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RATINGS: DAYS Nick & Gabi's Wedding Free-For-All Gives NBC Soap 2 Year High In Total Viewers!

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The ratings are out for the week of January 14th-18th and there is no question what the hottest soap that week was, and the viewers agreed!

NBC’s Days of our Lives scored big with the fall-out from Nick (Blake Berris) and Gabi’s (Camila Banus) wedding, where Will (Chandler Massey) admitted he was the father of Gabi’s unborn baby, as Chad (Casey Deidrick) made a scene that caused the reveal and Nick vowed revenge  on everyone that destroyed the nuptials!   In addition, it served to break up couples Sami (Alison Sweeney) and Rafe (Galen Gering), while causing a major rift in Will and Sonny’s (Freddie Smith) then blossoming relationship!

DAYS added +209,000 total viewers for the week, the most of any daytime drama, but more importantly spiked its total viewers number to a two year high! The last time DAYS saw these kind of ratings numbers for a week was back at the end of January in 2011! In addition, in the key women 18-49 demo, Days of our Lives was the soap to add the most viewers with + 55,000.  That is the highest numbers under the Gary Tomlin and Chris Whitesell writing regime.

The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless both added a few total viewers for the week as well.  B&B added +58,000 while The Young and the Restless added only +14,000. 

General Hospital was the only soap to lose total viewers with -56,000.   The three shows: Y&R, B&B, and GH remained the top three soaps in that order with DAYS still trailing in fourth.  However, with total viewers for the week numbers at 2,774,000, DAYS closed the gap on third place GH which had 2,800,000 total viewers for the ratings period.  View the complete ratings picture via Soap Opera Network here!

So soapers time to be our  your Soap Opera Programming Exeucutive Armchair Quarterback! Do you agree that DAYS gave us one hell of a ride with Nick and Gabi’s wedding? Do you think DAYS can carry this momentum? What does General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless need to fix to keep you tuning-in? And, what is working that you would like to see more of, or are happy with? Weigh-in!

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GH is awesome more often than not but it still needs to fix things like characters in heavy storyline all of a sudden disappearing , I. E the duke/ Davison storyline where all the principle players disappear from the screen. Or the continuous lack of air time for fan fave Rebeca Herbts, what does the poor girl gotta do to get the air time that someone like Carly gets? They also tend to drag certain storylines forever, I’m lost and bored already with the Kate/ Connie storyline. I don’t get the point of it whatsoever.

When Days wants to, it can put on quite the show. The whole wedding was classic soap. All the drama and fall out- the performances that were spot on. Those two days reminded why I love soaps so much and why I was a fan of this one. And I was super impressed they didn’t wait for Feb sweeps to bring it out. It would have more self serving if they had, but it was a nice treat in the usually bland Jan on the soaps.

Well said!

And to answer Michael’s question, yes, I think they can carry this momentum IF they continue down the EJami road.

Gosh, you damn EJami-tards make me sick!!!! EJami DO NOT make the ratings. Only good storytelling does. Good stories bring in the numbers….plain and simple.

Definitely, if they go down the EJAMI road. THe wedding reveal was classic and well-written and very entertaining and EJAMI just sparkled. I love them!

EJami fans continually spam the polls to inflate their numbers. Unfortunately, the producers & executives believe that the Rapist/Victim pairing is akin to romance. I think putting them together is an insult to victims of sexual assault.

@ Shawn: You are exactly right. Good ole Ejami storytelling;-)
@ No1_ILoveLucyFan: You must not be too offended. Still watchin the show I see;-)

As a EJami fan, I am proud of my couple, and if I want to give them credit for bringing in high ratings that is my right….RATINGS ARE IN THE EYES OF THE VIEWER. As for the name calling, your post should be deleted. I saw no rape scene, just the exterior of a car. Sami made a deal with EJ…not rape. This is a dead issue and bad writing according to Ken Corday.The rape scene actually occurred on GH between Luke and Laura.

EJami have nothing to do with these ratings, the wedding does. EJami weren’t on during the wedding Days. I’ve seen the ratings for the actual days. The days where EJ, Sami and Rafe are not on have higher ratings than the dys they are on. Why? Because we are TIRED of seeing the triangle and the EJami abuse.

I agree with Vicki and JorgeAnn. However, Dmitri was right when he said that EJAMI were not on during the wedding days. I am a die hard EJAMI but the high ratings are also due to the classic reveal of the real baby daddy and also less focus on Sami’s love life is really good as well. It was awful how they focused on that and she was going between EJ and Rafe. It was a turn off and Im glad that is not the front burner anymore.

Mary I agree, I’m glad they didn’t drag it longer either. Thank goodness for a milestone 12,000 episodes….in more ways than one :).

And Shawn, shame on you. I don’t know what the moderators allowed your vulgar comment through but you really need help if you take someone’s pleasure in a daytime soap opera couple so personally offensive.

Very well said! Good storytelling in any genre is what sells. Ejami aren’t the reason for the ratings any more than ten best Hollywood actors coming together to make a crap movie.

The written word is what brings in ratings and Days did a great job with Nick & Gabi’s wedding and episodes thereafter. Kudos to Ali Sweeney and Chandler Massey especially!! I love that boy!

