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NEXT WEEK ON DAYS: Sonny's Life Hangs In The Balance After Being Attacked!

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If Will Horton (Guy Wilson) doesn’t feel guilty enough  for cheating on his husband Sonny (Freddie Smith), this should really send him over the edge!

Next week on Days of our Lives as retribution for Victor (John Aniston) ordering a hit on Clyde (James Read), turn about is fair play in the underworld, and now the Kiriakis family is in the life of fire and chief among them Sonny Kiriakis, who is attacked and then ends up in emergency surgery!

The fallout from this will effect, Will’s relationship with Sonny, Paul’s (Christopher Sean) relationship with Sonny and Adrienne’s (Judi Evans) relationship with Lucas (Bryan Dattilo) to name just a few!

Will Paul rush to Sonny’s side if he hears his life hangs  in the balance? Will all three guys involved in this story find out who everyone is to each other?

Watch the latest promo from NBC’s Days of our Lives after the jump, and then let us know what you hope happens as the result of Sonny being attacked and facing a life or death situation?  And, are you for or against Lucas and Adrienne getting closer and closer to each other romantically?  Comment below!

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Jeremy
Jeremy

Oh, this is looking to be good! I didn’t see this happening. And, I’m intrigued. I guess, this event will help or hurt Will’s secret affair with Paul. It’s anyone’s guess. Paul will want to see Sonny, for sure. I think Paul and Will will fit the pieces of the puzzle together, while Sonny is in hospital, in a coma? Then, Sonny will get better, released…but the two men will keep the secret to themselves for the sake of Sonny’s recovery.

Jeremy
Jeremy

and, …I guess Clyde will be found dead? Bummer. I really think James Read is a fine actor.

Margie
Margie

I don’t think Clyde is dead. I hope James Read is here for a long time, he’s fantastic.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

I don’t know that Clyde is really dead. If the police don’t find the body and declare you dead, it’s pretty iffy on these soaps. Sometimes even when they police are involved, death doesn’t always take. OLTL fans will remember Mitch Laurence. I agree with others here. James Read is a terrific actor.

Jeremy
Jeremy

yeah, Clyde is good at playing games. I did have a feeling that he might have wore a bullet proof vest.

Jeremy
Jeremy

and,…what about Paul’s big secret? Will Will’s article be pointless and put on-hold? Will Theresa see Paul confessing his love to Sonny, at the hospital, and then Paul is outed by Theresa? So many possibilities here. Days is getting good!!!

mark
mark

Days is so fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jeremy
Jeremy

Yeah, I would love to see more of “T”, (he works at Club TBD), he’s longing for some loving. Who is the actor who plays “T”? He’s cute.

Maybe, he can turn bi? That would be wild! and ironic.

Patrick
Patrick

Brendan Coughlin : T as in Tad Stevens

I love how his eyes sparkle… with that smile…. temptations

Jeremy
Jeremy

@ Patrick, yes, his sparkly BLUE eyes. He’s got a great smile, he’s just fun and radiant, and I wish DAYS would utilize him more. I would be interested to see him try to purse Abby, or for fun… get tempted by Paul!!! Tad or T, I believe was not cool, at first with Will being gay. I think it would be hot if Tad got tempted by Paul, and became bi. Why not?

LeeAnn
LeeAnn

I think all will come to a head. Paul and Will will see each other at the hospital and wonder why the other is there. It will come out how they are connected to Sonny, then all H*ll will break loose! It is going to be so good! I hope this does make Will take his head out of his…umm backside?..lol I am not opposed to Adrienne and Lucas. It will be odd for the boys but Justin has been gone too long without coming to see his wife and from what is indicated he has a secret as well. Lucas is there for her in her time of need and this IS a soap so we all know what is probably going to happen 😉 I want Will to have to fight for Sonny, for his forgiveness. A lot of groveling and begging needs to be done. Sonny didn’t deserve this from Will. Also I think once Adrienne and Justin hear just why this happened to Sonny, Victor will get an earful for putting Sonny in danger even though, he should have known better, he didn’t see this coming.

