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GH’s Maurice Benard and DAYS Kassie DePaiva Named “Power Performances of the Week”

Two daytime vets in two very opposing types of storylines delivered emotional and riveting work during their scenes.  First on General Hospital, Maurice Benard (Sonny) in yet another stellar knockout performance in the Alzheimer’s storyline; showed the anguish and pain of a son trying to come to terms with his father’s ultimate fate.

This week saw Sonny originally deciding to try to prolong Mike’s (Max Gail) life by having him placed on a feeding tube, but soon after seeing the fate of Yvonne, another Alzheimer’s patient, and a talk with Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst), Sonny changed course, and did what’s best for Mike, not for himself, and decided to let his father die with dignity and with as least suffering as possible.

We don’t think there could have been a dry eye in the house when Sonny visited Mike’s hospital bedside, and told him that it’s OK for his dad to let go, and not have to stick around for him.  Max Gail, as per usual, was also so touching in these scenes.

Benard did not overplay a beat, and for anyone who has had a parent die of this dreadful disease, you could relate to what Sonny went through in the more than capable hands of this two-time Daytime Emmy winner.

Over on Days of our Lives, what a return for Kassie DePaiva in her role as Eve Donovan! This time, she has come back unhinged and at an emotional rock bottom, so much so that she had abducted Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson), had him taken to an abandoned warehouse, strapped him up, tortured him with an assist from Dr. Rolf’s protege, Vincent (Michael Teh), and came up with this twisted plot to have Ben turn back into the “necktie serial killer” and kill his bride, Ciara (Victoria Konefal).

Why, you say? Well, because Eve’s daughter, Paige was one of Ben’s victims and it has been eating Eve alive this whole time. She is a mama grieving for her daughter so deeply that she can’t understand why Paige is dead and he is left on earth to roam around free and find love and happiness… and we find out she was gutted when Ben got a last-minute reprieve when he was recently sentenced to death by lethal injection.

DePaiva played this arc of Eve’s story as a soapalicious villain, but when you really deconstruct it, Eve is just in so much pain… and all of that came through even in the darkest of scenes.  And … there is yet more to come!

Kudos to Maurice and Kassie for being named Michael Fairman TV’s “Power Performances of the Week”.

So, do you agree with our picks for Maurice and Kassie? What did you think of their work? Comment below.

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Satan

Sonny’s performance was great and even moved an old Devil like me to the brink of tears. More to come, especially now with Jason’s life also in the balance. Not going to be a good month in the Corinthos household, I suspect.

The other sorry mess….. just reminds me how much I miss the REAL Eve Donovan. And how I want ReRon & his pets away from Days of Our Lives.

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Jeremy

While Kassie (Eve) was pretty damn brilliant with her performance (but the story was so wacky, so wacky, just SO wacky), yet Kassie committed herself, however, I would have awarded GH’s Lisa LoCicero (Olivia) for her loss and frustration of Dante’s absence was really spot on, and without the need for all the theatricals that DAYS used for Eve’s scenes. Just my opinion. Maybe a tie between the two ladies?

Jimh
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Jimh

Days is too scifi and far fetched..while i still watch i dont know if that will last…too many cast changes and wild stories is a bit too much…GH is a little better but i wish they have Nina find out nelle is her daughter once and for all!

Su000
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Jimh– Hi 🙂
I know what the Big BOOM is–
Jason will be his old self, a Quartmain, again..
And he will stand-off against Valentin.
It will be Jason Q vs Valentine..
Being Sonny is a retired gansta Jason needs a new life..
So– be ready for the return of Jason Quartermain.
(((ahaa you heard it here first lol))

Satan
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Satan

What in Hell’s name would be the point of Jason Q coming back now?

He’s way too old to finish medical school. Even teenage Jason in his ugly Xmas sweaters never showed much interest in the ELQ business world. So I’m not sure what Jason Quartermaine would even do for a living.

Maybe he could take a crash course in law school. Surely after more than a quarter century in the “coffee business” he’s gained a decent knowledge of the law. And with Alexis being disbarred yet again, Port Charles probably needs another lawyer?

