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Freddie Smith Exits Days of our Lives!

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In a bombshell to his many fans, Freddie Smith, the heart and soul of the same-sex storyline on Days of our Lives has exited the series.

The news comes as Smith just received a nomination in the Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series category earlier this week for the upcoming 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

Smith finished taping at the NBC soap opera just a few weeks ago and has wrapped his run as the beloved Sonny Kiriakis.  Freddie will however be seen in episodes through the next five months well into the late summer.

Our sources tell us that he has seemingly left the show on his own accord.  The news broke earlier today via SerialScoop.com

So, what does this mean for WilSon and PaulSon? Should the show recast Sonny? Are you upset to see Freddie go?  Share your thoughts on this breaking story below!

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jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Its a DAYSASTER of the worse kind…has it something to do with his drunk driving scandal…did he get fired…doesnt matter…i see Days ending in late 2016 if tptb dont get things turned around soon!!!

Patrick
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Patrick

it’s the end of my ATWT serial junkette

September, 2016 may or may not be the finale

did they hire a new headwriting team and producers ???? to finish out till then… or are they reigning in their losses and going all gung ho… and surprises are in store

this scares me

yes it does… of the final 4 … living with Salem’ites has been my lot

I dont’ know… after ATWT
seeing the demise of DAYS , is close to my curtain call

sob

Jeremy
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Jeremy

Upon Freddie’s exit in late summer, maybe Sonny will return to Phoenix and, temporarily live with his brother, Alex. Then, a few months pass, and he returns for the 50th with a new actor in the role, along with Alex.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

According to SOD, he chose to not renew his contract with the show. So ultimately, it’s his decision to walk away.

Tom Jenkins
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Tom Jenkins

Maybe he feels the show’s days are numbered, and he’s young, he can jump over to Young and the Restless or another show or a night time prime show, who knows. Maybe he feels that Sonny’s storyline has gone where it was meant to go and from here on it it’s just repetitious. If he leaves, I say, do a recast. Other fans will disagree with me, but I think it’s important to keep these characters going as part of the woven fabric of Salem. He’s fine on the show, but other dark haired actors would surely jump at the… Read more »

Jeremy
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Jeremy

@ Tom Jenkins
I definitely agree with you – there could be many reasons/theories as to why Freddie chose to depart ways with DAYS. He’ll definitely be missed, but a recast is necessary and I’m sure, too, that the show will want to keep the journey of Sonny and Will moving forward. With Justin (Wally Kurth – now on-contract) returning, I really don’t see DAYS killing off Sonny, however, it could be a possibility, however, I hope the show continues with the character.

dmr
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dmr

Why couldn’t Guy Wilson leave the show? Ugh..

jaybird369
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jaybird369

dmr…U-G-H is right!!!!! I wish that DOOL would cut that Guy Wilson kid LOOSE…ASAP!!!!! To me, GW looks like he’s saying his lines/dialogue like a high school student reciting lines in a school play. W-A-Y TOO WEIRD!!!!!! Dumb as hell.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Yeah, dmr. I love Freddie. I hope he is leaving of his own volition, and not forced out due to his DUI. ….will miss him.

Michael
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Michael

Couldn’t agree more. Freddie leaving is lousy news for Days.

Liz
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Liz

Him and his facial expressions. I fast forward his scenes. Urg!

Jeremy
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Jeremy

Woah! This is awful news! And, with Wally Kurth returning to contract.
I wonder if Freddie is leaving because of his personal situation (the accident last fall?)…or, if things are not all that good at DAYS.
@jimh – yeah, DAYS is not in good standing, and will unfortunately take a bow in 2016! Losing Freddie is a huge loss for DAYS! What a shocker. Major cliff-hanger for a Friday!

Jeremy
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Jeremy

And… DAYS will recast the role. No doubt.

Tom Jenkins
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Tom Jenkins

Sonny could go off to stay with his brother in Arizona to do some more thinking and then when he returns he could be played by a different young dark haired actor. It’s not impossible, soaps have done it before. No big deal, the role doesn’t require a Robert DiNero – just a competent young actor with a degree of sensitivity. I don’t think that the Sonny character is so pivitol that they can’t POSSIBLY recast him.

The Substitute
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The Substitute

Word on the street is they are done Days after the 50th the biggest problem is they film way to far in advance . I have not personally watched in a decade but you have to have more then one story going that is holding people’s interest.

Linda
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Linda

I have watched Days since it began in 65 and I was just 18. Well I am 68 and still love it!!!!

Aden
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Aden

Daysaster?? LOL. This show has endured the losses of its MAJOR stars…some more than once. This is hardly a game changing or earth shattering loss. The show has the chance to tell one helluva tearjerker if they wrote a death for Sonny. It would rope in all the vets and families on the canvas and could be as meaningful and have as much of an impact as Megan’s death on OLTL. I would LOVE to see Judi Evans sink her teeth into that material. And not a fake soap death….a real old fashioned tearjerker.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Amen to that! Judi, along with many others would do the story justice!!!

I’m happy we have five more months of Freddie Smith as Sonny Kiriakis!

Patrick
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Patrick

Aden: thanks

to see Judi Evans knock it out of the park… would rival anything DAYS has to offer, along with Wally Kurth

considering the advent of serial… Freddie Smith is right up their… with Major

if any deaths were to occur… I still hope.. and don’t mind repeating… it should be Daniel and Jennifer

Jeremy
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Jeremy

hey jimh – is Christopher Sean’s contract 2 years? This announcement, changes everything. I believe DAYS will recast.

mollie
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mollie

Smith was great in the role HOWEVER there is A LOT of talent available to recast the roll of Sonny. A LOT of talent since there are only 4 soaps left. So many great young actors to fill the role. Not worried at all. All the best to Freddie Smith.

Claudio
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Claudio

Yes Days will recast the role, that’s the rumor out there. Hire van Hansis ex Luke Snyder As The World Turns, he is a wonderful actor. He came out of the closet a couple of years ago. He is so cute.

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

I believe they’ll recast or do a tearjerking deathbed scene that reunites Sonny and Will before Sonny passes away…their love for Sonny will eventually unite Paul and Will as a couple…those are the only two options i see!!!

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Christopher Sean’s contract expires June 2016 and may be extended. If DAYS taping schedule stays the way it is and Christopher does not resign, he would be visible until November of next year.

Jeremy
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Jeremy

I’m not a Y&R watcher, though I’ve heard that Matthew Atkinson exited the show recently, he resembles Freddie Smith, perhaps, he could be a possible contender as a Sonny recast?

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Recast…have Sonny and Will in a car arguing over Paul and the car goes over a cliff into a river…both are missing and persumed drowned…Rafe gets custody of baby Arianna…Theresa babysits…she starts to feel maternal and believes she was pregnant but cant figure what happened to her own baby…Rafe and Theresa become close and start dating…Sami returns to the show for its 50th and to attend joint memorial for Sonny and Will…a recast Sonny and a recast Will show up at their own memorial!!!

Dawn
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Dawn

Wow, but it ain’t gonna happen. Days has become a dull soap since Same and EJ left. Recast those two characters and the soap will come alive again as long as they put the right people in to play them.

Leo
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Leo

He received a Daytime Emmy NOMINATION this week, not the award. Somebody needs to proof read these things before they go online. As for him getting fired, I say good riddance. I have no sympathy for drunk drivers. To me, they’re as pitiful as child molesters and the like.

