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a website dedicated to American actor/writer/director/producer Stephen Nichols. Best known for his varied roles on daytime television, Stephen has just returned to his iconic role of Steven Earl "Patch" Johnson on the daytime soap opera DAYS OF OUR LIVES. Stephen also played the parts of uber-tychoon Tucker McCall on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, as The Dark Prince Stefan Cassadine on GENERAL HOSPITAL and Dr. Skylar Cates on the cancelled SANTA BARBARA. Stephen has also appeared in films and in episodic television such as CRASH, THE NANNY, EMPTY NEST, SECOND CHANCES, IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT, RENEGADE, WITCHBOARD, & THE PHOENIX. This is strictly a fan site and NOT Stephen's official site. This site has a strict no paparazzi policy and will not publish photos of Stephen during his private time.

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STEPHEN NICHOLS ONLINE @ stephennichols.org is a website dedicated to the work of American actor Stephen Nichols. I am in no way affiliated with his person, his management, nor his family. All content, except otherwise noted, is copyrighted to their original owners and no infringement is intended and no rights implied. Content contained within are subject to fair use and used here either in whole or in part as a commentary on the work and career of Stephen Nichols.

I’m very behind on the “daily” screencaps for the past four episodes. My apologies. Been feeling a bit down and took a bit of a break, and considering how utterly depressing DAYS OF OUR LIVES has been in what is supposed to have been an anniversary month, I can’t say I’m surprised. I’m going to have to say it, while I think Stephen and cast have been utterly stellar with their acting in the last few weeks the 50th Anniversary has been very depressing. With the death of Bo Brady (Peter Reckell) to the strangulations of Serena Mason (Melissa Archer), Paige Larson (True O’Brien), Will Horton (Guy Wilson) and of both Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) and Hope Brady (Kristian Alfonso) all the way to the kidnapping of a pregnant Abigail Deveraux (Kate Mansi) by the rapidly unspooling Ben Rogers (Robert Scott Wilson), his murder of the midwife Wendy (Denice Duff), and death of Aiden Jennings (Daniel Cosgrove) and the total pall of grief over most of Salem, I’d pretty much have to say that this “anniversary” has been like a pox on daytime. I mentioned on a message board I post to that anniversaries are supposed to be like Stephen’s previous soap opera GENERAL HOSPITAL where he played the Dark Prince Stefan Cassadine. I remember their 40th when Laura (Genie Francis) and Luke (Anthony Geary) were pulling a fast one on the Cassadines to make them believe the Spencer marriage was on the outs, and Laura and Luke had to try to make time to spend their anniversary together in the tunnels under Port Charles. All the roadblocks stuck in their path to finally reunite and recreate their dance to Fascination from Wyndam’s Department Store back when they were on the run from the mob. Now that was romanctic. What’s been happening on DAYS of late is not romantic, nor happy. It’s just plain morbid. Thanks DAYS for a great anniversary. I hear this is supposed to go on for the next nine months. I hope the rest of this pregnancy goes better than Abigail’s childbirth. The featured image is from Monday and Steve saying a tearful goodbye to Bo. Another of Stephen’s fine performances.

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  • [265] SCREENCAPS: DAYS OF OUR LIVES 11/24/2015
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I’ve added a new scan to the press section. Stephen gave an interview to TVGUIDE’s Michael Logan regarding his return to DAYS OF OUR LIVES after a six year absence. Here Stephen talks about his relationship with Mary Beth Evans (Kayla Brady Johnson) and how the 1988 wedding of Patch and Kayla was second only to Laura (Genie Francis) and Luke (Anthony Geary) in terms of ratings. I’m including the text of the article in the write up plus the scan. Click on it to go to the full size. I’m running behind on the screencaps from Friday and today. I’ll have those up with tomorrow’s episode. Sorry.

Patch Is Back!

DAYS OF OUR LIVES Weekdays, NBC
AFTER A SIX-YEAR absence, soap superstar Stephen Nichols returns to Days of our Lives August 28 as one-eyed rebel Steve “Patch” Johnson — phenomenal news for fans, not so much for the folks in Salem. Nichols gave us a preview.

Patch divorced his soulmate, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans), off-camera and has been gallivanting for years, ignoring his parental responsibilities. What kind of a reception does he get when he finally comes home?
He’s not welcomed at all — by anyone. least of all by Kayla. He tells her right off the bat that he wants her back, and that he wants his family back. But she’s not having it. How can this man just take off for years and be out of contact like that? For all of Kayla’s sweetness and light, she’s not going to put up with anymore s–t from Patch!

Their 1988 wedding [pictured] was the second highest-rated “I do” in soap history — behind only Luke and Laura’s. Can that old magic be rekindled?
Mary Beth always says, “The audience loves Patch because he’s in love with a chubby woman. That’s the magic!” She is so self-deprecating. Mary Beth is who she is and does not care, and I just love her for that. Magic is a tricky thing, but Patch and Kayla must eventually get back together, right? In soap operas, that’s the law.

You made Patch one of the all -time great bad boys. Is it hard to keep that going as you age? Don’t you run the risk of looking a bit goofy?
It’s definitely a struggle — emotionally and physically. patch can’t remain the juvenile delinquent he was back then. He’s wiser and mellower now, and the writers have come up with a damn good excuse for why he’s been gone all this time. But you still need to be in shape and take off your shirt [sometimes]. You can’t go, “Just shoot me from my neck up.” It’s tough. At some point, you just have to admit, “Those days are gone.” Of course it doesn’t help that Days will be showing all those vintage Patch-and-Kayla flashbacks. [Laughs]. We look ancient now!


