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RATINGS: Disappointing Week For All Soaps: DAYS, GH, B&B and Y&R!

Courtesy/NBC

Courtesy/NBC

The ratings are out for the week of November 16th through November 20th and suprisingly it was a bad week all around for the four network daytime drama series.  Every single soap saw minuses in the total viewer category.

Even Days of our Lives which has such a strong week of story culiminating in Bo (Peter Reckell) dying in Hope’s (Kristian Alfonso)  arms did not generate an uptick in viewership losing -119,000.  However, it was General Hospital and The Bold and the Beautiful that saw the most losses with -176,000 and -184,000.   The Young and the Restless while having a 5 million plus viewer average for it’s Wednesday episode was still – 123,000 in the debit department for the week in total viewers when all was said and done.

In addition, all key women demos: 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54 saw all soaps in the minus column, except for The Young and the Restless who gained +11,000 in the 18-34 category, while The Bold and the Beautiful tied an all-time low in the 18-49 ratings share at o.83/6 (-.14/-.16)

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While on GH, Liz (Rebecca Herbst), Sam (Kelly Monaco),and Jason (Billy Miller) were heading to Cassadine Island to find out what they could about Jason’s scrambled brain, DAYS Bo (Peter Reckell) was coming to terms with this fate as were his sister (Mary Beth Evans), his best friend (Stephen Nichols) and his beloved “Fancy Face”, (Kristian Alfonso), Y&R’s Sage (Kelly Sullivan) and Nick ( Joshua Morrow) were dealing with the fallout from losing baby Christian, while Dr Anderson (Elizabeth Bogush) wreaks more havoc, and Elise Moxley (Jensen Buchanan) turns up on the scene, and B&B delved into Thomas (Pierson Fode) and Ivy (Ashleigh Brewer) sleeping together and the ramification of Ivy’s relationship with Wyatt (Darin Brooks), still the show’s were not in the positive numbers wise. View the entire ratings picture courtesy of SON here.Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,894,000 (-123,000/-162,000)
2. B&B 3,518,000 (-184,000/-220,000)
3. DAYS 2,687,000 (-119,000/+205,000)
4. GH 2,668,000 (-176,000/-429,000)

So, do you think the impending Thankgiving holiday kept viewers at home watching the soaps? Were you surprised at the poor performance of the show’s this ratings period? Which soap do you think deserved a better ratings outcome? Were the storylines disappointing to you during the week in question?   Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Yes, the impending holidays caused a decline…also, even with Days the best improved written and acted soap-too much gloom and doom…with the real world full of tragedy people need an escape and the soaps arent providing it at the moment for some…GH is just so-so…Laura needs her own story instead of just meddling in different characters lives…give us a suprising twist and have her blurt out to Jason how Liz and Nik kept his identity a secret! Cant we have at least one honest character on this show?…Please get rid of Valerie, and a few other characters!

Timmm
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Timmm

I like that Laura is there for her kids and I hope GV returns as Lucky but yes, doesnt Laura need laid? That was cheap but doesnt she want to fall in love again? Come on writers, give Laura someone to cuddle with over Christmas!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I hope now that WK isnt tied to Days he can return to GH more often as Ned and maybe become involved with Laura instead of Olivia!

Patrick
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Patrick

is Laura going dark? could be? hopefully? Nicholas can’t believe that Laura said… with Helena dead… the secret they share is one less person who “knows” as she tells Nicholas… they only have to contend with Hayden ! LOL… I love this… if Laura backbone is a little seedy and dastardly… why not? as she celebrates at “the haunted star” with champagne I’m so w/ su….. where will they find a leading man for? she may as well get involved with Nicholas and ELQ… get mean it Laura ! Jon Lindstrom as Kevin… needs to be on this show…. Yummy… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Yes, Laura needs a lush, romantic love story–and I hear she is going to get one!

Justin
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Justin

I agree about GH, so-so sums it up perfectly, and it feels like Laura is being wasted, again!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

She is…sad but true!

