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RATINGS: General Hospital Shows Gains In Total Viewers and Women 18-49 Demo!



The ratings are out for the week of August 11th to August 15th, and it was ABC’s General Hospital who had a solid week showing gains in the all important total viewers numbers.  GH while remaining in third place among the four soaps, added +75,000 to its tally, bringing its total to 2,879,000.

The only other soap to shows gains was NBC’s Days of our Lives which added +59,000 and came in with a weekly total of 2,463,000.  General Hospital also was up in the key women’s 18-49 demo adding +17,000, and being only one of two soaps  in that demographic to be on the plus side (Y&R being the other with +7,000)!  GH continues to be giving Y&R a run for the money, inching up and not too far away from the number one position.

DAYS saw gains in the women’s 18-34 demo, being the only soap in that demographic to add viewers.  And all four network soaps saw gains in the 25-54 demo category.  CBS soaps; The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful continue to be at #1 and #2 positions in total viewers despite a week of losing viewers.  View the complete ratings picture courtesy of SON here.

So what do you think about the ratings performance this week of General Hospital and Days of our Lives? Where they the best soaps on the air for the ratings week in question?  What story did you enjoy?   Share your thoughts below!



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Considering I get excited every day to watch GH I am not surprised. Best show on tv.

The headline indicates this is good news but GH remains in third place. There are only four soaps on the air now.
This is actually rather depressing news.

Not when you consider their numbers are included with the fact that they are broadcasted in Europe.

Harry….I’m responding to your post on another thread regarding MF notices. Generally speaking, I get mine in my main inbox…maybe your spam filter is preventing you from receiving them? Just a thought….However, there is something peculiar about the whole process…I have gotten replies that never made it to post, and I am thinking that they had been moderated out of existence for online perusal, but still sent to me, which is great. I like to reply to any comment I receive as long as they are decent and respectful, but the problem is that the replies you receive personally are blind and you cannot ascertain the identity author unless they are also posted online. (Sometimes you can guess according to personal writing style or subject matter, but one still likes to be sure.) Conversely, there have been numerous occasions when something I wrote was not deemed suitable (I guess…) for posting, but I had assumed(?) that at least the remarks ended up in the inbox of the intended recipient….now I am not so certain! I understand that not everything we write will pass muster to make it online, but I do wish there were a way to insure that the person for whom the response was intended does indeed receive it, and with proper identification of the sender. (Just a bit of nitpicking of the system….) I also suppose a lot of these oversights could simply be attributed to technical issues. At any rate, just so you know, I often send little replies to you….I ever so enjoy your wit and cultural references, thus, I like to show my appreciation! (It makes me sad to think that you never receive them!) Oh, and speaking of that subject, your recent quip regarding young Spencer’s whereabouts during his “m.i.a.” storyline was classic….my compliments!

Meant “identity of the author”… bad!

I sometimes do see your positive responses, Shay. But it’s only because I went back to look. Comments like yours are the ones I want to see! I did see your response to my comment pertaining to the whereabouts of Spencer (answer–in that great abyss called Alexis’s cleavage). I responded in kind but the post did not appear.
However, my missing comments is not always a bad thing. Inherently, I am a bit of a coward. Sometimes I am that person who throws a rock and then runs away.
And speaking of rocks, cracks and the abyss, this morning’s earthquake made me feel as nauseated as I feel when watching Alexis and Julian make out.

Oh, dear….I hope you are feeing better, Harry!!! I saw the news coverage of the earthquake….quite a fright you had there! Do take care!!!! Having said that, I’m firmly convinced that the “Mystery of the Lost Replies” (Sounds like a Nancy Drew book title…..) can be attributed to the MF moderators having to work overtime to deal with all of our snarky bon mots and snappy rejoinders, hence, I’m not surprised that a fair amount of our comments go m.i.a. (aka, unposted/unsent)….Oh well, it’s certainly NOT for our lack of trying!!!! (Let battle continue…..) Lastly, on the subject of our favorite exhibitionist, Alexis, perhaps we should give that poor insatiable woman a break….after all, she does now have to replenish her entire supply of push-up bras and age-inappropriate, immodestly revealing “top-wear” since her previous collection was completely blown to smithereens.

