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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”

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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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Jeremy
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Deirdre Hall looks like she seems like she’s really enjoying the re-installment of the devil possession storyline. I certainly am loving it. It’s entertainment and obviously not for every viewer. With that said, I’m having fun watching Deirdre Hall having fun playing the Devil. I like the yellow eyes, though I wish her voice was the same as the original, perhaps it’s a technical thing. This storyline gives Doug and Julie, too, storyline. My hope is that Doug isn’t killed off by MarDevil, I think fans would become even more outraged by that action. With that said, I look forward… Read more »

Satan
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Satan

Should I possess Abigail? Sure why not? She’s got some empty rooms in her head which have been vacant for a while now.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Hell, if you are going to do that, I think Jenn would like to go along for the ride.

whynot
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whynot

There’s a major problem with things like this though: people love to look back at the old stories and long-time characters like this, but to me that only proves that nobody can come up with a NEW idea that will be just as popular. Years from now, is anyone going to care that Sonny lost his memory and thought he was Mike? I don’t even care now.

Celia
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Celia

OMG, whynot—Your words are sacrosanct—Didn’t even cross my mind, but so true!! No one will remember these short stunts—-You’re right–no originality !!!! Going down memory lane is not always popular.

Lincoln
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Lincoln

This show is bad; only ones happy with it are those that feed his ego on Twitter.

Celia
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Celia

Not only is the show bad, Lincoln, but John and Roman look really dumb—-especially John—DUH!! GOOFY!! That’s the script they’re given…. Considering the fact that Marlena was possessed twenty-five years ago, why can’t he, as her husband, and the closest person to her, not notice her strange nuances, however small? Light bulbs should be going off in his head. The words, “been there, done that” should be swimming in his head by now. C’mon, writers—-please end it!! I just finished watching—-only took me a few minutes—FF-ed through most of the ep.—but not before hearing two words:”Rosemary’s Baby”—– please, do not… Read more »

Maggie
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Maggie

If you don’t like the show why are you reading this post??? 🙂

Iakovos
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Iakovos

I am not overly fond of the possession storyline but… I am fond of seeing the stellar DOOL vets front and center. So I am grateful for that. Doug and Julie!!! Soaps are family to viewers and fans. We need to see our senior members of the clan!

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

lakovos,
I believe the cast is having a ball doing this and I think that Mr. Williams is having a devilishly good time, possibly using this as a way to retire.

Celia
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Celia

Hi, Iakovos—so great to “see” you again.
I’m not into this possession stuff either; especially if children will be involved.
I so appreciate Bill Hayes—he’s the best. Yet, they’re “storing” him away somewhere.
Later, my friend….

Jane Anderson
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Jane Anderson

It’s awful. If I wanted to watch stuff like this I would put on a horror movie. If you feel you obviously must force this onto your viewers, then make a limited series similar to Beyond Salem. You can even title it Beyond Intelligence. That way, viewers who want you to torture them can watch this idiotic concept. And your fans who continue to watch Days (in the hope of the show becoming better) can once again go back to watching. Be sure to announce when all the crap is over, there are a lot of us who quit watching… Read more »

Jane Anderson
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Jane Anderson

While Days is going on with this possession, some of us don’t want to watch it. Can you make a limited series (like Beyond Salem) with older footage you already have. Edit out the folding clothes, having tea, and put together something like Beginning Salem with Dr. and Mrs. H right from the beginning. It will move a lot faster as the boring stuff will be edited out. Then Days loyal viewers can watch this. Thanks.

Patrica
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Patrica

Can’t believe you decided to bring back this story line. I have been watching Days of our lives for many many years and have to say I didn’t enjoy the storyline the first time and certainly do not enjoy it now. Hope this ends very soon and doesn’t affect Ben’s character. Ben and Sierra deserve some peace.

Jeanne
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Jeanne

I agree

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

Carlivati: “Even though all soap opera stories, I would argue, depend on some characters being a little bit dumb. . .” Oh lordy, where to start, where to START? Ummm, no, Ron. Foolish, perhaps, or ill-advised, or immature, or similar adjectives; even smart people can do “dumb” things in the grip of emotion, sure. But dumb, as in lacking normal brain cells? There’s a phrase for that kind of storytelling: “idiot plot.” It applies to all types of fiction, including soaps, and effective soap writers know how to tell a story without resorting to it. (Or at least they used… Read more »

M.L.H.
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M.L.H.

