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NEW: Days of our Lives Promo that will shake up Salem! – Watch the Video!

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Days of our Lives fans get set for a seismic set of circumstances that will shake up the Salem canvas starting this week! As previewed in a new On-Air On-Soaps video interview with James Scott (EJ Dimera) there are major explosive scenes between he and Alison Sweeney (Sami) about to air this week and throughout November Sweeps that will impact many lives on the canvas.

Now after the jump watch the exciting DAYS promo as a terrified Sami and an upset EJ try to deal with the fact that their son, Johnny has gone missing!  Is it possible that another one of their children is the middle of kidnapping scheme? Or is something else going on here?

And then … let us know your thoughts on the promo!

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marknsprmo
marknsprmo

wow. talk about rough foreplay!

sara
sara

I’m in love with this promo! I can’t wait!!

Nathalie
Nathalie

I waited sooooo long for this, I’ll be watching, that’s for sure!! FINALLY!
Thanks to you for The great James Sott’s interview, you are The best!! 😉 I love James and Ali, together they ROCK!

nhuixnhuix
nhuixnhuix

So sensitive of Days to feature a violent sex scene between a heroine and the character who once raped her.
Really, I get why TPTB like that pairing in theory (chemistry etc.) but they do everything in their power to make it repulsive to anyonre with a minimum of decency.

Cath
Cath

No more no less sensitive than Days trying to sell a love story between Nicole and the man who once tried to strangle her to death. I don’t see anyone getting up in arms about that aspect of the EJole pairing in the last few months. Hypocritical much? And besides, you want to judge soap characters and pairings based on real life standards of morals and ethics when these characters never really pay for their crimes anyway? Really?

me
me

Just because they did it elsewhere doesn’t make it right this time. Obnoxious much? Ignorant much?

Riririri
Riririri

In any case and no matter how someone wants to interpret what happened between EJ and Sami some centuries ago, it was never violent.

iTSJUSTASOAP
iTSJUSTASOAP

There was never morality based in soaps..and if you sit there and judge dont watch.. EJ and Sami were never a normal couple and Sami was never ever a herione go look up her past…..that is what makes them tick..and for EJAMI fans wanting more..

juby1951
juby1951

Loved it, can’t wait! Go go Ejami!!!

tatigers81
tatigers81

Most exciting stuff I’ve seen on Days in a long long time! Can’t wait to see how this all plays out. Days is finally about to get really really good! Kudos to the writers for taking such a bold move!

Cath
Cath

LOVED it! Yay EJami! It sure is gonna blow the canvas wide open.

Mary
Mary

nhuixnhuix, Sami ISN’T a heroine, even during the previous writing regime, heroine’s do not attempt murder on a defenseless man and then stand by and watch her boyfriend throw away his ethics, his job and his sister nor do they put their welfare above the welfare of their son.
Sami and EJ are and always have been a volitile couple, it’s who they are. Their passions run deep from hate and yes, to love. We won’t get the love right away, but I’m tuning in hoping we’ll get it eventually.

Sam
Sam

I can not wait for Days this week! And, I can’t remember the last time I said that! The interview with James Scott was great too – he and Alison have always brought out the best performances in each other!

rachel
rachel

WOW!!! That was beyond drama!!!! Way to go James & Alison!!!! These two definitely have the chemistry together on my tv screen. I really hope the writers carry forward with all the soapiness this story line could bring to DOOL!!!!! Prove to me that you new writers want the viewers that have left that you want us to come back!!!

alison rich
alison rich

Oh, MY GOODNESS!!! Thank-you for waking me up out of my coma! DOOL you have now reeled me back in HOOK! LINE! SINKER!! One short video of EJAMI has brought back my enthusiasm for this show! I hope you find a way to keep them together!! James and Alison have amazing chemistry. There is no one like them. Now THIS is a soap opera!!

Nicole
Nicole

Wow!

EJami brings so much emotion and raw intensity to every sense they are in! I am so looking forward to watching this!!!! Loved it and cannot wait to see more EJami scenes. Thank you. I am glad that Days realizes what potential this pairing has and can bring to their show. It is endless!!!!

