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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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THIS WEEK: Billy Flynn and Kate Mansi Exit DAYS As Chabby Says Their “I Do’s” In Heart-tugging Moments

By now, Days of our Lives fans have learned that this week marks the end of the run, for now, of Billy Flynn and Kate Mansi as Chad and Abby.  But before they exit look for wedding bells to ring as Chabby remarries.

When Marci Miller decided to depart the role of Abigail, Kate Mansi returned to the role she played before Miller to finish the arc, which would have potentially left Abby to leave town and Chad to be without her, since Mansi signed on to just complete the storyline,

DAYS head writer Ron Carlivati told Soap Opera Digest  (in latest issue on newsstands now) the thought process of having the duo leave together: “While it was kind of agonizing to make the decision that Chad will exit the canvas with Abigail, I decided that was the best thing for the couple, it was the best thing for the fans and it was the best thing for the show. The way that they exit is very, very open-ended. It’s not like someone is going to die. They leave happy and the door is completely open for them to come back. As much as I’m sure some people will be sad to see them go, I think they’ll be happy to see them go together. It just seemed so unfair to not give them a happy ending. And I just didn’t see how that happy ending would work if Chad stayed in Salem and Abigail left.”   He added: “Obviously, if the time is right, the story is right, and the people are available, they’ll be back.”

Looks like we all need to get out the hankies after checking out the latest NBC promo for Chad and Abby’s wedding and farewell.  You can watch it below.  Then let us know if you are sad to see Billy and Kate exit DAYS, and if you hope they will be back sooner than later via the comment section below.

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Drake Hogestyn Chats On John Black’s Latest Predicament With Diana and Leo On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’

The complex life of John Black (Drake Hogestyn) just got even more complicated on NBC’s Days of our Lives; thanks to the arrival of his ex-flame Diana Colville (Judith Chapman) and the bombshell that bad boy Leo Stark (Greg Rikaart), who has been causing so much trouble for Will (Chandler Massey) and Sonny (Freddie Smith), is actually his biological son!  Boy, John certainly has had some kids he never knew about pop up (remember, Paul Narita is John’s son, too).  But, is this all a tale spun by Diana, or the truth regarding Leo?

Longtime DAYS vet, Drake Hogestyn sits down with host, Michael Fairman on an all-new installment of NBC’s Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast.  During the conversation, Drake talks about his surprise learning from the script that Diana Cooper was indeed his ex, Diana Colville.

The beloved actor reveals that at one point he thought Genie Francis (Laura, GH) might be coming back to reprise the role, but now that it’s Judith Chapman he is having a great time acting opposite her.  In addition, being a true historian of DAYS, Drake takes the listeners on some fun facts that they may not have remembered. Later, Hogestyn reveals why he and Deidre Hall (Marlena) have found such success as DAYS’ enduring John and Marlena.

Michael commends Drake on his Daytime Emmy Pre-Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his emotional turn following Marlena being shot at the Jarlena nuptials, and the family saying their goodbyes believing she was going to die, especially she the good doc had a DNR request on her legal forms filed with the hospital.

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In the backstage segment of the podcast, Eric Martsolf (Brady) takes Fairman on what a typical production day is like for him and others in Salem: visiting the wardrobe department, stopping to talk to the stage manager, and chatting it up with co-stars along the way including: Lauren Koslow (Kate) and Linsey Godfrey (Sarah).

The new episode of Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast is currently streaming on NBC.com here, and will be available for download via iTunes on Monday.

So, do you think John will do next now that Diana is working her way back into his life, and Leo is his son?  Will he tell Marlena what is going on?  What did you think of the sentiments shared by Drake in the interview? Comment below.

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‘Days of our Lives’ Producer Files Lawsuit Against Sony Pictures Television

In a breach of contract and fraud complaint filed this morning, Corday Productions, the Producers of Days of our Lives, is seeking 20 million dollars in damages from its producing partner, Sony Pictures Television, as well as its Columbia Pictures and Screen Gems divisions, and to significantly take back control of the show.

In the 33-page court filed document this morning, Deadline.com noted some of the key points contained within.  Corday Productions is alleging that Sony has treated the show unfairly skewed in favor of its Sony-owned daytime drama series, The Young and the Restless.  The complaint indicates that, “While the domestic ratings for Days of Our Lives have remained largely constant, Sony’s distribution receipts have decreased by over 50%. This dramatic decline is directly attributable to a decision at the highest levels of Sony management to eliminate any competition to its own wholly-owned series The Young and The Restless also distributed by Sony.”

Sony Pictures Television distributes Days of our Lives in overseas territories, and in ancillary markets such as digital streaming.  The DAYS suit alleges that Sony has failed to sell the show in key territories including: Great Britain, France, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Canada, France, Zambia, and South Africa.”

In the lawsuit, the producers also claim that Sony has stiffed them by forcing the production company, Corday Productions, to absorb budgetary deficits . The filing also claims that Sony is “imposing solely on Corday the burden of absorbing the multi-million dollar annual operating deficits due to an inadequate NBC license fee and mandating an inefficient, costly production schedule.”

The complaint filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, also alleges that Sony has provided Corday with inaccurate accounting and has failed to pay millions of dollars in profits.

Make sure to read more on the lawsuit click here.

So, what do you think about some of the key points that the Days of our Lives producers bring up in their lawsuit against Sony? Comment below.

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