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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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Courtesy/NBC

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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Aria
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Aria

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.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

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.

Chloe
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Chloe

Well said!

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

shawn
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shawn

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.

Avelina comes from Santorini Greece
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Avelina comes from Santorini Greece

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!

No1_ILoveLucyFan
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No1_ILoveLucyFan

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.

Vicki
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Vicki

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

JorgeAnn
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JorgeAnn

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.

Dmitri
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Dmitri

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.

Avelina comes from Santorini Greece
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Avelina comes from Santorini Greece

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.

Jules
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Jules

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.

Ces
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Ces

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!

Blake
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Blake

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!

Patrick
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Patrick

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

Ditto…

it’s about time we feel good about DOOL.

Jules
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Jules

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!

Patrick
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Patrick

It would seem that GH has free reign and a loaded purse (cashola) to loosen their budget constraints. Oye… for the DAYS of ole…. —————— 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… Read more »

MK
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MK

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)

k/kay
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k/kay

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.

Ces
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Ces

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.

Patrick
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Patrick

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.

k/kay
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k/kay

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

No1_ILoveLucyFan
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No1_ILoveLucyFan

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.

su0000
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su0000

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 ..

Mary SF
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Mary SF

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… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

– 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 ..

Patrick
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Patrick

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… .

Derrick
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Derrick

Guys Y&R is #1
Deal with it……..

Ann
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Ann

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.

Ces
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Ces

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

Tsuds
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Tsuds

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

Ces
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Ces

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!

dorothyg
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dorothyg

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

JorgeAnn
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JorgeAnn

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

Avelina comes from Santorini Greece
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Avelina comes from Santorini Greece

Agreed! I cant wait for EJAMI.

Tanya
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Tanya

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!

Niiyaah
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Niiyaah

I can’t wait for EJAMI!

Tsuds
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Tsuds

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..

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

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

Vicki
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Vicki

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… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

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… Read more »

Dmitri
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Dmitri

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.

Patrick
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Patrick

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… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

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.

Shawn
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Shawn

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

Rj
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Rj

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… Read more »

Niiyaah
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Niiyaah

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

Shawn
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Shawn

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.

Niiyaah
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Niiyaah

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

shawn
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shawn

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

Lia
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Lia

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.… Read more »

No1_ILoveLucyFan
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No1_ILoveLucyFan

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… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

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.… Read more »

Vicki
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Vicki

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!

Flo
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Flo

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.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

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.

No1_ILoveLucyFan
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No1_ILoveLucyFan

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.

mercedes vettese
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mercedes vettese

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 .

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

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.… Read more »

Derrick
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Derrick

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!

R.P Johnson
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R.P Johnson

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… Read more »

No1_ILoveLucyFan
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No1_ILoveLucyFan

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… Read more »

Shelly
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Shelly

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???

shawn
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shawn

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

Shelly
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Shelly

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.

cr
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cr

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.

shelly
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shelly

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.

cr
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cr

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.

Robert
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Robert

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

cr
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cr

So true

mo
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mo

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

cr
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cr

I agree with you

Teres
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Teres

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!

No1_ILoveLucyFan
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No1_ILoveLucyFan

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.… Read more »

jim
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jim

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… Read more »

jim
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jim

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.

jim
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jim

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

Jim
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Jim

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… Read more »

Jim
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Jim

i met no body found

No1_ILoveLucyFan
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No1_ILoveLucyFan

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…

jim
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jim

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… Read more »

jim
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jim

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.

angie
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angie

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

cr
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cr

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.

cr
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cr

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.

jim
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jim

me too

Days Of Our Lives

DAYS Alison Sweeney on Working with Bryan Dattilo: “28 Years Later, Some Things Never Change. Still Laughing Between Takes and Grateful to Have Such a Talented Supportive Co-Star”

This week, Days of our Lives viewers have witnessed that Sami Brady DiMera (Alison Sweeney) and Lucas Horton (Bryan Dattilo) hit the sheets, and Lumi fans everywhere rejoiced!

