They say it's an honor simply to be nominated, but is that still the case when everybody who could receive a shout out did? All five soaps eligible for Outstanding Drama Series consideration received Daytime Emmy nominations today. READ MORE
You just don't mess with Louise Sorel! The soap veteran spilled the tea on her firing from Days of Our Lives via a blog for Soap Opera Digest. Sorel revealed how she was cruelly terminated from the soap opera, without so much as a personal word from showrunner Ken Corday! The actress stated:
I have been terminated. Told I am no longer needed, scram, easily replaced, not necessary. I have not been actually contacted by my employer. So I am speaking for him. This person who is not present and who clearly feels it is not necessary to communicate with me in any shape or form, except of course, by check. Since he owes me for the time he is not using me and contractually he must pay up. I am actress. This just happens to be my profession and in truth it is like any other job when it comes to the hiring and firing routine.
Entertainment Weekly has a fascinating interview with Days of our Lives executive producer Ken Corday. I especially found the discussion of ratings and demographics intriguing because of Corday's statement concerning viewers 18-25.
Why does the show resonate so well with younger viewers? A younger viewer—let’s say 18 to 25—doesn’t necessarily want to watch characters of the same age. They want characters that are a little bit older, going through a period of time that they are about to go through. So you take that all the way up the ladder and, interestingly enough, some of the younger viewers do like watching Victor and Maggie and Stefano do their senior bit. It’s really hard to quantify it. We found when we gave more airtime to the over-34 actors; it didn’t touch the 18 to 34 rating. I don’t think teenagers or really young people necessarily want to watch stories about teenagers or really young people. And our viewers that are over 50 love watching the young people.
Check out the rest of the interview at EW.com.
At the Daytime Entertainment Creative Arts Emmy Awards Days of our Lives’ Ken Corday revealed to We Love Soaps’ Damon L. Jacobs he’s one of one hundred authors invited to the National Press club dinner, that The Days of our Lives: The True Story of One Family's Dream and the Untold History of Days of our Lives is on its third printing and shared how the book is resonating with fans . Watch the interview after the jump. READ MORE
What has kept the show on the air as long as it has been? How does it stand out from the rest?
You have to give the viewer what the viewer wants to see. You just can't put people on the show with all new faces. I know in the months to come a lot of familiar faces will be coming back to the show as our matriarch, Alice Horton [Frances Reid], passed away. For a period of two weeks, we really dealt with it in an organic manner. By bringing back familiar faces from the past, and keying that off with you know 'here is one actor or another whose characters are still viable,' it wasn't a question, why not re-introduce them? That really is our secret - the wheel is not broken. I think that will be the formula for future success of the show. It is also really about romance - by keeping [couples] apart for as long as possible, but without turning off the audience. We will always have couples breaking up, while always giving the audience 'Hope,' which I could use in two different ways [Corday chuckles], that the couple will get back together.