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DAYS Head Writing Shake-Up: Dena Higley and Josh Griffith IN! Gary Tomlin and Chris Whitesell OUT!

Days of our Lives has finally made a writing change at the top after many of the storylines have just not caught fire with the DAYS audience.

According to a report today via Soap Opera Digest, series EP Ken Corday is welcoming back to the fold former DAYS  head writer Dena Higley alongside, and with, former Y&R head scribe Josh Griffith to map out the lives of the residents of Salem.

This mean that Gary Tomlin and Christopher Whitesell are out at the writing helm, and the change will become effective next week on Monday February 16th.  Higley has been head writer at DAYS twice … in both 2003 and for a three year run in 2008-2011. As for Josh Griffith, he last served on daytime as head writer for The Young and the Restless ending his tenure there in 2013.

It was no secret that the long-running NBC series which will turn 50 in November needed to make some change in the direction they were headed, but today on social media, fans have been concerned if bringing back Higley is the answer.  There are also those who hope that with the addition of Griffith, who has written some very dramatic stories during his soap career that has included One Life to Live, Santa Barbara, and As the World Turns, in the past that perhaps he might help the show in a positive manner.

So, what are your thoughts on the dismissal of Tomlin and Whitesell and the hiring of Higley and Griffith?  Comment below!

 

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Lou Piikes
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Lou Piikes

UNBELIEVABLE!!!!! Didn’t Day’s fire Higley at least twice because of her hack writing skills?

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Her first was in 2003, then she was co-head writer from 2008-2011. She lasted a long time while each of, I believe three, her co-headwriters were let go, including Christopher Whitesell.

I’ve never begged for her dismissal like I have the newly fired writers.

Patrick
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Patrick

Higley had been a headwriter for a 3 year stint… 2008-2011

whomever replaced her… thereafter, DAYS became good…. years 2012 and 2013 improved dramatically….

2014 most disappointing

whats going on now… is not that badly written

it’s the dour dullard actors that need to be replaced

Daniel, Jenn, Ben, Jordan, Clyde… sometimes I think it’s time for ABS to go as well… she could be replaced by Kelley Missal

code
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code

They did , but Dena had way better ratings from her writing than Whitesell & Tomlin , she had some terrible stories but her stuff was not nearly this boring. Plus Josh Griffith will be her partner. So he might balanced her out.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

I do know THIS…Under Dena Higley there was a lot of kidnapping and people having psychic visions and a WHOLE LOTTA BED HOPPING LOL…Sami was in a safe house with Rafe and Kate was in bed with Daniel…Marlena wanted a divorce and on and on…I think Josh Griffith could help reign her in but i somehow feel that Hogan Sheffer should have been added to this mix also…we can overlook that mile high we own a vegas airplane crap story…the rest of what he did was great..i even liked the let’s get to see Stephano’s back story..though it dragged on… Read more »

Sheila
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Sheila

He was great on y&r so I am expecting only good on Days. A 6yr old could write better than what’s on now.

Tim S
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Tim S

Amen!!! It is about time!! lets get some faster moving stories and some of your previous audience back….

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

We have to wait at least five months to see the changes. By then the show could already be hot because it’s been way better the last few weeks than the previous few months.

mollie
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mollie

Agree, the last couple weeks have been good. Sonny-Paul-Will story leading the pack.

Stephanie
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Stephanie

Always concerned what change means for my favorites, John and Marlena…….Would have been happier with Sheri Anderson coming back….She knew how to write for them! Will have to wait and see how it plays out……..in 5 months when their stuff airs!

fanny
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fanny

Would have loved Sheri Anderson back. She knew how to write, PERIOD!
But I doubt she would ever come back as Head Writer, I have a strange feeling that there is too much interference in the creativity process, from the powers up…
Not really happy about Dena Higley but Josh Griffith is a fairly decent writer.
So maybe, just maybe it will be OK.

AJQ
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AJQ

I hope ABC and Ben Sherwood follow suit and make a change at GH after this Fluke debacle. GH has turned to complete schlock and it’s time for a change there as well.

mollie
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mollie

Please TPTB! Let Fluke be over already!!

I love gh
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I love gh

Nooooooo!

denisefan
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denisefan

I agree.

Aden
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Aden

If you’ve got the petition, I’ve got the pen bro!!

damien
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damien

first order of business, backburn the jonases, and front and centre the bradys and hortons: eric, carrie , austin( pecK), shawn d and belle !!!
please and thank you!!!

