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RATINGS: DAYS Has Solid Week Adds Total Viewers And Up In Key Demos!

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Courtesy/NBC

The ratings are out for the week of September 15th-19th and it was NBC’s Days of our Lives which was the only network soap to gain in total viewers! DAYS tallied in at 2,534,000 adding +34,000!

Looks like as things were heating back up between Sami (Alison Sweeney) and EJ (James Scott), Chad (Billy Flynn) was making his presence known in Salem, Hope (Kristian Alfonso) was trying to move on with her life away from Bo, and admitting she has feelings for Aiden (Daniel Cosgrove), Eric (Greg Vaughan) was making a sacrifice to help save John (Drake Hogestyn), these story points and other helped the series also show gains in the key Women’s demos as well: DAYS was up in Women 18-49 and Women 25-54!

In fact, DAYS was the only soap to gain viewers in the female 25-54 category.  And DAYS was also the only soap not to lose viewers in the 18-34 Women’s demo.

The Young and the Restless lost the most total viewers for the week losing -180,000 and dropping its 1st place lead to 4,522,000! And the number one soap also lost the most viewers in the women’s 25-54 demo!

General Hospital which was full of surprises on-screen during the ratings period was down in total viewers ever so slightly -7,000, but still close to the 3 million mark with 2,996,000!  In addition, GH added some viewers in the Women’s 18-49 and 18-34 demos. The Bold and the Beautiful lost viewers in all key demos, but only was down -9,000 in total viewers coming in for the week with 3,429,000.  Check out the entire ratings picture courtesy of SON here!

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Let us know, is DAYS piquing your interest right now? Which soap is making you want to tune-in each week?  Which soap is making you want to tune out? And if it is, how would you fix it? Comment below!

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Mark
Mark

Days is always consistent I just look forward to it each and every day. I just love it! Young and Restless has been ok but I can miss a day and don’t care.

Momma
Momma

I stopped watching around 1988, 89. It became trashy and Jerry Springer-like.

Moved to ABC soaps and never looked back.

harry
harry

I, on the other hand, I GH and came to Days and never looked back. We might have bumped into each other in hall.

robert
robert

good to see Days is doing well. This was Days best week in a while. GH holding steady,ratings were low on Friday probably due to the NFL press conference. B&B needs some new stories. I’m sick of Hope,Liam,Wyatt triangle. They are wasting some actors. Y&R is the most boring soap right now. Subpar stories,and they are dragging on too long. Let’s hope Y&R’s new head writer can give us some good stories,and lift the snoozefest.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Oh, good grief, Robert…lol. Y&R has been great this past week. Phyllis is AWAKE!!!! And on the go!,,, we can already see how Phyllis’ determination put the wheels in motion.
Nonethess, you are so right about Days. I was very much impressed by Theresa and her exceptional acting. Her face is an open book. You can literally see and smell the fear in her changing expressions…her fear is palpable…WHAT A PERFORMANCE!!!! I am, however, somewhat concerned, in that, if she is found out, it will be the end for this character. So, inasmuch as I feel guilty even thinking this….I hope John never remembers what really happened.
GH is just wowing me also. All in all…my soaps delivered!

Patrick
Patrick

i’m so glad.. that posts are positive about Jenn Lilly she just knocks me out, over, and IN her show quote, unquote… from the other lady, herself… Kassie DePaiva asked about Jenn Lilly : “She’s Fearless” (from SOD) ’nuff said she has all the attributes for riveting if she’s not clearly fleshed out… as fans have bemoaned, she’s more on than most LOL… I am so satisfied with JL take, after take… with regard to character actor Jeanne Theresa Donovan is at the top of her game the TOPS where to start: I loved the scenes this past week with Mom Caroline Brady and soon to be ex daughter in law, Hope Caroline tells Hope… “you’ll always be my daughter” this was before, Aiden shows up at the pub… and quipping to Hope about their date…. cut to the quick… knife plunged…. her son Bo… AND “Hope” ???? nuCHAD is right on. I love the nuSophistication adulthood… eyes that engulf… I like this nuCHAD… he’s got all the acumen a DiMera needs…. it’s all being laid out for this new stalwart…. it’s his show… sigh: once EJ and Kristen ( leave… of their own accord ???? !!!!! ) that was my bemoan… but… Chad with dad… is DiMera clandestine behaviour i have a bit of a reservation…. about pairing him with Abs…. as she’s the childlike, hasn’t earned her stripes or shown womanhood worth…. on her own. she barely flickers with Ben…. it was hot with EJ…. it was laugh out loud… all in a GOOD way…. could have been and still is her sexiest act yet. with Patrick Muldoon’ Austin. I don’t see it with Ben… talk about a character who’s one dimensional…. flex some muscle… and stand by Jordan and Abby… with nary a reason…. do we care about Ben… this long : i’m over him…. his sullen stubborn, bore his eyes in to Chad at his place of employ… wasn’t cutting it…. I LIKE their father… Clyde… if this gives us more air time with Kate…. she deserves to feel that pleasure dome… that’s all her. Kate has it all…. why not some Clyde… LOL… I like his southern/hill billy/ dare… doesn’t he clean up rather nicely. still, to this day…. Jordan and Ben are inconsiquential… matter? I think not. placing Kate with Rafe… and it seems obvious that it’s going to be Chad with Abs… so, missing these two… is not going to happen…. I’m sorry to say that about Jordan. if they kept Clyde… LOL.. that’d work for me… as Jordan and Ben are once agian on the lam… running… far away from Salem’ites John’s awake. I hope this gives him a noggen…. a brain to let go… Brady is a grown man….. LOL… if he hasn’t learned by now… that he’s not listening to his parents… and “loves” the wrong women…. Theresa and Kristen… SO what ?!?! he’s fun to watch with both of these women with edge…. till he get’s it… here’s hoping… Read more »

