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SOD: Another DAYS Shake-up; Ken Corday Speaks - SOW article added
Topic Started: Aug 27 2008, 07:13 PM (5,979 Views)
ljacks13
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“This was an important move to ensure the future of the show,” declares Executive Producer Ken Corday of his decisions to replace Co-Executive Producer Ed Scott with soap veteran writer/producer/director Gary Tomlin.

The news comes weeks after a reported blowup between Scott and Head Writer Dena Higley. Sources say Higley filed a compliant with the WGA as a result, but a spokesperson for the organization would only issue a “no comment.”

Sounds like a lot of behind the scenes turmoil for a show that has already had its fair share. “There isn’t anymore,” downplays Corday. “What was perceived as behind the scenes turmoil was basically a mountain being made out of a molehill and I had to very quickly put a stop to that, and that has been done. Whoever thinks that I don’t do things when I’m vacation should take some inventory,” adds Corday, who was out of town with his family when he released Scott from his contract. “Just because I’m not at my desk doesn’t mean I’m not working.”

This isn’t the first time Corday and Tomlin have worked together: Tomlin served as the soap’s co-head writer from 1980-81. “Gary’s past on DAYS goes way back,” says the exec. “I have a very fond remembrance of going to New York with him on January 3 1980 and DAYS was inches from cancellation. Gary came up with story literally overnight in his hotel room and the show was saved. That was 28 years ago, but form there, I realized that this guy could write. Never knew he could direct or produce until he did. He has certainly paid his dues around the industry. A year ago, before Ed came in, I looked at bringing in Gary in and at the time, the marriage of [of then Head Writer] Hogan Sheffer and Gary Tomlin wouldn’t have occurred, so I chose not to do that. And then the strike hit and all bets were off. The show improved, the ratings went up. The strike ended and the show continued to go up and then it seemed as though there were different points of view as to what the show should be doing and where the writing should be going and I had to choose one.”

He chose Higley’s. “I feel very positive, only because Dena will not be second-guessing herself now,” notes Corday. “She will not pulling punches to make anyone happy but herself and the viewers. The big story she has in place is great and she wants to turn that loose right now. It’s wonderful.”

As for DAY’s future – and the current renegotiations with NBC – Corday hints “I hope to be able to make an announcement shortly after Labor Day. I look forward to a long healthy future of the show. We’ll hit 11,000 episodes in January and I’m pretty strongly convinced we’ll hit 12,000 four years after that.”



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MaterialGurl
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Thanks for posting ljacks13 :wave: I hope this means better things ahead for Days. :biggrin:
Edited by MaterialGurl, Aug 27 2008, 07:21 PM.
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ljacks13
Aug 27 2008, 07:13 PM
He chose Higley’s. “I feel very positive, only because Dena will not be second-guessing herself now,” notes Corday. “She will not pulling punches to make anyone happy but herself and the viewers. The big story she has in place is great and she wants to turn that loose right now. It’s wonderful.”





Okay i admit, i'm a little scared..Higley with free reign on the show is not a good thing..
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Errol


Um, ok. A very personal interview from Corday.
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Jonatha


Thanks for posting!
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mbdimera
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Thanks for posting.

So basically Corday is saying that Tomlin was his first choice before Ed Scott? Not sure if I'm buying that. :ermm:

And LMFAO at Corday saying "just because I'm not at my desk, doesn't mean I'm not working." Suuuuuure Ken. :blah:
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Rakesh198
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Thanks for posting! Loved that interview!
Corday is LOVE by Rake. LOL
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Rick
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"We’ll hit 11,000 episodes in January and I’m pretty strongly convinced we’ll hit 12,000 four years after that.”


Could they be working on a 5 year deal?
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Matt
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Why do I think Mr. Corday frequents message boards (this one in particular)? I swear, some of the stuff he said really does sound like it was directed at some of the comments that have appeared here at DR.
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Matt
Aug 27 2008, 07:38 PM
Why do I think Mr. Corday frequents message boards (this one in particular)? I swear, some of the stuff he said really does sound like it was directed at some of the comments that have appeared here at DR.
LMAO
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Rick
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I noticed that too Matt.
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Alligato
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Loved the interview. He sure comes off as sounding like he knows what he is doing, and I hope his optimism comes to pass!

Maybe Dena is a fantastic writer, but Scott was the one who fucked it up with the craziness this past summer...maybe he was the "summer of love" guy...I guess we will find out. Come on, Dena. Here's your chance. Prove us wrong.
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Matt
Aug 27 2008, 07:38 PM
Why do I think Mr. Corday frequents message boards (this one in particular)? I swear, some of the stuff he said really does sound like it was directed at some of the comments that have appeared here at DR.
I was just thinking the exact same thing!! Funny how he commented on exactly what everyone was critizing him about!!! :hmmph:

I am, however, hopeful that Tomlin can turn things around!!
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Maybe Dena is a fantastic writer, but Scott was the one who fucked it up with the craziness this past summer...maybe he was the "summer of love" guy...I guess we will find out. Come on, Dena. Here's your chance. Prove us wrong.

Amen to that Alligato, I'm always trying to be optimistic :wink:
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ljacks13
Aug 27 2008, 07:13 PM
Sounds like a lot of behind the scenes turmoil for a show that has already had its fair share. “There isn’t anymore,” downplays Corday. “What was perceived as behind the scenes turmoil was basically a mountain being made out of a molehill and I had to very quickly put a stop to that, and that has been done.
Huh? If it wasn't a big deal, why did he have to put a stop to it?

