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RATINGS: Y&R and DAYS Show Gains, B&B Holds, But GH Down In Total Viewers!

The ratings are out for the week of May 2nd through the 6th, and it was the Sony shows of The Young and the Restless and Days of our Lives that added total viewers.  Y&R added +30,000 total viewers for the week bringing their weekly average total to 4,910,000.   The number one soap also added + 45,000 in women 24-54 demo, +53,000 in the womens 18-49 key demo.  In story, the aftermath of Sage’s (Kelly Sullivan) death continued to play out.

Over at Days of our Lives, the NBC series saw a slight increase in the positive with a gain of +29,000 total viewers bringing the show’s weekly average to 2,228,000. DAYS was also up in the 18-49 , 18-34 and 25-54 demos ever so slightly.   The story of Maggie’s (Suzanne Rogers) daughter, Summer (Marie Wilson) played out, as well as learning more about the machinations of Deimos (Vincent Irizarry).

While The Bold and the Beautiful remained the same in total viewers for the week- neither a gain or a loss, they hold strong with 3,825,000 for their weekly average for total viewers.   The show featured Nicole (Reign Edwards) learning Sasha (Felisha Cooper) is her sister and confronting their father, Julius (Obba Babatunde’), and Thomas (Pierson Fode) finding out that he is Douglas’ biological father.  B&B also showed small increases in the key womens demos.

Courtesy/ABC

But there was not so good news for General Hospital.   The soap was the only one of the four network soaps in the minus in total viewers, and taking a tumble of losing -108,000 for the ratings week.  GH did not fare much better in the key demos ending up in the minus colum in women 18-49 and 25-54.

GH did get a small additon in the womens 18-34 category.  In story, as Carlos (Jeffrey Vincent Parise) is being transported to another prison facility there is a major accident affecting the lives of several PC citizens, while Anna (Finola Hughes) is reaching her breaking point.  View the entire ratings picture courtesy of SON here.

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,910,000 (+30,000/+266,000)
2. B&B 3,825,000 (same/+190,000)
3. GH 2,695,000 (-108,000/-159,000)
4. DAYS 2,228,000 (+29,000/-17,000)

Now it’s time for you to be our soap opera programming executive armchair quarterback! Let us know what changes would you make in front of the camera to help increase viewership of your favorite soaps.   What is working for you on your soap … and what is not? Share your comments below!

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su0000
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su0000

GH–
Lost in total viewers 108,000 ..

Ask me if I am surprised…

su0000
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su0000

Want to add;
Carlos (Jeffrey Vincent Parise) ..BRAVO!..
His death scenes was awesomely gripping.. He is a phenomenal !

Reecpeec
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Reecpeec

Agree JVP was great! Sad to see him go

Rose
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Rose

Su… From being a “priest” in Puerto Rico, in a jail-cell next to Anna in PC, scenes with Julian Pier 54, to final scenes, ironically, with another priest and the son Duke who he killed, Vincent/Carlos was excellent. The big downside is even though Carlos was bad we lost another actor.

Harry
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Harry

Totally concur with y’all. JVP is an amazing actor. Not only was the death scene played with guttural believability, the look on his face when Julian stabbed him was emotionally compelling.
I did not care for the character, however. Maybe it’s because he was coupled with Sparkle Pony–I dunno.
But I do know that JVP has a promising future ahead of him and will be gainfully employed as an actor.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

su0000, we agree again! (This is getting to be a habit, isn’t it?)
I just posted that they should bring him back as a PRIEST.

Terry
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Terry

Young and the Restless won only one award this could be the first time and day time history The Young and the Restless is finally going to be over probably because of Chuck Pratt and Jill Phelps. I’m not surprised I don’t know anybody who watches the show anymore I stopped after 30 years

Georgia
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Georgia

More scenes with Jason and Sam that last longer than 30 seconds. Get on with the boring Dr. Finn character cause it’s dragging on too long and getting tiresome. Alexis and Julian have had some good scenes that have kept me watching.

Harry
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Harry

Really? I think Dr Finn is extremely interesting and well played by the actor. I am afraid Sam and Jason are a bit of a somnolent snooze fest for me. I do love that Franco refers to them as “those two idiots.”
I think Jason has lost his mystique and JASAM have lost that loving feeling.

Timmm
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Timmm

Billy Miller + bad writing = Death of Jason. JUST HORRIBLE!

Shay
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Shay

@Harry…..I’m also loving the arcane Finn—and his strange choice of sidekick, Roxy! The appearance of this mysterious loner, save for his service lizard, not to mention the addition of “Father/Dr. Griffin Munro” have been the only delightful character introductions to GH in an absolute age! This is how it’s done, folks….now could we please concentrate on fleshing out these two roles and set about getting rid of all those other awful newbies that didn’t (and never will) take to the canvas???? (And yes, I’m talking about Nina, Sabs, Hayden, Jordan, et al….and whilst we’re at it, a one-way trip out… Read more »

JK
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JK

I agree on the Jason and Sam scenes……I do find the Finn story line developing into something interesting especially the scenes with Tracy…..However, feel the show would be sooo much better off without Julian and Alexis!

