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Days of our Lives Draws Largest Weeklong Women 18-49 Audience In More Than 2 Years & Is Delivering Its Biggest Season In Total Viewers In 4 Years!

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Look at Days of our Lives go!  The longest running scripted television show in NBC history is pulling in some great numbers for a second week in a row to kick-off 2014!

Is the EJabby (James Scott and Kate Mansi) sexcapade drawing in more eyeballs? The debut of Guy Wilson as the new Will? Is it Eric (Greg Vaughan) and Nicole’s (Arianne  Zucker) romantic turmoil? Nick’s (Blake Berris) murder mystery?  Brady’s (Eric Martsolf) drug addiction? All of the above and more that has viewers captivated?

What ever your favorite story is, here are the great numbers coming out of the town of Salem, according to Nielsen ratings research data and the official press release from NBC that states that Days of our Lives generated its biggest weeklong audience in the key women’s demo of 18-49 in more than 2 years, and is garnering its biggest season in four years in total viewers!

From the NBC press release: “For the week of January 6th through January 10th, Days of our Lives (1.1 rating, 6 share among women 18-49, 0.6 rating among women 18-34) tied for #5 among network daytime series in the women 18-49 demographic and tied for #6 in the women 18-34 race.

DAYS averaged 688,000 women 18-49 during the week, its biggest audience in that key demo since the week of November 21st-25th, 2011 (703,000).  The 1.1 rating is also DAYS highest since November 21st-25th, 2011 (1.1).

It’s the second week in a row DAYS has attracted its biggest women 18-49 audience since November 2011 – during the prior week, DAYS averaged 669,000 women 18-49, which at that time was the show’s biggest viewership in that demo since Nov. 21-25, 2011. 

For the week versus the same week last year, Days of our Lives was up 15% in the women 18-34 category (198,000 vs. 172,000), up 19% in the women 18-49 demographic (688,000 vs. 579,000), up 17% in the women 25-54 race (838,000 vs. 716,000) and up 17% in total viewers (3.0 million vs. 2.6 million).

Through 16 weeks of the season, Days of our Lives is generating its biggest women 18-49 audience in three years, averaging 705,000 viewers, best since 797,000 at this point during the 2010-11 season. In total viewers, DAYS is delivering its biggest season in four years, averaging 2.900 million viewers, best since 3.201 million at this point during the 2009-10 season.

What do you owe the ratings success for DAYS?  All stories are firing on all cylinders? Best written show?  One particular story striking your fancy? Let us know!

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Go Days go!!!! I love Days!!!

I’m loving everything about DOOL. It is my #1 soap right now. Cast and storytelling have been amazing. Hard to pick a favorite storyline because I’m loving them all. Glad that Dannifer is over. Daniel and Jennifer are more likeable when they aren’t together IMO.

Congrats and thanks DOOL. Keep up the good work to carry us fans through the Olympics!

I wonder…since the writers unBrady Brady, will he eventually be paired with Theresa? They do have things in common. (sing song voice)’Brady and Theresa sitting in a tree…getting to know each other and smoking weed!!! They called each other names at their rehab meeting…this hints that they are destined to become a couple in my soap book…lol

LOL… I know, right?

Jeanne Theresa Donovan…

with her minx, luminous, come hither… run with it! LOL

and his vagabond… dashing, daring, no letting up… he should be over the sanctimonious, stand at the cross…

well… I aint having it… and so shouldn’t they…. the bonnie and clyde.. hell hath no fury… like 2 peas in a pod.. smitten… by a good time…

party girl… turns it on… and he’s ripe… and no worse for wear…

the bad lands in Salem… and this twosome… are just the two to “in your face” till the devil… deems.. they’re too much fun

let’s see them weave their intricate layers and play with… and check mate the audience

As I’ve already stated, day after day, DAYS is delivering daring daytime drama! I’m surprised the viewership hasn’t reached 5 million!!!!! Every story is delivering! Every situation is heart stopping!! Every character is enchanting!!!

