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The Jen Lilley, Blake Berris, Casey Deidrick, Chandler Massey Interview – Days of Our Lives

Photo Credit: NBC, K. Hutchins

Photo Credit: NBC, K. Hutchins

There is no shortage of young talent on NBC’s Days of our Lives.  In fact, over the last several years the show had had a knack for finding some stellar performers who have delivered and stuck a chord to its faithful audience.  And, as we finish the final weeks of summer and soon head into fall, Jen Lilley (Theresa), Blake Berris (Nick), Casey Deidrick (Chad) and Chandler Massey (Will) are taking a weekend break from the drama of Salem and heading to Chicago and Atlanta for a series of personal appearances, where you can meet them up close and personal … thanks to Elite Fan Events.  The foursome hit Chicago on Saturday August 24th, and Atlanta on Sunday August 25th!  And, DAYS fans take note: this may be your last opportunity to see Chandler and Casey in person at a fan event, since Casey has already finished up at DAYS (although he airs in the months ahead) and Chandler is set to wrap in December.

On-Air On-Soaps sat down with this self-effacing, irreverent, quirky, and yeah, sexy group, to get the lowdown on what will happen when these four travel across the U.S together, and put on a one-of-a-kind unique experience for their fans.  For more on how you can get tickets, click here!

So, what was it like for Casey to film his final scenes as Chad?  How does he feel about his exit story?  What does Chandler think about Will’s sudden jealousy streak?  What storyline does the group think was a missed opportunity to tell big story?  Was Blake Berris almost killed-off as Nick months ago?  What do the guys think of the character of Teresa?  Jen, Blake, Casey, and Chandler give some insightful and playful answers, and let us in on what it’s like for an actor to keep up the pace of the daily grind of a daytime soap.  Do soaps allow an actor to deliver their best work?   Read on for our chat with Jen and the DAYS Dudes!

MICHAEL:

So, Jen you are the ringleader who got these guys to come along with you to Atlanta and Chicago for this one of a kind opportunity to meet the four of you.  How did you entice these guys?

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JEN:

I flashed them and said, “Hey, you guys are hot!  And, you can sleep in the same hotel room!”  (Laughs)  Actually, it was an open invitation to a lot of cast members, but I really get along with these guys. (Laughs)  Didn’t you see our tweets?  Blake is buying a shot for every person that buys a ticket.  

CHANDLER:

For every person who signed up, I was going to take a look at their car-radiator and see if I could fix it!

JEN:

No, that wasn’t the tweet.  What it was, though was every person that bought a ticket would get to sleep with Chandler! (Laughs) Well, obviously we are very fun group. 

MICHAEL:

Jen, you thought these three would be the fun guys to go with?  Any second thoughts now?  (Laughs)

JEN:

Ah, no not at all.  (Laughs)

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MICHAEL:

Is there structure, and an order to the festivities in Chicago on August 24th, and Atlanta on August 25th? (Laughs) Is there a schedule?

BLAKE:

There is a schedule, and Q&A, and a birthday party for me!  And my actually birthday is the Chicago date.  I am turning 40!  I just want it get it over with, and rip that band-aid off.   I have a had a lot of work done.

JEN:

If we sell 100 or 150 tickets, I will pop out of a cake and sing Blake “Happy Birthday!”  … Marilyn Monroe style.  All of us really love the fans.   There is Q&A, and then we are going to have a hot lunch, in which I oversaw the menu, which was actually Rosie “my inner fat kid” who people who may not know, but I have mentioned her on Twitter.   So, Rosie approved the menu.   Then at night during the event, we are having a pictures and autograph session.  We are also doing secret surprises.  And in Atlanta, we are going to stay an entire extra day to do more one-on-one time with the fans.  So people in Atlanta come to our event and you can have a private VIP experience!

MICHAEL:

When you meet the fans Casey, what do they ask you the most?

CASEY:

I can imagine the most asked questions this time will be, “Why am I leaving the show?”

