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TONIGHT: Kate Mansi Stars In LMN's Unwanted Guest!

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If you want your fix of cray-cray as only former Days of our Lives star Kate Mansi (Ex-Abigail) can bring to the table, then you don’t want to miss tonight’s LMN premiere of Unwanted Guest! The made-for-TV movie airs Saturday at 8EST/7CST.

In it, Mansi stars along with former GH and OLTL favorite Ted King (Ex-Alcazar, GH) and Beth Littleford.

As to the story, when Amy (Mansi) has nowhere to go for winter break, her friend Christine insists she come stay with her family. What begins as a dream situation turns into a nightmare when Amy starts to obsess and wreak havoc on her welcoming hosts!

During On-Air On-Soaps “Farewell Days of our Lives” interview with Kate, she mentioned she has been playing some form of crazy in some projects, even after Abigail had gone down a dark ans twisted road during her last months in Salem.  Kate related about her work post-DAYS: “I did two indie films; one is called Unwanted Guest, and one called The Boyfriend Killer. I am leads in both films, and I play a crazy killer in both. When I left DAYS I was thinking, ‘Oh, I’m going to go do something light. I’m going to take some improv classes.’ Then I went into Fatal Attraction 2 and 3! (Laughs) I have been enjoying auditioning, and getting the opportunity to play other roles, but of course, you miss the security of playing a character you know so well, and know even better than yourself while having a place to show up where you feel respected, and you don’t have to prove yourself. So that part is different. I like to be working, and that is the thing I am learning. Patrick Muldoon (Ex-Austin, DAYS) jokes with me so often: ‘Oh, it’s not like you are going to be type cast, right?’ (Laughs) It’s his favorite joke. He thinks it’s his claim to fame. Patrick will say, “The Austin/Abby story is when you learned to play crazy. So I really take credit for that!” (Laughs) Patrick is in the The Boyfriend Killer, and he was cast first. By the way, not to say that he is not type cast, he is playing a recovering alcoholic father that is the cool dad, and womanizer. So, I will have to throw that back at him! (Laughs)”

Watch a preview from tonight’s premiere featuring Kate in Unwanted Guest below! Then let us know if you will be checking her out in the movie, and if you are missing her on DAYS?  Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Dont get the channel-looks interesting…what i miss on Days is great storytelling…its ok to watch once in awhile but im not a daily watcher anymore but i do hope it turns around and stays on the air!!!

Sandy
Sandy

Yes I watched Unwanted Guest starring Kate Mansi. She did pretty well but it just made me miss her more in Dool. Wish she would return to Chad.

Celia
Celia

I agree, Sandy. Kate really outdid herself as Abbi. She was so perfect in the role, She made the scenes come to life.
And, Billy Flynn is a master at his craft; for one so young. He has been extraordinarily en pointe since day one. This is ONE EMMY WINNER!!!!!! So deserving.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Ahhhhhh…Michael Fairman…I would never have tuned in to the movie for Kate Mansi since I didn’t watch the soap when she was on and I didn’t read this article for the same reason. So imagine my surprise when I I stumbled upon the movie by accident while flipping channels and was surprised to see Ted King…so happy to…haven’t seen him since OLTL. Always loved this actor! I guess I’m surprised that you didn’t mention him along with Kate Mansi in your heading. Sigh…I forgive you… 🙂

dmr
dmr

I recognized the lead male and couldn’t place him. Ted King! I really liked the movie. I only tuned in for Kate Mansi. I thought she did a great job and I liked the movie. It wasn’t the usually campiness or terrible acting that LMN usually produces.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Hi dmr…well, we agree on Ted King, lol. I loved him as Alcazar on GH and Tea”s husband on OLTL. We disagree on the movie though…yes, the acting was fine. Didn’t have a problem with that. But it was the predictable crazy love-starved sexy chick kill everyone in her way to get to her latest object of affection…formula. And the stupidity (no offense) but the daughter is lying in the bed sicker and sicker and neither her mother nor step-father call the doctor, King’s wife falls and breaks her leg, is in the hospital, yet he’s convinced not to come home,. He SEES the powder in his wife’s coffee and ignores it, she begs him to get rid of psycho chick, tells him her suspicions, but he’s too dumb to see it and doesn’t kick psycho out. His wife is half-hanging out of bed when he finds her, he casually props her back up in bed and goes to work (and STILL doesn’t check on his step daughter) and then the mom flys into the room to save her daughter with nary a limp. It was Sooooooooooo bad. Oh. And I guess we’re to assumre King finds out off camera that his employee was killed by psycho chick.

