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The Blake Berris Interview – Days of our Lives

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If you caught the fall-out from the wedding of Salem’s Nick (Blake Berris) and Gabi (Camila Banus) on Days of our Lives, you know that hell hath no fury when a man’s plans are thwarted by his nemesis, Will Horton (Chandler Massey), and wedding wrecker Chad DiMera (Casey Deidrick)!  And with this, what the writers have been building with the twisted character of Nick Fallon is about to take even more drastic turns!

After a successful run as nerdy Nick turned obsessive lover to prison inmate from 2006 to 2009, Blake Berris left the canvas to pursue roles in television and film.  But when in the spring of 2012 DAYS came knocking one more time, no one was happier and more surprised than Berris!  But with just some ties to the canvas being the extended Horton family, and hardly anyone left from his last round of mischievous behavior, Nick would end up being DAYS truly homophobic character, who stirs the pot for fan favorite same-sex couple Will and Sonny!

It is hard to refute that when Blake is on-screen you know something is brewing, and is about to happen, and as the talented actor tells On-Air On-Soaps is this interview, playing those interesting, dark characters that are not so easy to predict, and that are just a bit off, are parts that he relishes!

So what does the future hold for Nick and Gabi, and the unborn child she carries whose bio-dad is gay Will?  What propels Nick’s homophobic behavior … will it be explained?  What does Nick have in store for Will and Chad? Could Nick’s mental issues end up being hereditary?  Let’s not forget his mother Jessica Fallon (Jean Bruce Scott) at one time split into multiple personalities!  For the answers to these and more of our burning questions, let’s hear from the man himself!

MICHAEL:

Let me start about by saying, “Nick is a prick!”  What happened to you, Blake? (Laughs) Did you know that Nick was going to end up being homophobic when you returned to Days of our Lives?

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BLAKE:

It was very vague.  I did not know how homophobic he would be.  That was a surprise.  I knew they were going to toy with whether Nick was good or bad.  I knew there was going to be a question mark over that for a while, and that was super interesting to me. And I might add, I don’t think that answer has been resolved.  I think we are going through a bad period with him.  But what I love about the character is that he is all over the place.  Nick has a lot of unattractive qualities, but also some virtue.

MICHAEL:

When I initially started watching your return, and Nick’s integration from prison back to the Salem canvas, I did not know whether he was supposed to be a good guy or a bad guy!  Of course, I knew they were not just going to bring you back to washes dishes at the Brady Pub! (Laughs)  Was it harder for you to play Nick at the beginning, towing the line between him being good or bad, as to not tip the audience on what was going to happen?

BLAKE:

No.  I loved playing with that, because to me the way I crafted it was the way I see Nick.  He means good and wants to do good, but he kind of has this obsessive side to him …

MICHAEL:

…. You think?  (Laughs)

BLAKE:

He can’t control it, and it’s like this monster inside that is hungry, and when he sets his eyes on something he has tunnel vision, and he pursues it ruthlessly.

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MICHAEL:

Can I just tell you how fantastic the episodes of the disastrous wedding of Nick and Gabi were?  What did you think when you read the script and all that was going to happen in it?

BLAKE:

Oh, my God, wasn’t that a great episode?  When I read the whole script, I was like this is fantastic because everybody is waiting for the climax of the wedding, and is it going to come out that Nick is not the father.  And just reading it, it was a page-turner, and great television.  Then we filmed it.  We had so many scenes to do, and we had so many people on set.  It was one of those days when everybody was pulling their hair out!  I can tell you the stress levels were really high, and you just kind of go for it.  We were going straight to tape on a ton of the material.  No rehearsal, we just did it.  I did not know what to expect when the episode was put together, and I kept thinking, “I hope we didn’t blow it?”

MICHAEL:

After Will revealed that he is the father at the wedding ceremony, Nick’s world was totally turned upside down, and everything he was trying so hard at that time to cover-up!  When you, as Nick, threatened Chad and delivered those threats to him, it was pretty ominous!  And next, Nick overheard Will and Lucas’ big cover-up from years ago!  Nick is now armed with info!  But since he is so homophobic, do you know why and where this stems from?

BLAKE:

I can’t say too much, but the show will investigate that and you will learn something. Even before I knew anything about where the storyline was going, I think we all know what happens to people in prison.  It was kind of a confluence of things.  I don’t think there is one thing that makes somebody homophobic.  You have to probably culturally be pre-disposed to it, but also events can change things.

