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DAYS Head Scribes Josh Griffith and Dena Higley's First New Episode Aired Today!

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The changing of the guard is official on Days of our Lives for viewers today on Wednesday’s episode of the NBC soap opera.  The airshow was the first script under the new co-head writing regime of Josh Griffith and Dena Higley who replaced Gary Tomlin and Christopher Whitesell.

Since DAYS tapes six months in advance, the episode was written several months ago, but aired today.  With the recent news that Higley has taken a leave of absence, the future is unknown at this time if Griffith will continue to be head writer of the show solo, or if as has been rumored, he would be adding another writer from the Y&R staff to work with him, while Higley is out for now.

Although fans of the series have yet to have the opportunity to all that awaits them as the big returns, the murder mystery, and changes and shake-ups to the Salem canvas play out, from interviews On-Air On-Soaps has done with talent, and from all we have heard on social media from cast members, they are thrilled at the writing, the stories, and that DAYS has become quite the “It” place to be and work.

As the credit rolled at the end of today’s episode, Griffith and Higley’s names were there.  So, excited to finally see Josh and Dena’s stories begin to play out? Let us know in the comment section below!

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Time will tell…so far i liked todays episode…but ill see what its like in the coming months before i’ll make final judgement…i am excited about the returns but not too happy about the aged children…i do understand the reason behind it so as long as the writing is good and interesting ill be spending more days watching DAYS now at night on POP!!!

I must say that I loved the fight scene between Aiden and Clyde. It’s a shame those two are leaving because I want to see more of that from them.

One of the show’s problems for sometime now has been giving poor story lines to phenomenal actors. James Read and Daniel Cosgrove are both so good. Aiden was a decent character IMO who had a fairly good story, but Clyde was a disaster from the get go. James deserved so much better.

So I understand why Clyde has to go, but I think cutting Aiden is a big mistake.

I watched yesterday ep last night…

I too was impressed with that fight scene…. wow… wasn’t it a long drawn out FIGHT. realistic

altho… it pained me to see Aiden beat up… and doesn’t help knowing he’s exiting…

@Eddie… it’s truly a BIG mistake letting Daniel Cosgrove go
James Read’ acting choices draw you in… despite the bad writing

???? who was that phone call Aiden received?

I know… i’m just venting… I don’t want Daniel Cosgrove to leave the show

I don’t get why DAYS production is messing with a frontburner character like KA’ Hope… when magic strikes… why ruin a good thing…

Rafe is SO good to look at… and as a couple… Rafe and Hope are beyond measure….

I just think with Aiden… she made it her own… and now she has to start all over again… and their’s no guarantee

Daniel Cosgrove is exquisite. Why, oh why, are you letting this actor go???? He was back-burnered so long & now that he is rolling he’s axed? I feel they will turn him dark after all of that talk between Julie/Hope & Hope/Aiden regarding trust in Wednesday & Thursday’s episodes. Not happy about that.

I liked JJ/Paige a bit better after she finally dropped that scowl Wednesday & helped JJ get out of that apartment. Why do I feel she will get offed by the Salem Slasher?

Rafe finally gets a sl??? Could Lucas be far behind?

Also bummed that Xander is on his way out. 2 good actors out. Waiting to hear music to my ears: Ben leaving-fingers & toes crossed.

I understand the younger crowd. DAYS had a very good teen scene back in THE DAY w/Jen, Eve, Frankie etc…they want to light it back up. All I can say is please don’t cute Rory! I like Cole as well but he’s also on a new Fall CBS sitcom w/Colin Hanks called Life In Pieces that may hit.

Like the longer, deeper scenes & relationship talk so far w/new writers. Here’s hoping GH’s new writers focus on the same!

@ Eddie – I agree James Read is very good but the story line he was given is just awful. The writers really let him down from the beginning.

it’s curious

that phone call that Aiden received…. could it have been from John?

I’m grasping… could Aiden ‘ murder be planned… as he’s so involved with Clyde and the drug ring… that his murder will be faked… he’ll go undercover… and Wallah … be reunited with Hope down the road? if not her…. dang it… Kayla… Eve… ! JUST KEEP HIM!

