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NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt Addresses DAYS Future: "It's Not Going Anywhere!"

For the foreseeable future it appears that Days of our Lives is not on the chopping block and going anywhere!  This vote of confidence came yesterday at the current TCA (Television Critics Association) Winter Press Tour!

According to TV Line, NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt expressed that Days of our Lives would remain on the air beyond its current contract cycle, which expires in September.

Greenblatt started, “I think Days is going to stick around.  I don’t know that I’m at liberty to say that officially yet, but it’s not going anywhere.”

This would seem good news for DAYS  fans, whose favorite soap has been last in the ratings of all four of the remaining network soap operas, and has been hitting recent record lows in the key female 18-49 demo.  Many had been concerned that if DAYS did not perk up in the ratings rather quickly it could be canceled.

So soapers, are you happy to hear the news that DAYS should be sticking around?  What are your thoughts to now improve the show so it has staying power?  Let us know!

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Bobby Cherry
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Bobby Cherry

Given Comcast’s budget cutting ways across NBC, I really lost all hope — especially since we have had to wait until now for any sign. Instead, I put all of my hope into Prospect Park saving “Days.” So now, I can thank NBC and Comcast, and hope that by the time NBC ever decides to cancel the only show I watch, Prospect Park will be a well-established company to keep us “Days” fans going!

Jules
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Jules

Thank goodness!!! Great news!!! Thank you NBC and Comcast! It remains my favourite soap since ATWT was cancelled, and I try and champion it any time I can. I always try and look at the positives going on, even when some of the stuff on and off screen aren’t so positive. As far as the “ratings” go, I think it’s counterproductive, and sort of useless, to say DAYS is in last place. With only 4 soaps left, is it really still a race? And when we’re all trying to be supportive and upbeat about the situation, isn’t it wrong of… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I agree the rating race should not be soap against soap, but how the soap is doing in comparison to the other shows in the same time slot that are not a soap. I bet in those races Days is doing better than some boring talk snooze or pop culture dribble.

Patrick
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Patrick

Thanks Jules – No… it’s not a race….

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

I agree Jules, since ATWT was cancelled, I have gotten into DAYS, a series I used to hate. But now, I couldn’t imagine my life without it. My Horton Christmas’ are a nice piece offering for my Snyder Christmas’.

Jules
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Jules

That’s great to hear Scott. It’s the only soap I make sure I watch. Through it all I- wacky stories, boring stories, hilarious and dramatic stories- I recognize what this show is, what it’s about and who they are. I lost that with GH years ago and never found it with YR or BB. I hope you continue to see DAYS as a family-centered show at its core, and support it through its glorious highs and unfortunate lows. Mary- It’s funny, even on DAYS’s worst day, it still gets better ratings than just about EVERY show on the “major network”… Read more »

Sheryl Postin
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Sheryl Postin

I’m glad to .hear that Days won’t be cancelled . I really like that show .

Patrick
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Patrick

knowing that DAYS has always been near the bottom or bottomed out… LOL… is a moot point…. NBC and/or comcast would be remiss… stupid, to let their one soap go… take heed and/or notice….. ABC fans retaliated…. Serials do have an audience… and IF WELL DONE… put some money, loosen the purse strings… LET THE ONE SOAP… DOOL be a shining example of how good it was, is, and will continue to be.

A Major Network without a Soap….. NEVER SHOULD HAPPEN!

My one wish…. BRING BACK CHRISTIE CLARK! for Rafe, Marlena, and Sammi.

Blake
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Blake

Agree that no major network should be without a soap, and to bring back Christie Clark as Carrie!

Ces
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Ces

Would love for Christie to come back, baby in tow – Austin ??? Not so much. That would wake Rafe up!

Blake
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Blake

Oh that would be awesome!

Dmitri
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Dmitri

Yeah, bring back Carrie for Rafe and have Sami be with Lucas!

Linda
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Linda

It seems that NBC learned from ABC/D’s debacle!

missy
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missy

Better writers … make Ejami Days super couple ..there lacking in that department . When Ejami on ratings are through the roof …..why dont they get the message already …

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

EJami would ruin ratings. I know I would hate to see them together and don’t see any connection between them.

TRW
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TRW

No Ejami would be far superior to putting her with that horrible Rafe again. The new writers fucked up the great Lucas/Sami/EJ triangle that was going…

Dmitri
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Dmitri

I agree, EJami fans are now in the minority, shockingly. People aare tired of them and wanna see SAFE!!!

