Days of our Lives fans have been on pins and needles when it comes to the fate of the 50-year-old soap opera. After years of declining ratings, a major writing regime change prior to the show's golden anniversary, the renewal drama that had everyone wondering if there would be a 51st season, and the recent announcement that Ryan Quan has replaced co-head writer Josh Griffith at the helm alongside Dena Higley, viewers have definitely felt a bit of shell shock. But luckily, the NBC soap has landed on its feet, and executive producer Ken Corday shares it should be smooth sailing from here on out.
"Josh chose to move on and write his next novel and we decided to promote from within and bring Ryan Quan up," Corday told Soap Opera Digest of the recent writing change. "He and Dena will write the show. I have seen the story they have and am very excited for it to air. The shows from this new regime will not start airing until after the Olympics, in late August. We need to do something big to jump-start the show in August after the Olympic break, which we will do."
As for Griffith, Corday wishes him well and admits he has a lot of gratitude for the work he and Higley created to carry the show through its 50th anniversary. "I wrote him a two-page letter just thanking him for basically pulling us out of the bubbling pot," he shares. "The show was about to go over the edge, into the abyss, and he and Dena together pulled us out and made the anniversary show in November a big show and made a lot of story from that. They did it right. They turned the show around. The audience for the show grew 50 percent in the demographic and that is huge. For any show to do that over a year is pretty big these days. He is to be greatly commended for doing that."
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