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Three Villains Return To DAYS As The New Season Kicks-Off After The Summer Olympic Break!

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Friday’s episode of Days of our Lives was its last before the two week break where it is pre-empted for the 2016 Summer Olympics from Rio.

When DAYS returns beginning on Monday August 22nd, NBC is promoting the upcoming storylines into the fall as “The New Season Of DAYS”.  In addition come September, look for the scripts from the new co head-writing regime of Dena Higley and Ryan Quan to begin to air.

In the new DAYS promo released by the network, here’s what to look forward to when your favorites from Salem return on-air! After Tate’s kidnapping, Brady (Eric Martsolf) and Theresa (Jen Lilley) are reunited with their son, but then all eyes are on Victor (John Aniston) as the culprit!  Deimos (Vincent Irizarry) and Nicole (Arianne Zucker) are taking their relationship to the next level, but Chloe (Nadia Bjorlin) reveals she is pregnant with Deimos baby, and Phillip (John-Paul Lavoisier) says he will stand up and say he is the baby daddy!

Elsewhere, Chad (Billy Flynn) believes his wife Abigail has perished.  Grief-stricken, how will he move on without her in his  life? And how will Abigail’s death set back her mother Jennifer (Melissa Reeves), who has struggled with addiction to painkillers?  Then, there is a devastating injury to Kayla (Mary Beth Evans)!  Will this finally bring the Johnson family back together as a united front?

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And, now that Aiden (Daniel Cosgrove) is the new DA of Salem, will he throw his once beloved Hope (Kristian Alfonso) under the bus for the murder of Stefano DiMera (Joseph Mascolo)?  Finally the big event, as three DAYS villains break out of prison to exact revenge on those who put them behind bars.  Look for the return of Clyde (James Read), Orpheus (George DelHoyo), and Xander (Paul Telfer).  Will they ruin the wedding day of Brady and Theresa? There is a Kassie DePaiva (Eve) sighting at the nuptials as well!

Watch the preview for the new season of DAYS after the jump.  Let us know what has you most excited or intrigued when the show returns from its Summer Olympic break in the comment section below!

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Phil
Phil

This actually looks good… still wish they would bring Kassie DePaiva’s Eve back FT!

Celia
Celia

Unfortunately, Phil, these super ‘gods’ never listen to us fans. Loooove Kassie.

xmascarol
xmascarol

Me to they never should have let her go.I would love to see her stir up some trouble for Miss Perfect Jennifer.

Ric
Ric

Miss Kassie! They need her and Eileen full time.

louisa
louisa

Looks fantastic!!

Katkat
Katkat

Who is Orpheus?

Joel
Joel

He’s a man who caused trouble for Marlena in 1987 and contributed to her kidnapping where she was presumed dead until 1991.

Mandy
Mandy

Sigh. If I wasn’t worried about the future of Days before, I certainly am now.

I’m stunned they did not have any major cilffhangers heading into the break. Everyone knows they’ve already recast Abby, so her presumed death doesn’t mean anything. Aiden as DA? Yawn.

The biggest mistake Days has made in the past year is being too dark. What I get from this preview is more darkness — three villains on the loose, Kayla near death, etc. Haven’t the plummeting ratings and fan dismay shown them anything?

I’ll probably keep watching, but this just does not feel like DAYS anymore to me.

GramS
GramS

I couldn’t agree more with everything you said. I know some viewers have increased hope with Dena Higley back at the writing helm but I do not have a short memory. She was fired a mere 5 years ago and there was a huge sigh of relief from fans of the show when that happened. I wonder what has occurred since then that would tell TPTB she can now do the job. I wait with anticipation but I don’t expect a major change for us who have been painfully faithful this past year.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

That’s not a vibrator, Kate. It’s a gun and Clyde may shoot and score!

