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Nov 16 2008, 04:07 PM
- June 14, 2007
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- Nov 16 2008, 06:20 AM
Oops, and on the original topic - I don't know, I have to take a step back here. How many times has this happened in the last 3 years? Fire this person, fire that person - is that going to solve the problem? If Higley goes, who are we going to get? I feel like we've all been through this so many times - "JER fired! Hogan Hired! YAY!" and then, "Fire Sheffer, fire Sheffer!", "He's gone! Don't let the door hit ya on the way out!"...gives me a headache thinking about it.
I try and look at the shows problems objectively, and I know from people in the industry that being a writer is DIFFICULT. You are under pressure of executives, producers, and the network who can constantly scrap your ideas and force you to write for certain people. If Higley wasn't talented, believe me, she would not be able to be in the position she's in today. There's only what, 9 soaps? That means there's only NINE head writer jobs in the industry - think about how limited that is. While I don't think Corday is the sharpest tool in the shed, you have to look at the facts...DAYS isn't her first head writing stint, is it? She arguably HAS come up with great story using characters that everyone wants to see, but budget, Corday and other variables ex-nay them, sending the writing team back to the drawing board over and over. Considering the limitations they have, I don't think she's doing ALL that bad (I mean there are some bad things...but in terms of the big picture).
While I don't think Higley is the BEST writer, I don't think firing her is the answer to any problems. It's a start, but I'm more inclined to say that Corday is the problem here. If Higley goes, I'd be willing to bet the show will continue to have problems (one of which - identity crisis - is actually solely CAUSED by this yo-yoing of writers), and probably worse ones too.
I'm not even saying you keep her long-term. I just think right now is all wrong to do it. There is much else going on and you are just coming off of a upheaval behind the scenes where an EP was re-writing your HW's material.
At least, let the dust settle first and then, if you axe her, make sure you have your ducks in a row because another long transition period will pretty much kill this show.
And your so right about writing being difficult. I'm not a Higley fan either but just think about what the HW has to deal with in general. I said this when Hogan was there and I will say it again. You have an EP who tries to please everyone and constantly interferes and dumps story to do so. You have a network who wants what they want and whose loyalty to you is on thin ice. You have cast members who will have issues with the writing here and there at times. And you have fanbases and fan groups...all wanting different things.
Yeah. I would pretty much toss myself out a window within a week of being Days HW. I really would. Writing, in general, is hard enough as it is.