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James Scott Interview – Days of our Lives – 39th Annual Daytime Emmy Red Carpet

Days of our Lives James Scott (EJ DiMera) chatted with Michael Fairman on the red carpet at the 39th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. James reveals his thoughts on the recent departure of Renee Jones as his on-screen sister, Lexie Carver, the fact that the reclusive star has joined Twitter, and his thoughts on DAYS 15 Emmy nominations including the one for Outstanding Drama Series which earned its nod for the EJ/Sami grief-sex episode!

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Vinnette
Vinnette

thank you for this interview! I love JS and am happy to see him on twitter. Welcome to the dark side, James.

margie
margie

Hopefully James will enjoy us nutty fans on twitter! Thank you for this interview.

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Sarah aka Mamaoftwinsons on Twitter

Thanks for the interview Michael!! Really enjoyed it of course, as I do all of your interviews and James’ interviews as well! I will definitely miss Ejexie’s scenes. Loved that Lexie was not only Ej’s sister, but his best friend. I miss Renee Jones as well, but wish her the best of luck!! Looking forward to more of your interviews Michael! Thanks

Jogeann
Jogeann

James Scott is such a great actor. He is very deserving of an Emmy. This year he should have been nominated for the silent scream scene when Sami came into the rumpus room. Last time he should have won because of the way he portrayed EJ’s reaction to Sami calling off their wedding and leaving with the children. I think it was his best work. The Academy was wrong in making a decision that actor has to interact with another cast member in a scene to win an Emmy. James Scott did a stellar performance without the need of anyone but the viewers watching. Tom Hanks did an entire movie mostly by talking a basketball and was nominated for a third Oscar. He don’t win but three nominated three times in a role and winning twice is a great achievement. James Scott definately should have gotten at least one win. I hope he will not be discouraged and will be able to submit something from the next season. It is not a secret that Days hasn’t had well written storylines lately. It proves James Scott is an even better actor because he has taken some poorly written material and spun it into gold. I am not the only one who feels this way. Mr. Scott has an extremely large fanbase. The number of people who signed up to follow him on twitter during a couple of hours prove it. I personally think the people who determine the Emmy winners made a mistake by not paying homage to James Scott with at least one award.

Jorgeann
Jorgeann

*Jorgeann* Correction to my name to previous comment.

Lena
Lena

Michael, you do the nest Interviews of James, and this one is no exception. Thanks for giving us an opportunity to enjoy hearing his thoughts about Days and life.

Karen
Karen

Thanks Michael! Love the interview with James. I’m surprised he’s on twitter, but it sounds like he has a lot coming up that he’s wants to share with his fans and that’s a good outlet for that. Looking forward to your other interviews.

EJ/JS fan
EJ/JS fan

Thanks. James should be very happy with the Emmy win for writing. James, Ari Zucker, Matt, Melissa and the other actors in the ‘Snowstorm’ episode brought the writers vision to life. Imo all the actors share in this win for giving the words the emotional impact on the screen that they deserve.

Julie
Julie

i disagree i pretty found this episode flat and boring as hell except for the Matt scenes, i don’t get why it won some emmy instead of the episode of Johnny’s missing, these daytime emmys seem now to be a big fat joke anyway.

JamesFan
JamesFan

Well that was the episode that won the Emmy. I preferred that over shock value stunts such as grief sex. It may have been interesting to fans of Ej/Sami, but there was a lot like myself that didn’t care for it.

Julie
Julie

Euh no it has nothing with Ej/Sami, it has everything with being an episode with lot’s of heavy drama, scenes well acted and well written and lot’s of history and interactions between important characters therefore i stand by what i said; these emmys are quite a joke and the Johnny’s missing stuff was a FARE BETTER episode than the episode when Maggie and her egg baby drama..boring stuff was featured.

Julie
Julie

And to me it was not ‘shock value’ at all but daring, edgy and deep storytelling, the only flat factor was Johnny being found under a table, that was ridiculous but before that it was great soap opera unlike this boring and cheesy snowstorm stuff, so we can agree to disagree.

Liza
Liza

Thank you Michael! I love James Scott and always enjoy his interviews. I hope he can handle twitter! Ha

Julie
Julie

Not sure it is a great idea to get twitter with some very nutty haters all over the net..but i guess James Scott can get over it and have a thick skin..after all he is an actor..

kay/kay
kay/kay

Julie I agree do not do twitter or facebook you are putting yourself at risk now days people are just nuts I feel safe posting a thought now and then on Mr. Fairman’s blog but if a fellow poster get’s upset I do not respond. My Mom if she was alive would call it in poor taste to treat people you don’t know badly. Just like these comments on Cruise & Holmes tacky and really I don’t care about their personal lives, I am referring to Daytime Confidential why is this a news item for Daytime soaps?

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LISTEN TO THE REPLAY: Soap Nation Live! with Jon Lindstrom, Beth Maitland, Freddie Smith, Linda Dano & Maura West

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Listen to “Soap Nation Live November 2018 Episode” on Spreaker.

If you missed Thursday’s night’s Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman, you can hear the replay of the broadcast right here in the audio player above.

The November episode of the monthly podcast featured special guests: Soap icon, Linda Dano (Ex-Felicia, AW, Gretel, (OLTL, GH, Port Charles, AMC), and Cynthia, ATWT), General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan), The Young and the Restless’ Beth Maitland (Traci), Days of our Lives Freddie Smith (Sonny), and listeners were in for a surprise when GH’s Maura West (Ava Jerome) called-in as well during the show.