Justin
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Justin

I also think that as long as Sonny and Carly are written as the moral center or matriarch and patriarch of the show, numbers will go nowhere but down. It alienates so many viewers.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Please do not waste Genie Francis–I did love her soliloquy about Helena’s death as she drank champagne in the Haunted Star!

And, since TG’s departure, Genie seems to have shed the pall that was cast over
her and to have shed the “shackle” of that whole catastrophe.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Oh, Justin …..it would indeed, be a sad day in soapdom to have Sonny as patriarch and Carly as matriarch. Too bad Laura cannot have that honor. How about Tracey? They do not have to necessarily be married, I guess. I liken Sonny to Victor Newman, the patriarch. Pathetic!
Moral center? Sonny? Carly? Oh, my! If either stared at morality in the eye, ‘it’ would laugh right in their faces. The Corinthos’s definition of morality doesn’t exist. Webster himself would not be able to define their version.

su0000
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su0000

Hi Jimh.. Poor Laura, she simply doesn’t fit into GH, any longer.. There is nothing there for the character but Nik and he doesn’t need her.. Lulu doesn’t need her, either. She isn’t connected/involved with anything to give her a story. I can’t think of one thing concerning Laura that would even be interesting enough to give her a story.. And- J&S can not do better than what they are giving us.. they are lackluster writers, they never have written high drama/ remember 2014 Y&R, I don’t I was comatose while watching the big snooze. Don’t be expecting much from… Read more »

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

su… i do like Genie and i like she is there for her kids but you are right…she isnt fitting in at the moment!

Justin
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Justin

Shove it Su000. You know NOTHING about the history of this show. If you did, you would understand that they should be writing the entire show around her.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Laura IS GH–and fits like a glove–so glad she is getting airplay. Go, Genie.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Ahhh, Su. Here we go again. Laura IS fitting. We can’t have her jump into anything as yet. Romantically or otherwise. The r’s no one en par with her, anyway. Someone mentioned Ned. Yeah, I’d like that! She needs to get her sea legs back….re-acquaint herself with her ‘surroundings’. More importantly, a mother is never superfluous. Every soap is family oriented, Su. Oh, but wait! I remember now…..you like mobster families to be the core of a soap; any soap. You’re in the minority, Su. But, who am I to speak….you are entitled to your opinion and I respect that…..you… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Hi, Jimmy.
I hope Nina is not on your ‘getting rid of’ list. But, she probably is, as so many other posters want the same thing. Lol. I look at her as a-flower-in-bloom. Her time will come. She will buy CRIMSON from sneaky, manipulative Julian , making the magazine a success; well, with Maxie’s help, of course! You just wait….lol.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

To keep you happy…i guess they can keep Nathan…lol…Nina…yes, she just doesnt interest me…when she is on i take that time to clean out my fingernails…ive built a hill with the dirt…now if it snows i can open up my very own ski resort…lol

Shay
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Shay

Ooooh, CeeCee, I do so hope you are wrong about your beloved Nina! If today’s stunt of simply giving her a mini-makeover and then attempting to shake off her insane past with a soliloquy-style recitation of former mistakes and misdeeds is meant to absolve her character of her many wrongdoings, make us suddenly love her and want her to stick around Port Charles, well, sorry….it ain’t gonna happen! Quite frankly, Nina is unnecessary and becomes more so with each passing day…..nothing can change that!….Maxie is the one who should be running Crimson, and for those of us who’ve always adored… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

I love Michelle and Roger but they suck on GH!

