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Nov 7 2008, 05:10 PM
How does Days have more stories going on now then it did in 2007? Right now, we have the Trent murder mystery, Babypalooza (EJ/Nicole/Sami/Rafe), Kate's cancer, and Abe and Lexie (mayor/autism). At this point in 2007 we had John's death, EJ and Sami's wedding/marriage, the sorority stuff (Ford, et. al.), Shawn and Belle's upcoming wedding/Belle's infidelity.

We don't have more stories now, just different ones. I don't think the show is any more balanced than it was at this point in 2008, either. It's just that instead of EJ/Sami/Lucas, it's EJ/Nicole/Sami. Instead of the Ford Decker stuff, it's Trent's murder. The vets who had considerable material surrounding John's death are heavily backburned. Now, there may be those who are much happier with how the show is in November of 2008 than they were in November of 2007 and that's great. But, I'm not one of them, I'm afraid.
Your forgetting the J&M story (it's backburnered but still a story) and your also forgetting the impending Brady/Chloe/Lucas stuff. Your also forgetting that John's death last year wasn't even a story. It just played into the feud story. They wrapped up the death angle in a week and a half. You had 3 stories last year at this time. You had the Brady/Dimera feud which contained the Sami/Lucas/EJ stuff and John's death/Marlena's vengeance, Shawn/Belle/Philip/Chloe, and the Ford stuff. That's it. Nothing else. Three stories and, really, the Ford stuff did not get played much at all until December when he died so there is clearly more stories going on. The show doesn't have stories that involve many characters being involved. It's got individuals stories that it's setting up to kind of intermingle a bit. Big difference.

Yes, the balance is not perfect but we are seeing more characrters now then we did this year even with the lack of Tony, Steve, Kayla, etc. Instead of Sami, Lucas, EJ, Belle, Shawn, Philip, etc dominating we now have Kate, Daniel, Lucas, Chloe, Nicole, EJ, Melanie, Nick, Chelsea, Stephanie, Lexie, Abe , Bo, Hope, Stefano, Sami, Rafe, etc getting heavy airtime and the show usually gives each of them a day break at least during the week to break things up. It's also alternating stories throughout the week instead of one story dominating. Come this week, I'm sure Brady will be tossed into the mix as well and it sees J&M will be featured more to so more characters and another story in rotation. HUGE difference from last year.
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