Friday, July 12, 2024

NBC’s “Days of our Lives” Actor Exodus Continues as Victoria Konefal, Hot Young Star, Joins Her Friends Out the Door


These are the Days of our Lives but maybe not for long.

In the last two days, actors Victoria Konefal and Greg Vaughn have announced they are done.

They join what has become a gang of actors as well as executive producer Greg Meng– there for 31 years– who’ve said goodbye to the ailing soap.

Last week Kristian Alfonso, who’s played Hope for 37 years, announced she was leaving and not coming back. She was asked by producer Ken Corday to take a four to five month leave of absence. She was insulted, rightly so, and declined.

Soon only Deidre Hall be left, playing all the parts. Corday might pay for that but still ask for a pay cut.

These departures won’t be the last. Late last fall Corday cancelled all contracts, then made everyone renegotiate. He’s low balled even the longest running regulars as NBC and Sony squeeze him, respectively, on licensing fees.

But if NBC were to cancel “Days” what would they replace it with? No one wants to see more of the “Today” show, please, anything but that. And talk shows aren’t so easy to put together. Look what happened with Nick Cannon. A Kelly Clarkson or Tamron Hall are very hard to cultivate. But maybe they could bring back the Farm Report, or the guy who taught sketching.

All of this is no doubt a blow to headwriter Ron Carlivati, who takes his orders from the top. On Twitter as each actor leaves he Tweets a very lovely goodbye and asks them to consider returning one day. In the movie “SoapDish,” Woopi Goldberg– the headwriter of a soap– is asked to write for a character who was once decapitated. “I can’t write for a man without a head!” she cries. You can’t write for characters who aren’t there, either.

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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