Patrick
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Patrick

Oh Ceec’ I’m so hoping with you…. that Ms. Stafford (ala Phyllis ) returns with a steady gait backbone sexy getting IT LOL… Nov. 17th ep’ : not wanting to believe what I heard… RH’ Franco is having a psych evaluation to get his job back… tells the dr. he “has not” consummated with his lady love Nina Nina confirms this by telling a taken aback Nathan on the Nov. 19th ep. could this be what ails our Nina and Franco! had to go their…. any way… who is sick and tired of Laura Wright’ Carly… in your face loud… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@Timmm. Thank you for that, Timmm. Your comment is very fair. Michelle Stafford is certainly not a two-bit actress. She is a multiple Emmy winner (outstanding lead). There’s a reason for that. Granted, one may criticize her wardrobe, her hair, her make-up etc., but do not minimize her acting ability. It is unfortunate that both she and Roger are stuck in these roles. I have had a girl-crush on Michelle for fifteen years. I am sure you remember her wardrobe on Y&R…..those clothes adorned that perfect body like nothing else…..the cat’s meow, she was….still is. Those endless legs are to… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

ie: last Friday ep: at the Cassadine Island… w/ Nicholas, Helena, Sam, Liz, and Jason Helena calling Sam a Guttersnipe Nicholas : “Grandmother, Please… ” LOL I rolled on the floor… take that ! doesn’t Sam deserve that plus the thing that galls me… is our little Nancy Drew… character is let in on secrets.., as she overhears Jake telling Daniel Edward… that his mom and grandma know a secret ???? all to prop Sam… even after the fact… she tells Patrick that she is still in love with him.. that Jason is not the same Jason she knew and… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@Patrick. Oh, my friend, Patrick! It warms the heart to know I am not alone ‘loving’ Michelle. Hey, you may be right. She has only had the taste of honey once since Nina came to us….and that was with her husband, Silas. Sooooo, she probably does need a large dose of ‘sweetness’. Yes, Carly is a force to be reckoned with, but, Laura is one great talent. She is good! I am enjoying her suspicions of Liz, whom I’d love to smack that beautiful, spiteful face around a few times. Carly will come through for Jason whether he likes it… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@Shay. Hi, Shay Shay. Let me ask you this: what is the difference between Nina and The Britch? Morally speaking.????Mentally speaking???? DNA speaking????? I suppose it is a matter of preference, albeit I hope Michelle goes back to Y&R with Billy Miller….wishful thinking. Believe me, Shay, Michelle Stafford is about fifty years old….how many women that age look that good, naturally? Nina has been asleep for twenty years….it goes without saying that she is still in her infancy when it comes to the 21st century and all its trimmings. We cannot compare this sleeping beauty with Maxie, who may be… Read more »

Carolina
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Carolina

I agree.

“Days of Our Lives” used to be the show you could rely on, especially during the holidays, to find couples reunited or somebody returns to town after being missing for years.

Now it’s like going back to your old hometown after being away for 20 years and finding out most of the town folk, friends and kin, have all died. Depressing as can be.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

So true…i still like the show but if it doesnt brighten up soon i might stop watching,…i cant watch shows i find depressing!

randy
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randy

SO THIS IS NOVEMBER SWEEPS….PROBLEM IS THIS,,THE STORYLINES ARE DRAGGED OUT WAY TO LONG ,BY THE TIME THE SWEEPS ARE AIRING EVERYONE HAS LOST INTEREST,,,I STAYED TUNED FOR THE BIG JASON REVEAL ONLY TO HAVE IT BEING DRAGGED OUT EVEN LONGER WITH HELENAS SO CALLED DEATH,,OVER AT Y AND R,,WE WATCHED THIS REDICULOUS OVE DONE AND REPEATED DID I SAY REPEATED STORYLINE OF A BABY SWITCHING IN A MENTAL HOSPITAL STORYLINE AGAIN,,,ADAM WAS FREED,,WOW THAT WAS A SHOCK,, I THINK THE SOAPS ALL NEED TO GO BACK TO BASIC CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT AND CREATING STORY FROM THERE,,,ALL I CAN SAY IS… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

I dont know why they drag things out so far. Really, look what happened to OLTL and AMC. It can end very soon for ABC and NBC. Write like there is no tomorrow because it could very well happen!

