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RATINGS: In A Week With Pre-Emptions, General Hospital Adds Most Viewers!

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The ratings are out for the week of January 16-20, and although there were pre-emptions due to the presidential inaugural of Donald Trump, and Obama’s final press conference, it was ABC’s General Hospital who gained the most total viewers, although the series did not air twice that week.

GH added +111,000 for the rating period.  It also added viewers +1,000 in the women 18-49 demo, +8,000 in women 18-34. and  +2,000 in women 25-54.

The Bold and the Beautiful also had a good week adding + 78.000 total viewers, and +30,000 in the women 25=54 category.  However, the show was in the minus column for women 18-34 and 18-49. The Young and the Restless lost -23,000 viewers, but showed gains in women 18-34 and 25-54.

The show that lost the most viewers was Days of our Lives with -55,000 for the week. However DAYS stayed pretty much on par with last week’s ratings in the key demos, adding + 2,000 in the 18-34 womens category.

Tying all-time lows in the ratings were: GH 18-34 ratings share, DAYS 18-34 ratings share, and Y&R 18-49 ratings share.  View the entire ratings pictures via SON here.

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

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Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,663,000 (-23,000/-645,000)
2. B&B 3,861,000 (+78,000/-202,000)
3. GH 2,764,000 (+111,000/-367,000)
4. DAYS 2,292,000 (-59,000/-580,000)

So, which soap opera do you think is delivering the best drama? Which is delivering the least interesting?  What do you think of the latest ratings picture? Share your thoughts and theories in the comment section below.

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su0000
su0000

RC is going to have a challenge with bringing in new viewers to DOOL..
Then again- none of the soaps will be bringing in new younger viewers to mention.
The hope lies in the fans that tuned out to tun back in ..

It’s not that the soaps are adding a 1,000 New weekly viewers it’s just the regulars tuning back in – and out..
The danger will be when the numbers go down and not up, again.

All the numbers come from the Nielsen households, not from us watching or not.
So- the Nielsen people need to get young households that want to take the time to be their counted viewers to please the sponsors.

Anyways.. good to see All the soaps gained viewers for that week..
The weekly ratings are somewhat meaningless since the networks only care of the quarterly and most important the yearly September numbers.

LONG LIVE THE SOAPS!!!! they are loved !!!

Darnell
Darnell

The only thing I miss from GH is the awesome location shoots they use to have with Luke, Laura, Robert, Ana, Holly , Frisco and Felicia. There hasn’t been any good location shoots in awhile. GH, we need one preferable on a deadly but tropical island. Take us back!!!!!!

dmr
dmr

If they wrote the “filler” cast of Port Charles and focused on the talented veteran cast and legacy families, they would have more room in the budget to plan a location shoot, in my opinion.

robert
robert

Y&R is the most boring soap right now. nothing is interesting me. Billy and Victoria are boring. Nick and Chelsea have no chemistry. saint Victor is disgusting. i was expecting more with the new writing. the pacing is terrible

Yankee fan
Yankee fan

Y&R has been a snoozefest under Sally’s writing. ZZZZZZZ

Sylvia
Sylvia

Couldn’t agree with you more. It’s lackluster and a total snoozefest. I’m keeping up through updates. Maybe when Young & Sussman get their act together, I’ll start watching again. Until then, no thanks.

damien
damien

the other day i realized i had 4 episodes of y n r on my pvr unwatched… and i didnt even know… or care…thats never happened… ever… not even in the worst LLM or MAB or Pratt days. y n r s new writers are sure taking their sweet time getting things back on track, in the meantime can they have at least one story thats must see?…

Chrystie_Delancey
Chrystie_Delancey

… but and a big BUT, Gloria, played by the ever-effervescent, Judith Chapman, is back and SHE is incredible! Peter Bergman’s scenes with her yesterday were actually enjoyable. I have become to dislike Jack because of his pompous attitude, but drunk Jack was fun.

More, more, more Judith Chapman, please!!!!

Betty
Betty

Judith Chapman is the ONLY possible reason to watch Y&R now. It’s certainly not for the writing, which is so disappointing. I really thought Sally Sussman would reignite the soap, but it’s a slog to get through one episode. There’s not one storyline or couple worth watching. The cast is sleepwalking through scenes and they know it’s bad. Mal Young better find something to get this show on track or CBS & Sony are going to pull another purge very soon. No one cares about Fenmore’s Department Store or Brass & Sassy or Hillary’s BS or Deputy Deadwood’s departure. Horrid.

Mo
Mo

I am tired of my soaps being interrupted. Trump’s been in office a week and my soaps have been interrupted three times. ENOUGH!!!!!

