Days of Our Lives showrunner Ron Carlivati‘s making a big change at the NBC soap. This could mean really good news for fans of DOOL. Since taking the helm of the show, the ratings have been pretty steady. He remains around a 1.5 in the Neilsens keeping it in fourth place among the remaining daytime shows. Recently, though, thanks to GH dropping, the Ron-run Days popped up into third place. But then this shocking shake-up worried some fans. Here’s what has some viewers worried about the fate of their soap.
Days of Our Lives Tapes Six to Seven Months Ahead to Save Money – Ron Carlivati Changes
One thing that DOOL fans know is that budget is a primary concern at the soap. That means lavish sets and costumes aren’t commonplace. They shoot in the same rooms frequently. You can tell that the room at the Salem Inn’s shared by Kristen DiMera (Stacy Haiduk), Tony DiMera (Thaao Penghlis) and Vivian Alamain (Robin Strasser), among others. Over at Chez Kiriakis, most scenes are in the living room and the same bedroom gets re-used.
And Eric Brady’s (Greg Vaughan) apartment once housed Xander Cook (Paul Telfer). Plus, the show tends to cram more wealthy people into small spaces than seems realistic. And Ron Carlivati cuts corners on costuming too. They had Gabi Hernandez (Camila Banus) in an old vintage denim jumper mourning her hubby’s death. And a lot of the cast rocks around in jeans on Days of Our Lives. And shooting months ahead and many episodes a day also saves money. But it’s changing…
— Ron Carlivati (@carlivatiron) August 14, 2019
DOOL Makes Huge Change to Shooting Schedule
The half-year lag between shooting Days of Our Lives and when it airs lets the show move at a quick pace and save dollars. But a recent mention at a Days fan event revealed something that should concern fans. The NBC soap’s taking several months OFF from shooting. Chatter is that the hiatus kicks off around Thanksgiving and could last four months (or even longer). The always-reputable Jason47 confirmed this as well on social media.
Reportedly, Ron Carlivati’s shooting scenes now for Summer 2020. In the interview below, Ron confirmed he reads fan reaction to storylines but can’t please everyone. However, with the lengthy tape to air lag, the writers can’t respond to fan feedback. It’s too late by the time they see what fans are saying to change anything on Days of Our Lives. But that could be changing.
Days of Our Lives Shakeup – Good or Bad News for Viewers?
When word first leaked of this lengthy DOOL shooting break, some fans panicked and worried it was a sign of impending cancellation of their show. But it might not be bad news at all. In January, NBC confirmed it renewed the soap for another season. That came after ratings improved and the NBC sudser walked away with the top award for best drama at the Daytime Emmys.
And just prior to this Days of Our Lives hiatus announcement, the show came in above General Hospital twice. Once, was the week of September 16-20 and September 2-6. This is all good for the show. So, rather than worrying about it being cancelled, it could be a positive sign. If the show takes a break of 4-6 months from shooting, that closes the gap to air. Case in point is the return of Stefan DiMera, with Brandon Barash back on set after fan outcry of his exit.
In fact, it could be really great news because it would allow Ron Carlivati and his writing team to see what fans love (and hate) and tweak storylines to improve ratings even more. Because they were improving ratings without this advantage already. So, this shift could push DOOL up into the third spot more regularly. So, don’t worry fans – this could be a really great change – and there’s no reason to panic.
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