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October 18, 2017 at 9:46 am #1202241693
October 17, 2017
Days of our Lives
Outstanding Lead Actress – Ari Zucker
Outstanding Supporting Actor – Greg Vaughan
Nicole has to lie to Eric and say that she doesn’t love him to avoid prison.
Really heartbreaking and beautiful performances from both. I think both actors knocked this out of the park and this could make a competitive reel for both of them.October 3, 2017 at 5:04 pm #1202229326
Monday, October 2
Days of our Lives
Outstanding Drama Series
Outstanding Supporting Actress – Marci Miller
Outstanding Supporting Actor – Freddie Smith
I thought this was a really strong episode overall. It had a really nice build to it too, as it started with the very sweet and well written vows and then amped up the drama with Ben. I love that they kept it very character and relationship driven because that helped ground it when it very easily could have gone over the top given the plot. I thought all the acting was great but Marci and Freddie stood out the most. Marci was great, as was the Directing, in the fantasy scenes where she thinks she is imagining Ben. Freddie showed a really good range throughout the episode and I really felt it when he was ripping into Ben.April 18, 2017 at 7:47 am #1202069727
Monday, April 17, 2017
Days of our Lives
Outstanding Lead Actor – Billy Flynn
Outstanding Supporting Actress – Marcy Miller
Abigail tells Chad that he should be with Gabi and they hash it out.
I thought these 2 were really spectacular. Billy was great as always, but Marcy really held her own and delivered as well. Some of the dialogue came across silly just because some of the plot points have been ridiculous, but once you got past that, their acting shined through and was really stellar.April 18, 2017 at 7:37 am #1202069721
This is one of the strongest sets of reels as a whole that I’ve ever seen. It was very difficult to rank them, as any one of them could justifiably win.
1. Laura Wright
2. Gina Tognoni
3. Heather Tom
4. Nancy Lee Grahn
5. Jess Walton
Laura Wright just had the perfect reel for me. Others need to watch hers to see how you effectively edit together 4 episodes and it still feel cohesive. It had a great build, it had its big moments, its subtle moments and everything in between. I think it was also the least “soapy” acting, which voters tend to gravitate too.
Gina’s was the shortest, but also blew me away. She actually did a great job of editing together scenes that effectively told the arc of her revenge on Victor leading to the affair and then the fallout. I thought the scenes with jack were just as effective as the trial scenes and were nicely bridged together by a more subtle scene with Billy. She is one of the few actresses that can just go balls to the wall and it not feel like too much. There were moments that would have felt like it was way over the top with lesser actresses, but with Gina, it still felt controlled and nuanced in a way. She also had some solid moments in Jess Walton’s reel, which could also help her.
I agree with what others said about Heather. She was brilliant as always, but it did feel like been there done that. It’s undeniable that it’s great acting, but it’s very similar to the reels she has had the last few years. Nonetheless, the last few minutes where she said goodbye to Brooke gave me chills and was one of my favorite moments from any of the reels.
Nancy was mesmerizing from around the 12 minute mark on with her scenes with Julian when she figures out he killed Carlos. The only problem was that it took awhile to get there. She was good in all of the other scenes though. At this point, it’s nitpicking, as I can’t really say anything bad about any of them!
Jess also blew me away in the hospital scenes. Similar to Nancy, the standout scenes were in her second half and took some time to get there. She was also good in the first half though. The only negative I could say is that she was yelling in a lot of it, so it could come across one-note, but I feel like she infused a lot of layers into it so it didn’t feel that way. I definitely don’t envy tbe voters here. This is going to be a tough choice.April 13, 2017 at 8:33 am #1202065464
1. Kate Mansi
2. Anna Maria Horsford
3. Stacy Haiduk
4. Finola Hughes
5. Kelly Sullivan
This category is overall much stronger than the younger ones. I could see any of my top 3 taking it and it would be deseveved based on their reels. Kate was my personal favorite, but I could easily make an argument for why Stacy or Anna Maria should win because their reels were incredible also.
Finola had some spectacular moments, but no cohesion to her reel. Hers was the perfect example of how the 4-episode rule can hurt you. She threw together a bunch of scenes to show a range, but there was no connective thread between them, so the transitions felt jarring and took you out of it.
I thought Kelly was quite good, but there was nothing to her reel. I know she had other good moments she could have added, so it just felt light weight compared to the others.March 29, 2017 at 7:34 am #1202049771
Here’s a few more submission confirmations that I found from various interviews.
Hunter King – Summer learns the truth about Luca and they split up (8/26/16). Summer goes to visit him in jail and puts him in his place (9/9/16).
Kelly Sullivan – Sage confronts Sharon after figuring out the truth about Christian/Sully (4/28/16).
Stacy Haiduk – Patty breaks down in the mental institution with Paul (2/8?) and Patty torments Sharon.
Alyvia Alyn Lynd – Finding out Sage died, finding out the truth about the baby, and running away from home.
