According to sources, the "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" head writing team changes occurred with Prospect Park deciding to release Marlene McPherson and Elizabeth Snyder ("AMC") and Thom Racina ("OLTL") from their contracts. This is in direct contrast to Susie Bedsow Horgan, who opted to exit her position as co-head writer of "OLTL" (with Racina) in early April, where we're told she cited personal reasons behind her decision.
"All My Children" and "One Life To Live" are back which means more jobs for soap writers!
As previously reported, "All My Children" has named Marlene McPherson and Elizabeth Snyder as co-head writers. What's so significant about their hiring is that this marks the first time since 2003 that a daytime soap opera has had two females leading its writing team. The last time was with Ellen Weston and Carolyn Culliton co-head writing CBS' "Guiding Light." Prior to that was in 2002, when Millee Taggert and Culliton also co-head wrote for "GL."
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."
In an interview posted earlier today by TV Guide's Michael Logan, it looked like Co-Executive Producer Greg Meng was alluding to the possible ouster of actress Sarah Brown when he stated "we also brought in the wonderful Sarah Brown [Madison James] and threw her into a lot of material very quickly. Maybe too much too quickly." Sadly, it looks like he was indeed commenting on Brown's character on the show in past tense.
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!
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.
Soap Opera Network has learned that Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas, Jr. were fired and replaced by Gary Tomlin and Christopher Whitesell.
As Soap Opera Network first reported yesterday evening, Lisa De Cazotte has been hired to fill the shoes of the departing Noel Maxam as Co-Executive Producer of NBC's "Days of our Lives." In a statement issued earlier today to the press, Co-EP Greg Meng confirmed that De Cazotte will be joining him as Co-Executive Producer and that, “[Executive Producer] Ken Corday is excited to have Lisa join the 'Days of our Lives' family."
EXCLUSIVE! Sources have confirmed to Soap Opera Network that "Days of our Lives" has fired Co-Executive Producer Noel Maxam. His replacement will be former "Passions" Executive Producer Lisa De Cazotte.
October 8, 2011 marks the tenth anniversary of Soap Opera Network, an online magazine celebrating the world of soaps past, present and future.
Earlier today, <em>Soap Opera Digest</em> <a href="http://www.soapoperadigest.com/content/update-james-scott-leaving-days" target="_blank">shocked the soap</a> world when it reported that after five years on "Days of our Lives," actor <strong>James Scott</strong> (EJ DiMera) would soon be vacating Salem after a contract dispute with show producers Corday Productions and Sony Pictures Television hit a snag, now hours later <em>like sands through the hourglass</em>, Scott's "DAYS" have changed.
On Monday, September 26, "Days of our Lives" introduces a new era of drama when new co-head writers Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas take over. On that day, citizens of Salem gather together for the launch of the new Horton Town Square that will house restaurants, boutiques and an even a book store.
NBC's "Days of our Lives" has released what fans have been clamoring for since the May announcement of new head writers and June's reveal of behind the scenes changes, your first look at the "New DAYS" that begins on Monday, September 26 with the debut of Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas' material and Greg Meng and Noel Maxam Co-Executing Producing.
Greg Meng along with Noel Maxam were named Co-Executive Producers of NBC's "Days of our Lives" on Tuesday, June 14, when the series released the first set of changes hitting the soap after the hiring of new head writers Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas. While the writing duo shared with Soap Opera Network what fans could expect from the soap when their material hits the airwaves starting Monday, September 26, Meng took the time to tell viewers why they should continue tuning in before that day comes.
Matthew Ashford returns to NBC's "Days of our Lives" this September when his character, Jack Deveraux, finds himself back in Salem facing many changes and new challenges. Soap Opera Network spoke with Ashford at the "DAYS" studio about his return to the soap, his work on the web based series "The Bay" and the most pirated movie of 2008!
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.