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April 4, 2012 at 11:11 am #422171
SON is breaking news that DAYS has fired new headwriters Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas Jr effective immediately.
Replacing them is Gary Tomlin and Christopher Whitesell as the new headwriting team.
Greg Meng and Lisa De Cazotte remain on as Co-Executive Producers along with Ken Corday as Executive Producer.
http://www.soapoperantwork.com for more info
Lorraine Brodeick named Co-Head Writer at “Days of Our Lives”
In what can only be considered great news for the show, Days of our Lives has hired multi-time Emmy-winning head writer, Lorraine Broderick to join its writing team.
Soap Opera Digest reported the exclusive news earlier this morning. She will join the recently hired (or re-hired) Gary Tomlin and Christopher Whitesell as co-head writer. “We are excited and look forward to stories or romance, suspense and intrigue this new dream team plans to tell,” said co-executive producer Greg Meng. Broderick returned to soap writing last year to wrap up the final months of All My Children. After AMC ended, she joined One Life to Live during its final months as a breakdown writer.
For those unfamiliar with Lorraine Broderick, know that Ms. Broderick possesses impeccable credentials and a reputation for developing character driven stories versus relying on plot points. Broderick spent 12 years as a writer on the staff of All My Children under the tutelage of creator Agnes Nixon, leaving in 1991 to become co-head writer of Guiding Light (and later Another World) during what many consider the “golden era” of the now cancelled soap opera.
In the spring of 1995 Broderick succeeded Megan McTavish as AMC’s head writer, and won critical acclaim along with an almost unprecedented three consecutive Daytime Emmy’s for Outstanding Writing Team, bringing her total to four such awards as a head-writer. As is frequently the case in the daytime industry, behind the scenes shuffles led to Broderick’s replacement as AMC’s head writer in 1997 when the decision was made to rehire Megan McTavish.
Broderick went to As The World Turns and later had a brief tenure at Days of our Live, ending due to “creative differences” with then co-executive producer Tom Langan. Broderick joined Port Charles as associate head writer, leaving in 2001 to become head writer at One Life to Live with Christopher Whitesell (during which Gary Tomlin was executive producer for a time). In 2003, the team of Michael Malone and Josh Griffith took over the helm at One Life to Live and Ms. Broderick was demoted to associate head writer, and before she left the show entirely in 2004, she declined an offer to return to AMC. Broderick left daytime, taking a position at Drexel University as a professor.April 4, 2012 at 1:40 pm #422173
This is starting to feel more repetetive than the Ridge/Brooke storylines on B&B!!!
My head is spinning. When I clicked on the link I thought it would surely be an April Fool’s joke coming a few days late, but apparently not. Sigh. I think I’m just going to bury my head in the sand and pretend I don’t know anything about anything.
Although I have to say, I wish Darrell and Marlene all the best. I LOVE what I’ve been seeing mostly, and Y&R or B&B could probably benefit from picking them up, not that either show seems unhappy with their HBICs (Head Bells in Charge). They’re getting a lot of credit now for Will’s storyline
I’m also surprised to hear Marlene say that NBC never let them tell their stories. I guess that’s always been the story with NBC (and ABC). It’s frustrating, but it also feels a little like the parent who’s meddling because they care so much, because not only has DAYS not been cancelled, but the network seems to be supporting the show more than it has in quite some time. So NBC is basically Kate DiMera. Let’s hope DAYS is more Austin (relatively unscathed by maternal machinations) than Lucas (who can’t seem to escape the deceptive web he’s trapped in with his mother and ex-wife) or Billie (trainwreck).April 4, 2012 at 1:48 pm #422174
It could be worse. They could have hired Dena Hiegly again. That would have been horrible.April 4, 2012 at 9:10 pm #422175
This is upsetting. Will savor what DAYS look like grounded in reality (sans that awfuless w/John and Hope) until we get back to the silliness and the color purple. Ken Corday, you have dissapointed me. Fool me many times, I just throw my hands. I am hoping Marlene and Darrell find something or team up for something, b/c these are the writers that are on the pulse of what is going on. I could see them doing some drama reminiscent of the WB days on the CW.April 5, 2012 at 1:31 am #422176
Terrible news. I think the show is the best soap on-air right now. A more realistic Days is better than sci-fi Days. Soaps work best with conversational scenes like the show has been doing lately.April 5, 2012 at 5:19 am #422178
I wonder if we will be seeing a cast shake-up to accompany the writing team changes. The large cast seems ripe for some reductions.April 5, 2012 at 12:22 pm #422179
I would not be surprised if all of the 90s ppl were fired. It’ll be done in a calculated on the low way, but I do expect some major cast turnover. Of their creations/new ppl, I see Ian Buchanan and Sarah Brown getting the boot.April 5, 2012 at 1:50 pm #422180
I get the impression that a lot of the 90s redux was handed down to MarDar, so I’m not sure they’ll get rid of all of them. I could easily see Madison, Ian, and Brady all being written out. Now that Rafe is Nicole’s new knight in shining armor, I’m not seeing Brady as having a ton of story potential. But maybe that’s just because of the influx of fan favorites. There are so many characters on now who feel like they need to have some story going that it’s probably hard to get airtime for Brady/Madison/Ian.
