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What Soap Opera Christmas Episode Did You Enjoy the Most?

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In case you missed any of the action on Friday’s episodes of your favorite soaps each delivered a Christmas episode in their own way.  But which was the best? We want to know your thoughts.  Here is the rundown with some of our personal favorite moments to jog your memory.

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On One Life to Live, in what was their final Christmas episode on network television, fans were treated to an amazing episode complete with the reveal of what happened the night Gigi-er-Stacy died, and Rex finally being reunited with his beloved, Gigi!  The performance of the day (and in that episode) had to be John-Paul Lavoisier’s Rex, who made us reach for the hankies with the revelation that he was standing in front of the woman he loved after months of grieving.  Plus, in another emotional moment Tea and Dani received Christmas gifts from Victor Jr. from the grave. There were also many gems along the way; Viki and Clint reconciled, Little Sam waited for Santa, Jack got arrested, Shane finally getting justice for his mom,  (in another moving performance by Austin Williams) and Natalie and John almost had “the talk”, and so much more!

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On General Hospital it was the wedding day of Dante and Lulu, with Dante’s mom Olivia in tow!  The sweet and intimate vows were off-set by the final moment where we learned Olivia secretly snuck in the entire Falconeri clan to the festivities! Again, got to give it to the men here … Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) proved again why he is such a sensitive and dynamic actor.   Lisa LoCicero (Olivia) was delightful as Dante’s over-excited and emotional proud mom.   However, you can’t also beat Scrubs! And in what looks to be Robin’s final Christmas with her loved ones, Kimberly McCullough (Robin) in the moment where Patrick hands Robin her present – a deed to some land to build their dream house on – broke our hearts with her stream of tears as Robin knows she may not be around to live there with her family.

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On The Young and the Restless, it was Melody Thomas Scott’s standalone episode as a drunken Nikki, who is taking under the wing of a guardian angel to show her how much her family and friends love and need her, even though Nikki feels like her existence and life is worthless.   With lots of vintage clips to tantalize the most avid of Y&R fans, as viewers took a walk down memory lane, one couldn’t help but realize the immense self-loathing that Nikki has had for herself all these years, as much as she has tried to rise above it.  The most poignant moment happened at the end of the episode when it is revealed that the guardian angel is really Nikki’s deceased mother, who died at a very young age.  It was at that point that Melody broke our hearts calling for her “mother” when the angel said she had to go now and within a millisecond was gone, leaving Nikki reeling.

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On Days of our Lives as Sami and Rafe prepared for their shotgun recommitment ceremony, Will was giving hell to his mom, and he came very close to revealing to her that he saw her with EJ having sex, and prior to that almost telling his grandmother, Marlena, that he is gay! These two near misses and the high-emotional stakes, showed us that Chandler Massey (Will) is an actor to keep your eye on throughout the storyline – good stuff! Also, Bo lavished gifts on Hope commemorating Christmas, her birthday and their wedding anniversary, while John was reunited with Marlena, and the Horton Clan gathered at Tom and Alice’s for a Christmas toast.

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On The Bold and the Beautiful the Logan sisters ruined Christmas dinner, Hope and Thomas went to Farmer’s Market to hang out and do Christmas things, while Hope and Liam still look at each other with love in their eyes, (even if they don’t know it) and at the end of the episode Stephanie, played by Susan Flannery had a few poignant moments with Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) and some one-line zingers with her on-screen sparring partner earlier in the episode.

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So now that we have gone around the horn, let us know which was your favorite Christmas episode from Friday’s airshows and what performance did you enjoy the most?

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tasneem
tasneem

I actually enjoyed OLTL because hopefully Jack is finally accepting that Todd is his dad and Blair can see that Todd is the love of her life. B&b was hilarious because we see the Logan Girls trying cook a bird on Xmas wow if Stephanie was her snarky self she would say the Logans girls can’t cook but their experiences lie in the bedroom . I hope when Shane sees his mom that means Jack and his cocky self cannot go 2 Prison

Blake
Blake

OLTL had such an awesome episode! Not only just for Christmas but period! So much happened and you didn’t want to miss a minute because so much was going on! Rex and Gigi learned that she was not Stacy but was Gigi. Then Shayne got Vimal’s sister to give him the proof of Jack’s confession, then Jack getting arrested and then Vimal’s sister feeling bad for what she done (for the first time I felt for her character, she seemed torn about what she did). Vicki and Clint made up and celebrated with their daughters. Tea and Dani found their presents from Victor and are enjoying their Christmas. And then Blair, Todd and their children (and Victor’s son Sam) enjoyed a little bit of good time.
That episode truly blew me away. More proof of how stupid ABC is to get rid of it in a few weeks.

