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Chappell & Sabatino on season two premiere of "Venice" today!

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

On-Air On-Soaps caught up last night with Crystal Chappell and Michael Sabatino at the Days of our Lives 45th Anniversary special celebration and presentation by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. And while we have plenty more to reveal on the DAYS side of things for Crystal’s Carly, and how Crystal and Michael fell in love on the set of DAYS decades ago coming to you later… we asked the duo to give us a few tidbits about today’s exciting season premiere of Venice being posted today at 12PMPST/3PMEST on VenicetheSeries YouTube Channel!

Chappell on what we will see: “ You will see more beautiful women smooching, but smooshing comes in episode six Michael (Fairman)… you got to wait for it! (Laughs)  In the first episode, we see what happened with the Colonel and something happens to him that changes the relationship with his daughter.  And, you see Lara and Ani start to have their beautiful relationship.”

Sabatino adds a bit more insight: “Well, I am not in episode one.  A lot of stuff gets set in motion.  The Colonel’s situation, and Jamie’s responsibilities come into play. Season Two rocks.  It’s dynamite.  You know, Crystal wrote it.”  (Chappell is credited with story, while both Kim Turrisi and Chappell are credited as writers of the series) Chappell responds:  “Come after me, if you don’t like it.  Stay away from Kimmy. I will take responsibility.” (Laughs)

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Jessica Staley
Jessica Staley

I am looking forward to seeing the premiere this afternoon and can’t imagine that anyone would go after Crystal for it! Looking forward to the pretty and the drama coming at us all this season….


Thank God Crystal wrote Season 2….I doubt anything could suck as bad as the writing Kimmy did Season 1. Hopefully she didn’t take any tips from the writers of Days either. LOL

Good Luck with it.

wanda moore
wanda moore

So looking forward to today’s premier of V-S2,only someone whose sheltered or is afraid of the REAL WORLD would have something to say,but they need to watch and learn about this world. They may even learn something about themselves.The world is ever changing and this change is uniting ppl across the land,change is good and necessary for without it we simply stay in one place.Thanks Crystal and Kimmy for helping us along…..waiting for season 2 loves.


I loved everything about season1 especially Kimmy’s writing & couldn’t wait for season2. just watched ep1 of season 2 & it is awesome. thanks Kimmy & Crystal for each word, each kiss, each smile. but overall thank u for being u. xxoo


thx Crystal & Kimmy for a brilliant S2 opener today! it’s going to be a gr8 season….so excited for all the cast & crew!

Mr. Sababtino please come to Day of Days in Nov. w/ your H*O*T*T*I*E of a wife!

love you all…mean it!!! ☮♡☺xo♥♀♀

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Judith Chapman Confirms She Is Back On DAYS And As Leo’s Mom

Exciting news DAYS fans, those rumblings were true! Judith Chapman will be playing the trouble-making Leo Stark’s (Greg Rikaart) mother on Days of our Lives.  And that reunites Chapman with Rikaart as mother and son.

As soap fans know, they played Gloria and Kevin Fisher on The Young and the Restless for many years together.  Now they will be playing a new mother/son dynamic duo in Salem. But, just what kind of twisted relationship might they have, since Leo has given clues that she was a bad mom?

Soap Opera Digest revealed that Judith will play Diana.   Her first airdate will be on January 29th.  DAYS fans know Judith from her time as Angelica Deveraux from 1989-1991, and most recently when she returned to the show for the 2018 Halloween episode doing a guest-turn as Angelica AKA Satan in Hattie’s (Deidre Hall) nightmare.

Chapman confirmed her arrival on the Salem scene in a tweet today, stating “And I don’t have to keep the secret either Mitch Sandusky! What a GREAT way to start 2019… More articles to come in TV Guide Magazine and Soap Opera Digest… and to be reunited with my TV son.

Diana will have a past with John Black (Drake Hogestyn), which could cause trouble for John and Marlena’s wedded bliss.

