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Wally Kurth Talks DAYS Dramatic Twists That Gave Justin a Heartbreaking Story, a New Romance, and Unforgettable Moments

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If you have been watching recent episodes of Days of our Lives, soap opera vet, Wally Kurth has been turning out the performances of his daytime career.  In one of the most heartbreaking weeks we can remember, DAYS took us back to ‘Mother’s Day’ one year ago, prior to their time jump, to show us how Justin’s wife, Adrienne (Judi Evans) died following a car crash, it’s aftermath, and assorted other key plots for the characters of Salem.

For decades, Wally Kurth along with Daytime Emmy winner, Judi Evans created the on-screen love story of Justin and Adrienne on DAYS, and while they were off the canvas for quite some time, they remained one of the most popular duos in the history of the show.  Saying goodbye to one daytime love story opened the door for another, and now Kurth has been paired with another Daytine Emmy winner, Mary Beth Evans (Kayla).  The romance of Justin and Kayla is really going to be tested with the recent return of Stephen Nichols who seems to have Steve’s body overtaken by the mind and soul of Stefano DiMera.   What will happen if, and when Steve, Kayla, and Justin enter into a romantic triangle?

But as daytime viewers know, Wally is not only recognizable for his role as DAYS Justin but that of General Hospital’s Ned Quartermaine.  Kurth has the distinction of being on two separate soaps (sometimes even airing on them at the same time), playing two different fan favorite roles.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Wally about: being handed the ball in the emotional storyline on DAYS that has had him acting his heart out alongside Chandler Massey (Will) and Freddie Smith (Sonny) that could just land him a Daytime Emmy nomination in just a few months.  Plus, giving us a glimpse of what is was like to tape all of those tear-filled scenes, his reaction to his latest romantic pairing, and having the gift of acting on two soaps at this stage of his career.  Here’s what Wally shared.

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Let me just say; I’m all cried out watching your performances now.  I can’t cry anymore. (Laughs)  Did you watch everything back from the week-long flashback to Mother’s Day that changed the course of so many lives in Salem, and in particular, with the death of Adrienne?

WALLY:  Oh, yeah.  It was hard to watch.  It was interesting because the show must have been long as there were a couple of scenes that I was actually looking forward to seeing and they didn’t air.  One was on the Thursday episode and the other was on the Friday episode.  I remember seeing something about Matt Ashford (Jack) not having his scene air with Jack and Adrienne, and I wanted to tell him: “Hey, it was all around.”  It was probably just a little too much material to get it all in.

What do you remember doing that didn’t air?  Was Justin in even more tears?  (Laughs)

WALLY:  If you can believe it! (Laughs)  There was one scene with Sonny at her gurney that I really broke down.   There was a scene on Friday after Will leaves.  It’s a scene between Sonny and Justin talking about what Will had done that I thought was pretty intense, but that’s alright.  It’s part of the deal.  Shows run long and they’ve got to make decisions.  It’s all good.

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What do you remember about the day you had to shoot those death scenes with Judi Evans?

WALLY:  It’s interesting.  I made a decision that I’m not going to go about those scenes with the normal method: thinking about something really, truly terrible in my life because first of all, I’ve never lost a woman I’ve been with for 30 years.  So, I decided just to use my imagination and use the words in the script, and just go there.  It was certainly a lot more fun.  I didn’t second-guess myself.  The words were beautifully written, and I just sort of played the scene; rather than try to regurgitate some kind of past memory and/or try to imagine one of my children dying or my wife dying.

You didn’t do “substitution”!

WALLY:  Yeah, I didn’t substitute.  I guess for people who don’t understand this kind of method in acting; you can substitute things in your real life, your personal life to help you feel something called upon to do in a script, and I’ve done that before.  I’ve done that a lot, actually.  I did that when I was first on the show with Judi.  But, on that day when Adrienne died, I didn’t.

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It was so sad, and when they had the clip of a young Wally as Justin, meeting Adrienne for the first time, it was a sweet moment.  Justin sees her crying and is apparently smitten.  Did you see that flashback?  

WALLY:  It’s a famous one!  We got to talk about it, and the handkerchief in the scenes when she died.  I think in the scene that was cut, there was more about the handkerchief and that I gave her the handkerchief and that I needed a handkerchief now and Sonny gave me his handkerchief.  Years ago, I remember Al Rabin (Ex-director, DAYS) saying, “When you see her, she’s unlike anybody you’ve ever seen before.  That’s it,” and I went, “What?” and he said, “Yeah.  That’s it.”  So, I said, “Okay, she’s the one,” and I went in and just played that.  Like, “I don’t know who this woman is.  She’s crying on the bench.  She looks pretty miserable, but I’ll just try to talk to her” and that was Justin and Adrienne’s love story: coming in like a white knight and rescuing her.

