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RATINGS: Big Week For Days of our Lives!

Courtesy/NBC

The latest ratings are out for the week of January 15-19 and it was Days of our Lives which showed the most gains in total viewers, as many of the DiMera clan threatened to kill Andre (Thaao Penghlis), and then he was actually murdered, thus beginning a new whodunit on DAYS!

Days of our Lives added the most total viewers for the week with + 52,000, and now for the first time in a long time the 52-year-old daytime drama has over 2.5 million weekly viewers up + 238,000 from last year at this time. In addition, DAYS was the only soap to gain viewers in the key womens 18-34 demo.  Since Ron Carlivati took over the head writing gig at DAYS, this week’s ratings mark a total viewer and total household high during his tenure.

The only other soap to gain viewers for the week was The Young and the Restless adding + 30,000 total viewers.  Y&R was down in key demos, but stayed on par in women 18-34.  Its sister soap, The Bold and the Beautiful was down slightly for the week in total viewers, but showed gains in the 18-49 and 25-54 demos.

Finally, General Hospital was the daytime drama which lost the most viewers for the ratings period down -83,000. The ABC soap was also down in all key demos.  To check out the entire ratings picture via SON click here.

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,840,000 (+30,000/+177,000)
2. B&B 3,912,000 (-23,000/+44,000)
3. GH 2,732,000 (-83,000/-32,000)
4. DAYS 2,531,000 (+52,000/+238,000)

So, which soap is telling the most intriguing stories these days?  Which is not? Which soap do you think deserves to be the top-rated of them all?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Patricia L Nolan-Hall
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Patricia L Nolan-Hall

If GH is wondering what is wrong with their ratings, they need only look to the fans angry at the dismissal of Genie Francis in the middle of a story that had grabbed our imaginations. Of course, that is if they care about the program at all, and this isn’t part of a network plan to ditch the show.

Steve
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Steve

This ratings period is for the week just before Genie was demoted. The news hit the internet that Friday. Her final air date was Tuesday of the following week.

Patricia L Nolan-Hall
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Patricia L Nolan-Hall

There’s TV ratings time and real time. I still have the nagging feeling that the network is giving us the old ATWT/GL shuffle.

Gianni862
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Gianni862

Exactly …. ABC is run by money hungry power hungry individuals who care less about their viewers. It’s a pattern in prime time as well as daytime. Someone above replaced the behind the scenes folks at GH to finally put their last daytime drama in a coffin … Sounds crazy? Not at all! Evidence and history prove it

MICHELLE
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MICHELLE

AMEN… these idiots still believe the audience is stupid!

Rodd
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Rodd

True that, Patricia!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Correct, Patricia! I haven’t watched GH since the last day Genie was on–and don’t plan to.
I have viewed GH since the day it began–with Angie and her “burn” story.
No more without Genie. No more ignominy for Genie: no more for me.
Genie has endured so much bad treatment and indignity at the hands of GH. And, I might add, so have the fans. Enough is enough.

su0000
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su0000

Hi Nancy..
You not watching does Not affect the ratings.
If you are not of a Neilsen household you are not counted..

Anyone not watching because of Genie leaving is simply doing absolutely doing nothing that would affect the ratings.

It is the Ratings the network look at, not taking notice of someone not watching because of Genie..
You are not counted, you are an estimate of 0.1 %

gianni862
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gianni862

But for everyone of us that stops watching because of how they handle the Show is a reflection of others as well…………AND Some of us ARE counted in various ratings systems….as well as Neilsen ratings… History proves that when people are vocal about these things there are others who feel the same way but are not as outspoken… IN the end….the network has decided to end their daytime drama run…. GH will be off the air by 2019

Katiek
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Katiek

Y&R & B&B is shown on Pop tv in the
Evening. Do these ratings count
Towards their overall ratings?

James
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James

They don’t account for the over-all ratings they get daily as they’re considered encore runs.

But if they keep meeting the ratings threshold set by Pop TV then that would justify keeping the two shows on its schedule for a very long time.

Jenn
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Jenn

The initial excitement over Steve’s return has worn off I see…

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I’ve only been watching DOOL for a few months and it hooked my from the start. My pet peeve? Steve calling Kayla “baby” after every sentence; with an occasional “sweetness” thrown in for variety. Drives me nuts! Personally, I like the term “baby” but not every sentence; reminds me of the rebooted online version of OLTL when the F word was thrown in every other sentence. Again, not against the word…but did the writers ever hear of overkill? GH. I’m still loving it; not sure why the ratings have dipped. It may have SOMEthing to do with Genie Francis..but then… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Rebecca 1. I so agree about, Steve and his baby and sweetness, and his all over gushiness over his wife. Also would like to see them do something about his vagrant appearance. Maybe a haircut and shave would help.
As far as GH, I am also still loving it, and who does it really help, to give up something you love? Genie is fine, also loved her on Y&R as Cain’s mom, but are they obligated to keep any actor on, that they feel they can’t use at any given time?

Celia
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Celia

“Sweetness” is their thing….long-time watchers would be put-off and surprised if Steve did not call Kayla any of those endearment, Violet….especially, “sweetness”…. soo used to hearing it…music to my ears.
Go Steve
Go Kayla
Go Sweetness
Go Days!!

