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DAYS To Kick-Off Murder Mystery Plot With Big Reveal Promised For 50th Anniversary Week!

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Courtesy/NBC

With their #50Scoops50Days on what’s to come on this fall on many of this season’s primetime and daytime series, EW.com has officially confirmed the beginning of the transformation in Salem that will lead viewers into the series 50th anniversary season and beyond on NBC’s Days of our Lives!

As previously reported, so many long time notables are back in action and will be seen on the canvas this fall including: Stephen Nichols (Patch), Alison Sweeney (Sami), Peter Reckell (Bo), Thaoo Penghlis (Andre), Martha Madison (Belle), Tamara Braun (Ava), and Camila Banus (Gabi).

The new writing regime of Dena Higley and Josh Griffith will finally begin to have their episodes airing later this month, and things get off to a real kick-start as a murder mystery envelops Salem which according to EW has: “Several of Salem’s residents — and perhaps even some of the town’s former, fan-favorite residents — meeting their demise.”

In addition, circle DAYS 50th anniversary (wk of November 8th) where the story will culminate with a major reveal that will go down and a killer twist, as promised by NBC execs.

So who do you think is going to meet their maker?  Who do you think could be the culprit?  Are you looking forward to DAYS big push into the fall and into 2016?  Share your thoughts and theories below!

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Jeremy
Jeremy

I am so looking forward to the long list returning veterans, and more intriguing story-lines. I really wish Eileen Davidson could return as Susan Banks and another character, she is award-winning, and so much part of DAYS history and canvas. I hope CBS can share her for a bit, so she can be part of the 50th in some way. I can’t wait for the action to happen this month, and the wk of November 8th, is marked in my calendar. We have A. Martinez joining, along with the veterans, I wonder if Frankie and Jack will be part of the surprises to come. What else? Who else do we want to see return? I’m SO Excited for DAYS OF OUR LIVES, they are stepping up. Oh, DAYS, secure Michael Easton, pair him up with Eve, please!!!

Wayne Lawless
Wayne Lawless

I hope for two things. Even tho I’m a senior, I hope Days doesn’t turn into an ‘old folks at home’ show. Also, what will they do with the gay characters. I hope they don’t put them on a back burner, or get rid of them. They are important to the show as well.

Jeremy
Jeremy

I hear what you’re saying, Wayne. I believe the show will have a great balance in all ages represented in Salem. As for the Sonny, Will, Paul and Derrick, I’m sure something will obviously happen to Sonny as Freddie Smith is out as Sonny, either the show will have Sonny exit for a bit and re-enter with a new actor in the role, kill Sonny off, or maybe, Sonny will land in a coma as the hands of the Salem murderer. I think it will be important to also see the focus turn to what happens with Will and Paul, and Derrick, perhaps Derrick really does have ties to Salem, who knows what this kid’s real story is. Point is, I am sure the guys, will remain in story, and continue to be very relevant moving into the fall and winter. I have faith in DAYS, that great changes are on the way!

Pam Stoermer
Pam Stoermer

I am SO happy to see another senior that enjoys the gay story lines. It’s LIFE. SO any people are condemning DOOL for running it but I think it just makes it more realistic. That’s how life is! Cudos to you!

Vicky
Vicky

I love the gay storyline. It’s why I watch. I just wish they hadn’t booted Freddie Smith. Only he is Sonny. I wasn’t as familiar with Chan as Will so don’t miss him as I would Sonny. Days shot themselves in the foot when they let him go. I may not watch anymore after he’s gone. And now that they’ve turned Will into Sami Jr. only Freddie is keeping me anyhow! Gay characters never have happily ever afters, remember.

Jim Anderson
Jim Anderson

I too hope they continue to involve and evolve the gay characters. I suspect that maybe Sonny will find out that Will manipulated the situation between Paul and Derrick. Once Sonny realizes that Will is capable of something like that, it may result in his departure from Salem. Sonny could return at a later date as played by another actor….we will just have to wait and see. Someone told me that in the recent fist fight that occurred in the Bar where Sonny, Will, Derrick and Paul were “hanging out” that even that was arranged by Will, but either I missed that scene or they are mistaken.
Does anyone know for certain, was the “fight scene” where the four were picked on and called unsavory names, was that also arranged by Will or was that just a physical altercation that Will used to his advantage?

Reagan
Reagan

Wayne I hope they find a way to keep the gay story line while doing what no other soap does- have a lesbian story line at the same time. I think Stephanie Johnson should return with the news she realized she is in love with a woman! Or Belle!

Donna
Donna

I’m sorry, but I can’t agree. I think Days went way too far at times with the relationship between Will and Paul. I honestly do not believe that day time soaps are the proper place for R rated scenes of any kind. Days has been around for a very long time, and I believe the show was better written in the earlier years when the show did not rely on what amounts to soft pornography in an attempt to draw in younger audiences. That tactic is tacky and lazy. Write some solid stories with solid characters that people can care about, and you will not want for an audience. Follow the example of the wonderful long-running British soap, “Eastenders”, which has a very loyal following not only in England, but in the United States as well.

Jana
Jana

Clyde…..double-teamed by Vicfano!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Because there will be several murders, I think Clyde will be a victim of the actual serial killer.

JEANNE
JEANNE

THIS IS SO GREAT,I CAN NOT WAIT.LOL LOVE DAYS I HAVE BEEN WATCHING FOR YEARS.

Tivette
Tivette

Yes to that one! So don’t like that old country fake charm that’s so obvious. Time to kill him off so Victor and Stephano can step back into place!

jean
jean

Dr. Dan cause I heard he was leaving.. I hope I am wrong cause I love seeing Dr. Dan

brenda
brenda

one whom die it has bad guy on show

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Exactly!

damien
damien

ughh!!
another silly murder mystery!?
i just want love , conflict and emotional stories! not one big boring who dunnit! this is supposed to celebrate days big 50?!
i want to see frankie back in the middle of jenn and eve, if not cute warlock then at least jack !

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

It’s not a regular who dunnit. There will be several victims…a good way to clean house! Plus, the killer storyline is slated to only last a couple months. Get ready to pop some popcorn!

Jeremy
Jeremy

yeah, it will only last until the reveal being the week of November 9th. I can’t wait, like you said, 4ever DAYS… great opportunity to clean house. though, I’ve heard some comments saying Aiden may be a victim!!!! oh no! I love him. his scenes with Hope on Fridays’ episode were so romantic. anyways, at least the who dunnit won’t take over a year for the reveal unlike GH and their notoriously long reveals, with DAYs, it will be a few months only.

Chrystie Delancey
Chrystie Delancey

Yes, I believe Aiden will be a victim. He is digging hard into Clyde’s background and I think he will find something appalling and get taken out. Also, didn’t they say there were rumors that the actor was on his way out?

