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RATINGS: DAYS Has Strong Week! Only Soap to Show Total Viewer Gains!

Looks like fans were tuning back into all the melodrama leading up to the shooting of Stefano DiMera and Lexie facing death with her inoperable brain tumor on Days of our Lives.  The soap rebounded into the number three spot ahead of General Hospital and was the only soap to gain in total viewers for the rating period of May 28th to June 1st!  DAYS gained + 102,000, while all the other soaps, Y&R, B&B, and GH lost total viewers.  In addition, this is the first ratings period we have seen in a long time where DAYS did not lose any ratings shares or viewers in all the key viewer demos, either.

Now of note:  because Monday the 28th was Memorial Day, none of the ratings of your favorite soaps were counted that day, as you will see in the complete ratings data courtesy of Soap Opera Network. However, there was some good news for all the soaps, in that, all four soaps showed gains in the key 18-49 female viewers demos.

As per usual, there was no change at the time with the the top two rated series, CBS’ The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful firmly the top dogs, while GH slipped to the fourth position among all the remaining daytime dramas.  As we have previously reported, tune-in at this juncture is paramount.  So, whenever you can make, sure to try to catch all your soaps!

So now that you see this week’s ratings analysis, are you digging DAYS again?  What is working for you on your favorite soaps?  What needs to be adjusted to make you want to tune-in more often? Or, what do you think needs to be done for the soaps to try to capture more viewers and the fascination of the mainstream audience who has tuned out to the soaps?  Put on your executive programming hat, and share your thoughts!

 

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Pam
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Pam

I’m glad for any improvement in ratings because I don’t want to lose my show and because I know the actors are giving their all despite the awful writing. I’m really looking forward to the Tomlin/Whitesell work to begin airing. It doesn’t matter to me who shot Stefano since he’s not dead anyway; Lexie’s departure will be heartbreaking and Renee Jones is doing a great job in her portrayal of a dying woman leaving her little boy; Carrie needs to pack her bags and go already; Kate and Junior’s storylines after messing with documents and secret letters should get interesting;… Read more »

Dorothy
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Dorothy

I am happy for any gain in Days ratings. ^^^Not a safe fan and hope they never go back to that boring twosome again. Ejami brings the hot, natural chemistry they have to the show. They have always belonged together and it’s time they were given their chance.

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Avelina loves Santorini Greece

I love your comment. I agree totslly. SAFE were so boring and EJAMI are hot. however Tomlin is a safe fan and that worries me. I am happy for the ratings increase.DAYS has been so good lately.

JustMe
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JustMe

No, I’m not digging Days again and probably never will. People keep leaving that show, viewers and cast members alike. There will soon be no one left in the cast that I like. With Molly leaving, the only person left that I care anything about is Peter and we still don’t know if he’s staying or going. I’ve moved on to one of the top dogs, B&B. The problem here, though, is way too much of the Steffy/Liam/Hope triangle. Enough already! Wrap it up and move on! Then they’ve started this story of Caroline and her two mommies, but we’ve… Read more »

Stephanie
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Stephanie

So happy that Days gained again. Not looking forward to the Olympics pre-empting my soap this summer!
Wish we’d see more John and Marlena in a full-out story of their own, with others helping out, love when a lot of the cast is inter-twined in a story arc. More romance for John and Marlena too.
Also, would love to have Matt Ashford, and Christie Clark stay. Bring back Eric, Belle, Shawn, and Claire too.

david
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david

Days was preempted on Friday for the French Open. Sometimes soaps are interrupted for breaking national or local news. My local stations feel compelled to interrupt for every multiple murder, police chase, or mayor’s press conference, etc. Don’t the networks and local stations understand that if people make their afternoons free to watch soaps they don’t care about sports or news, which can easily wait for another couple of hours?

barbara t
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barbara t

Your absolutely right david. A couple times last week our local news went on as soon as general hospital was to start, and I am yelling out loud calling them jerks, why couldn’t they do it when that stupid revolution was on who watches that? Seriously, if a tornado is about to hit my house ok interrupt my soaps for anything else I will catch it on the evening news on another network of course. I do miss my local abc news but until the soap problem is fixed I can’t watch

lisa
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lisa

Maybe if RC would stop killing babies – GH would rise in the ratings.

david
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david

Agree. Who thinks children dying in car accidents, infant mortality, and mothers’ grieving is fun?

barbara t
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barbara t

It’s not. but I hope there is a light at the end of the tunnel and things get reversed.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Agreed! I’m loving GH, but hate storylines that involve kids dying. How many kids have died on RC’s watch? Too many!

lovin_safe
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lovin_safe

Yes I want the ratings to improve but I don’t see that happening until DAYS gets back to some normalcy. I really don’t care who shot Stefano he is alive somewhere. They need to put a disclaimer at the end of every show saying “subject to change until Tomlin/Whitesell take over”! I’m ecstatic that Carrie is gone it would be nice if it was tomorrow! With her insane tweets sounding like a jealous wife to her terrible panting over Rafe from the moment she got back to Salem, if I never see her again it will be to soon. I… Read more »

Scribbles
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Scribbles

I thought they had to rip everyone apart to sell Sami and Rafe.

Sami wasn’t Sami and Ej wasn’t Ej and we never knew who Rafe even was.

