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Kate Mansi Hits It Out Of The Park As DAYS Abigail Turns The Tables On Ben!


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If you missed Friday’s episode of Days of our Lives, its a must-see for the star turn of Kate Mansi as Abigail.  The actress who left the series at the end of December of 2015, is certainly going out with a bang as she shortly will wrap up her on-screen run.  Mansi and the DAYS team should remember this episode come next year’s Daytime Emmys, as her performance contained so many layers, and so many emotional turns that should be in contention.

In story, it was the long-awaited showdown between Abby and serial killer on the loose and Abby’s ex , Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson)! Was this her mind playing tricks on her, or was this reality?  Over the last several weeks, DAYS has been playing up Abigail loosing her grip and imagining Ben!  This time however, it’s looking like the real deal.  When she is confronted with being alone with the criminal, at first Abby concocts a story how Chad (Billy Flynn) has been abusing her and how miserable she is, and what a mistake she made to be with him.   She tells Ben, she wants to be with him.

A very untrusting Ben tells Abby she is his everything, and he even tattooed letters of her name on his knuckles while in prison, so when he makes a fist her name is there!   The creepy doesn’t stop there!  Abby tells Ben, “she needs him” and that Chad is away for the next few hours.   Ben heads upstairs to make love with her, and once in the bedroom Abigail continues what looks to be her seduction of killer Ben, only she reaches into the nighstand and grabs a pair of scissors and stabs in the arm.  She then knocks him out with a blow to the head via a vase.


Perhaps, one of Mansi’s best moments was when her cell phone rang and Chad was on the other line, with blood on her hands and mutli-tasking tying up Ben’s feet and looking for ways to do it, she carries on a conversation with her husband to keep him away from the DiMera mansion so she can torture Ben.

Next, Abby grabs a drink and comes back with some accelerant  in order to set fire to Ben in a turn the tables, turn about his fair play moment!  Ready to make Ben suffer, she throws her drink in his face.  He wakes up the horrific scene he now faces.   In other fantastic note on Mansi’s performance she stands on the bed and jumps up and down and dances around as she throws the accelerant all over the bed and Ben!


Next Ben, tries one last attempt to throw Abby off her game by toying with her that he is all in her mind right now … he is not real!  To ensure that he is, and that she is no fool, Abby punches his stab wound with her ring hand.

When he yelps, Abby says he sure seems real to her!  Ben doesn’t think Abby will really light him on fire, but she goes for the matchbox and lights a match, just as Chad has come to the mansion with the door locked and the security guard knocked out!

Kudos to Rob Scott Wilson for making Ben so incredibly twisted and to the amazing performance by Kate Mansi!  What did you think of the scenes?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Rob Scott Wilson, this is proof that you can GROW as an actor. He was skin deep in the beginning but as he worked through this role he became his own man. He soared in this role and it was one hell of a ride. I love his character of Ben Weston. He definitely deserves attention, kudos and award noms for this performance. Kate Mansi took this to all the heights that she should have in this turn of events. I have loved watching her blossom as a younger actress. She definitely held it tightly in her hands and crafted a great ride for her viewers. Billy Flynn as Chad is amazing as well. I feel for him because when the story ends with Abby and Ben, he will have very little to feed off of…This was a great story for all involved and I am lifting a glass of bubbly for a job well done. DAYS has no idea what they will lose with both Kate and Rob gone from the canvas. Great job actors. Thank you.

Both deserve emmy nods next year…

Oh, my, Jimmy! Never have I seen Kate give such a well-executed performance….and Robert….such excellent delivery.
I am still wondering if all this is playing out in Abby’s head. But, how do we explain the knocked-out guard outside? Did Abby do that too? It just does not seem feasible for Abby to have left baby Thomas alone in his carriage alone like that. Besides, Jimmy, babies cry….impossible to stay in that position for too long.

“…I have loved watching her blossom as a younger actress. ”

she stated herself… how… in her last year.. in Salem… she gave her ALL

boy did she ever ! prove me wrong

I am so thankful… that Kate Mansi, Billy Flynn, and Robert Scott Wilson… just flew

just put themselves out their…. REELED

these three underlings… newbies… upstarts… CATAPULTED

Kate Mansi and Billy Flynn were robbed of emmy

it was … speculated… should they have submitted in LEAD

darn tootin… as professionals with; they mined themselves WORTH

When DAYS was transitioning…. ie: for the renewal… who carried
who sparked; who magnified

Abs, Chad, and Ben

they have solidified themselves a place in heart of heart

they were , all three, glaringly overlooked by the emmy panel

the emmy panel…. i’m certain are VETS… need to VOTE and for the win… newbie

her work… in 2016… like in all of the latter half of 2015… has been duly noted..

