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Days of Our Lives Days returning to UK TV

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  1. Carrie Fairchild

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    Days Of Our Lives will be back on UK TV in the new year when it starts airing on Sony Channel.

    https://metro.co.uk/2019/12/11/us-soap-days-lives-air-uk-next-year-11704844/

    It's an interesting addition to the channel, which currently only airs repeats of classic shows like Hart to Hart and Murder She Wrote. Based on their current schedule, DOOL will be the only first run show on the channel. Also, it's an interesting choice considering the show was never really successful during at least three previous runs on other UK channels - Sky One (90's), Channel Five (early 00's) and Zone Romantica / CBS Drama (mid to late 00's).
     
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    Sony owns a stake in Days, so I can see why they'd re-purpose it wherever they can. They even got sued by Corday Productions (another of the stakeholders) a while back because (according to Corday) Sony was not doing enough to re-purpose the show and thus help its ratings (the suit was mostly shot down).
     
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    So will be airing in line with US episodes?
     
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    No. It's starting with 2017/2018 episodes.

    "The daytime drama arrives exclusively on Sony Channel next month, and will pick up from the 53rd season, which is seemingly the perfect place for viewers to dive right in, given that this particular episode sees the beginning of a new storyline — featuring the villainous Vivian Alamain (Robin Strasser), who returns to Salem after new character Stefan O. DiMera (Tyler Christopher) shows up claiming to be her son".

    It was pointed out on another forum that it may be messy to pick up at the current US pace, given the recent time jump. I see this as one of the continual problems with trying to get viewers into long running US soaps on TV over this side of the world. When a show has been on air for decades, where do you begin to try and get new viewers hooked? I remember when Y&R began in Ireland, they had an intro that gave an overview of some of what had gone on in the preceding 30 years. It helped to explain the various family dynamics and who was who.
     
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    I will probably try and watch this, but I work days so maybe if they air it late night in repeat I could catch it. It would be a treat to watch a US soap on TV again.
     
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    The channel is mostly repeats of what they've already shown earlier in the day or week (Sunday for example has 10 hours of Murder She Wrote episodes that were already shown on weekdays) so I'd be very surprised if it wasn't repeated in a late night slot or even a weekend omnibus.
     
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    I'm not a regular viewer (paging @Jason73 ) but I'm pretty sure the Stefan O. Dimera/Vivian Alamain stuff was much more recent than 2017--like, earlier this year?

    I recall the late, lamented SoapNet re-aired their soaps several times a week. They would air same-day reruns on prime time and again overnight, with 'marathons' on the weekend. It bothered me, though, that they rarely if ever re-aired classic episodes. Since this channel isn't trying to be "current" they ought to pick two or three different periods of Days and air them at different points in the day. Like, Classic Days from the mid-1980s in the mornings, the most current episodes in prime time, and the wackier, 1990s stuff in overnight slots. It would give viewers a chance to see the many different (IMO, the better) eras of the show.
     
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    Stefan is introduced in 2018, played by Tyler Christopher, but Louise Sorel is playing Vivian for Stefan's introduction. You are correct that Robin Strasser wasn't playing Vivian until 2019. By then Brandon Barash had taken over the role of Stefan. (And was much better than Christopher, in my opinion.)

    2018--not the best of times for Days. Nothing spectacular is popping out to me about that year--it's Will's return and Abby/Gabby split personality stuff that I recall. It seems like it would have made more sense to just start at the time jump, when we are all trying to figure out what's going on. That would put the UK about a month behind the US and give Sony a bit of a buffer between US and UK episodes--similar to how we are two weeks behind on Hollyoaks episodes here on Hulu.
     

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