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TV Guide Names Best In Soaps 2012! General Hospital, James Scott & Jane Elliot Take Top Honors!

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Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

As On-Air On-Soaps has been monitoring and reporting on all the key end of the year accolades for your favorite daytime and primetime soaps, add one more major year-end honors that have been announced and this time it’s from TV Guide!

TVG named General Hospital as the Best Soap Of The Year citing, “Suds hatchet man Brian Frons exited the ABC network and GH was handed to OLTL‘s head writer, Ron Carlivati, and exec producer Frank Valentini, who quickly amped up the action, humor and romance and energized the cast by adding top stars from GH‘s past as well as popular refugees from Llanview. Voilà! Dreary, messy GH was suddenly a thrilling, surprise-packed, can’t-miss experience.”

Now over in the top acting honors, it was the dashing brit James Scott who was named Best Actor for his work as EJ DiMera on Days of our Lives  with TVG citing,  “Scott had a dynamite year — but, then, he always does — as EJ made a ruthless run for mayor of Salem, flip-flopped disastrously between Nicole and Sami, and blackmailed gay teen Will into a skeevy master-slave relationship. How long can Days hang on to him?”

And in the always hotly contested Best Actress of the Year accolade, the outlet named General Hospital’s Jane Elliot noting:  “It’s about damn time! Too long relegated to supporting others, this multisoap survivor finally achieved leading-lady status as General Hospital‘s megarich überbitch Tracy Quartermaine and left us breathless with her hilarious, ferocious, utterly brilliant work.”

The Best of Soaps 2012 for  Supporting Actor and Actress went to The Young and the Restless Doug Davidson (Paul) and General Hospital’s returning Robin Mattson as loony tunes Heather Webber!

Make sure to come back next week to On-Air On-Soaps for all of our very special year end Best and Worst Of’s for 2012 and find out who will take top honors!  In the meantime, what do you think of TV Guide’s choices of GH, James Scott, Jane Elliot, Doug Davidson and Jane Elliot?  Weigh-in!

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jenny
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jenny

I disagree about best actor-that honor should go to Jason Thompson who brought me and other GH fans to tears for weeks during Patrick grieving Robin’s “death” and then later the all too brief story where Patrick had a pill addction.

sharon
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sharon

agreed

ethel
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ethel

absolutely agree!

Patrick
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Patrick

Cheers to Jenny – Major tears and Flooding…. Oye! Thank God… Robin’s telling Patrick to “move on”… was only on the DVD.. and didn’t currently happen…. Bar none, this is the best love story… ever. Jason Thompson is a formidable Talent. I couldn’t agree more on Robin Mattson…. talk about saluting Gold… she’s riveting on screen and carries the torch for old school… She’s a big part of GH’s resurgence… James Scott – dynamic… hold your breath… the guy you can only dream about… ooh la la… and the guy acts circles around most… Jane Elliott – well deserved… I… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

forgot to give props to Doug Davidson…. it’s about time… through the years… he’s overlooked come emmy time… etc…. but, has a high “q” rating… remember reading about that, with Doug/Paul all the time in the soap opera magazines…

k/kay
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k/kay

Well I guess I am partial but with the soaps barely hanging on by a thread I would like to see DD take the emmy he has been in the business since the 70’s and some of you may not know he was quite the stinker in the day so for the sentimental and because he finally got a storyline again I would like to see him take the emmy. Certainly not taking anything from JT from GH he had some very good work also just would like to score one for the old guy!

Jeffrey Anderson
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Jeffrey Anderson

I agreed,too my pick best actor of GH goes to Steve Burton and Kelly moracco and the baby,too.
Also best performer and saddness of the year goes to great late John Ingle when I cried so hard from my heart feel broken.
Finally, best return of the year goes to Tristan Rogers and Fiona Hughes..yay!

susan
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susan

i agree steve burton and maurice benard should have been no 1 or at least
a tie for ghjust my opinion

but do not agree with jane elliot as choice for best actress she is really good
but other females on gh would have been just as good if picked

Ces
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Ces

Love Jane Elliot and James Scott as best actor/actress but Jason Thompson is “the best of the best” definitely in a league of his own! This guy is raw onscreen. Love him!

Leigh
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Leigh

James Scott is a great actor and does the best with the crappy storylines he is given by Days’ writers.

Maria
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Maria

Absolutely agree! I’m so happy James was finally recognized for his efforts.

rcloud
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rcloud

Well Said!

susan
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susan

agree 100%

Rae
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Rae

I couldn’t agree more! Jason Thompson’s performances are superb! The scene after Robin’s “death” where he imagined her fixing his tie was heartbreaking! Such raw emotion – he is beyond talented! He deserves the Emmy for this past year!

RUBY C.
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RUBY C.

SHARON CASE FOR BEST ACTRESS

Jeff
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Jeff

Bravo GH, and it’s about time Jane Elliot was recognized!!! I agree with Jenny about Jason Thompson. He was fabulous this year:)

heidi
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heidi

Way to GO GH!!! The best soap and my fave!!!

Way to GO Jane Elliot… well deserved!!! She has been rocking it all year and always!

Way to Go Robin Mattson!!! Crazy and unhinged… well done!

Well done James Scott!!!

Well done Paul Davidson!!!

