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RATINGS: Y&R, B&B and GH Have Solid Week!

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The ratings are out for the week of July 7-11th and it was a good week for three of your favorite soap operas!  In particular, The Bold and the Beautiful gained the most in total viewers for the week with +238,000!

But it was The Young and the Restless who had a turnaround into the black where it gained viewers instead of losing them in all the key demo categories!including women 18-34, 18-49, 25-54.  Y&R also gained + 157,000 viewers for the week!

And it was General Hospital who also gained viewers with +64,000.  GH remained #1 in women demo 18-34, while Y&R was in first in women demos 25-54 and women 18-49.  

Days of our Lives was the only soap for the week to lose  in total viewers down slightly with -12,000 viewers.  To view the entire ratings picture go to SON here!

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,478,000 (+157,000/-176,000)
2. B&B 3,687,000 (+238,000/+178,000)
3. GH 2,872,000 (+64,000/+423,000)
4. DAYS 2,391,000 (-12,000/-59,000)

So time for you to be our Soap Opera Programming Executive Armchair Quarterback!  What is working for you on your favorite soaps right now? What is not?  What characters would you like to see back on the canvas, or taken off the canvas?  How would you spruce up your favorite show, if you think it needs some summer fixin’?   Let us know!
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jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I cant see Days loosing viewers with its recent improvements involving Sami/E.J./Abigail…I like Kassie/Eve(but i still wish Charlotte R. returned) who should become the shows next Kristen…but even with their daddy in Salem only slightly improving the Jordan/Ben storyline…GH is just ok entertainment for me…B&B i like Oliver and his girlfriend(4get name) Pam and Charlie and Quinn…Sean K.(Deacon) isnt much better than his GH A.J. character but that might change…Y&R i just cant get into it!!!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Cant wait for Kayla to tell Hope she’s interested in Aiden…finally!!!

Harry
Harry

Jim, something just seems off here. I have not seen Y&R or GH in almost two months but have started watching Days. While I originally tuned in to watch Kassie’s debut as Eve, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the day time drama is solid and full of character driven storylines. I know many other people who have also stepped on to the Days train and so I thought their ratings would be much higher.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Let the games begin…Haiden…Kaiden…Haidenk…it’s all good!!!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

I think DAYS viewers need to watch more live episodes and keep up with the DVR episodes. If people DVR episodes, they should watch within one day so it counts.

Everyone should keep that in mind, even when they are not part of a Nielsen Family. If people watch on time, they than can rave about it, knowing what they are talking about and that can reach actual Nielsen families.

I know DAYS is great as others know, but what does it look like when a person says “Oh DAYS is so good, but I’m a few episodes behind”. Nielsen families can be brought up to speed by nonNielsen families helping…WATCH DAYS LIVE OR WITHIN ONE DAY OF DVRing!

Nicole
Nicole

You can watch Days or any soap within 7 days and it will count.

The networks are actually fighting for the live +7 day not to be reported right away because of the gains made when the Live +7 is finally counted.

Kaleesi
Kaleesi

I think B&B has been doing the best this year. They are consistently posting good numbers and the writing has also been consistent with a clear direction. The exotic locations shoots provide excitement for the viewers too.

MattsPlace
MattsPlace

Love B&B! Days is also good but less consistent. Still Days deserves some love from fans! Hoping Days gets a rise in the ratings next week.

DaysFan
DaysFan

Days fans are sick of the Sami show.
It is just way too much. At this point, I just can’t wait until October when Alison and James are both gone.
The story is so negative, and only fuels the real life online bullying that comes in the name of ejami , Alison and James.
Quite honestly, I would be happy if they would just cut them out starting now.
I can’t wait until they can focus more on the other great actors that they have. I am excited to see what happens with Hope and Aiden, though I really hope that they close out the Bo and Hope story before a romance happens. I just do not see Hope cheating on Bo, and I hope that they don’t take it there.
I enjoyed Eve for the 5 minutes that I saw her, but since I haven’t been watching Days since the start of the farce wedding, I haven’t seen much of her. I was excited for Kristen’s return, but I am not even sure that can bring me back to have to watch a balls-less EJ begging and groveling for a woman who doesn’t even come close to deserving him.
Since I gave up Days I have been spending my workout hour on Y&R and am really enjoying it so far! Can’t wait to get to know the characters better. I have only ever watched Days (except for a short time when I was a teen and watched both Days and Passions), so it is fun to get to know a new set of characters.
I hope that Days plans to recast EJ, or plans to up the DiMera crop. A DiMera-less Salem is just not acceptable. They need to maybe get an older DiMera relative in there to supplement Joe Mascalo’s time. No one can replace The Phoenix, but maybe a long lost brother can pop up?
Recast EJ, bring back Chad – beef that DiMera presence up!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

They are bringing back Chad!

