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DAYS Lamon Archey On Jackée Harry & Precious Way Arrivals: “Not Only Racially & Culturally Needed But They Bring So Much Character & Larger Than Life Personalities to the Show”

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In March, Days of our Lives fans will see two new character hit the canvas when Jackée Harry & Precious Way make their Salem debuts as the mother/daughter duo of Paulina and Chanel, who have ties to the Carver family.

DAYS and All American star, Lamon Archey has been a vocal advocate for more diversity on the NBC daytime drama and television, in general.

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Archey took to his Twitter account to share his enthusiasm on the addition of Harry and Way to the cast of DAYS: “I understand that everyone isn’t going to like everything, BUT bringing Jackee & Precious to #Days was such a great move! Not only racially & culturally needed but they bring so much character and larger than life personalities to the show. #AppreciationTweet @nbcdays”

 

In addition, Archey spoke of having Harry join DAYS, in an interview with WeAreEntertainmentNews.com for its Black History Month celebration.  He expressed: “Working with Jackée, how can you even describe it? Oh my God, she is so funny. We felt her impact the very first day working with her. You feel something when you work with her. You can actually see, feel and know things are different and for the better. There’s a different vibe. It just feels good when she steps on set. It’s relaxed. It’s fun. I can’t tell you how happy I am that she’s here and a part of Days. Sal (Stowers) and I have talked about it and she feels the same way. It really does feel good.”

Lamon also recently teased on his Instagram story: “There will be quite a few new African Americans on the show. They are characters that the fans have been waiting to see, and will be happy to see. So, things will be looking a little different in Salem which is a good thing.”

So, excited to see Paulina and Chanel take Salem by storm next month? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Louie Y
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Louie Y

Days should have thought about diversity and inclusion when they let the actors that play the gay couple Will and Sonny go.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Yes, of course, turn a racial conversation into a LGBTQ+ one, and I state this as a gay man myself. Two completely different situations.

Mary B
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Mary B

There is black representation on Days; diversity and inclusion isn’t just about race. I say that as a black woman.

Zoe
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Zoe

Diversity includes more than black characters. Where are the Jewish or Asian characters? We had Haley;we still have Melinda. That’s it. Two Latin people. No Jewish characters. Diversity to Lamon Archy and TV & film execs primarily means more black people.

The other lis
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The other lis

Don’t fret. Will and Sonny and teen aged Ari will be back and coming soon!!

Satan
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Satan

Let’s hope not. It’s bad enough we have 28 year old Claire, when her mother, Belle wasn’t even born until 1994! Will, Sonny, and Gabi, barely appear to be out of their teens themselves. They would look ridiculous with a SORASed teenager.

Almost as ridiculous as Will actually being older than his stepdad, EJ. But you aren’t supposed to remember that, of course!

So yeah, Will & Sonny should be back. But leave Ari as a little kid.

paula BONILLA
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paula BONILLA

It doesn’t matter. I stopped watching the show when Sarah left. My two favorite couples are Sarah and Xander and Ciara and Ben. To lose one couple is bad enough but what are the odds of losing both the same time. So that made me stop watching and I watched over 40 years

Momo
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Momo

Looking forward to seeing Jackee.

Pigeon
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Pigeon

Just great another larger than life character; as if Days doesn’t have enough of those. How about actors that can act and do quality drama?? This show has lost it’s way. I’ll take the minority characters on Y/R and GH any day of the week over with RC is giving fans. Those writers are writing quality drama and these actors bring it every chance given. The last time I saw they are still called “daytime drama” for a reason.

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Rebecca1

It seems the only diversity producers are interested in are black characters. They keep adding more & more, letting vets go & ignore other ethnicities. It’s a trend that’s front & center which bugs the crap out of me. To top it off, Days seems to think it’s important to incorporate race issues and discussions into the stories. Not what I watch soaps for, but it’s an obvious grab at new demographics to boost ratings.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Abe Goes to the Light While John Faces Off with MarDevil

Monday’s highly-anticipated episode of Days of our Lives did not disappoint. In fact, we think that this episode should be a strong contender for DAYS to consider for one of their Outstanding Drama Series submissions for next year’s Daytime Emmys.  Why? It has it all – emotional heart with Abe’s journey to and from the light, touching flashbacks, a great performance by James Reynolds, and some special effects and editing during the John (Drake Hogesytn) vs. MarDevil scenes, which also gave us a delicious performance by Deidre Hall.

