Connect with us

Days Of Our Lives

68

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

Courtesy/CBS

Courtesy/CBS

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!

READ MORE
Stephen Nichols Returns To DAYS In Cliffhanger As 'The Phoenix Always Rises From The Ashes'
Leave a comment | 68 Comments
Advertisement

68
Leave a Reply

avatar
22 Comment threads
46 Thread replies
0 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
30 Comment authors
LaurieSamHarrybrianAllen Saint James Recent comment authors
newest oldest
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!

Days Of Our Lives

DAYS Head Writer Ron Carlivati Talks On: Ben Weston, Soap Amnesia, Doppelgängers, and the Time Jump

Days of our Lives viewers have been going through some changes over the past month since the launch of the innovative time jump from the creative mind of the series and Daytime Emmy-winning head writer, Ron Carlivati.  As episode after episode unfolds, the audience has been finding out just where their favorite Salem residents have landed and with whom, in the one year flash-forward.  There have been shocking deaths revealed, longtime couples facing different kinds of obstacles that could change their relationships forever, and some characters brought back on the canvas, in one form or the other, to shake things up.

On the series finale of the Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast,  Ron Carlivati was the very special guest and addressed many of the decisions that went into making the flash- forward happen starting with when Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) wakes up from her coma after her fall, thanks to Princess Gina (Kristian Alfonso), and how it impacts the canvas.  You can listen to the can’t-miss interview here via iTunes or at NBC.com/Inside Salem.

Due to the length of our conversation with the talented head scribe, some of the questions and answers did not make it into the podcast finale due to time constraints.  So, we have brought you the rest the interview here as Ron discusses: the popularity of  #Cin, back-from-the-dead storylines, writing for the original series on the DOOL app and further creative decisions that went into crafting the one-year time jump.  Check out what Ron had to say below.

Photo: JPI

You have been able to make #Cin, the hottest duo on daytime by taking a now reformed serial killer, Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson) and pairing him with the daughter of one of DAYS all-time supercouples, Bo and Hope in Ciara Brady (Victoria Konefal).  Were you ever  concerned as to how this story/romance would play to the audience at home, because in reality no parent would ever just stand by and let their child get involved with a man who strangled and killed women, previously? 

Ron:  To sort of try to glorify a guy who strangled women and make him into a romantic lead, we don’t do that lightly.  Not unlike, Todd Manning (Roger Howarth) on One Life to Live who was a rapist, and who became sort of an anti-hero, but also a romantic lea.  And in this day and age, it’s even a bigger decision to do something like that, I think.  So, that said, it is a soap opera and there are certain things where we know we are pushing the envelope.  We know in the real world that no mother would ever get past her daughter being with a guy who murdered, killed, and strangled three women or strangled and shot one, but the pairing worked so well.

Photo: JPI

In the time jump, you gave Ben an intriguing prison cell mate in Will Horton, given that Ben had “killed” him previously.  Add to that you brought back Ben’s criminal father, Clyde back into the mix.  There’s lots of prison orange these days on the screen.

Ron:  When we knew we were sending Ben to prison, then obviously father and son have to cross path. It just added another element, so it wasn’t just going to be Ben and Will (Chandler Massey) talking to each other, and making a shawl together like Martha Stewart. (Laughs). Ben’s relationship with Clyde was interesting to me.  As horrible as Clyde was and is – there does seem to be some sort of love that he has for Ben.

Photo: JPI

On the soaps, and as has been part of DAYS enduring legacy, characters are killed off, only to be brought back to life somewhere down the road. Many return with classic soap amnesia as a vehicle to drive story.  Is there ever a time when as a writer, or as a soap fan, you think “enough is enough”, and characters should just stay dead?  Many fans who watch daytime dramas get very invested in tragic death stories, where characters have these shocking or sudden, or long goodbyes, and the viewers goes through the grieving process; along with the other characters, for what then seems like a waste of an emotional investment when said character turns back up alive.

