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RATINGS: Solid Week For The Young and the Restless! Did Steve Burton's Arrival Make An Impact?

The ratings are out for the week of January 28th through February 1st, 2013 and it was The Young and the Restless who showed the most viewer gains!

This was also the debut week of fan favorite Steve Burton in his new role as Dylan McAvoy, the ex of Avery (Jessica Collins).  After all the uproar caused by Steve departing General Hospital for Nashville, and quickly turning around and returning to daytime after CBS and Y&R made him to good an offer for the Daytime Emmy winner to pass up, it looks like his arrival to Genoa City and stories that are now beginning to percolate and move forward have given the number one soap a boost.

Y&R added +125,000 viewers for the week bringing their weekly total to 4,698,000 total viewers.  In addition, Y&R was number one in the key 18-49 female demo and regained its number one slot in the 18-34 female demo category from General Hospital!

CBS Daytime soap, The Bold and the Beautiful also did well this ratings period.  B&B added +45,000 viewers bringing their total to 3,527,000.  And, B&B also had the most gains in the key 18-49 and 18-34 female demo for the ratings period.

ABC’s General Hospital came in with 2,847,000 viewers and was slightly down for this ratings week, while Days of our Lives took the biggest drop with -109,000 viewers bringing its totals to 2,624,000.  You can view the entire ratings picture via Soap Opera Network here!

So soapers, what did you think of the debut of Steve Burton on Y&R?  Do you think that is the reason it scored the best for the week, in general?  Are you digging the stories more now on Y&R, as you see how Jill Farren Phelps and Josh Griffith our re-establishing the old and interweaving them with new characters on the canvas?

What is working for you on your favorite soaps and what isn’t? What suggestions would you make to improve their ratings or continue them on a solid path with solid numbers?  Weigh-in!

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heidi
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heidi

Hopefully YES!!! Love Steve Burton!

Matt Disel
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Matt Disel

LOVE SHARON AND ADAM TOGETHER AND THINK THEY NEED A SON TOGETHER

k/kay
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k/kay

I am sorry but I just do not get too shook up by these ratings not sure I trust them and if people watched because of SB they probably wanted to see if he was still a one note actor. Answer he is. I counted he was on 4 days this week and yet he tells us he got bored with watching himself so much on GH. The man’s ego knows no bounds after all this hoopla I was just like big whoop.

Sunnee
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Sunnee

I do trust them with a damn, its just like stats,you can always make them show what you want. Fans probably was curious to see how he looks, acts and whatever.He didn’t make or break Y&R, they could have done without him.

k/kay
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k/kay

Sunnee I read another one of his interviews in SOD and he said the decision was made in one day to put him on the show. Did he even audition for the part?

Ruby C.
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Ruby C.

We need SHADAM! Sharon and Adam need to marry and have a heir son for Adam. this Chelsea is a joke. we need her out of here

Derrick
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Derrick

YES! Congrats Y&R!

Wendy
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Wendy

We love Sharon Case she is the only thing keeping the show above water, Now give us Adam and Sharon in a romance again. Sharon Case best actress in my book 🙂

Dmitri
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Dmitri

Y&R and Days both need to improve their writing. Days is awful now, especially with EJami on our screens.

No1_ILoveLucyFan
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No1_ILoveLucyFan

EJ and Sami are a nauseating pairing, and an insult to victims of sexual assault. The fact that Sony, NBC and even the portrayers are trying SO hard to get us to accept them is just ludicrous. They also send a very dangerous and irresponsible message to viewers. I refuse to watch the show until they get new writers who not only respect the history of the show (EJ raped Sami – there’s no sugarcoating nor dismissing it) but respect the viewers as well.

Dmitri
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Dmitri

I agree

LisaJDC
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LisaJDC

I don’t understand the hysteria over this guy. He’s nice to look at but can’t act his way out of a paper bag. I guess stuff like that doesn’t matter to soap viewers these days. They just want eye candy.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I agree there was so much hype around this guy coming on the show that I started to dislike him even before he started. Now that the character has arrived the only thing i like about him is his presence adds a sour note into Nick’s and Avery’s sickening sweet romance. I mean who is writing that romance a 13 year old girl? At least there is grown up obstacle now- so I welcome Dylan into the mix for that reason, not because he is being portrayed by Steve Burton.

maddie hayes
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maddie hayes

never a big fan of “Jason” on GH, so I don’t really miss him. GH is so good right now with all the returns of the people who made GH great, Laura, Scotty, Lucy, Frisco, Felicia, and I hear there’s more coming! Used to watch DAYs as well, but I just don’t like any of the storylines – Dmitri, I’m with you, Ejami is gross. GH’s writer seems to be more “in touch” with what the fans want, and I’m sure their ratings will go up even more now that Jack Wagner and Genie Francis are back!

