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Days of our Lives Upcoming Renewal: NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke Shares, "I'm Optimistic … We Would Like The Show Back."

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Days of our Lives fans have been on pins and needles of late wondering if the series that turned 50-years-old this past November will continue on past its golden anniversary.

DAYS current deal with NBC does not expire until September of this year.   However, since the show tapes six months in advance of airing, the sudser will fulfill its contract obligation of production of those episodes by early March. According to TV Line on Wednesday:  NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke indicates that the future for DAYS looks bright.  She cites that she is “optimistic” about the upcoming re-negotiation with all parties.

The NBC executive also noted that: “We’ve been really happy with the show. I’ve been over there seeing Ken and the team and the new writers. They’re an incredible group and we love the show. They got a (ratings) bump in the fall for their 50th anniversary. There’s a creative resurgence and exciting storytelling going on right now.”

Salke said one key component to their re-negotiation is with Sony relating:  “We need to negotiate with Sony (Pictures Television), but I’m optimistic. We would like the show back.”

So, do you think that DAYS will continue its resurgence and get its network renewal? What do you think of the status of the show and its performance of late?  The first week in January saw its hightest total viewer numbers in two years.  Share your thoughts below!

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sonniorsolita
sonniorsolita

I’ve stopped watching — too dark and depressing for me, and a lot of the stories seem designed just to give the actors Emmy reels — but I don’t want the soaps to die. And I’d be delighted for all the Days fans out there if the show got a solid, long-term renewal!

Iakovos
Iakovos

Why is this a question, NBC? Make the deal! DAYS is a legacy show for Peacock daytime, and the web has little else to crow about in the day part. Maybe the net can develop a new half-hour soap and take the lead in producing the genre, thus setting itself apart from the endless repetitive chatter and courtroom shows.

Patrick
Patrick

“… for Peacock daytime, and the web has little else to crow about in the day part. ”

LOL…. majorly funny

it’s true tho…. NBC … as CBS has done… needs to beacon this show and build around it

some may crow it’s always in last place , but it’s #1 for me!

Come on Sony !

Bart
Bart

I’m still wondering why DOOL tapes so far in advance….

Mel
Mel

So am I.

blake
blake

They do it for budget reasons, seems they film many episodes in one day and shut the studio down many weeks during the year.

Ray
Ray

This is great news. I hope NBC gives DOOL a five-year renewal and a larger budget. The quality of a show is what brings viewership. I also would like to see the cast trimmed. There seems to be too many people on the show with not enough storyline. I would like to see more Kate, Nicole and Jennifer.

blake
blake

It would be great if they gave Days a larger budget, but sadly even the #1 soap and it’s sister soap Y&R even looks tight on budget with few sets. Everyone is at the hotel, Newman, the hospital, etc.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I agree, Ray. I love to see more of Kate, Nicole and Theresa working together. Some cast fight will ‘naturally’ ensue. About Jannifer: hmmmm….unless they make her a little more interesting, I cannot invest too much confidence in her. She’s as stiff as a nosed.
I really looove the incorporation of design with Theresa as the main ingredient. And, I’m really loving Gabi and Paul as models.
I really am hoping for more years of good stories to come….raise our glass for Days longevity. Also, please, PTB would you have these actors/characters wash their hands before they eat?. Ciera walked in with take-out, while Hope was manipulating a poker and the hearth….. My son, who is only 6, is home sick and very innocently said, “Mommy, look….they didn’t wash their hands”.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Correction: Cat-fight, cast fight…lol

CeeCee
CeeCee

Sorry, another correction: autocorrect is dumb: stiff as a board.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Sorry to re-reply, Ray…Lol. I think you are getting your wish of seeing Miss Jenny in a ‘mesmerizing’ storyline. Poor thing is in constant pain since the accident. Barbiturates to the rescue!! Another ‘hooked on pain-killers’ story.

Timmm
Timmm

Meow!

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Timmm.
You are a naughty boy! Lol.

Frank
Frank

why the wait? NBC need to renew Days right now. They better not cancel Days, or I will be really angry. I love Days, the ratings are up and storylines are getting better.

davlestev1
davlestev1

Frank..NBC is not afraid of you lol

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Make a deal, NBC and Sony!

Mo
Mo

I hope it renews and for several years.

Dee
Dee

I hope so also. I have enjoyed it the last 5 months. Although, I was saddened to hear about Kate Mansi leaving because I really like the Abigail n Chad pairing. Also, I’m not really liking the Brady/Nicole story unfolding right now. But I hope Sony and the powers that be like it and the rest of the DOOL stories because I would like to see the show continue. I’m tired of talk shows and doctor shows replacing soaps.