Reagan
Reagan

Yes! Bring Frankie back! And no one will be dead. Will be like that stupid murder/island story years ago. Ugh

Annamarie
Annamarie

i think the storyline will have Aiden murdered / kidnapped and Bo coming back to Salem PD .
Somehow Andre will discover an Aiden/ Stephano connection so Andre will be the villain.
Patch will come back just in time to ask Kayla for a divorce because he has fallen I love with someone else( maybe another DiMeria woman? …Kristen ? Plastic surgery? )
Sami returns to make sure her children gets their Share of the DiMeria fortune but is held against her will because she knows a BIG secret that EJ left in a letter the she recently received!
Belle will return with Ava (who is a young woman now) looking for Shawn D. But finds he has been working undercover with his dad and got in over his head which puts her and Ava in grave danger!
While GABI was in jail she talked to a fellow inmate and finds out she(the inmate )was born in Salem and put up for adoption ! Who are her parents???

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Shawn and Belle’s daughter’s name is Claire. Ava is Steve’s ex girlfriend.

Lisa
Lisa

It’s been reported that when Patch comes back he wants Kayla back…so he’s not going to be wanting a divorce.

Diana
Diana

I can’t see Sammi coming back without Ej. Please….please try to get him back.

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

James Scott wants NO part of returning to play EJ.

Karen
Karen

E J is not coming back, he said in an interview he despises soaps, he thinks they are a joke. So, in short fat chance in you know where that he will come back. I will not watch his new show and hope it flops, after we viewers got him to where he is today, Thanks for nothing dweeb

Mo
Mo

Are you serious–he said that about soaps? Don’t burn your bridges James!

judy
judy

i would love to see Ej and sammi back too

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Careful for what you wish for, Diana. EJ could be the killer!

Mary
Mary

I am so ready to see what Dena & Josh have in store for us!!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

I think they’ll make a great team!!

Lady Truth
Lady Truth

I think the serial killer’s victims will be Daniel, Eve and Aiden.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

There’s been talk of 8 characters being offed…Eight bells toll and all is well.

cutespatoots
cutespatoots

I think that JJ and Ben will be killed.

kelly
kelly

i honestly think that Paige will be one to get killed cuz they said she was leaving, as for the others who knows but im thinking Clyde or Ben may be the killer???

Marlene
Marlene

Come on all the clues lead to Ben, jealousy, watching and spying on Abigail every step of the way, plus the fact that Ben probably found out that his father switched the paternity test. So he kills his father next. Of course the last person that he will be after will be Abigail herself. He despises all women including Abigail now. That is how I think the storyline will go but I could be wrong.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Lady Truth, If you would have added a fourth victim’s name and it started with a “D” such as Doug, you would have spelled out DEAD using the first letter of each name!

(D)aniel
(E)ve
(A)iden
(D)oug

Jeremy
Jeremy

I don’t see Eve being killed off. Kassie DePaiva is a gemstone to DAYS.

Chrystie Delancey
Chrystie Delancey

Jeremy,

She is great but what are they doing with her character … nothing. Her vendetta against Jennifer is going to consume her. Now it looks like she might buy out that guy that Jennifer is arguing with. They really need to turn this character around.

Cathy
Cathy

Adian is going to be killed by Clyde and Clyde will either be killed by hope or by Stefno’s men or go to jail

Msmaggie
Msmaggie

Clyde will be the serial killer that is killing everyone!

robert
robert

the new writing regime can’t come soon enough. the show has been so boring. this may be the excitement the show needs

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

If you were the writer, who would you kill?

I would kill Aiden, Clyde, Ben, Paige and 4 others who I should keep quiet about so as not to upset more people than I have already with the 4 I did name. lol

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

Kill off Clyde, Ben, Eve, Danial, Will, Paige, Chad, and Eric…and the killer is Derrick!!!

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

I met to say Aiden is the killer…he ties up Hope and Ciara and his own son…Aiden puts Hope, Ciara and his son in Hopes car and locks up the garage…Aiden gets in the car and turns it on…the car’s fumes fill up the garage…he is planning a murder/suicide…he is going to kill himself along with his son, Hope and Ciara…Hope starts screaming…Aiden turns on the car radio to drown out Hopes screams…the children are unconcious because Aiden drugged them…outside the garage Bo and Patch hear the music, the cars motor running and find the garage locked…the men realize Aiden is using the fumes to kill himself, Hope and the children…they break open the garage door but Aiden speeds off with his hostages…Patch is hit by the car as it takes off just as Kayla arrives…Bo tells Kayla what is happening…Kayla calls for help and takes care of the injured Patch…Meanwhile, Bo jumps on his motorcycle and is in hot pursuit of Aiden and his hostages(‘Im holding out for a hero’ plays in background)…an insane Aiden realizes Bo is following them…with a sinister gleam in his eyes, Aiden glances at the children in the back seat, then at Hope who is next to him, ominously saying, ‘If i cant have you, no one else can!’…Hope breaks free from the rope and grabs for the steering wheel…after several tense moments we hear Aiden shout out, ‘See you in Hell’…Hope’s eyes grow wide with fear…she screams…the children awaken and scream too…the car with all four occupants plunges into the icy Salem River! FRIDAYS CLIFFHANGER!…no, this wont happen but it wouldve been some suspenseful cliffhanger had it turned out that way..lol

RaeAmm
RaeAmm

I really don’t think it will be Dr Dan getting killed off…because he is still working and they are always filming about 5 month ahead. That takes us way past November. Serena maybe as she isn’t working anymore (but unlikely) Sonny I believe is already off the show as far as filming goes. hmmmm…. maybe Doug or even Andre (Tony) unsure how long his return is for . Either way, I hope CLYDE is among one of them and not the killer. Never know though.

Jackie
Jackie

Please kill off John I really don’t like him at all.

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

Not happening, thank goodness. He and Marlena will be on more in the future.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Maybe John will become more exciting as the killer, but hopefully his character will be repaired by the new writers!

Bonnie Canter
Bonnie Canter

no I dont want John to leave I love John part

judy
judy

i love john i hope he stays along time,

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

If the murderer uses a knife he or she can be referred to as Salem’s Sadistic Bicentennial butcher!

If the killer is Jack, he would be a Jack the Ripper!

If they all come back alive, I will be pissed!!!!!

Sabina Karsan
Sabina Karsan

I remember the salem stalker storyline maybe the killer will be Marlena I cant say this is only theory maybe they are making a second salem stalker storyline where victims acutally die this is only theory anyway, whatever storyline Dena and Josh write would excite us with the old characters and maybe they can get Kyle Brandt or Jay Kennteh Johson to play phillp Kirakis

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Anythings possible! They have recast Philip with John-Paul Lavoisier, but that can change.