Britney
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Britney

I never liked Sami and Rafe for that reason. Sami actually turned into Carrie while she was with Rafe. He made her boring as heck, and Sami Brady should never be boring. No wonder he felll for Carrie. She’s the real thing.

EJ and Sami have a pull to each other that I don’t think they understand most times. Even Will realizes that!

Dmitri
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Dmitri

I completely agree. I LOVE EJole and EJami will NEVER work or be as good together. For those who say Sami and EJ always only loved each other, NOT TRUE!!! In 2010, when EJami was going to get married, Sami kept fantasizing about Rafe. You do NOT do that when you’re in love with someone. I wouldn’t mind a Safe reunion, but I LOVE Cafe, and heard rumours that Carrie will return solo sometime in the distant future, meaning a Cafe reunion. Also, I like the idea of Racole and Lumi, though it seems like Daniel and Nicole might be… Read more »

Avelina
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Avelina

So when EJ was at the alter with Nicole he was thinking about SAMI and when he was making love to Nicole he was thinking about SAMI.

Vicky
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Vicky

I’m still not interested in what’s happening with the show! Most and foremost, I hate what MarDar did to the characters and my fave couple, Sami and Rafe! They are the reason why I watch in the first place. Since they are apart, I have no reason to watch!!! Who cares who shot Stefano?? Just die already! The Dimeras always get away with murder and really, it’s starting to annoy me! I hate to see Matt Ashford leave. TPTB didn’t even give him a decent SL! Maybe, Jack & Jen could have worked together again in the Salem Spectator. That… Read more »

Dmitri
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Dmitri

I agree. Sami cheating with EJ because she was sad was SO stupid! While I like both Cafe and Lumi, and enjoy Nicole’s chemistry with Rafe, I think that Safe was a good, genuine and realistic couple that only got split up becaues of two reasons: Sami’s horniness and the writers’ foolishness.

Scribbles
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Scribbles

For the first time in quite awhile I couldn’t wait to watch DAYS. Color me shocked. I’d about thrown in the towel.

EJ/Will/Sami top notch stuff. Lexie telling Abe how she’s not ready to die made me misty.

Some of the stuff is kinda silly with the Who Killed Stefano and the keystone cops and wanna be murderers, but other than that. Better than it has been since November.

Barb Harnedy
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Barb Harnedy

General Hospital desperately needs some romance and happiness right now!! My vote is for Dante and Lulu to take center stage again, since their chemistry and fun-loving ways are addictive!! There is way too much sadness on this show right now, and I could really do without the Llandview residents until we get our missing GH cast back on screen….especially the talents of Dominic Zamprogna and Julie Berman, but also Jason Thompson and Lisa LoCicero!! I am loving crazy as a loon Heather though!! Also loving Anna as the new police commish!!!

brenda
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brenda

It would be great if we could get Lante and some love in the afternoon on GH instead of dead babies, baby swaps, and how many people have been killed off lately. Not the way to raise ratings.

Sue
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Sue

ABC needs to promote GH during prime time and through out the day.

barbara t
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barbara t

They won’t do that because they are to dam cheap, they are saving there money for katie, the view, the chew, that good afternoon america garbage and their ads for there prime time crap shows, what a waste of money and time, I hope the ratings go even further in the toilet then they are now.

barbara t
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barbara t

OOPS, Except for general hospital.

Heather
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Heather

Actually, they do now promote GH during the day. But not during the night.

barbara t
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barbara t

Really, I wouldn’t know anymore because I don’t watch any of their daytime shows except general hospital and all they do is show whats happening on the chew the next day or into the next week, Even when I did before they canceled the soaps they never, daytime or prime time promote the soaps and abc was always on in my house.

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cathy trinque

I started watching Days since AMC ended. I am getting into the storylines but some of the characters are really boring. I want to see more folks come to GH from OLTL and then maybe some from AMC. I want to support soaps.

Susannah
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Susannah

As a fan of the hospital staff on GH, there really isn’t a reason for me to watch right now. I’d love to see a story with Patrick moving on from his grief, Elizabeth dating Ewen (not being stuck in Jason’s story!) I’m really sad to see Matt go because with Robin and even Maggie, that’s a loss of a lot of the hospital side. GH is all about the mob people and the OLTL stars, I’m not really interested in any of that, so I don’t care about the story lines on the show right now. Maybe they will… Read more »

Lee
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Lee

I still don’t have alot of interest in Days. I watch occasionally because of the Lexie storyline. Renee is doing an awesome job and i have definately needed a few tissues during her scenes. These writers have ruined so many couples and characters , i hope the new writers can start to fix the mess that they had created and start writing some good storylines. We need storylines that revolve around family, romance, friendship , not storylines that revolve around people bed hopping and blackmail, these stories have been done over and over . These new writers need to start… Read more »

Deborah Kallus
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Deborah Kallus

I can’t wait to see who else is getting the axe…Hopefully, Rafe and Brady…Both are useless in my opinion. So glad to see Ian, Carrie, Austin and Madison will soon be gone. I wasn’t overly upset to see Jack leaving, I can’t say why but he doesn’t do it for me. If Jennifer is staying, I would rather she be with Daniel. Now, if the show would hurry up and put EJ and Sami back together again, I would really be happy. Safe was the most boring couple and I ff thru their scenes. I much prefer Lucas and Sami… Read more »

Dmitri
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Dmitri

Jennifer and Daniel DO need to reunite. Her and Jack being together is SO dumb and outdated! But I disagree about an EJami reunion…bring on EJole! I respect your opinion, though.

