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RATINGS: GH Only Soap To Show Gains! DAYS Hits New Lows in Key Female Demo!

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The ratings are out for the week of July 9-13th and there was some good news to report for General Hospital!  The lone ABC soap was the only daytime drama to add total viewers for the week adding +76,000 eyeballs.

However, Days of our Lives did not have a good week.  Not only did it lose the most viewers -176,000 of all the network soaps, but it hit all-time lows in the key women 18-49 demo in both total viewers and ratings share.  The Olympics can not come too soon for the NBC sudser, and with the big cliffhanger, some time off, and the episodes from new head writers, Gary Tomlin and Chris Whitesell about to take front and center stage, the soap is hoping for a boost come mid-August.

The CBS soaps; the number one The Young and the Restless, and the number two, The Bold and the Beautiful also dipped in viewers, but remained steady in their slots.  You can view all the ratings via Soap Opera Network here!Time to play armchair programming exec quarterback, soapers!  Tell us what it is working on your favorite soaps and what is not.   What would you change, and what would you do to increase the ratings for all four shows?

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Stephanie
Stephanie

I hope the DAYSaster story brings and keeps new viewers. As a longtime viewer, I am holding out hope that the writers restore a little bit of balance to the show. It’s been heavy with a select few characters for awhile now, and although I know we fans all have our favorites that we’d like to see everyday (mine being John and Marlena), I think variety and balance might help retain viewership.

Jane
Jane

If TIIC had left OLTL alone, they would be doing great right now. OLTL was their top-rated soap. Dumb move, ABC.

Tali Smith
Tali Smith

Miss OLTL!

terri
terri

Yes OLTL is sorely missed!!!!

susan M.
susan M.

I miss OLTL a lot also!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Marishka Ruth Rosenkrans-Embreus
Marishka Ruth Rosenkrans-Embreus

wiil always miss oltl and amc!!

Nancy
Nancy

Cry when they Todd talks about his family on GH. Miss OLTL so darn much.

Christy
Christy

Dear Paul (lee)

you don’t get it. We still want our OLTL back. Get working on a good plan to give us what we want once ABC gets the rights back.

or take your stinky self back to the UK.

te he he

ethel
ethel

first i want to say i watch all four remaining soaps – the story line i am must disgusted with is the awful triangle between steffy/liam/hope on b&b – it has just been going on forever & it is so tired & boring……………..
i have watched gh since 1963 & i am so glad it is doing so well…….i really want to see gh be the #1 soap!

susan M.
susan M.

What about OLTL did you like this soap also???? This was my #1 soap & still is…Gh is my 2nd favorite soap………….

susan M.
susan M.

I really hope GH succeds and stay’s on abc for more than one year……I really mean this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ethel
ethel

oltl was my all time favorite soap – i started watching when erika slezak first started on oltl in 1971 & i truley miss oltl!

Amanda L.
Amanda L.

GH HAS been working out okay for me lately. Anna as the new PCPD commissioner is working out great. Significantly brought up the IQ factor of the office. Patrick’s struggle with addiction is riveting. As well as the unlikely aspect of Lulu helping him as a friend who had experience dealing with a loved one in the same trap. Love her new maturity and real portrayal of a marriage by her and Dante. Another of my favorite characters. Loved GH pairing him & Anna as cool investigators. Loved Luke showing more care for his cupcake as a father. I liked Jasam until the freaking where’s-the-baby SL. The length of time its taking for that makes my eyebrows twitch in annoyance.But gotta say Todd Manning is a howl factor that I really enjoy. Also NOT working for me is the amount/type of things Mad Hatter Heather is allowed to get awaywith. Stretches the belief factor. Todd should be picking his teeth with herfor crissakes. So far Michael and Starr are okay.