There is always the Doppelganger route. Works on the Young and the Restless. Beats bringing them back from the dead.

I enjoyed today’s episode. Yay, there was NO cat fight!

I’m very excited!!!!!

They didn’t waste any time. In one episode they spelled the end of Clyde and Aiden, and they put Rafe back on the police force where he belongs.

Don’t forget John maybe going back to the ISA.

Great episode. I’m really going to miss Aiden. Really wish they would keep him. Love the character and his portrayed.

You could certainly feel and see a positive difference in today’s episode. I am hoping Dena’s leave will be short lived and she and Josh can turn Day’s back into the power house it once was. So hoping to see power couples back front and center.

You know, it was noticeable. The show felt different, the conversations had more depth, there was an energy that was present that had been missing. You could feel someone taking the reins and pointing the show in a direction. What direction, not sure of yet. But it was a direction.

I just wish DAYS would do normal tape sessions like all the other soaps and tape like a month or six weeks in advance give everyone five months off then resume…..it would keep the soap relevant and “in the now” as far as storylines go…the fight scene was good today with Clyde and Aiden…..good to see Julie and Marlena reconnecting….get back to the family…that’s what this show was always about with Tom and Alice Horton…and the generations of their family…..and please update the sets and stop using the two door office as Roman’s office and Aiden’s office and Sonny’s office…..we are not stupid….lol….hopefully Ken Corday and Sony are listening to the viewers…the Glory DAYS are coming back!!!!!

I agree that the taping schedule should only be 4 to 6 wks out. It would make fixing problems so much more immediate.

With the current schedule it takes 6 months to know how fans will respond to a new story or new characters, which makes mistakes impossible to fix.

And the mistakes made a total mess of the Aiden and Clyde story lines. I hope they don’t do the same to Thaao Penghlis, Peter Reckell, Stephen Nichols and others.

From all the publicity regarding the change in writers, we can gather that a great deal of actors are being dropped which is not a good thing, at least not for the actors who portray these characters. I agree with the person above who commented about the six month ahead taping schedule…they should completely scrap all the stories that are not important to the show and just move it up. The change in children turning to teenagers in a few weeks is lazy storytelling. And quite frankly, who needs all that teenage crap? All it will consist of is horny teenagers poking each other and getting pregnant. How about we focus on the adult characters who already have stories going on. Days has some novel ideas and some good actors. I just wish they could focus on what is going on now instead of trying to be fashionable or hip.

Words can’t express how fabulous it was to see my favorite actor, Drake Hogestyn in scenes that were IN character combined with beautiful dialog that he delivered impeccably. I LOVE that John is rejoining the ISA again! Bring on Agent Black! WOO HOO! Dena and Josh are a breath of fresh air! I pray her leave is VERY short because she is needed back at DAYS to create scripts like the one we saw today!

Loved seeing Drake and Deidre today! And they actually had a long conversation!!! Happy Days are here again!

I am concerned about what’s going to happen to Paul and Will and any gay story lines. As it is we going to have to wait a week to see any scenes between Paul and Will.

And there’s still seems to be rumors and debate whether Will will be one of the murder victims.

It was nice to see Julie do more than talk about cruising.

Didn’t really like the fight scene. Too brutal. But am curious as to who Clyde really is.

I did think it was an improvement on the past though and look forward to seeing more.

I love it that Rafe is rejoining the police department. I never bought that he would be a bar manager. Why not be a private investigator? The fight scenes were intense. The show should have done more to keep Daniel Cosgrove. I think he is likable and could have been a great partner for Jennifer or Nicole. Like many of the other comments, I am ready to see some new sets. The one booth at the Brady Pub looked ridiculous. Would it not have been lesser expensive to use a single camera and have the characters walking around outside, similar to the way “Guiding Light” was shot during its last year.

I think there is great chemistry with Rafe and Hope. Rafe should be a leading man by now after being paired with Sami and Kate. I think the writers now realize that he should be elevated to one of the main stars of the show.

I hope the writers continue to write for Justin and Kate. The ship has sailed for Adrienne and Justin. I do not think they have the great chemistry that shared in the 1990s.

With the character of Joey coming back, I would also like to see Stephanie again. It would make sense and give Gabi and Abigail a friend.

