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RATINGS: All Soaps Gain In Total Viewers! DAYS and Y&R Up In Key Demos!

Days of our Lives overall showed some strong gains for the ratings period of the week of April 28th -May 2, 2014!  First, DAYS along with the three other networks soap operas gained in total viewers!

The Bold and the Beautiful scored the most additions  with + 202,000, followed by DAYS with + 87,000, Y&R with 68,000, and finally General Hospital with +22,000.

However in the key demos, Days of our Lives showed increases in women 18-49, 18-34, 25-54, and The Young and the Restless rebounded in the 18-49 in total viewers for the demo, and showed gains in the 25-54 category.   Y&R though still had it’s lowest all-time rating share once again in the 18-49 demo for a fourth week running! Check out the entire ratings picture here via SON.

Now its time for you to be this week’s Soap Opera Executive Armchair Quarterback! What is working for you on your favorite soaps?  What stories need fixing?  Who would you like to see return to you favorite soaps to give the series an extra lift?   Share your thoughts below!

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Mark
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Mark

Days is just the best show in all aspects. The other ones I fast forward thru.

Mama
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Mama

When you’re as low in the ratings basement as “Days of Our Lives” is, there’s only one place to go … and that’s up.

Not much news here.

N
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N

Loving GH right now, on DAYS would have loved EJ and Abby but know that is not happening, strange though the ratings are not as strong as when they were together in January and February …Also the April 21 episode of Alison Sweeney and James Scott did not bring in the ratings..

GH50
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GH50

GH has been down and stuck ever since they destroyed Robin and she left. The following weeks, the week of 3/10, GH lost 400,000 viewers and went down to 2.6 million viewers and stayed there the week of 3/17. It rebounded for one week, the week of 3/24, hitting 3,058,000 because of the baby reveal. The following week, week of 3/31, it went down to 2,875,000, even though it was the 51st Anniversary. Since then, the last four weeks, GH has been stuck in the 2.7 million range. The show is awful. They destroyed Robin and then AJ and they’ve… Read more »

andrew hass
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andrew hass

Week to week ratings go up and down all the time.However in the latest ratings report GH is the only soap that went up in all the categories from the same time last year.Now i do think it’s a bad sign that as the week of April 28th progressed the ratings for GH went down each day.However the ratings only count for live and same day viewing.Plus since you brought up the weeks of March 10th and 31st all 4 soaps went down those 2 weeks.We don’t know why ratings are good one week and bad the next..I’m just glad… Read more »

moshane58
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moshane58

Why are you saying they destroyed Robin and she left. She only come back for a short time. She is producing a movie. John even helped her out getting her time at Grey’s to shadow the producers to help her to produce her own movie. She said she wanted to produce not be an actor anymore. She came back as a favor for them to give closure and Ron said he didn’t want to kill of her character hoping she would return someday. so can’t blame them she doesn’t want to do it anymore. Actors move on all the time.… Read more »

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

Why do you watch the show(im asking in a friendly manner)…yes, GH has problems and i disliked killing off yet another Q but most of the time i find the show still entertaining…it could definately be a lot better…all soaps go up and down ratingswise…i feel these show attract ‘temp’ viewers who only watch on occasion the way i do with Y&R…but i watch the other three almost dailey…supporting the genre or not or hoping for a turnaround i wouldnt watch a show if i thought it was consistantly bad…i just want to know if there is anything you do… Read more »

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

I also agree with what you said about how they dissed John Stamos and thought that childish and a childish prank in an attempt to attract fans and get their hopes up!!!

Johnny
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Johnny

I too thought it was cheap and crass of them to use Blackie Parrish as a ploy and then not deliver. John Stamos was more than willing to appear on the show last year but did not want to be boxed into a one day, one note performance. I am honestly surprised that Ron Carlivati still has a job. He quite obviously goes on Twitter when he is drunk…he lashes out at fans and actors with horrible tweets that drip with arrogance and sarcasm. Anyone in ANY professional capacity who uses social media to abuse others for whatever reason deserves… Read more »

GH50
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GH50

Gee Andrew, ratings do go up and down all the time, which is why I gave an eight week example of a downward trend… up not so much. The year to year stuff is not the real measure here. That is ABC spin that goes out in press releases and what promoters use to populate the social media boards to try and spin the reality. Going back to last May and claiming a victory is misrepresenting the facts when you see that the ratings are down hundreds of thousands of viewers from several months ago. You really think that ABC… Read more »

Tristan
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Tristan

To GH50 and Johnny: Allow me to thank you both for exceptionally intelligent, detailed, passionate posts. I agree with both of you 100%. GH is becoming dark and sleazy; it is sinking into a moral black hole. It lacks a strong moral core, represented by stalwart and steadfast characters that provide a needed positivity and light to a program: like Steve and Audrey Hardy, Rick and Lesley Webber, Laura Spencer…Characters like these are crucial to balance the quirky, or the naughty, or the evil in ancillary characters. They provide the promise of good triumphing over evil, eventually; the promise of… Read more »

Dan
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Dan

Those of you posting about how GH has been “ruined” and “dismantled”, and every other creative adjective in the book must be watching a different GH then me, that’s all I can say.

