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RATINGS: Y&R Scores Largest Weekly Audience Since Late March! GH Up In All Demos and Total Viewers!

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The ratings are out for the week of September 8th through the 12th, and Shemar Moore’s (Malcolm) two-day return visit and the fallout from the Mariah (Camryn Grimes) reveal landed The Young and the Restless its largest weekly audience and best women 18-49  key demo rating since March 28th.

That is the number one soap’s best showing in 19 weeks! Y&R averaged 4.70 million viewers (up +3% from the prior week), 1.3/09 in women 18-49 (up +8%) and 2.0/13 in women 25-54 (up +5%).

General Hospital scored well during the ratings period too, up in all demos and in total viewers! The ABC soap was back up over 3 million for the ratings week with 3,003,000 as its tally.  And in the key demos,  GH was up in all categories: Women 18-49 (+24K), Women 18-34 (+1K) and Women 25-54 (+34K).

Days of our Lives also added viewers for the week adding +33,000 finally bringing the NBC soap opera back to 2,500,000.   DAYS was also up in the 18-34 demo adding +11,000 to its tally.   The only soap for the ratings week to lose total viewers was CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful, while still firmly in second place amongst the four network soaps.  However, they were only down slightly – 10,000 for the ratings period.  You can view the entire ratings picture via SON here!

So, time to be our Soap Opera Programming Executive Armchair Quarterback! What is enticing you to watch you favorite soap? What is driving you away? What would you like to see more of?  Who are you happy with that is lighting up your daytime screens?  Weigh-in below!

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

All three:GH, Days, and Y&R have shown improvement storywise…now lets not abandon any soap even when they disapointed…lets continue to show the networks they are wrong and long live our soaps…at least for a few more years…lol

David
David

I agree with you jim, we need to support the 4 soaps left. Days of our lives, General hospital and the Young and The Restless are on fire now. I watch all my soaps on youtube now. I love reading all your comments jim, mostly I agree with them, some not. I read some where online, that Erica slezak could come to young and the restless as Dina Abbott mergeron. Its just a rumour right now, I hope its true. I miss Erika so much.

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

It would be great to see ES on any daytime soap…miss her too!!!

j
j

Her and Peter Bergman are practically the same age.

David
David

I totally agree with you jim, hopefully the rumour is true. I love erika, what a wonderful actress and classy, sassy lady.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Yeah, j. Peter and Erika are close in age. So are DePaiva and Shaughnessy on DOOL….the latter plays her father. So, anything goes. The thing is Erika looks great for her age, so it wouldn’t work. Fortunately, Kassie doesn’t look a day over 40. Also, Shaughnessy hardly makes an appearance, so one never sees them together. I can only hope I’ll maintain my youth into my fifties and sixties as they seem to have been. Lol
But, be that as it may, I would love for the role of Dina to be reprised.

Harry
Harry

I miss Erika too. I love, love, love that rumor and hope to see it come to its fruition. The shadow of Pratt makes me worried, however.

Harry
Harry

There are certain actors who looked middle age when they were in their late twenties. I call it the Gene Hackman syndrome. The good thing about this is that they are ageless. Erika Slezak looked about 45 to 50 when she was thirty. Now that she’s in her late sixties, she still looks about 45 to 50.
I think she is so talented she could make it work as Dina.
However, I would rather she play Katherine’s long lost little sister coming home to claim what is hers. I’d like to see her go head to head with Jill.

Barbara from Atlanta
Barbara from Atlanta

Slezak is fine. However, I would rather see Elizabeth Hubbard take on the role of Dina Abbott Mergeron. With the demise of ATWT, this is one viewer that sorely misses her on a soap.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Erika looks great for her age…68. I’d say she looks that…maybe early 60s. Forties/Fifties? Not even close. I think years ago…she might have passed for what then looked fifty. Not in today’s world.

