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DAYS Peter Reckell Shares: "These New Writers Are Really Inspired For The 50th Anniversary. They Will Have You Laughing, Crying, Jumping For Joy!"

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Days of our Lives icon Peter Reckell (Bo Brady) is giving out some major kudos to DAYS new head writing team of Dena Higley and Josh Griffith, who are apparently turning the show on its ear, and are apparently penning inspired storytelling come time for the show’s 50th anniversary milestone.

Over the last few months, everyone On-Air On-Soaps has spoken to from the cast, the powers-that-be, and those behind the scenes are over the moon with the scripts and the storylines that they are taping, and that viewers will see come this fall.  DAYS turns 50 on November 8th.

Today on Twitter, Reckell shared: “These new writers are really inspired for the 50th anniversary. They will have you laughing, crying, jumping for joy!!!”  In addition, Reckell said in a previous tweet:  “The show has been on hiatus this week, so I went camping with family! Looking forward to Salem this next week, have some amazing material!!”

So, do you think Josh Griffith and Dena Higley have found the golden formula to make sure that DAYS 5-0 is one for the soap opera record books? What do you think will be Bo’s story when he returns on-air?  Are you excited by all the enthusiasm and all the big returns from Thaao Penghlis, Stephen Nichols, Jason Cook, Reckell and more?  Comment below!

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Jeremy
Jeremy

This is all sounds very good for DAYS! It pleases me that Peter Reckell and other cast members are excited by the new writing team. This is great news. Looking forward to the return of Thaao, Stephen, Peter Jason, and Allison.
I just wish NBC would realize that the advance taping may have been very effective in the past, but it’s not working now. Fix that problem, it has to be addressed, so the show can quickly fix casting issues, storylines, etc. in a quicker fashion.

Becky Davis
Becky Davis

I agree about the 5 months,they Need to ‘re think their letting go of good actors like sonny,and Melanie…..what’s up with that…I am a little disgusted watching gay men kiss and make out…not right read the bible.
Get rid Massey he does a terrible job of acting,of will.

Helen
Helen

You sound like a homophobe, If you think seeing 2 men kissing, is discussing then dont watch Days of our Lives. You are a bigot.

Mateo
Mateo

Besides the stupidity of the comment regarding two men kissing I have to make one slight correction to your inane rant, Ms. Davis. Chandler Massey hasn’t played Will Horton for over a year. The actor portraying Will Horton now is Guy Wilson. Get a grip lady, your knowledge of the cast is just as poor as your alleged Biblical knowledge. The Bible actually does not address two men kissing on television. In fact it says nothing about men and women kissing on television. So if you’re gonna use that make believe book as a tool to get your point across at least have the intelligence to back it up factually. Your opinion on the matter is simply that — YOUR opinion. I, myself, happen to love seeing gay men portrayed as responsible, loving humans who express love the same way that the heterosexual community does. It’s time to drop that line of thinking. It’s not backed up factually, in fact, Christ himself NEVER condemned homosexuality. So place that in your Bible study and educate yourself. Here’s to Will Sonny and Paul. Let’s have some more gay characters come to town and educate the world on the value of these members of our world. Kudos to DAYS for moving into the 21st century and proving that love is love no matter who is partaking in it.

Mary SF
Mary SF

I don’t know it this will get pass the moderators because it is really off topic but I do wish to address Becky’s comments and those who responded to it. I will try to be brief @ Becky– if you are going to judge fictional characters and stories by Biblical standards then you need to judge all of them. You cannot say you offended by the gay storyline because it is not right, yet be okay watching, premarital sex, adultery, murder, lying, or any other sinful behavior, because those too are not right. If you’re okay watching immorality and are only picking and choosing which sin to be offended by, then I respectfully suggest your issue with homosexuality is not rooted in Scripture but your own dislike. If you are equally offended by all displays of Biblical immorality on this soap then wouldn’t it be better for your spirit if don’t waste your time watching it, and use that hour to read Scripture, listen to worship music, pray, or better yet, go out in your community and give your time to helping others. Doesn’t that make better sense than filling your mind with “garbage” then complaining when it stinks.? To everyone else —–There has been a huge cultural shift in attitudes towards homosexuality in recent years. It would be unfair to expect everyone to be adjusted to this shift. Trying to change minds by spewing hate to those who spew hate, is a bit like trying to teach your child not to hit others, by slapping them across the face- its pointless. Becky is uncomfortable watching two men kiss, she might not be able to understand the source of her discomfort, and is mislabeling it, but that doesn’t make her a bad human being, just human. If you can honestly tell me there hasn’t been at least one gay man who hasn’t felt a bit revolted by watching straight people kiss, then yes, I might say, let’s jump on the band wagon and shame Becky for having a human response to something unfamiliar to her life experience. But if not, let’s us try to be more compassionate, and show the love we wish people would show us. Not saying we have to agree with Becky, or we cannot challenge her statements, but lets try to do it with kindness, if you truly desire her to hear your view, otherwise, hating the hater will just beget more hate from them. As for Mateo’s statement that Jesus didn’t condemn homosexuality, thereby implying Jesus was okay with it, that isn’t quite right. Jesus was a devout Jew, and as a devout Jew, he followed the law of Moses. The Jews believe the law was given to Moses from God Himself. And according to the law of Moses, God did forbid the Jewish people from practicing homosexuality. Jesus didn’t need to tell the Jewish people not to do it, because they all ready knew what the law said about it. His silence wasn’t consent… Read more »

