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10 minutes ago, Skylover said:

The audiences are very different between US and UK. I don't think Americans mind the artificial look of US soaps that much? The incidental music is just awful though. I get it's a big part of the US soaps but if they can't afford to it properly I think they'd definitely be better cutting their losses. I have noticed the lighting is better in some sets than it used to be - the hospital set looks more naturally lit than when I was last watching around 2018.

Would it make much of a difference? They clearly don't have the money. I don't know if a change in producer would help unless they literally want to gut out the show from top to bottom. I really miss the real conversations characters had. I remember watching a scene between Alice and Jennifer and it just felt so real and honest. Jennifer said she always makes mistakes and Alice replied that it's not making mistakes that's the problem, it's how you choose to respond to those mistakes. This is a kind of conversation I just couldn't imagine current Days being able to do.

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I agree with you completely.

 

The lack of modernizing the shows (without killing them in the processs) and the lack of real conversations is becoming a turn off. These soaps have SO much potential but they aren't allowed to be modern. They were far more progressive in the 70s and 90s.

 

Personally, the UK look is more appealing to me (even as overproduced as they have become) but our soaps couldn't pull it off. 

 

Casuals probably don't care about the sets. Most of us do lol.

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3 minutes ago, KMan101 said:

 

They have said 'familiar faces' return for the story but I've yet to hear about anyone. I assume it will be Stacy's Kristen if she's involved.

 

It would be nice to have real Kristen and Eric around for this. I mean, the story is only played two-three times a week so I guess we should be lucky in what we get.

I doubt it would be ED, but I wish it were.  I think Eric might even be more important even if he is recast.  Like maybe he went back to priesthood after his marriage broke up.

8 minutes ago, Soapsuds said:

Checking my DVR

This episode was from Friday September 17th

I wish it was ED but you know it'll be what's her name. Fake Kristen.

It would be a good redemption arc for the Kristen character.   An actual believable one, but this show doesn't really feel she needs to be redeemed lol.

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12 minutes ago, carolineg said:

It would be a good redemption arc for the Kristen character.   An actual believable one, but this show doesn't really feel she needs to be redeemed lol.

Even if they did that, Ron seems way too in love with making Kristen go crazy. I thought initially that the friendship with Lani would be a good way to ground her a bit and well...

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49 minutes ago, Skylover said:

Seriously, when is Days going to get rid of this cheap incidental music?

This has been Days for years. And most other soaps on network television have gone the same way. Don't hold your breath expecting some new renaissance of quality, because until these soaps move to streaming if they ever do there's no chance IMO.

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8 minutes ago, Skylover said:

The audiences are very different between US and UK. I don't think Americans mind the artificial look of US soaps that much? The incidental music is just awful though. I get it's a big part of the US soaps but if they can't afford to it properly I think they'd definitely be better cutting their losses. I have noticed the lighting is better in some sets than it used to be - the hospital set looks more naturally lit than when I was last watching around 2018.

Would it make much of a difference? They clearly don't have the money. I don't know if a change in producer would help unless they literally want to gut out the show from top to bottom. I really miss the real conversations characters had. I remember watching a scene between Alice and Jennifer and it just felt so real and honest. Jennifer said she always makes mistakes and Alice replied that it's not making mistakes that's the problem, it's how you choose to respond to those mistakes. This is a kind of conversation I just couldn't imagine current Days being able to do.

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I love the production values of the UK soap have. It's a much more realer look. I love the production values of the American soaps from the 80-00's. It's sadden me seeing Days so cheap looking.

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Because of the low guarantees for actors it's so hard to maintain storyline momentum.

Just curious...does anyone have insights on what are "common" episode guarantees for actors on DAYS now? I believe I read that KA had the highest guarantee of all the actors before she left the show.

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1 minute ago, pdm1974 said:

Because of the low guarantees for actors it's so hard to maintain storyline momentum.

Just curious...does anyone have insights on what are "common" episode guarantees for actors on DAYS now? I believe I read that KA had the highest guarantee of all the actors before she left the show.

I don't know for everyone but I think I heard Deidre has a 2 day week guarantee and Drake has a 1.5 a week one.  I think at their 90's peak they had 3 but were just paid to be used more.  I think this was especially true for Eileen.

RSW, Isabel Durant, PT, AZ, Lindsey Arnold, CB, and GG lead the episode count YTD.  BB, NB, and EOB are only a few episodes behind them, so they are probably closer to 2.5/3 days a week.   But I am sure it's more cost effective to use LA 4 days a week than Dee.

I can't imagine anyone would have more than a 3 day guarantee, even KA, but she was on a lot doing nothing mostly. 

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On 9/20/2021 at 5:09 PM, AbcNbc247 said:

Anybody know who’s doing the devil voice?

Sometimes it sounded a little like Drake Hogestyn and other times it sounded like John Aniston

Back in the day, I thought it was Drake before I read that it was Dee. It was Bill dubbing himself just as I suppose Dee will do once again.

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Imagine tuning in for the possession story to see the followup to Marlena being re-possessed, and being "treated" to these last two episodes instead.

I did at least enjoy how EJ was looking at Rafe today. He looks at Rafe like he's a complete waste of oxygen. It's the same look I have on my face whenever he's on. Does anyone actually like Rafe? He's so damn boring.

Gabi and Jake are really freaking annoying. I'm glad that EJ owns the mansion now. I was so tired of hearing about how it was Gabi's house. She was married to Stefan for two seconds. Time for these losers to go sponge off of Rafe again.

It pains me to say it because I love me some Paul Telfer, but I don't care about Xander and Gwen together. I'd rather just have Xander causing trouble around Salem. Watching him and Gwen in bed together all the time is lame.

Brady/Chloe zzzz we've seen this scene a million times. At least Philip's hair is improving. He's actually looking decent. I wish we could've seen Doug cussing Ava out on the phone when she called about her resume.

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18 hours ago, Vee said:

This has been Days for years. And most other soaps on network television have gone the same way. Don't hold your breath expecting some new renaissance of quality, because until these soaps move to streaming if they ever do there's no chance IMO.

I hope they do move over to streaming. Seeing Days looking this way just makes you wonder if it's best if they put it out of its misery. They just can't do it justice anymore and that's a real shame. I wish I was around to see the height of American soaps from the 60s to 80s.

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Anyone remember Ken Corday's music being sold in major stores? I never checked it out to see what it actually was. I feel like this was back in the '90s, though, but I could be wrong.

I'll take Days' silly music over Y&R and the fact I can't even remember any music on modern Y&R other than really bad restaurant lounge music or occasional jazz (also exclusive to the restaurant or Devon's apartment wtf).

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2 minutes ago, koos said:

Anyone remember Ken Corday's music being sold in major stores? I never checked it out to see what it actually was. I feel like this was back in the '90s, though, but I could be wrong.

I'll take Days' silly music over Y&R and the fact I can't even remember any music on modern Y&R other than really bad restaurant lounge music or occasional jazz (also exclusive to the restaurant or Devon's apartment wtf).

Apparently there was a 2xCD release in 2010: https://www.discogs.com/Ken-Corday-And-D-Brent-Nelson-Days-Of-Our-Lives-Original-Television-Series-Soundtrack/release/3530753

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10 minutes ago, te. said:

According to AllMusicGuide, there was a November 1998 release as well. Maybe that's the one I saw. Unless I'm starting to blend 2010 into my '90s memories, which just means I'm getting old.

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