July 2nd, 2013  |  Leave a comment

The Ken Corday Interview – Days of our Lives

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

In the biggest Daytime Emmy shocker at the 40th annual ceremonies and telecast just a few weeks ago, Days of our Lives was announced as the winner of the Outstanding Drama Series for the first time in 38 years!  And no one was more surprised than DAYS head honcho and executive producer, Ken Corday.  The longest running scripted series in NBC television history has not picked up the gold statuette since 1975, ending years and years of frustration of putting their best foot forward in the category with countless episodes of good work and compelling submissions to the blue-ribbon panel.  In one of the biggest celebrations in Daytime Emmy history, the entire cast of the NBC soap cheered, cried, and was jubilant as they took to the stage to support the show with this honor.

So what is life like in Salem a few weeks after the historic win?  On-Air On-Soaps chatted with Ken Corday to get his thoughts on this monumental victory for the show. But in addition, we delve into the hot topics that fans want to know including: the upcoming departures of Chandler Massey (Will) and Casey Deidrick (Chad), and the incoming arrivals of Jen Lilley (Theresa) and Chrishell Stause (Jordan), and how that will affect the show.  We also discuss the unbelievable performances by Eileen Davidson (Kristen), and the ratings rise over the last few months due to DAYS invigorated interwoven storytelling involving many of the show most watchable characters.

Later, Ken give us a look at the inner-workings at DAYS from how the decision is made when casting a new actor on the show, and how he works with the writers and producers to shape the series.  And yes, what about EJami?  Ken speaks to how James Scott (EJ) and Alison Sweeney (Sami) are a key ongoing ingredient to the show’s success.  And, we get a glimpse of what is to come this summer in Salem.  We think you will find Ken in this interview to be candid, heartfelt, and extraordinarily proud of all that Days of our Lives has accomplished over the last few months.  So here now is what Mr. Corday had to say about it all!

MICHAEL:

What happened when you heard Erika Slezak (Viki, OLTL) announce “Days of our Lives” as the winner for Outstanding Drama Series at the Daytime Emmys?  What was your initial reaction from being seated in the Beverly Hilton ballroom till you made it up on stage?  Do you even remember? (Laughs)

KEN:

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I was totally thrown!  I had not prepared a speech.  We hadn’t won any awards except for the fact that Chandler Massey won for Younger Actor. We got to the tech awards and got two out of eleven awards.  So all these nominations later, I was completely shocked. Everyone at the table was shocked.  I think it took about a second or two to just sink in, and then we jumped up and went crazy on stage.  They talk about “out of body experiences.”  I know I walked up there and my mouth moved.  I have no idea what came out, because I had not rehearsed … let alone written a speech.  I think I said the right things.

MICHAEL:

I heard you and the cast of DAYS continued to celebrate big-time afterwards!

KEN:

Oh, yes!  A very funny story was Galen Gering (Rafe, DAYS) was at the bar and had ordered five drinks and had picked them all up in his thumbs, and then he heard our name called.  He just dropped the drinks and ran up on stage with us!

MICHAEL:

Why do you think these two episodes did the trick and finally won you Emmy gold after 38 years?

KEN:

I did not judge this category, so it’s hard for me to say what our competition was.  I know these shows were very diverse. One was extremely emotional, which was about Nicole losing her baby, and Arianne Zucker (Nicole, DAYS) submitted that for her Supporting Actress nomination. The other one was us blowing up the Horton Town Square, and the ‘DAYSaster’, as we called it.  So they were diremetrically opposed to show we could do big lavish “Boom! Boom!” and we could do it at the same time with a very small, emotional show with a smaller cast.

MICHAEL:

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So what has it been like for everyone now a few weeks later after the DAYS surprise victory?  Is there still a buzz at the set, in the offices, at NBC, at Corday Productions?

KEN:

We are all still in shock!  I stopped having flashbacks finally about a week ago. You see Erika Slezak opening the envelope going, “Oh, the envelope is stuck!”  And another moment of waiting, and then she says, “And the winner of the 2013 Outstanding Drama Series is …,” and then you hear your name (Laughs).  It’s truly a time warp.  I said to Brad Bell (B&B EP and head writer) and Jill Farren Phelps (Y&R EP), “Now I know how you guys feel!”

MICHAEL:

What do you think your mom and dad would say (DAYS creators Ted and Betty Corday) if they were still here with us on your Emmy victory?

KEN:

I think they would be very proud, and proud of everybody.  Everyone works so hard at Days of our Lives, Michael.  You know that.  We have gone along so long without this award and it was becoming humorous. We were becoming the Susan Lucci of the shows!  I think that gets under people’s radar, because the show is not a personality like Susan is.  That was the best thing that ever happened to the Daytime Emmys!  Her losing, and losing and losing, and then finally winning.  I remember being in New York City for it that night … even the New York City cops were giddy about her winning!

MICHAEL:

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DAYS has been amazing to watch during the last few months of the air shows.  I believe it is the best DAYS has been in years!  I know, you have tried so hard with different combinations of writers and producers in the past, but I have to tell you, the stories and the performances are great right now!

KEN:

Thank you for that.  That is a very sweet compliment.  The ratings are up and continually up over the last two months, and NBC, our network, is happy about that.  More than our network being happy, I am thrilled with what I am reading.  I am reading shows that will be airing in October and in early November.  So we are creeping up on Christmas in our tapings, and here we are in June.  So there are a certain amount of risks when you get so far ahead.  But, we are centering the show on the characters that people want to watch with a few new characters here and there, and the iconic ones that people still want to watch mixed in to introduce the news ones.  That is very important when bringing a new character in.   But our head writers, Chris Whitesell and Gary Tomlin, really deserve the kudos here.  It’s been their vision since they came in over a year ago.  It took a while to turn the boat a few degrees.  But I agree.  I am very excited about what I see on air, and very excited about what is coming up!

MICHAEL:

Eileen Davidson has been absolutely on fire as Kristen DiMera in her return to Days of our Lives!  I think she is actually better this time around, and that is hard to fathom when she played five different characters the last time she was at DAYS.  But Eileen has shown she can play the best evil bitch, and yet you understand her need for sick revenge on the town of Salem, and in particular on Marlena!  Amazing!

KEN:

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Eileen is the consummate actor, and she is able to play so many levels.  As a villainess, it’s so easy to play one or two of those “mean” levels, but she is just that kind of an actor. Eileen is very professional, and well prepped, and knows the genre.  I think she is doing wonderful this time around as Kristen, as she did when playing Kristen/Susan/God knows who else! (Laughs).

MICHAEL:

Having Kristen bed and drug Eric the priest was a brilliant move, too!  We are in such a different world now than when you and I were in the soap game years ago.  It is all still about the characters you want to see, and great emotional stories, and romance, and all of that, but things have to change with the times.  I think you have really changed with the times, especially having Will’s story, and the gay storyline, and the controversy with Kristen having sex, or “raping”, a priest!  And this is the kind of world we are in now, where I think soaps have to find a way to excite new and younger viewers to the fold.  That is hard to do with all the competition on television with so many channels vying for people’s attention.  Would you agree with that?

KEN:

Really well said, Michael.  I totally agree. The network would totally agree with you.  I hark back to Thanksgiving week, which was the first time we openly depicted that Will and Sonny had sex, and in the same two days Gabi went in to have an abortion, and in the same two days Eric returned to town as beloved Sami’s brother, as a priest!  I had lunch with NBC Entertainment Chairman, Mr. Robert Greenblatt, right before that week.  I said, “You know Bob, it’s coming.  We are taking some big risks here.”  He said, “Bring it … the more the better.  I think that’s what’s bringing some new viewers, and will attract the viewers who may have watched DAYS at one time, but will bring them back to their screens now that you are taking risks.”  Virgil says: “Fortune sides with him who dares.”  And if you don’t risk, and not do that, it’s going to sit there for awhile and not do much.  And we have plenty more risks coming!

MICHAEL:

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I know Chandler Massey is leaving in December at the end of his contract.  Can you talk about what a huge contribution he has made to Days of our Lives as Will Horton?

KEN:

Chandler is a natural, first of all.  He plays that character so well as a conflicted man having to go through all the things he went through with his family.  And to his credit, he has had a wonderful, wonderful co-star in Freddie Smith, who plays Sonny.  It was a perfect storm – a great story idea, a great actor who was able to do it.  Chandler deserves all the kudos he has gotten, and it was a well-deserved Emmy this second time around.  I wish he would stay.  I keep telling him to change his mind, don’t go away.  But there comes a time in every young actor’s life when they are pretty much at the top of their game, or getting there, and they to have to take time for themselves to figure out what’s next.  I take my hat off to him.  The door will always be open here to Chandler.  We are not going to recast Will, but I wish him well in the big pond.

MICHAEL:

You have had an amazing run with the casting of young actors on your show.  I know Casey Deidrick recently announced publicly he has finished taping, and is departing the show as Chad DiMera, too.   You have had a good knack with your team of bringing on some amazing young talent over the years that have clicked with the audience over time.  Do you have any idea why that is?

KEN:

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Yes.  I lay that at four women’s feet.  Trudy Soss, was our original casting director when the show was much more straight and narrow, sort to speak.   And then we had the wonderful Doris Sabbagh.  We have really had two great casting directors over the last twenty years, Fran Bascom who we just lost, who passed away, and Marnie Saitta who had just continued to find great young talent for us.  They work night and day.  They go to acting workshops.  They go to theatre in L.A, and are always looking for the next breakout star.  We producers and writers, and networks, can sit down and pick and choose, and go, “We like this one,” or “We don’t like this one,” in a talent test, but all casting directors do the hard work.

MICHAEL:

Jen Lilley debuts her highly anticipated role tomorrow on the Wednesday, July 3rd episode of DAYS, and fans are also looking forward to Chrishell Stause’s arrival in Salem coming up soon, too.  What can you say about the decision to cast these gals and what to look forward to?

KEN:

In talking about Jen Lilley, her reputation preceded her, and she was a catch.  She plays a very different role on our show than she was on General Hospital.  Oh, she is going to be nasty as she can be.  And it’s just wonderful!   Jen is so gorgeous, and she has that energy … that “it” factor that compels you to watch her even though you know she is just a snarky little gossip.  That is just good acting and good casting coming together.  I am very excited about what they are doing with her.  We have not seen the character of “Jordan” on air yet, played by Chrishell Stause.  She comes on to the show late summer.  Again, that is a very slow build with her character.  You won’t see her working three or four times a week, at first.  She is another character who could be who knows what?  And, you will see the spark with one of our established characters, and then away we go!  It doesn’t hurt to find bonafide stars from other soaps, by the way!

MICHAEL:

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How involved now are with you the writers, and the entire production these days? Do you literally go over every single thing with a fine tooth comb … starting with the casting of an actor in a role … to the daily grind of writing the episodes?

KEN:

This is how it works: For casting a part Greg Meng and Lisa de Cozette, our producers, will do table readings, first.  Then, they will bring us six or seven finalists, and then it becomes a decision for me, and for Bruce Evans (Sr. VP. Current Series, NBC Entertainment) and for our head writers, Gary and Chris, as well as Greg and Lisa and Rebecca McGill (Director of Drama Programming, NBC) who have equal say.  And let’s say all of us love one person and the rest of us can’t stand that person, we won’t cast that person.  We all have equal hands in it.  Michael, you and I know the show is only as good the story and its casting.  I am very proud to say, I read every show outline before it goes to script.  We have Monday meetings where we go through seven shows, and that is every Monday before they go to script.  Those meetings have been heaven, because there are very few notes given by the network, or myself, or the producers.  So they are on their game, Mr. Whitesell and Mr. Tomlin.

MICHAEL:

That’s great to hear, because you know this show better than anybody.  You know the history, you know the Hortons, you know what it was founded on, and what its roots are.  I know Suzanne Rogers (Maggie) is celebrating her 40th Anniversary with the show next week, and Kristian Alfonso (Hope) just celebrated her 30th year with the show.  And these are women who have really been with you for a long, long time.  What can you say about them?  And, do you think story can be generated in the future for these iconic characters that propel a bigger story arc within the show?

KEN:

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Funny, you should bring that up!  That was our last table conversation before we broke for our short hiatus.  We have iconic characters like Maggie and Hope, and others that are working a little bit more, and we feel a need to have the iconic characters who aren’t working as much be a little more involved.  Not to say Bo is going to come back to town, and I don’t know when, but Hope is an iconic character and needs her own meaty story. As far as Maggie and Victor, there will be more stories for them, too.   But, being the traditionalist on the show, and being the one producing it for over 30 years, I have to be careful.  I constantly have to keep myself in check with the other producers and writers, that I am just not resting on my laurels and saying, “Well, I just want to see John and Marlena, Bo and Hope, and Jennifer and Daniel all the time.”  When you do that, there is nothing that is refreshing for the audience.  They need to see new things happen, and that is the advantage of having really good producers and writers around who are honest sounding boards.  They will tell me, “That may have worked ten years ago, Ken.  But we really want to try this.”  I would say, Michael, that 90% of the time their instincts are correct, and I back-off and I go, “OK. Let’s go for it!”

MICHAEL:

Let’s talk about James Scott and Alison Sweeney.  Everyone wanted this couple, EJami, together on-screen romantically.  Fans were so sick of them not being together, and now they are together …and yet, there are always these twists and turns that can continually pull them apart.  What can you say about how important James and Alison are to the success of DAYS?

KEN:

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Without denigrating any of the other actors or putting them on a pedestal, James and Alison are extremely important amongst our top characters.  They are gold.  You can give Alison and James the phone book and they will make it work.  But of course, they cannot be happily after ever.  EJ cannot go around being a nice guy, because there are just not nice villains.  You can look forward to EJ going back to his old ways … he has to.  The mantle has to be passed from Stefano to EJ, and when that happens Sami will have her trust broken, and this is continual, like Al Pacino and Diane Keaton in The Godfather.  James and Alison are vastly important to this show.  It is difficult having Alison doing Biggest Loser, and our show at the same time.  It is a lot to do, but we and NBC make the sacrifices and cut the corners, so she doesn’t ever seem to be missing from our show.

MICHAEL:

Coming up for the summer, is there anything you would like to tease that fans should look forward to … even though I know you tape so many months ahead?

KEN:

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You can certainly look forward to two new characters who are related to characters on the screen.  With Jen Lilley and Casey Moss (JJ) coming in, they are setting a new footprint for the new young people on the show, because we are losing a few people with Chandler and Casey.   So you can’t just have a vacancy there.  Now we are five generations of characters deep on our show.  It’s quite a challenge for the writers to keep all the balls in the air, and to keep everyone important.

MICHAEL:

In closing, in the scheme of things it has got to be great to have a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series again after almost four decades!  Guess it shows that the blue-ribbon panel voters did not forget about you, or overlook you, and your submission reels this year meant something!

KEN:

When I hit the podium at the Emmys, my first words were “Pinch me,” and then I was going to go on and on, and start singing! (Laughs) Our win was well deserved this year, and I am not going to talk about past years where we were disgruntled.  I am happy that people are happy for us, and the viewers are happy about it and have a sense of reward, like we do.

  1. Michelle says:

    Loved the interview, Michael. I agree that Alison Sweeney & James Scott are gold and very important to Days success. But I don’t want them to break up. I want them to be bad together & rule Salem together!

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    Talia replied

    I agree. I started watching again because of EJ and Sami. Their chemistry is off the charts and they are what I tune in to see. The entire show has gotten so much better this past year and a half. I really hope Corday did not mean he was breaking up EJami but rather that he knows they will have lots of angst to keep them interesting.

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    DEBBIE replied

    i also agre. i am so glad that sami and ej or together again. i hope that tjis time it will be forever! there is always fun drama when these two get together.

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    Marilyn replied

    I also agree with Ken. Great responses. I am so happy with days right now that it has become a part of me. don’t miss one episode. but I agree with you, I love CM so much but if he has to go, there would not be a recast. That guy is amazing, It would be so emotional on his last scene.

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  2. Sarah says:

    I have watched Days for years, but stopped when the s/l got too crazy..(demons etc), with too many illogical twists. Started looking in again on SoapNet,and now watch it daily. Good stories, good acting, and realistic plots. Something that GH lost and the reason I don’t watch that anymore. Now it’s Days again. Glad it was honoured for it.

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  3. Robbyrob says:

    As usual another great interview Michael! I congratulate Ken, the cast & the crew on a much deserved Emmy win. I was never a big Days fan but was pulled in by the shows guts in telling the Will/Sonny story. I never ever thought Days would be the show that would tell such an honest and true love story like Will/Sonny. From the casting to the writing…it all just gelled and low and behold, I got pulled into the other stories as well! Days has always been categorized as somewhat of a conservative soap even with its wacky storylines. I credit Ken for keeping the faith in what he wanted to do, what the writers wanted to do and thankfully having the network behind him. I wish Chandler wasn’t leaving but wish him the best. I hope this doesn’t mean the end of Sonny since Will won’t be recast. I would love for Will/Sonny to leave together but don’t wont to lose Freddie! Thanks Michael for giving us all insight into Ken Corday and the incredible story Days has shown us.

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    sarah replied

    I hope they will not let go Freddy just because Chandler leave, it would be stupid and most of all UNFAIR. When Chandler leave (by the way it is a mistake imo to not recast Will, he was before he can after Chandler’s portrayal good as it is/was) They can write stories for Sonny, simple as that, he is from a core Dool family : the Kiriakis, son of a popular couple Adrienne and Justin, the actor is good therefore lot’s of potential for fresh and new stories for him and the show !

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    Ann replied

    I agree. It is ridiculous to see people saying they should have Will and Sonny leave Salem together when Freddie has two years left on his contract. Why would you wish unemployment on him just so Wilson can have a happy ending? Acting jobs are hard to come by. They should continue the gay s/l around Sonny (Freddie deserves this) with a new love interest.

    Patrick replied

    100% agree… that Freddie Smith be given his due.

    all of this wouldn’t be what it is…

    Sonny played 50% of all the success DAYS is.

  4. Freda says:

    Unfortunately for some of us, EJ and Sami are on our screens WAY too much!

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    Andie replied

    I agree. EJ and Sami are mainly what I wwatch. I hope Corday is wrong and they will not break up

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    Lisa Greenway replied

    I dont think they will break up..they will have issues,,per Ali S..but I want that.Otherwise they get backburned,

    soapgal replied

    Ejami is why I watch too! Often if I know they aren’t on I don’t watch at all.

  5. Cheri says:

    Uh, Michael – you LIE !! Not everyone wanted Ejami – in fact many of us stopped watching because of them.

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    juju replied

    And many watch because of them ! Like any couple some love them some don’t.

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    soapgal replied

    Absolutely! With every couple there are shippers and haters. Personally, Ejami is why I watch. Without them I would be back to GH. Love my Ejami!

    elci replied

    right – but point is not EVERYONE wanted them. I can barely stomach their scenes together, and if you ask me, it’s more like you give Ari Zucker the phone book and she makes it work – not so the case with James and Ali, who especially need an off-screen break imo. I realize Ejami have many fans and that’s great – but point is, no, not everyone wanted them.

    Surprised to hear Will might not be recast. I do wonder how he is being exited off the show – does the truth of his shooting EJ come out? I hope this doesn’t mean the end for Sonny, because Freddie is so talented and such a joy to watch each day.

    Sally replied

    Soooooo true. He has not seen the ratings when they are on ??? Scrapping barrel bottom? I’m not watching.

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    claire replied

    Not again the ‘ratings arguments’ it is tiring, innacurate and silly.
    When they were apart ratings were not better they could even be worse, STORIES good stories make ratings NOT PAIRINGS ! End of story.

    Lisa Greenway replied

    Umm,ratings and demos are UP.ALOT

    Keren replied

    The stories are good because they include ejami :)

    LD replied

    @Sally:

    Uhm.. didn’t just KC say they were UP in the interview? And have been for a couple of months now? I’m sure HE’s more knowledgeable than you are in that respect. Just like another poster pointed out, this ratings argument is tiring and quite frankly: assinine. It’s nonsense used for your own personal agenda. A couple doesn’t make or break a show. There are a number of factors that leads to a ratings increase or decline. The most important and deciding element is the STORY. The quality of a soap is reflected in the ratings. Not such trivial things as which two people are together in an ensemble cast. For heaven’s sake, use some logic: people watch for all sorts of reasons and they ALL have different preferences and dislikes. If you don’t care for EJ and Sami, that’s fine but don’t assume that everyone feels the same you do. The majority, I believe, just go with the flow and if the stories are entertaining they watch. End of story.

    rockfordfosgate replied

    No, one couple doesn’t make or break a show nor are they solely responsible for ratings. But then why do so many EJ/Sami fans INSIST that EJ/Sami are the reason for higher ratings? Isn’t that using the ratings for their “own personal agenda”? *shrugs* And as you say, if “you don’t care for EJ/Sami, that’s fine”…most of the animosity I see directed towards other fans (and not towards the show/writers/execs) is coming from the EJ/Sami fans who can’t stand someone having a differing opinion. I have no problem with EJ/Sami fans and they can like that fanship all they want. I have not criticized anyone for that, yet I’ve had many on this thread think I’m “distraught” or try to give me personal advice to “change the channel”. I’ve seen generic comments about non-EJ/Sami fans being bitter, of crazy conspiracy theories about other fanships (namely John/Marlena) being bitter and upset and “blaming” EJ/Sami for their couples’ troubles. Here I thought the fanship war was Sami/Rafe against Sami/EJ?! *confused shrug*

    As to the ratings, sure some demographics may be up (and down…all the ratings demographics will fluctuate), but if you look at overall numbers and many other demographics, many times the number is indicated by a minus sign, meaning a loss in those ratings from the previous week or previous year. If Ken Corday and NBC execs only focus on ONE demographic or one ratings week without doing real comparisons and analysis, they aren’t doing their jobs properly.

    And of all the fanships, I see more proclamations from EJ/Sami fans that if EJ/Sami aren’t on, they “don’t watch” or that they are the “only reason” they watch Days in the first place. Personally I don’t care what couples are together. I just want to watch a CONTINUING story, a serial, which is what soap operas are.

    LD replied

    @ rockfordfosgate: I agree, BOTH sides use the ratings “argument” (if you can even call it that. I personally think it’s a load of drivel *eyeroll*). As for animosity, the EJamis are most definitely NOT the only ones guilty of that, trust me. On more than one occasion have I encountered sheer viciousness to my person- so much that I stopped taking part in online discussions, it even ruined my enjoyment of Days. Because of those experiences, I have hardened and perhaps become more aggressive. Now, I admit that I was quite blunt in my reply to Sally, but her inane comments irritated me so much. (Plus, she trolled more than once on a fansite for a certain couple (RogueEjami) , which was classless, immature and plain selfish, not to mention pathetic.).

    You say that you have no problem against EJ/Sami fans but you sure as hell don’t sound and act like it. First of all, you accuse them of 2 things (ratings and animosity) of which the Anti-Ejamis are just as guilty of – in fact, MORE so. If you truly were so objective as you claim you are, you wouldn’t be doing that. That said, if it gives you any comfort, I don’t think it’s right to attack someone else for their opinion – including not sharing the same preference.

    Secondly, the rest of your post deals with discussions you had with other EJ/Sami fans . With all due respect, but why are you addressing this to me? We may like the same couple but that doesn’t mean we share a brain you know. We are all different people who don’t even know each other. It’s not acceptable that you seem to be holding me responsible for what other individuals have said. If you have an issue with other people’s statements than please direct it to that particular person, not me. Thank you.

    And if it isn’t directed at me, then why are you repeating things you’ve already said that have nothing to do with my post?

    Cheerio XO

    LD replied

    Oh, and P.S. Rockfordfosgate, perhaps you should keep on eye on what the anti-Ejamis tweet to Ali Sweeney. If you think EJamis are nasty, you aint seen nothing yet ;-)

    LD replied

    P.P.S. Rockfordfosgate: Unfortunately there is no edit button on this blog – therefore my replies might seem ( a little) clunky and all over the place. Also, English isn’t my mothertongue and as a result I have trouble finding the right words to express myself properly . There were just a couple of things more I wanted to elaborate on or retract:

    1. Please disregard I my earlier comment of you holding me responsible for other individuals statements. That was very silly of me.

    2. You claimed that you have nothing against EJ/Sami fans and yet your post to me is full of “EJ/Sami fans this”, “EJ/Sami fans” that when anti-EJami fans do just the same:

    - ratings:I haven’t read all of these comments but Sally is at least one of them that did it on THIS blog. They do it elsewhere as well, even tweet to NBC and blame EJami when ratings are low)
    - animosity :as I explained earlier I experienced vicious attacks like calling me a rapelover, emotionally unbalanced, “sick”…it is one thing to not like a FICTIONAL pairing but insulting a very REAL stranger is another.
    -not watching the show if the pairing they prefer isn’t on: ummm, I don’t know if you know this but once the anti-Ejamis caught on that EJami would get together they called for a boycot (which obviously did NOT work).

    And yet for some reason it’s apparently ONLY the EJami fans who do it, right? Your bias is showing, hon.

    -I’ve also seen you jumping on practically every EJami comment on this blog. You seem particularly argumentative with them. So, sorry if I don’t buy your “I don’t have a problem with EJ/Sami fans”.

    rockfordfosgate replied

    LD, I did use some of your comments as a jumping off point. Let me state this clearly:there are attacks by members of ALL fanships. I NEVER claimed otherwise. I used your one-sided comment about those who don’t like EJ/Sami as a starting point to say the converse is true as well. I spoke only of EJ/Sami fans in my comment on this thread to directly counter your comment and stay on topic of this particular thread, but viciousness and lack of respect has happened from any fanbase. I NEVER accused you of that, nor was that my intention.I

    f you look at all my comments on here you will see I never START the animosity or personal comments, even though they have been thrown at me on this very site. Once someone says I’m “distraught”, I responded only to say what I thought of such a diversionary tactic but not once did I stoop to making judgmental comments in return. Even your comment about my so-called bias is asinine because my comments are actually evidence to the contrary. I have even agreed with some EJ/Sami fans on some points and told some I appreciated their comments and could at least understand their viewpoint even though I didn’t agree.

    As for the “boycott” issue, you need only look at the comments here to see EJ/Sami fans say they don’t watch unless EJ/Smi are on or they are the ONLY reason they watch Days. Again, just pointing out those things cross fan bases and aren’t all evil thing non-EJ/Sami fans do. LD,I think YOUR bias is showing, “hon”.

    LD replied

    @Rockfordfosgate:

    “As for the “boycott” issue, you need only look at the comments here to see EJ/Sami fans say they don’t watch unless EJ/Smi are on or they are the ONLY reason they watch Days. Again, just pointing out those things cross fan bases and aren’t all evil thing non-EJ/Sami fans do. LD,I think YOUR bias is showing, “hon”.”

    - I think you need to re-read my comment. I NEVER claimed EJ/Sami didn’t do those things. I was merely pointing out that OTHER fanbases do it as well. I pointed those things out BECAUSE in your FIRST reply to me you were ranting on about “EJ/Sami fans doing this, Ej/Sami fans that ” when there was absolutely NO need for that. My reply to Sally was about the ratings argument only. And I was reacting to what SHE said. Her post is one of the first I saw (as it’s close to the top of the page). What, I’m not allowed to refute her? That makes it “one-sided”, are you for real? If you felt you needed to say that EJ/Sami fans do it as well – well duh. I agreed with you on this in my FIRST reply to you. That was all that was required (even though you were just stating the obvious). All that other stuff about EJ/Sami fans being hostile, “attacking ” the John/Marlena fanbase, etc was completely and utterly UNNECCESSARY. Why did you have to bring that up if not to criticize and harp on EJ/Sami fans? Something that as you just admitted ALL fanbases were guilty of. That’s why your “oh, I have no problem with EJ/Sami fans” felt disingenuous and hypocritical.

    Now, I’m done arguing with you. Goodbye ;-)

    Karen replied

    LOL Rock! Silly rabbit, you know you are up to your tricks. I’ll give you the perfect word for what you’re currently doing and that’s Baiting. You ‘re baiting EJami fans! You want to disvalue their comments, and of course you use the pride and true claim that “anti-EJami’s” are being attacked. This is not a discussion board really, it’s just a comment section and you are going out of your way to respond to pretty much every positive EJami comment because you don’t like seeing them in the comment section. You’re on a mission! By the way, do you guys at Salem Sectator send out newsletters to each other about where pro EJami comments are being made, and go into battle? ;-) just stop trying to make points that No One will care about. It’s an obvious fact that debates here are useless. You aren’t going to change people’s mind and you know it. Your goal for being here is to post your ant-EJami thoughts, but you want to do it freely without being called out, yet you claim being attacked. Do you honestly think posting behind majority of all pro-EJami comment won’t get a response? Come now, that’s silly! You and I know how things work here. I think I’ll go on a mission today to, and respond to Agenda Driven post as such, Agenda driven. You can tell me later how I’m spamming, trolling, and baiting, and we can compare notes :-)

    rockfordfosgate replied

    LD, this is the very first comment that YOU made that I responded to: “If you don’t care for EJ and Sami, that’s fine but don’t assume that everyone feels the same you do.” I pointed out the inverse was true as well. I was NOT ranting/raving or showing any bias against EJ/Sami fans. I was simply showing the opposite side of what you said. I suppose I could claim that YOUR FIRST comment that I quoted above is you showing bias/ranting/raving or whatnot, but I DON’T do that. I think you need to re-read my reply and quit putting words in my mouth that I did NOT say.

    I also never said that YOU said anything. Although what you claim about agreeing with me in your FIRST reply is simply not true. Re-read the second, third, and last paragraphs of your FIRST reply which accuse me of bias, accuse me of saying you are like some of the EJ/Sami fans that I cited in my examples (which I NEVER did), etc. You most certainly weren’t as “agreeable” as you claim in this last reply you made.

    How is it okay for you to side anti-EJ/Sami fans as being vicious, without citing EJ/Sami fans in your examples and it’s okay, but when I do the inverse, I’m showing bias? That’s faulty logic on your part. You even say that anti-EJ/Sami fans are “moreso” vicious. There’s not quantitative proof on that, so that’s personal opinion and anecdotal evidence at best. And that shows your bias as well. I NEVER claimed that either fanbase was more or less vicious than others; I just stated that there are people in ALL fanbases that attack. YOU were the one who showed bias, not me.

    I also never said you couldn’t respond to Sally, so there you go again putting words in my mouth that I did not speak/type. The only thing I will say is that Days is NOT number ONE soap opera, so there may be a discussion there about ratings and what can be done to make it number one (I’d say new writers and behind the scenes shake-ups would affect that more than on-screen couples, so no I’m not saying drop EJ/Sami before you put more words in my mouth). BUT I never said you were not allowed to reply to her comment or disagree with her.

    The John/Marlena stuff I mentioned is rampant throughout the comments on this interview, coming from BOTH fanbases. It used to be the Sami/Rafe and the Sami/Lucas fans that were the fanbase “enemies” of the EJ/Sami fans. Now it’s the Marlena/John fans in some warped logic on both sides. I NEVER understood fanbase wars in the least. I don’t label myself in a fanbase and as I stated elsewhere have enjoyed aspects of most of Sami’s other pairings in the past, minus Austin and now EJ. I prefer EJ’s storyline about his relationship with his father over any romantic storylines personally. I feel that’s where James Scott truly shines as an actor when he plays the father/son aspect. But each to his own. I watch the show for a continuing story regardless of what couple is currently “in”. I watch because I’ve watch for over 20 years and will continue to do so until it’s cancelled or I die, whichever comes first obviously.

    LD replied

    LMAO. You always want to have the last word don’t you? LOL.

