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NBC Execs Weigh-In On DAYS Future And Remain Hopeful!

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After all the rumors began circulating that NBC’s longest running dramatic series, Days of our Lives may be cancelled in favor of a new daytime talk show hosted by former Fox news anchor, Megyn Kelly who signed a lucrative deal with the peacock network, fans of the soap have been concerned.

However, on Wednesday at the network’s TCA (Television Critics Association) panel, NBC entertainment president, Bob Greenblatt addressed the future of the 51-year-old soap opera with its beloved characters and the town of Salem.

Greenblatt expressed to TV Line: “We don’t make a decision for another couple months. But I don’t think it’s over yet.”  As to how Kelly coming over to the network immediately had people thinking that DAYS’ days were numbered, the exec added:  “Everybody assumed that she would kill that show. And that’s a bad assumption.  It’s still too early to know where she’s going to be in daytime. And we have a lot of news hours in daytime, so there’s some flexibility.”

As to if Days of our Lives fans worst nightmare were to come true, Greenblatt revealed he would give the show as much notice as possible, “We would try to do that. Unfortunately, soap operas are written so far ahead of when they air… like, six months. But yeah, we would try to be respectful.”

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In addition, NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke told Deadline on DAYS future, “We hope that the show comes back.”  While Greenblatt told the outlet, “I think we will know more in couple of months. As they age, these shows diminish, there is a lot of delayed viewing and very little linear viewing anymore, you have to keep looking at that.” Deadline also shared that they are hearing that the odds are in favor of DAYS getting its renewal pick-up.

So, what do you think of the thoughts expressed by Robert Greenblatt and Jennifer Salke on the future of Days of our Lives?  Will there be more DAYS ahead? Share your comments below.

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Pam
Pam

Please it’s a great show let it continue.

Tina
Tina

We don’t need another daytime talk show really . Everybody I know watches Days. I myself now at age 55, remember coming home from kindergarten and watching Days with my mom. I have continued to watch all these years . Love the show and would hate to see it go for another talk show . Believe me if NBC wants to upset a lot of viewers that is exactly what will happen if Days gets axed. Keep Days ALIVE!

Judy
Judy

I watch it all my life too I Wont watch it if it repaces days we dont need another take it all I watch on nbc anyway I still en joy the show we can ask god to save it you just have to belive

Johnny
Johnny

I believe in miracles,. days will be saved. I have a good feeling,. days will stay on the air amen

MICHELLE
MICHELLE

I know it’s a different network, but after what Brian Frons did to AMC and OLTL over at ABC, I believe absolutely nothing that comes out of the mouth of Daytime Executives. The bottom line is they don’t care. NBC will cancel DAYS without a backward glance. Frons cancelled the ABC soaps, lied to Susan Lucci after she asked TPTB point blank if the rumors were true — and laughed at the people who were outside protesting. No, I’m afraid DAYS is in its last days… SIGN OF THE TIMES

Dorothy
Dorothy

Please do not cancel this – It is great to watch — Just wish they never cancelled Another World !!!

Patrick
Patrick

@NBC – and – @ SONY

please… just let it alone… it’s been a staple… of your daytime lineup for … 50+ years

serials are meant to be built around

DO NOT be the one network… no matter the bottom line… to lose ground and any foundation… daytime ratings must generate some monies…

I LOVE THIS SHOW

Claudio
Claudio

Me too Patrick,. I love Days. Deadline.com did say, Days has a 60 percent chance that it will get renewed for one more year. Lets hope this is true
We fans need to stick together. Days is getting better. I love that Leann Hunley is back as Anna Dimera. I adore Leann Hunley, you love her too Patrick. I always read your comments, always agree with your comments. They need to sign Leann to a contract, she is a wonderful actress. They better not cancel Days, I will be devasted if they do.

Peter
Peter

Claudio you are my hero,. I could kiss you lol. Your post is terrific. Leann Hunley is the bomb. The lady can act, and is gorgeous for her age. Leann is 62 years old, sexy mama. Lol.

Katiek
Katiek

Days is great, but could be fantastic again if they
Would bring back the Vets and focus on them.
I know I could never watch Megan if she replaced
Days.

Darren
Darren

Megan is very annoying,. I don’t like her at all. Days needs to get renewed and the show is getting better now. I have a feeling, that Tony Dimera is alive. I hope that I am right. Recast Sierra with Brittany Underwood ex Langston OLTL, she is a terrific actress. Get rid of Claire, she is very annoying and not a very good actress. I am sure, she is a terrific lady, but that’s how I feel. Keep Carrie and Austin, I love there acting. A suggestion bring back Wayne northrop, the original Roman Brady. Josh Taylor was miscast as Roman Brady. I also want back Calliope Jones, she was so funny and entertaining to watch.

Judy
Judy

Please let it continue we love it like a old and dear we all pray to god that it says on and may God bless you all

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

NBC sucks peacock if it cancels DAYS!

davlestev1
davlestev1

The announcement will come between March and April.. The final show will be Christmas 2017 or just after New Years 2018.. Mark my words!!

