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DAYS Sarah Brown, Marlene McPherson, Ken Corday, Kristian Alfonso, Molly Burnett on NPR News Segment on Salem!

Days of our Lives and how it is adapting and surviving in the downturn in the economic climate of the soap opera genre was featured on a brand new segment on NPR (National Public Radio) News titled:  Cheaper Clothes and Shorter Stories On Soaps, Strange Days indeed!  Interviewed were:  Sarah Brown (Madison), Ken Corday (DAYS EP), Marlene McPherson (Co-head writer), Molly Burnett (Melanie), and Kristian Alfonso (Hope).

Here is a preview from NPR’s post: “Writer Marlene McPherson informed NPR that story arcs used to stretch out for up to a year, and if you ever watched the “Marlena’s demonic possession” or “Cruise Of Deception” stories, you know what she’s talking about. Now, they try to wrap things up in shorter chunks. It’s interesting that as nighttime television finds more space for long stories and serialization, soaps have to move faster to stay alive.

At least one of those adaptations seems very positive, though: Sarah Brown (Madison) related to NPR that you no longer have to stand around explaining everything that happened yesterday, partly because the show now assumes that people who are confused because they missed something can hop online and figure it out. It’s been a while since I watched, but this hopefully means less of people staring out of windows and talking to themselves.

The economics that are affecting daytime soaps are a spin on the economics affecting the rest of television: more competition, cheaper shows (particularly personality-driven talk shows), different audience habits that make live viewing less likely and delayed viewing more likely … it’s an environment that’s already killed off several giants with decades of history

For now, DAYS is on through the fall of 2013, when its contract will run out and we’ll learn whether those sands are going to keep sprinkling down through that hourglass or not.”

Listen to the segment below, and then let us know what you thoughts of the sound bytes!  And, also how NPR framed this piece … was it enlightening, or quite off-putting?

 

 

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Again, I’m glad when mainstream media draws attention to the genre, especially the iconic soaps. Got to give NBC credit for letting viewers know they are willing and able to “tweak” their show to reflect changing in viewing habits, the economy, etc.

Thank you, Mr. Fairman for the excellent job you do keeping the fans in the loop!

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Yes, I do like seeing the iconic theme music and image of the sand going through the hour glass because it is continuity from the past, and it is familiar. Reminds me of the time when my aunt used to watch the show when I was a child.

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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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