NBC’s “Days of our Lives” continues its season long ratings momentum as the series delivered its biggest Women 18-49 audience in nearly three years, according to Nielsen Media Research data for the week of February 3-7, 2014. With a 1.1 rating, 7 share among women 18-49 and 0.6 rating among women 18-34, “DAYS” tied for fourth place among all broadcast network daytime series in the women 18-49 demographic and tied for fifth in women 18-34.
UPDATE Fri, 2/7/14 7:35 PM ET: Ben (Gaston) is Jordan’s (Stause) brother and first airs on Wednesday, February 26 (to the audience).
PREVIOUS 2/6/14 11:03 PM: Best known for his singing stints in “Nashville Star” and “If I Can Dream,” country music singer and actor Justin Gaston has joined the cast of NBC’s “Days of our Lives” in the contract role of Ben, who a casting call from last summer described as “early-to-mid 20s… midwestern or southern (very slight southern accent) country boy. He is utterly charming in his honest sincere approach to life and love. Ben can also sing and/or play the guitar, though it is not necessary.” The actor began filming scenes in mid-October and will first air later this month.
Gaston will initially share scenes with Freddie Smith (Sonny), Brendon Coughlin (Tad) and Chrishell Stause (Jordan), who Ben may share a hidden past.
As part of the “General Hospital” Fan Club Weekend, fans of the daytime soap will be able to enjoy several events hosted by the official General Hospital Fan Club. The events include “Cookies & Cream” with Teresa Castillo (Sabrina) and Emme Rylan (Lulu), Boys || Men with Jason Thompson and Dominic Zamprogna, and Friday Night with Monaco (Kelly Monaco, that is).
With tickets ranging from as low as $85 to high as $110, fans will enjoy plenty of Q&A time with the actors, along with autograph signing and photographs, behind the scenes revelations, drinks, food, games and trivia, and MUCH more.
As part of the “General Hospital” Fan Club Weekend, fans of the daytime soap will be able to enjoy “Music of the Night,” a Karaoke event as hosted by Sean Blakemore (Shawn), Ryan Carnes (Lucas), Marc Anthony Samuel (Felix) and Parry Shen (Brad).
Scheduled to take place on Sunday, August 3, from 9:00 PM to midnight, “Music of the Night” promises lots of fun, music, drinking, food and even MORE surprise guests!
The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) held its “66th Annual Writers Guild Awards” in simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York tonight, which honors Outstanding Achievement in Film, Television, New Media, News, Radio, Promotional Writing, and Graphic Animation during the 2013 season. In the category of Daytime Drama, NBC’s “Days of our Lives” beat out ABC’s “General Hospital” and CBS’ “The Young and the Restless.” “The Bold and the Beautiful” opted to not submit itself for a nomination this year.
Honored tonight was the “DAYS” writing team consisting of Lorraine Broderick, David Cherrill, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon, Christopher Dunn, Janet Iacobuzio, David A. Levinson, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Melissa Salmons, and Christopher J. Whitesell.
Deborah Blackwell, the former general manager of Disney/ABC Cable Network Group’s SOAPnet from 2001-2007, has died at the age of 63, reports Deadline Hollywood. She died yesterday, January 31, after a seven-year battle with Pick’s disease, a rare neurodegenerative disorder. Blackwell was surrounded by family in Virginia at the time of her passing.
On Monday, February 3, CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” welcomes actor David Tom back into the role of Billy Abbott. The actor, who last appeared on the soap as teenaged version of the character in August 2002, replaces Billy Miller, who opted to depart the series in order to pursue other projects.
In a newly released video by CBS, “Y&R” actors Christian Le Blanc (Michael Baldwin) and Melody Thomas Scott commiserate outside the CBS Television City Studio recalling Tom’s last go around on the show, while Tom’s real-life sister Heather (Katie Logan, “The Bold and the Beautiful; ex-Victoria Newman, “Y&R”) shares in her excitement of her brother’s return and promises to advise him after he completes his scenes.
This morning GLAAD announced the nominees for the 25th annual GLAAD Media Awards, which honors media that was published, released or broadcast between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013.
NBC’s “Days of our Lives” was once again nominated for Outstanding Daily Drama. Incidentally, as the series was the only nominee, a GLAAD representative confirms that the series is the de facto award recipient. Last year, “DAYS” battled and won against CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful.”
The GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will be held in Los Angeles on April 12, 2014 at The Beverly Hilton and in New York on May 3 at the Waldorf Astoria New York.
When her character died following a tragic car accident back in 2006 after a drunken Taylor Forrester (Hunter Tylo) hit her with her car, fans thought they had seen the last of actress Schae Harrison in her popular interloping role as Darla Einstein Forrester on CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful,” but that would be anything but further from the truth! TV Guide‘s Michael Logan is reporting that justice may finally be served in the death of Darla just as Tylo is set to reprise her role on the series next month (Friday, February 28).
Sometimes when one comments about a specific topic or thing on social media websites such as Facebook or Twitter, things they say can get misconstrued by others. This was the case last night when “General Hospital’s” Sean Kanan (AJ Quartermaine) tweeted, “Such an honor to be a part of this iconic piece of American television history. Thanks @valentinifrank for everything,” following yesterday’s 13,000th episode cake cutting party, which Kanan took part.