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Linda Dano Talks Taking On DAYS Vivian, Heartfelt Memories of Another World & Felicia Gallant, One Life to Live, Winning a Daytime Emmy & More

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Currently, daytime fans are getting to see one of the most beloved actress in the history of the soap genre, Linda Dano, on NBC’s Days of our Lives in the role of the villainess Vivian Alamain.

Dano is taking on the part originally made soap-famous by Louise Sorel, and last played by Robin Strasser. Now it’s Dano’s turn to bring her own style to the role as viewers have witnessed that Vivian has kidnapped Eli (Lamon Archey) and Lani’s (Sal Stowers) twins, thanks to Viv’s sidekick, Ivan (Ivan G’Vera), and the story and all the drama continues this week.

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In a very special conversation on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, Linda chats with Michael about the challenges she faced stepping into Vivian’s shoes, and working with the cast and crew at DAYS.

 

Linda also shares her sorrow over the heartbreaking cancellation, and then taping final episode of Another World, where she played her signature soap role of Felicia Gallant for 18 years.  During her run, Dano won the Outstanding Lead Actress Daytime Emmy in 1993 for Felicia’s battle with alcoholism, which as she reveals she is still stopped on the street about to this day.

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Soap fans will recall that Dano is the only actress to crossover to all of the ABC daytime dramas when she returned to One Life to Live, (following her time on Another World), in the part of Gretel “Rae” Cummings, and we learned that Rae was the bio-mother of Skye Chandler, played by Robin Christopher.

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Throughout her career, Dano also appeared on Guiding Light and As the World Turns, hosted the talk show, Attitudes and is known as one of the fashionable people in the business.  Linda formerly helped dress many of your favorite soap stars, wrote a book on having just the right look, and is always on the cutting edge of the fashion world.

As you will see, the conversation was poignant, humorous, and candid, but what else would you expect from the one and only Linda Dano?  You can watch the full chat below.

What have you thought of Linda’s portrayal of DAYS Vivian thus far? Was your favorite soap role of Linda’s … that of AW’s Felicia Gallant? What story that she shared in the conversation did you enjoy hearing about the most?  Let us know via the comment section.

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Everett Fulton
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Everett Fulton

I loved this interview Michael. Seeing Linda makes me so happy and a bit sad too because I miss Another World. Thank you for this!!!

Dontrel Fegans
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Dontrel Fegans

I miss Another World so bad. I remember and just saw when she fell through the Glass when her face was badly scared up.
I’m watching Another World as we speak on YouTube. But let’s write to get Another World back on please let everyone write NBC please

DENIS ADAM POMPA
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DENIS ADAM POMPA

Michael, thank you for this awesome interview with Dano, awesome to see her, I was huge fan of AW and miss the show a lot. Anyway you can bring us more interviews from AW for us. Bring us more for AW or a mini reunion.
Anna Stuart, Nancy Frangione, Victoria Wyndham, Stephan Schnetler, Tom Eplin, Alice Barrett, Matt Crane, Judi Evans and Sandra Robinson. Be awesome to see the faces that had us glued to AW for so many years. They are so missed. AW rocked no daytime drama like it anymore!

Diane Eileen Verdonk
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Diane Eileen Verdonk

I totally agree Another World was the best soap

Celia
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Celia

Absolutely—-AW was the best!! Linda Dano was awesome as Ms Gallant. Yet, no one can replace “Vivian”—– As great an actress as Dano is, I found her performance on Days a complete contrast to the Prima Donna, Vivian. Too sugary. Was it the babies who turned the feral, unbending tigress to mush?

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

My two favorites were Constance Ford and Ann Wedgeworth who in later years turned up on the comedy Three’s Company.

Dontrel Fegans
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Dontrel Fegans

Yes it was. It was the best ones and Guiding Light

Dontrel Fegans
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Dontrel Fegans

I think we should write NBC

Momo
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Momo

AW was a great soap. No one can be Louise Sorel, so I’m sure it’s hard to take on the role. Linda’s doing a good job.

Ray
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Ray

I loved hearing and reading about Linda. I have loved her since “AW.” The cast picture brings back a lot of great memories and made me wonder whatever happened to Anna Stuart. I loved her on “AW” and “AMC.”

Dontrel Fegans
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Dontrel Fegans

I just saw her fall through the Glass. That was awesome

Rodd
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Rodd

I love Linda, so seeing her in anything is always a treat! And even though Louise is still imbedded in my mind as Vivian, I know that Linda will be wonderful in the role. It makes me happy just seeing her take on Viv and I hope it continues for some time to come. How I miss ANOTHER WORLD! There hasn’t been another show to replace it in my heart and never will be. Linda and Victoria and Stephen and Anna and Matt…so, so many…too many to name them all…were just wonderful to watch every day! Best Wishes in your… Read more »

Dontrel Fegans
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Dontrel Fegans

Yes I miss Another World myself

Donna
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Donna

Love Linda Dano!!! She was a favorite for years on Another World. I was delighted to see her step in for Louise Sorel which isn’t a favorite. I had hoped she stay longer!

