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THIS WEEK ON DAYS: A Shocking Confession, Two Proposals, And A Doppelgänger Trap!

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NBC’s Days of our Lives is bringing the drama this week as several storylines take a significant turn!

According to the latest promo, John (Drake Hogestyn) is lured into a trap by Hattie (Deidre Hall), and instead of saving Marlena (Hall) from the loony bin, he gets a straight-jacket of his own!

Meanwhile, Abby (Marci Miller) and Chad (Billy Flynn), and Paul (Christopher Sean) and Sonny (Freddie Smith) both have several touching moments as both couples may be set to wed.

Finally, in a shocker, Brady (Eric Martsolf) is in for a surprise when Nicole (Arianne Zucker) blurts out that she is Deimos’ (Vincent Irizarry) killer! But is she?

Watch the teaser after the jump, and let us know which story you are most intrigued by in the comment section below!

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Mary SF

As someone who has spend time in a Mental Health Unit the term loony bin is not so much offensive as outdated– there are some slang word and labels that should be retire- Mr. Fairman is aware of those pertaining to homosexuality, so too with those who suffer mental health problems— this is not PC gone a muck but rather society adjusting to a more informed time in history– yes this is only a soap site, but still, Loony Bin? Surely the writer of the article can use the correct term without damaging the point of the article

Okay with that said I am looking forward to this week on Days– We all know AZ has left the show, but for her character Nicole I truly hope this isn’t the way they are writing her out. I would like the character Nicole to have a happy ending, leaving Salem with daughter Holly– so I hope she isn’t the killer, but this is just yet another red herring–

Suzie rm
Suzie rm

Thank you! My son has been in mental health facilities on several occasions. I find this very offensive.
Please use some sensitivity

Jimh
Jimh

Mary…i like your idea of Tyler coming on as Stephano…but how about Theo(Andre taking both parts with a little added make up)…or why cant a woman posing as his unknown twin-Stephino-lol

Jimh
Jimh

Mary i too spent time in a mental health facilities after suffering a nervous breakdown 20 years ago…i am also in outpatient care for depression, anxiety and panic attacks and bipolar disorder…i try not to let too much bother me…someone on another now defunct soap site where someone who disliked my comments about a certain soap actress i was defending …called me a nut case who belonged in a nut house-i told them i rather be their than where they belonged!…

su0000
su0000

hey Jimh..
next time tell them-
Me? in a ”nut-house” ha no way I prefer the looney-bin the decor and food is much better. Which one did you prefer?

( humor is your best weapon .. 🙂

mfarris70
mfarris70

ITA. These outmoded terms need to be retired. I’m still surprised at how casually they are used on soaps, especially GH.

Shay
Shay

Well, with the exception of Laura’s catatonia, the entire concept of mental illness has always been considered a complete joke on GH, so why would the facility in which patients are treated be regarded with any respect? When one sees the likes of “inmates” like Heather, Franco and Fluke literally running the “asylum” with their assorted mirthful and malevolent hijinks, of course, the terms “nuthouse” and “loony bin” are highly befitting. But I seriously doubt any of us who watch these OTT characters confuse them with those suffering real-life ailments of the mind…or would express the actual institutions in which they reside as being anything but a serious and necessary place of solace and relief from whatever demons they are facing. It’s simply the use of different terms that separate fact and fiction, and I truly don’t believe that there is any offense meant by people when they refer to these soap sanitariums in such a colorful manner.

janet
janet

I don’t think anyone is trying to hurt you. The people they are talking about are NOT real. I have visited my friend in one, and we would never want to hurt anyone. As for Nicole, I agree 100 %. I want to see her leave happy, take the baby and go. I would like it to be with Brady, but I would hate to see him lose his job. Sadly I have seen plots from Re-Ron and I hold no hope. Let the murderer be someone evil, not Nicole. I have watched all this baby story, have become a Nicole fan, and want to see her win.

Mary SF
Mary SF

I wasn’t hurt nor offended, I was merely pointing out to the author of this article they wouldn’t use the N word to describe black characters, nor would they use the F word to describe homosexual characters, therefore real or not, the use of the term loony bin to describe a place where people with a mental illness go to seek treatment is outdated.

Mental illness is like any other illness and those who suffer it from it should be given understanding not mocking. And that was my point, there are other terms that would make the author’s point and if only one person reading this now has the awareness that some terms outlive their usefulness I have done what I set out to do.

And yes finger crossed RC will give Nicole a happy exit– been a fan of the character since came onto to the canvas–will miss the character greatly once she is gone.

