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  1. So they say. I'd be interested in someone trying to work out some other way to achieve similar savings and not cause such upheaval in the production, as well as burning out the actors. Even taking more frequent shooting breaks surely would achieve similar savings without causing a situation as ridiculous as the one with Brandon Barash, where his death was shot before his first scene even aired. It's at that point where it stops being a measure to ensure the show's survival and becomes a liability to it.
  2. *sigh* they never learn. Glad to hear the show is picked up, but that gap desperately needs closing.
  3. Well aware, unfortunately. I tried getting the app when I was in the Netherlands last month and unsurprisingly got the same result. It just seems so much more glaring when you're in Canada because we're next door neighbours and are basically seen as a common market with the US (often at the expense of our own content), yet are constantly treated like the proverbial red-headed stepchildren with regards to any bonus material, specials, etc.
  4. I'm so pleased she's still working. Thanks for sharing that info, @Khan
  5. +1 You could always tell a Melissa Salmons script, and her leaving has really been felt. The level of dialogue has really dropped with her gone. Did she retire or is she working elsewhere atm?
  6. Let me guess, you're a fellow Canadian. The age-old border problem I thought would be resolved by now, but, of course, persists.
  7. I find this interesting since she's listed as being a story editor for Peyton Place, so it's obvious she did indeed have experience in writing soaps. I suspect she would've benefitted from a co-head writer of more experience, considering I believe Michelle Poteet Lisanti and Gary Tomlin were both relatively fresh writers themselves at the time.
  8. Yeah, considering that history, I'd much rather he be named Mickey than anything else.
  9. Wouldn't that be great? If only I could trust that another writer wouldn't swoop in and undo THAT "final final ending" a year later. I still find it so hard to believe that the same man who write GL in 1991-92 wrote such garbage at DAYS. Now, granted, I see traces of his style in 1992 GL (Eleni's incapability to just spit out the fact she saw a sex worker in Frank's bed in Paris is classic JER nonsense IMO), and acknowledge that his tendencies were tempered by his co-writers. But the fact you can immediately pinpoint when he took over as HW by the severe dumbing down of the dialogue within weeks of his arrival speaks volumes. I still felt some of that warmth during JER's first run, at least at first, but I chalk that up to cast cohesion, and to the will of the cast to maintain that sensibility in spite of the writing. The second run was an extended middle-finger to every long-term viewer, without question.
  10. It's almost impossible to say, in retrospect. Watching this episode, the stories seem to be...okay, though not especially exciting. The big drama being Julie being shot at Doug's Club, and her friends and family being torn about whether it was a good idea for her to be there with Doug or not, and whether that put her at risk (wasn't this the riverboat club on the river or something? My memory for those details is a bit patchy), and the fire at Anderson that's suspicious and setting the business up to be ripe to be sold off for parts to Kellam Chandler & Co., who is also running for office at this time. That, and, if I remember correctly, Margo Horton's slow death from cancer were the three big stories at this time. It's relatively grounded in reality, of course, but it certainly isn't anything that would excite viewers when you consider what timeslot competitors like AMC, in particular, was putting out at that time. So, fan anger may have been strong at the slew of deaths during this period, but Bob's death certainly drove story at this time, so it was hardly a pointless death. I also think Bill and Laura leaving was for the best at that point, considering Laura's mental state by that time. But no, I don't think the stories were particularly bad during this period, though not exactly lighting the world on fire. Long story short, I think the deaths may not have hit as hard if there was strong enough story to fill that void, and, from the looks of things, there really wasn't, especially when you consider how shows like GH were making huge gains in this era with far more new faces than DAYS had at this point.
  11. Jet lag is apparently hitting me way harder than expected. If I appear at all dozy in my posts, this is why.

  12. Apologies if it's been shared already, but found a treat on the Internet Archive yesterday: A rare episode from the Nina Laemmle period. Looks like Sony isn't pulling episodes from Internet Archive (so far), but I'll remove the direct link, it's the 8/12/80 episode I find it interesting how, despite folks' complaints about the excess of new faces introduced at this point, the focus is very clearly on the vets here. Any regular viewers from that era know whether this episode is an anomaly, or if Laemmle's changes at the show were more of a simple refocusing of the show around a slimmed down core of characters? ETA: My apologies, just realized the infamous series of deaths in 1980 occurred under Ruth Brooks Flippen, not Nina Laemmle. Oops!
  13. I mean, I guess it's just not my cup of tea. I find myself rolling my eyes a lot at a good chunk of 80s DAYS, though I genuinely understand its appeal, and love the warmth and heart the show had during that period. But I will agree with you that there is a lot of that warmth that's been missing from the show since the JER era and that has been rarely seen since. The only fitting end to Stefano would've been by the monster of his own creation. IMO, Kristen or André, killing him in a highly personal way as their final act of madness, would've really put a nice bow on the whole DiMera ordeal and allowed DAYS to move on properly from this mess of a family. Instead, the Phoenix stays rising over and over in increasingly insulting ways.
  14. Except realistic, adult writing which they've managed to avoid like oil to water for the better part of 40 years. LAWL YOU GUYS GET IT?? RON REPSECTED HISTORY BY MAKING LANI AND KRISTEN NUNS LIKE MARIE LOLOL SOAPY GOODNESS. Shoot me now.
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