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RATINGS : Good Week For General Hospital and Days of our Lives!

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The ratings are out for the week of August 19-23rd and it was a good week for the third and fourth place, General Hospital and Days of our Lives.  GH continued its upswing and added another+75,000 in total viewers, while DAYS added the most viewers of the week adding +100,000 total viewers.

Meanwhile, The Young and the Restless took a hit in the key 18-49 female demo hitting tying all-time low in the rating/share.  Y&R also lost -57,000 in total viewers.  

The Bold and the Beautiful also lost during the ratings week the most number of total viewers losing -92,000, but remaining strong in second place among all the network soap operas.  You can check out the whole ratings picture courtesy of SON by clicking here!

Now its time for you to be our Soap Opera Programming Executive Armchair Quarterback.  Why do you think General Hospital and Days of our Lives added viewers during the ratings period, while The Young and the Restless and Days of our Lives, suffered some viewer loss?  The stories heated up? What do you think is the best soap on the air right now?  What do you think is the worst and needs the most help?  Weigh-in1!

 

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Johnny
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Johnny

Although I don’t really like or enjoy any of the current GH stories, I can see why the ratings are good. Ron Carlivati has been doing a very good job at day to day suspense and forcing the viewers to “tune in tomorrow”. I don’t like Sonny or stories where he is made to look like a hero. But we are getting that in large doses. I don’t like mob stories…but here we are with a canvas full of mobsters…new , old and returning. I don’t like that AJ is being made out as whipping boy and town pariah. It… Read more »

SUSAN M.
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SUSAN M.

I am enjoying all the current stories on GH…..I have no complaints..

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I agree with you on AJ. I’ve been saying on many posts that I LOVE AJ! Frustrates me that half the town belittles him and they have committed individually as well as colllectively more harm than he’s ever done. Buts the shite outta me!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Bugs!

Stephania
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Stephania

Seriously , How could you not like any GH storylines right now? I knew that once Ron C and Frank V refused to be held hostage by PP, it would be on and crackin. I am so happy that the writing team is moving right along. Sonny is the best. He hasn’t acted this well in a few years.. Granted, he is off his meds, but MB is doing an excellent job . However, I agree about AJ being too buff to be constantly bullied. He does have panic attacks and self estem issues as well, so until he can… Read more »

Jeff
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Jeff

IMO where the Y&R and B&B belong, at the bottom! Go GH and Days!

su0000
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su0000

I agree..!
Just how does Y&R and BB stay on top?
They are both sleepers and terribly boring bad bad sucky bad .. ”stink lol .. ..

GH is King of soaps !!

su0000
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su0000

Yes, Y&R stinks in comparison to GH, and I watch both/am a long time fan of both and GH puts Y&R to shame..
There is something about the ratings of Y&R that is a mystery..

people, as myself, watch Y&R because we’re loyal fans, but that gives Y&R a number but does not say it is better than GH, it is not..
seems numbers and quality are 2 different things whit soap ratings..

Patrick
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Patrick

Hip, Hip, Hooray!

Yes… Yes! let it be…..

Days… and GH.

what do you not understand?

Serial, at it’s best…..

I’m watching Y&R, again… tribute to Jeanne Cooper…. in the same breath… I don’t miss Genoa City.

never liked B&B… that’s for the “FEW” rich and famous. who lives like that…? blah…

so… give me Salem and Port Charles.. and I’ll find something to like… and endear me… the quality enough to keep up and Tune IN.

love this stuff.

Sharon
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Sharon

The best soap on the air is General Hospital!!! Has been for 50+ years!!! I don’t watch DAYS, never could get into it and B&B got so boring, silly and repetitive that I stopped watching it. Y&R is pretty boring right now as well but I’m trying to hang in there. If I’m home I watch it but if I miss it, it’s no big deal. GH is the only soap that I tape if I’m not going to be home and even when I watch it live, I usually watch it again on SoapNet that night or on the… Read more »

Joanna
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Joanna

Gh is on fire! It has been a SUPER soap lately!! Bringing back everyone especially Lucy! She is just joy to watch. It is must watch!!!!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

GH was on running on all cylinders last week– and when stories are hot the viewers watch. Days is picking up a bit after having slowed down for a while. Y&R is starting to feel the discontent of viewers with JFP and the direction this regime took the show– it has been a year since taking over and the show is declining, not getting better. Why Sony can’t put two and two together and realize their choice for producer is hurting the show is beyond me. The ratings should go up for Katherine’s memorial– but after that and with the… Read more »

