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Jason47's request: Please send in your "congrats on 12,000 episodes" messages!; Be a part of the special Jason47 12,000th tribute!
Topic Started: Jan 2 2013, 10:53 PM (3,868 Views)
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Regarding Alison Sweeney's 20th Anniversary as Sami Brady:

Multiple reports keep stating that January 6, 1993 was the debut date for Ali as Sami. My original records indicated it is actually January 22, 1993. I just did a few extra checks to make sure I had the correct date, and it is indeed January 22, 1993 (not January 6, 1993). I just pulled the tape for 1/6/93 and looked through the episode. There's absolutely no sign of Sami (or a mystery person lurking around). I then checked the 1/22/93 episode, as per my records, and that is the episode where she makes her debut, lurking outside the Pub, and later calling (but not speaking to) Marlena's phone. Further errors on YouTube list her second episode (1/25/93) as actually being her first episode (1/22/93). YouTube is incorrect as well. I'll be uploading her actual first scenes as Sami, which no one seems to have uploaded at all on YouTube, in time for my 20th anniversary tribute to Ali. So for many Sami fans, this might be the first time you see her actual first episode as Sami. Also, I found a Soap Opera Weekly (issue 1/12/93) casting notice that states her debut episode is 1/22/93.

UPDATE: Script cover of nearby episode confirms that 1/6/93 is actually the tape date...they were only taping 16 DAYS before airdate back when Ali first started. # 6954 cover confirms that episode was taped on 1/19 and aired on 2/4...just 16 days later. So, based on that date, going backwards in the tape schedule matches 1/6 as being the tape date for 1/22.

Mon 1/18/93 6942 (LAST DAY OF TAPING FOR 1992: TAPE late December 1992)
Tue 1/19/93 6943 (FIRST DAY OF TAPING for 1993: TAPE MON 1/4)
Wed 1/20/93 PREEMPTED PRES. BILL CLINTON INAUGURATION DAY
Thu 1/21/93 6944 (TAPE TUE 1/5)
Fri 1/22/93 6945 (TAPE WED 1/6)
Mon 1/25/93 6946 (TAPE THU 1/7)
Tue 1/26/93 6947 (TAPE FRI 1/8)
Wed 1/27/93 6948 (TAPE MON 1/11)
Thu 1/28/93 6949 (TAPE TUE 1/12)
Fri 1/29/93 6950 (TAPE WED 1/13)
Mon 2/1/93 6951 (TAPE THU 1/14)
Tue 2/2/93 6952 (TAPE FRI 1/15)
Wed 2/3/93 6953 (TAPE MON 1/18)
Thu 2/4/93 6954 CONFIRMED TO TAPE ON TUE 1/19

Not many people have spent 20 years continually on contract, so I've put a lot of effort into this tribute. Hope all the Ali/Sami fans will enjoy it when it's released later this month (lots of fun surprises in store, memorable clips, etc...), in time to celebrate her real 20th anniversary!!

QUOTES NEEDED FOR JASON47's 12,000th EPISODE TRIBUTE: Send yours in now!!!!

Please PM me your congratulations message to "Days" on 12,000 episodes, so it can be included in my special tribute being released next week. Please make sure your messages are no longer than 5 sentences. Some suggestions: Talk about when you started watching the show, your favorite characters/storylines and general well wishes to the show/cast/crew. Also, be sure to include your first name and state (which will be listed with your message on the site). As you know, my site focuses on all positive aspects of the show, so please keep this in mind when sending your message. Messages may be condensed for space and edited for clarity. I have the right to refuse any message deemed not appropriate for the tribute. Thanks for participating. I've already heard back from several former cast members who have sent in their messages, so please join them by sending in your appreciation for 12,000 episodes! Messages must be received by Wednesday, January 9 to be included.


