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Ron Carlivati IN as Head Writer At Days of our Lives; Dena Higley OUT!

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In major breaking news tonight, Daytime Emmy-winning head writer, Ron Carlivati (formerly head writer for both OLTL and GH) has been named head writer at Days of our Lives effective immediately! The appointment of Carlivati as head writer in Salem also means he has replaced current co-head writer, Dena Higley!

In an restructuring of the DAYS writing team, current co-head writer, Ryan Quan will now be on board as creative consultant, as will Sheri Anderson Thomas, who served as head writer and co-head writer of DAYS back in the 80’s and the 90’s, and who had held various writing titles throughout the series tenure on NBC.  Sheri also served as head writer for Guiding Light and co-head writer of Santa Barbara.

In a statement released by the show to Soap Opera Digest on the writing change they note: “We look forward to the fresh and compelling stories these changes will bring to Salem.”

Carlivati took to Twitter after SOD broke the story relating: “Like Sands Through the Hourglass… #Honored #Excited #Grateful #GuessIHaveToGetBackToWork”

Anderson Thomas commented on her facebook page: “I was a huge fan of the show before I met my mentor, Pat Falken Smith, and was lucky enough to also be mentored by the phenomenal Betty Corday,” she wrote. “I am am thrilled, and honored, to be returning, and especially with Ron who’s a brilliant storyteller and great guy. Upwards!”

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Buckle up, DAYS fans! Exciting changes in store for the long-running NBC soap opera!  More on this developing story as information comes to light.

So, excited to hear Ron Carlivati is now the head writer at DAYS! Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Patrick
Patrick

OH MY GOD

bombshell

fireworks

last link to get DAYS firing

OH MY GOD

HOPE HOPE HOPE

DAVID
DAVID

I agree! I was wishing for this for the past year and a half. Some good news for 2017 finally!

Alan
Alan

Yes Days Future looks brighter now. Thank God Days did not hire Jill Phelps, she is known as the soap killer. Ron should have been hired 2 years ago, let’s hope for the best for Days. Ron can save Days,. I have faith in him.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

NO! He “killed” GH; now he will kill Days!

Justin
Justin

Nancy, I’m sorry, but you’re completely wrong. He did NOT kill GH, the show is still on the air. Also, he completely revitalized it when he took over and saved it from a SUREFIRE cancellation. That is not an opinion, it is a fact. I have faith that he can do the same for DAYS. I believe in him. Let me put it this way: If anyone can save this show, it is Ron Carlivati.

Dean
Dean

Rumor is Ron, wants to bring back Will Horton, Jack and Bo Brady. I hope this is true. My prediction The Dimeras kidnapped Will, Bo and Jack.

Jenny
Jenny

I am so torn! Most of Ron’s work on OLTL was good! He utilized all the vets…respected history, wrote a balanced show between drama and camp, and genuinely seemed to care about the show. At first his work on GH seemed promising but he proceeded to do the exact opposite of what he did on OLTL. He fired and backburnered vets, showed no regard whatsoever for the past or history, wrote ludicrous over the top stories constantly, and mocked actors and fans who spoke against him. Whatever caused such a drastic shift (a lot of reports of drunkenness and/or drugs) in his writing style and demeanor, it was bad. He left GH a gutted, soulless, barren wasteland of newbies and nobodies with its lowest ratings ever!! While on the contrary he took OLTL out on a high note and left viewers breathless for more well after cancellation. I have no idea what he will do WITh DAYS but one thing is very clear at this point……this is DAYS last chance and likely last headwriter switch. No more reboots and refreshes. This is it!! Things he cannot do…..trash a core family the way he did the Quartermainrs on GH. Days is all about family. He cannot make characters into zombie caricatures who only serve as plot points. DAYS’ characters are too strong and well defined for that. He cannot just willy nilly start bringing people back from the dead because DAYS has gone way too far in that department and fans have been jerked around too many times. He cannot make evil win all the time. Thats not what people want to see. He cannot allow characters who have grown and matured to regress into childish past behaviour or evil tendencies just to advance plot. Despite how much I loathed his work ln GH, and his shameful social media antics…I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt for DAYS becsuse I care about the soap genre and care about DAYS. DO NOT let this be a vanity project for him!! Let him realize that hr has been handed a special gift as the writer who will either save DAYS…or be the last writer of it…as he was for network OLTL.. Let him focus on love and relationships. Let him write some campy over the top stuff!! Days is known for that stuff…but keep romance and couples as the focus. To his credit…he is very imaginative. Also….he is very good at weaving umbrella stories. What I am hoping is that he was not hired as just the writer to tie up loose ends! I hope he will be given a chance to boost ratings as he did during GH’s 50th! But lets not forget how that happened!! The ratings rose during GH 50th solely because of the focus on veterans and romance. Weeks and weeks went by when we didnt see any of Sonny or the mob. Towards the end of his reign when it was all Sonny and… Read more »

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

IIRC DAYS is the soap that had it’s star actress be possessed by the devil, and have another actress portray multiple characters of different genders (and some were not split personalities). With that history, I think Ron Carlivati’s tendency to go a little cray-cray with outrageous plotlines will be par for the course.

Emma
Emma

The role of Stefano Dimera, will now be played by Ron Raines ex Alan Spaulding. Let’s make this happen.

Christie
Christie

Wow- never thought I would be receptive to a Stefano recast, but that does sound fascinating!!
Wish all the best for the writing team- considering I was among those fearing the worst with the Megyn Kelly hire I’ve done a turnaround and am pretty optimistic now that Mr. Carlivati has been hired.

Bob Hope
Bob Hope

Yes, yes, yes! Best news ever. Days is a much better fit for RC than GH ever was. This is going to be great.

su0000
su0000

WHOOT WHOOT WHOOT ! HURRARY !
Now DOOL will without a doubt over take GH, wait for it !!
Ron is an imaginative YOUNG BRAVE writer..
DOOL is going to go up up up ..

RC is proven to save near death soap…

su0000
su0000

UUUUGE Happy CONGRATS Party on Ron Carlivati twitter!!!

Peter
Peter

I agree with you,. days ratings will be up. Gh better watch out because there days on ABC will be done. Days will not be cancelled now, thank you soap gods. Amen

Tom
Tom

Peter I agree with you,. General Hospital is in serious trouble. Ratings are dropping. ABC will drop GH, next year. Mark my words. Days future looks better now with Ron.

Yankee fan
Yankee fan

Mark my words,

DOOL will be cancelled anyday now while GH will live to see another decade.

That is a fact, that is reality!

Yankee fan
Yankee fan

DOOL fans always talk big every time they get a new writing team and always start attacking GH every time wishing it death.

DOOL is getting cancelled cause there is NO STABILITY IN THE WRITING ROOM cause no show can survive a new regime every six months. KC isn’t talking about the 100th reboot to save DOOL cause KC knows that NBC is gonna cancel anyday now.

DOOL fans need to stop wishing bad things for GH. DOOL just hired a guy GH fired for the worst ratings ever. Worry about DOOL.

Patrick
Patrick

LOL

“…Now DOOL will without a doubt over take GH, wait for it !! ”

I will take this… because DOOL deserves

gosh darned it… I am so peeved that TPTB deigned to rehire this sad lost trio

Frank / Jean / Shelley

loopy bar none

Ross
Ross

Days is getting better now, but with Ron it will be the bomb. Ron is a smart man and Days ratings will be way up. GH is painful to watch right now. If I WERE Genie Francis, I would leave GH AND GO BACK TO Days as Diana Coville.