The one change I hope I see with the new writers is that they either give Nicole a confidante or have the character stop talking to herself NONSTOP. It makes me character seem somewhat crazy. Wait, we are talking about Nicole. 🙂

Eve and Theresa need to be more multi-layered. It has become boring to see Eve stomping around Salem Town Square with no purpose except to ruin Jennifer. Does she work? Have any friends? I could maybe jump on board with Eve and Eric if the writers would show that she is human underneath all of the venom.

If the show is going to be written six months in advance, the costume department needs to dress the cast accordingly. Why are so many characters wearing jackets in August? Why did Aiden have on a hoodie sweatshirt this week?

Lastly, I think the best triangle is awaiting. Let Theresa give up on Brady and start being an obstacle with Chad and Abigail. I think this triangle could be GREAT. This would also be the time to start showing Thesesa has some redeeming qualities.

All women should give up on Brady…i like to see Thresa with Chad as the next Sami/E.J…..

I want to see Theresa punished for her crimes. Let her spend a couple of years behind bars and be done with it.

How any woman could want Brady is a mystery to me. Chad and Theresa would be awesome.

I knew something must of have changed when they actually had Hope and Julie talking about Bo and hearing about the ISA again. Looking forward to better things to come, hopefully the sets will be given a make over for the 50th as well. If you are putting all this money into the cast and writers, it would be silly not to update the sets. If they don’t it will a bit like getting a fabulous new outfit, but wearing old tennis sneakers with it.

I wish Josh Griffith was back at “Y & R” and Chuck “The Hack” Pratt ended up at “Days”, which I don’t watch.

Why are you wishing harm to DAYS and it’s fans? Josh is staying at DAYS and Chucky is staying at Y&R. You can watch DAYS and have your doppelganger watch Y&R!!

I haven’t seen it yet but I’m glad to hear that they didn’t waste any time making changes like Rafe back on the police force and John talking about ISA.

Please, please, please quit focusing so much on the gay storylines! A couple of days a week is enough! Can we have some other actors to focus on.

Whats this about daniel leaving and why and why let clyde go hes bad and intresting tried of steffano amd rafe and hope wow it would be expossive

John joining the ISA could lead to some grand adventures wow would be awesome maybe him and steve parters wow would be the good old days again and doug and julie could be like tom and alice we can dream right

John rejoining the Isa is a great indicator that these writers are interested in having the show move back into its classic paxtion/adventure style and Pace as well as having characters do what they do best. I felt passion bouncing off the screen and a sense of Pathos behind the words. The music added so much to the show. I forgot how much a good soap music score amplifies the emotions. Well done so far

What murder mystery are you all talking about

i could tell the difference immediately! Whole first week was exciting! Thanks! Looking forward to the big story.

I think that Nicole Walker should have some happiness in her life on DOOL. It would be great if she is expecting Daniel’s baby. She diserves some happiness after all she has lost.

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Soap Favorites Jason Cook, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young Visit the Michael Fairman Channel

On Wednesday night, February 28, Four for Fun, the movie written and directed by former Days of our Lives and General Hospital star, Jason Cook (ex-Shawn-Douglas; ex-Matt, respectively), which stars Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-JR, AMC, Lucky, GH, and Rick, B&B), will have its premiere as part of The Golden State Film Festival.

If you’re in the Southern California area, tickets for the festival and to see Four for Fun showing at 7:30pm PT can be found here.

In the premise of the film, a dinner party between two couples experiencing eleven different endings, all of which points to the same conclusion – the best possible life comes from the one lived the most in the present. Sarpy and Young play one of the couples and actors Donovan Patton and Annika Foster, play the other.

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After its premiere at the festival, on the next night, Jason, Brytni and Jacob will visit You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel for a livestream conversation about the making of the film, working with each other, and a discussion on their numerous soap opera roles and much more.

It all begins on Thursday night, February 29th beginning at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT. Make sure to join us in the live chat, so you can ask your questions and share your comments with this talented trio.

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Check out the trailer for Four for Fun below, followed by how to watch the livestream interview.

