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RATINGS: DAYS Overtakes GH And Takes The Number Three Spot!

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Following their triple-crown victory of winning Outstanding Daytime Drama Series, Writing Team in a Drama Series, and Directing Team honors at the 45th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, Days of our Lives continued their upswing when the recent ratings were released this week.

For the week ending April 30th through May 4th, DAYS moved past General Hospital as the third most-watched soap opera. Considering DAYS has been in the fourth position of all four soaps for the last several years, this is definitely worth noting.. DAYS came in with 2,301,000 average total viewers for the ratings week, while GH had 2, 288,000. In addition, GH tied an all-time low in the womens 18-34 ratings share.

As for The Young and the Restless, they also lost the most viewers for the week with -174,00, while coming in at 4,089,000 total viewers. Even though they remain at number one and are far ahead of the other three soaps, it seems the show, which in the past has hovered around 4.5 million a week, is down. In addition, the ratings reflected that B&B is now tied with Y&R for the number one show in the womens demo 18-34, and Y&R has tied some lows in total households, and the women 18-49 ratings share.

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The Bold and the Beautiful remains second of the soaps with 3,227,00 viewers, but is down over 100,000 total viewers from last year at this time. View the entire ratings picture via SON here.

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,089,000 (-174,000/-75,000)
2. B&B 3,227,000 (-90,000/-129,000)
3. DAYS 2,301,000 (+93,000/+229,000)
4. GH 2,288,000 (-56,000/-162,000)

So, what do you think about Days of our Lives now in the number three position of the four soaps? Will they hold on to the spot over GH? What do you think about Y&R and B&B’s ratings? Comment below.

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aria
aria

wtf, i’m overwhelm w/ the new look, the first thing i found myself looking for was the comment section, its my fave part of your website to know what my fellow soap fanatics think on any given soap news, so its disappointing that its hard to find and that we’ve been regulated to the bottom.

Patrick
Patrick

this is distracting.. all the busy -ness of multi-media . argh! with all due respect to Mr. MF. it is a business. all the trappings of internet. suck.

I hope all the past posts are brought back.

Jim
Jim

it wont let me comment

Celia
Celia

I was almost in tears for two days, aria……there was no warning, NOTHING. This is soooo disappointing because it is soooo cold, clinical and sterile–no true interaction with you guys. I guess it’s a matter of getting used to it ??
I thougt it was my both my cell and ipad….and, I was ready to call Apple. Wow!!
Good to know it idn’t just moi.

Jim
Jim

it will take some time getting used too…but im happy to see you and other familiar names back on here too…

Celia
Celia

Right back ‘atcha’, Jimmy.

Patrick
Patrick

Hi Celia – did you throw me a life line yesterday ? do you have an 8 year old. woah it was godsend… I SWEAR to “you”.

I do not “work” computers.. I read and this site is about my maxed OUT. LOL.

understand the tears. i’m going to have to give @Aria another shoutout… !!!!

where are my soap addicts

Hollah… all may be well

any way… when I got that notification in my e-mail… I was like.. “something’s working” i’m not lost yet .

“… If I lose you guys….what can I say? Au revoir? LOL. ”

spill the thrill

Celia
Celia

Yes, Patrick …thst was I. Wow!!!! You received that? I was experiencing despair because I thought my ipad went awry…..then, I tried my cell; same thing..and yes, my son Nico, who is 8 knows more about computers than I do. LOL.
He did tell me Error 404 meant that the website had probably moved.
My husband, actually, re-routed me to these new boards.
Imagine my relief when I saw all the familiar names. We’re like family and no one should mess with family. LOL…❤️

Alan
Alan

Going to keep an open mind but not really sold on the new look for the site. Also disappointed that so many of the comments on previous stories are gone (Including the one I just posted on this story over the weekend).

su000
su000

I am missing the allure of the darkness of the old board and the old message board-
It had an atmosphere– a deeper drama feeing..
Yes, I will miss the feeling of the now-defunct board 🙁
It was unique, indeed.. like none of the other sites/boards..

But! I also like change and Michael has done an outstanding job with this new site and it will serve him much better..

Patrick
Patrick

“…I am missing the allure of the darkness of the old board ”

thanks.. you are so funny and RIGHT on

all this glitz will not distract from my meaning

Celia
Celia

Ahhh, SuzieQ….we can get the darkness back. LOL.
I am beginning to like this……no one can send cryptic, ‘mean’ posts in our inbox any longer. HaHa….

Shay
Shay

Amen, su!!! This website’s so bright, I gotta wear shades! Between that and the “open floor plan” of the new “Fairman Manor,” I am feeling a bit bereft! Could we at least please go back to the black background and reverse type???

Jimh
Jimh

it is way too bright…i dont mind changes but i do miss the darker background…also wish there was an edit to correct mistakes or if i want to add something!!!!

Shay
Shay

Wonder how many up votes it will require to return to the dark background????? I just gave you the first one, jimh!

Shay
Shay

Hey there, CeeCeeGirl! I took a few days off and look what happened! Whilst this is an impressive effort, I have to admit I’m missing the old format,too, but I’m just glad we can still keep in touch! Anyway, will have to return to further delve into this brave new “Fairman World” when time permits. Hope all is well with you! Later, mia amica!

Celia
Celia

Welcome, amica mia bella…….I searched regularly in hopes of spotting you….here you are!!!!!
Later, Shaybelle.