Lou Piikes
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Lou Piikes

Been there, done that with Carrie and Austin. Those two are a bore to watch.

damien
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damien

austin peck and christie clark are both gorgeous and their last round was unfortunately cut short however the rafe , abby storyline had lots of potential

mollie
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mollie

Days has had a Dr. Dan OVERLOAD. Back burner him and his love life! Forward, harch for the Horton’s and Brady’s. Agree.

Aden
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Aden

LOL. love the Peck part. No doubt right?? Muldoon was a complete washout as Austin a few years ago. He looked like a drag queen with badly botched plastic surgery. He ceased being Austin once Peck took over.

code
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code

Pat muldoon is austin and better actor , they wanted him act like austin peck’s austin.

richard
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richard

Not sure how I feel about this, but the show definitely needed some shaking up. It has become beyond a snoozefest since EJ and Sami left. Rafe and Nicole are being wasted, and Serena is awful, not the actress, the character. Hope things turn around. GH’s 50th was beyond explosive, I hope DAYS follows suit!!

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Dena Higley loves Nicole! Remember the baby switch storyline involving Nicole, EJ, Sami and Rafe? Nicole was at her best and that was written by Dena!

Patrick
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Patrick

YES ! factoids like this are why I so appreciate so many of yous i’m more than over with the three amigos : Daniel, Brady, and Eric… I still say… they need to bring on a new Peter Blake… and wallah… Nicole rises from the ashes with the phoenix…. LOL again… much to Stefano chagrin… at least if Nicole is in love… in the lead… respected… she’ll rise to the occasion… and leading lady her act… where she belongs let her wreak havoc on all of Salem…. a strong leading man…. i’d love Jason Brooks back…. just strengthen the DiMera… Read more »

DaysFan
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DaysFan

Much of that questioning coming for a hoarde of people who “claim” they are not interested in the show, over how Higley wrote two characters who no longer exist on the show (for now).
Time for the Ejami crew to move on and stop blowing up social media regarding things they “no longer support”.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

The best thing about EJ and Sami was when EJ was with Nicole…Dena Higley!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Days needs Mike Horton…id love it if Mike and Eve became a pair…can you imagine the look on Jens face if Mike came to the Horton home for dinner with Eve as his date…lol…its time Paige and J.J. move to a different storyline that doesnt mainly involve JJ bedding Eve…storyline is a bust imho!!!

Nick D.
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Nick D.

I think it’s a good thing – or at least the lesser evil. Meng is still there as EP to keep things focused on the core families, but fresh ideas and plots were needed. Higley had some success with the ratings last go around and she knows the characters and history well enough. Don’t know much about Griffith but some fresh blood can only be a good thing. TomSell did a lot of things right – the show has been mostly watchable under them, but they didn’t know how to move a plot along or to deliver payoffs at the… Read more »

Alan
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Alan

Higley and Griffith? Oy.

I remember her time on One Life To Live and his stint on Y&R and neither one’s storytelling impressed me. The show would’ve been smart to promote Lorraine Broderick to headwriter — she did some brilliant work during her days on All My Children.

code
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code

I would leave lorriane on the writing team.

jp
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jp

Really! Higley! That was the best DAYS could find. Her time at OLTL was dismal.

Robert Seganti
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Robert Seganti

I agree with that.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Pamela Long Hammer…PLEASE RE THINK THIS DAYS!!!

Alan
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Alan

Pamela Long Hammer?

Um, no. Her stints on One Life To Live and Santa Barbara were awful.

Patrick
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Patrick

just, oh no

some of the actors just need to go…. to beef up the cast… and cohesive knit… for gelling with, committing to… and rally around

Daniel
Jenn
Ben
Jordan
Clyde

UGH

with these 5 gone… it would shake the cast up to the core

Laurie
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Laurie

Patrick, They’ve made Daniel their leading man! He’s everywhere-Super Dan! Even when he’s wrong, over losing it at Jen cuz she told Eric what Nicole did before he could & after bedding his bestie’s ex, intercourse or not, it’s all good. Jen’s went from a full-on, hard-core meltdown to coming back & apologizing-now she wants to be his bestie & wants him to share all of his Nicole problems w/her! Oh, please writers! Brady, who walked in on Dan & Kristen naked & nasty, was mad at him like 5 minutes, then just high-fived him & said he understood..it’s all… Read more »

