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More DAYS Shake-Ups: Lisa de Cazotte OUT As Albert Alarr Tapped As New Co-EP!

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Days of our Lives is making more behind-the-scenes changes leading into their big push to the episodes that will bring them into their 50th anniversary come November!

News Monday out of Soap Opera Digest has that soap veteran Lisa de Cazotte has been let-go as Days of our Lives co-executive producer!  Lisa held that position since 2011.   She will be replaced by longtime series director and producer, Albert Alarr!

Besides being with the NBC soap opera since 2003 on the DAYS directing team, Albert’s daytime drama credentials have included directing gigs on The Young and the Restless, Port Charles, and All My Children. In addition, fans of Crystal Chappell’s online web series, Venice the Series and Beacon Hill know that Alarr has been one of the main directors. Alarr will work closely with DAYS main co-executive producer Greg Meng  in the months to come.  In more backstage changes, Janet Spellman-Rider has been upped to series producer!

These changes on the production side have take shape after Josh Griffth and Dena Higley have come on board as the new DAYS head writing team.

So, what do you think of the producing changes at DAYS?  Do you think it will have an impact on the series?  Share your thoughts below!

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Lew S
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Lew S

Change is always needed for survival.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

It will MOST ASSUREDLY change the trajectory of this show. NBC wants it lone Soap to post the gains that GH is enjoying over on ABC and I GUARANTEE you they won’t let up with the myriad of backstage changes until they do…and I don’t blame them because really ..this show was sleep inducing as far as i’m concerned.

Alan
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Alan

If NBC wants to see the show posting GH-sized gains I’m not sure Higley and Griffith were the way to go…

code
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code

Higley did boost the soap in 2008 through 2009. Her writing regime had higher ratings than this.

Alan
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Alan

Based on Higley’s work on One Life To Live and Griffith’s Work on Y&R I don’t have much confidence in this team.

Jeremy
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Jeremy

Very good. It sounds like Albert Alarr has what it takes to take our beloved DAYS into the remainder of it’s 50th year and beyond. I really hope great changes will come to DAYS. It’s so important for our show to succeed, for all our soaps to succeed and continue for many more ‘Days’ to come… of course, I mean, years! Wishing DAYS a great 50th and hope all these changes behind the scenes makes the show pick up and get back to where it once was. I’m rooting for DAYS and I fell like Sony and NBC feels the… Read more »

davlestev1
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davlestev1

I agree with you Jeremy. Now there are only four soaps with four different views on the genre and they will be hard pressed to replicate stories in the same fashion since they all come from a different production model. NBC was a daytime leader as well as ABC who stand behind one remaining soldier in a genre that reinvented prime time in the way stories are told…AND ALWAYS WILL…every prime time drama is a continuing serialized form bred of daytime that wiped out the closed end episodes of nighttime and forced characters to have a life…a family..a past and… Read more »

Graham
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Graham

Desperately needed changes. I can’t watch the show the way it is right now. They have some huge messes to clean up. They need to start by putting the vets we know and love front and center again.

Carolyn
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Carolyn

I’m hopeful as many of the story arcs have fallen flat. Maybe they will consider the concept of NOT taping 6 months in advance. It doesn’t allow for changes when stories aren’t working. I understand the need to tape in advance, but 6 months is extreme.

Jack Turner
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Jack Turner

I agree with Carolyn and frankly some of the storylines are NOT working – case in point: the whole Clyde and his “children” Ben and Jordan – it’s just a little too draggy (the whole show is a too drawn out, sorry, that’s just my opinion) and it hasn’t REALLY gone anywhere to speak of. At least the hard-to-believe storyline of young JJ and a woman over 50 WENT somewhere now that Jen has gotten an eye-full and has something to hold over Eve, maybe tell her to leave town or else she’ll spill the beans to Paige – I… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

one note anger management “Ben” needs to hit the road… if DAYS production team think it’s SO sexy to see Ben and Abs ACT in bed…. and his seething temper reel…..

to watch Abs vacillate between child and womanhood… burgeoning Heroine… I’m just not seeing it… is it the writing ? most assuredly ?

I give props to Kate Mansi… but… with all the behind the scenes upheaval….
why not give Kelley Missal a shot as Abs

with her sexiness matched with JJ

dour plain Jenn has NO chance

Carolyn
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Carolyn

I like your comment about the sets. While I think the Brady Pub is an anchor location, the “death” park is ridiculous. How many people have to die or be assaulted in the exact same location before people figure out it’s not a safe place to walk. lol

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Days is in need of change in both front and behind the camera….ill stick with it up to the shows 50th to see if the changes are for the better?