Days of our Lives should not be ignored!

We all should play in the sand!!!

Last week days was great. I didn’t ff all week. All the stories from Ejabby to Ericole and others were absolutely awesome. Good job to everyone on Days.

Why don’t they knock it off with these absurd demographics? It’s insulting to people who, Heaven forbid, may be actually OVER the age of 49. Do they think people turn 49 and STOP watching?
The show is well written and well acted (for the most part) and I am a new viewer to the show because I no longer have ALL MY CHILDREN – so instead I set my timer to pick up DOOL and it’s a good show, in a real soap tradition.
There’s no doubt in my mind that this surge in viewership is due partly to both All My Children and One Life to Live getting the axe. However, Days of Our Lives is well paced, well acted and well produced offering everything from a May-December romance, a gay couple, and a sexually conflicted Priest…what more could you ask for.

Great numbers. Days has been on a trend up since early last year. Stories have been much better. I think Brady’s addiction, Eric & Nicole and the debut of Jen Lilley and Casey Moss have helped. It’s a team effort. As for EJ & Abby – not impressed unless she turns crazy. I think any cheating story is a huge turnoff for viewers. Days is lucky they have more going on. Also must mention all shows were way up with the polar vortex storm across the US last week. Captive Audience et al

Although I would like to think this is an upswing in soap viewers, it is odd all four soaps saw huge jumps that week– My guess the horrible weather that lead to more people staying home from school and work– trapped in their homes– they watched the soaps– a guilty pleasure for some, no choice for others who don’t normally watch daytime.

Haven’t watched DAYS since 2011 but I came back to see Ej and Abby and they are HOT. Did my old heart good that Sami wasn’t on at all that week, maybe she isn’t the be all to DAYS like everyone thinks she is! They mixed it up had a lot of the characters on, they have very talented actors but you have to use them, most of them have more talent in their pinky finger then junior/Sami have in their whole bodies when together, it wasn’t the junior/Sami show, which was fabulous!

Was a surprise, but a welcome one. Sudden, surprising them both, sexy in spades! Hope Days is smart enough to realize when they strike gold.
(Been tarnished brass for a long time now with EJ’s woman)

The show has been on a roll for months. First, all of the Kriisten/Brady wedding,. Now, Abby and EJ are on fire. I continue to think Ari Zucker is the most under-rated actress on daytime. She has chemistry with every man on the show. I do not think the new Will is drawing viewers yet, but he is doing a good job. I think the Kate/Jordan/Rafe/Lucus storyline is fantastic. I am still hoping that Eileen Davidson comes back, but until then, Sami, Nicole, Abby, EJ, Brady and Eric are making the show a must-see.

I only know why i tuned back into days and that was because of the promo I saw for EJ/Abby. It was just interesting enough to make me want to see WTH was going on and I am glad I did because that was “Hot” and wish we all could get some of EJ’s “lovely”….”Lovely” makes the world go around. I mean Kate Mansi and James Scott owned that love scene. I mean if a 15 sec promo can get me to keep tuning in and I gave up days when Jay Kenneth Johnson left. Go figure!

All of DAYS was great last week! EJAbby was a breath of fresh air for sure! Sami being out of town helped too. Lucas getting a storyline will do wonders for the show and Lucas and Rafe with their new women to make them happy will be outstanding! Ari Zucker’s Nicole finally having 2 men liking her is long over due! I think we all want some happiness for Nicole! Keep it up DAYS, you are on the right track!

That’s great news!
I discovered Days when we lost OLTL, and even after that show and AMC were online _which I liked _ I stuck with Days. I tried Y&R but didn’t like it. And GH…..not my cup of tea.

But Days is great! It still has the “family” feel I like that so many others are missing.
And I “love” hating Jennifer and that bigmouthed daughter of hers.

