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RATINGS: Y&R Over 5 Million, B&B Over 4 Million, GH Over 3 Million In Total Viewers!

It was a very good week for the ratings period of January 5th through January 9th, the first full soap opera new first-run episode week of 2015!  Three soap operas did very well in total viewers led by CBS’ The Young and the Restless, who again went over the 5 million mark with 5,110,000 and that is up +66,000 from the previous week.

Next, CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful scored with over 4 million at 4,045,000 and increased the most of any soap in total viewers with +162,00o for the week! Looks like the Rick (Jacob Young), Maya (Karla Mosley), Caroline (Linsey Godfrey), Ridge (Thorsten Kaye) and the Forrester family feud and boardroom drama is captivating the audience!

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Meanwhile over at General Hospital, the series went up over the 3 million mark in total viewers once again with 3,119,000,  and an increase of  + 119,000.   The only soap to lose viewers is NBC’s Days of our Lives which came in with 2,452,000 and a minus 42,000 in the key category.

DAYS had the big scenes where Will  (Guy Wilson) cheated on Sonny ( Freddie Smith) with Paul (Christopher Sean) during the ratings period, and that Thursday episode of January 8th did however bring in the most viewers for their ratings week, but still the show overall was in the minus department.

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All four soaps did stay on the positive side and gained viewers in the all important key women’s demos: 18-34, 18-49, and 25-54.  View the entire ratings picture courtesy of SON here.

So, what do you think about the health and state of your favorite soaps as we begin 2015? Which soap do you think holds the most promise in the New Year? Which show is keeping your attention right now? And, which is not at all?  Comment below!

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I have no idea how Y&R stays up..
this past year was horrible in every way..
and B&B, both with CBS– I think somehow the counting of the two has its’ way to keep the numbers up because sure was not a good year for Y&R..

guess the gawkers have tuned in to check out the 3 replacements..

Mike
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Mike

I think Y&R stays up because despite being “horrible in every way” like you say, the weekly ratings validate that most soap fans still find it and B&B more enjoyable to watch than either GH or Days.

Sharice
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Sharice

“Days of Our Lives” has been horrible year in and year out since 1990. Literally, 25 years of the worst soap ever.

Lori
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Lori

I am loving B&B right now. Sitting on the edge of my seat viewing in real time, suffering through the commercials because 1230 c.s.t does not come soon enough. I am not loving the “FLUKE” story over on GH, however. It’s been too long and 3 rotations. I understand the Tony was ill but he’s back now and everyone is in jail, it’s just so taxing to watch. I am hoping for a new “surge” in storylines from the new writer at Y&R, it is long overdue and if it doesn’t happen, a 40 year viewer may delete it from… Read more »

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Days has got a few good things going for them right now – mainly the fact that they’ve made John a cop again & things seem to be on the mend for him and Marlena. Their other storyline is Hope & Aiden – his secrets are coming to light and blinded-by-love Hope is standing by her man thus far, despite the protests of Kayla as well as other evidence that should set something off in the cop-side of Hope. I just want to see this storyline play out – there’s a good chemistry there (not of Bope proportions, but since… Read more »

Paul
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Paul

And that’s the problem with filming a soap 6 months in advance; there is no opportunity to respond to viewer response. Days need to take a hiatus from filming and get back to being on 3-4 weeks ahead.

Mark
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Mark

Unfortunately they are so far advanced in filming, from what I heard six months, how can you fix it???? I love Days, but I agree, the hillbillies and Paige need to go! Get JJ back to his evil ways, showcase John and Marlena, bring back Julie & Doug. I do disagree on one thing. I think Nicole & Daniel are great together and throw Eric into the mix and you will have great drama!

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Llanviewer717

After 2 years of watching and trying and failing to feel a connection to Y&R, Days is a very welcome change for me. Days moves at lighting speed compared to Y&R. I certainly don’t know character histories; but, I am enjoying the characters and care what happens to them. The entire look and feel of the show is alive. I agree that the Daniel/Nicole thing isn’t working for me. I hope Aiden’s secret isn’t a dud. It’s too soon for me to have an opinion on Brady and Melanie. I do agree they do seem more like brother and sister.… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Agreed. But, I love Lucy fan, Marlena and John, as a couple, do not attract the younger viewers. Everyone seems to forget about us. I cannot stand those two……especially, John. The same goes for Hope and Aiden. I liked that idea, but now, we are looking at Aiden as a baddie. I guess it would not segue in the concept of what a soap is; yet, I am bored with these recycled stories. And, what about that disgusting make-out-session between Kate and Clyde? Yuck!!!!! I had to run to the bathroom and wash my mouth out with soap. Lordy Lord….no… Read more »

