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    Here is a more complete list for the first two months of 2019:

    2019 Episode Rankings. The following is a listing of how many episodes each actor appeared in on “Days of Our Lives” in 2018 (1/1/19-2/28/19), out of a total of 42 episodes. Actors who have played characters that have appeared in at least five episodes total throughout the years are listed.
    Rank. Actor (Character) # of Episodes

    1. Billy Flynn (Chad DiMera) 22

    2. Kristian Alfonso (Hope Hernandez) 21
    *. Kate Mansi (Abigail DiMera) 21
    *. Robert Scott Wilson (Ben Weston) 21

    5. Linsey Godfrey (Sarah Horton) 19
    *. Casey Moss (J.J. Deveraux) 19
    *. Greg Vaughan (Eric Brady) 19

    8. Matthew Ashford (Jack Deveraux) 18
    *. Kassie DePaiva (Eve Donovan) 18
    *. Victoria Konefal (Ciara Brady) 18
    *. Kyle Lowder (Rex Brady) 18
    *. Melissa Reeves (Jennifer Horton) 18

    13. Thia Megia (Haley Chen) 17
    *. Greg Rikaart (Leo Kiriakis) 17

    15. Lamon Archey (Eli Grant) 15
    *. Camila Banus (Gabi Henandez) 15
    *. Tyler Christopher (Stefan DiMera) 15
    *. Deidre Hall (Marlena Black) 15

    19. Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe Lane) 14
    *. Gilles Marini (Ted Laurent) 14
    *. Lauren Koslow (Kate DiMera) 14
    *. Freddie Smith (Sonny Kiriakis) 14

    23. Chandler Massey (Will Horton) 13

    24. Laura Kai Chen (Melinda Trask) 12
    *. Chrishell Hartley (Jordan Ridgeway) 12

    26. Galen Gering (Rafe Hernandez) 11
    *. Drake Hogestyn (John Black) 11
    *. Paul Telfer (Xander Cook Kiriakis) 11

    29. Judith Chapman (Diana Colville) 10
    *. Eric Martsolf (Brady Black) 10

    31. Lucas Adams (Tripp Dalton) 9

    32. Mary Beth Evans (Kayla Johnson) 8
    *. Josh Taylor (Roman Brady) 8

    34. John Aniston (Victor Kiriakis) 7
    *. Olivia Rose Keegan (Claire Brady) 7
    *. James Reynolds (Abe Carver) 7

    37. Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie Williams) 6

    38. Sal Stowers (Lani Price) 5

    39. Suzanne Rogers (Maggie Kiriakis) 4

    40. Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins (Sheila Watkins) 3

    41. Judi Evans (Adrienne Kiriakis) 2
    *. Matilda Hanna (Charlotte DiMera) 2
    *. Wally Kurth (Justin Kiriakis) 2

    44. Fiona Bredeson (Charlotte DiMera) 1
    *. Bill Hayes (Doug Williams) 1
    *. Harlow & Scarlett Mallory (Holly) 1
    *. Asher Morrissette (Thomas DiMera) 1

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    EmmyLoser
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    It’s interesting to look at the episode totals, but it feels like they’re a lot more useful over a larger period of time. It’s easier for a character to be getting a lot of screentime at a certain juncture because of storyline and then having that change later when they’re on the backburner more or when the show realizes that the audience dislikes them. I think looking at trends by month over the past year would be really interesting.

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    ^I am really bothered by how infrequently Maggie and Adrienne have appeared in the first two months of 2019; will it take Bonnie coming back to get Judi Evans on our television screens? It will be interesting to see how these totals change throughout the year.

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    Yeah, I think Maggie’s numbers will overall be better through the year. I’m less confident about Adrienne, being that Judi Evans isn’t on contract and the show seems not to have much for that character to do.

    Also, is the ‘Secluded Hideaway’ set the place the characters sometimes refer to as the private park by the square? Or maybe Secluded Hideaway is the fire-prone cabin, and that private park is the Horton Town Square Private Area #2? I know the characters have implied, quite a few times, that it’s a private location, but it looks like a thoroughfare between the Horton Square and its parking deck. The amount of times people have deliberately met there to discuss a secret is so absurd.

