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Exec Prod Ken Corday On Move to Peacock: “It’s Still Going to be the Same DAYS That You Know and Love and it Will Be Better in Small Ways”

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September 12th will be another first for Days of our Lives.  The long-running NBC soap opera will debut in its new daily episode home on the NBCUniversal streaming service, Peacock.

Previously, DAYS has delivered two chapters of the limited-series, ‘Beyond Salem’ and a Christmas special to the streamer.

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In an interview in the latest episode of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Days of our Lives executive producer, Ken Corday, elaborated on the series move from broadcast to streaming and what it means for fans of the show, who may be concerned about its future.

Corday shared: “It’s still going to be the same DAYS that you know and love and it will be better in small ways.” He added, “First, longer program length. Come spring, we will able to say and do things that are a little more titillating than on broadcast.”

Ken also noted on the next stage of Days of our Lives’ legacy, “It changes, it’s growing, but all in the best ways. The network has been extremely positive, encouraging, extremely happy, all the extremes, and are allaying any qualms I may have. So it’s really wonderful to have that kind of profile from programmers and the business people that run NBC and Peacock.”

In addition, Corday revealed that the move to Peacock was baked into the soaps last contract when DAYS was renewed back in 2021, and that the network always had the right to migrate the show exclusively to Peacock, and that at this juncture they decided to do just that.

So, are you getting ready to follow DAYS as they move to Peacock so you can see what’s happening each day to all your favorites in Salem? Comment below.

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Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

Nice that he believes all that is true.

And what a surprise that this move to Peacock was in the works the whole time! I’m shocked, I tell you, shocked! Did NOT see that one coming AT ALL!

Scott (ATWT fan)
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Scott (ATWT fan)

I saw it coming.

Steven
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Steven

Yup! Can’t wait! I figured with the move to peacock they would be able to do more I think it’s a good thing! I also read more people watch it on peacock then broadcast now any way so it makes sense… I couldn’t believe all the fuss when it was announced! Peacock is like 5 dollars a month… not that big of a deal get rid of cable then and just get the apps it’s cheaper anyway!

Lori Blandford McDaniel
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Lori Blandford McDaniel

It was cheaper when it was free since 1967 when I started watching Days….

Steven
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Steven

You have to pay for cable don’t you so nothing is actually “free”

Satan
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Satan

Been using Peacock here in Hell for a while now (HellCable is affiliated with Comcast, which shouldn’t surprise anybody) so this change doesn’t impact me at all. There is a segment of aging mortals out there who have been watching Days from the beginning in 1965, many of whom are not into streaming technology. The price & the fixed income thing might not be as much of a barrier for them as technophobia is. We’re talking about the folks who never got their VCR clocks off of “12:00” and who still have landline phones… though they might have added a… Read more »

rose
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rose

Satan…I agree about technophobic, but it’s not always the case. In a way some may be more out of date, but not total hostage to tech. I don’t trust tech and their companies. I don’t like the loss of privacy, and all the unwanted emails from groups/companies I didn’t invite. I like simple turn on/ term off “tech” we used to have that doesn’t “upgrade” every year forcing you to spend more for the new, improved product. I don’’t want to have to add new or remember passwords, etc all the time to get into a site, even my own.… Read more »

Satan
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Satan

All very valid points, of course. Comcast is the largest cable company in the US, so their subscribers are already eligible for “premium” Peacock at no extra charge, and of course they would already hava all your information if you’re already a customer. Cox cable is the third largest cable company and they also include Peacock with their service. So that’s a big portion of the country already covered… assuming those people already have internet access with or without their TV subscriptions. Currently Days is on the “free” tier of Peacock which is available to everybody. There seems to be… Read more »

Pat
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Pat

Thanks for your inaccurate profiling. I’m a 1965’er. I have no difficulty with streaming, programming vcr’s or anything else you imply I can’t do. For me, it’s the expectation that it’s fine to start paying for it. It’s only about 5.00. That sounds like a late night infomercial. Only five easy payments of . . .

Satan
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Satan

Hey, I didn’t say everyone. I’m older than all the rest of you combined, and I manage to keep up with technology… or at least as recent as what I can actually get shipped down here to Hell (which has been admittedly problematic since 2020). But there have probably always been those who have been opposed to whatever the big change was at the time. A hundred years ago, you had folks who couldn’t see the logic in giving up their horse & buggy to buy a car. Environmentally speaking, they were probably better off, considering what we know now.… Read more »

Lori Blandford McDaniel
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Lori Blandford McDaniel

Me too, Pat! Since 1967 Days has been free to watch???

