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RATINGS: DAYS Has Strong Week! Only Soap To Gain Viewers!

The ratings for the week of July 23rd- 27th are out and it is Days of our Lives hot on the heels of their big cliffhanger, The DAYSaster, (before the show went on a two week hiatus for the Summer Olympics on NBC) that stood tall among the rest of the daytime soaps.

DAYS moved into third place ahead of General Hospital, and was the only daytime drama to add viewers for the week adding  + 103,000.  DAYS also added the most female viewers in the key demo of 18-49 adding +87,ooo, and for the first time in long time, was not coming in with at an all-time low in the rating share for that demo as well.   Could the fact that DAYS was going on hiatus helped the series?

Over at General Hospital, the lone ABC soap tallied 2,432,000 total viewers for the ratings period, and about -50,000 lower  in total than third place DAYS.    However it was the CBS soaps, The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful that took the biggest hits for the ratings period.   B&B lost the most viewers for the week  -91,000, while Y&R lost another -60,000 but still is managing to hold up the number one spot because they are so far ahead of the other programs official numbers.

Check out the entire ratings courtesy of Soap Opera Network here!  Then, it’s time to play “Soap Opera Armchair Quarterback Programming Executive”!  So, what would you do to keep the momentum of DAYS?  Did you like the DAYSaster?  What would be a good strategy for GH to move ahead of DAYS and capture the number three slot among soaps?  What can be done to help B&B and Y&R as their numbers were down this week? What would you like to see story wise on air on your favorite soap to make you want to tune-in?  Weigh-in and more importantly tune-in to your favorite soaps each day and watch the commercials!

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Loved the Daysaster. Looking forward to the aftermath/fallout. I hope when Days comes back we get a more balanced show, with more of the characters more often. It’s been a tad lop-sided recently. Some characters getting WAY more airtime then others. I am in the “key” demo, and I don’t just want to see the younger set. I love my vets, especially Drake Hogestyn and Deidre Hall!

I glad days of our lives gain viewers from the explosion cliffhanger and hears me hopen that aftermath. Keeps viewers tune in. Good days writers.cast.crew and producers.

Dool never disappoints this viewer of 20 years, I’m in my 30s I enjoy the younger set a lot and some of the vets.

The previous two weeks were must see t.v. for me. I hope they don’t throw away what they’ve already written and go backward like they did when they received 2.0 last November.

Personally, I couldn’t care less about “the vets” there isn’t a whole lot left for them to do that they haven’t already done, but I know they’re beloved so to keep DAYS on the air, I’m willing to take one for the team.

I am going to miss seeing Will and EJ interact but I am hopeful that this will be the beginning of a beautiful “friendship” for Will and Sonny.

The Daysaster and promise of new stories from writers who know the core of the characters we love has me checking back in!

I think if in order for Gh ratings to go up bring more characters from OLTL., that ‘s what the viewers and fans want. After all those are the people that boost the ratings abc has not figured it out.

Ditto!!!!!

Ejami, Ejami, Ejami !!!! General Hospital is the BEST soap right now I love everything about it. The only thing Days has is the chemistry between EJ and Sami and strange enough EJ and Will!!

GH needs to capitalize on the momentum of the Robin story. For the first time in a long time I was extremely engaged in the show during the scenes concerning that story. That is because it has to do with GH characters and hopefully will be linked to the history of favorites like Anna and Robert. I found Jerry Jacks to be very engaging. But he needs to be the tip of the iceburg. I’m HOPING that he is the frontman for Faison. Jerry and Faison together would be a scary awesome team! I will say that the Robin story needs to have a big payoff for Scorpio fans! We need to have Robert as a part of that story, otherwise we will feel cheated AGAIN by TPTB. I am NOT INTERESTED in the Trey, Kristina, Joe Jr, story. I am also not interested in Starr and Michael. Those characters get alot of airtime, which boggles my mind. They literally suck the air out of the show. How they get the amount of airtime that they do and I haven’t seen Felicia in ages just doesn’t make sense. It’s so frustrating. I like Todd, but he gets the most airtime out of everyone. It’s annoying. For once and for all, RC and FV need to get the message…we want our GH characters front and center and we want their history honored! GH characters should have the most airtime! Then we might be more open to newbies and OLTL characters. We need time to let these characters grow on us. They shouldn’t be shoved down our throats as much as they are. RC and FV seem to be going in an exciting direction with the Robin story, but they still have work to do.

