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DAYS PREVIEW Paul To Will: "Tell Me You Don't Want This To Happen?"

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Next week on NBC’s Days of our Livesm the action picks up in Paul’s (Christopher Sean) hotel room as Will (Guy Wilson) continues to try to get his story on the pro athlete!

From this week’s DAYS promo, it looks like Paul is coming on very strong to Will and the two begin to make-out! Is Sonny (Freddie Smith) not far behind? Will he walk in on his husband and his ex?

Paul says to Will as they lock eyes, “Tell me you don’t want this to happen?”

So DAYS fans, tell us what you want to happen?  Do you want Paul and Will to have sex? Do you want Paul and Sonny to reunite? Do you want WilSon to remain together?

Watch the promo after the jump and then weigh-in!

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I’m going to really enjoy this triangle. Y&R has all the straight triangles it’s refreshing to see “Days” do something that has never been done before on daytime.

I agree 100%. Days is getting better slowly. Hopefully this story will bring them back.

I don’t want Paul to completely “strike out” with Sonny.

General Hospital had a boring triangle between Brad, Lucas and Felix.

But THIS storyline isn’t boring – it’s complicated. Sonny feels that Will isn’t there for him when he needs support (and frankly he isn’t) and Will feels that his career should often come first (no pun intended) – so maybe, they were both a little too young to jump into a Marriage thing especially when, in our society, like it or not, guys have to go out and earn a living – I’m not saying that women DON’T have to, nowadays everyone has to work it seems. Paul is lonely too, his baseball career may be over, his crying scenes are realistic. I feel sorry for him – and it will be interesting to see how it all plays out. Will Paul get to “first base” with Will? Will Sonny cry foul ball? Is it really Will’s turn at Bat for a new romance? Stop groaning I’m only kidding…..add your own Baseball cliché here___________________________.

GH’s triangle was too stereotypical. I found that one nauseating too-with 3 actors on recurring status-see them one day, not to be seen for 3-4 weeks. The storyline just gets lost in the shuffle with the influx of new characters.

I hope they get it on every which way but Sunday but I sincerely hope they don’t make this story some cliche. I mean geez, let’s be serious only 3 gays in Salem? We need a closet case to come out. I am all for Paul and Will together. Make it interesting. Have Paul with Sonny and Will and have each one not know. I am so down for that. Go DAYS! We need you to have a good story again.

I am excited to see Will and Sonny finally getting significant airtime. I just hope that the writers make this story interesting and compelling. But I want WilSon to be the end result. I hate cheating storylines but if that is what it takes to get their marriage back on track then so be it.

There’s at least 4!! Don’t forget the bellhop!

at the end of yesterday’ ep : (Monday)

“wasn’t it heartbreaking to see Sonny asleep on the couch, when Will walked in”

this could very well be a break it story

Sonny and Paul are magnetic

apologies to Guy Wilson : ALL my will for this epic storyline came with your portrayal… and now that Paul and Sonny potential.

the storyline that nuWILL is all gung ho for his career… his writing has taken over… his marriage …. neglecting Arianna and Gabs…. it’s too obvious ??? a curt overture ??? he suddenly neglects his husband

it’s all reeling with potent

I want Will and Sonny

but with the lesser passionate couple being Will and Sonny
I see fireworks with Paul and Sonny

it it was Chandler Massey I’d say go take a hike ?

tour de force

I dont care one way are the other Iits messed up dont like seeing the gay parts that is rediculous.reaf, an the others are who l look to see an if the storyline not write l dont look at all, the writers are looking for away to make right but they dont have a clue they are making the out of comic books

i removed Days from my DVR because their stories are infantile. Daniel railing on Nicole because she dropped of an orchid in Selena’s room?!?! OMG! give me a break! The writing is so bad and boring.

I hate how Nicole is written…she has no family in Salem and everytime she starts a relationship she’s kicked in to a corner over something so stupid as checking on Serena…and they got a really good actor playing Paul so they put him in a bounce house having him bounce to So nny and then to Will and then probably back to Sonny…if they intend to break up Son and Wil does it have to be they are cheating on each other with the same guy…i used to watch 5 days a week and now its only a couple of times…this is Days 50th and i hope to see better DAYS or there wont be a 51st and id hate to see it cancelled…jmho!!!

