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Soap Opera Showdown Finals: One Life to Live vs. Days of our Lives!

Last chance to vote in Parade.com’s tournament of 16 of the all-time classic soap operas! After a weeks worth of voting competition in their tournament brackets, where the outlet attempts to name the Best Soap Opera Of All-Time, it is down to two!

The finalists are One Life to Live who knocked out All My Children in the semi-final round last night and Days of our Lives which knocked out Guiding Light!  The question is, which fan bases will be the most aggressive and get their show to the finish line?

This next round of voting—which will determine the winner—is now open and will run until 11:59 p.m. ET Wednesday night. The champion will be revealed Thursday morning.

So which is the all-time best soap, One Life or DAYS?   Let us know who you hope is victorious!

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Janet
Janet

None of them… GH is my favorite

Natalie
Natalie

I agree Janet! Can’t believe All My Children beat GH! I voted, but didnt know you could vote more than once!

gino
gino

I agree with you Janet, general hospital is the best soap out there.

Stacey
Stacey

Sorry to disagree, always OLTL

Harry
Harry

GH has been laughable for the last year or so.

PatF
PatF

While Days is doing a great job this past year, it would never be able to claim “all time favorite”. And while OLTL was also a good soap in the late 70’s, not a lot people watched it at the end, and it was cancelled. Ironic that people are giving it attention now.

Yolanda Arenas
Yolanda Arenas

OLTL is by far the best soap out there. It had the greatest villains (Mitch Lawrence, Alison Perkins), greatest love stories (Rex & Gigi, Megan & Jake, Cord & Tina), and some great story lines, Eterna (old story), Matthew & Destiny and the baby, Gabrielle and Bo, the musicals. This show had it all!

PatF
PatF

It has had some good moments sure, but that reboot! And this is “all time”…Not Days, not OLTL. And I hate that Days is winning with no current competition. ( Non cancelled shows)

TRW
TRW

Are you kidding? OLTL Was on fire in the 80s with the Rauch spectacles, the 90s with Malone’s character stories and the last few years with the Carlivati/Valentini renaisance. OLTL is clearly the winner of those two choices.

PatF
PatF

Of the two…ehh. Sure.

Scott
Scott

At the time it was canceed OLTL had higher ratings than GH.
Gigi and Rex=yuck.

PatF
PatF

Oh, and YR is my all time favorite with ATWT a close second. Both classic, traditional soap opera at its best.

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

The fans voted for ATWT. Y&R was and still is lucky to have the better time slot. Julie Chen may have her eye on that spot. Her husband just might listen to her!!!

sue
sue

OLTL, still missing my show, wish ABC/Disney would get smart and BRING IT BACK!!!!!!

Edna Barefoot
Edna Barefoot

OLTL ALWAYS

Edna Barefoot
Edna Barefoot

OLTL FOREVER

jennifer launders
jennifer launders

OLTL!!

Edna Barefoot
Edna Barefoot

Michael you know enough about me to know no other soap is as special to me as OLTL. Erika Slezak IS & ALWAYS be #1 queen bee of soaps.

Angelo
Angelo

No way erika is not the queen bee, of soaps anymore. Its deidre hall , days of our lives. Sorry to say this. erika was yesterday’s news. nobody wants erika slezak no more.

Annie
Annie

Days!

Margy
Margy

ONE LIFE TO LIVE – THE BEST!!

louisa
louisa

One Life to Live has always been the best soap. ABC goofed, that is clear.

Debbie Harris
Debbie Harris

Go OLTL!!

Louise
Louise

Days of our Lives

Lawrence
Lawrence

Gh is my favorite but i would choose oltl in this situation.

Tali
Tali

Let’s go One Life to Live!! Still miss it ………….had a chance to watch some old ones on you tube yesterday.

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

All soaps deserve the title: Dark Shadows, Another World, Edge Of Night, Days, OLTL, Santa Barbara, Passions, The Doctors, GH, AMC, Ryans Hope, Return To Peyton Place, GL, ATWTs, Search For Tomorrow, Texas, Mary Hartman, Strange Paradise, Y&R, Love Of Life, Secret Storm, Love IS A Many Splendor Thing,…and so many more!!! At one time or another all of these soaps i have liked better than the other…and that constantly change…they were at their best at different times…NO CONTEST HERE!!!

Mark Y
Mark Y

Aaaaah, Texas!

boes
boes

I’m going to vote for OLTL, but if DOOL wins that will be good, too.
AMC was my alltime favorite, with OLTL a close second. But DOOL is the best these days.
Poor GH. Just when things start to look good, the writing goes to the dogs.

