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OFFICIAL: Maxam & Meng named new co-executive producers of DAYS!

The wait is finally over! This afternoon On-Air On-Soaps received official confirmation and this press release from Days of our Lives, that indeed, Noel Maxam and Greg Meng have been named the new co-executive producers of Days of our Lives, replacing the exiting Gary Tomlin.

Maxam has been with the series in a producer capacity for the last four years and Meng has served as the longtime Executive in Charge of Production for the series for over ten years.  The official release cites that the duo will work together as  team to revitlize and reset the series with some sweeping changes.  Below is the official release:

“Executive Producer Ken Corday is resetting Days of our Lives with the simple yet successful formula of centering the show around romance and the characters fans know and love. “It’s time to make a more positive, romantic, and intriguing show driven by the power of heroic love.  I’m very excited about the new adventure we are about to take which is based on the show that my parents created 45 years ago.”

Days of our Lives initiated a strong direction of change by appointing a new head writing team consisting of Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas. The successful writing duo plan to change the direction of the show as they tell contemporary stories based on the solid foundation of the “Days” history of family, romance, and intrigue.  McPherson and Thomas commented, “New fans will find many reasons to stay, and longtime fans will find many reasons to return.” Launching with a grand event in the fall, big surprises will be coming to Salem.

Co-Executive Producer Noel Maxam, who has been a producer on the show for four years, and Co-Executive Producer Greg Meng, who has been Executive in Charge of Production for over ten years,  will work together as a team. “The new writing team has already generated much excitement with the compelling stories they have written, and we plan to translate those stories to the screen with a refreshed look,” commented Greg Meng.

Ken Corday commented, “I am confident these changes will bring back excitement and anticipation to our family of fans as they tune in each day to see what happens.  You won’t want to miss a single episode of the new ‘Days’ ahead!”

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  1. Sam

    June 14, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    All I can say is good luck to the new team of producers and writers; Ken Corday is trying to save the day with bringing in new writers and producers while he let go some of the most talented actresses he has ever had on that show tsk tsk sad but I’m not intrigued by the new move. So all I can do is wish him and his “new days” team good luck.

    Adios to DOOL for me personally. I won’t be watching it anymore.

    • Brian T

      June 14, 2011 at 8:11 pm

      I am upset over a few of the actors leaving but am more excited about some of the returns so it makes up for it and if the writing is better then it will be worth it.

  2. Brian T

    June 14, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    This is great news but I was hoping for something more exciting like who the returning vets are for sure.

  3. matt borlenghi

    June 14, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Well, shoot. I am saddened to see Gary Tomlin exit. He is a great guy, whom I like very much.

  4. Sue

    June 14, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Looks like they are promoting from within so both guys already know the show. I could go for a refreshed look. Cancel ‘purple day’ in wardrobe, and maybe use another color besides blue and purple to dress the sets. Just sayin’

  5. Mo

    June 15, 2011 at 5:55 am

    But we still need hot guys and intrigue, so why let Quinn and Viv and Chloe go? Bo is looking old. Yesterday on the show in bed he had a shirt on. Thankfully, but what does that tell you. The sexy quotient will go down big time when Bren leaves town.

  6. Mo

    June 15, 2011 at 5:56 am

    And if you’re keeping Kate, what is she going to do? Who is she going to play with? Viv would be the perfect foil. Plus, the storyline is already going. I’m not interested in all this new stuff. Finally a storyline with muscle and they let it go. Stupid!

  7. lumi

    June 15, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Lucas and John is all the muscle we need,so happy they are coming back 🙂

  8. Lew

    June 15, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    I applaud Ken Corday on his decision to revamp the show. We have seen what is possible with ABC, so he is being proactive. Soaps are about family and the people and things that circle it. I gave up on DAYS a while back, because I felt it was too out there. But, there is great history with the Hortons, Bradys, Lexie & Abe & Victor K. and his clan. Good luck to DAYS & GH!

  9. unhappy fan

    June 16, 2011 at 5:44 am

    Instead of firing the most talented actress in the industry, Ken Corday should have given the new writers a chance to beef of Crystal Chappell’s story line, she is connected to one of the old-time family favorites- The Brady’s for pete sake! What better triangle for Bo and Hope? You get rid of Nathan, only to bring him back…? It’s almost like they can’t make up there mind… BAD MOVE Mr. Corday… I will not be watching anymore.

  10. Anita Srinivasan

    January 18, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Ken Corday should watch old clips of General Hospital see how sexy and hot Matthew Ashford was as Tom Hardy and he is devious and charming he was never goofy or dumb. We need real writers who can write for complex for Jack and give him better storyline than pimping Mr and Mrs Goody Too Shoes Jennifer and Daniel pathetic losers on the show. We want see more Jack less Jennifer and Daniel. Give Jack new love interest and interact with real adults not teenagers like Jennifer and Abby who think they are so perfect.

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47th Annual Daytime Emmys Draws Over 3 Million Viewers For CBS Telecast with Return to Network TV

Friday night was a good night for daytime!  With its first foray back on to network television since 2011, the Daytime Emmy kudofest, while for the first time held this year virtually, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, scored very well in its timeslot.

