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Quote pink kiity
: i was on the days of ours lives board and they all think there next since are writer are now doing there soap, and are worry there soaps is next to go, they have a post are we next,
I just came onto your ATWT board for the first time because I was never a viewer. I came on to offer my condolences to the long-time viewers on another thread, when I noticed this thread as I was about to leave.
As a long-time viewer of Days of our Lives, I can tell you that the show is definitely in trouble and will quite likely be the next Daytime Drama taken off the air.
Admittedly, I don't know the financial status of the other Soaps, because I don't watch or follow - but Days is in dire straits. That's not being negative - that's being honest.
If I got into all the reasons why I believe it will be off next, I'd be here writing for the next 30 minutes, but the show is in deep trouble. The budget has been slashed again and the network exeuctives at NBC really don't want the show any more. It's the last one remaining. The sets are nothing short of pathetic. They have a bunch of people living in about 3 homes, because they don't have the money for sets to give them their own places. The storylines are all recycled.
Back in the day, Soaps got 5-year contract renewals without the network execs batting an eye. Days recieved a one-year deal last time around, which translated means "we don't think you can turn this around, so there's no long-term commitment. Shape up - or you're gone." It's no guarantee it'll even get that during the next negotiations.
The show has also made no commitment to the development of younger characters, which I think will be it's death knell. Without developing younger talent, there's no reason for younger viewers to tune in and so the viewing numbers continue to slide and it's not going to reverse at this stage.
I am not being a pessimist - I am being a realist. I don't want it to be gone, but my guess is it might hang in for another 18 months. I don't see it on beyond 2012. I hope I'm wrong - but I seriously doubt it.
Times have changed. Not necessarily for the better - but they've changed nonetheless. Young people have too many other things to interest them nowadays.
I'm not going to be back to follow-up should anyone respond to what I've written. If you care to get into the conversation about the future of DOOL, I would suggest you head over to that show's forum and read/post there.
Again, very sorry to see ATWT go off the air. But it was nice to see it go out on a high note. I thought the finale was extremely well done.