Carolyn
Carolyn

I would like to see this version play out on screen. It would be good to see Will’s remorse drive him to become “husband of the year” and then have Sonny find out what happened between Will and Paul when he and Will are in a good place in their marriage — making it all the more dramatic. Not sure we’ll get this much build up, but I can hope.

I would like to see Lucas with someone, and while I don’t know if he and Adrienne are a good match, it would certainly add to the drama in Will and Sonny’s life.

I like Paul and would like to see his paternity revealed. As with many others, I think he’s John’s son. Another interesting twist that will add Marlena to the mix.

Jeremy
Jeremy

@ Carolyn, yeah Paul’s paternity would be interesting to learn. Paul has only mentioned his mother and grandfather. And, they don’t want to visit Salem either, why does Paul’s mother, especially… not want to visit her son in to Salem? hmm. And, let’s not forgot those two encounters between John and Paul.

Reagan
Reagan

As far as Lucas and Adrienne go– I wouldn’t have put them together but there really isn’t anyone else on canvas for either. I’m ready for Lucas to have a love story of significance, so I’ll give it a chance. I think I could see Lucas getting paired with Melissa Archer.

As far as the guys go- we already know Paul is leaving and the truth about the triangle has to come out at some point. I do like Victor & the Kiriakis family getting a story– seems like a great time to me to bring back Phillip or intro 1 of Sonny’s brothers.

Alex
Alex

Paul isn’t going anywhere. The actor is on contract til 2016 I believe. Two year contract.

Patrick
Patrick

thank the soap gods…. Reagan… you gave me a start

whew!

Paul has brought SO much… to the canvas…. it’s rocking

go Victor
c’mon Adrienne
at last more Lucas

don’t you just love Freddie Smith…. and yeah… as shared, w/MF… Sonny IS the last of the good guys…. just LOVE him to bits

Pauls past catches up to him… “he did ask Sonny to marry him”

what’s not to love

I’m ecstatic !

Jeremy
Jeremy

hey Alex, that’s good news. Where did you get/read the info on the actors contract?

kay from Ohio
kay from Ohio

I hate to see Sonny get hurt but this will be some really great emotional scenes for Freddie Smith to play and I am excited for this opportunity for him to show us how talented he is in this role. Guy Wilson has the same opportunity to reveal his emotional side as Will deals with the gravity of the situation with his husband being severely injured. Also we will see how Paul deals with the situation as portrayed by Christopher Sean. Judi Evans and Bryan Datillo are going be great as they deal with the situation as Adrienne and Lucas. I am not sure how I feel about a possible affair between those two characters but I am looking forward to seeing this whole story play out. The WilSon storyline is the best one on Days as far as I am concerned.

Alex
Alex

What I hope for this story is that Sonny recovers fully first. Please god, no paralysis story. Second, I want Sonny to find the truth about his husband’s betrayal and the tptb to allow the character to get a divorce. Will and Sonny need a MAJOR LONG BREAK away from each other. I prefer eternal break. Some people aren’t meant to be and I never felt their love. They were the two gay guys on the show and of course they got together. I would like to see Sonny and Paul get a second chance. That would be hard of course since Paul is now the man Will cheated on with but PaulSon loved each other very much in the past and Paul still does and I think Sonny is does too. Is just buried. PaulSon have a lot of road blocks to over come. I want to see that story unfold this year. Since they are trying to turn Will into Sami 2.0, he probably won’t let Sonny go easily. Will has to lose Sonny as punishment. I think Will needs to lose everything (except his child) over this. He neglected Sonny first and cheated on him without hesitation. Sonny has been there for him and stuck by him with everything. Will needs to grow up. He is not ready for mature relationship. He is emotionally unstable. He needs to be single father and actually take care of his daughter. We see Sonny, Lucas, Adrienne and heck even John and Marlena take care of her these days then him. All Will seems to care about is his article and making name for himself. He is very self involved and selfish. I also would like to see Sonny become more of a Kiriakis after everything they are making him go through. All the emotional and physical trauma he is going to experience has to change him somehow. I would like to see Victor mentor him. I want to see him deal with Chad once/if Chad’s duplicity comes out about the club. I don’t think I’m going to get any of this. This show loves to make everything about Will. I don’t find Will interesting and he is now even played by not so great actor. We spend the last 4 years focused on Will. I don’t expect the show to change their tune on this. So I expected to constantly SMH at this story or even end up stop watching it down the line. I have no interest in seeing Sonny make a fool of himself and take his cheating lying coward of a husband back. I have no interest in seeing Sonny playing house while Will is off driving the story and sleeping around with other men specially men that happen to be Sonny’s ex loves. As for Justin/Adrienne/Lucas stuff. I’m just glad these great actors and characters are getting some type of story and screen time. I hope that in the end, Justin and Adrienne work out their… Read more »

