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Days of our Lives First Three Episodes By Writing Regime Of Griffith & Higley! What Were Your Impressions?

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Last week, Days of our Lives kicked-off it’s latest revitalization under the writing regime of Josh Griffith and Dena Higley! Viewers saw their first three episodes play out Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

While there is still so much more to watch and see before doing a full critique, as the writers first have to get out of the last regimes stories, fans were commenting on some of the changes they noticed, or did not notice, over the last several days on social media and message boards.

It seemed clear, especially from Thursday and Friday’s episode that the series was giving long standing super couple: John (Drake Hogestyn) and Marlena (Deidre Hall) a story.  John is headed back to the ISA, which seems to foretell he will have something to do with bringing Bo (Peter Reckell) back to Salem, or a bigger umbrella story.  We know that come later this week, Serena played by Melissa Archer, will be the first victim of the new serial killer storyline, as well.

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It was also clear that long time fan favorite and DAYS icon, Kristian Alfonso (Hope) will be front and center in a story with plenty of romantic entanglements! Aiden (Daniel Cosgrove) is keeping some very dangerous secrets from Hope.  She has clearly now given her heart to him.

Meanwhile, the name “Bo Brady” was brought up for the first time in a long time in Salem by many characters last week including: Victor (John Aniston) and Caroline (Peggy McCay), Bo’s bio-parents, who also shared scenes at Caroline’s hospital bed.

But there seems to be another strong, undeniable suitor for the beautiful Hope and that is Rafe Hernandez (Galen Gering). Rafe is going back to work at the Salem PD with an emphasis on bringing down Clyde Weston (James Read).  Weston beat the crap out of Aiden Jennings, and threatened Hope, Ciara, and Aiden’s son, Chase in the process.  In the Friday cliffhanger, Hope takes Aiden home to tend to his wounds and to comfort him, and to share her bed with her.  This was a big step for Hope, since this was the bed she shared with Bo.  When Hope falls asleep, Aiden slips out and meets Clyde, promising he’ll never report the guy to the cops for what he did.  Aiden privately vows he’ll deal with Clyde … but what is the info and secret he has on the guy?  What else is Aiden hiding?

Elsewhere, JJ (Casey Moss) is trying to get the goods for the DEA to put an end to Kyle’s drug dealing and to save Paige (True O’Brien) from the guy.  Meanwhile, Eve (Kassie DePaiva) has planted a bug in Jennifer’s (Melissa Reeves) home and hears JJ’s plan to put a stop to Kyle’s crimes, because he reveals to Jen that he knows Paige still loves him.  Eve is apoplectic!  And what is up with Victor and Dr. Salinas? Victor is mysteriously asking for a progress report.  He is fit-to-be-tied with the news he gets.

Longer two-person scenes, mainstay characters and beloved couples being focused upon, seem to be the order of the day on quick glance.   So, what were your impressions of the the last three episodes of DAYS under head scribes: Griffith and Higley?  Do you think it looks very promising for long time DAYS fans as we head into a big week that sees the first major return … that of Stephen Nichols (Patch)?  Notice any differences?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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I love it! Romance, mystery, suspense, action. Soapy goodness.

I may be the only one, but I loved the fight scene with Aiden and Clyde. Usually fight scenes on soaps are cheesy (Victor punching anyone on Y&R ), but I thought this scene was executed very well. I would like to see Aiden take out Clyde for threatening his family, and just because Clyde is scum. Kudos to James Read. Clyde is loathsome.

I agree, it was an excellent fight scene.
James Read as Clyde is the best soap villian I’ve seen in ages. I hope Days keeps him for a long time.

I agree as well, the fight scene was at least believable and it didn’t seem like they used stunt doubles, and if they did it was pretty seamless.
I really want Clyde to get what’s coming to him so James Read must be a pretty skilled actor to make me hate Clyde so much….

I’m thinking that Clyde is the serial killer.

I agree with your comments. I loved the scenes with Victor/Maggie and Victor/Caroline. I can see a HUGE difference in the dialogue. I am not a huge fan of John and Marlena’s (as a couple), but at least their scenes weren’t forced and sappy. Deidra acted like the Marlena we loved in the 80s and 90s. My goal is to see Theresa be redeemed and become a legimate obstacle for Abigail and Chad. I think that sounds like the equivalent of Sami/EJ/Nicole.

May I also say how great it was seeing Hope’s bedroom and outside her house again?

