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‘Days of our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas’: What Did You Think of the Holiday Tale?

Drake Hogestyn, Eileen Davidson Days of our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas NBC Studios Burbank 11/01/21 © XJJohnson/jpistudios.com 310-657-9661 Episode # P002-001 U.S.Airdate

Riffing on Hallmark Channel holiday movies combined with inside Salem wink-winks and nudge-nudges, soap tropes, surprise returns and altered storyline shifts, Days of our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas now streaming on Peacock, had something for everyone, that by the end of its almost one hour and twenty minute tale, you were in the holiday spirit.

In the streaming flick, Will (Chandler Massey) and Sonny (Grant Tinker) are working hard to make sure Will makes his Christmas Eve deadline of turning in his holiday script. So the couple known as “WilSon” conjure up an altered “facts” story… sorta!

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Now, Sami (Alison Sweeney) and Marlena (Deidre Hall) are running the Brady Pub, because Roman has died.  Paulina (Jackée Harry) is now the Cruella de Vil of Salem aiming to put everyone out of business for her own gain.

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Sami learns that Sydney is her biological daughter (something that in the airshow happened years ago) in order for a redux of the classic bitch-slap scene between this version of evil Nicole (Arianne Zucker) and Sami.

Even though Nicole’s deception is revealed, she doesn’t end up completely alone after EJ (Dan Feuerriegel) dumps her for Sami.  A bum outside the Brady Pub hands her a tissue to wipe away her tears, and it’s revealed to be … Eric (Greg Vaughn in a cameo).

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Elsewhere, John (Drake Hogestyn) is not married to Marlena (Deidre Hall), but Kristen (Eileen Davidson) and they run the Inn.  Meanwhile, as per usual, Brady (Eric Martsolf) and Kristen are lusting after each other … complete with one of the best scenes in the special, where a naked Brady, covers his private parts with cue cards that profess his love for Kristen (a la Love Actually).  Meanwhile, Marlena is longing for John, even though he is with Kristen.

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Paulina ‘s assistant turns out to be Leo (Greg Rikaart), and as he did in the previous Peacock streaming series … he saved the day! Leo, while going through files on Paulina’s desk, found a loophole that could save Salem business owners from being kicked to the curb.

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And it was great to see one of the finest actors, Blake Berris, back on the screen as Nick and longing for Gabi (Camila Banus).  You see, Will writes Nick into his script, while Sonny exclaims that Nick is dead. But this is a holiday tale, so whatever!

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In the end, it was the town pulling together for a holiday fundraiser to save themselves with a talent show hosted by Leo featuring: the return of Sonny Delight, Amanda Bottom and Belinda Chinashop, followed by a Santa strip from the hottest men in Salem and voila’ – it’s drag queens and half-naked guys that save the day!

So, what did you think of Days of our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas ? What was your favorite part of it? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Lars
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Lars

I loved the way they presented Brady. Camp and hilarious and so sexy. Eric Martsolf got the opportunity to show off a wider acting range as compared to the daytime show where Brady is often feeling sorry for himself. And speaking of showing off: That rocking BODY!

Damien
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Damien

Cant wait to watch!
Especially to witness Eileen and Eric s reunion!
Sooo hot together
Eileen is soooo wasted on her cameos as Abbys mom on y n r!
Also instead of Fenn, played by Zach Tinker returning on y n r and giving Lauren and Michael real purpose , Days is using him wonderfully! I cant believe they ve traded Fenn for Theo and now this new lifeless Noah, as if Devon isnt enough of a wet rag
Days is primerib and Y n rs become leftover lunch meat

Jeff
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Jeff

Very fun, clever, campy, and heartfelt! The movie length (rather than 5 episodes) was perfect. Great to see Blake Berris and Greg Rikaart . . . and so much fun to watch Arianne Zucker shine in this version of Nicole. Daniel Feuerriegel also got to showcase his acting with some subtle nuances of his EJ character that aren’t written in the daytime version. I hope these Peacock originals continue!

Violet Lemm
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Jeff
EJ/Daniel Feuerriegel got to show off some of his other attributes, appreciated by this OLD time viewer.

Moto62
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Moto62

It’s great! I love Paulina calling Leo Mary!
All together, it’s delightful.
Merry Christmas Days Fans!

Steven
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Steven

Loved it! Very cute! Loved the different spin and everyone got to have fun playing a different take on their characters! Very clever and just good fun and had some nice Christmas moments too!!! Loved all the decorations. I wish they would do the transition shots in the real show too! Keep it up days!! The strip scenes had my jaw on the floor too!!! ❤️

Rob R
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Rob R

No doubt these Peacock spin-off movies and short series will continue. You can tell how much fun the actors and the writers are having being allowed to be a little bit outside of the box.