I mean REALLY – I agree with you, if I were Nicole I would be on the first bus out of Salem – the whole town can’t stand her, I feel sorry for her even though she has the brain of a turnip. It’s ridiculous how sanctimonious Daniel gets – so Nicole went to redhead’s room – okay, not nice – get over it already.

The Orchid incident was not just a drop off. It was Nicole invading Serena’s privacy after the B & E with the help of the bellboy. She was there to dig up dirt on Serena.

Anyway, what does your post about Nicole have to do with the topic at hand…Will, Sonny and Paul? Do you have a comment regarding them?

I’m not sure you ever had DAYS on your DVR.

I couldn’t care less what you believe or don’t believe. I can comment on any subject on any post I choose and you can’t do a thing about it. I saw the scene and I don’t need you to explain it to me further. Like I said Days’ writing has gone down hill and it still sucks.

I removed DAYS from my DVR recordings, as well-for a while. But, I needed something on in the background while doing stuff around the house, so I am recording it again. I fast forward through nuWill (who I find utterly nauseating), most of Sonny’s scenes, and Paul (who I find almost as nauseating as nuWill), and Melanie (who runs around town acting like a 16 year old, not an adult woman who has been married and pregnant at one time).
I am sick and tired of Eric berating Nicole every chance that he gets; and Serena joining in on the tag team on-slaught of Nicole.

I think what Nicole get she gets she brings it on herself
But l do think eric is over doing the Nicole thing:maybe if she just left town.things will get a little more crazy then it is but at lese she wont be there.let abby out put chad in jailhouse. Iet rafe break stafino down.

Same as you, I’m no longer recording DAYS .. at least not until the 50th anniversary festivities begin. The storylines are, at worst offensive, and at best, boring.

No, no, no, no, no. I knew that Paul was no good. Will should have his head examined for throwing away his perfectly good marriage to a nice guy like Sonny.

I agree. I want Wilson left alone, albeit I agree with Mateo that there should be a little intrigue going on….I DO hate cheaters though. If only Chandler were back, I could really get into this storyline. I am still not ‘getting’ nuWill, and I really do not like Paul….he is too snaky and sneaky, for my taste. DAYS is getting more and more insipid.
As usual, jimh’s post makes the most sense.

I agree 1,000%, CeeCee-I posted a similiar comment about nuWill and Paul. Both nauseate me! I fast forward when they are on, as well as, Theresa and Melanie. I love Victor, always enjoy Maggie, Marlena, and I am looking for to when Kristen returns!

If everyone in town was Happy and content…..there wouldn’t be any show. Will and Sonny by the way are just as boring as any str8 couple – and everyone has temptations –

Well, Gary…boredom comes with nuWill.
Please do not make generalizations….my husband was my first and only boyfriend, at 16. I married him straight out of college, that was seven years ago. I have never been tempted to stray….and neither has he. You either have a cheating heart or you don’t…..so, you assume much of other people. You must have been really hurt, romantically. Sorry, but do jot bunch other people in the same category.

@dmr,
I love Victor as well. He is the only miscreant I get a kick out of, and whom I appreciate. Stefano and Victor Newman should take a page from his book. Happy New Year…later.

Really

i want paul with sonny 🙂 they have best chemistry and great actors 🙂 the best 🙂 i love them together 🙂

Ugh i can’t stand Paul & Sonny but i’m loving Paul and Will 🙂 What a kiss!

Want it to happen with the real Will not the imposter we have been suffering with the last year. Second choice would be Paul and Derek.

You should maybe think about getting a life … Chandler left ( and thank god because i couldn’t stand him! ) so move on or just stop watching the show!