Shay
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Shay

You’re so right, CeeCee….I haven’t watched DOOL for decades, but I still recall Steve’s (aka, Patch’s”) nickname for Kayla just as surely as Bo’s reference to Hope as “Fancy Face!” It’s the attention to such little details as those that show deference to a soap’s past and links them to the present…too bad GH doesn’t show the same respect for its longtime characters!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Hi Rebecca1,
Why do you think the 18-49 demo has dipped? Story lines too convoluted, violent, and unbelievable? Too much mob?

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

I don’t think GH is violent, Nancy. I, like Su, think they talk a lot about it ie Sonny, Valentin, Julian, etc but not much is shown. Yes, we have the occasional shooting and/or murder but it’s not graphic/gory and not anywhere near a primetime crime show which usually garners high ratings. As for being unbelievable…when was GH ever known for being based in reality? Casey the Alien, the Ice Princess, Freezing the World, etc, etc… Maybe some of the others left when Nathan was killed off or they heard he would be. Don’t know. But, there’ll be an upswing… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Love Steve and “Sweetness.” Always have, always will.

damien
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damien

because you are a new viewer Rebecca1 thats why Steves vocabulary is bothering you
its so natural for longtime viewers because hes always shown this type of affection for her. its why the couples endured so long. they seem like a couple who are completely in love. steve and kayla rule. intime you will feel the same.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Hi damien… As I said it’s not the affection or the word “baby” that bothers me; it’s his saying it at the end of every sentence to her! LOL: “I’m starving, baby.” Want a sandwich, baby? Are you hungry, too, baby? I love cold pizza, baby. Want a slice, baby? Does my calling you baby after every sentence bother you, baby?” LOL… Ahhhhhhh!!!!!!! I like the characters and their relationship. I also love both actors; loved them as Stefan and Catherine on GH. But, “baby” after every single sentence just grates on my nerves. As did the “F” word on… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Hi everyone. Just jumping in here, for lack of a better place. My comment is not directed to any one person, but let it be duly noted, I have been chastised for my comment about Steve’s ” sweet” little pet names for Kayla. I love all these characters as much as anyone, and have probably watched this show, among others, longer than some of you have been alive. Sometimes, it just gets a little much, and while I’am at it, I will also say that Fancy Face annoyed me too, at times. So, kindly give an old lady a break.… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Dear Violet…

You are nothing if not an extremely sweet poster! You don’t have to apologize for anything…if the overuse of the word gets on your nerves as it does mine then it does! (And I think we’re right! 😉 Overkill !!!!!!!

🙂

Alan
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Alan

I think the ratings are a reflection of the lack of variety in the show’s storytelling. If you don’t like Sonny, Carly, Jason, Sam, or Drew there isn’t much for you to watch. Good soap opera storytelling has one story beginning while another story builds and yet another climaxes — the popular thought being that if you don’t like one plot you’re probably invested in one or two of the others. GH just plods along focused on the same five characters who never grow or learn. DAYS seems to be reaping the rewards of employing varied storytelling and not playing… Read more »

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

I don’t necessarily think there’s too much mob or Jason; it’s the Carly hour I can’t take. She (I think more than Sonny) is in almost everything and I just can’t stand her. From her horrific treatment of AJ to Robin, Elizabeth, Sam, Franco, the list goes on and on (though they’ve had her come around to the three females who she felt took “her” Jason from her…to the fact she stole Michael, has in a sense stolen Ava’s baby and acts like Avery’s mother…ugh…her character alone is just reprehensible to me. When she furnished Jason’s apt I cringed. Loved… Read more »

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Oh…and by diversified I don’t mean better…just that they actually do have quite a few stories juggling at the same time so if you don’t like one you can tune in for the others… I must admit, though, I took to Days immediately. Have a lot of catching up to do with who’s related to who but it’s all starting to connect. And, this will probably be because I’m a “newbie” but not sure about that dual role for Deidre Hall; her jailbird character was a tad too parody; reminded me of Nicki Smith on OLTL. Props to Ms. Hall… Read more »

Phil
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Phil

Days is by far the best soap on the air right now!

blake
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blake

Amen!

Celia
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Celia

You bet…..

Shay
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Shay

Now if only the DOOL threads could be, too….so much for Salem being the place to escape, CeeCeeGirl!!!!

Celia
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Celia

@Shay. Hey, there, Hmmmm. ….you noticed? I loooove DOOL and I looove Y&R with a passion….been watching since forever….if I need backstories or character reference, I have a private encyclopedia; my grandmother…..who, by the way, called Sonny libidinous, the other day…HaHa… Having minored in linguistics—-specifically French and Italian ( English goes without saying), I am well-equipped for the challenge. No deterrent for me…..after a while, people will take “whatever” at face value. To me, Shay? DOOL is so many steps above GH, albeit I am enjoying a few storylines …..love what’s to come with the scheming Nelle,, Valentin and his… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

One would have to be blind as a bat not to notice, CeeCeeGirl! But I hear ya!……Your gran is quite the treasure trove of information, not to mention very gifted in her powers of observation ….”libidinous?” That’s putting it mildly!…(Oh, by the way….the latest season of “Shetland” has just commenced, so I am again entranced by the beautiful tranqulity of the Scottish landscapes and the baffling mysteries at hand…..is she watching it, too????) Having said that, I give both DOOL and Y&R great credit for remaining much more faithful to their legacy characters and soap histories than GH has in… Read more »

