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Days of our Lives Wins GLAAD Media Award For Outstanding Daily Drama!

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In ceremonies held last night in Los Angeles, NBC’s Days of our Lives took home the honors as the Outstanding Daily Drama at the 24th annual GLAAD Media Awards!

The GLAAD awards pay tribute to “inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives.”   The event, hosted by actress-producer-director Drew Barrymore, and included Hollywood favorites: Charlize Theron, Betty White, and Leonardo DiCaprio.

DAYS Freddie Smith (Sonny Kiriakis) accepted the award on behalf of Days of our Lives for Sonny and Will’s (Chandler Massey) love story and its portrayal and representation of a same-sex storyline and the couple’s struggles from: coming out to gay hate crimes and bullying.

Also in attendance from DAYS were Freddie’s on-screen father, Wally Kurth (Justin Kiriakis), Kate Mansi ( Abigail) and Nathan Owens (Cameron).  Days of our Lives bested the other nominee in the category, The Bold and the Beautiful who were in the running for their representation of their first same-sex storyline with the “My Two Moms” story featuring Crystal Chappell (Dani) and Joanna Johnson (Karen) and their on-screen daughter, Linsey Godrey (Caroline).

Other big winners of the night included: NBC’s The New Normal for Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Mini-Series or Special went to FX’s American Horror Story: Asylum created by Ryan Murphy.

Former President Bill Clinton accepted the Advocate for Change Award and delivered an inspiring speech to those in attendance.  Clinton’s accolade was presented to him by Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence and Harvey Weinstein!

So what do you think of DAYS win for its portrayal of an LGBT storyline?  Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Huge congratulations to DAYS and everyone involved with their LGBT storyline. While I may have agreed with everything concerning the storyline, such as Nick being involved, the writers have been doing an amazing job with handling it with care and new ways unlike the other soaps who ventured into their own storylines. They’ve treated Will and Sonny as a true soap couple, and not like a special subject that shouldn’t be touched. I have been enjoying DAYS for years, and really feel like for the over-all, their storylines have been brilliant. Doesn’t mean some bumps have been in the road… Read more »

gene
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gene

Awesome! DAYS has been doing it right with this storyline – even with the Gabi pregnacy bump in the road. Hopefully Will & Sonny will be a part of Salem for a long time.

jimh
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jimh

Glaad Days won!

Jules
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Jules

Ha!

Troy Turner
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Troy Turner

As a newer viewer, and an advocate for equality, DAYS has done a GREAT job-even with the negative portrayal of Nick. Kudos

Ces
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Ces

Congrats Days! About the only storyline worthy of watching is Will & Sonny!

kay
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kay

I commend Days of our Lives for creating and writing this storyline involving Will and Sonny (portrayed by actors Chandler Massey and Freddie Smith). This storyline is what drew me to Days of our Lives after many years of not watching daytime soap operas. I loved the characters of Will and Sonny from the first time they met in June 2011 when Sonny came back to Salem and as Will struggled with and finally realized he was gay with the help of his friend and mentor Sonny. Then when they both realized that their feelings for each other had changed… Read more »

kay
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kay

Congratulations to everyone at Days of our Lives for winning this award again this year (Outstanding Daytime Drama) especially the writers and the actors who are involved.

icla
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icla

Amazing that DAYS won the ODD award again! So happy for Freddie and Chandler! It’s one thing to have a (mostly) well written storyline, and another to have two young totally committed actors who show us Sonny and Will’s story as realistically as possible. Wonderful!

daryl
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daryl

Congratulations to the team of Days for their successful gay storyline. I’m all the way from the Philippines and I have to say that I only started to watch the show because of Will and Sonny although I remember the show being televised here about 20 years ago. Also, I would really like to thank Freddie Smith and Chandler Massey for portraying their characters really well, believable, and with love. Even if this is just a TV show, you don’t know how much you have inspired me, as well as other people (gay or straight), around the world. So again,… Read more »

Jules
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Jules

Hell yeah they did! Well deserved! Kudos to the writers, producers, Corday and of course Chandler, Freddie and everyone else involved for giving this storyline the weight, the airtime, the care and the opportunity it has earned.

Mattsnplace
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Mattsnplace

I am SO glad (excuse the pun) to see the show that deserves to win actually WIN! The writers need to make the rest of Days as good as this SL. If they could do that, then Days would be around for a long, long time. Still, kudos to the show for well-deserved win!

