Where Are My Soaps? Networks Carve Up Repeats and Sports in Place of Soap Originals on Thanksgiving Day

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Pictured: Camila Banus, Michael Easton (“General Hospital”), Galen Gering
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It’s been a long year for everyone and Thanksgiving Day means more to people now than ever before, especially with lockdowns and requests by government officials for people to only celebrate the holiday with their immediate family in a limited capacity, if possible, in order to help slow the spread of coronavirus. While there is no replacement for the connection of one’s loved one, for soap fans the comfort of their favorite daytime drama can mean everything. Sadly, one of the biggest holidays of the year will be mostly littered with specials, sports, and reruns, leaving only one soap to take up the mantle in churning out fresh content.

Listed below is a breakdown of what you can expect to see on the big three broadcast networks this Thanksgiving holiday before all-new episodes for all the soaps resumes airing on Monday, November 30.


Thanksgiving Day Schedule

  • The Bold and the Beautiful” will be preempted for CBS’ coverage of “NFL Football” with the Houston Texans at Detroit Lions. Check local listings.
  • Days of our Lives” will be preempted for NBC’s coverage of “The National Dog Show” and extended coverage of “The 94th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.” Check local listings.
Kathleen Gati, General Hospital
  • General Hospital” will re-air its 2019 Christmas holiday special, “A ‘General Hospital’ Christmas Carol” starring the show’s cast portraying the iconic roles, including Michael Easton (Finn) playing Ebenezer Scrooge.
  • The Young and the Restless” will be preempted for CBS’ coverage of “NFL Football” with the Houston Texans at Detroit Lions. Check local listings.

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Friday, November 27 Schedule

  • A repeat of “B&B’s” 2018 Thanksgiving Day episode featuring Quinn (Rena Sofer) getting protective of Eric (John McCook) when Donna (Jennifer Gareis) arrives at the Forrester estate; the Forresters, Logans, Spencers, Avants and Spectras putting their past and current grievances aside as they gather together to celebrate Thanksgiving.
  • “DAYS” is all-new when Rafe (Galen Gering) returns to Salem to discover much has changed. Meanwhile, Rafe’s sister, Gabi (Camila Banus), who also recently returned to Salem, is determined to reunite with Jake (Brandon Barash). Look for Gwen (Emily O’Brien) to fuel Chad’s (Billy Flynn) paranoia about Jake and Abigail (Marci Miller) as Jack (Matthew Ashford) and Abigail reconcile their differences.
  • “GH” is preempted for ABC’s coverage of “College Football” with Iowa State at Texas. Check local listings.

The Young and the Restless, Jess Walton, Jeanne Cooper, Sharon Farrell

  • “Y&R” asks viewers to once again “Be Our Guest” when the show re-airs the 1991 Masquerade Ball wherein the residents of Genoa City don lavish costumes for a night of dining and dancing for charity. While the “Queen of Hearts” (Jeanne Cooper), “Prince Charming” (Peter Bergman), “Roman Conqueror” (Eric Braeden), “Marie Antoinette” (Tracey E. Bregman) and many others enjoy the evening, a mystery guest has murder on his mind.

As a reminder, all-new episodes of all four daytime dramas will resume on Monday, November 30.

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