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Mary f…had to reply here…i do love your idea that Britt is carrying her own brother! but it would horrify Anna that the daughter of her enemy was carrying her own grandchild and then Dr. O kidnapped him …as for the A.J. thing i was simply pointing out to some that AJ or Ava would be too obvious…it has to mean someone or something else…however i didnt say Connie was trying to write a whole sentence…i feel she was going to write one more word which wouldve revealed killer…i seen this in some old movie or crime show a long… Read more »

Ryan
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Ryan

Frank and Ron are back in their groove after the character introductions. All story lines are building and converging. It really is all about the writing & the use of Core vs. New Characters. They have figured out the mix. Y&R losing viewers in the build up to Katherine’s death is a huge red flag. That should be a moment where fans who currently watch and used to watch check in and see this iconic character written out in a way that she is due. That is not happening, which is sad. Congrats #Cartini! Now just one nudge to bring… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

I swear… to you… and at the very least… my reason…

if there’s no Carmine… left…. and it would seem like the story for Michael and Lauren… is now? they’re on the mend…?

that was the only good story going…

Jeanne Cooper… I celebrate you.

brian
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brian

Hate this rating game. I watch GH and OLTL because I like them.

Derrick
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Derrick

What the hell………………
I’m hoping the TWC is the reason for CBS dropping in the ratings. I would think Katherine’s memorial would bring up the ratings!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

General ‘HOT’pital is no. 1…Poor Dulls As Our Lives, The Yawn And The Restless, and The Bored and The Beautiful are just plain awful…GH is HOT, HOT, HOT!!! And it doesnt matter ratingswise what order they are in.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Your THE BORED & THE BEAUTIFUL titkle twist made me smile. The series is dull of late. I want the characters to grow up some and the powers that be clean house some as they solidify core families/legacy characters and incorporate a few new ones that make a difference and stay on the canvas.

GH is a strong soap thanks to the current leadership team. I am so happy it was spared cancellation for that really could have happened.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

I liked Susan Flannery as Stephanie and tried to continue watching up until about a few months ago but it just no longer interest me. GH is my favorite, ive watched Dools since it began in the 60s but its not too interesting at the moment but some episodes are entertaining and as for Y&R i tune in on occasion now and even less since the passing of my favorite Jeanne Cooper…i still like Tracy Bergman who plays Lauren and watch when she and Micheal are on…GH remains the soap i rarely miss.

ricardo
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ricardo

general hospital is on fire right now. i love dr.o. she loves to sing and dance. who knew?. dr. o is evil, but she is entertaining to watch. i am so happy kimberly is coming back in the fall. great news for us fans. please bring back robert scorpio.now. sign tristan to a contract. also jackie zeman needs to come back home with lucas. i miss bobbie spencer so much. julian jerome is hot hot hot. i love him so much.

Patrick
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Patrick

‘Robin… “The Drakes”. honestly… the best.
‘Robert Scorpio… and he’s still HOT. trio on par #1 … with Anna and Duke.
‘Bobbie Spencer…. she’ll always be beloved. more than so many…
– her son Lucas… why not? I’ll stand by that.

Julian Jerome… is sky rocketing penchant for sexy dark masculine uber presence.

Michael
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Michael

The fact that Y&R took a huge hit in the ratings should be a signal to Angelica McDaniel (CBS Daytime Chief) and Steve Kent (Sony Pictures) that fans are quickly tuning out to the dredge and druck that JFP is dishing out that thinks is good drama. PUHLEEEZZZEEEE! #FireJFP @saveyrtoday

su0000
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su0000

Summer, Nick, Jack story is pitifully bad dull not interesting terrible.. I wish the story would be flushed for the bad crap it is. Neil and Rose story is boring and way to drawn out.. Who actually cares? There is no drama, it stinks of dying.. Nikki and her stuffed nose crying is over kill Sharon and her Zombie act is hard to find a word to describe the stupid of it. Lauren and Carmine was almost a comedy as far as suspenseful whatever it failed miserably .. Y&R is much like the movie; Plan Nine from Outer Space, noted… Read more »

SUSAN M.
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SUSAN M.

