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Days of our Lives Wins WGA Award!

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NBC’s Days of our Lives continued its resurgence with another major victory in award shows!  Tonight in ceremonies held in simultaneous in Los Angeles at the JW Marriott L.A. LIVE and in New York City at the Edison Ballroom, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) is handing out their annual awards honoring outstanding writing in film, television, new media, videogames, news, radio, promotional, and graphic animation categories.

In the Daytime Drama category, Days of our Lives was victorious over General Hospital and The Young and the Restless.  Current co-head writer, Chris Whitesell accepted the award on behalf of the entire DAYS writing team, where he also cited the contributions of executive producer Ken Corday, and co-executive producer Greg Meng.

During the DAYS writing team trip to the podium a clip of one of the major Marlena (Deidre Hall) and Kristen’s (Eileen Davidson)  showdown scene was shown to the audience in attendance!

The winning DAYS writing team included: Lorraine Broderick, David Cherrill, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon, Christopher Dunn, Janet Iacobuzio, David A. Levinson, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Melissa Salmons and Christopher J. Whitesell.

What do you think about DAYS win for writing by the WGA?   Let us know!

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Congratulations, DOOL!

I think DOOL is the most consistently entertaining of the remaining shows, and the one with the most soap integrity.

Great news and well-deserved praise!

I agree. Congrats to Days

And Ron Carlivati tweeted his sour grapes, calling the head writer a scab.
Note to Carlivati, think about why the WGA would rather give the award to a non union writer than you. Maybe the storylines on DOOL are creative, well written, pay attention to detail and are not constantly recycled who’s the daddy stories and love triangles.

Maybe those writers respect the history of the show and the fans and don’t constantly rewrite history, characters and inundate the canvas with brand new, uninteresting, underdeveloped newbies. Maybe the DOOL writers put the show first and don’t make their egos and their favored actors/pets the priority.

Maybe these writers know how to write with heart and soul and don’t make a mockery of the genre by turning it into a cartoon.
Just maybe…

Plus Gary Tomlin who is the hW is no longer eligible for WGA awards because he went Fi-Core in 2008 during the strike. He can never be nominated and win this award iduring the remainder of his career. He wasnt even recoginized on the nominee sheet.

RC is pissed Gh didnt win & that Gary HW OLTL during the 2008 strike.

Ron is a good writer, and I like GH! That being said, I am disappointed in his tweet! During a time when ALL who are involved in daytime must stick together he needed to either stay quiet or congratulate them on their win! GH is good for that edge of seat shock factor… It is light fluff! I’ve said it before and I will say it again, DAYS has more sophisticated and deep storylines which are character driven! I think the writing team at DAYS is far superior to any, and I credit that to Lorraine Broderick, who if Ken Corday were smart enough he would promote to Headwriter status! Again, great job DAYS… Bring home the Emmy too please!

Kudos GH50. I loved GH for more than thirty years but ultimately decided to give it up in early January because I found myself feeling disgusted at the juvenile and preposterous storylines coming one after the next.

Carlivati mocks the viewers who complain about the campiness and tells them good riddance when they express they’re chagrin…

I note that GH is the only soap NOT touting their ratings over the last couple of weeks… as longtime fans are drifting away.

Amen GH50. You took the words right out of my mouth.

Days is the best right now…can never wait for the next episode!!!

The way i see it DOOL its going to be # 1 pretty soon !! Over Y&R . Sad ,sad M

Easily the best written soap of the remaining four…DAYS deserved this win!

Congratulations to DAYS and writing team. Hoping some of the great EJ and Sami arc was a part of the episode or episode submitted for #WGA. 2013 was one of the best years from # DAYS in decades. Kudos to the entire writing team. So proud. 40+ years watching.

True. 2013 was an great year for Dool. The Bristen story was outstanding, and the Ejami reunion was wonderful! Add the Nick/Wilson story, and it just was all around entertaining.

Too bad they decided to through away all that consistency with the recent Ejami-sabbotage…so much plot-point writing after some very good character driven story-telling of last year.