Mary Lynn
Mary Lynn

Oh, I more than disagree. I hope John does remember everything. Then I hope he persuades Marlena to keep his secret so the two of them can trap Theresa in her web of lies. I want John and Marlena to lead “poor” little Theresa down the garden path to her own destruction; right to Victor’s doorstep. Don’t forget, Brady is Victor’s grandson. He will happily takeTheresa apart for what she did to both John and Brady.

harry
harry

Great post, Patrick–thank you for your efforts. And I concur, Cee Cee,
The Phyllis return is being handled very well and I think I am going to like Gina’s Phyllis even better than Michelle’s. Gina has a way of conveying an almost scary sense of determination which makes me shudder for both Kelly and Sharon. The bitch is back.
It does sound like GH is delivering and I most likely will return to watch Billy Miller as Jason, Fluke and of course, Luke, who I dearly miss.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hi, Mary Lynn. I can enumerate Theresa’s evil-doing along with you. You are absolutely right. I am not trying to absolve the character’s ‘evils’. But, Jen Lilley is an absolute flawless and stellar actress, deserving an Emmy. That was my point. I would rather see her on my screen than John and that weird thing he does with his eyes. Plus, Theresa is trying….she’s just scared. If only she had a positive, good person to guide her instead of the bad influence of an older sister and twisted supervisor (Anne).

And, if we get down to the nitty gritty, Theresa felt threatened by John. He came at her, menacingly, teeth bared ; growling like a bear and pushed her so hard, she fell. Not only that, but he then turned toward Brady. One could argue that Theresa panicked as she thought John was about to charge and hurt Brady. That was the moment she struck him….it is called survival. It is instinctual. That is what I saw.

su0000
su0000

I have stuff to with my time so I can only watch 2 soaps.. lol
I FF through most of Y&R so it takes me about 10 to watch..
I never FF through GH, just saying 😉 ..

Good that DOOL is coming up it seems to have a loyal following!!

My friend watches B&B and says it’s been awful and she hardly tunes in..

Real Deal
Real Deal

Y&R is pathetic. It never changes.

Patrick
Patrick

I have kept true to my word… and am only recording, Y&R friday eps only

not one thing kept my attention

even, nuPhyllis lamed me out

what does intrigue some… is Neil blindness…. LOL… what potential for intrigue of the senses… what a daring romp … a lesson for Neil

this lesson with nuWIFE and his “step”son, 2 billion dollar “man” Devon…. is duller than dull

not one story…. course, it’s only friday eps… but… I daresay…

I was more interested in the Nikki and nuDRINKING “bud’ ding ” friend go where

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hmmm, Patrick…that is where we have a difference of opinion. I am enthralled by the Phyllis storyline right now. I await the ‘meeting’…..when Jack and she come face to face…I actually get chills. I hope the writers make this ‘finally here’ meeting remarkable and unforgivable.

Neil? Well, what a lost cause! Poor guy can’t catch a break…..boring repetition. He has no luck with his wives. First, Drucilla cheats on him with his brother…now, his present wife with his son? ….the most boring actor on daytime.

As yourself, I am looking forward to more scenes between Nikki and Maureen.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Disagree…doing much better and on track!

harry
harry

I agree–Y&R is doing much better. Patrick, not sure what you mean when you say nuPhyllis “Lamed” you out. Is that a good thing?

Also, I LOVE Mariah. She is the female Adam–conflicted, angry, hurt, defensive and terribly vulnerable. It occurred to me that it’s time to bring back Danial as a potential love interest for Mariah. Considering her twin sister Cassie had a huge crush on him and was driving his drunken self home when she encountered the deadly crash, I think a romance between the two would be really interesting. And I always really liked Danial. With the return of Phyllis, maybe this will happen.

CeeCee
CeeCee

And, Patrick? We agree on Maura West…but she’s bad. Will we see a new and ‘revised edition’? We shall see.
What really kills me is when Sonny tells Carly that Ava WILL pay for what she has done…..oh, yes, I agree. But, what about himself? Why should he get away with killing AJ?… .my beloved AJ!!! Methinks Sonny is too full of his superlative self……so omnipotent that he is allowed to get away with every dastardly crime he commits. …..voila’, Patrick…that’s how I feel.

CeeCee
CeeCee

@harry: I think that by ‘lamed out’, Patrick means that he was disinterested with Y&R, specifically Phyllis. To each his own, I guess.
But, au contraire, I found Gina/Phyllis overwhelmingly on the mark. I sized her up…thinking she would never be en par with Michelle Stafford. But, in a short span of time, she reeled me in and held my attention with every nuance in her facial expressions.
After all these months, I can finally look forward to watching some real action instead of sanctimonious Christine; sacrificial lamb Neil; almost-a-man-but-not-quite-yet Devon, making puppy eyes at Hillucifer; desperately-seeking-vodka Nikki etc. whew !!!!

Priscilla Kennedy
Priscilla Kennedy

GH is really silly right now, but keeps me tuned in with the hope that Sonny gets what is coming to him. B & B needs new story lines stat. I can go months without watching and miss nothing. The Liam/Hope saga played out long ago and they are just ruining the characters to come up with ways to keep it going. Between the repeat dialogue and flashbacks, this show is not worth watching for me.

jonboy
jonboy

GH is always silly. That’s what makes it GH.

su0000
su0000

It is not silly..
It is however very dark drama and way out of the traditional soap box…
GH is unique and has its’ own way, but far from silly and closer to prime time..
It is full of variety but nothing silly .. 🙂

Patrick
Patrick

I just don’t want any thing… ANY : thing : else happening to Maura West’ Ava

I thought she was already written in to a corner.. via AJ death…. and now.. more trivialized hate… via Jason

Maura West has done so much for GH…

Maura West is GH
Eileen Davidson is DAYS
Kelly Sullivan is Y&R

I can’t believe we have all this treasure

harry
harry

So I guess the Pickle Lila was the opposite of silly? It was a dignified and serious story.
Listen, calling GH silly is not stretch any more than it is an insult. Those who are calling it silly love it despite its silliness.

jonboy
jonboy

Okay, people freezing and being brought back to life is not silly? Anna Devine’s running of the PD is not silly? Sonny’s caricature of a mob moss is not silly? Milo and Epiphany, not silly? Obrecht as chief of staff of a major hospital, not silly? A murderous Cassadine head of the WSB, not silly? Dark drama? My foot!

