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Soap Opera Digest Commemorates DAYS 50th Anniversary! Issue On Sale This Weekend!

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Days of our Lives 50th anniversary is on, and while the show doesn’t turn the big 5-0 until November, already plenty of plans, celebrations and memorabilia are in the works.  To get things jump-started, Soap Opera Digest has put together a commemorative issue of 50 years of life in Salem!

The issue features a comprehensive look at the longest running series in NBC history featuring over 40 interviews, supercouple secrets, juicy backstage gossip, vintage photos, and more.

The special issue will hit newsstands this weekend, so make sure to pick up your copy, and begin to take a stroll down memory lane with you favorites from the daytime drama series.

Now tell us, of everyone that has ever appeared on DAYS, whowould you like to see back the most for the 50th celebration on-air?   Share your thoughts below, and let us know if you will be adding SOD’s DAYS special 50th anniversary issue to your collection!

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Beth
Beth

There are several actors on that cover who should be back for the 50th anniversary, and at the top of the list are Stephen Nichols, Charles Shaughnessy, Patsy Pease and Peter Reckell, if only for a short time. I know money is tight but they’ve got to let go of some of the newer characters who aren’t working out and use that money to hire back these actors, even if it’s only for a brief arc. A show where Serena, Melanie, Paige and Ben are front burner is a show that will remain fourth out of four soaps in the ratings and that will be inching closer to cancellation.

CeeCee
CeeCee

What about Wayne Northrop, Beth? My grandmother loved him. She always compares him to the present Roman, Josh Taylor, whom she says could never fill Wayne’s shoes….LOL.
You and I must think alike….those last four characters you’ve mentioned have not arisen any interest, nor have gotten a WOW out of me. They are the most blah, insipid, and lackluster characters on the soap, which is dumbfounding, since I loved both of them previously. What happened? Other than having sex with two idiots, what do they do? One goes around, obsessively trying to switch elephant statues…the other, with the non-descript, alien haircut, stands around in the halls of Salem hospital looking like she does not belong there, stupefied.
I have been chanting the same litany for months……Theresa and Nicole are the most captivating, fascinating, gripping, multi-faceted and attention getting personalities on the show……USE THEM.
Eve could be up there also if she were given the role she deserves. It is a shame to what lowly status TPTB have reduced her. I also love, love, love Kate…what a woman! She always keeps me on my toes. Paul and Sonny are also favorites of mine.
Someone up there in the soap “Royal Court” needs to take notice and listen to the fans.

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

Josh Taylor will always be Chris K. to me…he might have made a fine Roman but tptb never gave him the material to shine and make the character his own!!!

Kacey
Kacey

Why aren’t Doug and Julie on that cover? They were Days’ first super couple?

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

They shouldve been up there…Doug and Julie were the hottest couple of the 70s and kept the ratings high for many years plus are the only soap couple ever featured on the cover of Time Magazine…what a slap in the face to exclude them!!!

Carolyn
Carolyn

I completely agree with your selections about those who should return — I would include anyone on the cover they can possibly get.

In addition, I sadly agree with you about those who need to take a step back from featured story lines. Those story lines are also wasting excellent actors who should be given newer, more interesting stories.

Beth
Beth

I’m glad you said “anyone on the cover they can possibly get” because I left out Matthew Ashford and didn’t mean to do that. I love Jack Devereaux and miss Jack and Jen so much!

It actually pains me to say this, but unless DOOL can figure out what to do with Kassie DePaiva other than having Eve have sex with her daughter’s boyfriend and constantly talk about Paige, I don’t know that KDP is being used the best way she could be. She’s a talented actress and has a huge fan following but this version of Eve is a flop because of the writing. Now if Shane and Kim returned, even for a short time, every now and then, I could see Eve having a place on the canvas. But as of now, Eve Larson is not working for me.

Patrick
Patrick

Kassie DePaiva was wasted from the getgo

I thought she had some spark with Greg Vaughan at the very beginning… but they nixed that

the only way I see this… is if… they brought back Peter Blake… and he hooked up with Eve… and therein Eve could reign… if she could get past Stefano….

