Monday, January 23, 2017

Ron Carlivati In as 'Days of our Lives' Head Writer, Dena Higley Out, Sheri Anderson Thomas Returns as Consultant

Ron Carlivati has been named the new head writer of Days of our Lives.
Daytime Emmy and WGA Award winning former One Life to Live and General Hospital head writer Ron Carlivati has been named the new head writer of NBC daytime soap opera Days of our Lives, replacing the current team of Dena Higley and Ryan Quan.

According to Soap Opera Digest, Quan will remain at Days with a new title, Creative Consultant. Sheri Anderson Thomas, who served on the Days of our Lives writing team in various capacities, including head writer and co-head writer in the 1980s and 1990s, will also hold the Creative Consultant title.

"We look forward to the fresh and compelling stories these changes will bring to Salem," Days of our Lives said in a statement.

“Like Sands Through the Hourglass,” Carlivati tweeted tonight, a reference to Days' famous intro.

Anderson Thomas shared her excited in a message on Facebook.

"I was a huge fan of the show before I met my mentor, Pat Falken Smith, and was lucky enough to also be mentored by the phenomenal Betty Corday," she wrote. "I am am thrilled, and honored, to be returning, and especially with Ron who's a brilliant storyteller and great guy. Upwards!"

The staff changes come as Days of our Lives faces an indefinite future. As Deadline recently reported, discussions are underway for a 52nd, and possibly final, season. NBC's hire of Fox News' Megyn Kelly brought speculation of a morning talk show that could shake-up the network's daytime schedule.

At the recent Television Critics' Association press tour, NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt told Deadline about Days, "We haven't made decisions, but we like that show. I think we will know more in couple of months. As they age, these shows diminish, there is a lot of delayed viewing and very little linear viewing anymore, you have to keep looking at that."

1 comment:

  1. And the end of Days of Our Lives has come with the hiring of the soap opera killer! RIP DOOL.