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Freddie Smith, Christopher Sean, And Billy Flynn Dish DAYS Double Wedding Drama!

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A major bombshell rocks the double wedding of Sonny (Freddie Smith) and Paul (Christopher Sean), and Chad (Billy Flynn) and Abby (Marci Miller) this week on Days of our Lives.

The nuptials which kicked off on last Friday’s episode, and continued on Monday (you can watch it via NBC.com here for those markets where did not air due to the Las Vegas mass shooting)  on the NBC daytime drama, gave viewers plenty of heartfelt and emotional moments, and a big time cliffhanger! Now with the wedding crasher revealed, and the fallout just beginning, DAYS head writer Ron Carlivati has perfectly positioned the returns of Rob Scott Wilson as Ben Weston, and highly-anticipated re-emergence on the canvas of three-time Daytime Emmy winner, Chandler Massey as Will Horton.

So, how did the three grooms feel about the double wedding, the shocking reveal, the returns of Wilson and Massey, the love story of Chabby and PaulSon and where the couples go from here?  Well, On-Air On-Soaps chatted with three of our favorite gents: Freddie Smith, Christopher Sean, and Billy Flynn to get the lowdown on the highly-charged episodes, a preview of what to watch for, who’s got the wedding bell blues, and more.

Leading up to the double wedding, Sonny and Paul had a come-to-Jesus moment when they finally discussed Will.  Sonny admitted to Paul that he feels like in marrying him, he has somehow betrayed Will.  However in the end, he reinforced to Paul that he wants to be with him, and only him.  I thought those scenes were so well-written, and your performances were riveting.  What did you think of those scenes and the script?

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FREDDIE:  I loved it!  All the stuff leading up to the wedding, the wedding itself, and after the wedding has been one of my favorite sequences during my entire career on DAYS, and one of my top three storylines. It is just so well-done, and so emotional. Even though Sonny is almost thirty, you have gotten to see six or seven years of his life, and to see his relationships and to go through that, there is a lot to pull from, and a lot at stake.  I thought this was really well-written.  Christopher knocked it out of the park. It was just great stuff, and I am very, very pleased. 

CHRISTOPHER:  I loved it, too.

What happened the day you guys found out Chandler Massey was returning to the show as Will Horton? Do you remember your reaction to the news?

CHRISTOPHER:  For me, every time we got a new script I wanted to find out how is this happening?  The writing was so good that I was just waiting at my dressing door salivating for the next script! 

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FREDDIE:  I was really excited to just see how they were going to implement this triangle for Sonny!  I just knew that “holy cow” the possibilities are going to be just endless for the story.  I was really excited to see Chandler again, and work with him. Overall, we were all thrilled.

What was the atmosphere and the mood on set when you guys taped the episodes for the double wedding? 

FREDDIE:  It was two long days, but yet again, we were all immersed in what was going on.  It was very emotional, and it was pure love and pure confusion, in that, you are feeling at the peak of love and happiness, and then the rug is pulled out from underneath you. Although we taped it over two days, it did not feel long or anything.  It felt good.  After that week of taping you felt like, “That is why we do this!” This was challenging.  It was fun.  Everyone is going to love it.  I feel so confident in it.  I have said this before: “Anyone who has not watched DAYS, or who may have stepped away from it for a couple of months, or even a couple of years, this is a reason to come back and watch.  It is that good.”

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Billy, how was filming the vows with Marci Miller? What do you think the reaction will be from the Chabby fans when all is said and done?

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BILLY:  It was cool to tape.  Marci and I work really well together.  There has been a hash tag going around for a couple of years now, and I think it will get close to it.  The hash tag is #ChabbyRainKiss, which comes from the movie The Notebook where the duo kisses in the rain.  That’s what I will say. 

One of the relationships that plays so well is that of Sonny, and his best friend, Chad.  The audience feels the bond between them. There was a scene prior to the wedding which really got to me that illustrated how much they care about each other and each other’s happiness. Chad says to Sonny, “You’re like a brother to me.  You’re one of the best men I have ever known.”  Freddie and Billy, your thoughts?