Diane Swanson
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Diane Swanson

Awesome interview Linda. I am so excited that Linda is on Days of Our Lives I watched her all those years on another world in One Life to Live. I know Linda personally cuz I live in Connecticut and she lives in the town that I do and I say hats off to you Linda keep going girlfriend you look awesome. Any soap opera show should be honored to have her. Can’t wait to catch up with you in town.

lis
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lis

So great to see her. I wished they had cast her in another role other than Vivian because the prior actress is so identified with that role and long time fans of Louise don’t want to give anyone not even greats like Strasser or Dano a fair shake. I would have loved to see her cast as Ava’s mom or in scenes with Victor or Julie and Doug. That would have been something. Kudo’s to Days for finding these grand old soap greats and putting them in short term roles.

Dontrel Fegans
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Dontrel Fegans

I freaking Hate NBC so bad

Rena
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Rena

These comments are nice to see. I worked on Another World and Linda Dano was a class act. Still is, I’m sure.

Michelle Corl
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Michelle Corl

Linda Dano is the best… she is a legend of daytime. I have to say she is probably the kindest person I have ever met. I watched her everyday on Another World and Attitudes. I have met her once when I was in the audience of Attitudes. She was the kindest person ever. If there was an opportunity to sit down and have a conversation with anyone, the person would be her.

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Chrishell Stause Makes a Return to Days of our Lives

You just never know who you will find in purgatory (ah-hem) on Days of our Lives ! And now, in a surprise return, Chrishell Stause reprises her role of Jordan Ridgeway in all new episodes on the Peacock streaming soap opera.

In the latest promo released on Friday, Chrishell is seen in the ‘afterlife’ as Kate Roberts (Lauren Koslow) runs into Jordan … her old arch-nemesis! Let the games begin.

Stause, who is one of the mainstays of the Netflix reality series, Selling Sunset, comes back to her old stomping grounds at DAYS just as Kayla (Mary Beth Evans), Marlena (Deidre Hall) and Kate have ‘died’ and have all landed in this white space which looks to be heaven, but really is hell in disguise, especially given Marlena’s latest visit with Susan Banks (Stacy Haiduk), who seemingly reveals herself to be possessed by Satan.

Chrishell made her DAYS debut back in August of 2013 and exited the series on March 9th of 2015.  Stause returned in 2019 until Jordan finally met her demise. She returned once again in 2020 in a series of flashbacks.

Watch the promo for next week’s DAYS below.

Now let us know, what do you think of Chrishell returning to DAYS to raise some hell for Kate and company? Comment below.

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Zach Tinker Joins the Cast of CBS ‘Fire Country’

Zach Tinker (Sonny, Days and Fenmore, Y&R) has joined the cast of CBS’ freshmen drama Fire Country.  Primetime viewers previously saw him on the season premiere of ABC’s Big Sky.

According to Deadline: Tinker will make his series debut this weekend in a special episode that airs immediately following the AFC Championship game on Sunday night, January 29th.

In Fire Country, Tinker takes on the role of Collin, who is said to be a  humble, charming, and talented probie firefighter.  In addition, it turns out the Collin is the son of a firefighting hero and he now is trying to live up to dear old dad’s name.

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The series is centered around young convict Bode Donovan (Max Thieriot) who joins a firefighting program that returns him to his small Northern California hometown, where he and other inmates work alongside elite firefighters to extinguish massive blazes across the region.

Will you be checking out Zach in his new role on CBS’ Fire Country? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives Receives WGA Nomination for Daytime Drama Series

UPDATED: On Wednesday, the nominations were unveiled for the 75th annual Writers Guild Awards to be held on Sunday, March 5 at the Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

Writers Guild of America West and Writers Guild of America East announced nominations for outstanding achievement in television, new media, news, radio/audio, and promotional writing during 2022.

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In the category of Daytime Drama, only Days of our Lives was nominated, thus DAYS becomes the automatic winner as the sole nominee.

The nominated and winning DAYS writing team consists of: Head Writer Ron Carlivati; Writers Lorraine Broderick, Jazmen Darnell Brown, Joanna Cohen, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Cheryl Davis, Kirk Doering, Christopher Dunn, Jamey Giddens, David Kreizman, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Katherine D. Schock.

DAYS head writer, Ron Carlivati shared in a statement: “My team and I are thrilled to be nominated for the 2023 Writers Guild Award for Daytime.  We submitted three scripts from the storyline about Craig’s late-in-life coming out, the impact it had on his wife, Nancy, and of course, his ill-fated romance with the ever-scheming Leo. We felt that these episodes were a good representation of what Days of our Lives does best: high-stakes family drama with a comedic twist.”

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The episodes DAYS submitted for competition were #14320 which aired 4/19/2022, #14321 which aired 4/20/2022 and show #14331 that aired 5/4/2022.  They also featured the disastrous double wedding of Leo and Craig and Xander and Gwen, and its fallout.

To view all the WGA nominees click here.

So, what do you think about DAYS being the only entry and thus becoming the winning writing team at this year’s WGA Awards? What do you think of the storyline chosen to represent the show for competition? Comment below.

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