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DAYS Head Scribe, Ron Carlivati, Shares On Marlena’s Possession 2.0: “We Decided John Needs To Get On To This Sooner Than He Did In The Original, Because That’s What The Audience Would Expect”

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As viewers of NBC’s Days of our Lives are watching the revisiting of the classic possession storyline revisited with its 2021 version 2.0, the stage is being set for plenty of devilish drama, now that good doc, Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) is once again in the grips of evil.

We have already seen her with yellow eyes, conjuring up some demonic plans, and of course, the devil trying to pull the wool over the eyes of Marlena’s husband, John Black (Drake Hogestyn).

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Back in the 1994/95 version of this storyline, Father John emerged and exorcised the demon from Marlena, so he knows a thing or two about being possessed, and the horrors it caused to Marlena, and the town of Salem 25 years ago, and as we have seen John is very, very concerned about all this talk of Marlena being possessed by the devil from the script that Johnny (Carson Boatman)  is set to make into a film on Sami’s life story.

Current Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati, spoke with Soap Opera Digest in their latest issue on newsstands now, about his plans and the creation of the 2021 possession storyline. Ron revealed that John is not going to be in the dark for long, sharing: “John has been through this, so the devil isn’t going to be able to pull the wool over his eyes the way he did the first time.”

Carlivati also added: “Even though all soap opera stories, I would argue, depend on some characters being a little bit dumb, in this case, we decided John needs to get on to this sooner than he did in the original because that’s what they audience would expect.  Look for the story to move along at a pretty good clip. We are not rushing, anything by any means – we are having so much fun with the story, but it was important to us that John not look stupid here so he starts to suspect something is wrong with her pretty soon.”

So, are you glad that John will not be completely dumped? Will Father John return to save the day? Are you enjoying the story thus far? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

Then, check out our recent interview with Ron all about the creation of DAYS limited-series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem still streaming on Peacock.

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Jeremy
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Jeremy

Deirdre Hall looks like she seems like she’s really enjoying the re-installment of the devil possession storyline. I certainly am loving it. It’s entertainment and obviously not for every viewer. With that said, I’m having fun watching Deirdre Hall having fun playing the Devil. I like the yellow eyes, though I wish her voice was the same as the original, perhaps it’s a technical thing. This storyline gives Doug and Julie, too, storyline. My hope is that Doug isn’t killed off by MarDevil, I think fans would become even more outraged by that action. With that said, I look forward… Read more »

Satan
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Satan

Should I possess Abigail? Sure why not? She’s got some empty rooms in her head which have been vacant for a while now.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Hell, if you are going to do that, I think Jenn would like to go along for the ride.

whynot
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whynot

There’s a major problem with things like this though: people love to look back at the old stories and long-time characters like this, but to me that only proves that nobody can come up with a NEW idea that will be just as popular. Years from now, is anyone going to care that Sonny lost his memory and thought he was Mike? I don’t even care now.

Celia
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Celia

OMG, whynot—Your words are sacrosanct—Didn’t even cross my mind, but so true!! No one will remember these short stunts—-You’re right–no originality !!!! Going down memory lane is not always popular.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

LOL; why not? And I’m asking, “why not?” Not repeating your “name.” All soap stories are memorable to different viewers depending on their individual take on a story. This will be memorable to me for its pure, campy, fun. A reminder of just how cheesy and fun daytime soaps can be. When the genre is gone, this kind of story/memory is gold. Millions watching these stories in an age where there are much more sophisticated choices is interesting to me. I can appreciate the difference between high art and pop; serious pieces of work and the fun of daytime. Soaps… Read more »

Lincoln
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Lincoln

This show is bad; only ones happy with it are those that feed his ego on Twitter.

