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EJami Alert! DAYS Sami Makes Her Choice & It Isn't Rafe! – Watch The Preview!

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After years of on and off again liaisons under shall we say, not the best circumstances, Sami Brady (Alison Sweeney) has chosen her man and this time it’s EJ DiMera (James Scott) who gets the nod!  Looks like the Nick and Gabi wedding was the device for the writers to make Sami and Rafe (Galen Gering) come apart at the seams!

On this week’s NBC promo, after Sami decides that EJ is her man, she runs-in to Rafe.  So just how does she tell him of her decision? And what is his response?   It’s a classic soap “snot-off”!

So soapers, what do you think of the way the writers finally have split up Rafe and Sami? Are you thrilled that the EJ and Sami can have a chance at building a family and a life together?  Or, do you think this is will only end up being temporary?

Watch this week’s promo of Days of our Lives after the jump and weigh-in!

 

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Jules
Jules

S-A-WEEEEET!!!

This better stick…..for a few months anyway. The show has to start giving people what they want if they want the show to continue to prosper. They can’t keep dangling the bait. EJami fans are RABID and will come in droves to watch…..and I am not one to think that any one couple or character can boost ratings. It made no sense to go the Safe route, with considerably less fans (IMO), less media and interest buzz and general interest, in such a precarious time. They NEEDED to go for this once and for all, now more than ever!

I can’t wait to see what happens with EJami now that they’re together. Their scenes last week were so swoon worthy! “In hopes of you”…..I mean, that’s the stuff good soaps are made of. Super excited for DAYS these days!!!

Avelina comes from Santorini Greece
Avelina comes from Santorini Greece

I agree 100%. I am the happiest person alive. EJAMI just sparkle together and I cant wait to see how they will flourish together and take on the Brady and Dimera clans.
EJ and Sami were very honest with one another and Im so happy that there is no lying and manipulation from both sides this time. GO EJAMI!!!!!!!!!!!!

jim
jim

it wont last long

Mary SF
Mary SF

I was waiting all weekend for this topic to come up. So ready to read all the comments on this one. Fans reaction to the choice will almost be as entertaining as the show. Now that she has made a choice I hope it sticks for a while- I find triangles that constantly go back and forth almost daily to be tedious- just like on B&B. So if the writers can write a good story line with Ejami- then I’m in. But just let me get out the way- because the fur is going fly when Ejami and Safe fans face off on this turn of events.

ces
ces

It’s about friggin’ time she makes a decision! Hopefully Days will let them play for awhile before bringing in some 3rd party or putting Rafe back in the picture again. At least all three are enjoyable to watch though unlike the hot mess of Daniel/Jen/Chloe FFWD boredom.

Brian Tripp
Brian Tripp

I don’t mind the Chloe/Jen/Dan triangle but I have the perfect idea for it to get better. Chloe should work with Kristen as she can help her with Brady and Kristen could have her brother Peter Blake come back to try and break up Jen and Dan so Chloe can have him all to herself.

ces
ces

Ooooh, I’d love to see Jason Brooks back on the show but I don’t think Scott Reeves would allow that 😉 Chloe can have Daniel for all I care.

Brian Tripp
Brian Tripp

Thank you. Now the EJAMI fans can be quiet for awhile. I don’t care either way but I just want Sami to be with one person for a change. Let Rafe find a new love interest. Bring Stephanie back a few years older or maybe Sarah Horton and put them with Rafe.

Patrick
Patrick

DAYS! Sony/DOOL…. etc….. What an Opportune time to RE-HIRE CHRISTIE CLARK…

for RAFE, Marlena, and Sammi…. Lucas…Roman. if she’s with child… for Kate…

such potential.

ces
ces

Would love to see Christie Clark back on the show. How awesome would it be just as Ejami get together, Carrie returns and starts batting her eyes at Rafe again? Let the claws come out!

Dmitri
Dmitri

I agree, I loved CAFE!

ces
ces

me too!! That was cut short and needs to be revisited. Maybe Austin got lost somewhere in an avalanche. lol..

Avelina comes from Santorini Greece
Avelina comes from Santorini Greece

I loved CAFE as well. They had a sparkle to them and had great chemistry

Patrick
Patrick

you know… without “all the baggage”… of Sammi and EJ or Rafe….