andrew hass
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andrew hass

GH50,Johnny and Tristan i read your respective posts and you had some good points respectvely.However if you can only find the bad points about GH then why are you still watching it and talking about it?If you want GH to change then maybe the way to do that is to stop watching.If you keep watching GH even you are hating it that’s not going to cause the show to change IMO.Also GH50 regarding Robin KMC’s return was only for a few months.So no matter how the show wrote her off Robin would have left her husband and daughter.Now i guess… Read more »

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

GH for the vast majority of its history was emotionally compelling. The current team is replacing the depth, drama and heart that we came to know and love with sleaze, excessive camp and unrealistic plot points where each is more outrageous than the last (and needs to be to keep a modicum of viewers). The reliance on cheap gimmicks (crypt sex, introducing a favorite character only to realize they aren’t really appearing) may be funny for RC and FV as they laugh among themselves, but it just reeks of a classless attitude and a disrespect of the audience. It is… Read more »

Lawrence
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Lawrence

How is days strong when they have been last in the key demo’s for months. Yeah the ratings increased since last week but they are not that exciting. Y and r but is still low. Gh is doing ok ratings wise even though they sunk in the key demos.

Jules
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Jules

DAYS is just a better soap. GH is a mockery of itself, overstuffed with a cast that ranges from stunt casting to nobodies. All talk, no substance. YR is boring and B&B was never my cup of tea. DAYS is well paced, utilizes most of its cast very well, has complex characters, character driven plots that don’t always have the most predictable outcome (…though who can’t see Gabi as being the one to shoot Nick from a mile away? But I digress.). They are doing daytime DRAMA better than any show right now. I’m proud of my little soap that… Read more »

Mark
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Mark

Days moves at a graceful pace like soaps should and has a classic ripple effect. General hospital moves so fast and has so many newbies and boring characters it just gets choppy and confusing and messy. Y&R is ok right now but kind of like a ship with holes in the bottom and B and B is just a little time waster in between shows

Patrick
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Patrick

on the latest issue of SOD : on the cover Picture of Peter Reckell : on DAYS : “I would come back” certainly seems like the best time… to take advantage of : and, I really like Hope and Aiden MORE : Shane and Kimberly… to visit their daughters… Eve and Theresa I certainly can’t imagine what’s happened to John Black EJ Sami and Nick ARE just as on par a big miss… as Adam, Billy, Phillis… OK I digress some… but its OUR Days cumulative cast : DOOL is it of the 4 on air : have to quote… Read more »

Dmitri
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Dmitri

I disagree. I love Days, but EJami and Dannifer take up too much screentime. I hate EJami, and I think Sami will leave him when she learns of the Abby romps. I like Dannifer but they need a better storyline than countless interlopers. Everything else moves at a snail’s pace. Why is John back in Salem? Like Marlena said, he has nothing there for him, and we barely see him anyways. I say they should send him packing and bring Bo back, even if I do want Hope with Aiden. I want to see more of Abe and Maxine, as… Read more »

Ann
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Ann

Fix the Eric and Nicole love story. I truly loved it and they had to bring in that whole evidence deal. Plus I hate the deal about Eric always stating that he would have stayed a priest if he was cleared. Either he loves Nicole or not. Finally, the box fix please no more Jennifer and Daniel. Jennifer was such a beloved character. They have turned her into someone I don’t even know.

Rj
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Rj

I agree with you. The Eric and Nicole love story could be good if they give them a good storyline. AZ is one of the best actors on the show, and GV is good, so the writers have to step up to the plate with this. I also agree about Jennifer and Daniel. They are both good characters and actors, but their romance just doesn’t seem to do it. Although it was a little better recently.

Dmitri
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Dmitri

I agree as well. I loved Dannifer before. But, like EJami, they take up too much screentime. Have them get married and send them on a backburner. I loved Ericole until they had her screw up again. Now, I hope Eric leaves her and that Nicole can steal Rafe away from Bore-dan…oops, I mean Jordan. LOL.

Patrick
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Patrick

I’ll harbor some sour grapes

YES!

“…Y&R though still had it’s LOWEST ALL-TIME rating share once again in the 18-49 demo for a FOURTH WEEK running

Hello Michael Muhney
Hello Billy Miller
Hello Michelle Stafford

su0000
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su0000

they are all missed and Y&R is empty without them..
No, no replacement will cure their loss..
All 3 characters the actors own them, replacements will fail..
Billy=fail …. not working by a long shot..

I knew Y&R would wait 6 months for the Adam fans to calm down before putting the new Adam on screen..
there will be backlash, and whomever the actor is trying to be Adam, is very barve..

ANA
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ANA

I truly would like to know why most of the actors don’t want to come back to work @ Y&R ,humm why it’s that?.. Specially Michelle stafford ,totally declined going back there!!

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

ANA, They don’t want to drown. The captain (JFP) ran the ship into an iceberg and now the ship (Y&R) is sinking! BTW, EB had a small role in “Titanic”. He’ll be sinking twice!!

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

I just wish I could find a career that is high profile, high paying and where I could literally ruin the product everywhere I go and still get hired for the next opportunity… hey JFP, how do you do it?

