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WATCH: Jackée Harry Comes to Days of our Lives Promo

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Next week on March 1st look for the arrival of Jackée Harry to NBC’s Days of our Lives.

Harry is coming to the long-running soap in the new role of Paulina, who is connected to the Carver family.

In the newly-released promo heralding her upcoming DAYS debut, the actress shares, “I’ve got three good reasons you should watch me on Days of our Lives … I’m bold … I’m fabulous .. and you know I’m going to stir up trouble.  Let’s do this!”

Harry is best known for her roles in the sitcoms 227, Sister, Sister and numerous roles on television and motion pictures.

Watch the NBC promo featuring Jackée below.

What kind of trouble do you think Harry’s Paulina will stir up in Salem? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Come on Miss Harry! She is fabulous and I can’t wait for her to return to daytime.

I hope it’s as fun as it looks!

I believe I was meant to begin watching Days just so I can experience the tornado that will hit Salem next week in the guise of Jackee.

Welcome back to daytime.

Excited about this news, but… Can DOOL do the viewers a favor and never have Susan Banks onscreen again? Okay, we get it: she’s an eccentric, unusual character. Originally, she was created to showcase the acting talents of Eileen Davidson, giving her a total of five (!) DOOL characters. With Stacey Haiduk playing the role of Kristen and now Susan, I guess it’s a chance to showcase Haiduk’s acting chops.

At this point, I feel that I could play Susan! Just give me the wig and the teeth, and I’ll handle the rest! The thing is, the appearances of Susan do nothing to enhance the storyline or show. She is just an annoying, outlandish (and dare I say, unbelievable) character; it’s difficult to listen to her rantings and manner of speech.

ReRon will never dump the ridiculous doppleganger stories. That was evident enough when he made the idiotic decision that Bonnie Lockhart was more of a legitimate part of Days than Adrienne Johnson Kiriakis.

NO member of the Lockhart family was ever worth a second of airtime… let alone the doppleganger.

As for Susan… I thought she was supposed to be living somewhere in Europe, taking care of her “baby boy Elvis” (who apparently hasn’t fully recovered from being a Rolf-zombie yet). That would be a more plausible existence for her (offscreen, of course) than volunteering to sit in a prison cell while Kristen (whom she used to refer to as “mean mean mean!!” ) runs around Salem getting up in everybody’s business.

Satan, thanks for your reply. You’re right about those “ridiculous doppleganger stories.” I think we’re all getting tired of them. And Adrienne’s death was senseless, especially in lieu of the reemergence of Bonnie. Stay warm, Friend!

Hey, Jamesj! Have to disagree; I love Susan! I just find her hilarious and I think Stacy is doing a great job. Yes, she’s outlandish, but I expect her to be; as is Dr. Rolf. But I find these cray cray characdters/stories fun. Not, of course, if they were the main characters or the main stories…but just the right dose of levity.(As for Rolf, I do enjoy his bringing people back. Wish he crossed over to GH and brought a few characters of theirs back from the supposed dead.)

Having now seen Jackee Harry’s character I can say I can’t stand her. Way too obnoxious for me; way too much emphasis on race right out of the gate. I prefer soaps don’t go there, to covid or anything else that is current and laden with conflict or worry, grief, etc, in real life right now… I LIKE that race hasn’t come up in Salem; how the characters relate and blend as friends, family, etc. I have no desire to have any “conversation” or “teaching moments” on soaps. Curious to see what type of reception she gets from the viewers.

Hello Rebecca1! Long time, no back and forth… In this case (of Susan Banks), we can agree to disagree. But I certainly appreciate hearing from you on this and understand your viewpoint. I don’t go back as far as a lot of DOOL viewers, so I didn’t see firsthand the work of Eileen Davidson in the roles. I also like your idea of Rolf crossing over to GH and providing his “services….”

Regarding Jackee Harry’s character, I largely agree with you. Thus far, the obnoxiousness of her character overwhelms even her humor. And so far her work is reminiscent of other roles Harry has played. But we got the hint the other day that she is not as rich as she claims, so it will be interesting to see where they are going with this. I think that her obnoxiousness is the point. She is so different from the other (often heroic) people of color on the show. And she brings out the different, shall we say, “shades” of Julie’s character.

