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Days of our Lives’ Chandler Massey Named ‘Power Performance of the Week’

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In a week that saw stand-out performances by Y&R’s Gina Tognoni (Phyllis), and Days of our Lives, Stacy Haiduk (Kristen/Susan), it was the performance of DAYS’ Chandler Massey (Will Horton) that was everything anyone could have hoped it would be and more. The highly-anticipated moment finally came to pass: Will remembered his life with Sonny, and got his memory back after a long bout of amnesia which robbed him of the life that he knew.

There is a reason that Massey has three Daytime Emmys to his name.  His work is at once understated, powerful, truthful, and has the ability to touch the hearts of millions of Days of our Lives viewers who fell in love with the character, and Massey’s portrayal during Will’s coming out story, and eventually Will’s love story with Sonny.

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In story, as Will spoke at John (Drake Hogestyn) and Marlena’s (Deidre Hall) wedding, he started to have flashes of his own wedding to Sonny. Will is so overcome.  He can’t breathe and heads to the park for some air.  We witness his confusion and anguish as part of him is trying to keep the door shut on the life he knew, but the floodgates had opened, and he remembered his wedding, and his love for Sonny (who had all but given up hope), and his entire life including his daughter, Arianna … that Marlena is his beloved grandmother … and his love for his mother, Sami (Alison Sweeney).

DAYS did an outstanding job re-creating the actual wedding sequence between Will and Sonny, since Chandler was off the show at that time and was replaced by Guy Wilson, who played the key scenes at the nuptials.

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Massey’s longtime scene partner, Freddie Smith was also touching as Sonny realizes the man he loves remembers him and the love they shared.   But this moment, is of course, fraught with problems.  Chief among them, Will is in involved with Paul (Christopher Sean).  However, WilSon fans finally got that long-awaited kiss between the two.  WilSon fan or non-WilSon fan, these scenes made a strong case that one of the best duos on daytime drama, period, is Will and Sonny.

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The drama continues this week, but look no further than last Thursday and Friday’s episodes and you witnessed quite possibly Emmy number four heading Massey’s way with that one-two punch of emotional performances. Many took to social media to say how moved to tears they were by Chandler’s work, and yes, we were too.

Share your thoughts on our pick for Chandler Massey as the ‘Power Performance of the Week’ via the comment section below.

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Fran powers
Fran powers

To state it simply,there was no other choice! Welcome back Chsndler and thsnk you for Wilson.
Freddie and Chsndler have such chemistry snd comes right thru to all our hearts.

Phil
Phil

Very well deserved! Massey IS Will! Fan or not there is no denying the chemistry between Chandler Massey and Freddie Smith! Yes I am a WilSon fan and all I could say was “It’s about time!” Massey clearly stole the episode despite an outstanding performance by Stacy Haiduk, here’s hoping Emmy takes notice!

Jimh
Jimh

Massey was great…my one problem with this show is how Paul comes between them since he arrived…first with Sonny and then with Will-that was a bit unbelievable…and SH done a fine job as Kristen/Susan-Eileen quit soaps so someone had to play the part!!!!

Bon
Bon

Chandler is one of the VERY BEST in daytime!!

Lew S.
Lew S.

Very touching

Bon
Bon

I love “Will” but he doesn’t belong with Sonny. He is such an amazing actoRr. and the electricity between he and John’s son is HOLY MACKEREL HOT!!

rebecca1
rebecca1

The actor that plays Paul is leaving the show; may have already filmed his final scenes.

clp
clp

He finished at the end of May, he is last seen in November.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I know it was his choice but I hate to see him go; liked him.

Jules
Jules

Chandler’s eyes said it all. He was totally and completely feeling it, and I was right there with him. Beautiful, understated and deeply moving.

Anna Carnes
Anna Carnes

Awesome work

DARRIUS CENTENO
DARRIUS CENTENO

They did not recreate th wedding sequence.that was Chandler in the original wedding. Guy did not appear until well after will and sonny were married. Get the facts correct before u print an article.

Ellie
Ellie

Is this a joke?

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

The first time I read the article, I’am like, no Chandler was Will at the wedding, my old age is really showing. Thanks for setting them straight, and making me feel better.

