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Days of our Lives Upcoming Renewal: NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke Shares, "I'm Optimistic … We Would Like The Show Back."

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Days of our Lives fans have been on pins and needles of late wondering if the series that turned 50-years-old this past November will continue on past its golden anniversary.

DAYS current deal with NBC does not expire until September of this year.   However, since the show tapes six months in advance of airing, the sudser will fulfill its contract obligation of production of those episodes by early March. According to TV Line on Wednesday:  NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke indicates that the future for DAYS looks bright.  She cites that she is “optimistic” about the upcoming re-negotiation with all parties.

The NBC executive also noted that: “We’ve been really happy with the show. I’ve been over there seeing Ken and the team and the new writers. They’re an incredible group and we love the show. They got a (ratings) bump in the fall for their 50th anniversary. There’s a creative resurgence and exciting storytelling going on right now.”

Salke said one key component to their re-negotiation is with Sony relating:  “We need to negotiate with Sony (Pictures Television), but I’m optimistic. We would like the show back.”

So, do you think that DAYS will continue its resurgence and get its network renewal? What do you think of the status of the show and its performance of late?  The first week in January saw its hightest total viewer numbers in two years.  Share your thoughts below!

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sonniorsolita
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sonniorsolita

I’ve stopped watching — too dark and depressing for me, and a lot of the stories seem designed just to give the actors Emmy reels — but I don’t want the soaps to die. And I’d be delighted for all the Days fans out there if the show got a solid, long-term renewal!

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Why is this a question, NBC? Make the deal! DAYS is a legacy show for Peacock daytime, and the web has little else to crow about in the day part. Maybe the net can develop a new half-hour soap and take the lead in producing the genre, thus setting itself apart from the endless repetitive chatter and courtroom shows.

Patrick
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Patrick

“… for Peacock daytime, and the web has little else to crow about in the day part. ”

LOL…. majorly funny

it’s true tho…. NBC … as CBS has done… needs to beacon this show and build around it

some may crow it’s always in last place , but it’s #1 for me!

Come on Sony !

Bart
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Bart

I’m still wondering why DOOL tapes so far in advance….

Mel
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Mel

So am I.

blake
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blake

They do it for budget reasons, seems they film many episodes in one day and shut the studio down many weeks during the year.

Ray
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Ray

This is great news. I hope NBC gives DOOL a five-year renewal and a larger budget. The quality of a show is what brings viewership. I also would like to see the cast trimmed. There seems to be too many people on the show with not enough storyline. I would like to see more Kate, Nicole and Jennifer.

blake
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blake

It would be great if they gave Days a larger budget, but sadly even the #1 soap and it’s sister soap Y&R even looks tight on budget with few sets. Everyone is at the hotel, Newman, the hospital, etc.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I agree, Ray. I love to see more of Kate, Nicole and Theresa working together. Some cast fight will ‘naturally’ ensue. About Jannifer: hmmmm….unless they make her a little more interesting, I cannot invest too much confidence in her. She’s as stiff as a nosed. I really looove the incorporation of design with Theresa as the main ingredient. And, I’m really loving Gabi and Paul as models. I really am hoping for more years of good stories to come….raise our glass for Days longevity. Also, please, PTB would you have these actors/characters wash their hands before they eat?. Ciera walked… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Correction: Cat-fight, cast fight…lol

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Sorry, another correction: autocorrect is dumb: stiff as a board.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Sorry to re-reply, Ray…Lol. I think you are getting your wish of seeing Miss Jenny in a ‘mesmerizing’ storyline. Poor thing is in constant pain since the accident. Barbiturates to the rescue!! Another ‘hooked on pain-killers’ story.

Timmm
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Timmm

Meow!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@Timmm.
You are a naughty boy! Lol.

Frank
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Frank

why the wait? NBC need to renew Days right now. They better not cancel Days, or I will be really angry. I love Days, the ratings are up and storylines are getting better.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Frank..NBC is not afraid of you lol

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Make a deal, NBC and Sony!

Mo
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Mo

I hope it renews and for several years.

Dee
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Dee

I hope so also. I have enjoyed it the last 5 months. Although, I was saddened to hear about Kate Mansi leaving because I really like the Abigail n Chad pairing. Also, I’m not really liking the Brady/Nicole story unfolding right now. But I hope Sony and the powers that be like it and the rest of the DOOL stories because I would like to see the show continue. I’m tired of talk shows and doctor shows replacing soaps.

Chrystie_Delancey
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Chrystie_Delancey

I don’t understand how this is all up to Sony. Sony produces the show so they want it to continue … they always do. They never want to see their properties fail. I remember when I worked for them and they wanted their show DAMAGES to continue on FX, but FX didn’t want it anymore so SONY shopped it to Directv and secured a two-year deal.