Keep up the good stuff GH!!! Happy 50th!!! Best cast!!!

Jeffrey Anderson
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Jeffrey Anderson

Yay,

susan
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susan

agree with choice for gh best soap but not for choice of james scott or jane elliott
but hey its only my opinion

MikeT
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MikeT

Love Heather Webber(Robin Mattson)–I hope she comes back for more adventures on GH !!

k/kay
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k/kay

Nope best supporting actor should go to DD and I watched both shows DD has been in this business for years and relegated to making something out of nothing which he did this year go Doug.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I agree DD did great work this year with not much material. The scene where Paul shoots Ricky gave me goosebumps and those moments don’t happen too often on any soap anymore, so I am glad that people in the know saw that too. I hope this is the first of many accolades he will get despite his show’s less than stellar year.

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

I definitely have problems with selecting James Scott as best actor. He would be far down the list if I were choosing. Jason Thompson, Steve Burton, Doug Davidson, Christian La Blanc, shawn Christian, Jacob Young, Don Diamont, all much more deserving. Jane, a great choice tho Nancy L and Carolyn H. And Laura Wright great too.

Juju
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Juju

disagree, James Scott is one of the most talented actors on this medium and maybe the most charismatic one ! He should be a real star, deserve better than daytime.
Jason Thompson was great this year but usually he has better writing than James Scott therefore i chose Scott who has to overcome weak writing most of the time.

shawn
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shawn

Supporting Actress should have went to Arianne Zuker. She did a fabulous job with Nicole this year. Fingers crossed for a 2013 Emmy Nod.

Jules
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Jules

I agree. She slayed her work, over and over again.

I have to say, while the choices wouldn’t have been my pick, I am so, so glad they didn’t pick favourites like other “critics” do. He seemed to choose off of work, not off of who he’s buddies with.

But then, I also agree Jason Thompson’s name not being mentioned is a bad oversight. BAD.

Juju
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Juju

Ariane Zucker is not a bad actress but she doesn’t not move me, too banal for me, nothing special, lot’s of whining, crying..boringgggggg

Saundra
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Saundra

Congratulations Doug. Great job with your story line

Bonnie
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Bonnie

Way to go to all the actors and of course GH! I am a GH fan all they way, and do agree about Jason Thompson, but to be fair, I have not seen the other guy act.

keia
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keia

Thank you Bonnie for admitting that you’ve never seen James Scott’s work, and that’s why you can’t agree with the decision made! 🙂

I can see your point on that, and I like Jason Thompson too.

James Scott is a AMAZING actor, but a lot of people don’t watch DAYS so they don’t know.

Juju
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Juju

that’s right, also GH mostly has better writing than Days, often on Days they write Scott’s character as a one-note villain but when they allow him to give his character layers and being more grey he is awesome, showing lot’s of nuance.

Anne
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Anne

I wish they would stop calling it GH. Brining back a bunc of 80’s faves who are past their prime and re-writing history does not make it GH. Call it what it is OLTL by stealth

aria
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aria

oh Anne don’t be silly and bitter, GH is back and the only gift from OLTL was its executive producer and Head writer, two people who have done more to recapture GH magic that had been destroyed by its previous regime. and to call Finola Hughes, Tristan Rogers and Robin Mattson(past 80’s faves )as being past their prime is a perfect example of how bitter and really silly you sound.

mike
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mike

The new Producer/Writers love and reverence for GH was shown in the incredible memorial episode for John Ingle. These people have brought back the true General Hospital while also trying to make OLTL fans happy. Difficult, but it’s working.

Ces
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Ces

It’s still GH. The less-than-handful actors they brought over from OLTL have only added to their already superb cast. I love, love, love Roger Howarth!

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

Listen Anne (and all you others) I watched ABC soaps since I was in my mother’s womb. I do not understand any of the crap I have read from various fans of OLTL and GH. It is General Hospital – a few characters from One Life to Live does not change the entire show (although a change was needed). Bringing back past characters does not change the entire show – and sorry, but they are SO not past their prime! (But that is just my opinion) And all soaps have rewritten history when needed for current story line purposes.

susan M.
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susan M.

I agree with CTwildheart! Gh has improved so much! I agree a few characters from OLTL doesn’t change the entire show.I like seeing the characters come back from years ago on General Hospital. Todd made me laugh when faking a heart attack. He’s a pisser! And I am a OLTL fan & happy to see some of the characters on GH…I wish Erika Slezak would come on board on GH & visit Todd and Starr!

Bonnie
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Bonnie

GH to me has always been great, there was a time in the early 90’s where I missed some. But to have the wonderful Finola, Ian, Tristan, Robin back is the best thing to have happened! IF the OLTL characters want to come by and visit for a while that is ok. We also do not see they much, the only one that really seems to be used is Roger, and they have intergrated him well with the other citizens of the city. It would be nice to see Natalie come over for John or Hope and Cole or Aunt… Read more »

Tsuds
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Tsuds

James Scott is a good actor.. well done.. ok storylines for him, but they need to ramp him up with a good one soon..

Heather Webber needs more air time…….

Ces
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Ces

Here we go again 🙂 I agree about James Scott but then again, Days isn’t the greatest at character development. EJ gets stuck in fluff storylines. I’m amazed they were capable of writing Will so well but then again, they went and fired that writing team. Dumb.

