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Tell the Days Writers What Moves to Make

By April 16, 2012

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Bryan DattiloAs previously reported, Days of our Lives has made another head writing switch. Gary Tomlin and Christopher Whitesell, replacing Marlene McPherson and Darrell Thomas, Jr.

Now comes the hard part: revamping the show and getting the ratings up. Weigh in on what you'd like to see happen.

Photo Courtesy: NBC/Mitchell Haaseth


April 16, 2012 at 10:56 am
(1) EA says:

Boy, is Bryan Datillo’s friends and family voting? haha. In my 25 years watching DAYS, Patch was the best story line for Days. But of course Stephen is on that other show. But if I’d have my super powers I’d say bring him back.

April 16, 2012 at 11:05 am
(2) LUMILYME says:

get back to focusing on supercouples,
Bryan Dattilo/Lucas and Sami Horton and kids.
John and Marlena and kids
Bo and Hope and kids
Kate and Roman
Nicole and Brady
EJ and Stefano needs to be put to rest :)

April 16, 2012 at 12:18 pm
(3) EA says:

I was also thinking, whatever happened to super sexy soaps? Seems like DAYS has always been pretty conservative on it all. Wasn’t there a time when some of them pushed the boundaries? Like we all know, sex sells so if they want a ratings boost, do that!! In the real world, families make a good foundation but I doubt better ratings for DAYS.

April 16, 2012 at 12:41 pm
(4) BLONDIE says:

I AGREE all over the above except ej being stefano’s son that needs to stay to end the letter stuff and besides it is a good story with s lot of possibilites if it is written right. it could be susans way of getting her revenge. bring chloe back to countis wilimina like i said before her and sami to get even with kate.

April 16, 2012 at 12:42 pm
(5) Cheryl says:

I say the writers MUST reverse this week’s, EJ isn’t Stefano’s son, revelation. That is the worst move ever. Joseph Mascolo and James Scott are wonderful as father and son. They have really bonded and their scenes together are so honest and real. Now, out of nowhere, to change things and make it that they’re not father and son is absolutely terrible.

April 16, 2012 at 12:44 pm
(6) Linda says:

My choice is get back to focusing on SUPER COUPLES! I adore Drake and John and Marlena. Drake and Deidre are very talented actors and SHOULD be in at least B stories.

April 16, 2012 at 1:31 pm
(7) jan says:

I agree with Blondie, bring back Chloe…and Linda:love the couples. So how about Maggie and Vic? They are real fun when given a story line!

April 16, 2012 at 1:38 pm
(8) amber says:

reverse the decision to send matt/jack packing. that is a loss of talent.

April 16, 2012 at 3:45 pm
(9) Ginger says:

I absolutely LOVE Rafe and Nicole together!! They have great chemistry and Nicole deserves happiness!
And as far as EJ goes….I don’t watch the show because of him, but he’s definitely GREAT front and center and does a marvelous job with every story line and actor he works with. Also, I say either keep him Stefano’s son or make him stefano’s nephew by making him John’s son. Which would also be a great story line as that would make him and Brady brothers. And it would be so ironic considered he’s tried to destroy his “father” to please Stefano.
I for one cannot stand Ian….he needs to go packing!! The sooner the better. And when I say I can’t stand him, I don’t mean he’s one “I love to hate”……I don’t like him at all.
Chloe/Nadia: Love her! She’s talented and has a lot of potential and I would love to see her back.
I don’t care about focusing on “Super Couples” as long as whoever we’re focusing on has a good story line!

April 16, 2012 at 5:30 pm
(10) patsy says:

I hope that I am wrong but I dont think that DOOL can be saved they have ruined tooo many charater and couples For the last two years days hasnt been hardly worth watching They have tryed for four years to froce this one couple down our throats and the raitings just keep going down and they are still forceing them on us .I tape so when they are on I can FF threw their scenes I sure hope the writers can come up with something to save this once great soap befor e three months

April 16, 2012 at 5:35 pm
(11) Joanne says:

I’d like to see a few of these things. More story for Bo and Hope. Days is at its best when it focuses on its supercouples. Bring back Nadia B as Chloe. I’d rather see Brady and Daniel with Chloe instead of Madison and Billie. Also, do not like this EJ isn’t Stefano’s son nonsense. That is an awful twist. Can’t understand why the writers would do this.