READ MORE
Alison Sweeney Reveals She Is Making A Return To DAYS In 2020

Ron:  We were talking about bringing Jack (Matthew Ashford) back right around that same time we had the Will story.  We couldn’t bring two people back from the dead at the same time, and that’s why Jack’s return kind of got put on the back-burner, so we could do the ‘Will is alive’ story arc.  Look, the audience will go with you, especially if they want somebody back desperately.  They will overlook how did it happen, and how could they be alive.  They will accept almost any explanation, but I think you’re right, if you do it too much, you tend to water down the permanence of death … especially deaths that you saw on-camera.

Photo: JPI

Viewers know you love doppelgänger storylines.  And, in the time jump you brought back none other than Hattie Adams (Deidre Hall).  Why the decision to bring Hattie back at this time?  I know Deidre loves playing her.

Ron:  I think Deidre likes playing something different than Marlena, because she played Marlena for many, many years, and she knows her like the back of her hand.  Hattie is an escape and something fun, and the chance to do and say outrageous things that Marlena would never do.  So, we bring her back whenever we can to have fun with, and again, it seemed to work because  she was in prison, and we set Eve in prison when we started the time jump off, and we’re like, “Who’s Eve (Kassie DePaiva) going to be talking to?” and we’re like, “Oh, well of course.  It has to be Hattie.” (Laughs)

When do you first see the fruits of your labor?  Do you see a feed from the set as the show is taping? Do you receive episodes where you see how what was written has come to life? 

Ron:  In prior shows, One Life to Live and on GH, I saw it when it aired. At One Life, I was in the studio, so I often saw production shooting scenes.  Here, they send me the completed shows once it has been completely edited, the music has been put into it, and it’s all ready to roll, and they email me the link to 5 or 6 shows.  So, I could in theory watch a couple of weeks ahead of the audience, but I tend to (unless I’m so, so curious about how a certain thing turned out) watch it when it’s on TV.

Photo: JPI

The “Lani (Sal Stowers) and Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) joining a convent” storyline is at a critical point in story.  How did you come up with the decision to put Lani, and of all people, Kristen together and about to take their vows as nuns, and kind of becoming bff’s?

Ron:  I mean, you can’t imagine sort of two more unlikely friends as Kristen and Lani.  We grew to really love the relationship that developed between the two of them.  I think we sat down and said about the time jump, “There have to be enough big changes that you do the double-take.”  Like, Will is Ben’s cell mate, Adrienne is dead, and Justin and Kayla are together now.  You had to have enough of those WTF moments to justify passing a year of time.

You have also been writing series for the DOOL app.  What did you think of Chad and Abby in Paris with that being the initial one and how it all came to pass?

Ron:   It was fun.  I had no time.  I was writing six episodes a week of DAYS, and I was asked “By the way, can you write two seasons of a web/app show for us?” (Laughs) Greg Meng (Co-executive producer, Days of our Lives) has really been the mastermind behind this app and developing this app into something.  I love all of the stuff you guys came up with for all the behind the scenes content, but I know that Greg really wanted original series content on it, too.  Chad (Billy Flynn) and Abigail (Kate Mansi) just seemed like the logical couple to do that with.  You wanted somebody tied to Salem that wasn’t currently on the campus, but you know the audience cares about what their up to, and Chad and Abby just seemed perfect.  The process was totally different because I’m used to writing six outlines a week that are 15 pages long, and all of the sudden, I’m like, “She comes in, this happens, and this happens.” .  That’s like a whole episode of an app series right there.  Corday Productions produced it while they were producing the regular show, and they made a special set into Chad and Abigail’s apartment, which I thought looked incredible.

Photo: JPI

Chad & Abby in Paris had a bit of a different look and feel then the regular airshows, which I think made it enticing.

READ MORE
Jon Briddell Slated To Make Y&R Debut As Eric Vanderway

Ron:  I loved the look of it.  I felt it was just a little bit different than Salem.  We had the establishing shots of the Eiffel Tower and all of that stuff, and look, we had to keep it simple, but we added in Austin (Austin Peck).  We had Tony (Thaao Penghlis) come in season 2.  We had the new characters of Juliette (Rachele Schank) and Sylvie (Shawna Della-Ricca).  So, it was fun, and it weirdly just timed out so perfectly because we did 8, took like a week off, did another 8, and that last episode was posted right when Jennifer fell.