You and Judi had worked together as Justin and Adrienne on and off for decades.  So, is there any sadness in saying goodbye to that on-screen relationship?

WALLY:  Yes, but in between it all we took like a 19-year break.  So, it’s not like John (Drake Hogestyn) and Marlena (Deidre Hall) who have been on continuously.  We fell back into that very comfortably.  It was 1987 when we were doing that scene at the park where she is crying.  Hello! That was 33 years ago!  And … oh, my God … the leather tie, the hair.  I had serious hair.  I remember that. (Laughs)

You had serious hair.  But … we all did!

WALLY:  It took longer just blowing my hair out than getting on make-up to hit the set.  I remember that little tweed jacket, and the black leather shoes.

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What were we all thinking back then!? (Laughs)  It must have been hard for Judi on the day while you were grieving over her body?

WALLY:  I remember Judi told me it was really hard for her, and I can understand it.  She’s such a good actress who really listens, so she’s always really affected.  We can be running lines in the makeup room, and if it’s an emotional scene, she can start crying.  So, she’s obviously really in touch with her emotions.  It was really hard for her to listen to Freddie, and me, and Matt and Mary Beth, and everyone tell her how much they’re going to miss Adrienne.  She was so good and professional.  She just kept her eyes closed all the way through the breaks.  She didn’t sit there and talk to us in between.  Probably, in her mind, she’s just trying to play dead.

She told me in the interview feature that I did for the DOOL app, that she intentionally didn’t want to see you and Freddie before those scenes.  

WALLY:  Yeah, that’s true.  I’m just thinking about that, and it really did help because we could just stay in that place and she never jumped up and went, “Hey!”   That’s just her professionalism.

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When you originally found out that DAYS was going to kill-off Adrienne, and that they were going to do a time jump which paired Justin and Kayla, romantically, what was your reaction to all of that?  Was it like, “Oh, story for me!?” and/or did it make you feel bad about the character casualty in order to make that happen?

WALLY:  I guess, selfishly, you’re only thinking of yourself – when you’re selfish, and I did think like, “Wow.  That sounds like an amazing story,” and then I’m like, “Oh, well that sucks for Judi, and that’s going to be kind of crazy,” but then I also realized quickly (because I know Judi, and I know how much she loved playing Bonnie) that if they choose to bring her back, they could bring her back as Bonnie.  But yes, I thought about that as well, but mainly, I thought that this is something new.  As an actor and as an artist, you want a new challenge.  For Judi and me, we were just sort of playing the two greatest parents to Sonny.  Pretty much, that was our role.  We were happily married.  We hadn’t really had a story in about a year.  I mean, I’m mister lawyer in town.   At least for me, and it turns out, this has been an amazing story to play.  I have to say; never in a million years did I imagine Justin with Kayla.  So, it wasn’t like I was campaigning for it.

I know in daytime that sometimes actors campaign to be paired with certain actors on their respective soaps,

WALLY:  Yeah, so I think we were both surprised.  I worked with Mary Beth on General Hospital and of course, we are dear friends off set.  We thought that was probably going to be the hardest part, because we’ve been friends for so long, and it’s kind of nice that when you do a love story that you do have to kind of go there, and feel comfortable, and be excited, and it worked out.  I thought we both brought out qualities in our characters that really conveyed that a really good friendship morphed into a true love.  Justin and Kayla helped each other through this difficult, difficult time, and then…

… Then Stevano shows up in Salem!

WALLY:  Yup!   People fall in love.  That’s what happened, and then of course Stephen Nichols comes back, and all hell breaks loose.  I have to say, the audience is in for a really fun 6 months coming up.

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What have you thought of Stephen Nichols portrayal as Stefano?

WALLY:  He has been amazing!   I told Stephen, and he appreciates it.   I don’t think anyone could do it as well as Stephen’s doing it.  I mean, when he blew up the other day in front of Anna (Leann Hunley), he sounded like Stefano.  He sounded like Joe Mascolo (Ex-Stefano)!  I think he’s done a really good job of pulling it off.  Only a really gifted actor could pull it off, and I believe it when he plays it.

