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RATINGS: GH and B&B Show Gains In 18-49 Demo, But All Soaps Slip In Total Viewers

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The ratings are out for the last week of January (25-29).  And overall, the four networks soaps slipped in total viewers with The Young and the Restless and Days of our Lives losing the most. However, both are still well ahead of pace at where they were last year at this time.

The interesting news comes in the key womens 18-49 demo where General Hospital gained the most viewers for the week with +49,000, making it the highest amount of viewers in that category for the head writing regime of Jean Passanante and Shelly Altman.

The regime also scored a high for the 18-49  ratings share, and GH was the only one of the four network daytime dramas to show an increase in viewers in the womens 25-54 demo.  As compared to the other three soaps for the ratings week, GH lost the least total viewers.

Additionally, The Bold and the Beautiful also showed gains in the 18-49 demo with +19,000.  You can view the entire ratings picture via SON here.

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 5,095,000 (-213,000/+298,000)
2. B&B 3,974,000 (-89,000/+6,000)
3. GH 3,060,000 (-71,000/+73,000)
4. DAYS 2,678,000 (-194,000/+234,000)

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Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 722,000 (-33,000/-69,000)
2. B&B 618,000 (+19,000/-97,000)
3. GH 591,000 (+49,000/+45,000)
4. DAYS 505,000 (-43,000/+19,000)

So, what did you think of the ratings performance of your favorite soap?  What show right now is making you want to tune-in everyday?  Is there a show that is making you want to tune-out? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Stephanie L
Stephanie L

Happy for Peter Reckell as he chose his family but cant help but look at this and say ” DOOL should have never killed Bo”

Patrick
Patrick

GENERAL Hospital STAT !

did it seem like; as Jason was carrying Sam in to the emergency room at hospital…. when he was telling medics her stats…..

DID HIS MEMORY RETURN with that big kaboom ! at Liz HOUSE ?

just saying

or lordy… don’t even get me started with how bad Kelly Monaco acting is…

her fantastical visions apparitions oy! “I knew you would come for me”

it was all so… cloy; bubblegum;

is this all it takes for the whole world to pull asunder…. ??? Jason and Sam takeover?

CeeCee
CeeCee

Lol, Patrick. Had the words ( in Sam’s case mumbled words) come from someone else, they would have held more credence. I agree…. that bland, unfeeling acting left me wanting more.
What truly struck a discordant note with me was, “oh, my dad is going to blame you, Jason…” , or whatever it was she told Jason. Then, Alexis is all bent out of shape because she is sure a ‘criminal’ such as Jason must have hurt her daughter somehow.
From what planet do these people hail? Seriously? Alexis has been changing hands from one mobster to another….she actually lives with one; has had children with mobsters, and now she pulls her lackluster, dented, rusty halo from the bottom of her bag of tricks?
One redemption for Sam. As I have said before, I think Sam is honest. I knew she was going to tell the truth. I just wasn’t sure if she would remember how she fell because of the concussion.
I know Liz deserves her just desserts…karma and all that….many were waiting for her comeuppance, including myself; but, boy, Patrick….I felt so badly for her. Her desperate tears and the wretched look on her face when she eyed her burned house, just tore at my heartstrings.
Later.

Jay Trotter
Jay Trotter

Thanks for posting the ratings, Michael.

General Hospital is on fire right now and the proof is in the numbers! Jean and Shelly are getting the job done as headwriters.

Five weeks in a row of over three million viewers! The first time that’s happened in this current decade. Ron was pulling in about 2.5-2.6 million viewers a week on the average during his final four months.

Demo numbers in the 18-49 nearing close to 600K! A new high for Jean/Shelly since they took over in October. We are far removed from those mid to low 400K numbers that Ron was pulling in on the average during his final four months which lead to 18 weeks of lows.

The only soap to gain viewers in the 18-34 and 25-54 demos and a jump to second place in the 18-34.

GH is up from last year in overall viewers as well as 18-49 and 18-34 demos.

The first week of Feb Sweeps should be good when the ratings are released. GH had two great Friday cliffhangers to close out Jan with the Kristina/Parker twist and Sam/Jake in the basement.

chuck
chuck

PRATT is losing steam again, His few weeks of Great Gains have gone by The wayside. The Demos are terrible, I’m shocked they had the 3 days above 5 mill then sliped again by the end of the week.