Barbie
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Barbie

I’ve lost respect for GH with the horrible rewrites and actor shuffling just to accommodate the return of Steve Burton. The show unfortunately chose to put all their eggs into 1 basket and it shows in the lack of creative storylines for the rest of the cast. If the show continues to focus on the 3 most annoying characters -Sonny, Jason, Carly-and glorify their negative behaviors, viewers will continue to tune out.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

What you said, Barbie! 🙂

Nitefly
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Nitefly

I haven’t seen GH since Laura’s (Genie Francis) last appearance. When she is back, I am back.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Metoo! 🙂

Jimh
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Jimh

Well…too much Sonny is a bad thing…they can write for Sonny for over 20 years but cant write a simple Mayoral race for Genie…Jason may as well change his name to Corinthos just like traitor Micheal…Nelle pretends to sleep with Sonny ect and Micheal is so angry about that but can give a pass to Sonny who murdered his real father AJ!…sick of Mama Bear Carly and her three little bears Sonny, Micheal and Jason who she treats like children…Jason is a grown man who can make his own choices…proof is in the ratings-bring back Genie full time and stop… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Thank you for making these points, Jimh! Well said!

Jimh
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Jimh

Thanks…i might not always reply but i do enjoy reading your posts !!!

Celia
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Celia

You go, Jimmy!!!!
Confounding how and why Sonny (and gang) is venerated. I don’t get it !!!! Not sympathetic and not simpatico.
The biggest difference between Sonny and all the other baddies on my soaps ( Stefano, Victor K, Victor N, Vivian etc.) is that they do not pretend to be sainted.

Jimh
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Jimh

I did stop watching but did tune in to see Max Gail even if it did involve Sonny…i did like Rita but she seems too good to be true-wouldnt mind her staying-wish she was related to Nelle…Sonny and Carly would flip…will watch full time if Genie returns full time!!!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Thank you, Jimh! I always enjoy reading your posts as well! Take care, Friend.

Celia
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Celia

The main plotline will be Sonny and Carly….with Nelle doing every nasty rhing under the sun to disrupt their halcyon days, ugh….I can’t help but root-root for her, Jimmy.
this soap is becoming too transparent…..Peter will be a major character…..not too thrilled about that.

Timmm
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Timmm

Peter does have some slight resemblance to Nathan. I watched him lean towards Nathan’s casket and I could see them being brothers. I just hope he is not Anna’s son. Valentin says Anna had a girl. Is it a smoke screen? Probably. But then again, Griffin is so feminine, I could see him being Anna’s daughter! And Frisco, why couldnt he be there for Maxie? Maybe he was unavailable? Maybe he is through with daytime? I dont know. I hope some day he returns full time and unseats that moron Jordan and becomes Police Commissioner!

Celia
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Celia

PS.
Are you still watching Y&R, Jimmy? Wouldn’t it be great if Genie came back as Genevieve? I loved her ‘association’ with Victor…..she truly had that elusive savoir-faire when dealing with him….always even-toned but to the point.
The only dissent is being Cane’s mother…he doesn’t deserve her. LOL. He doesn’t deserve anyone…
Colin should return with Jill, as well…..imagine what a tumultuous triangle that would make…..!

Celia
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Celia

Hey, Jimmy,
I like Max….but, I can’t help thinking of Kinda-sorta-little-off-kilter Det, “Wojo”—-I can’t seem to take him too seriously, as Sonny’s father. LOL.
Barney Miller was my dad’s favorite sitcom, back in the day…..he still watches repeats. …Oh, and Kojak ( sp?).

Shay
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Shay

Happy Valentine’s Day, Jimh!!!! Hope you are well……

Rick
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Rick

Why are rating levels even news anymore? It’s always the same order.:YR,BB, GH, DOOL. Ok, so GH and DOOL may flip flop on who’s up or down (in some demo) when the ratings are announced, but really the networks are going to do what they want to do regardless of viewer input. The actors and all involved work hard to put on a daily program, some s/ls fail while others ‘take off” but basically we all want the last 4 remaining network soaps to remain on the air. Feedback from the network would be useful to better understand what they… Read more »

Lucy D
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Lucy D

These are BEFORE the Genie boycott. The ratings are down because whoever is in charge thinks viewers want more Sonny, when they clearly don’t. If there’s anything other than outrage at how Genie was treated that her firing revealed it’s that viewers are SICK of Sonny. The social reaction on Twitter has not been kind. Ratings are headed down cause they took a great potential triangle and made a mess of it. There’s no passion on any side. It’s just really boring–the whole story is told and acted in monotones The rewriting of Anna’s history is a travesty. Days (and… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

Hi Lucy D ..
You can boycott all you want but it makes absolutely no difference in the rating numbers.
Only, only the Neilsen households are counted in the ratings.
If you are not of the Nielsen rating families then your boycotting is not noticed in the rating numbers…
You are less than a 1% estimate of what the Neilsen families watch 🙁

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

This is a reply to your reply to my not watching. I didn’t say anything about Neilsens. I was simply speaking about the ignominy and how long I had watched–from the very first episode of GH. and the fact that I had not watched since Genie’s last scenes and that enough is enough.
Ratings, smatings. 🙂 : ) 🙂
It’s feelings I’m talking about!!!!!!!

