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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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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 to Johnny’s movie because I sense, as Abigail playing a younger Marlena, I’m suspecting that Marci Miller’s Abigail, will likely become the Devil at some point and by the looks of it, I think Marci Miller seems very capable to become possessed, too. I’m loving this storyline, and obviously it’s not for all, and I get that. As an actor, I have a different perspective, however, I do get and understand those viewers whom don’t appreciate the Devil possession storyline currently with Marlena and Doug. I just don’t want to see Doug killed off by the Devil. I also see Ben becoming possessed, too, What if MarDevil passes the Devil off to Abigail then to Ben…etc etc, how spooky and fun for them (as actors), especially on the heels of Halloween. Chanel could be another who could get possessed, too. Though, it would be hilarious to see Aunt Paulina/Jackee Harry possessed and levitating in her posh bed, but it seems her storyline is that of her upcoming wedding to Abe, and the reveal of her being Lani’s mother… is around the corner. I’m not happy that as a result, Abe will learn he’s not Lani’s real Dad. Devil!!!!

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

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

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.

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.

LOL; why not? And I’m asking, “why not?” Not repeating your “name.” All soap stories are memorable to different viewers depending on their individual take on a story. This will be memorable to me for its pure, campy, fun. A reminder of just how cheesy and fun daytime soaps can be. When the genre is gone, this kind of story/memory is gold. Millions watching these stories in an age where there are much more sophisticated choices is interesting to me. I can appreciate the difference between high art and pop; serious pieces of work and the fun of daytime. Soaps are just addictive, familiar escapist fun in an ever-changing crazy real world. I like it for what it is. And this story just has me laughing.

As for “new” ideas? There are never new ideas, just variations on a theme. For a decades old show I think Days and all the other remaining soaps are doing a great job; writing for shows that air five days a week with nary a break each year is beyond a challenge.

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

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 do this.

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

I love the show—-this is an opinion page, ergo, opining does not dislike mean!!
If you don’t like posts that are unappealing to your sensibility, why do you read them? What’s good for the goose—

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!

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.

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….

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 until then.

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.

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.

I agree

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 to. I would not want to be too sure of anything in the current environment, because there might be little choice, depending on interference from above.)

I sure as hell (sorry, Satan) wouldn’t say something like that out loud in an interview. What does it say about your opinion of your audience if you really believe it? Oy.

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

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

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.

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!!

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.

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 banter!!
Seriously, do you think this debacle will be over by Halloween?

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 conclusions there.

You crack me up—-love it!!
I will keep you in my prayers—

Well, it’s official now!

Ciara is having my BeelzeBaby!!

How does the name Damien(6) Horton(6) Weston(6) sound??

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……

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.

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 only get to see little bits every few days.

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 had an affair themselves (different Elvis & different Abigail, of course) and this should drive Sami’s rage up by 666%.

This is all driven by the fact that EJ thinks Sami is merely in hiding & avoiding him, which of course, he can’t stand. He’s a lot like his daddy Stefano in that way…. always needing to feel like he’s in control of the situation. It would actually be a good strategy to bring Sami out of the shadows….. except she’s not hiding, she was kidnapped!

Maybe when Sami DOESN’T react to any of this, that’s when EJ, her kids, Roman, John, etc. will finally get a clue that Sami’s disappearance wasn’t exactly voluntary?

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 Bill Hayes has been a bust.

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 the time. Locking Julie up in the freezer didn’t take much effort.

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?) of Stefano, I guess it’s inconceivable or he, as a bad seed, is simply incapable.

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, with Abigail – whom Elvis actually had an affair with several years back. I think Chad is close to figuring out what the agenda is here. Poor little Johnny is probably unaware that daddy & auntie Abigail had that kind of history. Definitely not something Sami would have been likely to bring up in a conversation with her kids.

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 guilt-pangs over resurrecting Grandma’s “possession” torment.
Except for the power of “possession”, I see EJ and Philip as dastardly as Satan ( no offense?).
I’d like to see Sami and Lucas back together, albeit she unabashedly never takes the blame for her mistakes.

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 he was singing for Chanel it sounded like a cat being skinned alive, a real Elvis he aint. He is nothing like his father and grt.grandfather, at least treats people respectfully and kindly. Can’t wait for this nonsense to be over and we get back to our regular SLs, though I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to look at Marlena again without seeing her devil eyes.