These comments from NBC make me wonder.

sonniorsolita
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sonniorsolita

Because Sony wants NBC to pay a certain amount to air the show. NBC likely wants to pay a lower amount. That’s why they have to negotiate. Sony won’t want the show to continue if its not making a tidy profit for the corporate bottom line. That’s the TV biz!

AJ
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AJ

If you work for Sony then you’d understand that Sony wants $X license fee from NBC for the show. NBC wants to pay $Z license fee to Sony for the show. They will need to meet somewhere in the middle, say $Y license fee for the show to continue. Obviously, Sony wants the show to continue. They want every show to continue. It’s up to Sony because NBC clearly doesn’t want to pay Sony’s price. Sony will have to lower its license fee to NBC.

Chrystie_Delancey
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Chrystie_Delancey

I worked Rights and Title (Copyright), not specifically SPTV department, though I know from all the paperwork that I would see regarding IP that Sony always wanted their shows to continue. I worked at securing copyrights and reading contracts to see what rights Sony had and did not for the motion pictures (mostly streaming rights at the time for Krackle, etc.) and the TV departments overseas. I understand a little bit about the licensing fee from what you wrote, but I admit my naivete regarding the money making side. 🙂 It is that the article and some of the comments… Read more »

davlestev1
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davlestev1

There’s always a scapegoat in these situations. NBC will throw shade and blame when it’s really their fault. .if they haven’t already written the last episode the next contract and those after will be on a year to year basis into its cancellation

Chrystie_Delancey
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Chrystie_Delancey

Yes I agree, davlestev1. I don’t see it being Sony to blame if it is not renewed. NBC is probably just waiting for Sony to come back with too high a number just so they can say they could not make a deal. They are no longer invested in the show or soaps for that matter. They want CHEAP cheap cheap TV as evidenced (at least NBC4 in Los Angeles) by every time there is a house fire or police chase the programming is interrupted, especially since they just had a whole hour of news.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

That is my station too and because they break into the show at the most inopportune moments with news that could wait. .a water main broke..a mountain lion in a back yard. .a bear up a tree. .I dvr on POP to avoid all that

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Oh and endless police pursuits that only serve to encourage other blockheads to get their fleeing moment of fame doing the same. .that’s the most annoying aside from watching grass burn because of some other bonehead..

Chrystie_Delancey
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Chrystie_Delancey

Doesn’t it make you want to cry, davlestev1? That they think so low of PAID, scheduled programming that they can just interrupt whenever they want and all for GARBAGE!! It is like there is no real news so they have to try and create mass hysteria with all these things they cut to. Just like with the LAUSD school closures. LA was desperate to get its name in the headlines while NY wisely decided it was a hoax. LA gives you the dirt bags from TMZ, et al for “entertainment.” Everyone of these “hosts” from these so-called “shows” sits there… Read more »

Sheila
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Sheila

I have the TV on……DOOL is on @ 10:00 pacific on a Detroit ch……..I have my coffee and my iPad close by. I begin to watch and soon I am bored to death and reach for my iPad to check out what my friends have been up to since yesterday. I realize 20minutes have passed and I have missed what was happening….or have I? I pay attention to DOOL for another few minutes and reach for my iPad again. Rinse and repeat, rinse and repeat. I am a lifetime watcher……I am ready after 50 years to say goodbye. I’m done

Mateo
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Mateo

The truth is that DAYS is sinking. This is the same spiel the networks give when they are going to cancel a show every time. They did it with Guiding Light. They did the same with One Life To Live and All My Children and they basically hammered As The World Turns down with glee. The networks don’t understand the value of daytime stories to the fans that watch them. DAYS has been going downhill since they decided to focus on characters from the past. They can call them “legacy characters” all they want but the actors and the stories… Read more »

Mel
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Mel

I think that the current story line concerning John is very good. He has lived for years with the unanswered question “Who were John’s biological parents”. Just go on line to the various sites dedicated to Adoptees searching for for their biological mothers/fathers/siblings. Victor was a mobster for years. He was no saint. Victor obviously has a hated younger brother who spent 30 years in prison for, I’m guessing, a crime that he did not commit. It was Victor who committed the crime and framed the brother. And you wonder why the brother is looking for revenge?