Joel
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Joel

It will never last. It’s too boring right now for people to bother streaming. At least on NBC, people would turn it on and leave it on for the hour out of habit but that’s finished since as I said – it’s just too boring to go and play from streaming.

Moto62
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Moto62

I’ve been streaming on Peacock for years now. I think it’s great! People crying about 4.99 a month aren’t true fans, IMO.
Oh, and I’m 60 btw. Streaming is the present and the future. Cut The Cord!

Carol
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Carol

Won’t be watching after 40 years!! Its devastating!!

carol green
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carol green

I agree with you,Why couldnt they send those stupid talk shows to peacock?No anything to screw us fans.

kitkat
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kitkat

Is it going to be free like it is now?

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

I think the key word from Corday is “titillating.” DOOL seems to be headed to soft porn, straight and gay, with its Beyond Salem series and the inherent creative freedom beyond network TV. They are hoping to get online viewers by pushing the envelope further with partial nudity and risque language. This is NOT your mother’s (or grandmother’s, for that matter) soap opera!

jaybird369
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jaybird369

James…I get (and agree with) what you’re saying. Hey…as you (and others) know, I AM NOT a prude!!!!! It’s just that…it seems to me that (lately) A LOT of DOOL’S storytelling is getting WAY TOO TRASHY…and that is NOT why I watch soaps. I watch soaps for escapism, humor, sensible storytelling and realistic social issues. Most of all, porn (in general) belongs on the Internet…PERIOD!!!!! Yep.

As always, have a good one, Brother.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Thank you for the backup, Jaybird369! I’m not a prude either, but we can see what’s going on. I watch soaps for the same reasons you so eloquently enumerated. Take care, Friend!

Celia
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Celia

Another backup here, James— I’m no prude either—far from it. But, if I want to watch the “dirty”, as it were ( which I don’t), it’s easily available. Days has become outrageous in almost all aspects; especially the trashy clothes worn by some of the female cast.
And, the sex scenes are boring, far from titillating.
Shoutout to you, Jay—-glad to “see” you here.
Later, guys—❤️

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Great to see your reply, Celia! Since my original post, the ensuing episodes have clearly shown an abundance of skin and suggestiveness to the point of absurdity. Even the former priest is running around half-naked and jumping into bed with an eager accomplice he ‘barely’ knows. Take care, Friend!

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Jamesj75,
Well, Iam a grt.grandmother and for the most part the stuff you speak of usually doesn’t bother me, but lately iam starting to draw the line. I did not enjoy new Alex sporting his manhood the other day or am I liking
Leo and the show he put on at the questioning with Rafe, it was disgusting to say the least. So I guess you are correct about Days pushing their “creative freedom”.I don’t know how much I’ll be watching if this is par for the course.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Hi Violet Lemm! It just seems to me that this is the direction they are taking. As for Leo, we know he’s over the top, but it’s a bit too much over the top. Although he can be amusing and I like the fact that he’s not a cookie-cutter bland gay soap character that everyone just loves, does he have to come on to EVERY man with whom he interacts, gay or straight? Which brings me to Rafe: I like his good-guy character, but his patience with Leo was unrealistic; he should have nipped that in the bud at his… Read more »

Joanne
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Joanne

And this is why I will not watch after 57 years.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Joanne, they are lucky to have you as a viewer since the beginning.

Alvin Gilchrist
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Alvin Gilchrist

The fact that the show recently invested in brand new 4KHD cameras is a very positive sign. DAYS is going to look better than it ever has. Peacock is putting its money where its mouth is.

The other Lis
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The other Lis

Camera’s are fine but in a show where everyone is gorgeous it really doesn’t matter. How about getting some new sets. That hotel room that every one in Salem sleeps in is for the birds as is Jakes room over the garage.

Steven
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Steven

Agreed! lol the new dock set was cool. I am excited for the new cameras though

Dr Helen Ruth
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Dr Helen Ruth

Sorry, NOT sorry! I won’t pay a dime to watch DOOL. If it’s not free (within my present cable lineup) then count me out. This would apply to DOOL only. It’s not worth an extra penny. I would consider $5 (no more) for Y&R, though; I’m holding on until they hire new EP’s and writers. It has to get better, right?