Yes, GH is smoking hot! All the major stories are hitting the fan!!!!! Today on GH Britt admitted to Patrick that her baby isn’t his at all, Maxie with her baby , Spinelli is a dad ,& the guy saving Danny’s life is the baby’s grandfather and I think AJ didn’t kill Connie.. I think the initials in Connie’s blood is Ava Jerome(AJ) . Because Connie figured out that the guy running Crimson is really Julian and Connie over heard his conversation on the phone heard him say the name Julian over the phone with Ava…And Connie was going to… Read more »

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

I originally thought Ava but i think RC is going to put a twist on it and maybe its Alice or even Monica. Also, now i wish Britss baby will really turn out to be Patricks…and Robins! DrO is cleaver enough to pull that shocking twist…Britts carrying Patricks and Robins son!!!

Patrick
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Patrick

OMG!

what if… that’s the truth?

Dr. O’s been holding captive Robin?

Oh.. Jim… you’re too much… could this be…?

I’d hold out the red carpet if you’re right…

this would be big time stuff… for the twist and story of all return stories….

SUSAN M.
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SUSAN M.

Then why did Connie put the initials AJ in her blood?

Jules
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Jules

Jim, you come up with the best theories and ideas. You really do! This one in particular though, about Robin and Patrick, is probably my favourite though :).

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Susan, i think AJ in her blood is a red herring to fool us viewers…it could mean A.J or Ava Jerome or Connie could also be trying to warn that Sonny that Ava and Julian are part of the Jerome family…she could been spelling out A.J.s mother or even Alice who is fond of A.J. I just think A.J. and Ava would be too predictable…i could be wrong but i dont think RC would write it that simple…it has to be someone other than the two obvious…unless the shocking twist is A.J. really did shoot her!!!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

One more suspect…Heather Webber…shes been known to escape the sanitarium before…Connie couldve been writing A.J. is innocent but died too soon…Heather might not liked it that Connie hurt Franco when she revealed Kiki wasnt his daughter…maybe farfetched but there are endless possibilities and stranger things have happened in PC!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

O come on Jim, the woman is dying, she only has moments to live, she is desperate to say something and you think she is trying to write out a whole sentence, like AJ’s mother, or AJ is innocent– please. I am starting to think it is not an A and J but she was trying to draw some kind of symbol that is related to the killer— maybe a tattoo he had or a pendent on a necklace– I agree anything is possible, but a dying woman is not going to be writing a whole sentence, just something short… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

Well, you can never say never when it comes to Heather!!!!!!!! Interesting thinking jimh!

Shay
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Shay

When it comes to Heather, never say never!!!!! Interesting theory, jimh….

Phil
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Phil

These are easily the best two soaps on the air right now!

k/kay
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k/kay

Young & The Restless do not know of one of my friends or relatives that watched it are still watching they have shut it off and tell me they are much happier. I saw 10 minutes of the storyline of Carmine & Michael’s fight and I was truly embarrassed for this once great show. I have set my recorder for JC’s memorial but I am not taping it anymore after that. And if that is disloyal so be it had enough when it is junk it is junk. As for GH still have hope usually more good days then bad.… Read more »

Derek
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Derek

The two best soaps on right now are AMC and Days. I don’t watch GH so can’t comment on that. Young and restless is boring, and bold and beautiful only focuses on love triangles. Bleh. Oltl was also super boring with no plot movement.whatsoever save for the last 3 weeks.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Maybe Britt will actually be carrying Patricks and Robins baby…Dr.O is clever enough to pull it off!!!

Shay
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Shay

And exactly where is that deliciously devious Dr. O.???? Missed her vivaciously vile visage soooo very much last week….

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

hiding from Anna…probably in Nikolaus big mansion now that Britts living there…or on stage in Las Vegas doing a Marlene Dietrich singing act…lol

Shay
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Shay

What an expansive imagination you have, jimh!!!! I always enjoy your theories and flights of fancy regarding GH storylines….don’t know if a less evil Dr. O. would be nearly as enchanting or entertaining, but I do hope the “GreatGati” will be around for a long, long time!!!! Speaking of creative notions, I could not help but ROFLMAO at Britt’s assertion that Brad is her “babydaddy!” REALLY? Like we are supposed to believe that the brilliant beauty and her equally gifted mutta decided getting the gaysian lab tech to “donate” to their cause was the solution to all their problems? PLEEEZE!… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