Dan
Dan

I can’t comment on the others, but I loved the General Hospital Christmas episode. From Dante and Lulu’s wedding, to Robin and Patrick spending time together, to the gifts the Quartermaines received from a mystery person. Just a great episode all around. The type of family oriented show that they don’t do enough of anymore.

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

OLTL hands down. How long have we waited for Rex and Gigi to be reunited? The others were good but this was exceptional and perfect for Chrismas and we havent even seen Shayne’s reaction.

Indigo Starr
Indigo Starr

One Life to Live is must see TV in my house! I am cherishing every single second it is on and especially any scene with Todd Manning and his family!

lisa
lisa

Y&R ….Nikki and her mother,I cried buckets when she opened the hankie and in it was her mother’s cross.

GH ….Dante and LuLu’s wedding and the scenes with Robin ,Patrick and Emma.

OLTL…. Tea and Dani,Todd as Santa and always little Sam(love that kid).
Jack’s arrest,Rex and Gigi.

Kate B.
Kate B.

GH because I loved Dante & Lulu’s wedding! It was so beautiful, and it made me smile more than the Rex/Gigi reunion on OLTL. I loved Rex & Gigi’s reunion, but Lante’s my fave current soap couple. Gotta give it to them! A wonderful Xmas gift from GH! Also, seeing the Quartermaines was wonderful. Made you realize how much they’ve lost, but the mystery “Santa” was magical. I love magic!

Chris
Chris

My favorite one was the Y&R Nikki stand-alone X-mas episode!

Libby
Libby

My fav Christmas episode was the Y&R standalone epi featuring Melody Thomas Scott. It was poignant and beautiful.

Deb
Deb

OLTL was beautifully done. Storylines wrapping & Miracles happening!

barbara t
barbara t

one life to live,it was so good to see clint and viki together ,at least they will be living happily ever after.and seeing gigi get her memory back ,todd spending time with his family,Landview was a happy place,and I was in tears.january 13 will be a very sad day for me .

gloria
gloria

Totally agree with you. I just watched it & tears were streaming down my face by the end of the show. Every scene was great. Gosh, what will be do without this wonderful place to visit every day? I am heartbroken over it.

barbara t
barbara t

I dont know ,And the closer we get to the end the more upset I get, one life to live is my favorite show ,daytime and prime time,if i had to chose one show that I could watch once a day it would be oltl.43 years ,thats a long time to have something then have it taken away.I think abc made a mistake,Who watches the chew? and who will watch the revolution ?I wont watch abc anymore except to support gh,we have to support all soaps,there are only a few left,thats so sad. daytime tv will be full of reality crap tv. I dont want to watch.And on january 13 when one life to live turns its lights off in landview that will be the ending of the best soap opera ever ,agnus nixons best.

Dee
Dee

I have watched ABC soaps since I was a kid with my mom and now I watch them with my kids. It’s so sad to see such a staple in my life go away. I have grown up with so many of the actors and actresses; they seem like family. The shows they are replacing our beloved soaps with will never generate the following that the soaps have. They will never capture the spans of generations like the soaps have. I miss AMC and I will really miss OLTL also. I put all my support behind GH and hope we can at least save one out of three.

harlee
harlee

No comparsion MTS and Y&R! I haven’t watched Y&R in 8 months because of the horribly written garbage of MAB and cronies but I wanted to see this because of the flashbacks. It was fabulous and MTS shined brightly in this episode…welcome home and hope I can come back home next year if writing change in the writing staff.

Lucia McEntee
Lucia McEntee

One life to live …the best

Jules
Jules

DAYS knows how to celebrate Christmas right. It was once again warm and festive, and had throwbacks to beloved characters. A Christmas doesn’t go by where they don’t make mention of those characters who came before them. I love their tradition of having a personalized Christmas ornament because it emphasizes one of DAYS’ most pertinent themes- sense of family and belonging. Though I am not a fan of Safe and didn’t care for the renewal, I was overall satisfied with the episode. LOVED “German” Santa lol.

YR’s was alright. YR OWED a tribute to MTS so if anyone was going to get a character-centered episode with lots of flashbacks, it had to be her. Though it was kind of a yawner until the end. I thought the ending with the reveal of who the spirit guide was was really excellent.