Rhonda
Rhonda

Well, the president’s first week has been a week filled with mayhem, disorganization, confusion and hysteria so I am surprised that it’s been only three interruptions. Wow, I knew it would be bad but had no idea it would be this bad.
That said, GH is not really holding my interest right now so I am surprised its ratings are up. I do like Valentin and Anna and find Alexis’s alcoholism story to be emotionally compelling.
I am tired of seeing Franco in dog crates and in a storage locker wrapped up in bubble wrap.

Yankee fan
Yankee fan

I am tired of Franco period! The rest of GH was good that week.

Suz tm
Suz tm

Tired of Franco and Alexis

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Very “Trump-like,” isn’t it?

scotag
scotag

Well, since you brought it up, Trump is actually doing what voters like me hired him to do. The perceived mayhem is because no one expected him to do what we hired him to do. How refreshing it is to see a Presidebt do his job and enforce our nation’s laws. It’s sad that doing his job is worthy of outrageous news alerts, but the public hysteria in some areas just tickles people like me enough to make sure we get 8 glorious years of this refreshing change. How novel a concept! A President doing work and enforcing laws and undoing politically motivated executive actions from before. Newsworthy! Get used to it as long as this bad radical behavior funded by Soros continues until we start putting these violent “protesters” in jail. Feel free to express your opinion, even if not appropriate for a soap message board, but expect someone out here may disagree. We will stop when the Trump bashers stop. Oh, by the way, I’m a gay minority man who stopped drinking the blue tea when I learned what was in it. Gonna try the bigot card with me? I don’t think so. Stop the nonsense. People are starting to get mad.

Judy
Judy

I am so glad Trump won thank god he awsered prays

Nanci
Nanci

Scotag,
Well said!
And Judy, I agree!

Shay
Shay

@scotag….So very well put, sir! Your eloquent, to-the-point post says it all…unfortunately, there are a few regular contributors here who just cannot bring themselves to move on and let the results of the last election stand. Each day brings yet another cacophony of complaints and hackneyed, juvenile insults aimed toward our refreshing new president and his bold, essential policies, not to mention the same old personal attacks that began when a few of us dared to voice our own unwavering support for Donald J. Trump during the campaign and inaugural activities. Of course, such asides have absolutely nothing to do with most of the soap threads presented here, but at the same time, I appreciate Mr. Fairman’s willingness to provide a platform for those of us who do want to answer back to the constant nonsense these malcontents feel compelled to spew at every given opportunity.

dmr
dmr

As far as General Hospital, the only storyline that I am interested in, that I find believable and plausible is Alexis’ alcoholism storyline. Nancy Lee Grahn has hit this one out of the park, delivering on all cylinders. Alcoholism is a real, serious problem that a lot of the viewers can probably relate to and NLG has done a superb job at laying the foundation of Alexis’ despair, grief, and anger of watching her life implode. The other storylines, the insipid, stupid Lulu and her stolen embryo (falling through the ceiling at the Metro Court), Monotone Sam and Jason, Regurgitation of Sonny and Carly, Elizabeth and Franco, Dumb Kiki and Dillon, etc.-#fastforward

rebecca1
rebecca1

I agree Nancy has been great, as always, in her current story line. Just love her. But I must say adore Kiki and Dillon together. They’ve got great chemistry and they’re very “real” and relaxed. I was a fan of Robert Palmer Watkins from his start at GH and I think he’s fantastic in the role. Glad they finally got these two together; not sure how they can further their story. Each has an interesting family that is integral to the canvas so hopefully they’ll involve them in some way that keeps them around…

dmr
dmr

I like Dillon. I have never been a fan of Kiki. Ever.

Patrick
Patrick

I am enjoying Nancy Lee Grahn

the ONE thing; that bugs me to no end

how she answers to her daughters

ENOUGH

she’s a grown woman with real problems

I cant stand entitled Sam… she marches to her own beat.. and it’s pure doldrum

she just noses and barges her way in on both her mother and father.

I would be sick of this

this is a grown up issue and their offspring .. allowed.. have no place in bringing this story down

I thought to myself… after that , ONE AA meeting… is this all it’s going to take.. one reasoning with Sam… and Alexis is cured ?

jeez louise… give me a break

this is between Alexis and Julian… and they … the actors are doing a suburb job

hats off

it’s a bang up job… REAL’y and TRU’ly… Nancy Lee Grahn and William DeVry deserve accolade

I am waiting with baited breath what went down with Alexis and Tom Baker

it’s a love story… and as I’ve posted … a lot of passion… perhaps “righted” by Jean and Shelley… FINALLY giving the audience layers of intrigue, layers, and emotional beats

I get it

Patrick
Patrick

” I ” am SO – glad – SOD hears me

ie: Valentin / Nina / Charlotte

HOT

the HOTTEST

latest SOD issue: “Nina and Valentin look at one another, it is with a passion that is almost overwhelming to behold. So it is our fondest hope that, rather than go the way of Nina’s previous couplings, her marriage will instead strengthen and grow over time… so much time, in fact that we’ll someday be able to overlook valentin’s murderous tendencies that same way we do most everyone else’s in port Charles. ”