I’d vote for the latter, although it’s probably the former! Bet Liesl O. could do a rousing rendition of “(See What) the Boys in the Back Room (Will Have)”…haha! That being said, I can definitely envision the mad mutta lurking beneath Windemere in those secret passageways…perhaps Helena provided her a map for quick and easy access!!!!! Wherever she may be, I hope she materializes soon! Britta needs her, and so does GH!!!!! A day in PC without the dark diabolical doctor is like a day without sunshine!!!! P.S. Sorry about the double posting on “Heather.” Thought my connection timed out… Read more »

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

I hope that Dr.O has an identical twin sister who switched places with her, and like Robin is held captive by her evil twin…this way when Anna catches the evil Dr.O and sends her to prison Britts less villainess mom can come to PC and be with Britt full time!!! She can be a little bit of a troublemaker but not too bad a villain…she also sings and gets a parttime job at some of the local clubs, and as a normal Dr. she can get a job at General Hospital and have some run ins with the staff, especially… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

Oh, and speaking of Epiphany, am I the only one who was seriously disappointed that she didn’t perform “It’s Raining Men” at the Nurses’ Ball???? What a showstopper that could have been combined with the male revue they had!!!!

Jared
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Jared

I will probably record next week’s Y&R. I like the idea of them keeping Katherine in the story. It has the potential to be a beautiful tribute if written well. I really wish they never undid the Katherine/Jill mother/daughter story. It was so important, and it was such a rip-off to re-write history to bring on a son who isn’t even on the canvas any longer and was ill conceived from the start. Anyway, I haven’t been able to stomach this show and what I’ve seen gets a D grade. B&B gets a U for unwatchable. Why this is the… Read more »

Dan
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Dan

What a tremendous week for GH! They added another 75,000 viewers, they jumped over Y&R to move into first place in women 18-34, and they jumped over B&B for 2nd place in women 18-49 for the week and for the year to date. The show has been fantastic lately, and if you’re not watching, you’re really missing out.

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

Yeah, but now progress will stall because Franco is coming on again. The weeks with good ratings are ones where Franco is off the air mostly.

su0000
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su0000

GH added viewers because the acting is suburb / intense, awesome.. Also, the stories are mysterious, spellbinding, thrilling, and have a lot drama and heart.. GH is and always has been the leader in high drama .. It offers suspense and keeps me aware and awake and at times on the edge of my seat.. The couples are not boring nor overwhelming with problems.. GH’s cast are the best of the best actors.. Excellent acting.. GH has the best dramas, suspense full of twists turns and surprises Writers .. GH also uses past history and brings in past vets when… Read more »

Amanda
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Amanda

I agree! love GH !!!

Patrick
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Patrick

“Days: in Salem”. Judy Evans and Wally Kurth. on stage: quips: Big. Justin: “We’re done here.” Judy: “this conversation, or our marriage.” Adrienne: “are you even speaking to me…” “are we even going to engage?” Adriene: “my son, is practically a member of the DiMera, family.” Justin, to Adrienne: Today . “you should leave” LOL… delicious, radiant… it’s judy and kurth… how much Fun is two …. ——- J.J. finally, crosses, THE Line…. calling his mom a slut… and he’s still calling the shots… I don’t mind Jenn … “this, way”. – Daniel. is so sick of secrets and lies.… Read more »

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

Why such good ratings for the week on GH?
Minimal Franco, Franco eliminated from imposing on the Danny story. In a nutshell.

gloria
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gloria

I wish Franco would leave the show forever. He was first supposed to be Kiki’s father, which would have entrenched him with the Q’s-being the father of another heir. It also looked like he would be able to save Danny which would have had the potential for some good stories but both of these things are over with. I see absolutely no purpose for this awful character. Cannot stand Roger H. playing him. GO AWAY. And WHY on earth is Ava still living in the Q mansion? Monica & Tracy would have kicked her to the curb the minute they… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

Excellent point about Ava still being holed up at “ChezQ!” What the???? Now that she has betrayed AJ by voting for Tracy, Monica (by way of Alice…) should toss her out on her bodacious behind, but I guess the doc is still out of town attending that medical conference or whatever? Hopefully this will happen soon, although I suppose Mama Quartermaine may be a bit more preoccupied by the fact that her son is currently being held for murder….Also, it’s about time Kiki and Morgan hit the road, as well. Their little summer love nest should prove to be a… Read more »