Rafe and Carrie….were chemistry…. were cute…. were shy playful…. had that understood inherent “Love”…. oh “damm”….

they made you happy.

ces
ces

I agree Patrick! Playful and no heaviness that he had with Sami. I like Rafe when he’s happy and Carrie made him happy 🙂 Now, if only TPTB would listen!

mo
mo

ABOUT TIME!!!!! I’ve wanted EJ and Sami to get together forever. They’ve never really been together. I hope we have some happy time before soap opera intrudes.

Iakovos
Iakovos

Please let Sami and EJ stay together for a good while. Find stories that they can go through together and, even if it tests their union, let them try to work in out before jumping into bed with someone else or running back to a lost love. There is much mischief and adventure, not to mention the mundane challenges of parenting, these two can do. I never found Sami and Rafe particularly appealing for the long term. Let me see some romance and a solid marriage, and some sexiness, misunderstandings, a little comedy, some intrigue… all that is befitting a soap super couple. And let it ride!

jim
jim

Sami shouldnt be with E.J.(even if they had kids), and luv each other. Brady is an idiot for bein with Kristen and so is Sami for being with E.J. E.J. and Kristen are evil and of a history in Salem for the notorius things they’ve done, and it doesnt look like theyll ever change for the better: they’ll always be Dimeras. As soon as Rafe and Hope become a couple, i predict, then Sami will probably want him back. She changes men faster than i can change my shorts(kidding,lol)!

jim
jim

i meant have a history…’,sorry for typo

jim
jim

maybe im wrong. sami and e.j. do deserve each other knowing neither one is a saint for all the wrong things they have done in the past. rafe is at least a good guy who hasnt done anything evil like E.J. but sometimes he’s seems a little wimpy because if he truly had loved Sami, he wouldnt have so easily let her go without a fight.

Mary SF
Mary SF

I was getting that vibe too- that they might want to pair Hope with Rafe. Now if that happened would their mashed up name be Rope or Hafe? I never could figure out how that works.

Dmitri
Dmitri

Hate EJami. Sami belongs with Lucas. I hope Rafe is with Nicole, not Hope. But he has sex with Kate next week. Yuck!

Mary SF
Mary SF

Omg- missed that spoiler. Thanks for the heads up- I will remember to have my blindfold ready for those scenes- Rafe and Kate???? Did not see that one coming. Yuck is right- and ewwwww. But if he wanted to stick it to Sami for choosing EJ I guess that is the best way to do it, I just don’t want that mental image stuck in my brain.

cr
cr

I agree with dmitri about not putting rafe with hope or him having sex with kate. Putting him in love triangle with nicole and eric would be interesting.

Dmitri
Dmitri

Mary, the spoiler was just released today by someone who works at TVguidemagazine. It is horrible! But at least it will make Sami go nuts!

Dmitri
Dmitri

Cr, I agree, Nicole and Eric can work for a while, but I think her and Rafe would be a better couple

Avelina comes from Santorini Greece
Avelina comes from Santorini Greece

Are you sure its Kate? I thought that the spoiler just said woman and didnt actually specify who? Can you imagine Sami? She will go nuts. Her and Kate are enemies and this is classic soap stories which I like.

Dmitri
Dmitri

Avelina, I just read the spoilers today and it is indeed Kate. Her and Rafe both get upset and commiserate in the bar, leading to grief sex between the two.

Avelina comes from Santorini Greece
Avelina comes from Santorini Greece

Thanks Dmitri. I just read the spoiler. That is disgusting. Kate is too old for Rafe and when Sami finds out she will go nuts LOL. Another grief sex episode but Im interested to see the fall out.

Lisa Greenway
Lisa Greenway

It better STICK!!!Others got 4 years.I want no less.EJAMI trended on twitter today,,people know whats hot..and whats special,,and AS and JS have that rare chemistry.Days should have embraced it YEARS ago…GO EJAMI

cr
cr

Right own

Paul
Paul

Yes they better stick with Ejami for a long time couples like Safe are really boring and they make Fans tune highest ratings in the last two years was Ejami grief sex they need to write for this couple and give them a great story don’t back to the past which is Safe because it will kill the show because most of us want Ejami.