Patrick
Patrick

I really like the context… that … without doubt : Paul and Sonny truly loved each other…

every person has their OWN coming out experience… and to share it… in whatever capacity… is instrumental

I honestly think i’d have moved on as well.. even though love never left either of them

Sonny deserved to have that open relationship… so he moved on with his heart for Paul

lets look at this as Sonny first love

this is what it is… sharing Sonny backstory… doesn’t lessen Sonny and Will… I totally agree with LeeAnn… this forward march of coop de ta … gives Freddy Smith and Guy Wilson inroads and drive to acting chop for the audience

doesn’t Christopher Sean effortlessly appeal all his presence.. dag!

ummhhh : Lucas and Adrienne

couldn’t agree more… if this gives us more of two of the finest actors screen time… I don’t see this palatable… but… it’s time for Judy Evans to forefront.. and she nails her time

Judy Evans and Mary Beth Evans… TWO of the FINEST Loveliest… warmest… HOTTEST… god… they are thee best!

I like the idea.. that this will give Adrienne something to fester about… till Justin returns… and if it’s true, as shared… he also has his own secret… then lets have at it…
Kiriakis trump

celebration DrOOL

Jeremy
Jeremy

I’m all about Judi Evans (Adrienne) & Mary Beth Evans (Kayla) for more screen time and deeper stories. Justin will return, though I’m not keen on a romance between Lucas and Adrienne. Someone else suggested a Lucas and Serena pairing, that could be more interesting than Eric and Serena. Lucas definitely needs a solid love interest. Kayla needs a man, too. I’m hoping Days will write more for Adrienne, Kayla, and Lucas, and Abe, too! It may be useful to recast Lexi and bring her back from the dead. Or, maybe Abe and Kayla pairing? DAYS utilize Judi Evans and Mary Beth!

Brian
Brian

Well, the focus being on Will was always a pleasure as long as Chandler Massey was in the role. But now, the bad acting has reached a point where it just has to stop if they don’t lose even more viewers than they already have. Only someone who’s blind wouldn’t see that Paul and Sonny are the ones who should be front and center, together. And Spencer Neville proved within a couple of episodes that HE should be on the show instead of that new version of Will that has been shoved down our throats for over a year only because the egomaniacs running (and ruining) this show won’t admit what a huge mistake they made when they treated Chandler Massey like crap, virtually fired him and rushed to that recast.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I soooo agree with you, Brian. Ditto to your every word.
I have missed so many episodes….I haven’t even had the ‘urge’ to watch, as I normally would.
The JJ, Paige, Eve triangle should have never happened. So stupid. If it was meant to arouse interest or give the storyline a titillating twist, it failed. Seeing Eve and JJ in bed made my stomach revolt . She’s what? Thirty-five years older? TPTB should not have even gone there

I like Sonny with Paul. NuWill just does not cut it with anyone…no looks to speak of, and no talent. JMO.
Is Paul’s hotel waiter a baddie? What was that creepy look he gave Sonny’s folder as he lay it on the table? Is he spying on Paul? What is all the subterfuge about?

Then, we are faced with another don’t -waste-my-time-storyline involving Aidan. Is the shovel symbolic of his Jekyll and Hyde split personality? He’s a respected lawyer by day, and a grave-digger by night? LOL. ..oh, man…so scary! Please, where is the originality?

