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Which Soap Rang In 2016 With The Best New Year's Eve Episode: GH, DAYS or Y&R?

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When your favorite daytime dramas pick back up on Monday, three soaps left viewers with much to ponder as they rang in 2016! General Hospital, Days of our Lives, and The Young and the Restless had New Year’s festivities, and some ended up in dire consequences, and the other renewed romances or the possibilites thereof!

On General Hospital, the show delivered a more tender episode centered around the love stories on the show and the dramatic tension of some possible ones to come! Johnny (Brandon Barash) and Lulu (Emme Rylan) were together in Johnny’s cabin on The Haunted Star at midnight.  They clinked champagnes glasses and both entered into quite the smooch! Carly (Laura Wright) and Sonny (Maurice Benard) rang in the New Year with the best possible news: Sonny felt his leg move and the couple kissed in happiness.  And it was Patrick (Jason Thompson) and Robin (Kimberly McCullough) who renewed their love for one another with hitting the sheets, and each proposing marriage to the  other.  Sam (Kelly Monaco) and Jason (Billy Miller) were also together at midnight by circumstances, where they were playing a game of pool, and looked at each other as if they might kiss.  Dillon (Robert Palmer Watkins)  kissed Valerie (Brytni Sarpy), who told him she wanted to just remain friends.

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On Days of our Lives, the long awaited New Years Eve car crash finally happened. I t is now revealed the circumstances that led up to it.  Brady (Eric Martsolf)  and Daniel (Shawn Christian) were going back to the Kiriakis’ to wait for their gals Nicole (Arianne Zucker) and Theresa (Jen Lilley) who still needed to finish up some business with Kate (Lauren Koslow) at the Basic Black fashion show party.  Brady is in the driver’s seat, Daniel in the passenger side.  Brady realizes he left the gift Theresa gave him at the club, so they turn around.   At that time, a drunk-off-his-rocker Eric (Greg Vaughan), who decided not to wait for a cab to drive him home since it would take an hour, got in his car and drove. Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) was  in her car heading that way, because she was just with Abigail (Kate Mansi) learning the news that Chad (Billy Flynn) is the bio-dad of baby Thomas, not Ben (Rob Scott Wilson).   Next thing you know, all three cars crash.   Elsewhere, Chad and Belle (Martha Madison) were about to have sex, when Abby busted up their liaison with news for Chad! Will she get through to him and his brainwash block?

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On The Young and the Restless, Abby (Melissa Ordway) and Ben (Sean Carrigan) said their “I do’s”, but not before Ashley (Eileen Davidson) looses conciousness for a moment and falls to the floor during the vows.  Everyone wants her to go the hospital, but she refuses. The wedding continues and Abby and Ben become husband and wife.  Later a disraught Ashley goes to the Jabot lab and tears the place up hysterical and in tears.  Dr. Neville (Michael E. Knight) finds her and finally gets her to admit she has a brain tumor and is dying.  He says let him help her and they will find a cure.  She agrees to let him do his research.   Meanwhile, as Billy (Burgess Jenkins) has been trying to get to Abby and Stitch’s wedding he is accosted by his gambling debtor.   The guy wants his $200,000 now.  Billy says he will get to him tomorrow.  That’s not acceptable and so a henchmen beats Billy up in the face and leaves him in the parking garage on the floor.   Noah (Robert Adamson), who noticed Luca (Miles Gaston Villenueva) and Marissa (Sofia Pernas) kiss decides to leave the New Year’s/Wedding party, and notices his car is boxed in inside the parkting garage.  He puts his car in reverse to begin to leave, and acccidently runs into Billy!  Later, Marissa finds Billy and calls 911.

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So, which New Year’s Eve episode hit the right notes? Which intrigued you the most?  Share your thoughs in the comment section below?

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Alan
Alan

I hate to say it but Y&R had the best New Years Eve episode…

CeeCee
CeeCee

Re: Y&R. We all know where this is going. Marissa will assume Noah ran over Billy and left the scene. Will she spill to the authorities? Does she even need to? There are evidentiary tire marks, for sure…. AHHH, shucks! How clever and original!
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I would love to see a blossoming romance between Lulu and Johnny. So tired of Dante’s dog hound-eyed face.
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I am not too happy with some of the stuff going on at Days right now. Too much happening all at once. It has been one death after another. Jen in a coma? Why? The only saving grace, for me, is the unfolding revelation of ‘who’s the baby daddy’. Will Abby be able to piece together what happened?….that is, Clyde had a hand in the blood-vial switch?