Then, drop any questions you would like us to pose to Jason, Brytni and Jacob in the comment section, and we just might ask it live on Thursday night.

 

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DAYS Blake Berris to Chat Live on the Michael Fairman Channel as Everett & Bobby’s Story Heats Up

The tale of Everett Lynch and Bobby Stein is starting to reveal itself on Peacock’s Days of our Lives, which puts returning cast member, Blake Berris front and center in story.

On Monday’s, February 26th episode of DAYS, the results of Everett’s CAT scan indicate he suffered a traumatic brain injury which jives with his story that he was in a car accident and spent in a year in a coma, or does it?

Stephanie (Abigail Klein) and Everett are reeling that Everett as Bobby Stein was married to Jada Hunter (Elia Cantu) and treated her badly. While Everett claims he doesn’t remember anything about his time as Bobby, despite his fingerprints matching those of Robert Stein’s, Marlena (Deidre Hall) ponders if he could be suffering from PTSD, which might explain his memory loss.

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Everett wonders if he has a brain tumor, but Marlena points out that they would have found it on the CAT scan. While there is no obvious reason for his memory loss, Kayla wonders if he is faking his amnesia? Marlena tells Everett that she is a psychiatrist and they should set up sessions immediately. Will it be revealed that Everett and Bobby are split personalities living inside one man?

Blake Berris is set to chat about the latest storyline developments and more, when he visits the Michael Fairman Channel on Wednesday, February 28th beginning at 3 pm ET/Noon PT.  Make sure to join Michael and Blake in the live chat for your turn to share your questions and thoughts on the story.

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Days of our Lives fans first met Blake when he played the character of Nick Fallon who was eventually murdered in 2014. Later, Nick made a few return appearances from ‘the grave’, in 2021 and 2023. Recently, Blake returned to the show in his newly-minted role of Everett Lynch at the end of October of last year.

Blake will talk about portraying Everett/Bobby, plus working his co-stars, and being a dad to his three boys, and more.  You can catch the livestream below.

Now, let us know, what is your theory about Everett Lynch and Bobby Stein? Looking forward to hearing what Blake has to say? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Days of our Lives Legendary Susan Seaforth Hayes Talks on the Horton House Fire Storyline, Mourning the Loss of Husband Bill Hayes & His Near-to-Final Performances

It has been an emotional time for longtime fans of Days of our Lives and beloved veteran, Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie Williams). On-screen, the iconic Horton home was burned to the ground in what appears to be a storyline-dictated decision that shocked many. In real life, Susan is mourning the loss of her husband and DAYS enduring favorite, Bill Hayes (Doug Williams), who passed away at 98 in January. Over the weekend, during the 2024 SAG Awards In Memoriam tribute, Hayes was remembered along with other motion pictures and television stars whom we lost over the past year.

Since the Peacock streaming soap opera tapes months ahead of air, the Horton home fire and its aftermath are currently playing out in all-new episodes with more on this story featuring Susan to come. Bill Hayes also appeared in several of these episodes making it all the more touching and heartfelt.

When Julie came back to the Horton home to see what remained of it after the fire, Days of our Lives fans were treated to a heart-tugging episode that streamed last Wednesday, February 21st. In it, newly-taped scenes of a young Tom (Zach Chyz) and Alice (Sydney Kathrann Smith) Horton telling the story of how they came to live in the house to raise their children, juxtaposed with Julie and Doug (and members of their family and friends), surveying what’s left of the beloved house, brought many a tear.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Susan Seaforth Hayes for this very candid and heartfelt conversation to get her feelings on the Horton house fire, and being given the opportunity to have a storyline at this point in her storied career. In addition, Susan provides some insight on what it was like for her ailing late husband to tape scenes at DAYS shortly before his death, what the series plans to do about writing off the character of Doug while honoring the legacy of Bill Hayes, and how she knew she had the greatest love affair that anyone could hope for in their lifetime, which in turn, has inspired all of us.

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I was shocked when they decided to burn down the Horton house. Were you at first devastated … and did you know that there would be a big story surrounding it?