Bonnie
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Bonnie

Oh so James Scott plays EJ?? Then I know who he is I remember him from AMC

Melissa
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Melissa

Yay GH!! Loved this show for so many years
Even through its ups and downs.Really
Do miss Steve Burton though.Love seeing
Some OLTL actors.really want Blair full time
And I miss Rex..among so many .What a
Huge mistake ABC made.If they get rid of
GH they will have lost me forever.Do
Not care how much I love Greys.GH has
Been part of my live since I was a kid!

su0000
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su0000

Actually ALL mentioned are ”’great” and they should all be the best actress & actors ..
BRAVO!! to them all for their outstanding performances !!!!

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

I am very happy for those listed. While I agree there are others who are just as deserving – everyone can’t be named the top and everyone will have their own personal favorites.
I am just glad that some remaining shows are improving and hopeful that they will stick around for a long time!

Ces
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Ces

Can we get Jane Elliot a story of her very own? I quite enjoy her chemistry with Tony Geary..speaking of Tony, where is he?

susan M.
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susan M.

Where’s Anthony Geary (Luke) ???? That’s what I would like to know also!!!!!

Christy
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Christy

probably vacationing in Amsterdam… I hear he does that quite frequently (and long vacations at that!)

Ces
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Ces

Ah! It must be hard for the GH writers to write their storylines according to his travel plans. I miss him!! Not only should he have been on the show for Edward’s death (and for Tracy) but he should also be there for Lulu right now. Hope he returns soon.

Bonnie
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Bonnie

Seems Tony has been gone a while this time!! Yes, he needs to know he is going to be a Grandfather!

Leigh
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Leigh

Love James Scott. He’s only reason I’m still watching Days.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Leave it to TV GUIDE to get it right… Spot-on assessment!

Sophie
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Sophie

I love James, E.J. and EJami! DAYS is so lucky to have James Scott. I wish they’d realize it!

Ds295
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Ds295

James Scott is the best. He takes lemons and makes lemonade every time! Well done!
And I used to be a long long time GH fan but just couldn’t do it anymore starting in the early 2000s, even with the new guys and their changes

dsinatra
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dsinatra

Happy to see James Scott on this list. He’s a leading man who is not only swoon worthy but can actually act. That’s rare on daytime. He rises above the contrived story lines on Days to deliver believable performances on a regular basis.

Robin Mattson is a gem! A throwback to when villans were truly evil and didn’t give a damn. What I love about her is that she throws herself into the material wholeheartedly and somehow makes you root for her

Keia
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Keia

Congrats to all of the actors chosen for their amazing talent, and Congrats to GH for being chosen as Best Soap!

I agree with James Scott being chosen as “Best Actor” !

He is a PHENOMENAL actor! He has taken the character of EJ DiMera and made him one of DAYS most popular charaters today!

I doubt those criticizing him as TV Guide’s choice, actually WATCH the show or have seen James’ work!

Congrats James you earned the acknowledgement and recognition that TV Guide has give you!

Tricia
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Tricia

Of course James Scott won for best male actor! It’s about damn time. I am surprised too that Prime Time and Hollywood have not jumped all over him already. He is not only an amazing actor, he is gracious, humble and down to earth, how did I forget absolutely gorgeous??? A true class act… other actors need to follow suit! Congratulations James well deserved.

Egapv
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Egapv

Congrats to all the winners , James Sott is a wonderful actor ! He can liight up a screen . Congrats again Mr Scott. You deserve it !

Polly
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Polly

James Scott definitely deserves the recognition for his exceptional work as EJ. He portrayed Lexie’s grieving brother in such touching ways during Renée Jones’ exit from Days this past year. He can hold his own with the best actors. The emotion and the complexities he displays are impressive. Bravo James!

Caroline
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Caroline

When I heard about James Scott being named best actor I along with so many others felt validated. We say it all the time this actor is a genius and he never calls in a performance. He can look at his costars and you can feel the wheels turning and know that he is thinking of what just occurred and how he is going to respond. I am in awe of his talent and wish just wish to GOD that the stupid writers we have now for Days would write for the character instead of using him less and less.… Read more »

Janet
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Janet

Very happy that James Scott is finally being recognized for the superb talent he is.
He has managed to give his character EJ Dimera so many layers & that is why his character is so loved (not by all I realize) but it is a pleasure to watch James & I hope he remains on my screen for many years

Leigh
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Leigh

Congrats to all the winners. They are all great and have been a fan of all of them.

pspcindy
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pspcindy

Good picks for Best of 2012.

I always love the effort and talent James Scott displays. When will GT realize he is the male lead of the show? Waiting to see the story the show has put off telling for years.