Andy
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Andy

I agree with you, I am glad Freddie is leaving Days of Of Our Lives. I have no regrets saying this. just recast the role now. Freddie has issues with booze and almost killed his girl friend and himself. Please Days hire call David Tom, he would be great as the new Sonny Kiriakis.

Dawn
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Dawn

NO< NO< NO Not David Tom. OMG, find an actor that is a hunk and has some guts.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

WOW…LEO…It was a DUI…sure he could have hurt others including his girlfriend..but thank GOD he didn’t…DUI’s who kill and maim others deserve their just rewards..but I would HARDLY compare this to child abuse and molestation..your anger may be justified…but your analogy is NOT…KNOCK IT OFF DUDE!!!

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Just this WEEK in California a man took a TWO YEAR OLD CHILD and then dropped her off miles away from where he grabbed with unspecified injuries..measure your anger and your words to the incidents because this person needs to be found and PUT ON PUBLIC DISPLAY and get the WORST possible sentence handed to ANYBODY…there’s a difference…and a whole other level of anger.

Laurie
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Laurie

I’m not sure who you are referring to, because the story clearly says: The news comes as Smith just received a NOMINATION in the Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series category earlier this week for the upcoming 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. I don’t like drunk drivers either, esp since my brother was killed in a drunk driving accident. However, seeing how close he was to being under the mark I can see he may not even known he was “drunk”. It’s no excuse but sometimes life is not so black and white. I refuse to do it at… Read more »

ramsay
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ramsay

ok mr perfect so u never done something u regret……we all make mistakes thats what makes us human……and we learn……never judge anyone until u can say u have been there……and can show a litttle compassion and not judgement

davlestev1
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davlestev1

jimh I agree with you on this one. It certainly has to do with his DUI and the injuries incurred. It may be they mutually decided to part ways in the same way MarcusPatrick did because of his dalliances. All that stripping…all those tiny speedo’s…i’m off track. I agree that this show has to change and soon but as it stands with only 4 left NBC may shoot themselves in the foot giving it up and over to another network which I have NO DOUBT would happen.

doris eagan
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doris eagan

I hate to see him go, even tho i never did approve of the same sex marriage. Hes a nice looking guy : )

Pat
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Pat

I was extremely disappointed when the original will and sonny team was broken. It has never been the same for me. And now with the new exit I am done.

michell
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michell

Please dont go off the show ur one of my favorites xoxoxoxo

Nicole
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Nicole

I wish Guy Wilson would leave the show. Horrible acting!!!

Daisy
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Daisy

I say get rid of the actor playing Will. He’s the worst actor I’ve ever watched. Thank god for the PVR…..fast forward whenever he is on.

Carolyn
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Carolyn

This is a very sad piece of news as Freddie Smith developed a wonderful, complex, multidimensional character that many Days watchers, including myself, have enjoyed.

I hope, for the safe of keeping the story of Will/Sonny/Paul alive, as well as future stories for all of them (as a triangle and as individually) Days can find an actor who can take on this role with the same panache as Freddie.

Eddie
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Eddie

I’m not upset that he’s going, but i will definitely miss him. He brought a lot of warmth and humanity to the roll of Sonny. I”m not sure if I would prefer to see the role recast or written off of the show.

LeeAnn
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LeeAnn

I am so sad that he is leaving! He and his character are one of the reasons I started watching again after 20+ years. Even if they recast it won’t be the same. This tells me that Will and Sonny’s marriage does not survive Will’s affair. Will miss seeing Freddie’s face and acting. He is a terrific actor. Best of luck to him in whatever he chooses to do. People are saying he has left because of the accident. I don’t believe that . He just might want to do something different. Plus he does have the job with Nerium… Read more »

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

LeeAnn, he’ll be on for five more months. Maybe you’ll differently by then. There’s a lot of ways the storyline can go, plus he may come back!

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

*feel

LeeAnn
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LeeAnn

We can always hope he’ll be back 🙂

LeeAnn
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LeeAnn

I wonder if one of the reasons he chose to leave is because he didn’t like where the story was going? He was there from the beginning, so proud to play the first openly gay man on Days, through the wedding and then all of a sudden Will changes and all heck breaks lose. Too much change in personality. Why couldn’t they let them be happy?

Me
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Me

So we are allowed to mention the cream/Nerium now?

Anyway, LeeAnn Nerium is NOT good for FS!! It’s not just another job. It’s all he is focusing on right now and it is ruinining his career. It’s a pyramid scheme and worse. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Nerium people pressured him into not renewing his contract. I don’t understand why nobody is seeing how toxic this is. People in denial – I have never seen as many as among soap fans. Mind boggling!

LeeAnn
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LeeAnn

wow didn’t expect to get yelled at over a simple statement.

Me
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Me

Who is yelling LeeAnn?

I just wish people weren’t so painfully blind and gullible and in denial.

Freddie is ruining his career with this cream scheme and nobody cares. I’m told he said in an interview he doesn’t even audition anymore. So, he’s going to sell cream for the rest of his life? That’s not the dream this man once had.

Patrick
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Patrick

casting call >>>> Kevin Schmidt : ex-Noah, Y&R

Susan
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Susan

No no no , he is a bad actor. Just kill the character.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Ehh, no. That would be bad casting; he looks too much like Will to be cast as Sonny Kiriakis.

Mo
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Mo

WOW! Disappointed to see him go as I liked him. Maybe he didn’t like nuWill either.

Stephanie
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Stephanie

I hate this! Freddie has been such a great part of Days….I think the character should stay though. Sonny is such an important character.

Sandy
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Sandy

This is a real shocker and blow to Days he was the one who broke ground for Days first gay story and now so say he left the role he created on his own is just a another blow to days, if they do recast I hope they find some one similar to his acting style because as far as I am concern Guy Wilson who Plays Will Horton is awful, I liked every single Will Horton recast but him but what has save Guy is the balance that Freedie had where it was kind of and sort of help… Read more »

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Shocking, to say the least. I had a feeling when he was going through his personal troubles that there would be some kind of absence from the series, but I never dreamed he’d willingly walk away. I hope they don’t recast right away; give Sonny some time off-screen, and then recast the role and bring him back renewed and refreshed.

Patrick
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Patrick

this is alarming

a stirring increase of the senses

where’s my show?

where is this going?

I can’t see NBC ridding itself of their only daytime serial

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

This could be leading to a very big storyline!

Jenn
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Jenn

So they are bringing Justin back just in time for his son’s exit? I know Sonny is popular and this decision does surprise me a little bit but with some of the actors recent legal issues it’s not unexpected.

Lew S
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Lew S

WOW!! Not good!

mark
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mark

Days better watch it or it will be the next soap to get the ax! this makes me sad Will and Sonny were the best!

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Freddie chose to leave, mark. He’s been on DAYS for four years. Enjoy the next five months with Freddie/Sonny!

Danny
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Danny

Days is in trouble, I smell a cancellation very soon. I hope that I am wrong. They need to bring back Anna Dimera, Calliope Jones, Carrie and Vivian. I miss Vivian so much.

Jeremy
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Jeremy

@ mark – I too, am a Sonny & Will fan. I hope DAYS will manage to pull itself together before it does get a notice of cancellation. It’s really starting to feel like that may be the case. It’s time that DAYS gets it’s act together, on a whole, bring back fan favorites for the 50th anniversary, write-out/kill-off characters who are not effectively moving story, focus especially on the writing and story, and get rid of this 5 month advancement filming who-ha. Major changes must take place for this soap favorite of mine to last another five years.

