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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Eileen Davidson Delivers Heartbreaking Performance As Susan Admits What She Did To Will!

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Everyone has loved the antics of Susan Banks on Days of our Lives throughout the years, which is due to Eileen Davidson’s memorable performances in the comedic role with a twist.  However, you can definitely now add “tragic” to the words used to describe the one and only Susan following Tuesday’s mega-episode of Days of our Lives.  

During it, Susan’s web of lies come tumbling down around her, as viewers learn how Will (Chandler Massey) truly survived being strangled by Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson) a few years ago, and how he lost his memories. It turns out Roger (John Enos) reveals to Will’s loved ones, who have traveled to Memphis, that Susan lied about wanting to kill Will, after EJ died.  Instead, she and Dr. Rolf (William Utay) were at Ben’s apartment the night that Ben “killed him”.  Once Ben fled the scene, Rolf gave Will an injection to make it look like he was dead as part of Susan’s plot to make Sami (Alison Sweeney) feel the hurt she felt when losing her beloved son, EJ.

Later, at the morgue, the duo gave Will another injection which brought him back to life, but also erased his memories.  Susan has been keeping Will in Memphis all of this time making him believe she was his mother, and that he was her son, EJ.  Roger admits to Will that he’s not EJ.  Will is shaken by the news, and pushes Susan away.  Roger explains he knows what Susan did wasn’t right, but Will made her happy, something she has not had in her life for years. Susan has been grieving unbearably the lost of EJ, and could not fill the void left in her lonely existence. Susan sobs, wondering how Roger could do this to her, and betray her.  He tells he loves her and knows she needs help, and this charade cannot continue any longer. Will begins to understand that this is why they kept him sheltered. Marlena (Deidre Hall) steps in and caringly tells Susan she knows EJ’s death was unbearably painful and unthinkable, and something no mother should ever have to go through, but keeping Will sheltered, and lying to him, will not bring EJ back.

Then, in the most heartbreaking part of Eileen Davidson’s performance, Susan has a moment where she realizes she has done something horrific.  She cries, “What have I done?  I’m so sorry. I’m so, so sorry”  Sami and all of Will’s loved ones are in tears at this tragedy, as Susan continues to sob and apologize.  Marlena says Susan has suffered a psychotic break, and they call a psychiatric hospital.  Roger takes Susan there.  Will is devastated, confused, and he runs off.  Marlena goes after Will and finds him at Susan’s home, and tries to convince him to come back to Salem with his real family, which he eventually decides to do.

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Back at the hospital, Susan, who is now sedated and asleep, is visited by none other than her sibling, Sister Mary Moira, who says that poor Susan was misguided, but at the end of the episode in the cliffhangers of all cliffhangers, we find Kristen DiMera alive inside Susan’s home, standing beside EJ’s letter on the bedroom wall. Kristen lets out a maniacal laugh then saying how stupid Susan is, because EJ is really alive after all!

In the end, Eileen Davidson gave soap fans a fascinating performance for the ages as Susan broke our hearts, made us laugh and cry, and fans received a bonus when Sister Mary Moira and Kristen were on-screen by the end of the episode.

What did you think of Eileen’s Davidson performance in Tuesday’s episode of DAYS? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Mo
Mo

Loved having Susan return.

A little confused about Kristen just appearing. It seemed so random.

Eileen has been phenomenal and I’ll miss her on Days.

Patrick
Patrick

i’m just hoping.. that that last shot of “Kristen” SHARING that EJ is in fact ALIVE

is a TREAT coming up sometime somewhere… somehow

that RC and the production TEAM @ DAYS is going to go

they can’t share that EJ is alive and not tell us

well done

Andrew Hass
Andrew Hass

I think the show having Kristen revealing onscreen that EJ is alive is a tease of sorts to the audience to get them wondering when EJ will return.Plus i’m wondering if EJ has amnesia and thinks he’s someone else just like Will.So if the show recasts EJ maybe at first we won’t know it’s EJ since he has amnesia and is going under a different name.

Helen
Helen

Her talent knows no bounds ~ brava!

Ric
Ric

She’s amazing! Days needs her full time. She’s not used to her abilities on YR.

Mo
Mo

She most definitely is not.

Steve
Steve

Ron certainly has a lot of experience writing overused back from dead storylines. Guess this proves that Tyler Christopher will be EJ.

