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DAYS Kyler Pettis Chats On: Theo Living With Autism, Avenging Abe's Shooting & His On-Screen Love Life!

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It was an emotional week for Days of our Lives young Theo Carver (Kyler Pettis).  After being devastated that his father, Abe Carver (James Reynolds), was shot during one of the super villains (Clyde, Xander, and Orpheus) heinous acts of terror in Salem, he decides to take matters into his own hands to avenge his dad, who has been lying in critical condition at University Hospital.  Only Theo’s plan sort of backfires!

Playing a young man living with autism, and who is growing up through teen angst and beyond right before the audiences’ eyes, has made Kyler Pettis’ Theo a character to root for on the NBC daytime drama series.  While this young man has been raised by his father for most of his adult life (his mother Lexie died years ago), it’s evident he feels a deep and unbreakable bond with his dad.  But what will happen when Dr. Valerie Grant (Vanessa Williams) comes to Salem?  How will that bode in the father/son relationship?  Meanwhile, Theo is finding himself popular with the young ladies in Salem.  He is currently dating Claire (Olivia Rose Keegan), but he seems to have always been carrying a torch for Ciara Brady (Vivian Jovanni).  Just who might end up being the love of Theo’s life long term?  Pettis weighs-in!

On-Air On-Soaps chatted with Kyler as he approaches his 24th birthday next week on October 16th, to get some insight on to how he approached incorporating Theo’s autism into his portrayal, what it has been like seeing the fan reactions to his character on social media, his thoughts on his co-stars, and what he thought of Theo’s brief moment of attempted violence, with gun in hand, trying to take down one of the villains.  Here’s what he had to say about it all, and much more!

This past week after Abe was shot, Theo went to his dad’s hospital bedside and was quite shaken up.  Wouldn’t you say?

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KYLER:   Yes.  I think he feels a responsibility.  Lani (Sal Stowers) is not there, and I think Theo feels like, “What am I going to do if the doctor asks me a question?”  It’s scary. Theo’s a young man, and his dad is in the hospital after getting shot.  I mean, what do you do?

So then, Theo decides he is going to make Clyde Weston (James Read) pay for shooting his dad!  And we see, Theo with gun in hand.  What did you think of these key scenes and moments for Theo?

KYLER:  Theo really wanted to shoot Clyde Weston.  But he gets disarmed by Clyde when Clyde kind of creeps up on him. Theo had many chances to pull the trigger, but this is Theo Carver, we are talking about here.  I think the idea was stronger than the action in his mind.  It wasn’t his best moment! (Laughs)  And then … Clyde got away.

So that left Theo visibly and emotionally shaken that he even was attempting to shoot someone?

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KYLER:   Yeah, at the end of Friday’s episode, Theo said to Roman, “I’m sorry. I screwed up.”  Roman (Josh Taylor) stopped him in the alley, and Ciara also tried to stop him and said, “This is not what you should do.”   I think after all was said and done, Theo realized it did not turn out the way he thought.

What I think you should be commended for in your portrayal is how you play an autistic young man.  You never play this over the top; you understand that Theo has lived with this his whole life.  How do you try to communicate in your performances that having autism is a part of the character, without playing it so overt for television?

KYLER:  That was on my mind when I took the role, and I definitely researched it.  Honestly, the thing that helped me most was looking at Theo as a person first rather than, “This is an autistic kid.”  Then it made me be able to approach the role with more humanity.  I looked at him and I looked at his storyline, and as well, I talked to people who interacted with autistic people.  I also spoke with our co-head writer, Dena Higley, who has an autistic son.  It was challenging to step into, but it’s something I look forward to as an actor, and it’s fun.

Back in 2008, it was Dena Higley’s idea to have an autistic child on the DAYS canvas, and for a family to learn and struggle with this in order to raise awareness to the viewing audience.   She decided to have Lexie (Renee Jones) and Abe’s son be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.  I do hope DAYS continues to cultivate what they started, and to show a human being living with autism, but that it doesn’t define who they are.

