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



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.


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?


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.

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

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!
I would love to see a blossoming romance between Lulu and Johnny. So tired of Dante’s dog hound-eyed face.
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?

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!…

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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!!!

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

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

Loving all of DOOL episodes!

Days of Our Lives all the way! 😉

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!

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

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.

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.


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 🙁

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

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 ..

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?

“Johnny kissed Lulu”…. YUM!!

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 🙂

@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. 🙂

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.

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

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.

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

“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.

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.

“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!!!

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.

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

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

GH loved Sonny & Carly scenes

Patrick and Robin. Sincere sweet and loving reunited engagement.


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

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

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


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Days of our Lives wins WGA Award for Daytime Drama Series

Sunday night, April 14th in concurrent ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York City, the Writers Guild of America is handing out their 76th annual WGA Awards in the fields of motion picture, television, news media, and radio/audio.

In the Daytime Drama category, Peacock’s Days of our Lives was the winner, taking home its fourth WGA Award in this category in a row.

The DAYS winning writing team consisted of Head Writer Ron Carlivati Creative Consultant Ryan Quan and Writers Sonja Alar, Jazmen Darnell Brown, Joanna Cohen, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Cheryl Davis, Kirk Doering, Christopher Dunn, Jamey Giddens, David Kreizman, Henry Newman, Dave Ryan, and Katherine D. Schock.

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The team from Days of our Lives bested the only other team in the category from General Hospital, which consisted of former GH head writers: Dan O’Connor, Chris Van Etten Writers Ashley Cook, Emily Culliton, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Shannon Peace, Stacey Pulwer, Dave Rupel, Lisa Seidman, and Scott Sickles.


As previously reported, a show spokesperson for Days of our Lives shared that the episodes submitted for the competition were #14663, #14678 & #14679, and mostly centered around the death, and the funeral of Victor Kiriakis played by the late John Aniston.

This week, DAYS head scribe, Ron Carlivati, confirmed that, and told Michael Fairman TV on the decision of the scripts the team submitted: “I like to have some humor, but it was also the funeral, and then there was Sarah (Linsey Godfrey) giving birth, and then Vivian’s (Louise Sorel) crashing the reading of the will.”

You can follow along with the live updated list of all the winners from tonight’s WGA ceremonies here.

Michael Fairman TV will have more on DAYS WGA Award win as it becomes available.

So, what do you think of Days of our Lives winning the WGA Award writing award for a Daytime Drama series for the fourth year in a row? Comment below.

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Matthew Ashford and Melissa Reeves Talk Return to DAYS for Doug’s Funeral, Susan Seaforth Hayes, and Their Enduring Friendship

Last week, Days of our Lives celebrated the taping of their 15,000th episode which is tentatively scheduled to air on December 3rd. The story will feature emotional and heart-tugging scenes of Doug Williams funeral and honor his portrayer, the beloved Bill Hayes, who passed away on January 12th at the age of 98.

While the actors, producers, and crew took a lunch time break to pose for some pictures and speak with the press, they knew they would have to get back to taping the funeral, which was going to make it a tough day, but also cathartic for all who loved Bill Hayes.

Several returns have thus far been announced including; Melissa Reeves reprising her signature role of Jennifer Horton (a part she first played in 1985), and Matthew Ashford as Jack Deveraux. Reeves had last appeared on the show back in 2021, and she was replaced by Emmy-winner Cady McClain in her absence when Jennifer was in storylines. In real-life, Melissa had moved full-time to Tennessee along with her husband, Scott Reeves (ex-DAYS, GH, Y&R). Now, and as previously reported, Reeves will first appear back on DAYS for the Thanksgiving episodes with the Hortons.

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Michael Fairman TV caught up with Matt and Melissa during the 15,000th episode celebration to get their take on: being back for these special episodes, how it has been working with and watching Susan Seaforth Hayes portray Julie’s grief over losing Doug, and how they have supported each other through the years. Check out what they shared below.

Melissa, you are back on the set of Days of our Lives for this very emotional and special moment in the series history. How does it feel?

MELISSA: Oh, my goodness. I am honored. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else but to be here for Bill. He was like my real-life dance partner. He taught me how to ballroom dance. And to be here for Susan, of course, who’s just been our sweet hero this whole week. We’re just following her lead. She’s just been this incredibly strong example for us in the midst of this trial and season of her life. She is like just lifting us all up with her. It’s been incredible.

