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RATINGS: B&B Has Good Week! All Other Soaps Down!

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The ratings are out for the week of September 3rd through the 7th, and it was a good week for The Bold and the Beautiful! The series was the only soap to gain viewers adding +87,000 and the CBS soap is maintaining increasing viewership over a year ago at this time.

B&B also gained in its rating share in total households with 2.5/8! Was it all the behind-the-scenes shockers with the departures of Ronn Moss and Susan Flannery that sparked some interest?  Or, the storylines for the week involving Rick/Caroline/Thomas/Hope, and Brooke and Ridge’s upcoming nuptials?

Meanwhile both General Hospital and Days of our Lives lost viewers for the week! GH while still maintaining over 2.5 million viewers was down -100,000 and DAYS lost -113,000 viewers and remained in the bottom slot of the four soaps. DAYS also took a hit in the key 18-49 female demo total viewers in the category and rating shares.

The Young and the Restless which is now going through a major revamping as we are seeing the last weeks of Maria Arena Bell’s regime’s work, lost -41,000 viewers but also gained a few in the key 18-49 female demo. You can view the entire ratings picture via Soap Opera Network here!

So time now for our weekly Soap Opera Executive Armchair Quarterbacks meeting! What is working for you on the four soaps? What is not?  Who do you want to see more of on-screen, and who do you want to see less-of?   Weigh-in!

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Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

“The Bold and the Beautiful” is finally picking itself up since the departure of Ronn Moss (Ridge). Hopefully now Winsor Harmon (Thorne) and Jacob Young (Rick) can get some damn airtime! I need both of their characters in my life right now. And maybe Crystal Chappell (Dani) can show up! Plus, bring back Lesli Kay (Felicia) pronto!

Iakovos
Iakovos

Hey Scott! I am an ATWT fan too,

I would like to see mroe Winsor Harmon, too. And Lesli Kay! these are two uder-attractive, very talented actors who have compelling characters and… oh… they are Forresters! And does not Lesli Kay have an Emmy? I could do with a paring of some of the younger set on B&B. They age them so fast we have no investment in them. And they don’t do anything. For years, no one had done anything but mumble and have sex.

Joan Faist
Joan Faist

Days deserves to be in last place!

Avelina comes from Santorini Greece
Avelina comes from Santorini Greece

I love your comment. I totally agree.

Sara
Sara

Rafe and Gaby the awful Hernandez front and burner is killing this soap : BORING
It is the same lamass stories we saw one year ago with Gary Tomlin in charge, and the guy was fired because of it..ridiculous, maybe NBC want to cancel this soap and it is their way to do it..otherwise they don’t have a brain..pitiful.

Joan faist
Joan faist

The post (Days deserves to be in last place) did not come from me either. Somehow my name is being attached to other’s posts. I love DOOL”S and want it to do well always. Thanks

Barb Harnedy
Barb Harnedy

But the follwing week of September 10th has GH ratings up due to ther new 2:00pm time slot!!

Dmitri
Dmitri

Days will comtinue to lose viewers as long as EJami are together and the main focus of the soap.

Avelina comes from Santorini Greece
Avelina comes from Santorini Greece

Ejami are not together. Sami is still after Rafe!

Phil
Phil

Disagree! EJami has a strong fanbase. These ratings are ridiculous. DAYS should be number 2 and GH should be number 1. Needless to say, I am starting to wonder if the strong Rafe presence really has something to do with it.

Avelina comes from Santorini Greece
Avelina comes from Santorini Greece

I agree Phil. Ejami have a really strong fanbase and the time they were together the ratings were very high. At the moment Sami is still wanting Rafe. I love Ejami and they are my favourite couple.

Lisa
Lisa

Ejami are not together actually Dmitri, when they were FINALLY together for a very short time ratings were up now that it is again the Hernandez show with Rafe put on Sami’s orbit and their lame pairing with Ej as some ‘evil’ interloper ratings are down, this week in question was all about Rafe and his ‘angst’ with Sami, nobody is interested by that ! So stop lying please, it is ludicrous and pathetic.

Sara
Sara

Dmitri are you for real seriously ?! EYEROLL, when Ejami were together even for some seconds it was the only time this soap their ratings went up last year and this year. Your post makes you totally delusional..i feel sorry for you..ugh..cringe…

MK
MK

The Passion and the sex is what drives EJAMI, not this Lovey-dovey rehash of the stupid EJ and Taylor fiasco.

