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RATINGS: All Soaps Up In Total Viewers: Y&R & B&B Bounce Back, DAYS Most-Watched Week In Over 7 Months!

The ratings are out for the week of September 28th through October 2nd, and all four network daytime dramas increased in total viewers.

Leading the pack, and bouncing back from a loss the following week was CBS’ The Young and the Restless.  The number one soap added +213,000 total viewers, followed by The Bold and the Beautiful which rebounded adding +178,000.

Both daytime dramas showed a 5% increase from the previous ratings.  Y&R and B&B also showed gains in the 18-49 womens demo, while Y&R is still tying a low for the rating shares in that category.  NBC’s Days of our Lives reports it had its most-watched week in over 7 months bringing in a total viewer average count of 2,496,000, with a weekly increase of +86,000.  The show also gained viewers in the 18-49 and 18-24 demos.

Courtesy/NBC

General Hospital also was in the positive, adding 7,000 total viewers for the ratings week bringing it to 2,600,000.  However, GH found itself in the minus column in the 18-49, 18-34, and 25-54 womens demo categories.

To view the entire ratings picture courtesy of SON click here.

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,612,000 (+213,000/+28,000)
2. B&B 3,630,000 (+178,000/-92,000)
3. GH 2,600,000 (+7,000/-229,000)
4. DAYS 2,496,000 (+86,000/+3,000)

So, taking a look a the performance of your favorite soap, how do you predict the ratings may change in the coming weeks?  Do you think Y&R will increase because of the Adam reveal?  Will B&B because of the Ridge/Caroline/Thomas reveal?  Will GH continue to increase total viewer count under new or revised long story from new head writers: Jean Passanante and Shelly Altman?  And, will DAYS finally have its major resurgence as it goes through the next few months of story through their 50th anniversary in November?  Share your predictions in the comment section below!

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chuck
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chuck

Y&R bounced back But their demos are terrible, 4 straight weeks in the 18-49 category among the others. The Adam reveal didn’t help them much those numbers are still bad compared to where they were 8 months ago.

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

It is turning out just I said. The absence of the gay storyline means an increase in the ratings for Days. I believe the ratings will continue to increase. Those persons who are continuously offended by my statements about the correlation between the gay storyline and the ratings at Days can check it out for themselves! But the proof is in the pudding! Persons who were in favor of the gay storyline were not strong enough in number to maintain a good rating. I’m am quite sure this played a part in the decision to kill off Will Horton. If… Read more »

sonniorsolita
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sonniorsolita

I would guess the ratings bump is more from curiosity of checking out the return of the many veterans than the lack of any particular storyline. The “proof in the pudding,” as you put it will be reflected in the numbers six months from now, when the hubbub over the returns has died down and the shock value of the serial-killer storyline is over. Only then will there be a clear picture if people are sticking around for the new focus of the show.

Chris
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Chris

The reality is that Days does not have that much time to get its act together ratings-wise. Supposedly, in December or January, NBC is supposed to make its decision on whether or not to renew Days past September 2016, the conclusion of Sony’s current contract with the network for the show. Keep your fingers crossed.

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

I agree that six months from now will give a real picture of how the new changes have done. Looking forward to seeing those ratings.

tim S
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tim S

hmmm I am gay and I have to disagree with you… it is not the gay storyline.. it is that the writing overall is much better…

Harry
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Harry

Um, Kim Richards, Days went up in ratings because the stories were riveting and old vets came back. It’s why a non-Days watcher like me tuned in and I was not disappointed.
Stop trying to manipulate the numbers to accommodate your homophobic agenda.

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

Who is Kim Richards?

Timmm
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Timmm

Harry, this poster knew if he mentioned the “G” word he would get attention. Thats why I’m responding to you and not him or her! FANS, not haters, want good stories. We dont care about their sexuality or skin color. Give us a good story and sprinkle in a few vets here and there and we are happy! Can I get an amen?

Harry
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Harry

I meant to say Kim Davis, and you are correct, Timm.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Hey, Harry. I have already spoken my peace to this poster. There is something wrong when low ratings are blamed on gay storylines. However, he/she persists. There is something to be said for those posters who make themselves gender-anonymous. There is no point trying to MAKE a point with a closed mind. But, he/she is entitled to his/her opinion…..as bigoted as it may be. I, for one enjoyed Sonny and Will….. (Well, actually I preferred Massey; but, lately I just felt sorry for the character, knowing his end.) The marriage only reinforced the fact that even gay couples have the… Read more »

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

Who is Kim Davis?

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

CeeCee I know gays are a part of this world. “There is nothing new under the sun.” But that doesn’t mean I want to watch gay activity on my favorite TV show. People have the right to exercise their choice of what to watch on television. Fortunately/unfortunately (depending on your perspective) the exercising of that right will eventually affect WHAT is on television. That is what has happened here. A whole lot of people exercised their right not to watch Days of our lives, and there is evidence that says their decision not to watch was largely based on the… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Harry, I agree with you, as always! “Stories are riveting and vets are back.” Exactly! The scenes are very well executed to maximize the suspense (in the serial killer storyline). And Bo’s return has been extremely well set up also. I’m loving viewing the vets. And I had not followed Galen Gering as Rafe–but he is totally believable in his part–underplayed just right with an air of authority–and not bad to look at either–lol. The music, the settings, the atmosphere, the tone–all working. And give me some more Patch and Kayla! I love those two–and, guess what?–I truly believe that… Read more »

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

I don’t manipulate the numbers. I watched the numbers to see if what I thought was true. No one has to believe me about the truth that the ratings numbers tell. I am not at all offended by those who do not believe me. However I do challenge those persons to check it out for themselves. There is a correlation between the decline in the ratings and the weeks when the gay storyline was prevalent. Ken Corday knows it too as reflected in what he alluded to in the Soap Opera Digest article where he discussed the change in head… Read more »

RichInIowa
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RichInIowa

I suppose that the ratings boost could possibly be the powerful event that just happened in the ongoing, still-happening “gay” storyline coupled with the 50th anniversary and return of the vets as opposed to a return of all the soap-watching homophobes in America… but haters gonna hate, Gmbenet.

