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RATINGS: Jeanne Cooper Tribute Episode Scores Y&R 5.1 Million Viewers! DAYS Hits 2 Year High!

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The ratings are out for the week of May 27-31st! And, it was an awesome week if you were a soap fan, because the ratings reflected that people were watching all four network soaps and each show scored additions to their viewer count and much more!

Let’s start with The Young and the Restless, who showed the power and the love of their legendary star, the late Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor)  in a very special tribute episode that aired on May 28th, right after Memorial Day! According to the latest ratings, the show was tune-in by close to 5.1 million fans! What an amazing and wonderful honor to Jeanne.  We thank you the fans, and Y&R for this one!  For the week, Y&R remained at number one!

The real winner show wise for the week has been the thrill-a-minute work on Days of our Lives! May Sweeps found the NBC soap on a real upswing and this ratings period the show scored it’s best numbers in 2 years! Thanks to the performances of Eileen Davidson and Eric Martsolf in Kristen being exposed for her lies and machinations,and the continuation of Will becoming a dad, Nick revealing his past in prison, and more!  DAYS added the most viewers for the week with  +314,000 viewers!  Total viewer was at 2,827,000! It also scored an 18 month high in the key 18-49 female demo, and had its highest household ratings share in two years!

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The Bold and the Beautiful had another strong week adding +179, ooo viewers with a total of 3,590,000 and staying firmly in the second spot, while General Hospital which has fallen now behind Days of our Lives for the second week in a row and is now in the fourth spot, also added viewers of +146,000 for a total of 2,651,000. You can view the entire ratings picture via Soap Opera Network here!

So soap fans, time to be our Soap Opera Programming Executive Armchair Quarterback again! What do you think that is working on your favorite soaps that has you tuning-in? What show do you think needs some improvement? What do you think about the upswing in the ratings for DAYS? And, the number of people that tuned-in to watch Y&R’s Jeanne Cooper Tribute episode?  Share your thoughts!

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Jewell
Jewell

That’s because CBS is the best, and they know how to treat their fans..

Harlee
Harlee

Hear Hear…ITA

shawn
shawn

LMAO, obviously, someone forgot that CBS canceled two of the longest-running soaps. Oh, yeah, they know how to treat their fans real good. SMH

Harlee
Harlee

shawn, yes CBS did cancel 2 of their soap but CBS had to do something because P&G was ready to do the same thing, they wanted out of soap genre. Do I miss ATWT & GL ….like everyday but it is what it is and CBS has regrouped with a strong lineup backing each show. It took them almost 5 years to to win longtime viewers as myself back and CBS does a great in PR for their daytime lineup compared to the other networks which is non-existent.

madluv4ya
madluv4ya

Agree! Love love love Y&R!!!

Harlee
Harlee

The Sony daytime division is healthy! Sony is doing a happy dance….Days hands down has been delivering all month with good soap opera! Blake Berris has Emmy reels for next year, Eileen has the show’s balls, loving NicoleEricVargas nastiness, Sami is strong again loving SamiKate exchanges, Dannifer been more enjoyable & believable wJJ entrance, & YR is the distant 2nd in quality of delivering some great stories paying off (still doing in spade) Baldwins dejour…MichaelLaurenFen, Summer’s paternity is riding eerily high & entertaining, Phack, Traci’s return, Abbott house is popping again, Creepella (Carmine) is the most charming stalker I’ve watched on a soap since “Douglas Cummings” saga…Marco Drapper is a diamond in the rough & bringing it to the CarmineLauren sexfest!

Patrick
Patrick

oh geez! you had me immediately intrigued with the Carmine “stalker”… this is all good buildup to see Tracy – all circuits busy. you know innately bottom line… that Lauren and Michael will find each other again… yet… to relive those memories. I laughed the other day, when, Gloria was talking to Michael in the hotel bar…. “… she jumps at everything in the night”

i feel llike it’s been a quiet time… when the soaps good… you focus in. I couldn’t be happier for DAYS.

ie: back to Daniel and Jenn.

