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RATINGS: Y&R Shows Gains During Dr. Anderson's Death! B&B Solid As Quinn Manipulates Liam!

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It was CBS Daytime that showed its strength during the latest ratings period of February 8th-12th.  In the lead and gaining the most viewers for the week was The Young and the Restless adding +142,000 more than any other daytime drama.  That brought their total viewer number up over the 5 million mark once again.  The show was also up in every female demo category: 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, where it performed extremely well adding +80,000 in total viewers for the category.

In story, it was the February 8th and 9th episodes that drew the most viewers, and that centered around Nick (Joshua Morrow) and Sharon (Sharon Case) finally realizing the identity of Dr. Anderson (Elizabeth Bogush) and heading to Fairview to confront her.  Only when they got there, the evil doc had a knife to the back and was killed.  As  the audience learned Patty (Stacy Haiduk) Williams killed her psychiatrist, and is the only person alive that viewers know of that holds the secret that Sandy Allen AKA Dr. Anderson gave Sage’s (Kelly Sullivan) baby to Sharon (Sharon Case)!

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As for CBS The Bold and the Beautiful, they also had a strong week gaining +95,000 total viewers for the ratings period which added to their weekly average of 3,738,000.  B&B continued to unspool the story of Quinn’s (Rena Sofer) machinations, as she literally has an amnesiac Liam (Scott Clifton) believing he is a man named Adam, and that they are a couple   She apparently is sleeping with the guy, or getting quite cozy, even though she despises him so much!  But this is all part of Quinn’s master plan to keep Liam occupied and away from Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood).  Now Steffy believes Liam no longer wants her, or loves her, so Quinn is making sure her son Wyatt (Darin Brooks) has time to woo Steffy.  It’s twisted Quinn logic at her best!

ABC’s General Hospital saw a slight uptick in viewers adding +39,000 eyeballs for the week making their total viewer average 3,024,000.  However, GH lost viewers in all three key women’s demo categories.  And as for Days of our Lives, they were the only soap opera to lose total viewers for the week with – 56,000,  and then coming in at an average of 2,511,000, plus losing the most viewers across the board in all key demographic categories.  To check the entire ratings picture via SON click here.

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 5,009,000 (+142,000/+118,000)
2. B&B 3,738,000 (+95,000/+22,000)
3. GH 3,024,000 (+39,000/-10,000)
4. DAYS 2,511,000 (-56,000/+213,000)

So, it’s for you to be our Soap Opera Programming Executive Armchair Quarterback! Which soap opera is holding your interest the most? What soap opera is least interesting to you? What constructive changes would you make to the show to improve it? What do you think is working on your favorite soaps?  Did you tune in to Y&R and B&B during the ratings period and did you like the episdoes?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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A killing will bring in viewers..
Dr, Anderson’s death brought in viewers..
Fans read the spoilers and only watch on the days something seems interesting to them, like a killing..
Killings bring in more absent viewers than weddings LOL

No killings on GH or B&B and they had increases. And since Dr. Anderson’s “killing” came quickly and was a bit of a surprise, don’t think that was the reason for Y&R increase. But for some like you, possibly the icing on the cake.

@Rose….Were GH to have some beneficial killings, you’d see a huge hike in the ratings! If there’s any soap screaming for at the very least a few well-chosen deaths to cull the numbers in its bloated cast, it’s this one! I’m suggesting a Dynasty-style Moldavian wedding massacre certainly wouldn’t have gone amiss at the Julian/Alexis matrimonial debacle…..there are plenty of expendable characters who shall be attending that mess of a marital event, and we both already know that absolutely nobody of consequence will emerge (permanently) scathed by the foreshadowed violence. And that’s the problem….there is this tendency by the showrunners to hold on to far too many characters out of a misplaced sense of loyalty or fondness even if they fail to catch fire or serve any real purpose. Sure, every once in awhile they make a big deal out of eliminating a popular legacy role like that of AJ or Duke, but on the whole, GH utilizes this plot device much too rarely. Then again, there are many other scenarios where a mere stroke of a pen could expediently clear the deck of marginal players, and I wish they would employ this method since there is such an obvious absence of the more dramatic death scenes. For example, Nina could take off with Crimson for NYC, leaving Maxie in charge of Port Charles operations, Sabs could decide to remain in PR with her Carlos-issued infant, Ava could abscond with Avery to parts unknown in order ensure her child’s future safety and Jordan could return to her federal employment allowing Anna to immediately resume her old position as PCPD commissioner…. Those are but four very quick and easy-peasy solutions that would require little time or effort, but would be extremely effective in extinguishing these dead-end characters’ presence on the GH canvas. Even more intriguingly, Hayden should take a nosedive off the parapet at Wyndemere, leaving a nifty old-fashioned whodunit to be solved…just think of all the superb suspects…Nik, Laura, Liz, even Helena???? And so on, and so forth….all I’m really saying is that there is such a lack of imagination in addressing the overcrowded atmosphere in Port Charles, and a few—or more—inventive “killings” would certainly prove a most rapid and effective means of alleviating that situation.