Suzanne
Suzanne

I am looking forward, the last few years have been the worst writing in my 29 years as a fan. I’m glad the are finally listening to their fans.

Marilyn
Marilyn

can’t wait!!!!!!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

It’s going to be primetime excitement in the daytime, although I’ll be watching it in primetime!!!!!

renee
renee

im very excited to see some of the older ones returning, for instance Bo, I am hoping that hes coming back for his “Fancy Face” and Tony/ Andre. I hope they get rid of Clyde & Ben, they r both bad company, and id like to see Nichole FINALLY get her happily ever after w/ Dr. Dan. also, id like Melanie to come back and be reunited with Brady, I love this show, id be very disappointed if they took it off like some of the other shows I like to, thank u writers and all of you that make “Days” happen.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Maybe Paige will be murdered and become an angel who brings back her mother’s singing voice.

Chris
Chris

It stands to reason that this fall is undoubtedly do-or-die time for Days. The 50th anniversary is probably the last chance to boost ratings enough to save the show. Sony’s current contract with NBC for Days runs through September 2016 (when it’s guaranteed to stay on the airwaves until). But since the show tapes 4-6 months in advance (ridiculous in these times, even if it is cheaper, IMO), a decision as far as renewal/cancellation is going to have to be made probably by January or February, at the latest. It’s great that the new writers are bringing back lots of fan favorite actors/characters to celebrate the milestone, while acknowledging and trying to fix the many mistakes made by the previous regime. I just hope it’s not too late for the show. We shall see

Jeremy
Jeremy

Hey Chris, if in fact the renewal announcement does happen in Jan/Feb of 2016, I do see NBC renewing DAYS for an additional year. The ratings between August 2015 to December 2015, I’m sure will place DAYS in 3rd, and climb over GH. With that said, I could see the network giving DAYS an automatic one year renewal, with the possibility of an extension if they continue upward in viewership in 2016.

diane
diane

according to twitter, Aiden is the killer

judy
judy

I love Day’s of our Lives! We have watched since it started.
I bet Clyde gets killed. It will be Victor or Stephano.
Serena can go…her line is finished.
EJ is dead… I don’t see him coming back.
I still luv the series.

James McDonald
James McDonald

Could it be Andre DiMera so jealous and hurt by the people of Salem that he would return to kill? Would he go after Bo, Roman, John Black and Marlena. Would Andre have the nerve to go after Stefano in the end?
I’m just guessing. I love when Days Of Our Lives has a good whodunit murder story.
LOVING had the best whodunit murder story I have ever seen in soap opera television. Suspensful. Alfred Hitchcockian.

Chrystie Delancey
Chrystie Delancey

I agree wholeheartedly about LOVING having the best murder mystery. Plus the promos for it were downright creepy and very artistic unlike some of the crappy ones that CBS is running/has run for Y&R – like the upcoming “storm.” Give me a break!

sonniorsolita
sonniorsolita

I just have to agree about the LOVING murders, too. It was can’t-miss soap watching. And Christine Tudor’s final performances as Gwyneth were mesmerizing and heartbreaking. She should have taken an Emmy for them. And yes, Chrystie, the promo campaign was just as well thought out as the actual show. It was brilliant. Remember how the audience was invited to “Figure it out”?

Chrystie Delancey
Chrystie Delancey

sonniorsolita,

YES! You had me waxing nostalgic so I went and saw some clips on Youtube. Man how I miss that show! I had chills down my spine watching Gwyneth and Steffi’s scenes. Now THAT is truly great soap storytelling and riveting to watch. She definitely should have won an Emmy.

I also remember what a big crush I had on Michael Weatherly back then. He was one guy who actually looked better with glasses. 🙂

James McDonald
James McDonald

I also want to add that NBC needs to put Days of Our Lives on the “On Demand” cable system. It works for me on Time Warner Cable. I was able to the General Hospital episodes I missed of “Luke” leaving this way and now I am watching the GH episodes on real time.
People hate to miss their soap operas especially if they don’t have DVR.

Mo
Mo

I agree.

James McDonald
James McDonald

I apologize for the typo. I meant to say, I was able to see the General Hospital episodes I missed by watching On Demand on Time Warner Cable.

Mateo
Mateo

Days needs something to make it good. The whole Zander, Serena, Eric debacle was more than taxing on my nerves. I called that whole fiasco my daytime laxative. I was never more regular than when they tried to make me care about the diamonds in the elephant’s hidden place. I mean who dreamed that piece of garbage up? Nicole needs to find a man who isn’t whipped and easily influenced by others. Daniel is not a man. He is a wimp who can’t make a decision about anything. He was obviously the child in the sandbox who cried at everything. Eric was no better. Nicole needs a strong man. A real man. They have turned Will into a whiny baby. He used to be strong but now he is just manipulative and wimpy. He needs to be a victim of the Salem Bicentennial killer. Then get rid of Clyde, Justin and Ben. I don’t give a royal rat’s walenda about who the killer is just cleanse the horrible cast members. And do it quickly!

tina
tina

I have watched Days since I was a teen.that’s almost 40 yrs.I wish someone would hook up with Jennifer.Nicole needs a happy ending.And if there’s gonna b a big killing let me start with Clyde,Zander,Kate and especially Eve.Rafe was so happy when he was with Jordan,maybe he can get someone good,not Hope.I do like her.Bo and Fancyface! They we’re great together. Good luck writers! I can’t wait!!!!

Tim S.
Tim S.

I am hoping they kill off quite a few of the characters and then we find out in November they are all living on an island that looks just like Salam…. hmmmmmmm what a great idea….

James McDonald
James McDonald

That story line of Melaswen (New Salem backwards) had so many beloved main actors on Days of Our Lives pissed. I am sure Frances Reid did not like the way they were writing her out. Peter Reckell and Peggy McCay did some good acting together when she was killed. Maggie being killed got to me. Basically, the actors we loved were fired. But they did not know then they would be asked to return one year later. Basically, these actors were unemployed for many months. It was frustrating for the tv viewers too, especially if you don’t read Soap Opera Digest to know what may happen next.

Hazel Fleenor
Hazel Fleenor

I have looked forward to every day of DOOL from the day it started!! It has been the only soap I have watched for years!!! Looking forward to many more years as the show progresses. i love it and will continue to do so. Even tho i am disappointed sometimes, i usually come around. i just totally love Days!!! Just keep them coming!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Have a happy DOOL anniversary, Hazel!!!!!

Pat
Pat

I am 71 years old. Been watching this forever. Had my 1st son take his nap so that I could watch the half hour show which was really about 10 or 15 min. I love this show. Look forward to lots of old timers coming back.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

They say the returnees aren’t necessarily safe either, Pat. Can you imagine someone like Don Craig finally showing up after 30 years and being murdered?????!!!!!

