Ken Corday: Shooting 'Days of our Lives' So Far Ahead is Only Way to "Make Our Nut" + Fans Must Wait Till Fall For Carlivati to Wiggle Out of Summer Stories

Ken Corday is excited about fall storylines on Days of our Lives.
But what about the next six months?
In his recently interview with Soap Opera Digest, Days of our Lives executive producer Ken Corday explained why the iconic NBC soap opera shoots episodes six months in advance.

"Because the money that we’re getting to produce the show is not what it was two years ago, four years ago, six years ago. So we have to contract the production of the show, and we’re doing eight shows a week as opposed to five shows a week. So we get way far ahead and we’re not using the studio, we don’t have to pay studio overhead, and et cetera, et cetera for 13 out of 52 weeks. That’s the only way we can make our nut."

It seems like the current production schedule may be the only way financially to keep Days going at this point. But it certainly can't be good news for viewers to hear the show's executive producer warn fans for the second time in three years that the next six months will not be very enjoyable. This time around, fans must wait until fall to see the impact of new head writer, Ron Carlivati.

"That’s the thing we’ll be getting away from the most is the onerous, 'I can’t watch this anymore' kind of darkness," Corday tells the magazine. "I’ll just say at a time when there’s enough bad news on the air, we don’t need to see it reflected on Days of our Lives. We don’t need to see people doing the wrong things with the wrong people. People want to come to this show for a safe haven. They want to be entertained and warmed and, you know, cuddle up with Days again. The shift will take about two months for him to kind of resolidify, wiggle out of what was there in the summer, and give us a fall that’s much more in keeping with what I’m talking about."

Cait Fairbanks Joins 'The Young and the Restless' as Tessa Porter

Cait Fairbanks will be playing Tessa Porter on The Young and the Restless.
Cait Fairbanks has joined the cast of CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless in the role of Tessa Porter, according to Soap Opera Digest.

Tessa is described as an upbeat, free-spirited singer with a strong intuition about people.

Fairbanks' credits include include K.C. Undercover, Lincoln Heights and CSI: New York.

The actress is already taping scenes and is scheduled to make her Y&R debut on March 24.

Today in Soap Opera History (February 27)

1968: Dark Shadow' Victoria was found guilty of witchcraft.
1973: Guiding Light's Bauer family attended Papa Bauer's funeral.
1986: Search for Tomorrow's Jo was rescued from a flood.
2008: Days of our Lives' Caroline said goodbye to Shawn.
"All true histories contain instruction; though, in some, the treasure may be hard to find, and when found, so trivial in quantity that the dry, shrivelled kernel scarcely compensates for the trouble of cracking the nut."
― Anne Brontë in "Agnes Grey"

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

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1968: On Dark Shadows, Victoria Winters (Alexandra Moltke) collapsed after the judges found her guilty of witchcraft and sentenced her to be hanged until dead.

'General Hospital' Spoilers (February 27-March 3, 2017)

Jason and Alexis find a clue on Sam's whereabouts.
What's happening on ABC soap opera General Hospital during the week of February 27-March 3, 2017? Check out the day-to-day spoilers and a sneak peek video below to find out.

Monday, February 27
Julian gets a lucky break; Laura fails Tracy; Alexis learns the truth.

In the clip below, Jason receives a pivotal clue in Sam's whereabouts. Will he be able to rescue her before she gives birth?

'Days of our Lives' Spoilers (February 27-March 3, 2017)

Hope and Rafe learn about big changes at the Salem PD.
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What's happening on NBC soap opera Days of our Lives during the week of February 27-March 3, 2017? Check out the day-to-day spoilers and a sneak peek video below to find out.

Monday, February 27
Nicole makes sure Deimos knows she is done with him; Deimos accuses Brady of being in love with Nicole; Jennifer and Eric share a moment; Gabi overhears J.J. and Lani agreeing to a date.

'The Young and the Restless' Spoilers (February 27-March 3, 2017)

What are Katherine Chancellor's last words?  "What you are you up to,
you old fossil?" Jill wonders.
What's happening on CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless during the week of February 27-March 3, 2017? Check out the day-to-day spoilers and a sneak peek video below to find out.

Monday, February 27
Nikki discovers a shocking secret; Michael confronts Jack and Gloria; Phyllis bonds with Ravi while working on the Fenmore's app; Lauren tells Paul she wants to pay the ransom for Scott.