Young Bold and Days are fabulous but GH is such a mess I fast forward thru it. The last episode I sat thru was the “epic” one when the gay three way was gonna happen. It was ok but the only fun part was Piffy and Milo making googly eyes at each other. The rest was just “ehh?”

I’m surprised DAYS did not reach 3,000,000 viewers!!!

Maybe if Bo would return…that could help get an increase…but then im still waiting for Don Craig to return from the mailbox and Neil to return from checking with his patients(doctors sure keep long hours…lol…both disapearing over 20 years ago…must be visiting other missing Salemites like the long forgoten Tommy Horton and several others plus maybe even Justin…maybe Bo and co. are lost in Melaswen or the Horton attic…wish Jen would go there?…lol

Days is The Best!!

That was the week of Maxie’s wedding and no follow up last week. Let’s Watch the following week’s ratings…

Ratings are somewhat good news…better if they continously climb…villians returning to GH in the fall…will it help or hurt…i still think why not add some heroes too to balance it all out…why not go all the way with the corny and campy stuff and add Batman and Robin from the 60s cult classic…Nik would be a great Batman with his huge mansion and because he does have a butler named Alfred…lol…but i suggest Nathan in the role since the actor and Adam West who played Batman are both wooden performers…lol…however, Nathan seems a little better…lol…Dante can play Robin, the Boy Wonder because i ‘wonder’ if he will ever solve a case…lol…with Nancy ‘Monotone’ Drew played by Sam helping with the latest mystery…lol…togehter they will battle the evil Mr.Freeze played by Victor Cassidine and prevent him from defrosting his Frozen Family, Franco as the Joker who has been a joke since arriving in PC, Levi as The Riddler who i hope they’ll get Rid of, Luke as Two Face(or is he from Dick Tracy…who cares soaps always use plots from other shows…lol) and Nina as Catwoman prowling around on all twos ready to pounce on her next victim with her perrrrrfect sidekick Rosa-‘Hello Pussy’-lee…MeeeOuch!…LOL!!!

This could increase ratings…suprised days wasnt a bit higher…still good news for the soap world! Now lets see this continue and then it’ll be something to report about!!!

Come on GH fans…Lets break 3 million.

the GH Fans are watching it already.. You need to motivate others to watch a good soap just as GH… Def the Best soap out there by FARRRRRRRRRRR…………………

Not going to happen, Brian. Too many disgruntled GH fans tuning out.
And hearing that there is only going to be a greater influx of villains is really a turn off for me. Wow, Port Charles really needs to secure the borders.
If there are too many villains it follows you have no one for whom to root and intriguing storylines will not follow.

the bored Y&R fans who dropped out of Y&R are coming to GH..
And– GH, a couple of times, did top out at 3 million,,
(wait for winter.. it’s gonna roll !
Root for the bad guys, Harry.. !! they will never bore you 🙂

Harry-I think that’s correct about disgruntled fans tuning out. GH is pretty stagnant and their ceiling seems to be just under 3 million on average. Hitting 3 million or a little above on a day or two doesn’t count for anything, it’s about averages, that’s how advertising is priced and sold.

I think GH gains viewers with some of the stunts and castings. like Stafford, but they lose viewers by throwing vets in the back, so the gains are offset and the numbers never really go anywhere. How many more fans can you bring with additional castings and how many fans do you lose with those new actors?

The largest pool of potential GH viewers are long time viewers, not people who have never watched and all of a sudden are going to think GH is cool. And they are not all senior citizens who you think are not in a desired demo either.

There are plenty of people in the higher range of 18-49 who tuned out years ago and who would come back if GH was back, if characters they new were on more prominently, if core families were put front and center. Plenty of people in the 35-45 age range who watched in the 90’s and 2000’s, even eighties, who would come back. They did with the initial vet returns and 50th, but left when it was just a bait and switch. That is the group that GH should have focused on and tried to grow with. That would have been the obvious and intelligent play, knowing who your consumers are. It still makes no sense that Cartini couldn’t figure a way to really resurrect GH and still put their ego, I mean stamp, on it, without decimating it’s history and bringing in so many new characters.