Would they dare kill off Marie Horton!?!

Maybe a returnee will be the killer!!!!!

Several returns…several deaths…lots of thrills!!!!!

Jeremy
Jeremy

The killer will be Caroline!!! she’s full of secrets! just kidding.

Bonnie Canter
Bonnie Canter

I love Days Thanh you to the writers and fans for watching I have watch 48 yrs

Paul
Paul

The new writing can’t start airing soon enough. This past week of “All Abigail all the time” was more than anyone should have to stomach. In a perfect story, both she & her mother would meet an agonizing end.

Msmaggie
Msmaggie

Classic soap and I love it!

blake
blake

This sounds promising, though I didn’t expect to read about a big serial killer murder mystery. I think we all can assume Aiden, Clyde and Dan are goners (as well they should be!) and I think Paige will be one of them also. But I’m wondering who of the returning will be killed off? I’m not liking the sound of that.

jodi
jodi

my thought is that somehow someway the investigation that Bo is on is connected with Clyde and that is why Bo is coming back. and with Aiden trying to do all these checks on Clyde I think he is going to figure it out and kill Aiden.so that takes care of one. I think some how Paige is going to get in the middle of a gun battle between Stepheno’s and Victor’s men and that is how her and Clyde are going to go.. or maybe she will just go off to college. i think Serena is going to do the thing she is best for.. RUNNING AWAY because she is not wanted in Salem anymore. xander goes off to prison, but not before having his revenge on Dr. Dan. and Nicole and Eric are going to get back together.Belle comes back looking for Shaun and finds him with his father. as far as everyone else I am not to sure. but the way it is going it looks like it is going to be very GOOD!!! keep up the good work writers!!!!

kelly mosher
kelly mosher

Hopefully not Daniel….maybe Clyde will meet his demise.

Diane
Diane

i think the attorney Hope is dating is going to be killed by the Hillbilly guy ! I don’t know or have a clue who will be arrested for it. Then I think Hope will start to see Rafe ! Hope Daniel & Nicole can make it work with the ex coming back……we will see.

dean
dean

The best murder mystery on daytime was in the 90’s on “Loving” and it was done to transition the soap to “The City”. No one was safe and the killer ended up being one of the show’s veteran characters, Gwen, who had ltruly lost it.

I hope this story is as well written and acted as that one was many years ago. If done right, the show could come out of it with improved ratings, a clearer focus, and a future past 2016.

Jeremy
Jeremy

Here, here, Dean. to a DAYS future past 2016. I believe it will happen.

Chrystie Delancey
Chrystie Delancey

I agreed about that in an earlier comment. I still remember the pen clicking and then the promos had the sound mimicking other things.

I still remember I could not figure it out for the longest time and then one day I had the opening credits paused (VHS back then) and I saw Gwen’s face. It was there and so obvious, but so well told. It’s too bad Morgan Fairchild had to ruin the future, but at least they tried to continue it.

Chrystie Delancey
Chrystie Delancey

Wanted to add that there is a video on Youtube that has the Corinth killer opening credits in a full episode entitled, Loving: Friday, October 27, 1995. It is just chilling. I think Gwyn’s face was at the very end of the credits, but I can’t see it here. I remember if I paused it just right, I could see it.

What a great promo and story. It was so Hitchockian.

Remember this: This is the sound of trouble. The kind that caresses lives even as it steals them away. That delicately unravels the fabric of entire towns like Corinth, Pennsylvania. When trouble comes, it will sound like this (then there was a series of objects: clock ticking, pen clicking, change purse opening and closing, flash bulbs from an old fashioned camera, a metronome) and Loving will never be the same again. Trouble, with a capital ‘L.’ Figure it out.

I still get chills. I only wish that Pratt on Y&R could come up with stuff like this for his stupid promos, but maybe DOOL will deliver the goods. We can only hope.

It’s funny that the writers for the LOVING storyline were criticized, but they also wrote for PORT CHARLES when that was tanking and did the vampire story. Which while “out there,” was definitely sexy. Michael Easton was so good as Caleb. Maybe I am just feeling nostalgic. I wonder if I were seeing these stories fresh in 2015 if I would feel the same way or do we all just long for the way things used to be? 🙂

Derrick
Derrick

Can’t wait………

Vicky
Vicky

1. I hope Eve and Jennifer kill each other and take the disgustingly sweet Paige with them. What is so great about her that everyone wants her. Whine whine! ~~ 2. But, undoubtedly,Sonny will have to be murdered because no gay character EVER has a happy ending. ~~ 3. Don’t forget EJ’s body was stolen by Stefano. Sure, he has someone working on reanimation or the murdered was not really EJ. ~~ 4. Mostly, I would take a good hard beating before I can watch one. more. minute. of that disgusting Sami. With all the crap she pulls on people, how are they fawning over her and caring about her feelings in the very next storyline? I’m sorry. I see NO redeeming feature in that fireplug.

Thom
Thom

Think Ben will be the killer!

Vicky
Vicky

Maybe he’ll kill Clyde. Not fond of Clyde. But I do like Ben.

Jeremy
Jeremy

Thom, I think you got it, man. I’m thinking Ben, too. He does have a temper, he is Clyde’s son after-all. Ben will lose it when he finds out that Abigail is really preggers with Chad’s baby. He will lose it. Though, he may lose it, but I’m not sure, hmm, he could be a great red-herring.

Chrystie Delancey
Chrystie Delancey

But won’t we have to go through MONTHS of believing that Ben is the father because daddy switched the paternity results? (rolling my eyes – been there, done that).

thom
thom

Well with Andre returning he is a notorious serial killer 2x now. Very possible that he is the killer.

Vicky
Vicky

Ummm…. my least favorite character is Xander. I hope he gets his. This being said, I bear no ill will toward any of the actors and don’t want to see anyone lose their jobs!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Vicky, I’m replying here to your other post that doesn’t have a reply option:

DAYS didn’t give Freddie Smith the boot. He chose to quit after four years.

Vicky
Vicky

I’m sorry! I knew that. It was a figure of speech! Sorry! When I said “let him go” I meant they should have offered him anything he wanted and not let him get away! I should have been clearer!

mrsnoahdrake
mrsnoahdrake

They are killing Aiden off. I actually like Aiden and Hope, but I guess they are doing this since Peter Reckell is returning.
I think Gabi will also be killed off, as A. Martinez is joining the cast as Gabi and Rafe’s father. He will be out for revenge.
The guy who plays Xander has also been let go, as has the guy who plays Clyde.
They should have kept Xander on; there’s a lot of potential with him.
Nothing against the guy who plays Clyde, as I liked him on “Charmed”, but Clyde was one of the worst characters in DAYS history.