These episodes deserved the high ratings it got! Days can bring it for sure but they need to more often! Kristen can’t be the only one to bring it all the time!

“When Days wants to, it can put on quite the show.”

Ditto…

it’s about time we feel good about DOOL.

It was an excellent day for DAYS, and it seemed pretty unanimous by everyone. I’m so glad the numbers reflected that. The show earned it.

Love DAYS! It’s the little engine that could! They don’t have the budget like B&B, the prestige like Y&R or the media/journalistic acclaim GH (for some odd reason) is receiving, but when push comes to shove they can put on a showstopping show. Congrats to them!

It would seem that GH has free reign and a loaded purse (cashola) to loosen their budget constraints.

Oye… for the DAYS of ole….

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keep on plugging and chuggging along Salem’ites!

TWO YEAR HIGH… we’re still in the thick of things.

I will say…. Blake Berris is giving a chilling performance as Nick, OYE! That scene with Justin… ie: Nick wanting to retain Legal help in gaining FULL Custody….. and it’s interesting to watch our Will grow as an actor… how this will play out….

Its a Horton baby girl on the way….

Geez! didn’t Sammi rip in to Adrienne… about what wills going thru as oppposed to Sonny not being told…. it’s just excellent to see Adrienne… altho… i don’t think Adrienne would have acted that way…. cowering under Sammi’s assault.

Looks like on GH, people were going through a vampire panic. Relax the story will be resolved next week. It was better this week (except with Kristina whining about Trey)

Do not want to burst your bubble but this vampire thing is not over surprises are in store a child from a rape? Between the characters of Caleb & that Barrington gal played by Erin Presley the actress has supposedly been on set filming and she too thinks John is Caleb. This may be a sly way of FV & RC keeping the actor Michael Easton on the show.

I don’t think they need a sly way to keep Michael Easton on the show, he’s got great chemistry with Kelly Monaco who kinda needs a storyline.. they need to have Jason’s memorial and move on. He (SB) has.

my only beef with this is; Lucy not be written in to a corner…. i want her “normal” to interact with Laura, Luke, Kevin, Mac, Scotty, Tracy, Monica… etc….

could never discount Heather.

I thought they wanted the character John back on OLTL that is the only reason I thought they were going down this road of the vampires again. I guess I am out of touch. Lol

The short-list is how many soap weddings have gone off without a hitch of som kind? This one was predictable if anything. Nick and Gabi have zero chemistry and even less history. They’ve known each other for what, 2 months? Ugh. What happened to story telling? Romance? Intrigue? I watch soaps for STORYLINES, not flash-in-the-pan ratings grabs. Unless NBC & Sony give Days more air-time and a better budget, I don’t think ratings will improve on the level they’re hoping for. The 40% cut they were hit with in ’08 really hurt the show, and indeed, the entire genre.

The only reason Y&R has been #1 for umpteen years is not because every year the stories have been great, they have not been that good, and Y&R was boring and stagnate.
But- Y&R is shown in 32 countries as is the BB..
There is something, someway, that gives them both those ratings even through the awful times which were many in past years…

Perhaps ABC should also go international ..

I don’t think international showings affect American ratings, but Sony does make money selling the broadcast rights to other countries, so this gives them more cash to reinvest into the shows, allowing for bigger budgets and the like. But the ratings are determine by Americans and Americans alone. Personally, my theory has always been the time slot for these two shows is golden. In most States I think it is on around noon hour- more viewers are available to watch on their lunch hour. Put GH on at the same time in the same markets and we might see a real showdown between the two.

– Nielsen ratings are not only in America..
But there is something that keeps Y&R at #1 for years on end when the past years it has not been all that good .. …
I know, I watch Y&R lol ..

I think it’s because…. Y&R starts at 12 noon… in my time zone… and people… normally… and are so used to: turning the TV on… and it plays and is counted.. whether they watch it or not…

do i think it’s no… #1….. NO.

unfortunately…. DAYS and GH are on at the same time, as well… so hence… give or take… less or more viewers… so, much stronger competition….

I can’t fault DAYS for being 4th….. 4th… (last) in the ratings… .

Guys Y&R is #1
Deal with it……..

The wedding fiasco was good soapy fun and I loved every bit of it. But I don’t think DAYS will be able to keep it up, they never do.

they do have a tendency to drop the ball after a great show, don’t they?

Ces… Have finally took Days off of my DVR taping schedule.. No more Days… Time to move on!!

oh no! What did you in? 🙂 I tell ya, I absolutely HATE this Daniel/Jen/Chloe
crap. It’s like a redux of Jen/Nicole/Daniel. Seriously, can’t they all fall for a man that’s not such a wuss?! Extra hour for you!

PLease…the wedding reveal was Monday…Those who think it was the wedding fallout are sadly mistaken…The Ejami’s know Ejami is coming and knew that most of the week they would be on. The week was Ejami all the way….You have no idea how many Ejami just gave up on them ever being together so just quit watching…They…We…are back

ITA!! EJami has brought back a lot of fans. There is no long term viewership or commitment for Gabi and Nick.

Agreed! I cant wait for EJAMI.

Um…I certainly didn’t watch for Gabi/Nick. I watch for Will/Sonny and this wedding had everything to do with the drama of the baby reveal. I don’t care about Ejami. If they get together, fine. If they don’t, fine. I just wish Sami would make up her fracken mind. But this fan is a WilSon fan all the way!