MICHAEL:

We the viewers don’t know if Chad is actually dying of a brain tumor, or not.  The way this went down on Days of our Lives, we did not see what the doctor told him.  Can you confirm this?

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CHANDLER:

We don’t even know if he has a brain, let alone a tumor! (Laughs)

CASEY:

You don’t know, and that is why people will have to keep watching to find out and tune in.

MICHAEL:

How was your last day on the set?

CASEY:

It was a pretty emotional day.   My last scenes were shot with James Scott (EJ) and Kate Mansi (Abigail).  They were so wonderful to work with.  I have worked with them for the last four and half years.  It was really hard, and I went into that final day thinking it would be really hard, and it turned out to be really hard to get through the scenes.  I am happy I got to work with those two on my last day.

MICHAEL:

Fans were not happy, Casey, to hear that you are leaving.  When you leave a role in soaps it’s different than when you step away from a role in any other medium.

BLAKE:

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What is cool with soaps is that it’s a sort of strange phenomenon, that you get to witness on television, where the person who has actually been on the show for a long time (and you rarely gets this on primetime television) is leaving the show.  And, if for example, your character is leaving town it’s like this coinciding thing where you actually get to say goodbye to everyone on camera.  Soaps are very good at capitalizing on it, which is a cool thing to witness … somebody actually saying goodbye to someone and doing it on camera.  It has a heightened reality to it.

MICHAEL:

Casey, were you happy with your exit story?

CASEY:

The writers did the exit storyline justice.

MICHAEL:

And Chandler, as of now you will be exiting soon at the end of the year!

CHANDLER:

The second week in December is when my contract is up.  I am looking forward to having a couple of weeks to go home and have Christmas with my family.   I think they will recast the role.  I think the reason the fans are attached to me is that they are attached to the character of Will.  As long as Will and Sonny are still there, it will be OK.

MICHAEL:

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Are you really ready to step away from this popular role of Will Horton, in which you have won two consecutive Daytime Emmys?

CHANDLER:

Recently, I had to shoot three episodes in a row, and that was 23 scenes.  Honestly, if my answer is “Yes. I am ready to step away from the show,” I think it’s because, as much as I love it and everyone there are my friends and like family, I have been on there for four years… And, (a) I want to go to school, and (b) if I want to grow further as an actor.  I need a situation where I have weeks not days and hours to look at a script.  Maybe I am shooting two or three scenes a day where I can discover and explore, rather than 23 scenes in day where you are just basically trying to keep your head above water and trying to remember your lines.

MICHAEL:

Do you think that actors, producers and writers who are not in soaps, understand the exhaustive nature of it?

BLAKE:

I think people acknowledge it. 

CHANDLER:

Would you agree that with your work on a soap, that what airs in a way, is what could be your worst work?  I feel like the first time you do a scene, it could be great, but …

BLAKE:

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I have different feelings on that.  Sometimes when I do a movie, and you do have time to do things over and over, there is a feeling as an actor that it gets better every time, or potentially it can get better every time.  But, often I think there is magic to the first time you do it in front of people.  There is sense of it happening for the first time.  Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t.  I see both.  I see work where I watch myself and say, “I could have done that so much better if I had four more takes.”  And, sometimes I see things where I go, “Wow, that was so spontaneous.  I don’t know if I could re-create that.”

JEN:

When I was growing up, I always thought soap opera actors had Teleprompters.  I think that is a common misperception.  I think people don’t realize we don’t do that anymore. Well, I hide my scripts when I am in Theresa’s apartment.  I hide them behind the cushions on the couch, and hopefully get to look at them in between scenes.

CHANDLER:

I tape them to Freddie Smith’s (Sonny) forehead, and rip them off every time I have to talk to him in a scene, and put it back up and say my lines!  (Laughs)

CASEY:

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I leave all my scripts on the floor near the cameras!

BLAKE:

That’s why he seems so ancy all the time, and so amazing!  He is actually just looking at the floor at his lines!

MICHAEL:

Have all the men here had the opportunity to work with Jen Lilley since she started at DAYS?

