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Ron Carlivati Staying Put At DAYS As Head Writer

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In great news for Days of our Lives, Daytime-Emmy winning scribe, Ron Carlivati has renewed his contract with the NBC soap opera.  Formerly head writer at One Life to Live and General Hospital, Carlivati took over the lives of the good people of Salem back in 2017, and since then the show has been on a creative and ratings uptick.

Ron spoke with Soap Opera Digest and revealed he is staying put in Salem stating: “I am both thrilled and grateful to be staying put in Salem.”

After winning a Daytime Emmy for his work on the show (from the 2017 season last April of 2018), and the series winning the trifecta of Writing, Show and Directing, Ron added: “From day one, (executive producer) Ken Corday, (Co-executive producer) Greg Meng, and the entire cast and crew at Days of or Lives welcomed me into their family with open arms. It is truly and honor and a privilege to write for these wonderful characters on this legendary show.”

Look for more drama, mystery, romance and antics, Carlivati-style in the days and months to come.

So, DAYS fans, glad to hear Ron is staying on-board at DAYS? Comment below,

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Ron is currently the best and most consistent head writer working in daytime. Bradley Bell over at B&B has been driving the show into the ground for years, Mal Young has completely changed Y&R in the last year, and GH has been suffering from major ups and downs with each regime since Ron left the show. But over the last two years, DAYS has been on fire, showcasing more vets in front-burner story than any other soap, and giving fans what they want. With the recent addition of Judith Chapman and return of Diana Colville, Ron is really digging into the show’s history and proving that he knows Salem inside and out. This is great news for DAYS fans, and hopefully the show stays on the air for years to come!

“… and GH has been suffering from major ups and downs with each regime since Ron left the show ”

^^^ this is all I’ve been clamoring about. Frank / Shelly / Chris w/Jean

the nonstop showcase of Carly and Sonny ; Jason and Sam ; Michael , Finn, Franco, Peter… have done nothing to reach the 18-49 demographic, women stronghold… if they ain’t ‘tending the show

ALL the rest of the cast is missing in action… just left by the wayside… yes, I will “clamor” and use this thread for my passion

PASSION : thanks to Jason Patrick Stuart.. WITH Michelle Stafford
Familial : w/Charlotte …

WITH all the requisite… GH NEEDS Jason/VALENTINE

I am so disappointed that Val is now on Y&R… she had Better not be wasted… this is a wasted BIG TIME let by Frank Valentini.. he’s such a goner… such

to let go the potential of Val and Kristina…

once again.. PROP PROP PROP.. Billy Miller / Tamara Braun / William DeVry WITH my Oscar

you have it in spades with Lucas and Brad
you have it in spades with Felicia and big Mac
you have it in spades with Bobbi, Scotty, Lucy
you have it in Monica, Olivia , Ned, ARGH
Jon Lindstrom is keeping your show

OK let me prop : Genie Francis has upped her game… from the time Lulu collapsed in her arms.. PLUS HER HAIR… just kudos to this dying genre… that’s how Frank Valentini makes me feel about

what the f is wrong with you Frank

Ahhhh, Patrick….always on target, you are!!
A lot of ‘face’ could be saved by ‘re-arranging’ some storylines…..the potential is there.
Let’s have a look at EJ’s new face……Have Johnny DiMera come back as a teen and have a relationship with his Dad. The opening is there……Rafe ran to Sami’s side to give a hand in ‘straightening’ out whatever problem she was having with her son.
Perhaps, Johnny’s sibling, Allie Horton should also come back……no youth on the show anymore. ….miss that!!
The kidnapping of Ciera and baby Charlotte is lunacy…..”what have they done to” Jordan, “Ma?”.
I always loved both the actress and the character….( especially on AMC)…. Jordan kept things ( concerning Clyde and Ben) on an even keel. She would do anything for her brother……protect and shelter him, no matter what. What happened?
….Not enjoying this storyline, at all……How does one woman take over/ hoodwink the great Hope Brady? The entire PD? Much like GH’s…….She should, actually, throw in the towel.
Plus, as much as I am loving Leo? I have had enough. Let’s get Sonny and Will back together without the nonsense. The plot is neither intriguing nor interesting….it’s blah!!
Then, there’s The Three Faces Of Eve….C’mon!!