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KYLER:  I think DAYS is doing a good job incorporating that storyline as well as this new Theo, whose handled it his whole life and worked on it, and can function in society.  I am so glad the show is pulling both those elements together.

DAYS fans just learned that Dr. Valerie Grant is back in the picture, and she will be arriving on to the canvas in less than two weeks (she debuts on the Oct 25th episode) to help Abe.  From what we surmise, Theo may not be happy about her being in Salem?

KYLER:  Yup!  She’s back in the picture and he mentioned in a recent episode it has just been him and his dad this whole time.  I think Theo has gotten comfortable with that he and his dad are buddies, and it’s just the two of them.  Theo often mentions throughout his storyline how his late mom, Lexie, has been a big impact on his life.  I think not only is it about a new person coming in and intruding on what Theo and Abe have, but Theo also sees it as intruding on what he and his mom had.

How has it been working with James Reynolds and Vanessa Williams?

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KYLER:  It has always been fun working with James.   He has the qualities that remind me of my own dad.  So, it’s easy to sink into that father/son relationship with James.  As far as Vanessa, she is so charismatic and right when they yell “cut”, we kind of joke about the scene and mess around a bit so we get more comfortable.  Then when we shoot those scenes, or those that have high tension in them (where there is negative energy coming at each other), it’s fun to joke between the scenes to ease up the tension, and then get back into it.

Do you think Theo might manipulate the situation to keep former flames, Valerie and Abe apart, if a spark reignites between them?

KYLER:   I don’t think Theo is much of a manipulator.  I think he has his own ideas, but I don’t think he would go to that level of manipulation.  Theo’s moral compass is pretty high, but he might have some people in his ear to instigate that for him.

The scenes between Theo and Abe in the hospital are very tender, but not overdone.  Should viewers expect to see more scenes like that as Abe struggles with his health?

KYLER:   There are some more heart-tugging scenes between Theo and Abe you are going to see.  It’s a vulnerable situation between a father and a son, but I do think fans will see more scenes with that dynamic coming up.

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This past week, Abe told Theo he was so proud of him, which was a hankie-filled moment!

KYLER:  Yes, yes, yes!  It’s always touching when a father says that to a son, you know.

Theo is also a young leading man on the show, and he seems to have two young women in his orbit:  Claire and Ciara.  What are his feelings for these two?

KYLER:   I think it’s hard, because it’s the infamous love triangle of soap operas.  I think Ciara was Theo’s one true love, and they have been best friends forever.   But I don’t think the love Theo had for Ciara really changes that quick.  I think he still has love for her, but it’s more as a friend.  I think they discovered that the relationship is not going to go in a romantic way right now.  Theo is at an age where he is thinking, “There are all these pretty girls running around Salem, and I want to get some attention.”  That’s when Claire comes into the picture.  He is a bit more intimated by Claire.  She is more fast-paced than Ciara has been, but at the same time I think this is what he has been looking for.

Is Theo truly OK with Claire pursuing her singing career?  If she were to become a big star, would he feel threatened that she wouldn’t be interested in him anymore? 

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KYLER:  Ok, let’s look back at the prom.  If there were some threats, I think he could handle it, but Theo is definitely rooting for Claire to succeed.

Is this though a slow burn love story between Theo and Ciara, where eventually down the line, they could end up with each other?

KYLER:  I do think that, and throughout this whole time, Theo has had his eye on both Ciara and Claire.  There is definitely still a connection between Ciara and Theo, even when they are talking about mundane things.  I definitely think there is a little flame there, but it’s not acted upon.  So, it’s definitely in the back-burner of his mind for now.

One of the other reasons Theo wanted to shoot Clyde was because Joey (James Lastovic) was kidnapped.  Doesn’t Theo see Joey as his best bud?

KYLER:  Joey has been Theo’s friend for a long time.  I think if anything, the best Theo can do is help out around town now.  I think the whole gun incident really scared him.  As you can see, he was very unprepared to hold a gun, or shoot a gun.  I mean, his hand was shaking the whole time! (Laughs)  So, I don’t think he is going to try to take more action that way, but he will try to cooperate with everyone around town.

