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John-Paul Lavoisier Departs Days of our Lives With His Final Appearance!

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On Tuesday’s December 20th episode of NBC’s Days of our Lives, John-Paul Lavoisier will exit the show as Phillip Kiriakis.  Although the news that the actor had been written-off surfaced months ago, his on-air wrap up airs today.

On yesterday’s episode, Phillip, after being drugged by Deimos (Vincent Irizarry) and surviving it, asks Chloe (Nadia Bjorlin) to come away with him and they will start a new life together. Chloe says though she cares for him … she’s not in love with him. Phillip understands and tells Chloe that if she ever needs him, he will come back to Salem for her.

Now, Phillip will have a chance to have it out with his Uncle Deimos before he exits Salem!

As for Lavoisier, he will be seen in the upcoming online series, Ladies of the Lake. Of course, OLTL fans remember his work fondly as Rex Balsom,a role he played for ten years from 2002-2012.

Lavoisier’s DAYS cast mate, A Martinez (Eduardo) played tribute to JP via social media relating: “Today, Tuesday, the wonderful John Paul Lavoisier takes leave of Salem – for now. #DOOL #ClassAct #ProsPro #likenobodyelse

So, are you sad to see Phillip and JP exit the Salem canvas? Share your thoughts below.

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Iakovos
Iakovos

Sorry this did not work out. Always liked the actor on OLTL. Seems DAYS has trouble with integrating new characters for these fan favorites. I hope the ship can be righted so we can balance the legacy and consistency of the serial with the new directions these fresh faces to Salem are created to travel.

Celia
Celia

Agreed Iakovos. It’s not only sad , but also, irritating how many of our outstandingly superlative faves have opened the door to Salem, only to exit with their tails tucked between their legs,( metaphorically speaking).
As yourself, I have always adored John-Paul. Godspeed!!

Dee calise
Dee calise

Wish they keep John Paul. He so hot and sexy awesome. Philip too ….

Karen Clark
Karen Clark

I’m going to miss Paul. Not so much, Philip.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

I was very excited when I learned that John Paul was joining Days. I loved him as Rex on One Life to Live. Unfortunately, Days failed to give him anything meaningful to do.

Thank you for your effort John Paul and I wish you very much success in the future.

Claudio
Claudio

Looking forward to Anna Dimera returning to Days. January 9 is Leann Hunley first airdate. Welcome Back Leann. John Paul is a terrific actor, but was miscast as Phillip. Loved him on OLTL as Rex. Please Days bring back my madam, Vivian Alamain. I love louise Sorel she is a wonderful actress.

Celia
Celia

Hi, Claudio,
Oh, my gosh….I was not aware Anna was returning. I love, love, love her. I never got enough of her. She is en par with Vivian.
I’m with you….I would love to have her back, as well. I really get a kick out of Vivian. The ‘baddest’, most wonderful character/actress, in my estimation.
For now, Leann will have to do….sooo exciting!!

Claudio
Claudio

Hi, Celia, yes looking forward to Anna Dimera. Leann Hunley is a wonderful actress. my madam Vivian Alamain hopefully will be back very soon. I also love Hattie played by Deidre Hall. She is so funny lol, calling Roman Brady MR Roman.

Patrick
Patrick

@Claudio ; @Celia.

ie: this is a thread ( copy and paste ) it’s from a TV Guide interview with Louise Sorel….

Our Madam: Exclusive: Louise Sorel Exits Days of Our Lives

by Michael Logan | Jun 2, 2011 4:01 PM EDT

I remember reading this… and she clearly said… she’d never return. argh! I can’t not agree… as much as I LOVE HER TO BITS TOO.

here’s just an excerpt

excellent read… just like the divine actor and character.

TV Guide Magazine: Perhaps you’re better off not knowing why this happened.
Sorel: I don’t know if it matters at this point. What if I did know the reason? Then what? At one point, one of the actresses on Days was told she was interfering with the ratings and hurting the show, so certain things were not being written for her. Who needs to hear that? Listen, actors are by nature gypsies. We pick up and move on. I realize in the long run that I’ll look back on this and it’ll just be one of those things. I would never go back to Days after this, even though Gary said, “You might be back someday.” I just can’t do it. I love the character. I love the people I’m working with. But I can’t deal with it anymore.

for all it’s worth…. Louise Sorel… just by being present… brings about giddy… high brow … FUN… feisty… clever… wit to no end.