The advantage of bringing in Whitesell and Tomlin, though, is that the show is already littered with characters they’ve worked with, some of whom they created or defined. They don’t need to create a bunch of new characters, because they can just add focus to their previous characters.April 5, 2012 at 3:06 pm #422181
I see cast recuctions as well the following are whom i could care less if they get cut:
**madison ( i am kind of liking her character, but if the 2 previous get let go, can’t see her staying )
some who i predict will be let go:
abe ( due to lexie leaving )
i hope not for austin and carrie, they’re my all time favorite couple….but they have been fired and brought back how many times, it almost sounds like a trend. 🙁April 6, 2012 at 7:35 am #422182
Other than Ian, Madison, and Brady, I’d really hate to see anyone go, and for the record, I’m not saying I want to get rid of them either. Then there are a few people who are just randomly hanging around and not doing much (like Kayla and Caroline). If people have to go, I’d rather it be them. Austin and Carrie have been really great, most especially Carrie, so here’s hoping they stick around.April 6, 2012 at 7:59 am #422183
I literally gasped when I read this. Still not in love with the idea, but for Pete’s sake, LORRAINE BRODERICK!
Yes, DAYS has new head writers for the second time in a year, the show confirms exclusively to Soap Opera Digest. New Co-Head Writers Gary Tomlin and Christopher Whitesell will be joined by another Emmy-winning writer, Lorraine Broderick
— who most recently wrapped up things in AMC’s Pine Valley then toiled
at OLTL — as a breakdown writer. “We are excited and look forward to
the stories of romance, suspense and intrigue this new dream team plans
to tell,” enthuses Co-Executive Producer Greg Meng.April 6, 2012 at 9:33 am #422184
I think this is great news…Marlene and Darell IMO were not good for DAYS. Their stories were ridiculous and repetitive. I am glad they were shown the door…this is really the only site I have been too that is upset by their firing.
Tomlin is great in a writing capacity only, so this is good news that he will be back in a writing position and NOT as an executive producer. Whitesell is also highly capable, many set side sources hint that it was him responsible for the Nicole/Sami Baby Switch storyline and not his co-headwriter Dena Higley (it was widely argued that the two hated each other). That was the last time DAYS saw a true renaissance in their ratings and it is the reason the show got a multi-year renewal from NBC.
The addition of Lorraine Broderick as their breakdown writers is perhaps the best news of all.April 6, 2012 at 12:36 pm #422185
DAYS fans, don’t be threatened at all by Lorraine Broderick. She is a daytime guardian angel. No matter when called in to write and create stories, she delivers and the moment her first episode airs, you are watching magic. She is a pioneer of daytime television and any of the four remaining soaps would and should be elated to have her on their team.
-MorganApril 6, 2012 at 1:32 pm #422186
Oh, I might have been unclear above, but I’m thrilled to have Lorraine Broderick coming on board. (The gasp was one of excitement.) I’m still not happy about Marlene and Darrell being fired because, I’ll say again, I loved their work, but the addition of Lorraine makes this incoming trio something I can get behind. And I do realize that, despite how much I love the show right now, the ratings are not responding as TPTB must have hoped to the returns of so many fan favorites, and they have to try something.