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BIG CHANGES AT DAYS: Lisa De Cazette IN and Noel Maxam OUT as new Co-EP!

In a another shift behind the scenes at Days of our Lives, Soap Opera Digest is announcing that former Passions EP and All My Children producer, Lisa De Cazette is in as the new co-executive producer and Noel Maxam, who just took over that position within the show is out of it, effective immediately!

DAYS other co-executive producer Greg Meng confirmed the news to SOD stating that Lisa will be joining him in helming the troupes in Salem. Meng says of the change, “Ken Corday is excited to have Lisa join the Days of our Lives family!”

On-Air On-Soaps welcomes Lisa who is known to be on of the hardest working producers in the daytime genre!  More on this story in the days ahead.

What do you think about another shift at DAYS so quickly? Let us know your thoughts.

 

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Debra
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Debra

The problem is that Days didn’t reboot. They just added J&M, Caustin and Jack to the mix that was already in play. I don’t see how replacing an EP in charge of production is going to help, and in fact, it may hinder by throwing cast & crew off balance. Is Corday ever going to understand Rafe and Daniel are Higley creations that many viewers have NO interest in? And why are there no characters in Salem between 23 -34 besides EJ? A character that has so many tire marks on his back, NCIS’s Abby couldn’t identify them all. 🙁

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

Days did reboot. I enjoy both Rafe and Daniel, Higley creations or no. The new writers are doing a great job. They write in a way that does not offend the intelligence of the viewer. Some viewers don’t like stories written just for persons age 23-24 (let them go watch the CW) and couldn’t care less about that. Days is doing just fine. The ratings are up. They are getting back to what soaps were about before 23-24 year olds were even born. But people that young may not understand it because they are still wet behind the ears and… Read more »

LIUW
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LIUW

I think of NBC begin showing the orgingal HourGlass Closing Credits instead of the squueze ones with NBC Primetime Ads, then Days ratings would go up.

Tammy
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Tammy

So many changes and not one of them has got me excited about Days. The reboot didn’t make a difference and I don’t see this helping the cause. The show is a ginormous snoozefest. I can’t make myself watch an entire epi. The writing continues to fail.

Avelina
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Avelina

SPOT ON! I agree. The show is so boring that I would rather watch paint dry literally. EJ and Nicole are a snoozefest and Rafe is utterly boring i want to rip my hair out. I dont understand why EJ and Sami are no longer in the same orbit. I love EJAMI and will never watch if they are not on TOGETHER. The new head writers should be fired. Ken Corday just loves Passions doesnt he.

Tammy
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Tammy

Agreed. Ejami is why I came back to Days. Now I watch Gossip Girl and The Vampire Diaries like I used to watch Days. I couldn’t wait to watch the next show. I ended up searching the net for spoilers and discoved the world of soaps on my computer. Chuck and Damon have now replaced my EJ. The dark gorgeous character with the soft spot for the girl he loves more than life itself. That recipe never fails! The reboot is not working for me. Characters I don’t care about in stories that put me to sleep. That is a… Read more »

LIUW
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LIUW

Don’t Worry. Once Will and Sonny hit the sheets, then Days of our Lives will be back of being the greatest. Hey Marlena, please get possed by the devil so then you try to chop off Sonny’s head when Will and Sonny make love in your Penthouse!

sara
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sara

Days loves firing people I’m getting bored. We want The Dimeras NOT Rafe/Austin/Madison fire them! Dammit! Bring back CC and Nadia.

AlistairCrane
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AlistairCrane

Actually YES we do want Austin. Carrie and Austin are one of Days’ premiere supercouples and basically the only reason I’m back to watching this silly show.

RRR
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RRR

And bring back Jay. EJ needs someone to play against. Rafe does not cut it.

AlistairCrane
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AlistairCrane

Passions is my favourite soap, so this news excites me. Unfortunately, the new head writers haven’t made Days as interesting as they made Passions, but maybe help from Passions’ former EP will help in that department.

LIUW
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LIUW

Passions was a horrible soap. Really as It was. from 2000-2009(GL), and 1999-2008(Passions), they creubated Daytime. IF Passions and GL got rid of that “crap” and became a regular soap oprea like Santa Barbara, they they would have survived.

AlistairCrane
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AlistairCrane

Passions was fantastic because it was a satire of soap operas, and people who liked “normal” soaps just didn’t get it. Passions was brilliant and Reilly was a genius. Thank GOD that we got 9 years with Passions, because the show was amazing and revolutionary. I love Passions and will always love Passions—now let’s hope the new EP and head writers rub some of that Passions influence off on Days!

LUMILY
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LUMILY

Dan and Rafe need to hit the road and take Carrie and Austin with them,and Jackass can go back where he came from.
rewritten history over and over isnot good IMO
they broke up Sami and Lucas so she could have EJ and then broke them up so she could have Rafe and now she and Austin is living together with Rafe and 4 kids,@@
Sami and Lucas Horton and 4 kids need to be together and stop all the bull sh,, going on,,, I love that John and Marlena are back,and now can we have Tony and Lucas back???????????????????????????????????