Mateo
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Mateo

it isn’t the brother, it’s the son of the brother…seriously, he needs to let it go. And the whole idea of John, who in real life must be in his 70’s, is acting like a teenager. He ignores his family and his work all for the sake of finding out something that is not all that important. The comparison to the adoptees looking for their parents is not quite comparable. The storylines are sub par

Kathy
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Kathy

Oh my goodness! What you said about Philip rings true with me too! He DOES “hurt my eyes”! And wouldn’t it be wonderful to see the original Belle and Sean?

sonniorsolita
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sonniorsolita

the actor who plays John is 62, not in his 70s. But that doesn’t change your point.

damien
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damien

i actually enjoy the newer belle…however no one can replace the original shawn d. i have no words for the latest phillip. …
they revisited an old triangle with two newer faces… why bother?

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Hey Mateo, EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT post, dude!!!!! N-o-w…my thoughts here…which kind of ties in as to why I don’t watch DOOL all that much anymore… 1. Y-e-s…Patch is WAY TOO OLD to be fathering children!!!!! I find that to be BOTH disturbing and creepy!!!!! 2. To me, John (who I think is BEYOND DULL AND BORING!!!!!) looking for his mommy (or whatever) is FAST-FORWARD material all the way!!!!! 3. Don’t EVEN REMOTELY get me started on Victor!!!!! Sorry, bro…but, at this point, I find Victor to be pompous, insufferable and EVEN MORE self-righteous!!!!! And, BTW, I think that Maggie can do… Read more »

davlestev1
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davlestev1

You all take care. .your lack of support for a very watchable show and all your belly aching and tuning out is fast going to get you Geraldo Riveras latest attempt at tv. .or if you’re lucky they’ll trot Sally Jesse out one last time. .enjoy the wasted hour you tuned out DAYS to get. .PEACE

kathy
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kathy

Just for the record, it is Victor’s brother, not his nephew. When first talked about, they said it was his nephew coming to town but it was changed before he arrived. When Victor was explaining to Maggie, he said it was his brother. And Deimos (sp) even said Victor was his brother.

kathy
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kathy

As for Steve still fathering children, Ava has a picture of an infant. That doesn’t mean the child was just born. Could be an old picture and the child is now older,

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Hey, Jay….don’t pay dav any mind. He’s actually a nice guy, except when the moon is full. He likes to throw sarcastic, little jabs. Right, dav? You’re a teddy bear under all that gruffness. Lol.

Theresa
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Theresa

Please renew Days..Been watching it for decades…Can’t take another negative talks how to replace it.

Gina
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Gina

Replace Days with a Kardashian talk show. That would make my day. Kim Kardashian doing poses and talking to Rob Kardashian about issues. Days will be history, time to cancel the soap. love Gh and Y&R .

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

If DAYS is cancelled, Gina, I and many other fans will become bitter posters who will fight for all soaps to die.

I promise to spread my hatred for soaps across the internet and in my everyday life. How will that be good for the remaining soaps?

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

You are just trying to get people going and waste time arguing with you…but i like wasting my time arguing with people who just post here to get an arguiment going.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Funny you should say that, Gina….there is a Kloe K talk show in the making.
I don’t know if I necessarily agree with you about Days; just my opinion. Another Kardashian….remember Kris’ attempt at a talk show? Failed miserably. TV is really going to pot!!

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Actually, Gina, I wouldn’t want anyone to suffer the loss of their soap(s). So, I would hold my head up high and say DAYS had a good run…If and when it comes to an end.

I hope your wish doesn’t backfire.

Timmm
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Timmm

Oh Gina, dont do that to us! Khloe already has a new talk show out and I wont say where. I watched a clip and I was looking for the nearest bridge! They just wont go away!

Jim Preston
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Jim Preston

I will say that right now, the show is just a little dull with Belle, whom I really don’t care about, and her “super talented daughter” Claire whom I also don’t give a hoot about. They switched gears too abruptly in my opinion, taking away Paige, Will, Sonny, Paul (well he’s on technically with nothing to do) and now the focus is on Belle and some other newbies and I just don’t care. I watch anyway, just for the heck of it, and I love Victor and am glad his long lost brother has showed up because I enjoy the… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I sincerely doubt NBC really wants to keep Days around. All three networks are itching to pull the plug on daytime drama, but none of them wants to be the first network that kills the genre. It will only take one of the three to stop airing a daytime drama and rest will soon follow. So NBC will say they want to keep Days, but only if they can get it for bottom basement prices and Sony will have to decide if is able to produce a decent show at that price point and how much is left over for… Read more »

Chrystie_Delancey
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Chrystie_Delancey

Yeah, that is what I am thinking. Hollywood suits are nothing but followers. If one ends their last soap, the others will. I have suspected that for a long time.

That is why I stated that the NBC comments sounded suspect. These execs do not tell the truth to the fans, they just skirt around it and make it sound like they are doing everything possible. They are just not invested in soaps anymore.