Mackenzie Grey
Mackenzie Grey

OK, I was hoping for a change in direction away from “the darkness”. I was thinking that the break would “reboot” the show to watchable again. It seemed like there was going to be a change after the break, not just more of the same. Guess I won’t ever watch again now that I see that they have no intention of changing direction. Doesn’t matter what fans want. It’s business as usual for Ken, Dena and the others at Days! Days is so done and the idiots running the show don’t seem to care. Bye bye Days!!!

Pat
Pat

Very sad to say, but stick a fork in this show. It’s undoubtedly done. Ken Corday and his staff have shown time and time again just how out of touch they truly are with what fans want to see. They don’t care one iota about the fans.

These soaps desperately need some new, young, up-and-coming, diverse writing talent behind the scenes and to stop living in the ’80s, or else they’ll continue to bleed young female viewers in the target demo, hastening their demise.

Amanda
Amanda

Totally agree. As a 40-year old woman in the “coveted target demographic”, I can tell you why I no longer watch daytime soaps: They are full of outdated, misogynistic storylines that are highly insulting to women and have zero relevance to the lived experiences of anyone I know. All of my peers as well as the students I teach (11th and 12th grade) watch shows like Empire, Grey’s Anatomy, etc. and many of my students are watching shows like Gilmore Girls that they were too young for the first time around. These are shows with strong female characters that actually have jobs, friends, and lives. And they actually have a diverse, young group of people behind the scenes with fresh ideas and diversity in front of the camera too.

Daytime soaps are stuck in the ’80s, except they’ve jettisoned the strong female characters that the shows had back then. I don’t think it’s a mystery why female teens and younger women are increasingly not watching these shows anymore if they’re in front of a television during the day.

John Gordon
John Gordon

I’m a slightly older male viewer, but I agree with you to a certain extent. These tired old storylines of “she’s pregnant but the father doesn’t know he is the biological parent of the baby” bit has been played to death, as well as the “he has an evil identical twin” bit has been depicted just one too many times. In that respect, yes, soaps have seen their day. In fairness, the show does portray woman as having important careers (Kayla is chief of staff at the hospital, Marlena is supposedly a licensed Psychiatrist, Hope is a lead Detective) but their jobs always take a secondary position to their man’s needs, ultimately – but of course, it’s a “soap” not real life – I have only been watching Days of Our Lives for about 3 years and lately, meh, I yawn my way through it, they DO need to modernize and brother, they REALLY need some better writers on staff.

Lew S.
Lew S.

Totally agree!!

blake
blake

yeah last year I was excited about Days’ future and wanted it to keep going, but now I don’t really care. it’s too dark and depressing.

Mateo
Mateo

Desperate much? DAYS is notorious for going on overkill when they want to bring in viewers and then they tell the story and it’s like a quickie in the backseat, over too soon and nothing left to give. DAYS needs to get new writers and stop telling boring stories. I’ll volunteer to write for DAYS.

Patrick
Patrick

it’ll be nice to see “Xander” that’s another quality actor who was let go way too soon

bring him back Ken Corday Productions

alex burt
alex burt

loveing clyde back in salem great action coming up loveing Days clyde could ve hide serena anythings possblie

denisefan
denisefan

Paul Telfer should be on contract. As Xander, he should recover his uncle’s fortune and return it in order to redeem himself with the family. I would much rather have Xander as a new male heavy than Deimos.

Patrick
Patrick

is so agree… there’s a mystique about Xander… and as a heavy … goodlooking to boot.. and CAN act that’s a powerful must have

Deimos being the bad apple… bad seed… dark sheep of the family… ok we get it
along with bedding all the women… Nicole, Chloe, and Kate… OK we get it

muddled, where do we go from here ? Vincent Irizarry was so needed as the resident new doctor and there could have been oodles and oodles of story at the hospital especially with Dr. Kayla

he may be tired of playing to type… but his hospital staff resident has always been much more sexy when he’s in charge

davlestev1
davlestev1

One more knock to the head and Kayla should be done for…good grief..head all bandaged and whatnot..

mike
mike

The return of Paul Telfer is a positive but they are not smart enough to keep him. I Thought for sure we would see Chandler Massey in the last seconds, he was the only one who could save the show.

mark
mark

I dearly would like to see Chandler Massey back on the show. Sonny and Will need to have a re-marriage ceremony, only this time done correctly, with Chandler playing Will.