Scott
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Scott

I’d rather see Sami and Lucas reunite out of all of her pairings on the series. EJami are boring and stale.

Jules
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Jules

^ Disagree. I don’t know where you’re getting the idea that EJami fans are now a minority, but they are as rabid, militant and loyal as ever. In fact, I’m seeing the exact opposite- SAFE fans are really losing their numbers, while EJami is as strong as ever. Am I correct? Who knows, it’s all subjective unless we gather every EJami and SAFE fan around the world and count them. Point is, IMO, EJami together would do more for the ratings than Jim Reilly coming back from the grave and putting together a convoluted but ratings winner plot.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

As a long time soap opera viewer, I learned one thing about love triangles and it is this- the best triangles are the ones that have the viewer as conflicted who should be with who as the person in the center of triangle is. As a viewer when I see Sami with EJ, I want her to be with him, but then when I see her with Rafe, I want her to be with him. It was the same with the Sami, Lucas and Austin triangle. The worse triangles are those you really don’t give a flying fig who the… Read more »

danny
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danny

They are, however, changing the name to Days of Daniel Jonas’ Life next September during their annual “reboot”. SIGH!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I never did understand why this character (Daniel) who had no real ties to any long standing family on the show, suddenly became one of their leading men. The very fact they had to find a way to have him related to a Horton ( Maggie’s stolen egg- really??) was quite the stretch. It would have made more sense just to bring back Mike Horton if you needed a doctor for the show- and they are number of MIA Hortons and Bradys out there to bring back rather than make a character who was most likely only suppose to be… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

Hello…???? I couldn’t agree more… LOL…. it’s disheartening… He’s the one male actor i have a hard time believing… it’s really stretching to catch on to him…. I mean, according to fans… Rafe cannot act… and I digress, because of the looks factor… but.. Daniel… I just patiently watch his scenes… I am buying… his mother/son act… and that could be thanks to Suzanne Rogers.. Maggie. I SO WANTED IT TO BE MADISON, who was Maggies long lost child… this would have clearly established and gave roots to Madison… no such luck… and, i will give props to Daniels chemistry… Read more »

Ces
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Ces

Couldn’t agree more with Dr. Daniel ! He’s so damn dull really. And Maggie being in his face every 5 minutes is like an Oedipus complex. Weird.

Gracy
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Gracy

I am happy about that as long as: 1) James Scott stays on the show-when he goes, I go. 2) Sami stays away from EJ. I think it would be great if Ari Zucker was allowed to show her funny side.

Dmitri
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Dmitri

I agree, I am tired of EJami, brong on EJOLE!

Scott
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Scott

I loved EJ and Nicole together, but they’ve ruined them far too much beyond repair. I’m tired of their continued reunions then splits because someone cheated or the DiMera name came into something of power, again.

Nicole turned into someone I hated with EJ. Their connection was beautiful, but the outcome was too nasty.

Blake
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Blake

Days has huge viewership on NBC’s website. I agree that the show needs better writers. And it sucks that any changes you have to wait 3 months before you see them since they film that far ahead. Eileen Davidson as Kristen is really the only interesting thing going on Days. She has really brought it again and gives John, Marlena, and Brady interesting story! Will’s story was the interesting and best story until he got mixed in with Gabi and now it sucks! Any story having Gabi in it is going to really suck. And why is Eric a priest?… Read more »

Rj
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Rj

I agree with you! Eric is gorgeous! He has done an excellent job playing a Priest, but you know this is just a build up to a more involved storyline for him. No one stays that good in Salem for long. Summer cannot come quick enough!

Patrick
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Patrick

I agree… however, my concern… for such a high calibur talent… and fans will agree.. that if the writing isn’t up to par… i’m closely watching how well Kristen is being written… that they not waste any more talent… and Eric has that in spades… PLEASE…. WRITERS…. FLESH OUT Greg Vaughn… however, long he lasts as a priest… just don’t waste him. it’s agonizing enough… but, he’s worth the wait… GOOD STORIES.. will enliven the cast and FANS.

