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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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Chrishell Stause Makes a Return to Days of our Lives

You just never know who you will find in purgatory (ah-hem) on Days of our Lives ! And now, in a surprise return, Chrishell Stause reprises her role of Jordan Ridgeway in all new episodes on the Peacock streaming soap opera.

In the latest promo released on Friday, Chrishell is seen in the ‘afterlife’ as Kate Roberts (Lauren Koslow) runs into Jordan … her old arch-nemesis! Let the games begin.

Stause, who is one of the mainstays of the Netflix reality series, Selling Sunset, comes back to her old stomping grounds at DAYS just as Kayla (Mary Beth Evans), Marlena (Deidre Hall) and Kate have ‘died’ and have all landed in this white space which looks to be heaven, but really is hell in disguise, especially given Marlena’s latest visit with Susan Banks (Stacy Haiduk), who seemingly reveals herself to be possessed by Satan.

Chrishell made her DAYS debut back in August of 2013 and exited the series on March 9th of 2015.  Stause returned in 2019 until Jordan finally met her demise. She returned once again in 2020 in a series of flashbacks.

Watch the promo for next week’s DAYS below.

Now let us know, what do you think of Chrishell returning to DAYS to raise some hell for Kate and company? Comment below.

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Zach Tinker Joins the Cast of CBS ‘Fire Country’

Zach Tinker (Sonny, Days and Fenmore, Y&R) has joined the cast of CBS’ freshmen drama Fire Country.  Primetime viewers previously saw him on the season premiere of ABC’s Big Sky.

According to Deadline: Tinker will make his series debut this weekend in a special episode that airs immediately following the AFC Championship game on Sunday night, January 29th.

In Fire Country, Tinker takes on the role of Collin, who is said to be a  humble, charming, and talented probie firefighter.  In addition, it turns out the Collin is the son of a firefighting hero and he now is trying to live up to dear old dad’s name.

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The series is centered around young convict Bode Donovan (Max Thieriot) who joins a firefighting program that returns him to his small Northern California hometown, where he and other inmates work alongside elite firefighters to extinguish massive blazes across the region.

Will you be checking out Zach in his new role on CBS’ Fire Country? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives Receives WGA Nomination for Daytime Drama Series

UPDATED: On Wednesday, the nominations were unveiled for the 75th annual Writers Guild Awards to be held on Sunday, March 5 at the Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

Writers Guild of America West and Writers Guild of America East announced nominations for outstanding achievement in television, new media, news, radio/audio, and promotional writing during 2022.

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In the category of Daytime Drama, only Days of our Lives was nominated, thus DAYS becomes the automatic winner as the sole nominee.

The nominated and winning DAYS writing team consists of: Head Writer Ron Carlivati; Writers Lorraine Broderick, Jazmen Darnell Brown, Joanna Cohen, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Cheryl Davis, Kirk Doering, Christopher Dunn, Jamey Giddens, David Kreizman, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Katherine D. Schock.

DAYS head writer, Ron Carlivati shared in a statement: “My team and I are thrilled to be nominated for the 2023 Writers Guild Award for Daytime.  We submitted three scripts from the storyline about Craig’s late-in-life coming out, the impact it had on his wife, Nancy, and of course, his ill-fated romance with the ever-scheming Leo. We felt that these episodes were a good representation of what Days of our Lives does best: high-stakes family drama with a comedic twist.”

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The episodes DAYS submitted for competition were #14320 which aired 4/19/2022, #14321 which aired 4/20/2022 and show #14331 that aired 5/4/2022.  They also featured the disastrous double wedding of Leo and Craig and Xander and Gwen, and its fallout.

To view all the WGA nominees click here.

So, what do you think about DAYS being the only entry and thus becoming the winning writing team at this year’s WGA Awards? What do you think of the storyline chosen to represent the show for competition? Comment below.

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