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On-Air On-Soaps Podcast Episode # 13

Soap expert Michael Fairman, True Blood’s Carolyn Hennesy, and Nikita’s Dillon Casey are back together again for the first time in over a year! Yes, that’s right!  The original On-Air On-Soaps Podcast gang has reunited for a very special summer 2012 edition of the On-Air On-Soaps Podcast!  During the show, the trio looks at the latest news in the world of soaps including the explosion of summer primetime soap series, the upcoming 39th Annual Daytime Emmys, and the moves to save General Hospital and keep it on the air.  Plus, they welcome some very special call-in guests, and bring the listener some very entertaining segments.  So, what do these three co-hosts have to say about all our topics?  Find out when you listen to our all new episode!

You will hear: soap celebrity exclusive podcast interviews, behind-the-scenes scoops, discussion of soaps hottest topics, and what matters to you our faithful soapers most – as we go 360 degrees inside, outside, and around the wide world of soaps!

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On-Air On-Soaps Podcast Episode #13

Welcome to the latest edition of the On-Air On-Soap Podcast, hosted by Michael Fairman with co-hosts; Carolyn Hennesy and Dillon Casey.  This month the threesome welcome special guests: James Scott (EJ) of Days of our Lives and Jen Lilley (Maxie) of General Hospital for some entertaining and revealing interviews!  And, they make some predictions in the major categories at this year’s upcoming 39th Annual Daytime Emmys, discuss the debuts of True Blood, Dallas, and Hollywood Heights, and the failures of One Life to Live’s replacement, The Revolution, which have led to the upcoming summer replacement series, Good Afternoon America and much more.  We also bring you some brand new hilarious and thought-provoking segments in our jam-packed hour and a half summer edition!

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On-Air On-Soaps Podcast Episode #13 features the following segments:

  • News and Views – The wealth of new primetime soaps kicking off this summer including True Blood, Dallas and Hollywood Heights, plus who should win this year’s Daytime Emmy Awards in the Lead Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, and Drama series are discussed. And, will General Hospital’s lead-in summer replacement, Good Afternoon America be of benefit or a hindrance to the lone ABC soap? And finally, former soap actor Brian Presley’s recent twitter debacle is debated. Starts @ 14:03
  • Jen Lilley InterviewGeneral Hospital’s Jen Lilley is a special call-in guest where she discusses the emotional toll and ups and downs of taking over the role of Maxie Jones from Kirsten Storms who was taken ill. Jen also reveals if a Spixie reunion might be in the making, and previews what could come next for Maximista and so much more! Starts @ 38:54
  • Analyze This Text – Dillon Casey introduces his new segment which he says he is currently “work-shopping” called Analyze This Text. What do Michael, Carolyn, and Dillon think of texting in our modern world in particular when it comes to dating? Find out if you are texting properly when trying to meet a potential love interest! Starts @ 56:07
  • James Scott InterviewDays of our Lives star James Scott (EJ DiMera) is our very special call-in guest on the podcast. In a rare and candid interview, James discusses his feelings on the recent storyline changes where Stefano was shot, EJ learned he was not Stefano’s biological son, and Nicole revealed to EJ that Rafe is the father of her baby, not EJ! James also chats on DAYS Daytime Emmy nominated episodes for Outstanding Drama Series involving EJ and Sami’s grief-sex. In addition, Will and EJ’s on-screen relationship is discussed, and James previews that what is to come under the new writing regime of Gary Tomlin and Christopher Whitesell is some of the most exciting and well-written material he has ever been a part of since his time at DAYS. Starts @ 1:06:31
  • Carolyn’s Soap Thought of the Day – Carolyn offers up her Soap Thought of the Day in which she compares the series, True Blood to General Hospital! Starts @ 1:23:41

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Funniest podcast to date! Carolyn is so witty! Can’t wait to see her appear on True Blood tomorrow!


I enjoyed James Scott. He is such a gratious person to have admitted he was disappointed in not receiving a pre-Emmy nom, and to further praise the work of the other actors who did get nominated. I am hoping that James will indeed get an Emmy in the future. He is a phenominal actor. James is the leading male actor on Days, and I faithfully tune in when he is on. I am an EJami fan. I had the pleasure of meeting him in Ohio, and he was not above chatting with me for about 30 minutes. Mr. Fairman thanks for having James Scott on your podcast.


great podcast! I love that James called in. His opinions about the show are always thought-provoking and interesting. I wish he had more of a role behind the scenes; they could use his input.
I don’t blame Carolyn on James’ voice. It is VERY sexy.