And Harry, I’m with you regarding the influx of more villains. It just means more camp, more nonsense and more stunts.

Miss Su00, in the future when I wince in disgust at watching what has become of my once favorite daytime serial, I shall take solace in the fact that you are deriving some kind of weird and inexplicable joy from it. I mean it–I am glad GH makes you feel happy.
I still maintain that with the villains outnumbering the heroes, that we are left with no one to root for. I never liked it when The Batman and Robin TV show had The Joker, The Riddler, The Penguin and Catwoman on the same show. Yes, this TV show from the late 60’s was supposed to be high camp and so the over population of campy, over-the-top villains not only produced a non character based storyline, it deviated from the interesting villains who were overshadowed by the other villians, thus losing their mysterious sense of intrigue. The same thing is happening on GH, and I must add here that GH is not supposed to be a pure camp adaption of a comic book series.
As it stands I am not rooting for ANYONE because I don’t like ANYONE on GH anymore. Therefore, my interest has not only waned, it is has rusted and as Neil Young once sang,”It’s better to burn out, than it is to rust. Hey, hey, my, my. Rock and Roll (soaps) will (should) never die.”
And GH50? I thank Hades for your all too rare occasional appearances which inject a much needed dose of rationality into our perspectives. As someone who has always been mathematically challenged, I may not always get your mathematical applications when it comes to breaking down the ratings, but I do understand and appreciate the premise behind the equations. So thank you.

I really enjoyed this week’s scenes with Britt and Nicholas.

Love my “GH” 🙂

Good news for Days, but I’m concerned where they’ll go after November. I don’t like EJami (though I love Sami separately and like EJ separately) and I love Kristen. But they’ve built the story around them for so long that I think they’re going to be grasping for story next year. And Nick/Gabi are gone (though that was in May).

I wish they’d bring back Shawn D, Belle, Claire, JT, Chloe, and Philip. They could do a lot with them.

Alison Sweeney directed GH…should help their ratings

Steven Spielberg could direct GH and I wouldnt know the difference!

I think it’s wonderful GH’s rating’s are up no matter what week it’s for I look forward to watching GH every week. I just can’t understand how Day’s ratings improved too when most people deep down know Day’s should have been cancelled when the other soap’s were being cancelled a few years ago maybe if it had been OLTL would still be on the air.

Be careful what you wish for!

Gh is so bad deep down it should be cancelled now

I don’t want ANY soap to be cancelled. It would likely mean the end of all soaps, and I love them.

Replace Carlivati before deciding to cancel.

ahah self punishment watching a soap;
I seen it all now; soap opera masochist’s..

(A study should be done on soap fans who hate their soap and inflict pain on themselves by watching it; masochist’s )

I do use to like Y&R and now its horrible, but I only watch every other day for about 10 mins an episode if I see something almost entertaining..

GH ROCKS!! .. and puts Y&R to shame 🙂
I wish you happy watching !! 🙂

Love GH been watching since I was a young teenager. Thank you GH

Let’s just support all the soaps. I think if we lose one more soap, we lose them all.
Please encourage, and not discourage.

Agreed ! Its any time one of us post a positive comment… we get slammed.

All the negative grumpy – – nothing is every right or good people,’
well .. imagine being married to one of the grumpies .. frightening, huh..

I love GH ..
Y&R- I tell it like it is.. It sucks .. no need to need write a ”War and Peace” length complaining post about it (I never read the long ones ) just say it sucks, its horrible boring, and the new Billy is gawd awful terrible.. no whining needed- just get to it lol..

(and kill Robin.. no need to write a whiny grumpy book about it, just kill her..

Now– everybody be nice !!

bow your head;
”thank you for my soaps.. soaps are good soaps make me happy kill everyone I don’t like and write the stories just me , Amen ..

long live GH!!

I agree. And most of these people are GH fans. At least I think so.

