Which Soaps Are Airing On New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day — Plus, Details on What They’ll Be Showing
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It’s safe to say that 2020’s exit and the ushering in of 2021 will be a little different than what we’ve come to expect of New Year’s Eve in the past. But one thing that hasn’t changed, and that’s the fact that we’re going to be looking for some sudsy drama! The last thing you need is to sit down for a little escape only to find out that — d’oh! — your favorite soap isn’t airing because of a pre-emption. Or maybe they’re showing a rerun, and you want to know whether or not it’s worth your time.
Well, you’ve come to the right place. Below, we’ll look at each of the four soaps and tell you which ones will and won’t be airing on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, as well as what to expect on the ones which are broadcast.
The Bold and the Beautiful
It’s a good news/bad news scenario for Bold & Beautiful fans: While they’ll get a new episode on New Year’s Eve, the soap will be airing a reruns New Year’s Day.
In the episode airing Thursday, December 31, the you-know-what is about to hit the fan where the Buckingham girls are concerned. It seems that while Zoe was all fine and dandy with having Paris come for a visit, she doesn’t particularly want to see her sibling sticking around. So the idea of Paris taking a job at Forrester Creations has gone over like a lead balloon. But how will Paris react when her sibling says, in essence, “Hit the road, kid. Your time here is done!”
Meanwhile, things between Finn and Steffy have gotten pretty serious, and the guy is clearly in it for the long haul. But Steffy — knowing that Liam is a ticking truth bomb just waiting to blow up both his own marriage and her new relationship — can’t help fearing that things are about to get very complicated. (Hey, Steffy: You’re right!)
Then on Friday, January 1, you’re invited to re-attend one of our all-time favorite weddings as Katie and Bill tie the knot in an episode which originally aired on November 3, 2009.
You’ll recall that the pair exchanged vows in a San Fernando Valley park near the home where Katie had grown up. (You might also recall that Stephanie, Eric and Thorne weren’t thrilled that the Forrester mansion would be playing host to a reception for Bill, who had at that time taken control of Forrester Creations from them!)
Want more Bold & Beautiful spoilers? Never fear, we’ve got you covered.
Days of Our Lives
If there’s one show we can count on to deliver during the holidays, it’s this one. Happily, our daily dose of Salem’s lot will not be interrupted over the holidays. In fact, there will be lots of juicy drama unfolding between now and when the ball drops at the end of 2020.
Salem gathers to welcome the new year, and if there’s one thing we know, it’s that when everyone gets together for a party at Julie’s Place, drama will be on the menu. Thursday, December 31 — aka New Year’s Eve — finds Anna and Abigail joining forces to get the goods on Gwen. Is Chad’s wife finally going to wake up and realize that the woman she’s put so much faith in can’t be trusted? Meanwhile, Kate and Jake find themselves at odds following a spat. Will they kiss and make up before midnight?
Then in the all-new episode airing on Friday, January 1, Jennifer is given information which might change the way she looks at Jack, Abigail searches for her missing husband, and we’ll finally find out the significant names chosen by Eli and Lani for their twins!
Read our exclusive Days preview, straight from headwriter Ron Carlivati, to find out how Gwen’s secret comes out as well as details about Gwen and Sami’s returns.
For more Days of Our Lives spoilers, head here.
New Year’s Eve — aka the final day of 2020 — will find General Hospital picking up where its Christmas Eve episode ended. As Mike’s battle with Alzheimer’s finally comes to an end, Courtney shows up to escort her father into the light. Trust us, you will weep just as hard as you did the first time this episode aired, so have the tissues ready..
As you might expect, General Hospital will not air on Friday, January 1, due to sports coverage.
For more on what’s coming up, check out all the latest General Hospital spoilers.
The Young and the Restless
Not only will Young & Restless be airing on New Year’s Eve, but it promises to be an episode you don’t want to miss. Devon and Amanda will be together as 2020 exits and 2021 enters, but when the big moment arrives, will they share a kiss? Meanwhile, Sharon and Rey will prepare to face the future as man and wife, while Chelsea faces a setback where her health is concerned. (On the plus side, portrayer Melissa Claire Egan will have another opportunity to work with her guest-starring hubby!)
Then on Friday, January 1, a rerun will find us flashing back a year. In the episode which originally aired on December 30, 2019, Phyllis gets her flirt on with the man who will eventually become Abby’s husband, Victor and Nikki usher 2020 in as only they can, and Nick makes a very big decision.
Want the latest on what’s coming up in Genoa City? Check out all of our Young & Restless spoilers.
Now that you’ve got all the deets on which shows will and won’t be airing in the days ahead, let us take a moment to wish you and your loved ones a very happy new year. Seeing as we’d love to have you stick around, why not click on the photo gallery below to revisit what we, as soap fans, have been grateful for this year. (Not listed… you, our faithful readers. But only ’cause we didn’t have room for all the pictures.)