Jared
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Jared

Yes, JFP certainly knows how to fall on her feet. I see it at my job every day, though. In this country, networking, audacity and good old fashioned b.s. are what get you places, not necessarily talent and know-how. There are probably hundreds of thousands of people who are more talented than Y&R’s current producers and writers and would love to produce and write for this gem of a soap. However, we’re making a huge assumption that, behind the scenes, Sony and CBS truly want Y&R to succeed in the long term. I don’t know. JFP has one proven track… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

The ratings are a stupid game..
soap fans love to jump in and play the blame game when the ratings come out..
thing is;
They ALL go up and down up and down, one week this soap next week that soap..

sopa ratings prove nothing in the realm of things, they are stupid ..
all that counts is how much I love to watch my soap no matter what the numbers are.

andrew hass
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andrew hass

I agree.Plus i think we the fans of soaps should be happy that all 4 went up this week and all were up from the same time last year.I know people have their favorite soap and want that one to succeed but you can want that and not want the other ones to fail.Plus the networks may have their own way of analyzing what the ratings really mean.Plus as you pointed out and i have to soaps go up and down all the time from week to week.So maybe the important thing that networks take a look at is how… Read more »

PatF
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PatF

As long as YR is number one in total viewers, all is right with the world. 26 YEARS and counting!

Go CBS.

Jared
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Jared

The demo group thing is totally dumb. Sorry to women 18-49, but I don’t want you deciding what soaps there are to watch and what ones there aren’t.

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

OMG, DAYS ratings should skyrocket! Nick died!! It’s been so great to have Julie/SSH and Maggie/SR in substantial scenes!!! This past weeks episodes, which have been excellent, will be in next weeks ratings. Today’s episode was everlasting brilliance!!! The stage is set for must see TV!!! Who killed Nick? Now is a great time to tune in and be a little detective!

Salem population: 1 less
Days of our Lives viewers: 100’s of 1,000’s more!

Isn’t it time to play in the sand?

PatF
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PatF

With all the characters/actors leaving, being murdered or possessed, you’ll end up with just Maggie and Marlena sitting in rocking chairs counting down the Days…

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

I would rather play in the sand than wear red lipstick! If you want, you can do both.

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

Blake Berris could still return as Nicks twin Rick…i still believe Percy shot him(maybe Nick refused to help him because he is really Rick?)…other suspects you might think of: Chaz Bono, Sara Gilbert, Christina Crawford or his own mother Jessica Fallon…lol

Anne North
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Anne North

I still say it was Jordan’s cat that pulled the trigger.

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

Why not Ciara playing with her daddy’s gun?

Tsuds
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Tsuds

Go GH all the way…. Great writing .. stories that move at a good clip … non predictable story lines.. .. Go Go Go.. GH is def the best soap on daytime TV these days.

Sally
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Sally

I started watching Days again after many years away since Robin left GH. WOW. It is awesome. I love almost every story. Hope it continues to gain. Go Days!

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

Welcome back, Sally!

Rj
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Rj

Don’t get me wrong, I am sorry to see James, Allison, and Blake leave – they are strong characters, but I have been watching a bit more to see how it is all going to play out eventhough James and Allison are going to be on the show for awhile yet. Will they go out with a bang or ride off into the sunset? Without James and Allison to keep ratings up, the writers are really going to have to step up to the plate and have strong and good storylines for the whole cast. They have been very focused… Read more »

andrew hass
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andrew hass

I agree.Plus with James and Allison leaving that could free up money for the show to use to bring back other actors.Plus depending on how Sami and EJ that could create stories for other characters on the show.I’m sure Sami and EJ won’t just decide to take their kids and leave town and that’s it for their exit.

Rj
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Rj

I will miss them because they were entertaining to watch, but since they have chosen to leave I hope the writers will use this as an opportunity to really branch out instead of falling a part. They have to bring in some strong new (or past) characters, and write really strong storylines for all. Of course, I would be glad to see James, Allison, Blake return some day (although it may be doubtful) , and at first I thought wow, what is Days going to do without James and Allison, but now I think it could be an opportunity to… Read more »

Dmitri
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Dmitri

Bringing up ratings? EJami haven’t brought up ratings in a long time! It was EJabby that really gave ratings boosts! Every episode THEY had was 2.0 at minimum! EJami’s whole episode dedicated to them with EJ’s daydream only garnered a 1.9!

andrew hass
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andrew hass

It was a great week for all the soaps all around.

moshane58
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moshane58

I’m loving GH. So many different storylines going on. To bad only Nielsen box holders have the say and that is very few..Glad all soaps are up. sure don’t need to loose anymore..

mgb357
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mgb357

hmm soaps gaining audience… will the network bosses recognize this trend????

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Well as a longtime soap fan and viewer of the last remaining four it is with a heavy heart that I say all four soaps right now are flat. I will not go into a long discussion about what I find lacking in each of them, all I know, for the first time in long time I am actually thinking it is time to stop watching all of them. And if this is A game for May Sweeps then I hate to think how dull the summer is going to be this year. Maybe I have just watched too long,… Read more »

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

DAYS is on fire! The decisions that CBS have made linking Y&R and B&B with their talk show and game shows is nothing but greed!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Sadly, DAYS for me is not on fire, for me it is barely simmering. I have watched Days a very long time, and I have honestly seen everything I am seeing now before and done better. I know you believe Days can do no wrong so I will not debate the point– but I am glad you are enjoying it, I wish I could. As for CBS and ABC using their soaps as advertisement platforms, for products or for their own shows, whether their motives are greed or not, it doesn’t matter. What matters to me is the disrespect it… Read more »

Dmitri
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Dmitri

I agree, MarySF. I’m a B&B and DAYS fan, but both shows are very boring at the moment. The only good Sweeps Days event was Nick’s death, and even that is going to end soon. Everything else is dragging out very slowly, like Jordan’s past, Nicole’s secret, Brady’s addictions, etc. SO boring!