Chloe
Chloe

Days is up because EJami is together again. They’ve always been ratings gold & the ratings go up when they’re together. Imagine how good the show could have been doing if not for the EJabby debacle. Sadly, Ali & James will be riding off into the sunset in a couple of weeks & I don’t believe the current storylines will help ratings very much. Dannifer is awful & loathed by most people. Ericole is just boring, as is the whole Jordan, Ben & Clyde story. Even Kristen has been mostly wasted this time around.

CeeCee
CeeCee

You’re right, Chloe. I had surmised that it was inescapable that EJami would once again be together, as a family. They will leave for parts unknown due to either imminent danger, or go on an extended vacation. …..how will the ratings hold up after that?
We agree on Dannifer. Daniel thinks he’s so righteous and God’s gift to women, children, and, well….to the human race. Jenny? What’s with the hair? A bun?????? Women with thin lips should not wear red lipstick. It looks like someone just drew two lines where her mouth is……..don’t the hair and makeup people know that? She is a pretty woman and still young to wear different clothes and sport different hair styles……why make he look so matronly?
I also agree about the other characters, especially Nicole. I love her….so gorgeous….she has been hanging on the vine for too long. Soon, she will look like a raisin…lol. Please, give her a REAL STORY……forget about Eric; he’s starting to get on my nerves….which is not a small feat, since he’s so beautiful…sigh.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

I’ve only been watching Days for a few months and I have to say I really enjoy it. I spent 2 years watching Y&R and trying to get into it. I finally had to give it up. It just didn’t hold my attention. Days is so much more alive. Things are happening. The characters have lives and you care what happens to them. I enjoy the stories. The acting is great. I am certainly going to miss Allison Sweeney and James Scott. They are terrific. My pal Kassie DePaiva is raising hell as Eve and I love it. And I’m so happy the James Read is there too. His character, Clyde, has a lot of potential and Read can definitely pull it off. Kate had better look out. Can’t wait to see what they have in mind for Mellissa Archer.

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

GH is a lot better and more entertaining than the others…but it still has some flaws and several boring characters…did Heather rescue real Luke…he was in that clinic that exploded so i thought…Days had an interesting week…i still believe Jordan was a prostitute and stepdaddy Clyde was her pimper…Eve not working for me but im still glad to see Kassie in daytime…Y&R i watch on occasion and i havent watched B&B in over a month…just grateful there are still soaps in daytime!!! Wish i got retro…wouldv’e loved to have seen The Doctors again…but my top favorite soap remains Coronation Street…love its character driven storlines and their more down to earth realistic portrayel of everyday middle working class life!!! A cable channel should carry British soaps!!!!!

David
David

Luke is in Miscavage the mental hospital in Port Charles. The clinic that exploded was Crichton Clark in a different town. 2 different places. Miscavage is the mental hospital in Port Charles that houses Heather although she manages to escape all the time. Since Robin Mattson is supposed to be back on screen soon it could involve her saving Luke but not sure that Tony Geary is back taping scenes as I know he had a major back operation that has kept him off screen longer than expected(except for a few scenes he taped before he left)

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

Thats right…forgot its Mscavage…i got both places mixed up…thanks for the reminder!!!

Phil
Phil

DAYS and GH are the soaps I watch consistently. Though I have watched all shows the past few. weeks. The CBS shows are ridiculous. GH is silly, but entertaining…you can tell what is Ron’s style. The writing on DAYS is superior to any of the other shows IMO. That is why I prefer it. Heterosexual are my ratings still:

1. DAYS
2. GH
3 B&B
4. Y&R

Max
Max

Ejami thats the ticket right now!

Matthew Place
Matthew Place

The only way is UP! The show deserves better ratings. Go DAYS!!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

You bet, Matthew…I am enjoying the splash of comedy today. The meeting, actually the bumping into each other, at the DiMera mansion was priceless…what a treat !!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Sorry, the meeting between Susan and Sami, that is…lol

Nanci
Nanci

I am strictly a Y and R lady, and always will be!
Could do without a few characters – Christine for
one, ugh…but I still adore the soap in general.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

If you like Eileen Davidson as Ashley, maybe you would like her as Kristen and Susan on DAYS. Give it a try.

Nanci
Nanci

I like Eileen a lot, and have thought about starting to check out Days, but I would
be lost, lol. Not knowing a thing about any characters or storylines, etc.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Ahh, Nanci. Christine has been canonized…don’t you know? Can’t you see her halo? LOL…She is little Miss Perfect…can do no wrong and is always right. She and Avery should move in together so they could bore each other to death…ugh, is right…LOL

@4ever: Eileen Davidson is the epitome of beauty, class, thespianism and personability. Her rendition of an urchin-like, white elephant Susan is nonpareil. I have never enjoyed watching Eileen perform more.

Nanci
Nanci

Lol, yes, that sums up Christine for sure!

