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DAYS Renee Jones and James Scott named Power Performances of the Week!

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This past week on Days of our Lives we saw a return of something that soap fans of Salem have longed for, an emotionally driven story with five hankie moments that affects the lives of so many characters.  Of course, we are talking about the news that Lexie Carver was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.  And what DAYS did next was spare little time in getting the rest of Lexie’s extended family in the loop, which worked beautifully.  There were no weeks of wondering who would find out when, and no weeks of hiding the truth from certain characters. It was just all put out there in a few episodes.  This in turn leaves viewers to go on the final journey with Lexie, and as we learned, Lexie only has weeks or a few months to live.

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When word came down that long standing DAYS veteran, Renee Jones (Lexie) made the decision to leave the series after 20 years, it came as a shock to many long time fans and the soap community.   And as we have seen before, soaps use an actor’s departure for some gut-wrenching emotional story, or as you are now beginning to see, some hints of what may be the next arcs in the story.   And as for Jones, we thought her performances this week as Lexie telling her father, Stefano, and telling her brother, EJ and comforting others around her with the terrible news of her condition were beautifully portrayed. Lexie showed vulnerability, strength, and most of all, we felt it seemed her reactions were very authentic to the situation. (Footnote: as authentic this type of situation could be on a soap!)  When Lexie in tears said to Stefano, “Some fights aren’t meant to be won. So except this … OK? OK?”  She got us right there! And, we cried along with her.

But then, the most heartbreaking scenes came about when EJ, the magnificent James Scott, tried to process the news of his sister’s death sentence, while trying to comfort her.  The scenes in Lexie’s office between the two siblings were stunning.  You felt like they were brother and sister.  And who could forget the one tear streaming town EJ’s cheek as he held Lexie.  It’s a shame it takes an actress to exit a show to get to see these types of scenes, but we will take it.   James infused the moments with almost a lost little boy quality as he realizes his beloved sister will not be around much longer.  As for Jones, watching her come to grips with Lexie’s reality was also compelling to watch.

And with that and a box of Kleenex later, On-Air On-Soaps names DAYS Renee Jones and James Scott this week’s Power Performances of the Week!  Now watch below clips from Tuesday and Wednesday’s episodes which include the scenes we mention between Lexie and EJ and other moments from Lexie with her family and friends.  Then weigh in and let us know if you agree with our choice, or not!

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kristy
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kristy

I absoulutely agree!! Very well said!! I’m hanging on to every moment!

barbara t
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barbara t

I agree,this was so sad and written beautifully,It is a tearjerker and will continue to be a tearjerker right up until the death of lexi(Wish she would stay)Guess we will be needing a lot of tissues for this story.I really felt so bad for E j,and that does not happen very often,dool is getting it right with this story.And it is the power performance of the week and maybe weeks to come,cause it is not over yet.

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As soon as I heard that Renee Jones was leaving Days and that the show would end up killing her character Lexie off with an inoperable brain tumor (one that Stefano could very well have caused himself when she was held captive in the tunnels under the Dimera mansion), I immediately realized that I was going to need plenty of Kleenex tissues and a wastebasket next to my desk in order to get through this heartbreaking storyline. You can already see how it’s affecting the rest of the cast and you definitely tell that their emotions of losing a beloved… Read more »

barbara t
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barbara t

Michael, I am a new days of our lives fan,Since september,why did stefano put lexi in the tunnels?and how long ago since that happened?I like Lexi and hate to see her go.

david
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david

I just started watching DOOL. Why did Stefano keep Lexi, his own daughter, hostage under his house?

barbara t
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barbara t

That’s what I want to know and how long ago did he do this to her?And I just thought of another question,What tunnels?

cathy trinque
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cathy trinque

I am a new Days soap viewer. I remember James Scott on AMC. I don’t remember any powerful storylines with his character on AMC. I can say that he has certainly blossomed as an actor. I enjoying watching EJ in any situation.

barbara t
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barbara t

Wasnt he zachs son ?forgot the name of the girl he got pregnant his creepy father got rid of her ,he was just a kid when he got her pregnant ,any way didnt he die when this building collapsed ?This all happened on all my children.I hated seeing him leave ,thats when days picked him up.,That was a while ago.

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Hi……. I haven’t seen GH in weeks now. TV burning and I don’t get the chase to see it but GH gets the ratings. I feel lousy about it bc I know GH is good right now. I can feel it. Guess U had to make new friends on line here, with Debi and I flying the coup. I am completely overwhelmed with my problems, work and rehearsals. I mentally exhausted when I get in to hear or listen to anyone else’s problems EVEN if its in the form of entertainment. PS. Don’t forget there is NO space after the… Read more »

Jules
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Jules

Renee and James have such a great brother-sister chemistry. I’ve enjoyed their relationship over these years immensely. I’m happy for Renee as she transitions into the next chapter of her life and thank her for 20 great years on DAYS, making history alongside James Reynolds.

