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REPORT: NBC Cancels Third Hour Of 'Today' For New Megyn Kelly Show!

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There is a huge shake-up going on behind the scenes at NBC’s morning series, The Today Show.

According to an item on Friday in the New York Post’s Page Six, the network has cancelled the dismal third hour of the series to make room for incoming new daytime star, Megyn Kelly.

Recently, the former news anchor at Fox News made headlines when she announced she was exiting the cable outlet for NBC to anchor a Sunday night news magazine show plus a daytime series.

When the news first broke of Kelly’s arrival to NBC, rumors began to circulate that his could be a replacement for, and endanger long-running soap opera, Days of our Lives.

The report on Kelly taking over a spot on an hour of ‘Today’ offered two scenarios: 1) she will either take over the 9am slot from Tamron Hall and Al Roker 2) she will replace Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford, who would then shift to the 9am slot, and Kelly would be on at 10AM.

NBC has yet to confirm this report. But with new Days of our Lives Emmy-winning head writer Ron Carlivati on board along with Sheri Anderson Thomas now steering the stories in Salem, the placement of Kelly in the third hour of ‘Today’, and upcoming revitalized story, that could just be the ticket for DAYS.

So, happy to hear the news that Megyn Kelly will be taking over an hour of  ‘Today’ and not replacing Days of our Lives? Comment below!

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Karen Clark
Karen Clark

They are smart to leave Days alone. We are getting plenty of practice on how to Resist things we don’t like !

Peter
Peter

Days is safe, this is terrific news.

Patrick
Patrick

I HOPE so… and yes… I’ve been posting and sending my 2 cents…. leave us alone.

it’s just “amazing” a wonderment…that DAYS and SONY and NBC are seriously , once again… with bringing Ron Carlivati @DAYS that it’s going to be renewed.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yes! They learned their lesson on ABC!

Chloe
Chloe

As a longtime Days fan of 49 years, I’m getting more than slightly hopeful that the show won’t be canceled. And, yes, I’m very happy she’s not going to replace Days. 🙂

Claudio
Claudio

Chloe this is great news, It looks like Days is safe. The ratings will get better now, with the hiring of Ron. I love Days, but they need to bring back Vivian Alamain and her side kick Ivan.

Chloe
Chloe

From your lips to Ron’s ears!!!

Michele Wolfe
Michele Wolfe

I am thrilled that Megyn Kelly will be taking an hour from Today! I am so excited that Days of Our Lives is not on the ‘chopping block’!!

aria
aria

finally a network making a decision that makes sense good for them. i don’t watch dool, i did as a kid, so i’m glad its not getting replaced.

Lorenzo
Lorenzo

Wow this is wonderful news, hopefully DOOL gets renewed for 2 more years.

Darren
Darren

This is a good sign, that Days will get renewed. Days is not dead yet. Time to bring back, Peter Blake. Please hire Michael Muhney ex Adam Y&R to play Peter Blake.

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

Ron C loves dipping into the archives for former characters and drama. I would be surprised if he did NOT reach into the rich history.

Days and Y&R are both owned by Sony, right? I really like the actor but this wish may not be possible

Patrick
Patrick

Michael Rodrick, ex Seth Baker, GH
Michael Muhney, ex Adam, Y&R
Jason Brooks, the man himself, if he’s interested
Chris McKenna, exY&R… officer Harding

I would love for Ron Carlivati to move heaven and earth for Michael Muhney, otherwise any of the 4 above would be GREAT

sonniorsolita
sonniorsolita

Nobody is going to move heaven and earth for Michael Muhney. I’m not commenting on his guilt or innocence or how hard he was to work with or any of the issues that surround him. But there was too much controversy to think someone would go to bat for him that strongly with Sony, after he left that company under such a cloud.

Dr Helen Ruth
Dr Helen Ruth

My hope is that Y&R will bring back Michael Muhney as Adam Newman.

Sylvia
Sylvia

DAYS would get a huge shot in the arm if it hired Michael Muhney. Sony has no issues hiring him despite what mindless parrotts spew on the internet.

Richard
Richard

I HAVE BEEN SAYING THIS FOR MONTHS! he would be the perfect Peter Blake!!!

Samantha
Samantha

Wow great move NBC, it’s seems like Days is safe from cancellation.

Kevin
Kevin

Days Of Our Lives fans must be on pins and needles, including me. I have hope that’s Days will be renewed. I am praying right now for good news. Amen.

Andy
Andy

Megyn is very pretty, but we need DOOL to get renewed.

Leeza
Leeza

The best news,. DOOL is here to stay.