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

I just feel like DAYS put too much emphasis on the gay storylines and not enough emphasis on the other romances. Until the new writers came along, there have been NO couples I could get excited about. We saw Eric & Nicole, for instance, maybe once every two weeks. But the gays were on every day. Now they are putting more emphasis on “straight” romance and I’m watching again. I do feel, however, that it was a mistake to kill Will. Just as it was a mistake to kill EJ. Audiences want romance. If EJ and Sami were both leaving… Read more »

Nate
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Nate

Patch and Bo are coming back, John and Marlana are back on track, SAMI is coming back, and ” DAYS TURNS 50!” commercials are in 300 times a day on NBC. If they had 3/4 of the show in a gay bar with strippers, the ratings would still be up. It is also better writing, which says nothing, as my post so far has more excitement than DAYS in the past 6 months. The issue I have is literally the day the new writers took over (the day after Sonny left), the gay story disappeared almost instantly, only to return… Read more »

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

EVERYBODY is entitled to their opinion. However I can tell that some of you do not pay attention to the ratings at all and do not notice what weeks are being reported on by Michael Fairman. No wonder you think I am just “hating” on gay storylines. (Obviously I am not in favor of them, but still…) My point is you do not have a clue about what has happened with the show. RichInIowa, the “powerful event that just happened… gay storyline” you referred to is the murder of Will Horton. If so, the ratings for that week have not… Read more »

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

Nate, I don’t see Paul Narita dying from Meth and HIV. I see him going down in a plane crash while on a promotional tour for Mad World. Kate is such a go getter in business that she might keep him constantly on the go promoting Narita. I know Kate is pursuing Basic Black, but she does have the ability to walk and chew gum at the same time when it comes to business!

damien
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damien

..cause a ignorant person said so!
lol, how about maybe the last writers at the time were so burnt out and they had no other stories to tell so they milked the crap out of the ‘gay’ storys!!! if what you re saying is true then really it was the gay storys that kept the show going!
… you should be thanking the gay story not being bitter about it!

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

Who exactly is the ignorant person and what are they ignorant about?

During the time the ratings tanked the storyline at the forefront was the gay storyline. So the writers were so burned out that all they could come up with was a gay storyline? Either way you look at it, the storyline failed. The gay storyline did not keep the show on the air. That storyline put the show in jeapordy.

Maybe it would help if you would do a little checking on your own so you can get the facts straight.

Curacaoman
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Curacaoman

Hating the Corinthos saga, that will drag the show down

tim S
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tim S

AGREE, Over it!!

Timmm
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Timmm

All three of the Corintho brothers SUCK!

su0000
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su0000

I love all the Corinthos !!
they are a core family, the only family with members larger than 2 lol
Really, the Corinthos are awesome and have never put me to sleep..
and the actors, all the actors of the Corinthos family are awesome, the best of actors, they bring it.

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

Hear hear!

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

Days has a killer of a storyline…hope Ben escapes Salem and arrives in Port Charles and knocks off half the cast…lol

tim S
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tim S

LOL.. funny.. just the kill the Dillon, Maxie, LuLu and watchamacallit storyline.. BOOORRRINGGGG

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

so true!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Are you talking about this stupid movie thing, tim S? Yeah, I know what you mean. I just FF those scenes. This idiotic storyline has gone past a love triangle…..it is now a quadrangle. How droll, and childish. These couples are in their thirties. Gimme a break. If I fell for every guy who checked out my tail-bone, I’d be divorced ten times over…and, I’m not even thirty.
The only girl showing any kind of sense and sensibility is Emma.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Love it!

moshane58
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moshane58

Did you notice that Nielsen box holders doesn’t watch GH live at the end of the week. That really hurts GH and wonder why. They know we only get ratings off of them…

su0000
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su0000

hi moshane..
well, there are 4 soaps..
GH is the last one to aire..
Y&R and B&B are the first to be aired..
I’d imagine people can not spend more than an hour and half watching tv that time of day to watch the two that followed .. I don’t know anyone that could spend 4 hours during the day watching 4 live soaps..
or-
if fans watch 3 or 4 soaps by the time GH airs they must be tired from watching the other/first 3 soaps and worn out to watch the last, GH LOL ..

su0000
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su0000

Of course the numbers are up. Ratings go up and down, always. Ohh geeezzz. this past week of GH was horrible. Loooooong conversations, a lot of yakin that said not much of anything. Half of a show was a go nowhere convo with Emma that was awful boring, reminded of the loooong boring speeches at Cassie’s gave, I was waiting for prop guy to walk through with Cassie’s headstone. the queens of snooze did not fail. bwahaaa! ahaa! I had a good laugh.. The Sam & Jason breaking into Windermere was stupid and they just don’t fit any longer. No… Read more »

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

gee su, is that really you…you usually praise gh…now you sound like one of us bitch and moan complainers…lol

su0000
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su0000

hey Jimh..
I didn’t complain, I had laughs over the sucky stuff ..
geez it was the 1st time it stunk lol
but still I Watched and had laughs over how bad it was, that can be fun too..

It would be great if Guzza came back!!
whoa.. Guzza and RC would be an awesome team..
but ain’t gonna happen.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Lol, jimh. Su, our girl, bitched and the skies did not fall, the mountains didn’t crumble and the hills didn’t turn to dust….and, the world did not stand still. Su, actually said GH stunk last week.
Oh, Su, you’re actually human like the rest of us…..teasing, babe. Luv-ya. Later.

tim S
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tim S

I agree with you!! I used to love GH and it is BADDDD these days.. I can’t believe I am really enjoying Days again after allllll of these years.. .Amen!!!

Timmm
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Timmm

If Dillon Spielberg had half a brain after Lulu flapped her gums I would have just said screw it, you get what you deserve, I’m casting Emily Blunt in my film! But seriously, move on bro!

I was actually encouraged to see Laura moving around town and putting her two cents in. She needs her own story but for now this isnt a bad way to get her feet wet and become her own women.

I love Hayden and Nick. FIRE! [Sorry Spenser!]

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Yes, yes! Laura needs her own story! She seems to be giving GH the “moral center” that it has been lacking so long. Go, Genie–and Laura! More, please.

blake
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blake

Wow, Days is doing very well, highest ratings in 7 months. I’m enjoying it, though Will’s murder was pretty hard to watch.

tim S
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tim S

Great Writing. . It is okay to kill a main character…Was glad to see the risk taking they are taking… This will give Sweeney some great acting opportunities and maybe a daytime emmy!

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Alison Sweeney can’t receive an Emmy because she is a returning guest. The Emmy rule for the Outstanding Guest category stipulates that it is for guests only, not returning guests.

mark
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mark

I cant wait for Days to beat GH!

su0000
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su0000

awww Mark 🙁
No soap should win over another because we could lose a soap and that would be tragic..
I never understood why some see the remaining 4 soaps in competition to win over another.
the soaps, no matter which one is someone’s luved soap and numbers be damned!
🙂

Harry
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Harry

But competition is healthy and good for everyone.

Timmm
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Timmm

I thought it would by now. GH is tanking. November cannot get her soon enough and they better have something in their tank to entertain us!

su0000
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su0000

Timmm..
do you believe that Jean Passanante and Shelly Altman can do GH any good?
they will destroy more than save, they are not the right writers for GH, not at all.
the past week speaks volumes of their loooong conversations snooze writing..
GH needs Guzza back..
again; Jean Passanante and Shelly Altman are not a good match for GH.
they are a bad choice for GH, they do not belong with GH..

Carolina
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Carolina

GENERAL HOSPITAL has slowly been improving. For once, I’m actually rooting for Sonny and Carly and Ava? I love that evil witch.

