Darrell Ray Thomas and Marlene McPherson: Fixing Salem, Returning Fan Favorites and What Fans Can Expect - Soap Opera Network
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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — It was Thursday, May 19 when word broke that was out as head writer of “” and former “Passions” Associate Head Writers, and were in. Since the announcement, a lot has been speculated, talked about and dissected by anxious fans waiting to get some ounce of news on what they can expect to see when “Days of our Lives” relaunches itself this September. On Thursday, July 28, Soap Opera Network visited the Burbank set that houses “DAYS” in studios 2 and 4 and talked with the shows new head writers outside of the now defunct Salem Place set about what fans can expect when their material debuts on Monday, September 26. The duo also give us a scoop on what the Friday, September 23 show that precedes their official debut is all about.

Side Note: Please pardon the wind, it wasn’t something we could control. Also, yes we are aware that Marlene’s name was misspelled in the intro part of the video. We’re working on trying to correct this ASAP. Thanks for understanding!

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  • http://YourWebsite... Sue

    Sounds great! I’m glad they re-wrote 3 weeks to give the exiting stars a goodby. This shows they care about the characters and the fans that love them. The last time Days had a major upheaval Patch & Kayla did not get an exit. John & Marlena exit was one episode where they were not even the focus of the show! Thy only got 3-4 minutes chopped up in the episode! Outrageous!

    I’m really very hopeful for Sept 26th and curious about Sept 23 now. Sounds like a show with classic Days clips. That would be good to see.

    • Anonymous

      I want new love interest for Jack not Billie or Nicole but new women who Jennifer will not know at all . Jack should not be goofy or buffoon anymore I like the more serious and snarky Jack back with edge. Jennifer has to stay with Daniel for awhile and marry him and realize he is not man for her but it will be too late for her with Jack because he is not going wait anymore for her and he should not have to win her back again with another loser. Jack has been through enough torture he does not need to grovel to Jennifer anymore let her to do it. We need hot romance for Jack or fling that will drive Jennifer crazy and realize what mistake she has made in her marriage.

      • Anonymous

        i hope you two get fired soon you had no idea how to write for days of our lives screwing up Matt’s character please get him away from that nasty witch Jennifer I want someone better for Jack more sexy women for him. Let Jennifer suffer with Daniel pay for her mistakes that she made in this marriage. 

        • Anonymous

          I gave up hope on Jennifer she is too bitchy and slutty and she is not good enough for Jack anymore. I think that Jack needs real women for him now I think they need to bring Greta back or pair him up with Patricia women from his therapy group anyone but Jennifer she can have Daniel they deserve each other both pathetic losers in my book Jack is way more popular than those two put together. 

          • Anonymous

            I really do not like Jennifer anymore she is biggest hypocrite bitch on that show and she is not that sexy either she lost her beauty as well and I really do not know what Jack or daniel see in  her anymore she is pathetic loser to me. I want Jack to move on this time and even Daniel returns I do not want Jack to win her back I want him concentrate on himself and Abby and Jack jr and maybe hook-up with Pat women that he saw at his therapy or Billie and Jennifer can have Daniel or be alone I do not care for her I want her to fall of her pedestal. 

          • Anonymous

            I hope Jack really moves on give him new love for him I think Jennifer deserves to lose Jack forever she is not pretty or worthy of Jack anymore she has destroy their marriage for rebound relationship with that loser daniel let her stay with daniel and let Jack finally have his own storyline and new love for him. Jennifer is not star of this show or anything she lost her popularity status too. Jennifer needs to leave Salem with daniel and Melanie never come back again and let Jack move on with his life.

          • Anonymous

            I think that Jack deserves new women for him I am fed up with Jennifer and obsession with Daniel she is sick and delusion she treats Jack like second choice. I hope Jack tells her it is over between them and she hurt him too. Jennifer really has failed Jack this time. Jack needs to move on with his life without her only be parents together with Abby and Jack jr. I really think Jack and Jennifer need break up. Jennifer has ruin good marriage for that loser Daniel. I do not feel sorry for her anymore maybe she can go find Frankie Brady he may available. I hope Jack never takes her back.

          • Anonymous

            I think you two need to get fired soon you have no idea how to write drama or anything no cares about your pretty boy Daniel the character sucks and Jennifer sucks they need send these off to sunset give Jack real storyline about his ptsd and get him away from Jennifer for good he deserves better than her.

          • blue02

            I am sorry but I think Marlene Mcpherson needs to get fired soon and bring real writer who knows how to write for Jack and Jennfier and wants too as well. She ruined the couple badly I do not know if they can repair Jennifer either she has turn into pathetic bitch on the show and I really do not want Jack to take her back until she is redeemed and accept her flaws too and blame herself for their marriage break-up there has be anger and Jack really need to be hurt and angry for what she did to him. If she wants Daniel then she needs to stop playing game with Jack let him move on with his life.