Mo
Mo

I’d like to know who killed Deimos so we can then move on. It will be interesting to see Marlena and John together in the sanitarium.

Mo
Mo

And good to see Chad and Abby reunite.

Jimh
Jimh

I did mention Nicole as the killer because the actress is leaving the show…i suppose Sonny and Paul are getting married and its Sami who stops it and announces Will is alive???

Jimh
Jimh

But maybe she isnt???…maybe the returning Stephano is to blame?…if they are just going to show Stephano’s hand i would like to see Hand’s Newman-ex Y&R get the part-lol

Jimh
Jimh

If Stuart Damon was still acting and not retired i think he is the only actor who could be J.M. s replacement as Stephano if the character is really coming back…however, i did hear only his hand will be shown.

Mary SF
Mary SF

I was kinda hoping Tyler Christoper will be a cloned younger version of Stephano- RC is the type of writer to try to pull something like that off– I know JM is irreplaceable but still if we are going with the clone it really wouldn’t be the same character– oh well a girl can dream can’t she?

Elite Advisors
Elite Advisors

Mary SF… I was thinking maybe Tyler was the new EJ?

Patrick
Patrick

i’m just so excited to see Tyler Christopher back on our screens.

it’s all in the rumour mill

he’s capable of :

Alexander Kiriakis
Ej DiMera
Nickolas Alamaine

WOW… for starters I’d love it if he was Nickolas Alaimaine..because the chemistry with Louise Sorel… @DAYS KEEP Viviane on forever… that this would be a great part

EJ would be fascinating –

Alexander Kiriakis – is he one of the adopted sons? it could explain his age difference with Sonny. just give him time with John Anniston Victor.

what if he’s Peter Blake ?

so much REEL is on the horizon. welcome welcome welcome Mr. Christopher

ChanderFan
ChanderFan

I’m kinda hoping (but it won’t happen) that what with all the many doppelgängers on this show (including Rafe’s doppelgänger) that it will turn out that Will’s entire recast was a secret doppelgänger all along.

It would be great (but it won’t happen) if Marlena and John discover that the “real” Will is locked up in the padded room next to theirs, and has been held captive there for the past couple years.

It would make a more interesting story (but it won’t happen) if Marlena and John bring back the “real” Will, who never got married to Sonny, never slept with Paul (never even met Paul), and never “cheated on” Sonny with some random guy in Los Angeles.

It would be interesting to watch Will’s angry reaction to learn that neither Sonny nor any of his loved blood relatives (other than perhaps Sami) knew his nature well enough to see through his Doppelgänger’s deception, realizing that he wasn’t the “real” Will.

That won’t happen either, but could have made a more compelling story than what I’m actually expecting we’ll actually see unfold.

I, however, would be perfectly okay with thinking that it’s an evil Doppelgänger who’s buried under Will’s tombstone.

Likewise, I’m also perfectly okay imagining the delusion that everything that’s happened since Will’s recast was merely a pepperoni-induced nightmare dream, while the “real” Will and Sonny are living happily in Paris with Ariana Grace.

Patrick
Patrick

it was a surprising twist on Angelica having that heart attack… thereby limiting the caricature (s) , if you will, and seeing both Hattie and Bonnie step up to the plate , on how THEY will deal with the outcome.

Bonnie was LOL FUN on Friday ep: as she told Angelica… “come and get it, bitch”

so… at least with Angelica down … this gives us more acting prose and choice scenes for both Deidre and Judi. I say good for them… since they’ve done this before… it’s been easier to “swallow” . Bonnie and Hattie are both likeable enough characters

Bonnie really gave the riot act before Angelica dropped. like how Bonnie cared about Lucas. he was so funny with that little pig snort.

Bryan Dattilo- hip hip hooray.
Judi Evans – she’s going to be nominated and WIN next years best supporting.
Deidre Hall – nice stretch of the wings their. you’ve got the handsome Drake Hogestyn. Love you bunches and bunches John Black.

it’s great fun listening to the dialogue… Ron Carlivati “thank you for the humor”

Patrick
Patrick

PROP TIME – Bryan Dattilo

he goes to see his mother.. and wants to nip it in the bud, so to speak

Kate : you are fired from countess wilemina… this is “tough love”

Lucas shoots back : ” do you know any other kind ”

geez louise – catches you doesn’t it

Drake
Drake

For the first time in about a decade Days is on the right track. Please keep this momentum going!

