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DAWN OF A NEW DAYS: Ron Carlivati's Episodes As Head Writer Begins!

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All eyes are on Days of our Lives, as today make sure to tune-in to the long-running NBC daytime drama series.

That is because Daytime Emmy-winning scribe, Ron Carlivati’s scripts and material begin to reveal itself as the series will get a burst of new energy filled with drama, humor, romance, and adventure.

Carlivati, who’s work on One Life to Live and General Hospital have been some of the most creative in those shows history, is set to bring his style and vibe to the characters of Salem.  Many have always thought that DAYS and Carlivati’s writing could be soap match made in heaven.

Fans of the series already know that some exciting returns are ahead under his watch including: Chandler Massey, Eileen Davidson and Alison Sweeney.

But before all that begins, viewers should be on the lookout for how he takes the current stories and melds them into new ones, and more!

So, tuning in to DAYS today and in the future to check out how Ron’s creative efforts effects your favorite Salemites? Comment below!

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James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

Sign me up as one of the fans who think this is a good marriage. Ron’s style and DAYS’ flavor are going to be a match like no other. Remember when the show was celebrating it’s 50th and how it turned into “must-see-TV” for a little while? Well, we’re going to be given back that same high dose of excitement and stories that will keep us tuning in every day but swearing at our TV screens because just when we think a payoff is going to happen, Ron will throw in another curve to keep us waiting. That’s what he did at OLTL and GH. Trust me: He will do it again but at DAYS.

Joe E Nelson
Joe E Nelson

Very excited for this.

Gary
Gary

Good luck to you, Ron. Wish you the best and a great success at Days!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Of course I’m tuning in! I’m a fan of DAYS, 4ever!

I look forward to Ron’s writing and think I’ll be very pleased! And it would be so mean, mean, mean if other viewers don’t give Ron’s DAYS a chance!!!

jaybird369
jaybird369

As far as I’m concerned, Ron can start (or whatever) by getting rid of that ANNOYING AND PATHETIC WASTE OF SPACE Dario…QUICKLY!!!!!

Later.

LeeAnn
LeeAnn

Guess you got your wish ! 🙂

blake
blake

Dario is going to be gone by the end of this month, confirmed by the actor today.

Nick
Nick

This clearly shows the level of desperation all parties have to try to save Days, which is this-close to cancellation. This man is extremely overrated, IMO. I mean, people don’t call him “ReRon” for nothing. His nonsensical, repetitive, cartoonish, plot driven brand of writing is not my cup of tea and it nearly destroyed GH two years ago before he mercifully got fired. Even worse, he can’t take any constructive criticism and takes shots at fans on Twitter who don’t kiss his fanny with gushing praise for his work. That’s disgraceful and highly unprofessional. Hasn’t Days been destroyed enough before he was hired?!?!

For this man to get another head-writing job at a different soap not even two years later just speaks to the pathetic state of this genre. This constant recycling of the same old hack writers bouncing from one soap to another has to stop if these shows are going to have any hope of surviving into the next decade, point blank. How about some fresh, young blood with some fresh ideas for 2017 for once instead of a has-been who’s failed several times and had his day?

Dave
Dave

who peed in your Cheerios this morning? Give the man a chance!!

Jovin
Jovin

Awesome post Nick! Those were my first thoughts too! However…a whole other thread started in my brain that could only be titled A Tale of Two Soaps. I look back to much of his work on One Life to Live with fondness. He wrote for the vets on that show. He honoured and paid homage to the past on many occasions. The show had focus and clarity. He wrote stories of romance for all age groups. Then…came his version of GH, which I still shudder and cringe at. He astoundingly gutted the heart and soul right out of that show and appeared to do so gleefully! He turfed the vets and only wrote for his newbie pets. He made Sonny even more of a centrepiece than he even was under the Phelps Guza regime. By the end of his tenure, with no one reigning him in, the show was a convoluted mess with record low ratings. His mean spirited attacks against viewers and actors on social media were unprecedented and hostile…and he should have been fired on the spot for those.

I believe this is days last chance at a reboot. I hope Ron realizes that he has been handed a Do or Die show…and he cannot use it for a vanity project or to get even. I hope he combines the best of his work at OLTL along with fresh new material for DAYS. I am guardedly and cautiously optimistic…along with some trepidation. I want DAYS to survive and thrive. Ron gets props for being one of the best at interweaving stories into an umbrella. I I hope he does his best work and delivers what DAYS needs.