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RJ4

I agree that the Lexie/EJ scenes have been very moving and well done. Lexie has been giving very poignant performances as she is coming to terms with a grim reality. I have always liked the Lexie/EJ brother/sister interactions. We will certainly miss Lexi (RJ). She has always been a bright star on Days. We wish her all the best. As it is a soap, we can always hope she will come back from the dead if she decides to come out of retirement, and of course if Days is still on. I realize she said she is doing this for… Read more »

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TnT 2.0 Forever

Renee Jones is a talented actress who has certainly left her mark on daytime. I wish her all the best in her future endeavors whatever they may be.

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DAYS Jackée Harry Joins Freeform Comedy Pilot ‘Everything’s Trash’ in Recurring Role

Jackée Harry is one busy actress in Hollywood!  On the heels of learning that Harry has signed on more full-time on Days of our Lives in her role as Paulina, comes this bit of casting news.

Harry will join the cast of the Freeform comedy pilot, Everything’s Trash along with another notable actor, George Wallace.  Both will have recurring roles in the show should it go to series.

In story, Everything’s Trash follows Phoebe (Phoebe Robinson), a 30-something podcast star navigating her messy life. When her younger brother Jayden emerges as a leading politician, she’s forced to grow up, so she relies on her friends and close-knit family to help her figure out adulthood, since she doesn’t seem to have a clue. The series is inspired by Robinson’s book, “Everything’s Trash But It’s Okay.”

According to Variety, “Harry will star as Zora, Phoebe and Jayden’s mother. She and her husband are mid-Western transplants, but they have made a home in NY . They love and support their children equally, but truth be known, Zora acts (and dresses) younger than she is and straddles the line between “I’m my daughter’s mother” and “I’m my daughter’s best friend.”  Meanwhile, Wallace will play the role of Abraham, Phoebe and Jayden’s father and husband to Zora.

So, looking forward to hopefully seeing Jackée on a half-comedy sitcom at night, and doing her role on Days of our Lives? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives Receives 2-Year Renewal from NBC

For the first time since 2014, Days of our Lives has received not just a one-year, but a two-year renewal, from NBC ending the suspense of another renewal negotiations between the series, the network, and Sony.

According to Deadline that broke the good news this will take the long-running and beloved daytime drama series through its 57th and 58th seasons on the air.  In anticipation of the pick-up, the producers had been making if-come deals with key cast members, including signing a new contract with Days favorite Robert Scott Wilson (Ben Weston) and bringing in Jackée Harry  Paulina) who was recurring at first to be more full-time on the show.

In statements on the DAYS pick-up, Michael Sluchan, EVP, Scripted Series & Kids Programming, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming shared: “We couldn’t be happier to bring our loyal fans two more seasons of Days of our Lives and continue what has been an absolutely remarkable achievement in television. A big thank you to Ken Corday and the cast and crew for their incredible passion for storytelling that continues to reach new generations of viewers.”

DAYS EP, Ken Corday shared: “After more than 55 years of bringing drama, adventure and romance to screens around the world, we are thrilled and honored to carry on the Days of our Lives legacy for another two years. We are thankful to NBC for their enduring commitment to the show and grateful to continue this wonderful journey with our fans for years to come.”

Sony EVP, Programming Steve Kent added: “We are incredibly proud of the work being done by Ken Corday, the cast and crew. They continue to tell bold stories through these iconic characters captivating audiences around the world.  We are thrilled to continue the legacy of Days of our Lives and for viewers to enjoy two more seasons.”

So, thrilled to hear about the two-year pick-up for DAYS? Share your congrats to the show via the comment section below.

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Victoria Konefal Will Be Back On Days of our Lives

This week Days of our Lives viewers saw the exit of both Theo (Cameron Johnson) and Ciara (Victoria Konefal), much to the chagrin of Cin fans everywhere! But hold on! Days head writer, Ron Carlivati revealed that Victoria Konefal will be back on-screen this summer on the NBC soap opera.

In an interview with Soap Opera Digest, Carlivati revealed: “From the moment we were coming to that point and we knew Ciara was going to exit town with Theo, we were immediately pursuing the next chapter with Victoria: When would she be available or willing to come back, and when could we tell the next chapter because I knew that would feel unfinished and be unsatisfying to a lot of people. So that’s why I’m happy to announce here that Ciara is coming back and we are going to tell that next chapter of the story and hopefully, this time, the audience will get the payoff that they’re looking for and hoping for.”

And as to just how long will Konefal who chose to go on recurring status with the show be back for her summer run, Carlivati shared: “At this point, and I can’t speak for Victoria and I can’t speak for the show, and this is not an official announcement in any capacity, but I will say at this point, there is not an end date. We are working with Victoria to keep the story going and keep Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) and Ciara’s love story alive.”

Cin fans should note that Carlivati added, “I would encourage the audience to remember that they (Cin) have an important anniversary coming up this summer that may figure into their story, so she will be back sooner than you know.”

So, happy to know there will be more of Ben and Ciara? Where you upset to see Ciara exit the canvas with Theo? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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