Patrick
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Patrick

I was wondering that as well. You are right ! hoping because that would be a deal maker, God kick Michael to the curb. NEW NEW NEW boring TWIST : Nina turning on Nelle in the courthouse. which blah blah blah humdrum… if Nelle loses baby to Michael… she’s outstayed her welcome.. why pin her on Nina ? Nina needs some happiness… her tryst with Jax , isn’t going to lead any where. Valentin mindset he will have his Nina… had it not been for how sexual these two are… i’ll wait too. SURPRISE: I love that Dante is back…… Read more »

Lew S.
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Lew S.

We all know that Ron is a big fan of over the top and the absurd!

Lew S.
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Lew S.

I have always wondered if Rom writes for his own amusement or to entertain the fans. DAYS is in a fragile state, so much care must be given.

Steve
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Steve

Herbst was the true shining star in those scenes. Her subtleties in delivery brought out the best in Benard.

Satan
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Satan

Well… anytime Elizabeth is on screen without Frodd, it’s always a good thing, of course.

Patrick
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Patrick

Is Roger Howarth Contract ? talk about a waste of salary… that could be going to other better actors

@GH NEEDS to fire him…pronto… with Michael Easton that much close behind

now were talking

Patrick
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Patrick

the two actors/characters that have the most stir AND heck love fest…

Mike and Liz
Mike and Dante

game over

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

I think you’re right, Steve–Herbst tends to bring out the best in just about everyone they put her on the screen with, and I’d say she stole the scene–but it was good to be reminded that Benard really can act when they give him material he engages with. I think we’ve all seen him do his Mr. Aging Mobster schtick so often now—and most of it has been (a) so badly written and (b)oh so boring—that it’s easy to forget how talented he is. Here, he really made me feel for Sonny, which is something I can’t say very often.

Rodd
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Rodd

I can’t stomach the torture scenes on DAYS, so I’m not sure what the actors are doing. I know they’re very capable.
But at GH, I was moved by everyone’s performance in this story; especially Max Gail’s. He said so much without saying a word when “Sonny” told him it was okay to pass on if he wanted. He blew me away. Been there, done that. It was outstanding!

k/kay
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k/kay

Becky is as always a breath of fresh air god bless her!

DMRR
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DMRR

I had the misfortune of watching a few minutes of DOOL on Tuesday. It’s horrific. The acting is atrocious. Yikes.

carol green
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carol green

Kassie did a wonderful job.To be honest though she scared me and my friend.I just wonder how she is going to feel if and when her daughter shows up alive.I have a feeling that is going to happen,PLease Days for once leave poor Ben alone.I like the guy I know what he did was wrong but he was sick not crazy.I know all about mental illness I have them myself.

Celia
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Celia

Maurice, yes!! Coupled with Max, his performance was exceptionally amazing—-
Kassie’s performance? Debatable. —-did nothing for me.

francine
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francine

Great work by Maurice Benard, but is anyone else finding it hard to empathize with Sonny having this profound pain about his elderly father dying when we have seen him pull out a gun and shoot someone across the table for looking at him the wrong way? I think it would be a great plot point to acknowledge Sonny’s hypocrisy, since he doesn’t think twice about the suffering families of the people he’s killed, including his own son Michael’s real father, AJ. I’m finding the focus on Sonny’s pain (without any insight about the irony) to be a hard sell.

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(WATCH) 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Award Winners Interviews: Reactions and Heartfelt Moments

Last Friday night at the 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards, Michael Fairman was in the Winner’s Walk and had the opportunity to get real time reactions and thoughts as the night’s big winners chatted for a few minutes following their Emmy victories.  All of the winners, as well as the red carpet interviews will be posted all through this week on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel.

Talking with Michael, immediately following taking home the gold, were General Hospital winners including: Outstanding Younger Performer in a Drama Series winner, Nicholas Alexander Chavez (Spencer Cassadine), Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series winner, Kelly Thiebaud (Britt Westbourne), Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series winner, Jeff Kober (Cyrus Renault), Outstanding Drama Series winner (Executive Producer, Frank Valentini) and Outstanding Directing Team for a Drama Series winners, Allison Reames Smith and Phideaux Xavier.

