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RATINGS: B&B Has Great Week With Raya's Wedding, GH Struggles, DAYS Poised To Spike With Big Returns!

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The ratings are out for the week of August 10th through the 14th, and it was an excellent week for The Bold and the Beautiful which saw a gain of +316,000 total viewers.

During the week in question, it was Rick (Jacob Young) and Maya’s (Karla Mosley) wedding that played out with the confrontational drama between the Avant family, and Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) trying to remember what happened the night Aly (Ashlyn Pearce) was killed and if she was indeed a murderer!  B&B came in with + 3.815,000 for the week.  The CBS soap also the only daytime drama to add viewers in the key 18-49, and 25-54 women demos.  B&B also added the most viewers in the 18-34 women demo of any soap.

Elsewhere, General Hospital is continuing to struggle.  The ABC series is once again hitting a new low in the key 18-49 women demo, as well as tied in that category for all-time low rating share.  GH actually added +11,000 in total viewers for the week, but their overall total viewer performance tallied in at 2,555,000  and that is down -284,000 from the same time last year.

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And this now opens the door for NBC’s Days of our Lives, who this week just debuted the new head writing regime of Josh Griffith and Dena Higley’s work, as all the returns will now be starting to file in beginning with Patch played by Stephen Nichols next week on-air.

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DAYS is just under 100,000 plus total viewers away from the number three spot that has been held for so long by GH.  Will DAYS overtake GH in the coming weeks?  Can GH stave them off and keep their number 3 position safe?  It’s not looking promising for the folks in Port Charles as of this week’s ratings report.

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The Young and the Restless continues to hold very strong. The number one soap gained +82,000 total viewers for the ratings week and is almost at +400,000 since the same time last year.  Y&R continues to also be in first place in every key demo. Check out the entire ratings picture courtesy of SON here.

So, was The Bold and the Beautiful the show to watch last week? Can GH gain some momentum? Will DAYS finally be in the number three spot by the end of August when the ratings come out?  Share your thoughts on what is working and what is ailing on your favorite soap opera in the comment section below!

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su0000
su0000

I believe the new GH writers, the dual that near sank Y&R with it lowest ratings ( and that was not an easy feat) to bring it that low but they managed to it lol
and both head writers were fired and will now be writing for GH and I see nothing hopeful that’s going to come from the Queens of Snooze..

DOOL has cleaned house and put a great effort into saving it.
It looks very promising..
(too bad Jean and Shelly were not dragged into DROOL, smart people at NBC … lol

Long Live ALL the Soaps!! they are loved!!

Mr. X
Mr. X

su0000,

With you being a fan of Chuck Pratt’s story telling and GH and Y&R essentially swapping head writers, I knew it wouldn’t take long before you became more of a Y&R fan and less of a GH one. Y&R is still some good, some bad for me.

su0000
su0000

hi Mr. X ..
I have always been a Y&R fan just not 2014 happy fan lol
2014 put me near comatose lol
Pratt has awakened me..

GH, I have always loved, I really enjoyed RC writing, lued it!
I fear for GH under the Snooze Queens..
after all they were responsible for the Y&R big snooze of 2014 ..

I pray the snooze queens did not drag Cassie’s tombstone to GH with them to continue on with the long long loooong boring speeches that seemed to be a 10000 a year .
And god forbid if they hauled in the infamous unfinished Music Box story!

aria
aria

i’m hoping GH can get its act together, and they need to do it quickly, i sure hope this new writing team knows that they don’t have the luxury of time, just get with it and reveal jason is alive, and in the process, give us back the nickolas and elizabeth that we love, i hate this dark slimy prince and hate that they’ve made liz so desperate for a man. We also need answers to where is Robin? Decide once and for all if you want Genie Francis back full time and stop with these short unsatisfieing visits. Don’t prolong the silas murder whodunit, cause we already hate the storyline to begin with. I can’t wait for Anna to return, hope she will have answers to the whereabouts of her daughter. Is anyone going to seek legal justice for little jake? the kid was kidnap for five years yet everyone seems to be ok with that. i bet the whole freaking town is going to make a bigger deal that liz knew jake was jason i.e Carly, Sam, ect.., yet everyone seems to be ok with Helena having kidnapped little jake, does that make sense? I think Jerry Jax really succeeded in contaminating PC water because the fact that big jake is more interested in saving ELQ then going after Helena to find out who he is mind boggling, and i could go on an on, but i’m to tired, i just hope these two new GH headwriters can clean up and answer a lot of the mess RC left behind.

