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Y&R's Peter Bergman Previews The Bombshell Reveal That Jack is Summer's Bio-Dad!

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The Young and the Restless, Peter Bergman is about to have some more juicy story when his character of Jack Abbott realizes Summer Newman (Hunter King) is his biological daughter, and that Nick Newman (Joshua Morrow) had been hiding the truth for years and now Jack’s gal, Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) is covering it up too!

In a brand new interview with TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan, Bergman weigh-ins on the major deception and how Jack will deal with finding out Summer is his child! Here are few interesting excerpts below!

Bergman on how the revelation of being Summer’s bio-dad affects Jack: ” It hits Jack right in his most vulnerable spot. All his life he’s been striving for the thing he can’t have — a solid, happy family. Jack’s mother walked away when he was just a teenager.  And he’s so desperate to keep his dead dad around, he keeps conjuring him up! The loss of family is powerful, primal stuff that can haunt you for life.”

Bergman on how the scenes will be when Summer and Jack both know the truth:   “The scenes where the two of them are finally alone together are brilliantly written. I mean, what do you say under circumstances like that? It’s some of the best material I’ve had in a long time, and Hunter is absolutely spectacular. And, of course, as you know we’ve lost Michelle Stafford. How does Jack maintain a relationship with Summer if there’s no Phyllis around? That’s going to be tricky. Plus there are more big things coming — something really major that will distract Jack from the situation with Summer in a huge way.”

So Y&R fans, are you looking forward to Jack finally “meeting” his daughter? How do you think this will impact the relationships between Nick, Phyllis and Jack? Will Jack begin pill popping again?  Sound off in the comments below!

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It should be good!!!!

This will send Phyliss away from town until Jill FPhelps realizes that she needs Robin Christopher like yesterday

She would be the perfect Phyllis recast!

No.

Can’t wait………….

Recast phyllis with liz keifer ex blake guiding light.

Oh leanna girl i agree with you. i love liz keifer replacing the snotty michelle stafford.

There are lots of actresses ripe for a Phyllis recast. They should hire Kimberlin Brown and have everyone totally ignore the fact she is a dead ringer for a certain evil someone. On second thought, no GH would do that, not T&R. Haha.

Bring back Mari Jo Mason played by Diana Barton, and if Diana doesn’t want to come back, bring Robin Christopher to play the role.

Jamie Luner (ex-Liza Colby, AMC) … the perfect actress to tackle the role!

After successfully replacing Marcy Walker, she’s definitely up for the challenge.

I agree about Luner. She resembles Stafford and can play “bitch’ very well.

I hate to see Miss Stafford leave. Theis ia challegning recast for producers shoudl they go thar toure. I am not rue they can avoid it, otherwise we have such incompleteness a la a B&B with its absent Ridge. Sometimes storylines take precedence. I need the character to make things work or be there logically to respond and to participate.

The change in parternity storyline is working for me, and the show is trying to right its sails after a bumpy few years. I am not thrilled with how some characters have shifted in thought and focus or with new characters and plot points. But it seems like things moving along in Genoa City and making a little more sense.

Sure is nice to see Tracy around,

Eager to see the fallout of Katherine Chancellor;s death. Oh, I miss Miss Jeanne Cooper already.

OMG Jamie Luner would be a fantastic Phyllis!!!!!!!!!! Seductive and a great actress!!!!!!

Liz Kiefer!

I’m afraid when Jack finds out about Phylis and Kyle he may start popping pills again.

This huge story will not be near as good as it would be if Phyllis were not leaving..
This story is extremely Phyllis involved, and without her, it will fizzle out..

It is a ”’Phyllis” story ! (and Jack, Summer, Nick <– without Phyilis, BLAHHH..

I think Peter will kill it with this storyline. I won’t miss Phyllis for one single second. No longer will I have to endure Ms Stafford and her constant repeating of every line she says. Talk about lazy writing…or maybe it’s Michele’s style. Who knows, but it drives me to fast forward every scene she’s in.

Michelle stafford is a diva period. I’m glad she is leaving. i hope she never comes back to the show. please recast her with liz kiefer ex blake guiding light. the. second choice is robin christopher ex skye gh and ex lorna another world. both are wonderful ladies. and both of them can act too.

Michelle stafford /Phillis is hard to replace..
I doubt they would even attempt to re-cast the roll until end of year, if at all.

I really loved Michelle stafford’s Phillis, she owns the character ..

I will miss Michelle stafford as Phillips, she rocked the character, made it hers….

Liz was already on Y&R back in the 80’s. I dunno if she would want to come back.

Anyone know why Michelle Stafford is leaving the show and what will she be doing next?

I can not. Wait to see Peter knock it out of the park!

She’s probably too young to play her, but I think that Laura Stone would be a fantastic Phyllis. She played Skye before she allegedly fell into that darn volcano. At any rate, I wish they would bring the actress back. Other than that, I have no idea who would be the best NuPhyllis.

This storyline is a total mess from start to finish.

Who cares about recast Summer hooking up with recast recast Kyle? Their forced “blink and you missed it” romance has taken place mostly off camera (except for that character defining moment when she revealed she likes The Lumineers and Mumford and Sons and he realized she had blossomed into a mature adult — oy) and don’t EVEN get me started on the dumbing down of Phyllis by having her put the moves on her boyfriend’s son as a way of keeping him out of her daughter’s bed. UGH.