Kate Mansi : you have forever left a lasting impression

congrats on your 5 years… hard work … it’s a big production that may not be fully realized


you know… she was a part of an MF interview… and she was so forthright… in her person… in her wherewithal command

she shared how… the three of them… in that studio… ie: Billy, Rob, and Kate

would rehearse.. and discuss openly their character motivation and how they related to each other and most importantly… just took their own work… for their character places beyond

you dream of this stuff.. DAYS of ole was elevated…

beyond treat

Ms. Abs

I don’t watch Days, Patrick but have caught a couple of episodes with Abby in it.
Is it just me? Or does Kate Mansi have a certain young Scarlett Johanasson essence about her?


I cant explain… if you will… the phenomena… that occurs.. and lightening strikes… between writers and actors

Kate Mansi 4 years prior to her last year… meh?

EXCEPT… when she starred… with Patrick Muldoon… as Austin Reed
it was an all out fest of feast.. of comedic, cougar, and a burgeoning exploration

Kate Mansi roared in her debut

faltered for 3 years… and impaled with EJ and CHAD… more Chad. just took us all by storm.. and STARRED with scripts to boot

I don’t know… like I said… I liken this to.. for example… Billy Miller… knock me out… I love him

all triggers fired… as Billy Abbott

go figure as Jason Quartermaine… ??? w/Sam just further plummets

ie: Kate Mansi… mystique

smiling from ear to ear… grinning and besotted… this yearling… is worth

if she’s ringed in with Scarlett Johansson… that’s an accolade

HAVE you ever… seen… “The Other Boleyn Girl”

tour de force knock me out… this is my favorite movie by Ms. Scarlett

from “wiki”

The Other Boleyn Girl

Reviews were mixed; some said it was a brilliantly claustrophobic look at palace life in Tudor England, while others are troubled by the lack of historical accuracy. It has enjoyed phenomenal success and popularity since its publication.

LOL it ranks right up their with TREAT, camp, and ooh la la

The Queen reigns

Natalie Portman and Scarlet Johansson as sisters… woah

ps:… on the emmy nomination live show…

Laura Wright herself… said… she’s on the panel

I know.. that Doug Davidson… Paul Williams… Y&R

is also.. ON

just saying… you know…

I really respect what Laura Wright said… on air

that .. there was a time… when these behind the scenes production

TOOK THE TIME… to introduce… newbies

no more… as we are all well “versed” they NOW currently shoot… upwards of 2-3 shows a day

so… it’s CHEER accolade out loud.. when newbies FIRE on all cylinder…

kate Mansi, Billy Flynn… and Robert Scott Wilson… of DAYS

these newbies… by themselves WORKED as a trio to concoct and bring to the screen. their WORK resonated

for all the emmy panelists… new hires… need to be acknowledged

Beautifully said, Patrick.

Im waiting to see the bed and Ben burn. Finally Will, Paige, Serena, and Wendy have finally been avenged.

Will would *never* want to see a man burned alive!

Will had a good heart, and he was devastated when he thought Nick had been killed (by a bash to a head and then drowning), despite the fact Nick had made his life miserable. And then when Nick survived and caused him more grief, he tried to *stop* Sonny, when he thought Sonny was going to shoot Nick! You can’t have it more wrong if you think Will would want someone stabbed and burned alive – even someone who had killed people! Will was very upset when he thought Nick was dead – and he compassionately considered Nick to be someone who had had misfortune in his life. And when Nick was actually killed, he tried to take the blame on himself! Yes I know Will did some violent things as a child – and indeed an anguished Will actually shot someone as a kid, but he learned a huge lesson from that! He saw and felt the consequences of that, the damage on all sides, and he and his loved ones paid dearly for it. He grew up, matured, and learned his lesson. And he learned what it was to have a bullet in his gut! So the adult Will hated violence. And he was compassionate!

If Will was there, he’d be stopping Abby, and calling the police, so that official justice could deal with Ben – properly!

Karim – your comment is horrific.

And it is a symptom of what Days has become – Griffith and Higley have turned the show to darkness and hatred, and it is really quite disturbing that this is appealing to some people. The whole show has become socially immature and backward. That began with the Griffley having the whole town railroad Chad, and then had Will killed in an avalanche of anti-gay messaging, and everyone ignoring the actually obvious suspect – Ben! And this kind of repulsive nonsense has just gone on and on and on during Griffley’s regime.

Goodness is important. But this show now showcases hatred and irrationality, and clearly it inspires the same. (Of course bad things happen in soaps and other dramas, but this show has gone over the edge – and it has lost both its balance and its heart and any sensibility at all!).

Also, I don’t understand why there isn’t a “V” on the content label, on episodes like this! What is the point of the labeling system, if an episode like this doesn’t come with a “V”. It’s crazy and pointless! I suppose its just another example of production companies being free to do whatever they like – hate-messaging included!

As to the performances – I think both KM and RSW do well – but if the writing sucks the result is still going to suck. It is a mark of poor writing when many of the characters are mad and irrational (or brainwashed!), and the plot can only work if they are! And that is very much the case with Ben and Abby, and Higley and Griffith! 🙂

Will was a fighter though. He knew how to throw a punch – and he used to hit the bag at the gym back in the day – and he had a fighting spirit. He was a high school athlete. His uncle was a prize-fighter. He loved sport. (He was captain of the volley ball team back when he was tall!!) Griffley ignored that so that they could have him exterminated in double quick time.

