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RATINGS: DAYS Has Most Gains! Y&R and B&B UP, While GH Down!

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Courtesy/NBC

The ratings are out for the week of December 7th through the 11th, and it was Days of our Lives who delivered the strongest audience gains across the board in total viewers, and were also up in key demos.

Breaking it down, DAYS added +81,000 in total viewers. and increased the most viewers in the 18-49 and 25-54 womens demo categories.  Still though, the NBC soap opera remains in fourth position among all the network daytime dramas with its average tally for the week of 2,545,000 total viewers.  The series has slipped overall in recent weeks a bit after hitting some of its highest ratings mark in 2o-months.

It was also a good week for the CBS daytime dramas: The Young and the Restless which added +65,000 total viewers on average, and The Bold and the Beautiful which added the same.  B&B also gained the most viewers in the 18-34 womens demo. more than any other soap.  However, General Hospital did not fare as well.  In fact, the lone ABC daytime drama was the only soap to lose viewers -171,000 for the ratings week, as well as being down in several key demographics as well.  But, GH was up in the 18-34 category.  Even with the loss of ratings,  GH is currently in 3rd place ahead of DAYS.  View the entire ratings picture courtesy of SON here!

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,786,000 (+65,000/+28,000)
2. B&B 3,645,000 (+65,000/-125,000)
3. GH 2,645,000 (-171,000/-390,000)
4. DAYS 2,545,000 (+81,000/+90,000)

So, what do you think of the performance of your favorite soap during the ratings period? Which show is delivering to its audience the best December?  Which show is enticing viewers better than its ratings reflect? Share your thoughts on the current state of your daytime dramas in the comment section below!

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Matthew Place
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Matthew Place

Wow! It sounds so good for DOOL — until you read the article! BTW despite “gains” DOOL still had a 1.8 overall rating, exactly like last week and last place like it says in the article. Oh well, they had gains anyway.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

You’re wrong.

This week’s rating for DAYS is 1.89. Last week’s was 1.83, so you’re wrong on all counts by stating the overall rating is and was a 1.8 rating.

Also, DAYS gained the most from last week (81,000) and same week last year (90,000).

Finally, you seem to be bitter about the strangulation death of Will who was no match for the brute strength of Ben, but where were you before Will was murdered? Were’nt you constantly praising B&B the last few years?

Matthew Place
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Matthew Place

Wrong on all counts? Really? Hardy. I said Days had gains. Oh well. Why so bitter? Let’s see if your precious Days lasts another year or even two! I have never denied that I am a B&B fan. I don’t intend to do so now. So stop attacking fans of other soaps! That seems to be what you do best.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

The demos are most important.

DAYS is #3 in women 18-49 this week. DAYS has seen higher positioned demos the last couple months whereas, B&B had been failing miserably!

Matthew Place
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Matthew Place

Wow, big difference between 1.83 and 1.89. Not that much. BTW B&B’s ratings hardly look like failing! B&B is firmly at #2!!!

Nicole
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Nicole

Gains/losses are more important than placement. If you are in 3rd place but are showing losses that is bad. To be in 4th place but can show consistent gains that is the better place to be.

Matthew Place
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Matthew Place

Again, I said Days had gains!

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

“Those birds attacked!” Not I.

Matthew Place
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Matthew Place

OK. That statement pretty much sums up your mindset. You have been taunting me about Will Horton for years. He’s dead now, and you still keep at it. You have been trying to intimidate me and force me to post what you like or NOT post at all. You may be a die-hard Days fan, but that’s not all you are!!! You recognize my name and target me. Just. Stop. Now.

Paul
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Paul

I don’t expect the gains for Days to continue unless people are tuning in to see old favorites. I think the show is an unmitigated disaster again. Characters aren’t seen for weeks at a time and there is FAR too much time spent on the recently aged untalented actors.

Matthew Place
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Matthew Place

I keep hearing the same things from people who still watch.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

My comment was a denial of attacking you because I’m not, Matthew. I don’t completely understand you, but I can assure you that I do not and never did have anything against the character of Will or you. However, I didn’t like the recast.