Avelina
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Avelina

I demand EJAMI as well.

Ree
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Ree

Days need to write a real love story for EJ and Samantha, they need to commit to this chemistry filled, dynamic and compelling couple. They truly are supercouple material & that is Days forte. Follow the chemistry, give them their chance. James Scott and Alison Sweeney are in a league of their own, they are so charasmatic together. The show needs to capitalize on it’s best asset and move forward with this love story,

Sean
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Sean

GO GH!!!! WE ARE RIGHT BEHIND B&B IN 18-49….THATS ALL THAT MATTERS ANYWAYS! KEEP WATCHING GH. & GO TO ABC.COM & LET IT PLAY ALL THE WAY THROUGH…THATS COUNTS IN RATINGS!

Maggie
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Maggie

I’m only watching Days ATM. Some of it is good and some, not so much. I’ve really enjoyed Lexi’s story, and I’m glad Renee Jones is getting a good farewell on the show. I’ve loved her scenes with Abe and EJ and Stephano. So touching. And Renee, along with James Scott, James Reynolds and Joe Mascolo, have given moving performances. I’m enjoying Will’s story although I think he’s being more than a bit of a pill to Sami. And I love Chandler Massey. I liked the staging of Stephano’s death, although I’m praying the Phoenix will rise again. Joe Mascolo… Read more »

Vinnette
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Vinnette

This past week seemed to be the only week that it actually felt like sweeps. The previous weeks felt like it was for a non-sweeps period, very odd. Some good things happened so I’m happy about that. For example, I cry every time I see Lexie try to make amends and final requests with those she loves and I lost it when she talked with EJ. I was pitiful! However, there are a lot of things that needs to be fixed on this show. The pacing is horrible. People seem to have the same conversations every week, as if viewers… Read more »

Tina
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Tina

Happy to see an increase in the ratings. It’s a start but so much work has to be done to save these shows. I’m trying so hard to hang in with DAYS – Marlene and Darrell wrote a good Will story, brought Sami back to life and created an EJ/Will relationship. However I have serious issues with their pacing of the show. I hope Tomlin & Whitesell will improve pace and finally move many of these stories forward. My personal belief is that DAYS cannot go back to Safe/Ejole or the like – those couples played out long ago and… Read more »

Maggie
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Maggie

“You simply can’t go back.” Perfect explanation for why bringing back old characters and keeping them in old plots didn’t work out for Days. Fans want new twists on old themes, which is precisely the reason why Ejole, Lumi, or Safe should stay in the past.

Marlee
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Marlee

Dear god I hope they don’t “fix” Safe. Lucas and Sami is a better couple, EJ and Sami are the best.
I don’t think Days can afford anymore Rafe worship. They’ve already pushed that couple past my tolerance level.

I’m living the who shot Stefano story because of all the cast interaction. I like seeing so many characters involved in the same storyline.w

Dani
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Dani

I’m happy to see that Days is making a gain in the ratings. The writers need to continue to build on the relationship b/t EJ and Will, and bring EJAMI closer. EJ and Sami deserve a real love story. James and Alison make the show worth watching in my opinion Lexie’s story line is very moving, and I’m mildly interested in the Stephano whodunit. Get rid of Madison, Ian, Gabby, they are all useless characters. Wrap up this Nicole pregnancy story line. Nicole hiding the baby from EJ is just a repeat of what Sami did with Sidney. Great to… Read more »

Feisty
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Feisty

It was a good week. Really liked the noir dramá of the Stephano shooting.
Thoroughly into Lexi’s last scenes. Makes me cry and over the years what they did with her character made me dislike her.
But the best parts — of course! Are the Ejami interactions!
” 50 shades of messed up,” Samantha declares to EJ and women all over the land swoon!
There is no Days, for me, without Ejami. Therefor, I won’t be watching a day next week. ::/

Dmitri
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Dmitri

Days is doing really well by having Will storyline more than just him being gay, but also have him come out and point out the subtle hints of a flirty relationship between him and Sonny. Maggie and Victor have some drama FINALLY after not being seen for a while. The Gabi thing looks like it will end soon, and Melanie is leaving so Melanie and Chad will probably discover her secret, as will everyone else. But with Melanie leaving, does that mean that Chad and Gabi will reunite? If Chad discovers that Gabi has been trying to split him and… Read more »

Britney
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Britney

I think EJ and Sami are borderline soulmates or they wouldn’t do and say what they say to each other and still end up in bed. They’ve had a pull to each other since he showed up in town, and it’s still there. Jack should leave Jen because I’ve really come to dislike her. Especially the way she treated Jack during that awful Jack/Jen/Daniel triangle. Now her and Jack are engaged and I didn’t even see their reunion on screen. Such bad writing there. Chad can leave town and take Gabi and Rafe with him. In fact he should at… Read more »

Dmitri
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Dmitri

Well, Melanie (and Ian) are leaving town anyway. Melanie will not be here for July, and Ian will be gone after summer break. I like Gabi, Chad and Rafe being on screen, but they need better storylines. If Carrie is leaving, we can see more of Rafe being at work, interacting with Gabi, Nicole and Daniel (and maybe Sami..), and just being more interesting. But I will miss seeing him with Carrie. Gabi needs to either move on or get with Chad already! I think she will be interesting when everyone finds out about her stalker thing, and how Rafe… Read more »

