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RATINGS: GH Has Strong Week! B&B Up Too!

General Hospital had the best week of all the four networks daytime dramas for the ratings period of June 18-22nd.  GH has the most gains adding +128,000 viewers and landing in the third place among the soaps with 2,422,000 viewers and is now ahead again of Days of our Lives.  GH was the only soap for the ratings period to increase viewers in the key 18-49 women demo!

The Bold and the Beautiful was the only other show to show gains adding +12,000 viewers and holding strong in second place with 3, 140, 000 viewers.  Of note: B&B and GH also picked up male viewers with men 18 and up, as did DAYS.  As for the number one, The Young and the Restless, they lost another -120,000 viewers and DAYS lost -112,000 viewers.

The week topped off for GH with the ABC series winning the Outstanding Daytime Drama at the 39th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.  Now the key question is, with Good Afternoon America about to launch as its lead-in for the summer on July 9th will it kick-up the numbers further for GH?  And what will it all mean in the long run?   Let us know what you think of GH’s chances to rise further in the ratings? And what you would tell your favorite shows to do, to increase their ratings?   To view the complete ratings courtesy of Soap Opera Network click here!

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James
James

off topic, the new opening is trash. A 10 year old coulda made it on their home computer. It’s embarrassing for a show 50 years old to be represented with that…i could go on. Anyway, to ratings, yes good week for GH but Monday saved them. If they didn’t hit a 2.0 on Monday they would have been last place again bc they only had 1.7’s the rest of the week. The plots are becoming predictable and many folks online, especially twitter are upset with all the recycled plots from OLTL and I can’t blame them! It’s true.

Christy
Christy

i like the new opening because it is quick – no more wasting time. That extra time is helping with squeezing in more show and with being able to fit in another quick commercial, which helps pay the soap budget.

a lot of the plots were in place long before the end of OLTL and before they got the OLTL producer and writer. So it was GH writers copying plots seen on OLTL, and actually seen on other soaps too, so not just rehashing OLTL. The actors formerly from OLTL (and that by the way isn’t just these latest ones) are no longer OLTL actors — they are General Hospital actors.

I say anything they can do to bring in more viewers and keep the show, is OK with me!

been watching since the beginning… and you know I remember actors from General Hospital actors showing up on One Life to Live, I didn’t care — it’s just part of the show for however long they’re on. Like Andrew Carpenter’s father Sloan — he was on General Hospital decades ago. Same actors, same characters, different shows, whatever I don’t care, just as long as General Hospital stays on the air.

I don’t think now is the time to complain about your show… if you’re loyal to General Hospital, then you stick by it, no matter what’s going on. If you want to complain about a show and get it cancelled, go complain about GMA afternoon, or The Spew.. as we’ve already killed the Revulsion, thankfully! ha!

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

Way to go christy, and thank you, thank you, thank you, for your research on the emmys and how many general hospital got at one time. I did say to ann, what other prime time show got more then 5 emmys in one season? Best show, Best actor and actress, same with the supporting and younger stars? I asked her to give me more info and she didn’t get back to me, she said that the prime time shows got more then gh. I also agree with you about the complaining, it isn’t the time and the shows you mentioned above are the ones to complain about, I want my One life to live back and I am so tired of hearing people complain its like they never had new characters show up in port charles before, and why didn’t any of them complain about that miserable character Franco now that was worth complaining about, I believe he was a plant put in the soap to kill it for abc once and for all. And I am also sick of them saying that general hospital is looking like One life to live, Well its not, unless it happens in the future, Isn’t anything even close to how One life to live was. One life to live had heart, and had many wonderful families, General hospital has been a non stop gangster show that killed all the good families they had, I mean why kill Allen, Aj, Emily, Fire lila, Bless her heart.Monica and Edward are hardly ever on, And where is Bobby?Many of us want to know the answer to that question, She was a major player, I liked her relationship with almost every one in Port Charles. And the ratings that are going up are because of those cross overs from one life to live who as you say are now on General hospital. Take away those landview people General hospital will sink like a rock again, And I don’t think that anyone wants that to happen, I think we have gone through enough of the soap killing by abc/disney, I like the music short and sweet to, but hearing 12 seconds I need more time before I can comment. Rome wasn’t built in a day, so Ron and Frank need the time to put our last abc show together. so I will complian about Jasons behavior to Sam and I don’t care for the new Christina, There is no way a kid of mine would take over my home and pull the stunt that she is,He behind would be out the door and I love my kids but they will never blackmail me.Someone said here that When Kristin Storms comes back that we want to keep Jen Lilley, Dye her hair and let her be Kristina, I don’t want to see Jen leave I really like her. Hey thanks again, Christy.

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

Thanks again Christy.

