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REPORT: Molly Burnett OUT At Days of our Lives!

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More departures at DAYS?  Report from Daytime Royalty has that Molly Burnett (Melanie) who returned last year as Melanie Jonas is done at the NBC soap opera and that she finished taping back in December.

Burnett had been involved in a romantic storyline with Eric Martsolf’s Brady Black, while getting in the mix with Theresa (Jen Lilley) and Serena (Melissa Archer).

The Daytime Royalty posts reads: “As has been rumored in recent months, Molly Burnett (Melanie) wrapped up her six-month “Days” stint in December, so look for Melanie to last air around the end of May.”

With Burnett gone, in addition to other recent exits from Freddie Smith (Sonny) and Melissa Archer, the show looks to be prepping for its 50th anniversary run. The announcement of Peter Reckell (Bo) and Stephen Nichols (Patch) has excited long time viewers, who also hope more good news is on the way with other former faves set to make a return before the golden anniversary begins!

What do you think about the report on Burnett’s departure? How do you think she will be written out of DAYS? Comment below!

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

This is actually GOOD news…now maybe Days will be smart and bring back Melissa and Sarah for Maggie to fuss over—Melissa could be keeping a secret from Jen and the rest of Salem…the father of her grown son Nathan is Jack, Jen’s late husband…this could be a short story arc for the shows 50th…

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

Had Melissa Archer came on as Sarah Horton they couldve still done the elephant storyline this way to tie it in with other characters: Sarah had sent many gifts from Africa to Maggie and Victor for their anniversary which included the elephant statue…Sarah had accidentally killed a man, unaware she was set up, and was blackmailed by another man who is using her to smuggle diamonds into the U.S. and some are hidden in the statue…Sarah arrives in Salem to retrieve the elephant but Maggie had donated it to a church auction fundraiser hosted by Father Eric who has returned to the priesthood…Sarah knows Eric—she worked with him in Africa and was attracted to him…Sarah arrives at the auction too late…the elephant was sold to Chad Dimera who is smitten by the older Sarah…Maggie dislikes Chad after Victor nearly looses all his money and had a heartattack after Chad tricked Victor into investing in a phoney business deal…Sarah is warned to get the diamonds back or Maggie, who is being held hostage, will be killed…Sarah breaks into the Dimera mansion to steal the elephant but Chad catches her…Chad threatents to call the police unless Sarah sleeps with him…Sarah confesses to Chad why she needs the statue…Chad finds the diamonds inside and knows Sarah is telling the truth…but will Chad give Sarah the diamonds to save Maggie’s life?

Evelyn Hodges
Evelyn Hodges

What are you talking about that story line is all wrong go back a look again.

Fran
Fran

u r soooo wrong Melanie is one of the reasons days is current she needs to come back!

Sandra
Sandra

No leave Molly on and take off Will, please Brady Black has been looking for love for along tome. I grew up on Days and why do tall always take off the ones that make Days and keep the people dont, Teresa needs her butt cut. Yall took off Samatha, EJ, Tony, you all keep on, the show will die out!

TKK
TKK

@ Evelyn Hodges – Jimh(leave it to beaver) was making up an alternative storyline, one that would have brought Sarah Horton back. I actually like his plot better than what the DOOL writers gave us. Good job, Jimh(leave it to beaver). You need to apply for a job with DOOL. 🙂

Anita
Anita

Keep Molly!!! She is such a good actor. I love the chemistry between Brady and Mel. Take the guy that plays Will. He’s not very good.

inger
inger

I am a big fan of Melanie (Molly Burnett) she is great and the chemistry Brady and Melanie is just romantic and so lovely and sexy!!! Hope you will bring her back.
She added so much to Days of Our Lives.

Jackie McLovin
Jackie McLovin

Please bring Melanie back please she was the best thing that ever happened to Days 🙁 I’m in tears she is a very talented actress and she is so needed in your show. Take out Will he sucks as an actor and ruins the show, my TV gets stuffies thrown at it when he’s on. I’m sorry but honest. Please please PLEASE bring her back she truly makes the show and I have hooked my friends on Days due to the actress. I’ve watched Days for over 30yrs now and she is so awesome for your show, so talented, so normal and fun to watch she’s a natural. She needs to come back oh by the way you can gat that slime ball Mr Clide Westen to follow Will off the show. OK you can trade Will for her return…….
Please come back Mel

Dollana
Dollana

I am a fan on Melanie Molly Burnett think she is great was glad when she came back and really sorry she is leaving. Hope she comes back soon

Donna
Donna

Molly Burnett is the tie that binds two of the families. She totally makes sense to keep as a character. Big mistake to end her stay on Days. It was great seeing her more or less “grow” as an individual as the stories progressed. She overcame her past to become one of the better characters on the show. But, she still had that edgy quality…. Because that was who she was about.

She used this to the good at the end. I think morally she is a good example of strength.
Again, you should definitely bring her back.

bella
bella

Molly needs to come back pregnant with Brady’s child. Victor needs take Teresa’s baby so Brady and Melanie can raise him. Poor Jennifer needs a storyline where she’s not fighting someone. Her and Raif need to hook up. I think Zander and Niclole are hot together, but i want him to be good. I hate the Clyde storyline. Sonny should leave Will for Paul. Eve and JJ story was plain GROSS. These storylines are getting boring. I love watching Chad. I don’t understand bringing people back just to write them off again. Why bother? It just makes us fans mad. The writers need to write better storylines. I want to see love triangles, passion. I’m sick of seeing pill heads, drunks.

brenda
brenda

Yes!!!!

Heyam
Heyam

I have a hunch that chad is Abigail’s baby real father and hope those two get together and Ben goes away farrrrr away I don’t like him.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

It took a while to accept her the first time around and now it will be easy to accept her being gone, hopefully 4ever!

Sean
Sean

Wow you sound bitter. Lol. Molly Burnett is a terrific actress and she decided to leave Days. Molly signed a 6 month contract. She will be back as Melanie maybe next year.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

It’s because the writers ruined her.

laine
laine

I will miss her (she could have had a better story line this time). Would like to see her again.
Will miss Freddie Smith as Sonny -really liked him . Also really like the guy who plays Paul.

Jan
Jan

Sure hope so!!

