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RATINGS: Y&R Hits Over 5 Million Total Viewers, While B&B Strong!

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It was good week for CBS Daytime in the latest ratings for the week of March 28th through April 1st.

Leading the charge was The Young and the Restless, the show gained the most total viewers of all four network soaps with +391,000, and that also sent their weekly total viewer tally to 5,115,000. Y&R was also strong in all key demsos adding the most viewers of any soap in women 18-49, 18-34 and 25-54.  Looks like Victor Newman’s (Eric Braeden) trial had lots of viewers turning in.

Over at Y&R’s sister soap, The Bold and the Beautiful they also had a solid week.  Led by Wyatt (Darin Brooks) and Steffy’s (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) impending wedding and Quinn’s (Rena Sofer) plot to keep Liam (Scott Clifton) from remembering who he is, and it turning deadly in the process.  B&B gained +196,000 total viewers with their average viewer count for the week up to 3,831,000.  B&B also showed gains in sll key demos!.

Days of our Lives finally had a week where it gained viewers adding +95,000, with their weekly average total viewer count at 2,280,000.  The NBC soap also gained viewers in the women 18-49 and 25-54 demos, while still tying an all-time low in the ratings share for the 7th week in a row in the women 18-34 category.

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ABC’s General Hospital was the only soap to lose viewers for the week with -48,000, with 2,818,000 for their weekly average total viewer count.  GH also lost viewers in the women 18-34 and 25-54 demos, with a slight gain +2,000 in women 18-49.   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 5,115,000 (+391,000/+414,000)
2. B&B 3,831,000 (+196,000/+166,000)
3. GH 2,818,000 (-48,000/-144,000)
4. DAYS 2,280,000 (+95,000/+83,000)

So, which soap opera do you think delivered the best drama to its audience during the ratings week?  Which soap do you think is the best on the air right now?  Which soap needs the most fixing?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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

Im just happy they are all still with us GH had some good moments but the cast needs trimming and more story connections between characters…where is Bobbi-cant she at least be a hospital volunteer…Valerie is supposed to be a Spenser but you wouldnt know it-she is rarely if ever seen with the Spensers-Days has some good moments-K(Abigail) deserves an emmy next year for her knock out performance…is Nicole going to turn out to be Deimos daughter-Faye adopt her?-Days should hire Tina Sloan as mother of Patch and Adrienne-then you would have Lillian, Beth and Lujack together again!!!…where is Lucas?…i thought Chloe was staying-she could help Claire with her singing career and be in a triangle with Philip and Belle-they should keep Belle!!!!

Dylan
Dylan

The Nicole as his daughter thing would be gross….she was married to Victor!! But the wishful thinking and casting would be awesome…to have Tina come play Jo. She totally fits the part!! I love your creativity!! 🙂

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

i forgot she was marired to him…but there is some obvious connection to Deimos

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hi, Jimmy and Dylan,
I think Nicole may be Elena’s (sp. Deimos’s love) niece. …..or, her daughter, having given her up for adoption, before she even knew the brothers?
It is standard fare on soaps; so why not feed us with another one!? It would explain the resemblance.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

And Days just had another REALLY bad moment: Well, Days, you’ve gone and done it–Abby tying Ben, spraddled legged to the bed and pouring gasoline on it–too, too close to the chilling courtroom scene during the trial of the woman in Texas who tied her abusive husband to the bed, stabbed him repeatedly, dragged his body to the side of the house and buried him. OVER THE TOP! Horribly violent and unnecessary–couldn’t the writers have thought of a better way to take the actress playing Abby out of the show?? After all, Abby had survived similar treatment from Ben. Why couldn’t they have let her remain strong and gone “for a rest” before replacing with another actress? Sensational–that seems to be what they were going far. Too bad–just sort of made Abby a victim all over again.

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

I think Abby should have had a mental breakdown-seeing Ben everywhere when he really wasnt there…Abby sent to mental ward until a replacement is found…later learn Andre drugged Abby to make her see Ben as his way to get back at Chad for taking over the house and family business-at least thats better than what we are seeing now.

Ces
Ces

Not a fan of Y&R but that is grest news for their show and soaps!

Rose
Rose

Hard to say which was thee best, but I helped three the four show’s ratings. It was all must see for me from Victor’s trial, Quinn and Liam, to Tracy/Doc Finn/Griffin/Anna/Emma. Nothing disappointed. Good stuff!

su0000
su0000

After being a very staunch GH fan, I now am really enjoying Y&R..
Y&R has become awesome!

I watch GH and Y&R before bed, falling asleep..
A decade of watching both GH & Y&R, I use to watch GH first, then after, to calm me down and put me to sleep I would watch Y&R last..
One good thing; Y&R under J&D was my sleepy lullaby, now GH has taken my lullaby slot..

I really feel sad seeing my loved GH become junk tv 🙁
ohh well, Y&R is here for years to come..

