It's Back to Basics for 'Days of our Lives'
It's Back to Basics for 'Days of our Lives'
Early last month, NBC announced the addition of Edward Scott into the production team of the network's leading soap opera, Days of our Lives.  As the new co-executive producer of the soap, Scott intends to incorporate more realistic and relatable storylines into the show.

"My plan is to get [Days of our Lives] back to beautiful basics--real drama with real people" Scott told TV Guide.  "That's why the audience is watching so much reality TV--they want to feel things are really happening."

However, this does not mean Days of our Lives will be rid of its extraordinary and often theatrical depictions of life.  "We have some wild stuff coming up with Stefano [Joseph Mascolo].  In fact, we're going to do Kill Bill.  We just can't afford to do this over the top stuff all the time,” Scott said.

Fans can also expect to see an immense change in the cast's performances.  "The cast isn't used to getting direction, so there's a whole new mindset now.  They can no longer just learn the words and blow through scenes.  They need to find meaning and levels in the material.  Everybody got out of that habit,” Scott said.

Scott's plan for Days of our Lives is a response to the threat of cancellation the series received last January.  "We know that is looming over us...  My goal is to make [Days of our Lives] such a great show that there's no way they're going to be able to cancel it.  They'll be embarrassed to do it."

Scott, along with casting director Marnie Saitta, joined the Days of our Lives team as co-executive producer Steve Wyman, supervising producer Roy Steinberg and casting director Fran Bascom left the daytime drama. When the behind-the-scenes shake-up was announced, executive-producer Ken Cordray expressed his confidence in Scott.

"I am very enthusiastic about the important changes for Days of our Lives that Edward Scott will bring as co-executive producer," Kordray said in a press release.  "Ed comes with more than twenty years experience with The Young and the Restless and brings a new, vibrant, creative energy and strength to this all-important position of leadership."

-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: NBC, TV Guide
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