Nicole, Chloe, JJ. ie: target Daniel. DAYS has overall been so good… i’m overlooking the ugh Daniel and Jenn…. I like that it’s more housefold Hortons’. And… it’s a little dumbing down… but… Jenn gives JJ even more money… and it’s like we know what’s going to happen already. I don’t mind seeing Jenn as mother.

Kate has become interesting again…. She’s on Load… and it’s entertaining… I hope it’s back to Rafe….

Anne is making me laugh with her shenanigans with Jennifer. that’s the only good part.

you know… i’m still interested in what’s after….. – next – for Kristen and Nick.

hopefully… Gabi will start focusing in on how sensitive she could be… with Will and Arianna Grace.

Patrick
Patrick

I have to Laugh…. when Gloria first heard the news that it was Lauren and not Michael that affaired.

it was like… Gloria was non-plussed for a start… that it wasn’t she that got to Carmine first.

LOL… and Phyllis more or less calling him a tramp.

Jules
Jules

With 4 shows under this ratings scale, it’s important to keep in mind that no one is a loser and no one is a winner. 4th place with 4 shows left may officially be called “last place” but no one is really winning when we can only say we have 4 soaps on the air.

That said….

WOOOOHOOOOO DAYS!!! So proud of my little engine that could! They deserved it and much more. Kudos to everybody for the great work!

And also….

I’ve made my feelings about GH very clear. I won’t gloat but I’m definitely not disappointed. The days of me being disappointed in that show are long behind me.

Brett
Brett

The only thing that surprises me about the ratings is how they keep growing for B&B which is just a mess!

Harlee
Harlee

I just disagree, B&B is bringing it such a classic style of soap…why I’m enjoying it…but do understand it’s not everyone cup of tea. To me is has some tight stories happening on canvas.

shawn
shawn

You’re right about DAYS being “thrill a minute” work. May has been an incredible month of high stakes drama. Bravo to the little show that could.

Liza
Liza

Wow on JC’s tribute, and it was done well too. They should have ran everything they had over 3 days because I thought the bonus footage they didn’t run was just as wonderful.

I’ll bet Katherine Chancellors funeral will do well too because viewers who haven’t watched for many years will tune back in. I hope Y&R and does it right and lets viewers see the classic long running Y&R characters they are familiar with, and have followed, over the decades. It could give them a new beginning because it just not older viewers who know the vets. Children in who grew up in the 80s & 90s are in their 20s & 30s now and they know the vets & characters from those decades because many of their relatives had Y&R on their screen daily just like Sesame Street. I hope they use all the old music too.

PatF
PatF

We are all hoping for this!

There is years of story from Kay….it’s a goldmine waiting to happen if it’s done correctly. I hope Phelps and Josh are smart enough to see this and take Kay’s story to the next level with Jill Foster!

Mo
Mo

Yes, I think they should have done two days. After 40 years with the show, she was more than deserving.

Harlee
Harlee

Sigh…we need Kay back to write that type of true story….sounds heavenly…it needs to be umbrella story for the whole canvas…Katherine Chancellor’s death reverberating through GC establishment a true thunderstruck moment and play all the beats wvets surrounded & loved by Katherine have a story…icing it with most emotional story of all Jill’s grief and loss….

Derrick
Derrick

Everyone is hoping for this!!! They are busy trying to plan and write the end of Katherine Chancellor!

Mo
Mo

Glad to see more people watching Days. It has been really good and deserves higher ratings.

jimh
jimh

Days is reeeaaal good right now…but wish it was that way every month instead of just for may sweeps. GH is getting good again now with RH as Franco help keeping the Qs front and center…delicious scenes with them!

Derek
Derek

Goes to show soap viewers are still out there. They just need good shows to tune in.

su0000
su0000

ALL the soaps have their up times and down times..
All the soaps have their fans and loved by their fans, no matter if they are up or down, they all winners in someway or another.