Nanci
Nanci

Lol. Lullaby slot.
Know what you mean.
I still now and then peek at GH, but every single time it is a huge bore,

Alan
Alan

I’m as surprised as anyone to say this but Y&R has been the best of the four soaps for a while now. It’s far from the Bill Bell glory days but it’s somewhat entertaining at least 50% of the time. I know it’s a common theory that viewers have short attention spans in this age of YouTube and Vine videos but soaps have a unique format that allows them the luxury of playing out all the emotional beats of a story to draw viewers in — something none of the four remaining shows do these days (and something Y&R used to do so well). I think Y&R’s ratings could go even higher if they would cut the cast a bit, focused on love stories instead of so much business stuff, and dropped some the shorthand storytelling to really explore the characters’ feelings.

B&B is kind of a trainwreck but in a fun campy SOAPDISH way so that coupled with the fact that it’s only 30 minutes makes it the perfect lunchtime diversion (a huge number of my co-workers watch).

DAYS has become too unrelentingly dark for my tastes.

GH is just a mess right now: secrets with no payoff (Hayden being revealed to be Rachel Berlin, daughter of Raymond Berlin reveal was NOT worthy of the build-up); that episode with all the characters of color thrown into Kelly’s Diner to stop a hold-up had me thinking the writers have no idea what to do with them (which is crazy because Vinessa Antoine is all kinds of amazing); and Tracy with worms in her head (“I removed all the larvae cysts from your mother’s head” — no, just no). After all the work Ron Carlivati did to take the focus off Sonny and the mob, the show’s right back where it was 5 years ago when ABC was cancelling the higher rated and infinitely superior OLTL…

Phil
Phil

See, I don’t think Ron took the focus off the mob…not that I was complaining. I like the mob stuff… Ron did make the show in your face exciting though. I sort of miss that. I am still not convinced we have heard the whole story about Hayden yet!

Sheila
Sheila

Worms in the head right out of Grey’s and not even a close second.

Ces
Ces

I dont hate the mob stuff or Sonny. What I dislike is how large this cast is and why new characters keep coming onboard. They made a BIG deal @ Genie signing a new contract and yet she doesn’t even have a story! Also, as I have said before, it is hard to care or get involved in a storyline when it isnt played out correctly. I do agree @ that Hayden story being a huge waste of time. rachel who? And who cares? Nick was so mad @ Britt for betraying him so hard to believe he’d marry someone he cant trust. Memo to GH: trim cast Stat!!! Start with Franco, Nina, Valerie ….

Ellen
Ellen

I couldn’t agree more. Thank you for writing that.

Matilda
Matilda

The ratings for OLTL only surpassed GH starting in April of 2011, right after the announcement that it was being cancelled. It happened at exactly that time. Until that time, the days and weeks leading up to that announcement, GH led OLTL in all demos and total viewers, by a lot. People came back to OLTL to say goodbye, which is understandable.

Nanci
Nanci

I feel the same about cutting cast for Y and R, the only soap I watch. So many
new characters over the last couple of years leaves me feeling unable to invest
fully in some characters or storylines as they are left hanging sometimes before
being seen again. But I still love the soap overall.
And so happy for Y and R’s great ratings!

Harry
Harry

Well, I am happy to see Tracy in a storyline which does not revolve around Luke thereby making this fascinating and intelligent woman look like a fool. I love her relationship with Monica because it’s real and because it’s predicated upon a complex and rocky history.
But for the love of GOD! Please stop having Sonny on every damn day! He is everywhere it seems. You’re watching Anna (who even on a bad day, is interesting and riveting) the door bell rings and in walks Sonny! HELLO! and THUD! I swear, Sonny is the shorter half of Lenny and Squiggy.

Shay
Shay

@Harry….Here, here, and especially on the subject of Tracy and Monica’s “complex and rocky history,” why on earth were we not treated to a montage of their many fractious moments of the past? It would have been a perfect capper for the emotional scenes those two just played together, and there is an absolute treasure trove of material that could have been mined for just that purpose. Same for the Laura and Scotty situation as it pertained to Helena’s reference to their early days together. Both of these recent examples lent themselves to the use of flashbacks….and they could have added so much to the impact of these scenes. As for the constant Sonny sightings? I hear you, Harry!

Shay
Shay

@Harry….P.S. Schlemiel! Schlimazal! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated!!!!!

Harry
Harry

Shay, you always get me. You also always get my vague frame of reference.
This should scare you.

Shay
Shay

Scared? Not at all, Harry! I blame Nick at Nite and all the subsequent retro tv stations that have followed….watching their programming has been like a pop-cultural primer….akin to a surreal “you were there” experience. Ditto for all the old movie channels, not to mention my classes in film/mass media history.

damien
damien

if y n r is doing so well why is it looking like days was two years ago when there were three sets, the bushes, the square and the coffee shop!?
days looks great again but now y n r looks like its on a tight set budget…. everything takes place at that huge and empty newman tower bar, gcac , crimson lights and the hospital!!!
y n r may be on top but the sets dont reflect it…..

Nanci
Nanci

Good point. I guess it is a budget issue, but I would love to see more
sets, and more homes in particular. Avery had such a cute house! But
no home for Devon and Hilary, or Abby and Ben, etc, etc. Where do
these people sleep at night?

chuck
chuck

Exactly, neither does the writting. Pratt ahs done this Before where you think he is down and Out but he always seems to make a small come back every so often But then he falls flat on his face like he does many times before. They may have “gained” those viewers They lost but their demos are still not reflecting it, They made small gains but still Lost viewers so it’s a 50/50 split.

