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Year: 2015
Return Date: 09 December 2015
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Commentary :: Disheartened & Dismayed

Author: tamara obscura | Posted On: February 09, 2016

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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“Days of our Lives” Week of 02/01/2016 Promo

Author: tamara obscura | Posted On: February 01, 2016

A new DAYS OF OUR LIVES promo is available. Here our Ava uses her sexual whiles on Steve (Stephen Nichols) to get what she wants. Honestly I wouldn’t mess with her. Some say she’s crazy, I say she’s calculated and not to be trifled with.

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“Days of our Lives” Screencap Update ….. The %^*#@^%$@!!!! Edition

Author: tamara obscura | Posted On: January 28, 2016

So you’re likely wondering what the title of this post means. Well it has to do with the reason I haven’t posted in a while. The nice expletives has to do with the computer problems I’ve been having the last little while. I had to practically do a reinstallation of most of the programs I use to record the show and to screencap for the gallery. The other thing that has been happening is this, I’m planning on fulfilling a dream of mine and to do a commentary channel on Youtube. I had hoped to be up and running this week, but due to the computer issues that timeline is going to be delayed. I’m hoping to get that going soon and when I have all the kinks ironed out on my computer enough to allow me to start uploading, I’ll post here and let you know. I hope you will come over and listen and leave some comments and I’m hoping you’ll subscribe. For now though I know you want Tamara so here she is.

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“Days of our Lives” Week of 01/11/2016 Promo

Author: tamara obscura | Posted On: January 10, 2016

Ava tells Steve (Stephen Nichols) about the baby. Here’s the promo. Enjoy.

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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.

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Tamara Has An Official Site & Site Christmas Schedule

Author: tamara obscura | Posted On: December 21, 2015

I thought you would be delighted to know that Tamara has launched her own official site. If you click on the photo below you can go directly there. We here at TAMARA OBSCURA are so happy for her. As for the Christmas schedule in the title. I know I didn’t get the screencaps up for her work on the 17th or the 18th up until today. I posted this on my Stephen Nichols site and forgot to post it here. The reason last Thursday and Friday’s episodes weren’t up was because on Thursday my partner and I went to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Like almost half the planet I’ve been waiting a very long time for this film, given I’m a huge Star Wars fan from way back to 1977. I actually met my partner through Harrison Ford…. Okay, not him personally, but over a picture of Harrison as Han Solo in her binder. Yep, we met all the way back in High School…. That is my partner and I, not Harrison Ford and I. The details are so confuzzeling I know. So we went to the 10:35 showing on Thursday night. We didn’t get home till about 2:00 AM and well, I slept in on Friday. Sooooo I took the weekend off for my Homeland and Rupert Friend fixation…. and if I’ll be damned, they killed both Han Solo and Friend’s character of Peter Quinn and now my chin is quivering like Claire Danes’ as Carrie Mathison. Yes, I’m sad this Christmas season. Make me happy and click on the link to Tamara’s brand spanking new official site.

Edit: Forgot to mention the Christmas schedule. That’s me alright, forget my own name if I didn’t have it sewn into my clothes (not really). Anyway the Christmas schedule will be this, from what I can see Tamara will be on most of the week ahead. I’m not sure how feasible it will be to get all updates up on the day, so if I don’t or can’t for whatever reason this week or next, I’ll do an omnibus edition on the weekends if I can. I won’t let you go too long without updates. So there’s the schedule.

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“Days of our Lives” Screencaps Update ….. The Post-Force Awakens Edition

Author: tamara obscura | Posted On: December 21, 2015

My bad for not having these up over the weekend. The only excuse I have is that I’m in a post Star Wars: The Force Awakens catatonia. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. So I have today’s caps up in the gallery. So what are we thinking of Ava so far, and what is she up to? Tamara of course looks amazing and I’m loving her wardrobe. I’m trying to find out where some of the pieces came from, particularly the top and sweater she had on today. I love that combo. Also too there’s that red dress she had on the other day in the scenes with that guy in the park. There is a site out that is covering the clothes worn on the soaps by the various actors. This site is called I’m a Soap Fan and the webmaster has gone to great lengths to find out where you can buy these outfits. So far all she has on the site is the black and white sheath dress Tamara wore in her one day return to GENERAL HOSPITAL as Carly Corinthos, and the beautiful black and gold robe she wore as Ava on DAYS OF OUR LIVES just last week when she was making herself up to look sick. Please feel free to go to the section on Tamara by clicking the link I’m going to provide in the sidebar. There you can keep track of some of the things Tamara is wearing on the show.

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“Days of our Lives” 12/11/2015 ….. The “What-the-What” Edition

Author: tamara obscura | Posted On: December 14, 2015

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…..

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“Days of our Lives” 12/10/2015 ….. The Mrs. Robinson Edition

Author: tamara obscura | Posted On: December 10, 2015

I’m going to add a bit of humour when I make these posts. I’ve been doing the same over at my site for Stephen Nichols in adding a funny or ironic end to the post title. This time it’s The Mrs. Robinson Edition because all during Ava’s scenes today with Joey (James Lastovic) all I could hear playing in my head was Simon & Garfunkle’s “Mrs. Robinson” from the Dustin Hoffman film The Graduate. And what was that hand on the lap move there Ava? Joey’s sixteen and Ava is old enough to know better, but I have a feeling she’s leading him on. Right now I don’t even have a clue as to what Ava’s angle could possibly be, but whatever it is Tamara’s working it. Second day back and she’s killing her scenes. You can’t tell if she’s a baddie or a good girl. All in the craft.

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“Days of our Lives” 12/09/2015 ….. Welcome Back Ava Vitali

Author: tamara obscura | Posted On: December 09, 2015

Well, she’s back. I pretty much knew this was all we’d get to see of Tamara today, but it was sufficient to make me smile. I love that she’s back and I know Tamara will be on for a limited run, but we’ll make the most of it and hope they don’t kill her off so we can expect Ava back in Salem again. And didn’t she look amazing? I’ve always loved the wardrobe this show chose for Tamara as Ava. So much a part of the character and Tamara works it to the hilt. I also loved the femme fatale glasses. I’ll be doing what I’ve been doing on my Stephen Nichols site in putting in a featured image.

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