Mo
Mo

Tyler will be a new character.

Jimh
Jimh

i missed Mondays eppie and thought i would see it On Demand but they dont have it on there or Tuesdays and now its Wednesday???????….Happy Thanksgiving Micheal Fairman and to all posters….

Celia
Celia

You too, Jimmy….love you….

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

Damn. It’s always good watching Eileen as Ashley on Y&R but DAYS really is her moment to chew scenery. This was another wild ride she took us on and I am glad I went along for it.

Rob R
Rob R

Eileen Davidson is unbelievable. I couldn’t believe how she could switch from a comic flair to a touchingly tragic performance so quickly. Very few performers have that talent…..maybe Carol Burnett.

Celia
Celia

That was a great little, demonic scene….you go Kristen!!!!!! As beautiful as ever…..
I did not record the last episode, but her words ( cannot recall exactly) hinted that EJ is, indeed, alive….
She said something about like; “if they only knew??…..Right there before EJ’s “tomb”.

Celia
Celia

Oopsies….”send” too soon…
Susan, oh, Susan. ….how can anyone hold anything against her? I know I can’t. I actually sympathized with her….to want her son back so desperately…..I can, certainly, identify; soap or not.
It is a cold reality for many mothers to ‘lose’ it after losing a child….especially without the comfort of family and friends.
Susan was not strong emotionally….. but, she woke up and faced her monsters. She knew what she did was wrong and regretted it, with heart.
She listened to the “Spirit in the Sky” . Castigating her would be a fallacy. This was not a beguiling act, but one of anguish…..
Have I mentioned how I adore Susan?????? LOL.

Patrick
Patrick

1. “Thank You” for the oh so nice sentiment

sincerely

how is it that ED continues to craft her character(s) with so much energies.. that make us laugh, cry, edge, and want her so much?

because she’s talent

I too had to cry when she fell apart… which should be repeated :

“…She knew what she did was wrong and regretted it, with heart.”

I – hastily – thought it would not be the same… I stand corrected… because the combination of RC and ED. stimuli period

it’s so nice to be in a place of comfort for your heart to heart @DOOL

Salem is thee place to be

Johnny Grant
Johnny Grant

Well, unless you’ve watched the show for years and years, it is a little confusing – I am only a three year or so watcher ~ just how many twins does this character have?
Soaps are far-fetched, but this business about Will being brought back to life especially after we SAW him strangled to death (then played by another actor) is beyond ridiculous, but whatever.
For what it’s worth, I DO feel sorry for Paul, and Sammi, who is sooo annoying, shouldn’t lash out at him constantly – he knew a day or so that Will was alive, for all he knew it could have been someone who LOOKED like Will since everyone evidently on the show has at least ONE look-a-like!

Mo
Mo

There’s Susan, Sister Moira, Penelope (RIP), and a brother. Kristen is the adoptive daughter of Stefano and not biologically related to the quadruplets.

Days has a long history of bringing people back from the dead. That is one of its hallmarks. Rolf himself is back from the dead! LOL

I love Sami. She is fabulous!

I could understand how if you weren’t watching when Eileen did her tour de force years ago that it would be confusing, but just go with it! Enjoy. Will is alive and Chandler is playing him!

Jovin
Jovin

I absolutely love hearing this from a “newbie” point of view! lol. Just for the record, this Susan et al situation must be a dream come true for the new writer of DAYS, as his arsenal is extremely limited. Doppelgänger, twins, and look alikes are his main story. If you watched any of his GH from 2012-2015, you’ll know this to be true. As well, in 2015 when Will died, Ken Corday emphatically stated that they were not doing silly back from the dead stories anymore, and that death has to matter, and that stories need intense viewer emotional involvement. Fast forward 2 years, and “dead” people are coming out of the wood work. It lessens the impact of a return when it is done so often. There needs to be a really great story attached to it for it to have momentum, like the current Double Jason story on GH. Other than the fact that Will is a Brady and a Horton, and his return gives all th veterans some material to play, Will’s returnis really underwhelming. Done to death amnesia, which will result in a sudden memory gain during sweeps period. Maybe it’s because DAYS tapes so far ahead, so we the viewers hear what’s happening with casting 6 months ahead. We use our own imaginations about how the story will unfold, we also hear spoilers and read on message boards what will or could happen. In 6 months, regardless of what actually airs, it is a letdown because the story cannot possibly match the anticipation, the build up, and the waiting period. And if you think Sami is annoying now….you ain’t seen nothin’! From 1993-1999, and 2003-2006 under Jim Reilly’s writing she was a sociopathic psychotic!! She was a delusional violent nutcase! She was a 30 year old woman running around town crying about wanting her parents back together. This is Sami lite, if you can believe it. During the last months of his GH tenure, I was noticing quite a few similarities between Ron’s writing and Jim’s. That scared me!! But that was when Ron was mercifully fired from GH. I hope he doesn’t become that close to Reilly’s writing again because that would be a true DAYSaster!

