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RATINGS: General Hospital Scores Highest Audience Numbers In Over 21 Months!

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There is no doubt about now, General Hospital is ascending up the ratings ladder and for the ratings period of November 5th -9th, GH scored a phenomenal 2,824,000 total viewers!  That again is a new ratings record for the Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati super team that is bringing the lone ABC soap into prominence once again!

With all the back from the dead returns, the show is garnering plenty of steam, and this is only the tip of the iceberg!  It will be interesting to see next week’s ratings which had the Faison reveal as part of the air dates.

In addition, General Hospital was number one in women 18-34 ahead of The Young and the Restless with its largest ratings edge in nearly 4 and half years in that demo!  The series was up 21% compared to the same week last year in Total Viewers, 54% in Women 18-34, and 23% in Women 18-49.

Meanwhile, The Young and the Restless held its overall number one spot with 4,372,000 followed by The Bold and the Beautiful at 3,185,000.  B&B’s ratings next week will be interesting to see as well with the heartbreaking Stephanie Forrester Goodbye Party episodes as part of the ratings equation.   Days of our Lives, while in fourth place, also seemed to gain some steam scoring 2,553,000 in total viewers.    You can view the entire  ratings  picture via Soap Opera Network here.

Ok soapers, time for you to be our Soap Opera Programming Executive Armchair Quarterback.  What is working on your favorite soaps?  Who do you want to see have more airtime?  What show do you think needs the most improvement?  What do you think of GH’s growing numbers, impressed?  Weigh-in!

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Nancy
Nancy

Go GH!!! Best show on ABC.

Christy
Christy

yep!

SUSAN
SUSAN

ye ah but need to bring jason and robin back , get rid of aj and duke

love maurice benard the reason i still watch but miss jason everyday show
not the same without him

if ratings want to climb higher bring jason back to end the botched up storyling
they left us with, and bring robin back for emma and patrick

Mary SF
Mary SF

I have never been an ABC soap follower, but been hearing so much about how good GH is that I have been tuning in just to see and although I don’t know who any body is and how they are related I didn’t hate it.

On Y&R although not in the week mentioned I was so happy Michael finally dropped all charges against Paul. The kidnapping of Victoria was an unexpected twist, which I liked, but Jack taking pain medication after his surgery, I can see the addiction story line coming a mile away. I’m not sure what is happening with Kevin and I don’t know if I like his new snarly attitude, but by the sounds of it, it looks like he is heading for life of crime.

Days is getting so much better and interesting since they rediscovered the concept of actually having some kind of plot. Love Eric being back– the look on Nicole’s face when she realized he was a priest was priceless. The poor girl can’t catch a break.

On B&B if Brooke ends up sleeping with Bill that will be the end for me. She slept with her father-in-law, son-in-law, her daughter’s boyfriend and Thorn her brother in law. If she sleeps with her sister’s husband that character will be beyond redemption. The only thing that might save her is if Brad Bell finally pens that Brooke is a sex addict and helps her get therapy for it.

Ces
Ces

I think Days needs some serious help. I AM glad to see Eileen Davidson back stirring up some trouble, but this Nicole storyline went on forever. Also, Days is too predictable with Gabby being pregnant. Just seems like everyone is wandering around Salem with no point — also, enough with the flashbacks. They are bad enough when they show a flashback from a week ago but do we seriously need a flashback within the same show???
I’ve been a GH & DAYS fan since late 70’s (for GH) and 80’s for Days and GH is by far way better lately.

Mary SF
Mary SF

The reason I thought Days was improving was because I use to literally fall asleep within ten minutes of the show but lately I have managed to stay awake for the whole hour. And you’re right everyone knew Will would knock up Gabi the minute she slept with him- not sure if they are going to go down the abortion story line route or the unwed mother route- but at least it is a storyline thats progress right? As for the flashbacks of things that just happened in the show, you mean they weren’t doing it for me, just in case I nodded off and woke up in time to see what I just missed. I’m crushed lol

Ces
Ces

haha on the flashbacks! 🙂 I guess with the Gabi being pregnant storyline we’ll get to see more of Chandler, Freddie and Blake. Wish Days would take a cue from GH and get back to being exciting because seeing Nicole cry and whine day in and day out is a real drag!

