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Days of our Lives Halts Production; Peacock Soap Opera Extends Hiatus


Early Friday evening, a rep from Peacock confirmed to Deadline that Days of our Lives is taking an unscheduled hiatus and will be halting production of the streaming soap opera.

The entertainment news outlet is reporting that they hear this halt is only for one week, as of now. Days of our Lives which had a scheduled hiatus this week, now has added an additional week to that schedule, where the show will remain dark until August 7th.

While no official word was given on why the lengthier production pause, it is coming in the wake of the misconduct investigation results centered around DAYS co-executive producer and director, Albert Alarr.  Deadline shares that, ‘the pause is expected to allow the entities involved in DOOL to examine the situation before it further escalates.”

Following the 9-week investigation, Alarr was given a written warning and asked to undergo training.  Part of the latest developments share that Albert was on the schedule to direct his regular Friday episode next week.

Previously, Corday Productions issued a statement to Deadline, which included, “After a two-month investigation, the independent investigator produced a report with its findings. Based on those findings, Corday Productions has taken a series of actions designed to ensure a safe and respectful work environment.”

So, do you think the extended extra-week hiatus is to help calm the waters at DAYS? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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I think Al is toast. And by the sound of it, good riddance.

I think Days should actually take more time off and hope that the writers strike is resolved by the time their 6 month stash of episodes runs out.

I don’t think the people who work at Days would like to be without a paycheck for 6 months.

Another Harvey Weinstein?

I don’t think taking a break will help , they should get over it and let the show go on

How do you “get over it” when it clearly defines the meaning of sexual harassment and working in a toxic environment?

The cast and crew deserve a break to get away from this stressful situation. They should return when Albert Allar has been fired. This is unacceptable behavior and he should have been removed years ago. Do the right thing now , please!

They’re about 7 MONTHS ahead in production so viewers won’t notice a thing.

Oh the peanut gallery, who has no idea what is going on. I’m part of the crew and don’t believe everything you read, period.

Take a longer break! Fire this guy and replace him, clean up the inflated cast, spruce up the sets and invest more in this show which is supposedly a huge draw on Peacock. It deserves some tlc.

I think that you need to hurry with situation about the strike. Hiring new writers. This sad that they cannot resolve this.

The scab writers aren’t the issue here. They already had the Xmas holiday shows taped, and the scab written episodes will begin the week of December 27.

Looking at the production schedule for 2023 so far though, it seems like they have taken a lot of 3 week breaks this year. As opposed to 1 or 2 weeks at a time in 2022.

Should I cancel Peacock?

If you cancel Peacock, it should be because the greedy bastards have raised the price twice in two months, for most of their subscribers, and they did so at a time when they will have very little new content on their services, as movies & TV shows aren’t really being made right now.

Don’t cancel Peacock over this situation at Days though… they don’t have any part in it. Days is owned by Corday Productions & Sony Pictures. Peacock, and NBC before it, were just the distributors.

Is it just the production that is halted? Will the show still air with production halted?

They have close to 7 months of episodes already filmed. Viewers won’t notice anything at all.

I don’t understand why this l as st week we are seeing reruns. Just in the middle of a great story. I’m getting very confused betwween both stories. I’ve been watching Days since I was in high school. That was over fifty years ago. Old my favorite soap, so when these shows get broken up it’s hard to get back into the groove again. Please hurry and get things right.

I cannot believe days of our lives was not on today and will not be on for weeks , I woke u at 6am to watch this on peacock and I got nothing but August 25th Friday episode , I was so disappointed, I pay for this just to watch days, I understand why they suspended days, and I absolutely pray that they get it resolved quickly, and I am so very sorry that the cast orcanyone else had to put up with that kind of behavior. I sure will miss days dearly till it is up and running again I have watch since the age of 4

Same here…the only reason I have Peacock. I keep checking and nothing!

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Anne Heche in Her Final TV Performance to Air on ‘All Rise’

It is hard to believe that now one year later, television fans will see the final performance of Daytime Emmy winner, Anne Heche (ex-Vicky/Marley, Another World).  The talented actress passed away from injuries sustained in a car crash back on August 5th, 2022.