The only way that Theresa can ever be redeemed is for her to publicly admit and take responsibility for all the harm she did. Theresa also have to stop trying to force herself on Brady; accept the fact that he does not love and/or want her.

I enjoyed this fight scene also. And, I also would have liked to see Aiden take out Clyde.

I’ve been a Days fan for only 4 yrs, so all this Bo/Hope super couple excitement means nothing to me. If anything, Bo is Hope’s past, and Aiden should have been her future.

Rafe is a great character, but I don’t see Hope & Rafe as a long-term couple.

I read on another site that a lot of this character cutting has to do with new union rules about pay which has forced Days to clean house to meet its budget goals.

I just hope that Days hasn’t cut off its nose to spite its face.

You’re so right about the great fight scene between Aiden and Clyde. James Read and Daniel Cosgrove are terrific actors. I’d love it if there was a layer of Aiden that hasn’t been revealed yet and he would get down and dirty to take down that scum Clyde for threatening his family.

I’ve only watch this show for a little over a year. I don’t know anything about Bo and Hope. I really enjoy Hope and Aiden. They are so cute together.

Half of the cast has to be eliminated on Days. Yet they insist on bringing in new characters. The idea of bringing in my youth to this show is not a good idea. Youth centered storylines always end up with the same tired plot devices, i.e, get them into bed, get pregnant, trap them into marriage blah blah blah…..i like the idea of the serial killer plot device. Those are fun normally. But let’s face it, the “love” story of John and Marlena is so tired. He wants it, then he doesn’t want it. She wants it but can’t forgive his past blah blah……just do it already……again….when both of the actors involved are pushing 70 i think it’s time to let them settle down already…i mean please….

Cast turnover is nothing new. Vets can’t carry the show alone and there won’t be any of them if there are no new characters coming in over the years to settle down long-term.

Well, I have respect for long-time viewers, I am relatively new, just under two years. But I feel like suddenly there won’t be a storyline involving Will, Sonny, Derrick or Paul – it just seems like there’s this abrupt shift. I don’t dislike the characters of Marlene and John, but geez these are not kids, settle down already.
Also, I have admiration for older actors, but Hospital scenes involving Victor with his old love are only compelling (albeit sweet) to a degree.
Are the new writers going to do anything to resolve the Sonny / Paul / Will / Derrick friendship(s) or whatever they were – will the character of Sonny just be recast? I just feel like things were left up in the air – what happened to Derrick the one time Bell Hop? He was back, said he wanted a chance with Paul and it just seemed like the writers didn’t develop that arc at all – Is Spencer Neville still with the show or did he have a limited Contract?

Derrick is/was a recurring character. They’re leaving the door open for Freddie Smith’s return. Christopher Sean recently said he is still taping. Will might be a victim of the serial killer or actor Guy Wilson will be replaced.

Drake is only 61! You must be under 40 to think that there cannot be love or romance over 50! Look at Maggie and Victor & Doug and Julie. There’s lots to do with the core characters instead of all these newbies.

When Josh Griffith and Dena Higley’s material first aired on Wednesday, August 19, 2015, it felt like an automatic change to Days of Our Lives. The scenes were written in greater, more character-driven quality, and they even did less in the episodes in terms of who appeared, resulting in longer conversations between the characters. The rich use of history is slowly returning, and it’s already erasing the mess that the previous writers brought to the show during their tenure. If this is a sign of what’s to come, then we are in for something truly spectacular. I cannot wait to see what else comes out as we head further into the fiftieth anniversary of the sole remaining NBC soap opera.

totally, with you, Scott. Wednesday and Thursday the episodes were tight, and scenes were relatively strong, full substance. I need to watch Friday’s episode. and, like you, I am so eager for the months proceeding the 50th. even, the scene with Paige and Kyle in his pad with JJ hiding was full of push/pull of the characters wants. The new writing team, or Josh, now as it were, is onward to making DAYS a winner for best daytime 2016, I see it and believe it. GH is definitely out of the running for that category. DAYS all the way!!! So proud.

If DAYS continues with what they’re giving us and live up to the hype, they could walk away with Best Outstanding Drama in 2016, especially with all of the cast shakeups.

@ Scott, I’m already feeling it. No tie in 2016, just one winner: DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

Well said. I agree 100% 🙂

I often agree with your thoughts on this site, Scott (ATWT Fan). I agree here, too. With my (our?!) beloved ATWT gone, DAYS seems to fit the bill for me as my soap home in recent years. Salem is not perfect but I do enjoy visiting day to day. And the shift in writers bodes well, I think.

