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Is Lisa Rinna Getting A Daytime Talk Show That Will Replace Meredith Vieira's Failed One?

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A report from Page Six has that a previously rumored new NBC talk show in development starring Lisa Rinna as one of the main panelists/anchors, may just be the replacement for The Merdeith Vieira Show which has been cancelled after its second season.

The RHOBH and former DAYs star would appear in the new vehicle with these other panelists:  Former Party of Five star, Scott Wolf, R&B singer ­Kelis, and comedian Al Jackson.

A source told Page Six that the Rinna project: “could very well be a Meredith replacement.  Since they were considering a panel format for Meredith’s show, but it didn’t work.”

However, a source close to NBC says nothing with the Rinna proposed talker is set in stone noting: “Nothing has been green-lit or sold to a launch station group.  And a source close to NBC made no comment on if the series is even in development.

If Rinna would return to a talker, this would make her return to the format after starring with Ty Treadway for several seasons on SoapNet’s Soap Talk.  

So, what do you think of this proposed talker featuring Rinna? Comment below!

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Rapids
Rapids

Lisa was in the running for Live when Kathy Lee quit. She has a lively, devilish personality and could certainly handle a talk show. I’m not interested in much of anything on daytime but I watch a little Live, Dr Phil and Oz type shows. During the holidays the Chew is OK for the seasonal content.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Just say no to talk shows and yes to soaps!!

Kevin
Kevin

Talk shows are here to stay, way cheaper to produce. The soap GH needs to go. Fed up with GH, just cancel it and replace it with a game show. Days will be renewed soon. Love Days.

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

Yaawwwn!…enough said!

Elite Advisors
Elite Advisors

Yeah… really no one really wants to hear her opinions…. we get enough of her on Housewives if you ever tune in…

scott
scott

Oh no, PLEASE not another lame ass talk show. Have the networks not learned anything from all the failed talk shows??? We want soaps with characters that we care about and grow up with not these insipid shows that only can get reality stars to come on….nobody cares about what the Real Housewives of (insert city) are doing or the Bachelor/Bachelorette are up to….please give us back our daytime dramas………

Andy
Andy

Replace all the soaps with reality shows. More Kardashians please.

Deena
Deena

I agree with you. The soaps will all be gone. More talk shows please and I love the Kardashians too.

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

Ew no…the KRAP-TRASHions are everywhere as it is…

clh
clh

Ew, lowest common denominator of viewing.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Andy Cohen?

scott
scott

yes, that’s what the world needs….more Kartrashians….they have their own network…it’s called E TV which means enough already….haha….if they want more lame talk shows or reality shows leave them on Bravo…..NBC, ABC and CBS need to get back to great storytelling shows with real people…we don’t want anymore talk shows that can’t stay afloat…at least come up with a 30 minute soap…..

Lorenzo
Lorenzo

I love Lisa Rinna, but no no no. We want a new soap. Dont bother us, with another talk show. If this talk show happens, it will fail yet again. Bring a new soap for NBC, but we know that will never happen. Too expensive to produce.

Kathleen
Kathleen

Meredith was great, but if she is cancelled, we deserve to have a soap put on the air. The talk shows don’t get the steady ratings a well-written soap can get.

Gary
Gary

Meredith was boring as hell, thank god Meredith is cancelled. i dont dislike her, she seems like a sweet heart. But her talk show tanked and never caught on.

Elite Advisors
Elite Advisors

Boring is right! And Tyra even left her own show…LOL

tsyent
tsyent

Wish ABC never ended that show! If it was sports it would still be on 🙁

Timmm
Timmm

I think talk shows are dead! Especially on daytime. BUT, Lisa is a gabber. She did something on the Soap Network years ago and she was entertaining. However, I would match her up with her husband Harry. Enough of this panel crap. Everyone talks over everyone else and the guests all look like their heads are going to spin off their bodies!

fginaspy
fginaspy

Please no. Lisa Rinna is too annoying to have her own chat show. I doubt we need another talk show. I rather watch interview shows like Larry King Now instead.

kelli
kelli

Lisa Rinna is a smart lady, she is not annoying. You are. Lmao. Jealous of her?. You need to go to bed and take your meds.

Elite Advisors
Elite Advisors

Hi Kelli…

Lisa is annoying…. we all have opinions…my problem is that she is out there desperate to do anything to keep her relevant…. she recently had herself waxed on tv…no class..sheer desperation.

Frank
Frank

I love you Kelli, you are straight to the point. No bs with you. You go girl.

fginaspy
fginaspy

I agree LR is a smart lady. Jealous of her I am not. How your message got past moderation I’ll never know.