GH gained over 700,000 viewers from their GAA lead-in and was down only slightly from the same week a year ago (when they had a much stronger lead-in with OLTL). They were also up a little in W18-49. After the disaster that was the previous regime, I never thought that I could be this enthused and excited about GH again, but FV and RC (and the wonderful cast and crew) have me anxiously anticipating every episode.

I agree!!!!!!!! A lot of good stuff will be happening on Gh..I read it in soaps in depth …..Aug. issue…………………Everyone one should buy & read it and see for yourself…This should boost GH ratings up….

GO DAYS! I will always root and support this underdog show.

Ratings went up with Todd and Blair, and then back down again. Also, it was nice to be mainly Sonny and Jason free until last week. Overall, the show is much better now than it was last year.

I agree…….

GO EJAMI!!!!!!

EJILL!!!

AND EJILL!!!!!!! I love them.

YAYAYAYAYAYAYAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Best soap opera on television since “As the World Turns” right now. I love it. Now rehire Sarah Joy Brown!!

Which show, Days or GH? I love both but GH is on fire right now.

I was speaking of DAYS. I find GH absolutely boring and dragged out.

I like were Gh is going…..Find it interesting & exciting …….

I’m sure some do, I don’t. I find it very predictable and very boring.

I like the story to do with Robin.. There will be exciting stuff happening in Aug….

Never watched Days… Faison on GH…..It would explode…I think it’s 50/50 on what characters are on Mon.-Fri. Everyone gets their turn…..Don’t like Joe Jr. either or Kristina………………….

Loving GH now. Best show on TV. Jerry back was huge shock to me. Loved seeing Robin also. I really hope Faison is involved too. The ratings should be much higher for This awesome show.

Every time I see GH, which is every day. I get so excited that it is coming on and then it is so wonderful, I am happy. That is the depth of this great show. To make me that happy to see it every day means something to me. Meanwhile Y&R has sunk to an all time low as far as I am concerned. Why the heck someone would put Victor with Sharon I can’t even believe it. It makes me want to vomit. That is the sign of a crappy show. I stopped recording it so if I watch it fine if not I don’t care. Go General Hospital. Love it.

DAYS is my #1 show….and honestly… I was an avid… everyday Y&R fan… it still surprises me.. that i left that show… and started watching GH… I’m so glad I did… I love GH… i’m with you… Nanc…. I look forward to the whole hour.

People. Give DAYS a shot… I rank it right up their, ratings wise… with GH.

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

i agree with both nancy and patrick i love GH my no 1 soap for me

i agree victor and sharon make me sick, weird, no longer dvr it or could care less
if i watch it, days is better but \joe mascolo was back on days

love sonny and jason i also think alot of air time on gh is given to starr, todd
too much, its GH not oltl but do love john mcbain

Am I the only one who thought the Daysaster was a dud? Mostly because I know they are killing off one of my all time favorite characters Jack! This is a huge slap in the face to long time fans of the show. If they were going to kill long time characters off at least kill a boring one like Austin. Carrie and Austin could have stayed for the charity event and Austin be killed in the explosion to free Carrie up to be with Rafe. Instead they are killing Jack and Madison and putting Jennifer with Brady which is terrible. I also loathe Nicole and Daniel. Nicole used to be a vixen but has turned into a boring heroine now. She always hated Rafe and Daniel and even Chloe back in the day. She always had to fight for her man. I’m just not sure what the Days producers are doing. The only good thing on the show is Will and EJ but that won’t go anywhere either.