James
James

If you’re a passionate fan of GH like I am, there are gonna be vents every now and then. I ALWAYS stand by the show and will be with this show until the very end. I don’t mind OLTL people on GH. And by the way GH had higher ratings than OLTL for 42 1/2 years out of OLTL’s 43 so I don’t understand why people think OLTL actors are GH’s saving grace. That’s ridiculous. I’ll take as many OLTL actors as you can throw at me, but if you know GH it has never been written consistently in such a cliche, recycled, predictable way since the new regime took over.

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

Christy,Thanks again, I always forget about wikipedia. They have all the old shows there you can pretty much research anything, Its nice to go back to the good old days of television, all those great shows, Again thanks a lot.

david
david

Perhaps you are right. If this continues, GH might end up like OLTL with more than 3 million viewers and surpassing B&B. The predictability and horrors of it all.

susan M.
susan M.

I disagree ……… I don’t think GH will end up like OLTL…Ratings are so good they have to keep it up…I think the new regime are doing a good job…By the way not to many men watch the soaps including my husband…It’s a small percentage..I didn’t think men watched or liked the soaps..I thought you guys liked action movies or boxing………….

M.V.
M.V.

But it is indeed THE BEST! I will never stop watching it as long as I and/or the show lives!

Hope
Hope

I’m happy for GH. Now I need a good balance of newer characters and legacy characters. I don’t want a smattering of legacy characters here and there. I want to see them as key characters in storylines. Respect the history of the show. Writers… watch youtube and do your research before you write for a legacy character. Interweave the history of the show with the newer characters and stories. Bring back ALL of the Scorpios PERMANENTLY. Finally, bring back love and romance. GH should be good to go if they manage that! Hope these ideas help…

Sean
Sean

i am LOVING GH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! KEEP UP THE AWESOME WORK FV & RC. The Younger set is AMAZING! & VETS VETS VETS.

Joan Faist
Joan Faist

For GH don’t wait too long to get Sam and Jason back with their baby. We have waited forever for these two to have a little bit of happiness.
For DOOL”S do whatever needs doing to keep Peter Reckell. Enough said!!!!

kay/kay
kay/kay

Why B&B has anyone watching is beyond me the Liam/Steffy/Hope has been going on too long I quit two months ago watched again one day nothing new. As for GH the one complaint I have is Connie is the real one Kate was made after the rape of Connie so in reality Connie is the Host if you beleive in such things LOL!

Stephanie
Stephanie

I wish that Days of Our Lives would balance out the show a little more. It has been The EJ DiMera Show for too long!
I’d like to see John and Marlena every day, but would settle for more than one or two days a week.

toscanti
toscanti

Personally I will not watch “Good Afternoon America”. I vowed to not watch anything during the OLTL time period unless it is a soap. When GH moves to the timeslot in September I will tune in. I have never viewed the “Revolution” and will never view GAA. GH will continue to grow in the ratings on its own.

Heather
Heather

I want Good Afternoon America to fail even more than The Revolution. If not, it could ultimately become GH’s replacement in the future. Remember, GAA doesn’t need to get good ratings. All it needs is to get ratings like The Chew and it’s bye bye GH.

Boycott GAA.

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

Heather, that’s what I am going to do, that good afternoon america crap won’t be on in my home, we can’ watch any thing in that 2 o’clock hour until general hospital takes that spot, we have to let abc know we are here and we are going to continue to boycott there network.

susan M.
susan M.

Today on GH(MON.) Well if Tray’s father is Joe Jr. Then Kate might be his mom..Since Joe Jr. raped her all those years ago..Don’t you think???? What do you think Barbara t. loves OLTL #1…….Let me know…………Have to make dinner …Talk to you later……

susan M.
susan M.

Joe Jr. claims he didn’t rape Kate all those years ago..Who’s lying & who’s telling the truth????????????????????

Michael Parks
Michael Parks

If only they would listen, I would definitely tell the writers of GH to officially bring Melissa Archer on as Natalie Buchanan.

Torrey
Torrey

That’s the main reason I won’t be watching GH anymore….I saw the writing on the wall, when they brought John McBain on….I knew they were going to try and relive the chemistry with Sam’s character, that they had on ‘Port Charles.’ So instead of tuning in and watching this train wreck inevitably happen, I decided to stop watching all together. It makes no sense that after everything that Natalie & John went through, for him to now all of sudden brush off his family and move on to some new chick. I’m disgusted with the storyline, and will not tune in to watch it. I know that they are two completely different shows, but when you incorporate so many characters from a show that still has a strong fan base and expect us to go along with just any story, just because you think we’ll just be happy to see these characters, you are making a big mistake. It becomes hard to see that character in any other way than what you’re used to seeing. They should have just brought him on as a completely different person…at least then we would not have to sit back and watch and character we love, just abandon his family.

david
david

Very good insight. It does defeat the purpose of including OLTL characters when the storylines undermine who they were, as the audience understood them for years. This was compounded by the awful events on GH. What was the point of bringing Starr to kill Cole and Hope, of bringing Tea to kill Victor’s baby? I can’t look at John without missing Natalie and Liam too.