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Yes, the Beverly Hillbilies(Clyde, Ben, Tammy) need to go…and less focus on Super Doc Dan who i believe is the only dr. on staff at the hospital who specializes in every area of medicine…he performs surgeries, deliveries babies, ect…the only thing he cant cure is the headache he gives me everytime he is on screen…glad Kayla is involved with Sonnys case…biggest fear will be a Daniel and Kayla pairing…i mean who is left for Daniel to bed…maybe dumb Eric…dumb Eric and dumber Daniel deserve each other…lol…as for Melanie id rather listen to nails against a chalkboard than hear this ditzy… Read more »

Robert Seganti
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Robert Seganti

and Melanie.
Her return has not been good for the show.Her ”acting” style is so weird and disconcerting that
I can’t wait to see any scene she is in end.

James
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James

Word. A “bratty” Melanie wears thin very quickly.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

My wish is Days brings back the Salem Strangler and ill settle for Melanie as his one and only victim…

Jeremy
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Jeremy

oh, if Liam was still around…he could “take out” Melanie.
bringing back Melanie was a complete waste, the actress tries too hard and is not even funny. her scenes are uncomfortable to watch. Maybe, Clyde and his crew could go after Melanie next.
problem solved. exit stage right, Melanie.

Mo
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Mo

I think Clyde is gone and Jordan is gone in March (thank God!). Ben should follow. I’m okay with Jen and Daniel–they just need to not pair the two up and write something interesting for them.

Aden
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Aden

No Jen does not need to go. Jen needs a writing team who knows her character and will restore that character. This regime butchered the character and turnes her from spunky beloved heroine into an overwrought hand-wringing clingon, and that is NOT Jennifer. I have high hopes that Higley will return to us the Jennifer we know and have always loved.

MartinaBSP
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MartinaBSP

“Bravo,” Aden! One of the most perceptive remarks that I’ve read in ages! With occasional exception, the program’s “talent” bench is deep. Hackneyed, repetitive and insultingly shallow character-and-storyline development is what truly ails “Days” now. If they genuinely want the show to survive, “Corday-and-Company” need to address this fatal flaw promptly and aggressively.

Aden
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Aden

Rafe is pointless, and mostly always has been. He needs to go.

Jeremy
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Jeremy

I agree, Rafe is pointless. I believe someone posted that Rafe is like part of the scenery. So true!
Days needs to write-out/kill-off, Rafe, Daniel, Ben and Melanie.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

I agree with all but Jen…she is an iconic character…i want her brother Micheal to return and become romantically involved with Eve…id love to see Jens reaction to that pairing…make the 5th character to drop Melanie…she acts like such an airhead!!!

Patrick
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Patrick

right on JimH

love the idea of a nuMIKE Horton … and… for Eve…. this will keep the animosity going with adult tension and humor…. between Jenn and Eve… with no more children involved! once and for all!

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

As long as Dena and Josh aren’t smoking meth, everything will be alright!

I guess the newly fired writers didn’t have a good plan for DAYS 50th and Dena and Josh showed an outline that blew the execs away!

My #1 request…FASTER PACED STORYLINES!!!

Nick D.
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Nick D.

I second this request. Even TomSell’s stuff would have been much better if it hadn’t been told at the speed of molasses. Days team should be required to watch GH regularly for an ongoing lesson in quicker pacing.

Lew S
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Lew S

Something had to be done for the show to survive. I love Kassive DePaiva, but the storyline with Junior, ain’t working. Daniel and Nicole = BLAH! I am also not buying Brady and Melanie. Maybe the the relationship started too quickly and it seems forced. The show needs a lead couple with routing value. I also don’t think the answer is to bring back past veterans and just have them decorate the set. Compelling stories that have a mix of drama, suspense and a little humor could be the fix that DAYS needs. Also, Deidte Hall can do more than… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

I still say : DAYS : Sony : NBC

please bring back : the Donovan family

Shane, Kimberly, and Andrew : with Eve and Theresa to forefront the Brady family

could Andrew be paired with Abs or Paige ?

I love JimH idea of bringing back Stephen Schnetzer… he’d be a great mogul to offset and tango with : Stefano and Victor… also an intriguing pairing with either or Marlena or Kate

Patrick
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Patrick

or Mary Beth Evans….. ??? could this new regime be a sign that at last, Kayla is featured….