Lucy D
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Lucy D

I didn’t say I was boycotting. I said before THE boycott.
I’m aware of how the ratings work.

I’m also aware TIIC check social media & the comment line. So I’ve voiced my opinion there

blake
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blake

Su0000 live watching and watching DVR within 48 are counted with ratings.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Lucy, you say it well.

Lucy D
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Lucy D

Thanks Nancy

blake
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blake

Glad you are watching Days now Lucy, it really is the best soap again since Ron C. started writing last summer.

Lucy D
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Lucy D

It really is. I can’t wait to watch every day. It’s got it all!

Celia
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Celia

Happy watching, Lucy R.

Lucy D
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Lucy D

Thanks Celia. I haven’t totally given up on GH yet, but there’s not a lot for me to enjoy. Days entertains me every day

Celia
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Celia

@Shay.
Hey, Shay,
We are on the same wavelength, as most long-time watchers. ‘Sweetness’ is Steve’s and Kayla’s trademark….as is, ‘baby’. It’s what separates this couple from all the rest…little, nuances all their own. Without the ‘sweetness’, there would be no Steve and Kayla.
When Steve was ‘away’ for an interminate amount of time, I missed not only him, but also, the sweetness, HaHa.

Pgw
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Pgw

I agree with Barbie on several things .The show has made some decisions that has lost viewers..fans .It is not the Sonny,SB,Carly show. Bring back Genie/Laura ,and Nikolas character since I am sure Tyler will not be leaving Days,but Nick Stabile was quite good .Stop with all the new people qwhen

su0000
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su0000

GH is circling the drain because the writers are turning GH into something that is Not GH. GH once wore the crown of ” not a traditional” soap. It had what no other soap had.. the mob, the villains, the grey characters the intriguing families as the bad and the good Cassidines. GH was Adventure, Suspense, intrigue, mysteries, thrills, high drama, and yes intense love stories. GH has lost its’ soul, it has lost its’ way. The writers need to dust off the scripts from the 80-90’s and bring back the glory days GH with a 21st-century spin. Every single… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

What I said, su0000! NOW, you’re talking.

IRENE M ADAMS
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IRENE M ADAMS

Only watch Days. Good show. Great character development. Someone knows how to plan.

blake
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blake

Yes, Days is the best soap on.

Celia
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Celia

So many new Days viewers, blake….blows the mind….

blake
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blake

Great news for Days, and well deserved!

Alan
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Alan

DAYS is the show to beat right now. Romance, mystery, humor, family — the show is delivering everything a soap should be right now. B&B is a total miss for me with its tired recycling of the same old couples/plots/formula. GH is a mess with Laura’s absence, Anna’s retconned Faison baby, the boring Jason/Sam/Drew triangle, and the show’s continued insistence on making Sonny be a part of everything. Y&R is almost completely unwatchable at this point with its lack of stories or direction. Each episode just feels like a collection of scenes about people who kind of resemble characters we… Read more »

Mo
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Mo

I don’t like what Y&R is doing to Chelsea either. I think it would have been better for Adam to return and Chelsea and Connor go away with him.

Celia
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Celia

Yes, Mo. why is Chelsea being written out this way?….I am not into the character ( since Adam left), but, if she goes out in shame, there will be no doors open. I want Adam back….. I want Chelsea back….as recasts, if all else fails.
I t seems that SuperVictor saved the day….Chelsea is safe for now. Lauren bought it, but Phyllis is not convinced. I guess it takes one to know one.
If Adam is alive, then he and Chelsea must find another way to get into the proverbial getaway-car.

MICHELLE
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MICHELLE

Well…no sympathy here! If you didn’t get rid of Genie Francis just as “Laura” was to get a bonafide story of her own, the ratings wouldn’t have hit the skids! Bad move GH and a VERY STUPID ONE! Of course, ABC IS the network that did get rid of All My Children and One Life To Live, so this is no surprise! I guess TPTB are trying to get General Hospital canceled also!! UGH!! UGH!! UGH!!

Timmm
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Timmm

GH’s ratings are down because of the nails on the chalkboard characters and stories of Nelle, Griffin, Franco, Alexis, Amy, Jordan, Lulu, Peter and goofy Mike, not because of Genie! Let it go!

Celia
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Celia

I agree with most of your list, my Timmmy ( still luv-ya, LOL)—except for Nelle and Griffin.
Nelle is fun to watch—she is such an entertaining chameleon…. those luminous eyes can fill with so much evil one moment, and with a torrent of tears, the next.
Besides, she is sticking it to Carly….and Sonny….and hopefully, wah-wah-I-want-mommy-Michael. Be still mine heart ! I seek….no, demand satisfaction. LOL.
Griffin? Well, my handsome, Cyber-friend, T—-he’s just too hot to let go. He is, actually, the only absolutely drop-dead-gorgeous guy left on this show!

Timmm
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Timmm

I luv you to my little cyber Valentine! Nelle, okay, I’ll give you that, she lights up Carly! Griffin, he is just too pretty! Just not manly enough! Handsome, yes. I guess his main problem is he hasnt found his way on the show. Him and Liz would have been good together. Speaking of couples, I am thinking Michael and Kiki might be ready for a second go? Nelle would hit the roof!