Dmitri
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Dmitri

I agree. I am not watching Days anymore until the storylines get better. I read the recaps, but enver watch.

jim
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jim

Days could be great like GH if they only learn how to bring back vets for brief story arcs instead of shoving them in the background like some prop. Day players are used better than some vets like Kayla for example. Heres how id do it. Kayla has a crush on Abe but cant tell him after overhearing Abe tell Caroline he likes Kayla like a sister. Maxine has a crush on Abe too, and calls him Abe The Babe. But neither lady gets a chance with him after Valerie Grant(a long absent char.) returns to Salem and Abe falls… Read more »

Drake
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Drake

Wow. Impressive!

jim
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jim

I wish Ken Corday read these message boards or at least remember how so great the show used to be it ended up on the cover of Time magazine. I soarly miss the Good Old Days when their was less focus on just triangles and more story. It use to be romantic too when Doug sang ‘The Most Beautiful Girl In The World’ to his beloved Julie. Now its mostly about switching bed partners. Bring back the stories and romance and Days could be hot again.

Avelina comes from Santorini Greece
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Avelina comes from Santorini Greece

Great post Jim! The vets should be brought back and Days should take pointers from GH or Y and R. Y & R has become so interesting lately.

jim
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jim

We r 100% in agreement! I see some slow improvement in Days but as a fan since the 1960s, i know it could be 10 times better.

Dmitri
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Dmitri

Good post! I agree with everything you said. People are tired of seeing Sami’s love life and Dannifer on everyday. I really miss Bo, and Bope!

jim
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jim

Thanks. I agree with what you said too. There are stories they could do for Bo and Hope. I just feel that 4 some dumb reason they dont think they can write for them or just dont want to. They need to take lessons from GH and YAR who know what their fans want and thats why their ratings are good. You think by now Corday would wake up snd realize its his show they could all be raving raving about and not just the other ones. There is room for four great shows.

su0000
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su0000

The weekly ratings are not much more than bait fodder to excite people one way or another..
If the ratings came out monthly or every 3 months it might be better..
Behind the curtain they look at much more than then we see .

Y&R is just not all that good to remain #1 for mega years and is absolutely not that much better than GH .. 🙂

toscanti
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toscanti

Y&R has vastly improved, I do hope JFP does not give Mrs Chancellor Alzheimer’s disease and write her off the show. That would be the demise off JFP and her reign at Y&R as far as I am concerned. Then show with JG writing and now the departure of Hogan Scheffer has rally gotten much btter and I want to see more Abbotts, where is Traci?

k/kay
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k/kay

The actress who plays Traci/Beth Maitland is not a size 2 therefore we will probably never see her again as long as JFP is calling the shots. Never mind the actress won one of the first acting awards ever on Y&R.

Alan
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Alan

Y&R is just a mess right now: new characters and recast characters discussing other new characters; another dull battle for Newman Enterprises; Sharon’s ridiculous bi-polar redemption; characters recapping events that happened off-camera instead of on screen; and Steve Burton doing sit-ups and discussing a rock with Avery. I cringe at the thought of Nikki being diagnosed with a real disease considering how the show has ignored the long-term ramifications of Victor’s epilepsy, Lily’s cancer, and now Sharin’s mental illness. Considering that the writers haven’t even bothered to address the whereabouts of poor Segundo after the ranch fire, I have little… Read more »

Laurie McRae
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Laurie McRae

I’d like to believe that it’s the recent addition of Steve Burton/Dylan McAvoy to the Y&R canvas that resulted in the increase in ratings! I know I’m now a Y&R “convert,” solely because of Steve Burton being on the show! I’m a Steve Burton fan first, foremost & always. I’m so happy to have him on my TV screen again that it truly doesn’t matter to me what show he’s on/what character he’s playing! That being said, I am already invested in the character of Dylan McAvoy & look forward to watching Y&R daily to see what’s going on between… Read more »

aria
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aria

nothing about Y&R intrigue me, not even Steve Burton being on the show, GH is better without him, and for sure better without JFP, so whatever to Y&R and hooray to GH because it is totally rocking, love how characters interact and todays episode with Tracy and Connie is a perfect example of that interaction. People on GH look real and great and people on Y&R look plastic like barbie and Ken, they all look stiff.