Engrady Pind
Engrady Pind

I record Days as it is on opposite GH here in the midwest. This allows me the luxury of FF through every scene Sami is in. There are a couple of other characters I find deathly boring and their scenes also get the benefit of my finger on the FF button.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I hear you, Engrady. Soon, I will not have the luxury to while away the day…back to the grindstone….sigh. So, I will have to sift through my beloved soaps late at night.

harry
harry

This is GREAT news! Kassie is pulling off some amazing performances which of course comes to no surprise to anyone.

jeremy
jeremy

GH was interrupted friday!! 🙁 here in New Mexico.

Omar
Omar

So glad to see DAYS gaining a little steam..I started watching in 2012 and its just been entertaining even when at times the story lines drag on and on and the show’s current supercouple Jennifer/Daniel are kept apart for one reason or the other.

It has been the best soap the last couple of years, for the most part (when GH is written well, it tops any show) and with a smaller cast than GH and Y&R.

The head honchos at DAYS, should try anything in their powers to bring Roger Howarth to the show..He is not a good fit at GH as Franco due to poor writing..I think ratings will rise more if he came to DAYS and he seems tailor fit for this show, not to mention Ms DePaiva is a current resident and Melissa is coming soon, LOL..DAYS should try to get those lost OLTL fans to tune in, if they are smart!!

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

Days should hire Erika Slezak and Jerry Ver Dorn as Jens parents Laura and Bill Horton!!!

harry
harry

Love this idea–these two should be working in television. They are not yet ready for retirement.

Jared
Jared

Great job, Y&R and B&B. Both shows are very good right now.

Y&R is finally looking like a Bill Bell soap again. Who would have thought his own daughter-in-law would trash his legacy, only to have it semi-saved by JFP. Hopefully Mr. Pratt won’t ruin all the improvements that have been made.

Just a note to those who call Y&R slow moving and boring. I sort of get that because it doesn’t cater to the frozen world, demonic possession crowds. It is indeed slow moving, but it’s not boring. It’s just a more sophisticated show catered to a specific audience who enjoy slow-moving character-driven melodrama punctuated by life-changing events. LML and MAB tried to turn Y&R into something it’s not. It was a show that was not broken up until around 2006, so you don’t need to fix excellence and superiority. I give JFP credit for turning this show around because credit is due here, like her history or not.

For those who still outrageous claim GH is the number one soap, I just say that ship sailed in the last millennium circa 1988, before all 4 of my children were born. In the scheme of things, GH was top rated for a very short time. Small vocal minorities do not equal ratings dominance for a quarter century.

su0000
su0000

Y&R threads have 17 and under posts/comments..
GH thread has 125 posts/comments..
And that is usual.. GH threads usually get over 100 ..

goes to with is more intriguing 🙂

Jared
Jared

Like I said, Y&R has a less vocal audience. It’s always been that way. Thread postings don’t equal ratings. Y&R has a different demographic, pure and simple. It’s obviously a larger, much larger demographic, than GH has. That’s not to be insulting. It just means different people have different viewing and posting habits. I just think people need to get over GH not being top rated anymore. In the 25 plus years since GH has lost its short lived top ranking, numerous other shows have moved in front of it: AMC, DAYS, B&B, OLTL, etc. Meanwhile, Y&R has been numerically dominant above all daytime dramas during this period. Can’t spin numbers and actual viewers; and with all due respect, thread postings have nothing to do with ratings. Y&R viewers are actually watching and enjoying their favorite show and then proceeding with their lives.

su0000
su0000

I watch both Y&R and GH ..
thing is; Y&R is so boring, nothing happening, same stories going on for a long year that it has nothing to comment about because nothing ever changes nothing happens..
with GH..
something is always turning, being controversial, and new whatevers are happening, always something surprising or shocking.. so there is much to talk about with GH ..
and that has nothing do with ratings it has to do with which soap is moving and entertaining and new things happening, to have/get 150 comments ..
while Y&R comments are under 20, there is nothing new and exciting to comment on 🙂

harry
harry

(We are counting posts again)
Excuse the Reagan paraphrasing, but there she goes again.

You find Y&R boring, others do not. I find counting comments to be boring, you don’t.
Different strokes.

Ghlover
Ghlover

I am new viewer of DAYs( since 2014) but i can say its the second best soap and i am oy saying second because my allllllll time favorite is GH. Seriously though DAYs is realy a good soap… Y&R should take notes!! B&b well they are a lost cause lol

missmeka1987
missmeka1987

Love Days in front of my tv 5 days a week watching it you should also:)

Eh
Eh

I came back to DAYS last week after many years because GH has been putting me to sleep.

I am not surprised to see DAYS as the only soap to gain viewers, at least where I stand, as I watch the only other three left on the air, but now I am watching all four. But GH has become boring to me with the majority of the stories currently running.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Loving DOOL and all the soaps.

Mary SF
Mary SF

I find each soap has it own flavor and depending on your mood that soap will resonate with you– if you want romance then watch B&B- although it is the same romance story being told over and over, at least there is actual romance on this show.

If you want cops and robbers, murder, with a dash of humor and a passionate kiss or hot bedroom scene thrown into the mix every now and then– watch GH.

If you want the day to day drama of the lives of the rich and not so famous check out Y&R, but if you are in the mood for it all- watch DAYS–

If Forrest Gump watched a soap it was probably DAYS because this show is like a box of chocolates you’ll never know what you will get– it could be the dull boring vanilla center that is Jenn and Daniel, or it could be the spicy center that is Ejami making love. It could be the nutty center that is Kristen or the rum center that is Brady. There is a little something for every taste, but chocolates although tasty never really fill you up–but sometimes that all one needs- a treat and that’s it.

k/kay
k/kay

Mary regarding B&B.just watched Thursday & Friday’s shows just got thru pouring water on my tv from the scenes with Ridge & Caroline! Good night nurse I have not seen sexual chemistry like that in years! Bring it on!