Miguel
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Miguel

For starters they had better get on their hands and knees and beg Freddie to re-consider before any announcements are made. Give him more money, more time off, whatever he wants because he is driving the one storyline that is keeping Days in the news and viewers watching.

Cindy George
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Cindy George

That sucks.

Patrick
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Patrick

I wonder… if Brant Daugherty, ex-Brian, would come back and spark with Paul Narrita

Robert
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Robert

Wow!!! I am rarely taking by surprise but this definitely knocked me off my chair. I wish him all the best, he is very talented and deserves to have continue success, despite his legal problems. I hate to say it but I am hoping they recast Sonny. His character is to important as one half of daytime’s first married couple who are gay.

Patrick
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Patrick

“…Wow!!! I am rarely taking by surprise but this definitely knocked me off my chair.” yeah, did not see this coming Freddie Smith… is at the top of my favorite actors on DAYS i’m sorry to see this happening… yeah, i’m selfish… as a DAYS fan is the talent pool that great out their that they’d search for work elsewhere? and if his personal life takes precedence over his longevity at DAYS ???? I can’t believe that NBC/Sony/DOOL would let him go for the dui .. since Freddie Smith took full responsibility the Paul/Sonny/Will story is the best thing going…… Read more »

Adam
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Adam

Their were rumors thar Freddie was drinking on the set, and he is going to rehab. Also rumors are flying that Days will fire Kassie Depaiva very soon.

Patrick
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Patrick

when Days of OUR Lives #1 story is upended : THIS is crisis mode

they may as well recast Guy Wilson… sorry

kay
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kay

So sad to hear this but as long as it was his decision to leave then I am OK with it. Hopefully we will see Freddie in films or primetime or behind the scenes as a writer/director/producer. He is a very talented man with a lot of potential. I wish him the best in his future endeavors.

LeeAnn
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LeeAnn

totally agree Kay. Sad he is leaving but who knows what he might get to do now that he is free of the show 🙂 Hopefully we will see him soon.

Me
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Me

He spends all his time with the cream scheme now. They have successfully managed to stop him from doing what was once his dream. I wouldn’t be surprised if we never see him in anything again.

Marc Jimenez
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Marc Jimenez

Awwwww Pls PLs Bring in a Recast Immediately of Sonny since Freddie Smith is Departing I Love & Enjoyed the Storyline Of Sonny & Paul its just getting heated and the Will Dramatic Pls DAYS do something don’t Let the Fans down this is 1 of the Great stories going right now … Pls 2 Females Leaving to Serena – Melanie why is Days cleaning house getting rid of alott of Main Cast …. Writers are not Focusing and whats happening to DAYs I know Bo , Steve , Joey , Chloe , Kim are just for awhile why can’t… Read more »

Squalus122
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Squalus122

What ever will happen to his cream empire? Since he will lose his soap fans, what will his draw be for people to be sucked into his pyramid scheme. Perhaps he can live off his fiance, oh wait that was a lie, they had no intention of getting married, they just did that for a lighter sentence in court. But they are so much in love, I am sure she will support him. But wait, he should be making millions on his cream deal. No he’ll be all set. Never mind.

Marc Jimenez
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Marc Jimenez

PLS don’t get rid of Paul Narita and Tori Love them give them a Contract to a Long Storyline s there so much they can do with them Pls Recast Sonny pls

Patrick
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Patrick

to know that Paul and Sonny are not in the long term plans for feature… BITES

big

knowing that Paul and Tori, LOL , rocketed, if you will… in Salem… is a dynamic that even I didn’t see coming

I have to know… that DAYS production will capitalize on this… and steer onward with

we still have … Paul, Tori, John, Marlena… dang ! that’s gangbusters… Adrienne, Justin, Victor, Maggie… Lucas

if DAYS plans on solidifying.. DAYS… they should clean slate and recast both Will and Sonny

Paul is worth the wait

Julie Haze
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Julie Haze

DAYS has been in a slow death spiral as their cast is decimated month after month. Way to go Sony!

Elite Advisors
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Elite Advisors

This is a catastrophe for DAYS…. Sonny and Paul had great chemistry together…. I lost any allegiance to Will after they replaced the actor…he’s awful.

Hope they write Will off or recast him again…. this actor does not make a good Will.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

This is shocking and terrible news. Freddie is so good in this role. What a tremendous loss to the show. He will be missed. I wish him much success in his future.

damien
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damien

bye!
with serena also gone, days can focus on core characters viewers really care about, hopefully with justin, bo , patch returning this can continue towards more comebacks… carrie, austin, belle ,shawn?
if sonnys out maybe a triangle for paul and will and the sexy bellman from the hotel, derrick?

Jordan
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Jordan

Patch and Bo and Sami are only coming back for the 50th Anniversary gala in the fall.

I think that they will recast the part of Sonny and hopefully find someone else to play Will that will compliment Sonny. I really want to see them back together. If it all comes out that Paul is John’s son then he will be too busy with that to be hitting on Sonny.

Melador
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Melador

If the actor left on his own accord then they will most likely recast.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

No! Really? Disappointing news.

Kathy
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Kathy

The show did such an awful job recasting the Will Horton character do not trust them to be able to cast another Sonny Kiriakis. The real WilSon ended last January when Chandler last aired, this version is just a poor copy and it should just be written off the show.

Connie Delle Donne
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Connie Delle Donne

yes I’m upset. I watched the show because of Freddie Smith. He’s a talented gifted actor. Days made a mistake letting him go.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

They can’t force him to stay, Connie. Maybe he’ll come back.

Patrick
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Patrick

it’s not that we have a right to know… the fans of… Freddie Smith

that being said…

yes… I get that it seemed like Chandler Massey … albeit emmy worthy material to showcase his acting talent

Freddie Smith seemed so amiable and comfortable with his person in featuring a gay character

i’m just grasping… as to why he’d leave a place of employment that revered his worth

Patrick
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Patrick

* his acting talent… Chandler Massey didn’t seem comfortable portraying a fictional character

Kathy
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Kathy

Sorry to hear of you leaving Freddie. All the very best to you.

Renee Williams
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Renee Williams

the article stated that the news came today, well the way things went between Sonny and Will back at the apt. Will seemed it necessary to call his job more important than to celebrate with his husband, that would make me feel like giving up to, maybe the show will end his part with him leaving with Paul. I hate to see sonny go, I really like him and hes very good with Ari, I think if anyone should go ,it should be Will going back to his momma. you will be missed Sonny, ( Freddie Smith)

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Renee, I doubt Sonny will leave with Paul, especially since John is most likely Paul’s father. Christopher Sean’s contract is not up. Sonny could die…maybe at the hands of crazy Will!

mike
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mike

Hope the person who did the Will recast does not get to pick the new Sonny.

Michael
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Michael

So true.

Allison
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Allison

Oh Michael, you just keep giving us bad news. You can stop now.

Daisy
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Daisy

Freddie has made Sonny one of the few interesting and watchable characters on Days. I think he probably knows that Days won’t be around much longer. Very sad all around.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

DAYS will be around until at least September of 2016.

