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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Who Killed Deimos?

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The suspects are many, and it looks like the initial Salemite taken into custody may not be the culprit!

On last Friday’s episode of Days of our Lives, it was JJ Deveraux (Casey Moss) who was arrested for having Deimos Kirkiakis’ (Vincent Irizarry) blood on his shirt! But with so many people at the Martin House shindig under the effects of the drug Halo (Thanks to a vindictive Deimos spiking the champagne that everyone drank), did a drugged JJ really kill the guy? JJ always seems to land in hot water, even when he is innocent!

On a side note: Hey All My Children fans, remember when Vincent Irizarry as Dr. David Hayward also drugged the party goers on a yacht filled with Pine Valley residents with the drug Libidozone? Interesting bit of history repeating itself!

Back to DAYS: From Nicole (Arianne Zucker), Eric (Greg Vaughan), Sonny (Freddie Smith), Paul (Christopher Sean), Chad (Billy Flynn), Gabi (Camila Banus), Lani (Sal Stowers), Eli (Lamon Archey), JJ, Abigail (Marci Miller), Dario (Jordi Vilasuso), Hope (Kristian Alfonso), Rafe (Galen Gering), Victor (John Aniston), Brady (Eric Martsolf) and many others in town, everyone had an ax to grind with the evil drug lord! But, who really finished Deimos off for good

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Watch this week’s promo for Days of our Lives after the jump.Then weigh-in! Who will ultimately be revealed to be the real culprit? Will there be a murder trial? Share your theories in the comment section below!

Will there be a murder trial? Share your theories in the comment section below!

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Ray
Ray

My guess is Dario.

Vicki
Vicki

Let’s hope so. The character is pointless. Reminds me of Nick sister. NO REASON FOR BEING ON

Celia
Celia

I agree, Vicki. I could never understand what the fascination with this character/actor is. He is non-charismatic….not to sound petulant, Vicki, but normally, even the bad boys ‘demand’ some attraction, depending on their personality. He has none.
This guy has nothing to offer. I could easily accept him if he had some allure. And I do not mean looks alone. He is bland……I do agree with you…..he is pointless.
If Dario is exiting, then an easy way to walk out is for him to have killed Deimos. Good riddance, I say….and Gabi can go with him.
I used to love Gabi…..but, she freaks me out. I know she’s always had her cap set for Chad and now, she grabbed the opportunity.
How stupid is Chad? Gabi is an enigma. Do we love her? Detest her? She confounds me. The writers have completely changed her, in my opinion.

jaybird369
jaybird369

Vicki…EXACTLY!!!!! More and more, I find Dario to be BEYOND ANNOYING!!!!! BLECH!!!!!

Take care, Vicki,

jaybird369
jaybird369

Vicki…oh, and one more thing: To me, Dario is FAST-FORWARD MATERIAL ALL THE WAY…PERIOD!!!!!

Take care, Vicki.

Eric Buchanan
Eric Buchanan

I agree. We already know he is running some kind of online theft operation. And now married to Abigail…hmm and wasn’t he there at the beginning of the party?

Mary SF
Mary SF

Who cares—- but if you want to get technical about it — it was whoever created the character to begin with– it was a dumb idea from the get go– got worse over time, don’t blame VI from leaving— but whoever did it, please reveal it quickly, don’t want to have to go down the whole list of Halo suspects with fuzzy memories– if I was writing this, I would have Henderson be the one– the classic the butler did it– and move on.

Phil
Phil

Whatever! I like a good “whodunnit?” storyline… that being said I cannot wait until Ron Carlivati’s material to start airing! Wish he penned this one!

Jimh
Jimh

Deimos killed himself…he accidentally drank his own drug, hallucinted, and attacked himself…realizing he was dieing he managed to wipe off his own fingerprints on the murder weapon to make it look like one of his enemies murdered him!!!

Celia
Celia

Hahaha…oh, Jimmy…you really crack me up….
That’s some imagination you’ve got there. Love it.

jaybird369
jaybird369

Oh, Jim…that is SO LOL FUNNY!!!!! AND EVEN MORE IMAGINATIVE!!!!!

Later.

Rodd
Rodd

My money is on the waiter that was working the party with Deimos. He’s a throw-away character who would be easy to pin the murder on and not disrupt the canvas. Plus, they took the time to show the waiter drinking the tinted champagne while cleaning up. Why, if not to drop a clue? Just my guess.

Celia
Celia

True, that, Rodd. If TPTB do not have anyone specific in mind of which to rid themselves, then yes, your guess is the only logical one.

nicholas
nicholas

I have tuned back into Days of our lives . Last weeks episodes culminating in the murder were just great . Days of our lives has taken a turn for the best , yes the best . The murder mystery is fascinating . I can now sit through an entire episode without turning the tv off and i am even excited at seeing the next episode . You can all tune back in . Make sure to watch last weeks episodes leading up to the murder and when they find the body and who has been arrested but quite possibly hasn’t done it .

