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Days of our Lives Scores Its Most-Watched Week In Two Years! Total Viewers Up To 2.914 Million!

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Days of our Lives is continuing its major uptick that began at the end of 2015, with news from NBC today that for the first week of 2016,  (January 4- January 8th), the series scored big in the ratings with its most-watched week of episodes in two years.

There is more excellent news with that for the long-running NBC soap opera which turned 50 this past November.  The series averaged 2.914 million viewers, that is the daytime drama series best numbers since the week of January 6th -10th, 2014 (2.991 million).

In addition, in the key womens demographic of 18-49, DAYS delivered its highest weeklong average rating in 18 months, with a 0.91 rating.  That rating is the highest for a week for the series since July 14-18, 2014 (0.93).

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Versus the same week last year, DAYS was up +11% in the women 18-49 category (0.91 vs. 0.82), up +11% in the women 18-34 demo (0.49 vs. 0.44) and up +19% in total viewers (2.914 million vs. 2.452 million).  Season to date, Days of our Lives has grown +3% versus last season in total viewers (2.869 million vs. 2.777 million, “most current”).

So, what drove more eyeballs to DAYS?  The drama of the death of Dr. Daniel Jonas (Shaen Christian) following the horrific New Year’s Eve car crash, and the heartbreaking episodes and performances dealing with who will get the good doctor’s heart … Brady (Eric Martsolf) or Eric (Greg Vaughan) with Maggie (Suzanne Rogers) having to make that call!

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And then there was that shocking Friday cliffhanger where Hope (Kristian Alfonso) shot and killed Stefano (Joe Mascolo) once and for all!  These dramatic moments were major factors in this great week for the audience at home, and for the hardworking producers, writers, actors, and behind-the-scenes crew at DAYS.

So, what do you think of DAYS best weekly performance in the ratings in two years?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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code85
code85

Right own keep it up Days. This is for all the doubters.

Jeremy
Jeremy

Prediction: DAYS will be renewed for TWO more Seasons….next week, right?

Patrick
Patrick

don’t mind admitting a few heart palpitations… till I hear as much

@Ricardo is saying the same thing

bells and whistles happy dance beaming from ear to ear heart taken w/ DAYS

Susan
Susan

I think it will be renewed for one more season at least.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

If you miss a DAYS you miss a lot! High stakes drama all in a DAYS work! Five DAYS per week perfection! Vacation DAYS, sick DAYS or snow DAYS…don’t forget about DAYS!

My DAYS aren’t complete without DAYS!!!!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Cute, 4ever, I love it. And, I agree. I look forward to most of what’s offered on Days, right now. (Well, not Hope’s stupid story).
I wanted to ask you, since you are an avid fan……What are the chances that Joey is Ava’s and Steve’s son? I believe that’s why she’s concocted all this. Well, weirder things have happened on Days, right? Lol. At first I thought that it was going to be another teen seduction. But, i’m starting to lean toward this new idea. Her actions do not bespeak any sexual connotations. Just a thought! Later.

Michael
Michael

I am betting that it will turn out that Joey was responsible for the accident that killed Daniel. First, notice that everyone talks about the number of cars involved in the pile up- but no details other than Eric’s drinking and close ups of Jen. The second to last time we saw Joey, Steve gave him that motorcycle, promised to give him fast track lessons, and made him promise not to tell Kayla. Then we see Joey at the Basic Black Party, getting rebuffed by Eva. The drama will unfold as Eric is exonnorated, but leaves Salem in search of redemption. Meanwhile, Stave and Kayla’s reunion will be short lived when Kayla finds out that Steve gave Joey a motorcycle without telling her- paving he way for Eva to set her plans in motion.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

No chance at all, CeeCee, which is why it’s a possibility, LOL!

CeeCee
CeeCee

@4ever.
Exactly, 4ever. I’ll buy that!!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

If Ava really had Steve’s baby, Chase is their son!

Ricardo
Ricardo

I am enjoying watching Days right now, next week they will renew Days for 2 years. That’s what I am hearing.

Jeremy
Jeremy

Yes, Ricardo! I feel that is happening!!!! Let’s keep supporting, let’s keep watching, let’s keep praying?