Jimh
Jimh

The first Doppelganger story i believe happened on Edge Of Night involving Phil Capice in the early 1960’s…forget why these criminals had the original Phil replaced but i know it was much better done than today’s versions…back then Phil’s wife Louise told her father Winston that her husband would not ‘retire’ with her for the night(couldn’t say go to bed back then)…that’s because the impostors face may look like the real Phil’s face but the criminals and the guy posing as Phil knew the rest of his body didn’t look like the real Phil’s…so to make all less suspicious a car accident was staged to badly bang up the impostors body so no one would notice the difference…luckily, he wasn’t killed or the whole plot would go down the drain…then Phil’s wife Louise was set up to look like she killed the impostor…Edge always had the best clever stories and plot twists…cant find writers like that anymore…i wish the entire series had survived the wiping process…i know several dozen episodes from the 50’s to the early 70’s survived the wiping process and a few of them can be privately screen at the Paley Center but many of us will never get to see them…Procter and Gamble has a few including the 1970 Whitney party episode and a couple others…another place(4get) also owns some of the kinescopes in their archives but not for public viewing i believe!

Steve Griggs
Steve Griggs

“The Edge of Night” was written for many years by Henry Slesar who also wrote mystery novels and many of Alfred Hitchcock’s TV episodes. His “EON” stories were just as prolific as the equally unforgettable episodes of another soap – “Dark Shadows” – that hooked me on soaps back in the mid 1960’s.

Jimh
Jimh

In a way Dark Shadows did start out like a mystery soap somewhat like Edge with the mysterious disappearance of Liz’s husband,Burke being framed for a crime he didnt commit and who killed Bill Malloy plot…but the show was nearly cancelled until it was turned into a supernatural/horror soap…i have dolls made of several characters from the show…i sure miss both soaps…im happy DC saved the DS episodes…if only Edge had done the same and saved theirs!

Dishy
Dishy

Thank god Dark Shadows’ ENTIRE series is available on DVD. I rewatch it over and over year after year – in dribs and drabs. Those stories still hold up today!

Francesca Bruno
Francesca Bruno

You bring back many memories of days gone by, jimh.
Those were the days.

Having said that, I hate that Ari is leaving after so many years. Hard to lose such a beautiful familiar face. I do hope she leaves free and clear with her baby.

I am not enjoying the doppelgänger stories at all.
Now John will also be in restraints at the institution? Not conducive to suspense or good drama.

Shay
Shay

My first memories of soap doppelgangers were Grant Putnam/Andrei Chernin on GH and later, Days’ Tony/Andre DeMera….now they seem so commonplace that they’ve rather lost their impact…especially with all that masked nonsense Ron C. implemented on GH.

Jimh
Jimh

ya…the doubles stories have run their course.Days did a good one back in the 70s but it involved the actress’s real life twin who played her twin on the show…back in the 60s Dark Shadows did doppelgangers too but those were fun..i watch British soap Coronation Street and i never see them do doppelgangers…its a little more down to earth…however, my Corrie is getting a bit over run by criminals…

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

jimh, glad to see some love for Coronation Street. I’m on the Canadian border and see it on Canadian TV.

So well written and well paced! No flashbacks, no SORAS, no 1% Richie Ritches, no Uber Villains with multiple islands unlimited henchpeople and money. Its a half hour with twice cast of any US soap. Large ensemble scenes each episodes so everyone works and at least half the cast has a storyline. No lingering, stories get wrapped up in no more three months so if you don’t like something you aren’t tortured by a full year of Sonny saying Morgan Morgan Morgan Morgan Morgan.

Now if they could finally prosecute Pat Phelan for murder it would be perfect!

Eric Buchanan
Eric Buchanan

Well NBC Sucks! Unlike Y&R and GH which were preempted today. NBC decided to show DAYS, then after 14 minutes, in the middle of Nicole’s flashback, cut to Lester Holt, then interviews with LOSERS in a field in Oregon to get their feelings about the eclipse. I watch NOTHING on NBC except local news an DAYS, and after today will boycott WAVY news . Please post a complete description of the episode so us on the East Coast know what happened on THE MOST IMPORTANT EPISODE OF DAYS THIS YEAR!!!

Mo
Mo

It didn’t air as scheduled in my area. It was on another NBC channel, but of course DVR didn’t record that because it wasn’t labeled as Days. I think NBC should not have shown Days at all.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Download the app at NBC.com where each episode is put up at night.

Patrick
Patrick

i’m going to have to start doing this. danged it tho… my time with this show is now top shelf.

I watch the local news and national news plus … I don’t need my show constantly interrupted

thank you God… Abs and Chad are one .

