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The question that has come up and has been on many TV fans minds (as they are reading all the headline entertainment news from the various unions) is what will become of the casts of your favorite soap operas if SAG-AFTRA also goes on strike after their current deals end on June 30th?

Throughout the course of the past few weeks, Michael Fairman TV chatted with various soap actors ourselves, and it became clear that the current  SAG-AFTRA member contracts for TV and film, does not affect its members working on daytime dramas (General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless) or, Peacock’s Days of our Lives.

That is because soap opera actors have been employed under SAG-AFTRA’s National Code of Fair Practice for Network Television Broadcasting (aka Network Code). The National Code covers soaps, morning news shows, talk shows, variety, reality, game shows, sports and promotional announcements. The current agreement is in place through July 2024.  What happens after that should be interesting.

In addition, with a potential SAG-AFTRA strike looming, the casts of most of the soaps are about to take their extended summer production breaks where General Hospital and The Bold and the Beautiful are for sure going on a July 4-week break, while Days of our Lives is about to break for 3-weeks.  Whatever the outcome, if the actors union goes on strike, when the casts of these shows return from their summer vacations, they will still be required to be back at the set, irregardless of the status of negotiations between SAG-AFTRA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP).

In additional reporting from Deadline, as the WGA writers strike continues, the soaps are mostly being written by financial core (fi-core) writers.  The WGA is listing three writers from the world of daytime soap operas who have decided to work, even though the union is on strike. Those names include: Days of our Lives’ Sheri Anderson and The Bold and the Beautiful’s Michael Minnis and Mark Pincotti.

Since the writers strike began, SAG-AFTRA performers have shown their wide support of the WGA and what they are fighting for by joining them in picket lines. In the picture within this post, Y&R’s Kate Linder (Esther) and Eileen Davidson (Ashley), joined former Y&R writers, Sally Sussman Morina and Sara Bibel.

So, what do you think about soap opera actors not being covered under the same agreement as other actors in TV and film?  Were you concerned that the part of GH’s Sonny Corinthos, Y&R’s Victor Newman, DAYS Marlena Evans Black, and B&B’s Brooke Logan Forrester might be played by someone else? Share your thoughts in the comment section.



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