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RATINGS: Strong Week for DAYS, Y&R and B&B!

The ratings are out for the week of August 20-24th, 2012 and it was a very good week for daytime dramas with three shows gaining some significant viewership!

Over at Days of our Lives, they continue to rebound strong after the Summer Olympics and they have now recorded their highest week of total viewers since back at the end of January and early February of 2011!  DAYS is up to 2,771,000 in total viewers at this point in time.

However, it was the two CBS soaps gained the most viewers for the week! The Bold and the Beautiful added +213,000! And The Young and the Restless added another +194,000!  Those are solid additions especially since Y&R has been in funk of late!

The only soap not to gain viewers but to lose them was the firing on all cylinders General Hospital! The lone ABC soap lost -17,000 and remained significantly behind DAYS for the third spot.  Will GH have its chance to rebound when it moves into its new time slot on September 10th? And will viewers come on board to check out its upcoming high action adventure to be played out involving many of the citizens of Port Charles?  We shall see! You can view the entire ratings picture for the week courtesy of Soap Opera Network by clicking here!

So now its time for you to play our weekly Soap Opera Programming Executive Armchair Quarterback!  If you were to analyze why Y&R, B&B, and DAYS all increased viewership,  why would you say that happened?  If you were to dump some storylines and expand others on your favorite soaps, what would you choose to do if you had the power to make the changes?  Let us know what you feel is working on your favorite soaps  …  and what isn’t!

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Stephanie
Stephanie

The only show I can comment on is Days, since it’s the only one that I watch faithfully. I think that the lead up to Ian revealing that he had Stefano was a big part of the success last week. This week they have been utilizing more of the cast, not too heavy on some who have been getting a bit overexposed (in my opinion). I hope this week’s numbers reflect how good the show was with some of the characters that we haven’t seen in awhile being on. And a comment from me wouldn’t be complete with out me mentioning that I’d like to see more of John and Marlena. And not so much story happening off camera, like John & Marlena finding out that Stefano is alive, we should have SEEN that, not just heard about it! We tune it to soaps to SEE story, not hear it be referred to!

Jules
Jules

I agree with you on the great use of cast they’ve been utilizing these past 2 weeks. I haven’t felt it was heavy on anyone in particular, and if anything, the airtime was spread out over different characters who received little to no screentime with the last writers- especially Abe, Caroline, Jenn, Maggie, Victor, Julie, Sonny, Justin, Adrienne, Kayla. GREAT to see them again!!!

I would also add that I do think the long awaited exploration of EJami was a big draw in numbers. My personal preference aside (though in all honesty I love EJami as much as I love EJole…I can never decide!) the fact is is that EJami has a very large, very loyal, and very rabid fan base. And after years of being given no shot, I think the very possibility of the two of them rekindling their relationship was enough to draw in more eyeballs. If Tomlin goes the Safe route, I think he will be very, very sorry. But that’s JMO.

I’m happy for DAYS and glad their numbers are up! May they only continue to grow!

Oh and my comment wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t say, nah nah nah nah nah GH! The show continues to suck (poisoned city water? Premonitions [and not in a campy way like Celeste on DOOL]? More new faces in the past 3 years than a facelift’s office?). The show is in shambles, Frank and Ron can try and hide it all they want. They’ve lost me as a viewer and I’m glad others are coming to their senses too.

Stephanie
Stephanie

GH and Days will be on at the same time come Sept. 10th in my area. I hope that viewers don’t have to choose between the two if they watch both. Thank goodness for DVR’s, because in my house I watch Days, but my sister watches GH. Wonder what the new time slot will do for the shows.

Jen
Jen

GH could rebound if they get rid of what they know clearly isn’t working. SKate & Kate. Starr&Michael, Kristina/Trey. The new promo looks awesome. They should also remember this is GH not OLTL. Jerry and Alexis have chemistry galore yet they chose to have Shawn kiss Alexis? Um, okay. Redeem Jerry for a bit. Reunite Carly & Jax. Bring back Brenda. And give the audience more Sexis. GHers want GH not OLTL 2.0.

Donna Green
Donna Green

Thank you for saying that, because I feel the same way about OLTL members on GH. Don’t get me wrong love me some John McBain and would love for him to stay in Port Charles, but only if they bring back Evangeline Williamson. I think she and Alexis could make a fortune in PC. John and Sam makes no sense there is no chemistry there and come on changing the time and hiring FV and RC sounds like a set up to me. Looks like the guy that runs ABC is finally on his way to getting rid of my last fav soap that I have watched since it 1st airred. Dp what you want with the station Frons, I no longer watch it anyway.

Tali
Tali

I agree about John & Sam-no chemistry, but I want Melissa Archer on GH. I am a OLTL fan and would like more OLTL characters on GH, they were the highest rated ABC soap. Hard to get ratings up to many of us are boycotting ABC! GH had defintely gotten better tho’.

Torrey
Torrey

Would be nice if Evangeline was brought back, but unfortunately the writers of OLTL killed her off, after leaving her in a coma for several years….never understood this, since John & Evangeline had such great chemistry. Not to mention the chemistry he had with Natalie, but they seemed to have nipped that in the bud, by having him abandon her and his son…I tried to give GH a chance, but can’t do it. Too much mob stuff and not enough of the Quatermaines.

rebecca
rebecca

errrrr….Fronz hasn’t been at ABC since December 11.