LOVE LOVE LOVE DAYS!!! To more DAYS OF OUR LIVES, to come!!!!

su0000
su0000

Goes to show;
people like action, mystery, and yes murder..

GH is having its grave dug by J&S with the horribly dull love in the afternoon, that faded out long ago..
Couples are cool, GH had great couples, that now are looking rather smoochie ridiculous.

CONGRATS !! DOOL for the writers picking up their game and delivering !

tim S
tim S

Maybe a green episode of GH will put some life into it!! LOL..

Come on…. magazine coming out green saves the magazine…I like crazy stories but this one … NOT

CeeCee
CeeCee

I think it will, tim S. That’s the whole point. Of course, it is far fetched, Lol. But the planet is going green, haven’t you heard? HaHa.

Matt
Matt

GH was still ahead of Days in the ratings and GH is doing great numbers as well. The show is so much better than when ron was writing. J&S are doing a great job, congrats to them

Mister Media
Mister Media

The actors are killing it on Days right now! The stories are great, but the writers aren’t just writing BIG stories. They are also writing all the small but emotional beats that result from the big stories. Days may just have the best writing of all the soaps right now. Y&R had an amazing day today, but GH has been disappointingly lackluster and B&B is like a cartoon version of a soap. GH needs a new editing approach with longer scenes. The show could learn a lesson or two from Days!

jeremy
jeremy

Days is so Dull and Boring. Nothing exciting about this Cheap Soap with cheap sets, production :&

Chrystie_Delancey
Chrystie_Delancey

I think the score is great. It is right up there with a motion picture thriller.

davlestev1
davlestev1

Don’t be an annoying little gnat just don’t watch it’s a good show no need of negativity

Newmanwins
Newmanwins

GH could learn a lesson from Days? Should they kill off Laura, Michael, Anna, and Mac for a lazy cheap temporary ratings bump? Should they sacrifice the long term all for a short term numbers surge? How about a death one week, then a funeral the next, and then keep repeating this pattern like Days? I got news for you that one trick pony gimmick will eventually run out. The fact that Days has to kill off so many characters in a very short amount of time is just flat out desperate reckless writing cause they know it’s the only way they can move out of last place for a week or two and then it’s back to status quo.

Mister Media
Mister Media

I should have been more clear – the lesson I was referring to had to do with the editing. The quick cuts on GH are too frequent. The scenes need more time to develop. I’m not a fan of numerous and gratuitous deaths, but they do give something for the actors to play if done well. Long live GH!

Mr. Tim
Mr. Tim

I couldn’t agree more… Now we have lame Theresa trying to start of clothing line… Gimme a Break!

Pjc722
Pjc722

Finally stefano is dead and for that much I hope the DiMera family. As much as I love a good villain family on a soap, for one family to do as much illegal and diabolical things as the Dimeras and nothing to happen to them such as jail just made the police/Brady’s look stupid.

Love that Hope did it. As some have said it should have been John. But amazing end to an era.

Susan
Susan

Stefano is dead; long live King Andre!!

Mr. Tim
Mr. Tim

I couldn’t disagree more. I never hated Hope, until now… pious and hypocritical. YOU DON’T KILL AN ICON LIKE STEFANO THE WAY THEY DID!!! Very disrespectful to the best actor ever on Days. So how is it a good storyline to have Hope kill a helpless, feeble and sick old man who had begun to stop all his evil?

nicholas
nicholas

Days of our lives is the outstanding daytime drama at the moment . You can forget about young and restless and bold and beautiful . Days of our lives is the soap to tune in right now . The writing is amazing and the acting is great . Those of you who watched Days in the 1980’s will be pleased to know that Patch and Kayla are back on and the wonderful A Martinez whom some of you will remember as Cruz Castillo from the late great soap ” Santa Barbara ” is now on Days playing a character named Eduardo !

Chrystie_Delancey
Chrystie_Delancey

Yeah, A Martinez is wonderful as always. I hope to see more of his nicer side in reuniting with his family and with helping John. I don’t buy him as a bad guy because he was Cruz Castillo (nice guy) for so many years.

Mo
Mo

Awesome.

But I don’t want to keep seeing murders and death.

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

Glad to see it! Not happy with everything going on (the destruction of Eric & Nicole, for instance) but there are enough stories and moments I like to keep me watching every day. Can’t say that about last year’s DAYS.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

I can’t understand the Ericole situation, maddie.