I can’t wait for EJAMI!

Does anyone know when the Nurses Ball will be ? They have been talking about it for months.. will it be Feb, March, April, or May… I am getting a little tired of GH just talking about it and planning it..

I really enjoyed the wedding ep & fallout. DOOL has been great and deserves the improved ratings. Congrats!

So lets just deal with the elephant that people keep dragging back into the room: The day EJ raped Sami.
When EJ came to Salem he came specifically to wreak havoc on the Brady’s. The story was written in such a way that we weren’t supposed to know his intentions initially. When the writers continued writing EJ’s character they were writing for EJ….not for Ejami. They did not set out to write a story about a woman who falls in love with her rapist. I repeat: They did not set out to write a story about a woman who falls in love with her rapist. Unfortunate for them (and fortunate for us) something happened. That something was called Chemistry! It was a chemistry that transformed EJ the rapist and Sami the victim into EJAMI. The powers that be tried for a long time to ignore and deny this chemistry. I am also sure their reluctance to put Ejami together over the years was because of the rape. The rape was a part of EJ Dimera’s character, not a part of Ejami’s storyline. I was initially going to say that EJ raping Sami was a mistake, but it wasn’t a mistake. It would have worked, If only James Scott and Allsion Seewney didn’t have such amazing chemistry and work so well together. EJ could have just raped Sami and we all could have just hated him as we always did with the Dimera’s. At least that is what was supposed to happen. So how long are we going to continue to punish James Scott and Allison Sweeney for something that was outside of their control? And yes, not allowing them the opportunity to be together on screen as EJ and Sami would be punishing these two actors as anyone watching knows that Allison Sweeney and James Scott bring out the best in each other when it comes down to their acting together. For all those still on the rape soap box: Lets not get lost in fiction. Don’t be angry at EJ, be angry at the writers for not noticing sooner that James Scott and Allison Sweeney are Ejami. Then forgive the writers and allow yourselves to enjoy the amazing love story these two actors work so hard to portray. Finally, for anyone healing from a rape or sexual assault I must say that Daytime drama is not the place to expect sympathy and compassion on such matters. My heart does go out to you and I pray you can somehow put this issue to rest as you continue on your journey to healing.

Here ye…. I too, wish people could disbend belief…. so, it’s said… we get lost and caught up in that hour of fantasy….

not since the DAYSaster… has EJ been what he’s capable of….. even i have to say…. once and for all… to keep days in the front lines….. give EJ and Sammi romance…. if not… geez! his scenes with Will…. getting him a Lawyer… listening to Will about his troubles… giving him a hug… showing a different side of EJ….
They should be back working together.

Give EJ a Story… if it’s not with Sammi…. then something! He’s high-calibur. Hire Christie Clark *CARRIE” for Rafe – Case Closed.

EJami was not the reason for the ratings, the wedding was. EJami weren’t even on the days of the wedding. It was about Gabi, Will and Nick. Not everything is about, has to be about, or will be about EJ and Sami. I’m tired of them always being on, showcase the vets! Bring back Bope! Give us some mystery! EJami are boring and overdone. Tired of their loud-breathing and hate boinks.

Grans’ Jewels’
Hope Brady & Jennifer Horton.

The Super couple mode in question.

God…. I wish Kayla was w/Patch!
I wish Kim and Shane.
I wish Tony and Anna.

This is my opinion….

to save these two heroines…. two of DAYS’ finest.

Bring back Jason Brooks…. Peter Blake.

you can’t not argue… that who could replace Bo and Jack?

What if Jason Brooks… was the one… (Kristens’ convincing us) she’s/HE’s changed….

Jennifer simmered… oozed passion….

why couldn’t Hope?

Soaps have to change

Sadly enough….

Romance.. w/a tried and true venerable… must have… character… so what if it’s the DiMera’s who are front and center and the core family in Salem? it’s not the mob…. and if power and control are the forte… so be it… the DiMeras… without question.. belong front and center….

Stefano…. w/Kate
Kristen
Peter… WISHFUL THINKING….
EJ
Chad.

I think Peter Blake.. romancing… either Hope or Jennifer… would solve… what to do with .. and give life to Hope and Jennifer… sans the super couple mode they’ve been entrapped…? sorry… I love these characters with bo and Jack…

Time.. is what it is…

Who could move these two forward…

Jason Brooks… and/or Robert Kelker-kelly…

I think it’s time for Peter Blake to come home…. to help out Kristen…. All of Salem seems to hate Kristen…. she needs some allies to help her out… hopefully, in the future, we’ll see Jason Brooks..

i know this goes against redeeming Peter, as a love interest for the entrapped, what to do with…. Hope and Jennifer….

re-hiring Peter would give so much potential to the show as a whole… and for so many of the actors currently on.

That would only work if they recast. No way in hell NBC/DAYS would consider rehiring Jason brooks.

I thought the wedding scene and aftermath were good. Even if I knew what was going to happen, I tuned in to see how it would all play out. I particularly liked the conversations of family and friends after the ‘reveal’. Frankly, I am not a big fan of the Nick/Gabi relationship, but the conflict/ dilemma of Gabi having Will’s baby because he is gay , and how it all plays /works out among Gabi/Nick/Will/Sonny is somewhat interesting. I like the Will/Sonny relationship a lot. Sonny has been great , and Will has been excellent.