Mary Beth Evans and Stephen Schnetzer for thee WIN

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Paige is Andrew’s niece.

Bryan
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Bryan

Paige is Andrew’s niece. So I on’t know why you would want them paired as a couple. I like your idea of bringing back the Donavans especially Andrew but if they are going to bring back Shane they need to recast Eve with Charlotte Ross or a new age appropriate actress. The actors currently playing Shane and Eve are just too close in age to believably play father and daughter. Some things I would like to see: Bring back Peter Blake played by Jason Brooks or an equally handsome/talented new actor. As much as like Billy Flynn as Chad, it… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

@Bryan OMG : on Florencia Lozano as Justin mistress tour de force ! is it certain that Paige father is Billy Warlock Frankie Brady? the behind the scenes production team … need to move on… and upwards… Kristian Alfonso and Melissa Reeves… get over yourselves…. Jason Brooks is the sexiest, smoldering, talented, GREAT, actor…. and yes…. if only to see the brother/sister team of Peter and Kristen acting TOGETHER again… and yes, this twosome would OWN Salem….. beware… dang I love ideas that this would blow and spill over and out ! ps: it would make my world turn to… Read more »

Jeremy
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Jeremy

Robb Derringer as Peter Blake.

Tom84
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Tom84

I think they did some great stuff, particularly Sami’s 2014 arc, Haiden and crafting the introduction of Paul, (and I guess giving Dannifer it’s final bullet?!) but I also think it’s probably for the best. I think soaps in particular need change things up to keep them from becoming stale. Like someone else said, the past few months have been particularly slow – especially when you compare it with the rate things are moving on GH – but I just hope that they find the right balance between old and new characters, and the sometimes re-writing of personality traits. I… Read more »

robert
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robert

not surprised. DAYS has been horrible lately,and with the 50th coming up things needed to change. I question why their bringing back Higley,but I think it is a great decision to bring in Josh Griffith,who I thought did a great job at Y&R.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

More focus on the Hortons, Bradys, and Victor and Maggie…get rid of Jordon, Ben, Daniel, Melanie, Clyde…less focus on the Dimeras until Kristen returns…bring back Bill, Laura, Shawn, Belle, and Mike…can you imagine Jens reaction if her bro Mike started dating Eve…shocking…Lucas and Adriene ok but lets have the drama of Sonny/Will/Paul come between them…Paul is a keeper…write out Serena stat and bring her back 3 months later as Sarah Horton and paired with Brady…hire Stephan Schnezter as Steve Olsen and put in triangle with Kate and Roman…have Paul turn out to be Abes son and bring his mother to… Read more »

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Also bring back Brandon Walker…pair Nicole with Rafe…have Nicole learn she was adopted and her mother is really Lee Dumonde or Linda Anderson played by Robin Strasser…have Kayla also interested in either Mike or Abe!!!

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

Josh Griffith I can understand: he has done some excellent work in the past, and though he has no history with Days, he will, if past experience is an indicator (and if he’s given a chance, given all the interference), get to know the characters and come up with some good material.

Dena Higley? Wow. They must be desperate. And I cannot imagine what kind of a combination she’ll be with Griffith, as their approaches are about as antithetical as it gets.

Let’s hope this works.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Above I commented they should have added Hogan Sheffer…but what about Pamela Long Hammer…she kept Guiding Light more than watchable and at a fast clip…did they even approach her??

Beth
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Beth

I love soaps but I feel like I keep doing the same dance over and over again. Every time there’s a HW change, I hold my breath and hope for good things and say that the new HW has to be better than the previous one. I watched the last time Higley was Days’ HW and it was a mixed bag, mostly bad and now she’s back. I’m not happy or unhappy at this news. I only know that instead of watching Days 5 days a week, I watch it once or twice at most and usually end up doing… Read more »

Mike
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Mike

I am going to be cautiously optimistic. Maybe a combo deal like this will play to both of their strengths rather than weaknesses. Areas to work on – I think the best story on right now is the Paul/Will/Sonny triangle (that isn’t an official triangle yet) although the motivations for getting that story where it is have been lacking (particularly in regards to Will). JJ needs to be moved out of Paige’s orbit, but this thing with Eve isn’t working. The idea seemed scandalous but it’s not compelling like the Ava/Morgan story was at GH (a hot story they squandered… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

