2018 Daytime Emmy Nominations and ALSO I’VE LOST MY MIND

Posted March 22, 2018 by mykleraus
Categories: Days of Our Lives, Daytime Emmys, Soap Opera, Television



First things first: the official nominations for the 45th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards were released earlier today, and Days received nominations in the following categories:

Outstanding Drama Series
Days of Our Lives

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Marci Miller as Abigail Deveraux

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
James Reynolds as Abe Carver

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Susan Seaforth Hayes as Julie Williams

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Chandler Massey as Will Horton
Greg Vaughan as Eric Brady

Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series
Olivia Rose Keegan as Claire Brady

Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series
Lucas Adams as Tripp Dalton
Casey Moss as JJ Deveraux

Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series
Robb Derringer as Scooter Nelson
John Enos as Roger
Morgan Fairchild as Anjelica Deveraux

In addition, Days received nods in the Writing and Directing categories, as well as a variety of technical ones. The original song “Sun Still Shines” was also nominated, giving Days a total of 26 noms. You can check out the full list of nominations here, and the awards will be handed out on April 29.

General thoughts: most of these seem about right to me. There’s always a bit of confusion about what constitutes a Lead performance versus a Supporting one, and… it’s clear that continued this year. The general understanding seems to be that a Lead performer is someone who was involved in frontburner story throughout the year, whereas Supporting is someone who had smaller stories or, well, supported the major players’ action. But there’s another interpretation that, in the handful of episodes a performer submits, s/he simply needs to be driving or “leading” the scenes, and a Supporting performance is one that plays off a Lead but isn’t the primary focus. All that to say, that’s how James Reynolds wound up in Lead Actor despite having about four weeks of intense storyline for all of 2017.

Personally, I didn’t totally think that his performance elevated some tricky material, but it’s the sort of material that tends to speak to awards voters. I’m thrilled to see Susan Seaforth Hayes in the mix — I’m guessing her submissions had to do with David’s death and the Eli reveal — simply because she’s such an icon and it’s awesome that the show continues to use her. Greg Vaughan did some great work and has long been deserving, and the younger players generally make sense otherwise. I still wish Bryan Dattilo were in there, based on the alcoholism story, but I guess that’s not happening. And I know opinions on Marci Miller are all over the map, but I can see how she would’ve had episodes strong enough to score a nomination, given the nature of her stories. The only two that really have me going “WTF?!” are the guy who played Scooter — who seemed like a totally decent actor, but the story was so gross and ridiculous — and Morgan Fairchild, who honestly seemed out of her element but I guess she’s a name.

Um, also, the second part of this post’s title refers to the fact that, just as I was about to check the nominations, I got an e-mail that I got nominated for a Daytime Emmy. I generally try to keep my real/professional life out of this, beyond references to my wine consumption and how I horrify my friends and family with my love of Days, but it feels weirder not to mention this, so… a series I worked on last year, Verizon go90’s Relationship Status, was nominated for Outstanding Writing in a Digital Drama Series. I had the privilege of being part of the (small, awesome) writing staff, and I’m very proud of the work we did. Our director, Suzi Yoonessi, was nominated for her work, as was one of our performers: former Days star Molly Burnett (Melanie) for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Digital Drama Series.

Anyway, life is ridiculous, I’m in shock, and we’ll see if this keeps me from being impartial about the ceremony’s shoddy production values when it rolls around. Congrats to all the nominees!



Why So Serious?

Posted March 21, 2018 by mykleraus
Categories: Days of Our Lives, Soap Opera, Television

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During Tuesday’s episode, I really found myself wondering why Hope was dressed up like the Joker.

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But then I realized that Kate is outfitted as the old Kiriakis sofa, so someone’s gotta pick up her usual “cosplaying as a big-budget movie character” responsibilities.

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I would also just like to state that I would be roughly 5,000 times less irritated by this whole Rafe thing if they would let someone besides Hope be pissed at him. Even Shawn, who — as he admits! — has been cheated on multiple times, is like, “Oh well, might as well just forgive him since you know it’ll happen anyway.” Maybe he could be a little outraged on his mother’s behalf for even half an episode? It isn’t a completely black-and-white situation, but the blanket apologizing for Rafe — and the way people like Kate are just like, “You know, Hope shot Stefano, so this just makes you guys even!” — is driving me nuts and actually making me have Daniel-esque levels of annoyance toward him.

My highlight of the week so far would either have to be Will and Paul’s date, though that loses points for also involving Sonny’s completely unsympathetic ranting followed by his laughable unfamiliarity with the basic concept of “swipe left/swipe right,” or the reunion between Lucas and Chloe.