Other than that, it was pretty good! Hahaha…yikes!

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Ted King…why oh why, lol, would you “star” in this? Did you read the script before you agreed??? It was so beyond bad, so dumb, so frustrating to watch…just stayed with it for King ( whose role was beyond idiotic).

This is obviously an emergency! Ted needs to check in to GH asap. Please???

dmr
dmr

HAHAHA, after reading your responses, I suppose you may be right! All very good and valid points! For some reason, unlike the other LMN movies, this one kept my interest. Maybe it was Kate Mansi. But, yes, the plot was well, lackluster..

xmascarol
xmascarol

I did see the previews for it so I already knew that was her.Lifetime has a lot of movies with Days stars in them ,for instance I saw Nicole in one, Ben and what is her name Nicole’f friend there ,she was in a movie get this with the guy who played Ben,It was called I know where Lizzie is.No it is not about Lizzie Borden although I wish it was …lol. Even at Christmas I believe Daniel was in a movie called Christmas and Handcuffs that was a really good movie. I wonder if some of these actors actually have a contract with the Litetime network.I love lifetime movies anyway and this one with Kate looks to be good sorry I missed it but I know it will be on again …I hope she comes back to Days to,but didn’t they already find a actress to replace her.Days needs to get its act in gear ,it has been way to slow and boring ugh I say bring back Eve,the stories are way to boring as of late. I can’t even sit through an entire episode lately nothing is happening,Days please get new writers,make this show good again

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Chad and Abby Share An Emotional Goodbye And Leave Salem Hitched

On Thursday’s episode of NBC’s Days of our Lives, tears were shed not only by the characters on the screen, but by the audience at home … plenty of them if you have been checking out social media since this installment aired.  For in it, viewers had to say goodbye to Chad (Billy Flynn) and Abby (Kate Mansi) as they left Salem to start their new life with their children in Paris.

However, before they make their exit, Chabby fans finally get to see their favorite duo tie the knot in a heartfelt and touching ceremony right in the Horton family living room.  While it was spur of the moment, it could not have been more poignant.  Leave it to Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) to officially preside over the nuptials, JJ (Casey Moss) to play his guitar while his sister walked down the living room aisle to her man, and even Jack (Matt Ashford) showed up to do the right thing to be there for his daughter.

What would a Chabby wedding be without personally written vows, right?  Abigail tells Chad: “When we first fell in love, God, we had no idea of what we were getting ourselves into.  They say that when you meet someone and fall in love, you’re drawn to them, because they have something you need and we’re here today because I need you.  I need your courage, your faith, and love.  I’m so beyond grateful at a second chance with you and a family with our beautiful children. You are the love of my life, Chad. There’s nothing I want more than to spend the rest of my days with you.”

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In a touching moment, Chad is overcome with tears and expresses to Abigail; “You’ve always fought for your health, and for us, and I’m in awe of the woman I fell in love with. I’ll cherish you. I will protect you. I’m yours, and I’ll never doubt you again, because a love like ours really does only come once in a life.”

They exchange rings and Julie pronounces them husband and wife.  But this happy moment is also bittersweet when Chad says, “We hate to marry and run.”  Chabby has a plane to catch to take them to Paris.   Chad looks around the room and at all the special people in his life, and tells the group how special they all are to him.  In that scene, it definitely gave the feels that it was also Billy Flynn saying farewell to his castmates.

Of course … before they leave town Chad and Abby visit Stefan (Tyler Christopher) and Gabi(Camila Banus)is there.  They give them the news that they are leaving for France and are married.  In a moment alone between Abby and Stefan, he apologizes to her. Stefan notes how much he loved the other part of her (Gabby with a “Y”) and knows that she loved him too.  Abby says, “I know”.  Meanwhile, Chad says goodbye to the portrait of his father, Stefano vowing to be back someday.  After Chabby exit the DiMera mansion, Stefan has a meltdown and throws the chest board while Chloe (Nadia Bjorlin) walks in on the scene.

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And finally, in the 10-hankie moment beautifully played by Billy Flynn, Kate Mansi and Melissa Reeves (Jennifer), Chad and Abby at the Horton house to say their final goodbyes to Doug (Bill Hayes) and Julie, Jack, JJ, and Jennifer.  Abigail tells her mother to never give up on her dad.  Chad is in tears as Jennifer tells him she will miss him,  He says, “I will miss you, too”.