Other topics should have been considered. This one was done before and I see no reason to repeat.

aria
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aria

I want to start out by saying THANK GOD that RC is not writing for GH. forever AMEN.

LouieY
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LouieY

Having to endure this mess, Duke the Bear, Jake the Mechanic trying to play business, Bonnie & revisionist Ava history that is pathetic, really makes this show must pass t.v. Agree with others should have been limited Peacock series and thank you lord Carlivati isn’t writing for GH anymore.

Celia
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Celia

Yup, Louie Y. It’s getting kind of painful to watch—-FF helps!!
The highlight, today, was when Chanel mentioned the sitcom, SISTER SISTER; where Jackee was sort of the star? I remember watching that show as a little girl, myself.
The most ridiculous stotyline ( second to the “possession) for me is the Bonnie travesty. There is something to be said about falling in love with your dead wife’s carbon copy—is Justin in love with a memory? I know, I know—it’s a soap….
Not looking forward to “Rosemary’s Baby”. I will not watch!!

Satan
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Satan

You don’t want to see Ciara give birth to my son, the Antichrist??

Y’all need to help me name my future son. He needs three names, 6 letters in each one. “Weston” will be his last name, so we’re 1/3 of the way there.

Celia
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Celia

LOL—what if it’s a girl? I would call her Venere—the planet of light—-may she always shine goodness. You do not have the power to choose a “he”. Even you, Satan, is not more powerful than God. As Lucifer, you were HIS favorite Angel ( of light: Luce means light in Italian, ergo, Lucifero). But, you want to be more poweful than God—–doesn’t work, does it? You fear God. Yet, God does not fear you. All Ben and Ciera have to do is chant, “I reject you, Satan”, over and over. You are so much fun—-wish I knew you. Love the… Read more »

Satan
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Satan

I never actually wanted to be “more powerful” than my Former Employer. That’s all just propaganda from the religious FundaMENTALists. What actually happened back in the day, was that I merely made a couple of suggestions to the Old Man, and He got all offended by it, and exiled me off to a much warmer climate. Then He lost a bet to me with that whole “Job” situation, and He’s held a grudge against me ever since. I’m over it. Can’t speak for Him, but I haven’t been invited up to Heaven lately, so you can probably draw your own… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

I am already tired of this devilish storyline—-neither interesting nor palatable.
I hope it’s not going in the direction I think it is.
Please, let’s not involve babies–
After yesterday’s ep, it seems to me that we’re in store for the second coming of “Rosemary’s Baby”.
If the writers’ intentions are to have Ciara impregnated by Beelzebub—-Well, that’s as far as I will go!! I won’t watch. I can’t—I will break out in hives!!
I’m inclined to think it’s a Halloween spoof—-perhaps the storyline will be stoed in limbo, where the viewer is left wondering……

Kathy Sharpe
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Kathy Sharpe

Sorry. I find myself jumping ahead. But I was there the first time and it has been a bit boring. Where are the other storylines?. Love you all. Fan for 50 years.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

This just gets more stupid every day. I can’t even watch the whole show without having to turn it off. Watching Marlena today lying stretched out on the bed I just knew she would be levitated? I wanted John to come in and ask her what the hell she was doing up there.I can’t stand that little squirt Johnny and all the craziness with his movie. Why does E.J want to play opposite Abby, just to make Chad mad or jealous? All I know is I am not enjoying any of it lately, there’s so much going on that we… Read more »

Satan
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Satan

EJ wants to piss everybody off! He’s mad at Chad, because Chad’s willing to finance Johnny’s movie. But the person EJ is REALLY trying to get to here is Sami. This hits her on two different fronts…. First, there’s the fact that the whole “John banged Marlena on the Titan conference table” scene witnessed by a teenage Sami will play a big part in this movie, and obviously Elvis knows that his wife really wouldn’t rather relive that. Now add on top of that the idea that this scene would be acted out by EJ & Abigail – who once… Read more »