B&B is a bit more interesting but the problem is that the Wyatt-Hope-Liam love triangle is just another recycled storyline and written very poorly. Plus, Brill, a couple I loathe, is taking up too much airtime.

Tony Polar
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Tony Polar

Well, DAYS OF OUR LIVES is a great show – plenty of drama, intrigue, lots of overacting which is great – right now, everyone is wondering who killed Nick and it’s going to turn out to NOT be the hired hit man (Not giving anything away, I don’t know for sure, but let’s face it – it won’t be that Nick died at the hands of the professional hit man) – and we know it could be the “usual suspects” of Salem – I have only been watching DOOL since the new year and because abc-tv let ALL MY CHILDREN… Read more »

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

I’m sure you’ll continue to be a happy viewer, Tony. Kassie DePaiva will be on DAYS soon!!!

Kaleesi
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Kaleesi

Even though Days has its problems it is pretty good overall. The pacing is good and there is drama on a consistent basis. They have some newbies but its not crazy stunt casting or glaring. Unlike GH and Y&R where its the parade of newbies. Y&R especially bring on newbies each more boring than the last. The only standout is Ray Wise and he seems to make about 2 appearances per month!

Patrick
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Patrick

“… The pacing is good and there is drama on a consistent basis. They have some newbies but its not crazy stunt casting or glaring”

there is some REALLY good press for DAYS : couldn’t be happier

Ray Wise : in Genoa City : I totally agree… he’s a serious stand out… charismatic with loads of presence… I had hoped Gloria would tangle mix and weave with….

not that Nikki has dumped dead Victor again… could she be close to ?
what about a coop with Jess Walton’ Jill ?

I like Ray Wise

Dmitri
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Dmitri

I gotta disagree. DAYS has been dragging several things out far too long. A perfect example is the Jordan storyline.

Rapids
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Rapids

The networks look at trending over the course of a year, unfortunately ratings and demographics have deteriorated significantly over the years. There is always a weekly bump just before and during sweeps When storylines may get to the payoff point. Mary SF, I quit soaps altogether a few years ago, it was a relief not to bother with them. I still have a soft spot in my heart for the good old days but that was at least twenty years ago. The stories and characters seemed so dated, and boring. I still follow the industry through the Internet but I… Read more »

janet
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janet

A lot of thought went into comments this time. Why do we watch a show that pushes our buttons. because most of us have watched for years and like some of the characters. We don’t like our intelligence stepped on, and we *most of us * want to see evil pay.Shoot someone in cold blood for no reason and get away with it twice? I have shut the show off. I am home and I dvr go on the boards and see what happened. If I want to see it I watch. I have not watched the end of the… Read more »

Tony Polar
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Tony Polar

I tape DAYS OF OUR LIVES and watch it at night, and it’s a very classic soap opera, with proper soap opera “good guys/gals” and villians. I enjoy the acting, which is top notch – and no, I don’t take it too seriously but I enjoy it nevertheless. Being a newer viewer, I don’t always know the history of each character and how they all connect (for example, I don’t quite “get” what Marlena has against Nicole) but I garner enough info here and there from the dialogue – and of course, right now the key storyline is “who shot… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

“…I enjoy the acting, which is top notch”

YES : ALL this on DOOL : our DAYS

ie: Marlena… mother of “Father” Eric… her child… only wants the BEST for him… doesn’t he knock you out

DAYS delivers classic…

of the 4 left on air : its DAYS unlike no other

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Tony when I was starting to watch GH last year for the first time, I found the website soap opera central an invaluable resource. Each soap has a history section, and a who’s who section– I would suggest you try that site when you need more information about the back story of a character on DAYS. I believe Mr. Fairman has a link to that site on his page.

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

Google the show and each character…thatll help you learn more about Days…i started with the very first show in 1965 and watched up until 1980 when many cast members were fired when tptb decided to revamp…then i came back a little over 30 years ago and have watched on and off since then.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Loving the May sweeps stories on all the shows. DOOL & GH have been must see for me.

carinamia
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carinamia

Y&R has been in my family through a couple generations now, me being the youngest viewer. I’m familiar that back in the day the quality of drama was better and recently this soap might be at its worst, but having said that I want to have the faith it will get better. LOVED MICHAEL MUHNEY and praying he comes back because Adam was the reason I got into it 🙁 I’m still a fan, but don’t watch as much as before now that he and some of the others are gone. *Miss JFP, please listen to the fans and put… Read more »

Dmitri
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Dmitri

I’m a big B&B and DAYS fan, but both shows have been boring lately. Days just drags things out for far too long and shows the same 4 characters everyday (Sami, EJ, Jennifer, Daniel) with barely any vets. B&B’s love triangle between Hope and the two half-brothers is also boring. I hope the shows crank up the heat for summer otherwise I’ll be tuning out and reading summaries instead.

carol
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carol

I’m disappointed that General Hospital is not doing better in the ratings. I watch both Y&R and Bold and Beautiful and it’s so much better than either of those shows. Particularly Y&R which has so many boring characters Lily, Cain, Tyler, Kevin etc. Losing Billy Miller was a huge blow.

Love so many of the One Life actors who have come over to General Hospital. The story lines are great.