ONE YEAR CONTRACT CYCLES & GUARANTEE ESTIMATES (BASED ON AIRDATES):

Kristian Alfonso (Hope):
July 2011-June 2012: 151 episodes = Guarantee: 3 per week
July 2012-June 2013 (so far): 51 episodes (1st 6 months) = Estimated Guarantee: 2 per week

Camila Banus (Gabi):
October 2011-September 2012: 81 episodes = Guarantee: 1.5 per week
October 2012-September 2013 (so far): 40 episodes (1st 3 months) = Estimated Guarantee: 3 per week

Blake Berris (Nick):
August 2012-July 2013 (so far): 52 episodes (1st 4 months) = Estimated Guarantee: 3 per week

Shawn Christian (Daniel):
May 2011-April 2012: 108 episodes = Guarantee: 2 per week
May 2012-April 2013 (so far): 93 episodes (1st 8 months) = Estimated Guarantee: 3 per week

Bryan Dattilo (Lucas):
February 2012-January 2013 (so far): 81 episodes (1st 11 months)= Estimated Guarantee: 2 per week

Eileen Davidson (Kristen):
October 2012-September 2013 (so far): 45 episodes (1st 3 months) = Estimated Guarantee: 3.5 per week

Casey Deidrick (Chad):
August 2011-July 2012: 92 episodes = Guarantee: 2 per week
August 2012-July 2013 (so far): 47 episodes (1st 5 months) = Estimated Guarantee: 2.5 per week

Galen Gering (Rafe):
December 2011-November 2012: 157 episodes = Guarantee: 3 per week
December 2012-November 2013 (so far): 10 episodes (1st month) = Estimated Guarantee: 3 per week

Deidre Hall (Marlena):
October 2011-September 2012: 120 episodes = Guarantee: 2.5 per week
October 2012-September 2013 (so far): 38 episodes (1st 3 months) = Estimated Guarantee: 3 per week

Drake Hogestyn (John):
October 2011-September 2012: 111 episodes = Guarantee: 2 per week
October 2012-September 2013 (so far): 37 episodes (1st 3 months) = Estimated Guarantee: 3 per week

Lauren Koslow (Kate):
April 2011-March 2012: 90 episodes = Guarantee: 2 per week
April 2012-March 2013 (so far): 56 episodes (1st 9 months) = Estimated Guarantee: 1.5 per week

Kate Mansi (Abigail):
March 2011-February 2012: 105 episodes = Guarantee: 2 per week
March 2012-February 2013 (so far): 71 episodes (1st 10 months) = Estimated Guarantee: 2 per week

Eric Martsolf (Brady):
January 2012-December 2012: 103 episodes = Guarantee: 2 per week
January 2013-December 2013: TBA (at least 2 per week)

Joseph Mascolo (Stefano):
October 2011-September 2012: 59 episodes = Guarantee: Unknown (partially on leave)
October 2012-September 2013 (so far): 11 episodes (1st 3 months) = Guarantee: Unknown (partially on leave)

Chandler Massey (Will):
March 2011-February 2012: 87 episodes = Guarantee: 2 per week
March 2012-February 2013 (so far): 111 episodes (1st 10 months) = Estimated Guarantee: 2.5 per week

Peggy McCay (Caroline):
March 2011-February 2012: 22 episodes = Guarantee: Unknown (partially on leave)
March 2012-February 2013 (so far): 34 episodes (1st 10 months) = Guarantee: Unknown (partially on leave)

Nathan Owens (Cameron):
(**Schuyler Yancey did 39 episodes over 8 months...Estimated Guarantee: 1 per week)
December 2012-November 2013: 2 episodes (1st week) = Estimated Guarantee: 1 or 1.5 per week

Melissa Reeves (Jennifer):
December 2011-November 2012: 103 episodes = Guarantee: 2 per week
December 2012-November 2013 (so far): 14 episodes (1st month) = Estimated Guarantee: 2.5 or 3 per week

James Reynolds (Abe):
April 2011-March 2012: 63 episodes = Guarantee: 1 per week
April 2012-March 2013 (so far): 44 episodes (1st 9 months) = Estimated Guarantee: 1 per week

Lisa Rinna (Billie):
March 2012-February 2013 (so far): 44 episodes (1st 10 months) = 1 per week (last airs 1/30/13)

Suzanne Rogers (Maggie):
September 2011-August 2012: 62 episodes = Guarantee: 1 per week
September 2012-August 2013 (so far): 37 episodes (1st 4 months): 2 per week

James Scott (E.J.):
August 2011-July 2012: 165 episodes = Guarantee: 3 per week
August 2012-July 2013 (so far): 61 episodes (1st 5 months) = Estimated Guarantee: 3 per week