Harry
Harry

I don’t watch B&B but think maybe the writers from GH should to see why it is working.
Sadly, I have taken GH off my DVR recording and have not even peeked at it in about 2 weeks. I am not giving up and harbor some degree of hope that they can get it together. As is stands now, I cannot abide the following: the sight of Denise’s horrible wig and the sound of her confused and badly employed accent, Nina’s lip twitching from all the scene chewing, Roger’s continued bad and muggy acting, Kiki’s histrionics, Morgan Fairchild’s stale and pointless approach to playing a role and Morgan’s mediocrity. GH is horrible-that is why the ratings suck. I am almost convinced ABC is running it to the ground on purpose so folks will not be in a state of collective outrage when it is canceled. I do believe that tactic was employed with AMC before it was canceled.

Shay
Shay

I’m with you, Harry! It’s been over two weeks and counting for me as far as tuning out GH. Just reading the daily synopses/spoilers has been a thankless and unpleasant task, given the idiotic goings-on. As long as the showrunners insist upon utilizing their endless parade of ignominious characters like Nina, Franco, Hayten, Denise, Val-Chops, Sappy, Mikey, Morgan, Grossalie, Jordan, Ric, Alexis, Molly, TJ and so on and so forth, I’m outta there!!!! Even the sublime Liesl, Jake, and NuPaul cannot keep me viewing in whilst these terrible Ron C storylines play out…..perhaps when Anna returns, and other old favorites are brought back, it will be a different story, but until then, no dice. After the Clusterfluke and God knows how many other ridiculous plots, I’m simply beyond tired of having my intelligence insulted day in and day out. Furthermore, the Michael Easton debacle was truly the last straw for me. Although I am hanging on to a shred of hope that the new team will rescue this show from the humongous damage which was inflicted by the last head writer, I just cannot watch again until that happens. It’s nothing more than a huge waste of time and effort that can be better applied elsewhere for at least the short term. As you so succinctly put it, GH is indeed horrible!!!

AJQ
AJQ

Harry, Same for me. I haven’t watched in close to three weeks. It isn’t just the writing, it’s who the writing is for and what they are doing with it. GH is unrecognizable. I don’t want to watch a show that has Franco’s charges and trial at the center and focuses on other characters like Nina, Ava, Kiki, Dr.O.

And you’re right, it isn’t just the writing. As you say, Howarth’s acting choices and execution are his and have been from day one. He has done his best to make Franco unwatchable regardless of the writing. Denise/Ava’s accent and delivery is Maura’s. Nina is nuts, Michelle Stafford makes the choices on how to portray “nuts.”

And we’re not alone. If you look at the numbers, it seemed that the demos had leveled off in July. For the four weeks of July, the demo numbers averaged about 455,000.

Then the first two weeks of August and crash, down to 400K and then below to 389K.What changed? The first two full weeks after TG’s exit and the start of the murder mystery.

Bad writing with GH vets loses viewers. Bad writing for a center stage murder mystery featuring Franco, Nina, Ava, Kiki, Dr.O and appearances from the victim Silas, gets you much worse. It just is the case.

Shift the show to really focus on Franco, Nina, Ava, Kiki etc and the bottom falls out. The show is bad, but also unrecognizable to people. And it makes sense.

This is General Hospital. It is a daytime serial that has lasted for 52 years and has a long time fan base who is tied to that history. The less GH that is recognizable to them, the less they watch. I haven’t watched in three weeks.