TS
TS

I am really liking the crazy Heather..I hope they keep her on for awhile. .I am afraid she will be gone soon.. I hope not!! Now there is going to be another mystery with Patrick finding his wife.. Loved the clue… good surprise for the viewers.. …

Days will have one last chance with these new writers.. or I am out.. My time is not worth this soap and I need to find better use with my time than to watch the poor writing… I understand why they are losing viewers..maybe revolution could be picked up on NBC in the Days time slot… 25 years of watching Days.. might be time for something else

Mark
Mark

Ron Calivati and rFrank Valentini are what’s working!!

susan M.
susan M.

Too bad they couldn’t keep OLTL working TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

YEAH GH! I’m currently enjoying all 4 daytime dramas, so I’m not sure why the numbers are down. Perhaps the holiday? Anyway, GO SOAPS!

Patrick
Patrick

You should share with us, fans, from a fan perspective…. since, you watch all 4 dramas… what your ratings would be like.

i’m able to watch, DAYS & GH…. I left Y&R about 2 years ago… and surprisingly, i don’t miss Y&R. I champion for DAYS. couldn’t not watch my favorite DOOL. as for B&B… I think in my mind… that 1/2 hour went by too fast. how i kept up with all, was by reading the soap digest mag… at the grocery and local drug stores.

i’ve posted before… mine, would be 1. GH
2. DAYS
3. B&B
5.Y&R

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

My ranking would be
1. GH
2. DOOL
3. YR
4. BB

I only started watching B&B after OLTL was cancelled. It took awhile for me to get into it because I think it skews a little young for me. They harped on the Hope/Liam/Steffi triangle too much, but I’m starting to enjoy it more now. Y&R was a real snoozefest for awhile, but it’s picked up again in the last few weeks. I think DOOL has been really good lately, but GH is my fave.

Cathi
Cathi

Excellent for General Hospital my fave (and only daytime) show. The creativity of the off camera crew is showing through to the actors and their characters. Love the chances the writers are taking.

Hope
Hope

On General Hospital… More vets FRONT AND CENTER in the storylines…we want to see GH characters that we care about and have invested time in. Also very important is honoring the history of those legacy characters. We’ve been watching for years, you can’t fool us with bogus history and characters that don’t resemble the ones we know and love. If that is done, we may be more likely to accept OLTL/new characters and watch on a daily basis. Finally, BRING BACK ROBERT SCORPIO and reunite him with Anna and Robin. Honor his character and the history between them all. NO GUZA SCORPIOS! I’d also love to have Frisco return…and Sean Donely while you’re at it! Finally…I want to escape when I watch GH. Bring back love and romance. BTW…I am in a key demographic. I started watching when I was 10. FV and RC…are you listening??? I do want to thank tptb for bringing back Finola Hughes and putting her on contract. She’s the best part of the show for me.

Violet
Violet

Ditto everything you just said, Hope! And because I love him so much, I’ll add an extra “Bring Back Tristan Rogers” to your comments!

BOnnie
BOnnie

totally agree with you! Love the threesome with Luke and Tracy, the sadness that Anna and Patrick have endured. When Faison comes back…who knows what will happen!

Hope
Hope

I would LOVE it if Faison came back! I wish they would also do a better job of explaining why Robert/Anna stayed away from each other and Robin for so long. They need to undo the Guza Scorpio damage and have an explanation in keeping with their history and characters. I wish they would bring Sri Rao (Night Shift writer) in to to write for the Scorpios/other legacy characters. He has such a great understanding of Scorpio history and he watched back in the day! No offense to RC, but his heart obviously lies with OLTL…which I can understand. How about some TEAM WRITING! SR/RC! Then everybody would be happy! A girl can dream, right! 😉

Melissa
Melissa

Been Loving GH, with all the veterans like Finola and Lu/Dante on and their love story. Loved every single episode. Love GH and hope theres a fan club weekend next yr because I want to go. Hope GH is on for yrs to come

susanmz
susanmz

Whooo hoooo!!!!

randy
randy

sorry gh fans have to say it robin matson is saving the day..i havnt watched since the last time genie francis came back ,,but i tuned in to se robin back,,,watch when her role is up ratings will dip again,

Sue
Sue

GH is better than ever! Love the old faves like Anna, Luke and Tracy and love OLTL characters mixing it up..Todd is just awesome..comic relief that the show needed. Love Michael with Starr! Ron and Frank have worked their magic as always! Been watching since I was a kid over thirty years and GH is feeling like it did years ago..every single episode is awesome!