Celia
Celia

WOW!!!!!! I really like this now, Shay. Mr. Fairman sends personal approvals of our comments? Thank you, sir!!!!!
Hey Shay, I mostly like how quickly there’s a turnover of comments. Nice!!

Shay
Shay

I did previously respond to you several times on the “old site,” regarding a few of our ongoing topics, CeeCee, but for whatever reason, my posts didn’t appear! Guess the “moving men” left them behind…Lol. Please try to reply directly to my link here so I can see if it will turn up in my email with Mr. Fairman’s “seal of approval,” okay? (Sounds very cool…) Anyway, I’ve much to say about NB, Anna, Scorpio, Finn and (of course!)….Alexis! Until my next installment, mia amica! P.S. Have you enountered the fair Miss Phyllis on any of the non-GH threads? Been missing her immensely…hope she favors us with her presence for this inaugural week of FairmanTV! That would make the celebration complete!

Celia
Celia

Okey-dokey, Shaybelle…
And, no, Phyllis has not made an “appearance”….I had to think twice, well; thrice , Shay, figuring out to whom you were referring. LOL…..I said to myself you could not be talking about Gina Tognoni….HaHa….
Remember the fall I took at the skating rink? Well, I was at the clinic…..so much pain….getting cortisone shots. My husband literally dragged me there, this morning ( by the hair)….Do not like doctors—oh, the irony of it all! …Ha!!
So, you are OK with the revamped sites? At first, I thought communication would be too impersonal….but, as it turns out, it is very personal—I like the private communications on my inbox….as I said, the feedback is our own comment ……no nasty posts.
Ciao, amichetta…..

Shay
Shay

Well, I hope Phyllis sees this post and knows that she is missed, CeeCee! So sorry to hear about your ongoing physical discomfort following your ice skating mishap….may you be feeling better in no time! At any rate, I’m trying my best to get into the spirit of celebrating this new format….I also like the more direct approach to replies…now if we could only have “private messaging,” too! However, I am still struggling a tad with the overall concept…it’s a bit too bright and airy for my taste…I’m not at all into the minimalist thing design-wise…white walls everywhere make me mad! Lol… Sooo…still a work in progress, but Mr. Fairman is obviously on top of things and very accepting of both our complimetary comments and constructive criticisms….well done him! Anyway, it’s about time I scurry on over to some other threads…this is the only one I’ve navigated thus far…I shall try not to get lost! Later, mon amie! P.S. I’m not big on doctors, either…hence I try to stay as holistic as possible, but sometimes needs must! You are oh so lucky to have your own “personal physician!!!”. Take care!

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

aria, I am totally with you here. Also, you would think that, on the day a massive change is made to the website, the comments would be up to date. Instead, on this inaugural day, the first few features appeared to have no comments as yet.

Perhaps lost in the shuffle was my comment praising DOOL for its ratings surge. I predicted on these pages months ago that DOOL would indeed pass GH. In my opinion, both shows are decidedly deserving of their current trajectories…

To end on a positive note, notwithstanding our shared complaints about the difficulty in finding the comments, I do like the eye-catching design of the new website!

Patrick
Patrick

@aria; @Jamesj75

wow disconcerting to say the least. LOVE your comment @aria .

“… fave part of your website to know what my fellow soap fanatics think on any given soap news, ”

I got this to work on my tablet … so we shall see if this is : a waiting for your consideration… ???

Jim
Jim

Hope this makes it…i did say about the same about both GH and Days-they deserve the position they are in…GH is a bad train wreck right now…DR. Brandt pursing KIki without any other characters involved feels like a wasted filler moment…Franco and Finn dont work for me anymore-Franco no matter how they try to redeem him and Finn no matter who they pair him with…im still mad about Genie…and Frank V. who is a total weeni!!!

Celia
Celia

Hi, Jimmy…are you Jimh? There is another Jim……I’d like to make sure I got the right Jim. LOL.

Jimh
Jimh

yes,,,i forgot to use my h…ill add that starting today-lol

Celia
Celia

❤️
Are you watching DOOL, Jimmy? Ok…so, who do you think opened the door to Vivian’s buried-alive-‘tomb’?
I bet on Stefano? Who else? Andre? Tony? But, Tony is a good guy….and, Susan is in a ‘facility’.
Oh, wait…..what about Kristen?? Sorry, I’m all over the place. I guess I’m just ecstatic about finding you guys!!!!
Whoever it is, don’t you think it should have been aired as Friday’s cliffhanger?

Jimh
Jimh

i fell asleep and missed it…i suffer from chronic fatigue…im tired all day long…i will have to watch it on demand…and if someone opened it probably Stefan!!!

Jimh
Jimh

Hey look i can vote you a one up for comments…

Jimh
Jimh

it has to be Stefan….

Celia
Celia

I don’t know, Jimmy. From what I’ve gathered, Stefan is still mourning his mother…..and, he’s not that smart, LOL.
I am sorry about your problem, Jimmy….I understand, many people suffer from chronic fatigue. It was once considered a psychological problem….but, that conclusion went out the window with scientific progress in that field….what you have is very real.
Stay well, my friend.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hey Jamesj75

thought we were all “lost” to each other forever! Couldn’t sign on!

