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RATINGS: B&B Has Strong Week! GH Hits 2-Year High In Key Demo!

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The ratings are finally out for the week of November 12th-16th (they were delayed due to the Thanksgiving holiday) which were a key ratings week as part of this year’s November Sweeps. Two soaps told some compelling drama, and were thus rewarded for their efforts from the soap viewing public!

The big ratings winner though goes to The Bold and the Beautiful for an excellent PR push using online media, clips, and revealing slowly but surely when to tune-in to make sure fans do not miss key moments of the last several episodes of Susan Flannery as Stephanie Forrester.  The ratings for this week were reflected by the heart-tugging second and third installment of Stephanie’s goodbye party.  B&B added + 139,000 viewers for the week and added to their number two spot lead overall among all the remaining soaps.  B&B also went up one tenth in the household ratings share and the key 18-49 female demo.

Meanwhile, as Stephanie’s sad episodes were playing out on B&B, over at General Hospital fans were dazzled by the stunning reveal that Duke’s false face belonged to the evil Faison, who is also back from the dead!  And the fact that Faison has the real Duke and Robin!  And if that was not enough, Tristan Rogers returned by the end of the week as Robert Scorpio, as Carly confronted another back from the dead character, A. J. Quartermaine!  GH for their efforts landed a 2-year high in the key 18-34 female demo, and even though they shockingly slipped in total viewers – 17,000 for the week, they are still way up from a year ago at this time with 2,807,000 viewers.

The Young and the Restless is still holding steady at number one with4, 343,000 viewers although some fans have been critical of their not-to-exciting plots at this point under the new regime of Jill Farren Phelps and Josh Griffith.  However, time will tell, as they are still putting the pieces back together after Maria Arena Bell’s tenure and plotting the new course and direction of the core characters and launching new stories.   Y&R also gained in the key 18-49 female demo adding +41,000 viewers while maintaining its number one position in the slot, but watch for GH! The lone ABC show is not far behind!

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Over at Days of our Lives, Kristen DiMera’s story with John, Marlena and Brady continued, as well as Gabi’s pregnancy story with baby daddy, Will.   And, Eric Brady returned as a man of the cloth,  but DAYS is losing viewers once again.  The series lost the most viewers for the week with -134,000 and lost viewers in the key 18-34 and 18-49 female demo.  You can view the entire ratings picture here courtesy of Soap Opera Network.

OK soapers, your turn! Time to be our Soap Opera Programming Executive Armchair Quarterback! What worked for you during this ratings period? What do you think the soaps need to do to perk up your interest and keep  you tuning in? What adjustments would you make to DAYS, Y&R, GH, or B&B, if you think some should be made?  Weigh-in!

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SUSAN
SUSAN

i think they need to bring back steve burton jason and robin asap
however the ratings seem to be doing better i still think bringing back aj quatermaine
and duke lavery is still a bust not interested in the storyline at all

i do however am glad tristin rogers is back and hope he finally solves the shooting of
jason at the dock

but will continue to watch gh because of maurice benard LOVE HIM!!

I SAY GET RID OF KATE!!! ASAP AND AJ CAN GO AS WELL AS DUKE LAVERY
hey just my opinion

Ces
Ces

I can understand why Days is losing viewers, it’s boring! I’ve watched this show for over 25 years and stopped watching for eight then returned when Matt, Patrick, Christie, Dee & Drake came back – well, three of those actors are gone and Days is back to boring & predictable storytelling. Lemme guess, Gabi keeps the baby today? Daniel & Jennifer are as boring the 2nd time around as they were the first; they both seem to sleepwalk through their performances, and everyone else just meanders around Town Square. Dullsville. The only exciting part is having Eileen back and this time I’m actually rooting that Kristen gets John because Marlena has become an uptight bore too.

margie
margie

YES!!!! GH keep it up!!!!