Dmitri
Dmitri

The fact is EJami are still having these “hot” acenes that fans have wanted for years. EJami fans said they will watch when EJami is on, yet they fail to do so. In addition, People are tired of “Days of EJami’s Life” and not seeing the other characters like Jarlena and Bope, so they aren’t watching. Days lost ratings once EJami began, and they have in the past as well.

Avelina comes from Santorini Greece
Avelina comes from Santorini Greece

Hello-Maybe you should watch the show CAREFULLY. Sami is honing after Rafe and he is lusting after her. Ejami are not having these “hot” scenes because Sami is still thinking about Rafe. Ejami fans do not want to watch EJ and Sami when Sami is thinking about another man. That is not fair to us and we do not deserve to be treated that way. Rafe changed paternity results and is still coming off as the good guy in this story. he is no hero. If SAFE are popular why are people not tuning in. They are clearly going down that pathway again and it clearly shows that Sami and Rafe are thinking about each other.

Dmitri
Dmitri

A lot of people actually do tune into the Safe storyline. And Rafe is being a good guy by helping Nicole. EJ would only take her child, and Nicole doesn’t deserve that. I think EJole need to work out their own relationship before having a family. But a lot of people just are tired of EJami being shown all the time. Look at Daytime Royalty. Everyone wants to see Lumi, Safe, EJole and the veteran actors, not EJami, when EJ raped her. Besides, EJami is lust; Safe and Lumi (and EJole) are actual love.

Avelina comes from Santorini Greece
Avelina comes from Santorini Greece

Get over it. People are not watching because of your awful Safe and Ejole. The ratings were at their lowest when they were on last year playing happy families. Dont speak for the general audience because you dont know what they want. Rafe continually tries to take Ej’s kids away from him. Let him go get his own kids. Hes boring, expressionless and remember how the ratings took a massive hit to the ground when Sami shot EJ and then went to boink Saint Rafe.

Mark It Right
Mark It Right

@ Dmitri For the most part you are correct. The show has been it’s worse when they focused on the three of them. Why do they keep taking us down the same road over and over. Pick one or none, let’s just get past this same crap. Poor Galen can’t act to save his life. He couldn’t act on Passions and he is hardly any better all these years later.In a matter of about a month Sami was after Lucas, then EJ and now Rafe! Why does any of them want her? I don’t have time to list all of the things that she has done to Lucas. She shot EJ in the head and cheated on Rafe. Sami is best in small doses. Why can’t they let her grow up? She doesn’t have to be perfect, but it is time she focused on something other than men.
It seems to me they are trying to undo the last year. Which is a shame. There was some good story lines that were just dropped.

@ Avelina – Dmitri has as much right to speak for the general audience as you do.

Avelina comes from Santorini Greece
Avelina comes from Santorini Greece

Mark it right. I dodnt imply that he doesnt have to speak. I respect his opinion i just meant that one shouldnt assume that the general audience likes Safe. By the way your spot on about Galen Gering. He really needs acting lessons.

Dmitri
Dmitri

Thank you Mark. I understand, Avelina, that you are tired of Rafe taking EJ’s kids. However, I am disgusted that people keep pushing a couple where one person raped the other! It is worse than Rafe protecting Nicole and her child. Yes, ratings were good when EJami were on, but people are tired of them now. It would be better if Sami settled down with either Rafe or Lucas (neither of them raped her, and she didn’t shoot either of them) and if EJ would settle down with Nicole and raise their child. Chemistry is not the only thing that makes a great couple. Love is, and Sami has proved over and over that she doesn’t love EJ, and she will always love Rafe (and Lucas).

Mark
Mark

At least GH is 3rd out of four. That’s an improvement!

Mary
Mary

I think BB pulled in viewers like me who no longer watch BB but for sentimental reasons tuned in to see Ridge and Brooke marry for the last time with the actor Ron Moss as Ridge, because if they recast Ridge, the characters will no doubt divorce and marry again. DOOL has no storyline at all right now, it looks like every day they are filling time until they think of some plot to develop. YR is a mess right now because of the change in guard, again there are no real storylines to tease or get our attention so it is easy to miss a show or two without missing anything at all. So I will like to see some good storytelling on the any soap, please.

Mary Fergen
Mary Fergen

GH is my favorite and I’m glad it is holding steady after the time change. Hopefully, it will get even stronger as it settles in! I’m loving the stories, quicker pace, and the combination of GH veterens and OLTL characters. Can’t wait for the next episode!

TS
TS

Agree with you.. GH is been very good and do look forward to the next episode

Mary
Mary

More and more re watching GH becuase of the crossover but Neilsen keeps saying we or not.The show is on fire.

