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Clarification on Days of our Lives Rumors

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Tuesday morning, daytime fans and those of NBC’s Days of our Lives woke up to an article run by TV Line that raised major concerns for them,  Contained with it was a report that revealed that the entire cast has been released from their contracts and the show is going on an indefinite hiatus.

However, Soap Opera Digest has spoken to a few key setside sources, who have clarified the situation further: “The show is currently taping eight months ahead of air, and that has resulted in the show’s pickup possibly coming after it has wrapped production for the current season.”

Another reveals that negotiations are currently underway to continue the iconic NBC soap citing: “NBC and Sony are in negotiations right now and everyone is hopeful.”

Of note from SOD: the cast has been aware of the brought-to-light break in production and hiatus for months now.  The article also shares that production is said to most likely resume in early 2020’s following the holidays.

Chandler Massey who plays Will Horton tweeted during the firestorm on social media: “We’re not being cancelled. We are pausing production because we are so far ahead of schedule (and it saves us $). Days will still air during the entire hiatus, so you won’t miss anything!”

In addition, the series is receiving much buzz right now due to the groundbreaking (for daytime soaps), time-jump, which has already generated excitement for what’s to come in on the series in the days and months ahead.  Now is a great time to see what has happened to the lives of those you love to love and love to hate in Salem.

Share your thoughts on Days of our Lives, and your support of the series, via the comment section below.

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Ally
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Ally

Days is being cancelled, rumor is Nick cannon new talk show will replace Days. R.I.P.

Vashti
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Vashti

I hope that is not true, because that would really stink Who cares about a Nick Cannon talk show? ‍♀️We have enough talk shows. ‍♀️

Nik
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Nik

Tru Dat!

Mary
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Mary

So you are a psychic and can see into the future! Did you make the same prediction during past negotiations between Days and NBC?

Fra CES W Byrd
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Fra CES W Byrd

TROLL

George
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George

Troll, you need to have several seats, time out for you. You are mean mean mean, Susan banks will set you straight. Be kind to people on this site, no need to be snippy to Ally.

Kdlz
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Kdlz

No they said the same thing last year about the Kelly Clarkson show It all worked out NBC knows we need Days in our lives

Dee
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Dee

I love my days of our lives keep the hour glass running

Alex
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Alex

Dee time for Days to die, the time jump is terrible. Just cancel Days, end its misery.

Richard Signorelli
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Richard Signorelli

the show is in such a great place right now hope we have many days to come

Steve
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Steve

Most likely, contract negotiations will likely take more than two months. An interesting idea, could everyone be recurring? In this age of budget cuts and with the advanced shooting schedule, this was bound to happen. 8 months ahead in shooting is not sustainable, especially when the 3 other soaps can get things on in weeks. There’s no leeway in adjusting for storylines that aren’t working. As an incentive for reduced salaries, perhaps a modified work schedule could be implemented, with either more hiatuses or fewer episodes taped in a week. If they’ve already shot episodes through August 2020, don’t look… Read more »

SZima
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SZima

This is my thought on what’s happening…

Because DOOL was taping shows 6 to 8 months ahead of their airing, they are taking this opportunity to get on a schedule like all the other soaps, which is 4 to 5 weeks. Filming so far in advance, they were unable to remedy their mistakes, and there were many, soon enough!

Right now, I have no doubt that they will be back!

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Ron Carlivati started upset by tweeting “Welcome to Oz (the iconic HBO show) with a pic of Ben and Will in the same prison cell. And we all know what happened to male inmates there. I guess he thought it was cute, but people took the opportunity to melt down over the TV Line article instead of being amused. Personally I see this one of three ways. 1) The show is cancelled. 2) They return with a smaller budget, actor pay cuts, smaller cast; and continue the multi months breaks. 3) They do as they did with Passions. But instead… Read more »

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Also. If they go with option 3 and entice nearly 2 million subscribers to their streaming service for DAYS alone, there’s a strong possibility Days would be around to celebrate it’s 60th in 5 years. Most certainly it would be renewed beyond 2020. All depends on the cost; I doubt the cast would exit enmasse.

Pd off!
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Pd off!