Rob R
Rob R

Chandler Massey was not playing Will in the 2014 wedding sequences. That is why they had to be recreated for last week’s episodes.

Richard Signorelli
Richard Signorelli

Massey was nothing short of amazing!!!

Christy Geisler
Christy Geisler

Yes this award for Chandler Massey is perfect. I was in tears crying like a baby throughout every scene. It was so gosh darn believable. It really felt like Will had lost all of his memories and gained them back all at once.

rebecca1
rebecca1

That episode in general was an example of the soap genre at its best. The entire wedding; the flip between John/Marlena and Will/Sonny, the wonderful readings, Wills’ face as flashes of memory came flooding over into a well of tears. Chills…

Lois murphy
Lois murphy

Will’s performance was awesome , I cried right along with him.

Sophie Tropp
Sophie Tropp

I was in awe. I never think Chandler can amaze me more than he has with past storylines but he keeps doing it. That performance made me realize how much I missed him while he was away. You are amazing CM!

Maggie
Maggie

Will/Chandler is the only reason I’m back watching DOOL.. WilSon has the most amazing chemistry.. Freddie and Chandler ars so mesmerizing actors in their portrayal of Will and Sonny.. Chandler deserves a Emmy.. Thank you for coming back to Days..❤️❤️❤️

Patrick
Patrick

how is it that we can just let go of ALL – our – senses and fly with this young man… because he is so affecting and SENSITIVE… that your heart is ready to leap when culled. Like Sami, Gramma Marlena, all the denizen of Salem… just fall in love with this gift to DOOL FANS. this is a gift. he’s earning his keep doing something so wonderous. enough of the praise… he is catapulting , along with the rest of the cast. because all the superlative in the world isn’t enough. the writing has been full of heart.. keying in, triggering all the heart mind and soul : feeding on. Oy !

OK … this is Days of OUR Lives !

Chandler Massey : “Thank You”

and every cast member ! OK tell Valerie i’m in love with her

Carol
Carol

I loved it great job by Chandler

clp
clp

Chandler and Freddie are awesome actors, they have amazing chemistry, they always have, so glad Will finally gets get’s his memory back and hello no big surprise he loves Sonny, they are soulmates and each others one true love, I can’t wait to see what Ron has in store for them! Christopher Sean is an amazing actor also but from day one I didn’t like the turmoil his character Paul caused Will and Sonny,. I hope the love triangle is over soon, I’m ready to see Will, Sonny and Ari together as a family! WilSon fan forever!

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Lucas Says Goodbye To Salem, While Julie Recalls Coming Back To Town

In a very touching episode of Days of our Lives, Tuesday brought with it an emotional goodbye from exiting fan favorite Bryan Dattilo (Lucas), and the soap paying homage to Susan Seaforth Hayes’ 50th anniversary to the day as Julie.

It begins in Horton Town Square where Julie next to the plaque dedicated to her grandparents, Tom and Alice Horton, has a flash back to phone call with Tom five decades ago.

Meanwhile, now broken up with Chloe, and ready to leave Salem to be with his daughter, Allie, Lucas tells Will he is leaving and that he is happy Will and Sonny found their way back to each other.  The two hug it out, and tell each other how proud they are of one another.  Next, Lucas goes to visit his mother, Kate.  In a touching exchange played by Dattilo and Lauren Koslow, viewers were treated to Kate’s pain of the mistakes she made as a mother, and Lucas being forgiving of her.

At Doug’s Place, Julie and Abigail try to figure out how to bring down Stefan and Gabi.  Julie promises to not tell anyone that Abigail is not mentally ill saying. “Your secret is safe with me.”  Next, Chloe happens upon the scene and Julie quickly sees Chloe break down in tears.  She then reveals to Julie, that she and Lucas broke up.  Julie gives Chloe a tissue and some words of advice – the gospel according to Julie – that they were not meant to be, and that Chloe will find true love. After all, after Julie’s other failed relationships, once she was with Doug she found her soulmate, so she knows it can happen.

