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RATINGS: General Hospital Has Strong Week: Shows Gains In Total Viewers & Key Demos!

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Courtesy/ABC

The ratingsa are out for the week of December 14-18th, and it was ABC’s General Hospital that was the only daytime drama to show gains in total viewers and key demos, while all the other soaps were down.  This was also the week that President Obama’s press conference pre-empt the Friday episode of GH, altogether.

In story for the week, Liz (Rebecca Herbst) was wondering if Jason (Billy Miller) would come back to her after he found out she lied to him for months, Patrick (Jason Thompson), Robert (Tristan Rogers) and Anna (Finola Hughes) found Robin’s (Kimberly McCullough) wherabouts and learned the truth of her captivity, and those were just a few of the plot points that drove the week.

GH added +172,000 total viewers for the week totaling 2,817,000 and remained in#3 spot, and in key women demos was at  #2 in 18-49, 18-34, and #3  in 25-54, while adding viewers in each demo category.

Days of our Lives lost the most viewers for the week – 80,000 and fell back to under 2.5million total viewers.  The NBC soap opera celebrating its 50th season also took a hit in all the key demos in the minus column.  CBS The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful continue to hold steady at #1 and #2 even they saw some small losses for the week.  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 4,774,000 (-12,000/-38,000)
2. B&B 3,597,000 (-48,000/-170,000)
3. GH 2,817,000 (+172,000/-100,000)
4. DAYS 2,465,000 (-80,000/+150,000)

So what did you think of the ratings performance of your favorite soap?  Which soap is the best right now as we close out 2015?  Which is keeping your interest?  Which is not? Let us know in the comment section below!

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

D ays is all gloom and doom which is a turn off..Days needs romance and adventue not death of the week…People tuned in to see Robert Scorpio at GH-all sops need a true hero and this soap is sorely lacking one!!!…GH isnt all gloom and doom at the moment and ratings are up-are you listening Days plus fans wanted scrubs reunited but we will see what happens in the weeks ahead now nothing big happening and we loose Scorpio again!!!

su0000
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su0000

Hi Jimh!!!
yes!
Tristan/Scorpio
Kim/Robin
and Jerry can make the MIA fans tune in, who wouldn’t lol
I will really miss Tristan/Scorpio, now that he has returned it’s hard to let him go 🙁
I will miss Patrick, but will see him as Billy, so that is cool
Robin, ehhh, it finally will end.

And– Anna and Scorpio are pure gold!!!
none other as them together in whichever manner of love & adventure..

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Except for Sonny and Carly? Ha!
Does anyone know how many times, AND to how many different women Sonny has opened his heart with these words? ” ….the woman I love more than anything else in the world.” Did he avow those very words to Carly before he shot her?

tim S
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tim S

I agree about Days and was glad to see it.. hope it does turn around soon.. but glad the storylines are moving along fast and not predictable. .was nice to see Ciara was taken and kidnapped.. never saw that coming..

Great writing at Days!! Keep up the good work.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Yes, I agree. I was so happy and stunned, really, that little Thomas’ real daddy came through so fast. I was prepared to wait years for the revelation. I did a double take, albeit I knew that the baby would get sick and needing blood or something. Nonetheless, I expected a longer time for it to happen. Is Chad going to repel that news or embrace it?

Alan
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Alan

GH is benefiting from Robin’s brief return and her reconciliation with Patrick. I’m guessing once they leave town and we go back to Sonny 5 days a week the ratings will go back down.

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

I agree! The Scorpios make up for having to FF 3/4 of it, but the way the show is now, I don’t think I can watch once Robin and Robert are gone. I think Robert is going to be back for a few weeks in January .. that’s what I’m holding on to.

Matt
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Matt

Even since Sonny has returned he has not been on 5 times per week. Elizabeth, Jason, and Sam thats a whole different story, there the ones hogging the screen time

Rose
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Rose

Jimh…your first two lines could have been said of the Fluke story. You’d think other writers would learn.

robert
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robert

your right on about DAYS. i’ve heard their killing more people off

Adam
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Adam

I agree about Days, they have Daniel dying this week and coming up it looks like Stefano and/or Victor are going to die.

