Is <strong>Dena Higley</strong>'s reign as co-head writer of "Days of our Lives" over before it even hits the air? According to a <a href="http://daytimeconfidential.com/2015/08/12/report-dena-higley-takes-leave-of-absence-from-days-of-our-lives" target="_blank">report</a> by <em>Daytime Confidential</em> last week, Higley asked for, and was granted, a leave of absence from the show citing personal reasons.
In the first major casting announcement under new head writers <strong>Dena Higley</strong> and <strong>Josh Griffith</strong>, who replaced <strong>Christopher Whitesell</strong> and <strong>Gary Tomlin</strong> <a title="‘Days of our Lives’ (Finally) Makes Writing Changes: Is It Too Late?" href="https://www.soapoperanetwork.com/2015/02/days-lives-finally-makes-writing-changes-late" target="_blank">last month</a>, "Days of our Lives" is seeking to cast a legitimate Australian actor for the contract role of Finn, a "ruggedly handsome" Australian doctor who is doing his residency in Salem and will work under the stewardship of Doctor Daniel Jonas (<strong>Shawn Christian</strong>), reports the <a href="https://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/entertainment/26470323/days-of-our-lives-want-aussie-male-star/" target="_blank"><em>Australian Associated Press</em></a> and <a href="http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2015/03/auditions-days-of-our-lives-searches-for-aussie-star.html" target="_blank"><em>TV Tonight</em></a>.
After several months of disastrous ratings returns that has left many in the industry wondering if "Days of our Lives" would survive its next renewal talks between NBC, Sony Pictures Television and Corday Productions, producers of the soap, the daytime drama series will welcome back veteran writer <strong>Dena Higley</strong>, and former "One Life to Live" and "The Young and the Restless" head writer <strong>Josh Griffith</strong>, as its new head writers. The two replace outgoing head writers <strong>Gary Tomlin</strong> and <strong>Christopher Whitesell</strong>.
The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) earlier today announced the nominations for Outstanding Achievement in Television, New Media, News, Radio, and Promotional Writing during calendar year 2014. In the category of Daytime Drama, ABC's "General Hospital" and NBC's "Days of our Lives" received a nomination.
At the 2013 Writers Guild Awards, "The Young and The Restless" beat out "Days of our Lives" and "One Life To Live" for their fifth win. The show previously won in 2003, 2006, 2008, and 2010.
On Tuesday, January 22, Prospect Park provided soap fans with casting, writing and production updates for its soaps "All My Children" and "One Life to Live." While the company officially confirmed that Susie Bedsow Horgan and Thom Racina would be helming "OLTL," the status of who'd be leading "AMC" remained unclear. Today, Soap Opera Network can confirm that former "Days of our Lives" Head Writer Marlene McPherson has been named Head Writer of Prospect Park's online version of "All My Children."
The new writing regime of Gary Tomlin and Chris Whitesell make their first changes to the "Days of our Lives" writing staff.
TV Guide's Michael Logan got the first real interview with "Days of our Lives" Co-Executive Producer Greg Meng, just days after the soap fired its head writing team and replaced them with the team of Gary Tomlin and Christopher Whitesell. In the interview, Meng promises some epic firings in the coming months!
Editor's Note: The information is clearly outdated at this point, but "Days of our Lives" issued the following statement to Soap Opera Network just a short time ago announcing (what we've already previously reported), that Gary Tomlin and Christopher Whitesell are now heading up the shows writing team effective immediately.
On the heels of "Days of our Lives" replacing the head writing team of Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas, Jr. with a new head writing team consisting of Gary Tomlin and Christopher Whitesell, TV Guide's Stephen Battaglio is reporting that part of the deal NBC signed in order to keep Matt Lauer with the network late last week could include a possible fifth hour of "The Today Show."
With news of Gary Tomlin and Christopher Whitesell's ascension to the top of the "Days of our Lives" writing team after the NBC daytime soap let go Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas, Jr., less than a year after the two were hired to replace Dena Higley, Soap Opera Digest in its newest issue (issue dated April 16, 2012) is reporting that Tomlin and Whitesell has added the multiple Emmy award winning talents of veteran writer Lorraine Broderick to its new regime.
Earlier today Soap Opera Network broke the story that NBC's "Days of our Lives" has decided to end its relationship with co-head writers Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas, Jr. The female half of the dynamic team has now spoken out against the decision by revealing that the two weren't given enough of a chance to develop the soap to where they wanted it to go thanks to network interference.