With the exception of Y&R which is rigged by countries.. lol

Leah
Leah

I’m so happy 5.1M viewers tuned in for JC . Sbe is/was iconic! But, she gave Y&R 35+ years! The viewership should have been higher.

I do not mean to take anything away, but this is telling about the genre as a whole.

blake
blake

Great for Days, they have had the best month in a long time and I hope it stays this good for a long time!

And great for Jeanne Cooper’s memorial episode getting over 5 millon viewers! That’s fantastic!

I’m surprised that Frank and Ron on GH isn’t doing better creative wise. They were on fire most of the time they were with OLTL and the ratings also.

david
david

general hospital there ratings are falling again. if this keeps up. they will have to make changes. get rid of franco britt scotty and sean. bring back robert scorpio back full time. days of our loves is on fire now. eileen davidson as kristen dimera is so evil but good acting. like susan says kristen is mean mean mean.lol. jeanne cooper the tribute was well done. it should have been 2 hours. but i enjoyed it and i really really cried. i miss jeanne cooper so much.

k/kay
k/kay

They wrote Robert Scorpio in a corner why we did that story of Robin is beyond me. Should have let her stay dead and then if she ever wanted to come back they could have wrote a story then. Total screw up Robert Scorpio was one of the best characters ever on that show instead I am stuck with Roger Howarth’s overacting camp.

Nikki
Nikki

I’m so happy that Jeanne got this win with ratings, it shows how much us fans love(d) her. I wasn’t completely happy with the tribute, but I was happy Y&R did something rather than nothing especially since I have no faith that Katherine’s onscreen send off will be deserving.

Libby
Libby

Congrats to all the Soaps. It is amazing and quite fitting that 5.1M viewers tuned into #YR. I agree with others that even if you are a lapsed or casual viewer – you were likely to tune in as a tribute to legendary Jeanne Cooper. It was the BEST tribte program any soap has ever broadcast in my yrs of viewing soaps. Cast, crew and EP, Jill Farren Phelps, deserve many thanks.

DAYS rating is so encouraging. EJAMI is coming into its own love story that fans have waited years to see. Eilleen Davidson and Eric Martsolf have sold a mediocre story. great performances and good pacing. Added up to great television. Blake Berris has led the charge to make the Will/Gabi/Nick story compelling. Blake Berris is by far the best younger actor in DAYS history. Chandler Massey has also given a solid performance to a beloved character from the moment he joined DAYS. All of these stories equal a much more compelling show for viewers in ions. DAYS remembered well that this was a make or break May Sweeps. DAYS made it happen.

Patrick
Patrick

have Patrick and Sabrina consummated their relationship?

I wonder how long they are going to drag this out… will they or won’t they? too busy with Brittany.

——
for some reason. i’m surprised… that no one’s mentioning yet… what is EJ up to? ie: bringing his fathers’ dynasty to a crumble? ie: his father is too distracted because of Kate. I don’t believe that… but.. Kate is a HOOT.

I like seeing EJ with Justin… if this gives him story and screen time… it’s good stuff to watch. having watched him on GH, as Ned… DAYS had better deliver and give us more Justin… AND his wife Adrienne.

I agree that Eileen and Eric have sold a mediocre story. I’m still interested in what happens with Kristen and Nick.

David
David

If the shows were competing in the same time slot then I can see saying oh well this show is better than that. But you have to wonder if all 4 shows aired at the same time how they would fare against each other

Great to see GH rise after all the complaining you read. Tells you what a small portion of the audience was upset

Joshua
Joshua

Why is it that when ratings are released, people only talk about “Days of Our Lives” and how completely awful it is and/or how proud they are of it.

???

Philip Chase
Philip Chase

I still feel Ron and Frank have done a great job with the “GH3” forced recast. Roger Howarth is magnificent as the new member of the Quartermaine family. Hope he’s fated to spend years in Port Charles.

