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RATINGS: General Hospital Up In Total Viewers And Key Demos!

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The ratings are out for the week of November 14th-18th and it was General Hospital that showed the most gains in viewers among total viewers and addtions in all the key womens demos.

It was Sonny’s (Maurice Benard) confession at Morgan’s funeral that gave the 11/14 episode of the ABC soap opera over 2.9 million viewers, which was the most-watched episode of the week of GH.   For the week, in total viewers, GH added +94,000 up to 2,716,000 in its average tally.  GH was the only soap to be in the plus column and add viewers in the key demos of 18-49, 18-24, and in the 25-54 category GH and Y&R were up.

The Young and the Restless also added total viewers for the week with +59,000 bring their tally to 4,559,000.  However, Y&R tied an all-time low in the 18-49 ratings share for the seventh straight week.

The Bold and the Beautiful took the biggest hit for the ratings period losing -117,000 total viewers, and tying an all-time low in 18-49 viewers.  The CBS soap also tied all-time lows in the ratings share for the 18-34 and 18-49 female demos.

Days of our Lives was down slightly from the previous week losing 33,000 total viewers, but continued to tie an all-time low in the 18-34 ratings share.   View the entire ratings via SON here.

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,559,000 (+59,000/-335,000)
2. B&B 3,696,000 (-117,000/+178,000)
3. GH 2,716,000 (+94,000/+48,000)
4. DAYS 2,239,000 (-33,000/-448,000)

So, which soap opera do you think is delivering the best drama right now?  Which soap do you think needs the most fixing?  What do you think of the latest ratings? Share your thoughts and theories in the comment section below!

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Rj
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Rj

I hope Days will improve so ratings will go up. I fear if the ratings stay this low Days will be in trouble. With the holiday season upon us, I hope they will have more positive and upbeat storylines with romance and some happy stories. Let’s put the dark, mean, ugly stories behind us, and bring in the light which is so needed!

Toni idowu
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Toni idowu

I believe GH is the best soap on daytime Television. The Death of Morgan storyline is providing some of the best drama in a while. The actors are fantastic . I would like to say the storyline where Nell sleeps with Sonny is not my favorite. I hope it is not true and Nell is caught very soon. I would also like closure for the pill swap with Ava; where Ava is finally punished. Too much evil goes unpunished and it is distressing.

Sue M.
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Sue M.

Nell druged Sonny and nothing happened. I don’t know what she’s up to yeah yet.
Bobby’s off feeling about her is right on. I don’t like Nell she’s a little snake in the grass .

Addison
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Addison

I suspect Nell is acting on higher orders. Possibly, she is acting on the orders of Jerry Jax. Maybe, Nell is Jerry’s daughter.
Just a wild guess–I do not know.

Celia
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Celia

Yeah, Sue. I, also, think nothing happened. But, Sonny fell right into Nell’s plans, whatever they may be.
Is she the child of some woman Sonny spurned?…..and, has she come to exact revenge?
Also, I also think she may be his illegitimate child…..That’s another reason I think nothing happened.
Lordy, Lord…..that would really be EWWWWY GROSS!…..GH would not go there!!

Celia
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Celia

@Addison.
Hi, Addison. Could Nell be Jerry’s daughter, as you say? Perhaps, this is the reason Nell was a match for Joss. How perceptive of you.
Does Jerry have a bone to pick with Sonny? So, Nell is acting so sweet as a means to an end.
What a sycophant!!

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

Days is headed for NBC announcing its cancellation in late January. It would run thru September 2017 and be done. Its barely staying above the 2 million mark, not enough for NBC to renew it again, in my opinion.

robert
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robert

it’s sad it’s come to this and they only have themselves to blame. Ken Corday is out of touch.

Amanda
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Amanda

It baffles me how GH’s ratings are up when the show is a total snoozefest with every storyline going on currently. The pacing is terrible. I just don’t understand all the love for a thug who has people killed for a living. I don’t like Sonny and Carly at all and it really bothers me that Morgan got killed. Will women really support every bit of garbage this once proud show churns out nowadays? I can’t take the show anymore and quit watching weeks ago. It’s nonstop doom and gloom day after day, week after week, ad nausem. The show… Read more »

Alan
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Alan

I’ve also quit watching.