JEN:

Blake and I only got to work together once, and the audience is digging us, and it’s not going to happen.

CHANDLER:

You both place nutso characters. That would be great!

BLAKE:

Our producer Lisa de Cazotte said, “I think if you two paired up, it would be like Bonnie and Clyde.”

JEN:

You know, at our Atlanta event we are silent auctioning off sex with Blake! (Laughs)

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BLAKE:

Protective, of course!  (Laughs)

CHANDLER:

Well, my experience working with Jen Lilley was fun, and brief on DAYS.  She comes up and is super drugged in a scene … as Theresa, of course.  (Laughs)

JEN:

I am at this club, and I am looking for someone who is my date, and I am high as a kite.

CHANDLER:

And she says, “Hey!”

MICHAEL:

Theresa was at a gay club?

JEN:

No!  But I am not opposed to that!  I think before Chandler leaves the show, we should do a love train with me and Freddie!

CHANDLER:

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We are related though!

JEN:

I know, but there is a way it could be situated.  It would be Chandler, Freddie, and Jen.  I am talking about a dancing love train in a gay club.  I don’t know where you guys minds are going? (Laughs)  Come to our event to see all of this zaniness!

MICHAEL:

You know, at one point, I originally thought they were going to kill-off Nick Fallon! I thought there was a murder story “whodunit coming”!  Did you?

BLAKE:

I did, too!  I think if I did not extend my contract they were going to have Nick blow his brains out, or something.

MICHAEL:

Chandler, why is Will jealous of Brent … and worried about him and Sonny?  I don’t recall Will acting this way prior to this.

CHANDLER:

I think when you are on a soap opera there needs to be drama, and if there is not an obvious source of drama, they have to create it by creating character flaws.  So they have made Will very insecure, and now he has some angst.

MICHAEL:

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Casey, what do you think of working with Kate Mansi?  Do you think she was one of your favorite female scene partners over your time at DAYS?

CASEY:

Over the last six or seven months, Kate Mansi and I became really close friends, and any time I get a chance to work with her it’s a blessing.

BLAKE:

We were hoping we could be love interests, but I think there is a familial thing, because Abby and Nick are cousins!

MICHAEL:

Jen, how are the fans responding to your new Salem bad girl, Theresa?

JEN:

I am shocked.  The DAYS fans have been amazing and loving her.  One review I saw was, “She is deliciously naughty,” which I liked.  I am super grateful, because my feedback was so harsh my first time around on a soap, when I was on GH.

MICHAEL:

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What is this rumor about there being a doppelganger for Nick?

BLAKE:

Yeah, I found this out through the fans of the show, and it has been out there. They told me a casting call went out, and I am very excited to see who this person is!

CHANDLER:

If there is a casting call for a “Blake Berris look-alike,” you know you have made it!

MICHAEL:

They’re not going to have you play a dual role?

BLAKE:

No, he is not supposed to look exactly like me, but apparently it confuses people! (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

Well, you know what they did with Rafe?  He had a doppelganger, but Galen Gering (Rafe) played both roles!

CHANDLER:

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Rafe 2!  It was ripped straight from the headlines.  Stefano and EJ kidnapped the real Rafe.  Then they had someone get plastic surgery to look like the real Rafe.  They put him in Rafe’s place.  So Rafe 2 would go live and have sex with Sami, meanwhile the real Rafe is in the prison.  It was fun for Galen.  And I had to go, “Rafe, you are acting strange. You are not the Rafe that I know.”

JEN:

I want to have a split personality on the show, because Theresa is mentally so unstable, and she is Kimberly’s (Patsy Pease) daughter who battled with mental illness.

MICHAEL:

Casey, did you feel that DAYS did not delve into enough, and explore, the fact that Chad is a DiMera?

CASEY:

They kind of shelved Chad for a little bit, and put him on the back burner for awhile.  They could have done so much with EJ and my character.  I feel like I missed an opportunity to work with James Scott a lot, and I also loved Chad working with Will and Sonny, that got dropped, too.