At the start of the episode, Abe has flatlined after being shot as Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) tries to revive him, but they are losing him.  As this is going on, Paulina (Jackée Harry), Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) and Eli (Lamon Archey) are gathered at the hospital awaiting news on Abe’s condition.  Later, Eli decides to go find out what is happening with Abe, and gets the shock of his life when he walks in on Abe flatlining, while Kayla tells him that Abe is gone.  Eli implores her to try to bring him back. He tells the others they are working on trying to save Abe, as Julie and Paulina bond, and later, Lani must call Theo and Brandon to let them know about Abe’s condition.

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Julie reminisces about Abe, and how they have known each other for 40 years, our wink-wink that this is James Reynolds’ 40th anniversary episode.   Then, we see Abe has gone to the light wearing a white sweater and who should he see but his beloved late wife, Lexie.  No, it’s not Renee Jones, but an actress who delivers Lexie’s lines, since it had been previously reported that Jones was unavailable for the episode.  In scenes with the replacement Lexie, Reynolds showed us why he is an MVP of DAYS.  He acted up a storm and brought the emotion regardless of who was standing there.

 

However, longtime viewers got a wonderful surprise when flashback clips of scenes between Renee Jones and Reynolds were shown and they were some major moments in the history of Abe and Lexie’s relationship including: the moment when Abe learns Lexie’s pregnant, the moment when he is disgusted by Lexie’s betrayal when he learned of her involvement in the Zack baby switch storyline, and what she did to Bo and Hope, all because she was desperate for a child. Later, it’s the five-hankie moment of when Lexie, who was dying from a brain tumor, passes away in Abe’s arms.

After all the flashbacks, Lexie tells Abe he needs to go back and not to come with her to heaven. He has children, and people who love him and need him. Eventually, he says his goodbyes to Lexie and returns to the present, just as Kayla is about to call his time of death in the hospital room. All of a sudden, Abe’s heart begins to beat.

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Kayla brings Julie, Eli, Lani, and Paulina the news that Abe will need surgery, but he will make it.  Then, Paulina and Lani make their way to see him. In another emotional moment, they tell him how much they love him (Paulina looks worried about her lie being exposed that Lani is not really Abe’s bio-daughter).  As the episode comes to its conclusion, we see the back of Lexie making sure Abe is safe and sound among the living, while signifying she is watching over him.

And if that was not enough, this episode also picked up where John had confronted MarDevil in the church, letting Satan knows he is on to him and that he is not going to win … he is going to get Marlena back.  Satan drives home the point that Marlena belongs to him now.  John is mortified as the cross on the church wall turns upside down. Later to show off his prowess and control, MarDevil turns the holy water blood red. As the scene progresses, MarDevil is jumping all over the church and showing up in different spots.

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John then gets the lowdown on how Satan struck a deal with Marlena to let Doug (Bill Hayes) live if she let him in.  That is followed, by some of the back-story of Marlena’s first possession over 25 years ago, and why it happened when she was alone and very distraught.  MarDevil even goes on to say that he tried once before to regain control of Marlena during the Salem Serial Killer storyline, but it did not work out that time, because all the victims turned out to be alive.  MarDevil brings up Stefano and how he had made Marlena believe John was dead which left her vulnerable.  He goes on to relate that Doug was the gateway for Marlena’s re-possession.

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MarDevil tells John what she did with Doug by committing him and how she wanted to kill Julie. John knows that Marlena can hear him and tries to bring her back, but as the devil struggles with that, ultimately, he wins and begins to show his strength to John tossing him around the church, where he is eventually is knocked unconscious and then dragged to, we don’t know where, by the MarDevil!

Throughout the scenes, Deidre Hall looked like she was having so much fun playing the devilish one in this campy storyline revisited.