Look at Michael Fairman’s headline. “Days poised to spike with big returns.” Returns. Vets. The theory, and a smart one, recognized by anyone who has ever had any knowledge of soaps, is that they thrive because of history and legacy and because they are familiar and comfortable to those who have made the investment.

People want to see their favorites, characters and actors that they have grown to love. If TPTB at GH think it was just RC’s writing and not all the new characters that have taken over the show that GH fans are just not interested in, they are not going to turn this show around.

Mary SF
Mary SF

O come on Harry a real soap fan stays in the trenches and watches everyday for the greater good. As a vet of soap watching I have endured over forty plus years of watching various soaps some of the most horrendous stuff imaginable and nothing on GH right now comes close to the bottom of the soap barrel.

I watched MS for years on Y&R as Phyllis and I tell you as Nina the girl is on Valium– my goodness on Y&R it was like the character was on speed, saying almost every line three times in a row, are you kidding me, are you kidding me, are you kidding me.

If a bad wig, a blotched accent and some over acting was enough to enough to call it quits I would had stopped watching soaps sometime in the seventies-LOL

Well I guess the battle will need to be won by us few brave souls willing to watch the good, the bad and the ugly. I suppose if I was on the Titanic I would have been one of those people who would be playing shuffleboard until the deck flipped over.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I agree with you Harry: Succinctly put, “GH is horrible, and that’s why the ratings suck.” And the reasons you list are right on the money.

Myssy
Myssy

GH struggling because the show continued to be awful..I can’t find not one character on the show now that I even care about, I don’t care about the murder victim, don’t care about the suspects to want to know who did it, so over Sonny I don’t even watch him or the mob anymore, the new characters bored me senseless, so not investment and that’s all we have to look forward too. Bring back Robert Scorpio, and give me Anna Devane & Robert Scorpio doing anything(solving cases anything..Give me something to get excited over with GH. I’m hanging on by a thread.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

This is exactly how I felt when I gave up on GH about 20 years ago. I only started watching again when it was announced that OLTL and AMC were cancelled :(. I didn’t like or care about one single character. I’m pretty close to that now. I hope new writers can save the show.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

“I can’t find one character. . .one character I . . . care about.”
You are correct. And if TPTB do not care about the viewers, the viewers don’t care about the show. It’s that simple; we’ve been trying to say that for months/years, and our protestations fell on deaf ears or were simply ignored. TG care take a lot of credit for that also.

su0000
su0000

note’

Writers Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante.
The Queens of Snooze will officially take over the writing reins beginning Monday, August 10..
Their stuff will air mid Oct..
Until then, mid Oct, enjoy RC’s writing, it is once again vintage RC .. 🙂 good stuff!

Aria
Aria

You call what’s currently on the air good stuff? You too must of been affected by the contaminated water by jerry jax.

Harry
Harry

But Suooo, if Ron’s writing is good stuff, then why are people tuning out in droves?

su0000
su0000

Heeey Harry..
The Fluke story went on too long.
when Tony was out for 6 months the Fluke story should have been put aside (but on return, it did give Tony his 8th emmy..
It was the Luke exit that put other big stories on hold..therefore tune-outs,
and the Luke exit was not all in RC’s hands..and too long and a mistake to run it that long. but hey- it was Tony yah know..
now that it is over RC these past weeks has brought back his A-Game, GH has been very good since Luke’s exit.
Love the Morgan turn, good unexpected stuff from Morgan
Jordan and TJ, Sonny going family,
Franco Nina and the murder, luved the court/trial scenes with Scotty and Ric.
Like the Jeromes are back Ava & Julian.
Love Franco in court and the mess he is in with Scotty helping Franco..
Love that RC brought Scotty upfront and gave him a story..
ohh yah luv Nina’s dead stare wheelchair buddy lol ! great scenes!
Like how Nina got her sanity smarts back and didn’t sign the papers, poor mommy dearest, now what?
these past RC weeks have rocked! vintage RC was back!
And the upcoming Sonny & Carly wedding will assuredly hold a RC surprise.