The only thing that really interests me on Days is EJ. EJ and Will…. EJ and Sami.

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did you watch days 14 years ago… when Eileen Davidson was on? She rocked.. and was it. I am beside myself… LOL… waiting for her STAR return… Kristen and Peter Blake with Daddy Stefano were supreme… they were high brow and added so much class to DAYS… these three were in a class all to themselves. Imagine… these three back… i so wish Jason Brooks would come back, these three with EJ and Chad… Stellar company. the DiMera’s are back in top form.

Ew, if they put Jennifer with Brady, I’m not sure I can watch. His character has already flatlined and having him paired with Jennifer (who looks like she could be his mother) will just be the kiss of death for him. Another reason soaps are tanking, crazy pairings! BTW I’ll be ffing through all MR scenes from now anyway.

It looks like Brady and Melanie are coming…ew. Jennifer belongs with Daniel.

Wish MR had kept her tweet to herself, now she has created a PR nightmare for Days and Sony. The show is already in trouble, and her tweet with a “winky face” did NOTHING to help — but LOTS to hurt. Days and the other actors do not deserve to be harmed by her not being able to think before she tweets. She harmed her fellow actors, Days and her employer (Sony) to support fast food. If she had taken a half sec to think that Days is doing a gay SL and this could hurt the show, then maybe tweeting wouldn’t have seemed like such a good idea. I was also disappointed by what she tweeted to Candace Cameron (whose career is already washed up and also tweeted, but Candace had nothing to lose). MR’s tweet to CC made it sound like she really doesn’t appreciate or value her fans.

Didn’t think guys like watching soaps. My husband doesn’t care for them, he likes action stuff….

Susan, what a rotten thing to say! I didn’t think you were that kind of person. You are saying this simply because you don’t agree with what I posted. How sad. ;-(

It didn’t mean anything rotten ..And it has nothing to do with your comments at all.. You are totally off base…I don’t see anything rotten about my comment..You took it the wrong way……………….Has nothing to do with your post…How sad ,WHAT???? I was just trying to make conversation. I see e few guys on this site watch the soaps..All I was trying to say I didn’t think guys where interested in the soaps.I thought it was just a girl thing..But I was wrong about that. I was surprised that men like to watch the soaps too…That’s all…I wasn’t trying to insult you at all !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!You got the wrong idea…..Some men like to watch soaps & others don’t..That’s all I was trying to say…No harm intented…I hope this staightens everything out…Never expected that you would get upset about a harmless comment…I wasn’t trying to be rotten at all…

Lots of men watch soaps … just as lots of men write for the soaps. How far off the road do you live???

How far off the road do I live !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now that is not very nice… You don’t have to get nasty over it…I will avoid making harmless comments on any of your posts… I know men write for the soaps…You surprised me by your comments…To one soap lover to another let us just enjoy watching the soaps…Over and out…………….

Susan, I am sorry if I mistook what you said as a dig, but it did seem like an odd statement in this day and time. I guess we’re all a bit sensitive. Unlike MR, I 100% apologize to you because your comments have always been among my faves. I guess that’s why I was surprised. Glad you’re not a rotten person. I was just so surprised at the comments I saw elsewhere. Days is in trouble and I don’t want the show and its stars damaged by boycotting because of MR’s comments. Again, my apologies. I couldn’t imagine you were that kind of person. Glad you’re not. We are fellow soap lovers. Please don’t stop responding to my comments; after all, we agree on a lot.

Matt, apology accepted……. And I am glad you enjoy reading my comments..I get very passionate with my comments especially when it comes to OLTL & GH……….Feel free to reply to any of my comments.. I like reading the comments that i get in response to my comments….By the way OLTL was my favorite soap !!!! And I miss it still & always will. I have the cast picture & look at it everyday !!!!!!!! And GH ‘s new time in Sept. Taking OLTL’s timeslot seems weird to me..GH as long as I could remember has always been on at 3:00..I first start watching abc soaps with my mom & have never stopped watching them…I like my stories in the afternoon.Now I only have GH to watch..I guess something is better than nothing at all…Still want OLTL back..But that isn’t going to happen..ABC is so thoughtless in cancelling OLTL.. Again, apology accepted…

I am a dude and I LOVE Days of Our Lives! Tied with Degrassi for my favorite show ever!

