

Since DAYS still tapes months ahead, could McClain be returning there, or might she pop up on GH and B&B? The character of Kelly was killed-off of Y&R back in 2015.

Previously, Cady became soap-famous for her roles as Dixie Cooney Martin on All My Children and Rosanna Cabot on As the World Turns.

Share your thoughts on which show you hope Cady is working on, whether, primetime, daytime, or a streaming series, in the comment section below.

 

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Michael Fairman TV Names The Best and Worst in Soaps 2021

In a year which saw the continuance of the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021, saw your favorite soaps finding ways to work under safety and health protocols to bring you the stories you love the best they could, but it was not fraught with some problems along the way.

Now as the year comes to a close, we take a look back with our annual list of the Best and Worst in Soaps.  As it does every year, Michael Fairman TV,  takes this opportunity to pay tribute to the tremendous work of the talented men and women in front of the camera and behind the scenes, whose tireless efforts in the grind of producing and acting in this genre’s format is a feat in of itself.  In addition to naming the best moments and performances of the year, there were several not-so-stellar moments featuring characters, storylines, and more, that get the dubious honor of some of our “Worsts”.

While we know many of you have your own views, picks, and choices, and while you may disagree or agree with ours, we encourage you to let us know your thoughts as well.  Most of all, respect everyone’s opinions, as you wish them to respect yours.

 

Finally, we want to wish our wonderful community here at Michael Fairman TV and soap fans everywhere, a happy New Year.  It is all of you with your passion and devotion to the genre itself, which make this such a unique entertainment medium with an undeniable connection between the viewers, the performers, and the storylines.

So here we go … the Best and Worst in Soaps … and with that… 2021 out!

BEST SOAP

General Hospital  

Day to day, week to week, the soap that delivered the most through 2021 was General Hospital. It wasn’t by any means sheer perfection, and had its share of relationship and storyline issues, but whether you loved “Nixon Falls’ or not, or Britt with Jason, or Carly with Jason, Sonny and Nina, or were upset about Franco’s death, or Peter continuing to exist on this earth (more on this later), or loved the introduction of the SORAS’d Spencer Cassadine, the show retooled the Quartermaines, the Cassadines, and all along the way gave emotional payoffs and big cliffhangers.

MOST ENTERTAINING SOAP

Days of our Lives

The last six months of 2021, Days of our Lives seemed to find its groove, balancing the kitsch, with the drama, and it all really got cooking with the Marlena Possession storyline 2.0 harkening back to its brilliance some 27 years later.  DAYS was clearly the most entertaining soap with a plethora of wink-winks to the audience, snappy dialog and humor, an excellent use of history, and a cast and a writing team that trusted the material and it paid off.

MOST DISAPPOINTING SOAP

The Young and the Restless

The once mighty Y&R became the hardest show to sit through.  The storylines were boring, the pairings often felt like re-treads, the rooting factor was basically non-existent for anyone, and it gets our pick for the Most Disappointing Soap. When you have an A-list cast with some of the finest actors in the genre in one place, and the stories just aren’t there for them, and many scenes feel like they go nowhere, it’s a head-scratcher!  The show needs a boost of adrenaline.

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BEST LIMITED SERIES

Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem

Truly, the most enjoyable, fun romp of the year in soaps.  It had to be a hoot and a half for head writer, Ron Carlivati, and his team to develop this five-episode story about the missing gems from the Alamainian Peacock.  There were the inside Lisa Rinna jokes including: integrating the infamous RHOBH ‘drink in face’ fight with Eileen Davidson recreated ‘Beyond Salem’ style, plus Sonny, Will, and Chad in drag, Leo saving the day, Charles Shaughnessy back as twins Drew and Shane, Peter Porte as an uptight spy who turns out to be a VonLeuschner, and it was all so kitschy, in a genius kind of way that it left us wanting more.

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BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS

Laura Wright – Carly Corinthos – General Hospital

Scene after scene in 2021, Laura Wright did some of the finest work of her daytime career, and that is saying something, because she has already delivered so many memorable performances.  But this year, whether it was: a grieving Carly grappling with the loss of her beloved Sonny, stepping up and taking control of the mob, her complicated relationship with Jason, and falling back in love with him, and then the return of a very much alive Sonny and the volatile relationship with her nemesis, Nina Reeves, Laura had the material day after day, and gave us 110% as an actress through it all. Bravo!

