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Soap Stars Take To Social Media Proud Of U.S. Olympic Medalists: Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Michael Phelps & Simone Manuel!

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If you caught NBC’s primetime coverage of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games from Rio on Thursday night, viewers from the United States could not have been more proud of several athletes represeting the country, and being in awe of their athleticism, their emotion, and their gold and silver medal victories!

Some of your favorite past and present soap stars took to social media inspired and proud of these athletes throughout the night for the following achievements: As predicted, Simon Biles woved the judges and the crowd  and became the Olympic gold medalist in the women’s all-around gymnastic competition following her floor exercise routine.  Biles, who is a big fans of Pretty Little Liars actually received a message from the show after her victory that they would like to have her make a guest-star appearance on the Freeform series.

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While Biles took the gold, it was teammate Aly Raisman, who also nailed her floor exercise routine in the all-around competition that won her the silver medal – packing a one-two punch for the U.S.

That victory represented a personal redemption for Raisman.  Four years ago during the London Games, she went home without a medal in the all-around competition despite being tied for third.  A complicated tie-breaking procedure instead gave the award to Russia’s Aliya Mustafina.

America also watched history in the making with Simone Manuel becoming the first African-American woman to win an Olympic gold medal in swimming. Manuel tied with Canada’s Penny Oleksiak to win the 100-meter freestyle event.

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And the most-decorated Olympian and swimmer in history, Michael Phelps took home his fourth straight gold medal in the 200 men’s individual medley and his 22nd gold over five Games, 26th medal overall.  Phelps joined track and field stars Carl Lewis and Al Oerter as the only Americans to win an individual event four times.  Phelps beat his longtime rival, friend, and teammate Ryan Lochte on his way to his victory last night.  Phelps still has two more opportunties to win medals with two events left for him in this what he says is now his “final’ Olympics.

As all this was playing out, below is a sampling of what some soap stars had to say and share on social media:

Kimberly McCullough (Robin, GH):  “Sobbing heavily you two @Simone_Biles @Aly_Raisman good thing my dog is the only one in the room.”   and later with a photo of Biles in her post with an image of two Olympic medals (Biles is going for three moremedals), McCullough added:  “You have to envision the goal before you can achieve it (so far)”

Michael Muhney (Ex-Adam, Y&R): “Thanks a lot Simone Manuel & Aly Raisman. I haven’t cried in a while…watching u both cry after your competitions made me cry like a baby.”

Chad Duell (Michael, GH) “Phelps is legend”  &  “Congrats @simone_manuel !”

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Wally Kurth (Justin, DAYS, Ned, GH):  “Brava Aly Raisman! What an amazing performance!” Followed by “And Simone biles! Omg! You both make America proud” and  “Hats off to Ryan Lochte. A great Olympian. A star. Michael Phelps is otherworldly. We will never see another swimmer like him in our lives.”

Kathleen Gati (Liesl, GH) “Floor routine by @Aly_Raisman just brought me to tears! Now @Simone_Biles routine got a standing ovation from me! Congrats to both! #Rio2016″

Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis, GH) following Simone Manuel’s Olympic first tweeted: “Hell Yeah!!!!”

Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica, AMC and Genevieve, Devious Maids): “Team USA!!! Can’t get enough of these girls’ Olympic performances!!! Spectacular “Final Five”!”

Molly Burnett (Ex-Melanie DAYS, Ex-Maxie, GH): “Phelps mah GAWD”

Antonio Sabato Jr. (Ex-Jagger, GH, Ex-Dante, B&B): “So happy 4 you girls @Aly_Raisman @Simone_Biles awesome job , amazing athletes and what hearts!”

Marc Anthony Samuel (Felix, GH): “Wow, @Simone_Biles fantastic!!!” and Also @simone_manuel…simply amazing.”

So, what was your reaction to the U.S. Olympic victories by Simon Biles, Michael Phelps, Aly Raisman, and Simone Manuel? Should Kimberly McCullough get the nod to direct the PPL episode featuring Biles? What did you think of the show of soap star pride for the U.S. stellar medal performances last night?  Comment below!