Harry
Harry

The more I think about it, the more I like the idea of Erika playing Dina. It’s too bad they had to kill off John Abbott as she would be terrific in scenes with involving him. Wouldn’t they make a fetching couple? I will settle for Dina interacting with John the ghost. I like John the ghost. He’s kind, he listens intently and he dresses well.

Charday
Charday

Loved all the mulitple GH storylines at Crichton Clark the several weeks, but most everything else going on was nothing but filler.

Timmm
Timmm

M-T-W at Crichton Clark were great. T & F’s shows were all filler. No cliffhanger whatsoever for Monday!

Mark
Mark

Days has been dull lately but still better than the others although I am loving Y&R sad that Pratt guy is coming to town!!!

Engrady Pind
Engrady Pind

Is see that GH viewership was up. You can be sure that it had absolutely NOTHING to do with Sonny and Carly et al, and had EVERYTHING to do with the hostages and the possibility of seeing the new Jason (which didn’t happen).

Timmm
Timmm

I dont think we get to see new Jason until the end of October?

Ruby S
Ruby S

A drive-by stunt casting of Shemar Moore on Y&R doesn’t sustain any big momentum for the show’s ratings. Obviously, the show’s internal research established the show was on a slippery slope downward. That’s why JFP just fired her second group of head writers in less than a year. Now Chuckie Pratt will take over….God help Y&R. I’ll bet next week’s Y&R numbers are down, substantially down.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Ah, Ruby…please don’t rain on my parade!!

Lew S.
Lew S.

CeeCee, I agree.

Mark Y
Mark Y

Hopefully the viewers who tuned in for Shemar’s
appearance will stick around because they are interested in the other ditties being told

Harry
Harry

I think it’s the Sharon-Nicholas and Mariah dynamic which is causing the ratings to rise. Also, the return of Phyllis has already provided some really interesting entertainment. The writing has improved.

robert
robert

Not surprised Y&R went up. People probably tuned in to see Meredith Baxter’s debut, and Shemar Moore’s return. This was also tGH’s first week in it’s new timeslot. This is a good sign soaps are gaining viewers heading into the fall. Also interesting to see what Y&R’s new head writer can do.

Timmm
Timmm

I really dont think MBB would draw any new viewers. She is great but we’ll see how they write her. Do they dare have Nikki fall in love with Maureen?

CeeCee
CeeCee

I hope that happens. Only another woman can get to the heart and soul that is Nikki. Victor humors her like he would a child…so patronizing, as only Victor could be. This would be a great storyline, IMO. But, as you say, Timmm…would they go there?!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

I suggested a lesbian affair between Nikki and Maureen as soon as we learned of Meredith Baxter’s role as Nikki’s booze buddy. First the drinks followed by the YackeR sessions and holding hands and more vodka and hugs then friendly kisses and more vodka and YawneR after YawneR with googly eyes and finally a stolen kiss and more vodka due to the confusion!

You have to be careful though. Some people get angry over such suggestions.

CeeCee
CeeCee

You are sooo right,4ever. There are still those who get bent -out -of -shape by the mere mention of the word homosexuality. We discuss heterosexuality and all its trimmings , so why not homosexuality? Unfortunately, as you say, people do become angry and also turned off.
But, man…what a plot twist a lesbian affair would be….so there Victor !!! LOL.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I am not surprised. Y&R is finally looking like the kind of show I am used to watching……great character role playing with many twists and surprises. And, of course, Shemar Moore was an enormous plus…LOVE HIM !!!!
Nina’s awakening culminated it for me….Gina was great….anticipating the ‘mostest’ from her….can’t wait…kudos, Y&R….yeeeessss !!!!!