What a great podcast! Michael, Carolyn…I love you both. I’m sorry I don’t know Dillon’s work but it was nice to meet him as well. Jen Lilley has done a fabulous job as Maxie (tho, unfortunately, I can’t bring myself to watch GH at the moment due to the dead baby s/l).

James Scott and Ali Sweeney are THE reason I watch DAYS. James gave me the impression he was a bit disappointed that the “grief sex” was the scene nominated for the Emmy but, IMHO, that scene was about SO much more than sex. Sami instinctively sought out EJ that night to share her fears about their child. She found EJ in a heap on the floor, took him in her arms and consoled him. When the television news confirmed their worst nightmare, their emotions ranged from denial and disbelief to indescribable grief to anger to frustration and it all lead to that tortured kiss and embrace and beyond. I will never forget their pain in that moment and THAT is what makes it Emmy worthy.


I love James Scott! 🙂


Is he hinting Joe Mascolo is coming back or not?????


Another great interview as always Michael I alway enjoy hearing James Scott take on things I am happy he is excited about the upcoming stories at Days I too am sorry he did not receive an emmy nomination this year but regardless no mattter the material he always delivers and gives 110% in his performances and I thank him for his hard work and dedication


Dillon seems like a “nice” guy , but has so little to add, and is so soap-uninformed, a lot of this conversation was a lot about nothing. (What happened to Prospect Park, guys?)


Great interview. Looking forward to more scenes between E.J. and Sami. James and Ali rock!!! Go EJami!


Very nice podcast, Michael! My favorite part was hearing from James Scott, because he always has such interesting and intelligent insights, and anything he says sounds 10 times better in that gorgeous accent!


What a joy to listen to James Scott being a true professional. Never in the whole interview did he give away any “spoiler” etc. This shows a true, committed acting professional. He wants to keep the people viewing. In addition to being a truly dynamic actor!

I will be honest he and Alison Sweeney are the real reasons why I have returned to watching DOOL because there is something there with them when ALLOWED to be in a scene. IMHO of DOOL was smart they would FINALLY write a story for Ej and Sami ( look at 50 Shades of Grey as a reference Days).

Thank you Michael for such a great podcast! You are truly a fantastic interviewer whom asks the questions that we the supporters of day time drama want to ask. THANKS!


Wish you would have asked James about Renee Jones or even how he would feel if Eileen Davidson came back as his mom, but overall, really good podcast. Please don’t leave these off to once every 6-9 months! They’re really enjoyable!


Thank you Michael for another wonderful great James Scott interview! It’s always a pleasure to hear from him and his POV on DAYS and what he thinks of the show and his character! I am really looking forward to his upcoming storyline with Sami. They are just amazing together!


Michael once again you have delivered a great interview with James Scott. I so agree w/CH that just the sound of James’ voice is worth a listen. It was nice that James did not spoil what is coming up. Hopefully Tomlin/Whitesell & NBC have a clear vision of what will bring DOOL out of the doldrums in which it presently resides. I hope that vision includes EJ becoming his own man, out of Stefano’s expectations. I still wait for Days to give EJami a real story that involves only EJ & Sami. Also a big thanks to you for sharing a glimpse of JS at the Tech Awards. Always the gentleman and huge soap fan, Michael you are my favorite Soap reporter.

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Love Me Some James Scott! What A Class Act!!!


We want once and for all a story for Ej and Sami, it is time for these Dool writers to deliver it !!
Otherwise great podcast : love True Blood and Carolyn Hennesy, so glad she is a part of it, lucky her and she deserves it..Dillon Casey is even cute on, wish him the best in his projects, a long career for him.
Really happy to hear James Scott and Jen Lilley, great guests.


Omg I just listened today and was rolling in laughter! This podcast was wonderful, funny, and interesting. Carolyn was fantastic! Thanks for the great interviews. I love me some James Scott!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

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

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

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

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NBC Renews Days of our Lives For 55th Season

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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