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Stephen Nichols On His DAYS Return As Stefano: “I Knew I Didn’t Want To Be A Cheap Imitation.”

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By now, Days of our Lives fans have witnessed that the heralded return of longtime favorite, Stephen Nichols came with a twist.  When Nichols re-emerged on the canvas, he was now playing Stefano DiMera, but in the face and body of what seems to be Steve “Patch” Johnson.

Nichols, who along with Mary Beth Evans, have been known as enduring supercouple Patch and Kayla, and now they find themselves in the Salem time jump in a different set of circumstances,  First of all, Kayla is romantically involved with Justin Kiriakis (Wally Kurth), and Nichols returned as Stefano and is in ca-hoots with Princess Gina (Kristian Alfonso).

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In an interview in the current issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Stephen opens up about taking on the classic soap villain role made famous by the late, great Joe Mascolo.

Nichols admitted there was some trepidation taking on and in approaching how to portray the role: “It was daunting and a major challenge to take on. I knew I didn’t want to be a cheap imitation. I wanted to get Stefano’s essence.”

In preparing for his new journey on DAYS, Nichols noted: “I watched the master, Joe Mascolo.  I got lots of videos of Stefano. Stefano in every mode: Manipulating, laughing, Stefano with the ladies, with his children, and, of course, Stefano raging.”

So, what have you thought of Stephen as Stefano thus far?  What do you think of the plot twist? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Louie
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Louie

Stephen is fabulous and very talented;problem is the way the arc was written…Stefano is an iconic character and writers may have wanted to look at the history and popularity of him.. Now, we just need Kayla help put an end to this because after almost a year of Gina–it’s tiring. Please Stephen and Mary Beth on screen together are magic and can help overcome some of this stupidness.

Anne
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Anne

I admit that I am intrigued by the idea of Stefano with Steve Johnson’s face.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I agree, Anne… and he’s doing a great job. Love Stephen Nichols back to his days as Stefan on GH. And people need to get over the thought that he’s “replacing” Joe Mascolo. It’s not a “recast”…it’s a story of a man’s “being” brought alive in another’s body. True, soapy stuff and I’m sure a blast to play for Nichols.

Kat
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Kat

No I like the new role he’s taken on challenging after you get used to it I like him this way you have to give him a chance playing a whole new character and I do like Kayla and Justin together but for but we need to find someone suitable 4 steppy

Adam
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Adam

This plot is plain dumb, Joseph Moscolo must be rolling in his grave. Days time jump sucks, the princess Gina storyline sucks, the accent is terrible, poor Kristian Alfonso same repeated storylines. Lol. I do like Ben and Ciara.

Barb Jicomelli
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Barb Jicomelli

I agree! Do not like time jump
Seems like it is all a bad dream
I’ve been watching for 42 yrs
Can’t get my head around most of the story lines!

Hazel FLEENOR
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Hazel FLEENOR

Same for me. I just don’t understand why they are doing it this way. It’s very confusing!!

Carm
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Carm

Don’t like storyline either. Also, have missed do much because of Empeachment circus Am totally lost. Have been watching DAYS for many, many, many years and and am disappointed in this story line

Shauna Danraj
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Shauna Danraj

So true

Jody sorlie
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Jody sorlie

I agree on all you said. This show sucks now. Been watching days since the beginning.

Mary Hawkins
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Mary Hawkins

I agree have been watching since inception of show. Just not interested anymore. I always was looking forward to show. I am 75 yrs old now and very disappointed the direction of show now.

Violet Lemm2
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Violet Lemm2

I wish that you all could hang in there and soon it should become clear as mud!
No really, give it a chance. I saw it at first as many of you do, but after a while I started realizing that it is sort of tongue in cheek and not reality.

Patrick Rose
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Patrick Rose

“it’s THEE best show on the air” for what it’s worth… heck i’m still enjoying looking at “Patch” without his patch. I so agree with “ONE” poster’ who said… overall… she/he LIKES @DAYS reboot… sans , as expected, the Kristian Alfonso “Princess Gina”. ???? I so agree. I love the whole damn show. I have given up on @GH. surprised at how I haven’t watched in 3-4 months. reading up on this site will keep me abreast… otherwise… GOODBYE Shelly riddance

Jaime
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Jaime

What is clear is character assassination and horrible stories are killing days!!!! Hate Kayla and Justin can they just be gone

Patricia Sanchez
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Patricia Sanchez

I totally agree. I think is stupid.

Brenda Keene
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Brenda Keene

I agree, I can not STAND listening to Gina’s awful ancient anymore!! Please just STOP IT already!! And, don’t even go there to break up John and Marlena!! They are solid and should stay that way! I like Zander and Sarah together and please just let Eric and Nicole have their happily ever after!! I love having Chad and Abby back, so dont go messing with that couple either! Gabi needs to tone herself down just a tad!! Bring Stefan back….they were great together!! And, what’s up with Ciera? She jumped a year and now it’s all about red lipstick,… Read more »

Lynda B Soles
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Lynda B Soles

I agree with you 100%. It’s plain stupid now.

Anne
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Anne

I don’t understand the reasoning behind this time jump. Do the writers intend for this time jump to be the product of the mind of a comatose Jennifer?

Brady12
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Brady12

Maybe we will get lucky and this can turn out to be all of our nightmare’s not just Jennifer’s. I do want Steve and Kayla back..that’s my saving grace with the story arc their chemistry is so good, you can forget how bad a story they are given.

Helen
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Helen

I agree please get rid of Princess Gina. Kristian deserbes better than this. She can’t carry it off, but who could. Love Ben & Ciera. I hope Steve can carry off the Stefano bit as I really like him. Give JJ a break, does he always have to be an imature jerk? Give us some one we can really care about.. Beginning to go for the Sara and turned around xanda couple. Thats a love story that has my attention. Hope it works out. Been watching for 50 years and have never missed a show except when prempted by something.… Read more »

Jett
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Jett

I have never been able to warm to Ben because of Paige and I hope Eve teams up with Hawk Hawkins or Peter Blake and they take Ben out! Of course it will have to be a recast Peter because the reason Jennifer was recast years ago was because Missy Reeves had an affair with Jason Brooks and left the show to save her marriage and she now has a clause in her contract that Jason can’t be rehired.

Linda Fortuna
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Linda Fortuna

I agree. They are taking this bringing back the dead too far

Maria
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Maria

Agree Mascolo must be rolling in his grave He was so talented Only one Stefano!! and cannot be replaced

Graceann
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Graceann

I agree

Tammy Martinez
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Tammy Martinez

If Stephen Nichols Should go back to General Hospital and play the character he originated; Stefan Cassadine! Instead of playing another “stefan(o)” on days. The GH Cassadines haven’t had a juicy story in years and now that Nikolas is back: they could easily bring back his “uncle” Stefan. Even though Zlumr Spencer three him off a cliff. He’s a Cassadine, they always return from the dead.

DMRR
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DMRR

Sorry, still sounds like a cheap imitation, horrible storyline by #RE-RON.