Aden
Aden

Mary what a beautifully written post!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tom Jenkins
Tom Jenkins

There is an old saying “don’t argue with an idiot”. Becky, your comments are so absurd and inane they really don’t warrant a response. However, if you’re unhappy with the direction the show is taking, then by all means don’t be a part of the viewing audience. Honestly, no one is forcing you to watch the show.

LeeAnn
LeeAnn

Let’s hope the material the new writer’s have given lives up to the hype.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

I knew having Josh as a head-writer would bring back some joy to the series. Hopefully all of these changes keep up and that the entire fiftieth year is one o be enjoyed!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Wont judge the stories for the 50th until i see them……so far the guest appearances are exciting! Keep them coming! Wish they could get Denise Alexander for a few eps.—she was Julie’s rival Susan Martin.—would love it if she showed up as Anne’s mother. Susan did have a daughter named Annie.

Patrick
Patrick

just for you : Denise Alexander, “Susan Martin” ex- Days : 1966-1973

an excerpt from the DAYS 50th anniversary issue.

ie: she was asked… about Susan Seaforth Hayes

“do you still keep in touch with her?”

“oh, yes. I will love her and Bill forever. I can’t explain to you the affection. it’s everlasting and it will be life long. in your life you just meet some people that become like a sister of the soul, and Susan is that to me. I also have a great fondness for Susan Flannery, or Flannels, as we called her. one of the most stunningly beautiful women you would ever want to meet and with a mouth like a truck driver! we were just crazy about her, the other Susan and me. we knew we were odd and we didn’t care! what made me laugh, made Susan laugh, made Flannels laugh. maybe it was because the show was new and we were struggling to survive, but its as close to a real family feeling in a work situation that I’ve ever known”

Denise also alluded to the fact : that she got a call from ABC.. and Denise was told by Betty Corday… “you have to do this.. they are offering you 4 times what we can give you”

hence the rest is history

I too … am in love with this woman

ps: JimH… this site… offers you some respite and distraction… enjoy… don’t worry about all your lively posts… it’s a treasure to share this with you… do take care

