- September 24, 2009
- Favorite Current Daytime Soap Opera
- Days of Our Lives
- Favorite Soap Opera of All Time
- Days of Our Lives
- Favorite Current Primetime Soap Opera
- True Blood
- Favorite Primetime Soap Opera of All Time
I agree with all of this!! I am really, really burned out on "supercouples". Obviously, like you said, the ratings reflect that people want heartfelt, character driven drama. Good story trumps supercouples now.
- Oct 28 2009, 01:08 AM
- Oct 28 2009, 12:58 AM
- Oct 27 2009, 03:05 PM
If Bo and Hope were split up last year, I would say they will be reunited and that they'll be the money couple. However, like others have said, we're watching a brand new DAYS now. Supercouples don't have the power they once did. It may be a good thing.
Splitting up Bo and Hope is like the third rail. You'll touch it once and then be so scared to do it again. I'm going along with this story, but I will not be surprised if another "The plan to save Days!" cover results within a year.
It's a lot like GH. I am a fan of Bob Guza, but when he F'd around with Luke and Laura the audience came down on him hard. There are just some couples you do not touch without fear of something happening. :)
As far as Days goes, the current ratings, especially in the past year or so, prove supercouples don't mean squat in regards to ratings anymore. That era is gone. Those viewers are pretty much gone and I doubt they will come back nor do I think the show should try to get them back because they were too fickle to begin with. Tomlin's clear plan was to go after the general viewers and it's worked. All those fans want is an entertaining show that is classic soap. That is what Days has been delivering and the ratings have been responding.
I agree with Drew. There are no guarantees and that is what I think is helping Days so much right now. It's spontaneous. You have no idea where things may go. No one wants to watch a show where you already know where things will end up. Bo and Hope may be iconic but that doesn't matter anymore. Hell, their fanbase is not as vocal as others anyway. They never have been. Even during the times they were split up, I never recall reading as much complaints from them nor were their reactions as extreme as other fanbases. They seem to go along for the ride, at least for a little awhile.
I just don't think it matters anymore. I don't think Bo and Hope staying together makes or breaks Days. I don't think any character or couple makes or breaks the show on their own. If there is a need for another plan to save Days (and the current plan has been working well for about a year now), then it won't be t because of Bo and Hope or whoever they end up with. I remember a year ago Days was declared dead because it axed J&M and look what has happened. A permanent Bo and Hope split may have hurt the show a decade ago but I doubt it would matter at all now.
Watching yesterday (I catch Days via the net at work...) Bo and Carly still have a tinge of chemistry. Peter and Crystal always sold their respective characters well, and as a couple, they got VERY close to supercouple status in the heart of the supercouple era. I personally would like for the show to explore this, and not just for the sake of change.
I never thought a year ago that I would have supported Drake and Deidre's firing. I honestly thought it may destroy the show. I WAS WRONG!!! The show is very good right now. I know some may disagree, but I find the change to be a good one, and this time "The Plan To Save Days" worked. It wasn't announced to the public or realized by the media, but TPTB did get together and work out a plan to keep this show on the air. They gambled that viewers would support a show on the basis of good story and a back to basics focus.
Some say this isn't "Days". Well it's just MY opinion, but as a longtime fan of this show, This is the closest I've come to watching "Days" in a longtime. The story has focus, the show is more character driven, and we have been treated to vets like Maggie, Victor, Stefano, Kate, Bo, Hope, Sami, and I could go on.......
Now we have Carly and Vivian back, and these characters are a HUGE part of this show's history. I've watched Days all my life, and folks, to me, this is "Days of Our Lives" doing what it does best again; Telling a story while not being Hijacked by us fans. For once they had the guts to simply tell a story again, without bowing to a fanbase. It worked.