MICHAEL:

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How is working with Chandler Massey?  I love the scenes between Nick and Will! They are some of the best “snot-off’s” I have ever seen between two characters on daytime!

BLAKE:

Totally! (Laughs)  Chandler is one of my favorite actors I have ever worked with.  He is one of those people who when you get into a scene, and I am sure we work differently, but our working styles gel really well on set.  We will run our lines, but when we go to tape, both of us are totally up for everything being totally different than the way we rehearsed it.  We love surprising each other and sort of letting life play out in the most organic way we possibly can.  Certain people make you feel really present, and Chandler is one of those people.

MICHAEL:

How is working with Camila Banus?  What did you think about how fast Nick and Gabi were thrown together?  And on that note, do you think Nick truly loves Gabi? Or, does he love what she represents?

BLAKE:

I think he definitely loves Gabi.  He is very much in love with her.  I think underneath everything is that he wants to be with Gabi and raise a family with her.  The way that it manifests, and what he has to get out of the way to get what he wants, is where I think malevolence comes in.

MICHAEL:

I have to say that Nick Fallon is one of the most interesting younger characters on a soap in a long, long time.

BLAKE:

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Thank you very much for saying that.  I find him interesting, too.  I love playing him. When they first told me the character was going to be homophobic, I was really upset.  I was like, “This is not who this character was.”  He was rooted in science, and his first time around on DAYS you certainly would not peg him for that.  As it has unfolded, the writing team had done such a good job at writing him.  I really started to see it as a story that needs to be told, the storyline in general, and the storyline the way Nick relates to Sonny and Will.  It starts to become an argument about a nuclear family and what a family truly is … and how that is changing, and how people have trouble with that.  I think that Nick represents the part of the country that is having trouble adjusting to new definitions of family.  And, that isn’t just gay people, but now divorce rates are incredibly high.  People now do have these incredible families that were not what they were in the 1940’s and 1950’s.

MICHAEL:

Has the LGBT community taken Nick to task, and called him out on his homophobic behavior in articles you may have seen?  Or, on your Twitter account? What are fans saying to you?

BLAKE:

Yeah, on Twitter I get a lot of crap about it, but a lot of people are supportive, too.  A lot of people know how to decipher between the character and me.  Some people go, “I want to throw something at the television when Nick is on, but Blake Berris is doing such a great job.”  A while ago when the storyline started, some people said, “Well, from the way he is acting, it seems like Blake Berris himself hates gay people.”   So I sort of send out a tweet about how I support gay marriage and that I have lots of gay friends, and this is a character I am playing, etc, etc.

MICHAEL:

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Just to clarify!  You are not against gay rights?  You, Blake Berris are 100% supportive of LGBT community?  I hate to even have to bring this up, but since there may even be some doubt from people who cannot separate fact from fiction, let’s address it here!

BLAKE:

Totally!  Some of my best friends are gay!  I have always been involved in LGBT causes. I think it’s cooler to tell this side of the story.  I like playing characters that are different anyway.

MICHAEL:

What did you think when you have read the scripts about how Nick is going to seemingly continue to dismantle Will’s life? This is really low!  Were you like, “Right on. This will be fun?”

BLAKE:

I thought it was exciting when I read it.  I am all for characters that are so singular in vision and an obsessive.  I can relate to that in a very different way, and yet I can imagine somebody who wants something so badly can relate to that.  I think if you know what a character wants, and you see them basically do anything they can do get it; it is very definitely compelling and fun to play.  So, I was all for it.

MICHAEL:

What was like for you coming back to DAYS this time, as opposed to your first time around?  Was there any hesitancy to decide to come back to a daytime soap?

BLAKE:

It was a big decision for me.  I left the first time never imaging that I would find myself back in Salem.  It was something that my team and I talked about a great deal.  It was a not an instant decision.  When we did eek out the deal, I was told in good faith from DAYS casting director Marnie Saitta and some other people to, “Trust us.  This is an amazing storyline.”  Also at that time, I had just done a bunch of independent films, including Meth Head and House of Last Things.

MICHAEL:

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Tell me about the films?