It takes awhile to get tuned out fans back and RC is once again going to do that.
The new writers will not be able to do that, no way could they do what RC can.

Les
Les

I have peeked in a couple of times after TG’s exit and found nothing to keep me coming back.

louisa
louisa

GH needs to get back to the real GH. Fire Ava, Nina, Donna Mills, etc. These ladies may have worked on other shows, but this is General Hospital and they do not belong here. The show is unrecognizable. I believe Days will pass up GH in the ratings, because it is a better show to watch. Days is still focused on its core families. Something GH abandoned long ago. I will watch when Genie Francis returns in September, but I can’t watch what we are seeing now.

downtownla
downtownla

this is the problem of not developing new writers. they keep going to the same people who recycle the same stories and at some point just becomes a hamster wheel. I’m glad there are new head writers coming in, but I am not optimistic because of what I have been reading about their stint at Y&R. Let’s hope they learned from those mistakes. As others have said, please get rid of the new characters who ARE NOT connected to either a core family or the hospital. Silas is a good start, but I think Ava, Nina, Kiki and Madeline all need to go as well. Replace Olbrecht as the head of GH and give that job to Monica. Olbrecht can stay and be a thorn in people’s side. Add another doctor or two. Maybe Steven Lars or Sarah Weber comes back. Maybe Serena Baldwin is a doctor or nurse. Yes, wrap up the Jason/Jake story line, but make him a Quartermaine, dealing with business matters. Make him go head-to-head with Sonny for control of Port Charles. Bring back the old Liz who we care about. I’m fine with Nik being a baddie. Bring back Laura and give her a real story. I mean, many of us on these boards always repeat the same things over and over, in hopes that someone is listening. The fact that there seems to be a fair amount of unanimity to our suggestions, tells me we’re all on to something. Please listen to the viewers and give us what we want or there will be no reason to turn in.

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

Days has been slowly improving, and will soon be the no.3 soap and if all goes well with the returns and writing, i can see Days dethrone B&B at second place…hopefully, Days will keep its vets equally front and center with its aged children…the teens can help refreshen things but not carry the show on their own…and less Danial too!!! As for GH, the show lacks a hero and a heroine—it badly needs Robert and Anna, more Mac, Felicia and Monica, and like Days it might eventually need to age their children—as 15 year olds Emma, Spenser, Cameron and Josslyn!!! Make Jason Dr. Jason NOW to bring some conflict at the hospital between him and Patrick that involves Liz and Sam!!! Dont waste stories on recuring characters like Rosalee!!! (her being Brads wife only stalls the marriage of two other recuring characters Brad and Lucas and doesnt really involve others—a wasted filler moment)…they are rarely shown and doesnt get us involved with their lives to give a damn about them Recuring characters should support contract players storylines…but do we really need them??? Time to revamp and clean house GH…drop Rosalee, Nina, Franco, Valerie, Ric, Madelyn, and Sabrina…Monica replaces Lisel as Chief-Of-Staff…Lisel works for a rival hospital and battles Monica for the best doctors ect.,…bring in a young group of new doctors and nurses related somehow to the current staff…have Mac become a lawer…have Lucy, Felicia and Laura go into business together like planned a few years ago and add some office intrigue…more with the Q’s Tracy, Paul and Dillion…and CHARACTER DRIVEN STORYLINES…CLEAN UP THAT MESS GH!!!!

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

I meant current vets, not staff…also id drop the Jeromes—they became tired characters…less mob too…some mob ok but not too much…if the new writers can make Julian, Sonny and Ava more interesting—like Y&Rs Jack verses Victor…then maybe i wont mind if they stay…jmho’s!!!

Aria
Aria

Jason barely knows he’s Jason now you want him to be a doctor? Like wake up and boom he’s a doctor?? Ok, maybe RC isn’t the only one whose off tract! Be realistic Jason will never be a doctor ..

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

I didnt mean that Jake wakes up realizing he is Jason and five minutes later he is performing surgery at GH…my comment might imply that but it wasnt what i meant…i want him to finally remember he is Jason and how he once planned to become a doctor and he pursues that dream…im sick of the mob stuff which isnt well done in the first place and hoping Jason will eventually become a doc and not Sonnys sidekick!!!

