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GOOD NEWS: GH Has Solid Gains Over Last Year In Viewers For Week! All Soaps Up In Women 18-49 Demo! BAD NEWS: All Soaps Down In Total Viewers For Ratings Week!

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Depending on how you interpret the latest ratings for your favorite network daytime dramas for the week of May 5-May 9th, there was some good news, and some bad!

First, let’s start with the positive!  When looking at General Hospital’s numbers for total viewers from last year for the ratings week compared to this year, the lone ABC soap opera is up by close to +200,000 viewers, with + 191,000.  GH scored it’s highest number of total viewers for the week on Thursday, May 8th when the 2014 Nurses Ball kicked off its four-day event.

Elsewhere, all network soaps operas showed gains in the key demo of 18-49 women!  It was Days of our Lives that added the most viewers in this category with +61,000 as Nick Fallon was shot at the end of the week!  And it was also Days of our Lives that added the most viewers in the 25-54 women’s demo.   In addition, all soaps were up in the 18-34 women’s demo.

Now as for the bad news:  all soaps lost total viewers for the ratings week with The Bold and the Beautiful losing the most with -132,000.  And over at The Young and the Restless, the soap continues to be stalled with tying their all-time low in the ratings share for the key 18-49 women’s demo for the fifth week in a row!  Check out the entire ratings picture via SON here!

So, now its time for you to be our Soap Opera Armchair Quarterback Programming Executive!  After watching the latest plots on your favorite soaps, what is working for you?  What would you change on-screen to make your favorite soaps more watchable?  Let us know!

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David
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David

Days of our lives is doing great, nbc renewed days until september 2016. All. of the storylines I love, i cannot wait until eve donovan played by kassie Depsiva comes to Days. Also kristen played by Eileen Davidson is coming back too. Give the emmy to Eileen Davidson she deserves to win it. Gh sorry to say this, abc will cancel it sooner than later. Gh had lost its edge. they need to make changes to the writing team now, or gh is a goner. that’s my opinion.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Days is my favorite but as long as GH ratings are better than days i doubt it’ll be cancelled unless the ratings take a nosedive!!!

David
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David

I meant kassie Depaiva. lol. I spelled her last name wrong.

Nikki
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Nikki

Y&R very boring… Taking way too long to tell a story. Miss the acting of Michael Muhney ….
He was phenomenal. Neil looks like he is sleeping with his daughter!!! A lot of bad acting…
I don’t even taoe it anymore. If I miss an episode , I don’t care!

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

Don’t be a YawneR when you can stay awake for DAYS!

Rosanne
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Rosanne

LOL.. thats a good one… love DAYS .. except Daniel and Jennifer.. sorry.. Dannifer fans

su0000
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su0000

GH went high with all enjoying the Nurses Ball, always a fan favorite, and a not miss event.. Y&R is past terrible to horrible, I’m surprised it is still hanging in there.. When it comes to ratings; they are nothing but a bitch fest, when posted lol usually a feeding for the habitual complainers to blame something LOL .. Many states are enjoying warm outdoor weather that they have not had in 7 months.. Soooo.. outdoors and lawns and gardens make busy people, the ratings are good.. Ratings are a roller-coaster up and down up and down.. No big deal..… Read more »

GH50
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GH50

Not so sure everyone enjoyed the Nurses Ball. The first day hit 2,893,000 viewers. The second day it dropped 286,000 viewers to 2,607,000. So apparently a lot of people didn’t enjoy it and decided it wasn’t a non miss event. There certainly are different ways to look at the ratings for GH, but the objective way is negatively. Yes the ratings are up from this time last year, May 2013, but they are down from the fall of 2012 and they are down from Fall 2013 and Winter 2014. And the show will have to do a total nose dive… Read more »