I totally understand your point about “real life” issues that provide “conflict or worry, grief, etc.” As for social issues, including race relations, I am okay with soaps on occasion turning into an “ABC After School Special.” If done right, soaps are able to deliver a good message and provide some “teachable moments.” Clearly, the issue of gay rights/gay marriage was handled on DOOL via Sonny and Will in major storylines. I’m sure some of the “less enlightened” viewers were endlessly offended. I feel that, with any sensitive issue, it helps when the viewers have an allegiance to the characters involved. The viewers are already invested in (notably) Abe, Lani, and Eli. So any conflict that may arise from Lani’s aunt will be seen through their eyes. I feel that anything that can be done to combat racism, misogyny, homophobia, xenophobia, etc., even with fictional characters on a soap opera, is an effort worth making. I hope the writers of DOOL are again successful in their approach.

Getting back to your larger point of “real-life” suffering, 2020 is thankfully over. Many of us — wink! wink! — are ecstatic over the new tone and direction of our country. I hope things improve exponentially, and I further hope that the division in our country (political, racial, and otherwise) is lessened dramatically.

Best to you, Rebecca, and your loved ones!

Jamesj75
If you ever read this comment. I find it harder every day to find a site to make a comment, unless it’s GH, which I love, but there are three other shows too. Just wanted to agree thoroughly with your comments about Susan Banks, which I could tolerate with I.D but S.Hs rendition makes her intolerable and I wish I could just slap her and tell to just shut the hell up, which I do to the TV.A word about Jackee Harry. I think she’s playing the part true to form, gosh a thought. Hope she never gets together with Susan, OMG!

Violet, so glad to see your reply here, which I noticed because this comment is (was) featured on the home page (and with my name at the beginning). Glad you feel as I do regarding Susan Banks. It’s just annoying to see/hear her. Too, too much! In today’s episode, Jackee Harry’s character showed some redemption and was more appealing.

Regarding your question in another thread about someone shooting a corpse a long time ago: I go back to the late 60s in my soap viewing — and I watched a ton of them, but I don’t remember seeing (or reading about) that storyline. I hope someone else can connect the dots for you. Take care, Friend!

Well, the bad news is that Susan will probably be sticking around for the forseeable future…..

Because there was a podcast earlier this week where Thaao Penghlis revealed that his little brother (and Susan’s kid) Elvis is coming back to Salem in recast form!

No reliable info on who has the role yet, but given all the other recasts since ReRon’s been writing the show… I’m expecting the worst.

Thank all that’s unholy that Roger Howarth is still under contract at GH, because otherwise he would be the first person ReRon would call. Even though he’s not tall or British!

Jackee, you go girl!

So now that Kate is going back to the DiMera corporate offices with her latest boy toy, and Abe will need a new Executive Assistant in the Mayor’s office, is that how Paulina ends up in Salem?

Seeing as Abe seems to have a hard time keeping that position filled for the long term, it would make sense that he would go with a “family member”, hoping she might stick around longer. The timing of Kate’s departure can’t be a mere coincidence…. not with ReRon’s formulaic writing!

What a treat!! Jackee is so unique—-no one can walk in her “stylin” shoes. Yes, let this superb talent do her thing. DOOL needs her so badly—liven up the stage —the characters need to lighten up, too.

Aside–forgive me for being a nuisance by intergecting my nonsensical observations—but, is Nadia (Chloe) pregnant?—-what’s with the oversized bags?
I must be seeing things—-Am I imagining Marci’s pregnancy, as well? Need my eyes checked……

Celia, don’t feel bad, a friend and I definitely thought Belle was pregnant a while back. Maybe just her tummy with a too tight dress??

She made me laugh when she mentioned how rich she was. And the expression on Eli’s face after she said it. 🙂

Carrie
Did you see the Christening when Aunt Pauline handed them the blank check for the babies education? I thought Eli was going to run away with it, but Lanie calmed him down and said they’d talk about it.He was so funny.

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Days of our Lives wins WGA Award for Daytime Drama Series

Sunday night, April 14th in concurrent ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York City, the Writers Guild of America is handing out their 76th annual WGA Awards in the fields of motion picture, television, news media, and radio/audio.