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BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A STORYLINE

Melissa Claire Egan – Chelsea’s Stroke – The Young and the Restless

Cynthia Watros – Nina and Mike in Nixon Falls – General Hospital

Camryn Grimes – Mariah’s kidnapping and aftermath – The Young and the Restless

Lisa LoCicero – Olivia finds out Alexis and Ned had sex – General Hospital

These four actresses along with Laura Wright may just be vying for the Daytime Emmy in 2022 whether it be in Lead or Supporting.  Each one of these women delivered complex performances within their storylines … Melissa Claire Egan as stroke victim, Chelsea, who gets her revenge on Adam and Sharon that comes with consequences, Cynthia Watros for her brilliant work opposite Maurice Benard and the Tan-O gang and its aftermath in Port Charles, Camryn Grimes, whose scenes by herself in lock-up (in a storyline we hated), after being kidnapped while pregnant were well-done, and the hurt of longing for the baby she carried months later showed why she remains one of the strongest actresses on daytime, and there was Lisa LoCicero for the heartbreaking moments as Olivia finds out that Ned slept with Alexis and then the volatile showdown between the two women over the tryst. All deserved mentions in our year-end honors.

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BEST SINGLE PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A STORYLINE 

Kirsten Storms – Maxie frames Peter and reveals she knows of his deception – General Hospital

While in the hospital, Maxie, pretending she lost her baby, in an effort to get Peter to admit to his crimes, was played by pure brilliance by Kirsten Storms.  Finally, taking control of the situation, Maxie records Peter’s confession of those he murdered on her phone which she sends to Mac. All along the way telling Peter how disgusted she is by him. Best line though, “I would say you’re as bad as your father, but you’re not. At least, Faison was an evil genius. You’re just some cheap imitation knockoff.” Got that right!

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BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR

Maurice Benard – Sonny Corinthos – General Hospital

While the “Mike” in ‘Nixon Falls’ story went on too long, it provided Maurice Benard with an opportunity to show another side of a character then mob boss Sonny Corinthos, and pair him with another leading lady, Cynthia Watros, to form a potential new couple.  All of this on top of Benard’s scenes with Sonny’s wife, Carly (whose relationship has now hit the skids) provided this three-time Daytime Emmy winner a backdrop to do something different, and prove once again, that he is still the finest actor in the genre.

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BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTOR

James Patrick Stuart – Valentin Cassadine – General Hospital

Whether it be romancing Anna, (and sharing scenes with the fabulous Finola Hughes,) or trying to take down Peter August, or his machinations with the Quartermaines, or being duped by Brook Lynn, and his devastation over finding out that ‘Bailey’ was not his biological daughter, we always enjoy all things JPS.  He delivers episode to episode and continues to make Valentin’s reactions and actions intriguing.

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BEST SINGLE PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A STORYLINE

Ted King – Jack admits to Li his secret about Sheila and Finn – The Bold and the Beautiful

It has been great to see Ted King back on daytime.  The former GH and OLTL star always delivered in his scenes, and he had his moment to shine in 2021, when Jack admitted to his wife, Li that he lied all of these years about their son, Finn.  In actuality, Jack had a fling with the dangerous and psychotic, Sheila Carter and he is Finn’s true biological father.  The whole situation was made all the more heartbreaking because Li believed they adopted the little boy, when in truth, Jack covered-up his tryst for decades.  King played all the beats in these key scenes.  He was understated in his performance, and this went under the soap press radar, but you could see all the pain in Jack’s eyes, thanks to Ted King’s work.  Sometimes less is more in front of the camera.

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BEST PERFORMANCE BY LONG-RUNNING VETERANS

Bill and Susan Seaforth Hayes – Doug and Julie Williams – Days of our Lives

Doug as the devil was delicious! Julie standing up to MarDevil was a moment! The Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award winners had the opportunity to act in great scenes about faith, strength and love, played to perfection by these two television treasures. Their work provided some of the most memorable moments during Satan’s return to Salem.