Wendy Slater
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Wendy Slater

Cheap is right needs story lines of today not jumping and coming back as someone else. Move on everyone is related to a Horton…who

Anne
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Anne

It sounds like that story line from the tv show Dallas where Bobby came back to life in the shower

Jll
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Jll

I think this by far is the most ridiculous thing days came up with..why not bring Stefano back with someone who resembles the real stefano..I know he died in real life but finding a look alike replacement is alot better then this stupid story line….

Satan
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Satan

ReRon would lose his job in 1/666th of a second if he attempted an ACTUAL recast of Stefano DiMera. Part of the reason he got canned from GH was when he recast the long dead mobster Frank Smith with some guy who was 30 years too young for the part. And Frank Smith was nowhere near as popular of a character as Stefano DiMera. Stevano is NOT Stefano DiMera at all. He’s just Steve Johnson with a chip in his head. And just like the chip in Hope’s head, it’s not going to be there long term. But yes, the… Read more »

Wendy Slater
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Wendy Slater

Agree so far fetched

Kay kay
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Kay kay

Agree with u all Really stupid storyline now

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I think you’ve missed the point of the story. They didn’t need to find an actor to look like Stefano. It’s not a recast. It’s the story of Told bringing two people back to life with his latest experiment…implanting the “life” of one person into another, essentially wiping out the body of his or her former self. That’s the story and all that follows. It’s pure soap cray cray…and people should assume that at some point Patch will be Patch again and Hope will be Hope. I think the story is soapy fun…and will lead to other stories that twist,… Read more »

Sunny
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Sunny

@Rebecca – well said!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Thanks, Sunny! Couldnt find the edit button (that option seems to appear and disappear on whim) but ” Told” should be ” Rolf.”

I am LOVING Steohan Nichols playing this part! So much fun and he’s so good at it…reminds me a lot of his dearly departed Stefan Cassadine whom I adored!

Jaime
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Jaime

Well greT explain why one should accept Justin not really grieving and Kayla’sl self righteous hypocrisy!!!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

He did grieve; it’s over a year in the sory.

barbara calhoune
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barbara calhoune

This is the stupidest crap. Actually as a 50 year viewer, I am about done with days.

Jean Bowker
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Jean Bowker

I don’t like it at all. Please I hope they fix it Been watching 50 years.

Gwen Samples
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Gwen Samples

I agree I haven’t been watching that much lately because it’s stupid. The same thing over and over Princesses Gina and John. Please Writers listen to the Fans ok.

Roberta Siegel
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Roberta Siegel

So extremely disappointed in the time jump and resulting story lines. I had never missed an episode for the last 15 years but now I’m done watching. The character development has gone down the tubes.

Elaine
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Elaine

I agree….ENOUGH of Princess Gina!!!!! Not interesting….or believable in ANY SOAP GENRE!!!!!!

Jaime
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Jaime

Agree days is an insult

Rita McFall
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Rita McFall

I am glad to get rid the eye patch… As usual all of Days group have stepped up.. Not crazy about the time jump but I’m getting use to it.. JJ also has been doing agreat job and gabi.. Definately a mean girl…

jim davis
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jim davis

Maybe Patch is programmed to think he is Stephano…but anyway its not that great story…Gina is dumb too…i miss an ep and dont care at the moment…Y&R is about relationship/problems..business conflicts ect…and Y it stays number one-its a soap!

viewer88
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viewer88

I feel sorry for Steve Nichols, unwittingly (probably) helping to kill the show, that provided a big chunk of his lifes income. Think about it, he came back, did these moronic episodes, and then he and the rest of the cast were released from their contracts.
RIP DOOL

rebecca1
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rebecca1

The contracts were released because the show hadn’t been renewed at the time, the actors were free to take other work since there was no definitive time to return. They’re all back on contract and the show was renewed. Had nothing to do with the time jump since it hadn’t or Nichols episodes; none of that had actually aired yet. And not all of us “hate” the time jump or think the episodes are “moronic.” The writers expect people to keep up with what shouldn’t be confusing…it was EXPLAINED over and over again in story that it was year ahead…and… Read more »

Sandy Smith
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Sandy Smith

No desire to watch anymore.

Sara olsen
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Sara olsen

I really was thinking you word bring back bo and make him the new Stefano

Anne
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Anne

Peter Reckell is not interested in returning to DOOL

aria
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aria

thank the soap gods RC no longer writes for GH, what a nightmare. the endless pointless twist and turns, that’s what RC writing is about one cheap shock factor after another. Good luck Dool.

Satan
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Satan

Ironically, the whole dumb storyline on GH with Frodd believing he’s Drew – and half the town enabling his delusions – is so close to this brainchip dragonshit that ReRon might secretly still be writing for GH.

soapfan
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soapfan

The time jump and this casting are great moves. Nichols is one of the best actors on daytime because he is believable in whatever role he plays. It’s fun to see how he pulls this off. I think it’s a bold and creative move – just what DAYS needs. The time jump is refreshing. For the first time in a while, I look forward to watching to see the reveal of the day. It doesn’t surprise me that the knuckle-dragging masses on these boards are resisting change, because that’s just what they do. I hope Carlivati isn’t discouraged by the… Read more »

Toni
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Toni

Agree!

Anne
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Anne

This story line is not a new one. Obviously, Carlivati watched the tv show Dallas. My mother is convinced that this one year jump will turn out to be the imagination of a comatose Jennifer.

Violet Lemm2
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Violet Lemm2

Anne, I have been thinking that too. Great minds, huh?

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Totally agree. Loving it…

Sunny
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Sunny

I agree!! I am loving it!

Channing Capwell
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Channing Capwell

DAYS is so much fun to watch. All the loose threads of the time jump are starting to tie together, and the actors are really delivering. So Patch as Stefano is over the top. It’s creative, and Nichols is back, and we know he won’t be the Phoenix forever. If you want your grandma’s soap, head on over to Y&R, lean your easy chair back and enjoy that hour long snoozefest.

Anne
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Anne

What would have been better is to have brought back evil Andre and his henchman Bart

Violet Lemm2
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Violet Lemm2

Channing Capwell,
Fan of my beloved Santa Barbara I presume?
I didn’t like this time jump at first but am beginning to see there is a method to their madness, I just haven’t figured it out yet.I could have done without Chad and Abby, talk about boring! I think we need a sense of humor as we watch, and a touch of insanity, as it really borders on crazy. The more I watch, the more intriguing it gets. Here comes that word crazy again, because we almost have to be a little insane to actually enjoy what we are seeing daily.

kathleen kelly
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kathleen kelly

50 yr. Watcher. Bringing patch back as Dimera is ridiculous and bringing Gina back is just boring.I have stopped watching and read upstates online. Since things usually go so incredibly slow like the jump in time.