mary
mary

I hope all remaining soaps do well.We do not want to loose anymore.I would be tickled all have good ratings.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Hi Mary- it’s Mary- the four remaining soaps were the four highest ranking ones for years, but over time they all have been losing numbers. Personally I think the ratings system is what needs to change not the soaps. It was conceived in the 50’s when there was only three networks, no cable, or internet or smartphones. It is out of date and an extremely unfair way to measure the true popularity of any one show. Television is evolving so perhaps one day the networks as we now it will be gone and consumers will simply be able to watch and pay for the shows they want to watch including the soaps.

mary
mary

Mary SF agree totally.We know millions more watch soaps but Neilsen does control it all with less then 25,000 people making our decisions.I don;t understand why the networks don’t get fed up with it.It hurts them to.They may have a hit and never know it because of Neilsen.seen to many good shows day and night get cncelled over /neilsen,

Michelle
Michelle

It’s great, but we’re not out of the woods yet.

Wendy
Wendy

I agree. Not sure when or if I’ll ever feel confident that my beloved show will ever be safe but I am finally excited to watch again. 8)

su0000
su0000

I am long time fan of both Y&R and GH..
I do not understand how the Y&R has such high rating..
GH is much better, and Y&R has been struggling to create any excitement and it simply does not have the zing it once did..
For Y&R to be near twice as high as GH in the rating it has to have something to with the Y&R (and BB) being shown internationally/in 32 countries..

This is just not right;
yr – 4,372,000
gh – 2,824,000

Christine
Christine

General Hospital has to compete with Days of Our Lives in some markets, so the numbers make sense.

Troy Turner
Troy Turner

Su,

Always remember that YR runs virtually unopposed at noon ET coming out of the monolith that is The Price is Right

fanny
fanny

You do make an interesting point. Y&R has no competition at the time it is aired.
Soaps should not be pitted against each other if they want to survive.
Instead they should compete against one of those nauseating reality shows.
Then maybe we could see different ratings.

Troy Turner
Troy Turner

Fanny,

You also make an interesting point, but I’m not sure how practical your solution is. Back in the 60’s, ABC attempted a three-episode a week version of Peyton Place-which led to primetime burnout. Unless you’re talking about moving a reality show to daytime-daytime is soaptime

SUSAN
SUSAN

i agree

Mary Fergen
Mary Fergen

Hooray for GH! I have always been a fan, but for the past few months, it has been so phenominal! Love all the returning characters, and we have the return of the Nurse’s Ball to look forward to! Bring back Genie Francis, and I would be totally happy.

susan M.
susan M.

I am so happy for GH…FV & RC are doing a great job….Enjoy seeing Robert Scorpio ..Love his Australian accent and his charming personality….I like to see more of Robin. And getting back together with Patrick & Emma..Kate/Connie is getting old…Gh stories got my interest each day.. Faison will get caught soon!!!!! Again time for
Robin to come home…Robert will find out Faison has Robin & bring her home to Anna ,
Patrick & Emma.. A happy reunion….Haven’t seen much of Jophn McBain lately…GH is
soooooooooo GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

cassie
cassie

we need a longer GH show. How come we havent heard of Edwards passing yet?

Troy Turner
Troy Turner

John/Edward’s death will be addressed this week, I believe. As for the rest of GH-fantastic work. All the haters just need to stop…

cassie
cassie

also yes we miss Jason but keep McBain…

SUSAN
SUSAN

totally agree jason cannot be replaced aj needs to go

love john mcbain on oltl and now gh

yeah and sonny of course

Rosanna
Rosanna

All old favorites returning are great, they should try and see if ANY of them would stay for 3 months, Id also like to see a contest where a fan has an idea and the writers using it, should the idea not work scrap it within a good time frame, id like to see more relationship stories between charcters like Dante & Lulu, maybe have a story where Anna Devane (GH) figures out Faison has Robin and searches for her and when she does find Robin have Robin come back a different person, one who is more cynical (at least for a while) those are my ideas, so have at it Mr Carlivatiron 🙂

kalamaty
kalamaty

Ah yes, try as they might, the rest of the soaps still trail Y&R by a HUGE margin. Why do you ask? Because Y&R is the template that all of the others aspire to be. NUMBER ONE….. OH YEAH!!!