Max
Max

All I know is if there was a way back when Another World was cancelled to have characters from another show come on to help ratings so it wouldn’t be cancelled..I would cheer and gladly accept any new characters to still have AW. I never watched GH until the OLTL characters came on, and now I’m loving it. I wish AW had the chance to survive like that.

cathy trinque
cathy trinque

I agree John and Sam have no chemistry! Tired of people saying they do because they were on a soap together years ago. KM is so boring!
I watch Days and GH. Got to say Days was easier to transition to. I dread the storyline with Duke coming. Every soap I have ever saw him on he was a creep and a little wimp.
So hoping more OLTL characters come over to GH and the mob goes away!

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

agreeing with Tali, NATALIE is the woman John loves, and it is pretty pointless to have John on the show without her. Yin to his yang and all that. Same with Todd. He’s just not as good without Blair. In fact, the dearth of good love stories on GH is the main reason I’M not watching.

su0000
su0000

As a fan of Y&Y and GH, both for 30yrs..
I see no OL in the writing of GH..

Similar stories as in all the soaps whose soaps could be said be said to writing same as Ol and GH in their stories as well, at one time or another,,
But no where is the writing of GH anything as OL ,,

TS
TS

John and Sam no chemistry????? I beg to differ…. I am enjoying them. . I also enjoying Todd’s character.. How can you not like him? I need more airtime for Heather! Trev and Kristina..don’t really care for them.. Alexis and Shawn.. not too excited about them also… I am only watching the show because of the OLTL characters… Most of the writing has been pretty good..

Mary
Mary

John and Sam where wants together on was it Loving?When he was a vampire.Since Jason wants to go gotta have a different storyline for her.People g rip over some stupid stuff.I’d take AMC back any way I could get it.Miss it so much.Take actors from other shows to.I just got back into gh and loving it.Its was to weird and to much mob stuff before.

RobertC
RobertC

Mary I beleave the people that play John and Sam were on the show Port Charles and not Loving.

margie
margie

Victor mystery on Y&R helped. The Stefano’s return. GH Wake up people & watch!!!!!

su0000
su0000

GH will soon be doing much better in the ratings, with the better time-slot and better lead in…
The
Revaluation helped kill GH by being its’ lead in; it doesn’t get any worse than having the Revaluation as a lead in. and an after school time-slot…

Richard
Richard

GH should be the highest rated show.
It has no soap rivals in its timeslot, while the 3 other shows compete against each other. And yet, they all grow in numbers!
Basically, if everyone who watches any of the other 3 soaps, but not GH, were to tune in to GH as well, GH’s ratings would be through the roof!

susan M.
susan M.

DITTO!!!!!!!!!!!

Hope
Hope

Did anyone see the promo for GH with Sonny talking about “his city?” It rings of the same stuff that nobody wants to see anymore…Sonny/Jason as heros. That’s why viewers are going away. It doesn’t take a rocket sciemtist to figure that out! I agree with Donna…I’m beginning to think rc and fv might be “throwing the game” on purpose for abc execs. Why else would they make such dumb story decisions. Anna/Luke scenes were the best part of this week.

Didjanoit
Didjanoit

“Nobody wants to see anymore”?? Sonny Corinthos is one of the characters that helped keep GH’s ratings as high as they were for the last decade, so imo it is entirely possible that you are wrong about that. GH held onto the #3 spot in the ratings for most of the past 12 years, up until about 2009, because people were tuning in to watch Sonny and the mob stories even while other “traditional” soaps were losing viewers and being cancelled. Maybe the dumb decisions that are losing the viewers now have more to do with the attempted merger of OLTL into GH, than anything else. Just my opinion of course.

Derrick
Derrick

Very good for CBS and DAYS!!! Happy they went up especially Y&R but for how long???

Joan Faist
Joan Faist

Get Sam and Jason back together now and with their baby. Don’t let Jason leave the show without knowing his newest son. It would be a travesty to all Jasam fans if this happened. I love Roger Howarth being on the show because I adored him as Paul Ryan on ATWT”S. Good luck GH, what would this world do without Sonny.

Mary Fergen
Mary Fergen

I just don’t get why GH’s numbers aren’t better than reported. This show is so good lately, with something for everybody. Favorite characters from the past, using the history of the show, a few OLTL characters to shake things up, picking up the pace of the stories; I could go on and on about all that is positive about GH! Soap fans, even if there are some things that you aren’t crazy about, please tune in to this show everyday. We are fighting like mad to keep this last ABC soap on the air!

Mary
Mary

Tell em Mary Fergen….I have come back to gh because it is better now.

susan M.
susan M.

I watch it everyday.. Or if I have to be somewhere I record it…I think GH is better too…The low ratings baffle me..Once their up & then their down….You just can’t please everyone..

Mary
Mary

Notice Neilsen favors CBS soaps and plus noone over 54 is allowed to be counted.Age Discremination.Hoping someone with the knowledge will step up do something about it.This should be against the law.And Neilsen refuses to update there amount of boxes out there.

MK
MK

First Off, Evangeline is Dead. Layla pulled the Plug. I love LIFE Hospital.

