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VIDEO: 50 Years Of DAYS: The Hortons and The Bradys!

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This week as the celebration ramps up, NBC.com has released a 2-minute clip package featuring Tom and Alice – the iconic MacDonald Carey and Frances Reid – and Caroline and Shawn played by Peggy McCay and Frank Parker.

Featured in the retrospective to honor the legacy of the longest-running scripted show in NBC history are moments from: the first scenes between Tom and Alice discussing the Horton children all having left the family nest, and one of the great hankie moments of all-time when Alice walks-in and hears Tom recite his poetry under his pen name and alias Norm de Pleume, and is so touched to learn that his poetry reading is all about his love for her.

Meanwhile, Caroline and Shawn are seen lovingly in a moment where Caroline sings to her now deceased husband as the show honors the matriarchs are of both long-enduring families who have meant so much to the series, and to its fans.

Watch the Hortons and the Bradys clip after the jump!  Let us know what was your favorite moment from it! And tell us your favorite Tom and Alice or Caroline and Shawn moments through the years!

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Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I remember the first episodes and other families who lived in Salem: the Andersons, Grants, and Peters…i could go on for DAYS…lol…the show was at its best during the Bill Bell era but i still enjoyed it afterwards too…there are too many great moments to list here and im looking forward to new ones!!!

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

Nice video. No favorites. All good. Days really knows how to celebrate a 50 year Anniversary! Keep it up!

Sharon
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Sharon

Wow – that takes me way back to my teens! Loved Tom & Alice so much – it’s like seeing my grandparents again. My fav was Tom’s poem to Alice – somehow I missed that one the first time around. Thanks.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Thanks for bringing this to us, Michael Fairman! And thanks for the DAYS coverage of late!!! You’ve been very fair, Mr. FAIRman!!!!! For those who may not know and would care to: The group scene in this video wiith Macdonald Carey (Tom Horton) and Frances Reid (Alice Horton) featured John Clarke (Mickey Horton), Maree Cheatham (Marie Horton) and Richard Colla (Tony Merritt). Mickey and Marie are brother and sister and two of Tom and Alice’s five children. Tony Merritt was engaged to Marie. Actor Richard Colla is the real life husband of Device Alexander who played Dr. Lesley Webber on… Read more »

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

*Denise Alexander.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Tony Merrit was also later played by Don Brisco who later played Chris Jennings the werewolf on Dark Shadows!!!

TRAIVS THOMAS
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TRAIVS THOMAS

I know so many people love 80’s Days, but Bill Bell wrote so many amazing Stories during his era. SL’s that are still being played out today. Kinda crazy that we will never have HW’s like Agnes, Douglas, Pat Falken Smith, Sherri Anderson, Harding Lemay, Sam Hall/Gordon Russell, and Bill Bell. These writers were more like playwrights than just TV writers. I guess it should be noted these writers never had to deal with all the Network mandated crap. But it saddens me that in an era where Daytime could actually be breaking more ground like it did in the… Read more »

Lew S.
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Lew S.

Travis, I totally agree with you. Give me the DAYS from the Bell era! The storytelling and the acting were so compelling, which you don’t see on the soaps these days. I remember every writer that you mentioned and they were creative and didn’t need to be cartoonist and my favorite word CAMPY. So many viewers today take that as a sign of a great writer. Think about this; back in the 60s and 70s, networks combined, there were about 16 to 17 soaps on the air. Now, we down to four. Not that hard to understand why. I wish… Read more »

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DAYS Wally Kurth Delivers ‘The Power Performance of the Week’

Mark our words! Next year, Days of our Lives Wally Kurth (Justin Kiriakis) will once again be nominated for a Daytime Emmy for this week’s emotional and deeply-touching work on key episodes of the NBC daytime drama series.

As viewers saw, this was to be the happy nuptials of Justin and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans), who found love again after losing the previous loves of their lives.  They were dear friends to begin with, who through a set of horrific circumstances, found comfort with one another which eventually turned to love.

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Problem was; Justin overheard Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) and Hope (Kristian Alfonso) before the ceremony discussing Steve’s (Stephen Nichols) feelings for Kayla and that he wants her back; something Kayla is unaware of.  So what will he do?  The noble thing and tell her the truth, or keep it to himself and marry her anyway?

As the Intel of what he learned weighed heavier and heavier on Justin, in the most dramatic of moments (when he was to say his “I do’s”), Justin stopped the ceremony and bared all to Kayla: that Steve wants her back and how Steve saw him propose to her and that is why he backed off.  Armed with the knowledge and that her friends and family kept it from her, Kayla does not know what to do.  Justin helps made it easy and clear for her when he questions her … if they would be standing here getting married, if Steve had told her his true feelings before Justin proposed to her?

Justin goes on to say to Kayla that maybe she has been avoiding her true feelings for Steve, because she did not want to hurt him.  Then Justin tells Kayla that he visited his late wife Adrienne’s (Judi Evans) grave, and told her that if things were different, and if she was alive they would still be married, and Kayla would be their dear, dear friend.

