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Dec 6 2008, 08:59 PM
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The difference is that Sami was not getting the best material when it "was" the Sami show. All she did was cry or bitch...every show! It was so hard to tune her out.<br /><br />I guess I can't complain that it is the Nicole show because Nicole is acting sassy one day, crying the next, flirting the next, etc. It's being varied and I still find her entertaining. She isn't overbearing to me. <br /><br />And even though she MAY not be on as much, it still feels like the Sami show because all Sami is still doing is crying/yelling...same stuff for the past few years. <br /><br />And I don't buy that this is Higley's fault. Obviously, AS wanted this written in for whatever reason, so now that it is in and it sucks, it's not entirely Higley's doing. What can you do with a pregnant woman who doesn't want to tell the father and still make it interesting?? I almost wish they would have had Lucas pretend to be the father instead of bringing in Rafe.
It was very clear that Sami is the character that Hogan decided to write for then he was fired and Higley took over and Higley chose to write good material for Nicole .... New writer's want to put their own stamp on the material and it is not unusual for the new writer to go in totally different direction when they can. The problem with Days in the past three/four years they have three different HW plus they have interim writer's between Jer and Hogan and scab writer's between Hogan and Higley .... Plus they have had Three associate producers too..Inconsistency all over the place!

OK, look. I'm not the poster to bash actors but the simple fact of the matter is that the problem with Sami isn't that Alison is given material of a lesser quality than Ari, the problem is that Alison fails to deliver much of what she is given. Take the other day, Sami was supposed to be sad about missing her family over the holidays. Did I feel sorry for her? Nope. Why? Because it was the same huff-puff performance that Alison ALWAYS does when Sami is crying. It simply did not meet its mark. When Nicole cries I believe it because Arianne makes me feel it.

IMO Sami's most memorable scenes are scenes when Alison doesn't have to stretch, Rafe, Hilda and Rolf. Alison simply lacks range. Its too bad really I believe Ali is a hard worker and maybe if she took some time off and honed her craft she might improve but to blame the travesty that is Sami solely on bad writing does a disservice to the all of other actors on the show that would love to have had the opportunities that Alison has been given.

I don't blame the actors in the fall of this show and the reason is that soap actors are almost asked to do the impossible and for frontburner actors right now like Ari, Ali, James, JKJ, Molly etc... the amount of work they have to do on a weekly basis is nuts plus apparently there is not much rehearsal. Days has been in such turmoil behind the scene too and they have new writer's, new producers on a yearly basis, they have to worry whether or not they are going to be cut or if they are one that are choosen to stay they are asked to take pay cuts .... In Ali's case she is doing two jobs, plus raising a son, plus she is pregnant why they just didn't give her an extended maternity leave is beyond me .... for some reason they just can't deal with the character of Sami off screen for a period of time. Last time she went on maternity leave - Sami was on but they came up with the s/l of Stan. Many actors have side projects or have a side business. Ari and Kristen have their jewlry lines, Lauren has her orchard, James has Urth, MBE has a pie company. Plus they do fan events on top of charity events, photo shoots, morning programs .... they work their butts off and the pay off and the longevity is only captured by the very few. They can't be doing this for the fame because daytime soap actors are thought to be second rate actors who can't make it to prime time. The lucky ones are those rare actors who can take what they learned and the work ethic that they had to adapt to in daytime and make it in primetime or the movies.
Is it possible she didn't ASK for maternity leave? Maybe this was Allison's choice, not necessarily theirs. She asked for the pregnancy to be written in, after all. Certainly the powers that be must have been aware of the general consensus on boards and critic's blogs that maybe Sami needed a break. And by law, I'm willing to bet if Allison asked for maternity leave, they need to give her one. I could be totally wrong, but I'm willing to bet no business can force a pregnant woman to work. If she was so valuable, they could have worked around it.
And, I think the fact that she's working two jobs and has a son has already been mentioned. By me.
But at least it seems you might agree that, whether she chose to keep working or they made her, the physical toll affects her acting.
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