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Days of our Lives Kicks Off 50th Anniversary With Emotional & Thrilling Sneak Peek Promo!

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Hold on to your seats! Grab the hankies! Get ready for the mystery, passion, and intrigue, and three generations of familial drama! 

Days of our Lives is ushering in the beginning of their 50th anniversary storylines with a new promo that is one of the best produced that we have seen in many years that captures the essence of what DAYS fans fell in love with for decades of the long-running NBC soap opera!

Already fans and pundits are commenting on social media, as we are, that this feels like a primetime promo for a daytime series! There is so much to catch and you need to play back multiple times!

But here’s a few things we noticed: Bo Brady (Peter Reckell) captive and in dire straits, the return of Jason Cook as Shawn-Douglas Brady, Sami (Alison Sweeney) being what looks to be kidnapped by Andre DiMera (Thaao Penghlis), A bloody Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) who has gotten into an altercation or something even worse,  a upset Aiden (Daniel Cosgrove) who looks to have had his proposal turned down by Hope.  And the whole prom ends with DAYS icon Hope (Kristian Alfonso) saying, “I’m excited for what the future is going to bring!”

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DAYS serial killer storyline kicks off today on  the Thursday August 27th episode, and that mystery will continue well through the anniversary with many stories that will spin off and continue through the new year, and many iconic characters and returns  starting on Friday when Stephen Nichols returns as Patch!

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Watch the emotional and thrilling DAYS 50 preview promo after the jump!  Then, let us know what was your favorite moment from it? What clip got you most intrigued and excited? Comment below!

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Ray
Ray

It has been a long time since I have been this excited about watching the show. Just this week, the pace is incredible and the dialogue is much better. I LOVE how the show sees that using the vets (Maggie, Victor, Caroline, Julie, Doug, Kayla, Hope) in the hospital scene. It appears that most of the storylines that have not worked are being dumped. I hope the show does not waste the returns of Bo and Steve. The main issue I see facing the writers is making the villians more multi-dimensional (Theresa, Eve, Anne). I am ready to see Theresa have some layers and that underneath all of that nastiness is a likeable character. I believe Eve will ultimately be responsible for Paige’s death by telling on JJ being a nark. I am hoping this will allow her to see the errors in her ways and realize she MUST take responsibility of her actions (for once). The scenes of Jennifer and Eve are already starting to be boring because if you dislike someone so bad, don’t you usually stay away from him/her? It is so exciting to see Hope as the main star again. Kristian Alfonso is incredible!

Love my DOOL
Love my DOOL

I was getting the feeling that the show was ending. I am so glad that it is not and I too, enjoy the veterans of the show. I just love bio and I miss him. I love the old will as well and I miss him too.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Love your post, Ray. I do agree how the vets fi into the storylines so naturally; how the use of aging and the fragility of life gives the viewer pause and emotion. We never stop to think, in youth, how fickle and volatile life can be.
I do wish Ben would just man up and stop manipulating Abby. It doesn’t seem as if he does, but, he is becoming a mastermind as his father. Do not like Ben. I wish he had left instead of Jordan…..who, by the way, was supposed to have been recast? Did I hear that wrong?

And, yes. “we’re on the EVE of destruction”…sorry, Ray; could not resist. She’s always on a diabolical roll. Too bad; I don’t relish losing Kassie. She’s such a challenging actress. So, Eve’s misdeeds can only lead to Kassie’s exit.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Fit

Texy
Texy

This promo brings , tears, joy and happiness to my heart. #Days watcher with my mom since 1970. The tradition continues, I have a grandson named BO 😀 There is no show to ever top this one EVER! I’m so excited to see the cast reunite. Thank you

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

A one-minute promo that has done more for me where Days of Our Lives is concerned than the past two years of the soap’s broadcast has done. You can already see the revitalized changes that have come with the veterans returning and the new writing regime of Dena Higley and Josh Griffith! Plus, it’s very nice seeing the lighting go back to a warmer tone, instead of the pinkish tone it took sometime in late 2013/early 2014. This is a soap opera worth rooting for, and a soap opera worth celebrating!! This fall and next year is going to be fantastic! Here is to the next 50 years!

blake
blake

Yeah I noticed that about the lighting also, it is so much nicer these days and is more flattering for the show.

Love my DOOL
Love my DOOL

I am thinking they are doing a different lighting because it does make the veteran characters look younger.

Allen saint james
Allen saint james

I look to Days for action/adventure, mystery danger romance high stakes and mystery so this looks great.!Days of our Lives and General Hospital have always run like sister shows from my point of view due to the elements stated above. I can’t help but to hope general hospital is moving back to its 80’s roots to reclaim the essence that made it transcend. Well done DAYS. I’M EXCITED

Lou Piikes
Lou Piikes

Didn’t Days try this already in 2011? I hope 2015 is more successful than 2011.

Rose9
Rose9

Well I have to admit, as boring as the show has been lately and as much as I’ve used the fast forward button over the past two years… This promo brought tears to my eyes.

And it sounds weird but just hearing SGB’s voice again, even if it was just her crazy scream made me so happy.

Great job on that promo, it was beautifully done. Hope the show lives up to it.

mark
mark

I LOVE DAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

su0000
su0000

OK-
I have an announcement-
I tuned into DOOL.. A trial run ..
I am lost and confused, but I am a seasoned soap watcher I’m sure I will pick up, someday..