You made a comment on Twitter to me about “the boys” (Freddie Smith and Chandler Massey), after I named the three of you Power Performance of the Week.  What can you say about Freddie in the scenes where he has to say goodbye to his mother, Adrienne, and then Chandler for his scenes with both Freddie and you in the aftermath, where he tells Sonny and Justin he was the responsible party that caused the crash that took Adrienne’s life?

WALLY:  Freddie went for it, and you have to.  He did, and I was so proud of him.   When Will tells Sonny that he was driving the car and he caused it, they were so in the moment.  They didn’t rush their emotions.  They took their time, and it was just totally believable, and not a false move, and then when I came in, it was just a really nice scene between the three of us, because I was checking in with Sonny, and then I was checking in with Will, and things took turn from there and it felt really solid.  I was very proud of it.

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Then, when Justin tears into Will for the death of his wife, and Will goes, “I wish it would’ve been me.”  It was so intense; everyone was good in that scene.

WALLY:  I wanted to send out a tweet to everybody from that episode who were                       wonderful in it including: Stacy Haiduk (Kristen), Eric Martsolf (Brady), Paul Telfer (Paul), and Casey Moss (JJ)…

Oh, my Gosh, and then Casey was so heartbreaking learning of Haley’s (Thia Megia) death!

WALLY:  Good lord.  Three deaths in one day!

You’ve been on soap operas for a long time.   It was a lot to take in as the viewer, but it made for a riveting and can’t-miss week of episodes.

WALLY:  It was amazing that the show pulled it off.  It could have been really too much.  I thought that the production pulled it out.  It wasn’t too much.  That’s probably why scenes were cut, too.  It might have just been too much; all of that just grieving over dead bodies.

What is the reaction you’re seeing to all of this on social media?  The fans have been very favorable to the performances.  You’re in such an interesting position, because you’re on two soaps (DAYS and GH) and you’re able to have these two distinct and different characters to play. What’s that been like that you’ve been able to bounce back and forth for so long in your career from Salem to Port Charles, and back again?

WALLY:  I couldn’t have planned it, obviously.  It just worked out that way; having created both roles, one 33 years ago and one 29 years ago.  I’m sort of integral on General Hospital because I’m sort of the lone patriarchal Quartermaine, and they want to keep that family going. So, that has been really kind of cool that I can keep breathing air into that legacy, and they’re recently brought in Amanda Setton as Ned’s daughter, Brook Lynn, too.  Then of course, with Days of Our Lives, they brought me back on as an attorney in 2009, and that was really out of the blue.  I hadn’t been on the show in 19 years.  So, to get a call to come back and be an attorney in town was just great, and at the time, I needed a job.  I kind of have to say, I owe Ken Corday (executive producer, DAYS) twice in my lifetime. He hired me as an actor when honestly; I could really use a job.  My first job was Days of Our Lives, and I was driving around in a moped then.

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Speaking of Amanda Setton (Ex-Kimberly, One Life to Live) how do you think she is doing with the part of GH’s Brook Lynn?

WALLY:  She’s great.  She’s experienced, and nowadays you really have to be experienced on soaps.  We go so fast.  Unfortunately, the newbies take some time and have to get on track, but it’s a world of one takes and we go so quickly.  It really helps to have an actor who has done it before and isn’t daunted by the speed.

Speaking of keeping the legacy of the Q’s going, the one and only Jane Elliot recently came back to GH to reprise her role of Tracy Quartermaine. What was it like having her back on set to work with?  

WALLY:  It was great!  I hope she’ll make some future returns.  She had a good time.  The show is really much better with her.  I was just thrilled.

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You must be grateful that Justin and Ned are still alive and kicking!

WALLY:  I love working on Days, and I love the crew.  I love the cast.  Both casts and crews from both soaps are fantastic.  I feel like the luckiest actor in town.  I don’t complain, and I won’t complain.  It’s interesting, when I was an actor on one show, I would complain, and I hear other actors on shows complaining about one thing or another.  I just don’t have a right to complain.  On my days off, I used to be the guy who would look at my lines the day before.  I probably could still do that, but I don’t want to.  I like spending a heck of a lot of time with my scripts so that when I go in there, I really know it.  I have a lot of different ways to play with it, and I get to be creative with it, and I pick that.  I don’t take that for granted.  So, every day when I get to work, I’m excited to be there, and I put a lot into it.

