Days of Our Lives' Hortons Gear Up For Bittersweet Christmas




TV Guide Magazine's Michael Logan has a touching article in the publication's Dec. 6-12, 2010 issue about Salem's bittersweet first Christmas without two of the 45-year-old soap operas beloved original characters, Alice "Gram" Horton (the late Frances Reid) and her son Mickey (most notably played by John Clarke).

It was hard when we shot the Christmas episodes [airing December 24 and 27] because the Horton living room felt so empty," says fan fave Melissa Reeves, who recently returned to the soap as Alice's granddaughter Jennifer Rose after a four-year absence."

Now before you take out your Christmas-themed Kleenex boxes, take heart. According to the article, the remaining Hortons in Salem (minus Hope who will be on the run with Bo) will gather to hang the Horton ornaments. Okay, scratch that. Grab your tissues, because I just did!

Watching the hanging of the Horton ornaments with my own late grandparents, who raised me, was as much a part of my family's Christmas traditions each year as Rudolph, Frosty and Borden's Egg Nog spiked with Jack Daniels. It will be really hard  to see those eppys without Gram. Jennifer Rose being on my screen will definitely help, even if my Jack Deveraux (Matt Ashford) is on some walk-about!  For more on how Reeves is coping with the loss of Reid on set, pick up your copy of TV Guide on newstands now.


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This is going to be a hard one. I don't know what else to say. Sniff kids.

We miss you Frances!!!!!!!!!!

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Yes, it's the first official Christmas without Salem's grandma Alice. Even though the character has not been seen for a few Christmases now, or Micky's character for that matter. With so few Horton's left, and Hope out of the picture, it's great Melissa Reeves Jennifer is back.

We will see how Days handles it. They really need to go as traditional and 'retro' as they can.

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I agree, some of my favorite Days episodes were the Christmas episodes at the Hortons, we'll see how they write it.

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Days screwed Melissa Reeves over in 2000 when they brought Jennifer back without Jack and it looks like they haven't learned from their mistake. Remember the awful Colin and Brandon mess that spun out of that decision? Fire the lousy Shelley Hening and Molly Burnett and put Matthew Ashford on contract!! Sometimes it feels like the powers that be at Days are mentally incompetent.

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I am looking forward to the Horton Christmas. However, should I be? This show has turned into a show of let downs and missed opportunities. There are so many problems that I don't even know where to begin. First of all, let me say that I am a fan that has watched from early childhood. I know what this show is capable of. With a few exceptions (Kristen Blake and also Alice's death storyline mainly) it has been on a steady decline since about 1995.

There are TOO many love triangles. Affairs on "Days of Our Lives" used to mean something. They were emotional. They were powerful. Remember when Marlena was forced by a looming Stefano to reveal her infidelity to Roman with John at Belle's Christening? There is no way they could to that now. Do you know why? Because EVERYONE has affairs monthly. It's getting ridiculous. Fans aren't even given a chance to get invested in a couple before someone is hopping in bed with someone else and all so there can be the predictable "Who's the Daddy?" storyline. (Think Daniel/Chloe/Phillip.) Another example is Brady and Nicole. Brady was with Arianna all the while Nicole wanted him. Now that Nicole has him, before they have even made it official the writers are clearly trying to put E.J. into the mix. Honestly, I couldn't care less who is paired with who I just think they need to give fans a chance to adjust to a couple and grow to like them before spicing things up with cheating.

Can we please go back in time and re-write history so Sami only has Will? I'm not usually about re-writing history but Sami has way too many children. And the plots keep centering on them! I miss insecure and scheming Sami not this blubbering neurotic mess of a maternal figure that is so boring and shoved down our throats.

NO MORE NEW FAMILIES (and characters.) As far as I'm concerned E.J., the whole Hernandez clan and most of the younger crowd can get into a car and drive off never to be seen or heard from again. These people are NOT "Days of Our Lives." They are not the characters that most fans have a connection to and care about. Focus on the veterans. I know the networks want to reel in younger viewers by focusing on young characters but the truth is soaps are going away. As much as we want them to stay around forever they aren't. So why not stay true to DOOL and focus on Victor, Maggie, John, Marlena, Carly, Vivian, Kate, Stefano, Abe, Lexie, Roman, Caroline, Sami etc.? And bring back favorites that are staples! As far as I'm concerned Laura Horton BELONGS in Salem as does Marie, Austin, Carrie, Celeste, Shane, Kimberly etc.

GO OUTSIDE! I'm so tired of the cheap looking sets. And why do they look this way? They sure didn't in the 80s and 90s. I guess budget cuts have called for drastic measures because some of these sets look like they were constructed by high school drama club students. Why don't they film outside sometimes like they used to? If it's an issue of cost, then fire some of the actors that no body cares about seeing and use it for higher quality production. There is a reason that soaps get made fun of. Why aren't they willing to change that?

These are just a few example of what I think could be done to improve DOOL. These are only my opinions. I know not everyone will feel the way that I do about the show or characters. I just had to express my thoughts.

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Salemite, I agree with you 100 percent. The ONLY thing I'm even looking forward to now is Vivian's revenge and I'm sure Dena and Ken will find a way to really F*** that up. It needs to be revenge "Cruise of Deception" style, but I'm sure nothing will even happy. God I hope they prove me wrong.

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"Cruise of Deception" was one of the most amazing stories in its history. If not THE most.

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I don't see them getting rid of Rafe or EJ. The writers seem to think the show revolves around them and Sami. I wouldn't mind if they get rid of Vivian though. She's really pissing me off this time around, and not in a good way. I just find her an annoying shrew. Not entertaining at all. I hope Kate, Victor, etc. win against Vivian when the time comes. I've had it with her not paying the price for her crazy sh*t.

