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EXCLUSIVE: Days of our Lives 50th Anniversary Daytime Emmys Tribute Package!

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Days of our Lives was honored during the recent 42nd annual Daytime Emmy Awards telecast on Pop with a very special retrospective clip package taking a look back at 50 years of love, heartbreak, romance, and intrigue in Salem on the longest running scripted television series in NBC history.  DAYS celebrates its 50th anniversary milestone this November.

On-Air On-Soaps Michael Fairman, who was the consulting producer on the Daytime Emmy telecast along with Daytime Emmy executive producer Gary Tellalian, and editors Patrick Doody and Shea McKee, worked together to bring this very special moment to the fans and the cast of DAYS that aired during the broadcast.

Fairman noted: “It was an emotional moment for all us.  When we watched the clip package back in the house during rehearsals, I, and many others, were overcome with emotion.  I felt we captured the right balance and essence of DAYS within the short framework of two minutes to showcase the heart and soul of this iconic show.  While it’s impossible to fully do justice to the enormity of 50 years of Days of our Lives, and include everything we would have wanted to, we were able to feature footage through all five of the decades showcasing the romance, supercouples, births, deaths, adventure, and memorable story highlights.  Staple couples: Tom and Alice Horton, Bill and Laura Horton,  Mickey and Maggie Horton, Doug and Julie Williams, Bo and Hope, Patch and Kayla, Jack and Jennifer, John and Marlena, EJ and Sami, and Sonny and Will were among some of the most popular and key couples presented through the years.  Along with heart-stopping moments such as: Marlena’s possession by the devil, Sami’s execution, Carly buried alive, Hope pleading for her life above a vat of acid, Marlena reuniting with Roman (now John) on the pier after she was believed to be dead, and Zack, Lexie and EJ’s deaths, we took the long time DAYS viewers on a quick stroll down memory lane.  I was so proud to have been a part to this most deserving of Emmy tributes.”

Now watch this exclusive posting of the Days of our Lives Daytime Emmy 50th Anniversary Tribute below! We hope you enjoyed this salute to the daytime drama series with special acknowledgement to DAYS passionate and enduring fans, who have watched faithfully the drama unfold for years and years, and hopefully more years to come!

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

Days seems a little better but mostly when Victor is on…love his wit…do not care for Xander or whatever his name is…he feels too Dimeraish than a relative of Vic’s…better sets please—the town square looks like cardboard-something out of a childs pop-up book and the woods looks like an artificial Christmas tree sales lot…give Doug and Julie a short story arc involving Dougs ex wife Lee Dumonde and played by Robin Strasser—bring back more characters from each decade for short visits in celebrating the shows 50th…the actor playing Cole looks like a young Wesley Eure who played Mike Horton in the mid 70s to early 80s!!!

Rodd
Rodd

Nice to see again.

Carolyn
Carolyn

Well done!!!

su0000
su0000

Hello!
question-
How many, if any, of those marriages lasted?
(the forever happy ever after)?

su0000
su0000

and-
50 years!!

CONGRATS ! Days Of Our Lives !!

and wishing another 50 years !

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Congratulations DOOL on this remarkable milestone. Love the tribute. They deserve a primetime special in honor of this occasion.

SoapFan
SoapFan

I have been watching since 2011 for Original Will and Sonny and now for Sonny and Paul.

Unfortunately, the new head writers are totally ignoring this storyline and apparently haven’t made any effort to keep the character of Sonny on the show, i. e. either get Freddie Smith to sign another contract or to recast the role.

Now, some people are spreading that Freddie might be back for a visit once in a while, that’s just ridiculous and almost the same as writing Sonny off the show completely. The character of Sonny is absolutely CENTRAL to this whole storyline and a top fan favorite.

I am going to stop watching immediately when Sonny isn’t there anymore and the minute they put the PaulSon and WilSon storyline on the back burner for their obsession with the vets from the 1980s.

If they seriously think, the key demo (younger viewers) are going to watch for them, they couldn’t be more wrong.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I most definitely agree, SoapFan. The role of Sonny should be recast. I love this storyline…so, without Sonny, where will it go? Just abruptly end it? Please writers do not even think of a union between Wii and Paul once Sonny leaves!!!!! God forbid. I don’t wish Will upon anyone.
I love Sonny, I love Paul , I abhor Will. If Chandler were to return, then the ‘scenery’ would definitely change.

code
code

Soap fan Chandler is not original will, the first adult actor was Christoper Gearse. But you only been watching since 2011

CeeCee
CeeCee

@ code.
How do you know how long I’ve been watching? I have been watching since College. That was in 2005. So, do not even presume to know me?
Did I say anything about the original Will? NO !!!!!! I said I want Chandler back . I am fully aware he i s not the original Will. It has nothing to do with that. He is gorgeous and I love him. That is all I meant. So, keep your negative comments to yourself….I bite back!!

Tim S
Tim S

Unfortunately.. it is time for Days to call it quits…. it has lost it excitement… thought it was coming back last year.. but again… it is back to it long drawn out stories… that go on forever… with no suspense.. .they have given a good try at it.. with changing writers after writers.. but Let all it quits NBC….

Reed
Reed

Why should Days call it quits just because you don’t like it? Just don’t watch. Simple. There are many of us who do like it that want it on the air.

Tim S
Tim S

I have given this soap many years of my life and you will all soon agree.. I am really saving many of you the lost hours of waiting for this soap to turn around.. At some point .. we all just need to accept that they are not able to turn this soap around…

Reed
Reed

As I said, you may not like it and that’s fine. But there are plenty of us who are enjoying it. I don’t get why people come on here wishing for something to be canceled because they don’t like it. Makes no sense.

code
code

Well said Reed and long have you been watching tim, me and my son would like to know. I been watching on and off since 1968 & my son since 1992.

janet
janet

I haven’t watched in years. BUT , some of these scenes made me remember why I did,.Fancy Face, Bo and Hope Looking for a hero, Mrs Brady, Roman 2. John Black every time I turned it on he had a new history. Marlena, so many stories to remember. The uter stupidity of killing off Jack. Congratulations DOOL.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

I think Jack will be back. He’ll be one of the surprise returns I’ve been reading about.

GhostWolf
GhostWolf

I highly doubt Jack will return. While viewers love him (he’s one of my all-time faves on the show), TIIC seem not to always sidelining him in favor of others and the canning him the first chance they get.

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

DAYS has lost its way. The “love” stories they have now are a big fat joke. I tune in occasionally (like for Kristen’s most recent scenes), but mostly it is off my DVR. The returns of fan faves like Bo and Steve will bring me back. I hope they will bring back Jack, as well. Jennifer is boring without him.

Blake
Blake

oh man this was really good. It made me emotional and pumped to see these scenes. I really hope they fight to keep Days on the air for more years to come.

The Substitute
The Substitute

Congratulations ! Even though I have not watched in a decade this soap was the one known in the 80’s for the super couples and boy did they have them. Some wonderful actors and actresses have come across that screen. Thank you for the hard work you did . Just think I know of at least two couples on this show who met fell in love and our still together Bill& Susan Hayes and Melissa & Scott Reeves. Good Luck hope you stay on for many more!!!

karen zammit
karen zammit

Have watched DOOL with my mom since Im a kid and still love it!!!

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

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

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

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

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

Photo: NATAS

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

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

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

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

Photo: JPI

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

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

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

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

Photo: JPI

How did you find out that you were nominated? 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How many times have you been nominated now? 

SUSAN:  This makes six.

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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)

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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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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.

Photo: JPI

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.

Photo: JPI

I know, it’s a shame.

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

Photo: JPI

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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