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First off, Nadia Bjorlin looks fantastic post-baby. She’s glowing, and there was a really sweet energy to those scenes. Lucas is coming off a little frantic/try-hard, but it’s nice to see him happy and emanating good vibes. I cannot believe I’m even tentatively invested in a re-pairing of these two, given what a debacle their first go-round was, but there’s something likable about them together, and whatever this thing is with someone tailing Chloe (a stalker?) has me a little intrigued. Isn’t it nice when you find yourself wanting to see more of something rather than suffering a rage-induced hemorrhage at the mere sight of it?

Through Her Eyes

Posted March 15, 2018 by mykleraus
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This is becoming the easy new thing to fixate upon, but…

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Either Abigail, who does not normally need corrective lenses, drove from the hospital to the mansion wearing the prescription glasses of a middle-aged woman, or Abigail has been driving around Salem sans much-needed corrective lenses every time but this one. Neither option is really what I’d call good, you know? (I’m voiding the possibility that “Dr. Laura” removed the glasses whilst driving, considering the “Gabby” alter’s flip-out about losing her wig. These alters are real attached to their props.)

I’ll reluctantly admit that, for a second or two, I kind of got the whole weird, twisted “lovers against the world” thing they seem to be trying to sell with Stefan and Gabigail. I’m still unclear on what has made him fall for Abigail or her wig-sporting alter this quickly, and if he sleeps with her while she’s anyone but her actual self and unable to give consent, he’s a rapist, so… they will probably go there and spend the next 8-10 years trying to walk it back, because that’s how things go around here.

Meanwhile, Valerie is somehow the one who wound up in a straitjacket.

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That… does not look comfortable, does it? Though she might need the restraints if she and Lani keep meeting up to spar at that one table in the Pub that they seem to have permanently reserved for these conversations. I like seeing some fire out of Val, and I like how heavily the whole backstory involving Eli is playing into this — also in Julie’s unknowing comments to Eli himself — but I cannot imagine listening to like six more months of this.

Two Short-Term Returns Confirmed

Posted March 14, 2018 by mykleraus
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I can promise that you won’t guess at least one of these…

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Reboot Recap: After — Sept. 23, 2011

Posted March 14, 2018 by mykleraus
Categories: Days of Our Lives, Soap Opera, Television


In accordance with the threat promise I made last week about reviewing some of the 2011 eps being rerun on Bravo, let’s jump into the episode that first aired on Monday, September 23, 2011. This was the official start of the “MarDar” reboot and, as we’ll soon discover, a harbinger of some… notable things to come. Again, please pardon these cell phone photos I took of my TV screen, since there’s no good way to screenshot these online.

We start off in the foyer of the Horton house, where Hope is putting on her earrings in the mirror even though she does not live there. She gazes out the window at the lovely weather they’ll have for tonight’s big party. When the doorbell rings, Jennifer rushes in to answer it, and the world lets out a groan when they see Daniel standing there. But Julie and Doug are right behind him! They all grill Hope about what big surprises are in store, and in the first of roughly 14,000 mentions to come, she admits that she’s invited some special guests who meant a lot to Tom and Alice.

In a generic room that could be a bedroom in any of the mansions or the Martin House but is currently representing the Salem Inn, a bearded Jack Deveraux fixes his tie and gazes at a recent, printed-out photo of Jennifer and Kate Mansi’s Abigail which, if he’s actually been a captive, it makes no sense for him to have in his possession. Was Jen just mailing shit to al Qaeda headquarters hoping it might find him?

Back at the house, Jen realizes that Doug and Julie know about the secret and gets all uppity, but no one’s cracking. As they all head out, we pan to a tied bundle of notes on the floor, which apparently no one has noticed for at least a full day, since they fell at the end of an episode from the prior week that I just watched.


Now we go to the Kiriakis mansion, where Justin and Adrienne are all dressed up for the party and waiting with the younger crew of Sonny, Will, Gabi, Abigail, Chad, and Melanie. I had forgotten how… Jersey this incarnation of Abigail originally came off. Sonny also looks a lot younger and slimmer than in the present-day episodes, like jarringly so. Adrienne doesn’t remember there ever being a party in the Town Square, which is accurate since it wasn’t actually a place until like four episodes ago. Victor comes in wearing a tux. Gabi randomly asks Melanie if she’s ever ridden in a limo as a segue into asking if she’s doing okay since Dario left. Don’t worry, he’ll be back in four-and-a-half years having aged an entire decade! Maggie comes in, dressed up, and Victor says she takes his breath away. He’s worried about her health since her MG flare-up, but she insists she’s good to go. They head out to the limos. Mel stays behind for a second, a bit sad, before joining them. I had forgotten how abruptly they just tossed her into this age bracket during this writer switch, but I really liked it. She felt so much more natural hanging out with Sonny and Abigail than she did with Philip and Brady and Arianna 1.0.

