NBC Daytime

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NBC Daytime was the daytime programming block of NBC. It historically featured a large number of soap operas and game shows. Its main competitors were CBS Daytime and ABC Daytime.

Game shows were discontinued from NBC Daytime's lineup in 1994 and soap operas were largely dropped in the 1980s and the 1990s. By the 2000s, NBC Daytime had been reduced to only two shows: Days of Our Lives and Passions.

Passions was cancelled in 2007, resulting in the immediate discontinuation of the NBC Daytime branding. As such, NBC no longer has a daytime programming block, but the network continues to air Days of our Lives. The former official website of NBC Daytime now redirects to the NBC website for Days of our Lives.

Current Programs[edit]

Soap Opera[edit]

Days of Our Lives[edit]

Former shows on NBC Daytime[edit]

Soap operas[edit]

NBC has aired close to 30 soap operas between 1949 to 2007. Despite the discontinuation of the NBC Daytime programming block in 2007, Days of Our Lives continues to air to this day as a standalone daytime show on the network.

Game shows[edit]

NBC ended its game show block in 1991. They briefly revived the format with three game shows in the 1993–94 season, but has not returned since. NBC now programs no game shows. NBC's local stations now get their game shows via syndication.

Talk/Magazine Shows[edit]

Executives[edit]

Head of Writer Development

Name Title Years Notes
Lin Bolen Vice President of Daytime Programming 1972-1976 Served as head of writer development from 1968 to 1975. Bolen was appointed Vice President of Daytime Programming in 1972. She became the first female Vice President of Programming at a TV network and took NBC to #1 in the national Nielsen ratings. In 1975 Bolen expanded Days of Our Lives and Another World to an hour-long, which attracted new viewers and became hits with young women. Bolen cancelled the fifteen-year run of game show Concentration in early 1973 to replace it with game show Baffle, which ran one year, in order to increase ratings of younger female audiences as daytime and late-night were seen as NBC's profit center at that time, and advertisers wanted programs that attracted young women. Bolen also ended the eleven-year run of Jeopardy!, feeling its demographics were old. The show's creator and producer Merv Griffin did not wish to change the show's format making Bolen commission a new game show from Griffin, Wheel of Fortune, which debuted on January 6, 1975, and was an immediate ratings hit; Jeopardy! would later be revived in 1984. Bolen departed NBC Daytime in the spring of 1976 while it was still #1 to form her own Production Company, "Lin Bolen Productions, Inc.".
Fred Silverman President of Daytime Programming 1978–1982 Retooled Lovers and Friends and replaced it with For Richer, For Poorer - which lasted a short while; L&F/FRFP was a replacement for the cancelled Somerset; changed the line-up consisting of three soaps, Days of Our Lives, The Doctors & Another World; expanded Another World to 90 minutes which coincided with the death of character John Randolph (Michael M. Ryan); had to cut back AW to 60 minutes (from 90 minutes) to make room for another one of Another World's spinoff shows, Texas (TV series); canceled Password Plus, The Doctors & Texas on December 31st, 1982, right before he left NBC;
Susan D. Lee Senior Vice President of Daytime Programming 1983-2000 Began in 1983 while having second-in-command vice presidents working alongside of her throughout her tenure with NBC Daytime. In 1996, there was uproar when Another World killed off the character of Frankie Frame. Word had it that both Susan Lee and then-Executive Producer Jill Farren Phelps chose Frankie as the next victim in the show's stalker storyline while then-head writer Margaret DePriest ran with the idea and crafted the excessively violent murder for Frankie.
Brian Frons Vice President of Daytime Programming 1983–1991 Under his leadership of NBC Daytime, he brought in several new game shows such as Dream House, GO!, Hit Man, Hot Potato, The Match Game - Hollywood Squares Hour, Time Machine, Your Number's Up, and Wordplay - all were canceled due to low ratings and neither did not last after just one season. The only two that would make it pass season 1 or more is Super Password (1984–1989) and Scrabble (1984–1993) and canceled two long running game shows that had been at NBC for years: Sale of The Century (1969–1989) and Wheel of Fortune (1975–1989). He also added a new soap opera Santa Barbara (1984-1993). He canceled Search for Tomorrow in December 1986, after it was on NBC for 4 years. Frons previously work for Search For Tomorrow, while working as the head for CBS Daytime. Frons appeared as God on Santa Barbara in a dream sequence involving Mason Capwell (Lane Davies). He helped Santa Barbara garner three daytime emmys for best drama series and brought the short-lived soap Generations (1989–1991).
John Rohrbeck Vice President of Daytime Programming 1991–1996 Gave Another World another shot to improve ratings and offered them an extension on their contract and instead first, Generations was canceled in 1991 and then Santa Barbara, 2 years later in 1993.
Don Ohlmeyer Vice President of Daytime Programming 1996–1999 Brought soap opera Sunset Beach, canceled Another World and replaced it with Passions in July 1999.
Sheraton Kalouria Vice President of Daytime Programming 2000-200* Appointed in the spring of 2000 to replace outgoing longtime Senior Vice President Susan Lee. Kalouria had previously worked on ABC Daytime as Vice President of marketing and promotion of daytime since 1998. Kalouria new job with NBC Daytime was to head development and strategic planning for Days of Our Lives and Passions.
Jeff Zucker President of Daytime Programming 2000–2007 Canceled the soap Passions and sent it to Direct TV's 101 Channel in 2007. Made a statement about Days of Our Lives in 2007 that the show would most likely not "continue past 2009".
Annamarie Kostura Vice President of Daytime Programming 200*–2007 Still in the position by June 2007.
Bruce Evans Senior Vice President of Daytime Programming 2007–present Promoted to Senior Vice President on Monday, February 4, 2007. Mr. Evans had already been working at NBC in different positions for several years by the time of his promotion. Mr. Evans previously served as Vice President, Current Series, since July 2000. Among the shows he oversaw included Heroes, Law & Order, Medium, Crossing Jordan, and Just Shoot Me. He served as a Director of Primetime series since July 1998 and a manager of Primetime since August 1997. In August 1996, he began his program executive career at NBC as an Entertainment Associate after his job as a coordinator in the same department. In his new position, Evans handles many of NBC's current series as well as having responsibility as head of the daytime programming that is included under Current Series, while also serving as a liaison for Paula Madison, Executive Vice President, Diversity, NBC Universal & Company Officer, General Electric, and her staff as they look to increase diversity in front of as well as behind the camera on NBC's shows. At the time of his promotion, NBC was a month away from deciding on whether to keep or drop Days of Our Lives, however the opportunity was seen as the ticket to installing new life in the show. Days was renewed and remains on air to date while Evans decided to cancel lowest rated soap Passions.

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