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DAYS Mary Beth Evans On November Airdate Scripts: "I Laugh, I Cry, You Will All Go As Crazy As I Am … I Can't Even Begin To Tell You!!!!! Stay Tuned!!! WOW!"

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Cast member after cast member of Days of our Lives have been singing the praises of the upcoming storylines for the long running NBC soap’s upcoming 50th anniversary on November 8th.

The fan favorite returns and stories that the series is set to tell have been acknowledged by long time actors and newer additions from: Kristian Alfonso (Hope) to Jen Lilley (Theresa) to Peter Reckell (Bo), and more as really exciting and well-written.  Additionally,  many in the cast have been singing the praises of new head writers Dena Higley (although Higley has written for the show previously) and Josh Griffith.

Over the weekend, you can add Mary Beth Evans to the growing list of performers who are relating to the fans to wait till fall to see some unbelievable material on DAYS.

On her Instagram account, and posting pictures of her scripts, Evans related: “Another Saturday reading some of The BEST Days of our Lives scripts I have ever read…I laugh, I cry..you all will go as crazy as I am…I can’t even begin to tell you!!!!! Stay tuned!!! WOW! #joshgriffith&denahigleyROCK! #Days50th #nbc most importantly #daysfamily

What do you think about what Evans is saying?  Are you excited to see Patch and Kayla together again, since Stephen Nichols (Patch) will be back?    Do you think this fall DAYS will rock as the daytime drama to beat?  Comment below!

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Jamesj75
Jamesj75

So, 5 months out, we’re being lobbied to stick with this plodding, miserable show because maybe, just maybe, things will be better in November for their 50th anniversary shows. Is it really worth it?

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

No, the new writers material along with the returns begins airing in August.

This Michael Fairman story is being misunderstood as implying that the new stuff begins in November. November is the 50th anniversary (and sweeps), but the celebration begins in AUGUST with the new writing!!!!!

Blake
Blake

Yeah we just have a couple more months. I can’t wait for the new stuff!

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

4ever DAYS, I hope they are paying you well for your marketing efforts! But thank you for the heads-up on the timeline.

Mark
Mark

Well if you don’t like it, don’t watch. No one is twisting your arm…

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Mark, thanks for the excellent advice! I know I’m not alone in my viewpoint. Maybe, as fans, we expect more from our shows than what we’re given. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

davlestev1
davlestev1

And to be honest I have stopped ff’ng episodes and am watching them through. .then too to be honest I’m only on the Kristen baby discover episodes. . But I’m actually enjoying quite a bit of it. Clyde please be gone. . Adrian needs a better wardrobe. . Her rear end is so flat. ..nuwill is just a snoozer. .pursed lips and all. . Serena. ..ummm.. yeah. . Just. .ummm.. Melanie is truly Daphne from Scooby-Doo wide eyed oops annoying. . Please be gone. . Why is stephano ALWAYS sitting. . Around plants. .. Ben be gone. .. Jennifer vamoose. . Bit I’m still watching lol

Cees
Cees

Patch & Kayla – The number one reason I will be tuning back in.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

August is when Patch appears!

Andrea Green
Andrea Green

Can’t wait for more Days! I truly miss Sammy & EJ,but hopeful we can see some of the others come back. Phillip,Belle,Shaun D. Someone for Abe,Nichole to finally be happy. I have been a loyal fan for 27yrs & counting. I’m addicted!! I love Days of our lives

damien
damien

im waiting in anticipation to see what josh griffith and dena higley have in store for days!!!!
im sure the two head writers will balance eachother out since i remaember griffiths style at y n r was slow yet very character building . unfortunatly im also a huge y n r fan and its too bad no one is checking pratt the hack and his style of writing which is cheesy and flashy and has no real stubstance. witness the assination of what could ve been a very complex joe/ avery/ dylan/ sharon/ nick/ sage/ adam/ chelsea / billy / victoria umbrella story into a paint by numbers plot mess. after all the hard work passanate and shellman put into y n r year before pratt arrogantly destroys everything. oh well. guess days will be my # 1 soap soon.
hey griffith can u bring redaric williams over?, u wrote so well for him until jfp and her broom took over … days could use some african american presence , maybe a cool relative of lexies and celeste?

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

A new African American character is on her way! Also, Theo Carver will be a teenager!!!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

It’s going to be huge!!!!!

The new writers material begins in August which has the return of Steve (Patch).

Jeremy
Jeremy

Mary Beth Evans… rocks! Have you seen her on The Bay (the Series)?
I binge watched the show on the weekend, she’s fabulous and, I’m so happy DAYS has he on-contract. I believe her Twitter/Instagram, she’s knows what’s brilliant. It’s exciting times ahead for DAYS. It could be NBC’s send-off of the soap (next fall 2016), though I hope the rating bounce back up drastically. I’m so glad Mary Beth Evans, Judi Evans and Wally Kurth are on contract, along with the return of Thaoo. From the end of August to the end of this year, DAYS will finally be delivering in the way we’ve all wished for a long time. I can’t wait. It will be a new DAYS!!!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

The new writers material begins airing in August, but the celebration continues through May of next year!