Claudio … thank you for the footnote… on when the delicious Anna Devane RETURN.

Patrick
Patrick

that should read

OUR Madam ( copy and paste – thread )

Exclusive: Louise Sorel Exits Days of Our Lives
by Michael Logan | Jun 2, 2011 4:01 PM EDT

PS: DAYS… when the light fades… in to the annuls of suds

MUST bring back…. Louise Sorel.

Patrick
Patrick

argh… dolt unmomento

Anna DiMera : January 9, 2017

YES

Celia
Celia

@Patrick.
Thanks, Patrick. I had no idea. The excerpt is very ‘opaque’; so, we can’t really discern its ‘nature’, but it is very telling that something did go on behind the scenes. It just wasn’t really talked about, am I right?…..By the same token, it sounds similar to Michael Muhney’s ‘ordeal’….except, that is a different ballgame, different players.
Lord only knows, eh? As, I’m sure, Cllaudio is, I am very disappointed. I love these types of characters and their ilk….also, Kristen DiMera, Faison and Dr. O. These actors are brilliant, and the characters they play shine a light on stage.

Claudio
Claudio

Now I will break out the booze lol. I am devasted now, I will never see my madam Vivian on Days again. Ok I will try to get over it. It will be hard Celia. I love dr. o on Gh. The lady can sing. I remember when she sang Peggy Lee classic is all that there is to love. The lady is talented. Patrick thank you so much, in telling us the news about Louise Sorel. Celia and I are updated. Merry Christmas too you Celia and to Patrick .

Celia
Celia

Thank you, Claudio…..
Joyous Christmas to you, as well, and a healthy New Year.

Susan
Susan

Anna (LeAnn Hunley) will be returning to with both Carrie and Austin in tow.

Patrick
Patrick

I want this ready made family so much. Roman acts ! I could truly see a reconciliation with the bombshell that is the one and only, Anna. Carrie is the new reigning Brady heroine. Rafe is excitable. They were magic. Im even ready to welcome Austin the man. A readymade family with so much tour de force. The best

Kim nester
Kim nester

They should rehire him back

John Gordon
John Gordon

I hate to say it but his character added zippo to the show – I am sure he is a very proficient actor, I am not saying otherwise. The writing on this show is so terribly lame it would be difficult for any actor to breathe life into these inane, monotonous scripts. The writing team at Days of our Lives must think we are still trapped in 1985 with these stale storylines.
They could really “rev things up” and be innovative with Paul, Sonny and Derrick, but no no, they probably won’t – instead we will have New Abby groaning and whining for the umpteenth time that she can’t let Chad know she’s still alive…..Yawn….

Mo
Mo

He was never right for the role.

Tay
Tay

Well, I’ve always been disappointed that J Kenneth wasn’t brought back even though I like JP. He’s done a great job despite little help from the writers/producers concerning his story. Such a waste of a talented actor & a Kiriakis character. Always liked Philip & Chloe so riding off together would have been sweet. Too many characters at Days playing background dancer to everyone else’s story.

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

They gave him nothing to do. Not one thing. He came in with the the Belle Sean Phillip Triangle, take 16,824,752. Imagine the surprise when that played out storyline went nowhere.

Phillip never interacted with characters not named Sean Belle Chloe or Kate. It was sad.

DOOL stockpiles talented actors and then gives them literally nothing to do. I can’t imagine this will change while Corday continues to control the destiny of this beloved and rudderless show

Linda
Linda

I was shocked today. I did not know he was written off. Yes I am very sad to see him leave. He was very attractive to watch everyday. Lol. Seriously, if a better script was written for Phillip, maybe he could have stayed on longer. I will miss him.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

I was not a One Life to Live fan, but I always did enjoy John-Paul Lavoisier’s work, so when I heard of his hiring at Days of Our Lives last year in the role of Phillip Kiriakis, I was over the moon excited! And, I can say, he absolutely KILLED it in the role! He really did excel as Phillip and I truly feel it was the storylines he was put into really dictated the exit of Lavoisier. To me, he was and still is, the best Phillip that the soap has had, and should they choose to bring the role back, they welcome him back into the cast, as well. I never understood the hate for him or his portrayal of the role.

I would love to see another soap pick him up! Maybe General Hospital, either in a recast of a previous role, or in a newly-created role that would suit him.

D.Lee
D.Lee

Good luck to you! Hate to see you go. Saw 12-20-16 today episode to. S.