Lucy D.
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Lucy D.

Hardly a surprise. We had a week full of mob stories, of strong women being weak (Anna & Alexis) and too much Jason and Sam–who remain without chemistry.

Noticed the Becky return was 2nd highest rated of the week.

I’ve been watching GH on and off for more than 30 years and watching Y&R for 4 months–and it’s easy to understand why one is up and the other is sinking.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

“Strong women being weak”–a real buzz kill. No wonder GH is down in the ratings. Same stories, second run–no more gripping this time around–just tired and predictable. 🙁

curacaoman
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curacaoman

GH is a disgusting mess, there is not one story I am invested in. I guess the only reason I still watch is because I have invested 38 years of my life in it. I get the impression ABC-Disney wants us to hate the show so that no one will balk when they finally cancel it.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Yeah, me, too. That’s a long investment. Hard to let go BUT, what’s to hold on to?
No story or character to invest in: you are right.

toy1975
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toy1975

With GH going down OMG how can that be?It was very very heavily porno Jasam…Umm I guess they are NOT what the viewers wants ,,,And YES some says well its not just about 1 couple,those who said that always want to slap each other on the back if ratings are up..I guess some want it both ways…..GIVE THE FANS WANT WILL BRING IN THE RATINGS or GH was cancel out…MAYBE that is what ABC wants….

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

No Genie Francis story in the May sweeps–could THAT be one BIG reason the ratings are down? TPTB bring us up and bring Genie on–but dash our hopes about a story for her. I am tired of being jerked around (and if I am tired, I can only imagine how tired Genie must be). Get us (and Genie) off this not-so-merry-go-round.

toy1975
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toy1975

First let me say I was a HUGE GF fans/I adored her back in the day/GF/TG was GH…BUT that was in the past and I just dont see her being back is what GH needed…I just dont feel GF is a big draw any more..IMHO we dont have a couple to root for..I’m sick of the mob crap and TTIC redoing history/have then tell me what I heard and saw in a story line..I want LOVE in the after noon/not some barn yard roll into the floor crap…We still could have a happy loven couple (LIKE) Luke/Laura had…..I thought TIIC… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

But Toy, Genie could be a draw if the writers just gave her a chance! How can we say she is no longer a draw when she has barely been given any time to prove herself? Give her a story which is not predicated on her past with Luke or on her children and maybe, just maybe, she could draw viewers in. I just find it unfathomable that TPTB fail time and time again to listen to viewers. In fact, TPTB seem to be engaged in oppositional behavior in that they go against what viewers want. Duke and AJ have… Read more »

Justin
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Justin

I agree that Genie Francis’ absence is hurting. I know some people think that she’s not a big draw anymore, but I disagree. She is a name with a large following. I only watch when I know she’s going to be on. And Harry, you’re right, if they would just give her and other characters with actual GH history a chance, maybe they’d see higher ratings.

toy1975
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toy1975

Harry….You could be right if Genie had a good s/l people may turn in…I can only speak for myself again I adored Genie back in the day I LOVED LOVED her…Now I can’t say I do but that is just me…For others who are fans of Genie I hope she get a good story so you can enjoy watching her again…I guess for me I say TIIC doesn’t have any respect for vets/they dont know or care about the GH history/they redo/rewrite what they even wrote from the week before..

Rose
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Rose

I’m wondering. Even though comments seem to have viewer fatigue with the same cast of character’s love triangles, unfaithfulness, betrayal, baby stories, as their bedrock, and Victor never being knocked off his perch on Y&R and B&B, they generally seem to confirm to the soap formula established over the years. GH has gone with the Corrinthos family and crime being a major story element, and have downplayed, or certainly not bolstered or populated the legacy families. And if anything seem to bringing in ABC’s nighttime edginess to daytime . Maybe this is why GH ratings don’t match the other two…it’s… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Yes, “more romance and adventure (clever, entertaining adventure–not the predictable mob-related “adventure”–which is really, always just misadventure.

Justin
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Justin

Interesting. I feel GH made a huge mistake by making Carly and Sonny’s family the core of the show. It’s twisted, viewers need families that they root for.

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

I hope Days dont have Ciara falling for Chad-that will loose viewers…GH is a mess-a few weeks ago we seen Laura talking to Kevin then she disappeared-what happened to her story?…i hate when you get a little story brewing then it disappears-Laura’s story should be front and center at the moment-not tossed aside so the show can introduce newbies and give them full attention!!!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Jihm, WHAT I SAID! How CAN TPTB toss an icon like Genie aside–we love her and would watch her IF we only SAW her once in a while. We want to see the characters we have invested in and love–we don’t even know/care about half the cast. Who are these people listening to? Do they not realize that their most loyal fans want to see Genie–after all, we are Genie’s age and older. We make up the core of the watchers–yet TPTB insist on stuffing younger characters down our throats. We haven’t any investment in the “anonymous” characters–but we ARE… Read more »

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

I see what you’re saying about Ciara, Jimmy, but where is CeeCee?

