Last month was key for the next leg of the 50-year-old iconic soap opera Days of our Lives. After finally getting its reneweal pick-up by NBC for the 2016-2017 season, there was also a major shift in the head writing department on the heels of then co-head writer Josh Griffith’s decision to depart his position with the show.
Upon Griffith’s exit, DAYS named longtime staff writer, Ryan Quan to be Griffith’s successor. Ryan will now co-head write the show along with Dena Higley, who remains in her position. Currently, Days of our Lives is on a five week hiatus from production that will assist in bringing the show closer to the difference in airtime and filming. The series has currently shot shows six months ahead of air. In the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, DAYS longtime executive producer, Ken Corday spoke out about the writing changes.
Ken related: “Josh chose to move on and write his next novel and we decided to promote from within and bring Ryan Quan up. He and Dena will write the show. I have seen the story they have and am very excited for it to air. The shows from this new regime will not start airing until after the Olympics, in late August. We need to do something big to jump-start the show in August after the Olympic break, which we will do.”
The executive also was asked if there were further changes ahead with the new writing regime where he noted, “Not major changes … some are developing, as we speak.”
In addition, Corday praised Josh Griffith for his work and taking the show into its 50th anniversary and giving it strong stories and ratings, while increasing the demo during this key point in the show’s history.
So, what do you think the new head writing regime needs to do jump-start the show following the Summer Olympics? Are you glad the show has taken a lengthy time off to enable new story ideas to be generated? What are your thoughts on Ken Corday’s comments on the writing change? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!