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RATINGS: Days of our Lives & General Hospital Up In Key Demos!

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The ratings were released for the week of August 4th-August 8th and two soaps; Days of our Lives and General Hospital posted gains in all three key women demographics, although while DAYS gained in total viewers, GH was the only soap among the network daytime dramas to show a minus in that column.

However, it was The Bold and the Beautiful that showed the most gains of any soap for the week with plus 67,000 total viewers. In the women’s 18-49 demo; GH gained +27,000 and DAYS gained +20,000 putting them in second and fourth place respectively in the category.

In the women’s 18-34 demo,  GH gained +16,000 while DAYS gained +12,000, and again both soaps remained in second and fourth in the category.  In the women’s 25-54  demo, GH gained +18,000 while DAYS gained +4,000. View the entire ratings picture via SON here.

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As to some of the storylines for the ratings week, on DAYS: Sami’s (Alison Sweeney) revenge plans and the fallout from that, along with Eileen Davidson’s return storyline as Kristen DiMera, continued to bring in viewers.

And over at GH, it was the week that saw Kimberly McCullough return as Dr. Robin Scorpio Drake and Thaao Penghlis as Victor Cassadine, as we learned that Victor was behind having Patrick (Jason Thompson), Sabrina (Teresa Castillo) and Emma (Brooklyn Rae Silzer) run off the road that eventually claimed the life of baby Gabriel.  The fate of Jason Morgan and Patrick and Robin’s marriage were also hot topics.

Y&R had a shocker where Neil (Kristoff St.John) accidently electrocuted himself as Hilary (Mishael Morgan) and Devon (Bryton James) were about to expose to Neil their true feelings for each other!  And on B&B, it was the set up of the wedding week for Hope (Kim Matula) as she went to Paris, and Liam (Scott Clifton) was going to meet here there… and then you all know what happened this week!

Now it’s time for you to be our Soap Opera Programming Executive Armchair Quarterback! What is working on your favorite soaps?  What isn’t?  What storylines are holding your interest?  Which storylines are not?  What would you do to fix what you feel ails your soap, if anything?  Share your thoughts below!

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Mark
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Mark

All the shows are so good!!

su0000
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su0000

I don’t care about the ratings..
they go up and down like a rollercoaster, always have and will.
Unless there is a million difference, no big deal ..
And the sponsors look for things in the rating outside of highest numbers etc..

I like my soap..
I do not care how many watch..
If I were the only viewer and enjoyed what I was watching that is all that would matter lol 🙂

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

Agree…soap ratings are always going up and down…now if they’d stay up and continue to rise that would be another story!!!

Susan
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Susan

Y and R has become so fractured and unrelatable that I now PVR and start watching 20 minutes in so that I can fast forward through most if it. The loss of Billy Miller has rendered Amelia Heinke impotent to perform because she clearly has no chemistry, and appears no desire to build chemistry, with either the newest Billy or Ben. Not her fault. I’m sure the upheaval has been difficult. The winters clan has lost its luster save for Cane and Devon. The writing is horrendous. The direction leaves Lily looking like a mess that cant act, but I… Read more »

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

Staying why from school…lol

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

Glad i listen to my doc and posters who said dont give up this site…

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Try DAYS!

Susan
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Susan

I gave up on Days. I am down to the other final 3. I will narrow that down to wherever billy miller and Michael muhney land. Go from there.

Margie
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Margie

Days is the best soap right now.

Nikki
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Nikki

I agree with you but I really miss the good old days when Y&R was fast paced and well written. It’s sad that Dylan has become unlikeable and the actress playing Kelly overacts to the point that I now FF her scenes! Really missing Katherine !!!

su0000
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su0000

Kelly?
There is no longer a Kelly..
We now have Dixie Cooney from AMC , total Dixie..

(Y&R brought on Dixie and killed-off the awesome Kelly..

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

I agree, Nikki. I FF much of Y&R. It wasn’t that many years ago that it was a truly superior soap. I miss THAT show.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Absolutely agree…about the soap, that is. All that other personal stuff, I have not gone through…Lol. And, jimh, why is your mind always in the gutter?……kidding, PEOPLE…lol

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

And some other posters thought i am such a prude…lol…hey, great name for a soap…’The Prude And The Gutter Minded’…only on HBO…lol

Mary SF
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Mary SF

As much as I rag on B&B and Brad Bell’s obsession with triangles that never end– what happened last week was classic soap– the will he or will he not reach his lady love in time or lose her forever is one the best plots on the soaps. My favorite was the twist AW did, when it was Jake waiting for Vicky in the playground, to find out if she chose him or Shane. And this one, who could fault them, a romantic location, real Paris and not just a studio shot. A nasty villianness who diverts the hero from… Read more »