Celia
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Celia

Thank you, my T……Happy Valentine’s Day….
….now, you better make sure you take your better half to an elegant restaurant ….’festoon’ her with heart-shaped bonbons and red roses….no Burger King, tomorrow night, you hear?
Yes…. I got the same vibe from Michael and Kiki. Poor Kiki….I sooo liked her with Dillon. ….terrible move by TPTB.
Michael is too gloomy for me and whether he feels he is his own man, he is completely and subconsciously under his mother’s influence. That virago could drive the most sane person batty.
Griffin! Sigh! Hunky-dory! Shhh….don’t tell Jude. LOL.

Shay
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Shay

Hello, Timmmbo! I have to agree with “Double C””” on this one…Nelle and Griffin should stay. However, I’ll add Nina to your must-go list, which will not please her…LOL. Hey, we all have our own favorites…and bete noires!

Celia
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Celia

Nooooo….it does not please me!!!! Nina MUST stay!!!! LOL.
HVD, Shay…ma belle amie.

Timmm
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Timmm

Shayster, Michelle needs to return to Y&R and Devon needs to apply at Applebees!

Shay
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Shay

From your lips to the “SoapGod’s” ears, Timmm….I totally agree! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Timmm
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Timmm

Happy V Day to you to my little feline friend!

Mo
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Mo

Yay for Days!

Timmm
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Timmm

Oh, and by the way, everyone who hated all Victor’s screen time wish, which by the way has diminished, look what you get now “The Devon Hour!” Enjoy!

Mo
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Mo

I’m still confused as to why Hilary sold GC Buzz.

Celia
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Celia

Hmmmm, Mo…..thanks for bringing that up. I am at a loss, here. I’m sure there is a reason….If there is, I forgot.
I seem to remember someone wanting to buy it and if so, Mariah and others would lose their jobs? So, Devon stepped in?….not sure, though.

Celia
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Celia

I know….I’ll take despicable Victor anytime.
However, T….I doubt the viewers had anything to do with Victor’s ‘s peek-a-boo appearances.
Perhaps, he would rather spend time with his family in these; his later years of life.
Devon is a joke….and, propping him up as the billionaire philanthropist and dashing week-end-Don Juan-about-town-and-universe, makes him look even more foolish. He does not cut the impressive figure of the tycoon he is purported to portray.

Timmm
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Timmm

Victor woll never retire but yeah, maybe he is slowing down on purpose. I think they are gearing up for a big story that involves him, this Spring. Could be Adam, Chloe and Kevin involved?

Devon sucks! Kay gave him 2 BILLION dollars and he did nothing to deserve it! EVERY scene he is in he weakens the scene because he sucks!

K/kay
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K/kay

I think that Devon is getting a lot of air time and story that probably would have gone to the character of Neil but since KSJ is still of the show just a guess.

Lucy D
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Lucy D

no you’re correct. They said that somewhere, that Devon is getting scenes originally intended for Neil. So I’m cutting them some slack there

Timmm
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Timmm

Kay, that is a good theory.

Celia
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Celia

Very good guess, Kay….as always. My issue is the way Devon is written…..no substance; no lure. All about Tessa and her insipid music….no storyline……cannot be a sub for Neil. But, I get it…..just give core and meat to Devn’s persona. Neil is a sight for sore eyes, with the added fringe benefit of talent. I suggest TPTB put Devon and Hilary in bed and make a baby…. For Mishael and the showrunners ‘puttng’ this pregnancy ‘thing’, constantly, center stage, suggests she is already pregnant, in real life. Maybe?? I, at least, think that Devon and Hilary will end up together,… Read more »

Jeffrey P Bailey
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Jeffrey P Bailey

Days still is not as good as GH. There are still sparks of brilliance at GH and when Ron was there it was even better. There was a synergy with him and all the writers. Thatis why GH just won a Writers’ Guild Award. I hate all the stories for the most part on Days right now. I did like the Bonnie/T-BOZ and that doppelganer thing though.

Patrick
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Patrick

SONY – NBC – Days of OUR Lives… The Queen has arrived

pass the torch and let the reign begin

From one Brady sister to another… Sami Brady to Carrie Brady.

Christie Clark is flabbergasting… just ALL – out – their PRESENT knowing ALIVE and dang she’s never been HOTTER

R – A – F – E your lover is back.

we need this fierce lady

she’s the absolute beacon and our sands through the hourglass.

Trumpster Fire
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Trumpster Fire

These ratings are a shadow of what the soaps once possessed. Interestingly, only B&B never “struggled.” Even Y&R took a nosedive in the late 70’s. But kind of cool to see how GH and DAYS have gone back and forth like yo-yo’s

Lia
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Lia

Okay, let’s be real here. The ratings increased because the GH fans who miss Tyler like crazy came over to watch him on Days. It has nothing to do with Carlivati poor writing because the Whodunit isn’t that great. Keep it, real people. Tyler increased those ratings not story.

