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RATINGS: Y&R, B&B, GH, And DAYS All Down In Total Viewers

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The ratings are out for the week of January 9th through the 13th and after showing a healthy increase over the holidays, all four network daytime dramas were hit hard in the minus column in total viewers.

It was CBS sister soaps, The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful who were hardest hit losing -298,000 and – 290,000 total viewers, respectively.  The two shows were down in the key 18-49 and 25-54 womens demos, but showed gains in the 18-34 category. Y&R also tied an all-time low in the women 18-49 ratings share.

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As for General Hospital, they also took a hit losing – 165,000 for the week. GH also lost the most viewers in every key demo: 18-49, 18-34, and 25-54.

Days of our Lives, which just made a significant and game-changing move behind the scenes, hiring Daytime Emmy-winning writer, Ron Carlivati as the show’s head scribe by replacing Dena Higley, was also in the minus column, but lost -40,000 total viewers in comparison to their competitors who lost more.  DAYS was also up slightly in the 18-34, and 18-49 key demos, but in the minus column in women 25-54.  The show also tied an all-time low in the female 18-34 rating share.

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Overall, all for soaps were down significantly from this same time last year. View the entire ratings picture via SON here.

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,686,000 (-298,000/-583,000)
2. B&B 3,783,000 (-290,000/-215,000)
3. GH 2,653,000 (-165,000/-362,000)
4. DAYS 2,351,000 (-40,000/-440,000)

So, what do you think of this ratings picture? Which soap do you think is delivering right now the best drama to its audience? Which show is serving up the worst?  Share your thoughts and theories in the comment section below!

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Patrick
Patrick

I am mesmerized ; smitten ; in love ; taken ; IN LOVE @Days of OUR Lives

with Chad and Abs

the vibe and chemistry with this winsome twosome is their own show

they smolder me out… and yes… i’m in love with Billy Flynn acting… and this enchanting newbie Marcie Miller. My heart is real

this couple is all the hoopla they deserve

God I couldn’t be more excited that it’s still in the DiMera arena… and it’s so much FUN to see how Marcie Miller plays ABS…

these two acting gems… dang if it isn’t made better that they are young upstarts who have the acting gene inherent. YOU TWO ARE THAT GOOD

it’s a surreal experience to watch something come along… that just doesn’t happen that much… an acting skill that they’ve keyed in to and are REELING top draw

whew! I love this couple

Patrick
Patrick

@DOOL

I welcome Ron Carlivati…. you are my vengeance is mine saith the lord…
behead Frank / Jean / Shelley NOW

let’s take 3rd… and pull out all the stops

OK

FIRST and foremost; I’d like to acknowledge Ryan Quan… because; his tenure with Dena Higley… WORKED… not all #1 but rising to the occasion… DAYS is it’s own ship ; unique and definitely a huge production team… that is LIVE

i’d like to know what he contributed … it’s nice to say that his work… delivered. when do we ever read of newbie headwriters ? few and far between

I hope that @DAYS / Sony / NBC BUILD in and around Ron Carlivati… I loved him @GH. perhaps leaving continuity and history out of the equation… is too much… but his story arcs… are in demand with short term audience piqued… this is how it goes in a genre of sort

I HOPE hes in for the long run and duration of our beloved genre.this show must go ON

Boop
Boop

I’m extremely elated about Ron, too!

su0000
su0000

quote;
”Overall, all for soaps were down significantly from this same time last year.”

IMO-
the writers are too old and not writing for younger people, seems they are writing for retired peoples.
ALL the soaps are dull/lackluster, empty of intense and intriguing drama.

The writers are Not enthusiastic they seem to be just writing anything that doesn’t require imagination, new ideas, and energy.
The writers, all of them, seem to be suffering from fatigue and recycling old scripts that we all having lived through for many years..
)ie.. they simply don’t give a hot damn outside of a paycheck.
The soaps are going to their graves along with their writers.

People are tuning out because of lazy crappy writing and have decided to no longer waste their time FF ..

Soaps need Younger writers that have new ideals and energy that will actually care and write 21st century media/programing to renew interest.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I don’t know why you continue to offend. What do you get out of it? You make the same complaint over and over…soaps and soap writers are “too old.” Why watch? Soaps have been around for fifty years. Many of their viewers ARE older! And yes, they are and should be written for.

