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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
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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
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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
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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
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Bon

Chandler is one of the VERY BEST in daytime!!

Lew S.
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Lew S.

Very touching

Bon
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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
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rebecca1

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

clp
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clp

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

rebecca1
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rebecca1

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

Jules
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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
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Anna Carnes

Awesome work

DARRIUS CENTENO
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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
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Ellie

Is this a joke?

Violet Lemm
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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
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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
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Richard Signorelli

Massey was nothing short of amazing!!!

Christy Geisler
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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
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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
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Lois murphy

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

Sophie Tropp
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

Carol
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Carol

I loved it great job by Chandler

clp
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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: Marlena Becomes Possessed … Again!

On Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the devil had his way with his favorite person, Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)! In story, leave it to Marlena to save Doug (Bill Hayes) by giving herself up to Satan!

As Doug revealed himself to be Satan while in a therapy session with Marlena in her office, a shook Marlena tries to comprehend what is happening! When the devil says if Marlena won’t accept him in, she will punish Doug, he does just that.

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Poor Doug is left writhing in pain and on the floor, crying out for help! When we come back to the scene Marlena is not exactly right near his body, but sort of overlooking what is happening. Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) rushes into Marlena’s office to find Doug as Marlena stares blankly. Eventually, she calls for help.

After Doug is put in a hospital room and is monitored, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Tripp (Lucas Adams) can’t find anything wrong with him. Meanwhile, Julie finds Marlena at the nurses station and asks what happened with Doug during their therapy session.  Marlena flashes back to what led to Doug writing on the floor, and clearly something is way off with Marlena, because she has now become possessed.

Later, Julie sits by Doug’s hospital bed as he opens his eyes, as he tells his beloved wife, “He left me and went in to her.”  A confused Julie is left to ponder what on earth Doug could be talking about.

When Marlena comes home to John (Drake Hogestyn) – who is already concerned with Johnny (Carson Boatman) being set on making a movie of Sami’s life story which includes points on Marlena’s original possession – she tells him Doug collapsed in her office. When the two hug, Marlena slowly opens her eyes  revealing that they are glowing yellow.  Yup! We are off to the races. Marlena is now once again possessed.

So, what did you think about the scenes between Deidre Hall and Bill Hayes? Are you enjoying the revisiting of the infamous ‘possession’ storyline thus far? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives Kicks-Off Possession Storyline Revisted with ‘Doug’ Twist Cliffhanger, Followed by Fall Preview

Did the ‘Devil’ make them do it? Doug Williams  (Bill Hayes) is Satan? In what can only be described as major surprise twist on NBC’s Days of our Lives, for weeks, fans have thought they were about to embark on another dementia or Alzheimer’s storyline on the soaps with another beloved character.

However, Days head writer, Ron Carlivati ,and his writing team came up with a way to make it seem like this may be Doug’s fate only to use the long-running character as the impetus to bring the classic possession storyline back on the air some 25 years later.

It all goes down after Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) calls Marlena (Deidre Hall) to ask him to see Doug, after his MRI and other tests proved inconclusive for dementia, etc, to see if Dr. Evans can assess him.  The phone call to Marlena happened after John (Drake Hogestyn) was discussing the past, since Johnny (Carson Boatman) is ramping up to a shoot a movie on Sami’s life, that will include the time that Sami walked in on John and Marlena having sex, which caused Sami to act out for years and years.

 

However, and this is key, John tells Marlena that moment in time also left her alone and vulnerable to the darkest time in her life – alluding to when she became possessed by the devil – and Marlena was clearly having difficulty admitting that or going down that road of remembrance, when the phone call from Kayla saved her from digging deeper into the past.  Well now, John and Marlena may never have that conversation as she is primed to once again become possessed.

Meanwhile, Johnny is reading Will’s script for the Sami movie, and is shocked to read in it that Marlena was once possessed by the devil, as John takes out a dusty box with his Father John collar, a bible, and a news clipping of Marlena being possessed.  John is feeling that this movie will bring bad things on to all those he loves, especially Doc, and he looks to be right!

Now at her office with Doug, he admits he knows something is wrong.  He acts out and does strange things and does not know why.  Marlena brings up why Doug locked Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) in a freezer by accident. Doug gets adamant saying: “That was no accident. I locked that bitch in there on purpose.”  Marlena is shocked at his word and tone.  Then as Doug laughs, he says, “I’m not Doug.”  Next thing you know, the lowered voice of Satan comes out of Doug’s mouth and he tells Doc, “It’s been over 25 years Marlena. But did you really think I wouldn’t come back for you?” End of episode.  Great cliffhanger!

Now, check out the fall preview released following the airing of Friday’s episode by NBC below, which teases more demonic moments on Days. Then let us know in the comment section, what you thought of the ‘Doug’ twist as the possession storyline begins?

Plus, make sure to cast your vote in ‘Michael’s Poll’ of the week on the revisiting of this classic tale now in 2021 below the preview.

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