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BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Kelly Thiebaud – Britt Westbourne – General Hospital

This year, Kelly Thiebaud truly got to show all the facets of Dr. Britt Westbourne. When she was afraid to know and then learned she had the marker for Huntington’s Disease, her struggle with the information and falling for Jason Morgan, then losing him, made this once Port Charles bad girl, someone we truly, truly cared about. In addition, Britt’s scenes of grief with Carly over Jason’s ‘death’ and more, made Kelly’s performances must-see daytime TV.

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BEST PERFORMANCE IN AN ON-SCREEN BREAK-UP

Michelle Stafford – Phyllis Summers – The Young and the Restless

No one can deliver the kind of ‘balls-to-the-wall’ performance that Y&R’s Michelle Stafford can. She did it again, in a series of powerful and heartbreaking scenes, where Phyllis realizes she will always be Nick’s second choice to the Newman family. Combine that with Nick knowing that Phyllis’ feelings for her ex, Jack Abbott are back, it was combustion central for ‘Phick’ and they ended their relationship.  Stafford should remember this scene come Emmy submission time!

BEST ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE

The cast of Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem

I mean, everyone was so much fun to watch! From Eileen Davidson, Rinna, Jackie Cox, Greg Rikaart, Shaughnessy, Zach Tinker, the list goes on, and it truly was the best ensemble performance of the year, and it looked like everyone had a great time being part of the limited series.

BEST FEUD

Nina Reeves and Carly Corinthos – General Hospital

When Carly went at Nina over Nelle’s ‘death’ on a phone call, just as Nina found Sonny alive and well in Nixon Falls, it set up a series of events that had now pitted these two powerhouse women against each other, and the feud is one of the best on daytime due to Cynthia Watros and Laura Wright’s performances.

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BEST VILLAIN, FEMALE

Deidre Hall – MarDevil – Days of our Lives

When Satan comes to town and inhabits Marlena, the MarDevil comes out to play and terrorized everyone in Salem with delicious venom and we were here for it!

BEST VILLAIN, MALE

Mike Manning – Charlies Dale – Days of our Lives

Mike Manning made Charlie creepy and misunderstood, and someone everyone in town wanted dead, and eventually he met his maker in a solid “Whodunit?”

BEST SCENE-STEALER

Deidre Hall – MarDevil – Days of our Lives

Deidre Hall looked like she was having the time of her life, chewing the scenery as Satan and getting to take a pause from being the moral center of DAYS to be able to do and say things “Doc” would never utter out of her mouth: including calling her own daughter’s Belle and Sami “sluts’’. HA!

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BEST UNEXPECTED SCENE

Susan and EJ in the hospital – Days of our Lives

After the devil made mince-meat out of Susan Banks, she recovered in the hospital where her son EJ sat by her side.  When Susan said she was willing to sacrifice herself to save her son from Satan, it brought with it an unexpected mother/son scene we never saw previously between the grown-up EJ and Susan, and played by two actors who were both successful recasts in their roles. Cheers to Stacy Haiduk and Dan Feuerriegel.

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BEST COMEBACK

Cameron Mathison back to ABC Daytime

The All My Children fan favorite (Ex-Ryan Lavery), turned host, turned Hallmark and GAC Family star, returned to ABC Daytime decades later where it all started for him, this time as a recast Drew Cain on GH.  Now, while his story on General Hospital is just getting started, we think Mathison will fit in nicely with the cast that he has admired so much, and on the show, he has dreamt of appearing on. Welcome home, Cam!

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WORST EXIT

Linsey Godfrey – Sarah Horton – Days of our Lives

To facilitate Linsey Godfrey’s exit from DAYS, the writers once again fell back into old tricks, or should we say, old prosthetic masks! This time, Kristen pretended to be Sarah to sleep with Rex, and break-up her relationship to Xander, even though Kristen and Sarah are nowhere near the same height. Then, Sarah is put in a steamer trunk and snuck her out of Salem. What???????

WORST EXIT HONORABLE MENTION

Kim Delaney – Jackie Templeton – General Hospital

We love Kim Delaney, and all of a sudden, her heralded return to soaps and GH, came to an abrupt end after the entire “Who is Harrison’s real bio-dad” story and apparently Jackie Templeton left Port Charles.  We guess to do some cracker-jack reporting?? Dunno.

