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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)

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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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… Read more »

Darnell
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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
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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
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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
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Yankee fan

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

Sylvia
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Yankee fan

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

Suz tm
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Suz tm

Tired of Franco and Alexis

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Very “Trump-like,” isn’t it?

scotag
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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… Read more »

Judy
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Judy

I am so glad Trump won thank god he awsered prays

Nanci
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Nanci

Scotag,
Well said!
And Judy, I agree!

Shay
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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… Read more »

dmr
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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… Read more »

rebecca1
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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
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dmr

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

Patrick
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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..… Read more »

Patrick
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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… Read more »

Patrick
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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… Read more »

Patrick
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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
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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,… Read more »

Celia
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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… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

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

Timmm
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Timmm

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

davlestev1
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davlestev1

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

davlestev1
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davlestev1

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

Patrick
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Patrick

@dav

that was so funny

Celia
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Celia

@Scotag.
Thank you!!!!

Nanci
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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
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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… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

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

Celia
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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… Read more »

blake
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blake

Days needs RC stories on ASAP!

davlestev1
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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… Read more »

Kevin C
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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… Read more »

Timmm
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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… Read more »

Judy
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Judy

They also need somone for ashley and phylis

Mary SF
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Mo

I thought Monday’s ep was good too.

Kevin C
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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… Read more »

Patrick
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

Timmm
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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
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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
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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
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Celia

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

Soaphound
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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
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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
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Celia

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

Judy
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Judy

thank you so much

Celia
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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
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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.

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DAYS Alison Sweeney on Working with Bryan Dattilo: “28 Years Later, Some Things Never Change. Still Laughing Between Takes and Grateful to Have Such a Talented Supportive Co-Star”

This week, Days of our Lives viewers have witnessed that Sami Brady DiMera (Alison Sweeney) and Lucas Horton (Bryan Dattilo) hit the sheets, and Lumi fans everywhere rejoiced!

On and off, for almost three decades. Alison Sweeney and Bryan Dattilo have played the relationship between these two exes who share children together to the hilt, because Sami and Lucas’ history is well … complicated.

But, what will happen if and when EJ finds out that Sami had sex with her ex? Stay tuned.

In the meantime, Alison took to her Instagram and shared her thoughts alongside photos of her and Bryan, then and now.

Over the years, Bryan had remained one of Alison’s good friends.

Sweeney expressed: “I have always had such fun working with @bryan.dattilo !! 28 years later, some things never change. Still laughing between takes and grateful to have such a talented, supportive costar. Thanks @nbc for this great archive photo! And so grateful to @nbcdays for the incredible opportunity to play Sami.”

What did you think of the scenes where Sami and Lucas slept together and its aftermath thus far? Comment below.

 

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Kevin Spirtas Talks ‘After Forever’s’ Digital Special ‘Riley’s Unforgettable School Project’, The Loss of Michael Slade, and a Chance to Reprise DAYS Craig Wesley

The coronavirus pandemic has put to the test many content creators on just how they would keep their projects moving forward in ways they never dreamed of. However, out of that situation has come some of the most compelling, unique series, specials, and features currently streaming for viewers. One of which is Riley’s Unforgettable School Project, brought to you by the team from the six-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning series, After Forever.

Former Days of our Lives star, Kevin Spirtas (Ex-Craig Wesley) has starred in and created the first two seasons of what has become the most honored Emmy-awarded LGBTQ-themed drama series on any platform.  Along with his ‘After Forever’ writing/producing partner, the late Michael Slade (DAYS, OLTL, Passions, Another World), the two also conceptualized and delivered this latest documentary-style offering now on Amazon Prime Video.

What makes Riley’s Unforgettable School Project so noteworthy is not just how they were able to execute the series based on fictional 11-year-old Riley’s virtual school project and utilize its cast, which includes: Spirtas, Cady Huffman, Jamison Stern, Lenny Wolpe, Erin Cherry, Anita Gillette, Christopher J. Hanke, and Finn Douglas, but that it was made while Slade was succumbing to his battle with cancer, and that this special marks the final script from this talented writer.

 

Michael Fairman TV spoke with Spirtas about making the special during Covid-19, how the death of Michael Slade has made a lasting impact on his life, what After Forever has personally meant to him, and how an official third season is still in the works, and … if he would consider a return to Salem and Days of our Lives, should they come a-calling.  Here’s what Kevin had to say about it all.