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Kassie DePaiva, Nathan Purdee & Taylor Purdee Talk ‘Killian & The Comeback Kids’, One Life to Live & Eve’s Reign of Terror on DAYS

It’s ‘all in the family’ + a dear friend that makes the film Killian and the Comeback Kids something that soap fans will want to see. In it, daytime veterans, Kassie DePaiva (Ex-GL, OLTL, GH and Days) and Nathan Purdee (Ex-Y&R and OLTL) are featured in the new movie directed, written and starring Nathan’s talented son, Taylor.

One Life to Live fans will get a kick out of that Kassie and Nathan play a married couple in the film.  In story, a millennial (Taylor A. Purdee) comes home to live with his parents in a depressed rural town after getting a college degree in the big city. The film illustrates the issues facing many of America’s youth today, which could not be more apropos for the times we are living with many children moving back in with their parents. However, the movie shares an uplifting message filled with original music from Taylor’s folk-rock band, The Cumberland Kids.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Kassie, Nathan and Taylor to get the inside scoop on: collaborating together on this project, revisiting Llanview with some memories and thoughts on the cancellation of the beloved soap, plus Kassie’s last turn on Days of our Lives as an unhinged Eve Donovan – a performance that just may garner attention come Daytime Emmy time next year.

This conversation was filled with candor, humor, and a parent’s love for their child. Killian and the Comeback Kid is playing in selected theatres and dates including tonight Friday, September 25th in Atlanta, and October 2nd in Chicago. For more movie info go to the film’s website here And now here’s what Kassie, Nathan and Taylor shared.

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I was really intrigued by the film. Taylor, how did you lure your dad to be in the movie?

TAYLOR:  Oh my gosh, it was the craziest negation ever.

I bet! (Laughs)

TAYLOR:  When I was a kid, Roberta, my mom, made me promise to always write him roles.  So, it was kind of obligatory.

KASSIE:  That is so funny!

TAYLOR:  It’s true.

Had you met Kassie before, or was this the first time? 

TAYLOR:  I knew Kassie from when my dad and her were doing One Life to Live together.   Five years before I was filming this movie, Nathan texted me, “Hey!  Kassie and Jim (DePaiva) are right by your dorm room.  You should go see them!”  So, catching up as an adult was so nice.  I had a non-parentally controlled grown-up hang-out with her.

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What was the journey this film, Killian and the Comeback Kids, went on as far as from the writing of it, to production, to its completion?

TAYLOR:  Well, the front half was surprisingly quick.  I think writing it through to having it finished was about 18 months, and there were about 6 months of, “how’s it going to come out,” and then, we thought we knew what was going to happen, and we were all getting ready for it to hit in movie theatres in the spring when the world ended, and that’s how we got here three years later.

Nathan, tell me about the role you play; because Kassie and you are husband and wife in the film.

NATHAN: Well, yeah, you kind of covered it! (Laughs)  I play her husband, and she plays my wife, and I appreciated the casting situation.  It’s interesting how Taylor chose Kassie because he did say that he wanted someone who was close to his mom’s personality.  I couldn’t think of anybody else other than Kassie because the only difference is Kassie is taller, but they both are such loving, caring people.  They always want to mother you and make sure you’re fed, and you’re safe, and you’re happy, and neither one of them knows the word, “no,” when it comes to the people who they’re taking care of.  I love Kassie anyway, so good for me.

KASSIE:  Yeah, they cut our love scene, and I don’t know what that’s about. (Laughs)

Kassie, what do you remember from when you first met Nathan?  You were at One Life, right?

KASSIE:  No, when I first met Nathan, we were in San Antonio, and we were doing an appearance.  I met Bobbie Eakes (Ex-Krystal, AMC and Macy, B&B) for the first time then too, but I was on The Guiding Light, and I was singing, and Nathan was there.  Nathan and I sat beside each other.  I honestly felt like I had known Nathan my entire life.  We were drinking margaritas and talking, talking, talking, talking, talking, talking.

NATHAN:  Yep!

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KASSIE:  Nathan and my husband, Jim are very good friends.  I have to say, Nathan was so lovely when I was going through my cancer journey.  He came to see me every week, sometimes twice a week when I was in the hospital, and he would come up, and he would hang out with Jim.  I will never, ever forget how lovely he was (it makes me tear up right now) to be there with support for my husband and myself as we went through that.  So, when Nathan asked me to be his wife in the film, I thought, “Well, hey, you practically live with me now, so that sounds good.”

So, Taylor, how did they do on-screen as husband and wife?

TAYLOR:  They’re fantastic.  We’ve only had one test screening, but one of the most consistent things audiences tell me is that they’re not just great together, but they each have such a quiet, brooding depth to them that you can’t help but imagine the back-story that they’re not talking about

KASSIE:  That’ll be the sequel!

TAYLOR:  Killian and the Comeback Kids 2: They Comeback Kids Comeback.

KASSIE:  They’ll come back again!

NATHAN:  Thanks for planting that seed in his head, Kassie.

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TAYLOR:  It was important for me to try to synthesize a mixed-race couple.  So, it was really great to be able to have them, not just be so great together, but there was also the issue of we had to have a little girl who looked like she could not just be my sister, but also both of their daughter.  Creating a family from scratch was great because Nathan and Kassie already had the rapport.

Did you watch them on One Life to Live together? 

TAYLOR:  Yeah!  I was in school most of the time, but I would go to set, and over the last 10 years, friends would send me YouTube clips from the show because for some reason none of the soaps are streaming.  There’s not like a soap Netflix!  It kind of needs to happen!  Soaps, they’re epic; there are decades worth of episodes and shows.