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DJCFlorida

CeeCee,
Yess! I gag at Kate and Clyde!
No, the character and actor of Chad are too weak to carry anything.
John and Marlena do attract an older crowd, they buy stuff, too, so it can’t be just young people.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@DJCFlorida. Hi, I really like Kate, but not with Clyde and not in this role. So, with that out of the way, I can honestly say that Kate is being projected as a spoiled, little brat. She is a great actress and deserves a role where she can showcase her craft with pride. Why are TPTB pitting her against a woman half her age? (Jordan). That, in my opinion, is so demeaning. Holy moly! There is no comparison….apples and prunes. I am not trying to be offensive or crass, but, c’mon, now…. It seems that all soaps are following this… Read more »

Liz
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Liz

A lot of these soaps are not captivating like back in the days.even if we didn’t like a story we tune in for the others. GH writers have destroyed so much history and relationships it not funny. I just cant even watch.I was a dedicated abc soap girl.Now cbs has caught my attention and its goood. I’m loving Gina as the new Phyills. The new Adam not so much but its still good.At least Jack knows Adam is alive and keeping it a secret.Over at GH Jason is alive and its still a secret to everyone he loves except for… Read more »

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Ghlover

GH is amazing as always …what i am pleased about is the success of Bold without Brooke and Hope!!! Brad bell should now understand that he has better options than the logans!! Brimg back Steffi, Taylor and Thomas and let the ratings soar!! Hope should stay away and IF Brooke must come back it should be to be reunited witn Eric, her only interesting match..

Laurie
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Laurie

Great to see this! I love to see GH facebook & message boards positive comments about Billy Miller now. Many fans melted down after announcing a new Jason. I thought he was going to get burned at the stake. What a nice shift. Of course there will always be negative comments and I get it. The most negative comments I see now about “Jakeson” is frustration that he doesn’t know who he is yet. That’ s a great sign. Thank goodness sweeps if days away! Helena’s bringing me down. She always starts off strong, but now she’s in every s/l.… Read more »

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4ever DAYS

I’m starting to see a lot of great changes with DAYS. The demos are the most important part of the ratings and they’re going up.

DAYS is doing something better than finding Kayla a man. They are bringing Steve back! Stephen Nichols is returning to DAYS!!!

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

Hope it improves…and that they are bringing him back!!!

Laurie
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Laurie

REALLY? I was hoping he’d be back on GH, but I’d love to see him on Days!! Kayla and Patch lives on in 2015!!

Patrick
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Patrick

OMG

@4

you know this to be ???? fact?

LOL

i’m laughing and crying at the possibilities just to see and know my Kayla has a future moving

Laurie
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Laurie

I meant in my above post about Days for the show to please stop making Nicole the victim and a begger!! She’s fabulous! Leading lady that keeps getting pushed back as a day player. IMO.

Patrick
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Patrick

“…I feel bad about Days. A year ago I thought it was the most solid of all of the soaps. ”

that’s the gods honest truth

as i’ve posted : DAYS deservedly so… needs to take it hits… and does… with no spiral… there are still many reasons to tune in…

Oye! it’s keeping it’s core audience

after coming of off near two year highs…. 2012/ 2013…. throw in that best serial emmy… and i’ll soapbox : 2014 dissapointed without doubt… with Y&R

cheerleading IS

I am hoping with: that DAYS rebounds and stratosphere 50 + years belong

go Salem’ites

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Had to reply here, Patrick. I read conversations about it on Facebook and Twitter. I thought is was true, but when I checked out Stephen Nichols Facebook and Twitter, I discovered it’s only a possibility. He seems really excited at the prospect!

Kim
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Kim

over the last few years . With the cancellation of abc one life to live and all my children I have tried the other soaps , sorry to say I just don’t like them how they got to stay on the air and oltl did not is beyond me oltl was by far the best soap ever I would soo like to see abc bring it back that and gh is the best . The rest just don’t have the same feel ,….

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I watched Y&R for 2 years hoping I’d eventually feel something for the characters or the stories. Nothing. I started watching Days about 5 months ago and at least it’s alive and the characters are interesting and things happen. That’s more than I can say about Y&R.

I definitely agree with you Kim. OLTL is the very best and should be back on the air.