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Susan Hunter Martin Peters Portrayers: Denise Alexander 1966-73, Bennye Gatteys 1973-76 Date of Birth: unknown Parents: Richard and Diane Hunter Entrance onto Show: Susan was an old schoolmate of Julie’s Marriages: David Martin 1966, Dr. Greg Peters 1973 Romances: Bill Horton, 1968/9, Scott Banning 1969 Children: Richard “Dickie” Martin 1967, Annie Peters 1972 Occupation: Founded the David Martin Clinic Crimes/Incarceration: Shot and killed her husband David Martin Other Interesting Facts: none Date of Death: Still Alive Susan was Julie’s best friend, and married Julie’s husband to be David Martin in 1966. Susan only married David because she learned she was pregnant as a result of a drunken one night fling with him. Both Susan and David planned to give the baby up for adoption and tell her parents it was still born, and in January on 1967 Susan delivered a premature baby boy, named Richard “Dickie” Martin. Susan vowed to keep the baby and told David they would make their marriage work for the baby’s sake. However David did not feel the same way and went to Susan’s parents with the truth, not knowing Susan had already told them the truth. Richard and Dianne Hunter told David he should take responsibility for his actions and stay with his family. In the summer of 67 when her son Dickie died while with her husband David, Susan became so consumed with grief that in a moment of hate she shot and killed David. After a long hard trial Susan was proven not guilty by reason of temporary insanity in October of 67. After being acquitted Susan went to David’s mother to apologize, and was then shot by her. Susan had to undergo surgery and survived, but was left heart problems. In 1969 when Scott and Janet Banning moved to town with their adopted son Bradley (In reality it was Julie and David’s child) Susan began to take care of Brad due to his mother’s fading health due to a brain tumor. After Janet died Susan became found of Brad, and of Scott. However, Julie Olson would exact her revenge on Susan and would sue for custody of Brad (Little David) and would win. Eventually Julie married Scott. In 1970 Susan met Doug Williams, who was trying to romance her out of her money. Susan didn’t fall for Doug, but she did see a way she could top her old rival Julie. Susan payed Doug to have an affair with Julie Olson Banning, but when she eventually realized she couldn’t live with what she had done and tried to call the deal off it was too late. When Scott left town with David after becoming separated from Julie, Susan became depressed, and while taking a walk in the park one night Susan was attacked by a man, but refused to talk about the incident because she was too embarrassed. The only clue to the attacker was a button she was grasping in her hand. In 1971 Susan opened up a clinic with her… Read more »

Patrick
Patrick

ps: I had “NO” idea.. she was on DAYS

I absolutely loved Lesley and Rick Webber… OK : give me this… I loved him

ie: Lesley ; the character was killed off in March 1984. Angry fans picketed the studio, upset that the character had died.[4] In 1996, the series wrote the character back on, and Alexander appeared in a recurring status until October 2009

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I hope … she returns… to GH.. and rights her grandson… Nikolas… she’a a HOOT

liz
liz

That is inspired. A Denise Alexander – Susan Seaforth Hayes showdown. Best thing since Krystal and Alexis.

Darren
Darren

There have been rumors that Days of Our Lives will not be renewed for 2017, as of now. Days will stick around till September 2016. The ratings are really bad now. I enjoy Days but the Serena storyline is boring and Dragging on and on.

marsha pace
marsha pace

I agree boring . I do wish they would keep Brady and Melanie together .

Jana Hugins
Jana Hugins

Days needs Jack Devereaux for the 50th. His presence is missing in so many story lines!

Mary SF
Mary SF

Well I am glad to hear that they are making a true effort to make the 50th year special. I am looking forward to it, and hope it lives up to the press being put out there to create buzz. It only saddens me to think they are making this effort only because of the 50th, and not because they truly want to improve the show. Why does it take a special milestone for producers and higher ups to finally make changes to set the show back on course? Don’t get me wrong I am happy the show seems to be getting back into its old groove, but I just wonder if the 50th wasn’t on the radar, would we see these types of stories, or would we have been stuck with newies and diamonds in elephants for months to come?

Leah
Leah

Pleeeezzzeee give Peter a full time contract!!! I am 55 & watched DOOLs most of my life. Do what ever u need to keep him!!

Sara
Sara

I agree with you, they need to give Peter Reckell a contract. I really miss him as Bo Brady.

Blake
Blake

I agree. The show really needs Peter Reckell and Bo for good.

Mark
Mark

I am looking forward to August when we start seeing the new material. I just wish they could have moved it up sooner!

code
code

Me and you me both.

su0000
su0000

I’m not a Days watcher..
the 50th sounds great, I will watch it, and go from there..

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

To su0000,

I am a devout OLTL fan and had never seen DOOL until 1 year ago. Since then, I’ve become a regular Days viewer and really enjoy it. I watched Y&R for 2 years and finally couldn’t take it anymore. Days certainly cannot replace OLTL in my opinion; but, it is fun and generally well done. Hope you enjoy it.

Lorianne
Lorianne

I wasn’t watching when Peter left; i hadn’t watched Days in YEARS. i came in just before Kristen left, just as Sami left. I’ve LOVED THIS SHOW SO MUCH and hope to never stop watching again.

Don’t know why Peter left, but i’m not missing him. i know DOOL can sell it tho, and i may end up happy he’s back.

HEY DOOL why all the days that DAYS isn’t showing? there was a monday one week, a friday one week, now no show on thurs OR fri this week? COME ON!

Mary SF
Mary SF

Blame NBC for preempting Days — for tennis I think.

