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July 12, 2020 at 9:44 pm #1203583245
Yeah, I don’t really know anything, but I assumed this was about cutting costs. Greg Meng seemed to be running the show for the last stretch, but if he and Albert Alaar were sharing EP duties, I would assume Albert was the more cost-effective option to keep since he’s also on the directing team.July 12, 2020 at 9:40 pm #1203583241
The twins option is probably the best to take, especially if the rumors about Camila’s departure and the show’s intention to throw Jake back in with Abigail and Chad.
The Vivian/Kate scenes were fun, and I’m hoping for some Vivian/Victor scenes as well. One of the things Louise always shows is that Vivian doesn’t just hate Kate, but she’s exasperated by her very presence. Which is perfect because, as much as I love Kate, she really is exasperating.July 12, 2020 at 9:29 pm #1203583232
That’s an interesting thought, and in addition to being more feasible than a cancellation or cutting the airtime in half, it’s a much more preferable option as well. I’m eager to see what Peacock will be like when it launches in a few days.July 10, 2020 at 12:37 pm #1203580229
The DAYS cast is so big right now that they could probably be cut in half and still sustain an hour-long show with no problem. There are times when the show seems to almost exist in two hemispheres, though lately things have been nicely integrated. I can’t imagine them going to a half-hour format. That would be wild. While DAYS never feels in a comfortable position with regard to renewals, we do at least have the satisfaction of knowing they’re on the air through September 2021, and since contracts are already in place, I don’t thing going to a half hour would be possible at any point before that. I don’t know about now, but at one time not too long ago, DAYS was very popular overseas. It was so loved in Australia that it launched a contest that ended with them awarding a role to an Aussie hunk. I don’t remember the name of the actor or the character, but he was a doctor who apparently knew Daniel from medical school (absurd, because the guy was more believable as Daniel’s son than someone who went to school with him) and eventually fell in love with Kayla. The last thing I remember him doing was driving Kayla cross country to the commune where Joey and Jade had run away to, where Joey eventually got shot in truly the funniest scene of someone getting shot I’ve ever seen.
It is funny that Will and Sonny have gotten so much screentime lately! I’m enjoying it while it lasts. It’s becoming clear that some stories and character directions are going to take a fairly sharp turn when we get to the post-hiatus stuff they filmed before the COVID shutdown. It’s frustrating because, among other things, Ron and the writers seem really dialed in right now, and soap writers can have a tendency of just going off the reservation when characters/stories are pulled away from them for contract/money reasons. The contrast between some of the stories Hogan Sheffer had planned when he was writing the show and what we ended up getting was incredibly stark, and he admitted that he more or less threw his hands up in terms of trying to realize a strong creative vision and just put out shows.
I wouldn’t really have a problem with Hope’s story just being in a family capacity right now, as Ciara’s mother and Claire’s grandmother, though they are playing her friendship with Rafe a good amount, so she could easily be thrown into the Allie baby adoption roulette story as well. It’s a moot point now, but what they really should do for Hope is put her back in charge of the police force and cast a new love interest for her that she has to interact with for work. Both the Rafe and Ted relationships were fairly doomed because both those characters were brought in and geared to do very different things from what would make them work as a love interest for Hope. No one to see Hope being taken in by a guy she barely knows pulling the wool over her eyes and scheming with Xander and Kristen. No one wants to see Hope marry her niece’s ex-husband after he slept with said niece and lied about it. These were no-brainer bad decisions. People will say that fans won’t accept Hope with anyone but Bo, but the Hope/Aiden relationship was working until they for some reason ruined his character for Bo’s death arc and then doubled down by ruining it a second time AND having his son rape Ciara. Again, these were obviously terrible decisions that shouldn’t have seen the light of day. Cast an actor in his 50s with whom she has great chemistry — and there should be bunches of them to choose from, considering how many soaps aren’t on the air right now — and let him be an ISA or FBI liaison working with the police commissioner on a big case that’s led him to Salem. Of course they’d clash over jurisdiction and him having not much respect for due process and him suspecting people Hope considers above suspicion, etc., but they’d develop a mutual respect and friendship that really could just be a slow burn for like a year because the main story wouldn’t be a love story.
But yes, except for maternity leaves, Hope has been on continuously since KA’s return in 1994. The last time I remember her being away for a period was, I believe, when Kristian was pregnant and Hope went to visit JT.July 10, 2020 at 6:13 am #1203579669
JFP’s style and priorities certainly fit GH better than any other show I’ve seen her work on over the past 25 years.
Also, many fans still have not gotten over Frankie’s brutal murder on AW. I wasn’t a huge fan of Frankie — I liked her just fine — but it was shocking to see that play out the way it did.July 10, 2020 at 6:08 am #1203579658
I’m not sure what, if anything, is happening with Melissa Reeves. It would seem weird to fire someone in connection with a public controversy and then keep it a secret. But even if that were the case, I don’t think the timing works, since Kristian filmed her final episodes before the COVID break. It seemed like Kristian was close with a lot of people in the cast.July 8, 2020 at 9:32 pm #1203577333
I’m surprised how much I’ve enjoyed the episodes leading up to Kayla and Justin’s wedding. As I’ve said in the citations thread, I thought today’s episode was really well done. I loved that every scene was about Kayla and Steve eventually getting back together.
