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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.

Sandy Brower
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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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48th Annual Daytime Emmys Red Carpet: The Stars Return to Glitz and Glamour (PHOTOS)

Now here’s a first in Daytime Emmy history! The red carpet was actually held ahead of its broadcast, all as a part of keeping with a Covid-19 friendly and safe environment to bring back some of the glitz the award show usually brings to its fans.

While last year’s Daytime Emmy ceremonies were all virtual, this year’s brought the nominees and presenters together for a socially-distanced red carpet event to celebrate their nominations and to strike a pose in front of the paparazzi.

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Most of all the nominees from your favorite daytime dramas took part including: General Hospital’s Briana Henry, Briana Lane, Carolyn Hennesy, Cynthia Watros, Dominic Zamprogna, Donnell Turner, Finola Hughes, Genie Francis, Jeff Kober, James Patrick Stuart, Katelyn MacMullen, Kim Delaney, Maurice Benard, Max Gail, Nancy Lee Grahn, Sonya Shepherd, Steve Burton, Sydney Mikayla, and Tajh Bellow.

From The Bold and the Beautiful attending were: Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, Darin Brooks, Tanner Novlan, and from The Young and the Restless Bryton James, Brytni Sarpi, Melissa Claire Egan, and Courtney Hope, as well as Days of our Lives’ Cady McClain, Deirdre Hall, Tamara Braun, Robert Scott Wilson, Wally Kurth, Victoria Konefal, George Delhoyo, Cady Mcclain, Victoria Platt, Jackée Harry and Robert Scott Wilson.

Make sure to watch the 48th annual Daytime Emmy Awards this Friday night June 25th on CBS (8 p.m. EST).

Check out the images below from the Red Carpet. Then let us know who do you think wore it best via the comment section below!

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Raven Bowens is the New Chanel on DAYS

There has been a casting switcheroo at Days of our Lives.   Precious Way is out in the role of Chanel Dupree and the part had been recast.

Way debuted on-screen back in March of 2021, but now comes word, first via Jason 47’s Facebook page, that Chanel will be played by actress Raven Bowens.

According to Soap Opera Digest, look for Bowens to first air on-screen on the July 6th episode.  Apparently, she has been taping at the DAYS set since April.

Raven has previously appeared on All Rise, Insecure, The New Edition Story and Future Man.

You can follow her on Instagram here.

So, what do you think of the Chantal switch? Comment below.

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DAYS Alison Sweeney Previews the New EJami

Coming up on Days of our Lives, Dan Feurerriegel take over the role of EJ DiMera on-screen, and the character is making quite the timely, or untimely return to Salem now that Sami (Alison Sweeney) has been hitting the sheets with her ex-husband, Lucas (Bryan Dattilo).

Feurerriegel is stepping into the coveted role of EJ made soap-famous by James Scott, who left the series back in 2014 and never returned.

Now the question is can Sweeney and Feurerriegel strike soap gold with their re-imagined duo known as “EJami”?

 

In the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Alison Sweeney opened up about the casting, working with Dan, and the future of EJami sharing: “To be honest, I was nervous when I heard they were recasting EJ.  That’s a big role to fill, I mean, James Scott was definitely a fan favorite and EJ is such a memorable role in the story and certainly in Sami’s life.”

Sweeney said of sharing scenes with Feurerriegel, “Dan has been fantastic. I’ve really enjoyed working with him. He clearly understood the importance of the task ahead.”

As for what fans of EJami may be in for, Sweeney noted:  ” I hope those ‘EJami’ fans see the couple they were so connected to, but of course, in a new, different way.”

So will you be giving the new EJami a chance? Looking forward to Dan’s debut, or are you Team Lumi all the way? Share your thoughts via the comment section below. But first check out this week’s promo for DAYS.

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