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WATCH: DAYS Hangout with Billy Flynn & Michael Fairman: Flynn Talks Bad Boy Chad, Being A Recast, James Scott & More!

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Last night, the new Chad DiMera in town, Billy Flynn of Days of our Lives sat down live with On-Air On-Soaps Michael Fairman for the first in a new series of DAYS Hangouts!  The hangout was broadcast live and now those who missed the event can watch it back!

During the almost 40 minutes of banter, Michael and Billy welcomed selected and passionate DAYS fans from across the country who each had their opportunity to pose questions to Flynn. The guest participants included: Spencer Barrett, Anthony Corona, Carol Rowland, Joanie Nowak, Rachel Turk, and  Michele Lephhart.

To kick things off, Michael posed a few questions that have been on  many DAYS fans minds at the top of the hangout to which Billy responded to. Here are a few excerpts below!

Flynn on being a recast and the challenges he has faced: “I was very nervous. Casey Deidrick (Ex-Chad) is a handsome young man, and he was beloved.  But Chad is a different character now, so I sort of took that and put it out of my mind.  I knew that recasts have a really hard time from fans based on what I saw happen with Guy Wilson (Will, DAYS).  What do you say?  People are going to have their opinions.  I find some of it amusing, especially the height jokes … because I am six feet tall, and I am still the shortest on the show, because these other guys are like six feet four or five! This is not a TV show … it’s an NBA league on Days of our Lives!  It’s not nice to hear, but at the end of the day, it’s like, ‘What are you going to do?’  I just show up and try to do my work.”

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Flynn on working with his on-screen brother James Scott (EJ)  in his first scenes where Chad throws a punch at EJ and working with the now exited Scott: “I was sweating profusely, and I had never been so nervous, and I was punching a guy who was six feet four!  I mean, I was jumping up to hit him in the face.  It was nerve-wracking because it was my first scene, and I am playing a new lead character, with for all intent and purposes the star of the show.  But James was amazing!  I remember I was going through the lines in my head and James said, ‘Listen.  Don’t worry about any of this.  I have already seen your work. You’re incredible.  And as I am trying to throw the punch a few times, James goes, ‘I have screwed up more times than anyone on the show. Don’t worry about it. We start there between the characters, but you do see for the short time James is still on-air that there is a short evolution that we have, but you will see the anger go to the brotherly love, but we really never get to have that relationship.”

Flynn on how he sees the change in the character of Chad, where he now has revenge on his mind: “I think it’s a natural human emotion after Chad has been lied to. Chad is just a guy who desperately wants to be loved.  He has been abandoned by everyone in his life, and when he started to care about EJ and Abigail, they betrayed him.  I know people have been saying “It’s so shocking how different he is,” but how can you not be?  And he gets shot?  I have never been shot, but I can imagine afterwards I would probably be pretty pissed off!”

Now below watch the entire DAYS Hangout with Billy Flynn hosted by Michael Fairman!  The let et us know what you thought of Billy’s answers to the questions posed, and if you enjoyed the hangout?  And yes, per Billy’s request, we had “Fruity Pebbles” cereal on-hand as he promised he would eat on his preview tweet!

 

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He does kind of remind me of Nick Fallon like others mention but i think he’s doing a fine job as a somewhat darker and edgier Chad…now they need to pair him with Teressa and let the sparks fly…meanwhile i still believe Jordan was a prostitute and Clyde her pimp!!!

Great interview! After watching this interview and seeing Mr. Flynn in action on the show in recent “Days,” (giving the character further development), I think he will do just fine! He is a great addition to the show!

James,

Yep…it was a great interview!!!!! One of my favorite moments during the interview was when Mr. Fairman (IMO, what a CUTIE-PIE…LOL!!!!!) compared watching golf to watching paint dry…TOTALLY LMAO on that one…LOL!!!!! All in all…FUN FUN FUN interview!!!!! And Mr. Fairman…thanks a bunch!!!!! Your website TRULY ROCKS…and so do Y-O-U!!!!! Again…thanks.

James, my friend…take care. Peace.

Jay, thanks a million! You’re a breath of fresh air as always.

And I second your compliments to Mr. Fairman!

See you soon, Friend!

James,

Thanks…much appreciated. Dude…you are an absolute RAY OF SUNSHINE…TOTALLY!!!!! More and more, you and your posts BRIGHTEN MY DAY!!!!! Thank You.

See ya’ soon, Amigo. A-C-E-S!!!!!!

For me the jury is still out on Chad 🙁 As jimh stated earlier, pair him with Teressa and things would be sizzling!!! 🙂 I will sure miss Sami and EJ tho!!! Wish Daniel and Jennifer were back together. PLEASE get rid of Eve!!!!!!