Kate Mansi : Abs is she a woman or still childlike…. ???? since the golden circle debacle… and the trysts with all failed pairings… she doesnt’ have any focus… she started out so strong… YES… with Patrick Muldoon’ Austin.. its was funny comedic and challenging now that EJ is gone… and the original Chad is gone… Austin is gone… Ben is the most glaring dullest partner… DAYS please do not waste nuChad … Billy Flynn till Kate Mansi can get her acting chops in order…. I’m over watching her immature antics… and … all this sex … that’s not interesting…… Read more »

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

People are bitching and moaning, but Dena Higley isn’t a horrific head scribe, and obviously, she has a good relationship with Days of Our Lives or else Sony and NBC wouldn’t allow her to continually be re-hired. As for Josh, his tenures at The Young and the Restless were my favourite, especially following the mess left behind by Maria Arena, so I look forward to seeing what he can bring to the scene, alongside Ms. Higley. However, I don’t get why they didn’t just promote Lorraine Broderick from a breakdown writer to co-head scribe alongside Griffith, that would’ve been a… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

beautiful thread about Lorraine Broderick…. especially about her best work on AMC… you and plenty other posts feel the same way

I don’t know… what with Dinley history of DAYS… perhaps she’ll be more trusting if she has quality coworkers in Josh and Lorraine

here’s hoping

code
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code

I said above they needed to leave Lorraine on the writing team.

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

Dena Higley isn’t horrific? Oh my, Scott. We do have a different definition of that word. I think she’s one of the worst out there. I can’t imagine what they were thinking. (If you were going down this road, why not go all out? Oh, I guess Megan McTavish wasn’t available, and we know Pratt just got hired at Y&R. Higley isn’t far behind.) Lorraine would certainly have been a better choice. While I would maintain that she’s never really head-written any show successfully other than All My Children (her periods as headwriter of As the World Turns and One… Read more »

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Pratt’s tenure at Y&R, so far, is quite entertaining. So, I’m holding out to see how it handles the series.

jonboy
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jonboy

I don’t watch but never understood the logic of filming so far ahead. If something is not working you don’t have the opportunity to fix. A lot of viewers can be lost in 5 months.

ELILZABETH
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ELILZABETH

Isn’t the real issue that Days has had years to figure out a way to resolve the film scheduling issue and never addressed it. Remember when EJ and ABBy were so hot on social media. Its clear Days never really saw it coming and they had filmed to far ahead to take advantage of all the buzz this story created and adjust their story lines. If GH had worked that way they’d have missed Luke and Laura. Days is currently trapped for months with dull characters that are not working out and fans have to wait six months to see… Read more »

MartinaBSP
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MartinaBSP

You must’ve been reading my mind, Elilzabeth.

MartinaBSP
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MartinaBSP

I couldn’t agree more, jonboy.

Sanxra
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Sanxra

I agree a change was necessary but I am nervous about Higley and excitd about Griffith. I agree with other posts about Higley, if she didn’t work out twice before why go there a third time. Hopefully the combination of the two will work, the show desperately needs something. I am loving the addition of Christopher Sean to the show and hope they don’t damage that story line.

Mo
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Mo

We need a change because a lot of the stories of late have been boring, but don’t know that Higley is the answer. He should have hired someone new to the show.

Aden
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Aden

Well…it has only really been in the past 3 months or so that things started going south. For the past couple of years under this regime, Days was mostly on fire. Is Lorraine Broderick still around? If so, I hope they keep her in any capacity. She elevates any writing team and any show. Personally, the most I ever ever ever enjoyed Days was the brief run of Paula Cwikly and Peter Brash circa 2002-2003 before they made the colossal mistake of bringing back James Reilly. Dena Higley is one of those polarizing writers. Her work on OLTL was not… Read more »

Jack Turner
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Jack Turner

Well, I don’t know what to say, have been watching DAYS for a little over a year.
It’s been better lately, but for a few months it was kind of dull and dragged out. This nonsense with JJ and Paige’s mom, c’mon.
The character of Ben, no offense to actor Rob Wilson, is dull. The storyline of Jordan and her brother running away from Clyde is played out and just not that compelling.
I also agree that Serena serves no real purpose in town – and as for Melanie being paired with Brady – please.

Ernesto
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Ernesto

Well, if these new(ish) writers drop the ball and don’t come up with a GOOD storyline featuring John and Marlena, after watching DOOL for forty years, this fan is outta here!

