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DAYS Marci Miller On Taking Over The Role Of Abigail: "I Want Her to Be Relatable"

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Photo Credit: Paul Smith

A big soap debut is upon us! Circle November 1oth for your first look at the new Abigail Deveraux of Days of our Lives.  That’s when Marci Miller steps into the role on-air in the pivotal role last played by the popular Kate Mansi!

Miller spoke with Yahoo TV about what fans should look for when Abby is back on the canvas.  First up though, we have a grieving husband (Chad), and mother (Jennifer), who believe that Abby has died.

Marci weighs-in on what will go down when the character is actually discovered alive and well: “They all really think that she’s gone. They’ve gone through the process of finding out, grieving, mourning, and started a path to healing, like anybody does after something like that, and to then be broadsided… ‘Shock’ is definitely an understatement.”

Knowing she has to win over the DAYS audience, and step into the shoes of her predecessor, Miller shares her hope for portraying Abby: “I just want her to be relatable.  I want people to be able to say, ‘Yeah, that story is important to me, and I’m learning from it.’ That’s why we wind up doing this work in the first place.”

Marci already noted feeling a warm DAYS welcome from its passionate fan base even before hitting the airwaves, “There’s an amount of pressure, inevitably, in a recast.  Initially, I think I was a little bit nervous, and maybe even a touch intimidated, but as I got started, it’s been such a pleasant surprise. The fans have been so warm, and so welcoming, and there’s really been such a positive foundation that’s been laid with the Abigail character, and the relationship between she and Chad (Billy Flynn).”

So, are you looking forward to the debut of Marci Miller?  Waiting to see how the new Abigail with Chad chemistry plays on-screen? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Mile
Mile

Hope Marci miller be as awe some as abey was but she can do. It that will be great …

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Chad will move on with Gabi who breaks up with JJ who cheated on her,,,Abby will see Chad has moved on so she will remain in hiding but will take sneak peaks at the baby until she is caught…Abby argues with Chad over Gabi…she falls down a flight of stairs and develops amnesia…but is she faking-not a spoiler…just an idea!!!

Darlene
Darlene

The old fall down and hit your head story; and there you have it …amnesia. How many time does this have to happen. Then the story has to run for 6 months. No I don’t like the ideal it’s been done

Celia
Celia

Oh, we know, Darlene.
Forgive us. LOL. Jim and I like to fantasize and indulge in making up scenarios. We do it all the time on other soaps, as well. It’s fun.

Celia
Celia

Yes, good one, Jimmy. But, I had said weeks ago that Abby shows up already having amnesia. She has no idea who she is, but she feels this pull to show up in Salem. No one recognizes her because she has undergone reconstructive facial surgery due to burns.
She sees Thomas in the park with Chad and Gabi, and voila, she gets these moments of foggy images.
When she finally remembers who she is, she finds herself as part of a love quadrangle, as I said.

Another scenario is that she’s been with Laura, her grandmother, all the time she was recuperating and asked her to say nothing because Ben is after her.

Michelle
Michelle

I look forward to Abigail’s return. I prefer Chad with Abigail. I’m glad the writers stopped trying to pair Chad with Ciara but I’m not liking the pairing of Chad and Gabi either. The sooner Abigail returns, the better.

Tom84
Tom84

I dont mind the Chad/Gabi stuff, i just wish they hadnt written JJ to cheat on her making her conflicted feelings a bit more understandable. Making JJ cheat seems like an easy way of throwing Chad and Gabi in each others orbit. I hope they’ve got something a bit different in mind for Abigail’s return otherwise i fear it might a bit predictable.

Leanne
Leanne

I look forward to watching Marci on Days of Our Lives. She is a talented actress.

Celia
Celia

Between HER and Chad. Object of the preposition, ‘between’. Forgive me, but the teacher in me made me do it. LOL.

I think this girl is so angelic looking. I welcome her with open arms in the hope she will do the role justice; yet bring her own spin to the character.

Will there be a love quadrangle, as I had previously intimated? Chad, Abby, Gabi and JJ. Is that a recycled storyline?

Patrick
Patrick

she looks like a young Cheryl Tiegs, no?

that winning smile

hope theirs some dastardly vixen come hither it’s her party too. stand up to Jenny Bear…

too much sugar in Salem… Hope and Jennifer have milked it all.

Abs has returned as a feisty free fierce feline. etc

Abs takes control of her own life… no matter that she’s a Deveraux-HORTON.