Linda
Linda

Are you insane, stop spreading rumors. Days will be back for at least one more season, They will announce it in March.

kelli
kelli

Dave you need to stay on your meds,. Days is not getting cancelled.

davlestev1
davlestev1

Linda and Kelli…insane or sane meds or no meds..DAYS will go into that long dark night..the abyss of cancellation whether we like it or not it’s inevitable.

Anne
Anne

To davlestev1- So, you know for a fact what NBC will decide. You really must allow me access to that crystal ball of yours. Will you publicly admit that you were wrong if the cancellation announcement doesn’t come between March and April? Just wondering!

davlestev1
davlestev1

Anne if you follow along with Mr.Fairman’s site. .on a DAILY basis..as I most certainly do and couldn’t imagine it as not a part of one the daily things I look forward to.. .then you will know that with the announcement of Ron Carlivati..on this very informative site. .I gladly rescinded this post and said as much. Obviously I was having my crystal ball serviced. .hee hee..or I would have seen that coming.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Clever!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

If they do away with the sand, people shall and will dig up dirt on Greenblatt and Salke!! They should choose sand over dirt or their “days” could be numbered too.

su0000
su0000

This is encouraging and hopeful ..(not
;;;;;As to if Days of our Lives fans worst nightmare were to come true, Greenblatt revealed he would give the show as much notice as possible, “We would try to do that. Unfortunately, soap operas are written so far ahead of when they air… like, six months. But yeah, we would try to be respectful.”;;;;

davlestev1
davlestev1

Ikr su0000 they’re already carrying around the ashes of the final filmed script in an urn

Patrick
Patrick

it’s a wonderful thing… that Ryan Quan… A NEW HEADWRITER… generates a comeback… w/ Dena Higley

this show finds its way back

it’s absolute comeback and splash

along with Y& R at least I’m hoping

I pick these these two shows to share

yet @DAYS rides on it’s own… class

GramS
GramS

Execs need to stop flogging a dead horse. Promises of the return to legacy have fallen by the wayside…the veterans have either moved on or they are staying as far from this total flop as possible. Let’s be honest; the failure to replace actors who played Sami, EJ and yes Bo were the biggest mistakes made. TPTB refusal to stop this stupid filming 6 months in advance should have their head examined. It leaves no opportunity to correct errors etc. A big example of this is the possible sighting of our beloved Stefano. The actor died immediately prior to the airing of this ridiculous storyline but it was taped 6 months ago. Put this baby to rest and let us grieve it’s loss. I don’t say that easily as I am a 50+ years viewer but it is painful to watch and nothing has changed under Dena and crew.

Anne
Anne

I believe that both Kristen Alfonso and legions of fans will react very badly to the idea of another actor been given the role of Bo Brady. These fans will never stop hoping that Peter Reckell will change his mind and return to DOOL. As for Kristen Alfonso, the last time they cast another actor, Robert Kelker-Kelly, it did not end well. It’s more than difficult to stop the filming 6 months in advance since there are now six months worth of episodes that fans have no seen, if you get what I am saying. As for recasting EJ and Sami, I’m not sure about that one either.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Why don’t you give the show a rest, GramS, instead of wishing for it to be gone? Others, including me, would like it to continue. As far as Stefano/Joseph are concerned, I’m happy I will “they” will be seen again!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

*I’m happy “they” (Joseph as Stefano) will be seen again in just a matter of DAYS!

Eddie
Eddie

It’s time to put this show out of its misery. It’s been a train wreck for several years now, and is a pale imitation of what it was in its glory days.

Kevin
Kevin

Eddie have you lost your mind, Days is a terrific show. I will stick with Days. The storylines are getting better now. Days needs to stay on the air.

Anne
Anne

To Eddie – if that is how you feel then simply stop watching Days. N o one is forcing you to keep watching.

Nicholas
Nicholas

thank you michael fairman for getting to the bottom of the matter . yes days has improved greatly and people need to tune back in .

Kevin
Kevin

I agree with you,. Days has improved. Storylines are getting better. I am sticking with Days. I am fed up with the lame cheesy talk shows. We need to watch Days, to stay on the air. They need to bring back Jack, Ej, Kristen and Sami Brady.

Lisa
Lisa

I hope the NBC executives seriously take into account that there will not be an audience for Megan Kelly during that time slot… I know viewership for soaps is not what it used to be but Days is the last remaining daytime serial on NBC, it has so much history and an audience that has remained loyal to it, it would be a real shame and turn me off NBC forever if it goes away for yet another daytime talk show that will likely fail with in a year or two.

Rose
Rose

I always love “corporate speaks”…”as they age, these shows diminish, there’s a lot of delayed viewing and not a lot of linear viewing anymore.” Maybe it’s just me but I get the feeling NBC is still hedging their bets on renewal. Hope I’m wrong for Days and it’s fans. Why do they write six months ahead?

mollie
mollie

I don’t like the phrasing from these suits. “I don’t think it’s over YET”…doesn’t sound long term promising. I love Days and want it to continue.