So far..
the woman in bed with the beaten up lawyer man, I don’t like her ..
I do like the older grandpa guy.
The 2 gay guys seem cool
I’m checking it out ..

((GH is my luv my #1 soap)

Love my DOOL
Love my DOOL

Just curious but why don’t you like hope? She is the one in bed with the beaten up guy.

mollie
mollie

Stay with it! It will be worth your time. Plus, this anniversary run should be great viewing 🙂 Before you know it, you’ll be “hooked” like me.

su0000
su0000

Hi.. Love my DOOL
She/Hope was very overbearing.. She was near integrating the poor lawyer guy and she acted as if she owned him, demanding she was .. lol
Of course– it was 1st impression, I have to give it time to get know the characters..
I might become fond of her/Hope..

Hi mollie..
yes, I’m gonna hang in ..! 🙂 no doubt to be hooked, also..

CeeCee
CeeCee

Su, are you bitching and complaining, perchance? How do you expect to know anything about DOOL and its characters if you do not watch? C’mon, su. You berate everyone who even dares to comment negatively about GH, but here you are stepping on poor Hope. Su, su, su….
What two gay guys, su? There are more than 2 on this show. But, they have names….not 2 gay guys…LOL…just teasing, su. Days is GREAT!!!!!!

su0000
su0000

now now Cee..
I did not complain..
I was not negative..
bwa you tryin to poke me aha!
quote me
”OK-
I have an announcement- <– me being dramatic! pretty good huh lol
I tuned into DOOL.. A trial run <– I'm being explorative!
I am lost and confused, but I am a seasoned soap watcher I’m sure I will pick up, someday.. <– hopeful

So far..
the woman in bed with the beaten up lawyer man, I don’t like her .. <–don't like comment
I do like the older grandpa guy… <– nice comment
The 2 gay guys seem cool.. <– nice comment
I’m checking it out ..'' <– I'm watching
See CeeCee, I'm being nice, I'm such a sweetheart lol! 🙂
🙂 I know you are teasing..

Hope, I don't know much of her yet.. I need time but yah she seems very bossy type hey maybe there is hope for Hope!

you want me to know names! I am totally bad with names good with faces, tho
0ooh more than 2 gay guys you tell..
wonder if they are bad or good guys, I need time .. I wish, some are bad boys!
have a good one, CeeCee ..

CeeCee
CeeCee

@su.
It is impossible not to like you , su. Believe me, I trust everything you say when it comes to GH. Except for Sonny. LOL.
I’m glad you got my sarcasm about bitching….I am your greatest fan, su.
DOOL is an aqua red taste. I never really got into it until seven years ago. But, the soap has always been popular in my Gran’s house growing up. My mother was always too busy to watch soaps.
Welcome to DOOL. you will love it. By the way, Hope is a cop and has been on the show since she was a teen. Check her out. She has been to hell and back. It will be worth your time, my friend.

susan blackman
susan blackman

I’m so thrilled that Days is returning to what made the show special an that is love, family romance ,drama and adventure. It’s going to be so good and I can’t wait I’m so excited for it all to start thank you,thank you

Beth
Beth

Best. Promo. Ever. I’ve been waiting and waiting for DOOL to take over the soap media so that I no longer have to listen to spoiled “retiring” actors and controversy due to HW firings. Daytime needs some good news, and this promo is just what the doctor ordered. As a fan of old-school DOOL, this promo has a lot of what I’ve missed for so long. I’ve started watching again after six months of apathy and I like what I see. Now with this promo and Mr. Patch Johnson returning to Salem tomorrow, I have even more reason to watch. I hope DOOL will deliver the goods the way this promo hints they will. I’m so psyched for romance and suspense with characters I love and recognize.

Tina
Tina

I love Days. It has become a part of my every day life. I am so excited to see what’s to come.

Mary
Mary

Golly I have been begging for the romance, danger, intrigue, family values to return to Salem for years and now it looks as though Dena, Josh and writing team are doing just that. This past week has been the best I have seen in a very long time. And now with Bo, Andre, Steve returning and our favs John and Marlena being reunited I am beyond excited. Without naming names I am sure happy to see some of the characters, not necessarily the actors, leaving salem. The prior writing team did their best to bring Salem to a grinding halt but now I see hope, I see a new beginning in Salem

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

Excited about DAYS again, love the promo, this was a great soap and it can be great again! My hopes are high for the 50th. Today’s episode was outstanding! New writers have made such a difference! Can’t wait to see Patch tomorrow!

Nancy
Nancy

I just got chills.

Mary SF
Mary SF

I am excited, but cynic that I am has to wonder if this will last past the 50th or are they setting up for Days to go out on with a bang? Let’s hope this all translates into ratings and the suits realize the only thing that was ever wrong with Days was neglect.

blake
blake

Oh wow this seriously gave me shivers! They are doing such a great job for the anniversary and I really hope they can keep this up forever.

And wow Bo looks so damn hot there, he still has such an incredible body. He reminded me of the Hulk there on the table lol. I really hope he is back for good.

me3
me3

I. am. here. for all of this! Finally, the gods blessed us with real soap. I can’t watch GH anymore so Days and Bold are it for me this fall.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

So excited! It looks like it’s going to be quite s ride! (loved seeing Sami and André the most, but I’m looking forward to all the returns)

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Who is Aiden working for…Billie or Carly…could Megan Hathaway still be alive somehow and trying to keep Bo and Hope apart or even Larry???