Janet
Janet

Been waiting for over a year for James & Ali to share meaningful scenes. They always bring out the best in each others performances Cant Wait to watch #Ejami

jamesscott fan
jamesscott fan

FINALLY!!! I was wondering when this reset was finally going to get some new life breathed into it. Whether you’re a fan of EJ and Sami or not, the repercussions of that kiss will affect so many characters and will definitely stir the pot. This is precisely what a good soap should do. Drama, drama, DRAMA!!! That’s what the viewers need and crave. And what better way than to involve two characters who’ve been dancing around each other for the past 5 years. It’s so wrong but oh so right!

Riririri
Riririri

It is also a great opportunity to bring EMMY worthy character Sami Brady on our screens. Were did our favourite villain go? She is much older now and she has kids so I would not expect her to be her immature conniving self. But Sami was never a damsel in distress. She was a strong woman and no one messed with her! I want that character back 🙂

Krista
Krista

I’m very excited to see all of this very soapy drama unfold between EJ & Sami – more excited than I’ve been about Days in far too long.

James and Alison are sure to provide us with an outstanding, Emmy-worthy performance during the outpouring of emotion that will characterize their upcoming scenes. I know that I will be riveted to the screen and hoping for more interaction between EJ & Sami as the story continues.

Ruth
Ruth

I loved the weekly preview! I’ve watched it 5 times already. It’s great to see Ali Sweeney and James Scott get back into their element. They are great at doing the raw and emotionally charged scenes! As for Sami and EJ’s characters, just from that quick hint in the weekly preview, they seeme to blame themselves as much as they do each other for Johnny being missing. I’m excited to see how it all develops! It’s raw, juicy Days!

Riririri
Riririri

I love love Jamison. They work so hard and it really pays. I’m really struggling to remember when was the last time I have seen a scene with such dramatic effect in a soap. I really cannot!

Avelina
Avelina

EJAMI are the best ever. I love them and I have tuned out for the past few years due to the boring as paint SAFE and the terrible EJOLE. But I cant wait for this and I cant wait to see the ratings go up because of it. EJAMI= Ratings GOLD

Teresa
Teresa

LMAO .. Good luck with that. Ejami have not brought ratings in years no matter how many times they Screw, Rape, have raped, Steal eachothers child, or destroy eachother.
They DO have chemistry,, But its always used badly.
Marlena and Stephano have chemistry too, But writers dont write rediculous stories to destroy them.. Its not even about Safe .. break rthem up, keep them .. whatever… But this garbage wont bring ratings.. Just a few 100 die hard ejami’s
Only GOOD writers and stories improve ratings and we STILL dont have that.

Avelina
Avelina

Horrible thing to say about EJAMI’s. There are thousands of EJAMI fans. They have MAJOR chemistry even more than the god-awful EJOLE and SAFE, even some friends of mine are SAFE fans. Though I will agree with you that their chemistry is used badly ALL the time and the current terrible writing is really impacting on the show.

the truth
the truth

Ejole and Safe has brought even LESS in term of ratings..you are so not credible..

Anonymity
Anonymity

Will people PLEASE stop saying that EJami=ratings gold. You don’t know that. Quite the contrary, they haven’t increased the ratings before, so why would they now? A couple doesn’t make/break the show! EJami is no exception. Yes, many viewers like them, but there’s a great deal of hatred for this non couple too. Hello? Moreover, everyone have their faves (couples, characters , storylines) & have different reasons for tuning into the show. So it incredibly irritates me when people claim EJami=ratings gold or ratings lead, when they have no proof to back that up. And, with all due respect, if there’s no evidence to prove such a statement-when it turns out to be wrong, you’ll end up looking like a fool.

I like EJ & Sami because they’re entertaining, complex, unique….It’s a shame never capitalized on their amazing potential.

However, I might be in the minority here, but I really doubt that EJ & Sami will EVER become a couple. The fact that EJ not only framed John, but also that those actions led to endangering their children once again-does NOT bode well. Sami hasn’t even forgiven EJ for the Sydnapping yet-let alone what he’s done to her since then (taking the children, the 2 rafes debacle, etc).

Moreover, they come together out of GRIEF, not LOVE. And I doubt Sami’s going to suddenly fall in love with EJ, after everything he’s done to her & definitely not when she finds out about his latest shenanigans.

No, I don’t think this is about EJami at all. This is to lay the ground work for Will’s coming out storyline & for Sami to come full circle with her past. There’ll be A LOT of drama for all the players involved (which is why tptb chose it to be EJ Sami sleeps with) & Safe will probably temporarily seperate, only to come out stronger than ever (yuck).