I rest

James Patrick Stuart / Michelle Stafford / Scarlett Fernandez

WOW

Patrick
Patrick

I am so over

Carly / Sonny / Jason / Sam

the are wringing out our last nerve… Morgan’s Mail. drag this out… Sonny couldn’t do it either…

dang he needs an upper lip

the mere fact that she tells Sonny she loves him… and … ugh… tells Kiki… someone should be happy… like that’s a let… for her and Sonny to find some semblance of …. DULLARD

no one cares

I will give Michael a break… as the voice of reason.. if GH fired Carly / Sonny/ Jason / Sam… I could live with Michael

what is the point of Jason and Sam again? no posts need them apparently

these two need some serious help… and I don’t think even the actors are up to it. collect your paycheck somewhere else

Patrick
Patrick

can I tell you there is one serious combust

in whatever capacity

straight or gay

bisexual

Kristina… is GOLD a pure gem… a solid act

GIVE ME Parker… give ME Aaron

this trio smolders ignites delivers catastrophic result because someone is going to lose out ?

what the f is losing… the audience ; because Frank / Jean/ Shelley LACK

THIS IS from.. SOD.. this missing part of GH… Kristina / Parker/ Aaron

lost

dmr
dmr

Hi, Patrick,
I like Valentin and Nina, too-and the young actress that plays Charlotte is adorable. I am tired of Sonny and Carly and the rehearsed dialogue. Also, I am exhausted of monotone Sam. Jason is much more interesting and lively when not in scenes with Sam, in my opinion. I’m not a big fan of Kristina, however. I never really have been for some reason. The shows holds a special place in my heart-from when I was younger, rushing home to watch it after school and being excited when my “favorites” were on…the Quartermaines, Frisco, Felicia, Sonny, Brenda, Ned, Lois, etc.

Celia
Celia

It’s a very curious thing, is it not, Patrick, how the viewer is reeled in by Valentin? Here is a man presumably known as a Svengali, yet we are afforded an unexpected, vulnerable side of a quasi-little boy……such a tormented soul softening the heart, and forgetting all the bad stuff we assume to know about him.
I love the way Nina is so attuned to him; so receptive to his narrative. Her tenderness towards him appeals to the senses, something which I knew Nina always possessed.
Then, there’s Anna. As I had mentioned when Anna first came face to face with Valentin, there was such a ‘goose-bumpy’ current between them, I could not help but think that there was history there.
However, I thought their backstory had been a tumultuous one….not one of kindness.
Finola and James expressed a past connection through body language, silently and effortlessly….impressive.

Celia
Celia

LOL, Patrick…Gloria can have Stitch ….no one else wants him. Ha!!

Timmm
Timmm

GH & Y&R have the most talented casts but Y&R has hope in the writing department, GH is screwed!

davlestev1
davlestev1

Tim I commented on your past it’s below. .my bad. Hope you read it.

davlestev1
davlestev1

Post LOL trust me I know nothing of your past hee hee

Patrick
Patrick

@dav

that was so funny

Celia
Celia

Too funny, dav.
I just noticed the word ‘past’……I missed the complete concept, until I read your, “hee, hee”. LOL.
OOOOOOHHHHH Timmmy!!!!! What are you hiding from me??

Celia
Celia

Tell me about it, Timmmy.
The Jack and Gloria rendez-vous was not funny…just gross!!
Now, I say…..what are the chances of a ‘Glor-ious’ pregnancy? HaHa!!

Patrick
Patrick

SOD – soap opera digest ; latest issue

quote unquote : “Now that Jeffrey isn’t in the picture, whom should Gloria look at to warm her bed? ” Stitch is awfully cute!” ” Chapman laughs.

Timmm
Timmm

EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW! But then again, Sharon slept with Nick, Dylan and VICTOR! Or did her and Victor marry and not consummate it? I cannot remember.

Celia
Celia

@Scotag.
Thank you!!!!

Nanci
Nanci

Hi Celia,
But now Gloria is really playing dirty with Jack, ugh.
Lying on GC Buzz…so lowdown. And it will come back
to bite her, hopefully.

Celia
Celia

@Nanci.
Hello, Nanci,
Oh, yeah, Gloria is a snake…..a fire-spitting, vengeful dragon(ess), LOL. If she can betray her own son’s wife, she can betray anyone. She has no morals….as low as it gets.
In my estimation, she and Jack are made from the same fabric and mold. Their minds are always working overtime to hurt others. So, to me Jack deserves everything he gets. They, sort of, partnered up to take over Fenmore.
That’s what happens when your ally is the devil.Now, not only will Gloria get her comeuppance, as you say, come back to bite her; Jack will be dragged through the muck. Considering his stained past with women, this lie will be believed. As we see, it happens in real life……you know how “well-known” people are wrongly accused.
I don’t know the purpose of this? Is there a storyline in the making? Maybe Jill will take this opportunity of disruption to scoop up Fenmore? This may prove to be interesting.

