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RATINGS: The Bold and the Beautiful and General Hospital Show Gains!

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The ratings are out for the week of April 11-15th and two daytime dramas scored gains in total viewers and in key demos.

Most impressive was CBS Daytime’s The Bold and the Beautiful that featured the continuing unspooling of the tale of Liam’s (Scott Clifton) captivity by Quinn (Rena Sofer), and Liam finally attempting to return to his life, while Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) had already married his brother, Wyatt (Darin Brooks) in the process. B&B added + 71,000 viewers for the week bringing their average tally for the week very close to the 4 million mark with 3,951,000.   The show also showed the most gains in women 25-54.

General Hospital also showed some gains adding +16,000 in total viewers averaging them to 2,816,000 for the week.  The ABC daytime drama also added the most viewers in the key 18-49 and 18-34 demos, while also showing gains in the 25-54 womens demo.  In story, Anna  (Finola Hughes) and Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Carlos (Jeffrey Vincent Parise) were featured, as well as Jason (Billy Miller) returning ELQ to the Quartermaines, and Nathan (Ryan Paevey) proposing to Maxie (Kirsten Storms), while also revealing a connection between Griffin (Matt Cohen) and Nathan.

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Days of our Lives had an interesting week.  The soap continues to struggle in total viewers down to 2,238,000 ,and losing another -20,000 for the ratings week.  However, it did gain in all key demos.  But even with the gains, the lone NBC soap opera is still coming in at all-time lows for the 9th straight week in the 18-34 demo ratings share.

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As for the number one, The Young and the Restless, they lost -124,000 for the week, but still remain very close to 5 million viewers (4,945,000) and added viewers in all key womens demos.

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings via SON

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,945,000 (-124,000/+18,000)
2. B&B 3,951,000 (+71,000/+209,000)
3. GH 2,816,000 (+16,000/+7,000)
4. DAYS 2,238,000 (-20,000/+84,000)

So, which daytime drama is delivering the goods?  Which show do you think needs some help?  Which storylines are you into?  What do you think of the latest ratings picture?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Mo
Mo

B&B has been really good.

Days is slowly getting better. I hope they are looking at the ratings and realize their stories aren’t working. I think they lost a lot of viewers with that whole stupid Yo Ling storyline.

Mo
Mo

Add in Ciara’s rape and the demolition of Hope’s character. And why is Hope still at Jen’s and if it were me, I’d have that love seat where Ciara was raped reupholstered.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

i would burn that love seat…

Mollie
Mollie

I’d have that love seat burned! Seriously. The other day, in story, when I saw Hope and Rafe sitting on the sofa while “expressing their feelings” I thought Ewww. Get rid of the rape couch!

Patrick
Patrick

i’m distressed, about … “Days”

i’m 3 weeks behind… I plan on catching up

yeah… i’m surprised that Hope and Ciara are still at Jenns

you’d think if Hope really knew… she’d have gotten her daughter out of their

Daisy
Daisy

Can someone please explain the difference in the demo age ranges? They appear to encompass the same age brackets to me. 18-49 and 18-34?? What makes these different? How can you split the same age group into two categories that apparently are so coveted? 25-54 is even more puzzling. And why isn’t there a demo for an age range above 54?
Older women have been dedicated loyal soap fans longer, some have more free daytime hours to watch live, and they have money to spend on the products advertisers are promoting.
Why don’t they have a voice in the demographics?
I’ve seen these ratings for years now and have never understood how they arrive at these groupings. I hope someone can explain it.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

18-49 is the most important because a wide range of products can be advertised for that group.

18-34 are for products that are geared for that age range.

25-54 are for products that are geared for that age range.

Some demos overlap simply because advertisers are selling certain products for certain age ranges (demos).

Older than 54 doesn’t hold much weight because it is believed that the older a viewer is the more likely the viewer wouldn’t change what products they would buy…If older viewers have been buying Tide laundry detergent for 40 years, they’re less likely to try Rip Current (lol) laundry detergent.

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

Additionally, 18-34 are your target for mothers with infants, toddlers and young children. Look at the adds on Daytime. Lots of ads are targeted to a specific demographic that this dude is excluded from.

