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Days of our Lives Wins Outstanding Drama Series For First Time in 38 Years! Share Your Thoughts!

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Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

The biggest surprise at last night’s 40th annual Daytime Emmys came  when Erika Slezak (Viki) of One Life to Live read the name of the winner of Outstanding Drama Series live on the telecast on HLN!

However, the ones surprised and over-joyed the most were the cast and producers of NBC’s Days of our Lives who heard their name called for the first time in 38 years  in the top category! Executive producer Ken Corday shared that this win comes on his birthday, and was on-stage along with with co-executive producers Greg Meng and Lisa De Cazotte.

Steve Kent, Senior Executive Vice President, Programming offered his congratulations on Monday: “We are thrilled that Days of our Lives has won Outstanding Drama Series.  Thank you to the great cast and crew, writers, producers and directors that bring these stories to life everyday for the viewers and thank you also to NBC for their continued support. Our daytime dramas both have bright futures ahead of them and we look forward to their continued success.”

DAYS had been on a ratings upswing of late coming off of a terrific May Sweeps of storytelling!  We hear today there was a very special toast and private celebration for the cast on-set of the NBC soap as well!

So what do you think soap fans?  Were you surprised that DAYS won Outstanding Drama Series? Are you thrilled that after 38 years the show won its second Emmy? Watch their winning moment below and then share your thoughts!

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Torrey
Torrey

Since OLTL didn’t get it, Im glad that DAYS did…..I’m not a viewer of that show, but I’m just so glad that the overrated B&B or Y&R didn’t take home the big prize.

BTripp
BTripp

I was surprised but very happy but was kinda hoping OLTL would win.

Marie
Marie

I was so glad when Days won! I was a viewer who came back recently, for the Ejami and most importantly the WilSon storyline. The show now feels relevant and fresh and I hope they can keep up the great work!

Annette P
Annette P

So glad Days finally won long time coming,tired of Y&R & B&B always winning.Good for the whole gang from Days let’s do it again next year.

Patrick
Patrick

You said it perfectly…. The cast and producers in attendance were so surprised… it was joyful and emotional.

Salem’ites! I love that… yeah, it would seem like forever… DAYS WINS BIG!

Collectively… The solid cast are all delivering. yeah, that includes easily overlooking the Dan/Jenn debacle.

Who knows…. with how well DAYS is doing THIS YEAR… Hmmm… could their be a repeat next year?

I love my DAYS.

Chloe
Chloe

Surprised since I’ve felt for years that Days never seemed to get any respect. But I’m thrilled for Ken and everyone involved with the show! I hope we don’t have to wait another 38 years, though!!

Patrick
Patrick

Ditto.

have to echo the sentiment.

“…for years DAYS never seemed to get any Respect.”

Mary SF
Mary SF

Well now that there are only 4 shows left on network television the odds have gone up that they will win more often.

Derek
Derek

Depends if AMC and oltl are qualified next year.

@thelandofkoz
@thelandofkoz

Congrats to Days of our lives! POP open the champagne and spray it all around because you now have an #Emmy for the Best Soap in Town!!!! I’m so proud to e a #Days Fan!!!

Patrick
Patrick

Here, Here!

I’m Proud with YOU.

Carole
Carole

I am very proud and happy as someone who’s been watching since the 70’s. Well done, Chandler Massey, as well. I’m only disappointed that Peggy McCay didn’t win. I am still hoping for the day that Ariane Zucker and Allison Sweeney win one day. Same goes for Eileen Davidson! Well done, troops!

heidi
heidi

You have to be happy for them! But I really think others deserved it more this year! I watched Dool all this year along with the others and it was not the best. I am actually happy to see it not go to B&B… but truly disappointed it did not go to OLTL or GH!!! Both had great episodes while they were on!!!

Cara
Cara

I was very happy for Days of our Lives. The actors work very hard on this show and deserved some recognition! Very excited for them!

Mo
Mo

Surprised because Days hasn’t seen much love from the Emmys for a long time. But very happy because the show is good, better than others that are on air and number 1, and they have great actors.

Sarah White Sees
Sarah White Sees

My first thought when hearing their name announced: “FINALLY! Someone is paying attention!!!!”

Mary SF
Mary SF

I always like it when people who didn’t expect to win, win, because you can’t help but believe it means more to them than to the ones that thought they were a shoe in. The Emmy show began with Doug Davidson winning Lead Actor, which was a delightful surprise and ended with Days winning Outstanding Drama- another unexpected win- so the night ended great. However everything in between was typical for the Emmys.

Iakovos
Iakovos

I never would have come to DAYS had it not been for the cancellations of ATWT, OLTL, and AMC. I never watched NBC soaps. I gave DAYS a chance at the reboot and have been pleased. I sometimes remain confused at all the family ties, but the plots seem more genuine than the over-the-top years of satanic posession and mystery islands. I think the family- and community-centric plots have resonance, as do — from what I follow here — a renewed sense of history. There are very talented — and attractive! — actors to watch, and I am please DAYS has one in the win column.

Derek
Derek

I did the same thing after AMC went off, and I love Days. So glad I have my daily soap fix again. And of course I have my AMC back too, so I have now two that I love.

aria
aria

i’m not a fan of the show, but still happy for them, they were all so genuinely happy that you couldn’t help but be happy for them..