It’s definitely boding well for DAYS; both with the fans and the cast. I haven’t seen this much positivity from DAYS in forever.

I posted this on an earlier article (didn’t know this one was going to appear) LOL…

Even though I’m looking forward to the 50th anniversary and the return of Patch and Bo and all the others, today’s writing (Fri, Aug 22) showed that Josh and Dena are getting back to the roots…..I know a lot of people crave the excitement and adventure of serial killings and drug dealers and crazy Clyde, but I really enjoyed the tender moments today between Victor and Caroline, Maggie and Caroline…Marlena and John….the dance…these scenes pulled at my heartstrings and dare I say, I shedded a little tear getting all emotional. This is what a good show is about…connecting with the audience….DAYS can only get better, I predict!!!!!!! Here’s to 50 more…

And I completely agreed with you in the earlier article, lol. This episode pulled at the heartstrings in a way I have not seen on DAYS in a long, long time. Victor and Caroline – OMG, I was bawling! John asking Marlena to dance .. this kind of romance is what has been lacking. DAYS’ idea of romance has been, “show them in bed”. Nuh-uh! We want to see them on a romantic date, dinner, dancing, just like was shown on Friday, and I’m hoping this kind of thing is what’s n store for the other couples as well.

I agree Maddie…i want romance too…no bed hopping!!!

It’s been very good! After that horrible sendoff for Sonny Tuesday, it felt like a completely different show Wednesday, the 1st day the new writers material aired!! Hallelujah! Praise the Lord & pass the ammunition. Longer scenes, greater depth, romance!! Is this the same show?? What was Y&R thinking letting Josh Griffith resign over Jill Farren Phelps? They should’ve kept him & ejected her.

For the 1st time in a year I actually enjoyed JJ & Paige’s scenes-esp when she snapped out of it & helped him escape Kyle’s apt. Since the day Clyde Weston has stepped into Salem I’ve been bashing my head on the table & screaming for Days to get rid of him. The fight scenes w/Aiden & his sarcastic back & forth w/Rafe at the club was the first time I’ve ever, ever enjoyed the character!! Why, oh why, couldn’t they have written for him like that? I guess because they weren’t there yet. Look, if JG can get me to enjoy Clyde, I say give him the Emmy now & carry on!! He’s a miracle worker!

My only complaint is why are they axing Daniel Cosgrove? Probably because PR’s returning as Bo. I guess Aiden will find his dark side. Boo!

Yes! I loved the two character scenes, better dialogue, use of history and friendships etc. MUCH better. The change in writers was obvious.

I loved the dancing scene with John and Marlene ..very sweet 🙂

This is the honest-to-God truth – normally I watch the 1st half hour of Days and then, bored senseless, switch over to The Bold And The Beautiful. On Wednesday, completely unaware of the writing switch, I felt compelled to stick with Days for its second half. I did the same thing on Thursday and Friday. The longer scenes and extended dialogue drew me in. Having now learned about the new writers, I’m looking forward to seeing more.

“… I felt compelled to stick with Days for its second half”

NICE!

pressing for all it takes! Days of OUR Lives; LIVES

It was fantastic watching my beloved Days come back to life. The longer scenes had more depth and greater flow than they’ve had in the last 3 years. The sound effects, lighting and the added music enhanced every detail of the J&M scenes. I’m looking forward to seeing what Dena & Josh have up their sleeves. As long as Doc isn’t a serial killer again and her & John get the much longed for reunion, I think I’m going to be one very happy fan!

So far it’s a lot better. Can’t wait to see Steve.

Considering they had so much to fix,I thought the improvement was going to be gradual. It was hard to imagine how exactly they were going to implement major changes in a timely fashion without it looking a little awkward. However,[so far] this has proved to be the most profound and graceful turnaround any show has ever taken. Instead of back tracking, writing apologetically or piling on explanations the writers and tptb are moving forward by concentrating on the things that made Days shine at its best; Family, TRUE love, high drama the complexities of all kinds of relationships, and the messes and S**T we get ourselves into just being human. The dialogue has been wonderful, as well as the time they are giving for each scene to play out. Not only the direction, but the sets and lighting have done a 180 as well. The scene with Clyde and Aidan where we see the exterior of Hopes house was amazing, beautiful camera work, lighting and ambiance; atmospheric noise and a breeze blowing. This new team is the best thing that ever happened to Days. Can’t thank them enough for caring as much about Days as the fans do , and listening to us. I haven’t appreciated being glued to my TV in the afternoon this much in 24 years.

applause

bravo

so much thought

3 things to ring in: DOOL is back

1. “…the improvement was going to be gradual. ”

2. “…this has proved to be the most profound and graceful turnaround any show has ever taken. ”

3, “… complexities of all kinds”

As, a major, DAYS fan… with… i’m just pressing… how profound I endear fans of!