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

I dont trust the rating system at all…my niece missed the first day of the nb and watched the second day…i only tune in to Y&R only a few times a month…there are some who only watch certain episodes of each soap…it depends on what is going on in the show that might temporarily interest some like Robins return for example, and some will only watch when they have the time or if they like something on better thats oppisite…like maybe certain guest appearances on a talk show theyll watch that instead…yes, GH has problems and could be better…i do… Read more »

andrew hass
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andrew hass

GH might have lost 300,000 viewers from 2 months ago but how did the other soaps do in the same 2 month period?So GH may have lost 300,000 viewers in the last 2 months but the other soaps may have lost more.So it could be interesting to find out over the last 2 months how many viewers the other soaps lost too.Plus GH is in 1st or 2nd place in all the key demos.Plus earlier this year there was that cold front that hit the U.S.that kept most people inside and had them watching soaps.Plus all 4 went down last… Read more »

andrew hass
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andrew hass

The ratings for the week of February 24-28 2014:Y&R:4839,000 B&B :3,585,000 GH:2,877,000 DOOL:2,686,000 For the week of March 3-7:Y&R:5,027,000 B&B:3,679,000 GH:2,972,000 DOOL:2,717,000 Now for the week of May 5-9:Y&R:4,475,000 B&B:3,403,000 GH:2,759,000 DOOL:2,434,000.So between the weeks of Febuaryb 24-28 and May 5-9 Y&R lost 364,000 viewers,B&B lost 182,000,GH lost 118,000 and DOOL lost 252,000.Then between the weeks of March 3-7 and May 5-9 Y&R lost 552,000 viewers,B&B lost 276,000,GH lost 213,000and DOOL lost 283,000.So yeah GH lost viewers over the last 2 months or so but they lost the least amount.

GH50
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GH50

Here’s the problem Andrew, There’s no point to comparing GH to CBS soaps and their being up or down? They are doing bigger numbers than GH and they aren’t on a network that may cancel them. They have nothing to prove. Here’s the bottom line, 2.7 million total viewers is not a good number for GH. It is worse when they were at 3 million. And the 3 million was still a lot lower than the CBS soaps.The CBS soaps are still over 750,000 to 1.7 million higher in viewers. It doesn’t matter what is going on over at CBS… Read more »

andrew hass
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andrew hass

I wasn’t comparing GH to the other soaps but since you pointed out that GH lost viewers over the last 2 months that the other 3 lost viewers too.As for the week of May 5th GH stayed over the 2.0 range everyday.As for Robin and how she left i think even if GH had given her the best exit story ever some fans still would have complained because i think it’s easier for them to blame the show for Kimberly McCullough wanting to leave again than her.Also you are right that since ABC owns General Hospital outright they can cancel… Read more »

David
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David

GH50 has nothing better do but complain. If anyone has anything positive to say GH50 automatically comes with the same weekly complaints. TV shows numbers change at different times of the year. The numbers are still much higher than they were 1 year ago. And 2 years ago the numbers were not higher, as that was when GH was hitting horrible numbers. But hey keep watching and complaining about a show you dislike. If that is what keeps you happy keep it up just don’t get upset at people for being positive about the show. Why is it anytime someone… Read more »

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

GH50 has factually laid out a damning but objective analysis as to what is going on with viewership. If you do not understand the difference between that and a ‘complaint” then perhaps you should reference a dictionary. I agree with you that TV ratings may not be comparable between different seasons. But GH50 is also correct that changes in viewership are not numerically comparable between a show with 2.7 million viewers versus one with 4.7 million viewers. You act like GH50 is the only one making the critiques of this show under this regime. I invite you to read the… Read more »

GH50
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GH50

I state my opinion about the show because that’s what the comment section is for. Michael Fairman is a respected soap journalist and he opens his column to debate and ideas. There are plenty of places for readers to go if they only want to hear people talking about how great the show is no matter what. I’ve watched GH for 34 years and I am absolutely appalled that a show that has such a deep and rich history and has been such a big part of my life for so long has been reduced to one big mess. Mr.… Read more »

andrew hass
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andrew hass

GH50 you have every right to your opinion and i respect your view whether i agree with or disagree with it.As for GH i want it to do better but ratings may not tell a whole story about how a soap is doing.Ratings reflect live and same day viewing.Some people might record GH but watch all 5 episodes of the week all at the same time.Plus all 4 soaps has lost viewers over the last few months.Also the fires in California and other weather around the nation might have affected the ratings somewhat too .So i would be more worried… Read more »

