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NBC Execs Weigh-In On DAYS Future And Remain Hopeful!

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After all the rumors began circulating that NBC’s longest running dramatic series, Days of our Lives may be cancelled in favor of a new daytime talk show hosted by former Fox news anchor, Megyn Kelly who signed a lucrative deal with the peacock network, fans of the soap have been concerned.

However, on Wednesday at the network’s TCA (Television Critics Association) panel, NBC entertainment president, Bob Greenblatt addressed the future of the 51-year-old soap opera with its beloved characters and the town of Salem.

Greenblatt expressed to TV Line: “We don’t make a decision for another couple months. But I don’t think it’s over yet.”  As to how Kelly coming over to the network immediately had people thinking that DAYS’ days were numbered, the exec added:  “Everybody assumed that she would kill that show. And that’s a bad assumption.  It’s still too early to know where she’s going to be in daytime. And we have a lot of news hours in daytime, so there’s some flexibility.”

As to if Days of our Lives fans worst nightmare were to come true, Greenblatt revealed he would give the show as much notice as possible, “We would try to do that. Unfortunately, soap operas are written so far ahead of when they air… like, six months. But yeah, we would try to be respectful.”

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In addition, NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke told Deadline on DAYS future, “We hope that the show comes back.”  While Greenblatt told the outlet, “I think we will know more in couple of months. As they age, these shows diminish, there is a lot of delayed viewing and very little linear viewing anymore, you have to keep looking at that.” Deadline also shared that they are hearing that the odds are in favor of DAYS getting its renewal pick-up.

So, what do you think of the thoughts expressed by Robert Greenblatt and Jennifer Salke on the future of Days of our Lives?  Will there be more DAYS ahead? Share your comments below.

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Pam
Pam

Please it’s a great show let it continue.

Tina
Tina

We don’t need another daytime talk show really . Everybody I know watches Days. I myself now at age 55, remember coming home from kindergarten and watching Days with my mom. I have continued to watch all these years . Love the show and would hate to see it go for another talk show . Believe me if NBC wants to upset a lot of viewers that is exactly what will happen if Days gets axed. Keep Days ALIVE!

Judy
Judy

I watch it all my life too I Wont watch it if it repaces days we dont need another take it all I watch on nbc anyway I still en joy the show we can ask god to save it you just have to belive

Johnny
Johnny

I believe in miracles,. days will be saved. I have a good feeling,. days will stay on the air amen

MICHELLE
MICHELLE

I know it’s a different network, but after what Brian Frons did to AMC and OLTL over at ABC, I believe absolutely nothing that comes out of the mouth of Daytime Executives. The bottom line is they don’t care. NBC will cancel DAYS without a backward glance. Frons cancelled the ABC soaps, lied to Susan Lucci after she asked TPTB point blank if the rumors were true — and laughed at the people who were outside protesting. No, I’m afraid DAYS is in its last days… SIGN OF THE TIMES

Dorothy
Dorothy

Please do not cancel this – It is great to watch — Just wish they never cancelled Another World !!!

Patrick
Patrick

@NBC – and – @ SONY

please… just let it alone… it’s been a staple… of your daytime lineup for … 50+ years

serials are meant to be built around

DO NOT be the one network… no matter the bottom line… to lose ground and any foundation… daytime ratings must generate some monies…

I LOVE THIS SHOW

Claudio
Claudio

Me too Patrick,. I love Days. Deadline.com did say, Days has a 60 percent chance that it will get renewed for one more year. Lets hope this is true
We fans need to stick together. Days is getting better. I love that Leann Hunley is back as Anna Dimera. I adore Leann Hunley, you love her too Patrick. I always read your comments, always agree with your comments. They need to sign Leann to a contract, she is a wonderful actress. They better not cancel Days, I will be devasted if they do.

Peter
Peter

Claudio you are my hero,. I could kiss you lol. Your post is terrific. Leann Hunley is the bomb. The lady can act, and is gorgeous for her age. Leann is 62 years old, sexy mama. Lol.