My big fear with a potential Chandler return, however, would be the near certainty of a repeat of the last six-months or so of his previous tenure, when the show wasted his great talent and our valuable time on pitiful drivel, while deliberately overlooking an embarrassment of potential storyline riches.

Belle
Belle

I hate Clyde; maybe it will be revealed that he had E.J. killed or killed him. I like the idea that Aiden is the D.A . ; he ,Andre , and Deimos make the show more interesting. Plus, Chad is being played too weak; know that he was the mild side of Stefano ; however, he needs to let the Di Mira side become more powerful. There isn’t anyway Stefano would allow Jennifer to breathe the idea about taking that baby. Also, Rafe, Hope, and Roman need to be brought to justice for Stefano’s death. I dislike cops who want justice for everyone but their friends and family.

Mary
Mary

Considering the Hell that Stefano put Hope , Roman and the Brady family through for years he got exactly what he deserved. I call it justifiable homicide.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Okay, depending how they write this I find the idea of three convicts in separate institutions escaping and coming back to the town for revenge a bit far fetched.

And I don’t like the use of the words “new season” Soaps by their nature are continuing stories therefore do not have seasons like primetime. Stealing the term in attempt to promote Days is trying to give it a prime time edge that it does not have. But the truth is this might be too little too late–

Right now I not watching Days due to a family medical issue— but even before that I was barely watching and now without a strong cliff hanger like the explosion four years— I doubt many will be waiting for the Olympics to be over— so this new and improved hype about Days is just that hype– I don’t think it will improve much at all.

Celia
Celia

Always the lady with wisdom and clarity, Mary SF. Agree with your every word.

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

This really does look so good and i can’t wait for the action to begin. I have been so upset with Orpheus since he put Marlena in that plane that had us believing that she had been killed. And with Clyde and Xander back to cause even more trouble will have me tuned in every day!!!

Zwalderon
Zwalderon

Some of you say Days has been too dark.
Do you want everyone to live in a perpetually sweet LaLa Land?
If you don’t have conflict you don’t have a story.
Having said that, I could stand to see more good news and light-heartedness.

Donna
Donna

I would like to see them bring back Mimi Lockhart and her brother…Phillips child they gave away… Pocket and Roman and Kate’s twin children..

Nadia785
Nadia785

If they bring back Mimi, the actress that plays her mother Bonnie, plays Adrienne now, so it might be weird. But I agree. They already have Phillip, Chloe, Belle & Shawn, they need Mimi & maybe even Rex to have a “reunion”.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

I was glad Hope and Rafe finally did the deed on Friday. I like both characters and they both need some happiness. Billy Flynn, Melissa Reeves and Casey Moss gave fine performances upon getting the news of Abigail’s “demise.”

I’m trying to hold on for Kassie DePaiva’s return. The current stories are making that very difficult. Knowing that her return is temporary doesn’t entice me to stick around after she’s finished. I wish TPTB would develop the relationship between Eve and Justin. Otherwise, the only hope I see for the show is if they come up with something interesting for Sonny. As it stands now, when Kassie leaves again, I’m going with her.

John Gordon
John Gordon

Yeah, I agree with Llanviewer – I don’t even mind that the show isn’t on due to the Olympics ~ I’m not sure exactly WHY the show isn’t working for me, but without Will and Sonny, and Eve’s departure – I don’t know, I just don’t care that Nicole is getting involved with Deimos, I don’t seem to care about Belle and Phillip, I just don’t connect with these characters….or is it just very poor writing that is putting me to sleep (?) – JJ is now a Police officer (overnight) but while he had tremendous chemistry with the Paige, I don’t feel it at all with Gabbi –
the show just seems very one dimensional and flat – the scripts seem to be lackluster –
aside from that I love it LoL

Lisa G
Lisa G

Yikes !! Too much going on all at once ….. Crazy

Lisa G
Lisa G

Too much !!