Was playing Theo holding the gun on Clyde, and shaking so badly, hard for you to play?

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KYLER:  You know what?  It was really funny.  I came on to the set holding the gun, and I thought I was going into full-action mode.  I was excited and ready like a pro!  Then the producer came to me and said, “OK … well … Theo is new at this…”   So then I had to do a 180 turn and play it the other way, but it was really fun.

Then they dressed you down, per se, and you were like, “That’s not what I wanted to do!”  (Laughs)

KYLER:  Yeah!  I was like, “Where is the explosion?  I want to put some flying kicks in here, too!” (Laughs)

It is very hard when young characters are aged (SORAS’d) and brought on to a soap opera with a bunch of actors the viewers has never seen before, and are then interacting with a bunch of actors the audience is very familiar with.  Certainly, it is a difficult adjustment for the fans.  Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t.  With social media being the place where fans vent negatively, or praise positively, what are your thoughts on how that has personally affected you since coming to DAYS?

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KYLER:  That has been a big thing in my life.  As we are progressing in life, social media is only going to get bigger.  I think it’s a great tool to be exposed for other projects and to get my name out there, but it is also very intimating.   I am a person who really likes privacy.  For instance, when I go out I wear baseball caps most of the time and sunglasses, because in real life I am very introverted.  So it’s kind of intimating that anyone can look you up, and then you look at your phone, and look at social media and you can get negative comments.  But for the most part … it’s been all positive for me.  I will say it is also imitating coming on to a show that has been on the air for 51 years – so that alone also kind of gave me something to think about, because these fans have been watching for a long time.  Soap opera fans are very loyal, and they have been watching the show forever, and I am like, “Alright, I am stepping into some new territory here!” (Laughs)

It’s rough out there!

KYLER:  It is!  It’s very rough, but I have to say most of the comments have been pretty positive so I am grateful for that.

Since you have been playing Theo, have people with autism reached out to you, personally? 

KYLER:  I have had people who have autism message me on Twitter, and they say, “Thank you so much for portraying someone with autism, and we are loving you in this role. “  And to be honest, their opinions on Theo were the ones I was most concerned about, because you can play this character so wrong where you could get so much backlash for it.  That was something I was very concerned about when I took this role.

Are you enjoying the ride at 23-years-old (soon-to-be 24) being on your first network TV show?

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KYLER:  No, not really. (jokingly laughs).  It’s great!!  I have wanted to act since I was little and I remember wanting to act inside the TV!   It’s all I think about.  I am so prepared when I come to set.  I have been getting the scripts, and I actually like reading them to the point where I will go, “This is happening?  Oh, my God!”   I will text my scene partners and go, “Did you just read that?”  It’s weird to think about in a way, because there was my dad downstairs watching me on TV.  So I walk past him, and there I am on the TV.  I have so much more to accomplish and do in my life, but this is such a big milestone for me being part of the cast of DAYS.

Ultimately, do you want to be acting in motion pictures?

KYLER:  I have always had a passion for the medium of film, and I do love movies.  Ultimately, that is where I want to be, but at the end of the day there is so much good work right now on TV.  You have ABC, FX, but then Netflix, and now Hulu.  If I could get to a point where I have the power of choice, I would love to pick projects that allow me to work as freely as an artist as I would like, wherever that takes me.

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What happens when people give you a compliment and say, you are “good looking”?  Do you say “thank you” or do you shy away, or deflect answering the question?

KYLER:  I would be lying if I said I didn’t like the attention, because it’s nice.  You’re not being called ‘ugly”, so I like it.  But I know this whole thing isn’t reality, because they are seeing me for the person I am on TV, but it is nice to hear.

I was watching your brother, Washington Huskies wide receiver Dante Pettis, scoring touchdowns during the Washington vs. Stanford game on ESPN two Saturdays ago.  And all of sudden the announcer goes, “Dante’s brother, Kyler Pettis is on Days of our Lives!”   I went “Woot-woot!”  Do you watch your brother play?  He is having a fantastic season.