RobinAshleyLove
RobinAshleyLove

I have to say, Days has caught my attention for the first time since Crystal Chappell left. While there are storylines I couldnt give a hoot about, I find the idea of Kristen and Brady intriguing and the verbal sparing is fun to watch. I also dont mind Gabby pregnancy story line. Its not over the top ridiculous as Days tends to do. It’s real people with real problems. Id rather watch that then mind controlled minions, tricked out sarcophagus, or the constant cheating/bed hopping.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Okay, someone save my sanity here- is it my imagination or are some of the sets on Y&R shrinking? Over the Thanksgiving holiday, Katherine Chancellor’s living room barely could hold a couch and two wing chairs. The same over at the Abbotts, the sofa looks like it is touching the fireplace and I swear the coffee house has lost a few tables. At first, I thought perhaps they were just using tighter shots, so the background would be less obvious, but I really think JFP has taken big chunks out of a lot of the old sets. I wish I had some old shows on tape to compare, but I kinda feeling like I do when I go to the grocery store and get my favorite peanut butter, bring it home and see it up against the old jar realizing 8 oz is now 6 and I paid the same for it. If the sets have shrunk did they really think fans would not notice? And those close ups- Avery and Nick’s kiss this week was so close I swear I could count JM nose hairs. Am I the only one who notice this?

k/kay
k/kay

No i have too! Adam & Chelsea’s set looks like a funeral home and the cottage Sharon was staying at that alone would make her go crazier! Verdict still way out for me and by the way the set Victoria was in for her kidnapping try Murphy’s old trailer . If they are not going to use Murphy then have a death scene and get on with it. Loose ends were just dropped on MAB’s stories. Is Jill even going to see her son Billy while she is in town?

Mary SF
Mary SF

Thank goodness, I wasn’t seeing things. As for Jill she did see Billy once early on when she first came back. It was shortly after Billy got his first phone call from the man who kidnapped Vicki. Jill saw the name on the phone and questioned Billy about it. I don’t think he knew yet he had Vicky but I do remember Jill and Billy had a conversation about this man and Billy’s history with him. What I found odd was Jill did no follow up nor did Billy. He went to Nikki for help instead of his mother who he already confided in. As for Murphy they really should either play him or lose him, unless there is some office pool going on and the writer who can up with lamest reason why Murphy had to miss another family gathering wins a lollipop, then keep him, why spoil their fun.

k/kay
k/kay

I will be honest Mary you may be right sometimes if I read the blog I do not watch the show I do not take the time out but I just find it funny she favors Cane who lied and gosh knows what else and Billy is flesh and blood. I enjoy Murphy. And do not get me started on Jack’s storyline nobody gets prescription drugs when they are in the hosipital just sitting there not controlled sloppy storytelling and you do not become addicted in two days I know this is a soap but a little bit of reality please. Right now I am going to give them some time to turn this around it is only fair but wash, rinse, repeat was not what I had in mind. lol

ashlee
ashlee

I have been vocal about the improvements in Y and R since the new regime took over. They have gotten rid of dead weight, improved production values, renewed the focus of the show, and other things. The only thing they seem to be missing is storylines. Viewers expected JFP to come in with a bang, with one of her trademark stunt stories. I know she came in amidst a great deal of controversy and gossip, and has been easing in and playing it safe, but I now wish she wouldnt have. Burning down the Newman ranch could have been a big deal, but now its like an afterthought. I wish there would have been a fire that engulfed the entire cast, or an explosion a la Clear Springs, or a serial killer, or a train wreck…anything that Jill does so well. The characters who were written off limped away lamely, when instead they could have gone out with a bang. Not that I advocate murder or violence, but this is a soap, and some of that is to be expected. Harmony and Genevieve could have been targets of someone from Tuckers past, etc. A random arsonist torching buildings where no lives are in peril and nothing is at stake is very weak. They need a cataclysmic event to shake up the entire canvas. If all else fails, bring Patty back. She always livens up the show. She could have even been Claude Shirl. The show, while finding its footing and getting back on track, is just deadly boring. Newbie teenagers with no rooting value in a bullying story does not count. Come on…JG and JFP…youre in charge now. Dont be timid…go for it…this is not the time to play it safe!

