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Eileen Davidson On If She Would Ever Go Back To DAYS: "I'm Open To Anything"

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Television viewers right now are getting a double dose of Daytime Emmy winner, Eileen Davidson both on The Young and the Restless where she plays Ashley Abbott and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills where she plays … herself!

Now that recently named Y&Rhead writer Sally Sussman has plans for many of the characters in Genoa City, many are wondering what is the plan for Ashley, after several potential romances have gone south – the last one with Simon Neville (Michael E. Knight) and the one before with Stitch (Sean Carrigan).

In a new interview with TV Insider, Davidson weighs-in on the what she hopes for Ashley moving forward, and if she would ever consider a return to her Daytime Emmy-winning role of Kristen DiMera on NBC’s Days of our Lives.  A role that has given her great story and where she has turned in tour de force performances.  Here are just a few excerpts from the feature below!

Eileen on Ashley’s romantic life and story: “I have faith Sally (Sussman) will make something happen. In the meantime, Ashley is yelling a lot at Jack and Phyllis.  And she’s giving the stink eye to Gloria. So she’s back in the groove. And there’s some really interesting business and family stuff going on. The writing has so many more levels now. Sally likes to go deeper. She likes to push the envelope and I appreciate that. I would love it if she did something completely different with Ashley, which really hasn’t been done in decades—not since she had an abortion and lost her mind over her baby with Victor.”

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Eileen on if she would consider returning to DAYS if the opportunity arose:  “I’m open to anything. I have extreme amounts of love for Salem and for my character, Kristen, and feel very loyal to that show. But Y&R is my job right now and I wouldn’t ever want to do anything that pissed anyone off.”

So, would you like to see Eileen back in action on DAYS? Would you prefer that Y&R gives her a storyline worth her talents as Ashley? Comment below!

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Phil
Phil

Please bring Kristen back to Days!

Liza
Liza

ED is so much better on Days. Unless Ashley is going crazy, been stricken with amnesia , or having an affair with Victor she is a boring. Extremely boring. She’s beautiful but a waste on Y&R.

I’ll never understand why Sally named her as one of the top characters. It should have been Jill instead. Jill is the only character left from day one. She represents the early days, and over three decades of Chancellor family with Katherine.

Susan
Susan

Only if the writers create a viable story line for Kristen. No bringing Eileen back only to waste her exceptional talent.

Joel
Joel

Days always has and always will be the place that truly let Eileen shine and gave her the meatiest material of her career.

Kevin
Kevin

Unfortunately, I agree with you. YandR has never really provided Davidson with great material (though I vaguely remember her Emmy nominated turn several years back with illness storyline). Would hate to see her go back to Days, but writing for Kristen is superior to that for Ashley.

Patrick
Patrick

taken, from WIKI

“…On June 17, 2014, it was announced that Davidson had signed a contract to return to The Young and the Restless.[20] Subsequently, Davidson revealed that her Y&R contract was for two years and that it included a stipulation that she could continue doing Days of Our Lives in the future, as well as having the option of taking a break if work became too hectic. ”

I remember being disappointed, when this happened

WOW … how time flies

??? is she on recurring ? I do not recall a contract extension

it’s troublesome, @DAYS… is it being cancelled… dag

GH and DAYS are taking HIT after HIT

love them both

as stipulated… DAYS would be crazy not to capitalize if she’s interested

even if it’s , like Wally Kurth and Tristan Rogers

since she’s been gone… the only 2 actresses DAYS has AIRED… that came any where close

Tamara Braun… ex-AVA, DAYS
Jade Harlow… ex-Sheryl Connor, DAYS… OK a young hot starlet

I wish DAYS would hire Robin Christopher… wish she could be one of Maggies daughters… not too old, yeah ? could see her and Wally Kurth heating up

Eileen DAvidson is the best their is

Claudio
Claudio

I want to see Eileen back to days as Kristen Dimera and Susan Banks. Susan always says Kristen is mean mean mean lol.

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

I would give anything just to hear Susan say that again about Kristen!!! The ratings were better when Eileen was carrying the show.

Claudio
Claudio

Yes I agree James, Susan was funny as hell lol. Kristen is mean mean mean lol. You are so right James, the ratings were way better with Eileen Davidson.