Judy
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Judy

I am also not loving the 3 from OLTL They just not working for me the real Franko was awesome RH Franco is more of A Fako than Franco lol !! please pair him with Ava or anyone except carly they are horrible together !! But I am thank ful That they have finally realized GH fans Do not want him shoved down our throats Every show !! Then there Silas the weirdo Sorry but didn’t care for Mcpain and Silas is Even worse but neither are a good fit For Sam they need Jason or at Least a Jason… Read more »

Babsy
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Babsy

I also don’t like sick children storues but at least Ron and his team let the children live. Guza & co. loved killing children and making all of the female characters sick and stupid. They all had to deal with many illnesses and also lost all their strength and common sense. So I will take Ron’s stories anytime over Guza’s. Sean has finally had a chance to act. Kirsten has been off the charts anazing..just wish Kelly Sullivan had been kept on the xanvas!

Babsy
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Babsy

Sorry for the typos..writing from my phone!

su0000
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su0000

I love Franco as do numerous others, don’t speak for us.. His character is just starting to develop and RH will make his Franco awesome, RH has the character midis touch.. ME as Silas is great! He is so much better than boring do nothing McBain His character is developing and I like the new life ME has. I can’t wait for ME/Silas to have a story.. KA/Starr has grown as an actress a Kiki and she doing a great job, I like her better than Starr.. The 3 have yet to have a story of their own.. And I… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

Totally agree about RoHo and ME….I really do not think they deserve the bad rap they have taken! I am enjoying the journey of exploring their new/revised characters, even though I completely despised (James) Franco’s vision of his namesake….the 2.0version is much more complex and human in comparison! Still not into Kiki, though…there are still too many annoying and unattractive aspects to her role at this point. I am hoping that there will be some changes and refinements to KA’s portrayal to make her more acceptable and popular. As for some of the oldies, you are correct….I have previously mentioned… Read more »

Lode
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Lode

General Hospital and Days of Our Lives are the best shows in daytime with General Hospital in the lead. I agree with one of the comments, Sonny has too much power. When Sonny had the gun on A.J., Dante should have pulled out his gun on Sonny and told him to put down his weapon or else. Instead, Sonny was allowed to threaten A.J with Michael begging Sonny not to shoot. Also, as the same commenter stated, A.J. is a differently built guy who should be able to take on Sonny, physically. I don’t understand why the writers don’t allow… Read more »

Leah
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Leah

I love complex grey characters and couples…. hence why I’m watching and invested in 1st: EJ and Sami on Days of our Lives and 2nd: Adam/Chelsea on Young and the Restless.
Been turned off the Bold and the Beautiful after Brooke slept with her sisters husband. Regardless of circumstances etc etc, it was a new low, low for Brooke and I don’t think the writers should have ever gone there!

Charday
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Charday

Tired of Franco and Sonny storylines, but otherwise I like what’s going on at GH.

su0000
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su0000

There hasn’t been an actual Franco story, an the past month there has been little of Franco..
Sonny has been near backburnnered for past couple of months..
I am waiting for a Franco story to actually happen and to see Sonny back in action..

Shay
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Shay

Franco, yes, Sonny, no!!!! The snail’s pace of the FrancQ storyline has been almost TOO obvious, probably due to RoHo’s outside work commitments, but he really does need to get back to frontburner status on the show…I miss his energy, comical dialogue and off-the-wall antics! At the very least, he owes Ava some huge payback for her lies regarding Kiki!!!! As for Sonny, he and his “Bensonhurst Babe, No. 2” can stay in hiding as far as I’m concerned. His recycled plots (another love bites the dust, family problems, mob wars, Carly drama…) and his sullen/explosive reactions to them are… Read more »

Pam
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Pam

I’m REALLY disappointed in DAYS lately. They need to change Head Writers also like Y&R. DAYS needs to go back to the 80’& 90’s where they had more romance & humor and less negativity. Alice & Tom Horton would roll over in their graves with what is going on now. The BIGGEST mistake The Powers That Be are making NOW is keeping the fabulous Drake Hogestyn out of Salem!! What a waste of his talents! With out Drake on I don’t mind missing the show either. As far as Y&R is concerned the story line I hate more than anything… Read more »

Nicole
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Nicole

Will and Sonny on Days are delicious….just wish Chandler wasn’t leaving so soon!!!