Patrick
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Patrick

it could be tough, ballsy, and showy to mess with a show so close to celebrating their 50th year on AIR….

this could be very telling, revealing, of the commitment NBC/SONY/DAYS is

I gotta hang in

Linda
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Linda

I couldn’t agree more! Drake and Deidre are LONG overdue for their own story. Put the newbies and the overused actors on the bench.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Well Days has gotten off track really fast– never realize how much at the core of the show EJ and Sami were, until they were gone and once they were gone the show lost focus. They need get the core families back to the heart of show– there are lot of Horton’s and Brady’s out there–so there is no need to go invent a bunch of newbies to fill the gaps in this show. Not sure this new team will do this, but hopefully they will.

Dee
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Dee

The show was bad even when EJ and Sami were on. I really don’t miss them. At one time before they (as far as I am concerned) totally destroyed EJ’s character, I would have been disappointed to hear that the actor was leaving,, but instead I didn’t care. I was one of those that was happy that Sami was leaving. It meant the end of the horrible pairing (imo) called Ejami. . The way they both were written was just unpleasant to watch. I use to fast forward every scene they were in. I stopped watching the show altogether before… Read more »

MartinaBSP
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MartinaBSP

I couldn’t have said it better myself, Dee!

PGP
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PGP

Use Lorraine Broederick people! She is a fantastic writer and is already writing at DAYS! Would really be great of Ken Corday stepped away and they brought in a stronger EP because he is just dried out IMO!

mark
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mark

OMG didnt Erika Slezak lament online that Dena writes stories she thinks are great but no one else likes or something to that effect? If a class act like Erika went out of her way to say that Dena must really be bad. I never watched OLTL much so I have no idea one way or another but I am very worried about Days which has been boring lately but I couldnt bear to see it cancelled. It has too much history and too much potential.

Barb
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Barb

This is the program with daytime TV. Instead of bringing in fresh blood they rotate the same quacks even those that damage the shows as much such as DH did.

mike
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mike

This show needs shaking up but these are not the writers to do it. They have half of a good cast Eve,JJ,Victor,Maggie,Eric,Nicole Theresa,,and Paul. Then they have some characters who just take up space Jen,Daniel,Jordan. They need a new EP, someone like Jen Peperman.

Ray
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Ray

I have watched “DOOL” since 1982, when Roman, Marlena and Salen Strangler were the rage. I have seen some great story lines and characters. I have also seen a lot of things that did not work. It seems the show did not have a Plan B for when Sami and EJ left the show. Eve, Paige, Serena and Melanie are NOT the answer. Paige is the most unhappiest character that has ever been on the show. The storyline with Eve and JJ has no redeeming long-term fallout. How many people continue to sleep with someone they HATE? Are we supposed… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Amen, Ray. Every single storyline revolves around the bedroom, one way or another. There is no meat offered….all I see is smoke and no substance. I do, however, anticipate where the dice will fall with the Sonny/Will/Paul triangle. That IS a story !!! Adrienne and Lucas? When and how did that happen? I turn back and a budding romance is in the making? Wow, that took me off guard! Serena should crawl back under her rock; Brady should grow up; and Melanie should do something with that nondescript hair….LOL. I have already spoken my peace about Eric and Daniel. Perhaps… Read more »

James
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James

I agree.

I hope the new regime respects the powerhouse that is Kassie DePaiva and gives her front burner stories where she isn’t saddled with whiny teens. Such a talent that is wasted on the show right now.

Dee
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Dee

I am just glad Tomlin and Whitesell will be going soon. I couldn’t watch their version of Days. It was awful. Terrible story telling, and I couldn’t take the destruction of characters I liked once upon a time. I will probably start watching the show again in 5/6 months time when the new writers stuff starts airing.