You may be happy to know that DAYS’ Executive Producer, Greg Meng, commented a while back that Will’s story isn’t over yet. Also, there will be a big storyline involving Paul.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

I now understand you after reading a post of yours further down. I wasn’t banned anywhere and I’m not a bully. I’ve only replied to you a few times on this site.

Also, my comment regarding the magazines was a half hazard attempt at humor considering the subject. Congrats to B&B. I’m happy you are proud…as you and everyone should be.

I’ll try my best to not reply to anymore of your posts.

Lucy D.
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Lucy D.

No surprise GH is down. It was the Let’s Humiliate Liz Week.

Get a clue network peeps. Viewers want to see Elizabeth HAPPY. We’re not looking for a retread of the same old story or battle for Jason you’ve told for over a decade now. It’s all so redundant.

And did you see the interview with Becky in SOD? Even she said Elizabeth would NEVER lie like she did to Jason. Writers, please make this right or those down ratings are bound to sink even further

Patrick
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Patrick

“…It was the Let’s Humiliate Liz Week. ”

“oh, Thank you” I – truly – was wondering why such a big drop… vs. the other 3?

no wonder I wasn’t paying much attention… My Liz will rise! I swear

shoot! I’ll stretch …. “GH” what an opportune time to flesh out… layer some… give our girl Liz some strengths… to fight and or ready herself… till the enevitable…. Jason will be back.

k/kay
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k/kay

Plus Becky has had to carry Billy Miller for the last year if he is so bored that he has been phoning it in for the last year please do us a favor and quit. Really disgusted with these actors who are being paid a good salary and they just mumble their lines or act like they are asleep. Please hand Becky the Lead Actress Emmy and be done with it. Yes I also saw that interview she probably has to be scared for her life on the street because some fans don’t realize it’s make believe. However these are… Read more »

Lucy D.
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Lucy D.

It was particularly annoying that she has to take crap from Carly who kept kids from their true parents 3 times!!! If you want people to yell at Liz, fine–but why not allow her to yell back? Very disappointing take–seriously if they don’t get a clue–this show is doomed.

Patrick
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Patrick

LucyD

“…If you want people to yell at Liz, fine–but why not allow her to yell back? ”

“exactly, my point”

argh! achingly so

minimully, right? would love for the writers to just magnate , as if she isn’t already, but with an upgrade in style, assertiveness…. prowess… clawed and on all cylinder; forward… with her boys

ok… let’s see her bring Carly and Sam down, even if she holds her own ; let’s ring in the new year with a revitalized Liz… ringing in the New Year, ALL THAT

Tristan
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Tristan

What has been done to Liz is a travesty. But let’s give massive “props” to Becky…she is a TRUE professional. RE: headwriters? RC concocted this mess; the current writers are just trying to clean it up. The “fan wars” over this story seem right out of middle school, which mystifies me because this brain-damaged former hit man is NOT worth fighting over. I just do not get the appeal of Jason, or “JaSam.” Billy and KeMo are just deadly together. But look how many characters had to be ruined to “prop” them up: Liz ,Nick, Laura, Lucky. If you have… Read more »

robert
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robert

absolutely. seeing Elizabeth dragged is very bad tv. I blame RC for starting this. this was written out of character

Lucy D.
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Lucy D.

Oh I so agree with all 3 of you. I know Ron wrote this originally, and I get the writers are trying to clean it up. But that doesn’t mean leaving Liz without a voice. What she did was wrong. But no worse than what Carly did keeping Michael, Spencer & Christina away from their parents. So, as I said, Liz should have called her on that. And Tristan I agree–kind of. I never understood the attraction of the old Jason–he was a killer and a Carly/Sonny lapdog. But Billy Miller’s version (due to his amnesia) isn’t that person. So… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Of course she would lie…she has before…AND she cheated on Lucky over and over with his brother! Her recent behavior isn’t a stretch at all.

I’ve always liked Liz and still do…but I’m rooting for Sam all the way in this one.

Lucy D.
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Lucy D.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but Lucky cheated on Liz first. Maxie and then I believe he and Sam had a relationship while Lucky was still married to Liz.

Yes she lied. Who in that town isn’t a liar? Sam’s done more than her share.