Mary SF
Mary SF

Unfortunately I don’t think JFP had the luxury of time to do those things right off the bat. She was there to trim expenses, and there wasn’t time to waste paying high profile players lots of money so they could wait around for a grander exit. Also JG made the choice to work from MAB last point and play them out, maybe not in the way MAB had in mind, but to try to go for a smooth transition. Unfortunately this has resulted in this neither there or here storylines. Right now there is a lot of filler that is taking up air space as they set up the new vision for the show. Hopefully it will not be too much longer before we see Jill’s trademark stories hit Genoa city.

ashlee
ashlee

As per my post on y and r…i now move to DAYS. Where are the storylines?? What are these shows paying writers for when they are not writing anything? With regards to Eric Brady…um, has anyone heard of being a minister? Ministers are free to get marries, procreate, etc. Catholic priests are not in the Bible anywhere…the only stipulations for Godly men are that they are to have one wife, be faithful, and of strong moral character. Celibate priests are a man made creation…they are not ordered by God. We know that ultimately Eric will leave the priesthood, so there is no drama there. So…Jennifer and Daniel are talking about protocol treatments…yawn…they killed Jack for that level of excitement? There are bright spots…Kayla and Abe could become the Tom and Alice of the show…the anchor couple…the moral centre…write it. Get going with Kristen…she is either a raving lunatic or she has changed…she cant be both. Pick a direction for Sami and follow it. Rafe? Lucas? EJ? The constant waffling ensures that there is no couple to breathlessly root for. The Gabi/gay/ pregnancy thing is my constant fast forward fodder. The less said there, the better. This show has some of the strongest vets in the biz…Hope, John, Marlena, Roman, Kate, Abe, Adrienne, Justin, Kayla…use them and write STORIES for them, not just random scenes that go nowhere.

Mary SF
Mary SF

The Brady’s have always been played as Catholic so it would have made sense for Eric to seek the priesthood over becoming a Protestant minister. Also, it is the fact that priests are celibate that makes them a favorite of soaps. Having him being tempted between his vows, his love for God and his love for a woman has been big since the Thorn Birds day. It is predictable but it makes for more drama that a minister falling in love.

susan M.
susan M.

Need to get rid of Kate/Connie which is getting old…Happy with the rest of GH!!!!!! Anna knows there is something wrong w/Duke.. Especially when she kissed him. And Duke/Faison was smoking & we know Duke doesn’t smoke & so does Anna… Bring back Robin & the real Duke already!!!!!!!

Ces
Ces

Yeah, I totally agree. Kelly Sullivan chews way too much scenery and it’s not enjoyable to watch at all. Maurice B. needs a worthy love interest and she is not it. Also, I just don’t see chemistry with Anna & Fake Duke so what makes us think she’ll have any chemistry with real Duke? He’s the same actor. I think too much time has gone by for this couple.

susan M.
susan M.

Anna said it doesn’t feel right & she is correct it isn’t Duke…..Anna sais there is something different about Duke but she doesn’t know what it is exactly yet!! Poor Tracy!!Something is wrong with Edward’s will!!!!!!!!!!! Heather put it back in the desk on thankgiving…Highly suspiciuos!!

susan M.
susan M.

Saw Blair talking to Starr today. Hope she doesn’t marry Tomas….

Tsuds
Tsuds

Days is just too boring and predictable. Great job with Nicole losing baby and blaming Jennifer. other stories are predictable. New Eric is disappointing. Peter R leaving show and the writing him out was very disappointing for such a long run character. Now Carloline comes back and no Bo?? He will be off running after Dimera….. Blah. Blah…. Blah…..

Are we really suppose to think that Kristen is not up to her shenanigans ?? As a viewer of many years… Try to surprise me day writers!!!!

DVR days but fast forwarded thru most of it and watch about 15 mins.

Def a fan of GH These days….