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

Gina didnt awaken as Nina…she’s NuPhylis…Gina shouldv’e been Nina on GH but Michelle Stafford who was Phylis at Y&R is now Nina on GH…had MS stayed at Y&R as Phylis, i bet GT wouldv’e played Nina on GH instead of Phylis at Y&R…lol

CeeCee
CeeCee

Oops, jimh. I got a little confused there. But, I bet you knew what I mesnt, right?…….right? ….LOL

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

but with old Phylis awakening from a coma on GH as Nina and now GT as NuPhylis just awakening from a coma at Y&R i can understand the confusion…lol

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

Of course i knew what you meant…how else would i know to correct you…lol

jeremy
jeremy

Loving my “GH“ 🙂

su0000
su0000

Y&R needed a ”gimmick” Shemar Moore to get a lift in numbers..
but.. whatever works works .. good move ..

General Hospital is the true #1 soap, numbers be damned ..

Numbers have meaning to the sponsors but to the fans their soap is the best even if only with 20 viewers, it still is the best.. and the numbers going up and down makes no difference to the fan/viewer, they just happily watch 🙂
ALL of the 4 soaps are #1 to their fans..

Showing the rating number puts the soaps in competition lol goofy stuff ..

long live the soaps !!!

Harry
Harry

You write all this negativity attempting to rain on people’s parades which is fine–just own it. But then you follow with “long live the soaps” and a smiley face…………………………

Oh, that makes it okay then.

Aria
Aria

Happy GH is up and happy seeing Anna in action.
Glad the stories with all those unfrozen villains didn’t last forever.
Want more Anna, Liz , Jordan , Tracy in their respective stories.
Liking Rosalie, Nina is a hoot, and Ava too.
Not into anything with Sam at the moment need a break from her and Carly.
Sabrina as cray cray also boring. Patrick horny for Sam yucky!
Sonny horny period yucky!!!
Can’t wait to see billy miller, yummy!!! Hope his Jason gets with Liz because prince nikolas loss his charm, talk about dense!! Fluke needs to get back so we can see ric and Luke return. heather return needs to be brief. Can somebody give Laura a call for a visit?
Can Anna take a robin and trained her ass to kick ass, considering how much she gets kidnapped this girl needs some extensive training pronto before jerry returns to town and thinks it’s his turn to hold her hostage again.. She needs to get back at him for shooting her years ago at the metro court and for the two year kidnapping.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Funny post. I have pretty much given up on GH because GH has pretty much given up on Laura…………………………

Harry
Harry

Think of Laura, left home, but I know she wanted it that way.
Hey Laura, where are you now? Someone ought to write a song.

But seriously, I miss Laura too, and with the Fluke situation it seems imperative that Luke’s angel come back. I realize you can’t go home again but you can visit from time to time.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Um, nope, she did NOT want it that way…. if you’re referring to Genie that is. That is corporate spin, completely.

Harry
Harry

Elizabeth, those are the lyrics to the Christopher Cross song entitled “Think of Laura.” It was actually written for Laura after she disappeared into the fog on the pier that fateful night back in 81.
I was making a joke! I thought fellow GH soap fans would get my frame of reference.

Harry
Harry

PS. Elizabeth: I do love that you defended Laura, however. I cannot see Fluke and the real Luke coming back without her. She was always such an integral part of who he was and is as a character.
After I spoke of that Christopher Cross song, I looked up “Think of Laura” on Youtube and various Laura videos popped up in accordance to that song. If you’re as sappy as I am about Luke and Laura, you might get verklempt if you watch. I miss Laura.

brian
brian

to harry… Christopher Cross did for his second lp back 1983 “Think of Laura”

Harry
Harry

Thank you Brian. I realized my mistake after posting.
I was also wrong when I said the song was played during the time Laura disappeared into the fog. It was later played just around the time Mayor Spencer saw Laura on the lawn from the balcony of the mayor’s mansion. GREAT moment.
I was about 19 when that scene played and I was working at Macys while a college undergraduate. This is before the DVR and I didn’t own a VCR. I had to work the day Laura came back. So, when GH aired at two o’clock I went up to the television/stereo department and watched on their television. No one could find me and I never confessed my true whereabouts. I made up some story about chasing a shoplifter in the mall.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Not surprise about B&B — having to endure another round of who will Hope pick only to change her mind again, put me in soap hell once again. The only semi interesting thing on that show right now is Ridge and Caroline relationship– yes I see yet another triangle coming down the road, this time with Ridge /Rick/ Caroline– but those scenes where he was drawing with her, guiding her hands, — damn that was sexy