Rodd
Rodd

How “new” beginnings does this show get? There are obvious problems, every show has them, but this constant re-booting just is sooo getting old. I hope we don’t hear from Ken Corday about how this “new” beginning is taking Days back to where it used to be. he’s said that so many times and it just keeps getting darker and darker. I wish the show well, but am worried for it’s future.

Judy whitaker
Judy whitaker

Please get the stupid Hernandez family off Days, Rafe and Gabi are the only good ones, I don’t mind the bay story lines but do we have to watch 2 men making out, so disgusting . I been watching Days since the beginning and ya are losing me as a fan.

blake
blake

I’m glad Xander is back, but it’s still not enough to entice me to come back to Days. Dark and twisted stories.

Steve
Steve

DAMMMMMN. OOPS SORRY. IT JUST LOOKS GREAT..
I CAN’T WAIT. DOES LOOK GOOD. I CAN’T BELIEVE THE VALLIANT FROM BACK WHEN I graduated high school. They really went back in the vault. This can’t be good.

Rj
Rj

Don’t like the dark, evil, revenge driven storylines. As someone else said, young women love shows like Grey’s Anatomy because there are strong women and the focus is on relationships. The Deimos/Nicole romance could be good, I don’t mind the Hope and Rafe romance, and Aiden as the DA could be interesting. Just would like the show to move away from the darkness. I seem to only watch for 5 minutes and have had enough. Would love to want to watch a full show again.

Mary
Mary

I love the dark evil revenge driven storylines. They spice up DOOL on a continual basis. The last thing DOOL needs to do is bore new viewers.

Stephen
Stephen

I have been watching days ever since All My Children went off the air. Yes, I am hooked on Days. I realize every episode can’t be a nail biter show, however, there are episodes that are really boring and nothing happens? Then, I don’t watch the show for a few days hoping something exciting will be happening when I tune in again.
To all who are reading this, the show is a way to escape and get involved with the lives of the show. Kudos to the writers who keep this going everyday. Wow! That’s a job I could not do. Yes, I’ll keep watching the show. Thank you cast and writers.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Since when is “a kidnapped child being returned to his parents” dark storytelling?

Mo
Mo

The preview looks good. I don’t know who Orpheus is so I hope they’ll refresh our memories.

stevie g
stevie g

I’m glad characters like Clyde and Xander are coming back mainly because I liked the writing on the show when they were introduced. I have hated the writing on the show for all of this year. With Xander he was on way too short the first time, and its very realistic that he would want revenge on Theresa. He didn’t get caught for nearly killing Nicole and Eric, but Theresa fixed him up with a false rape claim. Clyde would also have unfinished business. But Orpheus? It’s good to see they’re using the same actor, but not sure why he should want revenge on Marlena and John after all these years. He couldn’t be in jail because of them all this time right? I hope its the new writers that are handling these returns.

Lauren Esposito
Lauren Esposito

I am beyond thrilled to hear that Kassie DePaiva is returning to DAYS. I’ve been following her career since her first scenes on OLTL and know what an amazing, versatile actress she is. She’s been cast in a variety of storylines, from funny to serious and anything else you can possibly imagine. She is clearly THE BEST!

Frances Wright
Frances Wright

The preview looks fantastic! I can’t wait to see Kassie DePaiva back on #Days. The show has been really good & I’ve been enjoying it even more since Vincent Irizarry & Jordi Vilasuso joined the cast. I’d really like to see Kassie have some interaction w/ them…..#Days should put her on contract & keep #Eve in Salem!

xmascarol
xmascarol

I still would love to see Vivian come back she had a way to make you laugh.Am I right but didn’t she and Victor not get along?? Still loved her.How about Eugene too?? Well they need to do something to liven up the story.

Katzie
Katzie

Lately, watching DOOL has been too much like work, so I what I have been doing is just deleting entire weeks lately. That’s the probably the death knell of me wathing this show
Too bad but the writing is terrible and the show is just plain B-O-R-I-N-G.