DiMera Mystique reigns

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

I’m confident she’ll do fine, Celia. It may take a while to get used to her, but it was an uphill battle for the previous Abby. Kate Mansi did not click with many viewers until towards the end of her run. I think you were one of her harsh(est) critics, but she won you over. My fingers are crossed for Marci! Later.

Celia
Celia

You’re so right, 4ever. I did not like Kate as Abby one bit. I was very vocal about it….especially after her affair with EJ. And, I didn’t think she was that great of an actress.
I changed my mind subsequently, of course. Kate Mansi proved herself as THE total thespian before my eyes.
So, I have learned to give any newcomer, the benefit of the doubt. Everyone deserves a shot. Unless you’re Alexis. Then, you need a few “shots”. LOL.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Kate was always fantastic in the role of Abigail but, what failed, is that the writers didn’t give her material worth her acting skills until her final year. Prior to her relationships with EJ and Ben, Abigail was still written as a golden child of Jennifer and Jack, and not her own person. That’s why I think she didn’t click, but I always did love her in the role. Plus, her uncanny resemblance to Missy Reeves was unlike anything I’ve ever seen in soaps prior.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

I am looking forward to Marci’s debut. She’s definitely coming on board with the right attitude, “…..that story is important to me, and I’m learning from it.” I wish her much success and happiness in her new role.

Johnny Grant
Johnny Grant

Meanwhile, the character has been off the canvas for a while so that we can sort of accept a re-cast, but there was never even a Memorial Service for Abby – that’s so stupid, there should have been a service of some kind.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

That’s when she is returning, during the service. It was postponed, likely due to the shut down of Salem and the hostage crisis situations. So, now, they’re having her service and she will be returning during it.

Mo
Mo

Looking forward to her debut.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Marci has been gracious throughout this entire process; she is always thanking fans on social media, and she is definitely going to be a great addition to the cast of Days of Our Lives, and the history of Abigail Deveraux. I’m also happy they did not change her look too much; she has that reddish-tint to her blonde hair, and it’s a beautiful colour. I look forward to seeing her take on the character of Abigail, and look forward to this storyline, as well.

penny
penny

Well I guess if Y&R can go the dark route with the new Billy, DOOL’s can go the light route with the new Abigail. I knew these writers/producer can make changes if they really want to.

stevie g
stevie g

Marci looks so much more like she could be Jack and Jennifers daughter than Kate Mansi ever did. Looking forward to seeing her onscreen.

anne
anne

i just want to see chad and abby back together their dragging this out to long

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Marci Miller Final DAYS Episode Airs Today As She Shares Heartfelt Goodbye: “Thanks For The Sweet Ride, Abby”

In two years time, Marci Miller became a household name in the daytime arena as one of the brightest talents to grace the soap opera genre in a very long time.

Now today on Monday November 19th, viewers of Days of our Lives are watching her final episode as she wraps up her run as Abigail Deveraux on the NBC soap opera.

And what a run it was! Earning her a Daytime Emmy nomination for Lead Actress this year, and a possible nomination next year, Miller was heralded for her gut-wrenching performances in the DID storyline (Dissociative Identity Disorder) where she played Abby’s alters, Dr. Laura and Gabby.  Not to mention her complex love story with Chad DiMera (Billy Flynn).

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On key episodes today, Miller’s Abby goes toe to toe with a vindictive Gabi (Camila Banus) who gloats how Abby ended up back in a sanitarium … thanks to her!

Miller made the decision to leave DAYS and pursue a career in feature film and primetime TV roles

In an Instagram post, Miller shared:”This is a picture of me 2 yrs ago, painting my nails (and a dear friend’s while I’m at it) for a screen test the next morning to play a woman named Abigail Deveraux Dimera on Days of Our Lives. Who would’ve thought?! This morning I sit in the same exact spot knowing that today, my last episode will air as this beloved character. I reflect, and am grateful. I am better for having been a part of it all. Knowing I’ve laid her in a pair of loving and capable hands does me good. Thanks for the sweet ride, Abby. My heart is full today. Xx #Days #Milly#Chabby”

So, send your well-wishes to Marci here as we give her a standing ovation for an incredible job well-done for her portrayal of Abby et al.  Will you miss Marci? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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LISTEN TO THE REPLAY: Soap Nation Live! with Jon Lindstrom, Beth Maitland, Freddie Smith, Linda Dano & Maura West

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Listen to “Soap Nation Live November 2018 Episode” on Spreaker.

