Interviews

 

Ken Corday

Daytime Drama Producer

Ken Corday on the Days of Our Lives legacy

03:37

Viewers watch Days of Our Lives and all other daytime dramas for romance, romance and more romance. If there's a family or two involved as a frame, that's great, but it's not about putting the evening news on at noon. It's not about doing a talk show where it's just endless talk. It's about passion. It's that first trip around the block. When Bo looks at Hope and she looks in his eyes -- I could die. They're star-crossed. They belong together. That's the secret to daytime.

About this interview

In his nearly two-and-a-half hour Archive interview, Ken Corday talks about his parents, Ted and Betty Corday, who, along with Irna Philips and Allan Chase, created Days of Our Lives which premiered in 1965. He describes the premise of the show and explains his initial involvement with the soap opera - as a composer of music cues for the series. He details his ascent up the ladder from assistant producer, to producer, and eventually to executive producer, taking the reins from his mother shortly before her death. Corday outlines lessons he learned from his mother, talks about all aspects of the show's production, and reflects upon several of the longtime cast members, including MacDonald Carey, Frances Reid, John Clarke, Suzanne Rogers, Deidre Hall, and Joseph Mascolo. He discusses successful storylines such as the "Salem Strangler," Marlena's possession by the devil, the "Cruise of Deception," the "Salem Stalker," and Philip's Iraq War mission. He speaks about his relationship with head writer Jim Reilly, whose unusual storylines have come to define the series over the last decade, comments on the concept of the "super couple" in daytime television, and discusses the future of daytime serials. Beth Cochran conducted the interview in Corday's office at Corday Productions in Burbank, CA on April 26, 2006.

Viewers watch Days of Our Lives and all other daytime dramas for romance, romance and more romance. If there's a family or two involved as a frame, that's great, but it's not about putting the evening news on at noon. It's not about doing a talk show where it's just endless talk. It's about passion. It's that first trip around the block. When Bo looks at Hope and she looks in his eyes -- I could die. They're star-crossed. They belong together. That's the secret to daytime.

Interview Highlights

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Ken Corday on the Days of Our Lives legacy

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Ken Corday on how he came to join Days of Our Lives as a musical composer

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Ken Corday on visiting the set of Days of Our Lives, a show created by his parents, long before he began working on the show as a producer

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Ken Corday on how Days of Our Lives is different than other soap operas

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