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RATINGS: DAYS Has Great Week! All Other Soaps Show Gains!

Lots to report from the ratings week of June 24th -28th. First off,  according to NBC, Days of our Lives jumps the same demo categories as this year vs. the same week last year by 42% in the Women 18-34 Race, 30% in the Women 18-49 Demo and 34% in the Women 25-54 Category.

Season to date, Days of our Lives is tied for #4 in the women 18-49 category and tied for #3 in the women 18-34 demo. Season to date, DAYS is up 3 percent in total viewers (2.7 million vs. 2.6 million).

Now in this week’s comparative ratings with the other three network shows; Days of our Lives is again holding the #3 spot ahead of General Hospital.   DAYS scored 2,665,000 viewers for the week with a gain of +211,000 the most of any of the network soaps!

General Hospital bounced back some this week and added +23,000 viewers remaining once again remaining in the fourth spot with2,430.000.  The Young and the Restless continues its strong hold at number one with 4,556,00o and a gain of  +134,000, and The Bold and the Beautiful holds at number two with 3,494,000 adding +108,000 to their viewer count. You can view the entire ratings picture here via SON.

So fans, it’s time for you to be our Soap Opera Programming Executive Armchair Quarterback.  Do you believe DAYS is doing well in the ratings because they are the hot show right now that is delivering exciting and plenty of tune-in programming and episodes?  Which soaps are working for you right now?  Which are in need of some fixing?  And if you were given the opportunity to tell the suits,  what would you suggest to help them improve their ratings or improve upon within stories?  Or, if you were to give them a pat on the back for a job well done on a story you like, what would you tell them?  Comment below!

 

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Johnny
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I think Days of Our Lives has the advantage of being an NBC-TV produced high quality show. I always loved All My Children, but now, on-line, it needs some assistance and it certainly needs some more Sets, not just Chandler Mansion and Jane’s Coffee Shop sets.

Ces
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Ces

Yeah Days!!
With exception to the Jen/JJ/Daniel drivel, I am enjoying the rest of the show.
It still needs help, like where is Hope, John & Doc???
But I am enjoying the Father Eric/Nicole/Kristen/Brady angle very much.

k/kay
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k/kay

Ces I do not watch Days but I read an article that Drake Hogestyn/John has not filmed since March and that he has his home in Malibu up for sale and is planning on moving back east. He may be gone for good?

Patrick
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k/kay. I read that as well in the latest SOD issue. that saddens me… course… we’re not seeing much of Marlena as well. it further stated that “he wanted to be near his family”. and that he was always amenable to starring with cast and production. it’s kinda like… with Stefano as well…. perhaps it was understood that he was back in a limited capacity and supporting…. and I’ll take Stefano any way we can…. and that would include John. so… I dont know… geez! do you get that lump in your throat when you think of these people…. emotional… Read more »

dmrjmd
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dmrjmd

I agree with most everything you wrote, with the exception of John Black. HA!

Ces
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Ces

I heard his house went up for sale Kay, that would be too bad if he didn’t return!! Perhaps, they should let Josh Taylor go and get Wayne Northrop back 😉

k/kay
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k/kay

Ces Wayne Northup would be great everytime you look at Josh Taylor/Roman you think of Chris Kotischek. That is why I tuned out they were really doing crazy stuff in the late 90’s did they not bring Wayne Northup back for a while to play some crazy Doctor? Oh well Lyn Herring/Lucy Coe on GH his wife said he is happy with their cows on their ranch!

vickie
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vickie

ejami all the way

Jules
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Jules

Yeehaw! I think DAYS’s gains are a combination of everything everyone’s been glowing about the show recently- good overall stories, good day-to-day episodes, acting, use of characters and so on. I can’t express how happy I am to see that the numbers are reflecting the general positivity this show has been receiving. Everything is working right now on the show (even Jen and Daniel, now that JJ has been thrown into the mix). NBC needs some cheering up, and I hope they’re paying attention to the gem they have in their soap…..one of their only scripted shows that’s working. Y&R….I… Read more »

k/kay
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k/kay

Jules I pulled GH & B&B off my DVR and once this paternity storyline is over on Y&R and I think I know where they are headed with it it is going to be removed I just watch movies now in the evenings. It has been since the 90’s that I watched Days I just said why start again so my husband finally is going to get his wish no soaps in the house. Lol!

blake
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blake

Yeah Y&R and B&B always #1 and #2 is annoying. Doesn’t seem it will ever change, but we never know.

