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SOW: A Closer Look: Mia
esp13
Jul 29 2009, 12:37 PM
I must have gotten old and crotchety somewhere along the way because I remember when Jennifer's virginity was an issue for her and Glenn and then her and Frankie and I was at least mildly interested in that storyline 20+ years ago. But, this whole thing just makes me giggle. Of course, the fact that I find none of the teens to be particularly decent actors or remotely compelling characters probably doesn't help matters much.
They devoted about 10-15 minutes in one episode to a talk between Alice and Jennifer about the first time and how special it could be. That was one of the best scenes in a long time back then, simply because of Alice's involvement.

I happen to think Will and Mia have cha-razz-ma. They're not the best couple Days has seen in ages, but I've seen much worse. :)

DAYS Hires 'Passionate' Lindsay Hartley!
I think Mitch summed it up perfectly... there were so few talented cast on Passions, but I'll chalk that up to the writing more than anything. I'm not crazy about this move, but I'll give Lindsay a shot just like I did Galen and Eric.

Shawn Pyfrom (Andrew) Leaving DH Full Time
Can't say as I didn't see this coming. Aside from his subplot revolving around the boyfriend and managing his mother's business, he didn't have much to do.

Michael Sabatino -- Back in Salem too?
Amen. That was my biggest beef when Steve returned. I watched the show where Patch "died". I watched the coffins being switched... and then we find out Steve was under Stefano's thumb. No way, pal. Give me rewrite, please.

As for J/J, if you can't get Missy Reeves back I think you're better off leaving the two off the canvas. Now if she'd agree to a brief appearance, that'd be cool.

TVGC Soapgeist 7/27: Maureen Garrett interview
The more people speak up about this production model, the less likely it will be used ever again. Hell, shows like Search for Tomorrow, Edge and Ryan's Hope had shoddier looking sets, but they made up for it with excellent acting. Here I look at Kim Zimmer emoting her ass off and thinking "you're in a gravel driveway".

Louise Sorel (Vivian) Returns!
PhoenixRising05
Jul 28 2009, 01:57 AM
Not surprised (especially given the rumors) but I'm excited because while I haven't seen a reason for her to return in recent years, now there is with the Kiriakis family back in play and Kate getting more focus and Carly returning.

Once CC returned, I knew this was coming because that opened the door to exploring the Alamain family again after years in which it was forgotten. The fact that characters like Victor and Kate get more play now always made me feel like if anyone would think of bringing Vivian back, it was Tomlin, especially since he seems to appreciate JER and his work/style.

The Alamain's are the type of family Tomlin loves to have on his canvases when he is in control. That is why we've seen the Kiriakis family and Dimera families get so much play. I think the Alamain's are even more suited for Tomlin's vision since they have a dark and campy/humorous vibe to them at times without sacrificing their sophistication and class. They can be like the Richards family from Sunset Beach and I think that is his vision for them or pretty close to it.

I love Ivan but I kind of hope they do not bring him and leave all aspects of SSM's stint in the past because while JER was writing Vivian poorly at the end, SSM totally finished the character off to the point where I wanted her gone because it had become pathetic. They probably will bring Ivan though but Vivian can still be her old self even with him, as we saw early in the 90's. They just need to steer away from making her the show's comic relief. Leave that to someone else. It's funny because the way Kate is being written now is close to how Vivian should be written LOL.

I can't wait to see Vivian in scenes with Carly, Kate, Victor, Philip and Sami. This can only mean good things for Victor in terms of story. Not so sure on Kate because LK's contract is up and they may see Vivian as taking Kate's place on the canvas. I can see that. They could also recognize the potential in keeping Kate around and using the Kate/Vivian history. We'll see. I just know that some people will have to go because with CC, LS, and more then likely Sabatino returning (and maybe Judi Evans too given Justin coming on and Evans wanting to return so much), there will need to be room even if the cast size is not too bad. They need to be careful of the budget, although I'm sure if Evans returns it will be recurring and I'm sure Sabatino would take a cut and that Sorel had to take a cut even if she didn't want to. She probably would anyway since she hasn't been working.