Chrystie Delancey
Chrystie Delancey

OH! I forgot about the announcement that A Martinez was coming to DOOL. Wow! It can’t happen soon enough. 🙂

James McDonald
James McDonald

A. Martinez is a wonderful actor. So intense. I can’t wait to see what he brings to Days of Our Lives and welcome back to NBC, Mr. Martinez.

su0000
su0000

Hey.. Jeremy and CeeCee..
I want to tune into watch the murder mystery..
when it starts, let me know OK .. (never watched DOOL)

Gmbenet
Gmbenet

I think soaps need to be very careful about killing off characters, especially “fan favorites” because they often want them to come back! Days definitely needs to be careful with this. Unless the actor has decided to retire and does not ever want to return (I.e. John Clark and Renee Jones), maybe killing the characters should be avoided.

This does not sound good. I hope the new writers are doing this right.

Gmbenet
Gmbenet

One character Days could kill off and be okay with me is Chloe!

Kyle
Kyle

I agree if one of my favorites is killed off Days may as well kill off lots of fans as well cause I won’t be watching no longer. I am a new watcher of 5 years and all these old characters coming back do not interest me in the least. My mother who has been watching for almost 40 years says that she too could not care less about some of the boring characters they are bringing back. A lot of fans will quit the show. I am just hanging on by a thread as it is now!

Gmbenet
Gmbenet

I hope the new writers do and better job with the character of Theresa. The shouldn’t kill her, because she is a part of the Brady family. Just kill off how they have been using her. Her deeds are so immature that they are irritating! She needs to keep getting caught…the sooner than later!

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

DAYS has been so tedious and tiresome ever since Matthew Ashford (Jack) was killed off (again), but I will try it again with the return of Stephen Nichols (Patch) and new writers!

richard
richard

I think Clyde, Derrick, Paige, and Ben are goners, I also have a feeling that Rafe will be killed off for shock value. I think the killer will be Aiden.

Vicky
Vicky

I wouldn’t object to seeing Datillo’s character go again. After so much ado about him coming back, he’s done almost nothing. How frustrated he must be. (For the life of me I can’t remember the character’s name. I know it well, but I just can’t find it in my brain!)

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Lucas Horton.

Torqumada
Torqumada

DROOL doesn’t do murder mysteries well…. remember when Marlena was a serial killer? She put one body in what looked like a turkey pinata…. then there was the death by lion mauling, caskets that show up during a blackout at a wedding….

For the sake of their fans I hope the show thrives. But it’s deadly dull. More oldie but goodies ain’t gonna save it. There has always been an overuse of love triangles on this show. Carrie Austin Sammi, Belle Phillip Shawn, Abby Chad Abs, Hope No Billie, Marlena Roman John, Sonny Paul Spawn of Sammi…

Torqumada
Torqumada

Hop Bo Billie… dang auto correct.

They need actual storylines on this show instead of triangles… elephant diamonds was too stretched out too boring and had no pay off. Great actors all around that story but lousy storytelling.

Michael
Michael

I love Days, but worried about upcoming changes. Days has undergone many transformations over the years, but the changes rarely stick. I was disappointed to read that Corday has been less involved with production over the recent year- which may account for some pretty dreadful story lines. Days has not done a good job with using returning favorites, using actors for media attention rather than to advance story. I hope they don’t drop the gay characters, but right now the story line and the universal acceptance that seems to characterize Salem seems a bit forced. How and when did all of these characters learn to embrace gays when the last time Salem had a gay character they employed a dreadful lesbian story involving Julie in the mid ’70s which was quickly aborted. I hope the killer in the murder mystery is someone tied to the past- such as Markena’s twin sister Samantha, played by her real life twin OR Marlena’s long lost first husband- Don Craig- played by Jed Allan. Now that would be cool. And while they’re at it- bring back Chandler Massey. Guy Wilson is just not fun to watch on the screen.

James McDonald
James McDonald

I have to agree with you. I am sure Guy Wilson is a good professional actor and he has been trying so hard to play Will. But it doesn’t work for me either. With Sonny leaving next month, I feel it would be the end of the gay storyline. We won’t see Chandler Massey return. I believe he said he wanted to go to college. I think its very hard for straight men to play gay characters and they want to get out of the role and do other roles. Hiring actual gay actors to play gay roles I think is still a taboo for television.
I do enjoy Christopher Sean as “Paul” and I hope he stays around for a long while, but making Paul a long-lost son of John Black really bit the shark for me. That was bad story-writing. I’m not buying it. They need to continue the gay storyline somehow and I do not find it objectionable at all.

PGP
PGP

I don’t know about everyone else, but I am really starting to get excited about DAYS. Truth is I am enjoying it very much right now. I am especially enjoying Chad and Abby! I know a lot of people might disagree and that is fine, but they are IMO the hottest couple on the show right now. The only thing I could careless about is Paige!

Chrystie Delancey
Chrystie Delancey

I have watched DOOL on and off through the years (beginning with the late 80s) so I didn’t see the last Chad, but I love Billy Flynn. I don’t care for Abigail with Ben (he is a snore), but with Chad, there is potential. My wish would have been to put Chad with ditzy Melanie because she was cute and spunky and they could have been fun, but they did not.

Yeah. I could care less about Paige too. All she does is remind me of Winnie Cooper on THE WONDER YEARS, except Winnie was far more interesting.

Belle
Belle

I hate that Days destroyed Abigail’s character; here’s a girl who was a virgin steered down a sex spree path. I consider what they did to her character as an insult to virgins. Plus, she’s become so weepy. What a mess!
I want Clyde’s character as one of the victims; he needs to pay for killing E.J.
My question is how can Victor be so tough on Zander by closing credit cards, transferring money, and hiding things ,but can’t stop Clyde because he’s afraid of what he’ll do to his family? Plus, how can Stephano not know that his house is bugged? This is a guy who knew what Sammi and Kate were doing when he wasn’t in town.
Days was good for a while; I’m trying to determine what happened to its great writing. There was a time that I didn’t know which show had the better writers; Days or General Hospital!

James McDonald
James McDonald

Did you hear that music they played on Days Of Our Lives today (August 5, 2015) when Kyle was being aggressive towards Paige and kissing her before they went to commercial? Could it be that Kyle will be the serial killer?

Gabriella Alyssa
Gabriella Alyssa

Never thought about that. It could be, he does works for Clyde. And nobody can stand him.

James McDonald
James McDonald

Well, there goes my idea. The character of Kyle is leaving in September.
Ken Corday had this to say that beginning September 1 and on when someone dies, they are dead.

New writer material begins to air on Days of Our Lives they believe August 20. A full script of the new writing will begin to broadcast August 24.

The killer will be revealed during the 50th Anniversary. Salem’s Bicentennial Celebration begins November 9.

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DAYS Promo: What’s Going To Happen At Jarlena’s Wedding Anniversary Shindig?

