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Days of our Lives Stops Airing On Pop As Of This Friday April 15th!

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Courtesy/NBC

Days of our Lives will no longer be airing same day repeat broadcasts on Pop, the latest cable outlet that is airing episodes of the soaps at night, since the demise of SOAPnet.

Pop still retains The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful in their line-up.

According to a Pop rep, “Days of Our Lives will be on the schedule till this Friday, April 15.  The time slot will not be replaced by one specific show.”

Make sure to continue to check poptv.com for listings, and for other platforms to watch the latest episode of Days of our Lives, as of now they can been via NBC.com, or the NBC app, as well as on the NBC network in its regularly scheduled afternoon slot across the country.

What do you think of having DAYS off of the Pop line-up? Comment below!

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Lance
Lance

I really don’t care about pop, I watch Days on NBC and sometimes on YouTube.

Shannon Shoemaker
Shannon Shoemaker

It’s not on youtube

Diane Ranieri
Diane Ranieri

I am very disappointed I rely on watching ot at night
I wish they would reconsider and put it back on at night especially when the show gets interrupted during the day they always had the full show at night
Please put it back on
Thanks Diane

Nancy Lee
Nancy Lee

I have been watching Days for 39 years. I have a busy schedule and was glad to be able to relax and see it at night on POP! Very disappointed!

dream jones
dream jones

It’s ridiculous that it’s it on. The Dallas nbc affiliate uses any excuse to interrupt this show. Some of us live in rural areas a f do not have internet to view online.

davlestev1
davlestev1

It was nice having it uniterrupted from constant news breaks oh well…. not a good sign for this show but it won’t stop me watching on NBC

Terri Sulek
Terri Sulek

I liked it on pop in case of interruptions during regular shows…please bring it back….I do love the fact that the Young and the Restless and the Bold and Beautiful is on pop though…these are my 3 favorite shows…..

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

That’s very bad news. I guess CBS doesn’t want to keep giving air time to an NBC show. It is unfortunate for fans because, where I am at lest, Days episodes are one day behind on NBC.com.

Patrick
Patrick

yeah, that stinks… I wonder why they even put DAYS on in the first place

perhaps because of Sony producing both shows ?

just goes to show… CBS and Y&R…. its not enough to be #1

and NOT support the genre as a whole

LOL… I love my DAYS… even if it’s a bottom dweller

Salem’ite

Tamiko Lewis
Tamiko Lewis

Just when it started to get good….I don’t like when they start messing with soaps. I guess this might be a part of the deal that was made to keep days on for another year. But, not showing it at night will less the chance of people focus on the show. Stop doing this to soaps…create new ones. Talk show are boring and need to bring back other soaps…..people will welcome that

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

I get a little busy in the day and will catch up with it at night…dont see any reason why nbc cant put it On Demand…

jaybird369
jaybird369

Jim…EXACTLY!!!!! If CBS OnDemand can air recent episodes of both Y&R and B&B…and if ABC OnDemand can air recent episodes of GH, then NBC OnDemand can start airing recent episodes of DOOL. Oh and BTW…I am STILL WAITING for CBS OnDemand to add The Price Is Right to their line-up!!!!!

Take care, Jim.

Later.

pixie pennington
pixie pennington

Why arenyou taking Days off of POP. I sometimes can’t watch during the day and I love this show. Please do not take it off.

xmascarol
xmascarol

If you go to NBC .Com they will show it .No streaming which is good for me.Just Type in Days of our Lives and when you see NBC they will have full episodes of the show or clips whichever you prefer

davlestev1
davlestev1

But the video can be stagnant no matter how good your device so do on demand you get at least the whole week and let’s face it.. It’s like a bag of Lays.. Good or bad you can’t watch just one lol

Dee
Dee

The episodes of the show on NBC.com are not a same day episode – – it is next day. Oh well – –

su0000
su0000

POP is of CBS .. so of course it would maintain its 2 soaps The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful .. a no brainer lol

davlestev1
davlestev1

True su

Char
Char

I record it. Only time I watch pop is if it is preemptend.