Freddie Smith (Sonny):
July 2011-June 2012: 53 episodes = Guarantee: 1 per week
July 2012-June 2013 (so far): 51 episodes (1st 6 months) = Estimated Guarantee: 2 per week

Alison Sweeney (Sami):
April 2011-March 2012: 139 episodes = Guarantee: 2.5 per week
April 2012-March 2013 (so far): 135 episodes (1st 9 months): Estimated Guarantee: 3.5 per week

Josh Taylor (Roman):
September 2011-August 2012: 67 episodes = Guarantee: 1.5 per week
September 2012-August 2013 (so far): 13 episodes (1st 4 months): Estimated Guarantee: 1 per week

Greg Vaughan (Eric):
November 2012-October 2013 (so far): 25 episodes = Estimated Guarantee: 2 or 2.5 per week

Arianne Zucker (Nicole):
June 2011-May 2012: 131 episodes = Guarantee: 2.5 per week
June 2012-May 2013 (so far): 86 episodes (1st 7 months): Estimated Guarantee: 3 per week

For those who haven't seen them before, here are some contract guarantees (the real ones) from 1969, 1970, 1972 and 1973:

Please note, these guarantee charts were prepared for 13-week cycles, so the guarantees are for just one 13-week cycle...multiply by four to get the annual guarantee numbers.

1969, 1970, 1973: http://www.jason47.com/days/contractstatusreports.html
1972: http://www.jason47.com/jason47b/images/1972guarantees.jpg

ALBERT ALARR EXTENDS STREAK...RICHARD CULLITON MOVES INTO FIRST PLACE FOR WRITERS...UPDATED DIRECTORS & WRITERS LISTS: 2002-2012

"Days of Our Lives" Directors: Episode Rankings: 2002-2012 (total of 2,780 episodes):
1. Albert Alarr...715
2. Herb Stein...580
3. Phil Sogard...459
4. Roger W. Inman...275
5. Grant A. Johnson...227
6. Noel Maxam...143
7. Randy J. Robbins...104
8. Jim Baffico...82
9. Kathryn Foster...42
*. Steven Williford...42
11. Roy B. Steinberg...34
12. Stephen Wyman...18
13. Mike Denney...16
*. Mary Madeiras...16
15. Deveney Kelly...10
16. Alison Sweeney...5
17. Christopher Goutman...3
*. Karen Wilkens...3
19. Jill Ackles...2
*. Andrew Lee...2
21. Peter Brinckerhoff...1
*. Phideaux Xavier...1

"Days of Our Lives" Script Writers: Episode Rankings: 2002-2012 (total of 2,780 episodes):
1. Richard Culliton...243
2. John S. Newman...234
3. Jodie Scholz...231
4. Sofia Landon Geier...228
5. Bruce Neckels...179
6. David Cherrill...140
7. Carolyn Culliton...135
8. Cydney Kelley...130
9. Jeanne Marie Grunwell Ford...123
10. Michael Slade...116
11. Susan Kirshenbaum...94
12. Gillian Spencer...85
13. Jane Atkins...64
14. Dena Higley...61
15. Renee Godelia...56
16. David A. Levinson...55
17. Janet Iacobuzio...50
*. Ryan Quan...50
19. Bettina F. Bradbury...47
20. Mark Christopher Higley...46
21. Mike Cohen...45
22. Judith Donato...39
23. Randy Holland...36
24. Lacey Dyer...33
25. Roger Schroeder...31
26. Peter T. Rich...28
27. Linda Poindexter-Brown...19
28. Meg Kelly...17
29. Zak Berkman...15
*. Melissa Salmons...15
31. Nancy Williams Watt...14
32. Edwin Klein...12
33. Anne M. Schoettle...10
34. Lisa Seidman...9
35. Rick Draughon...8
36. Victor Gialanella...7
37. Clem Egan...6
*. Maura Penders...6
39. Jim Baffico...5
40. Michelle Poteet Lisanti...4
41. Richard J. Allen...3
*. Jacqueline Frazier...3
*. Courtney Kirkpatrick...3
*. Meredith Post...3
*. Anne Toole...3
46. Kola Boof...2
*. M.D. Clark...2
*. Carole A. Mendelsohn...2
49. Alexandra Bleckner...1
*. Erika Moore...1
*. Stefanie Novik...1
*. Kate Simon...1
*. Allison Wait...1
**. Writers' Strike...71