Dmitri
Dmitri

Actually, the highest ratings in two years were the Gabi wedding.

rcloud
rcloud

EJAMI is the only tool can save the show DAYS. Cannot believe took 6 years the producers and writers to figured that out. I have always wondered the real reason or logic behind. Why they try so hard to keep them apart and against the majority of viewers?? They just cannot be that dumb!!!

JorgeAnn
JorgeAnn

EJami!! Who cares what Rafe thinks? Ex means crossed off… Rafe needs to move on and taint someone else’s world. I want to see EJami bliss today , tomorrow…4ever!!

calie
calie

Finally Ejami. I love that Sami is the one initiating and propelling this romance forward. I love that Ej is struggling to trust in it and yet he gives in to it. It is about time. Good for Days’ writers.

I never understood that Rafe commanded as much affection as he did from Sami even when Lucas and Ej were in the picture.

Ann
Ann

What I want Days to do is figure out a way to bring Brant Daugherty back once he wraps shooting Army Wives and actually develop his character to be a real love interest for Sonny. I’m so disappointed they immediately make him the bad guy just to eventually reunite Will and Sonny. So typical. Brant and Freddie have undeniable chemistry and are gorgeous together. I am keeping my fingers crossed that Days will bring him back later this year and have him stick around for awhile.

Susan
Susan

I thought Rafe was a little older than 4 or 5. He’s acting like a spoiled little brat! Good choice, Sami!

Dmitri
Dmitri

Sami didn’t “choose” anyone! She settled for EJ because Rafe was done with Sami. This is disgusting, most people are repulsed by EJami, as evidenced on Daytime Royalty, Salem Spectator and other sites. Just because the fanbase is vocal doesn’t mean that it’s big, and this is the case. The ratings have gone back down after the wedding, and this is why. So tired of the Sami show.

cr
cr

Excuse me as your head been stuck in sand; we see brady , jen, daniel , kristien, and nicole just as much as we see sami. I watch the show all week and played jen a whole lot and they only lost forty thousand and rating was still 2.1.

Dmitri
Dmitri

Yes, and I am tired of seeing those characters as well! Bring back the vets! And the ratings were 2.1 for the wedding, since then they dropped!

Avelina comes from Santorini Greece
Avelina comes from Santorini Greece

I cant stand Jennifer at all these days. I also want the VETS to come back.

cr
cr

They had 2.1 rating for january 21-25

Dmitri
Dmitri

Also, there’s been a spoiler for the spring saying that Sami and Rafe aren’t over. Safe will be back together.

cr
cr

Were can we find this spoiler

Dmitri
Dmitri

It was on SoapsSheKnows, saying: Sami makes love with one of her exes (we now know it’s EJ), but is the other one (most likely Rafe) truly out of the picture?

calie
calie

I am thrilled they are going to let Sweeney and Scott explore the sides of their characters that work as a romantic couple and team. So we go back to Safe and we find ourselves back to Ejami or maybe Lumi. Writers have not ever let Ej and Sami be in the same moment at the same time. As a fan I am ready for it- even though it looks at moments that Ej wants to run as fast as he can from Sami. Fidelity is not Ej’s strong point.

Chris
Chris

Are you serious this is the most discusting couple EVER I’ve watched soap for a very long time & EJAMI is simple THE MOST discusting ONE THAT I EVER SEEN has hot has the antartic VIVE GH & LANTE & GOODBYE DAYS

Dmitri
Dmitri

I agree. I will read the recaps just to keep up with the soap, but refuse to watch the disgusting couple and boring show.

Nel
Nel

Turned off Days the minute they fired crystal Chappell. They let Sweeney and Alfonso run the show and both are awful actors. Scott’s talents are being wasted. Hopefully he will follow reckell and get out while he can.

cr
cr

Get real, I love crystal chappell, but alison sweeney is not awful actress

Dmitri
Dmitri

I like Ali and Kristian, both can act, but Days is terrible right now. Even EJaylor and FakeRafe were better than this garbage!

cr
cr

E.j and taylor was not better than this and fake rafe started off good but hit the pits

Dmitri
Dmitri

I disagree, I HATED EJaylor and FakeRafe, but the show is horrible now!