GH’s continued insistence on making a career criminal the focal point of the show and allowing him to get away with everything is disgusting. The world is depressing enough without subjecting myself to this show on a daily basis.

Dan
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Dan

Hey Alan, you said Sonny being the focal point of the show is one of the things that turned you off, which is certainly your right to feel that way. But I’m curious, in a hypothetical situation, if you were in charge of making such decisions, which character or characters would you make the focal point of the show?

Alan
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Alan

If I were in charge I would put Laura, Liz, Anna, and Ava front and center along with Valentin. I would make Laura the emotional heart of the show, grooming her to be the eventual matriarch figure. When GH was facing cancellation in the 70’s it was the show’s decision to focus on Laura that in large part saved it from cancellation and she has the most ties (both familial and emotional) to the various characters. I would shift the focus to more hospital based stories (both medical and romantic) and utilize Liz to greater effect, building on her being… Read more »

Rose
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Rose

Alan…I love your ideas for GH. What I would add is a couple of stronger male characters. Too bad they’ve neutered most of them…Paul had potential until, they made him a serial killer in a pretty dumb, depressing story. Jax and Robert just drop into Port Charles once in a while. And Duke…they had to kill him off. And while The hospital is the center of GH, not too many life and worse stories. Also really like being Delia/Dr. O back the way you suggested. Actually Delia could be the “face” of Kelly’s.

Rose
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Rose

Amanda…While I still watch GH it isn’t with the same anticipation I used to have. And it is mainly because of what you said in your second paragraph. It does have it’s moments, but that’s just it …just moments. I hope things will pick up.

Celia
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Celia

That’s it right there. Anticipation. I could not specify it or put my finger on what is missing. You just did it for me, Rose.

Sean
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Sean

The ratings show that the audience enjoys Sonny, whether you like him or not the show is only going to base things on the numbers. It just shows that despite all the internet feedback, the majority of the audience feels differently

Celia
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Celia

Exactly, Sean. Every piece of storytelling; whether it be a novel, a book, a movie, a soap, needs good and evil…..good guys; bad guys, equipped with foils and and counterparts. This is what makes a drama ‘tick’, in my opinion. I cannot stand Sonny or Julian, but they are both necessary evils. I think what best represents these two ( and Ava) is that their quasi human ‘good’ qualities are inserted within their core. They are bad guys with feelings. We have seen them love, hate, and suffer passionately…..all the basic emotions which makes a human being. I write so… Read more »

Dan
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Dan

Exactly Sean, what it proves is that the negativity and criticism directed at Maurice here and on other sites and forums is a vocal but ultimately small minority of the overall GH viewership. They are going to write their show for what the masses want, not for what a group of people on the internet want.

Alan
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Alan

I don’t think this week’s ratings are proof that the “masses” want Sonny. The ratings for October 1st through November 4th which was a week of the non-stop Sonny/Carly pity party over Morgan’s death had GH down 239,000 in total viewers from last year as well as down 109,000 viewers in the women 18-49 demographic. Those aren’t good numbers. When the continued focus on all things Corinthos results in weekly gains and an increase in the coveted demographics over an extended period of time then a connection can be made between the two.

janet
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janet

I also have quit watching. Plus I deleated all of it on my dvr.Now I will just take it off. Whenn I have given in, and tried to watch Jax all I saw was Sonny. he is the main reason I can’t be bothered.

Celia
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Celia

Hey, Janet. Perception and habit rule my soap-watching.
I could never stop watching. I am soooo true blu, whether I like what I see or not. Soaps, whatever is left of them, are part of me; of my life….just my take.