Sunny
Sunny

I cannot wait. I have been watching for all those 50 years. Lots of history with various characters and storylines. My fav soap of all time. Let’s roll.

Patrick
Patrick

i’m crying now

what a beautiful promo

OUR DAYS are

Patrick
Patrick

Daniel Cosgrove is so handsome

I’m going to miss him

what if he is undercover… working with John ; ISA ?

dang it tho… Peter Reckell looks good too

su0000
su0000

I noticed there is minus romance in the hard hitting promo drama that all are loving to pieces..
couples are boring… action drama is what most like and want..
the praise of the promos hard drama shows that ..

sonniorsolita
sonniorsolita

What? It opens with John and Marlena in a romantic setting. It features supercouples kissing and saying “I love you” repeatedly throughout… yes, there is drama but there’s plenty of romance, too. I think viewers want both action and romance (and family, too).

CeeCee
CeeCee

No worries,sonniorsolita. Unless it is GH, su will find the most minute spec on which to carp.
I actually find GH lovers disgusting….Alexis and Julian ….Ava and babyMorgan….Dante and Valeie…ahhh, lest I forget, Sonny and Carly…..anyone else?
So, I parrot your words, my friend.

su0000
su0000

hi sonniorsolita..
0ooh I am an action high drama intrigue lover!
Couples love stuff bores me to nood.. they just have love gone wrong problems, same kind of yawns and break up, and then rotate and get back together.. lol nothing exciting with that stuff.
Anyways, I just started to watch… it looks good, so far..

Robert in Jersey City
Robert in Jersey City

That special logo! NBC invested 5 whole minutes in it!

At least the show is hanging on!

Patrick
Patrick

“… only – ONE – Days of OUR Lives”

heart pulling
disbelief
ALL ON

Les
Les

That was some promo! I have actually begun watching again and really enjoyed what I have seen so far. Keep up the great work!

becky
becky

the clip was to fast half of it i couldnt catch fast enough ugh

Patrick
Patrick

“I may as well have been blubbering”

this is in regard to MF; asking, our opinion of the first 3 days of DAYS

and it was all due to this past FRIDAY’ ep: Victor, Maggie, and Caroline

the ex-lover, new lover, and best man

“magical”

Caroline to Victor: “you are a big softy at heart”

Maggie to Victor: “she’s the mother of your son, your dear friend”

Caroline to Maggie: “I’m so glad Victor, found you”

Victor to Maggie : “there’s no one, no one, in the world I love more”

scene fades with Maggie and Caroline hugging it out

I love these three.

Marlena and John: RICH history and more beloved than even I realize

when Marlena let John down softly… that he wouldn’t be waking up the following morning with her… but John… “promised” that he will be doing everything in his power… to make up for all his past actions

Hope and Aiden: it’s stunning to witness Hope… following her heart… and responding to Aiden. the comfort of watching Hope in love, with another man… is staggering… as some posts have said… Daniel Cosgrove is such a charmer! his easy going manner… with those “magnificent eyes” don’t let up

these troopers are just the surface.. and not any less than… when the whole cast is featured!

Kelly
Kelly

Andre Dimera kidnaps Sami? Now that should prove very interesting.

Gmbenet
Gmbenet

My favorite moment from the clip was seeing Julie hit someone over the head with something. Clip went so fast I couldn’t tell who she clobbered but it looked like Ben. Didn’t like seeing Marlena get attacked.. Hope she is alright! Looked like Hope was a target too, but Hope can fight! Like seeing Hope take care of herself! She must get it from Julie! Looks to be an exciting Fall in Salem! Happy for everyone on the show. (Just don’t mess with Marlena!)

Patrick
Patrick

LOL

what a fun, FUN, fun, post

ladies bar none

Julie
Marlena
Hope

i’ve just gotta prop Suzanne Rogers’ “my” mother Horton… Maggie

she acts with such ease… not too much not less than… just on par… meeting her mark… and carrying “with”

I adore her and Victor

parts of the promo blipped by… and I didn’t catch who Julie clobbered… but it made me laugh

Gmbenet
Gmbenet

If you are saying Suzanne Rogers gets far too little praise for her work, I agree 100%! Maggie is often taken for granted, but if she was not there the show would not be the same!

I saw Maggie in the scene where Julie hit somebody (Ben?) over the head. Couldn’t make out what she was doing, but glad she was there. Otherwise Julie might kill someone!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Hi Patrick,

Upon pausing while playing a few times, I’m sure it’s Hope’s bachelorette party where we see Julie bust a champagne bottle over a stripper’s head. He would have to be a stripper because the only men that go to bachelorette parties are strippers.

It must be for Hope because she is the center of attention. They are drinking champagne, presents are visible in the background and the most telling of all is:

Hope is wearing the same ring that Aiden shows her earlier when he asks her to marry him!!!!!

Polly
Polly

I love this promo, it gives me hope for the show and leaves me on pins and needles. I love that Bo is returning home and I love that he and Hope is kicking a**. It looks like she stabs the serial killer or someone posing as the serial killer. I love the supercouples, the vets, Chabby, and Andre. Most of all I love when the Brady’s kick a** and the romance is the icing on the cake.