CHANDLER:

I understand as fast as we have to put things up, the writers have to write them. They are not perfect. We only have 38 minutes a day to tell all the story we want to tell.  We have 22 minutes of commercials.  It is a shame.  I really wished I could have worked more with Casey.

BLAKE:

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I always felt unresolved about our story.  We had this great rivalry going.  They have this great set up at Nick and Gabi’s wedding, and Nick threatens Chad and says, “You won’t even see me coming!”

MICHAEL:

What happened with that?

BLAKE:

Well, he just never saw me coming, because I didn’t come. (Laughs) Those shows were fantastic.  Those were some of my favorite episodes.

MICHAEL:

What has been each of your favorite scenes so far on DAYS, off the top of your head?

THERESA:

The café scene with Daniel …where Theresa gets a twinge in her back.

CHANDLER:

My very first scene!  My first line was “Huh?” with Taylor Spreitler, who played Mia. It was a glorious entrance. (Laughs)

BLAKE:

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I think the wedding episode was the best episode!  I loved all the stuff with Chandler on the island, where Nick had to come to terms with everything that happened to him. It was exhausting, but very fulfilling.

CHANDLER:

I had a great opportunity to hide behind a cabinet or something, and just watch Blake pour his heart out to this creepy murderer guy.  It was some of my favorite scenes from DAYS that I have ever seen.  My God, Blake was amazing!

CASEY:

The wedding stuff was cool, like Blake said.  I got tackled at the alter, and I got to ruin a wedding! (Laughs) My last scenes that I shot were very fulfilling for me as an actor.

MICHAEL:

Will we need hankies?

CASEY:

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If you are fans of mine or Chad, you might.

JEN:

If you are not a fan of Casey yet, then come to Atlanta or Chicago, and I will make you one!

CHANDLER:

Come, it will be really fun!  I am from Atlanta and I will bring my grandparents, and so you can come meet them, too.

MICHAEL:

Have you all been to Atlanta and Chicago before?

BLAKE:

I have never been in Chicago before, and I am very excited to go there!

JEN:

The last time I went to Chicago, the fans were so awesome there.  So, I am looking forward to seeing them again!

MICHAEL:

The big final question: Do you think the four of you will all get along sharing hotel rooms, and hanging out together for three days straight? (Laughs)

BLAKE:

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Oh, I doubt it.

CASEY:

I give us ten minutes tops!

CHANDLER:

Two of us are going to be dead.

JEN:

I am easy going … until we get there! (Laughs)  But come and join us, and see Chandler and Casey at their last hurrah!

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icla
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icla

Love it! Thank you. The four seem to make each other brilliant! Sad to see most of them leave DAYS soon.

judith
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judith

Fun interview but two observations : First, maybe “Rafe 2” was fun for Galen Gering to play but it was AWFUL for the audience, one of the worst story Days has done..and they done a lot..lol, i stopped watching for a while because of this Rafe garbage..puke Secondly Chad should have been written as a Dark character, it would made the character more interesting, with more stories and far more fun to play for the actor imho. And just to say : i would be more interested by watching an Nick/Theresa pairing than seeing Nick stuck with bland and whiny… Read more »

Pat
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Pat

Too bad you came back

judith
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judith

Nope it’s not too bad for my own entertainment, and it is what matter to me, ha !

Jen (iheartwilson)
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Jen (iheartwilson)

I know there are a lot of fans who will be delighted if Chandler can convince Corday to recast Will. But for me, Chandler will always be Will. I can’t imagine the same chemistry between Freddie and someone new. Plus it would be weird having two different WilSons on my blog. So for me, the end of Chandler is the end of WilSon and the end of Days. The only reason I watched was because I discovered Freddie and Chandler on a commercial, watched YT clips to catch up on the storyline and found they are amazing actors so I… Read more »

will & sonny españa
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will & sonny españa

Estoy al 100% con usted ..para mi willson NO sera y igual ..y sera el fin de ellos dos ..no quiero otro will ..y tambien entiendo las razones de Chandler x mejorar.. espero un bonito fin ..unque como dije para mi sera el fin de WILLSON .