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

I really dont want another baby story but on Days this would have added great drama had Kristen returned with child claiming the kid was Bradys but is actually Erics…can imagined Marlena’s shocked reaction finding out one of her grandchildren is from her no.1 enemy…of course she has grandkids that are E.J.s but this would be different because of the circumstances…then there is Erics reaction…could he accept and love this child…i say yes…it would be a struggle at first but i think Nicole would be some help…Eric would be reluctant at first…but Nicole would take it one step at a… Read more »

Jean Roz
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Jean Roz

now that would rock the boat laffs, nice one !! 😛

CeeCee
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CeeCee

You’re right,a jean. Jimh should write for all the soaps. I love jimh, as a poster….and, he seems like very likeable, personable guy. ….seriously.

jeremy
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jeremy

Loving my GH, regardless!! 🙂

Darshan
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Darshan

I liked all of GH but really want to see more Fluke stuff, along with the Jason stuff. Levi was by far the best thing of all. The whole reveal finally made everything from that story awesome and can’t miss. The Nina stuff is boring unless we can bust her already. Y&R needs to have more Mariah and Ward stuff with less Summer and Austin lovey dovey. Days is good everywhere. B&B you can never take seriously. When in real life does someone have someone one week then the next week say they love someone else, then month later go… Read more »

clh
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clh

Can’t wait for more Fluke myself. With Anthony on vacation though it’s going to be a bit more of a wait. I hope people don’t lose interest in the mean time.

Charday
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Charday

Storylines/characters I like on GH: Britt and Nicholas, Britt and Spencer, Fluke, all the Quartermaines (I include Michael as a Q), the gay trio of Felix-Brad-Lucas, Maxie-Levi-Nathan, Maxie’s parents, Dr. O, Patrick and Sabrina,Alexis and Julian, Ava, and Liz.

Can’t stand Sonny, most of the other Corinthos, Kiki, Lulu and Dante, or Franco.

clh
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clh

Love Nicholas with Britt and Britt with Spencer is must see TV! Love Felix-Brad-Lucas, but not necessarily because their gay. Great acting and comedy when those three are on the screen.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Days of our Lives is giving their all…blood, sweat and tears…and then some!!!

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

I agree. LOVE DOOL! No FF of this show for me. That says it all.

Patrick
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Patrick

Whew! thank goodness…. Kristen made it to town… even tho it was the “last” place “she” wanted to be didn’t our “heightened” awareness just soar… an elevation of sorts only lived with Kristen ? that pseudo sexual risque avant-garde let’s feature Daniel some more… for a full week with the one and only stellar come on ! it’s Kristen… w/small Daniel the plaudits from the whole town… with shower…. dire Jenn…. “I could have lost you” THANK GOD…. as soon as she HIT town… all of Salem shook up. watching Kristen and EJ at the police station… as she told… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Agree, agree, agree, Patrick. One little footnote…..I was so happy when it seemed that cute, little Jenny finally gave up her ’60 garb, but it seems that she has raided my Gran’s trunk where she keeps her ’60’s/’70’s hippie wardrobe. I really loved that white maxi with the flowered bodice, but, c’mon, now. Retro is nice, but I ask…WHY?.

Patrick
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Patrick

Kristen to “Stefano” “You know what happens when a DiMera betrays a DiMera” Wow! woah! Yikes! sparks, trigger, let the drama unfold….. currently, NOW, I’m more intrigued how this drives for EJ, then Sami, at this point. Once again, she’s all over EJ about brother Eric spiral from priesthood… blaming EJ… when EJ clearly told Sami… he would have nothing to do with Kristen. INTRIGUE ALLURE : #1 Sami’ – expose – by son Will #2 Kristen and EJ…. how will the familial DiMera bond fare #3 Kayla, inquiring minds want to know , asking Hope: “do you still think… Read more »

aria
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aria

for my show we need continuity continuity continuity. i’m not sure if i’m excited about seeing milo and epiphany togethr mainly because i’m not sure we will see them at all. Liz had a story with Rick but now thats on hold while he plays dead till fake fluke (anthony geary ) gets back from vacation. where the freek is Anna? one week she’s on an the next week no Anna, and forget about Duke who has disappeared. one dissapointing plot point that had me screaming at the screen was when Molly was at the hospital, but cousins Michael and… Read more »