Shay
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Shay

@4everDays…..That is the same million dollar question that both Timmm and I have asked on the GH threads! We are missing our beloved CeeCee, too! Her month-long absence has been quite mysterious….just like out of a soap opera! I hope all is well with her and that our CeeCeeGirl shall soon again be gracing this website with her words of warmth, wit and wisdom! She is certainly missed!

Shay
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Shay

@4everDAYS…..You’re most welcome for the reply, but OMG! I certainly hope our friend, CeeCee, has not been banned from this website. The last I heard from her—which was a bit over a month ago—her iPad was not correctly working, so I didn’t think that much of her absence…..at first. Now that you have given me food for thought, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it’s just been a really busy time for her, and most importantly, that all is well in terms of life and family. I truly miss trading intelligent observations and cheeky musings with her, so if you… Read more »

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

I hope everything is fine with her…maybe on vacation or what Shay said???

Timmm
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Timmm

I think its time to get rid of Ron Caravelli. He “Saved” GH but now he seems bored and the stories are flat! I think Genie was a product of Tony. People yell about that but Luke was so much easier to write for. Genie should go back to Hallmark where she was appreciated and had success!

Jackie
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Jackie

I’m not suprised with GH numbers. In my opinion the show has turned back into the Sunny/Carly show. While I love these characters, it’s not good when other characters are sacrificed to make them look good. Plus they had the hottest couple in daytime (Julexis) and they are tearing them apart. Don’t think a Julian and Nina paring will help,, which I fear is going to happen and the character of Alexis will go by the waste side and not be seen for months. Just like before when all the writers and producers had to be changed. Same old same… Read more »

Daisy Day
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Daisy Day

Y&R storylines are interesting. But I FF through the Hillary/Devon/Neil. I FF through Stitch/Evil Max plot. I watch the Sharon/Nick & Adam/Chelsie story lines.
The Billy Boy recast is a fail. When he comes on I wonder WTF is that until someone says Billy.

Drake
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Drake

I agree with Hillary/Devon/Neil …. seems like they are trying to get past it with Cane revealing the kidnapping secret. Definitely ready for those characters to be involved in something different. As for the Evil Max plot, that I loved!! Thought it was different having the evil kid rather than the evil ex-lover. Also love Sharon …. and I think with Sharon and Adam knowing the secret of the paternity, it could be a possible reunion of some sort coming soon.

Harry
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Harry

Drake, love the Max story. I also really loved Dr Neville talking about the disassociation between cause and effect he saw Max exhibiting. He seemed to be implying that therapy will not be enough and that Max could be a sociopath.

Destinee121
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Destinee121

Not surprised by the drop of ratings on GH! Liz Webber/Liason haters can’t blame this on her because Becky Herbst was on hiatus due to contract negotiations! FYI, not all viewers are interested in watching the JaScum show!

toy1975
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toy1975

OMG sing it sista….I T A with you

jaybird369
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jaybird369

‘The JaScum Show’…GOOD ONE…LOL!!!!! And, so very, very true!!!!! Y-e-p.

Daisy Day
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Daisy Day

I love GH but enough if Anna whining and losing control. The psychologist has an agenda also boring. Sam and Jason, Maxie and Lulu with Nathan and Dante storylines are great. Carly and Sonny are my favorite couple. Michael needs to get over Sabrina….she chose Carlo – let her stay missing. Poor Alexis has been turned into her nightmare – enabler, whining, desperate to hang on to that creep Julian. I hope he’s locked up soon. Give Alexis back her balls. Molly and Christina both need new love interests. Molly and her bf have no chemistry. They ruined the Hayden/Nicholas… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Lol, Hayden? Scheming, lying, manipulative Hayden with the sweet, gentle, gorgeous Griffin Munro?

No. Could see him with Kiki but I like her wirh Dillon. As far as looks go he and Elizabeth would be stunning. As much as Liz has some pretty nasty faults as well, I like her and would like to see her get back into her art, her boys and finally be in a stable, honest relationship.

Harry
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Harry

Really, Rebecca! Hasn’t Dr Munro been through enough without being saddled with the horrible Hayden? He has paid for his sins! No need for him to wear that hair coat called Hayden!

Timmm
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Timmm

100 percent agree with you DD!

