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DAYS Judi Evans Talks Meddling Mom Trying To Break-Up Popular Duo of WilSon!

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Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Who would have thought that Days of our Lives would turn once compassionate Adrienne Johnson Kiriakis into this meddling mother who wants to end her son, Sonny’s (Freddie Smith) happy relationship with his boyfriend, Will (Chandler Massey)?

Well, the NBC soap has given Daytime Emmy winner, Judi Evans (Adrienne) finally some meaty material for her to sink her teeth into! Meanwhile, fans have been abuzz of Adrienne’s behavior in trying to come between daytime soaps only gay couple on the air right now! Here is an excerpt of Judi had to say about it in an interview with TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan!

Judi on going from undetstanding mom to most hated woman in Salem right now: “It came out of left field but stories like this don’t happen often so I’m eating it up with a spoon! I love having Adrienne at the center of controversy. Bring it on! But let’s make it clear that she’s not trying to bust up Will and Sonny because she has a problem with Sonny being gay. She’s totally okay with that. She just doesn’t want her son anywhere near Will’s family. And she sure doesn’t want him going to jail for something Will’s mom Sami (Alison Sweeney) did. Oh, hell no!”

Judi on fan backlash on Adrienne’s stance on Sonny and Will’s relationship: “I saw it coming a mile away! I just hoped that some viewers would think that Adrienne has a valid point. [Laughs] Somebody? Anybody? I’m kind of drowning here! I’ve purposely stayed away from the message boards. I knew it was going to get rough and I didn’t want to take it personally.”

So what do you think about Adrienne interloping and trying to bust up Sonny and Will? Do you understand her intentions? Do you like that DAYS has brought Judi more to the forefront? Weigh-in!

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Mo
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Glad Judi is in the forefront. She is fantastic. And looks awesome too.

It’s also nice how appreciative she is of her other job, like she’s a regular person. I think she would be a really comforting face and person to deal with during the funeral planning.

Loved the scene the other day with EJ ‘confronting’ Adrienne. I do hate what Adrienne did, but I still like her and Judi!

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First its just great seeing J.E given somethin to do…Adriene and Justin were just background props for so long…glad days woke up and put their talent to use…imo, they are days most interesting couple at the moment. With C.M. eventually leaving the show the breakup of Will and Sonny comes as no suprise…however, Adriene will loose Justin…Justin and Hope will become a couple but Adriene will cause them a lot of problems to get her Justin back…just a guess.

Patrick
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I’m so hoping…. that the writers delve in to the Justin/Adrienne/Hope triangle…. and
that they focus plenty on Justin and Adrienne’ upheaval… trials and tribulations of marriage… and throw in that affair with Hope… and it’s a big party with meaty substance… and Wally Kurth and Judi Evans are just the powerhouses to deliver what a supercouple can go through.

sans the son story… this is all just whipped cream for my dish. salivating the fallout of Justin and Adrienne…

smart move of DAYS to elevate this twosome… what with the exit of Kristen and Brady.

Sarah
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Sarah

Judi is so believable, and Days is a soap worth watching after some years of questionable plots. The only one I tune in for anymore. It has real stories to be followed, and some pretty fair acting too.

Gregg
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Gregg

Love this twist. It gives the story gravitas. She’s a wonderful actress and she plays so well against Sweeney. Bring it on.

Patrick
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Patrick

well said… altho at times i’m a lil’ put off by Adrienne kowtowing to even Sammi…

Adrienne sure can put the know how and brakes on Justin… or so we hope…

i say as well…

bring it on! Judi Evans… I absolutely adored you on Another World… and now.. you’re truly making your mark in Salem.

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Mary SF

First off let me say that AE is looking great these days. Secondly I am glad they are giving her and Justin some air time FINALLY. Third I think her meddling is a good thing, because many heterosexuals couples have parents who want better partners for their children, and the fact that Adrienne has those same maternal instinct for her gay son makes Wilson like any other relationship on the show. And I LOVE Adrienne and Sami butting heads– two fierce mama tigers protecting their young. And the scene where EJ confronted Adrienne by the door of her house— priceless.… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Whoops that should be JE not AE

judith
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judith

i agree

4everdays
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4everdays

I love Judi and completely understand Adrienne. More more more!!!

judith
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judith

i don’t agree with Adrienne at all but it makes for good drama.

Joshua
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Joshua

I gave up on that show over 25 years ago, before it went to hell in a hand basket, but I must admit that Evans looks AMAZING in that pic!

Patrick
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Patrick

isn’t she a delight.

she’s so real and refreshing…

no matter that she’ll upheaval everything she has… and will fight for her conviction.

