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  • Paul Sheehan
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    #1203175976

    TV Line is reporting that the cast has been released from their contracts and that shooting will be over at the end of the month.

    There are enough episodes to last till summer 2020.

    No word on if or when NBC will renew the show.

    https://tvline.com/2019/11/12/days-of-our-lives-cancelled-cast-fired-season-56/

     

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    FreemanGriffin
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    I read the article more closely and while it isn’t “cancelled” it looks like it probably will be cancelled, or if they do pick it up it will be a reduced cast. The shutdown will be at least 4 months, which is a long time. I have been expecting the show to be cancelled; daytime soaps have not been able to survive the onslaught of so many different ways of people entertaining themselves ): I would miss Days if it were cancelled. I guess we just have to wait for more information…

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    EmmyLoser
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    It’s not great news, certainly, but I’m not shocked the show went on a production hiatus. They’ve been getting further and further ahead, and considering that NBC hasn’t been renewing the show until around February, shooting past November would have made it impossible for the show to craft a semi-coherent finale, if that’s something they need to do. I also really haven’t gotten the impression that NBC wants to dump DAYS. I know the article says the show is “ratings-challenged,” but honestly the ratings seem fine relative to television ratings as a whole and the ratings of the other soaps. The show seems really hassle free for NBC, as I hardly ever see them doing anything to promote it.

    It is more concerning that the actors have all been released from their contracts. Hopefully the show gets picked up (eventually), the show stops running more than half a year in advance, and most if not all of the cast comes back.

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    Djoko
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    I hope this brings about much needed changes to the show. I would cut half of the cast and offer most of the money to Eileen Davidson to come back. I can only see the show lasting if she comes back. The show can go on if they focus on their best actors and most popular couples (like Will and Sonny and anyone opposite Eileen Davidson). Like I said in the Days thread, they don’t need Susan Seaforth Hayes, John Aniston, Drake Hogestyn, and James Reynolds. I would say just keep Kristian Alfonso and Diedre Hall from the older generation.

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    DramaKing
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    Chandler Massey just tweeted that Days is not being cancelled. They are pausing production because they are so far ahead of schedule and it will save money.

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    EmmyLoser
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    Yes, and I just saw a brief from Soap Opera Digest essentially saying the same thing: that this is because they’re so far ahead, negotiations for renewal are hopeful, and it’s been known by the cast and those involved that this was coming for months apparently. The contract releases still seem a little concerning, but at the same time, maybe that allows the actors to better seek other work opportunities during the hiatus (during which I suppose they would not be getting paid, since they wouldn’t be working at the show).

    https://www.soapoperadigest.com/content/the-truth-behind-the-days-rumors/

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    Djoko
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    It seems that the “sources” for both articles are from the competing companies in the contract negotiations. Usually, a person/company leaks a story so they can look more favorably in the public eye. NBC is probably trying to have to pay less money for the show so they leaked the info to tvline so that Sony or Corday would be worried they’ll be cancelled.

    As for the Soap Digest blurb, the fact that they wrote, “the buzzed about time jump story just kicked off to positive fan feedback” is the biggest bunch of BS. Obviously, whoever wrote that was talking out of their ass.

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    I can’t believe I just read a Days of Our Lives fan saying that the show “doesn’t need” Susan Seaforth Hayes, John Aniston and James Reynolds. One of the biggest strengths that Days has is its veterans and its inter-generational stories and family dynamics. It’s the reason why I have kept watching Days but basically gave up on General Hospital after they got rid of Brad Maule (that scene with Lucas shows why he should have been kept), Stuart Damon, Rachel Ames, Susan Brown and others. I love my Days vets and I’m very happy that –for all his flaws– Ron Carlivati appreciates them and knows how important they are to the fans.

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    Good about all the denials of cancellation!

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    Djoko
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    I can’t believe I just read a Days of Our Lives fan saying that the show “doesn’t need” Susan Seaforth Hayes, John Aniston and James Reynolds. One of the biggest strengths that Days has is its veterans and its inter-generational stories and family dynamics. It’s the reason why I have kept watching Days but basically gave up on General Hospital after they got rid of Brad Maule (that scene with Lucas shows why he should have been kept), Stuart Damon, Rachel Ames, Susan Brown and others. I love my Days vets and I’m very happy that –for all his flaws– Ron Carlivati appreciates them and knows how important they are to the fans.