Harry
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Harry

Daniel died? How can you tell?

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@Harry.
In a hurry here….but, as I skimmed through, I just had to comment here, LOL.
There you go, Harry…your sardonic humor, which I love so much, gets me each and every time. I got the sarcasm, Harry. You are one witty genius, my friend. Happy and Healthy New Year.
Poor, poor Daniel!!!!

Carolina
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Carolina

“Days of Our Funerals” deserves to be cancelled (if the rumors are true). It’s so depressing, just a sad memory of what the show used to be.

Ces
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Ces

Days has not been good. Best thing about the show recently was Ben and he’s gone. The rest of the stories are boring.

AJQ
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AJQ

GH numbers are not complete and should be qualified. GH did not air on Friday due to the Presidential news conference so the GH numbers are based on only four days. Friday is always GH’s lowest rated day, by a lot. That would drag down the total viewer number and the demos. Friday was the lowest day for the other three soaps. Take out Friday and they all do better on a four day average. Y&R would be up from last week and last year counting only Mon-Thurs like GH. So based on the same Mon-Thurs average, GH would not… Read more »

Chrystie_Delancey
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Chrystie_Delancey

Not to mention, here in Southern California we had that bomb hoax that shut down ALL of LAUSD schools and some private ones. The news was on all day, though they never had anything new to report. I don’t remember Y&R being on that day nor DOOL.

Matt
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Matt

Then all the other times when other shows do not have complete ratings they should not qualify. The networks are allowed a certian number of episodes per year ot not have count. GH was not on the East Coast on that Friday and in the west coast they aired a repeat. The other shows get the same chance, so stop your GH hatred.

AJQ
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AJQ

Well Matt, you missed the point. Your answer of networks are allowed a number of episodes a year to not count, whatever, that’s irrelevant and doesn’t really make much sense to the point I was making. The point is that the spin on this is that GH was the only show to show gains for the week, and the fact is Y&R would as well if it was measured on the same four day average. That’s just a fact and a fair point. If there are weeks where other shows are preempted and that would help boost their ratings it… Read more »

Matt
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Matt

The point is that the other shows get the same spin, regardless it was a good week for GH of the 4 episodes that aired. You have no idea what numbers the show would have done that is pure speculation on your part. You have an agenda against GH, you were on another board stating the same crap. When someone shot you down there you tried to blow it off. Again you would only be speculating if GH had a 5th day what there number would have been. We get it you don’t like the show, but anytime something good… Read more »

AJQ
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AJQ

No Matt, you do miss the point and your explanations are off point. First, in my original post, I simply stated that Friday is always the lowest rated day on GH and that would drag the numbers down. That is a valid point, you may not like it, but it is valid. The larger point, aside from whether GH numbers would be lower, now follow me here, is that Y&R would be up if it was only based on the four days that GH was. That is also a fact and means that the spin for GH isn’t really accurate… Read more »

Matt
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Matt

No one is trolling oyu, I didn’t attack you, i stated the facts based on posts you tend to make. If you don’t like it get a thicker skin/ I far from trolled you, but as usual you want to play victim to further your agenda. The ratings went up end of story, I bet if they went down and people said oh if they had been on that additional day yo would be shooting them down, because its only when someone has your same opinions that its ok to state them, then you try to bully others from stating… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

I want to stress that the ratings went up because of the return of the Scorpios. It would be nice if they were afforded longer scenes.
I cannot fathom why TPTB do not note the spike in ratings when The Scorpios (including Mac) are featured and make a connection between cause and effect.
The ratings plunge when Nina, Franco, Ava Morgan and Kiki are featured and yet, they are constantly inserted into the drama fold whenever rating boasting characters like Robin, Mac and Robert Scorpio make an appearance.
The numbers don’t lie

Timmm
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Timmm

I love Michelle and Roger but their characters/stories suck!