AJ
AJ

Not sure what RC going to Days has to do with GH’s current ratings. Do you think GH watchers are going to go to Days because of RC? No. Will former viewers return to Days? Maybe. Odd that you all seem to wish for Days’ success at the cost of GH’s failure. How about wishing success for both? I mean, Days technically is thisclose to cancellation because of Megan Kelly. Obviously, this is a great sign that it won’t be canceled, but why don’t you all concentrate on your soap (Days) and stop wishing bad things on another soap. Very odd of many of you folks…

Ghlover
Ghlover

I will watch Days now just to see Ron’s stories. I would never abandon GH but im curious toi see Ron’s material again. To me he is the saviour of GH. I will never thank him enough for giving me back Lucy Coe.

Lew S.
Lew S.

AJ, I totally agree with you. Wish RC the best!

Rose
Rose

Hi Su…When I read this announcement my first thoughts went to you. I’m sure you would prefer Ron was coming back to GH. I haven’t been a Day’s viewer. May try now. Want to support all of our soaps. Mainly because from what I’ve read on MF the past few years, the show has been in a funk, and always the question would NBC renew it’s contract. While I wasn’t a great fan of everything Ron did on GH, sounds like Day’s might get some needed “energy” from his style.

Timmm
Timmm

He ruined GH, he will ruin DAYS!

George
George

Ron will save Days,. GH will be a goner next year. Days is here to stay.

Adam
Adam

Don’t worry Timmm, Ron will be terrific. Ron saved General Hospital ass, from being cancelled. Frank Valentini saved GH too.

Yankee fan
Yankee fan

RC will put the final nail in the coffin of DOOL. This is the soap equivalent to asking the priest to perform last rights. Sixth different writing team in five years is a freaking joke.

Yankee fan
Yankee fan

No George. GH will be staying and DOOL will be leaving.

Timmm
Timmm

This comment was made to push su0000 over the edge! I’m kidding, Ron will be great and I wish all the DAYS fans luck!

Justin
Justin

Yankee fan do you NOT realize that Ron Carlivati saved GH from a surefire cancellation when he took over? The only reason GH is even still on the air right now is because of what RC did for it.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Bite your tongue, suoooo!

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

Ill give him a shot…

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

Yes, but how long will you have to wait? August? They shoot so far in advance that his scripts won’t hit the airwaves for a very long time. Sadly.

Patrick
Patrick

I’m just hoping that this is an indication… that TPTB… NBC / Sony / @DAYS

are not giving up… and that DAYS of OUR Lives will in fact be renewed

HOPE HOPE HOPE

CHEERS fellow Salem’ite

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

I know…i wish that would change but i wont hold my breath!

Omar
Omar

You are so right!! That is the main reason this show has struggled for years..They hire a big star or new regime and by the time they air, its months and months later and by then they lose all the buzz and some fans just forget.

Great move nonetheless for DOOL!!!

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

Balls of fire—I forgot about that. I hate they go into production so far in advance because if storylines are bombing, it takes a long time to fix it and by then, people have tuned out. In this case, we’re going to have to wait until summer to see the magic of Ron.

Shay
Shay

That’s kind of you, jimh, but all I can say is that the good people of Salem best padlock all their mausoleums, or else they may soon discover a spate of “crypt trysts” occurring in their dearly departeds’ sacred places of eternal rest.

Tim Welles
Tim Welles

I am happy because for the past year and a half or so, the writing on DAYS OF OUR LIVES has been dreadful – so astonishingly boring that it has become an exercise in tedium to watch – they NEED a new head writer!

Yankee fan
Yankee fan

How many reboots can one show survive before its time to call it quits?

Claudio
Claudio

Wow, yes yes wonderful news,. Ron will save Days from cancellation. Megan Kelly needs to go away. Ron time to fire the teens, they cannot act
Keep Theo I like him, he can act. Sign Leann Hunley to a contract, I love Anna Dimera. Recast Sierra with Kristen Alderson or Brittany Underwood ex Langston OLTL, both ladies can act. So happy Dena got her walking papers. Days needs to change there taping schedule to 6 weeks, better work on that.

Claudio
Claudio

I forgot to mention, also bring back Jack and Louise Sorel. My madam Vivian.

Patrick
Patrick

yeah, right… perhaps Ron Carlivati respects Louise Sorel… and will give her worthy scripts.

she’s so dynamic and in the annuls of serial history.

I love Vivian Alamain… !!!!

NOW… I can only hope.. for the( other ) grand dame herself… with equal measure.. Celeste

bring out the bubbly

Mo
Mo

I love Vivian. Jack is fab too. Jen and Jack were one of my favorite couples.

Rob
Rob

Oh VIvian and her side kick Ivan. They were so funny to watch. Yes bring back, with Ivan.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

I am truly torn. I’ve never been a huge fan of Ron Carlivati’s writing, and his tenure at General Hospital was messy. Truly messy. He had [some] highlight moments but, for the most part, it was messy. Plus, I was really enjoying the joint team of Dena Higley and Ryan Quan at Days of Our Lives. But, I have a feeling, that we’ll be getting a LGBT frontburner storyline, and that we may get some insane storylines coming up. Unsure how I am feeling; willing to give it a try but, damn, yeah!

DAVID
DAVID

Why do you automatically assume you are getting an lgbt storyline? Hello? They have had one and still do. Sonny. Will. Paul. Ringing a bell?

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

First, it would be “a LGBT”, grammatically.

Secondly, I assume so because of Ron’s history as a headwriter. He did it on One Life to Live and attempted to do it on General Hospital. If we did get a major front burner, it would be his foreseen stereotype of a same-gender “relationship”.

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

It would be “an LGBT.” It goes by pronunciation. “Give me an ell,” etc.

Well, unless it’s pronounced “ligbit,” or something like that. I guess it could be. I’ve always said it ell-gee-bee-tee-(cue) but I might be saying it wrong.

Days is (or was) already solidly established with a front-burner gay storyline; it would be nice if RC resuscitated it, if only because NBC and Sony did such a disservice in the way they ended it. And I think he would do it justice.

I liked most of his time at GH, and I really liked his time at OLTL (where he was also hired to repair the damage done by Dena the Disaster Higley) so I will probably go back to watching Days, at least long enough to check out what he’s doing.

Tim Welles
Tim Welles

Well, about two years ago or so, the Sonny and Will storyline was great and it was made more interesting when Paul was thrown into the mix depicting gay people as having jealousy, tenderness, complications – just as straight couples do. I thought it was very innovative and progressive – and having the hotel bell hop around added to the intrigue –
then, new writers came along, squashed the gay storyline, Sonny left town, Will was strangled to death in front of our eyes – and they reverted to the same old “so and so is pregnant but no one knows who the father is” which has been done to death since ice covered the earth.
So, I am in favor of having more gay characters added to the mix and no, I don’t expect it to be “gays of our lives” but I would like them to be more than supportive players –

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

I’m not saying there hasn’t been a main focus on LGBT before on the soap. I’m merely saying I see it becoming more of the frontburner it was back when Will and Sonny were introduced, etc.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Messy indeed at GH. I hear the death knell for Days!

Daphne
Daphne

Well I am done watching Days it seems. He almost destroyed GH (the destruction continues even now) and he will destroy Days too.