Thank you, Susan. I do enjoy reading your comments. I hated seeing OLTL and AMC canceled, so I have stood strong with fans of both shows and have never watched either of the replacement shows (The Chew, The Revolution, etc.) I just don’t want any of the remaining soaps canceled. I am glad you have GH to watch, but I agree it’ll be weird seeing GH in OLTL’s old time. Still I’d rather see a soap in any of the time slots than more reality TV junk. Again, thanks for accepting my apology, Susan.

The Chew…I think it will be gone soon. Plus, GAA is not doing well in the ratings either. Maybe OLTL or AMC will return because talk shows and reality TV are not working for ABC Daytime.

I want that too. But Mr. Lee said they had no plans in reviving OLTL or AMC…That they were constantrating on GH & it’s new time in Sept…At OLTL timeslot at 2:00pm….I can’t stand The Chew or GAA..Never watch those crappy shows at all…They should be canceled ASAP!!!!! I want my stories in the afternoon not these reality/cooking/talk shows..I want OLTL & miss it a lot still….

With all these departures, EJami scenes (which I personally hate), and WilSon kissing, I think that more viewers will keep coming in. The only thing I see turning away viewers is the end of Lumi, and the coming of Safe.

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DAYS Blake Berris to Chat Live on the Michael Fairman Channel as Everett & Bobby’s Story Heats Up

The tale of Everett Lynch and Bobby Stein is starting to reveal itself on Peacock’s Days of our Lives, which puts returning cast member, Blake Berris front and center in story.

On Monday’s, February 26th episode of DAYS, the results of Everett’s CAT scan indicate he suffered a traumatic brain injury which jives with his story that he was in a car accident and spent in a year in a coma, or does it?

Stephanie (Abigail Klein) and Everett are reeling that Everett as Bobby Stein was married to Jada Hunter (Elia Cantu) and treated her badly. While Everett claims he doesn’t remember anything about his time as Bobby, despite his fingerprints matching those of Robert Stein’s, Marlena (Deidre Hall) ponders if he could be suffering from PTSD, which might explain his memory loss.

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Everett wonders if he has a brain tumor, but Marlena points out that they would have found it on the CAT scan. While there is no obvious reason for his memory loss, Kayla wonders if he is faking his amnesia? Marlena tells Everett that she is a psychiatrist and they should set up sessions immediately. Will it be revealed that Everett and Bobby are split personalities living inside one man?

Blake Berris is set to chat about the latest storyline developments and more, when he visits the Michael Fairman Channel on Wednesday, February 28th beginning at 3 pm ET/Noon PT.  Make sure to join Michael and Blake in the live chat for your turn to share your questions and thoughts on the story.

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Days of our Lives fans first met Blake when he played the character of Nick Fallon who was eventually murdered in 2014. Later, Nick made a few return appearances from ‘the grave’, in 2021 and 2023. Recently, Blake returned to the show in his newly-minted role of Everett Lynch at the end of October of last year.

Blake will talk about portraying Everett/Bobby, plus working his co-stars, and being a dad to his three boys, and more.  You can catch the livestream below.

Now, let us know, what is your theory about Everett Lynch and Bobby Stein? Looking forward to hearing what Blake has to say? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Days of our Lives Legendary Susan Seaforth Hayes Talks on the Horton House Fire Storyline, Mourning the Loss of Husband Bill Hayes & His Near-to-Final Performances

It has been an emotional time for longtime fans of Days of our Lives and beloved veteran, Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie Williams). On-screen, the iconic Horton home was burned to the ground in what appears to be a storyline-dictated decision that shocked many. In real life, Susan is mourning the loss of her husband and DAYS enduring favorite, Bill Hayes (Doug Williams), who passed away at 98 in January. Over the weekend, during the 2024 SAG Awards In Memoriam tribute, Hayes was remembered along with other motion pictures and television stars whom we lost over the past year.

