A Days of Our Lives and new Head Writer Ron Carlivati fan made a list of what Days devotees can expect on the NBC sudser in the coming months.
History Will Be The Judge
Days fan and member of a Days fan group on Facebook, Sam Osler, posted to that group’s page a run-down of and elaboration on what kinds of stories and characters we can expect to see on Carlivati’s Days. He based it on Carlivati’s work on other soaps and things the writer has actually said. Soap Cities provides a concise list below. You can see Osler’s full post further below.
- John, Marlena, Steve, and Kayla as the “centerpiece” of the show.
- Most or all of ex-Head Writer Dena Higley’s current storylines discontinued and unpopular characters written off or backburnered.
- “Supernatural” and/or “comic book” storylines.
- An honoring of the history of the show, with classic characters returning.
- An emphasis on “strong, female business-type villains.”
What Does It All Mean?
Well, it looks like Salem will soon be the same, old Salem we love but more exciting and funnier. And its stories will be told with simultaneous imaginative zest and an reverence for Days‘ decades long history. We’re very much looking forward to this, aren’t you, dear Soap Cities readers?
Here’s a Dash of Ron’s Recipe
As longtime One Life to Live and General Hospital fans, we at Soap Cities can offer you a glimpse into what Ron did on those shows and how it might play out in Salem.
Ron’s love of and skill for comedy was highlighted when, as Head Writer at OLTL, he resurrected (from OLTL history!) the soap-within-a-soap, Fraternity Row. The original FR was a more serious take on the soap opera genre. Ron’s was a laugh-a-minute yuk fest that showcased the comedic gifts of actors like Roger Howarth (Todd Manning) and Bree Williamson (Jessica Buchanan).
This could mean we’ll see some lightness and fun engaged in by, say, Eric Martsolf (Brady) or Lauren Koslow). Awesome, right?!
While he was head writer at General Hospital, Carlivati mined show history, which he studied diligently and felt a duty to honor, by bringing back fan fave characters like Anna (Finola Hughes) and AJ (Sean Kanan), among many others. He focused less on mob-related storylines and brought viewer attention back to the hospital, the heart and soul of the show.
On Days, we’re betting this is why Ali Sweeney is set to return as Sami Brady and Chandler Massey is bringing Will Horton back. It’s perhaps also why Osler said that Carlivati intends to hone in on John, Marlena, Steve, and Kayla. Those four are longtime show vets adored by fans who share deep ties to other wildly popular characters.
We also bet Dr. Rolf (William Utay) is coming back partially to bring beloved characters back from the dead, which Carlivati oversaw on GH with the return of Robin Scorpio (Kimberly McCullough) or Jake Spencer (Hudson West), among others.
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