Deidre Hall

Fasten Your Seatbelts

I would like nothing better than to start the new year by talking about one of the five soaps I watch on a regular basis: As the World Turns, Guiding Light, General Hospital, All My Children and One Life to Live. As a regular consumer of Daytime Confidential, you would like to talk about Spixie, Skate, CarJack, Craig, Shayne & Dinah, Bizzie, Rylee, David Vickers or Todd, Tea, and Marty. We are primed for more analysis and debate about the state of soaps, the ratings race, backstage gossip and industry machinations that directly affect our soaps.

However, yesterday came a series of alarming reports that every serious soap fan should take particular notice. This news is not sexy, glamorous, or particularly juicy. It seems far removed from the battle over Little Johnny, Claudia's frantic (if increasingly laughably staged) search for the incriminating DVD's , or the impending return of one Phillip Granville Spaulding. In fact, this is the type of news that most soap fans will gloss over and turn up their noses without a second thought, but we would be wise to resist that temptation. Yesterday, the automobile industry reported its worst sales in decades. While not surprising given the current state of the economy, this is one of the most problematic developments for daytime dramas that we've seen in a long time. READ MORE

Steve Johnson Listed in Mag's "Eye Patch" History

In the latest edition of New York magazine, Days of Our Lives character Steve Johnson (Stephen Nichols) is among those in the glossy's "Great Moments in Eye Patches." The list focuses on some of pop culture's iconic figures that sport the accessory and the impact of it. For Patch's return to Salem, the magazine states,

The eye patch is the least ridiculous thing about him. We say “is” because he returned from the grave and was reunited with Kayla in 2006.

Ouch! DAYS has finally gotten some press in mainstream media outside of the firing of the iconic duo of Drake Hogestyn (John) and Deidre Hall (Marlena), but Ken Corday and co still can't get any love. Guess it's true about the nasty little vixen known as Karma.

See what the magazine has to say about other characters sporting a patch: READ MORE

DAYS Video Preview

In this week's NBC Days of Our Lives Video Preview, John (Drake Hogestyn) starts finding his way back to Marlena (Deidre Hall) in his first hypnotherapy session (the pier!), and Chloe (Nadia Bjorlin) finally gives in to Daniel (Shawn Christian), while still trying to convince herself she loves Lucas (Bryan Dattilo).
What do you think? Who does Chloe really belong with?

BREAKING NEWS: Did Ken "The Show Slayer" Corday Sign John Callahan to a CONTRACT???

Online sources are saying Ken Corday, in his infinite wisdom, signed veteran actor John Callahan (ex-Edmund) to a contract at Days of Our Sinking Ship. This has not been confirmed by the network.

 Okay, riddle me this? If you can't afford to keep your show's own obscenly popular stars, why bring on half a dozen people from other soaps and pay them? I of course realize Callahan probaby costs a fraction of what Deidre Hall or Drake Hogestyn did, but any no-name doof could have played Nicole's doctor or John's shrink. Why hire names like Callahan and Sandra Ferguson?

This has nothing to do with the merits of Callahan, who I adored as Edmund on All My Children or Ferguson, who I enjoyed for years on Another World. This is about the ultimate idiot in charge pouring salt into the wounds of his disgruntled fans. I don't think Corday will understand anything at this point but a full on boycott. Thanks Alistair Crane for the tip!

When do the Sands Finally Stop Falling for Drake and Deidre?


The rumormill is swirling. It's being suggested around the web that the last time the sands will fall through the hourglass for Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn will be on January 23, 2009. Which, if you think about it, is only 5 weeks away (sob). If you're no longer watching the show, make sure you tune in on that date so you can see the actors names in lights for what we think will be the last time.

Now I don't know about you, but I've finding it hard to watch the show since the news broke out of Drake and Deidre's firing a month ago, and it's not just because of the current storylines (although that doesn't help). I've really only just picked Days back up, and that's because my beloved Aussie soaps are done for the year and I have a spare 40 minutes. I will probably continue to watch after Drake and Deidre go, but it wont be the same. It's already not the same. What do you think?

Will you still watch Days of Our Lives after Drake and Deidre go off air?

NBC Might Cut Back Days...LITERALLY!

Jeff Zucker

I've said it before and I'll say it again: NBC Universal's president Jeff Zucker seems to be running that network into the ground. In fact, in my most recent blog posting Soap on a Rope, I tried to lay out what NBC's wholesale slash-&-burn destruction of its soap franchise has cost the network in several key areas. You can read that specific part of the analysis here.

NBC is mired in fourth place after a disastrous fall. The network recently announced a layoff of 500 employees. For Days of Our Lives, draconian budget cuts have forced out that show's two marquee stars, Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn and resulted in a ton of bad publicity for the show, network and genre at large.

Now comes word from The Hollywood Reporter a story quoting Zucker saying that NBC is looking at the possibility of cutting back it's entire broadcast schedule. The whole thing. This is what Zucker has to say: READ MORE