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So, do you think we can foreshadow you winning a Daytime Emmy this year, or next year, or both for the performances we have seen and those yet to come?

WALLY:  (Laughs) I feel like I’ve already won an Emmy by having two jobs.  Honestly, I’m having the time of my life.

Do you think the audience will see Justin grieving still for Adrienne? With the time jump, in theory, we missed a year of that part of the mourning process.

WALLY:  You will see it.  But yes, you’re right.  You don’t see Justin the first three months, or the week after, or the weeks after.  However, more comes up for him that I think  will be very satisfying to the audience.  I know it’s been very shocking to the audience to see where Justin is at.  Most of the complaints I get are like, “Really?  It’s been three months, and you’re already making out with Kayla?”  People were kind of offended by that.  By the way, my wife is also offended by that.  (Laughs)  She was like, “You’d better wait longer than three months!

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Did your wife watch your scenes when Adrienne died?

WALLY:  Yes, she did.   She liked them.   But she would say something like, “It’s hard to see you crying over another woman.”  I know she doesn’t really enjoy me making out with another woman and saying how much I love her.  I don’t usually show her all of the really romantic stuff, but I thought she’d be okay with the death scenes, and she was, but I am sure it was kind of strange for her.  She is a lawyer, not an actor.

Since she’s a lawyer, does she ever give you legalese tips for when you have courtroom scenes on DAYS?

WALLY:  She does, and I’m usually like, “Is there anything I can cut here?” and she usually goes, “Honestly, no.  You’d better say it.  I think it’s honestly pretty well-written.  You’d better say it as written. It’s pretty accurate.”

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The other moment I wanted to bring up to you that was like the “perfect scene” is when Justin visited Will in prison and told Will to not give up on life. I think that was such a beautiful scene and performance.  I hope that is in your Emmy submission.

WALLY:  Thank you.  I was very proud of that.  I appreciate that, Michael.  I know you watch a lot of these, and, it is in my Emmy submissionIt was beautifully written.  I think the writers have really handed me just some wonderful stories to tell, and wonderful dialogue, and I used every word of it, and I feel very blessed.  As actors … you can work your ass off, but you really do also need stories to sometimes shine, you know?  I thought the writers really gave me a lot of great material to work with.

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If they keep giving you more material like this every week you’ll be named the Power Performance of the Week, and then everyone will think something corrupt is going down! (Laughs) 

WALLY: They’ll think I’m paying you off, Michael! (Laughs)

So, what have you thought of Wally’s performances? Were you surprised at the Justin and Kayla pairing? Were you shocked at Adrienne’s death and what went down? Comment below.

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39 Comments

  1. Phil

    February 2, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    Not thrilled with Adrienne dying! I prefer her to Bonnie! That said it has been riveting!

    • Satan

      February 3, 2020 at 7:20 am

      Yeah Bonnie needs to stay gone. Along with anything else named “Lockhart”.

      And I suspect the other dumb doppleganger (Hattie) doesn’t have much longer on your side of Earth’s crust either. She’s setting herself up to be a casualty of the brain chip nonsense.

  2. Liz K

    February 2, 2020 at 8:07 pm

    I hope Adrienne turns
    Out to be alive. I love the Steve and Kayla angst this will create. Great acting by everyone !!!

  3. James R. Poissant

    February 2, 2020 at 8:21 pm

    Still think Adrienne will turn up alive somehow.

    • Jimh

      February 3, 2020 at 6:59 am

      i bet Rolf mind switched Adrienne and Bonnie and it was Bonnie killed while thinking she is Adrienne while Adrienne thinks she is Bonnie…and Sonny’s new boyfriend killed Bens sister and is the father of her child David!!!

      • James R. Poissant

        February 3, 2020 at 3:34 pm

        Oh, my God—YES!!!—to everything you said!!! Now THAT all makes sense. You’re a genius, Jim!!

      • Celia

        February 12, 2020 at 9:51 am

        Hey, Jimmy,
        What are the chances Mickey is Rolf’s baby?. He inseminated Kristen with his own sperm? Why not??

        • Jimh

          February 12, 2020 at 12:25 pm

          could be since he is not Sarah’s after all…but i hope he turns out to be Xander’s-that would be shocking that he switched Sarah’s deceased baby with Kristen’s because he loves Sarah then finds out the child he is passing off as Sarahs is really his and Kristens!!!