What I am saying though, is that Will would never never never want to see a man stabbed and burnt alive!! Absolutely never! That is so completely opposite to Will. He would have stopped Abby. (I doubt Abby is going to burn Ben, but then I wouldn’t put anything past the real Will-Killers – Higley and Griffith!).

Also Will would be totally against the death penalty. He nearly lost his mom to the death penalty once – I’m sure he does not support it!

Will would understand being in an anguished place like Abby. He would stop her doing the crazy thing.

It is better if the real Will-Killers – Higley and Griffith – get their comeuppance. Never mind their fictional puppet! I’ll be glad to see the back of Higley! That’s what I want to see!

Yes, WAY over the top–and eerily and chillingly TOO close to the infamous case in Texas where the wife tied her husband to the bed, stabbed him repeatedly, dragged his body outside of the house and buried him. At the trial, the (woman) lawyer brought in a bed and re-enacted the horrible scene in the courtroom. TOO MUCH. Too bad the writers took Abby back to being a victim of her fear and emotions after having her be strong when she withstood the horrors Ben inflicted on her. Would love to have seen Abby remain rational and strong–maybe take a well-deserved “vacation” until they found a replacement. Days has gone down a dark, dark road with the murder of Stefano, Ava—and all that simply CRAZY stuff with John Black and the weird “father.” I could go on but I won’t for fear of being sick–like the show has, unfortunately become. Thumbs down!

Hi Stephen. Very well written posts, but I am not sure I understand the mixed messages youre sending out. You take issue with the fact that Will, a fictional character, was a kind soul, and would wish no harm or comeuppance on another character, even a violent murderer. But then you, a real human, go on record saying that two other REAL people, deserve some sort Of comeuppance for scripting the death of Will. Huh? I too am vocal about my displeasure with writing regimes, but I never wish personal harm or comeuppance to the writers! When you give more credit to a slain soap character for being kind than you are doing in real life, something seems wrong there. We all know that when soaps are written well, they can be great!!! But more often than not, the writing is subpar. But that is no reason to wish bad things to befall real people. I have sat through some brutally horrific deaths on soaps…but was never so angry that I publicly wished harm on the writers! Michael Fairman, the awesome owner of this site, provideus fans a forum, and just recently posted rules that should be followed when posting. Personal attacks are no longer appropriate. We all emotionally invest in these characters and stories because they make us think and feel. But at the end of the day, it is just fiction and does not directly impact our lives as real humans.

@ Dylan

I said “I’ll be glad to see the back of Higley! That’s what I want to see!”.

That’s UNAMBIGUOUS. If you check the phrase in a dictionary you will see that it has no connection with violence or harm or hurt whatsoever! It means here that I would like to see Higley gone, and in this case that means gone from Days – which is a perfectly acceptable opinion to express.

Dylan, you sound erudite, and I do not buy at all that you do not understand the very common and basic English phrase of “seeing the back of”. Your post implying that I am wishing violence on a person is extremely unwelcome, profoundly rude, and ugly. And it is slanderous towards me!

Also Dena Higley has fired many actors. Why should she have special protection? Of course I can say I wish her fired – it is a totally reasonable opinion. Her kind of job is only ever a temporary affair. And I think her latest era on the show is terrible – a disaster! They need good head writers desperately. She, imho, isn’t one. I’m not here to discuss that – it’s off topic – I’m here now just to counter the unacceptable slurs you have made against me.

You said I was sending “mixed messages”. This is false. I was unambiguous in my abhorrence of violence. Indeed it was the main thrust of my post, which is what makes your own post so scandalous! And I was very clear about what I wanted to see – Higley gone from Days (just like Griffith).

You admonish me, saying “personal attacks are no longer appropriate” whilst making a personal attack on me by making slurs about me, and slandering me. I think it is the kind of comment that people dislike to read here! People don’t come here to be slandered, or see other people slandered! Please listen to your own advice, and don’t make personal attacks against me, or others, again. This is not the first time you have made a personal attack on me, so your admonishment to me is rich to say the least. I did NOT make a “personal attack”. But you yourself did – against me!

Please do not address my comments again, unless you do so honestly and fairly. I am being polite simply to get this post past moderation.

This was a terrific episode. It was beautiful to watch Abby get revenge on crazy Ben. I loved her expression as she was calmly chatting with Chad on the phone while tying Ben to the bed. Ideally, I’d like to see her start the fire. Crazy Ben shouldn’t be killed. He is crazy after all. I don’t want Abby or Chad or the baby hurt. either. But, it would be great if that mausoleum they live in burned to the ground. That’s no place to bring up a child.

