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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Lives Are Forever Changed When Kristen and Xander’s Plans Blow Up In Pivotal Episode

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In an explosive and can’t miss episode of Days of our Lives, all roads lead to a warehouse that appears to be filled with presumed dead bodies of former Salemites!  Behind the experiments and illegal activities going on in this creepy place are Xander (Paul Telfer) and Kristen DiMera (Stacy Haiduk)!  This takes us to the action where Nicole (Arianne Zucker), who has been forced under Xander’s thumb, knocks him out and takes the recording of her confession to murdering Deimos, as she desperately tries to find Eric (Greg Vaughan), who has been tied up to a chair in another part of the warehouse thanks to Kristen!

Nicole is traumatized with baby Holly in tow as she comes upon a confusing maze of locked door with the initials VA, AD, AV, SD, ED, JD, and WR on them.  Had you figured out who they all stand for???   Brady (Eric Martsolf) hears Nicole calling out for Eric and is now locked in the E.D. marked room thanks to Sami (Alison Sweeney), who is searching for EJ!  Brady asks Nicole to let him out, she says “no” and not until she finds Eric!

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Kristen, who has Eric hostage, tells him that she and Xander need to move precious cargo in the warehouse and the building has been compromised! Sami finds her brother with Kristen! She demands to know where EJ is and attacks Kristen.  Cut to another shocker! Dr. Rolf (William Utay) is alive and prepares a large syringe for his mystery patient.  He explains to the man that the formula was far from perfected back then when they tried to use it, so he understands how apprehensive the patient would be trying it again. After injecting the patient, who we believe could be EJ, Rolf tells him Samantha Brady is here in the warehouse!  The man jumps up on the hearing of Sami’s name and grabs Rolf, but then a Bunsen burner is knocked over by accident and Rolf yells, “Fire!”  Then, the burner explodes in the man’s face like a fireball!

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Elsewhere, Xander comes in and finds the Sami/Eric/Kristen situation as sounds of explosions rock the warehouse and everyone starts screaming. Xander and Kristen run out, Sami frees Eric, then rushes out to mind the man she believes is EJ.  But then, rubble falls upon Nicole and she is separated from Eric and Brady.  She fits Holly fits through a hole and Brady runs out of the building with the little girl leaving star-crossed loves Eric and Nicole holding hands through the rubble.

Kristen finds Brady outside with Holly and begs him to come with her.  She wants him back and he tells her no way, and she tells him he will be sorry for this! She runs back inside the burning building.  Sami goes into the lab and calls EJ’s name, but she sees Dr. Rolf and he runs out.  Sami gets the burned man out of the blazing inferno!

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Back inside, Nicole begs Eric to watch over Holly, as she is not going to make it out of the fire.  Brady runs back in to save his brother, and hits him with a crowbar, when he won’t leave Nicole and could die himself. A gut-wrenched Nicole knows she is left to die with no way out!  Outside the warehouse, Eric comes to and loses it when he realizes Brady saved him and left Nicole inside!  Next, the warehouse door explodes!  Brady and Eric can’t get back in to save Nicole.

Inside, as the warehouse burns around her, Kristen says she is not afraid, and turns and reveals the Phoenix tattoo on her back! Looks like she is burning herself in the fire only to rise again!

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But that’s not all! Rex has returned to Salem in the form of Kyle Lowder making his debut as Kate and Roman’s son. You remember the Gemini Twins???  During Lowder’s first scenes back in Salem (he previously played Brady Black), Ron Carlivati and the DAYS writing team took the opportunity to give us some quickie Rex history including that: sister Cassie was stuck in a piñata and left for dead once, and how he and Cassie fell out of the sky!  Now in present day, Rex tells Roman (Josh Taylor) he is engaged and before he can tell his dad her name, Lucas (Bryan Dattilo) walks in with Baby Bonnie.  Rex holds the baby, not knowing that elsewhere Mimi Lockhart (Farah Fath) is confessing to Belle (Martha Madison) that Rex is the true bio-dad of Baby Bonnie!

