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RATINGS: GH Hits 3 Million Viewers! All Soaps Up For Final Week Of 2012!


It looks like 2013 could truly shape up to be the year of the revenge of the soap fans!  The ratings are out for the week of December 24-28th, which is the final full week of 2012, and through the Christmas episodes, new episodes, and the encore presentations  (repeats are not taken into account) all four network daytime dramas ratings were up!

However, and most notable, General Hospital has fought all the way back, and for the first time since the end of the year in 2010, the ABC soap scored its highest viewer total!  GH came back to the 3 million mark in total viewers with 3,017,000 for the ratings period! That is a new high for the Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati regime in Port Charles.

In addition, the new regime at The Young and the Restless under executive producer, Jill Farren Phelps and head writer Josh Griffith did exceptionally well too!  They added the most viewers for the week adding a whopping + 510,000 viewers and for the ratings week, Y&R is nearing the 5 million mark coming in with 4,851,000 total viewers.   Y&R also topped the 18-49 female demo with its highest numbers since Jill and Josh took over Genoa City!

The Bold and the Beautiful stayed at number two also picking up a healthy dose of viewers with a total of 3,550,000 for the ratings period.  Days of our Lives also showed gains adding another +252,000 in the total viewers department giving the NBC sudser, 2,547,000 for the week.   To view the complete ratings picture via Soap Opera Network  click here!

Ok soapers, time for you to be our Soap Opera Programming Executive Armchair Quarterback!  After taking a look at the numbers, what is is working on your favorite soaps?  What do you still want to improve upon or fix, that would keep you tuning in every day? And as we begin 2013, do you think this could be the year that daytime soaps have a viable comeback as perceived by the mainstream? Weigh in!

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Could you please tell us how these numbers compare to the talk shows that air during daytime? Thank you!

GH hit 3 million on Wednesday Dec 26 and GH also hit 3 million the previous Tuesday Dec 18 (a heavy Robin episode) as well as the day Robin talked to Emma on the phone in November.

i’m happy about GH. hope 2013 gets better.


Rafe/Sammi/EJ – Nicole

IMO… Sammi looks more in LOVE w/RAFE. That New Years Eve Kiss was ooh la la… and like they were meant to be together… Sammi seems more assured and like a Woman w/Rafe.

That Kiss that Nicole “stole” with EJ… was SEX… A man w/Power like EJ… was smoking…


Sonny and Will…. was so Touching. When Sonny shared with Will.. last years wish list that Will falls in love with him…. WAS ROMANCE.



That fight between father/son, over Kristen, with Marlena rushing at the two of them, really threw me… I did not expect that… the ramifications and story fallout is GOOD…. I did laugh out loud when Kristen happened upon the scene in salem square and she wet herself…

with good writing… this 4-some could be quite good…. they need to show John, manning up every now and then… and not be so stuffy… Marlena’s ball and chain… curbing his libido… C’mon John.


Will telling Nick – I won’t let my child be raised by a bigot…. and telling Nick “i’m not your gay boy”….

Nick telling Will – you gave Gabi and I this baby… etc….

Nick Fallons’ acting is on par believeable (surprising me)… even i don’t know what to expect… ie: his job interview with Kate was power play toying…

Homophobia is wrong on so many levels… but it happens… and it’s a storyline that needs be brought to light….


Kristen and Marlenas bantering…. Kristen telling Marlena she wants and or wishes her dead…. within or by the end of the year… and that she may be her Mother in law….? LOL.


It looks like… OK… I soap box enthusiasm… DAYS hopefully, is steering toward it’s full potential.

had to re-post this… simply pressing.

Chloe is Back…. took me by surprise!


Two Scoops Alert! Our little Abigail Deveraux, aka minx, jezebel, hot about town… is a “Golden Ring” Ingenue… as she keeps reassuring Mom Jenn.


Days has it’s wheels’ Turning… That Hour Glass is drama’tizing.

That’s awesome news for GH and fans!! I also want to say how much I loved yesterday’s episode!!! Laura Wright was awesome.

Agree!!! Laura was awesome… but she usually is!!!