This is not a new genre. Seventy year olds aren’t complaining that MTV is written for young people. That The Flash is written for comic book fans. That BET is geared toward a black demographic.

If and when a new daytime soap is born they and if they are only going for a younger demographic they can hire all new writers, only hire younger people and you can have the soap you long for. That is not the current soap lineup. Either accept that you’re a relative newcomer to a decades old tradition/genre…don’t tune in…or resist the urge to complain to many of your fellow MF posters, who are in the age demographic you’re complaining about…that you’re not happy with all this “old” stuff. It’s “getting old.”

Addison
Addison

I agree, Rebecca. I don’t buy that the problem is the age of the writers. Sometimes age is just a state of mind. Look at Bernie Sanders–he has the energy, intellectual curiosity and passion of a thirty year old.
Alas, the soaps are not affording me much delightful escapism from this dystopian universe we have suddenly been thrust into.
GH’s Lulu falling through the ceiling only to land on the wedding cake seemed stupid, pointless and destructive. In fact, that scene was cringe worthy. And yesterday Victoria from Y&R came home only to discover her teenage son making out with Tiffany Maples Trump.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Ummmm…I only watch Y&R sporadically. Ms. Maples Trump wasn’t REALLY on, was she? LOL…you WERE making a funny, right?

Actually, I thought Lulu’s fall was a wee tad amusing. Well, funnier than Michael calling Sonny dad again…

Addison
Addison

The young girl who was discovered making out with Reed looked a lot like Tiffany Trump–so yes, I was kidding.
I feel that Tiffany is the Jan Brady of the Trump Bunch.
Instead of it always being “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!” It’s always, “Ivanka, Ivanka, Ivanka!”

Damien
Damien

Thank you rebecca
Ditto ur sentiments about the above
trolls continued offensive comments…i constantly cringe when i scroll past its comments….theirs a constructive way to post negative comments

Patrick
Patrick

@GH

I’m thankful for what few posts… acknowledge and with heart… LOVE

Valentin / Nina / Charlotte

it’s with wonderment that so few are not in the moment, caught

this cohesive knit. of Cassadine is stirring

that GH simply has something to focus on because of how complete this family

??? did Anna lose her principles because she shunned this grotesque

this is the haunt that Anna beguiled us with ? dag… bring on Seth Baker to heal all wounds and physically charge her

let bygones be bygone… and that includes the dearly ( always loved ) Duke.

Griffin needs to man up or is it too late

yeah right… he shows up to bring the church to Sonny… and now he remembers his libido and wants to give Claudette some stature

bah hum bug… it was too much … as Anna tells Valentin… ( not verbatim) Griffin is a good guy unlike YOU. REALly ? spiraled to wasteland

theres so much left to the wayside.. kicked to the curb… left abandoned.. that I can’t even recall what’s good

Nina is now leaving her mark… we can forget about her Phyllis.. and fascinate in her arrival.

because James Patrick STuart and Scarlett Herndandez fit.. in to this show

they are the best thing happening

Rose
Rose

I’m not sure how politics, inaugurals and press conferences can affect ratings when they bump the soaps from their regular schedules. But things seemed so predictable in the soap stories…Devon/crash/Hillary/etc, Quinn/Ridge, Liam being Liam, Steffy being Steffy, same old Sonny/Carly makeup, prolonging the Nelle reveal with Sonny always glaring at her. At least we were primed for Dylan/ Steve Burton’s exit, but am still waiting for the evil Valentin, in the true tradition of the Cassadines, and the promise to be the scariest of the family to make an appearance. And to not just settle into Port Charles as if the Greek island never happened.

Jlhodgens
Jlhodgens

I’ve watch yr from day 1 always love it ,but wear is all of the other children? Jacks son Paul’s girl .i would like to see nickie become a strong business woman again ,like having Jill back ,really tired of Hilary story line,please don’t let Sharon and nick back together again it’s so old ,

Yankee fan
Yankee fan

GH had a great demo week in the Jan 3rd ratings report. Biggest gains in over nine months in all the key areas. I didn’t see any news items posted on this site about it.

Y&R is boring as hell under SSM no surprise they are way down.