Phil
Phil

Agreed!

SZima
SZima

The worst show gained viewers? I’ve tried to watch B&B, but it usually makes my eyes bleed.

aria
aria

jill pharren phelps is a stupid woman. i hope marcy rylan and genie francis get together and beat the crap out of jill pharren phelps. grab the witch by the throat. jill is not making friends at all. we viewers really hate jill pharren phelps. the woman is trying to get the young and the restless cancelled on purpose. i don’t trust jill at all. more firings to come. lol

Logan
Logan

Wow this is still MAB’s material that is airing not JFP’s. Y&R fans and CBS/Sony didn’t want MAB in charge because she was horrendous and she wanted her late father-in-law’s show to be cancelled. Also wishing someone dead over a fictional show is pretty disturbing.

Myrtho Romulus
Myrtho Romulus

DOOL will continue to lose ratings and eventually be cancelled if they keep the SAFE storyline going. They are so boring, I can’t even stand to watch them. I personally have stopped watching DOOL since I heard of the SAFE pairing again so its no surprise to me that their ratings are down. Look how the ratings flew through the roof when EJAMI was together and it has nothing to do with me being a big EJAMI fan either, but if the TPTB can’t see that, I feel so sorry for DOOL!!!!!!

Avelina comes from Santorini Greece
Avelina comes from Santorini Greece

I totally agree. They deserve to lose viewers. After building up Ejami and then comes Saint Rafe hopping along and destroying their relationship, Days deserves last place. Look how much viewers they have lost in the past few weeks just by putting Rafe in Samis orbit. I dont watch Days and Im loving GH. At least Cartini are great guys that really care about the show and want it to do well. Ken Corday will never learn his lesson. I cant wait to see the look on boring Rafes face when EJ learns the baby is his.

Avelina comes from Santorini Greece
Avelina comes from Santorini Greece

I love Ejami heaps. Im a massive fan of them

Phil
Phil

Sami is trying to make it work with Ej

Nickolas G.
Nickolas G.

Ok, let’s not pretend that SAFE are the only reason why people are tuning out…by the same token, EJAMI could be accused of that too. The show, overall, sucks. DAYS really need new writers…there is no cliffhanger, ever….no mystery, no intrigue so no possible big payoffs like all the soaps used to do back in the day. Soaps always have been about huge payoffs, culmination of events (like when Carrie clocked Sami on her wedding day). Fans want that kind of stuff, not people walking around, talking about other people’s lives and do nothing. Soaps will die if they continue down that road. Sunset Beach and Santa Barbara were wayyy better at their worst then show currently on at their best right now.

Dmitri
Dmitri

Exactly, EJami also makes the soap lose ratings. Sami and EJ are written TOTALLY out of character when together! EJ becomes such a pussy, and Sami is a whiny brat who can have the man she always lusts after, but constantly chooses someone else over him. She has nev loved him, so why does she even bother? I personally like Safe, but I think the writers should go in the direction of a Lumi pairing, because that will gain the soap more viewers. And, EJole are steamy together and should reunite.

TS
TS

Great Insight Nickolas… lets hope someone from Days is reading these posts!!!

Avelina comes from Santorini Greece
Avelina comes from Santorini Greece

No one is saying that Safe is the only reason that is happening. The whole show is boring at the moment. Im still waiting for something exciting to happen. I dont watch it anymore but I still read spoilers. They bring the VETS back only to fire them after a few months and people like Rafe and his criminal sister are taking up alot of the airtime. Jennifer is thinking about Daniel and her husband hasnt been dead that long.

TS
TS

I agree with you.. Days is very very very boring. I DVR it, but just delete it most of the time. Again.. just waiting for Kristen to come back and will see if they are smart about how they bring her back and if it gains any excitement to watch… Otherwise.. will be glad to have 5 more hours free on my DVR…

Sam
Sam

Right in the money Myrtho, NCB, Sony, Corday and co are really really stupid, their loss if their soap is cancelled by making the same bad moves again and again and again..i am not even sorry for them anymore.

bettyrj
bettyrj

Yes, why would Days rehire writers who were fired a year ago because the ratings tanked. MarDar had storylines that were more interesting; the Daysaster happened which was exciting, Sami was defending EJ’s innocence and it looked as if they were going to be together. The Olympics were over and boom! TomSell storylines started right off the bat with Rafe in Sami’s orbit yet again! What are fans to do? I admit that I am an EJami fan; James Scott and Alison Sweeney are awesome together. It would be great if the writers would capitalize on that couple instead of dangling a carrot in front of our nose and then yanking it away as soon as it comes close! I love DOOL, my 1 hour escape to Salem in the afternoon, and have been a fan for 46 years. I would hate to see it go the way of the other soaps who have been lost to viewers the past 2 years. Wake up writers; listen to your GA. We want our romance, excitement and mystery in the afternoon!