Jane Elliott deserves praise as well. As Tracey she goes through every emotion and does them convincingly.j

Caroline
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Caroline

I have to agree that the new GH is so worth watching. I didn’t watch this soap for over five to six years. And now with AJ back, with the Robin storyline and wondering what is going on with Olivia seeing that puppy in regards to Lulu and Dante’s baby, which MAY I APPLAUD THIS SOAP for having one couple that is trying to have a baby and not having a ‘miracle pregnancy’ but trying to have a family by dealing a bit of reality. I love the surrogacy idea, but I think that Olivia should have offered. Maxie’s health… Read more »

EJ/JS fan
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EJ/JS fan

While I am a big fan of James I don’t agree with the choice. James himself said back in May that Days was unwatchable. Imo that hasn’t changed with the new writing and he has not been given anything to challenge him as an actor the past year. Some of his scenes with Joe M were good last winter/summer but that was it imo. It’s a shame that Days continues to waste his talent in such lame stories and have turned EJ into a boring, lackluster ‘good guy.’ Definitely not what Days needs at all. I am now watching GH… Read more »

REAL EJ/JS fan
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REAL EJ/JS fan

Ej is not written as a boring, lakluster ‘good guy’ since these writers don’t write for him ! duh
Ej is at his best whe he is a grey character, not an overall ‘bad guy’ but not a ‘good guy’ either, he is not Stefano ! And JS agree with me.

Brett
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Brett

So glad The Bold and the Beautiful got no recognition whatsoever, it has been a pile of crap this year, Brad should be ashamed of his sloppy, unimaginitive work.

General Hospital is on fire, no amount of praise could ever be enough for Frank and Ron!

k/kay
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k/kay

They should give B&B recognition for the worst actors on daytime! The new young actors made me cringe and sorry KKL squinting eyes got old after 25 years. Have not watched in months and do not miss it one bit.

Prashanthy
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Prashanthy

Congrats to James Scott!!! He truly deserves it cause he is an amazing and talented actor.

Amy
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Amy

I think James Scott is phenomenal (though I not-so-secretly wish he’d be recruited by prime-time or feature films so I can stop watching Days already). Now only if Days can pull together a storyline worthy of him…

soapbaby
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soapbaby

Jane Elliott was bar-none the best actress of the year. Finally, Tracy Q was featured in front-burner story and Jane Elliott nailed every scene. Robin Mattson was a large part of GH’s resurgence and deserves the credit. She is infinitely watchable and often had me rooting for Heather to get away with her schemes. I like James Scott and Doug Davidson but I thought their performances were fine, nothing spectacular in lackluster storylines. My choice for Best Actor of 2012 is hands-down, Jason Thompson. JT portrayed Patrick’s grief with virtuoso-level acting. No one came close in my opinion. As far… Read more »

Dmitri
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Dmitri

Congrats to everyone! James is a great actor, but sadly these new writers are making him a dull character right now. While Days is my favorite soap, this year was a weak year for the show, so congrats GH!

rcloud
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rcloud

So Glad James won the best actor NOT just because of his looks! He is a very intelligent and serious actor! Days producer and writers try so hard to put his character EJ down with crap storyline such as begging Sami, forced to quit the mayor,taking Will, the only support away from him left nothing else to for him to do..He still delivers a very charming EJ! What the waste to stuck with those stupid,unimaginative producers and even less talented writers in DAYS who rather gives all air time to RAFE, Gabi and Jennifer…NO EJ NO DAYS, simple!

REAL EJ/JS fan
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REAL EJ/JS fan

Totally agree, always favoring a dull character like Rafe face to a great and interesting character like Ej played with nuance by James Scott is a shame, writers from Days right now are clueless, it is sad..

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

If James Scott deserves more than a soap, then he needs to leave Days and go for it. Anthony has at least 3 6 week vacactions built into his contract so he can go home to Holland and recharge.

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

As for Rafe bwing boring, I sit every day watching Days for James’s face to see id it is ever going to move or change expression. Talk about wooden, he is that. And his character is dispicable, he kidnaps children, lies to their mother, blackmails, manipulates people, cheats and threatens. This is what you want for Sami, you really hate her enough to wish that on her?

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Who is DAYS Gwen Really? What is Her Vendetta Against Abigail All About?

We have a new psycho in Salem, and she is played to perfection by Emily O’Brien who has been bringing her brand of quirky evil to the NBC soap opera as Gwen.  Soap fans, of course, remember her as Jana Hawkes on The Young and the Restless from 2006-2011.

Ron Carlivati and his DAYS writing team certainly have some tricks up their sleeve where Gwen is concerned as viewers recently found out she was behind slipping Abigail (Marci Miller) the drug months ago causing her hallucinations.

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But Gwen is even much darker than we think, when several key clues and moments were revealed on Friday’s episode of DAYS when she went to visit her conspirator in prison, Dr. Rolf (William Utay).

During the exchange, we learn Gwen has been getting the mind-altering drug from one of Dr. Rolf’s concoctions.  She reveals to him that their plan has hit the proverbial snag.  The drug did not dismantle Abigail as she had hoped.  We also learn while she was in the mental institution – Bayview – that is how she tracked Rolf down by researching the drug he had created.

And it appears, Rolf hates Abigail too, citing he always saw her as  thorn in Stefano’s side.  It is then Gwen says he wants another dose of the drug to “melt Abby’s brain!”  Rolf says without anyone else to take the fall for it, he can’t come up with it.

He suggests to her to alter her plan and to instead destroy Abigail’s life piece by piece … and go for the long game instead of the short term – take everything that is near and dear from her including her husband, children, home, everything.

But, what does come to light is that even Dr. Rolf does not know why Gwen wants to destroy Abigail.  That is when Gwen shares she has very good reason to hate Abigail, and he, along with everyone else, will find out why when the time is right.