I enjoyed Lisa Rinna on Dancing with the Stars. I came to see she wanted to learn and improve her dancing skills. I even think she is a great addition to RHBH although I elect not to watch the show. I don’t care for the way they have laid bare Kim Richards troubles. My experience with her as talk host is Talk Soap and that is enough. However, I think Lisa makes a great pinch hitter when one is needed, I would like to see her co-host DWTS.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hi, Kelli,
I can see you are very passionate about your feelings for Lisa. I understand since I find myself constantly defending Michelle Stafford. As a rule I try not my best not to cross the line with my fellow-posters, unless I am ‘hit’ first.
We all express our opinions here, as we see things. It is personal and that is the point. We do not have to agree with each other. Mr. Fairman specifically asks what we think about a situation or other. We answer with our opinions. There is no need to attack other posters because their opinions do not agree with ours. We can all put our points across without insulting each other. Enjoy your day, Kelli. Winter has finally arrived in NYC area and suburbs. Brrrr.

Kate
Kate

Agree with you. Cannot imagine anyone watching this but we still have The Talk, The View, and The Chew still on. I do not get it, I do not know how people watch these shows. Bottom line……talk shows consist of not the smartest people giving their opinions. Who cares what these people think!? Thank goodness the popularity of the medical info commercials has lessened.

clh
clh

Agreed. Very annoying and have no interest in watching her.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Lord, help us!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

PS.
Most of these ‘illuminati’ ‘ wanna-be’s’ cannot form an intelligent sentence. Here comes another show whose panelists gather to talk about nothing. Can these producers/directors get the message? Foremost on every news report is the American makeshift ( ad hoc) royalty, THE KARDASHIANS. Ha! Good Luck!

JUDY K
JUDY K

AGREE 100%…………….

su0000
su0000

I would think there is only so much of any interest one can talk about on a talk show, being there are 10 other shows talking about it..
As for diets there have been a million of them on every talk show..
Talk shows are duller than watching hair grow on a statue..

talk show are afternoon noise ..

rebecca1
rebecca1

I think watching hair grow on a statue would be pretty amazing!

Lou Piikes
Lou Piikes

Word on the street is the Pillsbury Doe Boy wants his own cooking show.

Helen
Helen

Lol too funny Lou.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Love that one, Lou. Innovative!!!!! Keep ’em coming!
I am so tired of looking at these plastic women, looking starched and ironed….especially those from ‘something or other wives’ shows. I don’t mind those with a modicum of academic background or experience in journalism. But, to have these women/ people engage in talk shows which, I would think, encompass a myriad of subjects, last a few months ( either from lack of knowledge or public interest) and then get sucked into oblivion……’the lost cases vacuum’. I, for one, will not indulge in watching Lisa’s fake lips move, as she tries to speak intelligibly.

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

Haha .. good one @CeeCee. There was a commercial with her the other day and my son & daughter said there is that lady with the fake lips – she looks sooo stupid. :(. I thought it was just me.

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Abruzzfan.
No, it isn’t just you….LOL. most people think it, but are afraid of saying it. You know, politically correct. I don’t know….maybe I shouldn’t judge. I wonder if I had thin lips if I would do it? I doubt it, though. I am too chicken to do anything to my body or inject it with any kind of foreign substances. I think we can all accept so much, within reason, but when some of these women AND men reach beyond the reasonable by disfiguring themselves, it’s hard not to notice….especially if they are on display. It is sad for all the girls in our society who grow up thinking this is the norm. Look at the role models before them.

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

Her fake lips look like plastic doll buttocks glued on sideways…lol

CeeCee
CeeCee

@jimh.
You stop that, Jimmy. I have a stitch on my side from laughing….gotta run. ….helping my son with homework. Later, my friend.

jaybird369
jaybird369

Hey, Lou…your comment is PRICELESS…LOL!!!!! Furthermore, to me, the Pillsbury Doughboy is A LOT LESS ANNOYING than Lisa Rinna…MORE LOL!!!!!

Just saying……….

Kat
Kat

I think you mean “Dough” Ha ha!! Duh!

Brett
Brett

I won’t watch but don’t care as long as she replaces Meredith and not DOOL!

brian
brian

again..ONE LIFE TO LIVE please

Nancy
Nancy

Get over it, OLTL will never come back.

brian
brian

Stranger things have happened…yes I doubt it ever will but sometimes it’s more just to let ABC that it is not forgotten. What would you like to see on network daytime tv ?

CeeCee
CeeCee

I know, Nancy. But, it hurts. I will love that show forever. It’s in my blood. Lol.

Mo
Mo

I think it’s time for something new. A new talk show is not it. A talk show just tanked. Why do they think another won’t? Show reruns of The Love Boat. I know I loved watching that when I was home sick from school.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

Let’s hope not. Nothing against Lisa Rinna. It’s just that we’re talked out.