Lorianne
Lorianne

yeah; i thought about that as i was waking up this morning. of course it’s not DOOLs fault.

Beth
Beth

I’m looking forward to the 50th anniversary and the months leading up to it. But we’re still a long way away from mid to late August when some of the returning veterans start to air. I can’t believe we have to wait so long for all this good stuff to happen.

Annette Ostrom
Annette Ostrom

I have watched days since day one. I am SO excited to hear that Bo, Steve, and Tony are coming back to Salem. From what I hear in this report, as bad as the winter was here this past year, and our summers are so short as it is, I can’t wait for September! I am so looking forward to some decent storylines for a change. And better acting now that the veterans are returning. I hope it’s not all hype, and has some real promise in what they say. Welcome back, Bo, Steve and Tony!!! Can’t wait to see you all on screen once again.

Rose9
Rose9

Oh I hope so, this show is so terrible right now. They need something. And the returning faces sounds great, but we need the combo of writing and favs otherwise what is the point?

Tony Gallo Sr.
Tony Gallo Sr.

I wish Day’s never changed. I wish the new writers stay with all the old characters such as Bo, Patch, etc. I wish Bo gets back with Hope. Aiden is too shady.

susan blackman
susan blackman

Yes I’m so excited they are bringing back all my faves from the good old Days,I’m looking forward to the new storylines and fixing what needs fixing (Steve and Kayla) who never should of been apart ,I’m sure whatever they have planned will be exciting. I have faith in the new writers.

Travis Thomas
Travis Thomas

Im so excited for this & def can get behind Josh Griffith. But Im a little annoyed that Corday would turn the reigns over to TWICE fired Dena Higley. Most viewers hated her stints in the writers room and the answer is to rehire her a third time.

I think what makes that decision so frustrating is that Lorraine Broderick is right there to pair with Josh which would have been magical, but instead they go with Dena Higley again.

I def know the 50th Anniversary will be amazing, but the bigger question is what happens after this big moment. Will Josh & Dena clash over where to go next, will Josh give up like he did at YR and walk away, leaving Dena solely in charge. Ugh. And of course because Days tapes SIX MONTHS in advance, if things go badly, we the audience will have to wait forever to have this mess cleaned up.

I know some fans will say Im being doom and gloom to soon. But Im curious why a person that was let go 2 times will do an amazing job on the third try. I always wonder what makes Network exes go for mediocre vs going after the best. There are all these amazing and wonderful HW’s not being hired, but the same recycled hacks keep getting hired time and time again. And I just dont get it.

In most companies, they chase hires that have had tremendous success; Her OLTL stint was so bad Erika Slezak, who never speaks out went public, her two Days stints were lambasted and it took forever for Days to get out of that rut. But yet here we are again handing over the keys to the kingdom. I dont understand Corday. Plus he’s the same person that claimed her longtime SL’s were amazing both times & from history we know how that turned out. So as excited as I am about the 50th anniversary shows, Im worried about afterwards.

Alan
Alan

It would be great if the new material is enough to raise DAYS’ ratings and erase any cancellation rumors but based on Higley and Griffith’s previous work I’m not counting on it.

Larry
Larry

Yo…Bo…Been a long long time…Glad to see ur back…

PatF
PatF

I’m going to tune in once Josh’s material starts to air.

We’ll see how he does. He was hit and miss on YR. But compared to Pratt….

damien
damien

hopfully the set designers will be inspired too…. the sets are an eyesore. no matter how well the story is written, visual appeal is also important. three sets: the square, the bush, and the office with the awkard door and window in the corner. oh and the bradey booth now, and the hospital registration desk. c ‘mon

Aden
Aden

Lmao @ the bush.

alice
alice

This so good to hear Days has not good story lines fir our fab.actors!
Plus they have draged out the shirt lines with Nj and eve and Paige.
not only that mort fans bated the whole Nj and eve story line!!
And to.finally. have Peter back is wonderful! And Steve .
Really can’t wait for Saki.to come back too.

Blake
Blake

I’m really looking forward to the stories starting in August. Hopefully this means the current storylines will start getting better because a lot of them will be wrapping up and they will likely be getting rid of characters like Clyde to make room and save money for the vets coming back.

Days is going to be MUST SEE again starting in August and I can’t wait!