Donny
Donny

Ron and Frank Valentini saved GH, from getting cancelled. Daphne Ron will be terrific on Days.

DAVID
DAVID

You are so wrong. He saved OLTL and TH. He is the reason GH is still on.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Huh!!!???? So you say, but definitely not I!

clh
clh

No he didn’t. One of the best writers out there. I loved hi stories on GH.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Wasn’t a fan!

David
David

Nanvy, are you providing with an alternate fact? ABC was going to cancel GH unless the ratings went up. Carlivari did that. You may have not liked the show under his reign but many did as the ratings proved.

David
David

So Nancy, are you offering me an #alternatefact?

ABC said it was going to cancel GH and brought in Ron and Frank as a last ditch effort. Within a year, ratings proved to be so good it could change time slots. It only started to drop off the last six months of Ron’s reign.

JMER
JMER

Well he gave it his best shot, however, his best shot with GH was pretty terrible though not as bad as Guza overall. Us poor GH fans. Don’t know how we put up with that when I return to old clips. Guard your SuperCouples and vets, Days fans!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Pretty terrible–his “shot” at GH–I so agree! Your warning is well taken.

Sandy
Sandy

Well I didn’t see this one coming but save our soaps. Give it a brand new twist.

Judy
Judy

What did you think of the new Jade

Gary
Gary

I love the new Jade, the original actress decided to leave the show. The new actress looks more relaxed and a better fit in the role of Jade.

Judy
Judy

I think she stinks

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Judy set you up, Gary, LOL!

Stefan
Stefan

The new Jade is cute as a button.

Mo
Mo

I think they should have had a voiceover when the new Jade started. I think they should have let Jade exit when old Jade did. I see no point to the character.

New Jade hasn’t been on enough for me to know if I like her.

Tim Welles
Tim Welles

I have to agree with Mo, I actually do not see any real need for the character to be honest about it. She was pregnant, lost the baby and Joey blamed himself – now, okay, what was the point of recasting someone the audience barely related to? Personally, Joey bores me to tears anyway and (although I am certainly not a teen) the teeny bopper storylines are a little thin and uninteresting – maybe I don’t relate as well to them but even at that, some of the very young actors don’t cut it and if you add to that some flimsy scripts….well, you know – they need to concentrate on the seasoned pros and
characters and keep the teen characters in school –

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Not Jade!

Nicholas
Nicholas

it is good news especially with the added bonus of sheri anderson who knows the show well and worked on it during the bo hope , shane kim , patch kayla years in the 1980’s . if i was Days i would add leah laiman and tom racina to the writing team as well .

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Look out, Kayla and Steve! Hope you aren’t decimated.

Jenny
Jenny

Thom Racina is over 80 years old!! These rotated recycled writers have no freeh ideas and thst is why soaps are in the toilet!

Vicki T
Vicki T

Best news for Days! Carlivatti is a GREAT writer!! Excited

robert
robert

thank god Higley is gone. this is obviously a hail mary to save the show. Higley played a large part in DAYS downfall. it was mind-boggling why they kept bringing her back. Higley and Griffith were part of the terrible 50th anniversary stuff

John Gordon
John Gordon

Oh yes, that was truly awful. This show needs to move forward and jump on some modern ideas – Have some blonde haired big mouth guy run for office on the show, someone in his late 60’s and have the town expose him for what he is. Have a character decide he is transgender and feel out of place in Salem. Have Joey shave his head and become a cloistered Monk. Have the teen actors all decide to go to an out of State College (Yay!) –
I am kidding but there ARE things they could write about other than so and so had a baby and so and so is the real mother blah blah blah – been there, done that, it’s not 1983 anymore, get with it.

Richard
Richard

OMG THIS IS AWESOME! He saved GH and was a wonderful part of the resurgence of OLTL. He will be a PERFECT fit for DAYS. His stories are a little our there, which DAYS is known for, he was too out there for GH, but this will fit him like a glove! Now reveal Will is alive, Recast EJ with Simon from ATWT, bring back Sami, Austin and Carrie. Bring back Shawn and Belle with a GOOD story. Beef up Lani, and improve the teen writing like in the heyday of Shawn/Belle/MiMi/Chloe/Philip of yesteryear. Recast Cassie Brady and bring her back. Recast Peter Blake as well. Just my short list. AND BRING BACK VIVIAN ALAMAIN!!

Patrick
Patrick

I would at the bear minimum see if Jason Brooks was interested in returning

posts lament and want for a villain … and not the deadbeat mobster… to carry story

this is the way to go

for that matter… since ED’ Kristen expressed her fortitude… she’s open …

i’d love to see Jon Hensley back on daytime.

Richard
Richard

I wonder would he return with Missy Reeves still there. Obvi they would have to go the route of Peter/Jennifer who were ON FIRE, IMO. Missy’s real life Hubby might not be too keen on Jason Brooks returning bc of that big scandal in the 90s. Michael Muheney would be an AWESOME Peter Blake!!! Altho, Jason Brooks is hot as hell!!!

Ricardo
Ricardo

Days Of Our Lives is the soap I watch and Y&R. Ron hopefully saves Days from being cancelled. I wish him luck. Changes need to be made, rehire Matt as Jack. Bring back Bo Brady and recast Peter Blake with Michael muhney ex Adam Y&R.

Cody
Cody

Ricardo you are a sexy man, saw your pics on Facebook. I totally agree with your comments. Matt Ashford needs to come back as Jack.

clh
clh

Peter Reckell does not want to come back, I don’t know how many times he has to say that for fans to get it. HE was the one that wanted them to kill him off.

That being said they could recast.

Richard
Richard

Paging Robert Kelker-Kelly!!

Susan
Susan

How would they bring Bo back to life.nn

Susan
Susan

To Richard- wasn’t Robert Kelker-Kelly accused of inappropriate behavior on the DOOL set years ago? And I also heard that he didnot get along with Kristen Alfonso.

Patrick
Patrick

Ron Carlivati…. with all your power.. might.. and persevere

you would be moving heaven and earth

for ALL of daytime

“Michael Muhney”

Jenny
Jenny

Buh Bye DAYS!

davlestev1
davlestev1

Jenny I was recently feeling the same way until this news. So NBC IS in effect doing all they can to up the viewership. ..and Ron Carlivati’s brand of crazy story telling is well suited to what people came to love and be shocked by during the James E Reilly tenure. The fact that Sheri Anderson is there to walk him through the shows history also cements this fact. They don’t want to lose the show and this time around its do or die. .so no doubt there will be one more year extension in the hope he pulls the show up in the ratings. As bombastic as he is he for sure will do just that.

davlestev1
davlestev1

I’ll guarantee this smooth talker will entice Sami Vivienne and Celeste back onto the canvas with a resurrected will. .if nothing else is going to be one heck of a weird over the top dramatic and campy as all get out ride! !!

Susan
Susan

I disagree!

davlestev1
davlestev1

Disagree with what? ?

su0000
su0000

OK—
Now that DOOL has RC then who would be around to replace the godawful J&S ??
I had hopes Ron, at some point in time, would return to GH and once again save.
This is very bad for GH ..

Boes
Boes

No hope

Patrick
Patrick

it’s truly so bad for @GH

yet i’m thinking this is last call for Salem’ites

is he in to bring about a last splash

I think DAYs is so big…. a wonderment… and lights up my telee

aria
aria

dool can have Ron, he is not missed at GH, so please stop with the condolences, GH will be just fine, and hopefully so will Dool.