Once again the EJamis will be getting crumbs. Sorry to be a downer, but it is a realistic & strong possibility.

God, I hope I’m wrong about this.

Avelina
Avelina

Ther are RATINGS GOLD. SAFE and EJOLE have completely brought the ratings down. However, I agree with you that EJAMi are complex and so entertaining and also about the fact that it will lead NO WHERE.

sweetsherry30
sweetsherry30

Well I haven’t been excited like this in well I don’t actually remember when, it’s been so long where I would be counting down the hours to watch another episode of Days!! This promo brought back all of those feelings of anticipation to watch the show!! James and Alison have amazing onscreen chemistry, this little sneakpeak just rocked me to my core it was so UNBELIVEABLY RAW!! I am in awe of these two, they bring so much to ourscreens, evoke so much emotion. I am sitting on the edge of my seat for this weeks scenes, I just know it is gonna be REAL good!!

Elle
Elle

I have been watching it on loop. I have never ever been so excited for a TV show to air in my entire life as I am for the EJami scenes. I was raised on this show, and in fact, it was in the delivery room while I was being born.

Wezzie
Wezzie

It is time for all the Ejami fans to really get what we have waited for! Can’t wait. I haven’t been this excited to watch Days in years!

Teresa
Teresa

Reduculus that The Idiopts that be never learn. Most Ejami’s hate A.S and Love J.S.. All this does is priovide tittilationfor them, destruction for Sami, and its a sad .. sad thing.. We were promiused “Romance” . And excitement.. This borders on Sado masochistic.. And if Ejami’s think this will lead to a happy ever after it wont .. But I dont think they care, nor do they care if Sami si destroyed.. They Want teenage Sami and wont accept her as marturing.. They Hate Safe and will risk losing DOOL to destroy Safe.. Frankly the PTB could have broken SAafe without doing this.. Nor have they delivered on ***ANY*** Story.. So I excpect to hear of their cancelation very soon.. I know I wont be watching this crapfest. Mostly because I HATE being lied to.. And DOOL viewes have been Duped.

Kate
Kate

LOVE THIS PROMO!

I’m so excited to have something else to watch on Days besides just Matthew Ashford’s amazing performances. I love that Sami isn’t going on blind faith anymore. She seems to be the only Brady thinking logically these days, and it’s about time. Smart Sami is back. Acceptance without question doesn’t equal maturity. Submission to the pressures and expectations of your family, to the point where you’re still going against your natural instinct and better judgement well into your thirties does not equal maturity. In fact, it means the opposite. Sami was not comfortable bringing her kids to see a man who’s been the recipient of death threats and prison beatings, but her family pushed her to do it. Sami did it because she’s been pod-Sami for the past couple of years, doing whatever she needs to do to ingratiate herself to her parents and her husband (who treats her more like a daughter than his wife).

Sami is finally maturing. She’s finally wising up to the fact that she’s a mother who knows better than anyone what’s best for her children, and for her peace of mind, and I’m thrilled we’re finally going to be getting a taste of it.

As for EJ and Sami – YES!! FINALLY!! Whatever comes of these scenes, I’m bracing myself for it. James and Alison are going to chew these scenes up and spit them out, and I, for one, am going to lap up every second of it.

Sharon
Sharon

I’m THRILLED that we may have a chance at Ejami. But that’s not the only story that I’m drooling over. I’m interested in the Dimera/Alice connection as well as the Jack, Jen and Dr. Dan story. It’s been looking like there may be a Chad, Abbie and Mel story going on.

The thing is, is that there are Lots more going on and involving all the characters. Story content. That is what will make or break the show.

I can hardly wait for the EJ and Sami scenes!

di
di

Awesome preview!!! I love Sami and Ej together!! Finally!! RAFE has been so boring. I will be watching and excited to see what happens next!

