I was intrigued by this little quote, from the forthcoming Soap Opera Digest, regarding Days:
“Scenes that were shot almost 6 months ago were reshot in the last couple weeks to make the transition to the new stories smoother.”
First of all, in today’s tight budgets, when even second takes are frowned upon, I think it must be practically unheard of for reshoots to happen. And simply to make things “smoother”? I have trouble understanding where the money is coming from for all this. All these new big-name contract players, new improved sets and production values, and now reshoots? Did Ken Corday sell his soul to the devil?
One of my pet favorite things to do is to look for the onscreen effects of backstage decisions, so I think the next month is going to very interesting to watch. Let’s walk through some of these dates.
The headwriter change to Higley and Griffith, from Tomlin and Whitesell, happened on February 16, 2015. That was a dark week at the studio, so filming under the new team presumably started February 23. At that time, there were three weeks of TomSell scripts fully written and ready to film. I am assuming that the new production team, including Albert Alarr, also started that week. According to the above schedule, the episodes filming then will start to air July 16 – yesterday! Did we notice some nice production values on July 16? I think we did!
Look at the beautiful … lighting.
I really, really liked the way the whole final segment looked, going from Daniel and Nicole being happy, to Serena in her darkened hotel room plotting revenge, to Eric standing by his window thinking of Nicole, back to Serena pacing, and then finally Daniel and Nicole making out with Serena’s voiceover: what would happen if Daniel found out? It established the emotions of the four players, and heightened the tension of what is going to happen, in a really lovely way. On Daytime Royalty some posters said they noticed a few new musical cues as well on Thursday. I have a terrible ear for music, so I didn’t notice this, but that is also a very good sign.
I assume that the new writing/production team had very little time in those first weeks to rewrite scripts that were already fully written, so a lot of those three weeks of TomSell material must have been shot as is. This is the material that is mostly likely being partially reshot.
I can’t imagine these will be at the level of inserting a new storyline or completely changing the purpose of scene, but on the other hand it has to be significant enough to justify doing it. I’m curious if it means some scenes are completely cut, and replaced with a new scene that prepares us for a fall storyline, or if instead it’s a matter of rewriting the dialogue in an existing scene and reshooting it? I would guess too that they wouldn’t do this with actors who are gone, who they would then have to call back to the studio and pay them again. (But then, what do I know? Maybe it’s in their contract that they have to do that if necessary.)
The other tidbit I recall is that Mary Beth said awhile back that within two weeks of the new material, it’s a completely different Days. So the new team clearly came in and shook things up very quickly, and by Labor Day we’ll be fully into the new stories. Clearly they must have decided the transition was a bit too drastic, and they are doing this to make up for it. I just still can’t fully wrap my mind around it. It must have been very abrupt. Re-editing I can see, but actually reshooting?
At any rate, I look forward to playing “guess the reshoot” over the next month!