Mo
Mo

Thanks for the info.

Patrick
Patrick

three things that happened on the 8/21 ep

John got trapped with the real Marlena in her padded cell

Nicole confessed to killing Deimos to Brady….

Sonny proposed to Paul.

Judy
Judy

wow is getting good cant white for the next show to begin

dmr
dmr

These cartoonish antics certainly sound like Ron’s writing…

nicholas
nicholas

days of our lives is finally must see tv again ! thrilled to bits with the stories . a friend of mine as well as a work colleague of mine had given up on the show altogether but they have been watching the show again and they are watching it everyday as well .

nicholas
nicholas

i have been busy trying to convince friends , work colleagues to watch the show or tune in again . we should all do the same .

Chaz
Chaz

Nicole better not be the killer. For AZ to leave by going to prison and not getting her child back would suck.

Patrick
Patrick

My “Days”

1. Lucas, my man : as soon as you took that shot… I immediately started welling up. is this the long promised story arc ? well, it grabbed on to me. it was a nice touch to see Chloe back on the scene.

2. Abe, my man : the look Theo shot back at him was so piercing… ( Abe is telling him he cannot “work” with or be with the DiMera ) this is close to the heart. dag! as he told Theo… I wish your mom was here. Theo tells his dad he’d do it all over again… acknowledging he is a DiMera. i’m so in love with Abe and his new family. Abe / Valerie / Eli / Lani / Theo. + Julie for good measure.

3. Kate and Andre : NOT a good thing when these two are on the outs. as posted ; this is where ALL the fun is to be had . ( OK i’ll add in a lot of Judi Evans as Bonnie, and a sprinkling of Hattie ) BUT … when Kate and Andre are on.. this is where the sophistication rises and the wit is doled out. I love this pair. comedic timing + drama
absolutely

doesn’t Roman deserve a story line… even if its rehashed “Hattie / Marlena ” I like how he’s a strong advocate of Marlena and John marriage.

what is going on with Abe ? as Deimos told the SPD he would name a co conspirator of the dirty money laundering ? and Abe is arrested ?

this would never happen in a million years ?

i’ll throw in that Nicole would never do any thing to affect her losing her daughter . I think this is a black mailing scheme. by whom ? I do not know. I certainly want Eric back on this show for a long long time. so, for Brady to have found the amulet in Eric room ? is he protecting Nicole ?

it’s great tune IN to Salem

Patrick
Patrick

if looks could kill… I LOVE how Valerie … even if Eli is her son… that she stood by Abe. she was asked to take off that necklace and earrings … for evidence ? anyway… it was great that even tho Eli is her son… she also loves Abe. Man… nice turn

Boop
Boop

I agree , Patrick. It was a great scene!

Mo
Mo

Dario, not Deimos.

Patrick
Patrick

I’m hoping Mr. Michael Fairman new website includes an “edit”

Patrick
Patrick

Andre : ( after Kate gives him a lesson )

” enjoy your power trip, for now, Mrs. DiMera, because this will end… soon ”

scintillating stuff

———

just not for long, I hope

when these two are on the same page. watch out Salem.. they are just stoking the fire (s) the denizen of Salem are easy fodder.

add in Kristen

heck; add in Vivian Alamaine and Nickolas Alamaine. this town just upped the ante : Sophistication wit and check mate back on track

assuming Tyler Christopher is Nickolas Alamaine. WOW

Boop
Boop

I love Andre and Kate’s scenes ; even though I can’t stand Kate.

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

So much of what you said I agree with.

I love the Kate/Roman tease! They were so great together before getting separated in the Salem Serial killer storyline. (naturally their union meat Lucas was Roma’s son in law and stepson simultaneously!!!)

I love a good twin storyline. It was looking like an episode of PINKY AND THE BRAIN with Morgan Fairchild as the Brain saddled with two Pinkies. I’m loving DOOL.

Ron always gives the actors something to play. For too long DOOL was two ppl having coffee talking about what’s happening to other ppl. Scripts work when characters are doing something not talking about what other ppl have done. (Jennifer hasn’t had a storyline in years, she sets and talks about what other ppl are doing. Snore!)

Jake Martin
Jake Martin

In Nicole’s perceived “memory” of what occurred that night, it really looked like, technically, Deimos accidentally stabbed himself while struggling with the Knife while Nicole was holding it. He sort of “lunged” into it ~ many years ago it was said that Lana Turner’s daughter was holding a Knife when her mom’s lover kind of “walked into” it – maybe they are basing this scene on something reminiscent of that event ~

Jimh
Jimh

under a previous post i did say he might have killed himself

Patrick
Patrick

Julie is visiting Abs : when Andre walks in… YIKES – wowsah – the barbs zingers start rolling.