Celia
Celia

Don’t forget Adam, Timmmy. Sharon slept with him, too. Holy Moly!! Three brothers and a father. Who’s left?

Celia
Celia

PS. I can’t remember, either, Timmmy. Perhaps, it’s because the images of Victor and Sharon doing it, was too gross to show us. I think Sharon Case is beautiful. I can only hope to maintain myself as she, at her age. So, that visual with Victor doesn’t compute….especially because he was her ex father-in-law.
If you recall, not much ‘skin’ or ‘action’ was shown at the prison between Dr. Meredith and Victor either…we only saw the aftermath, and assumed the yuckiness that went on.
Seriously, makes my stomach roil in disgust.
That storyline, in itself, was so far fetched…….”The Old Man And The Over-The-Hill Maiden”. A doctor, no less.

blake
blake

Days needs RC stories on ASAP!

davlestev1
davlestev1

An easy fix bring on josh Griffith. .he’ll kill off half the cast in a serial killer murder in quick fashion hee hee. ..and a compelling one too. .not someone who runs around killing for a non existent character you never met till his come uppance..one of the most insipid story lines to start off a writing tenure. Gh..love Kiki just no point story wise. .an empty bus on the holidays like no one but she and Dillon would cause a bus company to go out in a snowstorm. .Franco. .if you’re going to try to redeem a character then give him a redemption worthy story. .scratching my head over the bubble wrap blanket. .Nelle. .should have long ago found out why but I love the use of Bobbi. .lulu. .just. .lulu. .nina kookoo for cocoa puffs mouthy as all get out. .that throw the kitchen sink at them wedding of Nathan and Maxie. .I thought dena Higley was bad…DAYS. .not much to say there. .a whole bunch of people cramped onto different sets spouting a whole bunch of nonsense about nonsense and shooting into crowds as if it’s a joke. .glad to see the back of Higley. .Y&R Sussman we love you but you need to bring the mystery the intrigue it’s not all about the businesses so listen to the fans. . B&B..you get the most money in daytime. .stop taking people all over the map. .THE SAME PEOPLE. .WEDDING AFTER WEDDING…and utilize ALL of your cast. .more story for more people and less time for the carol of the triangles. That’s all.

Kevin C
Kevin C

Hello all and Davlestev, I too am happy for Sally and Kay to be back at Y&R and I love the character writing but I agree that they need to bring in mystery and intrigue, no wonder people are saying the are bored and it’s a snooze fest…we need excitement…I do believe it will happen, just need to give her some time. Regarding the B&B, love the show but yes, same old stories rehashed all the time with Steffy/Laim/Wyatt…where are the other characters…this is a problem with a 30 min show and not having much time to show multiple characters in a 20 min span but it could be done from day to day…we don’t see certain character’s for days or weeks. I am liking GH but no longer watch Days.

Timmm
Timmm

davlestev1, I would LOVE new writers on GH. We need to clean house and focus on front burner stories that move with a logical pace and explain and show the actual events as they unfold. You are 100 percent right about the empty bus! Although, they did spend the money to give us the illusion they were actually on a bus. I’ve said this before, Franco died with James Franco!

Y&R: Friday 1-27-2017 was a great show! I hope this becomes a trend. One thing they need to do and with Lauren’s sons coming on soon, they need non-Abbotts and Newmans so Abby, Mariah and Sharon can find love again. Later.

Judy
Judy

They also need somone for ashley and phylis

Mary SF
Mary SF

The numbers are down from last year which suggest soaps are beginning to lose their core base– when your core base begins eroding it is hard to overcome it. The weekly ratings will go up and down based on stories, but over a year’s worth of time and your overall numbers are lower, then the problem is more ingrained —right now all soaps seem to be in slump, but hopefully will pick up heading into Feb sweeps—-

Alan
Alan

GH may have had the biggest viewer increase from the previous week but it is still down more than three times that number from last year. You don’t have to be a genius to see that Jean and Shelly’s material isn’t exactly bringing in the viewers and then retaining them.

I am guessing that Y&R’s low numbers are partly due to the amount of airtime dedicated to Dylan’s exit. I don’t think viewers ever really cared about the character so they weren’t invested in seeing how he left.

Rhonda
Rhonda

Well, today’s Y&R was great today.
Loved Lauren dancing on the bar while Michael danced with her down below and as Phyllis tells Nick,”See why they’re my favorite couple?”
Also, I laughed when Jack told Gloria that it was time for her to go home and put on her flannel nightgown in order to watch,”Murder She Wrote.”
Gloria quipped,”I sleep in the nude,” to which Jack responded,”OH thank you for the visual.”
Y&R is on fire again and I surprised some folks are not getting this

Yankee fan
Yankee fan

645,000 viewers are saying Y&R is not on fire right now…what a huge massive viewer erosion from last January—sorry but Sally’s writing style is slow boring and outdated.

