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Susan Seaforth Hayes Chats 50 Years of Julie On All-New Episode Of “Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast”

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If you’ve been tuning into NBC’s Days of our Lives, you know that Julie Williams (Susan Seaforth Hayes) has found herself in dire straits, after finding the proof that Chad (Billy Flynn) is the biological father of Abigail’s (Kate Mansi) baby, not Stefan (Tyler Christopher), and confronting Gabi (Camila Banus) about her deception (tampering with the DNA results)!  While that all plays itself in exciting episodes in the final week of 2018, that means Days fan can look forward to more Julie screen-time.

Behind the scenes, Susan Seaforth Hayes sat down with host, Michael Fairman to talk playing the long-running character as she celebrates her 50th anniversary with the show, on the all-new holiday edition of the Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast.

During the conversation, Susan reveals how she landed the role and was the fourth actress to play the character, her favorite and least favorite stories of all-time, how she came to fall in love with her real-life husband, Bill Hayes (when he started on the show back in 1970), advice she would give to any young actress starting out in a career in front of the camera in soaps, and more.

Later, in a dressing room segment, and as a preview of his return, Matt Ashford (Jack) welcomes you to his DAYS digs, where he has a surprise guest join him … none other than Kassie DePaiva (Eve).  Check out the podcast now by going to NBC.com to listen   

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Then on Monday, look for the new episode of the Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast featuring Susan, Matt and Kassie to be available for download on iTunes and major pod platforms.

Below check out this short soundbyte from Inside Salem below.

Then let us know, are you glad Julie was the one who discovered Gabi’s duplicity? What did you think of Susan’s interview on the podcast? Post your thoughts in the comment section.

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Julie/Susan lookslike Mary Poppins-lol…Jack back but rumor is he doesnt have his memory-if true didnt we just do that with Will-need to stop this memory loss when we just dealt with it…hope i will be able to continue to watch!!!!

Jimh
Jimh

Susan is the best Julie…Doug and Julie remain my all time favorite soap couple!!!

Karen K
Karen K

Yes, she is…Doug and Julie are my favorite soap couple as well!

blake
blake

You are correct Jim, the preview for next week that is on the nbc website for Days shows Jack stating he doesn’t recognize anyone. I figured that’s how he wound up with Eve, and why he hadn’t gone to his family sooner.

Carol
Carol

I am so glad that Julie told both Abby and Stefan that the baby is Chads.I do feel for Stefan somewhat but that witch Gabby is going to get her’s now and I am sure it will be Julie who lets her have it.I can’t wait for that.We all know that Gabby will try to talk her way out of it but with Julie around she wont fall for anymore of Gabby’s tricks-lying and all.

blake
blake

I believe it was JJ who said in today’s episode that Gabi is in jail now. I’m surprised but happy that Gabi is back in jail.

Since the actress Camila’s contract is up in a few months if she will renew with the show since she’s on a primetime show now. Could be that they already know that she will not renew and they already plan on a trial for Gabi and then to send her off to prison again. I just feel bad for her and Chad’s daughter, Arianna. Though it does give Ari a great reason to be a bad girl when she grows up lol.

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom Reveals TV & Film Production Restart June 12th; But May Not Include LA County

There was some significant signs that Hollywood and the state of California’s show business production looks to be gearing up for a restart after all TV and film production was halted a few months ago as the coronavirus pandemic hit the state, our country, and the globe.

The reopening for production may not include L.A. County, however, which is the epicenter of the state’s show business production.

According to Deadline: On Friday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the state could begin TV and film production as early as June 12th.  While the California Department of Public Health released the following guidelines:  “Music, TV and film production may resume in California, recommended no sooner than June 12, 2020 and subject to approval by county public health officers within the jurisdictions of operations following their review of local epidemiological data including cases per 100,000 population, rate of test positivity, and local preparedness to support a health care surge, vulnerable populations, contact tracing and testing. To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, productions, cast, crew and other industry workers should abide by safety protocols agreed by labor and management, which may be further enhanced by county public health officers. Back office staff and management should adhere to Office Workspace guidelines published by the California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Industrial Relations, to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.”

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For LA County,  on Friday, the same day the guidelines were announced they saw a slight increase in hospitalizations, which could cause delays in getting production started.  “This has been a slight increase over the last three days in the number of people hospitalized,” said Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer, “and we’ll need to make sure that we’re not starting to see a significant increase in the number of people requiring hospitalizations.”

Newsom has said modifications to regional guidance would be allowed so long as there are attestations at the county level that there are adequate plans in place should a rise in COVID cases be seen again.   As of May 18, when L.A. filed its attestation, the county had a stable or declining number of patients hospitalized for COVID-19.   However, there has been an uptick in cases as of Friday which could effect the production restart in Hollywood as well as the noted uptick in hospitalizations; all of which are measures in the protocol guidelines that need to be on the decline for things to move forward.

So the question remains: if there is a surge in Los Angeles in COVID-19 cases production could again be delayed getting started back up and running? So what do you think about the June 12th date for the state of California to start TV and film production? Do you hope your favorite soaps get back into production as soon as possible, or do you want to make extra sure that all your favorites will be safe and sound when they tape new episodes?

 

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On Monday, the two states with the most television and film production in the United States (California and New York) received a plan from many Hollywood studios, producers and the entertainment and production guilds of a plan and outline to be able to rejigger and restart production of your favorite shows and films.  This includes the soaps: General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful and Days of our Lives.

Via Deadline: In an effort to get the industry moving-forward again where jobs were lost or put on hold, and production were completely stalled out-of-the-blue, the guidelines submitted by “The Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force (the “Task Force”) is asking for consideration and adoption for the resumption of motion picture, television, and streaming productions in an environment that minimizes the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19,” says a report for Governors Gavin Newsom of California and Andrew Cuomo of New York.

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You can read the details of the report here.  While there has been no word from the Governors and their offices if they have seen the report, bets are that several more steps will be needed before anyone would head and report back to a set yet.

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As one would expect, limiting contact, social distancing, regular temperature checks, ways to handle props, and a COVID-19 compliance officer for all productions are part of the proposal.   As well as virtual writers room meetings, avoiding filming on-location as much as possible and filming in front of large audiences.

So, glad to know that this major step has been taken to try to get production back on track in Hollywood and New York? Comment below.

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British Soap ‘Coronation Street’ Set To Resume Production Next Week Following COVID-19 Shutdown

Will American soaps soon follow the Brits, and be able to start up your favorite soap towns again? While production entities await for guidelines from the state of California and the city of Los Angeles, across the bond, ITV’s Coronation Street has set next Tuesday, June 9th to begin filming new episodes of the popular drama.

Coronation Street had been on  10-week mandatory shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic sweeping our globe.  The return to start up the show keeps the soap on-air throughout July and then ongoing.  There will be three episodes filmed each week at their studios in Manchester.

Along with ITV’s Emmerdale, and  other programs, Coronation Street is returning to production under the UK’s guidelines and  safety protocols for COVID-19.

According to Deadline that will include: crew members designated to a specific studio or exterior lot  …  social distancing will be observed … cast and crew will have daily temperature checks, while older and more vulnerable members of the team won’t be part of the new episodes during the initial period of filming.

In a statement, John Whiston, ITV’s managing director of continuing drama, said: “Getting to this point has taken a huge amount of work and goodwill from a huge number of people, not least our cast and crew. With the peak past, all indications are that the time is right for a return to filming.  And with the extensive protocols we have put in place, we have made our workplace as safe as possible. I’m sure our audience will appreciate having the show they love continue on air. For many who have written in it is a vital escape from all the fears and stresses this virus brings in its wake.”

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