KYLER:  Yup.  I watch every game.  That was a good plug for Days of our Lives on ESPN. (Laughs)

You and your brother Dante seem to be overachievers! (Laughs)

KYLER:  We so are!  We plan things like: we want to do a talk show together and do joint interviews, and then we want to get a house together in the state of Washington that will be our family vacation house.  We definitely have plans that we are hoping to execute!

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In closing, do you think Days of our Lives viewers should anticipate more sadness, or rough times ahead for Theo?

KYLER:  It’s not so much sadness coming up, but more of that the audience is going to watch him grow.  He is entering into a new stage of his life and you are going to see soon how the teens are going to interact on their own, and not so much just with their families, and those relationships are going to get pretty juicy for the fans.

So, what did you think of Theo trying to avenge his father’s shooting on last week’s episodes of Days of our Lives ? Are you enjoying Kyler’s portrayal of Theo Carver?  Do you hope Theo winds up with Claire, Ciara, or someone else?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Patrick
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Patrick

First off – “Thanks” for the pic of… Abe / baby Theo / Lexie

Patrick
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Patrick

“…You never play this over the top; you understand that Theo has lived with this his whole life ”

REALLY well said.

he’s so good in front of the camera

love that Theo and Claire are together…. you want things for Theo

it’s just a matter of time… when his confidence is his

Celia
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Celia

So well put, Patrick….again, I ‘hear’ the poet in you.
I am absolutely ‘in love’ (lol) with Kyler. ….love his acting and his gorgeous looks. This kid has a fruitful future ahead….sky’s the limit. He has THAT much potential.
And, what seals it for me, is his humility. Love it!! Kudos!!

Patrick
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Patrick

OF the SORAS teen set @DAYS

truthfully…. after all this time

I can accept … Ciara and even Joey…. because of Claire and Theo skillset

I WISH somehow … that CHASE was back on the show

I’ll still prop…. that Lauren Boles does in fact need to return

damned if we do and danged if we don’t

oh well

gee thanks a lot Ken Corday…

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Out of all the teens, he is the one i dont mind watching…back when the character was a kid i wrote to the show about bringing Valerie Grant back for Abe and have Theo try to keep them apart suspecting Valerie is attracted to his uncle Cameron Davis…it is revealed Valerie is Camerons birth mother not Celeste..well, anyway…i wish they had asked Tina Andrews to return…she and her family were written out forty years ago because too many dumb people disapproved of Val’s interracial relationship with white David Banning, Julie’s son…Tina was and still is a very beautiful person…what big… Read more »

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

DAYS should be commended for showcasing autism and for strengthening the AA representation. I’m looking forward to seeing more of Theo with his dad, Abe, and the returns of Valerie and Lani.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Sal Stowers (Lani) isn’t coming back to the soap.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Yes she is, Scott. I don’t know when she returns onscreen or for how long, but I do know she’s there for the 13,000th episode in January.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Just because she was there does not guarantee her return to the soap, as I’ve seen multiple photographs from episode celebrations with [former] cast members who are no longer part of the cast.

Jayy
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Jayy

Lani will return early next year. That has already been confirmed by someone who’s been announcing Days characters arrival/departure for years.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

If it’s a potential “47a” person, I do not believe them nor their supposed “sources”. I’ll wait for something more reliable and actually creditable.

Jayy
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Jayy

Nope I’m not talking about that person at all.

Jim
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Jim

Well Scott, Lani is back now.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

And your point is, Jim? Responding to last year’s comments… nothing better to do?

Mateo
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Mateo

He is a very good looking young man. Autism is poorly represented here. I appreciate his desire to do a good job in the role but the casting directors really misfired with all these teens and the stories they are involved in. I wish him luck in his acting future…

CindyHaskins
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CindyHaskins

Lauren boles coming back to days it is never going to happen her time with the show it is over with.vivian Jovanni is Ciara brady and it is time for all to excepted it.

