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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.

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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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.

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.

it wont let me comment

Thanks Micheal..glad im still able to be part of this wonderful group…you have the best site ever!!!

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.

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

Right back ‘atcha’, Jimmy.

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

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…❤️

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).

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..

“…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

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….

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???

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!!!!

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

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!

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

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!!

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!

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… 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…..

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!

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!

@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… ???

Thank you for your reply, Mr. Fairman. I really appreciate it. I assumed that the transition necessitated delays in posting or other possible glitches. But, like others, I was panicking for a moment…

I know that your primary role is as promoter/cheerleader/conduit for this genre. And you do an outstanding job in that regard! I also applaud your interest/willingness to allow this wonderful community of posters to air its wide-ranging views of the genre: supportive, critical, contemplative, humorous, impassioned, and indifferent.

As we know, change doesn’t come easily for some of us, particularly for devout soap fans: a new actor in a role, a new producer, a new writing regime, a new direction for a show, and a new website configuration can upset the apple cart and expand one’s comfort zone. But I feel that your community of posters is adaptable to the new look/composition of your website. As I mentioned, it looks great!

Thank you again for the work you do, and thank you again for giving us this platform!— You know we enjoy it!

Please take care.


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!!!

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

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

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?

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!!!

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

it has to be Stefan….

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.

Hey Jamesj75

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

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!!!

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!

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

That would definitely have helped, Jimh! Lol

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!

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! 😉

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

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? 😉

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.

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


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.

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?

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.”

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.

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. 🙂


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. 🙂

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!

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 🙂

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.

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.

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

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.

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?

I wasnt able to comment…hope this works now

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.

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…

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

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.

Love Xander. Glad he’s back.

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

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?

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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…..

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

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

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!

Thanks for getting back, Michael, but Im just as confused as before! I get the first part; we’ll be getting emails to let us know we have a reply. Just like the “good old days…” 🙂 But if I understand u correctly we have to click on the comments and then look for the reply? Is it me, did I not understand u correctly?

No worries. I’ll figure it out when u start sending reply emails. (Didn’t get one re:your reply either. Just came back to the page to check out others comments and stumbled upon it.)

Thanks again.

Thanks, Rebecca – I had the same question!

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.

Days Of Our Lives

DAYS Blake Berris to Chat Live on the Michael Fairman Channel as Everett & Bobby’s Story Heats Up

The tale of Everett Lynch and Bobby Stein is starting to reveal itself on Peacock’s Days of our Lives, which puts returning cast member, Blake Berris front and center in story.

On Monday’s, February 26th episode of DAYS, the results of Everett’s CAT scan indicate he suffered a traumatic brain injury which jives with his story that he was in a car accident and spent in a year in a coma, or does it?

Stephanie (Abigail Klein) and Everett are reeling that Everett as Bobby Stein was married to Jada Hunter (Elia Cantu) and treated her badly. While Everett claims he doesn’t remember anything about his time as Bobby, despite his fingerprints matching those of Robert Stein’s, Marlena (Deidre Hall) ponders if he could be suffering from PTSD, which might explain his memory loss.


Everett wonders if he has a brain tumor, but Marlena points out that they would have found it on the CAT scan. While there is no obvious reason for his memory loss, Kayla wonders if he is faking his amnesia? Marlena tells Everett that she is a psychiatrist and they should set up sessions immediately. Will it be revealed that Everett and Bobby are split personalities living inside one man?

Blake Berris is set to chat about the latest storyline developments and more, when he visits the Michael Fairman Channel on Wednesday, February 28th beginning at 3 pm ET/Noon PT.  Make sure to join Michael and Blake in the live chat for your turn to share your questions and thoughts on the story.

Photo: JPI

Days of our Lives fans first met Blake when he played the character of Nick Fallon who was eventually murdered in 2014. Later, Nick made a few return appearances from ‘the grave’, in 2021 and 2023. Recently, Blake returned to the show in his newly-minted role of Everett Lynch at the end of October of last year.

Blake will talk about portraying Everett/Bobby, plus working his co-stars, and being a dad to his three boys, and more.  You can catch the livestream below.