Since the Peacock streaming soap opera tapes months ahead of air, the Horton home fire and its aftermath are currently playing out in all-new episodes with more on this story featuring Susan to come. Bill Hayes also appeared in several of these episodes making it all the more touching and heartfelt.

When Julie came back to the Horton home to see what remained of it after the fire, Days of our Lives fans were treated to a heart-tugging episode that streamed last Wednesday, February 21st. In it, newly-taped scenes of a young Tom (Zach Chyz) and Alice (Sydney Kathrann Smith) Horton telling the story of how they came to live in the house to raise their children, juxtaposed with Julie and Doug (and members of their family and friends), surveying what’s left of the beloved house, brought many a tear.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Susan Seaforth Hayes for this very candid and heartfelt conversation to get her feelings on the Horton house fire, and being given the opportunity to have a storyline at this point in her storied career. In addition, Susan provides some insight on what it was like for her ailing late husband to tape scenes at DAYS shortly before his death, what the series plans to do about writing off the character of Doug while honoring the legacy of Bill Hayes, and how she knew she had the greatest love affair that anyone could hope for in their lifetime, which in turn, has inspired all of us.

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I was shocked when they decided to burn down the Horton house. Were you at first devastated … and did you know that there would be a big story surrounding it?

SUSAN: I did not know how big a story was with it. I knew that many years ago, another regime had planned on trashing the set and getting rid of the set because nobody cared about the Hortons anymore. It was stopped by one person, and I was eternally grateful for that. This time I thought, “Oh, my goodness! I guess I’ll be meeting people for a cup of coffee at the Horton Square. No home, no roots, no reason to be called in,” and thinking that’s the end of Julie. That’s the end of Doug and Julie. Then, when they began to structure a story around it, I think all of this came up during the writer’s strike. So of course, I was curious to see how this was going to turn out. I enjoyed the aftermath, because in the aftermath, and a little bit before the fire, if you saw the show, I get to talk a bit about the history of the household and the people in it.

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In the special episode that aired last Wednesday, Julie gave Leo (Greg Rikaart) the family tree history of the Hortons for his story in the Spectactor.

SUSAN:  I’ve had a couple of good long soliloquies about the past. I’m fated to be the character that does that because I’m the one still standing. I must say, I do enjoy doing them. Emotionally, all I have to do is rerun some of the actors and my own family in my mind and the emotion starts to come, you know, the emotion starts to flow.

Julie talks to Maggie (Suzanne Rogers) immediately after the fire. She is upset that the Horton family Christmas ornaments are gone. Fans were not happy that they could possibly have burned up. Thank God! There was a happy ending when they were located and unscathed, or there would have been hell to pay! 

SUSAN: I knew that they were in the prop room and that they still existed. But how much they were going to put a story around their loss, I did not know. We don’t get to ponder the plot. We just get to show up and start doing it. I think on this particular matter, something as important as a structure of the original set of the show, there’s been quite a bit of interest. So, I can appreciate that.

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I was thinking, ‘Did they decide to burn the house down, because they were finally retiring the old Horton home set?’ What was the purpose of it?

SUSAN: They’ve done everything to make quicker set changes, which is remarkable and very efficient right now. The set designer said, “I’ll be interested in your input,” which was nice. The one thing that I loved that had been done, didn’t work. You couldn’t shoot into it. It was a federal mirror over the mantle. I loved it. The size was perfect. I was just delighted. And then, we tried to shoot it, and because of the roundness of the mirror, you got a perfect view of camera one and camera three. So, it came down.

This is Julie’s project to renovate the home. She’s determined to bring back all the memories and redo it?

SUSAN: Absolutely, which is another nice note to play for my character. She’s determined to make the house something that her grandparents would recognize and still feel comfortable in.