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In this film, music is the backdrop.  It’s your music and your band that is featured?

TAYLOR:  Yeah, my best friend growing up and I were staring to write folk music around the time when I was deciding what script I wanted to make into a film.  We wrote the soundtrack, all the music that people sing, and the underscore, which was surprisingly the most fun part of it all.

Kassie what did you think of Taylor’s music?

 ASSIE:  I think it’s wonderful.   I love music. It’s totally in the heart of me, and I just think that this movie is so timely. Kids these days are having to deal with not knowing what their future is going to be.  In the film, my son comes home, and he is trying to find himself, and he throws himself into his art and his music.  I just think there are a lot of people right now who are going through that.  I think it is extremely relatable, even more so than when you wrote it, Taylor.  I think people are looking for some type of connection, and I think this little movie is a good start.  It’s about people pulling together, and it’s got a strong rooting factor, and you want people to succeed, and it is great.  It takes you on a really nice journey.

You have some dates coming up where the film will play in a movie theatre- one is on September 25th in Atlanta and then another one on October 2nd in Chicago.  Taylor, how do you feel about making appearances for the film during the pandemic? You’re going with masks on? 

TAYLOR:  Oh yeah.  We will be in a bubble; we are just getting into a car and sticking together.  I and John Donchak, who plays opposite me through the whole film, are going to all of those dates, and my co-songwriter, who also appears in the film, will be in Atlanta, if not at both premieres.

NATHAN:  And let me add, please, they’re going against my wishes as a parent, but he is 28- years-old, so all I can say is that we are hoping for the best because we want him to be safe.  He is very determined and passionate about it, so he’s got our support.

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Taylor, in your story, why does Killian come home and live with his parents? 

TAYLOR: His plan at the time is that he has just graduated from a pricey university, and he is supposed to go off with his bandmate on a modest music tour.  He comes home to get his stuff and see his parents after graduating, but his bandmate drops out, and so the plan falls apart, and that’s how he gets stuck in this town and everything is just kind of falling apart. The plan that he had for his life after college gets pulled out right out from under him.

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Nathan, when Kassie and you were on One Life for years, you weren’t there when it ended, as you had already left the show.  How did you feel upon learning it had been canceled by ABC?

NATHAN:  I was so disconnected by that time.  I just knew it was ending, and it wasn’t the first soap to go.  I saw it happening when the other shows started being canceled due to, I could be wrong about this, but I put the blame on reality TV.  By that point I had moved on in my personal and private life.  I was doing a lot of theatre then, traveling back and forth from North Carolina, really trying to keep busy, and fighting off the depression of not working full-time.  I missed Jim and Kassie the most, but I was thrilled that I could bump into them at any time and visit with them.  I kept in touch with Hillary B. Smith (Ex-Nora) and Bob Woods (Ex-Bo) and also, Timothy Stickney (Ex-RJ); in fact, Timothy Stickney’s wife did Taylor’s hair for the film.

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Kassie, how do you feel years later about the cancellation of One Life to Live?

KASSIE:  I still miss it.  I loved it. The hard part about this show in particular being canceled is –one – that there wasn’t closure on it.  It kind of happened randomly, and there was still a lot more story to tell.  They kept it going on General Hospital, where they’ll bring some characters there.  So, it’s still in peoples’ minds. The second part is the friendships and the family connections that you’ve made over the many years that you’re there. Nothing lasts forever, that’s for sure, but as you were saying, there’s no streaming of these shows, but if you catch an episode on YouTube, One Life to Live, truly stands alone.  It just has great stories, great characters, and there is connection there that is very real.

Kassie, your last go-around at DAYS was just epic.  Did you guys see it?

TAYLOR:  I did see pieces of some of it.  I caught some of the “super villain”!

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Eve went in guns blazing, evil as all get out, but so heartbreaking at the same time while she was torturing Ben (Rob Scott Wilson).  What did you think about all of that, Kassie?

KASSIE:  I was really hesitant to watch it because I remembered how “super villain” I was.  I remember getting on the plane, and Jimmy said, “How was it?” and I said, “I’ll probably never work again a day in my life. I’m like this (evil laughs) muah-ha-ha, muah-ha-ha kind of character.”  I mean, you hated what Eve was doing, and you were supposed to, but I think that they did a great job with production values, and it was reasonable what she was doing because she was going off the edge. It’s great to be able to sink your teeth into something that is so out-there and completely different from your own life.  I mean, it was exhausting.  Every day, I would come home and just be like, “Oh my God, give me a cocktail.” Eve had justification for her revenge, even as wrong as it was, and she needed to be heard, and she needed closure, and she made a bunch of wrong moves, and did a bunch of bad, bad, bad things, and now, she is probably in a mental institution somewhere, so…

You and I were on set of DAYS and I was going to interview you.  If I recall, at that point, you did not even know what the story arc was.

KASSIE:  No, I didn’t. When I arrived and looked at the script, I’m like, “Well, who blew up that wedding?”  Then, all of the sudden, “Oh, no!  I blew up the wedding.  This is bad!  I probably am not going to be coming back on this show again.”  I look at story and go, “Uh-oh.  There’s a shut door.”  I like open doors and open windows.

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Taylor, what is your project? Are you continuing to write?  What do you see in the future for yourself?

