‘Days of Our Lives’ (DOOL) spoilers find that executive producer Kenneth Robert Corday recently opened up about the past, the present and the future of the hit NBC soap. Here’s what he has to say!
Speaking to Soap Opera Digest in a new interview, the executive producer say that he knows his parents, Ted and Betty, would have been proud of how far the show has come and the fact that it’s still on the air so many years after its debut in 1965. Ted Corday passed away in 1966, just for Betty to take over the show until she retired in 1985. She passed away in 1987.
‘Days of Our Lives’ Spoilers: Ken Corday Opens Up About DOOL’s Past And Teases DOOL’s Future
When asked what he parents would think about the show’s current storylines, Ken told the publication, “They’d be flabbergasted! My dad didn’t think it would make it a year, and of course, he didn’t make it a year, the show did. My mom was thrilled when we hit our 20th anniversary and our 25th. Fifty-five is just incomparable. They would be proud. They’d be so proud of what everyone has done. The legacy continues. It’s an iconic show, especially for NBC and daytime drama. And if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. We’ll stick with the formula and the families and the romance that seems to have worked for five-and-a-half decades.”
Ken also reflected on some of his personal thoughts about the show, especially as it is close to its 55th anniversary.
He explained, “You look at 55 years and you realize that a lot of our legacy characters on the show — we still have Maggie, and Doug and Julie, John and Marlena and so many other mainstays — speak to such a long run. That and the fact that there have basically been five head writers, one in every decade, who have changed the pace of the show and were able to move it up a notch or two. The real driving force behind any soap is the head writer and we’ve been fortunate to have some really great ones that were able to reshape the show in a positive way and water its roots with young story for the future. We’re five generations deep now on the show and it’s all flown by so quickly. Here’s to 60!”
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