Gmbenet
Gmbenet

“Laughing, crying jumping for joy” sounds like a Bo and Hope reconciliation to me! Didn’t expect Bo to take Hope divorcing him and moving forward with Aiden – or any man for that matter – lying down! (Don’t think Peter could take it either! I think he likes Bo and Hope as a supercouple too!)

Gmbenet
Gmbenet

Days could make a huge storyline out of telling what Bo has been doing since he left Salem! Speaking of jumping for joy, I might do that if they brought back Joe Gallison (Neil Curtis), Gloria Poring (Liz) and Jed Allen (Don’t Craig).

Also they say Tommy Horton, Jr. went upstairs at Horton house and never came down again. I think the actor who played Tom Jr is deceased. But what Days could down is have Tom Jr’s grandson come down the stairs at Horton house and say something about his grandfather. A whole lot has gone on upstairs at Horton house down through the years. Tell it!

Gmbenet
Gmbenet

Gloria Loring

Gmbenet
Gmbenet

Maybe when Tommy Horton, Jr. went upstairs at Horton house, the Coneheads from SNL got him because that is where they landed when they came to earth. They landed upstairs at Horton house!

Mateo
Mateo

Days has a lot of potential. There are some stellar cast members. However people keep choosing to look back instead of looking forward. I mean please, how much Bo and Hope can any one stomach take. They will never be what they were in their hey day. Same for Marlena and John. Some of these couples are things of the past. Time to move forward and accept it. It’s great that they are bringing back some of the actors from the past but it would be silly to bring them back to “tease” the audience about getting something they most likely will not get. The new writing team is exciting. I like what DAYS can do when they tell a good story. But when you have boring stories like they have had for the past few months it’s hard to save them. I am wishing and hoping all the best for DAYS because when it’s good, it’s really really good.

janet
janet

Lets face it. All the returns will get people like me watching. But for how long ? I haven’t wanted to or been tempted to watch days in years. TITC of GH have completely destroyed that show. I hate to say it but, TIIC of soaps want them GONE. they want more of the Chew, Talk, the gag me with all the idiots. Talk shows don’t cost as much. I never watch them no matter how many soap stars they drag on, and soaps they are not tempting me at all either. I will watch Bo’s return , Stephen , etc. sounds good for now. One thing about me. If a show takes over the time my favorite soap had, I just never watch. The talk I have never watched ,never will. I am very vindictive. .I do not forget. Cable allows me to be that way. I have gotten in the habit of not putting my TV on in the daytime. They also need to bring back Jack the original !

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Hi janet!

Maybe you’re talking about Matthew Ashford as Jack, but he was not the original Jack. Here’s a list containing the five Jacks, including Matthew Ashford’s three stints:

Joseph Adams (1987)
James Acheson (1987)
Matthew Ashford (1987-1993)
Mark Valley (1994-1997)
Steve Wilder (1997-1998)
Matthew Ashford (2001-2007)
Matthew Ashford (2011-2012)

Joseph Adams was blonde and scruffy…much like patch.
James Acheson was more of a preppy like the most well know Jack…Matthew Ashford, but James was not seasoned.
Mark Valley was really good, but when he was in the shower, he turned into Steve Wilder…MID EPISODE!!

I hope Matthew Ashford comes back!!!

janet
janet

Matthew Ashford was the Jack I liked. He was the last one, TIIC destroyed. Missy and Matt had great on screen chemistry. M A is the one I would love to see returned. At one time days was the show you didn’t want to miss. Now I just don’t bother with any soaps. Oh I know he wasn’t the original, I also remember him coming on..If I happen to turn the show on out of curiosity, I think that is a different show.

Allen saint james
Allen saint james

I need an adventure plot with bo hope patch and kayla.

Libby
Libby

Hype for 50th sounds great. Days has always run as a rollercoaster. Counting on Josh Griffith to bring it back to life and commerate the best of show.Thrilled to hear Peter Reckell, Stephen Nichols, Thaao Penghlis, Jason Cook, Nadia Bjorlin, Denise Alexander are all returning. So far so good. I hope we see a lot or even cameos & flashbacks from Matthew Ashford,(Jack), Kirsten Storms(Belle) James Scott (EJ), Billy Warlock,(Frankie), Jane Elliott(Anjelica Devereaux), Jed Allen(Don Craig), J Kenneth Johnson(Phillip), Ashley Benson(Abby), John DeLancie(Eugene), LeeAnn Hunley(Anna), Wayne Northrup(Roman),Michael Weiss(Mike), Christie Clark(Carrie), Austin Peck(Austin), Julie Pinson(Billie), SteveBlackwood(Bart)

I would especially like to see Jack return (give Matt Ashford a contract-he is needed so much. His whole Devereaux/Johnson family is back.) Give a special recognition to Josh Taylor as Chris Kosticheck. Have a special salute to all the Romans, like GH gave a salute
to all the Carly’s.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Hi Libby!