Torrey
Torrey

That’s my point exactly, David…. Frank Valentini goes on and says keep your fingers crossed for OLTL, but what’s the point? If it were, by some miracle, ever to come back they’ve changed and ruined so many things for the characters of OLTL that it would be hard to just forget and go on and watch blindly without addressing the issues that have occurred, while in Port Charles. I agree with what was the point of bringing on OLTL characters, just so you could kill them off? I get it….you want to pair Starr up with Michael, but was it necessary to kill off Cole & her daughter….not to mention how Hope’s death was quickly and abruptly dealt with. I get that she wasn’t and big part of the GH canvas, but she was a part of a major family on the OLTL canvas and I’m still very unhappy with how her death was handled…..I mean, all the OLTL fans know what Starr, Cole, Blair, Todd & the McBain family (Marcy & Michael) went through when the whole situation of Hope when Starr was going to give her up….Being that she wasn’t a big part of the GH canvas, why briefly bring her on, just to kill her, when you know you won’t be able to spend time focusing on how the loss of both Cole & Hope effects so many people in LLanview?

And don’t get me started with the whole, baby dying/baby switch story….so sick of that!!! It’s overdone in the soap land, and Ron should know better. Then you throw in John Mcbain forgetting all about his family in Llanview and it all becomes a little too much for me to watch. GH & OLTL are too different shows….And what I gather from a large portion of the long-time fans of GH, not all, but quite a few, don’t seem to be too happy or appreciative with the addition of the OLTL characters onto the GH canvas….so, why do I want to support a show that I was never that big of a fan of, and a portion of the fans are always complaining about the addition of characters that I love? Especially when those characters are being ruined, just so they can fit the needs of GH…..

Susan M.
Susan M.

No John & Sam……………………………………….NO WAY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gentry Ashmore
Gentry Ashmore

GH needs Melissa Archer. I can’t watch John without Natalie. We waited 12 months for a John/Natalie reunion and only had two days. They are soul mates and belong together. Jolie forever.

Nancy
Nancy

ABC needs to let Frank Valentini run promos during primetime. How else are we going to get new viewers or old ones that stopped watching when the show was destroyed by this mob stuff?

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

How many emmys did general hospital win? 5, I wonder if any of there prime time shows won that many for one show, That alone should make them put promos on during prime time. Your right about the fans, They did leave because of all the mob crap, maybe finding out that most of it is gone they will come back, At a few sights a lot of people said they will come back when they hear that Sonny Corinthous is dead, I would rather he stay alive, just not in the mob any more.

Ann
Ann

Yes primetime shows have won multiple emmys for one show, many more than five.

Christy
Christy

Barbara T, he needs to bonk his head and forget … like Jason did and gees, I’d like Jason to get out of the mob too…. they should have hired ugly guys to be mobsters! tehehehe

Susan M.
Susan M.

Does he in real life go to a tanning salon (Sonny)???????????????????He looked even darker today on GH (MON) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Or is it his natural complexion???????????????

capo84
capo84

Im a huge Sonny fan..and although I agree that the mob stuff has become to great of a story…people were turning away way before that. I stopped watching because somewhere along the line GH lost its roots. The stories in general became pathetic..predictable..and just down right corny (i.e..text message killer??? Seriously?). You cant write a soap the same way you do a sitcom where something happens in one episode and its all forgotten about the next lol. Soaps have a long history…and people remember this history. So when that history is disrespected…your going to turn people away. I can quote something Sonny said from an episode in 97′ as if that show aired yesterday…so you can feed me some bs now an expect me to just accept it. Also what happened to the Q’s? That was the foundation. Theres no more families…just a bunch of individuals running around like chickens ! GH needs to get back to basics

Pat
Pat

I’m happy that the rating are going up for GH but I feel it’s turning into OLTL. Pretty much know the story lines. Maybe switch it up some, Star, Michael….obvious…. Try something different for a change. This mob princess is getting old too.

Susan M.
Susan M.

Don’t like the mob princess story…She’s a SPOILED BRAT & DISRESTPECTFUL! No Class………………….

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

Yes, Sonny did look at bit darker then he usually is, I thought it was my tv, Maybe he had to much makeup on. Fv/Rc are our guys from one life to live Frank Velenti and Ron Carlivati he is the head writer, those two are making improvements on General hospital. I don’t like the nu-Kristina either her attitude gets worse every day, I tried to like her, I just can’t, sometimes it’s best if they get rid of someone that the fans don’t like, in this case if I was in charge she would be out the door, and that camera guy wouldn’t be far behind.

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

She has to go, I don’t like her at all.

susan M.
susan M.

She’s one character we can do without..I don’t think she would be missed….She is no major character or major part….

susan M.
susan M.

Has nothing to do with this….This for Barbara t. Loves OLTL #1…. I thought this would be something you would be interested in and here it is: last night my husband and I watched this old Sci-fi movie from 1954 (THEM!) And guess who had i bit part in it???? He played a cop and it was Dr. Hardy !!!!!!!!!!! He was a bit younger verision from GH…..I have seen this movie quite a few times and never noticed it before…………..

susan M.
susan M.