xmascarol
xmascarol

Where I live comcast got rid of pop it is now a paid channel.I am not to happy about it.However if I can watch it when it is on that is fine but sometimes I cannot always watch it so when that happens I go to NBC.com Days of our lives.Just curious why did Pop take it off? They certainly didn’t have it on for to long

davlestev1
davlestev1

To be honest I think it’s the up and down ratings and they want out of the soap business permanently.. Yeah we may alienate some viewers but daytime doesn’t dictate our viewer base

davlestev1
davlestev1

Not pop nbc it’s a show they are not behind any longer why give them a leg up

Jenny Brooks
Jenny Brooks

Can you tell us why?

nicholas
nicholas

this is not a good sign for the long term future of days . it was cancelled in France in january after returning to french tv screens in 2000. in australia it now runs on a pay tv channel called arena that not everyone has or can afford , it is interesting to note that it was taken off free to air tv in Australia after a continous run of 45 years on channel nine . in new zealand it no longer runs , same in England . It ‘s really only Bold and Young that you have a chance of catching internationnally now because GH no longer runs on international tv channels .

Carly
Carly

we need to stop this from happen because there is always breaking news where I live and it nice to know I can TiVo Days at night. pop should care about soap fans and they really need not do this Days just got picked up for another year or two so that is good news

Michelle Burkholder
Michelle Burkholder

I Love the POP station it was a great deal to be able to watch that when I miss Day of Our Lives that afternoon!!! I will not watch this channel ever again and will spread the news.

Dee
Dee

I agree – – the only reason I watch Pop is for Days of Our Lives – – I can live without Y&R – – don’t watch Bold & Beautiful. NBC should put Days On Demand way ABC does GH.

Natalie
Natalie

When they took soap net of I was bummed, and now for them to take Day’s off pop, that sucks. I liked being able to come home and watch Y&R and then Day’s on the days that I have to work. This just suck!!!!

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

I don’t understand why they made this move. This was an outlet for some folks who miss that day’s episode. I guess watching from the monitors of your computer screens is the only option left.

Mo
Mo

That’s too bad.

Dr Helen Ruth
Dr Helen Ruth

I watch all four soaps and am wondering why Days Of Our Lives looks so hazy and dark? Are they using poor filming techniques?

I’m sad that POP is dropping DOOL. I was hoping they’d carry all four soaps at some point.

SDavid3440
SDavid3440

I hate it. I loved knowing pop was there if I missed my soap, or if the station interrupted the soaps. Please reconsider.

Penny
Penny

This is terrible…I just learned that Pop showed DOOL and was excited since our station has an issue of cutting the last 10 min of the show off….don’t know why, I’ve asked but can’t seem to get an answer…this happened today also, so was happy to know I would be able to see it on POP…well guess I won’t be watching Pop anymore either

Iakovos
Iakovos

Disappointing. Why do people abandon network and now cable for streaming? Corporate conglomeration! Cable networks used to be independent. No more. Shows are on several channels ad nauseum. I enjoyed having DAYS to watch at 8. Now POP is becoming a CBS/CW sibling carrying reruns and burnoffs.

Gia
Gia

I wish they would add Days of Our Lives on Demand. GH B&B and Y&R are all on demand

Jenn
Jenn

Days has a different look and tone than B&B and YR. While I think the CBS soaps fit POP well, Days is maybe a little to dark for the channel. Soaps all have their own personalities.

Vickey phillips
Vickey phillips

This is so stupid I just got into watching the show baby move

Bettie
Bettie

This is not good. My sister-in-law and I enjoy sitting and relaxing watching it in the evenings because day times are so busy. Wish they would not remove it. I have been watching Days for the 50 years and hope it survives.

Sandi
Sandi

This makes me sad. We loose the soap network and now this. I’ve been watching this on pop since it started because it’s the same day episode. Too good too last. I will be watching on my iPad app but It’s going to be a day behind with way too many commercials. Life goes on . . . . . .

James
James

It stinks I have watched days for 20 plus years and with my work I can’t watch the original airing

Gia Myers
Gia Myers

I hate this. We finally got a network to show our beloved characters from Salem on Days of our Lives. Now they stop . WHY????? I’ve been watching since I was 3 yrs old with my grandma. It’s as if these people are our family. I guess I can simply remove POP off my list of networks.

Faye Goodman
Faye Goodman

I think it is terrible, something that you can watch without recording, people that work cannot watch during the day

Johnny Davis
Johnny Davis

I feel bad about this decision. Why did Pop channel decide to do this?

jean smith
jean smith

i really enjoyed coming in and watchng days of our lives after work. so great to be able to keep up they need to keep it on.