BR
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BR

In an interview last week, KMc said she and Valentini are constantly in touch and in discussions, but with her schedule (she’s in a director’s mentoring/internship program and is working a full time schedule shadowing directors on other shows) as well as directing and producing her own film projects. She said she was completely open to returning, but we’ve seen she’s only been able to commit to one or two days at a time so far, which the audience is kind of over–now they want some story resolution. If she was suddenly available for 3-6 months (which even she says… Read more »

Jules
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Jules

I’ve always wanted option 3, from the start- years before KMc was set to leave as a matter of fact. Of course, I don’t want JT fired, but rather come to the conclusion on his own that he wants to branch out, try new things and see where his potential can take him. JT’s revelation, KMc only needs to return for a few eps, Scrubs and Emma ride out in the sunset together as a happy family and I am finally a satisfied fan with a conclusion I can make peace with. Of course JT isn’t budging at the moment… Read more »

k/kay
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Jules Tristan Rogers/Robert said the only reason he was brought back was because Tony Geary was on vacation he was suppose to be the one helping free Duke or whatever so they had him discover Robin and put him in a coma. I do not see him coming back TR has been jacked around by everybody I would have much rather seen him then Duke. And they made a big fuss about Ian Buchanan/Duke coming back and where is his story. I know everyone loves Roger Howarth but you are going to get GH cancelled if you keep this up… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

And what’s wrong with loyalty? Soap fans are a bit like sport’s fans– they have their team and they watch them play win, lose or draw. Y&R has a large and devoted fan base that has stuck with the show through good and through the not so good. I am from Canada and a Maple Leafs fan so that might explain why I can watch this show day and day out and still root for it. LOL Is it boring? Obviously to you it is, but not to me– but I guess its my team- my soap so I’m gonna… Read more »

Patrick
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The one olympic sport… that i have found interesting… and is fun to watch… and – OH – aren’t canadians… passionate about… I love that. Curling. LOVE the winter Olympics… wish i was a downhill skier. ———— Loyalty is all good…. so is passionate about…. I remain true to soaps… when it would seem… all the MIA fans… got too busy… caught up in their own lives… and “matured”. This site is just as much a big part of my soap experience. you know.. truth is: gone are the days … when soaps were water cooler moments… and now.. it’s… Read more »

Jules
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Well hello neighbour! Hope you were home during the worst of it and survived that awful rainfall property damage free. As for Y&R, my comments were pretty rhetorical. I realize fans, especially older, will watch come (excuse the timing of this pun) hell or high water. What you’ve written is pretty much exactly my sentiments about DAYS so yes of course I understand. But as I said, I knew that writing my original post. Maybe over the course of 40 years they’ve earned those numbers and a 20 year+ run as #1, but in terms of content over the past… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

No ducks swimming in my backyard- but yeah that was one for the record books–. Did I come across defensive? Didn’t mean to– just saying sometimes when you like something- even when it is less than stellar- you still see the good in it. They say love is blind- so is soap love. Nothing wrong in asking a question— but the truth is all soaps are different- and being a fan of the genre will not necessarily translate into being a fan of all soaps. I tired but never really gotten into the ABC soaps– but like you I wanted… Read more »

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

A year ago i wouldnt be saying this…DOOLs is the hottest soap at the moment and no.1 in my book. That could change later…

Ces
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Ces

it always does. lol…

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

haha…we soapers know it!!!

Patrick
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Patrick

fasten your seat belts…. it’s gonna be a bumby ride….

and I relish this ride that DAYS is currently heralding.

Acclaim! Days of Our Lives – WINS best Serial.

blake
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blake

Yes, with Days being on fire these days the ratings are definitely a reflection on that. Though it never explains why B&B is always having good ratings and always # 2. I’d love to see that changed for once!

