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  1. DAYS: October 2017 Discussion Thread

    A widening rift developing between Sonny & Paul. Lucas and Sami's scenes were heart breaking. Even a played out Nicole & underdeveloped Eric passion for each other was finally interesting. All the angst offset by Bon Bon's doggelganger hijinks.
  2. DAYS: October 2017 Discussion Thread

    That's BD's out of control alcoholic Lucas look.
  3. DAYS: October 2017 Discussion Thread

    Years and years of really bad stories. Have completely destroyed Nicole and Brady. I'm so glad a played out Nicole who has been drained of her essence is finally out. Now were stuck with a drunken bitchy Brady chewing the scenery. The only interesting thing about today's show was Sami's return. Dull as dishwater Gabi and Eli dining at Julie and Chloe's empty restaurants The search for Will is hampered by their dollar store budget. Still i'm curious to see how that will play out.
  4. DAYS: October 2017 Discussion Thread

    I didn't get to see it. A Trump news conference ate up the last segment. I was really looking forward to Queen Sami's return. Going to try to catch Sami's return on Youtube or Dailymotion.
  5. External Scenes in American Soaps

    Sure here www.soapoperadigest.com/ Soap Opera Digest: Your No. 1 Source For Soap News
  6. External Scenes in American Soaps

    FINANCIAL TIMES October 11, 2017 12:50PM Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens Credit: Getty Soaps were once so flush with cash that hefty star salaries — not to mention extravagant costumes, location shoots and other spendy habits — were par for the course. Not so in today’s climate, where the slashing of budgets has made an impact on both sides of the camera. “I think in the past, if your first contract was at a certain level, you could expect a bump up when you renegotiated, if you’ve proven your worth to the show as a popular character,” shares one performer. “But nowadays, raises are hard to come by, at least ones that make an actual difference in your quality of life. It might be something nominal, but it’s not going to bring you up even remotely to the level of someone who signed on previous to the budget-conscious era.” “That’s where you used to make your money,” nods another source. “You used to make your money in renegotiations. But these days, they’ll go, ‘Okay, we’ll give you $100, and you’re lucky that we’re re-signing you.’ ” Parkinson's Disease Psychosis - The Non-Motor Symptoms of PD Learn About PD Psychosis Symptoms like Hallucinations, Delusions & Paranoia. www.PDPsychosisTreatment.com The way talent deals are structured have taken on a new meaning in this belt-tightening era. “There are two parts to all deals,” explains one insider. “Money [an actor’s rate of pay per episode] and a guarantee of [how many shows per week] an actor will work. For many years, you didn’t care about the guarantee, because the actor was probably going to get written for. Now, you really have to try to keep the guarantee at two shows a week because they write towards the guarantee much more than they ever have. It used to be that even if you had a two guarantee, for the most part, if you were working, over the course of the year it would come out to three-and-a-half. Now? It really is at a two.” And the powers-that-be keep their eye on the bottom line when it comes to how much each actor is earning. “If [producers] see that someone who is guaranteed two shows a week and should be in 104 shows [over the course of a year] is at 106, they’ll say, ‘Wait a second, pull back. Don’t write them for x amount of weeks to get caught up,’ ” elaborates the source. “On the flip side of that, they don’t want to pay people for doing nothing, so then when you have someone under a guarantee — let’s say you have 104 and all of a sudden they’re at 70, and in five weeks they’re supposed to be at 104 — they don’t want to write a big check, so then they go, ‘We need to write them.’ ” Laments one veteran actor, “There’s this constant whittling down of the number of shows you do, the number of dollars you work for. My day rate, that hasn’t been cut, but I’m making substantially less than I used to because my guarantee is a lot lower than it was [in previous contracts].” Though the four remaining soaps survived the severe budget cuts of the last decade, salaries never bounced back once the economy recovered. “There’s still money out there,” bemoans one star. “These days, you’ll see it go to an elite few, actors who the networks believe will keep eyes glued to their shows, or it will be spent on returning favorites who the network feels can pull in lapsed viewers. But if you’re not on that very short list, you’re pretty much out of luck. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been in daytime for 30 years. All salaries these days have a cap. The given consensus at the very top is that the majority of daytime actors are expendable, and the networks have no problem reminding us of that when it comes to finances.” Case in point, said actor relays that his show had been trying for months to get one of the soap’s longtime vets to come back and play a short-term story arc. “The actor they were wooing had been out of the game for a little while and was asking for too much per show,” the source states. “It was basically double what actors of that rank make per show nowadays. Unfortunately, the going rate for seasoned vets is a shadow of what it used to be. Well, when the actor realized the powers-that-be weren’t going to budge, negotiations broke down and that was that.” But people who have been on the shows longer do still benefit from seniority, says another performer. “Even if you’ve