B&B never does anything but recycle the same garbage so no surprise there either.

GH is getting hit hard by preemptions lately so at least they have excuse but the Franco show needs to be stopped ASAP.

DOOL is the worst soap left on the air and only reason they aren’t down more in the Jan 10th ratings report is cause they had a huge viewer erosion in the Jan 3rd ratings report. NBC is not going to renew a soap that is consistently under 400k in the 18-49 and under 100k in the 18-34. NBC is probably gonna pull the plug anyday since DOOL barely got renewed last January when their numbers were up all over. JG was fired way too soon but RC will write a fitting ending.

Nicholas
Nicholas

sad but realistic picture . the soap that is the worst is the bold and the beautiful with the silly and never ending triangles that have been done and overdone , the same stories over and over again on bold and beautiful have made this soap boring and torture to watch ! young and the restless has been boring and frankly not that interesting , sally’s writing has been so disappointing . General hospital is a bit better , Days is not all that bad . conclusion : Days of our lives is the soap to watch . but i will say that the soaps need to deliver the quality of writing and the way they were put together in the 80’s and 90’s and even the 70’s . you don’t need big location shoots and glossy wardrobes just good quality writing and storytelling with imagination , some vision , some passion , some creativity . the soap writers need to watch classic episodes of the 70’s , 80’s and 90’s to put these soaps back on track so that we the viewers are motivated to tune in .

Robert L
Robert L

with all the inaugural bs last week, these numbers are not surprising. Expect more as Trump doesn’t like to share airtime!

Timmm
Timmm

Neither did Obama!

Addison
Addison

You can’t blame Obama or even Trump for these interruptions. The president has no authority to interrupt regular scheduled programing. This directive comes from the networks.
Since the days of Eisenhower, the “stories” have been interrupted by presidential addresses. I believe that even FDR interrupted the stories on the radio to talk to the American people.

Nanci
Nanci

True, Timmm.
And it’s a turn-off to pop in here and see Trump bashing
from people on a soap board. Guess it doesn’t matter that
this is about soaps…they just gotta get those politucal digs in.

Addison
Addison

Nanci, REALLY?

You see Trump bashing here? Most of us are holding back BIG time considering the shit storm he has unleashed on us.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Yes but ahem, Addison…we can blame Trump for how many times he intends to
“address us.” It’s going to be an ad nauseum all Trump, all the time. Which means I’ll be saving a lot on electricity as the TV shuts downnnnnn…

Addison
Addison

Rebecca, I beyond depressed about the horror which has transpired these last five days. However, there is some good news here which has something to do with the power of the people.
Did you know the number one book being ordered right now is George Orwell’s “1984”? There are many Americans who are re affirming my belief that Americans are essentially good and thoughtful people. The marches which transpired last Saturday and which I participated in, reaffirmed my belief that American people are inherently good. Power to the people, indeed. Let’s keep fighting.

Nanci
Nanci

Addison, you just did it again.
Soap lovers come in all shapes and sizes, etc
And they also come in each political party or
preference by individual candidate. But none
of those things matter when people just want to
come here to read or post about soaps.

There are Trump voters here.
There are Hilary voters here.
There are Dems who voted Trump who want
to give him a chance.
And people who just hope for unity, etc etc etc.

If you and others feel strongly against our President,
why post digs here?

Nanci
Nanci

All soaps are down?? At the same time??
That seems crazy.
I watch only Y and R, and am loving it…
will never stop watching.

Timmm
Timmm

Hey Nanci, “Lets make Soaps Great Again!”

Nanci
Nanci

Lol, Tim. Yes, all things are possible now, finally!

Shay
Shay

@Timmm…..That’s some lofty goal there…although it’s wonderful to realize we won’t be needing the escapism of soaps quite like we did for the past eight years now that there’s (finally) a resolute new sheriff in Americaville who’s bound and determined to fix what ails this country come h#!!, high water and yes, radical rent-a-mobs!

Mary SF
Mary SF

Since I cannot remember what the stories were that week for any of the soaps I think the numbers seem fair. I know in general Jan is never the best month for the soaps, and I think next week with the holiday and inauguration numbers might be even lower. I do know overall I do not mind bad story lines, but dull ones that is something else. Every soap right now is dull beyond belief— I am hoping that is because when soaps were planning their episodes they knew there would be disruptions in mid Jan so they were stretching stories longer than necessary to get pass the hump and that stories will now quickly pick up heading toward Feb sweeps.

