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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
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Nancy

Go GH!!! Best show on ABC.

Christy
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Christy

yep!

SUSAN
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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
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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… Read more »

Ces
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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
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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… Read more »

Ces
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

mary
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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
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Michelle

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

Wendy
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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
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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
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Christine

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

Troy Turner
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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
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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
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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
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SUSAN

i agree

Mary Fergen
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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.
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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
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cassie

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

Troy Turner
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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
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cassie

also yes we miss Jason but keep McBain…

SUSAN
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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
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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… Read more »

kalamaty
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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
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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… Read more »

andrea
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andrea

what did Heather do to Edwards will?

Christine
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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… Read more »

Christine
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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
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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… Read more »

Christine
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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… Read more »

Wendy
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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.
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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
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caroldee

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

Patrick
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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
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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… Read more »

heidi
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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… Read more »

Christine
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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… Read more »

cassie
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cassie

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

brian
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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
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fanny

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

caroldee
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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… Read more »

JAISAM/MCBAMFANS
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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… Read more »

Chantal
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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
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aria

omg, what the hell are u smoking!

MCBAMJASAM
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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,… Read more »

Ces
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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lizzing

GH is incredible!!!! not in.LOL

SUSAN
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SUSAN

love my gh as well!!!

Derrick
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

Breaking News

Days of our Lives Returns To Production After Temporary Halt Amid COVID-19

UPDATED:  According to Deadline  the cast and crew of NBC’s Days of our Lives will actually be returning tomorrow, October 20th to begin taping ahead of schedule after a positive Covid-19 test shut production down originally scheduled for two weeks.

The outlet cited, “Following a thorough investigation including contact tracing, quarantines, testing, and a deep cleaning of the studio, the health and safety experts at Days of our Lives have determined that it was safe to return to production before the end of the two-week period. As a result, the show will be back on set tomorrow Oct 20.”

The word of the early return initially got out Monday, although at that time unconfirmed by the show, apparently, via a posting by Lauren Koslow on her Instagram account where she is pictured in a Kate Roberts outfit in her dressing room.

Koslow shared: “Stepping into Monday in alice + olivia black velvet,” She also tagged the post #dressingroomselfie and the words. “Stay strong.”

She also added a quote from poet Maya Angelou: “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”

So, happy to hear it seems like DAYS is back … once again? Comment below!

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Kristian Alfonso Bids Farewell to DAYS as Final Episode Airs Today Sharing; “Thank YOU From The Bottom Of My Heart For Welcoming Me Into Your Homes All Of These Years”

Wednesday, October 14th, 2020 marks the final appearance of Kristian Alfonso’s iconic run as Hope Williams on NBC’s Days of our Lives, a role she played on and off for more than 37 years.  Make no mistake about it, Alfonso was a staple of Salem and the DAYS family since she made her debut back in 1983.

However, over the summer viewers learned she would not be returning to the show when the series began production again in September, after she was told they were planning on resting the character of Hope for five months or so.  A decision that prompted Kristian to make a decision to leave the show for good and start a new chapter in her life.

To celebrate her run and to say a thank you to everyone at the show and her enduring fans, Kristian posted a video on her Instagram account of some backstage moments through the years to the tune of “I’ve Had The Time Of My Life”.  She accompanied her post with these words of thanks to everyone that has been by her side every step of the way:  “Being today is my last airshow, I wanted to share some of my favorite memories onset & behind the scenes I hope you enjoy it.  Thank YOU from the bottom of my heart for welcoming me into your homes all of these years.  And making me a part of your lives #xoxo ❤️  Thank you Ken & @nbcuniversal @nbc for a #beautiful #ride . #❤️ #😘”

 

So, are you sad that Kristina will be gone for DAYS on-screen after today?  Share your thoughts om this, her final airdate, via the comment section below.

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James Scott Comments: “I Will Never. Never. Never. Never. Never, Go Back to Hollywood Let Alone DOOL”

Those hoping that finally James Scott would return to his signature daytime soap role of EJ DiMera on Days of our Lives, now that Alison Sweeney is on her way back to the show this fall for a longer run as Sami, can count those hopes now dashed and for good.

In a post on his Instagram account for his meditation and contemplations Sunday morning Zoom series and website, Scott posed with Deepak Chopra.  When a fans posted a comment in the IG account how they miss him on DAYS and to come back with Sami, James replied, “Hi – thanks for joining me here. Please know that I will never. Never. Never. Never. Never. Go back to Hollywood let alone DOOL. There is notbing interesting there for me. J”

Fan favorite James Scott, who has been MIA from the acting profession for awhile now is running The Whisper Within – and as detailed by the website, Scott explains how he left acting to be more involved with meditation and helping others find inner-peace – “In 2014, after a successful career in the entertainment industry, I found myself with everything and nothing.  I had money, celebrity, and status and the grief to match it. I had worked tirelessly for the better part of two decades to attain wealth and validation, yet no external thing could touch the emptiness I felt and the worthlessness I experienced.  I knew that something unknown wished to be known—something I could feel only through its apparent absence. In my despair and depression, I faced a simple choice: to change my lived experience or to end it. One felt impossible; the other easy I had already spent so much time reading self-help books, attending workshops and retreats, drinking concoctions with shamans, exploring tantra and abstaining from sex all together, dancing and singing, and many more practices, which had done little or nothing to abate the loneliness.

 

Desperate and in despair, still seeking, still suffering, I found my way to an Indian meditation center. I went for a week and stayed for a year. It was there in my own reflection that I found the teacher I had been seeking silently waiting to be known. At first, there was rage and anger, but eventually the intensity of the fire burned low and sadness took its place. I cried and cried until I cried myself empty and something new arose: beneath it all, I discovered a newfound peace. Like a fragrance arising from deep within, I heard the sound of the silence that can never be spoken: the eternal wisdom of the whisper within.  To live from this place is my practice and my path. To inspire others to do the same is my purpose.”

So, what do you think about James’ comments and path that he has now gone down for his life?  Do you think its time for DAYS to finally re-cast EJ? Comment below.

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