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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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ME

.”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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‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem’ Limited-Series Ordered by Peacock

The NBCUniversal streaming service, Peacock has ordered a five-episode limited run featuring Days of our Lives!

In the first of its kind for the streamer, the series entitled Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem will feature fan favorite returns, the current cast and more which includes: Lisa Rinna as Billie Reed, Deidre Hall as Dr. Marlena Evans, Drake Hogestyn as John Black, Jackée Harry as Paulina Price, James Reynolds as Abe Carver, Victoria Konefal as Ciara Brady, Robert Scott Wilson as Ben Weston, Billy Flynn as Chad DiMera, Lamon Archey as Eli Grant and Sal Stowers as Lani Price.

According to the announcement on the series Monday morning; here is what fans can look for in the limited series: Over a long weekend, John & Marlena travel to Zurich, Ben & Ciara have a romantic getaway in New Orleans, Chad visits some old friends in Phoenix, and Abe, Paulina, Lani, and Eli vacation in Miami.  All find themselves embroiled in a mystery involving stolen jewels which, in the wrong hands, could cause dire consequences for Salem.  It’s a race against time for ISA agent Billie Reed as she crosses the globe in search of this missing treasure. Packed with all of the romance, action, drama, and surprises that only Days of our Lives can deliver, fans will spend a week with their favorite Salem supercouples and reconnect with many familiar faces along the way.

Look for additional characters than those listed above to also make appearances as well in the hunt for the stolen jewels.

Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem is produced by Corday Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television. Ken Corday is the executive producer with co-executive producer Albert Alarr. Ron Carlivati serves as head writer.

So, what do you think about the upcoming series on Peacock featuring Days of our Lives? Comment below.

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Carson Boatman, DAYS Incoming Johnny DiMera, Ties The Knot

Actor and country singer/songwriter, Carson Boatman, who is set to make his debut on Days of our Lives as the SORAS’d Johnny DiMera in August, was in the news over the weekend.  Boatman married longtime girlfriend and model, Julana Dizon on July 23rd back in Iowa.

According to PEOPLE.com who broke the wedding news, the couple first met in 2016 in Los Angeles, when their mutual gym trainer played “matchmaker” and set them up for a dinner date. “And the rest is history,” Boatman shared.

Using his songwriting and crooner skills, Boatman proposed to Dizon back in July of 2o2o performing an original song which ended with his proposal to her!

DAYS fans are excited for Boatman’s emergence in Salem and just what the grown-up Johnny DiMera will be like.  Meanwhile, in addition to his DAYS debut, fans can find him in the new film, Runt, which hits theaters and streaming services in October.

Share your congrats to the happy couple via the comment section below, and let us know if you are looking forward to Carson’s Days of our Lives debut!

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DAYS Olympic-Style Promo to Tide You Over Until It Returns

DAYS fans know from past Olympics, that when the games begin, the long-running NBC soap opera which gets a two-week preemption leaves its viewers with one hell of cliffhanger and this time they left viewers with two.

First, EJ (Dan Feuerriegel) now knows that Sami (Alison Sweeney) cheated on him with Lucas (Bryan Dattil0) and apparently goes to confront her, but in true EJ fashion he does not let on that anything remiss. Meanwhile, Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) has “kidnapped” Ciara (Victoria Konefal) just before she was to walk down the aisle and marry Theo (Cameron Johnson). Cin fans were rejoicing here!

So, while the games of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics (which are not taking place in 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic) are taking place, NBC delivered their own Days of our Lives promo Olympic-style to hold viewers over till we return to Salem.

Take a look at the promo below.

Now, let us know, which story are you most looking forward to most when Days is back on the air? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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