Things are looking bleak, aren’t they?
An abrupt drop in ratings. Fans complaining. Cancellation rumors—make that, cancellation promises. A whole genre in trouble.
Kenny, isn’t it exhausting, this endless pursuit of that fickle harlot—The Demographic? Wouldn’t it be a relief not to dance that dance anymore?
Here’s an idea: die with dignity. I know, I know, but hear me out. Let’s not make the show prance around like Dee Hall anymore, trying to act like an ingenue. Stop worrying about the ratings. They’ll probably bounce around between 2.0 and 3.0 just like all the other soaps. (Except Y&R, curse you!) So who cares, really? Imagine the possibilities for a writer, to know that the show will end in two years. Let him plot the end out now. Let’s get a nice story arc going.
Let’s face it, Kenny. We all have things we’re good at, and things we’re not so good at. I’m sure there are many things you can do. Bowling, perhaps? Whistling? But it isn’t writing. It’s time to leave the writing to the professionals—let the people you’ve hired do their thing, with only two stipulations: use the cast, and use the history. Let the writers write, the directors direct, and the actors act. Get everyone on board. Let’s make the end of Days something we can all look back on with pride.
But I haven’t forgotten about you. I have a job for you. While all this is happening, you’ll be out there making deals. Isn’t Days the only soap that has retained all its episodes from the beginning? Good thinking, Kenny! Wouldn’t classic Days on Soapnet, from the beginning, be fabulous? Or even starting in the supercouple era? Imagine, making money from a show when it no longer has any production costs! And here’s another idea: there are people making money right now making DVDs of different couples and characters, and selling them to other fans. These are second generation copies (at least), from twenty year old tapes sometimes, and people are paying for these! Imagine what people would buy if they could be assured of first generation quality, with some nice packaging and extras thrown in. Can you picture it, Kenny?
When a show is on the air, no one aims to be a cult show. Big ratings, that’s what you want. But when a show is off the air, a cult show is the best. Cult shows have fans who can milked indefinitely.
We’ll buy, we’ll watch, I promise you. You’re sitting on a gold mine. Think about it.