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

i know soaps are pricey and talk is cheap but tv networks need a variety of shows in their lineup… news and talk shows and reality shows maybe cheaper but there is too much of it that tv has become very boring that i leave it off most time…as a disabled person who is mostly home all the time due to private family matters ect. and battling depression i need my daily escape…

davlestev1
davlestev1

It’s gone.. They’re not even bothering to be coy.. The decision was made.. The last shoes taped and NBC knows it and that’s too bad.. Down to three if cbs won’t take it.

davlestev1
davlestev1

Shows

Lorenzo
Lorenzo

Dave, Days is not getting cancelled. Rumor is Days will get renewed for 1 more year. We dont need anymore garbage talk shows. We need to support Days, and the remaining soaps.

davlestev1
davlestev1

I know the difference between a live fish on a hook and one that’s dead in the water. .”Seacrest out “!!

Leeza
Leeza

You are freaking out lol. Days Of Our Lives is not on the chopping block. NBC know if they get rid of Days, people will not watch the replacement shows. Meghan Kelly is a has been air head.

davlestev1
davlestev1

Irregardless of what some think of her most important is the networks view of her importance. The same they had with Katie Couric. I have been watching soaps since 1969 and have watched nunerous come and go. By now you know the lingo when it comes to cancelation. The show is over and trying to be shopped elsewhere. Which won’t happen either. Like Rachel Maddow says “watch this space”.

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

This is a tough one to call because we all know how the Nielsen ratings show low numbers for DAYS but at the same time, I can’t picture NBC wanting to be the one major network that doesn’t have a soap in it’s afternoon lineup. I guess we wait and see what the decision will be in a couple of months.

Beth
Beth

I don’t like megan Kelly .She belongs some where else. Pease don’ stop days. I so look forward to the show.I think that you will loose a lot if you stop the show .Megan is not a favoret of most people.

Mo
Mo

I hope it stays. Let them look to ABC to see what happens when you get rid of soaps for other shows. The grass isn’t always greener. NBC has one soap. ONE HOUR OF THE DAY! How many hours of news and talk shows do they have? Way too many. I watch a little of the Today show in the morning and I DVR Days. I don’t watch their other programming–even if I’m home. And I won’t watch Megyn Kelly. Not a show I’m interested in.

Judy
Judy

I havent watched the today show in a long time dont watch cbs a abc in the morning I Love to watch fox and friends I DVR days i still love it if it goes I wont watch NBC ever a gain dont watch nexwork tv now except for Gothem on fox They toll ed megan kelly the wound pay her what the where paying Bill O rilly and she tuned down to go to NBC what a joke I watch the whole time it been on they isnt anything left to take about we can pray that the live it on God can do wonderful thing

Mo
Mo

I just watch the morning shows (I will switch channels between ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC) while getting my dog’s breakfast ready in the morning weekdays. So it’s not like I’m sitting down ensconced with NBC Today.

There are a lot of news channels. If people want news, let them watch those. Far too many talk shows and news on IMO.

mark
mark

I dont think its going anywhere and megyn what’s her face isn’t worth it

Mo
Mo

She is definitely not worth it. They tell Days they have to cut costs and the DiMera mansion is relegated to one tiny room, yet they’ve got millions to spend on this gal. Ridiculous!

damien
damien

doesnt exactly sound encouraging

Barbara from Atlanta
Barbara from Atlanta

While Greenblatt told the outlet, “I think we will know more in couple of months. As they age, these shows diminish, there is a lot of delayed viewing and very little linear viewing anymore, you have to keep looking at that.”

What is so hopeful about this comment??? Days is in last place of the ratings for a pool of shows where NONE of them have stellar ratings. I don’t watch Days but am not hoping that it is cancelled. However, to think the show is in a good position to be renewed seems like wishful thinking. Greenblatt’s remark is not a wholehearted endorsement for renewal but, to the contrary, contains NOTHING positive about the show.

aria
aria

i don t watch dool but it would be sad to see one more soap go, to me it sounded like the executive at nbc were doing a lot of double talk, plus the today show is on 4 hours sure they can give megyn the 3rd hour its not that good anyways….

Rapids
Rapids

The NBC exec doesn’t want to be besieged by soap fans right now so he beats around the bush. But his comments on viewership will drive the bus and Days will be canceled. I don’t think the fate is tied to Megan Kelly as much as it is tied to lousy ratings, poor demographics. TV is a business and one by one soaps are biting the dust. This year it will be Days, then GH. Maybe the CBS shows hang on another few years.

The smart soap actors have long since moved to other gigs like Cameron Mathison and Rickey Paul Goldin.

brenda
brenda

please keep DAYS on the air. Put Ms. Kelly on after days

brenda
brenda

I love Days.