So, what are your theories?  Who is Gwen?  Is she a character with plastic surgery?  Could she be a sister no one knew Abigail had?  A former mental patient who Abby knew when she was getting help a few years back? And what is her gripe with Abigail all about?  Comment below!

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Kassie DePaiva, Nathan Purdee & Taylor Purdee Talk ‘Killian & The Comeback Kids’, One Life to Live & Eve’s Reign of Terror on DAYS

It’s ‘all in the family’ + a dear friend that makes the film Killian and the Comeback Kids something that soap fans will want to see. In it, daytime veterans, Kassie DePaiva (Ex-GL, OLTL, GH and Days) and Nathan Purdee (Ex-Y&R and OLTL) are featured in the new movie directed, written and starring Nathan’s talented son, Taylor.

One Life to Live fans will get a kick out of that Kassie and Nathan play a married couple in the film.  In story, a millennial (Taylor A. Purdee) comes home to live with his parents in a depressed rural town after getting a college degree in the big city. The film illustrates the issues facing many of America’s youth today, which could not be more apropos for the times we are living with many children moving back in with their parents. However, the movie shares an uplifting message filled with original music from Taylor’s folk-rock band, The Cumberland Kids.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Kassie, Nathan and Taylor to get the inside scoop on: collaborating together on this project, revisiting Llanview with some memories and thoughts on the cancellation of the beloved soap, plus Kassie’s last turn on Days of our Lives as an unhinged Eve Donovan – a performance that just may garner attention come Daytime Emmy time next year.

This conversation was filled with candor, humor, and a parent’s love for their child. Killian and the Comeback Kid is playing in selected theatres and dates including tonight Friday, September 25th in Atlanta, and October 2nd in Chicago. For more movie info go to the film’s website here And now here’s what Kassie, Nathan and Taylor shared.

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I was really intrigued by the film. Taylor, how did you lure your dad to be in the movie?

TAYLOR:  Oh my gosh, it was the craziest negation ever.

I bet! (Laughs)

TAYLOR:  When I was a kid, Roberta, my mom, made me promise to always write him roles.  So, it was kind of obligatory.

KASSIE:  That is so funny!

TAYLOR:  It’s true.

Had you met Kassie before, or was this the first time? 

TAYLOR:  I knew Kassie from when my dad and her were doing One Life to Live together.   Five years before I was filming this movie, Nathan texted me, “Hey!  Kassie and Jim (DePaiva) are right by your dorm room.  You should go see them!”  So, catching up as an adult was so nice.  I had a non-parentally controlled grown-up hang-out with her.

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What was the journey this film, Killian and the Comeback Kids, went on as far as from the writing of it, to production, to its completion?

TAYLOR:  Well, the front half was surprisingly quick.  I think writing it through to having it finished was about 18 months, and there were about 6 months of, “how’s it going to come out,” and then, we thought we knew what was going to happen, and we were all getting ready for it to hit in movie theatres in the spring when the world ended, and that’s how we got here three years later.

Nathan, tell me about the role you play; because Kassie and you are husband and wife in the film.

NATHAN: Well, yeah, you kind of covered it! (Laughs)  I play her husband, and she plays my wife, and I appreciated the casting situation.  It’s interesting how Taylor chose Kassie because he did say that he wanted someone who was close to his mom’s personality.  I couldn’t think of anybody else other than Kassie because the only difference is Kassie is taller, but they both are such loving, caring people.  They always want to mother you and make sure you’re fed, and you’re safe, and you’re happy, and neither one of them knows the word, “no,” when it comes to the people who they’re taking care of.  I love Kassie anyway, so good for me.

KASSIE:  Yeah, they cut our love scene, and I don’t know what that’s about. (Laughs)

Kassie, what do you remember from when you first met Nathan?  You were at One Life, right?

KASSIE:  No, when I first met Nathan, we were in San Antonio, and we were doing an appearance.  I met Bobbie Eakes (Ex-Krystal, AMC and Macy, B&B) for the first time then too, but I was on The Guiding Light, and I was singing, and Nathan was there.  Nathan and I sat beside each other.  I honestly felt like I had known Nathan my entire life.  We were drinking margaritas and talking, talking, talking, talking, talking, talking.

NATHAN:  Yep!

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KASSIE:  Nathan and my husband, Jim are very good friends.  I have to say, Nathan was so lovely when I was going through my cancer journey.  He came to see me every week, sometimes twice a week when I was in the hospital, and he would come up, and he would hang out with Jim.  I will never, ever forget how lovely he was (it makes me tear up right now) to be there with support for my husband and myself as we went through that.  So, when Nathan asked me to be his wife in the film, I thought, “Well, hey, you practically live with me now, so that sounds good.”

So, Taylor, how did they do on-screen as husband and wife?

TAYLOR:  They’re fantastic.  We’ve only had one test screening, but one of the most consistent things audiences tell me is that they’re not just great together, but they each have such a quiet, brooding depth to them that you can’t help but imagine the back-story that they’re not talking about

KASSIE:  That’ll be the sequel!

TAYLOR:  Killian and the Comeback Kids 2: They Comeback Kids Comeback.

KASSIE:  They’ll come back again!

NATHAN:  Thanks for planting that seed in his head, Kassie.