RJ4
RJ4

Glad they finally are giving EJ and Sami a chance. I know they have a terrible history, but they are entertaining, lively, and fun to watch, so I hope they let the relationship play out (for a while any way) without breaking them up. They make you want to tune in, and see what is going to happen in their relationship. AS/JS have good chemistry and are good together, so I hope they do not break this relationship up too fast, but let it keep sizzling…. Will be interesting to see how the ratings are as I suppose that will determine how long they will keep them a couple. As for me, I will be tuning in to watch them to see how their relationship develops, they can have lots of entertaining storylines together, and please no more triangles with EJ/Sami/Rafe, etc…… They can pair Rafe with someone else who will add spark and pizazz to his life as well. This could be a good turning point for the show to move in a new direction, and add some spice to it!

cr
cr

The writers need to leave Sami with E.J and do not put back with rafe in spring, days writers listen loud in clear we are tired of sami hopping between 2 or 3 men. Leave her with one, I like her with rafe , but I wrote her has single mother and business woman.

Jennifer
Jennifer

I am so happy that EJ and Sami aré to together hope they get a real chance this time and they can fight there family for there love of each other.

Dmitri
Dmitri

Sami does not need to be with EJ or Rafe. Rafe deserves better than her, and EJami have horrible history together. No chemistry either, just loud breathing. Lucas is the one for her! EJami are boring!

karen
karen

I hope EJ/Sami stay together for along time..they could be the next grey couple in Salem

jim
jim

why does sami really need to be paired with anyone at the moment. it would have been far more interesting showing a single mother raising four children alone and then maybe six months later have her fall in love again with e.j., rafe, and lucas.

ces
ces

Loved Sami & EJ yesterday!!! Sexy and fun and a whole episode worth of lovemaking as daytime used to be 🙂

No1_ILoveLucyFan
No1_ILoveLucyFan

I’m no fan of EJami, but if they bring in viewers & ratings, so much the better. I just wish Corday & Sony would find writers OTHER than TomSell. Then give us some good character-driven, umbrella type storylines that take YEARS to tell. They also need to utilize the veterans of the cast more than they do – bringing on newbies or characters that haven’t been on the canvas in years is fine, but for newer viewers, there needs to be a get-to-know-the-character period of time before they’re on the front-burner. I get that the actors & actresses are doing their jobs, but unless the writing team changes to people who know the history of the show, know the characters and most importantly, respect those two elements as well as the viewers, the ratings boost that EJami brought will be short-lived at best.

Patrick
Patrick

I wonder what the status is with Stefano….? coming back to Salem full-time?

Let’s get the DiMera’s back in the Manse. and get Kate home….

it’s such high brow cast and talent….

stefano/kate

Kristen
EJ and Sammi
chad

Therein Lies the mystery and intrigue…. w/Sammi living at the DiMera’s….

The first family of Salem….. what can any one say? The Hortons and Bradys’ are limited… and that’s a shame.

I’ll be saying this umpteenth times…. but… the only way to get Hope and Jenn out of the supercouple mode… and move them forward… upwards and onward…. is Peter Blake…. “Jason Brooks”…. simmering sensuality….. Sparks….

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Sammi…… (?) she’s carried DAYS… I applaud that…. Finally, ( i agree with Mary SF)… SO MUCH, TOO MUCH, FLIP FLOPPING…. TRIANGLE…. with steadfast fans… wanting either EJ or Rafe…. and Rafe’s (your opinion) bland acting…. has made this triage too long…..

Watching Sammi… w/Rafe… she IMO seems more in love… like a woman…. more confident.

EJ’s power and machinations makes his pairing w/Sammi…. Ms. DAYS…. more intriguing…. alluring…. and yeah they do have STEAM…

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sometimes these post seems repetitive… but… what’s a fan to do, but cheer on one’s favs.

I hope Rafe finds some one….OYE! Dmitri…. w/Kate? Please!!!! No! i’ve been kinda watching if Rafe and Hope have any thing? I think they should go back to Rafe and Nicole…. till Eric comes too….. LOL…. by then Chloe will be over Daniel….

by then…. Rafe, Nicole, Eric, Chloe will be the 4-some…. heck… throw in Lucas.

