Posted tagged ‘Behind the Scenes’

NBC Renews Days for Another Year

March 8, 2018

Welp, it’s official: Days of Our Lives will remain on the air through at least September 2019. Deadline Hollywood reports that NBC has officially renewed the show for its 54 season.


Considering that ratings have been on the rise, they just started the Bravo reruns, and Megyn Kelly has left Today on the verge of disaster, this isn’t a huge surprise, but it’s reassuring to know that it’s for real. Here’s to many more years of Grandma Alice’s donuts, police incompetence, and evil plots that make no logical or financial sense!


Bravo to Air Classic* Days Episodes

February 25, 2018


Per Jason47:

Bravo will start airing classic “Days of Our Lives” episodes, beginning with the September 16, 2011 episode, on Monday, March 5, 2018. Two episodes will air back-to-back each weekday from 6-8AM ET. Check your listings to find out what channel Bravo airs on in your area.

Always cool to have a chance to relive older episodes, and any ancillary revenue streams and ways to get additional/lapsed eyes on the show can’t hurt. It’s a bit of a stretch to call episodes from seven years ago “classic,” but I guess that’s branding for you. I’m guessing they chose this as a starting point because those episodes are in HD, and also because it marks a pretty “clean” spot to pick up the show: the week they’re beginning is exactly the transition point between Higley and “MarDar”‘s writing regimes. A bunch of characters (Carly, Chloe, Vivian, Taylor, Quinn) exit, and several others (Marlena, John, Carrie, Austin, Jack) return as Salem celebrates the opening of the Horton Town Square.

There’s no way I’m going to be able to keep up with all the episodes, but it’ll be fun to check in now and again. I wonder if this stuff will play any better in retrospect. Also, I wonder how many people are going to tune in and go, “The grand opening of a mall with wifi?! I can’t miss this!”

Another Visit

January 19, 2018

And we don’t have to wait until 2020 for this one to air!


Primetime Actor Joins Days

January 17, 2018

This one gets a firm “Sure, why not?” from me…


Another Actress Returns

November 17, 2017

I think we all knew this was coming at one point or another. And here it is. Details behind the cut…


Two Actors Return for Visits

October 21, 2017

I can’t say these are totally unexpected, but I’m mostly thrilled about the details…


Missing Pieces

September 26, 2017

For anyone who followed head writer Ron Carlivati’s work on One Life to Live and General Hospital, it shouldn’t have been much of a surprise when long-forgotten Bonnie Lockhart came honky-tonkin’ her way back into Salem recently. One signature of Carlivati’s writing at both his prior shows was digging deep into history for the sake of generating current-day plot. After Guiding Light‘s cancellation, he brought one of the stars of that show, Kim Zimmer, back to OLTL as a relatively minor character she’d played briefly decades earlier. On GH, he pounced on a throwaway line of dialogue from the ’70s that stated that Luke and Bobbie Spencer had an older sister, Patricia, and actually brought on that never-seen, never-mentioned character as part of Anthony Geary’s exit story. And then there was his, uh, enthusiasm for connecting newer characters to show history by rewriting parentage (sometimes over and over and over). Some of this stuff worked, some of it didn’t, but this is clearly a writer who enjoys finding loose ends in his shows’ histories and putting them to use.

With this in mind, I started thinking about some of the loose ends in Days‘ past, wondering which ones Carlivati might be most likely to toy around with. Here’s what I came up with…


The Missing Men of Salem

Attorney Don Craig, portrayed by Jed Allan (above), was Marlena’s first husband (well, until that dumb Alex North retcon) and a big part of the original Bayview story, in which her twin, Samantha, locked her up and stole her identity. He showed up 1971 and also had relationships with Julie and Maggie before his 1985 exit… in which he said he was going to mail a letter and was never seen again. And then there’s Dr. Neil Curtis, the caddish doctor who was first seen in 1974. He was married to both Marie Horton and the recently deceased Anjelica Deveraux, and he’s the biological father of Maggie’s daughter, Sarah. In 1991, he had a chat with Carly about Victor’s health, then went off to do rounds, which apparently never ended.

Both of these non-exits are pretty fabled among Days fans for how ridiculous they were, especially for such long-standing members of the Salem community. I could absolutely see Ron addressing one or both of these characters, even if just in a winking cameo sort of way.