You’re right, she is!! 🙂 More Todd & Carly!

Yes Laura is awesome, but i wish there was some way Jason could go back to general city to finish out the scene with Sam and finding out that the baby is his biological son, and also Laura reunites with Luke, and also that Robyn hurry and come back to port charles.

I’m happy the 3 soaps I watch now. GH, Y&R and B&B. Been watching soaps for 40+ years. Happy that Steve B will be on Y&R curious to what his character will be, but so glad he is off GH. His s/l on there was just awful the last 4 yrs. I don’t miss any of his s/l. Which has allowed me to enjoy GH more again.

Just keep it up!!!! The show is fantastic.

I am glad to hear it, but I am sure people home for the holidays and able to watch may have bumped up the numbers artificially, meaning next week when things are back to normal, those numbers might dipped. But it is so obvious that there is still an audience out there and soaps are not are dead as some might like.

Man they are really making Days look bad when you look at those numbers! Huge difference! And not long ago Days was ahead of GH, now GH is with a huge gap in viewers!

Needless to say, Ron and Frank continue to be daytime’s super team. They made GH watchable again and have really brought the ratings up. I would love to see them beat B&B’s ratings since it’s almost close.

When will Days admit that other than the Kristen/Brady/Marlena/John story it sucks. Gabi and Daniel are not working, never will and they need to go!

Is it the characters you don’t like or the actors playing them? In my opinion if these roles were recast they could be interesting characters, but it is the acting that is making these characters so unlikable. As for GH, it is on fire for sure, but the rate they are going through story line, I wonder how long the dream team can keep this pace up.

Well with Gabi she would definitely have to be recast with a much better actress. Daniel, I’m not sure if he would be better with a different actor. But they are constantly trying to make him work. First as Melanie’s dad, then as Maggie’s son, then with Nicole, now being with Jenn not long after she lost Jack. And now the father of Chloe’s baby.

I have to believe that DAYS is doing OK… considering… that DAYS and GH are competing with each other in many markets and time zones….

I keep hearing that Days does extremely well in online viewership. And that means a lot to NBC.

80% of percent of days is right now and story with kristien is good, jen and daniel is weak story and chloe should bring sparks to that.

Interesting for Y&R. Hope it will last.

Let’s hope! Y&R has been good lately with Jack’s drug storyline!

GH has been great!!! However… I really want to see what is happening with Robert, Anna, Robin and Duke. It’s been weeks… what we have had in those weeks has been great… but there is too much time between this story arc. I would recommend Brit and her identity of Faison’s daughter be done soon… we want her to leave. Christina should have gone off with Trey. I am up to my eyeballs with Connie… how can we get Jerry Jax interesting in keeping Connie locked up somewhere in Switzerland for an indefinite amount of time and bring Robin back… even if she isn’t on much! As much as I like Ellie… I really want SPIXIE!!! Would love Jax to come back he is so great with Carly. Since we don’t have Jason back as Jason Q yet.. to possibly get involved with Carly. So glad Genie is coming back as Laura and hope they do that well. Would love Luke back too.

Love the use of the entire cast and like the quicker story arcs… but don’t like how much time goes on between getting back to all of them. Otherwise love the cast and the show!!! GH rocks!

I know soaps are suppose to keep you in suspense but this is getting silly, waiting to find out what is going on over in Europe with Anna the gang. So I agree, great story telling, but better balance between arcs would be nice.

does any one… know the status of Kimberly McCullough school and or Directors’ Program is lasting?

I would much prefer they wait till she’s ready to come back full time to COMMIT to, IMO, one of the ALL TIME GREATEST LOVE STORIES…. and keep as they are…. doing this justice.

and that means’ even letting Patrick falter some… with this cinderella/femme fetale storyline. which is like filler till KM can assume her role full-time.

Great news for GH viewers! I personally like the return of the old fan favorites. Duke, Anna, Robert, Lucy etc. I just hope they continue with their stories and not just bring them back for short storylines just to get the ratings. Always wondered how these audience numbers were compiled?