Looks like it’s off to the funny farm for both Abby and Ben. Let’s hope they aren’t sent to the same place. I certainly hope they will recast Abigail. I’d hate for the poor baby to be raised by Chad alone.

Major kudos to Kate Mansi and Rob Scott Wilson for excellent performances. I am truly sorry to see them leave the show.

You say “it was beautiful to watch Abby get revenge on crazy Ben”.

It was horrific!

I am sad to see the character to have gone this way. Abby is the Woman Who Lived! And four people lost their lives! But on Friday, it was all about her: Abby, Abby, Abby – and doing to Ben what Ben had done to her. But she lived! And four people died!

Their families have a right to proper official justice – and answers! Abby is acting to deprive them of that. She has no right. And she has no right to assume that the people who were murdered by Ben would want to see him burned alive. And they have more right to make the call as to what happens to Ben than her.

I hope she doesn’t go through with it, and that she settles with scaring Ben. But I am confident that Griffith will make it all as ugly as possible.

We’ll probably be seeing Abby scaring and scarring Ben, Stephen, but I do see your points.

I understand how some viewers could be burning mad about this. I’m not a doctor, but if I were to take a stab at it, I’d say Abby is suffering PTSD.

Have to agree with you!

To Stephen

You do give valid points. I’m not sure what what to think about the scenes involved. I’m just grateful that Chad arrived in time to stop Abby from killing Ben. However, there are a lot of DOOL fans who are more than celebrating. They think what Abby did to Ben as more than poetic justice. There is no doubt in my mind as to what happens next. Ben will be sent somewhere he cannot escape from again. Justin, the DA, will agree under the circumstances that Abby should be placed under psychiatric care in an institution where she can get the help so desperately needed.

Where can you go after that? Days, unfortunately, has taken a page from GH–taking all their characters one (or more!) steps too far.

Nancy…OH, I AGREE!!!!! That stuff with John (who I think is dreary, dull and boring, anyway) and his CREEPY-LOOKING father is just too ridiculous…and even more PAINFUL to watch!!!!! No Thank You. Next……….


I found excellence in the acting; sadly, I found no beauty in the dark, morose path Days has taken with Abby and many of the other characters. I agree with nancy. I find no entrtainment in the “pursuit” of mental illness, murder and evil.
As much as the acting is, by far, over the top ( not the teens), I do not understand the point? The introduction of these weirdos, the destruction of Will, the unforgivable ‘misuse’ of Kassie D and Melissa A, did not follow a cohesive or coherent thought for me.
As nancy said, Abby, and the baby could have gone away for an extended amount of time and then re-emerge with a recast.
I hope THE BURNING BED symbolism is all in Abby’s head….where the same idea could apply. She leaves for an institution and comes back brand new.

I agree 100%. Her performance was riveting. She played so many layers and conflicting emotions as the scenes progressed. This was daytime drama at its best. I hope she knows how effective and affecting she was. This was great acting – not just for soaps but for ANY genre.

I think it’s unfortunate that Rob Wilson was not nominated at this year’s Emmys. Hopefully with the recent scenes he will be next year.

And I am going to miss Kate Mansi as Abby.

I agree, he was fantastic in the latter half of last year and it would have been great both for Robert and the show to have that recognised with an Emmy nomination.

Those bedroom scenes sure are going to be hot-lol

Ben will wish he never had the hots for Abby, Jimmy!

Abby has an appetite for revenge, but I never liked wiener roasts!

I prefer mine with chili…

Paging Brittany Underwoos…


Absolutely NOT!!!! There are far better actresses out there!

I suppose we’ve all seen our share of characters knocking other characters out with vases on all the soaps, but this seemed more real because it wasn’t a vase. It was a lamp. Ben went limp from a lump by a lamp, LOL!

She used the lamp to ‘knock his lights out’-lol

LOL, Jimmy! Great comeback! Do you think Abby will pop popcorn on an open fire? lol

Kate Mansi set the screen on fire. Literally. Best exit story DAYS has given an actor in ages.

I’ve been a fan of both of the character of Abby and Kate a long time. I do hope they find a recast soon because I haven’t loved a couple like Abby and Chad is so long. That said, I’m going to miss Kate so much in role! I feel like she has just been fantastic over the last year and especially during this story & Friday’s episode. I’m very proud of her, and I hope she wins an Emmy next year!

Kate did an excellent job portraying her part and Rob too, but the scene was not my cup of tea. This kind of constant muder, meanness, revenge is not want I want to keep watching on Days. Very upsetting and distrurbing not the type of escape I want to watch regularly on a soap. I know this is following up /ending the story line of Ben’s viciousness, serial killing, etc., but I keep hoping Days will move in another direction now. Murder after murder. Enough is enough. Let’s move on to more evolved human relationships, drama.

Thank you for your comment, Rj. It cheers me up! I was upset to read that people are enjoying this nastiness, and it heartens me to see others who dislike it are speaking up!

