The Days of Our Lives

The Days of Our Lives

The True Story of One Family's Dream and the Untold History of Days of Our Lives

Book - 2010
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Presents the history of "The Days of Our Lives," a show that started as the dream of one family, the Corday family, as they struggled to emerge from nowhere to create and sell one of the most successful and enduring TV shows in history.

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On a November day almost forty-five years ago, the first episode of Days of our Lives appeared on the NBC Network, NBC's first color soap opera broadcast. Eleven thousand episodes later, millions excitedly tune in every weekday to watch one of the 260 original one-hour episodes produced each year. What few know though is that the show started as the dream of one family, the Corday family, who still owns and runs the show to this day. These are the days of their lives.

The Days of our Lives is the first insider account of the history behind one of our most beloved soap operas. It is about the family who believed in it, conceived it, and sometimes seemed to live it along with millions of viewers, as they struggled to emerge from nowhere to create and produce one of the most successful and enduring television shows in history.

Ken Corday reveals the triumphs and tragedies behind the scenes over the years, a moving personal story of a family facing everything from death to mental illness, the ever-looming threat of cancellation, and the struggle to keep their dream alive. It is also the story of an extended family-actors, producers, and crew-who formed a bond of love that went beyond just creating a show to establishing a legacy.

You will discover for the first time the true stories behind the show, a story of living a dream and raising a family while things all around you, even fate, seem to conspire against you-and succeeding against all odds.

The first insider memoir of the founding and history of the hit show Days of our Lives

Publisher: Naperville, Ill. : Sourcebooks, Inc., 2010
ISBN: 9781402242229
Branch Call Number: 791.4572 COR
791.4572 Cor
Characteristics: xx, 248 p., [8] leaves of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm


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Jun 28, 2018

This is more a double biography of Corday family & the show.
NBC sure underestimated the "little lady" aka author's widowed mom in her role as executive producer in late 60s to early 80s. I sure chuckled at NBC misogynistic directive to show more skin & she shot back what about the guys in briefs & boxers for the mostly female audience. Sure sympathize on author speaking out on his older brother's battle against mental illness. Interesting behind the scene politics as changing demographics, & reduced budgets as soap operas died out.
Author dished some dirt on certain producer whom NBC foisted on show as part of leveraged deal. However, he was generous on the cast & crew.

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