Then, I can’t believe B and B gained viewers. I can’t stand it. Y & R is at its worst.

Days is OK, I hope the The Will and Sonny story is what people were tuning into.

shannon
shannon

I believe the writing for General Hospital has been really good. The part that I have not liked like everyone else is Kristina is awful. I love the inclusion of the older characters in the stories (they are some of the better actors). There has been way too many bedroom scenes! That’s not good for ratings especially with with the younger demo.

Mary
Mary

Neilsen favors CBS for some reason.More and more have tuned in GH with the new change.You’d think by Neilsen we aren’t watching.I’ and others are getting into GH now that didn’t watch before.Neilsen needs to go they favor CBS day and night.

gayle higginbotham
gayle higginbotham

Nielsen ratings are a complete CROCK…I won’t believe any news based on their antiquated ratings system…it doesn’t even count any viewer over 54 yrs of age…

Mary
Mary

We need someone to get a class action suit against these network who want this age discremination and outdated /Neilsen.Neilsen is only around 20,000 boxes for over 100,000,000 million TV/s.They make billions and refuse to update.Things need to change.I have to pay to watch so I should be able to have imput to.

Didjanoit
Didjanoit

Oh come on! Neilsen doesn’t favor CBS now, any more than they favored ABC when it’s soaps were in the top of the ratings. More people are watching the CBS shows than GH, period. GH may be better for some, but that isn’t the case for the viewers who are tuning out. Why is it that the Neilsen numbers are called into question only when the shows some people like aren’t doing well in the ratings? It may be antiquated, but every TV channel, including cable, still use them.

Mary
Mary

Because antone over 54 is not allowed to be counted and neilsen has not updated the amount of boxes since the beginning.Around 20,000 boxes can tell what over 100,000,000 TV sets are watching.Don’t think so.CBS is a good channel at night.I wait alot of there show so I/m not predigue/But CBS wins no matter what they show.Watch it but also seen shows on other networks that where good but Neilen doesn’t seem to think so.T o many people are gripping about how some shows are being said by Neilsen people are not watching.Seems like People choice awards prove Neilsen wrong alot.

Glen
Glen

Happy to see DOOL doing so well post-Olympics, but I think that GH should be doing just as well, if not better. I blame the weak GAA lead-in because the show is truly on fire right now (this past Thur. and Fri. episodes were riveting!). Can’t wait for the time slot change. As much as I loathe “The Chew”, it will provide GH with a stronger lead-in.

Chris
Chris

The weak lead-ins for GH are a lame excuse. Before the upcoming time slot change, it had aired at 3 pm/ET on ABC for nearly its entire run. I think that people have long known when and where GH airs. Bottom line- it all comes down to the content of the show. People would consider watching it again if the show’s new regime actually gave them a reason to keep tuning in, which is not the case for the vast majority out there.

Also, GH was doing poorly last year when the stronger OLTL, its lead-in for decades, was still airing before it. Funny how so many seem to forget/ignore that. And I highly doubt that most people who watch The Chew will keep it tuned to ABC for GH. It’s two entirely different audiences and there probably won’t be much flow from one show to the next. Finally, DOOL has shown improvement in recent weeks without a strong lead-in on many NBC affiliates proving that lead-ins are overrated in this day and age.

Didjanoit
Didjanoit

Thank you for pointing out about OLTL being the lead in last year! I don’t know why so many people want to overlook that fact, lol.

Mare
Mare

I think GH is losing fans because of how the new writer and producer have changed the show. Fan favorites Jason and Sam have been written totally out of character and seperated. The OLTL transfers have been given to much story line too soon. Once Steve Burton leaves many more will stop watching.

susan M.
susan M.

One minute everyone is happy w/the new writers when the ratings are up but when the ratings go down we blame it on the writers..I a OLTL FAN and like seeing OLtl transfers on GH…..And I don’t think they got too much storyline too soon..I enjoy seeing them. And everyone on GH get’s a fair shake in story-line…..I miss my soap OLTL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Didjanoit
Didjanoit

I agree. Too many changes to GH have turned off too many viewers, and the show isn’t getting enough new viewers to make a difference.

Lisa
Lisa

I think that GH is not doing all that well due to the fact that the show is not drawing in very many OLTL viewers. The characters from OLTL that were brought over, were not the vets or the favorites of a good portion of the audience. Starr is not as popular as the producer thinks that she is. John has no regard for Natalie or his baby. The character of John is not what the viewers of OLTL would have expected so they don’t care to watch what happens to him. Many viewers preferred TSJ’s portrayal of Todd, so they don’t care if this Todd is on GH. I cannot get into GH. The characters seem very boring, not likeable, and just do not make me care enought to tune in. GH was already on the decline before OLTL was cancelled, and it seems like this is continuing. It would have made much more sense to keep OLTL in the lineup.

susan M.
susan M.

I agree with you…Especially the last line of your comment!!!!!!!!!!!

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

this is true, they brought on John McBain, my favorite guy on OLTL, but they didn’t bring his heart and soul, Natalie and Liam! So now it’s just some pod guy walking around calling himself John McBain, hitting on Sam. Same with Todd, he’s just not the same without Blair. Although I do like him better than John, at least he TRIED to get Blair back, unlike John, who is going to give up on his family so he can hit that hot mess Sam.