Chloe
Chloe

Philip is a legacy character & should be in Salem. I don’t understand why they’re writing him out, especially with Victor retiring. He should be the one running the company, instead of Deimos. They could have written a great storyline with Philip battling Deimos for control. And maybe Brady could have helped Philip. That would give him something to do besides mope around moaning for Theresa.
Sadly, they choose to get rid of great characters like Philip & they keep losers like Joey, Jade & JJ.

Irene
Irene

I thought he grew into the part. I am very sorry to see him go. If they give him good story, he will do it. Sexy but has acting talent. Hope they regret letting him go and bring him back.

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

He was the right man to play Phillip. I’ve been pissed about his firing for months now. Why did they bother bringing the character back if they were going to let him go faster than when they brought him back? Makes no sense to me.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Unfortunately, he fell victim of storyline and change of regime. I think Phillip’s return was a bit more on the side of Josh Griffiths, than it was from Dena Higley. And then, working with Ryan Quan, it’s clear the canvas was no longer fitting for him.

CZ
CZ

Love to see OLTL alums getting work. Love Philip Kiriakis. But this was an odd actor/character combination that never clicked for me. Jay Johnson casts a long shadow.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

He could had been a good Philip but the writers failed to write for him and make the character his own

Melissa
Melissa

Maybe if hey bring back OLTL he can go back.

Chris
Chris

John is a very good actor and I’m really sad to see him leave Days.

jaybird369
jaybird369

SAYONARA…AND DON’T COME BACK!!!!!!!!!!

Max Daddee
Max Daddee

Great actor, I surely remember John Paul from OLTL. If GH smartens up, they will snatch him up as a regular. Have missed seeing him since the OL days – loved the storyline of Rex and Gigi. Unforgettable…love his energy.

chris burnside
chris burnside

I will miss Philip.. he is a very good actor and he is sexy.He played his part well with a lot of emotion..

Shirley Davis
Shirley Davis

He grew on me, but there is only one Phillip, JAY KENNETH JOHNSON!! They need to bring him back!! i met him in 2010 at the 45th Anniversary of DAYS! A real nice man!

Rj
Rj

I think John Paul is a fine actor, and he did a good job playing Phillip, but because I was so fond of Jay Kenneth Johnson in the role, it was hard to accept John Paul as Phillip. I wish that Jay would come back. Days could use him. He had good chemistry with everyone, and could be good and bad at the same time. I look forward to seeing John Paul in his other roles as he has a lot of talent. I always think recasts are hard for the actors if someone before them had the role for awhile because we have become attached to the former actor. Best of luck to John Paul!

Mister Media
Mister Media

If Days stays true to form he’ll be back through the revolving door in 8 – 12 months. Just ask Camila Banus, Greg Vaugahn, Freddie Smith, Daniel Cosgrove, Nadia Bjorlin, Brandon Beemer, Martha Madison, Kassie DePaiva, Christie Clark, Austin Peck, et al.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Camila Banus, just to justify, LEFT the soap, as did Freddie Smith. They are the only ones, out of the ones you’ve listed, that were not fired from their positions at the soap. So, their leaving was their own decision, as was their returns, as well!

mike
mike

He could have been great in the role if the writing had been better. I hope the powers that be bring him back again as they are doing with Greg Vaughn. JP can light up the screen if given half a chance.

Sharon
Sharon

Always wanted Jay Kenneth Johnson back as Philip, but I think that no matter who plays Philip the writers need to remember that Philip’s character lost his leg. I could never get past that. That just never made him Philip to me.

Connor AvidSoapFan
Connor AvidSoapFan

I really think that John-Paul Lavoisier would have made a WONDERFUL re-cast for the character of Dillon Quartermaine on General Hospital!

Karen
Karen

I am deeply saddened that we are losing a great actor and character , John Paul. Lavoisier. I hope at some poin th Cloe will call him back to Salem and he’ll accept. I will miss him dearly and wish him all the best.

Jaime
Jaime

Should have been Irrizarry (Deimos) who was ushered out the door. He is no ratings boast to Days, his character is overly propped to no avail unless you enjoy seeing Days history distorted!

jaybird369
jaybird369

Jaime…EXACTLY!!!!! The final straw (for me) was when he drugged Maggie!!!!! BEYOND DESPICABLE!!!!!

Happy Holidays, Jaime.