The D in Days stands for disappointing. Eve isn’t what I hoped for, neither is Jordan, Ben and Clive. Theresa has just become annoying beyond belief– I hope they get rid of her soon– so much potential down the drain with that one. Jen and Daniel who cares.
They even managed to ruin my favorite character Eric– who should get off his high horse — I could go on, but won’t all I know every day I watch Days I fall asleep halfway through it, so the D could also stand for Dull or Drowsy.

Y&R is neither good or bad at the moment— I guess it all I read is to believe we having the calm before the storm– literally and figuratively

GH– well it doesn’t make want to tear out my hair like B&B, it doesn’t put me to sleep like Days, there is actually a story being told at times at least, so in my personal ratings race– GH has won the week.

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

GH was the best this week…especially with its very explosive episode!!!…lol

su0000
su0000

WHOOT WHOOT!! GH!!
the best of the best #1 for great fun, suspense, surprises and thrills!!
Never a boring moment..
the past week was AWESOME!! .. unique !! BANG!!

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

Me thinks Jordan’s secret on Days is that she was a prostitute and stepdaddy Clyde was her pimp(i know its been done here before…lol)…Eve is a let down…Like Kassie but she shouldv’e not played Eve…her and Paige still couldve been related to the Bradys…maybe Caroline had a sister and Kassie was her daughter named Viki?…or she couldve played Amanda Howard(played by the late Mary Fran)…Paige’s her daughter after a brief fling with Frankie…maybe she couldve been even briefly married to Jack off screen…as Eve she needs a different storyline…Bev tried to break up J.J. and Paige and this only seems like a continuation…shouldve just kept Bev! Paige shouldve been a singer and a rising star and Eve becomes jealous over her own daughter because Eve was a fine singer but had less success…and intefers with Paige’s chance at reaching superstardom and at the same time puts a wedge between Paige and J.J., who plays guitar in Paige’s band, hoping Paige will give up her promising career so her jealous mother Eve can step in and take her daughters place in the spotlight…if the actress who plays Paige could sing of course…imo it would be far more interseting than what Eve is doing now!!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

What a fertile brain you have, jimh. You really do make a lot of sense…I never tire reading your posts.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Definitely agree with you about Kassie De Paiva’s character. Somehow its too one dimensional right off the bat. LOVE the shout out to Mary Fran, Amanda Howard was one of my absolute favorites – especially with Neil Curtis right when I started watching Days as a teenager. Still think their chemistry was the greatest. Can’t see KDP as her though – way too young…

Harry
Harry

Whoot Whoot?

Oh, I am sooooo not a Whoot person.

k/kay
k/kay

Hold the phone! Y&R is still the best. In other words it is simply the best better then all the rest! Deal with it. Lol I refuse to fold into politics let the chips fall where they may. But for me gh is slapstick. It will be the first to go down in flames.

Mary SF
Mary SF

k/kay — if everything I am reading about the new Head Writer on Y&R is true– will Y&R be turned into another GH? I am like a mother I have room in my heart for all four soaps– each with their unique strengths and weaknesses, but Y&R is like my first born– I have a special fondness for it and as you know pretty much will watch whatever they give me– but hope it will stay classy— so should I expecting vampires in GC, or will Mr. Pratt continue more along the lines of MAB?

k/kay
k/kay

Don’t have a clue what Pratt will do. Y&R for me was beginning to turn around why JFP brought him in I do not know if it becomes unwatchable again for me I won’t watch. I refuse to get my panties in a bunch anymore over the soaps. I will always wish them the best all remaining four but if nothing interests me I simply do not watch. Life is too short to complain and spew out negative remarks as I have done in the past. I am turning over a new chapter in my life only positive thoughts always. 🙂

Harry
Harry

Kay, I am tired of these rash decisions. David Tom was finding his sea legs as Billy–he was becoming Billy on his own terms. And then he was abruptly fired and his replacement was just baffling to me.
Maybe Pratt will surprise us. Maybe he learned from his mistakes. It’s pretty to think so anyway.