Oh well. Hopefully, tptb will see how much better they did in 2013 than they have this year so far, and change course!

so glad you won
ive been watching you over 20
years
love the show, second family

Why is GH HW saying this on twitter:

Ron Carlivati þ@carlivatiron 59s
Someone please explain to me how a show with a scab head writer wins the #WGA award. #Hypocrisy

Who is the scab H-writer? Is this from 7 years ago?

Wow, talk about sour grapes. I don’t watch GH but I heard its awful. Days won because it deserves to win. It’s the best of the bunch.

Ron Carlivati is referring to Gary Tomlin who continued to write, ironically enough, for OLTL during the writers’ strike in 2007-2008. Perhaps Mr. Carlivati, who was OLTL’s head writer, has personal animus toward Mr. Tomlin.

But as one can see, Mr. Tomlin’s name is not on the nominee list. It is extremely bad form for Mr. Carlivati to disparage a colleague in the now too small world of American soap operas. The industry should support and celebrate each other. More importantly, DAYS deserved the win. Mr. Carlivati should have acted more gracefully and congratulated the DAYS writing team instead of being petty and whining like a sore loser on social media.

I don’t know what Ron’s problem is. The scripts he submitted were of lesser quality than DAYS’ submissions. Is that too hard for him to understand? The WGA didn’t award the honour to someone who crossed picket lines. They awarded it to the TEAM who wrote the best episode in a daytime drama for 2013.

Deal with it Ron. Your precious 50th anniversary episode, or Nurses Ball episode (whichever!) were no match for the climax to one of the hottest stories on any soap last year.

Ron Carlivati is referring to DAYS’s current co-head writer Gary Tomlin who broke ranks with the writers on strike back in 2007-2008 and served as head writer for OLTL while Carlivati was picketing. Carlivati, as many know, was OLTL’s head writer. Guess Carlivati is bitter and harboring a grudge against Tomlin even though Tomlin isn’t a listed nominee and an official winner. Sad that Carlivati can’t support his fellow writers in the industry.

So glad they won, much deserve . Go days

Just another reason for non DAYS viewers to tune in!

Day after day, Days of our Lives delivers daring daytime drama!!!

Reward yourselves with better DAYS!!!!!

Congratulations DAYS!!!

Writers Guild Award : Best Writing… “Days of OUR Lives”

Repeat! Repeat! I tell ya!

Best Serial: 2 years in a row! Emmy Winner! DOOL is ON!

cast acting + award writing = Best Soap

Days is currently the best soap…hope it keeps up…now if they could write something for Kayla, Abe, Roman, Justin and Adrienne, it could be even greater!!!

Hell! Yes!

I think it should be noted, this only the second ever WGA win for DAYS, and one of the ONLY writing awards DAYS has ever received! And it couldn’t have come for a more worthy year of entertainment!

So proud of my little soap! I’m kvelling for all its success!

Congrats to Days! Well deserved and the writing is heads and tails above the other shows.

Congratulations! Well deserved. Days is currently the best daytime drama on the air.

I’m also a fan of GH & YR. Someone needs to take RC’s twitter away until he gets some class. He’s such an ass.

Sounds like they one of the episodes they choose to summit was the episode Nick confess to Gabi he was Rape/Marlena vs. Kristian Showdown. Wonder what the other two was?

Michael, can you explain to me why not one, but two of my comments were not published? The first one was simply praising DAYS on their award- that’s it. All good things. The second was in reply to someone asking about RC’s comment. Why the censorship? What did I say in either that would constitute not showing what I’ve written?

I would appreciate a reply because I’m a little stumped here.

If I’m allowed to, I’ll say it again, I am so proud of DAYS for receiving the honour of best writing. Even though it’s based on one or two scripts, for DAYS, it is worthy of their entire year’s work of shows for 2013 because their year was nothing but go-go-go and so, so enjoyable. Congratulations to them!

all this weekend…..

perhaps the same thing happened to me….

where I thought I posted something… and it did… and later wasn’t?

the humber of posts per headline… were not matching number of posts per ????

anyway? love DOOL fans

Nevermind Michael. My apologies, I did not realize this was an issue for many. I thought it was me.