Congrats, Days on the turn around! The actors are doing a good job, the story lines are more entertaining and better paced, character interactions, and the length of scenes have improved. Also, it is nice that they are mixing things up and putting different characters together, Hope they will keep up the momentum.

I am so happy that the ratings are this good! Proves that the majority of viewers do not need Sami to constantly be on bitching about evything and shows the audience is tired of boring EJami. EJabby was hot! Ericole are turning up the heat as well, and then add Daniel to the mix and it is good! Kate vs Jordan over Rafe is heating up, and Lucas now has a new love interest in Sheryl. Plus, the new Will is here! People want to see these stories. Doubt many people care about Brady and Theresa and their drugs or the Nick storyline.

Well the weather was downright toasty (high 40’s) around here, and no one I know was stuck at home and forced to watch soaps … personally, I tuned in (after not watching for 2-3 years) because 1. I heard Lucas was getting story FINALLY, and 2. I saw the promo for EJ & Abby and they looked HOT (and they WERE!), and 3. Eric and Nicole <3 . I loved the ENTIRE week of shows, and that hasn't happend in far too long. I'm happy to say that I have been drawn back to "my show" and I really hope they keep it up, because I'm loving it!

Thank you MF… for the GREAT news: Days of OUR Lives… WINS big!

your 2nd paragraph said it all…. every story on the canvas is delivering

I’m smiling…and giddy… to watch Lucas, in action… that’s the FUN, sentimental part…

Bryan Dattilo.. is back… front burner… and is as engaging as ever… watching him… romance.. Stephanie… ? and in cahoots with his mother… Kate.. is a BIG hoot!

Sonny and nuWILL… first kiss…. whew! was that yesterdays’ epi… woah… talk about heated, in the moment… and passionate… I’m so happy for Freddie Smith

PUHLEASE.. feature… his parents… the sublime… sexy … and smart actors… Justin and Adrienne Kiriakis

Brady’s downfall… and OUR gain… he hasn’t let up… he’s elevated his screen time.. in a big way… and he’s smoldering… and bringing his ACT… props to Eric Martsolf… I do hope he screens with Theresa

Eric and Nicole… thank you Ari Zucker… for continually… wowing..the audience.. with layers and layers of intriguing… and keeping us engaged with Nicoles… must see… I just wish… she had a more solid foundation… please just make her mother FAYE alive… this would bring back Roman and Abe… Hot trio this would be

Greg Vaughan… isn’t it like he’s back… again… with a whole new role? and it’s a must even more so… this time around… as this gives the audience… more romance, love, and angst… with one of the sexiest couples in daytime… if not thee… and these two actors are ON FIYAH

Nick’ Blake Berris… it’s no mystery… that this man is going to come back to Salem… storming… and hell bent on Nick proclaiming… he owns Salem! LOL.. and I can’t help but be salivating… his charm, dreaming about him, and his masculine take charge

EJ and Abs: have at it and take no prisoners… we’re held captive… if I was EJ.. i’d be over Sami as well… you just don’t beat to death… your family virtue… and lack of trust… no man.. nor should any woman put up with that crap…. you had all the chances… and this time… you 3 striked out… Sami! sorry girlfriend, you can take your honor… and hit the road…

writers… please don’t hit us over the head.. so much… with Jennifers holier than thou… angst… (was she ever a good actor ? ) dang! we can’t thank Matthew Ashord enough… she continually looks like a deer in headlights… she’s worse than her mom… Laura.. in that department… I LOVE Laura!

once again… the world loves Mr. Sanctity.. Daniel, the man… god… when does this end

otherwise… DAYS has elevated.. and taken hold of the title… BEST SERIAL.. and deserves to stronghold… and add 2 years in a row… for BEST SHOW!