Derrick
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Derrick

Congrats DAYS!!!!
Well deserved!

Jacob
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Jacob

we need a sonny and will on ANC .OLTL.GH,Y&R,DAYS,since its on the internet I always hate how they start a gay storyline then stop assoon as they come out or make love for the first time congrats to days for kepping sonny and will around. I hope AMC,OLTL,GH,DAYS, Y&R takes a note and we see that on there as well, because to many times shows have a habit of just make us gay couples look shallow, and dont show us in the same light as stright couples and that is so unfair, Ihave been in a relationship for going on… Read more »

Brett
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Brett

Well done DAYS. They so deserve this award, the storyline has been handled brilliantly and unlike other soap gay couples, they act like a couple all the time and the show hasn’t shyed away from romantic scenes. It has been the best gay storyline ever. I’m so glad they beat B&B’s crappy half baked lesbian story.

Blake
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Blake

Great that Days won, out of all the soaps they definitely deserve it!

And I’m glad to see that American Horror Story won for Oustanding Mini Series, LOVE that show!

Patrick
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Patrick

another show…. if you have cable… sounds like you might…. is “Bates Motel”

on A&E….

it’s a study in contrast….. mystique….. between Mother and Son…

Norma and Norman Bates…..

a lot of shows have since aired…. this is the first season….

it’s catchy and draws you in…..

FYI.

Patrick
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Patrick

Vera Farmiga – who plays the mother: Norma…. is Fascinating, to watch.

she reminds me of the combo…. Sally Kirkland/Felicity Huffman/Peggy Lipton.

the added older son… is HOT.

along with the two cops…

the one cop who is “corralling the twosome”…. blond cop is weathering his own storm.

it’s inriguing stuff to mind.

Dmitri
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Dmitri

So glad they won. DOOL sucks except for these two!

Patrick
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Patrick

my heart and mind… are free’er.

at the tender age i am…. it’s touching…. affecting…. to watch and linger with the story…. a couple in love… unrequited… dealing… with life… like all twosomes…. fraught with the same energy…. complexities… the romance…. LOVING.

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watching these two SHARE their life… openly… with family and “out”… is to applaud and acknowledge how well done this is written.

Thank you DAYS/NBC/SONY.

you deserve the accolade and continued success.

mike leigh
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mike leigh

I have wathch days of our lives for over 43 yrs and always loved the horton storylines.
The gay storyline between Will Horton and Sonny is one of the best. I love seeing them
in sceens and hope their love continues. Years ago I watch One life to live and enjoyed
the storyline of gay men of Kyle and Oliver, I was very upset when the storyline was cut
and the actors were let go. I hope this does not happen with Will and Sonny on days of
our lives.

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DAYS Head Scribe, Ron Carlivati, Shares On Marlena’s Possession 2.0: “We Decided John Needs To Get On To This Sooner Than He Did In The Original, Because That’s What The Audience Would Expect”

As viewers of NBC’s Days of our Lives are watching the revisiting of the classic possession storyline revisited with its 2021 version 2.0, the stage is being set for plenty of devilish drama, now that good doc, Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) is once again in the grips of evil.

We have already seen her with yellow eyes, conjuring up some demonic plans, and of course, the devil trying to pull the wool over the eyes of Marlena’s husband, John Black (Drake Hogestyn).

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Back in the 1994/95 version of this storyline, Father John emerged and exorcised the demon from Marlena, so he knows a thing or two about being possessed, and the horrors it caused to Marlena, and the town of Salem 25 years ago, and as we have seen John is very, very concerned about all this talk of Marlena being possessed by the devil from the script that Johnny (Carson Boatman)  is set to make into a film on Sami’s life story.

Current Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati, spoke with Soap Opera Digest in their latest issue on newsstands now, about his plans and the creation of the 2021 possession storyline. Ron revealed that John is not going to be in the dark for long, sharing: “John has been through this, so the devil isn’t going to be able to pull the wool over his eyes the way he did the first time.”

Carlivati also added: “Even though all soap opera stories, I would argue, depend on some characters being a little bit dumb, in this case, we decided John needs to get on to this sooner than he did in the original because that’s what they audience would expect.  Look for the story to move along at a pretty good clip. We are not rushing, anything by any means – we are having so much fun with the story, but it was important to us that John not look stupid here so he starts to suspect something is wrong with her pretty soon.”