Brian Cooper
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Brian Cooper

This isn’t good at all. The gay story line is the only good thing about Days at the moment, everything else is very boring. I hope they recast him, I LOVE Freddie but him and Christopher Sean are really the only ones saving the sinking ship that is days. No one seems to like Guy who plays Will and if the Will character ends up with Paul after everything that has happen people may boycott. I also hope the new writers don’t get rid of the Paul, Sonny, and Will story line either because that will for sure kill he… Read more »

Joe
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Joe

Hell yes I so pissed! Why is he leaving when his story is really getting so good. This is very disappointing. Freddie whyyyyyy & don’t go!!!!!

Deanka
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Deanka

I am sad that he is leaving and yes they need to recast then. Wil and Sonny need to stay together. I prefer Chandler Massey so it will be hard to see Will with someone else but yes, recast Sonny and keep them together.

Mary
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Mary

I hope they do not try to recast the role of Sonny. Freddie IS Sonny and I don’t think the fans would accept someone else in the role.

LeeAnn
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LeeAnn

agree Mary!

Patrick
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Patrick

I don’t know… Sonny carried such an integral character.. that after Chandler Massey left… Sonny just bloomed evenmoreso… and Freddie Smith just jumped up to the plate and hit home run after home run WHAT, and endearing character , to behold so.. to see Sonny recast… would be easier… at this juncture.. than to see Chandler Massey replaced… as Freddie Smith just cemented how loved his character headlined Ahhh… just stretching and grasping at the fallout in my mind.. and hoping for the best… it stings to not know the long term… after , Sept. 2016… what NBC/Sony/DOOL have to… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

Nielson audience be damned

I think there is a larger DOOL audience… be it word of mouth… than they realize
(NBC/Sony/DOOL)

Marko
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Marko

Sad to see him go. I hope they don’t recast. They need to let Guy Wilson go as it hasn’t been anywhere near the same since Chandler Massey left. The chemistry just wasn’t there between Freddie and Guy.

Patrick
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Patrick

ditto

clean slate and recast this formidable pair… the writing is back for this storyline

barb wolfinger
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barb wolfinger

i am very upset to hear sonny is leaving. he is an awesome actor.i hope some day they will let him come back.the show won’t be the same without him.i want to wish him onky good things in his new endevors.i have been a fan of days since day one and i love days very much.keep up the good work. GOOD LUCK FREDDIE SMITH IN ALL THAT YOU DO.GODS SPEED

CM
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CM

I’m really sad to see him go. Sonny was my favorite part of “Days”. I do hope they recast the character though. I’m all aboard for PaulSon.

Claire
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Claire

Really a shame!! I don’t care for the current Will so I see a problem with recasting Sonny. That beautiful face will be missed. Hope they recast both parts and continue the same sex marriage stoyline. Days is my favorite soap and I watch all but B &B.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Claire, I have faith that DAYS will continue being your favorite soap! The next five months with Freddie/Sonny may be the most beautiful!!!!!

Patrick
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Patrick

“…That beautiful face will be missed ”

NICE

I feel the same way

Nate
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Nate

It says here that he finished a few weeks ago but Christopher (Paul) posted pics on instagram just on April 2, live from the set of NBC / Days and Freddie was in those set pics. You can go on Days instagram page and see them.

kay from Ohio
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kay from Ohio

Those pictures were posted that date but may have been taken last month. Sort of misleading when news like this hits.

Alex
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Alex

Expecting this. Sad. Sonny wasn’t used as anything more than as a prop to Will yet Freddie Smith made the character endearing. He carried the WilSon “love story” on his shoulders alone. Chandler was good with coming out story but not convincing of his love for Sonny and GW is even worse. The only men he sparked with were Brian and now Paul. Unfortunately, it looks like Sonny and Paul won’t be explored for sure although even if FS was still there, I doubt the show would let Sonny get the focus with their love for Will so I say… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

it’s across the board… Guy Wilson does not have the acting chops to further intrigue and carry, “without” Freddie Smith

Christopher Sean , as Paul… certainly delivers

this “travesty” may very well… knock all the pieces of DAYS out of the picture ?

what’s amazing is how well received Paul has taken hold

capitalize DAYS…. it’s all their … re-invigorate with recast Will and Sonny

Debbie Stewart
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Debbie Stewart

This breaks my heart. Sonny not being on the show……I dont have words. To recast him, dont make the mistake you made with Will. Freddie Smith, you will be genuinely missed.

Debbie Stewart
Guest
Debbie Stewart

If Sonny gets recast, DO NOT make the MISTAKE, you made when you recast Will. Freddie Smith you have been awesome. Wish you well, in whatever is next to play into your life.
I hope he isnt recast, those will be tough shoes to fill.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Debbie, should Sonny leave with Will, leave with Paul, leave on his own or die?

Debbie Stewart
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Debbie Stewart

Let him leave on his own. The opportunity for him to die, has already been presented. He can never trust the two men, he has ever loved.

Linda Miller
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Linda Miller

I want sonny to stay, get Paul and Will to leave.

Marilyn Rainwater
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Marilyn Rainwater

so sorry that Sonny is leaving, same with Melanie.

Jake from NJ
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Jake from NJ

So sad…love Freddie 🙁

sara
Guest
sara

I hate seeing him go he will be missed for sure so sad for all of us who watch the show Good Luck

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Days of our Lives, General Hospital, and The Young and the Restless Receive WGA Award Nominations

Nominations were announced Thursday morning for the WGA Awards in the fields of television, new media, news, radio/audio and promotional writing.

In the Daytime Drama category, the writing teams from Days of our Lives, General Hospital and The Young and the Restless scored nominations.

Of note: The Bold and the Beautiful chose not to submit themselves for competition this year.  So, it was not a matter of the series not receiving enough votes to be in contention.

The winners will be announced on Sunday, March 20, at the 74th annual Writers Guild Awards.

Here are the full writing teams nominated in the Daytime Drama category below:

General Hospital, Head Writers: Chris Van Etten, Dan O’Connor Associate Head Writer: Anna T. Cascio Writers: Barbara Bloom, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Shannon Peace, David Rupel, Lisa Seidman, Scott Sickles; ABC

The Young and the Restless, Head Writer: Amanda L. Beall Writers: Susan Banks, Jeff Beldner, Sara A. Bibel, Brent Boyd, Susan Dansby, Christopher Dunn, Sara Endsley, Janice Ferri Esser, Marin Gazzaniga, Lynn Martin, Natalie Minardi Slater, Teresa Zimmerman; CBS

Days of Our Lives, Head Writer: Ron Carlivati Writers: Lorraine Broderick, Joanna Cohen, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Jamey Giddens, David Kreizman, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Katherine D. Schock, Elizabeth Snyder; NBC

To view the entire list of nominees click here.

So, who do you hope takes home the prize for the WGA Award for writing in a daytime drama series … DAYS, GH or Y&R? Comment below.

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Three-Time Daytime Emmy Winner, Cady McClain, Reveals She’s ‘Back On Set’ But On Which Show?

After her Instagram post earlier this week, fans of Cady McClain have been attempting to dissect her cryptic tease of a message. McClain, a three-time Daytime Emmy winner, shared the good news with fans that she is ‘back to work’, except she didn’t share which show or project she is working on … just yet!