su0000
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su0000

I might have an answer, Timmm.. Remember what was common for soaps , decades back.. The stories were very long.. Soap moto; keep them waiting.. The writers are from the 80-90’s era and that is how they write, keep them waiting and the same old…. However; this is the fast, everything fast, and wanting faster 21st century and the writers do not know how to write shorter fast paced stories and they do not have the imagination to create new stories.. IF they were to end the slow ongoing stories they would need to come up with new stories, so… Read more »

Rose
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Rose

Su…agree with your assessment of pace and writers. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on you point of view?), it seems to be a world of tweets, hashtags, less time for leisure and real conversation, and instant gratification. Hard for the older soap model to compete. But they do need to speed it up…6-12 months just ain’t gonna fly anymore to tell a story. And if it’s too expensive for 1 hour shows, I could live with back-to-back, 1/2 hour shows if the stories, characters, and relationships are interesting. I doubt the networks invest into developing new writers for daytime soaps…probably too… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

As far as I know…and I’m not being sarcasti, Su, you’re not a writer. These people are. Soaps are their forte. Soaps are soaps. They’re not prime time shows, they’re not meant to have a fast pace, different story each week. And as far removed from real life as they are, they are realistic in the sense that romance, sickness, betrayal, family dynamics…take time to occur and time to resolve. That’s s not to say that some stories can’t be resolved sooner. But if you look at longevity of any of these soaps…they’ve lasted and continue to last well beyond… Read more »

Justin
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Justin

I always look at the Compared to Last Year column. Days is up from last year, which is good news. GH, on the other hand, is down, a lot. But, as a long time (former) GH viewer, I still haven’t found that much of an interest to tune back in daily, and I think the numbers speak the same for a lot of viewers of GH.

Ces
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Ces

The BIG Jason reveal wasn’t much of a reveal at all. The whole town knew about it and considering the character isn’t embracing his name and Elizabeth wasn’t found out, the episodes after have been pretty dull.
I don’t even think Billy Miller is enjoying this because I’m not enjoying watching it.

Timmm
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Timmm

I dont blame the holidays. We can blame Thanksgiving when next weeks rating come out! And really, why? The soaps were only on three days anyway. Here is my opinion on three of the soaps. Days: I’m shocked! Thats it. Y&R: It has been bad again. Victor and Adam are dancing back and forth, with helping each other and back to not trusting each other. Billy and Red are involved in some lame revenge that will be Burgess’s exit. Anything Winters sucks! Dylan is laughable. Sharon is clueless AGAIN! GH: Fans are tired. We limped through Fluke and now we… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

I agree with you that Y&R has gotten bad again. That baby switcheroo story is horrid with no positive outcome. You know Sharon will figure it out but remain silent in order not to hurt Dylan. Ultimately, it will come out and Baby Sully will turn back into Baby Christian and be returned to Sage and Nick, thereby breaking both Sharon and Dylan’s heart. Oh, but if that isn’t bad enough it’s been revealed that Adam is the father of Sage’s baby so Nicholas will have his heart broken too. The fact that Victor is blackmailing Adam with the secret… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Hey, Harry, What about the Ian Ward debacle? I find that entire ‘skit’ ridiculous. Victor, Phyllis and Ian in a hotel room talking much about nothing. What the hay? Then, Victor has Phyllis in a choke-hold. Yeah, really impressive! What an utterly stupid, dumb move. Ian, the sociopath cares for Phyllis? Oh, yeah….she looks really scared. Is Ian, who seems to outsmart everybody, is buying this? And, Victor Newman reduced to a mere puppet? Plaeeese!!!! And then there’s Patty….here, there and everywhere….sweet, naive, delusional, crazy Patty. Patty and Ian. How adorable; how cute, how droll !!!!!! I am not following… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

PS, Harry.
It just came to me that Patty may putting on a great act just to trick Ian? Lo and behold!! Could she ultimately be the heroine to bring Ian to his knees? Will Patty present Ian, gift-wrapped and all, to her brother for Christmas?