Yes Chandler did leave, and thank goodness he did, so he wouldn’t have to suffer through this horrible writing this past year. Would have been easier to care about the Will character though if he was replaced with an actual actor and not what we have been suffering through this last year. Guy has no chemistry and can’t act with any actor on this show, the Paul character has Chemistry with the actor playing Sonny, should put Paul with Sonny, then maybe this story line might be interesting.

Get real. Why is it that every time someone makes a comment about missing past actors, some know-it-all poster becomes insulting by saying….”…just stop watching the show.” Give me a break. Why stop watching? To appease you? Find a hobby instead of picking on people.
I happen to agree with Mike. nuWill is terrible, both as an actor and looks. So there! What are you going to do about it? This site is to express opinions, which is exactly what I and Mike did, ……not to insult fellow-posters.

Will definitely needs to be recast with a good actor.

It’s not that his acting isn’t great (NuWill) it’s just that…..I don’t know, there doesn’t seem to be believable chemistry between this Will and the actor portraying Sonny. I guess they can’t “create or manufacture” chemistry- it’s either there or it isn’t. Yet there IS chemistry between this new actor playing Paul and other players….it’s strange.

I agree, nuWill is an imposter and I have never felt any type of “connection” between the actor and the character. I groan when he is on-air. We all have our favorite actors, storylines, etc.

If they have one or both of the “Wilson” pair cheat, then it indicates that homosexual marriages are no better than heterosexual ones. While this is true, it would be nice to see this story rise above adultery. A kiss is bad enough, but where this is headed, is horrible.

Just for the record, I am not gay nor am I a man. I am a heterosexual female, married with two children. I guess what I am getting at is this story, if it goes the way many are thinking (an affair) would be a slap in the face for all those LGBT supporters of marriage equality.

Furthermore, I do not care for the stories wherein two heterosexual people fall into bed after just meeting or hardly knowing one another nor do I care for the extramarital affair stories that are so prevalent in soaps today. I understand that being happy equates to boredom on soaps, but then these writers need to find new ways to make these couples interesting.

I want Will & Paul & Sonny to happen. Modern twist to open relationships.

Modern relationships can accept a new definition of love and sexual liaisons. As long as all parties agree three does not have to be a crowd. And infidelities may not be the end of the road but just a bump on the super-highway of a long loving life.

If Will does cheat, doesn’t that make him a hippocrite? Remember how he turned on Sami when she cheated on Rafe when they were married? How about how he turned on EJ when he cheated on.Sami with Abigail? Are they turning Will into a version of his mother?

I know that I wanted more drama for WilSon. Now that it’s here, I kinda want the happy couple back.

forget will or sonny, paul and derrick!!!
the way derrick smiles and teases at paul everytime he comes to pauls hotel room!!!
derrick excudes more sex appeal and him and paul have more sparks in their thirty second scenes than 10 min with lame wooden dry reporter wannabe will or club cafe owner sonny!!
the point of an ellicit affair is to be hot and steamy !!! hot and steamy with sonny and will, yea right !!! i d rather watch water boil.

Is Derrick the bellboy that brought Paul champagne? Because that guy is really hot and I think he should definitely be in the mix. Hell, can we have the actor playing Derrick as a Will recast?

Exactly my point, damien.

Put your wedding ring back on Will. Meeting in his hotel room was never a good idea IMO. What’s next? Inviting Derek to join in the fun?

I prefer Paul with Sonny, but Will sleeping with Paul would make good story between Sonny and Will. I really want Sonny and Paul as a couple though, they are so much better. I really wish another actor was playing Will.

It’s a DAYTIME GAYtime first! The triangle around Sonny, Will and Paul is interesting, one of the more compelling plots on DAYS.
I THINK we should call it GAYS OF OUR LIVES.
(ok don’t get mad I’m only kidding) Daniel getting so angry at Nicole was a little over the top and stupid, he knows how she is. What’s up with that hotel Clerk, is he hot on Paul’s trail or what – at least, this storyline is somewhat realistic. Guys have wandering eyes, gay or straight. Of course, I can’t see Paul being that enthralled by Will, but whatever….you know, any port in a storm. To each his own –
did anyone think it was funny when the Hotel clerk answered the always Pious and sanctimonious Saint Eric when Eric said “I am a friend of Melanie’s” and the hotel clerk said…..”lucky her!”…..I thought that was so funny, thought it was a throw away line that he could have said with more conviction.

the three amigos ! (daniel, eric, brady) are at it again

let’s bash Nicole because we can and the audience won’t know; let’s humiliate Nicole because she doesn’t care enough about HERself

it’s been their done that so often : so many times !

if there was a debbie downer vote on said poster : I”D win… with relish !

