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RATINGS: Not A Good Week for Soaps! Only B&B Gains Viewers!

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The ratings are out for the week of May 14-18th and it was bad week for daytime soaps.  DAYS, GH, Y&R, and B&B were all down in the key 18-49 female demo in total viewers.  Overall, three soaps went down and lost total viewers.  Only The Bold and the Beautiful showed gains adding + 20,000 eyeballs for the ratings period and remaining firmly in second place of the four soaps.

It was a very bad week for General Hospital which had been on its way upward.  The ABC series went back to the fourth position below Days of our Lives and lost the most viewers for the ratings week with -103,000.   Days of our Lives did not fare that much better losing another -76,000 but moving past GH ever so slightly.  The Young and the Restless also lost viewers yet again, with a loss of  – 64,000 viewers .    Of course, it remains without peer in first place.  You can view the entire ratings courtesy of Soap Opera Network here!

So why do you think B&B showed gains, but the other soaps did not?  Better story? More compelling characters? Crystal Chappell’s first episode on B&B as Danielle? Fans who lost All My Children and One Life to Live are tuning in there?  A better lead-in than DAYS and GH have?  It is particularly disheartening to see the totals for GH, especially with all that the show is attempting to do to turn itself around.

As the soaps took a hit this week, what should they do and what can they do to improve the ratings?   Should they infuse the soaps with new stories?  Drop long-standing or new characters that aren’t working anymore?  Make the pace of the storytelling even faster and even more modern?  Or, stick to what it does best? Let us know your thoughts.

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kay killgore
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kay killgore

Off subject but I would like to do a shout out on what this Memorial Day is about hug a soldier etc they are what protects us from harms way and give us the freedom to watch our soaps so please say a prayer for our men & women in service that make it possible for us to watch and be as I might be so bold selfish beyond reason. God Bless Our Men & Women Who Protect & Serve Our Country!!! Thank You!!!

Erika
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Erika

GH isn’t utilizing the people they have and they are overdoing it with certain characters. We haven’t seen the character of Diane in months and she’s a fan favorite. Between Kate and Alexis, the two of them pretty much are running the show as of late.

david
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david

Yes, we all miss Diane, but Carolyn Hennesy has been busy working on the HBO series True Blood, as Michael reported here.

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

Yes, will Diane resume her role?
She has one of those partts like Anthony Zacchara. UNFORGTABLE!

Sue
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Sue

Diane is hardly a fan favorite. Ridiculous.

Patrick
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Patrick

LOL. That’s Funny. I kinda see her as the Marion Colby of AMC… with a little Elizabeth Hubbard ala Creme de la Creme Lucinda Walsh… now that i think of it… she’s like Greg’s Mother on AMC… Enid Nelson… LOL.. wasn’t she a Pill to swallow. Neighborhood busy body. Well intentioned i’m sure. Diane’s hot about town in her stilleto’s….. She has the best hair on day time.

Patrick
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Patrick

I was reaching, when i said Enid Nelson… she came to mind… when i was thinking of Marion. My truly, favorite part, of the ending of AMC… was when Dr. David Hayward, “brought” Stewert.. back to life.. and he was reunited with Marion… and his son…. Scott. 2nd would be the Acting forces to be reckoned with David and Angie. Back to Enid.. wasn’t it a hoot… camp classic serial… jennie and Greg’s Mothers… Top Drawer trailer park, Opal meets Stuffy Hoity Toity… Declaring she’s “twice removed” queen Mum.. Enid… LOL. The writing…. Nuff said, and forever etched in our… Read more »

lipstickcat
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lipstickcat

GH is going down because people are just sick of ABC’s games! We all know they are liars from past experience! They say a soap is safe & then cancel it! No one is watching ABC in the afternoon anymore!

Shari
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Shari

This is quite easily explained. Crystal Chappell had her first airdate on Bold and the Beautiful! The numbers do not lie. Days of our Lives made a very big mistake letting go of the uber-talented actress. Cheers to the best actress in daytime!!! Viva Chappell!!!

Barbara
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Barbara

I have watched Y&R since 1973 when the show began. I followed it religiously for decades. The writing for it has been horrific for several years but I still watched. About two weeks ago (when the Victor/Sharon romance reared its ugly head and we learned that Eileen Davidson was being released), I reached my breaking point and have completely given up on it. I won’t watch it anymore short of hearing some (unlikely) miracle that it has vastly improved. I can’t fathom how the current Y&R remains the most watched soap. Yes, it appears to trending slowly downward with its… Read more »

kay killgore
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kay killgore

I only DVR Y&R and usually delete it or FF I have heard that this Victor & Sharon mess will end in the next few weeks and more then likely this Phyllis story from her past will probably cause her to lose this baby no offense but the last thing they need on that show is another kid sorry. And they need to clean house too many actors and boring stories no one to root for. I have a feeling it is habit more then anyone really caring for Y&R I predict if their are not major corrections it will… Read more »

Bart
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Bart

Like you, Barbara, I have been a long-time “Y & R” viewer (since 1981, before the Abbotts ever came to Genoa City) and the shizz being shoveled at us is just GOD AWFUL!! I give you: SORAS’ed characters that don’t need to be (Kyle, Abby and soon Summer and Fenmore), story lines with no denouement or conclusion, the creation of one-note shrill psychos, and the terrible re-writing/retconning of the show’s rich history. Sorry, Maria Arena Bell – your ‘vision’ of “Y & R” is NOT WORKIING!! If anything, she and her co-hacks are driving viewers away in droves and the… Read more »