MikeT
MikeT

I really like crazy Heather causing havoc and the scenes with her and Todd.I would love to see that “friendship” to continue.I hope they keep Heather around long term so she can continue to keep things exciting !! I think spoilers are a big part of the declining ratings for soaps,Before the internet you had to turn in every day to see whay happened next,now you can find out how everything is going to turn out days before it airs–also you know far in advance who’s coming and leaving the show.I think if less info was given before hand,ratings would increase.

Nancy
Nancy

That’s cause Blair was on. Get the story line of Todd and Victor going and the ratings will soar!!!

Misty VanArsdale
Misty VanArsdale

That is exactly right 🙂

wanda sparks
wanda sparks

I would love to see that!!!!

Dan
Dan

Blair didn’t show up until this past week, these ratings are for the week before.

Troy Turner
Troy Turner

Gang, DAYS is in SERIOUS trouble. I’ve seen the promo for the cliffhanger…and DAYSaster? Really? I want them to make it on general principle, but they MUST do better than this.

GH-Scoff all you want, but ratings have been more up than down since Cartini took over, and displaced DAYS fans, we’ll be glad to have you in with us during the Olympic break…

Terri
Terri

Ever since Frank and Ron came from OLTL, GH is the best its been in years! Love the cross over characters from OLTL which was my favorite soap and wish they would bring it back! Have been watching since I was 13 I am now 57! Also please Frank and Ron give us back our favorite #1 soap couple Todd & Blair! PLEASE give Kassie a contract. They are so good together! Love those two together, we all know they belong together and you do too!

susan M.
susan M.

That’s good news for GH..Keep up the good work….. Still like my favorite soap OLTL more thah GH..OLTL is 1st. & GH is 2nd for me……………………

terri
terri

me too

Misty VanArsdale
Misty VanArsdale

This goes to show that if OLTL were place rightfully back where it belongs that ABC could add to their gains. We just want our scripted drama back, I miss OLTL so much every weekday! I love GH and the OLTL characters that been mixed in, plus the writers making artwork out of it all. Absolutely genius!!

susan M.
susan M.

The feeling is mutual………………………………I agree with you Misty 100%

Nancy
Nancy

FV/RC are the best writing/EP team out there. Its too bad Frons canceled OLTL but hope this great team is appreciated at GH. Now if ABC would just run promos maybe they could get some of the old viewers back that Guza/Phelps ran off.

Stephen Parker
Stephen Parker

Carlivati and Valentini are geniuses. Plain and simple. Ron’s writing is head and shoulders above the entire TV fray. GH owes its resurgence to the dynamic team composed of the former OLTL writer and that show’s ex-producer. Bringing back classic characters to the GH storyline was a brilliant and successful strategy. It all goes to show that true storytelling produces sterling results. It also proves the fact that OLTL was murdered in cold blood.

ethel
ethel

i couldn’t agree more!!

susan M.
susan M.