What did you think of DAYS’ jam-packed, pivotal episode? Share your thoughts via the comment section below, and let us know what was your favorite moment in it?

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AVP
AVP

I haven’t watched in years-way too cartoonish for my taste. Although, it would be nice to have an explosion in Port Charles to get rid of the dead weight! – Parking Lot Peter, Insipid Lulu, Dumb Dawson, Dull Kim, One-Note Oscar, Petulant Kristina, etc.

Jimh
Jimh

GH isnt too great but they do need to clean house-rarely able to watch daily anymore

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Think you are on the wrong site. This is about DOOL, so take your grievances to the one about GH. Oh, and why do you even bother visiting this one, if you don’t even watch it and consider it cartoonish?
BTW, there was an earthquake in P.C a while back. Was that not devastating enough for you?

Lew S.
Lew S.

Let me see: AV= Ava Vitale? SD= Stefano DiMera? AD = Andre DiMera? JD = Jack Devereaux? And ED =EJ (Elvis) DiMera, of course. The rest I have no clue.

Alan
Alan

VA = Vivian Alamain. WR = Wilhelm Rolf.

Jimh
Jimh

Illness keeps me from watching daily…

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

I am going to be pissed if Nicole was brought back to kill her off. After what she went through, she deserves to be free even if she did things in the past that would make me mad at her. As for the initials, I have tried to figure out who they relate to. Could SD be Stefano Dimera? Would be the most likely guess.

Patrick
Patrick

hi, was at the grocery store… break time… air conditioning… large open seating area… People watch… grab that SOD issue… savor argh! I immediately started tearing up… upon seeing Nicole pic on front page… Nicole dies… my immediate thought then went to Holly I likened Nicole as a stand alone act… how is it possible she could be on @DAYS for year after year… with no family and no children… marriage… no foundation to speak…till her last year… when she at last, THANKS to Chloe, w/Daniel, gave birth to Holly, how is that for YES YES YES something so heartfelt just for Nicole… who would love her unconditionally.. and she could in her walk about, in her face… return LOVE. you see.. how tearful it is to see our Nicole walk in to the sunset. even knowing at that time @DAYS writing team couldn’t if they tried … WRITE . sounds, so familiar, right ? @GH shelley and Chris couldn’t even write for themselves, i’m certain. it was pretty clear this was done to give Greg Vaughan’ Eric, closure. WOW isn’t all the acting plus scripture… so hand in hand. i’m still beside myself.. that still… @DAYS is giving so much it’s fine by me … that perhaps Nicole… AND Xander… hopefully got out of that fire/explosion… that will be right with me… after all … with two such enigmatic SENSATION (s) are Ari and Paul. Xander must be kept alive… all his return visits… complete my mindset at all that daytime is. will Nicole return with her heart mind and soul over Holly be … a surefire MUST SEE. no doubt.. so with that card just waiting for top shelf.. in the wings… you know.. i’m tearing up over Nicole… hoping HAVE to PROP : Kyle Lowder ex-Brady now Rex : son of Kate – AND – GET THIS… LOL YES YES YES i’m through the roof ecstatic… son of Roman… MORE admiration and love for Josh Taylor. Yikes this is that much more stimuli just watching Kate and Roman together… Magic. Kyle Lowder: gave one of the best interview.. I’ve read in EON. just so refreshing, honest, endearing… heart tug damned happy for him… more or less saying he’s come full circle and he’s at home… again… and from what I’ve seen in preview … he’s looking the part… acting as natural as… and is fully on board contributing WITH – all – the troupe. Days staggers me on the complete richness the cast REEL LOL.. this SOD threw me… on the very next page… YES… my lady love from Genoa City… Amelia Heinle… Victoria Newman… love her to bits… she’s thee only Newman I have interest in… sorry MTS.. Nikki. when and if you ever get out of the entrapment and wings of Victor… let me know I tip my hat to Ari Zucker I tip my hat to Eileen Davidson I tip my hat to Doug Davidson I tip my hat to Stephen Nichols I tip… Read more »

Patrick
Patrick

Need to clarify : 3rd para : “I likened Nicole as a stand alone act… ”

ie: i’m certain Ariz Zucker had already signed out of the show… so Ron Carlivati really had no “time” to give her a deserved send off… which is really disappointing for a qualified success AND to laud an actress who carried this show w/Ali Sweeney… for what seems like decades… I will always give these two STAR Watt. these two gals… respectfully carried @DAYS with more lean years than Wattage surplus. I have always wanted Ari’ Nicole to have more of a foundation… @DAYS faulted big time by having Rafe alter kill Fay Walker.