Blake Berris has rivaled Howarth’s record in first, being hated by viewers, and with the revelations of his experience in prison, has become the best appreciated DAYS actor, although Eileen Davidson has been at the top of her acting game.

Y&R won all our love with the too brief tribute to beloved Ms. Cooper. Like soaps of yore, the show has great family relationships … and this time a good stalker! LOL … Lauren better beware of Carmine! It’s also a pleasure to see Steve Burton act for a change after his zombie years on GH. The Newman conflicts are engaging, and Billy Abbot needs to learn no one wins at gambling!

Even B&B which has been very tedious with its romantic triangles. If Hope had half a brain, she’d give wuss Liam the freedom to be miserable with Steffie. JMHO. Hopefully Bill will be repaid for his callous treatment of Maya!

Glad soap watching is on the upswing. Those of us who miss the good old days when all 3 networks offered daytime drama from 12:30 to 4:30 pm every weekday, would like to see viewership build.

And, for goodness sake, please all readers watch the reboots by PP of OLTL and AMC which have been excellent in production, concept, acting, and stories. We love those actors!

Patrick
Patrick

I really liked Chandler Massey’ interview with MF.

when Chandler stated that Nick is the most interesting character on DAYS now… and that MF stated that Chandler is the “heart” of the show… ie: i’ve always thought that… Marlena.. handing the torch to Sammi… and she to Will. it’s time appropriate and relevant.

Blake Barris has entranced me. so many factors are fact… with DAYS right now.

it’s all cyclical… and i’m enjoying DAYS.

Cubsfan3
Cubsfan3

I am so happy for all the soaps, especially CBS. Thrilled to see the numbers for the tribute to Jeanne Cooper.

Also happy to see B&B doing so well. Love the stories and the direction of the show. Love seeing more of the characters on and look forward to the new cast coming.

Kathy
Kathy

Days has been great lately. Every day I look forward to it–especially Ejami and the Nick story. I’m so happy to see it getting back in the groove and that this is reflected in the ratings.

calie
calie

I agree, it has been off for 2 days and I miss my daily dose of Days.

Becky Lystad
Becky Lystad

Jeanne Cooper is an icon. She has been in my living room for an hour for years.

Derrick
Derrick

Yay, DAYS on a roll!
JC’s tribute got 5.1 million viewers. Congrats Y&R and B&B is doing good also!

Lilith Niflheim
Lilith Niflheim

Nice that the ratings for B&B follow my own personal taste… Since Steffy is finally hitting karma and Hope’s up for some happiness I’m finally getting interested again after 2 years of being frustrated with the Steffy Show. Now only if they could make some sense of the Brill mess and I’d be one happy camper… Oh well, you can’t win them all!

Brenda
Brenda

Y&R has been great lately.

Beacon
Beacon

In what universe has Y&R been great recently?

shawn
shawn

EXACTLY!!!

Brenda
Brenda

In the universe where I have watched for over 30 years and have seen many ups and downs and I think the show has been great lately.

Harlee
Harlee

YR has been very good lately maybe not great still to much Dylan but the stories for the vets has been entertaining.

Days Of Our Lives

Wally Kurth Talks on His Daytime Emmy Nomination For DAYS As Justin’s World Is Turned Upside Down

You kind of know when you are handed the ball in the world of daytime drama, and it’s your turn to shine, especially when you get meaty material that runs the gamut of emotions. And this past Emmy season, Days of our Lives’ Wally Kurth delivered the performances of his soap career (although we suspect there is some more to come in 2020!) in the role of the grieving Justin Kiriakis.

For Wally not only played grief, but starting life anew in a romantic entanglement that can be all too familiar when someone tries to move on after the loss of the love of their life. Add to that, the complication that his son’s husband, was believed to be the person who caused the accident that killed his wife, Adrienne (Judi Evans), and with that the deck is stacked for an emotional fallout that landed Kurth in the running for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series at this year’s 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards to air on CBS on Friday night, June 26th, albeit in a virtual presentation.