JT
JT

Interesting how Corday uses Stephen Nichols for publicity but his writers REFUSE to write for his character of Steve (PATCH). Having Steve lose his identity to become virtually nothing just a day player to Kayla once in a while tells me that Days is no more! Bringing viewers back on a false promise is basically defrauding all. I feel cheated and disgusted. The new writers have shown a total disrespect. They only prop their pets now and unfortunately they are just simple stereotypes. Nothing to brag about, nothing to care about!

Dee
Dee

I’m not a Cassie fan, but at least please don’t revive that horrid moaning Eve theme music. Ick!

penny
penny

Nothing screams at me to continue to watch. I’ll keep checking back to see if the casting has gotten better for the rest of america.

Days Of Our Lives

Wally Kurth Talks on His Daytime Emmy Nomination For DAYS As Justin’s World Is Turned Upside Down

You kind of know when you are handed the ball in the world of daytime drama, and it’s your turn to shine, especially when you get meaty material that runs the gamut of emotions. And this past Emmy season, Days of our Lives’ Wally Kurth delivered the performances of his soap career (although we suspect there is some more to come in 2020!) in the role of the grieving Justin Kiriakis.

For Wally not only played grief, but starting life anew in a romantic entanglement that can be all too familiar when someone tries to move on after the loss of the love of their life. Add to that, the complication that his son’s husband, was believed to be the person who caused the accident that killed his wife, Adrienne (Judi Evans), and with that the deck is stacked for an emotional fallout that landed Kurth in the running for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series at this year’s 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards to air on CBS on Friday night, June 26th, albeit in a virtual presentation.

While Wally is getting many accolades for his work on DAYS, let’s not forget the double duty he pulls on General Hospital, where this week his Ned Ashton. This week Ned is front and center during the encore presentations of the GH’ Nurses’ Ball episodes, which feature Wally singing his heart out in numerous memorable performances through the years.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Kurth to get his thoughts and insight into his well-deserved acting nomination for DAYS, plus to find out his favorite GH Nurses’ Ball performances, and much more. Here now is what Wally had to say about it all.

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I am so thrilled about this nomination because you know, I willed this to happen.  I was like, “It’s got to happen!” (Laughs)

WALLY:  You actually were saying that, and you have been very supportive and positive.  I appreciate it.

What did you end up submitting? I believe I gave you “Power Performance of the Week” honors on my site for some of them, too.

WALLY:  I do try to put together a little story in my submissions for Emmys.  I think that’s kind of important because if you’re asking someone to watch 8 or 9 minutes of just you… I didn’t want to just (not that I had this material) but bludgeon them with one sad, sobbing scene after another.  I wanted to give them a whole range of Justin and a little story.  So, I did start off where Justin was asking Adrienne to marry him, and Justin is very happy, and it’s all good, and he gets down on his knee, and you see her, and it’s like, “This is something really good,” and I also wanted to include a scene with Judi Evans in my reel.  Then, I cut to where it’s a year later, and Justin is with Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) in their apartment. They are already living together, and they are discussing the anniversary of their marriages, and about the sadness of Adrienne, and she’s talking about Steve (Stephen Nichols), and then she brings up having to tell me that Adrienne died.  So, that was obviously in a flashback that happened six months earlier; where Justin is obviously very upset, and scared, and doesn’t want to hear it, and breaks down, and Kayla comforts him. Then, I did the continuation where Justin tells Kayla how much she has meant to him, and how he felt like he wasn’t going to survive, and how she came to his aid in a way to make him feel like he really has something to live for.   Then, at the very end, I did two scenes with Will (Chandler Massey) in the jail which is where Justin confronts Will, who obviously Justin thought was responsible for killing Adrienne.  It was a really lovely, really well-written scene where Justin tells him, “You’re a son to me, and you can be disappointed with a son, and you can be hurt by a son, but you never stop loving him.” I think it showed a nice range of the anger, the hurt, the happiness (because Justin tells him about Kayla), so you get an idea of what happened to Justin last year.  I thought it was a good collection of scenes that told a little story, and you could see the range of what Justin went though.  Evidently, it worked on some level because I got nominated.