Christie
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Christie

Days is a total disgrace! Ken Corday should be ashamed of what he’s done to his parents’ show! Higley is a terrible writer and I’m very disappointed in some of the vets who continue with this show when it has become so disrespectful and total garbage. I and many others I know have quit watching because it’s a shell of what it used to be. In all honesty (and it pains me greatly to say this), but I’d rather see it get cancelled and go out with some dignity than continue down this twisted path of destruction.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I’ve only been watching the show for 2 years; but, I’ve about had it too. The story telling is so unbalanced. They start things and then drop them without explanation. I was interested in watching the relationship between Lucas and Adrienne develop. Other stories ramble on without direction, i.e. Serena and the elephant statue, Jen and the pain pills, and now Deimos. And then there is my pet peeve, that damn park. When they started Abigail’s psychiatric hospitalization, there was a waiting room and a hospital room. Now, the waiting room and therapy room have turn into that same, tired… Read more »

toy1975
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toy1975

I have been watching Gh for over 50yrs and IMHO I never saw such pimping/favoritism NEVER like I have with jasluts//They got all the porno/everyone in PC pimping them/TTIC pimping them and they fail.time and time again….

blake
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blake

I agree, Days has become unbearable again. If Ken Corday is dumb enough to hire Dena Higley back then he deserves all the backlash.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

I’m perfectly fine with DAYS the way it is, Christie. Maybe YOU shouldn’t will DAYS to be canceled just because YOU don’t like it. It’s not up to YOU to determine if others should lose what they like. YOU have a me, me, me complex that YOU should change.

Stephen
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Stephen

It’s not up to 4everDays to make personal nasty and inappropriate comments about people at this site, but again and again s/he does, making nasty comments left, right, and center, about anyone who says anything against her Holy Soap! Michael Fairman politely asked people stop making personal remarks, but 4everDays carries on with impunity. But Michael, when has asking bullies politely to stop ever worked? The bullying has been going on 4ever! If Michael wants this to be a pleasant site where one can freely discuss soap operas without being the subject of personal attack, I think he is going… Read more »

C
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C

Stop the jasam reunion cause it sucks
and GH ratings will get better!
JaSam have no chemistry!

Loves GH
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Loves GH

This fake and forced pairing of Jasam are killing GH , It is making the show unwatchable and their sex scenes are so boring. I found myself cheering for the rooster in the barn,

NoLongerEnamoredWithGH
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NoLongerEnamoredWithGH

What?! GH down in ratings?! Quelle surprise! As a “fan” who’s watched for more than 30 years, I saw the destruction coming the minute Craptini wanted to make it OLTL 2.0! Even bringing in characters/actors from said show! Or taking Y/R knock offs as a F you to JFP! Now what we have are mob centric shows (although I LOVE Mo & LW as actors) the Keystone Cops (Dathan) and the Vapid Valley Girls (MaxiLu) Even Michael has been dumbed waaaayyy down! Remember the rape reveal?! That was F’in Shakespeare compared to the Sakey crap! And where the HELL is… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Great post.
I watch maybe twice a week but have not entirely given up.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

What you said!

JK
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JK

IT MAKES YOU THINK ABC HAS CANCELING ANOTHER SHOW ON ITS MIND….. GH ……ALREADY DID IN NASHVILLE THIS WEEK!!!!!

Timmm
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Timmm

Nail on the head, WHEN something better comes along, ABC will officially be out of the soap business!

Janet Byrnes
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Janet Byrnes

gee Mobs are us reigns again. Who’d a thunk it. Anna shoots someone in cold blood, Julian hugs and stabs someone, The victim is the bad guy ??? Let me know when there is some good guys . Alexis is getting exactly what she deserves. She has been a mob mouthpiece for years getting the murderers off, now the chickens have come home to roost. Feel for her never. maybe she will be lucky and when she falls off her high horse she will land on her head and something will click. Didn’t she also kill the boy who hit… Read more »

jaybird369
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jaybird369

VERY, VERY WELL PUT, JANET!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!

Justin
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Justin

I’m right there with ya. Mob stories will be the death of this show.

Mary K.
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Mary K.

There is nothing wrong with what is in front of the camera. It is good. It is better than it has been in a long time. Sustained good is what will bring back the audience that lost patience with the hit and miss of the previous two writing regimes.

Patrick
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Patrick

I – just, HOPE – that the reason DAYS of OUR Lives… is seeing a resurge … in viewership

is ALL because of thee main man… Daniel Cosgrove is back on the scene

i’m still in love

who didn’t love the intensity between Rafe and Aiden… over Hope

Wowza

Jaime
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Jaime

Actually Days has been getting worse! Too many new characters few care about. Constant rudeness by Kayla toward a man who confessed to murder he did not commit to protect his son. Propping Fynn as the new Dr Tan (who we so wanted to see leave) so no kudos here! Rafe is considered heroic for framiing a man for murder while Steve is well treated like dirt. Sadly the writers cheapen history to promote the wrong. Steve met Ava after he lost his memories, was tortured. But this came after dying for a Brady not an adventure. Ava was insane.… Read more »

robert
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robert

not surprised about GH. it’s become too mob oriented. Sonny,Carly,Jasam is what almost killed the show last time. i can’t believe they’ve gone back to this. new Billy is really boring

Joel
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Joel

The soaps always have up and down weeks, but I love GH. It’s had its good and bad stories over the years, but I think its been very gripping lately with some great acting! I’m looking forward to some comic relief soon with the return of Lynn Herring’s Lucy. I also think ABC learned its lesson with the cancellation of AMC and OLTL under the previous regime. They will hold on to their last soap. Its ratings are still respectable as well.