Heche was officially declared ‘brain dead’ on August 12th, when her reps shared that Anne was “peacefully taken off life support.”  Before she passed, Anne taped what would be her final TV acting appearance in her recurring role on the legal drama, All Rise.

The series formerly with CBS and now airing on OWN, will air Heche’s last performance this Saturday, September 30th at 9pm ET/8 pm CT.  On All Rise, Heche plays lawyer Corrine Cuthbert.  Since season 2, Heche has taken on the recurring role. She appeared in six episodes.

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In story, Corrine has had a fraught professional relationship with Judge Lola Carmichael played by Simone Missick.  For her final appearance, Heche’s Corrine shows up as part of a trial case.

All Rise dedicated the episode to Heche. As the hour comes to its conclusion, they express: “In Memory of Anne Heche, Our Friend and Wonderful Artist. You Are Missed.”

After this, Heche will star posthumously in the independent movie feature Wildfire: The Legend of the Cherokee Ghost Horse, slated for release in November.

Will you be watching Anne’s final television performance on All Rise? Share your thoughts via the comment section below. But first, check out a teaser for the episode which also features former Y&R star, Wilson Bethel who stars on the legal drama as Mark Callan.

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Writers Strike Comes to an End; Leadership Votes To Conclude Work Stoppage

It’s over! After 148 days, the 2023 Writers strike will go down as the second longest in WGA union history, only a labor stoppage in 1988 was longer.

The strike will officially come to end on Wednesday at 12:01am PT.  This was due to a vote from the guild’s leadership that now has authorized its over 11,500 members to return to work.

That means: pitching and selling scripts, taking meetings, responding to notes, writers’ rooms opening up again, and more, can now restart.

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The WGA committee shared that the vote, “Allows writers to return to work during the ratification process, but does not affect the membership’s right to make a final determination on contract approval.” However, WGA East and West voted unanimously to lift the “restraining order” on Tuesday.

As the negotiators shared, the end of the strike doesn’t mean that the tentative agreement that the union reached with producers on Sunday night is a surefire thing: Union members still need to vote to ratify the contract. Union leadership announced on Tuesday that will take place between October 2nd and October 9th.

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However, SAG-AFTRA still remains on strike. So, even with the writers returning to work, many productions can’t move forward without their principal actors and performers.

So soap fans, how do you feel about this news for your favorite shows? Glad that the head writers and their writing teams will be back at work as soon as this week from Days of our Lives, General Hospital, and The Bold and the Beautiful? Y&R’s Josh Griffith, who previously had gone Fi-Core during the 2008 strike, remained at the top rated show during the last several months.

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WGA and AMPTP Reach Tentative Deal to End Writers Strike

Looks like we are close, very close, to the writing teams at your favorite soap operas returning to their jobs with news on Sunday that finally the WGA and AMPTP have reached a tentative deal. What remains is the fine print, and having the WGA vote to ratify their contracts.

This is welcome news to the television, streaming and motion picture industry that after five months of a strike has put the 2023-2024 TV season in deep water.

In a statement, the Writers Guild shared, “We have reached a tentative agreement on a new 2023 MBA (Minimum Basic Agreement), which is to say an agreement in principle on all deal points, subject to drafting final contract language. We can say, with great pride, that this deal is exceptional — with meaningful gains and protections for writers in every sector of the membership.”

As the deal goes through its final stages, the writers are still technically on strike, but picketing outside studios and shows has now been suspended.

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Among the writers’ demands that they fought for are: higher residuals from streaming shows, minimum staff sizes to prevent the use of “mini rooms” and protections from the use of AI.  The hope within the entertainment industry is that the new deal for the WGA will move along a new contract for SAG-AFTRA (actors) with the AMPTP.  As of Monday, SAG-AFTRA is still on strike.

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As for your favorite soap operas, during the strikes, the shows were written by non-union writers or “fi-core” writers who gave up their union benefits in order to continue working.

The next steps in process will see the WGA negotiating committee vote on “whether to recommend the agreement and send it on to the WGAW Board and WGAE Council for approval,” tentatively scheduled for Tuesday.  Another vote by the board and council could lift the strike “restraining order”and allow scribes to “return to work during the ratification vote”.

So, are you happy to know that the writing teams from your favorite soaps are about to return to work and helm the scripts and the vision of the shows? Comment below.

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