I love the chemistry… with hot footing… in and around… the dance… JJ and Theresa bring

I will always be charmed by galen gerring… Rafe’alicious… Jordan is an enchanting presence… her character is catching bedazzling… im a gay man… and am in love with her… LOL… how does that happen

my sensuous… hell bent.. on top… Kate! you are the epitomy of woman hood… you can do no wrong… love the sensitive portrayal… you put out their… your heart does feel…. and you could easily love…. and love Rafe…

what is Aiden.. going to bring… but that magnificent face and one of the best actors to grace daytime… again and again… Daniel Cosgrove… we’re ready and waiting in the wings to love you again.

John and Marlena… are honing in on their skills and our mindset… lets hope KAYLA is in the mix

DAYS: thank you… for expertly steering Salem… the continuity… spellbound.. love for this show.. is nonstop trigger

my wish list… please… consider.. more visits… from Shane and Kimberly

I’m holding vigil… for Hope.. because… I don’t want to see her character.. go thru the angst… that Melissa Reeves character Jenn… is… heartache… so… it’s OK.. to see her with Cierra… till a new man … why not Ted King… as BO ???? or VARGAS!

Ta-Da !

I celebrate

Salem’ites!

it’s beyond giddy… and exciting… that DAYS hasn’t let up… and is definitely, not losing any steam…

DAYS draws you in

Came to DAYS after the wave of cancellations and I lost my key soaps. The Will storyline, along with a promised reboot and return to core characters and families, caught my attention. (No need for devil possession, endless serial murder cases, and lost island havens for the victims! Ugh.) Enjoyed all the stories in the recent year or so, especially the Kristen/Brady/Eric fun! Not thrilled with Will as a parent with Gabi but the show is doing OK with it.

I knew the ratings would go up when the jr/sami show wasn’t on. They are very exhausting with all the screaming, threatening, abusing etc. Not a golden couple and the ratings show that. EJ and Abby are a good mix, love that Rafe is finally back on the canvas but he needs more time and needs to get back to work. Rafe and Jordan story line is good but we need to speed up her secret so Rafe could help her if that is the way it is headed. Not fond of Eric and Nicole, Nicole needs to be with Daniel or Brady and Eric return to the priesthood. I was finally able to watch complete episodes without FF thru the jr/sami scenes.

I left Days 2 years ago since it was so unwatchable at the time but I’ve been slowly coming back the last couple of months. The show has been on a roll. Lots of intertwining characters and stories that are exciting and suspenseful.

What are you people talking about Ejami get better ratings that boring couple EJ and Abby who does NBC compare any good ratings get its the week of Nov 21 2011 and guess what happened that week Ejami grief sex despite all buzz last week it still didn’t beat Ejami hot sex. Also week before days ratings went all big time week of Ejami they actually went down this week so what is the big deal about this press release.

I can’t wait until Ejami have sex again you bet they will beat they own record because they much hotter than EJ and Abby.

I started watching Days a few months ago because I heard Jen Lilly was on and I really liked her on GH. The show is fantastic. All the stories are pulling me in and I can’t wait to watch.

Not impressed with the stats. The polar vortex gave every soap an increase. Notice Days dropped after the first two days. These Days numbers look fudged too. Looks as if they’re averaging their numbers for the season and not the year. Some stories are good. Others bad. And others have jumped the shark into disgusting and gross.

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Days of our Lives wins WGA Award for Daytime Drama Series

Sunday night, April 14th in concurrent ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York City, the Writers Guild of America is handing out their 76th annual WGA Awards in the fields of motion picture, television, news media, and radio/audio.

In the Daytime Drama category, Peacock’s Days of our Lives was the winner, taking home its fourth WGA Award in this category in a row.

The DAYS winning writing team consisted of Head Writer Ron Carlivati Creative Consultant Ryan Quan and Writers Sonja Alar, Jazmen Darnell Brown, Joanna Cohen, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Cheryl Davis, Kirk Doering, Christopher Dunn, Jamey Giddens, David Kreizman, Henry Newman, Dave Ryan, and Katherine D. Schock.