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I said Jen will be in a coma and will see Jack…Mathew A. is making a brief return to the show as Jack so having her in a coma makes some sense to me!…

CeeCee
CeeCee

Ok, Jimmy. I understand that. I had no idea Jack was making an appearance, albeit in her subconscience. Thanks. Later.

Thom Boise ID
Thom Boise ID

They said before his appearance wouldn’t be til spring but who knows!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Thom….didnt know that…thought it would be sooner.

su0000
su0000

Hi CeeCee!
I would really like a Lulu and Johnny hookup yoo.
but—
I think Brandon is just a short stay, so don’t see them going there..
We have to get Brandon to stay on!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I would like them together too…they are perfect together!

CeeCee
CeeCee

That certainly is a shame, Suzie Q. I figured Brandon was just going to be a nice, warm breeze. Come and gone. I like him so much better than Dante. Luv-ya.

Jeremy
Jeremy

now, that’s something, I DEFINITELY agree, with you, su0000 – “get Brandon to stay on!”
I love love love love that idea.

Speaking of love love love love, Where is LUCY???? I miss her oh oh oh oh oh so much.
Back to Brandon, it would be great if he could at least sign up to GH for one-year, he’s just THAT good. We love to hate Johnny. And, I do see it with Lulu & Johnny. New and old Lulu.

Come back to Port Charles, Lucy. GH, bring Lynn back already!!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Oops. Sorry. There was no blood-vial switch involved, was there?!. Clyde just threatened the technician with his family’s lives. Niiiice!

elm51
elm51

first place……………….days of our lives
second place…………..young & the restless
third place……………….general hospital
the funny thing is i have watched gh since the beginning & and it will always be my favorite soap but i have to give credit where credit is due days is the most intriguing….jmo

Barb
Barb

Loving all of DOOL episodes!

Mark
Mark

Days of Our Lives all the way! 😉

damien
damien

i never made it to the end of days because i got bored half way thru with the lame fashion show rip off of bold and beautiful. griffith is already boring me with his recycling y n r tenure of chelsea redeeeming her bad attitude as a up coming fashionista now in the form of teresa!
poor eric must ve only made an appearance towrds end of the show because it wasnt end in the first boring half, i would ve watched it for him otherwise!…. again a stupid death occurs to a character who the audience forgot about because we havn t seen them in months… will, now daniel. too bad about greg vaughan , him and nicole were the few super couples on the show worth rooting to be reunited.
unfortunatly y n r had the makings of a great show but imo both shockers felt flat due to poor editing and no classic y n r musical soundtrack in background! ashley s dying ( again…)! billy got beat up and was run over by a clueless noah! again( adam/ dehlia)… …. lacked a punch, even sadder was lauren randomly showing up and leaving out of nowhere and the empty wedding reception, ..y n r really needs to get a budget for scene extras!

damien
damien

correction on my previous post.. the ny eve episode was pre empted in my area.. the lead up eppie was lame. i ll have to go online to catch the drama

CeeCee
CeeCee

How right you are, damien. To paraphrase Leah on the previous Y&R thread, soaps, in general are going through the rinse/repeat cycle, and unimaginative. Case in point….did we not expect Luca to be listening to Marissa’s and Noah’s conversation, and then see them embracing?m So, now Luca has a big fat ‘something’ over Noah’s head; that is, if Luca really heard Noah hit Billy, what better way to get rid of Noah by ratting him out to the police?
In one way, damien, I am sort of glad this happened….it gets Noah front and center. It’s about time he is given a storyline, instead of just being there at his grandfather’s or at everyone else’s disposal.

su0000
su0000

Johnny kissed Lulu, saw it coming 10 miles away..
That was exciting as toenail clippings..

Sonny saw his leg move and got kissed by his wife..
Saw that coming 10 miles away.
That was exciting as pigeon droppings.

Patrick & Robin’s sex looked like they were shot with a tranquilizer gun before hitting the sheets.
That was exciting as watching sloths mating.

Sam and Jason played pool and almost kissed.
That was exciting as an empty water glass

Dillion and Val are friends..