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

I totally agree with both your points AJQ and Harry. Many viewers (I included) tuned in last week to see the return of the beloved Robert Scorpio and the reunion and coming HEA of Scrubs. That said, I have no interest in seeing (in order of the repulsion that give me) Franco, Nina, Ava, Kiki and Morgan as the Scrubs story wraps up. If we could get rid of the Cartini four I would tolerate Morgan as a legacy character. Have to also say I am perplexed that Matt talks about the other shows getting the same opportunity to air… Read more »

Matt
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Matt

Elizabeth, the ratings systems allow the networks to not count a certain number of episodes per year. Other shows choose to do this when they are full day preemptions, or a holiday etc. However once those are used up they cannot do so. There were other weeks where this worked to the advantage of the other shows. It has nothing to do with the other shows airing a repeat, it has to do with the other shows being allowed to not count the rating for a particular day. As I said they can do this a certain times per year,… Read more »

Delila
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Delila

Well, I tuned in that week specifically to see Robert, I knew he was coming back that week, so I started watching GH again that week to see him….Now Robert is MIA ugh and I’m pissed, here hoping he’s back on the screen soon…How can I get attached to other characters if the one I’m watching the show for (Robert) is barely on and when he’s on it’s VERY short scenes?.

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

I know, they bait the audience with Robert, then hope we’ll fall in love with the other characters. But there’s no real love or romance, so what’s to love?

Harry
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Harry

Then they cut out a really sweet and poignant scene which transpired between Robert and Anna so creepy Ava and disgusting Paul could have more air time.

Ces
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Ces

Harry, i find Paul to be so slimy and Ava with her weird mouth movements drive me crazy. Id be happy if both left! Hate that we got 2 minutes of Robert & Anna; guess GH didnt want us too excited since Tristan was leaving again! Also, didnt Felicia goto Paris to watch Emma? So, why wasnt she invited over?

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

Harry, it makes me so mad they cut out a Robert&Anna scene so we could have more Ava&Paul. WHO is watching for THEM?! I think these ratings make it pretty obvious people are tuning in for the Scorpios. Maybe tiic will get a clue.

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

I actually started off with excitement when Paul was introduced, I loved the actor when he was on Desperate Housewives and thought there was all sorts of interesting story potential with him and Tracy. Instead he had to become YET another criminal within the mob, who nonsensically somehow and someway became the DA in town (what was that, the third DA in the course of four months’ time? Yeah, THAT makes sense.)

And the story with Ava is just tawdry and uninteresting. So, yeah, no reason to stick around for that.

su0000
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su0000

It was a good time for GH numbers to advance..
with-
Tristan returning
Robin returning
Patrick’s exit story
that makes those who dropped out to tune in to see Patrick and Robin one last time and say ”goodbye….
I expected the rise, of course..

robert
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robert

was not surprised GH was up. it featured the return of Robin and Robert. looks like people’s tuning in to see Patrick’s final episodes. also GH had only 4 episodes to be counted,and Friday is usually always their lowest rated day. Y&R still continues to be a strong number 1,they probably would of been up for the week if not for the news conference. DAYS is way too dark,really depressing. they got a temporarily bounce for the 50th,now their back down again. the soap i’ve really been losing interest in is B&B,the quality has really gone down this fall. lots… Read more »

Pat
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Pat

It could really go either way, but I personally think Days will get some kind of renewal, although I’d be very surprised if it’s for two years. It barely squeaked a two year renewal in last time largely because of the 50th upcoming. Supposedly, some execs at NBC wanted to dump the show and Sony did some sweet talking. Honestly, I just don’t see the show as being any better right now. One murder after another. That’s not a soap opera, that’s a formula for cancellation. Fans/viewers will only take so much of that, and the ones raving about how… Read more »

Phil
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Phil

Personally, I am liking DAYS most right now but only if you take Sam and Jason out of the GH equation. CBS shows bore the crap out of me!

Melissa
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Melissa

But will probably start watching Y&R now that JT is headed that way.