In her post, McClain teased: “Back on set! Fun to be working again on such a terrific show! Can’t wait to be able to share the news with you all soon! Meantime, hoping you are all taking good care of yourselves. Sending hugs!! ”

Now, it could be Cady is working on a primetime show, not a daytime show, but we shall see.

She has previously appeared on The Young and the Restless and Days of our Lives of the four remaining daytime soaps.  On Y&R she played Kelly Andrews, and on DAYS, Jennifer Horton Deveraux.  And, as viewers of the NBC soap saw this week, Jennifer (in a short appearance by Melissa Reeves) returned to Salem with Jack (Matthew Ashford), only to tie-up loose ends over the holidays and exit the show.

Since DAYS still tapes months ahead, could McClain be returning there, or might she pop up on GH and B&B? The character of Kelly was killed-off of Y&R back in 2015.

Previously, Cady became soap-famous for her roles as Dixie Cooney Martin on All My Children and Rosanna Cabot on As the World Turns.

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Michael Fairman TV Names The Best and Worst in Soaps 2021

In a year which saw the continuance of the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021, saw your favorite soaps finding ways to work under safety and health protocols to bring you the stories you love the best they could, but it was not fraught with some problems along the way.

Now as the year comes to a close, we take a look back with our annual list of the Best and Worst in Soaps.  As it does every year, Michael Fairman TV,  takes this opportunity to pay tribute to the tremendous work of the talented men and women in front of the camera and behind the scenes, whose tireless efforts in the grind of producing and acting in this genre’s format is a feat in of itself.  In addition to naming the best moments and performances of the year, there were several not-so-stellar moments featuring characters, storylines, and more, that get the dubious honor of some of our “Worsts”.

While we know many of you have your own views, picks, and choices, and while you may disagree or agree with ours, we encourage you to let us know your thoughts as well.  Most of all, respect everyone’s opinions, as you wish them to respect yours.

 

Finally, we want to wish our wonderful community here at Michael Fairman TV and soap fans everywhere, a happy New Year.  It is all of you with your passion and devotion to the genre itself, which make this such a unique entertainment medium with an undeniable connection between the viewers, the performers, and the storylines.

So here we go … the Best and Worst in Soaps … and with that… 2021 out!

BEST SOAP

General Hospital  

Day to day, week to week, the soap that delivered the most through 2021 was General Hospital. It wasn’t by any means sheer perfection, and had its share of relationship and storyline issues, but whether you loved “Nixon Falls’ or not, or Britt with Jason, or Carly with Jason, Sonny and Nina, or were upset about Franco’s death, or Peter continuing to exist on this earth (more on this later), or loved the introduction of the SORAS’d Spencer Cassadine, the show retooled the Quartermaines, the Cassadines, and all along the way gave emotional payoffs and big cliffhangers.

MOST ENTERTAINING SOAP

Days of our Lives

The last six months of 2021, Days of our Lives seemed to find its groove, balancing the kitsch, with the drama, and it all really got cooking with the Marlena Possession storyline 2.0 harkening back to its brilliance some 27 years later.  DAYS was clearly the most entertaining soap with a plethora of wink-winks to the audience, snappy dialog and humor, an excellent use of history, and a cast and a writing team that trusted the material and it paid off.

MOST DISAPPOINTING SOAP

The Young and the Restless

The once mighty Y&R became the hardest show to sit through.  The storylines were boring, the pairings often felt like re-treads, the rooting factor was basically non-existent for anyone, and it gets our pick for the Most Disappointing Soap. When you have an A-list cast with some of the finest actors in the genre in one place, and the stories just aren’t there for them, and many scenes feel like they go nowhere, it’s a head-scratcher!  The show needs a boost of adrenaline.

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BEST LIMITED SERIES

Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem

Truly, the most enjoyable, fun romp of the year in soaps.  It had to be a hoot and a half for head writer, Ron Carlivati, and his team to develop this five-episode story about the missing gems from the Alamainian Peacock.  There were the inside Lisa Rinna jokes including: integrating the infamous RHOBH ‘drink in face’ fight with Eileen Davidson recreated ‘Beyond Salem’ style, plus Sonny, Will, and Chad in drag, Leo saving the day, Charles Shaughnessy back as twins Drew and Shane, Peter Porte as an uptight spy who turns out to be a VonLeuschner, and it was all so kitschy, in a genius kind of way that it left us wanting more.

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BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS

Laura Wright – Carly Corinthos – General Hospital

Scene after scene in 2021, Laura Wright did some of the finest work of her daytime career, and that is saying something, because she has already delivered so many memorable performances.  But this year, whether it was: a grieving Carly grappling with the loss of her beloved Sonny, stepping up and taking control of the mob, her complicated relationship with Jason, and falling back in love with him, and then the return of a very much alive Sonny and the volatile relationship with her nemesis, Nina Reeves, Laura had the material day after day, and gave us 110% as an actress through it all. Bravo!

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BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A STORYLINE

Melissa Claire Egan – Chelsea’s Stroke – The Young and the Restless

Cynthia Watros – Nina and Mike in Nixon Falls – General Hospital

Camryn Grimes – Mariah’s kidnapping and aftermath – The Young and the Restless

Lisa LoCicero – Olivia finds out Alexis and Ned had sex – General Hospital

These four actresses along with Laura Wright may just be vying for the Daytime Emmy in 2022 whether it be in Lead or Supporting.  Each one of these women delivered complex performances within their storylines … Melissa Claire Egan as stroke victim, Chelsea, who gets her revenge on Adam and Sharon that comes with consequences, Cynthia Watros for her brilliant work opposite Maurice Benard and the Tan-O gang and its aftermath in Port Charles, Camryn Grimes, whose scenes by herself in lock-up (in a storyline we hated), after being kidnapped while pregnant were well-done, and the hurt of longing for the baby she carried months later showed why she remains one of the strongest actresses on daytime, and there was Lisa LoCicero for the heartbreaking moments as Olivia finds out that Ned slept with Alexis and then the volatile showdown between the two women over the tryst. All deserved mentions in our year-end honors.

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BEST SINGLE PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A STORYLINE 

Kirsten Storms – Maxie frames Peter and reveals she knows of his deception – General Hospital

While in the hospital, Maxie, pretending she lost her baby, in an effort to get Peter to admit to his crimes, was played by pure brilliance by Kirsten Storms.  Finally, taking control of the situation, Maxie records Peter’s confession of those he murdered on her phone which she sends to Mac. All along the way telling Peter how disgusted she is by him. Best line though, “I would say you’re as bad as your father, but you’re not. At least, Faison was an evil genius. You’re just some cheap imitation knockoff.” Got that right!

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BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR

Maurice Benard – Sonny Corinthos – General Hospital

While the “Mike” in ‘Nixon Falls’ story went on too long, it provided Maurice Benard with an opportunity to show another side of a character then mob boss Sonny Corinthos, and pair him with another leading lady, Cynthia Watros, to form a potential new couple.  All of this on top of Benard’s scenes with Sonny’s wife, Carly (whose relationship has now hit the skids) provided this three-time Daytime Emmy winner a backdrop to do something different, and prove once again, that he is still the finest actor in the genre.

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BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTOR

James Patrick Stuart – Valentin Cassadine – General Hospital

Whether it be romancing Anna, (and sharing scenes with the fabulous Finola Hughes,) or trying to take down Peter August, or his machinations with the Quartermaines, or being duped by Brook Lynn, and his devastation over finding out that ‘Bailey’ was not his biological daughter, we always enjoy all things JPS.  He delivers episode to episode and continues to make Valentin’s reactions and actions intriguing.