BLAKE:

House of Last Things is going to be premiering in France, this week actually, at the Gerardmer Festival.  It is an international film festival.  We weren’t able to work out the schedule with DAYS for me to go to that one, which I was bummed about.  I think I can make it to the next festival it’s playing at in Brazil.  This film is a fantasy thriller.  What happens is: this house possesses this karmic power, and Lindsey Haun (who has been on True Blood) is a wonderful actress and is in it with me.  In the story, we move into this house and I start out as this jerk…

MICHAEL:

Not you ….. playing an asshole? (Laughs)

BLAKE:

Like a douche bag (laughs) … and I want to steal things, and drink, and screw all the time, and all those things.  I just want to have my way with this house.  But slowly, this house is transforming us is into the previous owners of the house.  This incident happens, and it’s this awesome arc where I start as one character and end as a totally different one!

MICHAEL:

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Meth Head is the one I am very excited to see your performance in.  I hear it is riveting!

BLAKE:

Meth Head will be premiering in the DC Independent Film Festival.  I will be going out there for that in March.  I totally play a meth head.  Oh, my God, playing this role was amazing.  We were so excited that Lukas Haas came on, and he is a great actor.  It is hard-core stuff as an actor, and that is the stuff that turns me on.  I like stuff that is a challenge, and I love comedy.  But, I love hard-core drama, and that is what this is.  In the film, I am the one who gets Lucas’ character into meth.  I play a guy who goes into the clubs and is sort of a small time dealer.  But then we befriend each other, and then we start prostituting ourselves, and it evolves from there.

MICHAEL:

I honestly did not think Nick Fallon would ever return to DAYS once they shoved him into prison?  When did you make the decision to make the comeback?

BLAKE:

Basically, it was at the end of April 2013 that they told me we got the offer.  DAYS wanted me to start May 17th.  It was two weeks of me not knowing for sure what was going to happen, but in the end I am so glad this all worked out.

MICHAEL:

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Have you stayed in touch with your former Salem love interest Molly Burnett (Ex-Melanie)?

BLAKE:

I am in touch with Molly, and it’s funny.  I came on originally, and a couple months then she came on, and then I came off.  Then when I came on this time, she was off.  So we have been ships in the night both times.  I love acting with her.  I think Molly is so talented. 

MICHAEL:

TV Guide recently named you one of the sexiest soap stars!  How do you feel about that?

BLAKE:

Yeah, that was cool.  I thought it was awesome!

MICHAEL:

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Do you see yourself as a “sexy” star?

BLAKE:

Sure.  I can get down with that!

MICHAEL:

If you were writing the show, what would you like to see happen to Nick?  What would you like to tackle?

BLAKE:

I like investigating where all of this is coming from, and the root of it.  I think there are certainly things that happened in prison, and to be honest, I still don’t know how thoroughly the show will delve into it.  But someone brought this to my attention when I had scenes when I returned with Jean Bruce Scott, who plays my mom, Jessica.  They were telling me that her character was schizophrenic, which has always been an idea that has affected me.  I know that a mental illness like that can have its onset in your early to mid-twenties.  I think there is a lot of evidence that Nick has a borderline personality disorder.

MICHAEL:

Nick’s mother, Jessica, actually developed DID.  She had three personalities Jessica, Angel, and Angelique!

BLAKE:

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Interesting!  It can manifest in so many different ways.  I saw this play called Tribes that is coming to LA via New York, and it investigates a lot of things like deaf people being one of them, but also the onset of schizophrenia.  I think it would be really cool, and that would be my wish, for DAYS to investigate the mental condition of Nick Fallon.

MICHAEL:

What have people in your life: family, friends, and colleagues, said to you about your recent performances as Nick?

BLAKE:

My parents, and my family, and friends, they all dig complex storylines.  I think they were excited to see me doing something like that.  I think they were like, “You are playing the homophobe?”  And I went excitedly, “Yeah!”   Now they think it is kind of cool.

MICHAEL:

Is your goal to act in more films?

BLAKE:

Yes, but I like doing everything.  I don’t care what the medium is.  I am just drawn to interesting, and complex, and psychological material.  I feel what I bring is something different, and a different approach to a character you may have seen before, but I do it in a different way.  I like to add some element that I think that will surprise people.

MICHAEL:

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Tell me about working in scenes with Freddie Smith (Sonny) who clearly on-screen you have a very contentious relationship, and working with Casey Deidrick?