James Lastovic – Ava tells Joey she’s dying and he grieves about with his dad; Joey kills Ava; Joey goes to his dads office to say goodbye right before leaving for the commune.March 23, 2017 at 9:39 am #1202044612
From a SoapCentral interview, Vincent Irizarry submitted the 10/21/16 episode where Nicole tells him the truth about the baby. He also ended the reel with a scene where he was playing piano for Nicole after they made love to try and show a softer side to Deimos.February 21, 2017 at 6:56 am #1202017442
I was just coming here to cite both Tracey Bregman and Finola Hughes, but you both beat me to it! It was great to see 2 of my favorite veteran actresses finally get some meaty material to sink their teeth into, especially Tracey, who hasn’t been given much in the last few years.January 25, 2017 at 10:02 am #1201994995
I will give my full thoughts later, but overall, a pretty solid list. The only major snub I see right off the bat with someone that we know for sure submitted is Rena Sofer. Just wanted to add that Justin Hartley and Maura West did not submit, so they were not snubbed.January 24, 2017 at 7:22 pm #1201994559
I wasn’t sure where else to put this and didn’t think it warranted its own thread. Michael Logan tweeted that Melissa Reeves refused to submit her name this year and that she even asked the show to honor her wishes. Such a shame, because she was so good this year. I also asked him specifically if Rena Sofer submitted and he said that her and Heather both put themselves in LEAD for B&B. Really hope Rena makes the cut because she was incredible.
Also, as a side note Kate Mansi and Melissa Claire Egan both definitely submitted. I wish we knew more who submitted and who didn’t, but at least we’ve got a couple!January 11, 2017 at 9:26 am #1201985541
While I feel like I may be the only one given the lack of conversation, I just wanted to jump in here and say that I have been really enjoying the show since the new writing started. For me, it is by far the best currently of all the shows. I love that the transition has focused on character and relationships rather than plot. Sally has done an incredible job at reestablishjng who these characters are supposed to be and has slowly woven in stories that fit. As opposed to starting with plot and trying to shove characters in there in ways that don’t make sense, which much of the last few years on this show has been.
The Fenmore story alone is worth price of admission for me! It’s a story that is relevant and relatable to what is actually going on in the real world. It makes sense for the characters involved, and I love seeing Lauren have her own story again, which I feel like it’s been years since she’s had a story that she has driven. It also seems to be nicely turning into an umbrella story, with the involvement of Gloria and her going to Jack and all of that.
I have also quite enjoyed Hevon being front and center in a meaningful way. I like that Sally used some of what Pratt had with the Mariah/Hilary rivalry and used that to spin it in a new direction with the Gala and everything that has come out of the accident. You can tell that she is actually invested in telling stories for them, because that is one of the first stories that was front and center after she took over. I’ve really been loving the reintroduction of teen Reed as well. It is classic soap to reintroduce a SORSASed teen who is a handful. While I have not always been a Villy fan, I do like how Reed has changed their dynamic and I like his budding friendship with Billy.
I’ve seen some say that they find the show boring, but I will take stuff like this any day where I actually recognize and relate to the characters again as opposed to the plot driven drivel that we have gotten on most of the shows lately. It is definitely refreshing to see coherent business stories again and characters acting like themselves and interacting with people they have long histories with.January 11, 2017 at 8:37 am #1201985514
I have to say that I am mostly on the same page as EmmyLoser! While the show is far from perfect, I find myself enjoying most of the stories. The one story that I can’t stand is every thing surrounding Nicole’s baby. It pains me to say this because they are two of my favorite actors, but I can’t stand Nicole and Deimos together. On paper, Nicole with a man who is essentially a villain should be hot, but they’ve watered that character down so much over the last couple of years that she is such a wet blanket now. I was never a fan of Nicole and Daniel either, so I don’t care about them having this miracle baby, not to mention the convoluted way we got to it with Chloe.
I am at the very least mildly invested in every other story. The messy situation between Chad/Abby/Gabby/JJ/Lani is probably the thing I’m most invested in. They’ve told it in such a way that I would be happy either way with who Chad ends up with because I think there is rooting value on both sides of the triangle. I am also loving Marci Miller in such a short time. She has the made the character her own and I think she is doing really solid work and playing all of the emotions necessary. While I didn’t care about Lani the first time around, I am intrigued about her reintroduction involving JJ and I think her and Casey Moss have good chemistry.
I have enjoyed most of the prison stuff as well. It made me care about Hope again. In a lot of ways, her story last year with Rafe and Aiden is what turned me off from the show, so it’s good to be enjoying that character again. The teen stories need some work still, but they are at least still watchable for me, and we know that Vivian is leaving, so there at least putting in the effort to work out the kinks. All in all, like I said, it’s not perfect, but it’s very watchable, and that’s all I can ask for sometimes!January 11, 2017 at 8:05 am #1201985483
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Outstanding Lead Actress: Nancy Lee Grahn
A distraught Alexis flips out on Julian for dumping all her alcohol and later starts to get flashes of memories and thinks she killed Tom.
Nancy has been incredible through this entire Julian/alcoholism story, and this was no exception. There were so many levels to this performance, as she was freaking out about the liquor being gone, then starting to admit that she stabbed Tom, and then having to keep a tough exterior when Franco is questioning her. I could definitely see the possibility of her winning for both 2016 and 2017 because she has just been that good. It’s good to see her getting material worthy of her talents again, because there was awhile there where she wasn’t doing much!January 5, 2017 at 9:41 am #1201980331
Yes EmmyLoser! Soap Opera Network posts them every month.
The most recent ones are posted here – http://boards.soapoperanetwork.com/forum/11-discuss-the-soaps/
And then the archives for past months and years are here – http://boards.soapoperanetwork.com/forum/8-episode-count-archive/January 5, 2017 at 9:10 am #1201980314
As far as episodes counts go, Anna and Obba appeared in only 21 episodes each for the entire year. To put that in context, Kate Linder appeared in 17, Peggy McCay appeared in 16, and both Lauralee Bell and Stacy Haiduk appeared in 21.