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Matt Ashford Returns To DAYS In Jennifer-Centric Episode!

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Days of our Lives is set to feature one of its most enduring stars, Melissa Reeves (Jennifer) in a standalone episode on Tuesday’s upcoming episode of the NBC daytime drama series.

Jennifer in recent months has become addicted to painkillers following the car crash that killed her former love Daniel Jonas (Shawn Christian) and in which she was injured.  Now deep in addiction, Jennifer will try to go cold turkey, but will she succeed?

While she is going through withdrawals look for Matthew Ashford to return in hallucinating “vision” form as the late Jack Deveraux, the love of Jennifer’s life.  Will he be able to get her through the other side of her ordeal?

Watch this week’s NBC promo for DAYS after the jump, as well as our interview with Ashford on the red carpet at the 43rd Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards were he discusses his return, and working with Missy Reeves again.   Then let us know if you are looking forward to seeing Matt and Melissa on-screen together in the comment section below.

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

Killing off Jack was a big mistake…Jack and Jen shouldve-couldve been the next Tom and Alice!!!

Jeremy
Jeremy

Melissa Reeves storyline is riveting, it’s not shoved in your face, it’s been done in a way that allows this story to stretch out longer, which is true to life, these things, addictions can haunt someone for years! in soap load, a story such as this would move quickly, and I think that since Melissa Reeves is not front-burner like Hope, this allows Melissa to dig deep as a creative artist, and she is knocking her scenes out of the park. Melissa had amazing work with Greg (ex-Eric), those scenes were WOW!!! so good. I loved seeing Jennifer’s hair all messed up and her entering the police station the day Eric was sentenced. Melissa is giving us a side to Jennifer, that yes, in soapload, addiction is overplayed, but she manages to allow us to want to see more of her journey, more of Melissa’s work, and I feel she was robbed for Supporting Actress. Be that as it may, she can submit for next year, I do not expect Jennifer’s problem to go away anytime soon. I loved how the other day, Chad told her that he knows she has a problem, and that he wouldn’t allow her to watch Thomas overnight. It’s scenes like this that allows Melissa to shine. I wasn’t into Jennifer much when she was with Daniel. Though, back in the day, I loved her with Peter, there’s specific stories that allows this underrated actress to excel in her performances, and with the return of Jack (Matthew Ashford), for the Jennifer episode, I bet we’ll get a gem of an episode. It’s Melissa’s year, you go! because you’ve got it, and it’s really great stuff. Melissa for Supporting Actress 2017!

Iakovos
Iakovos

I am with Jeremy on this one. Wholeheartedly!

Patrick
Patrick

what… nice… writing… and true to form… as in… REEL

I can’t knock MR.. character that far down….

” I’ve decided to let up … and see what’s going on .. with Melissa Reeves on this go round”

YES… Kassie DePaiva, True O’Brien, Casey Moss, and Kate Mansi… are making her

this time around… it’s her show

she’s showing

she’s resulting

making inroads… and your heart digs

she’s grans jewel.. she’s Jack’s love… she’s Horton… shes stil Jennifer

I applaud all the give notice… on Melissa Reeves this go round

IF SOD gives notice… then so must

what a nice tribute to Greg Vaughan… Eric finale

a part of me … YEARNS… for Jack
yearns for INTERESTING
YEARNS for lost without

I come back to

the characters of Hope and Jenn…

I well up and tear up… thinking of Alice Horton… as she pulls her underlings forward

Grans Jewels

gotta love them

Patrick
Patrick

it really helps.. and goes a long way… that Dr. Daniel Jonas is no longer in the picture

you know.. when I watch DAYS… I feel so protective and patriarch… that the one vital statistic… of DAYS … HOLDS

supercoupledom

ROMANCE ANDLOVE

and vice versa… it just reeked smelled and you LIVED in it

you soaked it up… and never let up

Marlena and Roman… John
Kimberly and Shane
Kayla and Steve (Patch)
Hope and Bo…. Aiden
John and Caliope
Abe and Lexie
Justin and Adrienne
Maggie and Victor
Carrie and Austin
Sami and Austin/ EJ / RAFE

the list could go ON >>> and ON

Days unlike all other soaps… STANDS

the complete cast … which is not pressed… as much
the complete production… which ails like the rest… finds itself

DAYS is back on

Kayla and steve… no matter how old they are… HOLD.. and I smile and heart knows LOVE

Hope and Aiden are once again… stirring…. back … MAGIC and complete

Chad and ABS… TEARS … dam break… please … offer Kelly MIssal whatever it takes

sometimes.. I think… DAYS is the BEST gay show… the men are smoking and ACT

but it will always be…. about romance

I dance

Janet Byrnes
Janet Byrnes

I don’t know if I want to watch jack return for just one day. I wanted to see a full reunion. Jack and Jennifer. what a bunch of idiots TIIC are.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Watch, Janet, watch!

He’s appearing in 5 or so episodes, not necessarily back to back. It could be a trial run. If the masses watch, then he may be asked to return in a larger capacity.