Ray
Ray

If the election taught me anything, it was do NOT believe the polls. I think it is crazy to believe that the ratings are as low as they say, yet 5,000 turn out for an event in Tennessee last year. If Anderson Cooper and Katie Couric can’t be successful in daytime, what makes NBC think we need another talk show? If the network would invest more money in the show for sets and other expenses, the quality and product would lead to better ratings. I am still not over losing “All My Children” five years ago. Please don’t make fans wonder whatever would have happened to Hope and Marlena the way i still think about Erica and Brooke.

Suzy
Suzy

I have been. DOOL fan since the very beginnng. My mom still watches it. My children watch it. My nieces watch it. And I am sure when I ever have any – my grandchildren will watch it. Great show. Love the characters. Please don’t take it off the air.

Patrick
Patrick

i’m going to be scared and every gamut of emotion… till it reads mine

OURS to share

long live a staple that reigned so much dream so much let so much YES this show rocks

DAYS LIVES

shapero maureen
shapero maureen

Please do not cancel Days I really love this show its exciting and the characters are well written and stories are interesting and you care about them. I really like all the mystery and all the super couples.

soapboy
soapboy

All Mr. Greenblatt has to consider is how ABC has fallen since cancelling OLTL.

Just Sayin .

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Give us your decision, Jennifer Salke. Hopefully, you won’t become a stalkee!

I don’t like your tone, Robert Greenblatt. Let’s hope you don’t come up with a green bladder!

Renew DAYS or the voodoo begins!

Joyce
Joyce

Days has been on for year’s and if they take it off to put someone like Megan on in it’s place the network need’s there heads examined. She’s the last person I would tune in to watch. Thank god for cable , at least there would be something else to tune in to. Keep Days on.

Anthony
Anthony

Don’t watch Days. Did spend a summer with it during the Denise Alexander/Susan Martin storyline; the Susan Flannery/Laura Horton days, and the Doug/Julie/Addie triangle, but not much after that. (Was elated when Denise Alexander came to GH as Lesley Williams!) Anyway – as an avid viewer of OLTL I can say that all these proclamations from NBC execs – if you read between the lines – all sound very much like DOOL will be cancelled. Their statements come across as Brian Frons-speak. And we all know what he did. Sorry.

clb
clb

Barbara Bloom sounded like that new NBC exec when she cancelled ATWT and GL. Get ready Days fans — the sand may no longer flow in the hourglass. Another stupid executive that wants to put on another talk show on daytime — and a news one at that! More fake political news to confuse the public. Bob Greenblatt has a not so impressive resume so he is going to tell me what I need to watch. And Megan is in love with herself anyway – just put her in front of a mirror and let her kiss herself. OMG!

lecia
lecia

Why the hate for Meghan K. The show has had years to get the ratings up but failed. Mostly due to the stubborn refusal of the powers that be to get rid of the six month film schedule, break up their aging super couples and the failure to make hard choices as to which vets should go and who should stay. And don’t get me started on musical chairs with Dena H. Very talented cast that in the hands of the right writers could have saved the show. Its sad to see the show cancelled but all good things come to an end.

Sandy J.
Sandy J.

Although I’m not a regular viewer of Days, I’d hate to see the show go off the air. Bob Greenblatt was incorrect, however, in assuming that all soaps tape six months in advance. To the best of my knowledge, only Days does that.

Which brings me to the best reason not to tape six months in advance: so many things can happen in and to this world in the course of half a year that the writers couldn’t possibly include in their episodes. The biggest example of that is the very sad death of Joe Mascolo and any knowledge of that fact unknown to the writers and everyone else in front of and behind the cameras at that show. Several of the characters are in Prague (the last I saw) searching for Stefano when their portrayers had no knowledge of the subsequent death of their former colleague. It’s just in very poor taste, and wouldn’t likely have happened had the producers changed the taping schedule to a more recent, and reasonable, time frame.

There are more reasons to change to a more recent taping schedule, but that’s for another day. May you rest peacefully, Mr. Mascolo.

xmascarol
xmascarol

Oh please don’t cancel Days I have been watching it for over 30 years now.Just what we don’t need another useless boring talk show.How about another soap?Not to replace Days but to ditch these awful talk shows,They are a complete waste of time.Back to Days I love Chad and the new Abby isn’t all that bad either.As far as Stephano goes I don’t know what to think. Save Days I looked forward to watching it everyday.No more talk shows.It is a big part of my days lol

Jaime
Jaime

I hope days continues.
But it must stop allowing divas to direct input on stories!

Barry_K
Barry_K

Days Fans, Y & R Fans, B & B Fans, and GH Fans: Cancellations are just a matter of time. We said it wouldn’t happen to the others: and it did. And when this crop of soaps are gone, you’ll realize (too late) how much time you wasted on fictional towns and fictional characters. I am speaking from experience.

Sandy
Sandy

Such negativity, I have been watching soaps since they aired and I don’t feel I am wasting my time.

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DAYS Promo: What’s Going To Happen At Jarlena’s Wedding Anniversary Shindig?

Coming up next week on Days of our Lives, prepare for drama, drama, and more drama! From the looks of the latest promo for the NBC soap opera, the action takes place at Marlena (Deidre Hall) and John’s (Drake Hogestyn) surprise one-year wedding anniversary soirée, where things could take a deadly turn!