Ursula
Ursula

Does this mean? Days will get renewed,. Let’s hope for the best.

Gino
Gino

Big rumors out there, that OLTL may come back To ABC. I hope this is true. They want OLTL back for 30 mins on ABC. Heard this on the radio this morning. On soap gossip. I live in Vancouver, BC Canada.

Jp
Jp

I hope so

Mary SF
Mary SF

One of the reasons CBS daytime is so successful they had strong lead ins– every show helps the next show in their line up– if NBC can duplicate that then Days has a shot — it hasn’t had a strong lead in for years. I am feeling more hopeful, but until NBC announces a renewal and how long it will be, I will still be nervous.

Ray
Ray

Excellent point,Mary. If you look at the success of “The Price Is Right,” you have to wonder if that is one of the reasons “Y&R” has remained #1 fr so long. Here is an idea. NBC should bring back “Password” and “Concentration” before “DOOL.” The nighttime success of games shows could be the answer daytime needs as strong lead ins.

Mark Y
Mark Y

Good for Days!

Pat
Pat

Folks, I’m just looking at this objectively and realistically, nothing more. You have to be completely naive to think that Days is 100% safe long-term. Have you seen the ratings in recent months, especially in the key demos? They’re abysmal numbers. If Days does somehow miraculously get renewed by NBC, it’ll undoubtedly be just a one year stay of execution through September 2018, and then we’ll be right back to this same game at this time next year. After all, Days was barely lucky enough to get renewed for one year last year, and it’s numbers were significantly better 12 months ago. I think any renewal for Days at this point probably has far more to do with the 5-6 months ahead that the show films, which is asinine, IMO. I believe that lag time must be eliminated for the show to have any chance to survive. How can it have a chance to if terrible, unpopular storylines drag on and on and on? As of now, the show has supposedly taped episodes airing into June (!). The show’s contract with NBC runs through this September, and TPTB probably felt that would not be enough time to properly wrap things up. One of these years, Days’ luck will run out if those numbers don’t increase, and this could be its absolute, absolute FINAL chance. Just sayin’.

As for the show hiring Ron Carlivati as head writer, really? Is NBC/Sony purposely trying to sabotage Days even more than how it’s been mishandled in the past year? His campy brand of soap writing is not my personal cup of tea. He ruined GH for me and many others I know toward the (merciful) end of his tenure by focusing on his former OLTL pets in absurd plots entirely too much, while shoving GH vets far into the background. Even worse, his ego is out of control and he too often lashes out at any fans (peons) who have the audacity to offer constructive criticism and suggestions to him via social media. What a class act!

What is it ever going to take for these soaps to stop recycling the same old, same old writers from one show to another, not even two years after getting fired?? How about some new, up and coming, young blood for a change with fresh ideas? No wonder the entire genre is heading toward being on life support.

Chris
Chris

Agreed, sadly I think this is just postponing the inevitable. If Days is somehow gifted with a renewal/extension, it will be surely be extremely short term. It won’t last if the ratings don’t improve fast. I can’t imagine that the executives at NBC and/or Sony are truly happy with the show’s recent ratings performance. They’re down across the board sharply from last year.

Do TPTB/fans really think the overrated, stuck up Ron Carlivati is going to be the savior? What a joke. And when exactly will his work start airing? July? August? Given his track record, he’ll be writing Days’ finale before you know it. He tanked GH and now he gets the head writer job on another soap so soon? Unbelievably pathetic recycling.

This whole situation is akin to putting a bandage on a broken bone.

Boop
Boop

I love Ron; he’s one of the best . Days can’t be any worse off as it is now!

Harolds Bone
Harolds Bone

I guess they have to break up nonstop hour after hour talk with something right? It may as well be a soap! I’m also cautiously hopeful that DOOL will stay.

Scott H
Scott H

Days will get renewed….Megyn will last about a year then get cancelled and NBC will have to fork out a ton of money on a wasted contract…..nobody wants to watch her in daytime….it will be another Katie Couric……we are tired of the all these lame ass talk shows…here’s an idea NBC….how about some game shows from 10-12 time frame….or move The Doctors into this time frame with two new game shows….then create another soap to follow Days….seriously, daytime talk shows are not working….when will the execs realize this…maybe reboot a 30 minute Edge of Night or Search for Tomorrow…please give us back our soaps and stop with the Daytime talk shows…..

Boop
Boop

I agree!

Judy
Judy

They could bring back press your luck or card shake or tee tac toe there one cant think of the name you spin the lever and you have a chance to win the prize that comes up three in a row and if the devel come The price is right high number at 10 .00 would have to put it on a 2;00 it would wonerful if they would bring one of them back

Giovanni
Giovanni

The Future looks brighter for Days, The soap will not be cancelled.

