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NBC Touts Days of our Lives Ratings Performance Uptick: Matches 8-Month High in Women 18-49 & Nearly 12-Month High In Women 18-34!

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Looks like Days of our Lives new storylines, new writers, and big returns are starting to see an uptick in the ratings. According to a press release from NBC, for the week of September 7th through the 11th; DAYS had a 34-week high in women 18-49 rating and equaled its top-rated week in the women 18-34 demographic in 49 weeks, according to “live plus same day” viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research.

The series already brought back Peter Reckell and Stephen Nichols as the iconic Bo and Patch, with more major returns coming next week when popular actor Thaao Penghlis is back on the canvas in the role of Andre DiMera.  The series continues to pull out all the stops to increase viewership throughout it’s 50th anniversary run.

DAYS also averaged a 0.80 rating, 6 share among women 18-49 and 0.46 rating among women 18-34 to rank #3 and #1 among network daytime series in both the women 18-49 demographic and the women 18-34 race, respectively.  The show however was preempted on Monday of the ratings week for golf coverage.

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In addition, Days of our Lives equaled its highest women 18-49 rating in eight months (since the week of Jan. 12-16, 0.86) and matched its highest women 18-34 rating in nearly 12 months (since Sept. 29-Oct. 3, 2014, 0.47).

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For Sept. 7-11 versus the prior week, Days of our Lives jumped +11% in the women 18-49 category (0.80 vs. 0.72) and +28% in the women 18-34 demo (0.46 vs. 0.36).  For the season to date, the NBC daytime drama  is #7 in the women 18-49 category and #12 in the women 18-34 demo.

So do you think that this ratings uptick will continue to increase for DAYS?  Are you enjoying the big returns?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Margie
Margie

Kassie DePaiva was a big part of the increase. Clearly Days doesn’t get it.

Ryan
Ryan

Kassie Depaiva is a wonderful actress, but she was miscast as Eve Donovan. But Kassie has done a great job lately with her daughters death. Kassie needs to win a emmy next year. Kassie needs to go to the Bold and The beautiful in a new role. Charlotte Ross the original eve was always Eve to me.

code85
code85

She is wonderful actress, but her alone is not why the ratings went up , Paige ‘s death and Bo pull in viewers

Tim S.
Tim S.

I agree. great actress but I never felt that she was eve… I am anxious to see what they will do with the character in the new few months.. recasting or dead!!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Absolutely, Ryan. The very first thing I said when I saw which direction Eve/Kassie was being led, I knew this would bring her down. Kassie did fantastically with her role as Eve, but not for her….it just went against everything this wonderful woman/actress represents.
Furthermore, no sooner did I see how sorrowfully she represented the grieving mother….the anguish…the openness of her aching heart, right there for us all to see her vulnerability won everyone over. Our words are almost similar, Ryan…KDP does deserve the Emmy.

Marion
Marion

Not knowing the original, Kassie, to me is phenomenal. Love the story lines and their characters…that said, I don’t like Clyde and it’s time for him to goooo

Patrick
Patrick

“god” (i’ve apologized, for this) having two men… twofold… reign in and trigger… what this genre satiates…

I LOVE Kassie DePaiva.. she has solidified her turn… helmed the intrigue and tune

DAYS! please ! don’t let go… Eve, Aiden, and kill off Will!

’nuff said

two supercoupledom live

of course

GO

how could we not relive…

once past

what’s wrong with Eve… Aiden… and killing off of Will

wow.. leave room for error
wow… per chance.. error in judgment

REAL’IZE audience outcry

I love Peter Reckelll andStephen Nichols… love them to bits… period

love them

be that as it may… there’s room for Kassie Depaiva and Daniel Cosgrove.. plus Will

get us

karla
karla

Eve and Aiden need to go hope and Bo belong together that his fancy face

Steven
Steven

Yes keep eve..she’s amazing

Steven
Steven

I 100% agree..I haven’t latched onto a new character (recast) for a long time…but eve’s just outstanding…I love watching kassie play her and am disappointed she’s leaving the show