Now, let us know, what is your theory about Everett Lynch and Bobby Stein? Looking forward to hearing what Blake has to say? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Days Of Our Lives

Days of our Lives Legendary Susan Seaforth Hayes Talks on the Horton House Fire Storyline, Mourning the Loss of Husband Bill Hayes & His Near-to-Final Performances

It has been an emotional time for longtime fans of Days of our Lives and beloved veteran, Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie Williams). On-screen, the iconic Horton home was burned to the ground in what appears to be a storyline-dictated decision that shocked many. In real life, Susan is mourning the loss of her husband and DAYS enduring favorite, Bill Hayes (Doug Williams), who passed away at 98 in January. Over the weekend, during the 2024 SAG Awards In Memoriam tribute, Hayes was remembered along with other motion pictures and television stars whom we lost over the past year.

Since the Peacock streaming soap opera tapes months ahead of air, the Horton home fire and its aftermath are currently playing out in all-new episodes with more on this story featuring Susan to come. Bill Hayes also appeared in several of these episodes making it all the more touching and heartfelt.

When Julie came back to the Horton home to see what remained of it after the fire, Days of our Lives fans were treated to a heart-tugging episode that streamed last Wednesday, February 21st. In it, newly-taped scenes of a young Tom (Zach Chyz) and Alice (Sydney Kathrann Smith) Horton telling the story of how they came to live in the house to raise their children, juxtaposed with Julie and Doug (and members of their family and friends), surveying what’s left of the beloved house, brought many a tear.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Susan Seaforth Hayes for this very candid and heartfelt conversation to get her feelings on the Horton house fire, and being given the opportunity to have a storyline at this point in her storied career. In addition, Susan provides some insight on what it was like for her ailing late husband to tape scenes at DAYS shortly before his death, what the series plans to do about writing off the character of Doug while honoring the legacy of Bill Hayes, and how she knew she had the greatest love affair that anyone could hope for in their lifetime, which in turn, has inspired all of us.

Photo: JPI

I was shocked when they decided to burn down the Horton house. Were you at first devastated … and did you know that there would be a big story surrounding it?

SUSAN: I did not know how big a story was with it. I knew that many years ago, another regime had planned on trashing the set and getting rid of the set because nobody cared about the Hortons anymore. It was stopped by one person, and I was eternally grateful for that. This time I thought, “Oh, my goodness! I guess I’ll be meeting people for a cup of coffee at the Horton Square. No home, no roots, no reason to be called in,” and thinking that’s the end of Julie. That’s the end of Doug and Julie. Then, when they began to structure a story around it, I think all of this came up during the writer’s strike. So of course, I was curious to see how this was going to turn out. I enjoyed the aftermath, because in the aftermath, and a little bit before the fire, if you saw the show, I get to talk a bit about the history of the household and the people in it.

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In the special episode that aired last Wednesday, Julie gave Leo (Greg Rikaart) the family tree history of the Hortons for his story in the Spectactor.

SUSAN:  I’ve had a couple of good long soliloquies about the past. I’m fated to be the character that does that because I’m the one still standing. I must say, I do enjoy doing them. Emotionally, all I have to do is rerun some of the actors and my own family in my mind and the emotion starts to come, you know, the emotion starts to flow.

Julie talks to Maggie (Suzanne Rogers) immediately after the fire. She is upset that the Horton family Christmas ornaments are gone. Fans were not happy that they could possibly have burned up. Thank God! There was a happy ending when they were located and unscathed, or there would have been hell to pay! 

SUSAN: I knew that they were in the prop room and that they still existed. But how much they were going to put a story around their loss, I did not know. We don’t get to ponder the plot. We just get to show up and start doing it. I think on this particular matter, something as important as a structure of the original set of the show, there’s been quite a bit of interest. So, I can appreciate that.

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I was thinking, ‘Did they decide to burn the house down, because they were finally retiring the old Horton home set?’ What was the purpose of it?