In the Daytime Drama category, Peacock’s Days of our Lives was the winner, taking home its fourth WGA Award in this category in a row.

The DAYS winning writing team consisted of Head Writer Ron Carlivati Creative Consultant Ryan Quan and Writers Sonja Alar, Jazmen Darnell Brown, Joanna Cohen, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Cheryl Davis, Kirk Doering, Christopher Dunn, Jamey Giddens, David Kreizman, Henry Newman, Dave Ryan, and Katherine D. Schock.

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The team from Days of our Lives bested the only other team in the category from General Hospital, which consisted of former GH head writers: Dan O’Connor, Chris Van Etten Writers Ashley Cook, Emily Culliton, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Shannon Peace, Stacey Pulwer, Dave Rupel, Lisa Seidman, and Scott Sickles.

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As previously reported, a show spokesperson for Days of our Lives shared that the episodes submitted for the competition were #14663, #14678 & #14679, and mostly centered around the death, and the funeral of Victor Kiriakis played by the late John Aniston.

This week, DAYS head scribe, Ron Carlivati, confirmed that, and told Michael Fairman TV on the decision of the scripts the team submitted: “I like to have some humor, but it was also the funeral, and then there was Sarah (Linsey Godfrey) giving birth, and then Vivian’s (Louise Sorel) crashing the reading of the will.”

You can follow along with the live updated list of all the winners from tonight’s WGA ceremonies here.

Michael Fairman TV will have more on DAYS WGA Award win as it becomes available.

So, what do you think of Days of our Lives winning the WGA Award writing award for a Daytime Drama series for the fourth year in a row? Comment below.

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Matthew Ashford and Melissa Reeves Talk Return to DAYS for Doug’s Funeral, Susan Seaforth Hayes, and Their Enduring Friendship

Last week, Days of our Lives celebrated the taping of their 15,000th episode which is tentatively scheduled to air on December 3rd. The story will feature emotional and heart-tugging scenes of Doug Williams funeral and honor his portrayer, the beloved Bill Hayes, who passed away on January 12th at the age of 98.

While the actors, producers, and crew took a lunch time break to pose for some pictures and speak with the press, they knew they would have to get back to taping the funeral, which was going to make it a tough day, but also cathartic for all who loved Bill Hayes.

Several returns have thus far been announced including; Melissa Reeves reprising her signature role of Jennifer Horton (a part she first played in 1985), and Matthew Ashford as Jack Deveraux. Reeves had last appeared on the show back in 2021, and she was replaced by Emmy-winner Cady McClain in her absence when Jennifer was in storylines. In real-life, Melissa had moved full-time to Tennessee along with her husband, Scott Reeves (ex-DAYS, GH, Y&R). Now, and as previously reported, Reeves will first appear back on DAYS for the Thanksgiving episodes with the Hortons.

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Michael Fairman TV caught up with Matt and Melissa during the 15,000th episode celebration to get their take on: being back for these special episodes, how it has been working with and watching Susan Seaforth Hayes portray Julie’s grief over losing Doug, and how they have supported each other through the years. Check out what they shared below.

Melissa, you are back on the set of Days of our Lives for this very emotional and special moment in the series history. How does it feel?

MELISSA: Oh, my goodness. I am honored. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else but to be here for Bill. He was like my real-life dance partner. He taught me how to ballroom dance. And to be here for Susan, of course, who’s just been our sweet hero this whole week. We’re just following her lead. She’s just been this incredibly strong example for us in the midst of this trial and season of her life. She is like just lifting us all up with her. It’s been incredible.

I was at Bill Hayes memorial service which was truly incredible and I know at the time you were in Tennessee. It was moving and celebratory of his life, all at the same time.

MELISSA: That’s all I have heard. I have to watch it on You Tube. They said it was just a real celebration of his life and I love that.

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This must be difficult for Susan Seaforth Hayes depicting the death of Doug, when she is still grieving the loss of her beloved husband. (Susan pictured above with the returning Stephen Schnetzer who plays her on-screen brother, Steve Olson).

