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Tyler Christopher Joins The Cast Of Days of our Lives!

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After much speculation and reports, it has been confirmed that indeed, former General Hospital Daytime Emmy-winning star, Tyler Christopher (Ex-Nikolas Cassadine) has joined the cast of NBC’s Days of our Lives, in what is said to be a top secret role.

According to EW.com, Tyler has been working on set on the NBC daytime drama series since last week, and will debut on air sometime late in 2017 or early 2018, since DAYS production and shooting schedule is six-months ahead. That gives DAYS fans plenty of time to ponder, just who woll this fan favorite play on the canvas? With Christopher now at DAYS it reunites him with former GH head writer, who knows steers the writing ship in Salem, Ron Carlivati.

Tyler tweeted on Thursday on the reveal of his coming to DAYS:  “I want to thank @nbcdays for welcoming me into their home. Although I can’t comment on the character, @carlivatiron has handed me a gem of a story I am eager for you to see.”

As soap fans know, Tyler made a splash on to their daytime screens back in 1996 when he took on the role of Nikolas Cassadine, the firstborn son of Laura Spencer played by Genie Francis.  The actor left GH when talks of his return officially broke in September last year, after he went on a hiatus from the series back in May of 2016.

So, what do you think of Tyler coming to the cast of DAYS? Who do you hope he plays? Comment below.

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Darnell
Darnell

Although I think Tyler is an awesome actor and the fact that the GH writers obviously screw contract negotiations up, carlivati knows what he’s doing here. He has to get Days numbers up before they are eventually cancelled. There’s a lot of GH history gone with Tyler. But no need to worry over spilled milk, get even or just get someone who will bring new fans to GH….like Michael Muhney.

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

To be fair its not the writers who negotiate contracts. The producers and networks manage this. The writers are often in the tough, unenviable position of suddenly writing off a character .

As to your point that he belongs on the GH set, I agree

gh'er
gh'er

I totally agree. Muhney will bring new fans to GH and we definitely need that. Give him whatever he wants.

Steve
Steve

The writers have nothing to do with contract negotiations. If the Executive Producer (Valentini for GH) can’t come to contract terms with an actor, the writers are given instructions to either stop writing for the character or create a storyline to usher them off the screen.

Using GH as an example, in the past year:
Tyler Christopher — Jelly had story planned for Nikolas. Nick Stabile was temporarily brought in to wrap up a revised storyline.

Roger Howarth — Franco was on regularly, driving story. When talks broke down, Jelly had to remove Franco from storylines for 2 months.

Rebecca Budig — The network/FV used an out window in her contract. Jelly wasn’t given much time to write Hayden off the canvas, the result is the hastily put together exit story on scenes now.

William deVry — We’ll see in the next few weeks what the exit plan is for Julian.

Soap writers shoulder the blame if characters don’t work because of storylines, and they should be criticized for it. When it pertains to contracts, its all the EP and network. On Days, Carlivati can suggest an actor for a new role, but its KC who has to agree to hire and negotiate.

JMER
JMER

According to Jamey Giddens’ Twitter over the past week, he says he thinks “we’re no longer on Cancellation Watch for any of the 4 remaining daytime soaps.” I know everyone has been paranoid about it and expecting Days and/or GH to fall, but for better or worse, that’s not what’s happening.

I doubt GH fans will flock to GH anymore. ABC execs have damaged it and won’t fix it. Another name is not what fans are looking for. They want basic things like good story (told the old fashioned way), history respected, Classic characters in front burner stories, a moral center restored, and all the usual basic things that fans should expect.

Dr Helen Ruth
Dr Helen Ruth

Michael Muhney would attract fans to any soap. I was hoping that he’d be brought back to Y&R as Adam Newman, but perhaps Eric Braeden’s biography destroyed any chance of that happening, sadly.

Celia
Celia

Too bad……Tyler would have made the perfect Adam Newman, if Muhney cannot be had.
So, what role will Tyler play? Philip Kiriakis?

Satan
Satan

Tyler would be totally wrong for that role (yet, still better than that last untalented idiot was). They really need to leave Phillip Kiriakis “overseas on business” until Jay Kenneth Johnson wants the job back.