FREDDIE:  Cool, I am glad you liked those scenes.  It’s fun working with Billy.

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BILLY:  My whole thing was to be able to show you can be a straight man comfortable in his sexuality, who has a gay friend, and who can love them and be affectionate with them. I thought that was important … and how cool is it that the fans love it?  Now there are those may not like the gay part of the story, but because Chad is straight it’s OK for him to show affection towards his best friend.  And I just do it in my scenes with Freddie, as it is very natural for me.  I actually forgot shooting those scenes, and I now remember saying, “You’re like a brother to me.  You’re one of the best men I have ever known.”

Billy, what was your reaction when you found out that DAYS was going to have a double wedding between Chad and Abby, and Paul and Sonny?

BILLY:  Did you see my reaction in the scenes when Chad found out?  That was how I felt! (Laughs)  Look, Chad and Abigail never got their big romantic wedding.  So the romantic in me is a lover of their story, and wants that.  That being said, what I was disappointed in was after everything they had just been through that they wanted to tie the knot this way.  However, the way I played it was Chad wanted to do this for Abby.  She was the one that drove the double wedding, which is what made it OK.  There was this part of me that was thinking: “There is no way Chad would want a double wedding, after everything they had been through. He would have pulled it all the stops for her.”  But the story is the story, and that is just the way that went.

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What did you think of head writer Ron Carlivati’s major plot point of having Rob Scott Wilson come back as Ben to bust up the wedding in a huge soapy moment, and reveal that Will is actually alive?

BILLY:  I loved seeing Rob walk through those doors.  His character has become this cult figure! (Laughs)  It was awesome in the scenes.  I love when Chad is about to rush Ben, but Abby beats him to it and cold clocks him.  I loved it! (Laughs)

When Sonny and Paul hear from Ben, who has now crashed the wedding, that Will is alive, what are they immediately thinking at the shocking revelation? How did you play those scenes? 

CHRISTOPHER:  When it is announced, so many different thoughts race through Paul’s head including: “That’s b**s, and you’re a liar.”  There are so many layers to this.  That is what is so great about Ron Carlivati – he is a very insightful writer.  Ron has really brought to the table some great stuff, which has allowed us to play on the canvas. So any and every moment of shock, doubt, anger, fear, all of it goes through Paul’s mind, and he hopes that if it’s true that Sonny won’t leave him.

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It’s Ben delivering this news.  So it seems that it just couldn’t be true, after all, he is the one that “murdered” Will! 

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FREDDIE:  It’s just enough for Sonny to have hope.  He has always dreamed he would have a moment to patch things up with Will. And even though Sonny doesn’t believe Ben, there is that one percent part of his brain that goes: “Please, let this be true. That sounds insane, but please let it be true.”

So now everybody is in shock, and some brokenhearted at the wedding.  Doesn’t Sonny just want to lunge in at Ben for what he has done? 

FREDDIE:  Yes, absolutely. That was the give and take. Sonny wanted to let Ben know how he felt, but at the same time try to respect everybody at the wedding, and most importantly, Paul.

Isn’t Chad devastated for Sonny with what goes down after Ben arrives on the scene? Does he feel right carrying on his nuptials with Abby?

BILLY:  I think what Chad assumes is, “Look Sonny, don’t let it ruin your day.  Ben is crazy.”  Then, I think the wedding becomes a formality for Chad and Abby.  Chad wants to be able to say to Abby, “You are my wife, again.”  Abby wants to be able to say, “You are my husband.”  They already have been acting like they are already married, except … for Abigail holding out on giving Chad some action! (Laughs) 

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Chad must have so many feelings that rise to the surface towards Ben when he shows up at the wedding. After all, he did destroy his relationship to Abigail by ultimately driving her insane, he was a serial murderer, and even tried to frame Chad for the crimes.  I could go on and on.  The “Killer Ben” laundry list of misdeeds is endless! (Laughs)   

BILLY:  Yeah, he does want to go at him, but then he see what’s going on and thinks, “He’s not here for us? That’s awesome … carry on!” (Laughs)  “You’re not here to destroy us?  OK, then do whatever you got to do, man.” (Laughs)

So, will you guys watch the wedding episodes together? (Laughs) 

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FREDDIE:  Christopher and I actually had talked about that, but I am actually going to be on an airplane, and so no we can’t.