Mob princess is a snot noise…………………And needs to go….

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

Susan m, david is just kidding, he knows the one life to live crossovers are not ruining general hospital. the post below. june 30th 2012 10:22 pm. the mob princess should go, Do you know what I would like to do to that kids camera?

kay/kay
kay/kay

.A small note concerning Y&R you let Doug Davidson who plays Paul give him story and he runs with it the guy is so overlooked a great job and a great shout out also to Peter Porte who played his son Ricky. MAB if you guys would write for these veterans they will deliver and you will get viewers back Friday’s episode left chills up my back!! In the words of Michelle Stafford Doug Davidson was F/Amazing!!!

Judy
Judy

I so agree! Friday’s show was INCREDIBLE! What a terrific surprise. Not the usual boring stuff. Yes, I too agree, Doug Davidson was F/Amazing! He needs to submit that show for next years’ Emmys.

Bart
Bart

…and while the Nielsen numbers for “Y & R” continue to drop, Maria Arena Bell is STILL running the show into the ground with her ludicrous & lame ‘stories’…

Rodd
Rodd

I think FV and RC are doing an amazing job; so are all the actors and actresses! Good, bold stories, written well and acted well will always keep people tuing in. Mix the vets with the newbies and balance them out with historic care. Screw the network suits and fight for the integrity. If shows were written, produced and acted as if they only had a few months to live all the time, everyone would constantly be excited to watch.

david
david

Damn those OLTL characters and FV/RC. They are ruining GH. The ratings are going to sink. Oops, I don’t know what I am talking about.

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

Yes you do.

Susan M.
Susan M.

What does FV/RC mean???????????????????? OLTL Characters are not ruining GH…Everyone adds something to the show….And the ratings aren’t going to sink….

susan M.
susan M.

OLTL cross overs aren’t going to ruin the ratings….

Ann
Ann

I will get excited for ratings when they get to a higher household number. 1.8 is still nothing to rave about.

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

I am curious which abc show did win the most emmys for one show in one season, like best show, best actor, best actress, best supporting actor, best supporting actress, and younger actor and actress? I tried to look it up and I can’t find it, Figure maybe you would know.

Christy
Christy

you called me? 🙂 well if you mean 2012 awards, and go by one show, I believe it would be General Hospital – they won 10 awards in total.

at the Daytime Entertainment Emmys, ABC tied with the Syndicated channel with 5 awards each. NBC got 3, CBS 2, Food Network 2, The Hub 1, Nickelodeon 1, PBS 1, Takethislollipop.com 1

ABC-General Hospital – 5 awards: 
• Outstanding Drama Series
• Outstanding Drama Series Directing Team 
• Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series-Anthony Geary
• Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series-Nancy Lee Grahn
• Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series-Jonathan Jackson
    

However, at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards (separate ceremony at the daytime awards), PBS was the winner with 13 awards. Nickelodeon 10, ABC 8, Syndicated 5, CBS 5, NBC 5, The Hub 2, Cars.TV 1, Cartoon Network 1, Disney Channel 1, Food Network 1, MeTV 1, MTV 1, The Style Network 1, OWN 1, VH1 1.

ABC’s awards:
General Hospital – 5 awards
Outstanding Promotional Announcement
Outstanding Original Song for a Drama Series
Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design For a Drama Series
Outstanding Achievement for a Casting Director For A Drama Series
Outstanding Achievement in Technical Direction/Electronic Camera/Video Control for a Drama Series.
 
One Life To Live – 1 award
Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Direction For a Drama Series.
 
All My Children – 2 awards
Outstanding Achievement in Multiple Camera Editing For a Drama Series
Outstanding Achievement in Live & Direct To Tape Sound Mixing For a Drama Series, an award they tied with CBS’s “The Young and The Restless.”

if you mean of all time, sweeping the categories, I’ll have to do more research – let me know Barbara T!

Christy
Christy

Barbara T – if you want to look at all the winners, on a chart, so you can figure out who got the most awards in one year, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Daytime_Emmy_Award_winners

Christy
Christy

Hey Barbara T – so for primetime emmy award winners, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Primetime_Emmy_Award_winners

this chart goes all the wayyyyback to 1949! Looks like prior to 1954, the best actor/actress was just listed by their name and not a show.

It will bring back a lot of memories of shows you used to watch as a kid – all those shows in the 60s that is! ha!

The chart is a little different from the daytime, as they have 3 Best Show categories – comedy, drama and variety. Then Lead Comedy/Lead Drama actor and Lead Comedy/Lead Drama actress. Some years, no awards were given to some categories, due to this, a show might only be able to get 1 emmy total.

The most emmys for one show might be The Dick Van Dyke Show. The show got best comedy show in ’63, ’64, ’65 and ’66. Dick got best actor in ’64, ’65 and ’66. MTM got best actress in ’64 and ’66.