dmr
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dmr

I completely agree; see my comment below. The show has no balance with so many boring, new, useless characters being added. A week of a boring Aztec jewelry heist wedding was a total waste of air-time and could have been settled within one episode. Tired of Dante and nu-Lulu having the same, old boring conversation about whether to have another baby. Tired of the Sam show, too and her monotone. I’m just tired of it all! It’s been nice not seeing Kiki. That’s been a blessing!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I know. Right!? Firstly, this sudden illness which befell Alice puzzles me. I’m still not sure of its purpose….perhaps it will become clear. Maybe I missed that episode. But, what boggles my mind more is Morgan’s loyalty to Alice….didn’t realize they were that close. I must have missed more than one episode for failing to see that loving relationship. He’s not even a Quartermaine.
I should not complain…instead I should be grateful I can still tune in and watch when I am able. But, yeah, I would like to obliterate Sonny, Levi and Sam the most.

Shay
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Shay

CeeCee….Morgan became quite fond of Alice during his brief marriage to Kiki (who thought she was a Quartermaine at the time…) when they were holing up at the Q mansion….first in-house and later at the boathouse on the property that he decorated as their little love nest. Whenever “Mr. Morgan” needed anything, Alice was always happy to oblige….she was almost like his guardian angel, so he has since been forever grateful. Even when he often behaved like a spoiled brat, he always respected and appreciated Ms. Gunderson for her helpful assistance. The fact he initially recognized her as “The Dominator”… Read more »

clh
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clh

Loving GH as always. I would like to see Franco and Nina together, great chemistry there! Imagine the mischief those two could get into. Also love that Obrecht and Franco are kindred spirits. Enough of the Sonny merry go round! And bring back more Qs!!!!! Why can’t Alan be frozen?! And also want to see Jax back. I quit watching Y&R when Michelle left and honestly haven’t missed it at all! I read Soap digest and their stories still sound stupid. I started watching Days when I heard Kassie was coming on board and I must admit I’m hooked. Probably… Read more »

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

I’m a full-fledged member of the I Hate Jennifer Club. Used to really like the character, but she has turned into a shrew. I do think Melissa Reeves is a good actress.

Patrick
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Patrick

I”m sorry… you’re being too nice….

I’ll pulpit… soapbox…. eye roll

she along with Daniel are so savior’ed OUT…. over…. that I’d cull evil forbearance to wreak havoc with; that their small beings hightail it out of Salem

MR coattailed on the arms of Jack Deveraux…. Matthew Ashford carried

Father Time
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Father Time

Jennifer’s a good girl. Her surroundings have changed her. She’ll be fun again…with time.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Nina and Franco as one was my first thought as soon as I saw them interact. There is definite sexual tension between the two.

Shay
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Shay

Yes, CeeCee, it’s amazing how mutual cases of insanity can provide such sparks…so much for opposites attracting! Additionally, who would have ever “thunk” that Franco would actually be the more stable one in a relationship? (I’m all for these two “problem children” getting together…they are woefully inadequate and miscast in their present partnerships….no chemistry or excitement whatsoever.)

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Well, Shay. You are entitled to your opinion, but don’t bite my head off. Why so angry? I can “hear” it in your words. These two have lots of chemistry. On the other hand, Nina and Silas have zero chemistry….my opinion….

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I must apologize to Shay. After re-reading your post, Shay, I realized that you have said exactly what I said. I completely misread your post. Therefore, the tables are turned here. I have put my foot in my mouth….and, it seems that I am the one biting your head off. I am deeply sorry.
Yes, you’re right. As immature and crazy Nina and Franco are, they fit, whereas, their partners as they are are miscast…using your phraseology….again, I regret my impertinence. Forgive me?

Shay
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Shay

@CeeCee…I can understand your first impression being what it was….I was utilizing wry observations in agreeing with you, and sometimes that technique can initially cause misunderstanding or rub people the wrong way! But that’s just my style. (I trust you are a relatively new poster? Or a really old one that preceded me, as your name is only recently familiar from my perspective….) Let’s just say my posts are an acquired taste for some, and leave it at that…LOL. Of course, I accept your apology. I’m just glad I really did not offend you, because as much as I often… Read more »

dmr
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dmr

DOOL has so much more balance than GH. I’m very disappointed in GH. I can’t keep track of the storylines because there are too many recurring, useless characters and ridiculous storylines (Aztec jewel heist, unfreezing corpses) that I forget where each story left off when it is picked up again. I’d much rather see the core, historic characters, friendships, new relationships. romance, and cliff-hanger Fridays.