I hope this quiets the "Days is becoming Passions" train even if Sorel had a breif role on Passions. It certainly shows that the show is still in touch with it's own history. I just love how planned everything seems. I'm so happy the show has had consistent direction and planning for so long now.

One thing this also does to is further solidify the idea that Tomlin is in full control. Sorel and a return of the Alamain's would've never happened under Corday. They were forgotten and things did not end well between them. I can't even see Higley making this move so anyone who doubted it's Tomlin/Whitesell's ship...believe it LOL.

So, CC first appears in October if I remember correctly. LS is slated to appear in late September so Vivian returns before Carly. Interesting...

Like someone previously pointed out, I think the show is no longer paying Reilly's estate so a huge chunk of change is now spared. And yes, I am more excited about these returns than a half-hearted attempt to copy a twice-canceled soap. Vivian/Carly/Justin reminds me of the days when Days rocked.

Soaps.com Burnett/Deidrick interview - they're dating!
Amello
Jul 27 2009, 02:39 PM
Kenny
Jul 27 2009, 02:32 PM
Ellie
Jul 27 2009, 02:28 PM
Molly Burnett: Its chaos downstairs on the days where all of us are on set. Casey, Mark, Taylor, (Sprietler, Mia McKormick), Dylan (Patton, Will Horton) - we're all running around yelling and playing video games and "hallway bowling." It's pretty epic!
Casey Deidrick: Usually within the first 10 minutes of getting on set, the hallways turn into a mosh pit. I don't like to step out much, until Im about to tape because its my room of Zen, but occasionally Ill sneak a few kisses! We'll run lines in each others rooms too.
WTF? It sounds like the Days studio has been turned into some sort of college dorm, LoL.
In other words, my kind of place. This is our new generation. Our new Bo, Hope, Shane, Kim, etc ...
I watched Bo, Hope, Shane and Kim.

This is not Bo, Hope, Shane and Kim.

That said, I'm joking. It won't be like the old Days, but they're building a pretty solid younger set. Add to that the returns (Wally, Louise... Judi? Michael?) and this could be a pretty good fall.

SOW:Rafe's Secret Past Revealed
jcar03
Jul 25 2009, 01:36 AM
Maybe the real secret is that Emily is actually a monkey being played by the uber talented, Precious!
Oh, if that happened I'd be splitting for Pine Valley in one second. :puke:

Soapnet interview with Molly Burnett
She was very good in her scenes today. I think she's warming to the material and vice versa. They're taking the shrill bitchy edges off of her and actually giving her feelings.

'Desperate Housewives' Casting Scoop!
Yay! That's a really good casting choice. DH is getting a lot right over the summer months.

TVGC: Galen Gering discusses Days and James E. Reilly
Livie
Jul 23 2009, 09:59 PM
As one who is looking at EJ from a new direction since I have not watched the show for over a year until recently, there is a definite change going on here.

I will say the fiery chemistry of EJ and Sami does not show up in Rafe and Sami, but the way I have seen Sami and EJ in the few scenes I do not see it existing with them anymore either. I find the acting of James Scott to be rather bland, but I also see it being caused by the ridiculous character he is now playing. To see him played like a brook trout ( very easy fish to land) by Nicole and Stefano makes him seem more wooden than others are accusing Rafe of being.

I almost wonder if Tomlin is bringing on more and more Passions actors to use as a way to push both James Scott and Ali Sweeney to the outer fringes of Days. Theresa was always a Sami-like character.
If he is, then he deserves to be fired. This is Days of our Lives, not Passions 2.0.

That said, I do not think this is the case. James and Ali do have huge fan followings and NBC would be nuts to tamper with that (then again, this IS NBC we're talking about here... lol)

To me, Bryan and Ali will always have the best chemistry, but I am liking the Safe story. As for Galen's acting being wooden in the last several years of Passions, I think the acting of the Days cast was pretty bad during Reilly's last go-round. It all depends on whether or not you believe in the material you're performing.