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BEST SINGLE PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A STORYLINE

Ted King – Jack admits to Li his secret about Sheila and Finn – The Bold and the Beautiful

It has been great to see Ted King back on daytime.  The former GH and OLTL star always delivered in his scenes, and he had his moment to shine in 2021, when Jack admitted to his wife, Li that he lied all of these years about their son, Finn.  In actuality, Jack had a fling with the dangerous and psychotic, Sheila Carter and he is Finn’s true biological father.  The whole situation was made all the more heartbreaking because Li believed they adopted the little boy, when in truth, Jack covered-up his tryst for decades.  King played all the beats in these key scenes.  He was understated in his performance, and this went under the soap press radar, but you could see all the pain in Jack’s eyes, thanks to Ted King’s work.  Sometimes less is more in front of the camera.

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BEST PERFORMANCE BY LONG-RUNNING VETERANS

Bill and Susan Seaforth Hayes – Doug and Julie Williams – Days of our Lives

Doug as the devil was delicious! Julie standing up to MarDevil was a moment! The Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award winners had the opportunity to act in great scenes about faith, strength and love, played to perfection by these two television treasures. Their work provided some of the most memorable moments during Satan’s return to Salem.

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BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Kelly Thiebaud – Britt Westbourne – General Hospital

This year, Kelly Thiebaud truly got to show all the facets of Dr. Britt Westbourne. When she was afraid to know and then learned she had the marker for Huntington’s Disease, her struggle with the information and falling for Jason Morgan, then losing him, made this once Port Charles bad girl, someone we truly, truly cared about. In addition, Britt’s scenes of grief with Carly over Jason’s ‘death’ and more, made Kelly’s performances must-see daytime TV.

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BEST PERFORMANCE IN AN ON-SCREEN BREAK-UP

Michelle Stafford – Phyllis Summers – The Young and the Restless

No one can deliver the kind of ‘balls-to-the-wall’ performance that Y&R’s Michelle Stafford can. She did it again, in a series of powerful and heartbreaking scenes, where Phyllis realizes she will always be Nick’s second choice to the Newman family. Combine that with Nick knowing that Phyllis’ feelings for her ex, Jack Abbott are back, it was combustion central for ‘Phick’ and they ended their relationship.  Stafford should remember this scene come Emmy submission time!

BEST ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE

The cast of Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem

I mean, everyone was so much fun to watch! From Eileen Davidson, Rinna, Jackie Cox, Greg Rikaart, Shaughnessy, Zach Tinker, the list goes on, and it truly was the best ensemble performance of the year, and it looked like everyone had a great time being part of the limited series.

BEST FEUD

Nina Reeves and Carly Corinthos – General Hospital

When Carly went at Nina over Nelle’s ‘death’ on a phone call, just as Nina found Sonny alive and well in Nixon Falls, it set up a series of events that had now pitted these two powerhouse women against each other, and the feud is one of the best on daytime due to Cynthia Watros and Laura Wright’s performances.

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BEST VILLAIN, FEMALE

Deidre Hall – MarDevil – Days of our Lives

When Satan comes to town and inhabits Marlena, the MarDevil comes out to play and terrorized everyone in Salem with delicious venom and we were here for it!

BEST VILLAIN, MALE

Mike Manning – Charlies Dale – Days of our Lives

Mike Manning made Charlie creepy and misunderstood, and someone everyone in town wanted dead, and eventually he met his maker in a solid “Whodunit?”

BEST SCENE-STEALER

Deidre Hall – MarDevil – Days of our Lives

Deidre Hall looked like she was having the time of her life, chewing the scenery as Satan and getting to take a pause from being the moral center of DAYS to be able to do and say things “Doc” would never utter out of her mouth: including calling her own daughter’s Belle and Sami “sluts’’. HA!

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BEST UNEXPECTED SCENE

Susan and EJ in the hospital – Days of our Lives

After the devil made mince-meat out of Susan Banks, she recovered in the hospital where her son EJ sat by her side.  When Susan said she was willing to sacrifice herself to save her son from Satan, it brought with it an unexpected mother/son scene we never saw previously between the grown-up EJ and Susan, and played by two actors who were both successful recasts in their roles. Cheers to Stacy Haiduk and Dan Feuerriegel.

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BEST COMEBACK

Cameron Mathison back to ABC Daytime

The All My Children fan favorite (Ex-Ryan Lavery), turned host, turned Hallmark and GAC Family star, returned to ABC Daytime decades later where it all started for him, this time as a recast Drew Cain on GH.  Now, while his story on General Hospital is just getting started, we think Mathison will fit in nicely with the cast that he has admired so much, and on the show, he has dreamt of appearing on. Welcome home, Cam!

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WORST EXIT

Linsey Godfrey – Sarah Horton – Days of our Lives

To facilitate Linsey Godfrey’s exit from DAYS, the writers once again fell back into old tricks, or should we say, old prosthetic masks! This time, Kristen pretended to be Sarah to sleep with Rex, and break-up her relationship to Xander, even though Kristen and Sarah are nowhere near the same height. Then, Sarah is put in a steamer trunk and snuck her out of Salem. What???????

WORST EXIT HONORABLE MENTION

Kim Delaney – Jackie Templeton – General Hospital

We love Kim Delaney, and all of a sudden, her heralded return to soaps and GH, came to an abrupt end after the entire “Who is Harrison’s real bio-dad” story and apparently Jackie Templeton left Port Charles.  We guess to do some cracker-jack reporting?? Dunno.

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MOST HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED RETURNS

Kimberlin Brown and Sean Kanan – The Bold and the Beautiful

With two of daytime’s all-time baddies back on the canvas, you would think that B&B would have hit a homerun, but so far, it’s been a wait and see approach, as fans long for the days that Sheila and Deacon perpetrate bad deeds on people for their own gain.  However, we may be in luck! Looks like Sheila might be finally digging her psychotic heels into Brooke with the NYE booze switch, while Deacon seduced Brooke. Jury is out! B&B…  don’t botch this!

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WORST RETURN

Sean Carrigan – Stitch – The Young and the Restless

This was so predictable …and so bad.  Former fan favorite, Sean Carrigan returns as Stitch and everyone had already figured out, (even before he set foot on the airshows), that he would be the culprit – the person who had kidnapped a pregnant Mariah. Then later, we get his twisted reasoning for holding a preggers woman captive, apparently, because of his love and past with Abby. All of this made no sense for this character.

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WORST HIT AND RUN

Liam runs over Vinny in Bill’s car – The Bold and the Beautiful

This storyline, which went on for months, had Liam and Bill covering up their tracks after mowing down bad boy Vinny, who just happened to be walking out in the middle of the road at night at the exact time Bill’s car showed up.  Trouble is, it turned out to be a suicide storyline? Apparently, Vinny sacrificed himself for his buddy Thomas, so Thomas could get closer to Hope, and that’s after switching paternity results to make it look like Liam was Hayes’ father, not Finn! While we had liked Joe LoCicero as Vinny, this ending was a bad comeuppance, and even though Scott Clifton and Don Diamont acted their hearts out episode after episode, in the end the story came to a screeching halt and thud. Wasn’t there even a PSA for suicide prevention after the reveal???

