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Eileen Davidson Making A Return To Days of our Lives, But Who Will She Be Playing?



Fantastic news Days of our Lives fans! Daytime Emmy winner, Eileen Davidson is back on set taping new episodes and will first appear back on the NBC soap just in time for November sweeps. As reported by TV Insider, Davidson starting shooting scenes at DAYS on June 5th.

Y&R fans have no fear, she is still with Y&R as Ashley Abbott, and her time at DAYS will not conflict with her schedule at the CBS daytime drama series.

But the question on everyone’s mind now is will she be reprising the role of Kristen DiMera or one of the other characters she played on DAYS? The Days rep tells Michael Logan at TV Insider “The exact role—or roles—Eileen will be playing this time around is strictly under wraps. It’s all a big surprise for the audience.”   So that could mean it could be Kristen, or any number of the others she played including: Susan Banks, or any of Susan’s three siblings—Thomas, Penelope and Sister Mary Moira.

With new head writer Ron Carlivati crafting the storylines in Salem, this almost seems like a dream team collaboration between writer and actress to make something crazy, zany and compelling for the audience.

So, excited about the news of Eileen coming back to DAYS? Who do you hope she plays? Comment below.

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Ron is writing so i guess she will play —-all of them…or Marlena wearing a mask-lol

Or she will be found on that island…she will play an aged Ginger Grant…who killed off the islands original castaways-Skipper, Gilligan. the Howels, The Professor and Mary Ann…Ginger, who never wanted to be on the island in the first place, has been stuck on that same island for over 50 years(changing history-they were never rescued back in was a dream-lol)…Ginger wants to be the sole focus on the island so whoever arrives on the island must die and will attempt to knock off Sonny and ‘the rest’-she needs their blood to stay youthful…so she thinks!…Ginger, in Nora Desmond fashion, is ready for her close ups!!!-lol

HaHaHaHaHa—-Love it !!
But, Jimmy. One condition. The only way for Ginger to stay young forevermore is : she needs young blood—-they’re all too old, except for the DOOL castaways.
I hope she ‘sucks’ everyone’s blood….good way of getting rid of them—except for Chad and Sonny. LOL.

does Marlena – have – any flaws

she’s so near purrfect

I always enjoy her … her biggest let… ( reprieve ) Grannie

that will bring a tear and more… when she sees Will

PS: you funster . you had me laughing at “the mask” and as “Ginger Grant”

TOP : “…in Nora Desmond fashion, is ready for her close ups!!! “

Well, in my mind’s eye; I see either Kristin or Susan. Any other role will fall short for me.
A glimpse of Susan will, surely, make my day!!
Who else could it be? A long lost twin? Plastic surgery to look like Kristin? Her look-alike was the baddie? She’s the one who fell out of that window?
I don’t know if I’m ready for a third role by the same actress. ( well, fourth, if one counts Ashley Abbott, LOL.).

Susan has a sister (Sister Mary) and brother (Thomas) as well as a deceased sister (Penelope).

I would love to see them all, including Kristen!

Most of all, Celia, I’d love to see Eileen play Thomas (Tommy to Susan) with a huge crush on Marlena! Maybe one day Marlena will accept his advances, which then would make us realize Marlena was replaced by Hattie, LOL!

Did you ever see Thomas/Tommy? He looked like Susan and Sister Mary, but “he” had a comb-over! He was a hitman and was only on a few episodes. He wore suits. Of course, that was one way to cover Eileen’s curves.

There must’ve been a binding process for Eileen, too. Maybe that was and would be too uncomfortable/painful for Eileen to play Tommy for long periods of time.

Thanks, 4ever—great synopsis. I am familiar with all the siblings played by Eileen….love them all.
I have my grandmother, who’s always been an avid DOOL watcher, to fill me in.
“A binding process”– hilarious….and, yes, as a woman, I can assure you binding “up top” would be painfully uncomfortable.
I like everyone’s input; especially damien’s….would love to see Kristen come back with Eric’s baby.
For me, the most entertaining has always been Susan. But, how much of a story could be built on her?
However, if Kristen came back as Susan; the story could go down several paths.
As someone said, I will “take” Eileen, in any form—maybe Kristen really did die, but returns as an Angel? LOL.

