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Jan 9 2013, 02:32 PM
Jan 9 2013, 01:26 PM
Now that Days is hanging around for another year, can we get some real talent in to write the stories? Days needs someone who's willing to write some action/adventure/mystery/blackmail juiciness, not just teen baby drama & scratch the surface of what could be amazing & then take it in the direction no one wants it to go.
Will getting new writers really make a difference? It seems like no matter who writes this show, it's always a disappointing mess. Gary Tomlin, for all his faults, at least knew how to deliver compelling drama on other shows. He knew how to create over-the-top soapy moments. It's what he was known for. Sunset Beach, OLTL and Passions are all proof of that. Now he's on Days and his work is abysmal. The show is practically unwatchable. Just as it was unwatchable under M&D and Higley. There's something about Days that seems to make otherwise decent writers really shitty. It's a pattern I've noticed and it doesn't just apply to writers. The actors seem to be phoning it in as well and have been for years. (Not counting ED and a few others.)

Changing writers never seems to make a difference in the quality of the show. It's almost like there's some sort of mandate to make the show as boring as humanly possible. Every single story that has the potential to be good always plays out in the most boring of ways. The more interesting path is never taken. The more exciting path is never taken. The drama has completely been sucked out of the show. It's as vanilla as it's ever been and I honestly don't see that changing, even with a new writer. I think there's a larger problem in that Ken Corday has forgotten what a soap opera is supposed to be and until someone wakes him up to the fact that safe and snoozy isn't going to cut it, nothing is going to change.
I've never been a fan of Tomlin's & never will. Plus, I feel like there are actors that will never get the airtime & stories they deserve because Tomlin has his favorites that he just wants to see have the stories & screw everyone else. Days needs a HW that will write for all the characters, and out of the last 3 writing teams, MarDar tried that the most.
Is there a problem with the higher-ups? sure. it would explain the constant turns in MarDar's stories & how the start & the end didn't make sense & certain details were dropped with no notice. but i don't think that just replacing someone like Bruce Evans would be enough (though i wouldn't be surprised if it changed things). Tomlin was fired in 2011 for a reason.
if NBC is serious about hoping that Days will get to 50 years, even if that requires single year renewals to get there, they need to really take a look at what's working & what's not, & not just on Days. What's GH doing to increase ratings? (we'll skip looking at B&B cause Hope/Liam/Steffy non-stop is like EJ/Sami/Rafe non-stop) What's Y&R doing? What kinds of stories do the viewers want to see? Who do the viewers want to see?
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