Diana
Diana

I love Melanie and I think her and Brady are great together. I am sad to see her go and hope she comes back. Serena and Sonny leaving is great! I think Will should go next. They have never had anyone good play him but this one is the worst.

charla
charla

Love Molly Burnett – am really going to miss her – and totally love her with Brady – Not a fan of Teresa’s – terrible over acting –

Neta
Neta

I hope she comes back!! I like her with Brady . We will miss her…. Brady better not get with Teresa

April
April

I love Molly Burnett! I’m going to miss her and her quirkiness. I also thought that she and Brady were great together. They just “fit”…so alike, yanno? I will be glad to see Serena go though! She’s not a very good actress and never smiles! She always has this blank, constipated look on her face. And as far as Sonny leaving….DOOL should keep him and just replace Guy Wilson with a better actor to play Will! I’m sorry but, the kid cannot act very good!

blake
blake

Yeah I feel won’t miss Melanie at all, it’s not just the writing it’s the actress also that sucks.

Jeremy
Jeremy

@ blake, definitely true. I’m all for red heads, lol… though, I never did care for Molly Burnett’s acting choices. I’m glad her return was short-term. Hopefully, Kristen kidnaps Melanie.

suzieQ
suzieQ

agreed, Blake

Carter
Carter

Molly Burnett was one of the best actors on the show. Screw all the haters, she was up for an Emmy twice within her first 4 years on the show – that says something. I hope to see her back in the near future, if not on the big screen in movies or other T.V shows. BIG fan of her!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Her first stint started out as Melanie being tough, yet bubbly. This stint she became babbly. She should not have come back under the hack writers.

Maybe she’ll be back under the new regime.

evie
evie

Melanie is a good character. Molly B is a wonderful actress and has given Melanie a loveable and substantive personality. She made the character interesting. Bad choice to let her go.

Kim
Kim

I hate it that she is gone!!! She was one of my favorite characters

Steve Ungrey
Steve Ungrey

It sounds like this return was always meant to be a short-term one. Always thought Molly was a great actress and I look forward to seeing her in future projects. Hopefully they leave the door open for a return, if only because I will enjoy seeing people get so mentally unhinged about her coming back.

Haters gonna hate. 😉

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

Do you live in a perfect world where you like everything…come on, you know there are things you hate too and dont like it if someone called you a hater just because you dislike something…just a friendly reply—no hate involved!!!

Steve Ungrey
Steve Ungrey

Jim, the amount of hatred directed toward Molly on some boards has been nothing short of unbelievable. I can understand a little, but there are some boards where people look at you like you support Charles Manson if you’re a Melanie or Daniel fan. That’s all. 🙂

CeeCee
CeeCee

You’re right, of course, Jimh. I loved Melanie before she left. I will always love Molly. But, the character lost something when she came back. I do not know what the reasoning was? Okay, she came for a visit? She does have ties in Salem. But, why would TPTB start a relationship between her and Brady?
I was starting to get really interested in this new storyline……where she seemed to be the one to figure out what has happened to Theresa’s baby. However, as usual, something always and endlessly trip up a potentially effective storyline.
Thank you for defending those of us who share our opinions freely, jimh. Isn’t it amazing how some get their boxers/panties in a twist if their opinion does not coincide with anyone else’s?
It is an opinion site, people!!!!

Gage
Gage

I love Molly and I think she was and is a great actress. Though I have to agree that they ruined the character by pretty much turning her into a Mini Maggie but given how much time she spends with the woman, guess it rubs off.

Despite that, I do like her character but she was honestly great during 2008 – 2009 where she was a total bad girl and yet you couldn’t help but to love it.

I think in 2010 she was at the best state she could be, she began to reform but at the same time she maintained the tough girl that she had to become growing up.

From 2011 then on, it went straight to hell, especially after it came out that Daniel was Maggie’s son and that was when they began to ruin Melanie, throw in Gabi that made it impossible to even enjoy Mel and Chad and then it’s over.

Theresa is a bitch and Kristen is the queen bitch and if they had planned to put Melanie up against them she at least deserved for her bad girl side to return. I mean both women told her off, she barely got a word in edge wise. I would have loved to have seen Melanie grab Theresa’s arm like she did to Stephanie or throw Kristen down like she did Chelsea.

And not even going to mention that she lost all her wit. Her jokes and her insults and the way she had with words pre-2011 and especially 2008-2009 were great and sadly with these two women she barely got a word in.

I will never forget this quote. “Lets all bow down to princess Stephanie”

What happened to that? She is better off gone, don’t need another mini Maggie trying to get everyone on the high road. (No offense to Molly Burnett, she has no control over the writing, she did the best she could with what she was given. Excellent actress when she has the right writing.)

Aries
Aries

I agree with you Gage. If you go to YouTube and watch her scenes over the years you would see that given the right material, she was a great actress and is a great actress. She just doesn’t do bland and boring very well and really, why would anyone want her to? She was in her element as bad girl then turned semi good. She could go about her business but then really dish it out if you mess with her or those she loves. Molly did what she could with the script she was given, probably why she only returned briefly, the role had to have become boring for her and you can clearly see she had much more fun with it during her early years.

I’m sure the return was just to be nice and honestly, she was really used as a simple prop to “solve the mystery.” It wasn’t really necessary to bring her back for that. Abby could have easily caught on and put it together herself.

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

I understand…ive been attacked because of my likes and dislikes…i have no problem if you like someone…i actually liked Melanie somewhat when she originally appeared but this turn is different…i blame the writers and director mostly…Melanie has become annoying and boring-imo-her secret when she returned and pairing with Brady was a total misfire…maybe if she returns in the future and with new writers my opinion of her might change…i hope my original reply didnt sound like i was attacking you because you like the actress-she seems like a really lovely person off screen-i just dont like how the writers had written her character…im not that kind of person who attacks someone with a different opinion and i expect the same in return…Peace!

CeeCee
CeeCee

We are completely in sync , jimh. I do not know if you directed your post to me, but I always admire the wisdom of your posts. I, for one, never considered you as a hater or belligerent poster. You give your honest opinion….. It is your right….later.

Fran
Fran

I will miss her wait for her return soon. As for Sonny let’s send Wil packing keep Sonny and Paul.

evie
evie

She gave Melanie an actual personality who is sharper than most.

PGP
PGP

This makes me sad…I love Melanie and love Molly Burnett! She would make a great Kiki at GH, if you are reading this Frank or Ron, get rid of that dreadful actress and bring on Molly!