Celia
Celia

Well, Jack’s ” visual” can’t be any better. Gravity applies to men just as much; ugh and double yuck….. then again, Jack thinks he’s in his prime. Doesn’t know what to do with a young woman. Gloria is more up his alley, I’d say. Yet, I bet her fiery personality would give him a heart attack. Go Gloria!! LOL.

Mo
Mo

I thought Monday’s ep was good too.

Kevin C
Kevin C

Rhonda, I so agree with you about Y&R’s Monday 1/30/17 episode…I don’t understand that so many people complained about Y&R for they were complaining when Pratt and previous writers were writing and they are still complaining with Sally’s writing…Please give Sally time to work all this out for we all said that she has years of damage to correct…I love her character writing and Yankee Fan, Sally’s writing IS NOT outdated…To me Y&R kind of feels like This is Us for it’s a show that is character driven…Sally and Kay, I cannot say it enough, I am so glad you both are back and now I am watching everyday which I haven’t since Kay left in 2006…Ok folks here it goes again, BUT PLEASE bring back the classic background music or at least some of the music score…Of course we would have to hire Jack Allocco and David Kurtz back which I wish you would hire them back to handles Y&R music again.

Patrick
Patrick

your 2nd para nailed it

I love so many posts who … help navigate

I can’t help but keep nailing to the cross… Frank / Jean / Shelley

real’ly

i’m flummoxed

they are writing great stuff

with; Valentin and Nina and Charlotte
with; Alexis and Julian

I realize that the sole focus on some things override the whole cast

dang it!

@GH

CUT your losses… the picture would survive and tune in without; Carly / Sonny / Jason / Sam would;

CONTINUE TO MOVE

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

Ugh with Sonny Carly. It’s literally one of three scenes over and over and over for three episodes a week.

I have to fast forward. There’s literally nothing to see when they are on.

I was hoping they’d go in a different direction with Jason after brain trauma 673,942. But no. Same played out stuff we’ve seen for almost two decades. Should have made him a Q. And Sam? Bless her heart…. firm no.

Celia
Celia

@Suz tm.
Hi, Suz,
I must agree about Franco. Such a lame, going-nowhere, discombobulated storyline.
However, Alexis story has meat on it– I find this plot the most interesting of any of the three I watch.
I look forward to its outcome ( sans Julian Ghoulian), and I am not bored by the events leading up to it.
Why? Nancy Grahn has captured its essence and made the story her own. She is blowing me away.
I have never been ‘close and personal’ to an alcoholic, except for the shelter In which I am a volunteer–but, in passing.
Nonetheless, Grahn’s compelling depiction of a drunk Alexis is so real and tangible to me, I gobble up every single one of her scenes.
‘They’ could not just have introduced a delicate storyline, especially for one of Alexis’ social status. So, the story needed its time to evolve. It is the fact that anyone could capitulate into such an abyss which makes both the story and the character provoking. Not boring, at all.
Nancy’s acting is not perfunctory; her every nuance, expression and movement are stellar. If this woman does not get an Emmy, these guys on top have no clue, in my opinion.

Timmm
Timmm

Hi babe, I think Jack and Gloria would be perfect together, age and all, but she was married to Jack’s dad and that is way to creepy!

Celia
Celia

Hi, love,
Yes, Gloria was married to John. Gross and double gross……what a mess!! Remember the skin cream debacle?
Jack is no stranger to betrayal…..he did sleep with Jill while she was married to John, so….
It’s the thing to do, it seems. All in the family, I say. Opa!!
Jack and Gloria are the right age, as you say. But, Jack likes them young… I gess he didn’t get the memo on his last birthday that he’s in his sixties. And, Gloria’s reproductive years are long gone. LOL.

Timmm
Timmm

Oh yeah, Jack, Jill and John! Yikes! Maybe he and Gloria will schmooze! She will take him for every Jabot dime he owns!

Celia
Celia

I hope do, my Timmmy. I want to see Jack walk into a shelter begging for food. HaHa!

Soaphound
Soaphound

Great, the ratings are UP! Now can they afford to give Franco a haircut?? Instead of constantly chopping off Griffin and Jason’s lovely locks? Hey, I don’t ask much.

Judy
Judy

Can anyone tell me what to john on day of lives the actor that play john is he out sick I sure like to know

Celia
Celia

Hi, Judy,
I think that Drake is recovering from head injuries due to a fall.

Judy
Judy

thank you so much

Celia
Celia

You are welcomed, Judy. I do hope you are doing well. I promise you, I have been keeping you in my prayers….haven’t forgotten. God Bless!!