LUMI
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LUMI

Days is not Passions, they got rid of Another World after 35 years and put Passions on and just how long did that soap last @@
If they want to put actors on Days get the actors they let go,we want them back first.

LIUW
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LIUW

Bring Back Brady #1. Nicole’s Husband in real life need a job. Chloe can return. Oh yeah Farah Fath as Mimi’s back on Days in April and she been boring probabaly.. Jason Brooks is back in April as Peter two for three month guest appearance contract and he’ll be evil and crazy and boring. I like Days from 1992-2004. Remember when DAYS had exterior outdoor scences and closing credits>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9AI0BS_UUg &http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwlIRiLGsXw&feature=related

RJ
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RJ

I like the changes they have made and the direction the show is moving ( women are working not just chasing men, storylines with more substance – class action suit, mayoral race, etc) but they have to stay focused on the major storylines, move them along more quickly, and spice it up a bit, so people won’t lose interest. I understand it is taking some time to make the transition, get the characters and storylines in place, but I fear if they take too long people will lose interest. Just trying to give some constructive criticism because I think the… Read more »

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Abe Goes to the Light While John Faces Off with MarDevil

Monday’s highly-anticipated episode of Days of our Lives did not disappoint. In fact, we think that this episode should be a strong contender for DAYS to consider for one of their Outstanding Drama Series submissions for next year’s Daytime Emmys.  Why? It has it all – emotional heart with Abe’s journey to and from the light, touching flashbacks, a great performance by James Reynolds, and some special effects and editing during the John (Drake Hogesytn) vs. MarDevil scenes, which also gave us a delicious performance by Deidre Hall.

At the start of the episode, Abe has flatlined after being shot as Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) tries to revive him, but they are losing him.  As this is going on, Paulina (Jackée Harry), Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) and Eli (Lamon Archey) are gathered at the hospital awaiting news on Abe’s condition.  Later, Eli decides to go find out what is happening with Abe, and gets the shock of his life when he walks in on Abe flatlining, while Kayla tells him that Abe is gone.  Eli implores her to try to bring him back. He tells the others they are working on trying to save Abe, as Julie and Paulina bond, and later, Lani must call Theo and Brandon to let them know about Abe’s condition.

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Julie reminisces about Abe, and how they have known each other for 40 years, our wink-wink that this is James Reynolds’ 40th anniversary episode.   Then, we see Abe has gone to the light wearing a white sweater and who should he see but his beloved late wife, Lexie.  No, it’s not Renee Jones, but an actress who delivers Lexie’s lines, since it had been previously reported that Jones was unavailable for the episode.  In scenes with the replacement Lexie, Reynolds showed us why he is an MVP of DAYS.  He acted up a storm and brought the emotion regardless of who was standing there.

 

However, longtime viewers got a wonderful surprise when flashback clips of scenes between Renee Jones and Reynolds were shown and they were some major moments in the history of Abe and Lexie’s relationship including: the moment when Abe learns Lexie’s pregnant, the moment when he is disgusted by Lexie’s betrayal when he learned of her involvement in the Zack baby switch storyline, and what she did to Bo and Hope, all because she was desperate for a child. Later, it’s the five-hankie moment of when Lexie, who was dying from a brain tumor, passes away in Abe’s arms.

After all the flashbacks, Lexie tells Abe he needs to go back and not to come with her to heaven. He has children, and people who love him and need him. Eventually, he says his goodbyes to Lexie and returns to the present, just as Kayla is about to call his time of death in the hospital room. All of a sudden, Abe’s heart begins to beat.

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Kayla brings Julie, Eli, Lani, and Paulina the news that Abe will need surgery, but he will make it.  Then, Paulina and Lani make their way to see him. In another emotional moment, they tell him how much they love him (Paulina looks worried about her lie being exposed that Lani is not really Abe’s bio-daughter).  As the episode comes to its conclusion, we see the back of Lexie making sure Abe is safe and sound among the living, while signifying she is watching over him.

And if that was not enough, this episode also picked up where John had confronted MarDevil in the church, letting Satan knows he is on to him and that he is not going to win … he is going to get Marlena back.  Satan drives home the point that Marlena belongs to him now.  John is mortified as the cross on the church wall turns upside down. Later to show off his prowess and control, MarDevil turns the holy water blood red. As the scene progresses, MarDevil is jumping all over the church and showing up in different spots.