Patrick
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Patrick

Lauren Boles… in fact… should return… her keen intellect and presence lends credibility beyond

she would be saving Hope.. character

no matter… bring her back as another of the core characters grandchild.

done

CindyHaskins
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CindyHaskins

Sorry but I don’t want chase back on days he is nothing but a rapist that belong in prison along with aiden.

CindyHaskins
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CindyHaskins

Also theo belong with Ciara and not with Claire the spoiled rich brat.

Patrick
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Patrick

I really like the widowed / single father and son story potential

even I feel protective of Abe…. argh! Abe… is in fact 1/2 of a supercouple… Lexie

without bemoaning too much…. this is something I can grab on to

color

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I think Kyler is doing a great job with Theo. After reading this interview, I can see why. Kyler is an intelligent and thought filled young man. He has a very bright future as an actor.

Lulu
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Lulu

I love Kyler whose portrayal of Theo is good.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

I must admit, when Days of Our Lives announced their decision to SORAS several younger characters under the previous regime, I was skeptical about the casting choices. But, Kyler Pettis’ portrayal of Theo has changed my opinion on the matter, and he has been doing a fantastic job. Cannot wait to see what comes next for him and the character, as he is truly a highlight within the teen cast.

Patrick
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Patrick

I watched 4 DAYS eps Sunday night and yes… their was Ciara Alice… just OK already… she’s in the show after a year of being on the air… i’m letting the SORAS LIVE because Theo and Claire are doing bang up job I was so taken with Claire… trying to one up and deflect with Paul ( he was “babysitting” Claire from the 3 stooges)… OY Christopher Sean can do NO WRONG… Sonny shows up at the door… and the two of them know there’s no use denying the attraction chemistry… whatever…. it’s just a matter of time. oy! The… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Yes, yes, yes, Scott. I find myself searching for words in describing both his persona and talent. Every word coming to mind falls short …..unusual for me to pick one fitting word from my ‘arsenal’, LOL. What can I say? Enthralling? I am hooked.
One drawback: neither Ciera, nor Claire are suitable. If Theo is to have a love interest, he will need someone to complement him; someone vibrant, smiling……someone with whom to have fun.
These girls seem to be in perpetual darkness; especially Ciera.

Celia
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Celia

PS. My above comment sounds somewhat shallow. Therefore, alliw me to re-phrase. These kids are waaaay too morose, for being so young. Amidst tgat ‘fun’ comes intelligence, compassion and understanding. Both these girls come with too much baggage; adding to his own.
Let’s get away from the doom and gloom that is DOOL! Very hard to do, for example’ Ciera…..she gets the “sky is falling” from her mother.

Celia
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Celia

Grammar check. I should be ashamed of myself….that should read ” neither Ciera, nor Claire IS suitable”.

RJ
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RJ

Kyler is doing a great job as Theo. Look forward to more scenes with Theo, Abe, and Vanessa.

John Gordon
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John Gordon

Forgive me for saying this but this show gets just a little bit tedious to watch after a while. How much longer are the “three bad guys” going to be plotting their so called stupid Revenge on this town with 3 sets? Sometimes, I’m embarressed to watch this show, yet every night there I am putting in on the NBC App (through my TV) and watching it on full-screen, super Hi-Def quality….unfortunately, the storylines are beyond lame, and dragged out for much, much too long to a point where one almost doesn’t care anymore. Finish up the storyline with the… Read more »

Jim
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Jim

Great interview! Kyler Pettis is a great actor, and I love Theo. Interesting reading this 3 months later when some of what Pettis is previewing has come to play out with Valerie.

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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”

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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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Marlena Becomes Possessed … Again!

On Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the devil had his way with his favorite person, Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)! In story, leave it to Marlena to save Doug (Bill Hayes) by giving herself up to Satan!

As Doug revealed himself to be Satan while in a therapy session with Marlena in her office, a shook Marlena tries to comprehend what is happening! When the devil says if Marlena won’t accept him in, she will punish Doug, he does just that.