Diane Therese
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Diane Therese

I am so glad to see someone else sick of Sonny and Carly. I could take Carly staying on if only Sonny wold leave the show permanenty. Carly could date new chaeacters for a while until they settle on someone interesting. The whole mob thing is out of date and silly. Especially when they go on and on about Sonny veing a great dad though all his kids have been almost killed. The Cassadines, Sonny, Luke and Jerry Jax need to be written out for new fresh actors and stories

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Believe it or not, Carly’s smugness gets to me…like today when she spoke to Ava. Nice Carly I have no problem with. Smug Carly..which we see way too often? I’d rather see her and that smirk locked up before they threw the book at Sonny

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Y&R is just biding time until Sally Sussman’s take on Genoa City begins. I am looking forward to what she and her team can do to revive my interest in what was a stately elegant and captivating serial. As a newbie to DAYS (since the mass cancellations), I have been disappointed but ever hopeful. GH has been clicking but because it is focusing on legacy characters and developing stories more deeply. B&B is just on endless repeat > same stories, different family members. Give these people something to do that really challenges them as people.

Celia
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Celia

I am not surprised…..GH has been holding my attention. Most storylines are delivering all that a soap encompasses, albeit sometimes consisting of inane storylines . Examples: Sam and Jason…ugh; Valerie’s instant superior, displaced moral attitude…ugh; Jordan and weird shrink…ugh; Carly/ Jax/Nell/Sonny debacle is freakishly ridiculous…ugh; weaselly Nell ( who has no appeal in looks or otherwise) is exploiting her nefarious agenda, which I saw from the onset and said so….yet, her REAL plan is not forthcoming. So, the stage is set…..Will Carly find Nell and Sonny together? Is this her plan? To break up Carly and Sonny? Ahhhhh….and so the… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

I thought the same thing as I watched Joss beg Jax to stick around, what a sweet little budding actress! She, to me, is close to being in the Molly/Kristina category.

cooks7570
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cooks7570

How should Valerie act then. Sonny walks around like he does nothing wrong.

Celia
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Celia

How should Valerie act? Hmmmm……let’s see; not with so much hauteur; considering her moral compass and code of ethics went out the window, the minute she decided to ” lay, lady, lay” with her cousin’s husband.
As far as Sonny?….. I think everyone is fed up with my opinion of him…..he’s in another chapter.

Banquo's Ghost
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Banquo's Ghost

For the life of me, I cannot fathom why GH’s ratings went up. To watch Sonny morosely naval gaze? I thought that confession during the funeral was over-the-top silly and then that moron Jordan stands up and says,”Um, are you confessing to the murder of Mourning, er, I mean, Morgan”? It was the confession of a narcissist and call me heartless and evil, I wasn’t even close to crying. And hey, this comes from someone who cries watching that yellow lab trying to get his owner to take him on walk but the owner cannot because he has a back… Read more »

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Lol

Celia
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Celia

I get it, Banquo’s Ghost. I cry when the leaves fall.
You are so right. I said this before. Sonny’s pain twisted my heart minimally and marginally….lasted for a second. I did feel his pain in that instant.
Then, the aloofness and his selfish concentration on himself killed any pity I felt for him.
The anguish of losing his son pales in comparison to saving his own skin, with whatever evidence lays before him. Back to his old self…. what a guy!!

su0000
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su0000

The Nielsen ratings audience need to get soap opera watchers ..
The ratings are in the Nielsen ratings audience hands, not ours.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

I know su0000 who are these people? I’ll tell you who they are. People getting left over price is and let’s make a deal prizes from CBS. Incentive to stick an extra TV hooked up to a Nielsen box on cbs. That’s who the Nielsen audience is. For those who want to debate this I’m not changing my mind. THE SYSTEM IS RIGGED…Just ask TRUMP!!

su0000
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su0000

hi davlestev ..
AND! we do not get a vote, we are not counted!
ratings are rigged!
It’s the Nielsen households that are counted, not us..
I want a vote, I want to be counted and not one of the 0.1% estimate of what they watch.