Stanley, you are so violent!

I hope for brighter Days ahead…too much gloom and doom is a downer and keeping the show in 4th… it was nice to see Days do that beach location shoot…still all ratings are ok but could be better-the return of CM as Will could give the show a much needed boost…i believe Sonny knows Will is alive…he did not forget Ariana…he is helping Sami with a comatose Will who will awaken from his coma and suffering from amnesia…i know we seen Will brutally attacked by Ben and looked as dead as could be but i still say off camera a pulse was found, Will survived and was in a coma, his funeral staged, and soon he will be coming home and Sonny will help him work on regaining his memory-its a soap where anything can happen so fans rejoice!!!!

I don’t know why anyone is watching Quinn’s insanity. Brad Bell has written such a horrible character, I refuse to watch her anymore. She just needs to be in prison.

Lia I agree with you! I can’t believe the current storyline with crazy Quinn planning to murder brain damaged Liam! Nuts! I refuse to watch it! Brad Bell should let Quinn fall if she tries to push Liam over the cliff! It’s ridiculous the way they have to write a crazy story line just to slow down a relationship just before marriage. Crazy!

I almost lost my cookies when “Adam and Eve” slept together!! Quinn Yuck!

As much as I hate to admit it, Y&R has been firing on all cylinders lately. Their stories are good. The cast is throwing in majorly good performances and they have great pacing. The only disgusting story on Y&R story is Lily and Cane. I swear all those two do is bang. Period. No story. No acting. Just get under the sheets. It’s HORRIBLE. The rest is good. Phyllis and the new Billy (Jason Thompson) are killing it. Victoria and Victor together are magic each and every time. Great father and daughter portrayals. I love the show even if some of the plot devices are retreads.

I do agree, Mateo.

was not surprised Y&R was up. a murder usually brings in viewers. i bet the highest rated shows were centered around the Dr. Anderson reveal and murder

viewers want to see Shick together again! we want our supercouples facing adversity and possibly reuniting!… shick, villy, hevon….not some b.s feud with victor vs some nobody villian, luca! thats why y n r s ratings are up and days are down, forced couplings like rafe/ hope and nicole / daniel doesnt work, too much dark material and no couples to root for! days is disappointing …

Total Viewers +/- compared to last year
Days +213,000
Y&R +118,000
B&B +22,000
GH -10,000 <——–

just saying …..

Thanks for pointing that out, su0000! Although DAYS lost a little from the previous week, it still has way more viewers than last year!

Good Point su0000 … Days is dark and depressing… .but liking it these days….. those poor characters in Salem.. I can’t think of one happy person on that soap.. Lots of stuff going against them… wow…

Thanks @su

am quoting, Ken Corday : “you will not recognize Days 6 months in”

that would be.. August, 2015 – January, 2016

who is responsible for this DAYS resurgence? could it be Dena Higley? or .. was it Josh Griffith… brought in to splash through the 50th anniversary… and waylay the audience Ignorance… and “fire” the much talked about and upheave all that DAYS pressed?

with Dena… I’m pissed.. and OK this is not first hand… is she responsible for… the killing off of Will .. his lover.. his beloved legacy character ? the Roberts Brady crest uphold?