It was in that moment that any of us that have ever had to say goodbye to our families and move far away from them, or come back to visit them and then leave again, can relate.  Saying goodbye is often heartbreaking when you leave behind the ones you love.  But, Chad and Abby got their happy ending … for now. However,t his is a soap opera, so you never know how long happiness will last, or when they might be back in Salem.

Kudos to the performances of Billy Flynn, so raw and real, and Kate Mansi playing Abigail with depth and dignity to wrap up the story.

So, what did you think of the Chabby goodbye? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

 

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THIS WEEK: Billy Flynn and Kate Mansi Exit DAYS As Chabby Says Their “I Do’s” In Heart-tugging Moments

By now, Days of our Lives fans have learned that this week marks the end of the run, for now, of Billy Flynn and Kate Mansi as Chad and Abby.  But before they exit look for wedding bells to ring as Chabby remarries.

When Marci Miller decided to depart the role of Abigail, Kate Mansi returned to the role she played before Miller to finish the arc, which would have potentially left Abby to leave town and Chad to be without her, since Mansi signed on to just complete the storyline,

DAYS head writer Ron Carlivati told Soap Opera Digest  (in latest issue on newsstands now) the thought process of having the duo leave together: “While it was kind of agonizing to make the decision that Chad will exit the canvas with Abigail, I decided that was the best thing for the couple, it was the best thing for the fans and it was the best thing for the show. The way that they exit is very, very open-ended. It’s not like someone is going to die. They leave happy and the door is completely open for them to come back. As much as I’m sure some people will be sad to see them go, I think they’ll be happy to see them go together. It just seemed so unfair to not give them a happy ending. And I just didn’t see how that happy ending would work if Chad stayed in Salem and Abigail left.”   He added: “Obviously, if the time is right, the story is right, and the people are available, they’ll be back.”

Looks like we all need to get out the hankies after checking out the latest NBC promo for Chad and Abby’s wedding and farewell.  You can watch it below.  Then let us know if you are sad to see Billy and Kate exit DAYS, and if you hope they will be back sooner than later via the comment section below.

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Drake Hogestyn Chats On John Black’s Latest Predicament With Diana and Leo On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’

The complex life of John Black (Drake Hogestyn) just got even more complicated on NBC’s Days of our Lives; thanks to the arrival of his ex-flame Diana Colville (Judith Chapman) and the bombshell that bad boy Leo Stark (Greg Rikaart), who has been causing so much trouble for Will (Chandler Massey) and Sonny (Freddie Smith), is actually his biological son!  Boy, John certainly has had some kids he never knew about pop up (remember, Paul Narita is John’s son, too).  But, is this all a tale spun by Diana, or the truth regarding Leo?

Longtime DAYS vet, Drake Hogestyn sits down with host, Michael Fairman on an all-new installment of NBC’s Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast.  During the conversation, Drake talks about his surprise learning from the script that Diana Cooper was indeed his ex, Diana Colville.

The beloved actor reveals that at one point he thought Genie Francis (Laura, GH) might be coming back to reprise the role, but now that it’s Judith Chapman he is having a great time acting opposite her.  In addition, being a true historian of DAYS, Drake takes the listeners on some fun facts that they may not have remembered. Later, Hogestyn reveals why he and Deidre Hall (Marlena) have found such success as DAYS’ enduring John and Marlena.

Michael commends Drake on his Daytime Emmy Pre-Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his emotional turn following Marlena being shot at the Jarlena nuptials, and the family saying their goodbyes believing she was going to die, especially she the good doc had a DNR request on her legal forms filed with the hospital.

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In the backstage segment of the podcast, Eric Martsolf (Brady) takes Fairman on what a typical production day is like for him and others in Salem: visiting the wardrobe department, stopping to talk to the stage manager, and chatting it up with co-stars along the way including: Lauren Koslow (Kate) and Linsey Godfrey (Sarah).

The new episode of Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast is currently streaming on NBC.com here, and will be available for download via iTunes on Monday.

So, do you think John will do next now that Diana is working her way back into his life, and Leo is his son?  Will he tell Marlena what is going on?  What did you think of the sentiments shared by Drake in the interview? Comment below.

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