For a New Year’s Eve… I can only thank God I was not overcome with excitement preventing me from having a WHOOPIE stroke..

GH is horrible!
J&S has gutted GH of everything that made GH..
They have reduced GH to comatose viewing.

If GH doesn’t get some high drama, suspense, intrigue, on the edge suspense, it will die a painful death.

I WANT MY GH BACK!!

su0000
su0000

Y&R,
at the least put some effort into New Years eve..
Nothing special, nothing exciting, but I did not nod-out, so gotta give it the thumb up..

Personally, I wish had never watched GH or Y&R’s New Year’s eve and Christmas episodes, I now can see into the future of both soaps, and it is sad very sad 🙁

davlestev1
davlestev1

And yet you did watch them and posted your long winded diatribe. .which by the way had me LMAO..OH SUUU

su0000
su0000

hi davlestev1..
I know!! why did do that lol
I did FF but still I hung in there..
Well, I am a certified GH, that is my excuse lol

(those couples bore me to near comatose, they do nothing, nothing at all..
they don’t even date or share a burger they don’t even get fresh air..
no adventure they just kiss and that is their deal. lol ..

Rose
Rose

Su…I agree about the couples being boring…to here’s no build up or tension before they kiss and whatever. Well maybe a little between Nik and Hayden. Pretend you’re RC…how would you have spiced up New Years Eve?

CeeCee
CeeCee

“Johnny kissed Lulu”…. YUM!!

su0000
su0000

heyyyy CeeCee, more to to be seen monday..
You best nail your pants to the bench so you don’t get blown away from the exciting impact of the kiss!
Yup, the smoochie will be the biggie of the week !! ahaa yah sure 🙂

Jeremy
Jeremy

@Su0000, that a wild write-up, I loved it. Now, I know you watch DAYS, too, now, right?
Can you do a write-up for that episode too. I’m WAITING….well, your MF blog fans are all waiting, too, I’m sure. Give us your take on DAYS….if you didn’t watch it, do it, I’m waiting. 🙂

Mateo
Mateo

DAYS continually pulls the stupid card. I can’t believe even the writer of this blog drank the DAYS Kool-Aid. The only story worth watching in the last year on DAYS was the necktie killer storyline and that was ruined when in addition to murdering various characters they managed to kill off any semblance of respect for the gay story lines they were writing. The only character who is gay is Paul. And now they are gonna have Paul fall for some woman and realize that “he wasn’t gay, he just thought he was gay”. The show is poorly written, averagely acted and uses the worst plot devices. A car accident to kill off Daniel and put Jen in a coma? So they can foolishly bring in another old actor to moisten the “female lower parts” by bringing back some old character from the old days. How about DAYS just stop shooting current episodes and show the same old episodes with Patch Kayla Bo Hope Jen and Jack and screw the modern stories. They are by FAR the worst soap on air right now. Can we have Eric lose his mouth in the accident so he stops whining and yelling? The Y&R episode was just re-hashing a hit and run episode with a character that has been through the wringer with the death of his daughter now he is going to suffer for another 2 years as he heals from the current hit and run. Chuck Pratt and Jill Firing Phelps are drinking too much vodka lately….and it’s showing. The best show by far was GH with a realistic show that represented a laid back celebration of a holiday. Sonny and Carly moving forward. Lulu self destructing. And Patrick and Robin healing. I think it was classy and well acted.

Sheila
Sheila

Y&R and Days almost a photo finish.
B&B
GH a good distance behind. It was ok but far from #1.

robert
robert

I have to say Y&R had the bestNew Year’s show. Money was put into it. I loved everyone looking fancy and Y&R had some cliffhangers. DAYS is too dark for me. Not a fan of all the deaths. GH was really cheesy. What was that college football playoff stuff. By the way B&B is just terrible.

Patrick
Patrick

Melissa Reeves

I just do not get the attachment

are we clinging to her character history… because she’s still on the show… for whatever reason?