Phil
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Phil

I don’t think I will watch it…. JT is a great actor, but I will not watch the show just because he is joining…besides Steve Burton is there too, and I am NOT a fan of his!

mike
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mike

Expect NBC to announce Days is cancelled in January.

blake
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blake

I wouldn’t be surprised. I would be sad though, especially for the cast and crew. Days is the only soap left that I like and I have no desire to watch the other three.

Ken Corday really dropped the ball when EJ, Sami, Kristen and Nick left. We were stuck with bad stories like Serena and the elephant, and JJ and Eve. Ken waited about a year before he decided “hey, the anniversary is coming up. Now let’s get the show interesting again.”

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Ah, that elephant idiocy…..still sticks to the craw. What a useless, stupid storyline….complete waste of time. I agree with your comment, blake.

Patrick
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Patrick

@Blake I really think your post speaks volumes I truly place most of the blame… directly on Ken Corday shoulders… for being so careless and irresponsible which is further proof… the show… for a year plus… was running on empty, no direction… unmanned how could he have let it go that long? case in point?!?! Chandler Massey last airdate; December 31, 2013 both EJ and Sami exited Salem, onscreen; October, 2014.. which would make them exiting as early as April, 2014… for all of 2014; DAYS floundered ie: year, 2015… let’s rebound and start airing with new production value(s) August… Read more »

blake
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blake

Yeah CeeCee, bless Melissa Archer’s heart. She will have the elephant story attached to her from now on. I thought she deserved much better than that, but all of the stories at that time were horrid.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Exactly, blake. I was so excited when Melissa walked on the Days’ stage. I vehemently protested about the demeaning role ‘they’ attached to her name; as it was done to Kassie D.
I surely hope this show will go on forever, I love it that much. I would be very disappointed to think otherwise. Happy New Year.

blake
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blake

Thank you so much CeeCee, you also!

code85
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code85

Really?

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

If that happens, expect me to turn…4ever BITTER!

Patrick
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Patrick

I’m still holding on to the hope… that the 3 networks… wouldn’t not go without one serial… to beacon our daytime experience

I just can’t imagine… yet… if they go this route… it’s like putting a nail on all that is daytime

when its clear… that so many shows in all the tv medium have little to ‘NO” shelf life

keep the one constant blazing… Life in Salem! Days of OUR Lives

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Sadly, it will only take one network to pulled the plug on their remaining soap to have all them follow suit. Right now each network is keeping the status quo, but if NBC does cancel Days, then they can be claim the title of the network that killed the daytime drama.

blake
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blake

I agree, it would be great if Days was renewed even if it was for a year. They seem to be really trying to keep viewers, unlike this time last year.

JUDY K
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JUDY K

GOOD NEWS…..GOOD SOAP ALL WEEK……AND DO NOT FORGET BILLY MILLER !

Kimberly
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Kimberly

Love General Hospital..hard to believe they have 2 million less viewers then Y&R…Try to watch Y&R “boring”. Maybe put GH back on at 3:00. I started watching after school back in the 70’s. Miss Steve Burton, his character Dylan is not interesting. I tried.

Timmm
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Timmm

I’m happy for GH. ALL the Scorpios including Mac should have gotten a big Christmas bonus!

Harry
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Harry

I totally agree, Timm.

jeremy
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jeremy

GH, was AWESOME that week.. It was must See TV lol 🙂

code85
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code85

If yall notice Days highest rates day was Monday when Hope rescue Ciara and it was full when suspense, adventure , and mystery. Way higher than the nxt episode which focus on Couples. I notice a pattern , Dec 7-11 they gain +81,000 and there was action that week and dr . malcom die. Folks we can alwalways get we want from the writers. We wanted New ones on Days after complaing and now some of want New ones again. I see another pattern.