Tina
Tina

I feel like GH is in a creative crisis but i do think they are trying to please fans. Days is dark and sad. It’s unstable and half the time I’m not sure they are even trying.

Mary SF
Mary SF

The soap I think needs fixing is Days. I am not loving this new approach where one episode only deals with one or two characters at a time so that is takes weeks for one night in Salem time to pass before all the characters get their kick at the can. It isn’t slow because the pacing of each show is fine, but it takes days to get back to other characters that sometimes I forget what happened before they get back to the other story lines after focusing solely on one for almost the whole week sometimes. I would prefer a more balance rotation of stories and characters.

Dan
Dan

To borrow a line from Miss Su, ratings go up, ratings go down, as long as you’re enjoying a show, that’s all that matters. And I am personally enjoying GH right now, regardless of what the ratings might say. I’ll leave it to the people at ABC to concern themselves with the ratings.

Kevin
Kevin

Great to hear the ratings are up for Young&Restless. It hasn’t been this consistently watchable day in/day out since the Catherine/Jill paternity reveal years ago. Even better news, the potential right now for so many great stories! The ratings increase reflects the interest and curiosity in the truly unpredictable direction (FINALLY)!! Nobody does it better…

Lisa
Lisa

The only show that I watch is General Hospital and as a viewer, all I can say is what I feel GH needs to gain viewers. That show is filled with amazing talent, but they have characters that are going nowhere. What’s missing is character development…they write snippets only to tell the story they are trying to get out there, but relationships and friendships are never developed. Just when I find myself beginning to get into a story, it’s dropped or changed into something else. I completely hated ( I know..strong word) the Elizabeth and Jason storyline. They fell in love before either knew he was Jason but now we are supposed to believe he has feelings for Sam, who he doesn’t even remember? And what happened to Dante and Lulu? Let’s see their path trying to reconcile instead of Dante telling Curtis to treat Valerie with respect. Whatever happened to Rosalie and her deep secret that Nina knew? Was it that she was married to Brad? Who cares? The strong stories now with Alexis, Christina and Parker, Dr. Finn (played by the amazing Michael Easton), Anna, Sonny, Paul..great. Ava and Scottie are hilarious. The Morgan story is intense as well and involves the entire Corinthos family and how they are dealing with mental illness. But…I fast forward any scenes with Sam and Jason, Valerie, Hayden ( I’m not a fan of hers but I love Nicholas). I do not like watching Nina pretend she is some giggling teenager..it just doesn’t work. If they developed the characters in a cast filled with amazing talent, and eliminate the ones that are dragging the show down, then they will have more viewers. Give the audience a chance to care about them.

Ces
Ces

With exception to Sam & Jason (who were wasted the first year of this story), I have to agree with you on the rest. Actually, backpedaling a bit, I really liked Sam & Patrick until they brought on Jason. Too much talent, too large a cast, not enough time to tell the stories and develop characters. Several characters need to go …. good actors, horrible characters (Hayden, Franco, Valerie, Nina, Dillon, Paul) these characters are not interesting at all. I don’t invest them because I don’t care about them. And by all means GH, quit bringing more on!!! And for god’s sake give Genie Francis a storyline of her own already.

Rose
Rose

Lisa…Agree about the loose ends, and going nowhere stories that never get resolved. But getting to character development, I wonder if it also has something to do with a lot of people not being brought up on, or just loosing face-to-face conversations anymore, and using tech to communicate for most everything, like dating. Takes away some of the humanity of building real relationships. This probably spills out onto the writers. I like how several commentors remembered the kitchen table /over coffee from OLTL for instance.

Harry
Harry

Lisa, I agree with the entire contents of your post.
I think GH needs to focus on the core characters and cut out the fat.
There were way too many new characters swiftly integrated into the fabric of the show without really having them connected to the core families.
We watched Nina and Franco interact in their cold apartment for months on end without ever seeing them interact with the other characters. They were an island unto themselves and you know what John Donne says about that. And yes, Stafford has made some puzzling acting choices with her approach to Nina–one minute she’s acting like a coquettish teenager and the next minute she’s acting like a psychopath. I could really go on and on about how they totally blew the Jason reveal thereby draining the story of any excitement it may have triggered but I don’t have the time to write such a long post anymore than y’all have the time to read it.
But I will say this–does anyone remember good old fashioned romance? Remember love in the afternoon? I get that there is a budget crisis but that should not impact a good old fashioned, escapist type of romance. The Hayden and Nikolas story is just as ugly and cynical as can be and rises up to form a self contained symbol for what is wrong with GH right now.

Lisa
Lisa

Oh Harry…I completely agree with you! The stories are too quick, too fast and doesn’t give us a chance to care about the story. On the other hand, the dragged out stories are dull and completely uninteresting to me. The romance in GH doesn’t even exist…oh how I miss that.

Dylan
Dylan

I said it…make Victor pay for his crimes, and watch the ratings rise. And that’s exactly what happened!