Jack Burke
Jack Burke

I don’t care for how the new Writing team completely obliterated the gay characters as if they didn’t matter at all – Sonny is gone now, but they could have re-casted the actor who was portraying him, the rumor is Will shall be gone, Paul has virtually no storyline except a hint that his Cologne commercial didn’t go well, and cute Derrick is gone without any explanation.
Cute young Paige, whom I thought did very well, was killed off –
It seems like they are concentrating more on the older characters, and Marlena and John, no disrespect intended, just aren’t all that compelling to watch, and “Patch” and Kayla are about as interesting as unbuttered toast. Caroline, who must be 102, is seeing things in the Mirror….geez.
Well, if this is what the long-time viewers want, okay. I have only been watching for two years, and I was primarily interested in Sonny and Will….and I think they could have broadened the character of Derrick….it seemed like he wanted a chance with Paul, Will interfered, and they stopped the storyline there…..and it really felt like the new writing team jumped in, dismissed the prime players, and instead of doing something modern and innovative, are concentrating on the older players, and staying with storylines of Abby is pregnant with Ben’s baby but the real father is Chad, like that hasn’t been done a thousand times on Soaps. Why couldn’t they have Derrick as a sexually confused character who couldn’t commit to Paul or anyone else? Why couldn’t Sonny be recast?
Are the long time viewers not as startled as I that storylines were just abandoned?

sonniorsolita
sonniorsolita

I’m not a longtime viewer, but I find the storytelling schizophrenic: It’s all about Eileen Davidson! Now she’s gone! It’s all about the gay couple! Now they’re gone! Now it’s all about people I vaguely remember from my teenage years. Who knows what it will be about tomorrow?

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

Maybe there is more to come with Derek and Paul…or someone new for Paul…maybe Days will recast Sonny in the future…recasting Will too soon backfired so maybe tptb are being caustious this time???

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

4got…it might not be totally abandon…got to wait and see…i have no problems with Caroline…young and old ill watch as long as its interesting…i believe Days is slowing getting better…foolish to kill off Paige but she might return as a different character…i think Eve’s plan to drive Jen nuts will backfire and Eve will go bonkers and be sent to mental hosptial…the character of Patch seems dated—abandon the patch and leather jacket…he looks like Fonzie joined The Pirates of The Carribean(spelling?)…lol…Abbys pregnancy—we no its Chads, and Johns identity has changed faster over the years than ive changed my shorts…lol…too early to tell…im waiting the next two months for my final judgement!!!

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

ROFL, “Fonzie joined The Pirates of the Caribbean”, hilarious! And I love Patch, he’s the main reason I’m watching again. But he got “miracle” eye surgery at one time and wore normal clothes. And I loved him just the same. So you’re right, he doesn’t need the patch and leather jacket, lmbo.

su0000
su0000

Whats wrong with his eye?
did he get it shot out or what..
reconstructive surgery can fix it..
that black patch looks stupid in the 21st century, just stupid lol
maybe they think the patch makes him look scary mean..

(looks like a pirate on a Dixie Cup .. lol

Patrick
Patrick

Steve Johnson’ “Patch” does seem to muster up folks to distraction

I agree it seems to be out dated

i’m with … those who say he should just get that miracle eye surgery and lose the leather jacket … and those two eyes should be all that’s needed… dang when he smiles

LOL

OK : I’m so in love with “kayla , KAYla, Kayla”

these two are simply put… the best

CeeCee
CeeCee

Oh, my gosh…jimh. You did it again….laughing so hard.!!! The Fonz? Pirates of the Carabbean? Hysterical.

Jeff
Jeff

I agree that Day’s should not have dropped the gay story line just after Sonny’s sudden departure to Paris. I think many viewers miss Sonny and Paul. Will I think needs to go. Writer’s recast Sonny or bring him back if his contract is not over, and rekindle the relationship between Paul and him. Everything dropped so suddenly disappointed me.

Mo
Mo

Ratings overall still seem the same in my SOD.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

DAYS has my full attention!!!!!

I love having Gabi back too!

Chris
Chris

At least the ratings haven’t gotten any worse, but I’m still worried. I hope I’m wrong, but I think the numbers will drop further after the killings are over with. And they’re not all that high to begin with.