Katiek
Katiek

Days is great, but could be fantastic again if they
Would bring back the Vets and focus on them.
I know I could never watch Megan if she replaced
Days.

Darren
Darren

Megan is very annoying,. I don’t like her at all. Days needs to get renewed and the show is getting better now. I have a feeling, that Tony Dimera is alive. I hope that I am right. Recast Sierra with Brittany Underwood ex Langston OLTL, she is a terrific actress. Get rid of Claire, she is very annoying and not a very good actress. I am sure, she is a terrific lady, but that’s how I feel. Keep Carrie and Austin, I love there acting. A suggestion bring back Wayne northrop, the original Roman Brady. Josh Taylor was miscast as Roman Brady. I also want back Calliope Jones, she was so funny and entertaining to watch.

Judy
Judy

Please let it continue we love it like a old and dear we all pray to god that it says on and may God bless you all

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

NBC sucks peacock if it cancels DAYS!

davlestev1
davlestev1

The announcement will come between March and April.. The final show will be Christmas 2017 or just after New Years 2018.. Mark my words!!

Linda
Linda

Are you insane, stop spreading rumors. Days will be back for at least one more season, They will announce it in March.

kelli
kelli

Dave you need to stay on your meds,. Days is not getting cancelled.

davlestev1
davlestev1

Linda and Kelli…insane or sane meds or no meds..DAYS will go into that long dark night..the abyss of cancellation whether we like it or not it’s inevitable.

Anne
Anne

To davlestev1- So, you know for a fact what NBC will decide. You really must allow me access to that crystal ball of yours. Will you publicly admit that you were wrong if the cancellation announcement doesn’t come between March and April? Just wondering!

davlestev1
davlestev1

Anne if you follow along with Mr.Fairman’s site. .on a DAILY basis..as I most certainly do and couldn’t imagine it as not a part of one the daily things I look forward to.. .then you will know that with the announcement of Ron Carlivati..on this very informative site. .I gladly rescinded this post and said as much. Obviously I was having my crystal ball serviced. .hee hee..or I would have seen that coming.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Clever!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

If they do away with the sand, people shall and will dig up dirt on Greenblatt and Salke!! They should choose sand over dirt or their “days” could be numbered too.

su0000
su0000

This is encouraging and hopeful ..(not
;;;;;As to if Days of our Lives fans worst nightmare were to come true, Greenblatt revealed he would give the show as much notice as possible, “We would try to do that. Unfortunately, soap operas are written so far ahead of when they air… like, six months. But yeah, we would try to be respectful.”;;;;

davlestev1
davlestev1

Ikr su0000 they’re already carrying around the ashes of the final filmed script in an urn

Patrick
Patrick

it’s a wonderful thing… that Ryan Quan… A NEW HEADWRITER… generates a comeback… w/ Dena Higley

this show finds its way back

it’s absolute comeback and splash

along with Y& R at least I’m hoping

I pick these these two shows to share

yet @DAYS rides on it’s own… class

GramS
GramS

Execs need to stop flogging a dead horse. Promises of the return to legacy have fallen by the wayside…the veterans have either moved on or they are staying as far from this total flop as possible. Let’s be honest; the failure to replace actors who played Sami, EJ and yes Bo were the biggest mistakes made. TPTB refusal to stop this stupid filming 6 months in advance should have their head examined. It leaves no opportunity to correct errors etc. A big example of this is the possible sighting of our beloved Stefano. The actor died immediately prior to the airing of this ridiculous storyline but it was taped 6 months ago. Put this baby to rest and let us grieve it’s loss. I don’t say that easily as I am a 50+ years viewer but it is painful to watch and nothing has changed under Dena and crew.

