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BREAKING NEWS: DAYS Fires Head Writers, Marlene McPherson & Darrell Ray Thomas FOR Gary Tomlin & Chris Whitesell!

What is happening over in Salem now?  Breaking news today has that DAYS head writers, Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas have been fired!  Apparently, executive producer, Ken Corday has made the decision on the switch, and according to Soap Opera Network the duo is being replaced by none other than dismissed former co-executive producer, Gary Tomlin and former DAYS co-head writer, Christopher Whitesell!

Marlene McPherson to Twitter to share her sentiments and her frustration over what has gone down today. “Thank you DOOL fans, You are the best and we love you! NBC never let us tell our stories.  They kept stopping us and changing our direction.  Sad.”

Tomlin returns to DAYS after being the Co-Executive Producer exiting in September of 2011.  This will be Tomlin’s first writing gig since he was an interim Head Writer for One Life to Live during the 2007-2008 Writers Strike.  Tomlin was head writer on Another World some 27 years ago.  Whitesell also returns to the show after being Co-Head Writer from October 13, 2008 – June 13, 2011 (on air episode dates). Whitesell was most recently writing breakdowns for The Young and The Restless for the past year and has been co-writer for General Hospital, Sunset Beach, One Life to Live and As the World Turns.

What is most upsetting here to many fans, is that Marlene and Darrell were spearheading Will’s coming out story.  However, during their tenure DAYS scored its lowest viewer total in the key 18-49 female demo, with the week of March 19th-23rd hitting an all-time low.   So what do you think of the Salem writer shuffle?  Do you think it will help the show? Or, do you think the powers-that-be should have continued with Marlene and Darrell?  Let us know!

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  1. Janet Kiley

    April 4, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    its about time know get it writers hahah this time

  2. tonja

    April 4, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    I love Gary and Chris . They are excellent writer and used to write for us at One Life.

    • barbara t

      April 4, 2012 at 1:29 pm

      If they wrote for one life to live then days of our lives should be getting interesting,you meant oltl right?this is great ,however, no other soap will ever be as good or even come close to being better then one life to live ,it was and always will be my favorite soap I miss seeing all my favorite characters every day I still cant believe its gone.

      • Brian

        April 4, 2012 at 9:08 pm

        Ahem. Right on the mark Barbara T, right on the mark !

    • Mieka31

      April 5, 2012 at 1:46 am

      barbara t and Brian, do you realize who you are commenting to on this thread? Tonja….as in Tonja Walker. As in Alex Olanov. I think she would know what kind of job these people did. Glad you love the show but give her some personal respect. And since she worked there, she can refer to the show however she chooses. Love you, Tonja, and miss you on OLTL.

      • barbara t

        April 5, 2012 at 7:27 am

        What did Brian and I say that is wrong? We were commenting on a post,theres nothing wrong with that.I love Tonja walker (Alex Olanov) And one life to live will always for me be the best soap ever .And no I did not know that Tonja is our alex Olanov,I love it, when she said when they use to write for us I did not put two and two together .I do stand by my post ,the words I said are true if these writers did write for one life to live before I want to see what they will do to days of our lives,Again,whats wrong with that?

    • Erica

      April 5, 2012 at 1:26 pm

      Tonja it is nice of you to support you ex-boss but they were on Days just less than a YEAR ago, actually Tomlin left maybe in August 2011 and the writing was uber crap and the ratings awful so no most of viewers are not happy or hopeful, of course maybe they will get it right but i doubt it so major major disaster in perspective it seems..

  3. Cath

    April 4, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Ugh, the fact that NBC kept interfering with the direction of the storylines tells me that it doesn’t really matter who is in the headwriters’ position, NBC is determined to drive this soap right into the ground.

    • Erica

      April 5, 2012 at 1:27 pm

      right in the money it seems…

      • Brandon

        June 7, 2012 at 7:19 pm

        My mom watches this show and to be honest it pisses every time i see a gay reference in another attempt to indoctrinate more and more sympathizers. I dont mean to sound unorthodox but when you see a dude making out with another dude, you’ve gone to far over the line.

  4. Susan

    April 4, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Isn’t this the same writing team that was fired from Days months ago for the current writing team? Now former Days writing team is rehired? Confusing?

    • Erica

      April 5, 2012 at 1:29 pm

      YEP, this move is laughable the ratings with them were abyssal by the the same vein as right now..but dialogue, storytelling were just worse with some character destruction as the ice in the cake…

  5. designergirl777

    April 4, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    I don’t know if I am upset about the writers switch..since to be honest most of the stuff within the last 4 months has totally sucked. But that could be NBC and the execs..not the writers. I do know that they need to stop with the crazy Stefano story lines. They are old and played out. How many times do John and Hope need to be brainwashed before people say enough? Can we get real story lines about real life events? I love the Will story…it’s relevant…but the brain washing crap has to stop. Oh and a Crystal Chappell return would always be a good thing. She knows how to bring it.

  6. Renea

    April 4, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    i don’t care who the writers are as long as they keep
    John and Marlena together.

    • barbara t

      April 4, 2012 at 2:00 pm

      Thats what I say whats john and hope acting stupid for?and what is the egg that they took?Im really not liking the story.I want john to go home to marlena and hope to go home to bo.

      • Erica

        April 5, 2012 at 1:30 pm

        problem : they don’t have other storylines for them so John and Marlena together reunited again…then WHAT ?