April 16, 2012 at 6:00 pm
(12) anna says:

Joe/Stefano wants out so I guess to keep EJ/JS on the show ,he has to have a new dad,as long as its not John.
maybe EJ is Ina and Kates son, then Lucas and EJ would be brothersLOL now that would be a SL.
Kate has always said she diden no who Lucas’s real dad is,but she also said he could be Bill horton’s son @@
thats what you get when you having sex with all kinds of men hehehe

April 16, 2012 at 7:01 pm
(13) nathan via shelby,ohio says:

Why don’t you people like Ian?? They needed another villain and he’s good at the bad guy role!! I like him and Kate together! I loved when Kated flipped that table over today! She is amazing to watch!!

April 17, 2012 at 2:04 pm
(14) lesstressrx says:

Why can’ the story lines for daytime be as interesting as nighttime?
It shouldn’t cost anymore to have a real storyline versus, same couples getting pregnant, changing partners constantly, Stefano controlling people with drugs, hypnosis or whatever strange ways he uses. There isn’t a strong family that the story revolves around like it did with the older Horton’s. Some good courtroom scenes, interesting medical conditions/ surgery some stories that you want to watch daily. The nighttime soaps and that is what they are, like Smash, Castle, Mentalist, Harry’ s Law, Bones, etc., they all have relationships and real life things, but the story lines are not the same ole same ole over and over.
Put some real meat in the storylines if DOOL’s want to stay alive.

April 17, 2012 at 3:27 pm
(15) BLONDIE says:

after watching the show today the writers need to do whatever it takes to keep renee on the show even if it is parttime.her and abe are core parts of the show and i agree with #14. give the people there now a life and something to do. you don’t need to bring back belle and shawn they didn’t have a story line when they left. give the kids that are there now something to do after you get rid of gabi. her story is stupid we just went through the same kind of stupid stuff with abby. this is 2012 melanie needs to kick her ass and get it overwith. abby is on to gabi anyway.

April 17, 2012 at 9:05 pm
(16) Big Lebowski says:

Personally, I think they should ditch the Rafe & Carrie storyline. Put Rafe back with Sami. Put Ej back with Nicole and Stefano back with Kate. Kate & Stefano were good for each other since Kate is a female version of Stefano.But who knows what will happen now with the new writers Anyway back to bowling for me and try to get a 300 game. “STRIKE!”


Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski

April 17, 2012 at 9:07 pm
(17) Booberry says:

Please write good storylines so Days does not go off the air. Thanks!

April 18, 2012 at 12:36 am
(18) LKRocks53 says:

All I can say is don’t put Stefano with any woman ever again since that sick,demented monster is unworthy of having a wife,which he wouldn’t have time for since he’s too busy playing with the minds of John,Gina,and Marlena.

April 18, 2012 at 7:55 am
(19) anna says:

EJ is no better then Stefano,so why put him with anyone?
Lucas and Sami
Nicole and Brady
Rafe out alone with Gabi

April 18, 2012 at 12:20 pm
(20) Benny Belcher says:

Here is an interesting thought which no else thought of but me. Remember when Stefano open the envelope from Alice and the look of shock on his face? Now Sami is working with by taking over Countess W from Kate. In the envelope it was revealed that EJ is not his biological son and Sami is his biological daughter and they were in cahoots all along. Now EJ is the son of Victor and Maggie with her eggs. Interesting or what?

April 18, 2012 at 1:17 pm
(21) patsy says:

To save DOOL put EJandSami back together .They have been forceing

April 18, 2012 at 1:47 pm
(22) Travis says:

You forgot to put an option on the poll to make Will and Sonny the new supercouple. We can’t have them flirting one week, going a month without seeing any interaction, and then back as friends still fighting an attraction that is building at a glacial pace.