On and off, for almost three decades. Alison Sweeney and Bryan Dattilo have played the relationship between these two exes who share children together to the hilt, because Sami and Lucas’ history is well … complicated.

But, what will happen if and when EJ finds out that Sami had sex with her ex? Stay tuned.

In the meantime, Alison took to her Instagram and shared her thoughts alongside photos of her and Bryan, then and now.

Over the years, Bryan had remained one of Alison’s good friends.

Sweeney expressed: “I have always had such fun working with @bryan.dattilo !! 28 years later, some things never change. Still laughing between takes and grateful to have such a talented, supportive costar. Thanks @nbc for this great archive photo! And so grateful to @nbcdays for the incredible opportunity to play Sami.”

What did you think of the scenes where Sami and Lucas slept together and its aftermath thus far? Comment below.

 

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Kevin Spirtas Talks ‘After Forever’s’ Digital Special ‘Riley’s Unforgettable School Project’, The Loss of Michael Slade, and a Chance to Reprise DAYS Craig Wesley

The coronavirus pandemic has put to the test many content creators on just how they would keep their projects moving forward in ways they never dreamed of. However, out of that situation has come some of the most compelling, unique series, specials, and features currently streaming for viewers. One of which is Riley’s Unforgettable School Project, brought to you by the team from the six-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning series, After Forever.

Former Days of our Lives star, Kevin Spirtas (Ex-Craig Wesley) has starred in and created the first two seasons of what has become the most honored Emmy-awarded LGBTQ-themed drama series on any platform.  Along with his ‘After Forever’ writing/producing partner, the late Michael Slade (DAYS, OLTL, Passions, Another World), the two also conceptualized and delivered this latest documentary-style offering now on Amazon Prime Video.

What makes Riley’s Unforgettable School Project so noteworthy is not just how they were able to execute the series based on fictional 11-year-old Riley’s virtual school project and utilize its cast, which includes: Spirtas, Cady Huffman, Jamison Stern, Lenny Wolpe, Erin Cherry, Anita Gillette, Christopher J. Hanke, and Finn Douglas, but that it was made while Slade was succumbing to his battle with cancer, and that this special marks the final script from this talented writer.

 

Michael Fairman TV spoke with Spirtas about making the special during Covid-19, how the death of Michael Slade has made a lasting impact on his life, what After Forever has personally meant to him, and how an official third season is still in the works, and … if he would consider a return to Salem and Days of our Lives, should they come a-calling.  Here’s what Kevin had to say about it all.

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I think the entire story of this digital special has become even more meaningful with Michael Slade’s passing. What was the genesis of the concept? You wanted to continue the telling of the story of After Forever … but we are all in the middle of a pandemic?

KEVIN:  Yes and… when we filmed season 2, we had the scripts for season 3 already completed. It was our hope and desire to film them at the same time, back-to-back, so that we would have had all of our cast and crew together, and we could have gotten through it because we’ve always imagined this story being told in a trilogy so to speak – a beginning, middle, and end to Brian (Spirtas) and Jason, (Mitchell Anderson) and Brian’s healing or his steps towards healing through grief.  Schedules turned out that they couldn’t really work out for us to hold all the people and hold all of the sets for that amount of time.  So, we thought, “We’ve got the scripts for season 3 ready.  We’ll come back to it in the following year,” and that was always the intention, and then the pandemic hit.  So, it was shut down immediately that we weren’t going to do anything, but we wanted to stay current, and instead of going back in and telling the third installment of After Forever as a Covid-19 story as well, Michael and I sat down and looked at a way of staying relevant and current with a story within COVID, and there was born the idea to do this documentary style story/special about the characters of After Forever told through the lens of the character of Riley, the 11-year-old boy, who is now being homeschooled during the pandemic. He gets an assignment to do a project about the most unforgettable person he has ever met, and he, of course, chooses his best friend, the late Jason Adams, and he enlists all of Jason’s friends and family to join in.  Michael actually said, “What if we tell a story about Riley being homeschooled?” And, not only is Riley a technical genius at 11-years-old in the story, but Finn Douglas, who plays Riley, is a technical genius.