ANYWAY : it’s still a shock to the system… knowing Nicole DIED !!!! ???? ugh who can stand for this

here’s – hoping – Ari will return to get her heart mind and soul back intact with a mother / daughter reunion with Holly. she may not have had longevity with men… kinda of a bummer twist to see she never may have had that walk in the sunset w/ Xander… even if I will LOVE Paul Telfer forever

I still feel stilted knowing that Nicole was supposed to at the very least loving her life outside of Salem with HER daughter… so its a let down.

Cheers and Love to you Ms. Ari Zucker

Dianna
Dianna

VA (Vivian Alamain)
AD (Either Andre DiMera or Anjelica Deveraux)
AV (Ava Vitali)
SD (Stefano DiMera)
ED (EJ DiMera)
JD (Jack Deveraux)
WR (Wilhelm Rolf)

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

The AD could also be Anthony DiMera, Dianna.

Jimh
Jimh

That is who was in the fire Sami thought was EJ…Kate having Tony alive will make her realize Abbi did not kill him so Kate will finally confess to Chad Gabi set Abbi up and why she went with it

Richard Danner
Richard Danner

Its a tad ridiculous that they would have Stefano presumably alive when Joe Mascolo is deceased. It would be way more believable that Bo would be in there, than Stefano! Good grief why dont they bring back Peter Blake Dimera and let him head up the family!? And for God sakes RECAST EJ WITH PAUL LEYDEN(ex-Simon, ATWT) He would be the PERFECT EJ!! James Scott is NOT coming back!

Rodd
Rodd

I like the Paul Leyden idea!

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Sure love your idea of Paul Leyden playing E.J. Instead they have cast this twenty-five year old to play opposite a forty-plus Sammy.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Oh my god, Ron Carlivati is doing an excellent job, but too bad there wasn’t two more doors, one with O.M.G. and the other with R.C.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

That had to be one of the stupidest and unbelievable shows I’ve ever seen. I know they can only do so much with sets and props, but those “rocks” for one thing looked about as heavy as a paper box, and they could have pulled Nicole out of the hole the baby was pulled from. Also, there should have more found than just the little necklace. Of course Zandor and Kristen escaped, to terrorize another day.

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Tonight on Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman,we celebrate the just announced 46th Annual Daytime Emmy Nominations with our sixth annual broadcast.

Join Michael and his in-studio co-host Days of our Lives‘ Arianne Zucker (Nicole) for our 90 minute plus Daytime Emmy Nominations spectacular as we chat it up with some of the actors who will be going for gold on Emmy night on Sunday, May 5th.

Arianne and Michael will be joined by NATAS Senior VP Daytime Emmy Awards, David Michaels who will be on hand to offer commentary on the Emmy voting and more.

Listen in as we welcome nominees: Tyler Christopher, Peter Bergman, Beth Maitland, Marci Miller, Maura West, Laura Wright, Chloe Lanier, Billy Flynn, Brytin James, Eric Martsolf, Martha Madison and many more!

Make sure to also listen for our Daytime Emmy trivia game show segment, when two callesr can win a pair of VIP tickets to the upcoming Coastal Entertainment,”Teals Got Talent”; the upcoming GH Fantasy Event, this time in Philadelphia on May 4th to benefit the Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation,

To call-in and share your thoughts on the nominations of who got in, and who was snubbed and more, or to pose a question or a comment to any of our guests, dial the exclusive listener-line at 818-295-2130

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46th Annual Daytime Emmy Nominations Announced: Days of our Lives Leads With 27

The nominations have just been announced by The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) nominees for the 46th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.  And it was NBC’s Days of our Lives which led the pack in total nods with 27.  In second was ABC’s General Hospital with 25.  However, CBS led all networks with 65 nominations in all.

