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Outstanding Lead Actor Meets Outstanding Younger Actor – Geary & Massey!

On-Air On-Soaps got this very exclusive shot of Days of our Lives  Chandler Massey, the winner of the Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series, at last night’s 39th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards alongside  seven time Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series  Daytime Emmy winner, Anthony Geary from General Hospital!

During the telecast one of the features we liked was having the new guard- the Younger Actor nominees present the Emmy to the Lead Actor winner.    Chandler Massey, many now consider to be one of the finest young actors ever to debut on daytime, and it was also 30 years ago that Anthony Geary won his first Daytime Emmy!

Geary’s award was first up in the evening and during his acceptance speech stated,  “Thank you so much. I got lost, which I tend to do. John McCook, Bobby Woods, Darnell Williams, Maurice Benard, you are all dear friends of mine and I admire you all very much. And I feel a little bit guilty here.  I think you were all robbed. I want to say this is amazing to start the evening. We usually end it and the 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 is flashing in my face by now. So I don’t really know how to handle this except to say it’s a good way for GH to start. We have 23 nominations which is pretty amazing since last year we were almost canceled in favor of a surefire ratings bonanza, Celebrity Boob Jobs Gone Wrong, I think it was.”

I’d like to thank the hardworking cast, crew and production team of GH, and Jill Farren Phelps for over three decades of friendship and support. Bob Guza for throwing my character into the existential abyss and giving me the blackest story I could ever hope for. I would like to thank all my directors who always seem to come down on my side when the chips are down. And, a special shout-out to Craig McManus and Crystal Kraft for great humor under fire.  And finally, to the finest acting team and acting family a guy could have: Jonathan Jackson, Julie Berman, Nathan Parsons and the incomparable Jane Elliot.”

As for Chandler Massey, his acceptance was emotional, short, but sweet, as the young star was poised and a bit overwhelmed, but thanked his family, his colleagues, and the DAYS writing and producing team for giving him such great story to play.

What do you think of the Emmy wins of Geary and Massey? Let us know!

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Chandler Massey… So well deserved! Thank you for a tour de force, fete accompli, STAR TURN… As Will. You and Grandma Marlena, the fabulous Deidre Hall… are a constant delight…. a rich twosome. Mother Sammi and Dad Will…. A collective surround of high calibur.

Wasn’t Chandler a lil nervous…. rightly so… “earning” his wings… so to speak…

it amazes me, when you see, press, and these awards shows… that give us a glimpse in to actors “lives”.. that pique our curiosity… They give us must see, must watch… TV.

How an actor, can deliver, performances, day after day. I salute Daytime…. and Serials.


Mother, Sammi, and Dad, Lucas!


Chandler so deserved this. I don’t watch GH anymore, but I always thought Tony Geary was excellent.

Days did so well, and continues to with this story. Chandler, Deidre, Freddie, and others, as their characters were clued in have made the story really powerful, and not just a “stunt”. Drake had the best line this week, when he found out, he told Will “You’re gay, you’re out, and I”M proud”. Loved that !


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Just saw the episode you mentioned…. Tears.,, scene ends… with Will and grandma Marlena hugging…. he tells her… “I wouldn’t be me without you”.


I thought having the younger actor nominees present to lead actor/actress was great, although some of the young actor noms didn’t seem comfortable with each other or wanting to be there. Strange.

So happy Chandler won. He has been fantastic on Days.


I was happy to see the show. Did not like the non-existent ‘tribute’ to previously cancelled soaps. Don’t understand that OLTL got little to no nominations and no emmys. Hope we have better news regarding daytime television by this time next year. Many thanks to HLN for airing the show!

barbara t
barbara t

Loved Tonys speech. Short, Sweet, and honest.


LOVE the picture! Best of the daytime veterans with best of the younger crowd. Loved both wins.

Joan Faist
Joan Faist

Congrats to Chandler Massey, have loved him as Will from day one. He’s seems like a nice young man and we already know Chandler is a terrific actor. Best Wishes for his future.


Chandler has really come into his own, developing the pathos of his role. Im sure an invitation to the enigmatic Atlanta secret society, Par 3, is sure to be his next accomplishment.


That would be almost too much to ask for, but undoubtedly, the pinnacle of his career!

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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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