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Three Villains Return To DAYS As The New Season Kicks-Off After The Summer Olympic Break!

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Friday’s episode of Days of our Lives was its last before the two week break where it is pre-empted for the 2016 Summer Olympics from Rio.

When DAYS returns beginning on Monday August 22nd, NBC is promoting the upcoming storylines into the fall as “The New Season Of DAYS”.  In addition come September, look for the scripts from the new co head-writing regime of Dena Higley and Ryan Quan to begin to air.

In the new DAYS promo released by the network, here’s what to look forward to when your favorites from Salem return on-air! After Tate’s kidnapping, Brady (Eric Martsolf) and Theresa (Jen Lilley) are reunited with their son, but then all eyes are on Victor (John Aniston) as the culprit!  Deimos (Vincent Irizarry) and Nicole (Arianne Zucker) are taking their relationship to the next level, but Chloe (Nadia Bjorlin) reveals she is pregnant with Deimos baby, and Phillip (John-Paul Lavoisier) says he will stand up and say he is the baby daddy!

Elsewhere, Chad (Billy Flynn) believes his wife Abigail has perished.  Grief-stricken, how will he move on without her in his  life? And how will Abigail’s death set back her mother Jennifer (Melissa Reeves), who has struggled with addiction to painkillers?  Then, there is a devastating injury to Kayla (Mary Beth Evans)!  Will this finally bring the Johnson family back together as a united front?

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And, now that Aiden (Daniel Cosgrove) is the new DA of Salem, will he throw his once beloved Hope (Kristian Alfonso) under the bus for the murder of Stefano DiMera (Joseph Mascolo)?  Finally the big event, as three DAYS villains break out of prison to exact revenge on those who put them behind bars.  Look for the return of Clyde (James Read), Orpheus (George DelHoyo), and Xander (Paul Telfer).  Will they ruin the wedding day of Brady and Theresa? There is a Kassie DePaiva (Eve) sighting at the nuptials as well!

Watch the preview for the new season of DAYS after the jump.  Let us know what has you most excited or intrigued when the show returns from its Summer Olympic break in the comment section below!

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Phil
Phil

This actually looks good… still wish they would bring Kassie DePaiva’s Eve back FT!

Celia
Celia

Unfortunately, Phil, these super ‘gods’ never listen to us fans. Loooove Kassie.

xmascarol
xmascarol

Me to they never should have let her go.I would love to see her stir up some trouble for Miss Perfect Jennifer.

Ric
Ric

Miss Kassie! They need her and Eileen full time.

louisa
louisa

Looks fantastic!!

Katkat
Katkat

Who is Orpheus?

Joel
Joel

He’s a man who caused trouble for Marlena in 1987 and contributed to her kidnapping where she was presumed dead until 1991.

Mandy
Mandy

Sigh. If I wasn’t worried about the future of Days before, I certainly am now.

I’m stunned they did not have any major cilffhangers heading into the break. Everyone knows they’ve already recast Abby, so her presumed death doesn’t mean anything. Aiden as DA? Yawn.

The biggest mistake Days has made in the past year is being too dark. What I get from this preview is more darkness — three villains on the loose, Kayla near death, etc. Haven’t the plummeting ratings and fan dismay shown them anything?

I’ll probably keep watching, but this just does not feel like DAYS anymore to me.

GramS
GramS

I couldn’t agree more with everything you said. I know some viewers have increased hope with Dena Higley back at the writing helm but I do not have a short memory. She was fired a mere 5 years ago and there was a huge sigh of relief from fans of the show when that happened. I wonder what has occurred since then that would tell TPTB she can now do the job. I wait with anticipation but I don’t expect a major change for us who have been painfully faithful this past year.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

That’s not a vibrator, Kate. It’s a gun and Clyde may shoot and score!

Mackenzie Grey
Mackenzie Grey

OK, I was hoping for a change in direction away from “the darkness”. I was thinking that the break would “reboot” the show to watchable again. It seemed like there was going to be a change after the break, not just more of the same. Guess I won’t ever watch again now that I see that they have no intention of changing direction. Doesn’t matter what fans want. It’s business as usual for Ken, Dena and the others at Days! Days is so done and the idiots running the show don’t seem to care. Bye bye Days!!!

Pat
Pat

Very sad to say, but stick a fork in this show. It’s undoubtedly done. Ken Corday and his staff have shown time and time again just how out of touch they truly are with what fans want to see. They don’t care one iota about the fans.