Timmm
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Timmm

All good stuff Harry. It doesnt make sense that Victor is so calm about Christian’s paternity. He says family always comes first but he chose Adam and his company over telling Nick about the truth of who the baby’s daddy really is!

Mister Media
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Mister Media

I love General Hospital. GH is my soap. However, right now baby Avery is the most compelling reason to tune in. The pacing of the show is off. The many mini cliffhangers are not compelling, just exhausting and frustrating. The show has the best cast in daytime but the writing and direction are painfully predictable. I feel like I’ve been watching the same stories unfold for years. Yet I continue to tune in every day because the cast is just so strong. Long live GH!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Everything you said is sacrosanct, Mister Media. Avery is a joy to watch….those little sounds she makes, trying to be in the conversation tear me to pieces. My arms call out to her. I wish I could hold her. My baby girl and she would get along famously, lol. I am glad you find any cliffhangers at all; lol. I do not see any worth awaiting…..we know the outcome aforehand, so no compelling anticipation there. But, as I said, this seems to be the theme for all the soaps that I do watch. I have never gotten into B&B….don’t care… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Hey CeeCee, how about Sonnybucks singing “Beautiful Dreamer” to Avery on Monday’s show? That had to soften your stance on Sonny for ONE minute? I had a tear in my eye. So sweet. FYI: Go to You Tube and put “Beautiful Dreamer-Raul Malo” in the search box. One of the BEST versions of this song I ever heard. Later girl.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@Timmm.
Hey, my Timmm. Thanks, Malo’s version is quite enjoyable. I like the Tex/Mex spin he put on the song. Nice voice, too.
Nothing will ever change my mind about Sonny. Not even if he would ever make peace with The Almighty God. I detest controlling men especially the mobster-kind. And, I do not find his dimples attractive either. He should stop dying his hair and stop layering all that pomade/lard on it. I would love to come face-to-face with him. He surely would be at a loss for words!!!! LOL, AND DOUBLE LOL.
Bye, my love.

Shay
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Shay

Yes, CeeCee, Avery is an absolute living doll… not unlike your own little princess, I’m sure! But I was slightly disappointed in her outfit the other day….she was dressed so drably, almost like a boy, well, at least, very gender neutral! The “Baby Uggs” were cute enough, but I prefer seeing this munchkin done up all “pretty in pink” with tights, a beautiful dress, fluffy pastel cardigan and mary janes. I’m sure you know what I’m saying….oh, by the way, I just saw the most adorable pair of miniature pink wellies and thought to myself, I’ll bet Rosalba has a… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@Shay. Hey, there! I was so attuned to Avery’s little noises and cute face that I didn’t even notice what she was wearing, lol. I can tell you that her mommy needs a new wardrobe. Ava must have the worst taste in clothes. No fashionista, she!…..en par with Carly, albeit I loved Ms Corinthos’ open-toed black pumps. You guessed right, Shay. I am a bit old fashioned, a bit eclectic and a bit modern when it comes to dressing Rosie. I love little, pastel dresses….you know; short enough where the back frills of her tights are visible . And yes,… Read more »

Dawn D
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Dawn D

So many variables influence the ratings. It’s holiday time and in my opinion the writing is still to dated ie. GH. I mean really the mob should be in the 21st century. I know they brought it in because of the Godfather fame but lets update. Ultimately I prefer more hospital. But I’m just an old broad view 😉 Also I watch all the soaps except for DOOL. I watched that faithfully in my teens.

Harry
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Harry

This is really bad news.
GH needs to get it together. Simply point, there is no pay off for the long and dragged out stories loyal viewers have to endure. And Nina, Franco, Kiki, Morgan Sabrina, Valerie and Ava are sucking all the oxygen from the room.
I was hoping the new writing team could salvage the mess Ron has made of things but simply put, they are not strong enough.
I

Harry
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Harry

Opps–should read, simply put, not simply point. I pushed send before I was done typing.