Beth
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Beth

I used to watch Days every day but I just can’t do it now. The stories are too dull and I’m not invested in any pairing. I had been interested in Hope and Aiden but they both said “I love you” much too quickly, all so that the writers could tell the Hitchcock-like story about Aiden and his late wife, if she is actually dead. I adore Kassie DePaiva but her current story is a dog and even she can’t salvage it. It’s crazy to ask me to care about Jordan and her step father or her brother or her… Read more »

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Ive said it hundreds of times: Bill(Jerry Ver Dorn) and Laura(Erika Slezak) and have Bill the new cheif of staff when Kayla steps down to help mom Caroline who is seriusly ill…have Laura unstable and jealous of Kate, thinking Kate and Bill have resumed their affair…pair Clyde with Eve but have Clyde become obsessed with Kate…Kate thinks Laura is stalking her but its Clyde…Clyde rapes Abigail after Ben leaves town because she rejected his marriage purposal…Clyde is shot dead by Jennifer who has mental collapse just like her mother and his hospitalized…someone secretly watches Jen and Eve…could it be Jack… Read more »

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

Days is a snooze right now and when you snooze, you loose-viewers!!!

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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Ugh…sorry for typo errors…also failed to mention that both Nicole and Theresa learn they have a child out there plus Nicole learns she is the daughter of Lee Dumonde(Robin Strasser) who is also involved with Stephano Dimera!!!

Mike
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Mike

I would rather bring back the last Laura, who was played by Jaime Lyn Bauer. She played “the crazy” rather well and I would like to see her even in a short story arc like they did with Nancy Wesley back in 2013.

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

I like Jamie Lynn too and rather see her reprise her Lauralee Brooks on Y&R but i think a reunion of Erika and Jerry as Bill and Laura could pull in more viewers to Days but if not id welcome Jamie Lynn back to Days as Laura!!!

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The 5 million, 4 million and 3 million numbers are mostly due to time of year and weather, that’s apparent if you look at history. The negative take away would be the comparison from the same time last year and it’s significant at GH and Days. All the soaps are down from this time last year, but GH is down over 20% in all three demo categories and Days looks like a train wreck. It’s worse for GH though because it has had times where it was on the upswing and it has so much more potential to do well… Read more »

Bandele
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Bandele

I’m glad that soaps ratings are up but for the life of me I can’t understand why…they arent avant garde taking risk redefining the genre. The storytelling is sloppy with open ended story that is never written to a satisfying close/stopping point.. The GH Variety Show is the worse with a huge cast and GH original favorites playing back up to new cast… and its some times a campy mess. But give them props for writing for Alexis…even though most story for women is basically pairing driven no dick no story. Kudos for NLG new show..its good for soaps. Hope… Read more »

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B&B Fan

B&B ratings up 2 weeks only nothing to go celebrating about.

The Logan’s make the show & am looking forward to seeing Brooke return. Ratings high or lower doesn’t matter to me. Only a certain few who their favs are gone think so LMAO!!! If your Favs were so great why are they NOT on B&B? Why do they come back only once in a blue moon? I guess when their money runs out they can always count on Bell feeling sorry for them and giving them a day or 2 to work. LOL!

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Mary SF

Days has definitely hit a major bump in the road. Two years ago it won best drama at the Emmy awards what happened??? It doesn’t even put me to sleep anymore, because I just don’t bother tuning in until the last 15 minutes and I get the idea of what went down. I am loyal to the last four soaps because I know when one of them goes, the rest will most likely go too, so I try to be supportive, but honestly Days isn’t getting unbearable to watch, not just stories but the look. They downsized the sets again… Read more »

damien
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damien

thank you!!! someone else distracted by the cheapo sets of days!
geez, its gotten to the point where i get excited by finally seeing a new set! looks like niclole got a office so she doesnt have to hang out at the brdy pub and dr dans apartment!
that park, that stupid everyone s office with a new bookshelf but that tiny window by the door!
c mon days , sony, nbc, whoever its beyond embaressing! its gotten to the point i cant get passd it either!

Brett
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Brett

After 4 years of utter shite, B&B has finally got rid of its worst character and most annoying actress (Hope/Kim Matula) and is suddenly great again! Y&R is dull as ditch-water and words cannot describe how much I hate this storyline revolving around its most boring character Dylan, ‘Save Crimson Lights’ YAWN! Dylan was one of the worst stunt casts ever, the eternally incompetent Jill F-P just brought Steve Burton in thinking that no matter how badly written the character was we’d love him, well Jill, sorry but we don’t! Even the storylines that have potential on Y&R i don’t… Read more »

mgb357
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mgb357

maybe its time for the networks to expand their soap offerings?