OLTL was pretty decent. I wish there had been more of an emphasis on Christmas and the holiday itself, but I understand them wanting to not waste precious airtime and move story along. I too was happy Jack finally accepted Todd, and that Viki and Clint made up.

GH….ZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzz…..Gone are the days when I used to recognize this show. Who are these people? I didn’t even enjoy Patrick and Robin’s scenes because once again Robin is withholding from her husband.

And finally BB, didn’t catch it. I saw the preview for it with Donna and Brooke figuring out how to make the turkey and it looked pretty funny.

FP
FP

OLTL was my fave, with Y&R a very close second. Both really moving Christmas episodes, but OLTL more so, probably because it’s the last one (sigh).

Jan
Jan

Gigi & Rex of course THIS YEAR.

kalamaty
kalamaty

The Young and the Restless’ NIKKI-centric episode was the absolute best show I’ve seen them do in SO long. Watching it, and seeing Melody shine in scene after scene, coupled with the triumphant return of Jeanne Cooper (back just in time) made me realize just how much these two characters are part of the very fabric of what makes it such a wonderful show. I can’t imagine it without these two venerable performers. Melody’s portrayal of the long-suffering Nikki is always so palpable, so raw and so relateable. I can’t imagine there was one dry eye in America as they watched her. The end was so emotional, I had to watch it twice and I cried each time. WONDERFUL!!

Judith Sekscenski
Judith Sekscenski

Absolutely! When she realized the angel was her mother, I cried right along with her!
Tremendous work!

Cheryl
Cheryl

For a change I actually enjoyed GH more that OLTL. I loved the Lante wedding…it was just wonderful..Scrub scenes were bittersweet and touching….Q’s were funny and magical…Loved seeing Elizabeth possibly moving on…Where as OLTL could have waited for Jack to be arrested on the next show…Gigi and Rex and Vicki and “THIS Clint” have never been my favorites. JVD has never had chemistry with
ES…So I really didn’t care that they were reunited. I did like Victor giving presents from the grave though…and Sam and his Santa.

So for a change I actually preferred GH…

kay killgore
kay killgore

Y&R It showed you how this show could really be great again! MTS did some good work no one cries like the Nikki!

SC
SC

OLTL! I adored the Mannings this year!

heidi
heidi

I watched them all and enjoyed all. OLTL and GH were the best!

todd
todd

OLTL…..I have been waiting for Rex and Gigi to finally get back together. Also, the gifts for Tea and Dani from Victor made me cry. Todd pretending to be Santa for Sam was really sweet too. I cant believe there is only 13 episodes left! I am crushed.

gloria
gloria

Me too! What are we gonna do without this show? Such a big mistake to cancel it.

Brenda
Brenda

OLTL definitely the best.

LUMIly
LUMIly

I liked OLTL too.

Days of our lives for 23 and 26 was GREAT
love John is free :))

gloria
gloria

Definitely.

Jared
Jared

ONE LIFE TO LIVE……..period. No comparison. As 1/13 comes closer, my heart breaks that the end is near for daytime’s true gem.

jp
jp

Do you have to ask… OLTL hands down. Truly the best soap the whole year.

Amanda Lampkins
Amanda Lampkins

My favorite was GH because Dante and Lulu finally got married. It was a sweet and romantic moment. No explosions or shootings. Just epitomized two people deeply in love making a commitment. Just beautiful.

Judith Sekscenski
Judith Sekscenski

Hands down, definately Y &R. The BEST Christmas episode of all and I did watch them all. It reminded us of what Christmas is all about. And, they weren’t afraid to say “Merry Christmas”.

Derrick
Derrick

Y&R Nikki episode! MTS shined in that stand alone episode!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Torrey
Torrey

One LIfe To Live…of course. But I will say that Y&R was surprisingly good too. Liked the time featuring Niki. But OLTL had me in tears….was so happy. And there were so many things going on. Really enjoyed it

tony
tony

Wow I don’t know, there was so much talent to choose from, YAWN!!!.

Tammy
Tammy

OLTL & Days had good Christmas Eve/Christmas eps, but my favorite for 2011 was The Bold and the Beautiful!

Alley
Alley

Mr. Fairman,

That OLTL countdown clock is REALLY depressing. I wish you would take it off your site. We know the show is over on January 13th. No reminder is necessary.

