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Days of Our Lives dumps another supercouple

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 4th 2009 5:02PM
Nichols/EvansNBC seems determined to destroy Days of Our Lives, the last soap left on the network. After receiving a truck load of negative press for firing/letting go/dumping Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn, the producers are now dropping the axe on perhaps the most popular romantic couple ever on the show, Patch and Kayla. According to Soap Opera Digest, Mary Beth Evans and Stephen Nichols have been let go.

This may seem like an economic necessity for Days of Our Lives, especially since the soap only has a year-and-a-half to prove to NBC that it's still viable -- that was the length of the pick up it received when it was renewed in 2008 -- but to fans this is just another slap in the face.

Patch and Kayla are seminal to Days, and getting Stephen back in 2006 was a big deal. Sadly, his return and reteaming with Evans didn't pump up the ratings. Good storytelling might have helped, because both actors are still excellent in their roles.

Patch and Kayla are second only to Bo and Hope in love story longevity on Days of Our Lives. They would have been third if John and Marlena hadn't been shipped out of Salem on a permanent sabbatical last month, and with that storyline, the employment for Hogestyn and Hall.

At that time, there was speculation that other actors would be dropped as well, but it is surprising that Nichols and Evans are the two that were chosen. In the most recently popularity polls, they were the favorite actor, actress and couple on Days. The only logical reason to let them go is money; they were making a lot more than the unknown newbies who have been getting more and more airtime.

What this really means for soap devotees like me is that the prospects of Days of Our Lives lasting past 2010 is growing dim. John and Marlena, Patch and Kayla ... these are the romantic supercouples that have kept Days interesting. If the next couple to go is Bo and Hope, as rumors suggest, then Days will really be calling it a day.

As for Stephen Nichols and Mary Beth Evans, I fully expect them to pop up on other soaps. Mary Beth could return to As the World Turns where she was terrific as Sierra, and since General Hospital found a way to bring Laura back to life, maybe Nichol's Stefan Cassadine can be resurrected. In fact, how about this: Laura comes back from Paris and brings the recently discovered, not-really-dead Stefan with her! Explanations can be filled in later.

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dracdauter

It's obvious that TPTB don't know nor do they care about their longtime viewers. I came to the show to watch the steller acting of Stephen Nichols and Mary Beth Evans and even though their storylines were sometimes not the best, they always made it interesting and watchable. I can't say the same for the rest of the show. When they left I left with them. I would kill to see Stephen return to GH as Stefan Cassadine and on Laura's arm would be even better. Mary Beth is wonderful as Sierra on ATWT's and I'd love to see her back there. Better yet would be to see these two fabulous actors on primetime television. They would be perfect in their own show.

April 23 2009 at 7:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bert

Billy is gone, they kill off Tony, Anna moves away, Kayla and Patch just disappear, Frankie moves away, Marlena and John are gone. Hey what ever happened to Rolf? Then poor Benjy. Abby I miss, however, thankfully Belle and Shawn have casted away. They do, however, need a better Stephanie or write a better story line. She is suppose to be the rough and tumble race car driver and what we have now is so forgettable. Oh and Phillip should go back to male modeling. Nicole is way tooooo old for EJ, and can someone get her hair consistent.
I have been watching Days since I was 7 or 8, I am 51 now. I believe it is the writers that are killing the show NOT the actors. They are only repeating the words that are written for them. NBC is truly messing up. Now what is this that I hear, NBC is canning Earl?

April 14 2009 at 5:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ADickkey

I have watched DAYS since it first started. I even Tape the shows every day so I wont miss a single episode.
I am very dissapointed with it lately. I don't like the story line of today. Now that my favorite acters are leaving 2x2 I doubt if I will be watching as faithfully as before. I am very disapointed. The people who make this program at its BEST are gone or going. I hate that!!!

April 01 2009 at 10:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
patricia

Im36 and ive watched "DAYS OF OUR LIVES" as long as i can remember. All ive got to say is.......if they keep letting our favorite couples leave the show.....their wont be a show anymore. Or maybe they dont care what us "LONG TIME WATCHERS" think,they know that theirs a younger generation of fans out their to keep interrested. So much for loyalty!

If ABC and CBS can keep their soap stories interresting and not fire/let go their key actors,why cant NBC??

Maybe its the writters for "DAYS" that need to be let go,not our favorite actors.In the end......isnt all about a good story line anyways???


patricia out of SPRINGFIELD,MO

March 15 2009 at 6:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Bab940

I have been a Days Fan since time and I tape the show now so I don't miss it. Also so I can fast forward through the comercials and the porn scenes. The writers need to get their brains out of their pants and write better story lines with out all the sex. Their is more to life than bed hopping and the emagination is a good tool. I have always been impressed by the way Alice was worked in the show. I will stop watching once Kayla and Steve and/or Bo and Hope are gone. I like Sami and her story line but how long can that go on? Get some good writers......

April 17 2009 at 2:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kathy

I LOVE DAYS, PLEASE TELL ME YOUR NOT GOING TO TAKE IT OFF. SOMEONE PLEASE REPLY AND EXPLAIN TO ME, WHY THIS HAS TO BE DONE?

February 19 2009 at 3:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kathy


This sucks big time, I have been watching days of our lives for years, patch and kayla still have alot of storyline left, if the producers would just use their heads!!! They just had a baby together for god sake!!! Before you just handed steve,kayla,john,marlena, and tony their walking papers, did they even get asked if they were willing to take less money??? How would the producers like it if someone did that to them? guess its different when your the one on the throne calling all the shots!!!!

February 19 2009 at 1:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Norma

I've watch days from the beginning some come some go this time I must go the good part is I can take this time for me to read .

February 13 2009 at 2:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
AM

This sucks. Stephen Nichols and Mary Beth Evans were the only reasons I started watching Days again. If they're gone, I'm done.

I hope these writers realize they aren't saving Days this way, they're ensuring its demise, because the people who have been watching for years aren't going to hang around for the group of actors in Salem right now...

February 08 2009 at 4:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
P.w.

I have watched Days since it's inception......I just wish they would cancel it rather than cut it to pieces. With the cuts they are now making, it's just not the same......and no longer worth watching. Nice job NBC!!!

February 06 2009 at 3:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Leslye

Sadly, I'm not surprised. It's clear that Corday has absolutely no idea of how to run the show. It's so sad that he has virtually ruined the show that his parents entrusted him with. I only watch for Bo and Hope and if Peter and Kristian go, I go. I could care less about the younger set and Sami is WAY over used. I love Alison, but we need a break from the *Days of Sami's life*.

February 05 2009 at 3:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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