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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 of our Lives to Air in the UK Beginning In January

Salem is coming across the pond to the UK!  Look for the British to enjoy the long-running daytime soap airing  exclusively on the Sony Channel beginning on January 20th of 2020.

According to Metro: when DAYS does debut in the UK  viewers will see the story pick-up from the series 53rd season where in story; Vivian Alamain returns to Salem after Stefan O. DiMera arrives on the scene claiming to be her son, which all happens on New Years Eve along with three major kisses.

The season which will bow on Sony Channel marked the first full season run of episodes from current head writer, Ron Carlivati

This isn’t the first time DAYS has aired in England, previously it has runs on  CBS Drama, Zone Romantica, and Channel 5

Episodes picking up from season 53 will broadcast at 9;10am.

So, glad to hear DAYS is coming to the UK? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Stephen Nichols On His DAYS Return As Stefano: “I Knew I Didn’t Want To Be A Cheap Imitation.”

By now, Days of our Lives fans have witnessed that the heralded return of longtime favorite, Stephen Nichols came with a twist.  When Nichols re-emerged on the canvas, he was now playing Stefano DiMera, but in the face and body of what seems to be Steve “Patch” Johnson.

Nichols, who along with Mary Beth Evans, have been known as enduring supercouple Patch and Kayla, and now they find themselves in the Salem time jump in a different set of circumstances,  First of all, Kayla is romantically involved with Justin Kiriakis (Wally Kurth), and Nichols returned as Stefano and is in ca-hoots with Princess Gina (Kristian Alfonso).

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In an interview in the current issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Stephen opens up about taking on the classic soap villain role made famous by the late, great Joe Mascolo.

Nichols admitted there was some trepidation taking on and in approaching how to portray the role: “It was daunting and a major challenge to take on. I knew I didn’t want to be a cheap imitation. I wanted to get Stefano’s essence.”

In preparing for his new journey on DAYS, Nichols noted: “I watched the master, Joe Mascolo.  I got lots of videos of Stefano. Stefano in every mode: Manipulating, laughing, Stefano with the ladies, with his children, and, of course, Stefano raging.”

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So, what have you thought of Stephen as Stefano thus far?  What do you think of the plot twist? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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DAYS Head Writer Ron Carlivati Talks On: Ben Weston, Soap Amnesia, Doppelgängers, and the Time Jump

Days of our Lives viewers have been going through some changes over the past month since the launch of the innovative time jump from the creative mind of the series and Daytime Emmy-winning head writer, Ron Carlivati.  As episode after episode unfolds, the audience has been finding out just where their favorite Salem residents have landed and with whom, in the one year flash-forward.  There have been shocking deaths revealed, longtime couples facing different kinds of obstacles that could change their relationships forever, and some characters brought back on the canvas, in one form or the other, to shake things up.

On the series finale of the Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast,  Ron Carlivati was the very special guest and addressed many of the decisions that went into making the flash- forward happen starting with when Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) wakes up from her coma after her fall, thanks to Princess Gina (Kristian Alfonso), and how it impacts the canvas.  You can listen to the can’t-miss interview here via iTunes or at NBC.com/Inside Salem.

Due to the length of our conversation with the talented head scribe, some of the questions and answers did not make it into the podcast finale due to time constraints.  So, we have brought you the rest the interview here as Ron discusses: the popularity of  #Cin, back-from-the-dead storylines, writing for the original series on the DOOL app and further creative decisions that went into crafting the one-year time jump.  Check out what Ron had to say below.

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You have been able to make #Cin, the hottest duo on daytime by taking a now reformed serial killer, Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson) and pairing him with the daughter of one of DAYS all-time supercouples, Bo and Hope in Ciara Brady (Victoria Konefal).  Were you ever  concerned as to how this story/romance would play to the audience at home, because in reality no parent would ever just stand by and let their child get involved with a man who strangled and killed women, previously? 