Dan
Dan

Been watching GH for going on 18 years now, and it’s been a long time since I’ve enjoyed it this much. There have been a lot of good storylines over the years, and a lot of cool moments, but I can’t remember when it’s been this consistently good, week after week, at least since I’ve been watching.

They’ve brought back beloved fan favorite characters like Anna, Robert, Duke, Felicia, Sean Kanan as AJ, and soon Lucy Coe, among others, villains that we love to hate, whether it’s Faison, Jerry Jacks, Helena Cassadine, Heather Webber, and they’re bringing back The Nurse’s Ball, who doesn’t love that? The storylines move at a quicker pace, the scenes move quicker.

Sure, there are storylines and characters that aren’t doing much for me, like the new doctor Britt, who they seem insistent on shoving down our throats. But by and large, the show is just plain on fire right now, and I hope they can continue the hot streak into 2013 and beyond!

andrea
andrea

what did Heather do to Edwards will?

Christine
Christine

I watch all of them except for Days of Our Lives and, I am a few weeks behind on GH and B&B because I went on vacation. I caught up with Y&R this week.

Y&R: I was hoping we could discuss what is going on with this one. I would really like to see a report card on the new writing/producing. Sorry in advance for the lack of paragraphs below, but I don’t want to take up so much space. 🙂

I love that Avery finally has her own place and I can see all of Jill Farren Phelps’ touches (especially the green!). I like that there is more romance. I like that Nikki and Victor are on, but not dominating and that they are getting along. I like that Chelsea is evolving. I wonder if we will see her crazy like on AMC. I think I noticed Phyllis’ penthouse (the outside) was spruced up a bit). I liked the red chairs at Jack’s.

I don’t like Kevin being a brat again. The way he attacked Gloria, Jeffrey, and Michael was inexcusable. Instead of a life of crime, this kid needs a major change. They should focus on him being a stepfather to Delia or something. I’m sick of Sharon. I hope they fix her soon because I can’t feel sorry for her, I just can’t. I really don’t like that Billy’s past has gotten Victoria into trouble. It tells me they are getting ready to break them up. I had really wanted Victor and Billy to be on the same side, but it looks like that will never happen.

GH: Well I am still catching up, but from what I saw as of a few days after Halloween (and the spoilers I have read), I like all the veterans coming back. I like Todd and Carly. I like AJ being back and the storyline potential. I love that Sam has her baby back. I love all the spoilers I have read (and presumed) about Faison, Helena, Duke, Lucy Coe returning. It will be nice to have the Nurses Ball again. I will be sad for the upcoming episodes of Edward’s death because John Ingle was such an amazing man. 🙁

I’m getting tired of Connie/Kate. I enjoyed it at first, but now it has grown old.

Christine
Christine

Oh and I cannot wait to see Robert Scorpio on my screen again. I know he is there, but I have not caught up yet.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Welcome back. On Y&R I think it may be too soon to tell if the new regime is improving the show or just staying the course. From these posts some love the changes others are not too impressed. I personally like the new writing style because the characters seem more alive, there is more humor and personal touches in the dialogue now. Story line wise, I’m not too sure yet. It seems like there are playing it safe but it made for a seamless transition from old to new. I like Sharon finding out she is bi polar and that there is a reasonable explanation for her strange past behavior but I too think it is time she started to show some improvement and get her character back into the real world. Have you caught up on B&B? My kleenex box got quite the work out last week. I don’t know if I have the heart to actually watch the show where Stephanie passes away.

Christine
Christine

Thanks, Mary SF.

I forgot to add that on Y&R I like that Jessica Collins is getting to show her cooking expertise as she has a cooking blog and went to the Cordon Bleu school. I think JFP is really assessing the talents of the actors she has and working on that, especially if those talents might apply to younger viewers.

No, sadly I have not started B&B yet, but I have seen ALL the promos all week long and that alone makes me teary-eyed. I plan to finish GH first and then start with B&B. I saw the send-off they did and thought that was very sweet.

Wendy
Wendy

So happy that GH is getting better ratings. I hope they continue bringing back GH vets and writing them great stories. The last couple of weeks have been the best GH has been in years. 8)

Robert in Jersey City.
Robert in Jersey City.

They are delivering Prime Time caliber perfomances every day. Each daily GH episode is equivalent to an hour of nighttime drama. It moves really fast now. They are working their butts off to stay relevant and it’s working!

caroldee
caroldee

I agree 100% faster pace and more oldies it is a great show to watch..