Dan
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Dan

Glad to hear the positive ratings news for GH. The show has been excellent over the past month, in my view. And I’m glad the viewership numbers reflect that. I’m especially glad to see that a show featuring Maurice Benard, who is, in my humble opinion, the most unfairly maligned and criticized actor among commenters on this site, seemingly blamed for everything under the sun, I expect people to start blaming him for climate change and the national debt next, and an episode featuring him was the highest rated individual show on GH in months. He was brilliant on that… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Maurice is great. Sonny, not so much. But the actor is doing his job. I’m with you Dan!

Celia
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Celia

Absolutely, Timmmy. Agreed and agreed. We must separate the actor from the character.
Whatever angst we may hold, let’s turned towards the writers…LOL.

Dan
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Dan

Thanks Timmm, always respect your opinions. Same for you Cee Cee. Here’s the way I see it. Personally, I think Sonny is a great, complex character. He’s not all good, he’s not all bad, he’s both, shades of grey, if you will. Not black or white, cut and dry, good or evil. Both and sometimes at the same time. That’s what makes a great, memorable soap character, in my opinion. The ability to walk that line between good and evil. A character that we like and want to root for and feel empathy towards at times, but also one that… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Thank you, Dan…likewise, my friend. Your posts are always so rich with feelings and positivity. Love it!!

mark
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mark

I love how B&B still beats GH even when it has a “bad” week

robert
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robert

the cbs soaps are declining. Y&R’s numbers are tragic. thank god the new writing is coming soon,the soap is in terrible shape. i’m sick of seeing the same lackluster stories. Sharon being the town pariah again is terrible

Addison
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Addison

I absolutely hate that the baby switcheroo story line has turned into a child custody case. Wait, scratch then–it’s turned into a visitation rights case.
Even on a good day, child custody battles in soaps are dull, but a child visitation battle? I anxiously await the arrival of the new writing regime who will be on clean up duty for the first few months.

Beth
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Beth

Not hard to believe that B&B lost the most viewers from the previous week. If you miss an episode, you don’t miss much at all. Same stories, different year.

robert
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robert

it’s the same stories over and over. so lazy. Brad Bell needs to step it up and write more compelling stories

stevie
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stevie

Aside from the first 2 days of the funeral, I don’t think there’s been much action this month on GH at all. Compare this November to 3 years ago when Luke and Robert and Anna were battling Faison and Robin was on her way to break up Patrick’s wedding. This year’s November sweeps for GH are an epic bore as far as I’m concerned.

Denise
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Denise

I really think on Y&R we are tire of Sharon being the problem child. The story line went on too long. The truth should have come out before the doctor was killed. The B&B we are tire of the love triangle between Brook/Kate and Bill. Than they created love triangle between Bill/Ridge over Brook. We are tire of Brook sleeing with some ones man that she is related to. You neex to bring someone new in the picture. Oh not mention how you are turning the Quinn/Eric/Kate story the same way. For once let Eric & Quinn be happy for… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Here is GH’s #1 problem besides Frank and Jelly, which is big enough! GH doesnt commit to the stories, actors or fans. Jax is a perfect example. Here is a character that can act his butt off, is so relevant and much needed. Case in point, he left Alexis right after she ran down Julian, literally blood on her hands and a drunk! Jax is needed! Carly and Jax are gold. She has a ton of mix feelings right now. Jax is needed! Sonny is outraged at Jax and Carly, he and Jax didnt get to play that out. Jax… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Agreed, Timmmy….especially the part of a connection between Nell from hell and Jax. Will he leave with the secret? Will we ever find out what compels this girl to act so intractably?
Yet, before she crawled into bed with a ‘dead to the world’, Sonny, Nell said, “Sorry”.
What does this sort of remorseful uttering mean? Not knowing is killing me. LOL.

Timmm
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Timmm

Well, she probably tapped Sonny’s specialty, a “Latte Naughty” and Avery will have a little coffee bean to play with in nine months!