Simply Yours,

Harry.

Paul
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Paul

I don’t think it’s fair to put all the blame on Ron. The new writers have been airing for at least 6 weeks; there’s really been no movement towards anything different to my eye other than giving Nina a career. I think it’s pretty clear that the current GH is what ABC wants.

su0000
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su0000

hi Paul.. Pratt came into Y&R ready to go! he had mapped out his way and came in with excitement, J&S has many months to prepare and came in with a whimper.. Jean was even writing/tweaking her takeover while working on set writing with GH month or two before she took over and they had more time than most new writers to write their entrance and beyond to bring it on, no excuse for their fail to bring it. eh Harry never like Ron, no big deal.. Ron was highly praised for his 52nd anniversary show, the back in time… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

@Harry…..Simply put, you are spot-on!!!!!

Timmm
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Timmm

You need secondary characters but the ones you mention are horrible! Big trouble, simply POINT!

Iakovos
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Iakovos

DAYS is winning but yes, as some said, dark. There is a a realness to it, however. The GH stories are just too weird for me anymore. Am hoping the Jason reveal is the end ofl the silly Cassadine story that has gone one waaaaay too long. B&B is like a French roundelay, same short tune played over and over just with different Forresters and Logans. And I am tired of the song. Y&R seems to use its characters as pawns in whatever rollercoaster plot its writers can devise with no regard for history or hope for redemption. And I… Read more »

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

I’m shocked the episode where Bo dies didn’t get higher ratings. It was beautiful and touching, jam-packed with flashbacks of the two of them! Still, it wasn’t that long ago 1.94 WAS HIGH for Days. Word needs to get around how good it is now. Maybe William Shatner can help (he recently started watching – and tweeting about – Days), LOL.

Mateo
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Mateo

The DAYS drop in ratings is expected. Bring Bo back to kill him off. Lose major players like Kassie DePaiva, Wally Kurth and Judi Evans. Necktie killer is almost over and now there is nothing to look forward to. Kristin is gone. Sami comes and goes as her schedule dictates and all we are left with is the sound of John Black and Marlena Evans and their EX-LAX stories.. “John, I have to go again, did you put too much laxative in my coffee?” “Marlena, I might have, I am so upset that I don’t know my Mommy and Daddy… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Snigger—now that was funny.
I also noticed that John and Marlena’s condo looks like it’s in an assisted living development.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

“Hey, doc”, said he, in his raspy, annoying voice, making those idiotic facial expressions. Jughead.
Mateo, that was hilarious. EX-LAX is what John needs to wipe that contorted look off his face. This must be the most boring couple on TV.
You’re right; the hoopla is almost over. Then what?

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Oh-h-h! EX-LAX for John? CeeCee and Mateo, I truly am shocked. Not a comment worthy of you at all. I’m disappointed, that’s all.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Sorry, Nancy. I truly apologize if my comment offended you. I am being very serious. I was catty. I guess it wasn’t a nice joke. I hope you do realize Mateo and I are just having a little fun….perhaps in poor taste, but we are just joshing. Sorry….I won’t do it again. But, you must admit this is another stupid Sami storyline, yes? ‘Nite.