his only mistake was to cast Judith Chapman as Diana intead of Genie Francis . Sadly Diana is unrecognizable even personality wise . The shows history matters to us and we have a great memory .Diana was more than John’s girlfriend . They were engaged at one point and Diana was never this neurotic , nasty and unstable woman . We all are fond of Ron’s work but the Diana we all love needs to return to our screens . Bring back our Diana ! Bring back our Genie Francis . We want the magic of Drake Hogestyn and Genie Francis on our screens again !

Great news, but I would like to see more slow-build romance and Adrienne/Bonnie, Hattie/Marlena and multiple characters played by the same actor. In the coming year, bring back Steve, Stephanie and Joey and make the Johnsons front-and-center. I would also love to see a realistic storyline with a character like Kate dealing with a serious illness. I have always said it would be great to have Colleen Zenk playing Kate’s sister and they have a love/hate relationship. In addition, it would be nice to see Phillip back and maybe a sibling for Sonny.

Great… another year of endless newbies, recycled storylines, ridiculous plot point writing, and recasts of characters that have been gone for decades, which don’t make a shred of sense.

Yes, it’s good to hear Ron is staying at DAYS!

Ron, maybe Sami’s rapist, Alan Harris, can return disguised as an older lady named Lana Sirrah. Lana could become Ari’s nanny.

Sami can return, but Carrie is a must, too. She was Alan’s first target many years ago. Plus, Carrie and Austin’s intersex child, Noah, could somehow help Alan/Lana.

The last thing viewers knew of Alan is that his junk was shot by Sami. Therefore, linking Alan to Noah, who has extra genitalia, would be a good contrast.

I’m not being sarcastic. I just feel thinking outside the box is what’s needed to gain and keep new viewers.

A fan no matter what…Forever.

Well, dahaaam!
I wanted Ron Carlivati back at GH..
trade Frank for Ron..

GH is a pile of mold..
It’s like watching hair growing on a statue..

GH is in dire straights and it desperately needs to clean house..

Frank has stayed way beyond his time, like a decade, it seems..
and what’s her name (the one that near killed Y&) she needs to retire
both need to GET OUT!!

((I wanted Ron back 🙁

how bout u watch dool instead, GH doesn’t want Ron back, thank the universe.

Well, dahammmm!
I wanted Ron back to GH..
I’d like to trade- Frank to Days Ron to GH..

Frank has way overstayed his time ay GH and he became a worn out drag that needs to go and take that whatshername with him , she near killed Y&R not easily done but she did it)
0ooh lawdy! the music box story, I’m lost for words on that one..

GH has become moldy an overkill of stale !!

GH suites need to put an effort into GH and bring in new writing talent if not, it will remain to die its slow death.

This is awesome news—I loved him at OLTL and GH. He really does a great job at DAYS too. This guy is amazing!!!

Wonderful news. I really enjoy his stories. Congratulations Ron!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Awesome news, great to hear!

Great. He’s made Salem not only watchable but fun again.

Fantastic news and congratulations to Ron & Days. Ron “gets” the soap opera genre and gives me the thrills and chills and humor I haven’t experienced since the prime years of All My Children.

SO MANY of us have been Days of our lives fans for quite some time . We are more than thrilled and happy that Ron Carlivati is staying as head writer . The quality of his writing is simply outstanding . However we encourage him to recast Diana Colville with the original portrayer the wondeful Genie Francis . We simply want to see the thruthfull portrayal of Diana , she was simply not the person that Judith Chapman plays . We don’t want this version of Diana we want the Diana we all fell in love with and we want Genie ! Drake Hogestyn and Genie Francis touched our hearts and pulled at our heartstrings with a very raw , real and emotional portrayal . We love your work Ron Carlivati , we would love it even more with these changes being made.