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In the scene with Will, doesn’t Justin also tell him, “Don’t give up on life?” in a very hankie-inducing moment?

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WALLY:  Yes.  “Don’t give up.  Don’t give up on life,” which is really positive… even though he started the scene like, “I don’t even want to talk to this guy.”  Justin is there talking to Ben (Rob Scott Wilson), and Will kind of surprises him. So for Justin it;’ like, “Now I guess I’ve got to talk to Will about this,” and so he is still angry, he is still hurt, and you’re right, at the end, the scene has sort of transformed him in a way.  So, all of that stuff was just really nice, really nice scenes to get to play and very emotional.

I’ve watched most everything on the soaps from the performances to the storylines, and that one scene with the two of you was one of the best scenes I have seen in long time.  It was just so good from the writing to the execution of it. 

WALLY:  Oh yeah, I can’t even imagine a scene that was as good. Thank God that scene aired in December.  My story really didn’t get started until October/November, and all of those scenes that I included were from October, November, and December.

So, what did you think then when you found out that Chandler, along with you, and Paul Telfer (Xander) are all in the Supporting Actor category together?

WALLY:  I love it.  How great is that?  I love both of those guys.  I mean, I am such a fan of both of them.  Chandler kind of gets nominated every year, so I wasn’t surprised there.

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Well, he had one year, as he pointed out to me (laughs), that he didn’t get a nomination. But, Chandler has been pretty much a perennial nominee every time he submits!

WALLY:  Yeah, Chandler just delivers.  He is a really an outstanding actor Paul, I think is great.  I love the character.  I was kind of surprised and happy for him because sometimes his character gets overlooked; just like the bad guy with the smarmy smirk and the great English accent.  So, there you go.  It’s terrific.  I think people saw more to his performance, and they should.  He works on a lot of different levels, and Paul brings a lot to the game.

And obviously, you know James Patrick Stuart (Valentin, General Hospital), since you work on that show too, and he is also nominated in your category. 

WALLY:  Yeah, and I have been a big fan of his too.  So, I was really delighted.  I called him up and left a message.  I love James.  We did a thing last year together where we went back east and played some music in some clubs,   I always think that James should be nominated.  He does such an exceptional job at bringing that character to life.  That’s not an easy thing to do either.  It’s kind of like a Xander character, and so, it is nice to see my fellow actors see the complexity in their performances and appreciate it.

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Last week’s DAYS airshows contained scenes where Justin confronts Orpheus (George Delhoyo), over killing Adrienne, and Justin also goes to visit Adrienne’s grave.  I think you have another run of shows next year to submit for the Emmys (Laughs)

WALLY:  I do like to include the big four emotions that an actor has to play:  happy, sad, angry, and fear.  That is a scene where you get to see Justin really angry.  So, I will probably look to that as you get to see the anger part of the character, which I think is important.  You don’t get to see Justin very angry and lose it like that.

No, and that’s what was so great about it.  George was a great scene partner, though.

WALLY:  Oh, he was great.  George and I had a great time.  It was really awesome.  I mean, it was a challenge because it was very tricky, especially when Steve (Stephen Nichols) and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) came in because you know; there is a part of the character that is just like, “Please, just let me shoot.  Just let me fire a bullet and just put it over his head or something, or maybe his hands are shaking so much that he misses the target!”  I don’t know, but you do just want to let him shoot, just one bullet.  (Laughs) Another moment that I really, really loved – and I’ll probably include it next year in my submission -was that scene with Suzanne Rogers (Maggie) at the hospital.  They gave me a beautiful speech to tell her that she should be her judge and jury and sentence herself to death, a beautiful speech about how she reminded me of Adrienne.  It brought out a different side of Justin that you don’t usually see.