It’s as if Nicole lost Eric because Ari Z and the tan man are cozy in real life. Dan is out, but Nicole staying could require that Eric/GV is gone too. For what it’s worth, Ericole still have it! The angst is excruciating. Maybe the plan is an Eric recast.

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

If they recast with Jensen Ackles, I’d be on board, LOL. DAYS has truly wasted GV and if it was so Ari and Shawn (?) could carry their real-life relationship onto the screen, it backfired. Not every real-life couple has great on-screen chemistry, in fact, hardly any of them do!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

If they do an Eric recast I hope GH scoops up GV as Lucky. I liked his version of Lucky and really hate the storyline that Lucky abandoned his children. I wonder if GV would return? If I recall correctly they unceremoniously dumped him when “the real Lucky” was available.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Oh, 4ever. Nicole is left behind (as part of the cast, that is) because there is a love triangle brewing…… I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings and be repetitions ( I think I already said it, and for that I apologize), but, Brady is having dreams of sexy Nicole giving him that come hither look. HaHa.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Proof people still like drama in their daytime…as long as the writers write good stories.

Chrystie_Delancey
Chrystie_Delancey

Billy Flynn, Billy Flynn, Billy Flynn. That fine actor is what has me watching.

I am also enjoying the character development of Theresa by the fabulous Jen Lilley, but I hope they do not make her too goody two shoes too quickly. She needs to keep that naughty side just a bit.

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

I hate to say this, but the Liason/Jasam thing just might be working for GH. I was shocked to see Monday’s episode (with both Liason AND Jasam) was the highest-rated, while the Scorpio-Drake epi (my personal favorite episode in months!) was the lowest rated of the week! It’s truly mind-boggling, but Jasam and Liason have loads of fans. And as long as GH can keep ALL of them dangling and hoping, they will get them to tune in. But just how long can they keep shippers dangling before they get fed up? And what happens when they finally close the door on Liason and go with Jasam for the win? Stay tuned … or NOT.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Of course people turn in, these type of stories always bring in eyeballs, but in the end what are you going to do– keep killing people? Eventually a soap needs a solid story board with stories that are woven over time. If a soap subscribes to the Ron C form of writing, your stories have to keep getting more outlandish or out there in order to top or compete with what was done, and in the long term a soap can’t do that.

Prime time can because they have only so many episodes a year, but a daytime soap will quickly run out of steam. I know viewers hate the lull times– but honestly high impact stories like the ones Days just did will get you a bump in the ratings but long term it doesn’t help, which is why I keep saying daytime needs to stop writing for ratings and just write– quality writing will bring in the viewers without having to resort to cheap melodrama that like fireworks are dazzling while it lasts, but soon fades away leaving nothing– and then you lose the audience you just gained.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

So happy for Days. Hope the renewal announcement comes soon!

Rj
Rj

I watched because I was curious to see how all was going to happen, but as other have said I hope they move away from all the death. Hard to keep watching everyone so sad. Romance, Mystery, Intrigue and adventure are fine from here on in. I think that all the actors have done an excellent job. They have a strong cast now, so they need to keep giving them good storylines to perform. I agree that Chad – Billy Flynn has stepped out as a strong and leading character. Kudos to him. Look forward to seeing more.
Congratulations to the cast, writers, crew, producers, directors, etc. for once again turning Days around. I hope they can keep it up.

Ces
Ces

Billy Flynn, Stephen & Mary Beth are about the only three I am watching for. I dont like this stupid Hope story or how they killed Stefano off, John searching for his parents ran its course a long time ago, not interested in Theresa or her screeching, lame bad actors in the teen storyline, and a new dearh every week. I’m not sure I want to juggle Days & GH but then again GH has had its dull days too! What we need are fresh writers snd more original storytelling.

Ces
Ces

*death*

blake
blake

Congrats Days, well deserved! With these healthy ratings and demos NBC/Sony would be smart to keep Days on at least for another two years. According to rumors it’s already happening and I hope so!

Jeremy
Jeremy

Yes, well played by DAYS, they won, jointly won top honors last year for Best Drama, they will WIN again this Spring. Word on the street is a renewal is in the works? That’s fabulous. They deserve to live another two years. Hopefully, we’ll know for sure middle/late of next week.