Of course, we cannot forget the two resident-holy -and -righteous, and so inspiring twosome who can do no wrong; Daniel and Eric. I’m ready to start pulling my hair out…ugh.

Jeremy
Jeremy

@ CeeCee – yeah. those shovels with Aidan were interesting – nice notation that it could be what you described. very good!
As for JJ and Paige, I really hope the writers make Paige more active. I think she’s a really talented actress. I hope JJ & Paige’s love will conquer the screw-up JJ made my sleeping with Eve, what twice? I too, am really growing tired of watching Daniel and Eric, and Melanie!
don’t pull your hair out, I believe Kristen Di Mera is back this month!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Sonny will become paralyzed…Paul will sneak a few visits…Will catches Paul telling an unconcious Sonny that he loves him…Will learns Paul is Sonnys ex and Paul learns Will is Sonnys husband…both decide to keep there whoopie moment a secret as well that Paul is gay…Paul agrees to stay away from Will and Sonny so they can work on their marriage but Paul is hearbroken…Sonny wakes up with amnesia and unable to walk…Will takes Sonny home but sleep in seperate rooms because Sonny doesnt remember who Will is…Will promises Sonny he will help him get his memory back and the use of his legs…Sonny is crippled but he’s only pretending to have amnesia because he overheard Will and Pauls conersation and knows they slept together…what is Sonny up to?…ok, this wont happen but i wish it would turn out this way!…i also wish Nicole would sucker punch Daniel and bitch slap Erik who are constantly knocking Nicole down and never have her back…give poor Nicole a break…please!!!

Brian
Brian

Gosh, now they even almost kill Sonny only to continue pimping NuWill. Fans were so excited when NuWill was out of town and we thought that SONNY would finally get his own story, front and center together with PAUL!! These execs and writers sure know how to keep DAYS’ ratings in the toilet. Only totally blind people wouldn’t see that NuWill and NuWilSon just DON’T work. Zero chemistry and bad acting. The contrast to OriginalWilSon, Chandler and Freddie, couldn’t be any sharper. Will it take them another year to finally make a change??? I’m only watching for PaulSon!!

Kathy
Kathy

Couldn’t agree with you more. NuWill has zero chemistry with all the characters and the acting is incredibly bad. There is no way that Guy WilSon will be able to pull off any emotional feeling that he would need to in order to make this storyline believable. He has one facial expression and a year later continues to deliver lines like he is just reading them, no emotion or any clue as to what is really happening. Same expression if the character is angry, sad, in love or upset. Why has management not realized after a year that this is NOT working and make a change, ratings are lousy and continue to get worse. What does it take to make a change?

Patrick
Patrick

I don’t get this either…. “management”

whomever …. despite a 6 month schedule… the executive producers MUST know… Guy Wilson isn’t up to par or nowhere near relating with the cast

it’s time for him to go

that being said… at least Guy Wilson isn’t like dullard Daniel and totally ruining every thing else

this trio is palatable… dang! if I was GW and noticed the chemistry with Paul and Sonny … “i’m nowhere” whew!

Kelly
Kelly

I am so excited for the entire storyline! Freddie deserves to show what he’s got. He has been a steady supporting character for so long.He is a great character actor with a leading man’s face and body.I can’t wait to see my favourite actor on the show tear his scenes up! Guy is doing a wonderful job showcasing his acting ! Christoper Sean is such a fine actor that you can’t help but feel for Paul. He and Freddie have tremendous chemistry and act well together! I would like to see Will change over what he has done and realize how many times he has taken Sonny for granted.This wonderful man who mentored him supported him as a friend well desperately longing to tell him he loved him and wished he’d be his !!!

Patrick
Patrick

beautiful post

there you have it

the conundrum

because of falling in love originally w/Will and Sonny

and now the potent leading men in Paul and Sonny

I’m taking this for all it’s worth… “…I am so excited for the entire storyline!”

Jeremy
Jeremy

yeah Kelly, these guys are all great, Freddie, Guy and Christopher!
I’m loving this storyline, it’s getting real good! And, yes, it’s Freddie’s time to shine. He’s going to get unbelievable material to work with.