Harry
Harry

Ron has been Tweeting that this contest is rigged. Of course if GH was winning he’d be screaming victory from the roof tops Howard Dean style.

Marcia Markin
Marcia Markin

Days Of Our Lives better stay on the air. I have been watching it since I was a little girl….. The oter soaps ae ok,but they don’t beat DOOL!!!! Save DOOL!!!

Ricardo
Ricardo

Days of our lives, got renewed until september 2016. That was announced, last week. I am so happy, that days of our lives got renewed.

James
James

Agreed on GH. This was some weird bracket poll. They should have all been voted on together.

SZima
SZima

The brackets made zero sense! It should have been a straight vote for your favorite. And I read it didn’t even include ALL the soaps that have been on the air, so how is that fair?

Sharonb
Sharonb

One Life To Live

Derrick
Derrick

DAYS since Y&R has been eliminated!

Jack Evans
Jack Evans

It’s idiotic – my all time fave soap is ALL MY CHILDREN – second in line is One Life –
I currently watch Days, there’s hardly anything left to watch – I’m not really interested in what some absurd competition states –

Kate A
Kate A

All My Children is the best! I am still missing it!

Omar
Omar

Who cares, LOL..I think this whole poll is rigged or faulty at best..The soap you love is the soap that is the best..I am hoping all the remaining 4 network shows increase in ratings and the shelved online ones return at some point and time..I do not think the serial drama daytime genre is over and we need to get the next generation on board.

That said, if you love this poll, then congrats to DOOL being choose best soap of all time according to PARADE.COM

su0000
su0000

you can vote as many times as you like if you do not click out..
I voted for OLTL about 30 times LOL ..

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

I thought you had better taste than that. Maybe Eileen Davidson’s return to DAYS in the roles of Kristen, Susan, Sister Mary and Tommy will change your mind. Join in the fun!

laura
laura

You sound obsessed. Lol. Oltl will never come back again. Lets enjoy, the rest of the soaps.

Gail
Gail

I’ll give you tomorrow, let me be the one you share it with. And each day that follows, cuz we only have ONE LIFE TO LIVE!

Andrew
Andrew

Oltl any day.
..tina cord viki Natalie asa et al

abby
abby

how do i vote??

Scott
Scott

I think it is quite obvious which one is really the BEST by looking at the photo they chose to put with the article.

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

They chose pictures representing AMC, Y&R and GH along with a story about OLTL, but DOOL still was he victor!!! Days of our Lives is on NBC, the Hourglass Network!

DAYS welcomes Kassie DePavia in the role of Eve!!!

DAYS is once again bringing us Eileen Davidson!!!

Jeff
Jeff

GH is my all time fave, but DOOL should win this final showdown.

Edna Barefoot
Edna Barefoot

OLTL IS ALWAYS #1

Edna Barefoot
Edna Barefoot

OLTL YEAH ERIKA SLEZAK

Edna Barefoot
Edna Barefoot

OLTL IS STILL #1

Edna Barefoot
Edna Barefoot

OLTL BEATS ALL ELSE

Jamez
Jamez

OLTL! OLTL! OLTL! OLTL! OOOOLLLLLTTTTTTLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JJ
JJ

Great showing OLTL!!! Everyone should take notice and get this show back on the air ASAP!

emma
emma

It ‘s always One Life To Live from now until the end of time. Please bring back the soaps on daytime and put ( GH) back at 3:00 Clock eastern time and put ( One Life To Live ) Back at 2:00 Clock eastern time . One LifeTo Life is the 1th number in book right along with General Hospital thery are the best two show ever . Make your soap fan happy and bring it back ( OLOL)………PS always ONE LIFE TO LIVE FOREVER

Stefan
Stefan

It’s hard for me to choose I was born watching days of our lives and started watching one life to live when I was in sixth grade after passions the show I watched from the beginning when I had just turned 4 in 1999 and got cancelled in 2007 I started watching GH in September 2011 right before oltl went of the air to me these four will always be tied for first place I love different things about different shows I loved Star and Cole’s forbidden love because of their parents hatred for each other also I loved the best frienemy’s Vicky/Dorian and Blair/Tea so glad Blair’s actress is coming to days also Tess/Jess Bess and their different reactions to people mainly Vicky and Natalie on Days I have loved Lucas and Sami love story and Shawn and Belle’s along with the serial killer storyline fallowed by the island that looks identical to Salem where they are still alive and Mimi I miss her and want her back I am excited to see Molly Burnett come back as Melanie Jonas and last but not least the guy we love to hate Stefano with passions I loved the Theresa/Eathan/Gwen love triangle team Theresa all the way he may have wanted Gwen at times but he always need Theresa with Kay/Miguel/Charity triangle I was conflicted because I love both girls and their relationship and love they have for him and lastly who could for get Tabitha taunting the town with her magic trying to kill Charity with her help from in other then her sweat sidekick Timy making his Martimy’s lol so sad that the actor died in 2002 I loved him and GH I love Maxi trying to get her baby robin trying to save Jason and Sabrina and Patrick helping each other through the tragic loss of their baby boy who came and left to soon they are all awesome in their respected unique ways