code85
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code85

Folks sure were sure not watching the show when there romance and love in 2014. Days was actually up 150,000 from last year.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Maybe the reason no one was watching the “romance” stories is because what passes for romance on soaps nowadays is pathetic. I don’t know one soap left that writes decent romance stories anymore– if done properly romance stories could be as big of draw as the murder of the week. However neither the powers that be or viewers with the attention span of a gnat has the patience that epic love stories require, so all we get are quick hook ups between characters that no one cares about– bedroom scenes aren’t romance–which is why I turned out.

code85
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code85

I will agree. What I was refering to White sell and Tonkin writing it was focus most on lust and love. Elephant statues Lol

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

Mary, you said it all! I guess I’m just another “annoying ’80s fan” who remembers the supercouples of old and we got to see every little moment of their falling in love, and by the time they finally kissed – oh my! We were doing cartwheels around the living room! We don’t get that from soaps anymore because tiic think their audience wants “instant gratification”. And maybe they’re right. But it’s ruining soaps.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Thank you, Mary. Finally someone who sees romance as it is meant to be seen or imagined. Romance, as it is purported/depicted on soaps; TV or cinema, in general, is a roll in the hay. Sleeping around and sharing partners. I am not from the 70’s or 80’s soaps, but I can appreciate true romance. As I said previously, romance never gets old/passe’. Sadly, this is what we are given. This is what younger people want? I don’t think so! It is the fare that is offered, therefore, it is all that youth sees. Whatever the younger generation is exposed… Read more »

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

What romance and love are you talking about because I don’t remember any good storylines happening last year. Brady & Melanie? Eric & can’t even remember her name anymore, played by Melissa Archer? No couples with chemistry, that’s for sure

blake
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blake

I agree that it is impressive that Days is up 150K from last year.

Melissa
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Melissa

Loving the return of Mac Scorpio. Wouldn’t it be great if Robert joined Mac and Anna to go after Paul and Carlos? Can we please, please see Felicia? If GH wants to bring the romance, why not show us more of a happy Mac and Felicia while Lulu and Dante implode? Speaking of which, I hate to root for a bad guy, but am kind of hoping Johnny succeeds in running Valerie out of town. Like the actress a lot, but the character has run her course, it seems to me.

Shay
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Shay

@Melissa…..I concur that a more permanent return for Robert would be most welcome! If one blinked, they most likely would have missed him during his far-too-brief reappearance in Paris. Alas, I must admit I truly do not miss Felicia one iota, but it was very good indeed to see Mac back in the investigative saddle with Anna. ‘Twas a lovely change from his most recent previous antics where he was either slinging gin and ribs or humiliating himself with “Mr. Marbles!” Let’s just say his latest “spy stint” with Ms. Devane was refreshing, to say the least, and went a… Read more »

Melissa
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Melissa

Great point about Mac not only being brought back, but being brought back in a role befitting him. I love that he is using his investigative skills again.

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

How I wish the Scorpios – ALL the Scorpios – could be front-and-center again on GH. I really cannot stand any more of the mobsters, they’ve worn out their welcome.

Justin
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Justin

Oh, Maddiehayes, I completely agree with you. What really makes me sick is that the mobsters seem to now be what the show is calling their main family. Did you catch the christmas episode? It all took place at Scummy’s, sorry Sonny’s, with all of them there celebrating, as is Sonny didn’t murder AJ and Carly didn’t cover it up. Can we please have some decent characters on this show?!?

Shay
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Shay

@maddiehayes….Please forgive me, my “marvelous maddiehayes!” When I typed my holiday greetings list of favorite MF posters, I skipped over your name! I had it scribbled down on a sheet of paper along with the others, but when I actually posted it wasn’t included. MY BAD! So, a belated Merry Christmas—and at least a timely Happy New Year—to you!!! Oh, and I second your motion on the Scorpios!!!!