Wendy Slater
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Wendy Slater

Agree and if they kill off Abigail again I’m done it’s getting started all over again. Let Xander be a good guy hes trying. Tired of sappy Eric round and round next week will be Holly college bound!! Jump

Eileen Smiglowski
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Eileen Smiglowski

I totally agree. Been watching since it began. Only look at updates now. It’s too moronic and boring to actually watch. The writer obviously has no actual plot lines, just repeats. The time jump was just a ploy to help him write himself out of the corner he had put the stories in. And bringing everyone back from the dead is so insulting and stupid! Kristen in a convent?!?! Talk about insulting! I’m sorry to say it, but I’m done.

Candice Hughes
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Candice Hughes

He is doing fantastic

Geraldine Taylor
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Geraldine Taylor

I love Steve as Steve but not as a made over stephano. Hope as hope. Kill Gina. Soap needs good wash

Laurie Leach
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Laurie Leach

The show just doesnt hold my interest anymore. I’ll turn it on but half way thru I’ll turn it off or go do something else.

Terry L Vannoy
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Terry L Vannoy

Totally agree I have been watching this show with my mom since I was a little girl, back when Julie was a teenager. I hate it now, it’s stupid. Stopped watching.

Judy
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Judy

I just hope that steveno goes back to steve soon

Jabar Gaddie
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Jabar Gaddie

I was anticipating stefanos return but surprised to see that it was Steve. It will take some getting used to but I’m willing to give him a chance

Connie Bivens
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Connie Bivens

I don’t know. It’s really weird. Too much going on in this soap. Nothing happy or makes you feel good. I have watched Days since I was 15. I am 71 now. You would think at least one storyline would be happy and fun to watch but NO there is not. Very sad

Lynda B Soles
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Lynda B Soles

I’m about tired of Gina’s mess. I’m just sick of the new plot. When you have seen these people play good parts and now they are mean. I hate it. I want JJ’s girlfriend back. Too much drama now in one show. Don’t really have an older good couple like Mr. And Mrs. HORTON. I SURE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE JOhn and MARLENA. THEY ARE THE BEST. NOW YOU WANT TO BUST THEM UP FOR THAT STINKING Gina. I hate her part.

Lynda B Soles
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Lynda B Soles

After reading these comments, others don’t like this mess either on Days. Too much going on at one time. Each family having problems. Not a good storyline at all. Ridiculous… hope you get the message before its too late and all of us seniors are gone.

Sue Schanbeck
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Sue Schanbeck

I have seen numerous twist plots on days from Sammy kidnapping Bella to Marlene being possessed. This latest time jump has absolutely been the most ridiculous thing Days has come up with. I don’t understand how Gabby continues to rule Salem with evil are they really that intimidated or just stupid. I’ve seen enough. No longer a fan.

Susie
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Susie

I don’t like what they have Done

Wendy Slater
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Wendy Slater

I think Will being in prison for killing Adrienne is so stupid…why really

Violet Lemm2
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Violet Lemm2

Wendy Slater, why is the question, but they are letting us know almost daily via flashbacks what happened and why. We just have to wait. I am enjoying it more every day, wondering what happened. The answers are coming, have to be patient.

RCK
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RCK

I think the Princess Gina storyline is so stupid. I record it so I can pick the parts I want to watch. Bringing Patch/Steve as Stephano is even stupider. I have watched DOOL for many years – probably 47 & I love – did Louvre watching it. Boting now. Get back on point & get rid of Gina & Stephano. Can’t stand watching those parts.

Pam
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Pam

Why is what I want to know. Leave Stefano alone and let Stephen return as Steve. I don’t like what the powers that be have done to Days and I think the time jump is very confusing. No explanations on how certain stories advanced and what happened along the way. This is the only soap I watch; please return Days to its former glory.

Myrna E Cobart
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Myrna E Cobart

Tired of this time jump garbage! They ruined the show! I’m ready to give up and stop watching!

Tony V
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Tony V

I like the twist because how can anyone replace the late,great Joseph Moscolo.
But Princess Gina and the phoney accent, ENUFF!!
Ciara and Ben, get rid of them.
Did we really need Abigail and Chad back?
When is Gabi going to b busted.
Oh that Eric and Nicole, send them off to an island.
Leave Xander and Sarah as a couple, they r great together.
Kristin needs More Airtime, she is pure Gold.
When the hell are we going to find out about Adrienne’s death??????

John
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John

Arc written poorly to include the pop up Kayla/Justin rushed relationship. Stephen great actor can’t hold it against him. Should never mess with icons and super couples egotistical head writer is..One savior soon will be interaction of Steve and Kayla. The actors that portray them always are on point with magnificent chemistry. They may help some forget the ill conceived notion.
Writers could have helped by staying true to histories and integrity of characters and appreciate the intelligence of long time fans.

Satan
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Satan

Kayla really should have known better than to believe Steve would abandon her. Considering Bo was her brother & Jack is her brother in law, there’s the obvious pattern here she should recognize…. Guy disappears for no good reason…. years later, divorce papers show up in the mail with no warning…. yada yada yada. That’s what happened to both Bo & Jack, and when they eventually made it home, guess what? They never asked for a divorce, nor did they sign any papers. Nor did Steve…. or if he did, it was under the influence of a brain chip, so… Read more »

Brady12
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Brady12

The writing for this arc is not doing any favors to anyone..the convo w/Kayla and Marlena (when Kayla told Marlena she was moving in with Justin) was not on point. I can’t hold that against character on writers..you can tell by actions (keeping wedding pic, talking about steve, etc) she still loves him

Tracy Pilkington
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Tracy Pilkington

Day has gone down hill for a while, this time jump has lost me as a viewer.

Elizabeth Powell
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Elizabeth Powell

I Don’t Like It …..Period

Londa B
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Londa B

I do not like gina please bring them back as who they were before as patch and as hope brady oh please then maybe i will watch it again I stoped watching it since gina came on can not stand you stupid accsent either

jennifer lott
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jennifer lott

I don’t like it I want hope back and Adrianne and Steve back it’s not the same

Brenda Gail Mcdaniel
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Brenda Gail Mcdaniel

This show has turned out to be so stupid

Maria
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Maria

Hate it. Hate the Gina storyline as well, way too long. It’s taken awhile to get used to the time jump. Don’t watch it as much and I have been watching for 40 years.

Dianne
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Dianne

They should never done this. Watched this show since started now I change channel. Take it off the air.

Mary Reeves
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Mary Reeves

I agree with most of the other comments. I cannot like this time jump! We, the viewers who have been here so faithfully have missed out on so much that happened in the time jump. I wish the writers had asked opinions about their plans but, too late now! As far as Steve playing Stefano, I hate it! Steve is Patch, he has been and always will be. Stefano should have been replaced with one of the actors that played Stefan O.
Just my opinion…

Violet Lemm2
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Violet Lemm2

I personally think Stephen Nichols was wasted all these years with nothing to do but run around holding “sweetness’s” whatever! He finally looks and acts like someone to be reckoned with, be it Stefano or another character. He’s all cleaned up, shirt and tie, good haircut, like a real gentleman instead of a scruffy ruffian. Iam sure it won’t last long long, but I am loving it as long as it does!