I could just spit… at Jennifers histrionics… JJ is a grown man… ship Paige off to Stanford.. and either WRITE Eve and JJ unlike Ava and Morgan (GH)… or cast a man for her

it’s a danged shame DOOL has nosedived so fast in the space of one year… and yeah, that’s not unlikely… look at Y&R

DAYS wasted so much time in and around the Brady, Eric, and Daniel… who are dullards these days

PS: Wayne Northrop, Charles Shaughnessy and Patsey Pease would do wonders for the show…. I keep saying… a recast of Andrew… for Abs

Carolyn
Carolyn

Kassie DePaiva is most definitely being underutilized. I’m very disappointed at the story line she has been given. In addition, I find the way the character, Jennifer, is being written as an irritating helicopter parent. I hope both KD and MR get better stories soon.

Leo
Leo

Could have done without that homophobic witch Melissa Reeves on the cover. Think I’ll skip buying this one.

blake
blake

Just read that Peter Reckell and Stephen Nicols will be back for the anniversary.

April
April

I Love Melanie she’s a very good actress and she’s funny

Mary SF
Mary SF

Thanks for the heads up I will definitely be picking up a copy of SOD Days special issue. As for who should be back for the 50th. every living Horton, Brady, Dimera, Craver and Kikiakis—and flashbacks of those who are now departed. I want them all– LOL

damien
damien

thank you sod for taking days more seriously than the show runners!!! ahh bo/ hope, kayla/ patch, austin/ carrie!!! glory days….
days needs to cut its losses on ben, serena, dr dan, melanie and make budget room for all the characters that long time fans really care about!
carrie, austin, belle, shawn, phillip, frankie, patch, bo of course, billie, kirsten and peter aka the real di meras!!! just a sample of my wish list!!!!

Sandy J
Sandy J

I am trying to understand why would days and Soap digest allow this special anniversary edtion book be release in March and not at the very end of October are the first week of November, I know it is their 50th year being on air but it should have been relase around the time I stated it being release later in the year would have had special meaning to days and it devoted fans more at the time 50th is due. I may be wrong but this may be days last year come shotly after making 50th it is something about how they rush this special edtion to come out unless they will be doing and bigger and better special edition later in the year, I just find this to be suspect of worst things to come of days.

Rodd
Rodd

Sandy, I would suspect it’s a money/marketing thing. DAYS is very suave about merchandising the show: coffee table books, t-shirts, etc. It seems to me that since the article said this was the first of many other things to come that they’re trying to spread out the 50th anniversary stuff to build up the hoopla about the show. Not sure starting this early is going to do it. By the time the actual anniversary arrived in November, the SOD mag is going to seem like old, old news that’s missing half a year of history. I would have liked something closer to the dates you mentioned, October, too.

Patrick
Patrick

DAYS is contracted “through” september, 2016

with all this influx redo upheaval…. IT IS ALL affirmation of NBC dedication to keeping this show ON THE AIR

cornerstone of DAYTIME

Mo
Mo

It may be coming out now and staying on the newstand for a while.

blake
blake

Yeah I thought the same thing, that it was too early to release it now but that it will be on the stands for many months like they do with People and Entertainment Weekly special editions.

Patrick
Patrick

@Sandy J

if DAYS , expires… ie: cancelled

it would do my heart so much good…. if : let’s go out with a bang

Jennifer and Daniel : “die”

Dishy
Dishy

Lexie should come back as a ghost for Abe – Celeste should make it happen with her cards!
Sami, her kids, Carrie & Austin, Belle & Sean, get Mimi out of that coma! HA! Definitely all the living Brady’s as well as Brandon Walker but before all that please kill off the character of Melanie as she is without a doubt the biggest blemish on the history of Days Of Our Lives – even worse than those gemini twins!!!!!

blake
blake

Oh man I could totally get behind Lexie coming back to visit Abe and having Celeste bring her back! Great idea!!!

I definitely think that Carrie and Austin should visit.