KateA
KateA

I am watching because Vincent I starts on Monday….I think. He does evil very well. He is suppose to have a close connection to the DiMera family. Really looking forward to seeing him back on the screen, causing problems. I am totally enjoying Michael Knight on Y&R. Sure wish there was a way to get Susan Lucci back. Yes, still missing All My Children.

Guppy Gal
Guppy Gal

I can barely make myself keep watching this show. It all death and destruction all day every day! If I want to see that I can watch the nightly news. What happened to love in the afternoon? I have lost track of how many have been killed in the last year!

Lonny
Lonny

I’m not sure why people are tuning in for death and sadness. I’m about ready to turn the channel if it doesn’t get better soon. This is not my DOOL. I want to see family, love, happiness not murdering the entire town.

Mr. Tim
Mr. Tim

The way they killed Stefano off was extremely aweful writing!!! I mean this guy was an icon and this is the way you treat him? Why not have him go away to an island or something? To have him shot by the pious and hypocritical Hope was pathetic. He was my favorite character ever and deserved a better exit!!!!

Days Of Our Lives

DAYS Stacy Haiduk and Eric Martsolf Talk Kristen & Brady’s Twisted Relationship : The Mask, The Deception, The Sex

Last week on Days of our Lives, Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) was able to get the man she craves in between the sheets.  So, just how did that happen when Brady Black (Eric Martsolf) had no idea she was alive?  Well … he still doesn’t, really.  You see, Kristen returned to Salem disguised as another ex flame of Brady’s, Nicole Walker (who everyone believed died in the warehouse explosion).  And Kristen has been parading around town donning an incredible likeness of Nicole’s face – via a prosthetic mask – and some other tricks to sound and look just like her!

Kristen’s goal is to infiltrate Salem, remind Brady of the love and passion they shared, take over DiMera Enterprises, and who knows what else!  And everyone who stands in her way, better watch out as we have seen! We are speaking to you (the late) Ted, and (once kidnapped) Kate, et al.

Fans of the NBC daytime drama series have followed the tortured relationship between Kristen and Brady for years and through many plots; Kristen was first played and brought to life by Eileen Davidson, and for well over a year now by Stacy Haiduk.  Not only has Haiduk reprised the role of a frustrated, vengeful Kristen, she is also playing at times multiple roles: the wacky and often misunderstood, Susan Banks, Kristen playing Susan, or Kristen pretending to be Sister Mary Moira.

As for Daytime Emmy winner, Eric Martsolf, this latest story arc puts him front and center as viewers watch to see if what Brady senses, and the clues, and the feelings he is having, bring him to the conclusion that he has been duped by Kristen, and that her horrendous scheme – pretending to be Nicole (Arianne Zucker), and dumping Nicole’s longtime love Eric (Greg Vaughan) to be with him have a result that is unexpected or catastrophic!

Michael Fairman TV sat down with Stacy and Eric for this conversation about: all the plot twists, and playing the drama and the humor of the situations they find themselves in as actors in a wild story that only head writer Ron Carlivati could pen and keep the audience on the edge of their seats in the process. Check out this oh-so-fun, direct, and enlightening chat with two of DAYS most shining stars.

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Eric, what has it been like working in this part of your storyline; where there’s the character of Kristen in its many forms: Arianne Zucker playing “Nicole” (but it’s really Kristen), Kristen as Susan, and the real Kristen, etc?

ERIC:  It’s been a nightmare Michael.  (Laughs)  I don’t know who I’m sleeping with anymore.  I’m at the point where I go home at night, and I just tug on my wife’s cheek just to make sure that she is not my ex-girlfriend from high school.

When you first heard of this storyline, and that it was going to facilitate how Arianne was going to come back to the show… and that it was supposed to be Kristen in a Nicole Walker prosthetic mask with a voice alternator, what went through your mind?