Thanks for letting me know Patrick. I wouldn’t have known about this if you didn’t comment.

I love GH and its so entertaining but Ron C’s over the top writing can get very “cartoonish” like it did in OLTL, while DOOL writing the past year has been superb and with some integrity and a ode to old school story telling..Congrats and happy to see this show getting recognition that It did not get for so many years!!!

Days of OUR Lives !!! WINS “Writers Guild Award’

Is this not indicative…. telling… with a win for writing…. and a cast that does not let up

that…. DOOL, deserves to repeat – Best Serial… 2 years in a row

yes

congrats days happy days are here again if you catch my drift I would love to see nick back with gabi again I wish to see sami die from skydiving accident I do not want a recast of sami at all

DAYS will be the #1 rated soap by the time it turns 50! DAYS is already #1 in entertainment!!!

DOOL deserved to win. It is now where GH used to be. DOOL has the family history, the creative writing, the respect to characters and their histories on the show. It knows how to connect the dots so that stories make sense.

It has ALL the things that GH no longer has.

Congrats to DOOL ..you’re proving that you’ve got what soap viewers want to see.

I’d feature your post… any time… any where

clear, simple, and to the point!

we all know… to produce a big production… day in and day out… has to be something

and…. LOL… it’s our show

I love who’s helming… who’s writing… whos casting… whos crewing….

I love that the actors do not let up… and bring their “A” game

its must see… character driven… with history….

intricately weaving… storytelling… throughout the whole cast

from top to bottom…. young and older… mix in

Congratulations

DOOL FANS – salute

keep pressing

I am extremely, extremely happy that my favorite soap, DOOL, won the WGA Award. The stories on DOOL are simply amazing. RC is so rude in calling a writer of the WGA Award winning team a S word.

congrats dool the only best soap opera ever for me to watch thank you for winning from me too all of you

sami dies on her wedding day marge gets out of jail on that same day and goes back to jail for killing sami marge goes back to jail for sami’s murder for the rest of her life while ej and abby gets married on that same day instead

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DAYS Blake Berris to Chat Live on the Michael Fairman Channel as Everett & Bobby’s Story Heats Up

The tale of Everett Lynch and Bobby Stein is starting to reveal itself on Peacock’s Days of our Lives, which puts returning cast member, Blake Berris front and center in story.

On Monday’s, February 26th episode of DAYS, the results of Everett’s CAT scan indicate he suffered a traumatic brain injury which jives with his story that he was in a car accident and spent in a year in a coma, or does it?

Stephanie (Abigail Klein) and Everett are reeling that Everett as Bobby Stein was married to Jada Hunter (Elia Cantu) and treated her badly. While Everett claims he doesn’t remember anything about his time as Bobby, despite his fingerprints matching those of Robert Stein’s, Marlena (Deidre Hall) ponders if he could be suffering from PTSD, which might explain his memory loss.

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Everett wonders if he has a brain tumor, but Marlena points out that they would have found it on the CAT scan. While there is no obvious reason for his memory loss, Kayla wonders if he is faking his amnesia? Marlena tells Everett that she is a psychiatrist and they should set up sessions immediately. Will it be revealed that Everett and Bobby are split personalities living inside one man?

Blake Berris is set to chat about the latest storyline developments and more, when he visits the Michael Fairman Channel on Wednesday, February 28th beginning at 3 pm ET/Noon PT.  Make sure to join Michael and Blake in the live chat for your turn to share your questions and thoughts on the story.

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Days of our Lives fans first met Blake when he played the character of Nick Fallon who was eventually murdered in 2014. Later, Nick made a few return appearances from ‘the grave’, in 2021 and 2023. Recently, Blake returned to the show in his newly-minted role of Everett Lynch at the end of October of last year.

Blake will talk about portraying Everett/Bobby, plus working his co-stars, and being a dad to his three boys, and more.  You can catch the livestream below.