Celia
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Celia

Not only is the show bad, Lincoln, but John and Roman look really dumb—-especially John—DUH!! GOOFY!! That’s the script they’re given…. Considering the fact that Marlena was possessed twenty-five years ago, why can’t he, as her husband, and the closest person to her, not notice her strange nuances, however small? Light bulbs should be going off in his head. The words, “been there, done that” should be swimming in his head by now. C’mon, writers—-please end it!! I just finished watching—-only took me a few minutes—FF-ed through most of the ep.—but not before hearing two words:”Rosemary’s Baby”—– please, do not… Read more »

Maggie
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Maggie

If you don’t like the show why are you reading this post??? 🙂

Celia
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Celia

I love the show—-this is an opinion page, ergo, opining does not dislike mean!!
If you don’t like posts that are unappealing to your sensibility, why do you read them? What’s good for the goose—

Iakovos
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Iakovos

I am not overly fond of the possession storyline but… I am fond of seeing the stellar DOOL vets front and center. So I am grateful for that. Doug and Julie!!! Soaps are family to viewers and fans. We need to see our senior members of the clan!

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

lakovos,
I believe the cast is having a ball doing this and I think that Mr. Williams is having a devilishly good time, possibly using this as a way to retire.

Celia
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Celia

Hi, Iakovos—so great to “see” you again.
I’m not into this possession stuff either; especially if children will be involved.
I so appreciate Bill Hayes—he’s the best. Yet, they’re “storing” him away somewhere.
Later, my friend….

Jane Anderson
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Jane Anderson

It’s awful. If I wanted to watch stuff like this I would put on a horror movie. If you feel you obviously must force this onto your viewers, then make a limited series similar to Beyond Salem. You can even title it Beyond Intelligence. That way, viewers who want you to torture them can watch this idiotic concept. And your fans who continue to watch Days (in the hope of the show becoming better) can once again go back to watching. Be sure to announce when all the crap is over, there are a lot of us who quit watching… Read more »

Jane Anderson
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Jane Anderson

While Days is going on with this possession, some of us don’t want to watch it. Can you make a limited series (like Beyond Salem) with older footage you already have. Edit out the folding clothes, having tea, and put together something like Beginning Salem with Dr. and Mrs. H right from the beginning. It will move a lot faster as the boring stuff will be edited out. Then Days loyal viewers can watch this. Thanks.

Patrica
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Patrica

Can’t believe you decided to bring back this story line. I have been watching Days of our lives for many many years and have to say I didn’t enjoy the storyline the first time and certainly do not enjoy it now. Hope this ends very soon and doesn’t affect Ben’s character. Ben and Sierra deserve some peace.

Jeanne
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Jeanne

I agree

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

Carlivati: “Even though all soap opera stories, I would argue, depend on some characters being a little bit dumb. . .” Oh lordy, where to start, where to START? Ummm, no, Ron. Foolish, perhaps, or ill-advised, or immature, or similar adjectives; even smart people can do “dumb” things in the grip of emotion, sure. But dumb, as in lacking normal brain cells? There’s a phrase for that kind of storytelling: “idiot plot.” It applies to all types of fiction, including soaps, and effective soap writers know how to tell a story without resorting to it. (Or at least they used… Read more »

M.L.H.
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M.L.H.

Other topics should have been considered. This one was done before and I see no reason to repeat.

aria
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aria

I want to start out by saying THANK GOD that RC is not writing for GH. forever AMEN.

LouieY
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LouieY

Having to endure this mess, Duke the Bear, Jake the Mechanic trying to play business, Bonnie & revisionist Ava history that is pathetic, really makes this show must pass t.v. Agree with others should have been limited Peacock series and thank you lord Carlivati isn’t writing for GH anymore.

Celia
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Celia

Yup, Louie Y. It’s getting kind of painful to watch—-FF helps!!
The highlight, today, was when Chanel mentioned the sitcom, SISTER SISTER; where Jackee was sort of the star? I remember watching that show as a little girl, myself.
The most ridiculous stotyline ( second to the “possession) for me is the Bonnie travesty. There is something to be said about falling in love with your dead wife’s carbon copy—is Justin in love with a memory? I know, I know—it’s a soap….
Not looking forward to “Rosemary’s Baby”. I will not watch!!