YES!

The difference is literally night & day. I loved the scenes on Hope’s porch. When I heard all the dialogue and saw the longer scenes I had memories of yesteryear when soaps were grand. It made me jealous as a GH viewer to see writers get that that’s what fans want. I can only hope GH’s new team that will start airing their shows next month follows suit!! If DAYS continues on this path they will be the best soap of the remaining. Hopefully the ratings will follow.

Inasmuch as I hate bloody and violent encounters of any kind, yes, the fight may have been pretty realistic, but, the end result makes Aiden look like a fool and loser. I am not talking about losing the physical fight here….which I find ridiculous anyway…..
I am referring to the fact that Aiden is supposedly a first-rate, tough lawyer……he ceded to Clyde’s mental fight, which infuriates me….no way could a man with such tenure give into this creep. Aiden’s cowering to this hillbilly, by tucking his tail between his legs and then covering the ‘incident’ up is not digestible for me. I do not buy it. Sooooo, there are no accolades here. JMO.

Excellent commentary, Michelle. And, I truly see what YOU see on Days, lately. I have only been watching for seven years, but I always caught a glimpse here and there at my grandmother’s, growing up. I love Days, so I am finding it gratifying that plot lines are moving, as you say, in a timely fashion….that is, not dragging. I was away for three weeks and, it seems, that Days is the only soap that has moved in a steady direction.
I am still catching up. But, has Rafe fallen for Hope? It appears that way to me….then again, I am always the romantic. I would love to see that. Aiden has just never cut it for me. Boring character, that he is!!!!

I was over the moon happy. Finally seeing John and Marlena together, having a real conversation about their relationship was awesome. I have never understood how you could have the “Queen of Daytime” on your show and not use her amazing talent more. I hope this means old school romance and intrigue. I’m hopeful for what’s to come.

Marlena referring to Julie and Doug as role models was a step in the right direction. The previous regime at times made them(especially Julie) as the town joke. The Hayes and their characters are finally getting the respect they deserve.

As I watched Hope clean the blood off Aiden’s face I understood and related to her love for him more than I ever did with all the so called “hot” sex scenes soaps rely on to “convey” love. I mean when she asked him to share her bed at home and he then used the same cloth to wipe her tears– I was a puddle and in soap viewer heaven. Really guys it that simple– sincere, honest emotion, peppered with a dash of mystery and a couple doses of humor and I’m a happy camper.

“…Really guys it that simple”

yeah, it is

as i tear up and well be damned

I agree, Mary! It’s that simple. Those Aiden/Hope scenes are now etched into my brain. I will remember them for those little gestures. Daniel Cosgrove is a fantastic actor & oozes w/charm. I have been smitten w/Aiden anyway, but those scenes last w/Hope-just WOW!!! I hear he is on his way out. Not happy if so.

I’m such a fan of the new Chad. I think his acting is stellar. I love the chemistry w/Kate Mansi & I can only imagine since I’ve loved their work this past month how they will shine w/this new teams material!! Honestly, I’m like a schoolgirl waiting w/anticipation!!

Really guys, its that simple-honest emotion! When fans post on social media & view scenes from days past on youtube, it’s always the real love scenes, the passionate, honest scenes. Youtube is full of them & even after many years they stand the test of time. You would think writers would pay attention to that. What are they watching on youtube & take a HINT. I think this new team must have. Here’s hoping it remains.

what i noticed right away was the conversations were much more in depth & the scenes were longer…………………..what a breath of fresh air!

It is too soon to give a full critique. Except for the Jarlena scenes it was basically a continuation of what was before. As old stories are wrapped up, new stories will be introduced. But all we can do right now is speculate how the new stories will unfold. Let’s give it more time before giving a full critique.