Susan
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Susan

I would love for Days to finally give Ejami a chance. JS and AS have such a unique interaction when they are actually allowed to be together. Chemistry between actors can NOT be forced it HAS to come naturally and it is definitely there with JS and AS. I am so tired of the Days of the Perfect, Hypocrite Rafe and the even more hypocritical Brady Clan! No wonder Joe Mascolo is getting pissed off about how Stephano is being written. Ooops global warning, lets blame the Dimeras, oops earthquake lets blame the Dimeras, oops someone farted, lets blame the… Read more »

Silo
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Silo

I am loving the scenes between Sami and E.J. Ali and James have tons of chemistry and I can’t wait to see them finally become a couple! It’s their time now, all the other couples got their chance! EJami is the best thing about DAYS (right now). RJ is doing an amazing job, Lexie is making me cry. I will miss her terribly. I am also enjoying the relationship between E.J. and Will. I love Bill and Katie over at B&B, I love that Katie is pregnant. Now I just need Hope to dump Liam, Steffy can have him! Love… Read more »

Britney
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Britney

Yay for Days rising! I’ve been loving EJ and Sami lately and can’t wait to see them toogether. Those too are just amazing in scenes. The way EJ looks at her is breath taking. I’ve never got that vibe with EJ and Nicole. Always got the vibe that EJ was settling because he couldn’t have Sami. And now they’ll be extra drama with Nicole pregnant. I still want EJ and Sami together in the end. Loving the Will story, and I’m so sad about Lexie. I just learned from my Aunt that the actress is leaving so Lexie really will… Read more »

Nicole
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Nicole

In this time when all soaps are hanging on and trying to survive, I am thrilled that DAYS did so well this week. They were showcasing a few of their best actors in some really dramatic material. We had the very emotional storyline with Lexie (Renee Jones) and how she is deteriorating and saying her final good byes to her family & friends and making peace with her family. Truly emotional – charged and powerful stuff from her! The Stefano storyline has got everyone going and what a way to end it, leaving everyone hanging on! The dramatic opera music… Read more »

Kaitlyn
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Kaitlyn

I love Days! I thought the Stefano murder was fun to watch. I hate that Stefano was murdered, but hopefully he’ll be coming back!
My 2 fave dynamics on Days are EJ/Will and EJ/Sami.
I also enjoy Will/Sonny and Will/Sami scenes too!
I primarily watch Days for EJAMI and hope to see a romance between them soon! EJAMI fans have waited 6 years to see them together as a real couple and it’s time for them to be together! Such amazing chemistry!

briggs
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briggs

Days has had some good moments lately. I’m interested in the “who shot Stefano” storyline, but I have a feeling that the Phoenix will rise again and that none of the investigation will matter in the end. What I’ve really enjoyed are all the scenes with Lexie (heartbreaking!), as well as Will and Sami. Go Renee, Chandler and Ali! Sami is my #1 favorite character on Days, and I feel like the real Sami has returned after the past few years of a weird adaptation of Sami beginning with the horrible “Safe”house. Thank you soap gods for getting her away… Read more »

Dolly
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Dolly

I am loving Days, now that Sami is returning to herself, and spending more time with Ej. I will not miss a day, I want to see every bit of returning Ejami.

camilla
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camilla

Just want to say that I normally don¨t watch soaps, but after seeing the couple EJami I ‘ve become interested in Days, and can say that the writers would be stupid if they don’t take advantage of their explosive chemistry, in addition, they are interesting it’s not exactly a mediocre soap couple we’re talking about here, then I think they should get rid of characters that are boring. Today’s television viewers love complex characters, passion, desire and who wants to see super heros with zero personality, maybe 20 years ago but now it’s gray characters that are popular and if… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

What!?!? is with Daniel kissing Nicole…. I don’t think so… was she doing that cause she “switched” DNA? Hello. WHY NOT KAYLA AND DANIEL? Daniel… needs to zip it up… and tryst with a real woman… patient, simmering, flirting, wanton lusts… Kayla is more than able. Hospital action. i have to laugh about Austins’ sheer what? ignorance? radiates happiness… LOL… i don’t see what’s going on… I’m having a baby! LOL. oh Carrie… muster up some libido… this is YOUR husband. at least billie is trying to steer him to wake up. does any one think Billie and Shane have… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

not since Kristen and Peter… has Stefano connected with any one. Stefano has many layers to his persona… and his family is true to form… EJ is like a chip off the old block…

david
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david

I saw Stefano in his coffin today. Kate touched his hand and Lexi kissed him. How could he not be dead? He would be cold to the touch. I hope he isn’t dead and he doesn’t come back as a ghost. That didn’t work for Alan Q on GH. Did they take another dead body and make it look like Stefano’s? When will we find out the truth?

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Kassie DePaiva, Nathan Purdee & Taylor Purdee Talk ‘Killian & The Comeback Kids’, One Life to Live & Eve’s Reign of Terror on DAYS

It’s ‘all in the family’ + a dear friend that makes the film Killian and the Comeback Kids something that soap fans will want to see. In it, daytime veterans, Kassie DePaiva (Ex-GL, OLTL, GH and Days) and Nathan Purdee (Ex-Y&R and OLTL) are featured in the new movie directed, written and starring Nathan’s talented son, Taylor.