Satan
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Satan

You don’t want to see Ciara give birth to my son, the Antichrist??

Y’all need to help me name my future son. He needs three names, 6 letters in each one. “Weston” will be his last name, so we’re 1/3 of the way there.

Celia
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Celia

LOL—what if it’s a girl? I would call her Venere—the planet of light—-may she always shine goodness. You do not have the power to choose a “he”. Even you, Satan, is not more powerful than God. As Lucifer, you were HIS favorite Angel ( of light: Luce means light in Italian, ergo, Lucifero). But, you want to be more poweful than God—–doesn’t work, does it? You fear God. Yet, God does not fear you. All Ben and Ciera have to do is chant, “I reject you, Satan”, over and over. You are so much fun—-wish I knew you. Love the… Read more »

Satan
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Satan

I never actually wanted to be “more powerful” than my Former Employer. That’s all just propaganda from the religious FundaMENTALists. What actually happened back in the day, was that I merely made a couple of suggestions to the Old Man, and He got all offended by it, and exiled me off to a much warmer climate. Then He lost a bet to me with that whole “Job” situation, and He’s held a grudge against me ever since. I’m over it. Can’t speak for Him, but I haven’t been invited up to Heaven lately, so you can probably draw your own… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

You crack me up—-love it!!
I will keep you in my prayers—

Satan
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Satan

Well, it’s official now!

Ciara is having my BeelzeBaby!!

How does the name Damien(6) Horton(6) Weston(6) sound??

Celia
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Celia

I am already tired of this devilish storyline—-neither interesting nor palatable.
I hope it’s not going in the direction I think it is.
Please, let’s not involve babies–
After yesterday’s ep, it seems to me that we’re in store for the second coming of “Rosemary’s Baby”.
If the writers’ intentions are to have Ciara impregnated by Beelzebub—-Well, that’s as far as I will go!! I won’t watch. I can’t—I will break out in hives!!
I’m inclined to think it’s a Halloween spoof—-perhaps the storyline will be stoed in limbo, where the viewer is left wondering……

Kathy Sharpe
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Kathy Sharpe

Sorry. I find myself jumping ahead. But I was there the first time and it has been a bit boring. Where are the other storylines?. Love you all. Fan for 50 years.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

This just gets more stupid every day. I can’t even watch the whole show without having to turn it off. Watching Marlena today lying stretched out on the bed I just knew she would be levitated? I wanted John to come in and ask her what the hell she was doing up there.I can’t stand that little squirt Johnny and all the craziness with his movie. Why does E.J want to play opposite Abby, just to make Chad mad or jealous? All I know is I am not enjoying any of it lately, there’s so much going on that we… Read more »

Satan
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Satan

EJ wants to piss everybody off! He’s mad at Chad, because Chad’s willing to finance Johnny’s movie. But the person EJ is REALLY trying to get to here is Sami. This hits her on two different fronts…. First, there’s the fact that the whole “John banged Marlena on the Titan conference table” scene witnessed by a teenage Sami will play a big part in this movie, and obviously Elvis knows that his wife really wouldn’t rather relive that. Now add on top of that the idea that this scene would be acted out by EJ & Abigail – who once… Read more »

The other Is
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The other Is

Lucas should be the one to figure something is very wrong with Sammi not showing up and he said EJ is dangerous. I would love for him to publicly accuse EJ in the Spectator of murdering Samantha to see if that would force Samantha to come forward. Also shouldn’t Jack hire daughter number 1 to work at the newspaper since daughter number 2 is opting for an acting career. Days needs an obnoxious reporter and Gwen in addition to being awful and having a killer instinct would most certainly be a better reporter than Abigail. The devil storyline other than… Read more »