Iakovos
Iakovos

Succinctly said. Seems every talk show follows same design format, same guests, same content, and same lack of importance to me. And the wrinkle of a talk panel is no longer new, just annoying.

Elite Advisors
Elite Advisors

I vote no on over exposed Lisa Rinna….a new innovative riveting talk show starring Lisa Rinna? I don’t think so.

These talk shows are done, over…. those days are gone

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

Aha, so I see the daytime execs are about to do what they do best: continuing to do the same old things even though they are not working. (Maybe it’s the ONLY thing they know how to do.)

OK, I get that they don’t want to invest money in new soaps, but talk shows have been more miss than hit over the last decade or so, so they aren’t the answer for daytime programming either. I’d suggest the suits muster up their brain cells and come up with a new plan—if they can.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I really enjoyed Soap Talk her old talk show on SoapNet, but Ty Treadway carried that show. I like Rinna in small doses but she was extremely annoying as a host on that show. she made everything about her. I’ll never forget Lisa’s interview with Bree Williamson who called Lisa out on it and said during her interview something to the effect, “Enough about you, let’s talk about me.” Sorry but this will be yet another ill-fated talk show. I like her and I wouldn’t watch it.

Melissa
Melissa

How many talks shows have to fail before the networks at a bigger and more loyal audience with soap viewers? The only show of this kind I like is The Chew, and that’s because they talk mainly about food! The rest of the shows are pure crap. I like Lisa Rinna but don’t see her adding much to the format.

Linda
Linda

I wont watch. ABC just cant get it that they and the other networks dont need any more stupid talk shows. Reruns of old soaps would be better and probably cheaper to show.

Michael
Michael

Are they ever going to learn that the audience doesn’t want another talk show?

Alan
Alan

We want more talk shows, and less soaps. Soaps are finished period.

Charday
Charday

I do like Lisa Rinna—I’d give her talk show a try (just an episode or three). The only new talk show that I’ve like during the last decade was The Bonnie Hunt Show. She was great, but like most only lasted two seasons. All the new talk shows seem to peter-out after a season or two, so why (as a tv viewer) make the investment in them?

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Charday, I read your praise of the Bonnie Hunt Show and had to chime in. Why this show did not last beyond 2 years is astounding! Bonnie is a warm, witty, charming, respectful lady whose attitude alone was perfect for talk show host. In addition, this show featured many inspired, elaborate, comical skits. The show was often brilliant, in fact.

Yet I feel the way you do about investing time in a new TV show (daytime or nighttime) when the networks don’t allow the shows time to find an audience. And great quality doesn’t seem to matter in these decisions…

Amy
Amy

Bonnie Hunt is annoying and not funny at all. Her talk show tanked after 2 years. Kim Kardashian will be getting a talk show next year on ABC. I hope they cancel GH. kim kardashian is a lovely smart business lady.

Lou Piikes
Lou Piikes

Didn’t Bonnie Hunt have another show that tanked after 6 episodes?

Charday
Charday

Yes, Bonnie Hunt’s talk show was brilliant. I’ll never forget some of her heartwarming stories about her life, like when she was a nurse and was taking care of a man just after her father died. It’s on you tube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_U_qUgxcMU

If the link doesn’t work, just search on youtube for 11/10/09 – Bonnie’s Touching Story About Her Dad – THE BONNIE HUNT SHOW.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Charday, yes, your link worked. Thanks for sharing it with me. I’m so glad you mentioned Bonnie, even if some of our friends here have a different opinion… 🙂

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

One other thing, Charday, the clip you provided illustrates perfectly Bonnie’s compassion and warmth. Those stellar qualities of Bonnie’s were pervasive in her show. I also liked her generosity with her writers and staff, giving them plenty of individual screen time to shine. 🙂

jlh
jlh

Yet another talk show I’ll never watch…

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

The juxtaposition of this article on Lisa Rinna with the article on DOOL’s Joseph Mascolo is priceless. I recall a very public spat between the two actors…

As for Mr. Mascolo, I wish him all the best and I value his contributions to daytime. As for Ms. Rinna, I will censor my own commentary on her…

CeeCee
CeeCee

Gotcha, James. Must be a very salacious commentary. Lol.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Hey CeeCee! Happy New Year!!

Not a big fan of Rinna, I must say… LOL! I came late to DOOL, but one thing I always found ridiculous (storywise) is that Lauren Koslow was supposed to be the mother of both Bryan Dattilo and Lisa Rinna!