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MOST HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED RETURNS

Kimberlin Brown and Sean Kanan – The Bold and the Beautiful

With two of daytime’s all-time baddies back on the canvas, you would think that B&B would have hit a homerun, but so far, it’s been a wait and see approach, as fans long for the days that Sheila and Deacon perpetrate bad deeds on people for their own gain.  However, we may be in luck! Looks like Sheila might be finally digging her psychotic heels into Brooke with the NYE booze switch, while Deacon seduced Brooke. Jury is out! B&B…  don’t botch this!

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WORST RETURN

Sean Carrigan – Stitch – The Young and the Restless

This was so predictable …and so bad.  Former fan favorite, Sean Carrigan returns as Stitch and everyone had already figured out, (even before he set foot on the airshows), that he would be the culprit – the person who had kidnapped a pregnant Mariah. Then later, we get his twisted reasoning for holding a preggers woman captive, apparently, because of his love and past with Abby. All of this made no sense for this character.

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WORST HIT AND RUN

Liam runs over Vinny in Bill’s car – The Bold and the Beautiful

This storyline, which went on for months, had Liam and Bill covering up their tracks after mowing down bad boy Vinny, who just happened to be walking out in the middle of the road at night at the exact time Bill’s car showed up.  Trouble is, it turned out to be a suicide storyline? Apparently, Vinny sacrificed himself for his buddy Thomas, so Thomas could get closer to Hope, and that’s after switching paternity results to make it look like Liam was Hayes’ father, not Finn! While we had liked Joe LoCicero as Vinny, this ending was a bad comeuppance, and even though Scott Clifton and Don Diamont acted their hearts out episode after episode, in the end the story came to a screeching halt and thud. Wasn’t there even a PSA for suicide prevention after the reveal???

MOST MISSED OPPORTUNITY

Elizabeth learns about Jason’s ‘death’ off-screen – General Hospital

Liz shares a son with the guy, and Rebecca Herbst does not get any screen-time to show Elizabeth’s reaction to Jason’s supposed death? C’mon now!!

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BEST RECAST LIMITED SERIES

Zach Tinker – Sonny Kiriakis – Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem and Days of our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas

We were very impressed with Zach Tinker’s version of Sonny Kiriakis; and that right out of the gate he was dealt some very heavy emotional scenes in ‘Beyond Salem’ when Sonny believed Will was cheating on him. Zach replaced longtime fan favorite, Freddie Smith, and a new version of “WilSon” was born.

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BEST RECAST 

Dan Feuerriegel  –  EJ DiMera – Days of our Lives

Dan has brought his A-game as the recast EJ DiMera; a role that was made so wildly popular when played by James Scott, but Feuerriegel is putting his own spin on the part and making it work.

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BEST RETURN LIMITED-RUN

Blake Berris – Nick Fallon – DAYS Halloween episode/Days of our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas

Berris is a very fine actor and it was on display twice! First, in DAYS zombie-Halloween episode when the MarDevil awakens evil from their graves! It is then, Nick is back in action terrorizing Gabi, and then in the flip in the Peacock Holiday special, Nick is very much alive, playing the longing suitor for Gabi’s affections, Berris should come back to DAYS as Nick’s twin, Mick! Can we make that happen DAYS writing team?

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BEST NEW CHARACTER

Paulina Price – (played by Jackée Harry) – Days of our Lives

Writing a role for Jackée, and playing to her strengths; while ramping up the Price family back-story was a triple win for Days.

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BEST NEWCOMER

Nicholas Alexander Chavez – Spencer Cassadine – General Hospital

Fans took notice and instantly fell in love with Nicholas’ work as a SORAS’d Spencer Cassadine.  Spencer’s return was one of the best of 2021, which showed the emotional damage done to the young man who has a vengeful streak willing to go up against the likes of his father Nikolas, Ava, and Valentin while pining for Trina, and being shoe-horned into a relationship with evildoer, Esme.  Good stuff!