The CBS broadcast averaged 3.1 million total viewers and a 0.3 demo rating.  That is way up from the last time viewers saw the award show on TV when it was on cable network POP TV back in 2015 with just over 900,000 viewers for its initial broadcast.

According to TV Insider report: The first hour of the Emmys garnered 3.3 million viewers to top the hour by edging out a rerun on ABC”s Shark Tank, and then slipped to second place for the second hour with 2.8 million viewers.

These were strong numbers for Friday night, and hopefully CBS and the other major networks will now continue this, and serve up the Daytime Emmy Awards moving forward.


The ladies of CBS’s The Talk hosted the event; each virtually from their homes, in an event filled with at-home acceptance speeches and presenters, and clip packages. The show was produced by NATAS and Associated Television International

So, what do you think of the ratings performance of this year’s Daytime Emmys?  Comment below.

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Y&R Wins Drama Series, Jason Thompson and Heather Tom Take Top Acting Honors During 47th Annual Daytime Emmys

The 47th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards were presented tonight on CBS in the first virtual Emmys ceremony and broadcast.

It was CBS’ The Young and the Restless that won big on the night taking home 8 trophies; including Outstanding Drama Series, and one for Lead Actor for Jason Thompson (Billy Abbott), who finally won an Emmy on his sixth acting nomination, but first for Y&R.

In an historic moment, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Heather Tom (Katie) tied Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki, OLTL) by winning a record-tying sixth Daytime Emmy for her role as Katie Logan Spencer in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category.

Tamara Braun (Ex-Kim, General Hospital) won her second Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series award having won years earlier for her work Ava Vitali on Days of our Lives.   Bryton James (Devon, Y&R) won for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, his second Emmy but first in more than 13 years.  He previously won for Younger Actor in a Drama Series.

General Hospital and The Bold and the Beautiful were the next shows that won the most Emmys for the night with 4

In a statement, NATAS, President and CEO, Adam Sharp shares: “Tonight, we did not let the worldwide pandemic of COVID-19 keep up from honoring some of the most talented contributors to our Daytime Television community.  We celebrated not only the best programming and performances of the last year, but reflected on the legacy of Daytime’s biggest moments and icons.”

The broadcast was produced by NATAS and Associated Television International.

Below are the winners in the daytime drama and digital drama categories revealed tonight:

Outstanding Drama Series

The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Digital Drama Series

The Bay

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Jason Thompson, The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Heather Tom, The Bold and the Beautiful

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Tamara Braun, General Hospital

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Bryton James, The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Younger Performer in a Drama Series

Olivia Rose Keegan, Days of our Lives

Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series

Eva LaRue, The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Writing Team in a Drama Series

The Bold and the Beautiful

Outstanding Directing Team in  a Drama Series

General Hospital

Outstanding Technical Team for a Drama Series

General Hospital

Outstanding Multiple Camera Editing for a Drama or Digital Drama Series

General Hospital

Outstanding Lighting Direction for a Drama or Digital Drama Series

The Bold and the Beautiful and Dark Web (Tie)

Outstanding Casting for a Drama or Digital Drama Series


Outstanding Music Direction and Composition for a Drama or Digital Drama Series

Days of our Lives

Outstanding Live and Direct to Tape Sound Mixing for a Drama Series

The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design for a Drama or Digital Drama Series

The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Costume Design for a Drama or Digital Drama Series

The Bold and the Beautiful

Outstanding Hairstyling for a Drama Series

The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Makeup for a Drama Series

The Young and the Restless

So, what do you think about this year’s winners? Were you thrilled or was your favorite snubbed? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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How The Virtual Daytime Emmys Came Together And Will Look and Feel

Friday night, daytime fans, soap fans, and all the hard working people in front of the camera and behind the scenes that make your favorite soap operas come to life; will be awaiting the announcement in 15 categories to see who is the recipients of this year’s 47th annual Daytime Emmys.

The show finally back on network TV and on CBS, and according to Variety the show is going to be pre-taped, but to keep the element of surprise, presenters  appearing on the Emmys were asked to tape 5 different envelope openings — and every nominee in the major categories presented will have been asked to tape an acceptance speech.

As for keeping the winners’ identities under wraps, NATAS President and CEO Adam Sharp shared: “We’ve established an internal process so that actual knowledge of the winner is kept as a need-to-know basis on a category-by-category basis.  Certainly as we get closer to final delivery of the show, on the week of the 26th, there will be those who start seeing the whole picture come together. But obviously, a big goal of that is keeping that circle small.”

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Look for more clips and visuals than usual in the virtual Daytime Emmys.  According to ATI’s, Al Schwartz who is executive producing the telecast: “Since it’s pre-taped, we can really present, for the viewers’ entertainment, the best possible visuals for each nominee. There’s going to be time to breathe in this show. And also, there’s time to keep the pacing up, so that it doesn’t get monotonous.”

The ladies of The Talk serve as hosts for Daytime’s biggest night, even though everyone will be shown from their homes.  It all starts at 8 p. m. EST/7 p. m. CST and tape delayed on the west coast airing at 8 p. m. PST.

So, how do you think the first ever virtual Daytime Emmys will be? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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B&B’s Heather Tom talks with Michael Fairman immediately following her record-tying win in the Lead Actress category during the 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards.  Heather and Erika now hold the most wins for an actress with 6! Leave A Comment

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