Nate
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Nate

Monkeys locked in a room with word processors would do a better job than the current writing we’re seeing now, so anything is an improvement.

ELILZABETH
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ELILZABETH

No writer can fix a broken production schedule where arcs are written six months in advance. Because of this the show is always stuck with bad story lines and chemistry problems long after it clear it isn’t working ( can we say Jordan) while its audience dwindles due to boredom. The production problem should have been addressed years ago. As long as the solution to the ratings issues is to recreate the 80’s and bring back the star that left or to push the flavor of the month on the viewers with no real background (Serena) expect the show to… Read more »

Derrick
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Derrick

Let’s hope it works!

robert
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robert

I think DAYS is fighting for survival. Their ratings are bad falling to new lows in the demos,and I welcome changes,because the show is truly awful right now. With a new writing team,and producer changes that may improve the show,and make it watchable again. I am rooting for the show to succeeded.

Mo
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Mo

If it makes the show better, I’m for it.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Well at this point they got nothing left to lose. I have been watching Days for a long time and I cannot recall it ever being in this rough of shape. I truly hope they have hit rock bottom and it all uphill with the new regime. This show really deserves a great 50th year and truly hope this team will bring the history and great production values the show had, back in full force.

Travis Thomas
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Travis Thomas

Im all happy for change. But SMART CHANGE. I just dont get the decisions that are made on this show. Why re-hire a writer that was fired TWICE for crappy SL’s and writing. Thats the biggest thing that frustrates me with this Genre. Instead of going to hire the best damn daytime writer out there, they rehire someone that was let go twice. Thats like me going back to a Doctor that has gotten me Sick twice, instead of doing my homework and finding a better doctor. You have Lorraine Brodderick on your writing staff who penned some of the… Read more »

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Well said.

Jeremy
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Jeremy

you nailed it, Travis – in every way! I feel like DAYS is just too safe, they need those major storylines like you mentioned, I remember how big Cruise of Deceptive, Marlena possessed by the devil (ok, that way way way out there). Days is in jeopardy and I hate saying it, because I don’t want to read a year from now that the soap was cancelled. Since, AW ended in 1999 (?) NBC has had 16 years to get DAYS together. I want DAYS to survive for as long as possible. Your post was well said, man! Thank you.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

I love DOOL and it is disappointing to see such an iconic show not bringing in the ratings it deserves (IMO). I have felt for a long time that the ratings issue is primarily due to the fact that it doesn’t have a designated time slot and doesn’t even air in several markets. DOOL has a very talented & very attractive cast. I know the writing and pacing can be a little off at times, but it never ceases to entertain me and I rarely FF other than the commercials. It would be beneficial to not continue to PROP certain… Read more »

Morgan
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Morgan

Days is in trouble, They need to bring back Carrie, Austin, Recast Billie Reed with Noelle Beck. I hope Days stays on the air, because I really love the show, but right now the show really sucks.

Lou Piikes
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Lou Piikes

NO!!!! Please, no more Austin, Carrie, and Billie. They suck and all of them are boring.

code
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code

Those characters rocked the 90s and surely whole better than newbie characters.

Lou Piikes
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Lou Piikes

Austin, Carrie, and Billie were brought back, then let go again because they did nothing for the ratings.

PGP
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PGP

If DAYS wants to see gains like GH, hiring Higley back after two failed attempts was not a wise idea. Lorraine Broderick should have been promoted to Head writer. If not then maybe they should bring Nancy Curlee out of retirement or even Claire Labine. Also, bringing back some big time vets for the anniversary would be great…GH did a year long celebration they should do the same!

code
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code

True , I would leave Broderick on the writing team , but she was head script writer for gary and chris.

Marc Jimenez
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Marc Jimenez

FINALLY There hearing the CRYING OUT LOYAL FANS VOICES OUT HEAR Concerning DAYS Stories and especially some of the NEWBIE CAST that aren’t working out at all the RATINGS are way to down its very sad and alarming that KEN CORDAY Let it go this FAR NOW US the FANS that watch for YRS 5 Days a week and its gotten really bad PLS hear our voices BRING Back Bo Brady , Jack Deveraux , Steve Johnson , Belle Black , Shawn D Brady , Phillip Kiriakis , Tony DiMera , E.J . DiMera and Sami Brady and pls try… Read more »

Michael
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Michael

Higly has been around forever. Most of her previous soaps are now cancelled. Days needs fresh writing- not a rehashing of the same old same old. Give Deidre Hall a real storyline!