DAYS OF OUR LIVES on the other hand. Depressing. I can’t imagine people sticking around to watch this morose show. Celebrating 50 years by strangling beloved characters. Who wrote this garbage?!?

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

I disagree with you. The scenes are extremely well written and well played. And the show seems to be getting back to its “center.” Well done, Days. Keep up the good work.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Of course the ratings are going up– major stories are gearing up for November sweeps, this is best time to watching any soap and everything will slide back down after Thanksgiving. I am looking forward to GH finally revealing Jake as Jason– I am hoping scenes with key players will have a bit more meat on them than when Robin came back from “dead”. I found under RC a lot of touching moments, where just that fleeting moments. I want to see a real scene with Monica and Jason, Jason and Sam, Jason and Carly, etc. not a rush job… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

The worst Y&R story was the music box fiasco! Well, “Crazy Neil” is challenging THAT disaster with his abduction of Hillary! Ironically, the great Tristan Rogers is tied to both of these clunkers! Back to GH Tristan, PLEASE!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

The music box was up there all right, but I think what killed that story line was changing writers twice in the middle of it– it was one of those stories a head writer inherited, didn’t know what the original writer intended, so they change it mid stream, then another writer comes in the middle of that, and changes it again– so it made no sense and everyone was confused–. I would love to chat with Josh Griffith and find out what he had planned for that poor music box, that and who did he originally planned to be Delia… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Oh, my, oh, my, 3-M Tim. What a ‘coinkydink ‘ that Colin is mixed up in the most ridiculous storylines ever written in Y&R history ( well, let’s not forget Marco,/Bruno, LOL). Luv-ya.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Mary SF, I, too, noticed the lighting. Well done. In fact, Days seems to be doing everything well these days. The young man who plays Chad is great as well as the young actress playing the woman he loves and is now with Ben, the killer. They’ve even done interesting things with Ben–for instance, the nightmares he had after killing Ben were extremely well done and effective. And I love the idea that Caroline is “having visions” of Bo–adds just the right touch and “shade” and another dimension to Bo’s eventual return–just in time for the 50th anniversary celebration. Nothing… Read more »

Ollie
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Ollie

I agree! You took the words right out of my mouth!!! 🙂

Mr. X
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Mr. X

Nice bounce back for Y&R. There might even be more of a bounce after last week’s tremendous payoff on the long awaited Adam reveal and fallout. The acting was top notch and a big thumbs up to JFP, Chuck Pratt, and his writing crew for giving this longtime Y&R fan some great soap to watch.

su0000
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su0000

hey Mr. X..
Pratt is bringing it !!
Y&R has greatly improved since the firing of head writers Jean and Shelly (new GH head writes writers) and bringing in Pratt has brought Y&R up..
Y&R has been really good and I haven’t fallen asleep since Pratt has taken over..

Timmm
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Timmm

Is this su0000 Pratt? No kidding, I like what Charles has done. I remember before he got there Y&R was in total shambles! Word is he has another big tragedy planned for November sweeps! I heard it will keep us in “STITCHes!”

su0000
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su0000

Me too!!
sad thing is- the 2 writers that wrote Y&R into its boring shambles are now GH’s head writers, Jean and Shelly. yawn….
those two do not fit with GH, a bad matchup for GH. they are the worst writers for GH that could have brought in..
Y&R did well firing them …

Timmm
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Timmm

Ratings are up and thats good for soaps in general BUT they should be up on Y&R because Adam finally came forward BUT how GH gained numbers I’ll never know! I think these last two weeks on GH have been the worst in years! Not ONE story has picked up any momentum! I bet you in two weeks, ten hours total air time, I probably watched a total of five hours and THATS being generous! Lets go GH, flesh out Jason, bring Monica into the picture and bring Scorpio back to go head to head with Paul Hornsby!

su0000
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su0000

hi Timmm..
You made me laugh saying-
” I think these last two weeks on GH have been the worst in years!”

I, me! just posted sorta the same, and I never ever am not luvin my GH, but last week stunk peeeuuuu!!
it is just a preview of the snooze queens at work, especially the last week, good grief!.. LOL 🙂
Hope they don’t do a ”Music Box” story ahaa!!

Patrick
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Patrick

LOL… I love Ceec’ remark… that you are humane

nuff of that… we need you on the front lines

SOAPBOX : Marquee…. MF’ thread : “General Hospital: Laura ponders… ”

“…This week marked the first airshows under new GH co head-writers: Jean Passanante and Shelly Altman. ”

here we go
fasten your seatbelts

I hope beyond hope… that the less Corinthos’ we see… the better. along with less Sam… and Alexis, and the trio of Dillan, Maxie, and Lulu. woah!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I have that music box, su. Someone mailed it to me. I don’t know what to do with it. LOL.
Whatever happened with that storyline, anyway? I don’t remember. Was the mystery solved? It was so dumb, everything about that storyline escapes me.

su0000
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su0000

Hin CeeCee.. Jean and Shelly

”music box” story went on for a year and still has not had closure..
it will go down in soap history as worst story, ever!
BURN THE BOX!!! do not them bring it into GH ..

Shay
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Shay

Agreed on the GH notions, Timmm! I have been taking a “timeout” from the show, but remain up-to-date with daily recaps and visits to MFSoaps….I keep hoping that something, ANYTHING!….will lure me back to the viewing habit. (Probably the early November reveal of Jason at his wedding to Liz….) Returning Robert Scorpio to the fold would definitely be one thing, as would a most welcome drop-in from none other than Frisco Jones!!!! Both are great legacy characters who would fit in really well with the Paul Hornsby storyline, which is the ONE right thing GH has done since Luke’s welcome… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

100 percent agree with you Shayster!

aria
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aria

Ratings, geez, what to make of them, i only watch Gh, watch it all my life,seen it be great and bad, and still not ever giving up watching, i have never really seen a full episode of BB or Y&R both shows clearly have viewers that stay loyal since they both have the better numbers and i use to watch cool as a kid, so i know most of their legacy characters but i’m giving it a shot because of their 50th annivers coming up, but i have to say, i’m not really impress, i don’t see the family/heart crap… Read more »

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

“No fight in him”… Really? Sorry, but I’m upset with your comment which implies Will was weak or the murder sequence was week…I’ve seen a few comments at a few sites which indicates some viewers did not fully comprehend the sequence of events. Will didn’t realize he needed to put up a fight until it was too late. Ben struck first with slamming Will against the refrigerator. It was clear that Will’s head violently struck the frige, which rendoeed him unconscious. He then awakened with Ben already strangling him. The blow to the head caused a concussion at the very… Read more »

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

*which rendered him unconscious.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Oh, my gosh, 4ever. My heart was pounding….poor Will. When Ben literally threw Will with such force that the refrigerator door opened, I shut my eyes and peeked with one eye semi-opened. That scene was impossibly realistic….impressive. It looked so real. Poor Will was stunned. How could he possibly defend himself against a crazy man. A criminally insane person who derives extreme gratification from killing, gains superhuman strength because just the thought of killing makes the adrenalin kick in…..I read that somewhere. I can’t remember in what context. It’s the same as when a parent, ‘they’ say, can lift a… Read more »

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

I didn’t even watch Friday’s episode because I knew what was going to happen. Do they have to be so graphic?!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I, for one, Aria, so not watch Y& R because of the ratings. I watch it because I have been since I was a tween. ….nothing to do with ratings. I love it, whether I disagree with the storyline or not. The same goes for days. I grew up with the soap. But, it hasn’t been for the last 7-8 years that I have really gotten into a Days. So, please do not generalize by assuming what you will. I disagree with that, with all due respect.