BLAKE:

Freddie and I have some great stuff coming up.  We have a good time together.  I can tell you Sonny is totally on to Nick.  Will can almost like spiral into depression, and he slinks into himself.  There was some look that Freddie shot me during Nick’s totally upsetting bachelor party.  I think I said something along the lines of, “Oh look. I have it all. Something every guy dreams of … a beautiful wife and a family on the way …”  And Sonny says, “Not every guy dreams of that.”  And I look at him and say, “Yeah, well the guys that I know!”  Then I walk away and Freddie’s look was so priceless that he wanted to kill me!  Stuff does get very confrontational between us in upcoming episodes.  But, sometimes it becomes so confrontational in rehearsal that we can’t stop laughing.  I love working with Freddie. And with Casey… I love that guy!!  I still don’t know how they are going to bring that storyline full circle yet.

MICHAEL:

As we alluded to earlier, Nick did make that threat to Chad at the church after the wedding broke-up.  So one would assume Nick will do something to pay him back?

BLAKE:

Oh yeah!  I think that’s how it will go.

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MICHAEL:

Nick has so many to pay back on his little list now!

BLAKE:

The list is getting so big! (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

Maybe we will find a piece of paper, and we will see him checking names off the list while he splits into multiple personalities!  Wasn’t Nick originally this brilliant, nerdy guy?

BLAKE:

I think that is what makes Nick so dangerous.  This time around, we are kind of seeing his intelligence manifest in more of a manipulative way.  I think we saw that with Melanie the first time around, and they kind of locked into that.  From talking to directors and producers, they have talking to me saying, “We have not had a character on here that has been smart.”  That is one of the identiable things of who this character is.  Even though many of the characters are smart on Days of our Lives, it is Nick’s hyper-intelligence, and the way he manipulates that is so stunning.  Now he is using his intelligence for evil.

MICHAEL:

Did you have an idea during your initial run on DAYS that he was going to end up from geek to messed-up-guy in prison?  Did anyone, at that time, have a clue as to the path they were going to take with the character?

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BLAKE:

No. You know we went through so many administrations the first time I was on DAYS.  At that time, because my character was new, it was one of those characters that nobody knew what to do with the first time around, but this time around that is what I love about this.  It is very deliberate, and our co-head writer, Gary Tomlin, has a very specific idea of what they wanted to do and they are doing it.  That is why I think this time it’s translating on screen a lot better.

MICHAEL:

What warning would you want to give DAYS fans about Nick that they should watch out for in the coming months, as we wrap up our chat?

BLAKE:

Look for Nick to wreak havoc, and to ruthlessly try to get what he wants… and Will and Sonny are definitely in the way.

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Daysfan
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Daysfan

Blake seems like an awesome guy! I love to hate Nick, and Blake is really doing a phenomenal job playing the character.

lulu
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lulu

I love Blake Berris, he is a talented actor, Nick makes a very interesting boderline psychotic mi-villain mi-lost boy..very interesting. I am looking forward to see what he does next but please Days not a ‘rape in prison’ storyline..i am over it, i am over the rape plot points and this story had already been done recently by GH so don’t go there.. Love all the scenes between Nick, Chad, Will and Sonny, Gabby is the weak list, Blake/Nick deserves a far better leading lady, Rachel Melvin as Chelsea was one or even Molly Burnett as Melanie but the girl… Read more »

Margot
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Margot

Amen to that.

Michael
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Michael

Unfortunately, from I can gleam from Michael’s interview with Blake, I have a feeling that we will eventually find out that Nick was sexually assaulted in prison and he’s been keeping this anger bottled up inside of him up until now and he’s going to use Will & Sonny as his excuse to get his revenge for what happened to him in prison. However, knowing that his Mom had DID, it’s not that far-fetched that Nick will have some psychological issues to deal with in terms of what he dealt with in prison and he takes it out on the… Read more »

Jim
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Jim

Agree I hope it is not about prison rape … Michael, you’re missing out on a lot. Days is character-driven, deep, realistic, and very well-paced right now. The cliffhangers every day are so good. The dialogue is spot on. Also lots of use of family and community ties. The stories are not islands, the canvas is tied together. Lorraine Broderick’s influence perhaps, and the very talented script writing team (it’s like an All-Star team, not a weak writer among them), but I don’t take credit away from Tomlin/Whitesell either. Every character has motives for what they do and none of… Read more »

Sara
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Sara

Agreed, Camila Banus is not doing justice to the storyline, and yet she and her character appear to be the darling of Tomlin and his minions. I don’t know if it was intentional but I love that Blake Berris had great things to say about the personalities and acting skills of Freddie, Chandler and Molly, but when it came to the question about working with Camila, he neatly side-stepped it and talked about her character only 😀

Jules
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Jules

He’s extremely well spoken and I think he’s doing a really good job with a really difficult part. It’s not the direction I ever thought they’d take with the character, but I am still really happy they brought Nick back after these years. I also like how he insinuated they’ll tie his homophobia to his experience in prison. That NEEDED to happen to explain why this shift in his character, and it is the best reason for it.

