— Days of our Lives had quite the treat for fans on Friday! Not only did Stephen Nichols return to the soap at the end of the week, but viewers got a special surprise: we saw our first glimpse of a captive Bo (thanks to a quick shot of his iconic back tattoo) just as Caroline (Peggy McKay) told Victor (John Aniston) that she was having visions of Bo in danger and Aiden (Daniel Cosgrove) proposed to Hope (Kristian Alfonso)!
Viewers will finally see Peter Reckell’s face as Bo on the Tuesday, September 8th episode… Just as Aiden’s secret comes to light! So who’s holding Bo captive? Well, they’ll be making their demands on the September 10th episode.
— Some more DAYS teasers: Look for Theresa (Jen Lilley) and Nicole (Arianne Zucker) to partner up and try to buy Basic Black from John (Drake Hogestyn). Eve (Kassie DePaiva) will seek comfort from Justin (Wally Kurth) after Paige (True O’Brien) becomes the second victim of the serial killer. John tells Marlena and Brady the real reason he has rejoined the ISA, but they try to dissuade him from his plans.
— Be sure the check out the big DAYS’ 50th anniversary promo that was released by NBC last week.
— Serial Scoop was the first to announce that two former All My Children actors are headed to Days of our Lives! Jordi Vilasuso joins the NBC soap as a character connected to Galen Gering’s Rafe. The 34-year-old actor started his daytime career by playing Guiding Light’s Tony Santos from 2000-03 (where he earned a Daytime Emmy award). Vilasuso then joined AMC as Griffin Castillo in 2010 until the soap’s cancellation on ABC in 2011. He popped back in for the soap’s short revival on Hulu in 2013. The actor is also appearing on Hulu’s South Beach alongside Canadian Bold and the Beautiful star Jacqueline MacInness Wood (Steffy).
Soap vet Vincent Irizarry is also headed to DAYS! The actor first appeared on Guiding Light as Lujack and twin brother Nick Spaulding in the ‘80s before returning in 1991 until 1996. He also appeared on Santa Barbara as Scott Clark from 1987-1989. In 1997, Irizarry joined the cast of All My Children as David Hayward from 1997-2006 and again from 2008-2011 as well as the 2013 revival. The character had also crossed over to One Life to Live in 2005. From 2007-2008, Irizarry appeared on The Young and the Restless as David Chow. No word yet who the actor will play or when he’ll make his debut but he’ll be in story with Mary Beth Evans’ Kayla and Stephen Nichols’ Patch.
— The latest figures for General Hospital’s Neilsen ratings in the U.S. continue to be bleak. The ABC soap has received a new low for the third straight week in the important Women 18 to 49 demographic, according to ratings released by Soap Opera Network. GH brought in 365,000 viewers in the W18-49 demo, placing it in fourth place (DAYS came in at number three, with 468,000). GH is down 243,000 viewers in that same demo as last week.
Last month, ABC fired Ron Carlivati as head writer. He along with executive producer Frank Valentini saved the soap from cancellation in 2012. While story focus has been a problem this past year, was sacking the head writer the best option?
There seems to be much network interference this past year with storylines being changed. Examples of this include the demand that there be a a death and a wedding during the live episodes in June. The show also spent quite an amount of time building up Michael (Chad Duell) distancing himself from Sonny (Maurice Benard), only to have him hand back baby Avery to his adoptive dad within a 3-episode arc. Benard’s showing out on Periscope during GH’s Fan Weekend a few weeks back, referring to Carlivati as “the writer,” has also confused many fans as they recall that the actor tweeted positively about his material the past couple of years, not to mention that Benard’s Sonny is currently featured in a front-burning storyline that was still penned by Carlivati.
New material from the soap’s new headwriters Jean Passanante and Shelly Altman start hitting the screen next month. What this show really needs a powerful publicity team or person behind it. The Young and the Restless, Days of our Lives and The Bold and the Beautiful all have great creative teams behind them and even reach out for Canadian coverage. ABC does nothing to promote the show in America or help coordinate promotional material with City TV in Canada.
Despite this lack of PR push by ABC and City TV, General Hospital has actually managed to grow its audience by 10% on City TV in Canada.
— The Bold and the Beautiful will host a “Pop Up” fan event in New York City on September 14. Cast members scheduled to appear are John McCook (Eric), Thorsten Kaye (Ridge) and Linsey Godfrey (Caroline). Click here for more information.
— Look for Linsey Godfrey and Pierson Fodé (Thomas) to host a live Tweet chat this Wednesday from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. ET! Be sure to follow them on Twitter and get your questions in: @linseygodfrey and @piersonfode.
— The Young and the Restless’ Greg Rikaart (Kevin) has booked the on the TNT series Major Crimes! The actor play heavy when the show returns for its (recently expanded) fourth season this November, according to TV Line. In Canada, the series airs on Super Channel.
SOAP PLOTLINES — What’s coming up this week:
The Bold and the Beautiful (CTV Two/CBS): Ridge and Caroline have an important conversation. Brooke and Thomas discuss Ridge and Caroline’s relationship. Maya and Rick return from their honeymoon. Caroline gets comfort from an unlikely source. Steffy endeavours to lure Wyatt to her and Liam’s side. Ivy enjoys being the new face of Forrester at Steffy’s expense. Ridge gives Caroline a significant gift. Ridge gives Thomas unexpected news about his future. Wyatt irritates Steffy.
Coronation Street (CBC): Sarah worries Callum will come after her. Max is interviewed by the police. Callum turns on Bethany. Kylie and David are adamant that Max is not going to spend time with Callum. Jason threatens Callum. Dougie, Tyrone, Sinead and Chesney set off on an adventure. Aya presents Carla with an offer of the factory. Beth and Kirk realize that they are lost. Nick begs Carla to reconsider her plan to move away. Sarah phones for an ambulance. Eileen and Tony receive bad news. Todd overhears an upsetting conversation. Dougie catches Caitlin and Craig together.
Days of our Lives (Global/NBC): Hope responds to Aiden’s marriage proposal. Steve pays Hope a visit. Jennifer accuses Eve of leaking false information to the press. Kyle puts JJ’s loyalty to the test. Steve is skeptical when he meets Aiden for the first time. A distraught Eric lashes out. Hope debates whether or not to marry Aiden. Steve figures out that Bo is in trouble. Kayla deals with an angry Joey.
General Hospital (City/ABC): Kiki criticizes Morgan’s behaviour. Carly is concerned about Morgan. Ric wants answers. Sonny and Carly bond. Franco reassures Nina. Michael helps Morgan. Sonny feels bad for Morgan. Sam and Patrick receive an unexpected visitor. TJ wants help from Molly. Sonny receives an important call. Sam offers a proposition. Michael tries to ease Morgan’s concerns. Carly experiences a touching moment. Sam and Jake continue to investigate.
The Young and the Restless (Global/CBS): Victor forces Neil into a corner. Cane learns Lily is keeping secrets. Noah and Marisa hit a snag. Ashley and Billy wonder about Jack’s motives. Sage has a tough time adjusting to her new life. Sharon avoids disaster with Dylan. Jill returns to town! Paul threatens Adam. Nikki and Neil’s friendship takes a turn. Katherine’s loved ones honour her memory.