Patrick
Patrick

gosh… avid fan (s) plus

it’s been a full month since the new writing team took off

ie: 08 – 17 – 15 / 09 – 18 – 15

aside from ALL the comings and goings… which isn’t putting a damper on, just wishing TPTB saw the potential in Aiden and Eve… plus not killing off Will.

that being said… I think the writing will generate audience

steadfast… I am loving this show all the more

Joyce Adkins
Joyce Adkins

Ok where are the ratings for the over 50 watchers? I am 64 and have been watching since 1966.

sonniorsolita
sonniorsolita

Networks generally aren’t that interested in ratings for viewers 50+. The biggest chunk of spending is done by women in the age range in which they still most often have children in the house, so that is the demographic advertisers focus on. The feeling is that over-50s are generally “empty nesters,” shop much less frequently, have fewer items they need to buy — therefore they aren’t courted by networks. Not saying this is in any way accurate, fair or ideal. It’s just the philosophy held in the TV industry.

norene
norene

It is their mistake because older adults spend on their grandchildren.

Mary SF
Mary SF

I don’t know, maybe Canada is more in tune with who is really watching because during my soaps, there are more commercials for Depends than Pampers, more anti aging beauty cream than laundry soap and more ads for Boost than RedBull–LOL

CeeCee
CeeCee

Norene is right. My parents spend more on my kids than I do.

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

No where…we old geezers dont matter to advertisers…i started with Days first episodes with brief breaks in 1980, 1990s and 2000s!!!

Tim S.
Tim S.

they don’t care about the guys also.. lol

Stacey
Stacey

i loooooove thre new story lines and all the old actors coming back I also like new characters and to me this is the best soap out there I’ve Been watchin since I was a little girl and haven’t stopped since ….I really hope ratings go up and the show is not ever cancelled because I love it with all my heart I have grown up with these characters and well it’s just awesome…as for the gay guys it’s cool that they aren’t just focussing on them kissing and having sex all the time because the last writes it seemed that they were doing it all the time along with half of Salem but I do miss sonny and wish he would get with Paul but if not Than I hope they give Paul a good story line because he is sweet on the eyes and acts very well out of all the new people or actors Chad is my favorite and I hope they never let him go .

Carol Grizzaffi
Carol Grizzaffi

I have been a days fan since the beginning, it it is getting better and better. A cliff hanger everyday .the new writers are on the right track.Keep up the good work.

No1_ILoveLucyFan
No1_ILoveLucyFan

Well deserved! Days is ON FIRE right now – fast paced stories, vets front & center while being integrated more cohesively with the younger set, a murder mystery storyline, returning beloved character and an AMAZING new look & feel to the show. I’m tuned in DAILY and I’m loving every minute of it!!!!

blake
blake

I agree, Days is on fire again like they were when Kristen, Sami and EJ. It’s great to have old favorites come back to help get viewers in and a murder mystery to get rid of the characters that are not needed anymore. And I like how they use the older vets like Caroline, Maggie, Julie, Victor and Stefano more.

blake
blake

Forgot to add all of the flashbacks from over the years and even the characters talking about past storylines. I like that Gabi is back also, she brings much needed energy in the younger set. I read an interview where she said she’s on for at least a year, I hope longer than that. She’s really cute with Arianna. I hope they don’t age that character because the actress is adorable.

Tim S.
Tim S.

I am loving the speed of the stories also.. fast and interesting

Mary SF
Mary SF

Still a long way to climb out of the hole they were in—but honestly, right now, I am still nodding off during the show. Am I the only one that finds the show a bit disjointed– as if the sequence of scenes don’t fit? I saw JJ tell Jennifer about Clyde, did I miss the part when he told her about Paige’s death– where was that scene? And Abigail is all worried about Chad, did she even comfort her brother at the death of the love of his life? And it has been how long and we still haven’t seen a scene where Theresa finds out about Paige– or a scene where Brady has to comfort Theresa over losing her niece or Theresa comforting Eve— or did I miss them, because I said I tend to nod off in the middle of it? But we have endless scenes with Chad giving Abigail long mournful looks and Clyde lurking around every corner and Ben with his shirt off. If they can fix the pacing and balance the back and forth between different stories better it might help. But I am glad the sets are improving and I am looking forward to the stories picking up now that we are into the new television season.