Amanda
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Amanda

The reason for ratings getting better for GH is bc its the best soap on air now! Its getting more interesting and keeping us on the edge of our seats with connie being killed and luke being sick. maxies baby drama and just everything going on right now ! its just good tv! Ive always loved general hospital It is my favorite. young and the restless to me is boring!

KELLY&MICHAEL FAN
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KELLY&MICHAEL FAN

Sam and Silas

Alex and Derek

I adore them!!!

Days Of Our Lives

DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Abe Goes to the Light While John Faces Off with MarDevil

Monday’s highly-anticipated episode of Days of our Lives did not disappoint. In fact, we think that this episode should be a strong contender for DAYS to consider for one of their Outstanding Drama Series submissions for next year’s Daytime Emmys.  Why? It has it all – emotional heart with Abe’s journey to and from the light, touching flashbacks, a great performance by James Reynolds, and some special effects and editing during the John (Drake Hogesytn) vs. MarDevil scenes, which also gave us a delicious performance by Deidre Hall.

At the start of the episode, Abe has flatlined after being shot as Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) tries to revive him, but they are losing him.  As this is going on, Paulina (Jackée Harry), Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) and Eli (Lamon Archey) are gathered at the hospital awaiting news on Abe’s condition.  Later, Eli decides to go find out what is happening with Abe, and gets the shock of his life when he walks in on Abe flatlining, while Kayla tells him that Abe is gone.  Eli implores her to try to bring him back. He tells the others they are working on trying to save Abe, as Julie and Paulina bond, and later, Lani must call Theo and Brandon to let them know about Abe’s condition.

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Julie reminisces about Abe, and how they have known each other for 40 years, our wink-wink that this is James Reynolds’ 40th anniversary episode.   Then, we see Abe has gone to the light wearing a white sweater and who should he see but his beloved late wife, Lexie.  No, it’s not Renee Jones, but an actress who delivers Lexie’s lines, since it had been previously reported that Jones was unavailable for the episode.  In scenes with the replacement Lexie, Reynolds showed us why he is an MVP of DAYS.  He acted up a storm and brought the emotion regardless of who was standing there.

 

However, longtime viewers got a wonderful surprise when flashback clips of scenes between Renee Jones and Reynolds were shown and they were some major moments in the history of Abe and Lexie’s relationship including: the moment when Abe learns Lexie’s pregnant, the moment when he is disgusted by Lexie’s betrayal when he learned of her involvement in the Zack baby switch storyline, and what she did to Bo and Hope, all because she was desperate for a child. Later, it’s the five-hankie moment of when Lexie, who was dying from a brain tumor, passes away in Abe’s arms.

After all the flashbacks, Lexie tells Abe he needs to go back and not to come with her to heaven. He has children, and people who love him and need him. Eventually, he says his goodbyes to Lexie and returns to the present, just as Kayla is about to call his time of death in the hospital room. All of a sudden, Abe’s heart begins to beat.

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Kayla brings Julie, Eli, Lani, and Paulina the news that Abe will need surgery, but he will make it.  Then, Paulina and Lani make their way to see him. In another emotional moment, they tell him how much they love him (Paulina looks worried about her lie being exposed that Lani is not really Abe’s bio-daughter).  As the episode comes to its conclusion, we see the back of Lexie making sure Abe is safe and sound among the living, while signifying she is watching over him.

And if that was not enough, this episode also picked up where John had confronted MarDevil in the church, letting Satan knows he is on to him and that he is not going to win … he is going to get Marlena back.  Satan drives home the point that Marlena belongs to him now.  John is mortified as the cross on the church wall turns upside down. Later to show off his prowess and control, MarDevil turns the holy water blood red. As the scene progresses, MarDevil is jumping all over the church and showing up in different spots.

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John then gets the lowdown on how Satan struck a deal with Marlena to let Doug (Bill Hayes) live if she let him in.  That is followed, by some of the back-story of Marlena’s first possession over 25 years ago, and why it happened when she was alone and very distraught.  MarDevil even goes on to say that he tried once before to regain control of Marlena during the Salem Serial Killer storyline, but it did not work out that time, because all the victims turned out to be alive.  MarDevil brings up Stefano and how he had made Marlena believe John was dead which left her vulnerable.  He goes on to relate that Doug was the gateway for Marlena’s re-possession.

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MarDevil tells John what she did with Doug by committing him and how she wanted to kill Julie. John knows that Marlena can hear him and tries to bring her back, but as the devil struggles with that, ultimately, he wins and begins to show his strength to John tossing him around the church, where he is eventually is knocked unconscious and then dragged to, we don’t know where, by the MarDevil!