why fire Josh Griffith.. when… even with all the juggling… it’s still in conversation… and is the most “complete” show.. shifting not from last… but… first.. in viewer attention

was it really because he commanded that much cache? he lined his bank with too much green.. and this is a budget fine line? meh on his ego

why wouldn’t NBC and Sony NOT run interference if ego and promise is not met?

why is KEN CORDAY.. not steering and catching DAILIES on an everyday

I so want.. with my hearts desire.. plus.. that Dena and Ryan find a likeness ; find a semblance; find a cornerstone; find an audience; fine tune scripts on par with equanimity

let’s go DAYS … renewed vim and vigor… pulsate

A killing might equal ratings but what’s doing it for this Y&R viewer right now are all the interwoven business stories revolving around the Newman and Abbott (and one Santori for now) feuding families. Reminiscent of the old Bill Bell Y&R.

I wish they hadn’t killed the doc off just yet, I would have liked to have seen a confrontation between her, sage, nick, sharon, & dylan, when pattie finally remembers and spills about the baby.
They could have had her run from all of them and jump out the window. SPLAT!

GH is losing viewers due to incredibly bad writing. It seems they put the cart before the donkey as far as actors and characters are concerned.
The writers, both past and present, and producers focus on nabbing that prize of an actor and then once they get them, they write their character ass backwards.
This is what has happened with Paul, Ava, Nina, Franco and Julian. They write these characters into a corner and the end result is that there is serious damage control transpiring and ultimately that character fails.
This is currently going on with Paul Hornsby big time. I was hoping things would improve with the new writing regime but I am afraid as long as Frank V is executive producer this will continue to go on.

I agree.. bad writing… bad writing!

Days of OUR Lives : Co-STARS who are bonded and working it

Jenn Lilly & Arianne Zucker : Theresa and Nicole

in the latest SOD issue: an interview with Arianne Zucker… who is nearing her 19th year at DAYS; shared .. this….

FUNNY LADIES

“Jenn Lilly (Theresa) and I have had some funny scenes where we’ve laughed hysterically. We’ve had to stop & start over. We have a really good time together. We call each other our sister-wives. Jenn has a great personality and she really loves her job ; it makes it really fun to work with her. ”

I’ve noticed a nice camaraderie on screen with these two…

gotta celebrate my girls

whodathunk… it’s been so long…. Theresa and Nicole each needed a BFF.. this is a real girlfriend thing going on

LOL

YES

Both Actresses are doing great at Days. … I have become very fond of Arianne.. she has been doing a great job.. They need to hook up her up with a good actor.. someone that is not as predictable and they have a good odd chemistry.. I am not wanting her with that new doctor… please keep them apart….

Where Liam and Quinn are concerned, I look at it like this: Quinn is just being, uh, Quinn…LOL!!!!! Yep.

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DAYS Blake Berris to Chat Live on the Michael Fairman Channel as Everett & Bobby’s Story Heats Up

The tale of Everett Lynch and Bobby Stein is starting to reveal itself on Peacock’s Days of our Lives, which puts returning cast member, Blake Berris front and center in story.

On Monday’s, February 26th episode of DAYS, the results of Everett’s CAT scan indicate he suffered a traumatic brain injury which jives with his story that he was in a car accident and spent in a year in a coma, or does it?

Stephanie (Abigail Klein) and Everett are reeling that Everett as Bobby Stein was married to Jada Hunter (Elia Cantu) and treated her badly. While Everett claims he doesn’t remember anything about his time as Bobby, despite his fingerprints matching those of Robert Stein’s, Marlena (Deidre Hall) ponders if he could be suffering from PTSD, which might explain his memory loss.

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Everett wonders if he has a brain tumor, but Marlena points out that they would have found it on the CAT scan. While there is no obvious reason for his memory loss, Kayla wonders if he is faking his amnesia? Marlena tells Everett that she is a psychiatrist and they should set up sessions immediately. Will it be revealed that Everett and Bobby are split personalities living inside one man?

Blake Berris is set to chat about the latest storyline developments and more, when he visits the Michael Fairman Channel on Wednesday, February 28th beginning at 3 pm ET/Noon PT.  Make sure to join Michael and Blake in the live chat for your turn to share your questions and thoughts on the story.