MOST MISSED OPPORTUNITY

Elizabeth learns about Jason’s ‘death’ off-screen – General Hospital

Liz shares a son with the guy, and Rebecca Herbst does not get any screen-time to show Elizabeth’s reaction to Jason’s supposed death? C’mon now!!

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BEST RECAST LIMITED SERIES

Zach Tinker – Sonny Kiriakis – Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem and Days of our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas

We were very impressed with Zach Tinker’s version of Sonny Kiriakis; and that right out of the gate he was dealt some very heavy emotional scenes in ‘Beyond Salem’ when Sonny believed Will was cheating on him. Zach replaced longtime fan favorite, Freddie Smith, and a new version of “WilSon” was born.

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BEST RECAST 

Dan Feuerriegel  –  EJ DiMera – Days of our Lives

Dan has brought his A-game as the recast EJ DiMera; a role that was made so wildly popular when played by James Scott, but Feuerriegel is putting his own spin on the part and making it work.

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BEST RETURN LIMITED-RUN

Blake Berris – Nick Fallon – DAYS Halloween episode/Days of our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas

Berris is a very fine actor and it was on display twice! First, in DAYS zombie-Halloween episode when the MarDevil awakens evil from their graves! It is then, Nick is back in action terrorizing Gabi, and then in the flip in the Peacock Holiday special, Nick is very much alive, playing the longing suitor for Gabi’s affections, Berris should come back to DAYS as Nick’s twin, Mick! Can we make that happen DAYS writing team?

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BEST NEW CHARACTER

Paulina Price – (played by Jackée Harry) – Days of our Lives

Writing a role for Jackée, and playing to her strengths; while ramping up the Price family back-story was a triple win for Days.

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BEST NEWCOMER

Nicholas Alexander Chavez – Spencer Cassadine – General Hospital

Fans took notice and instantly fell in love with Nicholas’ work as a SORAS’d Spencer Cassadine.  Spencer’s return was one of the best of 2021, which showed the emotional damage done to the young man who has a vengeful streak willing to go up against the likes of his father Nikolas, Ava, and Valentin while pining for Trina, and being shoe-horned into a relationship with evildoer, Esme.  Good stuff!

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BEST TRIBUTE

John Reilly Tribute – General Hospital

When GH was able to get the one and only Sharon Wyatt (Ex-Tiffany Hill) to do a voice-over, and John Reilly’s daughter, Caitlin, acting and central to the story all the while paying homage to the spy stories of the past, it was a solid episode to honor one of the shows most beloved all-time cast members.

BIGGEST WASTE OF AIRTIME

Jesse Gaines – The Young and the Restless

Weeks of being held up in Italy in a room, threatening to expose Ashland’s past, but it was all a set up, and by the end of it, who cared! Anyone?

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BEST GREAT-TO-SEE-YOU ON DAYTIME AGAIN

Linda Dano – Vivian Alamain – Days of our Lives

Although it was short-lived and Louise Sorel did not return to be part of the plot, we loved seeing Linda Dano back on daytime; even for a short blip, and this time taking on the role of Vivian Alamain.  She’s still one of the best of the best.

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CHARACTER WHO DESERVED THE BIGGEST BITCH-SLAP

Peter August – General Hospital

Line -em-up! GH’s Peter August deserved a thousand of these! Where do we start???? Peter August has escaped the once-smartest spies, killed multiple key characters, held some captive, obsessed over Maxie and their baby, and everyone wants him dead-dead.  We can’t think of anyone who deserves to be bitched slapped by one person after the other in Port Charles than Peter AKA Henrik!

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CHARACTER WHO DISHED OUT THE BEST BITCH-SLAPS

Steffy Forrester – The Bold and the Beautiful

Whenever she could, Steffy bitch-slapped Sheila to kingdom come, once the evil one showed up at Steffy’s wedding to Finn and the fallout. We assume, Sheila grabbed an icebag after those bops to the face?

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A PRIMETIME SOAP MALE

Adam Huber – Liam Ridley – Dynasty

Playing off scenes with his on-screen love interest, Elizabeth Gillies (Fallon) has let Huber show other facets to his character of Liam. Now we enjoy the guy!

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BEST PERFORMANCE IN A PRIMETIME SOAP FEMALE

Elizabeth Gillies – Fallon Carrington – Dynasty

Fallon makes CW’s Dynasty go-round, and whether it be drama, high camp or musical moments, Elizabeth Gillies is the star of the show and can be anywhere else she chooses to go!

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BEST PRIMETIME SOAP

Dynasty

Still the ‘soap on steroids’ with all the tropes including: bombshells and double-crossing of a double-crossing, you will need a scorecard each episode to follow along which character does the most despicable thing … but we are here for it!

MOST TORTURED COUPLE

Sonny and Carly – General Hospital

Nothing went right in 2021 for ‘CarSon’.  Sonny was presumed dead for a good portion of the year, believing he was a man named ‘Mike” and living a life in Nixon Falls and falling for a deceitful Nina Reeves.  Carly stepped up and in for Sonny to protect the Corinthos mob territory by originally having a marriage-arrangement with Jason.  However, Carly and Jason found themselves falling for each other again circa the 90’s, and on their wedding night, as they were about to have sex, Sonny shows up alive and well. Now, Sonny has been all confused for his feelings for Nina since regaining his memory, Jason is ‘dead, and the relationship has blown apart and it looks like the end of the line… for now for this storied duo.

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WORST WEDDING

Kyle and Summer– The Young and the Restless

Not only did the popular duo of ‘Skyle’ exit the canvas, they got married off-camera, so no one saw the long-awaited nuptials … and the two actors, Michael Mealor and Hunter King … left the show after reports of contract negotiations falling through.

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BEST COUPLE IN THE MAKING

Sprina – General Hospital

Everyone is loving the on-screen chemistry played by Sydney Mikayla and Nicholas Alexander Chavez as Trina and Spencer.  Now will they be headed for a romance in 2022?

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WORST COUPLE AND MOST BORING COUPLE

Michael and Willow – General Hospital

These two are double winners this year! Michael Corinthos and Willow Tait have become so boring that GH is now coming up with ways to instigate trouble between them that it is so apparent to the audience and you can see it coming a mile away.  Chad Duell and Katelyn MacMullen are very good actors, they just aren’t an exciting pairing as Michael and Willow. Break them up for good, already!

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BEST COUPLE

Sami and Lucas – Days of our Lives

Alison Sweeney and Bryan Dattilo have a long and enduring friendship, and an on-screen partnership that just works so well.  Many loved seeing ‘Lumi’ reconnect in 2021.  Sami, of course, despondent over EJ, sleeps with Lucas and thus starts the story, but it was all done with great flashbacks, comedy and more. What will happen in 2022 when Sami finds out Lucas was the one who kidnapped her? It probably will end any possibility of them ever becoming a bonafide couple, as it looks like EJami is the end game.

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BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A STANDALONE EPISODE

Nancy Lee Grahn – Alexis Davis – General Hospital

“I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a Fighter, and an Idealist, and an Advocate!” True that! In a well-crafted story, Nancy Lee Grahn celebrated her 25th anniversary on GH with a special episode dedicated to Alexis. In a therapy session with Kevin, we come to the crux of the story.  Alexis looked over in the corner of the room at a vision of her younger self crying.  In that moment, Alexis embraced herself, forgave herself, so she could move on with her life after being guilt-ridden for the death of her mother and the cruelty of her father.  Beautiful work from La Grahn!