I quite like him already. A Chad being edgier is just a more interesting Chad and while Billy doesn’t look like Casey, he will do just as fine if not better since with Casey Chad was a bit bland (the writing was the problem imo). And i totally understand Chad being mad..this affair story was disgusting and something Ej would never has done, totally out of character..Ej can be awful but his love for his brother was much more important than some few lame fucks with a lame and nobody character, even more when he was finally with the woman he always wanted. But whatever the bad writing is done, let’s move on with a more complex and interesting Chad and a female match for him like…Theresa ! If actors have chemistry (for that actors have to share scenes together..Days !) it could a total dynamo pairing..do it Dool !

Uh, no thanks. Ever since the failed Will recast and the total destruction of so many characters’ essence, what’s the point of continuing watching? One disappointment after another.

I was hanging on to every word of DAYS Hangout! I loved every second of it!!!

Billy Flynn is gifted!!!!!

I agree, 4ever. He can really grab your attention and reel you in. I’m just not sure about his true character yet. It’s that ‘good over evil’ thing nagging at the back of my mind. I vacillate between liking or disliking the character. Is he really ‘in’ with Kate, or is it a ploy; that is, orders of the mighty Stefano to pretend to be in cahoots with Kate? There is no way that Stefano would sit complacently, whiling the time away without complotting schemes against those who , in his head, have wronged him. We are all too familiar with Stefano’s paybacks. He is like a snake in the grass, biding his time, scoping his prey and then strike.

Also, who is Clyde’s boss? Stefano? Where is the Jordan-Clyde-Stefano link?

Excellent interview! I don’t see the similarity between Billy and the guy who played Nick myself. I think Billy is doing a great job as Chad and for me , I don’t like a pairing of Chad and Teresa. He needs a “new to town” woman to come in. Someone who will see through all the anger in Chad. He needs to be happy. Hopefully soon.

The writers on Days have done a very poor job setting up this so-called “revenge motive” regarding Chad. The foundation for this is weak to none. Beyond that, I think Billy Flynn’s interpretation of the character of Chad is way off base. Chad is flawed, immature in some ways, but he was NEVER creepy. Flynn’s interpretation of Chad makes Chad appear creepy. Also, Days should have cast a taller actor for physical continuity. The combination of these things make Flynn a bad choice for the recast of Chad.

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Chrishell Stause to Guest Star on Amazon Freevee’s ‘Neighbours’ in New Soap Role

Look. who’s returning to the soaps but this time down under? Chrishell Stause, who before the reality-series Selling Sunset found notoriety on daytime dramas, is set to play a new guest role on the iconic Australian soap, Neighbours.

Stause will play a new character, Yasmine Shields, who is said to be,”a glamorous and successful businesswoman in pursuit of an exciting new opportunity.” Chrishell will make her way to Australia and start filming in July.

Neighbours releases new episodes Monday-Thursday, at 7 a.m. BST, on Amazon Freevee in the UK and the U.S.  Stause is joining the show at the right time as it just received its first Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Drama Series at the upcoming 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

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In a statement, the former All My Children, Days of our Lives and The Young and the Restless star, expressed, “I am honored and excited to join such a beloved and iconic show.  Coming from the world of soaps in the U.S., it’s back to my first love in the entertainment industry. They pitched me an idea for a character, and I was immediately excited to figure out a way to make it happen. Ramsay Street here I come!”

Neighbours Executive Producer Jason Herbison said on the casting news, “We are thrilled to welcome Chrishell to the cast of Neighbours. We created a character especially for her and we can’t wait for her to bring the storyline alive. Expect intrigue and surprises – and many implications for the residents of Ramsay Street.”

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As fans know, Stause married her partner, Australian musician G Flip back in 2022, so now she has additional roots on the continent.

Previously on the soaps, Chrishell played the role of Amanda Dillon on All My Children (2005-2011), Bethany Bryant on The Young and Restless (2016) and Jordan Ridgeway on Days of our Lives (2013-2015; and make returns in: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2023).

Since leaving the American daytime soaps, Chrishell has received an MTV TV & Movie Award ‘Best Reality Star’ and a People’s Choice nomination for ‘Favorite Reality Star’ for her appearance in Selling Sunset. In 2023 she was recognized by Variety as one of the ‘40 Most Powerful Women in Reality TV’ and by Us Weekly as one of the ‘Top 10 Reality Stars of the Year.’

In February 2022, she released her debut memoir, Under Construction: Because Living My Best Life Took a Little Work. Chrishell is committed to philanthropic endeavors and is a vocal advocate for LGBTQIA+ rights.

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The continuation of the long-running series, Neighbours, is about the lives, loves, and challenges of the residents on Ramsay Street in Erinsborough, Australia, a fictional suburb of Melbourne—picked up two years after the finale in 2022, which was watched by millions of adoring fans.

As well as on Amazon Freevee in the U.S and UK as mentioned above, Neighbours streams on Prime Video in Canada, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. Australia’s Network 10 will retain first-run rights in Australia for the new chapter of the series. Previous seasons of Neighbours, as well as over 100 iconic episodes, are currently available to stream on Amazon Freevee.