Jeremy
Jeremy

through May? REALLY? We get like 6+ months to P-A-R-T-Y !!!!
Loves it!

Patrick
Patrick

” P – A – R – T – Y ”

LOL

loving this

4ever ? August, 2015 through Sept. 2016 ? with the new writers and how long the show is on air till ?

Mary SF
Mary SF

Well the cynic in me is thinking that the actors were told to hype up the stories to build buzz for the 50th, but the soap fan in me believes if these seasoned vets think the stories are good, they are going to be great.

Again the cynic in me believes NBC and Sony are only now making an effort to capitalizes on the 50th, obviously someone loosen the purse strings in order to lure back so many previous stars– but after the hoopla of 50th is over, what is going to happen– are they preparing to go out with a bang– or are they seriously staging a comeback that will last beyond 2016?

But then the soap fan in me says who cares– I just want to see some great drama told with fun and style for as long as I can– November sweeps sound like it will deliver–

And as a soap fan, as much as loved Y&R for a long time, I am really rooting this new writing team will knock that soap off its pedestal– I know, I know it’s a real long shot given CBS domination in the ratings period, but it would be the height of irony, if the writer JFP drove out, ended up being the iceberg to sink the Titanic that is Y&R number one spot—LOL

Jeremy
Jeremy

@Mary SF, I initially thought that, too. That the actors were told to do some PR for the show…. however, I like you, a devoted soap fan, believe Mary Beth Evan, especially. I find her comments to be very genuine.

As for the longevity of the show… it’s future, it feels like the show may be wanting to set-up the show (in the last year on contract)… to end with a bang. This is good if that is the case, however, soap fans must watch and watch everyday… between now and next fall, and then… we hope the show will be extended with a new contract. I’ll take 51 years, but I would LOVE to hope that DAYS can and will continue to 55, at least.

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

All the hoopla surrounding the shows 50th sounds great but why do all this just for the shows anniversary……to really WOW me lets wait and see if they can keep the party going past the November sweeps and beyond 2016……i mean will the show be as good as it sounds for the 50th and for months afterwards to bring the ratings up and stay up…..then there will be something to talk about! Dont mean to sound like a party pooper but big deal……GH brought back vets for its 50th and the few that remained arent even around that much, disapeared completely(Leslie), killed off(Duke) and poorly underused(Lucy and Scott)……so after November thats what im concerened about…..for the 50th we bring back some favorite vets but who stays and who is back for just a short visit……what awaits beyond the 50th???

Jeremy
Jeremy

@ Jimh – I hear ya, man! In total agreement when your comments.
I guess we know what to expect with Peter & Stephen’s returns… a few months? At least we know Thaoo is returning with a contract.
I too, am concerned with the PLAN that DAYS has for next year.
It’s great that soaps, GH included, bring back vets during these amazing 50th anniversary times, however, there must be a plan in place for DAYS to remain to stay strong in ratings, and secure more vets ON-CONTRACT. It would be BRILLIANT if Stephen Nichols would stay on, with a contract. I hope NBC and DAYS are thinking post- September 2016. It would be terrible news for us all if DAYS saw it’s demise next fall. We must all continue to watch and support, IF the show does get much better, and IF the show will continue to press forward with returning vets, and cast talented newbie’s, it will survive for a few more years.

Patrick
Patrick

in the advent of our shows ever evolving “squeeky wheel gets the grease”

@MarySF for all of the fans of the 4 remain… I too am so in agreement with ;

your last para : have to gavel

“…And as a soap fan, as much as loved Y&R for a long time, I am really rooting this new writing team will knock that soap off its pedestal– I know, I know it’s a real long shot given CBS domination in the ratings period, but it would be the height of irony, if the writer JFP drove out, ended up being the iceberg to sink the Titanic that is Y&R number one spot—LOL ”

just to see some just deserts and comeuppance : “for the fans”

I don’t want it cancelled… just a notch or two down (spiral) the hierarchy that befits the production value

returnDOOLfan
returnDOOLfan

Steve and Kayla – The only couple that has the power to bring me back to Days. I Can’t WAIT!!! There are no other couples on daytime TV that have the chemistry that (Stefan) Steve and (Mary Beth) Kayla had. The last time they brought this couple together the writing for the two of them was horrible! I hope the writers do them justice this time. They deserve it. Classy all the way.

Judy ox
Judy ox

cant wait been watching sense the first day is still awesome to watch miss another word still

Eddie
Eddie

I’m worried that all these old characters coming back will mean some of the newer characters will be dropped or at least ignored for weeks if not months. I see budget and time constraints being the reasons. I remember reading that the show would have a larger budget for the 50th, but still the expense of the pay for the returnees has to be made up somewhere, so it makes sense to stop paying newer actors by dropping their characters. And then there aren’t enough hours to tell stories about all the characters.