Gh is firing on all burners. Even Spinelli, for the FIRST TIME EVER, is a character I enjoy. (Starr, not so much.) FV and RC have and continue to do a fabulous job.

However, I’ve stopped watching Y&R. I hated what MAB had done to the show, but even though the dialogue is much better, there is still too much airtime eaten up by the same over-exposed characters, characters like Mrs. C. continue to act wildly OOC, and Victor and Nikki still haven’t been buried, although it’s obvious they both died years ago.
The show stinks. And IMO, JFP hasn’t improved it, just switched around the awfulness. And now with SB coming on board, I fear it will slide into the horror of the other shows she’s helmed.

So GREAT news for GH, and my condolences to Y&R.

Amen to this post. JFP has turned YR unwatchable to me. Thank goodness for GH

Y&R has been great to me!

Very excellent ratings for Y&R………….Please continue to go up, the writing has been good!!!!

GH hits 3 million……….oh dear…………… out B&B! Up your game!

Happy all soaps went up!

Yes B&B needs to look out for GH for sure!

It is great that all these soap operas gain viewers during this week of the hoildays. May all four of them stay on the air. I pulling for days of our lives and young and the restless to pull it through.

Great news for soaps.

I’m so happy for GH, particularly now that Genie Francis is coming back to the show. I love the show but what is missing for me is consistency. For example, Starr and Michael went to bed on Christmas Eve and then the next time we saw them it was New Year’s Eve. Were they in bed together that whole time? Did Michael ever call AJ or Sonny to apologize for not showing up that night? What has Lucy been doing this entire time? Where have Anna, John McBain, Robert and Duke been? Are they still in Europe trying to find Robin? Why would Anna & Robert miss Christmas with their granddaughter given that this is the first Xmas without Robin?

While I applaud Ron & Frank for wanting to beef up the Nurses, why are two new characters fighting over Patrick when Elizabeth and Maxie both have chemistry with Patrick and there would be very real conflict when and if Robin ever comes back to the show. How much more poignant it would be if Elizabeth and Patrick bonded over being single parents and slowly fell in love and then Robin came back. Or Maxie moves in with Patrick while she deals with her pregnancy while Spinelli gets back together with Ellie who continuing the Affair to Remember theme, can’t walk because of the accident?

By the way, what woman in her right mind, would have sex have she just suffered a miscarriage? I know Maxie was pregnant for like 5 seconds but seriously? Alexis and Shawn have no chemistry and I don’t understand why Shawn can’t work at the Metro Court as Carly’s head of security. I’m not also not sure how Ron & Frank are going to dig Johnny, Todd and Kate/Connie out of the hole are three are in, since they’ve committed multiple felonies.

I love the fact that John McBain and Todd have been seemlessly woven into the fabric of Port Charles, and that the show is more balanced and not mob, mob, mob 5 days a week. I love the fact that AJ is back and that Ned will be back for a few more episodes (thanks Days of Our Lives for letting Wally have 2 jobs!). Hopefully Skye will be back for more episodes as well. Kudos for giving both Anna and Tracy prominent roles proving most viewers know, that actresses over 40 are just as viable as younger actresses.

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INTERVIEW: Jackie Cox Talks On Latest Return to DAYS, An Offer for Dimitri, and Life as a Performer In and Out of Drag

On the Monday, December 4th episode of Peacock’s Days of our Lives, Jackie Cox is back and hell hath no fury like a drag queen scorned! With revenge the order of the day on Leo Stark (Greg Rikaart), Darius Rose (Cox out of drag) arrives in Salem with a plan.

As Dimitri (Peter Porte) is about to turn himself into the authorities to save Leo’s skin, Darius gives Von Leuschner a talking to; letting him know that Leo deserves to rot away in prison, and so, to help Dimitri out of town, Darius has a tempting, and yet outlandish way to do just that!

Cox first appeared on Days of our Lives during the limited-series Beyond Salem in 2021 and then on to the mothership in 2022. The drag artist and Rupaul Drag Race alum took time out from his busy touring schedule of his holiday show, Jackie and Jan’s Jingle Jam (coming to a town near you), to speak with Michael Fairman TV all about his recent return to the long-running soap opera, playing ‘soapy’ versions of Jackie/Darius, and if there’s more story to come.