James
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James

You kind of are wrong because Liz cheated Lucky after they fought their way back together and got engaged. Not to mention she was a complete douche to everyone when she was with Ric. And if anyone actually fully watches the show you would realize that she actually is defending her actions to everyone from Carly to Sam. She in fact blamed Sam for her situation saying it’s her failt for airing her out. I understand not like Sam but you can’t blame her for your lies. On a side note Becky is bringing it to these scenes and as… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Hi Lucy… Lucky slept with Maxie when he wasnt in his right mind. He was kidnapped, mind controlled, injured his back…and eventually became addicted to pain killers. Helis drug addiction controllede his actionds. He was then mabipulated by Maxie who supplied him and kept him strung out on drugs because she was obsessed with him. She seduced him while he was sick…I wouldnt say he wllingly “cheated.” After he tried over and over to get himself clean, Elizabeth rejected him, and turned to Jason; he then turned to Sam. So, no. I wouldnt equate what he did to Elizabeth, of… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

I said it before and will say it again. J&S are a horrible match with GH, they are the wrong type of writers for GH.. GH is (was) an unique soap.. It stood alone among other soaps because it was NOT like the other soaps, never has been never should be. GH is not a kissy kissy couples love gone wrong problems with a whimpy love guru and other eunuchs. It is high drama, crime families among the other families, it is (was) a suspenseful, on the edge soap, not the love boat. J&S are turning GH into what it… Read more »

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Su, reading your post made me sad. While we rarely share the same POV, we do share a love for our soaps. I hope you will be able to love GH once again. Hang in there.

robert
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robert

yep. these 2 writers don’t know drama. They made Y&R a snoozefest,now their doing it to GH

su0000
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su0000

Thanks, MBmomof3 .. I’m not giving up !

hi robert-
Port Charles is a highly dysfunctional city, it has crime..
GH has never been calm…huggy kissy love-in..
The GH families are dysfunctional, and some are Crime Lords, that is who they are and what they do, that is GH..

GH is high drama on the edge soap..
not this lackluster go nowhere do nothing szooooze fest..

((Jason will soon be wearing a priest collar)) ahhaaa!
I want my loved GH back !!!!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

GH was nit doing well under Ron. Franco and Nina were written beyond moronic under his domain, AJ and Duke were killed off, Elizabeth abandoned AJ though she claimed to care for him, Silas was killed, Rage was killed…

U think these writers are doing a fine job. What I think they need to do us bring back a bunch if the vets that a lot if us have been asking for…and integrate the characters, new and established, with each other. Give us people we love and families we feel affection for…emotions are never outdated.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Edits: Not doing well. I think these writers are doing a fine job…. bring back a bunch OF the vets…Rate, not Rage, was killed.

Timmm
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Timmm

su0000, you should stop here! Perfect post!

Jaime
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Jaime

Just loving the Patchman! We need more of Steve and Kayla! Steve should also have a visit with his sister!!!!

john
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john

Liz tells Jason the truth and no one cared.
They dragged this story out too long.

Sybil
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Sybil

Leave the day time Soaps on the air!

Alan
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Alan

Not surprised to see GH shed viewers. The current writing team is serving up minimal drama, no surprises, and far too much Sonny.

Lucy D.
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Lucy D.

Yes WAY too much Sonny. It’s sad the writers and network don’t get what made the rating rise–and fall and write for that and not the same old same old.

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

Glad they are doing well…Days isnt great but its good…shouldve kept Will and Paige and the children shouldnt have been aged,,,GHs problem is it feels disjointed when you have characters like Franco and Nina feeling like filler moments and on their own show…but i have seen Franco slighly more interesting lately…Ghs reveal of Jason was GHs last big moment and nothing much to look forward to now…just dont care about Sappys predictable storyline…Laura needs her own story…more Monica and Tracy scenes…stop dumbdowning Tracy-she was fooled by fluke and it continues with Paul…drop Sappy, Valsnore, Nina and a few others..bring in… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Unleash Franco OR release Roger!

