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|Drake ends 21 years of being John Black|
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|Jonatha||Nov 13 2007, 08:00 AM Post #1|
Drake ends 21 years of being John Black
The WGA strike has been the main focus of my attention these past few weeks, meaning I missed one of the biggest TV stories of the year back in mid-October when Days Of Our Lives killed off John Black, ending actor Drake Hogestyn's 21-year run on the show and setting off lots of angry fan chatter on the Internet, including many vows to stop watching the show.
Whether coincidence or not, the past few weeks of ratings for Days were the lowest in the show's 40+ year history.
While soap operas are famous for resurrecting long thought dead characters, this seemed to be more of a permanent thing as Black died from injuries caused by being the victim of a hit and run driver.
I know some of you probably don't think this qualifies as news but it's John Black, for God's sake! The man was The Pawn, then John Black, then Roman Brady, then John Black, then Father John, then John Black again (somewhere in there he was an Alamein, too, but I forget exactly where).
While John's true love was Marlena, she was hardly his only; he hooked up with Diana Colville, had a beautiful love story with the late Isabella Toscano, participated in one of the raciest sex scenes in daytime history with Hope (or was that Princess Gina?), and had a long relationship with Kristen Blake, before she went nuts and ended up locked in the dungeon of a sultan, never to be heard from again. Wow, I love that daytime TV makes paragraphs like this possible.
Hogestyn is a quality performer with a devoted following and won't stay out of work for long. Web sites report him visiting the set of CBS' The Bold And The Beautiful, while a soap opera magazine speculates he could end up on General Hospital as Jeff Webber.
The most entertaining rumor is that he will return to Days in January playing an entirely new character who may or may not share some genes with John Black.
The larger situation here is that some think the sands running through the hourglass will finally reach an end when the show's current deal with NBC expires in 2009. With Passions gone last August, Days is the only daytime programming not named The Today Show that the network has left, and the local affiliates might appreciate having that time back in order to make the big bucks that syndicated programs can bring.
NBC brought in famed Young And The Restless producer Ed Scott earlier this year to try and revamp Days and keep the many longtime fans who were furious that the core characters were being ignored from bailing, but the lame resolution to the Brady- Dimera feud (don't get me started on the fact that there is no Brady-Dimera feud; Stefano came to town to run a casino at Doug's Place and fell in love with Julie Williams. He only developed hatred for the Bradys when Roman tried to bust him for his criminal dealings). Let's all hope that the killing of a beloved character and the writers strike don't mean an end of days for the citizens of Salem.
|Red Mist||Nov 13 2007, 08:11 AM Post #2|
||Thanks Jonatha, interesting read. :)|
|Mason||Nov 13 2007, 09:38 AM Post #3|
||I nearly passed out when they mentioned Kristen, LoL.|
|☼ Jinx ☼||Nov 13 2007, 09:48 AM Post #4|
Live. Love. Laugh. ♥
|I think this is a good decision. John's character was getting boring and redundant. This gives Drake a chance to explore a new avenue of opportunities. And, I suppose this will mean (hopefully) that John Black is forever history.|
|jcar03||Nov 13 2007, 12:19 PM Post #5|
||Last week was the first dip in ratings since John's death. They were up the week of his death and the week after. I truely believe they dipped last week because nothing interesting happened and it wasn't overly interesting.|
|IMissAremid||Nov 13 2007, 12:48 PM Post #6|
After all... tomorrow is another day!
Yep that was some horrible reporting right here.
NBC didn't bring in Ed Scott either. It was Corday/Sony.
|Nubia||Nov 13 2007, 12:48 PM Post #7|
|I love the mention of Stefano's true reason and intent for coming to Salem...and his first obession.|
|PhoenixRising05||Nov 13 2007, 12:59 PM Post #8|
Yep. Although, it should be noted that this reporter isn't the only person saying that. Everyone assumed Days went down because of people tuning out due to John's death. I disagree. People tune out when nothing happens and nothing happened that week that would grip a wide range of viewers.
|King||Nov 13 2007, 05:38 PM Post #9|
||Stuff did happen that week though. A lot of stuff. The rape climax and paternity of the twins. It was definitely not a boring week. It's just no one cares.|
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