GH50
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GH50

Andrew, i really don’t want to be combative, but your points really have no merit on an empirical basis. The Nielsen system is what is used to set advertising rates. It doesn’t matter if it tells the whole story or if people DVR and watch all week at once. That is true of other soaps as well. The ratings are the ratings and the raw numbers that those rating represent are what is important. Advertising is sold on a cost per point/cost per thousand basis. It is that simple. The less viewers you have the less you can charge, the… Read more »

andrew hass
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andrew hass

GH50 i don’t want to be combative with you either and i think for now i think we should agree to disagree about the ratings for GH and what they mean.That been said ABC could cancel GH tomorrow or keep it on for a long time to come.However ABC may consider a lot of things before cancelling GH and not just the ratings or advertising.Plus ABC might be happy if GH keeps staying under budget.Like i said i think we should agree to disagree because whatever happens will happen and nothing we can do about it.All we can do is… Read more »

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

If those Nielson boxes were to have cameras, the numbers for Y&R would be way down because advertisers would not want to pay big money for sleepers. If they’re sleeping, how can they change the channel? YawneR viewers Yawn & Rest!

Patrick
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Patrick

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in my lifetime… I want to see Y&R ratings… #2 .. or #3… or #4

that’s it

#1 DAYS
#2 GH
#3 B&B
#4 Y&R

Nick
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Nick

David, people like GH50 above are perfectly entitled to come on here and give honest opinions about GH as well as insight about ratings trends without being ridiculed. So let me get this straight: Just because someone (god forbid) has the audacity to not shower GH with endless praise and gush about how wonderful it is, and actually give insight and pieces of ratings data that are not 100% positive, that person in your world is automatically “complaining” or “hating”? Please grow up already, man. If you can’t take dissenting responses like that, then I suggest that you stay away… Read more »

harry
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harry

David, I repeat–long time viewers GET to voice their opinions about a soap they’ve watched most of their adult lives without the likes of you or that SUOOO person coming in here and questioning their (our) motives, our state of happiness, our overall temperament, and finally, who we are outside of soap opera forums. I assure you, I am a very happy and kind person in real life and I bet GH50 is too. It’s just that I do become rather cantankerous when I see a soap I have watched since I was twelve (that means GH really celebrated their… Read more »

harry
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harry

Dear SU000:

We all understand that you’re a GH cheerleader. I am honestly happy that this day time serial makes you happy. However, why must you persist in calling people complainers, bitter or worse yet, unhappy with their own lives when they don’t enjoy GH as much as you do? Yet, you continually call other soaps, such as Y&R horrible, boring and dreadful. Why is it okay for you to complain but it is not for others?

Elaine Oxford
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Elaine Oxford

Y&R, BB are still getting such corny S/L Y&R is pathetic I now record it so that I can FF 60 %of the hour, I am bitterly disappointed with it every day !

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

It would be nice to see if you would feel the need to FF that much of DAYS.

Tony Polar
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Tony Polar

If there is one more scene between Nicole and Daniel with those too long drawn out glances and just ONE MORE flashback scene of Nicole shredding those stupid papers “that might have cleared Eric and thus he might have gone back to being a Priest” – geez, they need to get on with it already – it’s waaaay too drawn out – so I just MAY start to FF through some of those scenes, they are getting awfully repetitious – I love the show, but some of the storylines need to get a move on – another storyline that is… Read more »

louisa
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louisa

I’m one of the new viewers DAYS added…an ABC soap fan watching because One Life to Live’s Kassie DePaiva is joining the show soon. The stories this month are soapy great–and they are keeping me coming back for more. I only wish Nick Fallon was still alive! Even without Kassie, I would still watch.

I watch GH out of habit, but I hate the mob stories, the lack of romance, and the way characters disappear for months. DAYS has that small-town soap feel that GH had when I first started watching, but is gone now.

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

Kassie DePaiva first appears June 18th on Days of our Lives!

Patrick
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Patrick

thats still a long ways away…

I’ll make it… gala premiere

along… with… our beloved… Eileen Davidson

I so HOPE that DAYS rehires Peter Reckell, BO

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

I like Days but characters do disapear here too: Bo’s gone and the show rarely deals with it, John came back for a few episodes then vanished and Justin and Adrienne should be around for Sonny during Nicks murder storyline, and Roman, Caroline and Kayla plus Abe are rarely shown especially during a big storyline such as Nicks murder and you’d think the show would bring back Jessica, Nicks momma, for this!!!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Nick could return as a twin brother named Rick…maybe!!!

Jewell
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Jewell

I don’t pay much attention to the ratings,they constantly change,I think depend in on storyline, I’m just happy all four soaps got renewed..

Mark
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Mark

Days is consistent in all aspects and that is just not the case with the other three shows although they all have good points. I look forward to watching days every day it’s like a treat, the other shows it’s sometimes a chore.

