Archive for September 2011

OCDs of Our Lives

September 30, 2011

You know what was driving me NUTS earlier this week? The fact that no one bothered to take an iron to that KMart shower curtain that was hanging behind the podium at the start of the party.

Do you see how wrinkled that thing is? I mean, I know Hope was probably busy organizing Marlena’s travel rider (a bowl of M&Ms with all the red ones picked out, ion-free air purifier, water squeezed from the eyes of Himalayan virgins, etc.) but seriously.

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This is OUR Moment. Doc Said So.

September 28, 2011

Hope: First, we want to thank all of you so much for celebrating this great day with us. I can remember our grandparents telling us the most amazing stories about Salem… We loved hearing those stories.
Bo: Doc and Mrs. H always talked about how the Town Square had kids running around, lovers strolling and holding hands. Memorial Day, the names of the fallen were read. Fourth of July, we heard the Declaration of Independence. And at Christmas, Santa set up shop so he could hear all the secret wishes of the kids.


Hope:
 But the Town Square had gotten run down, and there wasn’t a lot of city money to rebuild. So of course our Gran came up with one of her brilliant ideas. My grandparents, our grandparents, wanted to give back to the city that had given them so much. So this begins a new day in Salem. I know that our grandparents would be so incredibly happy to see all of you here today, and I hope this will be a place that you’ll all enjoy for so, so long, and many years to come. So, without further ado, I have the honor of unveiling the new centerpiece of Salem: the Horton Town Square!

There’s meta, and then there’s this. This was in a league all its own. And maybe it was corny, but with All My Children having ended last week, we couldn’t have asked for a better present from Days.

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Way to be Sensitive, Doug

September 28, 2011

You’d think Doug would refrain from using “Princess” as a term of affection for his daughter…

…considering that whole debacle in which she was presumed dead, only to turn up alive but brainwashed into thinking she was an evil, art-thieving princess, and then the actual princess (her doppelganger, naturally) took over her life for a while. But if it doesn’t bother Hope, who am I to judge?

Too Dirty to Clean My Act Up

September 28, 2011

I was totally planning to watch Dirty Soap from the minute E! announced it. A show that combines soaps and people behaving in a completely uncivilized manner (see: the trailer where Farah Fath and Kirsten Storms appear to be auditioning to be the new Heidi and LC)? Right up my alley. I was a little nervous that it’d be too corny to bear, but within the first few minutes, I could tell that this was something I’d be into.

And then I SAW MYSELF ONSCREEN:

There were still 56 minutes of show after that, so I’ll attempt to share my thoughts on them. Meanwhile, my mom has decided that, based on my “guest-starring” role on an E! reality show, I am basically a Kardashian. As for the people and situations actually featured on the show:

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Don’t Let the Door Hit You in the Ass on the Way Out

September 27, 2011

(…because it’s made of cardboard and we don’t have any money to repair the sets!)

Last Thursday’s episode sure felt like a series finale, didn’t it? Which was doubly weird because I was watching the actual finale week of All My Children, and I kept having these momentary panic attacks of “OMG, I’m so sad my show is ending!” until I remembered that Days is not, in fact, ending.

Anyway, there was a serious mass exodus from Salem last week. The most miraculous, of course, is that this little trashbag finally hit the road:

The phrase good fucking riddance cannot do justice to how relieved I am to have Taylor gone. Down to her final scene, I don’t think anyone at that show had a damn clue what to do with this character. And it’s a shame, because when they announced they were casting her, I thought it was a fantastic idea. She was established as Nicole’s sister, but the previous actress and her short stint — all of 12 years prior — did little to define Taylor Walker, so she was essentially a blank slate. They blew that as soon as she met EJ and fell in love with him for no reason, and we got to spend months watching Natalia Livingston attempt to remember her lines while looking like she smelled a fart.

There were actually two terrible characters presented during Taylor’s short-but-horrible return engagement: Taylor 2.0 (Livingston), whose main problem was that she had no drive aside from trying not to give in to her feelings for EJ, and Taylor 2.1 (Tamara Braun), who was the world’s biggest, most hypocritical, most self-righteous bitch. The writers seemed to forget that Taylor was “the good sister,” except they kept referencing it in dialogue while she did things like viciously went after her sister’s husband, stalked Sami over a piece of cheap jewelry, and was revealed to have been a prostitute in the past. Braun eventually gave up and just started playing her like Carly from General Hospital. The problem, of course, is that Carly was supposed to be aggressive and unhinged, and Taylor was… you know, I don’t have a clue what anyone was going for here. I seriously think 2011 Taylor Walker might go down as the worst character in the history of Days of Our Lives.

So, like everything else Taylor did, she opted to leave Salem for the Middle East with Quinn (her lover and the man who pimped her out some years ago), Vivian (his deranged, dangerous mother), and Ivan (Vivian’s former man-servant who used his lottery winnings to transform himself into a Bollywood mogul). Okay, sure, whatever.

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What Happened in Salem: Week of Sept. 19th

September 24, 2011

This week’s What Happened in Salem recap is now up at MyHourglass! An excerpt:

Ivan returned to Salem, having used his lottery winnings to become a Bollywood bigshot (better than being dressed as a giant hot dog, I guess), and he intended to sweep Vivian off her feet. She was reluctant, but he won her over, and they planned to leave Salem on his jet. Vivian asked Quinn to come with them, and he invited Taylor along, so she did what any rational human being would do and accompanied her former pimp, his psychotic mother, and her manservant-turned-Bollywood-mogul to the Middle East at the drop of a hat.

Check it out!

In Salem: Freddie Smith, Kate Mansi, & Arianne Zucker

September 24, 2011

This is the fourth and last in a series of exclusive posts featuring on-set interviews with Days stars and photographs of the newest sets in Salem! In Part 1, I spoke with Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn about their return to the show. In Part 2, we had a first look at the brand-new Horton Town Square. In Part 3, I chatted with Sarah Joy Brown, who debuts as Madison James in October. 

During my visit to the set last month, I had the opportunity to speak not only with the fresh (both returning and brand-new) faces in Salem, but also with some of the actors who have been there during the transition from the last regime to this rejuvenated one. They were each able to offer some insight into what’s going to change for their characters and for the show…

FREDDIE SMITH (Sonny Kiriakis)

Smith’s Sonny only debuted onscreen in June of this year, but as the son of 80s supercouple Justin and Adrienne and the first openly gay contract character in the show’s history, he’s already become a favorite of many.

“It’s been really, really good. I feel very blessed. Everyone’s been so supportive,” he says of the reaction to his character. He emphasized how instrumental Twitter in particular has been as far as communicating with fans–especially those who want him to know that they can relate to Sonny and to situations in which they’ve found themselves.

He seems to understand the enormity of his role as the first major gay character on Days, especially since Sonny is a member of a main family.

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