Coming up next week on Days of our Lives, prepare for drama, drama, and more drama! From the looks of the latest promo for the NBC soap opera, the action takes place at Marlena (Deidre Hall) and John’s (Drake Hogestyn) surprise one-year wedding anniversary soirée, where things could take a deadly turn!

But with the Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) masquerading as “Nicole” plot reaching new heights, Anna DiMera (Leann Hunley) and Tony DiMera (Thaao Penghlis) back in Salem, and the promo telling viewers “For one guest, the party, is over” followed by Sonny (Freddie Smith) yelling, “She’s got a gun!” and Brady’s (Eric Martsolf) ending line, “Oh, my God!” there is plenty to conjecture.

Also seen in the teaser is Kate (Lauren Koslow) trying to rip off the face of Susan Banks (Stacy Haiduk), and Stefan (Brandon Barash) and Gabi (Camila Banus) getting hot and heavy and Eric (Greg Vaughan) yelling, “No!”

So, check out the promo below and then let us know via the comment section below, what you think is about to go down at Jarlena’s party, where last August at their nuptials … things did not go off without a hitch, either!

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DAYS Stacy Haiduk and Eric Martsolf Talk Kristen & Brady’s Twisted Relationship : The Mask, The Deception, The Sex

Last week on Days of our Lives, Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) was able to get the man she craves in between the sheets.  So, just how did that happen when Brady Black (Eric Martsolf) had no idea she was alive?  Well … he still doesn’t, really.  You see, Kristen returned to Salem disguised as another ex flame of Brady’s, Nicole Walker (who everyone believed died in the warehouse explosion).  And Kristen has been parading around town donning an incredible likeness of Nicole’s face – via a prosthetic mask – and some other tricks to sound and look just like her!

Kristen’s goal is to infiltrate Salem, remind Brady of the love and passion they shared, take over DiMera Enterprises, and who knows what else!  And everyone who stands in her way, better watch out as we have seen! We are speaking to you (the late) Ted, and (once kidnapped) Kate, et al.

Fans of the NBC daytime drama series have followed the tortured relationship between Kristen and Brady for years and through many plots; Kristen was first played and brought to life by Eileen Davidson, and for well over a year now by Stacy Haiduk.  Not only has Haiduk reprised the role of a frustrated, vengeful Kristen, she is also playing at times multiple roles: the wacky and often misunderstood, Susan Banks, Kristen playing Susan, or Kristen pretending to be Sister Mary Moira.

As for Daytime Emmy winner, Eric Martsolf, this latest story arc puts him front and center as viewers watch to see if what Brady senses, and the clues, and the feelings he is having, bring him to the conclusion that he has been duped by Kristen, and that her horrendous scheme – pretending to be Nicole (Arianne Zucker), and dumping Nicole’s longtime love Eric (Greg Vaughan) to be with him have a result that is unexpected or catastrophic!

Michael Fairman TV sat down with Stacy and Eric for this conversation about: all the plot twists, and playing the drama and the humor of the situations they find themselves in as actors in a wild story that only head writer Ron Carlivati could pen and keep the audience on the edge of their seats in the process. Check out this oh-so-fun, direct, and enlightening chat with two of DAYS most shining stars.

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Eric, what has it been like working in this part of your storyline; where there’s the character of Kristen in its many forms: Arianne Zucker playing “Nicole” (but it’s really Kristen), Kristen as Susan, and the real Kristen, etc?

ERIC:  It’s been a nightmare Michael.  (Laughs)  I don’t know who I’m sleeping with anymore.  I’m at the point where I go home at night, and I just tug on my wife’s cheek just to make sure that she is not my ex-girlfriend from high school.

When you first heard of this storyline, and that it was going to facilitate how Arianne was going to come back to the show… and that it was supposed to be Kristen in a Nicole Walker prosthetic mask with a voice alternator, what went through your mind?

ERIC:  I think in the back of Ron’s Carlivati’s (head writer, DAYS) mind, he was thinking to himself, “This dude started his soap career on Passions, he’s okay with this kind of thing,” and honestly, nothing surprises me anymore.  When you’re thrown into that supernatural, crazy reality, doesn’t-live-here sort of atmosphere for you first soap gig, you don’t sweat a mask and a voice modulator.  That’s just par for the course.  My biggest problem was the body thing … that Brady is not able to distinguish one body from the other, because I would as Eric.  My God, I know every inch of my wife’s body.  So, it’s difficult to get my head around that, but at the same time, I’m going with the whole “love is blind” thing here. (Laughs)

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(Laughs) I was going just going to say that Brady would absolutely know Kristen’s body from how passionate their relationship has been in the past, as well, he would Nicole’s body from his relationship with her.

ERIC:  Since Kristen did finally just succeed – let’s use the word in “seducing” him, and using her wonderful feminine wiles as only Kristen has to get Brady in to bed, there was also another twist.  What plays after that is that he notices the tattoo that’s been removed, and she plays it off as scarring from the fire.  What’s going through his mind as he is making love to Nicole is a “Kristen train”.  He can’t get Kristen out of his mind, and the guilt that he feels about that is horrendous.

Right! Brady is thinking: “Why am I feeling this when I am supposed to be with Nicole!?”

ERIC:  Right!  Brady has been waiting for a relationship for God knows how many years now – at least a successful one.  He is so eager to have this work, even though he has been concerned about how Eric (Greg Vaughan) would feel about this.  In Brady’s mind, Eric is done with Nicole.  He’s good.  He loves Sarah (Linsey Godfrey).  This is fair game.  Brady and Nicole have always been close … they’ve been close before … so, for him, it’s, why not give it a fair try?   However, he finds himself now thinking about another woman the whole time.  That’s rough.

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Do you think in the back of his mind, that this whole time, he possibly knew that “Nicole” was Kristen?

ERIC:  Well, you just have to wait.  There will be a reveal eventually, obviously, but until then, let the games play on.

So, once Brady and “Nicole” have sex, he keeps thinking about Kristen?

ERIC:  Constantly!  She just plagues his mind.  I think he’s realizing that his affection for Kristen is anything but dead and is very alive, and I think this is Kristen’s master plan from the very beginning.  She knows that she pervades his soul, and once she does reveal herself, I would guess he would probably be surprised, maybe a little angry, but in the end … you can’t deny what your heart and your body wants, right?

One of my favorite recent scenes had Brady half-naked and Kristen as Susan getting into his room, because she was looking for the MIA Nicole mask she so desperately needed.  She finds herself gawking and lusting after Brady under her disguise, and he tries to remove himself from the situation and says, “Susan, I’m going to get in the shower…”

ERIC:  Yeah! And, “It’s not going to happen, baby.”

What was that like doing that scene?

