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'Days of our Lives' Headed For a Massacre? | Soap Opera Network

‘Days of our Lives’ Headed For a Massacre?

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TV Guide‘s got the first real interview with “” Co-Executive Producer , just days after the soap fired its head writing team and replaced them with the team of and . In the interview, Meng promises some epic firings in the coming months!

Although many speculated the reasoning behind and , Jr.‘s ouster from the NBC daytime drama series, only Meng was able to shed light on how things went down. “We spoke with the network and collectively felt we needed to take a pause, make a change with the writing and the style of the show for a while and see if that will redirect things. The situation is very complex and difficult, and we have a tremendous challenge with that right now,” Meng said to Logan. “Everybody on the ‘DAYS’ team, and that includes NBC and Sony, our distributor, wants this show to succeed and we’re doing everything we can to make it work. We all have different visions as to how to achieve that success but the good news is that we’re all in synch on the future. No one wants cancellation. Even though we brought in Darrell and Marlene to reset ‘DAYS’ last September, it was always our feeling that the show needed to constantly be nurtured with smaller resets. This isn’t the end of the world. We’re just resetting it again in an effort to get it right.”

The co-executive producer and head of production of the daytime drama series confirmed what we had previously reported, which was the change in story direction for “DAYS” wouldn’t hit the air until mid-August. When pressed by Logan, Meng said “Probably mid-August. We’re that far ahead. But we have some really big stuff coming up in the next few months, especially prior to the Olympics. We’re off the air two weeks during the Games but the week leading up to that is huge and it ends in a great cliffhanger. Then there are a lot of surprises the Monday we come back. You won’t want to miss those episodes.”

As for how these changes effects the current canvas on “DAYS,” Meng shared that “we’re looking at weaving people in and out, and bringing them back later if we can.” Logan wondered if that meant the show would be axing some of their cast members as they did prior to the 2011 reboot when they fired several cast members including  (ex-Carly Manning) and (ex-Chloe Lane), and  (John Black) and (Marlena Evans) back in November 2009. “Yes. And that’s all I’m going to say about that right now.”

For more from Meng in his interview with Michael Logan, head on over to

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  • yeah ..I am a bit tired of Abe & Lexie LOVE LOVE LOVE Will….best storyline in a long time…he is a powerful actor…the rehash of the babies with Sammi/Nicole/EJ  blah blah blah   and the John/Hope….uugggghhh….and what makes Rafe so hot? Carrie/Nicole/Sammi  dude must be hung. Austin sounds weird and drugged…like a ’70’s hippie…put Hope on a bulimia storyline… about give Sonnny a bf? dude is too hot not to be getting some …and he’s got money!!

  • Days is doomed.

    But hey, we have this week’s 3,457,489th “Plan to save DAYS” Soap Opera Digest cover to look forward to!!

  • The Will story is the only watchable part of Days right now. Well written and acted by Massey and Hall.

  • Coll1770

    Let’s have a great big shakeup and that keeps everyone talking and guessing.  I miss those DAYS.  Will and Sonny is the best storyline in ages.  Rafe leaving Sami stinks.  Nicole being pregnant is no shocker and it really would help to get back to some real passion, mystery and scandalous storylines.  Take a chance. 


    They’re trying to save the show and there are so many variables that go into making these decisions. Firstly, the theory was initially to bring back older fan favorites; i.e., Marlena, John, Jack, Jennifer, Carrie, Austin, etc, with the hope that these older vets would help to maintain the older demographic fan base and that the younger demographic would gradually follow. That experiment failed and that’s all there is to it. Frankly, the four remaining soaps are pulling out the stops to help preserve the genre; they’re truly allied at this point.

    Although Days is number 3 in the ratings,  it has bled young viewers since the re-boot.  So NBC executives (not to be confused with the producers of Days) want those young demo numbers up. It is clear that the older veteran characters who were so lovingly brought back with the re-boot sadly did not resonate with a young demographic.  When fans scream “get rid of Gabi or get rid of Abby,”  it is ridiculous because NBC needs characters like that to attract the very desirable teenage/20 something young female viewer whom advertisers pay the big bucks for; it is the reality of the business.

    Days is a great show and has been through many metamorphoses. It always weathers the storm and it is one of the linchpins within the NBC lineup of shows. It, like the Today Show and The Tonight Show, is an NBC institution and will continue on and on and on….


    I disagree. I believe that Days hasn’t been this interesting in a very long time. I love the old favorites. The bring History and tradition back into the story. Trying to remember whose who has been fun for me. Will’s story line was going to happen sooner or later. The younger cast is a compliment to the older cast. There is every situation included. Abby was infatuated with Austin..Gabby with Chad.. Melonie and Chad are struggling as a young couple. The older cast are grown and sexy. Still have drama. Sorry guys… I love what I see. I’m so interested to see how Lexie and Abe come through this new health development.