SUSAN: I did not know how big a story was with it. I knew that many years ago, another regime had planned on trashing the set and getting rid of the set because nobody cared about the Hortons anymore. It was stopped by one person, and I was eternally grateful for that. This time I thought, “Oh, my goodness! I guess I’ll be meeting people for a cup of coffee at the Horton Square. No home, no roots, no reason to be called in,” and thinking that’s the end of Julie. That’s the end of Doug and Julie. Then, when they began to structure a story around it, I think all of this came up during the writer’s strike. So of course, I was curious to see how this was going to turn out. I enjoyed the aftermath, because in the aftermath, and a little bit before the fire, if you saw the show, I get to talk a bit about the history of the household and the people in it.

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In the special episode that aired last Wednesday, Julie gave Leo (Greg Rikaart) the family tree history of the Hortons for his story in the Spectactor.

SUSAN:  I’ve had a couple of good long soliloquies about the past. I’m fated to be the character that does that because I’m the one still standing. I must say, I do enjoy doing them. Emotionally, all I have to do is rerun some of the actors and my own family in my mind and the emotion starts to come, you know, the emotion starts to flow.

Julie talks to Maggie (Suzanne Rogers) immediately after the fire. She is upset that the Horton family Christmas ornaments are gone. Fans were not happy that they could possibly have burned up. Thank God! There was a happy ending when they were located and unscathed, or there would have been hell to pay! 

SUSAN: I knew that they were in the prop room and that they still existed. But how much they were going to put a story around their loss, I did not know. We don’t get to ponder the plot. We just get to show up and start doing it. I think on this particular matter, something as important as a structure of the original set of the show, there’s been quite a bit of interest. So, I can appreciate that.

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I was thinking, ‘Did they decide to burn the house down, because they were finally retiring the old Horton home set?’ What was the purpose of it?

SUSAN: They’ve done everything to make quicker set changes, which is remarkable and very efficient right now. The set designer said, “I’ll be interested in your input,” which was nice. The one thing that I loved that had been done, didn’t work. You couldn’t shoot into it. It was a federal mirror over the mantle. I loved it. The size was perfect. I was just delighted. And then, we tried to shoot it, and because of the roundness of the mirror, you got a perfect view of camera one and camera three. So, it came down.

This is Julie’s project to renovate the home. She’s determined to bring back all the memories and redo it?

SUSAN: Absolutely, which is another nice note to play for my character. She’s determined to make the house something that her grandparents would recognize and still feel comfortable in.

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What did you think of the episode that just aired where the show incorporated flashbacks of a young Tom and Alice Horton?

SUSAN: Well, I set it up. They had their own their own lovely scenes. I read them, and I’m sure the audience was charmed.

What do you remember when you first came to DAYS, and you were in that house, in that set?

SUSAN: What did I notice about the set? I noticed that it was a strange shade of green. (Laughs) It was explained to me that that dull color meant that your face would pop on color TV. I understood that. I loved the little window up the staircase. I’ve always loved that. And at one time, there was a model of the house that sat on the set on its own little pedestal, a little playhouse of the exterior of the house. Whenever the house was on (and remember this is when we were a half-hour and practically live, but not live, because there was no editing), there would also be the sound of a barking dog whenever we reached the Horton house neighborhood. We never saw the dog, but I’m sure his name was “Spot”, and I’m sure he belonged to someone.

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You shared so many scenes with Frances Reid (Alice) and MacDonald Carey (Tom) in the Horton living room set and up till they passed. Did they get along well with Bill? Looking back, how was your relationship with them?

SUSAN: They loved him. Well, Mac and Billy had worked together before in theater. Mac was very kind to me at the beginning and helpful. Frances was as well. As Frances got older, she got a bit testy. When someone says, “You’re not going to read the line like that … are you?” It catches your attention. (Laughs). I got peeved at Frances from time to time, but her intent was always to make everything as good as it possibly could be. I saw her come back from her stroke. learn to talk again, learn to do it all again. Not do it easily, but to do it at all was wonderful, and the same with Mac. In his last shows, he was very frail, but we’re actors. We liked being there.

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During the taping of the episodes surrounding the Horton house fire, Bill was mostly in them with you. How was Bill doing at the time you taped these scenes?