Debbi
Debbi

I am so upset Pop is no going to show Days any longer. Why are they keeping the other soaps and cutting Days? I will no longer be watching the Pop channel!

Sue K.
Sue K.

It’s just wrong!!!!! You should have taken Y&R off and left Day’s on. Y&R is just stupid now.

Carolyn Roush
Carolyn Roush

I don’t have ability to live stream and it was nice to know if I missed dool in day time I could always count on POP.

Vicky
Vicky

Who the heck watches Impact Wrestling? Who, in their right minds, watches Schitt’s Creek, which is the stupidest show I’ve ever seen? Thanks a LOT for ruining my 8:00-9:00 evenings!! I look forward to watching Days of Our Lives every day after a hard day’s work … and you’re going to replace Days of Our Lives with yet another stupid show. It’s just not right!!

sonniorsolita
sonniorsolita

I, too, wish “Days” was still on Pop. But I have to say I love “Schitt’s Creek” and find it one of the funniest things on television right now! Of course, there’s no guarantee that I’m in my right mind. Different strokes for different folks, and all that.

SNOOK
SNOOK

WORKING ALL DAY, POP WAS VERY CONVENIENT FOR ME. WILL HAVE TO COME UP WITH PLAN B NOW. NOT HAPPY

katie
katie

I am very disappointed I can’t watch Days of our Lives on the evenings. I am busy during the day time and don’ have a way of recording the daytime episodes. Sadly I will have to give it up. Too bad networks get us hooked then drop us.

Dolly
Dolly

This sucks bigtime. I HATE our local NBC station as it is always interrupting programs when we get one drop of rain and NBC always interrupts programs for news. I loved watching on POP as there were not interruptions. I will only watch on line and not the stupid local NBC station. I bet it had to do with the new contract and NBC wanted to be the only station broadcasting Days.

Joan
Joan

Having Days on POP was great. It is difficult to catch it during the day and it gets intercepted with news break. Also It is easier to record a whole evening of Soap without it being in conflict with another channel. Because of the Soap, I am aware of the great pictures that comes right after Days.
POP must have their reasons. Thank you for providing the service.

Susan Parsons
Susan Parsons

I think it sucks. I like to be able to come in at night and watch my favorite show on TV. Been watching this show since it come on for the first time. I was a little girl at that time but always enjoy being able to catch up. Getting to watch it at night was great. Got to see it before for a long while on soapnet then cable took it off one channel to another I didn’t have. Please rethink this.

SHIRLEY
SHIRLEY

I am so sorry to see DOOL leaving POP, as I watch it at night on days I have to work, so I will be missing some of the episodes. Please bring it back as this is my favorite soap.

Virginia Barnett
Virginia Barnett

Please bring it back as I have to work and this is the only way I can see it. I was so happy to find it on your channel back last year and now I have lost it again. Please, Please bring it back.

Eve
Eve

I think it stinks. I watched it most evenings to keep cauget up with what was happening. I cannot watch suturing the day and 8 was a perfect time to watch. I am very disappointed.

Crystal Turner
Crystal Turner

Very upset with this decision. I think all DOOL fans should boycott POP !

BB Bishop
BB Bishop

Why did Poo stop showing days of our lives – it was always handy if original episode is missed. – I watched on POP

Heather
Heather

Very disappointing DOOL was removed from POP! I’m all set with any other programs on this channel!

Melissa
Melissa

I think it’s bull that pop dropped days of our lives. I work during the day and that’s the only time I could watch it. What are we paying for cable for when we can’t watch our TV shows at night.

Susan Austin
Susan Austin

Unbelievable! Why was this decision made? Stupid and I will NOT watchdOG now!

Donna Clunan
Donna Clunan

I am disappointed in this decision. I work during the day and enjoyed watching Days of our lives on pop. I hope they reconsider this decision. I don’t want to watch That 70’s reruns. Time to change the channel.

Tanya Supplee
Tanya Supplee

Not a happy camper! Watching at night was perfect- not convenient to watch during the day ! So very disappointed- oh well that’s the days of my life!!!!

Cheryl Elrod
Cheryl Elrod

This stinks! What about us working people? I realize we are a dwindling breed, but come on already!

Cindy
Cindy

Please bring it back as there are days I miss it in the last showing due to watching and doing things with my grandchildren and that’s when I catch up on the days I miss it at night. I have been a fan of days since the 80’s!!! Dool forever!