Too bad the ex-OLTL writers couldn’t have kept OLTL energized like GH is…

Michael
Michael

I LOVE Days and have been a loyal viewer of my fave soap since I was a kid. However, I am very worried about the state of things in Salem. I have watched Days through its many ups and downs over the years; and I can’t, for the life of me, understand how the current writers have missed so many opportunities to portray dramatic conflict. Soaps, when they are done well, are all about conflict, emotions, beloved characters, and the “what will happen next factor?”. Days has just missed so many opportunities lately. Why didn’t Corday see that Carrie/Christie Clark is riveting and interesting to watch, and come up with some great plot revisiting Carrie and Sammi? Why do we have the inane, repetitive storyline with Brady and Madison and that old man that plays Madison’s ex? Sarah Brown is an excellent actress. Why don’t the writers utilize her? Why can’t Days separate John and Marlena, acknowledge that John is boring (sorry) and write a dramatic storyline that involves the talents of the legendary, still beautiful, Deidre Hall?? (btw, please stop Will from calling her “Grandma Marlena” ten times a week. Really, we know she’s he’s grandma. We know that Deidre Hall is now old enough to play a grandmother. But, enough already- Hall is riveting, and probably expensive to keep on contract. Why not USE HER??!!) Why do they keep the stocker/Gabby storyline going when it is just plain unbelievable, and lacking any emotional depth whatsoever? Also, that actress that plays Gabby is just plain terrible. (sorry) How did the casting director miss that? Why oh why do have they missed 101 possible story lines for Will that could shed some light on the coming out process, beyond the “I’m out, now I gotta blackmail E.J yet another time?” Why don’t the writers capitalize on the chemistry between Sammi and EJ and write something compelling, instead of repeating the same old dialogue and circumstances. And yes, we know they have “kids” together, but if I hear Sammi/Allison mention their “kids” in one more scene together, I’m gonna throw out my hourglass. And for God’s sakes, why did they ruin Rafe’s character by putting him in that nonsensical “relationship” with Carrie?? Rafe has always been a stand-up guy, and he simply would not go after his wife (or ex-wife’s) sister. The whole storyline seemed false from the moment it began, and Days is simply wasting Galen’s talent. Why are they pairing up Abigail and that really boring actor (sorry) while completely ignoring the talents of Jenn and Jack?? Why are they writing off Jack (AGAIN) before trying a new direction for his character? Why don’t they give Jen/Melissa Reeves a compelling, emotional storyline that utilizes her character?? Sorry, but I love Days. Every time I read a story on this website that mentions a dip in the ratings, I worry that Days may not make it to their next anniversary. Also, for the life of me, I do not understand… Read more »

Violet
Violet

I also wonder if the drops can be traced back to the loss of Soapnet in so many markets. For example, I hadn’t watched Days in many years, but was able to catch up on it in the evenings on Soapnet after OLTL was canceled. (At that point, I had some evening time I could replace OLTL with Days.) Then I would watch Days sometimes during the day when it aired if I had time because I knew what was currently going on with the characters. Now, my Soapnet is gone. I can’t watch Days in the evening so don’t have the momentum to watch during the day when I’m busy with other things and have lost track of current Days events. They lost me as a viewer, unfortunately.

Dan
Dan

I’m loving GH since Frank and Ron took over. I’ve been a GH fan for 18 years, so my loyalty is to GH first and foremost, and it always will be. But I’m happy with the way they’ve incorporated the OLTL characters into the show, and I think they’ve all fit in very nicely. Todd has quickly become one of my favorites. The guy is a hoot.

But I also didn’t want to see the show become OLTL 2.0 either. I know that’s what some people wanna see, but that wouldn’t be fair to the loyal GH fans. Frank and Ron have done a nice job coming up with a happy medium that should be able to please fans of BOTH shows.

They’ve brought in some OLTL characters, but also honored GH’s brilliant history by featuring legendary characters like Anna and Heather, rejuvenating a boring character like Kate and making her exciting again, and giving a great actor like Jason Thompson the best material of his career. The mob storylines have been put on the backburner, as well, which is also a big positive in my book.

They still have plenty of work to do, and the show isn’t perfect. But all the people that have tuned out for various reasons in recent years should give GH another chance.

BOnnie
BOnnie

Great news for GH, may the ratings continue to fly high! Bring back the Nurses Ball and it will be magical. I think Robin’s ghost, Heather’s shenigans helped!

susan M.
susan M.

Heather said yesterday to Anna that Robin is ALIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Is she telling the truth or not??? Heather is twisted…………….

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

Heather is twisted, but cleaver, she knows what she is doing By telling Anna that Robin is alive, and It looks like she knows who has Robin, I keep hearing that Ewan is involved. Interesting.

