Daytime Confidential podcast

DC #786: All About That Bass

On today's Daytime Confidential podcast Luke Kerr, Jamey Giddens, Jillian Bowe, Mike Jubinville and Sara Bibel dive into the 2015 Daytime Emmy Pre-nominations. Which nominations were the most surprising and which deserving actors were missing from the field. Then they weigh in on Dena Higley's return to Days of Our Lives and Grayson McCouch's debut on General Hospital.

Soap Stars Shine at Ken Corday’s Book Launch



Alison Sweeney and Kristian Alfonso (pictured above) were among the many Days of our Lives stars who lit up the red carpet at the book launch for Ken Corday’s new book, The Days of our Lives: The True Story of One Family's Dream and the Untold History of Days of our Lives. See photos of your favorite Salemites after the jump, and go pick up your copy of Corday's book, which hits bookstores today! 

 

DAYS Scribe Dena Higley on Hope’s Story Twist


 
Fancast's Sara Bibel spoke with Days of Our Lives' head writer Dena Higley on the show's recent and shocking reveal of heroine Hope Brady's (Kristian Alfonso) secret activities. Higley explains how she came up with the idea for Hope's double life.
 
As a viewer, I had one of those,”Wait, what the heck?” moments when Hope’s new storyline about her double life started last week.   What is going on with her?

All my favorite storylines come out of just waking up in the middle of the night and going, “I know what I want to do.”  It’s not doing research or trying to read books or watch movies. It’s just I woke up and I knew I wanted to tell that Hope storyline and it just fell into place.  I picked up the phone, called [Co-Executive Producer] Gary Tomlin, and said, “This is what I want to do.”  He’s like,”That’s the craziest idea you’ve ever had, and I love it.”  So it came out of the blue. It just hit me that we would have so much fun with Hope because it’s coming out of the kidnapping and the drama with Bo.  I think that’s all very relatable to women.  You have trouble with your husband and you get angry and what do you do with that anger?  What if all of your anger in your life took on a life of its own? What would that look like?  I wanted it to be kind of a fun “woo woo” story and at the same time I wanted it to be a relatable woman’s story.  I think we’re all going to be cheering because we all can relate, I think.  I’ve been angry at a few men in my time.

Do the pills that Hope is taking have anything to do with her double life?
Yes, absolutely.  That’s where we’re going.  Right before I went to bed I watched something on TV that was talking about that kind of medicinal thing.

Great Scott?: TV Guide Magazine Wonders if Ousted Producer Saved Salem



TV Guide Magazine's Michael Logan has a new feature up begging the question did Ed Scott, former co-executive producer of The Young and the Restless, and for a time, Days of Our Lives, save the soap opera, crediting Scott with turning DAYS around and helping it to secure 13 Emmy nods. Here's what Scott, who Logan reports has three feature films in the works, has to say:
 
“It’s proof a show can turn around in these difficult times, a soap can be saved,” Scott says. “There needs to be leadership, drive, positive energy and a respect for the audience—but that’s nothing new. It’s old-school stuff. Of course, you don’t have all the time in the world. You need to work hard and work fast.”