SUSAN: They’ve done everything to make quicker set changes, which is remarkable and very efficient right now. The set designer said, “I’ll be interested in your input,” which was nice. The one thing that I loved that had been done, didn’t work. You couldn’t shoot into it. It was a federal mirror over the mantle. I loved it. The size was perfect. I was just delighted. And then, we tried to shoot it, and because of the roundness of the mirror, you got a perfect view of camera one and camera three. So, it came down.

This is Julie’s project to renovate the home. She’s determined to bring back all the memories and redo it?

SUSAN: Absolutely, which is another nice note to play for my character. She’s determined to make the house something that her grandparents would recognize and still feel comfortable in.

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What did you think of the episode that just aired where the show incorporated flashbacks of a young Tom and Alice Horton?

SUSAN: Well, I set it up. They had their own their own lovely scenes. I read them, and I’m sure the audience was charmed.

What do you remember when you first came to DAYS, and you were in that house, in that set?

SUSAN: What did I notice about the set? I noticed that it was a strange shade of green. (Laughs) It was explained to me that that dull color meant that your face would pop on color TV. I understood that. I loved the little window up the staircase. I’ve always loved that. And at one time, there was a model of the house that sat on the set on its own little pedestal, a little playhouse of the exterior of the house. Whenever the house was on (and remember this is when we were a half-hour and practically live, but not live, because there was no editing), there would also be the sound of a barking dog whenever we reached the Horton house neighborhood. We never saw the dog, but I’m sure his name was “Spot”, and I’m sure he belonged to someone.

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You shared so many scenes with Frances Reid (Alice) and MacDonald Carey (Tom) in the Horton living room set and up till they passed. Did they get along well with Bill? Looking back, how was your relationship with them?

SUSAN: They loved him. Well, Mac and Billy had worked together before in theater. Mac was very kind to me at the beginning and helpful. Frances was as well. As Frances got older, she got a bit testy. When someone says, “You’re not going to read the line like that … are you?” It catches your attention. (Laughs). I got peeved at Frances from time to time, but her intent was always to make everything as good as it possibly could be. I saw her come back from her stroke. learn to talk again, learn to do it all again. Not do it easily, but to do it at all was wonderful, and the same with Mac. In his last shows, he was very frail, but we’re actors. We liked being there.

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During the taping of the episodes surrounding the Horton house fire, Bill was mostly in them with you. How was Bill doing at the time you taped these scenes?

SUSAN: He was okay. He was up for it. He had difficulty moving at that point. So, they restricted his movement a lot. Bill always enjoyed coming to work a lot, and it was extremely difficult for him because he was blind, and didn’t move very well. And now, to do a scene with people who may or may not, have rehearsed with you, who may or may not, give you the exact cue, and when they are attempting to have you look each other in the eye, you can’t see who’s eyes they are, that was the hard part. The easy part was working with him, which was lovely and was a gift. It was a gift from Corday Productions that he was able to work within three weeks of his death, which I thought was super and extraordinary.

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That is amazing. Did Bill understand everything that was going on at the time of the tapings?

SUSAN: Absolutely. He understood what was going on. He just couldn’t see it or touch it.

The timing couldn’t have been easy for you with Bill’s declining health, and that the show was going to burn down the Horton home where you shared so many scenes and memories.

SUSAN: Well, it hasn’t been my greatest stretch. But I knew that life would be like this. I’ve had five decades of an absolutely wonderful, blessed marriage and a chance to work and a chance to live in my own home and travel, all good. And now, we’re going to have the epilogue. And the epilogue is the hard part, seeing rapid change around you and losing the people that were the center of your life. I’ve just been very fortunate to have cultivated some wonderful friendships, and to have a wonderful large family of Hayeses.

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You do realize that you and Bill were the gold-standard of what we all should be lucky enough to have in our lives. What an incredible, beautiful, passionate, loving marriage that the two of you had. You don’t see marriages like that anymore. We were all just in awe of the two of you. To us, it was the greatest love affair. You got to have that which is so extraordinary.

SUSAN: I know, and it was all Bill. I mean, any idiot could have been married to Bill Hayes and been deliriously happy. The guy was so perfect in every way that you really would have to pick something and blow it out of proportion to ever complain about any of his traits of character. He was just all good character, goodwill, and good humor. I just followed along and tried to live my life for him, with him, and follow his style, which I hope to carry on. I hope to be as good to people as he was to people, and, not be selfish.