This year’s ceremony will be held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Sunday, May 5, 2019.  The Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards will also be held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Friday, May 3, 2019.

The Daytime Emmy Awards recognize outstanding achievement in all fields of daytime television production and are presented to individuals and programs broadcast from 2:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. during the 2018 calendar year.

“We are very excited today to announce the nominees for the 46th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards,” said, Adam Sharp, President & CEO of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS). “We look forward to a grand celebration honoring the best of Daytime television both in front of the camera and behind as we return for the third year in a row to the classic Pasadena Civic Auditorium.”

“The incredible level of talent and craft reflected in our nominees continues to show the growing impact of Daytime television and the incredible diversity of programming the viewing audience has to choose from,” said, Executive Director, Daytime, Brent Stanton. “With the help of some outstanding new additions to our staff, Rachel Schwartz and Lisa Armstrong, and the continued support of Luke Smith and Christine Chin, we have handled another record-breaking number of entries this year. Many thanks to our hundreds of great judges, who through their hard work and dedication, have come up with a stellar list of nominees that exemplfy the best in Daytime!”

The 46th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards is a presentation of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Both of this year’s show will be led by Executive Producer, David Michaels, SVP, Daytime (NATAS) and Executive Producer, David Parks, Ignition Entertainment.

Congrats to all the nominees and now here who is in the running for Emmy gold in major performer and show categories, and creative categories, below.

Outstanding Drama Series

The Bold and the Beautiful

Days of Our Lives

General Hospital

The Young and the Restless

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Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Marci Miller, Days of our Lives

Heather Tom, The Bold and the Beautiful

Maura West, General Hospital

Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, The Bold and the Beautiful

Laura Wright,  General Hospital

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Maurice Benard, General Hospital

Peter Bergman,  The Young and the Restless

Tyler Christopher, Days of our Lives

Billy Flynn,  Days of our Lives

Jon Lindstrom,  General Hospital

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Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Kassie DePaiva,  Days of our Lives

Linsey Godfrey,  Days of our Lives

Martha Madison,  Days of our Lives

Beth Maitland,  The Young and the Restless

Mishael Morgan,  The Young and the Restless

Vernee Watson,  General Hospital

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Max Gail,  General Hospital

Bryton James,  The Young and the Restless

Eric Martsolf,  Days of our Lives

Greg Rikaart,  Days of our Lives

Dominic Zamprogna,  General Hospital

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Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series

Hayley Erin,  General Hospital

Olivia Rose Keegan,  Days of our Lives

Victoria Konefal, Days of our Lives

Chloe Lanier,  General Hospital

Eden McCoy, General Hospital

Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series

Lucas Adams, Days of our Lives

William Lipton,  General Hospital

Kyler Pettis, Days of our Lives

Garren Stitt, General Hospital

Zach Tinker, The Young and the Restless

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Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series

Philip Anthony-Rodriguez,  Days of our Lives

Patricia Bethune, General Hospital

Wayne Brady, The Bold and the Beautiful

Kate Mansi,  Days of our Lives

Thaao Penghlis, Days of our Lives

Outstanding Digital Daytime Drama Series

After Forever

The Bay The Series

Giants

The New 30

Youth & Consequences

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Outstanding Lead Actress in a Digital Daytime Drama Series

Jade Harlow, The Bay The Series

Vanessa Baden Kelly, Giants

Liana Liberato,  Light as a Feather

Shanti Lowry, Bronx SIU

Liz Vassey,  Riley Parra

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Digital Daytime Drama Series

Mitchell Anderson,  After Forever

Kristos Andrews, The Bay The Series

Kevin Spirtas,  After Forever

Brian White, Bronx SIU

Wayne Wilcox,  Only Children

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Outstanding Writing Team for a Drama Series