Now, let us know, what is your theory about Everett Lynch and Bobby Stein? Looking forward to hearing what Blake has to say? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Days of our Lives Legendary Susan Seaforth Hayes Talks on the Horton House Fire Storyline, Mourning the Loss of Husband Bill Hayes & His Near-to-Final Performances

It has been an emotional time for longtime fans of Days of our Lives and beloved veteran, Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie Williams). On-screen, the iconic Horton home was burned to the ground in what appears to be a storyline-dictated decision that shocked many. In real life, Susan is mourning the loss of her husband and DAYS enduring favorite, Bill Hayes (Doug Williams), who passed away at 98 in January. Over the weekend, during the 2024 SAG Awards In Memoriam tribute, Hayes was remembered along with other motion pictures and television stars whom we lost over the past year.

Since the Peacock streaming soap opera tapes months ahead of air, the Horton home fire and its aftermath are currently playing out in all-new episodes with more on this story featuring Susan to come. Bill Hayes also appeared in several of these episodes making it all the more touching and heartfelt.

When Julie came back to the Horton home to see what remained of it after the fire, Days of our Lives fans were treated to a heart-tugging episode that streamed last Wednesday, February 21st. In it, newly-taped scenes of a young Tom (Zach Chyz) and Alice (Sydney Kathrann Smith) Horton telling the story of how they came to live in the house to raise their children, juxtaposed with Julie and Doug (and members of their family and friends), surveying what’s left of the beloved house, brought many a tear.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Susan Seaforth Hayes for this very candid and heartfelt conversation to get her feelings on the Horton house fire, and being given the opportunity to have a storyline at this point in her storied career. In addition, Susan provides some insight on what it was like for her ailing late husband to tape scenes at DAYS shortly before his death, what the series plans to do about writing off the character of Doug while honoring the legacy of Bill Hayes, and how she knew she had the greatest love affair that anyone could hope for in their lifetime, which in turn, has inspired all of us.

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I was shocked when they decided to burn down the Horton house. Were you at first devastated … and did you know that there would be a big story surrounding it?

SUSAN: I did not know how big a story was with it. I knew that many years ago, another regime had planned on trashing the set and getting rid of the set because nobody cared about the Hortons anymore. It was stopped by one person, and I was eternally grateful for that. This time I thought, “Oh, my goodness! I guess I’ll be meeting people for a cup of coffee at the Horton Square. No home, no roots, no reason to be called in,” and thinking that’s the end of Julie. That’s the end of Doug and Julie. Then, when they began to structure a story around it, I think all of this came up during the writer’s strike. So of course, I was curious to see how this was going to turn out. I enjoyed the aftermath, because in the aftermath, and a little bit before the fire, if you saw the show, I get to talk a bit about the history of the household and the people in it.

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In the special episode that aired last Wednesday, Julie gave Leo (Greg Rikaart) the family tree history of the Hortons for his story in the Spectactor.

SUSAN:  I’ve had a couple of good long soliloquies about the past. I’m fated to be the character that does that because I’m the one still standing. I must say, I do enjoy doing them. Emotionally, all I have to do is rerun some of the actors and my own family in my mind and the emotion starts to come, you know, the emotion starts to flow.

Julie talks to Maggie (Suzanne Rogers) immediately after the fire. She is upset that the Horton family Christmas ornaments are gone. Fans were not happy that they could possibly have burned up. Thank God! There was a happy ending when they were located and unscathed, or there would have been hell to pay! 

SUSAN: I knew that they were in the prop room and that they still existed. But how much they were going to put a story around their loss, I did not know. We don’t get to ponder the plot. We just get to show up and start doing it. I think on this particular matter, something as important as a structure of the original set of the show, there’s been quite a bit of interest. So, I can appreciate that.

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I was thinking, ‘Did they decide to burn the house down, because they were finally retiring the old Horton home set?’ What was the purpose of it?

SUSAN: They’ve done everything to make quicker set changes, which is remarkable and very efficient right now. The set designer said, “I’ll be interested in your input,” which was nice. The one thing that I loved that had been done, didn’t work. You couldn’t shoot into it. It was a federal mirror over the mantle. I loved it. The size was perfect. I was just delighted. And then, we tried to shoot it, and because of the roundness of the mirror, you got a perfect view of camera one and camera three. So, it came down.