blake
blake

Oh wow I never realized that Abby didn’t comfort JJ, and they stopped focusing on that story didn’t they? You are spot on in all the writing scenes they are missing out on. I get that they have to wrap up storylines to get to the other characters and stories coming up but come on. Abby is constantly with Ben at their apartment and in bed, if you are going to have Abby and Ben on they can mix it up by going to see JJ or Jennifer. Abby is in her own little bubble with Ben and Chad.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I find the actors playing Abby and Ben very good indeed.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Ah, bless your heart, Blake!! We do agree….what is the point of Ben and Abby? All he does is worry about her leaving him. She just mopes for Chad.
JJ is possibly going through the worst time of his young life; and, all Abby worries about is maintaining a good face for Ben’s sake? What happened to ‘ for the love of family?’. She has not mentioned her brother or Paige once….except in the concept of how Chad fits into her murder.

CeeCee
CeeCee

@nancy.
I think you missed MaryFS’s and blake’s point.
Abbi and Ben are self-centered and not so ‘good’. You sure we are watching the same show?

blake
blake

I think Ben won’t be on the show much longer, it has to be him and Clyde as the serial killers working together. Who says it has to be one person ala the Scream movies with two killers.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I guess Clyde and Ben could be working in tandem, blake. But, didn’t Ben discuss Paige’s death with his father? ….telling him that Chad was the number one suspect? Maybe I misunderstood? I’m starting to question myself. LOL. I’m too lazy to go back and find that specific episode on DVR.
At this point, it could be anyone….

Rosem
Rosem

Agree! I am also wondering where is Theresa ? And……yes, Abby not grieving with JJ? What???

code85
code85

That was a writing misstep

CeeCee
CeeCee

Mary SF….your comment on Canadian ads during soaps is very funny. I like that. Next time I visit my aunt in King City, Ontario; I will make sure to pay attention to the commercials. LOL.

Jim Anderson
Jim Anderson

You didn’t miss anything, and it is a tad disjointed. Obviously, they can’t have each character separately hear about Paige’s death, but we I guess have to assume that Jennifer found out, and Abigail found out. They liked Paige, but weren’t super-close to Paige (I guess) so it’s not like it affected them except that she was once JJ’s girl-friend.
When we recently saw Theresa looking sympathetic (a rarity) towards Eve for her loss, we have to assume that she found out about her niece’s passing through the grapevine or Eve herself.
Since they changed the writing staff, it felt as if they switched horses mid-stream, or however the old saying goes. I also felt that Will, Sonny, Paul and Derrick’s characters were left without any kind of healthy resolve.
The actors on the show all seem quite competent but I do agree that some of the events are depicted in an uneven manner.

blake
blake

Glad to see Days surging in the ratings and it deserves to be. I think Bo coming back is really what did it for last week, mixed in with Eve mourning Paige’s death. I hope the surge continues for a long time.

It was nice to see Chad realize that Clyde has been framing him. I noticed weeks ago that Clyde was at the bar watching Chad and Serena, and that his drinks and even alcohol at home were spiked. Especially when Chad told Rafe that he got drunker than he thought. Rafe is a detective but he didn’t even catch that lol.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

DAYS is #1 in viewers 18-34!

code85
code85

Awesome!

Shelby Riley
Shelby Riley

I love that your bringing back the characters that made days what it is today. Keep it coming and please have a lot more romantic scenes. Hope and Bo need to be the next Mr and Mrs Horton. Record days every day it’s the highlight of my day after work. God bless and keep doing a great job!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I agree!

delores
delores

I love Days and have watched for 50 yrs.. really I’m 53 now and still at 1:00 turn the tv to Days .I’m so happy your bringing back the old players,they are the best!! keep it up Days you have me..you always did!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Lol, Delores. I grew up watching soaps with my grandmother. I don’t remember most of the episodes at that age, but just hearing the characters’s voices, even from the other room, brings so much comfort. I wish all soaps were back on TV. Fantasy dreams!!!!