Jake from NJ
Jake from NJ

I would love her at GH!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

True, guys. Molly would be a million times better than HE. I am speechless when it comes to this Kiki. I actually had thought she would do a good job. For all those who did not like Kristen, at least she did the Kiki character Justice. Her entire persona drives a screw into my brain…..OUCH !!
TPTB need to get rid of Erin ASAP. There is nothing compelling …..no spark of interest which denotes attention to this girl.

jaybird369
jaybird369

CeeCee…y-e-s…TPTB at GH need to get rid of that Hayley Erin chick…QUICKLY!!!!! Also, as far as I’m concerned, Kristen Alderson (over the years) has proven that she CAN A-C-T. I mean…to me, KA will ALWAYS be Starr Manning (from her OLTL days) to me. TOTALLY!!!!! Bottom Line Here: On-screen wise, Hayley Erin has NO SPARK…PERIOD!!!!! Beyond lame.

Later, CeeCee.

Patrick
Patrick

when are they going to say the same, about;Ben, Clyde, Daniel, and even Jennifer ?

I wish we knew the intent, of; NBC/Sony/DOOL

are we going past, September, 2016

Melanie…. really only had the best scenes with Maggie
and Maxine

her exit scenes will be after Eric and Theresa reunite with their child

Carolyn
Carolyn

I have the feeling she was just brought back as a plot point to bring in Serena (that didn’t go over so well) and to bring in the stolen embryo story. Once she didn’t really seem to get much of a story on her own (the card counting was less than a blip on the radar) I assumed she was just going to have a temporary stay in Salem.

Now I wonder how she’s going to leave — hopefully we’ll get some excitement stirred up with her exit.

I wish Molly much luck and a more crucial role in her next project.

andrew hass
andrew hass

I also thought Melanie’s return was short term in a way because of how fast they put her and Brady together.However maybe Molly only agreed to come back for 6 months because she didn’t want to be tied down longer.However it wouldn’t surprise me if the show leaves the door open for Melanie to return again down the line.For example maybe Melanie leaves with a secret of sorts.

Gage
Gage

See that is what I don’t get, that scheme with the card counting, you would think that by her doing that some of her “old habits” would have resurfaced and just in proper time to really take on Theresa and Kristen.

Love Molly, great actress and I loved watching her put Stephanie and Chelsea in their places but the writers made Melanie pathetic against Theresa and Kristen.

I do disagree that she was needed for the Serena plot. Serena knew Eric back in Africa, she didn’t need an excuse to come and see him and as far as the embryo plot, they honestly could have utilized Abby for the story instead of simply making her “psychotic sex princess” all the time.

Meri
Meri

Sad to see Melanie go. She is a good character. As for Serena and that stupid elephant. Good riddens poor Melissa Archer given such an absurd storyline.

Ricardo
Ricardo

Molly Burnett only signed a 6 month contract, I am going to miss her as Melanie. She is a wonderful actress.

code
code

Me too

Gage
Gage

Can’t blame her, I’m pretty sure she found the role boring. Melanie was very fun in 2008-2009 and she was at her best in 2010 as being good but tough.

Then Daniel’s paternity came out and they began to turn her into the next Maggie and 2011 was the character slide that sent her right down.

2012? That was just a year to traumatize her for Molly’s exit, I feel safe guessing that she knew what direction the role was going and that it would have been boring and that is exactly what it became when she returned in 2014, bet she is glad she didn’t sign on for a long period.

Melanie To Stephanie “I could tear you limb from limb” Then she grabs her arm and tells her like it is.

That should have been saved for Kristen.

Then the quarantine room plot, I loved that quote.

“Thanks to me Nathan went in there a little boy and he came out a man.” Just a couple of her best lines and she had many pre-2011.

I honestly don’t understand how she became so soft, she had to be tough growing up, she had a hard life, not to mention all that has been done to her on the show since she appeared. Either she became soft due to some kind of PTSD or Maggie preached at her way to much off screen. Probably both.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

I am sorry to hear this news. Characters seem to be going right and left. I wonder what the long term plan is here?

Jules
Jules

If it’s to make room for characters like Justin back on contract full-time, I am so. On. Board!!!! Cut the fat and make room for characters the audience has been begging for.

code
code

The cast is not that big.

Briana
Briana

Omg ELSA PLEASE COME AND KILL LUCAS AND ADRIENNE!

Watching them in bed together is sick, if they marry…Will and Sonny will be husbands/step brothers. Wonder if that’s why Sonny is leaving?

Michael
Michael

I liked her both times.

charla
charla

me too!

Jules
Jules

I like Melanie and Molly but her return has not been successful. Her meddling in Theresa’s baby mystery has been the only positive part of her comeback because it’s been the only way the story has moved forward with Kristen off canvas. Her relationship with Brady has been so forced and not at all interesting, and I have barely felt her connection to the cast. Her Intro back to the canvas story was Days at its worst- no imagination, no depth, just basic plot. I had hoped for more with her return but instead we just get her being lectured by Daniel, groping Brady and catfightingwith Theresa. I’m glad there are only a few more weeks to endure this.

Briana
Briana

Poorly cat fighting with Theresa if you remember how she fought Stephanie and Chelsea. They shouldn’t have wasted the actresses time. She was being used as the prop for KBT plot being solved, probably because she had a job at the hospital so it seemed convenient but really the same thing could have been done with Abby, she could of solved the plot.

And her threatening to jump off the plane because that air bag thing trapped her, I actually feel bad. I feel like she was brought on as not just a prop but as a joke.

Daisy
Daisy

One word: Yea!

Shelley Krayer
Shelley Krayer

It seems that people are leaving “Days” left and right. Is this a sign that the whole program itself will be ending? I have been watching only for the past 12 years or so; the story lines are so much better than “All My Children” which I used to watch. Keep it up Days!

Alex
Alex

It should end if they don’t do something better. Finally glad that the Eve/JJ/Paige story has finally took the big jump. They waste money by putting Rory and Cole on the show, even though Cole did serve as an important piece of the truth coming out.

Eve is a waste of time now unless they put her with Eric once Serena runs off. I always thought Eve and Eric had great chemistry, I loved their scenes, only times I’ve enjoyed watching her.

JJ and Paige…ugh I don’t know, they need to work it out and both go off to California, together or broken up, no reason not to go to their colleges.

Stephano needs to take out Clyde and Chad/Ben need to see Abby for the trash she is, dump her, and go out for boys night and die driving drunk.

Tony, Bo, and Patch are returning.

Cole goes off to where ever Bev went. Then put Abby with Tad. The guy is more deserving of a relationship than anyone and he isn’t bad looking, he’s actually cute.

Write Rory and Daphne off and send them to where ever Bev went, Obviously they stopped wasting money on her.

Elsa can come and kill Adrienne and frame Justin so he can go to jail and she can escape the country and leave. Put Lucas with a proper woman.