And didn’t Finn perform and write the song “Forever There” contained within the special?

KEVIN. Yes. He is this incredible musician.  Michael thought, “What would it be like if we asked to have the character of Finn sing a song for Jason?”  I said, “Well, what kind of song would we have him sing?”  Finn could play anything, I’m sure, because he’s self-taught, he plays by ear – guitar, piano, and drums.  Michael said, “What if we ask him to see if he could write a song?” and when we heard this song, we all called each other and we all got on Zoom and went, “Can you believe this song?  Can you believe this came out of this 11-year-old?”  It’s pretty incredible.  Michael did a gorgeous job of weaving the stories in and out and how they just sort of dove-tailed into each other, and then it was framed by Riley opening the project and ending the project.  During the Zoom reading we wanted to hear the song out loud.  We said to Finn, “Would you want to sing the song?”  We all just watched everybody on that Zoom call just fall apart.  It was just so beautiful. He’s an amazing talent.

Where is your character within this?

KEVIN:  I still stand in the center of the story of Jason because my character, Brian, was married to Jason, and it sort of connects us all, and through Riley’s understanding of how we all connect to Jason, is how we are all sort of spread out throughout the story.  Michael jokingly said, “You know, you’re not going to be the star of this special,” and I said, “I don’t think it’s about being the star.  It’s really about the storytelling.”  The beauty of Riley’s Unforgettable School Project is that we get to see moments of each person’s relationship with Jason, which Riley sets out to say, “Answer these three questions: What did you like most about Jason?  What did you like least about Jason? And what’s your favorite memory?”  Those three things, cut back and forth is where we all kind of fit in.  Nobody has more of a story than the next person, and it’s all telling honest portrayals of how they’re dealing with their loss of their good friend, or their child, or partner.

It’s a very inventive idea during Covid-19 to continue it in a way where you weren’t having to go shoot a full season of episodes.

KEVIN:  Well, we couldn’t. I have to say, Allison Vanore, who not only produced this special, but she also stepped up saying, “I’d love to direct this,” and I said, “Yes, please!”  She knows the characters.  She understands the story because she’s been a part of it for the last two seasons.  Allison also has this extraordinary amount of knowledge and expertise with the camera and what was needed for a remote shoot, and to also be able to organize filming 13 people in 2 different countries and 5 different cities… that’s just the technical side of it, but having that in our back pocket, knowing that it was a remote shoot, we had to send the camera, the computer, the ring light, and the microphone to each person’s house.  We had to location scout over Zoom.  We had to do wardrobe over Zoom.  It was all this big puzzle putting it together, and once you look at that board of storytelling and how we were going to do it, it kind of fell into place.  I feel blessed that a) we still had Michael with us, at that point, and b) Allison had the know-how to do this.  We all feel that at least this pandemic didn’t keep us from doing what we love.

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In terms of the contribution of Michael Slade in this special, was it the construction of the story, and how was he able to work and write this during his illness?

KEVIN:  Michael’s contribution to the special was no less than the contribution to season 1 and season 2, and the future of season 3, because the scripts are written.  We did everything on Zoom, and we worked around his schedule of treatment.  We scheduled 2 people per day, and we spread them out over two weeks.  He was very present, and when there would be a day where he would say, “I’m going to be an hour late, let’s just push that call time,” I would ask, “Is this too much right now?  We can shelve it; we can stop it.” He’d then say, “Absolutely not, otherwise cancer will win.”  He was determined to stay focused and to stay active because it took his mind off of what was happening to him.

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It would be lovely moment if you both were to win a Daytime Emmy for this project. 

