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    Tom O'Neil
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    Please help me to compile a very simple list of just the current characters on DOOLS who you love and please say why. I’d like to keep this positive and then to organize the info you give me into a poll for the site’s general readers to decide.

    Who wants to start?

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    Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn as Marlena Evans and John Black. These two are a classic supercouple, and even if they don’t have superhero storylines anymore, they definitely need to be around.

    Suzanne Rogers as maggie Horton. She is mainly the Matriarch left in the Horton Family ( the family which originally started the show ) she is a past emmy winner, and we love her and how she can still bring it after all these years.

    Melissa Reeves and Matthew Ashford as Jennifer Horton and Jack Deveraux. These two were a power couple back in the early 90’s, and departures and returns have gotten in the way, but these two are also a huge part of the Horton family, and need to be more in the spotlight, as well as keeping Kate mansi as Abigail Deveraux, and Billy Flynn as Chad Dimera around, to keep things interesting.

    Alison Sweeney as the guest appearing Sami Brady Dimera. We have loved this character for almost 30 years, she is the character we love to hate, and one of those most underrated actresses for emmy consideration. She is one of the key members of the other main families in Salem, the bradys. She is also the mother of Will Horton ( Chandler Massey ) who also should be staying on the show, along with Sonny Kiriakis ( Freddie Smith ) who belongs to a supporting family on the show.

    More Dimeras are needed on the show. Chad Needs more family around him, Like Tony and Anna Dimera. Most of the current Dimera’s, are Dimera’s by marriage, such as Kate and Gabi, and Abigail, all of whom should still be on canvas, linking the storylines between other key families in town.

    Kristian Alfonso is someone who can deliver, also underrated on Daytime, another Key member of the Horton family, with Bo not coming back, it is time that she finally get some happiness in her life, and just be hope, no more Princess Gina, no Night-time alter ego. The show needs to focus on a more procedural police Department, run by hope, and less having to compromise her values, when it comes to family committing crimes, she needs a fitting partner, without an alterior motive.

    Ben and Ciara ( Robert Scott Wilson & Victoria Konefal ) These two have such a flawless connection, and are really a new age Bo and Hope. Yes Ben did make some mistakes, and as Ciara has stated, he was ill back then, and has changed, clearly proven. It will always be a struggle for him, as proven, but he is a strong character. Also with links to other characters such as Marlena, his therapist.

    That’s all I can think of for now. I hope this helps!

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    If forced to choose just one favorite character on DAYS (very tough, as I have many!), it’d likely be Brady Black. No matter what the circumstances, he remains loyal to his family and tries to act on their needs first. And when he loves, he loves hard. I also admire how bravely Brady (portrayed by the ridiculously-talented Eric Martsolf) faced and fought past battles with drug addiction and alcoholism, picking himself back up time and again and refusing to let his weaknesses define or defeat him.

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    I preferred east coast soaps but I did watch Days intermittently back in the 1980’s. My favorite was Lisa Trusel as Melissa. But I didn’t really love anyone until the fiery Sami Brady (Alison Sweeney) came on the show in the early 1990’s. She was the main reason I would watch the show. I also loved Eileen Davidson’s work playing multiple characters circa 1996 and 1997.

    Once the east coast shows were all gone and Chandler Massey starting playing the role of Will Horton Days became my favorite show.

    My favorites over the years in addition to the three I have mentioned would be Suzanne Rogers, Judi Evans, Freddie Smith, Deidre Hall, and lately Paul Telfer.

    My least favorite aspect of this show are the sci-fi stories. My favorite aspect has been the core families, particularly when they have been honored with strong storylines.

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    I started by trying to make a list of five, and ended with six favorites, plus some honorable mentions. “Currently on the show” is a slightly tricky term, as one of these actors was recently fired (though airing into the fall) and another is not on contract, while a third is playing a severely altered version of the character I actually like, but such is the nature of soaps.

    Abigail Deveraux (Kate Mansi) – As a character, Abigail has had a rough history, both in terms of some off-the-wall behavior (it still breaks my heart to remember the scenes where she enticed EJ into cheating on Sami) and the inconsistency of her writing. But after a lot of questionable decisions and overcoming some very serious struggles with mental illness, Abigail has blossomed into an unapologetic, in-your-face crusader for whatever cause she believes is right at the moment. She confrontational and “difficult,” which I love about her.

    Hope Brady (Kristian Alfonso) – Hope is one half of what I consider the greatest supercouple of all time – Bo & Hope. Bo whisking Hope away from her wedding to another man happened decades ago, but it’s an iconic moment that stands the test of time when it comes to romantic gestures and sweeping adventure. Over the years, Hope has established herself as strong, tough, smart, loyal and protective of her family, with a steady moral compass and compassion for her enemies and well as her friends. Since losing her great love Bo, writers have struggled to find compelling stories for her, but the character remains one of the best on any soap (as long as she’s actually herself and not brainwashed with a different identity).

    Kate Roberts (Lauren Koslow) – Kate is both the ultimate soap survivor and the ultimate free agent. Unlike most soap characters, she’s rarely had the security of a loving relationship to keep her warm, so she constantly seeks fulfillment elsewhere, mostly in meddling in her children’s lives and climbing the various corporate ladders available to her. With few friends and even fewer scruples, Kate is always willing to take sides where she needs to for her own best interest and worry about the collateral damage later. Unlike most of Salem corporate upper echelon, Kate has earned her way into every executive position she’s gotten by being good at what she does, without the advantage of being able to claim some sort of birthright. And she’s never to be counted out – just last fall, after being shot, she dug her way out of a shallow grave and walked into the ER for treatment.

    Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) – While Marlena has been part of two immensely popular supercouples (first with Roman Brady, then and currently with John Black), she is a character who stands solidly on her own. Over the course of 40something years on the show, Marlena has just about seen and done it all. What makes her a riveting and essential character even today is the dignity and grace with which she handles even the most trying of situations and the deep bonds she’s developed with her friends and family as they’ve worked through their troubles.

    Will Horton (Chandler Massey) – Will represents a lot of what I and many others love about soaps: He’s part of the fourth generation of Hortons (the founding family of Salem) and Bradys (salt of the earth working class family), with connections that run throughout the town; he has a history of major mistakes with some scheming and duplicity, but has shown he’s got a really good heart; he was part of an historic moment for the show as part of the first wedding of two men on daytime; and he’s played by a terrific and charismatic actor who could potentially have many more years with the show going forward.

    Xander Cook Kiriakis (Paul Telfer) – All good soaps have a character the fans love even though they shouldn’t. On DAYS, that character is Xander, who list of offenses include smuggling diamonds, numerous assaults, kidnapping, attempted murder, and most recently, baby swapping. But Xander has come a long way from the cutthroat criminal who first arrived in Salem to a man risking it all for love. Xander is danger, humor and the possibility of redemption all rolled into one beautifully chiseled, incredibly charming package.

    Honorable mentions to: Gabi Hernandez, who always goes at least one step too far; Eli Grant, perhaps the most grounded character in a town where insane things happen in a daily basis; Ben Weston and Ciara Brady, who brings 80s supercouple energy to the modern era; and Maggie Kiriakis, a matriarch and pillar of both the Horton and Kiriakis families.

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