Patrick
Patrick

I came to GH with Todd, Starr, Tea and John. One Life to Live will always be “my story”. Anything the keep those OLTL characters alive will have me and my family as viewers! Thank you

Patrick
Patrick

geez! what a new rigime, does….

what about Nicole… THE catalyst for Days simmering to the top… you have the Sammi (twins) and Eric’s dynamics…. and Nicole, reeling talent on DAYS…. she’s baren and lusty Eric is balancing his act, he’s loaded his bullets.., Nicole’s, recooping her emodiment… with all the nuances, and delivering, top notch, scores… it,s riveting, her commupance, new biginning…. Eric,s padded… Nicole, won’t falter, she’ll wait for what’s coming. In comes, Kristen…. digging at Brady, with his drug boy image… she’s pulling the trigger…. wasn’t it classic… when she’s with John and shoots at Brady… You’re “starting to bug, me”… LOL… John’s telling Brady, dial it down…. LOL… it’s kristens femme fe talle… Daddys’ out of town…

ie: Jennifer… fans are not liking.. Jenn not mourning, Jack. I agree…i’d have cried…. regime.. writing? Jenn, for the first time… since her return…. is her old self… that, horton spirit.. so, that in itself is reason for me to move on… although, i don’t think its that real with daniel… IMO… Jason Brooks and Jenn, fixed it… they realed IN.

grousing about Lucas… So much press about what it is.. and not playing out the part… lke i said… a shock to the system… and Lucas, nor “norming” that his kid is loving and being loved. it’s giving us story… since, the writers didn’t delve in to his and Sammi’s relationship… and sharing conflict… in so many forms…. which… really rings true… that it’s all the same crap… less trappings? although, i’ll bring to light.. one viewer of DAYS shared… gays are a small part of the population… We’re equal. it’s more… making aware the relativity of progression, standard… and stimuli

It’s nice, to make conversating, about Maggie… Mother Horton… she’s compassing her days… it’s a pleasure to see Maggie. It’s giving, that Victors’, tender…. Victors holdings… Maggies, Horton and Kiriakis spectrum, opening room for…

give DAYS Justin and Adrienne, more filler…. which they were at the forefront.

heidi
heidi

Love GH and always have… it is my soap! Love almost everything FV and RC have been doing except the Connie/Kate and Dr. Brit stories. Good writing and bringing back characters from the past with the great current cast is what is making the show!

I have started watching Y&R over the last few years to support the genre and saw it on and off again since the beginning. I think Y&R has been successful because it has kept so many core characters for years and you can come back and see people you know and quickly catch up. I also like the business aspects being more prevalent in Y&R.

Love having Robert back and hope he stays for a bit! Would love to see Laura come back especially for Christmas! Hope they have a very nice Christmas storyline this year! Still love the 2008 Spixie and Santa storyline as one of the best Christmas episodes of all!

Christine
Christine

I can’t stand the Dr. Brit character either. I can only hope that they keep her as raunchy as she is and not make her likable. We don’t need problems when Robin comes back.

I agree Connie/Kate has gotten old. It was fun when Kate was in charge and then Connie would come out and give that sneer, put on her red lipstick and you knew some fun was going to happen. Now she is just nasty. Losing Trey will ruin any future story and Kate and Sonny are not endgame, so I think it is time for the characters to go.

cassie
cassie

when are we going to start bringing GH to Toronto Canada? we always feel left out in the cold.

brian
brian

could you explain further on your comment please. I live in Winnipeg and get GH on CityTV. If you not getting it on Toronto, the full episodes are posted on youtube every day by 4pm

Here’s a link if you need….

http://www.youtube.com/user/simplygh?feature=results_main

fanny
fanny

I live in Montreal and we do not get CityTV in certain areas…
But I still can watch GH on ABC.

caroldee
caroldee

I WILL agree that plots and scenes move along much faster and bringing the old timers like Faison, Robert, Duke etc back well that is just what we loyal followers want. I have always wanted it back like it used to be when LUKE and LAURA were on together. They can just keep this show rolling because it is WORKING For us..YAY GH hope it get to be number one in all markets and stays there.. Adding some more favs from OLTL will only HELP the show be stronger..Sooo many viewers of OLTL MISS their show..keep bringing them and we will keep watching.