Jeremy
Jeremy

Yes, and let’s not forget, there will also be new(ish) characters also in the mix, too. Claire (Belle & Sean D’s daughter) will be be aged. Theo, is being recasted, and Joey (Patch & Kayla’s son) will b aged, too. We’ll have them all in story, too.
There’s lot’s for the show to balance with them, and the return of Andre/Tony, Bo, Patch, Gabby, and the A. Martinez character, among all the present players. We won’t have Serena, Zander, and Melanie is off. I think a few more departures are definitely in the works, too.

Blake
Blake

Wow they are really getting me excited me for what’s coming up on Days. I really hope they keep it up after that though.

Joel
Joel

Sounds exciting. I’m hopeful…most of the last 15 years has been real bland.

Patrick
Patrick

“Mary Beth Evans”

how do I soapbox a favorite

she lights up my telee

after years of being a part of a supercouple…. made magic twice plus…

her original starring role(s).

Kayla Brady , Days of OUR Lives
Katherine Bell, General Hospital / Port Charles : Sept. 1993 – October, 1999
Sierra Esteban, As the World Turns : December, 2000 – 2005

LOL

back to my beloved; “Kayla, Kayla, Kayla”

in the SOD issue… that also stated she is back on contract

she shared, how she questioned or was “relegated” to being the counter /waitress at the pub… her “only” line seemed to be… “here is your order to go”

she further “lamented” I may as well be the BEST background staple… (ok loss for actual words) but you get the idea

I guess this is what it is when you are not contract… to be the bit player… and WORK MAGIC !

“I” loved it… when she finally started working at the hospital…. and yes… she has taken her time… as the confidante … nurturing character… and supporting to the gills

my heart beams as I laugh out loud : “kayla, Kayla, Kayla”

happy dance

Steve and Kayla are on the horizon

Steve (Patch), Kayla and Joey are being featured !

tears of emotion

I love this woman…. OK… her characterizations… plus I love her

Patrick
Patrick

Marquee : “reading some of The BEST Days of our Lives scripts I have ever read ”

at face value

consider the source

have to see it to believe it

My DAYS is coming

“celebrating”

Patrick
Patrick

DAYS, currently: i’m getting their… 6 eps behind… I am watching every one 3 characters that I truly magnify and prop: Kassie DePaiva, “Eve” : “man, she has been riveting… nothing short of magnetic, watching her cull her best stuff, since she started” what is in store for Eve ? if fans are questioning the scripts…. i just have to say… I put KP… in the same category as Eileen Davidson… and most certainly Alison Sweeney… for carrying the show the pain, torture, angst, heartache, heartsick… if Jennifers words are true… that Eve has lost her daughter forever…. dang it! this is huge ! a big part of Eve is broken… is it really because of her mothering… loss of her daughter, her past? hidden hurts and pain… that is bubbling and surfacing? I hope so Christopher Sean, Paul : it seems like the trio of magic has ebbed some… even if , Paul is loudly proclaiming his love for Sonny… (knowing, Freddie Smith, eventual exit) is not lessening my take of enjoying Paul. he has been nothing short of naturally easing his transition of leading the cast with. the camera loves him… OK… I do too DAYS production…. if they should recast both Will and Sonny…. then, please take care in the recast… or… cast a new character for Paul… he’s too good… as much as i’m enjoying seeing Paul get to know… John i’m more interested in his relationship with his mother… Tori… she’s intriguing… let’s get back to the ambiguity with Marlena… LOL that was fun good stuff to reel. I think … he caught on instantaneously… just like nuChad… Billly Flynn. I’ll add in Chad, as a 4th character that permeates my senses… he’s a DiMera… and if this is Stefano “last” child… he’s carrying … I don’t know if it should be with Abs… is she finally going to grow up and out from the shadows and childlike manners and grow UP? c’mon abs… i know it’s the writing… I loved how she questioned mom Jennifers ethics and morals… LOVED IT… perhaps this is the catalyst for Abs flying on her OWN. the 3rd character… “Xander” Victors nephew…. what a huge waste… that he is being let go. I so agree with many fans of Salem. he is the best newbie of late… to be featured as a villain… if not as a villain… as a commanding, sexual, dynamic… presence with layers of vitality… energy… and strongholding his own … dang it ! case in point… it’s embarrassing… right now… to know that the show is built around : Daniel, Brady, and Eric. lame, lame, lame…. dullards… all three at this point you see Xander hotstuffing his command … and he takes you away from the same ole same ole… meaning the characters and storyline… that does lack… at least we had the chance to see the possibility of a character growing and changing the scenery and dynamic of the cast… WASTED TALENT storylines ???… Read more »

