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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).

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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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In an infuriating article written by FOX news, off of a study from NewsBusters, the news outlet and others have come to the realization that all of us who want our soaps back on the air already know.  That is … that the network daytime dramas ratings are far better on a day-to-day basis than people tuning into network TV during the day to watch the impeachment hearings of Donald Trump.

Soap fans have been furious that in the afternoon network TV is pulling their soaps off their normal airtime across all coasts.  Daytime soap viewers feel that all of the 24-hour news cable outlets should be the the place to go to see the hearings during the day; as to not to preempt the drama on General Hospital, Days of our Lives, The Young and the Restless, and The Bold and the Beautiful.   

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Just for the record, the study via NewsBusters showed that on day one of the impeachment hearing the networks scored as such: CBS averaged 1.52 million, ABC  1.29 million viewers, and NBC averaged 1.26 million viewers.   Thursday’s were even worse with CBS averaging 1.4 million, ABC 1.2 million viewers and NBC had 1.1 million viewers.

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Now compare that to the weekly daytime soap ratings and total viewers which while it ebbs and slows is still way about this.  According to the study: “The Young & The Restless” has been averaging 3.7 million viewers during the 2019-2020 season and The Bold & The Beautiful averages 3.15 million viewers. ABC’s General Hospital averages 2.15 million viewers while NBC’s Days of Our Lives averages 1.95 million viewers.”

Share your thoughts on the pre=emptions of your favorite soaps, and how the impeachment hearings are, of course, not bringing in higher number in the day-part via the comment section below.

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DAYS Wally Kurth, Chandler Massey & Freddie Smith Deliver Gut-Wrenching ‘Power Performance of the Week”

This past week on Days of our Lives brought the tears and the drama tenfold, in one of the most riveting, don’t-miss-a-moment, weeks in recent history on any daytime drama series.

While unfortunately the show did not air on NBC during its regularly scheduled timeslots on all coasts (due to the President Donald Trump impeachment hearings) the episodes were available on NBC.com, the NBC app and on the Cozi TV network.

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And this week we cannot sound-the-trumpets enough for three men; who gave us moments of heartache that will be remembered for some time to come, pulling out all the stops, and showing us why they remain three of the most popular and talented actors in our genre. So many people have been commenting on social media on the authenticity and realness of the performances (yes, it’s within soapy circumstances), but throughout made us feel their pain right along with them.

On DAYS, this was the week they went back in time to finally show the viewers how things ended up the way they currently are in the time jump that happened last November on-air.  And in five “OMG” episodes, head writer Ron Carlivati and his team laid out for us how one fateful night, “Mother’s Day” changed the course of lives for so many in Salem.

Chief among them, Will (Chandler Massey) landing in prison for Adrienne’s (Judi Evans) death, when in fact, he was not the responsible party at all.  But in these flashback episodes, Will’s relationship with his husband, Sonny (Freddie Smith), his father-in-law, Justin (Wally Kurth) is forever changed because he believed he was the one behind the wheel that caused the crash that ultimately took Adrienne’s life, and took Sonny’s mother from him … and Justin’s wife from him.

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In the flashback to the horrible night: at the hospital, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) has told Justin that Adrienne didn’t make it following the injury sustained to her head in the accident, and now Justin has to tell Sonny.  He tearfully tells his son, “We lost her. Your mother’s dead!”  As the men console each other and break down in each other’s arms, Will, who is there, and who was trying to tell Sonny his part in the accident, is horrified to learn Adrienne died.  Kayla asks Justin and Sonny if they want to say goodbye to Adrienne.  Sonny breaks down again at just the thought of it.  And at this point, we are sure DAYS fans are reaching for the hankies.

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While Will’s guilt is too much for him to bear, Justin and Sonny go say goodbye to Adrienne, It is here that it was almost too hard to watch, but we soap viewers can’t turn away.  That’s because it was just an unbelievable raw performance from Freddie Smith; as a young man who has to say goodbye to the mother he loves and on Mother’s Day to boot. Then, Justin kisses Adrienne’s forehead, remembers the first time he saw her crying in a flashback, and in tears asks his beloved wife, how is he supposed to go on without her.  In addition, Justin recalls proposing to Adrienne with Kayla there beside him trying to comfort him.

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In the hospital waiting area, Will tries to talk to Sonny to tell him that he caused the accident.  Will blurts out, “I killed your mother.”  Sonny, who is so grief-stricken, cannot believe what Will is saying, but then Sonny learns Will was distracted when he was texting his mother Sami on Mother’s Day while in the car because he was so busy. (Yup, Will forgot to do it earlier in the day)  Sonny lets Will have it with: “My mom is dead because you were texting?!” As Sonny’s grief and anger escalates, Justin walks in and learns Will caused Adrienne death and then lowers the boom on Will: “The love of my life is dead…because of you!”

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And if all of this wasn’t enough to have you bawling your eyes out by now, it is punctuated by the ultra-sad moment where a defeated Will has to leave his husband and his father-in-law alone because they don’t want him there.  Before he exits, Will turns to them and says, that he wishes it had been him who died in the crash, as tears stream down his face.

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What powerful and effective performances by Wally Kurth, Chandler Massey, and Freddie Smith.  And so, with all of that said, Michael Fairman TV names this trio the “Power Performance of the Week”.

What did you think of the key scenes in Adrienne’s death and the aftermath featuring Wally, Chandler and Freddie? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

And, for more with Chandler and some behind the scenes content of the car crash, and his thoughts on the storyline, check out his new interview feature posted on the DOOL app Friday night.

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Make sure to catch Days of our Lives on any platform you can next week! (The President Donald Trump impeachment hearings could alter the regularly scheduled daytime time slot for the series on NBC).  For, it is a pivotal one for fans that have been following along the major storylines of the innovative time jump that started to air last November.

In one emotional week, Sonny (Freddie Smith) and Justin (Wally Kurth) revisit the last day of Adrienne’s life — which happens to be last Mother’s Day.  In addition, Sarah (Linsey Godfrey) goes into labor.  While. Brady (Eric Martsolf) causes tension when he brings Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) to his parents’ townhouse for Mother’s Day.  Plus, Maggie (Suzanne Rogers) gets an upsetting visit from someone from her past.  How does this all tie-in to what went down that fateful night?

The latest NBC promo for the series promises we will learn what happened to Adrienne, especially since on Friday’s episode, Ciara (Victoria Konefal) told Will(Chandler Massey) he is not responsible for his mother-in-laws death AFTER he signed the divorce papers with Sonny.   Plus major intel on what happened to Brady and Kristen’s baby and how Haley Chen (Thia Megia) died, which had left an anguished JJ (Casey Moss) turning back to drugs.

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Catch the preview below.  Then, let us know your theories on what happened last Mother’s Day in Salem via the comment section below!

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