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DAYS Mary Beth Evans & Stephen Nichols with Guest Ron Carlivati Talk Stayla’s Greatest Hits & Approach To Scripts During COVID-19

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This week is a pivotal one for Steve (Stephen Nichols) and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) on Days of our Lives.  Will they be reunited once again?

To take a stroll down memory lane of reunions past, Mary Beth Evans along with her longtime on-screen scene partner and dear friend, Stephen Nichols, watched back key scenes from the history of Stayla and offered up a second viewing experience as they commented on the clips.

Later, Mary Beth and Stephen are joined by their surprise guest and it is revealed to be Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati!

In her tweet, Evans announced: “Since we’re evidently leading up to something big on #Days … Stephen Nichols and I thought we’d get together & watch some of our reunions from the past. And, we were lucky enough to have a very special guest join us for a chat! #patchandkaylaforever”

Mary Beth and Stephen then chat with Ron about what changes is he having to make to scripts in the reality we all live in now, the coronavirus pandemic, and how he is taking in to account upcoming safety protocols that will need to be adhered to when Days goes back into production.

As of now, from an article in Deadline last Friday the NBC daytime drama series is aiming for a September 1st restart.

Watch Mary Beth, Stephen and Ron in part one and part two and part three of their discussion below.

You can find that and more on Mary Beth’s PlankBlog You Tube channel as well.

Let us know in the comment section what you favorite Patch and Kayla reunion has been … and if you are looking forward to how Days will look when it goes back into production within safety guidelines for COVID-19?

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Angela
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Angela

This is why their fans love them so much!!! The chemistry is just as real off screen as it is on, you can tell they have a genuine caring friendship and it reflects on screen. Appreciate Ron taking time to give some insight into what to expect. Can’t wait til Steve and Kayla reunite! Best acting partnership on daytime.

Side Note: I think soaps could improve viewership if they try the t.v. show Scandal approach to interacting with fans via twitter when the shows are airing.

Patrick
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Patrick

^^^^ “…Steve and Kayla reunite! Best acting partnership ” it’s so good to laugh AND be giddy why notl about LOVE Steve and Kayla… always IN THE KNOW Now .. i’m partial to Kimberly AND Shayne no matter… because .. geez louise… Bo and Hope too !?!? of course Roman AND … shucks ALL the rest of the cast… dag ! writing about Josh Taylor.. well.. I love him currently with Anna. he’s top dog when it comes to offspring tho… Eric, Sami, Carrie. WOAH I will always heart tug… when it comes to Caroline and Shawn… ALL THIS FOR… Read more »

Louie
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Louie

Awesome, can’t wait til Steve/Kayla reunite!! They are my very first couple I fell in love with on soaps. My 80 year old mom still has a mad crush on Patchman and she aint happy about Dimples..lol..Appreciate them and Ron for taking the time to interact and share great information about what to expect coming back. Going to be different, you can see where acting and actor connection is going to be key in stories going forward because the days of sex scenes, kissing, etc are gone for at least the foreseeable future.

Patrick
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Patrick

no matter “how” he turn (s)

from OLTL
from GH
to @DAYS of OUR Lives

RC smile…. sexy charisma…. HIS

Hi Ryan Quan… you guys are the best

MaryJane
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MaryJane

Stayla finally!!!!!! I was born after their initial story took place but, fell in the love with them when I started watching around 2016..they have so much chemistry between them & seem to have a natural flow as if they are truly married. I went back & watched all these old videos they are referencing in this combo & fell more in love with them. Amazing that their chemistry is still so strong after 30+ yrs! Stephen Nichols this year has been AMAZING!! He is showing what a leading man is in daytime tv with this full range on display.… Read more »

Lincoln
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Lincoln

Fans of this show should be grateful to have two good actors and a head writer that engages their fans. Many aren’t this fortunate. I have my issues w/the story arc because I thought it was disrespectful to the fan bases of two 30+ year super couples. But, I have appreciation for the actors & their efforts. I will always support this acting partnership because they are so talented that they can still do any story type & have some of the most amazing chemistry even after 30+ years. Writers should make the Johnson’s a lead family going forward..bring back… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

BEAUTIFUL read – Mary Beth Evans / Stephen Nichols

masterclass

I so agree about them being without offspring… with Kayla and Patch talent

I’m hoping one of the rumour is true… that it’s Tripp who could be the father of Allie !!!!

I LOVED Kayla chemistry with Tripp. let him finish medical school and COME HOME.

