Doug Davidson Tweets About More Changes at Y&R


Fan fave and Y&R vet Doug Davidson took to social media to show fans evidence of some of the changes being made on-set lately.

New Taping Schedule

Davidson Thursday Tweeted a picture of a script. It indicates an episode to be shot Friday the 13th of January will air just five weeks later.

Tape vs. air dates vary widely in soaps. In the case of “Days of Our Lives” (Days) six months falls between the airing and taping of shows.

Scroll down to see Davidson’s Tweet.

Why These Dates Matter

With Y&R’s new, tighter taping/airing schedule, show runners have more of a chance to make changes when needed or desired. This can only serve to ramp up the already increased quality of the show in the last few months.

Days, meanwhile, has no such luxury. When something is taped, it’s quickly locked in for half a year. Granted, this was a cost-cutting measure instituted years ago over in Salem. It may have even saved the show from cancellation in the past given the often unfriendly climate for soaps these days at all the networks

A Changing of the Guard

Last year Y&R underwent some seismic behind-the-scenes changes. First, executive producer and fan-non-fave, Jill Farren Phelps was fired. Then head writer Charles Pratt, Jr. left a few months later.

Mal Young took Phelps’ place, while Sally Sussman took Pratt, Jr.’s place.

With a changing of the guard came a new Y&R. Many fans, such as all of us at Soap Cities, have felt the “new” show is actually a return to its glory days.

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Akbi Khan has been watching and loving soap operas for 31 years and writing about them for the last four. She also loves sitcoms; musicals; laughter; going dancing; spending time with family and friends; fighting for animal rights, ethical environmental stewardship, civil liberties preservation, and LGBTQ rights; and evolving along a spiritual path. She has a Master’s in rhetoric and composition. Akbi is 39 years old and lives in Ellicott City, Maryland.

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