Lew
Lew

I just do not see the chemistry between Sami & EJ.

the truth
the truth

don’t worry people who know what is chemistry SEE IT. it is maybe one of the couple actors strongest on-screen chemistry i have ever seen on my screen..to know that writers NEVER really use it to write good stories is a freaking shame..no wonder soaps are dying..

lew
lew

Hello, I now what chemistry is and I don’t see it with those two. Sami is great with Rafe and EJ and Nicole bring the heat. Sami has come too far to fall back into old habits. The soaps are failing, because no one seems to learn from their past mistakes and stories are replayed over and over. If they are your favorite couple, then that’s cool and you are probably not alone. But I am surprised by this move and if Sami becomes pregnant by EJ again, I will be through with this show.

the truth
the truth

Ej and Nicole bring NOTHING imo and Sami and Rafe barf..can’t even comment about this horror..but of course to each his own, as for the characters growing..hello of course they do but they don’t need some contrived and fake makeover and have to keep the flaws which in the first place made them complex and interesting..you want to watch Caroline and Charles Ingalls well watch but you will be the only one (and at least Michael Landon was far more talented than the guy playing Rafe..don’t know his name)

Avelina
Avelina

I agree with “the truth” EJOLE are soooooooooooo boring that I feel like ripping my hair out and SAFE are to barf. I would rather scratch my nails on a blackboard than watch those terrible couples. Many people are through with this show due to the current couples and we will see who brings in the ratings come November 18. Goodbye EJOLE and Hello lovely EJAMI.

Nancy Rodriquez
Nancy Rodriquez

I think if Sami and EJ get involved, Rafe will end up with Carrie. Or perhaps Sami will get pregnant with Ej’s kid again, and pass it off as Rafe’s, or surprisingly confess. I hate seeing Sami back with EJ, but I think it may be a fling because they are upset. I also think that someone Will may have made angry, over the website gamling thing, may be behind it all.

lew
lew

Hey Nancy,

I agree with you.

Juliet
Juliet

Finally something INTERESTING and EXITING !! Otherwise this soap seems a snoozefest, i don’t watch anymore but if they reunite Ej and Sami played by these actors and finally write a story FOR them and not AGAINST them or waste them with some other dull and irelevant love-interests i could come back to watch..it is up to the writers..but yep this promo is well-done..now let’s see if they can do something good with it.

Billie
Billie

I love days and Ill be watching it till the end which hopefully will be a long time from now. Anything to shake up the ratings and storylines sounds refreshing!

lizzie
lizzie

LOVE them or hate them no one can deny they bring BUZZ, and the HEAT! That’s what I want in my soap opera, so I say Bring On EJAMI in all it’s GLORY!!!

LUMI
LUMI

the rating have not gone up with EJ and Sami together and they never will,love or hate them,thats a fact,,,,
Bo and Hope have chemistry
Kate and Stafano
EJ and Nicole
Sami and Lucas
Sami and Lucas
Sami and Lucas
well Sami and Lucas 🙂

Anonymity
Anonymity

Chemistry is subjective-it’s a matter of taste, making your eyes see what they want to see.

Personally, I thought Lumi were cute together, but their romantic/love scenes felt rather akward & forced. They had more of a bff/sibling vibe. As for EJole, they have chemistry, but it’s the sleazy kind: they connect on a physical, sexual level-nothing more. It’s as JS said of their ONS: “he NAILED her”. Nicole knows that deep down, Ej will never love her with his heart, because it’ll always belong to someone else (Sami, Taylor).

I do agree with you about the ratings, though. EJami won’t have an affect on them. Some tune in for them, others tune out because of them – so it balances each other out. Not everyone is the same (if we were the world would be a very dull place indeed ^_^), & not everyone likes the same things/ couples/ characters/ storylines. So, in short, EJami/EJole/Safe/Bope/Jarlena are NOT “ratings gold” or “ratings lead”. I’ve said it once & I’ll say it again, loud & clear: A COUPLE DOES NOT (!!!) MAKE OR BREAK A SHOW. It’s an ignorant, arrogant , baseless assumption used to bash OR to argue in favor of a pairing. It’s really annoying & I wish people would stop saying that, unless they come up with irrefutable proof. Besides, soaps are a dying breed anyway.

Tralala
Tralala

Great and smart comment i agree.

Hilary
Hilary

Completely repulsive. WRONG MOVE, Days. Nope.