TS
TS

Days is ok.. I am just waiting to see what happens when they bring Kristen back.. I am hoping that I don’t get too disappointed with the Sami and all her men storyline.. It was absurd that she has 3 guys after her … all three Men need to a life and move on.. Sami has too much baggage and attitude for all three of them to be going after her.. Come on Days writers!!! Lets hope Lucas keeps his attitude with “Good Riddance to her”!!

Nicole seems to be the gal that they should be chasing!!!

olivia
olivia

why ? Because Nicole has no baggage maybe ? lmaoooooooooooooo

Dmitri
Dmitri

I agree. While I think EJ and Nicole are soulmates, I with she and Rafe hooked up. So many people are rooting for them, and that would bring up the ratings due to their INSANE chemistry! Daniel and Nicole have expired for me. I also think a “Racole” pairing would make Sami and EJ split up and pursue the. I kind of miss Lumi, though.

Avelina comes from Santorini Greece
Avelina comes from Santorini Greece

EJ and Sami are soulmates. SAFE if they reunite should move to Stepford so Saint Rafe can control Sami any way he wants. I do agree though a Racole pairing would be great. GO EJAMI!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dmitri
Dmitri

I think EJole are soulmates. Sami should be with Rafe or Lucas.

Avelina comes from Santorini Greece
Avelina comes from Santorini Greece

Disagree. EJOLE were sooooo boring and really pulled down nicoles character. I love scheming Nicole.

Dmitri
Dmitri

But they schemed when they were working on EJ’s campaign.

Dmitri
Dmitri

As much as I hate EJami, I am glad they brought up the ratings with their chemistry. I think the departure of Melanie, Dannifer’s reunion, the splitting of “Dicole”, Nicole’s baby being born, and the Nick storyline ending, will bring the ratings up even higher. But I think Bo leaving Salem could lead to a plunge in the ratings. While his character is not very interesting, I think he should stay. GH losing ratings is not surprising. It has been SO boring lately!

P.S., I also hope Will and Sonny bring up the ratings on Days.

Avelina comes from Santorini Greece
Avelina comes from Santorini Greece

So you do agree that EJAMI brought up the ratings? EJOLE were a snoozefest but I will not watch days if Gary Tomlin is going to reunite SAFE and shove them down my throat. I hope they stick with EJAMI gor a while. I Dont watch GH so I dobt know about that.

Dmitri
Dmitri

Yeah, because most people like them. I also see their chemistry. But I don’t like them. I prefer EJole. And Safe/Lumi.

Avelina comes from Santorini Greece
Avelina comes from Santorini Greece

Most people do like them. They have explosive chemistry LOL and I hate SAFE and EJOLE but I do love LUMI

Dmitri
Dmitri

Yes Lumi have more chemistry than Safe, but I think Safe has a bit more of the family dynamic Sami seems to want. EJole is hot and has a family dynamic.

Joanne
Joanne

EJ and Nicole
Lucas and Sami, unique and special.

Rafe he needs a new gal

Joanne
Joanne

Lucas and Sami have always made the ratings go UP UP UP :0

Dmitri
Dmitri

Yes, I love Lumi as much as I love EJole. I adore them and they always boost the ratings. I love Safe, too, but Lumi has so much passion and history. I am glad to see Lucas devise a plan to make EJ and Rafe feud again. I think it’ll make them both look bad to Sami and she’ll run to Lucas. I don’t care if Sami ends up with Lucas or Rafe. They’re both great for her. Though if Carrie comes back, I hope for a Cafe and Lumi endgame.

Tammy
Tammy

I can’t believe this. While I watch Both Days and GH I believe GH has been way better than Days lately.

Matt
Matt

Love Days. Everyone watch Days.

Joanne
Joanne

I have watched Days from day one and I love it always and forever ,
Lucas Lucas Lucas love him always and forever,Bryan Dittilo is the best…

boes
boes

I think Days is getting back it’s groove, especially with Stefano back and Rinna on the way out. Y&R – the train wreck known as Sharon Newman is what is drawing people in, I think. B&B, have NO clue. That is one really, really terrible show.

GH is head and shoulders the best right now, no doubt about it, even with the lackluster Mob Princess, et al. I don’t think Starr and Michael are bad, either. But I believe that more people watch GH on or through devices that aren’t counted by Neilsen. And that’s been true before with other shows. CBS demographic skews older and ABC skews younger and younger folks don’t necessarily – in fact, usually – watch shows as they are broadcast.
That’s true for every other network as well but particularly ABC.

andrea
andrea

I dont believe the ratings BS. Ive never had a neilsen box.GH is must see tv right now.The Y&R AND B&B ARE ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE.

Scott
Scott

“DAYS” is the best soap opera on air right now. So happy it’s climbing back up in its ratings, it deserves it. The storylines have been so amazing since its reboot back in September 2011, minus that horrific Alamania storyline.

It matches realistic times with classic soap stories. Plus, the acting company is top-notch and is really rooting into its history.

susan M.
susan M.