But with the Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) masquerading as “Nicole” plot reaching new heights, Anna DiMera (Leann Hunley) and Tony DiMera (Thaao Penghlis) back in Salem, and the promo telling viewers “For one guest, the party, is over” followed by Sonny (Freddie Smith) yelling, “She’s got a gun!” and Brady’s (Eric Martsolf) ending line, “Oh, my God!” there is plenty to conjecture.

Also seen in the teaser is Kate (Lauren Koslow) trying to rip off the face of Susan Banks (Stacy Haiduk), and Stefan (Brandon Barash) and Gabi (Camila Banus) getting hot and heavy and Eric (Greg Vaughan) yelling, “No!”

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DAYS Stacy Haiduk and Eric Martsolf Talk Kristen & Brady’s Twisted Relationship : The Mask, The Deception, The Sex

Last week on Days of our Lives, Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) was able to get the man she craves in between the sheets.  So, just how did that happen when Brady Black (Eric Martsolf) had no idea she was alive?  Well … he still doesn’t, really.  You see, Kristen returned to Salem disguised as another ex flame of Brady’s, Nicole Walker (who everyone believed died in the warehouse explosion).  And Kristen has been parading around town donning an incredible likeness of Nicole’s face – via a prosthetic mask – and some other tricks to sound and look just like her!

Kristen’s goal is to infiltrate Salem, remind Brady of the love and passion they shared, take over DiMera Enterprises, and who knows what else!  And everyone who stands in her way, better watch out as we have seen! We are speaking to you (the late) Ted, and (once kidnapped) Kate, et al.

Fans of the NBC daytime drama series have followed the tortured relationship between Kristen and Brady for years and through many plots; Kristen was first played and brought to life by Eileen Davidson, and for well over a year now by Stacy Haiduk.  Not only has Haiduk reprised the role of a frustrated, vengeful Kristen, she is also playing at times multiple roles: the wacky and often misunderstood, Susan Banks, Kristen playing Susan, or Kristen pretending to be Sister Mary Moira.

As for Daytime Emmy winner, Eric Martsolf, this latest story arc puts him front and center as viewers watch to see if what Brady senses, and the clues, and the feelings he is having, bring him to the conclusion that he has been duped by Kristen, and that her horrendous scheme – pretending to be Nicole (Arianne Zucker), and dumping Nicole’s longtime love Eric (Greg Vaughan) to be with him have a result that is unexpected or catastrophic!

Michael Fairman TV sat down with Stacy and Eric for this conversation about: all the plot twists, and playing the drama and the humor of the situations they find themselves in as actors in a wild story that only head writer Ron Carlivati could pen and keep the audience on the edge of their seats in the process. Check out this oh-so-fun, direct, and enlightening chat with two of DAYS most shining stars.

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Eric, what has it been like working in this part of your storyline; where there’s the character of Kristen in its many forms: Arianne Zucker playing “Nicole” (but it’s really Kristen), Kristen as Susan, and the real Kristen, etc?

ERIC:  It’s been a nightmare Michael.  (Laughs)  I don’t know who I’m sleeping with anymore.  I’m at the point where I go home at night, and I just tug on my wife’s cheek just to make sure that she is not my ex-girlfriend from high school.

When you first heard of this storyline, and that it was going to facilitate how Arianne was going to come back to the show… and that it was supposed to be Kristen in a Nicole Walker prosthetic mask with a voice alternator, what went through your mind?

ERIC:  I think in the back of Ron’s Carlivati’s (head writer, DAYS) mind, he was thinking to himself, “This dude started his soap career on Passions, he’s okay with this kind of thing,” and honestly, nothing surprises me anymore.  When you’re thrown into that supernatural, crazy reality, doesn’t-live-here sort of atmosphere for you first soap gig, you don’t sweat a mask and a voice modulator.  That’s just par for the course.  My biggest problem was the body thing … that Brady is not able to distinguish one body from the other, because I would as Eric.  My God, I know every inch of my wife’s body.  So, it’s difficult to get my head around that, but at the same time, I’m going with the whole “love is blind” thing here. (Laughs)

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(Laughs) I was going just going to say that Brady would absolutely know Kristen’s body from how passionate their relationship has been in the past, as well, he would Nicole’s body from his relationship with her.

ERIC:  Since Kristen did finally just succeed – let’s use the word in “seducing” him, and using her wonderful feminine wiles as only Kristen has to get Brady in to bed, there was also another twist.  What plays after that is that he notices the tattoo that’s been removed, and she plays it off as scarring from the fire.  What’s going through his mind as he is making love to Nicole is a “Kristen train”.  He can’t get Kristen out of his mind, and the guilt that he feels about that is horrendous.

Right! Brady is thinking: “Why am I feeling this when I am supposed to be with Nicole!?”