Matt
Matt

Don’t like GH. As a longtime Days viewer. There is hope for the show. The new writers are coming, and the cliffhanger this week.

susan M.
susan M.

To each his own…Always liked the soaps on abc…Never ventured to the other networks soaps………………….

Bart
Bart

May the ratings coninue to plummet like a mill stone on “Y & R” – then and only then can we P-R-A-Y for new writers!!!

TS
TS

The day that Days showed somone putting the gloves in back of the print in Ejays, Ian was in another scene talking to Kate… then days later they show a replay of that scene showing it is Ian… poor writing and editing by the show… mistakes like that should not happen…

Patrick
Patrick

my take on that was, they were just showing, the audience, the inevitable… that, we already, surmised…that it was Ian all along… course, it would seem, like Ian’s responsible for all the mayem… going on… ie: Brady’s being drugged, framing EJ… cause, Ian wanted Stefano’s empire…thru Kate. course, kate is “on” to him… becoming more suspicious… and now… John Black… finally, is being given some thing to do…

now, John, who is a “DiMera”… is going to contest Stefano’s will…. etc… and get, what is “rightfully” his share as well…. Marlena quipping… imagine, John… running the DiMera Empire….

doesn’t this all seem like a lot is happening to EJ… without “his” family, prior to the return of Kristen and Stefano? October 11, can’t come soon enuf for EJ… i thought, days, would wait… till both, kristen and Stefano… were back… to help EJ… fight it all out… with Salemites.

i say this, as well, cause, Lucas found the letter, Will put in the safe, that alice wrote to stefano, saying EJ is not his son…. i was hoping this would all come to light in october, when stefano, and kristen returned…. how will they play this out? i want EJ to be a DiMera.

Jennifer
Jennifer

There is still a lot of life left in GH!! Keep watching soaps my fellow fans.

susan M.
susan M.

You could say tthat again !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rj
Rj

Wow! Guess I am not the only one not watching Days lately. Hope the cliffhanger will bring us all back and make us want to watch again.

Kathy
Kathy

Loving the oltl characters on GH bring more to town! Bought time for a crazed wife to check in on John Mcbain.

susan M.
susan M.

Like OLTL charcters on GH also…………..They should bring Viki in town to visit her brother Todd……

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

I heard at soaptown that it may happen and a visit from Vicki is in the future, I sure hope so, I hope it is not a rumor, How can the General hospital fans who don’t like our One life to live crossovers dislike our Vicki?

susan M.
susan M.

I can’t see how they wouldn’t like Viki.. She is a sweet heart, a very good actress which she has proved over &over again………….She has such a beautiful smile !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can’t stop saying enough good things about our Viki (Erika Slezak)…………………………………………………………………….

susan M.
susan M.

This for Barabara t. Loves OLTL #1……….You were right about Ewan the shrink…He is behind everything to do about Robin….What is his motive???/ Why is he doing this????? He comes off as goody two shoes…But he isn’t…Heather was telling the truth to Anna today(thurs.) about Robin being alive..That she saw Robin in Ferncliff when she was there…Poor Robin got a shock treatment..Will she lose all her memories??? And what about Todd today seeing on his computer the confession of Johnny’s killing of Starr’s baby & husband… Oh BOY!!! EXCITING!!! PLEASE REPLY TO MY COMMENTS & LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

susan M.
susan M.

Where are you Barbara t..Loves OLTL #1….Wanted you to read my comments & let me know what you think…..

susan M.
susan M.

He shoot out the TIRES…AGAIN PLEASE REPLY TO MY COMMENTS Barbara t…Loves OLTL #!………………GH is ROCKIN TODAY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

Sorry, I have been gone, never got any e mails from you, I was right about that Ewan guy now the big question is who does he work for and why did he choose to shock our poor Robin. Do you think Heather was telling the truth i have to hear more today It is getting very interesting, I hope Robin will be ok and she gets found SOON before they shock her again, I want to know who this enemy of Anna is. And it looks like Todd does know about Johnny shooting out those tires, If he did it maybe someone else did it and we are being lead to believe it was Johnny, Yes General hospital is getting good.

susan M.
susan M.