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Melissa Reeves Talks On DAYS Time-Jump; Paul Telfer & Eric Martsolf Chat Between Their Scenes On ‘Inside Salem’ Podcast

On the latest episode of NBC’s Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast, the special guest is enduring DAYS star, Melissa Reeves (Jennifer), who found herself as the catalyst for the year time-jump and flash-forward that fans are now watching play out on the daytime drama series.

Last week, Jennifer was pushed off a balcony following her wedding to Jack by Princess Gina.  And on last Friday’s cliffhanger, Jennifer woke up out of a coma to learn from Jack that she has been asleep for a year.

Now with a year having passed in Salem, Jennifer learns bits of information of what has happened to her loved ones.  Meanwhile, Eve is in lock-up for the crime against Jennifer, and it appears Jennifer cannot put the pieces together of who pushed her on that fateful night to clear Eve.

In addition during the podcast, Melissa chats with host Michael Fairman on the passing of John Clarke (Ex-Mickey), and being one of the core characters tied to the legacy of the Hortons – the first family of Salem.

As to the initial reaction to the time-jump, Melissa reveals that the entire cast was very excited, but all the pressure of the attention to detail was discussed with make-up, hair, and in the writing and production.

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Reeves shares the entire DAYS team was up for the challenge. Melissa also reveals during the dramatic scenes where Jennifer’s family was acting emotional circles around her, that she fell asleep during her scenes while she was playing Jennifer in a coma.

Later, Paul Telfer and Eric Martsolf have a little hang out discussion in between scenes, that is often hilarious when you can imagine getting Xander and Brady, and their real-life portrayers, Paul and Eric, in the same room in front of a microphone.

To listen to the latest podcast go to iTunes and download here, or head on over to NBC.com/InsideSalem.

Now below, let us know your thoughts on what Melissa shared regarding the latest developments one-year later for Jennifer Horton Deveraux, and the DAYS time-jump in the comment section below.

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Breaking News

Former DAYS and GH Star Tyler Christopher Arrested

In news no wants who loves his work in daytime wants to hear, Daytime Emmy winner, and one of the best actors we know, Tyler Christopher (Ex-Stefan, DAYS and Ex-Nikolas, GH) has been arrested and ended up in jail on his birthday on November 11th.

According to a report via TMZ,Tyler ‘was arrested in Martinsville, Indiana Monday night — on his 47th birthday — and booked for public intoxication.’  Christopher and his family have been living in Indiana.

The report also says that Christopher is still in jail at the moment, while the outlet posted his mug shot.

Most recently, Tyler played Stefan DiMera on DAYS before being replaced by Brandon Barash. Previously, he played Nikolas Cassadine for 20 years up until 2016.

We will keep you posted on this developing story.

Share your thoughts on Tyler via the comment section below.

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Clarification on Days of our Lives Rumors

Tuesday morning, daytime fans and those of NBC’s Days of our Lives woke up to an article run by TV Line that raised major concerns for them,  Contained with it was a report that revealed that the entire cast has been released from their contracts and the show is going on an indefinite hiatus.

However, Soap Opera Digest has spoken to a few key setside sources, who have clarified the situation further: “The show is currently taping eight months ahead of air, and that has resulted in the show’s pickup possibly coming after it has wrapped production for the current season.”

Another reveals that negotiations are currently underway to continue the iconic NBC soap citing: “NBC and Sony are in negotiations right now and everyone is hopeful.”

Of note from SOD: the cast has been aware of the brought-to-light break in production and hiatus for months now.  The article also shares that production is said to most likely resume in early 2020’s following the holidays.

Chandler Massey who plays Will Horton tweeted during the firestorm on social media: “We’re not being cancelled. We are pausing production because we are so far ahead of schedule (and it saves us $). Days will still air during the entire hiatus, so you won’t miss anything!”

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In addition, the series is receiving much buzz right now due to the groundbreaking (for daytime soaps), time-jump, which has already generated excitement for what’s to come in on the series in the days and months ahead.  Now is a great time to see what has happened to the lives of those you love to love and love to hate in Salem.

Share your thoughts on Days of our Lives, and your support of the series, via the comment section below.

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