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Tamara Braun Returns To DAYS; What Did You Think of The Entrance of Ava Vitali?

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Friday’s cliffhanger episode of Days of our Lives brought with it the highly-anticipated re-entrance of mob moll, Ava Vitali as Tamara Braun returned to the NBC daytime drama series in her Daytime Emmy-winning role.

Braun was last seen on General Hospital as Dr. Kim Nero, but now back on DAYS, Tamara gets to play a trouble-making bad girl, in one of the most soap-famous roles of her career.  She originated the part back in 2008.

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In story, it is revealed during the episode that Phillip Kiriakis (Jay Kenneth Johnson) is in cahoots with Ava, and the expectation that he is supposed to launder mob money through the company and get Xander (Paul Telfer) out of the way.  She gives Phillip a steely threat – that he owes her from saving him from all of his debt, and in return it’s time for him to pay up!  Ava then recalls how she vouched for him with her cousin Angelo and how she is in Salem to make sure he delivers on what he promised.

The talk turns to everyone thinking Ava is dead.  She says it needs to stay that way.  Phillip asks if she planning on trying to rekindle things with Steve (Stephen Nichols) … and what about Joey, who is falsely imprisoned thinking he murdered her.  Is she going to let him rot in jail?  She says she has to remain on the down low, but he needs to take care of Xander and fast.

After Phillip exits, Ava texts someone an update and then thinks twice about letting Steve know she is alive, although we see, from her flashback of their night of passion, that she is heavily on her mind.

Much trouble ahead for Kayla (Mary Beth Evans), Tripp (Lucas Adams), Steve, Phillip, Xander and who knows who else with Ava snooping around Salem.

So, glad to see Tamara finally back on DAYS? What did you think of how they are tying a back-from-the-dead Ava to the story?  How do you think Ava ended up alive and well? Was Dr. Rolf (William Utay) somehow involved? Share your thoughts and your theories via the comment section below.

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Matthew
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i hate this story. I hate the character of Phillip and the actor who portrays him is AWFUL. He has zero talent and always looks like he needs a shower. He is just creepy. Ava really has no reason to come back. Another threat to Patch and Kayla? They need to start focusing on how Kayla and Patch are preparing for their Social Security checks to come out in the mail and how Patch is wondering why he can’t be regular. Maybe some prune juice and yogurt? End this tragic tale and quickly!!!

Mary
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Mary

I could not disagree more! Patch and Kayla are as exciting as watching paint dry. To put it bluntly, these two are a positive bore! Thank God Ava has returned to put some life back into the Patch storyline.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Mary
I couldn’t agree with you more, but at least with the paint, you can change the colors!

Louie Y
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Louie Y

I love Steve and Kayla, they don’t need an over the top obsessive female to make them interesting. Like 70% of the other characters on this show (unless you are a Jarlena fan) need to have some legit writing for. Angst could be via lots of other issues, these writers are just lazy. Steve/Kayla have more chemistry & acting talent together than any other due on daytime (in their age range). For those, that get excited about a character that all she does is obsess over a man & tries to destroy his family…good one you…that’s a pathetic character.

Echo
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Echo

Tamara Braun is awesome. She nails it with every single soap incarnation (she was my favorite Carly on GH). I see another Emmy win for her and Days upcoming…

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Echo
I would like to “Echo” your comment, and doesn’t she look beautiful? So much prettier than when she was on GH not too long ago. Just wish she played a good character and not mixed up with that rotten Philip.

Louie Y
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Louie Y

I’m not sure what is appealing about another return from the dead woman overly obsessed with a man for how many years and making yet another run at undermining him. Tamara is a good actress but this is being played too over the top and not very enjoyable. Should have brought her back as another character. The show currently has enough return from the dead overly obsessed over men already currently airing. The last run was sickening with taking advantage via sexual manipulation of underage Joey.