MELISSA: I’m sure Susan has those moments at home by herself, but she’s so good at being a leader and leading all of us. We’re following her, you know, and she’s like, “This is how I want to feel today.” And we’re just going along with her, you know? It’s so sweet.

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How is it to see Matt Ashford again live and in-person?

MELISSA: You know, Matt and I can go years without talking, or seeing each other, and then the minute we see each other we’re chatting away.

MATT: Melissa was out on set doing a scene yesterday on the phone talking to a stage manager; as she was telling some really tough news on the phone. I’m like crying in the background, literally, I’m off-stage crying.

MELISSA: And then we get like back into normal life, and we’re like, okay, “What’s happening? What’s happening with this … or what’s happening with that?”

I had read, Melissa, that you were in touch with Matt about if there night be a possibility for you to reprise your role as Jennifer for these special episodes?

MELISSA: Yes. Well, Matt was like, “Hey! Would you want to come back? “And I was like, “Matt, you know, I would always come back. ”

MATT:  Every time I come here to Days of our Lives, they ask, “Where’s Missy? How’s Missy?” Everybody backstage says, “I miss her.” All of the crew is asking about her and saying, “It would be nice to see Missy. Nothing wrong with you Matt, but …”  They said, “Where is she?” I said, “She wants to come!”

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There are some beautiful photos of Missy and Bill and Susan thorough the years that I found. It just reminded me of just the deep and entrenched history we all have had with the show, personally and professionally.

MATT: Missy is roughly the age where Francis Reid (ex-Alice Horton) was when she started the show, which is just crazy.

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I’ve always said Missy was going to be the next generation Alice. Do you feel that Jennifer is the heir apparent matriarch of the Horton family?

MELISSA: Yes. I mean, this has been greatest blessing of my life, and that would be great. I told Ken Corday (executive producer, Days of our Lives) when I was 17 that this show would be my life. Ken always told me, “This is your home,” and I’ve always felt like that.

How have gotten through the scenes watching Susan Seaforth Hayes as Julie go through the loss of Doug?

MATT: Susan is bringing her best performance life for her and Bill. I mean, she’s a showbiz baby. She always has been one hundred percent, and she’s doing it for him, and this is who they’ve always been. So, you’re seeing this amazing performance colored by her life. She has her private life as Susan, but she has enough plugged into Julie that she’s done amazing work. The director, producers and writers are giving her room to live in these moments and it’s quite wonderful.

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Have you already broken down in tears during the taping?

MELISSA: Yesterday, but today’s taping of the actual funeral I think they want us to try and be just more celebratory.

MATT: I mean, it is a beautiful long life for Bill Hayes and his character of Doug Williams, and so it will be about that. Then, you get a bunch of us together in the church pews, and there’s going to be hijinks.

MELISSA: We all have been through the waves of grief. You have that awful cry and then all of a sudden you feel okay.  There are those family situations we are portraying where you’re like, “What do we do? What do we do now? You know, no one knows what to do. But, it’s so sweet. I’m looking forward to seeing how the scenes all turn out.

So, are you glad that Matt and Melissa are back for the 15K episode and Doug’s funeral? From what we can tell, it’s going to be quite an emotional journey for Days of our Lives fans, and especially the performance of Susan Seaforth Hayes, 

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Ron Carlivati Talks on Decision to Make Days of our Lives 15000th Episode About Doug’s Funeral, and Previews Chances for WGA Award

This week, Days of our Lives celebrated the taping of their 15,000th episode. In of it itself, that is an incredible accomplishment for the long-running soap opera currently streaming on Peacock.

However, this on set gathering was a bit different. Though the show is celebrating their achievement, they are also in the middle of taping scenes surrounding the death and the funeral of Doug Williams, played by the late Bill Hayes, who passed away on January 12th of this year at the age of 98.

As previously revealed many longtime favorites are back to honor Bill and the character of Doug including: Gloria Loring (Liz), Melissa Reeves (Jennifer), Matthew Ashford (Jack), Maree Cheatham (Marie), Victoria Konefal (Ciara) and Stephen Schnetzer (Steve) to name but a few.