Iakovos
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Iakovos

DAYS would benefit by some casting of longtime stars from once-rival soaps. B&B is interesting without Hope and Wyatt. Thank you! Still has a long way to go for me though to be what it was. Y&R is trying to come back. I miss the show’s use of music. Overall, just glad soaps are still vibrant. Wish they would come back and we would have new ones soon, too.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Abe Goes to the Light While John Faces Off with MarDevil

Monday’s highly-anticipated episode of Days of our Lives did not disappoint. In fact, we think that this episode should be a strong contender for DAYS to consider for one of their Outstanding Drama Series submissions for next year’s Daytime Emmys.  Why? It has it all – emotional heart with Abe’s journey to and from the light, touching flashbacks, a great performance by James Reynolds, and some special effects and editing during the John (Drake Hogesytn) vs. MarDevil scenes, which also gave us a delicious performance by Deidre Hall.

At the start of the episode, Abe has flatlined after being shot as Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) tries to revive him, but they are losing him.  As this is going on, Paulina (Jackée Harry), Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) and Eli (Lamon Archey) are gathered at the hospital awaiting news on Abe’s condition.  Later, Eli decides to go find out what is happening with Abe, and gets the shock of his life when he walks in on Abe flatlining, while Kayla tells him that Abe is gone.  Eli implores her to try to bring him back. He tells the others they are working on trying to save Abe, as Julie and Paulina bond, and later, Lani must call Theo and Brandon to let them know about Abe’s condition.

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Julie reminisces about Abe, and how they have known each other for 40 years, our wink-wink that this is James Reynolds’ 40th anniversary episode.   Then, we see Abe has gone to the light wearing a white sweater and who should he see but his beloved late wife, Lexie.  No, it’s not Renee Jones, but an actress who delivers Lexie’s lines, since it had been previously reported that Jones was unavailable for the episode.  In scenes with the replacement Lexie, Reynolds showed us why he is an MVP of DAYS.  He acted up a storm and brought the emotion regardless of who was standing there.

 

However, longtime viewers got a wonderful surprise when flashback clips of scenes between Renee Jones and Reynolds were shown and they were some major moments in the history of Abe and Lexie’s relationship including: the moment when Abe learns Lexie’s pregnant, the moment when he is disgusted by Lexie’s betrayal when he learned of her involvement in the Zack baby switch storyline, and what she did to Bo and Hope, all because she was desperate for a child. Later, it’s the five-hankie moment of when Lexie, who was dying from a brain tumor, passes away in Abe’s arms.

After all the flashbacks, Lexie tells Abe he needs to go back and not to come with her to heaven. He has children, and people who love him and need him. Eventually, he says his goodbyes to Lexie and returns to the present, just as Kayla is about to call his time of death in the hospital room. All of a sudden, Abe’s heart begins to beat.

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Kayla brings Julie, Eli, Lani, and Paulina the news that Abe will need surgery, but he will make it.  Then, Paulina and Lani make their way to see him. In another emotional moment, they tell him how much they love him (Paulina looks worried about her lie being exposed that Lani is not really Abe’s bio-daughter).  As the episode comes to its conclusion, we see the back of Lexie making sure Abe is safe and sound among the living, while signifying she is watching over him.

And if that was not enough, this episode also picked up where John had confronted MarDevil in the church, letting Satan knows he is on to him and that he is not going to win … he is going to get Marlena back.  Satan drives home the point that Marlena belongs to him now.  John is mortified as the cross on the church wall turns upside down. Later to show off his prowess and control, MarDevil turns the holy water blood red. As the scene progresses, MarDevil is jumping all over the church and showing up in different spots.

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John then gets the lowdown on how Satan struck a deal with Marlena to let Doug (Bill Hayes) live if she let him in.  That is followed, by some of the back-story of Marlena’s first possession over 25 years ago, and why it happened when she was alone and very distraught.  MarDevil even goes on to say that he tried once before to regain control of Marlena during the Salem Serial Killer storyline, but it did not work out that time, because all the victims turned out to be alive.  MarDevil brings up Stefano and how he had made Marlena believe John was dead which left her vulnerable.  He goes on to relate that Doug was the gateway for Marlena’s re-possession.

