Good ("Good"?) News and Bad News
So Days of Our Lives finally got renewed, though only for 18 months. If the writing doesn't significantly improve, that will be the longest year and a half of my life. Lord, beer me strength.
The truly bad news is that in order to meet the budget cuts that were apparently part of the renewal package, a ton of actors may be on the way out.
Soap Opera Digest reports:
Hot on the heels of the news that DAYS got a pickup (at an extremely reduced fee from NBC), Digest has learned that negotiations between the show and Jay Kenneth Johnson (Philip) have broken down and the actor cleared out his dressing room yesterday. Money is said to be the main issue. "Everyone is being asked to take a paycut," reports an insider. Sources say the show is looking for a potential recast and actors are being brought into the studio today to read. A DAYS spokesperson says, "No comment."
That will decrease the younger male prettiness on that show by at least 33%! Unacceptable!
And the rumors about who the additional cuts will be are not encouraging. I swear, if they renewed this thing just to jam Marlena down our throats five days a week, I reserve the right to have all my Days posts be a series of moans and gasps. (Assuming I could stay awake, and not have a smugness-induced stroke.)
P.S. Yes, a real Days post is coming soon. The things I suffer through for you people.