JD
JD

The past week plus of shows with Higley at the helm so far has been an over-rated letdown for me. The scenes are slow moving, and mostly featuring characters I don’t care about. Maybe I blinked and missed it, but I did not see a single gay character in any of those preview clips, so I guess what the fans were saying about Higley is true. She’s whitewashing Salem and de-gaying it. What a shame. It’s the gay storylines that got the show all the critical acclaim it has received over the past several years. All this talk about making DAYS great again, sounds about as ridiculous as Trump saying he can make America great again. DAYS and America have both been great to me all along. In fact, many aspects of DAYS have been GREATER since Higley’s last reign of terror.

Sorry fans, you all may be drinking the Kool-Aid, but this longtime DAYS fan is NOT. Higley destroyed Salem before and she probably will again.

Patrick
Patrick

“… It’s the gay storylines that got the show all the critical acclaim it has received over the past several years. ”

here, here

I’m soapboxing this with

I don’t think Higley would whitewash or de-gay this epic. I certainly hope not

it does cross my mind… that all that accolade has since gone by the way side since Chandler Massey and Freddie Smith, are no longer with? and it’s not my opinion that it should be left by the wayside… I love this story… bunches and bunches

Guy Wilson does not have all the arsenal in his acting chops to be relied on. it’s Christopher Sean’ Paul that should be forefronted. marquee and feature this man.

JD
JD

Amen to putting Paul Narita front and center. Christopher Sean has done an amazing job with every scene partner he’s been up against. From the other gay characters to the seasoned divas Kate and Marlena. Heck, he has singlehandly made the virtually unwatchable Drake Hogestyn WATCHABLE in their scenes together. Great chemistry there, and since Sonny hit the road… these Paul/John father/son bonding scenes have been the most nuanced and interesting of ANYTHING written by HigFith.

Tom Jenkins
Tom Jenkins

I too feel that the gay characters have really more than been placed on a “back burner”. Will is now reduced to listening to Abigail’s problems, and with Derrick and Paul out of the picture I don’t know where else the remaining characters can go. Why couldn’t they develop a story for Derrick? He seems to be a capable albeit somewhat unseasoned actor. I don’t see what’s so great about the actor who plays Ben (Abigail’s love interest) – I don’t have anything against him but he’s not the most interesting actor to watch. Of course, they always go back to the endless triangle of Nicole, Eric and Daniel – they are fine in the acting department but honestly, enough is enough already.
I don’t think the current writing team, competent though they may be, give a darn about the gay characters, that’s the overall feeling that I get.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

JD, I’m here to set the record straight (no pun intended) that this longtime fan is loving the improved DAYS…It’s improved not only by Dena Higley, but by Josh Griffith also!

Dena and Josh did not do away with the gay storyline. How can the storyline continue when Freddie Smith chose to leave? They don’t want to recast right away because they realize most viewers aren’t accepting Guy Wilson as Will. They have to deal with Will/Guy before moving on with a Sonny recast. They still have Paul. I believe they should focus on Paul and his newfound family and go from there.

Dena Higley knows the history of DAYS and Josh Griffith has wanted to write for DAYS since he’s been a fan. They are doing an excellent job so far.

jen
jen

It’s hard to get excited when I’m worried Will Horton has been put on the back burner. I started watching in the 80s, so the vets are nice, but Will is a main character, a Horton & a Brady, born on screen to Sami & Lucas. He’s important and deserves a good storyline instead of being a supporting character.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I like the character “Will” but he’s been front burner for years now. A little break isn’t a bad thing. With Sami coming back I’m sure he will be a big part of her return. Love me some Lumi!

Justin
Justin

Looks Fantastic! Take note GH, this is what will bring viewers back!

dee
dee

HI, I AM SO HAPPY WITH DENA AND HER PARTNER FIXING UP DAYS, BUT NOT HAPPY THEY SHOVED ADIEN UNDER THE BUS, TO BRING BACK BO DON’T GET ME WRONG I LOVE BO FROM DAY ONE HE WAS MY MAN CRUSH, MAYBE STILL, HE LEFT DAYS HE WASN’T HAPPY. THAT’S OK SOME TIMES WE ALL NEED A BREAK, KNOW ANDRE, PLEASE LORD !! WHY COULD’T IT BE TONY AND ANNA BACK !!! ANY WAY I HOPE DOC DON’T GET KILLED OFF KILL CLYDE AND BEN OFF ………..

Lynda
Lynda

I really enjoy Chad and Abigail together, , they could easily be the next E J and Sammie,
keeping the DeMeira family going , Ben is much to boring for the new dynamics you guys are bringing to the show….and we already know who the real father is,,.

CeeCee
CeeCee

YES, YES, YES, Lynda…..so glad I’m not the only one who loves these two together. Much, much more than Ben and Abby. He cannot act; he brings no spark to the relationship. Abby is not a fave of mine, but, with Chad, she comes to life. Yes, we know who the daddy is…..I hope the baby inherits Chad’s gorgeous eyes.
Now, of course he will be arrested for Serena’s murder. Perhaps, it’s a good thing. Every diabolical misdeed Clyde has done will unfold through an investigation; the result bringing Chad and Abby together.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

The promo is just the beginning of a series of promos of which will convince soap viewers to come home. DAYS should not be taken for granted!