    “LD this is the very first comment that YOU made that I responded to: “If you don’t care for EJ and Sami, that’s fine but don’t assume that everyone feels the same you do.” I pointed out the inverse was true as well. I was NOT ranting/raving or showing any bias against EJ/Sami fans. I was simply showing the opposite side of what you said. I suppose I could claim that YOUR FIRST comment that I quoted above is you showing bias/ranting/raving or whatnot, but I DON’T do that. I think you need to re-read my reply and quit putting words in my mouth that I did NOT say.”

    -Oh, for goodness sake. You pointing out the inverse was superfluous. You did it for the sake of being argumentative and baiting (as Karen said). I respected and acknowledged Sally’s dislike for the couple but merely pointed out to her that a couple doesn’t make/break a show. You saying that EJ/Sami fans using it too wasn’t something I didn’t already know. Maybe I should have said that BOTH sides do it in my initial reply to Sally but I didn’t because I felt that I didn’t need to. *shrugs*

    “How is it okay for you to side anti-EJ/Sami fans as being vicious, without citing EJ/Sami fans in your examples and it’s okay, but when I do the inverse, I’m showing bias?”

    -Because the TOPIC of my reply to SALLY was her inaccurate claim about the ratings being low and that it was EJami’s fault. That is all. There’s NOTHING in there about other fanbases, their animosity, etc. I ONLY mentioned Anti EJ/Sami fans’ behaviour in my first reply to you because YOU started it. YOU began this whole argument with you stating experiencing the most animosity from EJ/Sami fans, you being called “distraught”, that they were always going on about not watching the show, that they were “attacking” the John/Marlena fanbase … bla bla bla . I was merely REFUTING you, pointing out that whatever EJ/Sami fans were guilty of, other fanbases did it TOO. Jeez.

    “Although what you claim about agreeing with me in your FIRST reply is simply not true.

    - Nope. I’m afraid you misunderstand me. What I agreed with (emphatically by the way) was that the ratings argument was used by both sides. Here it is: “I agree, BOTH sides use the ratings “argument” (if you can even call it that).” And here again:” If you felt you needed to say that EJ/Sami fans do it as well – well duh. I agreed with you on this in my FIRST reply to you.” Once again – to avoid confusion- I’m talking about agreeing with you on the RATINGS “ARGUMENT”.

    - “accuse me of saying you are like some of the EJ/Sami fans that I cited in my examples (which I NEVER did)”

    That is NOT what I meant. Now you’re the one twisting my words. What I was saying was that you were bringing in behaviour/statements of other EJ/Sami fans in initial your response to me (e.g. their animosity, the J/M fanbase issue, etc)- which again had NOTHING to do with my reply to Sally. To me it felt like because I have the same preference that I had the exact same opinions as they have. That may not have been your intention but that’s how it came across to me.

    This is really the LAST time I’m going to respond to you. I have better things to do with my time and have wasted enough of it on this bs. There are far more important things in life than arguing about some third-rate silly, trivial soap opera. All this pro and anti EJami stuff is so freaking BORING. I got bored with it like 3 years ago.

    Farewell :-)

    Karen replied

    @Rock, and yes I get that you believe your just trying to have “discussions” with fans, especially EJami fans but lets keep it real. That’s not why you’re here. I’ll honestly admit I’m just here to spread my EJami love all over this comment section. Ok… Not all over! Just when I have time and want to annoy people ;-) You’re here to spread your anti-EJami stance, which is fine. But don’t throw out the “I’m being attacked” card. I would think that’s beneath you after our previous encounters here. Remember the soap community is a small one online and it’s very easy to tell posters from boards to boards, and comments to comments ;-) we both know how you really feel about EJami, Ali (unless of course she’s with your preferred male, and then it’s all good and she’s wonderful again), and James ( I’m sure his removal from Days can’t come fast enough for you). Your beliefs don’t just automatically get forgotten because you’re on a new neighborhood of the soap community.

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    rockfordfosgate replied

    I’m not claiming an “attacked” card. I am pointing out the times that the discussion has veered into supposition and accusation about my personal and emotional state. I try to keep the discussion strictly to the show, the characters, and the generic comments about the fanbase wars without calling someone “distraught” or commenting directly about the people I’m replying to. I will point out bias in others who claim that I’m being biased. But no where have I backed down or cowered in a corner whining about harassment or being attacked; I’ve pointed it out and the hypocrisy of it and moved on with discussion. So no playing the victim here. I think we could have a civilized discussion about the show and characters without it devolving into some petty fanbase war.

    I actually like James Scott. I just prefer the exploration of his relationship with Stefano more than I have any romantic storylines for him. I have no ill feelings towards Alison Sweeney. I started watching just before she started on the show, so I feel like I’ve grown up with Sami and Alison Sweeney in a way. I prefer to watch the show continue and the storylines change rather than root for ONE couple and pout, campaign, or tune out when I don’t get that ONE couple. I don’t have allegiance to ANY pairing of EJ or Sami’s.

    Karen, if you were really creeping on me, you’d see that I don’t care one iota who EJ or Sami ultimately end up with as I state that on the messages boards that I am on. I don’t like their pairing, true and I will express that in discussions. But I’m not some petty fanbaser who’s pouting “her couple” isn’t the flavor of the month, whatever your assumptions about me are. ;)

    AliciaE replied

    Okay, so it’s inappropriate to suggest that someone not watch if they don’t like what they’re watching, but it’s totally fine to call couple fans “petty”. Good to know…

    rockfordfosgate replied

    Fans aren’t petty; fanbase wars are petty. Reading comprehension is slso “good to know”.

    AliciaE replied

    You said, “I’m not some petty fanbaser…” I took that to mean that you think couple fans are petty. Thanks for clarifying.

  6. Debra says:

    Best Corday interview to date, IMO. He dropped teasers and gave lots of praise where it was due, but did NOT tell everything that would be happening in Salem for next six months. BUT 1) I do believe Will should be recast if CM isn’t available at some point in near future, 2) Sami Gene is NO white hat, and 3) EJ shouldn’t be wasted as the next Don Corleone. Darker sure, but be careful to not drown him in black paint.

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    elsa replied

    Totally agree and moreover Stefano worked for decades as one-note villain who came and left again and again, he was legit as the BIG villain (Dr No style) only because after his schemes he went away for years ! Only to come back from the death once in a while..a character on the canvas can’t be written like that. James Scott and the Ej would be wasted and above all James Scott the actor would give up and find another job. Corday and his writers are stupid with this manicheen, one-note way of thinking..i thought he wanted to write fresh and in your time material..eyeroll..

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    Debra replied

    Agreed. Stefano could be so evil because he was an on-the-fringes character who came and went, and that’s not the route to go with James Scott’s Salem alter ego. On the other hand, EJ shouldn’t be Salem’s hero, just Sami’s. ;)

    Michelle replied

    Aww, I love that. EJ should only be Sami & his children’s hero. :) I think the best comparison for EJami would be Rhett & Scarlett from GWTW. He’s no gentleman, & she is no lady. But they’re naughty together & love each other, faults and all.

    rockfordfosgate replied

    And Rhett left Scarlett at the end. *shrugs*

    Leslie replied

    …but tomorrow is another day.

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    rockfordfosgate replied

    Leslie, LOL! Good comeback, however…

    The sequels were never good as the original GWTW. Also, Margaret Mitchell never intended for Rhett and Scarlett to be together in the end. She even said suggested that Rhett may have went on and found someone “less difficult” than Scarlett.

    sam replied

    but tomorrow is another day again…

    Michelle replied

    But Rhett left Scarlett because she waited too long to realize that Rhett was her true love. She had wasted so many years chasing & pining after the nice guy Ashley who was all wrong for her. In this case, Sami has already had her epiphany (Jan 31, 2013) after 6 1/2 years and told EJ it would be the biggest mistake of her life if she lost him and EJ accepted that and now they are together. So that part of the comparison is different. Sami didn’t wait too late to tell EJ she loves him & can’t live without him.

    Lisa Greenway replied

    EXACTLY Michelle.Scarlett yearned after something that wasnt even real.Rhett waited and waited.Thank Goodness,Sami FINALLY woke up….great post

  7. Stephanie says:

    No mention of Drake or Deidre, I don’t understand the praise that this show is receiving right now. They seemed to have been sacrificed on the alter of Eileen and Allison!

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    elsa replied

    Please he spoke also about Chandler/Will and Freddy/Sonny and Nicole/Arianne and Hope and Maggie ect..

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    Jules replied

    Why would he? What opening was there for Ken to mention them? Plus, it’s not like DH&DH are what’s driving all the press and conversation about the show right now. Nothing against the actors or characters, who I like very much, but why take offense to them not being mentioned when currently, there’s really no reason too.

    He also didn’t mention Lauren Koslow or Ari Zuker or John Aniston etc either but that doesn’t mean he respects them or thanks them any less for their work.

    I think as a fan of DH2, you might be a little too sensitive and resistant to acknowledging how freaking awesome the show is. I know the feeling though, I was and am like that too with my favourite couple. But OBJECTIVELY, Marlena and John weren’t sacrificed for any other purpose than an amazing storyline and you know what, mission accomplished and well done for that!

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    rockfordfosgate replied

    Amazing storyline? I’d call it a dumb plot rather than ‘amazing’. John sacrificed his relationship with both Marlena and Brady to attempt to sleep with Kristen as that was the ONLY way to bring her down? That’s not what a viewer would come to expect from super-ISA agent John “That’s a Fact” Black. And the bit they threw out there at the end that John supposedly still has feelings for her even though we never saw ANY clue of that before that moment it was mentioned? Poor writing. By the way, this is coming from a non-John/Marlena fan, so no “sensitivity” here.

    Also, it’s a poor waste of Eileen Davidson’s talent to keep recycling the same basic plot over and over…sleep with Brady for revenge, sleep with John for revenge, sleep with Eric for revenge. Kristen is too smart to keep using the same, tired scheme over and over.

    claire replied

    I agree the John character was somewhat trashed for a plot point and the story gave far more layers and pov for Kristen and the Brady/Kristen relationship..Days writing is not perfect just that proves it but it is still better than these last years.

    Jules replied

    Again, you too are going by your emotional connection to the characters and couple (which, like I said I can understand and relate to) rather than without detachment or bias.

    As someone who doesn’t with these characters, I can say I saw emotional and sexual tension from ED and DrHo. On more than one occasion, especially during their hotel scenes but others as well like in the square or that private area with the bench or on Smith Island, I would bet my house that the actors BOTH played their scenes as still having deep dark feelings for one another. Any actor will tell you that you can’t play straight hate. There have to be layers to scenes that involve a character you’re suppose to despise otherwise it’s bland and one note. And I have no doubts whatsoever that given their extensive history together, ED AND DrHo would say they played their romantic history and deep feelings for one another in just about ALL their scenes together. You may not have wanted to see it or acknowledge it, but not only did I see the “clues”, but I have no doubt ED and DrHo would say they played them.

    As far as ED goes, I don`t see her complaining. In fact I see her LOVING her storylines on the show, and the overwhelming praise she’s been receiving for them from fans, peers and critics alike. I can’t even remember when ED looked like she was having this much fun on Y&R. Is the plot recycled? You can argue all plots are. For Kristen, it makes sense with her character.

    I understand your and everyone else’s resentment to the story and Ken Corday, I really do (…and I hope that doesn’t come off as condescending because that’s not my intent). I can put myself in J&M fans’ shoes and I know I’d probably feel the same. But I’m not and I feel as though I can be objective and look at the story as a whole, and not as individual stitches on a canvas. And what this story has done for the show, along with Will/Gabi/Nick/Sonny and EJ/Sami, has reinvigorated the show after 2 years of stale storytelling. For what it’s worth, J&M will always get through anything and everything and it’s only a matter of time before they repair their relationship. Everything will be good for them again and this chapter will be a memory. But man, it’s been a hellova chapter.

    rockfordfosgate replied

    Jules, I’m not a John/Marlena fan and I can view it objectively. It was a crap storyline that wasn’t told well at all. There was no balance to it and apart from John telling Victor about his plan, we saw no real insight into John’s thought process or emotions. Judging John and Kristen’s scenes together as having sexual tension is problematic because there is a level at which they were both pretending and playing each other, so any “sexual tension” could have been John acting that way to further his plan to take her down. We saw nothing that revealed John’s deeper feelings. We saw no conflict or struggle within himself until that moment Marlena confronted him about his feelings for Kristen. The square, the cabin and other instances you refer to were before Kristen and Brady hooked up and before John devised his plan of taking her down. Those instances all pointed to John giving her the benefit of the doubt and forgiveness before he saw she hadn’t changed, and still doesn’t point to “sexual tension”.

    I never said Eileen Davidson wasn’t having fun or was ungrateful in any way. I simply said it’s the same basic revenge plot successively. Three times in a row, in fact. That makes her character very one-note, using her sexuality to best Marlena. I would argue that Kristen could out-wit Marlena any number of ways that didn’t involve sleeping with a man in Marlena’s life.

    Lois Yandt replied

    He did not even give the suggestion that #Jarlena fanbase has been asking for the writers to be honesty in the storyline about #Jarlena history instead of telling all the lies that writers have written ever since ED came back as Kristen. The lastest beginning that John still has feelings for Kristen! Come on Corday and writers, we have scenes that prove this is not true and the talents of both Drake and Deidre were trashed to bring Kristen character back on board, you can tell this from Drakes tweets about the scenes during this time period, as well as his lack of trying or of giving his best performance as an actor at that time. With just garbage and lies for a storyline even as a professional I would have had a hard time making this work for me if I was Drake too!!! Days just went way over the top this time trashing beloved characters and their relationship in terrible storyline writing which was as I said before FULL OF LIES!

    Jules replied

    ^Exhibit A, re: my two previous posts.

    I don’t see it as problematic at all. That’s what I meant by layers- it made it all the more juicy! He was despising her, but playing like he still had feelings for her, meanwhile still fighting his repressed feelings he’s had all these years, and vise versa with her. Like I said, I’d STILL bet both actors played it that way, not a single doubt in my mind. In fact I’d even go as far as to say that to play it at all, you HAVE to weave their romantic history into it even if it’s not written on the page. That’s just Acting 101. John later admitted to Marlena he still had feelings for Kristen, which I knew all along, and all those times Stefano and EJ ribbed into Kristen nearly the entire time for still having feelings for John just confirmed the same. It was there all the way through.

    Actually you said that the story was a waste of her talent, but ED and co seem to be delighted in how DAYS is effectively using her talent. Whether she did this story once, twice or three times is irrelevant (though I would still argue each had different circumstances which made them feel dissimilar). It’s the execution of what’s driving the character that matters- character driven story- more than it is about what she’s actually doing (though of course to a large extent that does still matter). We’re understanding Kristen in her decision making and process and it’s becoming a journey rather than a swift landing. This is the essence of good soap opera. And I don’t believe we lacked it on John’s end either. He may not have confided in people easily or have long expositions like Kristen had, but I never felt an unbalance of not knowing or understanding where John was coming from. All his scenes with Brady, trying to convince him how awful Kristen was and trying to make nice with him revealed his motivation to the audience loud and clear.

    Honestly at this point, I’m sorry you don’t seem to enjoy DAYS. It’s my little soap that could and I couldn’t be prouder for it and all its successes these past few months. I think it’s been well earned and thensome. Ken’s interview, while I did pause at some points, couldn’t reflect his joy and pride of his parents’ show any more than it did. And I think this is where I’m going to leave it, because that’s really what matters or else we’ll be going a few more rounds and I`ve already said my piece. If you’re not enjoying the show and feel you need to criticize, that’s yours to hold. As I said before, I’m sitting back and enjoying immensely.

    rockfordfosgate replied

    Just because I point out some negative aspects doesn’t mean I’m not “enjoying the show” or that I’m “distraught”. The need you have to make assumptions about me personally suggests more about you than me. I can keep my assumptions about you personally out of this debate entirely. From my experience in speech/debate, the one who resorts to personal assumptions and attacks usually has the weaker argument or can’t support their stance on the substance of the topic alone.

    I do feel it’s a waste of Eileen Davidson’s talent. What I feel has nothing to do with what she or the exec feel or promote. I never said it did. I said I feel it’s a waste of her talent simply because I have followed her career for many years and I have seen her acting range and talent. Having her play the same basic scenario over and over again is wasting her talent.

    Again, Kristen has revealed she no longer loves John and whatever “ribbing” Stefano/EJ gave her has nothing to do with John’s supposed feelings for her. She obviously isn’t reciprocating any of those feelings as she’s focused solely on Brady and getting revenge on Marlena (yet again, so one-note). Yes there is an imbalance where John is concerned. The only true reveal we had was with Victor. EVERYTHING pointed to him sacrificing his relationships for a noble purpose of protecting Brady and NOTHING pointed to it being about John still having feelings for Kristen. All his attempts to sway Brady were about protecting him; Brady’s paranoia (fueled by Kristen’s manipulations from the very beginning of their ‘affair’) were the only indications of John having feelings for Kristen…and that’s not real evidence, as I said it was Brady’s paranoia.

    brothasoap replied

    Thank you for responding rockfordfosgate. All of your insights were on target. It’s nice to know there are others out there who refuse to drink the Kool Aid flavored: “Everything Is Perfect”

    rockfordfosgate replied

    Thank you, brothasoap!

    Karen replied

    If Days was perfect this section wouldn’t have over 400 comments. I mean it’s pretty obvious even people who are enjoying the show don’t think it’s the bestest thing ever. What it is though is better than the crap we’ve been served the past couple of years, though I can admit I found specs of gold in some of that crap. Now I’m finding more gold than crap, which is an improvement :-)

  8. Shoshanna says:

    Does Corday know these characters at all? This sounds terrible.

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  9. Sara says:

    Yes, EJAMI are GOLD!

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    rockfordfosgate replied

    Pyrite, more like it.

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    sam replied

    to each its own rockfordfostage !

    Ann replied

    I agree. Ej/Sami together are more like pyrite or fools gold…..stomach turning, at any rate.

    M.Bones replied

    Fool’s gold. I do not Ejami at all.

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    penny replied

    And i love them. Totally.

    Lisa Greenway replied

    others do..Lots of others

    Maggie replied

    I adore Ejami.

    Ann replied

    I don’t like them at all either. They are one toxic pair.

    Karen replied

    EJami is priceless Gold, Platnium, and Diamonds. James and Ali have chemistry up the hoo hah. Love them!! Anne, I think you meant to say thar EJami is an intoxicating pair, and I so agree ;-)

    Leslie replied

    I will pile on and say that I’m delighted that Days is finally exploring an Ejami relationship. I get that not everyone can be happy about it. We don’t all have the same tastes, and that’s why Baskin Robbins has 31 flavors.

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    soapgal replied

    Great comment Leslie! Personally, I love Ejami and even those that hate them should admit they have a huge and very active fan base! I agree not everyone loves them but there are sure a ton of us that do! As long as Ejami is on my screen I will be watching!

    Elayne replied

    EJ and Sami are the reason I returned after the horrible Higley years. I believe they’re diamonds mounted on platinum.

    I also don’t believe it’s just EJami fans who have noted that ratings spiked when EJami were on, it was NBC and it was during Higley’s EJami hate fest.

    Is DAYS perfect? No soap is or ever will be but I can say that IMHO, it’s better than it has been in YEARS.

  10. Taelyn says:

    Thanks for the Interview. I wish You had asked Important questions. Like… Where is John Black? And will he return with a fitting story and reunite with Marlena.. Also where does he get his info That Jen and Daniel are popular and Fans want to see them? We HATE HATE HATE them….
    Anyway tho.. Thanks for the interview.

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    Emily M replied

    Yes please bring back JOhn Black. The definition of chemistry on Days is “John & Marlena” no one does it better. Please correct what you have done to Drake’s character of John Black, with an exciting adventurous storyline between him and Marlena “reunite John and Marlena” Then you will see ratings even higher….

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    Kyra Pappas replied

    Yes I agree. They need something fresh and now and HOT with John and Marlena and reunite them! And it has to be good for Marlena to forgive John for his bad ways…i know Marlena isn’t young but she is a great actress and they can write a great storyline for her…I know Bo isn’t coming back, but they need a good meaty storyline for Hope as well…i guess we’ll see!!!!

    Ang replied

    Seriously! And how is Daniel a legacy character in any way? He is useless. Bring Jack back and get rid of egg baby. He already ruined Maggie.

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  11. Libby says:

    Good interview. Proud of Days. Thrilled to see Jen Lilley join the show. So happy to see Days recognizes the contribution of EJ and Sami as a couple to the show’s success. Alion and James are magic on screen.

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    Lois Yandt replied

    Ali and James have absolutely no chemistry together, you want to see chemistry give us Drake and Deidre…they have had chemistry since day one in 1986 and they still have it….Ejami has nothin baby

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    Jess replied

    Ewww…when I think of Marlena and John, I think of their face swallowing kisses and that nasty scene involving strawberries. So gross and so NOT HOT.
    EJAMI = HOT
    WILSON = HOT
    PHLOE = HOT
    Justin & Adrienne = HOT

    Emily M replied

    Drake & Deidre are what chemistry is all about. You just don’t break-up such an iconic super-couple and erase all their history together. They belong together and “That’s a Fact”.

    claire replied

    euh Lois you enjoy John and Marlena and think they have great chemistry, fine.
    No need to criticize Ej and Sami for that, i don’t see the point and the association. People can like BOTH couples and the 4 characters.
    John and Marlena are pretty popular and loved by many but it doesn’t mean Ej and Sami are not..this comparison is silly.

    M.Bones replied

    Totally agree.

    Lisa Greenway replied

    Drake and Dee had their time.I loved Jarlena too,,but the time has come for them to take lesser roles.They are still important,but in different ways.EJAMI are on FIRE!!JS and AS have amazing mindblowing chemistry.I love ALL 4..but EJAMI are who I want to see in a lovestory

    LD replied

    John and Marlena = ZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. It isn’t helped much that both portrayers are glorified line readers. Especially Drake Hogestyn. My god he’s abysmal. (Real) acting is so MUCH more than memorizing your lines and making out with your co-star. In his time off hopefully he takes some acting classes as it’s sorely needed. Maybe watch some Christian Bale or Daniel Day Lewis, take a page from their book. Then again, the ‘acting’ on this soap has never been above mediocre.

    Leslie replied

    The couple that got me hooked on Days was Roman (Wayne Northrop) and Marlena. Wayne and Dee had great chemistry and enjoyed working with each other. I won’t disagree that Jarlena was written poorly, but John was never my cup of tea.

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    Lisa Greenway replied

    Admittedly I was torn.I LOVED Original Rolena!!Oh my..and then came Drake.I honestly loved both.That was a great Triangle!So it was hard for me.Josh Taylor is not nor will he ever be Roman to me.

  12. EJ/JS fan says:

    No. There are just as many viewers if not more who cannot stand EJ/sami. And yes Arianne Zucker is a very talented actress who helped Days win 2 Emmys, this year and last year.

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    elsa replied

    You don’t know that..and and ‘EJ/JS fan’ i don’t think so…more a Nicole fan, you are so transparent…pathetic.

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    rockfordfosgate replied

    What’s pathetic is insulting someone simply because you don’t agree with them. And really, it is a fact that many fans don’t like EJ/Sami. There are boards with high memberships that are for other fanships of Sami’s. Some like EJ/Sami, and some don’t. It’s pathetic to start trying to tout one fanship as superior to another.

    elsa replied

    nope rockforsgate YOUR post is pathetic and the same can be said about someone who claim to be a fan of JS and his character Ej when all he/she did is trashed Ali Sweeney/Sami and praise Arianne Zucker/Nicole like she could walk on water..lmao and so so transparent ah and..pathetic !

    rockfordfosgate replied

    elsa, I see nothing pathetic about “EJ/JS fan” a person doesn’t HAVE to be a fan of EJ/Sami in order to like EJ or James Scott. EJ has had other pairings, just as Sami has and all fans have a right to be a fan of whatever pairing they so choose. It is pathetic to criticize another fan not liking the same pairing you so obviously do.

    elsa replied

    nope because he/her always praise Nicole and trash Sami (and the respectives actresses, like actors are their characters..whatever..) but don’t praise Ej/JS..therefore it tells me everything i already said : a transparent Nicole fan/stan. not a Ej/JS fan in the least.

    Karen replied

    Of course! Ari won Days an Emmy all my her lonesome. Too bad she wasn’t able to win herself one. Seriously, Ari is a fantasic actress, probably one of the best if not the best on Days. But that doesn’t mean anything in this day and age on soaps. Character popularity is what counts and EJ and Sami, along with James and Ali are among the most popular, if not the most popular. Also when I was watching the Emmy’s I saw EJ and Sami heavily featured in the episode clip they used for Days. So no, Ari all my her lonesome didn’t win Days an Emmy twice. In fact I’ll go as far as to say Matt Ashford likely swayed them a win for writing last year with his portrayal of Jack.

    And as for the many if not more viewers don’t like EJ and Sami BS, nwith that logic Days should have less viewers than last year right! I don’t count people who have decided not to watch because their delicate minds and heart can’t watch EJami together, because that you’re not a viewer and don’t matter to TPTB. And yes Rock, that includes those who won’t watch because of EJole, Safe, Lumi, Dannifer, Chabby, Cabby etc. ect. It’s really just common sense. You’re not watching, you’re not a viewer.

    rockfordfosgate replied

    Karen, I agree that Ari Zucker is a fantastic actress, and will agree that she is part of an ENSEMBLE cast that was featured in a one of the clips that was submitted and the show won. Did the show win based solely on her clip? I doubt it. And yes, I do think Matthew Ashford’s storyline that year and his portrayal of that were stellar and helped the show tremendously. But it’s not about ONE person being the savior of the show. See we can agree, Karen. ;)

    I do get puzzled by the ones that won’t watch if the couples aren’t on or featured. I do understand more if people hate the storylines or direction of the show, but the fanbase loyalty to an extreme I just don’t get. I watch no matter if it’s EJ/Sami or not.

    Lois Yandt replied

    I would like to see both Ali Sweeney and James Scott done with days, I can’t stand Ejami who are just another couple about cheap sex and corruption anyway.

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    M.Bones replied

    Ditto.

    Lisa Greenway replied

    Not happening and so not true

    Kay replied

    Elsa you dont have to be AS fan to like JS. Thats what many are saying.

    rockfordfosgate replied

    Kay, exactly. And you can be a James Scott fan and not lavish adoring praise about him in every single comment you make. Being a James Scott fan doesn’t pigeon-hole your comments only praising him and ONLY ONE of his pairings.

    Ann replied

    I couldn’t agree more! Ej/Sami need to be backburned and let some of the other characters have some airtime.

    Karen replied

    Yay for Hot Sex and Corruption. All the things I’m loving about EJami right now. I’m glad to see that even old fart Kenny Boy have to admit Ali and James are Gold. By the way, continue with your agenda comments guys. Hi Rock!

    Lisa Greenway replied

    Days submitted the Daysaster for the emmy win.The writers win the year before was Jacks PTSD I LOVE EJAMI and Im not the only one

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    Mel replied

    They also submitted the episode after Nicole lost her baby boy.

    Lisa Greenway replied

    Ari submitted that.Days submitted the daysaster

    Kay replied

    yes Nicole was in one clip. And if I remember correctly Sami was hanging from the catwalk in the other clip. Drama sells… that’s it.

    Jules replied

    Actually Lisa, shows submit 2 episodes for Outstanding Drama. The two episodes the submitted, as Ken Corday says in the interview above, were the DAYSaster AND Nicole`s lie coming out/her suicide attempt. I`m not getting in the middle of any poster drama, just saying that DAYS submitted both eps as Mel said.

    JamesFan replied

    I couldn’t agree with you more Ej/JS fan and it’s sad to see you lectured just because you don’t love Ejami. I respect different point of views. But it’s sad that some others do not and want to lecture that someone is wrong because they just have a different opinion.

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    Leslie replied

    What it comes down to is R E S P E C T. In anonymous Internet conversations, it is often sorely lacking.

    Karen replied

    I’m sorry! Trying to find respect and good will on the Internet is like trying to find a four leaf clover. It seldom happens! Though I have to say, I have to laugh at those asking for respecting while failing to give it LOL. Also, what I’m seeing here is commenters getting upset when someone replies with a different opinion. This whole EJami vs Anti- EJami has been going on for years with the same results All the Time, and yet I see people complaining. If you don’t want to deal with the mess of what will 100% turn into a useless debate, then don’t enter the debate. Go back to your like minded board and discuss with like minded posters. It’s really that simple. There’s also the post and run technique that’s good too ;-)

    Julie replied

    Yep, Yep!, Karen! I totally agree!

    Leslie replied

    Who is this masked commenter? I want to thank her.

  13. juju says:

    Ugh i don’t want Ej to become the new Stefano Ken Corday ! Why can’t he be a GREY character, i don’t know someone like Victor Newman not a cartoonish one-note villain like Stefano Dimera..bummer really..sigh.
    Make Chad (he will be recast) more darker, write some corporate business schemes and battles between the Dimera siblings, let Sami accept some dark side of Ej (like she is any better, no need to have a ‘trust broken’) and let Ej being between bad and good : grey like i said. Stefano number 2 is not interesting.

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    Leslie replied

    Agreed, but black and white is easier to write. Soap opera is a genre that is well suited to nuanced character development. Sometimes I don’t think the scribes give the viewers enough credit. Yes, we can empathize with a well-written anti-hero.

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  14. Marie says:

    In the same way that Ken Corday would like Chandler to reconsider and stay, I would like to appeal to Mr. Corday and ask him to reconsider the recasting of Will. Losing will be a major blow. I certainly do not want to lose Freddie Smith because of it; nor do I want him to lose this specific couple. If there was no gay couple on the show a large number of viewers (myself included) will be gone. The show is hip and relevant and fresh largely due to Will and Sonny.

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    Michelle replied

    I totally agree. Will should be recast. It’s not fair to the WilSon fans. That couple is very important & just because Chandler decided to leave, why do the fans have to suffer?

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    Ann replied

    I’ve seen some fans say a new Will would just seem like a new love interest for Sonny. That it wouldn’t be the same. I tend to agree.

    Leslie replied

    This is a tough one. Chandler has put his stamp on Will and made him is own. If the character is recast, I think it needs to be given a rest. A bit of distance will allow the new actor to be more easily identified with Will.

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  15. Davida says:

    Sorry to disagree, but there is absolutely no chemistry between Sweeney and Scott.

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    sarah replied

    And agree (not so sorry..ha) to disagree your statement is just YOUR opinion.

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    Michelle replied

    Wow. I think that James & Alison have a great chemistry.

    Sally replied

    They are bone dry. So true!!!

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    Lisa Greenway replied

    Hot and steamy!!EJAMI has trended on twitter 3 times this year!!I think alot feel differently

    rockfordfosgate replied

    Lisa I could #EJami and denounce the pairing every tweet I made about with that same hashtag and that still counts toward trending. Trending isn’t always a positive thing, so I wouldn’t rely to heavily on that to show how popular the pairing is.

    Lisa Greenway replied

    Right..good and bad buzz is good for EJAMI..tbtb want pairings we talk about..I have it on good authority that tptb are THRILLED EJAMI has trended more than once…sorry.

    Michelle replied

    Trending does show people are tweeting, talking about a certain topic. It does show there is “buzz” and TPTB do like the buzz. They love when #Days, #EJami, #Rate, #WilSon or any other Days related topic trend.

    Kay replied

    I have never thought they had chemistry… now they are just disgusting.

    rockfordfosgate replied

    And if they only care about “buzz” and not focus on the content of that “buzz”, then they aren’t doing their jobs correctly. Focusing on trending without factoring in the actual content of those tweets is a short-sighted way of managing their publicity and business decisions.

    penny replied

    Ej and Sami have one of the best chemistry i ever seen on daytime.