taken pay cuts along the way, you’re probably still guaranteed more in your contract than someone with a newer contract that was negotiated in the budget-conscious era. You could easily be making twice the amount of someone who works as much as you do, because you’re benefiting from a contract from a different era. But a lot of people have worked many years without a raise and there’s some resentment over it. Everyone wants to feel like they’re appreciated by your bosses.” Agrees another fan favorite, “There are a couple of people on my show who make, like, 50 percent more than what the rest of us make. And it does get talked about, absolutely. People know what other people make and yeah, there’s some bad feelings that come from that.” Quietly taking actors off contract is another behind-the-scenes trend rarely talked about publicly. “There is a rotation of recurring characters, and far more people are no longer under contract than even 15 years ago,” confides one heavy-hitter. “There seems to be a cycle of use of those recurring characters, and I’m sure it’s based on budget. In addition, it has been common for some time for actors to be asked to take pay cuts to go back under contract after time off.” One veteran actress shares, “I make less today as a recurring player than I did in my first daytime contract over 30 years ago. I’m not here for the money, let’s put it that way!” But it isn’t just salaries where people are noticing the cost-cutting measures. The little touches that soaps employed during the gravy years are missed. “Even if you start with something like flowers,” says one actress. “You’d walk onto the set and they would roll out all these different flower arrangements. Now, maybe it will be one little fabric arrangement. Were all of those fresh flowers an extravagance? They probably were.” Adds this star, “Fresh flowers are still a luxury, but used much less to dress sets than in the old days, and plants and orchids replace cut arrangements in offices and home sets.” The other furnishings on the sets have seen more glory days, as well. “Sometimes for me, the thing I miss the most is in terms of set decoration,” sighs the star. “The sets were so beautifully dressed and intricate. If you had an office, it really reflected the character; the personality of who that character was. Now, often an office set is interchangeable. It will just be redressed, depending on what character is using the office. It hurts to do that. It’s a conversation we have amongst ourselves all the time when we reminisce, especially when there’s something like a new office set. You can’t help but compare it to all the other sets that have been seen over the years that really were quite fantastic. It made the entire experience richer for you as an actor. I think the thing that I miss the most is the changing of sets. We don’t use as many different sets as we used to.” One veteran scribe shares that it’s a producer who dictates how many actors and sets could be used in a particular episode. “There was a period of time on one of the shows where the writers were told, ‘Okay, you can have six sets, no more, no less, and only two of them can be new, they all have to be repeats,’ meaning repeated sets from the previous episode, and that became very restrictive. There was a period where one of the shows was really running out of money and they said, ‘You can only have 10 characters a day.’ It’s a weird thing, but 11 works, 10 doesn’t. I don’t know why, but you can’t really move people around with 10 people. It’s too evenly split or something. So I would try to explain, ‘This is not going to be good, nobody is going to move anywhere, they’re always going to be standing in the same place, we’re only going to have two-character scenes, this, that and the other,’ and usually they would nod and smile and say, ‘We need to do this for budget reasons.’ ” Wardrobe spending is nothing like it was in soaps’ heyday. “As far as the budget’s impact on wardrobe, tops are provided and formal wear, but they are reused like in our own personal closets at home, and rotated more now than in the past,” says this longtime performer. Adds another, “The budget was really slashed. Where the costume designer shops has definitely changed. For our show it happened slowly, and in the beginning it was a shock. But you get used to it, and you make do. When it comes down to it, it’s about the stories and the characters and telling those stories as best you can. That’s what we’re working to do.” And trays brimming with food during group scenes? Forget about it. “With props, even in party scenes or dinners, something as simple as prop food is bare minimum,” confides this fave. “Most scenes take place before or after meals, so no food is needed to show, and cheese trays have replaced lavish catered spreads for the weddings and funerals.” Though so much has changed both behind the scenes and in front of the camera, at the end of the day, “I think the general feeling is that we all want to do what it takes within reason to keep our shows on the air,” says one veteran performer. “In order to preserve what’s left of daytime drama programming, yes, budget cuts and tightening belts has become the name of the game. There is nothing like scripted drama, and thankfully there is still an investment from the networks and studios in these remaining shows.” HOT PHOTOS DO YOU SEE ROMANTIC POTENTIAL BETWEEN GH’S ANNA AND FINN? Yes No
  7. DAYS: October 2017 Discussion Thread

    Deirdre's twin sister Andrea was way better at playing Hattie. I mean no disrespect to DH. But her Hattie isn't great. AH added many layers to Hattie. DH's Hattie always feels off to me.
  8. Loving/The City Discussion Thread

