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DAYS Head Writer Ron Carlivati Reveals Why No Explosive Cliffhangers Before Olympic Break

Several Days of our Lives fans have taken to social media over the past few days, being disgruntled with the fact that when DAYS went off the air this past Thursday for its two-week break for the 2022 Winter Olympics, it was without major bombshell cliffhangers as it had in the past for previous summer and winter Olympic breaks when the event airs on NBC.

DAYS head writer, Ron Carlivati took to Twitter on Saturday to explain why, sharing: “We did not know until well after these episodes were written and taped that we would be preempted for the Winter Olympics.”

Carlivati’s tweet was in response to fan Tonja C”s tweet: “They do know. That’s why these huge cliffhangers use to happen all the time. #Days has always taped months in advance and was able to deliver huge cliffhangers. It just seemed to change with the change in writers.”

The 2022 Winter Olympics in Beiijing, China had gone through many question several months ago and leading up to the games including: whether the games would happen at all due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which countries would participate, and the fact that Winter Olympics preemption announcement did not happen till after the DAYS episodes had been taped.

So, are you looking forward to DAYS’ return following the Olympic break? Glad Ron Carlivati spoke up to explain why the last episode of DAYS before the break was not a game-changer? Comment below.

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Satan
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Not buying it ReRon….

NBC always has the Olympics, and they always preempt all the regular programming, both daytime and primetime.

This just happened last summer, for Hell’s sake. I have my senior Devil moments, but it’s not easy to forget something like a two week preemption.

Satan
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Satan

First of all, the Devil doesn’t do Twitter. So if you’re having a feud with somebody on that idiotic time wasting platform, it ain’t me.

Second, there’s no point in defending ReRon’s half-assed excuses, without some facts to back them up. So perhaps you can document the last time that Days aired episodes during an Olympic year, without attempting to throw personal attacks against somebody who can cast you into the Lake of Fire without a second thought.

anne
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anne

Satan -I asked my grandmother who has been watching Days religiously for years about the show being preempted by Olympics. Grandmother thinks that NBC did not preempt Days for the Olympics between 1988 and 2002. But to be sure Grandmother would have to read through her daily diaries for those years. .

anne
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anne

Satan -given the awful writing and inane plot lines, the absence of an explosive cliff hanger is a positive relief. The only cliff hanger I would want to see is RC’s term as head writer end and the new head writer announced after the Olympics.

anne
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anne

4ever DAYS -FYI Satan is allowed to post what he/she/they believe to be true.

hollyoaksboi
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hollyoaksboi

I don’t agree with “Satan” for various reasons, including that Mr. Carlivati has no real reason to lie about this, and his lie would easily be spotted by his Sony and NBC bosses, getting him in trouble. Also, today for example, on the East Coast, Olympics coverage on NBC doesn’t start until after Days’ normal 1 p.m. timeslot, showing there may not have been an original plan to pre-empt it every day. (My local affiliate is plugging Days’ spot with a talk show.) That being said, the personal attack on “Satan” by “4ever DAYS” is appalling and disgraceful. What’s the… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

4ever DAYS, I am confused… Were your comments meant as humor? Also, it seems that some people think you were addressing your comments to our beloved Satan. Calling this particular Satan a “POS” and “Bitch” is an unfortunate, inappropriate choice. I had assumed that your comment was being directed at Carlivati. I may not think much of him as a head writer at the moment; he may deserve criticism but certainly not curse words and name calling. Perhaps you might considering clarifying. It may make you (and others here) feel so much better. I have been known to apologize when… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

I, for one, choose to take Carlivati at his word because this plausible excuse is such a refreshing change of pace from his typical writing style… 🙂

richard w griffin
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richard w griffin

I may be the only one who thinks so but I think Ron Carlivati is a horrible headwriter and has made Days incredibly difficult to watch with all his outlandish stupid storylines. Let’s see: camp, sci-fi, horror, and throwing characters I love under the bus (particularly Lucas at the altar of E.J.) do not make for riveting soap. I know others just love that idiotic possession storyline but this is not what I love about soaps. I preferred the reality based stories of all of our beloved cancelled New York based soaps. The overall arcs on Days are terrible and… Read more »

Iakovos
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Iakovos

You are not the only one who thinks so, richard. I share your opinion. I miss reality-based stories in Salem too. Always preferred the writing styles of Nixon, the senior Bell, and Marland. Today’s writers worked with these masters. Why do we not have compelling stop like we once did?

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Does it really matter?

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Complete b**s if you ask me, not to mention his writing is nothing to write home about. It’s time we got someone in there who can actually write and direct this soap. Is Sheri Anderson available to come back again? Or can we promote Lorraine Broderick?

John
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John

Doesn’t make sense since it’s still February sweeps. You want something BIG to happen even if you don’t know if the Olympics is going to happen or not.