    • Anonymous

      I want new love interest for Jack not Billie or Nicole but new women who Jennifer will not know at all . Jack should not be goofy or buffoon anymore I like the more serious and snarky Jack back with edge. Jennifer has to stay with Daniel for awhile and marry him and realize he is not man for her but it will be too late for her with Jack because he is not going wait anymore for her and he should not have to win her back again with another loser. Jack has been through enough torture he does not need to grovel to Jennifer anymore let her to do it. We need hot romance for Jack or fling that will drive Jennifer crazy and realize what mistake she has made in her marriage.

  • http://YourWebsite... Carbo Fan

    This isn’t good news, this sucks! Ken ruined Carbo for crappy bope and got rid of Crystal! Thats not what fans want! Bope is soooo boring and stupid. All we fans wanted what we lost years ago. At least a chance. I hope this show gets canceled cause ken is an idiot and deserves it! And I feel sorry for the new writers. They got screwed writing a REAL love story like carbo!

    • http://YourWebsite... Kari

      Carly and Bo are boring…..so glad that Bo and hope are back. They have such a connection!

  • http://YourWebsite... wrendie

    i am only asking one question where is lucas i want to see lucas back in salem only if Bd is playing the character you would have alot of fans back if you bring Lucas back and make him both johnny and allies daddy let ej keep sydney but alot of fans including myslef do not like how johnny was concived it was not a love choice or for that matter is was not a choice at all .

  • http://facebook Camille Collins

    ~Please Bring back Natalia Livingston ~so many viewers left when she did ~go look at you tube and watch her and James and you will understand why so many want her BACK on DAYS with EJ~also read all the comments!! What were they thinking when they gave such a slap to us the GA~The Fans still want NL as anyone as long as she is with EJ~PLEASE HELP US to enjoy Days & TY for bringing oldies back and it would be perfect if NL was included~~TY~~Camille Collins BOSTON,MA.

  • http://Norma'sFamousWimgs&More Norma

    I am really looking farward to september 26 Iam dieheart days fan!!! been watching this show for a very long time
    Way-to-go days.

  • http://YourWebsite... Tinia

    Sounds very exciting! Can not wait!!!

  • http://YourWebsite... Joyce Hightower

    So happy that John and Marlena are coming back— cannot wait to see what is going to happen. Drake Hogestyn is the best and he has truly been missed. His #1 Fan in Arkansas

  • http://YourWebsite... AliciaE

    I am so ready and excited for September 26th! Thank you for caring about our beloved characters. I hope there’s good stuff in the works for EJ DiMera. It feels like his character has been getting up and spinning his “Wheel O’ Personalities” every morning for a while now… Maybe you guys could get it to land in one spot for a time. lol Looking forward to the return of Jack Deveraux. =)

  • http://YourWebsite... Jorgeann

    This viewer wants to see EJami…I miss EJami.

  • http://YourWebsite... Lori

    Hey. i’ve always liked Days, no matter who is on. sometimes they drag out a story line too long tho. But my real hope is that they drop the gay story line. it’s so contraversial and less than 2% of the population is gay, so why go pissing off ppl who are opposed to that lifestyle? it makes no sense to do that. it is not going to boost the ratings, if anything loyal fans are going to dump Days.

  • http://YourWebsite... Mikey M

    We better get the Gay storyline that you promised. I read something yesterday saying it wasn’t for sure. Though there are haters out there, this is a very important story.
    Don’t giver into bigotry.
    EJ as the Mayor? A criminal? Who would vote for him???

  • http://YourWebsite... stacey

    D0n’t care for the gay story line. but looking forward to tying up old story lines.

  • http://www.facebook.com/devada.moore Devada Ann Moore

    I want Sami and Rafe split up .Her and Ej get back together they would make a great power couple. Sami has been acting the good girl for a long time now.
    Let her be bad again with Ej please I loved watching when they were together they had magic. Let Nicole stay with Brady they make a good couple.

  • Anonymous

    I think you two need to be fired and gone I am sick of your ill treatment towards Matthew Ashford (Jack) he needs to be there more than that pathetic loser Daniel who has no personality whatsoever. I am sick of you giving Ms Princess Jennifer free pass to forget all the things she has done to Jack and moving quickly with that loser Daniel. Jennifer needs to be outed for sure and Jack needs to have another storyline that does not deal with Jennifer or her losers he did right thing in not accepting Jennifer so quickly she needs to suffer this time and realize her mistakes in this marriage.

  • ronald mikell

    I’ve watched since 87 when bo and hope fell in love when bo left , its kinda boring we want peter reckell to come back ,, and give him a real story line and lot more air time hes what made days back then bring him back asap please bring back peter reckell on days to play BO again we all miss him hope and daughter need him bring peter reckell back asap,,, please;;;;;