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When I spoke to Chandler about this nomination he related to me, “I am so happy for Wally because I feel like he is often underrated.” You have always been the guy on soaps who is always delivering consistent work, but now you’ve been given a story.  So now everyone can see what you can do or are reminded of it.  It’s hard without a story on the soaps; especially playing the Emmy game.

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WALLY:  It’s true.  What did Maurice Benard (Sonny, General Hospital) say?  “If it ain’t on the page, it ain’t on the stage.”  It’s really true.  Let’s face it, you can only do so much, and that’s why I don’t get too competitive.  If I lose, that’s totally fine.  I feel like I’ve already won.  Being recognized by my peers, that’s it.  Being nominated is awesome, and honestly, after this, so much of it is the material and what the actors got to do.  It’s sort of out of your control, you know.   I am happy for all of my fellow nominees.  It’s all good at this point.  I’m really, really happy.

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You’ve been nominated once before, right?

WALLY:  Yes. I’ve been nominated once before, two years ago on General Hospital.  It was the year that Jane Elliot (Tracy) left.  In story, Tracy leaves, so there was all of that emotional stuff to play.  That was the year I also submitted myself for Days of Our Lives too, and I was really proud of that work.  That year saw Adrienne having to choose between Justin and Lucas (Bryan Dattilo), and she chose Lucas.  There were just some really nice scenes there that they wrote for Justin and Adrienne, and she was dealing with cancer.  Anyway, I got nominated for General Hospital, and I learned from that year that I am never going to nominate myself in the same category for both shows.  That’s just stupid.

Well, you’re everywhere.  You’re on the Nurses’ Ball encore episodes right now on GH,  

WALLY:  Oh, isn’t that funny?  All of these Nurses’ Balls, it’s hilarious.

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Are you watching them?

WALLY:  Yes!  I watched parts of them the other night, especially my performances. It looked good; actually, they were really good.  I’m always kind of surprised like, “Wow! The dances … the singing … the production!”  I always feel like there should be more people at the Nurses’ Ball.  Shouldn’t there be more people in the seats? (Laughs)  But other than that, good stuff, good story.  It was fun to see the beginning of Ned and Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) as well, you know that first year where she and Sonny were just breaking up on the red carpet at the ball, and the next year, Ned and Olivia are already together.  This week they aired where I sing with sweet little Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma), the Elton John and Kiki Dee duet, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.”

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Do you have one favorite Nurses’ Ball number you performed of all-time?

WALLY:  You know, someone has been posting old Nurses’ Balls from the 90s, and I forgot that I sang “Forever Young” with Amber Tamblyn (Ex-Emily), and that was so sweet.  I also loved singing “Somewhere over the Rainbow,” in the very first one or the second year, we did it. Some of my other favorites include: “I Feel Good,” with the Quartermaine boys, and Robert Palmer’s “Simply Irresistible” – that was fun because I got to put my own vocal stamp on it, and I remember performing George Michael’s “Faith.  It was fun singing that with Lisa.

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So, we know that this year will be a virtual Daytime Emmy ceremony, and we don’t know what that will look like yet.  So, how would you dress for it, if they had a shot of you from home during the broadcast on CBS?

WALLY:  I definitely am going to wear a suit and a tie.  I think that’s important to try to give the Emmys the dignity that it deserves.

So, thrilled that Wally received a Daytime Emmy nod for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series? What were your favorite moments of his last year? Are you enjoying seeing his performances on the encore GH Nurses’ Ball episodes? Comment below.

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DAYS Susan Seaforth Hayes Talks On Her Daytime Emmy Nomination For Julie and Doug’s Emotional Storyline

When you think Days of our Lives, what would it be without the legendary Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie) and her real-life and on-screen husband, Bill Hayes (Doug Williams)?

This past Emmy season, the beloved duo got a chance to shine, when they were put through a ‘heartbreaking’ predicament – Julie’s heart gives out, she is in need of a transplant, and things take a turn for the worse.