Damien
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Damien

Atleast Ron Carlivatti has an excuse! Whats Josh Griffiths excuse for never having a cliffhanger at any end of episode ever? There was a time y n r would have several cliffhangers per episode multiple days of the week and always gaureenteed a juicy exciting one on fridays eppy! You couldnt wait for mondays! Josh the snooze Griffith cant even pretend to script a single cliffhanger since he startd his latest tenure. And no, Devon looking bored and Abby looking lost or Billy plotting some silliness or Victor mumbling a threat dont count. Its almost laughable how bad he is,… Read more »

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

Hahaha!! I hate to admit it but you really did hit the nail on the head. Y&R is just not the show it used to be. I only watch because Lauren is still around and even then, we haven’t seen her in an exciting story in a long time.

Lew S.
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Lew S.

Every soap he gets his hands on turns into total camp! One Life to Live, General Hospital and now DAYS.

Cecil M James
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Cecil M James

Ron Carlivati needs to break up Eli and Lani I believe it’s time for Ron to reveal Elis romantic past with Steffy Johnson Steve and Kaylas daughter and it’s revealed that Eli has another set of twins a boy and a girl with Steffy the result of a passionate night with Steffy from when he was with the FBI I don’t like the character of Lani Eli can do way more better than her.

Moto62
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Moto62

well, sure. Carlivati’s is to rewrite history that happened off screen and everyone hates it, so, why not? #facepalm

Cecil M James
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Cecil M James

Well this is a soap you never know

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Right on! Lani is too nice. Let’s send her back to the convent where she should have been made Saint for befriending Ktisten.

Ann
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Ann

I don’t see why Days couldnt have been shown on Peacock during this time. You can stream free. If you want to watch the Olympics on Peacock you have to join and pay a fee People are not really tuning into watching the Olympics as much this time around. Rates are way down. NBC HAS REALLY SCREW UP

Rob R
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Rob R

This is the first time that NBC has ever pre-empted “Days of Our Lives” for the Winter Olympics. None of NBC’s afternoon coverage is live as it is in the middle of the night in Beijing. NBC did not decide until November to pre-empt “Days Of Our Lives” for these Winter Olympics. The episodes that aired last week were taped in September. The producers did not receive enough warning. NBC pre-empted “Days of Our Lives” for the Summer Olympics in 2012, 2016, and 2021, which is what everyone is remembering. The producers were given plenty of notice for those three… Read more »

The other Lis
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The other Lis

The failure to have the cliff hangers is probably due to the production schedule where episodes are shot months in advance and to reshoot or edit them is just not cost efficient. The decision not to put the episodes on Peacock or the NBC application though is lame. Anything that drives people to the internet is good for the show and good for Peacock. It means younger people are watching the show and those are the people who are most likely to be interested in streaming.

Harlee
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Harlee

Not buying this flimsy excuse either. The last 6 months have been promos about the Winter Olympics. Now I don’t watch Days but don’t think NBC going to suddenly say you’re going to be preempt. But with what’s going on from the site of storylines going on canvas it seems a bit of a mess. What was that big teddy thing that women was fighting? Still devil made me do it is still on canvas and a mask doppelganger story. What I’ve read from comments it seems a lot Days fans are not happy campers of their current stories. I… Read more »

Moto62
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Moto62

It’s abysmal. The dream sequence so you’re referring to with Ava fighting a Life size teddy bear was unbearable to watch. Pun intended. That’s what the fast forward button is for thank God for it.

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DAYS Billy Flynn Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

Let’s just start this by saying if you missed last Thursday’s episode of Days of our Lives on Peacock, you missed beautifully touching and effective performances by both Billy Flynn (Chad DiMera) and Marci Miller (ex-Abigail).

Leading up to it, Chad had a gut-wrenching week.  He figured out that Clyde (James Read) was the culprit that murdered his wife and later confronted him.  That led to key scenes where Chad confronts Clyde at Abigail’s gravesite and wants to hear all the gory details of how Clyde stabbed his wife, and then learned how the criminal covered his tracks, went after Sonny (Zach Tinker) and stabbed him, and framed Leo (Greg Rikaart) for the crimes.

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Throughout the reveal, Billy Flynn played all of Chad’s pain and horror, while holding a gun at Clyde baiting him on – problem was Clyde is so despicable he had no problem telling Chad the grisly truth.  During a struggle for the gun with Chad, it is EJ (Dan Feuerriegel) who saves the day and shoots Clyde.  The two brothers bond over their shared disdain for Clyde.

Later at the Salem PD, EJ apologizes to Chad for bringing Clyde into their lives and for what happened to Abigail.  Chad takes it in but does not explode, rather appreciates his brother for saving his life.

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However, the emotional rollercoaster that Chad went through, and the audience, in the expert hands of Flynn, was nothing compared to the heartbreaking scenes where Abigail visits Chad at her gravesite, now that he solved the murder mystery.

Abigail is proud that Chad found her killer and tells him that she wants him to love again and that it’s OK to move on.  She knows he will always love her, and she will always love him.  Then, when Abigail asks Chad to tell her what traits their children, Thomas and Charlotte, possess that remind him of Abigail, it was very tender and not overplayed.  When it was time for their final goodbyes, both Flynn and Miller reminded us all why #Chabby was one of the best duos in DAYS history.