As for Tyler, I’m guessing he’s going to be either Nicholas Alamain (as he apparently shows up in Salem the same time as Vivian) or one of Justin & Adrienne’s kids. Sonny has three older brothers out there…. it’s time at least one of them showed up.

So in other words, he’ll either be named “Nicholas” or be a member of a large Greek family. Either one should be familiar territory for him.

Celia
Celia

@Satan?
Perhaps, Tyler would be wrong in the role of Phillip. But, he is too old to be Adrienne’s son. Yes, there are many mother-son protagonists whose ages do not mesh….however, Tyler is not aging well. He looks older than Judi Evans—only a few years apart…nah, not a good idea, albeit I do see him as Nicholas Alamain.

Timmm
Timmm

GH’s numbers would sore with MM and he and Valentin would butt heads like no other but is ABC willing to hire a big name after Steve Burton?

gh'er
gh'er

I like the thought of that. MM butting heads with Valentin. I can see it already. The acting would be awesome.

As for Steve Burton, I can’t say that his acting is awesome, but I am just okay about him coming back.

I hope ABC will dig a little deeper in their budget and get Michael Muhney to play Nicholas. He would be welcomed.

Jimmy
Jimmy

Michael Muhney as a Nikolas would be phenomenal! I had never thought of that possibility but I think it would be great.

gh'er
gh'er

Me too.

Just visualize those two going at it.
(Nikolas and Valentin).

Come on ABC, make this happen. We need new viewership.

aria
aria

i was gonna be all mad about tyler jumping to dool then i asked myself why? i love gh but they messed up negotiations w/ tyler, not just that but the new norm is this crazy soap hopping, before it use to be the middle soap stars now its the biggest star or semi big stars who jump to another show, we mope, throw a fit cry to we are cried out, and before you know it they ” big ” soap star returns to their original show, i.e Steve Burton hello! its exhausting so i’m not wasting my time, as for a nikolas replacement, Michael muhney is a great choice, lets see what happens….

Linda Murphy
Linda Murphy

Just don’t try to make him EJ

Celia
Celia

Oh, my gosh, Linda!! I hadn’t even thought of that. It is a strong possibility, especially because Sami and Will are coming back. It would make sense EJ is with them? I always maintained they were all together somewhere….a Swiss/Italian chalet in the Alps?

MB
MB

Actors from other soaps don’t have no net positive effect on ratings. Their “huge” fan bases are exaggerations fabricated by their superfans. All it does, bringing in a bunch of new actors to a soap, is dilute the brand, make the show unrecognizable and drive long time fans away.

GH is no longer GH, hasn’t been for a long time now with Frank. The departure of Tyler for good now makes that even more the fact.

GH veteran actor after actor gone, but Howarth still here, Easton on his 100th character. They have their fans and those fans watch GH and as indicated by the ratings, it is not an impressive number. Muhney would do nothing for GH long term just as these two have not, as well as Stafford and West and whoever else.

MB
MB

That’s “don’t have a net positive effect.” not “don’t have no net positive effect.” Brain and fingers were not working together.

Karen Clark
Karen Clark

Thrilled that I get to see Tyler again. Knowing that Vivian is returning, perhaps Lawrence Alamain or his brother will be seen in Salem soon.

Celia
Celia

That’s a great idea, as well, Karen.

Ted
Ted

Larry’s dead. They showed him being killed by Carly.

Celia
Celia

LOL, Ted….true. But, who is ever really dead in soaps? Tyler could play any of said characters.

dmr
dmr

Well, there are a couple of actors that Tyler could cross paths with, that once resided in Port Charles: Stephen Nichols and Mary Beth Evans. Tyler is a great actor and I wish him well. Too bad that TPTB at General Hospital were not able to negotiate. Instead, viewers are left with a train wreck of a show and some lack luster characters: Kiki, Nelle, etc., and no super couples to root for…

Gerry Waggett
Gerry Waggett

If I had to guess, I would think that Tyler Christopher might be the new EJ Dimera.

