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DAYS Ron Carlivati Thanks Olivia Rose Keegan Ahead Of Isabel Durant’s Debut As Claire

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Today on DAYS, Isabel Durant makes her on-screen debut as Claire Brady and fans are intrigued to see what she brings to the role, previously played by this year’s Daytime Emmy winner for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series, Olivia Rose Keegan.

Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati took to Twitter to wish Olivia well and thank her for her dynamic portrayal of Claire, sharing,  “Huge thank you to @oliviakeegann. who brought Claire Brady to life and made us care about her even when she was at her most dastardly. Wishing Olivia all the best as she writes her next chapter…”

Then, Carlivati officially welcomed Isabel to the role expressing: “But as one chapter ends, another begins. Please help me welcome Isabel Durant to Salem as she steps into the role of Claire.”

Make sure to check out Durant’s debut today and then let us know your thoughts on Olivia’s exit and Isabel taking over the role via the comment section below.

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Momo
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Olivia was fantastic. Good luck to her. I’ll miss her.

Satan
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Satan

In real time, Claire wouldn’t even be out of elementary school. Now she’s being portrayed by a 28 year old??

Things could have been much worse, of course. There were rumors circulating around Hell that ReRon was going to bring in the most intolerable of his OLTL pets as a recast. thank Hell they never went there at least.

SANDY
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SANDY

Olivia was excellent in the part
All her fans will miss her

Jamesj75
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We seem to be missing some vital information here. Why? Why is Olivia Rose Keegan out and Isabel Durant in? Why is an actress who won an Emmy for this role relieved of her duties?

carol green
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carol green

That is what I would like to know,I think I will google it to see if I can find anything out.

Satan
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Satan

Apparently she got a better paying gig on some “high school musical” tv series. Probably something on the new Disney streaming service, by the sounds of it. Can’t really blame her for taking that opportunity, as opposed to playing the cartoonish Psycho Claire doing the same things over and over again. We all saw her musical talent when she first joined the show, before becoming the looney tunes pyromaniac stalker type. Just wish the recast had been a more realistic age. Ironically, Claire’s mother, Belle was born on screen in 1994, so SHE is the one who should be portrayed… Read more »

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I really appreciate all the responses. But, Satan, I respond to you specifically because you’ve given the issue storyline background (of which I was unaware) as well as a possible (probable) reason for the casting change. — And now for some context of my own, in an issue I’ve addressed previously at this site, I was devastated by a casting change that occurred with GH back in 1977! Fan favorite Valerie Starrett, who originated and played the role of Diana Maynard Taylor (1969-1977) was replaced by Brooke Bundy. I was truly heartbroken by the change. This was before the Internet,… Read more »

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Mary

I bet it all comes down to money: Isabel is willing to accept a smaller pay check than Olivia.

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Boop

My question , too , Jamesj75.

carol green
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carol green

Imagine my surprise yesterday when I saw a new Claire .My friend and I were wondering how come there was a new Claire,I am at a loss?What happened I mean Olivia just came back.I liked her it was good to see she did put some weight on.I hope she isnt sick or anything like that.IN any case will miss you Olivia.I dont get it

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Rodd

Accepting a new actor in an established role can always be jarring. In this case, I don’t think the wardrobe department is helping fans become accustomed to her by putting her in clothes I’ve never seen Claire wear, style-wise. What gives?

Rene
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Rene

When is the head writer that made this show such a mess going to be fired the way Greg Meng was?

Satan
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Satan

ReRon did a LOT of damage before they fired him from GH. He literally had to botch the exit story of THE most famous GH character in the show’s history, Luke Spencer, before they dropped the ax on him. The show is still recovering from the damage he did to other core characters (Robert Scorpio & Jason Morgan being two obvious examples). And sadly, his former partner in crime, Frank Valentini, is still there.

Paige
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Paige

Agree & he has done his best at Days to destroy characters such as Steve & others while trying to make mediocre actors/characters (such as Justin & Rafe) relevant & they aren’t. Can understand why GV is leaving.

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DAYS Head Scribe, Ron Carlivati, Shares On Marlena’s Possession 2.0: “We Decided John Needs To Get On To This Sooner Than He Did In The Original, Because That’s What The Audience Would Expect”

As viewers of NBC’s Days of our Lives are watching the revisiting of the classic possession storyline revisited with its 2021 version 2.0, the stage is being set for plenty of devilish drama, now that good doc, Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) is once again in the grips of evil.

We have already seen her with yellow eyes, conjuring up some demonic plans, and of course, the devil trying to pull the wool over the eyes of Marlena’s husband, John Black (Drake Hogestyn).

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Back in the 1994/95 version of this storyline, Father John emerged and exorcised the demon from Marlena, so he knows a thing or two about being possessed, and the horrors it caused to Marlena, and the town of Salem 25 years ago, and as we have seen John is very, very concerned about all this talk of Marlena being possessed by the devil from the script that Johnny (Carson Boatman)  is set to make into a film on Sami’s life story.

Current Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati, spoke with Soap Opera Digest in their latest issue on newsstands now, about his plans and the creation of the 2021 possession storyline. Ron revealed that John is not going to be in the dark for long, sharing: “John has been through this, so the devil isn’t going to be able to pull the wool over his eyes the way he did the first time.”

Carlivati also added: “Even though all soap opera stories, I would argue, depend on some characters being a little bit dumb, in this case, we decided John needs to get on to this sooner than he did in the original because that’s what they audience would expect.  Look for the story to move along at a pretty good clip. We are not rushing, anything by any means – we are having so much fun with the story, but it was important to us that John not look stupid here so he starts to suspect something is wrong with her pretty soon.”

So, are you glad that John will not be completely dumped? Will Father John return to save the day? Are you enjoying the story thus far? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

Then, check out our recent interview with Ron all about the creation of DAYS limited-series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem still streaming on Peacock.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Marlena Becomes Possessed … Again!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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