Oh, my fave episode was The Mannings Christmas on OLTL.

Christine
Christine

GH was my favorite X-Mas episode! I loved Dante & Lulu’s wedding, but I loved, loved Scrubs scenes more! They were so sweet, touching yet sad at the same time. To think this is the last Scrubs X-Mas is well very sad! Just seeing them spend time together & with Emma was great! Scrubs rock! 🙂 🙂

adriana8900
adriana8900

gh because of scrubs and emma scenes and lante wedding

Mo
Mo

B&B I think. It was funny.

marge
marge

i thought all the soaps did a poor job this year for fhe holidays .it seemed very superficial and no warmth. young and the resless always does a great job leding to the last day but not this year n what is up with the one actor episodes on last day please no more .i heard it was happening this year again featuring nikki and i did not watch.

marge
marge

none.lack of warmth and young and restless very disappointing.lack of lauren and micheal time and would not watch nikki on last day.

barbara t
barbara t

I guess you didnt see one life to live ,it was a tear jerker and it was good.Its sad that it will be my last christmas in landview.

sheri helm
sheri helm

Loved the wedding of Rex and Gigi. fans waited a long time for that to happen. Now we need John and Natalie to tie the knot. We need to keep One life to live alive and keep it on the air. I’ve watched it since day one, traveled from Ca. to N.Y. to meet the stars outside the studio. It was the best time of my life. Sad to see it go.

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DAYS Chandler Massey Chats On His Bittersweet Daytime Emmy Nomination

He’s won three Daytime Emmys in the Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series three years in row in 2012, 2013 and 2014, and now Chandler Massey is going for gold for the second time in his career in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series which in a field where he is competing with two co-stars from Days of our Lives among others.

Massey has long been a stand out performer, giving nuanced and emotional portrayals in the angst-ridden life of Will Horton and the love of his life, Sonny Kiriakis (Freddie Smith).

Back in February of this year, DAYS fans learned that Chandler and Freddie had taped their last episodes, and since the NBC soap tapes more than 6 months ahead of air, that the two will still be on the air into the fall.  That has made this moment of recognition for Massey all the more poignant.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Chandler to get his reaction to the news that he is once again a Daytime Emmy nominee, and here’s what he had to say about it all.

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I thought it was great that you received another Emmy nomination.  What do you think?

CHANDLER:  Yeah.  I thought it was pretty great too, actually.   I was surprised.  I wasn’t keeping up on when they were announcing the nominations.   I was thrilled that Wally (Kurth) and Paul (Telfer) also got nominated too in the same category.  So, hopefully, DAYS, has a decent shot to take it home.

What did you end up submitting that ultimately landed you the nomination?

CHANDLER:  I went with some scenes that aired on December 16th of last year (I just looked that up), where Will basically breaks up with Sonny when Sonny comes to visit him in prison.  I liked those because they were sort of subtle.  I just found myself drawn in when I watched it, and it wasn’t big or dramatic, but it felt like two real people sharing their pain.  So, that’s why I chose it.

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I remember those.  Those were heartbreaking because he had to get Sonny to let him go.

CHANDLER:  Yes.  He said he has a new prison boyfriend, and that he’s doing really well in prison, so he doesn’t want to be tied down. (Laughs)

You’ve had Freddie Smith as your scene partner for so much of your run on DAYS.  What did he give you in those scenes that helped you, or even further enabled the performance that you gave?

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CHANDLER:  Freddie always gives everything.  He is a consummate professional, so he really commits every time.  I think it is more that we are just so comfortable with each other that we are not afraid, and that there is no hesitation between the two of us, so we just are able to do the work.  We usually know we are there to listen to, and support each other. in the scenes.

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Was your entire submission from the prison scenes or did you include something else?

CHANDLER:  It was just that.  I know I could have included something else, but I like to keep it sort of short because I feel like as a judge, I know within a few minutes.  It’s not that I get bored, but it really only takes a scene or two, and then, you’re like, “this is something special.”  You can recognize it pretty quickly.

So, you have won three Daytime Emmys. This is your first nomination in a few years, right?

CHANDLER:  Yeah, I didn’t get nominated the year before.  I had a gap year… to my family’s great shame. (Laughs)  They were not pleased with me.

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This is your second nomination in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Daytime Drama Series category.

CHANDLER:  Yes. I was nominated in ‘Supporting’ for the first time when I came back to DAYS, and then submitted for “Lead” the next year, didn’t get nominated, and then went back to ‘Supporting’.  I learned my place.  I went back to ‘Supporting’ for this year.  (Laughs)

It’s such a game though, right?  .