Margie
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Margie

totally agree

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

DAYS is on-top of its game, however, GH is definitely the weakest soap both writing-wise, and production-wise on the air. They need a reboot right now, or else I don’t see it getting any better.

mkoconnell
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mkoconnell

GH needs a good “couple on the run” story. Bring Spinelli back, we could have a PI fantasy. Altho the menage a trois vibe has been entertaining!

Omar
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Omar

Your are so right Scott..GH is a hot mess and needs a serious jump start…DAYS has been consistently good for the last 3 years, albeit on a very slow pace, but still good solid story telling, acting and directing!!

mkoconnell
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mkoconnell

Beautiful breakfast scene…Sami, Kate and EJ. Love the beautiful summer colors and early am makeup!
Nice eye!

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

That Will is such a punk.

DOOL is so good right now. I enjoy GH and glad the numbers are up, but I wish they would work on the lack of balance and pacing. They also should trim the cast bit.

Omar
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Omar

I agree..I don’t like this story of having Will turn on his mom…She did nothing to him, so I do not get the story here.

I also agree the DOOL is very good right now but like you mention the pacing of the show is off and slow.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Omar, I think this whole phenomenon of Will exposing his innermost feelings and angst for his mother in writing is merely a ploy to herald Abby’s re-entrance as the victim of Sami’s machinations. Sami is leaving…..Abbi is staying. Therefore, her I-am-a-good-girl, pure and innocent image needs to be prepped, polished and redeemed. We have already gleaned some of her childlike attitude during her conversation with Clyde….all wide-eyed and mouth-agape in surprise to his underlying “threats”. It is obvious, at least to me, that Sami has to exit as the bad guy…the town’s paraya . Well, that’s one way of exiting.… Read more »

Maggie
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Maggie

I love dool I’ve been watching since I was 14 I am 64.Can’t wait to see how Samy will leave the show. May be OFF a Cliff!!!!!!!.

Maggie
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Maggie

EJ leaving too.OH NO,DOOLl what going on?

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I only watch GH and I’m loving it. Yes, I have my complaints…some of which have been mentioned: Where is Duke? Anna? They’re under utilizing her and she just mumbles a few sentences and she’s done. Bring them back together ON SCREEN and give them a story! Would love to see more of Lucy and Scott. Not thrilled with Carly and Sonny together. The man threatened to kill her over Olivia…he would never had gone thru with it but how do you get back with someone after they threaten to kill you? And even had that not occurred…they’re ancient history… Read more »

greatoma23
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greatoma23

I have watched days from day one. But this WiLL and Sonny is just to much . I don’t watch when they are on. If they stay around I will stop watching. I will really miss days but I just can’t eatch the two. It is just way to wrong.

Father Time
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Father Time

Please don’t let your hatred outweigh your love. You can’t be forced to watch…With time, I hope you accept Will and Sonny as representatives of people that should be loved…as all people should be…Days of our Lives… the o in “our” in the title is not capitalized as such because the “our” signifies we the people of all walks of life…not just the characters on the show. They are characters, but they matter as do the people whom they represent…a part of the “our”…we should never forget. May you be happy and content for all our lives.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I love the relationship between Will and Sonny. They interact and have the same issues as any married couple. I adore Sonny….the nuWill? I am still trying to get used to him. That is not to say there’s any hatred involved…he’s just another character playing a part…..a human being first and foremost… May your advice and wisdom reach those of us who need it…you be happy too, what can I say? Thanks?

Blake
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Blake

Days is the best soap and has been for a few years now.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Distribution? That’s what Clyde said to Kate. He wants to “employ” Stefano’s unsavory henchmen to distribute what? Illegal drugs? …..black market? Here we go again; another drug-dealing storyline or whatever sinister schemes Clyde has in mind. I think we have had our fill of similar storylines on soaps….specifically GH…the neverending story. I really hope this new plot offers something original and suspenseful….challenge my brain, writers.!!!!

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

What I’m writing is the truth…I have always liked the storyline with Jordan and then Ben and finally Clyde. When Poplar Bluff, Missouri was first mentioned (it has been mentioned a lot), I figured it would have something to do with dope. I am very familiar with Poplar Bluff and it’s citizens. When Kate traveled there, I laughed because it was so surreal. I know of people and places like that. Poplar Bluff is in Butler County, which is (or at least was) the biggest dope county in Southeast Missouri!!! I’m OK with the storyline involving dope, but a whole… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Well, 4ever…that is a very foreign world for me…never did drugs, never will. I find no interest in such storylines, which, by the by, have been overly used and abused.