Maybe you think Denise Alexander is coming back because she’s on so many people’s wish list. Or possibly you heard she’s actually visiting. Are you sure Denise is on her way? I sure hope so, but I would understand if you were mistaken.

Go DAYS!!!!!

Ray
Ray

I continue to watch because I know I will miss the show if it ever goes away. One of the biggest problems is knowing that Serena, Zander, Melanie and Sonny are all leaving in the next few months and so much of the show revolves around their story lines. The show MUST stop taping so far in advance and get rid of story lines that are HORRIBLE. Did someone at NBC actually think a ceramic elephant storyline sounded interesting involving characters we do not know or care about?

Next, the show has dropped the ball on two huge story lines. Why did the writers not take the opportunity to show a different side of Theresa after she found her baby? She is still manipulative and her conversations with Anne make me realize how one-dimensional the character has been since Jen L arrived. The other missed opportunity is with Eve. After someone has been brought to their knees, why would the character not take responsibility and realize things need to change. Instead, we get to see Eve blame everyone else (just like Will) for her misdeeds. Please make these characters have just a small amount of rooting value. Will, Eve and Theresa continue to show us nothing but selfishness.

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DAYS Susan Seaforth Hayes Talks On Her Daytime Emmy Nomination For Julie and Doug’s Emotional Storyline

When you think Days of our Lives, what would it be without the legendary Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie) and her real-life and on-screen husband, Bill Hayes (Doug Williams)?

This past Emmy season, the beloved duo got a chance to shine, when they were put through a ‘heartbreaking’ predicament – Julie’s heart gives out, she is in need of a transplant, and things take a turn for the worse.

What would life be like for Doug without his Julie? How would she say goodbye to him? Fans clearly felt the sentiments overflowing from this real-life duo capturing the essence of their characters in such a raw and realistic way. So much so, that Susan landed a Daytime Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Supporting Actress category for her work.

Already a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient along with her husband, Bill back in 2018, will Susan finally get an award for her acting for her decades of beautiful work on the long-running NBC soap opera? Fans will need to tune-in to CBS on Friday, June 26th to find out with the virtual presentation of the 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards.  But for now, here is our conversation with Susan.

Photo: NATAS

Congratulations on your Supporting Actress nomination.  You have been racking up a lot of these recently, having been nominated in the same category two years ago, and also receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award along with your husband, Bill Hayes at the 45th annual Daytime Emmys in 2018.

SUSAN:  It’s really nice to be nominated, because I’ve had a few gap years.  I’ve had, what? 25 gap years between the recent nominations.

What scenes did you ultimately chose that landed you the nomination?

SUSAN:  I submitted when Julie dies.  I submitted the farewell montage scenes with Bill Hayes, and they were very moving to us… and we’ll see.  I did not submit anything snappy, or bitchy, or hysterical.  I’ve lost against hysterical every time.  Comedy has never worked.  So, I am going to try the heart and soul of soup opera: not bitchiness, but loss.

Photo: JPI

Can I ask how you got through those scenes with Bill, because it was so touching?  I don’t know how you did it.

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SUSAN:  It was very difficult.  I mean, these are the things that make us so connected to the characters and the show.  This is a place where we can show the public what love means to us, which is everything.

They were beautiful scenes.  Do you remember when you did them, if you felt good about them at the time?

SUSAN:  No… no.  I didn’t know.  Everyone on the set seemed happy.  We are blessed to have feedback from out producers now, and they didn’t say, “I think you can do it better,” and, “Another take,” not that we would have anyway, because there is never time to do another take.

Photo: JPI

How did you find out that you were nominated? 

SUSAN:  One of the producers, Randy Dugan called me, or I wouldn’t have found out for a couple of days,

What are your thoughts on this being a virtual Daytime Emmys ceremony because of COVID-19?  We don’t know anything about will play out yet or what that will look like, but it is back on network TV.

SUSAN:  It’s going to be a wonderful surprise.