Mary SF
Mary SF

I know every time one of those scenes comes on where Ridge is guiding her hand to draw my television is also smoking from all the heat these two produced. I must admit, as much as a part of me will always think of Ronn Moss as Ridge– I sincerely doubt he could have pulled off that smoldering sexuality this new guy has in these scenes. It is their relationship that helps me endure the endless triangle of Hope Liam and Wyatt.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Sure, Mary…the same could be said about GH….except the box of chocolates is a lot bigger and nuttier with fudge and vanilla swirls.
You are right…there’s variety in all the soaps. I do not watch B&B ….never did. But, I am thankful for the other three.

dmr
dmr

You said it-Dannifer-how many times do we need to rehash the onslaugh of talks over the break-up? Daniel needs a hot. sultry leading lady! I like Jenn most when she is in scenes with Hope. I like their friendship-how close they are as cousins. Daniel always being the hero-needs to end, too-same ol’ scene over and over again.

Brett Bradley-Howarth
Brett Bradley-Howarth

Days and GH are the best soaps on the air and should be 1&2. B&B has hit an time low in storytelling and Y&R is on very shaky ground.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Awwwhhhh…what a beautiful domestic scene on Y&R…..Billy and Chelsea and Johnny and Connor …..all sharing in eating ice cream. !!!!! I wonder, will these two boys grow up knowing they’re brothers????

CeeCee
CeeCee

I must add….for those who have given up on Y&R (as I had, but no longer) , there will be hell to pay, if my predictions are correct. So, stay tuned….

Firstly, it is obvious to all of us, now that Phyllis is back, that doomsday is approaching for Sharon….Phyllis will surely go a-Viking……hopefully, she has not lost that unique spirit that only she can deliver. And, Kelly ? She won’t know what hit her…oh, quelle surprise !!!!!

What about the Billy/Chelsey/Victoria debacle? What are the chances that when Billy’s and Chelsea’s relationship becomes more serious and Chelsea wants custody of Johnny? It would not be the first time…in real life or otherwise. Chelsea is the bio mother which gives her two legs on which to stand her ground. If she and Billy were to marry, it would only reinforce her stance.

harry
harry

and today, of COURSE Sharon has to look incredibly silly modeling her bikini for Nicholas when Phyllis comes to their door. Perfectly in character.

dmr
dmr

I love the smaller cast, balance, and consistency of DOOL! The writing regime has really worked hard to get the show back on track-focusing on its core characters and families, the hospital, relationships, and romances. I absolutely love Eileen Davidson as Kristen Dimera. I would love to have the fearless demeanor (and style) of Kate Roberts! Love Casey Moss as JJ! I always have loved Deidre Hall as Dr. Marlena Evans! I love most of the cast! I’m happy the show is doing well! & I am beginning to like nuChad (nuWill-not so much).

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DAYS Promo: What’s Going To Happen At Jarlena’s Wedding Anniversary Shindig?

Coming up next week on Days of our Lives, prepare for drama, drama, and more drama! From the looks of the latest promo for the NBC soap opera, the action takes place at Marlena (Deidre Hall) and John’s (Drake Hogestyn) surprise one-year wedding anniversary soirée, where things could take a deadly turn!

But with the Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) masquerading as “Nicole” plot reaching new heights, Anna DiMera (Leann Hunley) and Tony DiMera (Thaao Penghlis) back in Salem, and the promo telling viewers “For one guest, the party, is over” followed by Sonny (Freddie Smith) yelling, “She’s got a gun!” and Brady’s (Eric Martsolf) ending line, “Oh, my God!” there is plenty to conjecture.

Also seen in the teaser is Kate (Lauren Koslow) trying to rip off the face of Susan Banks (Stacy Haiduk), and Stefan (Brandon Barash) and Gabi (Camila Banus) getting hot and heavy and Eric (Greg Vaughan) yelling, “No!”

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

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DAYS Stacy Haiduk and Eric Martsolf Talk Kristen & Brady’s Twisted Relationship : The Mask, The Deception, The Sex

Last week on Days of our Lives, Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) was able to get the man she craves in between the sheets.  So, just how did that happen when Brady Black (Eric Martsolf) had no idea she was alive?  Well … he still doesn’t, really.  You see, Kristen returned to Salem disguised as another ex flame of Brady’s, Nicole Walker (who everyone believed died in the warehouse explosion).  And Kristen has been parading around town donning an incredible likeness of Nicole’s face – via a prosthetic mask – and some other tricks to sound and look just like her!

Kristen’s goal is to infiltrate Salem, remind Brady of the love and passion they shared, take over DiMera Enterprises, and who knows what else!  And everyone who stands in her way, better watch out as we have seen! We are speaking to you (the late) Ted, and (once kidnapped) Kate, et al.

Fans of the NBC daytime drama series have followed the tortured relationship between Kristen and Brady for years and through many plots; Kristen was first played and brought to life by Eileen Davidson, and for well over a year now by Stacy Haiduk.  Not only has Haiduk reprised the role of a frustrated, vengeful Kristen, she is also playing at times multiple roles: the wacky and often misunderstood, Susan Banks, Kristen playing Susan, or Kristen pretending to be Sister Mary Moira.

As for Daytime Emmy winner, Eric Martsolf, this latest story arc puts him front and center as viewers watch to see if what Brady senses, and the clues, and the feelings he is having, bring him to the conclusion that he has been duped by Kristen, and that her horrendous scheme – pretending to be Nicole (Arianne Zucker), and dumping Nicole’s longtime love Eric (Greg Vaughan) to be with him have a result that is unexpected or catastrophic!

