While Prospect Park’s The OnLine Network (TOLN) failed to re-launch “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” to a brand new audience via the internet last year, Corday Productions, which produces NBC’s “Days of our Lives,” has joined with All Screens Media, an international interactive digital media company founded by former Comcast digital media executive Peter Heumiller, to form a new online network dedicated to the soap opera and telenovela format. Per Variety, the production entities have joined together to form NetSoaps Net Novelas LLC (NSNN), which will strive to develop domestic (Net Soaps) and international (Net Novelas) online soap operas for a new generation of soap fans. Net Soaps will be geared toward American and English speaking audiences while Net Novelas will be targeted toward Latin American and Brazilian audiences.
Key executives in charge of the new venture are Corday Productions CEO and “DAYS” executive producer Ken Corday, Greg Meng, co-executive producer of “DAYS,” former “DAYS” actress and online series producer Crystal Chappell (ex-Carly Manning; “Venice: The Series”), the aforementioned Peter Heumiller and international latin producer Rose Ganguzza, who spearheaded the growth of Brazil’s TV Globo network.
When it rains, it pours… Especially when a hashtagged phrase catches on via Twitter! And funny enough, Ken Corday, executive producer of NBC’s “Days of our Lives,” is the latest to be caught in a storm of incessant fan tweets.
Hot on the heels of the drama winning “Best Soap of All Time” in a Parade magazine poll, fans took to Twitter to share their displeasure with the series using #CordaysFault along with the tweets. And with so many passionate fans joining the conversation, it’s become a trending topic — even to the point of jokes like “I stepped in a puddle and ruined my shoes. I guess that’s #CordaysFault too?”
After much anticipation, NBC announced today that it has renewed “Days of our Lives” through the 2015-16 television season. The renewal ensures the soap will celebrate its 50th year on television. The series debuted on November 8, 1965.
“‘Days of our Lives’ continues to be a fan favorite for the daytime audience and we are thrilled to keep it going through its 50th season,” said Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment. “‘DAYS’ has shown year-to-year increases in key female demographics and remains both relevant and fresh creatively due to the hard work of the producers, writers, cast and crew who have worked tirelessly to make ‘DAYS’ the ratings success it is today.
According to Soap Opera Digest, NBC’s “Days of our Lives” is welcoming back veteran actor Drake Hogestyn (John Black) to its canvas after nearly a 7-month absence. Hogestyn last appeared on screen in mid-July based on scenes filmed in mid-March.
In its August 12 issue, “DAYS” executive producer, Ken Corday, was quoted as saying of Hogestyn’s alter-ego, “I consider him one of the iconic characters in Salem and someone who can come and go because John Black is a superspy, know all-do all. It is very possible that by the end of the year or the turn of the year, you will see him again.”
Based on its current filming schedule, fans should expect Hogestyn to appear again on screen sometime in early 2014.
When “Days of our Lives” executive producer, Ken Corday, let the cat out of the bag via Soap Opera Digest that Eileen Davidson would be departing the daytime drama series in the coming months, the actress was forced to speak out on Twitter, then Facebook and now TV Guide to clear up any doubts about her future as Kristen DiMera on “DAYS” and the possibility of a return to “The Young and the Restless.”
According to Soap Opera Digest, Eileen Davidson will be departing NBC’s “Days of our Lives” just over a year since returning to the set of the daytime drama series to reprise her iconic role of Kristen DiMera.
After rumors began to spread over the last few weeks that Peter Reckell would be heading to Port Charles after not being able to come to a deal with Corday Productions that would have brought him back to Salem as Bo Brady on NBC’s “Days of our Lives,” the actor himself has taken to social media to set the record straight.
Shortly after winning his second consecutive Daytime Emmy award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series last month, “Days of our Lives” star, Chandler Massey, announced plans to depart the NBC Daytime drama series after portraying the role of Will Horton for the past four years. The actor stated he wants to go back to school and he wouldn’t be able to do that while under contract with the soap.
On Monday, June 17, in honor of “Days of our Lives” taking home its first Emmy Award in 35 years for Outstanding Drama Series during the 40th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards the night before, the NBC Daytime drama series celebrated its Emmy win in style with cast and crew partaking in champagne. In addition to celebratory words from executive producer Ken Corday, NBC provided the series with a framed congratulatory document that read “Congratulations!! We are so proud. Cheers to your well-deserved honor, Bob, Jen, Bruce, Rebecca and all of your fans at NBC!!!” The document ended with the famous NBC peacock logo.
“Eighteen nominations later and here we are,” said Ken Corday, executive producer, “Days of our Lives,” in an exclusive interview with Soap Opera Network shortly after the NBC Daytime drama series nabbed its first Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award in 35 years in the category of Outstanding Drama Series. The last time the show won in the category was in 1978, per the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.