So, if they have the shot of the nominees, do you think you’d be dressed in comfortable clothes or more formal?

SUSAN:  Well, I’d certainly wear my best earrings if I were at home, yeah.  If my grandson can arrange us to get on the internet (we have a grandson living on our property, and he’s our live-in techy), we will get dressed up, and sit there, if that’s the way to do it.

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DAYS did very well receiving 22 overall nominations and a lot of your co-stars got nomination as well.

SUSAN:  Yes, an excellent year for nominations for our show.

How many times have you been nominated now? 

SUSAN:  This makes six.

Photo: IMDB

Would it mean a lot to you to get the award?

SUSAN:  The Lifetime Achievement meant a lot.  It wouldn’t be bad to win this year.  I’ll say that.  It would be sweet for the show, since I am now the oldest living cast member of the original family – the original, original.  I’m not the original Julie, but close enough.  So, I think that would be some validation for the longevity of this original storytelling.  People look at the show and say, “Are you part of the DiMera family or the Brady family?”  I say, “I’m part of the Horton family!”

What did your husband Bill say when he found out you were nominated?

SUSAN:  (Yells) Billy, what did you say when you found out I was nominated?

BILL:  Yay!!!

SUSAN:  That’s about right. (Laughs)

Photo: JPI

What a guy!

SUSAN:  I know!  What a guy, what a guy, what a guy!

I was really happy to see your name among the other well-deserving nominees.

SUSAN:  I know you are because I know you care.  Who knows what will happen? It isn’t going to ruin our lives you know, one way or another.  But it was very nice to receive this acknowledgment from my peers.

So, are you glad Susan received a nomination for her work in her emotional storyline? Do you think she should finally receive the Emmy for her performances? Comment below.

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Hollywood Studios, Producers & Guilds Send Plan To Gov. Newsom and Gov. Cuomo For COVID-19 Production Restart Guidelines

On Monday, the two states with the most television and film production in the United States (California and New York) received a plan from many Hollywood studios, producers and the entertainment and production guilds of a plan and outline to be able to rejigger and restart production of your favorite shows and films.  This includes the soaps: General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful and Days of our Lives.

Via Deadline: In an effort to get the industry moving-forward again where jobs were lost or put on hold, and production were completely stalled out-of-the-blue, the guidelines submitted by “The Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force (the “Task Force”) is asking for consideration and adoption for the resumption of motion picture, television, and streaming productions in an environment that minimizes the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19,” says a report for Governors Gavin Newsom of California and Andrew Cuomo of New York.

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You can read the details of the report here.  While there has been no word from the Governors and their offices if they have seen the report, bets are that several more steps will be needed before anyone would head and report back to a set yet.

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As one would expect, limiting contact, social distancing, regular temperature checks, ways to handle props, and a COVID-19 compliance officer for all productions are part of the proposal.   As well as virtual writers room meetings, avoiding filming on-location as much as possible and filming in front of large audiences.

So, glad to know that this major step has been taken to try to get production back on track in Hollywood and New York? Comment below.

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DAYS Chandler Massey Chats On His Bittersweet Daytime Emmy Nomination

He’s won three Daytime Emmys in the Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series three years in row in 2012, 2013 and 2014, and now Chandler Massey is going for gold for the second time in his career in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series which in a field where he is competing with two co-stars from Days of our Lives among others.

Massey has long been a stand out performer, giving nuanced and emotional portrayals in the angst-ridden life of Will Horton and the love of his life, Sonny Kiriakis (Freddie Smith).

Back in February of this year, DAYS fans learned that Chandler and Freddie had taped their last episodes, and since the NBC soap tapes more than 6 months ahead of air, that the two will still be on the air into the fall.  That has made this moment of recognition for Massey all the more poignant.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Chandler to get his reaction to the news that he is once again a Daytime Emmy nominee, and here’s what he had to say about it all.

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I thought it was great that you received another Emmy nomination.  What do you think?

CHANDLER:  Yeah.  I thought it was pretty great too, actually.   I was surprised.  I wasn’t keeping up on when they were announcing the nominations.   I was thrilled that Wally (Kurth) and Paul (Telfer) also got nominated too in the same category.  So, hopefully, DAYS, has a decent shot to take it home.

What did you end up submitting that ultimately landed you the nomination?