I would like Days to have more of a surprise element because a lot is predictable, but I do think that creating these human dilemmas/conflicts then bringing in many of the characters together in a larger scene like the wedding is a decent formula to draw viewers in.

please those who think i was the wedding that brought the ratings up are all mistaken.Ejami is coming now!

Monday: Gabi/Nick wedding, baby reveal
Tuesday: The fallout
Wednesday: Marlena/Hope, Kate/Jennifer, Danloe
Thursday: Marlena/Kristen, Danloe, Ericole
Friday: Jarlena, Chloe/Anne set up Jennifer.

EJami were no where near the action last week. So, shut it up and give it a rest.

Ejami was on, on tuesday when she came from the church Ej was waiting for her at home!

And u think that irrelevant miniscule moment was the reason for DAYS +.2 bump. Y’all are even sicker than I thought.

Love Nick and Gabi, so I want more, more, more of them. Ejami disgust me. Her rapist…C’mon. Everything else is just awesome though.

GH needs to finish off Maxie, Britney, Sabrina, Felix and all of the other filler charcters that don’t really contribute much to the show….And put the focus back on their vets. RC’s kooky characters just aren’t working.

B&B needs to get Taylor over Ridge and the vendetta against Brooke once and for all. She’s beautiful, smart and a great mom. Move her forward into a new life with a new man….And not RIDGE’s father for Pete’s sake. Yuck!

Liam needs to decide and stick with it. Mature him and give him a VOICE, because the fans are sick of his indecisiveness. What truly bothers me about this show is how the women have relationships with brothers, their fathers their sons etc. Brooke has been with Ridge, Thorne, Eric and kissed Thomas! THen she started in on her daughters husbands, and now her sister’s. Same thing with Taylor who is now going to be with Eric. Ugh! Bring on NEW guys for these women…Mature the women!

OK. I’ll drop the EJami hate. For the record though, I’ve never bashed Ali nor James – to the contrary, I’ve told people that they are not to be held responsible for the actions of their characters. If TPTB want EJami and they have a genuine following, I can respect that – just because I’m not fond of them doesn’t mean I won’t watch. What gets me though, is that so many characters are being written out of character right now and the supercouples are all split. John would never leave Marlena, nor Salem. She would never think for a second that he would be sleeping with Kristen if she weren’t with Brady. Brady stole Titan from Victor & he’s falling for Kristens lies? Bo is…where again? Parking the car? In the bathroom with the sports section? Patch & Kayla divorced…(I think it’d be cool if Bo died & the body was found, but then disappeared & at the very end of an episode, we saw the Fancy Face drifting in the fog…with 2 figures on board & the sound of a harmonica playing as they drifted into the night…but I digress). The only split that was believable was Abe and Lexie – but that entire storyline was just amazing! I’ll give EJami fans what they want and tolerate the pairing – because Ali & James are just astounding actors, but I wish TPTB at Days would allow at least one couple to be happy. John & Marlena are the foundation couple much like Tom & Alice were back in the day…they need that on the show for the other pairings to look up to & get advice from. OK, off my soapbox & thanks to those who called me out on it – no hard feelings I hope.

Soaps have a long history of redeeming rapists when the actor who played the rapist becomes popular. Luke on GH, Jake Mckinnon on AW, and even Jack on Days raped his future his future sister in law Kayla. If Days truly want Ejami together, and if they haven’t done so, they should address it, bring it out into the open, like they did with Jack and Kayla when the character Jack caught on with his romance with Jennifer.
It would be great if writers had a crystal ball to know in advance if a character catches on- like EJ did. I think originally he was just suppose to come to town and cause trouble and leave. Redeeming them sometimes has to happen, but the best way to redeem the character is have the character admit to it, own up to it- and not sweep under the rug and pretend it never happened.

Thanks Mary. They actually did address it two years ago I believe it was. Also, thanks No1 ILoveLucyFan. I enjoyed reading your post! Absolutely no hard feelings!

EJ & Sami discussed it in 2008. If you want to watch the clip, go to youTube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-BgJZOh_cU
EJ and Sami 5/15/2008.

Thanks Flo- watched the clip. IMO the show has dealt with it. Sami gave him a clean slate- but obviously some fans have not– I just like good story telling, if it is a good story I really don’t care who is with who, because I know soap couples come and go- I stopped rooting for particular characters to be together long time ago just to avoid the frustration of the see-saw that all soap couples go through.

Flo, I’ve never seen that scene…thank you for the link. While I don’t see the chemistry between EJ & Sami, I know others do, so as long as TPTB bring John back to Salem & Marlena, I can deal with the whole EJami thing.

The wedding fall out was yes an issue that was finally addressed , however ,there are other issues finally getting addressed .EJAMI = the higher viewership and ratings gain …Thank you TPTB for realizing this extraordinary relationship for what it is and finally worthy of a chance to unfold on screen .

The only thing about the wedding disaster I enjoyed was that Gabi didn’t get her happy ending, and that Alison Sweeney (Sami) got to act her ass off!!! EJami do nothing for me. I want her with Lucas, or with someone new all-together.

