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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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THIS WEEK: Billy Flynn and Kate Mansi Exit DAYS As Chabby Says Their “I Do’s” In Heart-tugging Moments

By now, Days of our Lives fans have learned that this week marks the end of the run, for now, of Billy Flynn and Kate Mansi as Chad and Abby.  But before they exit look for wedding bells to ring as Chabby remarries.

When Marci Miller decided to depart the role of Abigail, Kate Mansi returned to the role she played before Miller to finish the arc, which would have potentially left Abby to leave town and Chad to be without her, since Mansi signed on to just complete the storyline,

DAYS head writer Ron Carlivati told Soap Opera Digest  (in latest issue on newsstands now) the thought process of having the duo leave together: “While it was kind of agonizing to make the decision that Chad will exit the canvas with Abigail, I decided that was the best thing for the couple, it was the best thing for the fans and it was the best thing for the show. The way that they exit is very, very open-ended. It’s not like someone is going to die. They leave happy and the door is completely open for them to come back. As much as I’m sure some people will be sad to see them go, I think they’ll be happy to see them go together. It just seemed so unfair to not give them a happy ending. And I just didn’t see how that happy ending would work if Chad stayed in Salem and Abigail left.”   He added: “Obviously, if the time is right, the story is right, and the people are available, they’ll be back.”

Looks like we all need to get out the hankies after checking out the latest NBC promo for Chad and Abby’s wedding and farewell.  You can watch it below.  Then let us know if you are sad to see Billy and Kate exit DAYS, and if you hope they will be back sooner than later via the comment section below.

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Drake Hogestyn Chats On John Black’s Latest Predicament With Diana and Leo On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’

The complex life of John Black (Drake Hogestyn) just got even more complicated on NBC’s Days of our Lives; thanks to the arrival of his ex-flame Diana Colville (Judith Chapman) and the bombshell that bad boy Leo Stark (Greg Rikaart), who has been causing so much trouble for Will (Chandler Massey) and Sonny (Freddie Smith), is actually his biological son!  Boy, John certainly has had some kids he never knew about pop up (remember, Paul Narita is John’s son, too).  But, is this all a tale spun by Diana, or the truth regarding Leo?

Longtime DAYS vet, Drake Hogestyn sits down with host, Michael Fairman on an all-new installment of NBC’s Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast.  During the conversation, Drake talks about his surprise learning from the script that Diana Cooper was indeed his ex, Diana Colville.

The beloved actor reveals that at one point he thought Genie Francis (Laura, GH) might be coming back to reprise the role, but now that it’s Judith Chapman he is having a great time acting opposite her.  In addition, being a true historian of DAYS, Drake takes the listeners on some fun facts that they may not have remembered. Later, Hogestyn reveals why he and Deidre Hall (Marlena) have found such success as DAYS’ enduring John and Marlena.

Michael commends Drake on his Daytime Emmy Pre-Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his emotional turn following Marlena being shot at the Jarlena nuptials, and the family saying their goodbyes believing she was going to die, especially she the good doc had a DNR request on her legal forms filed with the hospital.

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In the backstage segment of the podcast, Eric Martsolf (Brady) takes Fairman on what a typical production day is like for him and others in Salem: visiting the wardrobe department, stopping to talk to the stage manager, and chatting it up with co-stars along the way including: Lauren Koslow (Kate) and Linsey Godfrey (Sarah).

The new episode of Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast is currently streaming on NBC.com here, and will be available for download via iTunes on Monday.

So, do you think John will do next now that Diana is working her way back into his life, and Leo is his son?  Will he tell Marlena what is going on?  What did you think of the sentiments shared by Drake in the interview? Comment below.

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‘Days of our Lives’ Producer Files Lawsuit Against Sony Pictures Television

In a breach of contract and fraud complaint filed this morning, Corday Productions, the Producers of Days of our Lives, is seeking 20 million dollars in damages from its producing partner, Sony Pictures Television, as well as its Columbia Pictures and Screen Gems divisions, and to significantly take back control of the show.

In the 33-page court filed document this morning, Deadline.com noted some of the key points contained within.  Corday Productions is alleging that Sony has treated the show unfairly skewed in favor of its Sony-owned daytime drama series, The Young and the Restless.  The complaint indicates that, “While the domestic ratings for Days of Our Lives have remained largely constant, Sony’s distribution receipts have decreased by over 50%. This dramatic decline is directly attributable to a decision at the highest levels of Sony management to eliminate any competition to its own wholly-owned series The Young and The Restless also distributed by Sony.”

Sony Pictures Television distributes Days of our Lives in overseas territories, and in ancillary markets such as digital streaming.  The DAYS suit alleges that Sony has failed to sell the show in key territories including: Great Britain, France, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Canada, France, Zambia, and South Africa.”

In the lawsuit, the producers also claim that Sony has stiffed them by forcing the production company, Corday Productions, to absorb budgetary deficits . The filing also claims that Sony is “imposing solely on Corday the burden of absorbing the multi-million dollar annual operating deficits due to an inadequate NBC license fee and mandating an inefficient, costly production schedule.”

The complaint filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, also alleges that Sony has provided Corday with inaccurate accounting and has failed to pay millions of dollars in profits.

Make sure to read more on the lawsuit click here.

So, what do you think about some of the key points that the Days of our Lives producers bring up in their lawsuit against Sony? Comment below.

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