    Lisa Greenway replied

    Nah,it just shows that lots of people are talking bout them and thats what tptb want.Good or bad

    Leslie replied

    JS and AS have tons of chemistry. They enjoy working together, and it shows.

    Karen replied

    Rock, you know damn well majority of the context when EJami trends is postive feedback. I mean, you guys had a discussion about it at SS and some weren’t happy. It takes a click of a button to see what’s being said, so I’m postive Days knows context of said tweets. I mean, the agenda driven bracade made it a point to not #EJami because it was giving them buzz. But as soon as EJami trended, they decided they would now add #EJami because it’s a trended tag so that TPTB will see them. Buzz is still buzz, good or bad. It’s the way of the entertainment industry. People want to be talked about, shows want to be talked about. At least I can respect you didn’t throw out the “Trends can be bought” statement, unless you did and I missed it, then that would just disappoint me :-(

    rockfordfosgate replied

    Karen, no I don’t know that because I don’t tweet and could care less about trending. I do know the functionality of trending and hashtagging and know that you can hashtag something and comment negatively on it. I can say “Just sat in drive-thru for 30 min and no food still #tacobell”. See, that’s a negative comment and hashtag the name of the restaurant. That’s what I mean about looking at the content of the tweets with the hashtags. I do know that trends and followers can be bought and have seen examples of that in non-Days related people/topics, but I don’t know specifically if it has been by anyone about Days so I won’t claim it has or hasn’t been done.

    soapgal replied

    IMO JS/AS have amazing chemistry! I’ve been a soap view for over 25 years and never have I ever seen such chemistry or even close! I think they have the best chemistry on daytime!

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    Lisa Greenway replied

    I agree and I have been a viewer since I have a memory.My babysitter watched in the 70s.And I came to watch via BOPE.I think JS and AS have some of the best chemistry ever.

    Elayne replied

    Different strokes, but I’ve seen many DAYS fans who don’t like EJami because of the writing but can see their chemistry.

    That speaks VOLUMES.

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    Karen replied

    Don’t be sorry to disagree! I’m not sorry to disagree with you and say that Ali and James have some of the best chemistry I’ve seen from Daytime soap actors. Both on and off the screen.

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    annika replied

    JS and AS have, in imho, amazing and off the charts chemistry. They sizzle! Their (on-screen)passion and compatibility makes EJami not only believeable,but also enjoyable and loveable.

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  16. pspcindy says:

    Thank you Micheal. I’m very happy for the cast of DOOL for the well-deserved Best Drama Emmy. But I will say I am extremely happy that NBC and Bruce Evans have taken such a keen interest in DOOL. It has made all the difference in the quality of the stories told on the show.

    I totally agree that James and Alison are gold and together as EJami I think they are sensational. Long live EJami.

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    Jules replied

    Agreed! Long live DOOL!

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    Helen replied

    James and Alison are Days GOLDMINE!!! why in the world are you going to tinker with the show when it is finally showing rating increase!!!!! Keep both EJ & Sami scheming together and in love!!! Drama from Stefano, Kristen, Marlena and Kate can bring on the angst. NEED more family time for both Wilson and EJAMI.

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    Andie replied

    I totally agree. James and Ali have great chemistry which shows in their performance.

    Tammy replied

    Ken C./Writers should change Days to Ejami Days Hour,because No other characters count,then All of Ejami Fans will be Happy and be on Cloud Nine… Bring On The Vets Hour……..

  17. Caitlin says:

    Days is on fiya right now. I look forward to it every night and EJ and Sami are my ultimate. I will follow their twists and turns forever. At the end of the day, they will always be my “root for” couple.

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  18. Lola says:

    can’t stand Dan and Jen together. Send her off again..

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    Jules replied

    While I certainly agree with you, I have to say I am LOVE-LOVE-LOVING the angst JJ is providing. Not only is the actor doing a really good job, but the story makes sense and is playing out really well. I’m glad JJ isn’t another goody two shoes and that he’s a bit mischievous and rebellious. I’ve loved what could have been a cliched and boringly played out story and somehow made it super fun and entertaining to watch. I’ve even told myself as I was watching that I was loving Missy Reeves again! Her playing a mom is the best work she’s been given in 3 years! I don’t want Dan and Jen, but JJ’s presence actually keeps them from being FF for me.

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    rockfordfosgate replied

    See, I’m finding it boring and cliched because it’s just yet another “let’s have someone scheme to break up Dan/Jenn”. First Nicole, then Chloe (and Anne), now JJ. If it was more about JJ and his character development and angst and less about Dan/Jenn’s relationship woes, I’d be more interested and it would be more original.

    Jules replied

    I think it’s equally about JJ’s character as it is about Jen/Dan! You can’t argue we’re not seeing his perspective and how their relationship is affecting him. We’re seeing equal cause and affect, action and reaction. I don’t know how you can argue otherwise. JJ’s voice is being heard loud and clear by the audience, and that’s precisely why it’s more interesting.

    rockfordfosgate replied

    I agree we’re seeing his side to some degree, but the other characters are not and if we don’t see that crucial interaction with the other characters, JJ won’t be more than a one-dimensional character. The writers are making it more about how it’s affecting Dan/Jennifer than about giving JJ real development or making us care about him long-term. He’s just the latest monkey-wrench for Dan/Jenn. Why is it more about Jenn/Dan? Because everyone else is so concerned with their relationship and not with helping JJ or even focusing more than one or two sentences his way. Maggie doesn’t offer help for JJ even though he’s family. She’s more concerned with helping Dan/Jenn stay together. Abigail shows more concern for Daniel/Jenn than she does for JJ. It’s about Jenn’s love life and not her son’s grief and angst.

    juju replied

    Totally agree, i quite enjoy JJ for the little schemer, trouble maker he is. His pov is totally shown imo. He is a little bitch who uses and manipulate and guilt trip ect..but we also see a bit where he comes from and some vulnerability.

    Jules replied

    The other characters are not seeing JJ’s bad side? Well…..yeah! That’s kind of the point, no? That’s part of what’s making this so fun! They’re either oblivious, or want to see the best in him, and that’s just giving JJ room to play in his playground while the other characters are so busy in their own world. It also plays into why he’s acting out in the first place: lack of attention, feeling unheard and all that.

    To your point of saying the writers are making it “more” about Dan and Jen, well I just don’t see it. And as someone who HATES Dan and Jen with the fire of the burning sun, I’d say it if I felt it. Do I hate the Dannifer propping by all the characters? Are they getting too much airtime as it is? HELL to the YES. And yes they are making Jen and Dan’s relationship the oh-so-poor casualty of JJ’s duplicity, but all they’re doing is portraying that. The focus isn’t any more on that than JJ himself. I`m also not worried about giving JJ “real development”: A) he first arrived two months ago and B) they need to tell this initial story before he can develop into anything. Like any good Horton, he will eventually grow from this and mature and yes, develop. It’s just what’s going to happen, it can’t be helped. What their job is now is to introduce the character and ground him to the canvas, which they’re doing with the help of his mom, Abigail, Maggie, those brief scenes with Sonny/Will, Adrienne and Hope, and all the talk of his dad.

    Bottom line, IMO, they’re taking this character in a good direction so far, covering all the necessary bases in what could have been a pretty typical story. The writing has been strong- my understanding of the character and the why’s are all being established appropriately. Now, would I love for him to succeed and destroy his mother’s relationship once and for all in the process? I’d flipping kill for it. But if it doesn’t happen, they’re at the very least demonstrating how it’s affecting JJ just as much as they’re showing how JJ is affecting them. That’s just good storytelling.

    But I won’t change your mind, clearly. And I know I won’t change yours. You don’t like what’s happening on DAYS, and that’s your prerogative. I’m going to sit back and enjoy my show for all its worth.

    And thanks juju!

    juju replied

    Actually Jules i would prefer for JJ to stay a little schemer who for a long time get some great resentment towards his mother and her new man (who is not his father) like Sami Brady was for a long time with her mother Marlena and John Black.
    Although imo Sami had even more reasons to be a little bitch than JJ (Marlena cheated, the husband/father was still alive, she left her family to create a new one..far worse) Still i get JJ pov . It would be great to have a Horton who will always be some kind of a bad seed moreover with his father Jack (not always a nice guy himself for sure..) heritage, it would be in character, the root of a pretty flawed Horton man imo.

    Jules replied

    Oh juju I’m certainly with you, I just think the likelihood is that they will inevitably reform JJ. As long as they can keep his mischievous ways interesting and believable I hope things don’t change. I’d love it if they made him his father’s son and kept him that way. But I’m thinking his Horton genes will win out in the end.

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    Leslie replied

    Dannifer is pretty sad. I’m not sure why Days seems so invested in this couple.

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    Chaz replied

    I dvr the show and constantly find myself hitting fast forward whenever Jennifer & Daniel are on. In part I think Corday & company WANT there to be this grand love story because Jennifer is a legacy character. But, in my opinion…it just doesn’t work.

    Frankly, I think in part it is because to some degree I feel that Melissa Reeves is phoning it in. I just do not feel she is 100% invested in the show at this point. I have an opinion on why but won’t get into that here.

    Lisa Greenway replied

    Dannifer are the ONE thing I am disliking

  19. Sophie says:

    Thanks for the interview, Michael. Looking forward to Sami, E.J. and EJami. So glad they are finally a couple!

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  20. KS says:

    As a long time fan, I do not worship at the alter of EJ and Sami…. I am realistically unable to get past EJ’s multiple rapes of Sami, once by himself and all the Rafe2 times. I can’t just forget.
    I also am deeply sickened by the comments about how Kristen’s storyline of RAPING a Catholic Priest is a decent good story.
    The total destruction of long time characters to support/prop EJ and Sami causes this long time viewer to fast forward through more and more of the show. But then as I’m not on the NBC/Days twitter feed I guess my opinions don’t count anyway.

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    sarah replied

    Your opinion count like just ONE opinion : yours !
    Accept others doesn’t share it, not hard to get KS. Eyeroll.

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    rockfordfosgate replied

    Wow.

    Shan replied

    Sarah, you should probably make sure what you’re posting makes sense before you hit the “submit” button. Especially if you’re trying to belittle someone who has done nothing to you. Not everyone has the same opinion, the world would be boring if we did. However, there’s nothing wrong with anyone sharing their opinions. Perhaps you’d like for someone to “eyeroll” at you for speaking your mind.

    pauline replied

    There is no destruction of long time characters or prop for Ej and Sami : they are maybe the most called out for their shit characters on dool. It seems we don’t watch the same show.

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    Sally replied

    Agree with you. That EJ is vial!!! So sad how he has ruined it all for 7 yrs & no punishment … Arrest or trail!!

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    Mel replied

    Well said KS! I agree completely .

    Everyone is entitled to their own opinion I don’t understand why some fans of Elvis and Samantha feel the need to tell those of us who don’t why our opinion is wrong.

    I’m happy for their fans -it’s always nice to get the couple you want together….but there’s no need to bash those of us who don’t agree.

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    elsa replied

    There is no bashing or telling your opinion is wrong just state the truth : that it is ONLY an opinion, that you can dislike a couple, pairing doesn’t mean it is gospel truth, that is all. Other people disagree with your opinion and just tell it.

    rockfordfosgate replied

    elsa, I see a lot of judgment and needless animosity in Sarah’s reply to KS, especially the “not hard to get KS. Eyeroll.” part. KS talked about the interview itself and her feelings about Corday’s responses in the interview and didn’t aim anything towards the EJ/Sami fans, yet Sarah responded with a rather snarky response. Yes, everyone is entitled to like whoever they like, but pointing that out with the added snark and eyeroll at the end just ramps up the animosity between the fanships, which is pointless. We all love the same show, shouldn’t that be enough to unite us?

    Lisa Greenway replied

    EJ didnt rape Sami it was a sex deal.Sami AGREED to it.Rafe 2 was Stefano.NOT EJ.EJ didnt stop it,but he didnt start it.Kinda like Lucas knew about Kate setting up Sami for murder and he did nothing too.Kristen is bad..thats a villian.We all know Eric wont stay a priest anyway.Other pairings were given YEARS.Its been proven alot of viewers want to see the EJAMI story written.Im all for it

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    rockfordfosgate replied

    Yeah, but let’s just conveniently forget the scene where EJ and Rafe 2 joked about the “fringe benefits” of Rafe 2′s job (having sex with Sami). EJ knew what was happening and it doesn’t matter if Rafe 2 was originally Stefano’s plan. EJ didn’t stop it, reveled in the most deplorable aspects of it, joked about it, and loved every minute of it. And there is such a thing as rape by coercion, of being under duress and it not being real consent. Being held at gunpoint, taken hostage, having a loved one’s life threatened all constitutes duress and coercion. Never mind the characters themselves called it rape. But let’s forget all that…

    Doesn’t matter if Eric won’t stay a priest…he’s a priest in the CURRENT storyline and it was most definitely against his will as he was impaired by the drugs Kristen gave him. If it’s rape with what Sami did to Austin, it certainly is rape with what Kristen did to Eric. The storyline is disgusting and it sinks Kristen to an all-time low because it shows how she views nothing at all as being sacred. It’s painful to watch and not at all sexy or entertaining.

    Lisa Greenway replied

    Yawn..I didnt see that(only read bout it)..see I had tuned out during that era.Safe drove me away..Sami wasnt herself and EJ was a cartoon villian.Not to mention my beloved Chloe was a hooker.I dont care about all that.I never said it wasnt rape by Kristen did I??Umm no,I didnt.Not sure where u are going with this.Rape by coercion..umm yea.Sami agreed to have sex with EJ,there was NO gun involved and I dont recall a rapist asks you to make a deal.It was smarmyt,but imo not rape.If its painful,do what I did in 2010.Turn it off.Its real simple.You might even find it will make you feel better.

    rockfordfosgate replied

    Uh, EJ’s rape of Sami was long before Rafe come on-screen, so I don’t what you’re referring to. Unless you mean the Rafe clone? You mentioned how it was Stefano’s idea, so you at least have some knowledge of those events. Yes, rape by coercion is a criminal offense in many states, so it is real. “Sleep with me or get fired”, “Sleep with me or I’ll hurt your kid” are real threats that constitute rape by coercion. There was a gun in those scenes when he took her hostage and when they came into the cabin. The gun didn’t disappear and reappear magically, so yes the gun is a huge factor in determining if Sami felt threatened. Don’t assume anything about me personally and don’t tell me what will make me feel better. Why can’t a discussion about a show remain about the show and leave personal assumptions out of it? Did I say anything about feeling too uncomfortable to watch? No. I said it was painful. Good drama can be painful at times. Look at Nicole’s miscarriage scenes. My heart broke for her and it was painful to watch her character go through that. It gave Ari Zucker a chance to showcase her amazing talent. The only positive thing about Kristen’s rape of Eric is that it gives Greg Vaughan a chance to show his talent. When there is no redeeming quality to the storyline itself, then yes I do think it is a bad writing choice.

    Lisa Greenway replied

    And As I clearly stated many,many times.I dont view it as rape,and I never did.He had the gun,but he didnt rape her while holding it.In fact he gave her a choice.She chose.It was one of the biggest writing errors Days has ever made.It is irrelevant to me now.Sami forgave him the transgression,and they moved on.I did too.I know minor details,about Ralph two and thats enough thanks.Days bled viewers that year.BLED them.I dont care one whit about u.You seem distraught over a soap opera.I was givng you the facts about ME.I said when it became so bad in 2010.I left.I didnt hang around blogs and whine.I moved on.And boy did it feel good.I agree the whole Kristen and the Priest is a bad writing choice,but its done.

    rockfordfosgate replied

    Oh yes, the magic “disappearing and reappearing” gun. It is CLEAR he had a gun when he took her hostage and AGAIN when they entered the cabin to help Lucas. Just because the gun isn’t pressed to her head the entire time doesn’t mitigate the fact he DID have a gun and he used it to threaten her.

    Minor details are important, but if you want to gloss over relevant facts, that’s on you.

    Again with the “distraught” comment and judgmental attitude. For someone who doesn’t “care one whit about” me, you sure do insert a lot of assumptions about me. I am not whining; I am stating my opinion which happens to be different than yours. I can accept your opinion is different and the only thing I have countered your opinion with is FACTUAL evidence from the show. You counter with judgment and assumptions about my emotional state. I’ll let you draw your own conclusions on which one of us has the stronger stance in this debate.

    Kay replied

    Yeah I don’t understand how a woman hooking up with her rapist and a woman raping a priest at “with the times”. Is the end of the world coming soon?

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    Lisa Greenway replied

    WHo knows…possibly.I never posted it was with the times,if you quote me,get it correct.And I dont feel EJ raped anyone,,so for me its not an issue.

    rockfordfosgate replied

    Lisa, I believe Kay is quoting Michael Fairman from the interview where he said “but things have to change with the times. I think you have really changed with the times” in regards to the Kristen/Eric storyline.

    penny replied

    Well said Lisa. It is a soap opera where almost ALL the characters did awful things to others, Ej or Kristen are not the only ones..rolleye.

    rockfordfosgate replied

    Penny, where is the comparison to others in this thread? I don’t see a comparison being made so whether or not most of the characters have done awful things to each other is irrelevant.

    Elayne replied

    Destruction of EJami? The writers are trying to repair the destructive writing under Higley and the continual propping of Rafe and Sami.

    At least now we’re watching SAMI and not a watered down version of Carrie, whom was the love of Rafe’s life.

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    Karen replied

    Oh look, the tried, true, and tired Rape debate. Nothing new here! I seriously just have to laugh at characters propping EJ and Sami. Where is my Cher GIF when I need it. As if!!! LOL :-) Please continue of you Agenda Drive posts, and of course not surprising seeing you in the mix Rock ;-) just spreading my EJami love, and on that note.

    EJami is so damn hot together. These two rapists are perfect for each other. Love them and looking forward to their next lovemaking scene because you know they’re going to be freakin HOT, as only EJ and Sami can bring it ;-)

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    rockfordfosgate replied

    Glad you’re enjoying Karen. I’ll just bide my time and wait for stories to change. They always do. Until then, enjoy!

  21. Christy says:

    I understand his comment that the writers made about things working ten years ago but not today..however to completely deny a 30 year story arc like the one Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn created, does the show a great disservice. We fans may understand them being back burner characters, we have survived that in the past, however to degrade the history and demolish the art is wrong. They are the Alice and Tom Horton of the past 30 years…very dissappointing. Thank you for the interview though, we know where we stand.

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  22. Bo says:

    Yes he said it right Ejami are Gold! Thank you for the wonderful interview ! Not everyone will agree so I’m just going to enjoy what I can out of it! BTW SAMI IS NO SAINT ! Ill root ejami as couple together and separate :)

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  23. alicia says:

    Love EJ and Sami but don’t write Ej as the new Stefano : It would be a BAD move and a freaking waste. Be smart for once.

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  24. Lois Yandt says:

    Ken basically slapped an either generation across the face, when he lied and said he want to be there for 5 generations. When he hung sent Bope out to pasture by not writing a storyline for them and then hung Jarlena fans out to dry by breaking up their supercouple is such a horrible way through outright lies about their past history, and letting TomSell write John Black in such as fashion that he is unrecognizable he made a huge fan base very angry. At this point unless the work to correct all of these lies and bring back the real John Black the hero, I am hoping they will be cancelled. Not to mention the garbage that is being written in storyline with Kristen raping a priest. I suppose next TomSell will try to paint her as the heroine, when we all know that whatever revenge she wants on Marlena is really all Kristens doing to herself anyway. Because of all her lying a scheming of the 90′s

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    Emily M replied

    You bring in new characters who we have no attachements to & ruin our greatest characters like John Black. This is all against the nature of John’s charcter and it is so deplorable what has been done to this super-couple. Not only is a huge fan base very angry, but you have lost respect of this huge loyal fan base. You keep talking about giving what the fans want to see, but a huge fan base wants the hero John Black back with his sweatheart & soulmate Marlena.

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    Lisa Greenway replied

    Well the rest of us dont want it cancelled..and they are renewed till Sept 2014 regardless.If its so bad,stop watching.I had to do that in 2010.As for Kristen,,nah..she is bad.Thats not changing.

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    rockfordfosgate replied

    Lisa, again I find an agreement with you. I don’t want the show cancelled. I continue to watch knowing that storylines will eventually shift in another direction. They always do at some point or another.

  25. Jodi says:

    Day’s had been pure crap for months,what these idiot writers did to John and Marlena is nautious making.

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    Emily M replied

    I agree totally its like John and Marlena’s history has been wipped clean like it never existed I may be 38 years old but my friends daughters and their friends are all 17-18 and 20 something years old and all love the JOhn and Marlena history. So they do appeal to the younger generation. They should start by bringing back the real hero John Black and have respect for alltheir loyal fans who supported them throught the years

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    Leslie replied

    Unfortunately, TPTB are slaves to demographics. While diapers might be a different story, I’m guessing cat lovers of all ages by litter.

    As for Jarlena, there’s a place for them in Salem but their interactions need to be dignified. 60-year old people share hot messy kisses, but not in the middle of the Horton Town Square. Just saying.

  26. Lisa Greenway says:

    Thanks.Love Jen Lilley.Am anxious to see her.I will miss Casey and Chandler terribly.EJ is GREY he isnt a cartoon villian.His Samantha is grey.Days works best when EJAMI are grey together.EJ loves his Samantha and their family.He is in NO way like Stefano.Hope Days doesnt make the mistake of making EJ a cartoon villian again.EJ is like TONY,he has a heart.Unlike Stefano.We like our grey EJAMI.PERIOD..

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    Kyra Pappas replied

    I agree…maybe recast Chad as the new evil one (and keep Kristen on because she is bad…but so GOOD being bad). More DiMera/Kiriakis feuds as well. but don’t make EJ and Sami bad! I like them better as good/grey!

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  27. soapgal says:

    Thanks for the interview! So happy for Days win, so well deserved!

    Glad to see KC is aware of what fans knew all along, that JS and AS are gold! As a fan reading that comment made me unbelievably happy and excited for what’s to come. I think its expected that Ejami will have angst, any soap super couple does. All I want is for them to continue to work through any problems together and above all stay together! Ejami is truly why I watch Days. They have a passion that is unrivaled in daytime which is evident by their dedicated and loyal fans. Go Ejami!

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  28. KateK says:

    With all these people leaving, its time to bring Bo back.

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    Emily M replied

    Bring back Bo and John Black to vital characters to this show!!!

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    Lisa Greenway replied

    But Peter doesnt want to come back.I would LOVE Bo back

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    Lois Yandt replied

    He does not want to come back to no storyline and the present writers, but I am sure he would come back to Hope with great writers, writing for days again and an interesting storyline.

    juju replied

    maybe maybe not..maybe he wants to spend time with his family and then try something new..it is his choice although if he come back i expect he will want more stories, more challenging and maybe more screen time.

    Lisa Greenway replied

    Trust me when I say I wish Peter would come back,,,rumors are he may end up on GH as Sam’s dad..I miss my Bo

    Leslie replied

    Peter Reckell is still a hottie, and I miss me some Bo.

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  29. Ree says:

    Congratulations to Days on their Emmy win and I certainly agree that James Scott & Alison Sweeney are a goldmine of talent, chemistry & connection. EJ and Sami are partners and equals in every way and I can’t believe they are going to force EJ into a little box marked “villain” and have him (and EJami) take a giant leap backward. Days has one of the most dynamic & compelling couples I’ve ever seen and they need to keep moving them forward, deepening the trust, building this relationship not tearing it down.

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    rockfordfosgate replied

    If they are partners and equal, why did he not tell her about the formula he stole from Nick? Why isn’t he including her in his plans to take over the empire from Stefano? Nope, not partners and equal in every way.

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    Kyra Pappas replied

    Hopefully they will be the new John & Marlena of today?!?! maybe??…

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    Lois Yandt replied

    OMG how can you even compare them to John and Marlena…what planet are you from? Have you watch ever watched John and Marlena from the beginnning. It’s always been about love and trust. I see none of these things with Sami and EJ they were both untrustworthy and bad the moment they came to Salem. SMDH John and Marlena get real!

    rockfordfosgate replied

    Lois, unless Kyra means how John and Marlena are now broken up and all but history at this point? Perhaps?

    lou replied

    totally agree Ree.

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    Lisa Greenway replied

    Yes they are..thats why I love them.they are equals…and have the same nindset!!Plus imo they are HOTT..I waited a longtime for Sami to finally wake up

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  30. louise says:

    This comparison between Kay and Michael Corleone and Ej and Sami is silly.
    First Kay was a naive, nice gal Sami is as devious as Ej ! Secondly the Sami now is an ‘heroine’ and can’t accept Ej’s way of life has already been written ad nauseam it is even one of her major motivations to keep him away from one of their children (at this time Grace who was actually Sydney) which set in motion the biggest feud they had which last all these recent years and only really stopped this last year. We don’t want that anymore, we want them accepting each others, scheming together Ej doesn’t need to be too bad and Sami can just accept him like the conflicted, grey leading man he can be. Bottom line : Sami is NOT Kay. I love the Godfather but this comparison is innacurate and silly.

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    rockfordfosgate replied

    While I’m not an EJ/Sami fan, I agree the comparison is horrible. And I love the explanation of your opinion on it because while I don’t agree about wanting EJ/Sami to accept each other, I can understand what you want for your couple.

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    louise replied

    thanks

    Lisa Greenway replied

    I agree…and everyone knows that Michael loved his first wife best.EJ said in Jan its ALWAYS been Sami and viewers who have watched since he came to town know this is true.That scratches off the comparsion alone.

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    Kay replied

    Which is further proof that Kenny is an idiot.

    Lisa Greenway replied

    Eh,,not worth me getting upset over.NBC is running the show.

  31. Carol says:

    Thanks Michael…great interview!
    Why does this make me nervous? I love EJ and Sami! BUT I don’t think i can watch them hurt each other again. It’s been a long road…too long. This is finally the EJami I’ve dreamed they could be. I really feel like making EJ too dark is the wrong move. Please tell me Ken didn’t mean it that way. :(
    I also love Will and Sonny! They are so damn cute! ‘m sad that Chandler and Casey are leaving, but wish them luck.

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    Lois Yandt replied

    Hey if you look at Ej history he is a very dark character. As much as I hate Ejami they are both bad to the bone characters and trying to every redeem either of them, will NEVER work for me. I know I am in a very small minority here. but I just don;t want them frontburner and give so much credit with by Corday, when he writes of great history for JnJ Bo and Hope John and Malrena as though they are somehow now throw away character! This is very disloyal to a HUGE fanbase that has been loyal for more that 25 years and is a great big slap in the face to all oh us. Ouch I will feel the sting of that for a long time to come, and choose to no longer support Corday and his minions by watchint the show any longer. If they ever get things REALLY back on track I might start watching. However I also REALLY feel like Corday owes all of these fanbases an apology!!!

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    Kathy replied

    I agree completely!

    juju replied

    Why always blaming Ej and Sami and their pairing because you are frustrated about your favorite couples not being written like you want..It is possible to live these couples AND Ej/Sami. I agree some of these couples could be more showcased and i understand the frustration to see them backburned when you enjoy them and want to see them on your screen. But why trashing another couple who has nothing to do with that..blame the writers who could write for your favorite couple not the FICTIONAL couple you think has the screentime your favorites should have. It is the writers’ decision, speak, blame their decisions not another couple..well i don’t get this whining about something not real versus a real aspect : the writers moves.

    Kathy replied

    If Ej/Sami are on the show they have something to do with it!

    Lois Yandt replied

    Juju I am not trashing this couple because I want my couple to be front and center, I am just saying I really Hate Ejami and everything that they are and have been about.Rape is never a good place for a relationship to start. I would not put up with GH for glorify it with Luke and Laura(another couple I hate in spite of there popularity) and I will not put up with Days for glorify EJami relationship either or Days/KC for endorsing the rape of a priest as the way Days wants to go! Days has totally lost the foundation that Ted and Betty built on. Real love for your soulmate, your family, your friends, giving of yourself instead of the self centeredness of most of todays characters!

    rockfordfosgate replied

    It is the decision to tout EJ/Sami as the “Golden Couple” and promote them heavily and not write storylines for many other pairings that does bother many non-EJ/Sami fans. It is the decisions behind the scenes that non EJ/Sami fans are upset with. Beyond Will/Sonny, Dan/Jennifer, and EJ/Sami what other parings are being consistently written for? John and Marlena are all but extinct, especially since Drake Hogestyn hasn’t been filming and isn’t even listed on the credits anymore. Bo’s MIA and Hope isn’t given anything other than a few lines here and there. Justin and Adrienne are only on to prop the Will/Sonny storyline. Victor and Maggie are rarely on together. It’s a very misguided view to use one or two couples and not give many others couples real storylines. You’re going to lose Chad/Will (if not recast), have all but lost Lucas/Rafe to inactivity, and have lost John/Bo. For the sake of putting EJ/Sami and Dan/Jennifer on as the majority couples (3-4 times a week)?

    This has nothing to do with “blaming” two characters or their FICTIONAL actions, and everything to do with the misguided view of The Powers That Be and their decisions on who to write for and promote. Why would the actors need to take to Twitter to beg their fans for support, to have their fans speak out to help them get more scenes if the show and the execs were doing their jobs correctly?

    juju replied

    Ted and Betty wrote Bill and Laura Horton as a couple and he did rape her ! It was maybe the most successful and long story with the paternity of Mike (result of the rape) of Days the two first decades of the show.

    Lisa Greenway replied

    EJ and Sami are BOTH dark characters..I would wager Sami has done more bad things than EJ..Remember her getting John hooked on drugs??Umm yea.thats only a TINY sample.EJAMI arent the reason u dont have your couple.Im really tired of Jarlenas blaming EJAMI for their woes.Jarlena had their time for close to 30 years.And I enjoyed it.Its time for others to shine now.WIth Jarlena supporting.Betty Corday was edgey.She introduced the first interacial pairing and the first lesbian.I would like to think SHE would be moving forward to 2013.And not staying stuck in the past.The show is a business.And it has to change to grow and continue.And I never thought EJ raped Sami.They made a smarmy sex deal.And thats how I view it to this day.Regardless Sami forgave him.Thats enough for me

    Leslie replied

    While Days has an ensemble cast, all the actor’s contracts are not equal. There are those who are recurring, so it’s not expected that their characters will be seen regularly. By his own choice, John Aniston is recurring. The contract players have episode guarantees, and those not all the same. Since I’m not an agent, I have no idea how the contracts are put together.

    From time to time, I have seen fans suggesting that Sami be back burnered. Since Ali Sweeney is on primetime TV, talk shows, and covers of magazines, it ain’t gonna happen. In the cover story articles and interviews, she almost always mentions Days. This is free advertising. TPTB love it, because it could very well translate into additional viewers. First and foremost, Days is a business.

    rockfordfosgate replied

    Yeah, and contracts change. Bryan Dattlio was bumped from contract to recurring. Some are recurring by choice, yes. Some don’t have that choice. The problem is some of the ones on recurring status are the ones that it makes the least sense having them recurring if you look at family connections. Those characters could be used more to make the show more cohesive, to ties storylines together, and even if they don’t have separate storylines for themselves, they could still be a part of someone else’s storyline as a supporting role.

