DAYS Exec Talks Emmys, NBC and Vet Firings



Greg Meng, an executive in charge of production at Days of Our Lives, recently did an interview with GoldDerby, in which he addressed the lack of Emmy love for DAYS over the years, the firing of veteran actors, and the show's staying power in the struggling days of daytime:

"We are the only Daytime Drama on NBC. And some people have thought, 'Wow, you must be at a little bit of a disservice there' because the other networks have more than one daytime drama so they block together and protect each other. But we've had nothing but incredible support from NBC. In many ways, maybe that's been part of our success because the network has been behind us 100%. But we also, the show over the years...has stuck to the basic principles in telling the story in an honest way."


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Gonna Kiss NBC's ass More Greg. They wanted To Gut Days Years ago. supportive My Fat Behind

Ok Matthew Cormier I Like Eileen Davidson But To compare Her To Erika Slezak nd Wonder How Erika Got All Her Emmys without Blinking & Eileen doesnt have One for her 5 days roles. Seriously.

I do agree the emmys come down to what tape u submit. Ive always said It should not be one episode but a tape of no more than 45 mins worth of your best scenes of the previous year.

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"But we also, the show over the years...has stuck to the basic principles in telling the story in an honest way."

Clone Rafe?

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While there have been a number of breakout performances on Days, I really can't remember the show ever telling a story that was geared just for an Emmy win. The other soaps seem to write specific stories/episodes geared towards getting Emmys, I can't recall Days ever doing that. Going all the way back to when I started watching in the mid/late 70s, Another World was the highbrow Emmy show on NBC's lineup, later to be replaced by Santa Barbara, Days was always about entertaining people and that was even back when the show was more character driven.

This is just from what I remember, someone else may remember it differently.

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DenverDean wrote:
"But we also, the show over the years...has stuck to the basic principles in telling the story in an honest way."

Clone Rafe?

To be fair, the fake Rafe story has been told many times before (even on Days). Except better.

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One of the posters here put it well. Days has always been about entertaining their audience. What I just LOVE, is how when other soaps try the same techniques, it's like their writing is high art or something. But Days is treated like the white trash of daytime.

I don't even want to know what that BS on OLTL is going to be about, with the 'Two Todd's', since the first time I ever saw a story resembling anything like that, was the 'Two Romans' on Days. And the nonsense ATWT had going on over the years with James Stenbeck was even more ridiculous that Stefano's many returns. But I guess bringing back people from the dead was okay on a show like ATWT.

I don't think Days should worry about Emmys. Hell, pretty soon they'll have to win them just by default. There will be nothing left on the air but Days and maybe two other shows.

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^^ But Days hasn't been entertaining in about 5 years.

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DAYS has been a dark horse at the Daytime Emmys since the 1980s. Heck, when Tamara Braun won her Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in 2009, the show hadn't won an acting award since 1988. Winning Emmys shouldn't be their main priority. Getting rid of that meaningless hack, Dena Higley, should be their first and ONLY real concern, so that they can hopefully return to their glory days before they get the axe brought down upon their heads, as so many other soaps have in recent years.

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Oh Good Grief!

Why is it that whenever these executives discuss their shows in interviews, I get the feeling that they never really watch the shows they're supposedly in charge of?

Days doesn't get nominated a whole lot because a lot of what we see on screen is just not Emmy-worthy. As I've said about at least a thousand times before, I have a soft spot for this show, but I don't watch it expecting to be blown away by quality performances or high production values.

"And that's a fact," as John Black would say.

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I really hope that Days can turn it around. I watched it in the early 80's and loved it, Marie and Alex, the Salem Strangler, etc. I watched it when Austin, Carrie, Billie and Bo were hot and loved it. As well as so many other story lines. Thankfully they FINALLY got rid of that horrid Dena Higley!! I hope this show doesn't go the way of GL, ATWT and OLTL. I would love to see it back at the top again. It would help, I think, to have OLTL airing after it. What a great companion show it would be. I agree with others, ENOUGH of the Passions carry overs!