Anne
Anne

I believe that both Kristen Alfonso and legions of fans will react very badly to the idea of another actor been given the role of Bo Brady. These fans will never stop hoping that Peter Reckell will change his mind and return to DOOL. As for Kristen Alfonso, the last time they cast another actor, Robert Kelker-Kelly, it did not end well. It’s more than difficult to stop the filming 6 months in advance since there are now six months worth of episodes that fans have no seen, if you get what I am saying. As for recasting EJ and Sami, I’m not sure about that one either.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Why don’t you give the show a rest, GramS, instead of wishing for it to be gone? Others, including me, would like it to continue. As far as Stefano/Joseph are concerned, I’m happy I will “they” will be seen again!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

*I’m happy “they” (Joseph as Stefano) will be seen again in just a matter of DAYS!

Eddie
Eddie

It’s time to put this show out of its misery. It’s been a train wreck for several years now, and is a pale imitation of what it was in its glory days.

Kevin
Kevin

Eddie have you lost your mind, Days is a terrific show. I will stick with Days. The storylines are getting better now. Days needs to stay on the air.

Anne
Anne

To Eddie – if that is how you feel then simply stop watching Days. N o one is forcing you to keep watching.

Nicholas
Nicholas

thank you michael fairman for getting to the bottom of the matter . yes days has improved greatly and people need to tune back in .

Kevin
Kevin

I agree with you,. Days has improved. Storylines are getting better. I am sticking with Days. I am fed up with the lame cheesy talk shows. We need to watch Days, to stay on the air. They need to bring back Jack, Ej, Kristen and Sami Brady.

Lisa
Lisa

I hope the NBC executives seriously take into account that there will not be an audience for Megan Kelly during that time slot… I know viewership for soaps is not what it used to be but Days is the last remaining daytime serial on NBC, it has so much history and an audience that has remained loyal to it, it would be a real shame and turn me off NBC forever if it goes away for yet another daytime talk show that will likely fail with in a year or two.

Rose
Rose

I always love “corporate speaks”…”as they age, these shows diminish, there’s a lot of delayed viewing and not a lot of linear viewing anymore.” Maybe it’s just me but I get the feeling NBC is still hedging their bets on renewal. Hope I’m wrong for Days and it’s fans. Why do they write six months ahead?

mollie
mollie

I don’t like the phrasing from these suits. “I don’t think it’s over YET”…doesn’t sound long term promising. I love Days and want it to continue.

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

i know soaps are pricey and talk is cheap but tv networks need a variety of shows in their lineup… news and talk shows and reality shows maybe cheaper but there is too much of it that tv has become very boring that i leave it off most time…as a disabled person who is mostly home all the time due to private family matters ect. and battling depression i need my daily escape…

davlestev1
davlestev1

It’s gone.. They’re not even bothering to be coy.. The decision was made.. The last shoes taped and NBC knows it and that’s too bad.. Down to three if cbs won’t take it.

davlestev1
davlestev1

Shows

Lorenzo
Lorenzo

Dave, Days is not getting cancelled. Rumor is Days will get renewed for 1 more year. We dont need anymore garbage talk shows. We need to support Days, and the remaining soaps.

davlestev1
davlestev1

I know the difference between a live fish on a hook and one that’s dead in the water. .”Seacrest out “!!

Leeza
Leeza

You are freaking out lol. Days Of Our Lives is not on the chopping block. NBC know if they get rid of Days, people will not watch the replacement shows. Meghan Kelly is a has been air head.

davlestev1
davlestev1

Irregardless of what some think of her most important is the networks view of her importance. The same they had with Katie Couric. I have been watching soaps since 1969 and have watched nunerous come and go. By now you know the lingo when it comes to cancelation. The show is over and trying to be shopped elsewhere. Which won’t happen either. Like Rachel Maddow says “watch this space”.

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

This is a tough one to call because we all know how the Nielsen ratings show low numbers for DAYS but at the same time, I can’t picture NBC wanting to be the one major network that doesn’t have a soap in it’s afternoon lineup. I guess we wait and see what the decision will be in a couple of months.

Beth
Beth

I don’t like megan Kelly .She belongs some where else. Pease don’ stop days. I so look forward to the show.I think that you will loose a lot if you stop the show .Megan is not a favoret of most people.