Y&R has been really amazing since JFP/JG took over. It’s been more consistent and really a much more grounded, enjoyable soap. The only gripe I have had is with the recasts they’ve done, and the annoyance of Jack’s addiction storyline in the beginning.

B&B really did a beautiful job with Stephanie’s death and dealing with her aftermath. I feel like there should be more consistency like that, instead of the constant love triangles of the series. Hope/Liam/Steffy is beyond stale, Brooke VS. Taylor is not working for me anymore, and this whole Bill/Katie thing needs to end. I’ve loved them together, but Katie needs excitement and something more stable for her and William.

GH is a HOT MESS, minus the HOT. The vampire storyline has to be one of the most comical things (and not in a good way). I’m tired of the influx of new characters dominating the scene. I want more Anna/Duke/Robert, I’m tired of Robin being “dead”, and some core characters need to return like Jax and Bobbie. I’m not excited about Genie Francis’ return and can bet you it’ll stale out within no time. Get rid of Sabrina, Britt and Felix. All of them need to go. They add nothing but annoyance to the plot.

Wow! Very happy for DAYS. The wedding reveal was beautifully written! Congrats DAYS. Now if you can keep the ratings going!

Happy Y&R & B&B went up too!

DOOL has been incredible lately. The return of Kristen amd Chloe have been fantastic. I wish the show would have moved Eric in a different direction. It seems slow and dull, especially his scenes with Nicole. If he was not a priest, they could be funny and hot. Ari Zucker has chemistry with everyone. I want to see Sami, Nicole, Kristen, Kate and Chloe have some interaction and would love to see Kristen and Kate in a business power struggle. I love Maggie and would to see her do something besides obsess over Daniel. I also wish DOOL would get a new hairstylist and wardrobe department. Jennifer looks like she is raiding Alice’s closet. Make her more fun and sassy. I vote to trim the cast and get rid of people who have no history with the show. Why did DOOL recast Cameron, who only has history as Lexie’s brother? Adrienne and Justin need to be used in a great storyline involving Victor. Why is Stefano never on the show and only appears via phone or skype? Wouldn’t it be fun to see Abe be paid with the sassy black nurse at the hospital. Kayla is boring as toast, so bring back Stephanie. Lastly, please either bring Bo back or make his character disappear. Peter Reckell’s departure is killing Hope’s character.

Daniel & Jennifer are a cure for insomnia and watching Maggie pimp them is just painful. I love Eileen Davidson, but I want to punch Kritter in the throat until she stops twitching. The Nick/Gabi/Will/Sonny thing is pretty boring, IMO and the rest of it is filler. I must admit though, I like how Chloe and Annie are messing with Jennifer. Brady is a drooling moron, and I’m looking forward to seeing Nicole really ROYALLY screw with Kristen. Nic is familiar with all things DiMera and I’m hoping she is the one to bring John back to Salem. Then have him & Mar re-unite in a nice slow-burn romance way, re-marry and become the foundation couple of Days. Deidre & Drake have been overlooked for a front-burner storyline for too long now, and quite frankly, they’ve earned one!

Soap fans have been screaming for years that good writing, good acting, involving all generations without underwear model newbies and stupid gimmicks (clones, bringing people back from the dead, vampires, etc.) will keep us watching . Y & R are you paying attention???

Obviously, they’re not. If they think that Steve Burton and four shirtless hunks will bring up ratings, they’re sadly mistaken.

Steve Burton is Jason. Period. Just like Genie Francis is Laura, Tristen Rogers is Robert Scorpio, and Stephen Nichols is Patch. I’m confused as to why they cut their losses with these other daytime stars (too recognizable in another role) and now they’re betting the farm on Steve Burton.

Vampires oh is not gh doing story like that, y&r to my knowledge has never did one of those. Get real shelly ever soap has bought somebody from the dead , yes I want good writing and acting, but you got have style and substance to go with that techincal stuff.

I think you may have misunderstood my response (seriously, don’t post at such a late hour). My point was to to let the ptb know that old school storytelling will bring back the daytime viewer. Incidentally, I’m not thrilled with the resurgence of the gh/ Pc vampire storyline. I never suggested that y & r resorted to such campy foolishness. But that show has become completely unrecognizable to me.

I have a job so I post when I can, old school storytelling is what all soaps need, but all soaps are gonna half to change their selves to fit these days and times.( this generation).Ill post when I have time bossy.

Days was the best soap last week, and the viewers agreed.

So true

AWESOME! Some super great eps. More to continue. Days is my fave soap, much better than number 1 Y&R.

I agree with you

TIred of the fans debating about Ejami…it is so polarized ….that is exactly what makes it good daytime drama. What made and continues to make the whole Nick/Gabi story so good is that it has affected and interweaved so many characters making for a nice on screen mix. The pregnancy plot point has resulted in multiple characters interacting & reacting & being affected in ways that stay true to their nature. Also looks like there will be lots of subplots as a result. Gotta respect that writing!