Kevin C
Kevin C

So agree with Aria and Yankee Fan…I like GH and I did not like Ron C’s writing for GH and I agree with what Yankee fan said about Ron’s writing being Cartoony…

Melanie
Melanie

Oh Aria, GH is awful right now. GH should be cancelled. It’s very painful to watch. Ron will beat GH in the ratings,. Days is here to stay, thank you Jesus.

Yankee fan
Yankee fan

Jean and Shelly are better writers than Cartoony.

Jean and Shelly never let GH ratings fall to the lows Cartoony did.

JMER
JMER

Agreed Yankee. Jelly know how to write emotional detail and stories better. It’s the exec involvement that is problematic and influences who’s on the air most, pacing, etc.

Dan
Dan

I always love all these doomsday scenarios about GH. People that don’t like the current writers so they invent these stories to make it sound like the show is doing worse than it is. They were only 6,000 viewers behind Y&R in the 18-34 demo and 60,000 behind in the 18-49 demo in the last ratings numbers I saw. GH is going nowhere. DOOL is the show with one foot in the grave, that’s what you should be worried about getting cancelled.

Aria
Aria

Thank you dan, I so agree with you, thanks for putting it in the words I feel.

Mary SF
Mary SF

I heard Dena Higley is available- LOL

Kelli
Kelli

Send Dena and Jill Phelps on a deserted island, hopefully we will not hear from them again. LOL

Tom84
Tom84

I think this is so, so exciting! Ron’s writing got me into GH and I particularly loved his anniversary episodes which made every April something to look forward to. I really thought the writing from the Dena/Ryan pairing was getting interesting (but at times too slow) so I hope the pacing picks up a bit.

The only concern I have:
What does the next five months worth of storylines mean? Is it going to be slow/boring for the next five months? I would assume that might be the case if they are restructuring the writing team like this?

I just hope the next few months don’t impact any possible renewal…

The cynic in me wonders, has Ron been brought in to wrap things up? I sure hope not…

Lou piikes
Lou piikes

Soap Gawds!!!! Thank you for this much belated X-Mas present.

Kelli
Kelli

Amen

Susan
Susan

Finally! Please let Ron Carlivati ‘s first order of business be to end the current horrible story line between Chloe and Nicole. I find it repugnant that Chloe would steal Nicole’s embryo in the first place and carry the fetus to full term without telling Nicole. Then to have Chloe deny Nicole access to her biological child. With this story line the current writers have turned Chloe from a loving, caring and kind woman to a heartless b@@ch.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Chloe didn’t steal the embryo, Susan. She had written permission to try as often as necessary for conception.

I don’t see Chloe as a heartless bitch. She clearly struggled through her decision making. Also, a heartless bitch would be one who hands over a baby whom could suffer in the crossfire of a criminal.

I understand how anxious the situation is, especially since Nicole has ached for a child of her own, but Chloe’s motivation isn’t malicious, it’s almost maternal. If Nicole chooses Deimos, could and would there be blood on Chloe’s hands for handing Holly over?

Regardless, the storyline will most likely be over by the time Carlivati’s DAYS begin. Hopefully, Holly will still be around.

Susan
Susan

Hopefully Holly will have been handed over to Nicole after her lawyer has destroyed Chole on the witness stand. Chloe having permission does not negate her moral and LEGALLY responsibility to have informed Nicole at the very beginning.

Mo
Mo

I like Chloe and am glad she’s back. I understand that Chloe carried the baby and feels maternal towards her and doesn’t want her to be raised by Deimos. Hey, court cases between surrogates and parents have happened IRL. I am enjoying the story and Arianne Zucker was great yesterday.

Yankee fan
Yankee fan

DOOL is getting cancelled next month and RC was hired to write the ending.

Shadowcat
Shadowcat

Believe me, if the show was getting cancelled next month, they wouldn’t be forking out this kind of money now to get RC as head writer, they would have just kept Dena and let the show sail off into the sunset. Stop with the rumors and lies people.

Leeza
Leeza

Stop spreading lies,. Days is not getting cancelled next month. Ron will save Days.

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

I hope he gives us a surprise every day like he did at OLTL and GH. When he did that, you had to tune in every day because if you missed an episode, you missed alot. I loved his writing style on both shows and I know I am going to like what he brings to the table at DAYS.

Mo
Mo

WOW! Did not see that coming. I didn’t watch GH when he was head writer, but it seemed like he did some good things there. I am not liking the majority of the current storylines on Days and did think Dena needed to go so I am excited to see what Ron brings. Although with Days taping so far in advance, we’ll have to wait a while.

Chaz
Chaz

Bit torn. OLTL was my favorite show and much of that had to do with RC’s writing. But, he does tend to rehash certain plots ( DID, anyone? ). The one good thing is that he can be inventive. But, will Ken Corday allow that much leeway?

I can see him trimming some of the cast, especially the young adult sector. He has never really written extensively for that age group.

Really wish DOOL did not film so far in advance because it takes too long for changes to hit the screen and I think some of the atrocious story lines could drive viewers away in the interim.

Rodd
Rodd

Man, I sure hope this is the shot in the arm that DAYS needs. I love Ron. However, all these consistent changes at DOOL have me worried still. If you look at soap history, those shows that go through back stage changes in writers or EP’s on a constant basis, tend to see their ratings continue to slide. If DOOL goes under during Ron’s writing, he will be the one blamed and not the people who’ve been in charge for years and made these constant changes. The audiences like consistency in their writing and characters. I hope the best for Ron and the show.

Allen Saint James
Allen Saint James

Days of our lives is the perfect canvas for Ron. Its actually the only show other than gh i can imagine him writing for. Days and Gh are like distant cousins. At gh Ron often mined the rich80s heyday history for story. Days is adventure, action, romance, villians, over the top
And daring at its best. Im excited

JMER
JMER

It may be a match for Days, hope it is for your sake, but there were hardly any 80s characters featured in these 80s historical storylines and they were incredibly short arced, lame stories.

Joshua
Joshua

I have never gotten hooked on any other daytime soap other than days but his work on GH did get me hooked about two years. GH felt like days did in it’s hey day when Ron was writing for it. I felt like he has the same style as James E. Reiley, whom I loved.

Iakovos
Iakovos

The man is a talent but his tales tend to cross a line with me. If we can avoid the incredible resurrections, outlandish historical revisions, and sill sci-fi elements, I will remain in Salem.

As for future of DAYS, would CBS pick it up? Isn’t it a Sony property?

Troy Turner
Troy Turner

I see you working here, but it seems like CBS is perfectly happy with the lineup they have

Joan Faist
Joan Faist

Good not good, I don’t know?
But I am loving Day’s right now because we have the characters on the show that we adore. Love having Patch, Kayla, Marlena, John, Hope, Adreine, Justin, Lucas, Nicole, Jennifer, Eric , Maggie, Victor, Brady, Kate on the show and in active storylines . This group of people is Days of our Lives and new writers always think the viewers want to see new faces. Believe me–NOT TRUE.
Also right now the current staff will bring our other favorite characters back into storylines from time to time and we get to catch up with their lives. Love the concept of doing this. Thanks for listening!

blake
blake

Amazing news! He’s perfect for DAYS, I can start watching it again! Too bad we have to wait like 5-6 months for his stories to air.