ERIC:  Right!  Brady has been waiting for a relationship for God knows how many years now – at least a successful one.  He is so eager to have this work, even though he has been concerned about how Eric (Greg Vaughan) would feel about this.  In Brady’s mind, Eric is done with Nicole.  He’s good.  He loves Sarah (Linsey Godfrey).  This is fair game.  Brady and Nicole have always been close … they’ve been close before … so, for him, it’s, why not give it a fair try?   However, he finds himself now thinking about another woman the whole time.  That’s rough.

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Do you think in the back of his mind, that this whole time, he possibly knew that “Nicole” was Kristen?

ERIC:  Well, you just have to wait.  There will be a reveal eventually, obviously, but until then, let the games play on.

So, once Brady and “Nicole” have sex, he keeps thinking about Kristen?

ERIC:  Constantly!  She just plagues his mind.  I think he’s realizing that his affection for Kristen is anything but dead and is very alive, and I think this is Kristen’s master plan from the very beginning.  She knows that she pervades his soul, and once she does reveal herself, I would guess he would probably be surprised, maybe a little angry, but in the end … you can’t deny what your heart and your body wants, right?

One of my favorite recent scenes had Brady half-naked and Kristen as Susan getting into his room, because she was looking for the MIA Nicole mask she so desperately needed.  She finds herself gawking and lusting after Brady under her disguise, and he tries to remove himself from the situation and says, “Susan, I’m going to get in the shower…”

ERIC:  Yeah! And, “It’s not going to happen, baby.”

What was that like doing that scene?

STACY:  I loved it!  I thought Eric was brilliant in it.  I watched it, and I thought, “Oh, my God!”  (Laughs) It is one of my all-time favorite scenes.

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ERIC:  Kristen is a tiger.

STACY:  She is a tiger.  She’s got a goal, and she is going to go after that.  She has obstacles that are going to come in-between her goal, but she will go after whatever she wants.

When Stacy comes in to Brady’s room as Susan, were you not laughing?

ERIC: No!  I thought she was hot. (Laughs)

STACY:  He did … he loved it.  You liked me, didn’t you baby? (Laughs)

ERIC:  I don’t think anybody can deny that Stacy Haiduk’s portrayal of Susan Banks is ridiculously good.  Everything from her delivery … to her facial expressions.  I think it is amazing.  I mean, it is corny, and it is fun, and soaps need characters like that once in a while to lighten the load of the heavy dialogue and the drama.  It’s a welcomed addition.  So, I love playing scenes with Susan.

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Eric, you always have been able play the straight-man so well in comedic scenes with impeccable timing,

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STACY:  You’re brilliant, Eric.

ERIC:  You guys are being very nice to me.

STACY:  You are.  I remember on the day how much fun we had, but then, seeing it back and the crap that I was giving you, and just the stuff you were giving back was so beautiful, and innocent, and so alive.  It was so funny.

Does Kristen think that now that she finally got Brady into bed that she won … that she got what she wanted … even if she had to don a “Nicole” mask to do it?

STACY:  Well, no, because she still can’t be really Kristen.  I think she is grateful that she gets to be with him.  That’s one of her biggest goals: to be with Brady and she wants to have him fall back in love with her again.  But for her, now it’s all about, “How do I reveal myself so that he doesn’t get scared away?”  That’s the toughest part for her.  Kristen’s love is so deep that it goes beyond this mask.  So, how is it going to be when he sees her?   Is he going to freak out?  What’s going to happen?

ERIC:  Did you think Kristen would be a little pissed off and think, “Oh my God.  He did go for Nicole?”

STACY:  Yes!  I do, because she’s like, “Finally, I got him!  But wait a minute … did I get him because I was Nicole … or because I was Kristen?”  As Kristen, she always believes there is something deeper between them and a deep connection.  That remains a driving force to her.

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ERIC:  That’s why I love these characters so much, because of you and the history of Kristen with Brady.  She’s always wanted him as much as he has wanted her.  She’s always wanted to be loved.

STACY:  Yes … and very much so.

ERIC:  Kristen had always wanted to be a part of the DiMera Empire, just as Brady has always wanted to be a part of the Kiriakis Empire, and they’ve always wanted love.  They’ve never had it.  They believe in the back of their minds that anything is attainable.  So, I can see why Kristen would just forgo the Nicole disguise and just go, “He wants me.”

STACY:  Kristen wants to believe that Brady knows it.  She says to herself, “He knows it’s me inside and behind the mask.  When he finds out, he will fall back in love with me.”

Now that she actually had sex with Brady, wouldn’t that make Kristen even more insatiable to be with him? Like, “I’ve got to have him!?”

STACY:  The fear is still .. what happens she takes this mask off?  She always says, “I’ll reveal myself, but I have to do it slowly when it is the right time.”  I think there is that built up frustration now for her, absolutely!

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Arianne Zucker really has Stacy’s mannerisms down as Kristen.  It really comes into in scenes where “Nicole” goes off on someone or loses her temper.  Eric, you have worked with Arianne for years on this show.  What do you think about her performances in this storyline?