Janet Byrnes
Janet Byrnes

I did watch. It was great. When the elevator went down I don’t remember an actual dead body. ihad forgotten when thisw show was can’t miss.I started watchinjg, when I saw it was the Missy show,I stayed, and enjoyed it.

Mary SF
Mary SF

I am having mixed feelings of Days using these stand alone episodes of late. On one hand giving the whole episode to one character does allow the writers to go further into depth and allows the actor time to really act. The stand alone episode with Abby and Ben was great, the stand alone episode featuring Aiden has its moments– and hence the problem, unless really compelling stuff come off the screen like when Sami and EJ had their stand alone episode about his cheating on her, these hour long episodes featuring one character the one show can get dull pretty quick. So I got my fingers cross that this is one of those stand alones that the hour flies by and not one of those that makes you think watching paint dry would be as interesting

blake
blake

Days is doing what Guiding Light did like a decade ago, they had special episodes on Wednesdays focusing on one character or couple.

Jim Preston
Jim Preston

I guess my feelings are also somewhat ambivalent regarding these stand alone episodes – it makes the flow seem somehow disjointed in a way (of the show in general) but I suppose it’s not hurting a show that moves at a snail’s pace anyway. Don’t misunderstand me, I am aware that soaps move at a slow rate, but this show takes that fact to an extreme.
I like the character of Jennifer, and I liked the players around her – and the scenes were well-acted……..it’s Belle and Phillip that I find exceedingly dull and uninteresting for some reason as well as Belle’s ex-husband.
This show really needs to pick up the pace a bit and write some compelling and original storylines.

blake
blake

I’m not excited having Jack back just for a few episodes. You know how many horrible actors you can get rid of to bring Jack back for good? Especially with the younger set (looking at you Ciara!)

Vicks
Vicks

Matt Ashford is exactly what Days needs now. He is brilliant and together with Missy they will bring back that old magic

Mo
Mo

I don’t really like these standalone eps. Wish Jack was not dead and returned to Salem. His family sure needs him!

Lisa
Lisa

Matt and Missy are magic together as Jack & Jennifer, despite the fact that they’ve received such terrible writing over the years (particularly all of the times Jack “died”). It’s like watching Stephen & Mary Beth as Steve & Kayla. Fantastic actors, nuanced performances. Their shared history, their chemistry, and the ways they bring out the best in each other made them such great partners. I really don’t understand why Days doesn’t keep Matt around for good.

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DAYS Chandler Massey Chats On His Bittersweet Daytime Emmy Nomination

He’s won three Daytime Emmys in the Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series three years in row in 2012, 2013 and 2014, and now Chandler Massey is going for gold for the second time in his career in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series which in a field where he is competing with two co-stars from Days of our Lives among others.

Massey has long been a stand out performer, giving nuanced and emotional portrayals in the angst-ridden life of Will Horton and the love of his life, Sonny Kiriakis (Freddie Smith).

Back in February of this year, DAYS fans learned that Chandler and Freddie had taped their last episodes, and since the NBC soap tapes more than 6 months ahead of air, that the two will still be on the air into the fall.  That has made this moment of recognition for Massey all the more poignant.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Chandler to get his reaction to the news that he is once again a Daytime Emmy nominee, and here’s what he had to say about it all.

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I thought it was great that you received another Emmy nomination.  What do you think?

CHANDLER:  Yeah.  I thought it was pretty great too, actually.   I was surprised.  I wasn’t keeping up on when they were announcing the nominations.   I was thrilled that Wally (Kurth) and Paul (Telfer) also got nominated too in the same category.  So, hopefully, DAYS, has a decent shot to take it home.

What did you end up submitting that ultimately landed you the nomination?

CHANDLER:  I went with some scenes that aired on December 16th of last year (I just looked that up), where Will basically breaks up with Sonny when Sonny comes to visit him in prison.  I liked those because they were sort of subtle.  I just found myself drawn in when I watched it, and it wasn’t big or dramatic, but it felt like two real people sharing their pain.  So, that’s why I chose it.

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I remember those.  Those were heartbreaking because he had to get Sonny to let him go.

CHANDLER:  Yes.  He said he has a new prison boyfriend, and that he’s doing really well in prison, so he doesn’t want to be tied down. (Laughs)

You’ve had Freddie Smith as your scene partner for so much of your run on DAYS.  What did he give you in those scenes that helped you, or even further enabled the performance that you gave?

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CHANDLER:  Freddie always gives everything.  He is a consummate professional, so he really commits every time.  I think it is more that we are just so comfortable with each other that we are not afraid, and that there is no hesitation between the two of us, so we just are able to do the work.  We usually know we are there to listen to, and support each other. in the scenes.

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Was your entire submission from the prison scenes or did you include something else?

CHANDLER:  It was just that.  I know I could have included something else, but I like to keep it sort of short because I feel like as a judge, I know within a few minutes.  It’s not that I get bored, but it really only takes a scene or two, and then, you’re like, “this is something special.”  You can recognize it pretty quickly.