Harlee
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Harlee

I too Barbara been a viewer of Y&R since debut, I was 12. I had stopped watching for year, tried DOOL for 6 months, until AVON lady came calling with her fancy egg. Because being a loyal viewer of CBS daytime (yes passed down from grandmother & mother) I came to realized that I had lost 2 of my beloved soaps and what made me take notice was some people “wishing” Y&R to be cancelled for selfish reasons and jealous intent, thinking it would help “their” soap…which is human reaction. Not bashing anyone for wanting their soaps to be healthy… Read more »

nic
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nic

Two words…Crystal Chappell…B+B smart move.

kay killgore
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kay killgore

Yes you are right and guess what the next week they were not on at all back to the Liam/Steffy/Hope junk. You can bet it will be back down again unless people tuned into see Deacon.

Gigi Hines
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Gigi Hines

GH has been awesome lately! They just need to keep doing what they are doing. Maybe pushing Heather a bit too much its been a long time since the charactor was on and prob a lot of folks don’t know history. I’m personally not a fan of the Kate story, OLTL did split personalities to death and don’t need to see it on GH. Some of the storylines are seeming to just pop up out of nowhere like the Molly TJ romance, he was almost making fun of her & out of nowhere they are kissing & sneaking around? Would… Read more »

gloria
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gloria

Agree Gigi. GH is MUST SEE every day! I wasn’t too crazy about a DID story but Kate is knocking it out of the park. I used to not even like the recast & now I do. We don’t need to waste airtime on TJ/Molly but summer is coming & that’s what soaps do in the summer. Luke & Anna are super hot but I sure love Luke & Spanky! I don’t know how they are gonna save the character of Johnny-having him commit 3 MURDERS! I am shocked. I used to detest Anthony & now I am sorry he… Read more »

david
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david

Except for the rise of B&B from Chappell, the decline in all of the other soaps is more likely related to the time of year and nothing to get too excited about. This would be much clearer if the ratings data were graphed from week to week and compared to graphs of the previous year. We would likely see seasonal ebbs and flows that would make these viewing patterns more apparent.

Jen
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Jen

Personally, I wouldn’t panic just yet! You have to remember that this is a busy time especially for that demographic. Proms, final exams, weddings, Memorial Day weekend, etc. Things will be rocky over the summer, and then settle back down the closer we get the the autumn. I just hope ABC won’t try to use the lower summer ratings to justify dumping General Hospital. It’s been at it’s very best, and there is a lot to look forward to.

Hope
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Hope

I’ve been really trying to watch again, but GH is still not keeping my interest enough to tune in everyday. As a person who hasn’t watched consistently since Anna and Robert left in 1992, but used to be a daily watcher…I’ll give you my perspective for what it’s worth (I’m 40 years old, just for ratings puposes)…I want to see characters that I CARE about. Characters in that catagory would be those that have history on the show…The Scorpios, The Q’s, The Spencers, and I’ll throw in The Jones’. I’m totally bored by the whole Mob thing, and the Sonny/Kate… Read more »

Caitie
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Caitie

Because I watch only GH, I can’t comment on the other soaps. However, I do have mixed feelings about GH right now. I like a number of changes and stories; however, in spite of faster and better pacing, I still find that some stories are lasting beyond their best-before date. GH had the biggest decline in numbers for the week in question … and perhaps this might be because the two most-prominently featured stories had simply dragged on too long. This isn’t a slur on those specific stories – just a suggestion that ALL stories can potentially be stalled too… Read more »

Kristen
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Kristen

People are anxiously awaiting Deacon’s arrival and anticipated shake up, of course! Many of us have watched this program from the beginning. We DO know a good actor.

24
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24

Woot! Crystal Chappell @ B&B = Ratings ;)..So happy Brad is giving her a chance to shine on his show and the fans another chance to see her on TV where she’s been missed. Days didn’t deserve the talent of CC. I miss GL so much, i watched Otalia clips all day yesterday. There will never be another story told quiet like that again. I hope to see more of Crystal on B&B and also her new daytime love interst Jo baby lol..I have names for everyone..Thx Michael for all your great interviews!

Patrick
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Patrick

This just proves = she has a HUGE Fan Base… and equally = her co-stars are besotted with her TALENT. DAYS Carly Manning = Bo was much more ALIVE. I don’t know, how internet soaps started… but, i do know that Crystal Chappelle Helms several of them… as she won an emmy for one last year… so, KUDOS’ to Ms. Chappelle… this proves how she cares about the GENRE. our Serials… for US FANS. Thank you for sharing…. Like you did on Guiding Light… intelligently, well acted, deserves to be shared… Gay lifestyle. I sincerely, hope, either Crystal Chappelle or… Read more »