CeeCee
CeeCee

So right you are, Dylan.
I wish I knew what’s going on in Ian’s mind. What are the chances he and Victor will conspire together to make a run for it?

Patrick
Patrick

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences were asked… at the very least… bare minimum…. they will put the acceptance speeches ON THE INTERNET

HEADS UP…. I read this in the latest SOD issue ???

can any one confirm this?

whew ! LOL… I’ll take this !!!!!

Patrick
Patrick

the reason I’m sure I read this right

NATAS has to record this show… so it goes in their RECORDS… ANNULS

etc…

Patrick
Patrick

brain freeze… disregard ANNULS

I was “perusing” the article in the latest SOD issue… at the grocery store… So I can’t verify matter of fact…

Timmm
Timmm

Enough bitching and complaining about Victor always winning! First off, he FINALLY lost! Secondly HE is the ONLY reason Y&R’s numbers exploded! Enjoy the Stache, he is a legend!

Harry
Harry

I agree, Timm! Victor is a fascinating character and whatever they are paying him, it’s not enough.
I am also incredulous that Eric B did not receive an Emmy nomination.

Timmm
Timmm

When he literally held court IN court, Emmy worthy, for sure!

Harry
Harry

and his brilliant recitation of “A Road Less Traveled” was some magical stuff and reminded me of the old glory days of soaps when characters recited poetry by Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning or quoted Shakespeare/

Timmm
Timmm

GH is flat lining because Nathan is snooze worthy in EVERY scene he is in, they NEVER committed to a “Jason” personality, the Crimson office stuff is ridiculous, that black guy who just helped himself to a bed at Windamere is creepy and annoying and Freako and Nina suck! Break them up and let them TRY and connect with another character. Both actors are VERY talented!

What does show promise is Griff, Finn, Sonny and Anna, Ned, Tracy, Monica and Nick getting his butt kicked AGAIN! Also what I hope for is for the Prince to admit he is overwhelmed and summon one of his uncles for help!

Ces
Ces

lol!! I actually think Franco & Liz are good and if that doesn’t work, then sorry RH needs to go. I can’t stand Nina and Franco together. She still has cuckoo in her eyes!

Lisa
Lisa

Oh yes. I agree that there is definitely chemistry between Liz and Franco. RH is so cool, but Nina? Seriously?? I do like Griffen, Scottie, Finn and Tracy (great scene when she touched his cheek), Alexis and Krisrina. Morgan is killing it in every scene he’s in and I also love Nicholas but definitely not with Hayden. I was very happy to see Monica and Tracy along with Ned. I love the Quartermaine family! I was glad they are replacing the actor that played Jake…he needed to go. Also on the chopping block in my opinion..Nina, Valerie, Hayden, Sam, Jason, (don’t hate me JaSam fans…it’s only my opinion), Brad. I hope GH gains more viewers…I really don’t want it to go off the air.

Ces
Ces

haha Lisa, I’ll forgive you for putting Sam & Jason on the chopping block. I think GH really screwed up their story with a year’s worth of Liz/Jason in the mix. Sam or Liz? I mean, that’s a no brainer! IMHO
I can tolerate Liz if she’s with Franco but yeah, Nina is just not working despite how GH wants to spin it. Time to test the waters ….
I totally agree about Jake!! If they can hire smart GOOD actors like Nicholas and Brooklyn, then they can find a decent Jake that doesn’t look/act like a robot.

Patrick
Patrick

Curtis – did – help… Nina, in verifying that it is in fact Julian who is snowballing “Crimson” so i’ll give him, that

you can’t not agree… Julian in just that scene… with Nina going at him… about his doublecross… Julian is ALIVE… I like this man again

Nina may as well …. LIVE Nina ! she’s only had… two men in her life ??? Silas and Franco ???? Hello you have a hottie on the line… nice fishing

GH simply has to do some damage control… and attempt to give Franco a new lease on life… separate him from Nina… because… as a POSTER shared…

GH didn’t expect to hit ” pay dirt “…. this could be HOT… Franco and Liz…

I”M ALL FOR THIS !

back to Hayden and Curtis ! I’l make it a double : ” I am officially… OVER, Hayden ”

it just irks me to end… how Nicholas can’t seem to WIN… two steps forward one step back…. be it with Jason… and now the double team of Hayden and Curtis… IN HIS HOUSE

per your response… “get out of my house”

RIGHT ON

I don’t know what the GH writers have in store for Tyler Christopher… he’s made Nicholas… so much more interesting… they can’t just snowball him… because GH is propping Jason and Hayden

Timmm
Timmm

Franco and Liz=FIZ! Thats a sign Patrick!

Becky
Becky

I’m sure that Victors trial brought in lots of viewers, however, I feel that ex All My Children’s Michael E. Knight had something to do with Y&R’s ratings going up too. That’s why I watch Y&R. If Michael wasn’t there, I would turn it off.

Mika
Mika

Charles Pratt obviously has the magic it takes to tell stories people are drawn to.

I may be in the minority but I am enjoying GH since the writing change. Seems like more dialogue and character driven. Think Griffin was a great find for GH.