Derrick
Derrick

I was surprised and stunned but was very happy for DAYS!
Congrats DAYS!

B.J.
B.J.

I hoped that OLTL would win, but I am delighted that DOOL won over the other nominees!

Like others I only started watching DOOL after other soaps were canceled, but have really enjoyed it this past year, and think they deserve this recognition. A.Zucker deserved to win as well… maybe next year!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

So deserve and over-due! DAYS has been fantastic this past year and I’m finally happy their success and amazing talents have been recognized by the academy. Let’s hope we win again next year!

Troy Turner
Troy Turner

Having picked up DAYS again this last fall, I was worried for a bit, but these last few months have been spectacular-great work by everyone involved

Blake
Blake

I was hoping OLTL would win, but it was nice to see Days win, especially with them being on fire these days. They should win the Emmy next year for this year’s scenes!

And man, the girl that plays Abigail looked so hot with her Madonna/I Dream of Jeannie hair and that hot dress!

4everdays
4everdays

The sands of time have been falling slowly but surely, building to one
fever pitch after another. Keep your eyes on the hourglass and never
let the sands stop falling. It was great to win the emmys, but I already
knew it did not matter, for all the days of our lives are better with this
very exciting beautiful soap opera.

Jocelyn
Jocelyn

OH WHOA , I am so happy DAYS of OUR LIVES won . THey did really good this past year and this yea too . hopefully more of them like NICOLE , ABBEY , EJ , Caroline and some more .
Hope there will be more next year . WILL , and CHAD I am gonna miss you both on the show . hope u both will come back . WISH u both the best of luck in your new careers in the future . hope u both com back again like they did wit STEAFNO ,, John and Marlena
I hope Nicole will be with BRADY they both are great couple. KEEP UP THE GREAT SHOW DAYS OF OUR LIVES 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Chad and Abby Share An Emotional Goodbye And Leave Salem Hitched

On Thursday’s episode of NBC’s Days of our Lives, tears were shed not only by the characters on the screen, but by the audience at home … plenty of them if you have been checking out social media since this installment aired.  For in it, viewers had to say goodbye to Chad (Billy Flynn) and Abby (Kate Mansi) as they left Salem to start their new life with their children in Paris.

However, before they make their exit, Chabby fans finally get to see their favorite duo tie the knot in a heartfelt and touching ceremony right in the Horton family living room.  While it was spur of the moment, it could not have been more poignant.  Leave it to Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) to officially preside over the nuptials, JJ (Casey Moss) to play his guitar while his sister walked down the living room aisle to her man, and even Jack (Matt Ashford) showed up to do the right thing to be there for his daughter.

What would a Chabby wedding be without personally written vows, right?  Abigail tells Chad: “When we first fell in love, God, we had no idea of what we were getting ourselves into.  They say that when you meet someone and fall in love, you’re drawn to them, because they have something you need and we’re here today because I need you.  I need your courage, your faith, and love.  I’m so beyond grateful at a second chance with you and a family with our beautiful children. You are the love of my life, Chad. There’s nothing I want more than to spend the rest of my days with you.”

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In a touching moment, Chad is overcome with tears and expresses to Abigail; “You’ve always fought for your health, and for us, and I’m in awe of the woman I fell in love with. I’ll cherish you. I will protect you. I’m yours, and I’ll never doubt you again, because a love like ours really does only come once in a life.”

They exchange rings and Julie pronounces them husband and wife.  But this happy moment is also bittersweet when Chad says, “We hate to marry and run.”  Chabby has a plane to catch to take them to Paris.   Chad looks around the room and at all the special people in his life, and tells the group how special they all are to him.  In that scene, it definitely gave the feels that it was also Billy Flynn saying farewell to his castmates.

Of course … before they leave town Chad and Abby visit Stefan (Tyler Christopher) and Gabi(Camila Banus)is there.  They give them the news that they are leaving for France and are married.  In a moment alone between Abby and Stefan, he apologizes to her. Stefan notes how much he loved the other part of her (Gabby with a “Y”) and knows that she loved him too.  Abby says, “I know”.  Meanwhile, Chad says goodbye to the portrait of his father, Stefano vowing to be back someday.  After Chabby exit the DiMera mansion, Stefan has a meltdown and throws the chest board while Chloe (Nadia Bjorlin) walks in on the scene.

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And finally, in the 10-hankie moment beautifully played by Billy Flynn, Kate Mansi and Melissa Reeves (Jennifer), Chad and Abby at the Horton house to say their final goodbyes to Doug (Bill Hayes) and Julie, Jack, JJ, and Jennifer.  Abigail tells her mother to never give up on her dad.  Chad is in tears as Jennifer tells him she will miss him,  He says, “I will miss you, too”.

It was in that moment that any of us that have ever had to say goodbye to our families and move far away from them, or come back to visit them and then leave again, can relate.  Saying goodbye is often heartbreaking when you leave behind the ones you love.  But, Chad and Abby got their happy ending … for now. However,t his is a soap opera, so you never know how long happiness will last, or when they might be back in Salem.

Kudos to the performances of Billy Flynn, so raw and real, and Kate Mansi playing Abigail with depth and dignity to wrap up the story.

So, what did you think of the Chabby goodbye? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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