And you mean Dena Higley didn’t work out? You’d think Ken Corday learned that the first time!!!

PF
PF

Excellent news! I loved Ron’s work on OLTL and GH and can’t wait to see what he brings to DOOL. I just wish that, given the show’s strange production schedule, we didn’t have to wait six months to start seeing his stories on air. Nice to have something to look forward to, though (GH’s loss is DOOL’s gain!).

Joan Faist
Joan Faist

Sorry on my previous post forgot to mention the characters of Chad and Tony Dimera and Sonny.
Rest in peace to our dear Stefano.

Lisa Z
Lisa Z

Congratulations to Ron! I loved his work on OLTL especially the final year. ABC made a colossal blunder in cancelling OLTL. They underestimated how many hard core fans existed. I enjoyed the way he wrote the characters with sentimentality and heart. I still miss Viki, Clint, Todd, Tea, and the rest. Good Luck!

Steve
Steve

Two points:

1. Days fans better hope they get “angry Michael Quartermaine” Ron and not “Wacky Denise DeMuccio” Ron.

2. Any chance they can 3 months off from filming to get thoroughly thought out scripts and close this ridiculous gap? Prime time doesn’t even film this far in advance.

Joel
Joel

This is a dream come true!! He keeps things hopping. Soooo excited!

Claudio
Claudio

Me too Joel,. Ron will save Days from death. Ron is very talented. Ron needs to bring back Eileen Davidson as Kristen and Susan Banks. Also bring back Jack and my madam Vivian Alamain with Ivan.

stevie g
stevie g

I’d rather they didn’t bring back Jack, there’s a reason he’s been killed off various times. And his death has given so much material for his kids Abby and JJ over the years and still. He fell down an elevator shaft while saving his daughter, how could they realistically bring him back? Personally I think they need to bring back Bill Horton, Jennifer and Lucas’s Dad. Why has he stayed away from Salem for decades when his kids and grandkids and great grandkids are there?

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

This is shocking news. I gave up on DOOL a month ago because it’s too slow and the stories are boring. I’ll have to go back when Ron’s stories start to air. He is a terrific writer who knows how to tell multiple stories at the same time without things getting lost. One Life to Live was on fire during his tenure. Too Days continues to tape so far in advance. From what I saw last, they need Ron’s intervention immediately.

Nate
Nate

Agree – we’re looking at what, sometime in July 2017 before his work airs? We are on a never ending “give it time, there is a DAYS reboot coming!” train. I really hope this is put-up-or-shut-up, and if Ron cannot at least make Days below average (which would be a massive improvement), NBC needs to put the Horse down for good. Remember how Josh G. was coming to save the show? Then Will got murdered, Josh mentally checked out 10 minutes after he got there, and well…………….what we have now.

John Gordon
John Gordon

That’s a very good point – the writing is dreadful on DOOL and brother they need a quick revamp SOON – I hope by the time Ron’s writing team takes over it isn’t already too late –

sonniorsolita
sonniorsolita

I’m surprised more people haven’t said what I was thinking: Ron has experience writing the end of a show (OLTL). It’s a 50-50 chance that he was brought in to save “Days” … or wrap it up in a blaze of glory.

Chrystie_Delancey
Chrystie_Delancey

Oh NO! Bring on the beef cake. 🙁

Nate
Nate

A group of Monkeys in a locked room with a typewriter would be an improvement over Dena. I will give her props though, she was always consistent. Consistent in her destruction of Days. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out Dena.

Carla
Carla

Dena good riddance. thank god she is gone. Ron will save Days and the ratings are going up and up with him. Now Days need to bring back Vivian Alamain with her friend Ivan.

Sally Fields Forever
Sally Fields Forever

Agree, agree, agree! I remember when she was HW of OLTL. I cried every day her name showed up on the credits while the show became worse and worse.

dmr
dmr

That solidifies it for me, I will continue not to tune in-I despised his writing and decimating of characters on General Hospital-as well as, the onslaught of pointless and useless characters.

mark
mark

He is so smart and talented !

kevin
kevin

People credit him with saving OLTL; in reality the show hit all time ratings lows during his tenure which led to ABC’s decision to cancel the show. Right before ABC’s announcement he did get his act together and ratings started to rise but it was too late.

He has the ability to write some really good stories. Viki’s Paris, Texas storyline was great and the bullying storyline started out great but then became a campy, plot-driven mess with Stacy having plastic surgery to look just like her sister Gigi..ughh, what nonsense.

Who can forget his campy Moldavia mess, or how he botched the return of Tina or the worst of all: Dorian suddenly announces she is a lesbian in order to win the Mayoral race. Come on!!!

On the whole, he was bad for OLTL.

mike
mike

ABC planned to dump OLTL all along. They moved AMC to LA to save money and keep the show, then AMC’s ratings tanked and went lower than that of OLTL which had started to rise. They could not justify canceling the higher rated show so they killed them both.

jdshack2
jdshack2

That’s utter nonsense. One life’s ratings were ALWAYS better than AMC….especially over the last few years they were both on. The ONLY reason why GH was saved over OLTL is because ABC has an IRON CLAD contract with the creator of General Hospital’s children who they have to pay royalties to. Too much of a legal mess so why not just ax the second one they own.

su0000
su0000

One thing that has been very bad for DROOL is- the 6 month policy..
It is not possible to rewrite whatever is not working.. To be able to make changes for the better when needed.

Carolyn
Carolyn

I do believe in miracles! Thank you for saving the DOOL train wreck currently on air! Now can we fast-forward 5-months and start fresh!

Jeremy
Jeremy

Great news for DAYS! and to set the record straight, yes OLTL was cancelled under his writing, but when they gave him the power to write his own stories, OLTL rise to the number 2 spot for several weeks. He and Frank saved GH and I am certain his stores at DAYS will be a huge hit

Linda
Linda

This is a good sign that Days will continue. So who is going to have DID?

Claudio
Claudio

Marlena will have DID, and let’s hope she is poccesed again by the devil. I loved that storyline in 1995, Days went to number 2. I still remember the words. Poor Marlena girlfriend, you are a mess, you need some rest. I wouldn’t count on getting it. Lol. I need to get a life lol.

Satan
Satan

Marlena will not be possessed as long as Ron Cartoony is writing. I’m not working for that guy!

Satan
Satan

Well, I guess this confirms the rumours that NBC is trying to kill off Days Of Our Lives by any means necessary. This is the fool who got One Life to Live cancelled and damaged General Hospital so much with his cartoonish writing that it may never recover. Look for NotEve and NotPhillip to return as soon as this MoRon’s writing takes over. Along with all the other OLTL pets he can posiibly bloat the cast with. And look “forward” to storylines dominated by newbies where you might get somebody named Horton, Brady, Kiriakis, or DiMera on screen once a week (if you’re lucky).

Scott
Scott

Uh, Satan, it was not Ron who bloated the GH cast with “pets” that belongs to Frank Valentini…….

Satan
Satan

Those two worked as a team, with their ill-fated attempt to turn GH into OLTL 2.0, and then bloating the cast with newbies. Ron likes newbies because head writers get royalty payments for the characters they create, as long as those characters appear on the show. Even after the writers themselves are gone. Ron is still cashing in on his GH bloat, and all the mindless characters who descended on Port Charles during his reign.

Will he do any better under a different producer on Days? I doubt it. He won’t have the access to the characters from a dead show, but he will still have the newbie bloat, and all the endlessly recycled stories about DID and “who’s the daddy” baby stuff.