Some need the soap to be written just for them.. the way they want it to be..
and when this or that is not written the way they want it to be, they negatively complain (complainers are unpleasant people, mom said so!) over something they can not change..
(Spock would say; not logical)

Now, if it were written the way I would like it–
A Cannibal Serial Killer would kill and eat New Billy, Robin, Dixie Cooney- no complaining needed to make me happy, just kill ’em and in nasty way, heh
but it won’t happen because others who have really bad taste like those guys..
what can ya do 🙂

LONG LIVE THE GREAT GENERAL HOSPITAL!! / #1 in quality not quantity..

Oh, Su000… You are one long list of contradictions. No matter, though…I loooove reading your posts; very entertaining. Tune in…Y&R is getting better, (NOT)…..except that tptb should get rid of all characters and start fresh…lol.

SuOO, you will be happy to read this spoiler.
Helena Cassadine, while looking for her son Stavros in the family’s deep freezer unexpectedly runs discovers Ted Williams’ head.
Helena discovers a way of transplanting Ted Williams head onto the body of Morgan Corinthos who soon is the recipient of many a baseball scholarship. Unfortunately, the fact that Morgan not only has Ted William’s anger management issues teaming in his thawed out head, he has the same issues coming from that the body of that hot head of a man suffering from small man’s compex, Sonny Corrnthos. It doesn’t go well.

Sorry suOOOO but your evasive way of complaining about complainers as if you are trying not to sound like you’re complaining is still negative complaining(i know because of me daddy tellin’ me so)…lol…Looks like you wont be getting your soaps written and cast the way you want nor will you get your way on this message boards…us unpleasant negative people are here to stay…lol…i do like reading your posts and agree with your serial killer suggestion but i have a better idea: all four soaps join in on a crossover plot involving this serial killer…works for me…lol

Jimh.. how yah doing?
Hey.. I like your idea!! love serial killers ! (especially cannibal ones..
The soaps need serial killers, for sure..

The only thing in GH I would want different is a dead Robin, but I wouldn’t want to see her fans crying so Siberia is a good second….
I am a true GH fan who likes it all!! nothing negative here about GH..

And- Y&R sucks, big time! it is gutted and empty..
and that is not a complaint that is a fact and telling it as it is..

–and my mom said it right out too;
complainers are unpleasant people and nobody wants to hang out with them and listen to their whining.. heh..
dont like someone/character just say so and why you want them eaten by serial killer cannibals, that works .. lol 🙂
tc ..

@su @@ @@….As per usual, your latest series of scintillating, in-depth analyses have left me utterly nonplussed.

The Final Four. Lets watch, criticize, but be grateful they are still on the air. Story lines will come and go, same with characters. My only wish is to have the correct actors play the role. I STILL imagine Billy Miller when I see this dude Burgess read his lines. He is unacceptable as Billy Abbott. There you have it, I’m negative BUT I’m not going top quit watching Y&R AND I will support their advertisers because this soap has been a part of my life for a ZILLION years! Love you Sharon Case!

Yes, Timmm. When you are stranded in bed or on the couch for weeks on end, you will vehemently find yourself thanking the soap gods.

Today’s episode of DAYS was so good!!! Kate M knocked it out of the park when she confronted Will!!! And she continued her rampage when she went and slapped Sami. I love that Abby is fighting mad and fighting back!!!!! The writing was so tight and focused and interwoven and intertwined….it seemed almost like a play!! There was character development FIRST and plot movement second….Ron Carlivati could take some notes!!! I no longer watch GH because of the vile piece of trash it has become so I am very glad that DAYS is firing on all cylinders!!!

The whole hour was entertaining…the way a great soap should be…my favorite episode in weeks!!!

ToDAYS episode will be phenomenal too!

Off topic, as I posted above yesterday, I think-I am hoping that Ava accidently gives Kiki the poisoned chocolate mousse. I can’t stand the character. The actress can’t hold a real, genuine storyline of her own so she is placed in all of these other, random scenes. I can’t take it. I loved how Nina called her “Kooky Kiki” and spoke about how annoying she is; I agree!

The same thought actually crossed my mind, dmr. …not because I don’t like Kiki, she’s okay…take her or leave her… But, as the universe’s retribution for trying to kill Michael.