Break Chelsea and Max up, bring Max back because he and Melanie are awesome in scenes together, he was a better brother to her than Nicholas.

Then you bring back Cassie and Rex. She would make a good girlfriend for Max and Rex would be awesome with Melanie who they should keep.

Nicole and Lucas both accidentally go to a dating service and get matched up together, see how that works.

And those are the stories if I were one of the writers.

CM
CM

Geez. First “Sonny”, now “Melanie”. I’m losing all my favorite characters here.

Jackie
Jackie

Blame Lucas and Adrienne for Sonny leaving. If they get married, Will is not just Sonny’s husband but also his half brother. Very selfish of their parents not to think about that as we get tortured by seeing them in bed together.

charla
charla

OH I so don’t want Sonny to leave – not a Will fan – liked the original –

damien
damien

hopefully daniel, ben, clyde and chad will be next! sorry but if budget is an issue that deadweight needs to go! the di mera s are a shell of their former self! kirstens only back briefly and chad the imposters a joke! and cant possibly carry the torch of the di meras alone! unless peter or lexi return theirs really no point in having a watered down di mera family. with justin returning focus on the kirikasi’s! and please invest in some hlf decent sets! if the show looks cheap how do you expect viewrers to take the product seriously?!
marlena deserves her own office, hope a home , abe, roman, and john a cop station. the hospital waiting room is not an appropriate palce for the staff to air their dirty laundry either. replace the cheesy park and bring back the docks!!! and why cant eric, eve and teresa s apartments at least look modern! i doubt teresa would live in a apartment thats furnished so dowdy, she s young and cool
here s hoping for more positive changes to keep days on air for a long time!

code
code

Daniel the character will always be on the show, he wasco created by Ken Corday.

Alex
Alex

Tony is coming back. Won’t Marlena and John just be so happy? They think they have the dimera’s nearly destroyed. Not so hahaha.

Mary SF
Mary SF

The minute her character got romantically involved with Brady I knew she was goner- LOL

Jeremy
Jeremy

I too, was not a fan of the Brady & Melanie pairing. It felt forced, and I didn’t feel the romantic connection between them.

Tom Jenkins
Tom Jenkins

I agree, it seemed like, this isn’t real – and her babbling and attempts to be cutesy were just annoying at times. I didn’t sense any real connection between her and Brady.

Alex
Alex

It was done likely because there is such a large majority of people who wanted to see them together but those people will feel cheated once again, just like we were cheated of Melanie and Chad having a chance.

With EJ and Kristen dead, Sami gone and Kate booted out, would have been great if Melanie and Chad married. Then they can take Stephano’s picture down (again!) Chad and Melanie would look so great on that wall. (Would be perfection if it was old Chad) but it would be fun.

Jake from NJ
Jake from NJ

I love Molly as Melanie…2 short of a visit 🙁

Yolanda Arias-Arenas
Yolanda Arias-Arenas

I don’t like these departures, they’re usually a sign that the show is going to be cancelled. TPTB also being back soap vets to bring closure to a show. I’m going to pray that this isn’t the end of DOOL.

suzazq
suzazq

Oh man I love Molly Burnett/Melanie! She brought something to show its been missing. Will miss her and Freddie two of my favorites.

Rodd
Rodd

I follow DOOL only on occasion now-a-days, so my questions is: Why was she even brought back? Ti doesn’t seem like she was on very long, they got her involved in a romance, and now she’s out the door. What purpose did her return serve? Just curious.

Are they cleaning house so they can afford the other returns for the 50th?

Dave
Dave

She was used as a prop for the KBT story. To simply solve the mystery and because a large number of fans wanted Brady/Melanie they decided to give them a look before Molly left.

The mystery could have been discovered and solved by Abby…

Or better yet? What if Maxine was the one to take Kristen down? Sure Anne is a candidate and she is closer to Theresa but Maxine would have so deserved it.

Mo
Mo

I wish she had stayed longer. It was nice to have her return. I missed her and Melanie.

It’s like a revolving door at Days–some good, some bad.

LeeAnn
LeeAnn

Since Melanie has been back she has had one scene with Sonny! One! They were great friends when she was on all those years ago. Weird how they only had that one. Now Molly is leaving, then Freddie, who by the way is a great actor and will be greatly missed. Who knows what Days is up to. They have destroyed an amazing couple, Will and Sonny and now have not given Brady and Melanie a chance. I hope that Molly finds something that she can thrive in and we will see her and Freddie in something together, since they are great friends as well.

Pam
Pam

I will miss her I was so happy when she came back as Melanie.

Howard
Howard

Days always brings good characters and then lets themgo again. WWhen you are getting used to them again.Wish they would keep the faces. I really like Molly.A great actress. I wish Days would bring back the real Belle and Shawn.They were great!!

Gage
Gage

I love Belle and Shawn but bringing them back would be like how they brought Marlena and John back, they would come as a solid couple, a packaged deal unless something happened.

I would like to see Rex and Cassie brought back, their characters were not fully explored and they could be fit in anywhere.

(And get over the UFO, it could have easily been dropped by a plane with the actual UFO being designed to protect them from the fall, it would be like one big publicity stunt.)

rhonda
rhonda

Please don’t take her off I love Melanie her and Brady going to make a beautiful couple taking way to many of the good actors off

Mary C
Mary C

I am not happy about Melanie leaving. I really like her with Brady Black.

code
code

Me as well.

Jim Anderson
Jim Anderson

Well, her character to me was initially annoying with all her stutterings and infantile behavior but as she got involved in Theresa’s problem I became slightly intrigued. I can’t say though that I will miss the character of Melanie very much. As far as the actor playing Sonny leaving goes, I think they may re-cast…although maybe the actor feels he’s gone as far as he could with the role.
I just wonder….does anyone feel that soaps have had their days in the sun? Could it be that actors are jumping ship?

Jeremy
Jeremy

Jim, I definitely agree with you with regards to Molly Burnett’s acting choices with Melanie’s return to Salem, the stuttering and the little girl hand gestures and, the mugging!!!… was just so banal. I hope that when Kristen discovers all of Melanie’s meddling, she kidnaps Melanie far away from Salem!

Carol
Carol

Jim and Jeremy, You said it perfectly. Molly is such an annoying actress.

Paula day
Paula day

I love this actress, she is a natural

CP Westbrook
CP Westbrook

Unbelievable. Can’t anyone be happy…It was refreshing watching her and her new love interest.

Mary M
Mary M

I don’t want her leaving again! I really love her
and perfect with Brady as well.
It’s always somebody coming and going.