BILLY:  I don’t usually like watching my work, but I might check this out, because there were so many people involved that will make me want to watch it and the performances were great. 

With the double wedding bombshell, and the story that will launch out of it in figuring out what happened to Will, you would say this is must-see-DAYS for Wilson and Paulson fans?  It’s the perfect storm for a huge emotional story.

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FREDDIE:  One hundred percent … it’s just incredible. This is the fun part, because now we get to partake as the audience. We go in, we do are work, and now we are able to step back and enjoy the performances of everyone.  When you are acting, you understand what’s going on, but you are only absorbing it through your character, but when you re-watch the episodes back, you go, “Oh, wow! I’m an audience member, and I can actually see and feel the emotion of everyone around me.”  It’s going to be so cool to see how it all turned out.

So, what have your thought of the drama at the double wedding? What do you think about Ben revealing Will is alive, rocking the world of PaulSon? Where do you think Will has been all this time since his “murder”? What vows were your favorite during the ceremony? What did you think of the thoughts shared by the three groom in our conversation? Comment below.

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Jimh
Jimh

Days was not seen in my area due to the horrible tragedy in Las Vegas…i couldnt even watch tv…over 4 dozen dead and hundreds injured…it literally made me ill…someone from my hometown was there,,,still no word about this person and if they are ok…my thoughts and prayers with the victims and their families….

Jimh
Jimh

The couple formerly from my hometown were near the stage…they reportedly are safe…still feel bad for the families of the victims who lost their lives and the over 500 who were injured!!!

Cdee
Cdee

Tragically.. Show was pre empted. Never saw any of it. Prayers to Vegas victims!

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

Ron cooked up a whopper this time like I knew he would. The man still has a number of tricks up his sleeve so get ready for more with all the other characters because he does write for everybody.

Mark
Mark

Excellent show today. If you haven’t been watching, now is the time to do so. I can’t wait for this story to play out!

tony
tony

Brills! Iconic! Best daytime episode since Karen’s trial, Reva’s fountain, Nicole/Adam reunite. And it was all about reuniting a young gay male couple. Finally a soap that’s taking a classic template and superimposing the 21st century on the land of make believe. Kudos to Carlivati/Meng and the other out staff!

Celia
Celia

I missed yesterday’s show—-God Bless everyone in LV….
Sooo good to see Robert’s ( Ben) gorgeous face again….he is hot—-one of the best embodiments of God’s male creation. Swoon!!

Dana
Dana

Please don’t bring will back

Patrick
Patrick

Ben: ” I feel a little underdressed… I should have worn a tie ”

thrills and chills spill over !

ITS GREAT to see Robert Scott Wilson – again

and yes… isn’t Marci Miller Abs all over again.

doesn’t RSW remind you of David Duchovny ? Mr. X-files

welcome back the threesome who carried DAYS

Ben – Abs – Chad.

WELCOME the rest of the cast – ALL REELING – this show is bestest

Patrick
Patrick

ALL I can say – RC and @DAYS production TEAM… just REELED an emmy ep for best of show.

Monday – 10-2-17

WOW and wallah

RSW, Ben’ speech – THRILLING

Jovin
Jovin

Um…..wow! To compare this cheesy, contrived, jeuvenile, sweeps stunt to ANY of those well known iconic soap legendary moments is just absurd!!!! The dialogue was as bad as the pacing, and Ben showing up was just as stupid.

Jovin
Jovin

If you get farklempt over Keren’s trial still…:you are WAY too old to have interest in Sonny and Will!!!

Jovin
Jovin

Watching two buff heterosexual men try to play over the top melodramatic gay scenes is SO painful!!