April
April

I Love Melanie and I agree about the children they should also bring Lexie and Jack back from the dead they’ve done it before they can do it again I hope they bring E.J. back ( James Scott) no replacement because he’s perfect and Sami and E.J.s kids I Love Little Johnny he’s such a Wonderful actor . They should also bring back Phillip

Patrick
Patrick

I will buy this issue !

sidebar : stat : SOS : Melanie is ruining Eric Martsolf’ Brady !

oy! WHY? must she constantly tilt her head cutesy and play with her hair…

as if needing acknowledgment that she’s that good in bed… yesterday’ ep

I gagged when she told Brady…. Melanie is never boring ! huh? she’s as bad as Daniel

blake
blake

Melanie is the worst character on the show. I hate that Brady is wasted on her when he’s got hotties like Teresa and Kristen to deal with.

Lou Piikes
Lou Piikes

I stopped watching Days ten years ago. Sorry, none of those ppl on the cover will get me to tune back in. It’s about the writing, and not the character returns for me. The soap needs more compelling storylines. Where is the spectator? Who is in charge of the ISA these days? Where is the next Stefano Dimero? Answer these questions and I will definitely tune back in.

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

The show needs another Stephano type super villian…ive made suggestions in the past…unfortunately tptb dont listen much to the fans!!!

Patrick
Patrick

I really love your idea of Stephen Schnetzer, ex- cass winthrop from Another World to show up in DAYS for the reason you stated

if not a villian… a business tycoon… so Kayla would accept him

plus as a love interest for Mary Beth Evans’ Kayla

Lou Piikes
Lou Piikes

That’s why days is always last in the ratings.

Jeremy
Jeremy

Definitely want to see Stephen Nichols, Wayne Northrop, Patsy Pease along with Charles Shaughnessy, Crystal Chappell, Lisa Rinna, Christy Clark, and Peter Reckell.

Along with the actors, who’ve played Vivian (Louise Sorel), and Lawrence (Michael Sabatino).

blake
blake

Good news is that Peter Reckell and Stephen Nicols are confirmed for the reunion.

Lisa
Lisa

Matt Ashford, to finally and permanently unite Jack & Jennifer. Then Stephen Nichols and Peter Reckell. I’d love to see an umbrella story with the classic supercouples–Steve and Bo trying to rescue Jack, or something similar. Sadly, I doubt the show will do this.

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

I wish the same but unfortunately you are most likely right…they probably wont do it!!!

wendy
wendy

A story that would have had Steve/Bo leave their families to rescue Jack and tie everything together with the ISA, Shane and Kim… That means the writing would need history. So fitting for a 50 right?

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

Denise Alexander as Susan Martin…and let her be Annes mother…Stephan Schnetzer as Steve Olsen…Tina Andrews as Valerie Grant…Corinne Conley as Phylis Anderson…Patti Weaver as Trish…Gloria Loring as Liz…too many to list…bring back 50 former stars for the shows 50th…

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Yes to all that, jimh!

Miahappy
Miahappy

So the thing Days is best known for and is shown on the cover of the anniversary issue is the supercouples…something Corday and crew not only refuse to revisit, but have seemingly gone out of their way to destroy. The male part of all the couples (save John) has all but abandoned their wife. Couples aren’t written for any longer, only short term hookups and tawdry sex. There’s no romance left in Salem.

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

So true about everything you said…

Kristina Anderson
Kristina Anderson

I hope that Wayne Northrop is featured in this book.

Gmbenet
Gmbenet

I would like to see Jed Allen, Joe Gallison, John Clarke and Gloria Loring appear on Days of Our Lives far the 50th Anniversary. John Clarke played Mickey Horton. Mickey is dead. But John could return as a different character, just for the anniversary.

Yes, I plan to purchase the Days 50th Anniversary special edition of Soap Opera Digest.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Mickey can appear in a dream of Maggie’s, where he warns her of Victor’s old ways returning.

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

Love that idea!!!

Mara
Mara

@ Kristina — Wayne Northrop is most definitely featured, I interviewed him for it myself in fact! It was wonderful to hear his stories. — Mara from Soap Digest

blake
blake

Great news!

su0000
su0000

CONGRATS!
DOOL fans!
hitting the half century 50 !!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

It would be nice for original cast member Maree Cheatham (Marie) to visit!

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

She most definately should return…including all three adult Mike Hortons begining with Wesley Eure!!! Wish Micheal Fairman would do interviews with former Days stars on the shows 50th!!!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Great ideas, jimh!