Mister Media
Mister Media

I just heard Sonny on GH claim that Morgan’s death was “murder”. This is a real stretch. If drunken Morgan hadn’t stolen the car he would still be alive. The bomb was not meant for him, so it was not murder. More like suicide by stupidity.

Days Of Our Lives

DAYS Head Writer Ron Carlivati Talks On: Ben Weston, Soap Amnesia, Doppelgängers, and the Time Jump

Days of our Lives viewers have been going through some changes over the past month since the launch of the innovative time jump from the creative mind of the series and Daytime Emmy-winning head writer, Ron Carlivati.  As episode after episode unfolds, the audience has been finding out just where their favorite Salem residents have landed and with whom, in the one year flash-forward.  There have been shocking deaths revealed, longtime couples facing different kinds of obstacles that could change their relationships forever, and some characters brought back on the canvas, in one form or the other, to shake things up.

On the series finale of the Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast,  Ron Carlivati was the very special guest and addressed many of the decisions that went into making the flash- forward happen starting with when Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) wakes up from her coma after her fall, thanks to Princess Gina (Kristian Alfonso), and how it impacts the canvas.  You can listen to the can’t-miss interview here via iTunes or at NBC.com/Inside Salem.

Due to the length of our conversation with the talented head scribe, some of the questions and answers did not make it into the podcast finale due to time constraints.  So, we have brought you the rest the interview here as Ron discusses: the popularity of  #Cin, back-from-the-dead storylines, writing for the original series on the DOOL app and further creative decisions that went into crafting the one-year time jump.  Check out what Ron had to say below.

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You have been able to make #Cin, the hottest duo on daytime by taking a now reformed serial killer, Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson) and pairing him with the daughter of one of DAYS all-time supercouples, Bo and Hope in Ciara Brady (Victoria Konefal).  Were you ever  concerned as to how this story/romance would play to the audience at home, because in reality no parent would ever just stand by and let their child get involved with a man who strangled and killed women, previously? 

Ron:  To sort of try to glorify a guy who strangled women and make him into a romantic lead, we don’t do that lightly.  Not unlike, Todd Manning (Roger Howarth) on One Life to Live who was a rapist, and who became sort of an anti-hero, but also a romantic lea.  And in this day and age, it’s even a bigger decision to do something like that, I think.  So, that said, it is a soap opera and there are certain things where we know we are pushing the envelope.  We know in the real world that no mother would ever get past her daughter being with a guy who murdered, killed, and strangled three women or strangled and shot one, but the pairing worked so well.

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In the time jump, you gave Ben an intriguing prison cell mate in Will Horton, given that Ben had “killed” him previously.  Add to that you brought back Ben’s criminal father, Clyde back into the mix.  There’s lots of prison orange these days on the screen.

Ron:  When we knew we were sending Ben to prison, then obviously father and son have to cross path. It just added another element, so it wasn’t just going to be Ben and Will (Chandler Massey) talking to each other, and making a shawl together like Martha Stewart. (Laughs). Ben’s relationship with Clyde was interesting to me.  As horrible as Clyde was and is – there does seem to be some sort of love that he has for Ben.

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On the soaps, and as has been part of DAYS enduring legacy, characters are killed off, only to be brought back to life somewhere down the road. Many return with classic soap amnesia as a vehicle to drive story.  Is there ever a time when as a writer, or as a soap fan, you think “enough is enough”, and characters should just stay dead?  Many fans who watch daytime dramas get very invested in tragic death stories, where characters have these shocking or sudden, or long goodbyes, and the viewers goes through the grieving process; along with the other characters, for what then seems like a waste of an emotional investment when said character turns back up alive.

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Ron:  We were talking about bringing Jack (Matthew Ashford) back right around that same time we had the Will story.  We couldn’t bring two people back from the dead at the same time, and that’s why Jack’s return kind of got put on the back-burner, so we could do the ‘Will is alive’ story arc.  Look, the audience will go with you, especially if they want somebody back desperately.  They will overlook how did it happen, and how could they be alive.  They will accept almost any explanation, but I think you’re right, if you do it too much, you tend to water down the permanence of death … especially deaths that you saw on-camera.

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Viewers know you love doppelgänger storylines.  And, in the time jump you brought back none other than Hattie Adams (Deidre Hall).  Why the decision to bring Hattie back at this time?  I know Deidre loves playing her.

Ron:  I think Deidre likes playing something different than Marlena, because she played Marlena for many, many years, and she knows her like the back of her hand.  Hattie is an escape and something fun, and the chance to do and say outrageous things that Marlena would never do.  So, we bring her back whenever we can to have fun with, and again, it seemed to work because  she was in prison, and we set Eve in prison when we started the time jump off, and we’re like, “Who’s Eve (Kassie DePaiva) going to be talking to?” and we’re like, “Oh, well of course.  It has to be Hattie.” (Laughs)

When do you first see the fruits of your labor?  Do you see a feed from the set as the show is taping? Do you receive episodes where you see how what was written has come to life? 