Throughout the scenes, Deidre Hall looked like she was having so much fun playing the devilish one in this campy storyline revisited.

So, what did you think of James Reynolds performance and his 40th anniversary episode? What was your favorite moment? Are you glad John knows for certain now that Marlena is once again possessed? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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DAYS Emily O’Brien Previews Her Directorial Debut and Short Film ‘Too Close’

She’s an actress, a voice-over talent, writer, and now she can add director to her impressive resumeDays of our Lives star Emily O’Brien (Gwen) has shared over the last 24 hours a preview clip of her short film, Too Close.

Emily stated via her Instagram account: “Here’s a peek at the trailer for my short film entitled Too Close– I am so fortunate to have made this with my beloved team alongside me. My vision couldn’t have been brought to life without any of you, I am truly touched by your tenacity & genuine love for creativity!”  O’Brien shared the hashtags: #directorialdebut #filmmaking #periodpiece #cinema #womeninfilm
#writeyourownstory #vintagefilm

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You can check out the teaser for the film below which centers on the story of a young man and woman in the 1950’s examining what it means when two people in a relationship are considered to be too close.

Let us know if you are intrigued by the preview, and would like to see Emily’s short film via the comment section below.

 

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Jensen Ackles Shares Heartfelt Message on Death of ‘Rust’ DP Halyna Hutchins: “This Has Been a Tragedy of Epic Proportions”

Former Days of our Lives and Supernatural star, Jensen Ackles (Ex-Eric and Ex-Dean)  took to his Instagram over the weekend to pay tribute to cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins who was tragically killed in New Mexico, on the set of the film Rust in which Ackles co-starred with Alec Baldwin and Frances Fisher. Baldwin is also one of the producers of the film.

Last Thursday, in the initial investigation reports surfaced that Baldwin discharged a “prop gun” leading to the death of Hutchins and injuring director, Joel Souza.  Since that time it has been reported that Baldwin was told by the assistant director, David Halls, that the weapon was a “cold gun” meaning not loaded with live rounds following its preparation by the film set’s armorer, Hannah Gutierrez.  But in his affidavit statement, Halls says he was unaware that the prop gun contained live rounds when it was given to Baldwin for his scene.

The scene Baldwin was rehearsing was inside a church building at the Bonanza Creek Ranch. In new affidavit’s, it was noted that Baldwin was ‘cross drawing’ the weapon and pointing the gun towards the camera lens.

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A grief-stricken Ackles shared:  “I’m not even sure where to start.  This has been a tragedy of epic proportions that we are all still processing. Earlier last week I felt compelled to tell Halyna just how awesome I thought she was. I told her how incredible I thought her camera shots were and just how exciting it was to watch her and her team work. Truly. She laughed and said thank you and gave me a hug. I’ll forever be thankful we had that moment.  She had a spunk and passion that infected the entire crew from the top down. She was an inspiration. My heart and prayers go out to Halyna’s husband, son and the rest of her family. There just aren’t enough words to express what an immense loss this is. She will be incredibly missed by all of us who knew and admired her.”

Since Hutchins’ death, a video also surfaced of Ackles discussing his concerns for gun safety on the set of Rust at a Supernatural convention in Colorado prior to the tragedy.

Jensen told the crowd: “I’ve got a 6 a.m. call tomorrow to have a big shoot-out. They had me pick my gun. They were like, ‘Alright, what gun would you like?’ and I was like, ‘I don’t know?’ and the armorer was like, ‘Do you have gun experience?’ I was like, ‘A little.’ And she’s like, ‘OK, well, this is how you load it, this is how we check it and make sure it’s safe. “So she’s like, ‘OK, I’m gonna put some blanks in there and I want you to just go and fire off a couple rounds towards the hill.’ And I was like, ‘OK.’ So I put the belt on, I put the gun there, and I walked out and she’s like, ‘Just make sure that you know, you pull the hammer all the way back and you aim at your target.’ And I was like, ‘OK, I got it.’  The footage was originally on You Tube, but now has been taken down.

The investigation remains and open and active on what occurred on the set of Rust, according to the Santa Fe New Mexico Sheriff’s office.

So, what do you think about Jensen’s tribute in the wake of the Rust tragedy? Comment below.

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