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TAYLOR:  It was important for me to try to synthesize a mixed-race couple.  So, it was really great to be able to have them, not just be so great together, but there was also the issue of we had to have a little girl who looked like she could not just be my sister, but also both of their daughter.  Creating a family from scratch was great because Nathan and Kassie already had the rapport.

Did you watch them on One Life to Live together? 

TAYLOR:  Yeah!  I was in school most of the time, but I would go to set, and over the last 10 years, friends would send me YouTube clips from the show because for some reason none of the soaps are streaming.  There’s not like a soap Netflix!  It kind of needs to happen!  Soaps, they’re epic; there are decades worth of episodes and shows.

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In this film, music is the backdrop.  It’s your music and your band that is featured?

TAYLOR:  Yeah, my best friend growing up and I were staring to write folk music around the time when I was deciding what script I wanted to make into a film.  We wrote the soundtrack, all the music that people sing, and the underscore, which was surprisingly the most fun part of it all.

Kassie what did you think of Taylor’s music?

 ASSIE:  I think it’s wonderful.   I love music. It’s totally in the heart of me, and I just think that this movie is so timely. Kids these days are having to deal with not knowing what their future is going to be.  In the film, my son comes home, and he is trying to find himself, and he throws himself into his art and his music.  I just think there are a lot of people right now who are going through that.  I think it is extremely relatable, even more so than when you wrote it, Taylor.  I think people are looking for some type of connection, and I think this little movie is a good start.  It’s about people pulling together, and it’s got a strong rooting factor, and you want people to succeed, and it is great.  It takes you on a really nice journey.

You have some dates coming up where the film will play in a movie theatre- one is on September 25th in Atlanta and then another one on October 2nd in Chicago.  Taylor, how do you feel about making appearances for the film during the pandemic? You’re going with masks on? 

TAYLOR:  Oh yeah.  We will be in a bubble; we are just getting into a car and sticking together.  I and John Donchak, who plays opposite me through the whole film, are going to all of those dates, and my co-songwriter, who also appears in the film, will be in Atlanta, if not at both premieres.

NATHAN:  And let me add, please, they’re going against my wishes as a parent, but he is 28- years-old, so all I can say is that we are hoping for the best because we want him to be safe.  He is very determined and passionate about it, so he’s got our support.

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Taylor, in your story, why does Killian come home and live with his parents? 

TAYLOR: His plan at the time is that he has just graduated from a pricey university, and he is supposed to go off with his bandmate on a modest music tour.  He comes home to get his stuff and see his parents after graduating, but his bandmate drops out, and so the plan falls apart, and that’s how he gets stuck in this town and everything is just kind of falling apart. The plan that he had for his life after college gets pulled out right out from under him.

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Nathan, when Kassie and you were on One Life for years, you weren’t there when it ended, as you had already left the show.  How did you feel upon learning it had been canceled by ABC?

NATHAN:  I was so disconnected by that time.  I just knew it was ending, and it wasn’t the first soap to go.  I saw it happening when the other shows started being canceled due to, I could be wrong about this, but I put the blame on reality TV.  By that point I had moved on in my personal and private life.  I was doing a lot of theatre then, traveling back and forth from North Carolina, really trying to keep busy, and fighting off the depression of not working full-time.  I missed Jim and Kassie the most, but I was thrilled that I could bump into them at any time and visit with them.  I kept in touch with Hillary B. Smith (Ex-Nora) and Bob Woods (Ex-Bo) and also, Timothy Stickney (Ex-RJ); in fact, Timothy Stickney’s wife did Taylor’s hair for the film.

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Kassie, how do you feel years later about the cancellation of One Life to Live?

KASSIE:  I still miss it.  I loved it. The hard part about this show in particular being canceled is –one – that there wasn’t closure on it.  It kind of happened randomly, and there was still a lot more story to tell.  They kept it going on General Hospital, where they’ll bring some characters there.  So, it’s still in peoples’ minds. The second part is the friendships and the family connections that you’ve made over the many years that you’re there. Nothing lasts forever, that’s for sure, but as you were saying, there’s no streaming of these shows, but if you catch an episode on YouTube, One Life to Live, truly stands alone.  It just has great stories, great characters, and there is connection there that is very real.

Kassie, your last go-around at DAYS was just epic.  Did you guys see it?

TAYLOR:  I did see pieces of some of it.  I caught some of the “super villain”!

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Eve went in guns blazing, evil as all get out, but so heartbreaking at the same time while she was torturing Ben (Rob Scott Wilson).  What did you think about all of that, Kassie?

KASSIE:  I was really hesitant to watch it because I remembered how “super villain” I was.  I remember getting on the plane, and Jimmy said, “How was it?” and I said, “I’ll probably never work again a day in my life. I’m like this (evil laughs) muah-ha-ha, muah-ha-ha kind of character.”  I mean, you hated what Eve was doing, and you were supposed to, but I think that they did a great job with production values, and it was reasonable what she was doing because she was going off the edge. It’s great to be able to sink your teeth into something that is so out-there and completely different from your own life.  I mean, it was exhausting.  Every day, I would come home and just be like, “Oh my God, give me a cocktail.” Eve had justification for her revenge, even as wrong as it was, and she needed to be heard, and she needed closure, and she made a bunch of wrong moves, and did a bunch of bad, bad, bad things, and now, she is probably in a mental institution somewhere, so…

You and I were on set of DAYS and I was going to interview you.  If I recall, at that point, you did not even know what the story arc was.