Today’s screencaps are added. Love when Steve gets all up in Victor’s (John Aniston) face about Bo (Peter Reckell). Either Victor knows something he isn’t telling, or Steve knows something. Loved Maggie (Suzanne Rogers) welcoming Steve back to Salem. And man is Joey (James Lastovic) getting all Nikolas Cassadine (played on GENERAL HOSPITAL by Tyler Christopher) on Steve. I’m sensing a slight Nikolas vibe in Joey. Casting for this character was spot on. Also, I made a huge mistake when uploading the screencaps from Stephen’s DAYS episodes so far since his return. I had to delete the albums in the gallery and reupload them. So I’m sorry for any inconvenience caused by the confusion. All episodes are back up in the gallery and today’s caps added. As well, I’m also trying to decide about putting up a new media site for Stephen’s work. For any of my old visitors, you know I had a media site that disappeared somewhere around the Jurassic period. For the reasons surrounding why it went belly up, check out this post here. For now though please enjoy the daily screencaps.

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Didn’t take long for Jill Farren Phelps to fire Genie Francis as Genevieve on the show, now comes word Stephen has been let go as Tucker McCall on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS. In the wake of this comes rumors of Stephen’s return to either DAYS OF OUR LIVES as Steve Johnson or GENERAL HOSPITAL as Stefan Cassadine. The most likely place might be GH since new executive producer Frank Valentini has said a huge Cassadine storyline is being planned. Wherever Stephen ends up I might consider resuming updates to this site. My main reason for abandoning it has to do with the negative response I received from Stephen’s ‘people’. Namely: His fan club president and official website owner. The fact they believed I said something I didn’t and treated me so shabbily didn’t help either. I would have thought as this is the only fan run website on the web dedicated to Stephen, I’d have hoped for a little bit more of a positive response. I also lost interest in Stephen’s storyline on Y&R. It’s a little difficult to enjoy something when the show is so boring and the storyline is really bad. While I’m sad to hear of Stephen’s leaving, I’m hoping he moves on to something that will utilize his talents better. If that be either Steve or Stefan, so be it. No word yet on Stephen’s final airdate though it’ll likely be sometime in 2013 considering Y&R‘s taping schedule.


While perusing the various Y&R message boards, I came across this that just about made me spit my tea out at my computer…not a good thing since it’s going into the shop to get repaired on Monday. But I digress….. Someone named LilKittenpaws on the IMDB board seems to have her information on Stephen in error. Let’s take a look at what she said… More below the cut.

SN lasted about 5 years on DOOL and for most of the time he was part of a popular couple, not male lead of the show. (I guess he was so popular he was fired? 5 years is not a long run on a soap) He was at GH for about six years after that,and he was part of a wealthy criminal family but not a power player, and not even close to male lead of the show.(And again, so popular- fired again) Then DOOL rehired him and his love interest to give it another try. It fizzled pretty quick, they were let go,(yet once again) after a couple years.

Tucker was originally written to be a wealthy business power player, SN has never played that, and he doesn’t have the bigger than life presence to pull it off. I notice they have tweaked the role to have him sneaky instead, working his business dealings through others. He doesn’t confront the men power players face to face. If he’s in an angry confrontation it’s written with a woman. And even with the women his voice doesn’t project enough power so he must shout at them, which backfires because his ranting looks like he can’t control himself.

Can the writers put Tucker face to face in confrontation with Victor, Adam, or Nick? Sure, but he will look weak. They can write the script to have Tucker overpower every guy in town but it would come off as comedy. Even the thought of the other men characters shaking in their boots over Tucker’s threats or business dealings makes me laugh.

Original link: [ HERE ]

She further states in another post:

We don’t really need a Tucker character. He’s too similar to Victor and we have more than enough Victor. Two old man egotistical Victor-types fighting, two old guy egotistical Victor-types that must win every business deal in town. Who cares? BORING! The woman need to be in the business picture and the younger men need to be developed. The only reason Y&R needs older male characters is to pair with it older veteran female characters.

Ashley can easily be paired with a younger man, she doesn’t need a guy a decade older. He’s unsuitable for Jill (Not Tucker, SN too short/small-framed). Nikki has the male-chauvinist man in Victor, why would she want to be with another that she has no family with? She chooses victor opposites if not with Victor.(Plus SN is small next to her size wise too) Can’t see him with Gloria. And he’s a good 15 years older than Phyllis. I don’t think she would accept him anyway, as a leading lady of the show they would bring in a hot young stub for her (and us) to enjoy.

Original Post: [ HERE ]

How does one counter such idiocy? It boggles my mind. Tucker is not a copy of Victor (Eric Braeden). Not in any shape, form or description. And to say that Ashley (Eileen Davidson) shouldn’t be paired with a man almost a decade older…. That just smacks of all kinds of stupid. What Ms. LilKittenpaws fails to note is that Tucker is the son of a legacy character in Katherine (Jeanne Cooper). So because Stephen is what could be considered ‘short’ (he’s 5′ 11″) he shouldn’t be paired with women who are…also short or tall….? Would mean that Sonny and Cher were all kinds of wrong. Or should I mention Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban? Then there is the obvious misinformation she cites about Stephen’s tenure on both DAYS OF OUR LIVES and GENERAL HOSPITAL. She says that Stephen was fired from DOOL the first time around. We all know Stephen was itching to try something new and chose to leave on his own accord. As far as GH is concerned, we all know what happened when the Phelps/Frons/Guza regime came in. Honestly, this person comes off as a snotty 13-year-old whose parents wouldn’t let her on the Justin Beiber board. Any comments to enlighten this person.