Jenny Richardson
Jenny Richardson

I hate that Melanie is leaving. I love her and Brady together. I love Sonny. Can’t stand the New Will tho, if they want to get rid of someone get rid of him.

Nate
Nate

THANK GOD! PRAYER DOES WORK! She is terrible, TERRIBLE every second she is on screen. I honestly thought she was on something is most of her scenes–and I’m not saying that to be mean. She seemed high as a kite most of the time. A stick and broken down bus have more chemistry that her and Brady.

Jeremy
Jeremy

yes, Nate, YES! you nailed it, man. Well said.

madluv4u
madluv4u

Molly should play either Kiki on GH, although she may be older than the part calls for. Or she should absolutely play Hope on B&B.
As a side note Days is a complete mess!

granny
granny

Really!!! It was so refreshing having her and Brady together and finally happy. I LOVE her! Say it isn’t so…

Kathy H.
Kathy H.

Really…..say it isn’t so! I LOVE her. BRADY and MELANIE S relationship was a nice change for his character. No real drama. I hate that she is leaving. I was thrilled of her return to Salem.

blake
blake

I won’t miss Melanie but I think it has most to do with Molly Burnett playing her. Hell, as much as I don’t like the Will recast even he is not as bad as Molly. That says a lot.

Riley
Riley

Molly is an excellent actress, it all just depends on the material she is given. 2008-2010 were like her best years. She really threw out some good jokes and she had so much chemistry with Max, enjoyed those scenes.

And she really nailed it with Stephanie. They gave her great lines to work with, but it takes a talented actress to play a goody good character like Maggie and still be pleasant and entertaining, which is what they have tried to do to Melanie and it ruined her.

julie
julie

very diisappointed the writers did not let the romance between Brady and Melanie grow into something special. The chemistry between them was great to watch as it has been a long time seeing a couple who were happy without any drama. Now the writers have spolit a good sforyline. BRING MELANIE BACK AND LET BRADY HAVE SOME REAL HAPPINESS FOR A CHANGE. They could be the next super couple on the show .

Phyllis
Phyllis

I agree, with Julie, I too was disappointed with the writers not letting Brady and Melanie’s romance grow. I liked their chemistry and was hoping that Brady had finally found his love. I agree the storyline has been spoiled for Brady – Do bring back Melanie and have her and Brady give Theresa what she deserves – watching Melanie and Brady make it together. If Sonny is going than Will needs to go to, he is a very bad actor. Molly is definitely a loss for DOOL. I don’t know about their writers ????

Robin Severson (@RDSeverson)
Robin Severson (@RDSeverson)

Definitely a loss for sDays…Molly Burnette is fresh, funny and a bit off (like all the rest)…she has “Tenacity!”

Amber Montgomery
Amber Montgomery

It’s AWFUL that Molly Burnett is leaving DAYS, as with Alison Sweeney. How can you let such great people go? You need to bring Molly back, as well as EJAMI – Alison Sweeney and James Scott. Your show truly suffers without these great actors. It’s just not the same – bringing “Steve” and “Bo: back doesn’t make up for it.

Malu Cummings
Malu Cummings

That is aweful! Brady finally has a real true woman and a friend as his lover
What a shame for Days to loose Molky Burnett. Brady is finally treated as a nan, since
his daddy is not interfering with hus life! For Gids sake..Brady is like 35 years old and his relatives always wory about him…get for real!
Melanie was the only relationship he ever had on the show that was not crazy or druggef
I have been watching days for over 35 years and they cant make one couple be
happy. Shame on. ?..

Krista W
Krista W

Awwwww. I’m sad. I was happy to have her character back. She is fresh, fun, and tenacious. When she last left, I was sad to see her go because they had spent much time and energy allowing us to know her, where she came from, and who she could become. They need a mix of younger and more mature characters on the show especially characters that we can care about – YET – at times they do things we may not always agree with.

Lisa Priebe
Lisa Priebe

we LOVE MELANIE DONT TAKE HER OFF! She,IS,AWESOME!

Lisa Priebe
Lisa Priebe

We just got Melanie back and now they want to take her away????? The perfect match with Brady who loved him enough to tell him he has a child out here. And now we get to see a very grateful Theresa thank ing Melanie for finding her child!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

The actress only agreed to a six month visit…Her choice.

delios h
delios h

So sad I’m really going miss her I hope she comes back ii really wanted to see where her story was going

Riley
Riley

Don’t blame her one bit. The role probably became boring as hell to play. They took an awesome character and slowly stripped her of her own personality and turned her into Mini Maggie.

Of course, not to say she shouldn’t have changed from being like she was in 2008 and especially what Nick did to her, but she was perfectly balanced out by 2010, there was no need to strip anymore of the tough girl away but they did.

Amanda
Amanda

On a YouTube interview (an old interview) she stated that she had fun playing bad Melanie, not her exact words but it’s something that she vaguely implied.

Deborah A
Deborah A

I am really sad to see her go. I hope she makes a return in the future. Please don’t kill her off. Melanie is good for Brady and Theresa isn’t. Although, Theresa may change her entire life now that a baby is involved. I don’t want to see Melanie leave permanently. I want her to return. With what she did for Brady and Theresa, it is just beyond nice, it is just incredible. She could have been like Nicole and just lied about it, but she isn’t that way. That is so refreshing on a soap opera. Melanie chose not to keep it a secret and it truly showed how much she loves Brady. I didn’t like her at first, but she quickly grew on me and now I don’t want to see her go.

andrew hass
andrew hass

I could see Melanie deciding to leave to give Brady and Theresa a chance to be a family with their baby.Mel didn’t grow up with her parents around and she may not want that for Brady’s baby.So maybe she tells Brady to give Theresa another chance and if it doesn’t work out between them then so be it but he owes it to his baby at least to find out.

Jean Hendrix
Jean Hendrix

If Molly Burnett is leaving drool again I think they should replace her. I’m so tired of Brady losing out of females he falls in love with, it’s time he has and not with Teresa.

larry
larry

Anybody who bitches and moans about a show,storyline,actor or whatever takes these soap operas WAY too seriously.Its performance art,fantasy,and occasionally real life issues like gay rights ala Paul Sonny or Will.A way to bide your time basically.

Robin
Robin

I really liked Melanie as part of the cast but agree Brady was not the right match seems forced. Need some action happening here as too many leaving and shows getting boring. Would like to see more air time for Justin and Lucas in some type of scheme with Kayla and Adrianne maybe bring in all new partners for each and create a competitive setting against each other. Justin’s lawyer skills verses
Aiden, not sure but need some type of new story line. Nicole ‘s great love her the most her character is more realistic than others. Theresa, JJ and Page scenes give us a break boring.