In addition, Jackie talks on the often misperceptions of the art of drag and drag performers, working with his DAYS co-stars since first appearing on the series including: Rikaart, Porte, Billy Flynn (Chad AKA Belinda Chinashop), and much more. Check out our chat with the incomparable Jackie below.

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You get asked back to DAYS, once again. Were you shocked that you got the call to return?

JACKIE: You know, what’s so funny is ever since my appearance on Beyond Salem a couple years ago, the fans kind of picked up on this little connection with me and Leo. Which then, Ron Carlivati (head writer, Days of our Lives) kind of expanded into my storyline last year where I came and broke up Leo’s wedding with Dr. Craig Wesley (Kevin Spirtas). What’s amazing is the DAYS fans now think they have seen me in places in the story that I’m not. Like, I was one of the prime suspects for the murder of Abigail DiMera, or I’m somehow helping Leo with other things. (Laughs) The fans have amazing imaginations of their own. I think Ron and the team picked up on that a little bit and have kind of found different ways to work me back into the storyline, which is so cool. I’m there, even when I’m not. That’s so fun for me.

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As viewers saw on Monday’s episode, you are not in scenes with Greg Rikaart but Peter Porte. Was that a surprise for you coming back to tape a new episode?

JACKIE:  When they called me to come back, I thought I’d be working with Greg again as I have been very much a part of his storyline. However, it was really fun working with Peter, because we didn’t get to work together much on Beyond Salem, even though we were both there. It was fun to kind of like build a connection to Dimitri, because I think that’s such an interesting character.

Were you ever a fan of Days of our Lives before you were even on it?

JACKIE: I would pop in and out when I was a kid when I was homesick. My mom would let me watch a little bit. So, I remember the Stefano of it all, and Hope, and all of those storylines are still in my ether somewhere from when I was young.  Coming into it now, and to see where the storylines have expanded into even more is great. The world is bigger now than maybe it was in the nineties. So, the fact that you have a drag queen dealing with an immigration problem, and getting back at her ex, I think is so wild to me. I couldn’t imagine that kind of a storyline happening back then, but it’s so cool to see now.

DAYS, at times, had shown a lot of forward-thinking to its audience that I don’t think you’d necessarily see on the other current soaps. The way they’ve had you, and other gay, or sexually-fluid characters or romances, or introduced drag into the storylines – all these things they had implemented along the way to make the soap, in its current form, a little more progressive leaning. They are also not on network TV anymore, but on a streaming platform, which gives this most likely an assist, as well.

JACKIE:  What I love about it is, sometimes people just don’t think that we exist. You know what I mean? Maybe drag queens are something they just heard about and they don’t know what we are. I think what’s great is this character is me in my real life. I am Jackie Cox. I am a drag performer who goes around the country to different places and performs and stuff. So, for that to also be my character, it’s not like, “Why is she a drag queen?” It’s like, “Well, that’s just who she is.” I just happen to be there and I know that the daytime audience is so diverse. I love that they get to just see a little bit of my real life brought into Salem in this way. You can’t deny the fact I am Darius Rose and Jackie Cox.

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It looks like Darius had a plan to ‘help’ Dimitri?

JACKIE: I don’t know if I’m as much helping Dimitri as if I have ulterior motives. I’m pretty frustrated with Leo. He is this charmer and he always gets what he wants. But I think at this point, I’ve had it with him and his schemes. He didn’t get that emerald. He didn’t give me the money from the Beyond Salem. He left me for Dr. Craig Wesley and I’m tired of it. I want to get back at him. Now that I find out he has this hot new little boyfriend, I know just how to do it because Dimitri better watch out, because he has not yet dealt with Jackie Cox yet. I have quite the persuasive offer you’ll see during the episode, and in the performances. I do think you see Dimitri really consider me and consider what I have to offer, which is to steal him a way, and help him escape to Canada with me.

We see you as Darius and Jackie in the episode, but there is a reason for that.