For those who have never watched DAYS, now is the time to tune in!!!!!

Wayne Lawless
Wayne Lawless

What will happen to the gay characters? No mention of them here.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Good question, Wayne. With Sonny gone, I can only hope Paul will stick around to shine his gorgeous self on us….and, his smile. But, whatever TPTB do, please do not pair him with Will. How can either Sonny or Paul ever trust him again…. Or anyone else, for that matter. Ugh!! Let’s hope Will leaves, Sonny comes back and he and Paul can live happily ever after. Too good to be true for a soap. Soap gods do not like happy.

Angie
Angie

It looks like Julie is hitting Shawn D with the bottle. OMGoodness

Angie
Angie

Also if you notice when Hope is kissing Bo, she has the ring on that Aiden gave her soooo this is after Bo;s return!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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DAYS Promo: What’s Going To Happen At Jarlena’s Wedding Anniversary Shindig?

Coming up next week on Days of our Lives, prepare for drama, drama, and more drama! From the looks of the latest promo for the NBC soap opera, the action takes place at Marlena (Deidre Hall) and John’s (Drake Hogestyn) surprise one-year wedding anniversary soirée, where things could take a deadly turn!

But with the Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) masquerading as “Nicole” plot reaching new heights, Anna DiMera (Leann Hunley) and Tony DiMera (Thaao Penghlis) back in Salem, and the promo telling viewers “For one guest, the party, is over” followed by Sonny (Freddie Smith) yelling, “She’s got a gun!” and Brady’s (Eric Martsolf) ending line, “Oh, my God!” there is plenty to conjecture.

Also seen in the teaser is Kate (Lauren Koslow) trying to rip off the face of Susan Banks (Stacy Haiduk), and Stefan (Brandon Barash) and Gabi (Camila Banus) getting hot and heavy and Eric (Greg Vaughan) yelling, “No!”

So, check out the promo below and then let us know via the comment section below, what you think is about to go down at Jarlena’s party, where last August at their nuptials … things did not go off without a hitch, either!

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DAYS Stacy Haiduk and Eric Martsolf Talk Kristen & Brady’s Twisted Relationship : The Mask, The Deception, The Sex

Last week on Days of our Lives, Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) was able to get the man she craves in between the sheets.  So, just how did that happen when Brady Black (Eric Martsolf) had no idea she was alive?  Well … he still doesn’t, really.  You see, Kristen returned to Salem disguised as another ex flame of Brady’s, Nicole Walker (who everyone believed died in the warehouse explosion).  And Kristen has been parading around town donning an incredible likeness of Nicole’s face – via a prosthetic mask – and some other tricks to sound and look just like her!

Kristen’s goal is to infiltrate Salem, remind Brady of the love and passion they shared, take over DiMera Enterprises, and who knows what else!  And everyone who stands in her way, better watch out as we have seen! We are speaking to you (the late) Ted, and (once kidnapped) Kate, et al.

Fans of the NBC daytime drama series have followed the tortured relationship between Kristen and Brady for years and through many plots; Kristen was first played and brought to life by Eileen Davidson, and for well over a year now by Stacy Haiduk.  Not only has Haiduk reprised the role of a frustrated, vengeful Kristen, she is also playing at times multiple roles: the wacky and often misunderstood, Susan Banks, Kristen playing Susan, or Kristen pretending to be Sister Mary Moira.

As for Daytime Emmy winner, Eric Martsolf, this latest story arc puts him front and center as viewers watch to see if what Brady senses, and the clues, and the feelings he is having, bring him to the conclusion that he has been duped by Kristen, and that her horrendous scheme – pretending to be Nicole (Arianne Zucker), and dumping Nicole’s longtime love Eric (Greg Vaughan) to be with him have a result that is unexpected or catastrophic!

Michael Fairman TV sat down with Stacy and Eric for this conversation about: all the plot twists, and playing the drama and the humor of the situations they find themselves in as actors in a wild story that only head writer Ron Carlivati could pen and keep the audience on the edge of their seats in the process. Check out this oh-so-fun, direct, and enlightening chat with two of DAYS most shining stars.

Photo: JPI

Eric, what has it been like working in this part of your storyline; where there’s the character of Kristen in its many forms: Arianne Zucker playing “Nicole” (but it’s really Kristen), Kristen as Susan, and the real Kristen, etc?

ERIC:  It’s been a nightmare Michael.  (Laughs)  I don’t know who I’m sleeping with anymore.  I’m at the point where I go home at night, and I just tug on my wife’s cheek just to make sure that she is not my ex-girlfriend from high school.

When you first heard of this storyline, and that it was going to facilitate how Arianne was going to come back to the show… and that it was supposed to be Kristen in a Nicole Walker prosthetic mask with a voice alternator, what went through your mind?

ERIC:  I think in the back of Ron’s Carlivati’s (head writer, DAYS) mind, he was thinking to himself, “This dude started his soap career on Passions, he’s okay with this kind of thing,” and honestly, nothing surprises me anymore.  When you’re thrown into that supernatural, crazy reality, doesn’t-live-here sort of atmosphere for you first soap gig, you don’t sweat a mask and a voice modulator.  That’s just par for the course.  My biggest problem was the body thing … that Brady is not able to distinguish one body from the other, because I would as Eric.  My God, I know every inch of my wife’s body.  So, it’s difficult to get my head around that, but at the same time, I’m going with the whole “love is blind” thing here. (Laughs)

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(Laughs) I was going just going to say that Brady would absolutely know Kristen’s body from how passionate their relationship has been in the past, as well, he would Nicole’s body from his relationship with her.