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

It’s not The Same Days that we KNEW and loved anymore anyway, so what’s to miss? Sorry, but it’s all been a lot of crazy SLs and nonsense anyway lately, i,e Stefan coming to life, killing off Abagail and now talk of bringing her back, another death coming up,letting all the criminals out of prison to terrorize everyone. Paulina and her nutty daughter, turning Ben into Alex a woman crazy sexist,horny ass, etc,etc,etc. I only watch bits and pieces now so I won’t be bothering to go to Peacock to watch this drivel!

The other Lis
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The other Lis

Looking at the soap ratings for this week its pretty clear that all of the soaps will be on streaming services within five years. Nighttime tv is all game, gladiator and talent shows now. I am not sure Days will make it on streaming. If it does Days is gonna have to think out of the box to survive. I know Days has all those episodes in the can but I would look long and hard at possibly re editing them to give the show greater continuity and punch. Its really frustrating when Days ends on a high note on… Read more »

Utah
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Utah

Is it true that every episode of Days of Our Lives will stream on peacock? From the first episode to present…?

Satan
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Satan

That rumor has circulated through Hell as well, but I haven’t seen anything to confirm it. Peacock does have the capability to do such things… for example, if you pull up “Saturday Night Live” – currently in it’s 47th season, you can actually find every episode, going back to 1975. Of course with Days, it’s a question of whether Corday and/or Sony have actually kept all of these old episodes properly archived and are willing to do all the processing necessary to convert them to the digital format for streaming. SNL does 20 – 22 episodes a year. For Days… Read more »

Susan
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Susan

My soccer fanatic husband has been watching the English Premiere League games on Peacock Premium for this past year now. We have Cox cable and so we get Peacock Premium for free. It has some commercials but less than on NBC.

He goes to Apps – Peacock, and then it remembers where you left off the last time. I then used it to watch the Beyond Salem shows. I was really surprised at how easy it was.

I am thankful that I will still be able to watch my fave show this way.

Rob R
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Rob R

Absolutely following DAYS to Peacock. If you sign up in September, it is only $20 for the entire year. If I eat a sandwich tonight instead of going to Olive Garden, I just paid for a year of DAYS.

Joelle
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Joelle

i’m from Canada, i’ve been watching Days since 1979, we don’t have Peacock here, but we have W network, so happy about that, and i don’t have to pay extra since W network is available on my cable compagny.

Momo
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Momo

We don’t need more titillation, but I figured it was going that way with some of the stuff Alex does and says.

whynot
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whynot

It needs to be better in BIG ways. That’s the whole problem.

Olivia Schnoor
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Olivia Schnoor

SHAME ON YOU, NBC Ken Corday from NBC to Peacock…you, Ken must be selfish in many directions on DOOL and betray lots of fans who watch DOOL on NBC for years

Scott (ATWT fan)
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Scott (ATWT fan)

Um… you do realize that it was NBC’s decision to make… not Ken Corday, yes?

Lucy
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Lucy

This is an idiotic idea. Most viewers of this show are long time fans. Fans that do not stream or know how to stream. They’ll lose their biggest fans.

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DAYS Billy Flynn, Greg Rikaart & Mary Beth Evans Talk On: Abigail’s Murderer Revealed, Orpheus’ Poisonous Plot & the Move to Peacock

September had been a pivotal month for Days of our Lives.  After nearly 57-years on broadcast television, the long-running soap opera shifted from NBC to exclusively streaming on Peacock.  While fans have been adjusting and wrapping their heads around the change, the stories of the characters you love to love, or love to hate, are continuing to play out in Salem.

This week, after months of a whodunit and who is to blame for the death of Chad’s wife, Abigail DiMera, DAYS fans finally learned that the actual killer was none other than Clyde Weston (James Read).  Meanwhile, Kayla has taken ill along with Marlena (Deidre Hall) and Kate (Lauren Koslow), all a part of Orpheus’ (George DelHoyo) longstanding feud with the women and the men in their lives.

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Now on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, DAYS stars: Billy Flynn (Chad), Greg Rikaart (Leo) and Mary Beth Evans (Kayla) discuss their latest storylines, plus their thoughts on the soaps move on Peacock and its future.

As viewers witnessed on recent episodes, Chad figured out that it was Clyde who murdered Abigail, and went after him with a gun. Chad decided he wanted to hear the entire sordid story of how Clyde killed her.  This led to the showdown scenes at Abigail’s gravesite which included a visit by EJ (Dan Feuerriegel), who saved his brother from Clyde. During this interview, Billy weighs-in on taping the climatic scenes, what it was like to blame multiple characters for months for Abigail’s death, plus what the future holds in store for Chad as he moves on with his life post-Chabby.