Hey, Violet; I have a different opinion. I think the actor playing EJ is very good-looking. Not necessarily my type, but still I find him incredibly attractive objectively speaking. As for Johnny, he’s actually a country singer in real life. If you (or anyone else reading here) are curious, you can see a few of his music videos on youtube. He’s rather good in that genre. I have no idea if he has a future in it, but the boy can actually sing. His name is Carson Boatman. I don’t want to attach a link; I don’t know if Michael allows that on his site. 😉

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 acting being done by Susan Seaforth Hayes? The old timers are the reason I started watching in the first place back in 1974. I can always FF through the crap.
Thanks for letting me post and vent a little.

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.

That’s good news about Sarah then! Yes, Gwen dresses like she did a dumpster dive for her clothing. lol

After Monday’s show with Victor asking Steve to find Kristen, who knows if he’ll find Sarah and possible Sami too and whoever else she spirited away.

Well, Sami was supposed to be back in November, and rumors here in Hell are that Sarah will return (in one form or another) and a Kristen sighting is supposed to happen soon…. so this all adds up to Steve finding all three of them, probably.

I love Xander and Gwen and I knew they’d be a couple from the time they met. Two people who grew up feeling unloved, wanting to be loved, to be accepted; two imperfect people who are perfect for each other. They get each other. I can’t stand Sarah with her nails-on-a-blackboard baby voice. Drove me nuts! When she wasn’t acting like an infant she was condescending; Xander had to jump through hoops to be worthy of her. Totally got on my nerves. I hope Xander sticks with Gwen if Sarah returns.

I don’t like Gwen nor the way Jack gives her every benefit of the doubt, though I understand why.I can’t stand Sarah and her cockamamie, silly, boisterous acting.I always said I was glad she wasn’t MY doctor. I liked this actress when she was on B&B but she was a complete wackado here, and not Xander’s type at all.

Hi again, Violet 😉 We’ll have to do the “agree to disagree” on Gwen; as said above I like her. Although, it was a process, lol. Could not stand her when she first arrived. Her lip biting and nail biting drove me insane! Thankfully, she dropped those mannerisms. And I hated what she was did to Abigail; all I felt was anger and frustration that she kept getting away with things. I truly wanted her gone.

…But once her vulnerability surfaced and we saw her private moments of reflection (not her insincere apologies meant to manipulate ), we got to see another side of her. She literally believed her father abandoned her and CHOSE Abigail over her. She believed what she was fed as a child and it twisted her into a malicious ball of vengeful hate with no conscience. Now it seems she has one and WANTS to do the right thing, but is afraid she’ll lose her newfound fatherly love. I also believe that, like Xander, she’ll never be a really good “person,” but rather fall into the shades of gray area. Xander can be wonderful, full of heart and compassion for those he cares for, and a threat to those he doesn’t or those who have wronged him. But I no longer see Gwen or Xander as evil. More like precocious children that can go all-Chucky if you don’t keep an eye on them. LOL!

Oh; I agree about Lindsay Godfrey. I only saw her a few times on B&B; I was a recent viewer so by the time I was watching she was leaving…but I’ve seen her on another things. She’s a good actress and I love her look. But once “Sarah” got with Xander she was a vacillated between stern parent and infant.

Well, Rebecca1, longtime friend, thank you for summing up the way many viewers, myself included, feel about Gwen. I do like her, too. And I had seen this actress’ work on Y&R, which I enjoyed. But I came onboard quickly. Frankly, Abigail had become such a negative, dour person that I found myself rooting for Gwen against her. And still do. Take care, Friend.

Hi, Jamesj75! How are you? I pop in occasionally; glad to “see” you here. 😉 Ah; I give you credit for liking Gwen from the beginning, lol. She “caused” me too much stress. But, yes, I’m a Gwen convert. Conversely, I always liked Abigail until she became way too “grumpy” toward Chad, even though it was beyond well-deserved. She’s finally softened up, and I’m back to liking her. (I’m not a fan of Kate Mansi’s Abigail, but I love Marci’s version. I do prefer Kate’s style of dressing, though. She always looks cool, hip, casual…whereas Marci dresses like she’s channeling in from Little House On The Prairie. What’s up with that? Why are they dressing the same character in different styles!?)

As for the topic here, I actually like the possession story in all its stupid splendor. I find it very entertaining; smile or laugh through most of it and like how it incorporates so many into the story; and all the havoc it’ll bring. I also like the swirling flashbacks to the earlier younger Marlena and John original story.