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Ron Carlivati Talks on Decision to Make Days of our Lives 15000th Episode About Doug’s Funeral, and Previews Chances for WGA Award

This week, Days of our Lives celebrated the taping of their 15,000th episode. In of it itself, that is an incredible accomplishment for the long-running soap opera currently streaming on Peacock.

However, this on set gathering was a bit different. Though the show is celebrating their achievement, they are also in the middle of taping scenes surrounding the death and the funeral of Doug Williams, played by the late Bill Hayes, who passed away on January 12th of this year at the age of 98.

As previously revealed many longtime favorites are back to honor Bill and the character of Doug including: Gloria Loring (Liz), Melissa Reeves (Jennifer), Matthew Ashford (Jack), Maree Cheatham (Marie), Victoria Konefal (Ciara) and Stephen Schnetzer (Steve) to name but a few.

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Michael Fairman TV was in attendance and spoke with Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati to gain some insight into how the 15,000 episode was crafted and the decision to honor the character of Doug Williams and Bill Hayes as its epicenter. In addition, Ron weighed-in on this Sunday’s April 14th WGA (Writers Guild of America) Awards, where he and his writing team are facing off with General Hospital for the daytime drama prize. Here’s what Ron shared below.

Was this your idea to make the 15,000th episode centered around Doug’s funeral and passing?

RON: It was. When you’re looking at it, and laying out the calendar for the whole year and you see 15,000 is coming up, we’re like, “What are we going to do?” And then, we got the news that Bill had passed away and something kind of clicked. I was like, “We should honor Doug on that show.” So then, we started to kind of build around that … when does he pass away? How does he pass away? Who could come back? You know, it’s a lot.  I’m very pleased with the returns that we got as there’s so much that you could do. We wanted everybody we could get. So, we put together a wish list and Janet Drucker (co-executive producer, Days of our Lives) made it happen.

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You have Melissa Reeves back as Jennifer, when the role was last played by Cady McClain. What has it meant to have Missy back for these shows?

RON: It was so nice to see Missy Reeves. I think Cady has done such a good job, but on the 15,000th episode to see Missy as Jennifer, it’s a big deal. So having her was great, and overall, the milestone was a big undertaking, because you want to live up to it. You want the 15,000th episode to be good. Now, it has a lot of real emotion that you’re playing. because for the cast and the crew they’re honoring Bill Hayes just as much as we’re honoring Doug Williams.

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Was it hard for you and the team to write this episode?

RON: Yes. I’ll tell you why it was hard to write.  When I wrote, for example, Asa’s (Phillip Carey) death on One Life to Live or Victor’s (John Aniston) on DAYS, Asa is a different type of character. Like, you could have characters going, “Oh! I’m glad he is dead.” You could have different points of view, but with Doug, you’re not having that. Every person loves this man. No one had a bad relationship with him. So, you’re challenge as a writer is how do you make it that not everybody’s saying the same thing and doing the same thing. And so, we tried to find ways to make the episode about all the familial relationships and yet, how do you make it about Doug and yet broaden the scope.

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I had spoken to Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie), a week after Bill’s memorial, for an interview. She said that she felt very fortunate that you did include her on discussions of how you would tackle Doug’s passing. How did that conversation go?

RON: First, I attended Bill’s funeral, which was incredible. I said to so many people it was an emotional service, but it was hard to be sad at this. The guy had an incredible life and it was an incredible celebration. And so, you’re sitting there watching this knowing that you now have to write something similar. And how do you write something that lives up to what you just witnessed? I wanted to talk to Susan to get her thoughts about, you know, how much do you want this to be about keeping Bill separate from Doug. How comfortable are you sharing your grief. She was incredible to talk to. It was a great chat.

You’re in the middle of taping these major scenes for the 15,000 episode to air in December. How do you think it’s going? Have you seen any of the scenes?

RON:  I haven’t seeing anything. I mean, we were still making changes to the script up till this morning!

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The Writers Guild Awards are this Sunday, April 14th and once again this year there are two daytime drama nominees, General Hospital and Days of our Lives. How are you feeling about your chances this year?

RON: It is often just GH and us in the category. I’ve won three years in a row, so I’m kind of feeling like it’s their turn.

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What episodes did you submit for contention? If I recall, they had to do with Victor’s memorial.