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

Didn’t watch any soaps last week, they are so BORING! None of them are concentrating on what I really want to see, and that is ROMANCE. LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON. Remember John&Natalie and Todd&Blair (OLTL)? Frisco&Felicia, Anna&Robert, Luke&Laura, Patrick&Robin (GH)? Well, GH sure doesn’t! They have John, Todd, Felicia, Anna, Luke and Patrick, but not the ones who make them all “tick”! I still like them, but they’re just BLAH without the yin to their yang! WHAT is GH thinking?! And DAYS .. well, they do have a few good moments (Sami&Lucas YES, but Jack&Jennifer? Where are THEY?) but the… Read more »

gloria
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gloria

I don’t believe this at all. I have never believed the all mighty, very mysterious “ratings” system. I watch every show every day & am sure many others do too. I personally have never been a “fair weather” watcher-sure sometimes there are storylines or characters I cannot stand but like I always tell my mother, be patient-storylines end & sometimes I even start liking characters I once did not! Anyway, I would rather have a “bad” soap on than anything else during the day. Things ebb & flow on soaps & tuning the shows out does not help anyone. I… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

per your words… And I Agree….. “anway, i would rather have a “bad” soap on than anything else…. I hang in with show.”

t too have watched all the shows at one time or another… on all networks…. i love that you liked SANTA BARBARA and ANOTHER WORLD. along w/DAYS… NBC was my network. DAYS is still my show.

Stephanie
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Stephanie

Sorry to see that Days didn’t do better. I don’t watch the other shows, but I guess the publicity re: Crystal Chappell joining B&B helped. She has a huge fan base. Loved her as Carly on Days. Days tapes so far ahead that something that isn’t working now may have already run it’s course, but viewers are frustrated so may be tuning out. There are a few characters that aren’t working, in my opinion. No offense to the actors, but Lexie’s newfound brother was pointless, given that Renee is on her way out. And I wish Ian would go too.… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

from what i’ve heard… most soaps tape 6 weeks in advance… hence, if something isn’t working… they can emergency and “FIX” story.

is it true that DAYS tapes 3 months? that’s too long…. i agree with you… “when something isn’t working…may have already run it’s course”. and is WASTED TIME and NO NEW VIEWERS.

TPTB, controlling interests… financial budget constraints… i miss the old days.

Soap Fan here forever.

Heather
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Heather

I’m not surprised at all that GH’s ratings went down. Despite a better balance of characters, it’s still overwhelmingly the Sonny show.

What’s even more insulting is that GH’s ratings went down all while The Revolution’s ratings went up.

su0000
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su0000

Poor GH – it has the worst lead-in show in history, the terrible Revolution.
What is doing the most harm to GH ratings is the revolution..
If GH had a good lead-in, the ratings would boom..
A lead-in is very important …

PJ
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PJ

One thing I know for a fact. I tuned into to B&B to watch Crystal Chappell’s debut.

shelley
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shelley

the stories on gh are boring that is why no one is watching they need to get more compelling stories love todd (roger is an incredible actor) but give him something worthwhile to do love todd and sonny in scenes kate is good but need more of a hook and more drama to draw people in if it is not good i will do something else no big deal to me the show needs some happiness and romance too gh is like going to a funeral everyday and who wants to go to a funeral everyday lighten the show up… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

GH is the best it has been years.. Can’t wait for the next day!!
It’s been years since I was excited about a GH and now GH is exciting, great, and I love my GH!!!

The acting and stories have be riveting A+ – excellent!!
GH has been given new life, I hope it never ends!!

Anne
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Anne

Nonsense. GH has never been better.

Chaz
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Chaz

Despite the addition of Crystal Chappell you couldn’t get me to watch B&B. I have tuned in over the years but the reheating of the same old plots is just ridiculous…Brooke/Ridge/Taylor again & again. Now all they have done is switched the characters to Steffy/Liam/Hope and regurgitated the same old plot. You can bet that within a short period of time after the “shock value” has worn off CC’s character will be relegated to the backburner. I loved OLTL but honestly, it was the return of Robin Mattson that brought me back. I think she is phenomenal and am sorry… Read more »

JLH
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JLH

Two weeks in a row my DVR did not record GH on ABC’s local station–Thu and Fri this past week and Wed & Thu the week before. GH is #1 on my priority list, so there’s no way it was bumped for another show, and I’m not at home so I can’t verify that it didn’t air but for some reason my DVR did not record it, but I suspect it was pre-empted by either local or national news–most likely local, since the station loves to break into daytime TV for any and all reasons. I record the SoapNet re-airing… Read more »

RJ4
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RJ4

Regarding Days, I have not watched it much the last couple of weeks. There is nothing that compelling that draws you in or keeps you wanting to watch it. The missing half of the coin storyline could have been good, but it has been so dragged out, and all over the place, that it has lost the impact it could have had. I really like Renee Jones/Lexie, so I find her ‘death’ scenes too sad to watch. The Stefano/John/Marlena/Bo/Hope, etc. conflict with the arms deal seemed almost ‘campy’ because they may not have the budget to do it the way… Read more »

Janet
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Janet

GH is STILL number 1 in the most desirable demos, the 18-34 year old age group, and for advertisers, that is the bottom line.

Sue
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Sue

It would help GH a great deal if DirectTV/TiVO/DVR did not assume new GH episodes were repeats and automatically delete them. Something fishy is going on.

Susan M.
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Susan M.

Gh has to stop with the D. I D. story , Sonny , Jason need a complete overhall… People are tired of these kind of stories..They have been going on too long…Time to bring in some NEW faces and new stories………………………Mobster /gang stories aren’t working anymore….And viewers are losing interest…..I stop watching GH for a while because of these kind of stories..Watching GH again because of OLTL crossovers….Never really cared for Sonny’s gangster/mob stories….They have to stop these kind of syories once & for all…GH is in DANGER of failing miserably…As I said get rid of those mobster stories &… Read more »

Susan M.
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Susan M.