Jane
Jane

The greatest disservice to any actor is to be cast in the wrong role. JP is a strong actor who knows how to deliver his lines. However, weak writing brought about his early demise on Days. Scripts are so sporadic lately, for the most part. Then, the Chabby reveal has been taken to new levels of frustration for viewers. We all know what’s coming next, And why bring back such a weak character as Lani? Viewers were happy to see her leave, and now she’s back??? Why make her the unknown woman JJ had a one nighter with in Miami? Pretty transparent writing! Better get some good writers on this or Days will soon go the way of so many other daytime drama shows. With all the commercials they must be making some big $$$! Spend more on good writers. The actors and viewers deserve it.

John Gordon
John Gordon

I feel a little dumb here (well I haven’t yet watched today’s show actually) but I didn’t quite put 2 and 2 together in order to realize that the “mysterious gal” that JJ was “with” in Miami was Lani –
The writing on this show – holy toledo – it is truly lame. The only storyline that has been presented in a somewhat realistic light has been the current breast cancer (stage II) arc – at least they have tried to make it somewhat believable. The actors on this show are fine, some perhaps more proficient than others, but the writing team needs to look at the calander on the wall and realize it is not 1983 anymore –
For example, let’s see – Nicole flies to Chicago (which means she went to set #3 that looks exactly like Salem) and her friends warn her “it might be snowing there be careful!” —so any Soap nut KNOWS that she will get of course stuck with what’s her name and will have to help deliver the baby…..and then of course find out that she’s the true mother…uh huh…yeah….okay….that’s only been done to death since ice covered the Earth.
The writers need to tackle some more topical storylines…..

Ray
Ray

For 2017, here is a few ideas I would love to see. Bring back Jay Kenneth Johnson. Give Shawn a storyline. He is too good looking of a guy to be sitting around a police department. I am looking forward to the Eli/Valerie/Julie storyline. The return of Anna DiMera is thrilling as long as they do not make make her a ding bat that decides she misses Tony so much that she falls for Andre. I would love to see a new David Banning, a love interest for Kate and/or Anna. Anna and Kate could be a GREAT rivalry. I LOVE Marci Miller in the role of Abigail. Camilla Banus is so good when she is given a storyline. Please bring in a sibling for Sonny. Let him be a drug addict and see a real storyline of Sonny helping him through it. Give Hope a new storyline that doesn’t rehash the past. Her entire existence has been Bo, Aiden and Stefano for years. I am not sure Rafe is the answer. Lets see more Nicole and Maggie in the new year. Please hire Colleen Zenk as a new character that shakes things up in Salem. She is too beautiful not to be on our televisions every day.

Debra m
Debra m

He was at his best as Rex on OLTL. Loved the scenes with Rex and Bo. Wish by some miracle OLTL could come back.

Danah
Danah

Whoever has made the decision to get rid of John Paul Lavoisier, has made a HUGE MISTAKE!! He was interesting to watch and hands down, the very best Philip of all!! Will miss him! Maybe Days will come to their senses and get him back!!

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Salem is coming across the pond to the UK!  Look for the British to enjoy the long-running daytime soap airing  exclusively on the Sony Channel beginning on January 20th of 2020.

According to Metro: when DAYS does debut in the UK  viewers will see the story pick-up from the series 53rd season where in story; Vivian Alamain returns to Salem after Stefan O. DiMera arrives on the scene claiming to be her son, which all happens on New Years Eve along with three major kisses.

The season which will bow on Sony Channel marked the first full season run of episodes from current head writer, Ron Carlivati

This isn’t the first time DAYS has aired in England, previously it has runs on  CBS Drama, Zone Romantica, and Channel 5

Episodes picking up from season 53 will broadcast at 9;10am.

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Nichols, who along with Mary Beth Evans, have been known as enduring supercouple Patch and Kayla, and now they find themselves in the Salem time jump in a different set of circumstances,  First of all, Kayla is romantically involved with Justin Kiriakis (Wally Kurth), and Nichols returned as Stefano and is in ca-hoots with Princess Gina (Kristian Alfonso).

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In an interview in the current issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Stephen opens up about taking on the classic soap villain role made famous by the late, great Joe Mascolo.

Nichols admitted there was some trepidation taking on and in approaching how to portray the role: “It was daunting and a major challenge to take on. I knew I didn’t want to be a cheap imitation. I wanted to get Stefano’s essence.”

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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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