          • Celia

            February 12, 2020 at 6:00 pm

            Anything is possible, Jimmy—I follow your lead. You are always on the marK.
            I was thinking that the baby could also be Stefano’s. Afteral, Kristen is not his bio daughter. Stefano’s genes and Kristen’s combined, should create a doozy. LOL.

          • Jimh

            February 12, 2020 at 8:59 pm

            thats not Stefano’s because Patch is under mind control like Hope thinks she is Gina…just like he switched minds with Bonnie and Adrienne…Justin thinks his wife died but that was really Bonnie thinking she was Adrienne while Adrienne is off somewhere thinking she is Bonnie…and with Stefan and Vivian returning dead or alive who knows maybe Stephan is in Patch’s body thinking he is Stephano-lol…Crazy Days!!!

  4. Momo

    February 3, 2020 at 5:11 am

    I’m so glad Wally is on Days. He has been great, as usual.

    • Reb

      February 19, 2020 at 5:28 pm

      Awful story

  5. Louie

    February 3, 2020 at 8:59 am

    This show has become a joke! As for Justin/Kayla another rushed pairing to create angst for couples because the writer knows nothing else. The pairing of Wally/MaryBeth was MEH on GH and didn’t last. Not in for another long come back to have a third party angst similar to Jack/Jenn/Eve.such a waste..this relationship is disrespectful to two super couples with 30+ years between them and a following. Would have worked with lesser established couples. To kill Adrienne off to give Wally a story wow…he hasn’t been a lead in a show for 30+ years there’s a reason.

    • anne

      February 7, 2020 at 11:27 pm

      Judi Evans’ only son passed away on Dec 13, 2019. The writers at DOOL may have killed off Adrienne at Judi’s request

      • Reb

        February 19, 2020 at 3:07 pm

        Doubt it

  6. Ginger

    February 3, 2020 at 12:38 pm

    Couldn’t buy into Justin’s goodbye based upon his past history and how the story has been written/portrayed with him and Kayla. Wally did a great job acting, but didn’t give me the feels. Freddie on the other hand WOW..knocked it out of the ballpark!!

    • Jaime

      February 27, 2020 at 7:30 pm

      Disagree it came off badly because it was such utter hypocrisy esp placing Kayla as replacement asap

  7. Kricket73

    February 3, 2020 at 5:07 pm

    Hey it’s a classic Kayla move. I”m without Steve, you know, the love of my life. I feel so sad. So I’ll just make a play and sleep with one of my brother in laws. First Shane now Justin. Only difference is she hasn’t got Adrienne alive to stick it to her like she did with her blood sister and Shane so many years ago. How will she deal without that ego boost? And they get her to play all this with a woe is me everybody else is so mean to me presence.

    • Nikki

      February 4, 2020 at 7:43 am

      I agree Kricket..then, to be offended that Steve has moved on though she is already living/sleeping/declaring love with another brother in law. Loved dialogue where she told Marlena “Steve chose to leave”, no he was arrested for espionage and was working to clear his name. Also, loved that she called her and Steve’s children his children. Writers have ruined this character.

      • Reb

        February 19, 2020 at 3:10 pm

        Yes both Justin and Kayla are ruined for me! Kayla never stops the me me me stuff it’s always about her! So selfish and self righteous

      • Reb

        February 19, 2020 at 5:29 pm

        Agree! Kayla became a shrew

  8. Patricia

    February 4, 2020 at 4:25 am

    Great interview with Wally. I’m a life long fan of Days, that grew up watching it with my mom, that being said it’s like writers are trying to write Justin’s history with this time jump. He just remarried Adrienne after being divorced from her from cheating, this wasn’t his first time, etc. I felt like I was watching “Rocky” with the OTT Adrienne melodramatics. Wish him luck with both shows, as for me this time jump and rewriting history to egotistical writers whims is too much. I’ve taken Days off DVR and am tuning into Y&R.

  9. Nikki

    February 4, 2020 at 7:40 am

    Can’t buy into it…sorry, the writer is trying to rewrite previous story lines to build up Justin’s character while tearing down Steve.First, Justin has been a habitual cheater going back to when he and Adrienne first got together most recently up til they remarried. Secondly, didn’t he play a part in baby Stephanie’s kidnapping? Then the dialogue, where Kayla tells Marlena that Steve chose to leave, no he was arrested for espionage..As for Kayla, out of another brother in law. Can’t writers do anything else???

  10. angela yoho

    February 4, 2020 at 9:22 am

    That picture up there says it all about Kayla…I agree with Wally’s wife..3 months is way too soon then you add on with a sister in law…yikes..

