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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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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Lucas Says Goodbye To Salem, While Julie Recalls Coming Back To Town

In a very touching episode of Days of our Lives, Tuesday brought with it an emotional goodbye from exiting fan favorite Bryan Dattilo (Lucas), and the soap paying homage to Susan Seaforth Hayes’ 50th anniversary to the day as Julie.

It begins in Horton Town Square where Julie next to the plaque dedicated to her grandparents, Tom and Alice Horton, has a flash back to phone call with Tom five decades ago.

Meanwhile, now broken up with Chloe, and ready to leave Salem to be with his daughter, Allie, Lucas tells Will he is leaving and that he is happy Will and Sonny found their way back to each other.  The two hug it out, and tell each other how proud they are of one another.  Next, Lucas goes to visit his mother, Kate.  In a touching exchange played by Dattilo and Lauren Koslow, viewers were treated to Kate’s pain of the mistakes she made as a mother, and Lucas being forgiving of her.

At Doug’s Place, Julie and Abigail try to figure out how to bring down Stefan and Gabi.  Julie promises to not tell anyone that Abigail is not mentally ill saying. “Your secret is safe with me.”  Next, Chloe happens upon the scene and Julie quickly sees Chloe break down in tears.  She then reveals to Julie, that she and Lucas broke up.  Julie gives Chloe a tissue and some words of advice – the gospel according to Julie – that they were not meant to be, and that Chloe will find true love. After all, after Julie’s other failed relationships, once she was with Doug she found her soulmate, so she knows it can happen.

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Julie flashes back to speaking with Alice when she worries that Tom would not want her to return to Salem.  For Julie had been in San Francisco, and where she brings up putting her son up for adoption, but how she later raised him and how happy that Eli is her grandson.  She even recalls when JJ got her and other ladies in Salem accidentally high on pot-filled donuts!

When Lucas turns up at the Horton’s everyone is saddened and shocked that he has decided to depart Salem   Julie says Salem will always be his home.  JJ hands Lucas his ornament now, breaking the Christmas tradition early.  Lucas hangs his ornament in another emotional moment.

Next, we see Lucas waiting for a taxi, with his suitcases at Horton Town Square,  He gazes at the Tom and Alice dedication plaque and says, “I’ll be back. someday.” Hankies!

Alone now with Julie, Doug brings out a cake celebrating how it is 50 years since Julie returned to Salem permanently.  Cue the montage … as Doug’s voice is heard singing “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World”, one of the duo’s signature songs, as clips of their love affair played throughout.  We fade to black.

DAYS honored Susan Hayes and gave Brytan Dattilo some heart-tugging moments as he left the canvas as the beloved Lucas.  So what did you think of the episode?  Sad to see Bryan exit?  Happy to see the show wrote in a way to honor Susan’s 50th as Julie? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Gilles Marini Talks The Return Of Ted Laurent, His Co-Stars: Kristian Alfonso, Lauren Koslow & Greg Rikaart On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives’ Podcast’

If you caught this week’s episodes of Days of our Lives, you know that Ted Laurent (Gilles Marini) has resurfaced in Salem and had asked Hope (Kristian Alfonso) for protection from Stefan DiMera, who was responsible for his disappearance in exchange for information on Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson).

Now in the latest episode of Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast, actor Gilles Marini chats it up with host, Michael Fairman on what to expect as Ted’s story brings with it many twists and turns; including a potential love triangle.

Marini reveals what he thinks Ted’s weakness ia when the guy has not previously been on the up and up, plus his thoughts on working with three of his co-stars and their characters: Lauren Koslow’s Kate, Kristian Alfonso’s Hope, and Greg Rikaart’s Leo, whom he has shared up to now most of his screen-time.

The talented actor who hails from France, also talks on some other highlights in his career, including one of his big breaks on the beloved ABC drama,  Brothers & Sisters working opposite Rachel Griffiths, and a host of award-winning actors, including Sally Field, and of course, his time on Dancing with the Stars where he became one of the most popular celebrity contestants on the series of all-time.

Later, in the podcast’s dressing room segment, Eric Martsolf (Brady) welcomes Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe) into his digs at DAYS, and then two tease some upcoming #Broe moments.

Check out this excerpt from NBC of Gilles interview below.  Then, make sure to head over to NBC.com to listen to the episode currently streaming there, and on Monday, looks for this episode to be available on all pod platforms, including iTunes for download.

Now, let us know what you think about Ted’s return to DAYS … and if you want him to romance Hope … become a good guy … or get his comeuppance … or all of the above …via the comment section below!

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Days of our Lives and General Hospital Receive Daytime Drama WGA Award Nominations

The nominations have been announced for the 2019 Writer’s Guild Awards for outstanding achievement in television, new media, news, radio/audio, and promotional writing during 2018.

Winners will be honored at the 2019 Writers Guild Awards on Sunday, February 17, 2019, at concurrent ceremonies in New York City and Los Angeles.

In the Daytime Drama category for writing, two soaps will face-off for the prize; NBC’s Days of our Livers and ABC’s General Hospital.  Here are the official nominated head writers and their teams.

Days of Our Lives, Head Writer: Ron Carlivati; Writers: Sheri Anderson, Lorraine Broderick, David Cherrill, Joanna Cohen, Lisa Connor, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon,  Cydney Kelley, David Kreizman, David A. Levinson, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Katherine Schock, Elizabeth Snyder, Tyler Topits.

General Hospital, Head Writers: Shelly Altman, Christopher Van Etten; Writers:Barbara Bloom, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Donny Sheldon, Scott Sickles.

To check out all the nominations click here.

So, who are you rooting for to take the WGA Award; Days or GH? Comment below.

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