Sparks
Sparks

Actually, it was both, Frank and Ron, who bloated the cast. The writer wanted new characters and the producer approved the hiring. And as Satan said, the show was overrun with new characters and actors, who became the focus of stories. New characters aren’t inherently a bad thing, but they shouldn’t come in and force out the old characters, which is exactly what Ron did on GH. I predict he will use the long time characters as a backdrop to a flood of newbies, and get really angry with the Days fans who don’t like it.

Shay
Shay

Hey, Satan, if Ron appropriates some of the soap refugees who have landed without welcome in Port Charles over these past few years, he may just save GH, even if it means designating Salem as the new sanctuary city for displaced daytime actors.

Jeff Bailey
Jeff Bailey

I look forward to this. I want none of them to go off. Ron is progressive and tells outrageous stories. He needs the same breakdown writers from GH like Chris Van Etten, Jean , Shelly Altman, Katherine Shock etc. Much more progressive show. They need Scott Sickles and maybe have Alison Sweeney come back to do some more directing.

brian
brian

well…doesn’t this throw in a wrench for a OLTL reboot !!!???

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

Not necessarily, since Ron wasn’t involved in the reboot on Prospect Park.

But is anybody seriously saying there’s going to be an OLTL reboot? I know people have been hoping for it, but have we heard something that gives such hopes a basis in reality? Because my guess is no how, no way.

David
David

I apologize that my phone didn’t capitalize LGBT. But if we are splitting hairs. If we really want to get technical, it’s LGBTQ.

As for your comment – you made it sound like because Ron is a gay man that he is automatically going to insert a gay romance, when in fact, Days already has one. He certainly could write a better story for all of the characters, regardless of their color or orientation.

mike
mike

With the 5 month advance in filming it could already be too.They should have hired him months ago.

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DAYS Promo: What’s Going To Happen At Jarlena’s Wedding Anniversary Shindig?

Coming up next week on Days of our Lives, prepare for drama, drama, and more drama! From the looks of the latest promo for the NBC soap opera, the action takes place at Marlena (Deidre Hall) and John’s (Drake Hogestyn) surprise one-year wedding anniversary soirée, where things could take a deadly turn!

But with the Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) masquerading as “Nicole” plot reaching new heights, Anna DiMera (Leann Hunley) and Tony DiMera (Thaao Penghlis) back in Salem, and the promo telling viewers “For one guest, the party, is over” followed by Sonny (Freddie Smith) yelling, “She’s got a gun!” and Brady’s (Eric Martsolf) ending line, “Oh, my God!” there is plenty to conjecture.

Also seen in the teaser is Kate (Lauren Koslow) trying to rip off the face of Susan Banks (Stacy Haiduk), and Stefan (Brandon Barash) and Gabi (Camila Banus) getting hot and heavy and Eric (Greg Vaughan) yelling, “No!”

So, check out the promo below and then let us know via the comment section below, what you think is about to go down at Jarlena’s party, where last August at their nuptials … things did not go off without a hitch, either!

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DAYS Stacy Haiduk and Eric Martsolf Talk Kristen & Brady’s Twisted Relationship : The Mask, The Deception, The Sex

Last week on Days of our Lives, Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) was able to get the man she craves in between the sheets.  So, just how did that happen when Brady Black (Eric Martsolf) had no idea she was alive?  Well … he still doesn’t, really.  You see, Kristen returned to Salem disguised as another ex flame of Brady’s, Nicole Walker (who everyone believed died in the warehouse explosion).  And Kristen has been parading around town donning an incredible likeness of Nicole’s face – via a prosthetic mask – and some other tricks to sound and look just like her!

Kristen’s goal is to infiltrate Salem, remind Brady of the love and passion they shared, take over DiMera Enterprises, and who knows what else!  And everyone who stands in her way, better watch out as we have seen! We are speaking to you (the late) Ted, and (once kidnapped) Kate, et al.

Fans of the NBC daytime drama series have followed the tortured relationship between Kristen and Brady for years and through many plots; Kristen was first played and brought to life by Eileen Davidson, and for well over a year now by Stacy Haiduk.  Not only has Haiduk reprised the role of a frustrated, vengeful Kristen, she is also playing at times multiple roles: the wacky and often misunderstood, Susan Banks, Kristen playing Susan, or Kristen pretending to be Sister Mary Moira.

As for Daytime Emmy winner, Eric Martsolf, this latest story arc puts him front and center as viewers watch to see if what Brady senses, and the clues, and the feelings he is having, bring him to the conclusion that he has been duped by Kristen, and that her horrendous scheme – pretending to be Nicole (Arianne Zucker), and dumping Nicole’s longtime love Eric (Greg Vaughan) to be with him have a result that is unexpected or catastrophic!

Michael Fairman TV sat down with Stacy and Eric for this conversation about: all the plot twists, and playing the drama and the humor of the situations they find themselves in as actors in a wild story that only head writer Ron Carlivati could pen and keep the audience on the edge of their seats in the process. Check out this oh-so-fun, direct, and enlightening chat with two of DAYS most shining stars.

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Eric, what has it been like working in this part of your storyline; where there’s the character of Kristen in its many forms: Arianne Zucker playing “Nicole” (but it’s really Kristen), Kristen as Susan, and the real Kristen, etc?

ERIC:  It’s been a nightmare Michael.  (Laughs)  I don’t know who I’m sleeping with anymore.  I’m at the point where I go home at night, and I just tug on my wife’s cheek just to make sure that she is not my ex-girlfriend from high school.

When you first heard of this storyline, and that it was going to facilitate how Arianne was going to come back to the show… and that it was supposed to be Kristen in a Nicole Walker prosthetic mask with a voice alternator, what went through your mind?

ERIC:  I think in the back of Ron’s Carlivati’s (head writer, DAYS) mind, he was thinking to himself, “This dude started his soap career on Passions, he’s okay with this kind of thing,” and honestly, nothing surprises me anymore.  When you’re thrown into that supernatural, crazy reality, doesn’t-live-here sort of atmosphere for you first soap gig, you don’t sweat a mask and a voice modulator.  That’s just par for the course.  My biggest problem was the body thing … that Brady is not able to distinguish one body from the other, because I would as Eric.  My God, I know every inch of my wife’s body.  So, it’s difficult to get my head around that, but at the same time, I’m going with the whole “love is blind” thing here. (Laughs)

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(Laughs) I was going just going to say that Brady would absolutely know Kristen’s body from how passionate their relationship has been in the past, as well, he would Nicole’s body from his relationship with her.

ERIC:  Since Kristen did finally just succeed – let’s use the word in “seducing” him, and using her wonderful feminine wiles as only Kristen has to get Brady in to bed, there was also another twist.  What plays after that is that he notices the tattoo that’s been removed, and she plays it off as scarring from the fire.  What’s going through his mind as he is making love to Nicole is a “Kristen train”.  He can’t get Kristen out of his mind, and the guilt that he feels about that is horrendous.

Right! Brady is thinking: “Why am I feeling this when I am supposed to be with Nicole!?”

ERIC:  Right!  Brady has been waiting for a relationship for God knows how many years now – at least a successful one.  He is so eager to have this work, even though he has been concerned about how Eric (Greg Vaughan) would feel about this.  In Brady’s mind, Eric is done with Nicole.  He’s good.  He loves Sarah (Linsey Godfrey).  This is fair game.  Brady and Nicole have always been close … they’ve been close before … so, for him, it’s, why not give it a fair try?   However, he finds himself now thinking about another woman the whole time.  That’s rough.