ERIC:  Since Kristen did finally just succeed – let’s use the word in “seducing” him, and using her wonderful feminine wiles as only Kristen has to get Brady in to bed, there was also another twist.  What plays after that is that he notices the tattoo that’s been removed, and she plays it off as scarring from the fire.  What’s going through his mind as he is making love to Nicole is a “Kristen train”.  He can’t get Kristen out of his mind, and the guilt that he feels about that is horrendous.

Right! Brady is thinking: “Why am I feeling this when I am supposed to be with Nicole!?”

ERIC:  Right!  Brady has been waiting for a relationship for God knows how many years now – at least a successful one.  He is so eager to have this work, even though he has been concerned about how Eric (Greg Vaughan) would feel about this.  In Brady’s mind, Eric is done with Nicole.  He’s good.  He loves Sarah (Linsey Godfrey).  This is fair game.  Brady and Nicole have always been close … they’ve been close before … so, for him, it’s, why not give it a fair try?   However, he finds himself now thinking about another woman the whole time.  That’s rough.

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Do you think in the back of his mind, that this whole time, he possibly knew that “Nicole” was Kristen?

ERIC:  Well, you just have to wait.  There will be a reveal eventually, obviously, but until then, let the games play on.

So, once Brady and “Nicole” have sex, he keeps thinking about Kristen?

ERIC:  Constantly!  She just plagues his mind.  I think he’s realizing that his affection for Kristen is anything but dead and is very alive, and I think this is Kristen’s master plan from the very beginning.  She knows that she pervades his soul, and once she does reveal herself, I would guess he would probably be surprised, maybe a little angry, but in the end … you can’t deny what your heart and your body wants, right?

One of my favorite recent scenes had Brady half-naked and Kristen as Susan getting into his room, because she was looking for the MIA Nicole mask she so desperately needed.  She finds herself gawking and lusting after Brady under her disguise, and he tries to remove himself from the situation and says, “Susan, I’m going to get in the shower…”

ERIC:  Yeah! And, “It’s not going to happen, baby.”

What was that like doing that scene?

STACY:  I loved it!  I thought Eric was brilliant in it.  I watched it, and I thought, “Oh, my God!”  (Laughs) It is one of my all-time favorite scenes.

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ERIC:  Kristen is a tiger.

STACY:  She is a tiger.  She’s got a goal, and she is going to go after that.  She has obstacles that are going to come in-between her goal, but she will go after whatever she wants.

When Stacy comes in to Brady’s room as Susan, were you not laughing?

ERIC: No!  I thought she was hot. (Laughs)

STACY:  He did … he loved it.  You liked me, didn’t you baby? (Laughs)

ERIC:  I don’t think anybody can deny that Stacy Haiduk’s portrayal of Susan Banks is ridiculously good.  Everything from her delivery … to her facial expressions.  I think it is amazing.  I mean, it is corny, and it is fun, and soaps need characters like that once in a while to lighten the load of the heavy dialogue and the drama.  It’s a welcomed addition.  So, I love playing scenes with Susan.

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Eric, you always have been able play the straight-man so well in comedic scenes with impeccable timing,

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STACY:  You’re brilliant, Eric.

ERIC:  You guys are being very nice to me.

STACY:  You are.  I remember on the day how much fun we had, but then, seeing it back and the crap that I was giving you, and just the stuff you were giving back was so beautiful, and innocent, and so alive.  It was so funny.

Does Kristen think that now that she finally got Brady into bed that she won … that she got what she wanted … even if she had to don a “Nicole” mask to do it?

STACY:  Well, no, because she still can’t be really Kristen.  I think she is grateful that she gets to be with him.  That’s one of her biggest goals: to be with Brady and she wants to have him fall back in love with her again.  But for her, now it’s all about, “How do I reveal myself so that he doesn’t get scared away?”  That’s the toughest part for her.  Kristen’s love is so deep that it goes beyond this mask.  So, how is it going to be when he sees her?   Is he going to freak out?  What’s going to happen?

ERIC:  Did you think Kristen would be a little pissed off and think, “Oh my God.  He did go for Nicole?”

STACY:  Yes!  I do, because she’s like, “Finally, I got him!  But wait a minute … did I get him because I was Nicole … or because I was Kristen?”  As Kristen, she always believes there is something deeper between them and a deep connection.  That remains a driving force to her.

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ERIC:  That’s why I love these characters so much, because of you and the history of Kristen with Brady.  She’s always wanted him as much as he has wanted her.  She’s always wanted to be loved.

STACY:  Yes … and very much so.

ERIC:  Kristen had always wanted to be a part of the DiMera Empire, just as Brady has always wanted to be a part of the Kiriakis Empire, and they’ve always wanted love.  They’ve never had it.  They believe in the back of their minds that anything is attainable.  So, I can see why Kristen would just forgo the Nicole disguise and just go, “He wants me.”

STACY:  Kristen wants to believe that Brady knows it.  She says to herself, “He knows it’s me inside and behind the mask.  When he finds out, he will fall back in love with me.”