Thanks Blake for this great interview and I can’t wait for more!

Alex
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Alex

When Nick loses it. I just hope that he doesn’t hurt Will or Sonny because they are the reason why I have started watching DOOL.

Patrick
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Patrick

I hope no one gets hurt as well…. Days… for what it’s worth… has a stellar cast…. OK…. Rafe/Gabbi are suspect… OH! and def. Daniel. . I hate this… dissing DrOOL. evenso… I love Rafe.

This is such a good story… and it’s Blakes’….. moreso than it being a homophobic story… but, i could see how i’d fear for Will and Sonny.

Liza
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Liza

I love Blake as well….I really enjoy watching him on Days. I think he is an exceptional actor and I look forward to following his career! Thank you for the interview Michael!

Ann
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Ann

Great interview with Blake. So good to see him bring Nick back to Salem. Look forward to seeing how the rest of the storyline plays out with him/Gabi and everyone else.

Mimi
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Mimi

Blake is doing a wonderful job with showing the many sides of Nick. Good/dark/obsessive etc. He & Gabi are my favorite parts of the show.

kay
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kay

I am with you on that. Blake is so good at being evil Nick.

Patrick
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Patrick

it’s so good for the show….. EVIL… but not lost… as we need HIM. He’s driving a big part of what makes DAYS Good.

an evil guy… as opposed to how many more bitches do we need?

and let me prop…. Kristen, NIcole, Sammi…. These ladies are fiesty, driven, and they’re behaviours are a HOOT.

Andrea @kins
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Andrea @kins

So glad Blake returned to Days- Excellent performance in every episode! Love Nick Fallon, the good and bad :)! His character makes for a must dee TV Days! I am looking forward to see what else is in store for Nick and the rest of the Day’s cast!

Patrick
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Patrick

it doesn’t happen too often… but, i like his scenes with Hope, Maggie, and even Julie, have to even include “Mamma” Caroline…. perhaps… these 4 familial mother hens will help keep him grounded… and that maternal love will help steer him clear of fighting his “demons”, as it were….

I definately don’t know what to expect… and thats all good…..

Nia
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Nia

Blake Berris is a fantastic actor. His portayal of Nick is really chilling. And he seems like such a delightful guy too…

Patrick
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Patrick

Standing Ovation! Much to Do… his nuanced deliivery…. eye contact… the way he projects his character… is riveting…. it’s his acting…. that is making this storyline. Blake Berris… I appreciate your delivery….

It’s a treat to watch Good Acting.

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ltklo

Nick IS a prick! Blake is very good and, although I hate Nick’s underhandedness, he is really good at portraying a manipulative person. I get some good laughs watching Chandler and Freddie’s WTF-faces when Nick is talking to their characters.

Patrick
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Patrick

LOL…. I’m laughing good naturedly…. because… i can relate…. when, you’re going through that in life…. that one person… be it a man and or woman.. who insinuates themselves…. ie: body language…the verbage…. it’s clearly understated… or so obvious, and yet can cause anxieties and how to deal with that on a daily basis…. i am cheering both Will and Sonny on…. it’s a story that needs to be told… neither will and Sonny are playing their characters as intimidated or cowering… they’re certainly not running away from facing their life head on…. at least that’s what i HOPE for.… Read more »

ces
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ces

I agree Patrick. Those three are my favorite to watch. I still love Ali Sweeney also so I’ll add her to my favorites. Her story has been maddening but her scenes with Chandler are some of her best.

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Long Time Days Fan

Michael, love your comments after the interview with Blake!!

Brett Bradley-Howarth
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Brett Bradley-Howarth

Love Blake, love to hate Nick!

mari r.r.em
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mari r.r.em

agreed!! it’s cool to see a person play a homo phobe ;lots of people are and we don’t see the media mention it that often unless its in a joking way.

Patrick
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Patrick

Thank you Mari –

this is well played out… and def. needs to be shared with the viewing audience.

Dmitri
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Dmitri

Blake is in the leagues of Chandler and James in terms of acting, and seems like a great guy! I’m glad he’s back, adn like Nabi together! They have chemistry! Nick seems like a douche though!

lilou
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lilou

They don’t have chemistry, Blake/Nick deserves better but the story leading to lot of interactions between important characters (aside the Hernandez) is great.