Pigeon
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Pigeon

Enjoyed the videos and really appreciate when actors/writers take time to do things like this. RC opened my eyes when he talked about the writing pace as well, I may not be as quick to complain about it was much anymore…Mary Beth Evans and Stephen Nichols are probably two of the most caring people in daytime. Their appreciation for the fans is so amazing. Most importantly, they are such great actors and compliment each other so well, I think that’s why they stay so popular. I’m glad writers put Steve and Kayla back together; hope we get to see more… Read more »

Mary E
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Mary E

These videos have been so entertaining! It’s easy to see the chemistry and connection between the two actors. Just watched the forth installment and the chemistry is off the charts between these two 30+ years later and what is such a testament to them is the breaks they have had in that time. Mary Beth talked about the trust between the actors and that is very apparent. They have stayed so popular with viewers because of that one of a kind chemistry paired w/outstanding acting abilities of the two. Its a shame writers haven’t capitalized more. Thanks again for Ron… Read more »

Tamra
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Tamra

What a great informative video series. Never been a fan of RCs because his over top love of camp but have different view & respect of him now. As for MBE & SN there are just fabulous together!! Loved their funny reviews of previous reunions & love scenes. You can’t help but be pulled in each time they are on screen together.. pure magic.

Heather
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Heather

I can’t say enough good things about the acting partnership of Stephen Nichols and Mary Beth Evans. By themselves they are amazing, but paired together it’s in another world amazing. Having a friendship that is clearly based on trust/respect paired with an out of this world chemistry makes for effortless tv. Whenever, you watch once of their scenes it flows naturally and never seems forced. Hope Ron continues to right good things for them, none of this over the top stop, they have proven continually they can deliver the drama/angst/romance to daytime.

Rene
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Rene

I just rewatched the airport & hotel episodes & these two are amazing together. Enjoyed the you tube videos with Ron too. You could tell his love of the genre. As for SN & MBE there aren’t enough words to describe them as people. It’s my perception that because of same values they have & their friendship it truly adds to the natural chemistry between the two & it comes across on screen.

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DAYS Billy Flynn and Wife Gina Comparetto Expecting Their First Child

Congratulations are in order to Days of our Lives’ Billy Flynn (Chad DiMera) and his wife, actress, Gina Comparetto, on the news that the couple are expecting their first child!

The duo wed back in 2016, and now in a series of beautiful Instagram posts on Comparetto’s account, Billy and Gina shared the news publicly of their baby on the way with some photos to mark the occasion.

Gina expressed: “First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes 👶🏼…. Thank you to my dear, talented friend @jessieco_photo for taking these beautiful photos of us. We will cherish them forever and we love you! ❤️. Thank you @makeupmaryann for the gorgeous, 60s-inspired hair & makeup that you did! You’re truly the best! ❤️

Then, in a another set of photos it simply says: “Mom & Dad 💘” while Billy and Gina look over the book “What to Expect, When You’re Expecting.”

In the newest post, their are more adorable pics this time stating: “Party of 3 ❤️”

You can check all of them out below.

Share your well-wishes for Billy, Gina and the incoming newest addition to their family via the comment section.

 

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‘Days of our Lives’ to Honor James Reynolds’ 40th Anniversary as Abe Carver with Special Episode

As DAYS viewers witnessed on Friday’s episode, Abe has been shot in the park, after Carmine pulls out a gun, and Jake (Brandon Barash) tries to apprehend him.  Jake rushes to Abe’s side and calls an ambulance and he is rushed to University Hospital.  Once there, Abe eventually flatlines, while Lani (Sal Stowers), Paulina (Jackee Harry) and Eli (Lamon Archey) are besides themselves with worry.

This sets the stage for Monday’s episode where Abe will go into the light, as Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) works to save his light and while he hovers between life and death, DAYS fans are treated to the special 40th anniversary episode of James Reynolds as Salem’s Abe Carver.   The Daytime Emmy-winning actor, (he won Lead Actor in 2018) began his Salem journey when he first aired back on October 29th, 1981.

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While Abe revisits the past, he will meet up with his late wife and love of his life, Lexie, only according to Soap Opera Digest, Renee Jones was not available to be a part of the milestone episode. So, in a pivot another actress was brought in.

Reynolds told SOD on the Lexie appearance, “The young actress they brought in to be part of this was just wonderful“n giving the essence of (their) relationship and communicated beautifully, just beautifully, in her face and her eyes, as Renee did quite so often.”  He added, “I was kind of transported, actually.”

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In addition, James continues to be the the longest-running black actor in the same role in television history.

Check out the latest NBC promo featuring Abe’s life hanging in the balance below.

Now let us know, are you glad that DAYS is honoring James with this special 40th anniversary episode? What has been your favorite James Reynolds performance as Abe through the years? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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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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