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

I suspect you’re both right, but how I wish networks would learn from the past. The most recent cancellations on ABC soaps have been pretty much a disaster for that network; ABC’s grand plans for those shows’ replacements have, for the most part, tanked; they haven’t been able to be successful even though they cost much less, apparently, to produce. The soaps are not the money makers they once were, clearly, but in the absence of anything successful to replace them, why the rush to continue cancelling them? It’d be different if someone had solved the problem of what to… Read more »

Rj
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Rj

The issue would be what would be the alternative if Days is not renewed. What would or could bring in better ratings, cost less, bring more advertisers and more money. Seeing that two talk shows that replaced soap operas were cancelled, I am not sure there are better alternatives at this time for this slot. Days has a lot of loyal fans who have watched for years. For nostalgic purposes, I hope they keep Days on. I still like to see the sand go through the hour glass, but I hope the show does not descend into too many dark,… Read more »

Chrystie_Delancey
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Chrystie_Delancey

They would probably just do what ABC is doing and expand that god-awful entertainment “show” with Billy Bush that they have to hype during the noon news (at least here in LA).

Rj
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Rj

That show is on at night in Boston. Ummm… I wonder how ratings would be for it during the day. At this time, I am not sure if they could put a show on that would get better ratings than Days, so they should stay with it, and just keep writing good storylines. My guess is that they keep the budget low for Days, so they could be renewed. Again, two talk shows were cancelled, so they should stay with Days for now any ways.

JANIS
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JANIS

I do not really care, the writers don’t care what the fans want, for a while they had gays all over the place, and mostly women , watch so why would we want to watch gays making out, when we want a woman and man, romance stories,, we fast forward through these shows, they repeat the same old stories, over and over, WHY? do they really think we want to watch rehash stories. NO,,,,,,our favorites are Maggie, Nicole, Kate, Sami when she was on Ej, when he was on, Kayla, Steve, Brady, Hope,. Rafe, not teenagers,, please, get rid of… Read more »

Mike
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Mike

I’m sorry, I have to respond to this. If you don’t like seeing gay storylines, just say it – “I don’t like seeing any gay story”. But to suggest that Days was brimming with gays and gay storylines is a false assertion. At most, Days has had three lead gay characters, with one to three supporting characters depending on what time period you are referring to. While everyone else – about 20+ other characters were straight. When the gay storyline was a lead story, it was sharing space with at least two or three other stories – so again, at… Read more »

Jim Preston
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Jim Preston

Your comment is worthless and extremely homophobic. At what time exactly was the show “brimming with gays”? They had Sonny with Will and a little bit later on Paul was introduced as a baseball player with a past – that’s only three characters and I would think someone like YOU would be thrilled that: 1.) Will was strangled to death 2.) Sonny went out of the country 3.) Paul is left in Salem doing some idiotic modeling job So, it seems to me, that gays are not even on the Canvas. You also claim that only women watch the show.… Read more »

blake
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blake

It looks like Days will stay on, and I hope at least for the actors and crew that it does for many years to come.

Belle
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Belle

NBC; don’t be as stupid as ABC! Take heed to the trouble it’s having with replacements for One Life o Live!

Pat Paquette
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Pat Paquette

Please continue airing Days of Our Lives. It was great last year and now. I am a longtime viewer and the currant writers are right on point. Plus answering long held questions for instance John’s past. It will be a big disappointment not to continue a show that is doing well and has so much potential.

nancy
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nancy

Days of our Lives is my 1 hour of time that I take just 4 me; instead of everybody else . Have been w as thing 49 years! Please keep this show !

Krisann
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Krisann

Keep Days going, I’ve been watching since the beginning with my mother. Its the only one we ever watched. Love Days Of Our Lives

Doris Dearing
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Doris Dearing

Love it, love it, love it!!!!! Never miss a show. PLEASE….keep it going!

janis ryan
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janis ryan

I love this show. I’ve watched for over 50 years. And I’ll continue to watch. It has been really exciting the past few months.

Linda Y.
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Linda Y.

I have watched DOOL since Day 1… It is my favorite television show, and I’ll be watching for as long as it is on… PLEASE RENEW!!!!

marla f
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marla f

I have been watching DOOL for thirty years and while I find that some of the story lines to be a bit far fetched it doesn’t take away from the actual enjoyment of getting lost in these characters for an hour each day!

I’m not a fan of this new Phillip either. He looks too old to be courting Belle and yes, good points about John still trying to locate his mom. Rafe’s dad needs to shave off that hideous goatee!!!

joanne
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joanne

Bryan dattilo/ lucas horton needs more air time love him as lucas

lumi
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lumi

Love luml”

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@Michael (not Fairman).
I like the way you THINK!!

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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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