Mo
Mo

I hope it stays. Let them look to ABC to see what happens when you get rid of soaps for other shows. The grass isn’t always greener. NBC has one soap. ONE HOUR OF THE DAY! How many hours of news and talk shows do they have? Way too many. I watch a little of the Today show in the morning and I DVR Days. I don’t watch their other programming–even if I’m home. And I won’t watch Megyn Kelly. Not a show I’m interested in.

Judy
Judy

I havent watched the today show in a long time dont watch cbs a abc in the morning I Love to watch fox and friends I DVR days i still love it if it goes I wont watch NBC ever a gain dont watch nexwork tv now except for Gothem on fox They toll ed megan kelly the wound pay her what the where paying Bill O rilly and she tuned down to go to NBC what a joke I watch the whole time it been on they isnt anything left to take about we can pray that the live it on God can do wonderful thing

Mo
Mo

I just watch the morning shows (I will switch channels between ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC) while getting my dog’s breakfast ready in the morning weekdays. So it’s not like I’m sitting down ensconced with NBC Today.

There are a lot of news channels. If people want news, let them watch those. Far too many talk shows and news on IMO.

mark
mark

I dont think its going anywhere and megyn what’s her face isn’t worth it

Mo
Mo

She is definitely not worth it. They tell Days they have to cut costs and the DiMera mansion is relegated to one tiny room, yet they’ve got millions to spend on this gal. Ridiculous!

damien
damien

doesnt exactly sound encouraging

Barbara from Atlanta
Barbara from Atlanta

While Greenblatt told the outlet, “I think we will know more in couple of months. As they age, these shows diminish, there is a lot of delayed viewing and very little linear viewing anymore, you have to keep looking at that.”

What is so hopeful about this comment??? Days is in last place of the ratings for a pool of shows where NONE of them have stellar ratings. I don’t watch Days but am not hoping that it is cancelled. However, to think the show is in a good position to be renewed seems like wishful thinking. Greenblatt’s remark is not a wholehearted endorsement for renewal but, to the contrary, contains NOTHING positive about the show.

aria
aria

i don t watch dool but it would be sad to see one more soap go, to me it sounded like the executive at nbc were doing a lot of double talk, plus the today show is on 4 hours sure they can give megyn the 3rd hour its not that good anyways….

Rapids
Rapids

The NBC exec doesn’t want to be besieged by soap fans right now so he beats around the bush. But his comments on viewership will drive the bus and Days will be canceled. I don’t think the fate is tied to Megan Kelly as much as it is tied to lousy ratings, poor demographics. TV is a business and one by one soaps are biting the dust. This year it will be Days, then GH. Maybe the CBS shows hang on another few years.

The smart soap actors have long since moved to other gigs like Cameron Mathison and Rickey Paul Goldin.

brenda
brenda

please keep DAYS on the air. Put Ms. Kelly on after days

brenda
brenda

I love Days.

Ray
Ray

If the election taught me anything, it was do NOT believe the polls. I think it is crazy to believe that the ratings are as low as they say, yet 5,000 turn out for an event in Tennessee last year. If Anderson Cooper and Katie Couric can’t be successful in daytime, what makes NBC think we need another talk show? If the network would invest more money in the show for sets and other expenses, the quality and product would lead to better ratings. I am still not over losing “All My Children” five years ago. Please don’t make fans wonder whatever would have happened to Hope and Marlena the way i still think about Erica and Brooke.

Suzy
Suzy

I have been. DOOL fan since the very beginnng. My mom still watches it. My children watch it. My nieces watch it. And I am sure when I ever have any – my grandchildren will watch it. Great show. Love the characters. Please don’t take it off the air.

Patrick
Patrick

i’m going to be scared and every gamut of emotion… till it reads mine

OURS to share

long live a staple that reigned so much dream so much let so much YES this show rocks

DAYS LIVES

shapero maureen
shapero maureen

Please do not cancel Days I really love this show its exciting and the characters are well written and stories are interesting and you care about them. I really like all the mystery and all the super couples.

soapboy
soapboy

All Mr. Greenblatt has to consider is how ABC has fallen since cancelling OLTL.

Just Sayin .