CeeCee
CeeCee

I would love to see Patty Weaver again…great voice. Wasn’t Neil another important character?

Toby
Toby

Would love to see carly and bo

Steve, Shane, Kim and Carrie would also be great

Patrick
Patrick

it would be a dream come true ; of mine ; to see Bo and Carly return home, together… and thereby give Hope a lease on life….

Aiden is fastidious and loves his own fancy face, it’s one of the few things going on right now that keep me… Kristian Alfonso being in love

OK : 1 disgruntle

I’m over the writers constant pinning Melanie and Theresa at odds over Brady
ENUF ! it’s these juvenile antics that doesn’t bode well for either of them… I know for fact that Jenn Lilly has a maturity and layers to share… hope that missing baby and Brady cache fills her purse

Rodd
Rodd

I’d like to see some with the last name of HORTON back on the show. Where’s Mike? Jeremy? Bill? Is Tommy dead? It doesn’t seem that the Hortons ever had boys to carry on the family name; not too many to choose from. And what about David and Scotty, Julie’s son and grandson. Julie’s brother? Maggie’s girls? Heck, I’d love to see Doug and Julie back more often! How about all the old entertainers from DOUG’S PLACE come back for a hospital fund-raiser? Jerrie, Trish, Robert, Liz…I’m sure I’m missing some. I really do hope they get their act together at DAYS in time for the 50th. I started watching soaps because of Alive Horton. My mom watches DAYS and I remember seeing Alice on the TV when I was supposed to be napping. Fond memories.

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

I loved and miss all those characters too-some ive listed like Julies brother Steve Olsen played by Stephan Schnezter ex Cass of Another World-i remember when he sold fake antiques to Julie and left town when Mary Anderson rejected his marriage purposal…also, Doug had a child named little Dougie with surrogate Rebecca North who was little Hopes nanny but i dont recall what happened to him or if the character is still alive!!!

Mo
Mo

I’ll be buying this. Would love for Viv, Jack, EJami to return.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Whatever happened to Michael T. Weiss? Shouldn’t ‘The Pretender’ pretend to give a crap about the early DAYS of his career? We need Dr. Mike Horton!

Shirley
Shirley

Oh, I would totally love to see Michael T. Weiss back too!!!

bari leventhal
bari leventhal

Wood like 2 c mike and robin come back.

blake
blake

Oh yeah, you’re right he should come back.

SurferAdrenaline
SurferAdrenaline

OMG I WOULD BE THRILLED TO SEE HIM COME BACK!! he is the real Mike in my opinion.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Where in the world is Michael Leon (Pete Jannings)?! Is Pete the father of Melissa’s son, Nathan? Why is Nathan’s last name Horton? We need Pete, Melissa and Nathan!!!

Bring back Michael Leon and Lisa Trusel as Pete and Melissa!! Also, bring back Mark Hapka, who was treated poorly, as Nathon Horton (Jannings?)!

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

Nathans father was never mentioned-would be nice if he turned out to be Jacks, a long kept secret Melissa has kept from cousin Jen??? JJ and Abigail would have a half bro!!!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

I wish I had thought of that, jimh!

bari leventhal
bari leventhal

I think they did say pete jannings was Nathans father. Wood like to see pete melissa and nathan return.

Shirley
Shirley

I would love to see Jack, Bo, Sami,. E.J.. Steve, Shane, Kimberly, Chloe, Roman and lesser known Greta. I started watching Days in 1990 (their 25th anniversary year) and hope the celebrations planned are even more spectacular. I have a special nostalgic place in my heart for that whole year on Days- the Cruise of Deception, the 25th anniversary, Jack and Jennifer’s budding romance – and can’t wait to see what they do for the 50th. Can’t believe I’ve been watching for 25 years. Hope to watch 25 more!

Shirley
Shirley

Would also love to see Carly and Vivian, Celeste and Ivan too.