Ron:  In prior shows, One Life to Live and on GH, I saw it when it aired. At One Life, I was in the studio, so I often saw production shooting scenes.  Here, they send me the completed shows once it has been completely edited, the music has been put into it, and it’s all ready to roll, and they email me the link to 5 or 6 shows.  So, I could in theory watch a couple of weeks ahead of the audience, but I tend to (unless I’m so, so curious about how a certain thing turned out) watch it when it’s on TV.

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The “Lani (Sal Stowers) and Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) joining a convent” storyline is at a critical point in story.  How did you come up with the decision to put Lani, and of all people, Kristen together and about to take their vows as nuns, and kind of becoming bff’s?

Ron:  I mean, you can’t imagine sort of two more unlikely friends as Kristen and Lani.  We grew to really love the relationship that developed between the two of them.  I think we sat down and said about the time jump, “There have to be enough big changes that you do the double-take.”  Like, Will is Ben’s cell mate, Adrienne is dead, and Justin and Kayla are together now.  You had to have enough of those WTF moments to justify passing a year of time.

You have also been writing series for the DOOL app.  What did you think of Chad and Abby in Paris with that being the initial one and how it all came to pass?

Ron:   It was fun.  I had no time.  I was writing six episodes a week of DAYS, and I was asked “By the way, can you write two seasons of a web/app show for us?” (Laughs) Greg Meng (Co-executive producer, Days of our Lives) has really been the mastermind behind this app and developing this app into something.  I love all of the stuff you guys came up with for all the behind the scenes content, but I know that Greg really wanted original series content on it, too.  Chad (Billy Flynn) and Abigail (Kate Mansi) just seemed like the logical couple to do that with.  You wanted somebody tied to Salem that wasn’t currently on the campus, but you know the audience cares about what their up to, and Chad and Abby just seemed perfect.  The process was totally different because I’m used to writing six outlines a week that are 15 pages long, and all of the sudden, I’m like, “She comes in, this happens, and this happens.” .  That’s like a whole episode of an app series right there.  Corday Productions produced it while they were producing the regular show, and they made a special set into Chad and Abigail’s apartment, which I thought looked incredible.

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Chad & Abby in Paris had a bit of a different look and feel then the regular airshows, which I think made it enticing.

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Ron:  I loved the look of it.  I felt it was just a little bit different than Salem.  We had the establishing shots of the Eiffel Tower and all of that stuff, and look, we had to keep it simple, but we added in Austin (Austin Peck).  We had Tony (Thaao Penghlis) come in season 2.  We had the new characters of Juliette (Rachele Schank) and Sylvie (Shawna Della-Ricca).  So, it was fun, and it weirdly just timed out so perfectly because we did 8, took like a week off, did another 8, and that last episode was posted right when Jennifer fell.

Right, so it timed perfect to get Chad & Abby back on the airshows.

Ron:  It timed out perfectly so that we could have Abigail get a call: “Something has happened to my mother.  We have to go back to Salem.”  So, you last saw Chad and Abby in Paris, and then the following week they were back in Salem.

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Now, with the kind of massive move for DAYS with the time jump, you have to figure out: “Who are the casualties?  Who am I going to lose?” Viewers learned in short order that: Adrienne (Judi Evans) isn’t alive, Haley (Thia Megia) isn’t alive, and Jordan (Chrishell Stause) isn’t alive.  What went into the decision-making process to kill those characters?  I’m assuming it was to further the story of others on the canvas.

Ron:  Yes.  Anytime we kill somebody, it breaks my heart every time, because these are like my babies.  You fall in love with these characters, and you care about them a lot, and you care about the people who play them.  So, it’s a big decision to say, “Let’s kill them.”  It may be a great story, like, “I’m going to get this amazing story if I kill X,” but that’s a person and a job, and it’s not something we ever do lightly.  That said, in a year of passage of time, you know that life and death is going to happen, and to us, it felt like to really signify the passage of time, there had to be at least one or two people who are no longer alive, and then show how that affects our story.

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Did you ever think that instead of 1 year that you’d do a bigger jump?  Like, “What if I did 5 years?”  Because it’s interesting, I was reading some comments on social media from fans who are like, “What year is it?  Is it just 1 year?  Why didn’t they do 5?” (Laughs)

Ron:  5 seemed like a lot.  I think people change physically a lot in 5 years. I wasn’t prepared to cast little children as teenagers… that would be a lot. (Laughs)  I think you run the risk of it being almost too disorienting for the audience.  Also, then it would be me having to figure out what happened over 5 years instead of just 1. (Laughs)  So, 1 year just kind of seemed perfect, and it had to be an even year so that even though it’s a crazy coincidence that Jennifer woke up 1 year to the day she fell into the coma, you needed Thanksgiving to still be Thanksgiving, and Christmas to still fall on Christmas, and that kind of thing.  So, it had to be an even year.  I think it worked out great and I hope the audience continues to go on the journey with us, because there is a lot more to come!