ERIC:  I have worked with Ari over the years, and I have enjoyed it a lot.  Ari did do her homework.  She did study Stacy’s tape, and she watched her mannerisms, and she took it very seriously.  I know that because she is a hard worker, as much as a goofball as she is, she does work hard, and she wanted it to be good.  I think my favorite parts were the Kristen meltdowns.  You have to understand though; Stacy and Ari get along very well!  They’re kind of two peas in a pod.  So, it wasn’t a big stretch for her to take on how Stacy would play those types of scenes.  They’re both animated, they’re both wild people by nature, and so, it was a good fit.  It was a smart idea from the writers.

STACY:  It was a good fit!

ERIC:  I’ve been out with the two of them, and it’s hard to tell the two of them apart. (Laughs)

STACY:  We are just like two cuddly bunnies.

ERIC:  They’re like flirting with each other, and hugging each other.  You find yourself thinking, “Are they going to start ordering the same food at the same time?  This is getting weird. (Laughs)

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In the recent scene that aired; where Kristen as “Nicole” turns off the light while having sex with Brady, is she worried her plan will now go awry?

STACY:  Yes.  I think she is worried about her body because it is burned.  You know, how they take a tattoo off, and it’s as painful as can be.  Not that I’ve had that done personally.  I like my tats, but I hear it is painful.  So, in the storyline, the burn is that pain that she has and the tattoo. There’s a part of her that thinks,  she has to cover it up, and turn the lights down low.

ERIC:  “Nicole” is sleeping, and Brady is rubbing his hands over her shoulder and touching her body, and as he goes over the burn marks.  He sees a flash of the tattoo!  That is a pivotal moment when he starts to put some pieces together.   He thinks, “Woah! That’s exactly where that tattoo was.”  It’s a slow little rollercoaster ride.

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In the past, Kristen then played by Eileen Davidson, drugged and raped Father Eric.  Stacy, did you ever see that story arc?  Literally the sex scene is playing on the screen at Kristen’s wedding to Brady and then all hell breaks loose.  This to say Kristen is notorious for the ways and the lengths she goes to get her men into bed.

STACY:  Yes! I saw her Eileen do those scenes.

ERIC:  You also saw how close Kristen and Brady were to their dream, to their happiness, their goal, which was they were going to marry each other.  Brady is looking upon his loved ones in this town and thinking, “I know what you all think of her, but I’m going to show you our love on this screen, and once you see the connection that we have here as a couple, you all are going to be convinced that we belong together as well.  This is the happiest day of my life,” and the screen comes up and it’s his brother banging Kristen instead.

Marlena (Deidre Hall) played the wrong DVD!

STACY:  It was so good.  See, I try to find as much info as I can on the character’s past, because all of the time I’m trying to find where these characters have been in their dark and twisted past.

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ERIC:  You’re putting your own stamp on Kristen.  You got a direct call from DAYS casting department, didn’t you … when they were recasting the role?

STACY:  Yes.  You have to understand, I had two really separate characters to play when I was on Y&R.  One was a doctor, and one was this crazy passionate, wild, little minx.

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ERIC:  I will say to find the wild and the beauty in one package is not easy in any town, yet alone Los Angeles.  I’m glad they called you, because you have that.  You have that villainous nature, but you also are able to show a vulnerable side to Kristen that is going to be a lot of fun and interesting to see.

Stacy is one of those people that will leap off of the screen at you and you will remember her.  She is one actress that will have fans talking about their work, like when you played crazy Patty Williams on Y&R.  The audience was on the edge of their seats going, “Oh, my God!  What is Patty going to do next?”

STACY:  I never knew what she was going to do!

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Eric, has Stacy come to you at any point where she been overwhelmed by the task at hand; playing Susan while playing Kristen, etc, and the two of you have a moment where you work through some of the challenges of complex scenes  … and ones where she is playing multiple characters?

ERIC:  We’ve had many moments  to speak of.

STACY:  I always come into Eric’s room, and am like, “I’m scared!”

ERIC:  It’s funny you mention it.  We have had some very emotional scenes, and Stacy – who cares so damn much about this job and portraying this character correctly – that she gets a little overwhelmed, and the material that they give her is overwhelming for any anybody on any level.  I have looked at her in the eyes, and said, “You’ve got this gig.  You are this character.  You are knocking it out of the park.  Just do it.  Just be you.”   I can’t wait for people to see some of the stuff we have shot recently and have been doing.

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Stacy, do you think Kristen can be redeemed? Many characters on daytime … and on DAYS … have done horrible things and later turned over a new leaf.

STACY:  The thing is that villains are bad and all that other crap, but they’ve got a lot of stuff going on inside and insecurities, and they’ve got a heart.  I’m sorry, the villain with a heart of gold, can be very  true.  I never see villains (and I play them a lot) as bad.  You have to find where it comes from … how far does this go … where did that little seed change … and what made them go into the dark, but also, where is the good?  You want to bring the good to it, too.

ERIC:  Let’s face it!  Star Wars is all about Darth Vader and how he became that because it’s intriguing.