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In the end, it was Billy Flynn who carried the ball all the way to the end zone and scored a touchdown in the conclusion of Chad and Abigail’s love story.  It is always a nice to see when DAYS decides to write for and feature material which plays to Flynn’s strengths, and this did.

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So, for all the reasons stated above, Michael Fairman TV names Billy Flynn’s work as the Power Performance of the Week.

What did you think of the Chad and Abigail goodbye scenes at her gravesite? What did you think of Billy’s performance and the reveal that Clyde Weston was Abigail’s murderer? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.  But first, check out our latest conversation with Billy, and his DAYS co-stars Greg Rikaart and Mary Beth Evans now on the Michael Fairman Channel below, where Billy discusses taping the pivotal scenes and more.

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DAYS Billy Flynn, Greg Rikaart & Mary Beth Evans Talk On: Abigail’s Murderer Revealed, Orpheus’ Poisonous Plot & the Move to Peacock

September had been a pivotal month for Days of our Lives.  After nearly 57-years on broadcast television, the long-running soap opera shifted from NBC to exclusively streaming on Peacock.  While fans have been adjusting and wrapping their heads around the change, the stories of the characters you love to love, or love to hate, are continuing to play out in Salem.

This week, after months of a whodunit and who is to blame for the death of Chad’s wife, Abigail DiMera, DAYS fans finally learned that the actual killer was none other than Clyde Weston (James Read).  Meanwhile, Kayla has taken ill along with Marlena (Deidre Hall) and Kate (Lauren Koslow), all a part of Orpheus’ (George DelHoyo) longstanding feud with the women and the men in their lives.

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Now on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, DAYS stars: Billy Flynn (Chad), Greg Rikaart (Leo) and Mary Beth Evans (Kayla) discuss their latest storylines, plus their thoughts on the soaps move on Peacock and its future.

As viewers witnessed on recent episodes, Chad figured out that it was Clyde who murdered Abigail, and went after him with a gun. Chad decided he wanted to hear the entire sordid story of how Clyde killed her.  This led to the showdown scenes at Abigail’s gravesite which included a visit by EJ (Dan Feuerriegel), who saved his brother from Clyde. During this interview, Billy weighs-in on taping the climatic scenes, what it was like to blame multiple characters for months for Abigail’s death, plus what the future holds in store for Chad as he moves on with his life post-Chabby.

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Greg Rikaart shares his thoughts on if he ever thought Leo would turn out to be Abigail’s murderer since Leo had a revenge plot against those who wronged him. Rikaart also weighs-in on the story where Leo had a relationship with Craig Wesley, his enduring on-screen relationship with Emily O’Brien (Gwen, ex-Jana, Y&R) , plus working with Billy in the limited-series Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem, where Chad goes in drag as “Belinda Chinashop” and more.

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Mary Beth talks on Kayla’s latest plight; that  being kidnapped by Orpheus along with Marlena and Kate, the good doctor has become very sick while trying to maintain order at University Hospital.  Evans also shares her thoughts on the arrival of Abigail Klein as her on-screen daughter Stephanie, the departure of Marci Miller as Abigail, and more.

Check out our full interview with Billy, Greg and Mary Beth below, and make sure to ‘subscribe’ to the Michael Fairman Channel for more celebrity interviews, music videos, game shows and special event coverage.

Now let us know, what did you think of Clyde being revealed as Abigail’s true killer? What did you think of the confrontation scenes between Billy Flynn and James Read? What has been your favorite Leo moment since Greg came to DAYS?  Will Kayla figure out what Orpheus has done to her and others? Finally, are you enjoying DAYS on Peacock after its first few weeks of the series exclusively streaming? Share your thoughts in the comment section,

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Roark Critchlow on His Return to DAYS and Working With Cady McClain

It’s been 12 years since Roark Critchlow appeared on Days of our Lives as Dr. Mike Horton, the brother of Jennifer Horton Deveraux (Cady McClain). However, fans have been excited to see him back on their screens when the series teased his appearance in the extended fall preview.

Now with Jennifer spiraling downward (now that her pill-popping addiction is back), it seems like a good time for Dr. Mike to return to Salem to help his sis. (And if the promo for this week’s DAYS is any indication, it certainly looks like Jennifer is going to be involved in a car crash and need medical assistance or at least some brotherly love.)

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Roark initially appeared as Mike back in 1994 and left the soap back in 1999. He returned in 2010 for a few episodes honoring the late Frances Reid (Alice Horton) who was Mike’s grandmother.

In an interview about his return with Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Roark talks about working with McClain as Jennifer, when he previously worked with Missy Reeves in the part.

Critchlow expressed on sharing scenes with McClain: “Her character is going through a lot. She and I dropped in really easily, I felt. It was a very nice, natural care for each other. It wasn’t difficult, that’s for sure. Obviously, Missy is a super-duper person. But you don’t compare people. Cady and I chatted. We got on good. In terms of story, I thought we pulled it off nicely as being people who’ve known each other their whole lives.”

Look for Roark to make his DAYS re-emergence on the upcoming October 3rd episode of the Peacock streaming series.

So, looking forward to seeing Roark and Cady sharing scenes together? Share your thoughts in the comment section, but first check out this week’s promo for DAYS below.

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