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What did you think of the episode that just aired where the show incorporated flashbacks of a young Tom and Alice Horton?

SUSAN: Well, I set it up. They had their own their own lovely scenes. I read them, and I’m sure the audience was charmed.

What do you remember when you first came to DAYS, and you were in that house, in that set?

SUSAN: What did I notice about the set? I noticed that it was a strange shade of green. (Laughs) It was explained to me that that dull color meant that your face would pop on color TV. I understood that. I loved the little window up the staircase. I’ve always loved that. And at one time, there was a model of the house that sat on the set on its own little pedestal, a little playhouse of the exterior of the house. Whenever the house was on (and remember this is when we were a half-hour and practically live, but not live, because there was no editing), there would also be the sound of a barking dog whenever we reached the Horton house neighborhood. We never saw the dog, but I’m sure his name was “Spot”, and I’m sure he belonged to someone.

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You shared so many scenes with Frances Reid (Alice) and MacDonald Carey (Tom) in the Horton living room set and up till they passed. Did they get along well with Bill? Looking back, how was your relationship with them?

SUSAN: They loved him. Well, Mac and Billy had worked together before in theater. Mac was very kind to me at the beginning and helpful. Frances was as well. As Frances got older, she got a bit testy. When someone says, “You’re not going to read the line like that … are you?” It catches your attention. (Laughs). I got peeved at Frances from time to time, but her intent was always to make everything as good as it possibly could be. I saw her come back from her stroke. learn to talk again, learn to do it all again. Not do it easily, but to do it at all was wonderful, and the same with Mac. In his last shows, he was very frail, but we’re actors. We liked being there.

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During the taping of the episodes surrounding the Horton house fire, Bill was mostly in them with you. How was Bill doing at the time you taped these scenes?

SUSAN: He was okay. He was up for it. He had difficulty moving at that point. So, they restricted his movement a lot. Bill always enjoyed coming to work a lot, and it was extremely difficult for him because he was blind, and didn’t move very well. And now, to do a scene with people who may or may not, have rehearsed with you, who may or may not, give you the exact cue, and when they are attempting to have you look each other in the eye, you can’t see who’s eyes they are, that was the hard part. The easy part was working with him, which was lovely and was a gift. It was a gift from Corday Productions that he was able to work within three weeks of his death, which I thought was super and extraordinary.

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That is amazing. Did Bill understand everything that was going on at the time of the tapings?

SUSAN: Absolutely. He understood what was going on. He just couldn’t see it or touch it.

The timing couldn’t have been easy for you with Bill’s declining health, and that the show was going to burn down the Horton home where you shared so many scenes and memories.

SUSAN: Well, it hasn’t been my greatest stretch. But I knew that life would be like this. I’ve had five decades of an absolutely wonderful, blessed marriage and a chance to work and a chance to live in my own home and travel, all good. And now, we’re going to have the epilogue. And the epilogue is the hard part, seeing rapid change around you and losing the people that were the center of your life. I’ve just been very fortunate to have cultivated some wonderful friendships, and to have a wonderful large family of Hayeses.

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You do realize that you and Bill were the gold-standard of what we all should be lucky enough to have in our lives. What an incredible, beautiful, passionate, loving marriage that the two of you had. You don’t see marriages like that anymore. We were all just in awe of the two of you. To us, it was the greatest love affair. You got to have that which is so extraordinary.

SUSAN: I know, and it was all Bill. I mean, any idiot could have been married to Bill Hayes and been deliriously happy. The guy was so perfect in every way that you really would have to pick something and blow it out of proportion to ever complain about any of his traits of character. He was just all good character, goodwill, and good humor. I just followed along and tried to live my life for him, with him, and follow his style, which I hope to carry on. I hope to be as good to people as he was to people, and, not be selfish.

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I always remembered how the two of you would come to the studio with your suitcases, ready to work no matter what material, large or small, they gave you. You showed up. You just had such great work ethic and you don’t see that as much anymore.