Dino
Dino

Y&R is on fire, that is terrific news. I want all the soaps, to do well. Days ratings are falling again, but they need to turn it around. I still watch Days, but I am bored with there storylines. Hopefully Days gets better. I love GH TOO.

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DAYS Promo: What’s Going To Happen At Jarlena’s Wedding Anniversary Shindig?

Coming up next week on Days of our Lives, prepare for drama, drama, and more drama! From the looks of the latest promo for the NBC soap opera, the action takes place at Marlena (Deidre Hall) and John’s (Drake Hogestyn) surprise one-year wedding anniversary soirée, where things could take a deadly turn!

But with the Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) masquerading as “Nicole” plot reaching new heights, Anna DiMera (Leann Hunley) and Tony DiMera (Thaao Penghlis) back in Salem, and the promo telling viewers “For one guest, the party, is over” followed by Sonny (Freddie Smith) yelling, “She’s got a gun!” and Brady’s (Eric Martsolf) ending line, “Oh, my God!” there is plenty to conjecture.

Also seen in the teaser is Kate (Lauren Koslow) trying to rip off the face of Susan Banks (Stacy Haiduk), and Stefan (Brandon Barash) and Gabi (Camila Banus) getting hot and heavy and Eric (Greg Vaughan) yelling, “No!”

So, check out the promo below and then let us know via the comment section below, what you think is about to go down at Jarlena’s party, where last August at their nuptials … things did not go off without a hitch, either!

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DAYS Stacy Haiduk and Eric Martsolf Talk Kristen & Brady’s Twisted Relationship : The Mask, The Deception, The Sex

Last week on Days of our Lives, Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) was able to get the man she craves in between the sheets.  So, just how did that happen when Brady Black (Eric Martsolf) had no idea she was alive?  Well … he still doesn’t, really.  You see, Kristen returned to Salem disguised as another ex flame of Brady’s, Nicole Walker (who everyone believed died in the warehouse explosion).  And Kristen has been parading around town donning an incredible likeness of Nicole’s face – via a prosthetic mask – and some other tricks to sound and look just like her!

Kristen’s goal is to infiltrate Salem, remind Brady of the love and passion they shared, take over DiMera Enterprises, and who knows what else!  And everyone who stands in her way, better watch out as we have seen! We are speaking to you (the late) Ted, and (once kidnapped) Kate, et al.

Fans of the NBC daytime drama series have followed the tortured relationship between Kristen and Brady for years and through many plots; Kristen was first played and brought to life by Eileen Davidson, and for well over a year now by Stacy Haiduk.  Not only has Haiduk reprised the role of a frustrated, vengeful Kristen, she is also playing at times multiple roles: the wacky and often misunderstood, Susan Banks, Kristen playing Susan, or Kristen pretending to be Sister Mary Moira.

As for Daytime Emmy winner, Eric Martsolf, this latest story arc puts him front and center as viewers watch to see if what Brady senses, and the clues, and the feelings he is having, bring him to the conclusion that he has been duped by Kristen, and that her horrendous scheme – pretending to be Nicole (Arianne Zucker), and dumping Nicole’s longtime love Eric (Greg Vaughan) to be with him have a result that is unexpected or catastrophic!

Michael Fairman TV sat down with Stacy and Eric for this conversation about: all the plot twists, and playing the drama and the humor of the situations they find themselves in as actors in a wild story that only head writer Ron Carlivati could pen and keep the audience on the edge of their seats in the process. Check out this oh-so-fun, direct, and enlightening chat with two of DAYS most shining stars.

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Eric, what has it been like working in this part of your storyline; where there’s the character of Kristen in its many forms: Arianne Zucker playing “Nicole” (but it’s really Kristen), Kristen as Susan, and the real Kristen, etc?

ERIC:  It’s been a nightmare Michael.  (Laughs)  I don’t know who I’m sleeping with anymore.  I’m at the point where I go home at night, and I just tug on my wife’s cheek just to make sure that she is not my ex-girlfriend from high school.

When you first heard of this storyline, and that it was going to facilitate how Arianne was going to come back to the show… and that it was supposed to be Kristen in a Nicole Walker prosthetic mask with a voice alternator, what went through your mind?

ERIC:  I think in the back of Ron’s Carlivati’s (head writer, DAYS) mind, he was thinking to himself, “This dude started his soap career on Passions, he’s okay with this kind of thing,” and honestly, nothing surprises me anymore.  When you’re thrown into that supernatural, crazy reality, doesn’t-live-here sort of atmosphere for you first soap gig, you don’t sweat a mask and a voice modulator.  That’s just par for the course.  My biggest problem was the body thing … that Brady is not able to distinguish one body from the other, because I would as Eric.  My God, I know every inch of my wife’s body.  So, it’s difficult to get my head around that, but at the same time, I’m going with the whole “love is blind” thing here. (Laughs)

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(Laughs) I was going just going to say that Brady would absolutely know Kristen’s body from how passionate their relationship has been in the past, as well, he would Nicole’s body from his relationship with her.

ERIC:  Since Kristen did finally just succeed – let’s use the word in “seducing” him, and using her wonderful feminine wiles as only Kristen has to get Brady in to bed, there was also another twist.  What plays after that is that he notices the tattoo that’s been removed, and she plays it off as scarring from the fire.  What’s going through his mind as he is making love to Nicole is a “Kristen train”.  He can’t get Kristen out of his mind, and the guilt that he feels about that is horrendous.

