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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
James

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.

Sue
Sue

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?

Mark
Mark

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.

bottomchef
bottomchef

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
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
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 amazing. She’s an extremely talented writer who has been through so much in life.

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THURSDAY NIGHT: Soap Nation Live! With Special Guests: GH’s Jon Lindstrom, Y&R’s Beth Maitland, DAYS’ Freddie Smith & Soap Favorite, Linda Dano

On Thursday night, November 15th, Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman returns with a brand new episode beginning at 7PMPST/10PMEST.

Join Michael and his very special guests: General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan), The Young and the Restless Beth Maitland (Traci), Days of our Lives Freddie Smith (Sonny), and beloved soap vet, Linda Dano (Ex-Felicia Gallant, AW, Ex-Gretel Rae Cummings, OLTL, GH, Port Charles, and AMC) who will be appearing with Alison Sweeney (Sami, DAYS) in Hallmark’s The Chronicle Mysteries next year, for this entertaining 90-minute broadcast.

Make sure to listen in for our trivia game show segment, when one lucky caller has the chance to win a very soapy prize, a Days of our Lives swag bag, and a personalized autograph picture of Freddie Smith.

To call-in and pose a question, or a comment to any of our guests, dial the exclusive listener-line at 818-295-2130.

The November edition of Soap Nation Live! will be streamed live right here at Michael Fairman TV.   Come back prior to showtime Thursday night, and just look for the post for our broadcast and listen-in.

You can also listen to all past broadcasts and the new live-stream of Soap Nation Live! via Spreaker’s Soap Nation Live page

Portions of Thursday’s all-new episode can also be viewed at Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/michaelfairmanTV

If you have a question for any one of our guests that you would like potentially posed to them during the live broadcast; you can post them via the comment section below, and we just might ask your question on the air!  We hope you are looking forward to the show.

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Thia Megia Joins The Cast Of DAYS; Paul Telfer Set To Return

Major casting news announced at yesterday’s NBC Day of Days fan event, and on the new DOOL app.

Days of our Lives is bringing back Bad boy Xander, who will be seen again in Salem in the new year, which means Paul Telfer will be back on the canvas.

Xander was last seen when the warehouse exploded that changed the course of many lives back in October.

According to the official press release, look for Paul to share screen time with Eric Martsolf, Linsey Godfrey, John Aniston, Freddie Smith and more in provocative and exciting scenes in 2019

Additionally, during the Q&A portion of Day of Days fans were introduced to Thia Megia who will take on the role of Haley Chen, a mysterious newcomer to Salem who gains the attention of JJ Deveraux (Casey Moss)

If Thia looks familiar she was on American Idol in its season 10, making it all the way to the top eleven contestants during her run.

So, intrigued to find out more about the character of Haley?  Looking forward to more Xander on your way? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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REPLAY: Days of our Lives 53rd Anniversary Facebook Live Event From The Set: A Special Tribute, Preview Of The DOOL App & Fun Moments with the Cast!

It’s been a big week for Days of our Lives, culminating in Saturday’s annual Day of Days event with the fans and the cast in celebration of the long-running daytime dramas 53 years on the air!

Late last week, a fun and never-before-seen Facebook Live event kicked-off the last several days of fun, and was hosted on the NBC official Facebook for Days of our Lives.

It was during the live event that fans were treated to some behind the scenes access, and several previews of the new DOOL app that was also released on all mobile devices the day of the series anniversary on Thursday

During the event, Soap Opera Digest’s Stephanie Sloane, led viewers through a hilarious opening segment, which featured a walk through the sets with various cast members doing some very familiar soap tropes from: shirtless hunks, to bitch-slaps, a twist on a soapy monologue, and more.

Later, following John and Marlena’s nuptials on-air, Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn along with Mary Beth Evans, James Reynolds, and host for the segment, Martha Madison, chatted about the long-awaited wedding for Jarlena fans.

Bill and Susan Hayes were on-hand to tell the audience all about the “Video Vault” section of the new DOOL app, where fans can find classic clips from DAYS history.

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Then, DAYS executive producer, Ken Corday presided over the annual cake-cutting ceremony, honoring the cast and the crew for their accomplishments of keeping the show strong and continuing its legacy for 53 years and counting.

Several cast members took part in a special tribute honoring the late Peggy McCay (Caroline Brady), which was an emotional high point of the event. Eric Martsolf led several key members of the cast who worked with Peggy, as they shared remembrances of this one-of-a-kind actress.   Later, Galen Gering, Lauren Koslow, Nadia Bjorlin and Eric Martsolf did a little “Show and Tell” preview of some of their videos inside the new DOOL app.

Martha Madison returned to the backstage celebration where cast and crew took photos against the step and repeat for the series 53rd anniversary and the launch of the DOOL app.  Madison chatted with several cast and producers who stopped by including returning fan favorite, Matt Ashford (Jack Deveraux).

The facebook live event concluded when Stephanie Sloane walked into the celebration with the cast as they gave a big “Thank you” to the fans for keeping the show on the air, and telling them to check out the new DOOL app for all the exclusive, fun content now and in the days and months ahead.

For more on how you can download the new DOOL app visit www.thedoolapp.com.

In case you missed the event, you can check out all the segments below. Then let us know what was your favorite part of the celebration? Comment below.

 

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