Ray
Ray

I can only speak for two of the shows. I LOVE “The Bold and the Beautiful,” but it has turned into the Quinn show. Rena Sofer is amazing, but too many characters are not getting scene time because she is on every day, going from screen time with Eric,now to Ridge. I think Thomas, Caroline, Rick, Bill, Ivy and Katie need a new storyline that does not involve Ridge, Steffy, Brooke and Forrester Creations.

I think the Ridge/Quinn pariring feels fake and forced. Are they playing each other? Are we supposed to believe that as soon as Brooke leaves town, Ridge immediately starts having feelings for Quinn just because he sees a vulnerable side? Quinn and Eric are the best couple on daytime. For months, Quinn had us believe she was truly in love with Eric. So, al it takes is for Ridge to see her in the outdoor shower and rub her sprained ankle for her to start having feelings for him? Ridiculous.

I am very excited about the new hiring decision at “Days of our Lives.” Ron did great things at “OLTL.” I would love to see him trim the cast and get rid of a lot of dead weight. If the storyline is not working with the audience, cut it loose. “Days” has recycled too many storylines and that is the reason the ratings are falling. Stefano being alive (again), the Chloe/Nicole baby storyline seems to have been done too many times, Hope sitting in prison for months is boring.

I wish the writers would look at the success of “This Is Us” an realize that there is audience for real-life, heartfelt drama. I would love to go back to the glory days of family rivalries like Iris/Mac/Rachel, Alexandra/Alan, etc. Give us old school drama and it will bring the audiences back.

rebecca1
rebecca1

My two soaps were OLTL and GH. Then, just GH. Recently, I’d say in the last six months, I started watching B&B and I love it! Being new to the show I’m not fed up with the triangles (though I understand how it’d be repetitive and lackluster if it’s been done over and over again).

I’m probably not alone in this but I knew Quinn and Ridge would have a love/hate relationship from the minute they held hands at the fashion show and Ridge said, “I hate you,” and Quinn answered, “I know.” And, actually, I think they’re hot together! (I love Thorston Kaye from his days on OLTL…man, was he, to repeat myself, hot!) I love Eric, too. He’s an exceptionally good-looking (older) man and is absolutely one of the most endearing soap characters I’ve “met.” So, even I have a conflict! I love Eric and Quinn together…they’re soothing, comfortable, caring, nurturing, supportive…I enjoy their “us” against the world romance.

On the other hand, Ridge and Quinn are…dare I say it??? Ummmm….nah…alluring together. They’re both forces to be reckoned with and would make a steamy couple, not to mention the ripple effects upon Brooke, their son (who is a great actor), Bill, Eric, Steffie…

I’m thinking Ridge and Quinn won’t fall in love; just lust. And there the conflict begins.

As for GH, I have mixed feelings. I’m still watching, I’m very intrigued by Anna and Valentin…by Julian/Alexis/Olivia Jerome and the fallout there. So I think the writers are doing well at changing up the stories and adding intrigue and something different (even if they bring back things from the past). But I still miss the “feel” of GH…I think it’s horrendous that they’re killing off so many GH characters. Almost all the Q’s, Nicolas, Morgan… I would love them to “come back from the dead.” I don’t care how many times it’s been done…these characters are core characters and there’s not enough of them left. I think it’s ridiculous to keep teasing us with Kevin and Laura and then just sprinkle them on every two weeks for a few minutes. Mac and Felicia brought back for an occasion. Same with Robin. In essence, GH is good as a show unto itself…but not if you’re looking for the actual GH!

Let’s hope the ratings keep returning to a profitable number so whatever’s left of this genre keeps kickin’. But writers…you need to do your part. Figure out your budget in such a way that you can afford core, loved characters. Or…lose viewers…and your jobs.