Tralala
Tralala

Completely AWESOME you mean.RIGHT MOVE, Days. Yeah.

dacey morgan
dacey morgan

alison (sammy) and galen (rafe) are two of the most attractive people on the entire show of days and they look and seem to be the best couple for each other on the show. I would never want to see sammy with anybody else except perhaps ej. And for rafe I would not want to see him with anyone else except with sammy. I hate how sammys older sister is having so much screen time with rafe, she looks like a dog compared to sammy.-just saying! Those teeth of hers, and her hugging on sammys man rate is so annoying and just ewwwwwww! Its to the point that I hate watching the show because every time you watch days sammys older sister is on the screen with rafe. I only watch the show because I enjoy only seeing sammy and rafe together on the screen. They’re hot together not apart from each other. I definitely will stop watching the show and convince others to do the same, if they try to put sammys older sister carrie together with rafe, even them hooking up is just gross and no one should want that ewwwww.

daisey and jared
daisey and jared

dacey you said a mouth full and I concur with you. Everyone must remember that carrie is happily married and her husband is way too old looking to be involved with that extremely young looking girl named abigale. And what is really crazy is how the writers are trying to perhaps pitch the idea of them to being together is just stupid. Carries husband looks psycho, very old looking, wrinkled, stupid hairstyle that looks like he is trying to look youthful and cool but it just comes across as old and desperately trying to be younger than what he obviously is in life. Its really pathetic and sad because who does that. And why has no one tried to help him or say to him about the obvious. It kind of feels like someone is setting him up to be bashed and to look like a fool on screen. This guy has to be at least in his mid fifties or older and he looks every bit of it on screen and probably off. Then if paired with abigale ewwwww just ridiculous. He is better off staying paired up with carrie that is more believable better than abigale. UGHHHH

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Wally Kurth Talks on His Daytime Emmy Nomination For DAYS As Justin’s World Is Turned Upside Down

You kind of know when you are handed the ball in the world of daytime drama, and it’s your turn to shine, especially when you get meaty material that runs the gamut of emotions. And this past Emmy season, Days of our Lives’ Wally Kurth delivered the performances of his soap career (although we suspect there is some more to come in 2020!) in the role of the grieving Justin Kiriakis.

For Wally not only played grief, but starting life anew in a romantic entanglement that can be all too familiar when someone tries to move on after the loss of the love of their life. Add to that, the complication that his son’s husband, was believed to be the person who caused the accident that killed his wife, Adrienne (Judi Evans), and with that the deck is stacked for an emotional fallout that landed Kurth in the running for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series at this year’s 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards to air on CBS on Friday night, June 26th, albeit in a virtual presentation.

While Wally is getting many accolades for his work on DAYS, let’s not forget the double duty he pulls on General Hospital, where this week his Ned Ashton. This week Ned is front and center during the encore presentations of the GH’ Nurses’ Ball episodes, which feature Wally singing his heart out in numerous memorable performances through the years.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Kurth to get his thoughts and insight into his well-deserved acting nomination for DAYS, plus to find out his favorite GH Nurses’ Ball performances, and much more. Here now is what Wally had to say about it all.

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I am so thrilled about this nomination because you know, I willed this to happen.  I was like, “It’s got to happen!” (Laughs)

WALLY:  You actually were saying that, and you have been very supportive and positive.  I appreciate it.

What did you end up submitting? I believe I gave you “Power Performance of the Week” honors on my site for some of them, too.

WALLY:  I do try to put together a little story in my submissions for Emmys.  I think that’s kind of important because if you’re asking someone to watch 8 or 9 minutes of just you… I didn’t want to just (not that I had this material) but bludgeon them with one sad, sobbing scene after another.  I wanted to give them a whole range of Justin and a little story.  So, I did start off where Justin was asking Adrienne to marry him, and Justin is very happy, and it’s all good, and he gets down on his knee, and you see her, and it’s like, “This is something really good,” and I also wanted to include a scene with Judi Evans in my reel.  Then, I cut to where it’s a year later, and Justin is with Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) in their apartment. They are already living together, and they are discussing the anniversary of their marriages, and about the sadness of Adrienne, and she’s talking about Steve (Stephen Nichols), and then she brings up having to tell me that Adrienne died.  So, that was obviously in a flashback that happened six months earlier; where Justin is obviously very upset, and scared, and doesn’t want to hear it, and breaks down, and Kayla comforts him. Then, I did the continuation where Justin tells Kayla how much she has meant to him, and how he felt like he wasn’t going to survive, and how she came to his aid in a way to make him feel like he really has something to live for.   Then, at the very end, I did two scenes with Will (Chandler Massey) in the jail which is where Justin confronts Will, who obviously Justin thought was responsible for killing Adrienne.  It was a really lovely, really well-written scene where Justin tells him, “You’re a son to me, and you can be disappointed with a son, and you can be hurt by a son, but you never stop loving him.” I think it showed a nice range of the anger, the hurt, the happiness (because Justin tells him about Kayla), so you get an idea of what happened to Justin last year.  I thought it was a good collection of scenes that told a little story, and you could see the range of what Justin went though.  Evidently, it worked on some level because I got nominated.