Sharing in her historic Emmy-winning moment was The Young and the Restless’ Outstanding Lead Actress winner Mishael Morgan (Amanda Sinclair), as well as Outstanding Lead Actor winner The Bold and the Beautiful’s John McCook (Eric Forrester).

Days of our Lives head scribe, Ron Carlivati and writer, Ryan Quan also talked with Fairman on their win for the Outstanding Writing Team for a Drama Series, as did talk show host, Tamron Hall, who took home gold for the Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host.

While Kelly Clarkson was not present to pick up her awards, her series executive producers, Alex Duda and Kareen Gunning spoke on winning Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show, while the cast and producers of The Price is Right stopped by to celebrate the game shows 50th anniversary milestone.

You can check out several of our 49th Annual Daytime Emmy winners interviews below.

Let us know what were your some of your favorite moments from our Emmy victory chats via the comment section.

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‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem’ Chapter Two Trailer Unveiled

On Tuesday, Peacock has released the first look trailer for the highly-anticipated, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem Chapter Two streaming series that will drop on July 11th.

In the upcoming five episode event through July 15th, look for the returns of fan favorites: Kristian Alfonso (Hope), Peter Reckell (Bo), Eileen Davidson (Kristen), Christopher Sean (Paul) plus Steve Burton making a DAYS return in his first-ever soap role as Harris Michaels.

In story, an action-packed tale that spans the entire globe, from Monte Carlo to Hong Kong, beloved characters from Days of our Lives once again go “Beyond Salem!” as they trade the comforts of home for an adventure of a lifetime! Supercouple Steve and Kayla make a surprise visit to their children in Seattle, while private eye John Black travels to San Francisco to see his son, Paul. Meanwhile, new parents Ben and Ciara drop anchor in Montreal – where they are greeted by a much-missed Hope! Over the course of five thrilling episodes, heartwarming family reunions take a dangerous turn as a mysterious adversary wreaks havoc on their lives.

The next chapter of Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem is story full of larger-than-life romance, jaw-dropping twists, and high-stakes drama – and it all connects back to a plot that long-time fans of Days of our Lives will surely remember.

The cast also includes: Deidre Hall as Dr. Marlena EvansDrake Hogestyn as John Black, Stephen Nichols as Steve “Patch” Johnson, Mary Beth Evans as Kayla Brady Johnson, Lucas Adams as Tripp Johnson, Camila Banus as Gabi Hernandez, Victoria Konefal as Ciara Brady,Robert Scott Wilson as Ben Weston, Loretta Devine as Angela, Vince Van Patten as Phil Hellworth, Tanner Stine as Joey Johnson, Abigail Klein as Stephanie Johnson, Colton Little as Andrew Donovan, Victoria Grace as Wendy Shin, and Remington Hoffman as Li Shin.

Watch the trailer below, then let us know if you are exciting to see the upcoming streaming series via the comment section.

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49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Winners Circle (Photos)

Friday night at the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, the night’s big winners in daytime drama, talk shows and more, shared their first moments of their victories in the press room where they were greeted by the paparazzi, journalists and electronic media outlets from around the country.

Getting their first snaps with Emmy gold were General Hospital winners: Frank Valentini (Drama Series), Nicholas Alexander Chavez (Younger Performer), Jeff Kober (Supporting Actor), Kelly Thiebaud (Supporting Actress) along with Allison Reames Smith and Phideaux Xavier (Directing Drama Series).

Days of our Lives was represented with a win for Ron Carlivati and his writing team, while The Bold and the Beautiful long-running cast member, John McCook finally received the Lead Actor top prize, while The Young and the Restless’ Mishael Morgan made Daytime Emmy-history taking home the gold in the Lead Actress category.  Talk show host, Tamron Hall celebrated her win as well.

Take a look at some of those moments in our ‘Winners Circle’ Photo gallery below.

Now, let us know, which of these winners were you most happy to see receive a gold statuette? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

Photos: JPI

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