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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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Janet Kiley
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Janet Kiley

its about time know get it writers hahah this time

tonja
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tonja

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

barbara t
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barbara t

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
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Brian

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

Mieka31
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Mieka31

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
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barbara t

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… Read more »

Erica
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Erica

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..

Cath
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Cath

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
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Erica

right in the money it seems…

Brandon
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Brandon

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.

Susan
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Susan

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
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Erica

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

designergirl777
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designergirl777

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… Read more »

Renea
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Renea

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

barbara t
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barbara t

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
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Erica

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

Cheryl D.
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Cheryl D.

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.

Maddie
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Maddie

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
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susan

I AGREE. JUSTIN AND ADRIENNE WERE BROUGHT BACK AND HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A FAN FAVORITE AND THEY ARENT EVEN ON THE SCREEN AT ALL.

I WOULD MUCH RATHER PREFER THE SUPER COUPLE STATIS AGAIN WITH LOCATION SCENES MYSELF. LONG LIVE THE DAYS WHEN BO AND HOPES FIRST STORYLINE WITH STEPHANO WAS IN NEW ORLEANS AND ALICE WAS ON THE CABLE CAR THERE HELPING THEM OUT ALL THE WAY.

I HOPE IT GETS BETTER AS SOME TIME GOES ON. HOPEFULLY WE WONT HAVE TO WAIT TOO LONG.

Manelli1234
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Manelli1234

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
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Erica

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
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susan

YES BRING CRYSTAL BACK HOME AND IN A NEW DIRECTION.

Susanna
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Susanna

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
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Nicolette

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… Read more »

Rich
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Rich

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
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Brandon

^ Agreed!

Nancy M
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Nancy M

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
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Avelina

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… Read more »

Erica
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Erica

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

JD
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JD

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
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Susanna

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

Allister
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Allister

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
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barbara t

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
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Debi

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
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Brandon

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

Michael
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Michael

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… Read more »

Erica
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Erica

Corday is dumb..so don’t count on it

PJ
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PJ

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

Susanna
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Susanna

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.

lew
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lew

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.

Jules
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Jules

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… Read more »

the smart Jules
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the smart Jules

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
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Jules

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… Read more »

Debbie Hamilton
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Debbie Hamilton

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… Read more »

Heather
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Heather

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
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auotb

bravo

SafenSound
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SafenSound

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
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Sara

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
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SafenSound

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!

Tom
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Tom

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.

Manelli1234
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Manelli1234

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.

kay killgore
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kay killgore

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???

kay killgore
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kay killgore

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
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thetruth

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

Avelina
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Avelina

Spot on!!!!!!!

RJ4
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RJ4

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… Read more »

Blake
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Blake

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!

mike
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mike

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
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Penny

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.

D
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D

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
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Penny

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

Ken
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Ken

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
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thetruth

corday has no brain that is all

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

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
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Daniel Lewis

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
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Gmbenet

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… Read more »

thetruth
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thetruth

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
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Gmbenet

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.… Read more »

toscanti
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toscanti

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.

Nicolette
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Nicolette

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
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thetruth

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

jorgeann
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jorgeann

ITA!!

Susanna
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Susanna

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
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Nicolette

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.

Chaz
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Chaz

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… Read more »

RJ4
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RJ4

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?

navygirl
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navygirl

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
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Avelina

Spot on comment. I couldnt agree more!

thetruth
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thetruth

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

Shannon
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Shannon

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
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thetruth

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

Mieka31
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Mieka31

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… Read more »

Robbyrob
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Robbyrob

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!

R.P Johnson
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R.P Johnson

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.

Kelly
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Kelly

Here’s an idea………..GIVE US THE COUPLE(S) THAT THE FANS HAVE BEEN WAITING FOREVER FOR……..ONE IN PARTICULAR (EJ and Sami)!!!! 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……..you’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… Read more »

thetruth
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thetruth

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

Avelina
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Avelina

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.… Read more »

jorgeann
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jorgeann

This fan wants EJami!!!!!

Ree
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Ree

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… Read more »

Rodd
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Rodd

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… Read more »

thetruth
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thetruth

great post Rodd

Iakovos
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Iakovos

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… Read more »

Mo
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Mo

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… Read more »

thetruth
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thetruth

This move is LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

christie barnes
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christie barnes

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.

Jared
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Jared

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.

jorgeann
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jorgeann

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… Read more »

LUMI
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LUMI

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. 🙂

Cindy
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Cindy

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.

imane assi
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imane assi

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

imane assi
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imane assi

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

Susanna
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Susanna

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,… Read more »

Breaking News

Cady McClain IN As DAYS Jennifer Temporarily Replacing Melissa Reeves

Rumors that have been swirling are confirmed true.  Cady McClain is coming to Salem and Days of our Lives to replace Melissa Reeves temporarily as the new Jennifer Horton Deveraux.  The casting news was confirmed by a Days spokesperson, according to Soap Opera Digest.