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    Karen replied

    You mention Rafe’s inactivity but then you complain about characters with family connection not getting air time. Rafe isn’t connected to any main family on the Days character in a significant enough way that EJ and Sami’s airtime should be debated when it comes to him. EJ and Sami are from families that have been a big part of the canvas. Like Lisa said, EJami isn’t the reason why some characters don’t have air time. If the writers want to write for characters they write for them. Isn’t that why Rafe and his out of the blue family members were showcased for years, while vets were fired to make room for randoms newbies. Isn’t it also why Melanie was getting ridiculous screen time. Generational focus is par for the course in soaps and if you’re an older character , then stories are going to be limited. It happens on every soap because in the end it’s a business. If certain characters are popular with the key demos, then TPTB will promote them. At the moment, as much as Jarlena is well known and loved, they don’t have the appeal that the younger generations have for many viewers IMO. That doesn’t mean I don’t think they have an important place on canvas, but it also doesn’t mean they’ll get focus like the characters in their 20s and 30s. It’s the circle of Soaps!

    Oh, and it looks like once again Days is up in viewers and demos for last week. I guess viewers aren’t hating all things EJami and are tuning out like is claimed over and over and over again. It’s a good thing Days has real data to help them run their show, and not just listening to overly sensitive non watching fans complain about a couple bringing about the downfall of a long standing soap ;-)

    rockfordfosgate replied

    I didn’t complain about Rafe’s inactivity. I just pointed out to someone who wanted Rafe out of EJ/Sami’s orbit that Rafe is in a coma and pretty much out of their orbit at this point.

    Just an interesting tidbit…the Brady family was once introduced to the show the same way the Hernandez family was, one at a time over a period of time. Eventually there family became an “established” family. Not saying that’s how the Hernandez family will turn out, just pointing out that complaining about lack of family ties could have been used against the Brady clan back in the day.

    I never said I don’t watch. ;) And not overly sensitive so I know you’re not referring to me.

    Karen replied

    Rock, I’m well aware how the Brady’s came about but thanks for the heads up. Unlike the H crew though, the Brady’s were gradually brought to the scene and not pimped and propped like Rafe and his family. The fact they even attempted to bring him to the canvas in a similar fashion that Roman was speaks volumes. GG is a weak actor so he wasn’t able to sell me on his character, but he is nice eye candy so he has some purpose I guess.

    Also, you and I know exactly what the commenter meant about Rafe being out of EJami’s orbit, and it isn’t about his physical placement. Not play coy now ;-) As for you not watching, I’m not convinced that’s a true statement but I’ll be nice and take your word for it ;-)

    Karen replied

    Oh Rock, I notice you didn’t deny that EJami will bring the downfall of Days. Score one for me ;-)

    rockfordfosgate replied

    No EJ/Sami won’t bring the downfall of Days ALONE. If the downfall happens, it will be multiple factors, not just ONE couple. I honestly don’t think EJ/Sami are that powerful in either a positive or negative way. I think behind the scenes issues, studio/network gridlock, and writing issues would be the likely culprits of any downfall of the show. If you want a point in this “game”, take it. Or we can say we agreed on something and be happy for that agreement. Either one works. ;)

  32. Adrian says:

    Great interview Michael and Ken…. love all the characters on DOOL. I think they should bring back the other set of twins (Cassie & Rex) plus more of Abraham’s family with past present and future ties to DOOL. Including a biracial couple like Abe and Kayla. I have plenty of ideas if needed, contact me

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  33. Pat Webb says:

    Can we get some news as to weather John & Marlena will EVER be together again?????

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  34. EJAMIcrazy says:

    I couldn’t agree more that JS & AS are definitely gold and I am a huge EJAMI fan. I, like so many other fans, have waited for years to see this couple finally together and have enjoyed every scene they’ve had together since. I really hope TPTB can figure out a way to allow them to stay together without changing either one of their characters too much. I’d also like to say that after what we’ve seen so far this year I won’t be surprised if DAYS wins an Emmy again next year ESPECIALLY with the performances by Blake Berris (Nick). He has truly been phenomenal and I hope he is recognized for his great talent next year.

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  35. Sally says:

    Just need to say KEN WHEN ARE YOU & OTHERS going to see that ejami (as you call them) are bringing the ratings to a new level. THE SEWARE. they are not gold. There fan base is so tiny.

    You had Sami & Lucas on for a week when little Ari was born & ratings went thru roof.

    My idea. Get jarlena, bope, lumi (who long time fans connect with) & put them up against evil. We long time viewers want that. History works not re-writing to suit your desire!!

    Been enjoying GH & YR so much lately be/c new pairings connect with old stories but yet still fresh. You’ve tossed all old ones away so we are left with no history to play with. And long time characters are out of character. Sami, Will, Jenn. Oh wait there are no others. These newbies. Meh. Can’t follow.

    Oh and why is no one working??? Really boring.
    Titan? Kate or EJs companies? Sami & Lucas as VP would have been gold, john’s basic black (& his story of EJ screwing his money. Went dry. Booooo!!) … Salem PD?! Where are they to put EJ away for his long list of crimes since day one? Oh yah. You erased history.
    Not interested.

    By the way. One last thing

    Bryan Dattilo could out act anyone with a phone book. Serious, romantic, heart breaking & spice it up with comedy. Use him PLEASE!!!
    Boat is starting to sailing & most of us are still on the dock.

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    juju replied

    I disagree : i don’t want to see bad versus good stories, it is so outdated, cheesy and simplistic. I am not interested by that.
    Characters can pay in other ways than jail time and Ej had pay karmic payback more than once.

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    rockfordfosgate replied

    The problem with EJ’s “karmic payback” is that it has never been anything in comparison to other characters’ “karmic paybacks”. Nicole gets lambasted still for her mistakes and even called out by Maxine of all people, while EJ gets praised by Caroline Brady?! EJ gets shot in the head and while he’s still in the hospital it’s revealed he’s already lying to Sami and plotting his revenge, yet Kate had to work in Hudson’s Diner for months and months to rebuild after one of her plans failed? EJ has never been down and out and had to scrape his way back to the top while every other character has had to so many, many times. Even Stefano has had “deaths”, “disappearances” and times off-screen to “lay low” and regroup. That’s the problem many viewers have with EJ.

    juju replied

    I respectfully and totally disagree : Ej to me has paid far far more than characters like Nicole or Kate , Stefano don’t get me start, to me it is really not the three best examples to give to make your point against Ej lack of payback to say the least. I don’t count all the times someone tried to kill Ej and all the times people tried to keep him from his children ect.. Kate’s little work as a waitress for few months is peanuts compare to that, Stefano never paid for anything he was always safe and great setting up his deaths and having a good time in one of his mansions in italy or everywhere, Nicole everybody whitewash and forgive her in two seconds, what Maxine said to her was nothing and Nicole gave back as much, by the way Maxine was not nice to Ej too when they did interact. And Caroline Brady doesn’t praise Ej at all, although he did save her grand-daughter more than once, again in February in Valentine’s day she did express her discontent about Ej and Sami’s reunion and always praised Rafe as the great, good choice. So stop the rewrite.

    rockfordfosgate replied

    Nope. EJ has never had “downtime” where he was down and out. When he was shot, he was immediately scheming and conniving against Sami. My point about Kate,Stefano, Nicole, even throw Sami in there….there have been many times those characters have had to scrape their way back to the top or have taken “time-outs” or been on the defensive rather than the offensive. EJ never has. I’d say Sami’s time being kept from her kids has been greater than EJ’s time without his kids, hands down. And I totally disagree about Nicole. How many times has she been lambasted for the Jennifer/baby situation…still! She is verbally assaulted by every single visitor to Eric’s office. Marlena’s first assumption about Nicole bring Eric to the hospital was that Nicole has “done something” to Eric. No one gives that girl a break or a second chance. And Maxine has never confronted EJ in the town square as she did Nicole.

    I’m not rewriting. They have had Caroline praising EJ, talking civilly with him, and encouraging Sami towards him…all the while having her encourage Sami towards Rafe on other instances. There is inconsistency with Sami’s interactions with Caroline.

    juju replied

    Disagree again : Ej has had more ‘downtime’ than any Kate, Stefano or Nicole could have although for Nicole she got her payback karma with her miscarriages i guess. When he was shot he was immediately scheming and conniving maybe but he was still shot in the head : a big fat punishment, something your other examples did not suffer once. When Brady beat him up almost to death..did he scheme ? Nope he even tried to stop the feud that Brady’s attempted murder started. When Nicole, Rafe and Daniel schemed and did everything to keep him from a potential child, Nicole went as far as letting him believe that Jennifer was responsible of the futur child’s death and while Ej wanted revenge..he did not do it because he thought of his children and Sami. Ej has also been in the defensive not the offensive when he was framed for his father’s murder and tried like he can (with Will and Sami’s help) to clear his name. Stefano ‘time-out’ are not payback karma in the least he does pretty well travelling in other countries, in fancy mansions, smoking cigars and banging some young cecily..not payback at all.
    Nicole and the Jen/Dan story : let me laugh she played the ‘woo is me’ card and Daniel even Jen felt sorry for her and instantly forgave her. Again this week Daniel did express his caring for Nicole when he told Brady to not hurt her. And yep Maxine at the hospital has been bitchy with Ej more than once. Caroline does not praise Ej at all, she always praise Rafe and while she sometime tries to stay neutral about Ej when she talk about it with Sami these last months she also made it pretty clear to Sami that she doesn’t support this choice just tolerate it for her grand-daughter sake.
    So yep what you just said is total rewriting.
    As for Marlena she is total icy to Ej and even blamed him for Sami’s troubles just last week then she tolerated him only because she saw he was here for Sami and Sami needed him. For Nicole she was suspicious for three seconds then did thank her and then even did celebrate with her and Eric at the rectory where Eric did praise again Nicole.
    And i did not speak about Sami : Sami is a character who did pay again and again by big humiliation (her infamous marriages) and her family’s disown for years.

    rockfordfosgate replied

    Like I said, the Caroline stuff has been inconsistent but there are specific scenes that show her favoring Sami’s choice of EJ or giving her advice based on her affair with Victor and loving two men at the same time. That conversation did favor EJ.

    Again, Nicole gets more of the verbal smackdown from the rest of the Salemites than EJ does. Sure people talk smack about him to Sami, to remind her she’s an idiot, but do they talk smack to EJ? Not even close the extent they do Nicole. Just because Daniel was empathetic towards Nicole doesn’t mean everyone else is or has been.

    What “downtime” has EJ had? Like I said, getting shot in the head and the next week he’s scheming and lying to Sami. He’s always immediately back on the offensive after being dealt a setback, be it being shot or not having the kids. Nope, not downtime in the least. I think our definitions of downtime aren’t the same.

    juju replied

    Yep definition of downtime is not the same for me than for you, it is pretty clear.

    You did not read well what i wrote: Ej did not always strick back with revenge and has been on the defensive with for example his framing for the Stefano’s murder story.
    Caroline never did support Ej or his relationship with Sami, she did express her disapprobation while praising Rafe or just tolerated it like i said. The Victor comparison was her way to explain to Sami that she kind of understood deep down her dilemma not full-on favoring at all. How would that be favoring actually ? Did Caroline stay with Shawn at the end of the day ? yeah..

    I saw Ej being treated as more a pariah than Nicole never has been by the good people of Salem. And yes i saw people talking smack about Ej to Sami but also to his face. Telling that she is a idiot is a judgment, your judgement, and the judgement of some characters not a fact.
    Just recently Daniel did defend Nicole whereas she tried to have his beloved Jen rot in jail for something she did not do and deveived him for months..Ej never did anything to Daniel and still he schemed to keep him from a child and lied to him for almost a year. Brady and Eric always defend Nicole. Nicole is friend with Rafe (who did defend her numerous times) and Gaby and Chloe (even after all she did to Chloe). Who is in Ej’s corner ? Only Sami and maybe Kristen and Chad because they are siblings. And if Taylor and Brandon were here they would be in her corner.

    We really do not see the same show.

    rockfordfosgate replied

    Juju, we see the same show. We just have different opinions on it. Saying we aren’t watching the same show is implying one of us is watching incorrectly. I sure don’t think this is some sort of test, do you? If there’s a quiz at the end of the next episode, I sure hope its multiple choice. When in doubt, guess C. ;)

    Karen replied

    Juju, your points were clear and I understood them. At least we are watching the same show ;-) I won’t even bother to comment on Sally’s post because its obviously Agena Driven and if it was up to them Lucas would be on 5 days a week and in every scene, and Lumi would be in love and have their 20th child ;-)

    Leslie replied

    I’m guessing with fanbases size does count. Being a card carrying Ejami, I would like to think that TPTB are able to sort through data to determine what brings in the most viewers. With that said, Days is probably happier with the fans that go with the flow. I’m talking about the viewers that are not refusing to watch because of a particular pairing. Those people have got to make life easier for them.

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  36. Jenni says:

    Gold… Think you must be colour blind? Copper turning green with over use is the EJ Sami pairing. Driving away your loyals.

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    rockfordfosgate replied

    And it leave that horrible stain on your skin that you just can’t scrub off. I love that comparison Jenni!

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    Lisa Greenway replied

    Well they are also bringing in NEW viewers too..so are WILSON

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    Leslie replied

    That would be called patina, and it’s highly valued in classic works of art and fine furniture.

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    rockfordfosgate replied

    Actually there are differing opinions on the true value of patina in art. If it’s flawed or chipped, the recommendation is to take all the patina off in a restoration process. (I’d say EJ/Sami are definitely flawed, and even EJ/Sami fans should agree given the numerous writing regimes different takes on EJ/Sami has created HUGE flaws in the coupling).

    Still doesn’t hide the fact patina is actually corrosion of the materials to due to age and too much exposure.

    And yes, the Statue of Liberty is an example of patina, but I will laugh at any comparison of it to EJ/Sami.

    sam replied

    patina is beautiful

    rockfordfosgate replied

    Sam, whatever superficial beauty patina has does not hide the fact that patina is really corrosion.

    judith replied

    patina is really beautiful..mouahaha

  37. Jack Spratt says:

    Obviously the reason WILL won;t be recast is so that Chandler can come back if his career flops “in the big pond” I think this is fair, considering Chandler basically resuurected DOOL form the dead. My prediction is that Chandler will be coming back periodically. The question is, what will be done with Arianna Grace, whether Sonny will be given a new love interest. He will not be given the boot, obviously, because fans would be devastated by losing BOTH boys and would turn their back on the show. I certainly would.

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    juju replied

    I like Will and Chandler’s portray of the character but ONE actor and character doesn’t ressurect a daytime soap which happen to be an ensemble show. Stories and good interactions, characterisations do.

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    juju replied

    resurrected sorry.

    Jack Spratt replied

    Yes, I misspoke but only slightly. Chandler *and Freddie* together resurrected the show as pureyors of the writers’ brilliant gay storyline… Like the mirror, the Emmys do not lie. Thirty-dd barren years and suddenly Best Soap Emmy just when Wilson drama reached a fever pitch and Chandler won an Emmy? The “DOOL Renaissance” we enjoy now began with WilSon and the enormous public response led the writers to begin taking risks (as per statement in interview) with other storylines as well, a ricochet effecr from the success of WilSon. DOOL stories, characterizations, interactions simply were not energetic enough to be award-winning BW (Before WilSoN) but emerged AW (after WilSon). Abs. no coincidence, and let the Emmy Record (!) show it. And the sine qua non of WilSOn is Chandler, and he likely will not be replaced for that very reason.

    judith replied

    I love Will and Wilson but daytime emmys means nothing..you should see some of their ‘winners’ lmaoooooooo

  38. Barb says:

    EVERYBODY did NOT want Sami & EJ together, and still don’t. To put a woman together with the man (and his family) who did so much evil to her and her family is outrageous.
    And drugging and raping a priest is not “with it”. It is disgusting, as is Sami & EJ together. If you, Mr. Fairman & Mr. Corday, were not so biased and took your blinders off, you would note all those who have stopped watching, or fast forward thru those scenes.
    That said, I think Eileen Davidson has been outstanding in her portrayal of the vengeful Kristen. Freddy Smith Is fantastic as the other half of the Will/Sonny pair and their story has been terrific. Slowly told, and still going on.
    Days is fortunate to have such a wonderful, hard working, talented cast, who love their characters, their work, and it shows. Despite all the hardships they endure because of the extremely low budget, the too fast shooting schedule, they all shine, despite the raindrops/storms here and there.
    Days was way overdue for the Emmy, and it is great to know that Ari Zucker’s work was a big part of it, as well as a great portion of the cast when the explosions in the tunnels triggered the destruction in that hotel.
    Congratulations to everyone at Days of Our Lives.

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    Michael Fairman replied

    Hi Barb:
    Thank you for your opinions and comments. I want to say here to you and to those about the “Everybody” use of word on the EJami question, that in the past, whether I change it to “Majority”, “many”, “some”, the same response comes in of fans who are disgruntled with the duo.. It’s too bad that the use of the word “everybody” in one question, is what readers are focusing on instead of all the other statement from Ken in the article which I think are very interesting about all the other actors and characters and DAYS fantastic Emmy win.
    Thank you again for your comment!
    Best always
    Michael

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    Barb replied

    Mr. Fairman…Thank you for the reply. Perhaps you could use a phrase something like “Fans of Sami & EJ” instead of “Everybody”. It would definitely clarify about whom you are talking and just who might have wanted them together. And, while the phrase “golden couple” gets thrown around, as someone else noted elsewhere, it is more “fool’s gold”, or perhaps tarnished brass, not real gold. (my opinion)
    Yes, I read all Mr. Corday had to say, I have also read his book. I don’t think he said anything new about Casey D. or Chandler Massey, that has not already been public knowledge, but the interview was mostly about Days’ Emmy, so perhaps that is the reason nothing was asked about Drake H. or Bryan D. Or why Bo’s absence has not been really addressed. I found it interesting how NBC suits have to be in on story/cast decisions. Perhaps you will be able to schedule another interview with Mr. Corday, or even Greg Meng, Gary Tomlin, Chris Whitesell. Then perhaps other pertinent questions might be answered.

    Lois Yandt replied

    Michael, All of the comments that Ken stated in the interview, offended so many people that it is hard to find anything positive in the interview. “Having Kristen bed and drug Eric the priest was a brilliant move, too!” is a direct quote from you, many people find this disgusting to a whole new level, not “the controversy with Kristen having sex, or “raping”, a priest! ” That you claim it to be This kind of story telling is way over the top and to dark for even this day in age. Some people loved the days of old which focused on trust, truth, family, mystery, adventure, lovers with beautiful histories and love stories. What is being show today is appalling, depressing, smut and hate filled story lines!

    juju replied

    well said Michael.
    ‘Many’ not ‘everybody’ Barb like for many other popular couples.

    rockfordfosgate replied

    Hmmm…seems like someone didn’t read past the first two sentences of Barb’s comment. She didn’t focus only on the word “everybody” and she addressed several of the comments Ken Corday made. Yet the reply to her comment only focused on the discuss of that word “everybody” and ignored everything else she said. I smell hypocrisy.

    Lisa Greenway replied

    Thanks Michael!!Loved the interview and I am in the key demo that wants and loves EJAMI..Congrats to Days on their EMMY!

    Karen replied

    Rock, if you don’t like his comment and think he’s a hypocrite, leave his site! I enjoy debating with you… Actually not really debating, more baiting, but come on now and get off your high horse. “Everyone” or “Majority” or “Many” negative comments here are in reaction to the fact he used “Everybody” in reference to people wanting EJami. Barb (By the way Barb, long time no see. You haven’t been trolling Facebook like usual) started out her statement in big capital letters focusing on his everybody comment and he chose to address that part of her comment. It’s his site and he’s allowed that courtesy, you don’t like it, then like I said leave. Like Michael said…. “It’s too bad that the use of the word “everybody” in one question, is what readers are focusing on instead of all the other statement from Ken in the article which I think are very interesting about all the other actors and characters and DAYS fantastic Emmy win.”

    And that statement from him is completely true and far from hypocritical. Seriously, how about you guys send Kenny an email about the poor state of Days and how EJami is the anti-Christ pairing since he actually has some form of input.

    rockfordfosgate replied

    Commenting on Barb’s supposed focus on the ‘everybody’ and ignoring the fact she did praise the show and some of the actors for the Emmy win and pointed out POSITIVES as well is completely hypocritical. He could have saved his response for someone who “hit and run” with one or two sentences about not being included in the “everybody” and it wouldn’t have been hypocritical as those type of comments ARE solely focused on the ‘everybody’ comment. He chose to put his response on Barb’s comment, thus singling her out and criticizing her for not looking at the entirety of the interview (when in fact she did), and he’s doing the exact same to her comment. That IS hypocritical.

    If this is the only place Ken Corday interviewed, then I have every right to come here and read the interview, no matter what I think of the interviewer.

    Kay replied

    I agree Barb. Thanks for saying this.

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  39. Sandy says:

    Congrats to DOOL for winning best outstanding daytime drama as it is quite a feat in upending The Young and the Restless. I agree that producing current events in current story lines will keep pushing- the -envelope and will bring forward new viewers.
    I would like to see Bo return, waiting for Chrishell Stause to appear, love the performances by Eileen Davidson and Nicole but am sadden to see Chandler Massey go (these are just some of my thoughts). MF- keep reports coming.

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  40. Lola says:

    I agree I like JJ. Yes, the only time Dannifer is interesting is when someone is trying to break them up. However, so far they have used Jack,Nicole and her baby, Chloe and now JJ to throw under the bus to prop Dannifer up because there is no chemistry on screen between the two actors. We are told by them they are in love, so perfect but this viewer isnt buying it. They have also ruined Maggies character by having her become a meddling egg mom. Personally I find the fact the two are first non blood cousins reasons enough they shouldnt date.

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  41. bobkr says:

    I would like to see them work something out with Chandler like they did with Alison, where he could work on days and go to school too. That would be a win win for all Days, Chandler, and incuduing us the viewers.

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    juju replied

    The situation is different, school can be almost a full time job Ali other tv work is on tv and the same network therefore it is easier to manage her schedules. Moreover i am not sure Chandler all in all wants to stay on Days unlike Alison who always said she wants to stay and makes an effort to do it. Me think Chandler wants also to try other type of projects, medium, experiences and maybe success (acting is a hard business maybe one day he will come back but i am not sure).

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    Ann replied

    I don’t think Chandler wants to stay. Most young actors want to put in their time on a soap then move on to (hopefully) bigger and better careers. Like Shelley Henning, Molly Burnett and Casey Deidrick, for example. Also, their agents want them to move on too.

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    juju replied

    yep

  42. Mellie says:

    Great interview Michael. Thanks for asking the right questions. So glad that KC recognises the importance of James and Allison and EJAMI to the show. Looking forward to EJAMI angst and them coming out of it a stronger couple.

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  43. Mel says:

    “Let’s talk about James Scott and Alison Sweeney. Everyone wanted this couple, EJami, together on-screen romantically.” …..uh no Mr. Fairman not EVERYONE wanted this couple.

    And there is no romance on the show anymore – just sex.

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    marion replied

    They are ‘more than sex’ they have had many many struggles other than ‘sex’, actually they did not have sex except once or two in 7 freaking years ! That being said no NOT everybody wanted/want them together like it is the case for ANY, every couples. Many wanted/want them.

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    Mel replied

    marion my comment on no romance – just sex was directed at all of the couples on the show – not just Samantha and Elvis.

    Sonny and Will show more romantic gestures than any other couple on the show – it’s my honest opinion.

    And I will say – I’m happy for the fans of Elvis and Samantha – you got your couple together finally – that’s great!

    rockfordfosgate replied

    I think Mel meant no romance, just sex in a general sense. There is no real romantic build-up to the relationships that are supposed to be “love stories”. With the exception of Will/Sonny, the relationships all seem to be “let’s jump into bed and sort the rest out later”. There is no romantic set-ups, no candlelight (we haven’t seen that since Rafe/Sami actually), and it’s all groping and quick sex.

    Not everything is about EJ/Sami.

    juju replied

    Ej and Sami just had a candelight diner last week…

    rockfordfosgate replied

    I was referring to the bedroom scenes specifically in regards to the candlelight. Gone is the romanticism and elaborate set-ups both in setting and in the “foreplay” before the sex scenes.

    Karen replied

    Sorry rock, but you’re wrong about Rafe and Sami being the last to get romantic set ups with candle light and romantic love making. Dan and Jenn got it, and EJami has gotten candle light settings 3 times already this year, as well as a romantic love making scene with rose petals, slow love making, and Days usually corny music they use to dignify that a duo is true love and meant to be. They even had a sweet and romantic exchange before he carried her up the stair bridal style for their love making :-) But I understand you missing those scenes when you fast forward all things EJami or if you’re just not watching the show after decades of being a “loyal” viewer ;-) I’d also like to note, that even super couples lacked moments of candlelight set up before making love. It never took away from the scenes being romantic or the viewers belief that the couple lacked love. Now you’re just nitpicking LOL

    rockfordfosgate replied

    I will say I saw many EJ/Sami fans unhappy with the poor lighting of the first time EJ and Sami had sex. Although I think the complaint was based on not seeing enough of James Scott’s body. Lol! And yes fighting leading straight to sex is oh so romantic…sarcasm. I do watch, I tend to be behind anywhere from 2 to 4 episodes., catching up on long weekends such as this one.

    Karen replied

    They had one moment of candlelight dinner and fighting that led to passionate sex. I’m referencing an actual love scene that you claim doesn’t happen of them saying romantic things to each other and carrying her upstairs bridal style where they Made Love with montage , corny love music, and rose petals. Like I said, you’re nitpicking. Also poor lighting has nothing to do with context of a scene unless someone makes a point to be shown turning off a light for whatever reason. I personally loved the cinamitography of those love scenes to each his own. Fans of other couples who fight with the event leading to sex thought those scenes were romantic. I did when John and Marlena and Jen and Jack use to do it ;-) As long as there’s love and feelings involved, the atmosphere of the scene becomes romantic.

    Oh well, I’m a little posted out now, so on that note… EJami is fantastic together, and I Loventhe chemistry between Ali and James :-)

    Leslie replied

    Actually, I think the build up to Sami and EJ finally hitting the sheets was relatively lengthy. Hey, they’re not married yet.

    Trying to compare Sami and EJ to Sami and Rafe is extremely difficult, because the difference in the creative teams’ visions tend to muck things up. For that reason, it’s a waste of time debating whether Ejami have been under each other’s skin from day one or whether Safe feel in love in the safehouse. Viewers will have arguments for both scenarios, but what’s the point? Tomorrow it might be different.

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  44. Kathy says:

    I’m not a fan of Ej and Sami and stopped watching because of them.

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    Cheri replied

    I also stopped watching when they paired a rapist (and a thief, murderer, rapist by proxy to name just a few of his crimes) with his victim and because of the minimal acting abilities of this couple who has been front and center for WAY too long. Now I hear that a priest has been raped and is considered some kind of cutting edge story. Glad I stopped watching previously so I didn’t have to see this sacrilege. This whole interview was just nauseating in its bias and its focus on the worst aspects of this pitiful excuse for a soap opera.

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    jodi replied

    There has been far more outrageous pairings and storylines all over the years on every soaps including Days. You don’t want to watch anymore, your choice, your prerogative but a rapist with his ‘victim’ (it was not rape to me in this case but i will not engage in this tiring debate it is my pov and opinion) is not new to soaps storytelling and the Kristen story is not more outrageous than other stories written on this show, on other soaps or even for the Kristen character (she put Brady at the hospital, tried to ruin his relationship with his father, tried to kill Marlena, kidnapped Marlena, deceived John with a fake baby, gave him drugs already to have sex when they were together and she was supposed to be pregnant, did help Peter to frame Jack for his murder, tried and somewhat succeed to make Laura crazy ect…).

    Lisa Greenway replied

    Ratings and Demos are up..and not just because of EJAMI other things too.Wilson,Bristen,Kristen,Ericole,Bricole.I dont get posting about things you dont watch anymore,but whateves

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  45. JorgeAnn says:

    Ken Corday promised that we would get EJami LSB, but all we get is an overdose of Dannifer and JJ. Why doesn’t EJami have more airtime.? EJami is supposed to be in a love story, I don’t want to see them constantly fighting and keeping secrets from one another. This seems like the same old EJami merry-go-round. I would also like Rafe to be permanently removed out of their orbit. Sami should be way over him and EJ should n’t be seeing him as a threat to his family.

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    marion replied

    Yep the Ej keep secrets and Sami is crushed and leave/dump him when she discover is GETTING SERIOUSLY OLD. We want schemes and adventures for them.

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    JorgeAnn replied

    ITA

    rockfordfosgate replied

    Rafe’s in a coma and Sami’s done nothing but hug and kiss all over EJ. How much farther removed does Rafe have to be?

    But I do agree that EJ/Sami aren’t being given a real storyline. I don’t like them or feel they are a “love story”, but I have felt they way the were paired after Gabi’s wedding disaster and subsequent lack of independent storyline would be upsetting to a lot of EJ/Sami fans. This is what Corday considers “lock, stock, and barrel”? That’s just plain sad.

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    Shan replied

    A love story? Falling in love with your rapist and abuser is hardly potential for a love story. EJ views Rafe as a threat because he knows that he was Sami’s second choice, because things with Rafe went sour over Gabi and Will. That’s never going to change. EJ is insecure, and rightfully so.

    I love EJ, and I love Sami. I just despise them together, given their history. I feel it’s disrespectful to so many women who are victims of abuse.

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    Anna replied

    I love Ej and i love Sami and i love them together, everybody has different taste. No big deal.

    JorgeAnn replied

    The rapist defense has gotten old. It is a new era and The showed has moved from it.

    Shan replied

    It’s not defense if it’s the truth. And it is the truth. So now we’re saying this is something all women should just move on from, act like it never happened? If this was your mother, sister, daughter who had been raped, then made to believe her daughter was kidnapped and then dead with her bloody clothes sent to her, had her husband replaced with a sick clone- only to find out a couple years later they were engaged to marry the same person who did these terrible things without showing remorse for any of it- is this what you’d say? It’s a new era, we’ve moved on from it?

    sarah replied

    He did show remorse for months and she got her revenge by shooting him !

    Sophie replied

    I believe we had 3 rounds of E.J. and Nicole. He wasn’t abusive towards her? And don’t get me started on the travesty that was LUMI. Or SAFE.

    And how many times were Sami and Austin engaged? Sami raped him. How many viewers worried then about what DAYS was portraying?

    rockfordfosgate replied

    There was no remorse. All he wanted in the end of the Sydnapping was to beat Rafe out as being Sami’s “hero” by bringing Sydney back and making Sami think Rafe was incompetent. Sami shot him because the threatened to kidnap both children. That’s not remorse. Oh, and that same night, he also choked Nicole. Getting physically violent with someone is NOT showing remorse for your own actions; that’s just trying to pass the blame for his actions and taking his anger out onto Nicole.

    sarah replied

    He did show remorse multiple times, he even stopped his revenge scheme because he was FULL of remorse and did not want to leave Sami anymore (his first intenetion was to left her). Sami shot as a revenge motivation, Kate told her something she was not sure at all Ej was suicidal and drunk it is not at this time he would kidnap his children. Ej showed guilt and remorse ALL summer about what he did to Sami and did everything he could to make up for it except telling the truth of course (he was too afraid to lose her and the kids..same type of flaw Sami has..). He did show remorse about what he did to Sami NOT Nicole. He did not give a damn about Nicole, he loathed her at this time and wanted, threatened to kill her several times, even once Sami interruption saved Nicole.

