"Days of our Lives" has made a head writing switch. Josh Griffith, who joined the soap in 2015 as co-head writer with Dena Higley, is out and is being replaced by Ryan Quan. Soap Opera Digest first reported the news, that was quickly confirmed by the show.
Returning for "Days of our Lives'" 50th anniversary, after three years away from the soap, proved to be more fun than <strong>Peter Reckell</strong> (Bo) ever expected. In an NBC video interview, the actor said he found the show "so engaging" that it was "a little difficult for me to leave."
With <strong>Josh Griffith</strong> and <strong>Dena Higley</strong>'s work officially hitting the screen beginning with the Wednesday, August 19 episode, fans of NBC's "Days of our Lives" are in for a daring ride with the return of <strong>Stephen Nichols</strong> as Steve "Patch" Johnson and the beginning of a serial killer storyline. The first victim? Serena Mason (<strong>Melissa Archer</strong>). But did Chad DiMera (<strong>Billy Flynn</strong>) have something to do with her death?
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.
Hot on the heels of news that NBC's "Days of our Lives" has put out a <a title="‘DAYS’ Seeking ‘Legitimate’ Australian Actor For New Male Lead" href="https://www.soapoperanetwork.com/2015/03/days-seeking-legitimate-australian-actor-for-new-male-lead">casting call</a> for the contract role of Finn, a new doctor set to work alongside Dr. Daniel Jonas (<strong>Shawn Christian</strong>) when he hits Salem later this year, comes word that the daytime drama series has made a shift in ranks behind the scenes. <strong>Lisa de Cazotte</strong> is out as co-executive producer, a role she took on in October 2011, with veteran "DAYS" director/producer <strong>Albert Alarr</strong> set to replace her.
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>.
When we reported that Marlene McPherson (pictured right, with former "DAYS" co-head writer Darrell Ray Thomas) had been hired on as head writer of Prospect Park's version of "All My children" back on January 23, it was unclear at the time as to whether she would be joined by a co-head writer. Soap Opera Network has since learned that it'll be a "Days of our Lives" reunion of sorts for "AMC" as McPherson will be joined by Elizabeth Snyder, who was an Associate Head Writer at "DAYS" from 2011-2012.
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."
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.
Soap Opera Network has learned that Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas, Jr. were fired and replaced by Gary Tomlin and Christopher Whitesell.
Yesterday afternoon, Soap Opera Digest reported that "General Hospital" has named breakdown writer Shelly Altman as its Co-Head Writer working alongside Head Writer Garin Wolf. Per the magazine's website Altman's new role is effective immediately.
It was Thursday, May 19 when word broke that Dena Higley was out as head writer of "Days of our Lives" and former "Passions" Associate Head Writers, Darrell Ray Thomas and Marlene McPherson 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.
After weeks of reported firings, hirings and rumors, NBC's "Days of our Lives" is breaking its silence. In a press release issued to Soap Opera Network, the program has outlined a series of changes that will be reflected on screen beginning in September that includes highlighting romance and the faces of beloved characters once more. Behind the scenes changes include the hiring of "Passions" scribes Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas and naming Noel Maxam and Greg Meng as Co-Executive Producers. The duo replace Gary Tomlin, who was fired last week. The behind the scenes changes are effective immediately.
It has been three weeks since Ken Corday, Executive Producer and owner of NBC's "Days of our Lives," made his first move to save the soap from near oblivion with the firing of Head Writer Dena Higley and replacing her with former "Passions" scribes Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas. In the weeks that followed, soap stars Crystal Chappell (Carly Manning), Louise Sorel (Vivian Alamain), Bren Foster (Quinn Hudson), Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe Lane), Tamara Braun (Taylor Walker), and Francisco San Martin (Dario Hernandez) were all out of jobs. If those changes weren't enough to signal a revolution heading toward Salem, it was definitely made clear with the firing of Co-Executive Producer Gary Tomlin along with the expected returns of Deidre Hall (Marlena Evans), Drake Hogestyn (John Black), and Matthew Ashford (Jack Deveraux) and the rumored returns of several former cast members including Mark Hapka (Nathan Horton) and Bryan Dattilo (Lucas Horton).
After fifteen years of working in various positions on the "One Life to Live" writing staff, including serving as the show's head scribe for the last three years, ABC has announced that Ron Carlivati will be joining "General Hospital" as a script writer. The move will fulfill the remainder of the three-year contract Carlivati signed with the network last September. A similar two-year deal was hammered out at the time with "One Life" Executive Producer Frank Valentini.
EXCLUSIVE: Soap Opera Network has learned the names of soap opera writers who declared “Financial Core” status to keep on working during the strike. By going “Fi-Core,” these writers can never be members of the WGA again but they continue to pay reduced union dues and the Guild is obligated to continue providing services such health insurance, pension and residuals. Though they can still work on Guild projects, Guild members will not be keen to hire them.