Celia
Celia

Those words are etched on the brain, aren’t they, Claudio?……mean, mean, mean….LOL.
Oh, how I loved Susan!!
Maybe Kristen/Susan will both be back….I wish…

Claudio
Claudio

I hope so Celia, Kristen is mean mean mean lol. Eileen Davidson was terrific as Susan Banks and Kristen Dimera. Susan was hilarious, with her fake teeth lol. Kristen was wonderful too watch. Days had better ratings with Eileen Davidson.

Celia
Celia

Yeah…I get so nostalgic, Claudio. “Them were the good ole days.”

Nicholas
Nicholas

outstanding as kristen on days . always great as ashley . she was the worst recast ever for the part of kelly capwell on the now defunct daytime soap ” Santa Barbara ” . i was a fan of that soap and she was totally miscast as kelly and pairing her romantically with cruz castillo made my blood boil ! it ‘s always nice seeing her as ashley and kristen , two characters much better suited for her !

Richard
Richard

The writing on DAYS is currently garbage. Things are improving at Y&R. Stay put. Eileen. Days needs to get the DiMera Empire back in order before Eileen even thinks of returningm in other words, bring back Peter Blake and EJ DiMera! They can recast EJ with the guy who played Simon on ATWT! With Jennifer on the canvas and Jack dead, how has DAYS not brought back Peter! Recast him too!!!

Celia
Celia

You bet, Richard. It saddens me to say it, but Days is drowning.
As it just moi who does not give a fig about the shenanigans with Hope and the search for Stefano? Why? I think TPTB realized that the easiest way to clear Hope was to resuscitate Stefano. Really? And, if Stefano is found, will he have had plastic surgery?
Then, there’s Andre’s mysterious gold, Chartreuse pocket watch. How is this backstory interesting? Well, maybe if Andre turns out to be Tony….that would be interesting. Anna is in on it? How did she just pop-up like that? From whence hath she cometh?
I find as much entertainmrnt in this storyline as Dylan ( Y & R) in Miami as a bad-a$$- spy,

Richard
Richard

Ummmm i coild care less about this search for Stefano. They basically realized they shouldnt have killed him bc it put Hope in a corner. They shouldve sent him off like the did Sally Spectra on BOLD. Her portayer died, but Sally is still out there somewhere being fabulous. And if they were going to finally kill Stefano off, MARLENA shouldve been the one to do it. Or even John! Tony/Andre should not be running the Dimera Show, Peter and EJ should!

Celia
Celia

Agreed, Richard. Hmmm…yeah, I would have loooved to have seen Marlena do the deed. That would have been a spectacular show, for sure!!

John Gordon
John Gordon

Eileen really MUST be ‘open to anything’ if she’d consider coming back to this turkey of a show – I only watch out of obligation and it is tedious to sit through, and if there were a way to ff through the NBC app trust me I would.
Sincerely, I am sorry to be so negative but this show has gone down the toilet and soaps are known to have some silly plotlines but this show exceeds them but a mile – how THIS show has lasted but One Life to Live and All My Children are gone is a mystery.

Soaphound
Soaphound

I was never an Ashley fan back in the day, but the past few years find me feeling differently. I really enjoy Eileen’s performances as the BUSINESS and sister Ashley. But, like with many other actors, the romantic stories are not my favorite side of her, not her strongest suit. But so what, I want her to stay at Y&R. She also gives me a wonderful sense of history, as the Abbott family has always been my favorite.

su0000
su0000

ahaa
quote’
”“I have faith Sally (Sussman) will make something happen. In the meantime, Ashley is yelling a lot at Jack and Phyllis. And she’s giving the stink eye to Gloria. So she’s back in the groove.”

It’s in the grove– to yelling at Jack & Phyllis..
ahaa ok- it’s groovy to yell at people and give a stink eye… yeah groovey!

((how low can ‘groovy’ standards go)) ahaa!

k/kay
k/kay

Sally is positioning the chess players on the board if in six months we are all going yawn then yes then complaining is a given but you just can’t throw a man at Ashley I don’t think she has had any chemistry with anyone on this show in years we shall see maybe they will find the character Ishtar actor. I would like it if she brought some of the softness back to the character

Irene
Irene

I would be surprised if she said no. Actors are careful on comments.

mark
mark

Ashley is such a part of y&r and I can’t imagine anyone else in the role but really Eileen was better on days it was so much fun to watch her.