The Bold and the Beautiful

Days of our Lives

General Hospital

The Young and the Restless                                                                                                                    

Outstanding Directing Team for a Drama Series

Days of our Lives

General Hospital

The Young and the Restless                                                                                                                 

Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series

Days of our Lives

General Hospital

The Young and the Restless               

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Outstanding Art Direction/Set Direction/Scenic Design for a Drama Series

Days of our Lives

General Hospital

The Young and the Restless                                                                                                                 

Outstanding Lighting Direction for a Drama Series

Days of our Lives

General Hospital

The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Technical Team for a Drama Series

The Bold and the Beautiful

General Hospital

The Young and the Restless                                 

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Outstanding Multiple Camera Editing for a Drama Series

Days of our Lives

General Hospital

The Young and the Restless                                                                                                                     

Outstanding Live and Direct to Tape Sound Mixing for a Drama Series

The Bold and the Beautiful

General Hospital

The Young and the Restless                                                                                                                    

Outstanding Music Direction and Composition for a Drama Series

Days of our Lives

General Hospital

The Young and the Restless                                      

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Outstanding Costume Design for a Drama Series

The Bold and the Beautiful

Days of our Lives

General Hospital

The Young and the Restless                                                                                                                     

Outstanding Hairstyling for a Drama Series

The Bold and the Beautiful

Days of our Lives

The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Makeup for a Drama Series

The Bold and the Beautiful

Days of our Lives

General Hospital

The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Game Show

Family Feud

Jeopardy!

Let’s Make a Deal

The Price Is Right

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire                     

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Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program

Couples Court with the Cutlers

Judge Judy

Judge Mathis

Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court

The People’s Court

Outstanding Informative Talk Show

Access Live

The Dr. Oz Show

Rachael Ray

Red Table Talk

Today Show with Kathie Lee & Hoda

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

A Little Help with Carol Burnett

The Real

The Talk

The View

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host

Kelly Ripa, Ryan Seacrest LIVE with Kelly and Ryan

Adrienne Houghton, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai, Tamera Mowry-Housley, The Real

Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood, Eve, Carrie Ann Inaba, Julie Chen, The Talk

Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin, Meghan McCain, Abby Huntsman, Sara Haines, The View
Wendy Williams, The Wendy Williams Show

Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host

Dr. Mehmet Oz, The Dr. Oz Show

Kellie Pickler Pickler and Ben

Steve Harvey, Steve

Rachael Ray, Rachael Ray Show

Kathie Lee Gifford, Hoda Kotb, Today Show with Kathie Lee & Hoda

For the complete list of Emmy nominations in all categories click here.

So, what did you think of this year’s Daytime Emmy Nominations? Did your favorites get in? Who do you think got snubbed? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Tyler Christopher Shares Parting Sentiments As He Exits DAYS & Brandon Barash Takes Over The Role Of Stefan

Daytime Emmy winner, Tyler Christopher’s last airdate as Stefan DiMera is said to be tomorrow on the Wednesday March 20th episode of NBC’s Days of our Lives.  And as has been previously reported, Brandon Barash (Ex-Johnny, GH) has taken over the role and will debut on-screen later this week.

Since Days of our Lives tapes six months in advance, it is this week that will see the actor swap on-air.

Tuesday evening, Christopher took to Twitter with his some parting thoughts on his time in Salem and ushering in a new actor to take on the role he first played: “Thank you all for the kind farewell’s. My time on was nothing short of pure fun. Such a great group of people to work for and be around every day. Please welcome into the roll. Such a solid actor and an even better person.”

DAYS head writer, Ron Carlivati also took to Twitter to give kudos to Christopher for his time on the NBC soap opera expressing: “Thank you for your always thoughtful and totally fearless portrayal of Stefan DiMera. It was wonderful working with you this time around and I sincerely hope it’s not our last!

So, what are your thoughts on Barash taking over the role of Stefan? Sad to know its Tyler’s last appearance? Glad Brandon is on DAYS?  What do you hope happens in story for Stefan with Gabi and Chloe? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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