Continued : BEFORE It’s TOO LATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Susan M.
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Susan M.

Gh needs some NEW AND FRESH STORIES…. They are in a bit of a rut…Need some new blood on the show!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Otherwise they face more disaster……..I hope GH can re- invent themselves…Back when GH didn’t have any mob/gangster stories etc…………..Those were the days..And successful for GH!!!!!!!!

Patrick
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Patrick

Hello Mrs. NIELSON! I got you. Hot about town. in as much as Victor and Jack “are all that” it gets kinda old – when stellar talent – ala Ashley “the formidable” Eileen Davidson; are cast as patsies… 2ndary to the BIG guys. Never treated top shelf… I loved Kristen/Susan… EILEEN DAVIDSON WAS DAYS -when SHE STARRED THEIR. with EJ on the skids… disowned by Stefano, and Dear Lex passing…. Kristen needs to return pronto and helm the Dimera Empire… I liked Kristen with John…. give John and Marlena a STORY… Passion. can you imagine the intelligent, tour de fource… Read more »

Jan
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Jan

For all of us our soaps have become a part of our day and we shouldn’t give up on any of them…they are like life everything is subject to change when it comes to story lines, some we like better than others but as long as we still have them on air we should support them all as often as we can…God knows the networks are looking for ANY EXCUSE TO CANCEL THEM…and the less we give in to the sometimes crappy story lines and stay true to the genre the fans win…hang in there guys…..THANK YOU TO ALL THE… Read more »

gloria
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gloria

Great post Jan! Agree with all you said. And very nice that you remembered our service people on Memorial Day. We are lucky to have the freedom to express our views on this great site.

Deborah
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Deborah

What about the people who watch soaps, BUT do not get counted??? Don’t you have to have a Nielsen Box to be counted? How many folks don’t have that and therefor DON’T get counted? Just curious about the process. I have watched soaps for 45 plus years and to my knowledge NEVER been counted!!! Or does it get counted thru the cable companies? If anyone knows I would love an answer. Thanks. I too am frustrated with YR and their SORAS BS with Kyle and Summer and releasing Eileen was a big mistake get rid of her. Get ride of… Read more »

gloria
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gloria

I have asked this question time after time. I too have watched soaps all of my life but NEVER been counted. So has my mother & my grandmother & great-grandmother all watched & none of us has ever been counted. Makes no sense to me. I have wondered how they can say how many millions around the WORLD watch the Super Bowl or Academy Awards. I mean, seriously, how could they KNOW? Agree with you on Y&R & their SORAS. We really do not need a teenaged Finn & Summer-while Phyllis is a grandmother & pregnant again! Maybe Ricky will… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

Imagine…. two fierce women… allies… formidable opponents…. Ashley and Nikki…. Victor and Jack can backburner for ONCE. Give these stalwarts backbone and fight victor and jack. or helm their own empire. Nikki and Ashley were my primary reason for watching Y&R.

as long as SONY/DAYS re-hires Eileen Davidson as Kristen. Stefano’s down for the count. pistol whipped…. perfect plot for Kristen to slither back in to town.

gloria
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gloria

You have a great imagination Patrick! We’ve got to get Eileen back on one show or the other. CANNOT wait to see who shoots Stefano. Wouldn’t it be funny if it was Will? Ha. He shot EJ, Sami shot EJ, why not Will shooting Stefano! I am so sad for Lexi-she’ll never know EJ is not her brother-I hate that they changed EJ’s father. I haven’t figured out why yet. Feel so bad for Abe, Theo, everyone who loves Lexi. Hard to watch these scenes of her saying goodbye.

lisa
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lisa

I think soap are losing rating because they are forgetting that there audience is primarily female that want to see proper story development about LOVE, ROMANCE, FAMILY DYNAMICS OR DYSFUNCTION, AND ADVENTURE. Networks love the 18-49 female bracket, but do they really know what this bracket would like to see in their soaps. These soaps nowadays are all about ‘shock value’ as opposed to good story telling i.e Days –Sami shooting EJ in the head, Chloe becoming a prostitute, Stefano getting shot, the overuse of infidelity as the prime conflict for couples, triangles instead of supercouples; GH – psychotic killer… Read more »

Hope
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Hope

I agree! I couldn’t have said it better myself…and where are the real heros? Is Jason it??? Ugh. Dead babies and mobsters as heros don’t make me want to tune in.

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Who is DAYS Gwen Really? What is Her Vendetta Against Abigail All About?

We have a new psycho in Salem, and she is played to perfection by Emily O’Brien who has been bringing her brand of quirky evil to the NBC soap opera as Gwen.  Soap fans, of course, remember her as Jana Hawkes on The Young and the Restless from 2006-2011.

Ron Carlivati and his DAYS writing team certainly have some tricks up their sleeve where Gwen is concerned as viewers recently found out she was behind slipping Abigail (Marci Miller) the drug months ago causing her hallucinations.

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But Gwen is even much darker than we think, when several key clues and moments were revealed on Friday’s episode of DAYS when she went to visit her conspirator in prison, Dr. Rolf (William Utay).

During the exchange, we learn Gwen has been getting the mind-altering drug from one of Dr. Rolf’s concoctions.  She reveals to him that their plan has hit the proverbial snag.  The drug did not dismantle Abigail as she had hoped.  We also learn while she was in the mental institution – Bayview – that is how she tracked Rolf down by researching the drug he had created.