Patrick
Patrick

Freddie Smith and Christopher Sean are excellent actors… and from what “interviews” and shared story… from either or

I do not think they care whether they are acting…. ( and getting paid ) to “act” like a gay man

what I have a problem with : ” over the top – melodramatic gay scenes – BAM

when you say “so Painful”

with your “posts” it certainly appears you have a problem with gay storyline more than two stud muffins be it straight or gay are just as exciting and soaring my endorphin.

cya

Celia
Celia

Awwww, Jovin. I’m sorry, I disagree. We all have a different take on storylines and characters. But, Freddie and Christopher are actors—straight or gay, they are ACTORS and doing a knock-out job.
I wouldn’t describe their craft in such a derogatory manner. Plus, Patrick really feels for this soap and he has every right to express what and how he feels….the point of these sites. C’mon, Jovin….you know I appreciate your writing, as well. LOL.
Look at Greg Rikaart—he’s gay, in real life, playing a straight role as Kevin on Y&R.
I never would have known, if I didn’t know. Does that make sense? Not the best sentence structure, but you get my point, yes?
I agree with many….DAYS has climbed a few steps these past few weeks– give or take the shenanigans. …..NOT, “so painful”, at all. Whatever gets us going, Jovin—We’re individuals with different taste “buds”.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

For those of you who missed toDAYS episode due to the news coverage of the Las Vegas shootings, NBC.com is where you can watch the episode. Excellent episode!

Prayers for the shooting victims and their families.

Celia
Celia

Thank you, 4ever, I shall watch…
Yes, I really and truly cried my heart out over the tragedy in Vegas. Did not know any of them, but, I felt so much emotion, my friend—
It does not take much for me to cry ( I cried when MONK went off the air), but this….this, just broke my heart !!

Tracy Runco
Tracy Runco

watch at NBC.com

Mo
Mo

Considering show was pre-empted, why is this article posted? Did Days air at all on Monday? Hoping Monday’s ep will air today.

Kit
Kit

For anyone interested, Days is available for streaming on the NBC app (which I access via Roku). Monday’s (yesterday’s) episode was available last evening, and I think they stay available for a couple of weeks. Haven’t checked, but it’s possibly available on Hulu, too.

Mo
Mo

I checked yesterday, but they still had Friday’s as the recent so I figured maybe Monday didn’t air. I will check later today. I definitely don’t want to miss this one!

Patrick
Patrick

” I ” am back – IN LOVE – with – “Days of OUR Lives”

it’s not a yestur’year. classic . like old times. make it like it was .

it’s timeless… hoping year after year that these 4 serials continue to light

this is a rethread –

Oh My God – I’m In Heaven

“I feel I’m watching a real soap opera”

I – L – O – V – E – watching this show 365 days a year !
I love it – everything in Salem is palatable.

Salute ! ” DAYS of OUR L – I – V – E – S ”

I’m watching todays ep… wedding buffet. the best cry

MUST Prop – Lauren Koslow and Thaao Penghlis – exchanging , ( there’s that sophistication and doling of wit ) FUNNY twosome. – exchanging their own fake marriage vows.

ground rules:
Kate : separate bedrooms and no sex
Andre : and no bothering me till I’ve had my morning coffee

et al … sublime fodder

as they toast : Kate to Andre . ” you better, not, mess with me ”
Andre: “whatever you say dear” the looks exchanged between them, telling us all what belies their union.

class acts

Marci Miller is knocking me out.. how in command she’s taken Abs

I love Billy Flynn

DOOL – Sony – NBC : “Thank You” for the best

Celia
Celia

You go, Patrick!!!!!!!! I admire you and your loyalty!!!!!

Mo
Mo

Have now watched the episode.

Bonnie is hilarious.

Loved seeing Rob/Ben again.

Loved the way they connected Abigail’s vows to Sonny remembering about Will. Freddie was great.

Can’t wait to see today’s ep!