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BEST TRIBUTE

John Reilly Tribute – General Hospital

When GH was able to get the one and only Sharon Wyatt (Ex-Tiffany Hill) to do a voice-over, and John Reilly’s daughter, Caitlin, acting and central to the story all the while paying homage to the spy stories of the past, it was a solid episode to honor one of the shows most beloved all-time cast members.

BIGGEST WASTE OF AIRTIME

Jesse Gaines – The Young and the Restless

Weeks of being held up in Italy in a room, threatening to expose Ashland’s past, but it was all a set up, and by the end of it, who cared! Anyone?

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BEST GREAT-TO-SEE-YOU ON DAYTIME AGAIN

Linda Dano – Vivian Alamain – Days of our Lives

Although it was short-lived and Louise Sorel did not return to be part of the plot, we loved seeing Linda Dano back on daytime; even for a short blip, and this time taking on the role of Vivian Alamain.  She’s still one of the best of the best.

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CHARACTER WHO DESERVED THE BIGGEST BITCH-SLAP

Peter August – General Hospital

Line -em-up! GH’s Peter August deserved a thousand of these! Where do we start???? Peter August has escaped the once-smartest spies, killed multiple key characters, held some captive, obsessed over Maxie and their baby, and everyone wants him dead-dead.  We can’t think of anyone who deserves to be bitched slapped by one person after the other in Port Charles than Peter AKA Henrik!

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CHARACTER WHO DISHED OUT THE BEST BITCH-SLAPS

Steffy Forrester – The Bold and the Beautiful

Whenever she could, Steffy bitch-slapped Sheila to kingdom come, once the evil one showed up at Steffy’s wedding to Finn and the fallout. We assume, Sheila grabbed an icebag after those bops to the face?

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A PRIMETIME SOAP MALE

Adam Huber – Liam Ridley – Dynasty

Playing off scenes with his on-screen love interest, Elizabeth Gillies (Fallon) has let Huber show other facets to his character of Liam. Now we enjoy the guy!

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BEST PERFORMANCE IN A PRIMETIME SOAP FEMALE

Elizabeth Gillies – Fallon Carrington – Dynasty

Fallon makes CW’s Dynasty go-round, and whether it be drama, high camp or musical moments, Elizabeth Gillies is the star of the show and can be anywhere else she chooses to go!

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BEST PRIMETIME SOAP

Dynasty

Still the ‘soap on steroids’ with all the tropes including: bombshells and double-crossing of a double-crossing, you will need a scorecard each episode to follow along which character does the most despicable thing … but we are here for it!

MOST TORTURED COUPLE

Sonny and Carly – General Hospital

Nothing went right in 2021 for ‘CarSon’.  Sonny was presumed dead for a good portion of the year, believing he was a man named ‘Mike” and living a life in Nixon Falls and falling for a deceitful Nina Reeves.  Carly stepped up and in for Sonny to protect the Corinthos mob territory by originally having a marriage-arrangement with Jason.  However, Carly and Jason found themselves falling for each other again circa the 90’s, and on their wedding night, as they were about to have sex, Sonny shows up alive and well. Now, Sonny has been all confused for his feelings for Nina since regaining his memory, Jason is ‘dead, and the relationship has blown apart and it looks like the end of the line… for now for this storied duo.

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WORST WEDDING

Kyle and Summer– The Young and the Restless

Not only did the popular duo of ‘Skyle’ exit the canvas, they got married off-camera, so no one saw the long-awaited nuptials … and the two actors, Michael Mealor and Hunter King … left the show after reports of contract negotiations falling through.

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BEST COUPLE IN THE MAKING

Sprina – General Hospital

Everyone is loving the on-screen chemistry played by Sydney Mikayla and Nicholas Alexander Chavez as Trina and Spencer.  Now will they be headed for a romance in 2022?

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WORST COUPLE AND MOST BORING COUPLE

Michael and Willow – General Hospital

These two are double winners this year! Michael Corinthos and Willow Tait have become so boring that GH is now coming up with ways to instigate trouble between them that it is so apparent to the audience and you can see it coming a mile away.  Chad Duell and Katelyn MacMullen are very good actors, they just aren’t an exciting pairing as Michael and Willow. Break them up for good, already!