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I think the entire story of this digital special has become even more meaningful with Michael Slade’s passing. What was the genesis of the concept? You wanted to continue the telling of the story of After Forever … but we are all in the middle of a pandemic?

KEVIN:  Yes and… when we filmed season 2, we had the scripts for season 3 already completed. It was our hope and desire to film them at the same time, back-to-back, so that we would have had all of our cast and crew together, and we could have gotten through it because we’ve always imagined this story being told in a trilogy so to speak – a beginning, middle, and end to Brian (Spirtas) and Jason, (Mitchell Anderson) and Brian’s healing or his steps towards healing through grief.  Schedules turned out that they couldn’t really work out for us to hold all the people and hold all of the sets for that amount of time.  So, we thought, “We’ve got the scripts for season 3 ready.  We’ll come back to it in the following year,” and that was always the intention, and then the pandemic hit.  So, it was shut down immediately that we weren’t going to do anything, but we wanted to stay current, and instead of going back in and telling the third installment of After Forever as a Covid-19 story as well, Michael and I sat down and looked at a way of staying relevant and current with a story within COVID, and there was born the idea to do this documentary style story/special about the characters of After Forever told through the lens of the character of Riley, the 11-year-old boy, who is now being homeschooled during the pandemic. He gets an assignment to do a project about the most unforgettable person he has ever met, and he, of course, chooses his best friend, the late Jason Adams, and he enlists all of Jason’s friends and family to join in.  Michael actually said, “What if we tell a story about Riley being homeschooled?” And, not only is Riley a technical genius at 11-years-old in the story, but Finn Douglas, who plays Riley, is a technical genius.

And didn’t Finn perform and write the song “Forever There” contained within the special?

KEVIN. Yes. He is this incredible musician.  Michael thought, “What would it be like if we asked to have the character of Finn sing a song for Jason?”  I said, “Well, what kind of song would we have him sing?”  Finn could play anything, I’m sure, because he’s self-taught, he plays by ear – guitar, piano, and drums.  Michael said, “What if we ask him to see if he could write a song?” and when we heard this song, we all called each other and we all got on Zoom and went, “Can you believe this song?  Can you believe this came out of this 11-year-old?”  It’s pretty incredible.  Michael did a gorgeous job of weaving the stories in and out and how they just sort of dove-tailed into each other, and then it was framed by Riley opening the project and ending the project.  During the Zoom reading we wanted to hear the song out loud.  We said to Finn, “Would you want to sing the song?”  We all just watched everybody on that Zoom call just fall apart.  It was just so beautiful. He’s an amazing talent.

Where is your character within this?

KEVIN:  I still stand in the center of the story of Jason because my character, Brian, was married to Jason, and it sort of connects us all, and through Riley’s understanding of how we all connect to Jason, is how we are all sort of spread out throughout the story.  Michael jokingly said, “You know, you’re not going to be the star of this special,” and I said, “I don’t think it’s about being the star.  It’s really about the storytelling.”  The beauty of Riley’s Unforgettable School Project is that we get to see moments of each person’s relationship with Jason, which Riley sets out to say, “Answer these three questions: What did you like most about Jason?  What did you like least about Jason? And what’s your favorite memory?”  Those three things, cut back and forth is where we all kind of fit in.  Nobody has more of a story than the next person, and it’s all telling honest portrayals of how they’re dealing with their loss of their good friend, or their child, or partner.

It’s a very inventive idea during Covid-19 to continue it in a way where you weren’t having to go shoot a full season of episodes.

KEVIN:  Well, we couldn’t. I have to say, Allison Vanore, who not only produced this special, but she also stepped up saying, “I’d love to direct this,” and I said, “Yes, please!”  She knows the characters.  She understands the story because she’s been a part of it for the last two seasons.  Allison also has this extraordinary amount of knowledge and expertise with the camera and what was needed for a remote shoot, and to also be able to organize filming 13 people in 2 different countries and 5 different cities… that’s just the technical side of it, but having that in our back pocket, knowing that it was a remote shoot, we had to send the camera, the computer, the ring light, and the microphone to each person’s house.  We had to location scout over Zoom.  We had to do wardrobe over Zoom.  It was all this big puzzle putting it together, and once you look at that board of storytelling and how we were going to do it, it kind of fell into place.  I feel blessed that a) we still had Michael with us, at that point, and b) Allison had the know-how to do this.  We all feel that at least this pandemic didn’t keep us from doing what we love.

