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  • Paul Vargo
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    Boidiva02
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    This could be a great thing; or a really horrible thing. Ron has a tendency to go off on some really wild tangents and he needs a really strong E.P. behind him to reel him in.

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    tennisfreak
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    So the show will be Emmy quality for sweeps and unwatchable the rest of the year?

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    FreemanGriffin
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    Ron did great work at OLTL and was much more hit or miss at GH. So this could be great or…. I want him to demand that Will be brought back from the dead! Andre replaced the real Will (or Stefano) – it doesn’t matter! just bring Will back and if they can: CHANDLER MASSEY!!!!!!

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    Overall I’d say this is great news for DAYS. My first thought, actually, was that the show wouldn’t bother bringing in a new headwriter if it were just going to be cancelled a couple of months later, so I’ll take this as a very positive sign in that regard.

    I know I’ve been harder than many on RC in the past and I’ve said I don’t think he’d be a good fit at DAYS, but if he’s at the helm with Sheri Anderson Thomas and Ryan Quan as creative consultants, I think it could end up being great. Fans of OLTL and GH both were pretty willing to blame network interference for a lot of the problems during RC’s tenures at those shows, so maybe this will be smoother. I love that Sheri Anderson Thomas is back with the show, and I think she really gets the heart of DAYS. So I’m optimistic.

    It’s also kind of funny that this is the second time RC is replacing Dena Higley as headwriter of a show. I wish her the best.

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    robbalto
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    Wow, the first big soap news of 2017!

    I am very happy for Ron and optimistic that his writing will improve Days. He seems to me to be a good fit for the show.

    I thought Ron did a great job with OLTL. During his tenure, the stories were wildly entertaining and the characters engaging.

    There were a few sour points for me on OLTL. The first was when Todd gained custody of Tommy, then left him to be raised by Blair, who was less of a mother to him than Marci. The second was when Marty suddenly became insane (although it was admittedly entertaining at times). The third was when Dorian did not help Clint during his heart attack; that was just too much and made me dislike Dorian.

    However, the level of enjoyment that OLTL gave me far outweighed the negatives. I watch soaps to be entertained, and Ron’s OLTL was highly entertaining.

    GH was more of a mixed bag. Initially, Ron’s writing improved GH because he provided a more entertaining mix of stories in contrast to Robert Guza’s focus on the mob and other dark/melodramatic stories. The last six months was pretty rough in terms of storytelling, but I liked a lot of Ron’s work for GH. My favorite was when Michael denounced Sonny and Carly, and then legally changed his name to Quartermaine. My primary criticism of Ron’s tenure on GH was the lack of character continuity. An example of this was when Nikolas, a character I loved, suddenly turned into an immoral jerk.

    My biggest hope for Ron at Days is that he maintains the integrity of the characters.

    My only regret is that we will have to wait a long time to see his work on Days.

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    Oh yes, I meant to mention the waiting until the new team’s work hits our screens. I think DAYS has severely underestimated how difficult it can be to invest in storylines when you know a shift is coming a few months down the line and that they may greatly alter whatever it is you’re potentially enjoying at the moment. I’m sure they’ve realized by now how tough it is to get those viewers back once they tune out.

    Great points, robbalto. I had forgotten many of the specifics of what bothered me at OLTL — there was a lot of time when I thought the writing was fine but I just wasn’t that interested — but some things toward the end do stand out. Mitch kidnapping and attempting to rape Jessica was not something I wanted to see, and the subsequent storyline in which Jessica reverted to her teen years was unbelievably silly. I also hated the Todd/Victor retcon, though it’s very easy to see a lot of that having been dictated by people other than RC once Roger Howarth became available and willing to come back. Remembering those stories make me wonder if DAYS will soon have a more prominent set of mental health facilities.

    Also, I hope RC won’t get into Twitter squabbles with fans the way he has in the past. This doesn’t actually affect the quality of the show, but it’s really not good for anyone.

    Since characters always get pushed off canvas during these kinds of shifts, anyone want to list their preferences? I would not shed any tears to lose any of these guys from DAYS: Eduardo, Dario, Deimos, Chloe, Jade, Claire, and Joey.

    I have nothing against Chloe, but her stories are just never very good. Of course, I would also not mind losing Patch, but I get that he’s part of a popular supercouple and could be much improved under different writers. I guess any of these characters could become a lot better under different writers though.

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    What a terrible choice! He is not a good head writer and he eventually destroyed OLTL with his retcons and killing off historic characters and the ridiculous Victor/Todd foolishness.

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    My first thought, actually, was that the show wouldn’t bother bringing in a new headwriter if it were just going to be cancelled a couple of months later, so I’ll take this as a very positive sign in that regard.

    I wouldn’t read much into that; remember ABC had literally just hired Lorraine Broderick as headwriter for AMC like a month before they cancelled the show.

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    I also can’t wait to see what he’s like without Frank Valentini by his side. I often felt that while Frank was a genius with the business side of stuff that he was lacking in any creative talent at all. Ron needs a strong E.P. like Greg Meng or Ken Corday to reel him in at times.

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    Exciting! I’ve loved so much of his work. He’s not perfect, but I love that he puts vets front and center and adds humor and energy to his shows. And there’s no denying his stories grab attention and get ratings up which is exactly what DAYS needs right now.

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    With Sheri Anderson part of the deal…this is great news.

    She is basically the 2nd best writer/most beloved headwriter in DAYS history after Bill Bell and up until now she has basically refused to return after her last stint ended in 1994.

    Ron paired with Sherri as consultant is a perfect match.

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    Scoopster: “Ron paired with Sherri as consultant is a perfect match.”

    Yes, it certainly seems like an ideal match. I am very excited to see what the future will hold for Days!

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    EmmyLoser
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    So am I. The show seems to have gotten into a pattern with writing (my opinion, though I think others on this board have mostly agreed with these), where it’s pretty dismal, then mostly good, and then great. This happened with Higley/Whitesell (awful), then MarDar (good), then Tomlin/Whitesell (great), and restarted with Griffith/Higley/Milstein (unappealing, underwhelming, brutally violent), then Higley/Quan (pretty good) and will hopefully continue with Carlivati/Anderson/Quan taking things to great heights.

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