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BEST COUPLE

Sami and Lucas – Days of our Lives

Alison Sweeney and Bryan Dattilo have a long and enduring friendship, and an on-screen partnership that just works so well.  Many loved seeing ‘Lumi’ reconnect in 2021.  Sami, of course, despondent over EJ, sleeps with Lucas and thus starts the story, but it was all done with great flashbacks, comedy and more. What will happen in 2022 when Sami finds out Lucas was the one who kidnapped her? It probably will end any possibility of them ever becoming a bonafide couple, as it looks like EJami is the end game.

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BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A STANDALONE EPISODE

Nancy Lee Grahn – Alexis Davis – General Hospital

“I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a Fighter, and an Idealist, and an Advocate!” True that! In a well-crafted story, Nancy Lee Grahn celebrated her 25th anniversary on GH with a special episode dedicated to Alexis. In a therapy session with Kevin, we come to the crux of the story.  Alexis looked over in the corner of the room at a vision of her younger self crying.  In that moment, Alexis embraced herself, forgave herself, so she could move on with her life after being guilt-ridden for the death of her mother and the cruelty of her father.  Beautiful work from La Grahn!

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BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A STANDALONE EPISODE

James Reynolds – Abe Carver – Days of our Lives

James Reynolds might be going for his second Lead Actor Emmy after this performance. In it, and to honor the actor’s 40th anniversary as Abe Carver on DAYS, the show had Abe shot and then flatlining which means … Abe was going to the light. While there, he meets up with his beloved ex-wife Lexie and while the audience is shown flashbacks of their life together, it’s Reynolds acting against an actress (who’s face is unseen, since Renee Jones was unavailable for the episode) that brought all the heart and the drama, which is why we in-turn are invested in the life of Abe Carver. And, don’t we all grab for the hankies when James brings the tears?

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BEST STORYLINE

The Devil Returns to Salem – Days of our Lives

While for many they found this story ridiculous, we found ourselves wanting to fast-forward through episodes of DAYS just to get to all the moments of Marlena’s possession 2.0 and all that came with it! From the outlandish dialog, the special effects soap-style, how MarDevil served up revenge by morphing into OG Kristen, or taking looney-tunes Jan Spears and morphing her into Belle, plus having a “Rosemary’s Baby” angle to boot with a Cin baby on the way … and more, it was fun to see what happened next.  The best twist was letting the audience think that Doug had dementia when he actually had been possessed by the devil which then allowed Satan to take over Marlena.  And didn’t we all love the exorcism episode, too? Great use of history, camp, and it allowed for some solid performances from longtime vets that had to be having too much fun playing those scenes.

WORST STORYLINE MOMENT

Paris’ laxatives ruin her romantic evening with Zende – The Bold and the Beautiful

In an effort to thwart her sister’s budding romance with Zende Forrester, Zoe puts laxatives in the smoothie she gave to her sister, Paris, which gave her gas and an upset tummy during her date. Enough said.

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WORST STORYLINE

Eric’s ED and giving permission for Quinn and Carter to have sex – The Bold and the Beautiful

The Bold and the Beautiful had the opportunity to truly tell a story about Erectile Dysfunction in older men, but instead made it ridiculous and tried to justify it. While we absolutely love Lawrence Saint-Victor and Rena Sofer as Carter and Quinn, and John McCook as Eric, are we expected to believe that Eric would give permission for his wife to carry on her affair with the stud that is Carter because he can’t please her anymore in the bedroom? But that’s actually nothing compared to the Donna “honey” scene, which got Eric all riled up and fixed his problem, complete with music bed crescendo.

MOST PREPOSTEROUS PLOT TWIST and CHARACTER WHO NEEDS TO GET HIS COMEUPPANCE

Characters sacrificed to keep Peter August’s reign of terror continuing – General Hospital

Franco, Drew, Jason, and more have all at one time or another been killed or supposedly killed due to the machinations of Peter August.  Even after setting fire to The Tan-0 in Nixon Falls and jumping off a cliff or something, Peter escapes all the time, every time, every moment of every day.  Even the smartest all-time WSB agents including super spy, Anna Devane, can’t stay a step ahead of him. How can one evildoer have so much power? Don’t the good guys get a win, evah? Are we ready for the murder mystery of who permanently snuffed this guy out???