MK
MK

they brought back stefano, and then shipped him off somewhere> where was the fall out for Bo, Hope, John, and Marlena. (also did someone forget that John and Hope are STILL Married?)

The Best thing is Sonny and Will, and Nick (not Melanie).

Iakovos
Iakovos

Each serial has merits, and we nend to support all of them if we are ever to convince powers to invest in new programs. I think B&B enjoyed a bounce as viewers wanted to see the Ronn Moss sendoff.

We often berate the braodcast networks but I wonder if too many spoliers and too much advance casting/departure news has upset the nature of storytelling surprise. Sometimes I wonder if that is why fans don’t watch. They can follow so easily without doing so, Something to ponder.

Glen
Glen

The GH ratings situation wasn’t as bad as it seemed. On the surface, the show did lose viewers. However, if you look at the day-to-day numbers, they actually gained audience from Tuesday (2.4 million) to Friday (2.6 million). Their demos were respectable, too (more than 600,000 in W18-49, beating B&B). And they were up from the same week last year by 66,000 viewers. In short, despite the loss, this was still one of GH’s best weeks in quite a while. Can’t wait to see the next set of numbers. From the overnights, it looks pretty good already.

Gloria E
Gloria E

I watch B&B only to support the soap genre after the cancellations of my fav’s OLTL & AMC but I have to say this soap is the worst…I have to keep myself from throwing tomatoes at the screen with that whole stupid Liam, Steffy, Hope nonsense…what a bunch of losers…or not the characters but whoever writes them so disgusting…I cannot believe they are 1st among the soaps last week…

karen
karen

I just finished replying to you…. Ooops but did it on my own. I agree. Lets put it that way. But i love Steffi she’s bold.

Gloria E
Gloria E

I fast forward thru Liam & Steffy now that they are doing the nasty…& I mean NASTAY!!!!!! Hate both..Hope has redeemed herself unless she goes back to that trash Liam…

karen
karen

Gloria, I agree. I started watching B&B due to amc/oltl cancellation. I always liked “Liam” when he was with us in our ABC line up soaps but the Hope saga gets on my nerves. Die hard fans seem to route for Liam and Hope. I happen to like Steffi but I’m a newby. I can not understand why writers would write such pathetic story lines like a young girl who allows a man to walk all over her, cheats on her, runs back to his x everytime she sneezes the wrong way. Just don’t get it. I believe Hope needs to wake up and Dump Liam. I don’t mind a good love triangle but everytime Hope says I love him I want to vomit.

Gloria E
Gloria E

U got that right..Do Steffy & Hope have noodles where their brains are supposed to be.??.They are obviously being written by a so-called man…..hanging on every word of some guy who treats them like doo doo & runs back & forth from one to the other & doesn’t know his own mind about who he really wants to be with..Liam is a so called man..& they both keep telling him “you are such a good man” ..I want to hurl when they say that….jmo…I kinda like Hope better but she is still a doormat when it comes to Liam…they need to wrap that up…nothing will replace AMC & OLTL though I am loving GH these days..

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

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

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

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

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DAYS Stacy Haiduk and Eric Martsolf Talk Kristen & Brady’s Twisted Relationship : The Mask, The Deception, The Sex

Last week on Days of our Lives, Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) was able to get the man she craves in between the sheets.  So, just how did that happen when Brady Black (Eric Martsolf) had no idea she was alive?  Well … he still doesn’t, really.  You see, Kristen returned to Salem disguised as another ex flame of Brady’s, Nicole Walker (who everyone believed died in the warehouse explosion).  And Kristen has been parading around town donning an incredible likeness of Nicole’s face – via a prosthetic mask – and some other tricks to sound and look just like her!

Kristen’s goal is to infiltrate Salem, remind Brady of the love and passion they shared, take over DiMera Enterprises, and who knows what else!  And everyone who stands in her way, better watch out as we have seen! We are speaking to you (the late) Ted, and (once kidnapped) Kate, et al.

Fans of the NBC daytime drama series have followed the tortured relationship between Kristen and Brady for years and through many plots; Kristen was first played and brought to life by Eileen Davidson, and for well over a year now by Stacy Haiduk.  Not only has Haiduk reprised the role of a frustrated, vengeful Kristen, she is also playing at times multiple roles: the wacky and often misunderstood, Susan Banks, Kristen playing Susan, or Kristen pretending to be Sister Mary Moira.