Chrystie_Delancey
Chrystie_Delancey

I don’t understand how this is all up to Sony. Sony produces the show so they want it to continue … they always do. They never want to see their properties fail. I remember when I worked for them and they wanted their show DAMAGES to continue on FX, but FX didn’t want it anymore so SONY shopped it to Directv and secured a two-year deal.

These comments from NBC make me wonder.

sonniorsolita
sonniorsolita

Because Sony wants NBC to pay a certain amount to air the show. NBC likely wants to pay a lower amount. That’s why they have to negotiate. Sony won’t want the show to continue if its not making a tidy profit for the corporate bottom line. That’s the TV biz!

AJ
AJ

If you work for Sony then you’d understand that Sony wants $X license fee from NBC for the show. NBC wants to pay $Z license fee to Sony for the show. They will need to meet somewhere in the middle, say $Y license fee for the show to continue. Obviously, Sony wants the show to continue. They want every show to continue. It’s up to Sony because NBC clearly doesn’t want to pay Sony’s price. Sony will have to lower its license fee to NBC.

Chrystie_Delancey
Chrystie_Delancey

I worked Rights and Title (Copyright), not specifically SPTV department, though I know from all the paperwork that I would see regarding IP that Sony always wanted their shows to continue. I worked at securing copyrights and reading contracts to see what rights Sony had and did not for the motion pictures (mostly streaming rights at the time for Krackle, etc.) and the TV departments overseas.

I understand a little bit about the licensing fee from what you wrote, but I admit my naivete regarding the money making side. 🙂

It is that the article and some of the comments that followed made it sound like Sony did not want to continue the show, but NBC did. I realize it always comes down to the almighty buck.

davlestev1
davlestev1

There’s always a scapegoat in these situations. NBC will throw shade and blame when it’s really their fault. .if they haven’t already written the last episode the next contract and those after will be on a year to year basis into its cancellation

Chrystie_Delancey
Chrystie_Delancey

Yes I agree, davlestev1. I don’t see it being Sony to blame if it is not renewed. NBC is probably just waiting for Sony to come back with too high a number just so they can say they could not make a deal. They are no longer invested in the show or soaps for that matter. They want CHEAP cheap cheap TV as evidenced (at least NBC4 in Los Angeles) by every time there is a house fire or police chase the programming is interrupted, especially since they just had a whole hour of news.

davlestev1
davlestev1

That is my station too and because they break into the show at the most inopportune moments with news that could wait. .a water main broke..a mountain lion in a back yard. .a bear up a tree. .I dvr on POP to avoid all that

davlestev1
davlestev1

Oh and endless police pursuits that only serve to encourage other blockheads to get their fleeing moment of fame doing the same. .that’s the most annoying aside from watching grass burn because of some other bonehead..

Chrystie_Delancey
Chrystie_Delancey

Doesn’t it make you want to cry, davlestev1? That they think so low of PAID, scheduled programming that they can just interrupt whenever they want and all for GARBAGE!!

It is like there is no real news so they have to try and create mass hysteria with all these things they cut to. Just like with the LAUSD school closures. LA was desperate to get its name in the headlines while NY wisely decided it was a hoax. LA gives you the dirt bags from TMZ, et al for “entertainment.” Everyone of these “hosts” from these so-called “shows” sits there and gossips about so and so like their you-know-what don’t stink.

People in glass houses should not throw stones, but this is what our world has come to.

Sheila
Sheila

I have the TV on……DOOL is on @ 10:00 pacific on a Detroit ch……..I have my coffee and my iPad close by. I begin to watch and soon I am bored to death and reach for my iPad to check out what my friends have been up to since yesterday. I realize 20minutes have passed and I have missed what was happening….or have I? I pay attention to DOOL for another few minutes and reach for my iPad again. Rinse and repeat, rinse and repeat. I am a lifetime watcher……I am ready after 50 years to say goodbye. I’m done

Mateo
Mateo

The truth is that DAYS is sinking. This is the same spiel the networks give when they are going to cancel a show every time. They did it with Guiding Light. They did the same with One Life To Live and All My Children and they basically hammered As The World Turns down with glee. The networks don’t understand the value of daytime stories to the fans that watch them. DAYS has been going downhill since they decided to focus on characters from the past. They can call them “legacy characters” all they want but the actors and the stories are tired. Patch is fathering children still? John still looking for his mommy? Victor has a nephew looking for revenge? SMH. How about they clean house and hire more caliber talent. Get rid of the current teen set who have not one actor among them worth watching. The great characters who can carry the show are given background roles. Kate, Nicole, Maggie and a few others who can actually act. Instead I have to watch some old senior citizen crying because he can’t find his mommy. Really DAYS? They have killed so many characters off that the viewers heads are spinning. The actor who plays Phillip is a reject from the 70’s with the hair to match. Get rid of him. He’s AWFUL and hurts my eyes. This show is not a 70’s show. Stop featuring actors who look like they left the disco to act. We need some sharp changes. And we don’t need to tape six months in advance. Scrap the tapes and start fresh. It’s time before it’s too late and the hammer falls.