ERIC:  I think in the back of Ron’s Carlivati’s (head writer, DAYS) mind, he was thinking to himself, “This dude started his soap career on Passions, he’s okay with this kind of thing,” and honestly, nothing surprises me anymore.  When you’re thrown into that supernatural, crazy reality, doesn’t-live-here sort of atmosphere for you first soap gig, you don’t sweat a mask and a voice modulator.  That’s just par for the course.  My biggest problem was the body thing … that Brady is not able to distinguish one body from the other, because I would as Eric.  My God, I know every inch of my wife’s body.  So, it’s difficult to get my head around that, but at the same time, I’m going with the whole “love is blind” thing here. (Laughs)

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(Laughs) I was going just going to say that Brady would absolutely know Kristen’s body from how passionate their relationship has been in the past, as well, he would Nicole’s body from his relationship with her.

ERIC:  Since Kristen did finally just succeed – let’s use the word in “seducing” him, and using her wonderful feminine wiles as only Kristen has to get Brady in to bed, there was also another twist.  What plays after that is that he notices the tattoo that’s been removed, and she plays it off as scarring from the fire.  What’s going through his mind as he is making love to Nicole is a “Kristen train”.  He can’t get Kristen out of his mind, and the guilt that he feels about that is horrendous.

Right! Brady is thinking: “Why am I feeling this when I am supposed to be with Nicole!?”

ERIC:  Right!  Brady has been waiting for a relationship for God knows how many years now – at least a successful one.  He is so eager to have this work, even though he has been concerned about how Eric (Greg Vaughan) would feel about this.  In Brady’s mind, Eric is done with Nicole.  He’s good.  He loves Sarah (Linsey Godfrey).  This is fair game.  Brady and Nicole have always been close … they’ve been close before … so, for him, it’s, why not give it a fair try?   However, he finds himself now thinking about another woman the whole time.  That’s rough.

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Do you think in the back of his mind, that this whole time, he possibly knew that “Nicole” was Kristen?

ERIC:  Well, you just have to wait.  There will be a reveal eventually, obviously, but until then, let the games play on.

So, once Brady and “Nicole” have sex, he keeps thinking about Kristen?

ERIC:  Constantly!  She just plagues his mind.  I think he’s realizing that his affection for Kristen is anything but dead and is very alive, and I think this is Kristen’s master plan from the very beginning.  She knows that she pervades his soul, and once she does reveal herself, I would guess he would probably be surprised, maybe a little angry, but in the end … you can’t deny what your heart and your body wants, right?

One of my favorite recent scenes had Brady half-naked and Kristen as Susan getting into his room, because she was looking for the MIA Nicole mask she so desperately needed.  She finds herself gawking and lusting after Brady under her disguise, and he tries to remove himself from the situation and says, “Susan, I’m going to get in the shower…”

ERIC:  Yeah! And, “It’s not going to happen, baby.”

What was that like doing that scene?

STACY:  I loved it!  I thought Eric was brilliant in it.  I watched it, and I thought, “Oh, my God!”  (Laughs) It is one of my all-time favorite scenes.

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ERIC:  Kristen is a tiger.

STACY:  She is a tiger.  She’s got a goal, and she is going to go after that.  She has obstacles that are going to come in-between her goal, but she will go after whatever she wants.

When Stacy comes in to Brady’s room as Susan, were you not laughing?

ERIC: No!  I thought she was hot. (Laughs)

STACY:  He did … he loved it.  You liked me, didn’t you baby? (Laughs)

ERIC:  I don’t think anybody can deny that Stacy Haiduk’s portrayal of Susan Banks is ridiculously good.  Everything from her delivery … to her facial expressions.  I think it is amazing.  I mean, it is corny, and it is fun, and soaps need characters like that once in a while to lighten the load of the heavy dialogue and the drama.  It’s a welcomed addition.  So, I love playing scenes with Susan.

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Eric, you always have been able play the straight-man so well in comedic scenes with impeccable timing,

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STACY:  You’re brilliant, Eric.

ERIC:  You guys are being very nice to me.

STACY:  You are.  I remember on the day how much fun we had, but then, seeing it back and the crap that I was giving you, and just the stuff you were giving back was so beautiful, and innocent, and so alive.  It was so funny.

Does Kristen think that now that she finally got Brady into bed that she won … that she got what she wanted … even if she had to don a “Nicole” mask to do it?

STACY:  Well, no, because she still can’t be really Kristen.  I think she is grateful that she gets to be with him.  That’s one of her biggest goals: to be with Brady and she wants to have him fall back in love with her again.  But for her, now it’s all about, “How do I reveal myself so that he doesn’t get scared away?”  That’s the toughest part for her.  Kristen’s love is so deep that it goes beyond this mask.  So, how is it going to be when he sees her?   Is he going to freak out?  What’s going to happen?