Donna M
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Donna M

Noiced with ratings GH is not doing well in older viewers, 34 and over. Maybe they don’t care about that demo. But for me, Need the people that made me watch years agon at least once in a while. Lucy, (how about bringing in her kids instead of more Sonny, et.all) and Anna and jRobert back as a “team’ not necesairly romantic. Yes, Frisco back to complicate even if not romantically Fellica, Maxie’s life (never lliked Mac, don’t care what they do with him—he can stay off screen for me.) . Perhaps he can romance Laura, or a returned Jenny.… Read more »

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

I’m with you, I’ve been loving DAYS lately but most days I just skip GH. I’d love it if GH would do what DAYS is doing right now. Bring back the characters we love and backburn the newbies who, I FF through all the ones you mentioned, Franco, Kiki, Ava, Sonny & ALL his spawn, nuDillon, Valerie, who cares?! I want to see the “good guys”, the ones who actually have HISTORY on this show!

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Your comment regarding Will’s graphic death doesn’t have a reply option, so I’m replying here: I think it was important to show Will’s death in detail in real time due to being a core character and being extra special to many viewers. Plus, viewers had to see how Ben managed to overtake Will. Unfortunately, some viewers still couldn’t understand why Will didn’t fight back…Ben had the upper hand because Will wasn’t exactly aware of the time bomb about to go off. It was quick and hard resulting in head, neck and back injuries…nocked out cold…and waking up with strangulation already… Read more »

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

*Knocked out.

Kelly
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Kelly

I started watching B&B a few years ago. Probably about 2 or so years after All My Children ended. I seen Jacob Young was on the show and now I’m happy they have Thorsten Kaye. 🙂 I started watching Y&R because October 16th, Michael Knight (Tad from AMC) will be on the show. I started watching Days of Our Lives because at some point Vincent Irizarry (Dr. David Hayward from All My Children) will be on the show. So, only reason I watch other soaps is because of my previous family members.

Kate A
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Kate A

That is exactly what I am doing! The only thing to add for me is that I will never watch ABC anything. GH could add Susan Lucci and I would not watch! Y&R also has Cliff and Chelsea from AMC. If AMC actors go away, I do too. Love seeing Michael K and can’t wait to see Vincent I!

Breaking News

Days of our Lives, General Hospital, and The Young and the Restless Receive WGA Award Nominations

Nominations were announced Thursday morning for the WGA Awards in the fields of television, new media, news, radio/audio and promotional writing.

In the Daytime Drama category, the writing teams from Days of our Lives, General Hospital and The Young and the Restless scored nominations.

Of note: The Bold and the Beautiful chose not to submit themselves for competition this year.  So, it was not a matter of the series not receiving enough votes to be in contention.

The winners will be announced on Sunday, March 20, at the 74th annual Writers Guild Awards.

Here are the full writing teams nominated in the Daytime Drama category below:

General Hospital, Head Writers: Chris Van Etten, Dan O’Connor Associate Head Writer: Anna T. Cascio Writers: Barbara Bloom, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Shannon Peace, David Rupel, Lisa Seidman, Scott Sickles; ABC

The Young and the Restless, Head Writer: Amanda L. Beall Writers: Susan Banks, Jeff Beldner, Sara A. Bibel, Brent Boyd, Susan Dansby, Christopher Dunn, Sara Endsley, Janice Ferri Esser, Marin Gazzaniga, Lynn Martin, Natalie Minardi Slater, Teresa Zimmerman; CBS

Days of Our Lives, Head Writer: Ron Carlivati Writers: Lorraine Broderick, Joanna Cohen, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Jamey Giddens, David Kreizman, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Katherine D. Schock, Elizabeth Snyder; NBC

To view the entire list of nominees click here.

So, who do you hope takes home the prize for the WGA Award for writing in a daytime drama series … DAYS, GH or Y&R? Comment below.

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Three-Time Daytime Emmy Winner, Cady McClain, Reveals She’s ‘Back On Set’ But On Which Show?

After her Instagram post earlier this week, fans of Cady McClain have been attempting to dissect her cryptic tease of a message. McClain, a three-time Daytime Emmy winner, shared the good news with fans that she is ‘back to work’, except she didn’t share which show or project she is working on … just yet!

In her post, McClain teased: “Back on set! Fun to be working again on such a terrific show! Can’t wait to be able to share the news with you all soon! Meantime, hoping you are all taking good care of yourselves. Sending hugs!! ”

Now, it could be Cady is working on a primetime show, not a daytime show, but we shall see.

She has previously appeared on The Young and the Restless and Days of our Lives of the four remaining daytime soaps.  On Y&R she played Kelly Andrews, and on DAYS, Jennifer Horton Deveraux.  And, as viewers of the NBC soap saw this week, Jennifer (in a short appearance by Melissa Reeves) returned to Salem with Jack (Matthew Ashford), only to tie-up loose ends over the holidays and exit the show.

Since DAYS still tapes months ahead, could McClain be returning there, or might she pop up on GH and B&B? The character of Kelly was killed-off of Y&R back in 2015.

Previously, Cady became soap-famous for her roles as Dixie Cooney Martin on All My Children and Rosanna Cabot on As the World Turns.

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Michael Fairman TV Names The Best and Worst in Soaps 2021

In a year which saw the continuance of the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021, saw your favorite soaps finding ways to work under safety and health protocols to bring you the stories you love the best they could, but it was not fraught with some problems along the way.

Now as the year comes to a close, we take a look back with our annual list of the Best and Worst in Soaps.  As it does every year, Michael Fairman TV,  takes this opportunity to pay tribute to the tremendous work of the talented men and women in front of the camera and behind the scenes, whose tireless efforts in the grind of producing and acting in this genre’s format is a feat in of itself.  In addition to naming the best moments and performances of the year, there were several not-so-stellar moments featuring characters, storylines, and more, that get the dubious honor of some of our “Worsts”.

While we know many of you have your own views, picks, and choices, and while you may disagree or agree with ours, we encourage you to let us know your thoughts as well.  Most of all, respect everyone’s opinions, as you wish them to respect yours.