Patrick
Patrick

I forgot a biggie… bubbling, rising to the top

Adrienne, Lucas, and Justin

3 top drawer professionals… with personality charismatic layered acts

these actors are stellar…combustible… cheer loudly and hold your breath

Jeremy
Jeremy

Hi Patrick, I always love to read your write-ups. I too, love love love Kassie as Eve. She’s brilliant. I totally agree with you about Zander, Paul Telfer is such a gem! great actor. I love Paul, and would love to see more of Tori, too. However, I really enjoy Guy Wilson as Will. I think the role of Sonny will either be recast at some point, or Clyde will have Sonny killed.
so, what are your thoughts on Hope & Aidan? I enjoy them. They need a deeper story. And, Jennifer needs something more to do than tend to Abs and JJ. I loved Melissa’s performance a few months ago when she walked in on Eve & JJ. I want more of that Jennifer, more active. Who else? I do love Paige (True O’Brien).
And, where in T? I love that guy!

Patrick
Patrick

I love Hope and Aiden, together. first and foremost… that Kristian Alfonso .. even tho it took FOREVER… did not have to endure flop…. like Melissa Reeves has gone through with thee dullard of all dullard. DAYS : please cut your losses…. Dr. God Superman daniel Jonas… is not interesting. watching Jennifer wring her hands… as that worried look takes over… is beyond… deer in headlights scare I really do think… for the 50th Anniversary… another poster said as much… that DAYS should really lay it on thick and one of the heavyweights dies….. why not Daniel and Jennifer ??? that way… Abs and JJ can move on Maggie can spiral anyway : Hope and Aiden haven’t really had any thing to do since the reveal of Aiden’ son’ mother, dying at the hands of her own son… accidentally with Aiden being a criminal lawyer… and Hope working for the Salem Police Dept… it seemed like this was what the writers “are” doing to give them some differences… and story it’s still magical to watch Daniel Cosgrove… i find him to be quite sexy… alluring with Hope… so I couldn’t be happier that one of Grans’ jewels is on the uptake. I can’t imagine how Bo coming home will be? i’m more happy.. that Ciera gets a much needed reunion… with her father. dang! she’s my little starlet… I wouldn’t change her one bit… well… till she gets to the teen years.. love her back to the fallout : Eve, JJ, Paige, Jennifer. nuWRITERS… the only way is up….. these 4 actors.. have it in them to supersede what most fans have not wanted… and drive them in new direction…. I would LOVE to see Eve involved with Justin ! even tho… ta-da… it’s already magic with Justin and Kate… LOL… looks like it’s going to be team combustible with Lucas and Adrienne…. vs… Justin and Kate ? PAIR Eve with Rafe ! it was obvious their was a connection when she met him at the new bar that Rafe manages…. yikes! HOT… intriguing… and imagination take off I do not like being the debby downer of Melissa Reeves… (well, a part of me… ie: her chickfilee mindset) that being said… she’s still not that strong of an actress… she relied heavily on Matthew Ashford… or the magic was their… as she along with Jack and the writers back then… made her T… is majorly wasted prop time: I am just as impressed with fans alike…. True O’brien … whodathunk? YES…. I have wanted her to be her own person… for months… and yes… it’s because she’s Eve daughter…. she’s a lovely person… played so careful… all those thoughts swirling in her head… played with caution… wanting to jump out of her skin and LOVE… be flirtatious.. free ? from Eve I thought about this yesterday…. The Donovan Women’ Eve Theresa Paige all with their own mindset… as fan outcry… why are they always miserable… what is their backstory !… Read more »

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Patrick, I had to reply here to your reply to Jeremy.

Yes, I agree with you about killing Daniel, but not Jennifer. I do understand how some people may feel about the actress’ beliefs (possibly, her views have changed).

I loved when Jennifer was with Jack (I still think they should bring him back) and I like her acting. The writing has not been favorable for her the last few years apart from some great Jennifer and Eve scenes (including when Jennifer walked in on JJ and Eve doing the deed) and when Jennifer witnessed Sami confront Abi about the affair with EJ.

I always notice Jennifer’s rapid breathing (nerves and anxiety at play) during those highly charged scenes.

I think there is something DAYS can do with Jennifer that people for and against her would relish, especially when it draws from the DAYS’ history and Jennifer’s family history.

I think Jimh has suggested it a few times:

Let Jennifer lose her mind! Her mother (Laura) lost hers at least twice (played by two different actresses).

Maybe Eve can push Jennifer to lose her marbles. Eve can torture Jennifer all the way to the funny farm! Would you be OK with Jennifer receiving shock treatments? LOL! Maybe Laura can come back to help Jennifer. Maybe Jack can come back to save Jennifer, but her mind will be too fried to remember him!!!

Maybe, just maybe, you can see a part of Jennifer die and witness a rebirth!

