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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
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
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.

ME
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
Jamie

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

Tinia
Tinia

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

LUMI
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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WED NIGHT: Soap Nation Live! Daytime Emmy Nominations Special With Guest Co-Host DAYS’ Arianne Zucker


It’s almost time for Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman’s 6th annual Daytime Emmy nominations special!

Tune-in to listen to the livestream podcast on Wednesday night, March 20th beginning at 7PMPST/10PMEST right here at Michael Fairman TV.com.

Make sure to come to this site a few minutes before showtime and settle in for this 90-minute plus special when we chat it up with several of the just announced daytime drama performer nominees who are going for gold at the 46th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday night, May 5th.

Joining Michael in-studio as special guest co-host will be Days of our Lives, Arianne Zucker (Nicole).

In addition, we will be giving away 2 pairs of VIP tickets to the winners of our “Game Show Trivia” segment during the broadcast to Coastal Entertainment ‘s “Teals Got Talent” GH Fantasy Event in Philadelphia on May 4th featuring: GH’s Michael Easton, Lynn Herring, John J. York, Kathleen Gati, and former GH favorite, Rebecca Budig all to benefit the Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation.

The Foundation works every day to fund cures and foster community, and does so by supporting women fighting ovarian cancer and the friends and family who love them by standing together with every single person touched by ovarian cancer.  To date, they’ve invested more than $4.1 million in research through grants to scientists throughout the country. Soap Nation Live! is proud to support this worthy cause.

If you want to call-in to speak to the hosts, or nominated guests during our Daytime Emmy nomination special, please dial the exclusive listener line at 818-295-2130.

Throughout the broadcast, also visit the Michael Fairman TV official Facebook page for fun video updates direct from the studio, and keep abreast of what’s happening and who is chatting with us live via @michaelfairman twitter account throughout the show.

You can also live to the broadcast streamed live on the official Soap Nation Live! page at Spreaker.com

To find out who’s in the running. make sure to tune in to CBS’s The Talk beginning on Wednesday afternoon (11amEST/2PMPST) when the nominees are unveiled for the first time.  Then, hear the reactions of several of your favorite soap stars that night on Soap Nation Live!

If you have any questions you would like to pose to our hosts, or any nominated guests, let us know in the comment section below and we just might ask it on the air!  More show details will be forthcoming.

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Kassie DePaiva Talks Eve’s Machinations & Eric Martsolf and Victoria Konefal Take You Behind The Scenes On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’

Oh what a twisted web Eve Donovan weaves on current episodes of Days of our Lives.  Seems like Eve is in cahoots with Claire to have Haley arrested and deported all to help Jack advance in the Salem mayoral race and…  her quest to become Salem’s first lady?

On the latest all-new episode of Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast, daytime favorite, Kassie DePaiva (Eve) talks with host Michael Fairman all about Eve and what she is up to, hiding, and how she is scheming to ruin the life of Jennifer Horton, and keep Jack under her thumb.  In addition ,DePaiva shares what it has been like to be reunited with her former One Life to Live co-star, Robin Strasser since both have been taping at DAYS recently.

Later, Eric Martsolf (Brady) takes Fairman behind the scenes where the guys visit the hair and make-up department and get the lowdown on how the actors are turned into the characters they play, and the fast and furious life of a soap star, who has to get camera ready before they hit the set.

Finally, Michael speaks with Victoria Konefal (Ciaria) on how she “Becomes Ciara Brady” as we visit her dressing room and find out just how she gets that Ciara-look that turns the head of Ben Weston every time she walks in to a room.

Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast is currently streaming at NBC.com, the NBC app, and on the network’s You Tube channel.  The latest episode will be available for download on iTunes and major pod platforms beginning on Monday, March 18th.

So what did you think of our chats with Kassie, Eric, and Victoria? Comment below.

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DAYS Deidre Hall On The Passing Of Jed Allan: “We’ve Lost One Of The Really Good Ones”

Over the last 24 hours, the soap world has been rocked by the passing of one of their favorites, Jed Allan.  On Saturday, Allan passed away at the age of 84.  So many of his co-stars and colleagues have posted their remembrances and their grief, which Michael Fairman TV had continue to add to the original post on Allan’s passing.

But on Sunday evening, none other than Allan’s most famous romantic scene partner, Days of our Lives Deidre Hall (Marlena) came forth and shared her touching thoughts on Allan’s passing via her Deidre Hall official Facebook page.

Deidre expressed: “We’ve lost one of the really good ones. It’s been decades since I stepped on to the NBC sound stage to screen test for Marlena on Days of our Lives. I was given a 4-page scene to memorize and perform with Days’ dashing bachelor, Don Craig, played confidently by Jed Allan. Jed made it all look easy with his dark good looks, deep resonant voice, a naughty twinkle, boisterous laugh and his characteristic swagger. He used his charismatic charm to win audiences as well as cast and crew. He never tired of my lack of experience and taught by example. He was deeply devoted to his sons and his darling wife Toby. When he lost her, we weren’t sure how he’d go on, but go on he did. Jed was a giant in so many ways, witnessed by the huge emptiness he leaves behind.”

Along with her sentiments, Hall posted a clip of her and Allan as Marlena and Don; when the couple was breaking-up on the series, which is posted below.

Following Hall’s remembrances on Jed Allan, several other DAYS cast members past and present also took to social media to express their thoughts and grief on the loss of Allan including James Reynolds (Abe) who noted: “Jed Allen was one of the first to welcome me to Days of our Lives.. I am grateful he took a young actor under his wing.”

Gloria Loring, who’s character of Liz Chandler was romantically involved with Allan’s Don Craig related: “I just heard that Jed Allan, the former Don Craig on Days, passed on. Rest In Peace, my old friend. I loved working with you and will remember you with a smile in my heart.”

So, what do you think of Deidre Hall’s remembrances and statement on the death of her beloved co-star from DAYS,? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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