TAYLOR:  This is my life for me.  The next thing that I think we are releasing is actually something that I made before this because everything is backwards, which is a documentary (very different) about Central American politics, which I’m hoping is out next year.  In terms of new scripts, everybody is a bit torn.  I kind of want to do a biopic of Lee Grant, or I want to do a blues/punk version of something inspired by The Shining.

Well, those are very polar opposite!

TAYLOR:  Yeah, aren’t they?

NATHAN:  Now you see what I’m living with. (Laughs)

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Nathan, you must be proud of Taylor, and it must be very cool to see your son have these multi-faceted talents.

NATHAN:  Of course, I’m proud of him and it’s great, but it’s strange because watching Taylor develop into the person he has developed into and continues to, made me realize that I hadn’t had the type of courage he has.  I had my dreams and certain things that I was very courageous about in my life.  I certainly don’t see him doing some things the way I did them, because he has more common sense than I do when it comes to life choices. His courage just blows my mind.  Most of my closest friends are professional musicians, and many of them, if I were to namedrop, you would know who they are, and they’ve had successful careers, and I’ve always looked up to them and admired them, but I was never that guy.  I just wanted to be a musician because I knew them and we were friends, but I didn’t have the discipline to do what they did, and I certainly didn’t have the God-given talent.  I play a little bit of keyboard and a little bit of saxophone myself, but I have to play one song 757 times before I even start to feel comfortable with it, and Taylor can sit down and start strumming on his guitar, and the next thing you know, he’s written a whole song.  It just blows my mind how creative and talented he is.  He has been surrounded by creative and talented people all of his life. He has absorbed a lot from the different people and the different opportunities he’s had, and I look at him sometimes, and I even say it to my wife, “Who is this kid?”  I like to share this story.  We went to see Taylor do Hamlet.  I’m guessing he was 15 or 16-years-old at the time. I’m watching him doing Hamlet, and I’m sitting in the chair, and I’m crying because I’m thinking to myself, “Oh, my God, he is so good!”  I told Taylor, “I would not tackle Hamlet on a football field, yet alone on stage.”  It made me realize that we had a force to be reckoned with.  He’s pretty amazing.  The bad news for him is that I always tell him the truth, and I lied to him once, and he called me out on it, and I promised that I would never lie to him again.  So, be careful what you ask me because I will tell you the truth from this point on.

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KASSIE:  Taylor was also the director of this film, which I mean, “What the hell!”  This guy is doing everything.  He was deciding on the shots, he was deciding on the lighting, he was deciding this and that, he was editing the script, I’m like, “Holy cannoli!”  He’s like, “No, I want her to wear that shirt; I want her to do this.”  You would do the scene, and he’d come over and talk to you a little bit.  I mean, he was just awesome; Taylor brought so much insight to my character because I’m like, “What’s my relationship, and who are all of these kids?  Are we a loving family?”  We did it very quickly, too.  Taylor, look at what you’ve accomplished, and it is such a beautiful piece of art!

TAYLOR:  From a more functional standpoint as a director, one of the really great things about having the two of them was that Kassie came in half-way through filming, and we’d been working with the young actor/musicians a lot.  Some of them, it was their first big job, but pretty much all of them had worked before.  On Kassie’s first day, they didn’t know what they were in for.  She just rolled onto set, and all of the sudden, the stakes and bar of how to be an actor just changed.  From that point on, when Kassie and Nathan started to work with the band, we knew those were going to be fun days because there was going to be acting involved.  Everyone else just had to come up to their level, which was great for me because it gave me so much more to edit with.

Taylor, who are your musical influences?   

TAYLOR:  That’s a really good question.  My musical obsession for the last few years has been this guy, named Josh Ritter, who is kind of a singer/songwriter/folk guy.  My real-life band, The Cumberland Kids, is named after one of his songs.  Also, Weird Al Yankovic, has been a massive inspiration for me and my songwriting partners.

So, your vibe is this folk-rock.

TAYLOR:  Yeah, that’s what I’m writing mostly.  My listening is kind of all over the place, but definitely that is what I’m writing.

Kassie, who do you like listening to?

KASSIE:  It all depends on what cocktail I have in my hand.

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NATHAN:  Let me chime in on that too! I like jazz, blues, and country music, but imagine what my house was like because I have a lot of instruments here, always with the hope that Taylor would at least become interested in music.  I have congas, bass guitar, keyboards, you name it, and for a while, he wasn’t interested at all, and one day, I woke up and he was playing an acoustic guitar.  Then, the next thing I know, he is writing and singing folk music.  I’m thinking, “Wait a minute!” It was an important lesson for me that just because you want something for your children, doesn’t mean that is what they want for themselves.  We never pushed acting on Taylor.  He chose it on his own.  It’s exciting for me mostly because it was his choice.

KASSIE:  He’s a natural.

And speaking of that, Taylor, in the trailer nothing came across forced or pushed.  Obviously, we are all talking you up here, not that you need it.

NATHAN:  I’ll tell you this, Michael.  During the shoot, Taylor insisted on calling me “Nathan”, and I had a problem with it, but he basically told me to get over it because it’s his set, his movie, and while we are shooting, I’m “Nathan”, and he’ll call me dad later.  I’m still struggling with that but he was the boss.

TAYLOR:  It’s hard to walk that line and not make it weird for your crew, you know?

NATHAN:  I get it.