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Jamesj75. Happy New Year to you as well, my friend.
Yes, James; we must pretend that on soaps it is possible to give birth at the acerbic age of 6, 7, 8 years old and so forth. At least, Bryan Dattilo’s age is en par….more reasonable. I suppose there is a resurgence of ingenues at the ripe age of 52 and up. What gets me is that whenever a young character is introduced, fans demand their vets to take the place of the lovelorn and volatile behavior of teens. I do not particularly like this new batch of youth on Days, but , young characters must be introduced and harvested to continue with the soap’s longevity. Most fans want the older characters frozen in time. It just doesn’t make any sense to me. Isn’t that how all of them started? Hope was supposedly fifteen when she was introduced to the DOOL stage. But, it seems to me, fans want to keep her encapsulated in another dimension and drink from the fountain of youth. Then some of us are called ageists when bringing this very thing up. Lisa Rinna is 52, Lauren 62…..seriously, James. They look the same age to me.

CeeCee
CeeCee

‘Acerbic’, as ‘unripe’, in this context.

Rodd
Rodd

It will fail. TPTB at the networks just don’t get it. We don’t want another talk show with more drivel. They’re all the same. Yawn.

CeeCee
CeeCee

You’re most likely right, Rodd. Maybe it’s just sensationalism,….purposely done to gain publicity? Who knows? I do not watch talk shows any longer. So, who really cares?

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

CeeCee and Rodd: I agree with both of you!

@CeeCee: I am replying to you here regarding our above discussion. Thanks for your reply and kind words! And thank you for going the extra mile and providing the ages of Lisa and Lauren; I agree with your assessment about them looking the same age — and both are beautiful, no doubt. You made me laugh with our comment, “resurgence of ingenues at the ripe age of 52 and up.” If I’m not mistaken, Susan Lucci (and I adore her) played an ingenue during her entire tenure at AMC…

The longevity of several soap stars is truly astounding. Yes, perhaps the viewers want to keep them forever young. And you’re right about soaps needing to inject the next generation of characters (hopefully with direct ties or lineage to established characters) to keep the franchise going. With Bo Buchanan on OLTL, they kept bringing in younger and younger love interests, I guess in part, to keep him young.

Lord knows, I try to stay young. But to quote Stevie Nicks (“Landslide”), “I’m getting older, too.” Yet I stay active, I feel much younger than I am, physically and psychologically. And I’m sure there are some who know me who would be willing to testify that I am clearly immature!

And while I am on here talking about myself (maybe channeling my inner Erica Kane), as I get older, I am more appreciative of my blessings and the wonderful family and friends who occupy my life. CeeCee, YOU are one of those friends! My best to you and your family!

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Jamesj75.
Lol, James. Believe me, we all have that childish part in our personality which will never fade. My dad calls me an imp for a reason. I have a seventeen year old sister….believe me, we talk about everything….even the most stupid subject.
I don’t find Lisa Rinna anything to wow about….but Lauren? I can only hope I will age as gracefully. I also love her character, albeit Kate is not too popular.
I am not disputing age….more power to them. My own mother who is fifty-five looks in her late thirties. I just do not understand why Hope, unlike her contemporaries, such as Jen, Lauren etc. are given roles that do not entail these extravagant activities not becoming a woman that age. I truly believe it is deliberately done to put her en par with Rafe. That is where the PTB are headed. That is my issue. The subterfuge and shenanigans.
Erica Kane was in a league of her own. She was ageless. I can appreciate all these actresses longevity, more power to them…..Just so youth is given a chance.
You are the nicest person on this board, James….sweet as honey, my friend. Your words fill my heart with joy and peace…..something all of us need. These boards provide so much comfort for me….sharing personal thoughts. I have lost much in my life, but, I also gained much. The love of family and friends. Thank you, James. ‘Night.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Thanks for your kind words, CeeCee. I am truly grateful and yet not worthy… Just a quick reply for the moment.

I understand your points about the writers’ approach in writing for women in their 50s and up. Yes, Hope is a case in point. I may be in the minority, but I like Lauren with Rafe. There are worse fates for the younger Rafe… 🙂

I can tell how much you enjoy these boards! And I am so happy for you and energized by your enthusiasm and class. You are in a league of your own! Please take care, Friend!

Ces
Ces

Haven’t they figured out yet? People don’t care who is hosting a show, no one wants to watch stupid shows anymore. Unless your name is Oprah or Ellen, talks shows will continue to just drop off.
Also, as much as I liked Rinna on Days, that doesn’t mean I could handle her babbling on a talk show all day playing herself.

Bil Thompson
Bil Thompson

A TALK show starring HER?
Haven’t we had enough of her lip?

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Bil, that’s biting commentary! And you made me laugh!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Love your pun, Bil. How apropos! Lol.

Chrystie_Delancey
Chrystie_Delancey

OMfreakingG! Do they NEVER LEARN?!

