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Former DAYS scribe, Kola Boof on creation of EJ Dimera & casting James Scott!

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Former Days of our Lives scribe, Kola Boof, who if you know any of the back-story was working on writing the lives of the residents of Salem before the news of her controversial Osama bin Laden scandal broke, was actually responsible for the creation of the character of EJ Dimera and casting fan favorite, James Scott in the crucial role to the DAYS canvas.

In the second part of her interview with TV Guide Canada’s, Nelson Branco out today in his Soapgeist column, the ex-Salem scribe reveals how EJ came to be!  Here is the excerpt!

Boof on EJ/James Scott being brought to the DAYS canvas: “I created EJ Wells and I actually cast the deciding vote to cast the marvelous James Scott. There was another actor up for the role from Passions, [Justin Hartley], who did a great accent and was really good. But I pushed for Scott because he was perfect; he was EJ. I created that whole story, which I titled “The Devil Finds Work.” James was the total package: sexy, debonair and talented. They couldn’t decide on whom to cast so they asked me to make the final decision. Luckily, they listened to me.  There is a lot in the EJ bible that didn’t make it to air. Like, EJ was a race-car driving gigolo, not a lawyer. Had I not been fired, you would have seen all of that.”

For the first part of the interview with Kola Boof, click here.

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James
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But wasn’t E.J. Wells actually introduced onscreen as a race car driver? That’s what I remember anyway. He was tangentially involved with Max Brady when Max returned also as a race car driver, as they were competitors/rivals. Ditto with Stephanie Johnson. Then E.J. seemingly overnight became a lawyer.

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Yes, EJ was a race car driver when introduced. I wonder how much of this is true. The timing seems off to me. Days recast Will this year. Wasn’t she fired from Days years ago?

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In the article, Boof explains that she wrote EJ as a race car driver but that was changed.

Boof was fired because of advertiser pressure because it was revealed that when she was young she was forced to be Osama bin Laden’s lover. So, Days’ advertisers were afraid to have any association with bin Laden, even if it was a victim of his.

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I didn’t read this tvgc interview, however someone wrote on soap opera network what she had said abt her storylines for Billie. They were fantastic and quite original!

NANCY
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NANCY

i thought james scott looked like a chita pet when he got that razor buzz cut to his hair he made me want to water him to see his hair grow back

Jenn
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Jenn

I don’t get it – this woman was a sex slave for a deranged maniac and NBC/Days of Our Lives fired her for that?! OBL sexually abused and humiliated her. I don’t understand why NBC/Days of Our Lives would further victimize someone who has already been victimized so horribly. This is like banning Whitney Houston’s music because OBL was obsessed with her. He wanted to murder Bobby Brown and take Whitney as one of his wives. He even had a mansion he planned to give her. Kola Boof’s book “Diary of a Lost Girl: The Autobiography of Kola Boof” was… Read more »

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DAYS Jackée Harry Joins Freeform Comedy Pilot ‘Everything’s Trash’ in Recurring Role

Jackée Harry is one busy actress in Hollywood!  On the heels of learning that Harry has signed on more full-time on Days of our Lives in her role as Paulina, comes this bit of casting news.

Harry will join the cast of the Freeform comedy pilot, Everything’s Trash along with another notable actor, George Wallace.  Both will have recurring roles in the show should it go to series.

In story, Everything’s Trash follows Phoebe (Phoebe Robinson), a 30-something podcast star navigating her messy life. When her younger brother Jayden emerges as a leading politician, she’s forced to grow up, so she relies on her friends and close-knit family to help her figure out adulthood, since she doesn’t seem to have a clue. The series is inspired by Robinson’s book, “Everything’s Trash But It’s Okay.”

According to Variety, “Harry will star as Zora, Phoebe and Jayden’s mother. She and her husband are mid-Western transplants, but they have made a home in NY . They love and support their children equally, but truth be known, Zora acts (and dresses) younger than she is and straddles the line between “I’m my daughter’s mother” and “I’m my daughter’s best friend.”  Meanwhile, Wallace will play the role of Abraham, Phoebe and Jayden’s father and husband to Zora.

So, looking forward to hopefully seeing Jackée on a half-comedy sitcom at night, and doing her role on Days of our Lives? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives Receives 2-Year Renewal from NBC

For the first time since 2014, Days of our Lives has received not just a one-year, but a two-year renewal, from NBC ending the suspense of another renewal negotiations between the series, the network, and Sony.

According to Deadline that broke the good news this will take the long-running and beloved daytime drama series through its 57th and 58th seasons on the air.  In anticipation of the pick-up, the producers had been making if-come deals with key cast members, including signing a new contract with Days favorite Robert Scott Wilson (Ben Weston) and bringing in Jackée Harry  Paulina) who was recurring at first to be more full-time on the show.

In statements on the DAYS pick-up, Michael Sluchan, EVP, Scripted Series & Kids Programming, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming shared: “We couldn’t be happier to bring our loyal fans two more seasons of Days of our Lives and continue what has been an absolutely remarkable achievement in television. A big thank you to Ken Corday and the cast and crew for their incredible passion for storytelling that continues to reach new generations of viewers.”

DAYS EP, Ken Corday shared: “After more than 55 years of bringing drama, adventure and romance to screens around the world, we are thrilled and honored to carry on the Days of our Lives legacy for another two years. We are thankful to NBC for their enduring commitment to the show and grateful to continue this wonderful journey with our fans for years to come.”

Sony EVP, Programming Steve Kent added: “We are incredibly proud of the work being done by Ken Corday, the cast and crew. They continue to tell bold stories through these iconic characters captivating audiences around the world.  We are thrilled to continue the legacy of Days of our Lives and for viewers to enjoy two more seasons.”

So, thrilled to hear about the two-year pick-up for DAYS? Share your congrats to the show via the comment section below.

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Victoria Konefal Will Be Back On Days of our Lives

This week Days of our Lives viewers saw the exit of both Theo (Cameron Johnson) and Ciara (Victoria Konefal), much to the chagrin of Cin fans everywhere! But hold on! Days head writer, Ron Carlivati revealed that Victoria Konefal will be back on-screen this summer on the NBC soap opera.

In an interview with Soap Opera Digest, Carlivati revealed: “From the moment we were coming to that point and we knew Ciara was going to exit town with Theo, we were immediately pursuing the next chapter with Victoria: When would she be available or willing to come back, and when could we tell the next chapter because I knew that would feel unfinished and be unsatisfying to a lot of people. So that’s why I’m happy to announce here that Ciara is coming back and we are going to tell that next chapter of the story and hopefully, this time, the audience will get the payoff that they’re looking for and hoping for.”

And as to just how long will Konefal who chose to go on recurring status with the show be back for her summer run, Carlivati shared: “At this point, and I can’t speak for Victoria and I can’t speak for the show, and this is not an official announcement in any capacity, but I will say at this point, there is not an end date. We are working with Victoria to keep the story going and keep Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) and Ciara’s love story alive.”

Cin fans should note that Carlivati added, “I would encourage the audience to remember that they (Cin) have an important anniversary coming up this summer that may figure into their story, so she will be back sooner than you know.”

So, happy to know there will be more of Ben and Ciara? Where you upset to see Ciara exit the canvas with Theo? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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