No, I don’t “gotta” respect writing. Especially when it takes 2 people that barely know each other and pair them up to get married. Or 2 other people that are beyond dull and shove them down our throats to get us to buy the writers idea that they are a supercouple in the making. Nick & Gabi are WAY too young for any of this to work and watching it blow up in their faces is the only thing to look forward to. The Jennifer/Daniel pairing is an insult to viewers who still miss Jack. Sami is unrecognizable and unwatchable. EJ is a shadow of his former self. Hope without Bo? John leaving Salem & Marlena? No – I refuse to respect writing that turns characters inside-out to suit the whims of lazy writers who refuse to pay attention to the history of the soap while at the same time insulting the viewers who have been watching for years. The powers that be at NBC & Sony need to help Corday find writers who will write storylines for the characters, not re-write characters to suit their half-***ed storylines.

I think they need to fix the missing Bo thing stat. I know children and some adult characters disappear for weeks but at least they do appear. Heres a Bo story: Hope and the Bradys recieve tragic news that Bo allegedly drowned in a boat accident but no body found.(In case they get Peter Reckal back in the future.) A distraught Hope drowns her sorrows in drink. Maggie, a former alcholic, worries about Hope’s increase drinking but Hopes in denial and refuses Maggie’s help. Doug and Julie try to help the troubled Hope but she sneaks drinks behind their back and is now an alcholic. Sonny is struck by a hit-and-run driver and is in a coma for weeks. A drunken Hope is to blame for Sonnys accident when its proven Hope’s car hit him. Its later revealed Nick borrowed Hope’s car without permission and the one who hit Sonny. A tearful Will is by Sonnys side, and when Will says he’ll always love him, a weak Sonny warmly tells Will he’ll always love him. In Italy Stephano is in hospital for high blood pressure. He sees an unconcious man in another room and tells the nurse its his son E.J. but Stephano lied. The man is unable to move or open his eyes but is able to say just one word:Hope. BO BRADY IS ALIVE. But a devious Stephano plans not to reveal his identity. What evil plans does he have for Bo?

Sorry for duplicat post below. I thought i deleted this first one when i backspaced to do a rewrite. I was planning to add the Chelsea character to explain how the writers could bring her back with my possible story idea where shed cause Hope some trouble causing Hope’s drinking to increase. I just wanted to show they could still do interesting stuff for these characters if they really wanted to.

OOPS! When i backspaced to edit, i didnt realize identical posts would appear.

DOOL needs to fix this Bo thing stat. Story could be: Hope and the Bradys recieve tragic news that Bo alleged died in boat accident but body found(til the get Reckal back)A distraught Hope drowns her sorrows in drink and a concerned Maggie, a former alcholic, confronts Hope about her drinking but Hope’s in denial and refuses her help. Doug and Julie try to help the troubled Hope but she sneaks drinks behind their back. After Sonny is struck by a hit and run driver, a drunked Hope is arrested for Sonny’s accident when Roman discovers Hope’s car was the one that hit Sonny. Its revealed Nick borrowed Hope’s car without her permission and is the one responsible for what happened. A tearful Will is by Sonnys bedside and the moment Will says ill always love you, Sonny finally wakes up from his coma and Sonny weakly says ill always love you. They embrace. Meanwhile, in Itally Stephano is in hospital for high blood pressure. He sees an unconciuos man in another room and tells the nurse its his son E.J. But its a lie. The man is unable to move or open his eyes but manages to say one word, ‘HOPE’. The man is the thougt dead Bo Brady! But for some sinister reason Stephano doesnt want to reveal his true identity!

i met no body found

Yep, no body found. Or, the body is found & then disappears again for some bizarre reason…tornado? Anyway…Days has a usual episode at the end of a ratings period & after the closing credits, just before they give up the air time…we see the Fancy Face drifting in the fog…with three figures on it…two are standing and talking, while the other is sitting…and we hear that one playing a harmonica. Patch! The other two are Jack and Bo – and they’re off on some cool adventure that brings ALL 3 of them back! Yeah, I’m dreamin, I know…

My previous post was to show that the DOOL people could do storyline for Bo and Hope if they really wanted to do it. Bo would be lost at sea until they can work things out to get Peter Reckal to come back and if he did the part with him and Stephano would be a way to write him back in. This was all just a suggestion, nothing more. If they cant wotk it out with the actor then they should recast or kill Bo off. They could do a storyline as Hope a single mother, bring Shawn D back, and sometime down the road find romance with Rafe or someone new.

P.S. I was tired of no believable absence explantion for Bo unless he went up the Horton staircase and dispeared. If he just came back after a lengthy absence visiting Shawn and Belle or just killed off i could accept it. I do hear they may mention something today about it.

great ideas, jim. id watch it. but i predict a hope and rafe pairing and bo killed off.

Those are kknded good ideas, I would not kill off bo , I would recast him with a great actor maybe mark collier, lorenzo lamas, jack scalia, robert kelker kelly, etc. And hope and rafe pairing is a diaster waiting, days is trying to gain ground and writers need to write decent stories or good ones and tread lighty were the fans or viewers are concern.

We can have opinions on what made days ratings shoot up, all day and nite, but simple fact is that the show gain a lot of viewers and being a days fans, I’m glad, no matter what cause it.

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Jason Cook Recalls Landing His Soap Roles as DAYS Shawn-Douglas Brady and GH’s Matt Hunter

Daytime fans remember Jason Cook when he became wildly-popular as Hope (Kristian Alfonso) and Bo’s (Peter Reckell) son, Shawn-Douglas Brady on Days of our Lives from 1999-2006. He later made a brief return in the role in 2015 for the series 50th anniversary.