In 1973, The Waltons got best drama, Richard Thomas – best actor and Michael Learned – best actress. As far as their categories, that is a sweep. In 1978, All in the Family did the sweep too…. I’m sure there’s more… it’s a long, long chart!

Dmitri
Dmitri

DOOL ratings are going to rise again, though.

Patrick
Patrick

Victor Kiriakis IS IN LOVE. – Brady’s Spiral. – Kayla has no more Patch! Victor and Maggie… find their way back! I was pleasantly, touched.. by the adult “love” story… that played out. Who knew Victor could display such telling Love for another? Watching Victor and Maggie declare their love for each other, without histrionics… “they made mistakes”. Kissed and made up. Geez! this twosome.. had me cheering and wanting more of them! Com’n DAYS! Victor Mans up! Good for Maggie. Course, Maggie keeps bringing up her predilection…Penchant… for imbibing… Give Suzanne Rogers a meaty story… traipsing around Salem, the manse, as first lady. with hands flasked. Campy fun. which brings up… Brady…. is Ian… drugging him? it’s about time… the writers give us Brady… doing something else… then, stuck, glued to the hip of Madison. Relapsing… is good story, that should be shared with the viewers. course, i wonder, if this is the catalyst for Madison, leaving DAYS. I already, posted, that on the last cover of soap digest… that it’s in the rumour mill, that Brady and Nicole, may be “leaving” days… which I really, hope, IS NOT TRUE. imo, no one does, relapse better then Melody Thomas Scott, Nikki, of Y&R. Kayla, shares with Jennifer and Abe… at the Pub! that, she and Patch are done… Divorcing. which, IMO… if this gives us more Kayla… then, so be it. She deserves, more than, standing behind the bar. Abe shares with kayla and Jenn… “you have kids, you go on.” Dag! James Reynolds… and, notwithstanding… Renee Jones… was beautiful. Abe, disclosing… “Come Back, don’t leave me”…. A part of me is missing… I’ve lost something, I’ll never get back. The tribute… of Abe and Lexie… was genuine… REAL, and affecting. by no stretch of the imagination… Love between 2 married people. tidbit, it’s said… that Abe and Kayla, may be a twosome, on the horizon. like i said… if this gives us more kayla… and the interracial story… then, its all good. I still wish, it was Fay… Nicole’s mother. two, things… i’m not sure of…. Nicole and Daniel… dag! slow down… to put out of your mind… too soon… she’s carrying another mans child. and, i clearly, saw.. that EJ sincerely cares for her… the scene in his office… as Nicole hides the bullet case, with one missing…. and turns it in to salem PD. the other, is days… teasing is with Carrie and Rafe. i’m more of a believer, than ever.. Rafe, showed Carrie, his heart… i’m plugging, this one more time: Chandler Massey, Will, wins Emmy! Chandler so deserved this. I don’t watch GH anymore, but I always thought Tony Geary was excellent. Days did so well, and continues to with this story. Chandler, Deidre, Freddie, and others, as their characters were clued in have made the story really powerful, and not just a “stunt”. Drake had the best line this week, when he found out, he told Will “You’re gay, you’re out, and I”M… Read more »

Patrick
Patrick

have to post… for old time’s sake… Not since, IZZY B’s… passing… Death… John’s beloved.. way back when… Victor Kiriakis daughter… Isabella… Brady’s mother… have we witnessed a sincere passing… Lexie. and, i’ll add… Francis Reed’s.. Mother Horton, Alice.

Days Of Our Lives

Wally Kurth Talks on His Daytime Emmy Nomination For DAYS As Justin’s World Is Turned Upside Down

You kind of know when you are handed the ball in the world of daytime drama, and it’s your turn to shine, especially when you get meaty material that runs the gamut of emotions. And this past Emmy season, Days of our Lives’ Wally Kurth delivered the performances of his soap career (although we suspect there is some more to come in 2020!) in the role of the grieving Justin Kiriakis.

For Wally not only played grief, but starting life anew in a romantic entanglement that can be all too familiar when someone tries to move on after the loss of the love of their life. Add to that, the complication that his son’s husband, was believed to be the person who caused the accident that killed his wife, Adrienne (Judi Evans), and with that the deck is stacked for an emotional fallout that landed Kurth in the running for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series at this year’s 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards to air on CBS on Friday night, June 26th, albeit in a virtual presentation.

While Wally is getting many accolades for his work on DAYS, let’s not forget the double duty he pulls on General Hospital, where this week his Ned Ashton. This week Ned is front and center during the encore presentations of the GH’ Nurses’ Ball episodes, which feature Wally singing his heart out in numerous memorable performances through the years.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Kurth to get his thoughts and insight into his well-deserved acting nomination for DAYS, plus to find out his favorite GH Nurses’ Ball performances, and much more. Here now is what Wally had to say about it all.