KASSIE:  No, I didn’t. When I arrived and looked at the script, I’m like, “Well, who blew up that wedding?”  Then, all of the sudden, “Oh, no!  I blew up the wedding.  This is bad!  I probably am not going to be coming back on this show again.”  I look at story and go, “Uh-oh.  There’s a shut door.”  I like open doors and open windows.

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Taylor, what is your project? Are you continuing to write?  What do you see in the future for yourself?

TAYLOR:  This is my life for me.  The next thing that I think we are releasing is actually something that I made before this because everything is backwards, which is a documentary (very different) about Central American politics, which I’m hoping is out next year.  In terms of new scripts, everybody is a bit torn.  I kind of want to do a biopic of Lee Grant, or I want to do a blues/punk version of something inspired by The Shining.

Well, those are very polar opposite!

TAYLOR:  Yeah, aren’t they?

NATHAN:  Now you see what I’m living with. (Laughs)

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Nathan, you must be proud of Taylor, and it must be very cool to see your son have these multi-faceted talents.

NATHAN:  Of course, I’m proud of him and it’s great, but it’s strange because watching Taylor develop into the person he has developed into and continues to, made me realize that I hadn’t had the type of courage he has.  I had my dreams and certain things that I was very courageous about in my life.  I certainly don’t see him doing some things the way I did them, because he has more common sense than I do when it comes to life choices. His courage just blows my mind.  Most of my closest friends are professional musicians, and many of them, if I were to namedrop, you would know who they are, and they’ve had successful careers, and I’ve always looked up to them and admired them, but I was never that guy.  I just wanted to be a musician because I knew them and we were friends, but I didn’t have the discipline to do what they did, and I certainly didn’t have the God-given talent.  I play a little bit of keyboard and a little bit of saxophone myself, but I have to play one song 757 times before I even start to feel comfortable with it, and Taylor can sit down and start strumming on his guitar, and the next thing you know, he’s written a whole song.  It just blows my mind how creative and talented he is.  He has been surrounded by creative and talented people all of his life. He has absorbed a lot from the different people and the different opportunities he’s had, and I look at him sometimes, and I even say it to my wife, “Who is this kid?”  I like to share this story.  We went to see Taylor do Hamlet.  I’m guessing he was 15 or 16-years-old at the time. I’m watching him doing Hamlet, and I’m sitting in the chair, and I’m crying because I’m thinking to myself, “Oh, my God, he is so good!”  I told Taylor, “I would not tackle Hamlet on a football field, yet alone on stage.”  It made me realize that we had a force to be reckoned with.  He’s pretty amazing.  The bad news for him is that I always tell him the truth, and I lied to him once, and he called me out on it, and I promised that I would never lie to him again.  So, be careful what you ask me because I will tell you the truth from this point on.

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KASSIE:  Taylor was also the director of this film, which I mean, “What the hell!”  This guy is doing everything.  He was deciding on the shots, he was deciding on the lighting, he was deciding this and that, he was editing the script, I’m like, “Holy cannoli!”  He’s like, “No, I want her to wear that shirt; I want her to do this.”  You would do the scene, and he’d come over and talk to you a little bit.  I mean, he was just awesome; Taylor brought so much insight to my character because I’m like, “What’s my relationship, and who are all of these kids?  Are we a loving family?”  We did it very quickly, too.  Taylor, look at what you’ve accomplished, and it is such a beautiful piece of art!

TAYLOR:  From a more functional standpoint as a director, one of the really great things about having the two of them was that Kassie came in half-way through filming, and we’d been working with the young actor/musicians a lot.  Some of them, it was their first big job, but pretty much all of them had worked before.  On Kassie’s first day, they didn’t know what they were in for.  She just rolled onto set, and all of the sudden, the stakes and bar of how to be an actor just changed.  From that point on, when Kassie and Nathan started to work with the band, we knew those were going to be fun days because there was going to be acting involved.  Everyone else just had to come up to their level, which was great for me because it gave me so much more to edit with.

Taylor, who are your musical influences?   

TAYLOR:  That’s a really good question.  My musical obsession for the last few years has been this guy, named Josh Ritter, who is kind of a singer/songwriter/folk guy.  My real-life band, The Cumberland Kids, is named after one of his songs.  Also, Weird Al Yankovic, has been a massive inspiration for me and my songwriting partners.

So, your vibe is this folk-rock.

TAYLOR:  Yeah, that’s what I’m writing mostly.  My listening is kind of all over the place, but definitely that is what I’m writing.

Kassie, who do you like listening to?

KASSIE:  It all depends on what cocktail I have in my hand.

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NATHAN:  Let me chime in on that too! I like jazz, blues, and country music, but imagine what my house was like because I have a lot of instruments here, always with the hope that Taylor would at least become interested in music.  I have congas, bass guitar, keyboards, you name it, and for a while, he wasn’t interested at all, and one day, I woke up and he was playing an acoustic guitar.  Then, the next thing I know, he is writing and singing folk music.  I’m thinking, “Wait a minute!” It was an important lesson for me that just because you want something for your children, doesn’t mean that is what they want for themselves.  We never pushed acting on Taylor.  He chose it on his own.  It’s exciting for me mostly because it was his choice.