Kay kay
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Kay kay

It sucks Especially Princess Gina

Kristin McKinley
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Kristin McKinley

Well, I’m not too keen about the time leap but I’ve been a fan of DOOL since the beginning, too long to give up on the show now!! I love Stephen Nichols and think he’s doing a good job as Stefano so far. Let’s get him out of that lair and we can really see how it goes. I think the accent is probably just right because, after all it is Steve Johnson. Let’s all just take a breath and see where this all goes before we make too big a judgement. We could lose the show entirely if we… Read more »

view88
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view88

I sort of said that in another post Kristen, but in another way…just enjoy what’s left if you can bear it.

ReRon is an Awsome soap killer, Sami is coming back in August for the finale cliffhanger, just like Allison Perkins did on OLTL.

What’s in the can won’t save this show.

Did you know that ALL of the actors are off contract already?

PED
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PED

I like Steve but he will never be Stefano!
Princess Gina needs to go away!
Don’t keep trying to bring these
characters back!

Phoenix
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Phoenix

Storyline is not to bad compared to recent years.steve is doing a great job as stefeno.seems like he’s doing the 80’s style Stefeno.back when it was fun to watch

Locoo
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Locoo

I think that the time jump and what they did to steve and Kayla is so stupid he forgot their entire history. The ahow is just awful bring him back to this crap. After they let him go after he agreed to a pay cut even.

Brady12
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Brady12

Stephen is a great actor doing his best with a very poor choice given to him by writers and sorry producers, etc. Ken Corday should be held accountable because he should have understood the iconic importance of Stefano, Steve and Kayla/Steve (super couple)…it’s a shame!! We are stuck though because the show tapes so far in advance too costly to fix the mess created by the writing team..made worse by the issues w/dialogue and lags repeat story lines from past writers. I do hope Steve and Kayla come back together and this Steveano (can’t call him Stephano) madness ends soon.… Read more »

Angelfan
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Angelfan

Though I think we all want our Patch and Kayla together eventually, I have been fascinated by how Stephen has clearly picked up on some of Joe’s movements and mannerisms. I think it is a fine homage. Granted I could do without Hope/Gina, but I like his scheming with Kate. I have been watching for over 20 years and I like the time jump overall. I love JuGabi and hope Lani never tells. I am not a Elani fan at all, they both need the fire other partners bring, dull as dishwater together. Wish Kristen had stayed at the convent,… Read more »

Violet Lemm2
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Violet Lemm2

Stephen is doing great in his new part. I just can’t believe him as Stefano. He looks so sophisticated and suave, wearing suits and the new hair style and color. He always was a little scroungy for my taste as Patch, and the sickening name Sweetness he called Kayla was very tiresome. Hope is absolutely abominable as Gina. I am grateful not to have witnessed her first go around years ago. The only good thing I see with this time jump is that we get reveals almost every day, plus all the many spoilers helping to understand what’s going on,… Read more »

Satan
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Satan

Here’s the biggest fail in this current plotline…. Steveano throwing Rolf under the bus, for Jennifer’s swan dive off the balcony. Seriously?? Two people who are controlled by chips in their brains are going to frame the only guy who knows how to program those chips?? If Rolfie gets caught by the cops, do you really think he’s going to prison to protect two people who don’t even actually exist. Sure, he might have been the actual Stefano’s “dedicated servant” for decades. But Stefano’s dead, and Rolfe doesn’t owe a damn thing to the two brain chip delusions who only… Read more »

Jas
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Jas

Good actor loved patch hate time shift and now Kayla can be written out she has no sweetness left

SHIRLEY DRIFFIELD
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SHIRLEY DRIFFIELD

I DONT LIKE ANY OF DAYS PLOT RIGHT NOW ESPECIALLY KRISTEN PLAYING GINA I DIDNT EVEN LIKE HER AS HOPE TOO FULL OF HERSELF AS FOR STEVE PLAYINS STEFANO WHAT A SHAME STEFANO WAS A CLASS A ACTOR STEVE A VERY POOR REPLACEMENT MY GROUP OF 12 DONT EVEN WATCH EVERY DAY ANYMORE SOME WEEKS JUST 2 DAYS MAKE THE SHOW A GREAT SOAP AGAIN GET TALANTED WRITERS

Jaime
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Jaime

I now cannot stand Kayla! Justin makes me puke

Mary
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Mary

Pitiful

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General Hospital, Head Writers: Chris Van Etten, Dan O’Connor Associate Head Writer: Anna T. Cascio Writers: Barbara Bloom, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Shannon Peace, David Rupel, Lisa Seidman, Scott Sickles; ABC

The Young and the Restless, Head Writer: Amanda L. Beall Writers: Susan Banks, Jeff Beldner, Sara A. Bibel, Brent Boyd, Susan Dansby, Christopher Dunn, Sara Endsley, Janice Ferri Esser, Marin Gazzaniga, Lynn Martin, Natalie Minardi Slater, Teresa Zimmerman; CBS

Days of Our Lives, Head Writer: Ron Carlivati Writers: Lorraine Broderick, Joanna Cohen, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Jamey Giddens, David Kreizman, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Katherine D. Schock, Elizabeth Snyder; NBC

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So, who do you hope takes home the prize for the WGA Award for writing in a daytime drama series … DAYS, GH or Y&R? Comment below.

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Three-Time Daytime Emmy Winner, Cady McClain, Reveals She’s ‘Back On Set’ But On Which Show?

After her Instagram post earlier this week, fans of Cady McClain have been attempting to dissect her cryptic tease of a message. McClain, a three-time Daytime Emmy winner, shared the good news with fans that she is ‘back to work’, except she didn’t share which show or project she is working on … just yet!

In her post, McClain teased: “Back on set! Fun to be working again on such a terrific show! Can’t wait to be able to share the news with you all soon! Meantime, hoping you are all taking good care of yourselves. Sending hugs!! ”

Now, it could be Cady is working on a primetime show, not a daytime show, but we shall see.

She has previously appeared on The Young and the Restless and Days of our Lives of the four remaining daytime soaps.  On Y&R she played Kelly Andrews, and on DAYS, Jennifer Horton Deveraux.  And, as viewers of the NBC soap saw this week, Jennifer (in a short appearance by Melissa Reeves) returned to Salem with Jack (Matthew Ashford), only to tie-up loose ends over the holidays and exit the show.

Since DAYS still tapes months ahead, could McClain be returning there, or might she pop up on GH and B&B? The character of Kelly was killed-off of Y&R back in 2015.

Previously, Cady became soap-famous for her roles as Dixie Cooney Martin on All My Children and Rosanna Cabot on As the World Turns.

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Michael Fairman TV Names The Best and Worst in Soaps 2021

In a year which saw the continuance of the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021, saw your favorite soaps finding ways to work under safety and health protocols to bring you the stories you love the best they could, but it was not fraught with some problems along the way.

Now as the year comes to a close, we take a look back with our annual list of the Best and Worst in Soaps.  As it does every year, Michael Fairman TV,  takes this opportunity to pay tribute to the tremendous work of the talented men and women in front of the camera and behind the scenes, whose tireless efforts in the grind of producing and acting in this genre’s format is a feat in of itself.  In addition to naming the best moments and performances of the year, there were several not-so-stellar moments featuring characters, storylines, and more, that get the dubious honor of some of our “Worsts”.