During this fun night of chat, Linda Dano kicked-off the show as she and Michael reminisced about the night she won the Daytime Emmy in 1993 for her role as Felicia Gallant on Another World.  Then, the duo talked about: her soap career as Gretel “Rae” Cummings on the ABC Daytime line-up, her incomparable fashion sense, and how fans can see her first acting project in 12 years when The Chronicle Mysteries debuts with Alison Sweeney (Sami, DAYS) in March of 2019 on the Hallmark Channel.

Next, General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom discussed taking on and revisiting playing the dual roles of Kevin Collins, and his serial killer twin brother, Ryan Chamberlain.  In addition, Jon talked about his leading ladies, Genie Francis and the #KevLaur hash tag, and Ryan’s interest in Ava Jerome.  Then, after answering some questions from listeners, Maura West surprised her scene partner and called-in to chat with him.

Beth Maitland came on to Soap Nation Live! next, and she discussed finally having the opportunity after 36 years to explore Traci’s relationship with her siblings, Jack and Ashley, that came about in Eileen Davidson’s exit storyline.  The Daytime Emmy-winning actress also revealed her favorite Y&R storyline over the years. Maitland has received critical-acclaim for her recent work on the CBS Daytime drama series.

The final guest of the night was Freddie Smith.  The popular DAYS star talked on the latest developments of Sonny and Will, where now the two can be together since Paul and Will broke up, but will their happiness last long?  Freddie gives the listeners a preview of what’s to come.  Then, a listener calls in revealing how through watching Days of our Lives and the Sonny and Will story and romance, how it helped him come out and to have a family.

Last, during our Game Show segment, a lucky caller eventually wins the Sonny Kiriakis-centric trivia game and will receive a Days of our Lives swag/goodie bag and an autographed personalized photo of Freddie Smith.

To hear archived and past episodes of Soap Nation Live, you can go to the official show page on Spreaker.com here.

Now, listen to the broadcast with Linda, Jon, Beth, Freddie and Maura, and then let us know via the comment section below what was your favorite moment in the broadcast.

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Soaps Lift Boycott Threat Of Daytime Emmys

In a key move to allow those performers in front of the camera and behind the scenes crew and creatives to be acknowledged for their accomplishments this calendar year, the four daytime dramas collectively have decided to lift their threatened boycott and participate in the upcoming 46th annual Daytime Emmy competition.

This comes after the four network soaps (Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful, and The Young and the Restless) banded together after being unsatisfied with snafu’s coming out of the 45th annual Daytime Emmy Awards earlier this year in April, and a list of grievances and concerns they asked to be addressed by the organization that administers the Emmy contest.

Then, following an internal investigation by NATAS by the law firm of Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth of Washington, DC, the results which were released on November 8th, and being in receipt of their findings, the soaps decided to move forward while still having concerns they want addressed.

In a statement from the group, a spokesperson related to Deadline, who broke the story late Friday: “As a group, we are not in agreement with all of the conclusions that NATAS reached.  However, in the spirit of working with NATAS and the TV Academy on improving the integrity of the Daytime Emmys, we have lifted our boycott. We look forward to meeting with NATAS to discuss their findings and our concerns in greater detail.”

On Saturday, someone close to the situation said to Michael Fairman TV: “Our participation doesn’t mean we accept their proposal moving forward, we still have major issues that we will be discussing with the Chair and President (of NATAS), but as a collective whole, we don’t want to penalize our actors for NATAS’ mis-management.”

The 46th Annual Daytime Emmy submissions began earlier this week on November 12th, with the Daytime Emmys slated to be handed out in early May of 2019.

So, are you glad that the network soaps have lifted their threatened boycott so that your favorite performers, whose performances you have loved over the last 11 months can be acknowledged for their talents and hard work? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

 

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LISTEN NOW: Soap Nation Live! With Jon Lindstrom, Beth Maitland, Freddie Smith & Linda Dano

Tonight on the November episode of Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman, get ready for a dynamic line-up of some of your favorite soap stars.

Join Michael and his special guests: GH’s Jon Lindstrom (Kevin), Y&R’s Beth Maitland (Traci), DAYS’ Freddie Smith (Sonny) and soap icon, Linda Dano (Ex-Felicia – AW, ex-Gretel – OLTL, GH, AMC, Port Charles, and ex-Cynthia, ATWT) for this 90-minute broadcast, plus you never know who might pop up during the show!

Make sure to listen in for our trivia game show segment, when one lucky caller has the chance to win a Days of our Lives goodie/swag bag, and a personalized autograph picture from our guest, Freddie Smith.

To call-in and pose a question, or a comment to any of our guests, dial the exclusive listener-line at 818-295-2130.  

The season premiere begins its stream-live at 7PMPST/10PMEST.  You can also head on over to the Soap Nation Live! page at Spreaker.com, if you have any trouble listening to the show here.

Portions of the broadcast can also be viewed at Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/michaelfairmanTV

Now, listen to Soap Nation Live’s all-new episode below in the player.

If you are tuning-in shortly before 7PMPST, you will hear some musical interludes before we go live for showtime. Make sure to press the play button on the player below and enjoy the show!

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