If they move it to streaming. I am DONE! I’m sick to death of all this technology that I hate and cannot afford! If I can’t watch it on my TV it’s over for me and I’ll bet a lot of other seniors on fixed income!!! SO THERE!!

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Hypothetically. It would still have to be ad supported. But it’s a better option than cancellation. Years ago, when Passions left NBC for Direct TV I watched the final NBC episode and that was that. No way was I about to add a satellite dish on top of my cable bill, or opt out of cable to switch for one soap opera. #Hassle. I would however subscribe to this streaming service if and only if it’s my only option to watch Days. Had Direct TV Now been around back then I would have subscribed to it. I’m a huge fan… Read more »

Nick
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Nick

The only reason I watch NBC is Days. I used to watch the Voice before they fired Adam Levine, but not anymore. If anything happens to Days I will never watch anything from them again.

Lis
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Lis

You can’t do this. So many fans love this show and have been watching it for so long. Please reconsider.

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

2 million fans arent enough.

Nick
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Nick

Few shows have 2 millions loyal fans at this point, especially with intergenerational loyalty over decades. The truth is that viewing numbers are down for almost every single show on every single channel, no exaggeration. Its the same with movies. This is not a failing of the soaps, but more about the industry and society (they have made tv packages and movies too expensive, people have to work more and arent home during the day, you often cant stream the same day, political views in the content alienated some viewers,etc).

Becky Lutz
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Becky Lutz

We watch faithfully everyday. Love Days of Our Lives. Liking the time jump, I think! Can’t wait to get the answers to why people are where they are.

Ph520
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Ph520

I’ve never watched it but I hate for another Soap to be cancelled. Nothing better on TV than Soaps!! Hope rumors of retaping again esrly in year is true.

The other Lis
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The other Lis

I think its the deathknell if everyone’s contract is truly cancelled. That means actors can go seek work anywhere else and no one is going to stick around on a sinking ship. After all these actors, production staff still have mortgages and bills to pay. I cant imagine NBC letting Days come back with the same production schedule which puts the show at such a competitive disadvantage to the other soaps and we are looking at possibly weeks of impeachment hearings further eroding the audience. They can get the same band for the buck with a talk show which can… Read more »

Carol
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Carol

It would really be upsetting to me, if Days went off the air. I have watched this show for so many years. It would be like part of day was missing.

zaner
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zaner

The only good thing would be;
RC might return to GH ..
Outside of that, no, soap should ever be cancelled..
Nonetheless- I do not see Days being cancelled.
Most likely it will be revamped.

Steve
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Steve

For many viewers, RC returning to GH would not be a good thing. O’Connor just started and the initial results are promising.

Satan
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Satan

There would be absolutely NOTHING good about ReRon returning to GH. It’s bad enough they’re still stuck with his former partner in show destruction, Frank Valentini.

Kevin Rhodes
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Kevin Rhodes

This is upsetting intel considering such a successful Day of Days event this past weekend. Perhaps if #NBCUniversal was smart and learned to monetize the event, they would invest in the show more consistently. How I would have loved to purchase some #dool swag but none was offered.

Carol
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Carol

Love the “jump”….presents new material..can’t wait til tomorrow….
Hope all the rumors are just that…

Joan Faist
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Joan Faist

Don’t do it NBC. No more talk shows, they are mostly very boring. Keep our hour glass flowing.

Cid Weinberg
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Cid Weinberg

Gosh, I’m on the fence. First and foremost it would be terribly @hitty of NBC/Sony and a disservice…decades of love, family, and fan affinity/affection to go out this way…Without a proper “Thank You for watching & loving us all The Days of our Lives”…meaning writing and character plot tear jerker moments and bring the series to an end with dignity. Having been through this on the corporate business level (save bottom line production dollar$)…I never believe anything verbatim, as fact, or concretely definitive. Things change on a dime. And, story, story, story. It’s in the writing. The genre has needed… Read more »

The other Lis
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The other Lis

It needs more than new blood at this point. It needs to be re thought and resurrected. Why are there so many successful night time and cable soaps while daytime is floundering. You cant have the same model that has existed since the 1950’s and expect it to work.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Primetime and cable shows get cancelled at the drop of a dime. There are no shows that have lasted decades like daytime soaps have. I can’t tell you how many fantastic cable and/or primetime shows (in my opinion) that have been canceled after just one season or two seasons. So, in actuality, it’s daytime who had the secret formula to longevity. It’ rather a different era; women work, not as many younger women watch (which is the demographic advertisers want and effects renewal/cancellation). I really don’t think daytime, no matter what they do, will have the ratings to keep them… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