SUSAN: He was okay. He was up for it. He had difficulty moving at that point. So, they restricted his movement a lot. Bill always enjoyed coming to work a lot, and it was extremely difficult for him because he was blind, and didn’t move very well. And now, to do a scene with people who may or may not, have rehearsed with you, who may or may not, give you the exact cue, and when they are attempting to have you look each other in the eye, you can’t see who’s eyes they are, that was the hard part. The easy part was working with him, which was lovely and was a gift. It was a gift from Corday Productions that he was able to work within three weeks of his death, which I thought was super and extraordinary.

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That is amazing. Did Bill understand everything that was going on at the time of the tapings?

SUSAN: Absolutely. He understood what was going on. He just couldn’t see it or touch it.

The timing couldn’t have been easy for you with Bill’s declining health, and that the show was going to burn down the Horton home where you shared so many scenes and memories.

SUSAN: Well, it hasn’t been my greatest stretch. But I knew that life would be like this. I’ve had five decades of an absolutely wonderful, blessed marriage and a chance to work and a chance to live in my own home and travel, all good. And now, we’re going to have the epilogue. And the epilogue is the hard part, seeing rapid change around you and losing the people that were the center of your life. I’ve just been very fortunate to have cultivated some wonderful friendships, and to have a wonderful large family of Hayeses.

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You do realize that you and Bill were the gold-standard of what we all should be lucky enough to have in our lives. What an incredible, beautiful, passionate, loving marriage that the two of you had. You don’t see marriages like that anymore. We were all just in awe of the two of you. To us, it was the greatest love affair. You got to have that which is so extraordinary.

SUSAN: I know, and it was all Bill. I mean, any idiot could have been married to Bill Hayes and been deliriously happy. The guy was so perfect in every way that you really would have to pick something and blow it out of proportion to ever complain about any of his traits of character. He was just all good character, goodwill, and good humor. I just followed along and tried to live my life for him, with him, and follow his style, which I hope to carry on. I hope to be as good to people as he was to people, and, not be selfish.

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I always remembered how the two of you would come to the studio with your suitcases, ready to work no matter what material, large or small, they gave you. You showed up. You just had such great work ethic and you don’t see that as much anymore.

SUSAN: At the moment, it’s hard to find it everywhere. I think it’s probably generational. You cannot get too angry at people that are still holding up their phones in the one rehearsal that we have. I think it’s more convenient to receive your work electronically, but somehow it doesn’t seem quite as real. You don’t have a script in your hand anymore unless you print one up yourself.  Sometimes you haven’t met the person you’re working with. Well, that’s not unusual, but no rehearsal at all, that’s kind of marvelously new.

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Does Julie lean on anybody for emotional support as she tries to rebuild the Horton home. Who’s there for her?

SUSAN: As far as I can tell, nobody. I’m supposed to be the wise woman, and Marlena (Deidre Hall) is supposed to be the other wise woman. I haven’t had any scenes with Marlena for help. I would think Marlena would be the person I would be going to for grief counseling, for friendship, for all of that. I haven’t seen it in the scripts, yet. I’m still deeply entwined with Chad’s (Billy Flynn) storyline.

How is Billy Flynn to work with?

SUSAN: A pleasure. Billy Flynn has grown a lot as a human being and as an actor since I’ve known him. I’m really enjoying his company and really enjoying doing scenes with him. We rehearse and then we get on other subjects and laugh and talk and inform each other. We’re interested in a lot of the same things. He’s a new parent. He’s really devoting himself to that, to that experience in the best possible way. So, I’m lucky.

Do Julie and Chad try to figure out who set the fire?

SUSAN: Oh yeah.

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I kept thinking about how Julie got burned in the kitchen fire years ago and her face was scarred, At the time, your mother Elizabeth Harrower was writing DAYS and wrote that for Julie. Did you hate that story?

SUSAN: Well, I know where the story came from. It came up from something in mother’s own life. I knew the people involved, and I wasn’t crazy in love with the idea. Then, when it was supposed to go for six weeks and went on for months and months, I was concerned. Mainly, I was concerned that my face was going to be affected because of the appliance, the scars, that I was wearing. I was told by a dermatologist, “You’re going to have a little beard after this. Ripping your face every single day to get this off is going to be hard on you.” But, I seem to have survived.