Timmm
Timmm

Y&R has been terrible so there is no mystery as to why they lost viewers. Think about it, who has been on screen this past week. Marisa and Lucas suck! Noah, who just isnt ready for a corporate story. I like the kid but he just seems lost when he is in scenes with heavyweights like Billy, Victoria, Adam and Chelsea. Cane is so weak and Lilly is such a hypocrite! The new computer geek girl is annoying! What story is really worth tuning into now?

chuck
chuck

Exactly!! The show it’s self has lost it’s voice, PRATT isn’t cutting the mustard anymore.

Bart
Bart

IMO, he never did – his so-called HW tenure has produced nothing but tediously rehashed, plot-driven (yet convoluted) bottom-of-the-barrel stories.

What this show is currently lacking is creativity – how about a creative Executive Producer?!?

su0000
su0000

OK
I will send Jean and Shelly back to Y&R for you guys! 🙂

CeeCee
CeeCee

Oh, Timmm, but Noah is gaining steam…LOL. is this the new, improved Noah we are seeing? Poor guy! He is trying so hard to be a Victor-type Newman. I am a little confused….what are TPTB doing? Noah, the toughie, is not palatable….not believable. And, for this, I feel sorry for him.
Is Adam taking the back seat, now? Has he tucked his tail between his legs. What happened to his thirst for revenge against his father? I liked it better when there existed a certain amount of antagonism between them. It did create drama. This soap is so adding for dome drama. Where is this going?
All I know, I can’t stand Luca and his cat-that-ate-the-canary attitude any more.
Sorry, for the rant, my Timmm. Luv-ya.
PS
I am actually looking forward to a Patty storyline, in the hopes that it will lead to Christian!

CeeCee
CeeCee

….so lacking for some drama

Timmm
Timmm

Either Noah will go to far and his life will hang in peril OR he will conquer Luca and make Grandpa Mustache VERY proud!

Jonboy
Jonboy

As it should be. I watch YnR & GH daily and the ratings are understandable.

Timmm
Timmm

Why did GH gain women viewers? Well, like them or not su0000, Jean and Shelly are writing stories with more heart and trying to bring more love in certain characters lives. AND, with the sexy Griffin in town now, the girls got some eye candy AND another reason to actually focus on the HOSPITAL! Women generally like Liz and we all love Robert and Anna on the screen! RATINGS UP!

damien
damien

im with you timmm, for me the hit and run plot is tired, no one really feels luca is a threat, internet plot lame and lily and cane are done
i only tune in on days with hevon, ashley and neville or sharon and nick
pratts losing the very minor interest i had

Timmm
Timmm

Its simple, Billy was lying on the ground beaten to “Death!” All Noah had to do was explain that he didnt know what was under his car, apologize and move on! Its not like Billy ran out in front of him and Noah kept going or his was DUI and was covering that up!

Lew S.
Lew S.

Timm, I totally agree with you.

Timmm
Timmm

Thanks Lew. I love Y&R but they need to clean house and refocus! I hate to see anyone lose their job but the characters I mentioned are useless to the show. I dont understand why they got rid of Avery for this! Courtney was growing on me and I would have loved to see her and Noah be the next Nick and Sharon? And Michael and Lauren, hello! Did they even wrap up his cancer story or are we suppose to forget it ever happened?

Dylan
Dylan

Sounds like such a tough elusive game plan, hey Timmm?

Write stories viewers like + use characters they care about = Ratings Success.

Unlike the old RC Formula, which was:

Completely gut the show of any decent or likeable characters + put newbies front and centre + shove veterans aside + dumb down the characters and stories to the point of absurdity = RECORD Low Ratings and a Pink Slip..

There was nowhere to go but up for GH, as cancellation was the ONLY other option.

Timmm
Timmm

Amen Dylan! I did like Ron’s humor, though. Soaps, as in real life, you have to find humor in most things or you will go bonkers! My biggest problem with Ron or maybe it was Frank is bringing in legacy characters as window dressing and not giving them anything to do! The ladies seem to want to write some dialog and a story with a beginning, middle and end! Now lets get Laura moving!