    AliciaE replied

    Sami was a rapist and baby kidnapper before EJ was even born on the show. Her eyes lit up like a kid at a candy store when she found out that there was a drug that could “break down his honor” [Austin's]. If she wants to forgive EJ for being the male version of herself, I think it’s totally understandable. Soapland is crazy and the characters of EJ and Sami are especially so. Both have gone off the deep end at times, yet also have a big heart. EJ has jumped in front of a bullet for Sami without hesitation. Sami refused to fight with EJ at Grace’s grave when they grieved together and held hands. It’s been a long, winding road to Ejami – well worth the wait. Sami has wrestled with her feelings for EJ for many years. Seeing her own them is worth a million dollars. Carries ex-boyfriend can go suck on a sandwich.

  46. AliciaE says:

    “James and Alison are vastly important to this show.” I agree with Ken on this! I adore both of their characters in their own right, but I’ll definitely be rooting for my daytime dream team, EJ and Samantha, to overcome whatever bumps come their way.

    Will miss Chandler when he goes. At least we’ll still see him on our screens for a good while. Looking forward to meeting the new characters. Congrats to Days for a well deserved Emmy win!

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  47. Sheree says:

    First off so happy that DOOL received Emmy wins this year and the demos have improved, I’m sad to hear few actors not staying on though. I wish the show all the best.

    The first reason I ever watched this soap is because I felt inspired by the characters of Sami and EJ these two just bring so much onscreen and I love seeing that the show is finally writing them romantically, there is so much story line potential that is yet to be told here. I don’t buy villains being not nice though maybe several decades ago, but as the world evolves so does our perception. Writing villians gray is the modern trend, they have good and bad sides, nothing is black or white there should be grey areas because that’s makes the story compelling in my opinion. I see both EJ and Sami grey characters both have grey flaws that go against the white grain this is how the show should continue writing for them. I see great potential as modern DiMera family.

    The Kirsten story is in my opinion bad taste, I don’t see it current just gross in context.

    I love Wilson and I think Sonny is a great character to kiriakis family.

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  48. Lee says:

    I haven’t watched the show in months and it’s due to the Sami/Ej pairing, so no not all fans wanted Ejami.

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    Lisa Greenway replied

    Well apparently others feel differently.Days has reached 3rd place in KEY demos.And ratings are up 14% over this time last year.

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    Kathy replied

    Well if ratings are up it has nothing to do with junior/Sami…There engagement brought in a whopping 1.7 and the last rating period was heavy with junior/Sami on Thursday and Friday and those days were 1.8 and 1.7 “SOME” viewers could give a rip what junior/Sami do!

    Michelle replied

    Ken Corday did say they are happy ratings are UP, not down as some people like to claim. And I think the NBC execs & Corday Productions would know what the ratings are better than anyone.

    Kay replied

    Ratings went up in May sweeps, the baby storyline and there was lots of drama. Please don’t attribute a rise in ratings to Ej /Sami because when they first hooked up ratings were falling

    Lisa Greenway replied

    Umm,get ur facts straight.The day of the EJAMI engagement we had the Boston Bombings.Days didnt even air on the West coast that day.Regardless ratings are up and not down as some said would happen the minute EJAMI became a pairing.Is the surge due to EJAMI??No,,but they are part of it.If you hate EJAMI as much as you claim,you sure spend alot of time giving us buzz!!Thank you!

    Lois Yandt replied

    3rd out of 4 hey that ain’t bad Liz, but they are way behind B&B and Y&R but of course that would not matter to you. Rating up 14% compared to last year, we will see how long that last!

    Lisa Greenway replied

    My name is Lisa..and its up and the show is better.Thats all that matters to me.I LOVE days and I want ALL the soaps to do well.

    stargazer1682 replied

    The ratings did not surge the second EJami got together, they plateaued and fluctuated, typically seeing higher total viewers on days they weren’t featured together.

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    liv replied

    good storytelling make ratings and well set-up climax not simple pairings of characters.

    Leigh replied

    I totally agree with that Liv. The ratings go up with good storytelling.

    MollyMay replied

    Well actually if you go back and look the one constant during ratings spikes was the lack of Rafe on our screen….just sayin.

    Leigh replied

    Lol, Molly! Well I know that I always enjoy the show a lot more when Rafe is out of town or in a coma.

  49. Regina says:

    I’m actually disappointed in this interview.

    Michael, you chose to make such a sweeping statement that ‘everyone wanted Ejami’….as a journalist, and someone that has been around for a long time, you of all people know that is completely not true. You should have said something like, “some fans truly wanted to see Ejami in a romantic story. That would have been more appropriate. I know of many that don’t want Ejami, have never wanted Ejami and will never want Ejami. Some have even stopped watching the show because of the pairing and how the show has chosen to so easily whitewash both of their crimes toward each other in an effort to push the pairing. In the end, I don’t want Ejami, I never have but I’m glad that he compared them to Kay and Michael in the Godfather….not a good comparison I think if I were a fan of the coupling…but I’m not, so I’m fine with the comparison.

    I would have wanted you to ask a few ‘tough’ questions though, like what is happening with Drake H? or why was Bryan D bumped to recurring? Both are popular characters played by popular actors, that were brought back to the show after many fans clamored for their return. Why is GG not on screen now, etc…..the Emmy stuff was a welcome read and I’m saddened about Chandler….why didn’t you ask him why he thought that not recasting such a prominent and important character as Will is would be good for the future of this show? Those are the questions to ask…..opportunities to get answers out of Ken Corday were missed, IMHO.

    Extremely disappointed in this interview

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    thetruth replied

    Lucas stan alert ! ha.

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    Regina replied

    And? So what? i love the character of Lucas… I loveEricole, i love Brady. Why does that matter? you have a problem with that? It’s on you.

  50. vickie says:

    great interview–and right on –everybody wants ejami–only reason most people watch

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    Lois Yandt replied

    Respectfully Vickie, you are so wrong, many people have different reason for watching than ejami, I have never liked Sami or Ej and I have faithfully watched all of Sami HYSTERIA since 1993. All be it that was not the reason I was watching because I have not like Ali Sweeney or the character of Sami Brady since her arrival In 1991 when she was basically a sweet little girl with “Roman” I loved the character of Sami Brady then. My point everyone loves Ejami is an out an out lie there are many Ejami haters out there. Ejami together or apart is just awful!

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    rockfordfosgate replied

    Many people watch a show faithfully for many years because it is an ENSEMBLE cast, or at least that’s what soap operas should be. I know many people who have watched their “stories” (as my grandmother calls them) for many years, through many cast changes because the love the SHOW, not just ONE actor/actress or ONE pairing. I personally have watched Days for over 20 years, long before EJ/Sami. I started watching just before Alison Sweeney started on the show, actually.

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    Wendy replied

    Vickie,

    No not “everybody” wants EJami.

    Just say I want EJami and many people I know want EJami it’s the reason the people I know watch.

    That way no one will feel the need to correct you.

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  51. Leigh says:

    I hope they keep Sonny on the show & recast Will if Chandler is not coming back. I think the WilSon love story is important and shouldn’t disappear just because Chandler has decided to move on.

    I love all the DiMeras, even the ultimate villain Stefano. They are the most entertaining family on the show to me. I agree that James Scott & Alison Sweeney are extremely important to the show. I don’t want the writers to have EJ become a Stefano2 though. EJ has evolved & should be written as a gray character. He does have a heart, loves Sami, his children, his siblings. No more cartoon villain EJ (like during the Rafe2 storyline-that was awful!). And Sami should definitely be written as her true gray self. No return to PodSami please!! And Eileen Davidson is fabulous as Kristen. No matter what bad thing she is doing, she is very compelling to watch.

    I have enjoyed how the writers have started including a lot of the veterans in the storylines like Justin & Adrienne (love them!), Victor, Marlena, Abe, Maggie, Caroline etc. I wish they’d either bring back Bo, or address his absence. This is ridiculous. If Peter Reckell is not returning, they need to write that in to the storyline so that Hope can move on and have a good story. Maybe Bo could go missing and Hope could move on with someone and then Bo returns later. I think Hope has good chemistry with Vargas. That would be an interesting story if she had a friendship with him, that turned into something more later. Kristian Alfonso deserves to be able to play something more than just police detective & mother to Ciara. Love Ciara though- she’s the next antiBrady like Sami!

    I think that John will return to show at some point. Maybe they are having him leave for a while so Marlena can fight Kristen and maybe reconnect with Roman (something I don’t want to see). But I have to believe they will bring John back and write them a new storyline of forgiveness and reuniting.

    I also think the story of Eric/Nicole/Brady is starting to get really good and I enjoy all 3 of those actors. Ari Zucker is really a great actress.

    As for Dannifer, not a fan. Sorry Ken Corday. But maybe there are some fans of them out there that are enjoying them. So if there are, I will just suffer through. I wish they would bring back Jack and write him correctly like they did back in the 90′s. The writing for Jack/Jennifer has been terrible the last couple of times he was on show. But Jack/Jennifer were my faves back in the day when they were sleuthing around together.

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  52. Joanne says:

    he said everyone wanted EJ and Sami @@
    I want Lucas and Sami to be a Horton Family w kids.

    EJ and Nicole work best together. JMO

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    zoe replied

    Ej and Nicole : worst pairing ever..gross.
    Sami and Lucas work best as co-parent, frenemies. JMO.

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    Kay replied

    I thought Ej and Nicole were very sexy. I also liked that Nicole wasn’t jumping in bed with other guys while she was with EJ.

    Lisa Greenway replied

    Nothing says sexy,like a man throwing glasses at your head,choking you.Threatening you,and slapping a tracking bracelet on you.Oh and lets not forget he ONLY married her cause she was pregnant the first time.The second time it was to get his kids,where he then began an affair with Nicoles sister,right under her nose…yea sexy.Oh and She boinked Brady while married to EJ

    Wendy replied

    Unless you count times when they have been separated Nicole has never had sex with Brady whilst married to EJ.

    judith replied

    And he is responsible of the murder of her dear mother..

    Lisa Greenway replied

    EJ was abusive to Nicole.I cannot fathom anyone wanting to see that.She wasnt even 2nd choice either..she was third.
    Lucas and Sami have a brother-sister vibe.NO chemistry at all

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    rockfordfosgate replied

    Well, I see I agree a bit with Lisa, not about EJ/Sami, but about EJ/Nicole. He was abusive to her long before she faked the pregnancy. I do think she was the best match for EJ in terms of being okay with his Dimera/darker side, but their pairing was ruined by his treatment of her.

    I love the banter with Lucas/Sami, always have. It’s sad I was a Lucas/Sami fan for so long, but I can’t picture them together romantically now. I like the friendship they have though.

    Lisa Greenway replied

    Agreed.He was terrible to her.And even as a EJ fan I can admit that.Ilike Lumi as co-parents

    stargazer1682 replied

    And all the stuff EJ and Sami have done to each other ISN’T abusive?

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    lili replied

    Not more than Ej and Nicole. And at least Ej did also lot’s of things for Sami, not so much for Nicole..

    Shan replied

    Personally, I think EJ needs to start fresh as far as women are concerned. No Sami, no Nicole. He needs to find an equal, kinda like Kate was to Stefano.

    stargazer1682 replied

    You have to be kidding. One shot the other in the head! EJ tried to murder multiple members of her family. He casually sat behind the wheel of a car, of his own volition, with the intent to run over Sami’s sister; all in a vein attempt to coerce Sami to marry him. He thought if he killed Lucas, she would just swoon into his arms. That’s the kind of thinking that lead John Hinckley junior to shoot Reagan, because he thought it would impress Jodie Foster.

    Lisa Greenway replied

    Sure.But we arent talking bout them here.But since u bring it there is a vast diference in how EJ treats Sami and How he treated NicolePeriod .Sami doesnt talk guff.Nicole crumpled and bawled

    stargazer1682 replied

    No, Sami bawled when she thought her daughter was dead – emotional and psychological abuse inflicted by EJ; the threat of further torment by this man being the trigger for a temporary break from reason, that lead to her SHOOTING HIM IN THE HEAD.

    judith replied

    ‘kidding’ what ? It is a fact that Ej had an abusive relationship with Nicole and while with Sami it was not always healthy either (to say the least) he also did lot’s of positive, nice and loving things for her whereas for Nicole..NADA..only the using and abusive part !

    Carrie replied

    I couldn’t agree more Joanne. I do believe Ej did in fact love Nicole.

    @Lisa Seriously everyone is allowed to have a different point a view. Harassing everyone who doesn’t love Ejami is kind of obnoxious. And last time I checked we didn’t live in a communist country. Everyone is entitled to see things the way they want without being harassed or told their wrong.

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    Lisa Greenway replied

    lol..Im not harassing anyone,,but untruths will be adressed.Last time I checked we had free speech too

    JamesFan replied

    I think it’s interesting that it was just recently confirmed that all of Ejole’s connections had to be cut off because of NBC’s lack of faith in Ejami. If they were so golden they’d be able to stand on their own without being given an unfair advantage. The fact that NBC is scared to allow Ejole share a connection is very telling. Looks like the golden couple isn’t so golden after all.

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    sarah replied

    lmao for months and months (almost a year actually) Ej and Sami did not have ANY interactions even when they were supposed to be in the same storyline and shared children (unlike Nicole and Ej right now) whereas Ej was with Nicole so i guess it meant NBC’s lack of faith in Ej/Nicole. The fact that NBC was scared to allow Ejami to share a connection is very telling right ? Looks like Ej with Nicole was the opposite of golden.

    JamesFan replied

    NBC allowed ejami to share a connection from the get go. They’re allowed to share kids. Also that SL you bring up had a lot to do with them writing Alison’s real life pregnancy. And since Sami was hiding the baby from Ej it’d make sense for Ej and Sami not to share a lot of scenes till Sami had the baby. That’s two completely different scenerios considering Ejami were having a kid together and still allowed to talk about each other wereas Ejole have to act like strangers. And the SL did eventually become all about Ejami. The point is Days never felt the need to cut off Ejami’s connections kill off their kids to go with Ejole. Write me back when Ejami’s connection have been completely cut off and they’ve reduced them to two scenes a year and their history completely erased while going full fledged with Ejole. Somehow I doubt that’ll happen. Because Ejole can stand on their own two feet without being propped to death or given an unfair advantage.

    And for the record the confirmation of Ejole’s ties being cut because of Ejami came from Ari at a fan event.

    sarah replied

    Nope Ej and Sami were separated for far more stories than the story about Alison Sweeney’s real life pregnancy, they almost did not share any scenes during all the Nicole/Taylor and Rafe2 story (awful story) they did not share any scenes during the boring Mayor storyline where it was non stop Ej and Nicole tickle me in a bed (zzzzzzzzzz) except for the grief sex scene and then again no scenes at all until the reveal fallout and then very few scenes and finally they did share when Sami tried to help him with the Stefano’s murder story and him supporting her about Will’s coming out. Therefore it took months and months for them to share screentime whereas Ej and Nicole shared scenes as a couple non stop. And even when Ej and Nicole should not interact ever they still throw Nicole in the mix with the Sydney’s video at christmas (ridiculous) and Nicole assaulting Ej at New year night in order to keep him from Sami.

    sarah replied

    Moreover Sami and Ej are not propped at all : all the other characters give them a hard time, snark and bitch (like some fans..lol) about their reunion and Sami and Ej shared a child far before Nicole even entered in the picture.

    JamesFan replied

    My entire point is ejami have had constant SLs that involved each other for years despite whether or not they interacted a lot. Even when Safe were together Ej was almost always apart of their SL like Sami was almost always apart of Ejole’s SL. I know that you haven’t always gotten the writing you’ve wanted but Ejami’s SL has constantly intertwined someway even with Ejaylor with the Rafe 2 rape. Point is Ari specifically said that Ejole weren’t allowed to be in the same SL because of Ej and Sami. That to me sounds like NBC believes Ejole would outshine Ejami. And if we are going to compare Ejami’s interactions thru the years versus Ejoles there’s a huge contrast. Ejole haven’t been apart of the same SL for like a year with minimal interactions and very few references to their relationship. Ejami’s SLs have constantly been intertwined either thru their kids or relationships. Their SLs have almost always involved each other, regardless of the fact that they weren’t paired together till recently.

    And it bugs me Sami can interact with all her men but Ej is strictly forbidden. As an Ej fan that pisses me off. And all it does is prove to me that Ejami can only have a relationship as long as Ej continues to not be in the same SL as Nicole. But it’s ok at the end of the day I can deal because at least I know the show destroyed Ejole because they thought they were great together and would pose a threat to Ejami.

    We will just agree to disagree and call it a day. :)

    sarah replied

    Indeed we can REALLY agree to disagree.

    Ej and Sami spend months and months apart in different storylines all over the years (far more than Nicole and Ej when they always did insert Nicole where it was not needed like the contrived way that she got miraculously the Arianna’s video about Sami’s confession or lucky for her she eavesdropped Ej talking about the Sydnapping ect) even when in the stories it would have make sense to see them interact, given they shared children and Ej’s actions were about Sami’s but for months and months there was ANY interaction but Nicole was always in the picture with Ej..Just that can tell the same speculation that you just did about Ej and Nicole being a threat to Ej and Sami..in this case Ej and Sami was a BIG threat to Ej and Nicole for years.
    As for Ej and Nicole really not interacting..euh like i said they did interact in january when Nicole did impose herself (as usual) and tried to keep Ej from Sami. I can also add Ej and Nicole have nothing in commun, not a storyline in commun..he could have had a big revenge scheme against her and Daniel after what she did and called it a day but he did spare her. Nicole being in a story with Eric and Brady doesn’t have anything with Ej so why should he be there ? And yet i am sure they will interact again.
    And you can make any assumption about Ej and Nicole being so great and would pose a threat to Ej and Sami if that make you feel better, it will not mean it is the truth but good for you.

    sarah replied

    Ah and the Mayor story had nothing to do with Sami who have had one herself (like right now Nicole has her story and Ej has his one) and Ej and Sami did not interact at all for months..despite them sharing children.

    sarah replied

    and a ‘Ej fan’ : LOL

    JamesFan replied

    Umm I’m not an Ej fan? Why because I don’t like Ejami and have no issue bringing up his faults, instead of whitewashing them?

    You know I don’t appreciate getting mocked or put down because I dare have a different opinion other than ejami is amazing. Not everyone loves them, and it’s frustrating getting harassed because I have a different opinion. And I stand by my claims with Ejole. But it doesn’t make me anymore wrong or more right that you. I’m just stating how I feel and what I believe is going on just like you think Ejami is amazing. But whatever it’s obvious I’m always going to be told I’m inferior for not loving Ejami.

    Wendy replied

    Sarah, No one can argue about chemistry we see what we see but

    “they did not share any scenes during the boring Mayor storyline where it was non stop Ej and Nicole tickle me in a bed (zzzzzzzzzz) except for the grief sex scene and then again no scenes at all until the reveal ”

    is just factually incorrect. Lets say the Mayor’s storyline started in October when EJ decided to become Mayor.
    Party at Horton Town Square where EJ announces his candidacy scene with Sami where she tells him to give up no one will vote for him.
    Halloween do – again scenes with Sami and the children.
    November – all the scenes with Sami worrying about Johnny including a hug.
    Grief sex
    Post griefsex talk at the DImera mansion
    Brief interaction explaining why he’s not coming to Rafe and Sami’s wedding with them and the kids.
    Will working with EJ confrontation
    Sydney’s Birthday Party confrontation.

    I could go back and count up the actual episodes but over a 5 month period that’s a fair amount of interaction.

    I think you will find similar when you go back to the other periods of time.

    EJ and Nicole last had a scene together on the 19th February for 2 minutes. With their scene supposedly airing in the week of 15th July that will be just under 5 months of no interaction.

    sarah replied

    Wendy these interactions were very few and far between and it was above all Ej’s interaction with his children or Will or with lot’s of people in the scenes and Sami in the background so like i said very few interactions between them. And the mayor story is not the only time where they did not interact much.
    and ‘JamesFan’ i am not ‘harassing’ you..seriously strong word for only respond to your posts on an internet board..i don’t take (i speak for myself) all of this so seriously..i will huff and puff over a fictional tv show and its characters..get real. I just stand by what i know and feel. Simple.

    julia replied

    If you there JamesFan Brady and Nicole suddenly stopped interacting when Nicole decided to marry again Ej (although he only did it in order to get back at Sami..nice) and for months there was no interaction between them while Nicole was all over Ej and her family (children of her enemy Sami). It is only when Nicole discovered that Ej cheated on her with her little sister than suddenly Brady was again in her orbit and they did not interact at all again when Brady was with Madison and Nicole with Ej..So if i get your logic it certainly means that Bricole was so much a threat to Ej and Nicole that NBC decided to phase Brady out of Nicole’s orbit..
    lol actually it always happens on soaps : when a couple is showcased other couples/pairings involving characters from the said couple are phased out or backburned. And when Ej and Sami or Nicole and Brady were phased out they could have interact since they were supposed to be in the same story (Brady did interact with Taylor after all while she was having her romance with Ej who was married to Nicole), at least time Ej and Nicole are not in the same story therefore no reason to be in each others’ orbit which make their lack of interaction making sense.

    Wendy replied

    If the EJ Nicole interactions were occurring once every two weeks ie 11 interactions over 5 months = approx 1 per 2 weeks I don’t think people would be suggesting there was a noticeable lack of contact. 1 per 2 weeks vs 1 per 20 weeks is a big difference. So to say these interactions were few and far between is incorrect. Also about half of these interactions were Sami and EJ on their own so I don’t see how you can say Sami was in the background. The biggest gap between their scenes together was the 23rd December to the 13th of January so 3-4 weeks not 20 weeks.
    Note: I forgot to add to the original list Sami and EJ talking to each other on their own in Horton town square on 1st December.

    Wendy replied

    Regarding the Baby Switch storyline when Alison Sweeney was pregnant.
    EJ talks to Sami on the phone telling her he’s moving on – December 10 2008
    Sami comes home from witness protection to the Dimera Mansion February 25th 2009.

    Again less than 5 months.

    And then it is EJ – Sami scenes all over the place.

    Wendy replied

    Regarding the Fake Rafe storyline. There were Sami and EJ scenes.
    February 4
    February 22
    April 4
    April 13
    May 12
    May 27
    June 28
    July 8
    July 15.

    If you are going to make claims that EJ and Sami have spent months apart not interacting I’m going to need more direction as to when this time was.

  53. anne says:

    TIIC write for their favorites and pay attention to butt kissing feed back on their FB/Twitter page.

    look now Bryan Dattilo and Drake Hogestyn and some others have been done just so most of the air time gos to the writers fav: I love Days but its more to this soap them EJ and Sami @@

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  54. paul says:

    Great interview Michael and your right about Ejami they are the couple most of us wanted and loved Ken Corday saying Alison and James are gold ratings gone up since they been together a bit worried about EJ turning dark and breaking Sami’s trust but I am sure she won’t stay angry with him for long loved all the other Ken said as well allround great interview

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    anne replied

    the ratings have moved up alittle,but thats because of Kristen/ED is on the show,

    Ejami/Rapemi

    LUMI is magic

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    Mellie replied

    The ratings are because of the show as a whole, and that includes EJAMI the couple……LUMI aka NON EXISTENT couplings are irrelevant when it comes to how well the show is doing right now.

  55. paul says:

    Oh Sally Ejami fan base is bigger than the Lumi and Safe fan base put together your couple brought the ratings down last year tell what your guy ever done for this show NBC compare all the great ratings Days is getting now to when Ejami had grief sex in Nov 2011 when they got record highs in the women 18 to 49 never seen Lumi make them go that guy they are a bore to watch, Ali and Jamers are the only actors on Days that get fans excited Ken is dead right when he says they are gold.

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    zoe replied

    I will not say that Ali and James are the only actors that get fans excited and only them bring ratings : it is just not true. i love them but be objective paul. Good stories bring ratings but what is also true is that Ej and Sami being together doesn’t lower ratings like so many detractors said for years. If stories are exiting and interesting and Ej and Sami are together ratings will go up and if stories are boring and Ej and Sami are still together ratings will go down..simple as that. Stories do the ratings but Ej and Sami do not affect them negatively in a particular way.

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    stargazer1682 replied

    Actually that’s not strictly true; the months at the end of this winter/early spring, when EJ and Sami got back together, the show did see a decline and plateau in the ratings over several weeks. The days they weren’t on, or at least weren’t on together, generally held better ratings, than the days they were. It’s not expressly correlative; for all anyone knows the days they were together might have been days that were heavy on Daniel too, but it most certainly didn’t help the ratings. Food for thought.

    lili replied

    It is not true; lot’s of days with Ej and Sami (apart AND together) featuring heavily were when ratings were at their best so while i will not say that Ej and Sami bring heavily the viewers, there were other characters and other stories they don’t drive them out either. When ratings dropped for a while Ej and Sami were not so much on screen, it was the story with Chloe actually.
    That being said what really brought ratings was not Ej and Sami or any other couple but the climax of the Nick/Will story with Sami as the major antagonist (with Nick obviously) and the Kristen/John fallout..like i said stories not couples.

    stargazer1682 replied

    That’s absolutely not true; you can follow the daily total viewers from the time period when they resumed a relationship and for weeks afterwards, the days they were no on, or not on together, saw higher ratings than days they were. THAT is a fact. It doesn’t necessarily mean they were specifically the reason for that, but the ratings most certainly were not higher by virtue of them being on screen, together, because they weren’t.

    lili replied

    I followed thank you and i know what i say. There are lot’s of days with Ej and Sami together where the ratings were the highest. And obviously there were days with high ratings (for this soap) were Ej and/or Sami were not on-screen. But like i said Ej and Sami together or not if stories are interesting people will watch and vice versa. Ej and Sami just don’t impact ratings so much (negatively of course for the detractors) like so many times detractors said. That is all.

    anne replied

    so you and their fans are saying rape is what made the ratings go up, what is that really saying about EJ and Sami fans?rape is OK hmmmmm

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    lili replied

    euh…ok first i did not say Ej and Sami were THE reason for ratings and secondly Ej and Sami are popular despite the infamous ‘rape debate’ not because of it obviously.

  56. BO says:

    People are focused on Ejami because they bring buzz and they ignore the rest of the interview just to focus on the word “everybody” shows they cant see days past ejami. Same people complaining about nbc tweeting about ejami but disregard all the other tweets about the show! Ejami is a contraversial pair that makes people talk weather they like it or not! Jus like the charcters ej and sami! Micheal you will never please everyone but Kudos to you sticking your ground and don’t let people make you back down

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    Lisa Greenway replied

    Exactly!!You have people who LOVE EJAMI and you have those who hate them but cannot stop talking about it.TPTB are eating it up with a spoon!

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    jodi replied

    yep it is kind of sad and pathetic to see them obsess over and over about a fictional soap pairing they so ‘hate’, lol.

    rockfordfosgate replied

    As though obsessing over and over about a fictional soap pairing you love is so much better. *eyeroll*

    jodi replied

    yes it is.

    Lois Yandt replied

    Liza I would gladly stop talking about them if TPTB would give people other than them and Kristen ALL the airtime. I am so sick of days right now because of this that I have as you suggested stopped watching. I hope the day will come when I have something I enjoy watching about days again, but right now that looks highly unlikely. That okay though I stopped before for long periods of time, and will continue doing this until I hear something has changed for the better. As they say…change is inevitable and so it shall be for Ejami and Ejammers eventually too!

    rockfordfosgate replied

    jodi, keep telling yourself that…

    stargazer1682 replied

    Because people who despise a couple and stop watching when they’re together or on screen, really help the show’s ratings… The people in charge just love the idea of turning people away from their shows so much…

    Sara replied

    I agree ! Lisa

    Kay replied

    Of course they are controversial I mean not everyone likes seeing a woman with her rapist AND they are on ALL THE TIME

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    Lisa Greenway replied

    Thank you for the buzz!!!But he didnt rape her.ANd they were on twice last week.

    Lois Yandt replied

    Yes he did rape her Liz. Nonconsensual sex is rape, she was ONLY going along with this to save Lucas, not because she was a willing participant! Google describes Nonsonselsual sex as both adults agree to have sex together and nobody is coerced (manipulated) into having sex against their desires!!!

    lili replied

    This debate is old but everybody have his/her opinion about it and it will not change Lois.

    Shan replied

    A “controversial pair” was Brady and Kristen, and it was alright because Brady was too young to even remember her, and she had done everything she could to make him believe she had truly changed. The controversy that surrounds EJ and Sami, however, is abuse and rape, which is far different. To most people with any sense, this pairing is awful because they’re essentially promoting domestic violence and rape. Sami being with EJ, after all he’s done to her and her family (not to mention their children), is like telling abused women everywhere that it’s totally fine to love your abuser.

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    sarah replied

    ok Kristen who raped John (yep she did while she was pregnant with John and he did not want to have sex back in the day)..you know Brady’s father, kidnapped and tried to kill Marlena you know Brady’s step mother who raised him a large part of his life, Kristen who hire goons who put Brady at the hospital which set in motion Brady and Kristen’s romance, Kristen who started this romance and since the last minute in order to ruin Brady and his relationship with his father..very funny i freaking love your double standards..funny really.

    sarah replied

    Ah and Kristen was Brady’s step mother for a while, he was not a baby at this time he could totally remember by the way.

  57. Karen Kinnick says:

    Great interview! I wish something would have been said about Doug and Julie who really got this show into the big time. They should be shown more and used as the Horton matriarch and patriarch to keep the history going. I’m glad Days won but I’m disappointed in the show right now.

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  58. paul says:

    Great post Bo the haters can’t accept Ejami is popular big deal if he said everyone wanted them I knew what Michael meant Ejami create buzz something Safe could never do we fall asleep watching them I do anyway when Ejami are together they such light up by screen. These so called haters only see Ejami in that interview what about the rest of it all the great things Michael says about the other actors they beyond pathetic.

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  59. jodi says:

    Love Ej and Sami but i don’t like what Corday told about the future story for them…bull..Ej doesn’t need to be Stefano bis he needs to be Ej ! And Sami is not a saint, ‘trust broken’ bs. sigh.

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    stargazer1682 replied

    Okay, EJ needs to be EJ… Sure. So he needs to be responsible for another death of a cop? Or try to kill Lucas or Belle again? Or rape Sami again? Or try to blow up more members of her family again? Or fake the kidnapping and death of Sami’s kids again? Or replace the man Sami loves with a mentally unbalanced look alike…again? Or trick Sami into thinking they’re friends, so he can get dirt to blackmail her…again? Or sleep with Kate again? Infect members of Sami’s family with a fatal nerve toxin…again? Brainwash a member of Sami’s family to steal John’s other kidney?
    Yeah, I don’t know how anyone could think he could be anything like Stefano….That’s a puzzler….

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    lili replied

    That is just the point : at this time he was Stefano’s soldier and only when he expressed some vulnerability (JS can be great at subtext) time to time (mostly with Sami) you could see Ej himself.

    stargazer1682 replied

    You mean the man who defied his father and tried to kill Lucas, even when Stefano told him not to? Or when he took the initiative and planned to run down Belle, because he thought it would push Sami into marrying him? Or when he orchestrated the kidnapping and faked death of his daughter? He wasn’t under anyone’s orders when he did any of that; he did it because he wanted to.
    But the fact that EJ, let alone Sami, would be a will participant in this relation surely suggests he suffered far worse brain damage when Sami SHOT HIM IN THE HEAD, than the doctors originally thought.

    rockfordfosgate replied

    Uh, EJ has done many things without being told to do so by Stefano. The Sydnapping was not only to punish Sami, but to punish Stefano as well for keeping Nicole’s secret. He has done many things of his own intitative, like stealing Basic Black’s pension fund and many of his schemes against Sami had nothing do with “orders” from Stefano. You can’t excuse all of EJ’s wrongdoings by blaming them on Stefano.

    stargazer1682 replied

    Of course that hasn’t stopped the writers from trying to do just that… Remember when we saw Stefano waving the tarot card in front of a bound Steve, as he was being tortured and brainwashed? No? Me neither; it was EJ that did that, but that didn’t stop the writers from having EJ have a sweet, disingenuous heart to heart with Sami, lamenting about how Stefano brainwashed Steve…
    Now that’s some grade A whitewashing…

  60. Julia van der Linden says:

    Thank you so much for Great interview Michael,Love EJ and Sami together,Love Will and Sonny and love Kristen Dimera….Greating from Holland

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  61. Monica says:

    I really enjoy EJami and no matter what happens I will continue to support them… KC can do what he wants w/Days it doesn’t mean ppl will always watch… If it ain’t broke DON’T fix it!