Patrick
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Patrick

I do not… watch B&B

I am not living a millionaire’s life…

for all intent and purpose… Y&R and GH .. are not any where… near… the caliber
DAYS is unrequited pull

soapgal
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soapgal

Am loving Days , the murder of Nick was so soapy & the actor was so amazing in his scenes through it all , love watching this soap opera.

Not too in tune with GH’s NB , thursday was the start of their NB , seems like what ever happened on Thursday didn’t make it interesting enough to want to tune in on Friday to see more of the NB.

Ok well ..Gooo Days

alec
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alec

For GH, given how much they invested in the Nurseball, I can’t say it is a very satisfying ratings for them. Even the shirtless Magic Milo can’t bring up the ratings on Friday.
I basically watch GH as Ryan Carnes is back as Lucas. I like him a lot. I absolutely enjoy Lucas scenes with Brad (by Parry Shen). I think they two have very natural and special chemistry on screen. I also like Britt a lot. I think Kelly is just amazing. Other than that, I also enjoy several storylines but overall the show is blah.

NATHALIE
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NATHALIE

Since MM got fired, Y&R has been pretty boring to me that is. With David Tom returning instead of Billy Miller…hes not vickys husband material. Then with Cady Mcclain as the new Kelly, i just dont like her…liked the first one, Cynthia Watros. She was good and i though that she fited very well with Jack. The storylines arent going anywhere. Love Camryn Grimes, but not as Mariah…loved her way better as Cassie. MY point is that i dont like any of the present storylines..its just not going anywhere Then, love GH but i thought that this year, the nurses… Read more »

andrew hass
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andrew hass

I don’t really care about the week to week ratings that much because they can go up or down all the time.The fact that all 4 soaps went down just means people weren’t watching soaps that week for whatever reason.Plus i think this is the 3rd time in 4 weeks that all 4 soaps went down.I think the most important thing is that for 3 of the 4 soaps they had gains from the previous year.

Jerry
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Jerry

GIVE MARY BETH EVANS HER DAMN CONTRACT BACK DAYS

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

I agree…good actresses like her are hard to find these days(pun intended…lol)

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

And Wally Kurth & Judi Evans!!

cinicic
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cinicic

Yes from me too. With Sami and EJ out, it is a good time for Kayla to come front and center. Not a slew of new people related to Jordan or anyone else. Kayla and maybe Patch. And Patch couldn’t come home all this time for a good reason and he knows where the heck Bo is. 🙂

kiki smith
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kiki smith

The Nurses Ball was AWFUL, and what is with the is Men dancing together and stripping and Nurses Ball written on their asses. Nobody want to see this!

Donny
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Donny

Oh KIki grow up, Then why are you watching gh? Turn it off, if it offends you. Lol. It seems you have no sence of humour. Life is too short, why be miserable. The nurses ball was great.

harry
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harry

That Magic Milo scene reminded me of the volleyball scene from Top Gun.

Sandra
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Sandra

Writing on Y&R is terrible. I only like 1 s/l. Most of the couples are boring! They need to bring back a classic character to shake it up. Not actors’ fault. The executives are to blame.

harry
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harry

Some of is the fault of the actors. For instance, the actor who plays Tyler sounds like the high school football player being asked to read aloud in his English class. He’s awful. Then the Winter’s family seem to suck the oxygen out of the room. DeYawn was voted the most boring billionaire for good reason and Lily always talks like some bratty and sassy Valley Girl no matter what scene she is in. They have been attaching bells and whistles to the character of Neil ever since Drucilla allegedly died but all the kings’ horses and all the kings’… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

LOL
….. The Young & Yawn ..

The Young and Restless has only a couple ”young” and nothing is restless..

ALL the once ”young” are now grandparents on the Y&R..
It needs a name change..

The Old and Restive …. lol

Alan
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Alan

It doesn’t help that the Winters family, Cane, Jill, Colin, and Hillary are continually isolated and rarely interact with anyone other than themselves. Back in the day, the Winters family were key players — now you could edit their scenes out and it wouldn’t matter because nothing they do affects anyone but their small group.

Beth
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Beth

GH is the only soap worth watching. It continues to do very well in the desirable demos, and that is all that matters to advertisers.