Marc
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Marc

GH will sadly become GH again with all the boringness of the mob and the spencers making cookies and all the other snoozefest ingredients that made it the lowest rated abc show at time of cancellations . Gone are Olbrecht and Carlos and the great Carlivati characters. Gone is all remnants of OLTL. Gone is the audience

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

“Spencers making cookies”–fantastic summation–perfect way to capsulize GH!

Cathy
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Cathy

Love Jasam. Hate whining Anna get over it already. Breaking into hospital interrupting last rights. Sickening. Loved Carlos at the end and getting stabbed. Hate all the dropped unfinished stories stories that go forever. Hate Jordan. Need Mac back in the job. Get rid of this D.A.
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Priscilla Kennedy
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Priscilla Kennedy

I want GH to stop making characters so despicable and then trying to redeem them. I want them to treat Sonny as the criminal he is, not try to convince us that he is a loving, family man. I want to see well-written drama that does not include back from the dead, mobsters and people spewing blood in the hospital and a heroine trying to keep him from having last rites. There is so much drama that can be done without violent or old-school silly soap staples like baby-swapping. Hire new writers, not the same old ones. Have them write… Read more »

Justin
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Justin

Excellent ideas. I agree with everything you wrote!

edie bailey
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edie bailey

I totally agree with everything you wrote. The one thing I’m eager to see is a romance blossom between Elizabeth and Franco!!
I wish Ron Carlivati would return. The current writing team is doing nothing but scripting General Hospital’s obituary/cancellation!!

Timmm
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Timmm

I watched GH before Y&R last week. GH is garbage BUT the actors are great! Y&R is horrible BUT CBS is behind them and they have the two strongest soaps. GH needs new writers. I gave the two women some time. They failed to make the show less violent and introduce love stories. They MUCKED up the whole Jason memory story which now is WORSE than the Fluke story and they let a legend like Genie sit in a restaurant with Doc for THREE weeks now with NO follow-up! LAZY! GH, I would hire Tristan Rogers and Jack Wagner full… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

Not much to argue with there, Timmmbo! Your formula for future GH success sounds just about right!

toy1975
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toy1975

There are fans who watch the show regardless of how bad it becomes. GH will always have ratings, just not good ratings. I have to agree that if FV is still pimping 1.6 by retweeting their love, it’s time for fans to go quiet. There is no buzz when folks are ambivalent. There are Niz and Friz fans out there, as well as Becky fans who will give her some buzz. But honestly, I think that they have severely damaged the Liason fanbase. I do believe that even if they put Liason together again, many will not return to watch.… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

@toy1975….These rumored “goings” just go to show the mindset of the GH showrunners. The ratings are bad, so let’s fix them by getting rid of Lucas…and Olivia???? These two characters are pretty much innocuous…especially these days. They are hardly ruining the show….as for Julian? His forcefed character (along with sis Ava….) and fast-track, never-ending sexfest with Alexis is what killed him for a lot of viewers. I cannot say that I will miss him for that latter reason, in particular, and I so wish his oft-delusional spouse would be leaving town with him, but seriously, there are so many useless… Read more »

toy1975
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toy1975

I think if they get rid of NV a whole lot of the show will get better. Despite the forced reunion couple, the one thing that I am positive about is that Jelly doesn’t give two sh*ts about the ‘it’ couple. They may get a few emotional words but they are not being written as a love story at all. His memories are of stripper outfits, conjugal visits, easy to be with, and all post 2011. Its like they are complying with the requests from their boss but this isn’t Jaslut 3.0 but more like cardboard and wallpaper meets brainwashed… Read more »

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Thanks for your reply regarding CeeCee, Shay!

I fear CeeCee was banned just like “Stephen” above is trying to have me banned. I feel I’m within my right to tell someone they are being selfish when they call for a soap to be cancelled just because they no longer like it. Stephen calling me a bully is total BS!

Anyway, Shay, I miss CeeCee and hope we get an answer.

Later.

ABC Suds Vet from the Get
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ABC Suds Vet from the Get

From what I’ve read so far noone has mentioned the senseless addition of what is obviously supposed to be the new version of Amy Vining, who was GHs busy -body nurse stepsister .

ABC Suds Vet from the Get
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ABC Suds Vet from the Get

Laura’s ) I can’t stand this attempt at reduxz this intrusiven obnoxious, bold rude crude gossip has no relevance on this show and she will be the last reason for the ending of my 50 year viewership. The past writers tried to do the same thing when they brought on Epiphanyn who was supposed to be Lucille, (who was a senior nurse at GH and Audrey Hardy’s sister). Lucille was described as Gruff but with a heart of gold. The character of Epiphany was waaay over the top gruff , who constantly talked down to, bossed and behaved inappropriately to… Read more »

ABC Suds Vet from the Get
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ABC Suds Vet from the Get

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DAYS Alison Sweeney on Working with Bryan Dattilo: “28 Years Later, Some Things Never Change. Still Laughing Between Takes and Grateful to Have Such a Talented Supportive Co-Star”

This week, Days of our Lives viewers have witnessed that Sami Brady DiMera (Alison Sweeney) and Lucas Horton (Bryan Dattilo) hit the sheets, and Lumi fans everywhere rejoiced!