The audience for “new words” isn’t there in daytime soaps. Many don’t understand what they’re watching now! Some didn’t understand the time jump…literally didn’t know they were watching the year later the show is presently in, were confused by the flashbacks and were lost. Complained it was “stupid.” Over on GH, some didn’t know a character, Sonny, killed a man even though it was repeated over and over for months in dialogue. So, I think “challenging” creative, thought-provoking doesn’t fly with this audience. Seems like anything beyond “love in the afternoon” gets criticized, misunderstood or wasted. Feelings; yes. Alway need… Read more »

Crystal Young
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Crystal Young

Don’t cancel Days, stay on NBC. That’s the only soap I watch and have for years. I remember when Bo and Hope got together, and so many others, so please DON’T CANCEL.
We definitely don’t need no more talk shows.
THANKS

Momo
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Momo

I hope the show returns. Releasing everyone means when the show is picked up, people might not be available.

Days is so good. The best of the three I watch. Although I don’t like that Adrienne is dead. Let’s hope not.

Brenda Crusinberry
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Brenda Crusinberry

I have watched Days since I was 16,I am now 69, seldom missing an episode. I do hope that it will continue. The only way I would stop watching is if it didn’t exist anymore. It was on my bucketlist to visit the studio where it is filmed. The only time that I was in Ca. the sets were being moved so I didn’t get the tour.

Timmm
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Timmm

GH will be next! These networks could care less about loyalty. If they have something cheaper, the will move forward. CBS will hold onto to their two soaps a bit longer because of ratings. Daytime is DEAD! I dont watch DAYS but for its fans, I hope it hangs on in 2020!

Andrew Masset
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Andrew Masset

Let us all resume your favorite program in 3 months…

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Are you THE Andrew Masset, the one and only “Larry Welch”? I’d love to see another long-term return of Larry! “Bozo” is no longer around, but Rafe is a real clown.

Andrew Masset
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Andrew Masset

One and the same…Thanks..Would be fun…again.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Although touted as groundbreaking this time jump made me nervous. Most soaps have a year story board, and I wondered if Days didn’t just jump ahead to get ready for a wind down story line. This “break” gives them time to write it and by the time the already filmed episodes run, the farewell stories will be ready to go. If this is the plan, of course the suits don’t want fans to know it yet because it will give them too long to react and make noise about the cancellation. More than likely the cancellation will not be announced… Read more »

Ray
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Ray

As a fan of the show since the 1970s, this news hit me like hearing a friend had a terminal disease. You hope for the best and for a miracle cure. It is sad to think these “friends” would not be a part of my day. I have loved Hope, Bo, Marlena, Roman (Wayne Northrup), Jennifer, Frankie, Alice, and Tom like they were sisters, brothers, aunts and uncles. I know when “All My Children” left the airwaves, I felt the same way. But, I didn’t have the 40 years invested in that show like I have had with “DOOL.” My… Read more »

Violet Lemm2
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Violet Lemm2

You are right about Joseph M. They can call this NEW character Stefano, John Doe or Santa Clause, but there was only one Stefano DiMera , and he’s gone. Even Dr. Rolf can’t resurrect him! Joe, at least didn’t get to see the mess they have and are making of our beloved show. I bet Dr.and Mrs. Horton are flipping in their graves.

Karen
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Karen

I am a faithful days watcher and have been for years the time jump just don’t work for me but if that is what they have to do so be it I am just 1 person I sure hope that the show goes on for many more years

Rodd
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Rodd

Lord have mercy! How I hate it when rumors are unsubstantiated. That is why I depend on Michael Fairman’s site, so I get the facts. I’m not ready to attend another daytime soap funeral until the fat lady chokes her last note.