I was at Bill Hayes memorial service which was truly incredible and I know at the time you were in Tennessee. It was moving and celebratory of his life, all at the same time.

MELISSA: That’s all I have heard. I have to watch it on You Tube. They said it was just a real celebration of his life and I love that.

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This must be difficult for Susan Seaforth Hayes depicting the death of Doug, when she is still grieving the loss of her beloved husband. (Susan pictured above with the returning Stephen Schnetzer who plays her on-screen brother, Steve Olson).

MELISSA: I’m sure Susan has those moments at home by herself, but she’s so good at being a leader and leading all of us. We’re following her, you know, and she’s like, “This is how I want to feel today.” And we’re just going along with her, you know? It’s so sweet.

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How is it to see Matt Ashford again live and in-person?

MELISSA: You know, Matt and I can go years without talking, or seeing each other, and then the minute we see each other we’re chatting away.

MATT: Melissa was out on set doing a scene yesterday on the phone talking to a stage manager; as she was telling some really tough news on the phone. I’m like crying in the background, literally, I’m off-stage crying.

MELISSA: And then we get like back into normal life, and we’re like, okay, “What’s happening? What’s happening with this … or what’s happening with that?”

I had read, Melissa, that you were in touch with Matt about if there night be a possibility for you to reprise your role as Jennifer for these special episodes?

MELISSA: Yes. Well, Matt was like, “Hey! Would you want to come back? “And I was like, “Matt, you know, I would always come back. ”

MATT:  Every time I come here to Days of our Lives, they ask, “Where’s Missy? How’s Missy?” Everybody backstage says, “I miss her.” All of the crew is asking about her and saying, “It would be nice to see Missy. Nothing wrong with you Matt, but …”  They said, “Where is she?” I said, “She wants to come!”

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There are some beautiful photos of Missy and Bill and Susan thorough the years that I found. It just reminded me of just the deep and entrenched history we all have had with the show, personally and professionally.

MATT: Missy is roughly the age where Francis Reid (ex-Alice Horton) was when she started the show, which is just crazy.

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I’ve always said Missy was going to be the next generation Alice. Do you feel that Jennifer is the heir apparent matriarch of the Horton family?

MELISSA: Yes. I mean, this has been greatest blessing of my life, and that would be great. I told Ken Corday (executive producer, Days of our Lives) when I was 17 that this show would be my life. Ken always told me, “This is your home,” and I’ve always felt like that.

How have gotten through the scenes watching Susan Seaforth Hayes as Julie go through the loss of Doug?

MATT: Susan is bringing her best performance life for her and Bill. I mean, she’s a showbiz baby. She always has been one hundred percent, and she’s doing it for him, and this is who they’ve always been. So, you’re seeing this amazing performance colored by her life. She has her private life as Susan, but she has enough plugged into Julie that she’s done amazing work. The director, producers and writers are giving her room to live in these moments and it’s quite wonderful.

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Have you already broken down in tears during the taping?

MELISSA: Yesterday, but today’s taping of the actual funeral I think they want us to try and be just more celebratory.

MATT: I mean, it is a beautiful long life for Bill Hayes and his character of Doug Williams, and so it will be about that. Then, you get a bunch of us together in the church pews, and there’s going to be hijinks.

MELISSA: We all have been through the waves of grief. You have that awful cry and then all of a sudden you feel okay.  There are those family situations we are portraying where you’re like, “What do we do? What do we do now? You know, no one knows what to do. But, it’s so sweet. I’m looking forward to seeing how the scenes all turn out.

So, are you glad that Matt and Melissa are back for the 15K episode and Doug’s funeral? From what we can tell, it’s going to be quite an emotional journey for Days of our Lives fans, and especially the performance of Susan Seaforth Hayes, 

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Ron Carlivati Talks on Decision to Make Days of our Lives 15000th Episode About Doug’s Funeral, and Previews Chances for WGA Award

This week, Days of our Lives celebrated the taping of their 15,000th episode. In of it itself, that is an incredible accomplishment for the long-running soap opera currently streaming on Peacock.

However, this on set gathering was a bit different. Though the show is celebrating their achievement, they are also in the middle of taping scenes surrounding the death and the funeral of Doug Williams, played by the late Bill Hayes, who passed away on January 12th of this year at the age of 98.

As previously revealed many longtime favorites are back to honor Bill and the character of Doug including: Gloria Loring (Liz), Melissa Reeves (Jennifer), Matthew Ashford (Jack), Maree Cheatham (Marie), Victoria Konefal (Ciara) and Stephen Schnetzer (Steve) to name but a few.