KansasGuest
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KansasGuest

I’m wondering why they haven’t made more of the Scorpio’s past w/Paul Hornsby. Back when Mac was introduced, he was actually hired by Paul Hornsby to cause trouble for his brother, Robert, who was police commissioner at the time. They have all these characters back on the canvas. But, it’s not being mined for the layers of history & complexity it could bring. The potential to build an audience with flashbacks of the real actors are there, and to keep a popular character like Robert for more than just dressing up as Father Christmas. But, it’s all being wasted for… Read more »

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

Thank you Shay – Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too! 🙂

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

Well Justin, it really does seem like GH is trying to go back to the days of Guza. They just don’t get it. Ratings went UP when Carlivati was at the helm, bringing back fan faves. But RC’s insistence on pushing his own creations at the expense of the vets fans loved wrecked the show. And this Jasam/Liason war he restarted has been poorly engineered. Jason should have had a strong connection to both women. His sudden interest in Sam rings false, considering how very much in love he was with Elizabeth all year. And he should have had a… Read more »

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

CBS is very unhappy with B&B’s ratings. There are rumblings CBS will pull the plug, but B&B could continue on the web because of it’s international appeal. Some are saying a ‘The Talk’ 30 minute spin-off will take B&B’s place.

Phil
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Phil

I don’t think CBS will cancel either soap anytime soon. I am not sure any of the remaining soaps will be canned just yet. Not that I would be surprised if one were, but with the bad luck ABC is having replacing their canned soaps, I am thinking they may wait a year or two.

Matthew Place
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Matthew Place

Not before “Deaths of Our Lives”!!!

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Just to be clear…for anyone not sure…DAYS is on NBC. B&B is on CBS. The decisions to renew and cancel programs are made by people within their own network. Networks can and often have canceled programs with higher ratings than competing networks programs…including soaps.

My with is for all the soaps to remain. Happy New Year, Matthew!

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

*my wish

Mateo
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Mateo

General Hospital always has a story going. I feel like I care, if only a little bit, for every character. The cast is always perfect and well acted even if the stories sometimes come off short. The rescue of Robin. The romance of Patrick and Robin is sincere. There is reality to it. Even though they won’t be around. Anna Devane is stunning in every performance. The Quartermaines are both riveting and hilarious to watch. More Monica and Tracy. I love Jason and Sam and even pathetic little Liz. Nicolas and Hayden are gold together. I love how the story… Read more »

code85
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code85

Is that B& B does over and over again. You know I have decided not comment on this website. These site is tearing down a show, character, actor , and cry foul when it’s cancel. It just shows you can’t please everybody.

Melissa
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Melissa

I have to admit I am enjoying the Corinthos family unit, largely because the stories are focused on family and not Sonny’s mob activities. Although I have never really bought how quickly and decisively Michael forgave Sonny for killing AJ. That bothers me a lot, but at least Michael is maintaining his ties to the Quatermaines and it’s no longer and either/or situation. The Patrick-Robin reunion really fell flat for me. It feels more like two old friends getting back together than beloved spouses. Where’s the passion? Why is Robin dressed in a dreary denim shirt on New Year’s Eve?… Read more »

Rj
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Rj

Have only been watching bits and pieces of Days because I do not like all the deaths and muders. I have avoided watching those, but yesterday I saw a little more of the show, and I like the Brady/Theresa romance, Belle was good, and I have to say I enjoyed the fashion show (and I am not much of a fashionista). If Days keeps up romance and other types of mystery and intrigue without murders and deaths ratings may pick up. Who wants to see deaths and murders over and over again? I thought the show was good yesterday.

Rj
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Rj

I just want to add – I liked many others on yesterday as well – I still like seeing Kayla and Patch, Chad is good (interesting to see how the actor I think it is Billy has really developed in the role), Nicole and Kate are always great, etc.

Chris
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Chris

Days has killed to many of there fan favorites starting with Will Horton. Will was a character fans watched grow up and loved. The Wilson story line brought Days new fans and killing him killed the new fans interest in the show. Viewers that started watching after AMC and OLTL were canceled are lost with the new/returned characters since they don’t know the characters history in Salem. The death of main characters on the show and general gloom as a result are turning off viewers. Bringing back Bo just to have him die was upsetting to old time viewers who… Read more »

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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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