KEVIN:  It’s our last collaboration together as a team, as I said, season 3 has been scripted, and it is on the calendar to get made.  We are just waiting for the COVID restrictions to lift a little bit and everyone to get vaccinated.  Michael was really hit hard with cancer – to stay healthy was so challenging for him.  Sadly, he didn’t make it to see the final edit of the special, and he died four days before we launched, but he had seen the cuts before that and was very approving of it, and had made some decisions, and offered some suggestions, and if God gives him an Emmy for this, it’s not because he died.  It’s because it’s great work.  It just happens to be that the work that was involved in this particular special was very tricky.  It brought up everything, like life itself to have to deal with.  Here we are dealing with the loss of a colleague, the loss of a friend, someone’s brother, someone’s son, this is life imitating art, imitating art imitating life. I can’t tell you the darkness that I went through just experiencing the need to stay focused on getting everything edited, and everything ready, and everything aligned for a release of this project that we had put into motion.  On top of it, our editor lost his mother just before Michael passed, and Allison’s mom was sick at the time, as well.  It took a lot of heavy deep breaths with Michael’s death, and the pandemic, and the loss has, for me, on a personal level, sent me back to really questioning my spiritual muscle and to help remind me that we have to come out of this better than we went into this.  I had many dark nights of the soul this last year, and December was probably the darkest.  I feel like I’m just kind of coming out of it now with the spring revealing itself.

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It must have been extraordinarily difficult for you to also go to New York during a pandemic and also knowing Michael did not have much time left.

KEVIN:  I will say this: I am grateful that I was able to stay in touch with my heart and my instinct and go out to New York to let that be my remote location.  Yes, maybe there was some risk involved.  I wore my mask; I was Covid-19 negative, and I was determined to be fine.  Once I got to New York, I would visit him very protectively with our masks and our gloves, and I’d sit across the room, and then I’d go back to the house I was at.  It was a gift that I was able to see him at that time.  We had some good talks then about how he was feeling, and I think he was still being optimistic, and then once we got the project in the can there was maybe this psychic letting go. That’s when everything really started to reveal itself as this could be the end.  I did go back to see him when he was in hospice.  I think I was there the last two days that he really was able to really stay coherent.  He would close his eyes and be at peace and quiet for a minute, and he would finish a conversation and sort of close his eyes, not to sleep and not to go away, but I remember watching him going, “Look how peaceful he is,” and then he’d open his eyes and he’d remember that he is in this body that has been given a time limit of life, and he’s on his way out.  I’d watch the fear go back in his eyes.  At one point, he did say, “I’m so scared,” and I just held his hand, and I said, “I’m scared too.  Let’s be scared through this together.”  I don’t know how to navigate grief like that.  We are all going to be in a position at some point where we are going to be on the other side of the hand holding.  The wonderful thing is that we were able to have honest communication about our feelings.  I thanked him for everything that he has done for me and how he believed in my talent and creativity and our partnership.  I will always take that with me.  I waved my finger at him, and I said, “Listen.  Now, we wrote a series about a man talking to his deceased husband.  You’d better talk to me!”  So, we laughed about that.

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You’ve done a lot of things in your career from Broadway to television, and of course, daytime fans know you best as Dr. Craig Wesley on DAYS.  How does the entire After Forever project stack up to you within all that you have done?

KEVIN:  Former DAYS casting director Fran Bascom, sought me out and offered me this 2-day role on Days of Our Lives, and those 2 days turned into 8 years, and unbeknownst to me at the time, the final 3 months of that contract of those 8 years, Michael Slade was brought in to write.  We didn’t cross paths at that point, but years later, when we did cross paths in New York, and then After Forever was born, that was that universal crossing point.  I am most proud of the fact that we were able create something fresh, and real, and personal to ourselves that we didn’t have to cater to any “powers that be” that had their vision and their tinkering, that they thought that it could be better in this way or that way.  Then for After Forever to gain such recognition, within the film festivals, and the Emmys, and then, just after Michael died, we won the GLAAD award for Special Recognition this year.  We don’t even fit into one of their categories!  They found a way to acknowledge this project.  If another Emmy happens again, that might be another one to put up on the shelf for After Forever that would be beautiful, and I couldn’t have done it without Michael.

