Is it the end of “Days”? Probably not.
But “Days of our Lives” executive producer Ken Corday has reportedly released his entire cast from their contracts. It’s part of his negotiating ploy with NBC. No one knows better how to cheap out a negotiation like Corday, who puts no money on the screen. He once killed off all his characters.
Corday is in talks with Sony and NBC to renew the show for a 55th year. It can’t be going well, since Corday recently unsuccessfully sued Sony TV, his partner, for promoting another show, “The Bold and the Beautiful,” over his in international territories. He lost that fight.
Corday films six months in advance, so he has enough shows to go through the summer. When he makes his deal, he’ll hire back the cast for less money if he can. But it’s likely this will all get sorted out. He recently invested in an app for the show, and this week got a lot of publicity for a time jump in the series’ story line.
But who wants to live like this? It’s not pleasant for the actors or crew. I suppose in the end Corday will have to give in. Without “Days,” he has no standing in Hollywood. His parents created the show in 1965. It’s his whole life.
What a soap opera! TV Line first reported this news.