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BEST TEARJERKER

Baby Liam’s Death – General Hospital

It was controversial to have a little baby being taken off life-support over the holidays, but General Hospital went there. Within it, Liam’s parents struggled over what they had to do, and found themselves in inconsolable grief.  As young parents and a young couple trying to deal with the cards they were dealt, both Sofia Mattsson (Sasha) and Johnny Wactor (Brando) stepped up to the plate and gave us a 10-hankie moment culminating in  a visit from the late Mike Corbin (Max Gail), who takes baby Liam back to heaven with him.

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BIGGEST HEADLINE

Ingo Rademacher and Steve Burton get fired from GH after not adhering to vaccine mandate

Both actors were willing to lose their jobs over their anti-vaxx stance during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Disney/ABC mandates all employees to be vaccinated.  While Burton shared one message on his reasons for not following the mandate, Rademacher has taken his stance to the media including to Tucker Carlson, and continued to rev up his social media with his views.

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SOCIAL MEDIA FIRESTORM

Cassandra James fires back at Ingo Rademacher for transphobic repost on social media

Trans actress, Cassandra James (Terry of General Hospital) took to social media in utter disappointment and disgust at one of her then co-stars, Ingo Rademacher, for a post he shared on his Instagram story from conservative author, Allie Beth Stuckley, which said, “Welcome to ClownTown, where the dude on the left is an empowering woman, and the woman on the right is a white supremacist.”  The picture on the left was that of Assistant Secretary of Health, Rachel Levine, a transgender female who was sworn in as a four-star admiral. The picture on the right showed Virginia Lieutenant Governor-Elect Winsome Sears, a black woman, who is seen brandishing a weapon in her hands as part of campaign paraphernalia.

In a tweet on the matter, James shared: “Shame on you. You have some serious unlearning and education to do. I feel deeply disappointed that such a public display of ignorance could come from our ‘GH’ family. Misgendering trans folks is violence and if you come for one of us, you come for all of us. The cis world doesn’t get to decide which of us is valuable. I am so proud of the fans for always holding us to a high standard, for calling out transphobia and violence.”   Mainstream media picked-up the story and many of Cassandra’s GH castmates took to Twitter to stand in solidarity with her.

Later, Rademacher took to his Instagram and apologized to James stating that he should have crossed out the word “dude” from the original post. He added, “Cassandra, I apologize to you sincerely. I think you’re an absolute talent and you’re very beautiful as well. I don’t think a transphobic man would say that. I think you’re absolutely gorgeous, I really do.”

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BIGGEST DOOFUS 

Finn – The Bold and the Beautiful

Sooo, a woman claiming to be your mother steps out of the shadows and shows up at your wedding.  Without really investigating her claims, you literally bring her to the Forrester mansion front door and introduce her as this ‘amazing thing that just happened’ not knowing that the woman, Sheila Carter, shot your bride’s mother and other people along the way.  Finn wins our doofus award for this scene alone!

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FIZZLE TO SIZZLE

Greg Rikaart – Kevin’s return on Y&R to Leo Stark’s re-emergence on DAYS 

On Y&R, Kevin was teaming up with Phyllis again and we thought that would go somewhere, but his returns to Genoa City have been written as lackluster, HOWEVER, Greg Rikaart really got to strut his stuff and have a field day playing Leo Stark on DAYS, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem and Days of our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas.  Leo is the gift we never know we needed and Rikaart plays him to the hilt!

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MOST DISAPPOINTING CHARACTER

Phillip Kiriakis – Jay Johnson – Days of our Lives

This was one of the most disappointing returns making Phillip a sniveling dishrag dirtbag with no redeeming qualities at all, or did we miss something?

WORST CASE Of SOAP ABUSE

Overuse of special episodes – The Young and the Restless

Call the intervention squad! How many special episodes highlighting individual characters in a crisis of conscious can one soap fan sit-through?

BEST PROP

“Mike’s” Cowboy Hat – General Hospital

Sonny’s Nixon Falls amnesiac character “Mike” and his special buddy … his hat, were shown and mentioned in many a scene for months on end!

So, what did you think of our picks for the Best and Worst in Soaps 2021? Let us know in the comment section below if you agreed, or have you own choices for the categories above.

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