  7. Cheryl D.

    April 4, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Whoever the writers are STOP the Gina/Pawn storyline! Last time I stopped watching DOOL, this time thanks to DVR I’m fast forwarding past it, but in time I’ll just stop watching again for who knows how long until I come back and see that things have changed. Been watching this show since the early 70’s, but I will take breaks from time to Tim when multible storylines stink. Summertime is coming & the way things are going it may be time for a break again.

  8. Maddie

    April 4, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    I have to say I haven’t enjoyed the new writers stories, haven’t watched much since they took over. And Tomblin supported the return of Wally Kurth and Judi Evans. I’m hoping with his return we will see more Justin and Adrienne in town!!! That would make me very happy and get me to tune in again.

    • susan

      April 6, 2012 at 8:20 am




  9. Manelli1234

    April 4, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Its a Virtual merry go round of hire and fire! Enough is enough, they should of never fired Gary Tomlin and Chris in the first place. The most crucial mistake was letting Crystal Chappell go. Could have made a terrific triangle for Bo/Carly/Hope! Will Days ever get it right????? I miss the Days of the 80’s and early 90’s!

    • Erica

      April 5, 2012 at 1:32 pm

      Ratings were BAD with Tomlin and Carly TOO ! They don’t have any ideas for some great buzzing storylines that’s all no matter what characters, couplings are here.

    • susan

      April 6, 2012 at 8:20 am


      • Susanna

        April 8, 2012 at 2:39 am

        Crystal’s home is not on Days of Our Lives, very few fans identify her with DOOL. Carly was never a do without character, proven by the fact that for 17 years DOOL did just fine without her and had some great ratings months. Carly is a character that had zero ties to Salem, Days started with the lives of the Hortons, then the Bradys and the DiMeras, that is how it should be, not these nothing characters that do nothing for Days of Our Lives.

      • Nicolette

        April 8, 2012 at 3:50 pm

        The show also did just fine without Drake Hogestyn & Diedre Hall. I think the ratings went up without them on the show. Also did fine without Kristian Alfonso. Believe it did just fine without Peter Reckell as well. Same goes for Mary Beth Evans and so on and so on. The show is in the ratings toilet and longtime fans trying to keep Salem solely the domain of the Hortons and the Bradys won’t help it. If the nothing characters have done nothing for DOOL, tell me what have the “something”/vets/fan faves done for the show? Judging by the ratings these past few months, not a thing.

  10. Rich

    April 4, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    As long as they don’t mess with Will and “de-gay” him,the way the writers of German soap “Alles Was Zahlt”(“All That Matters”)did to Deniz after his boyfriend,Roman,died last year and they hooked him up with Sarah.

    • Brandon

      June 7, 2012 at 7:20 pm

      ^ Agreed!

  11. Nancy M

    April 4, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    I personally think DOOL is stupid and the stories are not legitimate. I love GH and all the other ABC soaps that they took off the air.

    • Avelina

      April 4, 2012 at 6:26 pm

      I agree. DAYS has had really bad storylines for the past year. I have not tuned in and GH is much much better.
      It looked like the wirters were going with EJAMi, which are my favourite couple by the way and then they went with LUMI. Ejole have totally bored me to tears and the SAME storyline that was given to Sami about lying to EJ is given to Nicole. Please go with different storylines and THIS TIME think about what the fans want.
      Chris Whitesell was fired because of the 2 Rafe’s storyline which was soooooooooo bad that I literally pulled my hair out. Sami shooting EJ was awful and a very bad move from the writers .
      Gary Tomlin fired Deidre and Drake and should that happen again- I shall walk and never come back. At ABC they do think of the fans when writing storylines.

      • Erica

        April 5, 2012 at 1:37 pm

        Yep they NEVER EVER gave a chance for the Ej/Sami pairing whereas they are one of the most popular duos this soap have had in years..Corday seems to do everything to prevent some writing for them so i doubt it will change and with that their ratings will not change either..Otherwise yep with Tomlin the writing was disgusting right now it is just boring, not better actually..but at least there are some decent dialogue and character writing with Will, Sami and Marlena and different interactions but..I am afraid it will be worse with the ‘new old’ writers..SHUDDER

  12. JD

    April 4, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Tomlin was the one to fire the DH’s. I will walk should that happen again, and DAYS can pretty much guarentee to be canned. I have zero faith in the duo writing team. Sheri Anderson should have been named head writer. Corday needs to remove his head from his arse!

    • Susanna

      April 8, 2012 at 2:40 am

      I don’t think it’s Corday, I too believe NBC wants to run DOOL into the ground.

  13. Allister

    April 4, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Can we PLEASE end the ridiculous brainwashing story? Stupid garbage like that drove me from DAYS in the first place. I’m wanting to see more of Will’s coming out, not Stefano playing a budget-James Bond villain!

    I think networks need to stop interfering with story-telling.

    • barbara t

      April 4, 2012 at 3:47 pm

      Allister ,your funny , stefano playing a budget james bond villian.I agree I dont like this egg story either I am a newbe to days and I have no idea whats going on.

      • Debi

        April 4, 2012 at 6:56 pm

        Barb T.. off subject, hope nobody gets mad. I head Dorian cheated on David, and David Vickors is coming to Pt Chuckles. Have you heard that?