I saw in soap digest today it said Robin has a dangerous escape….What ever that means…I just read the cover in the supermarket..Didn’t buy it. Don’t know the rest of the story……Who is Ewan taking orders from when he was on the phone in ferncliff???? Anna is very determined and is going to austria..She found the pamphlet on the floor by robins bed…………….keep watchiin….Talk to you later…

BarbT
BarbT

This is not surprising. As far as I am concerned, ABC always had the best soaps. And I not just talking about GH, AMC and OLTL, but Dark Shadows, Ryan’s Hope, Edge of Night, Port Chuck (as I called it), etc. ABC would be riding very high if they had just left things alone and left the 3 super soaps continue. But no, they had an go mess things up, screw with the viewers, and now they are paying for it. I hardly watch ABC anymore, except for GH, and Castle (but its on summer hiatus). There was a time I would pretty much watch ABC all the time. But no more..

susan M.
susan M.

Watched Dark Shadows..It was a different kind of soap opera…Creepy but good at times…………………………………………………..I watch just GH on abc too……ABC is making themselves to be losers as far as daytime programming goes…A lot of shows no one will ever watch…Reality/info crap shows that don’t work on daytime programming… As we all well know………The soaps made so much money for ABC threw so many, many years ,why did they have to destroy it ? Doesn’t make any sense to me..I say why ruin a good thing if there are a lot of viewers enjoying their soaps & will continue to watch them always…They don’t know what they are doing that’s ovious…………………………………..

kalamaty
kalamaty

YOUNG and the RESTLESS is still kicking ass and taking names; it’s the show all of the other aspire to be! LOVING Y&R right now!!!

Liz
Liz

I have not been watching gh like I use to but now with the return off Robin I will come back.I have been watching gh for 35 years and is a big fan but nothing has been keeping me tuned in like before ,oh I can’t wait until tomorrow looking to see if I can find a sneak peek but now that I see Robin coming back I will be back,I only watch Patrick and fast forward through the rest .the show has lost a lot of people but Robin will bring them back

Gmbenet
Gmbenet

Days’ ratings took a dip Spring 2012 when couples were broken up. Marlene McPherson and D. Thomas, then head writers were made to take the fall for what may have been unwise decisions by NBC execs who interfered with Days writing. The gay Will Horton storyline was also a major reason for the dip in the ratings.

The Lexie illness/death storyline briefly elevated the ratings. But the couples who were broken up have not been reunited. Instead of new writers blowing up Salem, bring back Marlene McPherson and D. Thomas and let them write the stories they wanted to write in the first place. After the September 2011 Days reset, rating were increasing. Ratings even reached to coveted 2.0. Go back to what was started in September 2011 and thime time do it right. That will fix the show the right way.

Blowing up Salem is stupid and disrespectful of the hard work and imagination done by wiriters who were familiar with and respected the show’s history and tradition.

Tamara
Tamara

It was doctor kenan!!! Get out of here to me that means he works for Helena

kay/kay
kay/kay

I heard that they were leaning to it tying back to Anna years ago when she was being held in a cage, wasn’t that some crazy doctor who had an obsession with her? Anyway they may have decided to switch gears but I always knew this Dr. Keenan was no good he must have a connection with someone who hates Anna and maybe Robert you noticed she kept calling out for Patrick plus her mom & dad I hope this means my main man Robert Scorpio is coming back.

Christy
Christy

do you mean Grant Putnam? he tried to kidnap Robin and actually kidnapped Anna.

“In early 1988, Robin was kidnapped by the insane Grant Putnam. Grant even killed Filomena and kidnapped Anna, holding her in a cage inside his cottage where she was guarded by a Doberman named Satan.” but I can’t find out what happened to Grant when they rescued Anna… he was psycho. Did they put him in FernCliff or shoot him dead??

