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

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Courtesy/CBS

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.

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)
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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… Read more »

Dylan
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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)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

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

CeeCee
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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
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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… Read more »

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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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
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Ces

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

Rose
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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
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

Phil
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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
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Sheila

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

Ces
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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… Read more »

Ellen
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Ellen

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

Matilda
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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
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

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

Harry
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Harry

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

Shay
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

Dan
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

Ces
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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… Read more »

Rose
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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
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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… Read more »

Lisa
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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
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Dylan

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

CeeCee
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Timmm

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

Harry
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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
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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… Read more »

Ces
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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
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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,… Read more »

Ces
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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
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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… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Franco and Liz=FIZ! Thats a sign Patrick!

Becky
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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
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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
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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.

Days Of Our Lives

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I bet! (Laughs)

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

KASSIE:  That is so funny!

TAYLOR:  It’s true.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NATHAN:  Yep!

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

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

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

KASSIE:  That’ll be the sequel!

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

KASSIE:  They’ll come back again!

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

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

Did you watch them on One Life to Live together? 

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

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

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

Kassie what did you think of Taylor’s music?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Well, those are very polar opposite!

TAYLOR:  Yeah, aren’t they?

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

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

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

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

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

Taylor, who are your musical influences?   

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

So, your vibe is this folk-rock.

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

Kassie, who do you like listening to?

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

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

KASSIE:  He’s a natural.

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

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

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

NATHAN:  I get it.

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

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

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

TAYLOR:  Oh, my God, are you kidding?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cady McClain IN As DAYS Jennifer Temporarily Replacing Melissa Reeves

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

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

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

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

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

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