Has the show even addressed with you how they plan to handle writing-off the character of Doug Williams, and how they want to honor Bill?

SUSAN: Only in the smallest way. I had a conference call with the producers and our head writer last Friday. I was informed about the immediate, immediate future. I’ve also been promised that they’re going to keep me busy. It’s a cast of over 40 people. I’ll be happy to show up and to be included.

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I was just hoping that whatever they decide to do with the character of Doug that they were going to run it by you, first.

SUSAN: They have, and they have been very sweet about it.  I’ve got to tell you, this regime, they have a sign up on the wall now, that says, Things we expect on this stage.”  The first one at the top of the list is “kindness.”

Have you watched your work back all these years? I know some actor’s never like to watch the scenes they taped.

SUSAN: I think you learn by watching yourself, if you have an open mind, and if you are not hypercritical, or dismissive. I cannot be dismissive of a character that has given me such a wonderful life. I’m still interested in Julie, perhaps I wouldn’t have been if I’d been on the show for three years and never returned to it. But I’m quite interested in her now, and what she has to offer as a member of this ensemble.

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Julie’s ties to the whole history of Days of our Lives from this point on are very important. How do you feel about that?

SUSAN:  There are those that don’t care about the history of the show. I know that. I know there are those that only care about continuing with something snappy to keep eyes on the screen through action, adventure, drama, death, kidnapping, missed opportunities, all that, which I suppose that’s what the audience craves. But, that’s not just what the show can do. What the show can do so well is character. There’s a lot of people over 70 who are still on the show now. I’m the oldest one, but I’m not the only one. We’re coming up on the 60th anniversary. I don’t think the show is worn out. And if it is, it’s had a remarkably successful six decades.

Lamon Archey (Eli) is back on DAYS for a stint. What has it been like to work with Lamon as his on-screen grandmother?

SUSAN: I think he’s terrific and visually he is so beautiful, so appealing. I think both Eli and Lani (Sal Stowers) are very appealing as characters. I’m delighted to be connected to Eli as a family member. That was a lucky break for me.

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Do you think DAYS fans are going to continue to be emotional in the aftermath of this fire and all the story that comes out of it? Do you think we’ll be touched by what Julie goes through to get the remains all cleaned up for a new house?

SUSAN: I think anybody in America who’s gone through a disaster, and have unfortunately had the disruption of their home, will be sympathetic and interested in how it all turns out. It’s a nice note to play. We haven’t had to do that very often. We just go from one lovely apartment to another without much discussion. I think this is the one set that meant a lot to people. I was very sorry to lose “Julie’s Place,” as it turned into kind of a sandwich shop. I still loved having a business, a tangible place to be, and an alternate place for people to meet.

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Upon reflection, what was your favorite scene with Bill? Was it when Julie and Doug got married on-screen, or was it something else that was much more intimate?

SUSAN: I think our last scene is going to be more important, emotionally. I think the first wedding was beautiful, but the material around the time of our second wedding, when Brenda Benet (ex-Lee) came back on the show and Doug stood up to her and says, “I’m not going to be manipulated anymore,” was also strong. There has been a lot of very important times – when Doug was killed-off by James Reilly, and we met in the tunnel of light. That was a day. That was a difficult day, which I certainly can’t revisit right now emotionally. When Julie found out Doug had run off and married her mother, Addie, that was a day. It was a day because, I went to the producer at the time, Jack Herzberg, and said, “Is this it? Am I not going to work with him anymore?”And he said, “Right! That’s it. You’re not working with Bill Hayes anymore.” We were not married at the time, and I thought I was going to go through the floor! That wasn’t a happy day.

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In terms of Bill’s final day on the set with you, did you know that it was his last, and what would turn out to be his last scene?

SUSAN: Well, they didn’t know. But I knew. I had been allowed to rewrite it. So, I can’t tell you Bill’s last line now, of course, but I will in time.

What do you think about the sentiments shared by Susan on her late husband, and this storyline? How do hope the show properly honors Bill and Doug Williams when the series writes-off the character? Are you enjoying the Horton house fire story arc or does it upset you too much? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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