April 18, 2012 at 3:35 pm
(23) patsy says:

I didn,t get to finish on 21 I was going to say they have forsed EJOLEandSafe on us for four or five years now and it still isnt bringing the raitings up they keep getting lower I guess they want DOOL to be canceled I for one hate to see that happen just because they wont give EJAMI A CHANCE .TO many people put of work already

April 18, 2012 at 3:50 pm
(24) Kathy says:

Bring back Samiís true love Rafe the best SL in years was the Safehouse SL! It was so soapy and great something people could sick their teeth into! I miss those DAYS!
Please, please let Sami become a 35 years old mother, someone her children can be proud of! Instead of this twit of a 13 year old!
Bring back the personalities of the characters like they were 8 months, they have turned everyone into a doppelganger!
Remove the vets and move forward with new characters and SL!
Ej and Nicole love each other let them be happy!
Make Ian the new villain in Salem!
And most of all give the show a purpose, the past 8 months there has been no rhythm or reason for any of the SLís therefore making it impossible to watch!

April 18, 2012 at 5:18 pm
(25) a says:

Keep Jack/Matthew Ashford! I agree with a few of the choices, but keeping Jack is the most important. They teased Jack’s return for a long time. I waited and waited, then they didn’t give me the story for Jack and Jennifer I waited and waited to see. I also want more of Jack’s PTSD story. I’m sick of getting the shaft as a Jack fan!

April 18, 2012 at 5:18 pm
(26) a says:

Keep Jack/Matthew Ashford! I agree with a few of the choices, but keeping Jack is the most important. They teased Jack’s return for a long time. I waited and waited, then they didn’t give me the story for Jack and Jennifer I waited and waited to see. I also want more of Jack’s PTSD story. I’m sick of getting the shaft as a Jack fan!

April 18, 2012 at 5:21 pm
(27) A says:

Sorry about the double post. I guess I really mean it! :)

April 18, 2012 at 9:20 pm
(28) Ejami3js says:



April 18, 2012 at 9:22 pm
(29) Maggie says:

It’s hard to take this poll as an accurate representation of Days’ viewers, when the results are skewed so dramatically. Next time, Bryan supporters, shut down your spamming efforts a little sooner.

April 18, 2012 at 10:02 pm
(30) AliciaE says:

As long as I get to see my EJ and Samantha, I will deal. :)

April 18, 2012 at 11:02 pm
(31) Shannon says:

I’m heartbroken that they have let Matt Ashford go again. I so looked forward to a good Jack/Jen story and we never got it. It’s getting hard to stay interested in Days, quite honestly.

April 19, 2012 at 1:19 am
(32) Marie says:

I would have voted if the super couple option had been John and Marlena, I’d love a really good story for them. :) Started watching again when they were brought back in Sept.

April 19, 2012 at 8:45 am
(33) jane says:

I agree with all this talk about focusing on Super Couples. Days used to do that the best. I agree with Shannon about being heartbroken over Matt being fired. Actually, I have been completely let down and heartbroken ever since they brought him back since they haven’t given him the time of day! If anyone is a Day’s veteran (and any writer should make it their business to go back and review the history), then they would know how AMAZING Jack and Jennifer were. There are endless story lines that could be made for them, but instead- we see them once a month. And even then, they still make Jack’s character ridiculous. I only started watching Days again because of the promise to bring Jack and Jennifer back together. But now that Matt is being let go- I am done! I have lost any faith that the show will respect Jack/Jennifer fans. How deceiving to advertise them as if it was going to be a great reunion complete with signature J/J angst! Not only have they ignored the characters and made them unimportant, but they have made their daughter, Abby, ridiculous and trashy, too! That was one of the things that was so special about Jennifer. She was not your typical soap character. She was innocent and good- she didn’t end up being sleezy like everyone else. She made Jack good and their family meant everything to them. Abby should be written the way Jennifer was. She should have principles and be extremely intelligent. But now she is psycho and pathetic. How terribly sad and disappointing!

