Following in MaryPickford’s awesome steps, I composed a letter too. I posted it here in case helps anyone who is having trouble writing. I know its wordy, that is something I cannot help. Oh, and a thank you to ESP13 who reminded me of Corday’s earlier remarks in the fall about the veteran super story. I think it’s important to remind him of broken promises.
Dear Mr. Corday,
After reading your interview in the latest issue of SOD, I wanted to write to you. I am a 32-year-old fan who began watching DOOL when I was a teenager back in the 80s. This is the first ever letter I have written into a studio before.
From 1988 until 1992 I watched Days on a regular basis. I then shifted to watching on and off but was mostly disgusted by the Reilly stories like the devil possession or Jennifer floating above the casket at her funeral that I pretty much turned DOOL off for good. When I got my first TiVo a few years ago, I did give a thumbs up to DOOL out of nostalgic reasons and occasionally it would record an episode from time to time. Last spring it happened to catch an episode and I watched in horror as Bo & Hope were unrecognizable in their actions, Marlena was hypnotized (again!) by a man who was explained to be her first husband though he looked confusingly like another husband (of hers) and we had Sami & Lucas still panting for the attentions of Austin and Carrie.
Now it’s a year later and though the show is far from perfect, I find that much has improved considerably. I came back last summer with the return of Steve and Kayla, two excellent actors who have a huge following and been very popular on whatever soap they have graced with their presence. Though they weren’t featured much in the beginning, I continued recording the show because of my respect and loyalty to their return. I understood the show was in a transition period as the firing of Reilly and the hiring of Hogan was taking place, so I had patience and kept DOOL on my season pass.
In the fall, my patience was rewarded. I found I was no longer watching just for Steve and Kayla but for many other storylines too. Hogan went back to something that had been sadly lacking at DOOL all these years, character development. To name one example, the redemption of Chelsea shows that a talented actress can take a one note character and turn her into a multi-layered sympathetic character with the right writing. The introduction of Nick (the best new character I have seen in awhile) to her bad girl character floored me with the chemistry these two have. Hogan also improved the dialog which has become funny and snappy. The merging of storylines so characters interact with others is a huge improvement to what DOOL experienced before. (Hint: Still wanting to see the great actresses Alison Sweeney and Mary Beth Evans to act off each other.)
Are there still problems? Yes, most notably with this last sweeps period where storylines stalled and characters went back to being ostracized away to their only current plots. Since then things have become to improve again. I was dismayed with your comments in SOD because I think we need to remember that balance (in screen time) is what the show needs as well as romance. Listening to extreme fan bases who only want to see their favorites on screen does not necessary help the show overall. What would serve everyone is umbrella storylines where characters all work together for a shared goal. You promised in the fall there would be such a story with ALL the veterans (Bo & Hope, Steve & Kayla and John & Marlena). Newer and older fans of the show was looking forward to that. What happened? Also something that has been lacking is romance, love scenes. Whether fans enjoy the current storyline of their favorites or not, they stick through it for the payoff, which is the love scene. We need to see those too.
So basically what I’m saying is, I came back for the return of Steve and Kayla. Through their return and Hogan Sheffer’s talented writing, I have come to enjoy the show as a whole. All I ask is quality in the story telling and character development continues to improve. The fans have a right to see their favorites on screen (mine are Steve & Kayla, Nick & Chelsea, Bo & Hope, and Lucas & Sami) but I believe all it will take to get the ratings back up, is balance and romance.