Dale Huffman
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Dale Huffman

Nick was one of those characters that I felt was destroyed. He was a sweet guy that was very insecure. He got sent to jail for protecting Melanie and everything that happened to him since then was bad. The so called good people of Salem were so quick to judge and hate him and no matter what he did even when he was trying to get his life back on track was sabotaged by people like Sami and Kate. I loved the part when he came back after he was thrown in the river and I was looking forward to… Read more »

Tony
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Tony

Tomsell was so hit and miss. Take a look at what’s going on right now on screen. The Sonny plot would have been so much more interesting if they had Will sleeping with Paul a third time during the stabbing, turning him more into Sami. They could have also raised the stakes for Paul by having his family already in town and pressuring him to leave. The Aiden story is one step above boring; luckily the two actors make it bearable. But the Feb sweeps story is dull as dishwater. Aiden should have been Paige’s father and connected to Eve.… Read more »

fanny
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fanny

Your comment makes a lot of sense. Dena Higley does know the history of the show and Josh Griffith did some good work on Y&R. So this combo might actually work very well. I also agree with you that TomSell’s downfall was the awful EJ/Sami’s exit and absolutely no build-up afterwards and no clues about the 50th. The only good storylines are the Sonny, Will & Paul and now the Hope & Aiden, which is picking up. But what a misuse when it comes to Nicole! She should have been in a good frontburner storyline right after EJ & Sami’s… Read more »

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Aiden’s dead wife should be the baby sister of Larry Welch!

Nick D.
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Nick D.

An unfortunate consequence of taping 5-6 months ahead is that when they do a regime change like this, they’re basically admitting that what’s coming up isn’t worth watching, both because it got those writers fired and because a lot of it will be abandoned/ reversed when the new writers start airing. I think I’ll check back in with Days around August or September, hopefully there will be a big buildup to the 50th.

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

The sooner they get rid of the homosexual storyline, the better!

Rj
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Rj

Well, glad Days is making a change, but if it is the right change will be determined. Storylines are not interesting now. Haven’t watched much in ages. If Dena wrote the baby switching s/l , that may have been one of the better s/l’s in the last few years, but it went downhill with the dragged out kidnapping and hit bottom with the Rafe doppledanger – got too mean, dark, ugly for my taste in a soap opera. So if she can write s/l’s with some twists and turns, romance, and keep the show upbeat and more positive, she may… Read more »

Kenbo
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Kenbo

Hope they can redeem kristen dimera bring back ava, nathan, brandon, cassie and rex

James
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James

I think Ken Corday needs to retire and hand over creative control. Maybe Cythia Cidre would be good now that Dallas is cancelled, I loved Dallas, did a great job but had no network support

penny
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penny

Hire some Empire writers and maybe this soap dish might have a chance. Lack of diversity=lack of interest in my home.

Linda
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Linda

YAHOOOOOO! FINALLY! I am elated that Chris and Gary are out and UNLIKE so many here (BOOOOOO) I am willing to give Dena a chance. I firmly believe that Gary was DIRECTING her to write some of the stuff she did. Now that he is soon to be gone, she can tell the stories she wants to. Also, at least she didn’t put my John in a coma and have him leave town once a month for months like Chris and Gary did. Being a head writer is a thankless job, DAYS fans need to stop being so hard on… Read more »

EmilyB
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EmilyB

Just put John &Marlena in a front burner storyline and stop putting them on for two three minutes a week. These talented actors have been placed on the backburner for far too long. We want to see more of a reunion between them. Not just a little stroke of the hand hear & there. We need the romance back in this show.

kiki smith
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kiki smith

They should also make a change at EP and hire Jennifer Pepperman. She did a great job with One Life to Live re-boot.

Marc R. Jimenez
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Marc R. Jimenez

I’m very concern what I’ve been seeing on Internet regarding Days of Our lives might be Cancelled Pls tell me its ” NOT TRUE ” I’m a True #1 Loyal Fan for yrs a long time . I’m truly concern since few Main Major Actors & Actress hve left in the past and RATINGS hve Plummered alott . Why Can’t they bring back few old time Main Strong Characters in the Past for example Bo , Patch , Jack , Vivian , Celeste , Ivan , Dr. Rolf ,Peter Blake , Chloe , Phillip . Sean D , Belle ,… Read more »

Anthony
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Anthony

I’m happy to see Gary and Chris go! But even happier to see Dena return. Her baby switch story was one of the best written and crafted stories Days has ever had! Truly character driven and thoroughly entertaining. I just want Dena and Josh to save Days of our Lives….

DebraAnnT
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DebraAnnT

I hope you pick up the unfinished storylines of Stephanos coin & do character 101-WHO the characters’ character is before the storylines assassinate them more. THANKS.

DebraAnnT
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DebraAnnT

PLEASE…enough bed and shower scenes – please, no psychic junk. Fire up #Ericole #Danifer #Jarlena FIND RAFE a good storyline.Get their hair styled and dress them like real women n men. What happened to the class of the adults? Get Will out of those babyboy looking junk clothes. Stop torturing “Teresa”. Melanie back off Brady. Go away Serena.