So, are you glad that John will not be completely dumped? Will Father John return to save the day? Are you enjoying the story thus far? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

Then, check out our recent interview with Ron all about the creation of DAYS limited-series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem still streaming on Peacock.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Marlena Becomes Possessed … Again!

On Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the devil had his way with his favorite person, Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)! In story, leave it to Marlena to save Doug (Bill Hayes) by giving herself up to Satan!

As Doug revealed himself to be Satan while in a therapy session with Marlena in her office, a shook Marlena tries to comprehend what is happening! When the devil says if Marlena won’t accept him in, she will punish Doug, he does just that.

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Poor Doug is left writhing in pain and on the floor, crying out for help! When we come back to the scene Marlena is not exactly right near his body, but sort of overlooking what is happening. Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) rushes into Marlena’s office to find Doug as Marlena stares blankly. Eventually, she calls for help.

After Doug is put in a hospital room and is monitored, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Tripp (Lucas Adams) can’t find anything wrong with him. Meanwhile, Julie finds Marlena at the nurses station and asks what happened with Doug during their therapy session.  Marlena flashes back to what led to Doug writing on the floor, and clearly something is way off with Marlena, because she has now become possessed.

Later, Julie sits by Doug’s hospital bed as he opens his eyes, as he tells his beloved wife, “He left me and went in to her.”  A confused Julie is left to ponder what on earth Doug could be talking about.

When Marlena comes home to John (Drake Hogestyn) – who is already concerned with Johnny (Carson Boatman) being set on making a movie of Sami’s life story which includes points on Marlena’s original possession – she tells him Doug collapsed in her office. When the two hug, Marlena slowly opens her eyes  revealing that they are glowing yellow.  Yup! We are off to the races. Marlena is now once again possessed.

So, what did you think about the scenes between Deidre Hall and Bill Hayes? Are you enjoying the revisiting of the infamous ‘possession’ storyline thus far? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives Kicks-Off Possession Storyline Revisted with ‘Doug’ Twist Cliffhanger, Followed by Fall Preview

Did the ‘Devil’ make them do it? Doug Williams  (Bill Hayes) is Satan? In what can only be described as major surprise twist on NBC’s Days of our Lives, for weeks, fans have thought they were about to embark on another dementia or Alzheimer’s storyline on the soaps with another beloved character.

However, Days head writer, Ron Carlivati ,and his writing team came up with a way to make it seem like this may be Doug’s fate only to use the long-running character as the impetus to bring the classic possession storyline back on the air some 25 years later.

It all goes down after Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) calls Marlena (Deidre Hall) to ask him to see Doug, after his MRI and other tests proved inconclusive for dementia, etc, to see if Dr. Evans can assess him.  The phone call to Marlena happened after John (Drake Hogestyn) was discussing the past, since Johnny (Carson Boatman) is ramping up to a shoot a movie on Sami’s life, that will include the time that Sami walked in on John and Marlena having sex, which caused Sami to act out for years and years.

 

However, and this is key, John tells Marlena that moment in time also left her alone and vulnerable to the darkest time in her life – alluding to when she became possessed by the devil – and Marlena was clearly having difficulty admitting that or going down that road of remembrance, when the phone call from Kayla saved her from digging deeper into the past.  Well now, John and Marlena may never have that conversation as she is primed to once again become possessed.

Meanwhile, Johnny is reading Will’s script for the Sami movie, and is shocked to read in it that Marlena was once possessed by the devil, as John takes out a dusty box with his Father John collar, a bible, and a news clipping of Marlena being possessed.  John is feeling that this movie will bring bad things on to all those he loves, especially Doc, and he looks to be right!

Now at her office with Doug, he admits he knows something is wrong.  He acts out and does strange things and does not know why.  Marlena brings up why Doug locked Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) in a freezer by accident. Doug gets adamant saying: “That was no accident. I locked that bitch in there on purpose.”  Marlena is shocked at his word and tone.  Then as Doug laughs, he says, “I’m not Doug.”  Next thing you know, the lowered voice of Satan comes out of Doug’s mouth and he tells Doc, “It’s been over 25 years Marlena. But did you really think I wouldn’t come back for you?” End of episode.  Great cliffhanger!

Now, check out the fall preview released following the airing of Friday’s episode by NBC below, which teases more demonic moments on Days. Then let us know in the comment section, what you thought of the ‘Doug’ twist as the possession storyline begins?

Plus, make sure to cast your vote in ‘Michael’s Poll’ of the week on the revisiting of this classic tale now in 2021 below the preview.

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