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It was a difficult decision I grappled with when I decided to write this post. You might have noticed that updates of screencaps have been a little sporadic, if not lacking and I truly have to apologize for that lapse. The reason is because I’m really having a difficult time with Tamara’s return to DAYS OF OUR LIVES in her Emmy Winning role of Ava Vitali. That difficulty has been not with Tamara’s work, but with the story line in general. When word came last July that Tamara was coming back to the show, I was so overjoyed. Considering what happened to me earlier in the year, the death of my mother, being able to see Tamara again was that salve I needed for a wounded soul. So like I know most of you I waited patiently for her December return date. I admit I was a little dismayed at the lack of press for her return. There was once a time when a big return like this would get the full court press and all the remaining soap publications would feature a return article. There was one major interview in SOAP OPERA DIGEST, but for the most part they all have been pretty thin in terms of any excitement. Certainly with the waning interest in soap operas in general, one would have hoped that there would be some modicum of interest given how much Tamara is respected within that community, or that her Emmy win would be reason enough to warrant a few articles instead of just one major one. But then comes this article on Daytime Confidential‘s website about DAYS being told to shut down writing until a deal can be reached.

Days of Our Lives writers, put down your pens, er, keyboards. I’ve learned the team led by Josh Griffith and Dena Higley has been told to stop writing until a new deal is reached between NBC, Sony and Corday Productions. The 50-year-old sudser has been written through September 2016.

Last month, NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt and Entertainment President Jennifer Salke told TVLine they were happy with the soap ahead of starting negotiations this month to keep DAYS on the Peacock network. Here’s hoping a new pact can be reached soon.

Despite the positive hope for renewal there is little to be hopeful for from the message boards I’ve visited and or post(ed) to daily. Some are saying the show is done, and I really can’t say I care. With the exception of the actors, stage hands, and other crew who would be out of work, I have to say with the absolute unoriginality of the current stories as well as the lack of coherency of many of the characters and their motivations, most acting out of character I’m not surprised.

I belonged to the Soapcentral message board until today. After five days of debating whether Ava raped Steve (Stephen Nichols), I’m left with a profound state of ennui. Yes they’re calling it rape. Apparently according to many of the posters most of them Steve and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) fans, they believe that Ava raped Steve. This fills me with both anger and something akin to confusion as to what direction Ava’s return was to go in. Given her previous run as Ava (February 8 2008 – August 04 2008) I was hoping for something for Tamara that would push Ava into a bit of human conflict in who she’d be this time around. With Tamara’s run as Taylor in 2011 and how much that story line fizzled with unfulfilled promises and again from 2008, I had hoped the powers that be at DAYS, NBC and Sony would have realized the gold they have in Tamara and the possibility of an Ava and Steve pairing enough to dare to break up the iconic Steve and Kayla in order to bring together two amazing talents who’d be capable of shaking the show up. Instead was I was given was a sham yet again and a huge sense of disappointment at the end of today’s episode. The utter lack of concern from Steve for Ava and the devastation Ava felt at finding out their son was dead. While Tamara killed it, as she always does, I felt a break in me that has left me feeling very disillusioned.

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First of all, my apologies for no updates since before Christmas. A little explanation. As most of you know, my mom passed away in May of last year. For the most part I’ve been coping well, but with Canadian Thanksgiving in October, and with the Christmas holidays and New Years, I’ve been a little blue. It hit me like a ton of bricks Christmas Eve and I was just not up to doing anything regarding any website. I hadn’t even updated my Stephen Nichols site until yesterday. So please forgive the oversight. Secondly, I’m in the process of putting together a project I’ve been wanting to do for a while, but with my mother’s health issues for the past three years taking precedent, I just hadn’t thought to dream of doing it. Now with her passing and the almost eight months since her death, I’ve started to get the itch to do it. I’m not going to say anything at present about it, but when I do have it almost ready I’ll announce it. I hope you will come along for the ride. I know this has been a dream of mine for a very long time and with the possibility of finally realizing it, it’s making 2016 start out with a bit of hope. So now onto the state of Tamara and her Ava Vitali. Are we going into Lisbet Salander (played to perfection by Noomi Rapace) territory here? Perhaps a bit of Stig Larsson’s eponymous dark heroine from his Millennium Trilogy? In the last episode we got to see what’s been hiding underneath all those super sexy outfits Tamara has been given to wear. On her lower back was a coiled snake with its tail pointing down to the base of the spine, or as what it’s known as the Kundalini Spot in Tantric Yoga. I’m not sure if this is where DAYS is going to go, but I’m hoping it has something to do with the power of what the snake represents. There is an article on a website that goes into the deeper symbolism of the snake, and you can find it here: Snake Power. Whether or not they are actually going to deal with it is another thing, but the deeper part of me is hoping the symbolism of the snake in that part of it does represent vitality and immortality, it’s my hope that Ava will be a force to be reckoned with for a while and that Steve (Stephen Nichols), Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Joey (James Lastovic) will have to deal with Ava for a while to come. I also love the aspect of secrets, and Ava is full of those.



Okay, what is Ava up to? Pretending to cough, making herself look sickly…. I have a feeling the ride for Steve (Stephen Nichols) and Kayla is not going to be an easy one. And little Joey (James Lastovic), honey you have no idea who you’re dealing with. Tsk, tsk, tsk…..

  • [332] SCREENCAPS: DAYS OF OUR LIVES 12/11/2015



Finally something of Tamara from her return to DAYS OF OUR LIVES. I have a video of the show’s 50th anniversary, plus the first look of Ava in a scene with a grown up Joey Johnson played by cutie pie James Lastovic. The last time we saw him, if you’ll remember, was on Ava’s cellphone when she went to the neo-natal intensive care ward to get the photo for Kayla (Mary Beth Evans). This time we see a sixteen year old young man. Why am I thinking Ava will be a bit of a Mrs. Johnson to Joey’s Graduate? Video and screencaps to follow.

  • [100] SCREENCAPS: DAYS OF OUR LIVES – 50TH ANNIVERSARY & AVA VITALI FIRST LOOK



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