Patrick
Patrick

Nice, read

especially para 2

I don’t know enough about Thorston Kaye… outside of his work @AMC. when he was married to Kendell… dang… I thought he ignited so much passion… that every woman and man sought . I love the idea that this is passion unrequited and if the writing goes their… that it lives

outside of that… why end this unique and camera loves this pairing… so soon? I do not… watch B&B but have always loved…Eric.. as played by the pendulum swing my way I want him… John McCook. look at him… happy … finally a woman , past Susan Flannery’ Stephanie. this is a dynamic pairing that is through the roof loaded with intrigue. because Eric is happy. let this last. Rena Sofer, with those eyes… can be feminine desirable enchanting and sexual. the gamut she brings

this 1/2 hour stuff… that brings that naysay… feel of too many cooks in the kitchen… all scrambling for attention, no matter who it is… incest. who wants that grave stone … hey… I’ve read it here. I sure miss Macy and Thorne… and that Jon Hensley. this trio would turn, for the better.

EMMY PULL : had it not been for @DAYS Billy Flynn… i’d say give it to John McCook

he’s so outside the character machinations… just the real deal

Beth
Beth

Ray, ICAM with every single word of your post. I’m very excited at the hiring of Ron Carlivati on DOOL and hope that he will write stories that interest me. I’ve been ready, willing and able to watch DOOL, but I’ve found little to no reason to watch thanks to Dena Higley’s writing.

I’m a TK fan from way back, but I’m not buying why he would find Quinn to be so “amazing” after her vulnerable moment with Ridge in the hotel room. I’m pretty sure we just saw this story with Ridge and Caroline and the whole lust/forbidden love thing they’re doing. Also, what does this say about his “destiny”, Brooke? I, too, think that Rena Sofer, great actress that she is, shouldn’t be the focal point of B&B nowadays, although I heard someone describe Brad Bell’s writing as being very female-focused in any given year, depending on the actress, whether it’s Heather Tom, or Karla Mosley, or Lindsey Godfrey, or now Rena Sofer. It’s just her turn on the storyline wheel.

I also wish that soaps would write more heartfelt, honest storylines, or more original storylines, like we see in This is Us. Not sure they want to anymore, but I’ve been enjoying Y&R since Sally Sussman Morina returned, so there is hope.

Iakovos
Iakovos

I am hoping this ratings turn is just a seasonal slump because I am liking the new and improved Y&R very much! Would love to see a consistent climb for the drama as the writing, characters, and production values continue to improve.

Kevin C
Kevin C

I am also enjoying Y&R since Sally and Kay have return…Some people are saying it’s boring but I find that it’s good character writing. Remember it’s just been a little over a month and give Sally and Kay a chance…

Kevin C
Kevin C

But again, we cannot make everyone happy.

clh
clh

The shows are sooo dark with little romance and lightness, too much preaching, too many stories around product placement, and constant preemption.

And what I believe to be the number one reason soap fans are dwindling: Soap Opera magazines.

In my day we were on the edge of our seats when an episode ended. And a Friday cliffhanger, forget about it, could barely wait to see what was going to happen.

With the introduction of these magazines there is no more reason to tune in everyday and there’s no more surprises! You already know weeks in advance what’s going to happen so when it does there is no shock or suspense value, it’s kind of a let down.

Remember when you didn’t actually know whether a character was going to pull through or not? Who was just going to “appear” on the show? Who was going to fall in or out of love? When we didn’t know via magazines and social media weeks in advance, the pay off and the surprise element kept people tuning in.

Boop
Boop

I buy soap mag ; however, to be honest , I forget that surprises are coming. For example, I read that Tonya Walker was coming to General Hospital ; yet, when I heard them talking about the boss is a woman, I totally forgot that the woman boss was Tonya. I was telling my friends ,”I wonder who that woman is!”

su0000
su0000

Perhaps the Spoilers are spoiling the soaps..
Ironic, yes ……………………….lol

Why watch if you know who and what will happen..
Or– read spoilers and pick a certain day to watch, that might interest a fan ..
We know so&so won’t die because we know the actor is not leaving the soap.
Actually, we are told most everything before it happened .

That is one reason I miss RC ..
He actually delivered shockers and surprises.
He held scripts close to the vest, didn’t let stuff out to spoil it.
He gave WOW moments and intriguing mysteries ..
((he will Days well))

Timmm
Timmm

GH has not been too bad. Valentin, Nina, Anna and that sweet sweet little girl Charlotte are dynamic. Also, I like Julian, Alexis and Liv. Once Olivia and Ava square off, it should be grand! Duke will probably turn up alive.