Mel
Mel

I think that the current story line concerning John is very good. He has lived for years with the unanswered question “Who were John’s biological parents”. Just go on line to the various sites dedicated to Adoptees searching for for their biological mothers/fathers/siblings. Victor was a mobster for years. He was no saint. Victor obviously has a hated younger brother who spent 30 years in prison for, I’m guessing, a crime that he did not commit. It was Victor who committed the crime and framed the brother. And you wonder why the brother is looking for revenge?

Mateo
Mateo

it isn’t the brother, it’s the son of the brother…seriously, he needs to let it go. And the whole idea of John, who in real life must be in his 70’s, is acting like a teenager. He ignores his family and his work all for the sake of finding out something that is not all that important. The comparison to the adoptees looking for their parents is not quite comparable. The storylines are sub par

Kathy
Kathy

Oh my goodness! What you said about Philip rings true with me too! He DOES “hurt my eyes”! And wouldn’t it be wonderful to see the original Belle and Sean?

sonniorsolita
sonniorsolita

the actor who plays John is 62, not in his 70s. But that doesn’t change your point.

damien
damien

i actually enjoy the newer belle…however no one can replace the original shawn d. i have no words for the latest phillip. …
they revisited an old triangle with two newer faces… why bother?

jaybird369
jaybird369

Hey Mateo,

EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT post, dude!!!!! N-o-w…my thoughts here…which kind of ties in as to why I don’t watch DOOL all that much anymore…

1. Y-e-s…Patch is WAY TOO OLD to be fathering children!!!!! I find that to be BOTH disturbing and creepy!!!!!
2. To me, John (who I think is BEYOND DULL AND BORING!!!!!) looking for his mommy (or whatever) is FAST-FORWARD material all the way!!!!!
3. Don’t EVEN REMOTELY get me started on Victor!!!!! Sorry, bro…but, at this point, I find Victor to be pompous, insufferable and EVEN MORE self-righteous!!!!! And, BTW, I think that Maggie can do W-A-Y BETTER than Victor!!!!! Just saying……….
4. The ‘current teen set’ (as you put it, dude) IRKS AND ANNOYS the H-E-L-L out of me!!!!! PERIOD!!!!!
5. To me, back in the day, John-Paul Laviosier was SO AWESOME as Rex on OLTL!!!!! As NuPhillip…N-o.
6. I find it TRULY RIDICULOUS that DOOL tapes episodes six months in advance!!!!! Dumb as hell.
7. To me, DOOL needs to start over PERIOD!!!!! AND SOON!!!!!

Take care, Mateo. Peace.

davlestev1
davlestev1

You all take care. .your lack of support for a very watchable show and all your belly aching and tuning out is fast going to get you Geraldo Riveras latest attempt at tv. .or if you’re lucky they’ll trot Sally Jesse out one last time. .enjoy the wasted hour you tuned out DAYS to get. .PEACE

kathy
kathy

Just for the record, it is Victor’s brother, not his nephew. When first talked about, they said it was his nephew coming to town but it was changed before he arrived. When Victor was explaining to Maggie, he said it was his brother. And Deimos (sp) even said Victor was his brother.

kathy
kathy

As for Steve still fathering children, Ava has a picture of an infant. That doesn’t mean the child was just born. Could be an old picture and the child is now older,

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hey, Jay….don’t pay dav any mind. He’s actually a nice guy, except when the moon is full. He likes to throw sarcastic, little jabs. Right, dav? You’re a teddy bear under all that gruffness. Lol.

Theresa
Theresa

Please renew Days..Been watching it for decades…Can’t take another negative talks how to replace it.

Gina
Gina

Replace Days with a Kardashian talk show. That would make my day. Kim Kardashian doing poses and talking to Rob Kardashian about issues. Days will be history, time to cancel the soap. love Gh and Y&R .

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

If DAYS is cancelled, Gina, I and many other fans will become bitter posters who will fight for all soaps to die.

