Evil twins, love affairs with ghosts, demonic possessions, and returns from the dead have been pretty standard fare on daytime soap operas for decades, but one thing that isn't necessarily standard nowadays are contract renewals. Despite a bleak future for soaps, or because of it, NBC has signed its iron horse Days of Our Lives to 18 more months.
While the former may merely be the result of a gifted screenwriter's imagination, the latter can actually have severe consequences. One week into the Writers Guild of America strike, reports of the first strikebreakers (derogatorily called "scabs") are starting to surface.
Some WGA-card-carrying scribes for daytime soap operas have resumed work, says Variety, opting to risk being blacklisted and shunned by the union in exchange for a paycheck. Citing anonymous sources, the trade says that a "high-ranking writer-producer" on The Young and the Restless has let the WGA know that he or she is returning to work. In doing so, the writer is giving up full guild membership privileges.
Another source claims that two ...Read more
Like sands through the hourglass, so are the Days of our Lives...
For over forty years, those words, spoken by the late Macdonald Carey, have introduced and underscored one of daytime drama's rare mainstays. NBC's Days of our Lives, will celebrate its 48th anniversary on November 8, 2013. It first premiered as a half-hour drama in 1965 and expanded to an hour ten years later. Today, it remains a consistent favorite among viewers of daytime television serials. It is the powerhouse of NBC's soap opera lineup and demonstrates its staying power in television history.
In its lifetime years, Days of our Lives has garnered numerous Emmy Awards, Soap Opera Digest Awards and People's Choice Awards. The show's success derives from its consistent commitment to excellence in writing and storytelling, supported by an ensemble of performers, and an uncanny knack for anticipating viewer interests. From demonic possessions and baby switches to exciting teen stories and love triangles, Days of our Lives remains a perennial favorite among viewers of all ages.
Filmed in Burbank, California, Days of our Lives is set in the fictitious midwestern town of Salem. The core families are the Hortons and the Bradys, and the multi-layered storylines involve elements of romance, adventure, mystery, comedy and drama. Original cast member Frances Reid continues to star as Alice Horton.
Days of our Lives is produced by Corday Productions Inc. in association with Sony Pictures Television. Executive producer, Ken Corday, is following in the tradition of his parents, Betty and Ted Corday, who co-created Days of our Lives and helmed the series for many years.