DC EXCLUSIVE: Blake Berris Talks The Mentalist, The Starter Wife And DAYS Exit

From his first appearance in Salem, USA in November 2006, Blake Berris stole the hearts of legions of Days of Our Lives fans as lovable geek Nick Fallon. No matter whom the UCLA alum—he graduated in just three short years with his acting degree—shared screen time with, his commitment to his craft was evident. Whether the storyline called for Nick to pretend to be someone else to woo the girl of his dreams, Chelsea Brady (Rachel Melvin), or bed her cougarific mother Billie (Julie Pinson), Berris sold it every time. He even brought believability to storylines that saw the heroic Nick acting out of character for the affections and/or approval of some of the most annoying bad girls in recent soap memory. Willow (Annie Burgstede) and Melanie (Molly Burnett) anyone?

Through it all, Berris and Melvin's chemistry kept Nick and
Chelsea fans tuning in to see if the geek would ever get his girl. Unfortunately, in the end he didn’t. Instead, Nick's exit storyline saw the character going off his rocker after killing his girlfriend's father, a plot twist the actor reveals was the “coolest” he experienced during his run on the soap when I recently caught up with him for Daytime Confidential.

Berris also talked with DC about his dramatic exit from Salem, what it was like working with real-life pal Melvin, Emmy-winner Suzanne Rogers (Maggie, DAYS) and Debra Messing, who Berris reoccurred opposite during three episodes of the short-lived USA dramedy The Starter Wife. He also gives us a sneak peek at tonight's episode of the hit CBS drama The Mentalist (8 pm C/9 pm ET), where he plays a British film actor who shares scenes, and perhaps a kiss (and more?) with Rebecca Rigg, the real life wife of series lead Simon Baker. Then the passionate thespian shares how thrilled he is that Barack Obama, whom Berris infamously dropped to his skivvies in support of during the Boxers or Briefs for Obama campaign, is now in the White House.

66th Annual Golden Globe Nominations

The Golden Globe nominations were announced today and in the TV categories former daytime star Kyra Sedgwick has been nominated as Actress in a Drama along with Brothers and Sisters' Sally Field. Also nominated, HBO's True Blood in the Television Series Drama category. General Hospital's Graham Shiels appeared on True Blood several times this season.

On the comedy side of things former Ryan's Hope star Mary-Louise Parker took home a nomination for Weeds while America Ferrera was nominated for Ugly Betty and Debra Messing earned a nomination for The Starter Wife.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Reader
Revolutionary Road
Slumdog Millionaire

Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married
Angelina Jolie, Changeling
Meryl Streep, Doubt
Kristin Scott Thomas, I’ve Loved You So Long
Kate Winslet, Revolutionary Road

Leonardo DiCaprio, Revolutionary Road
Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon
Sean Penn, Milk
Brad Pitt, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler

Burn After Reading
In Bruges
Mamma Mia!
Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Hollywood Soap: Are Fans Getting Their Fix From Real Life Supercouples?

The wildest soap town of the all, Hollyweird, is all abuzz about the break ups of A-list "supercouples" like Madonna and Guy Ritchie and Californication's David Duchovny and Tea Leoni (Lisa, Santa Barbara). Tabloids and gossip blogs on both sides of the pond can't get enough of every soapy detail of Madge and her Brit director's bust up. Was A-Rod involved? What's going to happen to the kids? Was their a pre-nup? Can Guy keep the cone bra?

Duchovny and Leoni's split is also causing tongues to wag and fingers to furiously type out speculation across cyberspace. Did Duchovny's role as a sex addicted writer on Californication spill over into his real life? Is Leoni banging Angelina Jolie's ex-Billy Boby Thornton? Who knows? Who cares? Funny you should ask. Apparently everyone one.

As magazines fold daily and newspapers lay off thousands of employees across the nation, the celeb rags have managed to flourish or at the very least remain stable. I'll tell you why, they have successful turned the lives of the rich and the wanton into real life soap operas.

Starter Wife Caption This Prize Contest

How great is this folks! You know all those great captions you've been making on Caption This posts here at Daytime Confidential? Well, now you're going to have a chance to win an actual prize for coming up with the best Caption This comment for The Starter Wife screencaps in this post.

This morning I was contacted by the cool people at The Starter Wife, starring Debra Messing, who are giving away a “Starter Wife Weekend Getaway Tote" to one lucky Daytime Confidential reader, in honor of The Starter Wife series premiere this Friday on USA Network at 9/8 Central.

Find more details on what is included in the “Starter Wife Weekend Getaway Tote" and learn contest rules after the jump!

Blake Berris Cast in “Starter Wife”

TV Guide Canada's Nelson Branco is reporting in his latest Suds Report that Days of Our Lives' star Blake Berris has been cast in a recurring role on USA Network's The Starter Wife.

The Starter Wife started out as a miniseries on USA which is owned by NBC Universal the parent company of NBC. However, after debuting to great ratings and sustaining them through it's run the show was picked up as a series and returns to the cable network later this year. 

Congrats to Blake!