Lisa Rinna is so grating on the nerves. Yeah, brilliant idea to cast her and a bunch of has-beens because we just need another panel talk show. There is just so much stuff to talk about. Let’s cut ALL programming all together and run panel talk shows around the clock.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Love your post , Chrystie…cut to the chase.

jaybird369
jaybird369

RIGHT ON, Chrystie!!!!! Lisa Rinna is annoying enough already!!!!! Anyone that would give that Lisa Rinna chick her own daytime talk show clearly has ROCKS IN THEIR OWN HEADS!!!!! TOTAL B-L-E-C-H!!!!!!! Idiots.

Lisa w
Lisa w

Add Ty Treadway to panel with Lisa Rinna and you would have a hit on your hands. They were golden together on SoapNet

mary
mary

That show will not be very successful. The general opinion of Lisa Rinna is that she is very annoying. Her gig on RHOBH proved how annoying she actually is. She thinks she got the talk show job because of her actions on RHOBH. If that’s how you have to act to get another job….I guess I was raised differently. I won’t watch it.

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Photo: JPI

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ERIC:  It’s been a nightmare Michael.  (Laughs)  I don’t know who I’m sleeping with anymore.  I’m at the point where I go home at night, and I just tug on my wife’s cheek just to make sure that she is not my ex-girlfriend from high school.

When you first heard of this storyline, and that it was going to facilitate how Arianne was going to come back to the show… and that it was supposed to be Kristen in a Nicole Walker prosthetic mask with a voice alternator, what went through your mind?

ERIC:  I think in the back of Ron’s Carlivati’s (head writer, DAYS) mind, he was thinking to himself, “This dude started his soap career on Passions, he’s okay with this kind of thing,” and honestly, nothing surprises me anymore.  When you’re thrown into that supernatural, crazy reality, doesn’t-live-here sort of atmosphere for you first soap gig, you don’t sweat a mask and a voice modulator.  That’s just par for the course.  My biggest problem was the body thing … that Brady is not able to distinguish one body from the other, because I would as Eric.  My God, I know every inch of my wife’s body.  So, it’s difficult to get my head around that, but at the same time, I’m going with the whole “love is blind” thing here. (Laughs)

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(Laughs) I was going just going to say that Brady would absolutely know Kristen’s body from how passionate their relationship has been in the past, as well, he would Nicole’s body from his relationship with her.

ERIC:  Since Kristen did finally just succeed – let’s use the word in “seducing” him, and using her wonderful feminine wiles as only Kristen has to get Brady in to bed, there was also another twist.  What plays after that is that he notices the tattoo that’s been removed, and she plays it off as scarring from the fire.  What’s going through his mind as he is making love to Nicole is a “Kristen train”.  He can’t get Kristen out of his mind, and the guilt that he feels about that is horrendous.

Right! Brady is thinking: “Why am I feeling this when I am supposed to be with Nicole!?”

ERIC:  Right!  Brady has been waiting for a relationship for God knows how many years now – at least a successful one.  He is so eager to have this work, even though he has been concerned about how Eric (Greg Vaughan) would feel about this.  In Brady’s mind, Eric is done with Nicole.  He’s good.  He loves Sarah (Linsey Godfrey).  This is fair game.  Brady and Nicole have always been close … they’ve been close before … so, for him, it’s, why not give it a fair try?   However, he finds himself now thinking about another woman the whole time.  That’s rough.

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Do you think in the back of his mind, that this whole time, he possibly knew that “Nicole” was Kristen?

ERIC:  Well, you just have to wait.  There will be a reveal eventually, obviously, but until then, let the games play on.

So, once Brady and “Nicole” have sex, he keeps thinking about Kristen?

ERIC:  Constantly!  She just plagues his mind.  I think he’s realizing that his affection for Kristen is anything but dead and is very alive, and I think this is Kristen’s master plan from the very beginning.  She knows that she pervades his soul, and once she does reveal herself, I would guess he would probably be surprised, maybe a little angry, but in the end … you can’t deny what your heart and your body wants, right?

One of my favorite recent scenes had Brady half-naked and Kristen as Susan getting into his room, because she was looking for the MIA Nicole mask she so desperately needed.  She finds herself gawking and lusting after Brady under her disguise, and he tries to remove himself from the situation and says, “Susan, I’m going to get in the shower…”

ERIC:  Yeah! And, “It’s not going to happen, baby.”

What was that like doing that scene?

STACY:  I loved it!  I thought Eric was brilliant in it.  I watched it, and I thought, “Oh, my God!”  (Laughs) It is one of my all-time favorite scenes.

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ERIC:  Kristen is a tiger.