Jim Larson
Jim Larson

Yes, I remember when Dr. Hayward purposely dispensed that drug, since he was essentially the same misguided character as Deimos. It’s not just a case of “history repeating itself” but rather a rehashed done-to-death storyline – Vincent is most certainly a proficient actor but this is pretty much the same character that he is sort of known for portraying. I am more than marginally bored with this show, have missed many of June’s episodes and it doesn’t seem to matter because I can watch a few moments here and there on line and pretty much know what’s going on since it’s the most drawn-out show in television’s history.
It’s not my intention to come across as critical but I do feel that this show needs a shot of “something”, I’m not exactly sure what –

Mister Media
Mister Media

The writers killed Deimos not long after he appeared on the canvas by making him into a one dimensional villain. Poor Vincent Irazarry had to endure some of the worst writing in soap history. As far as who finished the character off at the party, the answer will of course be, “none of the above”. It will probably be Xander. Now, let’s work on getting VIncent over to General Hospital (where the writing is marginally better).

Celia
Celia

I know, Mister Media. Too bad….One of the best on daytime. I do hope we will see Vincent soon….maybe primetime?

Jimh
Jimh

Nicole…since the actress is leaving….I am having computer issues and not getting email…also difficult getting on here so i dont see my replies ect., …i hope to work it out soon…been very ill of late so maybe its a sign i needed a break???

Shay
Shay

@Jimh….So sorry to hear of your latest woes—computer and otherwise!!! Hope you get them all squared away and soon, so we can again enjoy your delightful posts in their fullest forms of fun and fancy! Until then, take care, my friend!

Celia
Celia

It’s hit or miss, Shay. Once in a blue moon, I will get one.
What can I say? I am sure it’s my ipad, since I share this email address with my sister-in-law, with minor “adjustments”…LOL.
I do not dare use my personal one…was hacked, last time.

WOW!!! You got my mail? HaHa!! How rich!! I just don’t get it. She’s less than a speck in my world. I do not understand why my words should matter in hers.
We all pick on characters, Shay. But, I draw the line picking on our fellow-posters….. which she does, constantly.
I do not bother reading; only when hers follow mine, which is mostly always….snarky!! Unhinged!!
However I do not read her winded essays.
Issues, much?

Celia
Celia

The irony is, Shay, she manages to turn the tables on us. We mind our own business; we do not start the ugly disputes and insults .
we enjoy each other’s comments—we go back and forth ( when posted), between ourselves—but, without fail, the demeaning laughter and affrontery upon our person; intelligence; and moral discipline ( which she lacks) starts.
I seem to remember how Mr. Fairmain, last year, in April, cautioned all of us to be respectful of each other and to be mindful of our criticism of the characters/actors.
Well, we are human, and we do ‘fall’ occasionally. But never sgainst each other—the posters, thst is.
I will be first to admit that I go on and on about Sonny. But, so does she. Alexis NEEDS to be out of reach. God forbid anything negative is uttered about this character.
There are so many posters who drag Nina through the mud. You know how much I love Nina/Michelle, Shay….there was nary a comment from me berating you or bashing said posters? No. I do not do that. It is their opinion.
Nonetheless, she continues to demean both of us. You have more control than I, Shay. You do not answer back. I have ignored her for months since the last time.
We sort of, started being civil again, but then, she veered back to her usual self and insulted me. All about Alexis…..it does not stop. Even after MF’s admonition.
I promise to myself, if I stay on the GH site, that I will not abase myself so, ever again. Ignore!!

Celia
Celia

I know exactly what you mean, Jimmy. I am not receiving any mail from any of the MF sites.
As I had told Shay, I have to go through the boards with a fine-toothed comb to look for any reply.
Thank goodness my “business” mail “goes” elsewhere.
It’s strange.
Sorry about your relapse, Jimmy. Take care of yourself.

Shay
Shay

Wow, CeeCee…You’re still NOT receiving any MF messages? Bummer! Then again, just between you and me, mia amica, I’ve unfortunately been “treated” to a few highly personal “nastygrams” meant for you over the past few days, I’m sure you can surmise the source and subject matter…LOL. Seems they were “misdirected” to my personal inbox. One made it online the Julian thread, one didn’t. No matter, same old stuff, nothing new!…..@@…..Went straight to my trash file….very apropos! But do check it out when you can….always worth a good laugh if nothing else!