SHERRI
SHERRI

IT WAS A BREATH UV FRESH AIR AND VERY VERY RELAXING 2 C DAYS WHEN 8TH GOT HOME AND COULDN’T C IT .BRING THA DAY TIME.
I DON’T RLY UNDERSTAND WHY YOU STOPPED SHOWING BIT OR THE SHOW KEEPS GETTING DUMPED BY NETWORKS. IT MAKES NO SENSE. WHY????
THIS IS THE BEST SOAP ON A8R THAT EVERY ONE COPIES OFFBOF.
WHOMEVER CANCELED IT IS JUST PLAIN STUPID STUPID STUPID. ..

Sjones
Sjones

Having Days on Pop was great. I paid extra for the Pop TV 71 channel just to watch Days of Our Lives and now I can cancel it . I will miss the show but will save money as they drop Days I can drop them.

Megan
Megan

I think it stinks!! I work during the day and can only watch it in the evening.

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Next Week On DAYS: Caroline’s Loved Ones Gather to Mourn Her Passing

Grab the hankies as Days of our Lives pays tribute to the late Peggy McCay and her beloved character of Caroline Brady next week on the long-running NBC daytime drama series.

As viewers know, McCay passe away over six months ago in October of 2018, and now fans will see how the show will deal with the loss of the matriarch of the Brady clan.  Back for special episodes include Christie Clark (Carrie) who came back to Los Angeles to film the memorial from her home in England, while Alison Sweeney (Sami) also makes another emotional return to the series, as does Brandon Beemer (Shawn-Douglas).

Look for Caroline’s family and dearest friends to all come together at the Brady Pub via an Irish-Catholic wake,

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As previewed in this week’s Soap Opera Digest, Sweeney related on coming back for this special moment in DAYS history to honor McCay:  “I think the script was written so beautifully with everyone having a chance to honor her and say nice things about Caroline that reminded us all of the things about Peggy, things we had done with her, or moments we had with her.”

Check out the latest promo featuring the death of Caroline below, then let us know, if you will be watching this emotional episode featuring many Days of our Lives favorites in the comment section, and if you will miss Caroline Brady on-screen, and what she meant to the Brady’s and the town of Salem.

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Matthew Ashford Talks Jack’s Political Decisions & Amnesia On All-New Episode Of ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’

The latest installment of of NBC’s Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast is out now featuring conversations and segments with three of the popular stars of the long-running daytime drama series.

First, host Michael Fairman chants with Matthew Ashford for a return visit and six-month check-in since he first returned to DAYS as the beloved Jack Deveraux but with a twist!  Yup, Dr. Rolf got a hold of the guy, and he has amnesia.

Now after this return, he is won the mayoral race in Salem, placed Eve Donovan (Kassie DePaiva) as the police commissioner, and is trying to get Haley (Thia Megia) deported out of the country in the immigration storyline, even though his son, JJ (Casey Moss) is in love with the young woman.  In the meantime, Jack is upsetting his family and loved ones with his latest personality change, while Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) hopes somehow she get still get through to her one true love, so he remember his past.  On the podcast, Matt dives into all of it.

Later in a dressing room, segment, Camila Banus (Gabi) and Freddie Smith (Sonny)  chat about working on the show, with each other, and some other fun tidbits as they catch up.  And as viewers know, Gabi and Sonny, as well as Will (Chandler Massey) all have a unique and special relationship with one another.

To listen to the podcast go to iTunes to download or you can head over to NBC.com/InsideSalem and listen there as well.

Now, let us know in the comment section below; how you are liking the current machinations of Jack, and if you prefer him with Eve, or are you still hoping for a reunion with Jennifer?

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DAYS Arianne Zucker, Stacy Haiduk & Paul Telfer Talk On Masks, Villainy & Their Wildest Storyline Yet

Take three great actors, add a prosthetic mask into the equation, and let them have at it! That’s just what NBC’s Days of our Lives is in the midst of serving up to its fans with this latest plot device and twist.  Last week, it was revealed that the nefarious Kristen DiMera (Stacy Haiduk) is alive and well and pretending to be Nicole Walker (Arianne Zucker) donning a mask, a voice alternating device, and some other body tweaks!  The goal …  to be with Brady Black (Eric Martsolf) and she will do anything to accomplish that!