Scott H
Scott H

I have a question: if Ben only killed Serena and Paige, does he still qualify as a serial killer??? Cause doesn’t it take at least 3 deaths to be labeled a serial killer??? I’ve got to give it to Rob Scott Wilson he’s doing an awesome job as Ben….i’m even loving JJ’s hot ass cop character that he’s become……loved loved loved the Chad/Sonny scenes before the wedding when they professed their brotherly love for each other….Kate/Andre scenes are simply seductively divine….cannot wait for the Maggie/Bonnie/Adrienne catfight…even Sonny has come alive, so to speak, during his scenes with Ben in the conference room!!!!! Right now DAYS is hitting on all cylinders, cannot wait for Sami!!!!!! Hopefully, when Megyn Kelly’s show tanks due to disastrous ratings, NBC will finally figure out that we don’t need another boring talk show and maybe invest more and focus on a show that is working, keeping DAYS on for years to come……kudos to Ron C and Sherry A for turning what was once a dark and dreary hot mess into the hottest soap on the air today!!!!!!!!!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Ben murdered Wendy, the midwife who he abducted to deliver Abby’s baby.

Scott h
Scott h

But did he murder Wendy?? I know it was implied, but did we actually see him kill her? Maybe he made Abb’s think he killed her, but, in fact, let her go?????

blake
blake

Days really is on fire again! Friday’s episode was great seeing the nuptials and most of the cast being all in one place. But the scenes Monday and today between Ben, Sonny and JJ were must-see TV! The show seems to be finally firing on all cylinders since Ron C. took over as head writer. And Sami comes back next Friday!

If you aren’t watching Days now you should be, and watch the past few episodes on NBC’s website!

Celia
Celia

Yesssss, Blake…agreed!!!!!

ChandlerFan
ChandlerFan

I would have liked to see Tripp at the wedding, but it’s understandable that his character simply might not have been invited.
With everyone else at the wedding, the remainder of Salem must have been a ghost town, leaving only Tripp and Anne Milbauer to wander the empty streets aimlessly.
Surprisingly, although I hadn’t initially been a huge fan of the Ben Weston character overall during his initial run, his recent reprisal was riveting with overwhelmingly captivating acting from Robert Scott Wilson.

Lia
Lia

I thought it was a stupid idea from the beginning, but after seeing how Ron made Chabby look like fools, and walked out of there still single, as a Chabi fan I was thrilled. I know they will marry soon, but their big day turned into a big flop. Lol
Abby punching Ben was stupid, not cute as Billy and his chabby fans love to think it was. Especially since Ben was not there for her. It was just another move on her part that says Ben does control her. Otherwise she would have stood next to Chad, let the cops handle Ben and married her “soulmate”. The entire thing was just bs.

Mo
Mo

Don’t worry. Chad and Abby are married now.

boes
boes

Very well done, IMO, by all. Congratulations to Days, to all the actors and to Ron C. for giving us some exciting times and storylines in Salem.

Patrick
Patrick

how sexy is this

Kiriakis tradition – sonny looking as all get out sexy.. with Justin doing the honor of shaving the younger generation .

Victor – Justin – Sonny

Justin : “you will always be my little boy in that Spider-Man costume”

Wally Kurth barely holding it in and containing himself.. his eyes brimming with tear

Patrick
Patrick

Sonny telling Victor : “you are our rock”

I love you John Anniston

Patrick
Patrick

Bonnie goes “dynasty” and – daring – us all to welcome her cleavage back

that white dressed to the nines, Judi Evans is dormant NO MORE. LOVE LOVE LOVE

Celia
Celia

Bonnie cracks me up….completely!!!! And her scenes with Victor? Oh, Lordy Lord: to die for!!! Oh, yeah!!

Scott
Scott

Chabby deciding to not get married so they could be there and support Paul and Sonny was the right thing to do…..do you think arrogant “poor poor pitiful me” Gabi would have done that? Not at all she would have demanded that everyone stay and watch her get married to her sugardaddy/soulmate!!!!! I’m hoping that once Ben gets off from not killing Will that maybe he’ll become the necktie killer again and wipe out Gabi, along with Rafe and Lani, Abe’s daughter….lose these three, find Hope and Jennifer and JJ new loves, and more of Julie/Doug/Chloe/Lucas and for God’s sake, can someone please bring back Grandma Horton’s donuts!!!!!!!!