After departing DAYS, Cook was offered a role on General Hospital as Dr. Matt Hunter, the younger brother to Dr. Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson) from 2008-2012. However, during his time on the soaps, and after, Cook has been focusing on his behind the scenes roles and passion as writer and a director of feature films.

Last week, the Michael Fairman Channel welcomed Jason, along with two of the stars of his latest film, Four for Fun, Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-AMC, B&B, GH). During the conversation, Cook revealed his continued admiration for the soap medium and the actors who work in it, and how it came to pass that he landed his parts on Days of our Lives, and then on General Hospital.

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Cook spoke on becoming the on-screen son of soap opera’s most iconic couples, Bo and Hope: “I auditioned for Fran Bascom. She was the Days of our Lives casting director at the time. I was never a great auditioner, I don’t think. She made me feel really comfortable. I remember that screen test. And then, I remember when I got the part, I was actually working at a company at a desk job. I got the call at work and I just screamed, and at the time I didn’t quit my job. But then, I got that contract when I was 19-years-old and it totally changed my life.”

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But, was Jason aware how key to the show being Bo and Hope’s son would be? “Yeah, my older sister was a fan of the show. She definitely let me know that I better not mess it up, because I was gonna ruin her favorite couple,” he shared. “I remember she printed out the family tree and it looked like a physics diagram. It was so complicated. A lot of detailed work went into it. But, I was excited.”

After being a known entity with a large fan following, eventually Cook made his way to a new role on General Hospital. Jason explained, “GH was fun. That was a situation where Brian Frons (ex-ABC Daytime President) brought me over there. I just told him I didn’t want to be like or want to do Shawn. He’s like, ‘Well, what do you wanna do?’ I said, ‘How can I screw things up around here and shake things up?'”

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From that conversation things began to formulate. Cook revealed, “We started talking about the TV series House. I think in soaps, there’s an assumption if you’re going on a show that everybody wants to be the hero. I was like, ‘I don’t want to (be). I want to screw everything up.’ And then, they wrote it in that Matt Hunter burns the hospital down within like six months. I was like really proud about that. The other part that I loved about that character is that Matt, and his older brother Patrick (Jason Thompson), were both neurosurgeons. And if you (an actor) resigned your contract (with the show) you go to Patrick, you see Patrick. And if you don’t resign your contract, you see my character, because my character was going to kill you every time.”

For more on the interview, make sure to check out the replay of the livestream conversation below with Jason, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young.  Now let us know, did you enjoy Jason as Shawn-D and Matt on GH? Do you hope someday he might return on-screen to the soaps? Let us know in the comment section.

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EXCLUSIVE: Jacob Young, Joan Collins and Nadia Bjorlin to Prague to Film ‘Murder Between Friends’

On Thursday night during the Michael Fairman Channel’s livestream interview centering around Jason Cook’s (ex-Shawn, DAYS and ex-Matt, GH) latest movie Four For Fun which stars Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-JR, AMC, ex-Rick, B&B and ex-Lucky, GH), revealed another upcoming film project with some very familiar faces.

Jacob Young shared an exclusive that he is set to direct, produce and star in a Agatha Christie-like murder mystery feature film aptly tiled Murder Between Friends.

Speaking on the upcoming project, Jacob said, “I’m flying at the end of the March to Prague to direct, produce and star in a film with Joan Collins (ex-Dynasty). Nadia Bjorlin (ex-Chloe, Days of our Lives) is in it, and Toby Alexander Smith from Eastenders (ex-Gray Atkins). Plus, a couple of my Broadway friends and a very well known Czech actress (Hana Vagnerova).”

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According to Jacob, the production start date is April 1st. He added on the premise of the film, “It’s very Agatha Christie sort of ‘Knives Out’ without having a hundred million dollars to shoot it, but still will be a lovely film nonetheless.” Young said the plan is to finish all principal photography by April 17th.

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IMDb has more on the film. It shared that former All My Children star Trent Garrett (ex-Asher Pike) is listed as co-directing the feature. Mark Rozzano is listed as writer of Murder Between Friends.

So, what do you think about this upcoming feature from Jacob that will feature Joan Collins, Nadia Bjorlin et al? Share your thoughts in the comment section. 

Then below, check out the full livestream conversation with Jason Cook, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young on ‘Four For Fun’ and their notable soap roles.

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Days of our Lives Star Blake Berris Chats On the Everett Lynch/Bobby Stein Mystery, Working with His New Co-Stars, and the Last Christmas Episode with Bill Hayes

On Days of our Lives, the return of Blake Berris is making for some very intriguing drama, with the audience guessing just which way the story will go.

When Berris arrived back on Days of our Lives, after previously playing Nick Fallon, he was taking on the new role of Everett Lynch, who has a past with Stephanie Johnson (Abigail Klein) and Jada Hunter (Elia Cantu). Only, as it has been revealed, the past he had with Jada was under the name “Bobby Stein,” who from what we can tell was far from a nice guy.