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The team from Days of our Lives bested the only other team in the category from General Hospital, which consisted of former GH head writers: Dan O’Connor, Chris Van Etten Writers Ashley Cook, Emily Culliton, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Shannon Peace, Stacey Pulwer, Dave Rupel, Lisa Seidman, and Scott Sickles.

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As previously reported, a show spokesperson for Days of our Lives shared that the episodes submitted for the competition were #14663, #14678 & #14679, and mostly centered around the death, and the funeral of Victor Kiriakis played by the late John Aniston.

This week, DAYS head scribe, Ron Carlivati, confirmed that, and told Michael Fairman TV on the decision of the scripts the team submitted: “I like to have some humor, but it was also the funeral, and then there was Sarah (Linsey Godfrey) giving birth, and then Vivian’s (Louise Sorel) crashing the reading of the will.”

You can follow along with the live updated list of all the winners from tonight’s WGA ceremonies here.

Michael Fairman TV will have more on DAYS WGA Award win as it becomes available.

So, what do you think of Days of our Lives winning the WGA Award writing award for a Daytime Drama series for the fourth year in a row? Comment below.

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Matthew Ashford and Melissa Reeves Talk Return to DAYS for Doug’s Funeral, Susan Seaforth Hayes, and Their Enduring Friendship

Last week, Days of our Lives celebrated the taping of their 15,000th episode which is tentatively scheduled to air on December 3rd. The story will feature emotional and heart-tugging scenes of Doug Williams funeral and honor his portrayer, the beloved Bill Hayes, who passed away on January 12th at the age of 98.

While the actors, producers, and crew took a lunch time break to pose for some pictures and speak with the press, they knew they would have to get back to taping the funeral, which was going to make it a tough day, but also cathartic for all who loved Bill Hayes.

Several returns have thus far been announced including; Melissa Reeves reprising her signature role of Jennifer Horton (a part she first played in 1985), and Matthew Ashford as Jack Deveraux. Reeves had last appeared on the show back in 2021, and she was replaced by Emmy-winner Cady McClain in her absence when Jennifer was in storylines. In real-life, Melissa had moved full-time to Tennessee along with her husband, Scott Reeves (ex-DAYS, GH, Y&R). Now, and as previously reported, Reeves will first appear back on DAYS for the Thanksgiving episodes with the Hortons.

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Michael Fairman TV caught up with Matt and Melissa during the 15,000th episode celebration to get their take on: being back for these special episodes, how it has been working with and watching Susan Seaforth Hayes portray Julie’s grief over losing Doug, and how they have supported each other through the years. Check out what they shared below.

Melissa, you are back on the set of Days of our Lives for this very emotional and special moment in the series history. How does it feel?

MELISSA: Oh, my goodness. I am honored. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else but to be here for Bill. He was like my real-life dance partner. He taught me how to ballroom dance. And to be here for Susan, of course, who’s just been our sweet hero this whole week. We’re just following her lead. She’s just been this incredibly strong example for us in the midst of this trial and season of her life. She is like just lifting us all up with her. It’s been incredible.

I was at Bill Hayes memorial service which was truly incredible and I know at the time you were in Tennessee. It was moving and celebratory of his life, all at the same time.

MELISSA: That’s all I have heard. I have to watch it on You Tube. They said it was just a real celebration of his life and I love that.

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This must be difficult for Susan Seaforth Hayes depicting the death of Doug, when she is still grieving the loss of her beloved husband. (Susan pictured above with the returning Stephen Schnetzer who plays her on-screen brother, Steve Olson).

MELISSA: I’m sure Susan has those moments at home by herself, but she’s so good at being a leader and leading all of us. We’re following her, you know, and she’s like, “This is how I want to feel today.” And we’re just going along with her, you know? It’s so sweet.

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How is it to see Matt Ashford again live and in-person?

MELISSA: You know, Matt and I can go years without talking, or seeing each other, and then the minute we see each other we’re chatting away.

MATT: Melissa was out on set doing a scene yesterday on the phone talking to a stage manager; as she was telling some really tough news on the phone. I’m like crying in the background, literally, I’m off-stage crying.