I will stick with GH…Never watched the other soaps on the other channels…

Joanne
Joanne

I love Days and its the only soap I watch now,
I keep watching for Lucas and Sami,together make quite the team,they arent like any other,which makes them special and unque. 🙂

Dmitri
Dmitri

Agree I love how Lucas is just waiting patiently for the end of EJami. He knows that he is one of two men in Sami’s heart, the other being Rafe. THAT will be a great triangle! I cannot wait until EJole 4.0

Thunder
Thunder

Have watched Days for a very long time and glad it is climbing back up. I have enjoyed all of the stories that are going on right know, I have really enjoyed will and sonny they are cute and I feel, the writers have really done a great job on that story line. Know with Dan and Jennifer will find each other again, But really good to watch right know, Hats off on Days right know

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DAYS Promo: What’s Going To Happen At Jarlena’s Wedding Anniversary Shindig?

Coming up next week on Days of our Lives, prepare for drama, drama, and more drama! From the looks of the latest promo for the NBC soap opera, the action takes place at Marlena (Deidre Hall) and John’s (Drake Hogestyn) surprise one-year wedding anniversary soirée, where things could take a deadly turn!

But with the Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) masquerading as “Nicole” plot reaching new heights, Anna DiMera (Leann Hunley) and Tony DiMera (Thaao Penghlis) back in Salem, and the promo telling viewers “For one guest, the party, is over” followed by Sonny (Freddie Smith) yelling, “She’s got a gun!” and Brady’s (Eric Martsolf) ending line, “Oh, my God!” there is plenty to conjecture.

Also seen in the teaser is Kate (Lauren Koslow) trying to rip off the face of Susan Banks (Stacy Haiduk), and Stefan (Brandon Barash) and Gabi (Camila Banus) getting hot and heavy and Eric (Greg Vaughan) yelling, “No!”

So, check out the promo below and then let us know via the comment section below, what you think is about to go down at Jarlena’s party, where last August at their nuptials … things did not go off without a hitch, either!

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DAYS Stacy Haiduk and Eric Martsolf Talk Kristen & Brady’s Twisted Relationship : The Mask, The Deception, The Sex

Last week on Days of our Lives, Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) was able to get the man she craves in between the sheets.  So, just how did that happen when Brady Black (Eric Martsolf) had no idea she was alive?  Well … he still doesn’t, really.  You see, Kristen returned to Salem disguised as another ex flame of Brady’s, Nicole Walker (who everyone believed died in the warehouse explosion).  And Kristen has been parading around town donning an incredible likeness of Nicole’s face – via a prosthetic mask – and some other tricks to sound and look just like her!

Kristen’s goal is to infiltrate Salem, remind Brady of the love and passion they shared, take over DiMera Enterprises, and who knows what else!  And everyone who stands in her way, better watch out as we have seen! We are speaking to you (the late) Ted, and (once kidnapped) Kate, et al.

Fans of the NBC daytime drama series have followed the tortured relationship between Kristen and Brady for years and through many plots; Kristen was first played and brought to life by Eileen Davidson, and for well over a year now by Stacy Haiduk.  Not only has Haiduk reprised the role of a frustrated, vengeful Kristen, she is also playing at times multiple roles: the wacky and often misunderstood, Susan Banks, Kristen playing Susan, or Kristen pretending to be Sister Mary Moira.

As for Daytime Emmy winner, Eric Martsolf, this latest story arc puts him front and center as viewers watch to see if what Brady senses, and the clues, and the feelings he is having, bring him to the conclusion that he has been duped by Kristen, and that her horrendous scheme – pretending to be Nicole (Arianne Zucker), and dumping Nicole’s longtime love Eric (Greg Vaughan) to be with him have a result that is unexpected or catastrophic!

Michael Fairman TV sat down with Stacy and Eric for this conversation about: all the plot twists, and playing the drama and the humor of the situations they find themselves in as actors in a wild story that only head writer Ron Carlivati could pen and keep the audience on the edge of their seats in the process. Check out this oh-so-fun, direct, and enlightening chat with two of DAYS most shining stars.

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Eric, what has it been like working in this part of your storyline; where there’s the character of Kristen in its many forms: Arianne Zucker playing “Nicole” (but it’s really Kristen), Kristen as Susan, and the real Kristen, etc?

ERIC:  It’s been a nightmare Michael.  (Laughs)  I don’t know who I’m sleeping with anymore.  I’m at the point where I go home at night, and I just tug on my wife’s cheek just to make sure that she is not my ex-girlfriend from high school.

When you first heard of this storyline, and that it was going to facilitate how Arianne was going to come back to the show… and that it was supposed to be Kristen in a Nicole Walker prosthetic mask with a voice alternator, what went through your mind?

ERIC:  I think in the back of Ron’s Carlivati’s (head writer, DAYS) mind, he was thinking to himself, “This dude started his soap career on Passions, he’s okay with this kind of thing,” and honestly, nothing surprises me anymore.  When you’re thrown into that supernatural, crazy reality, doesn’t-live-here sort of atmosphere for you first soap gig, you don’t sweat a mask and a voice modulator.  That’s just par for the course.  My biggest problem was the body thing … that Brady is not able to distinguish one body from the other, because I would as Eric.  My God, I know every inch of my wife’s body.  So, it’s difficult to get my head around that, but at the same time, I’m going with the whole “love is blind” thing here. (Laughs)

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(Laughs) I was going just going to say that Brady would absolutely know Kristen’s body from how passionate their relationship has been in the past, as well, he would Nicole’s body from his relationship with her.

