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DAYS Exec Greg Meng "Delivering good story" in times of budget cuts!

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The Christian Science Monitor has a new feature which discusses the now “enough already” title, Soaps Opera: All Washed Up? But while the article takes us through the rise and fall and hope for the future, and the evolution of change in daytime,  one part of note is about how DAYS slashed their budget and is reigning in their show at an unbelievably low amount for production costs in this day and age.  This is due in part to DAYS long-time executive, Greg Meng.

CSM reported the following,  “And while NBC – which has only a single remaining soap opera, Days of Our Lives– cut the soap’s budget in half two years ago, the team behind the show says it has ridden the reversal back to its creative roots. An episode which previously cost some $300,000 to produce now comes in for half that amount through cost-cutting measures. No more exotic locales, couture clothing, and extravagant set decorations, says Greg Meng, executive in charge of production for Days of Our Lives.”We’ve gone back to delivering a good story, well told, with compelling characters without all those extras,” he adds.

The competition helping to marginalize the broadcast TV soaps may also be an important part of the genre’s future, says Marti Resteghini, vice president of network programming for Internet outlet KoldCast TV. “We’re seeing a big influx of former soap actors and production people looking for new outlets,” she says, pointing to such KoldCast projects as “Deceit and Desire,” from former soap actor Dick DeCoit, and a teen soap, “Misbehave.”

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LUMI
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LUMI

I love Days of our lives,and I have been a fan from day one,the Horton’s should be the core family for this soap, and all the fans will come back.
Bring Bryan Dattilo/Lucas Horton back and the fans will come back too.

Jamie
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Jamie

Yes, they definitely need Lucas back. But not the watered-down version they gave us in 2009. Give us the scheming businessman who always knew what Sami was up to.

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.”We’ve gone back to delivering a good story, well told, with compelling characters without all those extras,” If only that were true. I don’t mind cheap sets, clothing, no location shoots but lately it seems like they hired teenagers to do the writing and we aren’t getting those well told stories with compelling characters.

Jamie
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Jamie

Exactly. What universe is this guy living in? Has he actually WATCHED Days lately? Sounds like he hasn’t!

Tinia
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Tinia

Bring back a breath of fresh air with Jack & Jennifer. Just the boost Days needs!

LUMI
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LUMI

Jennifer is coming back in Nov: but Jack is not,he walks out and Jenn will be with Ben,the doctor thats already on Days.
The Horton’s should be the core family,bring them back.

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A Martinez Joins the Cast of New Film ‘Ambulance’

Daytime Emmy winner and former star of Santa Barbara, A Martinez (Ex-Cruz) has joined the cast of the upcoming Michael Bay directed action-thriller, Ambulance.

The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Eiza Gonzalez and is based off the original Danish Film Ambulancen

According to Deadline, while the plot is being kept under wraps, the pic is expected to be in the spirit of such 1990s action pics Speed and Bad Boys.”

As well as his reprising his role of Eduardo on Days of our Lives recently, Martinez also appeared in Netflix’s Longmire, as well as his recurring roles on the digital drama series,The Bay.

So, intrigued to find out what A will be playing in “Ambulance”?  Would you like to see him back on daytime?  Comment below.

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Victoria Konefal Returns to Days of our Lives

Cin fans will be happy to know the other half of the DAYS super couple will be back on-screen later this month as Ben (Rob Scott Weston) and Ciara’s (Victoria Konefal) love story is set to continue.

According to Soap Opera Digest, Look for Konefal to first appear back on-screen during the January 28th episode of the NBC daytime drama series.

When the missing in action Ciara returns she will bring with her a new character named Rhodes played by Jason Downs.

No word on how long Konefal’s stay will be this time, since she has been off-contract with the show since last year.

However, reportedly this this will be Ciara in the flesh, not a conjured up or “Vision” of her that comes to Ben in his time of need.

What do you think has happened to Ciara since the car explosion she was supposedly part of? Glad to know Victoria is on her way back on-air to DAYS? Comment below.

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DAYS Mike Manning On Role in Film ‘Son of the South’: “I Hope it Strengthens the Dialogue Our Country is Currently Having About the Fight for Equality on All Fronts”

Days of our Lives Mike Manning (Charlie) has been one busy actor; not only appearing on the NBC daytime drama series and in the digital drama series, The Bay, but also in the new film Son of the South.

The film will be released on February 5th and was executive produced by Oscar-winning director, Spike Lee.  In story, Son of the South is about the grandson of a Klansman who comes of age in the deep south and eventually joins the Civil Rights Movement. The film is based on Bob Zellner’s autobiography “The Wrong Side of Murder Creek.”

Manning plays the role of Townsend Ellis, and the actor took to his Twitter account on Monday, during Martin Luther King Day, to let his fans know to be on the lookout for the film and why it is such an important piece for our time.   

Mike expressed: ” I think #MLKDay  is a good day to tell you “Son of The South” will be out Feb. 5th. I hope it strengthens the dialogue our country is currently having about the fight for equality on all fronts. Exec produced by Oscar-winner Spike Lee. Proud of this one.@son_movie”

You can check out a trailer for Son of the South below, along with Manning’s tweet.

So, have you been enjoying Mike’s work on DAYS? What do you think of his message sent out yesterday on these important moments of our time? Share your thoughts via the comment section,

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