This is Julie’s project to renovate the home. She’s determined to bring back all the memories and redo it?

SUSAN: Absolutely, which is another nice note to play for my character. She’s determined to make the house something that her grandparents would recognize and still feel comfortable in.

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What did you think of the episode that just aired where the show incorporated flashbacks of a young Tom and Alice Horton?

SUSAN: Well, I set it up. They had their own their own lovely scenes. I read them, and I’m sure the audience was charmed.

What do you remember when you first came to DAYS, and you were in that house, in that set?

SUSAN: What did I notice about the set? I noticed that it was a strange shade of green. (Laughs) It was explained to me that that dull color meant that your face would pop on color TV. I understood that. I loved the little window up the staircase. I’ve always loved that. And at one time, there was a model of the house that sat on the set on its own little pedestal, a little playhouse of the exterior of the house. Whenever the house was on (and remember this is when we were a half-hour and practically live, but not live, because there was no editing), there would also be the sound of a barking dog whenever we reached the Horton house neighborhood. We never saw the dog, but I’m sure his name was “Spot”, and I’m sure he belonged to someone.

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You shared so many scenes with Frances Reid (Alice) and MacDonald Carey (Tom) in the Horton living room set and up till they passed. Did they get along well with Bill? Looking back, how was your relationship with them?

SUSAN: They loved him. Well, Mac and Billy had worked together before in theater. Mac was very kind to me at the beginning and helpful. Frances was as well. As Frances got older, she got a bit testy. When someone says, “You’re not going to read the line like that … are you?” It catches your attention. (Laughs). I got peeved at Frances from time to time, but her intent was always to make everything as good as it possibly could be. I saw her come back from her stroke. learn to talk again, learn to do it all again. Not do it easily, but to do it at all was wonderful, and the same with Mac. In his last shows, he was very frail, but we’re actors. We liked being there.

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During the taping of the episodes surrounding the Horton house fire, Bill was mostly in them with you. How was Bill doing at the time you taped these scenes?

SUSAN: He was okay. He was up for it. He had difficulty moving at that point. So, they restricted his movement a lot. Bill always enjoyed coming to work a lot, and it was extremely difficult for him because he was blind, and didn’t move very well. And now, to do a scene with people who may or may not, have rehearsed with you, who may or may not, give you the exact cue, and when they are attempting to have you look each other in the eye, you can’t see who’s eyes they are, that was the hard part. The easy part was working with him, which was lovely and was a gift. It was a gift from Corday Productions that he was able to work within three weeks of his death, which I thought was super and extraordinary.

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That is amazing. Did Bill understand everything that was going on at the time of the tapings?

SUSAN: Absolutely. He understood what was going on. He just couldn’t see it or touch it.

The timing couldn’t have been easy for you with Bill’s declining health, and that the show was going to burn down the Horton home where you shared so many scenes and memories.

SUSAN: Well, it hasn’t been my greatest stretch. But I knew that life would be like this. I’ve had five decades of an absolutely wonderful, blessed marriage and a chance to work and a chance to live in my own home and travel, all good. And now, we’re going to have the epilogue. And the epilogue is the hard part, seeing rapid change around you and losing the people that were the center of your life. I’ve just been very fortunate to have cultivated some wonderful friendships, and to have a wonderful large family of Hayeses.

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You do realize that you and Bill were the gold-standard of what we all should be lucky enough to have in our lives. What an incredible, beautiful, passionate, loving marriage that the two of you had. You don’t see marriages like that anymore. We were all just in awe of the two of you. To us, it was the greatest love affair. You got to have that which is so extraordinary.

SUSAN: I know, and it was all Bill. I mean, any idiot could have been married to Bill Hayes and been deliriously happy. The guy was so perfect in every way that you really would have to pick something and blow it out of proportion to ever complain about any of his traits of character. He was just all good character, goodwill, and good humor. I just followed along and tried to live my life for him, with him, and follow his style, which I hope to carry on. I hope to be as good to people as he was to people, and, not be selfish.