Satan
Satan

That would be the dumbest move Ron Carlivati made since he brought back “Frank Smith” from the dead on GH – about 35 years younger than he should have been – for a really pathetic storyline, and an insult to one of the biggest iconic characters in daytime history (Luke Spencer)

Tyler Christopher is too short, too non-English, and has way too many tattoos to be Elvis DiMera. Even the classic soap opera cliche cure-all of “plastic surgery” couldn’t make that believable.

Jimh
Jimh

He is the thought dead David Banning…

Jimh
Jimh

I know its wrong…doubt they would bring David-Tyler too young anyway…he will either be a Dimera or a Kiriakis…

Jimh
Jimh

Or maybe an Alamain with Viv coming back

Celia
Celia

David? Is that Julie’s son, Jimmy? Eli’s father, right? Doesn’t he have another son with Trish?
I never knew David, but my Gran loved that character, and also, Mike Horton?
They must be in their fifties by now. But, soaps do not observe chronological order. LOL.
Tyler is pushing fifty, so, it wouldn’t be so far-fetched.
As I said Philip Kiriakis—-but,anyone’s guess works….all good.

Mo
Mo

Is it Alexander? Or has that role already been cast? Or is it the new role Ron mentioned? Looking forward to seeing what he does.

Magneto
Magneto

Wally Kurth has been doing Days & GH for years. Same can be said with Eileen Davidson with Y&R and Days. I could see Tyler doing the same thing.

Steve
Steve

WK is recurring with both GH and Days, so unless he’s under contract, he can be on whatever show wants to hire him. Since Sony owns Y&R and Days, they are amenable to sharing ED among the two.

Ted
Ted

On recurring. Tyler’s got a contract.

Irene
Irene

I will wait and see who he plays, etc. I just hope that Days does not become General Hospital. Hiring everyone and throwing them on screen for no good reason. GH is beyond aweful. The characters suck and stories also. Please think out story for whoever is hired for Days. Of all the soaps they have the best potential to be #1. They have the best characters to work with. Give the stories and daytime viewers will come back or add. (GL/ATWT/OLTL were my all time favs) Days seems the closest to those. I also do not want Days of complete crazy. I like Days when they stick to good stories.

Chaz
Chaz

Definitely going to be another Kiriakis…..Alexander, perhaps?

Josh
Josh

With Vivian coming back and Ron saying he isnt creating many new characters, is anyone else getting a sense that he’s playing Nicholas Alamain?

Cgal
Cgal

Given the storyline I imagine he will be a long lost ALLOMAINE. There are not many left in the Kirakis family or the Di Mera family.

Lia
Lia

I hope the gem of a story has paired him with Gabi. That girl needs a real man in her life.

Celia
Celia

That girl, Lia is a calamity—everything she touches dies, or something bad befalls him. She’s bad news.

Mary SF
Mary SF

I don’t think it would be so hush hush if he was playing a new character so knowing Ron’s way of writing, my guess—Tyler will either be a cloned younger version of Stefano DeMira or Stefano had some kind of potion made that made him young again. He has enough in common with Joe in look and size I could buy Tyler as young Stefano– whether fans could accept anyone else in the role I don’t know, but if he is a clone, he wouldn’t totally be the same person. If he isn’t Stefano– I imagine he will be related to a DeMira– maybe a recast EJ.

Timmm
Timmm

Extremely happy for DAYS fans!

As for GH, they are becoming a minor league baseball team, they dont give a shit about their roster , spend very little as long as they fans keep showing up! Its embarrassing to see Tyler go to NBC. But it is done and we move on. I am all for Nick Stabile coming to GH as Nick. He did a great job subbing and he and Ava had awesome chemistry.

K/kay
K/kay

In your face Frank!!! I may have to start watching this show again you Days fans know more then I but could he be a recast Frankie Brady just glad hie is employed again nice man and don’t count a Days out yet !!

K/kay
K/kay

Sorry for the spelling got to stop typing while riding in the car!

Celia
Celia

Be careful there, Kay!!!!

AJ
AJ

I am curious if there’s anyway Tyler can be making more money at Days? Or maybe he just has a bad taste in his mouth from his GH negotiations and just lost interest in coming back to GH (where JFP had fired him once before and then they tried to cut his pay after winning an Emmy)

Patrick
Patrick

I am still upset that GH didn’t think enough of him to make a fare deal. god the lost potential

he has brilliance in his arsenal. just a ready made REEL.