Jules
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I love Adrienne’s interference in this story. I don’t see her as the bad guy here. I really see and understand her perspective, which makes what she did even more delicious! So glad Adrienne and Justin and being featured prominently in this story and given such great airtime. Great to have them both back like this! This is believable drama for the couple, family and has given Sami/Will/EJ/Sonny’s story even more layers and edge- all organically developed and super entertaining!

Patrick
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Patrick

“layers – edge – intrigue –

love and sex with Justin! yippee!

Lew S
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Lew S

Judi Evans is a great actor and she should be front and center. I remember her days as Beth on GL and Paulina on AW.

bc
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bc

Every actor feels the need to clarify their char’s stance on homosexuality and even how that actor personally feels abt lgbt issues. It definitely gets them press given how hollywood and entertainment media keep talking abt only gay issues and only gay bullying even if gay students are not the most bullied group. audience has to be engaged abt how special gay chars are even if hollywood keeps failing at racial diversity representation and never has any storylines on racism.

RLeternal
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RLeternal

So, so happy that I did not invest my precious time in Wilson (DOOL) like I did for Lure and Nuke (ATWT). Learned my lesson after getting burned by the ATWT”s pathetic writing team. I heard that Chandler (Will) is leaving the show at the end of his contract this year. So, is this how DOOL is planning the Wilson split.

Derek
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Derek

I loved Lure. I really think things would have worked out differently for Lure if atwt hadn’t been cancelled.

RLeternal
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RLeternal

The EP and HW knew a year in advance that ATWT would be off the air. If they wanted to; they could have at least ended LuRe or Nuke on a happy note. But they didn`t; they simply destroyed both SLs and came up with every reason in the book as to why they did what they did. Bottom line is, it was the worst ever ending of a soap. Very good ATWT went off the air; the writing at the end was so bad, so bad; it cannot even be called writing.

Blake
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Blake

Love this storyline! So glad to see Adrienne and Judi getting more airtime and juicy story! She definitely adds flavor to this story, if she wasn’t in it I might be bored lol. I’d love to see her go toe to toe with EJ and Sami and not back down. It’d be cool if Stefano helped her. I hope this means we see more of her. I love that vets like her and Justin are more involved. Can’t wait for Kimberly to arrive in a few months!

Patrick
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Patrick

Very likeable actors….

I hope, with the eventual leave of absence of Kristen… that they beef up the part of Kimberly’ return…. or, GIVE KAYLA MORE TO DO.

judith
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judith

If she would accept the help of Stefano she would the BIGGEST HYPOCRITE EVER therefore i don’t wish that for her at all…One of the MAJOR reason of her actions right now is the others’s connection with Stefano ! Do you watch the show, do you watch Adrienne’s scenes and understand what comes from her mouth ? seriously..lol

Blake
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Blake

Take a pill and calm down Judith, it’s not that serious. lol

KathyT
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KathyT

I am very angry with Adrienne for going to Abe and the DA but Judi Evans is doing a great job in all of this. No she should have talked to Sonny and Justin before doing this. I’m not happy with her right now but I love seeing Judi and Wally Kurth on screen…Days is doing a great job of using their vets…other shows should follow their lead.

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It’s a smart story. I can’t stand what Adrienne is doing, but I have loved Judi since GL and it’s nice to see her have something to sink her teeth into. Also, it’s nice not to have all the drama be about Sami. A few short years ago, this would have been about Sonny and Will being gay and it’s nice that now it doesn’t have anything to do with that. I also like the DiMeras and Kiriakases mixing it up a little.

Patrick
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Patrick

WOW. so much story can come out of this.

I’m so excited for the possibilities for Justin and Adrienne.

two formidable powerhouses given air time.

i’m waiting for the fallout of Justin and EJ… and or alliances that show a darker side of Justin… and Adrienne .

Max
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Max

Since she was Paulina on AW I have been waiting for her to have a good story to play. Doing great Cupcake! (Always loved how all of Jake’s pet names for her on AW were food).

Kim
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Kim

I love that Adrienne & Justin are both finally back in the front of the show, finally. I hope they keep them there!! A whole lot more Adrienne & Justin and much much less Sami & EJ is what Salem needs!! 🙂

judith
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judith

nope BOTH couples on screen is just FINE, thank you.

