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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)
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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… Read more »

Rodd
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Rodd

Nice to see again.

Carolyn
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Carolyn

Well done!!!

su0000
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su0000

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

su0000
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su0000

and-
50 years!!

CONGRATS ! Days Of Our Lives !!

and wishing another 50 years !

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

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

SoapFan
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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… Read more »

CeeCee
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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
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code

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

CeeCee
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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4ever DAYS

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

GhostWolf
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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
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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
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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
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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
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karen zammit

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

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Did the ‘Devil’ make them do it? Doug Williams  (Bill Hayes) is Satan? In what can only be described as major surprise twist on NBC’s Days of our Lives, for weeks, fans have thought they were about to embark on another dementia or Alzheimer’s storyline on the soaps with another beloved character.

However, Days head writer, Ron Carlivati ,and his writing team came up with a way to make it seem like this may be Doug’s fate only to use the long-running character as the impetus to bring the classic possession storyline back on the air some 25 years later.

It all goes down after Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) calls Marlena (Deidre Hall) to ask him to see Doug, after his MRI and other tests proved inconclusive for dementia, etc, to see if Dr. Evans can assess him.  The phone call to Marlena happened after John (Drake Hogestyn) was discussing the past, since Johnny (Carson Boatman) is ramping up to a shoot a movie on Sami’s life, that will include the time that Sami walked in on John and Marlena having sex, which caused Sami to act out for years and years.

 

However, and this is key, John tells Marlena that moment in time also left her alone and vulnerable to the darkest time in her life – alluding to when she became possessed by the devil – and Marlena was clearly having difficulty admitting that or going down that road of remembrance, when the phone call from Kayla saved her from digging deeper into the past.  Well now, John and Marlena may never have that conversation as she is primed to once again become possessed.

Meanwhile, Johnny is reading Will’s script for the Sami movie, and is shocked to read in it that Marlena was once possessed by the devil, as John takes out a dusty box with his Father John collar, a bible, and a news clipping of Marlena being possessed.  John is feeling that this movie will bring bad things on to all those he loves, especially Doc, and he looks to be right!

Now at her office with Doug, he admits he knows something is wrong.  He acts out and does strange things and does not know why.  Marlena brings up why Doug locked Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) in a freezer by accident. Doug gets adamant saying: “That was no accident. I locked that bitch in there on purpose.”  Marlena is shocked at his word and tone.  Then as Doug laughs, he says, “I’m not Doug.”  Next thing you know, the lowered voice of Satan comes out of Doug’s mouth and he tells Doc, “It’s been over 25 years Marlena. But did you really think I wouldn’t come back for you?” End of episode.  Great cliffhanger!

Now, check out the fall preview released following the airing of Friday’s episode by NBC below, which teases more demonic moments on Days. Then let us know in the comment section, what you thought of the ‘Doug’ twist as the possession storyline begins?

Plus, make sure to cast your vote in ‘Michael’s Poll’ of the week on the revisiting of this classic tale now in 2021 below the preview.

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‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem’ Stars Talk the ‘Making of’ the Limited-Series & the Moments They Loved

Five of the cast members from Days of our Lives limited-series on Peacock, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem, chatted with Michael Fairman as a wrap-up following the conclusion of the streaming of all five episodes.

Joining Michael in a special conversation on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel are: Eileen Davidson (Kristen/Sister Mary Moira), Charles Shaughnessy (Shane/Drew), Peter Porte (Kyle/Dimitri), Zach Tinker (Sonny) and Rob Scott Wilson (Ben).

During the conversation, the actors share stories of the making of the series, and give insight and behind the scenes tidbits on their scenes including: how Eileen and Lisa Rinna (Billie) played recreated the ‘Amsterdam’ showdown from their time together on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, but as their Days’ characters of Billie and Kristen, how Peter learned to do the Tango from Dancing with the Stars Louis Van Amstel and Lisa Rinna, plus the drag show scenes where Zach became “Sonny Delight”, and more.

In addition, Charles Shaughnessy talks on how the series harkened back to the 80’s and 90’s campy action-adventure heyday of and the opportunity to work again with Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn as John and Marlena, while Rob fills-us in on trying to keep it together when working in scenes with soap vet Adrienne Frantz, when Ben and Ciara find themselves at a swinger’s party.

The interview is filled with many laughs, and candid moments that fans of the limited series will enjoy, especially the intel offered up by the cast.

Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem continues to stream on Peacock! Make sure to check it out if you haven’t, or rewatch it a second, or third time if you want to see more series like this in the future.

Below check out the interview with Eileen, Peter, Charles, Zach and Rob and make sure to subscribe to the Michael Fairman Channel for more celebrity conversations.

Now, share your favorite moments from Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem, and this video interview, via the comment section here.

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