NBC renewed Days of our lives until fall 2017. Will the sand stop flowing through the hourglass afterwards? As NBC’s latest daytime soap opera, DOOL is in a precarious position and is not immune to cancellation. It is often the lowest rated of the four other drama series that aired during the day on the US broadcast network. The budget cuts he suffered (and camouflaged) for years are now evident on screen. The show has had a few years of Russian roulette writing regime, which may not be over yet. Some actors Days did not choose to cancel depart on their own.
Days of our lives The star, Jen Lilley, is the latest actor to leave the longtime drama. She plays Theresa Donovan, daughter of Days‘one time super couple, Shane Donovan (Charles Shaughnessy) and Kimberly Brady (Patsy Pease). As Kim’s daughter, Theresa is the granddaughter of Shawn (ex-Frank Parker) and Caroline Brady (Peggy McCay). She is considered an “inherited character” by soap opera fans and was born on screen in September 1990 in a soapy Who’s-the-Daddy story.
Theresa’s character grew up offscreen. Lilley was cast for the role in 2013, which brought the young adult version of Theresa to Salem from LA. Shane and Kim’s bouncy baby girl grew up to be a bad girl addict and gold digger, with a history of legal trouble.
Theresa has undergone some character rehabilitation, largely thanks to a fetal nap scenario that is too complicated to address here. Suffice it to say, it was the work of Brady’s ex Kristen DiMera (Eileen Davidson).
The big-eyed beauty, quite firmly on the road to redemption, is now engaged to the well-meaning (if not sharp) shirtless wonder, Brady Black (Eric Martsolf), the father of her toddler son, Tate. This is no small feat, as Theresa once hit Brady’s father John Black (Drake Hogestyn) on the head with an iron, nearly killed him and let a black drunk Brady take the lead. fall.
Lately, their screenplay has suffered from a poorly designed budding love triangle, starring DOOL newcomer Summer / Cindy (Marie Wilson), who was reportedly already fired, albeit thanks to Daysproduction schedule, it will stay on screen a little longer.
Jen Lilley and Eric Martsolf performed “Baby It’s Cold Outside” for Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family. Look at it now. The song starts at around 3.55.
Daytime confidentialJamey Giddens broke the news of Jen Lilley’s plans over the holiday weekend.
I thought it was weird when Lilley’s name was the first one I heard mentioned, once I started poking around about who would replace Kirsten Storms at General hospital. I couldn’t imagine Lilley leaving a full time job at DAYS for another temporary assignment at GH. Turns out Lilley warned DAYS some time ago. In the end, his former DAYS teammate [sic] Molly Burnett was chosen to play Maxie. It is just as well. I heard Lilley wanted a break from the daily moss grinding.
Look for Lilley’s TV parents, Patsy Pease and Charles Shaughnessy, to reprise their iconic roles as Kimberly Brady and Shane Donovan as part of Theresa’s exit script later this year.
Days has taken a few casting shots over the past couple of years. When James Scott (EJ DiMera) and Alison Sweeney (Sami Brady) decided not to renew their contracts, EJ was murdered and Samantha Gene (not a typo) was struck off. Lilley filled the foxes void in Sweeney’s absence.
Since Peter Reckell made it clear that he has no plans to return to the soap for a long time, DOOL brought him back for a limited series and killed the ever-popular Bo Brady, during the “celebration.” the 50th anniversary of the series (it was a bloodbath, a baked donut of doom) in the fall of 2015. Bo died of a brain tumor, in the arms of his beloved Hope Williams Brady (Kristian Alfonso).
Kate Mansi, who has played Abigail Deveraux since 2011, is leaving the series. Her role was recast, after some time and difficulty, with soap novice Marci Miller, according to GE. Mansi’s last air date is slated to be June 24, 2016. As Abigail, Mansi has handled some heavy storylines. It remains to be seen what Miller can bring to the role and what the writers will give him to work.
Last fall was a pretty murderous season for Days, but it wasn’t always an actor’s choice to quit the show. A serial killer, Ben (Robert Scott Wilson), took out Will Horton (Guy Wilson), Paige Larson (True O’Brien) and Serena Mason (Melissa Archer). Prior to that, Ben’s sister Jordan Ridgeway (Chrishell Stause) left town because the character had worked too long under a non-mystery mystery and failed to freeze.