Aria
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Aria

Dool which I’ve never seen is prob benefiting from not being on the radar like GH has been, it’s a shame GH is back down, hope it goes back up, but they need to get their act together, I wish I could point out what’s lacking with the show but I don’t know what’s turning viewers off. For some it’s probably the OLTL fiasco , recasting lulu, firing Kelly Sullivan lack of airtime for genie Francis and finola Hughes, and probably the worst for me was how they left us hanging with Robert Scorpio. Lets hope they FV & RC… Read more »

Ces
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Ces

ditto on everything. I’ve tried to watch Y&R several times throughout the years because I love Joshua Morrow but gawd that show moves at the slowest pace and I’m not a patient person. Listening to Eric Braeden mumble and Peter Bergman with his voice and constant blubbering annoys me to no end.

missellie
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I recently switched allegiance from GH to DOOL because, IMHO, DOOL is a much better written show. GH is suffering from everything you named, especially the resurrection of Franco. It burns my britches that tptb did handstands to bring back three actors that are not needed on GH. I have never seen evidence that they were vital to GH nor any rise in ratings due to their presence. The cast is bloated and stories are poorly constructed. Enough said….DOOL is utilizing their cast in good stories. No one disappears for long stretches of time because the cast is an appropriate… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

You hit it on the nail…. No one dissappears for long stretches of time because the cast is an innapropriate size. this is DOOL’ time… in producing the whole cast… everyone seems to be doing something. talk about gelling… capitalizing on talent… and the writing is being well acted and played out. EVEN…. JJ… has caught my attention and pulled on my heartstrings…. after watching the July 4th familial picnic…. watching JJ’s tender scenes while holding Arianna Grace… and listening to Adrienne tell JJ… just how much Jack loved him…. and he started crying… geez! that got me. I just… Read more »

Leah
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Leah

Glad for gains. But , look at the all important 18 to 49 demo; not so much. (Yes GH and Days had small gain) This is the ‘bread and butter’ of the networks and will drive the survival of this genre. When these shows gain/maintain in this demo, then I’ll sing their praises.

Phil
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Phil

I would say a 30% gain in Demos is a pretty solid gain! If you expect demo to match or top viewers that is never happening. I sure even the networks know this. Stop the doom and gloom… Critics and networks alike have said soaps are on the rebound. I don’t think the remaining four will go off anytime soon. It’s okay to celebrate! Days is tops in my book.

The way ratings should be:

1. DAYS
2. GH
3. B&B(heather Tom nailed it)
4. Y&r

Ray
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Ray

DOOL has been fantastic lately. I hope several of the actors are putting together Emmy reels for next year, especially Alison Sweeney and Eileen Davidson for Best Actress, Ari Zucker for Best Supporting Actress, James Scott for Best Actor and Chandler Massey for Best Young Leading Actor. Eileen has owned the show since she came back last year. I am ready to see Eric leave the priesthood. He could mix it up with Nicole and Kristen, but needs to stop being so nice. I like Brady with whomever he is paired with. I think JJ is a good addition. If… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

I have to agree with you… ie: aging Ciera…. as this further elevates Hope… without going with just the new partner…. love interest… look how many times it’s failed Jenn. and I want both Hope and Jenn to remain solid with cast and crew. I’m enjoying watching Jenn this summer… the angst motherload. you have to credit JJ… for his nuanced delivery… he gives her these looks/longings and I laugh at his scripted lines… He surprises me. SO… I credit his acting skill… and he’s well on his way… who knows what will happen with his character, including with… Jenn… Read more »

Marc
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Marc

I think Days is a terrrific show and clearly the best of the 4 on network. The only tweaking I would fix is no one cares about Jennifer and Daniel. Stop sticking them down our throat

Patrick
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Patrick

ditto on Daniel.

I’m kinda miffed about the all that, genius is me… Daniel, mixed in with the Eric story… I wish it was Kayla that was helping out with the intrigue that is happening with father Eric.

su0000
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su0000

hmm

GH — 2,430.000 / USA, Canada
DOOL — 2,665,000 / USA, Canada

Y&R — 4,556,000 / 36 countries
B&B — 3,494,000 / 36 countries

(nuff said..

Brenda
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Brenda

Nielson measures viewers “throughout the U.S.” See their website for details.

shawn
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shawn

This comment is an big EPIC fail. Neisen DOES NOT measure worldwide viewership.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Don’t waste your time Shawn– I have try telling this person many times that the ratings in other countries are not part of the American ratings, it falls on deaf ears. Neilson might measure ratings for other countries like Canada,but those ratings are for that country’s broadcasters to set ad rates for that country– but they don’t get all lumped together. However no matter how many times you and others tell this person they don’t, this person doesn’t give up their belief that worldwide viewers bump up the numbers unfairly in the two CBS soaps favor. Don’t waste your breath… Read more »

boes
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boes

DOOL deserves the gains, mostly. I started watching it after OLTL and AMC went off the air and although it can be terrible sometimes – think Daniel and Jennifer, it also has multi-generational families and tons of good actors, including women over the age of 40. This should prove to all the execs out there that fans like people of ALL ages. And even when AMC and OLTL came back – and I love them both – GREAT reboots IMO – I’ve kept up with DOOL. IMO GH has gone from good to terrible and I’ve stopped watching, at least… Read more »

Joan Faist
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Joan Faist

Nicole should have her Baby hopefully Brady’s. Both times she lost her baby it broke my heart. She was fantastic in portraying her grief . I felt the total desperation she went through. Love Ariana, one of my faves.