So, what do you think about Chrishell Stause returning to the soaps with a role on Neighbours? Comment below.

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Ron Carlivati Reveals When Days of our Lives Episodes From His Head Writing Regime Resume Streaming

Days of our Lives viewers have not been watching material from head writer Ron Carlivati and his writing team for many months. Well, things are about to change.

Circle this Friday, May 31st when the first new script from Carlivati and company will stream on the Peacock soap opera. If you recall, Carlivati had to step away from the writing gig at DAYS due to the writer’s strike, but because the soap tapes at least seven months ahead of air, it is only now that fans will see how the stories shift or finish out that were started by Carlivati.

According to Ron’s conversation with TV Insider, when Carlivati and his team resumed writing the show in late October of 2023, the stories were already written well into 2024. Carlivati explained, “For me, as of us talking right now, the (replacement writers’ material) is still airing, so that has been very tough. I’m just very anxious and eager for our stuff to start airing again.”

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Ron explained before the writer’s strike, he and his scribes had written up through the 2023 Thanksgiving episodes. Speaking on how the replacement writers tried to handle stepping in for the regular team, Ron expressed, “I think what they tried to do was move things slowly in the hopes that the strike would end and respect where my storylines were so that I could play them off when we came back. Unfortunately, the strike dragged on, so I understand that the show needed to make story decisions.”

The award-winning writer made clear that, “from January to May (2024), those were not my stories. I had nothing to do with those.”

Having lived through a writer’s strike before (when he was at One Life to Live in 2008), Carlivati explained how he dealt with coming back and adjusting the stories including that the plan was to, “blow things up, jettison anything that I did not like, and get back to a show that I understand and can enjoy and tell. ”

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Look for a Carlivati-style ‘wink-wink’ on Friday’s episode. As he puts it, “I did want to make it clear that this was the line of demarcation, that the writers were back and there was a change happening. We have a little nod or two to what was going on in the first day and I think it will be very obvious and clear to the savvy viewer. Luckily, story-wise, certain things were coming to a head already.”

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Stay tuned for how Ron resolves a Sloan and Nicole showdown, how Eric will find out he is Jude’s true baby daddy, what happens when the new Gabi returns from Salem from out of the slammer, the Maggie/Konstantin wedding, payback time for Theresa and more.

In addition, and as previously reported, when Carlivati returned, he crafted the series 15,000th episode which is set to air in early December, and will also pay tribute to the late Bill Hayes with the passing of his on-screen beloved character, Doug Williams.

So, glad to know Ron and his team’s material will start to reveal itself this Friday and moving forward on DAYS? Comment below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Eric Says Goodbye to Baby Jude

The Monday, May 27th of Peacock’s Days of our Lives, picked right back up for the emotional payoff of Nicole (Arianne Zucker) finally getting her biological son, Jude, back in her arms and learning it from Eric (Greg Vaughan).

As the episode began, Eric (with Jude in tow) is at the front door of the DiMera mansion. Eric recounts Sloan’s (Jessica Serfaty) confession. Nicole (Arianne Zucker) says she knew from the first time she held Jude that this was her child. She says a parent knows deep in their soul. Eric looks at her with tears in his eyes, as he thinks Jude is now EJ’s (Dan Feuerriegel) biological son. That’s a lie into itself and EJ is covering the truth of that along with Sloan.

Eric goes on to explain that Sloan even rigged the DNA results, telling the couple that they can check for themselves with a new DNA test, but this is their baby. Once inside the living room, Eric apologizes to Nicole for what Sloan put her though. Nicole says EJ was a victim too.  She turns to EJ and insists that Sloan be arrested. He tells her there is plenty of time for that. She reiterates, “That bitch stole my baby!” But, EJ is not about to do anything about it.

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Eric vows he will make Sloan pay for all of her lies and deceit. Nicole asks Eric if he would like to hold Jude one more time before he leaves. Eric tells Jude he will love him more than he will ever know.

As tears stream down his face, he returns Jude to Nicole. She tells he can come over anytime to see the baby. Eric thinks it’s best for Jude to bond with his new family. Holly (Ashley Puzemis) comes in on all this and is filled-in on Jude’s “parentage.” Outside, Eric continues to falls apart.

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However, after getting a call from Rafe (Galen Gering), they meet outside Eric’s apartment door. When they enter, the place is a torn up and there is no sign of Sloan. All that they find is a necklace, Eric gave her for Mother’s Day.Eric realized she took off, knowing she could be caught for her crimes. Meanwhile, back the DiMeras, an overcome Nicole is in tears that she actually has her baby back.

Now, what? Will EJ try to bond with Jude or not bond with Jude since he is knows Eric is the biological father? Will Sloan eventually get arrested? What did you think of the performance of Greg Vaughan and Arianne Zucker? Let us know via the comment section below. 

But first, in case you missed it, check out the Michael Fairman Channel’s conversation with the Ari and Greg  from five months back where they talk about the baby switch storyline and more.

 

 

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