KASSIE:  He’s a natural.

And speaking of that, Taylor, in the trailer nothing came across forced or pushed.  Obviously, we are all talking you up here, not that you need it.

NATHAN:  I’ll tell you this, Michael.  During the shoot, Taylor insisted on calling me “Nathan”, and I had a problem with it, but he basically told me to get over it because it’s his set, his movie, and while we are shooting, I’m “Nathan”, and he’ll call me dad later.  I’m still struggling with that but he was the boss.

TAYLOR:  It’s hard to walk that line and not make it weird for your crew, you know?

NATHAN:  I get it.

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KASSIE:  It’s weird for me because when he would go, “Robbie is going to do this, and Nathan is going to do that,” I’d go, “Who are Robbie and Nathan?  Aren’t they your mom and dad?”

TAYLOR:  While I was writing the script I called him over, and I said, “Dad, I wrote you a really good role, and I think we are actually going to do this.  I’m giving you a once in a lifetime chance to name your own character.  Do you want to name him after a Greek hero, or one of your siblings?”  He didn’t take his chance.  So, you know what?  It’s “Nathan” now.  It’s easier for everybody.  We don’t have to break the method acting fourth wall.  (Laughs)

Do you think you would work with Nathan and Kassie again? (Laughs)

TAYLOR:  Oh, my God, are you kidding?

NATHAN:  That’s my contract: Kassie has got to be in it.  So, let me say this about Kassie, you had mentioned something about how much she has been working, and I look at Kassie as the James Brown of daytimes soaps.  She is the hardest working woman in daytime television. 

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She is pretty spectacular. Kassie started on Guiding Light, had a long career on One Life, and then went to General Hospital, then to Days of our Lives.  It’s been amazing that we have been able to see her have a comeback in more ways that one.

KASSIE:  Nathan has jumped from soap to soap as well, and when you’ve done it, you just think it’s over.  It’s not like your regular acting profession jobs when you go out and you know you’re going to audition for twenty-five things and get one role for a short amount of time.  When you go in day in and day out and are creating all of this stuff on a soap opera, and then it ends, you go, “Well, now what am I supposed to do?”  I haven’t been on a set in 6 months, and I feel like I won’t ever work again.  Soaps are just a totally different head trip and so it can be really hard.

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Nathan, do you have a favorite Hank Gannon moment from One Life to Live?

NATHAN:  Oh wow.  Man, there were so many of them.  I can tell you the funniest, to me, maybe not so funny to Hillary B. Smith though.  I think it was during a live show. This was during the time when I had a lot of dialogue.  But this particular day, I had one line, and the line was to Hillary and it was, “How are you feeling?” and her response was, “Well, I’m feeling the way I always feel, and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah”.  So, during the entire day, I’d see Hillary, and I’d say, “Hey, how you feeling?”  Maybe nineteen times before we started shooting, “Hey, how you feeling?” and she’d had about enough of it.  So, fast forward to “5, 4,3,2,1 action”, and now, I say, “How you doing?”  If you could see the look in her eyes, it is like, “I will kill you.”  So, she says, “You know how I’m doing.  I’m doing what I’m always doing,” so she could get her line out.  So, once again, she saved Nathan’s ass with that.  One stupid line … and I blew it.  I just remember that one because I just know Hilary wanted to strangle me.  She probably still wants to.

And on that note (laughs) I wanted to thank you all so much for this. I hope you find success with this little gem of a film, Taylor.

So what did you think of the comments made by Kassie, Nathan and Taylor on their film?  What did you think of Kassie’s recent performance on DAYS? What’s your favorite Blair or Hank moment from the history of One Life to Live? Share your thoughts and comments below,  But first, check out the trailer to Killian and the Comeback Kids.

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Greg Vaughan Shares Farewell To DAYS & Scene Partner Arianne Zucker: “Never a Dull Moment, Laughing or Crying, She was the Party, Always with a smile!”

Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives had Eric Brady saying a sudden farewell to his loved ones before he departs Salem for Africa to help those in need.  That marks the on-screen departure of Daytime Emmy winner, Greg Vaughan who will last be seen on Wednesday’s episode.

As DAYS fans were aware, Greg wrapped his run months ago on the NBC daytime drama series, but since before the Covid-19 pandemic DAYS taped almost seven months ahead, Eric’s on-screen exit is airing this week.

Over the past two days, Vaughan took to his Instagram to share some sentiments, ‘thanks you’s’ and some photos of some of his favorite memories with his castmates expressing, “Seeing it’s the last week I’m airing on @nbcdays …I wanted to share some great captured memories this week with my incredible fans & castmates.”

The actor also posted a special photo album of pics with his longtime on-screen partner and love interest, Arianne Zucker (Nicole).  In that, he posted this message: “To my Ride or Die partner Ari!! Never a dull moment, laughing or crying, she was the party, always with a smile! Love ya #ERICOLE”

So, will you miss Ericole? Are you sad to see Greg exit Days on-screen? Share your thoughts via the comment section below … AND what were some of your favorite performances of Greg during his time on DAYS.

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