Photo: JPI

I am so thrilled about this nomination because you know, I willed this to happen.  I was like, “It’s got to happen!” (Laughs)

WALLY:  You actually were saying that, and you have been very supportive and positive.  I appreciate it.

What did you end up submitting? I believe I gave you “Power Performance of the Week” honors on my site for some of them, too.

WALLY:  I do try to put together a little story in my submissions for Emmys.  I think that’s kind of important because if you’re asking someone to watch 8 or 9 minutes of just you… I didn’t want to just (not that I had this material) but bludgeon them with one sad, sobbing scene after another.  I wanted to give them a whole range of Justin and a little story.  So, I did start off where Justin was asking Adrienne to marry him, and Justin is very happy, and it’s all good, and he gets down on his knee, and you see her, and it’s like, “This is something really good,” and I also wanted to include a scene with Judi Evans in my reel.  Then, I cut to where it’s a year later, and Justin is with Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) in their apartment. They are already living together, and they are discussing the anniversary of their marriages, and about the sadness of Adrienne, and she’s talking about Steve (Stephen Nichols), and then she brings up having to tell me that Adrienne died.  So, that was obviously in a flashback that happened six months earlier; where Justin is obviously very upset, and scared, and doesn’t want to hear it, and breaks down, and Kayla comforts him. Then, I did the continuation where Justin tells Kayla how much she has meant to him, and how he felt like he wasn’t going to survive, and how she came to his aid in a way to make him feel like he really has something to live for.   Then, at the very end, I did two scenes with Will (Chandler Massey) in the jail which is where Justin confronts Will, who obviously Justin thought was responsible for killing Adrienne.  It was a really lovely, really well-written scene where Justin tells him, “You’re a son to me, and you can be disappointed with a son, and you can be hurt by a son, but you never stop loving him.” I think it showed a nice range of the anger, the hurt, the happiness (because Justin tells him about Kayla), so you get an idea of what happened to Justin last year.  I thought it was a good collection of scenes that told a little story, and you could see the range of what Justin went though.  Evidently, it worked on some level because I got nominated.

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In the scene with Will, doesn’t Justin also tell him, “Don’t give up on life?” in a very hankie-inducing moment?

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WALLY:  Yes.  “Don’t give up.  Don’t give up on life,” which is really positive… even though he started the scene like, “I don’t even want to talk to this guy.”  Justin is there talking to Ben (Rob Scott Wilson), and Will kind of surprises him. So for Justin it;’ like, “Now I guess I’ve got to talk to Will about this,” and so he is still angry, he is still hurt, and you’re right, at the end, the scene has sort of transformed him in a way.  So, all of that stuff was just really nice, really nice scenes to get to play and very emotional.

I’ve watched most everything on the soaps from the performances to the storylines, and that one scene with the two of you was one of the best scenes I have seen in long time.  It was just so good from the writing to the execution of it. 

WALLY:  Oh yeah, I can’t even imagine a scene that was as good. Thank God that scene aired in December.  My story really didn’t get started until October/November, and all of those scenes that I included were from October, November, and December.

So, what did you think then when you found out that Chandler, along with you, and Paul Telfer (Xander) are all in the Supporting Actor category together?

WALLY:  I love it.  How great is that?  I love both of those guys.  I mean, I am such a fan of both of them.  Chandler kind of gets nominated every year, so I wasn’t surprised there.

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Well, he had one year, as he pointed out to me (laughs), that he didn’t get a nomination. But, Chandler has been pretty much a perennial nominee every time he submits!

WALLY:  Yeah, Chandler just delivers.  He is a really an outstanding actor Paul, I think is great.  I love the character.  I was kind of surprised and happy for him because sometimes his character gets overlooked; just like the bad guy with the smarmy smirk and the great English accent.  So, there you go.  It’s terrific.  I think people saw more to his performance, and they should.  He works on a lot of different levels, and Paul brings a lot to the game.

And obviously, you know James Patrick Stuart (Valentin, General Hospital), since you work on that show too, and he is also nominated in your category. 

WALLY:  Yeah, and I have been a big fan of his too.  So, I was really delighted.  I called him up and left a message.  I love James.  We did a thing last year together where we went back east and played some music in some clubs,   I always think that James should be nominated.  He does such an exceptional job at bringing that character to life.  That’s not an easy thing to do either.  It’s kind of like a Xander character, and so, it is nice to see my fellow actors see the complexity in their performances and appreciate it.

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Last week’s DAYS airshows contained scenes where Justin confronts Orpheus (George Delhoyo), over killing Adrienne, and Justin also goes to visit Adrienne’s grave.  I think you have another run of shows next year to submit for the Emmys (Laughs)

WALLY:  I do like to include the big four emotions that an actor has to play:  happy, sad, angry, and fear.  That is a scene where you get to see Justin really angry.  So, I will probably look to that as you get to see the anger part of the character, which I think is important.  You don’t get to see Justin very angry and lose it like that.

No, and that’s what was so great about it.  George was a great scene partner, though.