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DAYS Alison Sweeney on Working with Bryan Dattilo: “28 Years Later, Some Things Never Change. Still Laughing Between Takes and Grateful to Have Such a Talented Supportive Co-Star”

This week, Days of our Lives viewers have witnessed that Sami Brady DiMera (Alison Sweeney) and Lucas Horton (Bryan Dattilo) hit the sheets, and Lumi fans everywhere rejoiced!

On and off, for almost three decades. Alison Sweeney and Bryan Dattilo have played the relationship between these two exes who share children together to the hilt, because Sami and Lucas’ history is well … complicated.

But, what will happen if and when EJ finds out that Sami had sex with her ex? Stay tuned.

In the meantime, Alison took to her Instagram and shared her thoughts alongside photos of her and Bryan, then and now.

Over the years, Bryan had remained one of Alison’s good friends.

Sweeney expressed: “I have always had such fun working with @bryan.dattilo !! 28 years later, some things never change. Still laughing between takes and grateful to have such a talented, supportive costar. Thanks @nbc for this great archive photo! And so grateful to @nbcdays for the incredible opportunity to play Sami.”

What did you think of the scenes where Sami and Lucas slept together and its aftermath thus far? Comment below.

 

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Kevin Spirtas Talks ‘After Forever’s’ Digital Special ‘Riley’s Unforgettable School Project’, The Loss of Michael Slade, and a Chance to Reprise DAYS Craig Wesley

The coronavirus pandemic has put to the test many content creators on just how they would keep their projects moving forward in ways they never dreamed of. However, out of that situation has come some of the most compelling, unique series, specials, and features currently streaming for viewers. One of which is Riley’s Unforgettable School Project, brought to you by the team from the six-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning series, After Forever.

Former Days of our Lives star, Kevin Spirtas (Ex-Craig Wesley) has starred in and created the first two seasons of what has become the most honored Emmy-awarded LGBTQ-themed drama series on any platform.  Along with his ‘After Forever’ writing/producing partner, the late Michael Slade (DAYS, OLTL, Passions, Another World), the two also conceptualized and delivered this latest documentary-style offering now on Amazon Prime Video.

What makes Riley’s Unforgettable School Project so noteworthy is not just how they were able to execute the series based on fictional 11-year-old Riley’s virtual school project and utilize its cast, which includes: Spirtas, Cady Huffman, Jamison Stern, Lenny Wolpe, Erin Cherry, Anita Gillette, Christopher J. Hanke, and Finn Douglas, but that it was made while Slade was succumbing to his battle with cancer, and that this special marks the final script from this talented writer.

 

Michael Fairman TV spoke with Spirtas about making the special during Covid-19, how the death of Michael Slade has made a lasting impact on his life, what After Forever has personally meant to him, and how an official third season is still in the works, and … if he would consider a return to Salem and Days of our Lives, should they come a-calling.  Here’s what Kevin had to say about it all.

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I think the entire story of this digital special has become even more meaningful with Michael Slade’s passing. What was the genesis of the concept? You wanted to continue the telling of the story of After Forever … but we are all in the middle of a pandemic?

KEVIN:  Yes and… when we filmed season 2, we had the scripts for season 3 already completed. It was our hope and desire to film them at the same time, back-to-back, so that we would have had all of our cast and crew together, and we could have gotten through it because we’ve always imagined this story being told in a trilogy so to speak – a beginning, middle, and end to Brian (Spirtas) and Jason, (Mitchell Anderson) and Brian’s healing or his steps towards healing through grief.  Schedules turned out that they couldn’t really work out for us to hold all the people and hold all of the sets for that amount of time.  So, we thought, “We’ve got the scripts for season 3 ready.  We’ll come back to it in the following year,” and that was always the intention, and then the pandemic hit.  So, it was shut down immediately that we weren’t going to do anything, but we wanted to stay current, and instead of going back in and telling the third installment of After Forever as a Covid-19 story as well, Michael and I sat down and looked at a way of staying relevant and current with a story within COVID, and there was born the idea to do this documentary style story/special about the characters of After Forever told through the lens of the character of Riley, the 11-year-old boy, who is now being homeschooled during the pandemic. He gets an assignment to do a project about the most unforgettable person he has ever met, and he, of course, chooses his best friend, the late Jason Adams, and he enlists all of Jason’s friends and family to join in.  Michael actually said, “What if we tell a story about Riley being homeschooled?” And, not only is Riley a technical genius at 11-years-old in the story, but Finn Douglas, who plays Riley, is a technical genius.

And didn’t Finn perform and write the song “Forever There” contained within the special?

KEVIN. Yes. He is this incredible musician.  Michael thought, “What would it be like if we asked to have the character of Finn sing a song for Jason?”  I said, “Well, what kind of song would we have him sing?”  Finn could play anything, I’m sure, because he’s self-taught, he plays by ear – guitar, piano, and drums.  Michael said, “What if we ask him to see if he could write a song?” and when we heard this song, we all called each other and we all got on Zoom and went, “Can you believe this song?  Can you believe this came out of this 11-year-old?”  It’s pretty incredible.  Michael did a gorgeous job of weaving the stories in and out and how they just sort of dove-tailed into each other, and then it was framed by Riley opening the project and ending the project.  During the Zoom reading we wanted to hear the song out loud.  We said to Finn, “Would you want to sing the song?”  We all just watched everybody on that Zoom call just fall apart.  It was just so beautiful. He’s an amazing talent.