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Do you think in the back of his mind, that this whole time, he possibly knew that “Nicole” was Kristen?

ERIC:  Well, you just have to wait.  There will be a reveal eventually, obviously, but until then, let the games play on.

So, once Brady and “Nicole” have sex, he keeps thinking about Kristen?

ERIC:  Constantly!  She just plagues his mind.  I think he’s realizing that his affection for Kristen is anything but dead and is very alive, and I think this is Kristen’s master plan from the very beginning.  She knows that she pervades his soul, and once she does reveal herself, I would guess he would probably be surprised, maybe a little angry, but in the end … you can’t deny what your heart and your body wants, right?

One of my favorite recent scenes had Brady half-naked and Kristen as Susan getting into his room, because she was looking for the MIA Nicole mask she so desperately needed.  She finds herself gawking and lusting after Brady under her disguise, and he tries to remove himself from the situation and says, “Susan, I’m going to get in the shower…”

ERIC:  Yeah! And, “It’s not going to happen, baby.”

What was that like doing that scene?

STACY:  I loved it!  I thought Eric was brilliant in it.  I watched it, and I thought, “Oh, my God!”  (Laughs) It is one of my all-time favorite scenes.

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ERIC:  Kristen is a tiger.

STACY:  She is a tiger.  She’s got a goal, and she is going to go after that.  She has obstacles that are going to come in-between her goal, but she will go after whatever she wants.

When Stacy comes in to Brady’s room as Susan, were you not laughing?

ERIC: No!  I thought she was hot. (Laughs)

STACY:  He did … he loved it.  You liked me, didn’t you baby? (Laughs)

ERIC:  I don’t think anybody can deny that Stacy Haiduk’s portrayal of Susan Banks is ridiculously good.  Everything from her delivery … to her facial expressions.  I think it is amazing.  I mean, it is corny, and it is fun, and soaps need characters like that once in a while to lighten the load of the heavy dialogue and the drama.  It’s a welcomed addition.  So, I love playing scenes with Susan.

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Eric, you always have been able play the straight-man so well in comedic scenes with impeccable timing,

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STACY:  You’re brilliant, Eric.

ERIC:  You guys are being very nice to me.

STACY:  You are.  I remember on the day how much fun we had, but then, seeing it back and the crap that I was giving you, and just the stuff you were giving back was so beautiful, and innocent, and so alive.  It was so funny.

Does Kristen think that now that she finally got Brady into bed that she won … that she got what she wanted … even if she had to don a “Nicole” mask to do it?

STACY:  Well, no, because she still can’t be really Kristen.  I think she is grateful that she gets to be with him.  That’s one of her biggest goals: to be with Brady and she wants to have him fall back in love with her again.  But for her, now it’s all about, “How do I reveal myself so that he doesn’t get scared away?”  That’s the toughest part for her.  Kristen’s love is so deep that it goes beyond this mask.  So, how is it going to be when he sees her?   Is he going to freak out?  What’s going to happen?

ERIC:  Did you think Kristen would be a little pissed off and think, “Oh my God.  He did go for Nicole?”

STACY:  Yes!  I do, because she’s like, “Finally, I got him!  But wait a minute … did I get him because I was Nicole … or because I was Kristen?”  As Kristen, she always believes there is something deeper between them and a deep connection.  That remains a driving force to her.

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ERIC:  That’s why I love these characters so much, because of you and the history of Kristen with Brady.  She’s always wanted him as much as he has wanted her.  She’s always wanted to be loved.

STACY:  Yes … and very much so.

ERIC:  Kristen had always wanted to be a part of the DiMera Empire, just as Brady has always wanted to be a part of the Kiriakis Empire, and they’ve always wanted love.  They’ve never had it.  They believe in the back of their minds that anything is attainable.  So, I can see why Kristen would just forgo the Nicole disguise and just go, “He wants me.”

STACY:  Kristen wants to believe that Brady knows it.  She says to herself, “He knows it’s me inside and behind the mask.  When he finds out, he will fall back in love with me.”

Now that she actually had sex with Brady, wouldn’t that make Kristen even more insatiable to be with him? Like, “I’ve got to have him!?”

STACY:  The fear is still .. what happens she takes this mask off?  She always says, “I’ll reveal myself, but I have to do it slowly when it is the right time.”  I think there is that built up frustration now for her, absolutely!

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Arianne Zucker really has Stacy’s mannerisms down as Kristen.  It really comes into in scenes where “Nicole” goes off on someone or loses her temper.  Eric, you have worked with Arianne for years on this show.  What do you think about her performances in this storyline?

ERIC:  I have worked with Ari over the years, and I have enjoyed it a lot.  Ari did do her homework.  She did study Stacy’s tape, and she watched her mannerisms, and she took it very seriously.  I know that because she is a hard worker, as much as a goofball as she is, she does work hard, and she wanted it to be good.  I think my favorite parts were the Kristen meltdowns.  You have to understand though; Stacy and Ari get along very well!  They’re kind of two peas in a pod.  So, it wasn’t a big stretch for her to take on how Stacy would play those types of scenes.  They’re both animated, they’re both wild people by nature, and so, it was a good fit.  It was a smart idea from the writers.

STACY:  It was a good fit!

ERIC:  I’ve been out with the two of them, and it’s hard to tell the two of them apart. (Laughs)

STACY:  We are just like two cuddly bunnies.

ERIC:  They’re like flirting with each other, and hugging each other.  You find yourself thinking, “Are they going to start ordering the same food at the same time?  This is getting weird. (Laughs)

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In the recent scene that aired; where Kristen as “Nicole” turns off the light while having sex with Brady, is she worried her plan will now go awry?

STACY:  Yes.  I think she is worried about her body because it is burned.  You know, how they take a tattoo off, and it’s as painful as can be.  Not that I’ve had that done personally.  I like my tats, but I hear it is painful.  So, in the storyline, the burn is that pain that she has and the tattoo. There’s a part of her that thinks,  she has to cover it up, and turn the lights down low.

ERIC:  “Nicole” is sleeping, and Brady is rubbing his hands over her shoulder and touching her body, and as he goes over the burn marks.  He sees a flash of the tattoo!  That is a pivotal moment when he starts to put some pieces together.   He thinks, “Woah! That’s exactly where that tattoo was.”  It’s a slow little rollercoaster ride.

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In the past, Kristen then played by Eileen Davidson, drugged and raped Father Eric.  Stacy, did you ever see that story arc?  Literally the sex scene is playing on the screen at Kristen’s wedding to Brady and then all hell breaks loose.  This to say Kristen is notorious for the ways and the lengths she goes to get her men into bed.

STACY:  Yes! I saw her Eileen do those scenes.

ERIC:  You also saw how close Kristen and Brady were to their dream, to their happiness, their goal, which was they were going to marry each other.  Brady is looking upon his loved ones in this town and thinking, “I know what you all think of her, but I’m going to show you our love on this screen, and once you see the connection that we have here as a couple, you all are going to be convinced that we belong together as well.  This is the happiest day of my life,” and the screen comes up and it’s his brother banging Kristen instead.

Marlena (Deidre Hall) played the wrong DVD!