For the Daytime Emmys this year, what category have you entered Riley’s Unforgettable School Project?

KEVIN:  We are not a series this year, we are a daytime fiction special, and the “Daytime Fiction Special” category is a special class.  It’s anything that’s digital in the construct of less than 40 minutes.  NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) is being bombarded with so much content, they’re trying to find ways to put categories together.

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So, now, when we last saw Days of Lives’ Dr. Craig Wesley, where was he? (Laughs)

KEVIN: (Laughs) He was in a flash from the past or something in the DOOL app’s Last Blast Reunion series. I had a fun time working with Patrika Darbo (Nancy) and Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe), once again.

So, if they were to want Craig to come back to DAYS, would you be all for it?

KEVIN:  Hell yes!

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Now, what story would you want to be told involving Craig? 

KEVIN:  When Craig was first on the canvas in Salem, there was a lot of mustache twirling and a lot of hand wringing.  He was always plotting; most of the time with Nancy.  It was kind of this high drama, evil villain storyline being told, but when the writers created an opportunity for us to be on after those first three months by bringing on Chloe without a father, there was something real about it.  It may have been told under the construct of soap opera storytelling, but there was a reality-based story about, “You have a daughter, and we are just now finding out about it?”  Then, finding a cure to her health was another realistic story, and finding out that Craig was her real father.  Anything that’s reality based is what I’m getting to.  I would welcome any job that brings me back and gives me an opportunity to dive into something real.

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Would you welcome the opportunity to play a gay character on daytime; in a medium where there are very few represented in storylines?

KEVIN:  I’d have no problem with that.  Do you know anybody who is starting that?  Let’s do it!  (Laughs) First of all, there’s nothing to hide anymore.  There’s nothing to pretend you’re not anymore.  I would think that bringing in a storyline that deals with anything outside the norm that we are used to seeing would be interesting.  How many times can you retell a story?  How many times can you set the same story up with another couple?  So, why not be diverse and have a stylized story being told through the lens of a gay person.

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In closing, so many go through life without acknowledging people who had an impact them.  We don’t give pats on the back, often enough, and especially in Hollywood, where people can be very self-involved.  You have already paid tribute to Michael Slade in our discussion, but what gift from him is your personal takeaway?

KEVIN:  The gift that Michael really gave to me is to remember to be kind to myself and to others, and to acknowledge and salute the person who is in front of us, because we don’t know when we will have, or if we will have, another moment to do that.

Now below, check out the trailer for Riley’s Unforgettable School Project.  Then let us know, what do you think of its concept? Kevin’s thoughts on the passing of his collaborator on the project, Michael Slade? And, do you hope DAYS brings back Dr. Craig Wesley? Share your thoughts via the comment section.

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REPORT: Dan Feuerriegel is DAYS New EJ DiMera

Could Days of our Lives finally found their new EJ? Rumors have been circulating on the internet for weeks that the character of EJ DiMera may finally have a new face and a new actor portraying and heading back to Salem, especially since Sami (Alison Sweeney) is back on the canvas.

The role was previously played by longtime fan favorite James Scott, who had made it very clear he would never return to Days of our Lives.

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Now according to Daytime Confidential and their report from setside sources, the new EJ will actually be played by former Spartacus actor Dan Feuerriegel.

The Australian-born actor has been seen in Starz’ Spartacus franchise in the role of Agron.

According to the report, look for the new EJ to make his debut sometime this summer.

DAYS fans know that in story, EJ was brought back form the dead, from the serum from Dr. Rolf, but then was injured in an explosion and had reunited with Sami and had been recovery in Europe.

So, if this reports turns out to be true, what do you think of the new EJ? Comment below.

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