So, what did you think of James Reynolds performance and his 40th anniversary episode? What was your favorite moment? Are you glad John knows for certain now that Marlena is once again possessed? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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DAYS Emily O’Brien Previews Her Directorial Debut and Short Film ‘Too Close’

She’s an actress, a voice-over talent, writer, and now she can add director to her impressive resumeDays of our Lives star Emily O’Brien (Gwen) has shared over the last 24 hours a preview clip of her short film, Too Close.

Emily stated via her Instagram account: “Here’s a peek at the trailer for my short film entitled Too Close– I am so fortunate to have made this with my beloved team alongside me. My vision couldn’t have been brought to life without any of you, I am truly touched by your tenacity & genuine love for creativity!”  O’Brien shared the hashtags: #directorialdebut #filmmaking #periodpiece #cinema #womeninfilm
#writeyourownstory #vintagefilm

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You can check out the teaser for the film below which centers on the story of a young man and woman in the 1950’s examining what it means when two people in a relationship are considered to be too close.

Let us know if you are intrigued by the preview, and would like to see Emily’s short film via the comment section below.

 

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Jensen Ackles Shares Heartfelt Message on Death of ‘Rust’ DP Halyna Hutchins: “This Has Been a Tragedy of Epic Proportions”

Former Days of our Lives and Supernatural star, Jensen Ackles (Ex-Eric and Ex-Dean)  took to his Instagram over the weekend to pay tribute to cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins who was tragically killed in New Mexico, on the set of the film Rust in which Ackles co-starred with Alec Baldwin and Frances Fisher. Baldwin is also one of the producers of the film.

Last Thursday, in the initial investigation reports surfaced that Baldwin discharged a “prop gun” leading to the death of Hutchins and injuring director, Joel Souza.  Since that time it has been reported that Baldwin was told by the assistant director, David Halls, that the weapon was a “cold gun” meaning not loaded with live rounds following its preparation by the film set’s armorer, Hannah Gutierrez.  But in his affidavit statement, Halls says he was unaware that the prop gun contained live rounds when it was given to Baldwin for his scene.

The scene Baldwin was rehearsing was inside a church building at the Bonanza Creek Ranch. In new affidavit’s, it was noted that Baldwin was ‘cross drawing’ the weapon and pointing the gun towards the camera lens.

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A grief-stricken Ackles shared:  “I’m not even sure where to start.  This has been a tragedy of epic proportions that we are all still processing. Earlier last week I felt compelled to tell Halyna just how awesome I thought she was. I told her how incredible I thought her camera shots were and just how exciting it was to watch her and her team work. Truly. She laughed and said thank you and gave me a hug. I’ll forever be thankful we had that moment.  She had a spunk and passion that infected the entire crew from the top down. She was an inspiration. My heart and prayers go out to Halyna’s husband, son and the rest of her family. There just aren’t enough words to express what an immense loss this is. She will be incredibly missed by all of us who knew and admired her.”

Since Hutchins’ death, a video also surfaced of Ackles discussing his concerns for gun safety on the set of Rust at a Supernatural convention in Colorado prior to the tragedy.

Jensen told the crowd: “I’ve got a 6 a.m. call tomorrow to have a big shoot-out. They had me pick my gun. They were like, ‘Alright, what gun would you like?’ and I was like, ‘I don’t know?’ and the armorer was like, ‘Do you have gun experience?’ I was like, ‘A little.’ And she’s like, ‘OK, well, this is how you load it, this is how we check it and make sure it’s safe. “So she’s like, ‘OK, I’m gonna put some blanks in there and I want you to just go and fire off a couple rounds towards the hill.’ And I was like, ‘OK.’ So I put the belt on, I put the gun there, and I walked out and she’s like, ‘Just make sure that you know, you pull the hammer all the way back and you aim at your target.’ And I was like, ‘OK, I got it.’  The footage was originally on You Tube, but now has been taken down.

The investigation remains and open and active on what occurred on the set of Rust, according to the Santa Fe New Mexico Sheriff’s office.

So, what do you think about Jensen’s tribute in the wake of the Rust tragedy? Comment below.

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