On and off, for almost three decades. Alison Sweeney and Bryan Dattilo have played the relationship between these two exes who share children together to the hilt, because Sami and Lucas’ history is well … complicated.

But, what will happen if and when EJ finds out that Sami had sex with her ex? Stay tuned.

In the meantime, Alison took to her Instagram and shared her thoughts alongside photos of her and Bryan, then and now.

Over the years, Bryan had remained one of Alison’s good friends.

Sweeney expressed: “I have always had such fun working with @bryan.dattilo !! 28 years later, some things never change. Still laughing between takes and grateful to have such a talented, supportive costar. Thanks @nbc for this great archive photo! And so grateful to @nbcdays for the incredible opportunity to play Sami.”

What did you think of the scenes where Sami and Lucas slept together and its aftermath thus far? Comment below.

 

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Kevin Spirtas Talks ‘After Forever’s’ Digital Special ‘Riley’s Unforgettable School Project’, The Loss of Michael Slade, and a Chance to Reprise DAYS Craig Wesley

The coronavirus pandemic has put to the test many content creators on just how they would keep their projects moving forward in ways they never dreamed of. However, out of that situation has come some of the most compelling, unique series, specials, and features currently streaming for viewers. One of which is Riley’s Unforgettable School Project, brought to you by the team from the six-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning series, After Forever.

Former Days of our Lives star, Kevin Spirtas (Ex-Craig Wesley) has starred in and created the first two seasons of what has become the most honored Emmy-awarded LGBTQ-themed drama series on any platform.  Along with his ‘After Forever’ writing/producing partner, the late Michael Slade (DAYS, OLTL, Passions, Another World), the two also conceptualized and delivered this latest documentary-style offering now on Amazon Prime Video.

What makes Riley’s Unforgettable School Project so noteworthy is not just how they were able to execute the series based on fictional 11-year-old Riley’s virtual school project and utilize its cast, which includes: Spirtas, Cady Huffman, Jamison Stern, Lenny Wolpe, Erin Cherry, Anita Gillette, Christopher J. Hanke, and Finn Douglas, but that it was made while Slade was succumbing to his battle with cancer, and that this special marks the final script from this talented writer.

 

Michael Fairman TV spoke with Spirtas about making the special during Covid-19, how the death of Michael Slade has made a lasting impact on his life, what After Forever has personally meant to him, and how an official third season is still in the works, and … if he would consider a return to Salem and Days of our Lives, should they come a-calling.  Here’s what Kevin had to say about it all.

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I think the entire story of this digital special has become even more meaningful with Michael Slade’s passing. What was the genesis of the concept? You wanted to continue the telling of the story of After Forever … but we are all in the middle of a pandemic?

KEVIN:  Yes and… when we filmed season 2, we had the scripts for season 3 already completed. It was our hope and desire to film them at the same time, back-to-back, so that we would have had all of our cast and crew together, and we could have gotten through it because we’ve always imagined this story being told in a trilogy so to speak – a beginning, middle, and end to Brian (Spirtas) and Jason, (Mitchell Anderson) and Brian’s healing or his steps towards healing through grief.  Schedules turned out that they couldn’t really work out for us to hold all the people and hold all of the sets for that amount of time.  So, we thought, “We’ve got the scripts for season 3 ready.  We’ll come back to it in the following year,” and that was always the intention, and then the pandemic hit.  So, it was shut down immediately that we weren’t going to do anything, but we wanted to stay current, and instead of going back in and telling the third installment of After Forever as a Covid-19 story as well, Michael and I sat down and looked at a way of staying relevant and current with a story within COVID, and there was born the idea to do this documentary style story/special about the characters of After Forever told through the lens of the character of Riley, the 11-year-old boy, who is now being homeschooled during the pandemic. He gets an assignment to do a project about the most unforgettable person he has ever met, and he, of course, chooses his best friend, the late Jason Adams, and he enlists all of Jason’s friends and family to join in.  Michael actually said, “What if we tell a story about Riley being homeschooled?” And, not only is Riley a technical genius at 11-years-old in the story, but Finn Douglas, who plays Riley, is a technical genius.

And didn’t Finn perform and write the song “Forever There” contained within the special?

KEVIN. Yes. He is this incredible musician.  Michael thought, “What would it be like if we asked to have the character of Finn sing a song for Jason?”  I said, “Well, what kind of song would we have him sing?”  Finn could play anything, I’m sure, because he’s self-taught, he plays by ear – guitar, piano, and drums.  Michael said, “What if we ask him to see if he could write a song?” and when we heard this song, we all called each other and we all got on Zoom and went, “Can you believe this song?  Can you believe this came out of this 11-year-old?”  It’s pretty incredible.  Michael did a gorgeous job of weaving the stories in and out and how they just sort of dove-tailed into each other, and then it was framed by Riley opening the project and ending the project.  During the Zoom reading we wanted to hear the song out loud.  We said to Finn, “Would you want to sing the song?”  We all just watched everybody on that Zoom call just fall apart.  It was just so beautiful. He’s an amazing talent.