Satan
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Satan

How could I forget Lucas?? Maybe because he seems to have disappeared the last couple of weeks. Yes, he should definitely be involved in the “hunt for Sami”. The question is, who kidnapped her? Kristen seems the most obvious suspect, but why would she do that to her “baby brother’s” wife?? I’m sure somebody’s going to blame me for her disappearance, but I was walking around inside a 96 year old man at the time Sami disappeared, and even though I’m immortal, Doug is not, so that pretty much limited what I could have done in the physical realm at… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Perfectly said. I loved James Scott—-faults and all. But, this EJ gets on my last nerve—and, what’s up with the hair? Is it a little hair piece? He looks like a little boy where Mommy did his hair, redying him for school. EJ is a snake—-he has Sami stashed somewhere—knew that from the get-go. Unless you think otherwise. Is he getting the hots for Abigail again? Spiting Chad? Or both? Kill two birds with one stone? I am very disappointed in Giovanni ( Jo-vanni)—-what happened to turning a new leaf? As a true scion ( or should I say, spawn?)… Read more »

Satan
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Satan

I don’t think EJ was involved in Sami’s disappearance at all. I don’t even think he realizes that she HAS disappeared, but rather he thinks that she’s avoiding him on purpose. As opposed for fighting for their roller coaster of a marriage, as she would usually do. Obviously Elvis is still in love with his “dear Samantha” and going on the assumption that she’s avoiding him, he thinks he can get her attention by prompting her jealousy impulses. And what better way to do that than to be acting out the conference table hookup scene which traumatized Sami’s teenage years,… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

So, if not EJ, who has Sami? In reality, Ms Sweeney is busy making new movies ( Hallmark Xmas films etc.). It never dawned on me that EJ would be trying to make Sami jealous by using Abigail. Very astute of you!! By the same token, Sami may not give a hoot—-not if she still loves Lucas. On the other hand, maybe she wants both, and Rafe too, as a snack. However, it does make sense—that hot, shower scene, between Abigail and EJ, is still clear in my head—-LOL. I don’t think the movie will be a thing—Johnny is feeling… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

At first I thought Kristen was the one who snatched Sami as she had the others, then I thought EJ and now I am not so sure. I can’t stand EJ and his throwing himself at Abby and Nicole if as you say to make Sami jealous, or Chad. I think he is so unattractive and trying to I don’t know what, when kissing Nicole made me ill, yuk! I don’t think Johnny is so bad wanting to do his movie, not really knowing the whole truth. He’s just thinking money and noteriety. The poor guy can’t sing and when… Read more »

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Hey, Violet; I have a different opinion. I think the actor playing EJ is very good-looking. Not necessarily my type, but still I find him incredibly attractive objectively speaking. As for Johnny, he’s actually a country singer in real life. If you (or anyone else reading here) are curious, you can see a few of his music videos on youtube. He’s rather good in that genre. I have no idea if he has a future in it, but the boy can actually sing. His name is Carson Boatman. I don’t want to attach a link; I don’t know if Michael… Read more »

Moto62
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Moto62

It’s pretty sad to me that the only thing Days has going on is this dumb story and when I click Michael Fairman TV, the headline is the same. Personally, I’m not watching because all the storylines are bad. I’m disappointed in Xander’s story that he’s ending up with Ron’s personal favorite Gwen. I can’t believe she’s still on the show dressed like a rag bag. I think Xander is lonely. Isn’t there something coming up where he goes to find Sarah? I hope so. It’s good to have Suzanne Rogers back. Maybe I should be watching to see the… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Moto62
Had to laugh at your description of Gwen’s wardrobe. I think Xander is very lonely to want to hop in the sack with the likes of her. I did read something about Sarah being found.

Moto62
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Moto62

That’s good news about Sarah then! Yes, Gwen dresses like she did a dumpster dive for her clothing. lol

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Moto62
After Monday’s show with Victor asking Steve to find Kristen, who knows if he’ll find Sarah and possible Sami too and whoever else she spirited away.