April 19, 2012 at 10:49 am
(34) sueme says:

who cares what Maggie says,we love Bryan

April 19, 2012 at 5:51 pm
(35) patsy says:

The writers are so busy writeing for James andARI Z and EJOLE they dont have time to write for any other charater or Couple .WHERE IS Maggie Victor ROMAN JENIFER AND someof the other stars .Cant remember their names now its been so long sence they have been on Use the ones you have enstead of bringing onmore new ones I still say THAT EJOLE AND SAFE IS WHATS WRONG WITH THE SHOW .You get tired of the same old story over and over againThey have the most handsome and beauitful talented people on the show BUT LOOKS like they cant write but for two at a time

April 19, 2012 at 9:02 pm
(36) Pro Union Days Fan says:

First of all, realize that the idea of $30/hour toilet cleaner is an extreme end of the anti-union argument. Yes, the janitorial staff could be considered overpaid, but in reality no one walks into the plant and just picks-up an easy job.
Those who “clean toilets” are often older, or injured workers who simply cannot handle the physical labor of climbing in and under the dashboard of a moving vehicle 60-65 times an hour (or running a stamping press, machining gears, pouring molten metal in a foundry). And, yes you do get injured on these jobs whether immediately, or over time. This is no different than putting a cop who has been shot in the leg on desk-duty. So yes, to a certain extent “we take care of our own”. I’ve worked with MANY of these types of people and VERY RARELY have I seen management follow through on the established discipline procedures. So who’s the lazy one in the example?
Management likes to grumble about how hard the union makes it to fire people, and then does nothing. Well, it isn’t a case of “hard”, it’s a case of doing the job you agreed to (and get paid for) as a supervisor.
You might think of the union (at the shop-floor level) as defense attorneys. To return to the example if the police; if the cops/prosecution do their jobs correctly, even the best lawyer won’t set you free.
If it were not for unions, everyone in America would be working for less than minimum wage — because minimum wage laws would not exist. Everyone would also be working 7 days a week — “24/7″ the new mantra for business
I don’t want to hear industry execs making excuses about labor costs, unions,

April 19, 2012 at 9:06 pm
(37) Karra says:

I think the writers need to focus on more action and romance. Hopefully they’ll get back to that.

April 20, 2012 at 9:37 am
(38) cathy says:

#20 – Benny – interesting about Sami being Stefano’s biological daughter. Could explain who she takes after always revenging on people when she doesn’t get her way. Could also explain why Stefano gave her CEO on CW, I don’t remember if he also gave her the other company not sure of the name ” home and heart” maybe. And she takes after him on having so many kids.

I think there is a real EJ out there. My theory is that Stefano wanted EJ when he was still a child to teach him everything, but Susan asked Alice to contact Bill Horton to help her find a child the same age in Africa (an orphan) and gave him to Stefano making him believe he is EJ. The whole EJ being sick and sent to Africa for a cure could have been made up just to go and get the boy. I may be wrong, please do not attack me if I am wrong, but I think the second language in Africa might be British.

There is supposed to be a new actor in his 30′s named Santos, of course with the new writers it can change, who could be the real EJ. His middle name could be Santos which Susan began using to protect him.

April 20, 2012 at 9:48 am
(39) cathy says:

Forgot to mention, probably why Marlena is cold with Sami and can’t get along with her, there is no mother and daughter connection. She could be or not be her biological daughter.

April 20, 2012 at 12:07 pm
(40) BLONDIE says:

interesting thought cathy, i can see this being possible but sami has a twin brother ERIC and these are supposed to be romans children? i really like the EJ idea though.

April 20, 2012 at 3:53 pm
(41) cathy says:

#40 – BLONDIE thanks, I don’t remember if Sami and Eric are identical twins, but if they aren’t, then Eric could be Roman’s and Sami Stefano’s, just a thought.

April 20, 2012 at 4:08 pm
(42) cathy says:

Another thought I had is, this EJ might have been a sick orphan who needed a home, and Susan may have changed the real EJ name to Santos because Stefano’s father was not much of a bad man, or Stefano gave the real EJ his middle name, Santos.

We’ll see what the new writer will have in mind to write about EJ not being Stefano’s son.

I was hoping the new writer would keep EJ as Stefano’s son, and just change the secret letter into something else that Alice wrote for him to know.

April 20, 2012 at 11:24 pm
(43) Ecox says:

lucas needs to stay in Salem for good. With or without Sami, just keep Bryan on the showQ.