Right, so it timed perfect to get Chad & Abby back on the airshows.

Ron:  It timed out perfectly so that we could have Abigail get a call: “Something has happened to my mother.  We have to go back to Salem.”  So, you last saw Chad and Abby in Paris, and then the following week they were back in Salem.

Photo: JPI

Now, with the kind of massive move for DAYS with the time jump, you have to figure out: “Who are the casualties?  Who am I going to lose?” Viewers learned in short order that: Adrienne (Judi Evans) isn’t alive, Haley (Thia Megia) isn’t alive, and Jordan (Chrishell Stause) isn’t alive.  What went into the decision-making process to kill those characters?  I’m assuming it was to further the story of others on the canvas.

Ron:  Yes.  Anytime we kill somebody, it breaks my heart every time, because these are like my babies.  You fall in love with these characters, and you care about them a lot, and you care about the people who play them.  So, it’s a big decision to say, “Let’s kill them.”  It may be a great story, like, “I’m going to get this amazing story if I kill X,” but that’s a person and a job, and it’s not something we ever do lightly.  That said, in a year of passage of time, you know that life and death is going to happen, and to us, it felt like to really signify the passage of time, there had to be at least one or two people who are no longer alive, and then show how that affects our story.

Photo: JPI

Did you ever think that instead of 1 year that you’d do a bigger jump?  Like, “What if I did 5 years?”  Because it’s interesting, I was reading some comments on social media from fans who are like, “What year is it?  Is it just 1 year?  Why didn’t they do 5?” (Laughs)

Ron:  5 seemed like a lot.  I think people change physically a lot in 5 years. I wasn’t prepared to cast little children as teenagers… that would be a lot. (Laughs)  I think you run the risk of it being almost too disorienting for the audience.  Also, then it would be me having to figure out what happened over 5 years instead of just 1. (Laughs)  So, 1 year just kind of seemed perfect, and it had to be an even year so that even though it’s a crazy coincidence that Jennifer woke up 1 year to the day she fell into the coma, you needed Thanksgiving to still be Thanksgiving, and Christmas to still fall on Christmas, and that kind of thing.  So, it had to be an even year.  I think it worked out great and I hope the audience continues to go on the journey with us, because there is a lot more to come!

So, have you been enjoying the DAYS time jump thus far? Which storyline has piqued your interest most? Let us know via the comment section below.

Continue Reading

Days Of Our Lives

Noted Soap Opera Producer Lisa de Cazotte Has Died; Daytime Community Mourns Her Passing

Sad news to report on Sunday as the soap opera community and its fans learn of the passing of Daytime Emmy-winning and noted soap opera producer, Lisa de Cazotte,

Lisa passed away yesterday on Saturday December 7th after a long illness at the age of 58,   From early in her career her love of the soaps and passion for it were evident.  She began right out of college as an intern on ABC’s One Life to Live, where she worked her way up to Coordinating Producer.

Photo: JPI

Next, Lisa eventually became the Supervising Producer of NBC’s one and only Santa Barbara.  She spent time also on All My Children, before heading back to NBC and Sunset Beach where she assumed the role of Supervising Producer there.

However, it was in 1999 where de Cazotte became the  Executive Producer of Passions, which she helmed and remained till the end of its run in 2008.  It was a show that she loved so much.  She continued her career in the soaps in 2012 stepping into Salem and Days of our Lives where Lisa was named Co-Executive Producer of the series winning two Daytime Emmy Awards. for her efforts.

Sadly, now her final gig began in 2017, when she became Supervising Producer of The Young and the Restless and won her third Emmy in the process this past year.  De Cazotte was said to still be producing Y&R at the time of her passing. She is survived by her husband, Antoine de Cazotte, and her beloved brothers: Michael Patrick Smith, Robert Terence Smith, and Brian Charles Smith.