Satan
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Satan

Well, Sami was supposed to be back in November, and rumors here in Hell are that Sarah will return (in one form or another) and a Kristen sighting is supposed to happen soon…. so this all adds up to Steve finding all three of them, probably.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

I love Xander and Gwen and I knew they’d be a couple from the time they met. Two people who grew up feeling unloved, wanting to be loved, to be accepted; two imperfect people who are perfect for each other. They get each other. I can’t stand Sarah with her nails-on-a-blackboard baby voice. Drove me nuts! When she wasn’t acting like an infant she was condescending; Xander had to jump through hoops to be worthy of her. Totally got on my nerves. I hope Xander sticks with Gwen if Sarah returns.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Rebecca1
I don’t like Gwen nor the way Jack gives her every benefit of the doubt, though I understand why.I can’t stand Sarah and her cockamamie, silly, boisterous acting.I always said I was glad she wasn’t MY doctor. I liked this actress when she was on B&B but she was a complete wackado here, and not Xander’s type at all.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Hi again, Violet 😉 We’ll have to do the “agree to disagree” on Gwen; as said above I like her. Although, it was a process, lol. Could not stand her when she first arrived. Her lip biting and nail biting drove me insane! Thankfully, she dropped those mannerisms. And I hated what she was did to Abigail; all I felt was anger and frustration that she kept getting away with things. I truly wanted her gone. …But once her vulnerability surfaced and we saw her private moments of reflection (not her insincere apologies meant to manipulate ), we got to… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Well, Rebecca1, longtime friend, thank you for summing up the way many viewers, myself included, feel about Gwen. I do like her, too. And I had seen this actress’ work on Y&R, which I enjoyed. But I came onboard quickly. Frankly, Abigail had become such a negative, dour person that I found myself rooting for Gwen against her. And still do. Take care, Friend.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Hi, Jamesj75! How are you? I pop in occasionally; glad to “see” you here. 😉 Ah; I give you credit for liking Gwen from the beginning, lol. She “caused” me too much stress. But, yes, I’m a Gwen convert. Conversely, I always liked Abigail until she became way too “grumpy” toward Chad, even though it was beyond well-deserved. She’s finally softened up, and I’m back to liking her. (I’m not a fan of Kate Mansi’s Abigail, but I love Marci’s version. I do prefer Kate’s style of dressing, though. She always looks cool, hip, casual…whereas Marci dresses like she’s channeling… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Thank you for your reply, Rebecca1! I am well. I hope you and your loved ones are well also. I like that you see the “good” in the possession storyline. I give YOU credit for that! Funny stuff about the devil–Mr. T. connection! And I honestly laughed at your characterization of Abigail’s wardrobe being akin to Little House on the Prairie! So true. Best to you, Rebecca! “See” you again soon…

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Jamesj75…❤

Celia
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Celia

Ahh–really? I love Xander with Gwen ( now that she’s no longer after Abby and is trying to walk a straight line). One lie will undoubtedly lead into another, and another…..
She should, at least, be admired for trying to be decent and for trying to help Xander—– Nonetheless, she needs to come clean with Jack et al.
I can’t stand Sarah—-She always seemed to have the upperhand with Xander. Too artificial. I wonder if she and Gwen will be competing for Xander’s affections. Between me and whomever, Sarah is too blah for him!! He’s so hot!! She’s not!!

carol
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carol

At first I was against it.but now it makes for a good story plot.I wonder if this is for Halloween..Got to have a exciting story .Or who will watch?Marlana and John really dont have much of a story so they did this to keep them on the show.Oh goodness leave Bens baby alone.Ciara doesnt deserve this neither does Ben.Rose Mary’s Baby here we cone.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Carol
I don’t think John and Marlena have to worry about being kept on the show. They are two of the main characters and I like seeing Marlena step out of her goody two shoes character, always knowing how to solve everyone’s problems. As the Devil, she also gets the chance to avoid John’s yucky kisses and anything else he has in mind. I hope he gets to hear the Devil’s voice on her recorder. Wow, technology sure has come a long way.

carol
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carol

I know they have been on for years.I know what you mean about her being so good all the time.She makes me sick.I use to like her a long time ago but not anymore.Marlana i think is stuck up and John he is an idiot.

