Archive for March 2017

Maximum Occupancy

March 29, 2017

I know we’re all used to half the rooms in Salem looking exactly like the other half of the rooms in Salem, but apparently the sets are now defying time and space.

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Gabi was in that hospital room — you know, the one room off the nurses’ station where literally everyone stays — on Monday, and then when White Jade was admitted on Tuesday (BTW, if you’re gonna have someone fall down a spiral staircase, please let us see so I can howl with laughter! What a copout!), they put her in that room. But on Wednesday, Gabi was back in the same room, chatting on the phone with Mama Hernandez, who’s back to her usual routine of not bothering to come see her children when they’re at death’s door… although, in her defense, it does happen like twice a week. Anyway, where in the hell was Gabi while Jade, Joey, and Kayla were playing out their boring filler storyline?

Elsewhere in the hospital, Adrienne — who was correctly placed in the Other Room that they use when the super-accessible (and, with any luck, soundproofed) one is already occupied — finally made her choice.

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I remain unclear on why they decided to do a love triangle and a breast cancer story simultaneously with three recurring players, but when they do make time for the emotional beats, a lot of this works. People seem to have very strong opinions on who Adrienne should choose and whether Adrienne/Lucas is even a viable pairing, some of which seems to depend on whether people watched the original Adrienne/Justin story or not. But given the horrible offscreen affair that Justin had with “Elsa,” there’s something gratifying about Adrienne definitively choosing to move on with Lucas rather than just getting over Justin’s infidelity. Bryan Dattilo broke my heart in that scene where Lucas assumed that he was going to lose once again; you could feel the weight of all Lucas’s past disappointments there. And then I was surprised again by the surprisingly tender beat of Anne learning that Adrienne chose Lucas and trying to hide her own disappointment. They don’t really ever let that character — or Meredith Scott Lynn — go to that place, so it was a welcome treat.

Still, I get the sense that this whole thing isn’t entirely over, and the final result will be Adrienne and Justin reuniting and some kind of Lucas/Anne pairing, which I’m also fine with so long as they bother to tell an actual story and give us interesting interactions along the way.


What Happened in Salem: Week of March 20th

March 27, 2017

Somehow, a week involving kidnapping, a double poisoning, the first encounter between a man and his long-lost son, and an emotional reunion between brothers proved to be boring as hell…

Deimos had Chad, Abigail, and Gabi snatched from the DiMera event at Club TBD and had them brought to a warehouse, where he explained via a really cheap, ineffective voice disguiser that he was going to have both women injected with poison and then give Chad only enough antidote to save one of them. He then left them unattended, which allowed Chad to give Abigail half while Gabi freed herself so that she could get the other half. The trio was rescued and treated at the hospital, with basically nothing having changed besides viewers having lost a few hours of their lives.

Read the full recap to find out What Happened in Salem last week!

Plum’s the Word

March 25, 2017

It’s nice to see that, even in the thick of such drama as readjusting to civilian life after being imprisoned, aiding a fugitive on the run with an infant, and holding vigil over one’s recently poisoned daughter, the good people of Salem still make the effort to obey some kind of town-wide ordinance that everyone must wear purple.

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I actually looked up when Anti-Bullying Day is, because I remembered the cast taking backstage photos in purple clothes for that one year, but nope, it’s May 4. So who knows what the hell was going on here? Even Nicole’s incredibly nosy and irritating neighbor, Hillary, got in on the action!

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What a nightmare of a human being. Aside from pulling out a damn pistol in the home of someone she just met, she seems to be fully aware that she’s a tertiary character in the world of Days of Our Lives and thus has no function other than to interfere in the lives of the main characters. You know what’s a great way to make your neighbors hate you? Grilling them on the minutiae of their own lives! Take your banana bread and go watch some Netflix, lady.

Kate also made sure to adhere to the new wardrobe edict while consoling the cancer patient whom she once punched in the face.

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I continue to enjoy them using Lauren Koslow in this way, and Judi Evans again knocked it out of the park as Adrienne fell apart over her looming double mastectomy, but it kind of just feels like they’re playing this same beat over and over again. Everyone’s more or less acting like a decent human being, but that doesn’t make for the most exciting soap opera, y’know? It’s like they just decided to lean on the novelty of these two characters, played by very strong actresses, actually getting along, in lieu of writing a story.

You’d think Adrienne’s brother would also want to be there for this, but nah, he had to travel to Arizona to blow through a month’s worth of story in one episode with his heretofore-unknown son.

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I have no idea why they didn’t build out some serious mystery before Steve and Kayla actually found Tripp and revealed themselves to him, but that seems to be the order of the day lately. First impressions: Lucas Adams can actually act and reminds me a bit of young Stephen Nichols; holy hell, is he hot. Not a bad way to get me invested in a new character, honestly.