ERIC:  Did you think Kristen would be a little pissed off and think, “Oh my God.  He did go for Nicole?”

STACY:  Yes!  I do, because she’s like, “Finally, I got him!  But wait a minute … did I get him because I was Nicole … or because I was Kristen?”  As Kristen, she always believes there is something deeper between them and a deep connection.  That remains a driving force to her.

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ERIC:  That’s why I love these characters so much, because of you and the history of Kristen with Brady.  She’s always wanted him as much as he has wanted her.  She’s always wanted to be loved.

STACY:  Yes … and very much so.

ERIC:  Kristen had always wanted to be a part of the DiMera Empire, just as Brady has always wanted to be a part of the Kiriakis Empire, and they’ve always wanted love.  They’ve never had it.  They believe in the back of their minds that anything is attainable.  So, I can see why Kristen would just forgo the Nicole disguise and just go, “He wants me.”

STACY:  Kristen wants to believe that Brady knows it.  She says to herself, “He knows it’s me inside and behind the mask.  When he finds out, he will fall back in love with me.”

Now that she actually had sex with Brady, wouldn’t that make Kristen even more insatiable to be with him? Like, “I’ve got to have him!?”

STACY:  The fear is still .. what happens she takes this mask off?  She always says, “I’ll reveal myself, but I have to do it slowly when it is the right time.”  I think there is that built up frustration now for her, absolutely!

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Arianne Zucker really has Stacy’s mannerisms down as Kristen.  It really comes into in scenes where “Nicole” goes off on someone or loses her temper.  Eric, you have worked with Arianne for years on this show.  What do you think about her performances in this storyline?

ERIC:  I have worked with Ari over the years, and I have enjoyed it a lot.  Ari did do her homework.  She did study Stacy’s tape, and she watched her mannerisms, and she took it very seriously.  I know that because she is a hard worker, as much as a goofball as she is, she does work hard, and she wanted it to be good.  I think my favorite parts were the Kristen meltdowns.  You have to understand though; Stacy and Ari get along very well!  They’re kind of two peas in a pod.  So, it wasn’t a big stretch for her to take on how Stacy would play those types of scenes.  They’re both animated, they’re both wild people by nature, and so, it was a good fit.  It was a smart idea from the writers.

STACY:  It was a good fit!

ERIC:  I’ve been out with the two of them, and it’s hard to tell the two of them apart. (Laughs)

STACY:  We are just like two cuddly bunnies.

ERIC:  They’re like flirting with each other, and hugging each other.  You find yourself thinking, “Are they going to start ordering the same food at the same time?  This is getting weird. (Laughs)

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In the recent scene that aired; where Kristen as “Nicole” turns off the light while having sex with Brady, is she worried her plan will now go awry?

STACY:  Yes.  I think she is worried about her body because it is burned.  You know, how they take a tattoo off, and it’s as painful as can be.  Not that I’ve had that done personally.  I like my tats, but I hear it is painful.  So, in the storyline, the burn is that pain that she has and the tattoo. There’s a part of her that thinks,  she has to cover it up, and turn the lights down low.

ERIC:  “Nicole” is sleeping, and Brady is rubbing his hands over her shoulder and touching her body, and as he goes over the burn marks.  He sees a flash of the tattoo!  That is a pivotal moment when he starts to put some pieces together.   He thinks, “Woah! That’s exactly where that tattoo was.”  It’s a slow little rollercoaster ride.

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In the past, Kristen then played by Eileen Davidson, drugged and raped Father Eric.  Stacy, did you ever see that story arc?  Literally the sex scene is playing on the screen at Kristen’s wedding to Brady and then all hell breaks loose.  This to say Kristen is notorious for the ways and the lengths she goes to get her men into bed.

STACY:  Yes! I saw her Eileen do those scenes.

ERIC:  You also saw how close Kristen and Brady were to their dream, to their happiness, their goal, which was they were going to marry each other.  Brady is looking upon his loved ones in this town and thinking, “I know what you all think of her, but I’m going to show you our love on this screen, and once you see the connection that we have here as a couple, you all are going to be convinced that we belong together as well.  This is the happiest day of my life,” and the screen comes up and it’s his brother banging Kristen instead.