Mary SF
Mary SF

Days has wonderful moments, like the Sami/EJ/Abby fallout; Hope and Aiden’s waltz; Theresa hitting John over the head with a poker, but in between these moments is this vast wasteland of dullness that I literally been nodding off during the show again. A soap needs more that moments to sustain it.

I also wonder if the decline in ratings might be due to Days ending two of their best couples– Sami and EJ; Nicole and Eric.

And as much as I wanted to like the new Eve, I don’t see much of Eve in her. To me it is like she is whole new character– maybe she will grow on me, but right now I find her almost as annoying as Ann from the hospital and that is sad because I used to really love the character Eve

Definitely looking forward to Kristen’s return– but it would make my summer if they could wrap up and end the whole Jordan, Ben and Clyde story.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Would you suggest a music box storyline for DAYS?

Mary SF
Mary SF

Of course not– but every soap has their flaws and right now I am finding Days is dragging a bit. Overall, it is still a very good show– but like all the shows left there is room for improvement. Also I think DAYS did a music box story line already– I seem recall Hope getting one from her father that lead to her and Bo going to New Orleans–and yes that was better than Y&R’s, but why does everything have to be a competition with you– why can’t you just enjoy your show without constantly knocking down the others?

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

I had to reply from here, Mary SF. I have pulled back a lot. +157,000 Y&R and -12,000 DAYS is justified? No way! BTW, you’re the one that offered your opinion as to why DAYS dropped. And you offered no opinion that I’ve seen as to why Y&R went up. I only saw your post saying how the Y&R music box SL was lost in the shuffle. It matters a lot when my favorite soap is getting the shaft!

Mary SF
Mary SF

Well, I wouldn’t say Y&R is going up, it regained some ground from the week before when there was a holiday, but it is hardly earth shattering numbers. All soaps tend to go down in the summer. Y&R is barely holding onto their core viewership as more and more lose hope this show can be what it once was. But like all soap viewer there is a loyalty factor, which I believe one of main things keeping Y&R afloat. But they are really putting that loyalty factor to the test and they would be mistaken in their belief just because we have always watched we will continue to do. I haven’t reached my breaking point yet, many have.

As for Days, I know a lot of Ejami fans were upset that the long awaited wedding between the two was ruined by the whole Ejabby affair coming to light– and I have noticed in the past the numbers were good when Ejami were going strong. And that is why I mentioned it, in hopes maybe some Ejami fans would respond to let me know if them breaking Ejami apart influenced their viewership. I wasn’t saying that was the reason, I was just curious to hear from Ejami fans to find out if that was true.

I been watching Days since the 80’s and I have always maintain when Days puts their mind to it, this is one of the best soaps going. I am truly sorry if you think Days is getting shafted, but from what I have seen Days has a solid loyal following as well– and their core viewership isn’t going anyway, as they are doing over at Y&R. So maybe you can take comfort in the fact if the trend continues Y&R’s reign at the top might be soon over.

Ghlover
Ghlover

Y&r is very bad… Its sad actually. The only thing that could save it would be that they pull a GH and start bringing in past vets, even if only short term… Right now Y&R is so bad it reminds me of GL circa 2008…

Jill O
Jill O

That is such an accurate observation. Y&R does remind me of GL as it began to sink and lose focus. I think the executives and writers on GL were poor and that mirrors Y&R today. I watch Y&R only occasionally now and it doesn’t even feel like Y&R. It looks cheap too. How sad to see this once proud show deteriorate in front of our eyes.

Brett
Brett

Amen to that! JFP and those awful writers should be fired, there have to be better people they could hire surely!

Marc
Marc

I dont get the ratings . Days is the best one left by far . the cbs shows are improving slightly but still are yawners and GH can be completely awesome depending who the week is focusing on . All in all Days is the best consistent product

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

DAYS fans need to watch the episodes within one day for it to count. Live TV is the best. If you use a DVR, it must be viewed within one day or it is not counted. Hulu and NBC.com do not count at all.