One Life to Live fans will get a kick out of that Kassie and Nathan play a married couple in the film.  In story, a millennial (Taylor A. Purdee) comes home to live with his parents in a depressed rural town after getting a college degree in the big city. The film illustrates the issues facing many of America’s youth today, which could not be more apropos for the times we are living with many children moving back in with their parents. However, the movie shares an uplifting message filled with original music from Taylor’s folk-rock band, The Cumberland Kids.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Kassie, Nathan and Taylor to get the inside scoop on: collaborating together on this project, revisiting Llanview with some memories and thoughts on the cancellation of the beloved soap, plus Kassie’s last turn on Days of our Lives as an unhinged Eve Donovan – a performance that just may garner attention come Daytime Emmy time next year.

This conversation was filled with candor, humor, and a parent’s love for their child. Killian and the Comeback Kid is playing in selected theatres and dates including tonight Friday, September 25th in Atlanta, and October 2nd in Chicago. For more movie info go to the film’s website here And now here’s what Kassie, Nathan and Taylor shared.

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I was really intrigued by the film. Taylor, how did you lure your dad to be in the movie?

TAYLOR:  Oh my gosh, it was the craziest negation ever.

I bet! (Laughs)

TAYLOR:  When I was a kid, Roberta, my mom, made me promise to always write him roles.  So, it was kind of obligatory.

KASSIE:  That is so funny!

TAYLOR:  It’s true.

Had you met Kassie before, or was this the first time? 

TAYLOR:  I knew Kassie from when my dad and her were doing One Life to Live together.   Five years before I was filming this movie, Nathan texted me, “Hey!  Kassie and Jim (DePaiva) are right by your dorm room.  You should go see them!”  So, catching up as an adult was so nice.  I had a non-parentally controlled grown-up hang-out with her.

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What was the journey this film, Killian and the Comeback Kids, went on as far as from the writing of it, to production, to its completion?

TAYLOR:  Well, the front half was surprisingly quick.  I think writing it through to having it finished was about 18 months, and there were about 6 months of, “how’s it going to come out,” and then, we thought we knew what was going to happen, and we were all getting ready for it to hit in movie theatres in the spring when the world ended, and that’s how we got here three years later.

Nathan, tell me about the role you play; because Kassie and you are husband and wife in the film.

NATHAN: Well, yeah, you kind of covered it! (Laughs)  I play her husband, and she plays my wife, and I appreciated the casting situation.  It’s interesting how Taylor chose Kassie because he did say that he wanted someone who was close to his mom’s personality.  I couldn’t think of anybody else other than Kassie because the only difference is Kassie is taller, but they both are such loving, caring people.  They always want to mother you and make sure you’re fed, and you’re safe, and you’re happy, and neither one of them knows the word, “no,” when it comes to the people who they’re taking care of.  I love Kassie anyway, so good for me.

KASSIE:  Yeah, they cut our love scene, and I don’t know what that’s about. (Laughs)

Kassie, what do you remember from when you first met Nathan?  You were at One Life, right?

KASSIE:  No, when I first met Nathan, we were in San Antonio, and we were doing an appearance.  I met Bobbie Eakes (Ex-Krystal, AMC and Macy, B&B) for the first time then too, but I was on The Guiding Light, and I was singing, and Nathan was there.  Nathan and I sat beside each other.  I honestly felt like I had known Nathan my entire life.  We were drinking margaritas and talking, talking, talking, talking, talking, talking.

NATHAN:  Yep!

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KASSIE:  Nathan and my husband, Jim are very good friends.  I have to say, Nathan was so lovely when I was going through my cancer journey.  He came to see me every week, sometimes twice a week when I was in the hospital, and he would come up, and he would hang out with Jim.  I will never, ever forget how lovely he was (it makes me tear up right now) to be there with support for my husband and myself as we went through that.  So, when Nathan asked me to be his wife in the film, I thought, “Well, hey, you practically live with me now, so that sounds good.”

So, Taylor, how did they do on-screen as husband and wife?

TAYLOR:  They’re fantastic.  We’ve only had one test screening, but one of the most consistent things audiences tell me is that they’re not just great together, but they each have such a quiet, brooding depth to them that you can’t help but imagine the back-story that they’re not talking about

KASSIE:  That’ll be the sequel!

TAYLOR:  Killian and the Comeback Kids 2: They Comeback Kids Comeback.

KASSIE:  They’ll come back again!

NATHAN:  Thanks for planting that seed in his head, Kassie.

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TAYLOR:  It was important for me to try to synthesize a mixed-race couple.  So, it was really great to be able to have them, not just be so great together, but there was also the issue of we had to have a little girl who looked like she could not just be my sister, but also both of their daughter.  Creating a family from scratch was great because Nathan and Kassie already had the rapport.

Did you watch them on One Life to Live together? 

TAYLOR:  Yeah!  I was in school most of the time, but I would go to set, and over the last 10 years, friends would send me YouTube clips from the show because for some reason none of the soaps are streaming.  There’s not like a soap Netflix!  It kind of needs to happen!  Soaps, they’re epic; there are decades worth of episodes and shows.

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In this film, music is the backdrop.  It’s your music and your band that is featured?

