DAYS executive producer gives candid interview on “painful” state of show
Posted Friday, August 26, 2016 5:19:10 AM
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Days of our Lives is headed into yet another reset, a fact that has pained executive producer Ken Corday. Here's how he once again plans to make the show great -- but this time, for good.

If you've felt that Days of our Lives has been tough to watch over the past few months, you're not alone. The soap opera's executive producer, Ken Corday, agrees that the show has once again slipped into a dismal state, which he admits has been extremely painful to see after he took the show through a major overhaul just last year that was initially successful but eventually failed on multiple levels. The 50-year-old soap has hit all-time low ratings, leaving Corday to declare, "It's time to save the show again, and I think we will. I am very confident that we will."

Why The Writers Failed -- And How Corday Failed, As Well

The show owner's first step in freshening up the series is the oldest and most effective trick in the book: he switched out the head writers. “I know that Josh [Griffith, former co-head writer] did his level best, but it just wasn't there and a change had to be made. So, on we went,” he told Soap Opera Digest of putting Dena Higley and Ryan Quan in charge of writing the show. The pair's material begins airing Tuesday, September 6, and he's hoping it can right some of the wrongs of the recent past. “After Christmas and into January, it had really started to take a left turn. I was very concerned about the lack of romance on the show, I was very concerned about the lack of focus on the show, and I made my concerns known. And both the network and I were in agreement that something had to be done.”



But of course, admitting any of this is quite hard for the exec, because the giant reset last year failed so drastically. “I felt let down,” he says. “I felt like I was letting the fans down after promising so much and delivering so many great shows from last summer through the anniversary, and then we were not able to sustain the momentum. We had picked up great viewership and momentum, but then we just started to do True Detective instead of Days of our Lives. I'm the owner. I'm not the writer, and the writers are the most dear, important and noble people who work for me. The cast and the crew and staff work so hard, but it all starts with the blank page. And as we know, if it's not there, it isn't going to be on the air. So when you have 3 million people watching you in November and 2 million people watching you in May and June, it's an indication that you're not getting the job done as the owner.”

Stars Of The Show Begin Complaining

Ultimately, even the actors were pushed to their limits with what Corday describes as “daily” complaints and concerns, “to the point of having to finally close my door and say, ‘I'll come over [to the studio] when there's something to talk about,' because I was waiting this out. It was very tough. It was an endurance test for all of us.”



He continues, “I understand when viewers say they were turning it off. I felt the same, but I had to watch every day. It was painful at times.”

Luckily, Corday says the show is on the right track now, and fans are going to be very pleased with what's ahead. For details on the exact changes viewers will see, which includes some blast-from-the-past characters, check out Soap Opera Digest's full interview with Corday here.

What do you think about Corday’s candid interview? Do you think DAYS can truly be saved? If not, why do you feel that way? We want to hear from you -- and there are many ways you can share your thoughts.

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