Tina
Tina

I kind of agree. I think they saw so many people begging for Brady/Melanie that they just decided to do it. Would have made more sense for Chad and Mel to have been in a story together, aside from the baby plot.

It’s hard to believe that Chad dumped Abby for Melanie, then took Abby back as a rebound and is obsessed with Abby. You’d think he would have become obsessed with Melanie, he chose who he liked better out of the two. I think Chad is just obsessed with being with someone period and I guess since he felt so “burned” by Melanie he has chosen Abby to be that person.

Kody Lakaeda
Kody Lakaeda

Haha now he wants Gabi who was responsible for having Melanie kidnapped while he thinks Abby is dead. Chad is so screwed up but honestly I think he was hoping Melanie wanted him back, just the way he acted during their one scene together.

Frances Adams
Frances Adams

It’s a shame that when we finally get a good storyline going for Brady we have to lose his fiancé. He deserves a break to get away from Teresa so please try to convince Molly to stay on. If it’s not herdoing the leaving then DOOL needs to ask Molly to stay on again. Molly makes the character of Melanie so much more than some of the other characters we have on Days.
Thanks Molly

Karen kalstein
Karen kalstein

Omg. No. She. Is. The. Best. Thing that. Is on this show im almost. 60. Bean watching since. Im. 13. I. Hate. Theresa. Brady. Is so. Happy. So in love. Please. Keep. Melanie. And. Brady. He deserves love. So much he. Is. A great. Guy. Please. Where. Did u. Get. Will. Awful. The. First one. Was great. Put paul and sonny. Together. Adrian and. Lucas. Finally. Lucas gets someone. Please. Ill. Stop. Watching. If she leaves she is a doll. Also. Jj. Doesnt. Deserve to. Lose. Paige. That eve. Donnavon. She is a good actress. Evil. Please. Keep. Melanie. Theresa with. Brady. He. Will be. So. Miserable. Is she. Melanie leaves im switching. Shows. Bring. Back. Gloria. Loring. U always. Take. Great. Characters. And. Let them go. Enough sammy. She left. I had. Enough. Melanie. Is a sweet. Great. Person brady needs her. Shevmakes him complete. Please. Thank. U. A loyal. Fan for 48. Yrs.

cd
cd

I agree

Beverly Wolf
Beverly Wolf

Glad she is leaving. Terrible actress. Her hair is so messy looking. She makes strange facial expressions. Disgusting wardrobe. All in all – good riddance.

Cathy
Cathy

Remember hair and wardrobe is do ne by the show. She is a good actoress

Margie Franci
Margie Franci

I think Melanie should really hook up with Brady, but I know she won’t. It will be the demon Teresa. She does make strange facial expressions, but her stay was interesting. There are too many story lines in Days.

Jane
Jane

Sorry to see her leave. Would have like for her and Brady together. She has that bubbling personality which added to the show. Sorry she is leaving. I do not want to see Brady and Teresa together.

Shelly
Shelly

Her and Brady together, brought real love and character to Days….
her love helped Brady in so many ways…..very sorry she is leaving
and hope that Days has enough sense not to put Brady and Theresa
into a romantic relatonship……I wish Theresa were leaving, shes a waste
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Next Week On DAYS: Caroline’s Loved Ones Gather to Mourn Her Passing

Grab the hankies as Days of our Lives pays tribute to the late Peggy McCay and her beloved character of Caroline Brady next week on the long-running NBC daytime drama series.

As viewers know, McCay passe away over six months ago in October of 2018, and now fans will see how the show will deal with the loss of the matriarch of the Brady clan.  Back for special episodes include Christie Clark (Carrie) who came back to Los Angeles to film the memorial from her home in England, while Alison Sweeney (Sami) also makes another emotional return to the series, as does Brandon Beemer (Shawn-Douglas).

Look for Caroline’s family and dearest friends to all come together at the Brady Pub via an Irish-Catholic wake,

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As previewed in this week’s Soap Opera Digest, Sweeney related on coming back for this special moment in DAYS history to honor McCay:  “I think the script was written so beautifully with everyone having a chance to honor her and say nice things about Caroline that reminded us all of the things about Peggy, things we had done with her, or moments we had with her.”

Check out the latest promo featuring the death of Caroline below, then let us know, if you will be watching this emotional episode featuring many Days of our Lives favorites in the comment section, and if you will miss Caroline Brady on-screen, and what she meant to the Brady’s and the town of Salem.

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Matthew Ashford Talks Jack’s Political Decisions & Amnesia On All-New Episode Of ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’

The latest installment of of NBC’s Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast is out now featuring conversations and segments with three of the popular stars of the long-running daytime drama series.

First, host Michael Fairman chants with Matthew Ashford for a return visit and six-month check-in since he first returned to DAYS as the beloved Jack Deveraux but with a twist!  Yup, Dr. Rolf got a hold of the guy, and he has amnesia.

Now after this return, he is won the mayoral race in Salem, placed Eve Donovan (Kassie DePaiva) as the police commissioner, and is trying to get Haley (Thia Megia) deported out of the country in the immigration storyline, even though his son, JJ (Casey Moss) is in love with the young woman.  In the meantime, Jack is upsetting his family and loved ones with his latest personality change, while Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) hopes somehow she get still get through to her one true love, so he remember his past.  On the podcast, Matt dives into all of it.

Later in a dressing room, segment, Camila Banus (Gabi) and Freddie Smith (Sonny)  chat about working on the show, with each other, and some other fun tidbits as they catch up.  And as viewers know, Gabi and Sonny, as well as Will (Chandler Massey) all have a unique and special relationship with one another.

To listen to the podcast go to iTunes to download or you can head over to NBC.com/InsideSalem and listen there as well.

Now, let us know in the comment section below; how you are liking the current machinations of Jack, and if you prefer him with Eve, or are you still hoping for a reunion with Jennifer?

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DAYS Arianne Zucker, Stacy Haiduk & Paul Telfer Talk On Masks, Villainy & Their Wildest Storyline Yet

Take three great actors, add a prosthetic mask into the equation, and let them have at it! That’s just what NBC’s Days of our Lives is in the midst of serving up to its fans with this latest plot device and twist.  Last week, it was revealed that the nefarious Kristen DiMera (Stacy Haiduk) is alive and well and pretending to be Nicole Walker (Arianne Zucker) donning a mask, a voice alternating device, and some other body tweaks!  The goal …  to be with Brady Black (Eric Martsolf) and she will do anything to accomplish that!