O no, Stephen! Don’t feel that you are alone in thinking this way. You are speaking the truth.
At the risk of sounding repetitious; I do praise the acting, but abhor, just as yourself, the morbid, and basically, ineffective storylines.
I think we would all enjoy seeing a healthy romantic relationship and a dose of good drama, as Rj proposes.

And you guys are all right. I hate watching constant misery and despair and grief and violence and evil. I lost 6 family members in two years, including a cousin, an aunt, two brothers, and my mom. It is not entertaining in real life, and it is not entertainment on the screen. Give me scenes with Kate, Nicole, and Theresa tosaing back martinis and planning business strategy and I am on board! When Days is at its best, it blends romance, family, love, humour, and an outrageous outlandish story or two. But they are balanced!! I do hope Days returns to a more traditional production schedule so they can nip things in the bud that arent working, rather than being powerless to appease fans for 6 months. I thought the lead up to the 50th was great!!!! But I was expecting some sentiment, some heart, some flashbacks, some returning favourites who were popular before 1984, Like Bill Horton, Marie Horton, Jessica Fallon, Liz Chandler, Neil Curtis, etc etc. The show refused to slow down the plot velocity, and didnt reward long term fans at al, deapite what was promised. Rather than seeing Aiden strangling Hope, I would have loved ro have seen Doug, Julie, Marie, Marlena, Roman, etc etc reminiscing and strolling down memory lane. I really long for what soaps used to be, andcould still be. Morality plays where the good guys win in the end! I

@ RJ – How exactly was Abby supposed to have reacted to re-appearance in her home? A psychopath everyone thought was sitting in a prison cell. How exactly was Abby supposed to react when Ben took hold her claiming that he still loved her?

OMG…I was rivetted to Friday’s episode and replayed it immediately as it was all so good! Kudos to Mansi & Wilson as their performance will long be remembered in soap history! They both deserve Emmys for their roles for sure…just amazing and such growth over the arch of the story and their characters. Bravo!

Personally I am hoping this is all in her mind and we are watching Abby’s descent into madness otherwise to see another Horton act no different than a DiMera is painful. I do think most people can be pushed into doing horrible things but in general most decent people like the Horton’s don’t go around killing and torturing people no matter how deserved. If this is all in her mind, then Abby will exit by being checked into an institution for the mentally ill which fits with the history of show since her grandmother had a mental illness– it will give a place for the character to be until they find a recast–but as for the actress, yes she is doing a brilliant job whether this real or not and hopefully she will get an Emmy nod next year.

Thank you for your comment Mary. I found it painful to watch too. And I agree that it would be better if it was all in Abby’s mind, but I think that’s wishful thinking now. I believe that there is no limit to the horribleness that Griffith and Higley will create on this show – they demonstrated that amply six months ago!

Kate Mansi deserves both an Oscar and an Emmy. She has proven herself worthy of my praise.

“Michael Fairman”

this thread… is simply…. one of your best

it’s a chilling account of Abs …. “… as her performance contained so many layers ”

from the get go : could she be experiencing… a mind spiral that just goes

she’s protecting her son at all cost
she’s protecting her love for her husband
is she unaware of what she’s doing… it’s a fascinating glimpse of dark, raw emotion, tit for tat, and that overdrive she’s consumed and we’ll find Abs mind not with

is Abs combusting…. coming undone

you take in to account… her family history… can’t wait for the return of Jamie Lyn Bauer, Laura Horton…. talk about a class act … she’s what fascination is all about

this is a fully charged all your senses ON… finale for…. Kate Mansi

she’s upped her character and her person… Superlatives and Kate Mansi… Done!

As I watched Abby pour lighter fluid on Ben, I thought, the writers have ruined another character. Very disappointed in what I saw on screen. I hope she does not go through with it.

Also, pouring lighter fluid like Abby did, she no doubt got some on herself, which is not a good idea.

I think Rob did a great job. He has really improved since he first appeared in Salem. Of course, getting a story helped.

I thought Kate did a good job conveying that Abby did not enjoy kissing Ben and was only doing it to save herself. When Ben went upstairs, I don’t know why Abby didn’t grab Thomas and run, hide, call police. But she obviously already had her endgame in mind.

Maybe it will turn out to be….she did all THAT and Ben wasn’t actually there?

great job Abby now if only someone could put out Ben’s lights that would be even nicer.In his case lights on but nobody home.

On the edge of my seat. The best dramatic scene I can remember. Sure there is lots, but this was great. Hard to believe Ben used to be on price is right. Hope to see more acting from him. Loved Abbi! Feel bad for who replaces her. She just made it impossible.

Yesterday’s ep was gruesome. Kate did a good acting job.

I was surprised Chad waited so long in calling 911. And did JJ get a promotion when we weren’t looking? Now he’s giving orders. Say what?

I do think these eps were too gruesome and dark and not what I want to see on Days. I am very disappointed in the way Days is going. I think Ted and Betty Corday would be disappointed too.