The other Is
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The other Is

Lucas should be the one to figure something is very wrong with Sammi not showing up and he said EJ is dangerous. I would love for him to publicly accuse EJ in the Spectator of murdering Samantha to see if that would force Samantha to come forward. Also shouldn’t Jack hire daughter number 1 to work at the newspaper since daughter number 2 is opting for an acting career. Days needs an obnoxious reporter and Gwen in addition to being awful and having a killer instinct would most certainly be a better reporter than Abigail. The devil storyline other than… Read more »

Satan
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Satan

How could I forget Lucas?? Maybe because he seems to have disappeared the last couple of weeks. Yes, he should definitely be involved in the “hunt for Sami”. The question is, who kidnapped her? Kristen seems the most obvious suspect, but why would she do that to her “baby brother’s” wife?? I’m sure somebody’s going to blame me for her disappearance, but I was walking around inside a 96 year old man at the time Sami disappeared, and even though I’m immortal, Doug is not, so that pretty much limited what I could have done in the physical realm at… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Perfectly said. I loved James Scott—-faults and all. But, this EJ gets on my last nerve—and, what’s up with the hair? Is it a little hair piece? He looks like a little boy where Mommy did his hair, redying him for school. EJ is a snake—-he has Sami stashed somewhere—knew that from the get-go. Unless you think otherwise. Is he getting the hots for Abigail again? Spiting Chad? Or both? Kill two birds with one stone? I am very disappointed in Giovanni ( Jo-vanni)—-what happened to turning a new leaf? As a true scion ( or should I say, spawn?)… Read more »

Satan
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Satan

I don’t think EJ was involved in Sami’s disappearance at all. I don’t even think he realizes that she HAS disappeared, but rather he thinks that she’s avoiding him on purpose. As opposed for fighting for their roller coaster of a marriage, as she would usually do. Obviously Elvis is still in love with his “dear Samantha” and going on the assumption that she’s avoiding him, he thinks he can get her attention by prompting her jealousy impulses. And what better way to do that than to be acting out the conference table hookup scene which traumatized Sami’s teenage years,… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

So, if not EJ, who has Sami? In reality, Ms Sweeney is busy making new movies ( Hallmark Xmas films etc.). It never dawned on me that EJ would be trying to make Sami jealous by using Abigail. Very astute of you!! By the same token, Sami may not give a hoot—-not if she still loves Lucas. On the other hand, maybe she wants both, and Rafe too, as a snack. However, it does make sense—that hot, shower scene, between Abigail and EJ, is still clear in my head—-LOL. I don’t think the movie will be a thing—Johnny is feeling… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

At first I thought Kristen was the one who snatched Sami as she had the others, then I thought EJ and now I am not so sure. I can’t stand EJ and his throwing himself at Abby and Nicole if as you say to make Sami jealous, or Chad. I think he is so unattractive and trying to I don’t know what, when kissing Nicole made me ill, yuk! I don’t think Johnny is so bad wanting to do his movie, not really knowing the whole truth. He’s just thinking money and noteriety. The poor guy can’t sing and when… Read more »

Moto62
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Moto62

It’s pretty sad to me that the only thing Days has going on is this dumb story and when I click Michael Fairman TV, the headline is the same. Personally, I’m not watching because all the storylines are bad. I’m disappointed in Xander’s story that he’s ending up with Ron’s personal favorite Gwen. I can’t believe she’s still on the show dressed like a rag bag. I think Xander is lonely. Isn’t there something coming up where he goes to find Sarah? I hope so. It’s good to have Suzanne Rogers back. Maybe I should be watching to see the… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Moto62
Had to laugh at your description of Gwen’s wardrobe. I think Xander is very lonely to want to hop in the sack with the likes of her. I did read something about Sarah being found.

carol
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carol

At first I was against it.but now it makes for a good story plot.I wonder if this is for Halloween..Got to have a exciting story .Or who will watch?Marlana and John really dont have much of a story so they did this to keep them on the show.Oh goodness leave Bens baby alone.Ciara doesnt deserve this neither does Ben.Rose Mary’s Baby here we cone.

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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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Ron Carlivati Talks on the Creation, Scenes & Cast of ‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem’

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