Shawn Douglas Brady (Brandon Beemer) and Belle Black Brady (Martha Madison), who have added some spark to this dreary season, are also reportedly missing, as are Lani Price of Sal Stowers, the only African-American contract player. This pretty much erases the characters in their thirties (i.e. not actors).
Days of our lives tried to reestablish her teenage scene, but the characters haven’t figured it out yet. That could change over the summer, with Joey Johnson (James Lastovic) and Jade (Paige Searsy) on an old-school adventure, and Ciara Brady (Vivian Jovanni) crushing her first cousin’s husband in hospital.
Kyler Pettis did a skillful job with Theo Carver, a character on the autism spectrum. Songbird actress Olivia Rose Keegan has done well with Claire Brady, but when her character isn’t singing, she mostly reacts to storylines featuring her friends and acquaintances.
The younger, non-teen characters – who should take on a good chunk of a soap opera story – were almost wiped out. When Will Horton was killed, her husband Sonny Kiriakis (Freddie Smith) was eliminated.
Their female cohorts, the outgoing Lilley and Mansi, represent two-thirds of the female characters in their twenties. Camila Banus, who just took over the role of Gabi Hernandez in September 2015, is the third.
Banus was cast in John Singleton Snowfall pilot at FX. In April, Deadline reported that the cocaine drama was being reworked. At least one role was being redesigned, but it wasn’t Banus’s. If this pilot is ordered in series, Miller’s newcomer Abigail could, like Cheese, be self-sufficient.
Male characters in this age range are Abigail’s husband, Chad DiMera (Billy Flynn), and her brother JJ Deveraux (Casey Moss), who is Gabi’s boyfriend. Also in this age group is Paul Narita (Christopher Sean), the illegitimate son of John Black whom he had never heard of until recently.
The character of Paul has been billed as the third point in a love triangle with Sonny and Will, who have been off the canvas for months. Apparently Smith will be returning as Sonny in July. Rumors persist that Chandler Massey (Guy Wilson’s precursor as Will Horton) will be returning as well. This flies in the face of Ken Corday’s claim that from now on dead is dead.
The soap opera recently brought back Daniel Cosgrove’s Aiden Jennings and Kassie DePaiva’s Eve Larson is supposed to return, after her character was written off in the easiest way since Jed Allen’s Don Craig went to post a letter. Eve went to New York a few days, months and months ago. This is no way to treat an actor of DePaiva’s caliber.
Shawn Christian’s Dr Daniel Jonas was killed in a car crash, by his drunk driving ex-priest friend Eric Brady (Greg Vaughan, now part of the cast of OWN’s Sugar queen television series), who was jailed for the crime.
We started to follow Days of our lives‘in September 2015. As of May 16, it averaged 0.73 among 18-49 year olds and attracted an average total audience of 2.488 million viewers. The 2014-15 season of Days of our lives averaging a rating of 0.75 in the 18-49 demographic with 2.40 million total viewers.
These numbers mean Days is the lowest rated of the remaining four soaps, by both measures. The young and the restless (CBS) currently has a demo average of 1.11 and an average total audience of 4.891 million viewers.
Love glory and beauty (CBS), the only 30-minute soap opera, which airs right after the parent series Y&R, has a 0.87 demo and an average total audience of 3,700 million viewers. General hospital currently has a 0.78 in demo and an average total audience of 2.841 million viewers. When DOOL surpasses GH in the leaderboards, it makes the news headlines.
When Sony (which produces Days of our lives) has been hacked one of the email exchanges between Jeffrey Frost (Sony VP, Commercial Affairs) and Steve Mosko (President, Sony Pictures Television) claimed that Ted Harbert (President, NBC Broadcasting) was eager to replace DOOL with a low-cost talk show or news show . Days has been renewed several times since this exchange, but the sets have also been degraded and the characters are more and more isolated.
Lilley has been quite active on social media, regularly strengthening Days of our lives and interact with fans. Early in her tenure on the show, she and her co-star Meredith Scott Lynn created this Days of our lives rap video (with a little help from Alison Sweeney). Check it out.
What do you think? Are you an NBC fan Days of our lives TV show? Do you think it will be canceled in a year or two, or will it be renewed?