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BREAKING NEWS: ‘DAYS’ Gets New Head Writing Team

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Exclusive! Soap Opera Network has learned that “Days Of our Lives” has fired and , Jr. as its co-head writers and replaced them with and .

McPherson and Thomas were hired in May 2011, replacing , to help shepherd the “DAYS” reboot (the returns of fan favorites , , , and ).  Unfortunately, the ratings did not improve and the show recently hit a new low in Women 18-49 Viewers with just 496,000 total tuning in from that ratings category for the week March 19-23, 2012.

Tomlin returns to “DAYS” after being the Co-Executive Producer from September 17, 2008 – September 2, 2011 (on air episode dates) . This will be Tomlin’s first head writing gig in about 27 years – he was Head Writer of “” in the mid-80’s.  Though he was an interim Head Writer for “One Life To Live” (on air episodes dates: February 1, 2008 – May 1, 2008) during the 2007-2008 Writers Strike.

Whitesell also returns to the show after being Co-Head Writer from October 13, 2008 – June 13, 2011 (on air episode dates).  This will be Whitesell’s 6th Co-Head Writing stint: he co-head wrote for “” (1997), “” (1998 – 1999), “One Life To Live” (2001-2003), “” (2005-2007).   Whitesell was writing breakdowns for “The Young and The Restless” for the past year.

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