However, regarding an old story, I am ready for the JJ-Paige to end – the sooner the better. That story was ruined when JJ slept with Paige’s mother. There is no going back! The most interesting possibility I heard about that story is the idea of Paige getting involved with Ben! That would be a good story. If Clyde is not killed off (and I hope he is not), can’t you see him matching whits with Eve? That would be a great story!

Eve and Clyde going toe to toe. That would be very interesting.

ITA! Kassie and James would make a powerhouse couple. It would be great fun – something this show desperately needs.

inasmuch, as fans “detest” that much? the character of Clyde… writing has stalemated… and no reprieve is in order?

I REALLY like …. Aiden and Clyde…. listen up.. for the man SHOWmanship

lets compare them to; Eric, Daniel, Brady… the featured

I’d take Aiden, Clyde, and Xander… any day

Ditto. Clyde, Aiden, Xander, Chad, Eve, Nicole – those are the characters that I love.

By now I’ve seen five or six episodes by the new head writers. Verdict: So far so good! Enjoyed Nicole’s triumph over Xander and Serena in court. Also enjoyed the plans for the Bicentennial and the Chad-Serena scenes. Intrigued by Aiden’s secret. Is he working for Stefano? Jarlena is always good, as are Doug and Julie.

Believed the hype that Xander would be killed off! Now believe he could be the killer!

Old stories I don’t like are JJ and Chad-Abigail-Ben. Those stories cannot wrap too soon for me! Can’t and don’t fault the new writers for that because they inherited those stories.

Like I said, so far so good!

I loved that the new writers are bringing back the characters I love and is days of our lives. I stopped watching before because I didn’t recognize the show any longer but the last 3 days were so exciting I loved to see romantic scene ‘s between john & marlena and it was good as the writers are hinting of bo ‘s return I know that he would never abandoned his family I hate how the show portrayed him because him and hope belong together and I’m once again a fan of days.

I have to say I enjoyed the past few episodes!! I Loved the John and Marlena scenes. I also liked the Aiden/Clyde scenes. I’m intrigued about the Victor/Caroline/Maggie stuff. I love Victor and Maggie. I hope they don’t screw up what they have. I also thought the characters were more realistic and natural. I also loved seeing Bo and Hope’s house set again! And it was nice to get a little realistic stuff again like bugs chirping to cars passing. That little stuff makes things more believable!

Im starting to enjoy Days again…its more character driven and the scenes seem longer(take notes GH)…but please Mr.Fairmen, its already revealed Serena is the first victim of the serial killer, in the future do not reveal the identity of any other victims…it kills(pun) the suspense!!!

Hi Jim. Love your posts! I disagree that it kills the suspense. Back in 03 when they did the Faux Killer, it was announced pretty much each week who would be “killed” and that made people tune in. In this day and age, I dont know why soaps think that surprises should be kept secret!! These shows are desperate for viewers. If I know an exciting story is coming, I will tune in. Otherwise, I might miss it as I do not watch every day. True surprises on soaps are very few and far between, so announce them! Promote them, publicize them!! Do you think if they hadnt announced the triumphant retuen of all these vets, that viewers would be excited? Not this guy! I sat through two major anniversaries of this show…in 1995 and 2005 (30th and 40th)… Both penned by Jim Reilly, and there was not so much as a mention of an anniversary, or a flashback or any returning favourite. Jim Reilly was plot driven drivel at it worst and he had no respect for the show’s hiatory or fans…it was all plot point after absurd plot point, much like Carlivati’s GH. DAYS needs to publicize the #(?!”; out of its stories, ita vets, and the excitement in the air will keep building. Thats all. 🙂

I am sad about Serena leaving and they are keeping Xander?

Oh..you’re the one fan who is sad about Serena!!! May I ask why? Poorly conceived, horribly written, breaking into various rooms for 6 months looking for an elephant..really????? Melissa so should have been cast as Sarah Horton, or Cassie Brady, or someone the audience and characters have a connection to. Archer was 21, and thrust into One Life to Live as the daughter of Grande Dame Victoria Lord! Thats a tall order, and ahe delivered. I dont gwt why current regimes cast name actors in these throwaway meaningless roles…cough Archer…Cough Stause.

I agree her character was poorly conceived she should have been brought in as part of an established family. She is a fun actress to watch.

No, she’s not the only fan sorry to see Serena go. Serena could’ve been a great character, but what a horrible story poor MA had to play out.

It’s great, I’m so glad the new writers’ stories are airing now. I can’t wait to see what happens now.