 

Finally, we want to wish our wonderful community here at Michael Fairman TV and soap fans everywhere, a happy New Year.  It is all of you with your passion and devotion to the genre itself, which make this such a unique entertainment medium with an undeniable connection between the viewers, the performers, and the storylines.

So here we go … the Best and Worst in Soaps … and with that… 2021 out!

BEST SOAP

General Hospital  

Day to day, week to week, the soap that delivered the most through 2021 was General Hospital. It wasn’t by any means sheer perfection, and had its share of relationship and storyline issues, but whether you loved “Nixon Falls’ or not, or Britt with Jason, or Carly with Jason, Sonny and Nina, or were upset about Franco’s death, or Peter continuing to exist on this earth (more on this later), or loved the introduction of the SORAS’d Spencer Cassadine, the show retooled the Quartermaines, the Cassadines, and all along the way gave emotional payoffs and big cliffhangers.

MOST ENTERTAINING SOAP

Days of our Lives

The last six months of 2021, Days of our Lives seemed to find its groove, balancing the kitsch, with the drama, and it all really got cooking with the Marlena Possession storyline 2.0 harkening back to its brilliance some 27 years later.  DAYS was clearly the most entertaining soap with a plethora of wink-winks to the audience, snappy dialog and humor, an excellent use of history, and a cast and a writing team that trusted the material and it paid off.

MOST DISAPPOINTING SOAP

The Young and the Restless

The once mighty Y&R became the hardest show to sit through.  The storylines were boring, the pairings often felt like re-treads, the rooting factor was basically non-existent for anyone, and it gets our pick for the Most Disappointing Soap. When you have an A-list cast with some of the finest actors in the genre in one place, and the stories just aren’t there for them, and many scenes feel like they go nowhere, it’s a head-scratcher!  The show needs a boost of adrenaline.

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BEST LIMITED SERIES

Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem

Truly, the most enjoyable, fun romp of the year in soaps.  It had to be a hoot and a half for head writer, Ron Carlivati, and his team to develop this five-episode story about the missing gems from the Alamainian Peacock.  There were the inside Lisa Rinna jokes including: integrating the infamous RHOBH ‘drink in face’ fight with Eileen Davidson recreated ‘Beyond Salem’ style, plus Sonny, Will, and Chad in drag, Leo saving the day, Charles Shaughnessy back as twins Drew and Shane, Peter Porte as an uptight spy who turns out to be a VonLeuschner, and it was all so kitschy, in a genius kind of way that it left us wanting more.

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BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS

Laura Wright – Carly Corinthos – General Hospital

Scene after scene in 2021, Laura Wright did some of the finest work of her daytime career, and that is saying something, because she has already delivered so many memorable performances.  But this year, whether it was: a grieving Carly grappling with the loss of her beloved Sonny, stepping up and taking control of the mob, her complicated relationship with Jason, and falling back in love with him, and then the return of a very much alive Sonny and the volatile relationship with her nemesis, Nina Reeves, Laura had the material day after day, and gave us 110% as an actress through it all. Bravo!

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BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A STORYLINE

Melissa Claire Egan – Chelsea’s Stroke – The Young and the Restless

Cynthia Watros – Nina and Mike in Nixon Falls – General Hospital

Camryn Grimes – Mariah’s kidnapping and aftermath – The Young and the Restless

Lisa LoCicero – Olivia finds out Alexis and Ned had sex – General Hospital

These four actresses along with Laura Wright may just be vying for the Daytime Emmy in 2022 whether it be in Lead or Supporting.  Each one of these women delivered complex performances within their storylines … Melissa Claire Egan as stroke victim, Chelsea, who gets her revenge on Adam and Sharon that comes with consequences, Cynthia Watros for her brilliant work opposite Maurice Benard and the Tan-O gang and its aftermath in Port Charles, Camryn Grimes, whose scenes by herself in lock-up (in a storyline we hated), after being kidnapped while pregnant were well-done, and the hurt of longing for the baby she carried months later showed why she remains one of the strongest actresses on daytime, and there was Lisa LoCicero for the heartbreaking moments as Olivia finds out that Ned slept with Alexis and then the volatile showdown between the two women over the tryst. All deserved mentions in our year-end honors.

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BEST SINGLE PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A STORYLINE 

Kirsten Storms – Maxie frames Peter and reveals she knows of his deception – General Hospital

While in the hospital, Maxie, pretending she lost her baby, in an effort to get Peter to admit to his crimes, was played by pure brilliance by Kirsten Storms.  Finally, taking control of the situation, Maxie records Peter’s confession of those he murdered on her phone which she sends to Mac. All along the way telling Peter how disgusted she is by him. Best line though, “I would say you’re as bad as your father, but you’re not. At least, Faison was an evil genius. You’re just some cheap imitation knockoff.” Got that right!

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BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR

Maurice Benard – Sonny Corinthos – General Hospital

While the “Mike” in ‘Nixon Falls’ story went on too long, it provided Maurice Benard with an opportunity to show another side of a character then mob boss Sonny Corinthos, and pair him with another leading lady, Cynthia Watros, to form a potential new couple.  All of this on top of Benard’s scenes with Sonny’s wife, Carly (whose relationship has now hit the skids) provided this three-time Daytime Emmy winner a backdrop to do something different, and prove once again, that he is still the finest actor in the genre.

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BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTOR

James Patrick Stuart – Valentin Cassadine – General Hospital

Whether it be romancing Anna, (and sharing scenes with the fabulous Finola Hughes,) or trying to take down Peter August, or his machinations with the Quartermaines, or being duped by Brook Lynn, and his devastation over finding out that ‘Bailey’ was not his biological daughter, we always enjoy all things JPS.  He delivers episode to episode and continues to make Valentin’s reactions and actions intriguing.

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BEST SINGLE PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A STORYLINE

Ted King – Jack admits to Li his secret about Sheila and Finn – The Bold and the Beautiful

It has been great to see Ted King back on daytime.  The former GH and OLTL star always delivered in his scenes, and he had his moment to shine in 2021, when Jack admitted to his wife, Li that he lied all of these years about their son, Finn.  In actuality, Jack had a fling with the dangerous and psychotic, Sheila Carter and he is Finn’s true biological father.  The whole situation was made all the more heartbreaking because Li believed they adopted the little boy, when in truth, Jack covered-up his tryst for decades.  King played all the beats in these key scenes.  He was understated in his performance, and this went under the soap press radar, but you could see all the pain in Jack’s eyes, thanks to Ted King’s work.  Sometimes less is more in front of the camera.

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BEST PERFORMANCE BY LONG-RUNNING VETERANS

Bill and Susan Seaforth Hayes – Doug and Julie Williams – Days of our Lives

Doug as the devil was delicious! Julie standing up to MarDevil was a moment! The Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award winners had the opportunity to act in great scenes about faith, strength and love, played to perfection by these two television treasures. Their work provided some of the most memorable moments during Satan’s return to Salem.