These soaps desperately need some new, young, up-and-coming, diverse writing talent behind the scenes and to stop living in the ’80s, or else they’ll continue to bleed young female viewers in the target demo, hastening their demise.

Amanda
Amanda

Totally agree. As a 40-year old woman in the “coveted target demographic”, I can tell you why I no longer watch daytime soaps: They are full of outdated, misogynistic storylines that are highly insulting to women and have zero relevance to the lived experiences of anyone I know. All of my peers as well as the students I teach (11th and 12th grade) watch shows like Empire, Grey’s Anatomy, etc. and many of my students are watching shows like Gilmore Girls that they were too young for the first time around. These are shows with strong female characters that actually have jobs, friends, and lives. And they actually have a diverse, young group of people behind the scenes with fresh ideas and diversity in front of the camera too.

Daytime soaps are stuck in the ’80s, except they’ve jettisoned the strong female characters that the shows had back then. I don’t think it’s a mystery why female teens and younger women are increasingly not watching these shows anymore if they’re in front of a television during the day.

John Gordon
John Gordon

I’m a slightly older male viewer, but I agree with you to a certain extent. These tired old storylines of “she’s pregnant but the father doesn’t know he is the biological parent of the baby” bit has been played to death, as well as the “he has an evil identical twin” bit has been depicted just one too many times. In that respect, yes, soaps have seen their day. In fairness, the show does portray woman as having important careers (Kayla is chief of staff at the hospital, Marlena is supposedly a licensed Psychiatrist, Hope is a lead Detective) but their jobs always take a secondary position to their man’s needs, ultimately – but of course, it’s a “soap” not real life – I have only been watching Days of Our Lives for about 3 years and lately, meh, I yawn my way through it, they DO need to modernize and brother, they REALLY need some better writers on staff.

Lew S.
Lew S.

Totally agree!!

blake
blake

yeah last year I was excited about Days’ future and wanted it to keep going, but now I don’t really care. it’s too dark and depressing.

Mateo
Mateo

Desperate much? DAYS is notorious for going on overkill when they want to bring in viewers and then they tell the story and it’s like a quickie in the backseat, over too soon and nothing left to give. DAYS needs to get new writers and stop telling boring stories. I’ll volunteer to write for DAYS.

Patrick
Patrick

it’ll be nice to see “Xander” that’s another quality actor who was let go way too soon

bring him back Ken Corday Productions

alex burt
alex burt

loveing clyde back in salem great action coming up loveing Days clyde could ve hide serena anythings possblie

denisefan
denisefan

Paul Telfer should be on contract. As Xander, he should recover his uncle’s fortune and return it in order to redeem himself with the family. I would much rather have Xander as a new male heavy than Deimos.

Patrick
Patrick

is so agree… there’s a mystique about Xander… and as a heavy … goodlooking to boot.. and CAN act that’s a powerful must have

Deimos being the bad apple… bad seed… dark sheep of the family… ok we get it
along with bedding all the women… Nicole, Chloe, and Kate… OK we get it

muddled, where do we go from here ? Vincent Irizarry was so needed as the resident new doctor and there could have been oodles and oodles of story at the hospital especially with Dr. Kayla

he may be tired of playing to type… but his hospital staff resident has always been much more sexy when he’s in charge

davlestev1
davlestev1

One more knock to the head and Kayla should be done for…good grief..head all bandaged and whatnot..

mike
mike

The return of Paul Telfer is a positive but they are not smart enough to keep him. I Thought for sure we would see Chandler Massey in the last seconds, he was the only one who could save the show.

mark
mark

I dearly would like to see Chandler Massey back on the show. Sonny and Will need to have a re-marriage ceremony, only this time done correctly, with Chandler playing Will.

My big fear with a potential Chandler return, however, would be the near certainty of a repeat of the last six-months or so of his previous tenure, when the show wasted his great talent and our valuable time on pitiful drivel, while deliberately overlooking an embarrassment of potential storyline riches.

Belle
Belle

I hate Clyde; maybe it will be revealed that he had E.J. killed or killed him. I like the idea that Aiden is the D.A . ; he ,Andre , and Deimos make the show more interesting. Plus, Chad is being played too weak; know that he was the mild side of Stefano ; however, he needs to let the Di Mira side become more powerful. There isn’t anyway Stefano would allow Jennifer to breathe the idea about taking that baby. Also, Rafe, Hope, and Roman need to be brought to justice for Stefano’s death. I dislike cops who want justice for everyone but their friends and family.