And, who knew the dev looks like Mr. T! 😉

Thank you for your reply, Rebecca1! I am well. I hope you and your loved ones are well also. I like that you see the “good” in the possession storyline. I give YOU credit for that! Funny stuff about the devil–Mr. T. connection! And I honestly laughed at your characterization of Abigail’s wardrobe being akin to Little House on the Prairie! So true. Best to you, Rebecca! “See” you again soon…


Ahh–really? I love Xander with Gwen ( now that she’s no longer after Abby and is trying to walk a straight line). One lie will undoubtedly lead into another, and another…..
She should, at least, be admired for trying to be decent and for trying to help Xander—– Nonetheless, she needs to come clean with Jack et al.
I can’t stand Sarah—-She always seemed to have the upperhand with Xander. Too artificial. I wonder if she and Gwen will be competing for Xander’s affections. Between me and whomever, Sarah is too blah for him!! He’s so hot!! She’s not!!

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.

I don’t think John and Marlena have to worry about being kept on the show. They are two of the main characters and I like seeing Marlena step out of her goody two shoes character, always knowing how to solve everyone’s problems. As the Devil, she also gets the chance to avoid John’s yucky kisses and anything else he has in mind. I hope he gets to hear the Devil’s voice on her recorder. Wow, technology sure has come a long way.

I know they have been on for years.I know what you mean about her being so good all the time.She makes me sick.I use to like her a long time ago but not anymore.Marlana i think is stuck up and John he is an idiot.

I know everyone will snub me—–but, I was never a fan of Marlena . She is a fave on this soap. No one is too sweet, too good, too perfect, too much honey dripping from her lips. Now, with her devilish, fiery eyes, my fingers itch to poke them and smack her around a few times. Skap the devil out of her.
John Black? Hey, Doc……nice shades—take ’em off. Don’t like him either.
I wish we could see more of Victor—his sarcastic humor slays me. Nonetheless, I’m well aware of his age, and he can’t always be on stage. God Bless. Love John Aniston.

I certainly won’t snub you, Celia. I fully get your take on Marlena and John. I, too, have criticized them here: Marlena as being a know-it-all and John being too squinty-eyed and touch-feely. I also criticized this possession storyline, so I am simply fast-forwarding through these scenes. I don’t even like when other characters talk about Marlena being possessed as though it’s a simple fact.

As for Victor, he is a highly enjoyable character as is Maggie. Unlike Marlena, Maggie is a more realistic character, as she is indeed sweet, but she makes mistakes and faces repercussions for them.

Hey, James—-thank you for that, my friend. Sometimes I’m sort of reluctant to voice my opinion in fear of nasty rebuttals. LOL
Gee, glad to hear you see what I see—-it’s like, Oh, gawd; enough of the sweet Marlena already—-her every word is sacrosanct, or else.
As one horrible psycho as she was, I liked her twin much more. Is that a twisted remark, or what!? LOL.
I like Maggie, too—especially when she puts Victor in his place. I missed her–glad she’s back.
We shall see how far “they” plan to go with this possession. I’m speculating Halloween?
Finally John caught on—but in Church? That’s another discordant note, James. As a Roman Catholic, who’s had religious instruction ( Catechism classes) from Kindergarten through High School, I was under the impression that the devil cannot walk onto Holy Ground, or he would “disintegrate”—but, here he is, strolling into Church, making himself at home. I know—as I always say, it’s a soap—not much is real.
However, all John has to do is grab some Holy Water and throw it in Marlena’s/Satan’s face. Problem solved!!
Later, James

Thank you for your reply, Celia, and further expansion on these issues. Let’s hope the possession story is wrapped up by Halloween, as it would be a treat for the fans who have not been happy about the story. Your logic regarding the devil’s appearance in a church is lost on the writers. Take care, Friend.

Hey, James…I don’t think the devil in Church is lost on the writers. I think they decided to take poetic license. Ron Carlivati is a Catholic, I’m pretty sure he knows how “the story goes”, lol. But in THIS story, the possessed Marlena addressed why she/he/it was able to be in a Church amongst the Cross and the holy water, etc. LOL; said he took precautions (or something like that). That’s why this story really is amusing. It’s so silly that one day, when daytime soaps are just a bittersweet memory, and we and/or future generations look back or view a montage or reruns of some of these stories and clips, we’ll objectively see the sheer magnitude of how utterly ridiculous the whole genre is. Each story. And I, for one, love it all (not every story but the cray cray) for just that reason. It’s a lil microcosm of the “good” kind of crazy. 😉

Rebecca, thank you for your interesting take on this story and also for providing a nod to the “big picture” of the genre as a whole. Cheers!

Celia and Jamesj75, are you old enough to remember Flip Wilson, the comedian famous in the 1970s? Remember his tag line, “The devil made me do it!”… I think they should interject that every time this story rears its ugly head.

