'Days of Our Lives' hires new head writers


A spokeswoman for Days of Our Lives has confirmed that Dena Higley has vacated her post as head writer for the NBC sudser and will be replaced by Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas. The news was first reported by Soap Opera Network.

Ken Corday, executive producer of Days of our Lives, announced that Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas have been named the head writing team on NBC’s longest running scripted program, effective immediately. “McPherson and Thomas will bring Days of our Lives back to its core values by telling exciting stories with a fresh and contemporary approach including beloved characters,” said Corday.

Higley first joined Days in 1985 and served in various roles before leaving in 2004 to become the head writer for One Life to Live, Soap Opera Network says.¬†After the writer’s strike, Higley returned to Days in April 2008.

Is something in the air? Just yesterday, ABC announced that it brought on a new head writer for General Hospital.

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  • dee dee1

    Bring Sammi and E.J. back together. Sammi has been a total bore since she was put with Rafe.

    • Captain

      Sammi and EJ are terrible together. How can anyone ship a couple when one half has raped, tormented and convinced the other half her daughter was dead. There’s no going back for them.

    • Penelope

      I agree Sami & EJ have the best chemistry. Rafe is boring with her, maybe they should try pairing him up with someone else.

    • Lynn


  • Marie

    No way do I want Sami with her rapist and a man who set her out to be raped by an imposter. That is sick. I would stop watching so fast and so would many people if they paired Sami up with the rapist.

    • whirlybug

      It is sick when you think about it too much, but I’ve always secretly wanted Sami and EJ back together. They have the best chemistry.

  • RBlues

    They need to do SOMETHING. I’ve been watching “Days” (with my gramma) since I can remember (about 40 years) and I can hardly stand it. I have 18 episodes on dvr and really have no inclination to watch them. Will probably just start fresh (and probably wouldn’t have missed much). They’ve just about lost me.

    • Dinjab

      I know what you mean. But, from personal experience, I’ll tell you, you can watch those 18 episodes in about 22 minutes. I just stop the fast-forwarding when I see Victor or Maggie. If I see Dario, I skip the entire episode, though, ironically, that means I’m probably skipping Melanie, and, therefore, Maggie. See…stupid characters like Dario just bring down the whole show. But, yeah, 1-2 minutes per episode, and then you’ll be all caught up!

      • Captain

        Oh don’t get me started on Dario. What a terrible character and huge step down from Nathan. The sad part is, Melanie is my favourite character so I have to watch most of his scenes.

      • Donna Evabs

        I first watched DOOL in 1970 and was an avid watcher until the last five or six years. I cannot stand to watch it now. Story lines are terrible, I could write better ones. It used to be a beloved Soap and now I know so many who have stopped watching it. With a couple exceptions, clean house, get rid of the cast and bring some oldies back and some traitional stories instead of the cloak and dagger and the jump in bed with first one and the other stuff.

  • DOL Fan

    Get rid of Bo and Hope. Tired. Can’t wait for the Will storyline. EJ and Sami should get be together for real, finally. Rafe can’t act. One note.

    • Lynn

      The Bo & Hope routine (can do no wrong) is tiring.. Best chemistry was EJ and Samantha!

  • Crystal Chappell

    Will I finally get a love story worthy of my talents?

    • Victor Kiriakis

      My daughter was on Friends.

    • Captain

      You already are. Crystal Chappell is a talentless actress who is just one notch above Chloe. Days was better before she ever stepped foot on-screen.


      Ihope you do ,thought you and Daniel would be together.They need to get the drugs away from your story.

  • Days Fan

    EJ with Sami? Really? He raped her. He attempted to murder her step-father John Black. He was/is a drug lord. He is a gangster. He created a fake Rafe to sleep with Sami and people think he and Sami should be together? What am I missing?

    • Captain

      Nothing, you’re one of the few sane ones. Apparently Days attracts the crazies.

    • DOOLsince’65

      EJ and Sami? Are you kidding me?! I thought we were finally beyond this. Ilike it much better when they hate each other. I can’t STAND them together!! She belongs with RAFE. He has been the best man for her EVER! EJ belongs with Nicole. The 2 of them understand each other and complement each other perfectly. They should get back together and she should get pregnant with a new miracle baby – that she actually gives birth to this time! Sami and Rafe need a new adventure and mystery to solve. The two of them should set out togehter to prove John’s innocence and discover that EJ actually set him up – AGAIN! And Jennifer needs to get back with Jack. Jennifer and Daniel are TERRIBLE together!

  • Jan

    I just wonder how EJ and his father can keep getting away with murder. I want Sammi to get both of them now and put them behind bars. However I would like to see EJ with Taylor and get turned around. And send Nicole packing.

  • marlena

    This show is nothing without John Black.

  • katie

    I wish they would bring back Lucas. I love Sami with him.

    • Yes

      I loved Lucas too. His son is going to need him now more than ever.

    • Sherry

      I agree. I wnat Sami to stay with Rafe but if they split them up I would love to see her back with Lucas. That would set old Kate in a up rore….

  • Dinjab

    It sounds like they are going to make Will gay, but that Salem is so friggin conservative and heartland-of-America (like most of Days’ viwers) that it’s going to be a BIG EFFIN DEAL.

    Please, it’s 2011. A gay character should not be a big deal. Though…if this gets Granny in Tulsa to love her gay grandson, I guess this is a good thing.

  • Beauty

    Can’t get any worse. This show is soooo bad especially with the product placement.

    • Captain

      OH MY GOD! Did you see the Midol plus last week with Abby and Jennifer? PATHETIC! The close up of the box was the cherry on top. I felt like I was watching a Days-themed infomercial.

    • whirlybug

      Captain, your comments are making me laugh. I love the product placement – it’s so funny. It adds to the entertainment!

  • Ms. Snickerdoodle

    Bring back Carrie and Austin!

  • reecee

    Since it looks like I’ll be needing a replacement soap…this is good news. I was a loyal viewer back in the 90s , but what Ive seen lately is not good at all.

  • Demond

    This was the best soap hands down for years.I think ever since they got rid of John and Marlena the show went downhill and the storylines have really diminished.Also they the greatest soap villain of all time in Stefano Dimera and they haven’t done anything great with him.I think the best thing for the new head writers to do is make the show as adventurous as it was back in the 80s thru the early 2000s.

    • Stephany

      AGREED! I STILL remember watching Bo n Hope fall in love. Or the stefano- phoenix mysteries.. Those epic story lines were why I loved watching Days. DO NOT bring back those weird alien baby storylines.. Or that nasty overuse of dream sequencing. Or remember that terrible narrating stuff they did a few years back? Where the character would tell what they were thinking? Stupid. Bring back super couple shawn n belle and give us an epic love story befitting these 2 love childs.

      The Lucas Sami pairing is epic. Kill rafe off in some tragic cancer battle. Lucas comes back to support Semi in her grief. Lets the story slowly build heat so we can fall in love again. Brady needs to fall in love with melanie.. Bring back the old brady . Hes was a bit more manly

  • Kim

    Sammi and Rafe should stay together, they’re perfect for each other.

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