    I think I’ve realized what it is that really bothers me about Rafe. The character really works best, at least for me, when he’s being a good guy and more specifically a good influence on others. I think this is why his pairing with Sami was so good, and why he’s had good dynamics with characters like Kate and Nicole. He is almost the opposite of this in most of his interactions with Hope — petty, jealous, seemingly overcompensating for something. You can tell that Rafe feels he really has value when he’s helping others, and he really gravitates towards doing that. When he doesn’t have that feeling, his behavior changes and he gets very childish, kind of like almost any interaction he has with Ted, or the interactions he used to have with EJ.

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    Jed Allan has passed away at 84 ): He was best known for playing Don Craig on Days Of Our Lives in the 1970’s and early 1980’s, and as C.C. Capwell on Santa Barbara. He also briefly played Edward Quartermaine on General Hospital. Don was Marlena’s husband for a few years when she first was on the show; I never saw him in that role and mostly remember him as the fourth C.C. Capwell (they replaced three actors quickly before he finally played the role, which he then stayed for 8 years).

    Brandon Barash’s first air date is March 22nd, so Tyler Christopher will be finishing up in his role as Stefan DiMera over the next two weeks. My understanding is that Barash will be on the show for only a few months. There is a rumor that Tyler Christopher will return to General Hospital – not sure if that is true though.

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    Sad news about Jed Allen. I never saw him as Don either, but I did see him on Santa Barbara and have strong memories of his work on Beverly Hills, 90210.

    I’d gotten the impression that Brandon had replaced Tyler permanently and was still working at DAYS as Stefan. I’m not sure if that’s true, though it would be very strange and sad for the show to suddenly have no DiMeras. I’ve heard rumblings of Tyler returning to GH, but I’m not sure there’s anything to that other than speculation.

    Bryan Datillo was the guest on last week’s Soap Opera Digest podcast, and they immediately revealed that he’s back working at DAYS. It’ll be nice to have Lucas back on canvas.

    All of the story around Marlena, John, Diana, Leo, Will and Sonny has been pretty fun in the past week or so. I love how Diana’s plan to drive a wedge between John and Marlena by having Victor tell her that Leo was John’s son just totally fell flat, and instead Marlena made John see he needed to run a DNA test to find out if it’s true or not. Diana’s fantasies about Marlena dying in various ways, each time with John showing up at her door crying, were pretty funny. I was also laughing at Sonny trying to crack the safe.

    It’s also funny that Stefan appears to be at the beginning of a love triangle with Chloe and Gabi. I like Stefan and Chloe in scenes together, but him talking her into kissing him put a bit of a damper on the whole thing. There’s a lot of fire between Gabi and Stefan now, and I could see her having a similar heat with Brandon’s Stefan.

    Also, Sheila is great but I don’t really need more scenes of her and Abe accidentally touching hands and getting uncomfortable. Jack’s mayoral run is developing quite the axis of evil of people trying to get Haley deported: there’s him and Eve, ICE, Claire, the spiteful Nurse Shelly. I’m interested to see where they take the election story.

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    I really wish this show would be shaken up and Ron C would hit the “refresh” button. I am pretty bored with everything right now. The actors are of course as great as always but the stories and the writing keeps letting them down ):

    Marlena in a hospital bed yet again? So soon?

    I want Greg Rikaart to return to Y&R and leave Days.

    I think for Chandler/Will there needs to be some drama over his daughter to skae things up and give him an opportunity to act. His scenes haven’t had much punch lately ):

    Please get Eric away from Sarah ASAP! Have Sarah and Rex leave town together!

    Will there ever be a reveal that Claire started the fire?

    I wonder why Brandon Barash always replaces Tyler Christopher? (; Every time Tyler leaves Brandon is sure to follow! (:

    Anyway, my hope is that Days improves soon as I am bored with the show right now.

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    I’m finding the show, for the most part, very entertaining, but some of the details/logistics are really starting to bug me.