Where is your character within this?

KEVIN:  I still stand in the center of the story of Jason because my character, Brian, was married to Jason, and it sort of connects us all, and through Riley’s understanding of how we all connect to Jason, is how we are all sort of spread out throughout the story.  Michael jokingly said, “You know, you’re not going to be the star of this special,” and I said, “I don’t think it’s about being the star.  It’s really about the storytelling.”  The beauty of Riley’s Unforgettable School Project is that we get to see moments of each person’s relationship with Jason, which Riley sets out to say, “Answer these three questions: What did you like most about Jason?  What did you like least about Jason? And what’s your favorite memory?”  Those three things, cut back and forth is where we all kind of fit in.  Nobody has more of a story than the next person, and it’s all telling honest portrayals of how they’re dealing with their loss of their good friend, or their child, or partner.

It’s a very inventive idea during Covid-19 to continue it in a way where you weren’t having to go shoot a full season of episodes.

KEVIN:  Well, we couldn’t. I have to say, Allison Vanore, who not only produced this special, but she also stepped up saying, “I’d love to direct this,” and I said, “Yes, please!”  She knows the characters.  She understands the story because she’s been a part of it for the last two seasons.  Allison also has this extraordinary amount of knowledge and expertise with the camera and what was needed for a remote shoot, and to also be able to organize filming 13 people in 2 different countries and 5 different cities… that’s just the technical side of it, but having that in our back pocket, knowing that it was a remote shoot, we had to send the camera, the computer, the ring light, and the microphone to each person’s house.  We had to location scout over Zoom.  We had to do wardrobe over Zoom.  It was all this big puzzle putting it together, and once you look at that board of storytelling and how we were going to do it, it kind of fell into place.  I feel blessed that a) we still had Michael with us, at that point, and b) Allison had the know-how to do this.  We all feel that at least this pandemic didn’t keep us from doing what we love.

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In terms of the contribution of Michael Slade in this special, was it the construction of the story, and how was he able to work and write this during his illness?

KEVIN:  Michael’s contribution to the special was no less than the contribution to season 1 and season 2, and the future of season 3, because the scripts are written.  We did everything on Zoom, and we worked around his schedule of treatment.  We scheduled 2 people per day, and we spread them out over two weeks.  He was very present, and when there would be a day where he would say, “I’m going to be an hour late, let’s just push that call time,” I would ask, “Is this too much right now?  We can shelve it; we can stop it.” He’d then say, “Absolutely not, otherwise cancer will win.”  He was determined to stay focused and to stay active because it took his mind off of what was happening to him.

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It would be lovely moment if you both were to win a Daytime Emmy for this project. 

KEVIN:  It’s our last collaboration together as a team, as I said, season 3 has been scripted, and it is on the calendar to get made.  We are just waiting for the COVID restrictions to lift a little bit and everyone to get vaccinated.  Michael was really hit hard with cancer – to stay healthy was so challenging for him.  Sadly, he didn’t make it to see the final edit of the special, and he died four days before we launched, but he had seen the cuts before that and was very approving of it, and had made some decisions, and offered some suggestions, and if God gives him an Emmy for this, it’s not because he died.  It’s because it’s great work.  It just happens to be that the work that was involved in this particular special was very tricky.  It brought up everything, like life itself to have to deal with.  Here we are dealing with the loss of a colleague, the loss of a friend, someone’s brother, someone’s son, this is life imitating art, imitating art imitating life. I can’t tell you the darkness that I went through just experiencing the need to stay focused on getting everything edited, and everything ready, and everything aligned for a release of this project that we had put into motion.  On top of it, our editor lost his mother just before Michael passed, and Allison’s mom was sick at the time, as well.  It took a lot of heavy deep breaths with Michael’s death, and the pandemic, and the loss has, for me, on a personal level, sent me back to really questioning my spiritual muscle and to help remind me that we have to come out of this better than we went into this.  I had many dark nights of the soul this last year, and December was probably the darkest.  I feel like I’m just kind of coming out of it now with the spring revealing itself.

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It must have been extraordinarily difficult for you to also go to New York during a pandemic and also knowing Michael did not have much time left.