RON: The episodes we submitted were centered around Victor’s funeral. I think one has story with Vivian. We had some fun stuff, we had some emotional stuff at Victor’s death, and I am pretty sure that our submission was three episodes right around that time.

Did you make the decision to go with those episodes because there was a mix of humor and drama?

RON: I like to have some humor, but it was also the funeral, then there’s Sarah (Linsey Godfrey) giving birth, and then Vivian’s (Louise Sorel) crashing the reading of the will. So, we had a lot of fun and it’s hard sometimes to pick three that tell a story, as opposed to submitting for the Daytime Emmys, where the writing team only submits two shows.  So, we shall see how it goes on Sunday.


So, are you looking forward to the emotional 15,000th episode of Days of our Lives? Do you think DAYS will take home the WGA writing award for daytime dramas for the 4th year in a row? Comment below.

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Matthew Ashford, Martha Madison, Victoria Konefal and Maree Cheatham Make Returns to Days of our Lives

Today on Thursday April 11th, Days of our Lives celebrated the taping of their 15,000 episode which also happens to coincide with the funeral and episodes surrounding the death of Doug Williams (played by the late Bill Hayes).

Michael Fairman TV was on the set today during the milestone celebration; which also revealed who was back and participating in scenes during the emotional funeral for Doug and more.

In addition to the previously revealed Stephen Schnetzer (Steve Olson), Melissa Reeves (Jennifer Horton) and Gloria Loring (Liz Chandler), now comes Matthew Ashford (Jack Devereaux), Martha Madison (Belle Black), Victoria Konefal (Ciara Brady Weston) and Maree Cheathem (Marie Horton) among others.

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Cheatham last appeared on DAYS back in 2010, while Ashford last appeared in 2023. Other cast members back for Doug’s funeral are Brandon Beemer (Shawn), Lamon Archey (Eli) and Sal Stowers (Lani)

In addition, look for longstanding cast members including: Josh Taylor (Roman Brady), Stephen Nichols (Steve Brady), Mary Beth Evans (Dr. Kayla Brady), Jim Reynolds (Abe Carver), Jackée Harry (Mayor Paulina Price), Suzanne Rogers (Maggie Horton Kiriakis), Deidre Hall (Dr. Marlena Evans), and of course, Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie Williams) to appear throughout the emotional episodes as well.

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DAYS projects that the 15,000 episode tentatively will stream on Peacock on December 3rd. Since DAYS tapes well in advance, viewers will have a long stretch to wait. Be on the lookout for interviews and coverage from the taping and more right here on Michael Fairman TV.

So, what do you think of the returns listed thus far for the episodes surrounding the passing of Doug Williams and honoring Bill Hayes? Let us know in the comment section.

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Days of our Lives Reveals Newcomers Cherie Jimenez and Al Calderon

On the official Days of our Lives Instagram account, a photo has appeared featuring new additions to Salem, Cherie Jimenez and Al Calderon.  The Peacock streaming soap opera is not offering up just who they are playing.

However, the smart money seems to be that Jimenez is a recast Gabi Hernandez and Calderon potentially her brother, Dario Hernandez, since the two actors are seen standing in Rafe’s (Galen Gering) kitchen.

In story, Gabi has been stuck in prison for “murdering” Li Shin. Looks like the character will be brought back on to the canvas, but will Gabi reunite with Stefan (Brandon Barash)?

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If Calderon proves to be Dario that character has been off the show since 2017, when soap vet Jordi Vilasuso played the part. Dario departed Salem to avoid getting locked up in the slammer and in the process granted Abigail a divorce while in hiding.

If Jimenez looks familiar, she has been featured in roles on Pretty Little Liars,The Newsroom, NCIS, Maya and Breaking Tradition. Calderon has appeared in Walking Dead: World Beyond, and a few episodes of the soapy, The Haves and the Have Nots.

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As for Camila Banus, her last day on the DAYS set was back on April 28, 2023, when she revealed she was exiting the role of Gabi, a role she made soap-famous for 13 years.

Do you think Cherie and Al are the new Gabi and Dario? If not, who do you think they are playing? Weigh-in below.


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