Jaime
Jaime

Why is everything in pairs now by this writer? Two dual roles (both not worthy of the time given), double weddings, two men who go off the wagon simultaneously! Is this what Ron Carlivati calls Days on Steroids?

I just wish Days had not become the Gabi, Brady, Sonny hour. They are not the most interesting of characters on Days! In fact they may be the reason I give up on Days again. Enough of the same everyday!

Johnny Grant
Johnny Grant

Personally I’m a little tired of Nicole – and yes, the show is draggy in general and a little monotonous – I think that some of us have seen too many soaps and after a while, they all become rather repetitious. Every Wedding is ridiculously interrupted, absurd look-a-like characters not even done as well as Patty Duke did 50 years ago on TV – they need some new storylines but after seventy years of soaps I guess it must be hard to come up with new ideas ~

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Wally Kurth Talks on His Daytime Emmy Nomination For DAYS As Justin’s World Is Turned Upside Down

You kind of know when you are handed the ball in the world of daytime drama, and it’s your turn to shine, especially when you get meaty material that runs the gamut of emotions. And this past Emmy season, Days of our Lives’ Wally Kurth delivered the performances of his soap career (although we suspect there is some more to come in 2020!) in the role of the grieving Justin Kiriakis.

For Wally not only played grief, but starting life anew in a romantic entanglement that can be all too familiar when someone tries to move on after the loss of the love of their life. Add to that, the complication that his son’s husband, was believed to be the person who caused the accident that killed his wife, Adrienne (Judi Evans), and with that the deck is stacked for an emotional fallout that landed Kurth in the running for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series at this year’s 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards to air on CBS on Friday night, June 26th, albeit in a virtual presentation.

While Wally is getting many accolades for his work on DAYS, let’s not forget the double duty he pulls on General Hospital, where this week his Ned Ashton. This week Ned is front and center during the encore presentations of the GH’ Nurses’ Ball episodes, which feature Wally singing his heart out in numerous memorable performances through the years.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Kurth to get his thoughts and insight into his well-deserved acting nomination for DAYS, plus to find out his favorite GH Nurses’ Ball performances, and much more. Here now is what Wally had to say about it all.

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I am so thrilled about this nomination because you know, I willed this to happen.  I was like, “It’s got to happen!” (Laughs)

WALLY:  You actually were saying that, and you have been very supportive and positive.  I appreciate it.

What did you end up submitting? I believe I gave you “Power Performance of the Week” honors on my site for some of them, too.

WALLY:  I do try to put together a little story in my submissions for Emmys.  I think that’s kind of important because if you’re asking someone to watch 8 or 9 minutes of just you… I didn’t want to just (not that I had this material) but bludgeon them with one sad, sobbing scene after another.  I wanted to give them a whole range of Justin and a little story.  So, I did start off where Justin was asking Adrienne to marry him, and Justin is very happy, and it’s all good, and he gets down on his knee, and you see her, and it’s like, “This is something really good,” and I also wanted to include a scene with Judi Evans in my reel.  Then, I cut to where it’s a year later, and Justin is with Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) in their apartment. They are already living together, and they are discussing the anniversary of their marriages, and about the sadness of Adrienne, and she’s talking about Steve (Stephen Nichols), and then she brings up having to tell me that Adrienne died.  So, that was obviously in a flashback that happened six months earlier; where Justin is obviously very upset, and scared, and doesn’t want to hear it, and breaks down, and Kayla comforts him. Then, I did the continuation where Justin tells Kayla how much she has meant to him, and how he felt like he wasn’t going to survive, and how she came to his aid in a way to make him feel like he really has something to live for.   Then, at the very end, I did two scenes with Will (Chandler Massey) in the jail which is where Justin confronts Will, who obviously Justin thought was responsible for killing Adrienne.  It was a really lovely, really well-written scene where Justin tells him, “You’re a son to me, and you can be disappointed with a son, and you can be hurt by a son, but you never stop loving him.” I think it showed a nice range of the anger, the hurt, the happiness (because Justin tells him about Kayla), so you get an idea of what happened to Justin last year.  I thought it was a good collection of scenes that told a little story, and you could see the range of what Justin went though.  Evidently, it worked on some level because I got nominated.