DAYS Hires 'Passionate' Lindsay Hartley!
PhoenixRising05
Jul 23 2009, 12:18 PM
sungrey
Jul 23 2009, 11:56 AM
Phoenix, you might have misunderstood one of the things I was trying to say earlier... If the show wanted Lindsay to come on, they should have just put her in the Arianna role instead of Felisha. You'd have had just as much buildup.


I'll give Lindsay a chance. But I'd also like to see more Days returns. Not necessarily Deidre and Drake, but stuff like Wally and Crystal. Possibly Louise. Judi Evans? It is important to grow the audience and bring more fans in, but don't piss off the old-line fans that watched the show in the 1980s and 1990s. We're still here. :)
I get what your saying but the fact is they didn't plan on putting Arianna with Brady at first so why would they do that first? They clearly felt Felisha looked good with Darin and I agree with that. They casted Felisha as Arianna to be with Max. If they had intended to put Arianna with Brady from day one, they would've likely gone to Lindsey since she looks good with Eric Martsolf's Brady. Casting Lindsey from day one would've had some fans pushing for her to be paired with Eric again so the pairing with Max would have no chance. Darin quit shortly after Felisha was hired so they had to change gears.

Okay, cool. Just clarifying. This wasn't handled very well anyway. It isn't the first time, though, and it won't be the last. And it isn't just Days, either. Other shows have let go actors and managed to F up the process. :)

DAYS Hires 'Passionate' Lindsay Hartley!
Phoenix, you might have misunderstood one of the things I was trying to say earlier... If the show wanted Lindsay to come on, they should have just put her in the Arianna role instead of Felisha. You'd have had just as much buildup.

It's funny how Passions has been off the air for a little while now and it STILL makes people cringe. I admit, I'm one of those that cringes because although the production values were decent, the acting on Passions was no better than a third-grade play (in general). Although Juliet, Ben and John stood out, some of the lesser actors were extremely painful to watch (not Charity Rahmer-painful, but painful).

I'll give Lindsay a chance. But I'd also like to see more Days returns. Not necessarily Deidre and Drake, but stuff like Wally and Crystal. Possibly Louise. Judi Evans? It is important to grow the audience and bring more fans in, but don't piss off the old-line fans that watched the show in the 1980s and 1990s. We're still here. :)

Maureen Garrett, others return to GL! *UPDATED*
NICE NEWS! It'll be great to have Morgan back playing Dylan... and especially Melissa. Aw, it'll be sweet to see her again.

TVGC: Galen Gering discusses Days and James E. Reilly
hunterforrester
Jul 22 2009, 06:29 PM
I wasn't comparing Bo to Rafe. I was just saying a new hero is in town. And let's face it Days is missing a few heroes. The show used to have a bunch of heroes on their canvas John, Patch, Shane, Abe, Roman, etc. Today, there are too many villains on the show. All I said was move over.... as a style choice. It wasn't literal. Yikes you are guys are literal so I'll be careful with that next time. Sorry! Rafe is a hero he stood by Sami and Grace unconditionally. I think that's cool in Salem. This is a show where you have to blackmail a woman into having sex. I love that Rafe told Sami: I don't want to marry you yet! I thought that was cool. Are you guys liking Days these, er, Days?
You're seeing just how some Days fans love their, uh, Days. :)

DAYS Hires 'Passionate' Lindsay Hartley!
PhoenixRising05
Jul 22 2009, 06:00 PM
jane1978
Jul 22 2009, 05:40 PM
sungrey
Jul 22 2009, 04:56 PM
This is exactly what I'm thinking. Look, I know there are a lot of Passions fans on the board and some people who couldn't stand the show. While I'm sure Lindsay will do all right on Days, those of us who have watched Days for years don't like seeing this show turned into something else. Anyone remember "Teens of our Lives"?
First, Im really sorry for Felisha Terrel. She was caught in a dificult situation because she was supposed to be a love interest for Max and replace Chelsea. Unfortunatelly, she had never much chemistry with EM and all those stupid contrived meetings and bumping into each other didnt help.