TAYLOR:  Yeah, my best friend growing up and I were staring to write folk music around the time when I was deciding what script I wanted to make into a film.  We wrote the soundtrack, all the music that people sing, and the underscore, which was surprisingly the most fun part of it all.

Kassie what did you think of Taylor’s music?

 ASSIE:  I think it’s wonderful.   I love music. It’s totally in the heart of me, and I just think that this movie is so timely. Kids these days are having to deal with not knowing what their future is going to be.  In the film, my son comes home, and he is trying to find himself, and he throws himself into his art and his music.  I just think there are a lot of people right now who are going through that.  I think it is extremely relatable, even more so than when you wrote it, Taylor.  I think people are looking for some type of connection, and I think this little movie is a good start.  It’s about people pulling together, and it’s got a strong rooting factor, and you want people to succeed, and it is great.  It takes you on a really nice journey.

You have some dates coming up where the film will play in a movie theatre- one is on September 25th in Atlanta and then another one on October 2nd in Chicago.  Taylor, how do you feel about making appearances for the film during the pandemic? You’re going with masks on? 

TAYLOR:  Oh yeah.  We will be in a bubble; we are just getting into a car and sticking together.  I and John Donchak, who plays opposite me through the whole film, are going to all of those dates, and my co-songwriter, who also appears in the film, will be in Atlanta, if not at both premieres.

NATHAN:  And let me add, please, they’re going against my wishes as a parent, but he is 28- years-old, so all I can say is that we are hoping for the best because we want him to be safe.  He is very determined and passionate about it, so he’s got our support.

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Taylor, in your story, why does Killian come home and live with his parents? 

TAYLOR: His plan at the time is that he has just graduated from a pricey university, and he is supposed to go off with his bandmate on a modest music tour.  He comes home to get his stuff and see his parents after graduating, but his bandmate drops out, and so the plan falls apart, and that’s how he gets stuck in this town and everything is just kind of falling apart. The plan that he had for his life after college gets pulled out right out from under him.

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Nathan, when Kassie and you were on One Life for years, you weren’t there when it ended, as you had already left the show.  How did you feel upon learning it had been canceled by ABC?

NATHAN:  I was so disconnected by that time.  I just knew it was ending, and it wasn’t the first soap to go.  I saw it happening when the other shows started being canceled due to, I could be wrong about this, but I put the blame on reality TV.  By that point I had moved on in my personal and private life.  I was doing a lot of theatre then, traveling back and forth from North Carolina, really trying to keep busy, and fighting off the depression of not working full-time.  I missed Jim and Kassie the most, but I was thrilled that I could bump into them at any time and visit with them.  I kept in touch with Hillary B. Smith (Ex-Nora) and Bob Woods (Ex-Bo) and also, Timothy Stickney (Ex-RJ); in fact, Timothy Stickney’s wife did Taylor’s hair for the film.

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Kassie, how do you feel years later about the cancellation of One Life to Live?

KASSIE:  I still miss it.  I loved it. The hard part about this show in particular being canceled is –one – that there wasn’t closure on it.  It kind of happened randomly, and there was still a lot more story to tell.  They kept it going on General Hospital, where they’ll bring some characters there.  So, it’s still in peoples’ minds. The second part is the friendships and the family connections that you’ve made over the many years that you’re there. Nothing lasts forever, that’s for sure, but as you were saying, there’s no streaming of these shows, but if you catch an episode on YouTube, One Life to Live, truly stands alone.  It just has great stories, great characters, and there is connection there that is very real.

Kassie, your last go-around at DAYS was just epic.  Did you guys see it?

TAYLOR:  I did see pieces of some of it.  I caught some of the “super villain”!

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Eve went in guns blazing, evil as all get out, but so heartbreaking at the same time while she was torturing Ben (Rob Scott Wilson).  What did you think about all of that, Kassie?

KASSIE:  I was really hesitant to watch it because I remembered how “super villain” I was.  I remember getting on the plane, and Jimmy said, “How was it?” and I said, “I’ll probably never work again a day in my life. I’m like this (evil laughs) muah-ha-ha, muah-ha-ha kind of character.”  I mean, you hated what Eve was doing, and you were supposed to, but I think that they did a great job with production values, and it was reasonable what she was doing because she was going off the edge. It’s great to be able to sink your teeth into something that is so out-there and completely different from your own life.  I mean, it was exhausting.  Every day, I would come home and just be like, “Oh my God, give me a cocktail.” Eve had justification for her revenge, even as wrong as it was, and she needed to be heard, and she needed closure, and she made a bunch of wrong moves, and did a bunch of bad, bad, bad things, and now, she is probably in a mental institution somewhere, so…

You and I were on set of DAYS and I was going to interview you.  If I recall, at that point, you did not even know what the story arc was.

KASSIE:  No, I didn’t. When I arrived and looked at the script, I’m like, “Well, who blew up that wedding?”  Then, all of the sudden, “Oh, no!  I blew up the wedding.  This is bad!  I probably am not going to be coming back on this show again.”  I look at story and go, “Uh-oh.  There’s a shut door.”  I like open doors and open windows.

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Taylor, what is your project? Are you continuing to write?  What do you see in the future for yourself?

TAYLOR:  This is my life for me.  The next thing that I think we are releasing is actually something that I made before this because everything is backwards, which is a documentary (very different) about Central American politics, which I’m hoping is out next year.  In terms of new scripts, everybody is a bit torn.  I kind of want to do a biopic of Lee Grant, or I want to do a blues/punk version of something inspired by The Shining.