    • Brandon

      June 7, 2012 at 7:22 pm

      As long as they drop the gay stuff im cool with whatever they go with.

  14. Michael

    April 4, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    This really sucks. For the most part, I think Days has been better than ever. The Will coming out storyline is fantastic- and I love all of the returning veteran actors. (Especially Deidre Hall!!!!) However, the Gina/Pawn storyline is pretty lame. I actually enjoyed it the first time around. However the current writers ignored the most important aspect of the Gina transformation. During the first Gina/Hope arc, Hope was in a car accident, and this blow to the head is what precipitated her 10 month long descention into “Gina”. (I don’t remember how John got involved, but I seem to recall that it had something to do with John/Marlena’s honeymoon in a faraway island?!) It was the accident that made the “Gina” character somewhat believable. However, the instant “hypnosis”, as initiated by Stefano (and Dr. Rolf’s lookalike) was just annoying and totally unbelievable. Also, John and Hope/Gina just don’t have the chemistry that together that they did well over ten years ago. (On one hand it’s good to see John/Drake back on canvas, on the other hand he “tries too hard” in every scene.)
    All the above aside- I really hate that NBC has been interfering in story lines- look what ABC did to its soaps. Also, I think the current writers have done a great job, despite the ratings. I LOVE Days and have watched this show for over forty years. In this fragile soap climate, I just hope Corday does everything and anything to keep it on the air for many years to come.

    • Erica

      April 5, 2012 at 1:40 pm

      Corday is don’t count on it

  15. PJ

    April 4, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Hope they bring Chappell back. I’d return to watching DOOL, in a heartbeat.

    • Susanna

      April 8, 2012 at 2:42 am

      You may be back in a heartbeat, but the majority of fans who have never left DOOL will leave now. Enough is enough. And long time characters who are Days of Our Lives should not be sacrificed for characters who lack substance. Which is not the actors fault, it’s the fault of writing, but Carly was always boring to me back in the 90s and in in 2.0.

  16. lew

    April 4, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Under Tomlin’s watch, wasn’t Maggie in a coffin? The recently fired writers brought back fan favorites and they probably weren’t on board with that stupid Princess Gina and the Pawn Storyline. Instead of firing the cast, writers and producers, maybe it is time for Ken Corday to go. He doesn’t seem to know what the hell he wants! Let the stories play out and cut the over the top crap! Days has the potential to be a really good show.

  17. Jules

    April 4, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    You know what? Marlene’s tweet is so unprofessional I’m almost happy she was canned. Upset or not, there is a way to handle yourself when you lose a job, and a way not to. And this was not it.

    While I’m enjoying DAYS right now, mostly, there are some parts that are so boring I can barely stand it. On top of that, there are so many dropped storylines it actually is making my blood boil: who was following Jen on Halloween? Why aren’t Doug and Julie back yet from wherever they went in search of answers? What was the secret that involved the paperweight, the wired account, and EJ? What was the secret Alice had on Stefano? Have the writers forgotten they made Hope and John married- it didn’t sound like they cared about that at all while they were still Hope and John? What happened to Victor’s interference with Maggie’s eggs? What happened to Victor and Maggie period? Where’s Jack and what’s up with his PTSD?

    They have so many eggs in the basket I can’t keep up with it all. Maybe their heart was in the right place but the execution was comme ci comme ca.

    I think Tomlin and Whitesell are commendable replacements. I liked their contributions to the show in periods’ past and will look forward to their work… like 5 months lol.

    • the smart Jules

      April 5, 2012 at 1:43 pm

      Marlene has the right to express herself and guess what if majority of the stories were dropped it is because of Corday and the Network interference, buy you a brain and i don’t even like what Marlene and co did (but Tomlin last reign of terror was WORSE) but your comment is so stupid that i had to answer..EYEROLLL

      • Jules

        April 5, 2012 at 5:06 pm

        First, “the smart Jules”? Don’t strain your brain too much on that one. Oh wait….

        Second, that thing called proper punctuation? Use it. Don’t be frightened. It won’t make your arguments sound smarter, but at least I’d be able to follow them more easily.

        Third, your attack is completely uncalled for and entirely ridiculous. My comment was fair and honest. And it was also mine, for which I am entitled to.

        Fourth, I would have gladly had a reasonable and mature conversation with you over this, but you clearly don’t seem like the kind of rational person to share a dialogue with so I’ll sidestep that one. Seeing how over the top and baseless your comment actually was, I’m happy to have been spared that.

        I stand by my original post. You don’t like it or take such offense to it, too bad.

  18. Debbie Hamilton

    April 4, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Personally I believe all the networks are in cahoots with eachother as far as the Soap Operas go; they all are on the way out. We have seen the mess ABC has made of things. They feel thye viewers want less drama and more health related topics.
    Bahahahahahah. Lets all roll on the floor with laughter!!!! We need these drama related soaps, we need to laugh, to cry, get angery, be happy with every one of them.
    They have been in our hearts, our homes for over 40 yrs. We want back what was taken
    from us!!
    The castmates the crew need their jobs back.

    • Heather

      April 4, 2012 at 6:41 pm

      Of course all the networks are in cahoots. People are foolish to think that ABC is the only network that wants to be out of the soap business. CBS and NBC are just as bad.

      I don’t think they can bring back the cancelled soaps because so many castmates and crews have moved on . But they should at least have the decency to create new soap operas to replace the ones they cancelled. It would be better than all these junk shows we are flooded with.