Nik
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Nik

This show has more drama in real than its soap opera. They regurgitate storylines more frequently than the other three ( B&B does too). If a person is cut from the show, they are back before we know it. I think this news is a publicity stunt to rile the fans up so that the “powers to be” renew their contract. Watch this show makes me feel like a yo-yo plus 11/12/19 episode they had a man to appear to be Stefano sitting in a chair smoking a cigar. DOOL. you can’t resurrect an actor that is deceased.

Violet Lemm2
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Violet Lemm2

No, you can’t resurrect an actor, but will they be able to save this show. They have about killed it. I can’t figure out if it’s a farce or a joke, but seriously at the end of todays show, seeing Lani and Kristen as Nuns, blew me away. I laughed so hard, I started choking .There sat Sister Stupid and the other killer Nun. Do convents or wherever they are just accept anyone without question? Can we really believe what we are seeing? I am giving it one more week, and I am through.

Momo
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Momo

Filming eight months in advance is way too far. I remember when they had the Belle recast who was awful. It was realized pretty much as soon as she started airing, but because they shot so far in advance we had to suffer through many painful months before Martha started airing.

Robin
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Robin

Thank God it’s not getting cancelled.Ive been watching for 53 years.

Sally
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Sally

Hoping they will renew Days, all I can do, hope. All the negativity though, buzz off trolls!!!

Maria Triplett
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Maria Triplett

I don’t like this time jump. You don’t know what is going on with no one. And Stefano is dead in real life. Why bring him back. Plus why would Will killed Sony’s mom that don’t make any sense! And Princess Gina can go to away all I care. And Lani and Kristin being nuns get real that is so dumb. And poor JJ on drugs. He was doing so good with his job. Why would you do all the stuff this so won’t help your rating. You will probably loss people. This is the only soap opera I watch.… Read more »

Terrance Richard
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Terrance Richard

I know a lot about soaps. Followed them for 35 years and this does not look good! Remember “Days of Our Lives” is only contracted by NBC to air until the end of Sept., 2020. NBC decides in early 2020 if they will renew it. It doesn’t look good. The cast has had their contracts torn up, the set will be sitting there empty and the actors will need money so they have to work some where. Believe me the network won’t say anything in case there is a backlash, but the writing is on the wall. I am so… Read more »

P J
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P J

I love days of our lives but I’m not into this crazy stuff that’s going on right now

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DAYS Head Scribe, Ron Carlivati, Shares On Marlena’s Possession 2.0: “We Decided John Needs To Get On To This Sooner Than He Did In The Original, Because That’s What The Audience Would Expect”

As viewers of NBC’s Days of our Lives are watching the revisiting of the classic possession storyline revisited with its 2021 version 2.0, the stage is being set for plenty of devilish drama, now that good doc, Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) is once again in the grips of evil.

We have already seen her with yellow eyes, conjuring up some demonic plans, and of course, the devil trying to pull the wool over the eyes of Marlena’s husband, John Black (Drake Hogestyn).

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Back in the 1994/95 version of this storyline, Father John emerged and exorcised the demon from Marlena, so he knows a thing or two about being possessed, and the horrors it caused to Marlena, and the town of Salem 25 years ago, and as we have seen John is very, very concerned about all this talk of Marlena being possessed by the devil from the script that Johnny (Carson Boatman)  is set to make into a film on Sami’s life story.

Current Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati, spoke with Soap Opera Digest in their latest issue on newsstands now, about his plans and the creation of the 2021 possession storyline. Ron revealed that John is not going to be in the dark for long, sharing: “John has been through this, so the devil isn’t going to be able to pull the wool over his eyes the way he did the first time.”

Carlivati also added: “Even though all soap opera stories, I would argue, depend on some characters being a little bit dumb, in this case, we decided John needs to get on to this sooner than he did in the original because that’s what they audience would expect.  Look for the story to move along at a pretty good clip. We are not rushing, anything by any means – we are having so much fun with the story, but it was important to us that John not look stupid here so he starts to suspect something is wrong with her pretty soon.”

So, are you glad that John will not be completely dumped? Will Father John return to save the day? Are you enjoying the story thus far? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

Then, check out our recent interview with Ron all about the creation of DAYS limited-series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem still streaming on Peacock.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Marlena Becomes Possessed … Again!

On Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the devil had his way with his favorite person, Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)! In story, leave it to Marlena to save Doug (Bill Hayes) by giving herself up to Satan!