lynn
lynn

Yes I thought I was the only one the show is every where to much focus on nonsense not on what’s really important eve not being in Any scene ‘so with her sister after her daughters death is crazy I’m so glad Gabi is back I love her

code85
code85

I see lot going well for the show and I see some a few areas for improvement. But has Eric Martsolf said to soap opera central and Soap Digest that fans would see big changes and that means losing characters. I dont enjoy losing Will and Eve. But I can say one thing about this writing team , there is no stupid sh#t like elepant statues and Sami Hollywood ending felt off
So of Days is #1 in Women 18-34 don’t complained. The show the whole lot better than year ago. But the characters that close to Paige needed to feel each other about her lost. I agree. Overall I not gonna Burch and belly ache because the show does not go 21st I think it should. As long it pull strong audience I’m find. All soaps have flaws in writing

lynn
lynn

And Chad and Marlena scenes today were great and the way will is acting lately if he wasn’t getting killed off they could have made he fake a break down just to have Sonny run back and I hope Stefano get better because Victor is so busy trying to save Caroline he is no match for Clyde right now

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yes, I agree. The Chad and Marlena scene was great–and the creepy Clyde startling Marlena played weill and created suspense and tension. I must say again that the actor playing Chad is very, very good–and his eyes are mesmerizing. Keep it up. And there is a lot of chemistry between the actors playing Chad and Abby. Hope they will put them together in the end. And I’ll say again that James Read is underplaying Clyde masterfully.

lynn
lynn

Yes his eyes are very distracting and he wear a suit well

Cathee
Cathee

Love the show. It’s getting better each week! The new storyline with Bo, John and Patch will be awesome! Do not miss the ones who are gone or leaving. There is a reason this soap has withstood the test of time. Keep it up writers! Great job!! Thanks for returning.

Terry Williams
Terry Williams

I don’t want Will to die and be off the show.

Gmbenet
Gmbenet

Always glad when Days does well in the ratings! However will be curious to learn how well the show did during the week September 14-18, 2015. The story moved much slower this week. Felt like it did before the new writing kicked in. For me it was a cause for concern.

Maybe the writers needed to set some things up, but the pace didn’t feel right. The story lagged and got a little boring. News of the departures of Kassie DePavia and Shawn Christian only added insult to injury. I don’t mind departures of good actors/characters if I know there is an opportunity for them to return.

In Kassie’s case I could understand a temporary departure. I think it would be good for Eve to leave Salem for a while so the writers can regroup on a storyline for her. As for Daniel (Shawn Christian), I heard that he is to be killed off. NOTHING about that is acceptable to me!

Days needs to be careful about killing off characters. Unless the actor has made a decision to never return, like Renee Jones did, I think Days should be loathe to kill the character.

Also, I like Nicole and Daniel as a couple. I am tired of Nicole going from man to man. Now that she has chosen to be with Daniel, let them live “happily ever after” in Salem and become pillars of the community. There is enough drama for Nicole to become involved in as the head of Basic Black.

So I hope the reports are wrong that Daniel will die.

Megan
Megan

Honestly I started watching again only because of Steve and Kayla. Love, love, love them! I love the patch, jacket, everything! Takes me back to the good old days…of Days! Liking the Chad, Abigail, Ben storyline too. 🙂

Jill
Jill

I’ve been watching for 40 yrs, glad to see it coming back to where it should be! Bo and Hope, Steve and Kayla

KMB
KMB

I started watching Days for the first time ever due to Stephen Nichols, and I have come to love watching the other characters as well. Love the fact that they use people of all ages, just like real life should be. Oh and Chad’s eyes are incredible! lol…….

Kris
Kris

I am watching the entire show daily for the first time in what seems like forever. I’m interested in all the stories.

I want to see Steve find Bo. Love that he’s working with John. Love that he’s trying to win back Kayla, too! She’s been through a tough time, so I don’t want her making it easy on him, and she isn’t, so that’s great. I am ready for her to start thinking that he’s right about Bo, though.

Marlena’s working again, and that’s really adding to the story. She was great in scenes with Chad this week. So glad she’s busy working.

I feel so bad for Bo. He’s stuck in that hole, and Hope is so angry she’s not looking with clear eyes at the situation. I’ll be glad to see her use her cop sense and decide she has to know, for her children if nothing else.

Nice to see Gabi.

Chad and Abby are fun. But Abby lies too much. Sorry. She just does.