JACKIE: Yes! What’s fun for the audience is, I think, is there’s this tease during the episode, which is, “How are we going to get Dimitri out of here?” So, we take a page from the old drag book of tricks, which is walk right out the front door and let them look right at you, because drag is an amazing disguise. I think that Dimitri should have, could have chosen to be a fabulous drag queen and leave with me, and we could run across the Canadian border together and done cabarets in Montreal! (Laughs).

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So, this is what Jackie/Darius wants to pull off in the episode?

JACKIE: Oh yeah, and also me, in my real life, (Laughs) I wouldn’t mind doing a cabaret in Montreal. That sounds like a good life to me. I think coming to Dimitri with this offer, which is: “Come with me across the border. Let’s get away from Leo. You haven’t been hurt by him the way I have, but I know you will be.” I think for the Darius side of me, you get to see a little bit of the softer side, in a sense. I really am hurt by Leo and the things that he’s done to me, and had been keeping me from – getting a green card in this fantasy version of my life. I really want to get back at him. What I love about Peter as an actor is, as we were working through this scene, we were able to find all these other levels. I kind of build this little connection through our episode of maybe I’m offering him something that he hasn’t even thought of before, a different kind of life where he’s not this Almanian crook, but maybe he can be a free gay man, maybe drag queen in Canada with me. That’s what’s on the table and the audience sees that. Unfortunately, he doesn’t choose me at the end, but that’s not going to stop me from putting on a fabulous look and walking outta there, anyway.

So then as he leaves, is Darius hurt by all of this?

JACKIE: I’m a little hurt. I don’t think my revenge cup is full at the end of this episode. There’s still a burning little desire for me to get back at Leo by the end of this and maybe a desire for me to just get back into Salem and see if I can find Dimitri again. Let me tell you honey, looking at Peter Porte is not very hard and maybe there’s more men in Salem for me … yet. (Laughs)

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Ya never know! What was your takeaway from previously working with Greg Rikaart? Had you known Greg before taping Beyond Salem?

JACKIE: No. Greg and I met right then, and it was so much fun. Right away in those first couple of moments, we decided we needed to up this whole backstory, like just the two of us, and then it ended up on the show: that we were from New York, and we were in cahoots together, and then apparently we got married. and all this kind of subtext we worked in. For Greg and my character on DAYS, it was not about us being hot and heavy with each other. It was more about seeing each other as partners in crime very much from the beginning. So, that’s where the hurt for me comes in. I thought Leo was my main ride or die, but clearly he is not.

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Ron Carlivati has a penchant for writing these types of campy stories. Did you speak with him at any point, and talk about the fact that you would like to do more appearances on DAYS?

JACKIE. Ron did just come to my Christmas show in New York a couple weeks ago. We had a little chat. I can’t say much, but I didn’t die at the end of this. So, there’s always room to come back!  There’s always room for more Jackie.

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Do you find there’s lot of misconceptions about drag queens and people that perform in drag?  Do you think there’s an underlying misunderstanding of it within our culture?

JACKIE: There are a lot of misconceptions. A great example of it for me was last year when I came to Craig and Leo’s wedding. Once I got out of drag, Craig, wasn’t sure how to address me. I just was very clear with the pronouns I prefer out of drag. That was just something that was a matter-of-fact conversation that could happen between any two people. I think sometimes, everyone is scared of what they don’t know or they don’t understand, or are afraid of having a conversation that they think is going to be really horrible. I think the average person, no matter who you are, no matter what side of the political spectrum you are, no matter what gender or sexual orientation you are, everyone just wants to get along in general and have a decent experience walking around the world. I think if you see people like me and my character who’s a drag queen, who’s younger than for example, Dr. Craig Wesley’s character, having just a quick little conversation and then we move on … it’s not a big ‘falling on the sword’ moment. There’s nothing horrible happening. Drag can be a performance. It doesn’t actually matter who you are. Drag is just an expression, and if you love it, great. And if you don’t, you don’t have to come to my show. It’s okay.