Enter Xander (Paul Telfer) who has been in the thick of the plot being the only one we know of, so far, who knows that Kristen is parading around as Nicole.  They hatch their next moves inside a room at the Salem Inn.  They even went so far as to set it up to appear that Nicole’s daughter, Holly was killed, so she could blame Eric (Greg Vaughan) and cause a break-up of the long-suffering lovebirds and play it off as she needs to be consoled by Brady!

Michael Fairman TV chatted in an entertaining and wickedly funny interview with Arianne Zucker, Stacy Haiduk, and Paul Telfer to get the lowdown on what happened when they learned they would be wearing or working with a mask, how they pulled off the emotions in the storyline twist, and what to look forward to from here.  Under the clever pen of head writer, Ron Carlivati looks for the hits and twists to keep coming as this storyline continues to rock the world of Salem for some time to come.  Here’s what Arianne, Stacy, and Paul had to say about their latest on-screen predicaments and schemes!

Ari, at what point did you know that you really weren’t Nicole … and that you were Kristen playing Nicole?

ARIANNE:  I actually didn’t find out until a little bit after the van went off the road in the storyline; thinking it was Holly who was killed.  Sometimes, the less I know makes it fresher, and I think if I had known before those scenes, and the scenes with Eric (Greg Vaughan), and when I first came back, I would have had a little too much Kristen on my mind, and I don’t know if I could have been as raw as I felt in those scenes.  So, anyway that’s my long explanation.  I found out after I started back on the show! (Laughs)

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Additionally, did you have a conversation with Stacy about certain mannerisms hat Kristen has if you’re “masquerading” as Nicole?

ARIANNE:  Our co-executive producer, Albert Alaar had talked to me about watching Stacy because everything was happening fast.  Stacy and I really hadn’t had a chance to even talk to each other even from the last round of me being thereI remember Stacy was inundated with dialogue up the wazoo when I came back for that twelve-episode arc.  So, because of all of that, Albert said, “Watch Stacy! Watch her mannerisms, watch what she does,” and then I’ll throw a little Ari in it.  I just hope that I do as good of a job as Stacy does.

Paul, you and I talked about this on the NBC ‘Inside Salem’ podcast, when we played back for you (for the first time) the clip of Kristen taking off her Nicole mask.  Xander had the perfect set-up line for the reveal: “The part of Nicole Walker is being played by Kristen DiMera!”  Did you not have a good laugh doing that scene?  How did you get through doing that moment?

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PAUL:  Oh, yeah, I was laughing my ass off the whole time.  This is an insane storyline with masks and doppelgängers.  But, it looks great on-screen, and that way it’s edited.  So, I was really happy.

STACY:  There was one moment when Nicole would hold steady to unfold the neck.   So, Ari started that to the point where I’m pulling it off completely.  I think it’s cool.  It’s “Mission Impossible”.  How nice!

PAUL:  That’s what I going to say.  If Tom Cruise can make a hundred million dollars doing this stuff …

STACY:  … then, we can do it!

ARIANNE:  Right?  We can make a quarter of a quarter of a quarter of a quarter of that.

STACY:  We’ll make it look good!

What is the real deal between Xander and Kristen?  They are conspiring and in cahoots, but there’s this underlying sexual tension between them.  I think Xander respects Kristen in a way, because she can one-up him!

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PAUL:  I think every character who Xander has interacted with who isn’t a member of his family, he’s trying to either get something from, or get into bed with, and he can’t really do either with Kristen, because she’s crazier and more dangerous that he is up until this point.  That’s certainly the way that it feels.  The way Stacy plays it, she is not to be messed around with. Honestly, I think that turns him on.

STACY:  Yeah, there you go.  That sounds good. (Laughs)

PAUL:  I mean, it makes sense.  Just like, “Wait a minute.  This is a bit spicier than I’m used to,” so, he’s excited, but at the same time he knows which side his bread is buttered on, and he doesn’t want her to murder him!  (Laughs)

STACY:  Well said.  I like that. (Laughs)

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So, what does Kristen think of Xander at this point?

PAUL:  That, he’s a useful idiot.

STACY:  She actually needs him to go out into the world because she can’t leave.  When she does, she has to leave as Nicole, and then it becomes a whole other storyline.

PAUL:  It’s fun because Kristen is actually the boss, and Xander is convinced that they’re actually partners and that becomes our whole dynamic where she’s treating him as her lackey, but he’s like, “No, we’re partners, because I know your secret.”  Then, it becomes kind of a bargaining chip between the mask and all of that.  It’s so crazy because certain evil characters when they come back, they have to come back in disguise; whereas Xander’s always quite happy to be just jogging through town square with his shirt off after holding someone ransom or kidnapping a baby like, “Ah, whatever.”

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Arianne, it’s been awhile since you got to play the villainess side of Nicole, and with this return to DAYS you get to play that side of her as well, even though it’s really Kristen. Do you enjoy playing the bad girl?

ARIANNE:  Stacy and I were just saying today that you have these conversations about the villain character, (and Paul, I’m sure you’ve felt a lot of this too) people hate you or they love to hate you, and you’re like, “Hey, it’s a good thing because I’m doing my job if you hate me,” but in order for the storyline to move, you’ve got to have a villain.  Nicole used to be kind of villain-ish but playing someone like Kristen who is such a valued villain on this show is just … oh, my God!

Stacy and Paul, what do you think is the most heinous thing your characters have done so far?

STACY:  The most heinous?  (Laughs). Wow.  You know what’s funny is that she’s done all of these things, and I don’t think she thinks what she does is bad.

PAUL:  It’s so funny because you totally would expect her to be like, “The other characters are evil.  We’re the good guys!”

STACY:  I mean honestly, so she kidnapped Nicole, and took her baby.  There’s Marlena and the window.  I mean, it’s hard when she’s done all of these crazy, horrible things.  I’ve just really enjoyed playing her because she’s smart, she’s sassy, she’s this brilliant, deviant person who just wants one thing, and there’s one thing on her mind, and everything else gets in her way.

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Is the one thing Brady?

STACY:  Brady, Brady, Brady, and I think even Xander has to repeat it over and over again.  We were playing in rehearsal, and I think I had him do that.  I don’t remember the line, but I said something, and he goes, “Brady Black,” and I go, “Say it again,” just because I want to hear him say it again.  That’s her driving force.