1. i’m just glad he’s back on daytime.
2. I know posts agree… it staggers me that GH let this talent out of the house.
3. I believe he’s going to be a Kiriakis.

Congratulations ! Mr. Tyler Christopher.

Edward
Edward

Lawrence Alamain?

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

No, Edward, Lawrence’s son, Nicholas. Vivian went nutty for Nicky. And because Vivian is back, Nicky/Nicholas would fit.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

He’s likely the new character Ron is introducing; the timelines add up to Ron’s interview in Soap Opera Digest and the timeline of taping.

Timoteo
Timoteo

PLEASE be a Phillip Kiriakis recast!..

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

I never understood what went down with Tyler leaving GH but I will watch him to see what he can do on DAYS and what Ron will write for him. I was being funny a moment ago when i started thinking that now that Vivian is coming back if Tyler was going to turn out to be Ivan but I know that’s stretching it. But it could be possible that Tyler’s character could be Vivian’s boy toy…

Patrick
Patrick

taken from Wiki :

Tyler Christopher recently tweeted that his last day on taping for “General Hospital” will be May 19.

Tyler Christopher’s Nikolas leaves Port Charles the week of June 27.

I don’t know if this ( June 27) was actually him on the plane w/ Ava ?

anyway: he will STAR late December or January 2018.

as LUCK would have it… after a rough 13 month absence . He returns.

FAN OVATION

Rodd
Rodd

This does not make me happy as a GH fan. However, as a DOOL fan, it will be great to see him on TV again. I do wish, however, that GH had recast the Nicolas role already because that character is much needed there. Good luck on DOOL, Tyler!

Robert in Jersey City
Robert in Jersey City

Love it. I love that Ron is saving and fixing this….I wish he could write Y&R at the same time.

Sherrie
Sherrie

I would love for him to be Bo Brady. Think he would be fab in that role. Even if I do miss my Peter desperately.

Steve
Steve

I know some say age doesn’t matter in soaps, but Tyler is 17 years younger than Peter Reckell. Highly doubtful

Sherrie
Sherrie

Hope needs to be paired with someone fabulous to be with and while no one can take Peters place. Since he retired I would love to see the right person take over
the role. I think TC could be that guy.

DBallard
DBallard

Personally I think the move is ok! Tyler is no doubt great actor but if the story not there he fades away love his chemistry with Maura West was amazing.

Mister Media
Mister Media

This is a huge blow to us GH fans…As far as watching Days, I’ll give it a little more time until the current awful stories have finally wrapped up.

Mister Media
Mister Media

I just watched Thursday’s episode of Days…really? A double doppelganger story right out of the chute????

su0000
su0000

I think one of DOOL’s problems is; shooting schedule is six-months ahead..
if the normal the writers could tweek what is going wrong and make changes etc,,

RC always kept his surprises/scripts very close to the vest and leaks were not common and that’s why we had many Surprises with RC (I miss those, surprises)
Tyler did good to get to Days.

I can DOOL bringing in more Great talent that has been let go by the others soaps, perhaps Greg/Kevin from Y&R, too.

((DROOL got RC and GH is stuck with the Queen of snooze Jean.. I FF through 70% of GH, looooong boring say nothing conversations))

Jimmy
Jimmy

I have mixed feelings about this. Tyler is a great actor and I’m happy he is joining a show that recognizes what kind of talent he has to offer. But I will always feel like he belongs on GH as Nikolas. They really messed up by not resigning him and letting contract talks go awry – same thing looks to be happening to William deVry right now which would be a huge loss for the show. Hopefully they recast Nikolas.

As for who I think Nikolas will play… 2 words: Peter Blake.

Jimmy
Jimmy

It’s supposed to say *Tyler at the end, not Nikolas – typo.

NotInterested
NotInterested

I would like to know how much time and money this show would have save if only they just had written a decent storyline for James Scott, Alison Sweeney and their alter egos EJ and Sami..

This is who I want back i wish the actor mentioned above all the best at Days however not enough for me to tune back and watch a show that needs more than a band aid to fix it.