Brett
Brett

Why would they not count NBC.com and Hulu? Surely they’re the easiest views to track.

PatF
PatF

I caught a Days ep this week and I have my own perspective of course.

Most of the cast is great, and it seems that the stories are good for those familiar with the show.

BUT…the look and feel and overall production seems stuck back in the 80’s. The sets ALL need an overhaul, there is not much of a soundtrack, and the lighting seems off.

I know budgets are tight, but SONY needs to step it up. I don’t see them getting any NEW viewers if anyone is flipping the channel looking for something to grab their attention.

It’s the smart but poor cousin nobody really pays much attention to.

Judy HO
Judy HO

THAT is a solid week for Y&R? Give me a break. It’s still off from last year and in dead last in young female demos. The rest of the soaps are up, except DAYS, which will come back when Eileen Davidson’s Kristen DiMera returns.

Y&R has fundamental problems. Phelps has brought in too many newbies and the stories are horrible. Who wants to watch that?

Nicole
Nicole

I do I am fine with Y&R. Speaking as a GH refugee 🙂

GH stripped mostvof it’s cast and it is doing fine now, however last summer GH did not do very well it took them a year to turn it around.

Y&R will turn around as well. Don’t forget that a few months ago the show was doing veryvwell in the ratings. And with the story beginning regarding Phyllis’ return it will bounce back again.

Nicole
Nicole

The lead in 18 to 34 is GH’s 171,000 viewers. That is approximately 6% of the total viewer ship. For any soap that is nothing to crow about.

And Y&R was still number 1 in the 18 to 49.

Belle
Belle

I agree with Days Fan; E.J. is gutless and weak. As I have stated in other comments, E.J. has never been as tough as his father.
If a re-cast is chosen, it will have to be the right person as far as the fans are concerned.
The GH Lover lover’s comments mentioned Guiding Lights downward spiral which happened (to me) because the show killed off Maureen Bauer and mistreated Michael Zaslow when he was diagnosed with ALS. The executives displayed no class when they did that.
Finally, I don’t understand Days’ ratings either; the show is basically solid.

Blake
Blake

Crazy how the best soap for like two years now, Days, is in last place and dropped viewers. Especially right now with sooo much going on! The fallout of EJ and Abby, Eve back, etc. I really hope the ratings skyrocket when Eileen/Kristen returns next week, they did before.

And insane that the two worst soaps Y&R and GH are doing good in ratings and demos. Sigh.

Blake
Blake

Well going to the site it looks like Days is doing great in the Women 18-34 demos, which is very important demos so that’s great.

It’s just too bad that in most places Days is up against Y&R and B&B, while GH does not have any soap competition.

Brett
Brett

How on earth can DAYS be the only soap losing viewers, it’s been the best soap on the air for several weeks now, why would people be tuning out when it’s THIS good.

jonboy
jonboy

Haven’t a number of local affiliates dropped it, creating less of an audience?

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

I’m only aware of some affiliates changing the time. Stay away from UTAH, 1:00am because of Will and Sonny. Utah’s church owns and operates the NBC affiliate!!!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Brett, NBC.com and Hulu DO NOT count because the Ads are not the same as with live TV and DVR.

MattsPlace
MattsPlace

Y&R went up a point. Small increase, but I still say: JFP and FOJ aren’t going anywhere any time soon. Still, increases are good for soaps.

jaybird369
jaybird369

Oh, come now…Y&R can have all of the highest ratings (or whatever) that it wants…but that does not change the fact that Y&R has become such a storytelling M-E-S-S!!!!! B-L-A-H!!!!!

jonboy
jonboy

Glad to see Y&R rebound. I read all the criticisms but I have to say I anticipate watching it each day more than GH, my other daytime habit. It’s true the dialogue has reduced to amateur hour, but look where the writers came from. I surely would like to see the entire show rebound to where it was back in the glory days.

PatF
PatF

People have criticized YR for years. It’s #1 for 26 years claim irritates those when they think the show isn’t at its best.

But viewership for soaps takes YEARS to change, and there are no NEW viewers.

I don’t see the overall total viewership changing much. The audience will continue to slowly erode over time.