Now that she actually had sex with Brady, wouldn’t that make Kristen even more insatiable to be with him? Like, “I’ve got to have him!?”

STACY:  The fear is still .. what happens she takes this mask off?  She always says, “I’ll reveal myself, but I have to do it slowly when it is the right time.”  I think there is that built up frustration now for her, absolutely!

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Arianne Zucker really has Stacy’s mannerisms down as Kristen.  It really comes into in scenes where “Nicole” goes off on someone or loses her temper.  Eric, you have worked with Arianne for years on this show.  What do you think about her performances in this storyline?

ERIC:  I have worked with Ari over the years, and I have enjoyed it a lot.  Ari did do her homework.  She did study Stacy’s tape, and she watched her mannerisms, and she took it very seriously.  I know that because she is a hard worker, as much as a goofball as she is, she does work hard, and she wanted it to be good.  I think my favorite parts were the Kristen meltdowns.  You have to understand though; Stacy and Ari get along very well!  They’re kind of two peas in a pod.  So, it wasn’t a big stretch for her to take on how Stacy would play those types of scenes.  They’re both animated, they’re both wild people by nature, and so, it was a good fit.  It was a smart idea from the writers.

STACY:  It was a good fit!

ERIC:  I’ve been out with the two of them, and it’s hard to tell the two of them apart. (Laughs)

STACY:  We are just like two cuddly bunnies.

ERIC:  They’re like flirting with each other, and hugging each other.  You find yourself thinking, “Are they going to start ordering the same food at the same time?  This is getting weird. (Laughs)

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In the recent scene that aired; where Kristen as “Nicole” turns off the light while having sex with Brady, is she worried her plan will now go awry?

STACY:  Yes.  I think she is worried about her body because it is burned.  You know, how they take a tattoo off, and it’s as painful as can be.  Not that I’ve had that done personally.  I like my tats, but I hear it is painful.  So, in the storyline, the burn is that pain that she has and the tattoo. There’s a part of her that thinks,  she has to cover it up, and turn the lights down low.

ERIC:  “Nicole” is sleeping, and Brady is rubbing his hands over her shoulder and touching her body, and as he goes over the burn marks.  He sees a flash of the tattoo!  That is a pivotal moment when he starts to put some pieces together.   He thinks, “Woah! That’s exactly where that tattoo was.”  It’s a slow little rollercoaster ride.

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In the past, Kristen then played by Eileen Davidson, drugged and raped Father Eric.  Stacy, did you ever see that story arc?  Literally the sex scene is playing on the screen at Kristen’s wedding to Brady and then all hell breaks loose.  This to say Kristen is notorious for the ways and the lengths she goes to get her men into bed.

STACY:  Yes! I saw her Eileen do those scenes.

ERIC:  You also saw how close Kristen and Brady were to their dream, to their happiness, their goal, which was they were going to marry each other.  Brady is looking upon his loved ones in this town and thinking, “I know what you all think of her, but I’m going to show you our love on this screen, and once you see the connection that we have here as a couple, you all are going to be convinced that we belong together as well.  This is the happiest day of my life,” and the screen comes up and it’s his brother banging Kristen instead.

Marlena (Deidre Hall) played the wrong DVD!

STACY:  It was so good.  See, I try to find as much info as I can on the character’s past, because all of the time I’m trying to find where these characters have been in their dark and twisted past.

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ERIC:  You’re putting your own stamp on Kristen.  You got a direct call from DAYS casting department, didn’t you … when they were recasting the role?

STACY:  Yes.  You have to understand, I had two really separate characters to play when I was on Y&R.  One was a doctor, and one was this crazy passionate, wild, little minx.

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ERIC:  I will say to find the wild and the beauty in one package is not easy in any town, yet alone Los Angeles.  I’m glad they called you, because you have that.  You have that villainous nature, but you also are able to show a vulnerable side to Kristen that is going to be a lot of fun and interesting to see.

Stacy is one of those people that will leap off of the screen at you and you will remember her.  She is one actress that will have fans talking about their work, like when you played crazy Patty Williams on Y&R.  The audience was on the edge of their seats going, “Oh, my God!  What is Patty going to do next?”

STACY:  I never knew what she was going to do!

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Eric, has Stacy come to you at any point where she been overwhelmed by the task at hand; playing Susan while playing Kristen, etc, and the two of you have a moment where you work through some of the challenges of complex scenes  … and ones where she is playing multiple characters?

ERIC:  We’ve had many moments  to speak of.

STACY:  I always come into Eric’s room, and am like, “I’m scared!”

ERIC:  It’s funny you mention it.  We have had some very emotional scenes, and Stacy – who cares so damn much about this job and portraying this character correctly – that she gets a little overwhelmed, and the material that they give her is overwhelming for any anybody on any level.  I have looked at her in the eyes, and said, “You’ve got this gig.  You are this character.  You are knocking it out of the park.  Just do it.  Just be you.”   I can’t wait for people to see some of the stuff we have shot recently and have been doing.

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Stacy, do you think Kristen can be redeemed? Many characters on daytime … and on DAYS … have done horrible things and later turned over a new leaf.

STACY:  The thing is that villains are bad and all that other crap, but they’ve got a lot of stuff going on inside and insecurities, and they’ve got a heart.  I’m sorry, the villain with a heart of gold, can be very  true.  I never see villains (and I play them a lot) as bad.  You have to find where it comes from … how far does this go … where did that little seed change … and what made them go into the dark, but also, where is the good?  You want to bring the good to it, too.