    For example, it seemed pretty ridiculous for Ted to show up at the Brady Pub demanding that Eli and Lani run around town shaking trees and overturning stones to look for Haley. For one, I don’t know why DAYS insists on developing such a contentious relationship between the police and the DA. It feels especially silly here, because Ted’s number one goal seems to be to cozy up to Hope. Why didn’t Ted just go down to the station and find someone who was on duty? Because it makes more sense for the show’s existing characters to be involved, I understand, but that doesn’t give a storyline reason. Why write them as being off-duty instead of just being on a dinner break? The scene could have worked fine without Ted insisting they continue to work a case even though they were off duty, with Hope apparently backing him up over the phone (which also didn’t really make sense.) It also has stood out to me lately how little of a professional relationship Hope seems to have with Lani and Eli. I’d like to see her be more of a commissioner in terms of working with her detectives to help them solve cases, rather than just always being partnered with Rafe or off on some tangent.

    I’m willing to give it time for Rex and Sarah to become less annoying, since both characters do make sense to have around. I’m warming up to both of them. The scenes with Eric, Brady and Rex were pretty fun yesterday. I’m warming up to Sarah a lot more, and I’m hoping she can start making a better impression on others.

    I also think that Greg Rikaart’s Leo is a great character to have around, and they should keep him as long as they can. He doesn’t need to keep tormenting Will and Sonny, and can just move on to making trouble in other ways elsewhere. I’m not sure how long Leo actually Will stick around, and at this point I don’t have much confidence that he is actually John’s son. (Another point my mom mentioned that is getting annoying — it seems like DNA tests exist for the sole purpose of being switched. So irritating!) Diana certainly could have switched the tests while she was in Marlena’s office, and it’s very clear she wants John to think he’s Leo’s father whether he is or not. Diana, by the way, can go immediately for all I care. Scheming is all fine and dandy, but she’s been on the show for like a month and has already tried to poison Marlena. We don’t need those kinds of bad vibes. And it is annoying that Marlena is again in a hospital in critical condition, for the second time in six or seven months. Was it really necessary to have her be in such bad shape? John got there pretty quickly. I could have lived with a “Thank heavens John got here when he did but I’m perfectly fine now” resolution.

    The show also seems to be making a concerted effort to get us to hate Jack, and it’s working. I think even for people who might agree that illegal immigration is a huge problem that should be taken seriously by the Midwest city of Salem and feel Haley should be deported (which I do not), Jack is just being an opportunistic blowhard jerk at every turn now. I don’t look forward to seeing him on at all.

    Also, I agree that the show is really underutilizing Chandler Massey and Will. There have been a few moments lately that have reminded me how much Will is like Sami. (Him talking to Eric about Rex and Sarah, and just pretty bluntly saying that Rex clearly isn’t the man for Sarah and then leaving as soon as Rex walked in felt like a very Sami thing to do.) With Sami only on canvas generally a few months out of the year, why not give Will more of an opportunity to bring a level of fun, ill-conceived, well-intentioned mischief to the show? He should get getting lead amounts of screentime, which won’t happen as long as his story revolves around Sonny and Leo.

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    Leo telling Stefan that he was confident the DNA test would prove that he’s half Black made me laugh out loud. I also have to give Diana credit for coming up with truly the most believable scapegoat in blaming Kristen of all people for poisoning Marlena. Talk about playing to your audience! You can convince the people of Salem that the DiMeras are responsible for nearly anything, whether that DiMera is presumed dead or not. But then, Diana had an assist from John, since he was recounting the story of Kristen having done this trick before, at the end of her first stint on the show. This brings me to two questions, one story-specific and one soap-general:

    Why was it so easy for Diana to put something in Marlena’s IV? They know someone deliberately poisoned her with penicillin and that they don’t know who it is (or believe it’s Kristen, later in the episode). So why can anyone just come in and out of her room with her IV just sitting there for the tampering? This seems ridiculously careless. It also feels ridiculous that John does not even spend one second being mildly suspicious of Diana.