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Give us your decision, Jennifer Salke. Hopefully, you won’t become a stalkee!

I don’t like your tone, Robert Greenblatt. Let’s hope you don’t come up with a green bladder!

Renew DAYS or the voodoo begins!

Joyce
Joyce

Days has been on for year’s and if they take it off to put someone like Megan on in it’s place the network need’s there heads examined. She’s the last person I would tune in to watch. Thank god for cable , at least there would be something else to tune in to. Keep Days on.

Anthony
Anthony

Don’t watch Days. Did spend a summer with it during the Denise Alexander/Susan Martin storyline; the Susan Flannery/Laura Horton days, and the Doug/Julie/Addie triangle, but not much after that. (Was elated when Denise Alexander came to GH as Lesley Williams!) Anyway – as an avid viewer of OLTL I can say that all these proclamations from NBC execs – if you read between the lines – all sound very much like DOOL will be cancelled. Their statements come across as Brian Frons-speak. And we all know what he did. Sorry.

clb
clb

Barbara Bloom sounded like that new NBC exec when she cancelled ATWT and GL. Get ready Days fans — the sand may no longer flow in the hourglass. Another stupid executive that wants to put on another talk show on daytime — and a news one at that! More fake political news to confuse the public. Bob Greenblatt has a not so impressive resume so he is going to tell me what I need to watch. And Megan is in love with herself anyway – just put her in front of a mirror and let her kiss herself. OMG!

lecia
lecia

Why the hate for Meghan K. The show has had years to get the ratings up but failed. Mostly due to the stubborn refusal of the powers that be to get rid of the six month film schedule, break up their aging super couples and the failure to make hard choices as to which vets should go and who should stay. And don’t get me started on musical chairs with Dena H. Very talented cast that in the hands of the right writers could have saved the show. Its sad to see the show cancelled but all good things come to an end.

Sandy J.
Sandy J.

Although I’m not a regular viewer of Days, I’d hate to see the show go off the air. Bob Greenblatt was incorrect, however, in assuming that all soaps tape six months in advance. To the best of my knowledge, only Days does that.

Which brings me to the best reason not to tape six months in advance: so many things can happen in and to this world in the course of half a year that the writers couldn’t possibly include in their episodes. The biggest example of that is the very sad death of Joe Mascolo and any knowledge of that fact unknown to the writers and everyone else in front of and behind the cameras at that show. Several of the characters are in Prague (the last I saw) searching for Stefano when their portrayers had no knowledge of the subsequent death of their former colleague. It’s just in very poor taste, and wouldn’t likely have happened had the producers changed the taping schedule to a more recent, and reasonable, time frame.

There are more reasons to change to a more recent taping schedule, but that’s for another day. May you rest peacefully, Mr. Mascolo.

xmascarol
xmascarol

Oh please don’t cancel Days I have been watching it for over 30 years now.Just what we don’t need another useless boring talk show.How about another soap?Not to replace Days but to ditch these awful talk shows,They are a complete waste of time.Back to Days I love Chad and the new Abby isn’t all that bad either.As far as Stephano goes I don’t know what to think. Save Days I looked forward to watching it everyday.No more talk shows.It is a big part of my days lol

Jaime
Jaime

I hope days continues.
But it must stop allowing divas to direct input on stories!

Barry_K
Barry_K

Days Fans, Y & R Fans, B & B Fans, and GH Fans: Cancellations are just a matter of time. We said it wouldn’t happen to the others: and it did. And when this crop of soaps are gone, you’ll realize (too late) how much time you wasted on fictional towns and fictional characters. I am speaking from experience.

Sandy
Sandy

Such negativity, I have been watching soaps since they aired and I don’t feel I am wasting my time.

Days Of Our Lives

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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Noted Soap Opera Producer Lisa de Cazotte Has Died; Daytime Community Mourns Her Passing

Sad news to report on Sunday as the soap opera community and its fans learn of the passing of Daytime Emmy-winning and noted soap opera producer, Lisa de Cazotte,

Lisa passed away yesterday on Saturday December 7th after a long illness at the age of 58,   From early in her career her love of the soaps and passion for it were evident.  She began right out of college as an intern on ABC’s One Life to Live, where she worked her way up to Coordinating Producer.