Michael Fairman TV sat down with Stacy and Eric for this conversation about: all the plot twists, and playing the drama and the humor of the situations they find themselves in as actors in a wild story that only head writer Ron Carlivati could pen and keep the audience on the edge of their seats in the process. Check out this oh-so-fun, direct, and enlightening chat with two of DAYS most shining stars.

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Eric, what has it been like working in this part of your storyline; where there’s the character of Kristen in its many forms: Arianne Zucker playing “Nicole” (but it’s really Kristen), Kristen as Susan, and the real Kristen, etc?

ERIC:  It’s been a nightmare Michael.  (Laughs)  I don’t know who I’m sleeping with anymore.  I’m at the point where I go home at night, and I just tug on my wife’s cheek just to make sure that she is not my ex-girlfriend from high school.

When you first heard of this storyline, and that it was going to facilitate how Arianne was going to come back to the show… and that it was supposed to be Kristen in a Nicole Walker prosthetic mask with a voice alternator, what went through your mind?

ERIC:  I think in the back of Ron’s Carlivati’s (head writer, DAYS) mind, he was thinking to himself, “This dude started his soap career on Passions, he’s okay with this kind of thing,” and honestly, nothing surprises me anymore.  When you’re thrown into that supernatural, crazy reality, doesn’t-live-here sort of atmosphere for you first soap gig, you don’t sweat a mask and a voice modulator.  That’s just par for the course.  My biggest problem was the body thing … that Brady is not able to distinguish one body from the other, because I would as Eric.  My God, I know every inch of my wife’s body.  So, it’s difficult to get my head around that, but at the same time, I’m going with the whole “love is blind” thing here. (Laughs)

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(Laughs) I was going just going to say that Brady would absolutely know Kristen’s body from how passionate their relationship has been in the past, as well, he would Nicole’s body from his relationship with her.

ERIC:  Since Kristen did finally just succeed – let’s use the word in “seducing” him, and using her wonderful feminine wiles as only Kristen has to get Brady in to bed, there was also another twist.  What plays after that is that he notices the tattoo that’s been removed, and she plays it off as scarring from the fire.  What’s going through his mind as he is making love to Nicole is a “Kristen train”.  He can’t get Kristen out of his mind, and the guilt that he feels about that is horrendous.

Right! Brady is thinking: “Why am I feeling this when I am supposed to be with Nicole!?”

ERIC:  Right!  Brady has been waiting for a relationship for God knows how many years now – at least a successful one.  He is so eager to have this work, even though he has been concerned about how Eric (Greg Vaughan) would feel about this.  In Brady’s mind, Eric is done with Nicole.  He’s good.  He loves Sarah (Linsey Godfrey).  This is fair game.  Brady and Nicole have always been close … they’ve been close before … so, for him, it’s, why not give it a fair try?   However, he finds himself now thinking about another woman the whole time.  That’s rough.

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Do you think in the back of his mind, that this whole time, he possibly knew that “Nicole” was Kristen?

ERIC:  Well, you just have to wait.  There will be a reveal eventually, obviously, but until then, let the games play on.

So, once Brady and “Nicole” have sex, he keeps thinking about Kristen?

ERIC:  Constantly!  She just plagues his mind.  I think he’s realizing that his affection for Kristen is anything but dead and is very alive, and I think this is Kristen’s master plan from the very beginning.  She knows that she pervades his soul, and once she does reveal herself, I would guess he would probably be surprised, maybe a little angry, but in the end … you can’t deny what your heart and your body wants, right?

One of my favorite recent scenes had Brady half-naked and Kristen as Susan getting into his room, because she was looking for the MIA Nicole mask she so desperately needed.  She finds herself gawking and lusting after Brady under her disguise, and he tries to remove himself from the situation and says, “Susan, I’m going to get in the shower…”

ERIC:  Yeah! And, “It’s not going to happen, baby.”

What was that like doing that scene?

STACY:  I loved it!  I thought Eric was brilliant in it.  I watched it, and I thought, “Oh, my God!”  (Laughs) It is one of my all-time favorite scenes.

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ERIC:  Kristen is a tiger.

STACY:  She is a tiger.  She’s got a goal, and she is going to go after that.  She has obstacles that are going to come in-between her goal, but she will go after whatever she wants.

When Stacy comes in to Brady’s room as Susan, were you not laughing?

ERIC: No!  I thought she was hot. (Laughs)

STACY:  He did … he loved it.  You liked me, didn’t you baby? (Laughs)

ERIC:  I don’t think anybody can deny that Stacy Haiduk’s portrayal of Susan Banks is ridiculously good.  Everything from her delivery … to her facial expressions.  I think it is amazing.  I mean, it is corny, and it is fun, and soaps need characters like that once in a while to lighten the load of the heavy dialogue and the drama.  It’s a welcomed addition.  So, I love playing scenes with Susan.

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Eric, you always have been able play the straight-man so well in comedic scenes with impeccable timing,

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STACY:  You’re brilliant, Eric.

ERIC:  You guys are being very nice to me.

STACY:  You are.  I remember on the day how much fun we had, but then, seeing it back and the crap that I was giving you, and just the stuff you were giving back was so beautiful, and innocent, and so alive.  It was so funny.

Does Kristen think that now that she finally got Brady into bed that she won … that she got what she wanted … even if she had to don a “Nicole” mask to do it?

STACY:  Well, no, because she still can’t be really Kristen.  I think she is grateful that she gets to be with him.  That’s one of her biggest goals: to be with Brady and she wants to have him fall back in love with her again.  But for her, now it’s all about, “How do I reveal myself so that he doesn’t get scared away?”  That’s the toughest part for her.  Kristen’s love is so deep that it goes beyond this mask.  So, how is it going to be when he sees her?   Is he going to freak out?  What’s going to happen?

ERIC:  Did you think Kristen would be a little pissed off and think, “Oh my God.  He did go for Nicole?”

