Fans of NBC’s Days of our Lives now have a way to get more content featuring their favorite characters. The long-running NBC sudser has launched a new original series, Days of our Lives: The Digital Series to compliment ongoing and soon-to-return storylines. The digital series was written by Days of our Lives’ Emmy winning head writer Ron Carlivati and produced by Corday Productions.
The first season of the new digital series premieres Thursday, August 1, on The DOOL App with an eight-episode arc titled “Chad and Abby in Paris.” The first three episodes will be available immediately with the remaining five episodes released weekly thereafter. The episodes will also be available on the NBC app and NBC.com one week after streaming on The DOOL App. Each episode will be approximately 6-10 minutes in length.
“This new scripted digital series was created to complement storylines while enhancing the viewers’ experience as they watch the broadcast show,” said Greg Meng, co-executive producer of Days of our Lives. “The DOOL App serves as our platform for delivering this and other original content to fans who want an interactive and multimedia experience as well as a way to stay connected to the show. ‘Days’ has been a leader when it comes to innovation, going as far back as 1965 when we were the first to broadcast in color.”
The first season of the digital series will focus on fan-favorite characters Chad and Abigail (Billy Flynn and Emmy winner Kate Mansi). These two characters, who are a popular couple on the show, left Salem to reconnect in Paris and have since been off the broadcast show for several months. Fans will be able to catch up with Chad and Abby and see what they’ve been up to in Paris before their return to Salem on the broadcast show this fall.
“I had to come up with a concept, something to enhance the show, connect to the show, but not be totally dependent,” head writer Ron Carlivati told Entertainment Weekly. The scribe says it was logical to use Chabby to launch the series considering they left show to reconnect and were returning this fall. “Anything I did [for the app] couldn’t step on how we were writing them back on the show. It had to be self-contained.” Viewers will see the growing pains the couple experienced while reclaiming their love.
Salem heartthrob Austin Reed (Austin Peck), who’s been in Europe with Carrie Brady for over a year, will make a surprise appearance in Paris. A new character, Juliet (Rachele Schank), will also be introduced to the “Days of our Lives” family.
Carlivati says Austin’s involvement will play up his past connection with Abby. “He’s reeling from a crumbling of his marriage, so he cries on Abby’s shoulder.”
The DOOL App was developed by the Corday Productions team of Greg Meng, creative director (and co-executive producer, “Days of our Lives”); Michael Fairman, content producer; and Maya Frangie, director of communications and strategic initiatives.
The DOOL App is a new all-access platform for Days of our Lives fans to get more of the show they love, including breaking news from the set, exclusive original content, backstage videos with the cast, quizzes and interactive games, fan-favorite clips, weekly recaps and other fun ways to connect with the cast. More information is available at www.TheDoolApp.com.