Celia
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Celia

I know everyone will snub me—–but, I was never a fan of Marlena . She is a fave on this soap. No one is too sweet, too good, too perfect, too much honey dripping from her lips. Now, with her devilish, fiery eyes, my fingers itch to poke them and smack her around a few times. Skap the devil out of her. John Black? Hey, Doc……nice shades—take ’em off. Don’t like him either. I wish we could see more of Victor—his sarcastic humor slays me. Nonetheless, I’m well aware of his age, and he can’t always be on stage. God… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

I certainly won’t snub you, Celia. I fully get your take on Marlena and John. I, too, have criticized them here: Marlena as being a know-it-all and John being too squinty-eyed and touch-feely. I also criticized this possession storyline, so I am simply fast-forwarding through these scenes. I don’t even like when other characters talk about Marlena being possessed as though it’s a simple fact.

As for Victor, he is a highly enjoyable character as is Maggie. Unlike Marlena, Maggie is a more realistic character, as she is indeed sweet, but she makes mistakes and faces repercussions for them.

Celia
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Celia

Hey, James—-thank you for that, my friend. Sometimes I’m sort of reluctant to voice my opinion in fear of nasty rebuttals. LOL Gee, glad to hear you see what I see—-it’s like, Oh, gawd; enough of the sweet Marlena already—-her every word is sacrosanct, or else. As one horrible psycho as she was, I liked her twin much more. Is that a twisted remark, or what!? LOL. I like Maggie, too—especially when she puts Victor in his place. I missed her–glad she’s back. We shall see how far “they” plan to go with this possession. I’m speculating Halloween? Finally John… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Thank you for your reply, Celia, and further expansion on these issues. Let’s hope the possession story is wrapped up by Halloween, as it would be a treat for the fans who have not been happy about the story. Your logic regarding the devil’s appearance in a church is lost on the writers. Take care, Friend.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Hey, James…I don’t think the devil in Church is lost on the writers. I think they decided to take poetic license. Ron Carlivati is a Catholic, I’m pretty sure he knows how “the story goes”, lol. But in THIS story, the possessed Marlena addressed why she/he/it was able to be in a Church amongst the Cross and the holy water, etc. LOL; said he took precautions (or something like that). That’s why this story really is amusing. It’s so silly that one day, when daytime soaps are just a bittersweet memory, and we and/or future generations look back or view… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Rebecca, thank you for your interesting take on this story and also for providing a nod to the “big picture” of the genre as a whole. Cheers!

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Celia and Jamesj75, are you old enough to remember Flip Wilson, the comedian famous in the 1970s? Remember his tag line, “The devil made me do it!”… I think they should interject that every time this story rears its ugly head.

Satan
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Satan

Just for the record…. I didn’t make him do it. But I thought Flip was kinda funny back in the day.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Soaphound, I am indeed old enough to remember Flip Wilson and this great tag line. Glad you made this reference to “the devil.” Flip also famously said: “What you see is what you get!” And if memory serves me, at one time, his hysterical, in drag character, Geraldine said, “What you seize is what you get!” Of course, this was well before the Me Too movement…

To come full circle, Geraldine had a never-seen boyfriend, Killer. I’d like to think that Killer could put the devil in his place!

Celia
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Celia

LOL. I don’t remember much—–I rememer some stuff on TV from 1990 on. I was four….. I know about Andrea Hall’s time on DOOL because my grandmother liked the character. As I grew older I became a soap-opera aficionada because of my Gran. I looked Andrea up and watched snippets—-she really was a crazy baddie, but I, too, liked her. LOL–my Grandmother and I think alike— However, I do know who Flip Wilson is/was? And, I am familiar with the quote. Too funny!! “The Best Of Flip Wilson”,by Time Life, was actually on a few days ago—-as my husband was… Read more »

S
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S

Not enjoying Marlena’s possession. Getting tired of watching DOOL now due to Marlena’s possession. When will it end?

Satan
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Satan

When Hell freezes over!