ERIC:  Since Kristen did finally just succeed – let’s use the word in “seducing” him, and using her wonderful feminine wiles as only Kristen has to get Brady in to bed, there was also another twist.  What plays after that is that he notices the tattoo that’s been removed, and she plays it off as scarring from the fire.  What’s going through his mind as he is making love to Nicole is a “Kristen train”.  He can’t get Kristen out of his mind, and the guilt that he feels about that is horrendous.

Right! Brady is thinking: “Why am I feeling this when I am supposed to be with Nicole!?”

ERIC:  Right!  Brady has been waiting for a relationship for God knows how many years now – at least a successful one.  He is so eager to have this work, even though he has been concerned about how Eric (Greg Vaughan) would feel about this.  In Brady’s mind, Eric is done with Nicole.  He’s good.  He loves Sarah (Linsey Godfrey).  This is fair game.  Brady and Nicole have always been close … they’ve been close before … so, for him, it’s, why not give it a fair try?   However, he finds himself now thinking about another woman the whole time.  That’s rough.

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Do you think in the back of his mind, that this whole time, he possibly knew that “Nicole” was Kristen?

ERIC:  Well, you just have to wait.  There will be a reveal eventually, obviously, but until then, let the games play on.

So, once Brady and “Nicole” have sex, he keeps thinking about Kristen?

ERIC:  Constantly!  She just plagues his mind.  I think he’s realizing that his affection for Kristen is anything but dead and is very alive, and I think this is Kristen’s master plan from the very beginning.  She knows that she pervades his soul, and once she does reveal herself, I would guess he would probably be surprised, maybe a little angry, but in the end … you can’t deny what your heart and your body wants, right?

One of my favorite recent scenes had Brady half-naked and Kristen as Susan getting into his room, because she was looking for the MIA Nicole mask she so desperately needed.  She finds herself gawking and lusting after Brady under her disguise, and he tries to remove himself from the situation and says, “Susan, I’m going to get in the shower…”

ERIC:  Yeah! And, “It’s not going to happen, baby.”

What was that like doing that scene?

STACY:  I loved it!  I thought Eric was brilliant in it.  I watched it, and I thought, “Oh, my God!”  (Laughs) It is one of my all-time favorite scenes.

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ERIC:  Kristen is a tiger.

STACY:  She is a tiger.  She’s got a goal, and she is going to go after that.  She has obstacles that are going to come in-between her goal, but she will go after whatever she wants.

When Stacy comes in to Brady’s room as Susan, were you not laughing?

ERIC: No!  I thought she was hot. (Laughs)

STACY:  He did … he loved it.  You liked me, didn’t you baby? (Laughs)

ERIC:  I don’t think anybody can deny that Stacy Haiduk’s portrayal of Susan Banks is ridiculously good.  Everything from her delivery … to her facial expressions.  I think it is amazing.  I mean, it is corny, and it is fun, and soaps need characters like that once in a while to lighten the load of the heavy dialogue and the drama.  It’s a welcomed addition.  So, I love playing scenes with Susan.

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Eric, you always have been able play the straight-man so well in comedic scenes with impeccable timing,

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STACY:  You’re brilliant, Eric.

ERIC:  You guys are being very nice to me.

STACY:  You are.  I remember on the day how much fun we had, but then, seeing it back and the crap that I was giving you, and just the stuff you were giving back was so beautiful, and innocent, and so alive.  It was so funny.

Does Kristen think that now that she finally got Brady into bed that she won … that she got what she wanted … even if she had to don a “Nicole” mask to do it?

STACY:  Well, no, because she still can’t be really Kristen.  I think she is grateful that she gets to be with him.  That’s one of her biggest goals: to be with Brady and she wants to have him fall back in love with her again.  But for her, now it’s all about, “How do I reveal myself so that he doesn’t get scared away?”  That’s the toughest part for her.  Kristen’s love is so deep that it goes beyond this mask.  So, how is it going to be when he sees her?   Is he going to freak out?  What’s going to happen?

ERIC:  Did you think Kristen would be a little pissed off and think, “Oh my God.  He did go for Nicole?”

STACY:  Yes!  I do, because she’s like, “Finally, I got him!  But wait a minute … did I get him because I was Nicole … or because I was Kristen?”  As Kristen, she always believes there is something deeper between them and a deep connection.  That remains a driving force to her.

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ERIC:  That’s why I love these characters so much, because of you and the history of Kristen with Brady.  She’s always wanted him as much as he has wanted her.  She’s always wanted to be loved.

STACY:  Yes … and very much so.

ERIC:  Kristen had always wanted to be a part of the DiMera Empire, just as Brady has always wanted to be a part of the Kiriakis Empire, and they’ve always wanted love.  They’ve never had it.  They believe in the back of their minds that anything is attainable.  So, I can see why Kristen would just forgo the Nicole disguise and just go, “He wants me.”

STACY:  Kristen wants to believe that Brady knows it.  She says to herself, “He knows it’s me inside and behind the mask.  When he finds out, he will fall back in love with me.”

Now that she actually had sex with Brady, wouldn’t that make Kristen even more insatiable to be with him? Like, “I’ve got to have him!?”