    • auotb

      April 5, 2012 at 2:06 pm


  19. SafenSound

    April 4, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    I couldn’t be happier knowing that the rein formerly known as MARDAR is finally over! Partner swapping and writing characters beyond recognition is NOT the way to go!!!

    • Sara

      April 5, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      Tomlin will not be better, actually if you watched his last writing on Days you know it will be WORSE and ratings will not improve, to say the least..

      • SafenSound

        April 5, 2012 at 6:42 pm

        Seems like we’re not watching the same show because last I know about the ratings is that MARDAR has consistently tanked since they took over…the ratings have no where to go but up!

  20. Tom

    April 4, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    They should have been fired for making EJ mayor of Salem; what a disaster. The show has been too dull lately, and Whitesell was doing a good job prior to the double-Rafe mess. They need to make Days appointment viewing again, something it hasn’t been since the first weeks of 2011.

  21. Manelli1234

    April 4, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    while I would love to see a true Bo and Carly reunion and see the beautiful Crystal Chappell back on daytime, I believe Crystal and her amazing talent is too good to waste on Dool.
    I think Y&R or GH would take her talent and do her justice. i think after how things ended Crystal will never go back and rightly so.

  22. kay killgore

    April 4, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Wait a minute stop the presses! I haven’t watched DOOL for 10 years I thought everybody said it was rebooted doing great etc so what gives???

  23. kay killgore

    April 4, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    I will add this Ken Corday gave an interview that he had to change the direction of DOOL when he fired these guys that he has now rehired they just were not writing for the soap blah blah blah now he does a 180 and hires them back. These guys are like Politicians when do they lie? Answer every time their mouth moves!!!!

    • thetruth

      April 5, 2012 at 1:47 pm

      corday is a big JOKE, a pathetic joke that is all

      • Avelina

        April 5, 2012 at 8:10 pm

        Spot on!!!!!!!

  24. RJ4

    April 4, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Not surprising. The only decent story line is the Will/Gay story line. The rest of the show is all over the place with hollow story lines, dropped story lines, missing pieces in story lines, and recycled story lines that are not compelling to watch. It is a directionless hodge podge. With that said, a few months back they seem to be making some progress improving the show with better story lines, but then they lost it. In order to recoup and move forward they need to concentrate on developing story lines on the quality of the Will/Gay story line dealing with real life contemporary issues then add some romance, intrigue, and if possible adventure. They need to focus on fewer story lines, the core characters, tighten up and improve the quality of the existing ones, and keep the newer characters peripheral. Just some thoughts of how I think they could get back on track. I have really liked the Will/Gay story line especially the Marlena/Will scenes. More of this type writing/story line development, please!

  25. Blake

    April 4, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    I’m nervous about this. I’m actually enjoying Days the past few months (except for the Princess Gina and Pawn story, seems we all agree on that one!). I hope the new team does as well or better with the Will storyline, and I hope they don’t get rid of the vets and returning favorites either!

  26. mike

    April 4, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    The Will story is the only watchable part of Days. Massey and Hall are great together. The Daniel being Maggie’s Son and the Princess Gina storylines are soap opera at its worst.

    • Penny

      April 5, 2012 at 1:50 pm

      Nicole being pregnant whereas all the baby-switch story just few years ago was about her not being able to have children is garbage !! So this very long baby-switch, kidnapping story was for NOTHING ! Awful.

  27. D

    April 4, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    They can fire as many writer’s as they want but the problem is the backstage drama and politics. When you have an executive producer who lives in the past and banks on recycling stories with outdated couples and ignores what fans want they are doomed to FAIL! When one of the best actresses on daytime was let go over nonsense – I stopped watching as did many viewers.

    • Penny

      April 5, 2012 at 1:51 pm

      I love Crystal Chappell but don’t play this game, where Carly was still on the show ratings were awful awful awful !

  28. Ken

    April 4, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    I just wish I could understand why this happened. Why didn’t they bring back Sheri Anderson. Everyone seems to love her. Why rehire Gary and Chris as Co Head Writers. What is the reasoning behind all of this. If Days doesn’t get a grip soon it will be goodbye days. Someone please help me understand.

    • thetruth

      April 5, 2012 at 1:52 pm

      corday has no brain that is all

  29. Gmbenet

    April 4, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    The gay Will Horton story doesn’t play to the target market of women ages 18-49. What is in this story for them? NOTHING! Why would they be intested? Bet if there is a hot heterosexual love story on Y&R or B&B that is where the women ages 18-49 are!

    • Daniel Lewis

      April 5, 2012 at 12:07 pm

      You think women aren’t reading male/male romantic fiction? A lot of the male/male romantic fiction I’ve read is written by women! Some women I know do find male/male intimacy just as hot as heterosexual love stories!

      • Gmbenet

        April 13, 2012 at 2:39 pm

        Evidently there were not enough women interested in the Will Horton story to boost the ratings! Even Greg Meng admitted the women weren’t interested!

        But regardless, I thought Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas, Jr. were good writers. A few story turns I did not like. But if Marlene McPherson’s tweet is true and NBC execs interfered with the writing then that is probably where the problem lies. NBC should just admit their mistake and allow Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas to get the show back on track. It is unfair to dismiss the writers if they weren’t allowed to do what they had planned. No one really knows if their planned stories would have worked very well. The writers, the fans as well as the cast and crew deserve a chance to find out!