Mary
Mary

Considering the Hell that Stefano put Hope , Roman and the Brady family through for years he got exactly what he deserved. I call it justifiable homicide.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Okay, depending how they write this I find the idea of three convicts in separate institutions escaping and coming back to the town for revenge a bit far fetched.

And I don’t like the use of the words “new season” Soaps by their nature are continuing stories therefore do not have seasons like primetime. Stealing the term in attempt to promote Days is trying to give it a prime time edge that it does not have. But the truth is this might be too little too late–

Right now I not watching Days due to a family medical issue— but even before that I was barely watching and now without a strong cliff hanger like the explosion four years— I doubt many will be waiting for the Olympics to be over— so this new and improved hype about Days is just that hype– I don’t think it will improve much at all.

Celia
Celia

Always the lady with wisdom and clarity, Mary SF. Agree with your every word.

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

This really does look so good and i can’t wait for the action to begin. I have been so upset with Orpheus since he put Marlena in that plane that had us believing that she had been killed. And with Clyde and Xander back to cause even more trouble will have me tuned in every day!!!

Zwalderon
Zwalderon

Some of you say Days has been too dark.
Do you want everyone to live in a perpetually sweet LaLa Land?
If you don’t have conflict you don’t have a story.
Having said that, I could stand to see more good news and light-heartedness.

Donna
Donna

I would like to see them bring back Mimi Lockhart and her brother…Phillips child they gave away… Pocket and Roman and Kate’s twin children..

Nadia785
Nadia785

If they bring back Mimi, the actress that plays her mother Bonnie, plays Adrienne now, so it might be weird. But I agree. They already have Phillip, Chloe, Belle & Shawn, they need Mimi & maybe even Rex to have a “reunion”.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

I was glad Hope and Rafe finally did the deed on Friday. I like both characters and they both need some happiness. Billy Flynn, Melissa Reeves and Casey Moss gave fine performances upon getting the news of Abigail’s “demise.”

I’m trying to hold on for Kassie DePaiva’s return. The current stories are making that very difficult. Knowing that her return is temporary doesn’t entice me to stick around after she’s finished. I wish TPTB would develop the relationship between Eve and Justin. Otherwise, the only hope I see for the show is if they come up with something interesting for Sonny. As it stands now, when Kassie leaves again, I’m going with her.

John Gordon
John Gordon

Yeah, I agree with Llanviewer – I don’t even mind that the show isn’t on due to the Olympics ~ I’m not sure exactly WHY the show isn’t working for me, but without Will and Sonny, and Eve’s departure – I don’t know, I just don’t care that Nicole is getting involved with Deimos, I don’t seem to care about Belle and Phillip, I just don’t connect with these characters….or is it just very poor writing that is putting me to sleep (?) – JJ is now a Police officer (overnight) but while he had tremendous chemistry with the Paige, I don’t feel it at all with Gabbi –
the show just seems very one dimensional and flat – the scripts seem to be lackluster –
aside from that I love it LoL

Lisa G
Lisa G

Yikes !! Too much going on all at once ….. Crazy

Lisa G
Lisa G

Too much !!

Rodd
Rodd

How “new” beginnings does this show get? There are obvious problems, every show has them, but this constant re-booting just is sooo getting old. I hope we don’t hear from Ken Corday about how this “new” beginning is taking Days back to where it used to be. he’s said that so many times and it just keeps getting darker and darker. I wish the show well, but am worried for it’s future.

Judy whitaker
Judy whitaker

Please get the stupid Hernandez family off Days, Rafe and Gabi are the only good ones, I don’t mind the bay story lines but do we have to watch 2 men making out, so disgusting . I been watching Days since the beginning and ya are losing me as a fan.

blake
blake

I’m glad Xander is back, but it’s still not enough to entice me to come back to Days. Dark and twisted stories.

Steve
Steve

DAMMMMMN. OOPS SORRY. IT JUST LOOKS GREAT..
I CAN’T WAIT. DOES LOOK GOOD. I CAN’T BELIEVE THE VALLIANT FROM BACK WHEN I graduated high school. They really went back in the vault. This can’t be good.