Ces
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Ces

I don’t like Gabi having her own storyline at all.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

All I know is if my priest looked like Eric- I be going to church everyday, winter, summer, spring and fall

Blake
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Blake

OMG me too! Not too long ago I saw a priest on General Hospital that was sexy as hell! I thought the same thing about him, I would be anywhere he was, priest or not! lmao

Robert Seganti
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Robert Seganti

Don’t count on the word of ANY sleazy network executive.ABC moved All My Children to California with
similar assurances.

TRW
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TRW

Greenblatt is a little higher up than Frons was…

Rj
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Rj

I would think they would at least let Days make it to its 50th anniversary. Their numbers may not be huge, but Days still has a following of many loyal fans. If they keep the budget, so they can make a profit, and have some decent storylines and characters with romance and intrique, they could keep their fan base coming back for more, and keep the show going for awhile. To cancel Days and put on another talk show, they would lose having a loyal group who watches regularly.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

VERY good news! Go soaps!

Michael
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Michael

Thank God!… or NBC!

cr
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cr

Amen, man

robert
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robert

Kind of surprised.

Lee
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Lee

Given that NBC has a lot of problem areas in primetime (especially starting now from January to August when “Sunday Night Football” is out of season) that need fixing more urgently, as well as a myriad of issues with the “Today” show, those are probably among the few factors keeping “Days” afloat for now. Because let’s be honest- “Days” is beyond boring, the writing quality has gone sharply downhill since just after the Olympics break, and the ratings clearly reflect that- they’re awful. IMO, it’s a major problem that the show films so far ahead (reportedly about 4 months). If/when… Read more »

TV Report
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TV Report

You seem to not be very knowledgeable in some areas that you stated as NBC doesn’t have to pay for the production on the show, they don’t own DAYS, Sony does. All NBC has to do is pay for the license fee to air the show, that’s why it keeps living past its expiration date. Sony does everything in its power to cheapen the license fees because the show is still doing well overseas like B&B is so its a good small asset for Sony to have. For Comcast to have a show this dirt cheap and have it draw… Read more »

Jules
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Jules

You both make good points to think about. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and perspectives. I enjoyed reading them.

Ces
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Ces

I’m happy Days is sticking around BUT they really, really, really need to move these stories along faster!!! Nothing is happening day to day. We get a little breakthrough here & there (John finding Kristen with Brady was good) but they are so few & far between that it’s a struggle to stay awake watching this. Where is our leading lady Hope? Peter Reckell not being on the show is a huge loss. The whole world revolving around Sami is boring; bring back Christie Clark. Jen & Daniel are worse than watching paint dry! She’s become so drab and he’s… Read more »

Dmitri
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Dmitri

Funny post! ITA!

Ces
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Ces

thank you 🙂

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

THIS IS FANTASTIC NEWS!!!!!!!!

I know NBC is invested in keeping Days of our Lives on television. I don’t want it to be cancelled anytime soon. It’s easily the best soap on air, with Y&R slowly creeping back to that spot for me. The stories are just too good right now on the over-all, and the return of classic characters is amazing. Now they need to bring a couple of other characters back and give me more #WilSon scenes.

shelly
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shelly

This is wonderful news! I’m enjoying Days very much. I think (omo) all the networks got a big wake up call with ABC’s soap killing fiasco. Soap viewers are very loyal and will not automatically tune into worthless, useless, and stupid talk shows.

Pat
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Pat

Unless some serious changes are made to revamp and add life to this show in the near future, I see only a small percentage of current viewers, especially younger ones, “sticking around” to watch this daily snoozefest. Days is as exciting as watching recycled paint dry and I literally fall asleep watching. It just moves way too slowly and they have to start filming closer to the air dates. No surprise it’s dead last in women 18-49s.

Note to Ken Corday and his staff: Wake up and get with the times!

TV Report
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TV Report

Good news for DAYS and the soap genre. It looks were going to have 6 soaps on the air by this time next year. Before 2012 it looked like Y&R and B&B would be the only two left. Unlike in the Zucker era it seems like NBC is very committed to the show these days. The show does need a few changes I think in order to draw some new or returning viewers in but they’ve been real consistent ratings wise. NBC should definitely look into giving DAYS some help and rexpand daytime by adding at least another soap next… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Why go for CBS shows, NBC had a great soap in Another World, also an P&G product they could bring back in a rebooted half an hour form- it was because of AW I got hooked on Days, I would turn on the set about 5 minutes before AW and catch the last scene of Days, eventually I was turning the set on earlier and earlier until I was watching the whole hour and then staying for AW. If Dallas can come back, maybe AW could too.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

NBC should have grabbed GL or ATWT when they had the chance. I also could’ve seen AMC on NBC. But I think NBC wanted to keep it’s highest ranking soap and put their whole powers into it.