Photo: JPI

On social media over the last several hours, many actors, and colleagues have shared their sorrow and remembrances of Lisa.  Here are just a sampling:

READ MORE
Tristan Rogers Making A Return To Y&R

Jason Thompson (Billy,, Y&R): We lost a member of the family last night, one of our producers, Lisa De Cazotte. I first worked with Lisa when she produced the 2nd season of “Night Shift”. Years later and currently on @YandR_CBS  She was kind and smart. Our thoughts are with her family.”

Eric Martsolf (Brady, DAYS): The kindness and opportunity this woman furnished me was immeasurable. We have lost one of the hardest working and graceful producers in our genre. I will miss you terribly, Lisa. #RIP”

Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, Y&R) “Sometimes you recognize those women who are part of “the tribe”. Whether you know them for 20 years or 20 minutes… they are still part of your tribe. Lucky for me. Godspeed beautiful Lisa”

Angelica Rosas McDaniel (Ex-CBS Daytime Exec) “Last night we lost a light in this world with the passing of Lisa De Cazotte. Lisa was smart, strong, kind, vibrant, an incredible friend and an Emmy winning producer on many beloved shows. I was blessed to know her. Sending love to her family and friends.”

Michael Logan (Former TV Guide Columnist): “RIP Lisa de Cazotte, one of the truly great soap producers. A real nose-to-the-grindstone talent, she never wanted personal glory choosing instead to do the work, quietly and fabulously. Her partnership with James E. Reilly on #Passions was epic.”

McKenzie Westmore (Ex-Sheridan Crane, Passions):  “Heart broken at the passing of my Passions EP Lisa!!”

READ MORE
'To the Moon and Back' Starring Dominic Zamprogna Has Premiere Screening (Photos)

Sara Bibel (Writer, Y&R): “Lisa was a wonderful producer, a joy to work with, and knew everything about daytime. She will be missed by everyone at Y&R. RIP”

Michael Fairman TV will continue to update this section of the post as more remembrances are posted over the next 24 hours.

Share your condolences and thoughts on the passing of Lisa de Cazotte in the comment section below.

Continue Reading

Days Of Our Lives

Alison Sweeney Reveals She Is Making A Return To DAYS In 2020

Looks like Sami Brady will be back in action on NBC’s Days of our Lives later in the New Year, according to Alison Sweeney, Sami’s portrayer.

During a visit on Friday to the set of Hallmark Channel’s morning talker Home & Family, to promote her upcoming holiday film for the network entitled, Time For You To Come Home For Christmas, Sweeney chatted it up with hosts Cameron Mathison and Debbie Matenopoulos.

During her segment, Alison revealed “Sami is back, causing some trouble.”  But she was quick to note that it will be awhile before she is seen on-air clarifying “My scenes are not going to air until next Summer, next August.”

Sweeney promised the viewers and DAYS fans that there was great stuff coming up with her visit.  And if Sweeney’s last few returns are any indication, whatever is cooking in and out of Salem that may bring her back on to the canvas, we know it will be juicy, because when Sami is around the pot gets stirred!

So, excited to hear Alison will be back on your DAYS screens in 2020? Comment below.

READ MORE
Rebecca Budig On Her Exit From General Hospital: "It's Hard To Say Goodbye Once ... And Twice Is That Much Harder"
Continue Reading
Advertisement
Advertisement

Video du Jour

DAYS Eric Martsolf and Stacy Haiduk chat with Michael Fairman at Day of Days 2019; during their conversation the on-screen dup talk about the latest developments of Brady and Kristen within the series time-jump and more. Leave A Comment

The Michael Channel

Recent Comments

  • Lamont: “No don’t like the change
  • Sunny: “Wow!! ....so much animosity for a fictional tv character? (Possibly some misguided anger...)
  • Alic: “Julian is a good man until he faces a moral crisis.
  • Anne: “Who says Days is renewed?
  • Anne: “I don’t think this tapping 8 months ahead will stop. Ken Corday spelled it out in February 2017. “That is…
Advertisement

Power Performance

Ryan Carnes as Lucas Jones

General Hospital

Airdate: 11-8-2019 –

Advertisement

Popular