STACY:  She is a tiger.  She’s got a goal, and she is going to go after that.  She has obstacles that are going to come in-between her goal, but she will go after whatever she wants.

When Stacy comes in to Brady’s room as Susan, were you not laughing?

ERIC: No!  I thought she was hot. (Laughs)

STACY:  He did … he loved it.  You liked me, didn’t you baby? (Laughs)

ERIC:  I don’t think anybody can deny that Stacy Haiduk’s portrayal of Susan Banks is ridiculously good.  Everything from her delivery … to her facial expressions.  I think it is amazing.  I mean, it is corny, and it is fun, and soaps need characters like that once in a while to lighten the load of the heavy dialogue and the drama.  It’s a welcomed addition.  So, I love playing scenes with Susan.

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Eric, you always have been able play the straight-man so well in comedic scenes with impeccable timing,

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STACY:  You’re brilliant, Eric.

ERIC:  You guys are being very nice to me.

STACY:  You are.  I remember on the day how much fun we had, but then, seeing it back and the crap that I was giving you, and just the stuff you were giving back was so beautiful, and innocent, and so alive.  It was so funny.

Does Kristen think that now that she finally got Brady into bed that she won … that she got what she wanted … even if she had to don a “Nicole” mask to do it?

STACY:  Well, no, because she still can’t be really Kristen.  I think she is grateful that she gets to be with him.  That’s one of her biggest goals: to be with Brady and she wants to have him fall back in love with her again.  But for her, now it’s all about, “How do I reveal myself so that he doesn’t get scared away?”  That’s the toughest part for her.  Kristen’s love is so deep that it goes beyond this mask.  So, how is it going to be when he sees her?   Is he going to freak out?  What’s going to happen?

ERIC:  Did you think Kristen would be a little pissed off and think, “Oh my God.  He did go for Nicole?”

STACY:  Yes!  I do, because she’s like, “Finally, I got him!  But wait a minute … did I get him because I was Nicole … or because I was Kristen?”  As Kristen, she always believes there is something deeper between them and a deep connection.  That remains a driving force to her.

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ERIC:  That’s why I love these characters so much, because of you and the history of Kristen with Brady.  She’s always wanted him as much as he has wanted her.  She’s always wanted to be loved.

STACY:  Yes … and very much so.

ERIC:  Kristen had always wanted to be a part of the DiMera Empire, just as Brady has always wanted to be a part of the Kiriakis Empire, and they’ve always wanted love.  They’ve never had it.  They believe in the back of their minds that anything is attainable.  So, I can see why Kristen would just forgo the Nicole disguise and just go, “He wants me.”

STACY:  Kristen wants to believe that Brady knows it.  She says to herself, “He knows it’s me inside and behind the mask.  When he finds out, he will fall back in love with me.”

Now that she actually had sex with Brady, wouldn’t that make Kristen even more insatiable to be with him? Like, “I’ve got to have him!?”

STACY:  The fear is still .. what happens she takes this mask off?  She always says, “I’ll reveal myself, but I have to do it slowly when it is the right time.”  I think there is that built up frustration now for her, absolutely!

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Arianne Zucker really has Stacy’s mannerisms down as Kristen.  It really comes into in scenes where “Nicole” goes off on someone or loses her temper.  Eric, you have worked with Arianne for years on this show.  What do you think about her performances in this storyline?

ERIC:  I have worked with Ari over the years, and I have enjoyed it a lot.  Ari did do her homework.  She did study Stacy’s tape, and she watched her mannerisms, and she took it very seriously.  I know that because she is a hard worker, as much as a goofball as she is, she does work hard, and she wanted it to be good.  I think my favorite parts were the Kristen meltdowns.  You have to understand though; Stacy and Ari get along very well!  They’re kind of two peas in a pod.  So, it wasn’t a big stretch for her to take on how Stacy would play those types of scenes.  They’re both animated, they’re both wild people by nature, and so, it was a good fit.  It was a smart idea from the writers.

STACY:  It was a good fit!

ERIC:  I’ve been out with the two of them, and it’s hard to tell the two of them apart. (Laughs)

STACY:  We are just like two cuddly bunnies.

ERIC:  They’re like flirting with each other, and hugging each other.  You find yourself thinking, “Are they going to start ordering the same food at the same time?  This is getting weird. (Laughs)

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In the recent scene that aired; where Kristen as “Nicole” turns off the light while having sex with Brady, is she worried her plan will now go awry?

STACY:  Yes.  I think she is worried about her body because it is burned.  You know, how they take a tattoo off, and it’s as painful as can be.  Not that I’ve had that done personally.  I like my tats, but I hear it is painful.  So, in the storyline, the burn is that pain that she has and the tattoo. There’s a part of her that thinks,  she has to cover it up, and turn the lights down low.