So, excited to know Judith will once again tear up the soap-screen, but this time back on DAYS? Comment below.

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RATINGS: DAYS On The Move – #2 In Key Demos 18-49, 25-54, and #3 in Total Viewers

Christmas in Salem came bearing gifts to Days of our Lives, as the audience was tuning-in to see what happened to Julie, Gabi, Abigail and a host of other Salemites.  In the latest ratings for the week of December 24-28th, which was the last full week of 2018 for television, DAYS moved on up in several key ratings categories.

First, DAYS overtook GH to gain the number three position in total viewers gaining (+196,000) from the previous week.  In addition, DAYS moved into the number two slot in the key 18-49 female demo, ahead of both The Bold and the Beautiful and GH.

The long-running NBC soap opera also landed at number three in the 18-34 demo, while ending up in the number two slot in the 25-54 female demo, as well.

The Young and the Restless also bounced back from an abyssal week, prior.  Y&R gained the most total viewers for the week netting +344,000, and did pick up viewers in all key demos.  The Bold and the Beautiful also fared well for the week in total viewers; adding +196,000, the same amount as DAYS.

General Hospital garnered +2,000 additional viewers for the week, and also added viewers for the week in demos 18-49 and 25-54, but found itself in fourth in total overall viewers.

Of note: repeats and episodes that did not count in the ratings system did weigh-in to final figures for the week from Nielsen.  To see the entire ratings picture via SON click here.

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,314,000 (+344,000/-487,000)
2. B&B 3,379,000 (+196,000/-414,000)
3. DAYS 2,412,000 (+196,000/-85,000)
4. GH 2,318,000 (+2,000/-436,000)

Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 442,000 (+42,000/-67,000)
2. DAYS 404,000 (+76,000/+40,000)
3. GH 364,000 (+33,000/-52,000)
4. B&B 347,000 (+18,000/-51,000)

So, what did you think of the ratings performance of DAYS? Which soap opera is delivering the best drama for you right now? Which is not? Let us know your thoughts via the comment section below.

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NBC Renews Days of our Lives For 55th Season

Those sands through the hourglass are not about to run out anytime soon, with news today that NBC has renewed Days of our Lives for a record 55th season for the network.  That means DAYS is picked-up through September 2020.

In a a statement, Bruce Evans, Executive Vice President, Current Programming, NBC Entertainment said: “With writing that manages to weave together Salem’s history with current realities, Ken Corday and his team have ushered the show’s legacy into a new era that resonates with both longtime and new viewers. The actors and crew have such a tremendous respect for ‘Days’ and what it means to fans. We believe that level of commitment shows through and touches our audience year after year.” 

DAYS executive producer, Ken Corday expressed: “It’s a great day in Salem! The sands in the hourglass will continue to flow for yet another year. We’re grateful to NBC and Sony for their continued support of the show and, of course, to our dedicated and passionate fans, we owe it all to you. Thank you for taking us through our 55th season. We can’t wait for you to see what we have in store.”

Steve Kent, Senior Executive Vice President, Programming, Sony Pictures Television, added: “Ken Corday and his cast and crew continue to build on the strong legacy of dynamic storytelling and intriguing characters in Days of our Lives. We are proud that audiences both in the U.S. and around the world will get to enjoy this award-winning series for another year.”

Days’ 53rd season saw a 4% increase in total viewers from September 2017 to September 2018 compared to the previous twelve months. According to NBC, that is 2.55 million vs. 2.45 million in live +7 per Nielsen Media Research.

Days of our Lives is produced by Corday Productions, Inc. in association with Sony Pictures Television. It is executive produced by Corday, Greg Meng and Albert Alarr, with Ron Carlivati as head writer.

The soap aired its 13,500th episode in 2018. The show first premiered as a half-hour drama in 1965 and expanded to an hour 10 years later.

So, excited to hear there is more DAYS ahead? Comment below.

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