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Soap Opera Producer and Director Wes Kenney Passes Away: DAYS Susan Seaforth Hayes Relates Sorrow & His Accomplishments

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Another one of soap opera greats behind the scenes has passed away.  Fans have learned of the passing of H. Wes Kenney, a seven time Daytime Emmy winner known best for his work on NBC’s Days of our Lives.  Throughout his career, Kenney would also work on The Young and the Restless, General Hospital, and The Doctors.

Kenney died of cardiac arrest on Tuesday of this week at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California. He was 89 years old.  Wes had related on the love of his job during an interview with the Archive of American Television: “I  love people. I love actors. I love doing the dramatic shows.  So that’s how I’d like to be remembered, working with terrific people, great talented people.”

And one of those actors who Kenney worked with time and time again was the one and only Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie Williams) of Days of our Lives.

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On the news of his passing, Seaforth Hayes took to Twitter and shared these sentiments and her sorrow:  “Just heard the sad news that Days Producer/Director Wes Kenney went to his rest yesterday. Wes was SO important to DOOL and our lives! My relationship to Wes Kenney goes back to the mid-50s when he was in NYC directing a TV series called MY TRUE STORY. We did one together! Wes Kenney was an Emmy Award winner who directed hundreds of Days episodes in the 60s and 70s. He directed Doug’s first appearance. Wes Kenney was not only talented, he was an energetic, creative, loving man. He was one of the 16 people at our wedding; to us he’s an icon! Wes Kenney produced the first Doug/Julie wedding (in 1976); Al Rabin was the Director. Wes asked us to use our own wedding vows. Wes Kenney produced the wonderful DOOL Variety Show; Al Rabin directed, Ann Marcus was the Head Writer, Jack Bunch staged the numbers..”

Kenney is survived by his wife, actress Heather North Kenney; sons Wesley and Kevin; daughters Nina and Kara; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Share your thoughts on the passing of Wes Kenney below and Susan Seaforth Hayes’ tweets honoring his memory and his importance below!

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

Another sad loss from soaps golden area…condalances to his family…NOTE: Heather North was the first Sandy Horton, daughter of Tommy and Kitty Horton, grandaughter of Tom and Alice, on Days back in the 60s and was also the voice of Daphne in the scooby doo cartoon series for many years!!!

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My condolences to the family of Wes Kenney and to the Days of our lives family regarding the death of Wes. I am a long time fan of Days dating back to 1966. So many of the episodes I enjoyed during the 1960s and 1970s were because of Wes Kenney. So I guess at least part of his legacy are fans of Days who enjoyed the show during his time there and are still watching today.

Bart
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Bart

H. Wesley Kenney was also the staff director for the 1974-1975 fifth season of ALL IN THE FAMILY.

PatF
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PatF

He was absolutely fantastic on YR in the 80’s. Loved his vision.

Erick
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Erick

R.I.P. Wes Kenney. He was also GH’s Executive Producer from 1987-89, and interim head writer during the writers’ strike in 1988. During his tenure, classic stories and episodes included the Duke/Anna/Jerome story, the Ned/Monica affair, Robin held by Grant Putnam’s dog Satan, the Frisco/Felicia/Colton triangle (my favorite at the time), interracial couple Tom & Simone, the classic/infamous Dragon Bone adventure, and who can forget Sean and Tiffany’s wedding (youtube that one if you haven’t seen it!)?

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davlestev1

When you watch soaps properly there are ALWAYS writers and producers you followed even in the pre-VCR days. You missed another show to watch a person you loved switch to a show you never thought of watching…AND GOT HOOKED…R.I.P. WESKENNEY…you got BILLBELL with you now to talk over all the wonderful memories.

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Sandy Brower

Wes Kenney will surely be missed by all the people on all the soaps he worked on. He sounds like he was an amazing man. I will keep him and his family but especially him in my prayers.

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DAYS Alum Molly Burnett Promoted To Series Regular on ‘Queen of the South’

Wanna know where you can find Salem’s Melanie Layton, sorta?  You can watch her killing it on USA’s drama Queen of the South.  That”s where former Days of our Lives star, Molly Burnett has just been upped to series regular for the show’s upcoming fifth season.

According to Deadline who broke the news, Burnett will continue to play her complex and delicious role of Kelly Anne.

Soap fans Molly as Melanie on DAYS from 2008-2016 and when she stepped into play the role of Maxie Jones for Kirsten Storms on General Hospital in 2016.

Queen of the South is based on the bestselling book La Reina del Sur by Arturo Pérez-Reverte. It tells the story of Teresa Mendoza (Alice Braga), a woman who is forced to run from the Mexican cartel and seek refuge in America.

Burnett’s Kelly Anne is a frequent member of Teresa’s drug operation, has already killed her abusive husband, was an informant, and had a cocaine habit.  When viewers last saw Kelly Anne she was finding her sobriety and her way back into the Teresa’s operations in New Orleans.

Since exiting Days in 2014, Burnett has also been seen on  CSI: Cyber, Relationship Status and True Blood. 

So intrigued to watch Molly on Queen of the South? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives Returns To Production After Temporary Halt Amid COVID-19

UPDATED:  According to Deadline  the cast and crew of NBC’s Days of our Lives will actually be returning tomorrow, October 20th to begin taping ahead of schedule after a positive Covid-19 test shut production down originally scheduled for two weeks.

The outlet cited, “Following a thorough investigation including contact tracing, quarantines, testing, and a deep cleaning of the studio, the health and safety experts at Days of our Lives have determined that it was safe to return to production before the end of the two-week period. As a result, the show will be back on set tomorrow Oct 20.”

The word of the early return initially got out Monday, although at that time unconfirmed by the show, apparently, via a posting by Lauren Koslow on her Instagram account where she is pictured in a Kate Roberts outfit in her dressing room.

Koslow shared: “Stepping into Monday in alice + olivia black velvet,” She also tagged the post #dressingroomselfie and the words. “Stay strong.”

She also added a quote from poet Maya Angelou: “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”

So, happy to hear it seems like DAYS is back … once again? Comment below!

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Kristian Alfonso Bids Farewell to DAYS as Final Episode Airs Today Sharing; “Thank YOU From The Bottom Of My Heart For Welcoming Me Into Your Homes All Of These Years”

Wednesday, October 14th, 2020 marks the final appearance of Kristian Alfonso’s iconic run as Hope Williams on NBC’s Days of our Lives, a role she played on and off for more than 37 years.  Make no mistake about it, Alfonso was a staple of Salem and the DAYS family since she made her debut back in 1983.

However, over the summer viewers learned she would not be returning to the show when the series began production again in September, after she was told they were planning on resting the character of Hope for five months or so.  A decision that prompted Kristian to make a decision to leave the show for good and start a new chapter in her life.

To celebrate her run and to say a thank you to everyone at the show and her enduring fans, Kristian posted a video on her Instagram account of some backstage moments through the years to the tune of “I’ve Had The Time Of My Life”.  She accompanied her post with these words of thanks to everyone that has been by her side every step of the way:  “Being today is my last airshow, I wanted to share some of my favorite memories onset & behind the scenes I hope you enjoy it.  Thank YOU from the bottom of my heart for welcoming me into your homes all of these years.  And making me a part of your lives #xoxo ❤️  Thank you Ken & @nbcuniversal @nbc for a #beautiful #ride . #❤️ #😘”

 

So, are you sad that Kristina will be gone for DAYS on-screen after today?  Share your thoughts om this, her final airdate, via the comment section below.

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