Monday, May 20, 2024

Whoops! Days of our Lives May Vault to Number 1 as CBS Soaps Run Out of Shows, “General Hospital” Not Far Behind


The weird shooting schedule at “Days of our Lives” may pay off for the wrong reasons.

The NBC soap shoots almost six months in advance, so they are well set with new episodes through the fall of 2020. There have often been complaints that the show can’t respond to audience reaction like the other soaps, which shoot about six weeks ahead of airtime.

But now that irksome schedule may come in handy. Turns out the two CBS soaps, “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” will air their last new episodes on Thursday. Yes, this Thursday. So whatever is going on on those shows will freeze in time until the shows can return to their studios.

Similarly, ABC’s “General Hospital” will reach the end of the line in mid to late May. They’ve been padding out shows with big flashback sequences to try and stretch out what’s left of their inventory.

Starting Monday, the CBS shows will air theme weeks taken from their enormous histories. Cast members will film interstitial bits commenting on the old episodes. It should be fun to see the hairstyles and make up from the 80s, 90s, and so on.

All of this should boost “Days of our Lives” if they’re the only soap with new material. And wouldn’t that be a twist worthy of a soap? No one saw that coming. If only “Days” looked better. It’s got terrible lighting and even worse sets. Characters meet on the same set over and over, redressed to look like it’s different from another scene. But that’s another story.

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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