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In terms of the contribution of Michael Slade in this special, was it the construction of the story, and how was he able to work and write this during his illness?

KEVIN:  Michael’s contribution to the special was no less than the contribution to season 1 and season 2, and the future of season 3, because the scripts are written.  We did everything on Zoom, and we worked around his schedule of treatment.  We scheduled 2 people per day, and we spread them out over two weeks.  He was very present, and when there would be a day where he would say, “I’m going to be an hour late, let’s just push that call time,” I would ask, “Is this too much right now?  We can shelve it; we can stop it.” He’d then say, “Absolutely not, otherwise cancer will win.”  He was determined to stay focused and to stay active because it took his mind off of what was happening to him.

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It would be lovely moment if you both were to win a Daytime Emmy for this project. 

KEVIN:  It’s our last collaboration together as a team, as I said, season 3 has been scripted, and it is on the calendar to get made.  We are just waiting for the COVID restrictions to lift a little bit and everyone to get vaccinated.  Michael was really hit hard with cancer – to stay healthy was so challenging for him.  Sadly, he didn’t make it to see the final edit of the special, and he died four days before we launched, but he had seen the cuts before that and was very approving of it, and had made some decisions, and offered some suggestions, and if God gives him an Emmy for this, it’s not because he died.  It’s because it’s great work.  It just happens to be that the work that was involved in this particular special was very tricky.  It brought up everything, like life itself to have to deal with.  Here we are dealing with the loss of a colleague, the loss of a friend, someone’s brother, someone’s son, this is life imitating art, imitating art imitating life. I can’t tell you the darkness that I went through just experiencing the need to stay focused on getting everything edited, and everything ready, and everything aligned for a release of this project that we had put into motion.  On top of it, our editor lost his mother just before Michael passed, and Allison’s mom was sick at the time, as well.  It took a lot of heavy deep breaths with Michael’s death, and the pandemic, and the loss has, for me, on a personal level, sent me back to really questioning my spiritual muscle and to help remind me that we have to come out of this better than we went into this.  I had many dark nights of the soul this last year, and December was probably the darkest.  I feel like I’m just kind of coming out of it now with the spring revealing itself.

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It must have been extraordinarily difficult for you to also go to New York during a pandemic and also knowing Michael did not have much time left.

KEVIN:  I will say this: I am grateful that I was able to stay in touch with my heart and my instinct and go out to New York to let that be my remote location.  Yes, maybe there was some risk involved.  I wore my mask; I was Covid-19 negative, and I was determined to be fine.  Once I got to New York, I would visit him very protectively with our masks and our gloves, and I’d sit across the room, and then I’d go back to the house I was at.  It was a gift that I was able to see him at that time.  We had some good talks then about how he was feeling, and I think he was still being optimistic, and then once we got the project in the can there was maybe this psychic letting go. That’s when everything really started to reveal itself as this could be the end.  I did go back to see him when he was in hospice.  I think I was there the last two days that he really was able to really stay coherent.  He would close his eyes and be at peace and quiet for a minute, and he would finish a conversation and sort of close his eyes, not to sleep and not to go away, but I remember watching him going, “Look how peaceful he is,” and then he’d open his eyes and he’d remember that he is in this body that has been given a time limit of life, and he’s on his way out.  I’d watch the fear go back in his eyes.  At one point, he did say, “I’m so scared,” and I just held his hand, and I said, “I’m scared too.  Let’s be scared through this together.”  I don’t know how to navigate grief like that.  We are all going to be in a position at some point where we are going to be on the other side of the hand holding.  The wonderful thing is that we were able to have honest communication about our feelings.  I thanked him for everything that he has done for me and how he believed in my talent and creativity and our partnership.  I will always take that with me.  I waved my finger at him, and I said, “Listen.  Now, we wrote a series about a man talking to his deceased husband.  You’d better talk to me!”  So, we laughed about that.

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You’ve done a lot of things in your career from Broadway to television, and of course, daytime fans know you best as Dr. Craig Wesley on DAYS.  How does the entire After Forever project stack up to you within all that you have done?