    • thetruth

      April 5, 2012 at 1:54 pm

      don’t be bitter, the will story is decent (somewhat a little too cheesy but it is Days after all..) but it is not enough to gain an audience

      • Gmbenet

        April 13, 2012 at 2:57 pm

        I am not bitter. I never wanted a gay Will Horton story in the first place. Lack of interest by women aged 18-49 is what I expected. But I am not bitter.

        If the target market for soaps is women aged 18-49, doing a story that does not interest those women does not make good business sense to me.

        If anyone is bitter, I think it might be some (certainly not all) persons who want gay stories on soaps. Gay stories do not seem to work well in terms of ratings. Yet there are persons who still push for them. Why not support specific works that cater to those type stories, like Crystal Chappelle’s work, Venice? I am sure she would appreciate all the support she can get?

        Why target traditional soaps like Days of Our Lives? You know what type of audience Days has played to? (Days seems to have a somewhat conservative audience as far as soap audiences go.) Why would anyone expect a different outcome from such an audience? That is a little stupid. Then to blame Ken Corday for wanting to produce a show that is of interest to women ages 18-49 is beyond stupid. Ken Corday is a businessman…and a smart one too…otherwise Days would not have lasted as long as it has.

        I think there are black-hearted persons who want what they want even if it means destroying the soap opera. Such persons completely disregard the lives and jobs of persons who work on the soap as well as the lives and jobs that are affected by their indirect association with a soap. This is the height of selfishness and bitterness. I’m just saying…

  30. toscanti

    April 4, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    I began watching for the Will coming out story and believe it has been well written. If the new writers ax this story I will just return to CBS Y&R and B&B. Really no skin off me either way, most of the DOOL stories are nonsense.

  31. Nicolette

    April 4, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    So can we officially call the reboot a failure now? Biggest mistake of that decision — the firings of Sorel/Bjorlin/Chappell. Bjorlin & Chappell both -have core fans that are in the 18-49 age group — exactly the demographic that this show is losing by the second.

    I like Tomlin and Whitesell as HWs. However, if NBC is calling the shots, not sure what difference they will make. Same crappy stories with new dialogue is all we’ll get.

    • thetruth

      April 5, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      dialogue is actually better now than under Tomlin and by far !

      • jorgeann

        April 5, 2012 at 9:08 pm


    • Susanna

      April 8, 2012 at 2:46 am

      Bjorlin has fans in that age group, but CC’s fans are typically older and you have to be joking to say Sorel has fans in the 18-49 age bracket, that’s a joke. I love Louise, but let’s be serious, she never had a core fanbase.

      Have we all forgotten that under Tomlin and Whitesell we got Chloe the prostitute, Rafe 2, Nighttime Hope, Johnny’s blindness, Sami shooting EJ in the head and Carly the drug addict, how stupid were those storylines.

      • Nicolette

        April 8, 2012 at 3:54 pm

        Please point out where I stated that sorel has a core fanbase in the key demos? Yes, Crystal’s core fans are in the key demos.

  32. Chaz

    April 4, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    I was a Days fan back in the “old” days of Laura, Mickey & Bill. I stopped watching once the revolving door of who John was/wasn’t began. Currently, I have tuned in for the Will storyline and think the interaction between Will & Marlena has been fabulous. Most of the other storylines are just meh. With the exception of the Princess Gina/John the Pawn one…that plain sucks. The FF button has been a blessing whenever that is shown. Oh, and this dreary Madison/Brady “love” story has got to go…fast.

    The other irritating issue is that no one can seem to decide what the weather is like in Salem. Half the people are wearing winter coats, scarves & gloves, half are running around dressed for summer. If they can’t even get the costuming correct how can they present decent plots?

    • RJ4

      April 5, 2012 at 6:28 pm

      That is so funny you should say that. I have thought of the same thing. They have trees blooming outside of the Brady Pub in winter. Some people are wearing winter coats outside others are in shirtsleeves. In the Town Square some people are bundled up (coats, gloves, scarves) and others are with out jackets and sleeveless at the same time. Is it inside or outside?

  33. navygirl

    April 4, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    I’m thinking it’s time someone fired Ken Corday. It all stems from him and his gross mis-management of that show. He doesn’t really know what he wants to do with DAYS, and it shows. That show is a mess.

    • Avelina

      April 4, 2012 at 11:44 pm

      Spot on comment. I couldnt agree more!

    • thetruth

      April 5, 2012 at 1:57 pm

      totally agree, his parents are crying in their graves right now, he wanted to do music he should have followed his

  34. Shannon

    April 5, 2012 at 12:28 am

    Other than Will’s s/l, I think the show has been a mess since the so-called reboot. I have not been enjoying it at all. I’m not thrilled with the returns of Tomlin and Whitesell, but I don’t think they will be any worse than what we’ve been seeing for months now. At least they know how to structure and pace stories, something at which MarDar utterly failed.

