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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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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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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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