Ann
Ann

I have been a Days fan for a long time. One thing I never understood is the the producers and writers do not listen to the people who watch their soap. Nothing personal against Shawn a Christian and Missy Reeves, but it is clearly written everywhere I look that the fans just don’t care for these characters. Yet they are in every story on the soap. Eric and Nicole had so much potential and now it’s looks like they are getting a backseat . Jennifer Horton was such a beloved character for so many years and these writers have turned her into someone so unlikeable. It’s just the same thing over and over. Why can’t there just be romance and adventure? I have to laugh at this revenge s/l with Sami. She has done so many horrible things through the years. It’s truly laughable and an insult to one’s intelligence. Thank you

damien
damien

to make my ‘ days’ sunny again:
– pls bring back shawn d, belle, austin and carrie!!!!!
– bo needs to return as either the original or robert kelker kelly
– sonny and will are soo lame, i liked when will was troubled.
– wrap up the lame jordan and ben crap
– give the di meras a break and turn up the kireakes, more justin, adreinne and bring back phillip!!!
– and lastly for the love of god, i cant take the show seriously if the backgrounds sets continue to be recycled and everyone is either drinking no coffee at the brady pub or hanging in the park. its too cheesey and low budget!!!

madluv4u
madluv4u

Agree about those dated sets! At least when JFP takes over she over hauls the sets and gives them a facelift. DOOL looks so old. Cut back on some of the useless cast and maybe you can spend the money on new backgrounds. Ijs

Kaffen
Kaffen

Leslie and Dylan….THATS ALL…

madluv4u
madluv4u

I get why DOOL is in last place…..storylines take forever to wrap up; characters have no depth; they don’t know how to progress a story-each scene is a repeat of what was said in the last scene; noone cares about the cbaracters any longer. Is it possible to have one couple be happy?! Can they meet, date without complication, get married and have problems inside the marriage besides adultery??? Infertility or money troubles, or trying to advance at work(i got that from another post somewhere). The stuff they show is just so far out of the realm of possibility it’s a joke.
Y&R appeals to me because they are more reality based (no super villians who never ever get caught by the police! Really?!?!
The Bold and The Beautiful makes me laugh because it’s just so campy and I don’t think they take themselves so seriously. They gives us couples to root for. (they are all about the silly romance). There is not one couple on DOOL that I am vested in, (but I do love Kristen D).
I get GH as 3rd place. We tell them we (the fans) are up to our necks with the mob sl but they don’t care – so we adapt and ff through the scenes we dont like:-)

CeeCee
CeeCee

The same could be said about Y&R. No couple ever lasts there. It is the way of soaps. Look at Neil and Leslie of Y&R…..I thought this couple was solid. Y &R was my favorite as long as I have been watching soaps; now? It is downright stupid. Devan needs to go…..he is superfluous, without a solid or consistent storyline. Why is he there?
I don’t watch B&B, but if it is that good, then Days should be right up there as well….great writing.

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Wally Kurth Talks on His Daytime Emmy Nomination For DAYS As Justin’s World Is Turned Upside Down

You kind of know when you are handed the ball in the world of daytime drama, and it’s your turn to shine, especially when you get meaty material that runs the gamut of emotions. And this past Emmy season, Days of our Lives’ Wally Kurth delivered the performances of his soap career (although we suspect there is some more to come in 2020!) in the role of the grieving Justin Kiriakis.

For Wally not only played grief, but starting life anew in a romantic entanglement that can be all too familiar when someone tries to move on after the loss of the love of their life. Add to that, the complication that his son’s husband, was believed to be the person who caused the accident that killed his wife, Adrienne (Judi Evans), and with that the deck is stacked for an emotional fallout that landed Kurth in the running for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series at this year’s 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards to air on CBS on Friday night, June 26th, albeit in a virtual presentation.

While Wally is getting many accolades for his work on DAYS, let’s not forget the double duty he pulls on General Hospital, where this week his Ned Ashton. This week Ned is front and center during the encore presentations of the GH’ Nurses’ Ball episodes, which feature Wally singing his heart out in numerous memorable performances through the years.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Kurth to get his thoughts and insight into his well-deserved acting nomination for DAYS, plus to find out his favorite GH Nurses’ Ball performances, and much more. Here now is what Wally had to say about it all.

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I am so thrilled about this nomination because you know, I willed this to happen.  I was like, “It’s got to happen!” (Laughs)

WALLY:  You actually were saying that, and you have been very supportive and positive.  I appreciate it.

What did you end up submitting? I believe I gave you “Power Performance of the Week” honors on my site for some of them, too.