Ces
Ces

extremely predictable! As if we didn’t know Gabi would keep the baby? My only hope is that Nick will start getting cuckoo which we saw a bit of yesterday. The Eric thing? Tea? Really. Blah.. enough of Nicole already and her tacky outfits.

Jen & Daniel. Yawn.

I’m with you, GH is the better show and I look forward to watching this. Days has become a habit that I once broke for 8 years and may break away from again.

Dmitri
Dmitri

Actually, the Bo sitch is even worse. He is back in Salem, but we don’t get to see him! Unbelievable! Jennifer and Daniel are boring and on the show too much. Glad to see the Rajami storyline backburneed, but it doesn’t stop it from being dull and repetitive. Gabi’s storyline is stupid and pointless. Nicole and Eric are good, not great, but good and worth watching. All the vets have no significant storyline. Marlena and John are boring because all they do is talk about Kristen. Brady and Kristen is original, but disgusting. I predict that the ratings will deteriorate when Jennifer and Daniel reunite, and when the secret of Gabi’s baby is revealed. She and Nick probably will not marry, and will break up. The truth about Gabi and Andrew will be revealed, and she, Nick and Chad will have no friends. Sonny and Will are probably going to be splitsville. Sami will end up choosing Rafe over EJ again (I hope so, but still boring and repetitive). I just do not see the sjow going anywhere but downhill. The ratings will be lost. The only things keeping Days on air will be “Krady” and “Ericole”.

MK
MK

JFP getting rid of or recycling sets is her trademark. On GH, she burned down the Spencer house and re-made as a brothel a month later.

On Days, once again (like OLTL AND ATWT) the Gay story is the Best and original story on the show, and will be blamed for the low ratings, instead of the Boring repetitive stories surrounding it. Compared to the 1997 episode, I prefer Tame Days, over Crazy Days.

GH is on Fire and this past week has been the Best I have seen in 20 years. Tuesday felt like an episode from the classic 1988-93 era, This is not the Jason and Sonny show anymore. This the Best of Classic GH and OLTL combined.

susan M.
susan M.

Is Tomas really Alkazar????

Patrick
Patrick

This is the first time, i’m heralding, GH’s bringing OLTL characters to Port Charles…

I Love Robin Christopher and Ted King…isn’t he delicious… and she’s radiant…

making Tomas… ie: Alkazar… is brilliant…. I can only hope that Skye and Alkazar are re-united… w/Lila Rae….

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Lila’s pickle relish? I think, Edward, kept lila’s relish an entity unto itself… and when, Tracy finds out… OYE! what love, an endowment, to bestow upon his daughter….

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i’m enjoying, Ellie/Spinelli/Maxie…. kudos to GH for giving Spinelli some romance… to call his own…. he’s an endearing character. it’s a love story.

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Anna! Robert/Duke…. Romance for my new leading lady! she rocks! all this good stuff happening to her… till Robin comes back….

alas, Robin/Patrick/Emma are still my favorite.

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the reading of Edwards’ will…. with AJ and Tracy vying for Daniel Edward and Sam’s shares of ELQ.. after having thought about it for awhile… is a good move… I was hesitant because of Sam overload… and selfishly would prefer Skye and Ned back in the fold and thick of it….

Dmitri
Dmitri

Days sucks now. TomSell, please quit!

Mish
Mish

B&B should be proud, the ending for Stephanie and Susan Flannery was really good, very heartbreaking but worth the wait, Susan Flannery got a fabulous good-bye/sendoff I know she will have her name in the Emmy nomination list.

susan M.
susan M.

Anna should have believed Robert today on GH (Wed.)…..She should have more confidence in Robert’s hunches about Duke really bein Faison before it is TOO LATE! A.J. has the proof that Faison is alive..Has a picture of him on his phone from the hospital he was in when he was re-coperating from when he was suppose to be dead..Will this info be shared and will someone find out this picture is in A.J.’s position…

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There was some significant signs that Hollywood and the state of California’s show business production looks to be gearing up for a restart after all TV and film production was halted a few months ago as the coronavirus pandemic hit the state, our country, and the globe.