Julie to Andre : “look whos talking says the bottom feeder of Salem ”

RC : one up for you… two steps back for GH

Patrick
Patrick

O – K

i’m a little miffed and P – O

WOW – this show is moving

but why, show Andre walking in to the pub and Kate and Roman are kissing ?

Why?

it’s called good acting plus Ron Carlivati

OK time to acknowledge the marquee : two proposals

I’m beyond completely thrilled that Marci Walker and Billy Flynn have found ” IT ”
I started crying and marveling that Chad and Abs are found, thriving, and exciting.

argh! whew exhale

Paul and Sonny: Sonny is now back to earth. I am SO excited for Christopher Sean… Paul has waited and waited SO LONG… argh! I am just as excited for this pair.. even tho knowing in the back of my mind… Will is on the horizon. WOW there is no root value for either or… it’s just danged GOOD stuff. LOVE LOVE LOVE

tell me Chloe and Eric are not the sexiest couple who should be. dang

hopefully with Chad and even Abs help… Andre will get his lady love… for what it is… BACK. calling Mrs. DiMera

tell me – this show has the whole cast going ! BAM !

Patrick
Patrick

it’s so funny and a little ( doggone sexy ) OK all men have to do cute some time. Roman grinning from ear to ear and playing it to the hilt… that he’s still got it.

2 kisses in one day ! “Marlena” and Kate.

see how fun this is when the whole cast gets to play

LeeAnn
LeeAnn

Correct me if I am wrong, but wasn’t Deimos found dead still in his disguise ? Yet in Nicole’s flashback of her killing him, he was not in the disguise ?? Hmmm

Mo
Mo

Strange. Didn’t see Monday’s ep so I didn’t notice that.

dmr
dmr

I watched a little of today’s episode (Wednesday, 8/23) and the only character/part that I found interesting was Lucas. I liked his interaction with Kate when he went to the DiMera mansion and Kate found out that he had been drinking. As much as I like Chad, I can’t stomach NuAbigail. Kate is right, she is a Damsel that constantly needs saving. I find nothing appealing about the actress or the character. In my opinion, the couple has zero chemistry.

Mo
Mo

I really liked nuAbby at first, then not so much. Hopefully things will improve with new writer.

ChanderFan
ChanderFan

Gotta agree with both of you. Every time I see nuAbby on the screen, my first thought is, “wait, who is that? oh yeah, right, that’s SUPPOSED TO BE Abby.”

I must say that as much as I liked Casey Deidrick as Chad, it’s still a pleasure to watch Billy Flynn in that role, too, as he gives the character a likeable depth and a more caring demeanor to Chad.

Billy Flynn appears to have enough range that he could have made a good fit as a recast for almost any of the male characters on the show. I get the impression that Billy Flynn easily could have taken on the re-cast of Will, morphing Will into a wonderful and delightful new version of the character.

blake
blake

Good make Nicole the killer and haul her off. I’m so ready for her to go. We at least need a long break, like we’ve had with Sami.

Patrick
Patrick

I agree. especially with Sami. it’s like a whole new arena is opening up. these two leading ladies brought every thing.

as her last days are winding down… it’s kinda like last chance to see Eric and Nicole grasping at what was. DANG IT.. Greg Vaughan is magic. simple as that.

as I read in SOD… Eric is still fighting his attraction. I just think it’s a lot of retread as Nicole, after Deimos, already starting sleeping with Brady,. and all fans have always wanted was something with Eric.

any way…. Eric smolders with every one.

Nicole.. never really had a family. she did it her way

so now that she has Hollie… which is always what I’ve ever wanted for Nicole. since she has no immediate family… she and Hollie can venture off in to the world with all of Nicole experiences…. and Daniels ghost.

let me tell you… it’s so good that this show moved on without HIM.

I can’t thank Ari Zucker and Ali Sweeney enough for carrying this show.

Patrick
Patrick

I truly am seeing a newfound LOVE… Marci Miller and Billy Flynn have captured their magic.

it’s been so much fun watching their hospital visits… as they BOTH anticipate each other… with their knowing looks, smiles, laughs, and just responding in love.

I see it
I want it

kudos to Abs and Chad.

Billy Flynn astounds…. like I said so long ago… when he looks @… he totally engulfs

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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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