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With seeing the look on Kayla’s eyes, Justin knows she loves Steve.  Heartbroken, but caught in an untenable situation, Justin tells Kayla he is happy for her.  Kayla wraps her arms around Justin as they both cry.  Kayla says she never wanted to hurt him, and when Wally as Justin says, “I know, honey,” it was one of the most honest and ten-hankie moments of the entire scenario.   Justin kisses her, tells the guests there will be no wedding today, and exits the Kiriakis mansion.

The emotional drama continues in the aftermath as Justin is at Kayla’s apartment boxing up all of his belongings and tears up recalling their nights together listening to jazz and cooking dinner.  Sonny (Freddie Smith) finds his dad, and tells him he did the noble thing and that time will heal all wounds, but after Sonny leaves, Justin breaks down a bit further before exiting Kayla’s for good.

And if that was not enough, Justin goes back to Adrienne’s gravesite to update her on the wedding that did not happen.   He talks to her that he understands Kayla and Steve’s deep and enduring love, which was just like theirs was.  Next, Justin thinks he is seeing Adrienne, when none other than Bonnie Lockhart (Judi Evans) reveals she is back in Salem – talk about kicking a guy when he is down!

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Throughout this entire saga, moment to moment, Kurth delivered raw, genuine, adult emotions, in a very complex adult story and relationship.   In fact, the cast and crew thought so, too!  When Wally as Justin told Kayla that he can’t marry her and the speech that followed and his exit from the mansion that followed, all those on set applauded for him.  His work was that moving.   Wally was ably assisted throughout by the outstanding work of Mary Beth Evans in these scenes.

2020, while a difficult year for everyone thus far, has been a particular great year for Kurth on Days; as over the last six months he has really had a chance to shine in this story.  So for all of these reasons and more, Michael Fairman TV gives the “Power Performance of the Week” kudos to Wally Kurth.

Did you love Wally’s performance this week on Days? Did you reach for the hankies? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

 

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DAYS Wally Kurth, Mary Beth Evans & Chandler Massey Take You Behind the Scenes of Kayla and Justin’s Wedding

On Wednesday’s heartbreaking episode of Days of our Lives, viewers saw just how the nuptials of Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Justin (Wally Kurth) eventually wound up!

Justin told Kayla that Steve (Stephen Nichols) still loves her, which put a halt to the proceedings and ended the romantic relationship between the two dear friends, who found love with one another following Adrienne’s (Judi Evans) death, and Kayla believing Steve did not want her back.

Now, The DOOL app has posted a rare behind the scenes view of the making of the wedding – with moments from the key scenes, rehearsals and interviews with the cast involved.

Chandler Massey (Will) weighs-in on Will’s debut as a wedding officiant and how that went south, while Mary Beth Evans and Wally Kurth shared why they loved this storyline so much.

Wally expresses how the last six months have been some of the best storylines of his soap career, while Mary Beth says that Justin and Kayla’s relationship was so adult and that in real life, both actors have known about people who fall in love with their dear friend, after losing their significant other whether it be by divorce, or death, or whatever the circumstance.

If you don’t already have the DOOL app on your mobile device to watch the segment, you can get more info to download here.

We will have more to say on the memorable performances at Michael Fairman TV later in the week.

So, what did you think of Kayla and Justin’s wedding and the fallout? Comment below.

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DAYS Mary Beth Evans & Stephen Nichols with Guest Ron Carlivati Talk Stayla’s Greatest Hits & Approach To Scripts During COVID-19

This week is a pivotal one for Steve (Stephen Nichols) and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) on Days of our Lives.  Will they be reunited once again?

To take a stroll down memory lane of reunions past, Mary Beth Evans along with her longtime on-screen scene partner and dear friend, Stephen Nichols, watched back key scenes from the history of Stayla and offered up a second viewing experience as they commented on the clips.

Later, Mary Beth and Stephen are joined by their surprise guest and it is revealed to be Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati!

In her tweet, Evans announced: “Since we’re evidently leading up to something big on #Days … Stephen Nichols and I thought we’d get together & watch some of our reunions from the past. And, we were lucky enough to have a very special guest join us for a chat! #patchandkaylaforever”

Mary Beth and Stephen then chat with Ron about what changes is he having to make to scripts in the reality we all live in now, the coronavirus pandemic, and how he is taking in to account upcoming safety protocols that will need to be adhered to when Days goes back into production.

As of now, from an article in Deadline last Friday the NBC daytime drama series is aiming for a September 1st restart.

Watch Mary Beth, Stephen and Ron in part one and part two and part three of their discussion below.

You can find that and more on Mary Beth’s PlankBlog You Tube channel as well.

Let us know in the comment section what you favorite Patch and Kayla reunion has been … and if you are looking forward to how Days will look when it goes back into production within safety guidelines for COVID-19?

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