While we know many of you have your own views, picks, and choices, and while you may disagree or agree with ours, we encourage you to let us know your thoughts as well.  Most of all, respect everyone’s opinions, as you wish them to respect yours.

 

Finally, we want to wish our wonderful community here at Michael Fairman TV and soap fans everywhere, a happy New Year.  It is all of you with your passion and devotion to the genre itself, which make this such a unique entertainment medium with an undeniable connection between the viewers, the performers, and the storylines.

So here we go … the Best and Worst in Soaps … and with that… 2021 out!

BEST SOAP

General Hospital  

Day to day, week to week, the soap that delivered the most through 2021 was General Hospital. It wasn’t by any means sheer perfection, and had its share of relationship and storyline issues, but whether you loved “Nixon Falls’ or not, or Britt with Jason, or Carly with Jason, Sonny and Nina, or were upset about Franco’s death, or Peter continuing to exist on this earth (more on this later), or loved the introduction of the SORAS’d Spencer Cassadine, the show retooled the Quartermaines, the Cassadines, and all along the way gave emotional payoffs and big cliffhangers.

MOST ENTERTAINING SOAP

Days of our Lives

The last six months of 2021, Days of our Lives seemed to find its groove, balancing the kitsch, with the drama, and it all really got cooking with the Marlena Possession storyline 2.0 harkening back to its brilliance some 27 years later.  DAYS was clearly the most entertaining soap with a plethora of wink-winks to the audience, snappy dialog and humor, an excellent use of history, and a cast and a writing team that trusted the material and it paid off.

MOST DISAPPOINTING SOAP

The Young and the Restless

The once mighty Y&R became the hardest show to sit through.  The storylines were boring, the pairings often felt like re-treads, the rooting factor was basically non-existent for anyone, and it gets our pick for the Most Disappointing Soap. When you have an A-list cast with some of the finest actors in the genre in one place, and the stories just aren’t there for them, and many scenes feel like they go nowhere, it’s a head-scratcher!  The show needs a boost of adrenaline.

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BEST LIMITED SERIES

Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem

Truly, the most enjoyable, fun romp of the year in soaps.  It had to be a hoot and a half for head writer, Ron Carlivati, and his team to develop this five-episode story about the missing gems from the Alamainian Peacock.  There were the inside Lisa Rinna jokes including: integrating the infamous RHOBH ‘drink in face’ fight with Eileen Davidson recreated ‘Beyond Salem’ style, plus Sonny, Will, and Chad in drag, Leo saving the day, Charles Shaughnessy back as twins Drew and Shane, Peter Porte as an uptight spy who turns out to be a VonLeuschner, and it was all so kitschy, in a genius kind of way that it left us wanting more.

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BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS

Laura Wright – Carly Corinthos – General Hospital

Scene after scene in 2021, Laura Wright did some of the finest work of her daytime career, and that is saying something, because she has already delivered so many memorable performances.  But this year, whether it was: a grieving Carly grappling with the loss of her beloved Sonny, stepping up and taking control of the mob, her complicated relationship with Jason, and falling back in love with him, and then the return of a very much alive Sonny and the volatile relationship with her nemesis, Nina Reeves, Laura had the material day after day, and gave us 110% as an actress through it all. Bravo!

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BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A STORYLINE

Melissa Claire Egan – Chelsea’s Stroke – The Young and the Restless

Cynthia Watros – Nina and Mike in Nixon Falls – General Hospital

Camryn Grimes – Mariah’s kidnapping and aftermath – The Young and the Restless

Lisa LoCicero – Olivia finds out Alexis and Ned had sex – General Hospital

These four actresses along with Laura Wright may just be vying for the Daytime Emmy in 2022 whether it be in Lead or Supporting.  Each one of these women delivered complex performances within their storylines … Melissa Claire Egan as stroke victim, Chelsea, who gets her revenge on Adam and Sharon that comes with consequences, Cynthia Watros for her brilliant work opposite Maurice Benard and the Tan-O gang and its aftermath in Port Charles, Camryn Grimes, whose scenes by herself in lock-up (in a storyline we hated), after being kidnapped while pregnant were well-done, and the hurt of longing for the baby she carried months later showed why she remains one of the strongest actresses on daytime, and there was Lisa LoCicero for the heartbreaking moments as Olivia finds out that Ned slept with Alexis and then the volatile showdown between the two women over the tryst. All deserved mentions in our year-end honors.

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BEST SINGLE PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A STORYLINE 

Kirsten Storms – Maxie frames Peter and reveals she knows of his deception – General Hospital

While in the hospital, Maxie, pretending she lost her baby, in an effort to get Peter to admit to his crimes, was played by pure brilliance by Kirsten Storms.  Finally, taking control of the situation, Maxie records Peter’s confession of those he murdered on her phone which she sends to Mac. All along the way telling Peter how disgusted she is by him. Best line though, “I would say you’re as bad as your father, but you’re not. At least, Faison was an evil genius. You’re just some cheap imitation knockoff.” Got that right!

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BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR

Maurice Benard – Sonny Corinthos – General Hospital

While the “Mike” in ‘Nixon Falls’ story went on too long, it provided Maurice Benard with an opportunity to show another side of a character then mob boss Sonny Corinthos, and pair him with another leading lady, Cynthia Watros, to form a potential new couple.  All of this on top of Benard’s scenes with Sonny’s wife, Carly (whose relationship has now hit the skids) provided this three-time Daytime Emmy winner a backdrop to do something different, and prove once again, that he is still the finest actor in the genre.

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BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTOR

James Patrick Stuart – Valentin Cassadine – General Hospital

Whether it be romancing Anna, (and sharing scenes with the fabulous Finola Hughes,) or trying to take down Peter August, or his machinations with the Quartermaines, or being duped by Brook Lynn, and his devastation over finding out that ‘Bailey’ was not his biological daughter, we always enjoy all things JPS.  He delivers episode to episode and continues to make Valentin’s reactions and actions intriguing.

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BEST SINGLE PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A STORYLINE

Ted King – Jack admits to Li his secret about Sheila and Finn – The Bold and the Beautiful

It has been great to see Ted King back on daytime.  The former GH and OLTL star always delivered in his scenes, and he had his moment to shine in 2021, when Jack admitted to his wife, Li that he lied all of these years about their son, Finn.  In actuality, Jack had a fling with the dangerous and psychotic, Sheila Carter and he is Finn’s true biological father.  The whole situation was made all the more heartbreaking because Li believed they adopted the little boy, when in truth, Jack covered-up his tryst for decades.  King played all the beats in these key scenes.  He was understated in his performance, and this went under the soap press radar, but you could see all the pain in Jack’s eyes, thanks to Ted King’s work.  Sometimes less is more in front of the camera.