Hohum
Hohum

I can’t believe that these actors are touting stuff from the new writers. Theyre just basically implying that the stuff airing now is not worth watching. Wow way to sell your own product. If I were Sony or nbc I’d put a muzzle on these idiot actors.

davlestev1
davlestev1

Ummmm they’re doing their best not to put a muzzle on this 50 year old show after this year. Whatever it takes to grab people… It’s gotten my attention.. SMH… at your comment. New writers..exciting story… Ummmm

Gmbenet
Gmbenet

What I want to know is are the star returns temporary or permanent? I know Alison Sweeney is temporary. But what about Peter Reckell and Stephen Nichols? Very glad that the story for the 50th Anniversary will be great. But what about in the weeks and months that follow? That will be the real challenge!

In the meantime, I am happy that so many of the cast members are elated over what they are working on now. I just hope that elation continues.

dmr
dmr

It’s always nice to see Kayla on-screen. My favorite role of MBE’s was as Katherine on General Hospital-so feisty! A much different character than Kayla.
I think the show has been a bit lackluster. It’s the Daniel or Theresa show it seems. Daniel is always the hero-brought into most of the storylines. Theresa, she’s just a mess! I’d like to know the backstory of why she turned out so nasty. Honestly, it’s tiresome-the same old lines and schemes.
Eve-needs a lobotomy. JJ-tired of him thinking that Paige will forgive him. Time to move on! Jennifer-needs to stay out of her adult children’s love woes and focus on her own life.
Hope/Aidan-never really see them.
Chad-love the recast. A much better fit for a Dimera. Great actor. Chad and Abigail’s scenes from Monday were great! Abigail needs to seek some therapy, ha!
NuWill, Sonny, Paul-UGH! I hope that Sonny takes NuWill with him off-screen. I can’t stomach Will-takes no responsibility for his own actions, blames everyone else, blackmails to get his way, then whines like a baby. UGH!
I miss Kristen-my favorite character to ever grace Salem!

KMB
KMB

I’m looking forward to getting my Stephen Nichols fix after a long time out of daytime. If Days doesn’t keep you Stephen, I hope you head back to GH. I love seeing you on daytime TV! 🙂

Lisa
Lisa

They need to sign Stephen Nichols to a contract pronto! Strong, charismatic actors of Stephen’s character have been sorley lacking on the show . I’m so hoping the story does justice to Patch and Kayla. No one brings magic the way Stephen and Mary Beth do together. The horrible writing and lack of storyline the last time Patch returned was disgraceful. Going to take a leap of faith and trust that this time around, they will be given material worthy of their talents and story history. #PatchandKaylaforever as Mary Beth often hashtags. 🙂

LeeAnn
LeeAnn

So many times, in the past year , an actor will be interviewed and say how amazing this or that is going to be, how we will LOVE what is coming up. Not implying Mary Beth is doing this. However, when it airs it is either really dull or I hate what they have done to a character or a story line . I now tend to not even watch interviews because they give false hope for a character or story line. SO disappointed in how the writer’s destroyed Will and Sonny. Their love and story was an amazingly wonderful and ground breaking thing and they destroyed it almost before it got started, shortly after the wedding. To have Will cheat, which most would say he is following in his families footsteps, that should have been an incentive for him to be the FIRST Brady/Horton NOT to cheat on their spouse. Now that we know Freddie is leaving we know there is no hope for them. Unless before the show ends, whenever that is, they bring back Freddie to have Will and Sonny reunite. Only time will tell if this show goes down in flames or ends on an amazing note like they did with GL. We all got to see into their futures and everyone, pretty much was happy at the end.

James
James

I would love to see Vivian back for the anniversary … One of Days all time best characters

Days Of Our Lives

Wally Kurth Talks on His Daytime Emmy Nomination For DAYS As Justin’s World Is Turned Upside Down

You kind of know when you are handed the ball in the world of daytime drama, and it’s your turn to shine, especially when you get meaty material that runs the gamut of emotions. And this past Emmy season, Days of our Lives’ Wally Kurth delivered the performances of his soap career (although we suspect there is some more to come in 2020!) in the role of the grieving Justin Kiriakis.

For Wally not only played grief, but starting life anew in a romantic entanglement that can be all too familiar when someone tries to move on after the loss of the love of their life. Add to that, the complication that his son’s husband, was believed to be the person who caused the accident that killed his wife, Adrienne (Judi Evans), and with that the deck is stacked for an emotional fallout that landed Kurth in the running for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series at this year’s 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards to air on CBS on Friday night, June 26th, albeit in a virtual presentation.

While Wally is getting many accolades for his work on DAYS, let’s not forget the double duty he pulls on General Hospital, where this week his Ned Ashton. This week Ned is front and center during the encore presentations of the GH’ Nurses’ Ball episodes, which feature Wally singing his heart out in numerous memorable performances through the years.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Kurth to get his thoughts and insight into his well-deserved acting nomination for DAYS, plus to find out his favorite GH Nurses’ Ball performances, and much more. Here now is what Wally had to say about it all.

Photo: JPI

I am so thrilled about this nomination because you know, I willed this to happen.  I was like, “It’s got to happen!” (Laughs)

WALLY:  You actually were saying that, and you have been very supportive and positive.  I appreciate it.

