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Greg Meng Interview: Exclusive Behind the Scenes – Days of our Lives

Executive in Charge of Production for Days of our Lives, Greg Meng, chats with Michael Fairman in this exclusive behind the scenes visit to the set of the NBC soap. In honor of DAYS 45th Anniversary, Meng and co-author Eddie Campbell, have put together Days of our Lives 45 Years: A Celebration in Photos. Watch as we take a look at a day in the life in Salem with special guests, Galen Gering & Shawn Christian.

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Doe
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Doe

Michael, what a trip! How neat is this? We got to see the actual stage set ups and the interiors of the rooms,etc. It is great to see you walking through history. This project must have thrilled you. You did an amazing job, and it was terrific to watch you work you way with the stars and with Greg. I hope you can do this with other soaps and give us more glimpses into the workings of soaps. Now I have to check out some of your other pictures and interviews that were not in the walk through. Oh yeah,… Read more »

Sandra
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Sandra

ITA. It’s nice to see Greg Meng too as we usually just see his name at the credits. Michael, this is so cool. Thanks for posting and Galen is always a good idea! Great to see the dressing rooms. Thank you 😉

AlyciaRashea
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AlyciaRashea

Thank you Michael! You always make the fans feel apart of Days!! lol Love seeing Shawn and his dressing room… I also spotted a t-shirt I sent him in one of the photos in the book… That was so amazing… Michael you are the best!! xox AlyciaRashea ~~Alycat04 and The Shawn Christian Angel

jenet
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jenet

no james scott/ej dimera ?this is boring

Brenda
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Brenda

I agree

sara
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sara

I agree too & I think James is the leading man not Galen

Patti
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Patti

In traditional Michael Fairman fashion, a fabulous look
into Days. I have been watching Days since from the first
episode and I have been a devoted fan since day 1. Thank
you MIchael for another great interview. Thank you Greg
for the tour. Thank you Galen for being a part of Days of
our lives. This book is #1 on my Christmas list. Awesome
gift for Days fans.

Waverly
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Waverly

Oh Michael how you have spoiled us with this amazing behind the scenes walk through of Days! Thank you for presenting such a rare treat! Greg was very generous on his tour and I loved his introductions of Fran and Jayne both of whom are in the book. Being a huge fan I had to have A Celebration In Photos. It is everything you say it is on your tour – a beautiful presentation. I feel fortunate to be able to own this collection of vintage and recent photos of what is still my family’s favorite program. I feel as… Read more »

Joan
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Joan

Great interview ! You are so relaxed and comfortable with the people that you interview. Keep up the good work.

Gail
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Gail

Thank you so much for this wonderful backstage tour of DAYS. It was totally exciting to see the sets and the dressing rooms and how things actually work on the show!
Please thank Shawn and Galen for letting us share time with them. They were more than gracious in letting us in on their world.
Can’t wait to get this book! It ‘s definitely on my Christmas list!!

rotkopf64
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rotkopf64

Absolutely loved this interview! It makes me want to go out and buy the book right now! Do you know if they are coming to the Chicago area? I heard Detroit but would love it if they would come to Chicago! Loved seeing Galen’s dressing room and Shawn’s too! Both are such handsome men! This just made my day seeing Galen! You also do an excellent job of interviewing!
Hopefully you will have more and more interviews with Days characters especially Galen/Rafe!

Liza
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Liza

Excellent job Michael! I wanted to see more and more. Very well done and enjoyable to watch!

besafe
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besafe

Funny, Michael, telling Galen he even looks good in the book. Like that’s hard for him to do. Loved everything about this. Can’t wait to get the book, hopefully for Christmas. Thanks to Galen and Shawn for sharing with us.

cinnamon
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cinnamon

Thank you Michael for doing another amazing interview.Thank for sharing more behind the scenes stuff. I will be getting this book for Christmas. Thanks Galen and Shawn for sharing with us. You do the most amazing interviews.
Thanks again Michael for a wonderful interview I can’t wait to get the book looking forward to getting it.

stillwatching
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stillwatching

thanks for the interview and look behind the scenes and the making of the book 😉 love the bits of info.. nice sets and great look back at the costume. please pretty please soap gods, let there be a red dress in sami’s future with EJ – she is the only other character that can pull that color off plus she has already done white way too much and black of course.

Denise
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Denise

Thank you so much for video! It was great to see what goes behind the scenes!

Lexi
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Lexi

Hi, I am a HUGE fan of Days of our Lives and have been watching it since I was a toddler…. I think this book is a fantastic idea!! Is there anywhere in Canada that I can buy this? Or do I have to purchase it online…. I don’t have a credit card so that’s my dilemma with buying online….