So, have you been enjoying the DAYS time jump thus far? Which storyline has piqued your interest most? Let us know via the comment section below.

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Noted Soap Opera Producer Lisa de Cazotte Has Died; Daytime Community Mourns Her Passing

Sad news to report on Sunday as the soap opera community and its fans learn of the passing of Daytime Emmy-winning and noted soap opera producer, Lisa de Cazotte,

Lisa passed away yesterday on Saturday December 7th after a long illness at the age of 58,   From early in her career her love of the soaps and passion for it were evident.  She began right out of college as an intern on ABC’s One Life to Live, where she worked her way up to Coordinating Producer.

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Next, Lisa eventually became the Supervising Producer of NBC’s one and only Santa Barbara.  She spent time also on All My Children, before heading back to NBC and Sunset Beach where she assumed the role of Supervising Producer there.

However, it was in 1999 where de Cazotte became the  Executive Producer of Passions, which she helmed and remained till the end of its run in 2008.  It was a show that she loved so much.  She continued her career in the soaps in 2012 stepping into Salem and Days of our Lives where Lisa was named Co-Executive Producer of the series winning two Daytime Emmy Awards. for her efforts.

Sadly, now her final gig began in 2017, when she became Supervising Producer of The Young and the Restless and won her third Emmy in the process this past year.  De Cazotte was said to still be producing Y&R at the time of her passing. She is survived by her husband, Antoine de Cazotte, and her beloved brothers: Michael Patrick Smith, Robert Terence Smith, and Brian Charles Smith.

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On social media over the last several hours, many actors, and colleagues have shared their sorrow and remembrances of Lisa.  Here are just a sampling:

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Jason Thompson (Billy,, Y&R): We lost a member of the family last night, one of our producers, Lisa De Cazotte. I first worked with Lisa when she produced the 2nd season of “Night Shift”. Years later and currently on @YandR_CBS  She was kind and smart. Our thoughts are with her family.”

Eric Martsolf (Brady, DAYS): The kindness and opportunity this woman furnished me was immeasurable. We have lost one of the hardest working and graceful producers in our genre. I will miss you terribly, Lisa. #RIP”

Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, Y&R) “Sometimes you recognize those women who are part of “the tribe”. Whether you know them for 20 years or 20 minutes… they are still part of your tribe. Lucky for me. Godspeed beautiful Lisa”

Angelica Rosas McDaniel (Ex-CBS Daytime Exec) “Last night we lost a light in this world with the passing of Lisa De Cazotte. Lisa was smart, strong, kind, vibrant, an incredible friend and an Emmy winning producer on many beloved shows. I was blessed to know her. Sending love to her family and friends.”

Michael Logan (Former TV Guide Columnist): “RIP Lisa de Cazotte, one of the truly great soap producers. A real nose-to-the-grindstone talent, she never wanted personal glory choosing instead to do the work, quietly and fabulously. Her partnership with James E. Reilly on #Passions was epic.”

McKenzie Westmore (Ex-Sheridan Crane, Passions):  “Heart broken at the passing of my Passions EP Lisa!!”

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Sara Bibel (Writer, Y&R): “Lisa was a wonderful producer, a joy to work with, and knew everything about daytime. She will be missed by everyone at Y&R. RIP”

Michael Fairman TV will continue to update this section of the post as more remembrances are posted over the next 24 hours.

Share your condolences and thoughts on the passing of Lisa de Cazotte in the comment section below.

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Alison Sweeney Reveals She Is Making A Return To DAYS In 2020

Looks like Sami Brady will be back in action on NBC’s Days of our Lives later in the New Year, according to Alison Sweeney, Sami’s portrayer.

During a visit on Friday to the set of Hallmark Channel’s morning talker Home & Family, to promote her upcoming holiday film for the network entitled, Time For You To Come Home For Christmas, Sweeney chatted it up with hosts Cameron Mathison and Debbie Matenopoulos.

During her segment, Alison revealed “Sami is back, causing some trouble.”  But she was quick to note that it will be awhile before she is seen on-air clarifying “My scenes are not going to air until next Summer, next August.”

Sweeney promised the viewers and DAYS fans that there was great stuff coming up with her visit.  And if Sweeney’s last few returns are any indication, whatever is cooking in and out of Salem that may bring her back on to the canvas, we know it will be juicy, because when Sami is around the pot gets stirred!

So, excited to hear Alison will be back on your DAYS screens in 2020? Comment below.

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