Jim
Jim

Glad we are still here…glad MF worked things out…still missing a few other names…glad to see you are able to post gain!!!

rebecca1
rebecca1

haha. I think it’s so funny that we “regulars” were freaking out. We’ve all been on this site for a few years now and we’re like this little microcosm. I think the problem was that there was no warning! I thought I’d missed it because I hadn’t been posting as much recently. And then when I couldn’t sign on I was like, “it is me?” or is everybody having this problem. I thought how weird it would be if we all didn’t find our way back here; because we don’t have any other contact info…just poof!…gone!

So happy to see familiar “face” ;). I’m sure the others will trickle in!

Glad you found your way here, too, Jim! Wouldn’t be the same without ya!

Jimh
Jimh

Yes,,we needed a warning…where is that Lost In Space Robot…Warning!…Warning!…Will Robinson!…a new look is about to be launched!!!-lol

rebecca1
rebecca1

That would definitely have helped, Jimh! Lol

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Hi rebecca1! I was feeling the same way, but relief has taken control… It’s great that we are all able to reconnect! Best to you and your loved ones!

And best to our other friends and posters here! You all make it interesting and fun!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Jamesj75…I think I went through withdrawal! Hahahah…I kept coming back to sign on and…nutthin! Felt like I was trying to get back into the house and I’d forgotten my key. I could look through the window but I couldn’t get in!

So glad to see your “smiling face” again! 😉

Patrick
Patrick

Hi Rebecca1 : Group hug , time, no?

@Jamesj75… “Nice” shared heart full

don’t ask me… when it may take upwards of 2-3 days for posts .. my first thought is always … I’ve been 86’d.

however.. these past 2 days was trembler and it was gonna shake me up

salute !

back to the grind – greasing the wheel

rebecca1
rebecca1

haha, Patrick, yes! Group hug! It’s like a family reunion, LOL! So happy you found your way back; it’s been quite the challenge. Do you think Michael did this to freak us out? 😉

rose
rose

I had been pleasantly distracted on the weekend by watching Harry and Meghan get married starting at 4am in the morning, and then followed it throughout the day. Real life soap opera with all of the elements right up until the final I Do’s. Happy, loving, joyful, family baggage on both sides, a big change for Royal wedding, etc. Plus I kept away from all of the news.

So when I checked into MF I wondered if I had entered into some alternate universe. Then I remembered Michael was doing a redo. Glad to see familiar “friends” have figured it out, and are settling in.

Speaking of GH ratings…thinking GH could take lots of pages from the wedding In writing the kind of stories we have been asking for. And they did it as a on day event. Truly love in the afternoon, and not so many downer stories.

johnny
johnny

Days is on fire, finally over taking GH in the ratings is terrific news.

blake
blake

Amen!

Lou Piikes
Lou Piikes

GH’s storylines are so predictable and repetitive. Whereas Days has twists and turns that you never saw coming. GH storylines just meander without an ending. Days wrap up their storylines within 90 days.

Justin
Justin

Well GH, you didn’t listen. In fact, you never listen. We have been screaming how much we hate the re-write of Anna Devane, how much we hate it when new characters come in and take over the show, and how much we hate it when you disrespectfully kick our vets to the curb. Yet, you turn a deaf ear and do everything we hate. Will you listen now?

dmr
dmr

Justin,
TPTB and Wright’s boyfriend, Ramsey, are ruining this show. I don’t tune in to watch “The Peter August Show.” What a terrible storyline, brought on by terrible acting. The comments on social media are in-sync with ours. TPTB had plenty of time to kill this storyline and change the story arc. But, they had to give this guy a job. Apparently, he wasn’t able to land auditions (or jobs) on his own. Watching him attempt to act, I can see why. To rewrite a beloved character, such as Anna Devane, is unforgiveable. All to prop-up and p*mp out “Mr. Laura Wright.”

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hi dmr; glad to see you! But, I have to disagree. I’m loving Wes Ramsey, I’m loving his portrayal and I’m loving the story.

The writers have to shake things up a bit otherwise we’d just be getting the recycled stories everyone’s always complaining about. Scorpio is back; and he’s had a lot more to do this time around other than when he was just sitting in the back row of Robin and Patrick’s renewed vows. At least this time there’s a bit of the ol’ Scorpio peeking through. And I really enjoyed the standoff between Anna and Jason; and thought Henrik/Peter’s reaction was very touching.

Just loved it and lookig forward to more. I know you don’t agree but I, for one, am really hoping they keep him around.

abruzzfan
abruzzfan

Hi Rebecca! I completely agree with everything you said. I am really enjoying anything with Anna & Robert Scorpio! Love them both so much.

I also love Wes Ramsey’s portrayal of Henrik. They do need to mix it up or like you said we would have recycled stories. 🙂

Cheers!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hi abruzzfan! No joke; you crossed my mind recently. You haven’t posted here in ages! Just reading the comments? So glad you found this new page. It was s bit of a challenge. To use another “house analogy” Ifeel like it’s going to take some time getting used to our new digs. I think the other “place” had a private feel and now we’re in an open space. Sigh. Change is always an adjustment. 😉

I LOVE Peter! He’s been getting some negative feedback whereas I think he’s doing an incredible job. The way he carries himself, his smooth, mellow demeanor, his subtle change from pleasant to troubled. I can feel his desire for acceptance, love, his fear of being exposed and shunned. And when his eyes welled up with disbelief, shock, hurt when he found that Anna was really his mother…sniffling mess over here.

Love Scorpio being back. He looks great, he came on strong compared to the last few times he made a brief return. Shame he’ll be gone again. I really do wish they’d bring him and Mac back.