As for Daytime Emmy winner, Eric Martsolf, this latest story arc puts him front and center as viewers watch to see if what Brady senses, and the clues, and the feelings he is having, bring him to the conclusion that he has been duped by Kristen, and that her horrendous scheme – pretending to be Nicole (Arianne Zucker), and dumping Nicole’s longtime love Eric (Greg Vaughan) to be with him have a result that is unexpected or catastrophic!

Michael Fairman TV sat down with Stacy and Eric for this conversation about: all the plot twists, and playing the drama and the humor of the situations they find themselves in as actors in a wild story that only head writer Ron Carlivati could pen and keep the audience on the edge of their seats in the process. Check out this oh-so-fun, direct, and enlightening chat with two of DAYS most shining stars.

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Eric, what has it been like working in this part of your storyline; where there’s the character of Kristen in its many forms: Arianne Zucker playing “Nicole” (but it’s really Kristen), Kristen as Susan, and the real Kristen, etc?

ERIC:  It’s been a nightmare Michael.  (Laughs)  I don’t know who I’m sleeping with anymore.  I’m at the point where I go home at night, and I just tug on my wife’s cheek just to make sure that she is not my ex-girlfriend from high school.

When you first heard of this storyline, and that it was going to facilitate how Arianne was going to come back to the show… and that it was supposed to be Kristen in a Nicole Walker prosthetic mask with a voice alternator, what went through your mind?

ERIC:  I think in the back of Ron’s Carlivati’s (head writer, DAYS) mind, he was thinking to himself, “This dude started his soap career on Passions, he’s okay with this kind of thing,” and honestly, nothing surprises me anymore.  When you’re thrown into that supernatural, crazy reality, doesn’t-live-here sort of atmosphere for you first soap gig, you don’t sweat a mask and a voice modulator.  That’s just par for the course.  My biggest problem was the body thing … that Brady is not able to distinguish one body from the other, because I would as Eric.  My God, I know every inch of my wife’s body.  So, it’s difficult to get my head around that, but at the same time, I’m going with the whole “love is blind” thing here. (Laughs)

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(Laughs) I was going just going to say that Brady would absolutely know Kristen’s body from how passionate their relationship has been in the past, as well, he would Nicole’s body from his relationship with her.

ERIC:  Since Kristen did finally just succeed – let’s use the word in “seducing” him, and using her wonderful feminine wiles as only Kristen has to get Brady in to bed, there was also another twist.  What plays after that is that he notices the tattoo that’s been removed, and she plays it off as scarring from the fire.  What’s going through his mind as he is making love to Nicole is a “Kristen train”.  He can’t get Kristen out of his mind, and the guilt that he feels about that is horrendous.

Right! Brady is thinking: “Why am I feeling this when I am supposed to be with Nicole!?”

ERIC:  Right!  Brady has been waiting for a relationship for God knows how many years now – at least a successful one.  He is so eager to have this work, even though he has been concerned about how Eric (Greg Vaughan) would feel about this.  In Brady’s mind, Eric is done with Nicole.  He’s good.  He loves Sarah (Linsey Godfrey).  This is fair game.  Brady and Nicole have always been close … they’ve been close before … so, for him, it’s, why not give it a fair try?   However, he finds himself now thinking about another woman the whole time.  That’s rough.

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Do you think in the back of his mind, that this whole time, he possibly knew that “Nicole” was Kristen?

ERIC:  Well, you just have to wait.  There will be a reveal eventually, obviously, but until then, let the games play on.

So, once Brady and “Nicole” have sex, he keeps thinking about Kristen?

ERIC:  Constantly!  She just plagues his mind.  I think he’s realizing that his affection for Kristen is anything but dead and is very alive, and I think this is Kristen’s master plan from the very beginning.  She knows that she pervades his soul, and once she does reveal herself, I would guess he would probably be surprised, maybe a little angry, but in the end … you can’t deny what your heart and your body wants, right?

One of my favorite recent scenes had Brady half-naked and Kristen as Susan getting into his room, because she was looking for the MIA Nicole mask she so desperately needed.  She finds herself gawking and lusting after Brady under her disguise, and he tries to remove himself from the situation and says, “Susan, I’m going to get in the shower…”

ERIC:  Yeah! And, “It’s not going to happen, baby.”

What was that like doing that scene?