Daytime fans recall, Cady is a two-time Daytime Emmy winner and has previously appeared as Dixie on All My Children, Rosanna on As the World Turns and Kelly on The Young and the Restless.  McClain has already begun filming as Jennifer.

Reeves, who commutes from Nashville to Los Angeles to tape episodes of Days of our Lives, decided not to return to set when the NBC soap opera resumed production earlier this month due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic,

In addition, Melissa became a grandmother last month with her daughter Emily’s first child, and now soon will welcome her son Larry’s first child later this month, which is another reason Reeves chose to stay put in Tennessee.

So, what do you think of the Jennifer switcheroo? Excited to see what Cady brings to the role? Comment below.

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‘Knots Landing’s’ Beloved Kevin Dobson Dead at 77

Knots Landing longtime fan favorite, Kevin Dobson (Mack McKenzie) has passed away at the age of 77.  The actor’s death was first reported by the United Veterans Council of San Joaquin County’s Facebook page.  Dobson died on Sunday, September 6th via “medical complications”.

However, The Hollywood Reporter had more clarity and reported that Dobson died Sunday evening in a hospital in Stockton, California, after struggling with an autoimmune deficiency. Arthur Toretzk, Dobson’s rep, shared that with the entertainment news outlet.

The post via Facebook read: “Army Veteran, Veterans Rights Activist, Film and Television Actor Kevin Dobson has passed away. He was 77 Years Old. Condolences to the entire family. Rest In Peace… March 18 1943-September 6 2020.'”   Dobson was the former chairman of the organization.

During his career in primetime, Kevin was also widely known for his work on the crime show, Kojak from 1973 to 1978, playing Detective Bobby Crocker working alongside Telly Savalas.   Earlier in his TV career he appeared on: The Mod SquadEmergency! and Cannon.

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When Don Murray’s exited Knots Landing in 1982, Dobson was cast in the role of M. Patrick (“Mack”) McKenzie, the love interest for Michele Lee’s Karen.  Lee and Dobson became an undeniable favorite duo of the CBS primetime soap opera and for all-time in soap history.  During his run on ‘Knot’s from its fourth season to its conclusion in 1993, Dobson won five Soap Opera Digest Awards for his performances.

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In addition, Dobson got his start in daytime soaps, and eventually wound back on them following the ending of ‘Knots’.  He first appeared on NBC’s The Doctors. In 2008, DAYS hired him to play Mickey Horton after two other actors did not work out replacing, the original Mickey,  John Clarke, who retired, In shorter stints, Kevin played Governor Harrison Brooks on One Life to Live in 2003. and Judge Devin Owens on The Bold and the Beautiful in 2006.

He is survived by his wife Susan and his three children, Sean Dobson, Patrick Dobson and Mariah Dobson.

Share you remembrances and condolences in the comment section for Kevin Dobson.

Also check out below The Michael Fairman Channel’s sit-down interview with the ladies of ‘Knots’ from earlier this year; where Michele Lee, Joan Van Ark (Val) and Donna Mills (Abby) mark the 40th anniversary of the series …and also share remembrances of working with Dobson.

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Marci Miller Opens Up About Her Decision to Return to DAYS and Her Concerns Replacing Kate Mansi

This week will mark the return of Marci Miller in the role of Abigail Deveraux DiMera on Days of our Lives.

The popular actress, who had been nominated for two Daytime Emmys in the Lead Actress category during her initial run on the NBC soap opera, revealed some of the complex emotions she had in determining whether or not to come back to Salem as detailed in this week’s Soap Opera Digest on newsstand now.

Once again, Miller is taking over the role from her predecessor, Kate Mansi.  As DAYS fans know. Mansi won a Daytime Emmy for her work as Outstanding Supporting Actress in 2017 and first played the role from 2011-2016, then Miller took over the role.  Abigail’s last arc was played by Mansi when she returned from 2018- to the first part of 2020.  Miller had stepped away from the role in 2018 as she wanted to concentrate on other projects.

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In regards to her comeback, Miller shared with SOD: “You never know how discombobulating it might be.  That was one of the things I had to weigh in coming back, was whether or not it was fair to the fans for me to accept (the offer) because Kate hadn’t been there for a very long stint. For them to do this flip-flop thing was a little bit of a concern of mine.”

Miller ultimately says she felt that it was better to have Abigail on the canvas, than not in all, and in the hands of an actress who was familiar with the role than a new actress to take over the part.

Make sure to check out SOD for more on Marci’s decision to return to the NBC soap opera.

Meanwhile, look for an exciting story ahead for Miller when Abigail gets back in action in Salem.

So, what do you think of Marci’s careful thought-process to coming home to DAYS? Comment below.

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