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Vivian is a relic of the 90s. She just doesn't fit in with Days anymore. She could have worked during the Salem Stalker storyline when the show was darker, but now she just stands out like a sore thumb.

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Vivian is one thing we can agree on, AlistairCrane.

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Vivian isn't Vivian without Ivan!!!!!!!!!

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Exactly, Ryan-Scott!!! Gus is a sorry substitute for Ivan. Smile The writers tried to recreate something from the 90s, and it just doesn't work anymore.

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Vivian would be fine EVEN TODAY THANK YOU VERY MUCH if the current writers knew how to write her. HOW can anyone say anyone only fits in in the 90s?? That's like saying Bo, Hope, Steve, Kayla, etc only fit in in the 80s. Part of what's wrong with modern soaps is the fans! And all the bulls*** they demand. Eyerolls to all of you commenting negatively on Vivian.

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Not bringing back Ivan was a stupid mistake. He was always there for Vivian's wild antics in the 90s and helped make Vivian likable.

But the fact remains, Days moved on from Vivian after she left in February 2000, so now her return is liking trying to fit a square into a circle. Fire her.

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Vivian is one of the VERY few reasons I even tune in any more. I agree that the writing for her isn't up to par. It's not what it used to be. But the actress and the character are both incredible and when she leaves the show there is a chance that I'll have to tune out.

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I think they should fire her too, Alistair. I loved Vivian before, but if they are going to write her getting the upper hand in revenge, then that's it. I'm done with the character. Frankly, I would feel better about the whole situation if she hadn't of buried Maggie alive. It was morbid, inappropriate, and a load of bullsh*t. Victor, Kate, and crew should arrange to have her carted off to a mental hospital, if not jail.

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The current Vivian is a really bad caricature of Bonnie Lockhart. Fire Viv and use the money to bring Jack Deveraux back full time.

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May I just point out that Vivian hasn't done a damned thing since she returned. I am EXCITED for her revenge. Aside from the very brief entombment of Maggie, she hasn't even DONE anything. You people act like she's had the upper hand the entire time she's been back.

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You guys are ridiculous if you think Vivian shouldn't be on screen and half of the others should??? Like Nathan, Melanie, Chloe, Daniel, Chad, Gabi??????? They should go before an amazing veteran talent like Louise Sorel.

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I wouldn't say that Vivian is only for the 90s, but look at who's writing the show vs. who was writing for the show in the 90s. James Reilly was wayyyyyyyy out there compared to Dena Higley. Higley is uncreative and boring. Reilly, although outlandish and tiresome, was creative and sometimes entertaining. I like the realism of Days as of late, but it is boring and repetative sometimes.
So, I wouldn't say Vivian is a relic of the 90s, but one from a different era. Reilly era vs. Higley era. You're right, Brando. The current writers don't know how to write for her. They've taken her to immature, murderous (in a real sense of the word) whackjob, whereas in her last tenure she was comic relief and, I believe, a very original character. Why don't they ever say anything about what happened to Ivan, or, for that matter, what happened to all of her lottery money? I think because they are too busy trying to make her a caricature of her past.

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Might I point out that Vivian existed BEFORE BONNIE LOCKHART. So please don't compare her to a character that was created after her time.

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I haven't watched Days regularly in several years, but I always tune in around Christmas for the Horton ornament hanging. It's one of the most special traditions in soaps. This Christmas will definitely be sad without Alice there. I keep hoping Days will find a way to get its heart back.

And nothing would make my Christmas better than having Jack back in Salem with Jennifer (and some good writers!)

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Thanks for taking time to explain yourself Nathang. I just don't think calling for her to be fired is either nice or constructive. She deserves better than those opinions and what the show is giving her to do.

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Brando, you need to remember that just because YOU like Vivian doesn't mean everyone else likes her as well. Get her off my screen!

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Brando628 wrote:
You guys are ridiculous if you think Vivian shouldn't be on screen and half of the others should??? Like Nathan, Melanie, Chloe, Daniel, Chad, Gabi??????? They should go before an amazing veteran talent like Louise Sorel.

I agree, Brando. They should get rid of those you mentioned first. I'm just saying that if they continue to write her the way they are now, then I will not continue to enjoy this character. It will be painful to watch.
Trust me, Brando, I love the character of Vivian. Louise Sorel is a terrific actress and actually has made this character tolerable in bad times. I'm just tired of the current characterization of Vivian.

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I just dont understand someone who is clearly a Passions fan has any right to criticize anyone.

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Vivian's hogging up airtime that should go to other characters who deserve it-----like Bradys and Hortons such as Jack and Carrie. Get rid of Vivian----her antics are tired and best left in the 90s. There is no longer room for Vivian on Days of Our Lives.

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If you didn't like Passions, Brando, then my opinion of you is even lower now than it ever was before. What does that even have to do with this? Keep in mind you wouldn't even have your precious "Aunt Viv" without the creator of Passions. Please FOAD. Thanks very much! Laughing out loud

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"How do I say this? Passions was so antithetical to what a soap was."
-Ken Corday

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Thanks Nathang. If I've sounded testy at all, I'm sorry. I normally don't get this way. It's just that Alastair Crane is very rude and hateful and has gotten my blood boiling today. Vivian is my all-time favorite character. And I'm already hurt that they aren't writing her well. And when I see someone calling for her to be FIRED, it upsets me. Anyway, I just wanted to apologize to you for letting someone who is clearly here to upset people upset me.