Patrick
Patrick

I LOVE the core families… who brought so much

but the four you mentioned… had personality, whit, stand alone performances, that spotlighted

LOL

Carly : so beautiful and SEXY… could act her socks off LOL

Vivian : comedic timing bar none : stupefied her character : was the biggest reason to draw from… Louise Sorel … impeccable timing… with all her being… the drama, comedy… her high standards …. LOVE LOVE LS’ Vivian

Ivan: perfect comedic foible… for his grand dame… and you couldn’t take your eyes off his performance either

Celeste : what can you not say ??? !!!! she blew everyone out of the water… take hold and take note… she was on fire…. Celeste and Lexie… tears she could read your beads and tarot your hide

all these characters enlivened Joseph Mascolo : long live the Phoenix.. Stefano

Shirley
Shirley

Gosh, Carrie and Austin would be great to see also. I just keep remembering more and more characters I’ve loved over the years.

Patrick
Patrick

yeah, NOW, more than ever

Carrie and Rafe’alicious

would be a great story to see either actor… Patrick Muldoon… or Austin Peck
come home with their child… only to see Carrie and Rafe pick right back up their romance… and Carrie stays w/child permanently… we all know.. she really only left because of Sami and that she was preggers and wanted to make her marriage work….

this would be an amazing time for Rafe…. I love Christie Clark

Shirley
Shirley

Frankie too!

Patrick
Patrick

I went to two stores today… and it’s not out on the newstand yet

WHO? is that couple on the bottom row far left?

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Jack and Jennifer.

Candace
Candace

Will it be the same size as GH’s 50th anniversary issue? 🙂

Deborah ilardi
Deborah ilardi

I am unable to find the 50 th anniversary issue can I order it directly from you? Thank you in advance for your help

Bev
Bev

I CAN’T FIND IT IN THE STORE! Can I order this online?

Bridget Mcellen
Bridget Mcellen

Am I able to order this issue on line. If so please let me know how I may do so.

Sonja Witthaus
Sonja Witthaus

Will the magazine print more copies because I can’t find one either?
Please let me know what you think.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Go to the actual books/magazines section at stores such as Walmart and Target…not the checkout line. The special issue is not the regular size of SOD…It’s bigger, like Time, Life or People magazine.

Joanne Bilton
Joanne Bilton

Where can I find it in Canada? I’ve looked at a few places, but can’t find it.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

You can download. I downloaded through zinio.com. I was charged $2.49. I saved $3.50, but can’t hold the actual magazine. lol

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

I can’t find the magazine either. Is it a small magazine like the other SOD mags or is it the bigger dementions like People magazine?

Samantha
Samantha

Can I download to my Nook this special 50 year edition?

Kimberly
Kimberly

I also am having a hard time finding the issue can you please tell me where to find it, thank you

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

I found out elsewhere that this particular special issue of Soap Opera Digest is of regular sized magazines…not small like the regular issues of Soap Opera Digest.
I also heard they’re not in the checkouts. You will need to look in the books/magazines section at stores like Walmart and Target.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

I decided to download my copy. I went to zinio.com and opened a free account. I was charged $2.49 for the download.

Dee Smith
Dee Smith

I can’t believe the magazine hasn’t said more about Peggy McCay. She has been on Days since 1983 and her acting career goes back to 1949. She is a prime time emmy award winning actress and has had more appearances in tv and movies than any of the other actors. Peggy has dedicated her life to her acting career and once again she has been nominated this year for leading actress on a daytime drama Days of Our Lives. Please take the time and show her the respect she has earned by giving her a good write-up.

Peggy
Peggy

I would love to see Liz, and Neil come back ,also, what about Trisha, Scotty, Val and Don Craig

Jaime
Jaime

Love “Patch”. Hope these writers do NOT destroy a great character just to prop up a newly hired kid!!!!

I hated that GH wasted Stefan and destroyed him merely to prop up Nikolas (who is still far less interesting)! But JFP was a horror and is now destroyed Y&R for me after she threw away good actors and insisted her pet be a lead despite the blandless

Janet Trujillo
Janet Trujillo

I can’t find the DOOL 50th SOD magazine. Can you tell me where I can buy it? Thank you.

April
April

Please bring Matthew Ashford back with James Scott, Peter Rekkyl, Allison Sweeney, Stephen Nicols and keep Molly Burnett and Melissa Reeves I’m probably missing a few of my faves but this would be a Wonderful start Thanks. Oh and bring the previous Chad back and keep Eileen Davidson and I don’t like the new Will he’s a horrible actor.