I disagree. Ben callously strangled Serena, Paige and Will then tried to frame Chad for the murders. Ben then kidnapped a very pregnant Abby. He took Abby to motel in the middle of no where and forced her to give birth there. Oh, Ben also kidnapped a woman forced her act as midwife then killed her after. Then Ben took the baby away from Abby. Instead of staying in prison where he belongs Ben escaped to torment Abby once again. Sorry, Ben got exactly what he deserves. Those episodes were gruesome but not as gruesome the others where took lives.

Kate Mansi gave am Emmy winning performance. The actress chosen to replace Kate will have some very big shoes to fill.

While the scene may have been too graphic, violent, and gruesome for my taste, I understand that it may have followed a progression in the storyline, but the issue for me is the broader one that I wish Days would not choose to go down this path so consistently, especially showing such vivid images of Abby stabbing Ben with the scissors , etc. – I realize she needed to do that to incapacitate him, but if Days is trying to attract a younger audience is this what we want the youth to be watching? With that said, there may be an element of attraction to psychological thrillers, and Abby’s decent into mental illness, as this may be a subject worthy of soap opera material, but I hope that Days will take the high road, and be socially responsible and show less violence on all levels especially if they want a younger audience whose minds may be shaped and influenced by what they watch. I hope I am staying within Michael’s guidelines, and not repeating myself too much, but I do feel that this is a discussion that within the soap opera industry that is worth having. Do we want to see love or hate? I realize there may be a place for both as soap opera drama may try to reflect life, but it may depend how it is portrayed, how often, etc.? Well, for me I choose love, and would like to see more of that. Once there is a violent scene I tend not to watch for awhile because it is too disturbing and upsetting. I would not want my teenage nieces and nephew to watch this.

I will say I love the cast, in fact I watch because I get attached to the characters. I think Days has talented writers as I know it is hard work to write and pull together storylines (even if I do not like some of them), and I have a lot of respect for Ken Corday. I marvel how he has kept the show on the air for 50 years despite challenges. I would just ask that have storylines that are not as violent, mean, and ugly as they seem to have had a wave of recently. Focus on relationship and family drama/conflict in a more humane way, so I could watch the show with my teen nieces and nephew. You could bring in a whole new generation.


Days Of Our Lives

Days of our Lives wins WGA Award for Daytime Drama Series

Sunday night, April 14th in concurrent ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York City, the Writers Guild of America is handing out their 76th annual WGA Awards in the fields of motion picture, television, news media, and radio/audio.

In the Daytime Drama category, Peacock’s Days of our Lives was the winner, taking home its fourth WGA Award in this category in a row.

The DAYS winning writing team consisted of Head Writer Ron Carlivati Creative Consultant Ryan Quan and Writers Sonja Alar, Jazmen Darnell Brown, Joanna Cohen, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Cheryl Davis, Kirk Doering, Christopher Dunn, Jamey Giddens, David Kreizman, Henry Newman, Dave Ryan, and Katherine D. Schock.

Photo: JPI

The team from Days of our Lives bested the only other team in the category from General Hospital, which consisted of former GH head writers: Dan O’Connor, Chris Van Etten Writers Ashley Cook, Emily Culliton, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Shannon Peace, Stacey Pulwer, Dave Rupel, Lisa Seidman, and Scott Sickles.


As previously reported, a show spokesperson for Days of our Lives shared that the episodes submitted for the competition were #14663, #14678 & #14679, and mostly centered around the death, and the funeral of Victor Kiriakis played by the late John Aniston.

This week, DAYS head scribe, Ron Carlivati, confirmed that, and told Michael Fairman TV on the decision of the scripts the team submitted: “I like to have some humor, but it was also the funeral, and then there was Sarah (Linsey Godfrey) giving birth, and then Vivian’s (Louise Sorel) crashing the reading of the will.”

You can follow along with the live updated list of all the winners from tonight’s WGA ceremonies here.

Michael Fairman TV will have more on DAYS WGA Award win as it becomes available.

So, what do you think of Days of our Lives winning the WGA Award writing award for a Daytime Drama series for the fourth year in a row? Comment below.

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Matthew Ashford and Melissa Reeves Talk Return to DAYS for Doug’s Funeral, Susan Seaforth Hayes, and Their Enduring Friendship

Last week, Days of our Lives celebrated the taping of their 15,000th episode which is tentatively scheduled to air on December 3rd. The story will feature emotional and heart-tugging scenes of Doug Williams funeral and honor his portrayer, the beloved Bill Hayes, who passed away on January 12th at the age of 98.

While the actors, producers, and crew took a lunch time break to pose for some pictures and speak with the press, they knew they would have to get back to taping the funeral, which was going to make it a tough day, but also cathartic for all who loved Bill Hayes.