Ron:  To sort of try to glorify a guy who strangled women and make him into a romantic lead, we don’t do that lightly.  Not unlike, Todd Manning (Roger Howarth) on One Life to Live who was a rapist, and who became sort of an anti-hero, but also a romantic lea.  And in this day and age, it’s even a bigger decision to do something like that, I think.  So, that said, it is a soap opera and there are certain things where we know we are pushing the envelope.  We know in the real world that no mother would ever get past her daughter being with a guy who murdered, killed, and strangled three women or strangled and shot one, but the pairing worked so well.

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In the time jump, you gave Ben an intriguing prison cell mate in Will Horton, given that Ben had “killed” him previously.  Add to that you brought back Ben’s criminal father, Clyde back into the mix.  There’s lots of prison orange these days on the screen.

Ron:  When we knew we were sending Ben to prison, then obviously father and son have to cross path. It just added another element, so it wasn’t just going to be Ben and Will (Chandler Massey) talking to each other, and making a shawl together like Martha Stewart. (Laughs). Ben’s relationship with Clyde was interesting to me.  As horrible as Clyde was and is – there does seem to be some sort of love that he has for Ben.

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On the soaps, and as has been part of DAYS enduring legacy, characters are killed off, only to be brought back to life somewhere down the road. Many return with classic soap amnesia as a vehicle to drive story.  Is there ever a time when as a writer, or as a soap fan, you think “enough is enough”, and characters should just stay dead?  Many fans who watch daytime dramas get very invested in tragic death stories, where characters have these shocking or sudden, or long goodbyes, and the viewers goes through the grieving process; along with the other characters, for what then seems like a waste of an emotional investment when said character turns back up alive.

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Ron:  We were talking about bringing Jack (Matthew Ashford) back right around that same time we had the Will story.  We couldn’t bring two people back from the dead at the same time, and that’s why Jack’s return kind of got put on the back-burner, so we could do the ‘Will is alive’ story arc.  Look, the audience will go with you, especially if they want somebody back desperately.  They will overlook how did it happen, and how could they be alive.  They will accept almost any explanation, but I think you’re right, if you do it too much, you tend to water down the permanence of death … especially deaths that you saw on-camera.

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Viewers know you love doppelgänger storylines.  And, in the time jump you brought back none other than Hattie Adams (Deidre Hall).  Why the decision to bring Hattie back at this time?  I know Deidre loves playing her.

Ron:  I think Deidre likes playing something different than Marlena, because she played Marlena for many, many years, and she knows her like the back of her hand.  Hattie is an escape and something fun, and the chance to do and say outrageous things that Marlena would never do.  So, we bring her back whenever we can to have fun with, and again, it seemed to work because  she was in prison, and we set Eve in prison when we started the time jump off, and we’re like, “Who’s Eve (Kassie DePaiva) going to be talking to?” and we’re like, “Oh, well of course.  It has to be Hattie.” (Laughs)

When do you first see the fruits of your labor?  Do you see a feed from the set as the show is taping? Do you receive episodes where you see how what was written has come to life? 

Ron:  In prior shows, One Life to Live and on GH, I saw it when it aired. At One Life, I was in the studio, so I often saw production shooting scenes.  Here, they send me the completed shows once it has been completely edited, the music has been put into it, and it’s all ready to roll, and they email me the link to 5 or 6 shows.  So, I could in theory watch a couple of weeks ahead of the audience, but I tend to (unless I’m so, so curious about how a certain thing turned out) watch it when it’s on TV.

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The “Lani (Sal Stowers) and Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) joining a convent” storyline is at a critical point in story.  How did you come up with the decision to put Lani, and of all people, Kristen together and about to take their vows as nuns, and kind of becoming bff’s?

Ron:  I mean, you can’t imagine sort of two more unlikely friends as Kristen and Lani.  We grew to really love the relationship that developed between the two of them.  I think we sat down and said about the time jump, “There have to be enough big changes that you do the double-take.”  Like, Will is Ben’s cell mate, Adrienne is dead, and Justin and Kayla are together now.  You had to have enough of those WTF moments to justify passing a year of time.