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BEST PERFORMANCE BY LONG-RUNNING VETERANS

Bill and Susan Seaforth Hayes – Doug and Julie Williams – Days of our Lives

Doug as the devil was delicious! Julie standing up to MarDevil was a moment! The Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award winners had the opportunity to act in great scenes about faith, strength and love, played to perfection by these two television treasures. Their work provided some of the most memorable moments during Satan’s return to Salem.

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BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Kelly Thiebaud – Britt Westbourne – General Hospital

This year, Kelly Thiebaud truly got to show all the facets of Dr. Britt Westbourne. When she was afraid to know and then learned she had the marker for Huntington’s Disease, her struggle with the information and falling for Jason Morgan, then losing him, made this once Port Charles bad girl, someone we truly, truly cared about. In addition, Britt’s scenes of grief with Carly over Jason’s ‘death’ and more, made Kelly’s performances must-see daytime TV.

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BEST PERFORMANCE IN AN ON-SCREEN BREAK-UP

Michelle Stafford – Phyllis Summers – The Young and the Restless

No one can deliver the kind of ‘balls-to-the-wall’ performance that Y&R’s Michelle Stafford can. She did it again, in a series of powerful and heartbreaking scenes, where Phyllis realizes she will always be Nick’s second choice to the Newman family. Combine that with Nick knowing that Phyllis’ feelings for her ex, Jack Abbott are back, it was combustion central for ‘Phick’ and they ended their relationship.  Stafford should remember this scene come Emmy submission time!

BEST ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE

The cast of Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem

I mean, everyone was so much fun to watch! From Eileen Davidson, Rinna, Jackie Cox, Greg Rikaart, Shaughnessy, Zach Tinker, the list goes on, and it truly was the best ensemble performance of the year, and it looked like everyone had a great time being part of the limited series.

BEST FEUD

Nina Reeves and Carly Corinthos – General Hospital

When Carly went at Nina over Nelle’s ‘death’ on a phone call, just as Nina found Sonny alive and well in Nixon Falls, it set up a series of events that had now pitted these two powerhouse women against each other, and the feud is one of the best on daytime due to Cynthia Watros and Laura Wright’s performances.

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BEST VILLAIN, FEMALE

Deidre Hall – MarDevil – Days of our Lives

When Satan comes to town and inhabits Marlena, the MarDevil comes out to play and terrorized everyone in Salem with delicious venom and we were here for it!

BEST VILLAIN, MALE

Mike Manning – Charlies Dale – Days of our Lives

Mike Manning made Charlie creepy and misunderstood, and someone everyone in town wanted dead, and eventually he met his maker in a solid “Whodunit?”

BEST SCENE-STEALER

Deidre Hall – MarDevil – Days of our Lives

Deidre Hall looked like she was having the time of her life, chewing the scenery as Satan and getting to take a pause from being the moral center of DAYS to be able to do and say things “Doc” would never utter out of her mouth: including calling her own daughter’s Belle and Sami “sluts’’. HA!

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BEST UNEXPECTED SCENE

Susan and EJ in the hospital – Days of our Lives

After the devil made mince-meat out of Susan Banks, she recovered in the hospital where her son EJ sat by her side.  When Susan said she was willing to sacrifice herself to save her son from Satan, it brought with it an unexpected mother/son scene we never saw previously between the grown-up EJ and Susan, and played by two actors who were both successful recasts in their roles. Cheers to Stacy Haiduk and Dan Feuerriegel.

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BEST COMEBACK

Cameron Mathison back to ABC Daytime

The All My Children fan favorite (Ex-Ryan Lavery), turned host, turned Hallmark and GAC Family star, returned to ABC Daytime decades later where it all started for him, this time as a recast Drew Cain on GH.  Now, while his story on General Hospital is just getting started, we think Mathison will fit in nicely with the cast that he has admired so much, and on the show, he has dreamt of appearing on. Welcome home, Cam!

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WORST EXIT

Linsey Godfrey – Sarah Horton – Days of our Lives

To facilitate Linsey Godfrey’s exit from DAYS, the writers once again fell back into old tricks, or should we say, old prosthetic masks! This time, Kristen pretended to be Sarah to sleep with Rex, and break-up her relationship to Xander, even though Kristen and Sarah are nowhere near the same height. Then, Sarah is put in a steamer trunk and snuck her out of Salem. What???????

WORST EXIT HONORABLE MENTION

Kim Delaney – Jackie Templeton – General Hospital

We love Kim Delaney, and all of a sudden, her heralded return to soaps and GH, came to an abrupt end after the entire “Who is Harrison’s real bio-dad” story and apparently Jackie Templeton left Port Charles.  We guess to do some cracker-jack reporting?? Dunno.

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MOST HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED RETURNS

Kimberlin Brown and Sean Kanan – The Bold and the Beautiful

With two of daytime’s all-time baddies back on the canvas, you would think that B&B would have hit a homerun, but so far, it’s been a wait and see approach, as fans long for the days that Sheila and Deacon perpetrate bad deeds on people for their own gain.  However, we may be in luck! Looks like Sheila might be finally digging her psychotic heels into Brooke with the NYE booze switch, while Deacon seduced Brooke. Jury is out! B&B…  don’t botch this!

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WORST RETURN

Sean Carrigan – Stitch – The Young and the Restless

This was so predictable …and so bad.  Former fan favorite, Sean Carrigan returns as Stitch and everyone had already figured out, (even before he set foot on the airshows), that he would be the culprit – the person who had kidnapped a pregnant Mariah. Then later, we get his twisted reasoning for holding a preggers woman captive, apparently, because of his love and past with Abby. All of this made no sense for this character.

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WORST HIT AND RUN

Liam runs over Vinny in Bill’s car – The Bold and the Beautiful

This storyline, which went on for months, had Liam and Bill covering up their tracks after mowing down bad boy Vinny, who just happened to be walking out in the middle of the road at night at the exact time Bill’s car showed up.  Trouble is, it turned out to be a suicide storyline? Apparently, Vinny sacrificed himself for his buddy Thomas, so Thomas could get closer to Hope, and that’s after switching paternity results to make it look like Liam was Hayes’ father, not Finn! While we had liked Joe LoCicero as Vinny, this ending was a bad comeuppance, and even though Scott Clifton and Don Diamont acted their hearts out episode after episode, in the end the story came to a screeching halt and thud. Wasn’t there even a PSA for suicide prevention after the reveal???

MOST MISSED OPPORTUNITY

Elizabeth learns about Jason’s ‘death’ off-screen – General Hospital

Liz shares a son with the guy, and Rebecca Herbst does not get any screen-time to show Elizabeth’s reaction to Jason’s supposed death? C’mon now!!

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BEST RECAST LIMITED SERIES

Zach Tinker – Sonny Kiriakis – Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem and Days of our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas

We were very impressed with Zach Tinker’s version of Sonny Kiriakis; and that right out of the gate he was dealt some very heavy emotional scenes in ‘Beyond Salem’ when Sonny believed Will was cheating on him. Zach replaced longtime fan favorite, Freddie Smith, and a new version of “WilSon” was born.