April
April

I Love Melissa Reeves she’s not homophobic

sondra kleinhas
sondra kleinhas

i can not seem to be able to find this special issue please help

Marty qualantone
Marty qualantone

Where can I get the 50th anniversary issue, can t. Find it on news stands

Charlotte marrufo
Charlotte marrufo

Hepburn and Tracy, Bogart and Baccalaureate, Sweeney and Scott; days of our lives had the best and most believable love couple it has been my limited pleasure to observe in a long time. Seldom does a couple pair up and make the love they portray so real and wonderful to watch. To allow them to quit the show and leave the fans who fell in love with both of them is a crime. We loved them, worried about them, and probably for the first time in our lives were able to feel and see what it was like to experience real love. I don’t think anyone who watched and lived them felt that the love shared between them was acted and not being real. The end of this team was a crushing blow to all of us who believed in them and their love. How do you forgive such a painful experience?

philip
philip

my mum and I loved watching days and we still do. I hope Laura Jenifer’s mum comes back to the show. I also loved patrick lockhart and mimi. I also hope alice horton will be on it as well. mike horton be good as well. what about susan the kristen lookalike with edmend crumb her husband. I think that ann must be related to laura in real life. keep up being number 1 congrates mum and I would say.

kathy martin
kathy martin

where can i obtain a copy of the 50 th anniversary edition of days .have been watching since the first day it aired. and would love to have a copy. thank you for any help to get this issue.

George
George

I would love to see Kristen come back. Looks like the Dimeras are down to very few family members. Kristen is one of the best written and performed characters (by our dear Eileen Davidson) on DAYS.

Darlene
Darlene

Hi I am wondering why everyone is leaving.I am from Montreal. I cannot find the days of our lives 50years Messaging no where please tell me know where to get it .also there was another one that was herald day of our lives 50years cannot fine that either I like to know if Bo is coming back.I loved to see Bo and hope back together again Iike to see Tony come back. I heard Sammy is coming back is that truth.I loved rj. And sammy are they married in real life? .I know julie and Doug are.another deidre ann hall that Sammy mom in real life.

Kim
Kim

My favorite couple of all time is patch and Kayla.. So I hope they keep steve and no on the show. I was thinking maybe a kid of steve shows up that looks just like him ,patch and all and it be a g
irl.. And they try to find out who her mom is and things like that .

bari leventhal
bari leventhal

I loved Paige. Loved jj and paige. Would not have killed her off but i agree that serena melanie ben eve clyde and aiden can all go. Dont like any of them. As far as who to bring back i would love to see bo and jack back for good. Bringing back austin and carrie and pete and melissa would also work for me.

Diane Stone
Diane Stone

Everyone needs a copy. I want Jack to surprise Jennifer. I want to stop seeing rumors of Days being taken off the air. I belong to Days Groups and I know too many love it to lose it!

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Stephen Nichols On His DAYS Return As Stefano: “I Knew I Didn’t Want To Be A Cheap Imitation.”

By now, Days of our Lives fans have witnessed that the heralded return of longtime favorite, Stephen Nichols came with a twist.  When Nichols re-emerged on the canvas, he was now playing Stefano DiMera, but in the face and body of what seems to be Steve “Patch” Johnson.

Nichols, who along with Mary Beth Evans, have been known as enduring supercouple Patch and Kayla, and now they find themselves in the Salem time jump in a different set of circumstances,  First of all, Kayla is romantically involved with Justin Kiriakis (Wally Kurth), and Nichols returned as Stefano and is in ca-hoots with Princess Gina (Kristian Alfonso).

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In an interview in the current issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Stephen opens up about taking on the classic soap villain role made famous by the late, great Joe Mascolo.

Nichols admitted there was some trepidation taking on and in approaching how to portray the role: “It was daunting and a major challenge to take on. I knew I didn’t want to be a cheap imitation. I wanted to get Stefano’s essence.”

In preparing for his new journey on DAYS, Nichols noted: “I watched the master, Joe Mascolo.  I got lots of videos of Stefano. Stefano in every mode: Manipulating, laughing, Stefano with the ladies, with his children, and, of course, Stefano raging.”

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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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