WALLY:  Oh, he was great.  George and I had a great time.  It was really awesome.  I mean, it was a challenge because it was very tricky, especially when Steve (Stephen Nichols) and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) came in because you know; there is a part of the character that is just like, “Please, just let me shoot.  Just let me fire a bullet and just put it over his head or something, or maybe his hands are shaking so much that he misses the target!”  I don’t know, but you do just want to let him shoot, just one bullet.  (Laughs) Another moment that I really, really loved – and I’ll probably include it next year in my submission -was that scene with Suzanne Rogers (Maggie) at the hospital.  They gave me a beautiful speech to tell her that she should be her judge and jury and sentence herself to death, a beautiful speech about how she reminded me of Adrienne.  It brought out a different side of Justin that you don’t usually see.

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When I spoke to Chandler about this nomination he related to me, “I am so happy for Wally because I feel like he is often underrated.” You have always been the guy on soaps who is always delivering consistent work, but now you’ve been given a story.  So now everyone can see what you can do or are reminded of it.  It’s hard without a story on the soaps; especially playing the Emmy game.

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WALLY:  It’s true.  What did Maurice Benard (Sonny, General Hospital) say?  “If it ain’t on the page, it ain’t on the stage.”  It’s really true.  Let’s face it, you can only do so much, and that’s why I don’t get too competitive.  If I lose, that’s totally fine.  I feel like I’ve already won.  Being recognized by my peers, that’s it.  Being nominated is awesome, and honestly, after this, so much of it is the material and what the actors got to do.  It’s sort of out of your control, you know.   I am happy for all of my fellow nominees.  It’s all good at this point.  I’m really, really happy.

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You’ve been nominated once before, right?

WALLY:  Yes. I’ve been nominated once before, two years ago on General Hospital.  It was the year that Jane Elliot (Tracy) left.  In story, Tracy leaves, so there was all of that emotional stuff to play.  That was the year I also submitted myself for Days of Our Lives too, and I was really proud of that work.  That year saw Adrienne having to choose between Justin and Lucas (Bryan Dattilo), and she chose Lucas.  There were just some really nice scenes there that they wrote for Justin and Adrienne, and she was dealing with cancer.  Anyway, I got nominated for General Hospital, and I learned from that year that I am never going to nominate myself in the same category for both shows.  That’s just stupid.

Well, you’re everywhere.  You’re on the Nurses’ Ball encore episodes right now on GH,  

WALLY:  Oh, isn’t that funny?  All of these Nurses’ Balls, it’s hilarious.

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Are you watching them?

WALLY:  Yes!  I watched parts of them the other night, especially my performances. It looked good; actually, they were really good.  I’m always kind of surprised like, “Wow! The dances … the singing … the production!”  I always feel like there should be more people at the Nurses’ Ball.  Shouldn’t there be more people in the seats? (Laughs)  But other than that, good stuff, good story.  It was fun to see the beginning of Ned and Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) as well, you know that first year where she and Sonny were just breaking up on the red carpet at the ball, and the next year, Ned and Olivia are already together.  This week they aired where I sing with sweet little Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma), the Elton John and Kiki Dee duet, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.”

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Do you have one favorite Nurses’ Ball number you performed of all-time?

WALLY:  You know, someone has been posting old Nurses’ Balls from the 90s, and I forgot that I sang “Forever Young” with Amber Tamblyn (Ex-Emily), and that was so sweet.  I also loved singing “Somewhere over the Rainbow,” in the very first one or the second year, we did it. Some of my other favorites include: “I Feel Good,” with the Quartermaine boys, and Robert Palmer’s “Simply Irresistible” – that was fun because I got to put my own vocal stamp on it, and I remember performing George Michael’s “Faith.  It was fun singing that with Lisa.

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So, we know that this year will be a virtual Daytime Emmy ceremony, and we don’t know what that will look like yet.  So, how would you dress for it, if they had a shot of you from home during the broadcast on CBS?

WALLY:  I definitely am going to wear a suit and a tie.  I think that’s important to try to give the Emmys the dignity that it deserves.

So, thrilled that Wally received a Daytime Emmy nod for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series? What were your favorite moments of his last year? Are you enjoying seeing his performances on the encore GH Nurses’ Ball episodes? Comment below.

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DAYS Susan Seaforth Hayes Talks On Her Daytime Emmy Nomination For Julie and Doug’s Emotional Storyline

When you think Days of our Lives, what would it be without the legendary Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie) and her real-life and on-screen husband, Bill Hayes (Doug Williams)?

This past Emmy season, the beloved duo got a chance to shine, when they were put through a ‘heartbreaking’ predicament – Julie’s heart gives out, she is in need of a transplant, and things take a turn for the worse.

What would life be like for Doug without his Julie? How would she say goodbye to him? Fans clearly felt the sentiments overflowing from this real-life duo capturing the essence of their characters in such a raw and realistic way. So much so, that Susan landed a Daytime Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Supporting Actress category for her work.