Hey, Ron is writing this…so she will be wearing a Marlena mask and killing off the teens-celebration time!!!-lol

well… we could have ED who really should be Kristen… because she’s the ultra supreme being .. and Salem knows it… yet stink permeates from all the denizen

thought Susan and Hattie should make their mark together .. doing something

always a hoot to see sparks fly when Kristen and Marlena adversarial

lets chum it up and give Susan and Hattie a go ’round.

ED and DH : always on par

Susan has to make an appearance! She’s so funny!

I will ONLY tune-in again to see Eileen! I adore Eileen and hope that she resurrects Kristen!

Same here DMR, I tried watching an episode from last week, I didn’t finish it…Cannot get into DAYS.

I was having trouble enjoying DOOL until yesterday. The exchanges between Andre and Kate were hilarious. I so enjoyed their wedding, and the comments by the butler; as well as the judge. Let’s hope that they continue to be this upbeat, since DOOL is so dreary.

FABULOUS! I’m glad it’s a secret. So much is not, that it will be nice to be surprised. It’s enough to know Eileen will be back in Salem.

yeah, right ?

I just want too see “Kristen” and Eve become fast friends

and take over

right about now… any time

to see Kristen and Eve

let’s give a little break to Hope and Jenny Bear

back of the line go Grans Jewels

fast ; tour de force ; men behave bewary … on charge thee ones and only

“Kristen” – and – “Eve”

the moon is rising and the sun is setting

I don’t know if I want to see vampires, Patrick, LOL. ….Or wolf(women)…that’s assuming Kristen and Eve will play the “expected” pestilential plague.
If the writers have any foresight and originality, both actresses will bring a story soooo different; it will leave us all agog.
I want a sort of Vicor/Victoria personality for any of the Banks siblings. So, your day/night phenomenon may work. Susan/Sister Mary by day; Kristen/Tommy by night?
Plus, I want Eve to return redeemed. And, if Paige, by some miracle ( lol) is alive, they can start fresh.
The fun lies in the anticipation. We shall see.

I feel like this will be Susan Banks, harboring a very much alive EJ DiMera….fingers crossed!

Yeeees!!!!. Good one, Lee. Also, Sami, Will and the rest of the kids.

Esepcially with Will and Sami headed back to Salem! Mu money is on Susan!

just a thought… what about Rick Hearst , ex-Ric Lansing, GH ???? as a recast of EJ ?

who doesn’t want the real deal – James Scott


Ej is 38

Rick Hearst is 51

So = he’d be an excellent peter brooks. What a dastardly DiMera

I like that idea, Patrick. Rick is suave and ‘charming’ …..perfect fit.

I think the actor who played Simon on ATWT would a perfect recast!

Rick Hearst would be better suited to play Peter Blake DiMera!

hope she comes back to salem as kristen back from the dead with eric’s baby!
Eileen deserves someone amazing to write for her to showcase her talents! her last run on days was stellar and made it must see…hope lightning can strike three times

“kristen back from the dead with eric’s baby!”

I, forgot

!!!! ?????

that she could have had Erics baby.

BEST news

With Ron C scripting her return I’m guessing he’ll have Eileen playing all the Banks siblings (and more). This is going to be SOOOOOOO good…!

Can’t Wait!!

This is going to be good. Ron will write for her and Eileen will deliver. This is a win/win for us no matter how it goes!!!

“…This is a win/win for us no matter how it goes!!! ”


1. this is ^ the truth

it’s getting giddy time with anticipate

thinking about 3-4 returns

Sami / Will / Eve / “Kristen”

man… does DAYS need to bring back Wally Kurth PRONTO. he could ladies man panache and stud Kristen and Eve.