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I always remembered how the two of you would come to the studio with your suitcases, ready to work no matter what material, large or small, they gave you. You showed up. You just had such great work ethic and you don’t see that as much anymore.

SUSAN: At the moment, it’s hard to find it everywhere. I think it’s probably generational. You cannot get too angry at people that are still holding up their phones in the one rehearsal that we have. I think it’s more convenient to receive your work electronically, but somehow it doesn’t seem quite as real. You don’t have a script in your hand anymore unless you print one up yourself.  Sometimes you haven’t met the person you’re working with. Well, that’s not unusual, but no rehearsal at all, that’s kind of marvelously new.

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Does Julie lean on anybody for emotional support as she tries to rebuild the Horton home. Who’s there for her?

SUSAN: As far as I can tell, nobody. I’m supposed to be the wise woman, and Marlena (Deidre Hall) is supposed to be the other wise woman. I haven’t had any scenes with Marlena for help. I would think Marlena would be the person I would be going to for grief counseling, for friendship, for all of that. I haven’t seen it in the scripts, yet. I’m still deeply entwined with Chad’s (Billy Flynn) storyline.

How is Billy Flynn to work with?

SUSAN: A pleasure. Billy Flynn has grown a lot as a human being and as an actor since I’ve known him. I’m really enjoying his company and really enjoying doing scenes with him. We rehearse and then we get on other subjects and laugh and talk and inform each other. We’re interested in a lot of the same things. He’s a new parent. He’s really devoting himself to that, to that experience in the best possible way. So, I’m lucky.

Do Julie and Chad try to figure out who set the fire?

SUSAN: Oh yeah.

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I kept thinking about how Julie got burned in the kitchen fire years ago and her face was scarred, At the time, your mother Elizabeth Harrower was writing DAYS and wrote that for Julie. Did you hate that story?

SUSAN: Well, I know where the story came from. It came up from something in mother’s own life. I knew the people involved, and I wasn’t crazy in love with the idea. Then, when it was supposed to go for six weeks and went on for months and months, I was concerned. Mainly, I was concerned that my face was going to be affected because of the appliance, the scars, that I was wearing. I was told by a dermatologist, “You’re going to have a little beard after this. Ripping your face every single day to get this off is going to be hard on you.” But, I seem to have survived.

Has the show even addressed with you how they plan to handle writing-off the character of Doug Williams, and how they want to honor Bill?

SUSAN: Only in the smallest way. I had a conference call with the producers and our head writer last Friday. I was informed about the immediate, immediate future. I’ve also been promised that they’re going to keep me busy. It’s a cast of over 40 people. I’ll be happy to show up and to be included.

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I was just hoping that whatever they decide to do with the character of Doug that they were going to run it by you, first.

SUSAN: They have, and they have been very sweet about it.  I’ve got to tell you, this regime, they have a sign up on the wall now, that says, Things we expect on this stage.”  The first one at the top of the list is “kindness.”

Have you watched your work back all these years? I know some actor’s never like to watch the scenes they taped.

SUSAN: I think you learn by watching yourself, if you have an open mind, and if you are not hypercritical, or dismissive. I cannot be dismissive of a character that has given me such a wonderful life. I’m still interested in Julie, perhaps I wouldn’t have been if I’d been on the show for three years and never returned to it. But I’m quite interested in her now, and what she has to offer as a member of this ensemble.

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Julie’s ties to the whole history of Days of our Lives from this point on are very important. How do you feel about that?

SUSAN:  There are those that don’t care about the history of the show. I know that. I know there are those that only care about continuing with something snappy to keep eyes on the screen through action, adventure, drama, death, kidnapping, missed opportunities, all that, which I suppose that’s what the audience craves. But, that’s not just what the show can do. What the show can do so well is character. There’s a lot of people over 70 who are still on the show now. I’m the oldest one, but I’m not the only one. We’re coming up on the 60th anniversary. I don’t think the show is worn out. And if it is, it’s had a remarkably successful six decades.