Christy
Christy

yeah – I just read that on Wikipedia! ha! well I was correct in thinking it was FernCliff and was thinking it was a doctor doing work for Helena… so I wonder if kenan has something to do with Helena besides being Cassandra’s dr. and renting Windemere a while back.

kathy M
kathy M

who thinks johnny is going to sleep with the fishes???? You know Todd wants to kill him what can stop him??? And i was hoping that liz had a boyfriend for good….gee how can that be if he is evil, i guess sam and jason are over and done with well maybe jason and liz will decide to be together again. She needs a husband, so why dont they find her one! lol. As for other soap stars from our soaps that got canceled i am all for them appearing on GH till someone gets some balls and maybe writes a new soap with all them in it, its possible they could do that, if they put their minds to it! Keep the family lines how close was pine valley to port charles and landview??? Anyone that smart enough to know? If they near enough a disaster could strike one and them all come to live in a new town, it happens alot this day and age, and people move on, so why not?

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

Rafe and Carrie were great together and very believable.Sorry to see Carrie leave.Did not care for Austin.

Cindy Grimes
Cindy Grimes

Screw the Chew, Paul Lee and ABC! “ABC is not looking to revive All My Children or One Life to Live”. Then sell the DAMN rights back to Agnes Nixon or to another interested party!!!!! Why is ABC holding on to the rights of OUR soaps?????

Days Of Our Lives

Eric Martsolf Talks Brady Being Duped & His Co-Stars; Galen Gering & Camila Banus Chat Hernandez Siblings On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’

On the latest episode of the Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast, Eric Martsolf (Brady Black) chats with host. Michael Fairman as Brady’s story hits a major turning point!  As DAYS fans know, Brady recently hit the sheets with “Nicole” who was Kristen in disguise.

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During the podcast conversation, Eric explains how he has to sometimes suspend belief to make stories work in daytime which included Brady not figuring out that “Nicole” was Kristen, although it certainly re-ignited his thoughts of her!  Plus, he chimes in on the fun he has had working with his co-stars: Arianne Zucker (“Nicole”) and Stacy Haiduk (Kristen/Susan) in their many scenes

Later, Eric tries to remember all of the loves of Brady’s life that crashed and burned, and is posed the question, “What would he think if Days of our Lives SORAS’d Brady’s son, Tate, to an 18-year-old?

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Then, the podcast goes behind the scenes for a dressing room segment where Galen Gering (Rafe) welcomes his on-screen sister, Camila Banus (Gabi).  The two banter about their on-screen and off-screen relationship as brother/sister and friends, and how much they value one another as they create the Hernandez sibling dynamic.

To download the episode via iTunes click here.   To listen to the podcast via NBC.com/Inside Salem click here.

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DAYS Promo: What’s Going To Happen At Jarlena’s Wedding Anniversary Shindig?

Coming up next week on Days of our Lives, prepare for drama, drama, and more drama! From the looks of the latest promo for the NBC soap opera, the action takes place at Marlena (Deidre Hall) and John’s (Drake Hogestyn) surprise one-year wedding anniversary soirée, where things could take a deadly turn!

But with the Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) masquerading as “Nicole” plot reaching new heights, Anna DiMera (Leann Hunley) and Tony DiMera (Thaao Penghlis) back in Salem, and the promo telling viewers “For one guest, the party, is over” followed by Sonny (Freddie Smith) yelling, “She’s got a gun!” and Brady’s (Eric Martsolf) ending line, “Oh, my God!” there is plenty to conjecture.

Also seen in the teaser is Kate (Lauren Koslow) trying to rip off the face of Susan Banks (Stacy Haiduk), and Stefan (Brandon Barash) and Gabi (Camila Banus) getting hot and heavy and Eric (Greg Vaughan) yelling, “No!”

So, check out the promo below and then let us know via the comment section below, what you think is about to go down at Jarlena’s party, where last August at their nuptials … things did not go off without a hitch, either!

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DAYS Stacy Haiduk and Eric Martsolf Talk Kristen & Brady’s Twisted Relationship : The Mask, The Deception, The Sex

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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