For the complete list of each director and writer's airdates, please visit: http://www.jason47.com/days/directorwriterdatabase.html
Edited by Jason47, Jan 7 2013, 01:46 PM.
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Well, its nice to see that, per the numbers, there's no one at 4 or 5 per week. That's an improvement. Balance seems better among the contract cast of late, aside from anyone who has 1/per week in this post. Some room for improvement, but better than I've seen it.
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Killing myself slowly

Eileen Davidson tops the list (albeit tied with the Sween) for most episode guarantees....THAT is what I want to see!
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Camila Banus (Gabi):
October 2011-September 2012: 81 episodes = Guarantee: 1.5 per week
October 2012-September 2013 (so far): 40 episodes (1st 3 months) = Estimated Guarantee: 3 per week

**DISGRACE**
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Keith
Jan 3 2013, 01:07 AM
Well, its nice to see that, per the numbers, there's no one at 4 or 5 per week.
5 per week would be a guarantee to be in every single episode, all 255! I don't think anyone's ever had that guarantee before on any soap.
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Stupid question, but is the use of an actor's photo considered part of his episode guarantee?
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Jason47
Jan 3 2013, 02:03 AM
Keith
Jan 3 2013, 01:07 AM
Well, its nice to see that, per the numbers, there's no one at 4 or 5 per week.
5 per week would be a guarantee to be in every single episode, all 255! I don't think anyone's ever had that guarantee before on any soap.
I'm pretty sure Drake may have appeared in all 5 episodes in a given week of Days on numerous occasions through the mid to late 90s. That guy was on practically everyday, it felt like.
Edited by nickyj12345, Jan 3 2013, 02:33 AM.
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Will&Sonny


I really hope that Chandler Massey chooses to stick with Days when his current contract expires. I've been dreading the possibility that he would decide to move on to bigger and better things, since he's clearly talented enough to do so. I also hope that, if he does renew his contract, his episode guarantee (which is too low at the moment, IMO -- Camila and Blake definitely should not have a higher guarantee than Chandler) increases to no less than three per week.

There are also a few people on that list whom I would love to see disappear when their current contracts expire (and I'm sure that everyone who is familiar with my posts will be able to guess the identity of one of those individuals), but that's another matter.
Edited by Will&Sonny, Jan 3 2013, 02:52 AM.
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Fan of EJ+ABBY!

I want more for Abigail.
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Will&Sonny
Jan 3 2013, 02:51 AM
I really hope that Chandler Massey chooses to stick with Days when his current contract expires. I've been dreading the possibility that he would decide to move on to bigger and better things, since he's clearly talented enough to do so. I also hope that, if he does renew his contract, his episode guarantee (which is too low at the moment, IMO -- Camila and Blake definitely should not have a higher guarantee than Chandler) increases to no less than three per week.

There are also a few people on that list whom I would love to see disappear when their current contracts expire (and I'm sure that everyone who is familiar with my posts will be able to guess the identity of one of those individuals), but that's another matter.
I love Chandler and I too hope he stays around for awhile, but his acting hasn't 'wowed' me lately. His demeanor with most of the characters is essentially the same - timid and squirrely. He could be playing the character like that on purpose, given the stress he's under right now - but I'd like to see more versatility from him once in awhile. He is definitely capable of it. Even his demeanor during his NYE interaction with Nick, when he stood up to him and called him out on his homophobia, played as timid. I need to see a multi-faceted Will. Hopefully the turning point will come when he decides to take responsibility for his child.


As for the original post, I am happy for something approaching balance. There are multiple interesting, forward-moving stories going on right now (IMO) involving different people and I hope the show is able to maintain that for a sustainable period.
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nickyj12345
Jan 3 2013, 02:18 AM
Jason47
Jan 3 2013, 02:03 AM
Keith
Jan 3 2013, 01:07 AM
Well, its nice to see that, per the numbers, there's no one at 4 or 5 per week.
5 per week would be a guarantee to be in every single episode, all 255! I don't think anyone's ever had that guarantee before on any soap.
I'm pretty sure Drake may have appeared in all 5 episodes in a given week of Days on numerous occasions through the mid to late 90s. That guy was on practically everyday, it felt like.
Oh, yes, many people have appeared in 5 episodes in a week, sometimes they appear in 20 episodes straight, but the guarantee is for the entire year. So a "5 per week" guarantee would mean the person would be guaranteed to appear in 5 episodes x 52 weeks = every episode of the show. "4 per week" is 4 episodes x 52 weeks = around 195-210 episodes, etc... With the budget these days, no one has that high a guarantee anymore.
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bomber
Jan 3 2013, 02:16 AM
Stupid question, but is the use of an actor's photo considered part of his episode guarantee?
No, that is not part of the guarantee. That's separate.
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OliveAnn


