Thursday, August 2, 2012

DAYS OF OUR KNIVES Coming To Investigation Discovery August 20, Will Feature Kim Zimmer, Alicia Minshew, Drake Hogestyn, Kristian Alfonso and More

Walking in on your beau bedding your best friend… Halting your wedding because your evil twin stole your spot at the altar… Discovering that your mortal enemy is really your long-lost sibling. These may seem like the plotlines of a delicious daytime soap, but sensational stories are anything but fiction on Investigation Discovery. Dishing out the drama of blindsided betrayals, mistaken identities, and deadly deceptions, ID is staking its claim on real-life soap operas with the launch of daytime programming block DAYS OF OUR KNIVES on Monday, August 20 from 1-4 p.m. ET/PT.

By enlisting adored soap stars to host themed programming each weekday, ID will provide a new alternative to devoted soap fans searching for new “stories” to turn to. Hosting the block each day will be talent hailing from GUIDING LIGHT¸ to the now-longest running American soap currently in production, GENERAL HOSPITAL.

“Investigation Discovery is already the home of guilty pleasure programming, but perhaps there is no more popular example of a classic guilty pleasure than the soap opera,” said Henry Schleiff, president and general manager of Investigation Discovery. “With ID being the #4 network in daytime for Women 25-54*, we realized that soap fans already love The Young and The Restless so let’s give it to them ID-style: the young and the reckless!”

Each week of DAYS OF OUR KNIVES will have its own theme and different stars to introduce the true-life programming based on their scandalous soap personalities. The schedule is as follows:

Tainted Love Week  August 20-24: Hosted by Robert Newman (Joshua Lewis, GUIDING LIGHT) and Kim Zimmer (Reva Shayne, Guiding Light)
Wicked Women Week August 27-31: Hosted by Lynn Herring (Lucy Coe, GENERAL HOSPITAL), Jacklyn Zeman (Barbara “Bobbie” Spencer, GENERAL HOSPITAL), and Judi Evans (Adrienne Johnson Kiriakis, DAYS OF OUR LIVES)
Revenge Week September 3-7: Hosted by Drake Hogestyn (John Black, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) and Kristian Alfonso (Hope Brady, Days Of Our Lives)
Bad Boys Week September 10-14: Hosted by Matt Ashford (Jack Deveraux, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) and Kin Shriner (Scott Baldwin, GENERAL HOSPITAL)
Double Lives Week September 17-21: Hosted by Laurence Lau (Greg Nelson, ALL MY CHILDREN)  and Alicia Minshew (Kendall Hart, ALL MY CHILDREN)
Family Secrets Week September 24-27:  Hosted by Austin Peck and Terri Conn, who played Brad and Katie Snyder, a couple on AS THE WORLD TURNS and are married in real life

Additionally, on Labor Day, Monday, September 3 at 1 p.m. ET/PT, Investigation Discovery’s DAYS OF OUR KNIVES block will offer viewers a first look at the all-new series DEADLY AFFAIRS with Susan Lucci. The top of the hour will be hosted by the queen of daytime television herself and will provide a 10-minute sneak peek of the series perfectly timed during the 1 p.m. timeslot, which All My Children dominated for 41 years. DEADLY AFFAIRS premieres Saturday, September 8 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.


  1. Do we not consider soaps from other countries Soap Operas? Since, as much as I love General Hospital, been watching since I was a toddler, I think the longest running soap is Coronation Street. If you are only considering US soaps though yes you would be correct. This seems like an interesting block, and I love the fact that it's on ID as it's one of my favorite tv stations. :) I will only be missing the 3-4 hour block until Sep 10, then I will be missing the 2-3 hour block because of General Hospital. Would be great to see some old favorites though.

  2. Good point, Valerie. And The Archers is even older than that.

  3. Too bad ID WASN’T interested in “saving” the canceled soaps, but they’re okay with cashing in on their memories and taking away viewing from the remaining soaps. This is NOT good news. It’s exploiting the feelings of soap fans (esp those of us who lost our favorite soaps). I won’t be watching because I want to watch soaps NOT more reality TV crud — and that’s ALL ID is really offering soap fans. JMHO

  4. Days of Our Knives makes zero sense, it’s a terrible title, but the worst thing about this whole announcement is: If this reality TV programming succeeds to garner decent ratings, it could mean bad news for GH and Days. If the networks see that they can produce more cheap reality programming like this to replace the remaining soaps, what do viewers expect? These shows aren’t that much different than The Chew or The Talk, cheap to produce and taking viewers away from soaps, yet potential viewers seem ready to accept these “soap” replacements (and that’s what ID is really offering!) Again, my OP, but I’m beginning to see why soaps are dying: If viewers will watch these cheap-to-produce programs, then mission accomplished. BTW I didn’t see ID doing cartwheels to save AMC, OLTL, ATWT or GL! I’ll be supoorting the remaining soaps myself…

  5. I wish Sony and NBC would issue a smackdown to ID/Discovery Channel for the obvious ripoff of Days of Our Lives in the ridiculous title. I hate that soap writers are encouraging soap viewers to watch these cheap realty soap replacements, whose side are these writers on? Shouldn't they be championing the remaining soaps instead of encouraging viewers to spend the afternoon on a cable channel watching anything but the soaps?! While I personally don't think soaps are a laughing matter, in my opinion the whole premise seems to be making fun of soaps. But if these soap killers succeed, the TV execs may be laughing but at soap viewers' and the remaining soaps' expense. My OP, but I CANNOT believe some of the crap I read on these (pro?) soap websites!

  6. Why would the networks allow their current soap stars to appear on a cable network that is trying to lure away their viewers?! Forget everything I posted. None of this news makes a lick of sense. Much more of this and I'll be finding an alternative to the remaining soaps! LOL It seems like these days EVERY road leads to crazy town! All aboard!!!

  7. I hadn't thought about Kristian and Drake but you are right, this programming will be on against DAYS in most places.

  8. Roger, you are a rare "gem" in reporting soap news. Most of the reporters I pointed this out to did NOT get it at all. I cannot imagine why the networks would go along with the idea of actually potentially lowering the ratings of their remaining soaps -- unless they want out of the daytime soap biz. I hope this is not the case, but this counter programming really worries me. This programming alternative to soaps is not good news, in my opinion, for soap fans and the remaining 4 soaps. I would hate to see anymore daytime soaps canceled, however, I do watch Aussie and Brit soaps, so I may check out The Archers in addition to my Corrie viewing. I just hate to see anything being done to further damage the remaining soaps. Days is not in a good place right now, and GH is iffy at best.

  9. As much I love KZ & RN and seeing in bed once again, I will dvr the show my loyalties belong to Y&R, because I whole heartedly agree w\PraiseGod...!