What did you end up submitting? I believe I gave you “Power Performance of the Week” honors on my site for some of them, too.

WALLY:  I do try to put together a little story in my submissions for Emmys.  I think that’s kind of important because if you’re asking someone to watch 8 or 9 minutes of just you… I didn’t want to just (not that I had this material) but bludgeon them with one sad, sobbing scene after another.  I wanted to give them a whole range of Justin and a little story.  So, I did start off where Justin was asking Adrienne to marry him, and Justin is very happy, and it’s all good, and he gets down on his knee, and you see her, and it’s like, “This is something really good,” and I also wanted to include a scene with Judi Evans in my reel.  Then, I cut to where it’s a year later, and Justin is with Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) in their apartment. They are already living together, and they are discussing the anniversary of their marriages, and about the sadness of Adrienne, and she’s talking about Steve (Stephen Nichols), and then she brings up having to tell me that Adrienne died.  So, that was obviously in a flashback that happened six months earlier; where Justin is obviously very upset, and scared, and doesn’t want to hear it, and breaks down, and Kayla comforts him. Then, I did the continuation where Justin tells Kayla how much she has meant to him, and how he felt like he wasn’t going to survive, and how she came to his aid in a way to make him feel like he really has something to live for.   Then, at the very end, I did two scenes with Will (Chandler Massey) in the jail which is where Justin confronts Will, who obviously Justin thought was responsible for killing Adrienne.  It was a really lovely, really well-written scene where Justin tells him, “You’re a son to me, and you can be disappointed with a son, and you can be hurt by a son, but you never stop loving him.” I think it showed a nice range of the anger, the hurt, the happiness (because Justin tells him about Kayla), so you get an idea of what happened to Justin last year.  I thought it was a good collection of scenes that told a little story, and you could see the range of what Justin went though.  Evidently, it worked on some level because I got nominated.

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In the scene with Will, doesn’t Justin also tell him, “Don’t give up on life?” in a very hankie-inducing moment?

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WALLY:  Yes.  “Don’t give up.  Don’t give up on life,” which is really positive… even though he started the scene like, “I don’t even want to talk to this guy.”  Justin is there talking to Ben (Rob Scott Wilson), and Will kind of surprises him. So for Justin it;’ like, “Now I guess I’ve got to talk to Will about this,” and so he is still angry, he is still hurt, and you’re right, at the end, the scene has sort of transformed him in a way.  So, all of that stuff was just really nice, really nice scenes to get to play and very emotional.

I’ve watched most everything on the soaps from the performances to the storylines, and that one scene with the two of you was one of the best scenes I have seen in long time.  It was just so good from the writing to the execution of it. 

WALLY:  Oh yeah, I can’t even imagine a scene that was as good. Thank God that scene aired in December.  My story really didn’t get started until October/November, and all of those scenes that I included were from October, November, and December.

So, what did you think then when you found out that Chandler, along with you, and Paul Telfer (Xander) are all in the Supporting Actor category together?

WALLY:  I love it.  How great is that?  I love both of those guys.  I mean, I am such a fan of both of them.  Chandler kind of gets nominated every year, so I wasn’t surprised there.

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Well, he had one year, as he pointed out to me (laughs), that he didn’t get a nomination. But, Chandler has been pretty much a perennial nominee every time he submits!

WALLY:  Yeah, Chandler just delivers.  He is a really an outstanding actor Paul, I think is great.  I love the character.  I was kind of surprised and happy for him because sometimes his character gets overlooked; just like the bad guy with the smarmy smirk and the great English accent.  So, there you go.  It’s terrific.  I think people saw more to his performance, and they should.  He works on a lot of different levels, and Paul brings a lot to the game.

And obviously, you know James Patrick Stuart (Valentin, General Hospital), since you work on that show too, and he is also nominated in your category. 

WALLY:  Yeah, and I have been a big fan of his too.  So, I was really delighted.  I called him up and left a message.  I love James.  We did a thing last year together where we went back east and played some music in some clubs,   I always think that James should be nominated.  He does such an exceptional job at bringing that character to life.  That’s not an easy thing to do either.  It’s kind of like a Xander character, and so, it is nice to see my fellow actors see the complexity in their performances and appreciate it.

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Last week’s DAYS airshows contained scenes where Justin confronts Orpheus (George Delhoyo), over killing Adrienne, and Justin also goes to visit Adrienne’s grave.  I think you have another run of shows next year to submit for the Emmys (Laughs)

WALLY:  I do like to include the big four emotions that an actor has to play:  happy, sad, angry, and fear.  That is a scene where you get to see Justin really angry.  So, I will probably look to that as you get to see the anger part of the character, which I think is important.  You don’t get to see Justin very angry and lose it like that.

No, and that’s what was so great about it.  George was a great scene partner, though.