Where is your character within this?

KEVIN:  I still stand in the center of the story of Jason because my character, Brian, was married to Jason, and it sort of connects us all, and through Riley’s understanding of how we all connect to Jason, is how we are all sort of spread out throughout the story.  Michael jokingly said, “You know, you’re not going to be the star of this special,” and I said, “I don’t think it’s about being the star.  It’s really about the storytelling.”  The beauty of Riley’s Unforgettable School Project is that we get to see moments of each person’s relationship with Jason, which Riley sets out to say, “Answer these three questions: What did you like most about Jason?  What did you like least about Jason? And what’s your favorite memory?”  Those three things, cut back and forth is where we all kind of fit in.  Nobody has more of a story than the next person, and it’s all telling honest portrayals of how they’re dealing with their loss of their good friend, or their child, or partner.

It’s a very inventive idea during Covid-19 to continue it in a way where you weren’t having to go shoot a full season of episodes.

KEVIN:  Well, we couldn’t. I have to say, Allison Vanore, who not only produced this special, but she also stepped up saying, “I’d love to direct this,” and I said, “Yes, please!”  She knows the characters.  She understands the story because she’s been a part of it for the last two seasons.  Allison also has this extraordinary amount of knowledge and expertise with the camera and what was needed for a remote shoot, and to also be able to organize filming 13 people in 2 different countries and 5 different cities… that’s just the technical side of it, but having that in our back pocket, knowing that it was a remote shoot, we had to send the camera, the computer, the ring light, and the microphone to each person’s house.  We had to location scout over Zoom.  We had to do wardrobe over Zoom.  It was all this big puzzle putting it together, and once you look at that board of storytelling and how we were going to do it, it kind of fell into place.  I feel blessed that a) we still had Michael with us, at that point, and b) Allison had the know-how to do this.  We all feel that at least this pandemic didn’t keep us from doing what we love.

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In terms of the contribution of Michael Slade in this special, was it the construction of the story, and how was he able to work and write this during his illness?

KEVIN:  Michael’s contribution to the special was no less than the contribution to season 1 and season 2, and the future of season 3, because the scripts are written.  We did everything on Zoom, and we worked around his schedule of treatment.  We scheduled 2 people per day, and we spread them out over two weeks.  He was very present, and when there would be a day where he would say, “I’m going to be an hour late, let’s just push that call time,” I would ask, “Is this too much right now?  We can shelve it; we can stop it.” He’d then say, “Absolutely not, otherwise cancer will win.”  He was determined to stay focused and to stay active because it took his mind off of what was happening to him.

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It would be lovely moment if you both were to win a Daytime Emmy for this project. 

KEVIN:  It’s our last collaboration together as a team, as I said, season 3 has been scripted, and it is on the calendar to get made.  We are just waiting for the COVID restrictions to lift a little bit and everyone to get vaccinated.  Michael was really hit hard with cancer – to stay healthy was so challenging for him.  Sadly, he didn’t make it to see the final edit of the special, and he died four days before we launched, but he had seen the cuts before that and was very approving of it, and had made some decisions, and offered some suggestions, and if God gives him an Emmy for this, it’s not because he died.  It’s because it’s great work.  It just happens to be that the work that was involved in this particular special was very tricky.  It brought up everything, like life itself to have to deal with.  Here we are dealing with the loss of a colleague, the loss of a friend, someone’s brother, someone’s son, this is life imitating art, imitating art imitating life. I can’t tell you the darkness that I went through just experiencing the need to stay focused on getting everything edited, and everything ready, and everything aligned for a release of this project that we had put into motion.  On top of it, our editor lost his mother just before Michael passed, and Allison’s mom was sick at the time, as well.  It took a lot of heavy deep breaths with Michael’s death, and the pandemic, and the loss has, for me, on a personal level, sent me back to really questioning my spiritual muscle and to help remind me that we have to come out of this better than we went into this.  I had many dark nights of the soul this last year, and December was probably the darkest.  I feel like I’m just kind of coming out of it now with the spring revealing itself.

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It must have been extraordinarily difficult for you to also go to New York during a pandemic and also knowing Michael did not have much time left.

KEVIN:  I will say this: I am grateful that I was able to stay in touch with my heart and my instinct and go out to New York to let that be my remote location.  Yes, maybe there was some risk involved.  I wore my mask; I was Covid-19 negative, and I was determined to be fine.  Once I got to New York, I would visit him very protectively with our masks and our gloves, and I’d sit across the room, and then I’d go back to the house I was at.  It was a gift that I was able to see him at that time.  We had some good talks then about how he was feeling, and I think he was still being optimistic, and then once we got the project in the can there was maybe this psychic letting go. That’s when everything really started to reveal itself as this could be the end.  I did go back to see him when he was in hospice.  I think I was there the last two days that he really was able to really stay coherent.  He would close his eyes and be at peace and quiet for a minute, and he would finish a conversation and sort of close his eyes, not to sleep and not to go away, but I remember watching him going, “Look how peaceful he is,” and then he’d open his eyes and he’d remember that he is in this body that has been given a time limit of life, and he’s on his way out.  I’d watch the fear go back in his eyes.  At one point, he did say, “I’m so scared,” and I just held his hand, and I said, “I’m scared too.  Let’s be scared through this together.”  I don’t know how to navigate grief like that.  We are all going to be in a position at some point where we are going to be on the other side of the hand holding.  The wonderful thing is that we were able to have honest communication about our feelings.  I thanked him for everything that he has done for me and how he believed in my talent and creativity and our partnership.  I will always take that with me.  I waved my finger at him, and I said, “Listen.  Now, we wrote a series about a man talking to his deceased husband.  You’d better talk to me!”  So, we laughed about that.