    • thetruth

      April 5, 2012 at 1:58 pm

      it could be worse with Tomlin, did you watch his last was really not a long time ago..just last year…And it was just disgusting and boring

  35. Mieka31

    April 5, 2012 at 1:57 am

    Love DOOL. I got interested in it during the 40th anniversary marathons on Soapnet. Then checked out the plotlines on the internet and started watching for a while. I stopped watching when I got just too busy for more than one soap (OLTL being my faveorite) in the evening when I was working. Now, I watch GH and have adopted DOOL again. I love the show, but I can’t deny that some life needs to be breathed into it. For one, they are depending on classic characters to entirely carry the show. Younger legacy characters are not being given enough storyline. The show’s legacy must be preserved, but there has to be a move to the future to keep the show going to the next generation. Stefano/the Pawn/Princess Gina is an example of playing off the legacy iwthout moving forward. If I watched 20 years ago and came back now, I would not have any trouble figuring out the characters or the plotlines. Not saying the gear toward 20 somethings is right, but new blood needs to come in. A balance between old and new needs to be found. And I do agree, it may be time to move the show from the hands of the Cordays. They will not keep this show alive by landing in a time warp.

  36. Robbyrob

    April 5, 2012 at 3:01 am

    So, I guess this will be the reboot of the reboot? Love the Will storyline. Hope that doesn’t change. They need to tone down the campiness (and not in a good way) of the brainwashing debacle. More Sonny!

  37. R.P Johnson

    April 5, 2012 at 5:31 am

    I would like to see Carly and Chloe come back. I am tired of Carrie/Austin. I agree about Drake H. overacting in every scene. I would like to see Eric recast and mix it up with Nicole again. I also think the show needs to bring some glamour to the show. Jennifer dresses like she is raiding Alice’s closet.

  38. Kelly

    April 5, 2012 at 5:35 am


    If the new (old) writers don’t listen to the fans, who have been way beyond patient and hanging on for YEARS, then here we go again with the BORING couples that are not must see TV!

    CHEMISTRY……’ve gotta have it, or a couple just doesn’t work! This is a word that the new (old) writers need to learn, and quickly I might add!!!

    I remember a quote from Ken Corday himself in SOD…..”Listen to what the fans say. If you ignore the fans, you’re going down in flames”.

    • thetruth

      April 5, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      agree but it will not happen, they are not talented enough for it

    • Avelina

      April 5, 2012 at 8:17 pm

      I agree. EJAMI ALL THE WAY. Ejole just sucked BADLY and it really brought down Arianne Zukers Nicole character. This is not Nicole. The old Nicole was a baddie and always fought for what she wanted. They have made her a goodie two shoes and her pairing with James Scott was like watching paint dry and I’d rather watch paint dry. However, Gary Tomlin is a GG and Rafe lover so that means SAFE will be together within 1 week of the new writing and Nicole will tell EJ it is jis baby. This to be honest does not work. It utterly sucks and Korday and Co need to take a long close look at themselves in a mirror and determine if they want DAYS off the air within the next year because at the rate it is going, it wont last till the end of the year. Its a shame really.

    • jorgeann

      April 5, 2012 at 9:11 pm

      This fan wants EJami!!!!!

    • Ree

      April 6, 2012 at 12:46 pm

      This fan wants EJ & Sami too, they are so compelling & it is new territory for the show, up to now they’ve never given them a real chance it is a story yet to be told. I hope the writers continue to reunite EJami as it has been something people have been asking for a long time. James Scott & Alison Sweeney have that intangible certain something that makes them mesmerizing to watch, they draw you in . They elicit an emotional response & have such amazing depth.
      I want to see the show follow the chemistry with both EJ and Sami & Brady and Nicole – they are characters that when paired together are most true to themselves. They are at their very best together & make the show much more interesting & entertaining to watch.
      It’s disturbing that things have once again been shaken up behind the scenes & I just hope things don’t go back to the way they were before the reset. I hope they give us the best of what the show has to offer & use it’s best assets to their full potential.

  39. Rodd

    April 5, 2012 at 9:51 am

    I’ve been watching DAYS, on and off, since I was in kindergarten. Yes, I vividly remember Francis Reed with her hair bun when I wa a kid. (Reminded me of my grandma.) The shame of it is that we are still having the same conversation and shaking our heads because the network execs are interferring with what the writers wish to write. They fire writers at the slightest drop in the ratings and then hire the same old writers they fired a few months ago. Like what? A little time off is supposed to instantly fix whatever they ethought was wrong with their writing in the first place? This is insanity! I’m not a fan of Ken Corday at all; think he’s rather crass after his unkind remarks regarding the cancellation of ANOTHER WORLD, but I do enjoy the cast. I hope whomever the writers are at any given time do not ruine Will’s storyline. It is the only one that I definitely DO NOT fastforward through. That being said, good luck to the next set of writers.

    • thetruth

      April 5, 2012 at 2:02 pm

      great post Rodd

  40. Iakovos

    April 5, 2012 at 10:39 am

    I was never a DOOL fan, preferring CBS and ABC soaps through the years, but with news of the reboot and the loss of my stories, I thought I would dive in deep. Why not?! I do like the Will coming-out storyline very much and Chandler Massey is amazing. This is the kind of story that is family-centered. I know DOOL has always had a way of going over the top (devil possession? serial murder transporting victims to an alternate Salem?) but the reboot promised more family ties. I could do without the machinations of Stefano diMera and anything about brainwashing. How about developing the political aspirations of EJ? How about a major hospital crisis? How about cooling middleaged sex drives and let couples ride out some pain and find their way back together without falling into bed with another so quickly? Give viewers a build-up. Let people age. Show some blue-collar folks making their way. The crazy family trees in Salem are difficult still for me to understand after six months. Iam trying and I hope the new writers will keep trying, too.

