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May 23 2010, 12:43 AM
I was also told that Ken Corday was pissed because NBC wanted him to cater to Ali's every whim and do anything he could to make her happy -- basically treat her like she had all the seniority (even more than Corday himself) simply because the network considers her to be "the face of NBC Daytime." Corday was stuck between a rock and a hard place because of Ali's shenanigans. Ali knew she had the network in her back pocket as well as Ed Scott so she used it to her advantage to "get ahead" (we all know how career/goal-oriented she is) and she started re-writing scripts, walking around the studio with her nose in the air acting like she was completely invincible.

I don't know of any of this is actually true, but it was told to me by a reliable source.
And this was also around the time Ali got her pregnancy written in, is it not?

I'd like to be a fly on the wall for talks between Corday and NBC brass now, if it truly is the case that NBC is the one forcing the Days of Sami's Life. It would be pretty hard to dispute that the current terrible Sami triangle is the show's "A" story. Over the last two months during which ratings have been steadily dropping, GG and JS were tied in March for the most episodes (18) and JS clocked in as the leader in April with 19 (interestingly, GG only had 11 appearances in April). Ali had 16 eps in March and 17 in April. So far we don't have a chart for May but again those three are likely to be at or near the top in airtime.


Now, are people tuning out because of EJamucas II? I know of some who have, including me, but I have no way of saying how many in the audience did. What I think Corday could say firmly to NBC, though, is that featuring Sami as a romantic heroine in the middle of a triangle is not making viewers tune in.

In fact, if you really want to put your tinfoil hat on, here's a fun and purely speculative theory: what if Corday is getting his revenge on AS and NBC by featuring Sami's triangle while at the same time sabotaging all the other stories so that the entire show sucks? Maybe he unpacked Dena from the attic specifically to ensure the show would suck horribly during a time he promised NBC, as part of the renewal negotiations, that AS and Sami's life and loves would be prominently featured. I mean, it would certainly be a case of cutting off one's nose to spite one's own face, but for all Corday knew the show wouldn't have lost viewers during this time frame and if they did, as they have done, he could shrug and tell NBC, hey, I featured your golden girl and it didn't work out.

Again, sheer speculation, but perhaps not completely off the wall.
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