Right! Brady is thinking: “Why am I feeling this when I am supposed to be with Nicole!?”

ERIC:  Right!  Brady has been waiting for a relationship for God knows how many years now – at least a successful one.  He is so eager to have this work, even though he has been concerned about how Eric (Greg Vaughan) would feel about this.  In Brady’s mind, Eric is done with Nicole.  He’s good.  He loves Sarah (Linsey Godfrey).  This is fair game.  Brady and Nicole have always been close … they’ve been close before … so, for him, it’s, why not give it a fair try?   However, he finds himself now thinking about another woman the whole time.  That’s rough.

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Do you think in the back of his mind, that this whole time, he possibly knew that “Nicole” was Kristen?

ERIC:  Well, you just have to wait.  There will be a reveal eventually, obviously, but until then, let the games play on.

So, once Brady and “Nicole” have sex, he keeps thinking about Kristen?

ERIC:  Constantly!  She just plagues his mind.  I think he’s realizing that his affection for Kristen is anything but dead and is very alive, and I think this is Kristen’s master plan from the very beginning.  She knows that she pervades his soul, and once she does reveal herself, I would guess he would probably be surprised, maybe a little angry, but in the end … you can’t deny what your heart and your body wants, right?

One of my favorite recent scenes had Brady half-naked and Kristen as Susan getting into his room, because she was looking for the MIA Nicole mask she so desperately needed.  She finds herself gawking and lusting after Brady under her disguise, and he tries to remove himself from the situation and says, “Susan, I’m going to get in the shower…”

ERIC:  Yeah! And, “It’s not going to happen, baby.”

What was that like doing that scene?

STACY:  I loved it!  I thought Eric was brilliant in it.  I watched it, and I thought, “Oh, my God!”  (Laughs) It is one of my all-time favorite scenes.

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ERIC:  Kristen is a tiger.

STACY:  She is a tiger.  She’s got a goal, and she is going to go after that.  She has obstacles that are going to come in-between her goal, but she will go after whatever she wants.

When Stacy comes in to Brady’s room as Susan, were you not laughing?

ERIC: No!  I thought she was hot. (Laughs)

STACY:  He did … he loved it.  You liked me, didn’t you baby? (Laughs)

ERIC:  I don’t think anybody can deny that Stacy Haiduk’s portrayal of Susan Banks is ridiculously good.  Everything from her delivery … to her facial expressions.  I think it is amazing.  I mean, it is corny, and it is fun, and soaps need characters like that once in a while to lighten the load of the heavy dialogue and the drama.  It’s a welcomed addition.  So, I love playing scenes with Susan.

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Eric, you always have been able play the straight-man so well in comedic scenes with impeccable timing,

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STACY:  You’re brilliant, Eric.

ERIC:  You guys are being very nice to me.

STACY:  You are.  I remember on the day how much fun we had, but then, seeing it back and the crap that I was giving you, and just the stuff you were giving back was so beautiful, and innocent, and so alive.  It was so funny.

Does Kristen think that now that she finally got Brady into bed that she won … that she got what she wanted … even if she had to don a “Nicole” mask to do it?

STACY:  Well, no, because she still can’t be really Kristen.  I think she is grateful that she gets to be with him.  That’s one of her biggest goals: to be with Brady and she wants to have him fall back in love with her again.  But for her, now it’s all about, “How do I reveal myself so that he doesn’t get scared away?”  That’s the toughest part for her.  Kristen’s love is so deep that it goes beyond this mask.  So, how is it going to be when he sees her?   Is he going to freak out?  What’s going to happen?

ERIC:  Did you think Kristen would be a little pissed off and think, “Oh my God.  He did go for Nicole?”

STACY:  Yes!  I do, because she’s like, “Finally, I got him!  But wait a minute … did I get him because I was Nicole … or because I was Kristen?”  As Kristen, she always believes there is something deeper between them and a deep connection.  That remains a driving force to her.

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ERIC:  That’s why I love these characters so much, because of you and the history of Kristen with Brady.  She’s always wanted him as much as he has wanted her.  She’s always wanted to be loved.

STACY:  Yes … and very much so.

ERIC:  Kristen had always wanted to be a part of the DiMera Empire, just as Brady has always wanted to be a part of the Kiriakis Empire, and they’ve always wanted love.  They’ve never had it.  They believe in the back of their minds that anything is attainable.  So, I can see why Kristen would just forgo the Nicole disguise and just go, “He wants me.”

STACY:  Kristen wants to believe that Brady knows it.  She says to herself, “He knows it’s me inside and behind the mask.  When he finds out, he will fall back in love with me.”

Now that she actually had sex with Brady, wouldn’t that make Kristen even more insatiable to be with him? Like, “I’ve got to have him!?”

STACY:  The fear is still .. what happens she takes this mask off?  She always says, “I’ll reveal myself, but I have to do it slowly when it is the right time.”  I think there is that built up frustration now for her, absolutely!