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In the scene with Will, doesn’t Justin also tell him, “Don’t give up on life?” in a very hankie-inducing moment?

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WALLY:  Yes.  “Don’t give up.  Don’t give up on life,” which is really positive… even though he started the scene like, “I don’t even want to talk to this guy.”  Justin is there talking to Ben (Rob Scott Wilson), and Will kind of surprises him. So for Justin it;’ like, “Now I guess I’ve got to talk to Will about this,” and so he is still angry, he is still hurt, and you’re right, at the end, the scene has sort of transformed him in a way.  So, all of that stuff was just really nice, really nice scenes to get to play and very emotional.

I’ve watched most everything on the soaps from the performances to the storylines, and that one scene with the two of you was one of the best scenes I have seen in long time.  It was just so good from the writing to the execution of it. 

WALLY:  Oh yeah, I can’t even imagine a scene that was as good. Thank God that scene aired in December.  My story really didn’t get started until October/November, and all of those scenes that I included were from October, November, and December.

So, what did you think then when you found out that Chandler, along with you, and Paul Telfer (Xander) are all in the Supporting Actor category together?

WALLY:  I love it.  How great is that?  I love both of those guys.  I mean, I am such a fan of both of them.  Chandler kind of gets nominated every year, so I wasn’t surprised there.

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Well, he had one year, as he pointed out to me (laughs), that he didn’t get a nomination. But, Chandler has been pretty much a perennial nominee every time he submits!

WALLY:  Yeah, Chandler just delivers.  He is a really an outstanding actor Paul, I think is great.  I love the character.  I was kind of surprised and happy for him because sometimes his character gets overlooked; just like the bad guy with the smarmy smirk and the great English accent.  So, there you go.  It’s terrific.  I think people saw more to his performance, and they should.  He works on a lot of different levels, and Paul brings a lot to the game.

And obviously, you know James Patrick Stuart (Valentin, General Hospital), since you work on that show too, and he is also nominated in your category. 

WALLY:  Yeah, and I have been a big fan of his too.  So, I was really delighted.  I called him up and left a message.  I love James.  We did a thing last year together where we went back east and played some music in some clubs,   I always think that James should be nominated.  He does such an exceptional job at bringing that character to life.  That’s not an easy thing to do either.  It’s kind of like a Xander character, and so, it is nice to see my fellow actors see the complexity in their performances and appreciate it.

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Last week’s DAYS airshows contained scenes where Justin confronts Orpheus (George Delhoyo), over killing Adrienne, and Justin also goes to visit Adrienne’s grave.  I think you have another run of shows next year to submit for the Emmys (Laughs)

WALLY:  I do like to include the big four emotions that an actor has to play:  happy, sad, angry, and fear.  That is a scene where you get to see Justin really angry.  So, I will probably look to that as you get to see the anger part of the character, which I think is important.  You don’t get to see Justin very angry and lose it like that.

No, and that’s what was so great about it.  George was a great scene partner, though.

WALLY:  Oh, he was great.  George and I had a great time.  It was really awesome.  I mean, it was a challenge because it was very tricky, especially when Steve (Stephen Nichols) and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) came in because you know; there is a part of the character that is just like, “Please, just let me shoot.  Just let me fire a bullet and just put it over his head or something, or maybe his hands are shaking so much that he misses the target!”  I don’t know, but you do just want to let him shoot, just one bullet.  (Laughs) Another moment that I really, really loved – and I’ll probably include it next year in my submission -was that scene with Suzanne Rogers (Maggie) at the hospital.  They gave me a beautiful speech to tell her that she should be her judge and jury and sentence herself to death, a beautiful speech about how she reminded me of Adrienne.  It brought out a different side of Justin that you don’t usually see.