Several returns have thus far been announced including; Melissa Reeves reprising her signature role of Jennifer Horton (a part she first played in 1985), and Matthew Ashford as Jack Deveraux. Reeves had last appeared on the show back in 2021, and she was replaced by Emmy-winner Cady McClain in her absence when Jennifer was in storylines. In real-life, Melissa had moved full-time to Tennessee along with her husband, Scott Reeves (ex-DAYS, GH, Y&R). Now, and as previously reported, Reeves will first appear back on DAYS for the Thanksgiving episodes with the Hortons.

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Michael Fairman TV caught up with Matt and Melissa during the 15,000th episode celebration to get their take on: being back for these special episodes, how it has been working with and watching Susan Seaforth Hayes portray Julie’s grief over losing Doug, and how they have supported each other through the years. Check out what they shared below.

Melissa, you are back on the set of Days of our Lives for this very emotional and special moment in the series history. How does it feel?

MELISSA: Oh, my goodness. I am honored. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else but to be here for Bill. He was like my real-life dance partner. He taught me how to ballroom dance. And to be here for Susan, of course, who’s just been our sweet hero this whole week. We’re just following her lead. She’s just been this incredibly strong example for us in the midst of this trial and season of her life. She is like just lifting us all up with her. It’s been incredible.

I was at Bill Hayes memorial service which was truly incredible and I know at the time you were in Tennessee. It was moving and celebratory of his life, all at the same time.

MELISSA: That’s all I have heard. I have to watch it on You Tube. They said it was just a real celebration of his life and I love that.

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This must be difficult for Susan Seaforth Hayes depicting the death of Doug, when she is still grieving the loss of her beloved husband. (Susan pictured above with the returning Stephen Schnetzer who plays her on-screen brother, Steve Olson).

MELISSA: I’m sure Susan has those moments at home by herself, but she’s so good at being a leader and leading all of us. We’re following her, you know, and she’s like, “This is how I want to feel today.” And we’re just going along with her, you know? It’s so sweet.

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How is it to see Matt Ashford again live and in-person?

MELISSA: You know, Matt and I can go years without talking, or seeing each other, and then the minute we see each other we’re chatting away.

MATT: Melissa was out on set doing a scene yesterday on the phone talking to a stage manager; as she was telling some really tough news on the phone. I’m like crying in the background, literally, I’m off-stage crying.

MELISSA: And then we get like back into normal life, and we’re like, okay, “What’s happening? What’s happening with this … or what’s happening with that?”

I had read, Melissa, that you were in touch with Matt about if there night be a possibility for you to reprise your role as Jennifer for these special episodes?

MELISSA: Yes. Well, Matt was like, “Hey! Would you want to come back? “And I was like, “Matt, you know, I would always come back. ”

MATT:  Every time I come here to Days of our Lives, they ask, “Where’s Missy? How’s Missy?” Everybody backstage says, “I miss her.” All of the crew is asking about her and saying, “It would be nice to see Missy. Nothing wrong with you Matt, but …”  They said, “Where is she?” I said, “She wants to come!”

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There are some beautiful photos of Missy and Bill and Susan thorough the years that I found. It just reminded me of just the deep and entrenched history we all have had with the show, personally and professionally.

MATT: Missy is roughly the age where Francis Reid (ex-Alice Horton) was when she started the show, which is just crazy.

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I’ve always said Missy was going to be the next generation Alice. Do you feel that Jennifer is the heir apparent matriarch of the Horton family?

MELISSA: Yes. I mean, this has been greatest blessing of my life, and that would be great. I told Ken Corday (executive producer, Days of our Lives) when I was 17 that this show would be my life. Ken always told me, “This is your home,” and I’ve always felt like that.

How have gotten through the scenes watching Susan Seaforth Hayes as Julie go through the loss of Doug?

MATT: Susan is bringing her best performance life for her and Bill. I mean, she’s a showbiz baby. She always has been one hundred percent, and she’s doing it for him, and this is who they’ve always been. So, you’re seeing this amazing performance colored by her life. She has her private life as Susan, but she has enough plugged into Julie that she’s done amazing work. The director, producers and writers are giving her room to live in these moments and it’s quite wonderful.

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Have you already broken down in tears during the taping?

MELISSA: Yesterday, but today’s taping of the actual funeral I think they want us to try and be just more celebratory.

MATT: I mean, it is a beautiful long life for Bill Hayes and his character of Doug Williams, and so it will be about that. Then, you get a bunch of us together in the church pews, and there’s going to be hijinks.

MELISSA: We all have been through the waves of grief. You have that awful cry and then all of a sudden you feel okay.  There are those family situations we are portraying where you’re like, “What do we do? What do we do now? You know, no one knows what to do. But, it’s so sweet. I’m looking forward to seeing how the scenes all turn out.

So, are you glad that Matt and Melissa are back for the 15K episode and Doug’s funeral? From what we can tell, it’s going to be quite an emotional journey for Days of our Lives fans, and especially the performance of Susan Seaforth Hayes, 

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Ron Carlivati Talks on Decision to Make Days of our Lives 15000th Episode About Doug’s Funeral, and Previews Chances for WGA Award

This week, Days of our Lives celebrated the taping of their 15,000th episode. In of it itself, that is an incredible accomplishment for the long-running soap opera currently streaming on Peacock.