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Days of our Lives fans first met Blake when he played the character of Nick Fallon who was eventually murdered in 2014. Later, Nick made a few return appearances from ‘the grave’, in 2021 and 2023. Recently, Blake returned to the show in his newly-minted role of Everett Lynch at the end of October of last year.

Blake will talk about portraying Everett/Bobby, plus working his co-stars, and being a dad to his three boys, and more.  You can catch the livestream below.

Now, let us know, what is your theory about Everett Lynch and Bobby Stein? Looking forward to hearing what Blake has to say? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Days of our Lives Legendary Susan Seaforth Hayes Talks on the Horton House Fire Storyline, Mourning the Loss of Husband Bill Hayes & His Near-to-Final Performances

It has been an emotional time for longtime fans of Days of our Lives and beloved veteran, Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie Williams). On-screen, the iconic Horton home was burned to the ground in what appears to be a storyline-dictated decision that shocked many. In real life, Susan is mourning the loss of her husband and DAYS enduring favorite, Bill Hayes (Doug Williams), who passed away at 98 in January. Over the weekend, during the 2024 SAG Awards In Memoriam tribute, Hayes was remembered along with other motion pictures and television stars whom we lost over the past year.

Since the Peacock streaming soap opera tapes months ahead of air, the Horton home fire and its aftermath are currently playing out in all-new episodes with more on this story featuring Susan to come. Bill Hayes also appeared in several of these episodes making it all the more touching and heartfelt.

When Julie came back to the Horton home to see what remained of it after the fire, Days of our Lives fans were treated to a heart-tugging episode that streamed last Wednesday, February 21st. In it, newly-taped scenes of a young Tom (Zach Chyz) and Alice (Sydney Kathrann Smith) Horton telling the story of how they came to live in the house to raise their children, juxtaposed with Julie and Doug (and members of their family and friends), surveying what’s left of the beloved house, brought many a tear.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Susan Seaforth Hayes for this very candid and heartfelt conversation to get her feelings on the Horton house fire, and being given the opportunity to have a storyline at this point in her storied career. In addition, Susan provides some insight on what it was like for her ailing late husband to tape scenes at DAYS shortly before his death, what the series plans to do about writing off the character of Doug while honoring the legacy of Bill Hayes, and how she knew she had the greatest love affair that anyone could hope for in their lifetime, which in turn, has inspired all of us.

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I was shocked when they decided to burn down the Horton house. Were you at first devastated … and did you know that there would be a big story surrounding it?

SUSAN: I did not know how big a story was with it. I knew that many years ago, another regime had planned on trashing the set and getting rid of the set because nobody cared about the Hortons anymore. It was stopped by one person, and I was eternally grateful for that. This time I thought, “Oh, my goodness! I guess I’ll be meeting people for a cup of coffee at the Horton Square. No home, no roots, no reason to be called in,” and thinking that’s the end of Julie. That’s the end of Doug and Julie. Then, when they began to structure a story around it, I think all of this came up during the writer’s strike. So of course, I was curious to see how this was going to turn out. I enjoyed the aftermath, because in the aftermath, and a little bit before the fire, if you saw the show, I get to talk a bit about the history of the household and the people in it.

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In the special episode that aired last Wednesday, Julie gave Leo (Greg Rikaart) the family tree history of the Hortons for his story in the Spectactor.

SUSAN:  I’ve had a couple of good long soliloquies about the past. I’m fated to be the character that does that because I’m the one still standing. I must say, I do enjoy doing them. Emotionally, all I have to do is rerun some of the actors and my own family in my mind and the emotion starts to come, you know, the emotion starts to flow.

Julie talks to Maggie (Suzanne Rogers) immediately after the fire. She is upset that the Horton family Christmas ornaments are gone. Fans were not happy that they could possibly have burned up. Thank God! There was a happy ending when they were located and unscathed, or there would have been hell to pay! 

SUSAN: I knew that they were in the prop room and that they still existed. But how much they were going to put a story around their loss, I did not know. We don’t get to ponder the plot. We just get to show up and start doing it. I think on this particular matter, something as important as a structure of the original set of the show, there’s been quite a bit of interest. So, I can appreciate that.