It’s all about advertising dollars. And advertisers love specific demographics for placing ad buys. Do you see Ford Truck ads in Daytime? No, but I see them all the time when I watch baseball. Because demographics

Daisy
Daisy

Thank you. It makes sense. I still don’t like it, but I understand it now.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Days seems to show some improvement but it is still nowhere i thought it would be…GH has improved some..so will there be a miracle pregnancy-Nina pregnant by Dillion and then pass the child as Franco’s?

Mateo
Mateo

DAYS will continue in the tank if they continue to feature the no talent youthful cast. They are awful. Ciara has not grown in her role. All these other characters of college age have no value in the plot. The Joey and his new gf out of nowhere is just a rehash of Kayla and Patch and that is bad enough in it’s original form. Since the conclusion of the Ben/Chad/Abby story there is nothing to root for. No one to care about. The one actress who manages to keep attention is Suzanne Rogers as Maggie Horton Kiriakis. Her story is silly but I love that woman. So good with such trash as story. That is one actress they should feature regularly. All the other stories if they are to be called stories are so boring it’s more like Snoozes of our lives. GH has been on fire. So good in the acting department from every one and even the stories that are what I call far fetched are fun to watch. Y&R has a way of grabbing their viewers. The scenes with Abby and Ben losing the baby were so great. Max, the son is so evil you scream at the screen everytime you see him. Sage and Sharon on that path to discovering the truth is making everyone hold their breath. You just think of how it will affect everyone involved. Nikki’s breakdown is stunning. Victoria and Billy’s crash course of a marriage and divorce is above par. As for B&B, I have tried watching more steadily and the one problem with that show is that they try too hard. Some of the actors are interesting but the stories are either too trendy or heavy handed. I don’t like feeling manipulated in my emotions. I love a detailed story with sincere emotions. And those come in rare supplies. Quite frankly the show is held together by Heather Tom. That lady is just magic. Pierson Fode is a great new actor. Handsome but more than skin deep. As for the rest, well a big yawn. The ratings should place Y&R at #1 and GH at #2. All the rest is what it is…

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

I find myself in agreement with almost all of what you said.

I would add that the sepia tones flash backs on DROOL are awful, verging on parody. And I fear that the storyline it supports is going to flame out as well.

It’s nice to know I can FF through all the Summer scenes safe in the knowledge that the six months of her story and the character were already abandoned. She’s going to linger onscreen for another several months but there’s no reason to pay attention. At least Brady’s heart isn’t giving him any more Dead Daniel memory flashbacks… it’s gotta hurt for the actors to pick up such poorly conceived plotting and be asked to make a silk purse outta that

Jennifer
Jennifer

Days is now a joke. The Hope/Rafe pairing has people pissed and tuning out. The Summer story is just lame. Chabby was ok but KM leaving. They better do something quick.

su0000
su0000

OK-
the ratings do not represent if the soap is actually liked.
IF, the rating showed how much of an episode was actually watched, then and only then would the ratings represent like or dislike.

I FF through much of GH and only watch certain scenes, about 13 mins of the episode.
I watch, I am a number in the ratings, but GH is no longer GH and at times I don’t know what in hell I’m watching, surely not GH..

So– ratings do not show if or if not a soap is good / just that people tuned in even if for just 5-10 minutes.

Aria
Aria

Your points in the ratings don’t count if u ff . if u dvr GH then u have to play it out n not ff the commercials for you to count in the ratings. Plus your probably still praying for RC to return to writing for GH , good luck on that one…

su0000
su0000

I watch online.. just a click-in counts as a number ..

Dan
Dan

I loved Sonny and Anna teaming up to go find Carlos on GH. We haven’t seen Maurice and Finola work together much over the years, so that was a real treat. I want more of that. As much as I want to see Carlos pay for what he did to Duke, I do have to say, Jeffrey Vincent Parise does such a great job in the role. Richard Burgi as Paul was also tremendous this past week. I like the mob and crime stuff heating up. Julian back involved in the business is a lot more interesting than him and Alexis taking a bubble bath, lol.