  41. Mo

    April 5, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    What stories did they want to tell? So you mean to tell me that it was NBC’s idea to put on this Gran has a secret and Princess Gina debacle? C’mon! I think they were over their heads from the get-go. I hope story turns around right quick! Some stories are good. I’m not crazy about Will being gay, but his character has been interesting of late and I like him working for EJ. Carrie and Rafe working together could have been much better, but the pair has no chemistry. Rafe has more chemistry with Nicole and they don’t really like one another! Turning Abby into an obsessive stalker was so wrong. What’s going on with Jen and Jack? Giving Daniel some hand problem so he can’t operate was also stupid. At least make it curable. Magic has been on the back burner since they got married. Turn up the heat on them. The Madision story has turned yawnsville. There is stuff to work with, so not all is lost.

  42. thetruth

    April 5, 2012 at 2:04 pm


  43. christie barnes

    April 5, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    The show has been the best it’s been in yrs! All my girlfriends are starting to rewatch. And now they are getting rid of these great new writers. BAD MOVE.

  44. Jared

    April 5, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    The problem with DAYS has been and continues to be Corday. Until he goes, it’ll be a continued not-so-merry-go-round of hirings and firings and re-hirings, along with broken promised to the fans.

  45. jorgeann

    April 5, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    MarDar were reviving days. They were not given a chance to clean up the mess created under the Higley-Tomlin-Whitesell era. I guess TPTB want to return to dark and crazy storylines like the body parts, Sami shooting EJ and most of the citizens of Salem using EJ as the residential punching bag. I enjoyed how EJ was returning to a gray character and he and Sami were civil to each other. Now, I feel that any future EJami connections will be volatile. I commend MarDar for writing Rafe with flaws instead of how he was “Mr. Do No Wrong”. If major changes in the s/ls occur after July, I will no longer watch Days. I say this with a heavy heart because I love watching James Scott and Alison Sweeney….Best of luck to Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas Jr..

  46. LUMI

    April 6, 2012 at 8:05 am

    wasnt it Tomlin that got rid of the vets two years ago?
    John Lucas and Marlena and killed off Tony.
    and its Tomlin that gave Rafe all the air time.
    and wasnt it Tomlin that put 3 of soap Passons actors on Days.
    I love our vets on Days and want them to stay till the end of Days. 🙂

  47. Cindy

    April 6, 2012 at 8:31 am

    I think a change is in order, when you have ratings that drop drastically it’s time to move on to something that will work. I will be honest and say i am one of the ones who wasn’t watching as much do to story lines. I hope you can give us something where we will be on the edge of our seats.

  48. imane assi

    April 6, 2012 at 10:29 am

    So theya re bringing back thspe who gave us siome of the worst sl on ths show;The Daniel./ Melanie disgusting show,Chkioe as a prostitute,…and that;s hiw they [lan to save the show?Days is so dead.Thank God that nadia told them to F…off when they tried to bring her back.I don’t ever want her to work for these writers, ever again.She’s too talented and gorgeous to be wasted on their crapy material

  49. imane assi

    April 6, 2012 at 10:31 am

    So they are bringing back those who gave us some of the worst sl on the show;The Daniel/ Melanie disgusting show,Chloe as a prostitute,…and that’s how they plan to save the show? Days is so dead.Thank God that Nadia told them to F…off when they tried to bring her back.I don’t ever want her to work for these writers, ever again.She’s too talented and gorgeous to be wasted on their crapy material

  50. Susanna

    April 8, 2012 at 2:50 am

    If Tomlin gets his way we can expect darkness and insanity, he doesn’t know how to do romance. Whilst I haven’t enjoyed The Pawn and Gina, or Mrs H’s secret, the prostitute, EJ shooting, Nighttime Hope and Johnny’s blindness were much worse. And for heavens sake lets not forget Rafe 2, I mean come on guys, that was the worst storyline in the history of Days and it went on FOREVER. If Tomlin is back then I hope nbc nixes any stupid ideas of his. But I believe that NBC would happily cancel DOOL, maybe thats why Tomlin is back, to run DOOL down even further.

  51. Shirley

    April 10, 2012 at 9:59 am

    I also vote for EJ and Sami to be back together with the children and Nicole and Brady. Don’t like at all the new storylines at all. Liked the old writers better it is so very boring now I can’t even watch half the time. Really I think John and Marlena have had their time and they should go away again. I like it with Belle and shawn were on. Hope has never been my favorite Character either like Bo and Billie better and Chelsea. I do think Victor and Maggie are good but not much visibility. I detest the Princess Gina didn’t like it before and hate it now. Do not like at all the replace with Nicole how many times is she hiding a pregnancy that she can’t have? Rediculous.
    I quite frankly enjoyed the drama of the coffin scenes, the shooting and the drama connected with that time. Chelsea was a good villin. Do not care for Jennifer and Abby at all Jennifer is bland and boring. Gabby makes a good bad girl. Liked the bad Rafe better than the wimpy Rafe. I could do without Carrie and her “goody too shoes” traitor attitude. Like Sami a lot she has always been one of my favorites.

    I am glad that the new writers are gone it has been really bad since they took over! REWIND! maybe do a Dallas and have all the reboot a dream.