WALLY:  I do try to put together a little story in my submissions for Emmys.  I think that’s kind of important because if you’re asking someone to watch 8 or 9 minutes of just you… I didn’t want to just (not that I had this material) but bludgeon them with one sad, sobbing scene after another.  I wanted to give them a whole range of Justin and a little story.  So, I did start off where Justin was asking Adrienne to marry him, and Justin is very happy, and it’s all good, and he gets down on his knee, and you see her, and it’s like, “This is something really good,” and I also wanted to include a scene with Judi Evans in my reel.  Then, I cut to where it’s a year later, and Justin is with Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) in their apartment. They are already living together, and they are discussing the anniversary of their marriages, and about the sadness of Adrienne, and she’s talking about Steve (Stephen Nichols), and then she brings up having to tell me that Adrienne died.  So, that was obviously in a flashback that happened six months earlier; where Justin is obviously very upset, and scared, and doesn’t want to hear it, and breaks down, and Kayla comforts him. Then, I did the continuation where Justin tells Kayla how much she has meant to him, and how he felt like he wasn’t going to survive, and how she came to his aid in a way to make him feel like he really has something to live for.   Then, at the very end, I did two scenes with Will (Chandler Massey) in the jail which is where Justin confronts Will, who obviously Justin thought was responsible for killing Adrienne.  It was a really lovely, really well-written scene where Justin tells him, “You’re a son to me, and you can be disappointed with a son, and you can be hurt by a son, but you never stop loving him.” I think it showed a nice range of the anger, the hurt, the happiness (because Justin tells him about Kayla), so you get an idea of what happened to Justin last year.  I thought it was a good collection of scenes that told a little story, and you could see the range of what Justin went though.  Evidently, it worked on some level because I got nominated.

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In the scene with Will, doesn’t Justin also tell him, “Don’t give up on life?” in a very hankie-inducing moment?

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WALLY:  Yes.  “Don’t give up.  Don’t give up on life,” which is really positive… even though he started the scene like, “I don’t even want to talk to this guy.”  Justin is there talking to Ben (Rob Scott Wilson), and Will kind of surprises him. So for Justin it;’ like, “Now I guess I’ve got to talk to Will about this,” and so he is still angry, he is still hurt, and you’re right, at the end, the scene has sort of transformed him in a way.  So, all of that stuff was just really nice, really nice scenes to get to play and very emotional.

I’ve watched most everything on the soaps from the performances to the storylines, and that one scene with the two of you was one of the best scenes I have seen in long time.  It was just so good from the writing to the execution of it. 

WALLY:  Oh yeah, I can’t even imagine a scene that was as good. Thank God that scene aired in December.  My story really didn’t get started until October/November, and all of those scenes that I included were from October, November, and December.

So, what did you think then when you found out that Chandler, along with you, and Paul Telfer (Xander) are all in the Supporting Actor category together?

WALLY:  I love it.  How great is that?  I love both of those guys.  I mean, I am such a fan of both of them.  Chandler kind of gets nominated every year, so I wasn’t surprised there.

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Well, he had one year, as he pointed out to me (laughs), that he didn’t get a nomination. But, Chandler has been pretty much a perennial nominee every time he submits!

WALLY:  Yeah, Chandler just delivers.  He is a really an outstanding actor Paul, I think is great.  I love the character.  I was kind of surprised and happy for him because sometimes his character gets overlooked; just like the bad guy with the smarmy smirk and the great English accent.  So, there you go.  It’s terrific.  I think people saw more to his performance, and they should.  He works on a lot of different levels, and Paul brings a lot to the game.

And obviously, you know James Patrick Stuart (Valentin, General Hospital), since you work on that show too, and he is also nominated in your category. 

WALLY:  Yeah, and I have been a big fan of his too.  So, I was really delighted.  I called him up and left a message.  I love James.  We did a thing last year together where we went back east and played some music in some clubs,   I always think that James should be nominated.  He does such an exceptional job at bringing that character to life.  That’s not an easy thing to do either.  It’s kind of like a Xander character, and so, it is nice to see my fellow actors see the complexity in their performances and appreciate it.

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Last week’s DAYS airshows contained scenes where Justin confronts Orpheus (George Delhoyo), over killing Adrienne, and Justin also goes to visit Adrienne’s grave.  I think you have another run of shows next year to submit for the Emmys (Laughs)

WALLY:  I do like to include the big four emotions that an actor has to play:  happy, sad, angry, and fear.  That is a scene where you get to see Justin really angry.  So, I will probably look to that as you get to see the anger part of the character, which I think is important.  You don’t get to see Justin very angry and lose it like that.