I dont remember if you’re a Carly fan or not. I can’t stand her so I’m loving that Ava got Avery out from under her “step-mommy” claws.

Hope u start to post again or at least say hello. 🙂

abruzzfan
abruzzfan

Hey Rebecca! Hello again!

This site is sure nice and modern, but it does indeed feel like we are in the “open space” now! I guess a little house cleaning never hurts? LOL

I do like Carly, but didn’t like that step-mommy was raising Avery as her own!

Take care!

su000
su000

hi Justin,
I like Peter..
His character is giving many others an upfront story, too..
Peters story includes;
Maxie, Valentine, Jason, Spin, Robert and Anna. Also others.
So- I’m good with Peter/Henrik, the character has brought many others into play and that is a good thing 🙂

Celia
Celia

Ok, su….enumerate what you like about Peter. I promise I will listen. LOL.
I don’t know what you mean by an “upfront” story. ….Do you mean that the viewer is aware of what/who he is? And, what he is about? If that’s the case, wen know who he is, but not his intent. Good? Bad? In-between?
I guess I am not being fair by not giving the character the benefit of the doubt……so, I will admit, subconsciously, it is the actor who does not jive with me. Am I allowed to say that?
We like some and some others not so much?
I never really throw the gauntlet directly in one’s face…..only half way. LOL. Soooo, we shall see.

Mo
Mo

New look was a shock. Thought I had gone to the wrong site. Tried to leave comments yesterday, but it wouldn’t take them so take 2.

Yay! So happy for Days. I was wondering if people would check out Days after their Emmys’ wins. I think the Daytime Emmys does a disservice to the shows by not being on TV. If the awards show were on TV, more people would see the winners and potentially check out the shows. Get the award show back on TV.

Glad to see Days doing well. The ratings should be up. The show has been great. Just wish Louise Sorel/Vivian weren’t gone.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hey, Mo! I think “Vivian” will be back eventually. We saw her being brought back to life. Should be interesting…

Mo
Mo

Yes, I saw that. Was it Rolf? LOL I also read an interview where Louise said she thinks Vivian is done. I hope not. I love Louise and Vivian.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Seems she was just throwing people off. Guess they do whatever they can to still surprise viewers. It was the doctors formula that brought Will back to life? That was before my time with the show. Been watching about a little over a year. But, the doctor whose diary he’s reading, trying to find out what mystery drug was used. Seems like someone used it on Vivian. Did you see that scene? She was lying in a hospital bed, dead, and at the end you saw a hand inject her with something.

So, lol, at this point no one has to remain dead on this show! Who’s next?Andre?

Jim
Jim

I wasnt able to comment…hope this works now

Mary SF
Mary SF

I am truly glad to see the comment section up and running, like many this is my favorite part of the website– The new look was a bit jarring at first, but appreciate the need to change it up every now and then and to stay current with technology– and as I get older I do appreciate the fact the new format is easier to read- don’t have to dig out my glasses (LOL)
As for the topic at hand–this is good news for Days, but I worry this might be the excuse ABC will use to cancel its last remaining soap–I hope not.

Jimh
Jimh

GH doesnt really have much going on right now…they need a new producer and writers…and im so glad to see your name again…

rebecca1
rebecca1

Jimh; was that you I responded to before or is there a “Jim” and a Jimh?

blake
blake

Well done and well deserved Days! I love watching Days. So glad Theresa and Xander are back. I hope they hook up. Xander needs to be on contract, he makes a great and redeemable villain, unlike Stefan!

I wonder what Will found in Rolfe’s journal that surprised him. Makes me wonder if Serena and Paige were brought back to life and that’s mentioned in the journal, since Ben Weston is coming back.

Mo
Mo

Love Xander. Glad he’s back.

If Serena is alive, she can stay off screen. Her and her elephant story were big clunkers.

Celia
Celia

Yes, blake…this sounds like deja-vu. Did we discuss this? LOL. Yes, we did….as I said….Xander should hook up with Theresa….and Paige will reunite with JJ…..fingers crossed she was never entombed and is somewhere safe and sound.
Imagine Eve’ joy!….will her trespasses against her own daughter be forgiven, if not forgotten?

clb
clb

The move to 3rd is only temporary. GH will return!

Patrick
Patrick

what with Y&R, B&B… even these shows are separated by upwards of a million votes. add on another million difference less than… that leaves @DAYS, and GH.. with only a difference of 13,000 fans. yet still a million “back” from B&B. so it’s going to be a toss up between the better shows. WHICH as I’ve posted … SHOULD be a feast for GH and DAYS writing teams to just go for it, yeah? I don’t know if in this day and age… GH or DAYS could topple either or CBS shows. @DAYS from this time last year… improved roughly by a quarter of a million. so it’s a crap shoot.. i’m ecstatic… to see a fire lit under Frank Valentini.. if change is no imminent… he must be fired

Mo
Mo

I don’t like that after I leave a comment, instead of returning me to the comment page, it takes me back to the original page and I have to check on comments again.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I also have replies here but so far it doesnt seem that you get notified via email. So I have to look for the thread, open up comments to see if any reply comments are here.

Lou Piikes
Lou Piikes

I have to get used to this new format. I posted a reply to another poster’s comment, but didn’t see the usual “my reply is waiting moderation” or some such.

Celia
Celia

No worries, Lou…..I went through the same thing….but, all is running smoothly in this corner of the US. LOL…
I think you’ll be OK…..