  52. S. Carol

    April 11, 2012 at 12:01 am

    I’m glad there is a change in writers. I was about to stop watching. The story lines dragged out too long.

  53. APRIL

    September 15, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Mr. Corday & Mr. Tomlin, I am sure you have heard this a million times over the last sic years! We want Ejami to get a real chance to be together!!I Every single time they get close the rug is pulled out from under us!!!!!!! For six months we have watched them become friends and forgive each other for everything! They had a new relationship really begining slowly;no secrets or lies. I had seen Sami treat Ej in a way she never had before, She was there when ej has deaths in the family. She listened , talked and comforted him when nobody else cared! She risked everything to go on the run with him;because she believed in him & dare I say love him!She was willing to take a bulet for him.Will and Ej had formed a bond that touched my heart when Ej said he was like family.Ej and Sami have done horrible things to one another. Who hasnt on the show? Hope tried to kill Bo last year;last I checked they made it. I realize this is a soap opera ;but they have never been given more than five minutes. Lumi Fans had several years with them back and forth. Safe had a couple of years! It is our time now we want the story left untold!!!!! I know you can write it the safe house stuff was pretty good,Whats wrong with a good old fashion Scarllet and Rhett love hate story;because that is what you have. Do you mot see gold with these people’they are great together!!!!!! Bringing Rafe in this late in the game made me sick! It was an insult to the show fans and the integrity of the characters!!!!!!!!! He would be with Carrie if he could! He fell in love way before she slept with ej!!!! If he knows her so well he would never go with carrie like all the others do;except Ej!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If he loves her so why is he pretending to be Nicoles baby daddy to the woman that took her baby!!!!!!!!!!!! They have no chemistry. Sami imvited Ej out and for her to blow him off made me sad that she has become that shallow ficlkle and selfish in the last two weeks since tomlin took over the show! We want Ejami back now!!!!!!!! If you have a different story in mind I would change it & reshoot ejami!!!!!! The ejamis are leaving the show if we dont get what we want now!!!!!!!!!!!!! I know mr. tomlin invented rafe;their time is over!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Looks like Salem and Days of our Lives will be back in full-swing come September, if the target date holds true as revealed today by Deadline.

According to their sources, Corday Productions, who produces the long-running NBC daytime drama, sent out an email to cast members on Thursday notifying them of their intent to resume production come September 1st.

However for this article; reps for NBC, Corday and Sony Pictures TV declined to comment.

Days of our Lives has had enough shows banked through early October of this year, so was not pressed to get back into production amidst the coronavirus pandemic as much as CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful (which went back into production a week and half ago), and The Young and the Restless and General Hospital who are targeting a mid-July restart.

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This week on Days of our Lives saw the first African-American couple to be married on-screen in the 54-year history of Days of our Lives.  Now while Lani (Sal Stowers) and Eli (Lamon Archey) tried before in a previous ceremony, this one did the job … they are now officially husband and wife!

The ceremony was attended by Lani’s dad, Abe Reynolds (James Reynolds), her mother Tamara Price (Marily McCoo), Billy Davis Jr.  as a former FBI mentor to Eli, Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) – it was her restaurant after all and she is Eli’s grandmother.  Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) presided over the ceremony.

There were some unwelcome guests at the ceremony as well; leading the bride to question, are we doomed?  Why does this keep happening to us everytime we tried to get hitch!

However, fate was on Lani and Eli’s side this day, as even Gabi (Camila Banus) with her antics, and a shocking arrival from Vivian Alamain (Louise Sorel), couldn’t rain on this day.  Vivian even tried to shoot the bride, but thanks to Rafe (Galen Gering) saving the day and armed with news that her son Stefan (Brandon Barash) could be alive; he informs Viv firmly that she would be killing someone for the wrong reason, even though Vivian is in disbelief that her son is alive.  Next, she is whisked out of the ceremony.

Lani still feeling rattled by all the wedding interruptus gets a sign she should marry the man she loves; when her mother, who needed to go lie down earlier, as she was feeling faint, was able to show back up just in time to restart the wedding.


During the ceremony, Eli mentions the loss of little David Abraham and the struggles they went through, but how in the end it brought then closer together.  After the rings are exchanged and they are pronounced man and wife, the newlyweds “jump the broom” a wonderful tradition and a symbol of African-American heritage, where the sweeping of the broom signifies sweeping away all the bad energy.  After they sweep the broom, Elani jumps over it.

In a behind-the-scenes of the wedding segment released this week on the DOOL app, Sal Stowers and Lamon Archey talk about the inclusion of the ‘jump the broom’ moment in the episode, and how they suggested the idea to DAYS Co-EP Albert Alaar, and how  it was written into the episode.

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Friday night was a good night for daytime!  With its first foray back on to network television since 2011, the Daytime Emmy kudofest, while for the first time held this year virtually, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, scored very well in its timeslot.

The CBS broadcast averaged 3.1 million total viewers and a 0.3 demo rating.  That is way up from the last time viewers saw the award show on TV when it was on cable network POP TV back in 2015 with just over 900,000 viewers for its initial broadcast.

According to TV Insider report: The first hour of the Emmys garnered 3.3 million viewers to top the hour by edging out a rerun on ABC”s Shark Tank, and then slipped to second place for the second hour with 2.8 million viewers.

These were strong numbers for Friday night, and hopefully CBS and the other major networks will now continue this, and serve up the Daytime Emmy Awards moving forward.


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