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Blake Berris’ chilling performance is knocking me out! he’s more than a supporting act to Will and Sonny… this is his story.

Mary SF
Mary SF

There are plenty of Bradys and Hortons MIA that if the writers were willing could bring back to town and write story line for. Where is Roman- he hasn’t had a story line in years? What happened to Kayla’s romance with Abe? Where’s Jack Jr. Didn’t Kim and Shane have children- did they ever come back to Salem? Wasn’t Max supposed to be coming back?

Roots keep a plant strong and healthy- on a soap their root system is their history. There is so much history to this show- if writers would only mined it for the treasures buried there.

Patrick
Patrick

1. I so WISH Fay (Nicole’s Mother) was still alive…. she would be perfect for a triangle with Roman and Abe…. and throw in Kayla….. PERFECTION. and if Stefano isn’t coming back… add in Kate…

2. Kimberly has always struck an emotional cord with me…. let’s have her and Shane in trouble…. Shane could get mixed up with Hope! that would rock Salem and the Bradys to no end… or Shane with Kristen… some one closer to Kristens age.

3. i recall the rumour mill about Kayla and Abe… I really think these two have potential…. Kayla is such a delight.

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ie: it seems like GH’s budget is loaded with cashola…. DAYS team needs to revitalize and re-organize….. get with it DOOL…. if Sammi and EJ work…. then so be it… I swear… hiring Christie Clark would solve all the drama with Rafe… and give Marlena and Sammi some family drama as well….. Carrie Brady needs to come home.

Dmitri
Dmitri

I agree. While I’d be fine with a Safe reunion, and I LOATHE EJami, I really want Rafe paired with Nicole. Her and Eric don’t seem like they’d be an interesting couple.

Patrick
Patrick

if Carrie isn’t on DAYS….. Nicole is the one that completes Rafe…. He responds and acts more naturally with Nicole then Sammi. So, it’s not farfetched to see how easily Rafe and Nicole could be paired up.

Geez! OOH LA LA… these DAYS….

it’s a lil sinful peering in to DrOOL… EJ and Sami
Brady and Kristen

Heck…. let’s go Rafe and Nicole…

smoldering….

marie
marie

Sammy belongs with rafe

marie
marie

Sammy belongs with Race and that’s that. Go back to that fight for her and break Sammy and ej up

I
I

I agree! I hope they’ll reunite SAFE before Sweeney leaves the show!!!

calie
calie

Today showed Sami with Ej is just a better story than Sami with Rafe will ever be or has ever been.

I think James Scott is doing a great job happy one minute and worried the next.

I will never say no to Lucas and Sami- they will always work but right now Ejami makes it more interesting. Rafe needs to find his soulmate and it is not Sami.

cr
cr

the ratings were January 21-25 for days were 2.7 million viewers ( -40,000) tied with gh with 2.1 rating

shawn
shawn

Awww, so Sami finally chooses her rapist. So sweet I could vomit.

Jean
Jean

The world has come to an end. The last sands have trickled thru my hourglass – they have lost so many viewers be/c of this vile pairing the show will be done by Summer.

Dmitri
Dmitri

Sami should be single for a while, then have a triangle with Lucas and Rafe…EJ is always her second choice! Sami just settled for him because she and Rafe got in an argument. EJ deserves better than being someone’s second fiddle!

wanda chandler
wanda chandler

Writers please remember EJ has raped Samie.kipnapped her child. Not exactly what viewers like to see. where is the romance Days once was known for. Not saying she should be with Rafe but really..makes me want to stop watching..for the first time in thirty years.

Jean
Jean

AGREED!

Chris
Chris

I love the sami ej match up! He is the hottest man on daytime television any woman would love to be allison sweeny right now! He is dreamy! I hope they let them be a happy couple!

Michael Jenkins
Michael Jenkins

EJAMI EJAMI EJAMI FINALLY!!!!!

Jean
Jean

STOP PROMOTING A PAIRING ABOUT RAPE! No one wants this… GAG!

Jean
Jean

Sami belongs SHOULD have been with the Military Brat that to the Trouble Maker that went to her first dance together … the SPRING FLING! The last really decent Marriage that happened for good. LUMI’s Green Wedding in 2007!

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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