Soap Opera Digest|September 13, 2021
DAYS’s spin-off series, BEYOND SALEM, premieres on September 6 on Peacock, and will appeal to fans new and old.
“It was the network’s idea,” begins Executive Producer Ken Corday of the series’ inception. “They wanted to get some eyes from broadcast to streaming and they thought a special event would be a good way to do it. It was a fast and furious order and everyone did their jobs and I think the show is great. Ron [Carlivati, head writer] and Ryan [Quan, creative consultant] were so facile. Literally overnight they came up with the concept.”

The five-episode series is self-contained, and centers around a host of familiar faces. “It’s a big adventure, a caper, and you have to watch every day to follow what’s going on,” says Corday. “It’s a different kind of pace than DAYS OF OUR LIVES; there are a lot of comical moments in it.”

Eileen Davidson (Ashley, Y&R) was on board to appear. “I was super-excited and it sounded like a lot of fun,” she enthuses. “It’s a stand-alone series and they’re bringing back a lot of people who have been on the show before. Having Lisa Rinna [Billie] on it, too? I mean, it was a done deal when I heard. I think we were on DAYS together in 2013, when she was just leaving, so it’s been a really long time. We had great chemistry. It was really a lot of fun.”

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