MELISSA: And then we get like back into normal life, and we’re like, okay, “What’s happening? What’s happening with this … or what’s happening with that?”

I had read, Melissa, that you were in touch with Matt about if there night be a possibility for you to reprise your role as Jennifer for these special episodes?

MELISSA: Yes. Well, Matt was like, “Hey! Would you want to come back? “And I was like, “Matt, you know, I would always come back. ”

MATT:  Every time I come here to Days of our Lives, they ask, “Where’s Missy? How’s Missy?” Everybody backstage says, “I miss her.” All of the crew is asking about her and saying, “It would be nice to see Missy. Nothing wrong with you Matt, but …”  They said, “Where is she?” I said, “She wants to come!”

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There are some beautiful photos of Missy and Bill and Susan thorough the years that I found. It just reminded me of just the deep and entrenched history we all have had with the show, personally and professionally.

MATT: Missy is roughly the age where Francis Reid (ex-Alice Horton) was when she started the show, which is just crazy.

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I’ve always said Missy was going to be the next generation Alice. Do you feel that Jennifer is the heir apparent matriarch of the Horton family?

MELISSA: Yes. I mean, this has been greatest blessing of my life, and that would be great. I told Ken Corday (executive producer, Days of our Lives) when I was 17 that this show would be my life. Ken always told me, “This is your home,” and I’ve always felt like that.

How have gotten through the scenes watching Susan Seaforth Hayes as Julie go through the loss of Doug?

MATT: Susan is bringing her best performance life for her and Bill. I mean, she’s a showbiz baby. She always has been one hundred percent, and she’s doing it for him, and this is who they’ve always been. So, you’re seeing this amazing performance colored by her life. She has her private life as Susan, but she has enough plugged into Julie that she’s done amazing work. The director, producers and writers are giving her room to live in these moments and it’s quite wonderful.

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Have you already broken down in tears during the taping?

MELISSA: Yesterday, but today’s taping of the actual funeral I think they want us to try and be just more celebratory.

MATT: I mean, it is a beautiful long life for Bill Hayes and his character of Doug Williams, and so it will be about that. Then, you get a bunch of us together in the church pews, and there’s going to be hijinks.

MELISSA: We all have been through the waves of grief. You have that awful cry and then all of a sudden you feel okay.  There are those family situations we are portraying where you’re like, “What do we do? What do we do now? You know, no one knows what to do. But, it’s so sweet. I’m looking forward to seeing how the scenes all turn out.

So, are you glad that Matt and Melissa are back for the 15K episode and Doug’s funeral? From what we can tell, it’s going to be quite an emotional journey for Days of our Lives fans, and especially the performance of Susan Seaforth Hayes, 

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Ron Carlivati Talks on Decision to Make Days of our Lives 15000th Episode About Doug’s Funeral, and Previews Chances for WGA Award

This week, Days of our Lives celebrated the taping of their 15,000th episode. In of it itself, that is an incredible accomplishment for the long-running soap opera currently streaming on Peacock.

However, this on set gathering was a bit different. Though the show is celebrating their achievement, they are also in the middle of taping scenes surrounding the death and the funeral of Doug Williams, played by the late Bill Hayes, who passed away on January 12th of this year at the age of 98.

As previously revealed many longtime favorites are back to honor Bill and the character of Doug including: Gloria Loring (Liz), Melissa Reeves (Jennifer), Matthew Ashford (Jack), Maree Cheatham (Marie), Victoria Konefal (Ciara) and Stephen Schnetzer (Steve) to name but a few.

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Michael Fairman TV was in attendance and spoke with Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati to gain some insight into how the 15,000 episode was crafted and the decision to honor the character of Doug Williams and Bill Hayes as its epicenter. In addition, Ron weighed-in on this Sunday’s April 14th WGA (Writers Guild of America) Awards, where he and his writing team are facing off with General Hospital for the daytime drama prize. Here’s what Ron shared below.