The reopening for production may not include L.A. County, however, which is the epicenter of the state’s show business production.

According to Deadline: On Friday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the state could begin TV and film production as early as June 12th.  While the California Department of Public Health released the following guidelines:  “Music, TV and film production may resume in California, recommended no sooner than June 12, 2020 and subject to approval by county public health officers within the jurisdictions of operations following their review of local epidemiological data including cases per 100,000 population, rate of test positivity, and local preparedness to support a health care surge, vulnerable populations, contact tracing and testing. To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, productions, cast, crew and other industry workers should abide by safety protocols agreed by labor and management, which may be further enhanced by county public health officers. Back office staff and management should adhere to Office Workspace guidelines published by the California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Industrial Relations, to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.”

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Wally Kurth Talks on His Daytime Emmy Nomination For DAYS As Justin’s World Is Turned Upside Down

You kind of know when you are handed the ball in the world of daytime drama, and it’s your turn to shine, especially when you get meaty material that runs the gamut of emotions. And this past Emmy season, Days of our Lives’ Wally Kurth delivered the performances of his soap career (although we suspect there is some more to come in 2020!) in the role of the grieving Justin Kiriakis.

For Wally not only played grief, but starting life anew in a romantic entanglement that can be all too familiar when someone tries to move on after the loss of the love of their life. Add to that, the complication that his son’s husband, was believed to be the person who caused the accident that killed his wife, Adrienne (Judi Evans), and with that the deck is stacked for an emotional fallout that landed Kurth in the running for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series at this year’s 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards to air on CBS on Friday night, June 26th, albeit in a virtual presentation.

While Wally is getting many accolades for his work on DAYS, let’s not forget the double duty he pulls on General Hospital, where this week his Ned Ashton. This week Ned is front and center during the encore presentations of the GH’ Nurses’ Ball episodes, which feature Wally singing his heart out in numerous memorable performances through the years.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Kurth to get his thoughts and insight into his well-deserved acting nomination for DAYS, plus to find out his favorite GH Nurses’ Ball performances, and much more. Here now is what Wally had to say about it all.

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I am so thrilled about this nomination because you know, I willed this to happen.  I was like, “It’s got to happen!” (Laughs)

WALLY:  You actually were saying that, and you have been very supportive and positive.  I appreciate it.

What did you end up submitting? I believe I gave you “Power Performance of the Week” honors on my site for some of them, too.

WALLY:  I do try to put together a little story in my submissions for Emmys.  I think that’s kind of important because if you’re asking someone to watch 8 or 9 minutes of just you… I didn’t want to just (not that I had this material) but bludgeon them with one sad, sobbing scene after another.  I wanted to give them a whole range of Justin and a little story.  So, I did start off where Justin was asking Adrienne to marry him, and Justin is very happy, and it’s all good, and he gets down on his knee, and you see her, and it’s like, “This is something really good,” and I also wanted to include a scene with Judi Evans in my reel.  Then, I cut to where it’s a year later, and Justin is with Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) in their apartment. They are already living together, and they are discussing the anniversary of their marriages, and about the sadness of Adrienne, and she’s talking about Steve (Stephen Nichols), and then she brings up having to tell me that Adrienne died.  So, that was obviously in a flashback that happened six months earlier; where Justin is obviously very upset, and scared, and doesn’t want to hear it, and breaks down, and Kayla comforts him. Then, I did the continuation where Justin tells Kayla how much she has meant to him, and how he felt like he wasn’t going to survive, and how she came to his aid in a way to make him feel like he really has something to live for.   Then, at the very end, I did two scenes with Will (Chandler Massey) in the jail which is where Justin confronts Will, who obviously Justin thought was responsible for killing Adrienne.  It was a really lovely, really well-written scene where Justin tells him, “You’re a son to me, and you can be disappointed with a son, and you can be hurt by a son, but you never stop loving him.” I think it showed a nice range of the anger, the hurt, the happiness (because Justin tells him about Kayla), so you get an idea of what happened to Justin last year.  I thought it was a good collection of scenes that told a little story, and you could see the range of what Justin went though.  Evidently, it worked on some level because I got nominated.