Mike
Mike

I would love to see Kristen back on Days, but I think the show would need to find a way to reset the character, as I feel she had gone full on wacko and had been written into a corner. I think it would be cool to have Marlena and John stumble across her while on their honeymoon in Europe – only Kristen doesn’t remember who she is. Of course, no one believes her, she returns to the Salem to face charges, and after a it is proven that she truly doesn’t have any recollection of her past, she is let off the hook for her crimes. Eventually, this softer, nicer version of Kristen rebuilds her friendships, Brady learns to trust and love her again, and yet, some part of her is drawn to the darkness in Deimos. That pull and her struggles with it eventually lead to her memory starting to return and once all back – but not to full wacko stage – she has to put up a front while struggling with having Brady back and yet wanting Deimos, and all the lies and manipulations that will come with that position. And thus we have a classic Kristen back without returning to full 10 on the crazy meter.

Helen
Helen

Where have I been? Thought Kristen was dead.

Celia
Celia

LOL….no one ever dies on soaps, Helen.

John Gordon
John Gordon

Oh she fell out of a stupid fake window but was never found below on the rocks – idiotic though it was, that’s what happened to her.

Nicholas
Nicholas

days of our lives is absolutely not garbage at the moment ! the soap has improved a lot and fan favourites like Anna diMera ( leann hunley ) but also carrie and Austin have returned . and you have patch and kayla or the show as well ! tune into Days again if you haven’t done so . I have given up on young and restless ( very disappointed with sally sussman ) and given up on bold and beautiful ( same stupid triangles and silly ridge and brooke and it’s just the same story over and over again !! ) . more than happy with Days and that was not always the case !

Timmm
Timmm

Goodbye Eileen. Y&R is wasting you, go back to DAYS where they utilized your talents!

blake
blake

Days allows Eileen better stories and acting, but I’m sure Y&R pays so much more. I hope she can come back to Days at least in it’s final months.

Patrick
Patrick

minimally, this is what i’m hoping for… argh! the frustration… cache’. she deserves a hefty contract.

it’s just the not knowing… OK… i’m wondering… if DAYS rumour mill. there could be some truth.

we need to clear that up, first

argh! again… waiting for Ken Corday to do his annual interview.. assuring the audience that DAYS is back on the mend and another reprieve is on the horizon.

JUST DO YOUR JOB ! this is one of those cases… where the children who inherited a legacy… just didn’t know, what to do

Tony
Tony

Blake Days is not getting cancelled, it is not cancelled just a big fat rumor. NBC will not cancel Days. Ratings are up and storylines are getting better.

Celia
Celia

From your mouth to the soap gods’ ears, Tony. I will embrace this show until its last breath. But, the melodrama needs to ease-up. Been there done that over and over. Break the circle.
The idea of fresh, young faces was supposed to have cast some new light to the mix…the ebullience typically synonymous to youth….but, no spirit, no glee, not that carefree feeling of just being young. Ahhhh, I miss that ‘teen’ feeling, LOL.
What was the first thing to happen? Ciera was raped by her step-brother, and peer. Holy gosh!!

dmr
dmr

I absolutely adore Eileen Davidson as Kristen Dimera. I only tuned into DAYS four years ago (or so) when she returned. I tuned out right after she left. I’ll tune into Y&R when she is on-I just love her. I hate that she has demeaned herself to the extreme by being part of RHOBH-although, I understand the paycheck was hard to pass up.

Iakovos
Iakovos

I recall when Ashley had that abortion and had that romance with Victor in the mid-1980s. I cannot recall if she ever had opportunity to resolve/confront Dina regarding Ashley’s true paternity. I have always felt there are unresolved mother-daughter issues there, and I would like to see that story played out to some conclusion. I enjoyed the society of Genoa City, i.e. Katherine Chancellor, and would like to see Dina return and bring some of that class back to the daily proceedings. It would be fun to see Gloria try to find her way in that circle as she surely would want to be part of it.