While Wally is getting many accolades for his work on DAYS, let’s not forget the double duty he pulls on General Hospital, where this week his Ned Ashton. This week Ned is front and center during the encore presentations of the GH’ Nurses’ Ball episodes, which feature Wally singing his heart out in numerous memorable performances through the years.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Kurth to get his thoughts and insight into his well-deserved acting nomination for DAYS, plus to find out his favorite GH Nurses’ Ball performances, and much more. Here now is what Wally had to say about it all.

Photo: JPI

I am so thrilled about this nomination because you know, I willed this to happen.  I was like, “It’s got to happen!” (Laughs)

WALLY:  You actually were saying that, and you have been very supportive and positive.  I appreciate it.

What did you end up submitting? I believe I gave you “Power Performance of the Week” honors on my site for some of them, too.

WALLY:  I do try to put together a little story in my submissions for Emmys.  I think that’s kind of important because if you’re asking someone to watch 8 or 9 minutes of just you… I didn’t want to just (not that I had this material) but bludgeon them with one sad, sobbing scene after another.  I wanted to give them a whole range of Justin and a little story.  So, I did start off where Justin was asking Adrienne to marry him, and Justin is very happy, and it’s all good, and he gets down on his knee, and you see her, and it’s like, “This is something really good,” and I also wanted to include a scene with Judi Evans in my reel.  Then, I cut to where it’s a year later, and Justin is with Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) in their apartment. They are already living together, and they are discussing the anniversary of their marriages, and about the sadness of Adrienne, and she’s talking about Steve (Stephen Nichols), and then she brings up having to tell me that Adrienne died.  So, that was obviously in a flashback that happened six months earlier; where Justin is obviously very upset, and scared, and doesn’t want to hear it, and breaks down, and Kayla comforts him. Then, I did the continuation where Justin tells Kayla how much she has meant to him, and how he felt like he wasn’t going to survive, and how she came to his aid in a way to make him feel like he really has something to live for.   Then, at the very end, I did two scenes with Will (Chandler Massey) in the jail which is where Justin confronts Will, who obviously Justin thought was responsible for killing Adrienne.  It was a really lovely, really well-written scene where Justin tells him, “You’re a son to me, and you can be disappointed with a son, and you can be hurt by a son, but you never stop loving him.” I think it showed a nice range of the anger, the hurt, the happiness (because Justin tells him about Kayla), so you get an idea of what happened to Justin last year.  I thought it was a good collection of scenes that told a little story, and you could see the range of what Justin went though.  Evidently, it worked on some level because I got nominated.

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In the scene with Will, doesn’t Justin also tell him, “Don’t give up on life?” in a very hankie-inducing moment?

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WALLY:  Yes.  “Don’t give up.  Don’t give up on life,” which is really positive… even though he started the scene like, “I don’t even want to talk to this guy.”  Justin is there talking to Ben (Rob Scott Wilson), and Will kind of surprises him. So for Justin it;’ like, “Now I guess I’ve got to talk to Will about this,” and so he is still angry, he is still hurt, and you’re right, at the end, the scene has sort of transformed him in a way.  So, all of that stuff was just really nice, really nice scenes to get to play and very emotional.

I’ve watched most everything on the soaps from the performances to the storylines, and that one scene with the two of you was one of the best scenes I have seen in long time.  It was just so good from the writing to the execution of it. 

WALLY:  Oh yeah, I can’t even imagine a scene that was as good. Thank God that scene aired in December.  My story really didn’t get started until October/November, and all of those scenes that I included were from October, November, and December.

So, what did you think then when you found out that Chandler, along with you, and Paul Telfer (Xander) are all in the Supporting Actor category together?

WALLY:  I love it.  How great is that?  I love both of those guys.  I mean, I am such a fan of both of them.  Chandler kind of gets nominated every year, so I wasn’t surprised there.

