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.”
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.”
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.
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