And then you had the Quartermaines on the front burner with the Tracy story, which Jane Elliot knocked out of the park. I hope she’s recognized come Emmy time next year. It was also nice to see Monica used more than she’s been in quite a long time, as well as the all too brief cameo by Wally Kurth. The stuff with Laura and Kevin was very random, but I like the possibilities if they follow through with it. Genie Francis long overdue for her own her story, needless to say.

You have the mystery going on with Hamilton Finn and what and why he’s shooting up, all the drama, back stabbing and blackmailing with Nikolas and Hayden/Rachel (yes, the daughter of Raymond Berlin, lol) which I think has been very good.

I think GH has been really enjoyable over the past few weeks.

damien
damien

days is beyond burnt toast!
how much longer before they nab ron carlivati from gh to headwrite?
wats the holdup?
why make the audience suffer any longer?… this new writing regime was good for about two months… they ve reached their height… its all downhill now

sonia
sonia

I thought, I saw Kelly Monaco/Sam right beside Billy Miller/Jason getting those stocks and take them the Q’S and give them back.. don’t see not mention

Lexie
Lexie

Pratt’s using a 10 year-old kid as a psychotic murder is disgusting. How low can Y&R go?

Rose
Rose

Lexie…so agree.

Timmm
Timmm

It is certainly uncomfortable to root against a young kid like that and hope he falls down a pair of steps himself!

Rodd
Rodd

I am really liking GH in a lot of ways lately. It’s not water-cooler-talk on a lot of days, but there are a lot of beats that the writers are capturing. )They still have plenty that slip through the cracks, though.) I especially like that I’m seeing a lot of the superb cast on a weekly basis, even if it may just be for snippets; a lot of them are not being ignored for weeks on end. This is making PC seem like more of a community to me.

Aria
Aria

I have no idea what fans see in Carlos and Julian, I know fans love their good guys or bad guys with a heart of gold ect. But I’ve never seen fans root for weasels and Carlos and Julian are just that they are weasels, two guys who hide behind their not so bright ladies, sorry Alexis, I lost respect for you once you were ok with Julian putting out a hit on Duke .. Those two need to pay for their crime already . Please no Paul with Anna either Paul is the latest weasel to hit town , and our Anna wouldn’t fall for that.

Timmm
Timmm

Carrrrrrlos is a dirt bag!

Scott H
Scott H

I have to say that Kate M (Abby) knocked it out of the park this last week…..she has truly grown as an actress…will miss her a lot…..see no chemistry at all between Hope and Rafe; however, I did notice some sexual tension between Hope and Deimos…..which was oddly surprising……not sure how the new head writer Ryan will be able to bring Days back to it’s glory Days…pun intended…..I did notice on a previous feed someone mentioned bringing Ron Carlivati to the show as head writer…can’t say that that would hurt the show…at least he could draw on the history of the Salem characters…..maybe get some comedy back to the show….why not give it a shot….and please update the sets and stop with the six months taping ahead….there needs to be a way to fix stories that aren’t working sooner so as not to lose anymore viewers….and please get Dena Higley away from the show….she’s as bad as Jill Farren Phelps when it comes to ruining a show and characters on a show…..thanks for reading my rant and have a great week….

cooks7570
cooks7570

I want to know where the family scenes are at on GH. Where’s the freindships at too. I want to see more of Valerie. I hope Anna will stop crying too.

Timmm
Timmm

Carly had a friend in the 1990’s. [Courtney]

Dmitri
Dmitri

B&B and DOOL used to be my favorite soaps, but now they suck so bad. The Summer storyline is awful. Chabby is great but KM is leaving soon. There’s no chemistry with Hope & Rafe. Just too many forced storylines and people are tuning out. I haven’t watched since November! The way things look, I won’t watch for another few months. As far as B&B goes, I’ve boycotted the soap since August. Such bad writing. So sick and tired of Liam and Steffy all the time. Get rid of them! And now I hear that Quinn might be pregnant with Liam’s child. Nasty!!! Will not be watching.

Rj
Rj

If Days can come out of the darkness they have had on the show now for quite awhile, perhaps, ratings will improve. I saw a few minutes of the show today, and hope they are trying to move in that direction with the Hope/Rafe romance, etc.

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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!”

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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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