STACY:  I loved it!  I thought Eric was brilliant in it.  I watched it, and I thought, “Oh, my God!”  (Laughs) It is one of my all-time favorite scenes.

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ERIC:  Kristen is a tiger.

STACY:  She is a tiger.  She’s got a goal, and she is going to go after that.  She has obstacles that are going to come in-between her goal, but she will go after whatever she wants.

When Stacy comes in to Brady’s room as Susan, were you not laughing?

ERIC: No!  I thought she was hot. (Laughs)

STACY:  He did … he loved it.  You liked me, didn’t you baby? (Laughs)

ERIC:  I don’t think anybody can deny that Stacy Haiduk’s portrayal of Susan Banks is ridiculously good.  Everything from her delivery … to her facial expressions.  I think it is amazing.  I mean, it is corny, and it is fun, and soaps need characters like that once in a while to lighten the load of the heavy dialogue and the drama.  It’s a welcomed addition.  So, I love playing scenes with Susan.

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Eric, you always have been able play the straight-man so well in comedic scenes with impeccable timing,

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STACY:  You’re brilliant, Eric.

ERIC:  You guys are being very nice to me.

STACY:  You are.  I remember on the day how much fun we had, but then, seeing it back and the crap that I was giving you, and just the stuff you were giving back was so beautiful, and innocent, and so alive.  It was so funny.

Does Kristen think that now that she finally got Brady into bed that she won … that she got what she wanted … even if she had to don a “Nicole” mask to do it?

STACY:  Well, no, because she still can’t be really Kristen.  I think she is grateful that she gets to be with him.  That’s one of her biggest goals: to be with Brady and she wants to have him fall back in love with her again.  But for her, now it’s all about, “How do I reveal myself so that he doesn’t get scared away?”  That’s the toughest part for her.  Kristen’s love is so deep that it goes beyond this mask.  So, how is it going to be when he sees her?   Is he going to freak out?  What’s going to happen?

ERIC:  Did you think Kristen would be a little pissed off and think, “Oh my God.  He did go for Nicole?”

STACY:  Yes!  I do, because she’s like, “Finally, I got him!  But wait a minute … did I get him because I was Nicole … or because I was Kristen?”  As Kristen, she always believes there is something deeper between them and a deep connection.  That remains a driving force to her.

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ERIC:  That’s why I love these characters so much, because of you and the history of Kristen with Brady.  She’s always wanted him as much as he has wanted her.  She’s always wanted to be loved.

STACY:  Yes … and very much so.

ERIC:  Kristen had always wanted to be a part of the DiMera Empire, just as Brady has always wanted to be a part of the Kiriakis Empire, and they’ve always wanted love.  They’ve never had it.  They believe in the back of their minds that anything is attainable.  So, I can see why Kristen would just forgo the Nicole disguise and just go, “He wants me.”

STACY:  Kristen wants to believe that Brady knows it.  She says to herself, “He knows it’s me inside and behind the mask.  When he finds out, he will fall back in love with me.”

Now that she actually had sex with Brady, wouldn’t that make Kristen even more insatiable to be with him? Like, “I’ve got to have him!?”

STACY:  The fear is still .. what happens she takes this mask off?  She always says, “I’ll reveal myself, but I have to do it slowly when it is the right time.”  I think there is that built up frustration now for her, absolutely!

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Arianne Zucker really has Stacy’s mannerisms down as Kristen.  It really comes into in scenes where “Nicole” goes off on someone or loses her temper.  Eric, you have worked with Arianne for years on this show.  What do you think about her performances in this storyline?

ERIC:  I have worked with Ari over the years, and I have enjoyed it a lot.  Ari did do her homework.  She did study Stacy’s tape, and she watched her mannerisms, and she took it very seriously.  I know that because she is a hard worker, as much as a goofball as she is, she does work hard, and she wanted it to be good.  I think my favorite parts were the Kristen meltdowns.  You have to understand though; Stacy and Ari get along very well!  They’re kind of two peas in a pod.  So, it wasn’t a big stretch for her to take on how Stacy would play those types of scenes.  They’re both animated, they’re both wild people by nature, and so, it was a good fit.  It was a smart idea from the writers.

STACY:  It was a good fit!

ERIC:  I’ve been out with the two of them, and it’s hard to tell the two of them apart. (Laughs)

STACY:  We are just like two cuddly bunnies.

ERIC:  They’re like flirting with each other, and hugging each other.  You find yourself thinking, “Are they going to start ordering the same food at the same time?  This is getting weird. (Laughs)

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In the recent scene that aired; where Kristen as “Nicole” turns off the light while having sex with Brady, is she worried her plan will now go awry?

STACY:  Yes.  I think she is worried about her body because it is burned.  You know, how they take a tattoo off, and it’s as painful as can be.  Not that I’ve had that done personally.  I like my tats, but I hear it is painful.  So, in the storyline, the burn is that pain that she has and the tattoo. There’s a part of her that thinks,  she has to cover it up, and turn the lights down low.

ERIC:  “Nicole” is sleeping, and Brady is rubbing his hands over her shoulder and touching her body, and as he goes over the burn marks.  He sees a flash of the tattoo!  That is a pivotal moment when he starts to put some pieces together.   He thinks, “Woah! That’s exactly where that tattoo was.”  It’s a slow little rollercoaster ride.

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In the past, Kristen then played by Eileen Davidson, drugged and raped Father Eric.  Stacy, did you ever see that story arc?  Literally the sex scene is playing on the screen at Kristen’s wedding to Brady and then all hell breaks loose.  This to say Kristen is notorious for the ways and the lengths she goes to get her men into bed.

STACY:  Yes! I saw her Eileen do those scenes.

ERIC:  You also saw how close Kristen and Brady were to their dream, to their happiness, their goal, which was they were going to marry each other.  Brady is looking upon his loved ones in this town and thinking, “I know what you all think of her, but I’m going to show you our love on this screen, and once you see the connection that we have here as a couple, you all are going to be convinced that we belong together as well.  This is the happiest day of my life,” and the screen comes up and it’s his brother banging Kristen instead.

Marlena (Deidre Hall) played the wrong DVD!

STACY:  It was so good.  See, I try to find as much info as I can on the character’s past, because all of the time I’m trying to find where these characters have been in their dark and twisted past.

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ERIC:  You’re putting your own stamp on Kristen.  You got a direct call from DAYS casting department, didn’t you … when they were recasting the role?

STACY:  Yes.  You have to understand, I had two really separate characters to play when I was on Y&R.  One was a doctor, and one was this crazy passionate, wild, little minx.

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ERIC:  I will say to find the wild and the beauty in one package is not easy in any town, yet alone Los Angeles.  I’m glad they called you, because you have that.  You have that villainous nature, but you also are able to show a vulnerable side to Kristen that is going to be a lot of fun and interesting to see.