Shay
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Shay

I don’t watch DOOL, but I am very much in agreement with you about the drug storylines on GH, CeeCee. They totally disgust me. I’ve never understood the fascination people have with the subject…in fiction or real life!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Shay, I was not affronted…just taken aback. I usually read in a hurry, thus, I misread. But, I do appreciate your sarcasm. Yes, I am a relatively new poster. I had a very difficult pregnancy which led to my spending a lot of time on the couch, watching soaps. I agree with you as far as Michelle Stafford is concerned, that is, playing Nina. I was always one of her most avid fan, but I am not getting the vibe I expected to feel from her. Perhaps her pairing with Franco will add some good natured craziness…ironically, my 5-year-old’s nickname… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

CeeCee…I am sorry to hear of your difficulties with your most recent baby….even though they were previously unbeknownst to me, I was aware that you were a new mother and also have another young child for which to care, so I pretty much put down your initial reaction to my post to plain old exhaustion. Even though my writings may sometimes be a bit controversial, I didn’t expect that particular one to warrant such a response…hence, I had to go back and read what I had posted. (I’m still pleased that it was just an oversight….) As for that “Ni-co”… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Finally ! Is the jig really up? Is Fluke really exposed? Funny, this great revelation did nothing for me. This storyline has kept us guessing for soooo long that all the interest died months ago….especially since everyone, more or less, guessed who it could have been.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

So, Nina is planning to ‘get’ a baby, one way or another. What are the chances she will either sleep with Franco, get artificially inseminated or just help herself to Ava’s baby? Of course, she will fake a pregnancy. And, most importantly, every devilish , sinister and misguided scheme she employs, will make perfect sense to her. The voices in her head will justify every move she makes. Another baby plot…yippee!!

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A Martinez Joins the Cast of New Film ‘Ambulance’

Daytime Emmy winner and former star of Santa Barbara, A Martinez (Ex-Cruz) has joined the cast of the upcoming Michael Bay directed action-thriller, Ambulance.

The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Eiza Gonzalez and is based off the original Danish Film Ambulancen

According to Deadline, while the plot is being kept under wraps, the pic is expected to be in the spirit of such 1990s action pics Speed and Bad Boys.”

As well as his reprising his role of Eduardo on Days of our Lives recently, Martinez also appeared in Netflix’s Longmire, as well as his recurring roles on the digital drama series,The Bay.

So, intrigued to find out what A will be playing in “Ambulance”?  Would you like to see him back on daytime?  Comment below.

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Victoria Konefal Returns to Days of our Lives

Cin fans will be happy to know the other half of the DAYS super couple will be back on-screen later this month as Ben (Rob Scott Weston) and Ciara’s (Victoria Konefal) love story is set to continue.

According to Soap Opera Digest, Look for Konefal to first appear back on-screen during the January 28th episode of the NBC daytime drama series.

When the missing in action Ciara returns she will bring with her a new character named Rhodes played by Jason Downs.

No word on how long Konefal’s stay will be this time, since she has been off-contract with the show since last year.

However, reportedly this this will be Ciara in the flesh, not a conjured up or “Vision” of her that comes to Ben in his time of need.

What do you think has happened to Ciara since the car explosion she was supposedly part of? Glad to know Victoria is on her way back on-air to DAYS? Comment below.

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DAYS Mike Manning On Role in Film ‘Son of the South’: “I Hope it Strengthens the Dialogue Our Country is Currently Having About the Fight for Equality on All Fronts”

Days of our Lives Mike Manning (Charlie) has been one busy actor; not only appearing on the NBC daytime drama series and in the digital drama series, The Bay, but also in the new film Son of the South.

The film will be released on February 5th and was executive produced by Oscar-winning director, Spike Lee.  In story, Son of the South is about the grandson of a Klansman who comes of age in the deep south and eventually joins the Civil Rights Movement. The film is based on Bob Zellner’s autobiography “The Wrong Side of Murder Creek.”

Manning plays the role of Townsend Ellis, and the actor took to his Twitter account on Monday, during Martin Luther King Day, to let his fans know to be on the lookout for the film and why it is such an important piece for our time.   

Mike expressed: ” I think #MLKDay  is a good day to tell you “Son of The South” will be out Feb. 5th. I hope it strengthens the dialogue our country is currently having about the fight for equality on all fronts. Exec produced by Oscar-winner Spike Lee. Proud of this one.@son_movie”

You can check out a trailer for Son of the South below, along with Manning’s tweet.

So, have you been enjoying Mike’s work on DAYS? What do you think of his message sent out yesterday on these important moments of our time? Share your thoughts via the comment section,

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