edie bailey
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edie bailey

Cannot agree with you more, Timmm! Roger Howarth is the only reason I bother to keep abreast of GH at all. Having the best actor on daytime relegated to the back burner is killing me. The ridiculously long wait to consummate his relationship with Nina has basically destroyed this potential powerhouse couple; there is practically no passion left. At least, Michelle Stafford has been something of a decent story line but Roger (Franco) is left out in the cold. At this point, I wish head writer Ron Carlivati would return because it seemed he cared about Roger. For me, it… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

Franco and Liz : as polar opposites and “allies” could something be brewing ? this is sizzling stuff… “LETS HAVE FUN WITH THIS” Liz could find in Franco a distraction…. LOL… a stirring one… let them duke it out with Port Charles! Traci and Paul @the Park. Traci is falling in love ?!?!! Paul is up to the gill in crime… so… this is another slap in the face that Traci is once again heading for disaster…. she lets her gaurd down… and BAM ! just like she did with the last two men… fLUKE and Joe Scully 3rd.

edie bailey
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edie bailey

Patrick, hope you’re on to something regarding Franco and Liz. All the spark has totally been destroyed in the Franco & Nina pairing; way too much time has elapsed without them taking thee next step!! While the new writers seem to care enough to give Nina a viable life, Franco is just languishing whatsoever to do. Even the unique little family with him, Nina and Kiki is being undermined now that Kiki may be patching things up with her mother and–OMG–about to reach out to help Sonny of all people. Given that both Franco & Liz work at the hospital,… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

@jimh….You’ve succinctly summed up GH’s situation, and I couldn’t agree with you more! The interloping characters you mention simply don’t work into the rich tapestry that is the history of Port Charles, and all the tinkering in the world won’t change that reality. The sooner that fact is acknowledged and addressed, the better the show will be. I’m hoping that once the new writing regime settles into 2016, there will be an increased emphasis upon weeding out those characters that simply don’t belong and never shall. Let’s begin with Sappy and her offspring…there’s no reason in the world they shouldn’t… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I am really enjoying Nina! They’ve finally empowered her and it’s long overdue! She’s gorgeous and I love that she’s taking her life back in a productive, powerhouse way. I’m not sure where theyre going with Franco but I love his good heart immersed in the bad boy, albeit currently dormant. Completely passionate about those he loves…Nina, Kiki…I tbink we’ll be seeing more of him. Like Valerie too. Intersting to pit one Spencer against another. I liked her from the start. She and her mom were dragged into Luke’s drama…the stress of which caused the death of Patricia. I dont… Read more »

mark
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mark

i love you DAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

robert
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robert

I’ve been enjoying Y&R more lately. Been bored with GH. Jean and Shelly are lazy and don’t know drama. They made Y&R a snoozefest,now their doing it to GH. B&B has gotten a little bit better lately after their terrible November sweeps. DAYS needs to turn some lights on

TP
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TP

Could not agree more.

aria
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aria

this is what i know, i’m currently enjoying GH( although not what they’ve done to the character of liz.) beyond that,I only care about the ratings if it means GH could get cancelled, and even though everytime it does go down and one has to hear about the “fans” or non fans who start predicting its cancellation, i’m not really worry at this time. I would love GH to be watch by as many people who watch YR, but unfortunately thats not the case here, i can’t picture the audience increasing that much, the audience for daytime simply is not… Read more »

TP
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TP

GH could definitely gain viewers…BUT this would take writers re-evaluating their work and admitting when something just isn’t working. Liz is destroyed and regardless how much people seem to love her no matter what she does, reality doesn’t work that way. You can’t flick a magic wand. Either Jason is mad at her or not, but you don’t storm out pissed one second, tell the x you don’t remember your thinking their more than friends then 2 seconds later, turn around and knock at the door claiming ur their for the kids. PATHETIC PATHETIC PATHETIC writing.

kaffen
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kaffen

Wow..the ratings,are a,dismal

Please put Jasam back,together!