Well, those are very polar opposite!

TAYLOR:  Yeah, aren’t they?

NATHAN:  Now you see what I’m living with. (Laughs)

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Nathan, you must be proud of Taylor, and it must be very cool to see your son have these multi-faceted talents.

NATHAN:  Of course, I’m proud of him and it’s great, but it’s strange because watching Taylor develop into the person he has developed into and continues to, made me realize that I hadn’t had the type of courage he has.  I had my dreams and certain things that I was very courageous about in my life.  I certainly don’t see him doing some things the way I did them, because he has more common sense than I do when it comes to life choices. His courage just blows my mind.  Most of my closest friends are professional musicians, and many of them, if I were to namedrop, you would know who they are, and they’ve had successful careers, and I’ve always looked up to them and admired them, but I was never that guy.  I just wanted to be a musician because I knew them and we were friends, but I didn’t have the discipline to do what they did, and I certainly didn’t have the God-given talent.  I play a little bit of keyboard and a little bit of saxophone myself, but I have to play one song 757 times before I even start to feel comfortable with it, and Taylor can sit down and start strumming on his guitar, and the next thing you know, he’s written a whole song.  It just blows my mind how creative and talented he is.  He has been surrounded by creative and talented people all of his life. He has absorbed a lot from the different people and the different opportunities he’s had, and I look at him sometimes, and I even say it to my wife, “Who is this kid?”  I like to share this story.  We went to see Taylor do Hamlet.  I’m guessing he was 15 or 16-years-old at the time. I’m watching him doing Hamlet, and I’m sitting in the chair, and I’m crying because I’m thinking to myself, “Oh, my God, he is so good!”  I told Taylor, “I would not tackle Hamlet on a football field, yet alone on stage.”  It made me realize that we had a force to be reckoned with.  He’s pretty amazing.  The bad news for him is that I always tell him the truth, and I lied to him once, and he called me out on it, and I promised that I would never lie to him again.  So, be careful what you ask me because I will tell you the truth from this point on.

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KASSIE:  Taylor was also the director of this film, which I mean, “What the hell!”  This guy is doing everything.  He was deciding on the shots, he was deciding on the lighting, he was deciding this and that, he was editing the script, I’m like, “Holy cannoli!”  He’s like, “No, I want her to wear that shirt; I want her to do this.”  You would do the scene, and he’d come over and talk to you a little bit.  I mean, he was just awesome; Taylor brought so much insight to my character because I’m like, “What’s my relationship, and who are all of these kids?  Are we a loving family?”  We did it very quickly, too.  Taylor, look at what you’ve accomplished, and it is such a beautiful piece of art!

TAYLOR:  From a more functional standpoint as a director, one of the really great things about having the two of them was that Kassie came in half-way through filming, and we’d been working with the young actor/musicians a lot.  Some of them, it was their first big job, but pretty much all of them had worked before.  On Kassie’s first day, they didn’t know what they were in for.  She just rolled onto set, and all of the sudden, the stakes and bar of how to be an actor just changed.  From that point on, when Kassie and Nathan started to work with the band, we knew those were going to be fun days because there was going to be acting involved.  Everyone else just had to come up to their level, which was great for me because it gave me so much more to edit with.

Taylor, who are your musical influences?   

TAYLOR:  That’s a really good question.  My musical obsession for the last few years has been this guy, named Josh Ritter, who is kind of a singer/songwriter/folk guy.  My real-life band, The Cumberland Kids, is named after one of his songs.  Also, Weird Al Yankovic, has been a massive inspiration for me and my songwriting partners.

So, your vibe is this folk-rock.

TAYLOR:  Yeah, that’s what I’m writing mostly.  My listening is kind of all over the place, but definitely that is what I’m writing.

Kassie, who do you like listening to?

KASSIE:  It all depends on what cocktail I have in my hand.

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NATHAN:  Let me chime in on that too! I like jazz, blues, and country music, but imagine what my house was like because I have a lot of instruments here, always with the hope that Taylor would at least become interested in music.  I have congas, bass guitar, keyboards, you name it, and for a while, he wasn’t interested at all, and one day, I woke up and he was playing an acoustic guitar.  Then, the next thing I know, he is writing and singing folk music.  I’m thinking, “Wait a minute!” It was an important lesson for me that just because you want something for your children, doesn’t mean that is what they want for themselves.  We never pushed acting on Taylor.  He chose it on his own.  It’s exciting for me mostly because it was his choice.

KASSIE:  He’s a natural.

And speaking of that, Taylor, in the trailer nothing came across forced or pushed.  Obviously, we are all talking you up here, not that you need it.

NATHAN:  I’ll tell you this, Michael.  During the shoot, Taylor insisted on calling me “Nathan”, and I had a problem with it, but he basically told me to get over it because it’s his set, his movie, and while we are shooting, I’m “Nathan”, and he’ll call me dad later.  I’m still struggling with that but he was the boss.

TAYLOR:  It’s hard to walk that line and not make it weird for your crew, you know?

NATHAN:  I get it.

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KASSIE:  It’s weird for me because when he would go, “Robbie is going to do this, and Nathan is going to do that,” I’d go, “Who are Robbie and Nathan?  Aren’t they your mom and dad?”