Matt
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Matt

I know that the Will & Sonny storyline has brought in a lot of viewers that are new to soaps or had previously given up on them. No other soap is doing this kind of storyline and not only is Days doing it, they are doing it exceptionally well.

Tina
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Tina

Days is really working right now. Outside of the dullness of Jennifer & Daniel – the stories are good. I would like to see the kids more often. Less Dannifer in scenes for more DiMera family scenes and things will improve. I love Wilson and Ejami. I would like to see Vargas on contract in a story with Hope

Janice
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Janice

I love days i have watched it for the last 30 years since i was 16 years old i love the Brady family

4everdays
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4everdays

DAYS continues to amaze! DOOL is cool!!!

GH is flatlining.

YawneR is appropriate for Y&R or Yawn & Rest.

B&B sucks! It is a plain and simple B*****B.

PatF
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PatF

Watch today’s YR and I’m sure you won’t be yawning.

shawn
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shawn

I watched it and changed the channel. YawneR is the word all right. They need to take lessons from DAYS on how to do a reveal that wont put you to sleep.

PatF
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PatF

Glad to see YR up over last year when Paul had shot Ricky. It was also a good increase over last week.

Congrats to Days.

GH is in trouble ratings wise when it averages a 1.8. Not good.

Ray
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Ray

I was behind several days in watching the show and did a marathon last night. A few more suggestions for “DOOL.” I hope Nicole is pregnant with Brady’s baby or wouldn’t it drive a lot of story if Kristen ends up being pregnant – or better yet, both of them with Brady’s baby. Hope/Kristian Alfonso deserves better than the treatment she is getting from the show. In one of the recent shows, she only had scenes with Roman and sitting in the crowd during the officer’s funeral. She has been a HUGE part of the show for years. Just because… Read more »

shawn
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shawn

And the little show that could does it again. GREAT JOB, DAYS!!!!

4everdays
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4everdays

Are you tired? Stop being a YawneR. Our DAYS are exciting!

shawn
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shawn

LoL, nice one.

4everdays
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4everdays

Glad to see soap fans catching on:

Y&R fits perfectly in YawneR. Stop being bored. Wake up and stay awake for DAYS!

Days Of Our Lives

DAYS Head Scribe, Ron Carlivati, Shares On Marlena’s Possession 2.0: “We Decided John Needs To Get On To This Sooner Than He Did In The Original, Because That’s What The Audience Would Expect”

As viewers of NBC’s Days of our Lives are watching the revisiting of the classic possession storyline revisited with its 2021 version 2.0, the stage is being set for plenty of devilish drama, now that good doc, Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) is once again in the grips of evil.

We have already seen her with yellow eyes, conjuring up some demonic plans, and of course, the devil trying to pull the wool over the eyes of Marlena’s husband, John Black (Drake Hogestyn).

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Back in the 1994/95 version of this storyline, Father John emerged and exorcised the demon from Marlena, so he knows a thing or two about being possessed, and the horrors it caused to Marlena, and the town of Salem 25 years ago, and as we have seen John is very, very concerned about all this talk of Marlena being possessed by the devil from the script that Johnny (Carson Boatman)  is set to make into a film on Sami’s life story.

Current Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati, spoke with Soap Opera Digest in their latest issue on newsstands now, about his plans and the creation of the 2021 possession storyline. Ron revealed that John is not going to be in the dark for long, sharing: “John has been through this, so the devil isn’t going to be able to pull the wool over his eyes the way he did the first time.”

Carlivati also added: “Even though all soap opera stories, I would argue, depend on some characters being a little bit dumb, in this case, we decided John needs to get on to this sooner than he did in the original because that’s what they audience would expect.  Look for the story to move along at a pretty good clip. We are not rushing, anything by any means – we are having so much fun with the story, but it was important to us that John not look stupid here so he starts to suspect something is wrong with her pretty soon.”