Ray
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Ray

I love DOOL and want it to survive…the behind the scene changes are necessary, but I want a lot of stories to go away…The storyline with Serena, a new character that has no connection or history except with Eric years ago, obsessing over a ceramic elephant for weeks now is CRAZY. Lucas and Adrienne and not going to drive ratings…Kassie D as Eve is not working…I liked Melanie when she was on the show previously, but all she does is stammer over her words (annoying beyond measure)…The storyline with Aidan and Hope hav already grown dull…Here are a few suggestions.… Read more »

mike
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mike

The first thing they should do is get Chandler Massey back. The second thing they should do is get Chandler Massey back. Third thing they should do is get an exciting young actor to play Kate and Victors son and put him in a rivalry with Chad. The fourth thing they should do is have Spencer Neville shirtless in every episode.

Tad
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Tad

If not Chandler Massey a competent actor with a bit of spark should be cast as Will. It’s unbelievable that the powers that be cast such a flat actor to play Sami Brady’s son.

Jim Anderson
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Jim Anderson

LoL regarding Spencer Neville. Well, it wouldn’t hurt – Chandler Massey chose to leave, with a little help out the door from the producers. I can’t speak for others, but I know there are some viewers who are not in love with the replacement actor who was cast as the new Will. I would say he’s doing an adequate job in the role, but my problem with the show as a whole is that it is just too drawn out. The writers really REALLY need to pick up the pace. They also need to have some innovative writing in place… Read more »

Max
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Max

Long live Days of Our Lives!

Jimmy
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Jimmy

I agree that change is definitely needed on DAYS, they need a GH-type story where a disaster hits and several characters are killed off, ones that aren’t needed and no one likes (at the top of the list, for me, is Clyde, followed by Paige, whom I can’t stand). But I don’t think bringing Dena Higley back, who was fired twice before because of her storylines, is the right choice. And Griffith’s latest visit to Genoa City wasn’t anything to brag about either, but that was probably because of his tyrant leader, Jill Phelps. Change is definitely needed, and hopefully… Read more »

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DAYS Wally Kurth Delivers ‘The Power Performance of the Week’

Mark our words! Next year, Days of our Lives Wally Kurth (Justin Kiriakis) will once again be nominated for a Daytime Emmy for this week’s emotional and deeply-touching work on key episodes of the NBC daytime drama series.

As viewers saw, this was to be the happy nuptials of Justin and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans), who found love again after losing the previous loves of their lives.  They were dear friends to begin with, who through a set of horrific circumstances, found comfort with one another which eventually turned to love.

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Problem was; Justin overheard Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) and Hope (Kristian Alfonso) before the ceremony discussing Steve’s (Stephen Nichols) feelings for Kayla and that he wants her back; something Kayla is unaware of.  So what will he do?  The noble thing and tell her the truth, or keep it to himself and marry her anyway?

As the Intel of what he learned weighed heavier and heavier on Justin, in the most dramatic of moments (when he was to say his “I do’s”), Justin stopped the ceremony and bared all to Kayla: that Steve wants her back and how Steve saw him propose to her and that is why he backed off.  Armed with the knowledge and that her friends and family kept it from her, Kayla does not know what to do.  Justin helps made it easy and clear for her when he questions her … if they would be standing here getting married, if Steve had told her his true feelings before Justin proposed to her?

Justin goes on to say to Kayla that maybe she has been avoiding her true feelings for Steve, because she did not want to hurt him.  Then Justin tells Kayla that he visited his late wife Adrienne’s (Judi Evans) grave, and told her that if things were different, and if she was alive they would still be married, and Kayla would be their dear, dear friend.

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With seeing the look on Kayla’s eyes, Justin knows she loves Steve.  Heartbroken, but caught in an untenable situation, Justin tells Kayla he is happy for her.  Kayla wraps her arms around Justin as they both cry.  Kayla says she never wanted to hurt him, and when Wally as Justin says, “I know, honey,” it was one of the most honest and ten-hankie moments of the entire scenario.   Justin kisses her, tells the guests there will be no wedding today, and exits the Kiriakis mansion.