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KASSIE:  It’s weird for me because when he would go, “Robbie is going to do this, and Nathan is going to do that,” I’d go, “Who are Robbie and Nathan?  Aren’t they your mom and dad?”

TAYLOR:  While I was writing the script I called him over, and I said, “Dad, I wrote you a really good role, and I think we are actually going to do this.  I’m giving you a once in a lifetime chance to name your own character.  Do you want to name him after a Greek hero, or one of your siblings?”  He didn’t take his chance.  So, you know what?  It’s “Nathan” now.  It’s easier for everybody.  We don’t have to break the method acting fourth wall.  (Laughs)

Do you think you would work with Nathan and Kassie again? (Laughs)

TAYLOR:  Oh, my God, are you kidding?

NATHAN:  That’s my contract: Kassie has got to be in it.  So, let me say this about Kassie, you had mentioned something about how much she has been working, and I look at Kassie as the James Brown of daytimes soaps.  She is the hardest working woman in daytime television. 

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She is pretty spectacular. Kassie started on Guiding Light, had a long career on One Life, and then went to General Hospital, then to Days of our Lives.  It’s been amazing that we have been able to see her have a comeback in more ways that one.

KASSIE:  Nathan has jumped from soap to soap as well, and when you’ve done it, you just think it’s over.  It’s not like your regular acting profession jobs when you go out and you know you’re going to audition for twenty-five things and get one role for a short amount of time.  When you go in day in and day out and are creating all of this stuff on a soap opera, and then it ends, you go, “Well, now what am I supposed to do?”  I haven’t been on a set in 6 months, and I feel like I won’t ever work again.  Soaps are just a totally different head trip and so it can be really hard.

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Nathan, do you have a favorite Hank Gannon moment from One Life to Live?

NATHAN:  Oh wow.  Man, there were so many of them.  I can tell you the funniest, to me, maybe not so funny to Hillary B. Smith though.  I think it was during a live show. This was during the time when I had a lot of dialogue.  But this particular day, I had one line, and the line was to Hillary and it was, “How are you feeling?” and her response was, “Well, I’m feeling the way I always feel, and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah”.  So, during the entire day, I’d see Hillary, and I’d say, “Hey, how you feeling?”  Maybe nineteen times before we started shooting, “Hey, how you feeling?” and she’d had about enough of it.  So, fast forward to “5, 4,3,2,1 action”, and now, I say, “How you doing?”  If you could see the look in her eyes, it is like, “I will kill you.”  So, she says, “You know how I’m doing.  I’m doing what I’m always doing,” so she could get her line out.  So, once again, she saved Nathan’s ass with that.  One stupid line … and I blew it.  I just remember that one because I just know Hilary wanted to strangle me.  She probably still wants to.

And on that note (laughs) I wanted to thank you all so much for this. I hope you find success with this little gem of a film, Taylor.

So what did you think of the comments made by Kassie, Nathan and Taylor on their film?  What did you think of Kassie’s recent performance on DAYS? What’s your favorite Blair or Hank moment from the history of One Life to Live? Share your thoughts and comments below,  But first, check out the trailer to Killian and the Comeback Kids.

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Greg Vaughan Shares Farewell To DAYS & Scene Partner Arianne Zucker: “Never a Dull Moment, Laughing or Crying, She was the Party, Always with a smile!”

Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives had Eric Brady saying a sudden farewell to his loved ones before he departs Salem for Africa to help those in need.  That marks the on-screen departure of Daytime Emmy winner, Greg Vaughan who will last be seen on Wednesday’s episode.

As DAYS fans were aware, Greg wrapped his run months ago on the NBC daytime drama series, but since before the Covid-19 pandemic DAYS taped almost seven months ahead, Eric’s on-screen exit is airing this week.

Over the past two days, Vaughan took to his Instagram to share some sentiments, ‘thanks you’s’ and some photos of some of his favorite memories with his castmates expressing, “Seeing it’s the last week I’m airing on @nbcdays …I wanted to share some great captured memories this week with my incredible fans & castmates.”

The actor also posted a special photo album of pics with his longtime on-screen partner and love interest, Arianne Zucker (Nicole).  In that, he posted this message: “To my Ride or Die partner Ari!! Never a dull moment, laughing or crying, she was the party, always with a smile! Love ya #ERICOLE”

So, will you miss Ericole? Are you sad to see Greg exit Days on-screen? Share your thoughts via the comment section below … AND what were some of your favorite performances of Greg during his time on DAYS.

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Cady McClain IN As DAYS Jennifer Temporarily Replacing Melissa Reeves

Rumors that have been swirling are confirmed true.  Cady McClain is coming to Salem and Days of our Lives to replace Melissa Reeves temporarily as the new Jennifer Horton Deveraux.  The casting news was confirmed by a Days spokesperson, according to Soap Opera Digest.

Daytime fans recall, Cady is a two-time Daytime Emmy winner and has previously appeared as Dixie on All My Children, Rosanna on As the World Turns and Kelly on The Young and the Restless.  McClain has already begun filming as Jennifer.

Reeves, who commutes from Nashville to Los Angeles to tape episodes of Days of our Lives, decided not to return to set when the NBC soap opera resumed production earlier this month due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic,

In addition, Melissa became a grandmother last month with her daughter Emily’s first child, and now soon will welcome her son Larry’s first child later this month, which is another reason Reeves chose to stay put in Tennessee.

So, what do you think of the Jennifer switcheroo? Excited to see what Cady brings to the role? Comment below.

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