Marcie
Marcie

Kassie is a great actress who was given a downhill storyline.Paige n J.J.fan fave of coarse Kassie is taking heat for bad story with great acting.Re member Blair she was the best.Keep our soap stars working we need our soaps….

Belle
Belle

I’m enjoying Days also. I love seeing the older characters in their scenes; Caroline is doing a great job. This obsession about youth is nothing but a vicious circle. The sponsors who are talking about it now will be talked about later in life because they will become one of the old people.

Theresa Bragg
Theresa Bragg

I am in a much higher age category and still a die hard fan. I would love to see Gloria Loring return. What are the chances? Best of luck in the upcoming shows. At 99 my mother watched it faithfully and discussed the characters like they were friends. Would love to seed a special shout out to Josh Taylor. My husband Don and I spent some time with him in Atlantic City.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

I’m right there with you regarding Gloria Loring, Theresa! She has a great stage presence…acting and singing! There have been past discussions of a possible return of Liz/Gloria and maybe a song or two. I’m still hoping!

CeeCee
CeeCee

THE FACTS OF LIFE?? LOL. Love Gloria’s voice.

Jeff
Jeff

Hate the new characters. The new writers have ruined the show. I will never watch it again.

Bonnie
Bonnie

i LOVE LOVE LOVE the show!!! It’s sooooo good I can barely wait to watch!! I don’t even like the weekends cause it’s not on…thank you for making it great again!!! Way to DOOL!!!!

Julia
Julia

I’m not happy at all about how they have changed Aiden Jennings. I love him as Hope’s love interest. Change it back. Do not make him the bad guy.

val
val

The ratings are up in the 18 to 34 year old age group. So for all the folks who want to return to the 80’s yet again, the growth appears to be the with the younger crew not the old vets returning for the 9th or 10th time. That is why I get so frustrated when I hear only Charlotte Ross can play Eve, its ridiculous. Charlotte Ross is no longer sweet 16. She is near or over 40. KDP is killing it with that role. I suspect its Chad/Abby/Ben the Paige death, and the return of Gabi who may I add always seems to be a reliable ratings draw that is causing the uptick.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

I will continue the wild ride with DAYS. I do like Kassie and I’m sure the journey will be fun. As DAYS has demonstrated many times over, Kassie can so easily come back!

Robin Gaschler
Robin Gaschler

I record and watch Days daily and have since the 70s. It’s the best it has been in so many years! What an exciting time! I do still miss EJ, though….

dmr
dmr

I don’t understand the hype about Bo Brady. I began watching when Robert Kelker- Kelly played Bo and I liked him. I find it funny that Victor and Steve talk about Bo going “off the grid” and “deep under cover” when I don’t remember him every solving a crime in Salem. He was one of the keystone cops/detectives on the Salem PCPD and we are supposed to believe that he had the wherewithal to go “deep under cover?” I don’t know…this storyline is lackluster in my opinion (although, I know there are a ton of “Bope” fans out there:)

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DAYS Promo: What’s Going To Happen At Jarlena’s Wedding Anniversary Shindig?

Coming up next week on Days of our Lives, prepare for drama, drama, and more drama! From the looks of the latest promo for the NBC soap opera, the action takes place at Marlena (Deidre Hall) and John’s (Drake Hogestyn) surprise one-year wedding anniversary soirée, where things could take a deadly turn!

But with the Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) masquerading as “Nicole” plot reaching new heights, Anna DiMera (Leann Hunley) and Tony DiMera (Thaao Penghlis) back in Salem, and the promo telling viewers “For one guest, the party, is over” followed by Sonny (Freddie Smith) yelling, “She’s got a gun!” and Brady’s (Eric Martsolf) ending line, “Oh, my God!” there is plenty to conjecture.

Also seen in the teaser is Kate (Lauren Koslow) trying to rip off the face of Susan Banks (Stacy Haiduk), and Stefan (Brandon Barash) and Gabi (Camila Banus) getting hot and heavy and Eric (Greg Vaughan) yelling, “No!”

So, check out the promo below and then let us know via the comment section below, what you think is about to go down at Jarlena’s party, where last August at their nuptials … things did not go off without a hitch, either!

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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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