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I always remembered how the two of you would come to the studio with your suitcases, ready to work no matter what material, large or small, they gave you. You showed up. You just had such great work ethic and you don’t see that as much anymore.

SUSAN: At the moment, it’s hard to find it everywhere. I think it’s probably generational. You cannot get too angry at people that are still holding up their phones in the one rehearsal that we have. I think it’s more convenient to receive your work electronically, but somehow it doesn’t seem quite as real. You don’t have a script in your hand anymore unless you print one up yourself.  Sometimes you haven’t met the person you’re working with. Well, that’s not unusual, but no rehearsal at all, that’s kind of marvelously new.

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Does Julie lean on anybody for emotional support as she tries to rebuild the Horton home. Who’s there for her?

SUSAN: As far as I can tell, nobody. I’m supposed to be the wise woman, and Marlena (Deidre Hall) is supposed to be the other wise woman. I haven’t had any scenes with Marlena for help. I would think Marlena would be the person I would be going to for grief counseling, for friendship, for all of that. I haven’t seen it in the scripts, yet. I’m still deeply entwined with Chad’s (Billy Flynn) storyline.

How is Billy Flynn to work with?

SUSAN: A pleasure. Billy Flynn has grown a lot as a human being and as an actor since I’ve known him. I’m really enjoying his company and really enjoying doing scenes with him. We rehearse and then we get on other subjects and laugh and talk and inform each other. We’re interested in a lot of the same things. He’s a new parent. He’s really devoting himself to that, to that experience in the best possible way. So, I’m lucky.

Do Julie and Chad try to figure out who set the fire?

SUSAN: Oh yeah.

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I kept thinking about how Julie got burned in the kitchen fire years ago and her face was scarred, At the time, your mother Elizabeth Harrower was writing DAYS and wrote that for Julie. Did you hate that story?

SUSAN: Well, I know where the story came from. It came up from something in mother’s own life. I knew the people involved, and I wasn’t crazy in love with the idea. Then, when it was supposed to go for six weeks and went on for months and months, I was concerned. Mainly, I was concerned that my face was going to be affected because of the appliance, the scars, that I was wearing. I was told by a dermatologist, “You’re going to have a little beard after this. Ripping your face every single day to get this off is going to be hard on you.” But, I seem to have survived.

Has the show even addressed with you how they plan to handle writing-off the character of Doug Williams, and how they want to honor Bill?

SUSAN: Only in the smallest way. I had a conference call with the producers and our head writer last Friday. I was informed about the immediate, immediate future. I’ve also been promised that they’re going to keep me busy. It’s a cast of over 40 people. I’ll be happy to show up and to be included.

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I was just hoping that whatever they decide to do with the character of Doug that they were going to run it by you, first.

SUSAN: They have, and they have been very sweet about it.  I’ve got to tell you, this regime, they have a sign up on the wall now, that says, Things we expect on this stage.”  The first one at the top of the list is “kindness.”

Have you watched your work back all these years? I know some actor’s never like to watch the scenes they taped.

SUSAN: I think you learn by watching yourself, if you have an open mind, and if you are not hypercritical, or dismissive. I cannot be dismissive of a character that has given me such a wonderful life. I’m still interested in Julie, perhaps I wouldn’t have been if I’d been on the show for three years and never returned to it. But I’m quite interested in her now, and what she has to offer as a member of this ensemble.

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Julie’s ties to the whole history of Days of our Lives from this point on are very important. How do you feel about that?

SUSAN:  There are those that don’t care about the history of the show. I know that. I know there are those that only care about continuing with something snappy to keep eyes on the screen through action, adventure, drama, death, kidnapping, missed opportunities, all that, which I suppose that’s what the audience craves. But, that’s not just what the show can do. What the show can do so well is character. There’s a lot of people over 70 who are still on the show now. I’m the oldest one, but I’m not the only one. We’re coming up on the 60th anniversary. I don’t think the show is worn out. And if it is, it’s had a remarkably successful six decades.