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What did you think about Belinda Chinashop (Billy Flynn), Sonny Delight (Zach Tinker) and Amanda Bottom (Chandler Massey) in the drag show scenes in Beyond Salem? Did you give the guys any pointers, or were you just stunned at how good they were?

JACKIE: We had just shot my drag stuff with them before, and they were like, “We’re doing this later this week.” I was like, “You guys will be fine. Don’t you worry.” They had amazing makeup artists come in and help them, which was great. I think that’s the biggest part. Billy Flynn told me, it was so fun for him to get to do it. I love that. Next time I come to Salem, I think there needs to be a reason for me to get Belinda Chinashop back out of the trunk.

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You went to college at UCLA in their theatre department, didn’t you?

JACKIE: Sure did. I went to UCLA with Blake Berris (Everett). Blake and I were in the same theater program together and he booked DAYS I think right after college or while we were in college. It was amazing. He started so young. Now, we’re on this show together! How funny! We were like, “Oh my, God. This is amazing.” Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see Blake when I was there this time this time. Hopefully, the timing works out next time. I don’t think Ron Carlivati even knows that we went to school together.

Were you determined once you left UCLA to become a successful performer? What trajectory were you on at that point?

JACKIE: I went to UCLA and I really focused in on theater because I love theater so much. I didn’t actually really do much film or TV, even though it’s the school of theater, film and television. I loved the theatre. Then, after school I moved to New York because that’s where theater is. I got to New York and I realized that the theater industry was not for me, at least at that time. This was 15 years ago or so. It wasn’t quite as progressive, even in the theater industry, as it is today. I mean, to be on Broadway, you kind of had to be this big strapping hunk back then. I didn’t really find a place for me there. I did find it in New York with drag, and that really unlocked something in me. I kind of started building this career as Jackie Cox. I’ve been doing drag now for 13 years. So, for me to come back around to what I maybe kind of started doing in the first place is very interesting. We will see what happens.

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Now, would you want to take on more roles as yourself, as Darius?

JACKIE: That’s the thing. These days, writers are actually writing material that really connects to who I am. I really want to play more characters, bringing myself to the role is something that’s important to me. So, whether it’s drag, whether it’s a character, whether it’s incorporating some of my Middle Eastern heritage in there, those are all things that I want to bring to life, whether it’s in or out of drag. It’s all on the table. It’s definitely something where I still want it to have that authenticity, to have that reason where it’s me, the actor, not just someone who hasn’t lived it.

So, if you end up with an expanded role of Days of our Lives, would you take it?

JACKIE: Are you kidding? In a heartbeat! My only question to myself and to the writers out there is, am I still going to be me … or is it revealed that I’m not actually Jackie Cox, and that I’m just some delusional fan who thinks I am? (Laughs)

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In closing, how is Jackie when she walks out the door after this episode?

JACKIE: Jackie walks out the door with a renewed sense of purpose, a burning desire to eventually get back at Leo, and maybe a new friend in Salem. Those are the things that I walk out that door with, for sure.

So, did you enjoy seeing Jackie Cox back on Days of our Lives? Should the soap opera continue to weave Jackie/Darius back into the storylines with Dimitri and Leo and company? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Days of our Lives Peter Porte Stars in ‘Yuletide the Knot’ Holiday Movie on UPtv

Sunday, December 3rd, Peter Porte (Dimitri, Days of our Lives) stars in a holiday rom-com on UPtv, entitled Yuletide the Knot. Not only is Porte the romantic male lead, but he is also one of the producers of the movie.

Yuletide the Knot premieres tonight at 7 pm ET. Porte stars opposite Mary Antonini who take on the role of Rachel. Also appearing are Kelly Jakle, Kelsey Scott and Melissa Peterman.

In story, Rachel, a small-town wedding planner (Antonini), is tasked with planning a Christmas ceremony for an influencer couple. But her big plans hit a major snag when she is partnered with the bride’s manager, Logan (Porte), who is actually her first love and high school sweetheart. Will Logan and Rachel soon be kissing again under the mistletoe?