Nicki
Nicki

I love Ron’s writing and GH is way worse now than it ever was and I thought he did a great job. Every writer and producer and even the actors receive a barrage of “criticism” daily- so good for him taking a few shots in self-defense. Let’s not forget that head writers take their direction from the executive producer and other higher-ups whose demands must be adhered to. Some people learn from their mistakes and continue to change and grow and improve. Others, especially, it seems some of the posters on here- do not. Ron has been given a great opportunity, and as of today his work is what we will be seeing. I wish him the best.

Michael
Michael

I always credited Ron with bringing back the vets to GH which Guza chased off. He “saved” Robin from dying and accommodated the actress’s limited availability by a unique (yes drawn out but not his choosing) kidnapping scheme that brought back old time villains Jerry and Faison. He brought Anna Devane back! And also brought back Bobbie, Scotty, Lucy, Kevin, Felicia, Laura (for limited appearances), Duke, and Lucas. He also helped build up the Quartermaine’s … AJ came back, he wrote a great exit for Edward’s passing, Tracy and Monica were given storylines or at least involved in storylines, Ned was brought back. Plus the new characters brought on all had some rooting value (OK I hated Sabrina) and I liked how he tried to tie some in to classic vets (Britt was Faison’s daughter!). And he did what no other writer would do … he gave Sonny his comeuppance and put him in jail and he wasn’t on the every episode like under Guza. Yeah, some stories were a bit far out there … but I kind of liked him treating long time viewers to “Port Charles” storylines and characters being woven into GH for a limited time. The Nurse’s Ball (which I always hated) was respected and brought out of moths balls. I think he showed a lot of respect for the history of the show and tried hard to bring back a lot of the vets that were kicked off the ranch by past regimes. And Days is going to need someone like Ron to “undo” past mistakes like Will’s death …

Katiek
Katiek

The only thing that can save Days at this point
Is to bring back the vets. Peter back as Bo, Shawn b
Belle,and Jack!! I’d love to see Days mend fences
With Vivian and bring her back.

Joel
Joel

I have full confidence that he will make DAYS exciting again like it was in the 80’s and 90’s. I only got hooked on OLTL and GH when he was head writer so the third time should be the charm for soap fans across the board.

Ray
Ray

Best of luck to Ron. I would love to see the show get back to “Must see” like when Ben was the murderer a few years back. I hope Ron’s style is to stop the killings and kidnappings. I no longer care about Nicole being kidnapped or being held hostage because it has been done so many times.

Here are a few things I would to see:
1. Bring back Phillip and Mimi.
2. Peter Blake would fill the hole that has been missing since EJ left.
3. Carrie needs to be a major character/lawyer in town. I have always loved Christy Clark.
4. Make the characters more fashion forward. A few of the characters look too plain. Clothes do not have to be bought at Neiman-Marcus to look good on camera.
5. In the summer months, shoot the show outside with one camera that way “GL” did in its final years. It would be better than EVERYTHING happening in Horton Square and the park. I would love to see the peer again.
6. More scenes with Maggie. Where has she been?
7. No more scenes time spent with the teen scene. Too much time invested into that group of characters that are now no longer on the show. But, I hope the new Ciara and Tripp are the new super-couple.
8. Give Eve a storyline worthy of Kassie D’s talent. I no longer want to see a one-dimensional character hating Jennifer because of the Frankie chose Jen over Eve. These characters are too old for that.
9. Speaking of, Frankie and Max should check in every now and then.
10. If Kayla/Steve and Adrienne are going to drive the show, bring back Stephanie and a hire a few siblings for Sonny.

Ray
Ray

Sentence should have read “Here are a few things I would like to see:”

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

I totally agree with your comments about Eve. Kassie DePaiva is a wonderfully talented actress. Ron C. is aware of that from his time at One Life to Live. I hope the Days powers that be allow him to fully expand Eve with Kassie.

I also agree about the sets. I’m so sick of seeing that pitiful town square and the even more pitiful park. Pay for some sets folks!!!!!!!!

penny
penny

So far, not impressed. I don’t need two Marlena’s and now I hear Adrienne will pull double duty. I don’t care if they’re different characters, I don’t like or want it.

Pat
Pat

AMEN!

Jimmy
Jimmy

I’m excited for this because I’ve been a fan of Ron’s writing for a long time. I was very excited when he came on to GH and turned the show around. Yes, his writing can be over the top sometimes, but one thing is for sure: when he’s writing for a show, it’s never boring. Which is exactly what GH has become under Jean & Shelly, and what DAYS was like up until now.