ERIC:  “Nicole” is sleeping, and Brady is rubbing his hands over her shoulder and touching her body, and as he goes over the burn marks.  He sees a flash of the tattoo!  That is a pivotal moment when he starts to put some pieces together.   He thinks, “Woah! That’s exactly where that tattoo was.”  It’s a slow little rollercoaster ride.

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In the past, Kristen then played by Eileen Davidson, drugged and raped Father Eric.  Stacy, did you ever see that story arc?  Literally the sex scene is playing on the screen at Kristen’s wedding to Brady and then all hell breaks loose.  This to say Kristen is notorious for the ways and the lengths she goes to get her men into bed.

STACY:  Yes! I saw her Eileen do those scenes.

ERIC:  You also saw how close Kristen and Brady were to their dream, to their happiness, their goal, which was they were going to marry each other.  Brady is looking upon his loved ones in this town and thinking, “I know what you all think of her, but I’m going to show you our love on this screen, and once you see the connection that we have here as a couple, you all are going to be convinced that we belong together as well.  This is the happiest day of my life,” and the screen comes up and it’s his brother banging Kristen instead.

Marlena (Deidre Hall) played the wrong DVD!

STACY:  It was so good.  See, I try to find as much info as I can on the character’s past, because all of the time I’m trying to find where these characters have been in their dark and twisted past.

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ERIC:  You’re putting your own stamp on Kristen.  You got a direct call from DAYS casting department, didn’t you … when they were recasting the role?

STACY:  Yes.  You have to understand, I had two really separate characters to play when I was on Y&R.  One was a doctor, and one was this crazy passionate, wild, little minx.

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ERIC:  I will say to find the wild and the beauty in one package is not easy in any town, yet alone Los Angeles.  I’m glad they called you, because you have that.  You have that villainous nature, but you also are able to show a vulnerable side to Kristen that is going to be a lot of fun and interesting to see.

Stacy is one of those people that will leap off of the screen at you and you will remember her.  She is one actress that will have fans talking about their work, like when you played crazy Patty Williams on Y&R.  The audience was on the edge of their seats going, “Oh, my God!  What is Patty going to do next?”

STACY:  I never knew what she was going to do!

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Eric, has Stacy come to you at any point where she been overwhelmed by the task at hand; playing Susan while playing Kristen, etc, and the two of you have a moment where you work through some of the challenges of complex scenes  … and ones where she is playing multiple characters?

ERIC:  We’ve had many moments  to speak of.

STACY:  I always come into Eric’s room, and am like, “I’m scared!”

ERIC:  It’s funny you mention it.  We have had some very emotional scenes, and Stacy – who cares so damn much about this job and portraying this character correctly – that she gets a little overwhelmed, and the material that they give her is overwhelming for any anybody on any level.  I have looked at her in the eyes, and said, “You’ve got this gig.  You are this character.  You are knocking it out of the park.  Just do it.  Just be you.”   I can’t wait for people to see some of the stuff we have shot recently and have been doing.

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Stacy, do you think Kristen can be redeemed? Many characters on daytime … and on DAYS … have done horrible things and later turned over a new leaf.

STACY:  The thing is that villains are bad and all that other crap, but they’ve got a lot of stuff going on inside and insecurities, and they’ve got a heart.  I’m sorry, the villain with a heart of gold, can be very  true.  I never see villains (and I play them a lot) as bad.  You have to find where it comes from … how far does this go … where did that little seed change … and what made them go into the dark, but also, where is the good?  You want to bring the good to it, too.

ERIC:  Let’s face it!  Star Wars is all about Darth Vader and how he became that because it’s intriguing.

Because of the pace in which DAYS tapes its episodes; do the two of you find time to run lines together before you go hit the set?

ERIC:  We are running out of time to run lines.  It’s pretty wild.  Funnily enough, I was recently filming a movie and I was so underwhelmed at the pace of everything.  I’ve gotten so accustomed to moving at this militant style, that as hard as it is, it is preferable to me now.  I almost like it because you don’t have time to overthink what you are going to do, and you end up getting more visceral and natural reactions to the material.  You can overthink a scene, and you can come to a wrong performance that way.  When you burn your fingers on a hot stove, that’s the most natural reaction you are going to get.  You can’t have ten minutes to think about how you are going to scream about that pain.

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But, would you like the pace of shooting the show to be a bit slower?

STACY:  I would like to, but I do think sometimes just jumping in, and going and seeing what happens is great.  I love that.  I do appreciate that.

ERIC:  It’s scary.

STACY:  It is scary.  I would love if we would get to do a rehearsal and then two takes just to see, and then they can mix  together what happens.  Sometimes I am hard on myself as an actress.  I’ve always been.  It’s that jumping in when you only get to do one take.  You have to just give it everything you’ve got.

