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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Dano is taking on the part originally made soap-famous by Louise Sorel, and last played by Robin Strasser.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!!!

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.

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.”

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 »

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.

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DAYS Jackée Harry Joins Freeform Comedy Pilot ‘Everything’s Trash’ in Recurring Role

Jackée Harry is one busy actress in Hollywood!  On the heels of learning that Harry has signed on more full-time on Days of our Lives in her role as Paulina, comes this bit of casting news.

Harry will join the cast of the Freeform comedy pilot, Everything’s Trash along with another notable actor, George Wallace.  Both will have recurring roles in the show should it go to series.

In story, Everything’s Trash follows Phoebe (Phoebe Robinson), a 30-something podcast star navigating her messy life. When her younger brother Jayden emerges as a leading politician, she’s forced to grow up, so she relies on her friends and close-knit family to help her figure out adulthood, since she doesn’t seem to have a clue. The series is inspired by Robinson’s book, “Everything’s Trash But It’s Okay.”

According to Variety, “Harry will star as Zora, Phoebe and Jayden’s mother. She and her husband are mid-Western transplants, but they have made a home in NY . They love and support their children equally, but truth be known, Zora acts (and dresses) younger than she is and straddles the line between “I’m my daughter’s mother” and “I’m my daughter’s best friend.”  Meanwhile, Wallace will play the role of Abraham, Phoebe and Jayden’s father and husband to Zora.

So, looking forward to hopefully seeing Jackée on a half-comedy sitcom at night, and doing her role on Days of our Lives? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives Receives 2-Year Renewal from NBC

For the first time since 2014, Days of our Lives has received not just a one-year, but a two-year renewal, from NBC ending the suspense of another renewal negotiations between the series, the network, and Sony.

According to Deadline that broke the good news this will take the long-running and beloved daytime drama series through its 57th and 58th seasons on the air.  In anticipation of the pick-up, the producers had been making if-come deals with key cast members, including signing a new contract with Days favorite Robert Scott Wilson (Ben Weston) and bringing in Jackée Harry  Paulina) who was recurring at first to be more full-time on the show.

In statements on the DAYS pick-up, Michael Sluchan, EVP, Scripted Series & Kids Programming, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming shared: “We couldn’t be happier to bring our loyal fans two more seasons of Days of our Lives and continue what has been an absolutely remarkable achievement in television. A big thank you to Ken Corday and the cast and crew for their incredible passion for storytelling that continues to reach new generations of viewers.”

DAYS EP, Ken Corday shared: “After more than 55 years of bringing drama, adventure and romance to screens around the world, we are thrilled and honored to carry on the Days of our Lives legacy for another two years. We are thankful to NBC for their enduring commitment to the show and grateful to continue this wonderful journey with our fans for years to come.”

Sony EVP, Programming Steve Kent added: “We are incredibly proud of the work being done by Ken Corday, the cast and crew. They continue to tell bold stories through these iconic characters captivating audiences around the world.  We are thrilled to continue the legacy of Days of our Lives and for viewers to enjoy two more seasons.”

So, thrilled to hear about the two-year pick-up for DAYS? Share your congrats to the show via the comment section below.

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Victoria Konefal Will Be Back On Days of our Lives

This week Days of our Lives viewers saw the exit of both Theo (Cameron Johnson) and Ciara (Victoria Konefal), much to the chagrin of Cin fans everywhere! But hold on! Days head writer, Ron Carlivati revealed that Victoria Konefal will be back on-screen this summer on the NBC soap opera.

In an interview with Soap Opera Digest, Carlivati revealed: “From the moment we were coming to that point and we knew Ciara was going to exit town with Theo, we were immediately pursuing the next chapter with Victoria: When would she be available or willing to come back, and when could we tell the next chapter because I knew that would feel unfinished and be unsatisfying to a lot of people. So that’s why I’m happy to announce here that Ciara is coming back and we are going to tell that next chapter of the story and hopefully, this time, the audience will get the payoff that they’re looking for and hoping for.”

And as to just how long will Konefal who chose to go on recurring status with the show be back for her summer run, Carlivati shared: “At this point, and I can’t speak for Victoria and I can’t speak for the show, and this is not an official announcement in any capacity, but I will say at this point, there is not an end date. We are working with Victoria to keep the story going and keep Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) and Ciara’s love story alive.”

Cin fans should note that Carlivati added, “I would encourage the audience to remember that they (Cin) have an important anniversary coming up this summer that may figure into their story, so she will be back sooner than you know.”

So, happy to know there will be more of Ben and Ciara? Where you upset to see Ciara exit the canvas with Theo? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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