Patrick
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Patrick

@Louie i couldn’t agree more the damage with Joey. done . I am already in a conundrum that @Ava is on the path to redemption or is down and dirty double dealing charged this is already a lost cause , if ron / ryan are writing her as.. and is story arcing… short term . so no investment may mean what? bewilder that they RUIN a character. with so much potential.. with Kayla and Steve.. and Tripp her son.. and now a grandchild.. so how goes it Ava , the stupendous actress slays for what it is… and you belittle… Read more »

Mike
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Mike

I love Tamara. Loved her as Carly! But what I’m fearing based on her return episode is that she is going to be a one note crazy woman on Days. Much like her last turn as Ava. The only interesting thing about her last stint was the slight guilt she had for using Joey – but they did little with that party of the story. Just had her do round the bend in an over the top story turn and then she was killed. And she’s already showing no signs of vulnerability or softness – just all scheming and manipulating.… Read more »

carol
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carol

I like the actress but for God’s sakes already stop bringing people back from the dead,Or the show should be changed to Zombies of our Lives.I know she is there to cause trouble for Steve and Kayla but I think bringing all these people back from the dead is nonsense.I do like her though.PLease tell Ralph to stop making dead people come back to life ,oh wait i Know maybe she will be the one who carries Stephano.

Tongil
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Tongil

I’m so happy Tamara Braun is back on Days of our lives and I’m looking forward to what they have in store for Ava

Sara F
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Sara F

So happy Tamara Braun is back as Ava looking forward to the story they have planned for her Tamara is such a good actress

Momo
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Momo

I’m happy she’s back. I can’t wait to see Ava vs. Sami, showdown of the grandmothers!

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Momo
I was going to comment why is everyone calling her grandma but realized,she will be if Charlie also turns out to be her son.

Johnny
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Johnny

Re-Ron strikes again! Can this man tell NO stories other than back from the dead, doppelgangers, and psychotic women?

Satan
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Satan

Well at least this time he’s doing all three at once. That’s at least more efficient repetition, right?

Just wondering if anybody will see Ava and mistake her for Nicole’s sister, Taylor.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

I didn’t like her and E.J and their cheating but did like T.B as Taylor. Too bad that Rafe double killed her and her mother.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

This is really cracking me up with Xander and Sarah stalking Ava. Sarah is like a wind-up toy, constantly moving like she’s on speed or whatever. If we’re lucky, Ava will catch her and quiet her for good!

Storm
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Storm

I love it, And when I say it, I mean I loved how Tamara a.k.a Eva came back and the whole spectrum how she manage to survived the fire. I am waiting to see how they’re going to tie it all together, Get Joey out of Jail, The ripple in Kayla and Patch marriage once again, and Poor Trip he might need to see a shrink after all seeing his mother back from beyond. I could see even trouble among the brothers to vie for the affection of Claire or someone else, Too many men on the show not enough… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Once crazy Gwen is found out hopefully Jennifer and Jack will be back together again. I think they would be the obvious couple.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Did I miss something? What happened to nutty Jan?

Storm
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Storm

Jan was arrested for Kidnapping Bell, trying to marry Shawn..that was two weeks ago..Joey is now free, So is Ava. Meanwhile Ava is trying to figure out how Tripp is the father of Claire’s baby, Claire got a pass from the D.A Trask. Jennifer & Jack will get back together eventually, but Not before Gwen causes more trouble.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

O.K, unless I passed out while watching, the last thing I saw was Marlena getting John out on of jail for possibly killing Jan. Have not seen them since, and do not know if Jan survived John strangling her.

Storm
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Storm

Some fans, some of you are; you don’t even know their real names. Jay Johnson who plays Phillp is a fine actor, He does appear to be dirty due to the stress his character is going through, Not to mention he plays a good Heal. If you even know what that term means. Second Steve & Kayla always had good story lines on their relationship / Marriage.They’ve dealt with real issues, Steve going deaf, Another woman, an obsessive ex..trouble with their kids. But you want to sit their and criticize these actors..which they are way better than you or I.… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Storm, you can name me as one that can’t stand Philip’s character or actor playing the part. Yes, he certainly plays the heel very well. What do you mean appears to be dirty? He’s as dirty as you can get! Trying to ruin his own father by destroying his business, in cahoots with Ava Vitali, known villainess. Kate should be ashamed she ever gave birth to this creep! After reading the first comment on this thread noting all Philips bad qualities I thoroughly agree with them, he is smarmy to say the least, I couldn’t have said it better myself.… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Bravo to Jay Kenneth Johnson! I am intrigued by the current comments deriding the character of Phillip (and even actor Jay Kenneth Johnson). I do not like the character either. Maybe the mob ties and slicked-back hair remind me of GH’s Sonny who I despise… But @Storm is correct: the actor is doing a great job in playing a “heal!” When he first came back to the show, I was going to make a comment questioning long-time viewers to explain his appeal. Frankly, I don’t see it. However, in his recent scenes with Chloe, the actor showed another side to… Read more »