Enter Xander (Paul Telfer) who has been in the thick of the plot being the only one we know of, so far, who knows that Kristen is parading around as Nicole.  They hatch their next moves inside a room at the Salem Inn.  They even went so far as to set it up to appear that Nicole’s daughter, Holly was killed, so she could blame Eric (Greg Vaughan) and cause a break-up of the long-suffering lovebirds and play it off as she needs to be consoled by Brady!

Michael Fairman TV chatted in an entertaining and wickedly funny interview with Arianne Zucker, Stacy Haiduk, and Paul Telfer to get the lowdown on what happened when they learned they would be wearing or working with a mask, how they pulled off the emotions in the storyline twist, and what to look forward to from here.  Under the clever pen of head writer, Ron Carlivati looks for the hits and twists to keep coming as this storyline continues to rock the world of Salem for some time to come.  Here’s what Arianne, Stacy, and Paul had to say about their latest on-screen predicaments and schemes!

Ari, at what point did you know that you really weren’t Nicole … and that you were Kristen playing Nicole?

ARIANNE:  I actually didn’t find out until a little bit after the van went off the road in the storyline; thinking it was Holly who was killed.  Sometimes, the less I know makes it fresher, and I think if I had known before those scenes, and the scenes with Eric (Greg Vaughan), and when I first came back, I would have had a little too much Kristen on my mind, and I don’t know if I could have been as raw as I felt in those scenes.  So, anyway that’s my long explanation.  I found out after I started back on the show! (Laughs)

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Additionally, did you have a conversation with Stacy about certain mannerisms hat Kristen has if you’re “masquerading” as Nicole?

ARIANNE:  Our co-executive producer, Albert Alaar had talked to me about watching Stacy because everything was happening fast.  Stacy and I really hadn’t had a chance to even talk to each other even from the last round of me being thereI remember Stacy was inundated with dialogue up the wazoo when I came back for that twelve-episode arc.  So, because of all of that, Albert said, “Watch Stacy! Watch her mannerisms, watch what she does,” and then I’ll throw a little Ari in it.  I just hope that I do as good of a job as Stacy does.

Paul, you and I talked about this on the NBC ‘Inside Salem’ podcast, when we played back for you (for the first time) the clip of Kristen taking off her Nicole mask.  Xander had the perfect set-up line for the reveal: “The part of Nicole Walker is being played by Kristen DiMera!”  Did you not have a good laugh doing that scene?  How did you get through doing that moment?

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

PAUL:  Oh, yeah, I was laughing my ass off the whole time.  This is an insane storyline with masks and doppelgängers.  But, it looks great on-screen, and that way it’s edited.  So, I was really happy.

STACY:  There was one moment when Nicole would hold steady to unfold the neck.   So, Ari started that to the point where I’m pulling it off completely.  I think it’s cool.  It’s “Mission Impossible”.  How nice!

PAUL:  That’s what I going to say.  If Tom Cruise can make a hundred million dollars doing this stuff …

STACY:  … then, we can do it!

ARIANNE:  Right?  We can make a quarter of a quarter of a quarter of a quarter of that.

STACY:  We’ll make it look good!

What is the real deal between Xander and Kristen?  They are conspiring and in cahoots, but there’s this underlying sexual tension between them.  I think Xander respects Kristen in a way, because she can one-up him!

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

PAUL:  I think every character who Xander has interacted with who isn’t a member of his family, he’s trying to either get something from, or get into bed with, and he can’t really do either with Kristen, because she’s crazier and more dangerous that he is up until this point.  That’s certainly the way that it feels.  The way Stacy plays it, she is not to be messed around with. Honestly, I think that turns him on.

STACY:  Yeah, there you go.  That sounds good. (Laughs)

PAUL:  I mean, it makes sense.  Just like, “Wait a minute.  This is a bit spicier than I’m used to,” so, he’s excited, but at the same time he knows which side his bread is buttered on, and he doesn’t want her to murder him!  (Laughs)

STACY:  Well said.  I like that. (Laughs)

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

So, what does Kristen think of Xander at this point?

PAUL:  That, he’s a useful idiot.

STACY:  She actually needs him to go out into the world because she can’t leave.  When she does, she has to leave as Nicole, and then it becomes a whole other storyline.

