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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Abby, Gabby, and Dr. Laura: Three Personalities But Which One Will Survive?

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Last week on Days of our Lives, viewers were shocked when yet another personality emerge from Abigail (Marci Miller). This time it was Dr. Laura, named after her grandmother and shrink, Dr. Laura Horton.

From all appearances it seems like Dr. Laura is more in control than the fiery Gabby, or the emotional Abby. But when all is said in done, which personality will be the one that is dominant?

As we have seen with other DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder) storylines, at some point, an attempt to integrate the personalities is the order of the day.  But for now, what secrets are Gabby and Dr. Laura protecting Abigail from that caused her to split? We know that she murdered Andre, but what did Andre (Thaao Penghlis) potentially say or do to her prior to his murder?

This story gets juicier every day, and kudos to Marci Miller for bringing this storyline to life from the pen of head writer, Ron Carlivati.

Now after the jump, watch this week’s promo from NBC and let us know how you think this will all play out via the comment section below!

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Jimh
Jimh

Andre said she is nuttier than the Three Stooges-so 3 personalities developed-lol

Celia
Celia

We should find humor in this, Jimmy…..it offers nothing else. I am not liking this claptrap. I cannot take it too seriously because it is not presented as such…’Tis too farcical to take it to heart. This is a serious desease, not something of which to make mince meat.
So, you are the perfect guy to make me laugh about this complete blarney….and, Harry; but, he doesn’t watch Days, LOL.
As I said, Gabi is waaaay so unlike how Abby is portraying her….or, is this what people entrapped in multiple personalities do?
The story is too confusing to follow. At one point, I thought Stefan ( can’t stand him—too slimy and smooth for my taste—same as Nikolas—I guess that’s all Tyler can give?) and Vivian were the culprits; in that, murdering Andre was to their benefit….what’s changed? And, since when has Vivian developed a conscience????? And, And, And, …..she called Abby (as Gabi) crazy? ( paraphrasing). Hmmmm!!

Jimh
Jimh

Her Gabi comes off too much like the town tramp…Gabi is far from that…im just so-so ok with this story at first but now i think its a failure…finding it odd that she can walk around the Dimera Mansion as Gabi but no one else including staff ever sees her…Stefan isnt exciting and poor Vivian-i need more of her!!!!!

Celia
Celia

You hit the nail on the head, my Jimmy……mental disease or not; I’m not buying it.
And, yes….I have said the same thing….she wanders through the halls with nary a body in sight.
Something elses? She snaps in and out of her craziness almost at will….and the acting is not up to par when Marci gives that confused look to the audience…..no, no, no….me no like!! Me no believe!

Jimh
Jimh

im also surprised there arent security cameras in and out of the Dimera mansion…you think there would be the way they dont trust each other!

Celia
Celia

Yeah, my friend…they live within the claws of the DiMera mansion—more like a fortress with peek-a-boo doors and rooms….there should be cameras everywhere….including the toilet, LOL.
Yet, I wouldn’t discount Stefan deactivate the system, Jimmy.

Celia
Celia

You know, Jimmy….I need to give credit where credit is due…..the scene with Andre and Abby, today, was stupendous; I was awed.
Now, that was credible acting by Marci….kudos!!
Gabigail is exagerated…on purpose? I don’t know! Perhaps, this is how Abby sees Gaby and her sub-conscience tells Abby’s truth…..that her bitterness is alive and well, only stored within her psyche.
This could mean she has resented Gabi for a long time….who could blame her? She slept with her husband.
Yes, Abby was presumed dead, but, the angst runs deep.
Abby’s Laura surfaces as the mediator, but also, as a reminder to herself that her grandmother’s disease lives in her?
What I don’t understand, Jimmy, is that, typically people who suffer from DID are victims ( or have been) of abuse….all types.
……was Abby a victim? I asked my Gran, but she does not recall……is it genetic?

Satan
Satan

We all knew a DID story was coming the minute ReRon was hired to write this show, and it sucks just as much as we all knew it would.

I’m still not over the fact that he ruined one of THE most legendary General Hospital characters of all time with this dragonshit writing (yeah, I’m talking about the Luke/Fluke nonsense, and I am the one who first used the name “Fluke”, by the way)

Aria
Aria

I’m so glad I’m not a dool fan, this storyline alone would make me turn off the show, it was oltl most irritating never ending story which to me also made oltl unwatchable at times thank goodness GH got rid of RC, this type of story fits dool more then it does GH.