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Arianne Zucker really has Stacy’s mannerisms down as Kristen.  It really comes into in scenes where “Nicole” goes off on someone or loses her temper.  Eric, you have worked with Arianne for years on this show.  What do you think about her performances in this storyline?

ERIC:  I have worked with Ari over the years, and I have enjoyed it a lot.  Ari did do her homework.  She did study Stacy’s tape, and she watched her mannerisms, and she took it very seriously.  I know that because she is a hard worker, as much as a goofball as she is, she does work hard, and she wanted it to be good.  I think my favorite parts were the Kristen meltdowns.  You have to understand though; Stacy and Ari get along very well!  They’re kind of two peas in a pod.  So, it wasn’t a big stretch for her to take on how Stacy would play those types of scenes.  They’re both animated, they’re both wild people by nature, and so, it was a good fit.  It was a smart idea from the writers.

STACY:  It was a good fit!

ERIC:  I’ve been out with the two of them, and it’s hard to tell the two of them apart. (Laughs)

STACY:  We are just like two cuddly bunnies.

ERIC:  They’re like flirting with each other, and hugging each other.  You find yourself thinking, “Are they going to start ordering the same food at the same time?  This is getting weird. (Laughs)

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In the recent scene that aired; where Kristen as “Nicole” turns off the light while having sex with Brady, is she worried her plan will now go awry?

STACY:  Yes.  I think she is worried about her body because it is burned.  You know, how they take a tattoo off, and it’s as painful as can be.  Not that I’ve had that done personally.  I like my tats, but I hear it is painful.  So, in the storyline, the burn is that pain that she has and the tattoo. There’s a part of her that thinks,  she has to cover it up, and turn the lights down low.

ERIC:  “Nicole” is sleeping, and Brady is rubbing his hands over her shoulder and touching her body, and as he goes over the burn marks.  He sees a flash of the tattoo!  That is a pivotal moment when he starts to put some pieces together.   He thinks, “Woah! That’s exactly where that tattoo was.”  It’s a slow little rollercoaster ride.

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In the past, Kristen then played by Eileen Davidson, drugged and raped Father Eric.  Stacy, did you ever see that story arc?  Literally the sex scene is playing on the screen at Kristen’s wedding to Brady and then all hell breaks loose.  This to say Kristen is notorious for the ways and the lengths she goes to get her men into bed.

STACY:  Yes! I saw her Eileen do those scenes.

ERIC:  You also saw how close Kristen and Brady were to their dream, to their happiness, their goal, which was they were going to marry each other.  Brady is looking upon his loved ones in this town and thinking, “I know what you all think of her, but I’m going to show you our love on this screen, and once you see the connection that we have here as a couple, you all are going to be convinced that we belong together as well.  This is the happiest day of my life,” and the screen comes up and it’s his brother banging Kristen instead.

Marlena (Deidre Hall) played the wrong DVD!

STACY:  It was so good.  See, I try to find as much info as I can on the character’s past, because all of the time I’m trying to find where these characters have been in their dark and twisted past.

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ERIC:  You’re putting your own stamp on Kristen.  You got a direct call from DAYS casting department, didn’t you … when they were recasting the role?

STACY:  Yes.  You have to understand, I had two really separate characters to play when I was on Y&R.  One was a doctor, and one was this crazy passionate, wild, little minx.

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ERIC:  I will say to find the wild and the beauty in one package is not easy in any town, yet alone Los Angeles.  I’m glad they called you, because you have that.  You have that villainous nature, but you also are able to show a vulnerable side to Kristen that is going to be a lot of fun and interesting to see.

Stacy is one of those people that will leap off of the screen at you and you will remember her.  She is one actress that will have fans talking about their work, like when you played crazy Patty Williams on Y&R.  The audience was on the edge of their seats going, “Oh, my God!  What is Patty going to do next?”

STACY:  I never knew what she was going to do!

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Eric, has Stacy come to you at any point where she been overwhelmed by the task at hand; playing Susan while playing Kristen, etc, and the two of you have a moment where you work through some of the challenges of complex scenes  … and ones where she is playing multiple characters?

ERIC:  We’ve had many moments  to speak of.

STACY:  I always come into Eric’s room, and am like, “I’m scared!”

ERIC:  It’s funny you mention it.  We have had some very emotional scenes, and Stacy – who cares so damn much about this job and portraying this character correctly – that she gets a little overwhelmed, and the material that they give her is overwhelming for any anybody on any level.  I have looked at her in the eyes, and said, “You’ve got this gig.  You are this character.  You are knocking it out of the park.  Just do it.  Just be you.”   I can’t wait for people to see some of the stuff we have shot recently and have been doing.

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Stacy, do you think Kristen can be redeemed? Many characters on daytime … and on DAYS … have done horrible things and later turned over a new leaf.

STACY:  The thing is that villains are bad and all that other crap, but they’ve got a lot of stuff going on inside and insecurities, and they’ve got a heart.  I’m sorry, the villain with a heart of gold, can be very  true.  I never see villains (and I play them a lot) as bad.  You have to find where it comes from … how far does this go … where did that little seed change … and what made them go into the dark, but also, where is the good?  You want to bring the good to it, too.