And it appears, Rolf hates Abigail too, citing he always saw her as  thorn in Stefano’s side.  It is then Gwen says he wants another dose of the drug to “melt Abby’s brain!”  Rolf says without anyone else to take the fall for it, he can’t come up with it.

He suggests to her to alter her plan and to instead destroy Abigail’s life piece by piece … and go for the long game instead of the short term – take everything that is near and dear from her including her husband, children, home, everything.

But, what does come to light is that even Dr. Rolf does not know why Gwen wants to destroy Abigail.  That is when Gwen shares she has very good reason to hate Abigail, and he, along with everyone else, will find out why when the time is right.

So, what are your theories?  Who is Gwen?  Is she a character with plastic surgery?  Could she be a sister no one knew Abigail had?  A former mental patient who Abby knew when she was getting help a few years back? And what is her gripe with Abigail all about?  Comment below!

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Kassie DePaiva, Nathan Purdee & Taylor Purdee Talk ‘Killian & The Comeback Kids’, One Life to Live & Eve’s Reign of Terror on DAYS

It’s ‘all in the family’ + a dear friend that makes the film Killian and the Comeback Kids something that soap fans will want to see. In it, daytime veterans, Kassie DePaiva (Ex-GL, OLTL, GH and Days) and Nathan Purdee (Ex-Y&R and OLTL) are featured in the new movie directed, written and starring Nathan’s talented son, Taylor.

One Life to Live fans will get a kick out of that Kassie and Nathan play a married couple in the film.  In story, a millennial (Taylor A. Purdee) comes home to live with his parents in a depressed rural town after getting a college degree in the big city. The film illustrates the issues facing many of America’s youth today, which could not be more apropos for the times we are living with many children moving back in with their parents. However, the movie shares an uplifting message filled with original music from Taylor’s folk-rock band, The Cumberland Kids.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Kassie, Nathan and Taylor to get the inside scoop on: collaborating together on this project, revisiting Llanview with some memories and thoughts on the cancellation of the beloved soap, plus Kassie’s last turn on Days of our Lives as an unhinged Eve Donovan – a performance that just may garner attention come Daytime Emmy time next year.

This conversation was filled with candor, humor, and a parent’s love for their child. Killian and the Comeback Kid is playing in selected theatres and dates including tonight Friday, September 25th in Atlanta, and October 2nd in Chicago. For more movie info go to the film’s website here And now here’s what Kassie, Nathan and Taylor shared.

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I was really intrigued by the film. Taylor, how did you lure your dad to be in the movie?

TAYLOR:  Oh my gosh, it was the craziest negation ever.

I bet! (Laughs)

TAYLOR:  When I was a kid, Roberta, my mom, made me promise to always write him roles.  So, it was kind of obligatory.

KASSIE:  That is so funny!

TAYLOR:  It’s true.

Had you met Kassie before, or was this the first time? 

TAYLOR:  I knew Kassie from when my dad and her were doing One Life to Live together.   Five years before I was filming this movie, Nathan texted me, “Hey!  Kassie and Jim (DePaiva) are right by your dorm room.  You should go see them!”  So, catching up as an adult was so nice.  I had a non-parentally controlled grown-up hang-out with her.

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What was the journey this film, Killian and the Comeback Kids, went on as far as from the writing of it, to production, to its completion?

TAYLOR:  Well, the front half was surprisingly quick.  I think writing it through to having it finished was about 18 months, and there were about 6 months of, “how’s it going to come out,” and then, we thought we knew what was going to happen, and we were all getting ready for it to hit in movie theatres in the spring when the world ended, and that’s how we got here three years later.

Nathan, tell me about the role you play; because Kassie and you are husband and wife in the film.

NATHAN: Well, yeah, you kind of covered it! (Laughs)  I play her husband, and she plays my wife, and I appreciated the casting situation.  It’s interesting how Taylor chose Kassie because he did say that he wanted someone who was close to his mom’s personality.  I couldn’t think of anybody else other than Kassie because the only difference is Kassie is taller, but they both are such loving, caring people.  They always want to mother you and make sure you’re fed, and you’re safe, and you’re happy, and neither one of them knows the word, “no,” when it comes to the people who they’re taking care of.  I love Kassie anyway, so good for me.

KASSIE:  Yeah, they cut our love scene, and I don’t know what that’s about. (Laughs)

Kassie, what do you remember from when you first met Nathan?  You were at One Life, right?

KASSIE:  No, when I first met Nathan, we were in San Antonio, and we were doing an appearance.  I met Bobbie Eakes (Ex-Krystal, AMC and Macy, B&B) for the first time then too, but I was on The Guiding Light, and I was singing, and Nathan was there.  Nathan and I sat beside each other.  I honestly felt like I had known Nathan my entire life.  We were drinking margaritas and talking, talking, talking, talking, talking, talking.

NATHAN:  Yep!

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KASSIE:  Nathan and my husband, Jim are very good friends.  I have to say, Nathan was so lovely when I was going through my cancer journey.  He came to see me every week, sometimes twice a week when I was in the hospital, and he would come up, and he would hang out with Jim.  I will never, ever forget how lovely he was (it makes me tear up right now) to be there with support for my husband and myself as we went through that.  So, when Nathan asked me to be his wife in the film, I thought, “Well, hey, you practically live with me now, so that sounds good.”

So, Taylor, how did they do on-screen as husband and wife?