How did Camila Banus' contract guarantee DOUBLE? Her jump is even bigger than Alison Sweeney's!
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OliveAnn
Jan 3 2013, 10:46 AM
How did Camila Banus' contract guarantee DOUBLE? Her jump is even bigger than Alison Sweeney's!
Well, this is just based on her first 3 months of this cycle:

Camila Banus (Gabi):
October 2011-September 2012: 81 episodes = Guarantee: 1.5 per week
October 2012-September 2013 (so far): 40 episodes (1st 3 months) = Estimated Guarantee: 3 per week

Perhaps after the "wedding" in a few weeks, her appearances might be less. Maybe she'll only be in around 70 more episodes from January-September, which would make her just a 2 per week guarantee. Maybe they went heavy with her for these first 4 months, and then a little light with her the next 8 months.
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EM's contract guarantee shocks me. I swear he's on all the time yet it's only 2 per week?
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For those who haven't seen them before, here are some contract guarantees (the real ones) from 1969, 1970, 1972 and 1973:

Please note, these guarantee charts were prepared for 13-week cycles, so the guarantees are for just one 13-week cycle...multiply by four to get the annual guarantee numbers.

1969, 1970, 1973: http://www.jason47.com/days/contractstatusreports.html
1972: http://www.jason47.com/jason47b/images/1972guarantees.jpg
Edited by Jason47, Jan 3 2013, 11:13 AM.
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lumifan4life
Jan 3 2013, 11:10 AM
EM's contract guarantee shocks me. I swear he's on all the time yet it's only 2 per week?
Eric wasn't on that much earlier in the year. He went for weeks a couple of times without taping at all.
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Jason47
Jan 3 2013, 11:11 AM
For those who haven't seen them before, here are some contract guarantees (the real ones) from 1969, 1970, 1972 and 1973:

Please note, these guarantee charts were prepared for 13-week cycles, so the guarantees are for just one 13-week cycle...multiply by four to get the annual guarantee numbers.

1969, 1970, 1973: http://www.jason47.com/days/contractstatusreports.html
1972: http://www.jason47.com/jason47b/images/1972guarantees.jpg
Thanks for posting these, Jason. I love seeing these BTS details.
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gailwinters
Jan 3 2013, 11:13 AM
lumifan4life
Jan 3 2013, 11:10 AM
EM's contract guarantee shocks me. I swear he's on all the time yet it's only 2 per week?
Eric wasn't on that much earlier in the year. He went for weeks a couple of times without taping at all.
1/12: 11
2/12: 10
3/12: 6
4/12: 4
5/12: 7
6/12: 4
7/12: 7
8/12: 8
9/12: 8
10/12: 8
11/12: 16
12/12: 14

He was only used heavy in the last 2 months of his yearly cycle, and that was to they could meet his guarantee.
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Jason47
Jan 3 2013, 11:19 AM
gailwinters
Jan 3 2013, 11:13 AM
lumifan4life
Jan 3 2013, 11:10 AM
EM's contract guarantee shocks me. I swear he's on all the time yet it's only 2 per week?
Eric wasn't on that much earlier in the year. He went for weeks a couple of times without taping at all.
1/12: 11
2/12: 10
3/12: 6
4/12: 4
5/12: 7
6/12: 4
7/12: 7
8/12: 8
9/12: 8
10/12: 8
11/12: 16
12/12: 14

He was only used heavy in the last 2 months of his yearly cycle, and that was to they could meet his guarantee.
That's interesting. I wonder if it's how their airtime is spread out over the months cause BD for instance has the same epi guarantee but he is hardly ever onscreen. Proves that they surely know how to utilize a character even with only 2 epis a week if they want to as in Brady's case.
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