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BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A STANDALONE EPISODE

James Reynolds – Abe Carver – Days of our Lives

James Reynolds might be going for his second Lead Actor Emmy after this performance. In it, and to honor the actor’s 40th anniversary as Abe Carver on DAYS, the show had Abe shot and then flatlining which means … Abe was going to the light. While there, he meets up with his beloved ex-wife Lexie and while the audience is shown flashbacks of their life together, it’s Reynolds acting against an actress (who’s face is unseen, since Renee Jones was unavailable for the episode) that brought all the heart and the drama, which is why we in-turn are invested in the life of Abe Carver. And, don’t we all grab for the hankies when James brings the tears?

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BEST STORYLINE

The Devil Returns to Salem – Days of our Lives

While for many they found this story ridiculous, we found ourselves wanting to fast-forward through episodes of DAYS just to get to all the moments of Marlena’s possession 2.0 and all that came with it! From the outlandish dialog, the special effects soap-style, how MarDevil served up revenge by morphing into OG Kristen, or taking looney-tunes Jan Spears and morphing her into Belle, plus having a “Rosemary’s Baby” angle to boot with a Cin baby on the way … and more, it was fun to see what happened next.  The best twist was letting the audience think that Doug had dementia when he actually had been possessed by the devil which then allowed Satan to take over Marlena.  And didn’t we all love the exorcism episode, too? Great use of history, camp, and it allowed for some solid performances from longtime vets that had to be having too much fun playing those scenes.

WORST STORYLINE MOMENT

Paris’ laxatives ruin her romantic evening with Zende – The Bold and the Beautiful

In an effort to thwart her sister’s budding romance with Zende Forrester, Zoe puts laxatives in the smoothie she gave to her sister, Paris, which gave her gas and an upset tummy during her date. Enough said.

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WORST STORYLINE

Eric’s ED and giving permission for Quinn and Carter to have sex – The Bold and the Beautiful

The Bold and the Beautiful had the opportunity to truly tell a story about Erectile Dysfunction in older men, but instead made it ridiculous and tried to justify it. While we absolutely love Lawrence Saint-Victor and Rena Sofer as Carter and Quinn, and John McCook as Eric, are we expected to believe that Eric would give permission for his wife to carry on her affair with the stud that is Carter because he can’t please her anymore in the bedroom? But that’s actually nothing compared to the Donna “honey” scene, which got Eric all riled up and fixed his problem, complete with music bed crescendo.

MOST PREPOSTEROUS PLOT TWIST and CHARACTER WHO NEEDS TO GET HIS COMEUPPANCE

Characters sacrificed to keep Peter August’s reign of terror continuing – General Hospital

Franco, Drew, Jason, and more have all at one time or another been killed or supposedly killed due to the machinations of Peter August.  Even after setting fire to The Tan-0 in Nixon Falls and jumping off a cliff or something, Peter escapes all the time, every time, every moment of every day.  Even the smartest all-time WSB agents including super spy, Anna Devane, can’t stay a step ahead of him. How can one evildoer have so much power? Don’t the good guys get a win, evah? Are we ready for the murder mystery of who permanently snuffed this guy out???

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BEST TEARJERKER

Baby Liam’s Death – General Hospital

It was controversial to have a little baby being taken off life-support over the holidays, but General Hospital went there. Within it, Liam’s parents struggled over what they had to do, and found themselves in inconsolable grief.  As young parents and a young couple trying to deal with the cards they were dealt, both Sofia Mattsson (Sasha) and Johnny Wactor (Brando) stepped up to the plate and gave us a 10-hankie moment culminating in  a visit from the late Mike Corbin (Max Gail), who takes baby Liam back to heaven with him.

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BIGGEST HEADLINE

Ingo Rademacher and Steve Burton get fired from GH after not adhering to vaccine mandate

Both actors were willing to lose their jobs over their anti-vaxx stance during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Disney/ABC mandates all employees to be vaccinated.  While Burton shared one message on his reasons for not following the mandate, Rademacher has taken his stance to the media including to Tucker Carlson, and continued to rev up his social media with his views.

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SOCIAL MEDIA FIRESTORM

Cassandra James fires back at Ingo Rademacher for transphobic repost on social media

Trans actress, Cassandra James (Terry of General Hospital) took to social media in utter disappointment and disgust at one of her then co-stars, Ingo Rademacher, for a post he shared on his Instagram story from conservative author, Allie Beth Stuckley, which said, “Welcome to ClownTown, where the dude on the left is an empowering woman, and the woman on the right is a white supremacist.”  The picture on the left was that of Assistant Secretary of Health, Rachel Levine, a transgender female who was sworn in as a four-star admiral. The picture on the right showed Virginia Lieutenant Governor-Elect Winsome Sears, a black woman, who is seen brandishing a weapon in her hands as part of campaign paraphernalia.

In a tweet on the matter, James shared: “Shame on you. You have some serious unlearning and education to do. I feel deeply disappointed that such a public display of ignorance could come from our ‘GH’ family. Misgendering trans folks is violence and if you come for one of us, you come for all of us. The cis world doesn’t get to decide which of us is valuable. I am so proud of the fans for always holding us to a high standard, for calling out transphobia and violence.”   Mainstream media picked-up the story and many of Cassandra’s GH castmates took to Twitter to stand in solidarity with her.

Later, Rademacher took to his Instagram and apologized to James stating that he should have crossed out the word “dude” from the original post. He added, “Cassandra, I apologize to you sincerely. I think you’re an absolute talent and you’re very beautiful as well. I don’t think a transphobic man would say that. I think you’re absolutely gorgeous, I really do.”

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BIGGEST DOOFUS 

Finn – The Bold and the Beautiful

Sooo, a woman claiming to be your mother steps out of the shadows and shows up at your wedding.  Without really investigating her claims, you literally bring her to the Forrester mansion front door and introduce her as this ‘amazing thing that just happened’ not knowing that the woman, Sheila Carter, shot your bride’s mother and other people along the way.  Finn wins our doofus award for this scene alone!

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FIZZLE TO SIZZLE

Greg Rikaart – Kevin’s return on Y&R to Leo Stark’s re-emergence on DAYS 

On Y&R, Kevin was teaming up with Phyllis again and we thought that would go somewhere, but his returns to Genoa City have been written as lackluster, HOWEVER, Greg Rikaart really got to strut his stuff and have a field day playing Leo Stark on DAYS, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem and Days of our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas.  Leo is the gift we never know we needed and Rikaart plays him to the hilt!

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MOST DISAPPOINTING CHARACTER

Phillip Kiriakis – Jay Johnson – Days of our Lives

This was one of the most disappointing returns making Phillip a sniveling dishrag dirtbag with no redeeming qualities at all, or did we miss something?

WORST CASE Of SOAP ABUSE

Overuse of special episodes – The Young and the Restless

Call the intervention squad! How many special episodes highlighting individual characters in a crisis of conscious can one soap fan sit-through?

BEST PROP

“Mike’s” Cowboy Hat – General Hospital

Sonny’s Nixon Falls amnesiac character “Mike” and his special buddy … his hat, were shown and mentioned in many a scene for months on end!

So, what did you think of our picks for the Best and Worst in Soaps 2021? Let us know in the comment section below if you agreed, or have you own choices for the categories above.

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