Paula Jackson
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Paula Jackson

The Young & The Restless is one long boring hour. Who is interesting? Nobody. A bunch of newbies playing characters no one cares about. Dullan and Betty Crocker at a bake off? Are you kidding me? Who is writing this trash? David Tom is a huge FAIL as Billy Abbott. He can’t tie Billy Miller’s shoes. Michelle Stafford saw the hand writing on the wall and bolted. She knew how bad it was going to get and she was right! Of course, Michael Muhney’s absence has created such a huge hole in the show, it’s like there is no more… Read more »

janet
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janet

All soaps are down in total viewers? I wonder why? No I don’t.

Jared
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Jared

1) Y&R is #1 and probably always will be, as long as these soaps are on TV. 2)Demo groups are dumb, period. Sorry if it comes off rude, but I couldn’t give a flip what women 18-49 watch. I’m male and in my 40’s, and I matter just as much. 3) MM and BM are gone. One got fired. The other quit. Not everyone is a fan, and I’m quite sure a quiet majority of us viewers believe a show is bigger than a couple actors with a vocal minority of fans. I’m thrilled David Tom is back, and I… Read more »

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Raven Bowens is the New Chanel on DAYS

There has been a casting switcheroo at Days of our Lives.   Precious Way is out in the role of Chanel Dupree and the part had been recast.

Way debuted on-screen back in March of 2021, but now comes word, first via Jason 47’s Facebook page, that Chanel will be played by actress Raven Bowens.

According to Soap Opera Digest, look for Bowens to first air on-screen on the July 6th episode.  Apparently, she has been taping at the DAYS set since April.

Raven has previously appeared on All Rise, Insecure, The New Edition Story and Future Man.

You can follow her on Instagram here.

So, what do you think of the Chantal switch? Comment below.

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DAYS Alison Sweeney Previews the New EJami

Coming up on Days of our Lives, Dan Feurerriegel take over the role of EJ DiMera on-screen, and the character is making quite the timely, or untimely return to Salem now that Sami (Alison Sweeney) has been hitting the sheets with her ex-husband, Lucas (Bryan Dattilo).

Feurerriegel is stepping into the coveted role of EJ made soap-famous by James Scott, who left the series back in 2014 and never returned.

Now the question is can Sweeney and Feurerriegel strike soap gold with their re-imagined duo known as “EJami”?

 

In the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Alison Sweeney opened up about the casting, working with Dan, and the future of EJami sharing: “To be honest, I was nervous when I heard they were recasting EJ.  That’s a big role to fill, I mean, James Scott was definitely a fan favorite and EJ is such a memorable role in the story and certainly in Sami’s life.”

Sweeney said of sharing scenes with Feurerriegel, “Dan has been fantastic. I’ve really enjoyed working with him. He clearly understood the importance of the task ahead.”

As for what fans of EJami may be in for, Sweeney noted:  ” I hope those ‘EJami’ fans see the couple they were so connected to, but of course, in a new, different way.”

So will you be giving the new EJami a chance? Looking forward to Dan’s debut, or are you Team Lumi all the way? Share your thoughts via the comment section below. But first check out this week’s promo for DAYS.

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DAYS Billy Flynn Opens Up To Maurice Benard About His Battle with Addiction on All-New ‘State of Mind’

In a terrific episode of Maurice Benard’s (Sonny Corinthos, General Hospital) State of Mind You Tube series, the actor welcomes another one of the best actors on daytime, Days of our Lives star Billy Flynn (Chad DiMera, Days of our Lives).

What made this so compelling was Billy Flynn’s ability to talk openly, frankly, and with great understanding about his battles with addiction which he notes have been alcohol, drugs, and the cycles he has found himself in within his life and how he was able to break free of them, and the work he continues to do to keep him from falling back into them.

Flynn shares how much of his adult life was greatly impacted by his childhood, and explained to Benard, how he acted out when he was younger. He also shares how his addiction caused issues for awhile with his job at Days of our Lives.

This episode is a powerful one to watch for anyone struggling with issues of addiction, dependency, suicide, having problems at work, and trying to not self-destruct, which so many of us do, once we seemingly get what we what or while we are trying to obtain it.

Bravo to Billy and Maurice for bringing this forward and to the audience.

Watch Billy’a visit on State of Mind below, followed by a bonus segment where Flynn asks Benard some ‘hard-hitting’ questions.

What did you think of what Billy shared with Maurice? Comment below.

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