Chaz
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Thrilled that Judy has been given some ferocious material to play. While I would like to shake Adrienne, I would love to give Judy a giant hug. She is making the scenario believable because it is all about protecting her child from what she sees as a danger. The scene with Adrienne & EJ could have come off as campy had Judy not been such a powerhouse. I loved the “innocent” banter between them before EJ growled at her. Whether this is the cause of a break up with Sonny & Will is too soon to say seeing that CM… Read more »

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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”

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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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Marlena Becomes Possessed … Again!

On Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the devil had his way with his favorite person, Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)! In story, leave it to Marlena to save Doug (Bill Hayes) by giving herself up to Satan!

As Doug revealed himself to be Satan while in a therapy session with Marlena in her office, a shook Marlena tries to comprehend what is happening! When the devil says if Marlena won’t accept him in, she will punish Doug, he does just that.

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Poor Doug is left writhing in pain and on the floor, crying out for help! When we come back to the scene Marlena is not exactly right near his body, but sort of overlooking what is happening. Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) rushes into Marlena’s office to find Doug as Marlena stares blankly. Eventually, she calls for help.

After Doug is put in a hospital room and is monitored, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Tripp (Lucas Adams) can’t find anything wrong with him. Meanwhile, Julie finds Marlena at the nurses station and asks what happened with Doug during their therapy session.  Marlena flashes back to what led to Doug writing on the floor, and clearly something is way off with Marlena, because she has now become possessed.

Later, Julie sits by Doug’s hospital bed as he opens his eyes, as he tells his beloved wife, “He left me and went in to her.”  A confused Julie is left to ponder what on earth Doug could be talking about.

When Marlena comes home to John (Drake Hogestyn) – who is already concerned with Johnny (Carson Boatman) being set on making a movie of Sami’s life story which includes points on Marlena’s original possession – she tells him Doug collapsed in her office. When the two hug, Marlena slowly opens her eyes  revealing that they are glowing yellow.  Yup! We are off to the races. Marlena is now once again possessed.

So, what did you think about the scenes between Deidre Hall and Bill Hayes? Are you enjoying the revisiting of the infamous ‘possession’ storyline thus far? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives Kicks-Off Possession Storyline Revisted with ‘Doug’ Twist Cliffhanger, Followed by Fall Preview

Did the ‘Devil’ make them do it? Doug Williams  (Bill Hayes) is Satan? In what can only be described as major surprise twist on NBC’s Days of our Lives, for weeks, fans have thought they were about to embark on another dementia or Alzheimer’s storyline on the soaps with another beloved character.

However, Days head writer, Ron Carlivati ,and his writing team came up with a way to make it seem like this may be Doug’s fate only to use the long-running character as the impetus to bring the classic possession storyline back on the air some 25 years later.

It all goes down after Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) calls Marlena (Deidre Hall) to ask him to see Doug, after his MRI and other tests proved inconclusive for dementia, etc, to see if Dr. Evans can assess him.  The phone call to Marlena happened after John (Drake Hogestyn) was discussing the past, since Johnny (Carson Boatman) is ramping up to a shoot a movie on Sami’s life, that will include the time that Sami walked in on John and Marlena having sex, which caused Sami to act out for years and years.

 

However, and this is key, John tells Marlena that moment in time also left her alone and vulnerable to the darkest time in her life – alluding to when she became possessed by the devil – and Marlena was clearly having difficulty admitting that or going down that road of remembrance, when the phone call from Kayla saved her from digging deeper into the past.  Well now, John and Marlena may never have that conversation as she is primed to once again become possessed.

Meanwhile, Johnny is reading Will’s script for the Sami movie, and is shocked to read in it that Marlena was once possessed by the devil, as John takes out a dusty box with his Father John collar, a bible, and a news clipping of Marlena being possessed.  John is feeling that this movie will bring bad things on to all those he loves, especially Doc, and he looks to be right!

Now at her office with Doug, he admits he knows something is wrong.  He acts out and does strange things and does not know why.  Marlena brings up why Doug locked Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) in a freezer by accident. Doug gets adamant saying: “That was no accident. I locked that bitch in there on purpose.”  Marlena is shocked at his word and tone.  Then as Doug laughs, he says, “I’m not Doug.”  Next thing you know, the lowered voice of Satan comes out of Doug’s mouth and he tells Doc, “It’s been over 25 years Marlena. But did you really think I wouldn’t come back for you?” End of episode.  Great cliffhanger!

Now, check out the fall preview released following the airing of Friday’s episode by NBC below, which teases more demonic moments on Days. Then let us know in the comment section, what you thought of the ‘Doug’ twist as the possession storyline begins?

Plus, make sure to cast your vote in ‘Michael’s Poll’ of the week on the revisiting of this classic tale now in 2021 below the preview.

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