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John then gets the lowdown on how Satan struck a deal with Marlena to let Doug (Bill Hayes) live if she let him in.  That is followed, by some of the back-story of Marlena’s first possession over 25 years ago, and why it happened when she was alone and very distraught.  MarDevil even goes on to say that he tried once before to regain control of Marlena during the Salem Serial Killer storyline, but it did not work out that time, because all the victims turned out to be alive.  MarDevil brings up Stefano and how he had made Marlena believe John was dead which left her vulnerable.  He goes on to relate that Doug was the gateway for Marlena’s re-possession.

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MarDevil tells John what she did with Doug by committing him and how she wanted to kill Julie. John knows that Marlena can hear him and tries to bring her back, but as the devil struggles with that, ultimately, he wins and begins to show his strength to John tossing him around the church, where he is eventually is knocked unconscious and then dragged to, we don’t know where, by the MarDevil!

Throughout the scenes, Deidre Hall looked like she was having so much fun playing the devilish one in this campy storyline revisited.

So, what did you think of James Reynolds performance and his 40th anniversary episode? What was your favorite moment? Are you glad John knows for certain now that Marlena is once again possessed? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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DAYS Emily O’Brien Previews Her Directorial Debut and Short Film ‘Too Close’

She’s an actress, a voice-over talent, writer, and now she can add director to her impressive resumeDays of our Lives star Emily O’Brien (Gwen) has shared over the last 24 hours a preview clip of her short film, Too Close.

Emily stated via her Instagram account: “Here’s a peek at the trailer for my short film entitled Too Close– I am so fortunate to have made this with my beloved team alongside me. My vision couldn’t have been brought to life without any of you, I am truly touched by your tenacity & genuine love for creativity!”  O’Brien shared the hashtags: #directorialdebut #filmmaking #periodpiece #cinema #womeninfilm
#writeyourownstory #vintagefilm

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You can check out the teaser for the film below which centers on the story of a young man and woman in the 1950’s examining what it means when two people in a relationship are considered to be too close.

Let us know if you are intrigued by the preview, and would like to see Emily’s short film via the comment section below.

 

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Jensen Ackles Shares Heartfelt Message on Death of ‘Rust’ DP Halyna Hutchins: “This Has Been a Tragedy of Epic Proportions”

Former Days of our Lives and Supernatural star, Jensen Ackles (Ex-Eric and Ex-Dean)  took to his Instagram over the weekend to pay tribute to cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins who was tragically killed in New Mexico, on the set of the film Rust in which Ackles co-starred with Alec Baldwin and Frances Fisher. Baldwin is also one of the producers of the film.

Last Thursday, in the initial investigation reports surfaced that Baldwin discharged a “prop gun” leading to the death of Hutchins and injuring director, Joel Souza.  Since that time it has been reported that Baldwin was told by the assistant director, David Halls, that the weapon was a “cold gun” meaning not loaded with live rounds following its preparation by the film set’s armorer, Hannah Gutierrez.  But in his affidavit statement, Halls says he was unaware that the prop gun contained live rounds when it was given to Baldwin for his scene.

The scene Baldwin was rehearsing was inside a church building at the Bonanza Creek Ranch. In new affidavit’s, it was noted that Baldwin was ‘cross drawing’ the weapon and pointing the gun towards the camera lens.

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A grief-stricken Ackles shared:  “I’m not even sure where to start.  This has been a tragedy of epic proportions that we are all still processing. Earlier last week I felt compelled to tell Halyna just how awesome I thought she was. I told her how incredible I thought her camera shots were and just how exciting it was to watch her and her team work. Truly. She laughed and said thank you and gave me a hug. I’ll forever be thankful we had that moment.  She had a spunk and passion that infected the entire crew from the top down. She was an inspiration. My heart and prayers go out to Halyna’s husband, son and the rest of her family. There just aren’t enough words to express what an immense loss this is. She will be incredibly missed by all of us who knew and admired her.”

Since Hutchins’ death, a video also surfaced of Ackles discussing his concerns for gun safety on the set of Rust at a Supernatural convention in Colorado prior to the tragedy.

Jensen told the crowd: “I’ve got a 6 a.m. call tomorrow to have a big shoot-out. They had me pick my gun. They were like, ‘Alright, what gun would you like?’ and I was like, ‘I don’t know?’ and the armorer was like, ‘Do you have gun experience?’ I was like, ‘A little.’ And she’s like, ‘OK, well, this is how you load it, this is how we check it and make sure it’s safe. “So she’s like, ‘OK, I’m gonna put some blanks in there and I want you to just go and fire off a couple rounds towards the hill.’ And I was like, ‘OK.’ So I put the belt on, I put the gun there, and I walked out and she’s like, ‘Just make sure that you know, you pull the hammer all the way back and you aim at your target.’ And I was like, ‘OK, I got it.’  The footage was originally on You Tube, but now has been taken down.

The investigation remains and open and active on what occurred on the set of Rust, according to the Santa Fe New Mexico Sheriff’s office.

So, what do you think about Jensen’s tribute in the wake of the Rust tragedy? Comment below.

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