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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: The Marlena Doll … A Shiner … And Susan Banks!

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Rodd
Rodd

I enjoyed it. I thought Stacy Haiduk did a very good job of capturing the essence of Susan Banks. (Of course I would have loved the one and only Eileen Davidson back in the roll, but what cha gonna do?) Some nice touches on DOOL history, but I’m a little over the one-note scenes between Eve and Jen. Just tell Eric already and be done with it. If he and Brady have really reached a truce they should be able to talk it out.

mark
mark

Well said..

blake
blake

I agree that Stacy Haiduk is doing amazing work as Susan Banks. I can’t wait to see her version of Kristen!

And yes, Eve is really annoying. Kassie D. is really chewing the scenery, it’s getting to the point where I wouldn’t mind Eve leaving the show. It’s bad enough Kassie keeps her southern twang.

Jules
Jules

I must admit, Stacy was a Susan dead-ringer! I bet casual viewers who don’t follow news and spoilers didn’t even notice a difference. That wig on a thin frame….it looked exactly like Susan. The only difference was the voice and some of the mannerisms. Eileen’s Susan speaks in a more mousy voice; Stacy’s was more normal in pitch. Also Eileen “puts on” more with the character- bigger gestures, more expressive facial movements etc.

Great episode though. DAYS is the best soap when it comes to these big occasions, mainly because all the characters BELONG there. The faces are familiar, the names mean something to the canvas and their presences make sense because relationships have long been established. It makes watching this show even more fun. I bet for Ron and the writers too, because they can play with history using the right people to do it with.

Jimh
Jimh

Had the doll..it was by Mattel…there was also an Erica Kane..had them both but sold them years ago mint in box for 50 bucks each….the actress is doing a great job as Susan…can barely tell the difference from when Eileen done the part!!

blake
blake

Yes, Stacy is doing amazing work as Susan. I’m so glad she’s on Days, Kristen and Susan needed to be back on the show for good again.

Jimh
Jimh

My life feels like a Days plot…both me and my oldest sister have been battling different illnesses for two years…several family members ill and in and out of hospital…my niece’s ex boyfriend is a crazy lunatic with mental issues who wont leave us alone and stalked another niece at the place she worked and contacts another one…told one niece if he cant have her no one else can…he is on the run now!!!

Jimh
Jimh

I wish someone would had sent Marlena the voodo doll from the 70s horro flick Triology Of Terror…check it out its on youtube….would be cool seeing it chasing Marlena around Salem-lol

Mister Media
Mister Media

I thought Stacy Haiduk did a great job of grounding the character. Her portrayal was less of a broad caricature than Eileen Davidson’s. This could help the character stick to the canvas and not be seen simply as comic relief. But…does anyone else think that Susan is really a returned Kristen DiMeara in disguise?

Jimh
Jimh

CiCi mentioned it on one of her posts and i agree

blake
blake

I thought the same thing, but when Susan was alone in the club/reception area she kept talking and acting as Susan.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I loved her and I didn’t even watch back when Eileen Davidson had the role; and yet, it seemed familiar to me so I wonder if I caught it on TV years back in passing. It HAD to be something like that because I don’t think there’d be a logical explanation for “Susan Banks” to be familiar to me! LOL!

Loved it. Funny, campy and good fun yet with a hint of danger to come.

Also loved the guys supporting John and his predicament; all gathered in the room encouraging him to get on with it. I like those camaraderie feel-good scenes.

Oh, soaps. There’s nutthin’ like em! 🙂

blake
blake

Stacy is really killing it as Susan Banks! She fit in as Susan and with the cast from the get go! She has the look, speech and mannerism of Eileen’s Susan, it’s remarkable. She’s brought much more life to Days, along with Ron C.’s great writing and storytelling.

I love the scenes this week, so much fun and campy things to go along with the drama. The show has been too heavy lately with the horrible Stefan/Abby/Chad story, murders and all of the backstabbings. I seriously wish this wedding could go on for like a month the way all of the big events did on Passions.

Love the hourglasses at the reception tables, the Marbie doll that was made about Marlena/Deidre Hall from decades ago to go along with the wedding dress from her late 90’s wedding.

I’m glad to see Belle and Shawn back, I think they should be back for good. Madison/Belle looks amazing, can act and a real fireball. She’s definitely Sami’s sister! And Brandon Beemer “Shawn” is still so damn sexy! What a beauty he is! I’m surprised Ron C. hasn’t added him back to the cast lol.

Adam
Adam

I found Stacy’s Susan annoying. Eileen’s Susan was endearing. They can write her out for all I care now. Just not the same. I did enjoy the rest of the episode though.

Kate
Kate

I have loved the Character of Susan since the beginning, but Stacy’s version cheapened Susan. There’s a cartoonish vibe that I can’t stand. Eileen always made this unbelievable Susan loveabke & likeable. This Susan is a major no.

Carol
Carol

I didn’ think that I would like the new Susan but Stacy is doing a pretty darn good job portraying her .She almost even looks like Eileen Davidson matter of fact when she first burst onto the screen I thought it was Eileen.Now about Marlana’s wedding I got a sneaky feeling that is not Marlena up there ready to marry John,I could be wrong but wouldnt that be something if it was Hattie and John or whoever he is married to her now.
I love the doll no I dont want one.I had a feeling it was a real doll,looks so much like Marlana to,I saw it for 60 bucks way to much for me,I wasnt planning on buying it .Just was checking it out to see if it was a real doll and sure enough it is all over Ebay.
Oh by the way why aren’t Abby and Chad at the wedding ?Arent they close to Marlana and John?

Carol
Carol

Just when I thought I might hate Stacy. I don’t my goodness she did a wonderful job doing Kristen .She even scared me and my best friend.Days did the right thing in choosing her to play Susan and Kristen.Great job Stacy.I love the new Kristen even though like Eileen she is a perfect replacement.Oh I think Steve got shot since he is leaving the show>Then again what do I know??

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Make sure to read more on the lawsuit click here.

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

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