    Eric Woodall who's now a casting director. Matt was abused by his stepfather so he run away. A homeless drug addicted Matt lived at the mall. Where he met Ally and Louie. Matt went on trial for a rape his evil step father committed. I forgot how they wrote him out.
  9. Loving/The City Discussion Thread

    That's Matt Ford he was on from (1991–1992). Matt was jettisoned for Jeremy Hunter and the college kids at Alden University. A shame they dumped him. Matt had chemistry with Ally. Plus he could've made a great addition to the AU College crowd.
  10. The future of US soaps

    A good source to use to know the shows histories is Wikipedia and Wiki. I have found that the bio's of British soap characters are very detailed. Even long forgotten obscure have detailed bio's. Also Wiki has detailed summaries of every Coronation Street episode.
  11. DAYS: October 2017 Discussion Thread

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  12. Days of Our Lives General Discussion

    Lucas's scenes were very riveting. The very fake looking leaves were rather distracting. I can't remember if Paul and Chloe ever shared any scenes together. I do like their friendship chemistry. The Brady/Nicole/Eric triangle is so boring and played out. Funny how it was only raining and thundering during Nicole and Brady's scenes.
  13. DAYS: October 2017 Discussion Thread

    It was an ok episode. Sonny & Brady meowing and hissing at each other was annoying. Nicole & Eric lusting after each other was boring. The Claire, Theo & Tripp scenes were boring too. Like an emaciated Claire can handled Theo or Tripp. I do like that all the beats in Will's story are slowly being played. In flashbacks Clyde told Ben that Will is alive. You can pass on today's show. Nothing earth shattering happened.
  14. DAYS: October 2017 Discussion Thread

    If you skip today you wouldn't miss much. The momentum created by Benny's revelation has petered out. Today was rather dull.
  15. DAYS: October 2017 Discussion Thread

    Ben is way too campy & cartoonish to be taken seriously. Plus his man brows groomed like Joan Crawford's don't help either.
  16. DAYS: October 2017 Discussion Thread

    Finally got to see today's show on NBC.com. Loved how the focus really was on PaulSon. Chabby played a secondary role in their own wedding. Hope the rest of this weeks episodes keep the momentum going.
  17. EastEnders: Discussion Thread

    EastEnders spoiler: Ben continues to get close to Luke unaware his dad raped mum Kathy BEN Mitchell is still getting close to Luke, unaware he is the son of his mum’s rapist James Willmott-Brown. 1 By Susie Hill / Published 1st October 2017 BBC AWKWARD: Ben has been getting to close to Luke, the son of his mother's rapist During last week’s episodes Luke took a shine to mechanic Ben after taking his car along to The Arches for some work. ADVERTISING inRead invented by Teads It turned out to be more than just his car that got serviced as the pair enjoyed a sizzling night together. But with Luke’s family currently plotting to take down Albert Square and his dad wanting revenge on Ben’s mum Kathy Beale, this is one romance that is doomed from the start. EastEnders: Ben and Luke share a passionate kiss Bosses won’t say whether Luke knows about Ben’s connection to Kathy, but with his mum having been raped before he was born it’s unlikely that the Mitchell lad knows what she went through. James has told brother-in-law Hugo, sons Luke and Josh and sister Sophie that Kathy made up the allegation and together they have been plotting the ultimate revenge. An EastEnders insider said: “Luke meets Ben by chance. "They hit it off straight away and one thing leads to another. BBC ROMANCE: Ben and Luke enjoyed a sizzling night together after sharing a kiss in the Archers “Whether Luke knows who Ben is remains to be seen but his feelings appear genuine. So it would come as a huge blow if he was to discover that Ben was Kathy’s son. "He’d then have to think about where his loyalties lie. “Viewers will start to see that not all his family members know exactly what is going on.
  18. External Scenes in American Soaps

    Soaps in the 80's did locations shoots all the time. Some of the shoots were done locally some were done in foreign countries. I think the earliest location shoots were done in the late 60's. I love the look and production values the UK soaps have. The American soaps look cheap as hell. For example everyone on Days is going to Memphis. Yet i doubt they will go on location for it. Days went on location all the time in the 80's. All the fun action/adventure/love stories would climax on location.
  19. DAYS: September 2017 Discussion Thread

    Without our beloved resurrected twink about to wreak havoc on PaulSon. Paulson would be a painful chore to watch. CS gives a 100% while FS gave up ages ago. I think the person who will shine the most in the Paulie/resurrected twink Will/Sonny the otter bear triangle is CS. I also think the person who'll ended up the loser in the triangle is Paul. The wedding felt so lackluster to me is because of the production values. I can't wait until they use the Martin House as the hotel everyone stays at while in Memphis
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