April 21, 2012 at 1:34 am
(44) JoAnn McLellan says:

I have watched this show since 1967 and enjoy every episode. I was sad to see Rafe and Sami breakup but Sami just can’t get her act together. Rafe is one of my favorite’s on Days. I think it would be great if he and Nicole had a future together.

April 21, 2012 at 1:38 am
(45) JoAnn McLellan says:


April 22, 2012 at 10:54 pm
(46) CVS says:

I think the first thing they should do is rehire Matthew Ashford there is still so much untold this time around. There is still so much storyline. I belive that TPTB have something against Matthew Ashford because he always gets fired for no reason. TPTB have their favorites and thats it. they do not care what viewers want. They do not even care if their stories are entertaining.
This run for Matthew Ashford he got an Emmy pre nom & Just a few days ago his PTSD storyline won A Prism Award. There has been no mention of this on Days website, Facebook page or Twitter.
Everytime they fire him it is just TPTB don’t want to write for him.

April 23, 2012 at 3:54 pm
(47) anon says:

Sick of sisters sleeping with same man, brothers, fathers and sons with the same woman. Is this realistic? If so what is this world coming to?

April 23, 2012 at 5:19 pm
(48) Firstfall says:

There are a lot of good ideas listed. Sami being Stefano’s daughter being perhaps the most interesting since she is a twin….

I’ve actually been quite interested in the show recently – then again EJ & Sami have had some good scenes, Rafe is sorta interesting playing off Nicole & Carrie, people are still finding out about Will’s ‘news’ …..

I think mostly I love Sami ‘sticking it’ to Kate. THAT is the fun Sami I remember.

April 23, 2012 at 6:07 pm
(49) Lisa says:

Why didn’t they just replace Lexie instead of the over the top nauseating dragged out death watch. Enough already. The actress wanted to quit, so let her, but this drama queen is too much already.

April 24, 2012 at 12:12 am
(50) Bettina says:

They need to stop hiring and firing because we just get attached to a character and they’re gone! No wonder the show is losing viewers!! I’m so mad that they feel like they have to break up all the happy couples…PLEASE let some of them be happy for a change. Loved EJ and Nicole, Sammy and Rafe, Jennifer and jack. Stefano and Kate. I’m ready to quit the show now.

April 24, 2012 at 4:59 am
(51) Cindy says:

I really miss seeing Victor. He is the one that needs more story lines. His funny one liners are so good.

May 21, 2012 at 2:51 pm
(52) Janeen says:

I just want to say, why do the writers insist on having Carrie get involved with ALL of Sami’s men? They really need to take a step back and stop repeating themselves. I can honestly tell you that DOOL is predictable. I have stopped watching it for the past year, but when I visit my Mother I watch it and I know exactly what is happening…..What is that? Note to writers find a different storyline. The “Will” storyline is a change, yes, but it isn’t a big enough change to keep people interested. I know that you are trying to get a different demographic for the show, but what you are doing and have done IS NOT working. What you need to do is have a contest and have your fans help you out by writing a storyline. I can only imagine the ideas you would get that would make DOOL survive and help you attract the age group you are looking for.

June 4, 2012 at 11:24 am
(53) Janelle says:

1. Focus on GOOD character-driven storyline. A story just for the sake of the story isn’t going to fly if it doesn’t make sense for the characters that are in it.
2. ROMANCE sells. Bring back Super Couples!
3. Give Bo & Hope a quality storyline that DOESN’T involve splitting them up again. They’re at their best when they’re TOGETHER!!!

September 7, 2012 at 5:17 pm
(54) Sandy Horn says:

I think that when Sami and EJ slept together and later she thought she was pregnant, but had some kind of surgical proceedure and nothing developed. I think that Stephan could have been behind it all and harvested another Sami-elvis baby then had it implanted into a surrogate and now it appears as a “new pawn”. Sami would feel inexplicitedly drawn to it as would Elvis and etc.etc.Also EJ and Sami have such GREST Chemestry. They are the real soul-mates..Cut from the same cloth kind of thing.And that is what I would like to see.

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