I truly want her in this coma… vegging out for the duration and tenure of DOOL

Matthew Ashford… will moisten , more than Jennifer.. that’s for sure

she’s an overpaid prop… for JJ and Abs.. and the history of DOOL Horton clan!

her salary could easily go towards Kassie DePaiva

I’d much rather watch Jack Deveraux … as a single father, (widower) from a male point of view…

if not Jack… bring back Jamie Lyn Bauer… she would be the perfect… Horton Lady… who can ACT! and befriend Marlena and Maggie ! and truly lead the Horton .

this 5 day stint of Watching Matthew Ashford angelic mode… over the love of his life?

seriously! with Melissa Reeves’ acting?

argh! this show could be doing all the right things… by getting rid of two of the dullest actors… whose characters where overkilled… prior to this new production team

Daniel and Jenn are united in death

RichInIowa
RichInIowa

“overpaid prop” – oh man, I laughed too hard!
I can’t argue with a single thing you said, Patrick
And I’m sure this actress must have been ecstatic at the total destruction of ‘the gays’ aspect of Days in 2015.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Oh, my gosh, Patrick. I was so afraid of saying what you said about Jen (Melissa). You said it for me. You know we will get backlash for that….She is a Horton, afterall…LOL.

Shay
Shay

“Overpaid prop?” Oh, Patrick, that term you just coined is sheer perfection! Although I don’t watch Days, I can certainly attribute that very same label to quite a few GH characters!!!!! Therefore, thank you!….I shall definitely utilize it in the future, and I will make sure to credit you for it!!!! Well done!!!

Mary SF
Mary SF

I liked GH the best, although I find the term “hitting the sheets” to describe Robin and Patrick lovemaking a bit crude. Honestly, no one wonder there is no romance on soaps nowadays when the world has reduce psychical intimacy to the level of dogs humping with such terms as “hitting the sheets’.

Y&R was okay, but nothing to write home about.

I didn’t watch Days because I had zero interest watching them bring in the New Year with more death and destruction. And as much as like dJack and Jen in their day I have no appetite to see another visitation from another “ghost” or “spirit” from beyond telling another character it isn’t their time yet and they are needed at home. Assuming the rumors are true and Jen is going into a coma and will see Jack there.

B&B was a laugh riot. It wasn’t New Year’s but seeing Ivy tumble down the stairs while Steffy watches in horror, just as Liam walks in– that was hilarious. I know Brad didn’t intend it to be, but how many times has Ivy been hurt in the last month because of Steffy directly or indirectly? It is so lame that it was entertaining– at least I got a chuckle out of it, which isn’t a bad way to ring out the old year.

Nikki
Nikki

I would have to say #1 Y & R thanks to Adam (Justin Hartley) & Chelsea(Melissa Egan). #2 Bold & Beautiful thanks to the transgender story & the break-up of Caroline & Rick. #3 G.H. Thanks to Carly/Sunny & Jason

Bonnie
Bonnie

YR seemed the most exciting. GH is always my number show, but of the stories on the NY show, I only care about Lulu and Johnny

Amy
Amy

GH loved Sonny & Carly scenes

Becky
Becky

Patrick and Robin. Sincere sweet and loving reunited engagement.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yes!

Phil
Phil

I know it is doom and gloom but DAYS is top notch right now! My top choice for New Year’s episode!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

It was a blast seeing “Downtown” Julie Brown on DAYS New Year’s Eve episode!

Tea
Tea

GH was the best for ME…I loved Sonny moving his legs.
And all the loving kisses he and Carly shared this NYE!!!

Laurie waskiewicz
Laurie waskiewicz

GH

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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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Alison Sweeney Reveals She Is Making A Return To DAYS In 2020

Looks like Sami Brady will be back in action on NBC’s Days of our Lives later in the New Year, according to Alison Sweeney, Sami’s portrayer.

During a visit on Friday to the set of Hallmark Channel’s morning talker Home & Family, to promote her upcoming holiday film for the network entitled, Time For You To Come Home For Christmas, Sweeney chatted it up with hosts Cameron Mathison and Debbie Matenopoulos.

During her segment, Alison revealed “Sami is back, causing some trouble.”  But she was quick to note that it will be awhile before she is seen on-air clarifying “My scenes are not going to air until next Summer, next August.”

Sweeney promised the viewers and DAYS fans that there was great stuff coming up with her visit.  And if Sweeney’s last few returns are any indication, whatever is cooking in and out of Salem that may bring her back on to the canvas, we know it will be juicy, because when Sami is around the pot gets stirred!

So, excited to hear Alison will be back on your DAYS screens in 2020? Comment below.

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