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Michael Fairman TV was in attendance and spoke with Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati to gain some insight into how the 15,000 episode was crafted and the decision to honor the character of Doug Williams and Bill Hayes as its epicenter. In addition, Ron weighed-in on this Sunday’s April 14th WGA (Writers Guild of America) Awards, where he and his writing team are facing off with General Hospital for the daytime drama prize. Here’s what Ron shared below.

Was this your idea to make the 15,000th episode centered around Doug’s funeral and passing?

RON: It was. When you’re looking at it, and laying out the calendar for the whole year and you see 15,000 is coming up, we’re like, “What are we going to do?” And then, we got the news that Bill had passed away and something kind of clicked. I was like, “We should honor Doug on that show.” So then, we started to kind of build around that … when does he pass away? How does he pass away? Who could come back? You know, it’s a lot.  I’m very pleased with the returns that we got as there’s so much that you could do. We wanted everybody we could get. So, we put together a wish list and Janet Drucker (co-executive producer, Days of our Lives) made it happen.

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You have Melissa Reeves back as Jennifer, when the role was last played by Cady McClain. What has it meant to have Missy back for these shows?

RON: It was so nice to see Missy Reeves. I think Cady has done such a good job, but on the 15,000th episode to see Missy as Jennifer, it’s a big deal. So having her was great, and overall, the milestone was a big undertaking, because you want to live up to it. You want the 15,000th episode to be good. Now, it has a lot of real emotion that you’re playing. because for the cast and the crew they’re honoring Bill Hayes just as much as we’re honoring Doug Williams.

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Was it hard for you and the team to write this episode?

RON: Yes. I’ll tell you why it was hard to write.  When I wrote, for example, Asa’s (Phillip Carey) death on One Life to Live or Victor’s (John Aniston) on DAYS, Asa is a different type of character. Like, you could have characters going, “Oh! I’m glad he is dead.” You could have different points of view, but with Doug, you’re not having that. Every person loves this man. No one had a bad relationship with him. So, you’re challenge as a writer is how do you make it that not everybody’s saying the same thing and doing the same thing. And so, we tried to find ways to make the episode about all the familial relationships and yet, how do you make it about Doug and yet broaden the scope.

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I had spoken to Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie), a week after Bill’s memorial, for an interview. She said that she felt very fortunate that you did include her on discussions of how you would tackle Doug’s passing. How did that conversation go?

RON: First, I attended Bill’s funeral, which was incredible. I said to so many people it was an emotional service, but it was hard to be sad at this. The guy had an incredible life and it was an incredible celebration. And so, you’re sitting there watching this knowing that you now have to write something similar. And how do you write something that lives up to what you just witnessed? I wanted to talk to Susan to get her thoughts about, you know, how much do you want this to be about keeping Bill separate from Doug. How comfortable are you sharing your grief. She was incredible to talk to. It was a great chat.

You’re in the middle of taping these major scenes for the 15,000 episode to air in December. How do you think it’s going? Have you seen any of the scenes?

RON:  I haven’t seeing anything. I mean, we were still making changes to the script up till this morning!

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The Writers Guild Awards are this Sunday, April 14th and once again this year there are two daytime drama nominees, General Hospital and Days of our Lives. How are you feeling about your chances this year?

RON: It is often just GH and us in the category. I’ve won three years in a row, so I’m kind of feeling like it’s their turn.

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What episodes did you submit for contention? If I recall, they had to do with Victor’s memorial.

RON: The episodes we submitted were centered around Victor’s funeral. I think one has story with Vivian (Louise Sorel). We had some fun stuff, we had some emotional stuff at Victor’s death, and I am pretty sure that our submission was three episodes right around that time.

Did you make the decision to go with those episodes because there was a mix of humor and drama?

RON: I like to have some humor, but it was also the funeral, then there’s Sarah (Linsey Godfrey) giving birth, and then Vivian’s crashing the reading of the will. So, we had a lot of fun and it’s hard sometimes to pick three that tell a story, as opposed to submitting for the Daytime Emmys, where the writing team only submits two shows. So, we shall see how it goes on Sunday.


So, are you looking forward to the emotional 15,000th episode of Days of our Lives? Do you think DAYS will take home the WGA writing award for daytime dramas for the 4th year in a row? Comment below.

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