Patrick
Patrick

the twin story line(s) for Steve Burton @GH. histrionics and guffaws of laughter all around.

this heady , exploits of Steve Burton… don’t change a thing.. we need not know who’s who.. or want for any acting… let’s just use his bug-eyed for the 3 year duration

THE – only – thing thus far.. that is giving any credence to @GH.

Leslie Charleson… my dear dear Monica

Patrick
Patrick

I am so glad.. that Chandler Massey – is effective at portraying… his amnesia

he’s not over the topping… or that deadpan

BECAUSE his character is so beloved.. by all of Salem. this truly does make for a believable plot.

the one thing I did question… does amnesia… rule out you are or are not GAY?

as he spouted out to Sonny as he was caught off guard by that KISS. LOL

Will… : something like : “you are way out of line” oh touche

argh! Sonny had better ease up on that hottie Paul soon

Chandler Massey has been GREAT with Eileen Davidson

Love him

I agree tho… w/JimH I hope it’s Ariana Grace, his daughter that breakthrough

another thing.. about this amnesia.. is the turnout,… is lessened or impactful with watching his grandmothers.. who have been boffo in their WANT for their grandson

kudos to Deidre Hall and Lauren Koslow….. Marlena and Kate. HUGE

watching their heartache – its’ enough

Will is back… good enough for me… I have much more confidence in Chandler Massey Will in his return

than I do with @GH Steve Burton

Patrick
Patrick

Ali Sweeney : has returned… to bring her son back to Salem. period

she knows… what Will means to her… what Will means… to Salem.

I truly think she understands that her son… will live his life with our without her

she wants her child. of course !

to say : “…She was a delusional violent nutcase! ”

dag! I could and will say .. not unlike Carly @GH. who is far more an irritant

Sami is doing this for her heart mind and soul… and knowing her son is HOME. she will leave.. with head up and backbone

applause to Ali Sweeney… who has shared.. in interviews.. that .. when Will was killed off… in her 20 plus years on the show.. is the ONLY TIME SHE BALKED @production.

this storyline arc.. is just that.. to right a wrong… and I can’t thank RC and Ali Sweeney enough… for bringing Will alive

Jovin
Jovin

Patrick…you are a frickin’ genius!!! I’m a a writer….and I don’t think I ever would or could have come up with that plot twist!!!!! What if Will has amnesia and became straight?!? Lmao!! It would definitely be something that has “never been done in daytime”!!! Will obviously had straight leanings at one time…he loved Gabi and has the spawn to prove it! Oh I am loving this!!! Ron wrote Jessica believes she is in high school on OLTL…..For the duration of Will’s amnesia, he could be a big straight stud! He could knock up a few more girls, breed some more Horton’s! Of course, until a future sweeps period, when he he show would cave to pressure from “focus groups”, and Gay Will would be restored with memories intact! But what a fascinating, controversial mini story arc that would be! Cheeky Chandler would have a field day with that material!!!!!! Lol! Write it up, Ron!!

Steven
Steven

LOL isn’t that so true with Bonnie and the other one and now Susan and then in AND Kristin! If I wasn’t a long time watcher and knew the history I would be a little confused as well… chandler IS the real Will though not the one that was strangled I forget his real name now. Eileen is a wonderful actress though and Susan did have her comdic moments l. I wanted to se more after Sami slapped her they cut the scene!!!

Patrick
Patrick

“…I wanted to see more after Sami slapped her they cut the scene!!! ”

THAT (slap) TRULY was a rush

I so wanted to see… how ED could have acted that out . had it been “Kristen” then perhaps.. it’d be an all out take no prisoners.