STACY:  The fear is still .. what happens she takes this mask off?  She always says, “I’ll reveal myself, but I have to do it slowly when it is the right time.”  I think there is that built up frustration now for her, absolutely!

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Arianne Zucker really has Stacy’s mannerisms down as Kristen.  It really comes into in scenes where “Nicole” goes off on someone or loses her temper.  Eric, you have worked with Arianne for years on this show.  What do you think about her performances in this storyline?

ERIC:  I have worked with Ari over the years, and I have enjoyed it a lot.  Ari did do her homework.  She did study Stacy’s tape, and she watched her mannerisms, and she took it very seriously.  I know that because she is a hard worker, as much as a goofball as she is, she does work hard, and she wanted it to be good.  I think my favorite parts were the Kristen meltdowns.  You have to understand though; Stacy and Ari get along very well!  They’re kind of two peas in a pod.  So, it wasn’t a big stretch for her to take on how Stacy would play those types of scenes.  They’re both animated, they’re both wild people by nature, and so, it was a good fit.  It was a smart idea from the writers.

STACY:  It was a good fit!

ERIC:  I’ve been out with the two of them, and it’s hard to tell the two of them apart. (Laughs)

STACY:  We are just like two cuddly bunnies.

ERIC:  They’re like flirting with each other, and hugging each other.  You find yourself thinking, “Are they going to start ordering the same food at the same time?  This is getting weird. (Laughs)

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In the recent scene that aired; where Kristen as “Nicole” turns off the light while having sex with Brady, is she worried her plan will now go awry?

STACY:  Yes.  I think she is worried about her body because it is burned.  You know, how they take a tattoo off, and it’s as painful as can be.  Not that I’ve had that done personally.  I like my tats, but I hear it is painful.  So, in the storyline, the burn is that pain that she has and the tattoo. There’s a part of her that thinks,  she has to cover it up, and turn the lights down low.

ERIC:  “Nicole” is sleeping, and Brady is rubbing his hands over her shoulder and touching her body, and as he goes over the burn marks.  He sees a flash of the tattoo!  That is a pivotal moment when he starts to put some pieces together.   He thinks, “Woah! That’s exactly where that tattoo was.”  It’s a slow little rollercoaster ride.

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In the past, Kristen then played by Eileen Davidson, drugged and raped Father Eric.  Stacy, did you ever see that story arc?  Literally the sex scene is playing on the screen at Kristen’s wedding to Brady and then all hell breaks loose.  This to say Kristen is notorious for the ways and the lengths she goes to get her men into bed.

STACY:  Yes! I saw her Eileen do those scenes.

ERIC:  You also saw how close Kristen and Brady were to their dream, to their happiness, their goal, which was they were going to marry each other.  Brady is looking upon his loved ones in this town and thinking, “I know what you all think of her, but I’m going to show you our love on this screen, and once you see the connection that we have here as a couple, you all are going to be convinced that we belong together as well.  This is the happiest day of my life,” and the screen comes up and it’s his brother banging Kristen instead.

Marlena (Deidre Hall) played the wrong DVD!

STACY:  It was so good.  See, I try to find as much info as I can on the character’s past, because all of the time I’m trying to find where these characters have been in their dark and twisted past.

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ERIC:  You’re putting your own stamp on Kristen.  You got a direct call from DAYS casting department, didn’t you … when they were recasting the role?

STACY:  Yes.  You have to understand, I had two really separate characters to play when I was on Y&R.  One was a doctor, and one was this crazy passionate, wild, little minx.

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ERIC:  I will say to find the wild and the beauty in one package is not easy in any town, yet alone Los Angeles.  I’m glad they called you, because you have that.  You have that villainous nature, but you also are able to show a vulnerable side to Kristen that is going to be a lot of fun and interesting to see.

Stacy is one of those people that will leap off of the screen at you and you will remember her.  She is one actress that will have fans talking about their work, like when you played crazy Patty Williams on Y&R.  The audience was on the edge of their seats going, “Oh, my God!  What is Patty going to do next?”

STACY:  I never knew what she was going to do!

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Eric, has Stacy come to you at any point where she been overwhelmed by the task at hand; playing Susan while playing Kristen, etc, and the two of you have a moment where you work through some of the challenges of complex scenes  … and ones where she is playing multiple characters?

ERIC:  We’ve had many moments  to speak of.

STACY:  I always come into Eric’s room, and am like, “I’m scared!”

ERIC:  It’s funny you mention it.  We have had some very emotional scenes, and Stacy – who cares so damn much about this job and portraying this character correctly – that she gets a little overwhelmed, and the material that they give her is overwhelming for any anybody on any level.  I have looked at her in the eyes, and said, “You’ve got this gig.  You are this character.  You are knocking it out of the park.  Just do it.  Just be you.”   I can’t wait for people to see some of the stuff we have shot recently and have been doing.

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Stacy, do you think Kristen can be redeemed? Many characters on daytime … and on DAYS … have done horrible things and later turned over a new leaf.

STACY:  The thing is that villains are bad and all that other crap, but they’ve got a lot of stuff going on inside and insecurities, and they’ve got a heart.  I’m sorry, the villain with a heart of gold, can be very  true.  I never see villains (and I play them a lot) as bad.  You have to find where it comes from … how far does this go … where did that little seed change … and what made them go into the dark, but also, where is the good?  You want to bring the good to it, too.