Was this your idea to make the 15,000th episode centered around Doug’s funeral and passing?

RON: It was. When you’re looking at it, and laying out the calendar for the whole year and you see 15,000 is coming up, we’re like, “What are we going to do?” And then, we got the news that Bill had passed away and something kind of clicked. I was like, “We should honor Doug on that show.” So then, we started to kind of build around that … when does he pass away? How does he pass away? Who could come back? You know, it’s a lot.  I’m very pleased with the returns that we got as there’s so much that you could do. We wanted everybody we could get. So, we put together a wish list and Janet Drucker (co-executive producer, Days of our Lives) made it happen.

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You have Melissa Reeves back as Jennifer, when the role was last played by Cady McClain. What has it meant to have Missy back for these shows?

RON: It was so nice to see Missy Reeves. I think Cady has done such a good job, but on the 15,000th episode to see Missy as Jennifer, it’s a big deal. So having her was great, and overall, the milestone was a big undertaking, because you want to live up to it. You want the 15,000th episode to be good. Now, it has a lot of real emotion that you’re playing. because for the cast and the crew they’re honoring Bill Hayes just as much as we’re honoring Doug Williams.

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Was it hard for you and the team to write this episode?

RON: Yes. I’ll tell you why it was hard to write.  When I wrote, for example, Asa’s (Phillip Carey) death on One Life to Live or Victor’s (John Aniston) on DAYS, Asa is a different type of character. Like, you could have characters going, “Oh! I’m glad he is dead.” You could have different points of view, but with Doug, you’re not having that. Every person loves this man. No one had a bad relationship with him. So, you’re challenge as a writer is how do you make it that not everybody’s saying the same thing and doing the same thing. And so, we tried to find ways to make the episode about all the familial relationships and yet, how do you make it about Doug and yet broaden the scope.

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I had spoken to Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie), a week after Bill’s memorial, for an interview. She said that she felt very fortunate that you did include her on discussions of how you would tackle Doug’s passing. How did that conversation go?

RON: First, I attended Bill’s funeral, which was incredible. I said to so many people it was an emotional service, but it was hard to be sad at this. The guy had an incredible life and it was an incredible celebration. And so, you’re sitting there watching this knowing that you now have to write something similar. And how do you write something that lives up to what you just witnessed? I wanted to talk to Susan to get her thoughts about, you know, how much do you want this to be about keeping Bill separate from Doug. How comfortable are you sharing your grief. She was incredible to talk to. It was a great chat.

You’re in the middle of taping these major scenes for the 15,000 episode to air in December. How do you think it’s going? Have you seen any of the scenes?

RON:  I haven’t seeing anything. I mean, we were still making changes to the script up till this morning!

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The Writers Guild Awards are this Sunday, April 14th and once again this year there are two daytime drama nominees, General Hospital and Days of our Lives. How are you feeling about your chances this year?

RON: It is often just GH and us in the category. I’ve won three years in a row, so I’m kind of feeling like it’s their turn.

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What episodes did you submit for contention? If I recall, they had to do with Victor’s memorial.

RON: The episodes we submitted were centered around Victor’s funeral. I think one has story with Vivian (Louise Sorel). We had some fun stuff, we had some emotional stuff at Victor’s death, and I am pretty sure that our submission was three episodes right around that time.

Did you make the decision to go with those episodes because there was a mix of humor and drama?

RON: I like to have some humor, but it was also the funeral, then there’s Sarah (Linsey Godfrey) giving birth, and then Vivian’s crashing the reading of the will. So, we had a lot of fun and it’s hard sometimes to pick three that tell a story, as opposed to submitting for the Daytime Emmys, where the writing team only submits two shows. So, we shall see how it goes on Sunday.

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So, are you looking forward to the emotional 15,000th episode of Days of our Lives? Do you think DAYS will take home the WGA writing award for daytime dramas for the 4th year in a row? Comment below.

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