WHICH by the way.. is what would have made a much bigger impact.. because ultimately… even Kristen never seemed to have a chance with Marlena

JUST ONCE I want a DiMera to rise take hold and not let up

which makes the DiMeras so tantalizing… with so much prospect

the dynamic and thrill in portraying any of Stefano prodigy… pedigree

from Kristen
to Peter Blake.. as played by … puhlease Jason Brooks
to Lexie
to Tony
to Andre
To Chad
to EJ

just superlative and combust

wouldn’t have it any other way?!?!

DAYS of OUR Lives has actors who reign in the scheme of things.. pulling out all the stops in their talent pool

Jimh
Jimh

Guy Wilson…ironic his last name…Wil-Son-lol

davlestev1
davlestev1

Then you don’t know Jack. .or rather James..E. Reilly that is. Once you got hooked on Mar Mar levitating and pulling her exorcist possessed by the devil routine storyline then you’d never question this storyline. One storyline killed off most of Salem. .especially horrific poisoning poor Alice with her own famous powdered doughnuts. To see that and the comical herky jerky special effects as they descended into Melasawen (new Salem) spelled backwards..and then they all returned from the dead. .LOL. THIS is nothing. In the words of SOAP…”Confused? You won’t be”. Duh duh duhduhduh duh da…LOL! Just go with it.

Esmerelda Reid
Esmerelda Reid

She was awesome and the best of what she does

gwill
gwill

So there is Kristen who Susan happens to look like and she has sister mary moira, a brother Thomas I think. And a sister penelope who looked exactly like kristen and was murdered because the killer thought they were killing Kristen. Kristen is NOT related to any of them, but Susan’s Son EJ is also the son of Stephano Dimera who happens to be the father of Kristen as well. That would make Kristen EJ’s sister. I know its confusing Johnny but I hope it helps.

BTW, NEED EILEEN back on days full time. Ashley is boring these days!

gwill
gwill

unless you’re talking about will, then will is will. no twin

Steph
Steph

Emmy for her for this portrayal

Mo
Mo

Amen!

elm1951
elm1951

i have been watching soaps for over 50 years and i can count the times on one hand when a performance made me shed tears – and yes i cried when susan told her story…eileen davidson is a phenominal actress……………

Mateo
Mateo

Eileen Davidson just slayed this week on DAYS. Susan Banks is a treat to watch in action. Getting to see Mary Moira and Kristen were like getting an extra slice of pie after dinner. I am surprised all the huge DAYS fans don’t remember when Kristen was in the room with EJ’s corpse that as she cried and said goodbye, she pulled out a needle and injected it into EJ like they say happened with Will. So I am fairly certain that he is on his way back. I can’t say how much I am loving DAYS again. Again, thankful for Ron Carlivati bringing DAYS back to life again.

Mo
Mo

I remember that!

Iakovos
Iakovos

Another Emmy for Miss Davidson! Still, the characters and plots are so bizarro, too much for my liking… but I am no way going to deny that hard work and dedication of the DAYS team to make compelling television.

Kevin C
Kevin C

I agree Iakovos re: the plots being so bizarro, also to much for my liking but watching Eileen’s acting on DOOL is a treat…

Richard
Richard

I LOVE Eileen Davidson! I wish she was at DAYS full time instead of YR. I actually felt bad for Susan! And Kristen at the end, I KNEW EJ was alive! God recast EJ with Paul Leyden(ex Simon, ATWT)! And bring back PETER BLAKE! Jason Brooks would return I am sure! But I guess they dont need to recast EJ until Sami is ready to comeback full time. Bravo, DAYS!

Debi
Debi

I THINK EILEEN IS DOING A TERRIFIC ACTING JOB – I HOPE THEY ANSWER THE QUESTION ON WHAT KRISTEN HAD. IN THE NEEDLE WHEN STEFANO WANTED HER TO PUT IT INTO EJ’S ARM. IT WOULD BE NICE TO SEE SAMI AND THE ORIGINAL EJ BACK ON DAYS AGAIN.

Ed
Ed

Get another Emmy Award ready for Eileen. She was heartbreaking in the scene where she realized her grief over EJ made her do terrible things to feel better about her loss. Really excellent performance!!

Nik
Nik

She was fab in all three roles.

xmascarol
xmascarol

I love Eileen Davidson she should be a regular on Days.

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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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Hollywood Studios, Producers & Guilds Send Plan To Gov. Newsom and Gov. Cuomo For COVID-19 Production Restart Guidelines

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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