Actor (Possibly? Probably?) Out

March 22, 2017

This one isn’t official, and of course it’s coming out in a bizarre way, but head behind the cut to see who…


2017 Daytime Emmy Noms Announced

March 22, 2017

The nominees for this year’s Daytime Emmys, which will probably be held in someone’s garden shed and broadcast on Facebook Live, were announced earlier today. Days of Our Lives scored 22 nominations, including a nod for Outstanding Daytime Drama Series. It was also nominated in the Writing and Directing categories, as well as several technical ones [full disclosure: I think they just went ahead and plopped all four remaining soaps into all those categories this year, which, whatever].

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As for the performers…

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Daytime Drama Series: 
Vincent Irizarry (Deimos Kiriakis)
Billy Flynn (Chad DiMera)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Daytime Drama Series:
Kate Mansi (Abigail Deveraux DiMera)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Daytime Drama Series:
John Aniston (Victor Kiriakis)
James Reynolds (Abe Carver)

Outstanding Younger Actor in a Daytime Drama Series:
James Lastovic (Joey Johnson)

Outstanding Guest Performer in a Daytime Drama Series:
Tobin Bell (Yo Ling)

First of all, this is John Aniston’s first-ever nomination. How?! I’m also not sure what James Reynolds submitted in order to garner a nom, but he’s a strong actor and seems like a nice guy, so more power to him.

I’m not super-surprised about Vincent Irizarry being nominated, because he’s a big daytime name, but I don’t think he’s done any particularly impressive work on Days (largely because his material has barely made sense). I wouldn’t even be shocked to see him win, since Days actors who have either been fired or left the show — Tamara Braun, Eileen Davidson, Chandler Massey — have a history of doing that, more so than performers actively airing. I don’t really think Billy Flynn has much of a chance, mostly because that category tends to skew older, but we’ll see.

Kate Mansi being up for Supporting Actress while Flynn, her storyline partner, is up for Lead is a little weird, but I guess the thinking was that she only aired for half the eligibility period. I do think she has a better chance of winning in that category, though.

As for Lastovic… the Younger categories are always a little weird (I think the age limit is 25?), and he did have some decent performances and interesting material. I can see how the stuff about Ava’s murder might’ve made for a good reel. I don’t even know what to say about Yo Ling. Tobin Bell did a great job playing a very non-Days part in scenes that felt nothing like Days. That story also seems like it was 10 years ago, for as relevant as it is to the current show. So, he’ll probably win.

Deadline Hollywood has the nominees here, or if you really want to exhaust yourself, you can check out the full (and I mean full) list of ’em here. The official ceremony will be held on April 30.

Out in the Open

March 22, 2017

Me: I hate drama
Also Me:

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I mean, I get it. I’m bored, too, Chloe. But I’m not so sure about the wisdom of provoking a woman who has tried to murder you and gotten you blackmailed into prostitution just for shits and giggles. Especially by making out with a former assassin double your age in the middle of the mall. But if it keeps your mind off that kid you allegedly miss so much, then have at it, I guess.

This is super-random, though, right? Like they had nothing for Nadia Bjorlin to do while this kidnapping plays out, so they just decided to plonk her in the middle of this Eduardo/Kate “story” for the hell of it.

And speaking of said kidnapping…

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Nicole seriously has the worst luck with neighbors. I’ve lived in my building for nine years, and there are people I see every day whose names I barely know. Meanwhile, this woman walks inside with a suitcase and she has people beating down the door to get her life story. After what happened at that motel, I wouldn’t so much as let a stranger past the threshold, but nah, Nicole will just sit down and have banana bread with this incredibly nosy woman 15 minutes after arriving in Downtown Canada. And her brain has been so thoroughly compromised by her relationships with Daniel and Deimos that she referred to the baby she kidnapped, whose name is all over the news, by her actual name. Meanwhile, Brady — a defective Hooked on Phonics cassette tape that somehow became sentient — can make it all the way back to Salem from “Canada” in the span of a commercial break, and he waits until he’s in the living room of a mansion filled with people who want to find Nicole to talk loudly on his cell phone about all kinds of sensitive information.

Fun fact: Hillary is played by Jennifer Landon, three-time Daytime Emmy winner for her role as Gwen on As the World Turns and also the daughter of the late Michael Landon. This could actually be an interesting, organic way of introducing a new character played by a very capable actor, but nah, she’ll probably do eight episodes and then we’ll go back to The Adventures of White Jade or whatever.

And I don’t even know what to do with the fact that Brady’s Canadian alter ego is “Freddie Smith.” I assume this is his passport photo.

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What, was “Chandler Massey” taken?

The New, New, New Plan to Save Days

March 21, 2017

What’s that old saying? “April showers bring really boring 1-2 pm television hours”?

In what has become a wretched, time-honored tradition for viewers of Days of Our Lives, we now find ourselves at the beginning of spring, with months of material left to air before a new writing team’s work shows up onscreen. And, honestly, I’m bored. I can only make so many jokes about Nicole’s hair or Rafe’s bathroom or this DOA mob war. So let’s play a favorite game: speculating about what the new regime might do, as well as what we’d do if it were up to us.

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Putting this behind a cut, on account of casting news that implies spoilers…