ERIC:  Let’s face it!  Star Wars is all about Darth Vader and how he became that because it’s intriguing.

Because of the pace in which DAYS tapes its episodes; do the two of you find time to run lines together before you go hit the set?

ERIC:  We are running out of time to run lines.  It’s pretty wild.  Funnily enough, I was recently filming a movie and I was so underwhelmed at the pace of everything.  I’ve gotten so accustomed to moving at this militant style, that as hard as it is, it is preferable to me now.  I almost like it because you don’t have time to overthink what you are going to do, and you end up getting more visceral and natural reactions to the material.  You can overthink a scene, and you can come to a wrong performance that way.  When you burn your fingers on a hot stove, that’s the most natural reaction you are going to get.  You can’t have ten minutes to think about how you are going to scream about that pain.

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But, would you like the pace of shooting the show to be a bit slower?

STACY:  I would like to, but I do think sometimes just jumping in, and going and seeing what happens is great.  I love that.  I do appreciate that.

ERIC:  It’s scary.

STACY:  It is scary.  I would love if we would get to do a rehearsal and then two takes just to see, and then they can mix  together what happens.  Sometimes I am hard on myself as an actress.  I’ve always been.  It’s that jumping in when you only get to do one take.  You have to just give it everything you’ve got.

ERIC:  You can have a second take.  Want me to give you a little secret?  All you have to do is screw up your last line.

STACY:  I can’t do that.   I don’t even need it to be perfect because nothing is perfect.  It doesn’t matter what I’ve done if I sometimes don’t feel it.  I need to feel it when I’m on that set.  I need to feel something because when I shut down, I close myself off.  It’s like an athlete who has just got to  train as hard as they can to reach their goal.

ERIC:  You’re an Olympic swimmer!

STACY:  You’ve got to do it as hard as you can.  You practice, and you practice, and you practice, and you practice, so that when you come to that day, you do the best you can, but sometimes you are disappointed because you didn’t get that one last thing you had hoped for.

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How do you view what happened to Eric with Kristen, who disguised as Nicole, tricked Brady into bed with her?  Some fans commented that that they thought it was akin to a rape.

ERIC:  No, I would disagree with that theory.  I believe there is a high degree of deception in this, but there is a willingness on behalf of Brady.  He’s not drugged.  He’s not being forced to do anything.  Deception, yes.  Rape, no.

Stacy, what do you think?

STACY:  Total deception.  There is no rape.  There is absolutely no rape.  These are willing participants; he just doesn’t know exactly who he is dealing with.

ERIC:  I appreciate the context of how somebody could construe that, and the seriousness of the matter.  I don’t think it really has a place in this particular storyline.

Do you guys think that Brady and Kristen are each other’s star-crossed lovers in a weird, twisted, bizarre way?

ERIC:  I don’t know.  I think they’re magnetism can’t be denied.  I think the hurdles that they’ve jumped through are astronomical.  Will they end up together in the end?  Who knows!  Will there ever be an end?  Who knows!  It’s definitely been one of, if not the most, in-depth relationships Brady has ever had.

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And intense!

ERIC:  Yeah.  They’ve just gone through so much to be together, and when you do that, anybody who is married knows that, that’s where the good stuff is; the wars that you win together and the battles that you go through.  When you come out of the war, and you’re still together, that’s the bond.  That’s what lasts.

What would Kristen do if she couldn’t have Brady in the end?  Would she find a new obsession?  What if she could not nab her man?

STACY:  Wow!  Hmmm. (Laughs)  She’s going to get her man.  She wants her man.  She wouldn’t settle.  She’d keep fighting.  I would say to her, “Kristen, keep fighting the good fight.”

So, do you think Kristen will reveal herself to Brady sooner than later? Will Brady figure out what Kristen has been doing to get to him?  Will Brady turn Kristen away if he knew she was alive and back in action  … or would he fall back into her arms? Share your theories via the comment section below.

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Daytime Emmys To Merge Younger Actor & Actress Category Into One As Gender-Inclusive Categories Are On The Rise

The upcoming 47th annual Daytime Emmys are already making some changes to key categories and specifically this one that affects daytime drama performers.  Word from Variety is that NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) is going to announce that they are combining the Younger Actor and Actress categories into one gender-neutral category

Not only will the Younger performer category be gender-inclusive, but network soap performances will be combined with digital drama series performances for the category.  Previously, for this past Daytime Emmys, NATAS had changed the Guest Performer in a Drama Series to be gender-inclusive.

This category was initially created in 1985 when it was called the Outstanding Ingenue and then from there tweaked into Outstanding Juvenile Female and Male, and more recently that morphed into the Younger Actor and Actress categories.

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Former GH star Hayley Erin (Ex-Kiki) and former DAYS star, Kyle Pettis (Ex-Theo) will now be the last female and male to win the two separate categories with this new move for 2020.

Fans of film and TV have noticed that on several award shows on MTV: their Movie and TV Awards and their VMA’s, there are several gender-inclusive categories, as well as the Television Critics Association Awards who for instance doles out Outstanding Individual Achievement in Drama in comedy.

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So, what do you think of the change; that there will now be one Younger performer category at the Daytime Emmys? Comment below.

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