You have also been writing series for the DOOL app.  What did you think of Chad and Abby in Paris with that being the initial one and how it all came to pass?

Ron:   It was fun.  I had no time.  I was writing six episodes a week of DAYS, and I was asked “By the way, can you write two seasons of a web/app show for us?” (Laughs) Greg Meng (Co-executive producer, Days of our Lives) has really been the mastermind behind this app and developing this app into something.  I love all of the stuff you guys came up with for all the behind the scenes content, but I know that Greg really wanted original series content on it, too.  Chad (Billy Flynn) and Abigail (Kate Mansi) just seemed like the logical couple to do that with.  You wanted somebody tied to Salem that wasn’t currently on the campus, but you know the audience cares about what their up to, and Chad and Abby just seemed perfect.  The process was totally different because I’m used to writing six outlines a week that are 15 pages long, and all of the sudden, I’m like, “She comes in, this happens, and this happens.” .  That’s like a whole episode of an app series right there.  Corday Productions produced it while they were producing the regular show, and they made a special set into Chad and Abigail’s apartment, which I thought looked incredible.

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Chad & Abby in Paris had a bit of a different look and feel then the regular airshows, which I think made it enticing.

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Ron:  I loved the look of it.  I felt it was just a little bit different than Salem.  We had the establishing shots of the Eiffel Tower and all of that stuff, and look, we had to keep it simple, but we added in Austin (Austin Peck).  We had Tony (Thaao Penghlis) come in season 2.  We had the new characters of Juliette (Rachele Schank) and Sylvie (Shawna Della-Ricca).  So, it was fun, and it weirdly just timed out so perfectly because we did 8, took like a week off, did another 8, and that last episode was posted right when Jennifer fell.

Right, so it timed perfect to get Chad & Abby back on the airshows.

Ron:  It timed out perfectly so that we could have Abigail get a call: “Something has happened to my mother.  We have to go back to Salem.”  So, you last saw Chad and Abby in Paris, and then the following week they were back in Salem.

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Now, with the kind of massive move for DAYS with the time jump, you have to figure out: “Who are the casualties?  Who am I going to lose?” Viewers learned in short order that: Adrienne (Judi Evans) isn’t alive, Haley (Thia Megia) isn’t alive, and Jordan (Chrishell Stause) isn’t alive.  What went into the decision-making process to kill those characters?  I’m assuming it was to further the story of others on the canvas.

Ron:  Yes.  Anytime we kill somebody, it breaks my heart every time, because these are like my babies.  You fall in love with these characters, and you care about them a lot, and you care about the people who play them.  So, it’s a big decision to say, “Let’s kill them.”  It may be a great story, like, “I’m going to get this amazing story if I kill X,” but that’s a person and a job, and it’s not something we ever do lightly.  That said, in a year of passage of time, you know that life and death is going to happen, and to us, it felt like to really signify the passage of time, there had to be at least one or two people who are no longer alive, and then show how that affects our story.

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Did you ever think that instead of 1 year that you’d do a bigger jump?  Like, “What if I did 5 years?”  Because it’s interesting, I was reading some comments on social media from fans who are like, “What year is it?  Is it just 1 year?  Why didn’t they do 5?” (Laughs)

Ron:  5 seemed like a lot.  I think people change physically a lot in 5 years. I wasn’t prepared to cast little children as teenagers… that would be a lot. (Laughs)  I think you run the risk of it being almost too disorienting for the audience.  Also, then it would be me having to figure out what happened over 5 years instead of just 1. (Laughs)  So, 1 year just kind of seemed perfect, and it had to be an even year so that even though it’s a crazy coincidence that Jennifer woke up 1 year to the day she fell into the coma, you needed Thanksgiving to still be Thanksgiving, and Christmas to still fall on Christmas, and that kind of thing.  So, it had to be an even year.  I think it worked out great and I hope the audience continues to go on the journey with us, because there is a lot more to come!

So, have you been enjoying the DAYS time jump thus far? Which storyline has piqued your interest most? Let us know via the comment section below.

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