Shay
Shay

Well, count yourself lucky to have missed the latest two “glittering gems of venomous verbosity,” CeeCeeGirl! Basically, they both boiled down to those two most favorite, oft-repeated buzzwords: “Baby booties and b@@bs!” Need I expound any further? (Rhetorical question….Lol.) But seriously, why these posts continue to be entertained at this late date is beyond me…they never offer anything new or unique, it’s just the same old rehashing of personal grievances and throwing of shade at you, me or the two of us combined! And when I am called out by name, I’m seldom granted the right of response, even if it’s not worth dignifying it with such. This situation is so one-sided that it’s not even up for debate…..and for what purpose? To attempt to placate the truly implacable???? Your guess is as good as mine!

jaybird369
jaybird369

Hey…here’s an idea: Reveal WHOEVER as Deimos’s killer…and QUICKLY!!!!! I mean…why air YET ANOTHER long, drawn-out and EVEN MORE LAME murder trial?!?!?

Just saying……….

Patrick
Patrick

All I know for certain is how laugh out loud and pretty damn embarrassing it was to watch Hope still in the throes of “libidozone” or ecstasy. Get a clue Rafe. MOVE on. Please. I don’t know. wanting to give Ron carlivati benefit of doubt. Oh forget it Kristian Alfonso is Ken Corday pet. So sorry galen Gerring

Celia
Celia

Ahhh, Patrick. Sooo glad we still agree on the subject of Hope and Rafe.
What a lost cause!!!! Sorry for both Galen and Rafe, who loves kids….
Hope’s factory is closed!! Get a clue is right!!!!!

Jim
Jim

So glad you mentioned the David Hayward flashback…first thing I thought of when I saw this SL.

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

I started thinking this is where Nicole bids us adios. I don’t want to think she killed Deimos but I know she is leaving the show very soon so this could be the way she goes off the canvas although a little messed up if it goes that way.

Phil
Phil

Might he play Dr. Haywood again soon?

Jake Martin
Jake Martin

There are ‘rumors’ that he (Vincent) is heading for General Hospital and I suspect he will play Dr. David Hayward, formerly from Pine Valley Hospital. This gives one reason to think that since ABC has re-gained the character rights from both All My Children and One Life to Live that it is possible that there may be character cross-overs towards General Hospital. This was ABC’s original intention (my opinion) when Prospect Park leased the rights to both AMC and OLTL which as most soap fans know caused quite a bit of controversy as to just “how” characters could be utilized. Not meaning to go ‘off topic’ here, but there are also ‘rumors’ that NETFLIX or Hulu or Amazon may launch a new inception of the two iconic soaps.

Celia
Celia

I like it, Jake Martin. I hope so. Looove Vincent.
Is this your real name, or are you Tad’s brother? Just joshin’ with you. LOL.

Mo
Mo

Who killed Deimos? The writers.

Boop
Boop

That’s the truth. I loved to watch Vincent on the show when he first arrived . I wish that he could have stayed until Ron arrived . I don’t want to put too much on Ron’s shoulders ; just do the best that you can , Ron!

jaybird369
jaybird369

Mo…EXACTLY!!!!! Oh…as far as I’m concerned, those IDIOT WRITERS at DOOL DEGRADED AND TRASHED Vincent Irizarry’s wonderful acting abilities FROM BEGINNING TO END!!!!! STUPID AND CLUELESS WRITERS!!!!!

Take care, Mo.

Celia
Celia

Short and to the point, Jay. Thst’s why I love your posts….and also, entertaining, my friend.

Yvonne
Yvonne

Carlivati’s episodes will be airng in two weeks. I’m sure he’ll end this stupid murder mystery right away so he can take the show in a new direction, thank God.

Boop
Boop

I want Ron to do for Days what Sussman and Young are doing for Young and Restless.

damien
damien

huh?
you mean fall flat after a lot of hype?
late nit infomercials are more exciting than y n r these days
sussman s return has been a serious dissapointment so no , i hope ron delivers alot more than sussmans snail pace storytelling. dont make me laugh. devon and mariah, noah and tessa, hilary and jordan, sharon and scott, jack and his hated exstep mom, ash and ravi, nick and his deceased bros wife????….wow…rivetting

dmr
dmr

Sonny, implicated by his new mobster appearance. Coffee shop/”club” owner one day, slicked back hair, gun totting “suit” the next. I can’t help but laugh every time I see this ridiculousness on my screen.

dmr
dmr

I should have added, the killer will be some “throw away” character, not a major character. Someone above mentioned Xander-that makes sense, I think.