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I was thinking, ‘Did they decide to burn the house down, because they were finally retiring the old Horton home set?’ What was the purpose of it?

SUSAN: They’ve done everything to make quicker set changes, which is remarkable and very efficient right now. The set designer said, “I’ll be interested in your input,” which was nice. The one thing that I loved that had been done, didn’t work. You couldn’t shoot into it. It was a federal mirror over the mantle. I loved it. The size was perfect. I was just delighted. And then, we tried to shoot it, and because of the roundness of the mirror, you got a perfect view of camera one and camera three. So, it came down.

This is Julie’s project to renovate the home. She’s determined to bring back all the memories and redo it?

SUSAN: Absolutely, which is another nice note to play for my character. She’s determined to make the house something that her grandparents would recognize and still feel comfortable in.

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What did you think of the episode that just aired where the show incorporated flashbacks of a young Tom and Alice Horton?

SUSAN: Well, I set it up. They had their own their own lovely scenes. I read them, and I’m sure the audience was charmed.

What do you remember when you first came to DAYS, and you were in that house, in that set?

SUSAN: What did I notice about the set? I noticed that it was a strange shade of green. (Laughs) It was explained to me that that dull color meant that your face would pop on color TV. I understood that. I loved the little window up the staircase. I’ve always loved that. And at one time, there was a model of the house that sat on the set on its own little pedestal, a little playhouse of the exterior of the house. Whenever the house was on (and remember this is when we were a half-hour and practically live, but not live, because there was no editing), there would also be the sound of a barking dog whenever we reached the Horton house neighborhood. We never saw the dog, but I’m sure his name was “Spot”, and I’m sure he belonged to someone.

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You shared so many scenes with Frances Reid (Alice) and MacDonald Carey (Tom) in the Horton living room set and up till they passed. Did they get along well with Bill? Looking back, how was your relationship with them?

SUSAN: They loved him. Well, Mac and Billy had worked together before in theater. Mac was very kind to me at the beginning and helpful. Frances was as well. As Frances got older, she got a bit testy. When someone says, “You’re not going to read the line like that … are you?” It catches your attention. (Laughs). I got peeved at Frances from time to time, but her intent was always to make everything as good as it possibly could be. I saw her come back from her stroke. learn to talk again, learn to do it all again. Not do it easily, but to do it at all was wonderful, and the same with Mac. In his last shows, he was very frail, but we’re actors. We liked being there.

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During the taping of the episodes surrounding the Horton house fire, Bill was mostly in them with you. How was Bill doing at the time you taped these scenes?

SUSAN: He was okay. He was up for it. He had difficulty moving at that point. So, they restricted his movement a lot. Bill always enjoyed coming to work a lot, and it was extremely difficult for him because he was blind, and didn’t move very well. And now, to do a scene with people who may or may not, have rehearsed with you, who may or may not, give you the exact cue, and when they are attempting to have you look each other in the eye, you can’t see who’s eyes they are, that was the hard part. The easy part was working with him, which was lovely and was a gift. It was a gift from Corday Productions that he was able to work within three weeks of his death, which I thought was super and extraordinary.

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That is amazing. Did Bill understand everything that was going on at the time of the tapings?

SUSAN: Absolutely. He understood what was going on. He just couldn’t see it or touch it.

The timing couldn’t have been easy for you with Bill’s declining health, and that the show was going to burn down the Horton home where you shared so many scenes and memories.

SUSAN: Well, it hasn’t been my greatest stretch. But I knew that life would be like this. I’ve had five decades of an absolutely wonderful, blessed marriage and a chance to work and a chance to live in my own home and travel, all good. And now, we’re going to have the epilogue. And the epilogue is the hard part, seeing rapid change around you and losing the people that were the center of your life. I’ve just been very fortunate to have cultivated some wonderful friendships, and to have a wonderful large family of Hayeses.

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You do realize that you and Bill were the gold-standard of what we all should be lucky enough to have in our lives. What an incredible, beautiful, passionate, loving marriage that the two of you had. You don’t see marriages like that anymore. We were all just in awe of the two of you. To us, it was the greatest love affair. You got to have that which is so extraordinary.