Carol
Carol

Good I am glad for Days but they made a big mistake in letting Louise Sorel go

Patrick
Patrick

Neither ; here nor their ; “The Chew” has been CANCELLED. riotous applause ?

rebecca1
rebecca1

Michael Fairman: Hi! Congrats on your new site; it’s very comprehensive and must have been quite the feat getting it all together. But, I’d like to point out a few glitches that I’m experiencing; not sure if everyone is:

In the past, when I got an email from your site it alerted me that I had a reply. When I clicked on the link it took me to that reply. Now, it just tells me my comment has been approved. Are you going to be sending an email when we get replies to the comment and will it be directing us to it? I’ve had some replies but didn’t know it.

The site’s not as “user-friendly” now. Any updates?

Thanks, Michael!

abruzzfan
abruzzfan

Thanks, Rebecca – I had the same question!

Rodd
Rodd

All the media outlets that cover soaps were crowing how DOOL beat out GH for third place for the period covering the first week of May. You would have thought world peace had been agreed upon by world leaders.

However,while I’m happy DOOL is doing well, they slipped back into fourth place for the week ending May 11. There are only four soaps left, so someone has to be in first, second, third and fourth. I frankly hope all of the shows are doing well enough to be seen as valuable to their networks so we can enjoy our shows for decades to come.

It’s sad that one show’s fan base feels that they need to bash another’s when ratings go up or down. DOOL is the only show to have any increase in their ratings year over year, and it was an incredible increase of 292,000! GH lost 35,000, YR lost 92,000, and BB lost 196,000! Isn’t odd that the top rated shows lost so many while the bottom two didn’t lose as many or had significant gains? Something to think about.

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DAYS Promo: What’s Going To Happen At Jarlena’s Wedding Anniversary Shindig?

Coming up next week on Days of our Lives, prepare for drama, drama, and more drama! From the looks of the latest promo for the NBC soap opera, the action takes place at Marlena (Deidre Hall) and John’s (Drake Hogestyn) surprise one-year wedding anniversary soirée, where things could take a deadly turn!

But with the Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) masquerading as “Nicole” plot reaching new heights, Anna DiMera (Leann Hunley) and Tony DiMera (Thaao Penghlis) back in Salem, and the promo telling viewers “For one guest, the party, is over” followed by Sonny (Freddie Smith) yelling, “She’s got a gun!” and Brady’s (Eric Martsolf) ending line, “Oh, my God!” there is plenty to conjecture.

Also seen in the teaser is Kate (Lauren Koslow) trying to rip off the face of Susan Banks (Stacy Haiduk), and Stefan (Brandon Barash) and Gabi (Camila Banus) getting hot and heavy and Eric (Greg Vaughan) yelling, “No!”

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Last week on Days of our Lives, Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) was able to get the man she craves in between the sheets.  So, just how did that happen when Brady Black (Eric Martsolf) had no idea she was alive?  Well … he still doesn’t, really.  You see, Kristen returned to Salem disguised as another ex flame of Brady’s, Nicole Walker (who everyone believed died in the warehouse explosion).  And Kristen has been parading around town donning an incredible likeness of Nicole’s face – via a prosthetic mask – and some other tricks to sound and look just like her!

Kristen’s goal is to infiltrate Salem, remind Brady of the love and passion they shared, take over DiMera Enterprises, and who knows what else!  And everyone who stands in her way, better watch out as we have seen! We are speaking to you (the late) Ted, and (once kidnapped) Kate, et al.

Fans of the NBC daytime drama series have followed the tortured relationship between Kristen and Brady for years and through many plots; Kristen was first played and brought to life by Eileen Davidson, and for well over a year now by Stacy Haiduk.  Not only has Haiduk reprised the role of a frustrated, vengeful Kristen, she is also playing at times multiple roles: the wacky and often misunderstood, Susan Banks, Kristen playing Susan, or Kristen pretending to be Sister Mary Moira.

As for Daytime Emmy winner, Eric Martsolf, this latest story arc puts him front and center as viewers watch to see if what Brady senses, and the clues, and the feelings he is having, bring him to the conclusion that he has been duped by Kristen, and that her horrendous scheme – pretending to be Nicole (Arianne Zucker), and dumping Nicole’s longtime love Eric (Greg Vaughan) to be with him have a result that is unexpected or catastrophic!

Michael Fairman TV sat down with Stacy and Eric for this conversation about: all the plot twists, and playing the drama and the humor of the situations they find themselves in as actors in a wild story that only head writer Ron Carlivati could pen and keep the audience on the edge of their seats in the process. Check out this oh-so-fun, direct, and enlightening chat with two of DAYS most shining stars.

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Eric, what has it been like working in this part of your storyline; where there’s the character of Kristen in its many forms: Arianne Zucker playing “Nicole” (but it’s really Kristen), Kristen as Susan, and the real Kristen, etc?

ERIC:  It’s been a nightmare Michael.  (Laughs)  I don’t know who I’m sleeping with anymore.  I’m at the point where I go home at night, and I just tug on my wife’s cheek just to make sure that she is not my ex-girlfriend from high school.

When you first heard of this storyline, and that it was going to facilitate how Arianne was going to come back to the show… and that it was supposed to be Kristen in a Nicole Walker prosthetic mask with a voice alternator, what went through your mind?

