Bryan Dattilo

Summer "Days" Promo

Days of Our Lives' really letting fans know that they are still in the soap game with this promo for the summer. How cute is the little guy playing Theo? This may change my tune about the show....

Days of Our Lives, The Enjoyment Factor

As I write this I’m battening down the hatches and looking for a shovel to dig myself an underground bunker, because I have a sneaking suspicion that I’m going to be the voice of unpopular opinion. Let me explain.

When deciding which soaps I enjoy most or discover I'm most interested in watching on my DVR when I get home, I look at two things, quality (writing and acting) and enjoyment. These two can be in the same, or entirely different. The Young and the Restless and One Life to Live fall under the “quality” umbrella. I enjoy them because the writing is on fire and the acting is superb. On the other hand, I can enjoy some soaps at a gut level even though they may not have as good of writing or as strong acting. Call it “the show I like, but no one else seems to” factor. This is how I feel about Days of Our Lives.

On this week’s CBS and Days of Our Lives podcast episode (which should air on Thursday) I reveal that Days of Our Lives is currently my third favorite soap, even beating out the drastically improved Guiding Light and my version of As the World Turns. This is something I have refused to admit, even to myself, for some time. If I did, might it mean I’ve succumbed to Dena Higley’s evil charms? READ MORE

What DAYS Needs to Do If It Wants to Stay on Past 2010 Pt. I: The Hortons and Bradys Generation Next

It's no secret Days of Our Lives is my heart. Like Tara to Scarlett, Llanfair to Viki and the Promises Treatment Center in Malibu to Lindsay Lohan, DAYS is home to me, which is why it pains me to find the land of my childhood, fanboy dreams war-ravaged, and overrun with some strange cow wandering about chewing cud.
I wrote last week how the show was actually watchable again, well, watchable won't keep DAYS on the air past 2010. In years past I never worried about whether NBC-U-Later-Soaps would kill Days of Our Lives, because I knew CBS or ABC would readily fight to the death grab up the most buzzed about soap in the last 20 years of daytime television. Thanks to the woeful state of the U.S. economy, coupled with DAYS being written by someone who would make the top brass at AIG shake their heads and go "tsk, tsk, tsk", I no longer have the quiet comfort that Frons or Bloom will pick up DAYS once it's cut by NBC. Hell, Mickey Mouse and Tiffany are having a hard enough times keeping the soaps already on their network lineups afloat, why would they consider bringing DAYS to the table in the shape its in?  READ MORE

A Moment of Hope

Isn't it always painful to tune into a soap and watch a once favorite couple share a moment that reminds you of the good old days? That's what happened for me today. At one time I was a huge Lumi fan, Alison Sweeney and Bryan Dattilo are what hooked me on Days of Our Lives and for years I loved them. Then the character's dynamic became repetitive. 

Now I won't even try to fathom what Dena Higley is doing with Sami/EJ/Nicole/Lucas/Chloe/Daniel because it's just to mind-taxing, and after a really long week I just don't have the energy to try and comprehend where things are headed, but I couldn't help but feel a sense of the familiar today, as I watched Sami talk to Lucas in his hospital room. I enjoyed watching them call one another out while at the same time understanding almost immediately where the other is in their life.

Did today's scenes between Sami and Lucas remind you of a better time gone by?

Who Should Sami Be With Now That She's Back In Salem on DAYS?

All the day players involved in the asinine "Who Killed Mayor Brian Bodine" snorey-line have been dealt with, which of course means Salem's conquering heroine Samantha Jean Brady (Alison Sweeney) is free to talk loudly and behave like a perennial 15-year-old once again in plain sight on How Many Days Till Cancellation?

 The question is, now that the Belle of Salem Place—no I'm not talking about Kirsten or Martha— is back, which man should she be with? There's Lucas Roberts Horton (Bryan Datillo), the boy she's loved and schemed with on and off since she was a kid, who also happens to be the father of at least two of her critters.
Then there's EJ DiMera (James Scott), who also knocked her up twice, although he doesn't know about the second one, who is currently being taken care of by his fiance Kristen Blake, er Lexie Carver, Doh! I mean, Nicole Walker (Arianne Zucker)! Sorry, this story is so revolutionary and cutting edge it causes momentary bouts of soapnesia!

 Last but not least, there's Luis Lopes-Fitzgerald (Galen Gering) from Passions (I tried to remember the name of his DAYS character, I swear I did.), whom she's been acting out old Roman and Marlena scripts from the early 80's with for the past few months. Who's your pick?

Shawn Christian Re-Ups With Days of Our Rotten Storylines

The word from a recent Shawn Christian (Daniel) fan event is that daytime's randiest doctor will be sticking around Salem to bed more grandmothers, granddaughters and Great Aunt Fern's. Christian reportedly told fans he re-signed his contract with Days of Our Rotten Storylines. On a side note, did you see Lucas literally explode today?

"Well he was drunk enough to be flammable!" DC's own Nicki quipped when asked what she thought about the story stinker. 

 Poor Christian, Bryan Datillo and Nadia Bjorlin, these sexy actors deserve so much better, but then so did Deidre Hall, Drake Hogestyn, Stephen Nichols, Mary Beth Evans, Thaao Penghlis, Leanne Hunley, Blake Berris and most importantly, we the viewers. READ MORE