Already a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient along with her husband, Bill back in 2018, will Susan finally get an award for her acting for her decades of beautiful work on the long-running NBC soap opera? Fans will need to tune-in to CBS on Friday, June 26th to find out with the virtual presentation of the 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards.  But for now, here is our conversation with Susan.

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Congratulations on your Supporting Actress nomination.  You have been racking up a lot of these recently, having been nominated in the same category two years ago, and also receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award along with your husband, Bill Hayes at the 45th annual Daytime Emmys in 2018.

SUSAN:  It’s really nice to be nominated, because I’ve had a few gap years.  I’ve had, what? 25 gap years between the recent nominations.

What scenes did you ultimately chose that landed you the nomination?

SUSAN:  I submitted when Julie dies.  I submitted the farewell montage scenes with Bill Hayes, and they were very moving to us… and we’ll see.  I did not submit anything snappy, or bitchy, or hysterical.  I’ve lost against hysterical every time.  Comedy has never worked.  So, I am going to try the heart and soul of soup opera: not bitchiness, but loss.

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Can I ask how you got through those scenes with Bill, because it was so touching?  I don’t know how you did it.

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SUSAN:  It was very difficult.  I mean, these are the things that make us so connected to the characters and the show.  This is a place where we can show the public what love means to us, which is everything.

They were beautiful scenes.  Do you remember when you did them, if you felt good about them at the time?

SUSAN:  No… no.  I didn’t know.  Everyone on the set seemed happy.  We are blessed to have feedback from out producers now, and they didn’t say, “I think you can do it better,” and, “Another take,” not that we would have anyway, because there is never time to do another take.

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How did you find out that you were nominated? 

SUSAN:  One of the producers, Randy Dugan called me, or I wouldn’t have found out for a couple of days,

What are your thoughts on this being a virtual Daytime Emmys ceremony because of COVID-19?  We don’t know anything about will play out yet or what that will look like, but it is back on network TV.

SUSAN:  It’s going to be a wonderful surprise.

So, if they have the shot of the nominees, do you think you’d be dressed in comfortable clothes or more formal?

SUSAN:  Well, I’d certainly wear my best earrings if I were at home, yeah.  If my grandson can arrange us to get on the internet (we have a grandson living on our property, and he’s our live-in techy), we will get dressed up, and sit there, if that’s the way to do it.

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DAYS did very well receiving 22 overall nominations and a lot of your co-stars got nomination as well.

SUSAN:  Yes, an excellent year for nominations for our show.

How many times have you been nominated now? 

SUSAN:  This makes six.

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Would it mean a lot to you to get the award?

SUSAN:  The Lifetime Achievement meant a lot.  It wouldn’t be bad to win this year.  I’ll say that.  It would be sweet for the show, since I am now the oldest living cast member of the original family – the original, original.  I’m not the original Julie, but close enough.  So, I think that would be some validation for the longevity of this original storytelling.  People look at the show and say, “Are you part of the DiMera family or the Brady family?”  I say, “I’m part of the Horton family!”

What did your husband Bill say when he found out you were nominated?

SUSAN:  (Yells) Billy, what did you say when you found out I was nominated?

BILL:  Yay!!!

SUSAN:  That’s about right. (Laughs)

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What a guy!

SUSAN:  I know!  What a guy, what a guy, what a guy!

I was really happy to see your name among the other well-deserving nominees.

SUSAN:  I know you are because I know you care.  Who knows what will happen? It isn’t going to ruin our lives you know, one way or another.  But it was very nice to receive this acknowledgment from my peers.

So, are you glad Susan received a nomination for her work in her emotional storyline? Do you think she should finally receive the Emmy for her performances? Comment below.

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Hollywood Studios, Producers & Guilds Send Plan To Gov. Newsom and Gov. Cuomo For COVID-19 Production Restart Guidelines

On Monday, the two states with the most television and film production in the United States (California and New York) received a plan from many Hollywood studios, producers and the entertainment and production guilds of a plan and outline to be able to rejigger and restart production of your favorite shows and films.  This includes the soaps: General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful and Days of our Lives.

Via Deadline: In an effort to get the industry moving-forward again where jobs were lost or put on hold, and production were completely stalled out-of-the-blue, the guidelines submitted by “The Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force (the “Task Force”) is asking for consideration and adoption for the resumption of motion picture, television, and streaming productions in an environment that minimizes the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19,” says a report for Governors Gavin Newsom of California and Andrew Cuomo of New York.

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You can read the details of the report here.  While there has been no word from the Governors and their offices if they have seen the report, bets are that several more steps will be needed before anyone would head and report back to a set yet.

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As one would expect, limiting contact, social distancing, regular temperature checks, ways to handle props, and a COVID-19 compliance officer for all productions are part of the proposal.   As well as virtual writers room meetings, avoiding filming on-location as much as possible and filming in front of large audiences.

So, glad to know that this major step has been taken to try to get production back on track in Hollywood and New York? Comment below.

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