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BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Kelly Thiebaud – Britt Westbourne – General Hospital

This year, Kelly Thiebaud truly got to show all the facets of Dr. Britt Westbourne. When she was afraid to know and then learned she had the marker for Huntington’s Disease, her struggle with the information and falling for Jason Morgan, then losing him, made this once Port Charles bad girl, someone we truly, truly cared about. In addition, Britt’s scenes of grief with Carly over Jason’s ‘death’ and more, made Kelly’s performances must-see daytime TV.

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BEST PERFORMANCE IN AN ON-SCREEN BREAK-UP

Michelle Stafford – Phyllis Summers – The Young and the Restless

No one can deliver the kind of ‘balls-to-the-wall’ performance that Y&R’s Michelle Stafford can. She did it again, in a series of powerful and heartbreaking scenes, where Phyllis realizes she will always be Nick’s second choice to the Newman family. Combine that with Nick knowing that Phyllis’ feelings for her ex, Jack Abbott are back, it was combustion central for ‘Phick’ and they ended their relationship.  Stafford should remember this scene come Emmy submission time!

BEST ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE

The cast of Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem

I mean, everyone was so much fun to watch! From Eileen Davidson, Rinna, Jackie Cox, Greg Rikaart, Shaughnessy, Zach Tinker, the list goes on, and it truly was the best ensemble performance of the year, and it looked like everyone had a great time being part of the limited series.

BEST FEUD

Nina Reeves and Carly Corinthos – General Hospital

When Carly went at Nina over Nelle’s ‘death’ on a phone call, just as Nina found Sonny alive and well in Nixon Falls, it set up a series of events that had now pitted these two powerhouse women against each other, and the feud is one of the best on daytime due to Cynthia Watros and Laura Wright’s performances.

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BEST VILLAIN, FEMALE

Deidre Hall – MarDevil – Days of our Lives

When Satan comes to town and inhabits Marlena, the MarDevil comes out to play and terrorized everyone in Salem with delicious venom and we were here for it!

BEST VILLAIN, MALE

Mike Manning – Charlies Dale – Days of our Lives

Mike Manning made Charlie creepy and misunderstood, and someone everyone in town wanted dead, and eventually he met his maker in a solid “Whodunit?”

BEST SCENE-STEALER

Deidre Hall – MarDevil – Days of our Lives

Deidre Hall looked like she was having the time of her life, chewing the scenery as Satan and getting to take a pause from being the moral center of DAYS to be able to do and say things “Doc” would never utter out of her mouth: including calling her own daughter’s Belle and Sami “sluts’’. HA!

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BEST UNEXPECTED SCENE

Susan and EJ in the hospital – Days of our Lives

After the devil made mince-meat out of Susan Banks, she recovered in the hospital where her son EJ sat by her side.  When Susan said she was willing to sacrifice herself to save her son from Satan, it brought with it an unexpected mother/son scene we never saw previously between the grown-up EJ and Susan, and played by two actors who were both successful recasts in their roles. Cheers to Stacy Haiduk and Dan Feuerriegel.

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BEST COMEBACK

Cameron Mathison back to ABC Daytime

The All My Children fan favorite (Ex-Ryan Lavery), turned host, turned Hallmark and GAC Family star, returned to ABC Daytime decades later where it all started for him, this time as a recast Drew Cain on GH.  Now, while his story on General Hospital is just getting started, we think Mathison will fit in nicely with the cast that he has admired so much, and on the show, he has dreamt of appearing on. Welcome home, Cam!

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WORST EXIT

Linsey Godfrey – Sarah Horton – Days of our Lives

To facilitate Linsey Godfrey’s exit from DAYS, the writers once again fell back into old tricks, or should we say, old prosthetic masks! This time, Kristen pretended to be Sarah to sleep with Rex, and break-up her relationship to Xander, even though Kristen and Sarah are nowhere near the same height. Then, Sarah is put in a steamer trunk and snuck her out of Salem. What???????

WORST EXIT HONORABLE MENTION

Kim Delaney – Jackie Templeton – General Hospital

We love Kim Delaney, and all of a sudden, her heralded return to soaps and GH, came to an abrupt end after the entire “Who is Harrison’s real bio-dad” story and apparently Jackie Templeton left Port Charles.  We guess to do some cracker-jack reporting?? Dunno.

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MOST HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED RETURNS

Kimberlin Brown and Sean Kanan – The Bold and the Beautiful

With two of daytime’s all-time baddies back on the canvas, you would think that B&B would have hit a homerun, but so far, it’s been a wait and see approach, as fans long for the days that Sheila and Deacon perpetrate bad deeds on people for their own gain.  However, we may be in luck! Looks like Sheila might be finally digging her psychotic heels into Brooke with the NYE booze switch, while Deacon seduced Brooke. Jury is out! B&B…  don’t botch this!

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WORST RETURN

Sean Carrigan – Stitch – The Young and the Restless

This was so predictable …and so bad.  Former fan favorite, Sean Carrigan returns as Stitch and everyone had already figured out, (even before he set foot on the airshows), that he would be the culprit – the person who had kidnapped a pregnant Mariah. Then later, we get his twisted reasoning for holding a preggers woman captive, apparently, because of his love and past with Abby. All of this made no sense for this character.

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WORST HIT AND RUN

Liam runs over Vinny in Bill’s car – The Bold and the Beautiful

This storyline, which went on for months, had Liam and Bill covering up their tracks after mowing down bad boy Vinny, who just happened to be walking out in the middle of the road at night at the exact time Bill’s car showed up.  Trouble is, it turned out to be a suicide storyline? Apparently, Vinny sacrificed himself for his buddy Thomas, so Thomas could get closer to Hope, and that’s after switching paternity results to make it look like Liam was Hayes’ father, not Finn! While we had liked Joe LoCicero as Vinny, this ending was a bad comeuppance, and even though Scott Clifton and Don Diamont acted their hearts out episode after episode, in the end the story came to a screeching halt and thud. Wasn’t there even a PSA for suicide prevention after the reveal???

MOST MISSED OPPORTUNITY

Elizabeth learns about Jason’s ‘death’ off-screen – General Hospital

Liz shares a son with the guy, and Rebecca Herbst does not get any screen-time to show Elizabeth’s reaction to Jason’s supposed death? C’mon now!!

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BEST RECAST LIMITED SERIES

Zach Tinker – Sonny Kiriakis – Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem and Days of our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas

We were very impressed with Zach Tinker’s version of Sonny Kiriakis; and that right out of the gate he was dealt some very heavy emotional scenes in ‘Beyond Salem’ when Sonny believed Will was cheating on him. Zach replaced longtime fan favorite, Freddie Smith, and a new version of “WilSon” was born.

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BEST RECAST 

Dan Feuerriegel  –  EJ DiMera – Days of our Lives

Dan has brought his A-game as the recast EJ DiMera; a role that was made so wildly popular when played by James Scott, but Feuerriegel is putting his own spin on the part and making it work.

