Posted tagged ‘Behind the Scenes’

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…

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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.

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Introducing… DOOLmoji

September 19, 2017

Welp, this is… not a thing I ever knew I needed, but it turns out that I do.

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Today, Days announced the upcoming release of the DOOLmoji app, due out September 21st. From the press release:

The DOOLMojis have been created as an exciting new way for fans to communicate with each other and with the show via social media platforms as well as through text messaging apps and SMS. Days of our Lives is the first daytime television series to create emoji renders of its characters in an effort to enhance interaction with its passionate fanbase. With additional emojis releasing later this year, the first collection of emojis will include depictions of many fan-favorite characters [as well as] emojis of memorable moments, objects, and symbols including: the infamous Sami/Carrie b*tchslap of 1997 and Marlena’s levitation of 1994.

This sounds like the perfect way to terrorize my friends. I also foresee it turning into a colossal mess the minute actors leave the show and recasts hit, but I guess that’s a metaphor for the entire operation, eh?

Meanwhile, here’s an awkward video promo for the app featuring Lauren Koslow, which won’t allow me to embed it.

Actor Reprises Role

September 12, 2017

Another return to report, though I’m guessing this will be for a short arc…

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Actress Returns

September 1, 2017

This one is right up Carlivati’s alley, and I love it.

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Actor Posts Spoiler-Heavy Video

August 22, 2017

Welp, this came out of nowhere. Earlier today, Kyler Pettis (Theo) posted a video to his Vimeo channel and then promptly deleted it — but not before the internet noticed and preserved it. The scenes he posted, which based on taping information are probably intended to air near the end of this year or the beginning of next, seem to reveal an exit, a recast, and a pregnancy. Go behind the cut for details…

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One Return and One New Casting

August 2, 2017

One of these has been rumored for months. The other popped up out of nowhere yesterday and was confirmed today. Take a peek behind the cut to find out…

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More Returns Coming

July 18, 2017

Thank god there are things going on behind-the-scenes… and we won’t even have to wait that long for the show not to be a snoozefest anymore!

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