I can’t stand “daniel”

YES ! with guile : I can’t stand his acting…. he ruins every part of the effort or lack of : DAYS production TEAM reel

Arianne Zucker, the actor, doesn’t deserve this lack of drive .

she should have been heralded leading lady once Alison Sweeney left

come on : the writing : she’s telling Daniel… about perfect Serena… she’s even a profession journalist and Nicole more or less is a wanna be…

selling herself less than

plot point… here comes the story ! what is serena hiding, and Nicole hand the gumption and uncanny instinct to feel her out

the three amigos are written so lame…. yikes ! what a shame

Eric needs to get laid
Brady needs to find someone his own age… it’s too cutesy smoochy
Daniel …. devoid of any thing interesting

Wow, Patrick. You came right out with your perception of Daniel, Eric and Brady. You are usually more subtle than that. To be admired, for sure. More power to you……I agree with every word you said. I cannot stand these three guys. Eric, so worried about putting a dent on his halo. Daniel, who has suddenly emerged as the best thing sinceJesus Christ and Brady, the reformed drug-addicted, alcoholic, who cleaned up without professional help, but doesn’t know which foot to put out first.

I do believe that, we as the viewers, appreciate good acting when we see it. We are not stupid. You are so on the money concerning Nicole. She is the one and only protagonist who has made the longest and best strides to becoming a better person. Why is it that everyone else gets a pass and she does not? Melanie, for instance……I was so happy to hear she was back on the canvas….but, what’s up with her? I am not liking this “new” Melanie…..awful adaptation. When I get no clue as to where a character is going, I lose interest. If there were a bit of juicy mystery surrounding her return,then, perhaps my interest would be piqued. Oh, yes, she stormed into town surreptitiously trying to avoid people who were after her. What a bust !!
The same could be said for Serena…..what a disappointment; both of them.
I wonder if Eric and she go to church every day, get on their knees, pray to the Lord together, thanking Him for making them so self-righteous….and, oh, yeah, for their oh, so shiny and gorgeous halo, with little smiley faces on them.

I’m not going to lie

the hunk factor just stratosphere with Paul Narita
and is a welcome layer to lacked passion nuWILL and no fault of Sonny

this is thee opportunity for Guy Wilson to feature his act

if it doesn’t pan out…. DAYS production tried
(recast if need be)

If I was a producer and watching dailys…. there’s NO question

Paul and Sonny have that it factor

I can’t believe they are both straight

having said all this

it’s still a relevant, vibrant, and viable interest story that reach on so many level

I am once again…. looking forward to DAYS, that much more so

Yesterday’s Days ep was so boring I didn’t even watch the whole thing. Any storyline Guy Wilson is in will be a fail because he is not good in the role of Will.

I think Paul is a great addition to the Will and Sonny relationship! I think he and Sonny have spicy chemistry. However, the scenes between Paul and Will were surprisingly hot as well…. love this storyline!!!

A snake is a snake is a snake, I don’t care if you’re gay or straight. He is a baddie. Only untrustworthy weasels do that. What is Paul’s angle? I know he has one. I don’t want Sonny and Will to split up, albeit he is a complete snore.

This storyline is interesting. I’d prefer that Sonny hook up with Paul rather than Will because I dislike NuWill. I wish the producers would recast this role with an actor who possesses a bit of charm that Chandler Massey had.

I don’t think the current actor portraying Will is terrible – it’s just that he doesn’t seem to have much natural chemistry with the character of Sonny…..or anybody else on the show –

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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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