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Taking to his Instagram to share some background on the movie, Porte revealed: “I got the script in 2019 and was excited to come on board as an actor as well as producer. After months of planning, we were headed to Colorado with truckloads of Christmas decor and a start date of March 13… 2020.  Three years, countless pivots, pulled favors, and a pandemic later, my tenacious and wildly talented cast and crew made and sold a movie and I couldn’t be more proud. Let’s all get in the holiday spirit together!”

To locate UPtv stations in your area click here, or you can stream the holiday movie on UP Faith & Family here.

Watch the preview for Yuletide the Knot below.

Now let us know, will you be checking out this holiday rom-com featuring Peter Porte? Let us know via the comment section.


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Lifetime’s ‘Ladies of the ’80s: A Divas Christmas’ Brings Epic Food Fight and “Slapfest Coup de Grâce”

Get ready for the feuding soap opera divas, when five actresses known for their signature primetime and daytime roles are brought together in Lifetime’s new holiday film, Ladies of the ’80s: A Divas Christmas.

Saturday night, December 2nd on Lifetime (8pm ET/7PM CT) marks the highly-anticipated holiday movie premiere featuring: Donna Mills (ex-Knots Landing), Nicolette Sheridan (ex-Knots Landing), Morgan Fairchild (ex-Falcon Crest et al), Linda Gray (ex-Dallas) and Loni Anderson (ex-WKRP in Cincinnati).

Here’s what we do know! In story, five alums from the long-running soap, The Great Lakes reunite for a live Christmas finale. Uh-oh!  Now take a look at the backstory of the colorful cast of characters (pay special attention to the clever twists on the actresses names!)

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LAUREN EWING (Linda Gray) “Everyone thinks I’m so damn good all the time,” confesses the junk food-loving Lauren of her second act as a lifestyle guru. “I don’t know how Gwenyth Paltrow does it!”

DANA CUNNINGHAM (Donna Mills) Now a sitcom mom, she’s yet to make amends to ex-bestie Juliette after abruptly leaving the soap back in the day. Not that she hasn’t tried: “When I thought the world was going to end in Y2K,” Dana says, “I reached out to her, and she never called me back.”

LILY MARLOWE (Loni Anderson) After replacing Dana on ‘Great Lakes’, Lily never again found a role to win her acclaim. “What do I have to show for (my career)? An arc on  For the People – Shonda Rhimes’ only flop!”

JULIETTE MATHESON (Nicollette Sheridan) “She left me for L.A.,” the party girl turned fashion mogul recalls of Dana’s betrayal. Will their feud derail the entire event?

MARGEAUX ROBERTS (Morgan Fairchild) “Fasten your face-lifts, ladies, it’s gonna be a bumpy weekend!” The sassy grande dame of ‘Great Lakes’ sees the Juliette-Dana beef as the perfect escape from her own domestic drama.

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Now, making this all the more hysterical is the director of The Great Lakes reunion special, which makes the five women live under the same roof, is its former child star Alex, who has gotten his ex-girlfriend, Nell to direct the finale. Meanwhile, in the subplot. the ‘Ladies of the ’80s’ come up with a plan to get Alex and Nell back together.

As with any good soap opera, there is a major food fight. Linda Gray shared with USA Today ,”The food fight was one take. And it was fabulous.” And of course, their is a bitch-fest slap-fest. Morgan Fairchild revealed, “Oh honey, we all got ours in. Mine was a simple, ‘How dare you?’ with a slap. But I was hoping for a punch.”

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The movie’s EP, Larry Thompson, who is a Hollywood manager and has Donna Mills as a client, said that the entire scene peaks with the”slapfest coup de grâce.” What is that exactly? That is when Donna Mills pushes Nicollette Sheridan into a pool in a nod to Dynasty’s Lily bond battle between Dynasty’s Alexis (Joan Collins) and Krystle (Linda Evans).

In case you missed it previously, check out the trailer for Ladies of the ’80s: A Divas Christmas below, also starring Patrika Darbo, Alec Mapa, Mills real-life daughter, Chloe Mills, and Christopher Atkins with theme song by Tiffany.

Now let us know, will you be tuning in to the movie for a premise that should delight many a longtime soap fan? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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