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  62. Tania says:

    The point is really that Days has moved into the 21st century and are adressing all kinds of stories and issues that happen in real life. For that I give kudo’s where its due. If u like it or not – is not really the point – Is it now? A soap is about there to make u think + enjoy + love + hate all at the same time. I love that the wheels have turned in Salem. Loving Nick, Will, Sonny, Ej, Justin, Sami, Kristen. May the new cast members breathe more fesh air. Yes my Fav couple currently is Ejami cause they represent that at the end Love can bring people 2 gether. And Yes back in the day my Fav were John and Marlene + Bo and Hope. But EJ and Sami have a chemistry that is electrifying and Yes will always ship for them. So hope all loyal Days fans can try and ship there own actor/actress and make the ratings grow of the show we all love – Days!

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    Leigh replied

    Love this post! And love to support Days of Our Lives. It’s my favorite soap. Go Days!!

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  63. K. says:

    Thank for the interview Michael.

    Glad to hear Ken Corday say such nice things about James/Ali/EJami. I’ve wanted Ejami for a long time and finally have that wish. :)

    So sad to see Chandler leave. I wish him well. He was so good in the role so I can see where a recast would be really hard to do.

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  64. Laura says:

    Thanks for the interview, Michael. I think it is safe to say no matter how you word something, there will always be those that will find something to grab onto and complain about. I for one love the EJ/Sami pairing. I see great chemistry and they are a big reason I watch. However, I enjoy Days as a whole and like several of the storylines currently on. I am not disgusted by the Kristen/Eric storyline, because it is a soap opera, I love some of the over the top stuff they put out there, and I have no problem separating real life and fiction.

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  65. Sophie says:

    How are Sami and E.J.’s actions towards each other being “whitewashed” when Sami shooting him, is mentioned 24/7?

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    jodi replied

    Give up, these so called ‘complains’ from bitter folks who love other pairings including the characters of Ej OR Sami are not worthy and just not accurate. Sami and Ej are more called out for their story than almost all the other characters on the show but whatever they will use anything to bash them..ridiculous.

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    rockfordfosgate replied

    EJ’s not called out on his actions towards Sami ON THE SHOW. Forget calling out his actions on a fan forum. Sami had to “beg” for a second chance with him, but there was no reciprocity in that for him? There was not any apology or mention of how horrible he felt for the things he did to her in the past, yet she has to apologize and falsify events (only being with Rafe because that’s what her family wanted? That was never indicated by ANYTHING shown on-screen).

    My point is from the moment she went begging for a second chance, their pairing has been imbalanced and makes her out to be the bad guy while he gets off scot-free. That’s a poor way to clear the air for this couple and pave the way to their “love story”. It ignores the history between them and makes him to be some valiant, patient man who waited for Sami to change her mind, and that is something he has never been. If they want to commit to EJ/Sami “lock, stock, and barrel”, they did a poor job creating that foundation to put them on equal footing.

    And this has NOTHING to do with other pairings. This is looking strictly at the storytelling of the EJ/Sami story itself. Not everything is some conspiracy of other fanships and not everyone participates in the fanwars. And I find from experience that people who resort to name-calling or insulting others tend to have the weaker side in a debate.

    stargazer1682 replied

    Because mentioning means nothing if the reaction to that fact doesn’t jive with basic logic. When someone shoots you in the fraking head, you’d have to be an idiot to try and pursue a romantic relationship with them. The same would be same for someone who rapes you. Or tries to kill multiple members of your family. Or fakes your daughter’s death and taunts you with their bloodied clothes. Or tries to set you on fire.

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    lili replied

    It is a freaking soap where in real life almost any of these fictional characters would be together after all they did to each others for god’s sake Marlena was a demon for a while , you can’t compare real life notions to soap opera universe it is uber silly, come on..

    Leigh replied

    Lol! Remember when Marlena was possessed by a demon and then morphed into a black panther (I think). And remember the time when all the characters were being “killed” by a serial killer, but really being moved to an island that was an exact duplicate of the town of Salem? And I can’t even count how many times Stefano has died and come back from the dead. It’s hilarious.

    I agree that you can’t apply normal everyday life morals to these characters and situations, because in all honesty most of these people would be in prison for the rest of their lives for all the crimes they have committed-even the so called “good” guys. The good guys/heroes usually break the law too and cover up crimes for their family members, etc.

    stargazer1682 replied

    Not surprisingly, the two most absurd moments in the show were the brainchild of James Reilly (for whom I’d use the word “brain” in a sentence loosely). JER was easily the worst writer on the show; and as Ken Corday was absolutely right in his book, when he mentioned how he had trepidations about betraying the trust in his viewers, by faking the deaths of so many characters.
    It’s that sort of thing that is slowly but surely killing soaps. Even where other shows that incorporate elements of romance and angst with their drama are compared to soap operas, soaps have become such a boiled down concentration of what used to make them consistently good, that they’ve lost the core essence of what made them worth watching for a vast majority of people. The stories have become inane and unreal, and that has turned people away, because when stories are ONLY about who a character is with, and nothing else, it lacks all substance; and when the plot fails to make sense, it becomes an affront to the basic common sense of the viewer, and they become more inclined to watch something else.
    Saying “it’s a soap,” is an excuse to dismiss lazy writing, when we should expect more creativity and even a modicum of thought behind what happens on the screen. Barring that, they should at least embrace the absurdity and make it a full out parody of the medium and be done with it.

  66. stargazer1682 says:

    Speak for yourself; not “everyone” wanted EJami together. EJ and Sami are easily the most contentious couple on the show, as half the viewers despise this pairing. After all the things EJ has done to Sami and her family, and what Sami has done to EJ, it idiotic for them to have any kind of romantic future together. EJ tried to kill multiple members of Sami’s family, he faked the death of their daughter and sent Sami her bloodied clothes; he replaced her husband with a creepy double. Sami tried to set EJ on fire – and oh year, EJ raped Sami and she shot him in the freaking head!

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    Lisa Greenway replied

    YOu dont know that at all.You have no way at all of knowing half the audience doesnt want EJAMI.

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    stargazer1682 replied

    It’s a rough approximation, but entirely based on the wide spread criticism I and other fans have seen on virtually every discussion board for Days; as well as the comments of most Days related articles. For anyone to say “everyone” was eager and excited to see this couple is a gross exaggeration – emphasis on gross.

    Shan replied

    Really, there are like, 5 EJ/Sami fans on the board I’m on. 5 out of hundreds of members. And at least they have the decency to keep quiet and not try to argue with the rest of us who hate the pairing.

    The question to ask is, would you be with someone who raped you, kidnapped and then faked the death of your baby, replaced your husband with a demented clone, tried to kill various members of your family and all the while continually lied to you? Do you seriously consider that romantic? If so, you probably need a therapist. That is abuse, not love.

    Let’s not forget, EJ was told when he arrived in Salem to pick a Brady and sow his seed. Doesn’t matter who it is, impregnate a Brady. It’s not like he just fell in love with Sami, she was a mission from Fatha.

    lili replied

    It is not everybody that is sure but doesn’t change you can’t and don’t know what majority of viewers think because majority don’t go on internet boards to speak about it.

    Shan replied

    I never said they did, if that’s what you’re implying.

    stargazer1682 replied

    No, but they also don’t put a Nielson box in every single home either; a sampling suffices to project an average statistical behavior. For everyone one person expressing a given opinion, there’s invariably an exponential component representing fans who share that opinion, but aren’t as vocal.

    sarah replied

    Well good for you Shan but i know other boards where Ej and Sami are loved by many many many people, actually the majority. That is all. If lot’s of Ej/Sami haters are concentrated in one board where they can trash, bash and whine all they want good for them. Good riddance.

    lola replied

    The ‘decency to keep quiet’ ugh..oh lala..what is it an hidden dictatorship style internet board where the minority ‘has to keep quiet’ cute glad i don’t know it existence and don’t bother about it..waste of time..shudder.

    Lisa Greenway replied

    LOL..I belong to an EJAMI board and we have close to 7000 members.

    paul replied

    Ejami haters are jealous of Ejami because they are way more popular than their boring couples that no one like I mean I don’t person that’s like Safe.

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    stargazer1682 replied

    Just because I don’t like EJ and Sami, doesn’t mean I like Sami and Rafe. Rafe has the personality of a wet mop. EJ and Sami together, after all they’ve done to each other, makes no sense.

    JamesFan replied

    7,000 members yet how many are active there? Seriously anything online can be spammed or bought to made to look more popular than it is. Even trends can be bought.

    Lisa Greenway replied

    *shrugs*alot..but I dont keep a tally.Thats our membership.And I have been a member since 08 and I have watched it grow.Yes,trends can be bought.But by companies.Not little soap opera fans.It trended,via people excited over the pairing..and what was happening..hate to tell ya,but its true..3 TIMES>

    Leigh replied

    JamesFan, when a trend is bought on Twitter it clearly states right next to the trending topic “Promoted”. Days of our Lives does not pay Twitter when #Days trends. When #EJami has trended multiple times, no one paid for that. When #RateisHot trended, no one paid for that. That was just excited fans talking & tweeting about their fave couple.

    Kay replied

    Its true James Fan. I remember a Twitter poll back in 2011 where they asked people their favorite Sami pairing, including Brandon and Austin… As well as Lucas, Rafe and Ej. Guess what Ej got like 630 votes. So to compare that to 7000 members is kinda funny. I remember back in the Day people join this FL site just to read spoilers that maybe this site claimed to have. And I also find it hilarious on the days #Days and #Ejami hashtags trended the ratings were the lowest. How is that possible?

    I know for a fact I tune out on Ej/Sami Days and they are always the lowest. Don’t agree with me. Come back and prove me wrong.

    judith replied

    Oh my..Kay you are so delusional.. and for the record what you said is just untrue..as for ‘come back and prove me wrong’..right back at you : about Ej and Sami being on the lowest episodes..come back and prove it ! duh.

    Lois replied

    Stargazer when you say other shows that incorporate elements of romance and angst with their drama are…. that they’ve lost the core essence of what made them worth watching for a vast majority of people. I have to agree with you completely writing storys that a vast amount of people can not buy into emotional does not really do any good for a soap in the long run….That is what made days so successful in the past and ;they are not doing now. The Maggie finally being able to dance again, Kayla speech returning on the day of her wedding to Steve, The love of reasonably good girl redeem a bad boy as in the Jennifer and Jack lovestory. The power of love impact in these peoples lives. I just can not buy into Kristen terrorising much of Salem because of her need for revenge against Marlena, Nicole or anyone and winning all the time real life just not work that way the human heart wants bad people to get what they deserve eventually. I can not buy into a story about a rape couple who have both been so abusive to each other being real love., I did not buy it with Luke and Laura and I can’t buy it now. For a storyline to really work it must tap into a true emotional response from the viewer I would rather tap into those positive emotions than the negative ones. Love, romance, family, an inquisitive adventurous spirit, hope, inspiration, awe, laughter. Where days is headed now seems to tap into all the negative emotions, Disgust, revenge, rage, anger, hatred for others. Sorry but that is not what I want to see in a soap. I can go for somewhat of a balance between those positive and negative emotions but right now days is going way overboard with the negatives instead of the positives. JMO

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    stargazer1682 replied

    Agreed, very well said.

  67. Sheri H says:

    Thanks for yet another great interview! I loved the scope of it – lots of ground covered in a very short amount of time. I’ll be sorry to see Chandler Massey leave but have to give kudos to him for having a determination to finish his education. I can see Will popping in from time to time if CM is wlling. It’s been so refreshing to see the show hitting on all cylinders for the past several months. I thought May Sweeps was incredible – the culmination of the the Nick/Will/Sonny/Gabi story on Smith Island was fantastic. I’m thoroughly enjoying watching EJ and Justin working together both to bring down Stefano and to try to save Sami from the mess created by the shooting. I absolutely love EJ and Sami together – their passion, their scheming and their overall chemistry just explodes on screen. They are SOOOO much better together than apart. I would like to see a well developed story for Hope – we need to know why Bo is gone and seemingly not coming back. And I absolutely love the addition of Eileen Davidson to the cast – she’s been fantastic. Selfishly I’m hoping we get even a very brief return of Susan Banks…perhaps at the EJ/Sami wedding? I can just see the awesome hat Susan would be sporting now!
    Thanks again for a great read!

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  68. Nikki says:

    So… once again it appears Ken Corday doesnt know what he’s talking about. LOL. Who keeps letting him out of his cage? Comparing James and Ali to Pacino and Keaton is a hell of a compliment – comparing their characters to the godfather characters is just proof that he doesnt watch his own show. Since he couldnt even be bother to use the characters names, i’ll assume he heard someone say something like that and is trying to sound clever… EJ is Michael-ish and that is okay, but Samantha is NOTHING like Kay–never will be anything like Kay. SMH. Reading through this it sound like during those table readings, he’s staring out the window.

    I’m all for EJami angst, without angst and conflict there is no story, but i despise when writers change a character to fit a plot (like they did to Sami only 2 years ago) so i truly hope that’s not what he meant with that reference.

    EJami forever! that *is* what the viewers want!

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    jodi replied

    great post

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    Lisa Greenway replied

    YES!!Awesome post!

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  69. Deborah Kallus says:

    I get so angry withever Ken talks about Ejami being torn apart for any reason. We had to endure three years of boring Safe and EJ being with Nicole….Why can’t tptb let us enjoy Ejami for a longer period of time. They are the only characters worth watching whether they are in love or fighting with one another. Next time you talk to Ken, tell him to put a sock in it.

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    lizzie replied

    yep now i am not even sure there will be a wedding before Ej and Sami crash and burn..as usual..i am fed up.

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    Annette replied

    Oh boo hoo boo hoo poor litte lizzie

    Lisa Greenway replied

    Have faith Lizzie..I think it will be just fine

  70. Kay says:

    Where to even begin.
    Well since I think a lot of the interviewers assumptions are just that I won’t waste my time disagreeing with them…but to say Michael Fairman is biased and has not clue what fans wants.
    The only thing I liked about this interview was it talked about Chandler Massey. Although Im sad he’ll be gone I wish him luck.

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  71. Dmitri says:

    Best is has been in years? Please! Any show that revolves around the same four characters is not good. Will-Sonny are the only remaining supercouple, and the storylines are tired and boring. All Days shows is angry sex between rapist EJ and his victim, the ever-trampy Sami,or some boring interloper storyline for Daniel and Jennifer. Folks, Days has been much, MUCH bettr than this in recent times!

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    jess replied

    Euh nope in recent years Days was far far worse. Right now this soap is kind of good compare to these other last years.

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    Kay replied

    Dmitri I agree that Wilson is what is bringing in the better stories and unfortuntately I think some viewers actually like Dannifer. Days had no where to go but up from 4 years of EJ on all day /Sami and Rafe.

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  72. Cathy says:

    I have watched Days since Day 1 in 1965. This is the worst it has ever been. Sami and EJ are the most pathetic couple I have ever seen on Da time…the rapist and his victim!!! Ken Corday has taken a wonderful show and systematically destroyed it!! John and Marlena the supercouple of all super couples have been destroyed by Corday and his band of idiots. The fast filming is destroying Days. I can no longer watch it. Michael.your taste is all in your mouth if you think Days is better now than before!!

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    emma replied

    Ej and Sami are the best !!!! And i don’t need to attack John and Marlena to say it.

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    Tammy replied

    Ty Cathy for your post,soooooooooo true and “That’s A Fact”……

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    Cathy replied

    John and Marlena will long be remembered after the victim and her rapist are long forgotten. Funny how the daily ratings always seem to go up when they are not on. Yes Tammy “That’s A Fact”!!!

    Karen replied

    Please stop with ratings assumption. You know what they say about how assumption makes people. I’ve looked over the daily ratings myself and calculated EJami’s appearance on screen together as a couple, and they have more higher rated day when they are oncreen together than not. Them not being oncreen isn’t effecting ratings in a postive or negative way, especially since they are featured on most of the higher rated Days since 2013. And That’s Fact! Not agenda driven data that you make up to try and sound like you know what you’re talking about. It’s really easy Cathy if you just take 10 mins out of bashing EJami time and run over to SON ratings and compare them to Days daily summary ;-) By the way, I love Marlena and John and as much as I hate the writing for John, I have enough common sense to know its Tomlins dislike for older vets that is keeping them from a “real” story. But I have faith enough in the couple to know they’ll be reunited.

    sam replied

    Ej and Sami are not John and Marlena, why the need to denigrate one in order to praise the other..i don’t get it.

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    Leigh replied

    I don’t understand some of the Jarlena fans blaming EJami & James Scott/Alison Sweeney for the direction in the Jarlena storyline. It doesn’t make any sense. It is not their fault they are not on more or that they broke them up. That is the writers’ decision and probably had more to do with luring Eileen Davidson back to the show and wanting to have a big Kristen revenge storyline more than anything. I am sure they will eventually hire Drake back and write a reunion storyline for Jarlena.

  73. Maggie says:

    Thanks, Michael, for the Corday interview. I’ve been waiting to read this. Days has so many reasons to be proud. Days is on fire right now and it’s because they have interesting stories, solid writing, and talented actors, not to mention some scorching romance with EJami and Bristen. I’ve seen so many good performances this year, and not just from one actor, but across the board. Anytime Blake Berris, Eileen Davidson, James Scott, or Ali Sweeney are on, I know I’m in for a real treat. I’m so happy Days ratings continue to increase. It means that lots of people have found out what a good show Days is. Congrats to Days for winning the Emmy! They deserved it.

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  74. Shan says:

    For one, I think they’re smart in not recasting Will. Yes, there have been others, but Chandler has taken that role to a whole new level and made Will his own. Recasting would be very difficult, as Chandler and Freddie have an amazing chemistry that I imagine would be hard to duplicate.

    Two, I am disappointed in the use of “everyone” referring to fans of EJ/Sami. I think this is a horrible pairing. I love them separately, with other people, just not together as a couple. I think they are ruining the Sami we once knew (and loved to hate). Same with EJ.

    Three, I am sickened at the remark about Kristen raping Eric as a “with it” story. Are they going to be the next EJ/Sami? Seems Days is shipping relationships built on lies and rape, so is this what we have to look forward to?

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    LD replied

    For someone who apparently hates EJ and Sami so much, you sure do spend a lot of time groaning and moaning about them. If I didn’t know any better, obsession comes to mind. Being enthusiastic about something you love is great but spending time on something you despise? That doesn’t logical or healthy to me…maybe you’re the one who needs a therapist. I also saw your rather offensive comment about EJami fans on this blog. Maybe they’re so few because your board isn’t a pleasant place to be ..Just vile, filled with incredibly rude people. I wonder how you treat individuals who disagree with you on issues that actually MATTER: people are dying, losing their jobs, the environment is going to crap…and you get all worked up over something as incredibly TRIVIAL as a FICTIONAL couple. Get some freaking perspective, PLEASE . Sheesh.

    You may not like it but viewers are entitled to their faves. Get over it. There’s no need to treat others like dirt or that they aren’t allowed to express themselves freely.

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    judith replied

    your post ROCK LD !

    rockfordfosgate replied

    Hmm…a lot of stalkers don’t hate the objects of their “obsessions”; stalkers “love” the objects of their obsessions too much.

    And the level of judgment in your reply is astounding. Shan needs to see a therapist? Really? Because Shan stated his/her opinion and you don’t agree?

    If criticizing something FICTIONAL is bad, how is enthusiastically praising something FICTIONAL in the same degree as the negative person (as in just as many, if not more, comments–I haven’t gone back to count) not also bad and ‘obsessive’? The logic doesn’t fit. It’s ALL either okay or it’s ALL crazy and obsessive.

    Maybe you’re replying to something else Shan said in another comment or another board (and that should be addressed there to make sense), but this one i see no “treating others like dirt”. I just see Shan giving his/her opinion on the contents of the interview. Being told you’re obsessive and should see a therapist borders on ‘treating others like dirt and they aren’t allowed to express themselves freely”. Again, I’m dumbfounded by statements made that are so hypocritical that it’s almost laughable.

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    LD replied

    *sigh*

    I replied to him/her over here because I couldn’t reply to his/ her other comment: there was NO reply button to his/her post over there. Okay?

    As for my therapist comment- I was refering to this:

    “The question to ask is, would you be with someone who raped you, kidnapped and then faked the death of your baby, replaced your husband with a demented clone, tried to kill various members of your family and all the while continually lied to you? Do you seriously consider that romantic? If so, you probably need a therapist. ”

    It had absolutely NOTHING to do with him/her stating his/her opinion. Who’s the one making assumptions here ? Another reason why I used that therapist remark (granted I shouldn’t have) is that I don’t understand obsessing over something you HATE (and yes s/he IS obsessing since the interview was mainly about Days and yet the ONE thing s/he choses to talk about/focus on is EJami. I’ve seen him/her going on about them on DR too, when there a myriad of other topics to discuss.) Spending time on something you love is completely understandable but on something one loathes? It doesn’t make sense to me at all and gives the impression that the person doesn’t have much going on in his/her life. When I despise something I sure as hell don’t give it (much) attention. I ignore it or move on. LIFE IS JUST TOO SHORT. I didn’t like Days in 2010/2011 so I simply didn’t watch and did NOT hang around blogs/boards moaning about how much I hated it (like some on here). Nor do I complain constantly about a couple I can’t stand.

    “Hmm…a lot of stalkers don’t hate the objects of their “obsessions”; stalkers “love” the objects of their obsessions too much.”

    -Not always. An example: there’s a poster on the GLEE board on IMDB who absolutely DETESTS Chris Colfer and yet she’s always on his site, following his twitter, following news artticles about him and then starts countless threads, constantly bashing him and saying what a “vile, disgusting human being” he is and worse. I don’t particularly care for the actor but the way she goes on about him is SCARY. She is most definitely a stalker. Yes, obsessing something one hates is crazy, and far worse than obsessing over something you love. It’s toxic.

    “treating others like dirt and they aren’t allowed to express themselves freely”

    -For your information I was referring to this:

    “Really, there are like, 5 EJ/Sami fans on the board I’m on. 5 out of hundreds of members. And at least they have the decency to keep quiet and not try to argue with the rest of us who hate the pairing.”

    It sounded like EJami fans aren’t allowed to express their opinion or gush about them on that board. Which is a GENERAL board by the way. Not an anti-Ejami board. Since EJ/Sami are part of the show I think people should be allowed to discuss them and are entitled to like them as they so wish. Also , I was generally talking about how EJ/Sami fans are treated on that board – the (non) EJ/Sami posters are very rude and aggressive towards them and that is why they “keep quiet”.

    And why do you always have to jump on.practically. every.single. comment? Argumentative much? If we tally up the posts of INDIVIDUALS, not fanbases I think yours would be the overwhelming majority. Get a freaking hobby! And give it a rest already. It is just a soap , NOT the centre of the universe.

    No doubt you’ll want to have the last word (as is evident from all your posts here) but just know I won’t be replying to it, much less read it. All you do is twist my words, and willfully misunderstand me.

    LD replied

    P.S. Just counted the number of your posts: more than 60. WOW. Mabrouk habibi :-) And just in case you’re confused and misinterpret: I meant that you probably have the highest amount of comments compared to the other individuals. “Majority” wasn’t the right word.

    rockfordfosgate replied

    Suggesting I need a hobby while you take time to count some stranger’s comments on a blog? Thanks, I needed that laugh today.

  75. stargazer1682 says:

    I have yet to see many people say they like Daniel in general, much less with Jen. I hated the way Ken noted these two in the same effective breath as any other fan favorite couple, when that couldn’t be furthest from the truth. Daniel is, in effect, a sleaze ball who tries to hook up with every female patient; and the one he didn’t turned out to be his mom. They try to play off any reasons fans shouldn’t like him, but having those stated by other characters who, in the way they say them, makes them sound like a jerk and the facts wrong by reason of being stated by a jerk. No matter how they try to make Daniel seem like a wonderful man, the fact remains that Dr. Egg was too busy sleeping with Nicole, to notice his daughter had been missing for weeks!

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    lili replied

    Not everybody go on internet boards to say what they love what they don’t and while Jennifer/Dan is not my cup of tea (i find them just too boring and too propped but it is just my opinion, one among many others) on facebook and some other general forums about soaps and days a good portion of people like or love them.

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  76. AnnDee says:

    Oy…Just reading through some of the comments and I have a headache!

    Love your interviews Michael!
    I am an on and off Days fan…. James Scott brought me back.. Personally, I love EJ and Sami the way they are being written… they could be a little darker together… but at least they are together.
    Sad to see Chandler and Casey go… But wish them luck!
    Again…thanks for another good interview!

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  77. JamesFan says:

    I really think it’s wrong to use the term that “everyone” wants Ejami. I’m a huge James fan and I think the Ejami pairing and the character of Sami only brings his character down. I enjoy James’s work and think he works best with Joe, Ari, and Lauren. I know I’m not the only James/Ej fan that feels that way. I respect the opinions of those who do love Ejami, but it’s definitely not true that they are universally loved. I bet there are just as many that love them that hate them.

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    stargazer1682 replied

    Ditto. I am a big fan of James and Ali, but I don’t like them together; they’re boring when they’re together and after everything they’ve done to one another, it makes absolutely no sense for a relationship to spring from that.
    I think EJ is at his best when he is an unapologetic villain; he’s always played those types of stories to the hilt.

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    lola replied

    James would be totally wasted as an unapologetic villain, he is talented enough to play a layered and complex grey leading man like Ej can be.

    stargazer1682 replied

    I fail to see how that’s a waste of his talent, considering those type of stories are at the foundation that built his popularity on the show. Meanwhile when EJ tries to act like he’s nice or sympathetic, he usually ends up just coming off as boring or just plain pathetic (case in point for the latter – Taylor)

    lola replied

    And what made him popular was the mix of bad and good not unapologetic villain. He became popular almost instantly when he was only a mysterious new neighbour and friend of Sami Brady not the Dimera soldier he became after.

    JamesFantoo replied

    I am a fan of JS as Ej and i think Ali/Sami is his best costar and i find him having great chemistry with many others although also some little chemistry with some other like Nicole or Rafe so it is just really a matter of opinion you see.

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    lola replied

    He can be nice and sympathetic and also cocky arrogant like real people, doesn’t make him pathetic or boring in the least (with Taylor he was a coward since he was still under his father’s influence while faking his nice tune..it was awful and total destruction of the character, i stopped watching at this time shudder)..you know people are not one-note. By the way Stefano worked as the BIG BAD villain and yep one-note (the limitations of the character that is) because he was not long term, he did wreak avok then left only to come back months or years later from one of his deaths or escapes, a cycle where it just made for simplistic plot point storytelling. Therefore i stand by what i said : James Scott and the Ej character deserve better than that.

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  78. Ali says:

    Days has been exciting to watch for the most part. All of the stories are entwined and though it’s often, well most times, cliched…I do thoroughly enjoy watching. I was shocked to hear that they won the Emmy for best drama, and it was truly well deserved. The Daysaster and Nicole’s Miscarriage were very ‘soapy.’

    Yes, there are couples that I love more than others. I can say I’m glad that they gave Sami a choice. I mean she’s been going from man to man for how long? She needed someone who could handle her and not leave her for her sister, like all her other suitors have. So yes I enjoy EJ and Sami. I’m sure they’ll be torn apart and thrown back together time and time again but that’s what brings the drama. Both of them are insecure and do what they want to get what they want. Right now, they’re placing their insecurities with each other and aiming what they want at one another. How long? Who knows? I’m just glad that a story is being told.

    I’m also glad they aren’t recasting Will. How many Will’s did they go through to find one who could actually deliver? Chandler is great and I wish him best throughout the rest of his career. Casey, bon voyage man. You are certainly a hot one I’ll be missing on my screen but good luck to you and the very best wishes toward your music/career. Hopefully the new young set will be able to do well. Still to this day believe they had gold with Belle, Shawn, Mimi, Chloe, Rex, and Phillip. I grew up with them and maybe that’s due to it, but I did enjoy Melanie, Abby, Gaby, Chad, Sonny, and Will.

    Nonetheless, great interview and I’ll keep watching no matter who’s with who as long as something peaks my interest; normally of which is the story.

    ExquisiteXProduction

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    sarah replied

    great post

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  79. Kathyj says:

    I hope there really will be some stories for Maggie & Victor. Michael, I enjoyed your Emmy interview with Suzanne Rogers — simply the best!

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  80. gaelyn thomson says:

    sonny will do anything for will so if will goes than sonny goes with him you can’t let him go because chandler is days the only reason I watch days because of chandler and Freddie if he lives you will loose fans and ratings find a way for him to stay we need our boys

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  81. lola says:

    Love Ej and Sami : don’t want Ej to be a one-note villain a la Stefano..boring.

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  82. Dee says:

    Argue on the Internet all you want (we know how that saying goes). Don’t lie and say you still have the same anticipation on a Friday afternoon, waiting for Monday to come to see what’s happened in Salem, like you did years ago. Sure is easy to get ratings when you’re one of 3-4 shows competing for them. And they’re bragging about that? Like it’s some great feat? And people are defending them?!? * lol- snort* Poor NBC. They have no shows anyone really watches. *drops mic*

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  83. Sophie says:

    I loooove it. Half the viewers hate Sami and E.J. together. But loved E.J. and Nicole. Or Sami with Lucas or Rafe?! Of course…

    If we have to talk about the number of EJami fans on the different boards out there. Where are the E.J./Nicole fans? I sure don’t see a lot of them. This is such a petty debate. Michael Fairman is being crucified for being “presumptuous” according to some, yet here are many of you throwing numbers around like you know everything.

    Sami and E.J. have every right to be a couple the same way DAYS spent 4 years on Sami/Rafe and E.J./Nicole. Or Sami/Lucas!

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    Lisa Greenway replied

    Yes they do.We waited 7 years its not like it happened overnite.

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  84. Leah says:

    Mr Corday pay attention and keep up! Ejami are yours and Days bread and butter. You go ruining them and alot of us will just stop watching. After watching Ejami magic since the beginning of the year to take EJ and Sami back to anything or anyone else just won’t wash with us. I know I for one will stop watching and just remember my version and happy memories of Ejami and Ejami family. AND… for the skeptics Ejami hasn’t hurt the Days ratings one little bit as the last few months have proven :)
    As for EJ going dark….. we like him (and Sami for that matter) GREY!!! So hope Corday you and your writing team are not going to ruin him.

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  85. Leah says:

    PS: Sad to hear Chandler is leaving. He has done such a good job with his character Will. Will be sadly missed.

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  86. jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    Will and Sonny break up, and Sonny and this one guy(was his name Brent? wasnt paying attention when they mention his name) will become a couple? Maybe Will, Gabi and the baby will leave town together…Gabi leaves to be closer to her ill mother.

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    Ann replied

    Some have speculated that scenario happening about Gabi, Will and Arianna.

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  87. Steve Ungrey says:

    Michael, I have always loved your work but I have to call foul on this interview with Ken Corday.