SUSAN: At the moment, it’s hard to find it everywhere. I think it’s probably generational. You cannot get too angry at people that are still holding up their phones in the one rehearsal that we have. I think it’s more convenient to receive your work electronically, but somehow it doesn’t seem quite as real. You don’t have a script in your hand anymore unless you print one up yourself.  Sometimes you haven’t met the person you’re working with. Well, that’s not unusual, but no rehearsal at all, that’s kind of marvelously new.

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Does Julie lean on anybody for emotional support as she tries to rebuild the Horton home. Who’s there for her?

SUSAN: As far as I can tell, nobody. I’m supposed to be the wise woman, and Marlena (Deidre Hall) is supposed to be the other wise woman. I haven’t had any scenes with Marlena for help. I would think Marlena would be the person I would be going to for grief counseling, for friendship, for all of that. I haven’t seen it in the scripts, yet. I’m still deeply entwined with Chad’s (Billy Flynn) storyline.

How is Billy Flynn to work with?

SUSAN: A pleasure. Billy Flynn has grown a lot as a human being and as an actor since I’ve known him. I’m really enjoying his company and really enjoying doing scenes with him. We rehearse and then we get on other subjects and laugh and talk and inform each other. We’re interested in a lot of the same things. He’s a new parent. He’s really devoting himself to that, to that experience in the best possible way. So, I’m lucky.

Do Julie and Chad try to figure out who set the fire?

SUSAN: Oh yeah.

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I kept thinking about how Julie got burned in the kitchen fire years ago and her face was scarred, At the time, your mother Elizabeth Harrower was writing DAYS and wrote that for Julie. Did you hate that story?

SUSAN: Well, I know where the story came from. It came up from something in mother’s own life. I knew the people involved, and I wasn’t crazy in love with the idea. Then, when it was supposed to go for six weeks and went on for months and months, I was concerned. Mainly, I was concerned that my face was going to be affected because of the appliance, the scars, that I was wearing. I was told by a dermatologist, “You’re going to have a little beard after this. Ripping your face every single day to get this off is going to be hard on you.” But, I seem to have survived.

Has the show even addressed with you how they plan to handle writing-off the character of Doug Williams, and how they want to honor Bill?

SUSAN: Only in the smallest way. I had a conference call with the producers and our head writer last Friday. I was informed about the immediate, immediate future. I’ve also been promised that they’re going to keep me busy. It’s a cast of over 40 people. I’ll be happy to show up and to be included.

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I was just hoping that whatever they decide to do with the character of Doug that they were going to run it by you, first.

SUSAN: They have, and they have been very sweet about it.  I’ve got to tell you, this regime, they have a sign up on the wall now, that says, Things we expect on this stage.”  The first one at the top of the list is “kindness.”

Have you watched your work back all these years? I know some actor’s never like to watch the scenes they taped.

SUSAN: I think you learn by watching yourself, if you have an open mind, and if you are not hypercritical, or dismissive. I cannot be dismissive of a character that has given me such a wonderful life. I’m still interested in Julie, perhaps I wouldn’t have been if I’d been on the show for three years and never returned to it. But I’m quite interested in her now, and what she has to offer as a member of this ensemble.

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Julie’s ties to the whole history of Days of our Lives from this point on are very important. How do you feel about that?

SUSAN:  There are those that don’t care about the history of the show. I know that. I know there are those that only care about continuing with something snappy to keep eyes on the screen through action, adventure, drama, death, kidnapping, missed opportunities, all that, which I suppose that’s what the audience craves. But, that’s not just what the show can do. What the show can do so well is character. There’s a lot of people over 70 who are still on the show now. I’m the oldest one, but I’m not the only one. We’re coming up on the 60th anniversary. I don’t think the show is worn out. And if it is, it’s had a remarkably successful six decades.

Lamon Archey (Eli) is back on DAYS for a stint. What has it been like to work with Lamon as his on-screen grandmother?