So, you have won three Daytime Emmys. This is your first nomination in a few years, right?

CHANDLER:  Yeah, I didn’t get nominated the year before.  I had a gap year… to my family’s great shame. (Laughs)  They were not pleased with me.

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This is your second nomination in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Daytime Drama Series category.

CHANDLER:  Yes. I was nominated in ‘Supporting’ for the first time when I came back to DAYS, and then submitted for “Lead” the next year, didn’t get nominated, and then went back to ‘Supporting’.  I learned my place.  I went back to ‘Supporting’ for this year.  (Laughs)

It’s such a game though, right?  .

CHANDLER:  Yeah, you’ve got to be smart.  I just thought, “What the heck?”  Freddie and I were like, “Maybe there’s a shot that if we pick different categories, we can both get nominated,” but then, after that didn’t work, I said, “Screw that… going back to ‘Supporting”

Now, you’ve been through Emmy night before, and this is obviously going to be a virtual Emmy’s.  Now, if they did a six-shot of all of the nominees, what would you wear?  Would you be dressed up?  Would you be casual?  What would you see yourself doing?

CHANDLER:  That’s a good question. I think maybe… I’ll do a little of both.  I’ll go the middle ground.  I’ll be in my finest bathrobe, a silk bathrobe so it’s casual but also still sort of fancy.

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There you go.  (Laughs)  Is this nomination all the more special for you in that you are no longer working at DAYS? 

CHANDLER:  Oh, totally.  Every year is special, but you know, I’m not on the show anymore, so it’s a nice reminder that the work that I did had an effect on people, and it won’t be forgotten for at least a few more hours.

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I saw the fan outcry and show of support for you and Freddie, when viewers got wind that you were exiting the series.  It was sad and heartwarming at the same time.  The WilSon fans are so behind you guys.

CHANDLER:  Yeah, if only they knew what horrible people that we were in real life, then they wouldn’t be this way, but thankfully… (Laughs)  Yeah, it’s really nice, but it is sad.  I started in 2009, and that was over 10 years ago, and nothing lasts forever.  I had a really, really great run, and so did Freddie.  I am very satisfied and don’t feel jipped, or like, I was entitled to anything more than I got.

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Obviously, your co-nominees, Wally and Paul you worked with many times.  What can you say about them?

CHANDLER:  I think that both men deserve definitely to get second and third place.  (Laughs)  I have known Wally for a while now.  I love him.  I think his work is phenomenal.  I think he is really, really underrated.  Paul, I don’t know as well, but I think obviously his work speaks for himself.  If only he were physically attractive, I think that would really, really help his career.

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I know, it’s a shame.

CHANDLER:  Unfortunately, he is kind of schleppy, you know?  (Laughs)

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Did Freddie reach out to you after you received the nomination?  

CHANDLER:  Oh yes, he sent a text congratulating me, and we talked about it.  It was nice.  I feel like our stories are so intertwined, the scenes we submit are mostly with each other.  So, it’s really kind of a shared accolade.

So, will you be rooting for Chandler to cap off his career on DAYS with an Emmy win on June 26th during the virtual ceremony on CBS? What did you think of the nominated scenes he submitted? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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DAYS New Summer Promo Reveals The Returns of Jay Kenneth Johnson and Louise Sorel

Exciting new storylines, weddings and some bombshell returns will liven up Salem during the summer months according to the new promo for Days of our Lives released over the weekend.

Look for the return of Claire (Olivia Rose Keegan), the debut of Gwen (Emily O’Brien), and the SORAS’d Allie Horton, plus some more familiar faces that people have missed in town.

Back in action will be Jay Kenneth Johnson as Phillip Kiriakis, Louise Sorel resuming her signature role of Vivian Alamain, Bryan Dattilo as Lucas Horton and the one and only Alison Sweeney as Sami.

Then look out for four weddings from Ben and Ciara,  Eric and Nicole, Kayla and Justin, Eli and Lani, but who will actually say their “I-do’s”?

It’s a jam-packed summer of original episodes from DAYS; the only soap still delivering new installments to its fans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Check out the preview below.  Then let us  know, who are you most excited about seeing back on the canvas via the comment section!

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Former Y&R Star, Emily O’Brien Set to Debut On Days of our Lives

You loved her as Jana Hawkes on The Young and the Restless, and now daytime soap fans will get to see actress Emily O’Brien again, when she premieres in her new role as Gwen on the NBC daytime drama, Days of our Lives.

According to Soap Opera Digest, O’Brien is set to hit our screens on the upcoming June 5th episode.

As fans of Y&R know, Emily played crazy Jana, who was involved with Kevin Fisher (Greg Rikaart) from 2006-2011, and there were many twists and turns in their dark romantic storyline.

In the current issue of SOD on newsstands now, DAYS head writer, Ron Carlivati had previewed that Gwen is introduced as Jake’s (Brandon Barash) ex-girlfriend.

So, excited to see Emily on DAYS? Comment below.

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