STACY:  Yes!  I do, because she’s like, “Finally, I got him!  But wait a minute … did I get him because I was Nicole … or because I was Kristen?”  As Kristen, she always believes there is something deeper between them and a deep connection.  That remains a driving force to her.

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ERIC:  That’s why I love these characters so much, because of you and the history of Kristen with Brady.  She’s always wanted him as much as he has wanted her.  She’s always wanted to be loved.

STACY:  Yes … and very much so.

ERIC:  Kristen had always wanted to be a part of the DiMera Empire, just as Brady has always wanted to be a part of the Kiriakis Empire, and they’ve always wanted love.  They’ve never had it.  They believe in the back of their minds that anything is attainable.  So, I can see why Kristen would just forgo the Nicole disguise and just go, “He wants me.”

STACY:  Kristen wants to believe that Brady knows it.  She says to herself, “He knows it’s me inside and behind the mask.  When he finds out, he will fall back in love with me.”

Now that she actually had sex with Brady, wouldn’t that make Kristen even more insatiable to be with him? Like, “I’ve got to have him!?”

STACY:  The fear is still .. what happens she takes this mask off?  She always says, “I’ll reveal myself, but I have to do it slowly when it is the right time.”  I think there is that built up frustration now for her, absolutely!

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Arianne Zucker really has Stacy’s mannerisms down as Kristen.  It really comes into in scenes where “Nicole” goes off on someone or loses her temper.  Eric, you have worked with Arianne for years on this show.  What do you think about her performances in this storyline?

ERIC:  I have worked with Ari over the years, and I have enjoyed it a lot.  Ari did do her homework.  She did study Stacy’s tape, and she watched her mannerisms, and she took it very seriously.  I know that because she is a hard worker, as much as a goofball as she is, she does work hard, and she wanted it to be good.  I think my favorite parts were the Kristen meltdowns.  You have to understand though; Stacy and Ari get along very well!  They’re kind of two peas in a pod.  So, it wasn’t a big stretch for her to take on how Stacy would play those types of scenes.  They’re both animated, they’re both wild people by nature, and so, it was a good fit.  It was a smart idea from the writers.

STACY:  It was a good fit!

ERIC:  I’ve been out with the two of them, and it’s hard to tell the two of them apart. (Laughs)

STACY:  We are just like two cuddly bunnies.

ERIC:  They’re like flirting with each other, and hugging each other.  You find yourself thinking, “Are they going to start ordering the same food at the same time?  This is getting weird. (Laughs)

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In the recent scene that aired; where Kristen as “Nicole” turns off the light while having sex with Brady, is she worried her plan will now go awry?

STACY:  Yes.  I think she is worried about her body because it is burned.  You know, how they take a tattoo off, and it’s as painful as can be.  Not that I’ve had that done personally.  I like my tats, but I hear it is painful.  So, in the storyline, the burn is that pain that she has and the tattoo. There’s a part of her that thinks,  she has to cover it up, and turn the lights down low.

ERIC:  “Nicole” is sleeping, and Brady is rubbing his hands over her shoulder and touching her body, and as he goes over the burn marks.  He sees a flash of the tattoo!  That is a pivotal moment when he starts to put some pieces together.   He thinks, “Woah! That’s exactly where that tattoo was.”  It’s a slow little rollercoaster ride.

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In the past, Kristen then played by Eileen Davidson, drugged and raped Father Eric.  Stacy, did you ever see that story arc?  Literally the sex scene is playing on the screen at Kristen’s wedding to Brady and then all hell breaks loose.  This to say Kristen is notorious for the ways and the lengths she goes to get her men into bed.

STACY:  Yes! I saw her Eileen do those scenes.

ERIC:  You also saw how close Kristen and Brady were to their dream, to their happiness, their goal, which was they were going to marry each other.  Brady is looking upon his loved ones in this town and thinking, “I know what you all think of her, but I’m going to show you our love on this screen, and once you see the connection that we have here as a couple, you all are going to be convinced that we belong together as well.  This is the happiest day of my life,” and the screen comes up and it’s his brother banging Kristen instead.

Marlena (Deidre Hall) played the wrong DVD!

STACY:  It was so good.  See, I try to find as much info as I can on the character’s past, because all of the time I’m trying to find where these characters have been in their dark and twisted past.

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ERIC:  You’re putting your own stamp on Kristen.  You got a direct call from DAYS casting department, didn’t you … when they were recasting the role?

STACY:  Yes.  You have to understand, I had two really separate characters to play when I was on Y&R.  One was a doctor, and one was this crazy passionate, wild, little minx.

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ERIC:  I will say to find the wild and the beauty in one package is not easy in any town, yet alone Los Angeles.  I’m glad they called you, because you have that.  You have that villainous nature, but you also are able to show a vulnerable side to Kristen that is going to be a lot of fun and interesting to see.

Stacy is one of those people that will leap off of the screen at you and you will remember her.  She is one actress that will have fans talking about their work, like when you played crazy Patty Williams on Y&R.  The audience was on the edge of their seats going, “Oh, my God!  What is Patty going to do next?”

STACY:  I never knew what she was going to do!

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Eric, has Stacy come to you at any point where she been overwhelmed by the task at hand; playing Susan while playing Kristen, etc, and the two of you have a moment where you work through some of the challenges of complex scenes  … and ones where she is playing multiple characters?

ERIC:  We’ve had many moments  to speak of.

STACY:  I always come into Eric’s room, and am like, “I’m scared!”

ERIC:  It’s funny you mention it.  We have had some very emotional scenes, and Stacy – who cares so damn much about this job and portraying this character correctly – that she gets a little overwhelmed, and the material that they give her is overwhelming for any anybody on any level.  I have looked at her in the eyes, and said, “You’ve got this gig.  You are this character.  You are knocking it out of the park.  Just do it.  Just be you.”   I can’t wait for people to see some of the stuff we have shot recently and have been doing.