Other highlights for me in the last few episodes included Victor advocating to Sarah on Xander’s behalf, Will’s giddy reaction to getting ordained online to be Kayla and Justin’s officiant, and Kate getting Abe’s ceremony hundreds of thousands of views via the Kardashians.July 8, 2020 at 9:22 pm #1203577329
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Days of our Lives
Best Lead Actress
Mary Beth Evans — Dr. Kayla Brady
Justin stops the wedding to tell Kayla that Steve still loves her. Kayla tacitly admits that she wants Steve back while being angry that everyone knew and didn’t tell her sooner. She goes to find Steve and tracks him to the airport, where she thinks she’s lost him forever until he reappears through the passenger door.
I totally agree with the citation for Wally Kurth, who was great throughout this episode. I think the complexity of the emotion at the wedding was really excellently done. I also thought MBE did a wonderful job clearly being so angry with Steve because of how she loves him and feeling more and more desperate to reach him throughout the episode. I’d also give a shout out to the whole cast in this episode, which was also nicely written and well put together. Not only have I generally not cared about Kayla and Justin as a couple, because of the inevitability of this very occurrence, but I’ve also not really cared much about Steve and Kayla as a couple. But I was crying like a baby during this episode. Nice work.July 8, 2020 at 9:01 pm #1203577321
Oh man, the thought of Lauren Boles coming back as Ciara seems simultaneously thrilling and kind of nuts. I really miss her, though, and it still bugs me that they aged the character when they did.
I hadn’t thought about that, alokin, but it is crazy thinking how long some actors, especially DAYS actors, have to sit on the news of their exits before announcing it! I wonder to what degree there’s a protocol for it and how much the show can control. For example, Kristian Alfonso’s exit will likely be in the same vicinity of time as Chandler Massey’s and Freddie Smith’s, but they, I believe Freddie in particular, let the world know about it like five months ago.
The same people who were in the know about Victoria Konefal’s apparent exit have said that there are others to come, so I’m bracing myself.July 8, 2020 at 9:27 am #1203573785
I watched this Victoria Konefal rumor be born on Twitter yesterday, which felt weird. (I say rumor because it’s not officially confirmed, but it definitely seems true.)
But I wouldn’t put this in the category with some of the recent exits we’ve heard about and apparently others that may be coming, mostly because it should kind of be expected she’d be leaving around now. It’s been about three years she’s been on the show, and she’s a young actress who’s done well with this show and will likely want to seek out different opportunities.July 7, 2020 at 2:37 pm #1203572705
Aw, I like Sal. I think she’s turned in some strong performances this year.July 7, 2020 at 8:26 am #1203571975
Soap actors don’t make a lot of money now, but she’s been in soaps since the popular stars were being very well paid, not to mention her primetime and film work. She also developed the jewelry line Hope Faith Miracles, which I believe she sold and likely made a pretty penny on. It seems like a lot of the soap actors have a side hustle now. The older ones with capital develop or invest in some kind of business, while the younger ones seem to take on a good amount of other acting jobs. She could also go the book writing route.
Besides that, Lifetime and Hallmark exist to employ former soap actresses. She’ll probably be playing Jen Lilley’s mom in a Christmas movie in no time.July 6, 2020 at 9:10 pm #1203571433
Man, I really hope that Rafe and Hope don’t leave together. That would be almost as bad as when Carrie and Mike left town together. Let Hope take the spy route out of town, where she finds a mysterious clue implying that Bo is secretly alive or something and she goes off in search of that.
I agree, Freeman, that these aren’t the best choices for getting rid of people.July 6, 2020 at 8:43 pm #1203571416
This caught be by surprise as well, and I’m pretty bummed about it. Hope has been written sparsely and/or poorly for years now. The last time they really seemed to make an effort was when she and Rafe were competing for commissioner and he slept with Sami. But the pairing with Rafe always seemed doomed, especially in comparison to the Hope/Aiden relationship, which really had it’s chances but was ruined by two or three turns of sabotage writing. Peter Reckell leaving the show never to return didn’t help, but the show itself did her no favors by using Peter’s brief return to ruin the relationship she was having (rather than add an interesting obstacle to it) and undermining Hope’s judgment with men, which happened over and over.
Anyway, yeah, I’m curious to know what happened, but after thinking and talking about it for the last couple of hours, it seems likely this was a money/contract issue after the show was finally renewed following their winter hiatus and all of the contracts, in theory, needed to be reestablished. And while I totally get the need to cut costs and lose cast members as a result, I think the powers that be are choosing poorly. But that’s the way it goes I guess.July 6, 2020 at 2:47 pm #1203570935
I’ve so far only read mention of Bonnie being back, but of course a return from the dead is never out of play here. Compared to some recent soap deaths, I’m wondering even how concretely we saw Adrienne die. She seemed fine for a while after the accident. Someone could have slipped her some of that Romeo & Juliet potion.