TAYLOR:  They’re fantastic.  We’ve only had one test screening, but one of the most consistent things audiences tell me is that they’re not just great together, but they each have such a quiet, brooding depth to them that you can’t help but imagine the back-story that they’re not talking about

KASSIE:  That’ll be the sequel!

TAYLOR:  Killian and the Comeback Kids 2: They Comeback Kids Comeback.

KASSIE:  They’ll come back again!

NATHAN:  Thanks for planting that seed in his head, Kassie.

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TAYLOR:  It was important for me to try to synthesize a mixed-race couple.  So, it was really great to be able to have them, not just be so great together, but there was also the issue of we had to have a little girl who looked like she could not just be my sister, but also both of their daughter.  Creating a family from scratch was great because Nathan and Kassie already had the rapport.

Did you watch them on One Life to Live together? 

TAYLOR:  Yeah!  I was in school most of the time, but I would go to set, and over the last 10 years, friends would send me YouTube clips from the show because for some reason none of the soaps are streaming.  There’s not like a soap Netflix!  It kind of needs to happen!  Soaps, they’re epic; there are decades worth of episodes and shows.

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In this film, music is the backdrop.  It’s your music and your band that is featured?

TAYLOR:  Yeah, my best friend growing up and I were staring to write folk music around the time when I was deciding what script I wanted to make into a film.  We wrote the soundtrack, all the music that people sing, and the underscore, which was surprisingly the most fun part of it all.

Kassie what did you think of Taylor’s music?

 ASSIE:  I think it’s wonderful.   I love music. It’s totally in the heart of me, and I just think that this movie is so timely. Kids these days are having to deal with not knowing what their future is going to be.  In the film, my son comes home, and he is trying to find himself, and he throws himself into his art and his music.  I just think there are a lot of people right now who are going through that.  I think it is extremely relatable, even more so than when you wrote it, Taylor.  I think people are looking for some type of connection, and I think this little movie is a good start.  It’s about people pulling together, and it’s got a strong rooting factor, and you want people to succeed, and it is great.  It takes you on a really nice journey.

You have some dates coming up where the film will play in a movie theatre- one is on September 25th in Atlanta and then another one on October 2nd in Chicago.  Taylor, how do you feel about making appearances for the film during the pandemic? You’re going with masks on? 

TAYLOR:  Oh yeah.  We will be in a bubble; we are just getting into a car and sticking together.  I and John Donchak, who plays opposite me through the whole film, are going to all of those dates, and my co-songwriter, who also appears in the film, will be in Atlanta, if not at both premieres.

NATHAN:  And let me add, please, they’re going against my wishes as a parent, but he is 28- years-old, so all I can say is that we are hoping for the best because we want him to be safe.  He is very determined and passionate about it, so he’s got our support.

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Taylor, in your story, why does Killian come home and live with his parents? 

TAYLOR: His plan at the time is that he has just graduated from a pricey university, and he is supposed to go off with his bandmate on a modest music tour.  He comes home to get his stuff and see his parents after graduating, but his bandmate drops out, and so the plan falls apart, and that’s how he gets stuck in this town and everything is just kind of falling apart. The plan that he had for his life after college gets pulled out right out from under him.

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Nathan, when Kassie and you were on One Life for years, you weren’t there when it ended, as you had already left the show.  How did you feel upon learning it had been canceled by ABC?

NATHAN:  I was so disconnected by that time.  I just knew it was ending, and it wasn’t the first soap to go.  I saw it happening when the other shows started being canceled due to, I could be wrong about this, but I put the blame on reality TV.  By that point I had moved on in my personal and private life.  I was doing a lot of theatre then, traveling back and forth from North Carolina, really trying to keep busy, and fighting off the depression of not working full-time.  I missed Jim and Kassie the most, but I was thrilled that I could bump into them at any time and visit with them.  I kept in touch with Hillary B. Smith (Ex-Nora) and Bob Woods (Ex-Bo) and also, Timothy Stickney (Ex-RJ); in fact, Timothy Stickney’s wife did Taylor’s hair for the film.

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Kassie, how do you feel years later about the cancellation of One Life to Live?

KASSIE:  I still miss it.  I loved it. The hard part about this show in particular being canceled is –one – that there wasn’t closure on it.  It kind of happened randomly, and there was still a lot more story to tell.  They kept it going on General Hospital, where they’ll bring some characters there.  So, it’s still in peoples’ minds. The second part is the friendships and the family connections that you’ve made over the many years that you’re there. Nothing lasts forever, that’s for sure, but as you were saying, there’s no streaming of these shows, but if you catch an episode on YouTube, One Life to Live, truly stands alone.  It just has great stories, great characters, and there is connection there that is very real.

Kassie, your last go-around at DAYS was just epic.  Did you guys see it?

TAYLOR:  I did see pieces of some of it.  I caught some of the “super villain”!

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Eve went in guns blazing, evil as all get out, but so heartbreaking at the same time while she was torturing Ben (Rob Scott Wilson).  What did you think about all of that, Kassie?

