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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.

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
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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
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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)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

i would burn that love seat…

Mollie
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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
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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
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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?… Read more »

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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
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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
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Daisy

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

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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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
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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… Read more »

Tomas Torquemada
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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… Read more »

Jennifer
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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
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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… Read more »

Aria
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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
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su0000

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

Dan
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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… Read more »

damien
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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
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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
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Lexie

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

Rose
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Rose

Lexie…so agree.

Timmm
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Timmm

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

Rodd
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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
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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 ,… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Carrrrrrlos is a dirt bag!

Scott H
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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… Read more »

cooks7570
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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
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Timmm

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

Dmitri
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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… Read more »

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I bet! (Laughs)

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

KASSIE:  That is so funny!

TAYLOR:  It’s true.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NATHAN:  Yep!

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

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

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

KASSIE:  That’ll be the sequel!

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

KASSIE:  They’ll come back again!

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

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

Did you watch them on One Life to Live together? 

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

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

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

Kassie what did you think of Taylor’s music?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Well, those are very polar opposite!

TAYLOR:  Yeah, aren’t they?

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

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

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

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

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

Taylor, who are your musical influences?   

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

So, your vibe is this folk-rock.

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

Kassie, who do you like listening to?

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

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

KASSIE:  He’s a natural.

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

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

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

NATHAN:  I get it.

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

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

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

TAYLOR:  Oh, my God, are you kidding?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cady McClain IN As DAYS Jennifer Temporarily Replacing Melissa Reeves

Rumors that have been swirling are confirmed true.  Cady McClain is coming to Salem and Days of our Lives to replace Melissa Reeves temporarily as the new Jennifer Horton Deveraux.  The casting news was confirmed by a Days spokesperson, according to Soap Opera Digest.

Daytime fans recall, Cady is a two-time Daytime Emmy winner and has previously appeared as Dixie on All My Children, Rosanna on As the World Turns and Kelly on The Young and the Restless.  McClain has already begun filming as Jennifer.

Reeves, who commutes from Nashville to Los Angeles to tape episodes of Days of our Lives, decided not to return to set when the NBC soap opera resumed production earlier this month due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic,

In addition, Melissa became a grandmother last month with her daughter Emily’s first child, and now soon will welcome her son Larry’s first child later this month, which is another reason Reeves chose to stay put in Tennessee.

So, what do you think of the Jennifer switcheroo? Excited to see what Cady brings to the role? Comment below.

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