WALLY:  Oh, he was great.  George and I had a great time.  It was really awesome.  I mean, it was a challenge because it was very tricky, especially when Steve (Stephen Nichols) and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) came in because you know; there is a part of the character that is just like, “Please, just let me shoot.  Just let me fire a bullet and just put it over his head or something, or maybe his hands are shaking so much that he misses the target!”  I don’t know, but you do just want to let him shoot, just one bullet.  (Laughs) Another moment that I really, really loved – and I’ll probably include it next year in my submission -was that scene with Suzanne Rogers (Maggie) at the hospital.  They gave me a beautiful speech to tell her that she should be her judge and jury and sentence herself to death, a beautiful speech about how she reminded me of Adrienne.  It brought out a different side of Justin that you don’t usually see.

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When I spoke to Chandler about this nomination he related to me, “I am so happy for Wally because I feel like he is often underrated.” You have always been the guy on soaps who is always delivering consistent work, but now you’ve been given a story.  So now everyone can see what you can do or are reminded of it.  It’s hard without a story on the soaps; especially playing the Emmy game.

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WALLY:  It’s true.  What did Maurice Benard (Sonny, General Hospital) say?  “If it ain’t on the page, it ain’t on the stage.”  It’s really true.  Let’s face it, you can only do so much, and that’s why I don’t get too competitive.  If I lose, that’s totally fine.  I feel like I’ve already won.  Being recognized by my peers, that’s it.  Being nominated is awesome, and honestly, after this, so much of it is the material and what the actors got to do.  It’s sort of out of your control, you know.   I am happy for all of my fellow nominees.  It’s all good at this point.  I’m really, really happy.

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You’ve been nominated once before, right?

WALLY:  Yes. I’ve been nominated once before, two years ago on General Hospital.  It was the year that Jane Elliot (Tracy) left.  In story, Tracy leaves, so there was all of that emotional stuff to play.  That was the year I also submitted myself for Days of Our Lives too, and I was really proud of that work.  That year saw Adrienne having to choose between Justin and Lucas (Bryan Dattilo), and she chose Lucas.  There were just some really nice scenes there that they wrote for Justin and Adrienne, and she was dealing with cancer.  Anyway, I got nominated for General Hospital, and I learned from that year that I am never going to nominate myself in the same category for both shows.  That’s just stupid.

Well, you’re everywhere.  You’re on the Nurses’ Ball encore episodes right now on GH,  

WALLY:  Oh, isn’t that funny?  All of these Nurses’ Balls, it’s hilarious.

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Are you watching them?

WALLY:  Yes!  I watched parts of them the other night, especially my performances. It looked good; actually, they were really good.  I’m always kind of surprised like, “Wow! The dances … the singing … the production!”  I always feel like there should be more people at the Nurses’ Ball.  Shouldn’t there be more people in the seats? (Laughs)  But other than that, good stuff, good story.  It was fun to see the beginning of Ned and Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) as well, you know that first year where she and Sonny were just breaking up on the red carpet at the ball, and the next year, Ned and Olivia are already together.  This week they aired where I sing with sweet little Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma), the Elton John and Kiki Dee duet, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.”

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Do you have one favorite Nurses’ Ball number you performed of all-time?

WALLY:  You know, someone has been posting old Nurses’ Balls from the 90s, and I forgot that I sang “Forever Young” with Amber Tamblyn (Ex-Emily), and that was so sweet.  I also loved singing “Somewhere over the Rainbow,” in the very first one or the second year, we did it. Some of my other favorites include: “I Feel Good,” with the Quartermaine boys, and Robert Palmer’s “Simply Irresistible” – that was fun because I got to put my own vocal stamp on it, and I remember performing George Michael’s “Faith.  It was fun singing that with Lisa.

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So, we know that this year will be a virtual Daytime Emmy ceremony, and we don’t know what that will look like yet.  So, how would you dress for it, if they had a shot of you from home during the broadcast on CBS?

WALLY:  I definitely am going to wear a suit and a tie.  I think that’s important to try to give the Emmys the dignity that it deserves.

So, thrilled that Wally received a Daytime Emmy nod for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series? What were your favorite moments of his last year? Are you enjoying seeing his performances on the encore GH Nurses’ Ball episodes? Comment below.

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DAYS Susan Seaforth Hayes Talks On Her Daytime Emmy Nomination For Julie and Doug’s Emotional Storyline

When you think Days of our Lives, what would it be without the legendary Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie) and her real-life and on-screen husband, Bill Hayes (Doug Williams)?

This past Emmy season, the beloved duo got a chance to shine, when they were put through a ‘heartbreaking’ predicament – Julie’s heart gives out, she is in need of a transplant, and things take a turn for the worse.

What would life be like for Doug without his Julie? How would she say goodbye to him? Fans clearly felt the sentiments overflowing from this real-life duo capturing the essence of their characters in such a raw and realistic way. So much so, that Susan landed a Daytime Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Supporting Actress category for her work.