KASSIE:  I was really hesitant to watch it because I remembered how “super villain” I was.  I remember getting on the plane, and Jimmy said, “How was it?” and I said, “I’ll probably never work again a day in my life. I’m like this (evil laughs) muah-ha-ha, muah-ha-ha kind of character.”  I mean, you hated what Eve was doing, and you were supposed to, but I think that they did a great job with production values, and it was reasonable what she was doing because she was going off the edge. It’s great to be able to sink your teeth into something that is so out-there and completely different from your own life.  I mean, it was exhausting.  Every day, I would come home and just be like, “Oh my God, give me a cocktail.” Eve had justification for her revenge, even as wrong as it was, and she needed to be heard, and she needed closure, and she made a bunch of wrong moves, and did a bunch of bad, bad, bad things, and now, she is probably in a mental institution somewhere, so…

You and I were on set of DAYS and I was going to interview you.  If I recall, at that point, you did not even know what the story arc was.

KASSIE:  No, I didn’t. When I arrived and looked at the script, I’m like, “Well, who blew up that wedding?”  Then, all of the sudden, “Oh, no!  I blew up the wedding.  This is bad!  I probably am not going to be coming back on this show again.”  I look at story and go, “Uh-oh.  There’s a shut door.”  I like open doors and open windows.

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Taylor, what is your project? Are you continuing to write?  What do you see in the future for yourself?

TAYLOR:  This is my life for me.  The next thing that I think we are releasing is actually something that I made before this because everything is backwards, which is a documentary (very different) about Central American politics, which I’m hoping is out next year.  In terms of new scripts, everybody is a bit torn.  I kind of want to do a biopic of Lee Grant, or I want to do a blues/punk version of something inspired by The Shining.

Well, those are very polar opposite!

TAYLOR:  Yeah, aren’t they?

NATHAN:  Now you see what I’m living with. (Laughs)

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Nathan, you must be proud of Taylor, and it must be very cool to see your son have these multi-faceted talents.

NATHAN:  Of course, I’m proud of him and it’s great, but it’s strange because watching Taylor develop into the person he has developed into and continues to, made me realize that I hadn’t had the type of courage he has.  I had my dreams and certain things that I was very courageous about in my life.  I certainly don’t see him doing some things the way I did them, because he has more common sense than I do when it comes to life choices. His courage just blows my mind.  Most of my closest friends are professional musicians, and many of them, if I were to namedrop, you would know who they are, and they’ve had successful careers, and I’ve always looked up to them and admired them, but I was never that guy.  I just wanted to be a musician because I knew them and we were friends, but I didn’t have the discipline to do what they did, and I certainly didn’t have the God-given talent.  I play a little bit of keyboard and a little bit of saxophone myself, but I have to play one song 757 times before I even start to feel comfortable with it, and Taylor can sit down and start strumming on his guitar, and the next thing you know, he’s written a whole song.  It just blows my mind how creative and talented he is.  He has been surrounded by creative and talented people all of his life. He has absorbed a lot from the different people and the different opportunities he’s had, and I look at him sometimes, and I even say it to my wife, “Who is this kid?”  I like to share this story.  We went to see Taylor do Hamlet.  I’m guessing he was 15 or 16-years-old at the time. I’m watching him doing Hamlet, and I’m sitting in the chair, and I’m crying because I’m thinking to myself, “Oh, my God, he is so good!”  I told Taylor, “I would not tackle Hamlet on a football field, yet alone on stage.”  It made me realize that we had a force to be reckoned with.  He’s pretty amazing.  The bad news for him is that I always tell him the truth, and I lied to him once, and he called me out on it, and I promised that I would never lie to him again.  So, be careful what you ask me because I will tell you the truth from this point on.

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KASSIE:  Taylor was also the director of this film, which I mean, “What the hell!”  This guy is doing everything.  He was deciding on the shots, he was deciding on the lighting, he was deciding this and that, he was editing the script, I’m like, “Holy cannoli!”  He’s like, “No, I want her to wear that shirt; I want her to do this.”  You would do the scene, and he’d come over and talk to you a little bit.  I mean, he was just awesome; Taylor brought so much insight to my character because I’m like, “What’s my relationship, and who are all of these kids?  Are we a loving family?”  We did it very quickly, too.  Taylor, look at what you’ve accomplished, and it is such a beautiful piece of art!

TAYLOR:  From a more functional standpoint as a director, one of the really great things about having the two of them was that Kassie came in half-way through filming, and we’d been working with the young actor/musicians a lot.  Some of them, it was their first big job, but pretty much all of them had worked before.  On Kassie’s first day, they didn’t know what they were in for.  She just rolled onto set, and all of the sudden, the stakes and bar of how to be an actor just changed.  From that point on, when Kassie and Nathan started to work with the band, we knew those were going to be fun days because there was going to be acting involved.  Everyone else just had to come up to their level, which was great for me because it gave me so much more to edit with.

Taylor, who are your musical influences?   

TAYLOR:  That’s a really good question.  My musical obsession for the last few years has been this guy, named Josh Ritter, who is kind of a singer/songwriter/folk guy.  My real-life band, The Cumberland Kids, is named after one of his songs.  Also, Weird Al Yankovic, has been a massive inspiration for me and my songwriting partners.

So, your vibe is this folk-rock.

TAYLOR:  Yeah, that’s what I’m writing mostly.  My listening is kind of all over the place, but definitely that is what I’m writing.

Kassie, who do you like listening to?

KASSIE:  It all depends on what cocktail I have in my hand.