I promise to spread my hatred for soaps across the internet and in my everyday life. How will that be good for the remaining soaps?

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

You are just trying to get people going and waste time arguing with you…but i like wasting my time arguing with people who just post here to get an arguiment going.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Funny you should say that, Gina….there is a Kloe K talk show in the making.
I don’t know if I necessarily agree with you about Days; just my opinion. Another Kardashian….remember Kris’ attempt at a talk show? Failed miserably. TV is really going to pot!!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Actually, Gina, I wouldn’t want anyone to suffer the loss of their soap(s). So, I would hold my head up high and say DAYS had a good run…If and when it comes to an end.

I hope your wish doesn’t backfire.

Timmm
Timmm

Oh Gina, dont do that to us! Khloe already has a new talk show out and I wont say where. I watched a clip and I was looking for the nearest bridge! They just wont go away!

Jim Preston
Jim Preston

I will say that right now, the show is just a little dull with Belle, whom I really don’t care about, and her “super talented daughter” Claire whom I also don’t give a hoot about. They switched gears too abruptly in my opinion, taking away Paige, Will, Sonny, Paul (well he’s on technically with nothing to do) and now the focus is on Belle and some other newbies and I just don’t care. I watch anyway, just for the heck of it, and I love Victor and am glad his long lost brother has showed up because I enjoy the actor (Vincent I.) in the role. I am sorry that Eric is sad about his own drinking and driving but he’s usually so boring anyway, although a capable actor portrays him. Obviously, Eve will soon be off the canvas, there really isn’t much for her to do and this business of her wanting to make Claire a star is not terribly riveting to watch.
So, I hope that Days of Our Lives does get a renewal, but I also hope they concentrate on some stronger storylines.

Mary SF
Mary SF

I sincerely doubt NBC really wants to keep Days around. All three networks are itching to pull the plug on daytime drama, but none of them wants to be the first network that kills the genre. It will only take one of the three to stop airing a daytime drama and rest will soon follow.

So NBC will say they want to keep Days, but only if they can get it for bottom basement prices and Sony will have to decide if is able to produce a decent show at that price point and how much is left over for profit.

If Sony is force to say no to such a low price then NBC can blame Sony for the cancellation and come out smelling like a rose. So these comments sound good on the surface, but behind the scenes I think Days might be in real trouble. If they manage to work out a deal it will be very short term— Days is living on borrowed time– the sand in the hourglass is getting really low.

Chrystie_Delancey
Chrystie_Delancey

Yeah, that is what I am thinking. Hollywood suits are nothing but followers. If one ends their last soap, the others will. I have suspected that for a long time.

That is why I stated that the NBC comments sounded suspect. These execs do not tell the truth to the fans, they just skirt around it and make it sound like they are doing everything possible. They are just not invested in soaps anymore.

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

I suspect you’re both right, but how I wish networks would learn from the past. The most recent cancellations on ABC soaps have been pretty much a disaster for that network; ABC’s grand plans for those shows’ replacements have, for the most part, tanked; they haven’t been able to be successful even though they cost much less, apparently, to produce. The soaps are not the money makers they once were, clearly, but in the absence of anything successful to replace them, why the rush to continue cancelling them? It’d be different if someone had solved the problem of what to program in the daytime in place of them. . . .

And I’d go further than saying the execs don’t tell the truth; I think they think fans are actually pretty stupid. Some of the comments I read can’t be taken in any other light. I’ve watched soaps for four decades now, and the network and sponsor executives who really have had value for the soap genre and respect for the viewers have been quite rare. (And none lately.)

Rj
Rj

The issue would be what would be the alternative if Days is not renewed. What would or could bring in better ratings, cost less, bring more advertisers and more money. Seeing that two talk shows that replaced soap operas were cancelled, I am not sure there are better alternatives at this time for this slot. Days has a lot of loyal fans who have watched for years. For nostalgic purposes, I hope they keep Days on. I still like to see the sand go through the hour glass, but I hope the show does not descend into too many dark, ugly, mean story lines. I like the romance, intrigue, and adventure. I like many of the actors who have been on for awhile-something familiar and comforting to see them. Keeps continuity in a world that is changing so fast.

Chrystie_Delancey
Chrystie_Delancey

They would probably just do what ABC is doing and expand that god-awful entertainment “show” with Billy Bush that they have to hype during the noon news (at least here in LA).

Rj
Rj

That show is on at night in Boston. Ummm… I wonder how ratings would be for it during the day. At this time, I am not sure if they could put a show on that would get better ratings than Days, so they should stay with it, and just keep writing good storylines. My guess is that they keep the budget low for Days, so they could be renewed. Again, two talk shows were cancelled, so they should stay with Days for now any ways.