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In the scene with Will, doesn’t Justin also tell him, “Don’t give up on life?” in a very hankie-inducing moment?

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WALLY:  Yes.  “Don’t give up.  Don’t give up on life,” which is really positive… even though he started the scene like, “I don’t even want to talk to this guy.”  Justin is there talking to Ben (Rob Scott Wilson), and Will kind of surprises him. So for Justin it;’ like, “Now I guess I’ve got to talk to Will about this,” and so he is still angry, he is still hurt, and you’re right, at the end, the scene has sort of transformed him in a way.  So, all of that stuff was just really nice, really nice scenes to get to play and very emotional.

I’ve watched most everything on the soaps from the performances to the storylines, and that one scene with the two of you was one of the best scenes I have seen in long time.  It was just so good from the writing to the execution of it. 

WALLY:  Oh yeah, I can’t even imagine a scene that was as good. Thank God that scene aired in December.  My story really didn’t get started until October/November, and all of those scenes that I included were from October, November, and December.

So, what did you think then when you found out that Chandler, along with you, and Paul Telfer (Xander) are all in the Supporting Actor category together?

WALLY:  I love it.  How great is that?  I love both of those guys.  I mean, I am such a fan of both of them.  Chandler kind of gets nominated every year, so I wasn’t surprised there.

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Well, he had one year, as he pointed out to me (laughs), that he didn’t get a nomination. But, Chandler has been pretty much a perennial nominee every time he submits!

WALLY:  Yeah, Chandler just delivers.  He is a really an outstanding actor Paul, I think is great.  I love the character.  I was kind of surprised and happy for him because sometimes his character gets overlooked; just like the bad guy with the smarmy smirk and the great English accent.  So, there you go.  It’s terrific.  I think people saw more to his performance, and they should.  He works on a lot of different levels, and Paul brings a lot to the game.

And obviously, you know James Patrick Stuart (Valentin, General Hospital), since you work on that show too, and he is also nominated in your category. 

WALLY:  Yeah, and I have been a big fan of his too.  So, I was really delighted.  I called him up and left a message.  I love James.  We did a thing last year together where we went back east and played some music in some clubs,   I always think that James should be nominated.  He does such an exceptional job at bringing that character to life.  That’s not an easy thing to do either.  It’s kind of like a Xander character, and so, it is nice to see my fellow actors see the complexity in their performances and appreciate it.

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Last week’s DAYS airshows contained scenes where Justin confronts Orpheus (George Delhoyo), over killing Adrienne, and Justin also goes to visit Adrienne’s grave.  I think you have another run of shows next year to submit for the Emmys (Laughs)

WALLY:  I do like to include the big four emotions that an actor has to play:  happy, sad, angry, and fear.  That is a scene where you get to see Justin really angry.  So, I will probably look to that as you get to see the anger part of the character, which I think is important.  You don’t get to see Justin very angry and lose it like that.

No, and that’s what was so great about it.  George was a great scene partner, though.

WALLY:  Oh, he was great.  George and I had a great time.  It was really awesome.  I mean, it was a challenge because it was very tricky, especially when Steve (Stephen Nichols) and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) came in because you know; there is a part of the character that is just like, “Please, just let me shoot.  Just let me fire a bullet and just put it over his head or something, or maybe his hands are shaking so much that he misses the target!”  I don’t know, but you do just want to let him shoot, just one bullet.  (Laughs) Another moment that I really, really loved – and I’ll probably include it next year in my submission -was that scene with Suzanne Rogers (Maggie) at the hospital.  They gave me a beautiful speech to tell her that she should be her judge and jury and sentence herself to death, a beautiful speech about how she reminded me of Adrienne.  It brought out a different side of Justin that you don’t usually see.

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When I spoke to Chandler about this nomination he related to me, “I am so happy for Wally because I feel like he is often underrated.” You have always been the guy on soaps who is always delivering consistent work, but now you’ve been given a story.  So now everyone can see what you can do or are reminded of it.  It’s hard without a story on the soaps; especially playing the Emmy game.