ERIC:  You can have a second take.  Want me to give you a little secret?  All you have to do is screw up your last line.

STACY:  I can’t do that.   I don’t even need it to be perfect because nothing is perfect.  It doesn’t matter what I’ve done if I sometimes don’t feel it.  I need to feel it when I’m on that set.  I need to feel something because when I shut down, I close myself off.  It’s like an athlete who has just got to  train as hard as they can to reach their goal.

ERIC:  You’re an Olympic swimmer!

STACY:  You’ve got to do it as hard as you can.  You practice, and you practice, and you practice, and you practice, so that when you come to that day, you do the best you can, but sometimes you are disappointed because you didn’t get that one last thing you had hoped for.

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How do you view what happened to Eric with Kristen, who disguised as Nicole, tricked Brady into bed with her?  Some fans commented that that they thought it was akin to a rape.

ERIC:  No, I would disagree with that theory.  I believe there is a high degree of deception in this, but there is a willingness on behalf of Brady.  He’s not drugged.  He’s not being forced to do anything.  Deception, yes.  Rape, no.

Stacy, what do you think?

STACY:  Total deception.  There is no rape.  There is absolutely no rape.  These are willing participants; he just doesn’t know exactly who he is dealing with.

ERIC:  I appreciate the context of how somebody could construe that, and the seriousness of the matter.  I don’t think it really has a place in this particular storyline.

Do you guys think that Brady and Kristen are each other’s star-crossed lovers in a weird, twisted, bizarre way?

ERIC:  I don’t know.  I think they’re magnetism can’t be denied.  I think the hurdles that they’ve jumped through are astronomical.  Will they end up together in the end?  Who knows!  Will there ever be an end?  Who knows!  It’s definitely been one of, if not the most, in-depth relationships Brady has ever had.

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And intense!

ERIC:  Yeah.  They’ve just gone through so much to be together, and when you do that, anybody who is married knows that, that’s where the good stuff is; the wars that you win together and the battles that you go through.  When you come out of the war, and you’re still together, that’s the bond.  That’s what lasts.

What would Kristen do if she couldn’t have Brady in the end?  Would she find a new obsession?  What if she could not nab her man?

STACY:  Wow!  Hmmm. (Laughs)  She’s going to get her man.  She wants her man.  She wouldn’t settle.  She’d keep fighting.  I would say to her, “Kristen, keep fighting the good fight.”

So, do you think Kristen will reveal herself to Brady sooner than later? Will Brady figure out what Kristen has been doing to get to him?  Will Brady turn Kristen away if he knew she was alive and back in action  … or would he fall back into her arms? Share your theories via the comment section below.

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Daytime Emmys To Merge Younger Actor & Actress Category Into One As Gender-Inclusive Categories Are On The Rise

The upcoming 47th annual Daytime Emmys are already making some changes to key categories and specifically this one that affects daytime drama performers.  Word from Variety is that NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) is going to announce that they are combining the Younger Actor and Actress categories into one gender-neutral category

Not only will the Younger performer category be gender-inclusive, but network soap performances will be combined with digital drama series performances for the category.  Previously, for this past Daytime Emmys, NATAS had changed the Guest Performer in a Drama Series to be gender-inclusive.

This category was initially created in 1985 when it was called the Outstanding Ingenue and then from there tweaked into Outstanding Juvenile Female and Male, and more recently that morphed into the Younger Actor and Actress categories.

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Former GH star Hayley Erin (Ex-Kiki) and former DAYS star, Kyle Pettis (Ex-Theo) will now be the last female and male to win the two separate categories with this new move for 2020.

Fans of film and TV have noticed that on several award shows on MTV: their Movie and TV Awards and their VMA’s, there are several gender-inclusive categories, as well as the Television Critics Association Awards who for instance doles out Outstanding Individual Achievement in Drama in comedy.

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Matt Cedeno Debuts Tonight On ‘Ambitions’

Former Days of our Lives star Matt Cedeno (Ex-Brandon Walker) is set to begin his recurring role on tonight’s episode of OWN’s sudsy Ambitions.

Cedeno is taking on the role of Ignacio DeSantos, who is said to be the heir to a textiles conglomerate, and who crosses paths with up-and-coming fashion designer, Bella (Erica Page).

Ignacio is a said to also be a very dynamic character, who has quite the lifestyle! Hmmm.

Will passion ignite between Ignacio and Bella? Stay tuned.

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Matt was most recently seen on Power in the role of Cristobal.

Ambitions airs Tuesday nights at 10PMEST/9PMCST.

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Excited to see Matt in his new role tonight? Comment below.

 

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