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In the scene with Will, doesn’t Justin also tell him, “Don’t give up on life?” in a very hankie-inducing moment?

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WALLY:  Yes.  “Don’t give up.  Don’t give up on life,” which is really positive… even though he started the scene like, “I don’t even want to talk to this guy.”  Justin is there talking to Ben (Rob Scott Wilson), and Will kind of surprises him. So for Justin it;’ like, “Now I guess I’ve got to talk to Will about this,” and so he is still angry, he is still hurt, and you’re right, at the end, the scene has sort of transformed him in a way.  So, all of that stuff was just really nice, really nice scenes to get to play and very emotional.

I’ve watched most everything on the soaps from the performances to the storylines, and that one scene with the two of you was one of the best scenes I have seen in long time.  It was just so good from the writing to the execution of it. 

WALLY:  Oh yeah, I can’t even imagine a scene that was as good. Thank God that scene aired in December.  My story really didn’t get started until October/November, and all of those scenes that I included were from October, November, and December.

So, what did you think then when you found out that Chandler, along with you, and Paul Telfer (Xander) are all in the Supporting Actor category together?

WALLY:  I love it.  How great is that?  I love both of those guys.  I mean, I am such a fan of both of them.  Chandler kind of gets nominated every year, so I wasn’t surprised there.

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Well, he had one year, as he pointed out to me (laughs), that he didn’t get a nomination. But, Chandler has been pretty much a perennial nominee every time he submits!

WALLY:  Yeah, Chandler just delivers.  He is a really an outstanding actor Paul, I think is great.  I love the character.  I was kind of surprised and happy for him because sometimes his character gets overlooked; just like the bad guy with the smarmy smirk and the great English accent.  So, there you go.  It’s terrific.  I think people saw more to his performance, and they should.  He works on a lot of different levels, and Paul brings a lot to the game.

And obviously, you know James Patrick Stuart (Valentin, General Hospital), since you work on that show too, and he is also nominated in your category. 

WALLY:  Yeah, and I have been a big fan of his too.  So, I was really delighted.  I called him up and left a message.  I love James.  We did a thing last year together where we went back east and played some music in some clubs,   I always think that James should be nominated.  He does such an exceptional job at bringing that character to life.  That’s not an easy thing to do either.  It’s kind of like a Xander character, and so, it is nice to see my fellow actors see the complexity in their performances and appreciate it.

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Last week’s DAYS airshows contained scenes where Justin confronts Orpheus (George Delhoyo), over killing Adrienne, and Justin also goes to visit Adrienne’s grave.  I think you have another run of shows next year to submit for the Emmys (Laughs)

WALLY:  I do like to include the big four emotions that an actor has to play:  happy, sad, angry, and fear.  That is a scene where you get to see Justin really angry.  So, I will probably look to that as you get to see the anger part of the character, which I think is important.  You don’t get to see Justin very angry and lose it like that.

No, and that’s what was so great about it.  George was a great scene partner, though.

WALLY:  Oh, he was great.  George and I had a great time.  It was really awesome.  I mean, it was a challenge because it was very tricky, especially when Steve (Stephen Nichols) and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) came in because you know; there is a part of the character that is just like, “Please, just let me shoot.  Just let me fire a bullet and just put it over his head or something, or maybe his hands are shaking so much that he misses the target!”  I don’t know, but you do just want to let him shoot, just one bullet.  (Laughs) Another moment that I really, really loved – and I’ll probably include it next year in my submission -was that scene with Suzanne Rogers (Maggie) at the hospital.  They gave me a beautiful speech to tell her that she should be her judge and jury and sentence herself to death, a beautiful speech about how she reminded me of Adrienne.  It brought out a different side of Justin that you don’t usually see.