CHANDLER:  I went with some scenes that aired on December 16th of last year (I just looked that up), where Will basically breaks up with Sonny when Sonny comes to visit him in prison.  I liked those because they were sort of subtle.  I just found myself drawn in when I watched it, and it wasn’t big or dramatic, but it felt like two real people sharing their pain.  So, that’s why I chose it.

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I remember those.  Those were heartbreaking because he had to get Sonny to let him go.

CHANDLER:  Yes.  He said he has a new prison boyfriend, and that he’s doing really well in prison, so he doesn’t want to be tied down. (Laughs)

You’ve had Freddie Smith as your scene partner for so much of your run on DAYS.  What did he give you in those scenes that helped you, or even further enabled the performance that you gave?

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CHANDLER:  Freddie always gives everything.  He is a consummate professional, so he really commits every time.  I think it is more that we are just so comfortable with each other that we are not afraid, and that there is no hesitation between the two of us, so we just are able to do the work.  We usually know we are there to listen to, and support each other. in the scenes.

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Was your entire submission from the prison scenes or did you include something else?

CHANDLER:  It was just that.  I know I could have included something else, but I like to keep it sort of short because I feel like as a judge, I know within a few minutes.  It’s not that I get bored, but it really only takes a scene or two, and then, you’re like, “this is something special.”  You can recognize it pretty quickly.

So, you have won three Daytime Emmys. This is your first nomination in a few years, right?

CHANDLER:  Yeah, I didn’t get nominated the year before.  I had a gap year… to my family’s great shame. (Laughs)  They were not pleased with me.

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This is your second nomination in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Daytime Drama Series category.

CHANDLER:  Yes. I was nominated in ‘Supporting’ for the first time when I came back to DAYS, and then submitted for “Lead” the next year, didn’t get nominated, and then went back to ‘Supporting’.  I learned my place.  I went back to ‘Supporting’ for this year.  (Laughs)

It’s such a game though, right?  .

CHANDLER:  Yeah, you’ve got to be smart.  I just thought, “What the heck?”  Freddie and I were like, “Maybe there’s a shot that if we pick different categories, we can both get nominated,” but then, after that didn’t work, I said, “Screw that… going back to ‘Supporting”

Now, you’ve been through Emmy night before, and this is obviously going to be a virtual Emmy’s.  Now, if they did a six-shot of all of the nominees, what would you wear?  Would you be dressed up?  Would you be casual?  What would you see yourself doing?

CHANDLER:  That’s a good question. I think maybe… I’ll do a little of both.  I’ll go the middle ground.  I’ll be in my finest bathrobe, a silk bathrobe so it’s casual but also still sort of fancy.

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There you go.  (Laughs)  Is this nomination all the more special for you in that you are no longer working at DAYS? 

CHANDLER:  Oh, totally.  Every year is special, but you know, I’m not on the show anymore, so it’s a nice reminder that the work that I did had an effect on people, and it won’t be forgotten for at least a few more hours.

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I saw the fan outcry and show of support for you and Freddie, when viewers got wind that you were exiting the series.  It was sad and heartwarming at the same time.  The WilSon fans are so behind you guys.

CHANDLER:  Yeah, if only they knew what horrible people that we were in real life, then they wouldn’t be this way, but thankfully… (Laughs)  Yeah, it’s really nice, but it is sad.  I started in 2009, and that was over 10 years ago, and nothing lasts forever.  I had a really, really great run, and so did Freddie.  I am very satisfied and don’t feel jipped, or like, I was entitled to anything more than I got.

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Obviously, your co-nominees, Wally and Paul you worked with many times.  What can you say about them?

CHANDLER:  I think that both men deserve definitely to get second and third place.  (Laughs)  I have known Wally for a while now.  I love him.  I think his work is phenomenal.  I think he is really, really underrated.  Paul, I don’t know as well, but I think obviously his work speaks for himself.  If only he were physically attractive, I think that would really, really help his career.

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I know, it’s a shame.

CHANDLER:  Unfortunately, he is kind of schleppy, you know?  (Laughs)

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Did Freddie reach out to you after you received the nomination?  

CHANDLER:  Oh yes, he sent a text congratulating me, and we talked about it.  It was nice.  I feel like our stories are so intertwined, the scenes we submit are mostly with each other.  So, it’s really kind of a shared accolade.

So, will you be rooting for Chandler to cap off his career on DAYS with an Emmy win on June 26th during the virtual ceremony on CBS? What did you think of the nominated scenes he submitted? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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