I don’t like how he has returned characters played by actors who played other characters on the show and completely changed their personality. Old Brady is the new Rex, who used to be a stand up guy and a hot nerd and now he’s a wonanising cad. Old Angelica is now new Diana who used to be a heroine and now she’s a bitchy type. At least Jordan is played by the same actress but again a sympathetic characters has now gone crazy. I really thought she would come on to support her brother, but as yet they havn’t even had a scene together.

Good job Ron, I love Days and always will. Just bring back Vivian please.

Good news! Great show!

I’m not impressed with any of these stories. They are all sad and depressing. And this Eve and Jack as mayor and Comish is just stupid. And stop bringing back people from the dead. None of this is enjoyable. You’re wasting the talents of some very good actors.

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Justin Hartley’s (ex-Adam, Y&R, ex-Kevin, This Is Us) new CBS drama, Tracker debuted immediately after Super Bowl LVIII this past Sunday delivering a huge audience averaging 18.4 million viewers.

That comes on the heels of the most-watched Super Bowl telecast of all-time where the overtime game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers amassed a lead-in average viewership of 123.4 million people.

Tracker retained 15% of the audience from Super Bowl LVII but that still gave the series the largest post-Super Bowl numbers for a series since 2021. That series in 2021 was The Equalizer.

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Of note: The Tracker audience numbers refers only to CBS viewership and will soon see an increase when data becomes available from streamers Paramount+,, and the CBS app.  In addition, Tracker’s performance outshined last year’s post-Super Bowl effect in the ratings. In 2023, Season 2 of  Next Level Chef  retained 13.6% of the audience of the big game, and 15.7 million viewers after 115.1 million watched the Kansas City Chiefs win the Super Bowl against the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Interestingly, given the length of Sunday night’s Super Bowl and it going into overtime, it pushed Tracker’s scheduled premiere back even later until 11:14 pm EST. That marked the latest Super Bowl game lead-out in its history.

In case you missed the premiere of Tracker, and its first episode entitled “Klamath Falls”, the series stars Hartley as Colter Shaw, a lone-wolf survivalist who roams the country as a reward seeker, using his expert tracking skills to help private citizens and law enforcement solve all manner of mysteries while contending with his own fractured family.

So, what do you think of how ‘Tracker’ performed in its first episode averaging 18.4 million viewers? Will Justin Hartley’s new series be able to retain a large part of this audience moving forward week-to-week? Weigh-in via the comment section below.

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Murray’s son, Christopher broke the news to the New York Times. However, he did not give any further details into his father’s death.

Michele Lee who played Karen Fairgate on Knots Landing posted a touching tribute to her former leading man, expressing: “Don Murray, One of the nicest people I have EVER met. When Don was working on the set, everything stopped. People stood by the camera to watch him. Don was often applauded when the director yelled “Cut.” Everybody, I mean EVERYBODY called him Mr. Murray. That’s how much respect we all had for him. I will always love him. #knotslanding #knots #goodnightsid #donmurray #restinpeace”

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On ‘Knots’, Murray’s Sid was killed-off in a car crash in its third season. A mechanic working for the mob took out the brakes in Sid’s car. While Sid and an FBI agent were driving, the car went out of control and fell from a cliff. After having to undergo live-saving surgery, Sid didn’t survive passing away in the early stages of the operation. (You can watch the heartbreaking ending to Sid’s life and Michele Lee’s bravura performance below).

In addition to Knots Landing, Murray had an illustrious film career having been Oscar-nominated for his debut role as Beauregard “Beau” Decker, the lovestruck cowboy in Bus Stop. He also appeared in Fred Zinnemann’s A Hatful of Rain 1957, where he played a morphine-addicted war veteran, and starred as a closeted gay senator in Otto Preminger’s Advise & Consent in 1962. Later in his career in 1986, he played Kathleen Turner’s father in the film Peggy Sue Got Married.

Share your remembrances and condolences on the death of Don Murray via the comment section below. Under the video of Sid’s death on Knots, you can also check out the Michael Fairman Channel interview with Michele Lee, Donna Mills and Joan Van Ark where they discuss working with Don Murray during the conversation.