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Michael Fairman TV was in attendance and spoke with Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati to gain some insight into how the 15,000 episode was crafted and the decision to honor the character of Doug Williams and Bill Hayes as its epicenter. In addition, Ron weighed-in on this Sunday’s April 14th WGA (Writers Guild of America) Awards, where he and his writing team are facing off with General Hospital for the daytime drama prize. Here’s what Ron shared below.

Was this your idea to make the 15,000th episode centered around Doug’s funeral and passing?

RON: It was. When you’re looking at it, and laying out the calendar for the whole year and you see 15,000 is coming up, we’re like, “What are we going to do?” And then, we got the news that Bill had passed away and something kind of clicked. I was like, “We should honor Doug on that show.” So then, we started to kind of build around that … when does he pass away? How does he pass away? Who could come back? You know, it’s a lot.  I’m very pleased with the returns that we got as there’s so much that you could do. We wanted everybody we could get. So, we put together a wish list and Janet Drucker (co-executive producer, Days of our Lives) made it happen.

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You have Melissa Reeves back as Jennifer, when the role was last played by Cady McClain. What has it meant to have Missy back for these shows?

RON: It was so nice to see Missy Reeves. I think Cady has done such a good job, but on the 15,000th episode to see Missy as Jennifer, it’s a big deal. So having her was great, and overall, the milestone was a big undertaking, because you want to live up to it. You want the 15,000th episode to be good. Now, it has a lot of real emotion that you’re playing. because for the cast and the crew they’re honoring Bill Hayes just as much as we’re honoring Doug Williams.

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Was it hard for you and the team to write this episode?

RON: Yes. I’ll tell you why it was hard to write.  When I wrote, for example, Asa’s (Phillip Carey) death on One Life to Live or Victor’s (John Aniston) on DAYS, Asa is a different type of character. Like, you could have characters going, “Oh! I’m glad he is dead.” You could have different points of view, but with Doug, you’re not having that. Every person loves this man. No one had a bad relationship with him. So, you’re challenge as a writer is how do you make it that not everybody’s saying the same thing and doing the same thing. And so, we tried to find ways to make the episode about all the familial relationships and yet, how do you make it about Doug and yet broaden the scope.

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I had spoken to Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie), a week after Bill’s memorial, for an interview. She said that she felt very fortunate that you did include her on discussions of how you would tackle Doug’s passing. How did that conversation go?

RON: First, I attended Bill’s funeral, which was incredible. I said to so many people it was an emotional service, but it was hard to be sad at this. The guy had an incredible life and it was an incredible celebration. And so, you’re sitting there watching this knowing that you now have to write something similar. And how do you write something that lives up to what you just witnessed? I wanted to talk to Susan to get her thoughts about, you know, how much do you want this to be about keeping Bill separate from Doug. How comfortable are you sharing your grief. She was incredible to talk to. It was a great chat.

You’re in the middle of taping these major scenes for the 15,000 episode to air in December. How do you think it’s going? Have you seen any of the scenes?

RON:  I haven’t seeing anything. I mean, we were still making changes to the script up till this morning!

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The Writers Guild Awards are this Sunday, April 14th and once again this year there are two daytime drama nominees, General Hospital and Days of our Lives. How are you feeling about your chances this year?

RON: It is often just GH and us in the category. I’ve won three years in a row, so I’m kind of feeling like it’s their turn.

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What episodes did you submit for contention? If I recall, they had to do with Victor’s memorial.

RON: The episodes we submitted were centered around Victor’s funeral. I think one has story with Vivian (Louise Sorel). We had some fun stuff, we had some emotional stuff at Victor’s death, and I am pretty sure that our submission was three episodes right around that time.

Did you make the decision to go with those episodes because there was a mix of humor and drama?

RON: I like to have some humor, but it was also the funeral, then there’s Sarah (Linsey Godfrey) giving birth, and then Vivian’s crashing the reading of the will. So, we had a lot of fun and it’s hard sometimes to pick three that tell a story, as opposed to submitting for the Daytime Emmys, where the writing team only submits two shows. So, we shall see how it goes on Sunday.

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So, are you looking forward to the emotional 15,000th episode of Days of our Lives? Do you think DAYS will take home the WGA writing award for daytime dramas for the 4th year in a row? Comment below.

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