Ashley needs a strong story, yes, but it need not be a romance… unless the can make something stick. Miss Davidson is a strong presence and needs an equal. And a bit of fun! never again do I want to see the Ashley that was caught in that horrid Adam gaslights/switched babies with Sharon tale. Ugh!

damien
damien

ashley s so integral to the abbotts ..but as a supporting character unfortunatley to jack
either they write her as a hard edged tycoon who pulls the wool over jack and vics eyes or give her a real meaty love story
y n r shot themselves in the foot when they killed off brad carlton, ash s true love other than vic
have ash team up with lauren to save fenmore , this would alienate phyllis and jack or put her back in victors orbit…maybe bring cole back or have ashley involoved in victors long lost brother!
eileen s too amazing an actress to play b storys for y n r, given the fact that thers so many story oppurtunities for her in salem as kirsten..eric, brady , john! she carried days and she has the potential to carry y n r!

Judy
Judy

We need to get togather and pray that days stay on you can pray for anyting god can do anything I had a brain tumer it was bad and they me two years to live but faith in god saw me throw all the thermints so he can save the show I am fine now through the grace of god

Mo
Mo

Days might give her a better story.

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

It’s always been hard to find the right romantic partner for Ashley. I remember Bill Bell saying in an interview, way way way way back, that it was difficult to find a man that Ashley “couldn’t wipe the floor with” and that they succeeded—finally—when they paired her with Victor. There’s a lot of truth in that (at least when Ashley is written properly).

But that shouldn’t stop them from trying.

Count me among the folks who think ED shouldn’t go back to Days unless they have a real idea of what to do with her character(s) and how to “reboot” so that she has a viable place in Salem. There’s been way too much in the last few years on Days of “hire the actor and trust that the right story will find them”; that really does need to stop.

Patrick
Patrick

shucks… I think Y&R should consider… Robert Newman… ex-Josh, Guiding Light

I read in a SOD issue… that he’d consider coming back to daytime. I swear.

perhaps Robert Newman could be a long lost uncle of Lauren Fenmore… back to help helm the Fenmore department stores… and wallah… LOVES Ashley.

here we go

Robert Newman is so loaded with appeal; sex, charming, daring, manly, drive

doesn’t he have the best eyes and dimples…. sorry Sonny

jaybird369
jaybird369

OK…you know what: I W-I-S-H that Eileen would leave Y&R and go back to DOOL…FOR GOOD!!! At this point, Ashley BORES ME TO TEARS…UNLIKE Kristen…who is ALWAYS ENTERTAINING!!! Most of all, I think that Eileen/Kristen’s return to DOOL would give DOOL A MUCH-NEEDED SHOT IN THE ARM!!!

Just saying……….

William
William

Stefano’s lurking around, bring back Kristen to join him. DAYS will never be the same without her.Darn entertaining….her and Andre could have one heck of a time!!!

xmxascarol
xmxascarol

Bring her back to Days I think she could raise the ratings even more.I miss her.

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DAYS Head Writer Ron Carlivati Talks On: Ben Weston, Soap Amnesia, Doppelgängers, and the Time Jump

Days of our Lives viewers have been going through some changes over the past month since the launch of the innovative time jump from the creative mind of the series and Daytime Emmy-winning head writer, Ron Carlivati.  As episode after episode unfolds, the audience has been finding out just where their favorite Salem residents have landed and with whom, in the one year flash-forward.  There have been shocking deaths revealed, longtime couples facing different kinds of obstacles that could change their relationships forever, and some characters brought back on the canvas, in one form or the other, to shake things up.

On the series finale of the Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast,  Ron Carlivati was the very special guest and addressed many of the decisions that went into making the flash- forward happen starting with when Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) wakes up from her coma after her fall, thanks to Princess Gina (Kristian Alfonso), and how it impacts the canvas.  You can listen to the can’t-miss interview here via iTunes or at NBC.com/Inside Salem.

Due to the length of our conversation with the talented head scribe, some of the questions and answers did not make it into the podcast finale due to time constraints.  So, we have brought you the rest the interview here as Ron discusses: the popularity of  #Cin, back-from-the-dead storylines, writing for the original series on the DOOL app and further creative decisions that went into crafting the one-year time jump.  Check out what Ron had to say below.