DebraAnnT
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DebraAnnT

Josh Griffiths don’t you DARE kill any of the children who are still on Days. It was a TRAVESTY you killed Delia off. STILL miss that great little actress. With that said, don’t do anymore baby switching DNA junk. ENOUGH OF THAT ALREADY!

DebraAnnT
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DebraAnnT

Since November of 2012 the storylines got worse n worse. Can you bring back Carrie for Rafe? They were REALLY HOT together.

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DAYS Alum Molly Burnett Promoted To Series Regular on ‘Queen of the South’

Wanna know where you can find Salem’s Melanie Layton, sorta?  You can watch her killing it on USA’s drama Queen of the South.  That”s where former Days of our Lives star, Molly Burnett has just been upped to series regular for the show’s upcoming fifth season.

According to Deadline who broke the news, Burnett will continue to play her complex and delicious role of Kelly Anne.

Soap fans Molly as Melanie on DAYS from 2008-2016 and when she stepped into play the role of Maxie Jones for Kirsten Storms on General Hospital in 2016.

Queen of the South is based on the bestselling book La Reina del Sur by Arturo Pérez-Reverte. It tells the story of Teresa Mendoza (Alice Braga), a woman who is forced to run from the Mexican cartel and seek refuge in America.

Burnett’s Kelly Anne is a frequent member of Teresa’s drug operation, has already killed her abusive husband, was an informant, and had a cocaine habit.  When viewers last saw Kelly Anne she was finding her sobriety and her way back into the Teresa’s operations in New Orleans.

Since exiting Days in 2014, Burnett has also been seen on  CSI: Cyber, Relationship Status and True Blood. 

So intrigued to watch Molly on Queen of the South? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives Returns To Production After Temporary Halt Amid COVID-19

UPDATED:  According to Deadline  the cast and crew of NBC’s Days of our Lives will actually be returning tomorrow, October 20th to begin taping ahead of schedule after a positive Covid-19 test shut production down originally scheduled for two weeks.

The outlet cited, “Following a thorough investigation including contact tracing, quarantines, testing, and a deep cleaning of the studio, the health and safety experts at Days of our Lives have determined that it was safe to return to production before the end of the two-week period. As a result, the show will be back on set tomorrow Oct 20.”

The word of the early return initially got out Monday, although at that time unconfirmed by the show, apparently, via a posting by Lauren Koslow on her Instagram account where she is pictured in a Kate Roberts outfit in her dressing room.

Koslow shared: “Stepping into Monday in alice + olivia black velvet,” She also tagged the post #dressingroomselfie and the words. “Stay strong.”

She also added a quote from poet Maya Angelou: “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”

So, happy to hear it seems like DAYS is back … once again? Comment below!

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Kristian Alfonso Bids Farewell to DAYS as Final Episode Airs Today Sharing; “Thank YOU From The Bottom Of My Heart For Welcoming Me Into Your Homes All Of These Years”

Wednesday, October 14th, 2020 marks the final appearance of Kristian Alfonso’s iconic run as Hope Williams on NBC’s Days of our Lives, a role she played on and off for more than 37 years.  Make no mistake about it, Alfonso was a staple of Salem and the DAYS family since she made her debut back in 1983.

However, over the summer viewers learned she would not be returning to the show when the series began production again in September, after she was told they were planning on resting the character of Hope for five months or so.  A decision that prompted Kristian to make a decision to leave the show for good and start a new chapter in her life.

To celebrate her run and to say a thank you to everyone at the show and her enduring fans, Kristian posted a video on her Instagram account of some backstage moments through the years to the tune of “I’ve Had The Time Of My Life”.  She accompanied her post with these words of thanks to everyone that has been by her side every step of the way:  “Being today is my last airshow, I wanted to share some of my favorite memories onset & behind the scenes I hope you enjoy it.  Thank YOU from the bottom of my heart for welcoming me into your homes all of these years.  And making me a part of your lives #xoxo ❤️  Thank you Ken & @nbcuniversal @nbc for a #beautiful #ride . #❤️ #😘”

 

So, are you sad that Kristina will be gone for DAYS on-screen after today?  Share your thoughts om this, her final airdate, via the comment section below.

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