ERIC:  Let’s face it!  Star Wars is all about Darth Vader and how he became that because it’s intriguing.

Because of the pace in which DAYS tapes its episodes; do the two of you find time to run lines together before you go hit the set?

ERIC:  We are running out of time to run lines.  It’s pretty wild.  Funnily enough, I was recently filming a movie and I was so underwhelmed at the pace of everything.  I’ve gotten so accustomed to moving at this militant style, that as hard as it is, it is preferable to me now.  I almost like it because you don’t have time to overthink what you are going to do, and you end up getting more visceral and natural reactions to the material.  You can overthink a scene, and you can come to a wrong performance that way.  When you burn your fingers on a hot stove, that’s the most natural reaction you are going to get.  You can’t have ten minutes to think about how you are going to scream about that pain.

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But, would you like the pace of shooting the show to be a bit slower?

STACY:  I would like to, but I do think sometimes just jumping in, and going and seeing what happens is great.  I love that.  I do appreciate that.

ERIC:  It’s scary.

STACY:  It is scary.  I would love if we would get to do a rehearsal and then two takes just to see, and then they can mix  together what happens.  Sometimes I am hard on myself as an actress.  I’ve always been.  It’s that jumping in when you only get to do one take.  You have to just give it everything you’ve got.

ERIC:  You can have a second take.  Want me to give you a little secret?  All you have to do is screw up your last line.

STACY:  I can’t do that.   I don’t even need it to be perfect because nothing is perfect.  It doesn’t matter what I’ve done if I sometimes don’t feel it.  I need to feel it when I’m on that set.  I need to feel something because when I shut down, I close myself off.  It’s like an athlete who has just got to  train as hard as they can to reach their goal.

ERIC:  You’re an Olympic swimmer!

STACY:  You’ve got to do it as hard as you can.  You practice, and you practice, and you practice, and you practice, so that when you come to that day, you do the best you can, but sometimes you are disappointed because you didn’t get that one last thing you had hoped for.

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How do you view what happened to Eric with Kristen, who disguised as Nicole, tricked Brady into bed with her?  Some fans commented that that they thought it was akin to a rape.

ERIC:  No, I would disagree with that theory.  I believe there is a high degree of deception in this, but there is a willingness on behalf of Brady.  He’s not drugged.  He’s not being forced to do anything.  Deception, yes.  Rape, no.

Stacy, what do you think?

STACY:  Total deception.  There is no rape.  There is absolutely no rape.  These are willing participants; he just doesn’t know exactly who he is dealing with.

ERIC:  I appreciate the context of how somebody could construe that, and the seriousness of the matter.  I don’t think it really has a place in this particular storyline.

Do you guys think that Brady and Kristen are each other’s star-crossed lovers in a weird, twisted, bizarre way?

ERIC:  I don’t know.  I think they’re magnetism can’t be denied.  I think the hurdles that they’ve jumped through are astronomical.  Will they end up together in the end?  Who knows!  Will there ever be an end?  Who knows!  It’s definitely been one of, if not the most, in-depth relationships Brady has ever had.

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And intense!

ERIC:  Yeah.  They’ve just gone through so much to be together, and when you do that, anybody who is married knows that, that’s where the good stuff is; the wars that you win together and the battles that you go through.  When you come out of the war, and you’re still together, that’s the bond.  That’s what lasts.

What would Kristen do if she couldn’t have Brady in the end?  Would she find a new obsession?  What if she could not nab her man?

STACY:  Wow!  Hmmm. (Laughs)  She’s going to get her man.  She wants her man.  She wouldn’t settle.  She’d keep fighting.  I would say to her, “Kristen, keep fighting the good fight.”

So, do you think Kristen will reveal herself to Brady sooner than later? Will Brady figure out what Kristen has been doing to get to him?  Will Brady turn Kristen away if he knew she was alive and back in action  … or would he fall back into her arms? Share your theories via the comment section below.

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Daytime Emmys To Merge Younger Actor & Actress Category Into One As Gender-Inclusive Categories Are On The Rise

The upcoming 47th annual Daytime Emmys are already making some changes to key categories and specifically this one that affects daytime drama performers.  Word from Variety is that NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) is going to announce that they are combining the Younger Actor and Actress categories into one gender-neutral category

Not only will the Younger performer category be gender-inclusive, but network soap performances will be combined with digital drama series performances for the category.  Previously, for this past Daytime Emmys, NATAS had changed the Guest Performer in a Drama Series to be gender-inclusive.

This category was initially created in 1985 when it was called the Outstanding Ingenue and then from there tweaked into Outstanding Juvenile Female and Male, and more recently that morphed into the Younger Actor and Actress categories.

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Former GH star Hayley Erin (Ex-Kiki) and former DAYS star, Kyle Pettis (Ex-Theo) will now be the last female and male to win the two separate categories with this new move for 2020.

Fans of film and TV have noticed that on several award shows on MTV: their Movie and TV Awards and their VMA’s, there are several gender-inclusive categories, as well as the Television Critics Association Awards who for instance doles out Outstanding Individual Achievement in Drama in comedy.

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So, what do you think of the change; that there will now be one Younger performer category at the Daytime Emmys? Comment below.

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