Thursday, May 30, 2024

End of “Days”? Probably Not. Soap Opera Cast Released from Contracts as Producer Fights with NBC


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.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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