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LOVE KM response… I can be a blubbering mess when something catches my heart every 4 years I’m always going to be : with my girls…. ” The Final Five ” every sport means something… gymnastics seems to be the one sport that every country wants and aspires SO PROUD of these young ladies… love them to bits gotta prop and I LOVE THEM : Martha and Bella Karolyi… who have solidified the United States of America… in this beloved mix of coach and athletes who just completed each other … since 1980 -1984 starting with Mary Lou Retton Defecting… Read more »

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LOL i agree Patrick. But the lol is becausei kept wondering where is Bela and I saw them kissing and it still never registered till now OMG

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There was nothing remotely complicated about the tie breaker that cost Aly the bronze medal in the London all around competition…. they just took the two athlete’s aggregate scores and dropped the low scoring apparatus from the total. Since Aliya Mustafina’s lowest score was lower than Aly’s, Mustafina took home the bronze. To me it seems like less a tie breaker and more a slap in the face.

SO PROUD of Aly in Rio! (And Simone, and Gabby, and Laurie, and Maddy!)

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DAYS Billy Flynn Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

Let’s just start this by saying if you missed last Thursday’s episode of Days of our Lives on Peacock, you missed beautifully touching and effective performances by both Billy Flynn (Chad DiMera) and Marci Miller (ex-Abigail).

Leading up to it, Chad had a gut-wrenching week.  He figured out that Clyde (James Read) was the culprit that murdered his wife and later confronted him.  That led to key scenes where Chad confronts Clyde at Abigail’s gravesite and wants to hear all the gory details of how Clyde stabbed his wife, and then learned how the criminal covered his tracks, went after Sonny (Zach Tinker) and stabbed him, and framed Leo (Greg Rikaart) for the crimes.

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Throughout the reveal, Billy Flynn played all of Chad’s pain and horror, while holding a gun at Clyde baiting him on – problem was Clyde is so despicable he had no problem telling Chad the grisly truth.  During a struggle for the gun with Chad, it is EJ (Dan Feuerriegel) who saves the day and shoots Clyde.  The two brothers bond over their shared disdain for Clyde.

Later at the Salem PD, EJ apologizes to Chad for bringing Clyde into their lives and for what happened to Abigail.  Chad takes it in but does not explode, rather appreciates his brother for saving his life.

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However, the emotional rollercoaster that Chad went through, and the audience, in the expert hands of Flynn, was nothing compared to the heartbreaking scenes where Abigail visits Chad at her gravesite, now that he solved the murder mystery.

Abigail is proud that Chad found her killer and tells him that she wants him to love again and that it’s OK to move on.  She knows he will always love her, and she will always love him.  Then, when Abigail asks Chad to tell her what traits their children, Thomas and Charlotte, possess that remind him of Abigail, it was very tender and not overplayed.  When it was time for their final goodbyes, both Flynn and Miller reminded us all why #Chabby was one of the best duos in DAYS history.

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In the end, it was Billy Flynn who carried the ball all the way to the end zone and scored a touchdown in the conclusion of Chad and Abigail’s love story.  It is always a nice to see when DAYS decides to write for and feature material which plays to Flynn’s strengths, and this did.

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So, for all the reasons stated above, Michael Fairman TV names Billy Flynn’s work as the Power Performance of the Week.

What did you think of the Chad and Abigail goodbye scenes at her gravesite? What did you think of Billy’s performance and the reveal that Clyde Weston was Abigail’s murderer? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.  But first, check out our latest conversation with Billy, and his DAYS co-stars Greg Rikaart and Mary Beth Evans now on the Michael Fairman Channel below, where Billy discusses taping the pivotal scenes and more.

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DAYS Billy Flynn, Greg Rikaart & Mary Beth Evans Talk On: Abigail’s Murderer Revealed, Orpheus’ Poisonous Plot & the Move to Peacock

September had been a pivotal month for Days of our Lives.  After nearly 57-years on broadcast television, the long-running soap opera shifted from NBC to exclusively streaming on Peacock.  While fans have been adjusting and wrapping their heads around the change, the stories of the characters you love to love, or love to hate, are continuing to play out in Salem.