Tammy
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Tammy

Will never watch Days again have watched as a young girl with My grandmother and became hooked bc of Bo and hope came Back only bc ZBo was back! But they could have given grim more story time he is one of the best of days! I will not watch hope with someone else doesn’t work for me so after 32 years in officially done ! Sad but it’s not the same the fun romance that Bo and hope Brought to us plus the Amazjng writing of Sheri Anderson well that was the best! As a full time teacher I… Read more »

Charles Dahl
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Charles Dahl

The ratings for Days surprised me. Under no circumstances, impending holidays or not, should they be losing viewers right now. They are 3 months in to their much publicized 50th Anniversary and with their big guns returning they should not be held comparable to other shows. The other shows aren’t celebrating a big anniversary with such media hype. I fear the end is coming soon for Days. Their numbers aren’t as great as advertised. They are still not equaling last years viewership in any of the key demos, which is what the network looks at. Gaining viewership from last year… Read more »

Fatima Mamun
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Fatima Mamun

These ratings don’t shock me at all. I expected DOOL to hit a brick wall at some point. I have watched since 1985 but sadly I tuned out for the final time after Aiden Jennings was killed. That was enough for me. Hope has always been a favorite of mine and I was so enamored with her new pairing. It sickened me that it was totally ruined for Bo’s short return. Closure for Bo and Hope was needed and deserved, but not this way. I thought it was contrived and in bad taste. If Days continues this downward trend, it… Read more »

Tammy
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Tammy

Well said!

Patrick
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Patrick

this is one of my favorite posts on this thread… I too am heartsick that DAYS “fired” Aiden … making him dispensible… to Laud Bo and think Kristian Alfonso’ Hope… can strike fire and magic all over again.. with Rafe no ones arguing that KA’ Hope; had it in spades , the moon, and Love eternal w/ Bo ; whom she will love for all her life w/Aiden; ALL the fans of… Hope… waited with baited breath to see the outcome… and it was… love all over again… and heart stirring and you just wanted to envelop Hope… because she’s… Read more »

nicholas
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nicholas

The issue will always be the writing , the quality , acting and athmosphere of all these soaps . The budget constraints cannot justify all this weakness . To cut a long story short short the 80’s and 90’s were great decades of the soaps . The staff that worked on them knew their business and were motivated . i am stunned at how flat the stories are and how predictable they are .

evelyn
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evelyn

I think ,it’s to much going on in these soaps and no one is getting punished for the wrong thimgs they’ve already done.you’re bring to many people on the shows committing so much wrong til the older crimes don’t get solved,sharon and the doctor,adam ,lan ,victor.billy,victoria,phillis and others.so how do you want us to rate these soaps who got the most people are who get a way with most crimes.you tell me!

evelyn
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evelyn

I think ,it’s to much going on in these soaps and no one is getting punished for the wrong thimgs they’ve already done.you’re bring to many people on the shows committing so much wrong til the older crimes don’t get solved,sharon and the doctor,adam ,lan ,victor.billy,victoria,phillis and others.so how do you want us to rate these soaps who got the most people are who get a way with most crimes.you tell me!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

The only thing predictable about soaps other than plots are the ratings. Sweeps in Nov especially the first two weeks are jammed packed with content, they inflate the ratings numbers for a bit, then when those plot points are over all the those who just tuned in for the big plot point or reveal leave and the numbers go down again. There is no shock here, nothing to do with writing, this always happens. The ratings will be low until about mid Jan when soaps start revving up stories for Feb sweeps. As someone pointed out the more telling number… Read more »

Rj
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Now Days is all deaths and killings. To me this is overdone, and I look forward to this passing and new storylines and romances to begin. I understand that they are trying to clean house to move forward, but it is too much too quickly. Wiith that said, there have been some scenes in between the killings and deaths that have been better and improved from the past year. So enough with the killings and deaths and on to new storylines and romance, so we can start to see some development and become more invested in the characters and storylines… Read more »

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B&B has been a snoozefest lately, I’m bored to tears with this Ivy Thomas Wyatt crap.

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Y&R is getting boring baby swapping that was the last straw they drag everything out sounds like writer’s block everything not making sense dnt even watch the dvr I delete it & that is bad.

jej
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Loving GH, hating DOOL! What a waste for Days to bring back these characters and sad that they’re calling it their 50th anniversary episodes!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Where is your character within this?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

KEVIN:  Hell yes!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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REPORT: Dan Feuerriegel is DAYS New EJ DiMera

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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