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BEST RETURN LIMITED-RUN

Blake Berris – Nick Fallon – DAYS Halloween episode/Days of our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas

Berris is a very fine actor and it was on display twice! First, in DAYS zombie-Halloween episode when the MarDevil awakens evil from their graves! It is then, Nick is back in action terrorizing Gabi, and then in the flip in the Peacock Holiday special, Nick is very much alive, playing the longing suitor for Gabi’s affections, Berris should come back to DAYS as Nick’s twin, Mick! Can we make that happen DAYS writing team?

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BEST NEW CHARACTER

Paulina Price – (played by Jackée Harry) – Days of our Lives

Writing a role for Jackée, and playing to her strengths; while ramping up the Price family back-story was a triple win for Days.

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BEST NEWCOMER

Nicholas Alexander Chavez – Spencer Cassadine – General Hospital

Fans took notice and instantly fell in love with Nicholas’ work as a SORAS’d Spencer Cassadine.  Spencer’s return was one of the best of 2021, which showed the emotional damage done to the young man who has a vengeful streak willing to go up against the likes of his father Nikolas, Ava, and Valentin while pining for Trina, and being shoe-horned into a relationship with evildoer, Esme.  Good stuff!

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BEST TRIBUTE

John Reilly Tribute – General Hospital

When GH was able to get the one and only Sharon Wyatt (Ex-Tiffany Hill) to do a voice-over, and John Reilly’s daughter, Caitlin, acting and central to the story all the while paying homage to the spy stories of the past, it was a solid episode to honor one of the shows most beloved all-time cast members.

BIGGEST WASTE OF AIRTIME

Jesse Gaines – The Young and the Restless

Weeks of being held up in Italy in a room, threatening to expose Ashland’s past, but it was all a set up, and by the end of it, who cared! Anyone?

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BEST GREAT-TO-SEE-YOU ON DAYTIME AGAIN

Linda Dano – Vivian Alamain – Days of our Lives

Although it was short-lived and Louise Sorel did not return to be part of the plot, we loved seeing Linda Dano back on daytime; even for a short blip, and this time taking on the role of Vivian Alamain.  She’s still one of the best of the best.

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CHARACTER WHO DESERVED THE BIGGEST BITCH-SLAP

Peter August – General Hospital

Line -em-up! GH’s Peter August deserved a thousand of these! Where do we start???? Peter August has escaped the once-smartest spies, killed multiple key characters, held some captive, obsessed over Maxie and their baby, and everyone wants him dead-dead.  We can’t think of anyone who deserves to be bitched slapped by one person after the other in Port Charles than Peter AKA Henrik!

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CHARACTER WHO DISHED OUT THE BEST BITCH-SLAPS

Steffy Forrester – The Bold and the Beautiful

Whenever she could, Steffy bitch-slapped Sheila to kingdom come, once the evil one showed up at Steffy’s wedding to Finn and the fallout. We assume, Sheila grabbed an icebag after those bops to the face?

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A PRIMETIME SOAP MALE

Adam Huber – Liam Ridley – Dynasty

Playing off scenes with his on-screen love interest, Elizabeth Gillies (Fallon) has let Huber show other facets to his character of Liam. Now we enjoy the guy!

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BEST PERFORMANCE IN A PRIMETIME SOAP FEMALE

Elizabeth Gillies – Fallon Carrington – Dynasty

Fallon makes CW’s Dynasty go-round, and whether it be drama, high camp or musical moments, Elizabeth Gillies is the star of the show and can be anywhere else she chooses to go!

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BEST PRIMETIME SOAP

Dynasty

Still the ‘soap on steroids’ with all the tropes including: bombshells and double-crossing of a double-crossing, you will need a scorecard each episode to follow along which character does the most despicable thing … but we are here for it!

MOST TORTURED COUPLE

Sonny and Carly – General Hospital

Nothing went right in 2021 for ‘CarSon’.  Sonny was presumed dead for a good portion of the year, believing he was a man named ‘Mike” and living a life in Nixon Falls and falling for a deceitful Nina Reeves.  Carly stepped up and in for Sonny to protect the Corinthos mob territory by originally having a marriage-arrangement with Jason.  However, Carly and Jason found themselves falling for each other again circa the 90’s, and on their wedding night, as they were about to have sex, Sonny shows up alive and well. Now, Sonny has been all confused for his feelings for Nina since regaining his memory, Jason is ‘dead, and the relationship has blown apart and it looks like the end of the line… for now for this storied duo.

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WORST WEDDING

Kyle and Summer– The Young and the Restless

Not only did the popular duo of ‘Skyle’ exit the canvas, they got married off-camera, so no one saw the long-awaited nuptials … and the two actors, Michael Mealor and Hunter King … left the show after reports of contract negotiations falling through.

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BEST COUPLE IN THE MAKING

Sprina – General Hospital

Everyone is loving the on-screen chemistry played by Sydney Mikayla and Nicholas Alexander Chavez as Trina and Spencer.  Now will they be headed for a romance in 2022?

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WORST COUPLE AND MOST BORING COUPLE

Michael and Willow – General Hospital

These two are double winners this year! Michael Corinthos and Willow Tait have become so boring that GH is now coming up with ways to instigate trouble between them that it is so apparent to the audience and you can see it coming a mile away.  Chad Duell and Katelyn MacMullen are very good actors, they just aren’t an exciting pairing as Michael and Willow. Break them up for good, already!

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BEST COUPLE

Sami and Lucas – Days of our Lives

Alison Sweeney and Bryan Dattilo have a long and enduring friendship, and an on-screen partnership that just works so well.  Many loved seeing ‘Lumi’ reconnect in 2021.  Sami, of course, despondent over EJ, sleeps with Lucas and thus starts the story, but it was all done with great flashbacks, comedy and more. What will happen in 2022 when Sami finds out Lucas was the one who kidnapped her? It probably will end any possibility of them ever becoming a bonafide couple, as it looks like EJami is the end game.

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BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A STANDALONE EPISODE

Nancy Lee Grahn – Alexis Davis – General Hospital

“I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a Fighter, and an Idealist, and an Advocate!” True that! In a well-crafted story, Nancy Lee Grahn celebrated her 25th anniversary on GH with a special episode dedicated to Alexis. In a therapy session with Kevin, we come to the crux of the story.  Alexis looked over in the corner of the room at a vision of her younger self crying.  In that moment, Alexis embraced herself, forgave herself, so she could move on with her life after being guilt-ridden for the death of her mother and the cruelty of her father.  Beautiful work from La Grahn!

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BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A STANDALONE EPISODE

James Reynolds – Abe Carver – Days of our Lives

James Reynolds might be going for his second Lead Actor Emmy after this performance. In it, and to honor the actor’s 40th anniversary as Abe Carver on DAYS, the show had Abe shot and then flatlining which means … Abe was going to the light. While there, he meets up with his beloved ex-wife Lexie and while the audience is shown flashbacks of their life together, it’s Reynolds acting against an actress (who’s face is unseen, since Renee Jones was unavailable for the episode) that brought all the heart and the drama, which is why we in-turn are invested in the life of Abe Carver. And, don’t we all grab for the hankies when James brings the tears?