I do enjoy the writing style of the new team, and the scene editing changes that have come with it. It’s nice to see the longer conversations, and not the chop, chop, chop too common before.

I started watching Days for the WilSon story line. Whether I stay a Days watcher will depend on how Paul and Will are treated. If Will is one of the serial killer’s victims then I doubt that I will keep watching.

Good way to start for sure I enjoyed it 🙂

The energy was palpable. The show had a pulse and a soul. Days is at its best with action adventure and mystery so I got excited especially when John announced going back to the Isa. So far so good. Gh follow suit

DAYS is in full recovery and propelling mode…HOT STUFF!!!!!

I love DOOL and like all other’s have said, the more indepth conversations for I love character driven stories…The only thing and I don’t know how others feel about this…I feel out of the 4 soaps left, DOOL has the worst background music and I wish it was back to like when Marty Davich was composing the music for DOOL…I feel the background music is so important to our soaps…It’s like when Y&R did away with their beautiful background music, the show doesn’t have the same feel. I feel that B&B has the best background music. Ken Corday, would you be so kind to work on this? then DOOL would be perfect.

I enjoyed Dena Higley ‘s previous work on Days, but not so much her OLTL work. I have been impressed with Griffith’s work on the late great Santa Barbara, while I felt his tenure at Y and R was mind numbingly boring and pointless. Some writers just fit at certain shows, and I think this collaboration has great potential!! Is Lorraine Broderick still in the building?? She elevates the quality of any show. With all the returns of fan favourites (except for Tamara Braun…I dont get that at all) I hope some have been unannounced, including some beloved Hortons like BilL, Marie, Melissa, etc. I love how Stephen Nichols spoke out about GH and spoke up for some of the vets who returned for GH’s 50th, and wound up seeing their characters completely trashed (Luke, Laura, Brenda, Lucy, etc etc) or wound up playing ridiculous caricatures of their former roles. I dont think Griffith and Higley had a big ahip to turn around, they just had to do some retooling and priming to put on a dazzling 50th! GH on the other hand…I would NOT want to be Altman and Passanante taking over the sprawling, expansive mess that is currently airing!! They have MAJOR damage control to do, as cancellation is justifiably looming. If I was them, my first order of business would be to get at least 15-20 characters on,a plane, on a train, metro court explosion, germ warfare quarantine…ANY disaster that would eliminate characters like Nina,, Franco, Madeline, Rosalie, Brad, Sonny, TJ, Julian, Ava, Hayden, Valerie, Kiki, Nunikolas (unless he has been mind altered or doppelganged by,Helena), Obrecht, Nathan, etc. That would clear up a lot of budget which they always boast that Valentini is so good at keeping in check!! There is a wholeLotta fat to trim off of GH, and I hope they can do it. Back in the mid 90’s, As The World Turns was almost written off after a brief disastrous writing stint by Stern and Black, but a powerhouse team led by Felicia Minei Behr and quickly turned it around, until Hogan Sheffer came on and made the show an Emmy champ, a ratings success, and a fan favourite. Two women led GH to a resurgence and glory (Wendy Riche and Claire Labine), so I hope A and P can turn the sinking ship around.

Did not see all of the show, but was glad to see Marlena and John together. It is the nostalgia of the show and the characters from the past that makes me want to tune in and watch. It may be strange to say but there is a familiarity and comfort to seeing them. I am all for adding in some new characters and contemporary storylines to keep the show fresh and current, but the vets should play central roles as they ground and anchor the show. They make Days of our Lives the special and unique show that has made it to 50 years. Glad to see that the show is returning to that. I will be watching again.

The shows are better.

I really enjoyed watching Victor and Caroline . Maggie is my favorite character on the show and this aspect of her relationship with both Victor and Caroline is so refreshing. The mention of Bo looks like an interesting story but how long is he going to stay? I really like Aiden with Hope. I will be seriously ticked off if he was planted there all along. His storyline about his dead wife was actually a surprise. Never saw it coming that his son killed his Mother. If all that was a lie….I will be disappointed. Not a big fan of serial killers on shows. Kind of a cop out. After all they have done this lots of times before. The fans seem to want Jack back. I don’t. He is dead . Leave him dead. On the other hand …if Eve causes Jennifer to act crazy she could see Jack in her mind. Wouldn’t that be a way to bring him back for the 50th anniversary? In her mind. I seem to be alone in my view but I really liked her with Daniel.

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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.

Photo: JPI

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.

Courtesy/Peacock

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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