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Daytime Emmy Category Changes Announced: Outstanding Younger Performer Eliminated; Daytime Program Hosts Revised

The 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards will look a bit different with the elimination of some categories and a redefinition of others as announced on Thursday by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS).

The changes include the elimination of what has become the controversial Outstanding Younger Performer in a Daytime Drama series category, where the age range was so vast that it had younger children competing with older teens or young adults.

That means that General Hospital’s Eden McCoy (Josslyn) will become, for all intent and purposes, the final winner of this category as she took the honors for her work at the 50th annual Daytime Emmy Awards handed out in December of 2023.

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This category had under gone a myriad of changes and age eligibility rules over recent years. Younger performers were first honored at the Emmys in 1985. With the removal of this category, younger performers are now eligible to submit for Supporting Actor or Actress or Lead Actor or Actress category. The flipside of the change is that there is one less category for Daytime Drama performers to be named in.

Other changes as announced by NATAS include merging ‘Outstanding Writing for a Daytime Non-Fiction Series’ and ‘Outstanding Writing for Daytime Non-Fiction Special’ into ‘Outstanding Writing for a Daytime Non-Fiction Program.’

Additionally, the Daytime Program Host category has been split into two categories – Daytime Personality–Daily, and Daytime Personality–Non-Daily. The complete list of changes is below.

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In a statement, Adam Sharp, President of NATAS expressed: “Programming is always changing, and NATAS continues to adapt its competition rules to reflect these shifts in the television landscape. We’re looking forward to gathering again at the 51st Daytime Emmys to celebrate all the nominees and the entertaining and enlightening programs they create.”

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For a further breakdown of the category changes, see below:

Daytime Program Host Eligibility

Hosts, Co-Hosts, and Correspondents from Entertainment News and Legal/Courtroom Programs (e.g. the judges and bailiffs) are now eligible within the Daytime Personality – Daily or Daytime Personality – Non-Daily category depending on airing/streaming schedule. They also remain eligible in their respective Program categories but cannot win two Emmy statuettes for the same function, e.g. if a Program wins Outstanding Program and the Hosts win Outstanding Daytime Personality, the statuette defaults to the Host entry. Hosts from the same Program will be included in a single entry with all Hosts, Co-Hosts, Anchors and Correspondents on the same submission and the reel must contain footage that highlights all entrants.

Daytime Personality – Daily

Honoring Hosts, Co-Hosts, Anchors, and Correspondents on Daytime-eligible content that airs or streams daily AND/OR has more than 52 episodes per calendar year. Eligible genres are: Entertainment News, Legal/Courtroom, Travel/Adventure/Nature, Instructional/How-To, Lifestyle, Arts and Popular Culture, Educational and Informational, and Short Form.

Note: This does not affect Talk Series Hosts and Culinary Hosts who remain eligible only in their respective categories.

Daytime Personality – Non-Daily

Honoring Hosts, Co-Hosts, Anchors, Correspondents, and Narrators on Daytime-eligible content that airs or streams weekly or all at once AND/OR has fewer than 52 episodes per calendar year (regardless of how many were filmed or produced). Eligible genres are: Entertainment News, Legal/Courtroom, Travel/Adventure/Nature, Instructional/How-To, Lifestyle, Arts and Popular Culture, Educational and Informational, Daytime Special, and Short Form.

Note: This does not affect Talk Series Hosts and Culinary Hosts who remain eligible only in their respective categories.

NATAS also announced that the entry deadline for submissions for the competition will be February 22nd, with a late entry by March 7th. Judging will be from March 21-April 11, 2024 with the official nominations to be revealed the week of April 15th.

No word yet on the date of the 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, but one would presume it will be back to sometime in June as it has been in previous years. Last years Daytime Emmys got pushed to December of 2023 due to the writers and performers strikes.

So, what do you think of the elimination of the Outstanding Younger Performer category? As well, as other category changes for this year’s 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards? Comment below.

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