What would life be like for Doug without his Julie? How would she say goodbye to him? Fans clearly felt the sentiments overflowing from this real-life duo capturing the essence of their characters in such a raw and realistic way. So much so, that Susan landed a Daytime Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Supporting Actress category for her work.

Already a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient along with her husband, Bill back in 2018, will Susan finally get an award for her acting for her decades of beautiful work on the long-running NBC soap opera? Fans will need to tune-in to CBS on Friday, June 26th to find out with the virtual presentation of the 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards.  But for now, here is our conversation with Susan.

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Congratulations on your Supporting Actress nomination.  You have been racking up a lot of these recently, having been nominated in the same category two years ago, and also receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award along with your husband, Bill Hayes at the 45th annual Daytime Emmys in 2018.

SUSAN:  It’s really nice to be nominated, because I’ve had a few gap years.  I’ve had, what? 25 gap years between the recent nominations.

What scenes did you ultimately chose that landed you the nomination?

SUSAN:  I submitted when Julie dies.  I submitted the farewell montage scenes with Bill Hayes, and they were very moving to us… and we’ll see.  I did not submit anything snappy, or bitchy, or hysterical.  I’ve lost against hysterical every time.  Comedy has never worked.  So, I am going to try the heart and soul of soup opera: not bitchiness, but loss.

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Can I ask how you got through those scenes with Bill, because it was so touching?  I don’t know how you did it.

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SUSAN:  It was very difficult.  I mean, these are the things that make us so connected to the characters and the show.  This is a place where we can show the public what love means to us, which is everything.

They were beautiful scenes.  Do you remember when you did them, if you felt good about them at the time?

SUSAN:  No… no.  I didn’t know.  Everyone on the set seemed happy.  We are blessed to have feedback from out producers now, and they didn’t say, “I think you can do it better,” and, “Another take,” not that we would have anyway, because there is never time to do another take.

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How did you find out that you were nominated? 

SUSAN:  One of the producers, Randy Dugan called me, or I wouldn’t have found out for a couple of days,

What are your thoughts on this being a virtual Daytime Emmys ceremony because of COVID-19?  We don’t know anything about will play out yet or what that will look like, but it is back on network TV.

SUSAN:  It’s going to be a wonderful surprise.

So, if they have the shot of the nominees, do you think you’d be dressed in comfortable clothes or more formal?

SUSAN:  Well, I’d certainly wear my best earrings if I were at home, yeah.  If my grandson can arrange us to get on the internet (we have a grandson living on our property, and he’s our live-in techy), we will get dressed up, and sit there, if that’s the way to do it.

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DAYS did very well receiving 22 overall nominations and a lot of your co-stars got nomination as well.

SUSAN:  Yes, an excellent year for nominations for our show.

How many times have you been nominated now? 

SUSAN:  This makes six.

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Would it mean a lot to you to get the award?

SUSAN:  The Lifetime Achievement meant a lot.  It wouldn’t be bad to win this year.  I’ll say that.  It would be sweet for the show, since I am now the oldest living cast member of the original family – the original, original.  I’m not the original Julie, but close enough.  So, I think that would be some validation for the longevity of this original storytelling.  People look at the show and say, “Are you part of the DiMera family or the Brady family?”  I say, “I’m part of the Horton family!”

What did your husband Bill say when he found out you were nominated?

SUSAN:  (Yells) Billy, what did you say when you found out I was nominated?

BILL:  Yay!!!

SUSAN:  That’s about right. (Laughs)

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What a guy!

SUSAN:  I know!  What a guy, what a guy, what a guy!

I was really happy to see your name among the other well-deserving nominees.

SUSAN:  I know you are because I know you care.  Who knows what will happen? It isn’t going to ruin our lives you know, one way or another.  But it was very nice to receive this acknowledgment from my peers.

So, are you glad Susan received a nomination for her work in her emotional storyline? Do you think she should finally receive the Emmy for her performances? Comment below.

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Hollywood Studios, Producers & Guilds Send Plan To Gov. Newsom and Gov. Cuomo For COVID-19 Production Restart Guidelines

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

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

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

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

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

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