KEVIN:  I will say this: I am grateful that I was able to stay in touch with my heart and my instinct and go out to New York to let that be my remote location.  Yes, maybe there was some risk involved.  I wore my mask; I was Covid-19 negative, and I was determined to be fine.  Once I got to New York, I would visit him very protectively with our masks and our gloves, and I’d sit across the room, and then I’d go back to the house I was at.  It was a gift that I was able to see him at that time.  We had some good talks then about how he was feeling, and I think he was still being optimistic, and then once we got the project in the can there was maybe this psychic letting go. That’s when everything really started to reveal itself as this could be the end.  I did go back to see him when he was in hospice.  I think I was there the last two days that he really was able to really stay coherent.  He would close his eyes and be at peace and quiet for a minute, and he would finish a conversation and sort of close his eyes, not to sleep and not to go away, but I remember watching him going, “Look how peaceful he is,” and then he’d open his eyes and he’d remember that he is in this body that has been given a time limit of life, and he’s on his way out.  I’d watch the fear go back in his eyes.  At one point, he did say, “I’m so scared,” and I just held his hand, and I said, “I’m scared too.  Let’s be scared through this together.”  I don’t know how to navigate grief like that.  We are all going to be in a position at some point where we are going to be on the other side of the hand holding.  The wonderful thing is that we were able to have honest communication about our feelings.  I thanked him for everything that he has done for me and how he believed in my talent and creativity and our partnership.  I will always take that with me.  I waved my finger at him, and I said, “Listen.  Now, we wrote a series about a man talking to his deceased husband.  You’d better talk to me!”  So, we laughed about that.

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You’ve done a lot of things in your career from Broadway to television, and of course, daytime fans know you best as Dr. Craig Wesley on DAYS.  How does the entire After Forever project stack up to you within all that you have done?

KEVIN:  Former DAYS casting director Fran Bascom, sought me out and offered me this 2-day role on Days of Our Lives, and those 2 days turned into 8 years, and unbeknownst to me at the time, the final 3 months of that contract of those 8 years, Michael Slade was brought in to write.  We didn’t cross paths at that point, but years later, when we did cross paths in New York, and then After Forever was born, that was that universal crossing point.  I am most proud of the fact that we were able create something fresh, and real, and personal to ourselves that we didn’t have to cater to any “powers that be” that had their vision and their tinkering, that they thought that it could be better in this way or that way.  Then for After Forever to gain such recognition, within the film festivals, and the Emmys, and then, just after Michael died, we won the GLAAD award for Special Recognition this year.  We don’t even fit into one of their categories!  They found a way to acknowledge this project.  If another Emmy happens again, that might be another one to put up on the shelf for After Forever that would be beautiful, and I couldn’t have done it without Michael.

For the Daytime Emmys this year, what category have you entered Riley’s Unforgettable School Project?

KEVIN:  We are not a series this year, we are a daytime fiction special, and the “Daytime Fiction Special” category is a special class.  It’s anything that’s digital in the construct of less than 40 minutes.  NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) is being bombarded with so much content, they’re trying to find ways to put categories together.

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So, now, when we last saw Days of Lives’ Dr. Craig Wesley, where was he? (Laughs)

KEVIN: (Laughs) He was in a flash from the past or something in the DOOL app’s Last Blast Reunion series. I had a fun time working with Patrika Darbo (Nancy) and Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe), once again.

So, if they were to want Craig to come back to DAYS, would you be all for it?

KEVIN:  Hell yes!

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Now, what story would you want to be told involving Craig? 

KEVIN:  When Craig was first on the canvas in Salem, there was a lot of mustache twirling and a lot of hand wringing.  He was always plotting; most of the time with Nancy.  It was kind of this high drama, evil villain storyline being told, but when the writers created an opportunity for us to be on after those first three months by bringing on Chloe without a father, there was something real about it.  It may have been told under the construct of soap opera storytelling, but there was a reality-based story about, “You have a daughter, and we are just now finding out about it?”  Then, finding a cure to her health was another realistic story, and finding out that Craig was her real father.  Anything that’s reality based is what I’m getting to.  I would welcome any job that brings me back and gives me an opportunity to dive into something real.

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Would you welcome the opportunity to play a gay character on daytime; in a medium where there are very few represented in storylines?

KEVIN:  I’d have no problem with that.  Do you know anybody who is starting that?  Let’s do it!  (Laughs) First of all, there’s nothing to hide anymore.  There’s nothing to pretend you’re not anymore.  I would think that bringing in a storyline that deals with anything outside the norm that we are used to seeing would be interesting.  How many times can you retell a story?  How many times can you set the same story up with another couple?  So, why not be diverse and have a stylized story being told through the lens of a gay person.

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In closing, so many go through life without acknowledging people who had an impact them.  We don’t give pats on the back, often enough, and especially in Hollywood, where people can be very self-involved.  You have already paid tribute to Michael Slade in our discussion, but what gift from him is your personal takeaway?

KEVIN:  The gift that Michael really gave to me is to remember to be kind to myself and to others, and to acknowledge and salute the person who is in front of us, because we don’t know when we will have, or if we will have, another moment to do that.

Now below, check out the trailer for Riley’s Unforgettable School Project.  Then let us know, what do you think of its concept? Kevin’s thoughts on the passing of his collaborator on the project, Michael Slade? And, do you hope DAYS brings back Dr. Craig Wesley? Share your thoughts via the comment section.

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