However, how many “Dawn of a New DAYS” promises have been dolled out in the last few years? The same promise was given in 2011, 2012 and when Josh Griffith and Dena Higley were brought back in 2015. I agree with the above comment that soap writers keep being recycled from show to show, but this change is exactly what DAYS needs right now. And for the love of God, even if RC doesn’t work out, please never bring Higley back.

su0000
su0000

hi Jimmy..
thing is; it takes awhile for all to kick in and turned into RC’s vision..
By November things will trat to take shape..

I really want RC back st GH ..
He hard hard drama and humor, I miss him!

( the master of twist & turns and surprises )

su0000
su0000

I’m envious of the Days fans!

They get the brave writing of RC and GH is stuck with the Snooze Queen..

blake
blake

I can’t wait to see how the show is under Ron C.’s writing. I am going to watch today’s episode on the nbc website.

k/kay
k/kay

Good luck to him better then a game show

Robert in Jersey City
Robert in Jersey City

I would love Days to become amazing under his writing. We don’t want to lose another soap!!!

Ron can save it.

Chrystie-Delancey
Chrystie-Delancey

PLEASE rehabilitate Zander!! Paul Telfer is too good an actor (and eye candy) to not play a leading man.

blake
blake

Zander is super hot, and I’m sure Ron C. will write for him just for that reason lol.

Firas from Texas
Firas from Texas

I’m glad Dario exiting soon!..please try bring Peter Blake back he’s great actor .. more fun to see Kristen and Peter siblings!

blake
blake

Here are Wednesday and Thursday episodes on the NBC website if you missed the start of Ron’s episodes:

https://www.nbc.com/days-of-our-lives/video/thursday-july-20-2017/3548224

https://www.nbc.com/days-of-our-lives/video/wednesday-july-19-2017/3548223

Michael
Michael

Ron- please save Salem! So excited for RC writing Days!

Pat
Pat

I’m unclear if the current shows are written by Mr. C. I hope not because they’re awful. Rehashing 25-year old story lines isn’t the way to go IMHO. 1. we either remember the first go-round. Or new folks are left wondering why this is happening. Every one is said to have a double. But give us a break, no one has an IDENTICAL double.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Chad and Abby Share An Emotional Goodbye And Leave Salem Hitched

On Thursday’s episode of NBC’s Days of our Lives, tears were shed not only by the characters on the screen, but by the audience at home … plenty of them if you have been checking out social media since this installment aired.  For in it, viewers had to say goodbye to Chad (Billy Flynn) and Abby (Kate Mansi) as they left Salem to start their new life with their children in Paris.

However, before they make their exit, Chabby fans finally get to see their favorite duo tie the knot in a heartfelt and touching ceremony right in the Horton family living room.  While it was spur of the moment, it could not have been more poignant.  Leave it to Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) to officially preside over the nuptials, JJ (Casey Moss) to play his guitar while his sister walked down the living room aisle to her man, and even Jack (Matt Ashford) showed up to do the right thing to be there for his daughter.

What would a Chabby wedding be without personally written vows, right?  Abigail tells Chad: “When we first fell in love, God, we had no idea of what we were getting ourselves into.  They say that when you meet someone and fall in love, you’re drawn to them, because they have something you need and we’re here today because I need you.  I need your courage, your faith, and love.  I’m so beyond grateful at a second chance with you and a family with our beautiful children. You are the love of my life, Chad. There’s nothing I want more than to spend the rest of my days with you.”

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In a touching moment, Chad is overcome with tears and expresses to Abigail; “You’ve always fought for your health, and for us, and I’m in awe of the woman I fell in love with. I’ll cherish you. I will protect you. I’m yours, and I’ll never doubt you again, because a love like ours really does only come once in a life.”

They exchange rings and Julie pronounces them husband and wife.  But this happy moment is also bittersweet when Chad says, “We hate to marry and run.”  Chabby has a plane to catch to take them to Paris.   Chad looks around the room and at all the special people in his life, and tells the group how special they all are to him.  In that scene, it definitely gave the feels that it was also Billy Flynn saying farewell to his castmates.

Of course … before they leave town Chad and Abby visit Stefan (Tyler Christopher) and Gabi(Camila Banus)is there.  They give them the news that they are leaving for France and are married.  In a moment alone between Abby and Stefan, he apologizes to her. Stefan notes how much he loved the other part of her (Gabby with a “Y”) and knows that she loved him too.  Abby says, “I know”.  Meanwhile, Chad says goodbye to the portrait of his father, Stefano vowing to be back someday.  After Chabby exit the DiMera mansion, Stefan has a meltdown and throws the chest board while Chloe (Nadia Bjorlin) walks in on the scene.