Blake visited the Michael Fairman Channel for a livestream interview this week, where fans in the live chat were weighing-on what could be the truth about the guy – is he a split personality suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder? Did the accident that cost him a year of his life in a coma, never happen? Recently, someone set fire to the beloved Horton house. Fans are suspecting it would have been “Bobby” who is working for Clyde Weston (James Read). Others believe that Everett/Bobby could actually be Clyde’s son. With upcoming therapy sessions with Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) about to start, things are about to get more juicy in Salem.

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Here are just a few excerpts from our conversation with Blake on a myriad of Everett/Bobby subjects. Make sure to check out the full interview for more.

Did you know that they were going to make Everett Lynch a Jewish character? This is only the second time in the history of the show that they have even had a Jewish character on the canvas. Didn’t they reveal this at the Horton family Christmas episode?

BLAKE: No, they never asked me. I am half-Jewish on my dad’s side. There was never like, ‘You’re Jewish, right? We can call you Jewish on the show?’ At the Horton Christmas, “They made a real point of it, yeah.”

And now the new ‘character’ is “Bobby Stein” …

BLAKE: “Right, and that suggests more Jewish, and then Lynch must be coming from somewhere else, maybe the mother. I was so curious because I think the show has been historically, I’m gonna say, Catholic more than like Wasps. With the Bradys there’s this sort of Irish influence, and then the DiMeras, that’s Italian. So, we’ve got Catholics sort of on both sides that are dominant. Now I, “represent”.

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What has it been like working with Abigail Klein?

BLAKE: I think she is extraordinary. We start off sort of frosty, or she’s frosty with me, like she doesn’t want to let me in. And then, for a while things are going really well. I just could not adore Abigail more. She’s such a good actor. I could always rely on her to bring me back into a scene and be there in this emotionally, supportive way.

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Everett and Chad seemed to be becoming friend-ish, when all went awry when at the PCPD interrogation room, Everett let him know about Elia and Bobby Stein, and Chad let him have it for worming his way back in to Stephanie’s life.

BLAKE: Billy would call us the ‘disgusting brothers’ and that’s a reference from Succession, because all of a sudden they’re just so chummy with each other. It’s like all of a sudden we just had this like ‘Bernstein and Woodward’, sort of dynamic duo. I think that Everett really started to think of Chad as a friend and feels sort of disappointed, and he feels, “Oh, it’s that easy? I just needed to have some other identity and now you’re a fair-weather friend?”‘

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In recent scenes, Jada sees Bobby Stein for the first time, and we see you and Elia Cantu share scenes with each other for the first time. What is it like working with Elia?

BLAKE: She’s fire, man. She comes in hot and she tells you the way it’s going to be. I think early on, we were trying to suss each other out and the more we worked together, the more comfortable you get with somebody. I think actors do this sometimes with each other; if there’s spice on screen, you like to keep some of what you have on-screen in your (real-life) interactions because it helps … it helps the work.  Eventually, we just sort of wore each other down and we’re like, ‘I actually totally get you, and you’re great.'”

Did you know that they were going to make Everett Lynch a Jewish character? This is only the second time in the history of the show that they have even had a Jewish character and didn’t they reveal this at the Horton family Christmas episode?

BLAKE: No, they never asked me. I am half-Jewish on my dad’s side. There was never like, ‘You’re Jewish, right? We can call you Jewish on the show?’ At the Horton Christmas, “They made a real point of it, yeah.”

And now the new ‘character’ is “Bobby Stein” …

BLAKE: “Right, and that suggests more Jewish, and then Lynch must be coming from somewhere else, maybe the mother. I was so curious because I think the show has been historically, I’m gonna say, Catholic more than like Wasps. With the Bradys there’s this sort of Irish influence, and then the DiMeras, that’s Italian. So we’ve got Catholics sort of on both sides that are dominant. Now I, “represent”.

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You were on set and in the annual Horton Christmas episode which sadly marked the last for Days of our Lives legendary Bill Hayes, who passed away in January of this year.  What do you recall of that tape day?

BLAKE: It was the Christmas episode when we were watching Susan (Julie) and Bill, say ‘Merry Christmas.’  And there was something about it that just felt like it could be the last time. I mean, it wrecked us all on set. Bill gets so choked up and there was something really profound about the moment. They kiss each other as they have so many times before on the show. It was just beautiful. It felt beautiful to be there for that last Christmas. He’s just such an icon. Every time I’d see him, he was so with it … he knew my name, he knew his lines. What an incredible, incredible man.

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Fans will get to see Everett in therapy sessions with Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)? Would you say she is helping the guy?

BLAKE: Deidre’s always making jokes about Marlena, ‘She’s the worst therapist in the world’ (Laughs) I remember in the first therapy session, we almost couldn’t get through the scenes because it’s just so clear that Everett has a litany of very profound psychological issues that he is going to have to work through. He’ll keep coming back. This guy’s gonna pay the bills!

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Viewers are waiting to see how they mystery of Everett Lynch/Bobby Stein plays out. What can you say as a tease for what’s to come?

BLAKE: As far as a tease, I would say, you have all these characters sort of, trying to wake up the ‘sleeping giant’ in a way. I think it’s safe to say that like if you poke a bear, the bear might wake up.

Watch the livestream chat with Blake in full below.

Now let us know, what do you think is going with Everett/Bobby? What has happened to him in his past? Share your theories in the comment section below, and make sure to catch Days of our Lives next week on Peacock for more to his story.

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