Gmbenet
Gmbenet

I wholeheartedly agree that the vets carry the show! The last two weeks have been great! So far so good with the new material from Dena Higley and Josh Griffin. Hope Dena is not on leave too long. Wish her well during this time.

Cary Giacalone
Cary Giacalone

Maybe it is time to stop idolizing criminals. It is RIDICULOUS that Michael would give up a little sister that he loves to the man that killed his father and who has no qualms about shooting anyone, but yes he is a loving father (POOH). I also hate what they have turned Liz into. And does anyone believe Lucky would return the son he mourned and just take off again. Does anyone who is writing really get human emotion. And Liesel as head of the hospital (though I love the comedic part she brings to the show). How about some real LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON.

ediebailey
ediebailey

Totally agree, Cary. I cannot stand how they glorify Sonny Corinthos and how Carly stands by his side (her hypocrisy regarding Franco and how she betrayed him makes me want to scream) and how anyone could put an innocent child in his hands.
Enough with the guns and knives and all the mob wars!!!
GH needs to spotlight romances before it’s too late if it isn’t already.
Wish the new writers had a better track record of improving ratings!!!

Charday
Charday

Agree with you on GH–get rid of Sonny, the mob, etc. Focus on the Quartermaines, Webbers, Cassadines, Spencers, other classic characters, and the hospital.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Say it again, Charday!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

B&B deserved the ratings spike. The wedding scenes were soapy goodness!

I like the Ally storyline (sorry she’s gone) despite the fact that Steffy & Liam (UGH!) are central to the story.

Ryan
Ryan

There’s many reasons why “GH” is circling the drain; the last of the inept stories that are unfolding aren’t drawing in viewers and quite a lot of viewers have called it in after Michael Easton was let go from the series and his character “Silas Clay” killed off unnecessarily without any sort of character evolution. To be fair, this isn’t the first time new characters were created only to eventually be cast aside as if they were nothing. That happened to Jimmy Deshler last year when his character of “Rafe Kovich Jr.” was also killed off in a storyline that felt more like a re-write of the “Trey Mitchell” death. New characters always have potential to add to a series and it’s the responsibility of the actors and writers to get the best out of these new characters. Neither Mr. Easton nor Mr. Deshler failed when it came to what they (as actors) brought to their respective characters; the ‘failure’ of these characters rests on the shoulders of the writers.

As an aside, when you have actors that connect with the audience then you’re going to have folks tuning in to watch them grow; that goes for the established and newcomers alike. Killing off Ian Buchanan’s character of “Duke Lavery” did them no favors this past spring, nor has the aforementioned killing off of Michael Easton’s “Silas Clay” character. Forcing certain love interests that most viewers don’t want to see together also doesn’t help, especially when it’s evident that there’s no chemistry there in a few cases.

I don’t wish to see “GH” cancelled; it’s the last soap on ABC. I just hope that the new writers can turn this around without the excessive retconning the last writers built the show around.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I’m really excited for DOOL’s 50th anniversary. I’m a bit concerned how the writing for all the returning vets, newbie teens, etc. is going to come together. I’m hopeful.

Timmm
Timmm

Why do us fans always have the BEST ideas and ANY of these writers suck! Other than current binding contracts or disinterest,

Bring back: Robert, Anna, Robin, Ned and Noah.

Use: Bobbi, Monica, Mac, Felicia, Tracy, Paul, Scotty, Patrick, Sam, JASON, Liz, Nick, Hayden Lucas and Lucy

Cut: Franco, Ava, Julian, Nina, Madeline, Rosalie, Lisel, Brad, Sabrina, TJ, Jordan.

Recast: Michael and Morgan

Send Sonny and Carly on a LONG Honeymoon!