Lisa
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Lisa

if Chandler must leave the show…the LAST thing I want is a recast. Will & Sonny are too special to us…and Chandler will only ever be Will. PLEASE someone convince Ken Corday NOT to recast Will. I can’t even imagine someone else standing in Chandler’s spot and having the chemistry he does with Freddie. NOPE can’t picture it. This interview just made me sad! I can’t make it to the fan event…and looks like my chances of ever meeting Chandler are now zero because he really is leaving. And Chandler thinks they will recast? POOEY. this sucks. 🙁 all good… Read more »

judith
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judith

HE wants for them to recast..not sure the show will do it..at least for a long time..in part because of the die hard Wilson fanbase backlash..

DifficultDiva
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DifficultDiva

Thanks for posting the interview and I’m so glad that Chandler continues to understand and acknowledge that Will, as a character will and should have more stories, after he, the actor moves on from DAYS.

I hope TPTB will stop trying to keep folks contented with saying that the role of Will won’t be recast. It won’t make the transition/change smooth for the show, the writers, Freddie (as Sonny) and the actor that will be chosen as the recast Will.

Badaddiction
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Badaddiction

I agree with your comment completely.

judith
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judith

I agree and i love Chandler Massey portrayal..just rewatched some fallout from the Gabby/Nick first wedding attempt and CM really standout to me..his acting was really real and rough..almost like he was not on a cheesy daytime soap but on prime time..realistic acting..I love lot’s of other actors of this soap (maybe even more than CM) but on this soap he was just the most natural..This proved to me he can really go better and bigger if he wants, he has the acting skills for it..So good move FOR him to move on and having a degree (smart move, will… Read more »

judith
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judith

I did not mean ‘on this soap’ i meant on these fallout wedding scenes..my bad.

Lily
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Lily

Rafe2 was a a rake and GG did a great job portraying him with what must have been an exhausting pace. I’m really curious about Nick’s look-a-like and what that all means. I love that Blake extended his contract because his character adds so much interest to the show. Him mixing it up more with Theresa would be a delightful treat for Days fans. Sorry to hear there won’t be more story of those two together. That said, I’m totally swept up in the Gabi/Nick relationship. The chemistry is there and I want to see them work it out. Hate… Read more »

Jules
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Jules

I liked Blake bringing up that lose end with Chad/Nick. I’ve been wondering about that myself and was always hopeful they’d make good on it. Oh well!

Hope we get to see more of Nick soon. He’s kind of been backburned since May/June and I miss seeing him. I am disappointed to hear he and Jen have only had that one episode together so far. I thought it was the first scenes to something brewing but I guess not.

Jules
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Jules

And by “lose”, I meant “loose”.

Leslie
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Leslie

Fun interview!!! Thanks Michael!

Seanny
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Seanny

As someone who has always found the chemistry between WilSon lacking, I’d love to see Will recasted with someone who fits better with Freddie Smith. I wish we could get Brant Daugherty (he auditioned for it previously) for the role because Brian and Sonny had smoking hot chemistry as did Chad and Sonny and Will and Chad. I will miss Chandler for his individual talent which sometimes could be amazing and I agree that Chad was severely marginalized (especially in the first half of 2012) which a shame.

judith
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judith

Brant Daugherty is on a prime time show and i am not sure he would be interested by a daytime longterm gig when he can find work on prime time..come on.. If for a long period he doesn’t find work..maybe (just happened to Darin Brooks who after Days moved on prime time..then is now coming back on daytime land as Whyatt on B&B or Blake Berris actually) but otherwise i don’t think so..For most actors daytime is not the goal..those who stay are the minority..i am still amazed than folks like Alison Sweeney did not move to prime time..although she… Read more »

Ann
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Ann

Exactly. I will never understand when I see fans wanting people like Chandler to stay on Days when soaps are NOT what most actors, especially young ones, aspire to in the entertainment business. I can understand wanting your faves to stick around but this is a business and every actor is going to do what is best for his/her career. And most don’t want to be a soap opera actor…that’s just how it is.