Mary SF
Mary SF

k/kay– that is a wise and sensible approach to soap watching and pretty much life itself. The reason I asked you about Mr. Pratt is I know in the past you sometimes have an inside scoop and I just wanted to prepare myself as to what to expect. Since I have been on this site I have come respect your opinions and insights on the soaps especially Y&R— so good luck with the new leaf and God bless

k/kay
k/kay

Mary I do not really know much about Pratt I do know that Susan Lucci in her book states he was pretty awful and did not care about the history of the characters. But to be honest with you I did not think MAB or LML stayed on point with them. I am not a big fan of JFP as you know but I feel here lately she and the writers were trying to rectify that. I was shocked that she brought Pratt in. I refuse to believe that JFP would try to get Y&R cancelled would that not put her out of a job? The one thing I will say she did not fir any of the veterans like I was afraid she might. Yes we lost Miller, Stafford & Muhney. But only Stafford was a veteran and she wanted to try something new. If Pratt comes in and starts trashing it I just will quit watching again! Lol

Jeff
Jeff

I agree with some; GH is the true number one soap!

Harry
Harry

I don’t agree. It had one decent day out of two hundred days. The story telling is disjointed, badly paced, fragmented and not character based. The bloated cast only makes things worse. Moreover, every story is isolated from the other–there is no sense of community anymore tying in the characters to each other.
John Donne wrote,”No man is an island.” Well, of course unless he lives in Port Charles under Ron.

brenda
brenda

Days and BB just aren’t pulling me in. I think they announced AS leaving too soon. Now I just don’t care, get it over with and let’s move on. Don’t really care about Ejami. I’m really sick of the Liam/Hope/Wyatt triangle on BB so much so that I took a break from watching. I have watched BB since day one but it is so repetitious I just can’t.

Dan
Dan

Awesome to see GH hit the 3 million mark for the first time in a while!! So much for all the hand wringing that some people were doing over the timeslot change, and how that was the beginning of the end for the show, lol.

I’m sure the increase has to do with all the drama and action at the clinic, with the kidnapping of Maxie and Lulu, the return of The Cassadines, the intrigue over Jason etc, which came to a climax this past week, and was some of the most exciting shows they’ve done in quite a while, in my opinion. But with that storyline having wrapped up, and the focus back to Port Charles, let’s hope they can keep the positive momentum going into the fall.

Brett Bradley-Howarth
Brett Bradley-Howarth

I could stop watching B&B for a year and miss nothing, I’d tune back in and there would be Liam and Hope….

Timmm
Timmm

Y&R is finding its groove again. Telling stories and building characters. GH is GH again. Its about shock factor and over the top characters. Its all in what you look for in being entertained. I love them both. I think Days would be the first to go. GH to follow only because Y&R and Bold are on CBS and they have had better support from their networks throughout the years. Keep watching and keep ALL four!

k/kay
k/kay

A BIG shout out to whoever brought Shemar Moore back because we as loyal viewers got to erase that awful recast from our minds. Baby Girl it was worth it! 🙂

CeeCee
CeeCee

I will always follow Shemar…wherever he goes, I go. Next to my husband, of course, Shemar and now Ryan P. do it for me.
As far as negativity, I am with you, k/Kay. I am just positively enthralled that we do have these remaining soaps…and I do complain now and then. But, I will join your positive thoughts and keep the complaints ( observations) to a minimum. Life is too short is right, and I want my kids to grow up in a positive atmosphere….always.