Paul
Paul

Come on now. Tristan Rogers is under contract at Y&R. Wally Kurth is under contract at Days. And for the 7 millionth time, KM doesn’t want to act full time on GH. I wish the show would just recast her so all the Robin fanatics could then complain about the recast.

Timmm
Timmm

Well I heard Tristan was recurring now on Y&R and if Kim wants to stay away, recast. Wally, I know he is on Days. Why did they let him go? Did he want to leave? Ned is such an important character with Tracy and Paul in the Q mansion. Recast!

Mary SF
Mary SF

Today when I was watching Days I was stuck by the fact that I was seeing something I haven’t seen in a while, love. Whether it be as something as simple as Hope wiping blood off Aden’s face, or Doc and John taking a walk in the park or Victor hold Caroline’s hand–it was there and sincere. Now,granted those moments might not be as exciting as bomb going off in Horton’s square, but honestly it was very refreshing to see. I have no doubt if Days continues on that route it will soon pass GH in the ratings.

Beth CP
Beth CP

You mentioned every scene that struck me as so refreshing today as I watched Days this afternooon. Funny how the most simple (sometimes read: mundane), actions can be so quietly moving. I am very hopeful for DOOL 50th anniversary year.

And wishing for GH to finally get back on track with Jean P. and Shelly A……

Harry
Harry

YEP! Love!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Fans want love. They delivered. Very refreshing.

mark
mark

GO DAYS GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tammy
Tammy

I used to watch days but since Peter reckell left I haven’t even peeked. Sorry as a no znd hope fun since I was a teen , his exit was disrespectful to him and fans! I find myself watching the playlists that many hzve put together of classic days! That was great writing and character driven! I miss the vets and they could have been given great storylines in the way that Dr. znd Mrs H were! As a teacher I would dvr or watch in the summer but since that horrific story with Carly znd hope in prison I felt like it was days in the twilight zone! I will continue to watch the classics I’m sorry I’ve lost faith in the daytime of today, it’s lost the fun, passion, znd romance thst kept do many of us watching !

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

You seem to be out of the loop, Tammy.

Bo is returning next month. Steve will arrive next week! Look at the comments where viewers are saying they recognize a familiarity to DAYS gone by.

The new writers material aired midweek and their three episodes have already been a huge improvement of what had been written!

Steve will be looking for Bo and he will be reunited with his family. I don’t know how long Peter Reckell will stay, but Bo’s absence will be explained and his stay will be in character. If and when Bo leaves again, the present writers will not screw Bo, Bo and Hope and DAYS’ fans over.

The old writers are gone!!!

Belle
Belle

I agree about Days; I loved the tender moments between Caroline and Victor!
G.H. : I hate the mob activity on the show. I stopped watching G.H. for years when Sonny was allowed to wreak havoc on A.J. and the Q Family. The writers gave the mob all of the power and played the Qs as weak and powerless. They’re still glorifying
the mob by having T.J. cling to Sonny instead of his mother; plus, favoring right over wrong. What person in his right mind would be happy living in a gangster’s house with danger all around? Also, they’re allowing Michael to go soft on Sonny by returning the baby and thinking about forgetting that he willfully killed A.J. (WAS NOT BIPOLAR) at that moment. I would tolerate Sonny; however, I would never be close to him again. Plus, it would be quite difficult for me to warm up to my mother when she favors the man who killed my father and knew about it. Thus , claiming that she loves me; I would probably be lukewarm to her. They would receive my forgiveness, but never my closeness!

Belle
Belle

BB’s pre-wedding fireworks were explosive! Maya’s father’s comments were inflammatory and current to how some people truly feel about the transgender an lesbian and gay issue. I believe that both sides show be truthfully verbalized ; however, Julius should have not attended the wedding feeling the way he does. Yet, his appearance was the fuel that ignited the smoldering fire.

Kevin
Kevin

Bold and the Beautiful ROCKS…excellent acting and drama…It’s what good daytime drama is all about.

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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!”

So, check out the promo below and then let us know via the comment section below, what you think is about to go down at Jarlena’s party, where last August at their nuptials … things did not go off without a hitch, either!

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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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