Ghlover
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Ghlover

Amen. Jax is a must. If not for Carly than for Alexis. I will forever dream of a Jax and Nina pairing ! They would be like Jax and Courtney in the begining, when they dined and drank wine all classy all the time or even early Skye and Jax 🙂

Timmm
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Timmm

Jax and Nina, great idea!

Sean
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Sean

Ingo Rademacher who plays Jax isnt willing to commit to a full time return. I know he has a recurring role on the prime time show Hawaii Five-O and lives in Hawaii so he is only agreeing to short term appearances at this point.

Timmm
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Timmm

Thats fine but GH shouldnt write for him if he isnt willing to wrap up loose ends.

Celia
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Celia

“…..little coffee bean to play with….”.,,, hilarious!!!!! Thank you for the lsugh, Timmmbo!!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Two things I avoid on all soaps are funerals and court scenes– I haven’t seen a soap due either properly for years— so I gave up, so I missed Sonny’s grand confession– just like I am missing the whole brother vs brother mess on Y&R over baby Christian. It is so unnecessary, Christian is Dylan’s nephew, why would Nick have any problem with them seeing the baby? Pointless drama is worse than bad drama. What bothers me about these numbers is that November is a sweeps month and if the soaps are doing this badly when they are supposed to… Read more »

Tomas Torquemada
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Tomas Torquemada

100% agree except for DROOL. It’s plodding, lifeless pace is killing me. Abby in the attic is beyond dumb

Celia
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Celia

I know, Tomas. I wish I could make some sense out of that.
You know? “Abby In The Attic” would make a good title of some book, or movie, somehow. LOL.
Also, out of context……Gabi would do well not to wear her gorgeous hair in a bun. It must be the most unflattering up-do on anyone who does not have the Audrey Hepburn type of head/profile.

Brett
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Brett

Why on earth GH’s ratings are up is beyond me, with No direction Frank and the hack writers Jean and Shelley this show has been almost unwatchable since summer 2015, I continue to watch out of spite for ABC, they want the show to be terrible so that we don’t watch and then don’t care when they cancel it, I can’t think of any other reason why those 3 still have jobs.

Renee Clevenger
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Renee Clevenger

I think GH is the best it has been in a while! Nancy Lee Grahn is portrayal of Alexis and her battle with her shattered life, career and alcoholism is moving, she deserves a daytime Emmy!
William Devry the same! I love the storyline that the Quartemaines finally have, the only storyline that is dull is the Cassidine one with Valentine just bring back Nicolas and give Laura and Kevin a better romantic story!

James malnar
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James malnar

I agree, the writing has improved. First there is actual dialogue, all they did a year ago is recite the storylines going on .I think the show is in the right direction and though I am a fan I’m always a critic . I love Sonny and I love Carly, but I can not stand them together any longer, let if be what it truly is , done, dead, and move on, they can parent together now and then but please, Carly was great with Jax. Also they could create some real gritty , real life drama with lo g… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Hi CeeCee…I don’t think Valerie is angry with Curtis for working for Julian…well, that’s not the main reason. She’s pissed because he took pictures of confidential police documents that SHE left unattended. In essence, it was her responsibility to not leave sensitive material lying around in front of a civilian and it could have cost her her job..or a suspension… if Jordan hadn’t let it go. So, she feels like Curtis took a risk at her expense… Agree with you about Joss; I liked her from the beginning and am happy to see they’re featuring her more. She was always… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Thanks, Rebecca, but, I know exactly what Valerie’s beef with Curtis is. It still comes down to ethics, nonetheless…..she has none. That is my point.
And, Jordan fell into the same pit by ‘ignoring’ Valerie’s faux pas. Jordan should be fired for putting her own ethics on the line.
It was not Jordan’s call to dismiss Valerie’s complete disregard for rules….confidential documents which could jeopardize a case. Again, that is my point.
I suppose, soap or no soap; my ethical conduct is important to me; yet, I cannot expect the public to feel the same way.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Ceecee…take a breath! I don’t know about anyone else but I’m sick of hearing about your code of ethics. A kiss between Carly and Jax? Scare bleu! Valerie forgot to close confidential documents in front of a trusted boyfriend…morally bankrupt!!!! And yet…you voted for Trump. ‘Nuff said.