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WALLY:  It’s true.  What did Maurice Benard (Sonny, General Hospital) say?  “If it ain’t on the page, it ain’t on the stage.”  It’s really true.  Let’s face it, you can only do so much, and that’s why I don’t get too competitive.  If I lose, that’s totally fine.  I feel like I’ve already won.  Being recognized by my peers, that’s it.  Being nominated is awesome, and honestly, after this, so much of it is the material and what the actors got to do.  It’s sort of out of your control, you know.   I am happy for all of my fellow nominees.  It’s all good at this point.  I’m really, really happy.

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You’ve been nominated once before, right?

WALLY:  Yes. I’ve been nominated once before, two years ago on General Hospital.  It was the year that Jane Elliot (Tracy) left.  In story, Tracy leaves, so there was all of that emotional stuff to play.  That was the year I also submitted myself for Days of Our Lives too, and I was really proud of that work.  That year saw Adrienne having to choose between Justin and Lucas (Bryan Dattilo), and she chose Lucas.  There were just some really nice scenes there that they wrote for Justin and Adrienne, and she was dealing with cancer.  Anyway, I got nominated for General Hospital, and I learned from that year that I am never going to nominate myself in the same category for both shows.  That’s just stupid.

Well, you’re everywhere.  You’re on the Nurses’ Ball encore episodes right now on GH,  

WALLY:  Oh, isn’t that funny?  All of these Nurses’ Balls, it’s hilarious.

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Are you watching them?

WALLY:  Yes!  I watched parts of them the other night, especially my performances. It looked good; actually, they were really good.  I’m always kind of surprised like, “Wow! The dances … the singing … the production!”  I always feel like there should be more people at the Nurses’ Ball.  Shouldn’t there be more people in the seats? (Laughs)  But other than that, good stuff, good story.  It was fun to see the beginning of Ned and Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) as well, you know that first year where she and Sonny were just breaking up on the red carpet at the ball, and the next year, Ned and Olivia are already together.  This week they aired where I sing with sweet little Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma), the Elton John and Kiki Dee duet, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.”

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Do you have one favorite Nurses’ Ball number you performed of all-time?

WALLY:  You know, someone has been posting old Nurses’ Balls from the 90s, and I forgot that I sang “Forever Young” with Amber Tamblyn (Ex-Emily), and that was so sweet.  I also loved singing “Somewhere over the Rainbow,” in the very first one or the second year, we did it. Some of my other favorites include: “I Feel Good,” with the Quartermaine boys, and Robert Palmer’s “Simply Irresistible” – that was fun because I got to put my own vocal stamp on it, and I remember performing George Michael’s “Faith.  It was fun singing that with Lisa.

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So, we know that this year will be a virtual Daytime Emmy ceremony, and we don’t know what that will look like yet.  So, how would you dress for it, if they had a shot of you from home during the broadcast on CBS?

WALLY:  I definitely am going to wear a suit and a tie.  I think that’s important to try to give the Emmys the dignity that it deserves.

So, thrilled that Wally received a Daytime Emmy nod for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series? What were your favorite moments of his last year? Are you enjoying seeing his performances on the encore GH Nurses’ Ball episodes? Comment below.

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DAYS Susan Seaforth Hayes Talks On Her Daytime Emmy Nomination For Julie and Doug’s Emotional Storyline

When you think Days of our Lives, what would it be without the legendary Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie) and her real-life and on-screen husband, Bill Hayes (Doug Williams)?

This past Emmy season, the beloved duo got a chance to shine, when they were put through a ‘heartbreaking’ predicament – Julie’s heart gives out, she is in need of a transplant, and things take a turn for the worse.

What would life be like for Doug without his Julie? How would she say goodbye to him? Fans clearly felt the sentiments overflowing from this real-life duo capturing the essence of their characters in such a raw and realistic way. So much so, that Susan landed a Daytime Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Supporting Actress category for her work.

Already a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient along with her husband, Bill back in 2018, will Susan finally get an award for her acting for her decades of beautiful work on the long-running NBC soap opera? Fans will need to tune-in to CBS on Friday, June 26th to find out with the virtual presentation of the 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards.  But for now, here is our conversation with Susan.

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Congratulations on your Supporting Actress nomination.  You have been racking up a lot of these recently, having been nominated in the same category two years ago, and also receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award along with your husband, Bill Hayes at the 45th annual Daytime Emmys in 2018.

SUSAN:  It’s really nice to be nominated, because I’ve had a few gap years.  I’ve had, what? 25 gap years between the recent nominations.