ERIC:  Let’s face it!  Star Wars is all about Darth Vader and how he became that because it’s intriguing.

Because of the pace in which DAYS tapes its episodes; do the two of you find time to run lines together before you go hit the set?

ERIC:  We are running out of time to run lines.  It’s pretty wild.  Funnily enough, I was recently filming a movie and I was so underwhelmed at the pace of everything.  I’ve gotten so accustomed to moving at this militant style, that as hard as it is, it is preferable to me now.  I almost like it because you don’t have time to overthink what you are going to do, and you end up getting more visceral and natural reactions to the material.  You can overthink a scene, and you can come to a wrong performance that way.  When you burn your fingers on a hot stove, that’s the most natural reaction you are going to get.  You can’t have ten minutes to think about how you are going to scream about that pain.

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But, would you like the pace of shooting the show to be a bit slower?

STACY:  I would like to, but I do think sometimes just jumping in, and going and seeing what happens is great.  I love that.  I do appreciate that.

ERIC:  It’s scary.

STACY:  It is scary.  I would love if we would get to do a rehearsal and then two takes just to see, and then they can mix  together what happens.  Sometimes I am hard on myself as an actress.  I’ve always been.  It’s that jumping in when you only get to do one take.  You have to just give it everything you’ve got.

ERIC:  You can have a second take.  Want me to give you a little secret?  All you have to do is screw up your last line.

STACY:  I can’t do that.   I don’t even need it to be perfect because nothing is perfect.  It doesn’t matter what I’ve done if I sometimes don’t feel it.  I need to feel it when I’m on that set.  I need to feel something because when I shut down, I close myself off.  It’s like an athlete who has just got to  train as hard as they can to reach their goal.

ERIC:  You’re an Olympic swimmer!

STACY:  You’ve got to do it as hard as you can.  You practice, and you practice, and you practice, and you practice, so that when you come to that day, you do the best you can, but sometimes you are disappointed because you didn’t get that one last thing you had hoped for.

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How do you view what happened to Eric with Kristen, who disguised as Nicole, tricked Brady into bed with her?  Some fans commented that that they thought it was akin to a rape.

ERIC:  No, I would disagree with that theory.  I believe there is a high degree of deception in this, but there is a willingness on behalf of Brady.  He’s not drugged.  He’s not being forced to do anything.  Deception, yes.  Rape, no.

Stacy, what do you think?

STACY:  Total deception.  There is no rape.  There is absolutely no rape.  These are willing participants; he just doesn’t know exactly who he is dealing with.

ERIC:  I appreciate the context of how somebody could construe that, and the seriousness of the matter.  I don’t think it really has a place in this particular storyline.

Do you guys think that Brady and Kristen are each other’s star-crossed lovers in a weird, twisted, bizarre way?

ERIC:  I don’t know.  I think they’re magnetism can’t be denied.  I think the hurdles that they’ve jumped through are astronomical.  Will they end up together in the end?  Who knows!  Will there ever be an end?  Who knows!  It’s definitely been one of, if not the most, in-depth relationships Brady has ever had.

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And intense!

ERIC:  Yeah.  They’ve just gone through so much to be together, and when you do that, anybody who is married knows that, that’s where the good stuff is; the wars that you win together and the battles that you go through.  When you come out of the war, and you’re still together, that’s the bond.  That’s what lasts.

What would Kristen do if she couldn’t have Brady in the end?  Would she find a new obsession?  What if she could not nab her man?

STACY:  Wow!  Hmmm. (Laughs)  She’s going to get her man.  She wants her man.  She wouldn’t settle.  She’d keep fighting.  I would say to her, “Kristen, keep fighting the good fight.”

So, do you think Kristen will reveal herself to Brady sooner than later? Will Brady figure out what Kristen has been doing to get to him?  Will Brady turn Kristen away if he knew she was alive and back in action  … or would he fall back into her arms? Share your theories via the comment section below.

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Daytime Emmys To Merge Younger Actor & Actress Category Into One As Gender-Inclusive Categories Are On The Rise

The upcoming 47th annual Daytime Emmys are already making some changes to key categories and specifically this one that affects daytime drama performers.  Word from Variety is that NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) is going to announce that they are combining the Younger Actor and Actress categories into one gender-neutral category

Not only will the Younger performer category be gender-inclusive, but network soap performances will be combined with digital drama series performances for the category.  Previously, for this past Daytime Emmys, NATAS had changed the Guest Performer in a Drama Series to be gender-inclusive.

This category was initially created in 1985 when it was called the Outstanding Ingenue and then from there tweaked into Outstanding Juvenile Female and Male, and more recently that morphed into the Younger Actor and Actress categories.

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Former GH star Hayley Erin (Ex-Kiki) and former DAYS star, Kyle Pettis (Ex-Theo) will now be the last female and male to win the two separate categories with this new move for 2020.

Fans of film and TV have noticed that on several award shows on MTV: their Movie and TV Awards and their VMA’s, there are several gender-inclusive categories, as well as the Television Critics Association Awards who for instance doles out Outstanding Individual Achievement in Drama in comedy.

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So, what do you think of the change; that there will now be one Younger performer category at the Daytime Emmys? Comment below.

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