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You have been able to make #Cin, the hottest duo on daytime by taking a now reformed serial killer, Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson) and pairing him with the daughter of one of DAYS all-time supercouples, Bo and Hope in Ciara Brady (Victoria Konefal).  Were you ever  concerned as to how this story/romance would play to the audience at home, because in reality no parent would ever just stand by and let their child get involved with a man who strangled and killed women, previously? 

Ron:  To sort of try to glorify a guy who strangled women and make him into a romantic lead, we don’t do that lightly.  Not unlike, Todd Manning (Roger Howarth) on One Life to Live who was a rapist, and who became sort of an anti-hero, but also a romantic lea.  And in this day and age, it’s even a bigger decision to do something like that, I think.  So, that said, it is a soap opera and there are certain things where we know we are pushing the envelope.  We know in the real world that no mother would ever get past her daughter being with a guy who murdered, killed, and strangled three women or strangled and shot one, but the pairing worked so well.

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In the time jump, you gave Ben an intriguing prison cell mate in Will Horton, given that Ben had “killed” him previously.  Add to that you brought back Ben’s criminal father, Clyde back into the mix.  There’s lots of prison orange these days on the screen.

Ron:  When we knew we were sending Ben to prison, then obviously father and son have to cross path. It just added another element, so it wasn’t just going to be Ben and Will (Chandler Massey) talking to each other, and making a shawl together like Martha Stewart. (Laughs). Ben’s relationship with Clyde was interesting to me.  As horrible as Clyde was and is – there does seem to be some sort of love that he has for Ben.

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On the soaps, and as has been part of DAYS enduring legacy, characters are killed off, only to be brought back to life somewhere down the road. Many return with classic soap amnesia as a vehicle to drive story.  Is there ever a time when as a writer, or as a soap fan, you think “enough is enough”, and characters should just stay dead?  Many fans who watch daytime dramas get very invested in tragic death stories, where characters have these shocking or sudden, or long goodbyes, and the viewers goes through the grieving process; along with the other characters, for what then seems like a waste of an emotional investment when said character turns back up alive.

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Ron:  We were talking about bringing Jack (Matthew Ashford) back right around that same time we had the Will story.  We couldn’t bring two people back from the dead at the same time, and that’s why Jack’s return kind of got put on the back-burner, so we could do the ‘Will is alive’ story arc.  Look, the audience will go with you, especially if they want somebody back desperately.  They will overlook how did it happen, and how could they be alive.  They will accept almost any explanation, but I think you’re right, if you do it too much, you tend to water down the permanence of death … especially deaths that you saw on-camera.

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Viewers know you love doppelgänger storylines.  And, in the time jump you brought back none other than Hattie Adams (Deidre Hall).  Why the decision to bring Hattie back at this time?  I know Deidre loves playing her.

Ron:  I think Deidre likes playing something different than Marlena, because she played Marlena for many, many years, and she knows her like the back of her hand.  Hattie is an escape and something fun, and the chance to do and say outrageous things that Marlena would never do.  So, we bring her back whenever we can to have fun with, and again, it seemed to work because  she was in prison, and we set Eve in prison when we started the time jump off, and we’re like, “Who’s Eve (Kassie DePaiva) going to be talking to?” and we’re like, “Oh, well of course.  It has to be Hattie.” (Laughs)

When do you first see the fruits of your labor?  Do you see a feed from the set as the show is taping? Do you receive episodes where you see how what was written has come to life? 

Ron:  In prior shows, One Life to Live and on GH, I saw it when it aired. At One Life, I was in the studio, so I often saw production shooting scenes.  Here, they send me the completed shows once it has been completely edited, the music has been put into it, and it’s all ready to roll, and they email me the link to 5 or 6 shows.  So, I could in theory watch a couple of weeks ahead of the audience, but I tend to (unless I’m so, so curious about how a certain thing turned out) watch it when it’s on TV.

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The “Lani (Sal Stowers) and Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) joining a convent” storyline is at a critical point in story.  How did you come up with the decision to put Lani, and of all people, Kristen together and about to take their vows as nuns, and kind of becoming bff’s?

Ron:  I mean, you can’t imagine sort of two more unlikely friends as Kristen and Lani.  We grew to really love the relationship that developed between the two of them.  I think we sat down and said about the time jump, “There have to be enough big changes that you do the double-take.”  Like, Will is Ben’s cell mate, Adrienne is dead, and Justin and Kayla are together now.  You had to have enough of those WTF moments to justify passing a year of time.