Michael Jenkins
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Michael Jenkins

Thanks, this is great.

gareth o. tillery
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gareth o. tillery

my gosh what can i say but it felt like home as days has been a part of my life for years.finally i saw a glimpse of part of the set its so awesome to see how it all works to make the majic we enjoy.salem usa will always have a special place in my heart and to actually see the set im like a scool kid .i will definately get the book showing the iconic set and pics of our beloved actors and actresses who became our family and will be in our hearts for all of the days… Read more »

Frances Milan
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Frances Milan

Greg, you said that you need to get the nfans back who have stopped watching? Well most of those fans are women that have watched the show for many yearsmainly due to family values. When we lost Francis Reid, Bo & Hope was next to be the family tradition. Now your getting rid of the main character in that duo.You need to get rid of Gabi,Roman,Tee,Kate,Jen,Abigail,Cameron,just to name afew. their storylines are over.You talked about romance!.Why not give family tradition a go. Bring back Shawn & Belle. I have been watching this show from day one 49 years ago. I… Read more »

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Marlena Becomes Possessed … Again!

On Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the devil had his way with his favorite person, Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)! In story, leave it to Marlena to save Doug (Bill Hayes) by giving herself up to Satan!

As Doug revealed himself to be Satan while in a therapy session with Marlena in her office, a shook Marlena tries to comprehend what is happening! When the devil says if Marlena won’t accept him in, she will punish Doug, he does just that.

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Poor Doug is left writhing in pain and on the floor, crying out for help! When we come back to the scene Marlena is not exactly right near his body, but sort of overlooking what is happening. Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) rushes into Marlena’s office to find Doug as Marlena stares blankly. Eventually, she calls for help.

After Doug is put in a hospital room and is monitored, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Tripp (Lucas Adams) can’t find anything wrong with him. Meanwhile, Julie finds Marlena at the nurses station and asks what happened with Doug during their therapy session.  Marlena flashes back to what led to Doug writing on the floor, and clearly something is way off with Marlena, because she has now become possessed.

Later, Julie sits by Doug’s hospital bed as he opens his eyes, as he tells his beloved wife, “He left me and went in to her.”  A confused Julie is left to ponder what on earth Doug could be talking about.

When Marlena comes home to John (Drake Hogestyn) – who is already concerned with Johnny (Carson Boatman) being set on making a movie of Sami’s life story which includes points on Marlena’s original possession – she tells him Doug collapsed in her office. When the two hug, Marlena slowly opens her eyes  revealing that they are glowing yellow.  Yup! We are off to the races. Marlena is now once again possessed.

So, what did you think about the scenes between Deidre Hall and Bill Hayes? Are you enjoying the revisiting of the infamous ‘possession’ storyline thus far? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives Kicks-Off Possession Storyline Revisted with ‘Doug’ Twist Cliffhanger, Followed by Fall Preview

Did the ‘Devil’ make them do it? Doug Williams  (Bill Hayes) is Satan? In what can only be described as major surprise twist on NBC’s Days of our Lives, for weeks, fans have thought they were about to embark on another dementia or Alzheimer’s storyline on the soaps with another beloved character.

However, Days head writer, Ron Carlivati ,and his writing team came up with a way to make it seem like this may be Doug’s fate only to use the long-running character as the impetus to bring the classic possession storyline back on the air some 25 years later.

It all goes down after Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) calls Marlena (Deidre Hall) to ask him to see Doug, after his MRI and other tests proved inconclusive for dementia, etc, to see if Dr. Evans can assess him.  The phone call to Marlena happened after John (Drake Hogestyn) was discussing the past, since Johnny (Carson Boatman) is ramping up to a shoot a movie on Sami’s life, that will include the time that Sami walked in on John and Marlena having sex, which caused Sami to act out for years and years.

 

However, and this is key, John tells Marlena that moment in time also left her alone and vulnerable to the darkest time in her life – alluding to when she became possessed by the devil – and Marlena was clearly having difficulty admitting that or going down that road of remembrance, when the phone call from Kayla saved her from digging deeper into the past.  Well now, John and Marlena may never have that conversation as she is primed to once again become possessed.

Meanwhile, Johnny is reading Will’s script for the Sami movie, and is shocked to read in it that Marlena was once possessed by the devil, as John takes out a dusty box with his Father John collar, a bible, and a news clipping of Marlena being possessed.  John is feeling that this movie will bring bad things on to all those he loves, especially Doc, and he looks to be right!

Now at her office with Doug, he admits he knows something is wrong.  He acts out and does strange things and does not know why.  Marlena brings up why Doug locked Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) in a freezer by accident. Doug gets adamant saying: “That was no accident. I locked that bitch in there on purpose.”  Marlena is shocked at his word and tone.  Then as Doug laughs, he says, “I’m not Doug.”  Next thing you know, the lowered voice of Satan comes out of Doug’s mouth and he tells Doc, “It’s been over 25 years Marlena. But did you really think I wouldn’t come back for you?” End of episode.  Great cliffhanger!

Now, check out the fall preview released following the airing of Friday’s episode by NBC below, which teases more demonic moments on Days. Then let us know in the comment section, what you thought of the ‘Doug’ twist as the possession storyline begins?

Plus, make sure to cast your vote in ‘Michael’s Poll’ of the week on the revisiting of this classic tale now in 2021 below the preview.

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Ron Carlivati Talks on the Creation, Scenes & Cast of ‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem’

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