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Cover It Up

Posted March 13, 2018 by mykleraus
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How nice that Adrienne is back from her trip to Teal Island, even though she still seems to be dressing according to their government rule that everything has to be the same color.

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Seriously: earrings, coat, and sweater all the same color? Try and mix it up a little, sis. I am, however, glad to see this haircut — I love the shorter hair on Judi Evans — as well as the fact that both Adrienne and Kayla actually bothered to wear coats during the winter. If you can put aside the facts that the Town Square is supposed to be indoors and that Claire was simultaneously having an outdoor photo shoot dressed like she was attending a Fourth of July picnic, it’s real progress.

It’s generally lovely to see Adrienne again, especially after months away. I’m guessing that they used Judi Evans (who isn’t even on-contract) as much as the budget would allow during the Bonnie story, so they were forced to rest her for a while, but it’s been a little awkward to have her completely and totally absent. At least she’s back to support her brother as he fights off blindness and makes excuses for the person who poisoned him.

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I get that John had his reasons, but boy, was it satisfying to see Kayla lash out at him a little. You’d think super-spy John might have at least tried to go to Steve and tell him what Pamela was up to, so that Steve could’ve played along while they figured out how to outsmart her or something. Or anything! Why is everyone else acting like everything John did was totally normal and not worth another thought?

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The next time someone I’m allegedly related to shoots me with a tranquilizer and locks me in a mausoleum — but doesn’t actually shoot me, what a saint! — my follow-up step will be to ask him to babysit my child while I sit at home doing nothing until the object of my lust arrives to have a beer. Solid life advice.

There was definite chemistry on display during that Will/Paul kiss and subsequent shirt-ripping-off. Stupid Sonny, interrupting. All his barking and scolding has really gotten old. Although he’s quite correct to be pissed at Victor for playing him and Brady against one another. I still don’t understand why all these people are so hungry to be CEO of Titan specifically. It’s unstable, everyone who works there is unstable, and there’s always a coup around the corner. You’ve already been the acting CEO of a multinational conglomerate — go get a job at Amazon or Google and enjoy the perks! (Perks include: having an office.)

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I’m really torn over how to feel regarding this Brady/Eve wedding debacle. On one hand, they’re both idiots for ever expecting this to go well. On the other, it made for a nice acting showcase for both performers. And on a third, mutant hand grown in Dr. Rolf’s laboratory, Maggie and Victor are total assholes for the way they handled this. I expect Victor to brush off something like his grandson being devastated with a statement like, “I left you a message!” — but why is this where Maggie draws the line? “Sure, hurt your grandson, but do not let Eve Donovan be duped out of a company she doesn’t deserve!” I actually did like her standing up to Victor, especially when she talked about how Eve lost a daughter and has been through enough, but this whole business of Brady being an afterthought feels off. At least she finally caught him drinking! She might get back in my good graces solely by sparing us from any further scenes of Brady standing at that bar in the living room, contemplating the liquor that Victor keeps stocked at all hours despite both his wife and grandson being addicts.

Living Her Truth

Posted March 10, 2018 by mykleraus
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I’m starting to think that Abigail’s psyche fractured mostly out of a desire to accessorize.

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Convenient that Stefan had reading glasses sitting there when her “Laura” persona took over! Are you even an alter if you don’t have the appropriate props? I’m a little concerned that she either didn’t notice that she was wearing a prescription she doesn’t need or that Stefan has fake glasses that he wears when alone. Not sure which is weirder. But between the glasses and the black wig, maybe all Abigail needs for “treatment” is a trip to Claire’s. Get this broad some bangles and let’s see if that helps!

I’m also thoroughly confused about the timeline of her alters emerging. If Abigail did kill Andre and then developed DID as a result of not being able to handle what she’d done, what the hell was she doing marching into that office already dressed up as “Gabby”? Or is this one of those things I’m just not supposed to think about, like how Sami allegedly sold an infant Belle on the black market even though they now appear to be the same age?

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While we’re on the subject of women who are always ready with just the right get-up, Eve apparently keeps a wedding dress in her room just in case. I guess that does sort of fit with those whole serial-black-widow thing they’ve been peddling since her return… Anyway, I was genuinely surprised by her calling Brady out at the very end. Only in Salem would be it shocking that a woman decided not to impulsively marry her sister’s ex with whom she’s been sleeping and sniping for mere months, but that’s just the kind of world this is.