Susie
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Susie

I can’t help but think that Days of our Lives ratings are always affected by the fact that it’s on at the same time as Y&R which is the top rated soap

robert
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robert

DAYS is on in the same timeslot as Y&R in my market,and I usually choose Y&R

Kristin
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Kristin

That’s not true everywhere. In the central time zone and in Los Angeles, Days is up against GH; Y&R and B&B generally air without competition.

su0000
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su0000

You do know..
DVR watching is counted..
IF you watch a recorded soap within 7 days, it is now counted..
Watch Y&R live, record Days .. both are counted..
Most all do watch live and recorded or at the network, all counted,

Here; all 4 follow each other.. all in a row, none are aired against the other..

TP
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TP

YOU KNOW YOU MAKE A GOOD POINT. IF WE TAKE GH OFF OUR DVR’s MAYBE THEY”LL START HEARING WHAT WE WANT. THATS MY NEW YEARS RESOLUTION

Ghlover
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Ghlover

Maybe a Brenda return could heat up GH?

Timmm
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Timmm

You can bring back Brenda, Holly, Luke, Lucky, whomever and if they are not written properly, it doesnt matter!

Shay
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Shay

This is true, Timmm!…As much as I’ve adored seeing Robert, Anna, Robin (and Jerry!) together again, I do feel somewhat cheated by the abridged nature of their storyline. It’s very short on substance and detail because of the rushed nature required in ushering Patrick from the canvas. I realize this is not the fault of these particular writers…they’ve had a huge task in a short time to accomplish, but until they are able to get their ducks in a row—and reduce the superfluous characters already uselessly hanging about Port Charles—I’m not recommending any more brief guest appearances either….no matter how… Read more »

TP
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TP

HEY SHAY, DON’T FEEL CHEATED REWATCH GH 2012 THE SAME STORYLINE LONG AND DRAWN OUT COMPLETE WITH PHASON AND JJ

nicholas
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nicholas

Days is the best and most improved soap . It’s the soap to watch and Patch and Kayla are back on too ! Bold is the most awful one of the lot , the soap to miss unless you love the endless triangles , bed hopping and drama at the office and board meetings ! GH and Young are average .

Matthew Place
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Matthew Place

B&B is a great little guilty pleasure for me and others! Yep, I do tune in for all the “hanky-panky”, that’s what soaps used to be all about! Days has lost a lot of viewers, many younger ones that count in the ratings/demos, and the new SLs aren’t earth-shaking. GH needs stories that grip the audience. Y&R needs to get the emotional beats in their SLs right. BTW Scott Elrod got picked up by Grey’s Anatomy immediately after Y&R canned him. Too bad they didn’t give him a decent SL. It’s Grey’s gain, I guess! Also, B&B named Best Soap… Read more »

robert
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robert

Y&R wasted Elrod. was not surprised of his departure

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

I’m naming DAYS best soap! B&B’s lifeblood is it’s 30 minute format. It would have died many years ago as a 60 minute soap!

I hope you’re not so fragile as to think I’m attacking you with my opinions.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

I hardly think ‘Incest Weekly’ and ‘Transworld Monthly’ are magazines worthy of naming what soap is best!

Patrick
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Patrick

Scott Elrod has been added to one of the BEST prime time

this is a major mishap

Y&R loses again

they kowtow and hobnob to Eric Braedon… what a joke

Matthew Place
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Matthew Place

Soap Opera Digest, TV Guide, others. Nice you have such a vocal opinion about transgender people. That explains a lot about you. And yes, you have been attacking me and others for years. You were banned from at east one soap site for your behavior. You need to stop. It’s just a soap. Is it worth trying to hurt others while lowering yourself to that kind of behavior? Stop. Being. A.BULLY!!!

Matthew Place
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Matthew Place

Fragile? Not at all. I have always dealt with bullies like you. A bully’s biggest mistake is picking me to pick on!

Timmm
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Timmm

Y&R seems like an auditioning platform for primetime!

Allen saint james
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Allen saint james

General hospital should be following in Days footsteps and adding some action/adventure plots alongside some mystery and intrigue. That’s the kind of show it was during its heyday and until abc realizes that I believe it will be stuck in a rut. We need stories revolving around money and power and please bring a real contract villain to the show. Days is on fire gh is not.

