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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 Cady McClain & Rob Scott Wilson Talk Being Recasts, All My Children Reboot, Future of Cin & Jennifer’s Bitch-Slap

Current Days of our Lives and former All My Children reboot stars, Cady McClain (Jennifer, Days, Ex-Dixie, AMC) and Rob Scott Wilson (Ben, Days, Ex-Pete AMC) chat with Michael Fairman in an enlightening and exclusive conversation for the Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube.

McClain, who recently took over the role of Days of our Lives beloved heroine Jennifer Horton from mainstay Melissa Reeves (who chose to stay with her family in Nashville during Covid-19 thus forcing the series to recast the role for now) talks about stepping into the key part of the Salem canvas, plus the recent Jennifer/Kate fight over Jack (Matthew Ashford), and how the legacy series is coping with production during Covid-19.

Cady is no stranger to be a recast.  She was the second actress to play Dixie on ABC’s All My Children, as well as the second actress to play Rosanna on As the World Turns, and she had previously taken over the role of Kelly Andrews on The Young and the Restless.

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Rob, talks about landing the role of Ben and being a recast, and in an emotional moment, reveals how he credits the opportunity to the late producer, Lisa de Cazotte. Wilson also shares his hopes for his Salem alter-ego who is struggling to move on with his life after the supposed death of his wife, Ciara.

The actor also opens up on if DAYS decided to recast the role of Ciara, since Victoria Konefal is not presently with the NBC soap full-time, how he would feel about it and thus the future of Cin.

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Both Cady and Rob first appeared together in Prospect Park’s online revival of All My Children. In this interview, they discuss how they had high hopes for the continuation of the series, how it ultimately fizzled, and what it was like to be a part of the then, groundbreaking first, for a daytime drama series along with One Life to Live.

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In addition, Cady gives the viewer insight on how she runs lines for both DAYS and GH at home with her real-life husband, Jon Lindstrom (Kevin and Ryan, GH), while Rob talks about his recent storyline where Ben was kidnapped and tortured by a vengeful Eve (Kassie DePavia) and much more.

Check out the full chat with Cady and Rob below. Then weigh-in: How would you feel if there was a Ciara recast? What are your hopes for the holidays for Jennifer? What did you think of the stories shared by Cady and Rob in the interview? Comment below, and if you have not done so already make sure to “subscribe” to the Michael Fairman Channel for more celebrity interviews.

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Daytime Emmys To Remain Virtual For Upcoming 2021 Ceremony

With an uncertain situation of when live events can get back to normal, or as they have been in the past prior to the coronavirus pandemic, The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) announced today that it plans on keeping next year’s Daytime Emmys award show virtual, to allow for the 2022 awards cycle to stay on track.

In fact, all of NATAS’s award ceremonies including: the News and Documentary Emmys, Technology & Engineering Emmys and the Sports Emmys will also remain virtual next year.

The Daytime Emmys became the first major award show to air a virtual presentation that others followed back in late June of this year and aired on CBS.

In a statement, NATAS chairman and CEO Adam Sharp expressed on the organization’s decision:“The current timetables articulated by manufacturers project mass availability of vaccinations for the entire U.S. population by mid-summer 2021, potentially permitting a return to more traditional in-person ceremonies later in the fall. However, we have determined that delaying our 2021 events to possibly allow for a compressed calendar of in-person Emmy ceremonies late in the year would result in unacceptable delays to our awards cycle for 2022. Instead, we have decided to remain “virtual” in the format of our ceremonies for 2021 while relying on a substantially pre-COVID awards calendar. In so doing, we believe we will be best-positioned to return to a full, on-time, traditional schedule of in-person ceremonies in 2022.

The dates currently under consideration for the 48th annual Daytime Emmys which would be via two or three nights of presentations are: a combination of dates from Friday, June 25, Saturday, July 17 and/or Sunday, July 18.

For those entering the competition, the entry deadline is February, 17, 2021 with  the nominations not to come till May or June.

So, what do you think about the Daytime Emmys going virtual again for 2021? Comment below.

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Peter Reckell’s Music Video Debuts For His New Christmas Song ‘Under the Mistletoe’

On Friday, beloved Days of our Lives favorite, Peter Reckell’s (Ex-Bo Brady) new music video dropped for his Christmas song “Under the Mistletoe”.

The track is featured on the holiday album JOY and was written by Peter’s wife, singer/songwriter/producer Kelly Moneymaker.

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The album features various artists along with Peter and Kelly from New Zealand, and the music video was shot against the backdrop of the beautiful country.

You can find out more about the album project here  via BlueAeris.com

Reckell previewed the music video and the making of it with Michael Fairman during his recent interview for the Michael Fairman Channel.

Peter is holding a Q&A via Twitter on Saturday US time and Sunday New Zealand and Australian time, where you can ask him your questions!  Information is below.

To stream or download the album, Joy, you can find it on several major music streaming platforms here.

Now below check out Peter’s music video… and his chat with Michael Fairman following it.

Then, let us know what you thought of the music video via the comment section below.

 


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