PAUL:  It’s fun because Kristen is actually the boss, and Xander is convinced that they’re actually partners and that becomes our whole dynamic where she’s treating him as her lackey, but he’s like, “No, we’re partners, because I know your secret.”  Then, it becomes kind of a bargaining chip between the mask and all of that.  It’s so crazy because certain evil characters when they come back, they have to come back in disguise; whereas Xander’s always quite happy to be just jogging through town square with his shirt off after holding someone ransom or kidnapping a baby like, “Ah, whatever.”

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Arianne, it’s been awhile since you got to play the villainess side of Nicole, and with this return to DAYS you get to play that side of her as well, even though it’s really Kristen. Do you enjoy playing the bad girl?

ARIANNE:  Stacy and I were just saying today that you have these conversations about the villain character, (and Paul, I’m sure you’ve felt a lot of this too) people hate you or they love to hate you, and you’re like, “Hey, it’s a good thing because I’m doing my job if you hate me,” but in order for the storyline to move, you’ve got to have a villain.  Nicole used to be kind of villain-ish but playing someone like Kristen who is such a valued villain on this show is just … oh, my God!

Stacy and Paul, what do you think is the most heinous thing your characters have done so far?

STACY:  The most heinous?  (Laughs). Wow.  You know what’s funny is that she’s done all of these things, and I don’t think she thinks what she does is bad.

PAUL:  It’s so funny because you totally would expect her to be like, “The other characters are evil.  We’re the good guys!”

STACY:  I mean honestly, so she kidnapped Nicole, and took her baby.  There’s Marlena and the window.  I mean, it’s hard when she’s done all of these crazy, horrible things.  I’ve just really enjoyed playing her because she’s smart, she’s sassy, she’s this brilliant, deviant person who just wants one thing, and there’s one thing on her mind, and everything else gets in her way.

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Is the one thing Brady?

STACY:  Brady, Brady, Brady, and I think even Xander has to repeat it over and over again.  We were playing in rehearsal, and I think I had him do that.  I don’t remember the line, but I said something, and he goes, “Brady Black,” and I go, “Say it again,” just because I want to hear him say it again.  That’s her driving force.

What did Greg Vaughan and Eric Martsolf say when they found out about what the twist was?  Did you tell them?  How did they find out?

ARIANNE:  Well, Eric Martsolf always has a great chuckle.  He has a great laugh, and I think Greg Vaughan just stared at me for a minute.  Then, I told him about the mask process … about making the mask …. and how I thought I was going to pass out and die.  (Laughs)

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Is putting on the mask an extremely weird experience?  How long does it take to put on? 

STACY:  About an hour?  It’s quick, and I thought we were going to suffocate when we were under that because I’ve never done my whole face before, but I’ve done body things. Make-up department is like, “You’re going to be fine.”  It was heavy too, really heavy.

ARIANNE:  Yeah, and because it’s so heavy, after a while, it starts to pull your skin down a little bit, and you’re like, “No, no!” (Laughs)

Did anybody else go running around with the mask on?

PAUL:  Oh yeah.  Everybody!

I knew it!

ARIANNE:  How could you not?

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

So, what is the relationship between the real Nicole and Xander, which we saw play out before her death?

PAUL:  She’s my wife!

So, Xander sees Nicole as his wife?

PAUL:  I’m happy to give Xander’s perspective on Nicole, and then Arianne can feel free to correct it.  (Laughs)

ARIANNE:  Alright, that sounds good.

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PAUL:  The way I’ve tried to handle it over the years in our ins and outs of this failed romance is that they’ve saddled poor Arianne with: this psycho chasing after her, and kidnapping her and her baby, and whisking her off to foreign lands – and also to Nashville.  When Xander first came into town, before they decided to make him a total psychopath, it was all working nicely, and Nicole wasn’t really on the up and up with Xander, and she wasn’t really honest about what her intentions were.  Meanwhile, Xander was involved in all of this chicanery with Serena, so once that metastasized into full-blown evil, and Nicole was aware of this, it shifted from, “I just really wanted to take this girl to the movies,” to, “Well, I guess I have to kill her now.”  (Laughs)  So, I think he’s just been playing that out ever since.  “Well, if I can’t date her, and if she won’t love me, then I guess I just have to torture her for the rest of her days.”  I think now on the other side of her supposed death, I think Xander has probably reconciled that his twisted romantic notions, or torture, or whatever he was doing with Nicole, is probably over, and he’s moving on to greener, more alive pastures like Sarah.  To be fair, I do think they’ve purposely made it confusing.  Not just for the audience, but for us.  There’s a real sense of, “Am I playing this to Nicole as Kristen, or do you want me to play this just to Nicole?”  Very often they just go, “No, just play it to Nicole,” because it’s funnier if for Xander it just occasionally slips his mind because she looks just like Nicole.  I’m kissing her… like he’s just enjoying the fact that he can.  “I never really got to kiss Nicole much, but this is Nicole’s face, so I’m going to.”  (Laughs)

ARIANNE:  That’s hilarious.