Timmm
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Timmm

I’m happy for DAYS. I dont know why GH lost so many viewers? My only guess is people are tired and frustrated on the way Billy Miller has been handled? It will get better. Scorpio is back and him and Anna, Robin and Patrick will be center stage and hopefully the TFT benefit will be entertaining? By the way, for anyone to suggest that Nina is the new Lucy is crazy! Lucy is loopy, Nina is crazy. Lucy is all about the NB. I wouldnt want her to do the TFT benefit. Nina was a good choice. They are transforming… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

When Nina had her revenge list and was inducing Ava to go into labor under RC’s writing, that Nina was crazy. This version I see more as a woman trying to grow up. She went into that coma in her early twenties and woke up twenty five years later to find herself in a mature woman’s body, but lack’s the experience and maturity those years would have given her if she had lived them. I don’t find this Nina is becoming Phyllis, Phyllis was tough as nails, she had to grow up fast, early, but Nina is naive and inexperienced… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

hi Mary SF ..
RC was turning Nina into sane and a bit cunning before he left…
He would have never kept Michelle’s talents in nutter mode..
Both Franco & Nina had their journey and change together under RC, Nina did not fall for her mother’s scam to get her money, she had her senses back under RC, also she was facing off with Ava, RC left before he could complete them. ..

If RC were writing he would have brought Nina & Franco into their power, ya betcha !

Rose
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Rose

Interesting perspective. I like how they are writing Nina now. Plus I like that Crimson and some glamour is back in Port Charles. It has also given Maxie something to do that suits her style.

Timmm
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Timmm

So true Mary. The coma deterred her from becoming an adult so yeah, we are seeing her develop right in front of our eyes.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

I think I’m going to give up B&B. I started watching when Sean Kanan returned after the terrible way he was treated at GH. I stayed because of Deacon and Quinn. They are rarely on and the rest of the characters are extremely unlikeable. I can usually get through an episode in a few minutes, but after Friday’s episode with Ivy turning into the new Liam, I realize that there is little to like about this show. Just not worth my time.

sarah
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sarah

I know its so frustrating right now but Brad Bell did hint in 2016 previews that there was a possible new love interest for Quinn which would mean that Deacon is probably going to be on-screen a lot more than he was this year which I’m looking forward to

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Thanks for the heads-up. I’ll look out for that storyline.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I don’t know how many times I have sworn off B&B especially during the nightmare that was Hope, Liam and Steffy, but I always go back at some point. I swear Brad Bell must plant hidden messages in the script that brainwash us to watch when we cannot figure out why we are watching such dribble yet we do. So if you can stop watching B&B please let me know how you did it, because some days, like Friday when Ivy is suddenly declaring her love for Liam and I go WTF??? are we really going down that road again,… Read more »

sarah
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sarah

This is exactly me with this soap opera. I’ve watched B&B during some of its worst storylines & even if you do stop watching for a while you always find your way back to this soap. Brad Bell always for the most part has at least one element or storyline that is enough to keep a lot of people hooked

GH Fan
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GH Fan

My opinion the ratings are down because 1. Fluke storyline not only destroys the Luke character it destroyed the loyal fans. GH took the beloved Luke character and created a monster. 2. The deaths of AJ, Duke, Silas, and the departures of Steve Burton, Anthony Geary, Wally (Ned), Bradford Anderson, Kimberly McCoullough, Kelly Theibaud, Kristin Alderson, and now Jason (Patrick) 3. Making Liz & Nic characters Evil 4. It’s called General Hospital there is one doctor & nurse left. 5. Put the vets actors on recurring status and newbies get contracts 6. Brad & Lucas come on about once every… Read more »

TP
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TP

PLEASE MONICA, LUCAS, SABRINA, EPIFANY, BRAD, ROBIN,and my FAVORITE WORTHLESS NURSE LIZ are all live and kickin, boring as ever and yes none of them HAVE CHANGED A BIT. What is missing, take a hard look. I know its hard to admit. ROMANIC ACTION, the sonny, Jason, carly, sam, spinelli, maxi, of old. They are all changed, dramatically…. Now I know, your gonna say, but no Liz has always been a pillar of virtue. No, she never has. She’s never even been a decent human being. She’s always cheated, lied, whined, pined, and oh yes, yes, always gotten away with… Read more »

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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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