ERIC:  I think in the back of Ron’s Carlivati’s (head writer, DAYS) mind, he was thinking to himself, “This dude started his soap career on Passions, he’s okay with this kind of thing,” and honestly, nothing surprises me anymore.  When you’re thrown into that supernatural, crazy reality, doesn’t-live-here sort of atmosphere for you first soap gig, you don’t sweat a mask and a voice modulator.  That’s just par for the course.  My biggest problem was the body thing … that Brady is not able to distinguish one body from the other, because I would as Eric.  My God, I know every inch of my wife’s body.  So, it’s difficult to get my head around that, but at the same time, I’m going with the whole “love is blind” thing here. (Laughs)

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(Laughs) I was going just going to say that Brady would absolutely know Kristen’s body from how passionate their relationship has been in the past, as well, he would Nicole’s body from his relationship with her.

ERIC:  Since Kristen did finally just succeed – let’s use the word in “seducing” him, and using her wonderful feminine wiles as only Kristen has to get Brady in to bed, there was also another twist.  What plays after that is that he notices the tattoo that’s been removed, and she plays it off as scarring from the fire.  What’s going through his mind as he is making love to Nicole is a “Kristen train”.  He can’t get Kristen out of his mind, and the guilt that he feels about that is horrendous.

Right! Brady is thinking: “Why am I feeling this when I am supposed to be with Nicole!?”

ERIC:  Right!  Brady has been waiting for a relationship for God knows how many years now – at least a successful one.  He is so eager to have this work, even though he has been concerned about how Eric (Greg Vaughan) would feel about this.  In Brady’s mind, Eric is done with Nicole.  He’s good.  He loves Sarah (Linsey Godfrey).  This is fair game.  Brady and Nicole have always been close … they’ve been close before … so, for him, it’s, why not give it a fair try?   However, he finds himself now thinking about another woman the whole time.  That’s rough.

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Do you think in the back of his mind, that this whole time, he possibly knew that “Nicole” was Kristen?

ERIC:  Well, you just have to wait.  There will be a reveal eventually, obviously, but until then, let the games play on.

So, once Brady and “Nicole” have sex, he keeps thinking about Kristen?

ERIC:  Constantly!  She just plagues his mind.  I think he’s realizing that his affection for Kristen is anything but dead and is very alive, and I think this is Kristen’s master plan from the very beginning.  She knows that she pervades his soul, and once she does reveal herself, I would guess he would probably be surprised, maybe a little angry, but in the end … you can’t deny what your heart and your body wants, right?

One of my favorite recent scenes had Brady half-naked and Kristen as Susan getting into his room, because she was looking for the MIA Nicole mask she so desperately needed.  She finds herself gawking and lusting after Brady under her disguise, and he tries to remove himself from the situation and says, “Susan, I’m going to get in the shower…”

ERIC:  Yeah! And, “It’s not going to happen, baby.”

What was that like doing that scene?

STACY:  I loved it!  I thought Eric was brilliant in it.  I watched it, and I thought, “Oh, my God!”  (Laughs) It is one of my all-time favorite scenes.

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ERIC:  Kristen is a tiger.

STACY:  She is a tiger.  She’s got a goal, and she is going to go after that.  She has obstacles that are going to come in-between her goal, but she will go after whatever she wants.

When Stacy comes in to Brady’s room as Susan, were you not laughing?

ERIC: No!  I thought she was hot. (Laughs)

STACY:  He did … he loved it.  You liked me, didn’t you baby? (Laughs)

ERIC:  I don’t think anybody can deny that Stacy Haiduk’s portrayal of Susan Banks is ridiculously good.  Everything from her delivery … to her facial expressions.  I think it is amazing.  I mean, it is corny, and it is fun, and soaps need characters like that once in a while to lighten the load of the heavy dialogue and the drama.  It’s a welcomed addition.  So, I love playing scenes with Susan.

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Eric, you always have been able play the straight-man so well in comedic scenes with impeccable timing,

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STACY:  You’re brilliant, Eric.

ERIC:  You guys are being very nice to me.

STACY:  You are.  I remember on the day how much fun we had, but then, seeing it back and the crap that I was giving you, and just the stuff you were giving back was so beautiful, and innocent, and so alive.  It was so funny.

Does Kristen think that now that she finally got Brady into bed that she won … that she got what she wanted … even if she had to don a “Nicole” mask to do it?

STACY:  Well, no, because she still can’t be really Kristen.  I think she is grateful that she gets to be with him.  That’s one of her biggest goals: to be with Brady and she wants to have him fall back in love with her again.  But for her, now it’s all about, “How do I reveal myself so that he doesn’t get scared away?”  That’s the toughest part for her.  Kristen’s love is so deep that it goes beyond this mask.  So, how is it going to be when he sees her?   Is he going to freak out?  What’s going to happen?

ERIC:  Did you think Kristen would be a little pissed off and think, “Oh my God.  He did go for Nicole?”

STACY:  Yes!  I do, because she’s like, “Finally, I got him!  But wait a minute … did I get him because I was Nicole … or because I was Kristen?”  As Kristen, she always believes there is something deeper between them and a deep connection.  That remains a driving force to her.

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ERIC:  That’s why I love these characters so much, because of you and the history of Kristen with Brady.  She’s always wanted him as much as he has wanted her.  She’s always wanted to be loved.

STACY:  Yes … and very much so.

ERIC:  Kristen had always wanted to be a part of the DiMera Empire, just as Brady has always wanted to be a part of the Kiriakis Empire, and they’ve always wanted love.  They’ve never had it.  They believe in the back of their minds that anything is attainable.  So, I can see why Kristen would just forgo the Nicole disguise and just go, “He wants me.”