    Why are soap opera police just allowed to be terrible at their jobs? I realize in some cases the cops have to fail to catch the criminals because the criminals are main characters. I suppose this applies mostly to GH and DAYS, as the police don’t have a very strong presence on B&B or Y&R. The GH cops have their moments, but the cops on DAYS have been quite terrible lately. They have no objectivity, very little sense of following proper procedure, and a clear inability to either catch a criminal before a situation escalates to the point of being deadly or compile enough evidence to really even get them to trial. It was a little mind-blowing to see Eli walk in to update John (who is not a cop) on his interrogation of Haley (which kind of made him look like a buffoon, the kind of thing DAYS usually reserves for Rafe), giving out details willy-nilly, right in front of Diana, who very reasonably should be a suspect. It just seems lazy to have the cops be doing these kinds of things all the time, kind of like the lazy, overdone jokes about the terrible coffee at the police station and the bad hospital food. I guess when the show is not all that thrilling, these little things start to feel really annoying. If the stories aren’t going to be super exciting, at least the details should be better.

    It was also quite unbelievable that Leo attempted to make a deal with Stefan to give him information on Titan right in front of Gabi, who is knows is, at the very least, loyal to Sonny, and was living in the Kiriakis mansion for months.

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    I think yesterday’s Marlena in Purgatory episode was a misfire. While there were some good things about it (Kristian Alfonso seems to be having the best time when she gets to play Princess Gina, it’s always wonderful to see Martha Madison, and Olivia Rose Keegan channeling Sami for those Claire/Belle scenes was very good actually), the fact of this storyline going even harder on Marlena’s life being supposed in danger is just not a good idea. It feels like there are no stakes, because no one watching the show believes they’ll kill Marlena off by having Diana poison her IV with penicillin, and the episode ends in exactly the same place it had ended the day before. I guess it was nice to see Tony? Was it? I don’t even know. Seeing highlights from Marlena’s past storylines is cool, but it didn’t feel like they put a lot of effort into getting a good selection and they weren’t particularly well presented. There were like five minutes of clips from the possession storyline that seemed just kind of random with no rhyme or reason, and none of them even involving the fun stuff like dropping the chandelier on Bo and Billie during their wedding or throwing Stefano over the balcony. A big part of it was that they seemed very limited in who they were willing to show on screen (and pay for I guess), but a Marlena retrospective could have been done more simply with better clips and fewer actors recording new material, which in theory could have freed up some budget for actors in important clips. They could have also saved on the set, as really I think a plain white room and a smoke machine, with Marlena just talking to one other person and watching these clips in a way that doesn’t involve us watching them through that silly screen that was set up, would have been way more effective.

    Friday’s episode was good though. It was Sheri Anderson’s last script, and I think she went out on a good note. I hope this doesn’t lead to a downturn in the writing. It was good on Friday seeing a lot more humanity from Leo in his conversation with John. He seems truly touched at the idea of having a parent who is capable even of showing him warmth and affection. I also liked seeing Leo and Ben interact, though honestly it feels like the two of them should be friends. I guess Stefan is all the friends Ben thinks he needs, but having these two outcasts be pals would be good for both of them in terms of having a little more of a support system and showing that both of capable of maintaining a caring, non-familial, platonic relationship with another person.

    I also enjoyed the conversations between Ben and Stefan (it’s good for these two to be friends as well) and Ciara and Julie. Ciara has finally said to Julie most of the things I’ve been saying at Hope, Julie, etc., since the Ben/Ciara pairing really took off. I don’t think anyone’s ever going to counter the argument that Ben caused Abigail’s mental problems by terrorizing her with the idea that Abigail drove Ben crazy by cheating on him with Chad and lying about it. I know it’s not the same, but I wouldn’t mind if someone at least brought it up. Ciara showing up at the DiMera mansion was a good ending on Friday, another reason why the Monday episode wasn’t ideal. I was really looking forward to seeing that conversation.

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    Today is Tyler Christopher’s last air date as Stefan, Brandon Barash takes over the role on Friday’s episode. Tyler’s 15 month stint as Stefan has been memorable. I am hoping he gets an Emmy nomination for his work for 2018 later today.

