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  1. That article mentions a new emphasis on "outdoor/on-location filming." I don't remember much of that during the time period. It was such a grim time for the show. I liked many of the characters that were written out and exactly one of the new ones – Gloria Loring's Liz. And the plots and writing were deadly dull, especially in contrast to what the ABC soaps were doing at the time.
  2. Correct. But soaps are consistently characterized as "failures," here and elsewhere, even though every single one of their network counterparts has experienced similar (if not more precipitous) ratings declines.
  3. Reuters: Jimmy Fallon’s debut as the host of NBC’s “Tonight Show” drew 11.3 million viewers, network NBC said on Tuesday, making it the second most-watched episode of the late-night talk show in the past five years. The first full week averaged 8.5 million viewers. It's been (steeply) downhill ever since.
  4. And even those "huge" numbers are just a fraction of what they once were. This past Tuesday, Roseanne pulled a 1.0 rating in the 18-49 demo and attracted 5.68 million total viewers. That's a much steeper drop from last season than any of the four soaps.
  5. Or to Jimmy Fallon, whose Tonight Show audience has decreased from 11 million viewers to less than two million five years after his debut -- that's roughly the same as DAYS! But the network continues to pay Fallon a mammoth salary and spend endless amounts on Tonight Show promotion while giving DAYS the short shrift.
  6. Leon Russom (Willis, AW) appeared in the latest episode of Showtime's Shameless, playing a prison inmate. He used to be all over episodic TV, but I hadn't seen him in awhile. I never would have thought he'd be one of the few (only?) AW actors of the '70s era to establish a "mainstream" career -- good for him!
  7. Jason47 posted in another thread: "If it helps any, I've heard they did similar stuff in the past for those long breaks they've taken. That contracts would lapse during the production break and people would then sign again once the show went back into production."
  8. I don't know if this is the proper place to post this, but Michael Ausiello at TVLine is reporting that DAYS has released the entire cast from contract: "Because Days shoots eight months in advance, the show will have enough episodes in the can when it stops production at the end of November to last through Summer 2020. If NBC does renew Days, production is expected to resume in March. But by releasing the contracted cast members from from their commitment to the show, producers have no guarantee who — if anyone — will return. “It’s actually a shrewd — if cynical — business move,” sniffs one insider. “If Days gets picked up, [Corday] can offer the actors new contacts at a reduced rate and with a ‘take-it-or-leave’ it attitude. Worst case scenario, they lose half their cast. Best case scenario [for Corday], everyone agrees to return at a lower salary.” https://tvline.com/2019/11/12/days-of-our-lives-cancelled-cast-fired-season-56/
  9. I've long heard that Harding Lemay planned to bring back Pat Matthews when he returned to the show in 1988, and that she would get involved with John Hudson. Sadly, that's one story thread Donna Swajeski didn't pursue.
  10. Interesting -- I think Carmen went "over the top" far more often than Beverlee did. Beverlee was ice and Carmen was fire. I never bought Carmen as Iris, but I did come to like what I saw as a completely different character.
  11. Condolences to his family, friends and fans. John was never flashy or showy in his role, but he displayed a quiet strength and dignity that used to be prized in soap leading men. Mickey's initial courtship of Maggie was a great story -- nobody who watched it will ever forget the red dancing shoes.
  12. A more recent article on Sheffer: https://www.ydr.com/story/opinion/columnists/mike-argento/2019/10/15/york-mark-hogan-sheffer-screenwriter-soap-opera-world-dies/3917041002/
  13. She went to "Dark Shadows" first, then "Going to Extremes." I agree, Swajeski was a mid-level soap writer who was fortunate that AW was blessed during her tenure with a talented, appealing and cohesive cast.
  14. Did I miss something? Thursday Julie asked Gabi to come to the hospital because she needed to see her. Friday, Gabi was at the hospital but there was no scene with Julie?
  15. Thomas Ian Griffith and Mary Page Keller (Catlin and Sally, AW) are writing a new CIA drama, The Translator's Daughter, for NBC.
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