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NEW: La Chappell interview at TV Guide Canada!

glamourshot.jpgIn a brand new interview feature posted this morning, with DAYS and Venice star, Crystal Chappell, the biggest celeb in soaps talks to TV Guide Canada’s Nelson Branco, about her final days as part of GL’s Otalia, the launch of Venice, her reprising the role of Carly on DAYS, her back stage rumored battle with former DAYS star Deidre Hall and much more. There are many insightful quotes from the actress in this full length feature. Here are just few very tantalizing excerpts! Make sure to read the interview in its entiirety.

TVG: It’s funny because you almost left GL to re-join One Life To Live as a Paige recast in 2005 [La Chappell played Maggie Carpenter on the show from 1995-97]. Had you left, Otalia would have never been born. Clearly, fate had bigger plans for you.
CC: Towards the end, I’d say the last three years of the show, we all had a stronger sense that the end was coming and the show would be cancelled. I mean, we were always hopeful, but you could feel the end was near. So, the feeling amongst the actors was: do we want to still be here? Yes, I had an opportunity to leave, but I’m glad I couldn’t [contractually] quit because in hindsight, I wouldn’t be where I am now without having stayed until the final days. And not just for Otalia; I really am blessed that I stayed until the end of the show because I love GL and I probably would have regretted leaving.

TVG: Is it spooky being back on DAYS? On GL, you were changing in cars, eating in outhouses, and Ellen Wheeler was running around like a mad woman doing everything from craft services to holding bible readings! One of my DAYS set sources remarked how shy and quiet you have been on set since you’ve returned.
CC: [Laughs] It’s been overwhelming! My first few weeks I was like, “Omigod, the cameras move! Look at the lights! We have light! Omigod, we have lights!” [Laughs] Yeah, between DAYS and Venice, I have to be very focused. When I’m on the DAYS set, I don’t even have my crackberry with me, so that’s what they are seeing. I also didn’t want to step on anyone’s toes.

TVG: Why did you leave DAYS? There were rumours that you and Deidre Hall didn’t get along.
CC: If there were issues with Deidre, I didn’t know about them. I would guess that she didn’t like me very much, but I could be wrong about that. I was a troubled young person. I was overworked. I made a lot of problems for myself. I was suicidal. I was in a very, very bad place. I left, not because I thought I’d be a big star; I left because I needed to get my health back. As for the rifts, I don’t know. I was very miserable to be around at that time. I spent most of time in between DAYS and One Life in therapy.

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Days of our Lives Receives WGA Nomination for Daytime Drama Series

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

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

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

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

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

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

To view all the WGA nominees click here.

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

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DAYS and Y&R Alum, Quinn Redeker, Dead at 86

There was yet another death in the soap opera family at the end of 2022, that is just coming to light today.  Quinn Redeker, who played Alex Marshall on Days of our Lives (1979-1987) and Rex Sterling and Nick Reed on The Young and the Restless died on December 20th from natural causes, according to his family.  Quinn was 86-years-old.

Redeker was twice nominated for a Daytime Emmy in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category for his work on Y&R in 1989 and 1990.

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Y&R viewers will remember Rex was a great-love of Katherine Chancellor’s (Jeanne Cooper) and the dad of both, Danny Romalotti and Gina Roma.  He first appeared in that role on the CBS soap opera back in 1987.  However, years earlier, Redeker appeared in 1979 as Nick Reed, the abusive father of Nikki.

Among Redeker’s other most notable work was that as a screenwriter for the 1978 Oscar-nominated film classic, The Deer Hunter starring Robert DeNiro, Christopher Walken and Meryl Streep. Quinn was credited for the original screenplay along with Deric Washburn, Louis A. Garfinkle and Michael Cimino.

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In addition to his roles on television including on: Starsky and Hutch, Six Million Dollar Man, Kojak, and Barnaby Jones to name a few, Redeker appeared in the films: The Electric Horseman, The Candidate and Ordinary People.

He is survived by his children Brennen, Arianne, Glaen, and Quinn Jr., and two grandchildren.

Share your condolences and remembrances for Quinn Redeker in the comment section below.

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Lisa Rinna Exits ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ After 8 Seasons

Days of our Lives alum, Lisa Rinna (ex-Billie) is departing her reality series gig with the announcement she is exiting Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills after 8 seasons.

In a statement to PEOPLE, Rinna shared on her decision: “This is the longest job I have held in my 35 year career and I am grateful to everyone at Bravo and all those involved in the series. It has been a fun eight-year run and I am excited for what is to come!”

Actually, the decision to leave RHOBH came when Lisa’s contract was up at the end of last season, and after discussing her options along with her other business obligations, Rinna and Bravo mutually decided she would not return for another season. Rinna joined the franchise in its fifth season, back in 2014.

Throughout her time on RHOBH, Lisa was involved in numerous dramatic moments, twists, fights, feuds, along with a ton of social media vitriol antics.

Lisa was last seen as DAYS Billie Reed when she reprised her signature soap role for the Peacock limited-series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem which premiered in the summer of 2021.

So, glad that Lisa is finally finished at ‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’, or will you miss all the drama she finds herself in at the epicenter of each season? Comment below.

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