SUSAN: I think he’s terrific and visually he is so beautiful, so appealing. I think both Eli and Lani (Sal Stowers) are very appealing as characters. I’m delighted to be connected to Eli as a family member. That was a lucky break for me.

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Do you think DAYS fans are going to continue to be emotional in the aftermath of this fire and all the story that comes out of it? Do you think we’ll be touched by what Julie goes through to get the remains all cleaned up for a new house?

SUSAN: I think anybody in America who’s gone through a disaster, and have unfortunately had the disruption of their home, will be sympathetic and interested in how it all turns out. It’s a nice note to play. We haven’t had to do that very often. We just go from one lovely apartment to another without much discussion. I think this is the one set that meant a lot to people. I was very sorry to lose “Julie’s Place,” as it turned into kind of a sandwich shop. I still loved having a business, a tangible place to be, and an alternate place for people to meet.

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Upon reflection, what was your favorite scene with Bill? Was it when Julie and Doug got married on-screen, or was it something else that was much more intimate?

SUSAN: I think our last scene is going to be more important, emotionally. I think the first wedding was beautiful, but the material around the time of our second wedding, when Brenda Benet (ex-Lee) came back on the show and Doug stood up to her and says, “I’m not going to be manipulated anymore,” was also strong. There has been a lot of very important times – when Doug was killed-off by James Reilly, and we met in the tunnel of light. That was a day. That was a difficult day, which I certainly can’t revisit right now emotionally. When Julie found out Doug had run off and married her mother, Addie, that was a day. It was a day because, I went to the producer at the time, Jack Herzberg, and said, “Is this it? Am I not going to work with him anymore?”And he said, “Right! That’s it. You’re not working with Bill Hayes anymore.” We were not married at the time, and I thought I was going to go through the floor! That wasn’t a happy day.

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In terms of Bill’s final day on the set with you, did you know that it was his last, and what would turn out to be his last scene?

SUSAN: Well, they didn’t know. But I knew. I had been allowed to rewrite it. So, I can’t tell you Bill’s last line now, of course, but I will in time.

What do you think about the sentiments shared by Susan on her late husband, and this storyline? How do hope the show properly honors Bill and Doug Williams when the series writes-off the character? Are you enjoying the Horton house fire story arc or does it upset you too much? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Daytime Stars We Lost Remembered in 2024 SAG Awards In-Memoriam Tribute

On Saturday night at the 30th annual SAG Awards streaming on Netflix, several stars from the world of soap opera were remembered in a very moving In-Memoriam segment.

Honoring those actors we lost this past year, and set to the song “How do I Say Goodbye” by Dean Lewis, the screen was filled with so many heartbreaking losses.

Those who were remembered in the tribute included: Bill Hayes (Doug, Days of our Lives), Ellen Holly (Carla, One Life to Live), Nicolas Coster (Lionel, Santa Barbara et al), Tyler Christopher (Nikolas, GH, Stefan DAYS), Billy Miller (Billy, Y&R and Drew, GH), Sharon Farrell (Flo, Y&R), Arlene Sorkin (Calliope, DAYS), Kamar de los Reyes (Antonio, OLTL), Jeffrey Carlson (Zoe/Zarf, AMC) and Mark Goddard (Ted, OLTL).

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Other notable stars who passed away and were included in the tribute were: Chita Rivera, Andre Braugher, Suzanne Somers, and Matthew Perry.

Before the video package was played, actress Naomi Watts took to the stage and shared, “We have lost so many extraordinary actors in the past year, but because they touched the world with their talent, we all share their loss. To those of us who worked with them, alongside them, we feel their loss and their absence deeply.”

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She added, “Of course their memory will live on in our recollections of the precious time we shared together — and through their work, their performances captured in countless frames of images, ever ready to dance across the screen and come to life again, if only for a while.”

What did you think of the In-Memoriam Tribute at the 2024 SAG Awards and seeing a lot of familiar faces being included who represent the soaps? Comment. below.

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