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EXCLUSIVE: Daytime Emmys Social Issues On The Soaps Clip Package Extended Version!

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At the beginning of this month, NATAS produced and held the 43rd Annual Daytime Emmys ceremony, which fans of daytime were able to view online in the days following.

During the ceremony, the Daytime Emmys spotlighted in an emotional clip package, on the tremendous achievement of the daytime soaps in taking on and reflecting the social issues of our time.  Throughout the genre’s history they have been known to be at the forefront of telling these types of stories and using their characters as the vehicle to move, enlighten, and inform the audience.

On-Air On-Soaps Michael Fairman was the segment producer of this clip package, and now we are making available exclusively the extended version of the piece here, which includes more scenes and moments than in the shorter version that was played at the ceremony which was cut down for show timing.

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From General Hospital’s HIV/AIDS storyline to shedding light on bipolar disorder, to The Bold and the Beautiful’s  transgender storyline and the plight of the homeless, to Days of our Lives, same-sex marriage, coming out, and crib death stories, to The Young and the Restless tackling alcoholism, prostate cancer and more, these stories have touched all of us throughout the years.  These spotlighted social issues are just a small window into some of the great work the soaps have done over the decades, and while we know there are many social issues from shows that are no longer with us, it should be noted that the package was only to include stories from the four daytime dramas left on the air.

Watch the extended version of the Daytime Emmys social issues on the soaps package after the jump.  Then let us know what was the moment, or story highlighted, that touched you the most from it in the comment section below!

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vinman
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vinman

Why I loves soap!!

Stephen
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Stephen

Thank you Michael. This is a good reminder of how just how valuable soaps can be – if they want to be! And thank you for including both Chandler Massey and Guy Wilson as Days of Our Lives’ Will Horton.

It is such a shame that soap turned to darkness. What a waste!

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All of this shows me one thing Leslie Charleson should have won the Emmy for that storyline and oh my god how I miss Stuart Damon and Susan Flannery!

Connie
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Connie

Soaps operas have the power to change the world! That is one of the reasons I have and always will love the medium of daytime drama.

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sheryl

The soaps are all so good I can’t decide which one is better , the story lines about all these situation and the way the writers show everyone that life is not always a bowll full of cherries and there are many people are going though life with some major things and your not alone.

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Donna

I enjoyed this very much, but was surprised that abortions were not made a part of it, as this is also an ongoing social issue that is always being fought over in the media and the government. A woman’s right to choose is the most important thing in any woman’s life and this should have been covered as well. Also mental illness, not just bipolar, but split personalities, depression and the like, should have also been addressed in this video as this has also been played out in the soaps over the years. It’s a shame that AMC and OLTL… Read more »

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Soapstix

I don’t know if anyone has done anything pro choice on the soaps. It seems to be a politically heated issue that will never go away, and I am amazed they are doing shows about people’s sexuality that bring out the differences from person to person.

Soapstix
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Soapstix

My greatest praise to Maurice Bernard, who initially agreed to play a bipolar part, regardless of how it could effect him. Now Sonny has a son in the same position. (This has to be hard to play for both actors) The writers did not just touch on this, but are keeping this subject alive. Millions of people suffer this mental illness, and many of them do not succeed in life, not because they are not smart, but because the disease is one that tries to run your life for you. Then there is the fact that most mental illnesses are… Read more »

Lisa
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Lisa

Very powerful. Daytime soaps do not receive the recognition they deserve for the top-notch portrayal of these important issues. If they were on in prime time, they would get this recognition. Shouldn’t make a difference.

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Jamesj75

Nice clip, particularly with Leslie Charleson as Monica! Two other thoughts come to mind: 1. The prostate cancer storyline on Y&R was a joke, in that, as originally written, the delays or lack of treatment was supposed to lead to Michael’s death, which, of course, can happen with this cancer without treatment. The writers changed course. But a major plot point was Lauren not getting her physical needs met. This was an insult to anyone with this cancer, as the health of the patient should be the notable consideration. 2. Just as I have done for the past 2+ decades… Read more »

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DAYS Wally Kurth Delivers ‘The Power Performance of the Week’

Mark our words! Next year, Days of our Lives Wally Kurth (Justin Kiriakis) will once again be nominated for a Daytime Emmy for this week’s emotional and deeply-touching work on key episodes of the NBC daytime drama series.

As viewers saw, this was to be the happy nuptials of Justin and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans), who found love again after losing the previous loves of their lives.  They were dear friends to begin with, who through a set of horrific circumstances, found comfort with one another which eventually turned to love.

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Problem was; Justin overheard Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) and Hope (Kristian Alfonso) before the ceremony discussing Steve’s (Stephen Nichols) feelings for Kayla and that he wants her back; something Kayla is unaware of.  So what will he do?  The noble thing and tell her the truth, or keep it to himself and marry her anyway?

As the Intel of what he learned weighed heavier and heavier on Justin, in the most dramatic of moments (when he was to say his “I do’s”), Justin stopped the ceremony and bared all to Kayla: that Steve wants her back and how Steve saw him propose to her and that is why he backed off.  Armed with the knowledge and that her friends and family kept it from her, Kayla does not know what to do.  Justin helps made it easy and clear for her when he questions her … if they would be standing here getting married, if Steve had told her his true feelings before Justin proposed to her?