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And finally, in the 10-hankie moment beautifully played by Billy Flynn, Kate Mansi and Melissa Reeves (Jennifer), Chad and Abby at the Horton house to say their final goodbyes to Doug (Bill Hayes) and Julie, Jack, JJ, and Jennifer.  Abigail tells her mother to never give up on her dad.  Chad is in tears as Jennifer tells him she will miss him,  He says, “I will miss you, too”.

It was in that moment that any of us that have ever had to say goodbye to our families and move far away from them, or come back to visit them and then leave again, can relate.  Saying goodbye is often heartbreaking when you leave behind the ones you love.  But, Chad and Abby got their happy ending … for now. However,t his is a soap opera, so you never know how long happiness will last, or when they might be back in Salem.

Kudos to the performances of Billy Flynn, so raw and real, and Kate Mansi playing Abigail with depth and dignity to wrap up the story.

So, what did you think of the Chabby goodbye? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

 

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THIS WEEK: Billy Flynn and Kate Mansi Exit DAYS As Chabby Says Their “I Do’s” In Heart-tugging Moments

By now, Days of our Lives fans have learned that this week marks the end of the run, for now, of Billy Flynn and Kate Mansi as Chad and Abby.  But before they exit look for wedding bells to ring as Chabby remarries.

When Marci Miller decided to depart the role of Abigail, Kate Mansi returned to the role she played before Miller to finish the arc, which would have potentially left Abby to leave town and Chad to be without her, since Mansi signed on to just complete the storyline,

DAYS head writer Ron Carlivati told Soap Opera Digest  (in latest issue on newsstands now) the thought process of having the duo leave together: “While it was kind of agonizing to make the decision that Chad will exit the canvas with Abigail, I decided that was the best thing for the couple, it was the best thing for the fans and it was the best thing for the show. The way that they exit is very, very open-ended. It’s not like someone is going to die. They leave happy and the door is completely open for them to come back. As much as I’m sure some people will be sad to see them go, I think they’ll be happy to see them go together. It just seemed so unfair to not give them a happy ending. And I just didn’t see how that happy ending would work if Chad stayed in Salem and Abigail left.”   He added: “Obviously, if the time is right, the story is right, and the people are available, they’ll be back.”

Looks like we all need to get out the hankies after checking out the latest NBC promo for Chad and Abby’s wedding and farewell.  You can watch it below.  Then let us know if you are sad to see Billy and Kate exit DAYS, and if you hope they will be back sooner than later via the comment section below.

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Drake Hogestyn Chats On John Black’s Latest Predicament With Diana and Leo On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’

The complex life of John Black (Drake Hogestyn) just got even more complicated on NBC’s Days of our Lives; thanks to the arrival of his ex-flame Diana Colville (Judith Chapman) and the bombshell that bad boy Leo Stark (Greg Rikaart), who has been causing so much trouble for Will (Chandler Massey) and Sonny (Freddie Smith), is actually his biological son!  Boy, John certainly has had some kids he never knew about pop up (remember, Paul Narita is John’s son, too).  But, is this all a tale spun by Diana, or the truth regarding Leo?

Longtime DAYS vet, Drake Hogestyn sits down with host, Michael Fairman on an all-new installment of NBC’s Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast.  During the conversation, Drake talks about his surprise learning from the script that Diana Cooper was indeed his ex, Diana Colville.

The beloved actor reveals that at one point he thought Genie Francis (Laura, GH) might be coming back to reprise the role, but now that it’s Judith Chapman he is having a great time acting opposite her.  In addition, being a true historian of DAYS, Drake takes the listeners on some fun facts that they may not have remembered. Later, Hogestyn reveals why he and Deidre Hall (Marlena) have found such success as DAYS’ enduring John and Marlena.

Michael commends Drake on his Daytime Emmy Pre-Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his emotional turn following Marlena being shot at the Jarlena nuptials, and the family saying their goodbyes believing she was going to die, especially she the good doc had a DNR request on her legal forms filed with the hospital.

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In the backstage segment of the podcast, Eric Martsolf (Brady) takes Fairman on what a typical production day is like for him and others in Salem: visiting the wardrobe department, stopping to talk to the stage manager, and chatting it up with co-stars along the way including: Lauren Koslow (Kate) and Linsey Godfrey (Sarah).

The new episode of Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast is currently streaming on NBC.com here, and will be available for download via iTunes on Monday.

So, do you think John will do next now that Diana is working her way back into his life, and Leo is his son?  Will he tell Marlena what is going on?  What did you think of the sentiments shared by Drake in the interview? Comment below.

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