No, and that’s what was so great about it.  George was a great scene partner, though.

WALLY:  Oh, he was great.  George and I had a great time.  It was really awesome.  I mean, it was a challenge because it was very tricky, especially when Steve (Stephen Nichols) and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) came in because you know; there is a part of the character that is just like, “Please, just let me shoot.  Just let me fire a bullet and just put it over his head or something, or maybe his hands are shaking so much that he misses the target!”  I don’t know, but you do just want to let him shoot, just one bullet.  (Laughs) Another moment that I really, really loved – and I’ll probably include it next year in my submission -was that scene with Suzanne Rogers (Maggie) at the hospital.  They gave me a beautiful speech to tell her that she should be her judge and jury and sentence herself to death, a beautiful speech about how she reminded me of Adrienne.  It brought out a different side of Justin that you don’t usually see.

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When I spoke to Chandler about this nomination he related to me, “I am so happy for Wally because I feel like he is often underrated.” You have always been the guy on soaps who is always delivering consistent work, but now you’ve been given a story.  So now everyone can see what you can do or are reminded of it.  It’s hard without a story on the soaps; especially playing the Emmy game.

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WALLY:  It’s true.  What did Maurice Benard (Sonny, General Hospital) say?  “If it ain’t on the page, it ain’t on the stage.”  It’s really true.  Let’s face it, you can only do so much, and that’s why I don’t get too competitive.  If I lose, that’s totally fine.  I feel like I’ve already won.  Being recognized by my peers, that’s it.  Being nominated is awesome, and honestly, after this, so much of it is the material and what the actors got to do.  It’s sort of out of your control, you know.   I am happy for all of my fellow nominees.  It’s all good at this point.  I’m really, really happy.

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You’ve been nominated once before, right?

WALLY:  Yes. I’ve been nominated once before, two years ago on General Hospital.  It was the year that Jane Elliot (Tracy) left.  In story, Tracy leaves, so there was all of that emotional stuff to play.  That was the year I also submitted myself for Days of Our Lives too, and I was really proud of that work.  That year saw Adrienne having to choose between Justin and Lucas (Bryan Dattilo), and she chose Lucas.  There were just some really nice scenes there that they wrote for Justin and Adrienne, and she was dealing with cancer.  Anyway, I got nominated for General Hospital, and I learned from that year that I am never going to nominate myself in the same category for both shows.  That’s just stupid.

Well, you’re everywhere.  You’re on the Nurses’ Ball encore episodes right now on GH,  

WALLY:  Oh, isn’t that funny?  All of these Nurses’ Balls, it’s hilarious.

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Are you watching them?

WALLY:  Yes!  I watched parts of them the other night, especially my performances. It looked good; actually, they were really good.  I’m always kind of surprised like, “Wow! The dances … the singing … the production!”  I always feel like there should be more people at the Nurses’ Ball.  Shouldn’t there be more people in the seats? (Laughs)  But other than that, good stuff, good story.  It was fun to see the beginning of Ned and Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) as well, you know that first year where she and Sonny were just breaking up on the red carpet at the ball, and the next year, Ned and Olivia are already together.  This week they aired where I sing with sweet little Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma), the Elton John and Kiki Dee duet, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.”

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Do you have one favorite Nurses’ Ball number you performed of all-time?

WALLY:  You know, someone has been posting old Nurses’ Balls from the 90s, and I forgot that I sang “Forever Young” with Amber Tamblyn (Ex-Emily), and that was so sweet.  I also loved singing “Somewhere over the Rainbow,” in the very first one or the second year, we did it. Some of my other favorites include: “I Feel Good,” with the Quartermaine boys, and Robert Palmer’s “Simply Irresistible” – that was fun because I got to put my own vocal stamp on it, and I remember performing George Michael’s “Faith.  It was fun singing that with Lisa.

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So, we know that this year will be a virtual Daytime Emmy ceremony, and we don’t know what that will look like yet.  So, how would you dress for it, if they had a shot of you from home during the broadcast on CBS?

WALLY:  I definitely am going to wear a suit and a tie.  I think that’s important to try to give the Emmys the dignity that it deserves.

So, thrilled that Wally received a Daytime Emmy nod for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series? What were your favorite moments of his last year? Are you enjoying seeing his performances on the encore GH Nurses’ Ball episodes? Comment below.