And if anything, FOX should have picked up GL, ATWT and AMC, which would have made them officially a major network station!

Dmitri
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Dmitri

I am happy it is staying on air, but I think new storylines are needed. The show sucks now. The Sami love triangle is old news, and many people are tired of EJami. Lucas needs a storyline, make a triangle between him, Rafe and Sami. Bring Carrie back on to create angst for Sami and Rafe. The older characters should be shown more. More Hope, for sure, and bring back Bo! Daniel and Jennifer are OK, but they need a better storyline ! Chloe should be on for longer, but put her with Brady instead of using her as Dannifer… Read more »

cr
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cr

I disagree with you the kristien and brady. Forbidden romance and john and marlana history with her with is awesome, she liven up john , marlana, e.j, and kate . The best story going. You would not know a good story if hit you in backside, just by me viewing your posts.

Dmitri
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Dmitri

I do know good stories. Krady have no “romance” factor. All they do is have sex, which gets old. There is no reason for them to be falling in love. Love is more than just sex AKA Love is different than Lust.

Dmitri
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Dmitri

Oh and just because it is the best story going doesn’t mean it is a good story.

cr
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cr

Them as couple is not good, she is using him and yet falling for him at same time, brady is. A pawn in kristien revenge plot. Dmitri have been watching the soap, you would know kristien using brady to get back john and marlana, yes it is good story krady a bad couple with sexual chemistry. Soap opera digest even gives the story overall a thumbs up.

cr
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cr

So glad days is staying on, because the show is really good right now, I. Would bring back max and chelsea, plus recast bo brady, give kayla a story, bring back austin and carrie, and finally give us adventure story.

Dmitri
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Dmitri

Also, bring on more WilSon! Let them have their own story, instead of involving them with boring Gabi and homophobe Nick. I would also like if the writers made Nabi more interesting, and changed them into likeable characters.

Patrick
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Patrick

DAYS/SONY/COMCAST….. if YOU READ this:

PLEASE….align your product…. with the other Serials…. Film/Produce within 6 weeks… to keep all the fires in-sync and burning…. fixing storylines 3-4 months later… doesn’t work.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I bet in four years when they get around to reading your post, they will definitely decide to study your suggestion with a committee to do market research about it, which will take another two years. Then add another year to analyze the research- and my guess will be in the 2020 they be all set to change the filming schedule, when new guys will be put in charge and they will start the process all over again. Sounds familiar doesn’t it?

mia
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mia

DOOL if you are going to stick around could you please introduce some characters that represent America’s melting pot. Spice it up a little. There are plenty of interracial families out there who would just love to see themselves portrayed as positive role models. Forget all the hateful and replusive mail that you recieve because those losers don’t really matter and don’t deserve the pleasure of watching TV period.

MICHELLE GOPAUL
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MICHELLE GOPAUL

** I am re pasting this from bottom to make shure you read this idea!!!!! ************************************************************** kristen could be invovle in an accident and caused by JOHN and the fall caused her to lose her memories the last memories could be before her and john were ever togather and she become good again and thats when john could want her back and fight with brady by then him and marlena be over. And she could actually marry Jon this time, even try new technology to hve a child together and do, but somehow she gets into a 2nd accident later… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

DOOLs’ NEW YEARS EPISODE WAS JAM PACKED! Rafe/Sammi/EJ – Nicole IMO… Sammi looks more in LOVE w/RAFE. That New Years Eve Kiss was ooh la la… and like they were meant to be together… Sammi seems more assured and like a Woman w/Rafe. That Kiss that Nicole “stole” with EJ… was SEX… A man w/Power like EJ… was smoking… —————————– Sonny and Will…. was so Touching. When Sonny shared with Will.. last years wish list that Will falls in love with him…. WAS ROMANCE. —————————– Kristen/Marlena/John/Brady That fight between father/son, over Kristen, with Marlena rushing at the two of them,… Read more »

cr
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cr

You knows what ironic we complain about these soaps and refuse to watch them because some of stories are not of our liken, but we get pissed when hear our soap opera is gonna be cancel and give the networks grief. We stop watching the show and we still get mad. We just as fickle as people on the shows we watch.

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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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