Stacy is one of those people that will leap off of the screen at you and you will remember her.  She is one actress that will have fans talking about their work, like when you played crazy Patty Williams on Y&R.  The audience was on the edge of their seats going, “Oh, my God!  What is Patty going to do next?”

STACY:  I never knew what she was going to do!

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Eric, has Stacy come to you at any point where she been overwhelmed by the task at hand; playing Susan while playing Kristen, etc, and the two of you have a moment where you work through some of the challenges of complex scenes  … and ones where she is playing multiple characters?

ERIC:  We’ve had many moments  to speak of.

STACY:  I always come into Eric’s room, and am like, “I’m scared!”

ERIC:  It’s funny you mention it.  We have had some very emotional scenes, and Stacy – who cares so damn much about this job and portraying this character correctly – that she gets a little overwhelmed, and the material that they give her is overwhelming for any anybody on any level.  I have looked at her in the eyes, and said, “You’ve got this gig.  You are this character.  You are knocking it out of the park.  Just do it.  Just be you.”   I can’t wait for people to see some of the stuff we have shot recently and have been doing.

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Stacy, do you think Kristen can be redeemed? Many characters on daytime … and on DAYS … have done horrible things and later turned over a new leaf.

STACY:  The thing is that villains are bad and all that other crap, but they’ve got a lot of stuff going on inside and insecurities, and they’ve got a heart.  I’m sorry, the villain with a heart of gold, can be very  true.  I never see villains (and I play them a lot) as bad.  You have to find where it comes from … how far does this go … where did that little seed change … and what made them go into the dark, but also, where is the good?  You want to bring the good to it, too.

ERIC:  Let’s face it!  Star Wars is all about Darth Vader and how he became that because it’s intriguing.

Because of the pace in which DAYS tapes its episodes; do the two of you find time to run lines together before you go hit the set?

ERIC:  We are running out of time to run lines.  It’s pretty wild.  Funnily enough, I was recently filming a movie and I was so underwhelmed at the pace of everything.  I’ve gotten so accustomed to moving at this militant style, that as hard as it is, it is preferable to me now.  I almost like it because you don’t have time to overthink what you are going to do, and you end up getting more visceral and natural reactions to the material.  You can overthink a scene, and you can come to a wrong performance that way.  When you burn your fingers on a hot stove, that’s the most natural reaction you are going to get.  You can’t have ten minutes to think about how you are going to scream about that pain.

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But, would you like the pace of shooting the show to be a bit slower?

STACY:  I would like to, but I do think sometimes just jumping in, and going and seeing what happens is great.  I love that.  I do appreciate that.

ERIC:  It’s scary.

STACY:  It is scary.  I would love if we would get to do a rehearsal and then two takes just to see, and then they can mix  together what happens.  Sometimes I am hard on myself as an actress.  I’ve always been.  It’s that jumping in when you only get to do one take.  You have to just give it everything you’ve got.

ERIC:  You can have a second take.  Want me to give you a little secret?  All you have to do is screw up your last line.

STACY:  I can’t do that.   I don’t even need it to be perfect because nothing is perfect.  It doesn’t matter what I’ve done if I sometimes don’t feel it.  I need to feel it when I’m on that set.  I need to feel something because when I shut down, I close myself off.  It’s like an athlete who has just got to  train as hard as they can to reach their goal.

ERIC:  You’re an Olympic swimmer!

STACY:  You’ve got to do it as hard as you can.  You practice, and you practice, and you practice, and you practice, so that when you come to that day, you do the best you can, but sometimes you are disappointed because you didn’t get that one last thing you had hoped for.

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How do you view what happened to Eric with Kristen, who disguised as Nicole, tricked Brady into bed with her?  Some fans commented that that they thought it was akin to a rape.

ERIC:  No, I would disagree with that theory.  I believe there is a high degree of deception in this, but there is a willingness on behalf of Brady.  He’s not drugged.  He’s not being forced to do anything.  Deception, yes.  Rape, no.

Stacy, what do you think?

STACY:  Total deception.  There is no rape.  There is absolutely no rape.  These are willing participants; he just doesn’t know exactly who he is dealing with.

ERIC:  I appreciate the context of how somebody could construe that, and the seriousness of the matter.  I don’t think it really has a place in this particular storyline.

Do you guys think that Brady and Kristen are each other’s star-crossed lovers in a weird, twisted, bizarre way?

ERIC:  I don’t know.  I think they’re magnetism can’t be denied.  I think the hurdles that they’ve jumped through are astronomical.  Will they end up together in the end?  Who knows!  Will there ever be an end?  Who knows!  It’s definitely been one of, if not the most, in-depth relationships Brady has ever had.

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And intense!

ERIC:  Yeah.  They’ve just gone through so much to be together, and when you do that, anybody who is married knows that, that’s where the good stuff is; the wars that you win together and the battles that you go through.  When you come out of the war, and you’re still together, that’s the bond.  That’s what lasts.

What would Kristen do if she couldn’t have Brady in the end?  Would she find a new obsession?  What if she could not nab her man?

STACY:  Wow!  Hmmm. (Laughs)  She’s going to get her man.  She wants her man.  She wouldn’t settle.  She’d keep fighting.  I would say to her, “Kristen, keep fighting the good fight.”

So, do you think Kristen will reveal herself to Brady sooner than later? Will Brady figure out what Kristen has been doing to get to him?  Will Brady turn Kristen away if he knew she was alive and back in action  … or would he fall back into her arms? Share your theories via the comment section below.

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Daytime Emmys To Merge Younger Actor & Actress Category Into One As Gender-Inclusive Categories Are On The Rise

The upcoming 47th annual Daytime Emmys are already making some changes to key categories and specifically this one that affects daytime drama performers.  Word from Variety is that NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) is going to announce that they are combining the Younger Actor and Actress categories into one gender-neutral category

Not only will the Younger performer category be gender-inclusive, but network soap performances will be combined with digital drama series performances for the category.  Previously, for this past Daytime Emmys, NATAS had changed the Guest Performer in a Drama Series to be gender-inclusive.

This category was initially created in 1985 when it was called the Outstanding Ingenue and then from there tweaked into Outstanding Juvenile Female and Male, and more recently that morphed into the Younger Actor and Actress categories.

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Former GH star Hayley Erin (Ex-Kiki) and former DAYS star, Kyle Pettis (Ex-Theo) will now be the last female and male to win the two separate categories with this new move for 2020.

Fans of film and TV have noticed that on several award shows on MTV: their Movie and TV Awards and their VMA’s, there are several gender-inclusive categories, as well as the Television Critics Association Awards who for instance doles out Outstanding Individual Achievement in Drama in comedy.

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So, what do you think of the change; that there will now be one Younger performer category at the Daytime Emmys? Comment below.

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