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DAYS Susan Seaforth Hayes Talks On Her Daytime Emmy Nomination For Julie and Doug’s Emotional Storyline

When you think Days of our Lives, what would it be without the legendary Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie) and her real-life and on-screen husband, Bill Hayes (Doug Williams)?

This past Emmy season, the beloved duo got a chance to shine, when they were put through a ‘heartbreaking’ predicament – Julie’s heart gives out, she is in need of a transplant, and things take a turn for the worse.

What would life be like for Doug without his Julie? How would she say goodbye to him? Fans clearly felt the sentiments overflowing from this real-life duo capturing the essence of their characters in such a raw and realistic way. So much so, that Susan landed a Daytime Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Supporting Actress category for her work.

Already a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient along with her husband, Bill back in 2018, will Susan finally get an award for her acting for her decades of beautiful work on the long-running NBC soap opera? Fans will need to tune-in to CBS on Friday, June 26th to find out with the virtual presentation of the 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards.  But for now, here is our conversation with Susan.

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Congratulations on your Supporting Actress nomination.  You have been racking up a lot of these recently, having been nominated in the same category two years ago, and also receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award along with your husband, Bill Hayes at the 45th annual Daytime Emmys in 2018.

SUSAN:  It’s really nice to be nominated, because I’ve had a few gap years.  I’ve had, what? 25 gap years between the recent nominations.

What scenes did you ultimately chose that landed you the nomination?

SUSAN:  I submitted when Julie dies.  I submitted the farewell montage scenes with Bill Hayes, and they were very moving to us… and we’ll see.  I did not submit anything snappy, or bitchy, or hysterical.  I’ve lost against hysterical every time.  Comedy has never worked.  So, I am going to try the heart and soul of soup opera: not bitchiness, but loss.

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Can I ask how you got through those scenes with Bill, because it was so touching?  I don’t know how you did it.

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SUSAN:  It was very difficult.  I mean, these are the things that make us so connected to the characters and the show.  This is a place where we can show the public what love means to us, which is everything.

They were beautiful scenes.  Do you remember when you did them, if you felt good about them at the time?

SUSAN:  No… no.  I didn’t know.  Everyone on the set seemed happy.  We are blessed to have feedback from out producers now, and they didn’t say, “I think you can do it better,” and, “Another take,” not that we would have anyway, because there is never time to do another take.

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How did you find out that you were nominated? 

SUSAN:  One of the producers, Randy Dugan called me, or I wouldn’t have found out for a couple of days,

What are your thoughts on this being a virtual Daytime Emmys ceremony because of COVID-19?  We don’t know anything about will play out yet or what that will look like, but it is back on network TV.

SUSAN:  It’s going to be a wonderful surprise.

So, if they have the shot of the nominees, do you think you’d be dressed in comfortable clothes or more formal?

SUSAN:  Well, I’d certainly wear my best earrings if I were at home, yeah.  If my grandson can arrange us to get on the internet (we have a grandson living on our property, and he’s our live-in techy), we will get dressed up, and sit there, if that’s the way to do it.

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DAYS did very well receiving 22 overall nominations and a lot of your co-stars got nomination as well.

SUSAN:  Yes, an excellent year for nominations for our show.

How many times have you been nominated now? 

SUSAN:  This makes six.

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Would it mean a lot to you to get the award?

SUSAN:  The Lifetime Achievement meant a lot.  It wouldn’t be bad to win this year.  I’ll say that.  It would be sweet for the show, since I am now the oldest living cast member of the original family – the original, original.  I’m not the original Julie, but close enough.  So, I think that would be some validation for the longevity of this original storytelling.  People look at the show and say, “Are you part of the DiMera family or the Brady family?”  I say, “I’m part of the Horton family!”

What did your husband Bill say when he found out you were nominated?

SUSAN:  (Yells) Billy, what did you say when you found out I was nominated?

BILL:  Yay!!!

SUSAN:  That’s about right. (Laughs)

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What a guy!

SUSAN:  I know!  What a guy, what a guy, what a guy!

I was really happy to see your name among the other well-deserving nominees.

SUSAN:  I know you are because I know you care.  Who knows what will happen? It isn’t going to ruin our lives you know, one way or another.  But it was very nice to receive this acknowledgment from my peers.

So, are you glad Susan received a nomination for her work in her emotional storyline? Do you think she should finally receive the Emmy for her performances? Comment below.

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