Already a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient along with her husband, Bill back in 2018, will Susan finally get an award for her acting for her decades of beautiful work on the long-running NBC soap opera? Fans will need to tune-in to CBS on Friday, June 26th to find out with the virtual presentation of the 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards.  But for now, here is our conversation with Susan.

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Congratulations on your Supporting Actress nomination.  You have been racking up a lot of these recently, having been nominated in the same category two years ago, and also receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award along with your husband, Bill Hayes at the 45th annual Daytime Emmys in 2018.

SUSAN:  It’s really nice to be nominated, because I’ve had a few gap years.  I’ve had, what? 25 gap years between the recent nominations.

What scenes did you ultimately chose that landed you the nomination?

SUSAN:  I submitted when Julie dies.  I submitted the farewell montage scenes with Bill Hayes, and they were very moving to us… and we’ll see.  I did not submit anything snappy, or bitchy, or hysterical.  I’ve lost against hysterical every time.  Comedy has never worked.  So, I am going to try the heart and soul of soup opera: not bitchiness, but loss.

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Can I ask how you got through those scenes with Bill, because it was so touching?  I don’t know how you did it.

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SUSAN:  It was very difficult.  I mean, these are the things that make us so connected to the characters and the show.  This is a place where we can show the public what love means to us, which is everything.

They were beautiful scenes.  Do you remember when you did them, if you felt good about them at the time?

SUSAN:  No… no.  I didn’t know.  Everyone on the set seemed happy.  We are blessed to have feedback from out producers now, and they didn’t say, “I think you can do it better,” and, “Another take,” not that we would have anyway, because there is never time to do another take.

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How did you find out that you were nominated? 

SUSAN:  One of the producers, Randy Dugan called me, or I wouldn’t have found out for a couple of days,

What are your thoughts on this being a virtual Daytime Emmys ceremony because of COVID-19?  We don’t know anything about will play out yet or what that will look like, but it is back on network TV.

SUSAN:  It’s going to be a wonderful surprise.

So, if they have the shot of the nominees, do you think you’d be dressed in comfortable clothes or more formal?

SUSAN:  Well, I’d certainly wear my best earrings if I were at home, yeah.  If my grandson can arrange us to get on the internet (we have a grandson living on our property, and he’s our live-in techy), we will get dressed up, and sit there, if that’s the way to do it.

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DAYS did very well receiving 22 overall nominations and a lot of your co-stars got nomination as well.

SUSAN:  Yes, an excellent year for nominations for our show.

How many times have you been nominated now? 

SUSAN:  This makes six.

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Would it mean a lot to you to get the award?

SUSAN:  The Lifetime Achievement meant a lot.  It wouldn’t be bad to win this year.  I’ll say that.  It would be sweet for the show, since I am now the oldest living cast member of the original family – the original, original.  I’m not the original Julie, but close enough.  So, I think that would be some validation for the longevity of this original storytelling.  People look at the show and say, “Are you part of the DiMera family or the Brady family?”  I say, “I’m part of the Horton family!”

What did your husband Bill say when he found out you were nominated?

SUSAN:  (Yells) Billy, what did you say when you found out I was nominated?

BILL:  Yay!!!

SUSAN:  That’s about right. (Laughs)

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What a guy!

SUSAN:  I know!  What a guy, what a guy, what a guy!

I was really happy to see your name among the other well-deserving nominees.

SUSAN:  I know you are because I know you care.  Who knows what will happen? It isn’t going to ruin our lives you know, one way or another.  But it was very nice to receive this acknowledgment from my peers.

So, are you glad Susan received a nomination for her work in her emotional storyline? Do you think she should finally receive the Emmy for her performances? Comment below.

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Hollywood Studios, Producers & Guilds Send Plan To Gov. Newsom and Gov. Cuomo For COVID-19 Production Restart Guidelines

On Monday, the two states with the most television and film production in the United States (California and New York) received a plan from many Hollywood studios, producers and the entertainment and production guilds of a plan and outline to be able to rejigger and restart production of your favorite shows and films.  This includes the soaps: General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful and Days of our Lives.

Via Deadline: In an effort to get the industry moving-forward again where jobs were lost or put on hold, and production were completely stalled out-of-the-blue, the guidelines submitted by “The Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force (the “Task Force”) is asking for consideration and adoption for the resumption of motion picture, television, and streaming productions in an environment that minimizes the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19,” says a report for Governors Gavin Newsom of California and Andrew Cuomo of New York.

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You can read the details of the report here.  While there has been no word from the Governors and their offices if they have seen the report, bets are that several more steps will be needed before anyone would head and report back to a set yet.

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As one would expect, limiting contact, social distancing, regular temperature checks, ways to handle props, and a COVID-19 compliance officer for all productions are part of the proposal.   As well as virtual writers room meetings, avoiding filming on-location as much as possible and filming in front of large audiences.

So, glad to know that this major step has been taken to try to get production back on track in Hollywood and New York? Comment below.

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