It feels like deja vu all over again. Only a year ago, this writer found herself telling soap fans how new life would be breathed into Days of Our Lives by December. Instead, all we found was gloom, doom, and death–starting with Serena losing her life to The Necktie Killer.
Doom and Gloom on Steroids
Eventually, Bo (Peter Reckell) died of a brain tumor; Hope (Kristian Alfonso) killed Stefano; Abby went insane and burned a bed with Batty Ben; Chase raped Ciara (Vivian Jovanni) on Alice Horton’s couch; John (Drake Hogestyn) ended up in a dungeon with his real father, Yo Ling; a three-car pileup claimed Daniel’s life, Eric the Drunk went to prison; Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) became a pill-popping addict; and a baby was kidnapped.
Let’s Try Again
Last year, Executive Producer Ken Corday promised that dead characters would stay dead, but of course Aiden (Daniel Cosgrove) turned up very much alive. This year, Corday has even more promises.
Just like last September, shows from a new writing team began airing. And, on this September 6 we get the same treatment again. Dena Higley remains on the head writing team, but this time she’s paired up with Ryan Quan rather than Josh Griffith. That means it’s time for the Reboot 2016 to begin. So, what should we expect?
“We’re telling romantic story again,” Corday said in the August 29 issue of Soap Opera Digest. “Over time, we will see more and more familiar characters come back onto the screen who will be very refreshing for the audience. Great names from the past.”
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Corday in Charge
Corday also admitted he was disappointed with the dark turn DAYS took and noticed it over the winter. Gloom overtook Salem and romance took a back seat. Fans also noticed and tuned out in droves. When the ratings sank, he knew he had to make a writing change.
Of course, romance doesn’t mean Salem will be trouble-free.
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“Dena’s first stroke was to bring in the ‘Legion of Doom’ and jeopardize everyone in Salem for a period of time.”
A Villainous State
That Legion of Doom includes past villains, Orpheus, Xander, and Clyde. However, he promises a different feel within months.
“Start watching in September and then at Christmas, tell me if you still fee the same way. I understand when viewers say they were turning it off,” Corday told Digest. “It was painful at times.”
Indeed it was. For a while there we thought we should buy stock in Kleenex. Let’s hope DAYS does it right this time so next year we’re not all reading about DAYS Reboot 2017–or not reading about DAYS at all.
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