Celia
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Celia

HaHaHaHaHa!! How apropos!!

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

S
I just wish everyone that feels like you do could just enjoy this as entertainment. My goodness, you must know it’s not real. It will probably end up being someone’s dream. I don’t think they will drag it on as long as the first one, with John doing an exorcism, and maybe he can scare the devil out of her. I’ve heard it’s happened to many people.Just try and enjoy the fun parts and days that the stories are about the other characters.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

I agree, Violet. It’s pure entertainment. Silly, stupid crazy but fun, entertainment. I’m getting a kick out of the entire thing. Even watching John’s over-the-top soapy reaction when the devil admitted he had taken over Marlena, and then, ahahahhaha, Marlena’s trying to tell John she can hear him…LOL! so silly. Cracks me up! 🙂 (they gotta get Doug released!)

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Rebecca 1,
Poor John, I thought at least Mardevil would bring him some chowder.Dont know how he has any energy to fight. I was hoping this stuff would end, come Halloween, but alas now “I see dead people” It was really good when Nicolle fell off that chair. She must have thought she saw a ghost! Thank GOD my FF works. I knew they’d find a way to get rid of Ava once they decided to get Rafe and Nicole together. Perfect time to send Eric home and Sami too I guess.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Hey, Violet. I laughed out loud when Nicole went flying off the chair; it’s so silly stupid, but, I guess I’m in the mood for silly fun. Deirdre Hall looks like she’s having a blast, and the “walking dead” must have cracked them all up while they were filming it. It’s so cheesy (I actually like horror, vampire shows, etc; but this is a silly romp by comparison) that I like it for its campy fun. I’m not in a rush for them to wrap it up. I think they’re doing a good job keeping other stories going and somehow… Read more »

Satan
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Satan

Supposedly Greg is back on contract. Don’t know the specifics of the contract or when he’s supposed to be back on the air.

I hope it’s not so he can put the collar back on and try to evict me out of his mama!

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49th Annual Daytime Emmys Red Carpet Arrivals (Photos)

The 49th Annual Daytime Emmys were held on Friday night and for the first time since 2019 and the coronavirus pandemic, the event was live and the red carpet was back in full swing.

Many of your favorites from Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful, The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful showed their glam side and celebrated being part of the genre with their own fashion statements.  In addition, many notables from daytime talk shows, game shows and more were on-hand and also walked the carpet.

After the arrivals, the nominated guests, cast members, and colleagues went inside to the Pasadena Civic Auditorium for the presentation of the awards which were live on CBS and streamed on Paramount+. (Find out who won here)

Now below, check out some of the red carpet arrivals from daytime’s biggest night of the year.

Then, let us know, who do you think was the Best Dressed? Who looked most dashing? Which couple complimented each others look, well?  Share your picks and thoughts via the comment section.

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49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards: General Hospital, B&B’s John McCook and Y&R’s Mishael Morgan Take Top Honors

Friday night, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ (NATAS) 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards were handed out in 15 categories on a live telecast on CBS and streaming on Paramount+.  When the dust settled, it was ABC’s General Hospital who took the night’s top prize for Outstanding Daytime Drama Series.

This marks GH’s continued record-breaking number of wins in this category and brings it up to 15 victories for the iconic show, which is currently in its 59th year on the air.  GH’s executive producer, Frank Valentini accepted the award on behalf of everyone connected with the show, when Drew Barrymore presented the final award of the night.

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The night also brought with it the historic win of The Young and the Restless’ Mishael Morgan (Amanda Sinclair). The actress became the first black actress in Daytime Emmy history to ever take home the Lead Actress Daytime Emmy.  In the emotional highpoint of the evening, in terms of acceptance speeches and significance, Morgan spoke to the current generation breaking glass ceilings.

Morgan expressed: “We are breaking glass ceilings left right and center and I am so honored to be a vessel and to experience this moment. Everybody out there today, we can do this thing called equality and unity together.”  In her speech, Mishael shared: “I was born on a tiny island in the Caribbean, and I’m now standing on an international stage and I am being honored regardless of the color of my skin, regardless of my passport, for being the best at what I do, Now there are little girls around the world and no matter what the industry, the vocation they can strive to be the best.”