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Well, he had one year, as he pointed out to me (laughs), that he didn’t get a nomination. But, Chandler has been pretty much a perennial nominee every time he submits!

WALLY:  Yeah, Chandler just delivers.  He is a really an outstanding actor Paul, I think is great.  I love the character.  I was kind of surprised and happy for him because sometimes his character gets overlooked; just like the bad guy with the smarmy smirk and the great English accent.  So, there you go.  It’s terrific.  I think people saw more to his performance, and they should.  He works on a lot of different levels, and Paul brings a lot to the game.

And obviously, you know James Patrick Stuart (Valentin, General Hospital), since you work on that show too, and he is also nominated in your category. 

WALLY:  Yeah, and I have been a big fan of his too.  So, I was really delighted.  I called him up and left a message.  I love James.  We did a thing last year together where we went back east and played some music in some clubs,   I always think that James should be nominated.  He does such an exceptional job at bringing that character to life.  That’s not an easy thing to do either.  It’s kind of like a Xander character, and so, it is nice to see my fellow actors see the complexity in their performances and appreciate it.

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Last week’s DAYS airshows contained scenes where Justin confronts Orpheus (George Delhoyo), over killing Adrienne, and Justin also goes to visit Adrienne’s grave.  I think you have another run of shows next year to submit for the Emmys (Laughs)

WALLY:  I do like to include the big four emotions that an actor has to play:  happy, sad, angry, and fear.  That is a scene where you get to see Justin really angry.  So, I will probably look to that as you get to see the anger part of the character, which I think is important.  You don’t get to see Justin very angry and lose it like that.

No, and that’s what was so great about it.  George was a great scene partner, though.

WALLY:  Oh, he was great.  George and I had a great time.  It was really awesome.  I mean, it was a challenge because it was very tricky, especially when Steve (Stephen Nichols) and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) came in because you know; there is a part of the character that is just like, “Please, just let me shoot.  Just let me fire a bullet and just put it over his head or something, or maybe his hands are shaking so much that he misses the target!”  I don’t know, but you do just want to let him shoot, just one bullet.  (Laughs) Another moment that I really, really loved – and I’ll probably include it next year in my submission -was that scene with Suzanne Rogers (Maggie) at the hospital.  They gave me a beautiful speech to tell her that she should be her judge and jury and sentence herself to death, a beautiful speech about how she reminded me of Adrienne.  It brought out a different side of Justin that you don’t usually see.

Photo: JPI

When I spoke to Chandler about this nomination he related to me, “I am so happy for Wally because I feel like he is often underrated.” You have always been the guy on soaps who is always delivering consistent work, but now you’ve been given a story.  So now everyone can see what you can do or are reminded of it.  It’s hard without a story on the soaps; especially playing the Emmy game.

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WALLY:  It’s true.  What did Maurice Benard (Sonny, General Hospital) say?  “If it ain’t on the page, it ain’t on the stage.”  It’s really true.  Let’s face it, you can only do so much, and that’s why I don’t get too competitive.  If I lose, that’s totally fine.  I feel like I’ve already won.  Being recognized by my peers, that’s it.  Being nominated is awesome, and honestly, after this, so much of it is the material and what the actors got to do.  It’s sort of out of your control, you know.   I am happy for all of my fellow nominees.  It’s all good at this point.  I’m really, really happy.

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You’ve been nominated once before, right?

WALLY:  Yes. I’ve been nominated once before, two years ago on General Hospital.  It was the year that Jane Elliot (Tracy) left.  In story, Tracy leaves, so there was all of that emotional stuff to play.  That was the year I also submitted myself for Days of Our Lives too, and I was really proud of that work.  That year saw Adrienne having to choose between Justin and Lucas (Bryan Dattilo), and she chose Lucas.  There were just some really nice scenes there that they wrote for Justin and Adrienne, and she was dealing with cancer.  Anyway, I got nominated for General Hospital, and I learned from that year that I am never going to nominate myself in the same category for both shows.  That’s just stupid.