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When I spoke to Chandler about this nomination he related to me, “I am so happy for Wally because I feel like he is often underrated.” You have always been the guy on soaps who is always delivering consistent work, but now you’ve been given a story.  So now everyone can see what you can do or are reminded of it.  It’s hard without a story on the soaps; especially playing the Emmy game.

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WALLY:  It’s true.  What did Maurice Benard (Sonny, General Hospital) say?  “If it ain’t on the page, it ain’t on the stage.”  It’s really true.  Let’s face it, you can only do so much, and that’s why I don’t get too competitive.  If I lose, that’s totally fine.  I feel like I’ve already won.  Being recognized by my peers, that’s it.  Being nominated is awesome, and honestly, after this, so much of it is the material and what the actors got to do.  It’s sort of out of your control, you know.   I am happy for all of my fellow nominees.  It’s all good at this point.  I’m really, really happy.

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You’ve been nominated once before, right?

WALLY:  Yes. I’ve been nominated once before, two years ago on General Hospital.  It was the year that Jane Elliot (Tracy) left.  In story, Tracy leaves, so there was all of that emotional stuff to play.  That was the year I also submitted myself for Days of Our Lives too, and I was really proud of that work.  That year saw Adrienne having to choose between Justin and Lucas (Bryan Dattilo), and she chose Lucas.  There were just some really nice scenes there that they wrote for Justin and Adrienne, and she was dealing with cancer.  Anyway, I got nominated for General Hospital, and I learned from that year that I am never going to nominate myself in the same category for both shows.  That’s just stupid.

Well, you’re everywhere.  You’re on the Nurses’ Ball encore episodes right now on GH,  

WALLY:  Oh, isn’t that funny?  All of these Nurses’ Balls, it’s hilarious.

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Are you watching them?

WALLY:  Yes!  I watched parts of them the other night, especially my performances. It looked good; actually, they were really good.  I’m always kind of surprised like, “Wow! The dances … the singing … the production!”  I always feel like there should be more people at the Nurses’ Ball.  Shouldn’t there be more people in the seats? (Laughs)  But other than that, good stuff, good story.  It was fun to see the beginning of Ned and Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) as well, you know that first year where she and Sonny were just breaking up on the red carpet at the ball, and the next year, Ned and Olivia are already together.  This week they aired where I sing with sweet little Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma), the Elton John and Kiki Dee duet, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.”

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Do you have one favorite Nurses’ Ball number you performed of all-time?

WALLY:  You know, someone has been posting old Nurses’ Balls from the 90s, and I forgot that I sang “Forever Young” with Amber Tamblyn (Ex-Emily), and that was so sweet.  I also loved singing “Somewhere over the Rainbow,” in the very first one or the second year, we did it. Some of my other favorites include: “I Feel Good,” with the Quartermaine boys, and Robert Palmer’s “Simply Irresistible” – that was fun because I got to put my own vocal stamp on it, and I remember performing George Michael’s “Faith.  It was fun singing that with Lisa.

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So, we know that this year will be a virtual Daytime Emmy ceremony, and we don’t know what that will look like yet.  So, how would you dress for it, if they had a shot of you from home during the broadcast on CBS?

WALLY:  I definitely am going to wear a suit and a tie.  I think that’s important to try to give the Emmys the dignity that it deserves.

So, thrilled that Wally received a Daytime Emmy nod for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series? What were your favorite moments of his last year? Are you enjoying seeing his performances on the encore GH Nurses’ Ball episodes? Comment below.

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DAYS Susan Seaforth Hayes Talks On Her Daytime Emmy Nomination For Julie and Doug’s Emotional Storyline

When you think Days of our Lives, what would it be without the legendary Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie) and her real-life and on-screen husband, Bill Hayes (Doug Williams)?

This past Emmy season, the beloved duo got a chance to shine, when they were put through a ‘heartbreaking’ predicament – Julie’s heart gives out, she is in need of a transplant, and things take a turn for the worse.