Veteran actor, John McCook who has played Eric Forrrester on The Bold and the Beautiful for over 35 years, finally won his first ever Emmy after four previous nominations in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.

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The Supporting Actor and Actress in a Drama Series trophies went to two standouts from General Hospital, Kelly Thiebaud (Britt) and Jeff Kober (Cyrus), while Nicholas Alexander Chavez (Spencer), added another mantle to the GH trophy case with his first win for Outstanding Younger Performer.

Days of our Lives writing team led by Ron Carlivati took home the gold for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series, while GH won for Direction.

The biggest winner in terms of total gold belonged to The Kelly Clarkson Show. When all was said and done, between the Creative Arts ceremonies held last weekend, and last night, the talk show took home 7 awards including: Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show and Talk Show Host. General Hospital followed with five total wins for Daytime Emmys 2022.

The ceremonies featured DAYS Suzanne Rogers (Maggie) anchoring the Lifetime Achievement Award presentation to her longtime co-star John Aniston (Victor), who was not present, with the help of John’s daughter, Jennifer Aniston, who was seen on tape.

Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica, All My Children) made her first public appearance since the passing of her beloved husband, Helmut Huber and introduced the In Memoriam segment.  Grammy-winner Michael Bolton performed his classic tune “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” during the tribute.

Entertainment Tonight’s Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner were the hosts for the telecast, and with the overturning of the Supreme Court Roe vs. Wade decision on everyone’s mind last night, Turner gave a nod to how she and so many others felt, when Frazier told her how nice she looked in her dress. Nishcelle commented, “I chose this dress. It was my choice.”  That moment received huge applause from the audience in attendance.

Check out the full winners circle list from last night’s 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards below. 

Then let us know, are you happy with the results? Who were you most thrilled to see take home an Emmy? What did you think of the telecast? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

Outstanding Daytime Drama Series

General Hospital 

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Daytime Drama, Actress

Mishael Morgan, The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Lead Performance In A Daytime Drama, Actor

John McCook, The Bold and the Beautiful

Outstanding Supporting Performance, Actor, in a Daytime Drama

Jeff Kober, General Hospital

Outstanding Supporting Performance, Actress, in a Daytime Drama

Kelly Thiebaud, General Hospital

Outstanding Younger Performer in a Drama Series

Nicholas Chavez, General Hospital

Outstanding Writing Team For a Daytime Drama

Days of Our Lives

Outstanding Directing Team for a Drama Series

General Hospital

Outstanding Game Show Host

Steve Harvey, Family Feud 

Outstanding Game Show

Jeopardy!

Outstanding Entertainment News Series

Entertainment Tonight

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host

Kelly Clarkson, The Kelly Clarkson Show

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show

Kelly Clarkson, The Kelly Clarkson Show

Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host

Tamron Hall, Tamron Hall

Outstanding Informative Talk Show

Turning the Tables with Robin Roberts 

 

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Lamon Archey and Sal Stowers Exit Days of our Lives

Coming up on Days of our Lives, both Lani and Eli Grant will be written off the canvas to facilitate the departures of Lamon Archey (Eli) and Sal Stowers (Lani).

According to the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Archey who stepped into the role in 2017, has made the decision to leave the long-running NBC soap opera, and will last air the week of July 4.

As for Stowers, she will last air on Friday, July 1st, and given her current storyline, it looks like Lani, who has confessed to murdering TJ (William Christian), will either be sent to prison, or will exit Salem with Eli.

This would not be the first-time that Stowers has departed DAYS.  After her debut in 2015, she was off the Salem canvas for a six-month break in 2016, before returning to the show through 2022.

We will share more information on Lamon and Sal’s exits as it comes to light.

For now, how do you feel about Lamon and Sal leaving Days of our Lives? Comment below.

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