Justin goes on to say to Kayla that maybe she has been avoiding her true feelings for Steve, because she did not want to hurt him.  Then Justin tells Kayla that he visited his late wife Adrienne’s (Judi Evans) grave, and told her that if things were different, and if she was alive they would still be married, and Kayla would be their dear, dear friend.

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With seeing the look on Kayla’s eyes, Justin knows she loves Steve.  Heartbroken, but caught in an untenable situation, Justin tells Kayla he is happy for her.  Kayla wraps her arms around Justin as they both cry.  Kayla says she never wanted to hurt him, and when Wally as Justin says, “I know, honey,” it was one of the most honest and ten-hankie moments of the entire scenario.   Justin kisses her, tells the guests there will be no wedding today, and exits the Kiriakis mansion.

The emotional drama continues in the aftermath as Justin is at Kayla’s apartment boxing up all of his belongings and tears up recalling their nights together listening to jazz and cooking dinner.  Sonny (Freddie Smith) finds his dad, and tells him he did the noble thing and that time will heal all wounds, but after Sonny leaves, Justin breaks down a bit further before exiting Kayla’s for good.

And if that was not enough, Justin goes back to Adrienne’s gravesite to update her on the wedding that did not happen.   He talks to her that he understands Kayla and Steve’s deep and enduring love, which was just like theirs was.  Next, Justin thinks he is seeing Adrienne, when none other than Bonnie Lockhart (Judi Evans) reveals she is back in Salem – talk about kicking a guy when he is down!

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Throughout this entire saga, moment to moment, Kurth delivered raw, genuine, adult emotions, in a very complex adult story and relationship.   In fact, the cast and crew thought so, too!  When Wally as Justin told Kayla that he can’t marry her and the speech that followed and his exit from the mansion that followed, all those on set applauded for him.  His work was that moving.   Wally was ably assisted throughout by the outstanding work of Mary Beth Evans in these scenes.

2020, while a difficult year for everyone thus far, has been a particular great year for Kurth on Days; as over the last six months he has really had a chance to shine in this story.  So for all of these reasons and more, Michael Fairman TV gives the “Power Performance of the Week” kudos to Wally Kurth.

Did you love Wally’s performance this week on Days? Did you reach for the hankies? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

 

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DAYS Wally Kurth, Mary Beth Evans & Chandler Massey Take You Behind the Scenes of Kayla and Justin’s Wedding

On Wednesday’s heartbreaking episode of Days of our Lives, viewers saw just how the nuptials of Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Justin (Wally Kurth) eventually wound up!

Justin told Kayla that Steve (Stephen Nichols) still loves her, which put a halt to the proceedings and ended the romantic relationship between the two dear friends, who found love with one another following Adrienne’s (Judi Evans) death, and Kayla believing Steve did not want her back.

Now, The DOOL app has posted a rare behind the scenes view of the making of the wedding – with moments from the key scenes, rehearsals and interviews with the cast involved.

Chandler Massey (Will) weighs-in on Will’s debut as a wedding officiant and how that went south, while Mary Beth Evans and Wally Kurth shared why they loved this storyline so much.

Wally expresses how the last six months have been some of the best storylines of his soap career, while Mary Beth says that Justin and Kayla’s relationship was so adult and that in real life, both actors have known about people who fall in love with their dear friend, after losing their significant other whether it be by divorce, or death, or whatever the circumstance.

If you don’t already have the DOOL app on your mobile device to watch the segment, you can get more info to download here.

We will have more to say on the memorable performances at Michael Fairman TV later in the week.

So, what did you think of Kayla and Justin’s wedding and the fallout? Comment below.

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DAYS Mary Beth Evans & Stephen Nichols with Guest Ron Carlivati Talk Stayla’s Greatest Hits & Approach To Scripts During COVID-19

This week is a pivotal one for Steve (Stephen Nichols) and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) on Days of our Lives.  Will they be reunited once again?

To take a stroll down memory lane of reunions past, Mary Beth Evans along with her longtime on-screen scene partner and dear friend, Stephen Nichols, watched back key scenes from the history of Stayla and offered up a second viewing experience as they commented on the clips.

Later, Mary Beth and Stephen are joined by their surprise guest and it is revealed to be Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati!

In her tweet, Evans announced: “Since we’re evidently leading up to something big on #Days … Stephen Nichols and I thought we’d get together & watch some of our reunions from the past. And, we were lucky enough to have a very special guest join us for a chat! #patchandkaylaforever”

Mary Beth and Stephen then chat with Ron about what changes is he having to make to scripts in the reality we all live in now, the coronavirus pandemic, and how he is taking in to account upcoming safety protocols that will need to be adhered to when Days goes back into production.

As of now, from an article in Deadline last Friday the NBC daytime drama series is aiming for a September 1st restart.

Watch Mary Beth, Stephen and Ron in part one and part two and part three of their discussion below.

You can find that and more on Mary Beth’s PlankBlog You Tube channel as well.

Let us know in the comment section what you favorite Patch and Kayla reunion has been … and if you are looking forward to how Days will look when it goes back into production within safety guidelines for COVID-19?

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