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“I have a very fond remembrance of going to New York with him on January 3 1980 and DAYS was inches from cancellation. Gary came up with story literally overnight in his hotel room and the show was saved. That was 28 years ago, but form there, I realized that this guy could write. Never knew he could direct or produce until he did. He has certainly paid his dues around the industry.
Ok, that does sound good! But... if the guy can write, isn't he not supposed to be writing? I mean... why mention that? Though the more writers available with Dena around, the better!

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The strike ended and the show continued to go up
It did? We're back now to where we were with Sheffer.

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and then it seemed as though there were different points of view as to what the show should be doing and where the writing should be going and I had to choose one.
Sooo, he chose the writer who gave them 1.9's?

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He chose Higley’s. “I feel very positive, only because Dena will not be second-guessing herself now,” notes Corday. “She will not pulling punches to make anyone happy but herself and the viewers.
Herself? Well that's sweet. Is that what she's being paid to do?

And something tells me the happiness of Dena and the viewers are mutually exclusive.

I'm glad her self-confidence will go up. Though I can't see how that would happen unless she doesn't look at the ratings. Though maybe the fact that she already has a new co-head writer will help her feel better? Oh wait...
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Rick
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I'm personally willing to give her another chance. She's not the worst writer in the business. I think a lot of people like to bitch just to be bitching.

I realized a long time ago that the best way to watch and enjoy soaps is to STAY AWAY from spoilers. I hardly ever read spoilers and I enjoy the show much more that way.

It seems that when detailed spoilers come out, people jump the gun because of how it sounds on paper. That's what's killing soaps IMO, the availability of in depth spoilers two or three weeks in advance.

There's no investment anymore, no excitement. Before the internet soaps were an escape and we watched with bated breath to see what was next.

I know I've said this a hundred times, but try watching DAYS or any soap for that matter for two full weeks withouit spoilers and you will get drawn in again.

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AWESOME interview!


Finally, Corday is a real person and not a robot! Thank you so much for sharing.

I am looking forward to this.
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LMFAO! Once again, Corday talks out of his ass and subtly makes jabs against someone he's just fired. But he did sound more human in this interview, I'll give him that.

Looks like Dena now has free reign to do whatever she wants, maybe she'll surprise us and deliver, but I'd be very afraid. Only time will tell, I guess.
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Aug 27 2008, 08:03 PM


I realized a long time ago that the best way to watch and enjoy soaps is to STAY AWAY from spoilers. I hardly ever read spoilers and I enjoy the show much more that way.


ITA! I have been spoiler free since February of 2008 and I've enjoyed the show but, I haven't been enjoying the show in over 2 months now. It suck, plain & simple. I've lost interest in the show & I HATE that. I want to start watching DOOL again and I keep forcing my self to watch one episode and I just end up changing the channel. :(

If I had Corday's power at DOOL, I would have put a stop to the spoilers. Spoilers are killing a ton of shows these days. And If anyone of the actors wanted to play diva and go spill spoilers to SOD & company, they better start looking for a job at SOD because I would literaly fire someone over that. Suspend or stuff like that. I don't play. Corday can play with them in the playground, not me.
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brimike


Actually before the Olympics rise, Days was down from last year, I believe. (I could be wrong... somebody can correct me if I looked at the wrong numbers) Maybe not in HH's, but I thought they were down in demos, which is the important number.

As for Tomlin...

*sigh*

...I have complete faith in Tomlin. He'll do just fine. That was never an issue. He's written for shows, he's HEAD written for shows, and he's EP'ed lots of shows. He knows what he's doing. That's not in question. The real question is: can he do something that makes Days skyrocket up in the numbers to insure the one/two year pick-up next month won't be DOOL's last with NBC. And that's where I'm doubtful. He'll deliver a good show, oversee status quo stories, and come in under budget. But at this moment in time, Days needs something JAW-DROPPING. Something to get loads of viewers to tune back in. Like, Lousie Sorel or Eileen Davidson's return, or a big location shoot, or a story that TRULY SINCERELY GENUINELY has "never been done on daytime before". (So sick of hearing that from other shows when it isn't true)

As for Tomlin being up for EP last year... I have it on good authority that yes, it came down to Ed Scott and Gary Tomlin as Wyman's replacements. Both were well-liked, and both made good impressions. But from what I understand, the folks in charge at the time: Corday and Sheffer primarily, ended up going with Ed. Not because they didn't like or want Gary. But just because Ed Scott came from a show that was more "polished and sophisticated" (for lack of better words), and at the time, they thought that's what Days needed. But from what I understand, Tomlin was just as well-liked at the time. They just thought Scott had the chops to get Days taken seriously again in the industry (which critically and awards-wise, ended up being the right choice in the end, no matter what happened behind the scenes in the last few months). Tomlin is fine, just tends to gravitate towards the camp on every show he's worked at (Babes Behind Bars on OLTL, for example)

Implying Tomlin was the first choice (from what I understand) is incorrect, but he was definitely the top runner-up, and only "lost" by a hair.

I have no doubt Tomlin will deliver a fine program. Your typical fun, slightly campy, soap opera. And fans will be content. I just don't know if he has the "secret weapon" in his brain that will save the show in the long run. But I really hope he does.
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