Charday
Charday

Best wishes to the actor on his new job, but I sure miss him and his grey pants and burgundy shirt on GH. (Ever notice how he wore that same outfit on GH constantly?)

Dan
Dan

I was very disappointed when I read this news earlier today. Tyler has been one of my personal favorites on GH for many years. Frank Valentini dropped the ball on this one big time. He had the money to pay Steve Burton to come back and renew Roger Howarth’s contract, but not to bring back Tyler. Very upsetting as a GH fan, I was hoping that with all this talk of Nikolas on the show recently that a return from Tyler was coming soon.

They can have other actors play the role, and I’m sure they probably will at some point, since it’s only a matter of time before Nikolas returns. But Tyler Christopher is and always will be Nikolas Cassadine, plain and simple. Anyone else will just be trying to fill his shoes. GH’s loss is DOOL’s gain.

Best of luck to you, Tyler. Thanks for 20+ years of wonderful entertainment! Go knock ’em dead on Days, and shove it in the face of Frank and everyone at ABC.

John Paul Murphy
John Paul Murphy

I agree. Tyler is arguably one of the best real actors on daytime. It’s obvious Valentini values Roger Howarth, but his Franco is way less important to the GH canvas than Nikolas. They really dropped the ball on this one. I just hope Days doesn’t waste this opportunity.

Timmm
Timmm

Tyler was successfully replaced by Stabile. I love Tyler and do see him as Nick but he is not some legend like Braeden or Geary. Casting needs to do their job or bring back Nick Stabile.

Dan
Dan

Have to respectfully disagree with you there, Timmm. I personally never bought Nick Stabile as Nikolas Cassadine. Thought he did an admirable job and tried hard, but it just didn’t work for me. He was the wrong fit for the character, I would say.

I was not trying to equate Tyler to legends like a Tony Geary or Eric Braeden, although I do think he was in the upper echelon of actors in daytime when he left GH. But more to say, he created a pretty iconic character on the show after 20 years, and it’s a hard role to fill, in my opinion. I have no problem with them doing that, because the show must go on, as they say, and Nikolas is needed on the show. But if they do, I think they need to go in a different direction in terms of casting.

Steve
Steve

Stabile’s stint reminded me Camilla Moore’s brief run as Anna Devane. Near the end of her disastrous comeback to the show, Gloria Monty refused to budge in contract negotiations with Finola Hughes and Tristan Rogers. FH’s contract expired and Anna was needed for a few weeks so they brought in Moore until they wrote off Robert and Anna in the Faison boat explosion.

JFP did the same with Kristina Wagner, which resulted in Sandra Ferguson temporarily taking over Felicia at a pivotal time in story.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Dan, I respect your allegiance to Tyler Christopher and his long tenure at GH. I am enjoying this discussion and wish to throw another hat into the ring. My favorite Nikolas Cassadine is the incarnation by Stephen Martines (also known as Coltin Scott) who played the role from 1999 to 2003. Nikolas then had an engrossing love story with Gia Campbell (played by Marisa Ramirez). Bringing back Martines to play Nikolas would be most welcome to many fans, myself included.

Kim
Kim

As long as he’s not an EJ recaat.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

He’s not; I’m pretty sure EJ has already been [quietly] recast and is returning around the time of Will and Sami’s returns. Tyler is [likely] portraying the new character Ron is introducing for the New Year.

dan
dan

I’m happy for any actor who gets a job. That being said, it is a huge loss to GH and specifically to Genie Francis and Becky Herbst, veterans who deserve air time with other veterans and characters they have a history with. I’ll always watch GH, but it is not the GH it used to be or could be again. Yes, it is the same recycled Sonny saga over and over with very little heart left. I think the acting is superb, but the storytelling is horrible and frankly, I am not invested in half of the characters on the canvas and the veterans that I love just don’t have enough to do or enough other veterans to interact with.

Sally
Sally

I’m guessing and saying he’ll play EJ or another long lost Dimera. Being that he’s Greek, it’s gotta be along those lines. I loved him as Nicholas Cassadine, so it’s fun to see him in another role on another show I watch.

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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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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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