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NATHAN:  Let me chime in on that too! I like jazz, blues, and country music, but imagine what my house was like because I have a lot of instruments here, always with the hope that Taylor would at least become interested in music.  I have congas, bass guitar, keyboards, you name it, and for a while, he wasn’t interested at all, and one day, I woke up and he was playing an acoustic guitar.  Then, the next thing I know, he is writing and singing folk music.  I’m thinking, “Wait a minute!” It was an important lesson for me that just because you want something for your children, doesn’t mean that is what they want for themselves.  We never pushed acting on Taylor.  He chose it on his own.  It’s exciting for me mostly because it was his choice.

KASSIE:  He’s a natural.

And speaking of that, Taylor, in the trailer nothing came across forced or pushed.  Obviously, we are all talking you up here, not that you need it.

NATHAN:  I’ll tell you this, Michael.  During the shoot, Taylor insisted on calling me “Nathan”, and I had a problem with it, but he basically told me to get over it because it’s his set, his movie, and while we are shooting, I’m “Nathan”, and he’ll call me dad later.  I’m still struggling with that but he was the boss.

TAYLOR:  It’s hard to walk that line and not make it weird for your crew, you know?

NATHAN:  I get it.

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KASSIE:  It’s weird for me because when he would go, “Robbie is going to do this, and Nathan is going to do that,” I’d go, “Who are Robbie and Nathan?  Aren’t they your mom and dad?”

TAYLOR:  While I was writing the script I called him over, and I said, “Dad, I wrote you a really good role, and I think we are actually going to do this.  I’m giving you a once in a lifetime chance to name your own character.  Do you want to name him after a Greek hero, or one of your siblings?”  He didn’t take his chance.  So, you know what?  It’s “Nathan” now.  It’s easier for everybody.  We don’t have to break the method acting fourth wall.  (Laughs)

Do you think you would work with Nathan and Kassie again? (Laughs)

TAYLOR:  Oh, my God, are you kidding?

NATHAN:  That’s my contract: Kassie has got to be in it.  So, let me say this about Kassie, you had mentioned something about how much she has been working, and I look at Kassie as the James Brown of daytimes soaps.  She is the hardest working woman in daytime television. 

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She is pretty spectacular. Kassie started on Guiding Light, had a long career on One Life, and then went to General Hospital, then to Days of our Lives.  It’s been amazing that we have been able to see her have a comeback in more ways that one.

KASSIE:  Nathan has jumped from soap to soap as well, and when you’ve done it, you just think it’s over.  It’s not like your regular acting profession jobs when you go out and you know you’re going to audition for twenty-five things and get one role for a short amount of time.  When you go in day in and day out and are creating all of this stuff on a soap opera, and then it ends, you go, “Well, now what am I supposed to do?”  I haven’t been on a set in 6 months, and I feel like I won’t ever work again.  Soaps are just a totally different head trip and so it can be really hard.

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Nathan, do you have a favorite Hank Gannon moment from One Life to Live?

NATHAN:  Oh wow.  Man, there were so many of them.  I can tell you the funniest, to me, maybe not so funny to Hillary B. Smith though.  I think it was during a live show. This was during the time when I had a lot of dialogue.  But this particular day, I had one line, and the line was to Hillary and it was, “How are you feeling?” and her response was, “Well, I’m feeling the way I always feel, and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah”.  So, during the entire day, I’d see Hillary, and I’d say, “Hey, how you feeling?”  Maybe nineteen times before we started shooting, “Hey, how you feeling?” and she’d had about enough of it.  So, fast forward to “5, 4,3,2,1 action”, and now, I say, “How you doing?”  If you could see the look in her eyes, it is like, “I will kill you.”  So, she says, “You know how I’m doing.  I’m doing what I’m always doing,” so she could get her line out.  So, once again, she saved Nathan’s ass with that.  One stupid line … and I blew it.  I just remember that one because I just know Hilary wanted to strangle me.  She probably still wants to.

And on that note (laughs) I wanted to thank you all so much for this. I hope you find success with this little gem of a film, Taylor.

So what did you think of the comments made by Kassie, Nathan and Taylor on their film?  What did you think of Kassie’s recent performance on DAYS? What’s your favorite Blair or Hank moment from the history of One Life to Live? Share your thoughts and comments below,  But first, check out the trailer to Killian and the Comeback Kids.

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Greg Vaughan Shares Farewell To DAYS & Scene Partner Arianne Zucker: “Never a Dull Moment, Laughing or Crying, She was the Party, Always with a smile!”

Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives had Eric Brady saying a sudden farewell to his loved ones before he departs Salem for Africa to help those in need.  That marks the on-screen departure of Daytime Emmy winner, Greg Vaughan who will last be seen on Wednesday’s episode.

As DAYS fans were aware, Greg wrapped his run months ago on the NBC daytime drama series, but since before the Covid-19 pandemic DAYS taped almost seven months ahead, Eric’s on-screen exit is airing this week.

Over the past two days, Vaughan took to his Instagram to share some sentiments, ‘thanks you’s’ and some photos of some of his favorite memories with his castmates expressing, “Seeing it’s the last week I’m airing on @nbcdays …I wanted to share some great captured memories this week with my incredible fans & castmates.”

The actor also posted a special photo album of pics with his longtime on-screen partner and love interest, Arianne Zucker (Nicole).  In that, he posted this message: “To my Ride or Die partner Ari!! Never a dull moment, laughing or crying, she was the party, always with a smile! Love ya #ERICOLE”

So, will you miss Ericole? Are you sad to see Greg exit Days on-screen? Share your thoughts via the comment section below … AND what were some of your favorite performances of Greg during his time on DAYS.

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