Well, you’re everywhere.  You’re on the Nurses’ Ball encore episodes right now on GH,  

WALLY:  Oh, isn’t that funny?  All of these Nurses’ Balls, it’s hilarious.

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Are you watching them?

WALLY:  Yes!  I watched parts of them the other night, especially my performances. It looked good; actually, they were really good.  I’m always kind of surprised like, “Wow! The dances … the singing … the production!”  I always feel like there should be more people at the Nurses’ Ball.  Shouldn’t there be more people in the seats? (Laughs)  But other than that, good stuff, good story.  It was fun to see the beginning of Ned and Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) as well, you know that first year where she and Sonny were just breaking up on the red carpet at the ball, and the next year, Ned and Olivia are already together.  This week they aired where I sing with sweet little Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma), the Elton John and Kiki Dee duet, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.”

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Do you have one favorite Nurses’ Ball number you performed of all-time?

WALLY:  You know, someone has been posting old Nurses’ Balls from the 90s, and I forgot that I sang “Forever Young” with Amber Tamblyn (Ex-Emily), and that was so sweet.  I also loved singing “Somewhere over the Rainbow,” in the very first one or the second year, we did it. Some of my other favorites include: “I Feel Good,” with the Quartermaine boys, and Robert Palmer’s “Simply Irresistible” – that was fun because I got to put my own vocal stamp on it, and I remember performing George Michael’s “Faith.  It was fun singing that with Lisa.

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So, we know that this year will be a virtual Daytime Emmy ceremony, and we don’t know what that will look like yet.  So, how would you dress for it, if they had a shot of you from home during the broadcast on CBS?

WALLY:  I definitely am going to wear a suit and a tie.  I think that’s important to try to give the Emmys the dignity that it deserves.

So, thrilled that Wally received a Daytime Emmy nod for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series? What were your favorite moments of his last year? Are you enjoying seeing his performances on the encore GH Nurses’ Ball episodes? Comment below.

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DAYS Susan Seaforth Hayes Talks On Her Daytime Emmy Nomination For Julie and Doug’s Emotional Storyline

When you think Days of our Lives, what would it be without the legendary Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie) and her real-life and on-screen husband, Bill Hayes (Doug Williams)?

This past Emmy season, the beloved duo got a chance to shine, when they were put through a ‘heartbreaking’ predicament – Julie’s heart gives out, she is in need of a transplant, and things take a turn for the worse.

What would life be like for Doug without his Julie? How would she say goodbye to him? Fans clearly felt the sentiments overflowing from this real-life duo capturing the essence of their characters in such a raw and realistic way. So much so, that Susan landed a Daytime Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Supporting Actress category for her work.

Already a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient along with her husband, Bill back in 2018, will Susan finally get an award for her acting for her decades of beautiful work on the long-running NBC soap opera? Fans will need to tune-in to CBS on Friday, June 26th to find out with the virtual presentation of the 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards.  But for now, here is our conversation with Susan.

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Congratulations on your Supporting Actress nomination.  You have been racking up a lot of these recently, having been nominated in the same category two years ago, and also receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award along with your husband, Bill Hayes at the 45th annual Daytime Emmys in 2018.

SUSAN:  It’s really nice to be nominated, because I’ve had a few gap years.  I’ve had, what? 25 gap years between the recent nominations.

What scenes did you ultimately chose that landed you the nomination?

SUSAN:  I submitted when Julie dies.  I submitted the farewell montage scenes with Bill Hayes, and they were very moving to us… and we’ll see.  I did not submit anything snappy, or bitchy, or hysterical.  I’ve lost against hysterical every time.  Comedy has never worked.  So, I am going to try the heart and soul of soup opera: not bitchiness, but loss.

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Can I ask how you got through those scenes with Bill, because it was so touching?  I don’t know how you did it.