Jovin
Jovin

That fluke story, the way it ultimately ended, was a huge F U to the audience. Early on in the story, savvy viewers guessed that it was actually an embittered Bill Eckert posing as Luke. Theres nothing wrong with that because soap fans are very hard to fool or to surprise! The fact that it was Bill made complete sense within the GH world. The dialogue, referring to Tracy (about what she did to Jenny) made sense. It would have been a good storyline in its own right, exploring what made Bill so evil! But Ron got pissed off that the audience guessed ahead of time, and that was the same time that Ron was caught up in a major social media maelstrom, mostly to do with killing AJ. Ron was right out of control! So he completely changed the story so it would be more of a shocker, that it was Luke on an extended lifelong psychotic break. It was a betrayal of what had already been established and shown in the story which is a cardinal rule a show cannot break. You can shock your audience, or surprise them with legitimate WTF moments, but you cant show us something and then completely backtrack and backpedal and make it into something completely opposite. I was really disappointed that the show won an Emmy that year on the basis of the Fluke wrap up episode, but as a stand alone episode, if you knew nothing about the show or the characters, was very well done! It was surprisingly well written! It was cleverly inserted into historical context of the very first episode of GH. The acting was incredible from everyone!! The production values really made it look like it was from a different era. Ron seems unable to come up with gripping drama unless there are twins, or doppelgangers, or masks, or split personalities. I am cautiously going along with this one, because Marci Miller is SO good! Also because Ron is on a tight leash at this show! He has Sheri Anderson who has written much of the shows most successful material, and knows the history. And he has Ken Corday who probably made it clear that it was DO or DIE time for the show. And this DID is different, because she is taking on the personalities of people around her who have tried to help her, but didnt help much in the long run! This story involves all the characters we love and care about, and Ron has not been allowed to flood the show with newbies and nobodies like he did at GH.

dan
dan

Agreed. Fluke was the worst soap abomination ever. And there were a few more over at GH from Ron as well. But I have to say, I am enjoying Days right now!

Celia
Celia

I am enjoying Days, as well, dan……most storylines, as I haven’t in a long while.
The multiple personalities could have been intriguing, if the ‘telling’ were not so ‘misplaced’….you know? It came out of nowhere, in order to fill some fantasy….whose? Ron’s?
And, to add insult to injury—-baaad acting by Marci and Tyler. Usually such mental disorders and how the afflicted person navigates through it reel me in….this one puts me to sleep because of its childish writing…..someone did not do his homework again…..Abby has been completely turned into an idiotic nonentity….
As I said more times than once, will the ending be as frustrating as Fluke’s? There actually was no story—-I see the writing on the wall here, as well….that is, no writing. LOL.
I can’t stand Stefan….instead of helping Abby, he is taking advantage of the situation. To what rnd? I’m sure his mind is working overtime.

davlestev1
davlestev1

Wow. Heard and noted hombre. LOL.

Christine
Christine

I think Andre did something to Abigail that reminded her of Ben……maybe he made a strong pass at her….and then she snapped killing Andre/Ben in the process

Carrie
Carrie

I read a spoiler claiming Andre was trying to rape Abigail.

Celia
Celia

What a great premise,Christine, and Carrie!!…..now, the combination of those two situations would make so much more sense.
Perhaps, I’m jumping the gun? As it is, I can’t see the story standing on two feet–four, if you count Stefan. He should tell Chad and try to help Abby; not allow her to continue with this calamity–Abby is very dangerous, right now. This is my opinion, of course….however, Chad should know what is going on with his wife, nonetheless.
I detest Stefan even more for keeping this ‘hidden’, as it were….it is neither his right nor his decision.

Mister Media
Mister Media

I’m a fan of DID story lines, but there were a few moments last week when it seemed like Carlavati was actually recycling dialogue from old One Life To Live scripts. It’s still intriguing however, and I think Marci Miller is doing a fine job with it.

K/kay
K/kay

I know a lot of people are complaining about RC and his DID storylines but back in the day Kimberly Brady had a alter when Patsy Pease was on so everybody does it RC just likes those stories like Bill Bell liked love triangles with siblings etc. every writer writes with what they feel comfortable with just like Pratt and the disaster goofy stories just like JFP as a producer loved to blow up sets ane replace them with cheap stuff.

Celia
Celia

I understand, Kay, my friend…..the difference for me would be that Ron is not creating an interesting story for Abby. She does not come off as someone with a mental disorder…..just a nut where I, instinctually, want to shut her up.
And, there’s no comparison to Bill Bell—you said it, Kay….he could create the most engaging love triangles….unforgettable…..

Phil
Phil

Speak for yourself Satan! I like this storyline! I also know you did not coin the name “Fluke” as most critics called him Fluke! I am actually hoping s few more personalities come out here! Classic soap story here!

Celia
Celia

Hi, Phil,
I do not object to this type of storyline, as I am sure Satan does not, either….it is the way it is told. Not believable….different strokes for different folks.
It is an opinion….

rebecca1
rebecca1

I like the story, too, Phil. I think Marci is doing a great job and I also think she’s got Gabby’s mannerisms down pat, from the flicking of her hair to the way she puts her hands on her hips and stands back. And then the transitions…just great work. And when I think of the dialogue and again mannerisms of the different personas she’s taking on it’s even more impressive. (LOL; I’am ALWAYS impressed with all actors everywhere who remember pages of dialogue. Don’t know how they do that!!!!!)

