We are a website immersed in the Save Our Soaps movement, so we love anything related to advocacy for the genre. So we wanted to alert you to a chance to help save Days of Our Lives from low ratings or worse.
A Six-Month Disconnect
Most Days fans know that soap’s TPTB–show runners, NBC, Sony, Universal–worked out a cost-cutting measure a while back. They decided to tape the show six months before it airs. By taping eight episodes per week, Days only uses the studio eight months a year. It’s dark four months per year, saving money on studio and production costs.
We applaud Days‘ TPTB for not simply canceling a beloved soap and thinking outside the box to salvage a cultural icon, respect fans, and help keep a valuable genre alive. But sometimes you have to go back to the drawing board when something isn’t working. When the measure was put it
“The money that we’re getting to produce the show is not what it was two years ago, four years ago, six years ago,” Soap Hub reported Executive Producer Ken Corday saying earlier this year via Soap Opera Digest, the ONLY magazine to cover ALL FOUR soaps. “So, we have to contract the production of the show, and we’re doing eight shows a week as opposed to five shows a week. So we get way far ahead and we’re not using the studio, we don’t have to pay studio overhead, and etc, etc for 13 out of 52 weeks. That’s the only way we can make our nut.”
“We have to kind of lead fans to hopefully a new story and do it carefully,” Corday said in 2014 according to Daytime Confidential.
The Big Drawbacks
“Unlike on other soaps that tape about three-four weeks in advance, if a story just isn’t working, Days can’t scrap it. The story has to play out in all its horror no matter what fans think. Plus, every time a new head writer is hired, we have to wait six months to see the new writer’s work,” wrote Hope Campbell of Soap Hub. We have to agree!
“We’re way ahead of fan reaction, so we have to kind of expect fan reaction to be what it is. We have to kind of lead fans to hopefully a new story and do it carefully,” Carlivati said via Daytime Confidential.
Soap Hub also pointed out that the suspense of debuts, exits, and comebacks barely exists when we find out about them so far ahead of time.
So, Days fans, let’s sign this petition and start mending what’s broken at Days. Let’s give incoming head writer Ron Carlivati a fighting chance, too!
And thank you to our friends at Soap Hub.
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