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You’ve done a lot of things in your career from Broadway to television, and of course, daytime fans know you best as Dr. Craig Wesley on DAYS.  How does the entire After Forever project stack up to you within all that you have done?

KEVIN:  Former DAYS casting director Fran Bascom, sought me out and offered me this 2-day role on Days of Our Lives, and those 2 days turned into 8 years, and unbeknownst to me at the time, the final 3 months of that contract of those 8 years, Michael Slade was brought in to write.  We didn’t cross paths at that point, but years later, when we did cross paths in New York, and then After Forever was born, that was that universal crossing point.  I am most proud of the fact that we were able create something fresh, and real, and personal to ourselves that we didn’t have to cater to any “powers that be” that had their vision and their tinkering, that they thought that it could be better in this way or that way.  Then for After Forever to gain such recognition, within the film festivals, and the Emmys, and then, just after Michael died, we won the GLAAD award for Special Recognition this year.  We don’t even fit into one of their categories!  They found a way to acknowledge this project.  If another Emmy happens again, that might be another one to put up on the shelf for After Forever that would be beautiful, and I couldn’t have done it without Michael.

For the Daytime Emmys this year, what category have you entered Riley’s Unforgettable School Project?

KEVIN:  We are not a series this year, we are a daytime fiction special, and the “Daytime Fiction Special” category is a special class.  It’s anything that’s digital in the construct of less than 40 minutes.  NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) is being bombarded with so much content, they’re trying to find ways to put categories together.

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So, now, when we last saw Days of Lives’ Dr. Craig Wesley, where was he? (Laughs)

KEVIN: (Laughs) He was in a flash from the past or something in the DOOL app’s Last Blast Reunion series. I had a fun time working with Patrika Darbo (Nancy) and Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe), once again.

So, if they were to want Craig to come back to DAYS, would you be all for it?

KEVIN:  Hell yes!

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Now, what story would you want to be told involving Craig? 

KEVIN:  When Craig was first on the canvas in Salem, there was a lot of mustache twirling and a lot of hand wringing.  He was always plotting; most of the time with Nancy.  It was kind of this high drama, evil villain storyline being told, but when the writers created an opportunity for us to be on after those first three months by bringing on Chloe without a father, there was something real about it.  It may have been told under the construct of soap opera storytelling, but there was a reality-based story about, “You have a daughter, and we are just now finding out about it?”  Then, finding a cure to her health was another realistic story, and finding out that Craig was her real father.  Anything that’s reality based is what I’m getting to.  I would welcome any job that brings me back and gives me an opportunity to dive into something real.

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Would you welcome the opportunity to play a gay character on daytime; in a medium where there are very few represented in storylines?

KEVIN:  I’d have no problem with that.  Do you know anybody who is starting that?  Let’s do it!  (Laughs) First of all, there’s nothing to hide anymore.  There’s nothing to pretend you’re not anymore.  I would think that bringing in a storyline that deals with anything outside the norm that we are used to seeing would be interesting.  How many times can you retell a story?  How many times can you set the same story up with another couple?  So, why not be diverse and have a stylized story being told through the lens of a gay person.

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In closing, so many go through life without acknowledging people who had an impact them.  We don’t give pats on the back, often enough, and especially in Hollywood, where people can be very self-involved.  You have already paid tribute to Michael Slade in our discussion, but what gift from him is your personal takeaway?

KEVIN:  The gift that Michael really gave to me is to remember to be kind to myself and to others, and to acknowledge and salute the person who is in front of us, because we don’t know when we will have, or if we will have, another moment to do that.

Now below, check out the trailer for Riley’s Unforgettable School Project.  Then let us know, what do you think of its concept? Kevin’s thoughts on the passing of his collaborator on the project, Michael Slade? And, do you hope DAYS brings back Dr. Craig Wesley? Share your thoughts via the comment section.

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REPORT: Dan Feuerriegel is DAYS New EJ DiMera

Could Days of our Lives finally found their new EJ? Rumors have been circulating on the internet for weeks that the character of EJ DiMera may finally have a new face and a new actor portraying and heading back to Salem, especially since Sami (Alison Sweeney) is back on the canvas.

The role was previously played by longtime fan favorite James Scott, who had made it very clear he would never return to Days of our Lives.

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Now according to Daytime Confidential and their report from setside sources, the new EJ will actually be played by former Spartacus actor Dan Feuerriegel.

The Australian-born actor has been seen in Starz’ Spartacus franchise in the role of Agron.

According to the report, look for the new EJ to make his debut sometime this summer.

DAYS fans know that in story, EJ was brought back form the dead, from the serum from Dr. Rolf, but then was injured in an explosion and had reunited with Sami and had been recovery in Europe.

So, if this reports turns out to be true, what do you think of the new EJ? Comment below.

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