Marlena (Deidre Hall) played the wrong DVD!

STACY:  It was so good.  See, I try to find as much info as I can on the character’s past, because all of the time I’m trying to find where these characters have been in their dark and twisted past.

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ERIC:  You’re putting your own stamp on Kristen.  You got a direct call from DAYS casting department, didn’t you … when they were recasting the role?

STACY:  Yes.  You have to understand, I had two really separate characters to play when I was on Y&R.  One was a doctor, and one was this crazy passionate, wild, little minx.

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ERIC:  I will say to find the wild and the beauty in one package is not easy in any town, yet alone Los Angeles.  I’m glad they called you, because you have that.  You have that villainous nature, but you also are able to show a vulnerable side to Kristen that is going to be a lot of fun and interesting to see.

Stacy is one of those people that will leap off of the screen at you and you will remember her.  She is one actress that will have fans talking about their work, like when you played crazy Patty Williams on Y&R.  The audience was on the edge of their seats going, “Oh, my God!  What is Patty going to do next?”

STACY:  I never knew what she was going to do!

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Eric, has Stacy come to you at any point where she been overwhelmed by the task at hand; playing Susan while playing Kristen, etc, and the two of you have a moment where you work through some of the challenges of complex scenes  … and ones where she is playing multiple characters?

ERIC:  We’ve had many moments  to speak of.

STACY:  I always come into Eric’s room, and am like, “I’m scared!”

ERIC:  It’s funny you mention it.  We have had some very emotional scenes, and Stacy – who cares so damn much about this job and portraying this character correctly – that she gets a little overwhelmed, and the material that they give her is overwhelming for any anybody on any level.  I have looked at her in the eyes, and said, “You’ve got this gig.  You are this character.  You are knocking it out of the park.  Just do it.  Just be you.”   I can’t wait for people to see some of the stuff we have shot recently and have been doing.

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Stacy, do you think Kristen can be redeemed? Many characters on daytime … and on DAYS … have done horrible things and later turned over a new leaf.

STACY:  The thing is that villains are bad and all that other crap, but they’ve got a lot of stuff going on inside and insecurities, and they’ve got a heart.  I’m sorry, the villain with a heart of gold, can be very  true.  I never see villains (and I play them a lot) as bad.  You have to find where it comes from … how far does this go … where did that little seed change … and what made them go into the dark, but also, where is the good?  You want to bring the good to it, too.

ERIC:  Let’s face it!  Star Wars is all about Darth Vader and how he became that because it’s intriguing.

Because of the pace in which DAYS tapes its episodes; do the two of you find time to run lines together before you go hit the set?

ERIC:  We are running out of time to run lines.  It’s pretty wild.  Funnily enough, I was recently filming a movie and I was so underwhelmed at the pace of everything.  I’ve gotten so accustomed to moving at this militant style, that as hard as it is, it is preferable to me now.  I almost like it because you don’t have time to overthink what you are going to do, and you end up getting more visceral and natural reactions to the material.  You can overthink a scene, and you can come to a wrong performance that way.  When you burn your fingers on a hot stove, that’s the most natural reaction you are going to get.  You can’t have ten minutes to think about how you are going to scream about that pain.

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But, would you like the pace of shooting the show to be a bit slower?

STACY:  I would like to, but I do think sometimes just jumping in, and going and seeing what happens is great.  I love that.  I do appreciate that.

ERIC:  It’s scary.

STACY:  It is scary.  I would love if we would get to do a rehearsal and then two takes just to see, and then they can mix  together what happens.  Sometimes I am hard on myself as an actress.  I’ve always been.  It’s that jumping in when you only get to do one take.  You have to just give it everything you’ve got.

ERIC:  You can have a second take.  Want me to give you a little secret?  All you have to do is screw up your last line.

STACY:  I can’t do that.   I don’t even need it to be perfect because nothing is perfect.  It doesn’t matter what I’ve done if I sometimes don’t feel it.  I need to feel it when I’m on that set.  I need to feel something because when I shut down, I close myself off.  It’s like an athlete who has just got to  train as hard as they can to reach their goal.

ERIC:  You’re an Olympic swimmer!