Allen Saint James
Allen Saint James

General Hospital played up in its classic action/adventure with the whole Cassadine Saga. Great to see Anna in action, the wsb involved the Jones and Spencer offspring living up to their parents legacy, and oh Ryan Paevy is becoming the best addition the soap has had in a very long time. Mystery intrigue danger villiany heroism romance disaster secrets… Thats GENERAL HOSPITAL

Laurie
Laurie

Allen Saint James,

I agree with you about Ryan Paevey being the best casting GH has done in a very long time, til Billy Miller. IMO. Even though Paevey doesn’t have much acting experience & some think he’s still wooden, he has actually loosened up a lot and IMO, he is always believable. This is new to him yet he doesn’t forget his lines like another newbie, sorry Sabrina. IMO she stumbles over her lines in almost every scene. She’s pretty, but she seems to be getting worse, not better. Paevey have a really strong presence & an ease about him that draws you in. You can’t buy that. You either have it or you don’t.

Sam
Sam

Just a reminder Y&R, and days air in way more countries than gh, so the numbers are a bit unfair, if it went strictly by America Gh would win.

Laurie
Laurie

I’m pretty sure these ratings are for the week of the time slot change for GH, NOT the week of the Cassadines & the adventures at Crichton-Clark. Those come out in a few more days.

I love that all the soaps are climbing or steady.

No idea how B&B is ahead of anyone, let alone GH, since it’s running on 1 storyline & it’s a doozie. I don’t understand anyone’s thinking in this. The heroine is choosing between 2 brothers (think this has been going on for months), even though 1 of them is the love of her life. Others have conspired to keep them apart, but they decide to meet at a designated spot on the day of her wedding to the brother. If they meet then it was destined & she’ll dump her groom to be. He’s 3 minutes late due to others interference so she leaves & marries the brother. Then later finds out others conspired to keep them apart, but now she has to stay in the marriage cuz she’s pregnant. The love of her life asks her to abort it and leave with him. WTH am I watching? The entire cast, what few I’ve seen, has no life and no subject other than who is the heroine Hope’s true soulmate & did she do the right thing?

And folks call GH campy!

Laurie
Laurie

These ratings were for the week of the time slot change for GH, not the Cassadine hijinks, but ratings are up so I’m now dying to see the next ratings! I’d be STUNNED if GH doesn’t continue to climb. Those were the most amazing set of shows I’ve seen in YEARS on GH! I’m finally getting used to Cartini and staring to relax.

Love the pace, the shocks, the thrills, the humor and the boldness of these writers. There is no line drawn that they haven’t tried to cross.

Love Patrick & Sam bonding no matter where it goes. He forget that little thing bout telling her about Jason being alive and all!
Alexis & Ned, Alexis & Sam, Alexis & Julian… more, more
Ava’s hormones have made her human. The writers have had me hating her for months to loving & cheering for her now..partly because I loathe Sonny & his middle-aged goons running all over town with their guns like they’re playing cops and robbers. They should be home w/the little woman babysitting grandkids instead of pissing their life away for Sonny and the mob. I hate, hate, hate Sonny & the mob & the women that throw their lives away to be with them! Please bring back Jason Quartermaine or a anti-mob Jason.
Love Nathan and Maxie and Nathan and sis Britt. She’s growing on me.
Liz is tiny. She finally kicks Nik to the curb. Yes! She’s frying bigger fish at GH w/attending to mystery patient Jason Morgan! BRING IT CARTINI!!
Nina in her Olivia Newton-John workout ensemble complete w/headband was magic.I love Nina!
Silas is a Debbie Downer snore. Franco needs Nina. Monica needs a storyline and a man. I think she’s getting both. Please Jason, don’t be cruel to your mom this time around. Please give Monica scenes w/her son.
GH is on fire right now!

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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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