gaelyn
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gaelyn

for us fans the reason we watch days is because of Wilson and only Wilson if chandler lives days of our lives they will loose ratings and fans big time do the right thing and stay on days chandler do the right thing chandler you can do both know if you live you be breaking your fans hearts

EJ/JS fan
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EJ/JS fan

Love Jen as Theresa – she’s a breath of fresh air. I’ve always been a fan of Blake, terrific actor. I’ll miss Casey, Days missed the boat by not fully developing his character. I’ve enjoyed Chandler too but I give him two big thumbs up for putting his education first! These actors are a huge part of a group that should be the primary focus of Days. And it is very apparent that Days filming schedule is the culprit of another actor leaving with Eileen Davidson making similar comments. Days needs to rotate their stories so 1 set of actors… Read more »

jenesais
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jenesais

BLAKE BERRIS IS HE BEST ACTOR ON THE SHOW!!!

I HOPE HE IS ON MORE BEFORE LEAVING FOR ANOTHER MOVIE.

Patrick
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Patrick

I SOOOO hope… he’s happy on that set.

IF THE WRITING CONTINUES TO BE AS GOOD AS IT’S BEEN.

we can hope … that the producers’ etc…. give him plenty of outs to exercise his acting muscles… and he always comes home to Salem.

even Chandler Massey stated…. Blake Berris is the most interesting character in Salem.

couldn’t agree more.

Alex Cornett
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Alex Cornett

He really needs to stick to one story because this is driving me crazy and I really hope that he will decide to stay on if not full time but as recurring until he gets done with school and If he does decide to leave I seriously hope that Corday reconsiders about not recasting Will because personally I don’t really pay attention to how characters are being portrayed by the actor. So with that said I am more attached to the character and not the actor but I will miss him and if Corday was planning on recasting Will. I… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

#1. Jenn Lilly is the spitting image… of vixen on top creme de la creme…. Donna Mills.

I love it…. I intimated as much…. when she first started….

she was vamping Daniel…. when he came to Jenn’ office.

she purred hot kitten…. “what can I do for you”

check out that HOT picture of her on TOP.

Patrick
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Patrick

HOT – Blake.
HOT – Jenn.
HOT – Chandler.
HOT – Casey.

where do we go from here….

I love my DAYS.

so interesting

applaud the casting director and production

Patrick
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Patrick

it’s a real treat to enjoy the younger set of talent.

the veteran cast… must relish their – DAYS – find. it’s marvelous to watch their budding character development and the actor’ treat us .. the fans… to pure delight.

OK… I love this cast.

hey, and I mean this about JJ as well.

Patrick
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Patrick

“… Maybe I am shooting two or three scenes a day where I can discover and explore,” you’ve got to give it to Chandler Massey. You prevailed… you deserve the accolades… you emmy winner 4 years worth of material… so many people benefited the experience…. the gay community…. PFLAG….parents and friends of lesbian and Gay. I will always know… DAYS delivered heartfelt material and found an audience. riveting stuff. Thank you. I think DAYS down the road may recast… and i’m more than OK with that…. I like that NBC – Sony – DAYS… went with showcasing…. Justin – Adrienne… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

I don’t know why… it was said… that the show… may not pit… together….

Theresa and Nick.

what a cat dance…. what a show. two actors who act with their minds first… and the physical is cake and frosting…..

tantalizing prospect

DAYS! puhlease don’t go over the top with the ‘special’ Daniel…… and cat on a hot tin roof Jeanne Theresa Donovan…. she’s too legit … to waste, and alter her take… thus far. She’s GOOD.

Patrick
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Patrick

I think it’s OK for Will… to want Sonny to still live his life and enjoy what he can. even tho… I love that Sonny emphatically states and comes across as accepting his life with Will…. baggage and all. If they play it out as Will… hesitating and “unsure” of … it’s part Sammi… and Will’s not insecure… just mindful. He needs to know… certain… that LOVE is him. He and Sonny are LOVE. loving… and embracing their being. you can accept that he wouldn’t necessarily believe this… being Sammi’s offspring. I don’t think it’s in Wills behavior to be… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

Nick…. Blake Berris.

i’ve missed you…. don’t you dare go any where….