SUSAN: I know, and it was all Bill. I mean, any idiot could have been married to Bill Hayes and been deliriously happy. The guy was so perfect in every way that you really would have to pick something and blow it out of proportion to ever complain about any of his traits of character. He was just all good character, goodwill, and good humor. I just followed along and tried to live my life for him, with him, and follow his style, which I hope to carry on. I hope to be as good to people as he was to people, and, not be selfish.

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I always remembered how the two of you would come to the studio with your suitcases, ready to work no matter what material, large or small, they gave you. You showed up. You just had such great work ethic and you don’t see that as much anymore.

SUSAN: At the moment, it’s hard to find it everywhere. I think it’s probably generational. You cannot get too angry at people that are still holding up their phones in the one rehearsal that we have. I think it’s more convenient to receive your work electronically, but somehow it doesn’t seem quite as real. You don’t have a script in your hand anymore unless you print one up yourself.  Sometimes you haven’t met the person you’re working with. Well, that’s not unusual, but no rehearsal at all, that’s kind of marvelously new.

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Does Julie lean on anybody for emotional support as she tries to rebuild the Horton home. Who’s there for her?

SUSAN: As far as I can tell, nobody. I’m supposed to be the wise woman, and Marlena (Deidre Hall) is supposed to be the other wise woman. I haven’t had any scenes with Marlena for help. I would think Marlena would be the person I would be going to for grief counseling, for friendship, for all of that. I haven’t seen it in the scripts, yet. I’m still deeply entwined with Chad’s (Billy Flynn) storyline.

How is Billy Flynn to work with?

SUSAN: A pleasure. Billy Flynn has grown a lot as a human being and as an actor since I’ve known him. I’m really enjoying his company and really enjoying doing scenes with him. We rehearse and then we get on other subjects and laugh and talk and inform each other. We’re interested in a lot of the same things. He’s a new parent. He’s really devoting himself to that, to that experience in the best possible way. So, I’m lucky.

Do Julie and Chad try to figure out who set the fire?

SUSAN: Oh yeah.

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I kept thinking about how Julie got burned in the kitchen fire years ago and her face was scarred, At the time, your mother Elizabeth Harrower was writing DAYS and wrote that for Julie. Did you hate that story?

SUSAN: Well, I know where the story came from. It came up from something in mother’s own life. I knew the people involved, and I wasn’t crazy in love with the idea. Then, when it was supposed to go for six weeks and went on for months and months, I was concerned. Mainly, I was concerned that my face was going to be affected because of the appliance, the scars, that I was wearing. I was told by a dermatologist, “You’re going to have a little beard after this. Ripping your face every single day to get this off is going to be hard on you.” But, I seem to have survived.

Has the show even addressed with you how they plan to handle writing-off the character of Doug Williams, and how they want to honor Bill?

SUSAN: Only in the smallest way. I had a conference call with the producers and our head writer last Friday. I was informed about the immediate, immediate future. I’ve also been promised that they’re going to keep me busy. It’s a cast of over 40 people. I’ll be happy to show up and to be included.

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I was just hoping that whatever they decide to do with the character of Doug that they were going to run it by you, first.

SUSAN: They have, and they have been very sweet about it.  I’ve got to tell you, this regime, they have a sign up on the wall now, that says, Things we expect on this stage.”  The first one at the top of the list is “kindness.”

Have you watched your work back all these years? I know some actor’s never like to watch the scenes they taped.

SUSAN: I think you learn by watching yourself, if you have an open mind, and if you are not hypercritical, or dismissive. I cannot be dismissive of a character that has given me such a wonderful life. I’m still interested in Julie, perhaps I wouldn’t have been if I’d been on the show for three years and never returned to it. But I’m quite interested in her now, and what she has to offer as a member of this ensemble.

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Julie’s ties to the whole history of Days of our Lives from this point on are very important. How do you feel about that?

SUSAN:  There are those that don’t care about the history of the show. I know that. I know there are those that only care about continuing with something snappy to keep eyes on the screen through action, adventure, drama, death, kidnapping, missed opportunities, all that, which I suppose that’s what the audience craves. But, that’s not just what the show can do. What the show can do so well is character. There’s a lot of people over 70 who are still on the show now. I’m the oldest one, but I’m not the only one. We’re coming up on the 60th anniversary. I don’t think the show is worn out. And if it is, it’s had a remarkably successful six decades.