    • Jaime

      February 20, 2020 at 11:53 am

      Days killed two love stories. It feels worse when the actors pat themselves on the back for it and expect awards or give interviews praising themselves for participation. I lose respect for everyone concerned.
      Now two once beloved couples were destroyed. Justin and Kayla merit zero applause respect. They have no chemistry and not a sign in history that they ever should have been. Kayla comes off self serving and narcissistic but nothing like anyone who should ever be called sweet.
      There is no love story here. All Kayla does is have monologues about herself and how everything is Kayla centric. She uses the word I more than anyone should.

      • Roberta

        February 21, 2020 at 9:28 am

        I agree writers have done a disservice to all characters involved in this arc. They have destroyed Kayla’s character in order to build this forced Justin/Kayla romance with new viewers, I agree. Was glad Stefano defended Steve by telling her he was coming back to her in yesterday’s episode. Because to be honest, I was ready to throw my tv out the window with the repetitive Justin lost his “beloved wife” baloney he just remarried her after divorcing for cheating and my husband deserted me…steve left when he was arrested for espionage because of the eye she put in..writers rewriting history to fit their needs. I’m still holding out hope for Steve/Kayla and hope she realizes/accepts some guilt in this.

  11. Iris

    February 4, 2020 at 2:13 pm

    Great interview, Michael! Fans of Days and GH are so lucky that Wally is on their shows. He is an incredible actor. I was wondering if you could use your position and influence to ask Ken, Greg, and Ron if they can please put the edited scenes on the #doolapp. It is not fair to the actors and the fans for good scenes to not ever be seen. It saddens me that scenes that actors worked so hard on and that Ron wrote never make it to air. Thank you so much.

  12. PatrickGHfan

    February 4, 2020 at 6:24 pm

    It’s a shame the writers killed off Adrienne..there were about 5 other characters that could have gone before her. Wally and Freddie did a great job. Not sure one performance will ensure an emmy…his acting is spotty at best.

  13. Joy Wilson

    February 4, 2020 at 7:31 pm

    I really thought the scenes with Chandler were amazing when they talked in the prison and when he said he was responsible for Adrienne’s death. I have always thought Wally was a great actor but you need someone to share those words and emotions with to allow them to flow and be believable.I cried watching those scenes. DOOL is very lucky to have the actor’s they have. I saw alot of Emmy winning scenes….hope they don’t cancel each other out. Thank you for this interview……have to agree with the 3 month “mourning time” Wally’s wife said it right to soon. Glad Wally is getting recognized for the great actor he is.

  14. Remy

    February 5, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    Wally is a nice person..totally agree with the wife on the 3 month thing. It’s a shame he had to get good material at the expense of one of the most underrated actresses on daytime-Judi Evans!! Freddie and Chandler knocked it out of the park this past week and Wally was good. As for the writer, Wally isn’t going to bring in more fans to off-set the lose of almost 500,000 compared to last year. This time jump, new pairings, etc is a bust.

  15. Violet Lemm2

    February 8, 2020 at 6:55 pm

    I love Wally Kurth, and his acting abilities, but not so much at the expense of losing Adrienne, and his 3 month jump into bed with Kayla.I do not care for the two of them together and I don’t agree with his assessment of S.N portraying Stefano either. It’s a poor imitation of J.M, the one and only Phoenix. Next they will have Steve speaking with an Italian accent! I like Wally’s role on GH, but would like to see more interaction between he and Olivia. She can keep him on his toes,and not so full of himself. Olivia has never played second fiddle to any man, why start now!

    • Reb

      February 19, 2020 at 5:30 pm

      Justin should have left instead of Adrienne

  16. Pete

    February 9, 2020 at 3:17 pm

    The actors that played Will and Sonny really knocked it out of the park during these episodes. Wally did a good job, but I couldn’t get the connection based upon the recent rush remarriage and then his rushed pairing w/Kayla..he is not Steve and will never be Steve (though writers trying their best to push this pairing). Just hoped we aren’t having to be punished with flashbacks of Justin/Kayla to try to ease the issue of the rushed pairing. We can figure out what happened, we aren’t idiots. I agree with mostly everyone,even Wally’s wife, too fast.

  17. Satan

    February 9, 2020 at 5:45 pm

    Something I just realized about the brain-chipped “Dynamic Duo”…. it seems that Rolf was working with some really old backups of Stefano & Gina’s brains when he programmed these chips.