JAISAM/MCBAMFANS
JAISAM/MCBAMFANS

Congrats to GH!!!

Now you can give Sammatha Mcall a story!!!

NOTE TO RC AND FV

Do not wear Kelly Monaco out on DWTS!!!

We know she is doing excellent on DWTS!!!

And she winning so far, but I see a backlash if she win, the way I see if she win

Her weight may go down and and yall may get Ms.Archer to come over her to be

With Mr.Easton, it may sound silly but I see alot of SOAP SITES Talking about Kelly

Being on DWTS and PLEASE VOTE!!!

Listen I want Kelly to do her best and I wouldn’t mind if she win again!

But not sake of her loosi ng her regular job atGH!!!

THEY GOT RID OF JASON AREVTHEY USING DWTS TO GET RID OF SAM!!!
RCAND FV GOT RID OF ALL THE THIN WOMEN ON OLTL

I KNOW I AM REACHING!!!

BUT I WANT KELLY M ON GH

IF SHE WINS THEN GREAT
IF SHE LOSE SHE COME BACK TO GH AND BE WITH ME,SK,OR HER DANCE PARTNER!!

DONT PLAY WITH KELLY HEAD!!!

RVANDFV ARE DOING A GREAT JOB!

Chantal
Chantal

Where does this come from? Kelly Monaco’s job is not in jeopardy! Steve Burton chose to leave GH, he was not let go. DWTS has nothing to do with Kelly Monaco’s status…

aria
aria

omg, what the hell are u smoking!

MCBAMJASAM
MCBAMJASAM

I’M not smoking anything!!

What I was trying to say that, I want Kelly in good health physically and mentally….that’s all !!!! I am a fan of her’s and she is doing a fabo! job
on GH and DWTS….and wish her well on DWTS!!!

I Know RC AND FV have a great friendship with Melissa Archer……and
I pray that she has better scripts for her and Michael Easton,when
she finish with DWTS!!!

I would love to see:

Sam friendship with Maxie , we havent seen that all year!!
Sam glam it up!!!…she’s pettite brunette, she’s goregous

and most of all, I would like to see John Mcbain and Sam Mcall in an
adult relationship!

and I would like Liam and Daniel (step-brothers)…

can you imagine if they got maaried!!!………………………………….
just when JASON COMES BACK!!!

Ces
Ces

The show has been awesome the last few weeks! The only thing I would recommend is less of Kelly Sullivan. Her characters grate on my every last nerve.

SUSAN
SUSAN

agree too much of connie/kate but do love sonny and think fv and rc need
to bring brenda back for sonny since all the oldies are coming back

sonny and brenda had best love story on gh like luke and laura

pink
pink

I love GH now because of the vets coming back and less OLTL characters.Hopefully they will keep up the good work.Love Anna,Robert,Felicia,Mac,Tracy,Duke,Robert,Fiason,Monica,AJ,Lulu & Maxi all being front & center!Now all that is missing is FRISCO! Bring back Jack Wagner ASAP and the show will be perfect.

Chantal
Chantal

YES! We want Frisco, as a WSB spy, he could be the one finding RealDuke and bringing both Duke and Robin home. And he could rebuild his relationship with Maxie and deal with Felicia.

Nikki
Nikki

This is incredible! I’m so happy that not only are Frank and Ron making GH an amazing soap in terms of storylines, characters, history, romance, etc., but it’s reflecting in the ratings too! Go General Hospital!

Jeffrey
Jeffrey

I ‘ve been watch good old Robert Scorpio all time favorite character can flush all bad guys out of GH for good. Tristian Rogers just came in Nov. 15 and 16.
this week, it will short week for Thanksgiving and next week,get back into action soon enough. I better my kleenex ready,b/c this week,other death of Quartermaine and this time for real life and death of John Ingle.. 🙁

calie
calie

I am still waiting for GH to give Elizabeth a story …even if it does not involve a new love interest. Come on GH writers

Christine
Christine

With us finding out that Sabrina is Juan’s cousin (Becky’s real-life husband), maybe the name-dropping of Juan is to suggest that he is returning. I wonder what the two of them would have as far as chemistry onscreen.