This week, after months of a whodunit and who is to blame for the death of Chad’s wife, Abigail DiMera, DAYS fans finally learned that the actual killer was none other than Clyde Weston (James Read).  Meanwhile, Kayla has taken ill along with Marlena (Deidre Hall) and Kate (Lauren Koslow), all a part of Orpheus’ (George DelHoyo) longstanding feud with the women and the men in their lives.

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Now on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, DAYS stars: Billy Flynn (Chad), Greg Rikaart (Leo) and Mary Beth Evans (Kayla) discuss their latest storylines, plus their thoughts on the soaps move on Peacock and its future.

As viewers witnessed on recent episodes, Chad figured out that it was Clyde who murdered Abigail, and went after him with a gun. Chad decided he wanted to hear the entire sordid story of how Clyde killed her.  This led to the showdown scenes at Abigail’s gravesite which included a visit by EJ (Dan Feuerriegel), who saved his brother from Clyde. During this interview, Billy weighs-in on taping the climatic scenes, what it was like to blame multiple characters for months for Abigail’s death, plus what the future holds in store for Chad as he moves on with his life post-Chabby.

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Greg Rikaart shares his thoughts on if he ever thought Leo would turn out to be Abigail’s murderer since Leo had a revenge plot against those who wronged him. Rikaart also weighs-in on the story where Leo had a relationship with Craig Wesley, his enduring on-screen relationship with Emily O’Brien (Gwen, ex-Jana, Y&R) , plus working with Billy in the limited-series Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem, where Chad goes in drag as “Belinda Chinashop” and more.

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Mary Beth talks on Kayla’s latest plight; that  being kidnapped by Orpheus along with Marlena and Kate, the good doctor has become very sick while trying to maintain order at University Hospital.  Evans also shares her thoughts on the arrival of Abigail Klein as her on-screen daughter Stephanie, the departure of Marci Miller as Abigail, and more.

Check out our full interview with Billy, Greg and Mary Beth below, and make sure to ‘subscribe’ to the Michael Fairman Channel for more celebrity interviews, music videos, game shows and special event coverage.

Now let us know, what did you think of Clyde being revealed as Abigail’s true killer? What did you think of the confrontation scenes between Billy Flynn and James Read? What has been your favorite Leo moment since Greg came to DAYS?  Will Kayla figure out what Orpheus has done to her and others? Finally, are you enjoying DAYS on Peacock after its first few weeks of the series exclusively streaming? Share your thoughts in the comment section,

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Roark Critchlow on His Return to DAYS and Working With Cady McClain

It’s been 12 years since Roark Critchlow appeared on Days of our Lives as Dr. Mike Horton, the brother of Jennifer Horton Deveraux (Cady McClain). However, fans have been excited to see him back on their screens when the series teased his appearance in the extended fall preview.

Now with Jennifer spiraling downward (now that her pill-popping addiction is back), it seems like a good time for Dr. Mike to return to Salem to help his sis. (And if the promo for this week’s DAYS is any indication, it certainly looks like Jennifer is going to be involved in a car crash and need medical assistance or at least some brotherly love.)

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Roark initially appeared as Mike back in 1994 and left the soap back in 1999. He returned in 2010 for a few episodes honoring the late Frances Reid (Alice Horton) who was Mike’s grandmother.

In an interview about his return with Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Roark talks about working with McClain as Jennifer, when he previously worked with Missy Reeves in the part.

Critchlow expressed on sharing scenes with McClain: “Her character is going through a lot. She and I dropped in really easily, I felt. It was a very nice, natural care for each other. It wasn’t difficult, that’s for sure. Obviously, Missy is a super-duper person. But you don’t compare people. Cady and I chatted. We got on good. In terms of story, I thought we pulled it off nicely as being people who’ve known each other their whole lives.”

Look for Roark to make his DAYS re-emergence on the upcoming October 3rd episode of the Peacock streaming series.

So, looking forward to seeing Roark and Cady sharing scenes together? Share your thoughts in the comment section, but first check out this week’s promo for DAYS below.

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