Celia
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Celia

And, THAT is the crux of your angst!!

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

not at all…it’s just the height of hypocrisy.

Celia
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Celia

You have the last word. You are that arrogant!!

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

No…it’s just a reply to your misguided accusation. And BELIEVE me you get your fair say; your repeated “victimization” that your replies don’t go through is as repetitive as your holier than thou morals. You’re NOT always polite in your comments here as some may say…you’re defensive and on-the-attack many times. And, for your info, all of us are subject to the moderators here…you and Shay, who you keep bringing up….are not the only ones. You’ve gotten in quite a few “hits” going way back…

Timmm
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Timmm

Sweetheart, when will you every learn? Stay on the high road, you get less mud on your tires! Luv ya!

Celia
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Celia

@Timmm.
I know, my Timmmy. I am learning as I age…getting wiser. Afterall, I’ll be thirty in a couple of days. LOL. I can’t believe it!! LOL.
I wear my heart on my sleeve…..like Kiki. She reminds me of myself.

And, speaking of Kiki, why did the writers not show yesterday’s ‘threatening’ scene with Liz’s rapist today? It would have been THE end of the week cliffhanger, yes?
Thanks for your wisdom, and shoulder. Love you, too.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

“Timmy?” Butt out. Lol…you amaze me. That’s what you did all along and I ignored you for the longest time…and then when I finally responded to your attitude with hostility you were aghast! Too much…

Newmanwins
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Newmanwins

GH has easily been the best soap of 2016.

Timmm
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Timmm

Y&R, its number one because of their legacy and CBS believes in them. It is NOT number one for its stories. They are ALL horrible! Good actors, horrible scripts! I mean, Nick is fighting Dylan to stay away from a son he thought was his. Dylan is a cop, Sharon is Faith’s mother, are these two people that bad that they cannot become “Uncle Dylan and Aunt Sharon?” Oh and that HELLSea, I cannot wait until Sharon finds out Christian is Adam’s and she runs to Nick and sends that bitch back to the gutter where she belongs!

Celia
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Celia

You know what this whole Chelsea/Nick thing boils down to, Timmmy? TPTB do not know what to do with Chelsea. She must be kept on the front burner ‘cooking’ nothing. Where is this story headed? Adam is dead….Chelsea needs to keep herself as a vital presence in Nick’s life because she thinks Christian is Adam’s son. I think because of this fact, she feels ( subconsciously) she has a right to the baby, somehow. I still feel very strongly that the baby is Nick’s I can see Victor’s busy hands doing their best handiwork, yet!! I do not even recognize… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

I never like Chelsea. But she was hinged to Adam so I dealt with her. BUT, as we know with this current writing staff, soon to be gone, they shouldnt have killed off Adam, he and Chelsea and their son should have left the country and returned when they have a new Adam in place. I wouldnt even mind if off camera they say Chelsea chose to stay in Paris to work. Well one would say, how could a mother leaver her child behind? Hey Celia, like you said in the past, she gave Johnny to Victoria and not ONCE… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Yeah, Timmmy, I feel the same way. As far as I’m concerned, the only positive about Chelsea is her wardrobe. I didn’t like her as Annie ( Richie’s sister –Billy Miller—-) on AMC, and The same stands for Chelsea. I think that if she is to stay on, TPTB need to devise a way to make Chelsea a real person….not a fill-in…..give her some maternal instincts instead of hanging around Nick and baby. You know? Give her another dimension to her mannequin-type persona, or send her to another dimension. LOL. I am not saying she should not have told Nick… Read more »

Liz
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Liz

I’m very on GH, and maybe this has been talked about but could Nell be the child of the Carly’s friend who died on high school? Or something? She has a similar background and it seems like they’re setting her up to be the next Carly…

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Where is your character within this?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

KEVIN:  Hell yes!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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