Jason Brooks … any one ? demands

I too am looking forward to his writing


his stint @GH… did not bother me at all…. ??? I think ( lol )

currently and for almost 2 years… the only thing (s) I can think of @GH that work

Valentin / Nina / Charlotte
Kiki and Dillon
had they not dropped this – Lexie identity… love them both Parker/Aaron

otherwise it’s beyond exasperating

makes Ron Carlivati that much more

This is excellent news! I’m hoping that she is Kristen, and that this means that there might be a resurgence of the DiMera family! And let’s hope this is worth many more appearances to come!

I wish she would come back to Days for good.I would love to see her play Susan Banks ,because she is so funny and days certainly can use a little laughter.However we got to remember Kristen’s body was never found so she could still be alive.A Dimera never dies it seems..

I am all for her playing one of the Banks family members, but I want her to play Kristen too! I want to see Ron pen a storyline for Kristen!

“…I want to see Ron pen a storyline for Kristen! ”

just for her !

dag… as much as I’ve missed her, @Days

it’s a crime that Y&R – wastes – her

WOW you just want to feast on her. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Eileen Davidson

WOW again… !!! because Ron Carlivati has two primo, steller, top of the line

LADIES – Kassie DePaiva and Eileen Davidson


and it’s @ Days

Dream come true!!! Days is the best place for Eileen.

I’ll be happy with any role but would love Kristen…

Good the best news ever wow

Kristen Kristen Kristen…TOTALLY!!!!!

Ron C. is the man since he keeps getting back actors back to Days that I didn’t think would return. I can’t wait to start watching Days again when his stories start in a few months.

I hope Eileen is playing at least Kristen and Susan.

Shucks all I can say

No matter what it takes

For @claudio : Vivian alamaine

Please get Celeste to return to see theo

Oh man yes to Vivian and Celeste! They would be perfect for Ron C’s writing! I’d love for the original actresses to return. It’d be great if Ivan could be there for Vivian again. Vivian needs to bring drama to Kate and Victor again.

I would love for her to return as either Sister Mary Moira or Susan Banks.

This is great news and I dont even watch DAYS! Y&R pissed away Eileen’s talent with stupid back burner stories like Ravi. Ashley has come alive with Dina and it gives her hope but for how long? Maybe Ashley and Graham will hook up? He is handsome and age appropriate but does he have the acting chops to hang with Eileen? We may never know!

I totally share the same sentiments!
I hope Ashley hooks up with Graham , the Dina story has reignited Eileen from a lame romance with Ravi..
However i wish Ash back in Victors orbit maybe in a business story where her and Abby overthrow Victor for Newman..that would be powerful

Yes, T, Ashley wore her heart on her sleeve with Dina. I wasn’t too surprised, though….those feelings were just buried, as I’m sure, she never stopped loving her mother.
I’d like to think that Graham’s actions are out of his protectiveness for Dina. Could everyone be wrong about him? I am probably wrong ( think Kiki, LOL) , but,could Graham be Dina’s son?
If not, then,yes, I can see Ashley with him.

Ashley is the most beautiful woman in Genoa City! Why can’t TPTB pair her with an amazing man-one that is successful in life and love?! Ravi is a sweet kid, but he’s a KID and playing dress-up. Also, he’s written as Ashley’s therapist, not a love interest. I love Eileen and she is being underutilized! (Although, I love the storyline with Dina).

I, honestly, don’t see the point of Ravi being on stage….except, as you say, a therapist for Ashley….a buffer….someone to bounce off feelings and ideas. As yourself, I’d like to see substance to the character of Asheley……a story which would leave an unforgettable impact.
We have not seen anything with meat and heart since Ashley “gave” fake birth to Faith; thanks to Adam’s stint with ‘lunacy’. So, I agree. she, basically, has no life….she seems to live vicariously through family members’ lives.
Great post, dmr.

Maybe per her contract with RHOB, she can’t be front burner. They DO take many far away exotic vacations on that show,,, just a thought !

Please come back to days for good.I miss you.Eileen is such a good actress she can play just about anyone or anything.

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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.


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.


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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