Shay
Shay

Hey dmr, maybe DOOL’s “Sonny” watches his GH namesake???? That would explain where he gets his inspiration for his newfangled wannabee gangster get-up/persona.

dmr
dmr

Shay, I watched a little of today’s episode while at home for lunch. Again, I had to laugh at Sonny attempting to be a thug and hard a$$. He was attempting to stand-up to Brady, reminding him who was boss. I was rolling my eyes and laughing. Sonny, who up until not that long ago, was wearing flannel print shirts and tending bar at his “club.” Now, he’s trying to tell Brady how to do his job. Little boy playing dress-up in his daddy’s suit. You are right, I think his plane may have made a pit-stop in Port Charles, lol.

Celia
Celia

Oh, my, Shay!!…..the black sea divides Sonny Kiriakis from Sonny Corinthos.
Sonny K’ heart is not black….that is the main difference between the two. While dmr’s description of Sonny ( of late) is dead on, he is easy on the eye and likable.
Perhaps, it’s just moi?
The writers are doing little Sonny a disservice. I like the ‘flannel shirts’ on him. LOL.
perfect visuals, dmr. LOL. Love your post.

Shay
Shay

Oh, CeeCee, I was simply jesting since I read dmr’s highly-amusing description of “Little Sonny’s” sudden affection for mobwear! It has been a repeated theme of their posts here, and I couldn’t help but be struck by not just the basic physical/circumstantial similarities of these two characters as they were mentioned, but I also suggested that perhaps “Little Sonny’s” mom had a layover in Port Charles and briefly encountered “Big Sonny’s” “Little Sonny,” if you know what I mean! (I’m trying to put that delicately, since the last time I broached the subject, it didn’t materialize online…LOL.) Of course, this was just a bunch of mindless and fantastical supposition about FICTIONAL characters in two distinctly different soap towns…but it was sorta fun, especially given how much we enjoy ribbing the Port Charles’ version and his inimitable style which seems to be spreading exponentially across the soap opera universe!!!

dmr
dmr

Celia and Shay, too funny! I just can’t stand the lazy writing, and I see it on all of the shows. Be creative! Be spontaneous! Be exciting! Except, most of the writing falls flat, IMO, unlike the “good ol’ days” of lunchtime, daytime TV.

Celia
Celia

PS.
Shay and dmr,
You know who I miss? Ces…..have not seen her/ him on any site, lately.
Ces had me in tears laughing when we would go back and forth about John Black and Marlena….” Hey Doc….” LOL.
Where are you, Ces??

Celia
Celia

That should read ( overstatement).

Celia
Celia

There is sn entire post preceding the “PS” one, Shay & dmr. See what I mean???? LOL….I take it with a grain of salt.
Sometimes one wonders who decides what to print? Amazing!! ….when a certain someone gets away with calling other posters every name under the vast, blue AMERICAN sun….lest we forget, this won’t be printed either. Where were the watchdogs, then?? We are in the minority, guys….hostile waters. LOL.
Double standard?

Shay
Shay

Amen to that notion, dmr!!! It just goes to show when the soaps don’t entertain and satisfy us with their homegrown creative efforts, we’ll go about imagining our own versions of their “fictional realities,” even if it requires cross-pollination of two very different species of soap animals! LOL…..

Shay
Shay

@CeeCee….It’s true….Ces is an absolute hoot! I miss not just their humorous comments, but a lot of other truly nice and fun people who we’ve encountered here through the years who just don’t seem to want to visit here much anymore…if at all! I guess they have just tired of the constant nonsense perpetrated by certain posters who feel the need to monopolize these threads with tedious post after tedious post of their personal/political agendas. It’s really quite sad, because there was once such a vibrant, friendly and welcoming, almost-party-like atmosphere to this website where good times were had by all but those few reliably sour malcontents…who unfortunately have stuck around to continue to spread more of their own patented style of misery!!!! Must be some life to be perpetually offended by every little thing, huh?

Paul
Paul

I love a murder mystery but soaps truly fail at writing a good one. Instead of whodunit intrigue we get everyone in sequence being arrested and then cleared. By the time they get to the reveal so much time has past that no one cares other then the story is FINALLY OVER!

That said it’s clearly Nicole since the actress is leaving.

Celia
Celia

@Damien.
Hey, Damien….I echo your words. I am sooo turned off by the exaggerated ‘interfamily” hook-ups and marriages on Y&R. It has become disgusting. Each has savored the other’s brother, sister, child, parents…… the worst? Victor and Sharon. Yuck!!
Adam’s return will ‘rampage’ Nick’s cozy cuddling with Chelsea.
So, yeah….Ron needs to do a one-eighty in weeding out ‘unwanted’ storylines, which have brought this, once, brillian soap to a low standard.

Stephen Blum
Stephen Blum

my theory is whoever has the amulet killed him and that person was hired for it and also hired to pass the blame to many people to create a conspiracy to keep people guessing

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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!”

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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.

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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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So, what do you think of the change; that there will now be one Younger performer category at the Daytime Emmys? Comment below.

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