KEVIN:  Former DAYS casting director Fran Bascom, sought me out and offered me this 2-day role on Days of Our Lives, and those 2 days turned into 8 years, and unbeknownst to me at the time, the final 3 months of that contract of those 8 years, Michael Slade was brought in to write.  We didn’t cross paths at that point, but years later, when we did cross paths in New York, and then After Forever was born, that was that universal crossing point.  I am most proud of the fact that we were able create something fresh, and real, and personal to ourselves that we didn’t have to cater to any “powers that be” that had their vision and their tinkering, that they thought that it could be better in this way or that way.  Then for After Forever to gain such recognition, within the film festivals, and the Emmys, and then, just after Michael died, we won the GLAAD award for Special Recognition this year.  We don’t even fit into one of their categories!  They found a way to acknowledge this project.  If another Emmy happens again, that might be another one to put up on the shelf for After Forever that would be beautiful, and I couldn’t have done it without Michael.

For the Daytime Emmys this year, what category have you entered Riley’s Unforgettable School Project?

KEVIN:  We are not a series this year, we are a daytime fiction special, and the “Daytime Fiction Special” category is a special class.  It’s anything that’s digital in the construct of less than 40 minutes.  NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) is being bombarded with so much content, they’re trying to find ways to put categories together.

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So, now, when we last saw Days of Lives’ Dr. Craig Wesley, where was he? (Laughs)

KEVIN: (Laughs) He was in a flash from the past or something in the DOOL app’s Last Blast Reunion series. I had a fun time working with Patrika Darbo (Nancy) and Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe), once again.

So, if they were to want Craig to come back to DAYS, would you be all for it?

KEVIN:  Hell yes!

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Now, what story would you want to be told involving Craig? 

KEVIN:  When Craig was first on the canvas in Salem, there was a lot of mustache twirling and a lot of hand wringing.  He was always plotting; most of the time with Nancy.  It was kind of this high drama, evil villain storyline being told, but when the writers created an opportunity for us to be on after those first three months by bringing on Chloe without a father, there was something real about it.  It may have been told under the construct of soap opera storytelling, but there was a reality-based story about, “You have a daughter, and we are just now finding out about it?”  Then, finding a cure to her health was another realistic story, and finding out that Craig was her real father.  Anything that’s reality based is what I’m getting to.  I would welcome any job that brings me back and gives me an opportunity to dive into something real.

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Would you welcome the opportunity to play a gay character on daytime; in a medium where there are very few represented in storylines?

KEVIN:  I’d have no problem with that.  Do you know anybody who is starting that?  Let’s do it!  (Laughs) First of all, there’s nothing to hide anymore.  There’s nothing to pretend you’re not anymore.  I would think that bringing in a storyline that deals with anything outside the norm that we are used to seeing would be interesting.  How many times can you retell a story?  How many times can you set the same story up with another couple?  So, why not be diverse and have a stylized story being told through the lens of a gay person.

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In closing, so many go through life without acknowledging people who had an impact them.  We don’t give pats on the back, often enough, and especially in Hollywood, where people can be very self-involved.  You have already paid tribute to Michael Slade in our discussion, but what gift from him is your personal takeaway?

KEVIN:  The gift that Michael really gave to me is to remember to be kind to myself and to others, and to acknowledge and salute the person who is in front of us, because we don’t know when we will have, or if we will have, another moment to do that.

Now below, check out the trailer for Riley’s Unforgettable School Project.  Then let us know, what do you think of its concept? Kevin’s thoughts on the passing of his collaborator on the project, Michael Slade? And, do you hope DAYS brings back Dr. Craig Wesley? Share your thoughts via the comment section.

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REPORT: Dan Feuerriegel is DAYS New EJ DiMera

Could Days of our Lives finally found their new EJ? Rumors have been circulating on the internet for weeks that the character of EJ DiMera may finally have a new face and a new actor portraying and heading back to Salem, especially since Sami (Alison Sweeney) is back on the canvas.

The role was previously played by longtime fan favorite James Scott, who had made it very clear he would never return to Days of our Lives.

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Now according to Daytime Confidential and their report from setside sources, the new EJ will actually be played by former Spartacus actor Dan Feuerriegel.

The Australian-born actor has been seen in Starz’ Spartacus franchise in the role of Agron.

According to the report, look for the new EJ to make his debut sometime this summer.

DAYS fans know that in story, EJ was brought back form the dead, from the serum from Dr. Rolf, but then was injured in an explosion and had reunited with Sami and had been recovery in Europe.

So, if this reports turns out to be true, what do you think of the new EJ? Comment below.

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