su0000
su0000

awww Timmmm..
J&S seem to writing for grandmas, especially those godawful sex scenes lol..
I dunno.. It really is BORING and going nowhere fast..
The Dante, Lulu and Val triangles is horribly dull..
Alexis and Julian have been drained of their fire and turned into old people babysitting stuff..
Sonny is a smiling monk.. I’m waiting for him to be surrounded in a glimmering golden light..
I’m sick to barf with long drawn out everyday bipolar stuff, poor morgan can’t even get it up, same as they wrote for poor Micahle’s penise cancer.. J&S simply don’t like virial men..
They have has 5 months to reveal Jason, but keep him as Jake..
There is not one suspenseful story, not even a good mystery, nothing exciting, GH is a sleeper..
Hayden and Nikolas started out to be mysteriously interesting, now they are nothing much..
Ratings will soon start to drop, wait for it 🙂

Timmm
Timmm

su0000ster, J&S will always have the music box on their resume BUT I am willing to give them or any writer a year to turn things around. I do miss Ron’s campy, tongue in cheek style BUT he seemed to write little pockets or bits and not stories. Sonny, they are redeeming him. It may be a bit boring but once he walks he will light em up! The bi polar story is very sloppy, I agree. Jason is the new Fluke, I agree. BUT, I do see structure and I do see vets getting a chance. One thing none of the writers have done in years is rebuild the Q’s. THATS what I would like most.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Oh, my SuzieQ; not to worry. Sonny’s head will never be surrounded by a golden or silvery light. Vampires cannot tolerate light of any kind.
I must say, though….look at what these writers are doing to Nathan. Stuck in the chicken coop. Hens a-clucking….A love triangle perhaps? LOL.
I did not find that little skit in Maxie’s apartment amusing, if that was their intent.
I do agree with you in one respect, su….the men are being emasculated , one by one.
Bye, babes.

Carolina
Carolina

“Days of Our Funerals.” Killing off all those characters didn’t help them one bit, only fueled a big turn off from viewers.

Ces
Ces

Not surprised Days is at the bottom. They lost me as a viewer again; wonder how many others bounced too. Nothing is working on this show. All the 50th hype has left it a mess.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I can’t take the Hope ‘melodrama’ any longer. She is an adult; a seasoned cop, for Petey sakes…..stop with the Maid Marian, “rescue me, Rafe” syndrome. I can’t take the kids anymore either. Can it get any more insipid in Salem?
As someone already mentioned; it was so nice to finally have Steve and Kayla come together, when TPTB had to spoil the pretty picture with Ava. I know, I know, I’m whining…..
Just one more thing: I wish Belle would frame that dry hair around her prominent forehead…grow bangs, or something. YIKES!!

jaybird369
jaybird369

Hey, Ces…you are S-O RIGHT ON!!!!! To me, N-O-T-H-I-N-G is working (or watchable) on DOOL!!!!! AT ALL!!!!! A-n-d…I think that the following person is to blame ALL-AROUND: KEN CORDAY!!!!!!!!!! Beyond sad.

P-e-a-c-e.

Ces
Ces

Well Jaybird, they got renewed so hopefully they will fix their problems for the fans they have left. I, for one, am glad to have another 40 minutes in my life to do other things. :). Take care!

Dottie
Dottie

Of course they are, we were promised romance and we have not gotten any. Belle jumping Phillip’s bones is not romance. Getting Steve and Kayla back together was a start but then they brought in Ava, a waste of airtime. Hope’s gone off her rocker, our favorite villain was shot down in cold blood by one of our beloved favorite characters. There’s been nothing but murder, death and stress, people watch soaps for a little drama, a little romance and an escape. Days is just full of stress lately~ no fun!

Lew S.
Lew S.

Dottie, My thoughts exactly! Many may say they want action and thrills, but the basis of soaps is romance and couple to root for. Hopefully, DAYS will listen to the viewers and slow it up with the death of the week/month.

Patrick
Patrick

Days of OUR Lives : Daniel; some Daniel; more Dan – i – e – l

I don’t know how to address this…. Daniel, died News Years Eve ?
they had what seemed like a month long memorial !

I just found it stupefying that so little attention was made; Will, Bo, Aiden, Paige, Serena

perhaps it’s because he was a Saint
perhaps it’s because he had his hand/person in every thing

that a memorial and gathering took up Horton Square

lo and behold… it was a time for the audience to be reminded of how much we missed Arianne Zucker.

I probably deserve to be haunted by …… ” – D – a – n – I – e – l – “

Mary SF
Mary SF

As I predicted- that slight bump reported last week was because people were home on Monday for the holiday and home Friday because of the blizzard– and this rating period they were all back to work.

As for the stories. I know soap time moves differently than ours, but leaving poor Sam in the cellar for a week was annoying, had to watch a lot dribble each day to find out what happened to her, and I suspect many other viewers were doing the the same.