Mary
Mary

oh my you don’t mess with victor and I believe if Clyde isn’t dead he will be, You go Victor you never did let anyone mess with your family. And as for Lucus and Adrienne I never thought to much about them together but I think it’s a greatttttt match Lucus so needs to find a good woman cuz he so deserves love in his life. and come on Sonny and Will really have gone thought a lot together so let’s keep them together and let them have a great marriage and family with their little one.

Patrick
Patrick

LOL

“Victor Kiriakis” I love you

what a reward treat and feast to savor his character acting

Jeremy
Jeremy

Victor is one of the most consistent characters on DAYS. Love his sharp delivery. He’s a gem. Glad he’s a main player on the show.

Cheryl Dennis
Cheryl Dennis

Please don’t let nothing happen to Sonny and Will, send Paul packing and as for Adrienne and Lucas No they don’t look like a good match because she’s always putting Sami down, bring Sonnys dad back please he needs to be there for their son

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

The promo could be misleading:

Clyde/Clyde’s men may not be behind the attack on Sonny. Crazy Derrick , the bellboy at Salem Inn who’s got it bad for Paul, could be the knifer.

Keep your eye on Christopher Sean as Paul. He seems like he’s been acting for a thousand years…he’s a star!

As long as BD and JE get much deserved screen time, I’m all for the pairing of Lucas and Adrienne!!!

Mo
Mo

I like Sonny, but don’t care about Guy’s Will. And not interested in Paul either.

Jeremy
Jeremy

Guy Wilson is in his element, he’s a fine actor, and makes very committed acting choices. Guy Wilson, Freddie Smith and Christopher Sean are all doing a fantastic job, this is a big storyline for them, and it’s heading in a very dramatic and intriguing direction. I’m so excited. Great actors, great material.

Faye
Faye

How about Sonny wakes up and doesn’t remember Will at all. He’s still in love with Paul. Melanie needs to grow up. Eve needs to be outed. Serena is just a disappointment…so much for a good love story with Aiden and Hope

Terri
Terri

Will and sonny need eachother Paul needs to stay out of the picture and no Lucas and Adrienne don’t need to b together Lucas is too good he does need a romantic woman in his life a good one

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Jeremy…why, thank you, kind sir…LOL.
Seriously, where is this going? Please, writers, spare us from another zombie/wife killer and no body found/”Criminal Minds” storyline. Later.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Ps…HaHa. ,Jeremy. I think I’ll keep my hair. I like my blond locks, LOL.
I am so excited about Kristen’s return. Let’s light some fire under some of these boring storylines; well, except for the Sonny/Paul/Will storyline. I really love, love the idea of Sonny and Paul as a couple. Now, wIth the hotel waiter (what is his name? He is so beautiful), playing some part (good or bad is yet to be seen)…..the storyline could get very interesting.

Jeremy
Jeremy

Hey CeeCee… one of the great things about Eileen Davidson is that no matter what material she is handed at DAYS, she sells it, she is just THAT good. She’s always been so interesting to watch. Eileen is such a great soap opera talent. Long live Kristen DiMera!

Emmanuel
Emmanuel

What day is this episode coming on? Please reply

Alex
Alex

The stabbing is on Wed Feb 4 episode.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Today!

Emmanuel
Emmanuel

Thank you so much.

Jack Turner
Jack Turner

Poor Sonny, he’s really been having a rough time of it lately and now this….I wonder if he shall recall that he was on his way to confront Will (wasn’t he?) when he was
attacked.
It’s a good thing February for DAYS OF OUR LIVES is a little interesting because to be honest December and January were a bit of a snooze.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

DAYS is spectacular!

deb
deb

Let Adrienne and Lucas get a little close to bring Adrienne and Justin back together!! They belong together so I hope this is leading up to an amazing reunion!!!

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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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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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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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DAYS Chandler Massey Chats On His Bittersweet Daytime Emmy Nomination

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It’s such a game though, right?  .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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I know, it’s a shame.

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

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

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

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

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