STACY:  I loved it!  I thought Eric was brilliant in it.  I watched it, and I thought, “Oh, my God!”  (Laughs) It is one of my all-time favorite scenes.

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ERIC:  Kristen is a tiger.

STACY:  She is a tiger.  She’s got a goal, and she is going to go after that.  She has obstacles that are going to come in-between her goal, but she will go after whatever she wants.

When Stacy comes in to Brady’s room as Susan, were you not laughing?

ERIC: No!  I thought she was hot. (Laughs)

STACY:  He did … he loved it.  You liked me, didn’t you baby? (Laughs)

ERIC:  I don’t think anybody can deny that Stacy Haiduk’s portrayal of Susan Banks is ridiculously good.  Everything from her delivery … to her facial expressions.  I think it is amazing.  I mean, it is corny, and it is fun, and soaps need characters like that once in a while to lighten the load of the heavy dialogue and the drama.  It’s a welcomed addition.  So, I love playing scenes with Susan.

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Eric, you always have been able play the straight-man so well in comedic scenes with impeccable timing,

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STACY:  You’re brilliant, Eric.

ERIC:  You guys are being very nice to me.

STACY:  You are.  I remember on the day how much fun we had, but then, seeing it back and the crap that I was giving you, and just the stuff you were giving back was so beautiful, and innocent, and so alive.  It was so funny.

Does Kristen think that now that she finally got Brady into bed that she won … that she got what she wanted … even if she had to don a “Nicole” mask to do it?

STACY:  Well, no, because she still can’t be really Kristen.  I think she is grateful that she gets to be with him.  That’s one of her biggest goals: to be with Brady and she wants to have him fall back in love with her again.  But for her, now it’s all about, “How do I reveal myself so that he doesn’t get scared away?”  That’s the toughest part for her.  Kristen’s love is so deep that it goes beyond this mask.  So, how is it going to be when he sees her?   Is he going to freak out?  What’s going to happen?

ERIC:  Did you think Kristen would be a little pissed off and think, “Oh my God.  He did go for Nicole?”

STACY:  Yes!  I do, because she’s like, “Finally, I got him!  But wait a minute … did I get him because I was Nicole … or because I was Kristen?”  As Kristen, she always believes there is something deeper between them and a deep connection.  That remains a driving force to her.

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ERIC:  That’s why I love these characters so much, because of you and the history of Kristen with Brady.  She’s always wanted him as much as he has wanted her.  She’s always wanted to be loved.

STACY:  Yes … and very much so.

ERIC:  Kristen had always wanted to be a part of the DiMera Empire, just as Brady has always wanted to be a part of the Kiriakis Empire, and they’ve always wanted love.  They’ve never had it.  They believe in the back of their minds that anything is attainable.  So, I can see why Kristen would just forgo the Nicole disguise and just go, “He wants me.”

STACY:  Kristen wants to believe that Brady knows it.  She says to herself, “He knows it’s me inside and behind the mask.  When he finds out, he will fall back in love with me.”

Now that she actually had sex with Brady, wouldn’t that make Kristen even more insatiable to be with him? Like, “I’ve got to have him!?”

STACY:  The fear is still .. what happens she takes this mask off?  She always says, “I’ll reveal myself, but I have to do it slowly when it is the right time.”  I think there is that built up frustration now for her, absolutely!

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Arianne Zucker really has Stacy’s mannerisms down as Kristen.  It really comes into in scenes where “Nicole” goes off on someone or loses her temper.  Eric, you have worked with Arianne for years on this show.  What do you think about her performances in this storyline?

ERIC:  I have worked with Ari over the years, and I have enjoyed it a lot.  Ari did do her homework.  She did study Stacy’s tape, and she watched her mannerisms, and she took it very seriously.  I know that because she is a hard worker, as much as a goofball as she is, she does work hard, and she wanted it to be good.  I think my favorite parts were the Kristen meltdowns.  You have to understand though; Stacy and Ari get along very well!  They’re kind of two peas in a pod.  So, it wasn’t a big stretch for her to take on how Stacy would play those types of scenes.  They’re both animated, they’re both wild people by nature, and so, it was a good fit.  It was a smart idea from the writers.

STACY:  It was a good fit!

ERIC:  I’ve been out with the two of them, and it’s hard to tell the two of them apart. (Laughs)

STACY:  We are just like two cuddly bunnies.

ERIC:  They’re like flirting with each other, and hugging each other.  You find yourself thinking, “Are they going to start ordering the same food at the same time?  This is getting weird. (Laughs)

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In the recent scene that aired; where Kristen as “Nicole” turns off the light while having sex with Brady, is she worried her plan will now go awry?