You have also been writing series for the DOOL app.  What did you think of Chad and Abby in Paris with that being the initial one and how it all came to pass?

Ron:   It was fun.  I had no time.  I was writing six episodes a week of DAYS, and I was asked “By the way, can you write two seasons of a web/app show for us?” (Laughs) Greg Meng (Co-executive producer, Days of our Lives) has really been the mastermind behind this app and developing this app into something.  I love all of the stuff you guys came up with for all the behind the scenes content, but I know that Greg really wanted original series content on it, too.  Chad (Billy Flynn) and Abigail (Kate Mansi) just seemed like the logical couple to do that with.  You wanted somebody tied to Salem that wasn’t currently on the campus, but you know the audience cares about what their up to, and Chad and Abby just seemed perfect.  The process was totally different because I’m used to writing six outlines a week that are 15 pages long, and all of the sudden, I’m like, “She comes in, this happens, and this happens.” .  That’s like a whole episode of an app series right there.  Corday Productions produced it while they were producing the regular show, and they made a special set into Chad and Abigail’s apartment, which I thought looked incredible.

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Chad & Abby in Paris had a bit of a different look and feel then the regular airshows, which I think made it enticing.

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Ron:  I loved the look of it.  I felt it was just a little bit different than Salem.  We had the establishing shots of the Eiffel Tower and all of that stuff, and look, we had to keep it simple, but we added in Austin (Austin Peck).  We had Tony (Thaao Penghlis) come in season 2.  We had the new characters of Juliette (Rachele Schank) and Sylvie (Shawna Della-Ricca).  So, it was fun, and it weirdly just timed out so perfectly because we did 8, took like a week off, did another 8, and that last episode was posted right when Jennifer fell.

Right, so it timed perfect to get Chad & Abby back on the airshows.

Ron:  It timed out perfectly so that we could have Abigail get a call: “Something has happened to my mother.  We have to go back to Salem.”  So, you last saw Chad and Abby in Paris, and then the following week they were back in Salem.

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Now, with the kind of massive move for DAYS with the time jump, you have to figure out: “Who are the casualties?  Who am I going to lose?” Viewers learned in short order that: Adrienne (Judi Evans) isn’t alive, Haley (Thia Megia) isn’t alive, and Jordan (Chrishell Stause) isn’t alive.  What went into the decision-making process to kill those characters?  I’m assuming it was to further the story of others on the canvas.

Ron:  Yes.  Anytime we kill somebody, it breaks my heart every time, because these are like my babies.  You fall in love with these characters, and you care about them a lot, and you care about the people who play them.  So, it’s a big decision to say, “Let’s kill them.”  It may be a great story, like, “I’m going to get this amazing story if I kill X,” but that’s a person and a job, and it’s not something we ever do lightly.  That said, in a year of passage of time, you know that life and death is going to happen, and to us, it felt like to really signify the passage of time, there had to be at least one or two people who are no longer alive, and then show how that affects our story.

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Did you ever think that instead of 1 year that you’d do a bigger jump?  Like, “What if I did 5 years?”  Because it’s interesting, I was reading some comments on social media from fans who are like, “What year is it?  Is it just 1 year?  Why didn’t they do 5?” (Laughs)

Ron:  5 seemed like a lot.  I think people change physically a lot in 5 years. I wasn’t prepared to cast little children as teenagers… that would be a lot. (Laughs)  I think you run the risk of it being almost too disorienting for the audience.  Also, then it would be me having to figure out what happened over 5 years instead of just 1. (Laughs)  So, 1 year just kind of seemed perfect, and it had to be an even year so that even though it’s a crazy coincidence that Jennifer woke up 1 year to the day she fell into the coma, you needed Thanksgiving to still be Thanksgiving, and Christmas to still fall on Christmas, and that kind of thing.  So, it had to be an even year.  I think it worked out great and I hope the audience continues to go on the journey with us, because there is a lot more to come!

So, have you been enjoying the DAYS time jump thus far? Which storyline has piqued your interest most? Let us know via the comment section below.

