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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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Ron Carlivati Talks on the Creation, Scenes & Cast of ‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem’

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‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem’ Stars Talk the ‘Making of’ the Limited-Series & the Moments They Loved

Five of the cast members from Days of our Lives limited-series on Peacock, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem, chatted with Michael Fairman as a wrap-up following the conclusion of the streaming of all five episodes.

Joining Michael in a special conversation on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel are: Eileen Davidson (Kristen/Sister Mary Moira), Charles Shaughnessy (Shane/Drew), Peter Porte (Kyle/Dimitri), Zach Tinker (Sonny) and Rob Scott Wilson (Ben).

During the conversation, the actors share stories of the making of the series, and give insight and behind the scenes tidbits on their scenes including: how Eileen and Lisa Rinna (Billie) played recreated the ‘Amsterdam’ showdown from their time together on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, but as their Days’ characters of Billie and Kristen, how Peter learned to do the Tango from Dancing with the Stars Louis Van Amstel and Lisa Rinna, plus the drag show scenes where Zach became “Sonny Delight”, and more.

In addition, Charles Shaughnessy talks on how the series harkened back to the 80’s and 90’s campy action-adventure heyday of and the opportunity to work again with Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn as John and Marlena, while Rob fills-us in on trying to keep it together when working in scenes with soap vet Adrienne Frantz, when Ben and Ciara find themselves at a swinger’s party.

The interview is filled with many laughs, and candid moments that fans of the limited series will enjoy, especially the intel offered up by the cast.

Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem continues to stream on Peacock! Make sure to check it out if you haven’t, or rewatch it a second, or third time if you want to see more series like this in the future.

Below check out the interview with Eileen, Peter, Charles, Zach and Rob and make sure to subscribe to the Michael Fairman Channel for more celebrity conversations.

Now, share your favorite moments from Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem, and this video interview, via the comment section here.

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Days of our Lives Revisits ‘The Possession Storyline’ This Fall

On the heels of the streamer limited-series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem, the NBC daytime drama series has announced that they are set to revisit the all-time classic “Possession Storyline” from 1994.

In that, Marlena (Deidre Hall) became possessed by the devil and it became one of the most remembered stories of all-time on the soaps.

Now, DAYS is turning a return to the storyline with this promo teaser, “Something wicked is coming to Salem this Fall!”

The series is promising that “fans can look forward to twists and turns you’d never suspect as well as familiar faces returning to save the day (or not)…. this time around, the devil knows no bounds and no one in Salem is safe!”

You can check out the promo below.   More details will follow on this exciting storyline!

So, what do you think of DAYS harkening back to the possession storyline? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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