What did Greg Vaughan and Eric Martsolf say when they found out about what the twist was?  Did you tell them?  How did they find out?

ARIANNE:  Well, Eric Martsolf always has a great chuckle.  He has a great laugh, and I think Greg Vaughan just stared at me for a minute.  Then, I told him about the mask process … about making the mask …. and how I thought I was going to pass out and die.  (Laughs)

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Is putting on the mask an extremely weird experience?  How long does it take to put on? 

STACY:  About an hour?  It’s quick, and I thought we were going to suffocate when we were under that because I’ve never done my whole face before, but I’ve done body things. Make-up department is like, “You’re going to be fine.”  It was heavy too, really heavy.

ARIANNE:  Yeah, and because it’s so heavy, after a while, it starts to pull your skin down a little bit, and you’re like, “No, no!” (Laughs)

Did anybody else go running around with the mask on?

PAUL:  Oh yeah.  Everybody!

I knew it!

ARIANNE:  How could you not?

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So, what is the relationship between the real Nicole and Xander, which we saw play out before her death?

PAUL:  She’s my wife!

So, Xander sees Nicole as his wife?

PAUL:  I’m happy to give Xander’s perspective on Nicole, and then Arianne can feel free to correct it.  (Laughs)

ARIANNE:  Alright, that sounds good.

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PAUL:  The way I’ve tried to handle it over the years in our ins and outs of this failed romance is that they’ve saddled poor Arianne with: this psycho chasing after her, and kidnapping her and her baby, and whisking her off to foreign lands – and also to Nashville.  When Xander first came into town, before they decided to make him a total psychopath, it was all working nicely, and Nicole wasn’t really on the up and up with Xander, and she wasn’t really honest about what her intentions were.  Meanwhile, Xander was involved in all of this chicanery with Serena, so once that metastasized into full-blown evil, and Nicole was aware of this, it shifted from, “I just really wanted to take this girl to the movies,” to, “Well, I guess I have to kill her now.”  (Laughs)  So, I think he’s just been playing that out ever since.  “Well, if I can’t date her, and if she won’t love me, then I guess I just have to torture her for the rest of her days.”  I think now on the other side of her supposed death, I think Xander has probably reconciled that his twisted romantic notions, or torture, or whatever he was doing with Nicole, is probably over, and he’s moving on to greener, more alive pastures like Sarah.  To be fair, I do think they’ve purposely made it confusing.  Not just for the audience, but for us.  There’s a real sense of, “Am I playing this to Nicole as Kristen, or do you want me to play this just to Nicole?”  Very often they just go, “No, just play it to Nicole,” because it’s funnier if for Xander it just occasionally slips his mind because she looks just like Nicole.  I’m kissing her… like he’s just enjoying the fact that he can.  “I never really got to kiss Nicole much, but this is Nicole’s face, so I’m going to.”  (Laughs)

ARIANNE:  That’s hilarious.

Ari, what would you say is their relationship?

ARIANNE:  Well, I’m certainly not as long-winded as that.  (Laughs)

PAUL:  He’s a creep!

ARIANNE:  He is a creep.  What cracks me up coming from Nicole is, “Ew, what a jerk.  He’s so gross.  Yuck, yuck!”  Like, really?  You’re not going to make that one work, huh Nicole?  When you reach that far back to the history of Xander and Nicole, it doesn’t have a lot of depth for the two characters because the next thing you know he’s trying to kill her and Eric.  It’s like that scary online dating when you go on one date and it didn’t work out because that guy is going to kill you.

PAUL:  Xander is like the ultimate bad Tinder date.

ARIANNE:  Totally. (Laughs)

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That is classic.  The bad Tinder date.  That’s basically it.  Xander also apparently feels bad for Maggie (Suzanne Rogers) as she is having her bout with alcoholism.  Is that correct?

PAUL:  Yeah, I’m actually excited to see some of that stuff.  It was great doing it because I love Suzanne to bits.  I was very afraid of ruining Xander by making him too nice, but at the same time when I was first brought on to Days, I wasn’t offered a villain role originally.  Xander morphed into a more severe villain than I’d been led to believe he would be, and it happened quite quickly.  So, I’m actually quite happy to right the ship a little bit back towards he’s bad but he has some occasional glimmers of goodness in him.  So, Maggie really represents that because she’s actually quite nice to him and nurturing in a way that no other character on the show is.  When she has her dalliance with alcohol, he’s one of the few people who doesn’t judge her for it, and we finally get a little bit of Xander’s back story.  I’m actually excited to see those scenes because they felt nice to do, so hopefully they come across well.

Stacy, how did you track this storyline, when Arianne would be playing Kristen as Nicole? 

STACY:  Well if I didn’t get the script, I didn’t know about it.  So, if I wasn’t in the script that time, then I would be looking at Paul going, “What are we talking about?” and then, Ari had obviously already shot those scenes, so they were written for me, so I’m like, “What did I do?  What did I do?” It’s just scenes between Xander and Kristen at the Salem Inn.  Occasionally, you’d get somebody knocking at the door, but then I’d have to quickly put on my mask. (Laughs)

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So, Ari did you ever have to go to Stacy to get tips about Kristen’s past or anything?

ARIANNE:  It was all about the future moving forward.  I think old, former Nicole had some crazy similarities with current Kristen because it felt kind the same as pulling some things from what she used to do … you know, just a couple of crazy chicks in one crazy character. (Laughs).

The other big part of this is Rolf’s diary that Xander has in his possession.  Is Kristen in cahoots with him on that?  Is she trying to get that from him?

STACY:  I think she is.

PAUL:  Yeah, that’s when she starts to get mad at him; when she realizes that he’s not just being her underling and he’s off scurrying around with his own agenda in the meantime.

ARIANNE:  He’s manipulating and doing his own thing.

PAUL:  I use it to start manipulating Eve (Kassie DePaiva).

So, what would you say to the fans to look forward to?  “You never know who you’re talking to on DAYS?” “Gird your masks?”

ARIANNE:  I definitely think fans know that’s not Nicole the way she is.  And, you never know who is going to give you a shot in the butt and turn you into somebody else.

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Well, that’s true.  You never know.  One day they’re going to tell you that you’re playing Julie today! (Laughs)

ARIANNE: “Today the character of Julie will be played by…”

STACY: “… you will never guess by whom!”

PAUL:  This was fun.  This is a fun way to do it.  Let’s all do all of our interviews together moving forward!

So, what have you thought of the plot twist? What do you think of the Nicole mask and the performances and comments made here by Arianne, Stacy, and Paul? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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