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Noted Soap Opera Producer Lisa de Cazotte Has Died; Daytime Community Mourns Her Passing

Sad news to report on Sunday as the soap opera community and its fans learn of the passing of Daytime Emmy-winning and noted soap opera producer, Lisa de Cazotte,

Lisa passed away yesterday on Saturday December 7th after a long illness at the age of 58,   From early in her career her love of the soaps and passion for it were evident.  She began right out of college as an intern on ABC’s One Life to Live, where she worked her way up to Coordinating Producer.

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Next, Lisa eventually became the Supervising Producer of NBC’s one and only Santa Barbara.  She spent time also on All My Children, before heading back to NBC and Sunset Beach where she assumed the role of Supervising Producer there.

However, it was in 1999 where de Cazotte became the  Executive Producer of Passions, which she helmed and remained till the end of its run in 2008.  It was a show that she loved so much.  She continued her career in the soaps in 2012 stepping into Salem and Days of our Lives where Lisa was named Co-Executive Producer of the series winning two Daytime Emmy Awards. for her efforts.

Sadly, now her final gig began in 2017, when she became Supervising Producer of The Young and the Restless and won her third Emmy in the process this past year.  De Cazotte was said to still be producing Y&R at the time of her passing. She is survived by her husband, Antoine de Cazotte, and her beloved brothers: Michael Patrick Smith, Robert Terence Smith, and Brian Charles Smith.

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On social media over the last several hours, many actors, and colleagues have shared their sorrow and remembrances of Lisa.  Here are just a sampling:

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Jason Thompson (Billy,, Y&R): We lost a member of the family last night, one of our producers, Lisa De Cazotte. I first worked with Lisa when she produced the 2nd season of “Night Shift”. Years later and currently on @YandR_CBS  She was kind and smart. Our thoughts are with her family.”

Eric Martsolf (Brady, DAYS): The kindness and opportunity this woman furnished me was immeasurable. We have lost one of the hardest working and graceful producers in our genre. I will miss you terribly, Lisa. #RIP”

Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, Y&R) “Sometimes you recognize those women who are part of “the tribe”. Whether you know them for 20 years or 20 minutes… they are still part of your tribe. Lucky for me. Godspeed beautiful Lisa”

Angelica Rosas McDaniel (Ex-CBS Daytime Exec) “Last night we lost a light in this world with the passing of Lisa De Cazotte. Lisa was smart, strong, kind, vibrant, an incredible friend and an Emmy winning producer on many beloved shows. I was blessed to know her. Sending love to her family and friends.”

Michael Logan (Former TV Guide Columnist): “RIP Lisa de Cazotte, one of the truly great soap producers. A real nose-to-the-grindstone talent, she never wanted personal glory choosing instead to do the work, quietly and fabulously. Her partnership with James E. Reilly on #Passions was epic.”

McKenzie Westmore (Ex-Sheridan Crane, Passions):  “Heart broken at the passing of my Passions EP Lisa!!”

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Sara Bibel (Writer, Y&R): “Lisa was a wonderful producer, a joy to work with, and knew everything about daytime. She will be missed by everyone at Y&R. RIP”

Michael Fairman TV will continue to update this section of the post as more remembrances are posted over the next 24 hours.

Share your condolences and thoughts on the passing of Lisa de Cazotte in the comment section below.

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Alison Sweeney Reveals She Is Making A Return To DAYS In 2020

Looks like Sami Brady will be back in action on NBC’s Days of our Lives later in the New Year, according to Alison Sweeney, Sami’s portrayer.

During a visit on Friday to the set of Hallmark Channel’s morning talker Home & Family, to promote her upcoming holiday film for the network entitled, Time For You To Come Home For Christmas, Sweeney chatted it up with hosts Cameron Mathison and Debbie Matenopoulos.

During her segment, Alison revealed “Sami is back, causing some trouble.”  But she was quick to note that it will be awhile before she is seen on-air clarifying “My scenes are not going to air until next Summer, next August.”

Sweeney promised the viewers and DAYS fans that there was great stuff coming up with her visit.  And if Sweeney’s last few returns are any indication, whatever is cooking in and out of Salem that may bring her back on to the canvas, we know it will be juicy, because when Sami is around the pot gets stirred!

So, excited to hear Alison will be back on your DAYS screens in 2020? Comment below.

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