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BEST RECAST 

Dan Feuerriegel  –  EJ DiMera – Days of our Lives

Dan has brought his A-game as the recast EJ DiMera; a role that was made so wildly popular when played by James Scott, but Feuerriegel is putting his own spin on the part and making it work.

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BEST RETURN LIMITED-RUN

Blake Berris – Nick Fallon – DAYS Halloween episode/Days of our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas

Berris is a very fine actor and it was on display twice! First, in DAYS zombie-Halloween episode when the MarDevil awakens evil from their graves! It is then, Nick is back in action terrorizing Gabi, and then in the flip in the Peacock Holiday special, Nick is very much alive, playing the longing suitor for Gabi’s affections, Berris should come back to DAYS as Nick’s twin, Mick! Can we make that happen DAYS writing team?

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BEST NEW CHARACTER

Paulina Price – (played by Jackée Harry) – Days of our Lives

Writing a role for Jackée, and playing to her strengths; while ramping up the Price family back-story was a triple win for Days.

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BEST NEWCOMER

Nicholas Alexander Chavez – Spencer Cassadine – General Hospital

Fans took notice and instantly fell in love with Nicholas’ work as a SORAS’d Spencer Cassadine.  Spencer’s return was one of the best of 2021, which showed the emotional damage done to the young man who has a vengeful streak willing to go up against the likes of his father Nikolas, Ava, and Valentin while pining for Trina, and being shoe-horned into a relationship with evildoer, Esme.  Good stuff!

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BEST TRIBUTE

John Reilly Tribute – General Hospital

When GH was able to get the one and only Sharon Wyatt (Ex-Tiffany Hill) to do a voice-over, and John Reilly’s daughter, Caitlin, acting and central to the story all the while paying homage to the spy stories of the past, it was a solid episode to honor one of the shows most beloved all-time cast members.

BIGGEST WASTE OF AIRTIME

Jesse Gaines – The Young and the Restless

Weeks of being held up in Italy in a room, threatening to expose Ashland’s past, but it was all a set up, and by the end of it, who cared! Anyone?

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BEST GREAT-TO-SEE-YOU ON DAYTIME AGAIN

Linda Dano – Vivian Alamain – Days of our Lives

Although it was short-lived and Louise Sorel did not return to be part of the plot, we loved seeing Linda Dano back on daytime; even for a short blip, and this time taking on the role of Vivian Alamain.  She’s still one of the best of the best.

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CHARACTER WHO DESERVED THE BIGGEST BITCH-SLAP

Peter August – General Hospital

Line -em-up! GH’s Peter August deserved a thousand of these! Where do we start???? Peter August has escaped the once-smartest spies, killed multiple key characters, held some captive, obsessed over Maxie and their baby, and everyone wants him dead-dead.  We can’t think of anyone who deserves to be bitched slapped by one person after the other in Port Charles than Peter AKA Henrik!

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CHARACTER WHO DISHED OUT THE BEST BITCH-SLAPS

Steffy Forrester – The Bold and the Beautiful

Whenever she could, Steffy bitch-slapped Sheila to kingdom come, once the evil one showed up at Steffy’s wedding to Finn and the fallout. We assume, Sheila grabbed an icebag after those bops to the face?

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A PRIMETIME SOAP MALE

Adam Huber – Liam Ridley – Dynasty

Playing off scenes with his on-screen love interest, Elizabeth Gillies (Fallon) has let Huber show other facets to his character of Liam. Now we enjoy the guy!

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BEST PERFORMANCE IN A PRIMETIME SOAP FEMALE

Elizabeth Gillies – Fallon Carrington – Dynasty

Fallon makes CW’s Dynasty go-round, and whether it be drama, high camp or musical moments, Elizabeth Gillies is the star of the show and can be anywhere else she chooses to go!

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BEST PRIMETIME SOAP

Dynasty

Still the ‘soap on steroids’ with all the tropes including: bombshells and double-crossing of a double-crossing, you will need a scorecard each episode to follow along which character does the most despicable thing … but we are here for it!

MOST TORTURED COUPLE

Sonny and Carly – General Hospital

Nothing went right in 2021 for ‘CarSon’.  Sonny was presumed dead for a good portion of the year, believing he was a man named ‘Mike” and living a life in Nixon Falls and falling for a deceitful Nina Reeves.  Carly stepped up and in for Sonny to protect the Corinthos mob territory by originally having a marriage-arrangement with Jason.  However, Carly and Jason found themselves falling for each other again circa the 90’s, and on their wedding night, as they were about to have sex, Sonny shows up alive and well. Now, Sonny has been all confused for his feelings for Nina since regaining his memory, Jason is ‘dead, and the relationship has blown apart and it looks like the end of the line… for now for this storied duo.

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WORST WEDDING

Kyle and Summer– The Young and the Restless

Not only did the popular duo of ‘Skyle’ exit the canvas, they got married off-camera, so no one saw the long-awaited nuptials … and the two actors, Michael Mealor and Hunter King … left the show after reports of contract negotiations falling through.

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BEST COUPLE IN THE MAKING

Sprina – General Hospital

Everyone is loving the on-screen chemistry played by Sydney Mikayla and Nicholas Alexander Chavez as Trina and Spencer.  Now will they be headed for a romance in 2022?

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WORST COUPLE AND MOST BORING COUPLE

Michael and Willow – General Hospital

These two are double winners this year! Michael Corinthos and Willow Tait have become so boring that GH is now coming up with ways to instigate trouble between them that it is so apparent to the audience and you can see it coming a mile away.  Chad Duell and Katelyn MacMullen are very good actors, they just aren’t an exciting pairing as Michael and Willow. Break them up for good, already!

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BEST COUPLE

Sami and Lucas – Days of our Lives

Alison Sweeney and Bryan Dattilo have a long and enduring friendship, and an on-screen partnership that just works so well.  Many loved seeing ‘Lumi’ reconnect in 2021.  Sami, of course, despondent over EJ, sleeps with Lucas and thus starts the story, but it was all done with great flashbacks, comedy and more. What will happen in 2022 when Sami finds out Lucas was the one who kidnapped her? It probably will end any possibility of them ever becoming a bonafide couple, as it looks like EJami is the end game.

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BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A STANDALONE EPISODE

Nancy Lee Grahn – Alexis Davis – General Hospital

“I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a Fighter, and an Idealist, and an Advocate!” True that! In a well-crafted story, Nancy Lee Grahn celebrated her 25th anniversary on GH with a special episode dedicated to Alexis. In a therapy session with Kevin, we come to the crux of the story.  Alexis looked over in the corner of the room at a vision of her younger self crying.  In that moment, Alexis embraced herself, forgave herself, so she could move on with her life after being guilt-ridden for the death of her mother and the cruelty of her father.  Beautiful work from La Grahn!