TAYLOR:  While I was writing the script I called him over, and I said, “Dad, I wrote you a really good role, and I think we are actually going to do this.  I’m giving you a once in a lifetime chance to name your own character.  Do you want to name him after a Greek hero, or one of your siblings?”  He didn’t take his chance.  So, you know what?  It’s “Nathan” now.  It’s easier for everybody.  We don’t have to break the method acting fourth wall.  (Laughs)

Do you think you would work with Nathan and Kassie again? (Laughs)

TAYLOR:  Oh, my God, are you kidding?

NATHAN:  That’s my contract: Kassie has got to be in it.  So, let me say this about Kassie, you had mentioned something about how much she has been working, and I look at Kassie as the James Brown of daytimes soaps.  She is the hardest working woman in daytime television. 

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She is pretty spectacular. Kassie started on Guiding Light, had a long career on One Life, and then went to General Hospital, then to Days of our Lives.  It’s been amazing that we have been able to see her have a comeback in more ways that one.

KASSIE:  Nathan has jumped from soap to soap as well, and when you’ve done it, you just think it’s over.  It’s not like your regular acting profession jobs when you go out and you know you’re going to audition for twenty-five things and get one role for a short amount of time.  When you go in day in and day out and are creating all of this stuff on a soap opera, and then it ends, you go, “Well, now what am I supposed to do?”  I haven’t been on a set in 6 months, and I feel like I won’t ever work again.  Soaps are just a totally different head trip and so it can be really hard.

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Nathan, do you have a favorite Hank Gannon moment from One Life to Live?

NATHAN:  Oh wow.  Man, there were so many of them.  I can tell you the funniest, to me, maybe not so funny to Hillary B. Smith though.  I think it was during a live show. This was during the time when I had a lot of dialogue.  But this particular day, I had one line, and the line was to Hillary and it was, “How are you feeling?” and her response was, “Well, I’m feeling the way I always feel, and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah”.  So, during the entire day, I’d see Hillary, and I’d say, “Hey, how you feeling?”  Maybe nineteen times before we started shooting, “Hey, how you feeling?” and she’d had about enough of it.  So, fast forward to “5, 4,3,2,1 action”, and now, I say, “How you doing?”  If you could see the look in her eyes, it is like, “I will kill you.”  So, she says, “You know how I’m doing.  I’m doing what I’m always doing,” so she could get her line out.  So, once again, she saved Nathan’s ass with that.  One stupid line … and I blew it.  I just remember that one because I just know Hilary wanted to strangle me.  She probably still wants to.

And on that note (laughs) I wanted to thank you all so much for this. I hope you find success with this little gem of a film, Taylor.

So what did you think of the comments made by Kassie, Nathan and Taylor on their film?  What did you think of Kassie’s recent performance on DAYS? What’s your favorite Blair or Hank moment from the history of One Life to Live? Share your thoughts and comments below,  But first, check out the trailer to Killian and the Comeback Kids.

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Greg Vaughan Shares Farewell To DAYS & Scene Partner Arianne Zucker: “Never a Dull Moment, Laughing or Crying, She was the Party, Always with a smile!”

Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives had Eric Brady saying a sudden farewell to his loved ones before he departs Salem for Africa to help those in need.  That marks the on-screen departure of Daytime Emmy winner, Greg Vaughan who will last be seen on Wednesday’s episode.

As DAYS fans were aware, Greg wrapped his run months ago on the NBC daytime drama series, but since before the Covid-19 pandemic DAYS taped almost seven months ahead, Eric’s on-screen exit is airing this week.

Over the past two days, Vaughan took to his Instagram to share some sentiments, ‘thanks you’s’ and some photos of some of his favorite memories with his castmates expressing, “Seeing it’s the last week I’m airing on @nbcdays …I wanted to share some great captured memories this week with my incredible fans & castmates.”

The actor also posted a special photo album of pics with his longtime on-screen partner and love interest, Arianne Zucker (Nicole).  In that, he posted this message: “To my Ride or Die partner Ari!! Never a dull moment, laughing or crying, she was the party, always with a smile! Love ya #ERICOLE”

So, will you miss Ericole? Are you sad to see Greg exit Days on-screen? Share your thoughts via the comment section below … AND what were some of your favorite performances of Greg during his time on DAYS.

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Cady McClain IN As DAYS Jennifer Temporarily Replacing Melissa Reeves

Rumors that have been swirling are confirmed true.  Cady McClain is coming to Salem and Days of our Lives to replace Melissa Reeves temporarily as the new Jennifer Horton Deveraux.  The casting news was confirmed by a Days spokesperson, according to Soap Opera Digest.

Daytime fans recall, Cady is a two-time Daytime Emmy winner and has previously appeared as Dixie on All My Children, Rosanna on As the World Turns and Kelly on The Young and the Restless.  McClain has already begun filming as Jennifer.

Reeves, who commutes from Nashville to Los Angeles to tape episodes of Days of our Lives, decided not to return to set when the NBC soap opera resumed production earlier this month due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic,

In addition, Melissa became a grandmother last month with her daughter Emily’s first child, and now soon will welcome her son Larry’s first child later this month, which is another reason Reeves chose to stay put in Tennessee.

So, what do you think of the Jennifer switcheroo? Excited to see what Cady brings to the role? Comment below.

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