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MarDevil tells John what she did with Doug by committing him and how she wanted to kill Julie. John knows that Marlena can hear him and tries to bring her back, but as the devil struggles with that, ultimately, he wins and begins to show his strength to John tossing him around the church, where he is eventually is knocked unconscious and then dragged to, we don’t know where, by the MarDevil!

Throughout the scenes, Deidre Hall looked like she was having so much fun playing the devilish one in this campy storyline revisited.

So, what did you think of James Reynolds performance and his 40th anniversary episode? What was your favorite moment? Are you glad John knows for certain now that Marlena is once again possessed? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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DAYS Emily O’Brien Previews Her Directorial Debut and Short Film ‘Too Close’

She’s an actress, a voice-over talent, writer, and now she can add director to her impressive resumeDays of our Lives star Emily O’Brien (Gwen) has shared over the last 24 hours a preview clip of her short film, Too Close.

Emily stated via her Instagram account: “Here’s a peek at the trailer for my short film entitled Too Close– I am so fortunate to have made this with my beloved team alongside me. My vision couldn’t have been brought to life without any of you, I am truly touched by your tenacity & genuine love for creativity!”  O’Brien shared the hashtags: #directorialdebut #filmmaking #periodpiece #cinema #womeninfilm
#writeyourownstory #vintagefilm

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You can check out the teaser for the film below which centers on the story of a young man and woman in the 1950’s examining what it means when two people in a relationship are considered to be too close.

Let us know if you are intrigued by the preview, and would like to see Emily’s short film via the comment section below.

 

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Jensen Ackles Shares Heartfelt Message on Death of ‘Rust’ DP Halyna Hutchins: “This Has Been a Tragedy of Epic Proportions”

Former Days of our Lives and Supernatural star, Jensen Ackles (Ex-Eric and Ex-Dean)  took to his Instagram over the weekend to pay tribute to cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins who was tragically killed in New Mexico, on the set of the film Rust in which Ackles co-starred with Alec Baldwin and Frances Fisher. Baldwin is also one of the producers of the film.

Last Thursday, in the initial investigation reports surfaced that Baldwin discharged a “prop gun” leading to the death of Hutchins and injuring director, Joel Souza.  Since that time it has been reported that Baldwin was told by the assistant director, David Halls, that the weapon was a “cold gun” meaning not loaded with live rounds following its preparation by the film set’s armorer, Hannah Gutierrez.  But in his affidavit statement, Halls says he was unaware that the prop gun contained live rounds when it was given to Baldwin for his scene.

The scene Baldwin was rehearsing was inside a church building at the Bonanza Creek Ranch. In new affidavit’s, it was noted that Baldwin was ‘cross drawing’ the weapon and pointing the gun towards the camera lens.

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A grief-stricken Ackles shared:  “I’m not even sure where to start.  This has been a tragedy of epic proportions that we are all still processing. Earlier last week I felt compelled to tell Halyna just how awesome I thought she was. I told her how incredible I thought her camera shots were and just how exciting it was to watch her and her team work. Truly. She laughed and said thank you and gave me a hug. I’ll forever be thankful we had that moment.  She had a spunk and passion that infected the entire crew from the top down. She was an inspiration. My heart and prayers go out to Halyna’s husband, son and the rest of her family. There just aren’t enough words to express what an immense loss this is. She will be incredibly missed by all of us who knew and admired her.”

Since Hutchins’ death, a video also surfaced of Ackles discussing his concerns for gun safety on the set of Rust at a Supernatural convention in Colorado prior to the tragedy.

Jensen told the crowd: “I’ve got a 6 a.m. call tomorrow to have a big shoot-out. They had me pick my gun. They were like, ‘Alright, what gun would you like?’ and I was like, ‘I don’t know?’ and the armorer was like, ‘Do you have gun experience?’ I was like, ‘A little.’ And she’s like, ‘OK, well, this is how you load it, this is how we check it and make sure it’s safe. “So she’s like, ‘OK, I’m gonna put some blanks in there and I want you to just go and fire off a couple rounds towards the hill.’ And I was like, ‘OK.’ So I put the belt on, I put the gun there, and I walked out and she’s like, ‘Just make sure that you know, you pull the hammer all the way back and you aim at your target.’ And I was like, ‘OK, I got it.’  The footage was originally on You Tube, but now has been taken down.

The investigation remains and open and active on what occurred on the set of Rust, according to the Santa Fe New Mexico Sheriff’s office.

So, what do you think about Jensen’s tribute in the wake of the Rust tragedy? Comment below.

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