Y&R is horrible! I will give Sally some time but not all we see now is a clean up from Pratt. Here is my issues right now with this soap:

1: When Brass and Sassy were thrown out, why not set up shop in the basement of the Chancelor Mansion? There is a ton of space there! Ashley did say she would like her lab back!

2: So all the sudden Reed is a problem? We have never heard Victoria ever mention talking to JT about him being a problem. Victoria is overbearing. It makes her look stupid. Billy can help her. He does need to let her know what he is sharing with Reed. I dont care for the actor who plays Reed.

3: Dylan should have left after Sharon kept Sully’s secret from him. To have him go undercover is a horrible idea! Dylan cheated on Sharon. Paul and Christine look like goofs! They constantly remind us that this is Dylan’s FIRST undercover job and that Paul doesnt want anything to happen to his son! Hey guys, how about hiring a veteran detective? Why not let Dylan go undercover at a mall or a cheating spouse to get his feet wet? AND, the chief’s office would NEVER be left unlocked for ANYONE to roam in and go through the desk! Sharon made that call when she knew Dylan was undercover and it would put him in harms way! DUMB!

4: GLORIA! Great actress but needs to tone it down a bit. To cartoonish! And Jack would NEVER rub shoulders with that evil witch!

5: Devon can move on and Neil advises him to stay put! Where is Tucker? Devon can walk away free from this evil bitch and now he is dragging his feet! I did love Devon and Jill’s talk the other day. This character needs to be cut to recurring and that gossip show needs canceled ASAP. Come on Sally, lets get a move on!

Yankee fan
Yankee fan

Makes me wanna puke.

ABC is about to bust in on GH a second time this week.

Trump is going live at 2:30 on the east.

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

Agree. Wanna know why leadership was down? Constant presumptions. Or they would roll the episode to a companion local station and the DVR wouldn’t record it because it moved.

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

Sometimes the episode is still up on ABC.com or Hulu the same day if it’s pre-empted in just one time zone. That won’t change live Nielsen ratings. But, Hulu and ABC’s website records all views of an episode. So, the network will still know if people are watching.

robert
robert

terrible numbers for the soaps and i’m not surprised,the creative isn’t their. Y&R continues to lose the most viewers,Sally is probably boring a lot of people. i had high hopes for Y&R,but so far the new writing has been a disappointment. everything is moving very slow,sub-par stories,no compelling stories. the numbers could be even worse next week with the inauguration pre-emptions. looking forward to seeing if Ron can make DAYS better

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom Reveals TV & Film Production Restart June 12th; But May Not Include LA County

There was some significant signs that Hollywood and the state of California’s show business production looks to be gearing up for a restart after all TV and film production was halted a few months ago as the coronavirus pandemic hit the state, our country, and the globe.

The reopening for production may not include L.A. County, however, which is the epicenter of the state’s show business production.

According to Deadline: On Friday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the state could begin TV and film production as early as June 12th.  While the California Department of Public Health released the following guidelines:  “Music, TV and film production may resume in California, recommended no sooner than June 12, 2020 and subject to approval by county public health officers within the jurisdictions of operations following their review of local epidemiological data including cases per 100,000 population, rate of test positivity, and local preparedness to support a health care surge, vulnerable populations, contact tracing and testing. To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, productions, cast, crew and other industry workers should abide by safety protocols agreed by labor and management, which may be further enhanced by county public health officers. Back office staff and management should adhere to Office Workspace guidelines published by the California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Industrial Relations, to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.”

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For LA County,  on Friday, the same day the guidelines were announced they saw a slight increase in hospitalizations, which could cause delays in getting production started.  “This has been a slight increase over the last three days in the number of people hospitalized,” said Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer, “and we’ll need to make sure that we’re not starting to see a significant increase in the number of people requiring hospitalizations.”

So the question remains: if there is a surge in Los Angeles in COVID-19 cases production could again be delayed getting started back up and running? So what do you think about the June 12th date for the state of California to start TV and film production? Do you hope your favorite soaps get back into production as soon as possible, or do you want to make extra sure that all your favorites will be safe and sound when they tape new episodes?

 

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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.

Photo: JPI

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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