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Next, Lisa eventually became the Supervising Producer of NBC’s one and only Santa Barbara.  She spent time also on All My Children, before heading back to NBC and Sunset Beach where she assumed the role of Supervising Producer there.

However, it was in 1999 where de Cazotte became the  Executive Producer of Passions, which she helmed and remained till the end of its run in 2008.  It was a show that she loved so much.  She continued her career in the soaps in 2012 stepping into Salem and Days of our Lives where Lisa was named Co-Executive Producer of the series winning two Daytime Emmy Awards. for her efforts.

Sadly, now her final gig began in 2017, when she became Supervising Producer of The Young and the Restless and won her third Emmy in the process this past year.  De Cazotte was said to still be producing Y&R at the time of her passing. She is survived by her husband, Antoine de Cazotte, and her beloved brothers: Michael Patrick Smith, Robert Terence Smith, and Brian Charles Smith.

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On social media over the last several hours, many actors, and colleagues have shared their sorrow and remembrances of Lisa.  Here are just a sampling:

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Jason Thompson (Billy,, Y&R): We lost a member of the family last night, one of our producers, Lisa De Cazotte. I first worked with Lisa when she produced the 2nd season of “Night Shift”. Years later and currently on @YandR_CBS  She was kind and smart. Our thoughts are with her family.”

Eric Martsolf (Brady, DAYS): The kindness and opportunity this woman furnished me was immeasurable. We have lost one of the hardest working and graceful producers in our genre. I will miss you terribly, Lisa. #RIP”

Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, Y&R) “Sometimes you recognize those women who are part of “the tribe”. Whether you know them for 20 years or 20 minutes… they are still part of your tribe. Lucky for me. Godspeed beautiful Lisa”

Angelica Rosas McDaniel (Ex-CBS Daytime Exec) “Last night we lost a light in this world with the passing of Lisa De Cazotte. Lisa was smart, strong, kind, vibrant, an incredible friend and an Emmy winning producer on many beloved shows. I was blessed to know her. Sending love to her family and friends.”

Michael Logan (Former TV Guide Columnist): “RIP Lisa de Cazotte, one of the truly great soap producers. A real nose-to-the-grindstone talent, she never wanted personal glory choosing instead to do the work, quietly and fabulously. Her partnership with James E. Reilly on #Passions was epic.”

McKenzie Westmore (Ex-Sheridan Crane, Passions):  “Heart broken at the passing of my Passions EP Lisa!!”

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Sara Bibel (Writer, Y&R): “Lisa was a wonderful producer, a joy to work with, and knew everything about daytime. She will be missed by everyone at Y&R. RIP”

Michael Fairman TV will continue to update this section of the post as more remembrances are posted over the next 24 hours.

Share your condolences and thoughts on the passing of Lisa de Cazotte in the comment section below.

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Alison Sweeney Reveals She Is Making A Return To DAYS In 2020

Looks like Sami Brady will be back in action on NBC’s Days of our Lives later in the New Year, according to Alison Sweeney, Sami’s portrayer.

During a visit on Friday to the set of Hallmark Channel’s morning talker Home & Family, to promote her upcoming holiday film for the network entitled, Time For You To Come Home For Christmas, Sweeney chatted it up with hosts Cameron Mathison and Debbie Matenopoulos.

During her segment, Alison revealed “Sami is back, causing some trouble.”  But she was quick to note that it will be awhile before she is seen on-air clarifying “My scenes are not going to air until next Summer, next August.”

Sweeney promised the viewers and DAYS fans that there was great stuff coming up with her visit.  And if Sweeney’s last few returns are any indication, whatever is cooking in and out of Salem that may bring her back on to the canvas, we know it will be juicy, because when Sami is around the pot gets stirred!

So, excited to hear Alison will be back on your DAYS screens in 2020? Comment below.

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