Lamon Archey (Eli) is back on DAYS for a stint. What has it been like to work with Lamon as his on-screen grandmother?

SUSAN: I think he’s terrific and visually he is so beautiful, so appealing. I think both Eli and Lani (Sal Stowers) are very appealing as characters. I’m delighted to be connected to Eli as a family member. That was a lucky break for me.

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Do you think DAYS fans are going to continue to be emotional in the aftermath of this fire and all the story that comes out of it? Do you think we’ll be touched by what Julie goes through to get the remains all cleaned up for a new house?

SUSAN: I think anybody in America who’s gone through a disaster, and have unfortunately had the disruption of their home, will be sympathetic and interested in how it all turns out. It’s a nice note to play. We haven’t had to do that very often. We just go from one lovely apartment to another without much discussion. I think this is the one set that meant a lot to people. I was very sorry to lose “Julie’s Place,” as it turned into kind of a sandwich shop. I still loved having a business, a tangible place to be, and an alternate place for people to meet.

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Upon reflection, what was your favorite scene with Bill? Was it when Julie and Doug got married on-screen, or was it something else that was much more intimate?

SUSAN: I think our last scene is going to be more important, emotionally. I think the first wedding was beautiful, but the material around the time of our second wedding, when Brenda Benet (ex-Lee) came back on the show and Doug stood up to her and says, “I’m not going to be manipulated anymore,” was also strong. There has been a lot of very important times – when Doug was killed-off by James Reilly, and we met in the tunnel of light. That was a day. That was a difficult day, which I certainly can’t revisit right now emotionally. When Julie found out Doug had run off and married her mother, Addie, that was a day. It was a day because, I went to the producer at the time, Jack Herzberg, and said, “Is this it? Am I not going to work with him anymore?”And he said, “Right! That’s it. You’re not working with Bill Hayes anymore.” We were not married at the time, and I thought I was going to go through the floor! That wasn’t a happy day.

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In terms of Bill’s final day on the set with you, did you know that it was his last, and what would turn out to be his last scene?

SUSAN: Well, they didn’t know. But I knew. I had been allowed to rewrite it. So, I can’t tell you Bill’s last line now, of course, but I will in time.

What do you think about the sentiments shared by Susan on her late husband, and this storyline? How do hope the show properly honors Bill and Doug Williams when the series writes-off the character? Are you enjoying the Horton house fire story arc or does it upset you too much? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Daytime Stars We Lost Remembered in 2024 SAG Awards In-Memoriam Tribute

On Saturday night at the 30th annual SAG Awards streaming on Netflix, several stars from the world of soap opera were remembered in a very moving In-Memoriam segment.

Honoring those actors we lost this past year, and set to the song “How do I Say Goodbye” by Dean Lewis, the screen was filled with so many heartbreaking losses.

Those who were remembered in the tribute included: Bill Hayes (Doug, Days of our Lives), Ellen Holly (Carla, One Life to Live), Nicolas Coster (Lionel, Santa Barbara et al), Tyler Christopher (Nikolas, GH, Stefan DAYS), Billy Miller (Billy, Y&R and Drew, GH), Sharon Farrell (Flo, Y&R), Arlene Sorkin (Calliope, DAYS), Kamar de los Reyes (Antonio, OLTL), Jeffrey Carlson (Zoe/Zarf, AMC) and Mark Goddard (Ted, OLTL).

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Other notable stars who passed away and were included in the tribute were: Chita Rivera, Andre Braugher, Suzanne Somers, and Matthew Perry.

Before the video package was played, actress Naomi Watts took to the stage and shared, “We have lost so many extraordinary actors in the past year, but because they touched the world with their talent, we all share their loss. To those of us who worked with them, alongside them, we feel their loss and their absence deeply.”

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She added, “Of course their memory will live on in our recollections of the precious time we shared together — and through their work, their performances captured in countless frames of images, ever ready to dance across the screen and come to life again, if only for a while.”

What did you think of the In-Memoriam Tribute at the 2024 SAG Awards and seeing a lot of familiar faces being included who represent the soaps? Comment. below.

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