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BEST STORYLINE

The Devil Returns to Salem – Days of our Lives

While for many they found this story ridiculous, we found ourselves wanting to fast-forward through episodes of DAYS just to get to all the moments of Marlena’s possession 2.0 and all that came with it! From the outlandish dialog, the special effects soap-style, how MarDevil served up revenge by morphing into OG Kristen, or taking looney-tunes Jan Spears and morphing her into Belle, plus having a “Rosemary’s Baby” angle to boot with a Cin baby on the way … and more, it was fun to see what happened next.  The best twist was letting the audience think that Doug had dementia when he actually had been possessed by the devil which then allowed Satan to take over Marlena.  And didn’t we all love the exorcism episode, too? Great use of history, camp, and it allowed for some solid performances from longtime vets that had to be having too much fun playing those scenes.

WORST STORYLINE MOMENT

Paris’ laxatives ruin her romantic evening with Zende – The Bold and the Beautiful

In an effort to thwart her sister’s budding romance with Zende Forrester, Zoe puts laxatives in the smoothie she gave to her sister, Paris, which gave her gas and an upset tummy during her date. Enough said.

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WORST STORYLINE

Eric’s ED and giving permission for Quinn and Carter to have sex – The Bold and the Beautiful

The Bold and the Beautiful had the opportunity to truly tell a story about Erectile Dysfunction in older men, but instead made it ridiculous and tried to justify it. While we absolutely love Lawrence Saint-Victor and Rena Sofer as Carter and Quinn, and John McCook as Eric, are we expected to believe that Eric would give permission for his wife to carry on her affair with the stud that is Carter because he can’t please her anymore in the bedroom? But that’s actually nothing compared to the Donna “honey” scene, which got Eric all riled up and fixed his problem, complete with music bed crescendo.

MOST PREPOSTEROUS PLOT TWIST and CHARACTER WHO NEEDS TO GET HIS COMEUPPANCE

Characters sacrificed to keep Peter August’s reign of terror continuing – General Hospital

Franco, Drew, Jason, and more have all at one time or another been killed or supposedly killed due to the machinations of Peter August.  Even after setting fire to The Tan-0 in Nixon Falls and jumping off a cliff or something, Peter escapes all the time, every time, every moment of every day.  Even the smartest all-time WSB agents including super spy, Anna Devane, can’t stay a step ahead of him. How can one evildoer have so much power? Don’t the good guys get a win, evah? Are we ready for the murder mystery of who permanently snuffed this guy out???

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BEST TEARJERKER

Baby Liam’s Death – General Hospital

It was controversial to have a little baby being taken off life-support over the holidays, but General Hospital went there. Within it, Liam’s parents struggled over what they had to do, and found themselves in inconsolable grief.  As young parents and a young couple trying to deal with the cards they were dealt, both Sofia Mattsson (Sasha) and Johnny Wactor (Brando) stepped up to the plate and gave us a 10-hankie moment culminating in  a visit from the late Mike Corbin (Max Gail), who takes baby Liam back to heaven with him.

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BIGGEST HEADLINE

Ingo Rademacher and Steve Burton get fired from GH after not adhering to vaccine mandate

Both actors were willing to lose their jobs over their anti-vaxx stance during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Disney/ABC mandates all employees to be vaccinated.  While Burton shared one message on his reasons for not following the mandate, Rademacher has taken his stance to the media including to Tucker Carlson, and continued to rev up his social media with his views.

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SOCIAL MEDIA FIRESTORM

Cassandra James fires back at Ingo Rademacher for transphobic repost on social media

Trans actress, Cassandra James (Terry of General Hospital) took to social media in utter disappointment and disgust at one of her then co-stars, Ingo Rademacher, for a post he shared on his Instagram story from conservative author, Allie Beth Stuckley, which said, “Welcome to ClownTown, where the dude on the left is an empowering woman, and the woman on the right is a white supremacist.”  The picture on the left was that of Assistant Secretary of Health, Rachel Levine, a transgender female who was sworn in as a four-star admiral. The picture on the right showed Virginia Lieutenant Governor-Elect Winsome Sears, a black woman, who is seen brandishing a weapon in her hands as part of campaign paraphernalia.

In a tweet on the matter, James shared: “Shame on you. You have some serious unlearning and education to do. I feel deeply disappointed that such a public display of ignorance could come from our ‘GH’ family. Misgendering trans folks is violence and if you come for one of us, you come for all of us. The cis world doesn’t get to decide which of us is valuable. I am so proud of the fans for always holding us to a high standard, for calling out transphobia and violence.”   Mainstream media picked-up the story and many of Cassandra’s GH castmates took to Twitter to stand in solidarity with her.

Later, Rademacher took to his Instagram and apologized to James stating that he should have crossed out the word “dude” from the original post. He added, “Cassandra, I apologize to you sincerely. I think you’re an absolute talent and you’re very beautiful as well. I don’t think a transphobic man would say that. I think you’re absolutely gorgeous, I really do.”

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BIGGEST DOOFUS 

Finn – The Bold and the Beautiful

Sooo, a woman claiming to be your mother steps out of the shadows and shows up at your wedding.  Without really investigating her claims, you literally bring her to the Forrester mansion front door and introduce her as this ‘amazing thing that just happened’ not knowing that the woman, Sheila Carter, shot your bride’s mother and other people along the way.  Finn wins our doofus award for this scene alone!

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FIZZLE TO SIZZLE

Greg Rikaart – Kevin’s return on Y&R to Leo Stark’s re-emergence on DAYS 

On Y&R, Kevin was teaming up with Phyllis again and we thought that would go somewhere, but his returns to Genoa City have been written as lackluster, HOWEVER, Greg Rikaart really got to strut his stuff and have a field day playing Leo Stark on DAYS, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem and Days of our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas.  Leo is the gift we never know we needed and Rikaart plays him to the hilt!

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MOST DISAPPOINTING CHARACTER

Phillip Kiriakis – Jay Johnson – Days of our Lives

This was one of the most disappointing returns making Phillip a sniveling dishrag dirtbag with no redeeming qualities at all, or did we miss something?

WORST CASE Of SOAP ABUSE

Overuse of special episodes – The Young and the Restless

Call the intervention squad! How many special episodes highlighting individual characters in a crisis of conscious can one soap fan sit-through?

BEST PROP

“Mike’s” Cowboy Hat – General Hospital

Sonny’s Nixon Falls amnesiac character “Mike” and his special buddy … his hat, were shown and mentioned in many a scene for months on end!

So, what did you think of our picks for the Best and Worst in Soaps 2021? Let us know in the comment section below if you agreed, or have you own choices for the categories above.

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