And, I’m loving Tyler is this role. I’ve always liked his quiet manner that somehow still translates into a strong personality.

blake
blake

I have really enjoyed “Gabigail”, she’s stunning, very sexy and really hot with Stefan! I’m hoping when this story is over that Abby is more like her, more sexy and confident. I’m sure Stefan will bring that out in her.

Celia
Celia

So, blake, what you’re saying is that Gabigail is an exaggerstion of Gabi? If that’s the case, then I can understand ….but, the confusion should be cleared. There’s no line between the two, and now a third?
I do agree about Marci’s looks…..she’s beautiful. I had commented on the fact that with her coloring she needed to wear bold colors and darker eye make-up. What a transformation.
I hope that, after all is said and done, Abby is restored. I would not be happy if Abby becomes enamored with Stefan and take it to the point of no return.
I do believe Stefan is doing his damnedest for that to happen. Poor Chad!

Maca
Maca

I’m so glad Marci Miller is playing this than that Kate what’s her name

Celia
Celia

Mansi. She was the best !!

Alan
Alan

I have no idea where Ron is taking this story but I’m in for the long haul. DID stories are one of my three favorite soap plots (baby switches and housewife hookers are the other two) so I’m glued to my screen.

Celia
Celia

Housewife hookers?? Cracking up, here…..

Angel
Angel

You must love the shows on Bravo then. 😉

Celia
Celia

@Angel.
Hi, Angel,
What show? I, actually, don’t watch anything on “Bravo”, LOL…..if you mean “Housewives”?…. I don’t even know what network ‘spits’ out that trash….have never watched an episode.
You are too funny, Angel….I like that.

Lou Piikes
Lou Piikes

Tony Geary ruined the Fluke storyline by dictating story and his six months vacation schedule. It didn’t help when he injured his back and prolonged the “Fluke” saga beyond recognition.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

righto!

Angel
Angel

As fierce as Marci Miller has been portraying these parts, the emergence of Dr. Laura is now reading like a retread of the Viki Lord/Niki Smith/Jean Randolph storyline on One Life To Live in the 1990s.

Celia
Celia

Yup….that’s why it is so boring for me. Something’s gotta give ( as my Gran is wont to say).
I have to be sooo wowed, Angel, by this story, until I will obliterate all the others, which have been already told, from my mind. We shall see.

mel
mel

Everything about this is just beyond awful!!!

Mo
Mo

Enjoying it.

Christy
Christy

Come on Ron can’t you write anything but DID storylines. First OLTL the GH now Days enough. Find something new to write about already and please dump Alain from this show

Lisa Ann
Lisa Ann

I am loving this story and Marci is doing a phenomal job. Luckily for me, I never watched those other soaps and I’m too young to remember the Kim sl, so this is my 1st DID story. I’m even more lucky that it got bestowed on my favorite female character. This story is a total WIN WIN for me. Hats off to the writers and actress. And kudos

Celia
Celia

LOL, Lisa Ann…..I’m 31, but, I do remember Vicki/Nikki ( OLTL), which never really stopped…..it trickled down to her daughter, Jessica. However, I loooooved the continuing story.
So, you do have a point….it was my first DID, where I actually understood and enjoyed. I guess every storyline after that has become mundane for me, merely tolerable….the Abby story needs a twist which has never been used before.

Alan Harding
Alan Harding

Well, I don’t think the Transitions between the personalities are all that believable, no offense to Marci, but I think they could have been presented better. I blame this on the story boards and also the direction, not necessarily on the actress, although she is no Erika Slezak – plus of course, this kind of thing has been done to death and probably done with more conviction on other shows.
Why do I watch the show? That’s an equitable question – I suppose after a day of working around deathly ill people (I work in a Cancer Clinic) I need to watch something ridiculously inane and this show fulfills that need LoL –

xmascarol
xmascarol

Well I for one love this story.Marci is playing her roles to perfection Even my best friend loves this story.All to often think just because someone has a mental illness they tend to think we are crazy.which is not the case.Take if from someone who knows.Now I think that Abby may come out of this alright.All she needs is a lot of love and support from her friends.

Celia
Celia

I know,xmascarol…..it is sad for those with DID, or any psychological issue, to be called crazy….the word is used too loosely. But, when Vivian said the word, I did chuckle at the irony….you know?…, calling the kettle black syndrome.
I think that those of us who sort of “object” to the storyline, is probably because it has been told ad nauseam. As I said, Abby’s story must have an awesome and mind-spinning twist—-different from all the rest.
What I am wondering is; if Abby goes on this trip with Stefan ( which, as we all assume, is an excuse to get her away and, at the same time, protect himself and his mother), what happens when she transformes to her multiple personalities? Will they all play along?
From what I understand, each one is aware of the other? She may even assume a Chinese personality, once in Hong Kong…..and, I do not mean this facetiously. I am quite serious.
Some scenes by Marci are spectacular—some I find cartoonish….yet, the exageration is probably done purposely? I have never known anyone with the disorder, so the “attitude” of flaunting and flair is a manifestation of the ailment.

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.

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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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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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