Rumors that Days Of Our Lives is allegedly on the brink of being canceled have continued to swirl despite the fact that huge changes have been made to the soap’s writing staff.
Soap Opera Network has reported that the show’s current head writers, Gary Tomlin and Christopher Whitesell, will be replaced by Dena Higley and Josh Griffith. Higley and Griffith are both soap opera veterans, having written extensively for One Life To Live and The Young and the Restless respectively.
Griffith was the head-writer on The Young and the Restless between 2012 and 2013, while Higley was previously the head-writer on Days Of Our Lives on two occasions. The first stint was in 2003, while she returned to helm the show between 2008 and 2011.
Tomlin and Whitesell are leaving Days Of Our Lives after several disastrous months for the NBC soap. This has seen Days Of Our Lives’ ratings plummet substantially. In fact, these figures have become so alarming that rumors had even suggested that the show might not have survive discussions between NBC, Sony Pictures Television and Corday Productions to renew the soap.
Higley and Griffith allegedly took over control of Days Of Our Lives on Monday, February 16, according to Soap Opera Digest. However their work won’t start to hit screens until either the middle or the end of July. They will only have a short time to find their feet before the soap’s 50th anniversary on November 8, 2015.
Unfortunately for Higley and Griffith, the pair have an almighty task on their hands to return Days Of Our Lives to its former glories. The soap is in an almighty rut that has even led to suggestions that it might not be renewed beyond September, 2016.
Days Of Our Lives is currently in last place amongst several key demographics. This includes women aged 18-49, women aged 25-54, and women 18-34.
NBC, Sony Pictures Television, Corday Productions and Days Of Our Lives producers are expected to hold discussions on the show’s future either at the end of 2015, or at the start of next year.
According to Music Times, Days Of Our Lives fans have been hugely disappointed and concerned with the soap because of its rather abject storyline over the last few months. These are believed to have been a huge factor in the show’s disastrous ratings.
Days Of Our Lives has been in bottom place of the ratings for quite some-time, and it’s been speculated that NBC might decided to bring the soap to an end once the show’s 50th anniversary has been celebrated.