Rj
Rj

Don’t like the dark, evil, revenge driven storylines. As someone else said, young women love shows like Grey’s Anatomy because there are strong women and the focus is on relationships. The Deimos/Nicole romance could be good, I don’t mind the Hope and Rafe romance, and Aiden as the DA could be interesting. Just would like the show to move away from the darkness. I seem to only watch for 5 minutes and have had enough. Would love to want to watch a full show again.

Mary
Mary

I love the dark evil revenge driven storylines. They spice up DOOL on a continual basis. The last thing DOOL needs to do is bore new viewers.

Stephen
Stephen

I have been watching days ever since All My Children went off the air. Yes, I am hooked on Days. I realize every episode can’t be a nail biter show, however, there are episodes that are really boring and nothing happens? Then, I don’t watch the show for a few days hoping something exciting will be happening when I tune in again.
To all who are reading this, the show is a way to escape and get involved with the lives of the show. Kudos to the writers who keep this going everyday. Wow! That’s a job I could not do. Yes, I’ll keep watching the show. Thank you cast and writers.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Since when is “a kidnapped child being returned to his parents” dark storytelling?

Mo
Mo

The preview looks good. I don’t know who Orpheus is so I hope they’ll refresh our memories.

stevie g
stevie g

I’m glad characters like Clyde and Xander are coming back mainly because I liked the writing on the show when they were introduced. I have hated the writing on the show for all of this year. With Xander he was on way too short the first time, and its very realistic that he would want revenge on Theresa. He didn’t get caught for nearly killing Nicole and Eric, but Theresa fixed him up with a false rape claim. Clyde would also have unfinished business. But Orpheus? It’s good to see they’re using the same actor, but not sure why he should want revenge on Marlena and John after all these years. He couldn’t be in jail because of them all this time right? I hope its the new writers that are handling these returns.

Lauren Esposito
Lauren Esposito

I am beyond thrilled to hear that Kassie DePaiva is returning to DAYS. I’ve been following her career since her first scenes on OLTL and know what an amazing, versatile actress she is. She’s been cast in a variety of storylines, from funny to serious and anything else you can possibly imagine. She is clearly THE BEST!

Frances Wright
Frances Wright

The preview looks fantastic! I can’t wait to see Kassie DePaiva back on #Days. The show has been really good & I’ve been enjoying it even more since Vincent Irizarry & Jordi Vilasuso joined the cast. I’d really like to see Kassie have some interaction w/ them…..#Days should put her on contract & keep #Eve in Salem!

xmascarol
xmascarol

I still would love to see Vivian come back she had a way to make you laugh.Am I right but didn’t she and Victor not get along?? Still loved her.How about Eugene too?? Well they need to do something to liven up the story.

Katzie
Katzie

Lately, watching DOOL has been too much like work, so I what I have been doing is just deleting entire weeks lately. That’s the probably the death knell of me wathing this show
Too bad but the writing is terrible and the show is just plain B-O-R-I-N-G.

JT
JT

Interesting how Corday uses Stephen Nichols for publicity but his writers REFUSE to write for his character of Steve (PATCH). Having Steve lose his identity to become virtually nothing just a day player to Kayla once in a while tells me that Days is no more! Bringing viewers back on a false promise is basically defrauding all. I feel cheated and disgusted. The new writers have shown a total disrespect. They only prop their pets now and unfortunately they are just simple stereotypes. Nothing to brag about, nothing to care about!

Dee
Dee

I’m not a Cassie fan, but at least please don’t revive that horrid moaning Eve theme music. Ick!

penny
penny

Nothing screams at me to continue to watch. I’ll keep checking back to see if the casting has gotten better for the rest of america.

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Days of our Lives to Air in the UK Beginning In January

Salem is coming across the pond to the UK!  Look for the British to enjoy the long-running daytime soap airing  exclusively on the Sony Channel beginning on January 20th of 2020.

According to Metro: when DAYS does debut in the UK  viewers will see the story pick-up from the series 53rd season where in story; Vivian Alamain returns to Salem after Stefan O. DiMera arrives on the scene claiming to be her son, which all happens on New Years Eve along with three major kisses.

The season which will bow on Sony Channel marked the first full season run of episodes from current head writer, Ron Carlivati

This isn’t the first time DAYS has aired in England, previously it has runs on  CBS Drama, Zone Romantica, and Channel 5

Episodes picking up from season 53 will broadcast at 9;10am.

So, glad to hear DAYS is coming to the UK? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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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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