    When we last saw the REAL Princess Gina she had gotten over her obsession with John, and had since fallen in love with Bo Brady. And she had easy access to him by pretending to be Hope, of course. Obviously Bo isn’t around anymore, but that doesn’t mean Gina would default to her previous obsession.

    Likewise, the REAL Stefano had moved on from his old obsessions with Marlena. Most recently before his death he was obsessed with Kate, having re-kindled the old flame from her hooker days way back when – presumably before her first trip to Salem when she was hooking up with Bill Horton. Although that timeline would be in conflict with the fact that she was working with Chad’s mother, who was also hooking up with Stefano. And Chad obviously should then be older than Lucas, which he clearly is not.

    But then when have timelines ever made sense in Salem. Don’t even get me started on the magic time travelling eggchild who was born in 1983, yet somehow a practicing physician by 1990, when he conceived a child in Europe with a woman who was living in Salem at the time and never visibly pregnant as long as she was living with Bo Brady. And then there was her son who left town with her at the age of 10 and was banging Kate on the Titan desk about two years later in his early 30s and then regressed to his early 20s when he needed to end his mom’s 2nd visit to Salem over a decade later.

    And if none of that made any sense to you…. you must be a new Days viewer. Congratulations!

  18. Roberta

    February 13, 2020 at 2:44 pm

    Wally is an ok actor who seems really grounded. Freddie/Chandler owned those scenes during that tragedy. Agree with Wally’s wife 3 months way to quick–just hope we don’t have to endure some kind of flashbacks that are forced upon fans trying to get them to accept this Justin/Kayla pairing. All you have to do is watch this weeks episodes to see that no couple on daytime can bring it like the actors who play Kayla/Steve. The Justin/Kayla pairing appears even more forced. They are even trying to give Justin Steve’s lines to make it likable–let’s slow dance–that’s a Steve and Kayla thing.
    On a side note, those producers are cowards just heard how they let Chandler and Freddie find out they were being written out. Same way they did Judi..not what you need when your show is struggling for fans or maybe they want to get it cancelled.

    • Reb

      February 19, 2020 at 3:11 pm

      With stories like this and actors who pretend its great stuff days should be cancelled

      • Jaime

        February 27, 2020 at 7:33 pm

        Truly awful story

  19. Paige

    March 30, 2020 at 10:15 am

    Well, five months into this time jump and it’s ridiculous..stories still on going; they’ve repeated Adrienne’s death more than once & I’m sure more to come. Other than those scenes, Wally is back to being an average actor with dimples..the chemistry with the actress that plays Kayla, is marginal at best and all the characters do is have repeat convo’s with anyone that will listen to them about how bad Steve is or needing to be reassured about the relationship. Hope walked everyone through the perfect definition of rebound when she used words like “comfort”. This travesty needs to end. Like Wally, Justin is better part-time. The role of Ned is much better and he has great chemistry with Olivia.

    • Jaime

      March 31, 2020 at 11:01 am

      Justin is a terrible character now ruined Kayla completely.
      Come on replacing Adrienne after all those years with a sister in law before she is even cold in her grave? UGH. both Justin and kayla deserve the award for the most tacky, most disgraceful characters of the year! Give Steve a new love, Kayla is just not there for him and yet she constantly whines and excuses her behaviors while pointing the finger at Steve for far less. Two very ruined characters.

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47th Annual Daytime Emmys Draws Over 3 Million Viewers For CBS Telecast with Return to Network TV

Friday night was a good night for daytime!  With its first foray back on to network television since 2011, the Daytime Emmy kudofest, while for the first time held this year virtually, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, scored very well in its timeslot.

The CBS broadcast averaged 3.1 million total viewers and a 0.3 demo rating.  That is way up from the last time viewers saw the award show on TV when it was on cable network POP TV back in 2015 with just over 900,000 viewers for its initial broadcast.

According to TV Insider report: The first hour of the Emmys garnered 3.3 million viewers to top the hour by edging out a rerun on ABC”s Shark Tank, and then slipped to second place for the second hour with 2.8 million viewers.

These were strong numbers for Friday night, and hopefully CBS and the other major networks will now continue this, and serve up the Daytime Emmy Awards moving forward.

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The ladies of CBS’s The Talk hosted the event; each virtually from their homes, in an event filled with at-home acceptance speeches and presenters, and clip packages. The show was produced by NATAS and Associated Television International

So, what do you think of the ratings performance of this year’s Daytime Emmys?  Comment below.