Lamon Archey (Eli) is back on DAYS for a stint. What has it been like to work with Lamon as his on-screen grandmother?

SUSAN: I think he’s terrific and visually he is so beautiful, so appealing. I think both Eli and Lani (Sal Stowers) are very appealing as characters. I’m delighted to be connected to Eli as a family member. That was a lucky break for me.

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Do you think DAYS fans are going to continue to be emotional in the aftermath of this fire and all the story that comes out of it? Do you think we’ll be touched by what Julie goes through to get the remains all cleaned up for a new house?

SUSAN: I think anybody in America who’s gone through a disaster, and have unfortunately had the disruption of their home, will be sympathetic and interested in how it all turns out. It’s a nice note to play. We haven’t had to do that very often. We just go from one lovely apartment to another without much discussion. I think this is the one set that meant a lot to people. I was very sorry to lose “Julie’s Place,” as it turned into kind of a sandwich shop. I still loved having a business, a tangible place to be, and an alternate place for people to meet.

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Upon reflection, what was your favorite scene with Bill? Was it when Julie and Doug got married on-screen, or was it something else that was much more intimate?

SUSAN: I think our last scene is going to be more important, emotionally. I think the first wedding was beautiful, but the material around the time of our second wedding, when Brenda Benet (ex-Lee) came back on the show and Doug stood up to her and says, “I’m not going to be manipulated anymore,” was also strong. There has been a lot of very important times – when Doug was killed-off by James Reilly, and we met in the tunnel of light. That was a day. That was a difficult day, which I certainly can’t revisit right now emotionally. When Julie found out Doug had run off and married her mother, Addie, that was a day. It was a day because, I went to the producer at the time, Jack Herzberg, and said, “Is this it? Am I not going to work with him anymore?”And he said, “Right! That’s it. You’re not working with Bill Hayes anymore.” We were not married at the time, and I thought I was going to go through the floor! That wasn’t a happy day.

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In terms of Bill’s final day on the set with you, did you know that it was his last, and what would turn out to be his last scene?

SUSAN: Well, they didn’t know. But I knew. I had been allowed to rewrite it. So, I can’t tell you Bill’s last line now, of course, but I will in time.

What do you think about the sentiments shared by Susan on her late husband, and this storyline? How do hope the show properly honors Bill and Doug Williams when the series writes-off the character? Are you enjoying the Horton house fire story arc or does it upset you too much? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Daytime Stars We Lost Remembered in 2024 SAG Awards In-Memoriam Tribute

On Saturday night at the 30th annual SAG Awards streaming on Netflix, several stars from the world of soap opera were remembered in a very moving In-Memoriam segment.

Honoring those actors we lost this past year, and set to the song “How do I Say Goodbye” by Dean Lewis, the screen was filled with so many heartbreaking losses.

Those who were remembered in the tribute included: Bill Hayes (Doug, Days of our Lives), Ellen Holly (Carla, One Life to Live), Nicolas Coster (Lionel, Santa Barbara et al), Tyler Christopher (Nikolas, GH, Stefan DAYS), Billy Miller (Billy, Y&R and Drew, GH), Sharon Farrell (Flo, Y&R), Arlene Sorkin (Calliope, DAYS), Kamar de los Reyes (Antonio, OLTL), Jeffrey Carlson (Zoe/Zarf, AMC) and Mark Goddard (Ted, OLTL).

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Other notable stars who passed away and were included in the tribute were: Chita Rivera, Andre Braugher, Suzanne Somers, and Matthew Perry.

Before the video package was played, actress Naomi Watts took to the stage and shared, “We have lost so many extraordinary actors in the past year, but because they touched the world with their talent, we all share their loss. To those of us who worked with them, alongside them, we feel their loss and their absence deeply.”

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She added, “Of course their memory will live on in our recollections of the precious time we shared together — and through their work, their performances captured in countless frames of images, ever ready to dance across the screen and come to life again, if only for a while.”

What did you think of the In-Memoriam Tribute at the 2024 SAG Awards and seeing a lot of familiar faces being included who represent the soaps? Comment. below.

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