Just for the record…. I didn’t make him do it. But I thought Flip was kinda funny back in the day.

Soaphound, I am indeed old enough to remember Flip Wilson and this great tag line. Glad you made this reference to “the devil.” Flip also famously said: “What you see is what you get!” And if memory serves me, at one time, his hysterical, in drag character, Geraldine said, “What you seize is what you get!” Of course, this was well before the Me Too movement…

To come full circle, Geraldine had a never-seen boyfriend, Killer. I’d like to think that Killer could put the devil in his place!

LOL. I don’t remember much—–I rememer some stuff on TV from 1990 on. I was four…..
I know about Andrea Hall’s time on DOOL because my grandmother liked the character. As I grew older I became a soap-opera aficionada because of my Gran.
I looked Andrea up and watched snippets—-she really was a crazy baddie, but I, too, liked her. LOL–my Grandmother and I think alike—
However, I do know who Flip Wilson is/was? And, I am familiar with the quote. Too funny!!
“The Best Of Flip Wilson”,by Time Life, was actually on a few days ago—-as my husband was flipping channels, Flip, dressed as Geraldine, caught my eye and watched it for a long while.
I am still trying to figure out why TPTB are resurrecting this?? As I was telling James, it’s all messed up when it comes to the Church—but, it’s a soap and it has to fit their narrative.
One of our fellow-poster ( can’r remember whom) had mentioned that he/she thought Marlena and John were sort of in the background, ergo they needed a jarring storyline to bring them back to the forefront.
Hope it’ll be over soon.

Not enjoying Marlena’s possession. Getting tired of watching DOOL now due to Marlena’s possession. When will it end?

When Hell freezes over!

HaHaHaHaHa!! How apropos!!

I just wish everyone that feels like you do could just enjoy this as entertainment. My goodness, you must know it’s not real. It will probably end up being someone’s dream. I don’t think they will drag it on as long as the first one, with John doing an exorcism, and maybe he can scare the devil out of her. I’ve heard it’s happened to many people.Just try and enjoy the fun parts and days that the stories are about the other characters.

I agree, Violet. It’s pure entertainment. Silly, stupid crazy but fun, entertainment. I’m getting a kick out of the entire thing. Even watching John’s over-the-top soapy reaction when the devil admitted he had taken over Marlena, and then, ahahahhaha, Marlena’s trying to tell John she can hear him…LOL! so silly. Cracks me up! 🙂 (they gotta get Doug released!)

Rebecca 1,
Poor John, I thought at least Mardevil would bring him some chowder.Dont know how he has any energy to fight. I was hoping this stuff would end, come Halloween, but alas now “I see dead people” It was really good when Nicolle fell off that chair. She must have thought she saw a ghost! Thank GOD my FF works. I knew they’d find a way to get rid of Ava once they decided to get Rafe and Nicole together. Perfect time to send Eric home and Sami too I guess.

Hey, Violet. I laughed out loud when Nicole went flying off the chair; it’s so silly stupid, but, I guess I’m in the mood for silly fun. Deirdre Hall looks like she’s having a blast, and the “walking dead” must have cracked them all up while they were filming it. It’s so cheesy (I actually like horror, vampire shows, etc; but this is a silly romp by comparison) that I like it for its campy fun. I’m not in a rush for them to wrap it up. I think they’re doing a good job keeping other stories going and somehow tying it all together. I like how they’re basically creating havoc for all.

I doubt Greg Vaughn (Eric) is coming back. He moved and wanted off the show so… And, though I think Rafe and Nicole are great together, I actually like her with EJ, too. I didn’t watch back in the day when they were married so they’re new to me as a couple. But I gather she was more into him and he was more into Sami? So I assume that even if they did get together at some point he’d dump her again for Sami? (I think the actor playing EJ is incredibly good-looking, coupled with his accent). I saw pics of the other EJ and he was stunning, too…

Supposedly Greg is back on contract. Don’t know the specifics of the contract or when he’s supposed to be back on the air.

I hope it’s not so he can put the collar back on and try to evict me out of his mama!

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Daytime Stands Up/Stand Up to Cancer Live Auction Continues Through May 26; Bid Now on DAYS Set Visit and Video Call with GH Leading Ladies

As announced on last Thursday night’s livestream event Daytime Stands Up – A Benefit for Stand Up To Cancer … We All Have A Story, the live auction where you can bid on several soap opera related items is continuing now through this Sunday, May 26th.