As for B&B I think Liam believing Quinn is his wife is priceless. I could watch those two all day. This has been the most refreshing version of Brad’s Triangle fixation yet. Let Wyatt have Steffy, I think having these two mortal enemies, Liam and Quinn, actually fall in love would be the best thing to happen in a long time on the show– it’s funny, it’s odd but there is something sweet and tender to it as well, as I watch Liam’s misguided affection work on Quinn’s harden heart. So you betcha I’ve been tuning out Days to watch B&B, because of Quinn and Liam– that story is hilarious and hopeful and after all the dark, depressing stories on Days I need a story that makes me smile.

su0000
su0000

Leaving Sam in the cellar for a week is nothing for J&S..
Their stories go on and on and on and on, some without end..
It’s how they write, very long stories drawn out stories..
Speed is not their thing, quite the opposite..

Rose
Rose

As bizarre as The Quinn and Liam story is, I’m really enjoying it, too. Probably the first time I have actually liked Liam since I started watching B&B a couple of years ago. Always like Quinn since Rena playing Lois at GH. It will be interesting where the writers take this story because you know it’s got to implode at some point.

Mister Media
Mister Media

General Hospital spoiler alert – Day 5 of Sam continuing to lie on the floor.

su0000
su0000

I’ll wait 6 days if the character will die!

Alan
Alan

Seriously, how is she still in that damn basement? Didn’t Jason or Liz notice Sam’s car parked in front of the house when they went looking for Jake? Or are we supposed to assume Sam hoofed it over there in those 8-inch stilettos of hers?

This story was much better written the first time I saw it when Gigi was trapped in a carbon monoxide filled basement on ONE LIFE TO LIVE…

CeeCee
CeeCee

Too funny! And, so a’ propos!

tim S
tim S

I am liking Liz and Franco together… they are a a great MATCH….. .

Caffey
Caffey

General Hospital is awful. Cannot stand to watch anymore!

Joan
Joan

Thanks for posting the ratings, Mr. Fairman, and for all the work you do. You seem to keep on top with everything.

Joan
Joan

I love GH but I’m constantly bothered by how the writers just don’t think anything through – this is in response to the posts above about Sam in the basement. Everything is done so the plot they’ve made up will work, so stupid things happen.

I have to agree, I miss Ron’s campy humor. Unfortunately at the end of his regime, he seems to have dried up. I heard there was network interference, I don’t know.

And by the way, for those of you who haven’t seen Michael Fairman in person, his photos do not do him justice. Very very handsome.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What was that like doing that scene?

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

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ERIC:  Kristen is a tiger.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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STACY:  You’re brilliant, Eric.

ERIC:  You guys are being very nice to me.

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

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

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

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

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

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

STACY:  Yes … and very much so.

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

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

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

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

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

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

STACY:  It was a good fit!

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

STACY:  We are just like two cuddly bunnies.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marlena (Deidre Hall) played the wrong DVD!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ERIC:  It’s scary.

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

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

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

ERIC:  You’re an Olympic swimmer!

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

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

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

Stacy, what do you think?

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

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

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

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

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And intense!

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

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

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

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

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Daytime Emmys To Merge Younger Actor & Actress Category Into One As Gender-Inclusive Categories Are On The Rise

The upcoming 47th annual Daytime Emmys are already making some changes to key categories and specifically this one that affects daytime drama performers.  Word from Variety is that NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) is going to announce that they are combining the Younger Actor and Actress categories into one gender-neutral category

Not only will the Younger performer category be gender-inclusive, but network soap performances will be combined with digital drama series performances for the category.  Previously, for this past Daytime Emmys, NATAS had changed the Guest Performer in a Drama Series to be gender-inclusive.

This category was initially created in 1985 when it was called the Outstanding Ingenue and then from there tweaked into Outstanding Juvenile Female and Male, and more recently that morphed into the Younger Actor and Actress categories.

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Former GH star Hayley Erin (Ex-Kiki) and former DAYS star, Kyle Pettis (Ex-Theo) will now be the last female and male to win the two separate categories with this new move for 2020.

Fans of film and TV have noticed that on several award shows on MTV: their Movie and TV Awards and their VMA’s, there are several gender-inclusive categories, as well as the Television Critics Association Awards who for instance doles out Outstanding Individual Achievement in Drama in comedy.

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So, what do you think of the change; that there will now be one Younger performer category at the Daytime Emmys? Comment below.

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