So, are you glad that John will not be completely dumped? Will Father John return to save the day? Are you enjoying the story thus far? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

Then, check out our recent interview with Ron all about the creation of DAYS limited-series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem still streaming on Peacock.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Marlena Becomes Possessed … Again!

On Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the devil had his way with his favorite person, Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)! In story, leave it to Marlena to save Doug (Bill Hayes) by giving herself up to Satan!

As Doug revealed himself to be Satan while in a therapy session with Marlena in her office, a shook Marlena tries to comprehend what is happening! When the devil says if Marlena won’t accept him in, she will punish Doug, he does just that.

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Poor Doug is left writhing in pain and on the floor, crying out for help! When we come back to the scene Marlena is not exactly right near his body, but sort of overlooking what is happening. Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) rushes into Marlena’s office to find Doug as Marlena stares blankly. Eventually, she calls for help.

After Doug is put in a hospital room and is monitored, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Tripp (Lucas Adams) can’t find anything wrong with him. Meanwhile, Julie finds Marlena at the nurses station and asks what happened with Doug during their therapy session.  Marlena flashes back to what led to Doug writing on the floor, and clearly something is way off with Marlena, because she has now become possessed.

Later, Julie sits by Doug’s hospital bed as he opens his eyes, as he tells his beloved wife, “He left me and went in to her.”  A confused Julie is left to ponder what on earth Doug could be talking about.

When Marlena comes home to John (Drake Hogestyn) – who is already concerned with Johnny (Carson Boatman) being set on making a movie of Sami’s life story which includes points on Marlena’s original possession – she tells him Doug collapsed in her office. When the two hug, Marlena slowly opens her eyes  revealing that they are glowing yellow.  Yup! We are off to the races. Marlena is now once again possessed.

So, what did you think about the scenes between Deidre Hall and Bill Hayes? Are you enjoying the revisiting of the infamous ‘possession’ storyline thus far? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives Kicks-Off Possession Storyline Revisted with ‘Doug’ Twist Cliffhanger, Followed by Fall Preview

Did the ‘Devil’ make them do it? Doug Williams  (Bill Hayes) is Satan? In what can only be described as major surprise twist on NBC’s Days of our Lives, for weeks, fans have thought they were about to embark on another dementia or Alzheimer’s storyline on the soaps with another beloved character.

However, Days head writer, Ron Carlivati ,and his writing team came up with a way to make it seem like this may be Doug’s fate only to use the long-running character as the impetus to bring the classic possession storyline back on the air some 25 years later.

It all goes down after Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) calls Marlena (Deidre Hall) to ask him to see Doug, after his MRI and other tests proved inconclusive for dementia, etc, to see if Dr. Evans can assess him.  The phone call to Marlena happened after John (Drake Hogestyn) was discussing the past, since Johnny (Carson Boatman) is ramping up to a shoot a movie on Sami’s life, that will include the time that Sami walked in on John and Marlena having sex, which caused Sami to act out for years and years.

 

However, and this is key, John tells Marlena that moment in time also left her alone and vulnerable to the darkest time in her life – alluding to when she became possessed by the devil – and Marlena was clearly having difficulty admitting that or going down that road of remembrance, when the phone call from Kayla saved her from digging deeper into the past.  Well now, John and Marlena may never have that conversation as she is primed to once again become possessed.

Meanwhile, Johnny is reading Will’s script for the Sami movie, and is shocked to read in it that Marlena was once possessed by the devil, as John takes out a dusty box with his Father John collar, a bible, and a news clipping of Marlena being possessed.  John is feeling that this movie will bring bad things on to all those he loves, especially Doc, and he looks to be right!

Now at her office with Doug, he admits he knows something is wrong.  He acts out and does strange things and does not know why.  Marlena brings up why Doug locked Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) in a freezer by accident. Doug gets adamant saying: “That was no accident. I locked that bitch in there on purpose.”  Marlena is shocked at his word and tone.  Then as Doug laughs, he says, “I’m not Doug.”  Next thing you know, the lowered voice of Satan comes out of Doug’s mouth and he tells Doc, “It’s been over 25 years Marlena. But did you really think I wouldn’t come back for you?” End of episode.  Great cliffhanger!

Now, check out the fall preview released following the airing of Friday’s episode by NBC below, which teases more demonic moments on Days. Then let us know in the comment section, what you thought of the ‘Doug’ twist as the possession storyline begins?

Plus, make sure to cast your vote in ‘Michael’s Poll’ of the week on the revisiting of this classic tale now in 2021 below the preview.

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