Now is the time to get in your online bid in for a good cause to help fund vital cancer research.  Items up for grabs to the highest bidder include: a set visit to Peacock’s Days of our Lives where you can go behind the scenes and meet the cast at Burbank Studios, in Burbank California where the soap opera is taped.

Another main item is a 15-minute call one-one-one video call with three of the leading ladies of General Hospital and all Daytime Emmy winners: Laura Wright (Carly), Cynthia Watros (Nina) and Maura West (Ava).

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In addition, Y&R and ATWT favorite, Colleen Zenk (Jordan, ex-Barbara, respectively) is also offering up a video call to the highest bidder, and so too are Robert Newman (ex-Josh, GL) and Vincent Irizarry (ex-AMC, GL, DAYS, B&B et al).

Want an autographic script from The Young and the Restless, Guiding Light or As the World Turns? They are also three of the items up for bids for a good cause and more.

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Check out the entire auction and place your bids here.

Daytime Stands Up – A Benefit for Stand Up To Cancer featured live interviews and conversations, musical performances and on-location segments featuring daytimes biggest star who shared their personal journeys with cancer and more.

In case you missed it, you can watch the entire show below.

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Patrick Muldoon and Jennifer Taylor Cast as Mike Manning’s Conservative Parents on ‘The Bay’

The ever-expanding cast of the streaming soap opera, The Bay, has announced two new additions for its upcoming 9th season, including Days of our Lives favorite Patrick Muldoon (ex-Austin Reed). TV fans also know Patrick Muldoon from his role as Richard Hart on Melrose Place.

In story, The Bay will bring Caleb McKinnon’s parents into the mix. Caleb is played by Daytime Emmy-winner and Outstanding Supporting Actor nominee this year, Mike Manning.

According to Deadline, Muldoon, along with Jennifer Taylor (Two and a Half Men), will play Caleb’s ultra-conservative parents. When Caleb married Daniel Garrett (Eric Nelsen), they all but abandoned him.  The season looks to bring a major story for Manning and hopefully and eventually love and acceptance from Caleb’s parents.

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The casting news doesn’t stop there. Rhonda Ross has been tapped to play Colleen Givens, the biological mother of Pete Garrett’s (Kristos Andrews) wife Vivian (Karrueche Tran) in the new season.

Coleen is brought into the mix when Pete searches for Colleen after Vivian becomes ill. In the backstory, Colleen is a jazz singer who gave Vivian up for adoption at birth. Now she may be Vivian’s only hope to stay alive.

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The series is up for 5 Daytime Emmy nomination at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards on June 7th including: Outstanding Drama Series, Writing,  Directing, A Martinez (Nard0) for Supporting Actor and the aforementioned Manning.

What do you think of the casting of Patrick Muldoon and Jennifer Taylor as the on-screen parents to Mike Manning on The Bay? Comment below.

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Kennedy Garcia on Joining the Cast of Days of our Lives: “For a Role to Come up for a Teenager with Down Syndrome was Just Amazing!”

Days of our Lives has made a groundbreaking move for the soaps, by casting Kennedy Garcia in the new role of Felicity. Viewers of the Peacock streaming soap opera will first see the character beginning the week of May 20th,

Garcia has previously appeared on primetime including on 9-1-1, This Is Us and more. Speaking to TV Insider, Kennedy shared: “I have wanted to be on a soap opera for a long time, so for a role to come up for a teenager with Down syndrome was just amazing!”

In real life, Kennedy who has Down syndrome is also a cancer survivor, and becomes he first teen with Down syndrome to land an ongoing role on the soaps. “It’s really such a special thing. I am so proud of Days of our Lives for taking this step and taking a chance on me. Inclusion in this industry is so important and I am proud to help move it forward.”

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As to a little insight on her new role of Felicity in Salem, Garcia shared. “She is sweet, funny and kind. She is also very smart and she never misses anything. Most of all, she loves her family more than anything else. I think that viewers will love her and see the beauty she brings to everyone in her life.”

The actress added, “I hope that everyone will love Felicity and see that even though she has Down syndrome, she is cherished by her family and friends, she is capable of great things, and she’s a hard worker. I’m pretty sure she bakes better than I do. She is also a typical teenager who has real feelings and fears that people will see as her story goes on. I hope no one underestimates Felicity as a character, or actors with disabilities like me. Representation is so important and I’m so thankful for this opportunity to become Felicity and let you all get to know her, and me!”

What do you think of Days of our Lives casting of Kennedy Garcia and the importance of inclusion and representation on streaming and daytime dramas? Comment below.

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