I hope this… as your acting is key and element to DAYS being.

his range of emotion is beautiful to watch.

i loved his scene with Maggie… as she stops him at the door…. and she motheringly… wants him to open up about Gabbi and Arianna Grace.

Nick…. “It’s Gone”

he chides her…”it’s none of your business….” that he only had that one session with a “therapist”.

hence… more to come about Nick and Blake.

Johnny
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Johnny

I don’t like gay storylines so I fast forward through them so it wouldnt matter to me if RuPaul was the next actor to play Will. I do wish Chandler and Casey all the best. Casey could have been such a breakout star but sadly it never materialized. Jen is doing awesome as Rowdy Theresa..I can’t wait until the show delves into why she is the way she is. I hope there is no prostitution like momma Kim. And Blake is always amazing. I hope they can get him back to the awkward fun loving geek he first was instead… Read more »

nancy
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nancy

what about a nick and thersea pairing nick aught to give up on gabi and move on with thersea she seems fearless unlike gabi

Eugène FRANK
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Eugène FRANK

Puzzled that you all balk at Will/Chandler’s jealousy: recall Cheddie’s remark that Sammi loves so many men to the exclusion of her own son Will: then again, recall that Chan describes himself as jealous to the core, nothing wrong with that, it makes for absolute possessiveness and devotion, over the top. Despite looks, talent, intelligence and angst-causing humility, Chaeddie is insecure…nothing wrong with that, it makes for a beautiful guy…give him a break and not expect him to be as perfect as he needs to be to be at peace. Admire and appreciate him for the love he shares with… Read more »

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DAYS Head Scribe, Ron Carlivati, Shares On Marlena’s Possession 2.0: “We Decided John Needs To Get On To This Sooner Than He Did In The Original, Because That’s What The Audience Would Expect”

As viewers of NBC’s Days of our Lives are watching the revisiting of the classic possession storyline revisited with its 2021 version 2.0, the stage is being set for plenty of devilish drama, now that good doc, Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) is once again in the grips of evil.

We have already seen her with yellow eyes, conjuring up some demonic plans, and of course, the devil trying to pull the wool over the eyes of Marlena’s husband, John Black (Drake Hogestyn).

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Back in the 1994/95 version of this storyline, Father John emerged and exorcised the demon from Marlena, so he knows a thing or two about being possessed, and the horrors it caused to Marlena, and the town of Salem 25 years ago, and as we have seen John is very, very concerned about all this talk of Marlena being possessed by the devil from the script that Johnny (Carson Boatman)  is set to make into a film on Sami’s life story.

Current Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati, spoke with Soap Opera Digest in their latest issue on newsstands now, about his plans and the creation of the 2021 possession storyline. Ron revealed that John is not going to be in the dark for long, sharing: “John has been through this, so the devil isn’t going to be able to pull the wool over his eyes the way he did the first time.”

Carlivati also added: “Even though all soap opera stories, I would argue, depend on some characters being a little bit dumb, in this case, we decided John needs to get on to this sooner than he did in the original because that’s what they audience would expect.  Look for the story to move along at a pretty good clip. We are not rushing, anything by any means – we are having so much fun with the story, but it was important to us that John not look stupid here so he starts to suspect something is wrong with her pretty soon.”

So, are you glad that John will not be completely dumped? Will Father John return to save the day? Are you enjoying the story thus far? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

Then, check out our recent interview with Ron all about the creation of DAYS limited-series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem still streaming on Peacock.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Marlena Becomes Possessed … Again!

On Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the devil had his way with his favorite person, Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)! In story, leave it to Marlena to save Doug (Bill Hayes) by giving herself up to Satan!

As Doug revealed himself to be Satan while in a therapy session with Marlena in her office, a shook Marlena tries to comprehend what is happening! When the devil says if Marlena won’t accept him in, she will punish Doug, he does just that.