    This show has flaws. BIG flaws… and they’ve been masqueraded by the fact Days won an Emmy, which will make it harder to see the changes NBC needs to make to this soap.

    Before I go any further, full disclosure: After 30 years of viewing I stopped watching on September 28, 2012. Anyone still watching, God bless you. That’s your choice and I respect you for that.

    Here’s what is wrong with Days.

    1. Ejami… I won’t go into full detail here because it’s already been discussed, but rape is rape. Pure and simple.

    2. The number of disrespected actors and actresses kicked to the curb has turned this show into a shadow of itself. Crystal Chappell, Louise Sorel, Nadia Bjorlin, Sarah Brown, Ian Buchanan… not to mention letting talented people get away like Renee Jones and Molly Burnett (their choice to leave, however, and I respect that).

    3. Shoddy treatment of veterans and a resounding middle finger raised to those who grew up watching the supercouple era. It’s almost as if you’ve told us we don’t count anymore. Thanks, Ken. We can vote with remotes. In the past two years Days has destroyed Jack and Jennifer, Bo and Hope and John and Marlena, not to mention marginalized Bryan Dattilo to the point where he isn’t even involved in his own son’s plot. Galen Gering has been reduced to window dressing, or more appropriately coming in to work and getting to take a nap. And don’t get me started on Matt Ashford and Drake Hogestyn.

    4. The show faces a major problem in the future. Chandler Massey’s leaving, which will leave Freddie Smith (Sonny) without a story and the show’s major thing it got right last year, WilSon, in limbo. Camila Banus is also rumored to be gone. Casey Deidrick taped his last episode. Blake Berris is probably out the door at the end of his contract. You’ve lost the young generation of talent all in one fell swoop.

    Again, if you still like Days, that’s all right. None of my business to tell you to stop watching. But I’d like to see Corday acknowledge the fans that have been wronged just once. And don’t tell us to go to the lunches either.

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    Michael Fairman replied

    Hi Steve.
    Thank you for your comments and opinions.

    This to you and all DAYS fans, over the past few days many have been disconcerted in one way or another. However your passion & opinions have inspired me to work on getting a lengthy interview with the powers-that-be at DAYS to address your concerns, frustrations, comments on storylines and characters.

    I only had a short amount to speak with Ken Corday, primarily focusing on DAYS fantastic Emmy win., but I would welcome the opportunity for a more in-depth and inclusive chat in the future.

    I have duly noted and understand your frustration over the use of “everyone” re: EJAMI. #fireworks LOL Have a great 4th!

    Best,
    Michael

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    Steve Ungrey replied

    Michael! Thank you so much for the reply!

    We would love to see Ken Corday and the higher-ups explain a few things. It isn’t just me that stopped watching. I know a lot of other 15, 20, 25-year fans and up that have had enough.

    I think if Days had skillfully woven together Jack/Jen, Bo/Hope and John/Marlena with the younger set, convinced others to stick around and integrated Lucas into a meaningful story (not necessarily with Sami but at least with Will), you may have seen Days’ rating approach 3.0 or at least challenge B&B for second place.

    BO replied

    Dont back down on your stance micaheal! I know Corday is no fan of Ejami and he was forced to write for them by sony and nbc so him acknowledin them was BIG! In 2010 he shipped Safe to high heavens where are they now? Ejami trumped them and have a lot of fans supportin them even during the depressive stages! My advice to fans is promote what you like to get the attention from the network bashin actors etc will never get you what you want. I am also disgruntled how he described ejami and ej but now i iknow its my duty to promote ejami as much as possible this interview is not set in stone a lot can change in a small matter of time. Look how dark 2010-2012 was .. I wish days success in what they do because it is our source of entertainment. People may call Ej rapin sami but i saw it as a business deal and 2011 rafe 2 story they tried to kill of ejami and they somehow emerged from the ashes like a PHOENIX!!! Well don Michael put a bit of ejami in your interview i guarantee it will be a hit great/or bad lmao

    Lois replied

    Amen to everything you said Steve, I want Corday to acknowledge the fans that have been wronged also. We have give him are loyalty for countless years collectively, truthfully making days the success that it is and he has completely thumbed his nose or as you say given us the middle finger! His treatment of the longtime lovers of supercouples like Bo and Hope, Steve and Kayla, Jack and Jennifer, and John and Marlena is inexcusable! His treat of vets like Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn Mathew Ashford through firings since 2007 needs to stop. The show also needs to give John and Marlena there rightful place as the Tom and Alice of this generation! Drake Hogestyn and Deidre Hall both deserve that.

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    BO replied

    I agree as an Ejami that the massacre of Jarlena and other vets has a neative impact to the show. Ratings are good at the moment but i believe they could be better. I loved watching the show when all characters interact with each other just like May sweeps when everyone got involved in the Wilson Nabi storyline. I really hope marlena,john,bo,hope group got more airtime. I am 22 years old but i still remember watching them back in the day. A town needs a good balance of all age groups to make a better society. Salem is in dire need of that they are also part of that cohesive agent keeping the town real. I risk havin tomatoes thrown at me but that ejami/safe/ejole/ejaylor shit was depressing and took up most of the airtime.. i even started hating ej and sami as characters. Nicole was a clown and the character of Rafe that came in to sweep Sami off her feet as her hero was utter bulshit. Sami is no Heroin she was at her worst tryin to play mature and goody goody it made nicole and ej look like angels. As some have mentioned yes Rafe was the charater that ate up Lucas airtime and lately the writers tried to make him the next Bo which will never work because the guy has no history except many siblings that come in and out of town, stealing DiMeRA BABIES,they wrote him above the law and his character was propped to high heavens with no content. He is like a puppet filled with saw dust as a character….. Lumi was destroyed last year to accomodate Rafe again to win samis heart. the way i was told by my informants the story was supposed to be Lumi/ejami. As soon as Gary Tomlin came in lucas was marginalized and rafe took spotlight again . I loved that NBC and sony intervened again and reigned Gary Tomlin back from his uber infatuation of Rafe. I hope BD will get more screen time I was sad when he said in atlanta he knew the writers did not like him. So dont blame a couple for it blame the creative minds behind it. Producing a show is more complex than what fans believe that are not aware what happens backstage.. I myself take blame of pointing fingers and we will never know what really happened that certain decisions were made to put the show where it is today. I know Ken Corday is no Ejami Shipper his hand was forced and he also admits to not have the ultimate say in what gets produced on the show

  88. paul says:

    Michael why say sorry for saying everyone loves Ejami?

    Its your opinion you should have to give any excuses they are a very popular couple NBC and Sony and KC know that and so do you.

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    Kay replied

    Because reporters have to be objective. No one wants THEIR opinion. Its just not professional.

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    Karen replied

    Michael wasn’t saying sorry! He just acknowledged he heard all their moaning and groaning about the “everyone” statement from the “fans” who claim to not be watching because of EJami and there for no longer members of Days viewing audience. I didn’t see anyone getting all up in arms in 2010 when Ken claimed everyone wanted Rafe and Sami together. Obviously EJami is important enough for many of them to passionately spew their hate, even though they’ve stopped watching as a 30 year viewer because of this one couple. Oh please!! LOL

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    Steve Ungrey replied

    Hey Karen… to be fair, I didn’t stop watching as a 30-year viewer because of Ejami. I sat through a few years of it before this. My issues with the show are more with the overall treatment of some of the veterans. I can’t speak for other 30-year fans, but the hundredth firing of Matt Ashford got old pretty quick. :)

  89. Anonymous Lurker says:

    Michael, can you please ask Mr.Corday to be a little more in depth regarding his comments about Ejami. I came back to the show after taking a break and only watch for them. If they break up; after we waited seven years for them to unite, I will be done with Days. Enough is enough. I don’t want the show to whitewash the character of Sami. I don’t like her as the heroic good girl. If EJ goes back to his dark roots, I want Sami to be written in character as Salems bad girl–the “anti-Brady”–as well. Sami as a villainess is what made her popular. AS is at her best when she’s being vindictive. Watching EJ and Sami struggle with their inner demons is what makes them fascinating to watch, moreso together.

    Please tell Mr.Corday some of us would like to see Sami go back to her plotting, manipulating, lying, conniving roots. Enough with this holier-then-thou heroic version. That is not what made me fall in love with her to begin with. It was Samantha Brady hurting anyone and anything to get what she wants. That’s the girl I want to see back on my screen! The fun bad girl! Sami had problems with Rafe because he couldn’t accept her for who she truly was. I don’t want her to hypocrite with EJ. She knows what it feels like to be on the other side. Heck, she lives on the other side!

    Please ask Mr.Corday to stop writing the halo on her head. That’s not who Sami Brady really is. Thank you. :)

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    Kay replied

    If Sami had been true to herself in the beginning she would have shot off Ej’s jewels. Id say we’re long past the real Sami returning.

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    Karen replied

    Which goes to prove that Sami’s statement that “it wasn’t like that” holds true ;-)

    kris replied

    In this case Sami the real Sami should have never forgive Lucas for putting her on death row and tried to make her crazy by using their son..oups i mean a doll of their son (creepy..yeah)..thankfully Brandon was there otherwise she would be dead.

    rockfordfosgate replied

    Again, that “it wasn’t like that” comment is being taken completely out of context. If you watch that “forgiveness” scene, EJ says he didn’t realize he had PHYSICALLY hurt her and she replied, “It wasn’t like that”, responding directly about the aspect of being PHYSICALLY HURT, not whether or not it was rape. Rape doesn’t have to be a completely brutal, rip-and-tear, knockdown-dragout struggle to still be considered rape. Look at statutory rape based on age, look at rape of people in comas or those without the mental capacity to give informed consent (nursing home residents, mentally handicapped persons). If we count those as rape, then surely a person under duress and her life/her loved ones life threatened, held hostage, a weapon present, etc….can be considered to be “forced” by the circumstances (and yes, in many states that is considered rape).

    By the way, hi Karen. Long time no see. ;)

    Karen replied

    Rock, always on the prowl for all things EJami related as usual ;-) As for the “It wasn’t like that” statement by Sami, viewers can chose to see it the way they want as for as context. It’s pretty much similar to the rape debate. Some see it as rape, some don’t. Some see Sami’s statement as her acknowledging that it wasn’t, and being more upset with him for the way he treated her after the fact as she herself stated. While others will see it the way you did, as it being about the physical hurt and not the action of rape. In the end, the context will be read the way the person wants to see it….Based on agena of course, because that’s a give :-)

    rockfordfosgate replied

    I could see your point IF Sami didn’t acknowledge it as rape (using that actual word) in those same “forgiveness” scenes. She said it clear as day, so for her to turn around and to refer to it as not rape (if you interpret “wasn’t like that” as not rape) doesn’t make sense within the context of those scenes.

    Again, not an agenda. Karen, would it surprise you to know I could have totally seen an EJ/Sami pairing prior to the rape? I can acknowledge “what could have been” if years worth of storyline starting with the rape and continuing on until very recently hadn’t have happened, if they had gone in a different direction with EJ? I personally don’t care who Sami is or isn’t with. I loved Lucas/Sami back in the day and enjoy the camaraderie they have as friends/co-parents now, saw some positive aspects to Rafe/Sami, liked Brandon/Sami in the beginning before the Lexie stuff, never really dug Austin/Sami. The only pairing I view as 100% toxic of hers is EJ/Sami. Even that, I could see what drives some to like the couple and without disparaging the fans or lumping them into fanships they may not be in, I will say I see similarities and comparisons made by EJ/Sami fans to other pop culture book/movie franchises (one of which is a fanfic of the other, if that gives a major hint to it). Those just ain’t my cup of tea. I prefer more sophisticated fare myself.

    Kay replied

    Kris you are very childish. Im sorry you had to even resort to that. Sami was best friends with Lucas before she hid his kid from him and they were enemies when everything else went down. EJ was nothing to Sami but some British dude when he raped her.

    kris replied

    So it is childish because i just spoke about actual facts (real actions seen on screen) because you don’t like it..ok. Whatever float your boad still it happened.
    Lucas and Sami have a rocky, complicated history as much as Ej and Sami.
    When Lucas came to town before being a real friend to Sami he was a snarky little playboy who did played on her insecurities which did result in her suffering of bulimia (a real disease) then they played nice because they had the same goal : breaking up Austin and Carrie, he even brought back Sami and used her to break Carrie and Austin first wedding. Sami came back thanks to Lucas, before she left pregnant to leave on the streets in other cities. While scheming against Carrie and Austin’s relationship they became friends..maybe Sami was Lucas’s best friend but Jamie was Sami’s best friend, Lucas was a co-schemer then a friend
    Ej and Sami at the beginning was also complex : for Sami Ej was first a neighbour she had a crush on then a friend, then her confident then a lover someone she dated..yep they dated each others and almost made love several times before the ‘rape’. For Ej well he was under Stefano’s orders and manipulated her still under that he did express his attraction for her the moment he saw her and even did admit he felt for her and JS played it as genuine and sincere despite all the manipulation and blackmail. He even wanted her to tell the truth by herself to Austin therefore non need anymore of blackmail or manipulation but Sami being Sami she could not do it so he did continue his scheme.

    Karen replied

    I don’t remember her using the word rape in those May scenes and even if she did, it’s irrelevant to ME personally because I don’t see it as rape and no one will convince me to see it that way. Sami doesn’t think she raped Austin and she thought her actions against him was similar to EJ’s actions against her. So it makes you wonder, how did Sami really see that night. Is she mad and hurt that he made her choose between sex with him or saving Lucas, or is she upset with his treatment of her. So the context can still be seen either way based on what you want to take from the scenes. Like I said, it really isn’t an issue for me because Sami forgave EJ and that’s all I care about. If others want to hold onto that night forever and ever , so be it. I enjoy EJami and they entertain me and I will continue to watch Days until the show stops entertaining me. Also, EJami being “toxic” obviously is your opinion but I don’t think they’re any worse than some of the things I’ve seen from other soap couples, and that includes daytime and nightime soaps. Sami isn’t some innocent victim to me whose all good and great, as much as they attempted to portray her as such to pair her with Rafe. Just like EJami haters can remember all his misdeeds and call him out on it, the same goes for Sami. I see her and EJ sharing a similar personality and that’s why they work so great as foes, but even better as a couple. At the end of the day, I’m just excited that the #1 EJami hater Kenny Boy has to acknowledged that the couple is popular regardless of his and Tomlins obvious attempt to destroy them for Safe.

    rockfordfosgate replied

    Yes, toxic is my opinion. I could have used a different word there I suppose. My point was that that is the only pairing of Sami’s that I couldn’t ever get behind past the rape/Sydnapping/Rafe 2 stuff. For me it’s not just one event or episode, but several YEARS worth of storyline. At one point, in the very beginning, there could have been a moment for EJ/Sami. That past and any chance to redeem that pairing was ignored or bungled to the point I just can’t see it. Again, my opinion. I will say the difference of all of EJ/Sami’s and Sami/Lucas’ battles and wrongdoings to each other is there has been downtime for Lucas at least. I do think off-screen time helps to give a character a rest and give any potential pairings time to have a slightly cleaner slate.

    I never said Sami was a saint or innocent. I don’t ever bring up EJ’s crimes against other people and I don’t bring up Sami’s crimes against other people. I keep it to what has happened between their characters. I also don’t see a similar personality between them. Sure they’re both schemers, but different types, types that clash. Sami’s reckless and acts before she thinks; EJ’s plots his actions before he does them. With her attacking Bernardi in the park and later shooting him, she’s reacting and not thinking of the consequences. EJ’s plotting to steal Stefano’s empire, he’s thinking ahead about not exposing Stefano to the law because he knows Stefano would keep Sami in jail and/or reveal Will as EJ’s shooter. EJ is using events to keep Stefano preoccupied and not acting upon things himself. That is cold, calculated thinking and anything but rash and reckless. EJ is ‘containing’ Sami’s messes, just as Rafe used to do. It’s not that different really. Oh wait, EJ’s just sitting back and using Sami’s messes to distract Stefano. Rafe would have actually acted to help Sami. That’s the difference.

    I will say that at some point Sami as a character needs to change somewhat. She can’t be the same spoiled, teenaged brat and maintain that same mentality well into her senior years. Characters need to evolve over time. And the maturity she had was nice (considering the age of the character and the fact she has 3 kids that were actually being depicted occasionally back then) and it still allowed her to do the typical ‘rash, reactive’ Sami-type actions. She was never an innocent then either. She was just a bit more grown-up and more age appropriate.

    Karen replied

    Umm…. No way in hell was the Sami paired with Rafe showcased maturity to me. She was a Stepford wife who depended on Rafe to save her and Rafe liked that because he likes to be wanted and play Hero. Sami is still in an age group character wise that needs drama regardless if she has 3 young kids. Wheither she creates it or is a part of it. Kate has more than a litter herself and she’s still got her spunk and crazyness that I love. The years of Safe was all about trying to turn Sami in some form of Heroine and it doesn’t and will never fit the character. If Ken wants a younger Marlena like character on canvas so bad, then he should bring back her other “daughter” Carrie to fill that role. Other from that, I have nothing else to say for the rest of your comments except potato potatoe. Sami and EJ share enough personality wise and have similar temperaments that makes me love them, and make them a great match. Also the fact that I think James and Ali are hot as fire doesn’t hurt either ;-)

    rockfordfosgate replied

    And now she’s depended on Stefano to save Will and EJ now to save her from her own rash actions? How is that different than what happened with her and Rafe? I’m not saying Sami/Rafe was perfect, but I did like aspects to them at the time. I liked the ‘less shrill’ Sami that she was then. Maturity may be too strong of a word to use when talking about Sami Brady ;) , but there was a level of more responsibleness to her during the Sami/Rafe days. And I freely admit that she was still reckless and did things without thinking.

    But I do agree with you about Kate. There is something fascinating about her character to watch. And I agree about Carrie. Carrie is about as bland as Marlena.

    Lois replied

    Amen Sami Brady has never been anywhere close to an angel, it is surprising to me that she was not the one possessed!

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  90. Sparty says:

    Thanks for the interview, Michael! EJami is my favorite Days couple and I am beyond thrilled that someone behind the scenes finally decided to give them a chance. I look forward to what lies ahead for my couple.
    I fear KC’s vision for the show remains too antiquated in a good vs. evil mentality. It doesn’t all have to be black and white. James Scott is too good an actor to have his character painted with such a broad stroke. Also Sami is no heroine and should never be forced into that role. I finally just got Sami back. She is free to be the true Sami G with EJ. No other man lets her be who she truly is.
    I think the show has vastly improved this last year. If they would end Dannifer, even better! Thanks for all you do for the soap genre, Michael. You are appreciated!

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  91. Angela says:

    Thank you for the interview Michael. To be honest, if I never heard from Ken again, I would be a happy Days fan. He honestly seems out of touch with fans and has been for a while. I hope you have an opportunity to interview Greg Meng or Lisa DeCazotte or even the headwriters.

    I’m always confused with his perception of EJ. He just seems baffled with his popularity and doesn’t understand why the characters he has promoted for years, to the detriment of the show, have never caught on.

    As for the EJami comments, I’m not happy with the Godfather comparison mainly because it’s not accurate. The writers, so far, seem to have a very good grasp on who EJ and Sami are individually and as a couple. They’re not bad but they’re not good. Sami shouldn’t be painted as some poor damsel in distress who is in the dark and is EJ’s victim. That’s not Sami Brady and it’s definitely not how Sami fans and even Ali Sweeney want Sami to be portrayed. I’ve been incredibly happy with the writing for EJami and it’s what brought me back to the show last year. The writing for both characters under Dena (and Gary T) was horrific and depressing.

    As for the “everyone” wanted EJami comment to Ken. I think “everyone” (lol) understands that not all Days fans are EJami fans but lots of them are.It’s not 10 people spamming the same places. I’m always confused at the hatred that ‘fans’ of other couples have for EJami and the amount of time that is spent talking about them. But buzz is buzz and it’s proof positive that EJami gets people talking ;-)

    Thanks again Michael and I’m looking forward to hearing from other Days people.

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  92. alex says:

    The show is not perfect right now but it is very good compare to these last years.
    The stories and dynamics are just more interesting imo, good that the ratings are better too.
    Let’s hope Corday and co don’t screw up too much, i am nervous about the futur..
    p.s : don’t ruin Ej by making him a cartoonish villain and give some stories but interesting stories please to some vets.

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  93. Karen says:

    Thanks for another great interview Michael. As for the interviewee himself, Ken has a backwards way of thinking. Times have changed and it sounds like he wants to hold onto the past. The viewing audience have changed, especially in the key demos. They don’t just want Villians and Heros. They also want complex characters where they see the internal struggle for the person. I don’t think Ken has accepted that. It’s one of the reasons why I think EJ and Sami as characters are so popular, and why the coupling is popular as well. James and Ali have amazing chemistry that can’t be overlooked, so I’m excited that they are finally giving the couple a real love story. It’s been 7 years in the making. I’m looking forward to seeing what the writers have in store for therm.

    I’m very disappointed though to read about the departure of Casey and Chandler. The fact they won’t be recasting Will gives me a small hope that Chandler might come back to the soap. That being said, I think the canvas needs the character on canvas. It just looks as if Days is losing all it’s popular younger cast. Hopefully Jen Liley and the other newbies hold enough interest with the GA. Days has really made a comeback in the writing, acting, and direction, so I hope that continues.

    I’d like to add that I completey disagree with “Steve Ungrey” about EJami being one of the things wrong with Days. EJami are shown together and in love and Days is getting better ratings, so obviously they aren’t an issue with the GA, just a few people who can’t look past the “rape” and others who have their own agendas. I agree with the other things you listed except for GG, because he doesn’t hold the history on Days the vets do and from the moment he came to Days canvas he has been given plenty of screen time. In fact, BD screen time was replaced by GG and that’s obvious to anyone who actually take the time to look past their bias regarding charactesprs and watch the show. Rafe is now Bo 2.0 and he’s not a strong enough character or played by a strong enough actor to even be seen as such. If anything, Shawn Brady should be back playing the “Hero” roll because he has the history and family connections.

    Personally, I think Days is far better than its been in a long time. Under DH and Tomlin the canvas was dark and sad with characters being twisted and turned to fit plot and story. At least this go round with Tomlin, I can see them attempting to try and stay true to characters. It’s not all great i.e John Blacks total massacre, but it isn’t as horrible as it was 2009-2011 and parts of 2012. It’s not perfect and wonderful, but its a start. Days deserved that Emmy win for the 2 episodes they submitted because it showcased what soaps have and are known for. Drama, intrigue, emotional conflict, love, and family. But most of all, it featured the cast as an ensemble. So congrats to them, and as a 20 year viewer Days hasn’t and won’t lose me even during the worst of the worst :-)

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  94. MollyMay says:

    Thank you Michael….I thought your interview was wonderful!! I personally think your use of the term “everyone” wasn’t too much of a faux pas as ratings, buzz and emmys have proved Ejami are a true powerhouse for Days, a modern supercouple in the mold of Bope, Jarlena, etc.

    And before anyone pounces me with “rapemi” and all that other crap, let me just say that I support the show and because I support, I also watch the show, daily. And several years ago in may that characters of Sami and EJ addressed what it the battle cry for some disgruntled fans and Sami herself said and I quote “it wasn’t like that”. When the characrer it happened too said it wasn’t rape, you need to give it up. Oh and yes I watched it and I didin’t see rape myself. What I saw was coersion, granted it wasn’t nice, but it wasn’t rape. If you want to see rape, go watch what Luke did to Laura and even after that they evolved to become the greatest supercouple of all time. So really, give it a rest.

    Now to answer the cry that Lucas is the only man for Sami, let me remind you, Lucas had Sami on death row with a lethal injection in her arm. To my knowledge EJ has never tried to kill Sami, but she sure has taken a few pot shots at EJ from time to time now hasn’t she?? Now don’t get me wrong, I was a Lumi myself until EJ dropped that towel, but I’m enough of a realist that I recognize that Lucas was Sami’s first love and while it was wonderful it is where it belongs, in the past. Now of course some won’t like my opinions and that’s your perrogative, but if you choose to debate me on this let me warn you, I deal in facts not wishful thinking.

    Now to the fact that Corday likened Ejami to Kay & Michael of the Godfather. I don’t think he meant that EJ was going to go around putting horses heads in people’s beds and Sami was headed for a nervous breakdown. I think he simply meant that Ejami would evolve to be a “mob couple” Sami might not like everything EJ does, but she loves him enough to stand by and support him no matter what. Oh I’m sure there will be issued and mistrust and arguments, etc. But I’m also as sure that if you want to see what’s going to happen when Ejami fight, watch next week and I’m sure you can figure it out.

    The fact is that regardless of whether your favorites have air time or not. Whether your couple is still doing the horizontal mambo or not even sharing scenes. Days has in the last year simply become the best soap on the air, the ratings, buss & mostly the Emmy proves that.

    Once again, thank you Michael for that wonderful interview!

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    Lisa Greenway replied

    Awesome post Molly!!

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  95. DD says:

    Michael, you did an amazing job with this interview!

    Days has really turned around the last year and the ratings, trending and viewers are proof of that.

    Whether we all agree on the s/ls or specific pairings, is neither here nor there. We all want Days to continue on the air for as long as it can.

    I have been confined in a body cast for the last 7 months, and there isn’t very much that has captured my attention on TV, but I can tell you, that Days has my attention at 1pm every day. I can’t wait to see what happens next and that’s because the writers, cast and crew have all been bringing their A-game. Can’t ask for more.

    I hate to see Chandler Massey go. He has brought such life to the character of Will, but he has to do what he feels is best for him and I can’t help but respect that! The departure of Casey Diedrick was hard as well because he captured Chad Dimera and really grew into a fine actor. I truly wish him the best.

    I can’t wait to see the fallout of Kristen’s scheme, she was so so wrong for what she did to Eric, but I’m sure she won’t get out of this unscathed. EJami are finally a couple and the “grey” they bring to the screen along with their passion and love for each other, is long overdue. As any other couple, it won’t be all unicorns, shooting stars and rainbows, but the angst will be of their own making, not that of interlopers. They will work through it, argue, kiss and make up just like any other couple! Marlena is written as stronger and will work through this problem with John, they have staying power, they’ve been through everything under the sun…and I mean everything…remember the demon possession? Looking forward to the new characters that are coming onscreen…Jen Lilley is amazing and I can’t wait to see her put down roots in Salem…she’s going to be a bad mamma jamma! It has been so refreshing to see Wally Kurth and Judi Evans as Justin and Adrienne. I’ve loved them since they got together years ago and they still have it. The EJustin duo, working to take down Stefano, has been such a refreshing s/l and I can’t wait to see the outcome.

    Like I said, yes, I have my favorite pairing, but the show has been so amazing lately, that a day without EJami is okay (not too often though…LOL!).

    Again, thank you for taking the time to conduct this interview. Thanks to Mr. Corday for taking time out of his busy schedule to give you insight on what’s to come, but most of all, just very happy to be a Days fan! Congratulations to Days on their Daytime Emmy!

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  96. paul says:

    One last thing Michael if you said everyone wanted Safe or Lumi none of the haters would of said anything its because you said Ejami they can’t accept the fact what you said was kind of true because their couples don’t create the buzz Ejami gives Days Alison is best with James I so hope Ken Corday not saying Ejami will spilt anytime soon what he does to hurt her I hope she forgives him.

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  97. Leah says:

    There are plenty still watching Days. Their ratings speak for themselves and have been at a 2 year high in many categories. This I think is partly due to the HUGE POPULARITY of both Ejami and Wilson! Both couples continue to be right at the top as favourite soap couple pairings. To split Ejami and have Chandler Massey leaving is a BIG…. HUGE MISTAKE in my opinion. I agree with a poster up further…. we had to endure Safe and Ejole for years so why can’t Ejami have more than a few months? Don’t get it Ejami continue to trend on twitter etc so lets split them up? Doesn’t make any sense to me. Usually in this game and business when your sitting on a winner you continue to sit on it not destroy it.
    As for your interview Michael…. You were right. The majority of Days viewers have wanted Ejami together. I believe it is Ejami’s strong and unwavering fanbase and following that pushed the Days powers to be into finally acknowledge that by putting them together.

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    Sara replied

    SPOT ON! EJAMI LOVE

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    lulu replied

    Yes this show tried to destroy AGAIN and again and again and again this pairing still lots’ of people (not everyone ok) wanted/want to watch them together and what Ken Corday will do..destroy them again..well thanks Ken Corday really..

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  98. Michelle says:

    Wow…. Michael sorry there are so many loons on here. LOL it’s just a tv show they act like its real. Anyway I love me some Ejami had to quit watching during the whole Safe story. I really wish they would bring back Robo John he was my favorite version of John. I think I have a migraine trying to read all the crazy post from the same few people. How do you do it?

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    DD replied

    I’ll bet Michael has tough skin and the patience of Job!!! You would have to in his line of work! Passionate Days lovers and a GlobalEJamiNation!

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  99. JT says:

    Yup not everyone loves EJAMI sorry. Can only watch on occasion since this producer decided to destroy all the super couples.

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  100. LUMILY says:

    Its just a soap LOL

    I have to say this again Kristen is why I am watching now,and I think the ratings have gone up because of her and no one else.

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    Karen replied

    LOL… Oh please!! Overall stories and character interactions is what’s helping ratings. Along with story pacing and direction. For you to even say it’s just Kristen bringing ratings up shows how little knowledge you have about ratings and the show in general. Please at least try to post with some common sense.

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    rockfordfosgate replied

    Agreed Karen. The ratings debate is silly. There are many factors for ratings. Some watch for one character/couple. Some watch for the stories. Some watch because it’s habit.

    AliciaE replied

    I watch for a lot of reasons, but Kristen is crazy-amazing-cray-cray! It was too hilarious today when she called Brady and Nicole “attack poodles”. Bahaha!!

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  101. ffu says:

    IF JS is so great,why the hell is he on a soap,please tell me ?
    He should be making movies hehehe

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    lulu replied

    maybe because he is not really ambitious, he told several times that he would be ok quitting acting (i know his detractors cheer right now..lol) he has other passions therefore he is not really looking for better and bigger things although lot’s of people (fans, press, coworkers ect..) did push him to try prime time or movies because they find him charismatic and talented enough to succeed.

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    soapgal replied

    IMO if JS wanted that he certainly is talented enough and more than good-looking enough. Actually several bloggers and soap mag writers have commented that he should be. He is a very private person and he is not comfortable with that level of celebrity status according to interviews I have seen. But OMG that man is beautiful!

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  102. DawnElicia says:

    Thanks for the interview Love EJ and Samantha together. They are gold James and Allison play well off each other. I do want to say that Daniel and Jennifer does not belong in the same sentence as Hope and Bo and John and Marlena. I wish Daniel and Jennifer would end they are horrible together.

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  103. Cynthia says:

    Thanks for another great interview Mr. Fairman! It’s an exciting time for Days after a well deserved Emmy win and improved ratings.
    As a long time Days viewer, I think Days has greatly improved over the past year. Better dialogue, s/l’s, more family ‘bonding’ and angst within a couple, not constant triangles.
    And while I don’t like every pairing and s/l, I am enjoying most of them., especially #Bristen, #Wilson and yes, #EJami. I’ve sat through several years of Lucas and 3 long years of Rafe for Days to finally EJ and Sami shine as a couple. It’s their time and James & Alison are rocking it!

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  104. Donnie says:

    Not everyone wanted Ejami. But I will tell you this, I have respect for those who do like Ejami. Actually, I have a few friends that are Ejami fans and they are the nicest people around. But the reason why they are so nice to me is because I don’t go around telling other people that their opinions about certain couples are wrong. As long as they respect my opinion, I will respect their opinion. I like EJ and Nicole as a couple and always will. But I think the Ejami fans need their couple now. Maybe later Ejole will get back together. Never say never.