Lou piikes
Lou piikes

Days just got a stay of execution. The stay won’t last until their ratings tick upward.

su0000
su0000

………

Well that time slot is good for Megan..
GH has way too much competition that could have add to it;

1pm ct ..
General Hospital
Rachael Ray
Dr. Oz
The Talk
The Peoples Court

Richard Thurston
Richard Thurston

If DOOL needs a lead in show how about a 30 minute version of ANOTHER WORLD?
Bring back this daytime icon NBC made a big mistake cancelling it!!!

mark
mark

I loved another world we were talking about it at work and so many people chimed in that they loved it younger people too not just older veteran soap fans. I think the networks have made a huge mistake canceling these soaps the fans are out there

Judy
Judy

That would be a so awesome it was my all time favorite

mark
mark

Days Is totally safe with their production model and now this its here to stay plus Ron Carlivati on board. All good good good!!

Mo
Mo

Let’s hope this is good news for Days.

gwill
gwill

someone that I know has a friend who allegedly works for NBC and this NBC supposedly told the person that I know that NBC is looking for a new soap. That’s what I heard but don’t think its true. Who knows?

mark
mark

None of the networks are interested in new soapa they are barely hanging on to what they’ve got. So your “source” needs to get a new source.

su0000
su0000

perhaps they are looking for a prime time soap..
they have become very popular..

Helen
Helen

Eliminating the Tamryn Hall / Al Roker hour is long overdue!

Linda
Linda

I dont watch Days but am happy for its fans that another talk show or news show is not taking over as the Chew did with OLTL and AMC!

Ray
Ray

I am slightly confused with MKs hiring by NBC. It seems that she did not leave on the best of terms with Fox News. Her contract with NBC is to offer a more “conservative” approach to their news. I have spoken to several of my friends that are conservatives and they seem to hate her for going up against Trump. So, my question is: Who is her audience? I read that she performed well co-hosting with Kelly Ripa. If that it the type of show she is going to do than the best of luck to her. It didn’t seem to work for Meredith, Katie or Anderson. But if she is going to do the conservative version of “The View,” please do not litter our screens. We have enough people yelling at each other daily on CNN, MSNBC, Fox and the three major networks. People want an escape from all of this political talk.

As far as “The Today Show,” I think Kathie and Hoda should move to 9:00 a.m., and Megan’s show can be on at 10:00. I think the Billy Bush/Al Roker/Tamra Hall experiment was a huge flop. It appeared that Roker resented him from the very beginning. Don’t you know that Billy Bush thinks he became the scapegoat from the Trump interview? He got fired and Trump wins the election.

Shay
Shay

@Ray….I posed the same question about Megyn Kelly’s proposed NBC target audience a few weeks ago….she was never all that well-regarded on the right from the beginning, and her failed attempt to take down now-President Trump made her absolutely reviled, so who’s exactly clamoring to watch this woman? As far as I’m concerned, the only positive thing she could bring to the Peacock Network would be the displacement of Hoda and Kathie Lee from the Today Show to the curb in front of 30 Rock….cannot stand either of those two and their blowsy, nonsensical shtick, however, it doesn’t sound as though that blessed development is anywhere in the works.

Scott
Scott

They could always try moving Days to night time…..The British soaps, Hollyoaks, Eastenders, Coronation Street, all are broadcast during evening hours….and they are hugely successful…then Days could have a bigger budget and get better sets and have better production values…..just a thought!!!!

Timmm
Timmm

Another BUST! Her career tanked after she disrespected President Trump!

Shay
Shay

And in the meantime, Tucker Carlson is killing it in her old time slot at FoxNews, Timmm!!!

Timmm
Timmm

YAY SHAY! MOTHER TUCKER RULES!

Robert in Jersey City
Robert in Jersey City

This is great. Ron will totally save Days.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What was that like doing that scene?

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

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ERIC:  Kristen is a tiger.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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STACY:  You’re brilliant, Eric.

ERIC:  You guys are being very nice to me.

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

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

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

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

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

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

STACY:  Yes … and very much so.

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

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

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

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

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

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

STACY:  It was a good fit!

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

STACY:  We are just like two cuddly bunnies.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marlena (Deidre Hall) played the wrong DVD!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ERIC:  It’s scary.

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

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

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

ERIC:  You’re an Olympic swimmer!

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

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

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

Stacy, what do you think?

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

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

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

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

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And intense!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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So, what do you think of the change; that there will now be one Younger performer category at the Daytime Emmys? Comment below.

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