STACY:  Kristen wants to believe that Brady knows it.  She says to herself, “He knows it’s me inside and behind the mask.  When he finds out, he will fall back in love with me.”

Now that she actually had sex with Brady, wouldn’t that make Kristen even more insatiable to be with him? Like, “I’ve got to have him!?”

STACY:  The fear is still .. what happens she takes this mask off?  She always says, “I’ll reveal myself, but I have to do it slowly when it is the right time.”  I think there is that built up frustration now for her, absolutely!

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Arianne Zucker really has Stacy’s mannerisms down as Kristen.  It really comes into in scenes where “Nicole” goes off on someone or loses her temper.  Eric, you have worked with Arianne for years on this show.  What do you think about her performances in this storyline?

ERIC:  I have worked with Ari over the years, and I have enjoyed it a lot.  Ari did do her homework.  She did study Stacy’s tape, and she watched her mannerisms, and she took it very seriously.  I know that because she is a hard worker, as much as a goofball as she is, she does work hard, and she wanted it to be good.  I think my favorite parts were the Kristen meltdowns.  You have to understand though; Stacy and Ari get along very well!  They’re kind of two peas in a pod.  So, it wasn’t a big stretch for her to take on how Stacy would play those types of scenes.  They’re both animated, they’re both wild people by nature, and so, it was a good fit.  It was a smart idea from the writers.

STACY:  It was a good fit!

ERIC:  I’ve been out with the two of them, and it’s hard to tell the two of them apart. (Laughs)

STACY:  We are just like two cuddly bunnies.

ERIC:  They’re like flirting with each other, and hugging each other.  You find yourself thinking, “Are they going to start ordering the same food at the same time?  This is getting weird. (Laughs)

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In the recent scene that aired; where Kristen as “Nicole” turns off the light while having sex with Brady, is she worried her plan will now go awry?

STACY:  Yes.  I think she is worried about her body because it is burned.  You know, how they take a tattoo off, and it’s as painful as can be.  Not that I’ve had that done personally.  I like my tats, but I hear it is painful.  So, in the storyline, the burn is that pain that she has and the tattoo. There’s a part of her that thinks,  she has to cover it up, and turn the lights down low.

ERIC:  “Nicole” is sleeping, and Brady is rubbing his hands over her shoulder and touching her body, and as he goes over the burn marks.  He sees a flash of the tattoo!  That is a pivotal moment when he starts to put some pieces together.   He thinks, “Woah! That’s exactly where that tattoo was.”  It’s a slow little rollercoaster ride.

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In the past, Kristen then played by Eileen Davidson, drugged and raped Father Eric.  Stacy, did you ever see that story arc?  Literally the sex scene is playing on the screen at Kristen’s wedding to Brady and then all hell breaks loose.  This to say Kristen is notorious for the ways and the lengths she goes to get her men into bed.

STACY:  Yes! I saw her Eileen do those scenes.

ERIC:  You also saw how close Kristen and Brady were to their dream, to their happiness, their goal, which was they were going to marry each other.  Brady is looking upon his loved ones in this town and thinking, “I know what you all think of her, but I’m going to show you our love on this screen, and once you see the connection that we have here as a couple, you all are going to be convinced that we belong together as well.  This is the happiest day of my life,” and the screen comes up and it’s his brother banging Kristen instead.

Marlena (Deidre Hall) played the wrong DVD!

STACY:  It was so good.  See, I try to find as much info as I can on the character’s past, because all of the time I’m trying to find where these characters have been in their dark and twisted past.

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ERIC:  You’re putting your own stamp on Kristen.  You got a direct call from DAYS casting department, didn’t you … when they were recasting the role?

STACY:  Yes.  You have to understand, I had two really separate characters to play when I was on Y&R.  One was a doctor, and one was this crazy passionate, wild, little minx.

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ERIC:  I will say to find the wild and the beauty in one package is not easy in any town, yet alone Los Angeles.  I’m glad they called you, because you have that.  You have that villainous nature, but you also are able to show a vulnerable side to Kristen that is going to be a lot of fun and interesting to see.

Stacy is one of those people that will leap off of the screen at you and you will remember her.  She is one actress that will have fans talking about their work, like when you played crazy Patty Williams on Y&R.  The audience was on the edge of their seats going, “Oh, my God!  What is Patty going to do next?”

STACY:  I never knew what she was going to do!

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Eric, has Stacy come to you at any point where she been overwhelmed by the task at hand; playing Susan while playing Kristen, etc, and the two of you have a moment where you work through some of the challenges of complex scenes  … and ones where she is playing multiple characters?

ERIC:  We’ve had many moments  to speak of.

STACY:  I always come into Eric’s room, and am like, “I’m scared!”

ERIC:  It’s funny you mention it.  We have had some very emotional scenes, and Stacy – who cares so damn much about this job and portraying this character correctly – that she gets a little overwhelmed, and the material that they give her is overwhelming for any anybody on any level.  I have looked at her in the eyes, and said, “You’ve got this gig.  You are this character.  You are knocking it out of the park.  Just do it.  Just be you.”   I can’t wait for people to see some of the stuff we have shot recently and have been doing.

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Stacy, do you think Kristen can be redeemed? Many characters on daytime … and on DAYS … have done horrible things and later turned over a new leaf.