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BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A STANDALONE EPISODE

James Reynolds – Abe Carver – Days of our Lives

James Reynolds might be going for his second Lead Actor Emmy after this performance. In it, and to honor the actor’s 40th anniversary as Abe Carver on DAYS, the show had Abe shot and then flatlining which means … Abe was going to the light. While there, he meets up with his beloved ex-wife Lexie and while the audience is shown flashbacks of their life together, it’s Reynolds acting against an actress (who’s face is unseen, since Renee Jones was unavailable for the episode) that brought all the heart and the drama, which is why we in-turn are invested in the life of Abe Carver. And, don’t we all grab for the hankies when James brings the tears?

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BEST STORYLINE

The Devil Returns to Salem – Days of our Lives

While for many they found this story ridiculous, we found ourselves wanting to fast-forward through episodes of DAYS just to get to all the moments of Marlena’s possession 2.0 and all that came with it! From the outlandish dialog, the special effects soap-style, how MarDevil served up revenge by morphing into OG Kristen, or taking looney-tunes Jan Spears and morphing her into Belle, plus having a “Rosemary’s Baby” angle to boot with a Cin baby on the way … and more, it was fun to see what happened next.  The best twist was letting the audience think that Doug had dementia when he actually had been possessed by the devil which then allowed Satan to take over Marlena.  And didn’t we all love the exorcism episode, too? Great use of history, camp, and it allowed for some solid performances from longtime vets that had to be having too much fun playing those scenes.

WORST STORYLINE MOMENT

Paris’ laxatives ruin her romantic evening with Zende – The Bold and the Beautiful

In an effort to thwart her sister’s budding romance with Zende Forrester, Zoe puts laxatives in the smoothie she gave to her sister, Paris, which gave her gas and an upset tummy during her date. Enough said.

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WORST STORYLINE

Eric’s ED and giving permission for Quinn and Carter to have sex – The Bold and the Beautiful

The Bold and the Beautiful had the opportunity to truly tell a story about Erectile Dysfunction in older men, but instead made it ridiculous and tried to justify it. While we absolutely love Lawrence Saint-Victor and Rena Sofer as Carter and Quinn, and John McCook as Eric, are we expected to believe that Eric would give permission for his wife to carry on her affair with the stud that is Carter because he can’t please her anymore in the bedroom? But that’s actually nothing compared to the Donna “honey” scene, which got Eric all riled up and fixed his problem, complete with music bed crescendo.

MOST PREPOSTEROUS PLOT TWIST and CHARACTER WHO NEEDS TO GET HIS COMEUPPANCE

Characters sacrificed to keep Peter August’s reign of terror continuing – General Hospital

Franco, Drew, Jason, and more have all at one time or another been killed or supposedly killed due to the machinations of Peter August.  Even after setting fire to The Tan-0 in Nixon Falls and jumping off a cliff or something, Peter escapes all the time, every time, every moment of every day.  Even the smartest all-time WSB agents including super spy, Anna Devane, can’t stay a step ahead of him. How can one evildoer have so much power? Don’t the good guys get a win, evah? Are we ready for the murder mystery of who permanently snuffed this guy out???

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BEST TEARJERKER

Baby Liam’s Death – General Hospital

It was controversial to have a little baby being taken off life-support over the holidays, but General Hospital went there. Within it, Liam’s parents struggled over what they had to do, and found themselves in inconsolable grief.  As young parents and a young couple trying to deal with the cards they were dealt, both Sofia Mattsson (Sasha) and Johnny Wactor (Brando) stepped up to the plate and gave us a 10-hankie moment culminating in  a visit from the late Mike Corbin (Max Gail), who takes baby Liam back to heaven with him.

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BIGGEST HEADLINE

Ingo Rademacher and Steve Burton get fired from GH after not adhering to vaccine mandate

Both actors were willing to lose their jobs over their anti-vaxx stance during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Disney/ABC mandates all employees to be vaccinated.  While Burton shared one message on his reasons for not following the mandate, Rademacher has taken his stance to the media including to Tucker Carlson, and continued to rev up his social media with his views.

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SOCIAL MEDIA FIRESTORM

Cassandra James fires back at Ingo Rademacher for transphobic repost on social media

Trans actress, Cassandra James (Terry of General Hospital) took to social media in utter disappointment and disgust at one of her then co-stars, Ingo Rademacher, for a post he shared on his Instagram story from conservative author, Allie Beth Stuckley, which said, “Welcome to ClownTown, where the dude on the left is an empowering woman, and the woman on the right is a white supremacist.”  The picture on the left was that of Assistant Secretary of Health, Rachel Levine, a transgender female who was sworn in as a four-star admiral. The picture on the right showed Virginia Lieutenant Governor-Elect Winsome Sears, a black woman, who is seen brandishing a weapon in her hands as part of campaign paraphernalia.

In a tweet on the matter, James shared: “Shame on you. You have some serious unlearning and education to do. I feel deeply disappointed that such a public display of ignorance could come from our ‘GH’ family. Misgendering trans folks is violence and if you come for one of us, you come for all of us. The cis world doesn’t get to decide which of us is valuable. I am so proud of the fans for always holding us to a high standard, for calling out transphobia and violence.”   Mainstream media picked-up the story and many of Cassandra’s GH castmates took to Twitter to stand in solidarity with her.

Later, Rademacher took to his Instagram and apologized to James stating that he should have crossed out the word “dude” from the original post. He added, “Cassandra, I apologize to you sincerely. I think you’re an absolute talent and you’re very beautiful as well. I don’t think a transphobic man would say that. I think you’re absolutely gorgeous, I really do.”

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BIGGEST DOOFUS 

Finn – The Bold and the Beautiful

Sooo, a woman claiming to be your mother steps out of the shadows and shows up at your wedding.  Without really investigating her claims, you literally bring her to the Forrester mansion front door and introduce her as this ‘amazing thing that just happened’ not knowing that the woman, Sheila Carter, shot your bride’s mother and other people along the way.  Finn wins our doofus award for this scene alone!

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FIZZLE TO SIZZLE

Greg Rikaart – Kevin’s return on Y&R to Leo Stark’s re-emergence on DAYS 

On Y&R, Kevin was teaming up with Phyllis again and we thought that would go somewhere, but his returns to Genoa City have been written as lackluster, HOWEVER, Greg Rikaart really got to strut his stuff and have a field day playing Leo Stark on DAYS, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem and Days of our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas.  Leo is the gift we never know we needed and Rikaart plays him to the hilt!

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MOST DISAPPOINTING CHARACTER

Phillip Kiriakis – Jay Johnson – Days of our Lives

This was one of the most disappointing returns making Phillip a sniveling dishrag dirtbag with no redeeming qualities at all, or did we miss something?

WORST CASE Of SOAP ABUSE

Overuse of special episodes – The Young and the Restless

Call the intervention squad! How many special episodes highlighting individual characters in a crisis of conscious can one soap fan sit-through?

BEST PROP

“Mike’s” Cowboy Hat – General Hospital

Sonny’s Nixon Falls amnesiac character “Mike” and his special buddy … his hat, were shown and mentioned in many a scene for months on end!

So, what did you think of our picks for the Best and Worst in Soaps 2021? Let us know in the comment section below if you agreed, or have you own choices for the categories above.

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