Because of the pace in which DAYS tapes its episodes; do the two of you find time to run lines together before you go hit the set?

ERIC:  We are running out of time to run lines.  It’s pretty wild.  Funnily enough, I was recently filming a movie and I was so underwhelmed at the pace of everything.  I’ve gotten so accustomed to moving at this militant style, that as hard as it is, it is preferable to me now.  I almost like it because you don’t have time to overthink what you are going to do, and you end up getting more visceral and natural reactions to the material.  You can overthink a scene, and you can come to a wrong performance that way.  When you burn your fingers on a hot stove, that’s the most natural reaction you are going to get.  You can’t have ten minutes to think about how you are going to scream about that pain.

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But, would you like the pace of shooting the show to be a bit slower?

STACY:  I would like to, but I do think sometimes just jumping in, and going and seeing what happens is great.  I love that.  I do appreciate that.

ERIC:  It’s scary.

STACY:  It is scary.  I would love if we would get to do a rehearsal and then two takes just to see, and then they can mix  together what happens.  Sometimes I am hard on myself as an actress.  I’ve always been.  It’s that jumping in when you only get to do one take.  You have to just give it everything you’ve got.

ERIC:  You can have a second take.  Want me to give you a little secret?  All you have to do is screw up your last line.

STACY:  I can’t do that.   I don’t even need it to be perfect because nothing is perfect.  It doesn’t matter what I’ve done if I sometimes don’t feel it.  I need to feel it when I’m on that set.  I need to feel something because when I shut down, I close myself off.  It’s like an athlete who has just got to  train as hard as they can to reach their goal.

ERIC:  You’re an Olympic swimmer!

STACY:  You’ve got to do it as hard as you can.  You practice, and you practice, and you practice, and you practice, so that when you come to that day, you do the best you can, but sometimes you are disappointed because you didn’t get that one last thing you had hoped for.

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How do you view what happened to Eric with Kristen, who disguised as Nicole, tricked Brady into bed with her?  Some fans commented that that they thought it was akin to a rape.

ERIC:  No, I would disagree with that theory.  I believe there is a high degree of deception in this, but there is a willingness on behalf of Brady.  He’s not drugged.  He’s not being forced to do anything.  Deception, yes.  Rape, no.

Stacy, what do you think?

STACY:  Total deception.  There is no rape.  There is absolutely no rape.  These are willing participants; he just doesn’t know exactly who he is dealing with.

ERIC:  I appreciate the context of how somebody could construe that, and the seriousness of the matter.  I don’t think it really has a place in this particular storyline.

Do you guys think that Brady and Kristen are each other’s star-crossed lovers in a weird, twisted, bizarre way?

ERIC:  I don’t know.  I think they’re magnetism can’t be denied.  I think the hurdles that they’ve jumped through are astronomical.  Will they end up together in the end?  Who knows!  Will there ever be an end?  Who knows!  It’s definitely been one of, if not the most, in-depth relationships Brady has ever had.

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And intense!

ERIC:  Yeah.  They’ve just gone through so much to be together, and when you do that, anybody who is married knows that, that’s where the good stuff is; the wars that you win together and the battles that you go through.  When you come out of the war, and you’re still together, that’s the bond.  That’s what lasts.

What would Kristen do if she couldn’t have Brady in the end?  Would she find a new obsession?  What if she could not nab her man?

STACY:  Wow!  Hmmm. (Laughs)  She’s going to get her man.  She wants her man.  She wouldn’t settle.  She’d keep fighting.  I would say to her, “Kristen, keep fighting the good fight.”

So, do you think Kristen will reveal herself to Brady sooner than later? Will Brady figure out what Kristen has been doing to get to him?  Will Brady turn Kristen away if he knew she was alive and back in action  … or would he fall back into her arms? Share your theories via the comment section below.

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Daytime Emmys To Merge Younger Actor & Actress Category Into One As Gender-Inclusive Categories Are On The Rise

The upcoming 47th annual Daytime Emmys are already making some changes to key categories and specifically this one that affects daytime drama performers.  Word from Variety is that NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) is going to announce that they are combining the Younger Actor and Actress categories into one gender-neutral category

Not only will the Younger performer category be gender-inclusive, but network soap performances will be combined with digital drama series performances for the category.  Previously, for this past Daytime Emmys, NATAS had changed the Guest Performer in a Drama Series to be gender-inclusive.

This category was initially created in 1985 when it was called the Outstanding Ingenue and then from there tweaked into Outstanding Juvenile Female and Male, and more recently that morphed into the Younger Actor and Actress categories.

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Former GH star Hayley Erin (Ex-Kiki) and former DAYS star, Kyle Pettis (Ex-Theo) will now be the last female and male to win the two separate categories with this new move for 2020.

Fans of film and TV have noticed that on several award shows on MTV: their Movie and TV Awards and their VMA’s, there are several gender-inclusive categories, as well as the Television Critics Association Awards who for instance doles out Outstanding Individual Achievement in Drama in comedy.

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