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SUSAN:  It was very difficult.  I mean, these are the things that make us so connected to the characters and the show.  This is a place where we can show the public what love means to us, which is everything.

They were beautiful scenes.  Do you remember when you did them, if you felt good about them at the time?

SUSAN:  No… no.  I didn’t know.  Everyone on the set seemed happy.  We are blessed to have feedback from out producers now, and they didn’t say, “I think you can do it better,” and, “Another take,” not that we would have anyway, because there is never time to do another take.

Photo: JPI

How did you find out that you were nominated? 

SUSAN:  One of the producers, Randy Dugan called me, or I wouldn’t have found out for a couple of days,

What are your thoughts on this being a virtual Daytime Emmys ceremony because of COVID-19?  We don’t know anything about will play out yet or what that will look like, but it is back on network TV.

SUSAN:  It’s going to be a wonderful surprise.

So, if they have the shot of the nominees, do you think you’d be dressed in comfortable clothes or more formal?

SUSAN:  Well, I’d certainly wear my best earrings if I were at home, yeah.  If my grandson can arrange us to get on the internet (we have a grandson living on our property, and he’s our live-in techy), we will get dressed up, and sit there, if that’s the way to do it.

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DAYS did very well receiving 22 overall nominations and a lot of your co-stars got nomination as well.

SUSAN:  Yes, an excellent year for nominations for our show.

How many times have you been nominated now? 

SUSAN:  This makes six.

Photo: IMDB

Would it mean a lot to you to get the award?

SUSAN:  The Lifetime Achievement meant a lot.  It wouldn’t be bad to win this year.  I’ll say that.  It would be sweet for the show, since I am now the oldest living cast member of the original family – the original, original.  I’m not the original Julie, but close enough.  So, I think that would be some validation for the longevity of this original storytelling.  People look at the show and say, “Are you part of the DiMera family or the Brady family?”  I say, “I’m part of the Horton family!”

What did your husband Bill say when he found out you were nominated?

SUSAN:  (Yells) Billy, what did you say when you found out I was nominated?

BILL:  Yay!!!

SUSAN:  That’s about right. (Laughs)

Photo: JPI

What a guy!

SUSAN:  I know!  What a guy, what a guy, what a guy!

I was really happy to see your name among the other well-deserving nominees.

SUSAN:  I know you are because I know you care.  Who knows what will happen? It isn’t going to ruin our lives you know, one way or another.  But it was very nice to receive this acknowledgment from my peers.

So, are you glad Susan received a nomination for her work in her emotional storyline? Do you think she should finally receive the Emmy for her performances? Comment below.

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Hollywood Studios, Producers & Guilds Send Plan To Gov. Newsom and Gov. Cuomo For COVID-19 Production Restart Guidelines

On Monday, the two states with the most television and film production in the United States (California and New York) received a plan from many Hollywood studios, producers and the entertainment and production guilds of a plan and outline to be able to rejigger and restart production of your favorite shows and films.  This includes the soaps: General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful and Days of our Lives.

Via Deadline: In an effort to get the industry moving-forward again where jobs were lost or put on hold, and production were completely stalled out-of-the-blue, the guidelines submitted by “The Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force (the “Task Force”) is asking for consideration and adoption for the resumption of motion picture, television, and streaming productions in an environment that minimizes the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19,” says a report for Governors Gavin Newsom of California and Andrew Cuomo of New York.

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You can read the details of the report here.  While there has been no word from the Governors and their offices if they have seen the report, bets are that several more steps will be needed before anyone would head and report back to a set yet.

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As one would expect, limiting contact, social distancing, regular temperature checks, ways to handle props, and a COVID-19 compliance officer for all productions are part of the proposal.   As well as virtual writers room meetings, avoiding filming on-location as much as possible and filming in front of large audiences.

So, glad to know that this major step has been taken to try to get production back on track in Hollywood and New York? Comment below.

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