Lamon Archey (Eli) is back on DAYS for a stint. What has it been like to work with Lamon as his on-screen grandmother?

SUSAN: I think he’s terrific and visually he is so beautiful, so appealing. I think both Eli and Lani (Sal Stowers) are very appealing as characters. I’m delighted to be connected to Eli as a family member. That was a lucky break for me.

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Do you think DAYS fans are going to continue to be emotional in the aftermath of this fire and all the story that comes out of it? Do you think we’ll be touched by what Julie goes through to get the remains all cleaned up for a new house?

SUSAN: I think anybody in America who’s gone through a disaster, and have unfortunately had the disruption of their home, will be sympathetic and interested in how it all turns out. It’s a nice note to play. We haven’t had to do that very often. We just go from one lovely apartment to another without much discussion. I think this is the one set that meant a lot to people. I was very sorry to lose “Julie’s Place,” as it turned into kind of a sandwich shop. I still loved having a business, a tangible place to be, and an alternate place for people to meet.

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Upon reflection, what was your favorite scene with Bill? Was it when Julie and Doug got married on-screen, or was it something else that was much more intimate?

SUSAN: I think our last scene is going to be more important, emotionally. I think the first wedding was beautiful, but the material around the time of our second wedding, when Brenda Benet (ex-Lee) came back on the show and Doug stood up to her and says, “I’m not going to be manipulated anymore,” was also strong. There has been a lot of very important times – when Doug was killed-off by James Reilly, and we met in the tunnel of light. That was a day. That was a difficult day, which I certainly can’t revisit right now emotionally. When Julie found out Doug had run off and married her mother, Addie, that was a day. It was a day because, I went to the producer at the time, Jack Herzberg, and said, “Is this it? Am I not going to work with him anymore?”And he said, “Right! That’s it. You’re not working with Bill Hayes anymore.” We were not married at the time, and I thought I was going to go through the floor! That wasn’t a happy day.

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In terms of Bill’s final day on the set with you, did you know that it was his last, and what would turn out to be his last scene?

SUSAN: Well, they didn’t know. But I knew. I had been allowed to rewrite it. So, I can’t tell you Bill’s last line now, of course, but I will in time.

What do you think about the sentiments shared by Susan on her late husband, and this storyline? How do hope the show properly honors Bill and Doug Williams when the series writes-off the character? Are you enjoying the Horton house fire story arc or does it upset you too much? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Daytime Stars We Lost Remembered in 2024 SAG Awards In-Memoriam Tribute

On Saturday night at the 30th annual SAG Awards streaming on Netflix, several stars from the world of soap opera were remembered in a very moving In-Memoriam segment.

Honoring those actors we lost this past year, and set to the song “How do I Say Goodbye” by Dean Lewis, the screen was filled with so many heartbreaking losses.

Those who were remembered in the tribute included: Bill Hayes (Doug, Days of our Lives), Ellen Holly (Carla, One Life to Live), Nicolas Coster (Lionel, Santa Barbara et al), Tyler Christopher (Nikolas, GH, Stefan DAYS), Billy Miller (Billy, Y&R and Drew, GH), Sharon Farrell (Flo, Y&R), Arlene Sorkin (Calliope, DAYS), Kamar de los Reyes (Antonio, OLTL), Jeffrey Carlson (Zoe/Zarf, AMC) and Mark Goddard (Ted, OLTL).

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Other notable stars who passed away and were included in the tribute were: Chita Rivera, Andre Braugher, Suzanne Somers, and Matthew Perry.

Before the video package was played, actress Naomi Watts took to the stage and shared, “We have lost so many extraordinary actors in the past year, but because they touched the world with their talent, we all share their loss. To those of us who worked with them, alongside them, we feel their loss and their absence deeply.”

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She added, “Of course their memory will live on in our recollections of the precious time we shared together — and through their work, their performances captured in countless frames of images, ever ready to dance across the screen and come to life again, if only for a while.”

What did you think of the In-Memoriam Tribute at the 2024 SAG Awards and seeing a lot of familiar faces being included who represent the soaps? Comment. below.

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