What scenes did you ultimately chose that landed you the nomination?

SUSAN:  I submitted when Julie dies.  I submitted the farewell montage scenes with Bill Hayes, and they were very moving to us… and we’ll see.  I did not submit anything snappy, or bitchy, or hysterical.  I’ve lost against hysterical every time.  Comedy has never worked.  So, I am going to try the heart and soul of soup opera: not bitchiness, but loss.

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Can I ask how you got through those scenes with Bill, because it was so touching?  I don’t know how you did it.

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SUSAN:  It was very difficult.  I mean, these are the things that make us so connected to the characters and the show.  This is a place where we can show the public what love means to us, which is everything.

They were beautiful scenes.  Do you remember when you did them, if you felt good about them at the time?

SUSAN:  No… no.  I didn’t know.  Everyone on the set seemed happy.  We are blessed to have feedback from out producers now, and they didn’t say, “I think you can do it better,” and, “Another take,” not that we would have anyway, because there is never time to do another take.

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How did you find out that you were nominated? 

SUSAN:  One of the producers, Randy Dugan called me, or I wouldn’t have found out for a couple of days,

What are your thoughts on this being a virtual Daytime Emmys ceremony because of COVID-19?  We don’t know anything about will play out yet or what that will look like, but it is back on network TV.

SUSAN:  It’s going to be a wonderful surprise.

So, if they have the shot of the nominees, do you think you’d be dressed in comfortable clothes or more formal?

SUSAN:  Well, I’d certainly wear my best earrings if I were at home, yeah.  If my grandson can arrange us to get on the internet (we have a grandson living on our property, and he’s our live-in techy), we will get dressed up, and sit there, if that’s the way to do it.

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DAYS did very well receiving 22 overall nominations and a lot of your co-stars got nomination as well.

SUSAN:  Yes, an excellent year for nominations for our show.

How many times have you been nominated now? 

SUSAN:  This makes six.

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Would it mean a lot to you to get the award?

SUSAN:  The Lifetime Achievement meant a lot.  It wouldn’t be bad to win this year.  I’ll say that.  It would be sweet for the show, since I am now the oldest living cast member of the original family – the original, original.  I’m not the original Julie, but close enough.  So, I think that would be some validation for the longevity of this original storytelling.  People look at the show and say, “Are you part of the DiMera family or the Brady family?”  I say, “I’m part of the Horton family!”

What did your husband Bill say when he found out you were nominated?

SUSAN:  (Yells) Billy, what did you say when you found out I was nominated?

BILL:  Yay!!!

SUSAN:  That’s about right. (Laughs)

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What a guy!

SUSAN:  I know!  What a guy, what a guy, what a guy!

I was really happy to see your name among the other well-deserving nominees.

SUSAN:  I know you are because I know you care.  Who knows what will happen? It isn’t going to ruin our lives you know, one way or another.  But it was very nice to receive this acknowledgment from my peers.

So, are you glad Susan received a nomination for her work in her emotional storyline? Do you think she should finally receive the Emmy for her performances? Comment below.

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Hollywood Studios, Producers & Guilds Send Plan To Gov. Newsom and Gov. Cuomo For COVID-19 Production Restart Guidelines

On Monday, the two states with the most television and film production in the United States (California and New York) received a plan from many Hollywood studios, producers and the entertainment and production guilds of a plan and outline to be able to rejigger and restart production of your favorite shows and films.  This includes the soaps: General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful and Days of our Lives.

Via Deadline: In an effort to get the industry moving-forward again where jobs were lost or put on hold, and production were completely stalled out-of-the-blue, the guidelines submitted by “The Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force (the “Task Force”) is asking for consideration and adoption for the resumption of motion picture, television, and streaming productions in an environment that minimizes the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19,” says a report for Governors Gavin Newsom of California and Andrew Cuomo of New York.

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You can read the details of the report here.  While there has been no word from the Governors and their offices if they have seen the report, bets are that several more steps will be needed before anyone would head and report back to a set yet.

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As one would expect, limiting contact, social distancing, regular temperature checks, ways to handle props, and a COVID-19 compliance officer for all productions are part of the proposal.   As well as virtual writers room meetings, avoiding filming on-location as much as possible and filming in front of large audiences.

So, glad to know that this major step has been taken to try to get production back on track in Hollywood and New York? Comment below.

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