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Jensen Ackles Becomes Series Regular on ABC’s ‘Big Sky’

Days of our Lives and Supernatural star, Jensen Ackles, has signed a reportedly one-year deal to join the cast of ABC’s drama, Big Sky.

Ackles who will guest-star in the season two finale on May 19th has also signed on to continue his role of Beau Arlen, the confident and charming good ol’ boy from Texas who steps in as temporary Sheriff in the murderous town, for the show’s upcoming third season.

The David E. Kelly series stars Kylie Bunbury and Katheryn Winnick.  Deadline broke the casting news of Ackles.

As for Ackles, DAYS fan remember him as Eric Brady (1997-2000), and Supernatural fans loved him as Dean Winchester (2005-2020).  The actor/producer has been one busy man with his show the The Winchesters set for series at the CW and another one in development a DC project with Greg Berlanti.

You can check out the promo below for next week’s exciting conclusion to season two of Big Sky featuring the debut of Ackles.

Now, let us know, will you be checking out Jensen on Big Sky for its upcoming third season? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES PREVIEW: Peter Reckell Returns as Bo Helps Ciara and Steve in Their Time of Need

In a surprise promo for next week’s action on NBC’s Days of our Lives, none other than Peter Reckell makes a previously unannounced return to the mothership series as the iconic Bo Brady.

Reckell, who had been tapped to reprise his soap-famous role for the upcoming summer limited-series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem (Chapter Two), on Peacock, and taped his scenes a few weeks ago, must have gotten a little extra from the writers, to get to return to the network series in which he was one of the mainstays for over four decades.

As viewers know, Bo died several years ago, and now in 2022, it looks like Bo is making a heavenly visit to his daughter Ciara (Victoria Konefal) and her husband Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) in their time of need with their newborn baby, as well as best friend, Steve (Stephen Nichols), who needs a miracle to help save his son, Tripp (Lucas Adams) … all part of the AllDevil’s (Lindsay Arnold) heinous plots that has several major moments play out the week of May 16th.  This is May Sweeps after all!

Watch the promo below, featuring the return of Peter Reckell.

Now. let us know, are you excited to watch how Bo’s ‘visit’ plays out? Let us know via the comment section below.

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DAYS Daytime Emmy Nominees: Arianne Zucker, James Reynolds, Stacy Haiduk & Lindsay Arnold Chat On Their Reels, Reactions, and Co-Stars

Days of our Lives nominated performers, Arianne Zucker (Nicole), James Reynolds (Abe), Stacy Haiduk (Kristen) and Lindsay Arnold (Allie) chatted with Michael Fairman for the Michael Fairman Channel’s continuing coverage of the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Nominations.

Each actor revealed which scenes they submitted that put them into position to potentially win the gold statuette when the Daytime Emmys are announced during ceremonies on June 24th on CBS and streaming on Paramount+.

Outstanding Lead Actress nominee, Arianne Zucker, shared that her scenes contained moments between Nicole and Eric (Greg Vaughan), while Outstanding Lead Actor nominee, James Reynolds (Abe), went with Abe being shot and the standalone episode which followed in honor of Reynolds 40th anniversary with the show. Outstanding Supporting Actress nominee Stacy Haiduk (Kristen) went full Kristen (with no Susan Banks), in key scenes opposite Eric Martsolf (Brady) where Kristen and Brady have an emotional break-up, while Outstanding Younger Performer nominee, Lindsay Arnold (Allie), mentioned scenes where Allie recalls and deals with being the victim of sexual assault, and more.

In addition to their reels, the actors share their reaction to learning they were in the running for an Emmy, plus working with many of their co-stars at DAYS ,and the collaboration it takes to often get the performances viewers see on-air.

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Later, as DAYS heats up during May Sweeps, the actors preview their current storyline and characters’s state of mind.  Lindsay teases what could be next for the possessed AllDevil in Salem who looks to become more unhinged.  James weighs-in on Abe’s plight after being clubbed over the head by TR,  Arianne gives us a glimpse of what could be on the horizon for Nicole, and Stacy tells us what she thinks Kristen is up to, and how Susan Banks, is always on point when the devil is in Salem perpetrating dirty deeds unsuspecting Salemites.

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You can watch the full conversation below.

Keep checking back to The Michael Fairman Channel for more interviews and conversations with this year’s Daytime Emmy nominees, and make sure to ‘subscribe’.

Let us know in the comment section if you are happy to see Arianne, James, Stacy and Lindsay going for gold and being recognized by their peers.  

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