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Poor Doug is left writhing in pain and on the floor, crying out for help! When we come back to the scene Marlena is not exactly right near his body, but sort of overlooking what is happening. Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) rushes into Marlena’s office to find Doug as Marlena stares blankly. Eventually, she calls for help.

After Doug is put in a hospital room and is monitored, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Tripp (Lucas Adams) can’t find anything wrong with him. Meanwhile, Julie finds Marlena at the nurses station and asks what happened with Doug during their therapy session.  Marlena flashes back to what led to Doug writing on the floor, and clearly something is way off with Marlena, because she has now become possessed.

Later, Julie sits by Doug’s hospital bed as he opens his eyes, as he tells his beloved wife, “He left me and went in to her.”  A confused Julie is left to ponder what on earth Doug could be talking about.

When Marlena comes home to John (Drake Hogestyn) – who is already concerned with Johnny (Carson Boatman) being set on making a movie of Sami’s life story which includes points on Marlena’s original possession – she tells him Doug collapsed in her office. When the two hug, Marlena slowly opens her eyes  revealing that they are glowing yellow.  Yup! We are off to the races. Marlena is now once again possessed.

So, what did you think about the scenes between Deidre Hall and Bill Hayes? Are you enjoying the revisiting of the infamous ‘possession’ storyline thus far? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives Kicks-Off Possession Storyline Revisted with ‘Doug’ Twist Cliffhanger, Followed by Fall Preview

Did the ‘Devil’ make them do it? Doug Williams  (Bill Hayes) is Satan? In what can only be described as major surprise twist on NBC’s Days of our Lives, for weeks, fans have thought they were about to embark on another dementia or Alzheimer’s storyline on the soaps with another beloved character.

However, Days head writer, Ron Carlivati ,and his writing team came up with a way to make it seem like this may be Doug’s fate only to use the long-running character as the impetus to bring the classic possession storyline back on the air some 25 years later.

It all goes down after Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) calls Marlena (Deidre Hall) to ask him to see Doug, after his MRI and other tests proved inconclusive for dementia, etc, to see if Dr. Evans can assess him.  The phone call to Marlena happened after John (Drake Hogestyn) was discussing the past, since Johnny (Carson Boatman) is ramping up to a shoot a movie on Sami’s life, that will include the time that Sami walked in on John and Marlena having sex, which caused Sami to act out for years and years.

 

However, and this is key, John tells Marlena that moment in time also left her alone and vulnerable to the darkest time in her life – alluding to when she became possessed by the devil – and Marlena was clearly having difficulty admitting that or going down that road of remembrance, when the phone call from Kayla saved her from digging deeper into the past.  Well now, John and Marlena may never have that conversation as she is primed to once again become possessed.

Meanwhile, Johnny is reading Will’s script for the Sami movie, and is shocked to read in it that Marlena was once possessed by the devil, as John takes out a dusty box with his Father John collar, a bible, and a news clipping of Marlena being possessed.  John is feeling that this movie will bring bad things on to all those he loves, especially Doc, and he looks to be right!

Now at her office with Doug, he admits he knows something is wrong.  He acts out and does strange things and does not know why.  Marlena brings up why Doug locked Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) in a freezer by accident. Doug gets adamant saying: “That was no accident. I locked that bitch in there on purpose.”  Marlena is shocked at his word and tone.  Then as Doug laughs, he says, “I’m not Doug.”  Next thing you know, the lowered voice of Satan comes out of Doug’s mouth and he tells Doc, “It’s been over 25 years Marlena. But did you really think I wouldn’t come back for you?” End of episode.  Great cliffhanger!

Now, check out the fall preview released following the airing of Friday’s episode by NBC below, which teases more demonic moments on Days. Then let us know in the comment section, what you thought of the ‘Doug’ twist as the possession storyline begins?

Plus, make sure to cast your vote in ‘Michael’s Poll’ of the week on the revisiting of this classic tale now in 2021 below the preview.

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