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Julie flashes back to speaking with Alice when she worries that Tom would not want her to return to Salem.  For Julie had been in San Francisco, and where she brings up putting her son up for adoption, but how she later raised him and how happy that Eli is her grandson.  She even recalls when JJ got her and other ladies in Salem accidentally high on pot-filled donuts!

When Lucas turns up at the Horton’s everyone is saddened and shocked that he has decided to depart Salem   Julie says Salem will always be his home.  JJ hands Lucas his ornament now, breaking the Christmas tradition early.  Lucas hangs his ornament in another emotional moment.

Next, we see Lucas waiting for a taxi, with his suitcases at Horton Town Square,  He gazes at the Tom and Alice dedication plaque and says, “I’ll be back. someday.” Hankies!

Alone now with Julie, Doug brings out a cake celebrating how it is 50 years since Julie returned to Salem permanently.  Cue the montage … as Doug’s voice is heard singing “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World”, one of the duo’s signature songs, as clips of their love affair played throughout.  We fade to black.

DAYS honored Susan Hayes and gave Brytan Dattilo some heart-tugging moments as he left the canvas as the beloved Lucas.  So what did you think of the episode?  Sad to see Bryan exit?  Happy to see the show wrote in a way to honor Susan’s 50th as Julie? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Gilles Marini Talks The Return Of Ted Laurent, His Co-Stars: Kristian Alfonso, Lauren Koslow & Greg Rikaart On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives’ Podcast’

If you caught this week’s episodes of Days of our Lives, you know that Ted Laurent (Gilles Marini) has resurfaced in Salem and had asked Hope (Kristian Alfonso) for protection from Stefan DiMera, who was responsible for his disappearance in exchange for information on Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson).

Now in the latest episode of Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast, actor Gilles Marini chats it up with host, Michael Fairman on what to expect as Ted’s story brings with it many twists and turns; including a potential love triangle.

Marini reveals what he thinks Ted’s weakness ia when the guy has not previously been on the up and up, plus his thoughts on working with three of his co-stars and their characters: Lauren Koslow’s Kate, Kristian Alfonso’s Hope, and Greg Rikaart’s Leo, whom he has shared up to now most of his screen-time.

The talented actor who hails from France, also talks on some other highlights in his career, including one of his big breaks on the beloved ABC drama,  Brothers & Sisters working opposite Rachel Griffiths, and a host of award-winning actors, including Sally Field, and of course, his time on Dancing with the Stars where he became one of the most popular celebrity contestants on the series of all-time.

Later, in the podcast’s dressing room segment, Eric Martsolf (Brady) welcomes Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe) into his digs at DAYS, and then two tease some upcoming #Broe moments.

Check out this excerpt from NBC of Gilles interview below.  Then, make sure to head over to NBC.com to listen to the episode currently streaming there, and on Monday, looks for this episode to be available on all pod platforms, including iTunes for download.

Now, let us know what you think about Ted’s return to DAYS … and if you want him to romance Hope … become a good guy … or get his comeuppance … or all of the above …via the comment section below!

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Days of our Lives and General Hospital Receive Daytime Drama WGA Award Nominations

The nominations have been announced for the 2019 Writer’s Guild Awards for outstanding achievement in television, new media, news, radio/audio, and promotional writing during 2018.

Winners will be honored at the 2019 Writers Guild Awards on Sunday, February 17, 2019, at concurrent ceremonies in New York City and Los Angeles.

In the Daytime Drama category for writing, two soaps will face-off for the prize; NBC’s Days of our Livers and ABC’s General Hospital.  Here are the official nominated head writers and their teams.

Days of Our Lives, Head Writer: Ron Carlivati; Writers: Sheri Anderson, Lorraine Broderick, David Cherrill, Joanna Cohen, Lisa Connor, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon,  Cydney Kelley, David Kreizman, David A. Levinson, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Katherine Schock, Elizabeth Snyder, Tyler Topits.

General Hospital, Head Writers: Shelly Altman, Christopher Van Etten; Writers:Barbara Bloom, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Donny Sheldon, Scott Sickles.

To check out all the nominations click here.

So, who are you rooting for to take the WGA Award; Days or GH? Comment below.

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