In any event, I have heard that Elizabeth is supposed to get involved with a new cop at the station and then there is a rumor that she mixes it up with AJ. I guess we will have to wait and see.

lizzing
lizzing

All I can say is GH in incredible! Loving all these character coming back . Everytime I see Patrick I hold my breath,can’t wait to see everyones faces when Robin comes back.I have been watching GH for over 35 years and I think next week will be the hardest because we didn’t just lose a character on the show we lost an amazing actor .

lizzing
lizzing

GH is incredible!!!! not in.LOL

SUSAN
SUSAN

love my gh as well!!!

Derrick
Derrick

Don’t watch GH so can’t comment on it!! Y&R and B&B have been getting good especially B&B with SF’s exit coming which I think will SKYHIGH the ratings!!

DAYS is good in a way!! Don’t know what to think of Kristen’s return though!

Patrick
Patrick

can any one tell me when Susan Flannery’s last airdate on B&B will be? I’m going to dvr.. her last couple weeks. thanks.

Michele
Michele

Everything on GH is working – even though a small piece of Llanview is there, I still miss the show I watched since grade school – OLTL! Still, without RH, KA and ME on GH (not on for the past few days), I find the Port Charles characters not as lovable as those in Llanview. But the storylines are great and love love love the show!

Michael
Michael

GH is awesome! Also- Days, my all time favorite soap, is better than ever! The storyline and the actors are great- there’s been more airtime for Deidre Hall-Yeh!!

SUSAN
SUSAN

gh is the best and watch days to help soaps on tv but deidre hall not a big fan

but know she has a huge fan following

but love drake hogestyn

Rosalina
Rosalina

I have been watching GH and it is good, but I still say the ratings are because we die hard soap fans have no choice. I never watched GH until all my other soaps were canceled. I miss watching a soap so I started to watch GH. Not to take anything from the writers or actors, but yes, all us soap fans who lost our shows are now watching GH.

SUSAN
SUSAN

gh is great have been watching for 22 yrs and agree we all need to watch the
soaps left on on air to keep them

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Eric Martsolf Talks Brady Being Duped & His Co-Stars; Galen Gering & Camila Banus Chat Hernandez Siblings On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’

On the latest episode of the Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast, Eric Martsolf (Brady Black) chats with host. Michael Fairman as Brady’s story hits a major turning point!  As DAYS fans know, Brady recently hit the sheets with “Nicole” who was Kristen in disguise.

Photo: NBC

During the podcast conversation, Eric explains how he has to sometimes suspend belief to make stories work in daytime which included Brady not figuring out that “Nicole” was Kristen, although it certainly re-ignited his thoughts of her!  Plus, he chimes in on the fun he has had working with his co-stars: Arianne Zucker (“Nicole”) and Stacy Haiduk (Kristen/Susan) in their many scenes

Later, Eric tries to remember all of the loves of Brady’s life that crashed and burned, and is posed the question, “What would he think if Days of our Lives SORAS’d Brady’s son, Tate, to an 18-year-old?

Courtesy/NBC

Then, the podcast goes behind the scenes for a dressing room segment where Galen Gering (Rafe) welcomes his on-screen sister, Camila Banus (Gabi).  The two banter about their on-screen and off-screen relationship as brother/sister and friends, and how much they value one another as they create the Hernandez sibling dynamic.

To download the episode via iTunes click here.   To listen to the podcast via NBC.com/Inside Salem click here.

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So, what do you think Brady should do now after the mess he finds himself in due to Kristen’s manipulations? Comment below.

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

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

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

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

So, check out the promo below and then let us know via the comment section below, what you think is about to go down at Jarlena’s party, where last August at their nuptials … things did not go off without a hitch, either!

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DAYS Stacy Haiduk and Eric Martsolf Talk Kristen & Brady’s Twisted Relationship : The Mask, The Deception, The Sex

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What was that like doing that scene?

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

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ERIC:  Kristen is a tiger.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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STACY:  You’re brilliant, Eric.

ERIC:  You guys are being very nice to me.

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

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

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

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

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

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

STACY:  Yes … and very much so.

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

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

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

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

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

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

STACY:  It was a good fit!

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

STACY:  We are just like two cuddly bunnies.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marlena (Deidre Hall) played the wrong DVD!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ERIC:  It’s scary.

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

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

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

ERIC:  You’re an Olympic swimmer!

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

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

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

Stacy, what do you think?

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

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

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

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

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And intense!

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

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

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

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

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