STACY:  Yes.  I think she is worried about her body because it is burned.  You know, how they take a tattoo off, and it’s as painful as can be.  Not that I’ve had that done personally.  I like my tats, but I hear it is painful.  So, in the storyline, the burn is that pain that she has and the tattoo. There’s a part of her that thinks,  she has to cover it up, and turn the lights down low.

ERIC:  “Nicole” is sleeping, and Brady is rubbing his hands over her shoulder and touching her body, and as he goes over the burn marks.  He sees a flash of the tattoo!  That is a pivotal moment when he starts to put some pieces together.   He thinks, “Woah! That’s exactly where that tattoo was.”  It’s a slow little rollercoaster ride.

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In the past, Kristen then played by Eileen Davidson, drugged and raped Father Eric.  Stacy, did you ever see that story arc?  Literally the sex scene is playing on the screen at Kristen’s wedding to Brady and then all hell breaks loose.  This to say Kristen is notorious for the ways and the lengths she goes to get her men into bed.

STACY:  Yes! I saw her Eileen do those scenes.

ERIC:  You also saw how close Kristen and Brady were to their dream, to their happiness, their goal, which was they were going to marry each other.  Brady is looking upon his loved ones in this town and thinking, “I know what you all think of her, but I’m going to show you our love on this screen, and once you see the connection that we have here as a couple, you all are going to be convinced that we belong together as well.  This is the happiest day of my life,” and the screen comes up and it’s his brother banging Kristen instead.

Marlena (Deidre Hall) played the wrong DVD!

STACY:  It was so good.  See, I try to find as much info as I can on the character’s past, because all of the time I’m trying to find where these characters have been in their dark and twisted past.

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ERIC:  You’re putting your own stamp on Kristen.  You got a direct call from DAYS casting department, didn’t you … when they were recasting the role?

STACY:  Yes.  You have to understand, I had two really separate characters to play when I was on Y&R.  One was a doctor, and one was this crazy passionate, wild, little minx.

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ERIC:  I will say to find the wild and the beauty in one package is not easy in any town, yet alone Los Angeles.  I’m glad they called you, because you have that.  You have that villainous nature, but you also are able to show a vulnerable side to Kristen that is going to be a lot of fun and interesting to see.

Stacy is one of those people that will leap off of the screen at you and you will remember her.  She is one actress that will have fans talking about their work, like when you played crazy Patty Williams on Y&R.  The audience was on the edge of their seats going, “Oh, my God!  What is Patty going to do next?”

STACY:  I never knew what she was going to do!

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Eric, has Stacy come to you at any point where she been overwhelmed by the task at hand; playing Susan while playing Kristen, etc, and the two of you have a moment where you work through some of the challenges of complex scenes  … and ones where she is playing multiple characters?

ERIC:  We’ve had many moments  to speak of.

STACY:  I always come into Eric’s room, and am like, “I’m scared!”

ERIC:  It’s funny you mention it.  We have had some very emotional scenes, and Stacy – who cares so damn much about this job and portraying this character correctly – that she gets a little overwhelmed, and the material that they give her is overwhelming for any anybody on any level.  I have looked at her in the eyes, and said, “You’ve got this gig.  You are this character.  You are knocking it out of the park.  Just do it.  Just be you.”   I can’t wait for people to see some of the stuff we have shot recently and have been doing.

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Stacy, do you think Kristen can be redeemed? Many characters on daytime … and on DAYS … have done horrible things and later turned over a new leaf.

STACY:  The thing is that villains are bad and all that other crap, but they’ve got a lot of stuff going on inside and insecurities, and they’ve got a heart.  I’m sorry, the villain with a heart of gold, can be very  true.  I never see villains (and I play them a lot) as bad.  You have to find where it comes from … how far does this go … where did that little seed change … and what made them go into the dark, but also, where is the good?  You want to bring the good to it, too.

ERIC:  Let’s face it!  Star Wars is all about Darth Vader and how he became that because it’s intriguing.

Because of the pace in which DAYS tapes its episodes; do the two of you find time to run lines together before you go hit the set?

ERIC:  We are running out of time to run lines.  It’s pretty wild.  Funnily enough, I was recently filming a movie and I was so underwhelmed at the pace of everything.  I’ve gotten so accustomed to moving at this militant style, that as hard as it is, it is preferable to me now.  I almost like it because you don’t have time to overthink what you are going to do, and you end up getting more visceral and natural reactions to the material.  You can overthink a scene, and you can come to a wrong performance that way.  When you burn your fingers on a hot stove, that’s the most natural reaction you are going to get.  You can’t have ten minutes to think about how you are going to scream about that pain.