On the other side, I dont understand how this changes the show into Passions any way. I never watched the show but from all I heard EM and LH were very popular couple and Im sure if they knew Arianna will be paired with Brady from beginning she would be first to offer the part. Lets not forget they had to postpone all original plans for the post babyswitch story because AZ is pregnant and will be off the show for a while. That means Arianna and Brady will be much more serious and longterm couple than they first thought.

Anyway, it again shows Tomlin can be very cruel as producer, because Im sure he never said FT anything till today while actively working on the deal with LH at the same time. Poor Felisha has to feel terrible right now. But, it will help the show. EM has more chemistry with MB in the scenes which are not written as romantic at all than with FT no matter how much the writers try. And it will help EM as well, because Im sure now they will want really mine the popularity of him and LH on the screen together again.

So, good move.
I agree, Jane.

Soaps do this all the time. They try to recreate the magic the actors had on other shows. Until we see orangutans as nurses and murderous he/she's running around, this is not Passions. In fact, the show has more character-driven elements then it has in a long time (I know many on this board will disagree with that but JMO). Of course, it has plot-driven elements and it's contrived at times but it's entertaining and is the only show consistently doing well ratings-wise. Tomlin knows what he is doing. He's done something no one's been able to do in the past 5 years or so...stop the bleeding. I feel bad for the people that aren't high on the show right now but what they are doing is working and the show feels more like Days then it has in awhile. It has it's identity back. The faces are different but they are tapping into JER's style from his first run and it's done wonders.

I just feel bad for Felisha. She wasn't that bad. The character just took awhile to get going and she was finally getting something worth a damn and now she is axed. You could tell the cast liked her and that neither they nor she saw this coming. I think they would've did this in the beginning if they knew Arianna was for Brady. She was originally for Max and I think Terrell was suited for that. EM and her just never clicked romantically and with AZ being gone for a little bit, it's clear they want to go Brady/Arianna. Why not capitalize on Lindsey and Eric's chemistry? Plus, Lindsey and Galen have great sibling chemistry and she is a terrific actress. She carried Passions for most of it's run. The girl made shitty, repetitive material turn into gold. This is a brilliant move in that it gives them yet another strong actress. She will instantly make Arianna a better character.

I ADORE Lindsey. I was wondering why she never got work after Passions. Between her talent and her age, I expected a soap to swoop her up. I'm glad no one did. I've wanted her and Emily Harper on Days since Passions ended. I just wish Terrell got more of a chance but that's business and the show has to do what is necessary to put on a great show. This is a great move in that regard.

I can't wait until she first airs. So excited.
OK, I'll buy it. But if you wanted to recreate the magic, then WHY DIDN'T YOU JUST HIRE HER IN THE FIRST PLACE?

DAYS Hires 'Passionate' Lindsay Hartley!
Louise Sorel. Now THERE is a return I could get behind! :)

DAYS Hires 'Passionate' Lindsay Hartley!
This is exactly what I'm thinking. Look, I know there are a lot of Passions fans on the board and some people who couldn't stand the show. While I'm sure Lindsay will do all right on Days, those of us who have watched Days for years don't like seeing this show turned into something else. Anyone remember "Teens of our Lives"?

DAYS Hires 'Passionate' Lindsay Hartley!
Oh. Jesus. Christ.

I have about had it with the stunt casting. What did we do to deserve this?

TVGC: Galen Gering discusses Days and James E. Reilly
Move over, Bo Brady. Nelson... tsk tsk. Blasphemy!

That said, nice job! Galen's grown on me a bit. I couldn't stand Passions at all so when I heard he was coming over I went "great... a hair model. Just what Days needs". So far he's been all right! It's refreshing to hear that he had some trouble playing Passions' over the top stories.