Satan
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Satan

It is a little odd that Phillip always has some creepy look on his face these days, but all the same it’s great to have JKJ, the REAL Phillip Kiriakis back in the role. None of the recasts ever worked, especially that last one, the completely void of talent OLTL pet with the Trump hairdo (or should I say, hairDON’T) As far as those complaining about the “dark side” of Phillip’s character…. he’s the son of Victor Kiriakis & Kate Roberts and spent 9 months in the womb of Vivian Alamain. It would be out of character if he did… Read more »

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‘Santa Barbara’ & GH Favorite Judith McConnell Virtual Interview On Tap

You loved her as Sophia Capwell on Santa Barbara, and the troublemaking Augusta McLeod on General Hospital, plus several other soap roles, and now fan favorite Judith McConnell is set for a virtual interview in The Locher Room.

Look for Judith to chat it up with host, Alan Locher on the upcoming Friday, October 23rd edition of the You Tube series beginning at at 3 p.m. EST / 12 p.m. PST.

As well as being known for her soap roles on SB and GH, Judith also played Valerie Conway on As the World Turns, Miranda Bishop on Another World and Eva Vasquez on  and One Life to Live.

In primetime, McConnell has appeared on Star Trek, Dragnet, Beverly Hillbillies, Mayberry RFD, Green Acres, Mannix and more.

To watch the livestream click here.

So, what has been your favorite Judith McConnell role in her illustrious daytime career? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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B&B’s Kimberlin Brown and Tanner Novlan Talk on Sheila’s Motherly Love for Finn and the Next Move Against Steffy & the Forresters

The Bold and the Beautiful’s mother/son duo of Kimberlin Brown (Sheila Carter) and Tanner Novlan (Finn) chatted with Michael Fairman during a virtual interview for the Michael Fairman Channel; about the return of soap super-villain Sheila to the CBS daytime drama series, and its impact on newlyweds Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) and Finn, and their newborn son, Hayes.

When daytime fans learned that Brown was returning to B&B, they were very excited to see back on-screen as one of the greats, who’s character has caused so much trouble for the residents in both Genoa City 0n The Young and the Restless and in Los Angeles on The Bold and the Beautiful with her various crimes, deceptions, and plots over the years.

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However, this time, viewers learned that Sheila is the biological mother of good doctor, Finn and her entrance into the story (at the wedding reception for Finn and Steffy) threw disruption into the lives of the Forresters and for her the son she never-got-to-know that she gave up at birth.

During this entertaining and candid conversation, Kimberlin and Tanner reveal many behind-the-scenes tidbits including: what went down during the  taping of the scenes where Finn learns Sheila is his mother as she steps out of the shadows, the confrontation at the wedding when the Forresters learned this shocking bit of intel, how Sheila plans to continue to manipulate and weave her way into her grandson and son’s life, and how she sees her vendetta with Steffy as an off-shoot of her vendetta with her grandmother, the late Stephanie Forrester (Susan Flannery).

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In addition, Tanner weighs-in on Finn’s apparent ignorance of Paris’ (Diamond White) growing attraction to him, how that might trigger a Sheila/Paris partnership, or the possibility that Sheila does the unthinkable and somehow gets Steffy hooked back on opioids, or makes it looks like she has. There were many theories bantered about, and the actors share their speculative thoughts.

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Now below, check out the interview with Kimberlin and Tanner.   For more celebrity interviews make sure to subscribe and check out the Michael Fairman Channel here.

Then let us know, what possible plot do you think Sheila might concoct to get revenge on Steffy and the Forresters? Let us know your favorite part of our conversation with Kimberlin and Tanner via the comment section.

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WATCH: GH’s Maurice Benard Duet with his Son Joshua On ‘Elvis’ Classic

When soap fans and those in particular of General Hospital’s Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos) woke up Tuesday morning they were treated to a portion of a duet by none other than the multi-Daytime Emmy-winning star and his talented son, Joshua.

The father/son took to the camera and shared on Maurice’s Instagram a rendition of the Elvis Presley classic song, “I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You”

Maurice shared in the video song posting, that the performance was a “Song 4 U The Fans” but added, “Make no mistake there’s only one singer here”.

However, as those who have watched the video know, Maurice can carry quite the tune, too, while Joshua continues to display not only his guitar prowess, but his singing chops, as he had done in previously.  Joshua is continuing to pursue his interests in acting and music.

Watch Maurice and Joshua sing below.

Then let us know what you thought of the video in the comment section and if a duet album should be the order of the day for fans, featuring Joshua and Maurice!

 

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