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

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

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
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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
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BTripp

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

Marie
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Patrick

Ditto.

have to echo the sentiment.

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

Mary SF
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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
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Derek

Depends if AMC and oltl are qualified next year.

@thelandofkoz
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@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
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Patrick

Here, Here!

I’m Proud with YOU.

Carole
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Sarah White Sees

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

Mary SF
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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
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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… Read more »

Derek
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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
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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
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Derrick

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

B.J.
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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)
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

Breaking News

Cady McClain IN As DAYS Jennifer Temporarily Replacing Melissa Reeves

Rumors that have been swirling are confirmed true.  Cady McClain is coming to Salem and Days of our Lives to replace Melissa Reeves temporarily as the new Jennifer Horton Deveraux.  The casting news was confirmed by a Days spokesperson, according to Soap Opera Digest.

Daytime fans recall, Cady is a two-time Daytime Emmy winner and has previously appeared as Dixie on All My Children, Rosanna on As the World Turns and Kelly on The Young and the Restless.  McClain has already begun filming as Jennifer.

Reeves, who commutes from Nashville to Los Angeles to tape episodes of Days of our Lives, decided not to return to set when the NBC soap opera resumed production earlier this month due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic,

In addition, Melissa became a grandmother last month with her daughter Emily’s first child, and now soon will welcome her son Larry’s first child later this month, which is another reason Reeves chose to stay put in Tennessee.

So, what do you think of the Jennifer switcheroo? Excited to see what Cady brings to the role? Comment below.

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‘Knots Landing’s’ Beloved Kevin Dobson Dead at 77

Knots Landing longtime fan favorite, Kevin Dobson (Mack McKenzie) has passed away at the age of 77.  The actor’s death was first reported by the United Veterans Council of San Joaquin County’s Facebook page.  Dobson died on Sunday, September 6th via “medical complications”.

However, The Hollywood Reporter had more clarity and reported that Dobson died Sunday evening in a hospital in Stockton, California, after struggling with an autoimmune deficiency. Arthur Toretzk, Dobson’s rep, shared that with the entertainment news outlet.

The post via Facebook read: “Army Veteran, Veterans Rights Activist, Film and Television Actor Kevin Dobson has passed away. He was 77 Years Old. Condolences to the entire family. Rest In Peace… March 18 1943-September 6 2020.'”   Dobson was the former chairman of the organization.

During his career in primetime, Kevin was also widely known for his work on the crime show, Kojak from 1973 to 1978, playing Detective Bobby Crocker working alongside Telly Savalas.   Earlier in his TV career he appeared on: The Mod SquadEmergency! and Cannon.

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When Don Murray’s exited Knots Landing in 1982, Dobson was cast in the role of M. Patrick (“Mack”) McKenzie, the love interest for Michele Lee’s Karen.  Lee and Dobson became an undeniable favorite duo of the CBS primetime soap opera and for all-time in soap history.  During his run on ‘Knot’s from its fourth season to its conclusion in 1993, Dobson won five Soap Opera Digest Awards for his performances.

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In addition, Dobson got his start in daytime soaps, and eventually wound back on them following the ending of ‘Knots’.  He first appeared on NBC’s The Doctors. In 2008, DAYS hired him to play Mickey Horton after two other actors did not work out replacing, the original Mickey,  John Clarke, who retired, In shorter stints, Kevin played Governor Harrison Brooks on One Life to Live in 2003. and Judge Devin Owens on The Bold and the Beautiful in 2006.

He is survived by his wife Susan and his three children, Sean Dobson, Patrick Dobson and Mariah Dobson.

Share you remembrances and condolences in the comment section for Kevin Dobson.

Also check out below The Michael Fairman Channel’s sit-down interview with the ladies of ‘Knots’ from earlier this year; where Michele Lee, Joan Van Ark (Val) and Donna Mills (Abby) mark the 40th anniversary of the series …and also share remembrances of working with Dobson.

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Marci Miller Opens Up About Her Decision to Return to DAYS and Her Concerns Replacing Kate Mansi

This week will mark the return of Marci Miller in the role of Abigail Deveraux DiMera on Days of our Lives.

The popular actress, who had been nominated for two Daytime Emmys in the Lead Actress category during her initial run on the NBC soap opera, revealed some of the complex emotions she had in determining whether or not to come back to Salem as detailed in this week’s Soap Opera Digest on newsstand now.

Once again, Miller is taking over the role from her predecessor, Kate Mansi.  As DAYS fans know. Mansi won a Daytime Emmy for her work as Outstanding Supporting Actress in 2017 and first played the role from 2011-2016, then Miller took over the role.  Abigail’s last arc was played by Mansi when she returned from 2018- to the first part of 2020.  Miller had stepped away from the role in 2018 as she wanted to concentrate on other projects.

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In regards to her comeback, Miller shared with SOD: “You never know how discombobulating it might be.  That was one of the things I had to weigh in coming back, was whether or not it was fair to the fans for me to accept (the offer) because Kate hadn’t been there for a very long stint. For them to do this flip-flop thing was a little bit of a concern of mine.”

Miller ultimately says she felt that it was better to have Abigail on the canvas, than not in all, and in the hands of an actress who was familiar with the role than a new actress to take over the part.

Make sure to check out SOD for more on Marci’s decision to return to the NBC soap opera.

Meanwhile, look for an exciting story ahead for Miller when Abigail gets back in action in Salem.

So, what do you think of Marci’s careful thought-process to coming home to DAYS? Comment below.

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