JANIS
JANIS

I do not really care, the writers don’t care what the fans want, for a while they had gays all over the place, and mostly women , watch so why would we want to watch gays making out, when we want a woman and man, romance stories,, we fast forward through these shows, they repeat the same old stories, over and over, WHY? do they really think we want to watch rehash stories. NO,,,,,,our favorites are Maggie, Nicole, Kate, Sami when she was on Ej, when he was on, Kayla, Steve, Brady, Hope,. Rafe, not teenagers,, please, get rid of them, it was better when they were kids, instead of aging them yrs in a few days,,,so i really don’t care if they renew it or not, although i have watched this show almost since day one, it has gone way down, no ones ever is happy anymore no super couples, everyone has slept with everyone, can”t stand BELLE OR SHAWN, or phillip

Mike
Mike

I’m sorry, I have to respond to this. If you don’t like seeing gay storylines, just say it – “I don’t like seeing any gay story”. But to suggest that Days was brimming with gays and gay storylines is a false assertion. At most, Days has had three lead gay characters, with one to three supporting characters depending on what time period you are referring to. While everyone else – about 20+ other characters were straight. When the gay storyline was a lead story, it was sharing space with at least two or three other stories – so again, at best, it made up 1/3 of the lead stories or 1/4. Again, not even the majority.

Plus, the majority of faces and characters and stories on daytime are straight stories – and yet gays seem to be able to enjoy those stories just fine, even with all the men kissing women and vice versa, because it’s about the characters and getting involved with the characters. To suggest that women just don’t care about gay stories because it’s men kissing men seems silly. Are you getting involved with the characters, or is your involvement just relegated to straight characters? I don’t have to be straight to relate to people’s emotions – you don’t have to be gay to relate to a gay character’s emotions.

I’m a fan – and all I wanted is one gay story to mix in with the majority of straight stories, all of which I enjoyed based on the writing, not whether the character was straight or gay.

Jim Preston
Jim Preston

Your comment is worthless and extremely homophobic. At what time exactly was the show “brimming with gays”? They had Sonny with Will and a little bit later on Paul was introduced as a baseball player with a past – that’s only three characters and I would think someone like YOU would be thrilled that:
1.) Will was strangled to death
2.) Sonny went out of the country
3.) Paul is left in Salem doing some idiotic modeling job

So, it seems to me, that gays are not even on the Canvas. You also claim that only women watch the show. Really? So they watch the show while wondering what to prepare for dinner and which Laundry detergent to buy? What year are YOU living in, 1955? Lots of males watch the show, both gay and straight.
Your comments are both offensive and outlandishly out of touch with the
current viewing audience.

blake
blake

It looks like Days will stay on, and I hope at least for the actors and crew that it does for many years to come.

Belle
Belle

NBC; don’t be as stupid as ABC! Take heed to the trouble it’s having with replacements for One Life o Live!

Pat Paquette
Pat Paquette

Please continue airing Days of Our Lives. It was great last year and now. I am a longtime viewer and the currant writers are right on point. Plus answering long held questions for instance John’s past. It will be a big disappointment not to continue a show that is doing well and has so much potential.

nancy
nancy

Days of our Lives is my 1 hour of time that I take just 4 me; instead of everybody else . Have been w as thing 49 years! Please keep this show !

Krisann
Krisann

Keep Days going, I’ve been watching since the beginning with my mother. Its the only one we ever watched. Love Days Of Our Lives

Doris Dearing
Doris Dearing

Love it, love it, love it!!!!! Never miss a show. PLEASE….keep it going!

janis ryan
janis ryan

I love this show. I’ve watched for over 50 years. And I’ll continue to watch. It has been really exciting the past few months.

Linda Y.
Linda Y.

I have watched DOOL since Day 1… It is my favorite television show, and I’ll be watching for as long as it is on… PLEASE RENEW!!!!

marla f
marla f

I have been watching DOOL for thirty years and while I find that some of the story lines to be a bit far fetched it doesn’t take away from the actual enjoyment of getting lost in these characters for an hour each day!

I’m not a fan of this new Phillip either. He looks too old to be courting Belle and yes, good points about John still trying to locate his mom. Rafe’s dad needs to shave off that hideous goatee!!!

joanne
joanne

Bryan dattilo/ lucas horton needs more air time love him as lucas

lumi
lumi

Love luml”

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Michael (not Fairman).
I like the way you THINK!!

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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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