With material like this, I don’t blame Michelle Staford for leaving.

It would have been a lot better if it could have been revealed a couple if weeks ago instead of that ridiculous detour that was taken with Nick & Phyllis deciding that Summer wasn’t ready to hear the truth & Phyllis’ cringe inducing flirting & seduction of Kyle. This had been the major story line of the season & all the momentum & suspense had been lost when the writers decided to take it down this tangent.

ITA- it was a really silly side story– just a tacky excuse to have Phyllis kiss Kyle. I remember when Jill and Jack made love up at the Abbott’s cabin when Jill was still married to John. Now that was a storyline- it took years for Jack to repair the damage to his relationship with his father for sleeping with his wife. But this thing with Kyle was just plain LAME—- thousands of different ways to keep the two of them apart– first and foremost–JUST TELL THEM THE TRUTH– I hate when soaps thrown in a stunt for fake drama- the next one coming is Carmine will release his sex tape of him and Lauren– The story line of a couple trying to rebuild their relationship after a betrayal is dramatic enough is a sex tape really necessary?

I suspect that the writer’s are setting the scene for another murder mystery. Carmine’s days are numbered in GC but who will be the killer? Michael, Lauren, Paul or maybe even Fen. This sex tape is just another motive. Maybe the redhead that Carmine slept with will be the killer? Michael would be the prime suspect & have to sit in the defence chair. Don’t be surprised if I’m right on this story line.

Michael has come off looking like a complete doofus in this storyline. His wife cheats on him FOR MONTHS and yet he never once demands she take a test to make sure she hasn’t contracted an STD as a result of her affair? No — he just gets mad for 10 minutes, then goes to off-camera marriage counseling (the first session they scheduled the same afternoon as their son’s graduation — seriously?) and defends her to their son who has the reaction her husband should be having to her infidelity.

Give me a break.

I really wish Michelle the best… and secretly hope since she left Y&R… that she comes to GH… however with this storyline… I wish the character Phyliss were not leaving. She is too pivotal to this story. She always knocks it out of the park and Peter will too!!! Joshua has been doing a very good job too and surprisingly so has Hunter! I am not loving the new Kyle… and didn’t like the old one… wish they would get the casting of the role right. They just don’t seem like Jack’s sons. Can’t wait to see Jack’s reaction and see Peter play… what could be an emmy winning group of scenes! For me… at this time Y&R is second to GH! Can’t wait for the reveal!!!

The only thing that will even remotely save this story is PB taking the reins and running with it the rest of it has been a snoozefest. I can only hope the DNA was not tampered with by poor Sharon as some have hinted that poor actress has had enough tearing down of her character. I do hope PB/Jack gets one hell of a scene putting Phyllis and Nick in their place those two have destroyed how many lives in between their video games and rolling in the sack. Glad to see and end to that couple.

bring back the kay alden’s team back as the writers of this show.

YawneR

Where’s Kay Alden and Jack Smith when you need them (as writers?)
Josh Griffith isn’t cutting it.

I dont know , maybe we should start a petition to bring them back. She is being wasted by the B&B team. I know Kay alden knows BILL BELL vision of this show.

It’s no use. The show will never be the same again. They take major opportunites to go in for the kill and blow it every single time. The paternity storyline of Summer was a diamond in the rough and they blew every single facet of it. I think the show is finally too far gone for revival. I am so done! But you are right to a certain degree. The show needs new blood to take over the writing. Someone who can think outside of the box without playing favorites and give us back the drama that used to leave us hanging on with bated breath on the edge of our seats. Now it puts me to sleep and I never watch all of it anymore. I am so major done with this show. B&B is better. And I never thought I would ever say that. Knock it out the box, Heather Tom, you are so talented. I love the way the girl gets the job done. I hope they don’t try and tear her down like they have done Sharon Case. She is stigmatized for life. It is going to take a miracle to save this talented actress from Y&R;s Grave. I am appalled.

Recast Phyllis, don’t care who as long as it isn’t one of JFP best friends! that never works..There is so much story that needs to be addressed concerning summers paternity.. Phyllis needs to be a part of that. Don’t let this be one of the dropped stories than never has an ending.. since they film 6 weeks ahead, recast Phyllis NOW!
Sony/CBS do you hear the fans????

Yes, they have done it again to Sharon Case. She admits to Cassie’s ghost that she did in fact change the paternity results. I am done. It is one big snooze fest and many more. They should have blown this out of the water! This could have been emmy material for the show itself. Summer should’ve belonged to Jack not NIck. It seems as though someone has a favoriite on this show. Case cannot get a break without dying off the show. She is way too good for this. They just won’t let up on her. She gets rotten leftover plots. I said it before and I will say it again………the show stinks to high heaven. They had the opportunity of a lifetime to nail this paternity thing and they blew it all sky high. I’m done! They let it drag and it began to stink more and more as the days went by. Letting Phyllis kiss Kyle was so phony and tackyand small like a minor role in the sweat house. Please someone make me understand why they could not have come in for the kill with this storyline it was done all wrong. The behavior of Summer was too unreal to believe. I have been truly let down by my favorite soap of all times. I am done!

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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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