What would life be like for Doug without his Julie? How would she say goodbye to him? Fans clearly felt the sentiments overflowing from this real-life duo capturing the essence of their characters in such a raw and realistic way. So much so, that Susan landed a Daytime Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Supporting Actress category for her work.

Already a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient along with her husband, Bill back in 2018, will Susan finally get an award for her acting for her decades of beautiful work on the long-running NBC soap opera? Fans will need to tune-in to CBS on Friday, June 26th to find out with the virtual presentation of the 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards.  But for now, here is our conversation with Susan.

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Congratulations on your Supporting Actress nomination.  You have been racking up a lot of these recently, having been nominated in the same category two years ago, and also receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award along with your husband, Bill Hayes at the 45th annual Daytime Emmys in 2018.

SUSAN:  It’s really nice to be nominated, because I’ve had a few gap years.  I’ve had, what? 25 gap years between the recent nominations.

What scenes did you ultimately chose that landed you the nomination?

SUSAN:  I submitted when Julie dies.  I submitted the farewell montage scenes with Bill Hayes, and they were very moving to us… and we’ll see.  I did not submit anything snappy, or bitchy, or hysterical.  I’ve lost against hysterical every time.  Comedy has never worked.  So, I am going to try the heart and soul of soup opera: not bitchiness, but loss.

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Can I ask how you got through those scenes with Bill, because it was so touching?  I don’t know how you did it.

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SUSAN:  It was very difficult.  I mean, these are the things that make us so connected to the characters and the show.  This is a place where we can show the public what love means to us, which is everything.

They were beautiful scenes.  Do you remember when you did them, if you felt good about them at the time?

SUSAN:  No… no.  I didn’t know.  Everyone on the set seemed happy.  We are blessed to have feedback from out producers now, and they didn’t say, “I think you can do it better,” and, “Another take,” not that we would have anyway, because there is never time to do another take.

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How did you find out that you were nominated? 

SUSAN:  One of the producers, Randy Dugan called me, or I wouldn’t have found out for a couple of days,

What are your thoughts on this being a virtual Daytime Emmys ceremony because of COVID-19?  We don’t know anything about will play out yet or what that will look like, but it is back on network TV.

SUSAN:  It’s going to be a wonderful surprise.

So, if they have the shot of the nominees, do you think you’d be dressed in comfortable clothes or more formal?

SUSAN:  Well, I’d certainly wear my best earrings if I were at home, yeah.  If my grandson can arrange us to get on the internet (we have a grandson living on our property, and he’s our live-in techy), we will get dressed up, and sit there, if that’s the way to do it.

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DAYS did very well receiving 22 overall nominations and a lot of your co-stars got nomination as well.

SUSAN:  Yes, an excellent year for nominations for our show.

How many times have you been nominated now? 

SUSAN:  This makes six.

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Would it mean a lot to you to get the award?

SUSAN:  The Lifetime Achievement meant a lot.  It wouldn’t be bad to win this year.  I’ll say that.  It would be sweet for the show, since I am now the oldest living cast member of the original family – the original, original.  I’m not the original Julie, but close enough.  So, I think that would be some validation for the longevity of this original storytelling.  People look at the show and say, “Are you part of the DiMera family or the Brady family?”  I say, “I’m part of the Horton family!”

What did your husband Bill say when he found out you were nominated?

SUSAN:  (Yells) Billy, what did you say when you found out I was nominated?

BILL:  Yay!!!

SUSAN:  That’s about right. (Laughs)

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What a guy!

SUSAN:  I know!  What a guy, what a guy, what a guy!

I was really happy to see your name among the other well-deserving nominees.

SUSAN:  I know you are because I know you care.  Who knows what will happen? It isn’t going to ruin our lives you know, one way or another.  But it was very nice to receive this acknowledgment from my peers.

So, are you glad Susan received a nomination for her work in her emotional storyline? Do you think she should finally receive the Emmy for her performances? Comment below.

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