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But, would you like the pace of shooting the show to be a bit slower?

STACY:  I would like to, but I do think sometimes just jumping in, and going and seeing what happens is great.  I love that.  I do appreciate that.

ERIC:  It’s scary.

STACY:  It is scary.  I would love if we would get to do a rehearsal and then two takes just to see, and then they can mix  together what happens.  Sometimes I am hard on myself as an actress.  I’ve always been.  It’s that jumping in when you only get to do one take.  You have to just give it everything you’ve got.

ERIC:  You can have a second take.  Want me to give you a little secret?  All you have to do is screw up your last line.

STACY:  I can’t do that.   I don’t even need it to be perfect because nothing is perfect.  It doesn’t matter what I’ve done if I sometimes don’t feel it.  I need to feel it when I’m on that set.  I need to feel something because when I shut down, I close myself off.  It’s like an athlete who has just got to  train as hard as they can to reach their goal.

ERIC:  You’re an Olympic swimmer!

STACY:  You’ve got to do it as hard as you can.  You practice, and you practice, and you practice, and you practice, so that when you come to that day, you do the best you can, but sometimes you are disappointed because you didn’t get that one last thing you had hoped for.

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How do you view what happened to Eric with Kristen, who disguised as Nicole, tricked Brady into bed with her?  Some fans commented that that they thought it was akin to a rape.

ERIC:  No, I would disagree with that theory.  I believe there is a high degree of deception in this, but there is a willingness on behalf of Brady.  He’s not drugged.  He’s not being forced to do anything.  Deception, yes.  Rape, no.

Stacy, what do you think?

STACY:  Total deception.  There is no rape.  There is absolutely no rape.  These are willing participants; he just doesn’t know exactly who he is dealing with.

ERIC:  I appreciate the context of how somebody could construe that, and the seriousness of the matter.  I don’t think it really has a place in this particular storyline.

Do you guys think that Brady and Kristen are each other’s star-crossed lovers in a weird, twisted, bizarre way?

ERIC:  I don’t know.  I think they’re magnetism can’t be denied.  I think the hurdles that they’ve jumped through are astronomical.  Will they end up together in the end?  Who knows!  Will there ever be an end?  Who knows!  It’s definitely been one of, if not the most, in-depth relationships Brady has ever had.

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And intense!

ERIC:  Yeah.  They’ve just gone through so much to be together, and when you do that, anybody who is married knows that, that’s where the good stuff is; the wars that you win together and the battles that you go through.  When you come out of the war, and you’re still together, that’s the bond.  That’s what lasts.

What would Kristen do if she couldn’t have Brady in the end?  Would she find a new obsession?  What if she could not nab her man?

STACY:  Wow!  Hmmm. (Laughs)  She’s going to get her man.  She wants her man.  She wouldn’t settle.  She’d keep fighting.  I would say to her, “Kristen, keep fighting the good fight.”

So, do you think Kristen will reveal herself to Brady sooner than later? Will Brady figure out what Kristen has been doing to get to him?  Will Brady turn Kristen away if he knew she was alive and back in action  … or would he fall back into her arms? Share your theories via the comment section below.

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Daytime Emmys To Merge Younger Actor & Actress Category Into One As Gender-Inclusive Categories Are On The Rise

The upcoming 47th annual Daytime Emmys are already making some changes to key categories and specifically this one that affects daytime drama performers.  Word from Variety is that NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) is going to announce that they are combining the Younger Actor and Actress categories into one gender-neutral category

Not only will the Younger performer category be gender-inclusive, but network soap performances will be combined with digital drama series performances for the category.  Previously, for this past Daytime Emmys, NATAS had changed the Guest Performer in a Drama Series to be gender-inclusive.

This category was initially created in 1985 when it was called the Outstanding Ingenue and then from there tweaked into Outstanding Juvenile Female and Male, and more recently that morphed into the Younger Actor and Actress categories.

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Former GH star Hayley Erin (Ex-Kiki) and former DAYS star, Kyle Pettis (Ex-Theo) will now be the last female and male to win the two separate categories with this new move for 2020.

Fans of film and TV have noticed that on several award shows on MTV: their Movie and TV Awards and their VMA’s, there are several gender-inclusive categories, as well as the Television Critics Association Awards who for instance doles out Outstanding Individual Achievement in Drama in comedy.

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So, what do you think of the change; that there will now be one Younger performer category at the Daytime Emmys? Comment below.

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