If you missed Thursday’s night’s Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman, you can hear the replay of the broadcast right here in the audio player above.

The November episode of the monthly podcast featured special guests: Soap icon, Linda Dano (Ex-Felicia, AW, Gretel, (OLTL, GH, Port Charles, AMC), and Cynthia, ATWT), General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan), The Young and the Restless’ Beth Maitland (Traci), Days of our Lives Freddie Smith (Sonny), and listeners were in for a surprise when GH’s Maura West (Ava Jerome) called-in as well during the show.

During this fun night of chat, Linda Dano kicked-off the show as she and Michael reminisced about the night she won the Daytime Emmy in 1993 for her role as Felicia Gallant on Another World.  Then, the duo talked about: her soap career as Gretel “Rae” Cummings on the ABC Daytime line-up, her incomparable fashion sense, and how fans can see her first acting project in 12 years when The Chronicle Mysteries debuts with Alison Sweeney (Sami, DAYS) in March of 2019 on the Hallmark Channel.

Next, General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom discussed taking on and revisiting playing the dual roles of Kevin Collins, and his serial killer twin brother, Ryan Chamberlain.  In addition, Jon talked about his leading ladies, Genie Francis and the #KevLaur hash tag, and Ryan’s interest in Ava Jerome.  Then, after answering some questions from listeners, Maura West surprised her scene partner and called-in to chat with him.

Beth Maitland came on to Soap Nation Live! next, and she discussed finally having the opportunity after 36 years to explore Traci’s relationship with her siblings, Jack and Ashley, that came about in Eileen Davidson’s exit storyline.  The Daytime Emmy-winning actress also revealed her favorite Y&R storyline over the years. Maitland has received critical-acclaim for her recent work on the CBS Daytime drama series.

The final guest of the night was Freddie Smith.  The popular DAYS star talked on the latest developments of Sonny and Will, where now the two can be together since Paul and Will broke up, but will their happiness last long?  Freddie gives the listeners a preview of what’s to come.  Then, a listener calls in revealing how through watching Days of our Lives and the Sonny and Will story and romance, how it helped him come out and to have a family.

Last, during our Game Show segment, a lucky caller eventually wins the Sonny Kiriakis-centric trivia game and will receive a Days of our Lives swag/goodie bag and an autographed personalized photo of Freddie Smith.

To hear archived and past episodes of Soap Nation Live, you can go to the official show page on Spreaker.com here.

Now, listen to the broadcast with Linda, Jon, Beth, Freddie and Maura, and then let us know via the comment section below what was your favorite moment in the broadcast.

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Soaps Lift Boycott Threat Of Daytime Emmys

In a key move to allow those performers in front of the camera and behind the scenes crew and creatives to be acknowledged for their accomplishments this calendar year, the four daytime dramas collectively have decided to lift their threatened boycott and participate in the upcoming 46th annual Daytime Emmy competition.

This comes after the four network soaps (Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful, and The Young and the Restless) banded together after being unsatisfied with snafu’s coming out of the 45th annual Daytime Emmy Awards earlier this year in April, and a list of grievances and concerns they asked to be addressed by the organization that administers the Emmy contest.

Then, following an internal investigation by NATAS by the law firm of Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth of Washington, DC, the results which were released on November 8th, and being in receipt of their findings, the soaps decided to move forward while still having concerns they want addressed.

In a statement from the group, a spokesperson related to Deadline, who broke the story late Friday: “As a group, we are not in agreement with all of the conclusions that NATAS reached.  However, in the spirit of working with NATAS and the TV Academy on improving the integrity of the Daytime Emmys, we have lifted our boycott. We look forward to meeting with NATAS to discuss their findings and our concerns in greater detail.”

On Saturday, someone close to the situation said to Michael Fairman TV: “Our participation doesn’t mean we accept their proposal moving forward, we still have major issues that we will be discussing with the Chair and President (of NATAS), but as a collective whole, we don’t want to penalize our actors for NATAS’ mis-management.”

The 46th Annual Daytime Emmy submissions began earlier this week on November 12th, with the Daytime Emmys slated to be handed out in early May of 2019.

So, are you glad that the network soaps have lifted their threatened boycott so that your favorite performers, whose performances you have loved over the last 11 months can be acknowledged for their talents and hard work? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

 

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