Elhu
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Elhu

I figured Y&R’s ratings would go up this week, as many soap fans more than likely tuned in to see Steve’s arrival (like him or not, it was something followed by many). I personally loved Steve Burton/Jason on GH, and he is still missed, but I must say, I do enjoy his new character (Dylan) on Y&R. I have never been a Y&R fan, for no other reason than I have always watched the ABC soaps, but I do tivo it now, to watch Steve, and I enjoy some of the storylines, including the direction Steve’s character seems to be… Read more »

robert
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robert

Love Y&R, it is really getting good with storylines really beginning to take shape.

LynandZoe
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LynandZoe

I don’t get Y&R’s ratings. They have yet to reach, past its 2012 ratings; how is this good when the other 3 soaps have?? They were at 4.9m 2 weeks in a row at this time last year and had even reached 5m during Jan. 2012; at 5.2m same time in 2011. How are these ratings good? I guess from a week to week prospective their OK, but the show isn’t growing, is it? Not trying to be negative (love the show), just looking at the big picture.

shawn
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shawn

It’s just amazing to me. A few weeks ago, the majority was singing DAYS praises. Now, that the numbers are sliding, it’s back to the old “DAYS is awful” rant. Just plain ridiculous.

No1_ILoveLucyFan
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No1_ILoveLucyFan

Ridiculous how? They had plenty of new viewers for the WilSon pairing, as well as the Gack (Gabi/Nick – blecch!!) wedding reveal…now that the chips have fallen, the new viewers are leaving because the show is going slower than an uphill-bound snail and veteran viewers are leaving because they know the history of the EJ/Sami disgusting pairing. What’s to like about Days right now? Not a whole helluva lot!! I watch when John and/or Marlena are on – other than that, I refuse to watch at all!!

Patrick
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Patrick

Shawn – I can’t take it personal any more… what the ratings dive’ DAYS would seem to be neverending…. it’s on par… with the other three…. it’s 4th, but cetainly not last in my book. do you read the two scoops column on soapcentralcom? it’s so entertaining… and is on par with how i feel about days…. ————–geez… i can’t compare DAYS & GH…. the two soaps i watch… i merely say… they’re both good… and i knw this cause… i have to dvr both shows… and when theirs none… both shows… waiting to be watched…. ta-da!!!! both are excellent.… Read more »

Dmitri
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Dmitri

Days WAS getting good! The reveal at the wedding was fantastic! I just wish Chad also revealed what Gabi did to Melanie. In addition, Sami was finally settling down with a great guy-Rafe! Now the show revolves around Sami again and her disgusting relationship with her rapist, EJ. Not only that, but Chloe’s interference in the boring Dannifer storyline is unecessary. Kristen’s return has gotten old very quickly, and Gabi’s storyline is also not entertaining to watch. Jarlena ave been treated horribly. Rafe and Kate having sex this week-DISGUSTING! I will NOT be watching, not when I can just keep… Read more »

JasonWho?
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JasonWho?

Short answer NO!!

the hype machine was turned all the way on!!

simplygh
access Hollywood
promotons
and this board

funny thing he didn’t this much publicity when he dated SAM or
the time he was over at gh..interesting..
he took the easy way out!

not interested in y&r

though I seen his face? he had some work

Denise
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Denise

Y&R ratings go up because we are finally getting some SHADAM!!

Brenda
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Brenda

I love Steve on Y&R. Can’t wait to see more of his story. I think Y&R is much better now with the new writers too.

JT
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JT

Sorry guys. Burton to me is mediocrity inacarnate. He is over hyped and one note. The actors who were discarded for the friends of Jill were superb and this is not.

Burton and JFP made me drop Y&R competely.

Having him rather than the Chancellor family build up and more made me ill. Im sick of the soap press that panders to anything the producers want and turn a deaf ear to those who speak differently.

Shame on all. Burton no way

Yvette
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Yvette

I love love Steve Burton and his character Dylan. I cant wait to see what happens with Dylan and Chelsea when I get home. Y & R is the only soap I watch and I have been watching it for many years and I think Dylan is a great addition. He is dreamy eye candy and I think his acting is just fine. I don’t know what kind of acting is expected on a soap. He will develop new fans from Y & R. I don’t understand all the haters when it comes to Steve Burton. Things cant stay the… Read more »

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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