However, this on set gathering was a bit different. Though the show is celebrating their achievement, they are also in the middle of taping scenes surrounding the death and the funeral of Doug Williams, played by the late Bill Hayes, who passed away on January 12th of this year at the age of 98.

As previously revealed many longtime favorites are back to honor Bill and the character of Doug including: Gloria Loring (Liz), Melissa Reeves (Jennifer), Matthew Ashford (Jack), Maree Cheatham (Marie), Victoria Konefal (Ciara) and Stephen Schnetzer (Steve) to name but a few.

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Michael Fairman TV was in attendance and spoke with Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati to gain some insight into how the 15,000 episode was crafted and the decision to honor the character of Doug Williams and Bill Hayes as its epicenter. In addition, Ron weighed-in on this Sunday’s April 14th WGA (Writers Guild of America) Awards, where he and his writing team are facing off with General Hospital for the daytime drama prize. Here’s what Ron shared below.

Was this your idea to make the 15,000th episode centered around Doug’s funeral and passing?

RON: It was. When you’re looking at it, and laying out the calendar for the whole year and you see 15,000 is coming up, we’re like, “What are we going to do?” And then, we got the news that Bill had passed away and something kind of clicked. I was like, “We should honor Doug on that show.” So then, we started to kind of build around that … when does he pass away? How does he pass away? Who could come back? You know, it’s a lot.  I’m very pleased with the returns that we got as there’s so much that you could do. We wanted everybody we could get. So, we put together a wish list and Janet Drucker (co-executive producer, Days of our Lives) made it happen.

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You have Melissa Reeves back as Jennifer, when the role was last played by Cady McClain. What has it meant to have Missy back for these shows?

RON: It was so nice to see Missy Reeves. I think Cady has done such a good job, but on the 15,000th episode to see Missy as Jennifer, it’s a big deal. So having her was great, and overall, the milestone was a big undertaking, because you want to live up to it. You want the 15,000th episode to be good. Now, it has a lot of real emotion that you’re playing. because for the cast and the crew they’re honoring Bill Hayes just as much as we’re honoring Doug Williams.

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Was it hard for you and the team to write this episode?

RON: Yes. I’ll tell you why it was hard to write.  When I wrote, for example, Asa’s (Phillip Carey) death on One Life to Live or Victor’s (John Aniston) on DAYS, Asa is a different type of character. Like, you could have characters going, “Oh! I’m glad he is dead.” You could have different points of view, but with Doug, you’re not having that. Every person loves this man. No one had a bad relationship with him. So, you’re challenge as a writer is how do you make it that not everybody’s saying the same thing and doing the same thing. And so, we tried to find ways to make the episode about all the familial relationships and yet, how do you make it about Doug and yet broaden the scope.

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I had spoken to Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie), a week after Bill’s memorial, for an interview. She said that she felt very fortunate that you did include her on discussions of how you would tackle Doug’s passing. How did that conversation go?

RON: First, I attended Bill’s funeral, which was incredible. I said to so many people it was an emotional service, but it was hard to be sad at this. The guy had an incredible life and it was an incredible celebration. And so, you’re sitting there watching this knowing that you now have to write something similar. And how do you write something that lives up to what you just witnessed? I wanted to talk to Susan to get her thoughts about, you know, how much do you want this to be about keeping Bill separate from Doug. How comfortable are you sharing your grief. She was incredible to talk to. It was a great chat.

You’re in the middle of taping these major scenes for the 15,000 episode to air in December. How do you think it’s going? Have you seen any of the scenes?

RON:  I haven’t seeing anything. I mean, we were still making changes to the script up till this morning!

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The Writers Guild Awards are this Sunday, April 14th and once again this year there are two daytime drama nominees, General Hospital and Days of our Lives. How are you feeling about your chances this year?

RON: It is often just GH and us in the category. I’ve won three years in a row, so I’m kind of feeling like it’s their turn.

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What episodes did you submit for contention? If I recall, they had to do with Victor’s memorial.

RON: The episodes we submitted were centered around Victor’s funeral. I think one has story with Vivian (Louise Sorel). We had some fun stuff, we had some emotional stuff at Victor’s death, and I am pretty sure that our submission was three episodes right around that time.

Did you make the decision to go with those episodes because there was a mix of humor and drama?

RON: I like to have some humor, but it was also the funeral, then there’s Sarah (Linsey Godfrey) giving birth, and then Vivian’s crashing the reading of the will. So, we had a lot of fun and it’s hard sometimes to pick three that tell a story, as opposed to submitting for the Daytime Emmys, where the writing team only submits two shows. So, we shall see how it goes on Sunday.


So, are you looking forward to the emotional 15,000th episode of Days of our Lives? Do you think DAYS will take home the WGA writing award for daytime dramas for the 4th year in a row? Comment below.

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