CHANDLER:  Yeah, you’ve got to be smart.  I just thought, “What the heck?”  Freddie and I were like, “Maybe there’s a shot that if we pick different categories, we can both get nominated,” but then, after that didn’t work, I said, “Screw that… going back to ‘Supporting”

Now, you’ve been through Emmy night before, and this is obviously going to be a virtual Emmy’s.  Now, if they did a six-shot of all of the nominees, what would you wear?  Would you be dressed up?  Would you be casual?  What would you see yourself doing?

CHANDLER:  That’s a good question. I think maybe… I’ll do a little of both.  I’ll go the middle ground.  I’ll be in my finest bathrobe, a silk bathrobe so it’s casual but also still sort of fancy.

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There you go.  (Laughs)  Is this nomination all the more special for you in that you are no longer working at DAYS? 

CHANDLER:  Oh, totally.  Every year is special, but you know, I’m not on the show anymore, so it’s a nice reminder that the work that I did had an effect on people, and it won’t be forgotten for at least a few more hours.

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I saw the fan outcry and show of support for you and Freddie, when viewers got wind that you were exiting the series.  It was sad and heartwarming at the same time.  The WilSon fans are so behind you guys.

CHANDLER:  Yeah, if only they knew what horrible people that we were in real life, then they wouldn’t be this way, but thankfully… (Laughs)  Yeah, it’s really nice, but it is sad.  I started in 2009, and that was over 10 years ago, and nothing lasts forever.  I had a really, really great run, and so did Freddie.  I am very satisfied and don’t feel jipped, or like, I was entitled to anything more than I got.

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Obviously, your co-nominees, Wally and Paul you worked with many times.  What can you say about them?

CHANDLER:  I think that both men deserve definitely to get second and third place.  (Laughs)  I have known Wally for a while now.  I love him.  I think his work is phenomenal.  I think he is really, really underrated.  Paul, I don’t know as well, but I think obviously his work speaks for himself.  If only he were physically attractive, I think that would really, really help his career.

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I know, it’s a shame.

CHANDLER:  Unfortunately, he is kind of schleppy, you know?  (Laughs)

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Did Freddie reach out to you after you received the nomination?  

CHANDLER:  Oh yes, he sent a text congratulating me, and we talked about it.  It was nice.  I feel like our stories are so intertwined, the scenes we submit are mostly with each other.  So, it’s really kind of a shared accolade.

So, will you be rooting for Chandler to cap off his career on DAYS with an Emmy win on June 26th during the virtual ceremony on CBS? What did you think of the nominated scenes he submitted? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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DAYS New Summer Promo Reveals The Returns of Jay Kenneth Johnson and Louise Sorel

Exciting new storylines, weddings and some bombshell returns will liven up Salem during the summer months according to the new promo for Days of our Lives released over the weekend.

Look for the return of Claire (Olivia Rose Keegan), the debut of Gwen (Emily O’Brien), and the SORAS’d Allie Horton, plus some more familiar faces that people have missed in town.

Back in action will be Jay Kenneth Johnson as Phillip Kiriakis, Louise Sorel resuming her signature role of Vivian Alamain, Bryan Dattilo as Lucas Horton and the one and only Alison Sweeney as Sami.

Then look out for four weddings from Ben and Ciara,  Eric and Nicole, Kayla and Justin, Eli and Lani, but who will actually say their “I-do’s”?

It’s a jam-packed summer of original episodes from DAYS; the only soap still delivering new installments to its fans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Check out the preview below.  Then let us  know, who are you most excited about seeing back on the canvas via the comment section!

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You loved her as Jana Hawkes on The Young and the Restless, and now daytime soap fans will get to see actress Emily O’Brien again, when she premieres in her new role as Gwen on the NBC daytime drama, Days of our Lives.

According to Soap Opera Digest, O’Brien is set to hit our screens on the upcoming June 5th episode.

As fans of Y&R know, Emily played crazy Jana, who was involved with Kevin Fisher (Greg Rikaart) from 2006-2011, and there were many twists and turns in their dark romantic storyline.

In the current issue of SOD on newsstands now, DAYS head writer, Ron Carlivati had previewed that Gwen is introduced as Jake’s (Brandon Barash) ex-girlfriend.

So, excited to see Emily on DAYS? Comment below.

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