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    kris replied

    Nice to see someone respectful even if you don’t share the same taste. It is refreshing, of course i don’t agree with you about Ej and Nicole (can’t stand them) but i respect your different taste, opinion. All is good.

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  105. Sophie says:

    As a longtime Sami fan, I would HATE to see Sami return to being a Soccer Mum, like she was from 08-11 and beginning of 2012. It was PAINFUL to watch and such a waste of Alison Sweeney, who has turned Sami Brady into an iconic soap character in my opinion.

    Sami is NOT a heroine, she is not Carrie or Marlena. If Sami fans wanted her to be that, they’d root for her sister or mother! Sami became popular, because she isn’t good. And this is one of the reasons, I never rooted for Sami to be with Lucas or certainly not Rafe.

    If E.J. goes dark, so should Sami. DAYS need to stop depicting her as some weak, defenseless woman, like they did the last few years.

    And E.J. is NOT Stefano. He should be his own man. Not take over from his father. That should be Kristen. Sami and E.J. work best as “grey” characters. Not good, but not too bad either. They are not Marlena, but they are not Kristen either. Something in between.

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  106. Tina says:

    Thanks for the interview. I am loving the show at the moment. The quad of Eric, Nicole, Kristen and Brady is fabulous. I like Jenn’s parenting struggles. Wilson is an amazing story. Happy to see more of Justin and Adrienne. And Ejami is my favorite couple ever. I just want Sami and EJ as individuals as well as as a couple that works through their issues

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  107. Krista says:

    First of all, great interview Michael!

    My congratulations to Days. I’m very happy to see Days finally get the Emmy this year. I’ll admit it was a surprise because I haven’t seen it happen in my lifetime, even though I’ve thought there were several times that they really were the best in the daytime soap genre. Although Days is certainly not perfect (and no soap is), they are the best they’ve been in years and I’ve been enjoying the show immensely. Days has a stellar cast and a multitude of intriguing characters, as well as a number of really interesting long-term story arcs that have been percolating along over the past 6 months.

    I’ve really enjoyed the return of Eileen Davidson as Kristen. ED is a brilliant actress and Kristen has been a real breath of fresh air on the show. I’ve particularly enjoyed ED opposite Joe Mascolo, James Scott, Eric Martsolf, and, of course, Deidre Hall. The addition of Greg Vaughn to the cast as Eric has also been a smart move, even if his story moved pretty slowly up to this point – let’s just say that I’m quite happy to finally see some forward momentum in Eric’s story thanks to Kristen. Her actions were provocative and controversial, but along the lines of classic soap regardless of however one feels about what she did. Will’s coming-out story last year, followed by his romance with Sonny, with the added complications of Gabi’s pregnancy and Nick’s homophobia were some of their best , and soapiest, stories.

    For me, the highlight of 2012 and 2013 was bringing EJ and Sami closer together and repairing the significant damage wrought by previous writing regimes. I’ve been waiting 7 years for Ejami to finally be given a chance as a couple on the show and they have not disappointed – in fact, they have exceeded my very lofty expectations. James and Ali, are treasures, both individually and together. They bring two very complex characters to life while oozing chemistry in their scenes together. As EJ and Sami they have that indefinable and compelling “IT” factor that doesn’t come along very often, along with a tortured, contentious, and passionate history that is characteristic of the greatest soap couples. It’s been a pleasure to watch them as a part of Days’ revival of the last year. Of course, like all things, not “everyone” loves Ejami, but many do and that’s enough, just as it was for the couples esteemed by those who oppose Ejami when they had their time together during the ebb and flow of storylines on Days.

    I see lots of storylines to look forward to this year on Days and I’m excited to see what comes. Bravo to Days!

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  108. soapgal says:

    Ejami shippers, Ejami haters, say what you will about Ejami, but bottom line they create buzz! Tons of viewers hate Jen/Dan (me included) but you don’t see mountains of tweets and posts dedicated to either loving or hating them. At the end of the day Ejami creates buzz for Days because people talk about them!

    For me personally they are why I watch Days. As KC said JS and AS are gold! We Ejamis knew it all along!

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    Dee replied

    Dannifer does not have the horrible history that EJami have, that is why. Their only crime is that they are boring together. I find it incredible that TPTB are trying so hard to convince that EJ and Sami with all the things that they have done to each other, is a love story. Wouldn’t accept it as such in real life, so cant accept it in reel life.

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    Lois replied

    Aw Dee 1 more sensible person. I would not call it a love story either I do not call that love, I would call that sick codependency on each others inexcusable behaviors over the years! Drive by both of their narcissists personalities.

    Karen replied

    Being boring together is a Soap Sin IMO. At least EJami has a history of drama wheither it be in conflict or love. They offer up something in regards to discussion about Days. They obviously aren’t boring or people wouldn’t debate the coupling so passionately, wheither it be about loving them or hating them. Like they say, it’s a thin line between love and hate, and between that is indifference. TPTB want the love and hate, not the indifference because indifference means you don’t care. Also, I honestly can’t take anyone too seriously when they try to bring Real life beliefs into Reel life, especially regarding Soaps. If your looking for like minded opinions and outcomes, then soaps are the last thing you should expect to uphold your personal beliefs.

    sam replied

    Well there are many other soap characters who are paired or were paired that given their actions should not be together in real life. Actually it is legion in soap land. Reel life is not real life.
    Marlena being possessed, people dying and coming back from the death, doppelgangers, sub sex would never happen in real life ect..

    Leslie replied

    Soaps are cheesy and campy, and that’s what makes them so much fun to watch. HIPAA and police ethics are ground into dust by the writing teams. I doubt the word “research” is even in the scribes’ vocabulary.

    My favorite example of classic Days craziness is Ford Decker and the water heater. In Morgan’s and Chelsea’s sorority house, nasty Ford fell down the stairs and met his maker. To get rid of the body, Max and the sisters buried it in the basement. I had to roll my eyes, because when I transplanted a good sized hosta, digging a hole big enough was quite the challenge. I can’t imagine how much earth has to be moved to hide a body. Since they needed to get poor Ford out the house (think of the smell), Max had to come up with another plan. The sorority house’s water heater had to changed so they decided to stuff him in old water heater! First, the water heater was about the same size as the one in my house, and that’s only 40 gallons. Ahem, I hardly think that would be adequate for a bunch of women. I must admit I wondered if the writers knew about the heating elements inside the tank or if they just thought the viewers were too stupid to know the difference. Anyway, that’s not even the best part. The tank stuffed with Ford’s body was carried out of the house by Max and Chelsea. I don’t know about you, but I find it hard to believe that Chelsea could handle a bag loaded with take out let alone a water heater.

    When watching Days, suspending belief and rolling eyes are a must.

    LD replied

    I agree with Karen, Sam & Leslie. I’m constantly rolling my eyes at its over-the-top and campy-ness. The “acting” isn’t even not above mediocre. Save for perhaps JS (though I don’t think he is THAT great, I’d need to see him in more roles to see some range, playing the same character for in a silly soap is kind of meh for me) , AZ and JM who plays Stefano. AS is good at playing devious and bad-girl Sami but other than that I find her acting rather limited. The sets look fake (you can tell it’s a soundstage) and you can tell the extras are extras. The characters don’t feel like real people – all they do all day is a) have inane conversations, b) talking to themselves in such an over-the-top ridiculous way in order to reveal to the audience his/her “evil” plans c) look like supermodels, which again isn’t realistic since most people aren’t that attractive and d) don’t do any work. It is just so dumb it’s hard to take it seriously. If you watch British soaps, for instance, their characters feel real, natural and you have a sense that people like that exist in real life. Therefore it’s easier to relate to them and to their trials and tribulations. Characters like EJ, Stefano, etc, on the other hand, no just no. British soaps also use plain actors and the while they don’t do any work they at least act natural. The writers of those soaps also actually do research on real life issues (such as pedofilia, domestic abuse) . Can’t say the same for American soaps, especially not Days. Even the simplest thing they get wrong (e.g. someone gets hit on the head and to revive that person s/he gets mouth to mouth…I mean come on!) . Let’s not forget the fantastical storylines of people getting “killed” and then turning up alive on some island, possession, alien twins, etc etc etc. And then there’s the whole black/white or good vs evil view. Also not realistic. That’s not how the world works.

    That’s why I always scratch my head when some use real life logic to a soap as silly as this. And most if not all couples on this show have done terrible things to each other (including Lumi) and wouldn’t be together in real life either.

    judith replied

    I agree with your post LD except for the AS being limited part..I just don’t agree at all about that, this actress can show a range of emotions, when she plays OTT stuff is because Sami is supposed to be an OTT kind of over emotional character..but she can also nail it at the subtle vulnerable stuff.. As for AZ, JM well they can be good but most of the time AZ’s acting feel flat to me..i just don’t believe it or empathize with it..she has not enough charisma for me. JM is great but also can be OTT as well as JS but JS has some real extra charisma, the same way AS has. He could easily steal scenes on prime time or movie mediums..and by the way i know acting really well…

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  109. Diane says:

    Thanks for the interview Michael. Seriously though, Corday shouldn’t give interviews…. lol. Rest assured that your comment about “everyone” when referring to Ejami fans was not taken at literal value by most of the readers. Most of us know that you meant “many” people, and you’re right. Many people did and DO want to watch Ejami as a couple. MOST people are regular TV viewers who are perfectly capable of changing the channel if they find a show, or some episodes of a particular show boring or offensive. MOST viewers recognize that none of the couples on the show are real, that Days of Our Lives is a fictional show whith fictional couples. MOST viewers recognize that none of the soap opera characters or storylines are a reflection of real life events or meant to provide a moral guide for the audiences, rather just the oposite. MOST viewers recognize that characters are being WRITTEN and do exactly what the writer pens out for them at any given time.

    I am disappointed that EJ is going to become the new Stephano. Ken’s comment that he “has to” leads me to believe that maybe Joe Mascolo is retiring. The show wouldn’t be the same without him. I am one of the huge EJ fans, and I believe that a cartoon villain portrayal of such a popular character would be detrimental for the show.

    Congratulations to Days of Our Lives for winning the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series.

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    soapgal replied

    Thank you! Great post! These are fictional characters and they are fun, crazy, passionate, often unrealistic, but that makes great tv! If I wanted to watch normal people sit around and balance their checkbooks I would go over to my aunt and uncles house for Sunday dinner. When I watch soaps I want excitement!

    I honestly have sympathy for anyone who uses a soap for moral guidance or gauge. I am a huge soap fan, but I know that reel life contains many elements that real life does not and that is why I watch!

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    Dee replied

    I Don’t think anyone uses a soap for moral guidance, but I do believe that young minds can be influenced by what they see on tv, movies etc.

    We all watch soaps for the drama, romance, basically to be entertained by the stories being played out. I don’t care what kind of stories they give us, science fiction, ordinary everyday stories, romance, demon possession , even rape stories, as long as it is written well and they are well acted. It is even more perfect if they have us at the edge our seats, and can’t wait to tune in the next day for more.

    I would assume that we are all in-built with a sense of what is right and wrong and that stays with us even when we are watching a soap.

    So,I don’t have a problem with the story of EJ raping Sami, putting a stranger in her bed etc. because at the end of the day the viewers are expecting some kind of payoff, like he is punished in some way, but certainly not the kind of payoff that he wins the girl he has been victimising. What makes it worst and certainly why it annoys me no end, is that they are telling us that these two love each other.

    Rafe treated Sami really well, even covering for her when she did not deserve it, and now they are telling us that the person that has mistreated her,her family and who has also mistreated Rafe, is the one she has always loved. They made Sami look like a heartless idiot who has no idea what love is. I am convinced EJ has no idea either.

    I want Sami dead, or sent away to prison for life, due to the way they have been writing her, and the actress herself does nothing with the character to make me change my mind. Unfortunately, that is never going to happen but, I feel alright for wishing it, because it is only fiction, EJ, I find him unappealing whenever they put these two together. Always did. Yes, he is good looking but, that is all James. EJ tip toes around Sami as he tries to convince that he has changed and he also tip toes around her family, and only seems to be allowed to get angry with Sami, as a prelude to angry sex.

    Also, it boggles my mind when some say that EJ shouldn’t be with Nicole because he was choking her but, it is alright to be with Sami after the horrible things he has done to her because it is only a show, it ‘s not real.

    Elayne replied

    I don’t know how anyone thought Sami and Rafe was a good example of a couple.

    Rafe was good to Sami, when she did as she was told and continued to be someone she wasn’t.

    That really isn’t a good message to send out to young women. Mold yourself into what your man wants you to be and put your wants and needs away.

    EJ and Nicole shouldn’t have been together because EJ didn’t love Nicole. He settled for her and she was so desperate for a family, she settled just as much for him.

    Lois replied

    Dee I thought that your comments were right on with regards to Ejami, that is not love that is a sick obsession! Sami has never been balanced. She stopped knowing what love was when she thought her father had been wronged by John and Marlena and she still has not got past that to this day. Even though she never understand the circumstances that lead to John and Marlena affair. I do not think Sami should be involved in any relationship because I do not think Sami is or will ever be capable of understanding real love!

    judith replied

    GREAT POST Diane

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  110. LucyFan says:

    I’ve read enough comments to get the idea. Some people LOVE EJ/Sami. Some people HATE EJ/Sami. Whatever floats your boat.

    My question is, why did so many other couples – John & Marlena, Bo & Hope, Jack & Jennifer, have to be completely destroyed? You have to wonder, is it because the writers clearly have no clue on how to deal with richly developed characters who have become someone their fanbases know & love? Is it because the writers are trying to take the show in a new direction again because it worked so well last time they tried it? Or, is it because the writers & executives know that EJ/Sami and Daniel/Jennifer are where THEY want the show to go…based on some fan sites & pages supporting those pairings. OK, fine – I can deal with that.

    But can anyone say why the other aforementioned couples had to be destroyed to make those pairings happen? If Days needs more air-time to tell their stories, NBC should give them that – they use it as a showcase for their primetime line-up and perhaps could do some cross-overs. If Days needs more of a budget for more sets, they should be given that as well. But what I truly think Days needs, is writers who have a vision – a 3-5 year vision – of storylines that are written for the characters. John & Marlena working their way back together. Bo returning to Salem & he and Hope re-uniting. Jack being alive (let’s face it, he’s done it before & it’s his turn – besides, Matt Ashford is simply stunning in the role) and returning to Salem just after Jen & Daniel marry then join Doctors without Borders…I’d love to see Jack as a single guy and have him enjoy it for a while. Brady…Eric…Nicole…Chad… As well as EJ & Sami – at least until they don’t trust each other again & break up for the last time and stay that way. Let’s face it, DiMera’s & Brady’s are oil & water – they do not mix & to try to do so is an exercise in futility. Without the conflict between the families, where’s the drama?

    I don’t have all the answers, but I would love to know why the other supercouples had to be cast aside so shoddily & their fanbases slapped in the face, just so the current pairings we have could be front & center. The only couple Days has on right now that works is Will and Sonny, and unless Days can come up with a way to keep Chandler on board, we’re looking at a re-cast or a write-off. Personally, if they killed off Will, it could provide huge HUGE drama for Sami as well as Sonny, Gabi, Lucas, Sami, etc and could be really good, IF it were written properly (don’t bother sending me hate mail, it’s just a suggestion, not a request). But the question remains – why were the other couples – with HUGE amounts of history, and HUGE fanbases and AMAZINGLY well-developed characters, completely trashed? Why?

    Can anyone answer that?

    Bueller??

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    Tammy replied

    Best Post!!! I would like to know too… All I want for Days is to have Great Stories and for the Writers to write for the Vets and keep it balance…. I will not get into fan base wars(it is pointless) and I know I am Not alone… Days NEEDS THE VETS(Up Front)!!!

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    Jen replied

    I don’t see how ALL the popular couples are destroyed in order to make place for others except maybe John and Marlena with John’s writing (and still i am sure they will come back together) and Jack’s death (that was not necessary imo).
    A Brady and a Dimera together is perfect exactly because it brings drama..without drama where is the story ? Most of the time when they built a ‘nice’ couple, they have the built up, the interloper then they get together and then ? Nada..they become boring and go back burner and leave happily ever after OFF screen. I like Will and Sonny but pretty soon when they will be only happy go lucky there will not be story anymore for them and what are waiting them ? A break up, an interloper or an exit.

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    Sophie replied

    Exactly. Kids from rivalry families is so common on soaps. The Forresters vs the Logans for example. John Brady DiMera: Stefano, Marlena and Roman share grandchildren…how soapy is that?

    LucyFan replied

    OK, I’ll give you the writing for J&M has sucked lately (for a year, beyond sucked, etc) and I’m absolutely with you about Jack. But the point remains – if the producers want to pair EJ & Sami, fine – but why did they feel the need to break up John & Marlena, Bo and Hope, Patch and Kayla as well as Jack & Jen to do so? The writers should be able to write for EJ/Sami as well as other couples. Appealing to multi-generational fanbases, new viewers for the new characters they are bringing in, as well as long-term viewers who remember the storylines that brought the aforementioned couples together. The fact that the writers are disrespecting the history of the show by tearing these couples apart is felt by the audience and we’d like to know if our voices are being heard and whether the writers & producers even care about us anymore. Is that too much to ask? Is EJ/Sami SO fragile they can’t even handle that???

    Mellie replied

    What does EJAMI have to do with any of those couples, before you are Beuller, try to find some relevance for the argument to even begin to make sense.

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    LucyFan replied

    It has nothing to do with EJami, it has to do with the writers & the powers that be behind the scenes trying to run the show and appeal to a fanbase to generate FAST ratings rather than trying to appeal to more than one fanbase and generate a good show that people want to tune in to every day. But, as usual, the second any EJami fans think someone might not like the golden pairing, they go on the defensive and refuse to see any other points. Try reading it again & see if you can figure it out.

  111. Keep Sonny on the show says:

    Good interview
    I’m worried about what is going to happen to Sonny when Chandler lives. Can you please ask about that next time you talk to tptb. I hope that they are smart enough to not write off Sonny. They are pretty much losing all the youngsters. Losing all the gay characters and the audience they both bring seems stupid. Sonny should deal with losing Will, healing and falling in love again with Brian or someone else. He could also be involved with other connections he has and their stories. He is his own legacy character from a supercouple and a Kiriakis. Their is plenty to do with the character. If and When Will comes back, they have instant love triangle. So, please ask about Sonny and let them know that most of us want him to stay in the show. Freddie is great and its time they let him shine. They shouldn’t put all their eggs into JJ and the new kids.
    Thanks

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    Ann replied

    Exactly!

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  112. annika says:

    For me, DOOL is all about EJami. I started watching the show when they (once again) became a couple. The chemistry between EJ and Sami/James and Alison is simply undeniable.They sizzle! The challenge each other. It is not black and white, with them it’s grey. EJ wants to be better for her and his children, but can also be bad around Sami. Sami, on the other hand, can let her inner bad girl out without the fear of being judged. Isn’t that what love is all about?

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    soapgal replied

    They are why I watch Days! Ejami all the way! I was a regular GH viewer until they put Ejami together and now I watch every day JS/AS are on! Only time for one soap and with Ejami together that’s Days!

    You are exactly right, just like EJ said, it’s not black and white! Best couple in daytime history!

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  113. Sophie says:

    What do EJami and Dannifer have to do with the writers ruining J&J or John/Marlena? Or Bo leaving? Sure they wanted Jen with Daniel, not Jack. But E.J./Sami as well as Jen/Daniel can co-exist with the supercouples!

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    sam replied

    totally agree, i don’t get this argument..it is irrelevant imo.

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    Karen replied

    There is no arguement, just baseless ramblings of a few who want someone to blame for their characters lack of screen time. It’s the nature of soap fans in general.

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  114. LUSA says:

    I feel the same way about LUMI,

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  115. Leah says:

    What’s that old saying? If it aint broke don’t try to fix it – LOL!
    NBC posted yesterday (5th July 2013) that Days continues to go from strength to strength by posting second quarter gains :) Ratings increased in key catergories…. So Corday take note (at the moment at least) Days aint broke so leave it and our Ejami well and truly alone. Go Ejami and Ejamily!

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  116. marie says:

    Fantastic interview. I really enjoyed it specially the comments regarding Jamison/Ejami. I agree that those two play a tremendous part in Days success. They are my all time favorite and I hope to get to enjoy their magic on my screen for a very very long time.

    You are a class act MF and I am looking forward to your next interview.

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  117. paul says:

    Michael ratings are up NBC just did another press release today so those saying the show is not good and is in trouble are talking crap ratings are big time from last year I so happy even KC knows that the show is never been better and as for Ejami I know what you meant when you everyone your were saying many fans you don’t have to explain yourself.

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  118. Melissa says:

    EJ and Sami make sense. Hate that it took TPTB so long to realize it. It’s been frustrating as a fan but then again it allowed us to have 7 years of 50THOUSAND different shades of Ejami.

    Personally, I think James and Ali need to do a behind the scenes’ vid of them reading a phone book. I bet they could get an Emmy from it ;)

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    judith replied

    Not sure about that the emmy brass love to snub AS for some reason..sadly.

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  119. kiren111 says:

    the way he makes EJami sound freaks me out, Al Pacino and Diane Keaton in the Godfather is not a relationship any EJami fan wants mirrored in EJami!

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    Tee replied

    I do not think he meant they embody all their aspects. I think he is refferring to how the Godfather kept many secrets from his wife. In essence EJ is like the Godfather and there will be things he will not be comfortable with at first telling Sami. I like that they are doing this story, I hope in the end Sami shows she can handle the truth of this stuff. We know she can accept him for him and vice versa, but him being in charge now will be a experience, and trying on both for a abit.

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    judith replied

    yep during the major part of the Godfather saga Kay and Michael were not together..and Key is nothing like Sami, Michael/Ej i can somewhat see it a little but Stefano is not Don Corleone either..actually Stefano is far more heartless than Don..i don’t like that this comparison at all..and i say that as a BIG The Godfather’s fan (one of the best movies ever) and as a fan of the Ej and Sami’s characters.

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  120. Becky says:

    thanks for the interview. well i am an ej and sami fan, and it looks like people are still arguing about, and rehashing the same stuff, some things never change. lol i am a kristen fan as well.

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  121. adrianna says:

    Everyone wanted EJAMI together! They’re so fantastic together! DAYS has been 20x’s better with EJ & Sami together and as the Power and Super Couple they were always meant to be! They are just absolutely brilliant together! Love Super Power Couple EJ & SAMI!!! Thanks Michael for the report!

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  122. Cheryl says:

    Great interview!! Loved what Ken said about Eileen Davidson and agree she is Fantastic as Kristen this time around love her scenes and is a true DiMera!! I agree with what he said about #EJAMI i doubt they will break them up cause they are a hot couple and the fans love Ali and James together!!

    Days should of tried to keep Casey and Chandler but happy their roles will not be recasted!! They need to get rid of JJ and end it with Daniel and Jen!! Bring back Frankie for Jen!! Bring back Kayla and BO!! Happy to see Kim returning this fall too!! Start bringing some of the old fan favorites!!

    As a long time Days fan i am more than happy with Days!! This is the best Days has been since the early 80′s!! :)

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    judith replied

    hey i love JJ but i agree with you about the other stuff ..lol

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  123. Karen Ly says:

    First off thank Micheal for another amazing interview you are doing with KC from Days. I love that KC have notice the power of AS&JS has lol. EJ/Sami is what make me still tune in Days. They are such a UNIQUE couple,. But Days have beenon fire these days most of the story are really well written.Also love Wilson, Bristen, Chabby & Bricole. Keep it coming Days

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  124. Kay says:

    I love the interview! I can’t wait for the drama Days has in store, especially for ejami! I love them to death!

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  125. Julie says:

    I am apparently part of the “everyone”, because I LOVE EJami! I watch because of them, but I do now watch the rest of the show. I live in a small town where many people watch Days, and most of the people I know think EJami are THE supercouple of Days right now. I gt that some people don’t like them, but I’m so sick of people claiming they kill ratings. Please! The year they are finaly together for real, Days wins an emmy. Yeah, ratings must be awful! lol And if I hear one more time how they are on screen too much, I am going to scream! They are not on enough! Dannifer – worst pairing EVER- is shoved down our throats day after day with stupid JJ. Just awful! THOSE are the characters who are on too much! All in all though, the show has been great lately. Sad CM is leaving. Loved his character. And then with Chad gone as well, sad times ahead for Days. :( Thanks for your interview! And thanks for noticing that MANY if not everyone, LOVES EJami!! ♥

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  126. 4everdays says:

    …And these are the days of our lives.

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  127. Tee says:

    Thanks for doing this interview. I know It is something we don’t get often so glad when he does interviews(Ken). I want to say first I am glad Chandler Massey is not going to be replaced (Will. I hope one day when he is done with college he will come back to Days.Congrats to Days on their win, and to the amazing actors and actresses. I am rooting for Ari Zucker she deserves a win, great scenes she submitted.

    I am loving Kristen. I was a huge fan her first go round and a huge fan even still her second time on Days. Eeileen Davidson is a wonderful actress.

    I love Ejami, and I am glad they are going to have their issues every soap couple does. That is how It works. Of course EJ is still going to be Sweevil,, I do not want EJ Dimera to be a Saint, and with Sami he does not need to be. Just because they will have issues, like all soap couples does not mean they are over.That is reading more into the comments made IMO. EJ will be essentially handling alal the dirty stuff his fatha used to.

    To Mr Fairman. I understand your everyone comment about EJami. For example I asked my friend who was all at a event she attended, and her response was “everyone”. Everyone was not literally there It just meant a lot of people.It is much how she could have said”Noone” and Obviously people were there perhaps just not very many or whatever. So no matter what side your comment was directed at. I just wanted you to know that your question to Ken and the wording should not have been attacked. Thanks for all the interviews you do Love them.

    P.S Alison and James are Gold!! They are Amazing.

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  128. Rose says:

    Allison and James are gold! Best talent on screen and some of the most complex characters on Days. I watch for ejami and can’t tear my eyes from the screen when they are on.

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    AliciaE replied

    Same for me. As a long-time viewer (over thirty years), it does my heart good to see so much enthusiastic support for what I consider to be the best thing Days has ever done. That would be Ejami! :)

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  129. Leah says:

    I think someone needs to give Mr Corday the heads up GREY is the new “IN”
    Soap fans have evolved. It is simply no longer the black and white, good vs evil. We like our characters GREY… struggling between doing what they know is right or wrong. Complex, compassionate, driven, passionate, no apologies go after what they want etc etc grey characters are far more exciting, fun and compelling to watch. They spice things up! The Days characters of EJ, Sami and Ejami have that in them in spades hence why they are so popular. So time to stay up with the times and roll with it. Give Ejami their challenges, their ups and their downs, BUT keep our Ejami and their little family TOGETHER :)
    PS: Not only are Ejami great but the actors who play them are simply brillant together. They always deliver and their chemstry is undeniable. They sizzle!

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  130. Leah says:

    PS: Food for thought….
    If Corday wanted a bad Dimera why didn’t he and his team write Chad that way? Maybe Casey would have stayed on Days if his character was given more to play with other than working in a coffee shop and chasing after a girl. I know I would have liked to have seen Chad be more Dimera!

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  131. Bighitter says:

    I have watched DOOL for over 25 years, I love it, loved Wayne’s Roman and Marlena, loved John and Isabella, was a Jen and Frankie fan but Bo and Hope was my favorite, until I seen James Scott open the door to Allison Sweeney, it was instant attraction, I was shipping these 2 for the long haul, I hated how they wrote EJ for a long time, but James Scott’s acting always convinced me he would always love Sami even when he hated her, he still wanted her. I am glad I am getting to see them paired finally, I can honestly say they are why I watch the show, I do like Wilson,and think Eric and Brady and Nicole are great, but I watch the show because I love James and Allison’s chemistry (always have and probably always will) :)

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  132. Lisa says:

    I love EJ and Sami, they are so good together. I hope they stay together forever. I do also like Sami and Rafe, but Ejami has that certain something that keeps me coming back for more. I hope Rafe still can’t get over Sami, because I love to see EJ get uptight about Sami and Rafe. If EJami do break up, then I want Sami and Rafe together. But I am fo EJami all the way. I am going to miss Chad so much I love him and abigail together. I am so sick of Kate.

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  133. Lance says:

    1st Did Ken Corday know that the last time Days won an Emmy for Best Drama was in 1978. That 35 years ago. I’m sorry but when it comes to the date that so important and it’s documented in the history books

    2nd. At first I was so bored with this show, but in the last couple of months it has been so good better than my Y&R (sorry Y&R Josh/Jill get it 2gether) but Days has been so good and Eileen Davidson has to play Susan, because the newer generation has to understand what they miss back in the 90s

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  134. MAB says:

    I just read the interview, and proceeded to read the comments. I see some familiar names so I thought I’d leave a comment. As always, love EJ & Sami, and agree their characters (as well as the actors) are gold. Putting EJ & Sami back together was the smartest decision ever made! Them being a couple is the only logical solution for them. They are at their best when they are together. I just hope Corday’s comments doesn’t involve breaking them up down the road. I’m all for giving them challenges and their ups & downs, but keep them together, where they belong.

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  135. Casey says:

    I’m sorry they are not going to recast Will. I started watching because of Will & Sonny. When Chandler is gone, I guess I’ll be gone too. It will be nice to get another hour back.

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  136. Rocky Reed says:

    What???? James and Sami not together ! What are they thinking? They are not thinking. Story lines can be written with these two together. They are best when they are together, that is when they captivate the screen like no others. This is criminal for the show and these two talented actors! Okay huge fan base it is time we get these two promoted to the big screen! Tom Hanks, I hope you are reading this!

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  137. Karen says:

    I want Drake Hogestyn back, now, as the old John. with new and exciting adventures, leading ladies, romance, and intrigue. I can not believe I have been watching Days forever and you DESTROYED MY JOHN IMAGE. How could u do that? I am no longer watching Days without Drake. You treated Drake and Peter R like crap, no respect for all they have done for u. How ungrateful. pathetic

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  138. Love from Australia says:

    Since this topic is quiet @ the moment! I do hope you do get a chance to read it :)
    Greetings and Happy New Year from Australia. Well firstly I want to thank you for your amazing work and interviews (your brilliant and you always put a smile on my face)

    Secondly Next time you see Ken Corday, could you please tell him that even though he thinks EJ (should be the villan blah blah blah Tell him (Yes tell him) Ejami should be a Team causing havoc together. I can’t see how EJ is the only villan when Sami is committing all the murders. Why on earth is it hard for Days to write a grey couple (the underdogs) basically Good making mistakes and loving each other for more than than 5 months. ..So over The DiMeras being the all evils of Days and since he still believes this I wish Days all the luck if they revert back to the crap I watched on my timeline in 2011 aka reign of Horrors. No thank you!! I search YT high and low just to watch Ejami scenes – the rest of the show is soo ho hum it puts me to sleep, No offence to the other actors either.

    xx

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  139. Florence Way says:

    I want you bring back Bo and convince sami to stay there are a lot people are not happy that you won’t bring back bo

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  140. Gerry says:

    Ken Corday and his people did such a poor job handling the termination of Chandler Massey. Months later and we’re now seeing the recast, the mistake is even more evident. The WilSon engagement would have resonated so much more if Massey were still playing Will. Greg Meng’s representations that there was an urgent need to recast Massey sound bogus especially based on what I’ve been seeing onscreen since January. DAYS should have let their 2-time Emmy winning actor complete the last 3 months of his contract.

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