Patrick
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Patrick

Ditto…. Blake Berris is in the big leagues…..

not to mention….. ahem….. handsome…

he’s a lil Lanky… but… in his later years… with his smoldering looks… he’ll be a demi-god BEAR status.

scyren
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scyren

Blake is hot and sexy (those lips….). Loving his portrayal and can’t wait to see his movies! He’s a very talented actor!

ces
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ces

very sexy lips 😛

Cathy
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Cathy

Blake is a terrific actor! Nick always entertains me whether I agree with his actions or not. He & Camila are wonderful together and have great chemistry. They make it seem very natural and effortless.

bc
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bc

he looks like kyle lowder. him being named by tvguide is kinda like bradley cooper getting the people’s most eligible bachelor cover. I don’t think I would be naming them as some of the handsomest hollywood actors but that’s how hollywood and the mainstream manhattan media operate. physical attractiveness has to be defined by the mainstream manhattan media and hollywood as being white. hollywood and the media are abt controlling and brainwashing and shaping the culture. movies and tv shows are saturated w/ white actors and actresses. white char storylines are universal while dtorylines for African american chars are often… Read more »

gaelyn thomson
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gaelyn thomson

nick’s plan won’t work it will blow up in hes face i think gabie and nick should tell sonny what they did to will sonny and will should be back together they are meant to be they meant to be together they belong together sonny and will should raise this baby together i like to now when sonny and will be back together again

Patrick
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Patrick

I hope Nicks’ story – his contribution to days is magnanimous…. Top Drawer… is canvassed for a long time…. he’s interesting… intrigiuing… and bringing intelligence to the screen…

yeah, i like him.

Harley
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Harley

When is Nick going to be found out… ? Before he destroys Will?? I hope soon… Nick needs to be found out… before Nick destroys himself and everyone connected… with the baby!

Patrick
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Patrick

for the sake of watching a good actor…. on DAYS…. I hope the fallout for Will and Sonny is minimal…. I hope the writers and producers know this…. how talented Blake Berris is… he’s more than contributing supporting act to Will and Sonny.

Harley
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Harley

“When will Nick be found out!” and how soon, will he go back to jail — He’s up to no good, and he is breaking his probation… It will get thrown back to jail. hopefully soon.

lulu
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lulu

Nope Nick is an interesting character therefore he needs to stay, he just has to be multi-dimensional, with good writing and BB’s talent it is easy actually.

ces
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ces

Thank you Michael Fairman for an awesome interview with Blake! Such a talented and sexy guy who just lights up the screen!!! I really hate Nick and his homophobia and treatment of Will but Blake plays him to the hilt! Would love for DAYS to explore not only what happened in prison but also his mental health. Great interview 🙂

Lia
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Lia

I love Blake, and I love Nick. Nick reminds me of David Hayworth on AMC…A brilliant mind that is highly dangerous. He’s do delicious, that I am strictly watching DAYS now to see what Nick is going to do next. I love Camila too, because Gabi’s being warm and vulnerable at the moment, but we all know what this girl is capable of. Together Camilla and Blake’s superb acting has made Nick and Gabi my new fav soap couple to watch. 🙂

ladybelle
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ladybelle

Blake is a wonderful actor,but I dont want him to hurt Will. I love Will and Sonny!

TJ
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TJ

I love Blake Berris and hopes he stays on DOOL. He’s so good. Also, I look forward to seeing him in other works.

randy
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randy

sonny will catch on to everything and protect his man Will and btw blake great interview

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Days of our Lives, General Hospital, and The Young and the Restless Receive WGA Award Nominations

Nominations were announced Thursday morning for the WGA Awards in the fields of television, new media, news, radio/audio and promotional writing.

In the Daytime Drama category, the writing teams from Days of our Lives, General Hospital and The Young and the Restless scored nominations.

Of note: The Bold and the Beautiful chose not to submit themselves for competition this year.  So, it was not a matter of the series not receiving enough votes to be in contention.

The winners will be announced on Sunday, March 20, at the 74th annual Writers Guild Awards.

Here are the full writing teams nominated in the Daytime Drama category below:

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

To view the entire list of nominees click here.

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.

Share your thoughts on which show you hope Cady is working on, whether, primetime, daytime, or a streaming series, in the comment section below.

 

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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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