STACY:  The thing is that villains are bad and all that other crap, but they’ve got a lot of stuff going on inside and insecurities, and they’ve got a heart.  I’m sorry, the villain with a heart of gold, can be very  true.  I never see villains (and I play them a lot) as bad.  You have to find where it comes from … how far does this go … where did that little seed change … and what made them go into the dark, but also, where is the good?  You want to bring the good to it, too.

ERIC:  Let’s face it!  Star Wars is all about Darth Vader and how he became that because it’s intriguing.

Because of the pace in which DAYS tapes its episodes; do the two of you find time to run lines together before you go hit the set?

ERIC:  We are running out of time to run lines.  It’s pretty wild.  Funnily enough, I was recently filming a movie and I was so underwhelmed at the pace of everything.  I’ve gotten so accustomed to moving at this militant style, that as hard as it is, it is preferable to me now.  I almost like it because you don’t have time to overthink what you are going to do, and you end up getting more visceral and natural reactions to the material.  You can overthink a scene, and you can come to a wrong performance that way.  When you burn your fingers on a hot stove, that’s the most natural reaction you are going to get.  You can’t have ten minutes to think about how you are going to scream about that pain.

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But, would you like the pace of shooting the show to be a bit slower?

STACY:  I would like to, but I do think sometimes just jumping in, and going and seeing what happens is great.  I love that.  I do appreciate that.

ERIC:  It’s scary.

STACY:  It is scary.  I would love if we would get to do a rehearsal and then two takes just to see, and then they can mix  together what happens.  Sometimes I am hard on myself as an actress.  I’ve always been.  It’s that jumping in when you only get to do one take.  You have to just give it everything you’ve got.

ERIC:  You can have a second take.  Want me to give you a little secret?  All you have to do is screw up your last line.

STACY:  I can’t do that.   I don’t even need it to be perfect because nothing is perfect.  It doesn’t matter what I’ve done if I sometimes don’t feel it.  I need to feel it when I’m on that set.  I need to feel something because when I shut down, I close myself off.  It’s like an athlete who has just got to  train as hard as they can to reach their goal.

ERIC:  You’re an Olympic swimmer!

STACY:  You’ve got to do it as hard as you can.  You practice, and you practice, and you practice, and you practice, so that when you come to that day, you do the best you can, but sometimes you are disappointed because you didn’t get that one last thing you had hoped for.

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How do you view what happened to Eric with Kristen, who disguised as Nicole, tricked Brady into bed with her?  Some fans commented that that they thought it was akin to a rape.

ERIC:  No, I would disagree with that theory.  I believe there is a high degree of deception in this, but there is a willingness on behalf of Brady.  He’s not drugged.  He’s not being forced to do anything.  Deception, yes.  Rape, no.

Stacy, what do you think?

STACY:  Total deception.  There is no rape.  There is absolutely no rape.  These are willing participants; he just doesn’t know exactly who he is dealing with.

ERIC:  I appreciate the context of how somebody could construe that, and the seriousness of the matter.  I don’t think it really has a place in this particular storyline.

Do you guys think that Brady and Kristen are each other’s star-crossed lovers in a weird, twisted, bizarre way?

ERIC:  I don’t know.  I think they’re magnetism can’t be denied.  I think the hurdles that they’ve jumped through are astronomical.  Will they end up together in the end?  Who knows!  Will there ever be an end?  Who knows!  It’s definitely been one of, if not the most, in-depth relationships Brady has ever had.

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And intense!

ERIC:  Yeah.  They’ve just gone through so much to be together, and when you do that, anybody who is married knows that, that’s where the good stuff is; the wars that you win together and the battles that you go through.  When you come out of the war, and you’re still together, that’s the bond.  That’s what lasts.

What would Kristen do if she couldn’t have Brady in the end?  Would she find a new obsession?  What if she could not nab her man?

STACY:  Wow!  Hmmm. (Laughs)  She’s going to get her man.  She wants her man.  She wouldn’t settle.  She’d keep fighting.  I would say to her, “Kristen, keep fighting the good fight.”

So, do you think Kristen will reveal herself to Brady sooner than later? Will Brady figure out what Kristen has been doing to get to him?  Will Brady turn Kristen away if he knew she was alive and back in action  … or would he fall back into her arms? Share your theories via the comment section below.

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Daytime Emmys To Merge Younger Actor & Actress Category Into One As Gender-Inclusive Categories Are On The Rise

The upcoming 47th annual Daytime Emmys are already making some changes to key categories and specifically this one that affects daytime drama performers.  Word from Variety is that NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) is going to announce that they are combining the Younger Actor and Actress categories into one gender-neutral category

Not only will the Younger performer category be gender-inclusive, but network soap performances will be combined with digital drama series performances for the category.  Previously, for this past Daytime Emmys, NATAS had changed the Guest Performer in a Drama Series to be gender-inclusive.

This category was initially created in 1985 when it was called the Outstanding Ingenue and then from there tweaked into Outstanding Juvenile Female and Male, and more recently that morphed into the Younger Actor and Actress categories.

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Former GH star Hayley Erin (Ex-Kiki) and former DAYS star, Kyle Pettis (Ex-Theo) will now be the last female and male to win the two separate categories with this new move for 2020.

Fans of film and TV have noticed that on several award shows on MTV: their Movie and TV Awards and their VMA’s, there are several gender-inclusive categories, as well as the Television Critics Association Awards who for instance doles out Outstanding Individual Achievement in Drama in comedy.

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