As Doug revealed himself to be Satan while in a therapy session with Marlena in her office, a shook Marlena tries to comprehend what is happening! When the devil says if Marlena won’t accept him in, she will punish Doug, he does just that.

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Poor Doug is left writhing in pain and on the floor, crying out for help! When we come back to the scene Marlena is not exactly right near his body, but sort of overlooking what is happening. Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) rushes into Marlena’s office to find Doug as Marlena stares blankly. Eventually, she calls for help.

After Doug is put in a hospital room and is monitored, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Tripp (Lucas Adams) can’t find anything wrong with him. Meanwhile, Julie finds Marlena at the nurses station and asks what happened with Doug during their therapy session.  Marlena flashes back to what led to Doug writing on the floor, and clearly something is way off with Marlena, because she has now become possessed.

Later, Julie sits by Doug’s hospital bed as he opens his eyes, as he tells his beloved wife, “He left me and went in to her.”  A confused Julie is left to ponder what on earth Doug could be talking about.

When Marlena comes home to John (Drake Hogestyn) – who is already concerned with Johnny (Carson Boatman) being set on making a movie of Sami’s life story which includes points on Marlena’s original possession – she tells him Doug collapsed in her office. When the two hug, Marlena slowly opens her eyes  revealing that they are glowing yellow.  Yup! We are off to the races. Marlena is now once again possessed.

So, what did you think about the scenes between Deidre Hall and Bill Hayes? Are you enjoying the revisiting of the infamous ‘possession’ storyline thus far? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives Kicks-Off Possession Storyline Revisted with ‘Doug’ Twist Cliffhanger, Followed by Fall Preview

Did the ‘Devil’ make them do it? Doug Williams  (Bill Hayes) is Satan? In what can only be described as major surprise twist on NBC’s Days of our Lives, for weeks, fans have thought they were about to embark on another dementia or Alzheimer’s storyline on the soaps with another beloved character.

However, Days head writer, Ron Carlivati ,and his writing team came up with a way to make it seem like this may be Doug’s fate only to use the long-running character as the impetus to bring the classic possession storyline back on the air some 25 years later.

It all goes down after Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) calls Marlena (Deidre Hall) to ask him to see Doug, after his MRI and other tests proved inconclusive for dementia, etc, to see if Dr. Evans can assess him.  The phone call to Marlena happened after John (Drake Hogestyn) was discussing the past, since Johnny (Carson Boatman) is ramping up to a shoot a movie on Sami’s life, that will include the time that Sami walked in on John and Marlena having sex, which caused Sami to act out for years and years.

 

However, and this is key, John tells Marlena that moment in time also left her alone and vulnerable to the darkest time in her life – alluding to when she became possessed by the devil – and Marlena was clearly having difficulty admitting that or going down that road of remembrance, when the phone call from Kayla saved her from digging deeper into the past.  Well now, John and Marlena may never have that conversation as she is primed to once again become possessed.

Meanwhile, Johnny is reading Will’s script for the Sami movie, and is shocked to read in it that Marlena was once possessed by the devil, as John takes out a dusty box with his Father John collar, a bible, and a news clipping of Marlena being possessed.  John is feeling that this movie will bring bad things on to all those he loves, especially Doc, and he looks to be right!

Now at her office with Doug, he admits he knows something is wrong.  He acts out and does strange things and does not know why.  Marlena brings up why Doug locked Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) in a freezer by accident. Doug gets adamant saying: “That was no accident. I locked that bitch in there on purpose.”  Marlena is shocked at his word and tone.  Then as Doug laughs, he says, “I’m not Doug.”  Next thing you know, the lowered voice of Satan comes out of Doug’s mouth and he tells Doc, “It’s been over 25 years Marlena. But did you really think I wouldn’t come back for you?” End of episode.  Great cliffhanger!

Now, check out the fall preview released following the airing of Friday’s episode by NBC below, which teases more demonic moments on Days. Then let us know in the comment section, what you thought of the ‘Doug’ twist as the possession storyline begins?

Plus, make sure to cast your vote in ‘Michael’s Poll’ of the week on the revisiting of this classic tale now in 2021 below the preview.

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