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Stacy, do you think Kristen can be redeemed? Many characters on daytime … and on DAYS … have done horrible things and later turned over a new leaf.

STACY:  The thing is that villains are bad and all that other crap, but they’ve got a lot of stuff going on inside and insecurities, and they’ve got a heart.  I’m sorry, the villain with a heart of gold, can be very  true.  I never see villains (and I play them a lot) as bad.  You have to find where it comes from … how far does this go … where did that little seed change … and what made them go into the dark, but also, where is the good?  You want to bring the good to it, too.

ERIC:  Let’s face it!  Star Wars is all about Darth Vader and how he became that because it’s intriguing.

Because of the pace in which DAYS tapes its episodes; do the two of you find time to run lines together before you go hit the set?

ERIC:  We are running out of time to run lines.  It’s pretty wild.  Funnily enough, I was recently filming a movie and I was so underwhelmed at the pace of everything.  I’ve gotten so accustomed to moving at this militant style, that as hard as it is, it is preferable to me now.  I almost like it because you don’t have time to overthink what you are going to do, and you end up getting more visceral and natural reactions to the material.  You can overthink a scene, and you can come to a wrong performance that way.  When you burn your fingers on a hot stove, that’s the most natural reaction you are going to get.  You can’t have ten minutes to think about how you are going to scream about that pain.

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But, would you like the pace of shooting the show to be a bit slower?

STACY:  I would like to, but I do think sometimes just jumping in, and going and seeing what happens is great.  I love that.  I do appreciate that.

ERIC:  It’s scary.

STACY:  It is scary.  I would love if we would get to do a rehearsal and then two takes just to see, and then they can mix  together what happens.  Sometimes I am hard on myself as an actress.  I’ve always been.  It’s that jumping in when you only get to do one take.  You have to just give it everything you’ve got.

ERIC:  You can have a second take.  Want me to give you a little secret?  All you have to do is screw up your last line.

STACY:  I can’t do that.   I don’t even need it to be perfect because nothing is perfect.  It doesn’t matter what I’ve done if I sometimes don’t feel it.  I need to feel it when I’m on that set.  I need to feel something because when I shut down, I close myself off.  It’s like an athlete who has just got to  train as hard as they can to reach their goal.

ERIC:  You’re an Olympic swimmer!

STACY:  You’ve got to do it as hard as you can.  You practice, and you practice, and you practice, and you practice, so that when you come to that day, you do the best you can, but sometimes you are disappointed because you didn’t get that one last thing you had hoped for.

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How do you view what happened to Eric with Kristen, who disguised as Nicole, tricked Brady into bed with her?  Some fans commented that that they thought it was akin to a rape.

ERIC:  No, I would disagree with that theory.  I believe there is a high degree of deception in this, but there is a willingness on behalf of Brady.  He’s not drugged.  He’s not being forced to do anything.  Deception, yes.  Rape, no.

Stacy, what do you think?

STACY:  Total deception.  There is no rape.  There is absolutely no rape.  These are willing participants; he just doesn’t know exactly who he is dealing with.

ERIC:  I appreciate the context of how somebody could construe that, and the seriousness of the matter.  I don’t think it really has a place in this particular storyline.

Do you guys think that Brady and Kristen are each other’s star-crossed lovers in a weird, twisted, bizarre way?

ERIC:  I don’t know.  I think they’re magnetism can’t be denied.  I think the hurdles that they’ve jumped through are astronomical.  Will they end up together in the end?  Who knows!  Will there ever be an end?  Who knows!  It’s definitely been one of, if not the most, in-depth relationships Brady has ever had.

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And intense!

ERIC:  Yeah.  They’ve just gone through so much to be together, and when you do that, anybody who is married knows that, that’s where the good stuff is; the wars that you win together and the battles that you go through.  When you come out of the war, and you’re still together, that’s the bond.  That’s what lasts.

What would Kristen do if she couldn’t have Brady in the end?  Would she find a new obsession?  What if she could not nab her man?

STACY:  Wow!  Hmmm. (Laughs)  She’s going to get her man.  She wants her man.  She wouldn’t settle.  She’d keep fighting.  I would say to her, “Kristen, keep fighting the good fight.”

So, do you think Kristen will reveal herself to Brady sooner than later? Will Brady figure out what Kristen has been doing to get to him?  Will Brady turn Kristen away if he knew she was alive and back in action  … or would he fall back into her arms? Share your theories via the comment section below.

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Daytime Emmys To Merge Younger Actor & Actress Category Into One As Gender-Inclusive Categories Are On The Rise

The upcoming 47th annual Daytime Emmys are already making some changes to key categories and specifically this one that affects daytime drama performers.  Word from Variety is that NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) is going to announce that they are combining the Younger Actor and Actress categories into one gender-neutral category

Not only will the Younger performer category be gender-inclusive, but network soap performances will be combined with digital drama series performances for the category.  Previously, for this past Daytime Emmys, NATAS had changed the Guest Performer in a Drama Series to be gender-inclusive.

This category was initially created in 1985 when it was called the Outstanding Ingenue and then from there tweaked into Outstanding Juvenile Female and Male, and more recently that morphed into the Younger Actor and Actress categories.

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Former GH star Hayley Erin (Ex-Kiki) and former DAYS star, Kyle Pettis (Ex-Theo) will now be the last female and male to win the two separate categories with this new move for 2020.

Fans of film and TV have noticed that on several award shows on MTV: their Movie and TV Awards and their VMA’s, there are several gender-inclusive categories, as well as the Television Critics Association Awards who for instance doles out Outstanding Individual Achievement in Drama in comedy.

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