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Greg Rikaart shares his thoughts on if he ever thought Leo would turn out to be Abigail’s murderer since Leo had a revenge plot against those who wronged him. Rikaart also weighs-in on the story where Leo had a relationship with Craig Wesley, his enduring on-screen relationship with Emily O’Brien (Gwen, ex-Jana, Y&R) , plus working with Billy in the limited-series Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem, where Chad goes in drag as “Belinda Chinashop” and more.

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Mary Beth talks on Kayla’s latest plight; that  being kidnapped by Orpheus along with Marlena and Kate, the good doctor has become very sick while trying to maintain order at University Hospital.  Evans also shares her thoughts on the arrival of Abigail Klein as her on-screen daughter Stephanie, the departure of Marci Miller as Abigail, and more.

Check out our full interview with Billy, Greg and Mary Beth below, and make sure to ‘subscribe’ to the Michael Fairman Channel for more celebrity interviews, music videos, game shows and special event coverage.

Now let us know, what did you think of Clyde being revealed as Abigail’s true killer? What did you think of the confrontation scenes between Billy Flynn and James Read? What has been your favorite Leo moment since Greg came to DAYS?  Will Kayla figure out what Orpheus has done to her and others? Finally, are you enjoying DAYS on Peacock after its first few weeks of the series exclusively streaming? Share your thoughts in the comment section,

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Roark Critchlow on His Return to DAYS and Working With Cady McClain

It’s been 12 years since Roark Critchlow appeared on Days of our Lives as Dr. Mike Horton, the brother of Jennifer Horton Deveraux (Cady McClain). However, fans have been excited to see him back on their screens when the series teased his appearance in the extended fall preview.

Now with Jennifer spiraling downward (now that her pill-popping addiction is back), it seems like a good time for Dr. Mike to return to Salem to help his sis. (And if the promo for this week’s DAYS is any indication, it certainly looks like Jennifer is going to be involved in a car crash and need medical assistance or at least some brotherly love.)

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Roark initially appeared as Mike back in 1994 and left the soap back in 1999. He returned in 2010 for a few episodes honoring the late Frances Reid (Alice Horton) who was Mike’s grandmother.

In an interview about his return with Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Roark talks about working with McClain as Jennifer, when he previously worked with Missy Reeves in the part.

Critchlow expressed on sharing scenes with McClain: “Her character is going through a lot. She and I dropped in really easily, I felt. It was a very nice, natural care for each other. It wasn’t difficult, that’s for sure. Obviously, Missy is a super-duper person. But you don’t compare people. Cady and I chatted. We got on good. In terms of story, I thought we pulled it off nicely as being people who’ve known each other their whole lives.”

Look for Roark to make his DAYS re-emergence on the upcoming October 3rd episode of the Peacock streaming series.

So, looking forward to seeing Roark and Cady sharing scenes together? Share your thoughts in the comment section, but first check out this week’s promo for DAYS below.

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While networks have seen a collective erosion over the years of the soap opera viewing audience, they are still the most loyal and fierce of any entertainment genre.

With NBC’s decision to take Days of our Lives off of the network after nearly 57 years, and replace it with another daytime news program, they would surely have a rocky road ahead of them to capture viewers in that time slot; especially now that DAYS was moved exclusively to NBCUniversal’s streaming platform, Peacock.

Nothing was more proof positive of that, than the first week ratings and performance of NBC News Daily.

The news show which premiered on Monday, September 12th came in last for the ratings period of all daytime shows for the week.

According to SON: NBC News Daily averaged 935,000 viewers, was last among Total Viewers and last in the key demo ratings: Women 18-49 (tie) and Women 25-54.

In comparison to DAYS last week on NBC, and a year ago, NBC News Daily was down -744,000 and -762,000 viewers, respectively.

NBC News Daily features the latest national and international news, plus consumer, health, and personal finance segments and is hosted by Kate Snow, Aaron Gilchrist, Morgan Redford and Vicky Nguyen.

So, will ‘NBC News Daily’ find itself facing the same fate as ABC’s defunct ‘Revolution’, which replaced One Life to Live, and lasted only six months, or will the news program somehow turn a ratings corner? Does NBC really care one way or the other? Share your thoughts below.

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