STACY:  You’ve got to do it as hard as you can.  You practice, and you practice, and you practice, and you practice, so that when you come to that day, you do the best you can, but sometimes you are disappointed because you didn’t get that one last thing you had hoped for.

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How do you view what happened to Eric with Kristen, who disguised as Nicole, tricked Brady into bed with her?  Some fans commented that that they thought it was akin to a rape.

ERIC:  No, I would disagree with that theory.  I believe there is a high degree of deception in this, but there is a willingness on behalf of Brady.  He’s not drugged.  He’s not being forced to do anything.  Deception, yes.  Rape, no.

Stacy, what do you think?

STACY:  Total deception.  There is no rape.  There is absolutely no rape.  These are willing participants; he just doesn’t know exactly who he is dealing with.

ERIC:  I appreciate the context of how somebody could construe that, and the seriousness of the matter.  I don’t think it really has a place in this particular storyline.

Do you guys think that Brady and Kristen are each other’s star-crossed lovers in a weird, twisted, bizarre way?

ERIC:  I don’t know.  I think they’re magnetism can’t be denied.  I think the hurdles that they’ve jumped through are astronomical.  Will they end up together in the end?  Who knows!  Will there ever be an end?  Who knows!  It’s definitely been one of, if not the most, in-depth relationships Brady has ever had.

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And intense!

ERIC:  Yeah.  They’ve just gone through so much to be together, and when you do that, anybody who is married knows that, that’s where the good stuff is; the wars that you win together and the battles that you go through.  When you come out of the war, and you’re still together, that’s the bond.  That’s what lasts.

What would Kristen do if she couldn’t have Brady in the end?  Would she find a new obsession?  What if she could not nab her man?

STACY:  Wow!  Hmmm. (Laughs)  She’s going to get her man.  She wants her man.  She wouldn’t settle.  She’d keep fighting.  I would say to her, “Kristen, keep fighting the good fight.”

So, do you think Kristen will reveal herself to Brady sooner than later? Will Brady figure out what Kristen has been doing to get to him?  Will Brady turn Kristen away if he knew she was alive and back in action  … or would he fall back into her arms? Share your theories via the comment section below.

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Daytime Emmys To Merge Younger Actor & Actress Category Into One As Gender-Inclusive Categories Are On The Rise

The upcoming 47th annual Daytime Emmys are already making some changes to key categories and specifically this one that affects daytime drama performers.  Word from Variety is that NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) is going to announce that they are combining the Younger Actor and Actress categories into one gender-neutral category

Not only will the Younger performer category be gender-inclusive, but network soap performances will be combined with digital drama series performances for the category.  Previously, for this past Daytime Emmys, NATAS had changed the Guest Performer in a Drama Series to be gender-inclusive.

This category was initially created in 1985 when it was called the Outstanding Ingenue and then from there tweaked into Outstanding Juvenile Female and Male, and more recently that morphed into the Younger Actor and Actress categories.

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Former GH star Hayley Erin (Ex-Kiki) and former DAYS star, Kyle Pettis (Ex-Theo) will now be the last female and male to win the two separate categories with this new move for 2020.

Fans of film and TV have noticed that on several award shows on MTV: their Movie and TV Awards and their VMA’s, there are several gender-inclusive categories, as well as the Television Critics Association Awards who for instance doles out Outstanding Individual Achievement in Drama in comedy.

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So, what do you think of the change; that there will now be one Younger performer category at the Daytime Emmys? Comment below.

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Matt Cedeno Debuts Tonight On ‘Ambitions’

Former Days of our Lives star Matt Cedeno (Ex-Brandon Walker) is set to begin his recurring role on tonight’s episode of OWN’s sudsy Ambitions.

Cedeno is taking on the role of Ignacio DeSantos, who is said to be the heir to a textiles conglomerate, and who crosses paths with up-and-coming fashion designer, Bella (Erica Page).

Ignacio is a said to also be a very dynamic character, who has quite the lifestyle! Hmmm.

Will passion ignite between Ignacio and Bella? Stay tuned.

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Matt was most recently seen on Power in the role of Cristobal.

Ambitions airs Tuesday nights at 10PMEST/9PMCST.

For more on the series click here,

Excited to see Matt in his new role tonight? Comment below.

 

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