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When I spoke to Chandler about this nomination he related to me, “I am so happy for Wally because I feel like he is often underrated.” You have always been the guy on soaps who is always delivering consistent work, but now you’ve been given a story.  So now everyone can see what you can do or are reminded of it.  It’s hard without a story on the soaps; especially playing the Emmy game.

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WALLY:  It’s true.  What did Maurice Benard (Sonny, General Hospital) say?  “If it ain’t on the page, it ain’t on the stage.”  It’s really true.  Let’s face it, you can only do so much, and that’s why I don’t get too competitive.  If I lose, that’s totally fine.  I feel like I’ve already won.  Being recognized by my peers, that’s it.  Being nominated is awesome, and honestly, after this, so much of it is the material and what the actors got to do.  It’s sort of out of your control, you know.   I am happy for all of my fellow nominees.  It’s all good at this point.  I’m really, really happy.

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You’ve been nominated once before, right?

WALLY:  Yes. I’ve been nominated once before, two years ago on General Hospital.  It was the year that Jane Elliot (Tracy) left.  In story, Tracy leaves, so there was all of that emotional stuff to play.  That was the year I also submitted myself for Days of Our Lives too, and I was really proud of that work.  That year saw Adrienne having to choose between Justin and Lucas (Bryan Dattilo), and she chose Lucas.  There were just some really nice scenes there that they wrote for Justin and Adrienne, and she was dealing with cancer.  Anyway, I got nominated for General Hospital, and I learned from that year that I am never going to nominate myself in the same category for both shows.  That’s just stupid.

Well, you’re everywhere.  You’re on the Nurses’ Ball encore episodes right now on GH,  

WALLY:  Oh, isn’t that funny?  All of these Nurses’ Balls, it’s hilarious.

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Are you watching them?

WALLY:  Yes!  I watched parts of them the other night, especially my performances. It looked good; actually, they were really good.  I’m always kind of surprised like, “Wow! The dances … the singing … the production!”  I always feel like there should be more people at the Nurses’ Ball.  Shouldn’t there be more people in the seats? (Laughs)  But other than that, good stuff, good story.  It was fun to see the beginning of Ned and Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) as well, you know that first year where she and Sonny were just breaking up on the red carpet at the ball, and the next year, Ned and Olivia are already together.  This week they aired where I sing with sweet little Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma), the Elton John and Kiki Dee duet, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.”

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Do you have one favorite Nurses’ Ball number you performed of all-time?

WALLY:  You know, someone has been posting old Nurses’ Balls from the 90s, and I forgot that I sang “Forever Young” with Amber Tamblyn (Ex-Emily), and that was so sweet.  I also loved singing “Somewhere over the Rainbow,” in the very first one or the second year, we did it. Some of my other favorites include: “I Feel Good,” with the Quartermaine boys, and Robert Palmer’s “Simply Irresistible” – that was fun because I got to put my own vocal stamp on it, and I remember performing George Michael’s “Faith.  It was fun singing that with Lisa.

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So, we know that this year will be a virtual Daytime Emmy ceremony, and we don’t know what that will look like yet.  So, how would you dress for it, if they had a shot of you from home during the broadcast on CBS?

WALLY:  I definitely am going to wear a suit and a tie.  I think that’s important to try to give the Emmys the dignity that it deserves.

So, thrilled that Wally received a Daytime Emmy nod for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series? What were your favorite moments of his last year? Are you enjoying seeing his performances on the encore GH Nurses’ Ball episodes? Comment below.

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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.

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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.

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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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Hollywood Studios, Producers & Guilds Send Plan To Gov. Newsom and Gov. Cuomo For COVID-19 Production Restart Guidelines

On Monday, the two states with the most television and film production in the United States (California and New York) received a plan from many Hollywood studios, producers and the entertainment and production guilds of a plan and outline to be able to rejigger and restart production of your favorite shows and films.  This includes the soaps: General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful and Days of our Lives.

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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As one would expect, limiting contact, social distancing, regular temperature checks, ways to handle props, and a COVID-19 compliance officer for all productions are part of the proposal.   As well as virtual writers room meetings, avoiding filming on-location as much as possible and filming in front of large audiences.

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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