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Y&R Wins Drama Series, Jason Thompson and Heather Tom Take Top Acting Honors During 47th Annual Daytime Emmys

The 47th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards were presented tonight on CBS in the first virtual Emmys ceremony and broadcast.

It was CBS’ The Young and the Restless that won big on the night taking home 8 trophies; including Outstanding Drama Series, and one for Lead Actor for Jason Thompson (Billy Abbott), who finally won an Emmy on his sixth acting nomination, but first for Y&R.

In an historic moment, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Heather Tom (Katie) tied Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki, OLTL) by winning a record-tying sixth Daytime Emmy for her role as Katie Logan Spencer in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category.

Tamara Braun (Ex-Kim, General Hospital) won her second Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series award having won years earlier for her work Ava Vitali on Days of our Lives.   Bryton James (Devon, Y&R) won for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, his second Emmy but first in more than 13 years.  He previously won for Younger Actor in a Drama Series.

General Hospital and The Bold and the Beautiful were the next shows that won the most Emmys for the night with 4

In a statement, NATAS, President and CEO, Adam Sharp shares: “Tonight, we did not let the worldwide pandemic of COVID-19 keep up from honoring some of the most talented contributors to our Daytime Television community.  We celebrated not only the best programming and performances of the last year, but reflected on the legacy of Daytime’s biggest moments and icons.”

The broadcast was produced by NATAS and Associated Television International.

Below are the winners in the daytime drama and digital drama categories revealed tonight:

Outstanding Drama Series

The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Digital Drama Series

The Bay

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Jason Thompson, The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Heather Tom, The Bold and the Beautiful

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Tamara Braun, General Hospital

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Bryton James, The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Younger Performer in a Drama Series

Olivia Rose Keegan, Days of our Lives

Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series

Eva LaRue, The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Writing Team in a Drama Series

The Bold and the Beautiful

Outstanding Directing Team in  a Drama Series

General Hospital

Outstanding Technical Team for a Drama Series

General Hospital

Outstanding Multiple Camera Editing for a Drama or Digital Drama Series

General Hospital

Outstanding Lighting Direction for a Drama or Digital Drama Series

The Bold and the Beautiful and Dark Web (Tie)

Outstanding Casting for a Drama or Digital Drama Series

EastSiders

Outstanding Music Direction and Composition for a Drama or Digital Drama Series

Days of our Lives

Outstanding Live and Direct to Tape Sound Mixing for a Drama Series

The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design for a Drama or Digital Drama Series

The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Costume Design for a Drama or Digital Drama Series

The Bold and the Beautiful

Outstanding Hairstyling for a Drama Series

The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Makeup for a Drama Series

The Young and the Restless

So, what do you think about this year’s winners? Were you thrilled or was your favorite snubbed? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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How The Virtual Daytime Emmys Came Together And Will Look and Feel

Friday night, daytime fans, soap fans, and all the hard working people in front of the camera and behind the scenes that make your favorite soap operas come to life; will be awaiting the announcement in 15 categories to see who is the recipients of this year’s 47th annual Daytime Emmys.

The show finally back on network TV and on CBS, and according to Variety the show is going to be pre-taped, but to keep the element of surprise, presenters  appearing on the Emmys were asked to tape 5 different envelope openings — and every nominee in the major categories presented will have been asked to tape an acceptance speech.

As for keeping the winners’ identities under wraps, NATAS President and CEO Adam Sharp shared: “We’ve established an internal process so that actual knowledge of the winner is kept as a need-to-know basis on a category-by-category basis.  Certainly as we get closer to final delivery of the show, on the week of the 26th, there will be those who start seeing the whole picture come together. But obviously, a big goal of that is keeping that circle small.”

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Look for more clips and visuals than usual in the virtual Daytime Emmys.  According to ATI’s, Al Schwartz who is executive producing the telecast: “Since it’s pre-taped, we can really present, for the viewers’ entertainment, the best possible visuals for each nominee. There’s going to be time to breathe in this show. And also, there’s time to keep the pacing up, so that it doesn’t get monotonous.”

The ladies of The Talk serve as hosts for Daytime’s biggest night, even though everyone will be shown from their homes.  It all starts at 8 p. m. EST/7 p. m. CST and tape delayed on the west coast airing at 8 p. m. PST.

So, how do you think the first ever virtual Daytime Emmys will be? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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