    If they need to make cuts, the older generation needs to go. Ratings are all about younger viewers watching. I care about Days not being cancelled more than keeping veteran actors on the show.

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    Piggybacking from what I just said, I also would rather them combine all of the money from firing the vets and throw it at Eileen Davidson to come back. That’s really the best way – and the only way – to keep the show going.

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    While I love having veterans around and I know older fans like seeing the characters they’ve been seeing for years/decades, I do think the balance is off at DAYS and there are too many older characters relative to younger ones. (And the reason it’s too many is that they don’t have compelling stories to tell about these older characters anymore.) I’ve said this before, and it’s applicable to all the soaps to a degree, though I think all of the other shows have been better at it than DAYS: the show has not done a great job transition through younger generations of main characters. Some of it isn’t their fault — for example, I don’t think there was anything they could have done to keep James Scott and Alison Sweeney around. But they haven’t properly prioritized establishing a consistent younger generation of characters who could inherit the show from the veterans. This would feel less problematic if they were still telling great stories for the veterans on a consistent basis, but that’s not the case either. The current writing team has been pretty good about maintaining the inter-generational family ties, but not great, and not integrating those veterans into the younger character stories as much as they could. For me, Maggie and Victor are really good examples of characters who have their own drama from time to time but are also very involved in the stories of their younger relatives. Characters like Abe and Roman don’t have that kind of balance.

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    So far I have been really enjoying the time jump, it’s like reading a mystery novel and having the clues filled in as you turn the pages (watch the episodes). Casey Moss is doing great work as J.J., almost every character feels revitalized and I am wanting to see what happens next. I have been very down on the show lately, and was hoping this would help get it back on track and so far so good.

    As far as the veterans I prefer them, even when they have little to do. I am very unhappy about losing Adrienne (although it is my understanding she isn’t completely gone yet). Each time they have let Deidre Hall go it has been a mistake. Personally I want Sami back, with or without E.J. She was the only reason I watched the show back when we had east coast soaps competing for our daytime drama attention and viewership.

    I love that Gabi is the boss! (; It’s nice having Chad and Abigail back on the show.

    I am unconvinced that Days isn’t going to get cancelled. I have been through too much heartache in the past as each of my shows has been cancelled over the years and all the denials I am reading remind me of each and every one of the denials we read back then. Soaps must be very expensive to produce with so many on camera and behind the camera salaries and costs to pay for each episode, and the ratings are awful for all four soaps (the highest rated, Y&R, has what used to be the lowest ratings back when there were more soaps on the air). Soaps are my favorite form of entertainment so it’s been hard seeing this form of entertainment die out sadly. I hope I am proven wrong and Days stays on the air but my own thinking is that it’s just a matter of time before we lose this show just like we did with AMC, AW, ATWT, C, TD, TEON, GL, L, OLTL, P, R, RH, SB, SFT, SuB,T and all of the rest of them…(except for B&B, GH and Y&R, of course)…

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    There also seems to be some tension between Corday Productions and Sony Pictures Television. There is a lawsuit against Sony from Corday Productions alleging that Sony is trying to kill DOOL in favor of Y&R which makes more money for them. Apparently, Sony isn’t promoting DOOL enough or trying to sell it into other territories the way they do Y&R.

    Overall, I think DOOL will get renewed, NBC has seemingly been happy with its performance. I think it’ll stay put at least another year.

    I’ve read the whole contract thing is nothing more than shrewd business on Corday’s part to allow the actors to return at a lower rate and cut costs.

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    I have to disagree, Djoko. As a “younger”-ish viewer, what draws me in, and what drew me in when I started watching soaps as a teen, were the multigenerational storylines, not teenagers or younger actors. Also, you can’t alienate the longtime viewers (who love veterans) and sacrifice them to get these supposed younger viewers who supposedly enjoy only younger actors. The reason why I have kept up with Days but have been turned off by GH over the years has been mainly that GH is basically unrecognizable now and they decimated the core families, whereas DOOL still honors its history and its veterans.

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