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Poor Doug is left writhing in pain and on the floor, crying out for help! When we come back to the scene Marlena is not exactly right near his body, but sort of overlooking what is happening. Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) rushes into Marlena’s office to find Doug as Marlena stares blankly. Eventually, she calls for help.

After Doug is put in a hospital room and is monitored, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Tripp (Lucas Adams) can’t find anything wrong with him. Meanwhile, Julie finds Marlena at the nurses station and asks what happened with Doug during their therapy session.  Marlena flashes back to what led to Doug writing on the floor, and clearly something is way off with Marlena, because she has now become possessed.

Later, Julie sits by Doug’s hospital bed as he opens his eyes, as he tells his beloved wife, “He left me and went in to her.”  A confused Julie is left to ponder what on earth Doug could be talking about.

When Marlena comes home to John (Drake Hogestyn) – who is already concerned with Johnny (Carson Boatman) being set on making a movie of Sami’s life story which includes points on Marlena’s original possession – she tells him Doug collapsed in her office. When the two hug, Marlena slowly opens her eyes  revealing that they are glowing yellow.  Yup! We are off to the races. Marlena is now once again possessed.

So, what did you think about the scenes between Deidre Hall and Bill Hayes? Are you enjoying the revisiting of the infamous ‘possession’ storyline thus far? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives Kicks-Off Possession Storyline Revisted with ‘Doug’ Twist Cliffhanger, Followed by Fall Preview

Did the ‘Devil’ make them do it? Doug Williams  (Bill Hayes) is Satan? In what can only be described as major surprise twist on NBC’s Days of our Lives, for weeks, fans have thought they were about to embark on another dementia or Alzheimer’s storyline on the soaps with another beloved character.

However, Days head writer, Ron Carlivati ,and his writing team came up with a way to make it seem like this may be Doug’s fate only to use the long-running character as the impetus to bring the classic possession storyline back on the air some 25 years later.

It all goes down after Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) calls Marlena (Deidre Hall) to ask him to see Doug, after his MRI and other tests proved inconclusive for dementia, etc, to see if Dr. Evans can assess him.  The phone call to Marlena happened after John (Drake Hogestyn) was discussing the past, since Johnny (Carson Boatman) is ramping up to a shoot a movie on Sami’s life, that will include the time that Sami walked in on John and Marlena having sex, which caused Sami to act out for years and years.

 

However, and this is key, John tells Marlena that moment in time also left her alone and vulnerable to the darkest time in her life – alluding to when she became possessed by the devil – and Marlena was clearly having difficulty admitting that or going down that road of remembrance, when the phone call from Kayla saved her from digging deeper into the past.  Well now, John and Marlena may never have that conversation as she is primed to once again become possessed.

Meanwhile, Johnny is reading Will’s script for the Sami movie, and is shocked to read in it that Marlena was once possessed by the devil, as John takes out a dusty box with his Father John collar, a bible, and a news clipping of Marlena being possessed.  John is feeling that this movie will bring bad things on to all those he loves, especially Doc, and he looks to be right!

Now at her office with Doug, he admits he knows something is wrong.  He acts out and does strange things and does not know why.  Marlena brings up why Doug locked Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) in a freezer by accident. Doug gets adamant saying: “That was no accident. I locked that bitch in there on purpose.”  Marlena is shocked at his word and tone.  Then as Doug laughs, he says, “I’m not Doug.”  Next thing you know, the lowered voice of Satan comes out of Doug’s mouth and he tells Doc, “It’s been over 25 years Marlena. But did you really think I wouldn’t come back for you?” End of episode.  Great cliffhanger!

Now, check out the fall preview released following the airing of Friday’s episode by NBC below, which teases more demonic moments on Days. Then let us know in the comment section, what you thought of the ‘Doug’ twist as the possession storyline begins?

Plus, make sure to cast your vote in ‘Michael’s Poll’ of the week on the revisiting of this classic tale now in 2021 below the preview.

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