The weekend is here and it’s time to get ready to celebrate with the accomplishments of NBC’s Days of our Lives who celebrates its 50th anniversary on Sunday, November 8th, with the Monday the 9th episode, it’s anniversary episode.
The series longtime executive producer, Ken Corday and other DAYS notables including: co-head writer Josh Griffith, series stars: Kristian Alfonso (Hope), Thaao Penghlis (Andre), James Reynolds (Abe) Stephen Nichols (Patch), as well as Sony executive Steve Kent, and NBC Entertainment executive Jennifer Salke, all weighed-in on the series success, and the changes afoot as it heads into it’s golden anniversary and beyond in a feature out in Variety.
Corday stated on the recent moves in Salem: “We made some changes with writers and producers and decided to raise the bar with the look of the show, the performance aspect of the show, and where we’re going with the stories and characters.”
Griffiths elaborated on how when he and Dena Higley took over the reins of writing the iconic show. that their first move was giving some underused longtime characters better stories and bringing back iconic characters, including Bo Brady (Peter Reckell), Steve “Patch” Johnson (Stephen Nichols) and Andre DiMera (Thaao Penghlis).
Josh added: “I’m trying to keep the focus on the characters the audience loves, while creating the next generation of characters. The next generation needs to be integrally tied to the iconic generation so they’re not coming out of leftfield. It’s keeping it connected to history.”
Penghlis, who has had more than nine lives on DAYS said about his return this time: “I’ve never seen a team this complete. I’ve never seen writers who blend in with the actors, study their personalities, and then go back and write about them. I’ve never seen producers who are as hands-on like Albert Alarr is.”
So, what did you think of the comments about the state of DAYS from Corday, Griffith, Penghlis, and the others? Has DAYS improved ? Are you exciting by what you are seeing? Clearly over the last few months, the show has picked up its pace, brought back favorites, and has been developing stories, as others are coming to a conclusion or ending their first leg of it. Share your thoughts in the comment section below!