STACY:  It was so good.  See, I try to find as much info as I can on the character’s past, because all of the time I’m trying to find where these characters have been in their dark and twisted past.

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ERIC:  You’re putting your own stamp on Kristen.  You got a direct call from DAYS casting department, didn’t you … when they were recasting the role?

STACY:  Yes.  You have to understand, I had two really separate characters to play when I was on Y&R.  One was a doctor, and one was this crazy passionate, wild, little minx.

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ERIC:  I will say to find the wild and the beauty in one package is not easy in any town, yet alone Los Angeles.  I’m glad they called you, because you have that.  You have that villainous nature, but you also are able to show a vulnerable side to Kristen that is going to be a lot of fun and interesting to see.

Stacy is one of those people that will leap off of the screen at you and you will remember her.  She is one actress that will have fans talking about their work, like when you played crazy Patty Williams on Y&R.  The audience was on the edge of their seats going, “Oh, my God!  What is Patty going to do next?”

STACY:  I never knew what she was going to do!

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Eric, has Stacy come to you at any point where she been overwhelmed by the task at hand; playing Susan while playing Kristen, etc, and the two of you have a moment where you work through some of the challenges of complex scenes  … and ones where she is playing multiple characters?

ERIC:  We’ve had many moments  to speak of.

STACY:  I always come into Eric’s room, and am like, “I’m scared!”

ERIC:  It’s funny you mention it.  We have had some very emotional scenes, and Stacy – who cares so damn much about this job and portraying this character correctly – that she gets a little overwhelmed, and the material that they give her is overwhelming for any anybody on any level.  I have looked at her in the eyes, and said, “You’ve got this gig.  You are this character.  You are knocking it out of the park.  Just do it.  Just be you.”   I can’t wait for people to see some of the stuff we have shot recently and have been doing.

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Stacy, do you think Kristen can be redeemed? Many characters on daytime … and on DAYS … have done horrible things and later turned over a new leaf.

STACY:  The thing is that villains are bad and all that other crap, but they’ve got a lot of stuff going on inside and insecurities, and they’ve got a heart.  I’m sorry, the villain with a heart of gold, can be very  true.  I never see villains (and I play them a lot) as bad.  You have to find where it comes from … how far does this go … where did that little seed change … and what made them go into the dark, but also, where is the good?  You want to bring the good to it, too.

ERIC:  Let’s face it!  Star Wars is all about Darth Vader and how he became that because it’s intriguing.

Because of the pace in which DAYS tapes its episodes; do the two of you find time to run lines together before you go hit the set?

ERIC:  We are running out of time to run lines.  It’s pretty wild.  Funnily enough, I was recently filming a movie and I was so underwhelmed at the pace of everything.  I’ve gotten so accustomed to moving at this militant style, that as hard as it is, it is preferable to me now.  I almost like it because you don’t have time to overthink what you are going to do, and you end up getting more visceral and natural reactions to the material.  You can overthink a scene, and you can come to a wrong performance that way.  When you burn your fingers on a hot stove, that’s the most natural reaction you are going to get.  You can’t have ten minutes to think about how you are going to scream about that pain.

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But, would you like the pace of shooting the show to be a bit slower?

STACY:  I would like to, but I do think sometimes just jumping in, and going and seeing what happens is great.  I love that.  I do appreciate that.

ERIC:  It’s scary.

STACY:  It is scary.  I would love if we would get to do a rehearsal and then two takes just to see, and then they can mix  together what happens.  Sometimes I am hard on myself as an actress.  I’ve always been.  It’s that jumping in when you only get to do one take.  You have to just give it everything you’ve got.

ERIC:  You can have a second take.  Want me to give you a little secret?  All you have to do is screw up your last line.

STACY:  I can’t do that.   I don’t even need it to be perfect because nothing is perfect.  It doesn’t matter what I’ve done if I sometimes don’t feel it.  I need to feel it when I’m on that set.  I need to feel something because when I shut down, I close myself off.  It’s like an athlete who has just got to  train as hard as they can to reach their goal.

ERIC:  You’re an Olympic swimmer!

STACY:  You’ve got to do it as hard as you can.  You practice, and you practice, and you practice, and you practice, so that when you come to that day, you do the best you can, but sometimes you are disappointed because you didn’t get that one last thing you had hoped for.

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How do you view what happened to Eric with Kristen, who disguised as Nicole, tricked Brady into bed with her?  Some fans commented that that they thought it was akin to a rape.

ERIC:  No, I would disagree with that theory.  I believe there is a high degree of deception in this, but there is a willingness on behalf of Brady.  He’s not drugged.  He’s not being forced to do anything.  Deception, yes.  Rape, no.

Stacy, what do you think?

STACY:  Total deception.  There is no rape.  There is absolutely no rape.  These are willing participants; he just doesn’t know exactly who he is dealing with.

ERIC:  I appreciate the context of how somebody could construe that, and the seriousness of the matter.  I don’t think it really has a place in this particular storyline.

Do you guys think that Brady and Kristen are each other’s star-crossed lovers in a weird, twisted, bizarre way?

ERIC:  I don’t know.  I think they’re magnetism can’t be denied.  I think the hurdles that they’ve jumped through are astronomical.  Will they end up together in the end?  Who knows!  Will there ever be an end?  Who knows!  It’s definitely been one of, if not the most, in-depth relationships Brady has ever had.

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And intense!

ERIC:  Yeah.  They’ve just gone through so much to be together, and when you do that, anybody who is married knows that, that’s where the good stuff is; the wars that you win together and the battles that you go through.  When you come out of the war, and you’re still together, that’s the bond.  That’s what lasts.

What would Kristen do if she couldn’t have Brady in the end?  Would she find a new obsession?  What if she could not nab her man?

STACY:  Wow!  Hmmm. (Laughs)  She’s going to get her man.  She wants her man.  She wouldn’t settle.  She’d keep fighting.  I would say to her, “Kristen, keep fighting the good fight.”

So, do you think Kristen will reveal herself to Brady sooner than later? Will Brady figure out what Kristen has been doing to get to him?  Will Brady turn Kristen away if he knew she was alive and back in action  … or would he fall back into her arms? Share your theories via the comment section below.

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Daytime Emmys To Merge Younger Actor & Actress Category Into One As Gender-Inclusive Categories Are On The Rise

The upcoming 47th annual Daytime Emmys are already making some changes to key categories and specifically this one that affects daytime drama performers.  Word from Variety is that NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) is going to announce that they are combining the Younger Actor and Actress categories into one gender-neutral category

Not only will the Younger performer category be gender-inclusive, but network soap performances will be combined with digital drama series performances for the category.  Previously, for this past Daytime Emmys, NATAS had changed the Guest Performer in a Drama Series to be gender-inclusive.

This category was initially created in 1985 when it was called the Outstanding Ingenue and then from there tweaked into Outstanding Juvenile Female and Male, and more recently that morphed into the Younger Actor and Actress categories.

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Former GH star Hayley Erin (Ex-Kiki) and former DAYS star, Kyle Pettis (Ex-Theo) will now be the last female and male to win the two separate categories with this new move for 2020.

Fans of film and TV have noticed that on several award shows on MTV: their Movie and TV Awards and their VMA’s, there are several gender-inclusive categories, as well as the Television Critics Association Awards who for instance doles out Outstanding Individual Achievement in Drama in comedy.

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So, what do you think of the change; that there will now be one Younger performer category at the Daytime Emmys? Comment below.

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