The emotional drama continues in the aftermath as Justin is at Kayla’s apartment boxing up all of his belongings and tears up recalling their nights together listening to jazz and cooking dinner.  Sonny (Freddie Smith) finds his dad, and tells him he did the noble thing and that time will heal all wounds, but after Sonny leaves, Justin breaks down a bit further before exiting Kayla’s for good.

And if that was not enough, Justin goes back to Adrienne’s gravesite to update her on the wedding that did not happen.   He talks to her that he understands Kayla and Steve’s deep and enduring love, which was just like theirs was.  Next, Justin thinks he is seeing Adrienne, when none other than Bonnie Lockhart (Judi Evans) reveals she is back in Salem – talk about kicking a guy when he is down!

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Throughout this entire saga, moment to moment, Kurth delivered raw, genuine, adult emotions, in a very complex adult story and relationship.   In fact, the cast and crew thought so, too!  When Wally as Justin told Kayla that he can’t marry her and the speech that followed and his exit from the mansion that followed, all those on set applauded for him.  His work was that moving.   Wally was ably assisted throughout by the outstanding work of Mary Beth Evans in these scenes.

2020, while a difficult year for everyone thus far, has been a particular great year for Kurth on Days; as over the last six months he has really had a chance to shine in this story.  So for all of these reasons and more, Michael Fairman TV gives the “Power Performance of the Week” kudos to Wally Kurth.

Did you love Wally’s performance this week on Days? Did you reach for the hankies? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

 

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DAYS Wally Kurth, Mary Beth Evans & Chandler Massey Take You Behind the Scenes of Kayla and Justin’s Wedding

On Wednesday’s heartbreaking episode of Days of our Lives, viewers saw just how the nuptials of Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Justin (Wally Kurth) eventually wound up!

Justin told Kayla that Steve (Stephen Nichols) still loves her, which put a halt to the proceedings and ended the romantic relationship between the two dear friends, who found love with one another following Adrienne’s (Judi Evans) death, and Kayla believing Steve did not want her back.

Now, The DOOL app has posted a rare behind the scenes view of the making of the wedding – with moments from the key scenes, rehearsals and interviews with the cast involved.

Chandler Massey (Will) weighs-in on Will’s debut as a wedding officiant and how that went south, while Mary Beth Evans and Wally Kurth shared why they loved this storyline so much.

Wally expresses how the last six months have been some of the best storylines of his soap career, while Mary Beth says that Justin and Kayla’s relationship was so adult and that in real life, both actors have known about people who fall in love with their dear friend, after losing their significant other whether it be by divorce, or death, or whatever the circumstance.

If you don’t already have the DOOL app on your mobile device to watch the segment, you can get more info to download here.

We will have more to say on the memorable performances at Michael Fairman TV later in the week.

So, what did you think of Kayla and Justin’s wedding and the fallout? Comment below.

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DAYS Mary Beth Evans & Stephen Nichols with Guest Ron Carlivati Talk Stayla’s Greatest Hits & Approach To Scripts During COVID-19

This week is a pivotal one for Steve (Stephen Nichols) and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) on Days of our Lives.  Will they be reunited once again?

To take a stroll down memory lane of reunions past, Mary Beth Evans along with her longtime on-screen scene partner and dear friend, Stephen Nichols, watched back key scenes from the history of Stayla and offered up a second viewing experience as they commented on the clips.

Later, Mary Beth and Stephen are joined by their surprise guest and it is revealed to be Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati!

In her tweet, Evans announced: “Since we’re evidently leading up to something big on #Days … Stephen Nichols and I thought we’d get together & watch some of our reunions from the past. And, we were lucky enough to have a very special guest join us for a chat! #patchandkaylaforever”

Mary Beth and Stephen then chat with Ron about what changes is he having to make to scripts in the reality we all live in now, the coronavirus pandemic, and how he is taking in to account upcoming safety protocols that will need to be adhered to when Days goes back into production.

As of now, from an article in Deadline last Friday the NBC daytime drama series is aiming for a September 1st restart.

Watch Mary Beth, Stephen and Ron in part one and part two and part three of their discussion below.

You can find that and more on Mary Beth’s PlankBlog You Tube channel as well.

Let us know in the comment section what you favorite Patch and Kayla reunion has been … and if you are looking forward to how Days will look when it goes back into production within safety guidelines for COVID-19?

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