    I didn’t like yesterday’s purgatory episode. It felt off to me.

    With so many exits coming up later this year here’s hoping the replacements and the new stories that go along with them will be good ones and bring this show back into better focus! I am so looking forward to Robin Strasser being on the show, for however long it lasts!

    It will be interesting to see how many Emmy nominations Days gets this year. I have the feeling GH and Y&R are going to get the most nominations for 2018. I wonder if both Abigail’s – Marci Miller and Kate Mansi – get nominations? Personally I am rooting for Marci, Tyler, Drake, Billy, Christopher, Eric, Martha, Kassie, Kate, Lucas, Olivia and Victoria to get nominations.

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    I’m going to miss Tyler Christopher on DAYS, but I feel like Brandon Barash will be great.

    Yesterday’s episode felt like a step in the right direction. The Ben/Ciara scenes were really enjoyable, and it was nice to see John, Brady and Eric with Marlena, who hopefully won’t find herself unconscious in a hospital bed again anytime soon. I also was glad to see Brady making an effort to be nicer to Leo, though I had completely forgotten not only that Gabi had warned Brady about Leo’s deal with Stefan to give him info on Titan, but also that Leo had even made the deal in the first place.

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    I really enjoyed the endings to both Thursday’s and Friday’s shows.

    With Thursday, you could see it coming a mile away that Tripp and Haley would decide she should marry him for her green card rather than JJ, but watching Tripp tell this to Claire as if it was a good idea was hilarious.

    On Friday, I was just so thrilled that John was waiting for Diana as she broke into Hope’s office to try to steal the IV bag with her prints on it. Maybe not everyone working for the Salem PD is incompetent after all!

    One day in, Brandon Barash seems like he’s going to be good as Stefan. His scenes with Gabi worked well.

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    I felt that Judith Chapman’s Diana was way too over the top on today’s episode. As I suspected John is not Leo’s bio-dad. So is JC leaving the show? There seems to be a connection between her and Ted, just not sure where this is going to go.

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    Yeah, Judith Chapman was full on bananas in her performance in yesterday’s episode. John seemed genuinely confused by how over the top Diana was being. Diana’s interaction with Ted was interesting. While I don’t really want to see a storyline tangent centering on Diana and Ted, the mention of his supposedly dead wife being alive sounds like something worth exploring. My first thought was, What if Ted’s wife was Kristen? That seems crazy, but it feels like maybe she’s someone we know who’s been away from Salem a lot over the last few years.

    It’s not surprise that Diana has now told John and Leo that they aren’t actually father and son, but I was kind of hoping that particular charade would go on a little longer. Without some warm family connection, I feel like there’s not a lot of hope for Leo to become a sustainable character, but I’d like him to. I guess there’s still a slight chance they could pull some shenanigans and have Leo be John’s son after all. Diana says she altered the test, but she could have just said that to stick it to Leo. In any event, I was so happy to see John and the Salem PD actually do something clever to catch a criminal, and that much of what appeared to be simple incompetence was part of a ruse.

    I don’t really understand why, when Ted interrupted Hope and Rafe’s impromptu anniversary celebration to work the case of the shooting at the DiMera mansion, Rafe didn’t just volunteer to go with them? Ted’s the DA, so it makes no sense that he should be out chasing down leads and gathering evidence himself. Assuming he’s just very dedicated to his job, it seems like the easiest thing in the world for Rafe, who is not only Hope’s husband but also probably her highest ranking detective, to just go along to help out and keep spending time with her. It seemed like he’d rather stay at the pub and pout. The writers also seem to go out of their way to make Rafe kind of a one-way street with Hope. He set up this special dinner without talking to her at all and seemed to care not even a little bit that she had a bunch of work to do. He thought it was cool for him to drop everything and go to Europe because Sami asked him to, but he can’t stand for Hope and Ted to spend time together even at the police station for doing work? Apparently he’ll have scenes again with Jordan later this week, continuing his pattern of mostly being in scenes with either Hope or one of his exes, so I’m interested to see what’s going on there.

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