Ari, what would you say is their relationship?

ARIANNE:  Well, I’m certainly not as long-winded as that.  (Laughs)

PAUL:  He’s a creep!

ARIANNE:  He is a creep.  What cracks me up coming from Nicole is, “Ew, what a jerk.  He’s so gross.  Yuck, yuck!”  Like, really?  You’re not going to make that one work, huh Nicole?  When you reach that far back to the history of Xander and Nicole, it doesn’t have a lot of depth for the two characters because the next thing you know he’s trying to kill her and Eric.  It’s like that scary online dating when you go on one date and it didn’t work out because that guy is going to kill you.

PAUL:  Xander is like the ultimate bad Tinder date.

ARIANNE:  Totally. (Laughs)

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That is classic.  The bad Tinder date.  That’s basically it.  Xander also apparently feels bad for Maggie (Suzanne Rogers) as she is having her bout with alcoholism.  Is that correct?

PAUL:  Yeah, I’m actually excited to see some of that stuff.  It was great doing it because I love Suzanne to bits.  I was very afraid of ruining Xander by making him too nice, but at the same time when I was first brought on to Days, I wasn’t offered a villain role originally.  Xander morphed into a more severe villain than I’d been led to believe he would be, and it happened quite quickly.  So, I’m actually quite happy to right the ship a little bit back towards he’s bad but he has some occasional glimmers of goodness in him.  So, Maggie really represents that because she’s actually quite nice to him and nurturing in a way that no other character on the show is.  When she has her dalliance with alcohol, he’s one of the few people who doesn’t judge her for it, and we finally get a little bit of Xander’s back story.  I’m actually excited to see those scenes because they felt nice to do, so hopefully they come across well.

Stacy, how did you track this storyline, when Arianne would be playing Kristen as Nicole? 

STACY:  Well if I didn’t get the script, I didn’t know about it.  So, if I wasn’t in the script that time, then I would be looking at Paul going, “What are we talking about?” and then, Ari had obviously already shot those scenes, so they were written for me, so I’m like, “What did I do?  What did I do?” It’s just scenes between Xander and Kristen at the Salem Inn.  Occasionally, you’d get somebody knocking at the door, but then I’d have to quickly put on my mask. (Laughs)

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So, Ari did you ever have to go to Stacy to get tips about Kristen’s past or anything?

ARIANNE:  It was all about the future moving forward.  I think old, former Nicole had some crazy similarities with current Kristen because it felt kind the same as pulling some things from what she used to do … you know, just a couple of crazy chicks in one crazy character. (Laughs).

The other big part of this is Rolf’s diary that Xander has in his possession.  Is Kristen in cahoots with him on that?  Is she trying to get that from him?

STACY:  I think she is.

PAUL:  Yeah, that’s when she starts to get mad at him; when she realizes that he’s not just being her underling and he’s off scurrying around with his own agenda in the meantime.

ARIANNE:  He’s manipulating and doing his own thing.

PAUL:  I use it to start manipulating Eve (Kassie DePaiva).

So, what would you say to the fans to look forward to?  “You never know who you’re talking to on DAYS?” “Gird your masks?”

ARIANNE:  I definitely think fans know that’s not Nicole the way she is.  And, you never know who is going to give you a shot in the butt and turn you into somebody else.

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Well, that’s true.  You never know.  One day they’re going to tell you that you’re playing Julie today! (Laughs)

ARIANNE: “Today the character of Julie will be played by…”

STACY: “… you will never guess by whom!”

PAUL:  This was fun.  This is a fun way to do it.  Let’s all do all of our interviews together moving forward!

So, what have you thought of the plot twist? What do you think of the Nicole mask and the performances and comments made here by Arianne, Stacy, and Paul? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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